André Schwartz Celebrates His Successful Career With Brand-new Single, Album And Show

“Life is a journey. Sometimes there are twists and turns that hurt and even make our feet bleed. Other times, the burden we have to bare becomes so heavy that it breaks us. But somehow we always manage to get up and try again. Hope and faith is what carry us forward, even when things go wrong,” South Africa’s biggest entertainer, André Schwartz, reveals about the meaning behind the title track of his long-awaited new album, DIE PAD.

This heartfelt Pop ballad, written by Roux Cloete, is the third release from his upcoming album and is one of those songs that speaks directly to the soul and has a message that resonates with audiences of all ages.

“Each of us have had to overcome obstacles in life and that is what this song is about. It is a beautiful production by Christi Schutte that I really enjoy singing, so I hope that people will enjoy listening to it just as much,” he says.

DIE PAD follows in the footsteps of Tweede Kans and Ek sal Wag, which were both very well received and featured on the charts of some of the country’s biggest radio stations. Both singles were accompanied by music videos that have already had thousands of hits on YouTube and can still be seen on television.

André, who has recently received a lifetime achievement award at the 2019 Ghoema Awards Ceremony, is very excited about finally sharing his new album with fans. He describes it as a modern Afrikaans Pop album that combines a fresh new sound with certain elements of his previous work.

The CD boasts ten original tracks, created by various songwriters, as well as four bonus tracks that include existing hits like Piano Man, Lief Vir Alles Hier and more. I Dare To Dream, a heartfelt duet with the legendary Yvonne Chaka Chaka, can also be found on this impressive track list.”

“The main inspiration behind the new release was to get back on stage and I enjoy performing again. There has been so many people working on this album and it is amazing how so many different styles and sounds were able to be combined so perfectly in the final product,” he shares. “What makes the album so special is that every song has a different story to tell and I think that it is something that listeners will appreciate.”

When asked about his favourite songs on the new album, he admits that Negentien September – which Christa Steyn created for the PG du Plessis film of the same name – is very special to him because he is a big fan of du Plessis’s work. He also loves the lyrics of Perfek Vir My, because he thinks it’s an honest and beautiful way to tell someone how wonderful they are.

The release of his long-awaited album coincides with an exciting new show of the same name, directed by Casper de Vries. Described as a joyful yet nostalgic journey through the life of this incredible musician, it is a veritable feast of singing, speckled with anecdotes from André’s past and present, and showcases his phenomenal talent – especially his incredible opera singing voice.

“Die Pad is aimed at sharpening people’s perspective on and appreciation for life and the stories are filled with humour and positive thoughts. I also really want people to know that I am planning on making as much music as possible in the future,” he explains.

Music has been a part of André’s life from a young age and he made his television debut at fourteen. He is classically trained, both vocally and as a pianist, and is therefore equally comfortable behind the piano and microphone.

This versatile superstar is not only an outstanding vocalist, songwriter, stage performer, actor (Sterlopers, 7de Laan) and television presenter; but also a successful business man who takes on every challenge in life with great passion and precision.

As a recording artist he has released fourteen albums, of which many have reached gold status, and has written and composed several of his radio hits himself. He is best-known for songs like Ek wil jou nooit weer sien and Lief vir alles hier, as well as his ability to captivate and entertain audiences with his charming and lively stage personality.

He is also an extremely gifted music theatre performer and has starred in leading roles of many world-class productions, including Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Jesus Christ Superstar, Pirates of Penzance and The Phantom of the Opera. He received various awards for his performance as ‘The Phantom’ and is acknowledged as one of the best ‘Phantoms’ to ever grace the stage and even carries Andrew Lloyd Webber’s stamp of approval.

André Schwartz’s new album was definitely worth the wait and is a striking testimony of his successful career so far. Not only does every song on DIE PAD showcase his exceptional talent and creativity as a musician, but it also confirms why he is one of the most respected artists in the industry.

Buy the album here:


  • Die Pad
  • Tweede Kans
  • Trap in my Spore
  • Negentien September
  • Perfek vir My
  • Ek Sal Wag
  • Roep My
  • Stukke Optel
  • I Dare To Dream (met Yvonne Chaka Chaka)
  • Ek Kom Huistoe


  • Lief Vir Alles Hier
  • Ek wil jou nooit weer sien/ Met Jou In My Lewe Medley
  • Hello
  • Piano Man

DStv Content Discovery: 19 To 25 July 2019

Grassroots S1 starts on Friday 19 July on 1Magic (103) at 19:30. Same time on Showmax

Grassroots is a brand-new 13-part local series that explores the trials and tribulations of two young men from feuding families whose passion for rugby leads them into a new stage of their lives. In this coming-of-age story Asanda and Monwabisi both follow their hearts, leaving rural Eastern Cape for scholarships in Johannesburg. Will they be able to shake their past and band together to make the transition from the dusty rural streets to competing at a private school in the city? The brilliant Lihleli Tini stars alongside the talented and popular Oros Mampofu in this drama which explores themes of manhood and is richly woven with Xhosa tradition. It also stars veteran Connie Chiume, and Zikhona Sodlaka from Mzansi Magic’s Housekeepers.

The beautiful Bonang Matheba returns with more reality drama this week. As always, her famous friends will be joining her on the show, which reveals just how fabulous her life really is. This is as about as close to South African royalty as we can get!

With the news that M-Net is calling for contestants for a second season of our own local Bachelor SA, lovers of this reality show can, in the meantime, indulge in the international versions, thanks to 1Magic. Not only is there The Bachelorette US Reunion, which promises to be the biggest reunion in history, but the new season of The Bachelorette US is starting soon as well.

It’s all about the 50th anniversary of The Moon landing on DStv this week, with a host of fascinating shows that look at the ground-breaking event from every angle. And it’s not just the documentaries on HISTORY, Discovery Channel, National Geographic and BBC Earth that will keep everyone fascinated, M-Net’s Sunday movie First Man paints a dramatized, highly evocative portrait of the man who turned the dream into a reality, Neil Armstrong.


