Thursday, December 18, 2014

Darren Maule writes to Santa - Cotton On opens big - My Chef could just save your day

East Coast Breakfast’s Darren Maule writes to Santa

Dear Santa

I hope you are well and I know this is a busy time of the year for you but I write to you every year and this year is no different.

Santa, I don't know if you haven't been getting my letters but I haven't heard from you since I was 7 years old... Has your address changed? This is the one I have always used is:

N. P. S. C.
P.O. Box 56099
North Pole
Alaska 99705-1099

Anyway, again, I know how busy you have been what with the population of the earth almost doubling in the last 150 years and with the price of reindeer food sky rocketing - but I haven't received anything from you in the last 30 Christmases...

Just a few of the gifts that you 'forgot' to give me over the past few decades include :
(In no particular order)

World Peace.
Signed Farrah Fawcett poster.
Day pass to the Large Hadron Collider.
Pele's boots.
Neil Armstrong's helmet.
Michael Jacksons glove.
Flight on a Concorde.
A bag of British racing green M&M's.
James Bond's Aston Martin DB5.
A tour of the Bat-Cave.
Xanadu's roller skates.
A luck dragon.
A field trip to Hogwarts.
Maria Sharapova's sweaty pink peak cap.
R3 coin.

I have since lowered my expectations and am hopeful that this year will be the year that you drop off my present.

I've done the Maths and I know that you are under time and weight constraints. You have only 32 hours (traveling east to west at 17 000km/h) and having 112 million homes to visit I know that in order not to break the laws of science that you will be dropping off roughly 620 toys per second.

So the present I request from you this year is very light and easy to deliver. In fact, you can just email it to me. Seeing as I have been an exceptionally good boy and considerate in my gift choice, I wait expectantly to see my present in my email inbox first thing Thursday morning 25th December 09h00 CAT.

Please Santa, for Christmas this year, please may I have Katy Perry's cell phone number please.

(For your reference: attached is a picture of the Katy Perry.)

Yours expectantly
-The best behaved personality in the whole wide world-
Darren Maule

P.S. If you absolutely positively cannot get past Katy Perry's manager to get her number and you are guilt ridden to compensate with another gift, then any one of the gifts on this handy list should help:

Prince's 'Purple Rain' guitar.
Jetlev Flyer Jet Pack.
PS4 + GTA5.
Preview release of Zack Snyder's "Superman Vs Batman."
3D printer.
World Peace.

P.P.S Don't eat my neighbours cookies.

Huge Opening For A Huge Store

Cotton On had a huge opening of their new store in Gateway, Umhlanga recently. 


Spending too much time shopping and in front of the stove? Well My Chef can change that and assist with catering for every day suppers and lunches for the whole family and make every night in the kitchen stress free whilst saving you time and money.

My Chef offers a range of healthy meals delivered to your door every Tuesday and Friday. They are specially designed by registered dietician Julie Thomas. If you have a busy life, are health and body conscious, wanting healthy meals as part of your exercise eating programme or want to spend more time with your family - then get clicking and order your meal.

To get started visit and sign up for free. Then login and view their range of menu options, which change on a weekly basis – giving you the freedom of choice.

After choosing the meals that suit you and your family, pay securely online, sit back and wait for your food to be delivered to your door. Once you’ve received your meal, follow the simple cooking instructions to prepare the most delicious meals and become your very own chef.

My Chef has received excellent reviews from people that have used the service.  “I love having more time to spend with my family and ensuring that we all eat healthy meals and I honestly have to say I wouldn’t know what to do without My Chef,” commented Jane Linley, one of the fans of My Chef. For more information, contact 086 169 2433 or log onto .

2)     The Christmas Menu

With Christmas around the corner, we are sure many of you are starting to think up ideas for the traditional Christmas lunch for a big family gathering or even for just the two of you, but are not looking forward to hours in the kitchen, wastage of food and unnecessary costs.

