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Excitement is quickly growing as The Kingdom of Swaziland gears up for its largest music and arts festival of the year, MTN BUSHFIRE 2015. This internationally acclaimed 3 day festival will be taking place between 29 and 31 May 2015 at the House on Fire, in the heart of Swaziland’s Ezulwini Valley. Set against the Kingdom’s splendid landscape, MTN Bushfire attracts a diverse array of 20 000 enthusiastic visitors.
Announced this year by CNN as one of the “7 African music festivals you really have to see”, MTN BUSHFIRE celebrates creative expression whilst promoting social responsibility, stimulating the economy and drawing talent and tourists from across Africa and around the world.
Festival goers can enjoy 3 days of music, art, personal expression and social activism in a unique festival environment. The MTN BUSHFIRE Super Stage showcases the biggest international and continental artists to an energetic crowd of thousands. The Super Stage opens out onto sprawling lawns & pristine farmland with the breath-taking Mzimba Mountains rising in the background.
The House on Fire is an awe-inspiring performance area with a unique flavour. At its core, is the sunken ‘Afro-Shakespearean Globe Theatre’ that houses a range of performances and events in music, poetry, dance and others. The Ekhaya Stage celebrates the character of Swazi heritage through a colourful showcase of cultural performances, arts & cuisine. This proudly Swazi strand seeks to promote local tourism to the thousands of international visitors who visit this unique festival arena each year.
MTN BUSHFIRE is also an ideal festival for families travelling to Swaziland. MTN BUSHFIRE’s Family Programme features interactive activities that include art, theatre, storytelling, poetry and music. This programme gives families the opportunity to explore their creativity together throughout the festival weekend. In addition, the KIDZONE, a playground within the festival arena, features fairground rides, farm animals and a variety of games. Last but certainly not least, is Swaziland’s Global Food Village. The Global Food Village is a celebration of the Kingdom’s culture through the art of food. Fuel the fire in your belly when you choose from traditional Swazi delights or an array of European and Asian offerings.
If you prefer the rustic side to festivals of this nature, and enjoy camping, then the official MTN BUSHFIRE Campsite just for you. The campsite is set up and managed by All Out Africa and is conveniently located on Malandela’s Farm, 2 minutes walking distance of the festival arena. The festival campsite is located on well serviced, clean and beautiful lawns with plenty of space and 24 hour security. The site has a true festival atmosphere with people from all over the world mingling and sharing in the joys of one of Africa’s finest festivals. Campers can bring their own tent or hire one in the “tent village” and the breakfast café serves delicious food, hot drinks and healthy fruit smoothies from 7am.
For accommodation options elsewhere, only 20 minutes from House on Fire, Royal Villas provides a haven of comfort. Each of the 57 luxury guest rooms are set within 14 carefully designed and furnished with extra comfortable beds, and is fully-equipped with air-conditioning, heated towel rails, mini bars and Wi-Fi. Alternatively, situated 5 kilometres from BUSHFIRE, is Sundowners Backpackers Lodge which offers a range of budget accommodation options, from private rooms and self-catering apartments, to hostel-type dorms and camping sites.
Some have labelled DJ Sbu a marketing genius, while others have criticised his efforts to market his new energy drink, MoFaya, as being irresponsible and opportunistic.
DJ Sbu is no stranger to controversy. He is one of South Africa’s most well known media personalities, and he has joined Gareth Cliff’s online radio station, Cliff Central, after being shown the door by Metro FM. His departure from Metro FM follows a Metro FM awards event, at which he punted MoFaya to the attendees.
Not one to let his departure from Metro FM get in the way of his entrepreneurial pursuits, DJ Sbu secured a prime spot on Cliff Central, and will be hosting a 1 hour show which airs on Thursdays from 9am to 10am. His MoFaya energy drink is the sponsor of the show and remains central to his efforts to expand his business pursuits.
DJ Sbu recently made news headlines after a fake Forbes Magazine cover, which featured him with a can of MoFaya energy drink, started circulating on social media. DJ Sbu distanced himself from the image, and the ensuing legal dispute between him and Forbes was amicably resolved.
There is a split in public opinion regarding whether DJ Sbu’s aggressive marketing campaign for MoFaya has crossed the line. However, what remains clear is that he has a huge base of loyal supporters and fans – his Twitter account has 432 000 followers (and growing), and he is receiving many messages of support and encouragement on social media.
The publicity and controversy generated by his efforts to market MoFaya, have put the media spotlight on the energy drink, and will undoubtedly lead to an increase in sales of the product, which has quickly become a recognisable brand.
Ultimately, the key to the success of MoFaya will be to get major retailers and supermarkets to stock it so as to make it easily accessible to the general public. This is likely to be DJ Sbu’s biggest challenge, but if he overcomes it, he is likely to be well on his way to achieving his goals with the product.