Being Bonang S3 starts on Friday 19 July on 1Magic (103) at 19:00. Also available on Showmax.

The US has Beyoncé and we have our Bonang! Our own Queen B has recently launched her own sparkling wine, which just might be the perfect pairing for her vivacious, bubbly personality. On this season of her own reality show, she’ll take us through the daily grind of the busy schedule that makes up her day. She’s not one to let haters get in the way of securing that bag, and is that Somizi we see coming to support his friend at the wine launch?

Minki S3 starts on Wednesday 24 July on VIA (147) at 20:00

Television presenter and model Minki van der Westhuizen’s talk show is back for its third run. Minki became a household name as the presenter of the lifestyle programme Pasella and kykNET’s Boer Soek ‘n Vrou, but when you’re invited to Minki’s own couch, you can count on a good chat, excellent company and a few surprises.

Lasizwe: Fake It Till You Make It S2 starts on Monday 22 July on MTV (130) at 21:30

Socialite and social media sensation Lasizwe has never been one to shy away from the spotlight. He started with his own YouTube channel with any one of his alter egos re-enacting authentic South African experiences like standing at a queue at Home Affairs or the love-hate relationship we have with cashiers. We wonder though, has he ever exposed the real Lasizwe? And what are the chances we’ll finally get to meet him (irl) on Fake It Till You Make It?

Lui Maar Op, Belinda S1 on Monday 22 July on kykNET (144) at 20:00

Belinda Swanepoel works the cash register at a local shop. It’s not exactly her dream job; in fact, she’d rather be anywhere than working here. When two snobbish frenemies from her past pop up unexpectedly, Belinda pretends she owns the shop. Meanwhile, farm hero Frans gives timid Dirkie a lesson in farm exercise to build some muscle and look strong. StarringBrümilda van Rensburg and Annelisa Weiland.

Alles Malan S1 on Tuesday 23 July on kykNET (144) at 20:00

The Malans are the perfect family, or so they’d like everyone to think. In this week’s episode, it’s Valentine’s day, and Johan is about to ask Elani, the Malan’s teenage daughter, a very important question. And it had better be the right question, because Elani is pregnant. Meanwhile, their adopted son Freek is trying to win a girl’s heart.

Material Culture S1 on Saturday 20 July on Mzansi Wethu (163) at 19:30

The S’khothane’s or the Material crew love all things blingy, shiny and especially, obscenely expensive. Led by Material Don Dada, they plan to develop a worldwide membership and in this episode, Don finds out that he’s been catfished.

Survivor South Africa S7 on Thursday 25 July on M-Net (101) at 19:00

The castaways have merged into one tribe – Manumalo – and of course, the scheming and jostling for power kicked in almost immediately. The tribemates already voted off the island are forming part of the jury now, and it’s coming down to individual immunity where it’s one man, or woman, for themselves.

Impilo S1 on Monday 22 July on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

This drama is kicked off by the shady dealings of one shameless man, Khulubuse Mtshali, and his pyramid scheme which collapsed, costing his community their hard-earned cash. This Monday, Khulubuse’s son Mnqobi learns the truth about why his father abandoned him and wants nothing to do with him. Sthandiwe Kgoroge stars alongside Nay Maps and Candice Modiselle, with Desmond Dube as Khulubuse.

The Republic S1 on Sunday 21 July on Mzansi Magic (161) at 20:00

Trying to clean up the country after thieving Hendrik Mbuli’s term in office has made President Lufuno Mulaudzi many enemies, which has led to her kidnapping. Her whereabouts remain unknown, and Moses and his crew of kidnappers suggests that while they wait for the ransom, they relax and have a good time.

Mooimaak met Clare Wiese-Wentzel S2 on Tuesday 23 July on kykNET & Kie (145) at 20:20

Everyone needs a best friend like Clare. Season two of this original reality show kicks off with Clare Wiese-Wentzel helping Coreen, a lady from Stellenbosch who’s in need of a makeover. As always, Clare doesn’t only focus on how her guest looks on the outside, but helps them feel good on the inside with a much-needed confidence boost.


Athletics: Diamond League, London on Saturday 20 July on SuperSport 6 (206) at 15:00 and Sunday 21 July on SuperSport 7 (207) at 15:00

A dazzling list of Olympic Games and world championship medallists are competing in this weekend’s Diamond League athletics meet. Olympic and world 800m champion Caster Semenya is ranked 4th for the 800m Women’s race, having taken victory in 1:55.70 in Stanford, California at the end of June. South African long jump stars Luvo Manyonga and Ruswahl Samaai take on Cuba’s Juan Miguel Echevarria in what could be the show-stopping item of the London leg. Manyonga set meeting records of 8.58m and 8.53m in England last year.

Netball: World Cup on 19, 20 and 21 July on SuperSport 10 (210) from 09:45 to 17:30

After the almost unbearable tension of the cricket World Cup final and the men’s singles final at Wimbledon, the netball World Cup tournament in Liverpool is heading in the same direction. The final, starting at 17:30 on Sunday, should be another classic sports contest. South Africa began the week unbeaten and on top in Group A after beating Jamaica 55-52. Now the Proteas are shooting for glory, along with fancied teams such as England, New Zealand and Australia.

Rugby: Currie Cup on Friday 19 July at 16:45 and 19:00 and on Saturday 20 July at 13:45 on SuperSport 1 (201)

Two Rugby Championship internationals take centre stage this weekend ‒ South Africa vs Australia at 16:55 and Argentina vs New Zealand at 19:55 on Saturday. But three Currie Cup matches should provide excellent sideshows. At 16:45 on Friday the Griquas, who beat the Sharks last week, are up against the Pumas, who lost by one point to the Lions. At 19:00, the Blue Bulls face the Cheetahs in Friday’s other match, and on Saturday the Sharks are at home to the in-form Western Province.

