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Why Gangnam Style is the biggest news, brand story of 2012

Through his recent success, 34-year-old, Korean K-pop superstar Psy, has had the president of the United States joke about being able to do his silly horse dance, got him photographed with Ban Ki-moon, and featured on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, teaching Britney Spears and mums across America his Gangnam Style dance. (video)

By Lebogang Mukansi 19 Nov 2012 09:46

The motor plan, salvation or hi-tech con?

The motoring world has changed profoundly over the last 25 years. OK, I confess to being trained in the old school where I maintained my own cars and when necessary rebuilt engines and gearboxes and anything else that needed repair such as alternators, starter motors, windscreen wiper motors, CV joints, bearings etc. During these years I held the power in my hands!

By Roger Metcalfe 19 Nov 2012 09:26

Casper de Vries' heavenly hell

Although Casper de Vries has titled his latest show Vark in Hel (Pig in Hell), it's a heavenly experience that should not be missed.

By Daniel Dercksen 19 Nov 2012 09:13

'Great' Kalu gets SCSA Medal of Honour award

Football Association of Zambia (FAZ) President Kalusha Bwalya says it is an honour for him to be bestowed with a Medal of Honour award by the Supreme Council for Sport in Africa (SCSA), reports.

19 Nov 2012 07:17

Trail runner races mountain bikers to help conserve rhino

KwaZulu-Natal trail runner Tracy Zunckel competed against, and beat, mountain bikers in the recent FedGroup Berg & Bush near Winterton to raise funds for protecting rhino and other species in the Spioenkop Game Reserve.

19 Nov 2012 06:44

AFDA Annual Film Festival showcases students' films

AFDA (The South African School of Motion Picture Medium and Live Performance) will be hosting an annual film festival which showcases more than 50 new third year graduates and fourth year honours students' films. The festival is a unique opportunity for graduate students to attract and experience an audience in a public cinema environment.

19 Nov 2012 06:31

SA motorists are in love with their vehicles - BP survey

South African motorists shower their vehicles with just as much affection as they do a close friend or family member - maybe even a touch more, according to a survey conducted by leading fuels brand, BP Ultimate.

19 Nov 2012 06:30

Sail into the sunset at La Pirogue

La Pirogue, named for the traditional Mauritian twin-sailed fishing boat, bills itself as the most authentic Mauritian resort. Its individual chalets are also modelled on the traditional Mauritian thatched house. What it also has is seemingly acres of rolling lawns, and the tranquillity of a Trappist monastery.

By Rod Baker 19 Nov 2012 05:03

Banyana's Caf achievements get high praise

Banyana Banyana, the South African national women's football team, returned home from the Confederation of African Football (Caf) African Women's Championship to a rapturous welcome from hordes of supporters who brought the arrivals hall at Johannesburg's OR Tambo International Airport to a standstill, says.

16 Nov 2012 10:17

Breaking a yawn!

If there's one highlight on the big screen this year (and a sigh of relief), it's that the never-ending Twilight saga comes to final conclusion with the lifeless and dull The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part 2). What started out as an amusing saga fizzles into thin air.

By Daniel Dercksen 16 Nov 2012 09:52

Abalone House, you'll hardly want to leave

With its white-washed houses and ubiquitous blue shutters, Paternoster fancies itself part of the Greek Isles. Don't hold this against this charming West Coast seaside village as it punches way about its weight in the restaurants worth eating at and interesting shops at which to spend your money stakes.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 16 Nov 2012 09:00

Substance Films presents second Muizenbosch event

Substance Films, the independent filmmakers have undertaken to curate the second installment of a new local film showcase event that it is hoped will become a regular community-orientated film event for the Muizenberg area in Cape Town.

15 Nov 2012 17:15

Finalists of Murray & Roberts sports awards announced

Murray & Roberts recently announced the finalists of its annual Jack Cheetham Memorial and Letsema Awards which took place on 15 November 2012 at Urban Tree in Sandton, Johannesburg.

15 Nov 2012 17:11

Bittereinder launches new album: "Die Dinkdansmasjien"

Afrikaans electro rap band Bittereinder have announced the release of their second album, "Die Dinkdansmasjien", in November 2012. It will feature a host of new collaborators and is layered lyrical depth laced over hard, stirring, beautiful beats.

15 Nov 2012 12:26

Lots of LOLs in FBPK

Comedian Martin Evans, recently seen on Comedy Central and the South African edition of Come Dine With Me, gets up close and personal in FBPK. If you want to know why his new one-man show won a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival (or what FBPK stands for in the first place), it's now on at Cape Town's Kalk Bay Theatre.

