It’s about to get SIZZLED…

The most anticipated summer music festival makes its return once more to the Castle of Good Hope and if you thought last year’s launch event was big, prepare your soul for bigger…

In its fourth year running, Sizzled continues to amaze me with each and every event. From humble beginnings to the royal affair of current times, this event just grows by the year and its all thanks to the support of Cape Town, but I don’t think it would be as well received had it not been for the dedicated Sizzled team that strives to bring the crowd the very best and most unique day-to-night music festival experience all the time!

Speaking of which (or is it writing of which? oh well…) Sizzled makes a grand 2017/18 launch with headlining act: OSKIDO (Kalawa Jazmee)


SA’s premier house music DJ/Producer born Oscar Mdlongwa, affectionately known by his stage names: Oskido, Oscar Warona, Godzilla or the Big’O started his career simply by filling in for the absent resident DJ one night and the rest is history…

Also joining the boss and leader of house music are legendary duo: Craig De Sousa and Dino Moran, who joined forces in April 2004 to create a dance show called The Night Watchmen. The show featured some of the world’s top DJ mixes from Louis Vega, Jeff K and Bruno Banner. The show also showcased SA’s top producers and DJ’s like Lady Lea, Vimo, Coco Loco and many more. Together with their unrivalled club culture experience, Craig’s deep house sound combined with Dino’s fresh up-for-it beats have made it one of the most successful house music shows in South Africa.

Experience the originators live and exclusive to Sizzled Summer Music and Food Festival.


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EMERGE: A Solo Exhibition by Lionel Smit

Lionel Smit, in collaboration with .M Contemporary Sydney, presents the solo exhibition EMERGESmit explores the emergence of identity that is constructed through a process of layering and fragmentation on the canvas. His portraits transpire a hybrid identity evoked by emotion through swaths of colour that assemble the portraits and figures in his works. The exhibition ran from 1 to 20 September 2017, showcasing his portraiture, sculpture and silkscreens.
Lionel is representative of South African contemporary art and talent abroad. He currently has public sculptures exhibited as part of group exhibition Influx 2017 Outdoor in Providence, Rhodes Island, United States. This is part of The Avenue Concept consecutive public art exhibitions realised by the Cynthia Reeves gallery. Exposed 2017, is a group show with internationally renowned sculptors, including Smit‘s work, curated by Rachel Moore, Director and Curator and Stephanie Walker, Assistant Curator at the Helen Day Art Center in Vermont, United States.
Smit’s work has also been featured locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki,  Everard Read in London and Art Miami; his monumental sculpture Morphous was featured in Union Square, New York City during 2016 and 2017.
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Smirnoff Salutes the MTV Video Music Awards for Breaking Barriers and Fighting Against the System

Smirnoff, the lead sponsor of the local broadcast of the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards (VMAs), applauds the announcement that gendered categories have been scrapped from this year’s music video celebration. The good times drink for everyone also welcomes the addition of the Best Fight Against the System category.

MTV VMA Host: Katy Perry
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The Best Female Video and Best Male Video categories have now been combined into one, simply titled Artist of the Year. Nominees vying for the moonman were Bruno Mars, Kendrick Lamar, Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, The Weeknd and Lorde.

According to MTV, the Best Fight Against the System category has been added to celebrate those videos that inspire viewers to stand up and fight injustice. Videos that made the cut include Black SpiderMan by Logic ft. Damian Lemar Hudson, Big Sean’s LightSurefire by John Legend and Alessia Cara’s Scars To Your Beautiful.

Smirnoff Marketing Manager, Kyle Lesch says: “Music and MTV have always broken barriers and with Smirnoff bringing the broadcast of the VMAs to South Africa, ‘Everyone’s Invited’ to enjoy this historic transformation to the Awards that have been honouring the best music videos since 1984.”

MTV’s move to non-gendered categories aligns with Smirnoff’s Equalizing Music initiative, which strives to drive gender parity and diversity in the music industry. What’s more, the addition of the Best Fight Against the System category compliments Smirnoff’s efforts in shining a light on creatives who use their platforms to address social issues through their newly launched Change Makers campaign, which aims to encourage everyone to make a positive change.”

To see who all took home a moonman, check out the following link:

 Smirnoff. Everyone’s Invited. Not for Sale to Persons under the Age of 18.  Enjoy Responsibly.