Mixed Martial Arts: UFC Fight Night on 20–21 July on SuperSport 11 (211) at 23:00

A potentially explosive welterweight bout between Rafael dos Anjos of Brazil and Jamaican Leon Edwards tops the bill of the tournament in San Antonio, Texas. The 24-year-old Edwards is 1,83m tall and has a telling reach advantage over Dos Anjos, a 1.73m, 34-year-old veteran who has lost 11 of his 40 bouts. Edwards’s record stands at 17-3. Live coverage of the preliminaries starts at 23:00 on Friday but the top-shelf action will be between 03:00 and 06:00 on Saturday.


Ralph Breaks the Internet premieres on Saturday 20 July on M-Net (101) at 15:30

This Saturday’s awesome Oscar-nominated Kid’s Movie sees the return of Disney’s Wreck-it Ralph (voiced by John C. Reilly) and her royal glitch-ness, Vanellope von Schweetz (Sarah Silverman) as they plunge headfirst into the world wide web, where you never know what’s going to happen next (cute cats, exploding bunnies – it’s the Web!). Also listen out for the voice talents of Jane Lynch, Alan Tudyk, Taraji P Henson, Alfred Molina and Gal Gadot.

Coop and Cami Ask the World S1 starts on Monday 22 July on Disney Channel (303) at 17:15

Cooper and Cameron Wrather have come up with a “wrather” brilliant way to make decisions in this live-action comedy – ask the world! Of course, the millions of followers of their online channel “Would You Wrather?” may not always give the most sensible advice. In the first episode, the duo discovers that their mom feels ready to start dating again. Woohoo! Right? Except her first date is none other than their school principal.

Butterbean’s Cafe S1 on Monday 22 July on Nick Jr. (307) at 10:20

This delightful animated series follows the adorable fairy, Butterbean, and her friends. They run their own café, and they’re really cooking now! Join in their adventures as they learn that “everything’s better when we do things together”. In today’s episode, everyone is convinced Cookie is causing Poppy’s allergic reaction, and it looks like The Bean Team might have to send their precious kitty away!

Marvel’s Super Hero Adventures S1 on Monday 22 July on Disney Junior (309) at 10:55

Marvel’s animated series of shorts is loaded with action and excitement, plus some super-cool lessons about friendship, working together and what it really means to be hero. When Ultron steals Tony Stark’s brand-new, high-tech garbage truck, Iron Man shows Spidey how to use problem-solving skills and inventiveness to stop the ravaging robot and clean up the city.


First Man premieres Sunday 21 July on M-Net (101) at 20:00

Part of the 50th Anniversary of The Moon Landing – see for details.

Apollo 11 mission commander Neil Armstrong is the focus of this intense, sweeping character study drama by Oscar-winning director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) and lead actor Ryan Gosling. Amid the political scheming and space race innovations, the film hones in on the people behind the mission – their lives, their demons, and what it takes to voluntarily strap yourself into what is essentially a tin can, to be hurtled into the dark unknown.

The Kindergarten Teacher premieres Sunday 21 July on Sundance TV (108) at 21:00

Maggie Gyllenhaal’s intense performance in this remake of an Israeli drama has been hailed by Rolling Stone as “her peak performance”. When teacher Lisa (Gyllenhaal) discovers five-year old poetry prodigy Jimmy, the lines between professional and predator become frighteningly blurred.

The Last Sharknado : It’s About Time on Sunday 21 July on Studio Universal (122) at 22:15

It wouldn’t be Shark Week without Sharknado! Known for being so bad that it actually became a massive success, the camp comedy franchise is the gift that keeps on giving. Throw in some prehistoric time-travel and you have the makings of a truly epic dinosaur vs shark showdown as Fin (Ian Ziering) travels back in time to prevent the first ever sharknado in thisSyfy/The Asylum creature feature cult hit that’s a roaring load of gory, escapist fun.

Also watch Planet of the Sharks on Friday 19 July on Studio Universal (112) at 22:20

Sharknado fans will also love this Jaws-meets-Waterworld dystopian horror action film that sees humans paying the price for ignoring the looming threat of global warming, with the melting of the icecaps having all but completely submerged the land. Now, it’s a world of floating cities dominated by sharks, and after having decimated ocean life, the ravenous sharks start feeding on humans. Filmed in South Africa, the movie stars Brandon Auret, Daniel Barnett and Alex Anlos.

Action Point on Sunday 21 July on M-Net Movies Premiere (104) at 20:30

Johnny Knoxville proves that the spirit of Jackass is alive and well in this 90-minute, no brakes thrill-ride. Based on actual events at an infamously dangerous and derelict New Jersey amusement park, DC (Knoxville) is the owner of Action Point, run by incompetent teenagers, with life-threatening zip-lines, high-speed toboggan rides and waterslides that inevitably result in hilarious don’t-try-this-at-home physical comedy.


City on a Hill S1 starts on Tuesday 23 July on M-Net (101) at 22:00

The Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge star in this gritty crime drama series set in Boston in the early 1990s, where brazen criminals and corrupt cops own the streets. Following an armoured truck heist, ambitious new Assistant District Attorney Decourcy Ward forms an unlikely alliance with corrupt yet renowned FBI veteran Jackie Rohr to clean up the city’s justice system in this fictional account of what came to be known as the “Boston Miracle”.

Hatton Garden S1 on Wednesday 24 July on ITV CHOICE (123) at 20:00

This four-part mini-series is based on the real-life story of three elderly robbers who made off with £14million in loot from a vault in London’s diamond district over a sleepy bank holiday weekend in 2015. Starring Timothy Spall (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows), Alex Norton, David Hayman, Nasser Memarzia, Kenneth Cranham and Brian F. O’Byrne.

