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La Grenadine Petit Hotel has a certain je ne sais quoi

They've been open for business for roughly 11 months and this new kid on the block is already 70% booked out until next May! So what's so great about La Grenadine Petit Hotel, a guest house tucked away deep in the heart of Cape Town's CBD?

By Sindy Peters 5 Dec 2012 11:34

African stars opting out of Afcon are 'selfish and egotistical'

BBC Sport reports that the chairman of the Local Organising Committee for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) says players who will not play for their country are "selfish and egotistical".

5 Dec 2012 11:22

Easy fruit cake - fruity, boozy and ready for Christmas!

Your fruit cake should have been baked by now and you should be feeding it with brandy every week! Well, maybe if you were Julia Child or your great granny, yes, but hey, we live in the real world, which is pretty hurried and fast at the moment. With this easy fruit cake recipe, you can make your fruit cake with not much effort and with a drizzle of your favourite brandy every week or so, your fruit cake will be perfect by Christmas!

By Nina Timm 5 Dec 2012 10:01

ACDA launches Summer Season of Film Screenings

Thanks to Afrika Culture and Development Club (ACDC) a breadth of new energy is sweeping through the townships in and around Johannesburg with the Summer Season Film Screenings.

4 Dec 2012 13:55

SA 'comfortable' with Afcon plans

According to Kenyan digital news platform the Africa Review, fifteen nations are soon to arrive for the 29th edition of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, which will be played between January 19 and February 10 next year. Is South Africa ready? The country will host the tournament almost 3 years after they became the first African country to provide the stage for the World Cup.

4 Dec 2012 11:26

Top rock bands to appear at the V&A Waterfront

Five South African bands are to take to the stage in the Amphitheatre's Summer Concerts between Wednesday, 26 and Sunday, 30 December, 2012, at Cape Town's V&A Waterfront.

4 Dec 2012 10:58

Top of The Table - now there's a baie slim idea

When it came to selecting a location for new photographs reflecting the new, slimmer me, I thought immediately of The Table Bay Hotel. I asked Fabiani's Waterfront store to lend me garments to use for the shoot for which I'd hired photographer Hetty Zantman.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 4 Dec 2012 09:44

Justin Bieber's SA tour dates confirmed

Justin Bieber's tour dates for South Africa have been announced: he will perform on Wednesday, 8 May at Cape Town Stadium and Sunday, 12 May, 2013, at FNB Stadium, Joburg.

4 Dec 2012 09:34

Volkswagen's blue is the new green

Thanks to a technological magic wand that turns blue into green I recently drove a sexy four-door coupe at a less then leisurely pace from Gansbaai to Hout Bay using an average of just 5.8 litres/100km of costly juice for the journey.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 4 Dec 2012 08:52

Mary Sibande wins young artist award

Mary Sibande, 30, is the winner of the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Arts. She was brought up by her grandmother in Barberton, Mpumalanga but studied art at the University of Johannesburg, where she won several overseas fellowships and gave her first solo exhibition in 2009. Her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother all worked as domestic helpers. She transformed their experiences into stunning works of art which were draped from buildings in Jo'burg in 2010, turning the inner city into a giant art gallery. Her work will be exhibited in South Africa's major cities in 2013.

4 Dec 2012 07:31

Six athletes included in 100 most influential Africans list

AfriqueJet Actualité website reports that six African athletes are included in the list of 100 most influential Africans, published by the New African magazine in its December edition, they are: current 800 metres Olympic and world record holder, 23-year-old David Rudisha of Kenya, former English club Chelsea player, 34-year-old footballer Didier Drogba of Cote d'Ivoire, and the 25-year-old sprinter Oscar Pistorius, holder of three world records and the first amputee to win an able-bodied track medal.

3 Dec 2012 12:26

International Guitar Night

International Guitar Night (IGN) is a series of shows designed to bring "the world's greatest and most accomplished acoustic guitar players" to South Africa. The brainchild of Tony Cox, South Africa's own internationally acclaimed guitar wizard, the stated focus of IGN is to feature guitar players who "pluck the strings creating bass, rhythm, melody and percussive lines all at the same time, coaxing a mini-orchestra from the six strings".

By Michael Britton 3 Dec 2012 11:31

Nu Metro Cinemas acquires Movies@Woodlands in Pretoria

Nu Metro Cinemas recently entered into an agreement to acquire Movies@Woodlands, the successful independent cinema complex in the upmarket area of Pretoria East. As of Friday, 30 November 2012, Woodlands started trading under the Nu Metro Cinemas brand. The acquisition of this cineplex will further enhance Nu Metro's diverse footprint in South Africa.

3 Dec 2012 11:16

Brett Murray participates in Wavescape exhibition, auction

Fresh from the controversial Spear affair, Cape Town satirical artist Brett Murray has joined in on a unique charity art project. Murray joins 10 other artists, including Roger Ballen (the creative force behind Die Antwoord music video "I Fink You Freeky"), who have decorated 10 surfboards for the Wavescape Art Board Exhibition and Charity Auction, which recently launched in Cape Town.

3 Dec 2012 11:06

Initial lineup for Rock the River SA 2012 released

This year's Rock the River SA New Year's Festival will take place from 28 December, 2012, to 1 January, 2013, at the Savannah Farm (Windmeul Road, Perdeberg), located 30 minutes' drive from Cape Town (and 20 minutes' drive from Durbanville).

