THIRST! On At The Cape Town Fringe Festival

Celebrating the upcoming anniversary of Nobel prize winning playwright, Eugene O’Neill and the topical issue of water scarcity in Cape Town, Sugar-daddy presents, THIRST! On at the Cape Town Fringe Festival for a limited run. October 1-8 only, Alexander Bar cafe, Strand Street, Cape Town.
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CTIFM&F: Walk The Red Carpet With South Africa’s Best

Opening Night & World Premieres: South African Films in the Spotlight
Walk the Red Carpet with South Africa’s Best

The Cape Town International Film Market and Festival. Taking place from October 12th – 21st at the V & A Waterfront, the CTIFM&F will be a celebration of film from across the world and also of the best in South African film.

The Cape Town International Film Festival will open with the South African premiere of the South-African-Dutch co-production, An Act of Defiance: The Bram Fischer Story with director Jean van de Velde in attendance along with many of the families of the original Rivonia trialists. The film is a political thriller that tells the true story of how after ten men are arrested on a farm in Rivonia for conspiring to commit sabotage and violent acts against the repressive South African government, tenacious lawyer Bram Fisher steps up to the challenge as lead counsel.

A diverse and exciting range of South African Films will have their World Premieres at the CTIFM &F with glamorous red carpet events taking place at Nu Metro at the V & A Waterfront.

All red carpet events will be attended by the film directors amongst other invited guests; tickets can also be purchased from October 2nd via

South African films having their World Premieres include:

District Six: Rising from the Dust: The memory of District Six is an iconic to Cape Town as Table Mountain,  and each story is unique. Filmmaker Weaam Williams’ mother Nazley Hartley was on of the 60 000 t0 80 000 people were forcibly removed form District Six. The documentary is a deeply personal story, that examines the microcosm within the macrocosm and the legacy of intergenerational pain and dispossession of wealth.

Woodwind: The extraordinary work by Fin Manjoo, Woodwind, is a deep journey of a doubter, a composer who would rather believe in his own madness than the existence of the extraordinary. The feature film, made in India and South Africa, and was shot by Swiss cinematographer Nicolas Joray (The Yellow Star, Bye Bye Berlusconi and Baltic Storm), who’s three decades of experience was invaluable during the most challenging conditions in India. Durban born director Manjoo is now based in Cape Town where the film was partly shot.

Change of Heart: The Operation that Changed the World: Daughter of late Dr. Marius Barnard’s daughter, Naudene Leisegang has made this film in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the first heart transplant.

Gracie:  Director Liana Hassimtells the story of Gracie, a Zulu girl born to a mother who was not ready to have a child. Gracie’s world view shows the harshness of the city of Durban in the grip of xenophobic attacks, but her child-like point of view creates an artistic world of sketches which make some sort of sense of beauty out of the apparent chaos.

Limits: This short documentary tells the story of a severely mentally challenged 30 year old woman who has had major limitations placed on her ability to achieve goals which would be considered easy for most of the population. Imagine her taking part in the New York Marathon.  It is a dream which all of us would give absolutely no chance of success at all. This is Donna’s story.

The Recce:  Ferdinand van Zyl’s South African war movie features a stellar cast:  Marius Weyers, Christia Visser, Greg Kriek, Elsabe Daneel, De Klerk Oelofse , Maurice Carpede, Grant Swamby and Albert Maritz. After the SADF wrongfully declares young RECCE Henk Viljoen dead behind enemy lines, it’s up to him alone to use every skill and tool in his arsenal to make it back to his grieving wife.

Indoda:  John Warner directed this story of Vuyisa, a young boy on the eve of his Xhosa initiation rite who makes a decision causes his life to spin out of control. With no friends or family to turn to he is all alone in the wilderness. Through the healing embrace of nature and some odd -ball characters he meets along the way, he grows emotionally and ends up confronting the age-old question of what it means to be an “INDODA” – A MAN.

South African Premieres

Matwetwe:  Kagiso Lediga’s crime-comedy film fuses local oral storytelling traditions to the American indie ethos and tells the story of Lefa, whose life is on the cusp of major change. Accepted into university to study botany, he’s about to leave the ghetto township that has been his home behind if only his deadbeat father will come through with his school fees.

All event information, tickets, schedules and more details will be available on the website from October 2nd.



Shakespeare In Love – Coming To Fugard

Shakespeare in Love
The hit West End play
Opens 10 October

A romantic comedy … of errors

Eric Abraham presents a Fugard Theatre production (and South African premiere) of Shakespeare in Love from 10 October 2017 at the Fugard Theatre. Written by Lee Hall and adapted from the Academy Award-winning (1999) screenplay by Tom Stoppard and Marc Norman, the comedy ran for an extended sold out season at the West End’s Noel Coward Theatre in London in 2014.

This South African premiere features 20 actors, and a dog, and is directed by the Fugard Theatre’s resident director Greg Karvellas (The Father, Clybourne Park, Bad Jews, Champ).

Young Will Shakespeare has writer’s block … the deadline for his new play is fast approaching but he is in desperate need of inspiration. That is, until he finds his muse – Viola. This beautiful young woman is Will’s greatest admirer and will stop at nothing (including breaking the law) to appear in his next play. Against a bustling background of mistaken identity, ruthless scheming and backstage theatrics, Will’s love for Viola quickly blossoms and inspires him to write his greatest masterpiece.

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Coming Up On My Kitchen Rules SA

Teaser: My Kitchen Rules SA
Sparks fly at Brent and Andrew’s Instant Restaurant

It’s officially “game on” this week on My Kitchen Rules South Africa as the second group of home cooks reach the halfway mark in their Instant Restaurant phase of the competition. Last week, Bloemfontein husband and wife Jamandi and Machiel managed to earn an impressive score of 68 out of 100, narrowly beating Charnell and Kerry’s initial score of 67 in week one. With the competition officially heating up now, the claws are likely to come out when it comes to scoring the rest of the Instant Restaurants.

“At this stage if there’s one couple that intimidates us and makes us feels the pressure, it’s Brent and Andrew,” Jamandi admitted ahead of Brent and Andrew’s Instant Restaurant in Dainfern, Johannesburg this week. