Ster-Kinekor On A Mission To Improve Children’s Vision

Making a difference one pair of spectacles at a time…

Loss of sight, it is widely pronounced, is the one sense that people fear losing the most. For, without it, we cannot appreciate the beauty of the world around us. Sight is also the key to learning – it is estimated that up to 80% of what children learn is assimilated through their eyes. Thus any form of vision impairment can adversely affect a child’s performance in the classroom, on the sports field and, by implication, his or her social interaction with peers.

“Making a difference to the eye care health of underprivileged children across the country is the primary focus of our CSI initiative, Vision Mission,” explains Geraldine Engelman, CSI Manager of Ster-Kinekor Theatres.

“This week, we are able to make a real difference to the eyesight of more than 50 learners from Kwanele Primary School on the East Rand. In partnership with Airports Company South Africa (ACSA), and as part of the back to school campaign, we have screened 500 learners at the school. Of these, 59 required spectacles to give them a clear vision.”


The learners will be fitted with their spectacles, sponsored by another partner in the project Spec Savers, at an event at Ster-Kinekor Festival Mall in Kempton Park on 31 August. The children will then be treated to a fun morning at the movies, when they watch Ice Age: Collision Course armed with a cooldrink and popcorn from Ster-Kinekor. The learners will also receive a goodie bag at the end of the morning’s entertainment.

“We approached ACSA to partner with us on this project. Our objective with our ‘Vision Mission’ CSI project is to provide corrective eye care to disadvantaged learners. ACSA supports crèches and primary schools in communities adjacent to its airports, such as Katlehong and O.R. Tambo International Airport in Kempton Park. This provided us with the perfect opportunity to work together to give the learners of Kwanele Primary School a clear and bright future,” states Engelman.

In South Africa, where the demand for public healthcare services is stretched, something as basic but necessary as regular eye tests among children becomes less of a priority. The tragedy is that of the thousands of children who suffer from some form of visual impairment, the majority of these cases are treatable if discovered at an early age. However, many go unnoticed and untreated because so many children, particularly those in underprivileged areas, do not have access to affordable treatment.

“The aims of Ster-Kinekor’s Vision Mission are to contribute to the elimination of avoidable blindness in communities across South Africa, and to increase awareness of low vision as a major public health issue. Our programme is also aligned to the World Health Organisation’s 20/20 Vision Project that aims to eradicate preventable blindness by the year 2020,” says Engelman.

ste-kinekor-vision-mission2“Being able to walk into a darkened cinema and watch in wonder as a fantastical story unfolds before your eyes, in a larger-than-life format, is a wonderful experience. All our customers who enjoy watching films at any of our cinemas can also make a difference, simply by making a donation to Vision Mission.

“When booking online ( or at one of our self-service terminals in the cinema foyer, we encourage movie-goers to make a contribution – any amount from just R2.50 – to Vision Mission when prompted during the booking process. One click is all it takes to give someone less fortunate a clearer vision of their future – and every cent can make a difference,” concludes Engelman.


ABC Signs Expansive New Agreement To Broadcast The Oscars®, Hollywood’s Biggest Entertainment Ceremony, Through 2028


ABC and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that they have expanded their agreement for eight more years, in which the Network will remain home to the Oscars®, Hollywood’s biggest entertainment ceremony of the year, through 2028. The new agreement for the domestic network of the Academy Awards® adds eight years to the existing contract, which was scheduled to expire in 2020.

“We’re honored to continue our storied and successful partnership with ABC in broadcasting the most watched live entertainment event of the year,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “In 2028, we’ll mark the Oscars 100th anniversary, and ABC is the perfect partner to help us celebrate the magic of movies with our fans. On behalf of the Academy, I thank Jim Gianopulos, our Academy Treasurer and chair of the Board’s Finance Committee, and Disney/ABC’s Ben Sherwood, for leading these efforts.”

“After hosting the Academy Awards more than 50 times, ABC has become the home for Hollywood’s most prestigious and glamorous night of television. With this new landmark agreement, ABC is proud to showcase the Oscars all the way to their Centennial celebration in 2028,” said Ben Sherwood, co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group. “Broadcast television brings together the biggest audiences with high-quality live events, and ABC has the brightest, boldest lineup in the business,” Sherwood said. “We look forward to teaming with the Academy to bring Oscar Sunday to even greater creative heights as we spotlight motion picture magic and honor the achievements of the most talented members of the film industry.”