Low-Skilled Roles Limit Women and South Africa in Moving Forward…

Women’s Month, marked annually in August, gives pause for reflection on the state of gender equality and its impact, especially in light of this year’s theme: The Year of OR Tambo: Women United in Moving South Africa Forward.

This is according to Premier Hotels & Resorts’ Chief Operating Officer, Sigal Geva.

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She continues, “The latest Global Gender Gap Report, published annually by the World Economic Forum (WEF), has ranked South Africa at 15 out of 144 other countries in terms of its level of gender parity. While strides have been made in closing the gender gap, it will take 60 years for economic parity to be achieved. A factor impeding this is the predominance of women in low-skilled roles within the country’s labour force. This is evident within the tourism sector, where women make up nearly 70% of the industry’s workforce but hold less than 40% of all managerial positions, fewer than 20% of general management roles and only between 5% and 8% of board positions, according to the Department of Tourism.”

Minister of Tourism, Tokozile Xasa, has previously stated that, although the tourism and hospitality sector has become an economic and social phenomenon – demonstrating above average growth since the 2009 economic crisis and being set to create 70 million new jobs over the next 10 years, women continue to be marginalised in this lucrative sector. To address this, she launched a campaign earlier this year, dubbed WiT 30in5, to increase the proportion of women in tourism management positions to 30% in the next five years.

“Unfortunately, South Africa is not alone in its gender parity issues. For instance, the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA) has found that in the Australian hospitality industry, women earn 10.9% less than their male counterparts and only 9.8% of CEOs are women,” adds Geva.

She says: “It is baffling that this is still the status quo both in South Africa and other countries around the world, given that studies have shown that having women in high ranking positions has a positive impact on organisational performance and profitability. For example, research by Catalyst – a non-profit organisation with a mission to accelerate the progress of women through workplace inclusion – found that Fortune 500 companies with the highest proportion of women on their boards performed significantly better than firms with the lowest. What’s more, the Peterson Institute for International Economics found a correlation between more female leaders in top leadership positions and increased financial profitability in their analysis of 21,980 firms in 91 countries.”

“With PwC’s Hospitality Outlook: 2017-2021 noting that tourism is one of the fastest-growing sectors of the economy and the World Travel and Tourism Council forecasting that it will contribute R412.2 billion to the country’s gross domestic product this year, and R624.2 billion by 2027, will South African women be adequately included in this growth trajectory and indeed be united in moving South Africa forward?” concludes Geva.

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Polyco Launches a Movement to Make Waste Work

Polyco-Final-logopathHIGH-RESAbout 177,000 tonnes of polyolefin plastics, such as milk and detergent bottles, bread bags and assorted food containers, were recycled last year – contributing approximately R1.7 billion to the country’s GDP and creating over 14,000 jobs. However, 363,000 tonnes were not, meaning that South Africa is missing out on potential GDP growth and much-needed employment opportunities.


These figures were revealed at Polyco’s recent fifth Annual General Meeting (AGM) by Chairman, Jeremy Mackintosh. Polyco was established in 2011 by polyolefin packaging producers, to reduce the amount of polyolefin waste going to landfill by providing funding to increase the sustainable collection, recycling, recovery and beneficiation of polyolefin plastics.

At the AGM, it was announced that the non-profit company (NPC) – which is focused on making waste a valuable resource that works for the economy – would be rebranding to Polyco+, creating a movement designed to change mindsets and behaviours around recycling.

Mackintosh said that while the polyolefin packaging market grew by 3.3% in 2016, recycling volumes remained at the same level as the previous year. The South African Plastics Recycling Organisation confirmed this, with its General Manager, Annabe Pretorius, stating: “The demand for recyclate (raw recyclable material) is still at an all-time low – which has been the case for more than 14 months. This low demand can be attributed to the general economic slump, which has specifically affected commodity market applications for recyclate.”


Polyco Chief Executive Officer, Mandy Naudé added: “We, as South Africans, are facing a national crisis, with a recent Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) study noting that only 5% of our population recycles. Over and above slowing economic development and withholding employment opportunities from thousands, the consequences of this lack of responsibility when it comes to our waste has resulted in unsightly and harmful plastics filling our natural environment – both marine and land-based.”

Polyco+ has been launched to broaden the company’s capacity in addressing these problems. Naudé explained: “Polyco+ is an engagement platform that collaboratively finds solutions to the national crisis that affects us all. Through it, we will continue to work with municipalities and industry sectors, supporting their operations and taking the necessary action to recover from the challenging economic conditions of the past year. We will also be joining forces with like-minded industry partners such as packaging converters, brand owners, retailers, collectors and recyclers to implement sustainable, long-term solutions with the ultimate aim of improving the management of polyolefin waste. In addition, we will be engaging with consumers to shift their perception of recycling because, unless we secure their support, we will not win the battle to clean up our environment.”