3 Dec 2012 10:36

Top world DJs to perform at EDM Fest

The EDM Fest will take place on 16 December, 2012, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre and will feature some of the world's top EDM DJs, including: Gareth Emery, W&W, Lange, Protoculture and Sarah Howells performing a live vocal set. Ending the line-up will be local DJ Kingsize.

3 Dec 2012 09:39

Cape dancers awarded scholarships to USA

Cape Dance Company's Mthuthuzeli and Aviwe November have both been awarded full scholarships to the Washington Ballet School's summer intensive next year in Washington DC in the USA. The two dancers, who hail from the Zolani Township outside Montagu in the Cape, were trained in ballet by Fiona Sargeant, who represents Dance for All in that community.

3 Dec 2012 09:19

CECAFA tournament promotes hand-washing campaign

According to, the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (CECAFA) has partnered with German non-profit organisation WASH United to use the positive influence of sport in order to promote hand washing with soap, under the "Protecting the Beautiful Game" banner, during the 2012 tournament currently ongoing in Uganda's capital, Kampala.

30 Nov 2012 10:32

Little imagination in Pretville

The new Afrikaans musical Pretville is unlike anything you have ever seen locally. It spells fun with a capital F and delivers what it promises, and much, much more. In fact, there's so much more that the little that is left, leaves nothing to the imagination.

By Daniel Dercksen 30 Nov 2012 08:51

Celebrity wheelchair tennis challenge on Disability Day

On 3 December 2012, Wheelchair Tennis South Africa (WTSA) in conjunction with the Office of the Premier will be hosting a Celebrity Wheelchair Tennis Challenge at Johannesburg's Nasrec Expo Centre, AfricaNews reports.

29 Nov 2012 14:41

I Don't Work On Sundays

After a sold-out season earlier this year, comedian Marc Lottering is back with I Don't Work On Sundays at Cape Town's Baxter Theatre. Judging by the non-stop laugher that left many people barely able to contain themselves, adding some extra performances might be required!

By Eugene Yiga 29 Nov 2012 11:25

Minnie and Johnson - maximum delight

The two cabaret artists, Emile Minnie and Godfrey Johnson, do a show that is an absolute delight. Kalk Bay Theatre is the ideal venue for this intimate show, which offers something for everyone.

By Daphne Cooper 29 Nov 2012 10:26

A bitter pill

The holy trinity power house team of, Jaco van der Merwe, Louis Minaar and Peach van Pletzen are truly a combined force to be reckoned with. Jaco's lazy gruff rapping style and cleverly conscious lyrics, Peach's multi-instrumentalist multi- talent tsunami and Louis' brilliant creative mind and skill create a super group of note. The only baffling thing is the fact that Bittereinder are not better acknowledged and celebrated. Perhaps now with second album offering "Die Dinkdansmasjien" things will shift. The SA music industry seems to be nodding their heads in appreciation and time to the beat.

By Ruth Cooper 29 Nov 2012 09:44

13 year old wins 2013 Afcon mascot competition

Out of 3,000 primary schools that entered Afcon 2013 mascot competition to draw the official talisman of the 2013 edition of the Africa Cup of nations (Afcon) -- Tumelo Nkoana 's mascot is the one that ultimately won the competition, The Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) reports.

28 Nov 2012 13:30

Crystal Cruises, Music Centre of LA up the ante

Special-interest tourism packages are a great way to get like-minded people to enjoy a holiday together. Cruise liners have long had erudite guests to entertain and educate passengers but Crystal Cruises and the Music Centre of Los Angeles' distinguished Spotlight Program, have upped the ante in the classical music and dance stakes by offering performances and master classes at sea on two Northern Europe cruises next summer.

By Brian Berkman: contributing editor, travel 28 Nov 2012 12:11

If the Sky Should Fall

"The name's Bond, James Bond". These words, though iconic and catchy, have never mattered much to me. I like James Bond, but not to the degree that I care whether he takes his martini shaken or stirred. As Daniel Craig's Bond says in Casino Royale (2006) when asked whether he wants his martini shaken or stirred: "Do I look like I give a damn?" Bond's just a guy who kicks ass, has cool toys and gets laid more often than not.

By Charles Siboto 28 Nov 2012 11:38

Buena Vista Social Club, Brand New Heavies headline CT Jazz Festival

Buena Vista Social Club and Brand New Heavies have been announced as headline acts for the Cape Town International Jazz Festival, 2013, as part of the first 13 confirmed acts. The festival is to take place on Friday, 5 and Saturday, 6 April, 2013, at the Cape Town International Convention Centre.

28 Nov 2012 10:00

Liberia FA appeals FIFA rule change in Court of Arbitration for Sport

The BBC reports that the Liberia Football Association has taken an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport over new rules adopted by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) that affect the body's presidential vote.

28 Nov 2012 09:58

Bond at it's best in Skyfall

What makes the latest Bond really great is that it is not the traditional Bond. Yes, there's the daredevil and heart-pounding action sequences, magnificent cars, gorgeous girls and tiny gadgets, but Skyfall is ultimately a stirring and emotionally evocative human drama unlike any other; with Bond and M pitted against an unscrupulous villain with a personal agenda and unyielding vendetta. Moving global warfare of epic proportions into the background, Skyfall zones in on an intimate and emotional war zone that strikes all the right chords.

By Daniel Dercksen 27 Nov 2012 09:58

Re-elected Sam: accountability crucial in 'cut-throat sport business' reports that the membership of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) re-elected Gideon Sam as President for another four year term at the Quadrennial General Meeting on Saturday.

26 Nov 2012 14:36

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