Cape Town – Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters was crowned as Miss South Africa 2017 on Sunday night at the Sun City Superbowl.
Boipelo Mabe was crowned second princess and Adè van Heerden was crowned first princess in the 59th annual beauty pageant.
The 21-year-old Miss South Africa is from Sedgefield, Western Cape and was a firm crowd favourite on the night of the competition.
Miss South Africa 2017 will receive R1m in cash from sponsors Sun International and Cell C as well as a bouquet of prizes.
During Miss SA’s reign she will represent South Africa at both Miss World and Miss Universe pageants.
There she will be involved in promotional work and celebrity appearances, she will travel locally and abroad, she will meet dignitaries, celebrities, the privileged, the underprivileged, the sick and the needy.
This life changing experience opens doors to business, the arts, the media, retail and other commercial ventures. The world is their oyster and many former Miss South Africa’s have achieved phenomenal success.read more ...
http://www.timeslive.co.za/entertainment/2017/03/19/Heres-who-won-big-at-the-Saftas…The annual South African Film and Television Awards (Saftas) which took place on Saturday night in Sun City was nothing short of a glamorous affair.
The ‘who’s who’ of the entertainment industry attended the awards to celebrate SA’s film and TV stars, who were honoured for their work with Golden Horns.
Anele Mdoda won a Safta for best talk show.
Veteran actress Lydia Mokgokoloshi walked away with a lifetime achiever special recognition award.
Thapelo Mokoena scooped the youth achiever award.
It was definitely a big night for Thembisa and Anele Mdoda who both bagged awards for best presenter and best talk show respectively.5 Local lovelies who seriously wowed at the 2017 SAFTAs
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South Africa’s MTN Group has appointed Rob Shuter as chief executive after the mobile phone network company announced a R2.6bn ($198m) loss in earnings in 2016. Shuter, who previously worked for London-headquartered Vodafone, was appointed on Monday to head up the revamped senior management team, following the completion of a strategic review.
MTN’s earnings loss was the first time in its 23-year history that the telecoms giant had reported a fall in income. Meanwhile, pre-tax profits fell from R36.5bn ($2.8bn) in 2015 to R18.2bn ($1.4bn). However, MTN’s consolidated revenue increased year-on-year by 0.4% in 2016 to R146bn ($11.1bn), while its subscriber base in Africa and the Middle East grew by 3.3% to 240.3m over the course of the calendar year.
The Group executive chairman, Phuthuma Nhleko, commented: “MTN Group’s financial results for 2016 reflect the most challenging year in the company’s 22-year history, precipitated by a number of material regulatory, macro-economic and political challenges experienced across our regions. However, despite these difficulties, the business began to show encouraging first signs of a turnaround.”
The loss mainly stemmed from its tribulations with Nigeria’s telecoms regulator, the Nigerian Communications Commission. It was originally fined $5.2bn last year for its failure to disconnect unregistered SIM cards, as instructed by the regulator. Some of the SIM cards appear to have been used by Boko Haram.
MTN has since managed to negotiate a reduction in the fine to $1.7bn, which is to be paid over three years, while in another move that appears to form part of the settlement, the company is to seek a listing in Nigeria. MTN Nigeria lost a lot of subscribers as a result of the SIM scandal, but its revenue in January 2017 was 16% higher year-on-year, although the depreciation of the naira against the US dollar affected the earnings before interest, tax, depreciation and amortisation (EBITDA) margin and increased costs from transactions carried out in US dollars.
The firm has experienced other problems in Nigeria: its headquarters in Abuja were attacked by a mob last month, apparently in reaction against attacks on Nigerians in South Africa; while its network went down for a time in early February. The company has invested more than $16bn in Nigeria to date and it still has 62m active subscribers in the country, although its actual number of customers will be lower, as many people hold multiple accounts.
MTN admitted that it had had network, systems and customer service challenges in its main market, South Africa. MTN South Africa’s EBITDA, impairment of goodwill, net monetary gains and share of results of joint ventures and associates after tax were 31% higher in the second half of 2016 than in the first six months of the year.
As with other African telecoms operators, having attracted a large customer base in recent years, the company is now keen to increase its average revenue per user (ARPU) in order to boost income and profits. It is promoting mobile money services and encouraging greater data use. Group data revenue rose 19.7% to contribute 27% of Group [...] read more ...
A few things about Durban food can be said with certainty: Durbanites thoroughly love spices and food that explodes with flavour. Curry was introduced to the Colony of Natal over 150 years ago by indentured labourers who came from India, to work in the sugar cane fields. The word ‘curry’ comes from the Tamil word ‘kari’ which means ‘sauce’.
The unique flavours of Indian cooking, which were embraced by British settlers and the Zulus, have been developed over time to make the ‘Durban Curry’, famous around the world.
Chef Kevin Joseph top curry tipsThe best curries are made with the freshest spices. To pick up the essential ingredients for a Durban curry visit the Spice Emporium. This is the home of spicy blends of curry powders and traditional accompaniments. A typical Durban curry is made in a heavy pan. Onions are browned in oil, and then curry powder is added, followed by the garlic and ginger. The secret to making a great curry is in frying the onion, ginger and garlic until they are caramelised. This curry mixture is simmered before the lamb, chicken, beef or fish is folded in and then all the remaining ingredients are added. The pan is covered and the dish is left to simmer, bringing all the flavours together. Cook curries long and slow at low temperatures for better texture and flavour. Coriander is added just before serving Serve over rice, with condiments such as chutney, sambals and papadums.
The fact that Chef Kevin Joseph accumulated a wealth of hands-on experience at leading hotels around the world, including the Raffles Hotel in Singapore and Claridge’s Hotel and Tamarind Restaurant in London, there’s no doubt that his helpful tips will not only bring tears to the eye, but also plenty of flavour to every future dish.read more ...
South Africa’s economy contracted to 0.3 percent in the last quarter of 2016, due to a fall in mining and manufacturing production.
According to the country’s statistics office, the shrinkage in the two key sectors of the economy pulled growth into negative territory.
Figures from the agency indicate, the mining industry’s 11.5 percent drop in production was the main contributor to the economy’s slowdown, brought about by a fall in production of coal, gold and other metal ores, such as platinum and iron ore. While manufacturing dropped by 3.1 percent.
Overall, the economy grew by 0.3 percent last year compared to 1.5 percent in 2015.
Africa’s most industrialised economy faces the risk of being downgraded to junk status owing to weak economic growth after it got a reprieve last year.
The country is also struggling with a volatile political climate, falling commodity prices and a chronically high unemployment rate.
http://www.africanews.com/2017/03/07/fall-in-mining-and-manufacturing-shrinks-south-africa-s-economic-growth/read more ...