The platform also aligns with the NPC’s role in implementing the polyolefin Industry Waste Management Plan (IWMP) that will provide polyolefin waste solutions to both metro and rural areas whilst bolstering enterprise development, job creation and transformation opportunities within the sector.

Polyco+ aims to create a society where litter is minimised and the value of waste is maximised through recycling. The strategy for achieving this is underpinned by three key pillars – Celebration, Collaboration and Activation.

Elaborating on these, Naudé said: “In terms of the Celebration component, we will be developing and recognising innovation and potential successes in the sector. With regards to Collaboration, we will work alongside various industries and partners to create a unified voice and take action to tackle the problem of plastic waste recycling – making waste work, together. At the crux of our strategy is Activation – the implementation of our project funding model, education and awareness campaigns along with the launch of innovative solutions to transform consumers’ attitudes towards recycling and bring about real world change.”

She concluded: “We believe that through Polyco+, we can make our vision of a cleaner and more sustainable South Africa by 2030 a reality for all.”

#ULTRASA returns for 5TH anniversary!


ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA, Africa’s largest electronic music festival, proudly announces its return to Cape Town and Johannesburg for its FIFTH consecutive year.

Boasting state-of-the-art stage setups, the world’s best DJs and an unforgettable festival experience, ULTRA South Africa has become a firm favourite of the South African music landscape over the last four years. Now, ULTRA South Africa announces their festival info for 2018, with its most competitively priced EARLY BIRD tickets ever! The registration process must be followed in order to get your hands on these early bird prices, for a limited time only, so don’t wait.

Globally, Ultra Music Festival is gearing up to celebrate its 20th anniversary at the flagship event in Miami in 2018, making next year a momentous one for the brand, with South Africa celebrating the 5th year of the local event in the same year. Meaning that the organisers will be making the 2018 festivals bigger than ever before.

The Cape Town event will be held earlier in the year, on Friday 9th February 2018, and will once again be held at the Cape Town Stadium, that iconic venue that all visitors to the Mother City know and love. The stadium is not only convenient for anyone in the city to get to and for easy access in and out, but brings a unique flavour to the event that anyone that was at the 2017 show can attest to. Not to mention the host of after-parties held around the city that are only a few minutes away from the stadium, making it that much easier to keep the ULTRA SA party going until morning!

Nasrec is THE home to ULTRA SA in Joburg, and has been since Day 1, once again in 2018 this unparalleled festival venue will play host to the largest music show the people of Gauteng know and adore! This event proves each year just how a dance music festival should look, and will be no different when Ultranauts converge on Nasrec’s gates on Saturday 10th February 2018 for yet-another mind-blowing electronic music experience.

Registration for early bird tickets to the 2018 shows will be done via Ultra Passport on, so please complete this process as soon as possible or you will miss out on early bird prices.

Ultra Passport is the global Ultra programme recently launched to reward loyal Ultranauts that attend events around the world. It allows passport holders to earn points that place them in various tiers, and within which they earn various rewards. Benefits include access to early bird tickets, separate festival entrances, access to lounge areas, and more depending on the passport tier.

Points are earned for enrolling in the programme and attending events, and points valid for 25 calendar months, so it makes sense for SA Ultranauts to register now and start earning!

Once the early bird tickets have run out we will roll straight over into Tier1, still an incredibly priced ticket considering what value you get for the money, so visit and register now!

Follow ULTRA SA on Facebook and Twitter for real-time updates on artists, tickets and festival updates.

Travel young “they” say… HOW? I ask…

As students, we all get bitten by the “wanderlust” bug, but very rarely do we give into it…

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Thanks to study fees and maintaining social living standards, travelling seems near impossible, however thanks to student travels might just be within grasp.

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Personally, finances has always been my excuse for not booking that ticket and the currency exchange rate has not helped the cause, but after comparing flights, browsing through their budget tips and CHEAP (love this word) student destinations, I have come to realise that my timing was completely off!


Their Student Flights page is very insightful for the first time travelers and for those who save tirelessly to travel far less than their hearts desire. I am so happy that two of my dream destinations are on the CHEAP list and will definitely be making use of the site over the affordable travel period!

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Check it out now! Book those flights! You may thank me later…