Celebrate romance this Valentine’s Day with Tsogo Sun

Celebrate romance this Valentine’s Day with Tsogo Sun
Celebrate romance this Valentine’s Day with Tsogo Sun

Whether you’re planning to pop the question this Leap Year Valentine’s Day, nurturing a budding romance or celebrating a lifetime of special moments, Tsogo Sun has the perfect spot for love to blossom. Come and celebrate the month of love with Tsogo Sun at one of their unique restaurants, where their executive chefs will tempt your taste-buds with culinary delights designed to win the heart of that special someone.

For the ultimate in indulgence, why not book a romantic stay at one of Tsogo Sun’s luxurious properties, such as the award-winning Beverly Hills Hotel in Umhlanga, where you can savour two nights in a sea-facing room with a bottle of Moët & Chandon, a special set menu dinner with live entertainment, a full body massage and a lavish breakfast.

Some of the packages on offer from Tsogo Sun include romance-filled entertainment, such as the show and stay package from Southern Sun Emnotweni in Nelspruit, which includes accommodation, dinner, breakfast and two tickets to listen to the soothing sounds of Elvis Blue on 13 February.

The adage goes that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach – and many a woman have been known to fall in love over a decadent dinner – and Tsogo Sun is providing plenty of culinary inspiration for the heart this Valentine’s Day. From buffet dinners to five course menus, from breakfast to lunch to dinner, champagne, chocolates and high teas, couples are spoilt for choice.

With deals at no less than 26 properties in romantic locations throughout South Africa, including Gauteng, Western Cape, Eastern Cape, Mpumalanga and Kwa-Zulu/Natal, there’s something to suit every pocket and preference.

For more information go to https://www.tsogosun.com/offers/celebrate-valentines-day-with-us, connect with Tsogo Sun on Twitter and Instagram @TsogoSun or like on Facebook /TsogoSun. For those looking for some culinary inspiration, check out Tsogo Sun’s romantic twecipes – giving you simple, easy-to-prepare dishes that are destined to impress your love interest. Go to https://www.instagram.com/tsogosun/ to view the videos and five step recipes.

Tsogo Sun’s portfolio includes over 90 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa, the Seychelles and Abu Dhabi. For further information, visit tsogosun.com, follow on Twitter and Instagram @TsogoSun or like on Facebook /TsogoSun.

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Castle launch #BraBrigade to galvanise men around the Pink Drive cause

Johannesburg – Castle Lager, the official team sponsor of the Proteas, is launching the first ever #BraBrigade in support of the Pink Day, taking place at the 4th Momentum ODI between South Africa and England at Bidvest Wanderers on Friday. The Pink Day ODI is held annually in support of Pink Drive and is an opportunity for fans of the Castle Proteas to come together in support of a cause greater than themselves.

The #BraBrigade is a movement initiated by Castle Lager that lives across all social media platforms, which calls on all South African men to take a stand in support of the Pink Drive. Its aim is to provide them with the platform to join the conversation and encourage them to drive breast cancer awareness among the most important women in their lives. Read more CASTLE LAGER BRINGS MEN TOGETHER TO BEAT BREAST CANCER

LivingIt Ubuntu Film Festival Celebrates Transformation Onscreen and Off

LivingIt Ubuntu Film Festival Celebrates Transformation Onscreen and Off
LivingIt Ubuntu Film Festival Celebrates Transformation Onscreen and Off

Celebrate the work of young amateur South African filmmakers at the fifth annual LivingIt Ubuntu Youth Film Festival, during the US Woordfees at Oude Libertas Arts and Culture Centre in Stellenbosch, on Sunday 13 March 2016 from 3pm to 9pm. Entry is free.

The festival will screen a series of short five-minute films produced by amateur youth and the top five competition entries will be announced. While viewing the films, attendees will be invited to write notes about personal growth, change, or their feelings about South Africa‘s progress (or lack thereof) and insert them into a wire phoenix with flapping wings and a 3 meter wingspan. Read more LivingIt Ubuntu Film Festival Celebrates Transformation Onscreen and Off

Methys joins key technology partners in founding

Cape Town French Tech Hub French Minister of the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron announced Cape Town, one of the most innovative hub in Africa, as one of the 6 new “French Tech Hubs” Cape Town, Paris – February 4th, 2015.