By Eugene Yiga 15 Nov 2012 12:14

New Bond girl to attend SA premiere of Skyfall

Heineken has announced that it will be hosting Bond actress, Bérénice Marlohe, at the official SA premiere of Skyfall in late November in Joburg, as part of its James Bond-linked campaign, which launched this week.

15 Nov 2012 11:56

Opera and live theatre on big screen

Cinema-goers are in for a super-special treat this weekend with an exclusive screening of two magnificent must-see stage productions that were filmed live: The Metropolitan Opera's sumptuous production of Donizetti's L'Elisir d'Amore and The National Theatre's outstanding The Last of The Hausmans.

By Daniel Dercksen 15 Nov 2012 11:41

The Times: Petersen fired, Mumble new Safa CEO

SportLIVE reports that Dennis Mumble, who was the chief competitions officer for the 2010 Fifa World Cup, is the new CEO of the South African Football Association (Safa).

15 Nov 2012 10:55

Minnaar releases "Volcano" EP

Brother-and-sister Pretorian artists Louis and Magdalene Minnaar, who comprise Minaar, which writes dance-inspired operatic ballads, have today released their first EP, "Volcano", which can be downloaded for free.

15 Nov 2012 10:19

Student exhibition at the Open Window next week

On Thursday, 22 November 2012, a student exhibition will take place at the Open Window School of Visual Communication in Irene, Centurion at 7pm. Pepe Marais, a founding partner of Joe Public, will open the event. The exhibition runs until 2pm on 1 December 2012.

15 Nov 2012 07:26

Theatre4Youth Forum a platform to create dialogue

Approximately 120 artists, educators, government officials, funders as well as other supporting bodies are expected to converge for the ASSITEJ South Africa Theatre4Youth Forum at the Goethe Institute in Johannesburg, on 6 December 2012.

15 Nov 2012 07:06

ACT announces winners of Lifetime Achievement and ImpACT awards

The Lifetime Achievement and ImpACT award winners of the 15th annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards were recently announced at the Fairway Hotel & Spa in Johannesburg. The ACT Lifetime Achievement awards honour arts professionals whose extraordinary careers have had a profound and lasting impact on arts, culture and heritage.

15 Nov 2012 07:02

Go Beyond the Mind with Gilan Gork

It all started with a magic kit at the age of five. Because Gilan Gork's parents owned an educational toy centre and supported his passion by bringing home enormous magic sets from international toy fairs, it wasn't long before he began performing at charity events and professional gigs. Now, after a lifetime mastering his craft, Beyond the Mind demonstrates his ability to read minds, bend spoons, and a whole lot more.

By Eugene Yiga 14 Nov 2012 11:37

Vote for South African ultra-swimmer's autobiography

Theodore Yach, South Africa's ultra-swimmer has his autobiography, In My Element, nominated for an international award by the 2012 World Open Water Swimming Association (WOWSA) in its Offering of the Year category.

14 Nov 2012 08:06

Official proclamation of New7Wonders of Nature in South Africa

The first official inauguration of Table Mountain as one of the New7Wonders of Nature will take place on Saturday 1 December 2012 on Tafelberg Road, at the foot of the mountain. A public inauguration will take place during the City of Cape Town's free concert taking place at the Grand Parade on Sunday 2 December.

14 Nov 2012 07:06

Comrades honoured as world's oldest ultra-marathon

According to, South Africa's Comrades Marathon Association (CMA) received a special award at the 30th anniversary gala of the Association of International Marathons and Distance Races (AIMS) in Athens, Greece on Friday.

13 Nov 2012 12:58

Time for a woman to lead CWUSA

The outgoing president of the Creative Workers Union of South Africa, Mabutho "Kid" Sithole, says it is time for women to lead the union.

By Patience Bambalele 13 Nov 2012 12:26

Pageant 'reject' finally crowned

After being crowned Miss Soweto 2012, at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday (10 November), 20-year-old Hape Moloi can no longer call herself the queen of rejection.

By Dimakatso Motau 13 Nov 2012 11:45

Joburg line-up for Synergy Live 2012

Synergy Live 2012 is back on Saturday, 1 December, 2012, at Riversands Farm, Fourways, Joburg with a line-up featuring The Prodigy as the headline act.

13 Nov 2012 11:12

Call to enter Sing 'it for the chance to win R50 000

Sanlam and LitNet have just launched the second Sing 'it lyrics-writing competition, in which South Africans aged 18 years and older, and who have a passion for song writing, are invited to submit their lyrics.

13 Nov 2012 10:36

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