It’s been a long hard year and we know that you want to make the most out of the holidays by spending time with your loved ones or just taking time to chill. With My Chef, make Christmas a piece of cake. There is so much to choose from, so check out the Christmas menu and just to tease you with some of our delicious delights, see some of what we offer below:

Hors D Oeuvres: Our appetisers are many but some tasty treats worth mentioning include bacon wrapped baby porkies; tiger prawns filled with cheese and chilli, mascarpone;  fig and pecan pate simply to die for; show stopping smoked salmon terrine as well as homemade prawn and crab samoosas – definitely a star studded performance, plus more.

Main Christmas Faire: We have thought of all the main Christmas faire options, starting with Deboned Christmas Turkey with a spicy sausage, apple and pecan stuffing; deboned Christmas turkey with mushroom, sage, caramelised onion and brown butter stuffing; road whole deboned chicken, honey and mint roast lamb, crispy French style pork belly, cooked and ready to carve Turkey stuffed with a spicy sausage, apple and pecan stuffing, Gammon in all its glory, and so much more.

Accompaniments: There’s going to be something for everyone from Moroccan roasted vegetable and hummus phyllo pie, scrumptious two cheese and chive potato bake, timeless broccoli and cauliflower au gratin, as well as heavenly avo and pear salad. These are just a few of our favourite’s mentioned.

Dessert options don’t come better than this with Decadent bar one chocolate pudding, creamy dream apple pudding, tipsy tarts, Christmas pudding the My Chef way and many more to mention!

We have also tailor made an effortless traditional Christmas package for a minimum of four guests, so have a looksee on for all the options.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

East Coast Radio Spreads Joy On The North Coast - Jobs and Funding in The Arts

Spreading joy to little ones on the KZN North Coast

(East Coast Radio Breakfast Host Darren Maule helped distribute new toys to children in hospitals on the North Coast.  Image Supplied)

A new position is available for a Deputy General Manager: Joburg City Theatres Hospitality and Catering.
Joburg City Theatres (JCT) is an entity of the City of Johannesburg that stimulates and operates Joburg Theatre (Braamfontein), Roodepoort Theatre and Soweto Theatre in order provide the integrated management of world class African theatre venues and a high quality entertaining, innovative and inclusive programme which serves the diverse communities of the City of Joburg in support of Joburg 2040.
The successful applicant will report directly to the General Manager of Hospitality & Catering for Joburg City Theatres, located at Joburg Theatre in Braamfontein. This position involves traveling between all 3 theatres.
Key responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
- Management of the day to day hospitality operations for all 3 theatres, Joburg, Roodepoort & Soweto Theatre.
- Draft and implement a marketing strategy for the hospitality operations of Joburg City Theatres
- Maintain a high level of service within all 3 theatres
- Management of the hospitality senior management team
- To assist with the implementation of new menus for food & beverage throughout all 3 theatres
- Design and implement all policies & procedures in the hospitality department and to ensure the effective implementation of these policies and procedures
- Compliance with both monthly and annual operating and capital expenditure budgets
- Ensure that cost of sales are maintained in accordance to the budgets
- Ensure that all controllable expenses are in line in accordance to the budgets
- Manage the hospitality warehouse operations, its systems and controls
- Reporting on a regular and standardised basis to the General Manager for Joburg City Theatres
- Setting and maintaining world class operating standards in both the customer and client services of the theatre
Education and experience required:
- A diploma in hospitality management or Culinary arts; a minimum of eight (8) years’ experience in a similar position
- A passion for involvement within the hospitality industry
- Exceptional leadership qualities and business proficiency
- High levels of proficiency in written and verbal communications in the English language.
- Experience in point of sales systems i.e. Micros, GAAP, Pilot is essential
- Experience in Pastel is essential
Skills and Attributes:
- Attention to detail is essential
- Ability to use own initiative
- Ability to perform under stress
- Ability to work without supervision
- Ability to work independently or as part of a team
- Good interpersonal skills
- Ability to communicate at all levels with tact and diplomacy
- High level of work ethic and integrity
- Willingness to work unsociable hours
- A long-term knowledge of the hospitality and catering industry would be an advantage.
Interested persons are requested to send a cover letter and detailed CV to:
Mr. Thomas Sadiki, Human Resources Practitioner, Joburg City Theatres, electronically at (please quote the reference number)
Direct all telephonic enquiries at: 011 877 6821
Please ensure that applications are accompanied by copies of qualifications as per job requirements.
This is a renewable two-year fixed-term contract, based on performance and operational requirements.
Note: Joburg City Theatres is an equal opportunity employer. If you do not hear from us within 30 days after the closing date of this advertisement, please accept that your application was unsuccessful.