In a gathering of over 500 representatives of the French Technology sector in Bercy, Paris French Minister of Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs Emmanuel Macron announced the creation of 6 new “French Tech Hubs”, adding to the 5 existing for nearly a year. Cape Town, South Africa therefore joins San Francisco, London, Tokyo, New York or Hong Kong amongst the host of these Hubs, located at the heart of the most innovative cities in the world. “La French Tech” is a increasingly powerful force aggregating thousands of companies, ranging from start ups to large technology groups, joining in an effort to cooperate and co innovate. “La French Tech” community was for instance the largest contingent of non american companies present at the 2016 Consumer Electronic shows in Las Vegas. According to the Deloitte Fast 500 EMEA annual ranking, France has the largest number of hyper-growth firms in the «Europe, Middle-East and Africa» area, for the sixth successive year.

The South African French Tech project aims at rapidly scaling up the capacity of the French Tech ecosystem to work with South African unique engineering talent and innovation skills to incubate and accelerate innovative technology ventures.

The initiative is supported by a group of leading French companies such as Methys, Orange, Dassault System, Gemalto, Schneider Electric and Efront which are working in close cooperation with the Silicon Cape community, local and national South African agencies such as Wesgro, CiTi and SEDA .

Elisabeth Barbier, Ambassador of France in South Africa, said “i am delighted that Cape Town has been designated as a ‘French Tech Hub’. This success rewards all the efforts made by a dynamic community of French entrepreneurs, rooted in Cape Town, who takes advantage of a leading innovation ecosystem in Africa. This success will also encourage business and human talent exchanges between France and South Africa, in innovation and especially in the digital industry”.

Tim Harris, CEO of Wesgro, said “Wesgro welcomes the news that Cape Town has been selected as a new French Tech Hub. The French community in the Cape has made an outsized contribution to tech entrepreneurship and innovation in “Silicon Cape”, and we are thrilled that this contribution has been formally recognised by the French government. As the official tourism, trade and investment promotion agency for Cape Town and the Western Cape, Wesgro is responsible for promoting the Cape as the leading tech cluster in Africa. The designation of Cape Town as an official French Tech hub is an important vote of confidence in our tech ecosystem, and will help to drive investment, trade and technology transfers between our region and France.”

Christophe Viarnaud, co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Methys, added “Methys has been investing for over 6 years in South Africa, through organic growth and acquisition. Most importantly, we have been able to generate through our Cape Town based incubator Methys Labs several successful start up projects leveraging on a wonderful combination of French Tech and South African innovation. Mobile commerce start up Powertime for example recently won the Digiworld Award for start up of the Africa-Middle East region, demonstrating the leadership of South Africa in the field of mobile payments. Methys is very pleased to work with our partners at Dassault Systèmes, eFront, Gemalto, Orange, and Schneider Electric to deliver a vision of Cape Town as a major Hub for French Technology investment. We hope to attract to South Africa and to the ‘Silicon Cape’ R&D, development, and design centres for leading or innovative French Tech companies, and help South African tech companies scale up with the support of the French Tech Network “.

For more details: Website of the French Tech Hub in Cape Town Twitter: @FrenchTech_CPTFacebook : https://www.facebook.com/FrechTechCPT/?fref=ts

About Methys

Methys is an international Digital Transformation technology firm with operations in France, Benelux, UK, Tunisia and South Africa. Methys is focused on customer success, driving maximum business performance. Leveraging on partnerships with key technology providers and a rich set of methodologies blending functional and technological excellence, the passion of Methys people is about giving you the means to enhance the performance of your business. www.methys.com

About Wesgro

Wesgro is the official Destination Marketing, Investment and Trade Promotion Agency for the Western Cape, located in Cape Town. www.wesgro.co.za Press contacts Carole Rossetti – Methys, Communication & marketing officer: crossetti@methys.com Hanaa Trifiss – Methys Labs , Cap40 &French Tech Hub Community Manager: htrifiss@methys.com

The French Tech label in Cape Town: Orange proud to support South Africa’s digital growth internationally Press release Johannesburg 4 Feb 2016 Orange Business Services welcomes the French government’s decision to award Cape Town with title of French Tech n Orange Business Services is one of the founding members of the French Tech Hub in Cape Town.