“The Academy’s partnership with ABC has been one of the most enduring in Hollywood,” said Academy CEO Dawn Hudson. “Both the Academy and ABC set high bars for excellence, and ABC has a proven passion to help us deliver a great show to our global audience. We couldn’t think of a more trusted collaborator to further our mission of inspiring and connecting the world through film.”

“We are elated the Oscars will continue to call ABC home,” said Channing Dungey, president, ABC Entertainment. “The ceremony is an important part of network programming, and we’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Academy and delivering a multi-faceted, and multi-platform, ceremony celebrating the world’s biggest stars and honoring excellence in filmmaking.”

The Academy’s negotiating team was led by Boone Isaacs, Hudson, Gianopulos, attorneys Chris Tayback and Ken Ziffren, economic advisor John Sandbrook and Academy in-house counsel Scott Miller.

The Disney/ABC Television Group’s negotiating team consisted of Sherwood; Dungey; Jana Wingrade, head of Business Operations; Jennifer Mayo, senior vice president, Business Affairs; Grant Michaelson, vice president, Business Affairs; Mark Mazie, chief counsel, Media Networks; and Stewart Harrison, deputy chief counsel.

The 89th Academy Awards will be held Oscar® Sunday, February 26, 2017, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, and will be televised live by the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.


Mzansi Finally Gets The Top 16 Singers Who WIll Battle It Out For Your Votes – Idols XII

Idols XII Gets Its Top 16 Singers

It was not an easy journey whittling down the numbers to a mere 16 from nearly 80 Golden Ticket holders who descended on to the Wild Coast Sun in Port Edward, KwaZulu-Natal. It was a trying week of mixed emotions – from agonising over song choice and choosing complementary singing partners, to practising at all hours of the day and night, receiving professional advice from voice coaches, and finally standing in front of the judges on stage in the full glare of television lights.

“They don’t call Theatre Week the toughest week on Idols for nothing,” was judge Gareth Cliff’s sentiments, echoed by the contestants.

The gruelling week started off with a session with Golden Ticket winners “reminding” judges Gareth, Unathi Msengana, Somizi Mhlongo and Randall Abrahams why they were chosen in the first place. It was after a full day of just the contestant, their voice and a microphone that they were first trimmed down. Those left standing were divided into 18 groups of three, to work together and deliver a stellar performance. It was tough.

Working with voice coaches and each other, some contestant gave their all on the stage while others either faded, froze or committed the cardinal Idols SA sin – forgetting the lyrics. 37 eventually made it to the solo round, getting a chance to perform individually for the judges in the battle to make the Top 16.

The public was afforded a chance to be part of this once-in-a-lifetime experience by becoming a member of the live audience. Wild Coast Sun’s theatre was full to capacity with friends, family, fans and Idols SA hopefuls. They cheered and clapped for the contestants, giving most of them the confidence boost they so desperately needed in this vocal duel of their lives.

The local song choices impressed judge Somizi, with contestants proving that magic lives in Mzansi with hits such as Back to the Beach, Imali, Nomvula and others being performed. “This makes me happy and proud because it shows that radio stations are finally giving local talent the recognition they deserve,” said Somizi.

The live recording was a rousing success that saw judges deliberate all night long to finally make the tough decision of who would get to be in the Top 16 – and ultimately be crowned the Idols SA season 12 winner!

Idols SA season 12 live shows will now broadcast Sundays at 17h00 on Mzansi Magic, DStv channel 161.

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Meet The Top 16

Nontobeko “Luke” Ntombela (27) hails from Escort in KwaZulu-Natal and lives with her pastor and his family. She is a waitress at Primi Piatti and regardless of whether she wins or not, she hopes a producer will spot her talent and be able to help her become a force to be reckoned with in the music industry.

Tebogo Louw (24) is from Stellenbosch and lives with his mother and sister. He is a full time musician and hopes that he will land a recording deal from his experience on Idols.

Simphiwe Shobede (28) from Mtubatuba in KwaZulu- Natal lives on his own and is a full time musician, actor and presenter. He will continue with his entertainment industry career regardless of the outcome of his Idols journey.

Sgherdeed Ross (28) has miraculously been able to fit in her passion for music in her schedule. And now that the Reiger Park, Boksburg, singer has made it on Idols, she plans to make the most of that. “Whether or not I get far in the competition, I will pursue my music career because of the platform created for me”.

Keegan Martin (23) from Gauteng left his job as a senior consultant at an insurance company to give Idols a try, and look where he is now. He lives with his parents and younger sister and plans to be involved in charity work while pursuing his music career.