American Crime S1-3 on Showmax

This anthology series features an ensemble cast including Felicity Huffman, Timothy Hutton and Regina King. Each season focuses on issues plaguing America’s justice system.

Supernatural S14 starts on Saturday 20 July on M-Net City (115) at 20:50

Catch Jared Padalecki and Jensen Ackles in a brand-new season of cult horror series Supernatural, first on M-Net City. The season premiere sees Sam and his new band of Hunters on a mission to find Dean, who’s still missing three weeks after Apocalypse World.


Celebrate the 50th anniversary of The Moon landing with DStv’s Space Season!

On the 20th of July 1969, the Apollo 11 spaceflight landed Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin on The Moon. Six hours later, on July 21, the world held its breath as Armstrong stepped onto The Moon’s surface. DStv is celebrating the 50th anniversary of that landmark event all month, and this week is the main event! Visit for all the details on a feast of shows guaranteed to fascinate and inspire the whole family.

8 Days: To the Moon and Back on Saturday 20 July on BBC Earth (184) at 18:00

The whole world watched in awe, but there was so much we didn’t get to see. Now, this 2×50 minute documentary double bill uses original archive footage, previously classified cockpit audio, newly shot film and cutting-edge special effects to seamlessly piece together and recreate the untold story of Apollo 11’s journey to The Moon, the 22 hours the crew spent on The Moon’s surface, and the nail-biting journey back home.

Secret Space Escapes on Sunday 21 July on Discovery Channel (121) at 13:45

Space is magical place; it’s also one hundred percent deadly to humans, should you be directly exposed to it. Don’t miss this revealing look at the accidents and near-misses you never even knew astronauts and cosmonauts had faced, and survived, including a life-threatening fire and an out-of-control cargo ship on the Russian space station, MIR.

Apollo: The Lost Tapes on Sunday 21 July on Discovery Channel (121) at 17:15

This brand-new documentary is the result of the most extensive search for unseen footage ever undertaken. Hear from the surviving Apollo astronauts, including Apollo 11 Command Module pilot, Mike Collins, as well as NASA staffers at Houston Mission Control and at the Kennedy Space Centre in this two-hour documentary that deftly weaves together archive footage taken from thousands of forgotten films and remastered to shine new light on the greatest adventure in human history.

Space Dealers on Sunday 21 July on Discovery Channel (121) at 19:05

Back on Earth and 50 years down the line, a team of space fanatics travel the country in search of space artefacts. From a space toilet to an uneaten astronaut meal pack, they’re looking to buy cheap and sell for a profit.

Moon Landings: Lost Tapes on Sunday 4 August on HISTORY (186) at 20:15

This immersive narrative takes us inside man’s voyage to The Moon with the real story of how we actually got there – the messy, often harrowing reality of regular people actually doing the thing that was thought to be impossible. It includes previously unexplored material from audio interviews with astronauts and engineers, lunar footage that was thought to be lost for a generation and home movies that have gathered dust for decades.


When Sharks Attack S5 on Saturday 20 July on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00

Beautiful and terrifying, sharks have fascinated and frightened us in equal measures for years. In these two back-to-back episodes, investigators try to solve the greatest shark attack mystery of all time on the Jersey Shore, and look into a sudden, alarming spike in shark attacks on the Southern California coastline.

Man vs Shark starts on Sunday 21 July on Nat Geo Wild (182) at 18:00

One man, one shark (we hope) and no cages. That’s been Jeremiah Sullivan’s lifelong mission since first jumping in the water with the ocean’s most infamous predators 50 years ago. Join him as he dives into their world.

Guardians of The Glades S1 starts on Wednesday 24 July on Discovery Channel (121) at 21:00

Epic snake-hunter, Dusty Crum, is on a mission to save the Everglades from massive snakes decimating the animal population. Come face to face with one of the five largest species of snakes – the Burmese python, as the python catcher and his team take on these foreign predators.

Heavy Lifting S1 starts on Thursday 25 July on HISTORY (186) at 21:10

If you love the power of heavy machinery, this brand-new series is for you. Heavy Lifting follows the lives and work of mobile crane operators: Dave Horobec has a messy locomotive demo at a scrap yard, JP Chiarot of Double D Crane works tackles a residential tree removal job, and Regional Crane brings out the big guns.


Bachelorette Reunion US: The Biggest Reunion in Bachelor History Ever on Friday 19 July on 1Magic (103) at 20:30

The Bachelor host Chris Harrison hits the road with the show’s super-fans to revisit some of the most memorable moments from previous seasons. Remember in season 5, when football player Jesse gave the rose to the wrong woman? How about when season 13 bachelor Jason changed his mind after the final rose ceremony? Revisit these moments and many more, and catch the biggest ever gathering of bachelorettes, including the very first bachelorette ever!

The Bachelorette Season 15 starts on Friday 26 July on 1Magic (103) at 20:30

If you’re not familiar with this show’s recipe for global success, a single bachelorette dates multiple men over several weeks, narrowing them down to hopefully find her true love. Hannah Brown, a former Miss USA from the 23rd season of The Bachelor is the latest bachelorette looking for her Prince Charming. She now works as an interior decorator and all that’s missing from her dream home is someone to share it with. Will this season’s crop of singles measure up?

Dance Moms S8 starts on Monday 22 July on Lifetime (131) at 19:55

She’s gone to prison, she’s lost everything, and she’s battling cancer! And yet, the show must go on, and Abby is back in the studio! Will all of this make her a little softer, or just harden her resolve? Abby fans will also follow the emotional and physical struggles she endures as she undergoes chemotherapy during the season.

Girl Meets Farm starts on Thursday 25 July on Food Network (175) at 19:55

Molly Yeh is a classical musician and cookbook author who’s left the bright lights of New York for her sugar beet farm, where she shares her obsession with food. In the season premiere, she makes a special brunch for the family to celebrate her third wedding anniversary. The menu features shakshuka with feta and Brussels sprouts and bacon hash.