Orange Business Services has welcomed the French government’s decision to award the French Tech label to the city of Cape Town at the end of January. This announcement came as part of the “French Tech Hub” program launched a year ago, which promotes the vitality of the Francophile Tech ecosystem abroad.

Orange Business Services is one of the founding members of the French Tech Hub in Cape Town. As part of its “open innovation” approach, Orange supports start-ups through its Orange Fab accelerator and Orange Digital Ventures investment arm. Orange is proud to be advancing the knowledge of the new digital world, while exploring its potential and encouraging the creativity of its partners.

Cape Town’s labelling comes after that of world-class cities such as New York, San Francisco, Tokyo and Israel, and in line with that of Moscow, Montreal, Hong Kong, London, Barcelona and Abidjan.

The title was presented in Paris by France’s Minister of Economy, Finances and Industry, Emmanuel Macron, and Deputy Minister for Digital Affairs, Axelle Lemaire.

The purpose of the French Tech Hub program is to create a bridge between French and South African entrepreneurs, particularly within the digital innovation space. It will support the emergence of French start-ups in South Africa and assist South African start- ups to expand in France, through partnerships with the 9 French Tech Hubs in the country.

“France is ranked as the 9th largest investor in South Africa, with more than 300 French companies operating within the country.

Obtaining the French Tech label shows that South Africa stands out as a major technological hub in Africa, and the world,” says Yannick Decaux, South Africa Country Manager, Orange Business Services.

“We have been operating in South Africa and connecting South Africa to the World for 66 years and this recognition confirms the relevance of our decision to have South Africa as our regional headquarter for Africa.”

For more information on the program, visit http://capetown.lafrenchtech.com/ About Orange Business Services

Orange Business Services, the Orange branch dedicated to B2B services, is not only a telecom operator, but also an IT solutions integrator and applications developer inFrance and around the world. Its 20,000 employees support companies in all areas of their digital transformation: mobile and collaborative workspaces; IT/cloud infrastructure;

fixed and mobile connectivity; private and hybrid networks; applications for Internet of Things, 360° customer experience and Big Data analytics; and cybersecurity thanks to dedicated experts and infrastructure to protect information systems. More than 3,000 multinational organizations and 2 million SOHOs, enterprises and local authorities in France rely on Orange Business Services as their trusted partner.

Learn more at www.orange-business.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our blogs.

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with annual sales of 39 billion euros in 2014 and has 157,000 employees worldwide at 30 September 2015. Orange is listed on the NYSE Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

Orange and any other Orange product or service names included in this material are trademarks of Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.


The Big Blues Meets Rock Festival 2016

The Big Blues Meets Rock Festival 2016
Saturday 9 April, Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville.
Dan Patlansky, Blues Broers, Gerald Clark Trio, Mark Haze, Crimson House, Natasha Meister, Pebbleman, The Rockerfellas, Jesse Jordan.
Blues & Rock will intertwine, at Hillcrest Quarry April Nine.

If you’re a Rocker and/or a Blues lover, get your groove on for electrifying Blues & Rock will join forces again at HILLCREST QUARRY in Durbanville on Saturday the 9th of April.

Featuring 9 Bands in a huge Marquee on a big stage with 30000 watts of sonic power, this year`s event is set to be a magnificent blast at one of the most incredible live music venues in SA. One of the highlights of the show will be the official (Cape Town) launch of Dan Patlansky’s brand new album ‘Introvertigo’. Patlansky says of the new album: “Fans can expect a unique brand of Blues Rock born out of guitar playing whilst striving for strong songwriting. I am very excited and proud of this album, and honestly feel this is my best release to date.” Patlansky has just completed a hugely successful 2 month European Tour with the incredible Joe Satriani and he has gained huge recognition overseas including being voted as one of the Top Ten best Rock guitarists in the world today.