Siyakhanya Tshayela (23) is the first of four siblings. This full time musician from Vosloorus in the East Rand hopes to open a musical organisation for upcoming musicians where she can give vocal lessons, and do the same for her church and former music school.

Lucia Jakeni (26), is currently unemployed and plans to go back to school after Idols to study music and social services. Born in Everton North, Vereeniging, she lives with her dad, younger brother and two sons.

Amanda Kunene (22) from Durban North she lives with her mother, twin sister and younger sister. She is currently studying towards an Honours Degree in Music at the University of KwaZulu- Natal. She hopes Idols will help her land a recording deal and be more involved in the entertainment industry.

Sanele Simphiwe Mkhize (21) is from Ntumaza in KwaZulu-Natal and is studying Ecological Tourism at Durban University of Technology. He lives with his mother, cousins and aunts. This year, he has taken some time out of his studies to pursue his passion in music and compete in Idols. If he doesn’t reach the final, he plans on going back to school and studying Law and eventually start his own business.

The bubbly Valentine Mathe (20) hails from Mamelodi, outside Pretoria, and lives with her mother and older brother. She is a full time musician who wants to study Journalisms at a college after Idols.

Student teacher Nomalungelo Noxolo Khumalo may love children, but music is in her blood. The 22 year-old from Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, lives with her parents and younger brother and hopes to land a recording deal. Meanwhile, she looks forward to completing her Bachelor of Education at Unisa.

Nosihe Zama Zulu (28) quit her data capturing job to pursue music. Now studying music at the University of Durban at the Howard Campus, she lives alone in Pietermaritzburg, KwaZulu-Natal, and hopes Idols SA will catapult her future music career. “I plan to continue making and writing music and eventually release an album – and just be amazing”, she says.

Thamsanqa Vuyo Thabile Mathonisi (20) the spur of the moment decision to enter Idols SA turned out to be one of the best decisions Thamsanqa has made yet. Even after the second year Music and Drama student at University of KwaZulu Natal forgot his original audition song, he still managed to bag three yeses and sang another.

Lusanda Beja (25) comes from a home full of women. He lives in Gugulethu, Cape Town, with his mother, grandmother, aunt and two sisters. He has just completed his National Diploma in Marketing Management at MSC Business College. After Idols, Lusanda would like to pursue music full time. “I would like to host more music seminars, more gospel events and go into the business aspect of music because of the opportunity that Idols has presented to me”.

Bevin Samuels (19) is from the friendly city of Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The youngest of all the contestant, he has taken a gap year to pursue his music career. He is also the baby of his family and lives with his parents and two older brothers and a sister. “I plan to be a full time musician and with the platform that Idols has given me, I will hopefully be able to take it far and get my name out there”.

Tersius “Terra” Kocks (28) hails from Eden Park, Alberton in Gauteng and is a part-time singer and songwriter. He lives with his older sister, aunt and her two sons. He hopes that Idols will give his career a boost so that he can become a major player in the music industry. He is currently a singer at Katzy’s Grillhouse in Rosebank, Johannesburg.


Catch All The National Theatre Awards Action on kykNET

Whether you were there on the night, or followed it on social media, you will not want to miss the sensational 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards television broadcast on Sunday, 4 September on kykNET, Channel 144.


From heart-wrenching acceptance speeches and tributes that left the audiences drying their eyes, to hysterical skits and spellbinding performances, this 90-minute TV-spectacular highlights what South Africa loves most about the theatre.

This magical broadcast, devised by Naledi Theatre Awards Executive Director Dawn Lindberg and executed by Clive Morris Productions, captures all the glitz, glam, sentiment and excitement that Lindberg’s staging of the 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards at the Lyric Theatre on 19, April exuded.

Be transported back to this auspicious occasion with performances by Grammy-winners Wouter Kellerman and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, pop idol Somizi Mhlongo, Sister Act star Candida Mosoma, the warm and rich voiced Timothy Moloi, Jonathan Roxmouth and Sharon Spiegel-Wagner.

Exceptional live music by the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, conducted by Eddie Clayton, will guide you through the deliverance and acceptance of 31 well-deserved Naledi Theatre Awards, while MC’s, comedian Mark Banks and TV personality Bridget Masinga, share jokes and anecdotes along the way.