Individuals and registered arts organisations involved in theatre, dance, music, visual arts, craft, literature and multi-discipline have until 12 December 2014 to submit their applications for project funding. This will be the NAC’s only round of funding for next year across all seven arts fields. Post-graduate students who wish to pursue their arts studies abroad are also encouraged to apply.

Theatre Shows 

Three kid’s favourite stories – The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks & the Three Bears, & Three Little Pigs. All enacted through delicate shadow puppetry.
Rhumbelow Theatre, Cunningham Rd off Bartle Rd, in association with AUT (Actors Unemployed Company) presents “Thrice Upon A Time!” with Marc Kay and Sarah Richard.
Saturday 6 - Monday 22 December 2014
(Shows daily at 10:00 Monday – Wednesday and Friday to Saturday)
Thursday at 14:00
This December, join the award-winning theatre company, The AUC (Actors Unemployed Company), on a journey through a far off land, as we go back once … twice … Thrice Upon A Time! Join Marc Kay and Sarah Richard in this fantastic new family production as they tell some of our favourite stories, filled with magic, comedy, audience interaction … and shadow puppetry!
“Thrice Upon A Time” tells three kid’s favourite stories – The Three Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks and the Three Bears, and Three Little Pigs. All enacted through delicate shadow puppetry work, this performance is sure to be a hit with families of all shapes and sizes over the holiday season.
And once the storytelling is done, join us for a fantastic workshop on shadow puppetry, and learn to make your own stories!
Make sure to bring your little ones along this December for a fun-filled adventure you’ll never forget!
Snacks and juices are on sale.
Tickets are limited so don’t delay. Suitable for ages 4 to 104!
2 hrs of fun and entertainment
R60 a ticket - e-mail Roland for bookings.
Book at Computicket or phone Ailsa 083 250 2690.

Muizenberg’s Jungle Theatre Company is introducing a new programme of theatre workshops in the New Year for kids aged 8-12, at Alive Café, 11 Atlantic Road, Muizenberg.
The workshops will bring African folktale to life in the ‘now’, through guided improvisation, storytelling, movement, masks, music and dance, Artistic Director Vincent Meyburgh said: “All stories will have indigenous roots and the process will involve a child-centred exploration of environmental issues and local cultures, fostering a heart connection to nature.”
Through engaging the imagination; physical theatre games and exercises; rehearsing and staging a performance, young people will develop soft skills that will help them in all areas of their lives.
Jungle Theatre Company implemented a similar programme at the Klein Karoo Nasionale Kunstefees in 2013 with the story When Lion Could Fly. The script was selected to be part of a collection African Folktales Onstage! to be published by Junkets in the new year.
The workshops begin on 29 January, running for nine consecutive Thursdays 15h30-16h30; the first Saturdays of February and March 10h00-11h00 concluding with a showcase on Saturday 28 March. The programme costs R750 per child. Spaces are limited. The deadline for registration and payment is Monday 26 January. To book contact Miranda on 021 788 5641, or pop by and visit the Jungle Theatre Company office, in Alive Café , 11 Atlantic Road, Muizenberg between 08h30 and 12h30.