2 Families and a Wedding Dress starts on Wednesday 24 July on BET (129) at 21:30

Every Bride dreams of the perfect wedding dress for their big day. Now, Thembisa Mdoda hosts a brand-new wedding show with 13 brides hoping to win their dream gown. For many of them, that perfect, super-expensive gown will remain a dream, but the final choice will be made by one lucky lady’s family and her soon to be In-laws.


Dumbo premieres on Wednesday 24 July on BoxOffice

From celebrated director Tim Burton comes Disney’s live-action 2019 family adventure remake of Dumbo – the endearing 40s classic tale of the lovable little circus elephant with the oversized ears. The tale is rewoven to include human viewpoints from characters portrayed by stars Colin Farrell, Eva Green, Michael Keaton, and Danny DeVito, and Empire magazine praised the movie as “an enchanting blend of Disney twinkle and Tim Burton’s dark whimsy”.

Cold Pursuit premieres on Friday 19 July on BoxOffice

Dubbed by Rolling Stone as “Taken on ice, with a side of dark humour”, this action-drama remake of the 2014 Norwegian film In Order of Disappearance stars revenge action hero Liam Neeson as an ascetic snowplough driver on the hunt for the drug dealer he holds responsible for his son’s drug overdose death. The role of his son is portrayed by Liam’s real-life son, Micheál Richardson.

The Kid Who Would Be King premieres on Monday 22 July on BoxOffice

Camelot meets The Goonies as the legend of King Arthur gets the epic 80s treatment in this family-friendly adventure. When regular kid Alex (played by Louis Ashbourne Serkis, son of Andy) pulls the fabled sword Excalibur from a scrapheap, his initial disbelief leads to a magical coming-of-age adventure. Together with his band of friends and one of the most delightful depictions of Merlin you’ve ever seen (played by Angus Imrie, son of Celia, with the elder Merlin played by Patrick Stewart), he sets off to Tintagel to save Britain.

Little Italy premieres on Friday 19 July on BoxOffice

From the director of Miss Congeniality, romantic comedy Little Italy is a delicious guilty pleasure that won’t linger on the hips! Hayden Christensen (Star Wars prequels) and Emma Roberts (American Horror Story) star as the children of rival pizza store families in Toronto’s Little Italy. When they inevitably fall in love, it takes a special recipe to ensure a happy ending.

Discovery And DStv Bring HGTV To SA Screens

This July Discovery and DStv brings you the #1 lifestyle and entertainment channel in the USA
Brand new and exclusive to DStv, South African audiences can now enjoy the most compelling and talked about Home and Garden TV.

18 July 2019

Discovery, the global leader in real-life entertainment and DStv is bringing the internationally renowned HGTV to South African screens. Launching on 15 July 2019 exclusively on DStv (ch 177), HGTV is the global authority on everything home, with engaging on-screen superstar experts, fascinating families, compelling renovations and stunning transformations that make all things home fun.

Globally audiences are engaging more and more in entertaining lifestyle, DIY, makeover and home and garden content. South African audiences are no different, as seen by the growth in viewership on all DStv lifestyle channels and the last few years. With the addition of HGTV, a long-standing partnership between Discovery and DStv, is celebrated by bringing the best of the world into South African homes. The channel will be available to our Premium, Compact Plus & Compact customers.

With over 20 years investment in Africa and as part of its continued global content expansion since buying the former Scripps Network brands, Discovery now expands its portfolio to 11 channels, securing its position as the biggest real-life TV entertainment portfolio in Africa.

HGTV is rated the #1 cable network in the USA and has the highest viewing time spent in Europe of all the dedicated channels. In 2018 alone, HGTV saw the highest viewing time per person in the USA totalling 88.67 minutes a week – echoed by obsessed celebrity fans like Michelle Obama, Reese Witherspoon and Seth Rogan. Soon South African audiences and personalities will no doubt join this list.

“With such phenomenal international success, we are so excited for South African audiences to have access to the best in real-life home and renovation content,” says Amanda Turnbull, Vice President and GM for Discovery in Africa and the Middle East. “As a global brand, it is important for us that our content transcends borders and inspires a wider audience.”

“We are thrilled that the Discovery group is bringing to DStv homes one of their most loved lifestyle channels. We look forward to seeing our customers enjoy the rich and diverse content on home improvements and inspirational tricks of the trade – available for the first time in this market. HGTV (Home and Garden Television) will be an enrichment of our lifestyle and culture genre which is an eclectic mix of passion, wonder & discovery – giving our valued customers something new to get excited about every day. Being able to bring viewers the best of international content is a key benefit of our partnerships with networks like Discovery and we look forward to seeing our viewers enjoy this special launch,” says Yolisa Phahle, General Entertainment CEO for MultiChoice.

Content on the channel focuses on five pillars of the home: buying and selling, renovation, flipping, home improvement and dream homes, in addition to a library of new content that South African audiences will now have access to. “Understanding the call for new and exciting content, HGTV brings with it up to 800 new hours of content developed annually,” says Turnbull.

Brand new and exclusive shows include Home Town, My Lottery Dream Home, Good Bones, House Hunters USA and Flip or Flop.

“HGTV is testament to what we do best, powering people’s passions with content that inspires, informs and entertains across many screens. We tell great stories, with great talent and delivered to more audiences around the world,” concludes Turnbull.

HGTV will be available in South Africa from Monday, 15 July on DStv, channel 177 to compact and premium subscribers.

Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 21 July 2019

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday, 21 July 2019 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00

Former President Zuma Testifies

It’s been a week of legal head-butting and obfuscation in the much-anticipated appearance of former President Jacob Zuma before the Judicial Commission into allegations of state capture led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Claiming he’s the target of a long-standing political conspiracy, the former president raised fresh allegations of a plot to kill him and denied his friendship with the Gupta family had any bearing on government appointments. Carte Blanche examines the importance of this week’s testimony in the bigger political and judicial landscape.