You do not want to miss the fashion-forward formal wear worn by Masinga and celebrity presenters Pearl Thusi, Cathy Specific, Nataniël, Maps Maponyane and Atandwa Kani or miss the chance to see legends David Kramer and Dali and Rachel Tambo take to the stage to honour their comrades in the arts.

Emotional moments abound when the Lesedi Spirit of Courage Award winner, Gaynor Young accepts her award for unbelievable bravery and perseverance from Nataniël; when Taliep Petersen’s children accept his posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award and when the granddame of South Africa theatre, Thembi Mtshali receives her Executive Director’s Award. Witness Mr Showbiz himself, Alvon Collison, also accept a Lifetime Achievement Award, but not without a few licks of song, of course!

“I must have watched the tributes 100 times but still get a tear when watching Gaynor’s dignified walk, Taliep’s daughter’s brimming eyes, Alvon’s quavering voice and David Kramer’s final poem for his friend. Emotion is what makes great viewing and I defy anyone not to be moved and excited by this year’s Naledi’s,” says Lindberg.

A tribute to all the industry players who took their final bow in the year of revue is beautifully made through a remembrance video, which is sure to incite a few more tears and fond memories.

Throughout this kaleidoscopic show, expect to see your favourite stars from the stage and screen, and of course all the creative masterminds, deliver and accept awards and speeches for theatre productions they participated in in 2015. Huge smiles, brimming eyes and hearty laughs will have your chest swelling for the players of local theatre.

Be sure to catch it all on Sunday 4 September at 14:30 on kykNET, Channel 144 on DStv.

For more information, visit and watch the 2016 promotional video here. Alternatively, you can connect with them on Facebook or on Twitter using the hashtag #NalediAwards.


Issued by The Famous Idea on behalf of The Naledi Theatre Awards

Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn Hosts 2016 Korea Week Film Festival

Cinema Nouveau is pleased to announce that its cinema at Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria will be screening the 2106 Korea Week Film Festival. The screenings, which are free to the public, take place on Friday, 02 and Saturday, 03 September, as part of the week-long festival hosted by the Embassy of the Republic of Korea.

The three films to be screened are: Wonderful Nightmare (02 September at 19:00); Pororo: the Racing Adventure (03 September at 12:00); and Papa (03 September at 14:30). All the screenings are free to the public. There is no pre-booking for this festival: tickets can only be collected at the Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn Mall box-office 30 minutes before each film starts. A selection of Korean snacks will be served before the screening of each of the three films.

Wonderful Nightmare – Friday, 02 September at 19:00
Director: Kang Hyo-Jin / 2015 / 123 mins.

By God’s mistake, an arrogant single lawyer turns into a mother of two kids! Yeon-woo, an ambitious lawyer who does not believe in love, is about to start her new job at the biggest law firm in the States. The day before her departure, she is involved in a car accident and passes out. She arrives in heaven only to realise that she has died in place of her namesake. In order to cover his mistake, the death manager, Lee, offers her the chance to inhabit someone else’s body for a month. Yeon-woo now has to survive as a mother of two, married to an ordinary office-worker. Will she be able to live as an ordinary housewife?

Pororo: the Racing Adventure – Saturday, 03 September at 12:00
Director: Park Young-gyun / 2012 / 77 mins.

In this animated film, the curious little penguin, Pororo, and his friends accidentally force an aeroplane to make an emergency landing in their Pororo The Racing Adventure_Main Poster_Int'lhome village. On the plane are some turtles being exported to Northpia to deliver ice sleds and racing cars. Pororo and his friends follow them to Northpia to participate in the race. Upon arrival, they make it through to the finals, but a rather more complicated course awaits them!

Papa – Saturday, 03 September at 14:30
Director: Han Ji-seung / 2012 / 118 mins.

PAPA - Eng poster (preview)A Korean talent agent, Chun-Seob, arrives in America and enters into a ‘phony’ marriage with a club singer to stay in the country. However, things go from bad to worse when his wife is killed in a car accident and it seems his only way out of this mess is to take over custody of the six children she has left behind.

With a mix of genres being screened at the 2016 Korea Week Film Festival, Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn is delighted to be associated with this event, bringing alternative and foreign language content to its movie-loving audience.

For information about the 2016 Korea Week Film Festival at Cinema Nouveau Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria, visit or You can also download the Ster-Kinekor App on any smart phone to access the latest updates and news. Follow us on Twitter @nouveaubuzz and on Facebook at Cinema Nouveau. For any queries, call Ticketline on 0861-Movies (668 437).