We were privileged to have the opportunity to attend a screening of the award-winning Miners Shot Down Marikana massacre documentary last night – this was a privilege not only because the documentary was superbly made, but also because many South Africans will not have the opportunity to watch this hugely important documentary (given that local broadcasters SABC and ETV have declined to screen it due to its politically-charged content).
The importance of the documentary cannot be overstated – the report from the Farlam Commission of Enquiry is due for release in the coming weeks, and there has been a great deal of misinformation in the media regarding what actually took place on the fateful day of the massacre.
The documentary is presented from the perspective of the mineworkers – a perspective which has not been given its fair share of attention in terms of the media coverage of the tragedy.
The narrative traces the events in the days leading to the tragic events of 16 August 2012, when 34 miners were killed by members of the South African Police Service – apparently as a result of collusion between mining company Lonmin and influential political figures to ‘end’ a stand-off between the mineworkers and Lonmin in a wage dispute.
The documentary leaves one feeling disillusioned with the current political leadership, with a sense that there has been a huge travesty of justice, and with an acute feeling that something has to be done to right the wrongs.
The director of Miners Shot Down, Rehad Desai, was at the screening. He presented his perspective of the events at Marikana (and the current state of South Africa) after the screening.
The DVD of Miners Shot Down can also be purchased online – CLICK HERE TO ORDER THE DVD.
There’s a new Saturday morning market in Cape Town – the Oranjezicht City Farm is a market which is open on Saturdays until around lunchtime, and has become popular among locals.
We recently went to the Oranjezicht City Farm to experience it first-hand, and we were pleasantly surprised by what was on offer.
Offerings include a farmer’s market with fresh produce (including free range eggs and meat, organic veggies and various home-made jams and preserves). There are also stalls with various food items for sale, including bunless burgers, Greek food, schwarmas and various other tantalising options.
Most people go to the Oranjezicht City Farm for a morning out, and picnic on the grass with friends and family whilst enjoying food and drinks bought a the various stalls.
The Oranjezicht City Farm is located in the upmarket suburb of Oranjezicht, around the corner from Upper Kloof Road. It is directly next door to the home of Helen Zille, the Western Cape premier.
Over the past few years, many such initiatives have sprung up in Cape Town, with the first one having been the ever-popular Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock (which is also held on Saturdays and has similar offerings in terms of foodstuffs).
The Oranjezicht City Farm is relatively new, and is likely to grow further as more stalls decide to make the farm their home on Saturdays.
Located within South Africa’s borders, the trip from South Africa to Swaziland is a mere couple of hours by car. The Kingdom of Swaziland is a home away from home for all South Africans and the ideal holiday destination for the adventure seekers, the sports enthusiasts and the outdoor explorers.
Swaziland’s mountains, valleys, rivers and other natural wonders make it the ideal choice for those South Africans seeking adventure on their doorstep. Despite being the smallest country in the Southern hemisphere, Swaziland more than makes up for its lack of size with a hugely diverse range of attractions and activities to explore and participate in.
Those who want to get beneath the surface of Swaziland can try caving as an innovative activity. Being ‘indoors’ however is not on everybody’s itinerary and visitors can rather experience Swaziland a few feet off the ground. Malolotaja Nature Reserve is home to Swaziland’s first and only Tree Top Canopy Tour. This is located in the
Sihlotswane Gorge, where one 50m suspension bridge and 11 wooden platforms have been ingeniously affixed to the steep sides, bringing visitors to Swaziland a world of adventure. The kingdom’s highlands, mountains and gorges also offer opportunities to both climb and descend a number of rock faces.
A wonderful way to experience a remote area of Swaziland’s real beauty and spectacular scenery is to either try tubing or white river rafting. Trips are run by Swazi Trails on the Bulungapoort section of the Usutu River, between Sidvokodvo and Siphofaneni, in the centre of Swaziland. This is a secluded and inspiring stretch of
Swaziland is a popular destination for golfing holidays and has two championship-standard 18-hole courses: the Royal Swazi Spa Golf Club and the Nkonyeni Golf Estate. This beautiful country is also an ideal destination for fishing lovers, as the sport is available at a number of dams/reservoirs and rivers around the country.
What better way to explore Swaziland’s many and varied highlands, forests, and reserves than on foot. There are paths and trails in many locations across the country allowing for hikes from a couple of hours to many days in duration, and give access to places and views that are inaccessible by vehicle. Another great way to explore Swaziland’s stunning landscapes is by mountain bike. The kingdom offers visitors spectacular mountain bike trails in a number of locations, including Mhlambanyatsi, Hawane, Hlane, Malolotja, Mbuluzi and Shewula.
Join the adventure movement on social media and keep up-to-date with the latest Kingdom of Swaziland news on the recently launched Facebook page dedicated to South Africans interested in visiting this gem.