Producer: Sophia Phirippides
Presenter: Derek Watts

Cyber Impersonation Scam

From your bank account details to your home address – your emails hold a treasure trove of personal information about you and every transaction you make can be traced right back to your electronic signature. Every day in South Africa people transfer and receive funds, using the internet and from the comfort of their own homes – but where there’s money moving, criminals aren’t far behind. Now, by intercepting and impersonating you on your emails, cyber hackers are making off with thousands of rands in fraudulent electronic transfers. Carte Blanche investigates.

Producer: Nicky Troll
Presenter: Devi Sankaree Govender
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Vigilante Justice

Against the backdrop of South Africa’s soaring crime rate and the outsourcing of safety and security to private companies in suburbia, Carte Blanche gets unprecedented access to the well-organised and notorious Mayitsha group that has become prosecutor, judge and executioner for anyone accused of crime in their Eastern Cape home village – and they claim a startling success rate. Research shows that 3% of South Africans belong to vigilante groups. Can this kind of outsourced justice restore the peace or will it further perpetuate division in a country where citizens are fed up with the high levels of violence.

Producer: Tarryn Crossman
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli

Johnny Clegg – A Giant among Men

Carte Blanche pays tribute to legendary musician, songwriter and activist Johnny Clegg. Best known for some of his iconic hits such as ‘Impi’ and ‘Asimbonanga’ – a song paying homage to Nelson Mandela and other struggle stalwarts of his time – the man fondly known as the ‘White Zulu’ succumbed to pancreatic cancer earlier this week. As South Africa mourns the passing of yet another musical giant, we remember a man who embraced, comforted and fought for his compatriots, during a time in this country when it was dangerous to do so.

Producer: Diana Lucas
Presenter: Claire Mawisa

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The Lion King (2019) : Review

The story we all know, retold with stunning photorealism. With the tragic murder of his father, Mufasa (James Earl Jones – Rogue One), a young lion prince, Simba (young Simba JD McCrary and older Simba Donald Glover – Solo: A Star Wars Story, Spider-Man: Homecoming), flees the kingdom on the advice of his uncle, Scar (Chiwetel Ijiofor – Doctor Strange, Triple 9). Now he must learn the true meaning of responsibility, bravery, his place in the world, and the circle of life.

For those who grew up with the animated version of The Lion King (1994), enough time has passed that one avoids the risk of having a fun childhood memory spoiled. The songs we all know and love are all there, all the characters present, yet we are treated to a new line-up of voices. New voices, that is, apart from the legendary James Earl Jones, playing Mufasa in both films.

While the graphics and detail in this latest incarnation are great, they do pose the problem of disconnecting the viewer from the story. The animals feel more akin to the watching of a nature documentary, with actors reading lines, rather than being connected to the voices and emotion they should contain.

The story remains sound, the music evokes excitement, and there are a good many laughs. But apart from the graphics upgrade, this version of the film comes second to the first outing of the lovable lions. A good try, but falling a little short of the mark.

The Lion King opens 19 July 2019 in South African cinemas.

Johnny Clegg 1953 – 2019

It is with immense sadness that we confirm that Jonathan (Johnny) Clegg, OBE OIS succumbed to pancreatic cancer at the age of 66 on the afternoon of 16 July 2019 at his family home in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Johnny leaves deep foot prints in the hearts of every person that considers him/herself to be an African. He showed us what it was to assimilate to and embrace other cultures without losing your identity. An anthropologist that used his music to speak to every person. With his unique style of music he traversed cultural barriers like few others. In many of us he awakened awareness.

Johnny was born on 7 June 1953 in Bacup, Lancashire England and moved to Johannesburg, South Africa with his Rhodesian mother when he was 6 years old. His exposure to Zulu migrant workers during adolescence introduced him to the culture and music. His involvement with black musicians often saw him arrested during Apartheid.

At the age of 17, together with Sipho Mchunu they formed their first band called Juluka. At the age of 33 in 1986 during the height of Apartheid he partnered with Dudu Zulu to form his second inter-racial band called Savuka. Clegg also recorded several solo albums and enjoyed international success selling out concerts wherever he performed.

Apart from lecturing at the Universities of the Witwatersrand and Natal respectively, Johnny studied anthropology and combined his studies with music.

He was awarded by a number of local and international bodies for his contribution to music and society notably by the French Government in 1991 with a Knight of Arts and Letters, and in 2015 he was made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire. In 2012 he received the Order of Ikhamanga from the South African government. He was awarded a number of Honorary doctorates by the Universities of the Witwatersrand (South Africa), KwaZulu-Natal (South Africa), Dartmouth College in the USA and the City University of New York.

He authored and published the book “UkuBuyisa Isidumbu” (1981, Ravan Press), and presented papers on “The Music of Zulu Immigrant Workers in Johannesburg” in 1981 at the Grahamstown International Library of African Music and “Towards an understanding of African Dance: The Zulu Isishameni Style” in 1982 at Rhodes University.

Johnny was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2015 but despite fighting cancer continued to tour and perform around the world to pay homage to his fans worldwide.

Johnny is survived by his wife of 31 years, Jenny and their two sons Jesse and Jaron.

His passing has left us numb and we request that the family’s privacy be respected during this trying time.

The family will be holding a Private funeral service and we ask you to please respect the families wishes.

There will be a service for public to pay their respects and the details hereof will be announced in due course.

Roddy Quin
Manager, friend and family spokesman

Auditioning Now For 2020 Full-Time Programs | ACT Cape Town

Commencing 3 Feb 2020

The 2-Year Program culminates in an NQF Level 6 Advanced Certificate Qualification.
The South African Qualifications Authority (SAQA) oversees the development and implementation of the National Qualifications Framework (NQF).