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton 

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Jobs - Sound Engineer Gold Reef City

Vacancy: Sound Engineer at Gold Reef City 

CLOSING DATE: 12 December 2014
Sound Engineer at Gold Reef City
Applications are invited for the position of Sound Engineer at Gold Reef City.
Tsogo Sun welcomes job applications from passionate and hard-working team players who want to be part of our ever growing Tsogo Sun family. We value our employees and provide them with the means to grow within the company, opening many doors in the process. If this is an offer that excites you, send in your application and you could be the newest edition to our family. Our successful Sound Engineer will …
- Ensure the successful running of the Sound Department.
- Work with Sound Designers as required
- Operate shows and events in The Lyric Theatre as required
- Be responsible for all sound equipment, stock control and storeroom
- Liaise with production team for successful staging of events
- Assist with property sound requirements as required
- Work as part of a team or individually to deliver high quality standards consistently and accurately.
If you have these qualifications, join our team: Matric (NQF 4), Numeracy skills (NQF 4), Verbal and written English skills (NQF 4), Diploma or Certificate in Sound Engineer, and at least two years’ experience in a similar position.
CLOSING DATE: 12 December 2014
To apply: Your written application must include CV (maximum 4 pages), contactable references (with telephone numbers), and covering letter telling us three reasons why you’re our top candidate for the job!
For info or to apply, contact the HR Consultant: Livy Matlala: e-mail: and cc

Source: Pansa 

Heard of the rugby ball moving from Cape Town to London?

A Feel Good Story.

DHL has an ambitious plan to pass a single rugby ball from hand to hand from Cape Town to London.

The AfricaAsOne team has set out on a grand and ambitious journey to pass a single rugby ball from hand to hand through 45 countries, over 45 weeks, starting in Cape Town and ending in London for the 2015 Rugby World Cup. 

To date, they have travelled through 7 countries and are currently in Ethiopia about to head across to Sudan

Here is their latest video, showing the experience of beautiful Tanzania

You can also check out their site by going here: or watch our promo video here:


This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton 

Monday, December 8, 2014

Auditions at The Playhouse

Auditions at The Playhouse

CAMP 2015

The Playhouse Company is holding auditions for performers from community groups who would like to be considered for next year's Community Arts Mentorship Programme (CAMP) which will take place between March and April 2015.

The programme is aimed at actors who have experience in community theatre who wish to develop their skills. Workshops will be held daily from 09h00 to 17h00 and will focus on basic training in a range of drama disciplines, including voice production, acting technique, stage design, script writing and stage management. Please note that daily commitment is required in order to take part.

Auditions will be held in Studio A1 (Playhouse Head Office) at 09h00 on Wednesday 10 December. Those wishing to audition should prepare a poem which they can perform. Please note that you might be required to wait for your audition. For bookings please email: no later than 12h00 on Tuesday 9 December 2014.

Source - Pansa

Friday, December 5, 2014

Independent Newspapers Internships 2015

There are internships available at Independent Newspapers in the following sections:

You would need to be able to work in either Jhb/Durban/Cape Town from 1 Feb 2015 - 31 July 2015.

Successful applicants will receive a stipend.

  • Relevant tertiary qualification eg Journalism qualification etc
  • Must be Techno Savy
  • Computer Literate
  • Excellent communication skills
  • Have a valid drivers licence
Please send a letter of application and CV by 9 December 2014.
Please email your CV and state which internship you are applying for and which region suits you best.  Independent Newspapers does not cover travel / accoommodation expenses.

Cape Town: (Att: Lucien Jacobs)
Durban: (Att: Hajra Johns)
Gauteng: (Att: Eunice Madutung) 

Source: Independent Newspapers 

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Goldfish to play with Pet Shop Boys in Durban - Passenger is Coming to South Africa

Goldfish and other top local acts to support the Pet Shop Boys live in Durban.

South Africa’s top electronic duo Goldfish are set to support Pet Shop Boys at the one-night only show in Durban, presented by East Coast Radio.

Goldfish’s defying genre of live instruments, house beats and searing live performances are sure to get the Durban crowd grooving before global music icons, Pet Shop Boys, take the stage.

Other local acts to support these top duos are the electrifying Goodluck and Durban’s very own Coco Loco.

For the first time in music history, these South African acts and UK legends will perform at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Friday 19 December. Gates open at 18h00 until 00h00.