Facebook – My Swaziland South Africa – www.facebook.com/MySwazilandSA
In recent months, there has been huge growth in the online dating industry with the launch of Tinder in South Africa. While online dating in South Africa has, for the past few years, meant sitting in front of a computer and signing up on a dating website (which generally costs a monthly fee), the introduction of the free dating app Tinder has changed the way people meet online. Now, users can install the Tinder app on their cellphone and “meet” potential matches in their area in seconds.
One of Tinder’s biggest draw cards is that it’s free. The other draw card is that when Tinder matches you up with someone, you know that person finds you attractive – the app only matches up users who have expressed an interest in each other by “Liking” each others’ profile.
This is a significant benefit, as users interact with one another in the knowledge that the other person is attracted to them (physically at least), increasing their chances of success. Although the attraction may be considered superficial (as “Liking” is primarily done based on how attractive the other person’s picture is), physical attraction is an important element in any budding romance.
Tinder is primarily used in many first world countries (such as the US, the UK and Europe) as a hook-up app. However, South Africans are generally more conservative, and the app is primarily used locally as a way of meeting new people for purposes of dating (with a minority of local users using it for hook-ups).
The app is also a great way of meeting new people in different countries – when travelling, the app will display users who are close to your location and will match you with locals from the area who have “Liked” your profile.
While online dating is a relatively new phenomenon in South Africa, and the stigma attached to meeting someone in cyberspace is decreasing as Tinder makes it more socially acceptable to do so. It is not uncommon for someone standing around a braai with friends, to chat about their recent date with someone they met on Tinder.
There will be a huge petrol price decrease in January 2015, with the price of 93 octane petrol set to drop by R1.27 per litre and 95 octane petrol set to drop by R1.23 per litre with effect from Wednesday, 7 January 2015.
This price drop of around 10% will see the petrol price dropping to close to R11 per litre, and is the biggest price drop in recent history.
The drop is largely the result of weakening oil prices, with the price of crude oil dropping to lows of under $60 per barrel in December 2014. The oil price hit its lowest level in the past six years.
The petrol price decrease is likely to impact positively on inflation, and relieve the financial pressure faced by many consumers.
There is a growing number of listings on the popular accommodation website Airbnb in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Although Johannesburg is not a particularly popular travel destination in South Africa (especially when compared with Cape Town), many travellers to South Africa pass through Johannesburg for few days when flying in and out of South Africa.
As a result, the accommodation market is growing, and there are over 600 active listings for accommodation on Airbnb in Johannesburg ranging from rooms in apartments, to entire apartments, cottages and houses.
Prices for accommodation range from as little as R250 per person per night (for a private room) to R10 000 per night for a large, luxurious house which accommodates a big group of travellers. The average listing price is around R600 – R800 per night.
Generally, travellers are able to save some money by Airbnb’íng, as prices are slightly lower (and in some cases, much lower) than comparable hotel accommodation.
Anybody can list accommodation on the site easily and quickly, whether their motivation is to make a bit of extra money from unused space, or to start a more serious business venture in the accommodation industry.
It should be noted, however, that Airbnb is not a get-rich-quick scheme. An Airbnb listing takes time to gain popularity as the system is review-based, and listings become more popular over time as hosts’ positive reviews accumulate. This helps guests to know which listings are accurate and make informed choices, based on previous guests’ reviews regarding the listing they are considering booking.
Simba has once again teamed up with another South African legend to launch Simba All Gold Tomato Sauce flavoured potato chips, offering fans additional variety within the great tasting Simba potato chip range.
Simba All Gold Tomato Sauce delivers an authentic South African taste experience. Combining the flavoursome balanced sweet and sour taste of All Gold Tomato Sauce flavour with the delicious Simba quality that fans have come to expect, which creates an ideal sharing snack to enhance family fun times.
Bold iconic flavours are fast becoming a Simba tradition. The latest offering follows on the heels of other popular flavour introductions including; Simba Nandos Peri-Peri flavoured potato chips, Simba Mrs HS Balls Chutney flavoured potato chips as well as Simba Steers Monkey Gland Sauce flavoured potato chips.
For Simba it’s all about ‘Mapha’ – sharing, the delicious flavour, quality and freshness found in every pack of Simba potato chips. Simba All Gold Tomato Sauce flavoured potato chips present the perfect opportunity to Mapha!
Both Simba and All Gold Tomato Sauce are long standing South African favourites, who spark memories of shared family moments. Entrenched in the heritage of the South African landscape, Simba has continued to provide a scrumptious flavour experience for over 57 years, while All Gold has celebrated over 100 years of cramming the best
quality tomatoes in each bottle for all South Africans to enjoy.
Simba All Gold Tomato Sauce flavoured potato chips are available nationwide in the large bag 125g and small bag 36g packets, at a recommended selling price of R 4,99 and R 10,00 respectively.
For more information on Simba and the new Simba All Gold Tomato Sauce Flavoured Potato Chips visit www.simba.co.za