An NQF Level 6 Qualification is equivalent to an Advanced Certificate or National diploma.

At the conclusion of the two year program, students are given the opportunity to audition for the prestigious Third Year Professional Program. This cutting-edge training, designed to bridge the gap between the classroom and the profession, offers unrivalled performance experience & career exposure to a select group of students.

Next round of auditions take place:
Saturday 27 July 2019

Notification of acceptance of place on Friday 02 August 2019.
Places are filling up – please book now, to avoid disappointment.

What to prepare for the audition?
Download application form here.
Book your audition through the office on 021-4197007 / Please ensure the relevant paperwork (as per application form) accompanies your audition booking.

What does the course entail? How much does it cost?
Download prospectus here.

Financial aid?
At ACT we have various internal payment plan options for our students to choose from including upfront, bi-annual and monthly.

ACT is a Manati Partner Institution.
MANATI Alternate Student Funding (Manati) is a registered credit provider that assists ACT students, both registered and prospective, to finance their studies.

To apply online for Manati Student Finance, visit their website on:



23 July – 29 August 2019

Tues & Thursday / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / R7400
Understanding the self is fundamental to authentic performance. Transcending ego and connecting to truth enables the actor to relinquish fear, build confidence and embody honesty in performance. This course is designed for the new actor as well as the professional, looking for re- inspiration. It culminates in the filmed performance of a scene and a monologue.

For more info on course content, dates & cost, click here.

23 July – 29 August 2019

Tues & Thursday / 5:30pm – 8:30pm / R7400
Defining pivotal moments in the actor’s life, unpacking and owning these, help to further break down blocks to honesty in performance. Using techniques and exercises developed by Lee Strasberg, Susan Batson, Sanford Meisner and other master practitioners, allow students to further explore, develop and deepen their understanding of textual analysis, acting and performance.

For more info on course schedule & brief, click here.

Tel: 021-4197007

First Look Images Released Of War Of The Worlds Coming To FOX

Critically acclaimed ensemble cast include Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Léa Drucker, Adel Bencherif, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Ty Tennant, Stephen Campbell Moore, Bayo Gbadamosi, Aaron Heffernan, Stéphane Caillard and Guillaume Gouix

Created by BAFTA award-winning writer Howard Overman and executive produced by Emmy Award-winning team, Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, the project is a major co-production between CANAL+, Fox Networks Group, Europe & Africa and AGC Television

War of the Worlds Urban Myth Films

London, 27 June: A set of ‘first-look’ images from Urban Myth Films’ WAR OF THE WORLDS have been released today as post-production begins on the eagerly-anticipated contemporary reimaging of H.G. Wells timeless classic.

The major new 8 x 60’ drama series is created and written by BAFTA award-winning writer Howard Overman, and produced by Urban Myth Films in partnership with CANAL+, Fox Networks Group (FNG) Europe & Africa and AGC Television.

WAR OF THE WORLDS features a critically acclaimed ensemble cast of Gabriel Byrne, Elizabeth McGovern, Léa Drucker, Natasha Little, Daisy Edgar Jones, Stéphane Caillard, Adel Bencherif and Guillaume Gouix. New cast also announced include Ty Tennant, Stephen Campbell Moore, Bayo Gbadamosi, Aaron Heffernan, Emile de Preissac and Alysson Paradis. Gilles Coulier (De Dag, Cargo, The Natives) directs the first four episodes with Richard Clark (Innocent; Versailles) directing episodes five to eight.

War of the Worlds Urban Myth Films

“We live in an age of anxiety; identifiable fears are endemic to the culture. H.G Wells understood collective subliminal and unconscious fear,” said Gabriel Byrne, leading the ensemble cast. “In literature, dystopian novels and science fiction has been a safe place for us to deal with collective terror. But what Wells also understood is that the greatest threat is not from out there, but from inside ourselves, and we see in this new telling of the story; a warning that it is only our own humanity that will save us.”

“If aliens ever visit us, I think the outcome would be much as when Christopher Columbus first landed in America, which didn’t turn out very well for the American Indians.” Stephen Hawking

“This quote from Stephen Hawking was as much an inspiration for this new version of War of the Worlds as H.G. Wells’ original novel. I wanted to explore the idea that just like H. G. Wells’ aliens, mankind has an almost limitless capacity to destroy those it views as inferior or different. This fresh interpretation of the classic novel places, the intricacies of human relationships at its heart, whether between parents and children, lovers, or strangers,” said Writer and Executive Producer Howard Overman. “Cinematic, with all the mystery and intrigue of the best science fiction, this adaptation is as much a character drama as it is an action piece.”

War of the Worlds Urban Myth Films

Set-in present-day Europe, WAR OF THE WORLDS is a multi-faceted series, based on the timeless story by H.G. Wells. When astronomers detect a transmission from another galaxy, it is definitive proof of intelligent extra-terrestrial life. The world’s population waits for further contact with baited breath. They do not have to wait long. Within days, mankind is all but wiped out; just pockets of humanity are left in an eerily deserted world.

As alien ships appear in the sky, the survivors ask a burning question – who are these attackers and why are they hell-bent on our destruction? This is a story of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances – but they are more than just victims in a brutal war. For, as we will come to realize, the aliens’ savage attack on earth is not arbitrary: its seeds are being sown before our very eyes.

Emotional, cinematic and rooted in character, WAR OF THE WORLDS is a unique marriage of human drama and the best science fiction.

The drama series is executive produced by Howard Overman, Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps for Urban Myth Films.

War of the Worlds Urban Myth Films

“We are very excited to be working on this extraordinarily ambitious production with such a great cast and talented creative team,” said Executive Producer, Johnny Capps.

This bold recreation is a CANAL+ Creation Originale and an original regional scripted commission for FNG, Europe & Africa. It is set to debut later this year on CANAL+ in France and will be broadcast on FOX in more than 50 countries across Europe & Africa.

