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Toad in the hole

Toad in the hole sounds to me like a chapter from a Beatrix Potter book and my imagination runs riot of a frog breathing heavily from a lilly pad or, even worse, a frog jumping at me (okay, so I have a frog phobia). So you can imagine that although I have been wanting to make toad in the hole forever, I had issues - big issues.

By Nina Timm 16 Jan 2013 10:17

Will technology kill us or make us stronger?

NEW YORK, US / JOHANNESBURG, SA: McCann "Truth about Wellness" global research study reveals multiple contradictions & cultural upsets around the world. More than half of respondents (54%) think that technology is making us healthier while 46% think it is making us sicker; globally 94% of consumers agree brands have a role in supporting their wellness needs.

16 Jan 2013 08:49

Cape Town film in Best Short Film category

South African short film, Asad, having scooped Best Short Film awards at 13 festivals around the world during the past year, has received an Oscar nomination in the Best Short Film category.

16 Jan 2013 06:38

Cape Town Electronic Music Festival to build on previous success

The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, to be held from 12 to 17 February, 2013, at the V&A Waterfront will once again feature a series of development workshops and satellite events in a core three-day festival looking into the multi facets of South Africa's electronic music scene.

15 Jan 2013 12:02

[2013 trends] Game on for retailers going mobile

As crisis-hit Europe continues to impact economic growth, and projections for the local economy are trimmed, the battle for a share of consumer spend is getting increasingly fierce. Retailers will rely on technology to drive innovative discount models and integrated loyalty programmes by optimising the one device every consumer has access to already - even in-store - the mobile phone.

By Steve Cragg 15 Jan 2013 11:08

Skrillex to play Joburg, Cape Town and Durban

Skrillex, arguably the world's sickest beat-dropper, will be playing Joburg, Cape Town and Durban in his 2013 Skrillex Mothership SA Tour.

15 Jan 2013 09:50

Public to select Best TV Sport Commercial for Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards

The public is invited to select the winner of this year's Best TV Sport Commercial, sponsored by Sports Illustrated, with voting now open, ahead of the Virgin Active Sport Industry Awards 2013 on 7 February 2013 at Emperor's Palace.

15 Jan 2013 09:09

Academy claims it 'cures' homosexuality

A Christian arts academy in Bloemfontein has come under fire for advertising that it can "cure" homosexual students, it was reported on Sunday (13 January).

15 Jan 2013 09:07

The Muffinz to support the Red Hot Chilli Peppers in Joburg

Joburg's eclectic soul trip group The Muffinz have been added to the line-up for the Red Hot Chili Peppers concert in Joburg only, performing along with Die Antwoord on Saturday, 2 February, 2013, at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium, Joburg.

14 Jan 2013 10:14

Playing the Cardenio right

Do you trust your best friend? That's the question posed in Cardenio, best known as one of Shakespeare's lost plays. Written with his collaborator John Fletcher and set in 17th-century Spain, the work explores themes of friendship, family, honour, betrayal, money, power, and the true nature of love.

By Eugene Yiga 14 Jan 2013 09:38

Music Exchange 2013 getting down to the business of making music

Music Exchange, South Africa's two-day independent music conference that gets everyone in the music industry talking, is set to take place from 21-22 March 2013.

Issued by Triple M Entertainment 11 Jan 2013 13:16

DA asks SABC to clarify role of freelancers

Converting freelance workers to permanent positions is not an expansion of staff, the SABC claimed on Thursday (10 January).

11 Jan 2013 10:36

David Kramer plays the Kalahari Karoo Blues

"Early church people called it "Duiwel's musiek" (Devil's music) because it's associated with dancing under the moon and all the traditions that used to exist. The church comes along and says you shouldn't be dancing under the moon like that. You should be in church playing gospel hymns." In case you're wondering what award-winning entertainer David Kramer is talking about, I suggest you join him in Kalahari Karoo Blues at Cape Town's Baxter Theatre.

By Eugene Yiga 11 Jan 2013 10:21

Over 1,400 people die in accidents during festive season

Transport Minister Ben Martins has announced that 1,465 people lost their lives on the country's roads during the festive season. The main causes of the road fatalities during the period between 1 December 2012 and 8 January 2013 were drunken driving, excessive speeding, dangerous overtaking, not using seatbelts and unroadworthy vehicles. There were 1,221 fatal accidents recorded during the period. In the 2011/2012 festive season period, 1,475 people died on the country's roads.

11 Jan 2013 10:05

Sibot releases three-track Magnet Jam

Sibot have recently released three new tracks under the collective name Magnet Jam on the Jeffree's division of Diplo's label, Mad Decent, which is known to release the best new music for free.

11 Jan 2013 09:50

TopTV on life support: Can it be saved?

The story of TopTV's chronic failure to capture the South African pay television market has its origins in the failure by the broadcasting regulator, ICASA, to open the subscription television market to competition. ICASA has failed dismally to enable the introduction of new pay-TV players to compete with the incumbent, the dominant MultiChoice, operating under the brand name DStv, which was launched in 1995, a decade after its parent pay-TV channel, M-Net, was launched in 1986.

By Avhasei Mukoma 11 Jan 2013 06:30

Final countdown to Afcon begins

JOHANNESBURG: Anticipation ahead of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) has reached fever pitch.

10 Jan 2013 11:35

Colour festival to brighten SA

It is only fitting that the newest instalment of the biggest colour festival on the planet - Holi One - be held in South Africa, the Rainbow Nation and home to many different cultures and races.

By Tiisetso Tlelima 10 Jan 2013 11:17

Luxury villas Caribbean - live life king-size

If you are planning a vacation to relax, enjoy pleasant weather and see the beautiful serene locations with your family or a group, then renting a luxury Caribbean villa can prove to be an excellent choice. A villa will not only provide you a new travelling experience, but also make your stay easy and comfortable.

By will smith 10 Jan 2013 10:45

Local artists announced for Feel the Beat of Subzero

The "Ice" list of local performers who will share the stage with the hip hop legend Kanye West at the Castle Lite Feel the Beat of Subzero Experience has been announced. However, a surprise artist will only be revealed at the event when he hits the stage.

10 Jan 2013 10:30

Gauteng ready for Afcon spectacle

With just a few days left to the start of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the Gauteng provincial government says it is pulling all the stops to ensure the tournament is a success.

10 Jan 2013 10:08

Programme for 2013 Cape Town International Summer Music Festival announced

The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off 2013 with the 7th annual Cape Town Summer Music Festival. The seven performances feature a range of local and international musicians playing music by Rachmaninov, Prokofiev, Chopin, Gershwin, Vaughn Williams, Vivaldi, Verdi, and more.

10 Jan 2013 09:51

Gangster Squad

Gangster Squad is an exceptional work of art revealing that there is no difference between an apocalyptic world ravaged by zombies and a post-war City of Angels consumed by malevolent greed.

By Daniel Dercksen 10 Jan 2013 09:26

Muvhango auditions this weekend

SABC2 will be holding auditions for Muvhango at Bassline, Newtown, Johannesburg on Saturday 12 January 2013 from 8am to 5pm. No previous acting experience is necessary, but great energy and personality is paramount.

10 Jan 2013 08:10

New vehicle sales beat forecast in 2012

New vehicle sales increased to 623,914 units last year which is a growth of 9.2% over 2012 and 2% more than expected by automobile industry body NAAMSA. The 2012 total does not include 7,794 units sold by Great Wall Motors.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 10 Jan 2013 05:44

Beautiful game open to women

A new non-profit organisation, Girls and Football South Africa (GFSA), promises to kick down gender barriers in the beautiful game and give more South African women the opportunity to participate in Africa's biggest sport.

By Tiisetso Tlelima 9 Jan 2013 11:10

It's not just tattoos at the Cape Tattoo Expo

The Cape Tattoo Expo, which is to be held at Cape Town City Hall from 25 to 27 January, 2013, will feature top international tattoo artists as well as an arts and concert event schedule. There will be more than 80 renowned tattoo artists representing 15 different countries present.

9 Jan 2013 09:55

Suspended Safa President reinstated

JOHANNESBURG: Suspended South African Football Association (Safa) President Kirsten Nematandani has been reinstated with immediate effect.

8 Jan 2013 12:55

MSC Cruises launches new recreational beach facilities on Portuguese Island

Last month, MSC Cruises celebrated the opening of a new beach facility on Portuguese Island, one of many destinations on the company's southern African itineraries. Completed just in time to welcome over 40 000 guests expected to visit the island during this cruise season, the facilities provide travellers of all ages with the perfect break from the hot Mozambican sun.

8 Jan 2013 11:51

New double cab joins Land Cruiser range

Toyota's Africa-conquering Land Cruiser 70 has undergone a number of cosmetic changes and mechanical improvements and for the first time it is now also available as a double cab.

By Henrie Geyser: motoring editor 8 Jan 2013 11:50

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