Another great addition to this year`s line up is Crimson House. Grassroots, soul lifting, foot-stomping, heartmoving audio candy, built on a brotherhood that will outlive the timelessness of music they create. The music will take you back a century and right into the modern age within the same bar-line. Rooted in blues, coated in gypsy undertones, blended with early Jazz fuelled by roaring guitars, blazing Brass, sensational saxophones, shredding Banjos, & soul sweeping Harmonica’s, lead by a gravel paved voice coming out of a hard worked soul.

Needing no introduction, the line up also includes the Gerald Clark Trio, The Blues Broers and Mark Haze among others. Don’t miss out on one of the best live concerts of the year!

Food Stalls, Family Entertainment and Blues Rocking Goodness will be yours for 10 hours straight. Doors open at 12h15. We also have a monstrous Lucky Draw worth nearly R24000: A Fender Stratocaster, a Huge Cash Prize and a Paul Bothner Music Voucher will be going home to a lucky ticket holder. You’ll be able to buy a lucky draw ticket at the Festival for R30 but you’ll also get a Free Lucky Draw entry worth R30 with all Computicket bookings. You can collect your lucky draw ticket at the gate on presentation of your Computicket.

Tickets: R220 at Computicket 0861 9158000

Direct Booking Link: http://online.computicket.com/web/event/the_big_blues_meets_rock_2016/1005337508/0/70937147

Print @ Home tickets are available.

For info Phone Hillcrest Quarry on 021 976 4959 or visit www.bluesmeetsrock.co.za
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/945729742171471/

BAND Line-up:

13h00 Jesse Jordan
14h00 Natasha Meister
15h00 Gerald Clark Trio
16h00 The Blues Broers
17h00 Crimson House
18h00 Pebbleman with Special Guests
19h15 Mark Haze
20h15 Huge Fender Lucky Draw
20h30 Dan Patlansky (Official Introvertigo Album Launch)
21h45 The Rockerfellas

For more info Phone Hillcrest Quarry on 021 976 4959 or visit www.bluesmeetsrock.co.za

“The blues is not something you choose to play. It’s a bit like falling in love. It just happens, because it feels so right.” Rob Nagel. The Blues Broers.

“Rock is the rule breaker!” Mark Haze.


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The highly anticipated Col’Cacchio pizzeria Celebrity Chef Series ran from September until the end of November 2015. Three top South African sport stars teamed up with three of SA’s hottest young chefs to create their take on a signature pizza. Pizza lovers visited our stores nationally to sample their delectable signature creations and a remarkable R260 000 was raised for the Children’s Hospital Trust.

The mouth-watering 2015 line up of celebrity pizzas were created by Butch James and Kamini Pather, JP Duminy and Wynand van Rooyen and Jabu Mahlangu and Ivor Jones. A total of 11 047 pizzas were sold throughout the campaign, with Jabu Mahlangu and Ivor Jones’ ‘The Aegean’ pizza proving to be the most popular. Funds raised will be utilised to upgrade and expand the Paediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) at the Red Cross Children’s Hospital.

“We are delighted that Col’Cacchio pizzeria once again selected the Children’s Hospital Trust as the beneficiary for this worthy campaign. They have a big heart for the Hospital, and their generous support has helped raise funds for numerous Trust priority projects over the years, with this donation going towards building a much needed bigger and better ICU at the Hospital.” says Louise Driver, CEO of the Children’s Hospital Trust.

Col’Cacchio pizzeria Director, Kinga Baranowska, commented, “The Celebrity Chef Series is about contributing to a worthy cause and this would not be possible without the support of the public, our celebrity chefs, sportsmen and sponsors involved. We thank you for the role you’ve played in helping us raise this donation”.

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