AGC Television will distribute WAR OF THE WORLDS to the North American market and co-distribute with STUDIOCANAL in Latin America, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and the Middle East with FNG Content Distribution handling Europe & Africa (excluding the French speaking territories).

Principal Photography Commences On Sharp New Comedy Seriously Single

What are the hurdles faced by single black women navigating the world of romance? That’s the question at the heart of quirky new comedy film Seriously Single, which is currently being shot on location in Johannesburg. The film will be released in cinemas next year and is the latest project to come out of the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF).

The film tells the story of Dineo, who is the definition of serial monogamist. She dates to fall in love. She falls in love to get married. But she never gets married. She always ends up dumped. When she meets Lunga Sibiya, he seems to be the man she’s waited her whole life for, a man who shares her values when it comes to love and relationships. Or so she thinks… After a messy breakup with Lunga, her commitment-phobic bestie, Noni, helps Dineo face what she dreads most: life as a single woman.

The film stars Fulu Mugovhani, who is known to local audiences from her leading role in Ayanda (2015), a performance that earned her many awards and nominations from the Africa Movie Academy Awards, the South African Film and Television Awards and the Africa International Film Festival. Seriously Single also stars comedian, author and producer Tumi Morake (3 Days to Go, Kota Life Crisis, Red Cake – Not the Cooking Show,) Bohang Moeko (Is’thunzi, The Queen and Housekeepers) and Yonda Thomas (Isidingo, Saints and Sinners).

“The film is essentially a quirky, witty, comedy about what it means to be black and female in the South African dating world,” say co-directors Katleho and Rethabile Ramaphakela. “It touches on what women have to deal with when it comes to sex and men, and how society expects women to behave. But at the heart of it, it’s about two friends trying to find their version of love: romantic love, love as friends and self-love. We get to watch as these two characters try to define themselves in an ever-changing world where you have to deal with life in the real world and life on social media as well.”

Written by Lwazi Mvusi who wrote and directed the 2018 feature Farewell Ella Bella, the film is produced by siblings Tshepo, Katleho and Rethabile Ramaphakela of Burnt Onion Productions, a company that has produced numerous award-winning television drama and sitcoms; lifestyle and reality shows. Seriously Single is directed by Katleho Ramaphakela and Rethabile Ramaphakela, who will be making their feature film directing debut

The film was made with the support of the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF) and Department of Trade and Industry (DTI), through the Emerging Black Filmmakers Transformation Fund (EBFTF)

“We are really excited about having this film on our slate for 2020,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “It’s a funny, beautiful and well told story, and it features some of the country’s top young stars.”

Wavescape Festival Unveils Ocean-Conscious Line-up For Durban International Film Festival

The Wavescape Surf and Ocean Festival presented by VANS has announced a bumper lineup of 19 films at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF), with the addition of a unique evening of talks dedicated to the ocean.

In keeping with an increasingly urgent mandate to conserve our oceans and our planet, Wavecape brings Slide Night, featuring talks by ocean thought leaders on a wide range of topics – including science, sustainability, adventure and activism – to its programme of films to be screened at DIFF from 21 to 26 July.

Slide Night, which is attended by sellout crowds in Cape Town every December, will be hosted by PETCO and Wavescape at the South African Association for Marine Biological Research at uShaka Marine World on Thursday 25 July. Well known ocean advocate, free diver and Durban surfer Olivia Symcox will MC the evening, with talks ranging from how to recycle your trash to a Sea Shepherd skipper speaking about the activist group’s work in South Africa.

Wavescape also announced several blockbuster documentaries for DIFF, including Andy Irons: Kissed by God and Trouble: The Lisa Andersen Story that will be screened at Musgrave Ster Kinekor.

The award-winning Cape Town big wave movie Satori, as well as the Mikey February classic Can’t Steal Our Vibe, and two other short films will be screened on opening night at the Bay of Plenty in Durban on Sunday 21 July at 7pm. This screening is free, and the members of the public are invited to wrap up warmly and bring picnics as well as chairs or blankets to sit on.

The festival then moves on to two days of free screenings at uShaka Marine World and three nights at Musgrave Ster Kinekor. Several African premieres will be screened, including How to Learn How to Surf, a hilarious spoof of surf culture fresh off its world premiere in the US. Thank You Mother features South Africa and Australia, and is narrated by Australian filmmaker Albert Falzon, who made the seminal 1970 surf film Morning of the Earth.

What is a surf film festival without huge waves? Wavescape will present the African premiere of White Rhino, featuring gigantic waves in Hawaii, Tahiti, and Fiji. Nordurland, the other premiere, is shot in the Arctic Circle, and will no doubt have Durban surfers running for their wetsuits, which they do when water temperatures drop below 28 degrees Celsius.

Other films include the ode to the ocean, Emocean, filmed in Australia, California and Hawaii and featuring conservationist Sacha Guggenheimer, Pipeline surfing legend Jamie O’Brien, big wave pioneer Jeff Clark, iconic surf filmmaker Paul Witzig, and Hawaiian photographer Brent Bielmann.

Transcending Waves, directed by the Gauchos del Mar brothers Julian and Joaquin Azulay, who will be in attendance, features a sweeping epic shot in the Falkland Islands, where they try to use surfing to help heal the scars created by the 1982 War between Britain and Argentina.

Andy Irons: Kissed by God is the untold and tragic story of Andy Irons’ bipolar disorder and opioid addiction.

To book for SLIDE NIGHT ONLY at Ushaka Marine World, go to

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Bay of Plenty lawns, 7pm, Sun 21 July
Arena 5, Village Walk, uShaka Marine, 6.30pm, Mon 22-Tue 23 July
Ster-Kinekor, Musgrave Shopping Centre, 6.30pm, Wed 24-Fri 26 July

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