General - R495
VIP – R1295
VIP includes access to a viewing deck, marquee and seating area, bar (with a selection of free drinks), canapés, VIP parking area, separate entrance, VIP entrance.
Buy tickets now:

Partners For Possibility win the IJR Reconciliation Award

Partners for Possibility are looking for business leaders to partner with in Paarl, Durban, Pretoria, Stellenbosch, Cape Town and other areas.

For more details email: 

Get ready for the British sensation Passenger

Durban - 13th Feb - Botanic Gardens
Jozi - 14th Feb - Zoo Lake
Cape Town - 15th Feb - Kirstenbosch 

This edition by Fred Felton
Images - Supplied 

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Seen Around South Africa

Images From Events Around South Africa

The Glenfiddich Event - The Chairman, Durban

The Colour Run - Durban

Ster-Kinekor opens luxurious cinema experience at Cavendish

Images - Supplied

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Jobs and Auditions In Theatre and Film


Start date:   02 February 2015                               End date: 30 November 2015
Location:     Cape Town, Central Salary: R 3500 per month
Hours:          08h30 – 17h00 Level: Junior
DO Productions is a boutique and relationship orientated company specializing in the independent television and feature film market.

o Excellent computer skills
o Extensive knowledge of Microsoft Office (Including Outlook, Word, PowerPoint and Excel)
o Good communication skills (Both written and verbal)
o Good telephone etiquette
o Good organisational, prioritising and time management skills.
o Knowledge of South African film industry
o Team player
o Interpersonal skills
o Passion and a ‘can do’ attitude

KEY RESPONSIBILITIES (Including but not limited to)

Take messages and ensure that relevant team members receive messages containing all the correct information.
Greet guests on their arrival and ensure that they are comfortable while they wait.
Assist with the logistics and execution of internal and external events.
Assist Producers with various project research and administrative tasks.
ssist with general office administration. o Maintain a clean reception area.
Please email a copy of your CV to by 19 December 2014

‘Oliver’ by Lionel Bart by The DUT Drama Department - Auditions

The DUT Drama Department is producing the musical ‘Oliver’ by Lionel Bart in February and March 2015 and for that production we are looking for 10 to 12 boys sopranos (age 7 – 12 maybe 13) if they are not too tall and obviously before the breaking of the voice.  We are looking for musical little boys with acting skills and the ability to perform 7 shows from 22 – 28 March at DUT Courtyard Theatre.

We are having auditions on Friday, 5 December from 2 pm here at DUT Drama Department (Parking at Gate 6). The audition piece is ‘Food glorious Food’ which we can send to you when you contact us but another song which can show the range of the voice is also acceptable.

On the day of the audition further arrangements such as rehearsal times and transport will be discussed.  The boys will be trained for the performance musically by Ms Madlen Tzankova and for staging by Pamela Tancsik plus stage manager and theatre manager. An indemnity letter needs to be signed when agreement to participate in the production has been confirmed

For further questions please contact Pamela  0824031707 or e mail me on Oliver!  22 – 28 March 2015 at Courtyard Theatre
We hope to see you there on 5 December for audition

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Opportunities In The Arts

There are many opportunities for Artists across South Africa

Auditions for Dancers 

Auditions for Duma

1. Please prepare for your audition (a link to the script is attached below if you don't have a script)
2. Record a video of your audition at your own time
3. Send us the video clip or a youtube link to your video on or before Saturday 29 November 2014.
4. Please use the following email address to send us your link or else we won't be able to view
5. We will view the video and give you feedback, that is, whether we would like to call you for a closed audition or not.

Workshop for Durban based Filmmakers

Durban Film Office invites Durban based Filmmakers to a workshop if you are interested in applying for the 6th annual Durban FilmMart (DFM).
You will learn how to apply for DFM and hear from people who have gone through the process.
Where: 5th Floor, Smartxchange, 5 Walnut Road, Durban
When: Tuesday 2 December 2014
Time: 10am - 2pm
RSVP: By 1 Dec to Mr Mlungisi Zondi email: 

Documentary Scriptwriter Cape Town

Scriptwriter required for NGO productions. Must be able to take brief from client, have own transport and be experienced in corporate or documentary writing.

City:  Cape Town

Contact Details:  Bjorn Rudner,

SAfm Playwriting Competition

email for details 

ID5 Competition For Artists 

More info at 

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

GNC Opens Concept Store In Durban

GNC the world's leading retailer of health and wellness supplements, opened a concept store in Gateway recently.

Durban's own swimming sensation Chad le Clos, along with other celebrities attended the launch of the store

GNC GM Sean Kristafor, Chad le Clos and Lunga Tshabalala

EFC Fighters

This is the fourth concept store now open in South Africa.  They also have experienced and qualified nutrition advisors on hand to assist you with your needs.

Visit them at store G212 in Gateway.


Article by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton
Images - Supplied

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Jobs In Film Industry Durban and Writers Workshop

3 positions available in Durban, will involve travel locally and internationally possibly.

Secure investment for the film industry in KZN
Degree in Film with 5 years experience in the film industry at a senior level. 

Ensure the implementation of the film industry skills development programmes. 
Liaise with a range of stakeholders at industry level and government. 
HR Degree with 5 years experience at a senior level as s SDF. 

Provide administrative / secretarial support to the department. 
Diploma or Degree and 2 years administrative experience. 
MS Projects or MS Access and knowledge of the film industry. 

Should you be interested in any of the roles kindly respond with the title of the role in the subject line and attach your MS Word format CV 

Writers' Guild Of SA Presents Workshop On Optioning Your Script and How To Ignite Your Dreams

Date: Wed 26 Nov 2014
Time: 17h30 
Venue: DUT, Dept. Of Drama, Steve Biko Road, Durban 
Booking and more info:  email
Bookings close 23 November 2014 

This edition by Fred Felton
Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, November 14, 2014

Sibaya helps support maths and science programme in a big way

Sibaya’s Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust extends support for maths and science out-reach programme

Kudzai Mqingwana, Judge Tshabalala, Candice Potgieter and Sunil Geness

Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, through the Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust, has reaffirmed its commitment to science education and development amongst disadvantaged school learners with a R500 000 funding commitment to KZN Science Centre’s outreach programme for the next year.

A cheque was handed over on Thursday, October 16th at the launch of the Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust Educational Outreach Tour at Enkukwini Primary School. This is the second consecutive year that the Trust has supported the KZN Science Centre which since 2002, has focused on providing experiential learning in science, technology, engineering and mathematics at under-resourced schools in the KZN region.

The KZN Science Centre is a dynamic education facility that provides curriculum-based learning programmes and exhibitions, outreach-based activities and Science Resource Kits to promote science and maths education. Its staff members are all graduates of science, maths and technology and are passionate about teaching and helping educators and learners access the sciences.

With funding support from Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust in 2013, The KZN Science Centre purchased a mobile science lab which travels to schools that do not have laboratory facilities to conduct workshops with learners and educators. All activities are linked to the curriculum and science kits and material are fully endorsed by the KZN Department of Education.

In the first year of the mobile science lab outreach programme, 50 000 learners were impacted. The KZN Science Centre also trained teachers and resourced science labs. The aim is to reach 34 000 additional learners with this second year of support from Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust.

“We are proud to support the KZN Science Centre’s outreach programme and we are delighted with the progress made in its first year. We consider this to be an important initiative which serves to improve maths and science education in under-resourced schools. The state of maths and science education in South African schools is a growing concern. The system is failing to deliver enough school-leavers equipped with adequate maths and science skills to address the ever-widening skills shortages in most sectors.  The KZN Science Centre does tremendous work in developing these essential skills and has proven to be a great contributor to maths and science education in its region,” says Judge Vuka Tshabalala, Trustee of Afrisun KZN Community Development Trust.

Candice Potgieter, Chief Executive Officer at The KZN Science Centre says: “Our model of supporting learning in schools is well documented in strengthening learners’ exposure and ability in science and maths. The success of our programmes is due to their interactive nature and their alignment to the curriculum. The sustainability of projects like the outreach programme depends heavily on funding received by many generous donors like the Afrisun Community Development Trust. With its support we can extend the reach of the mobile science lab to impact more learners in more schools.”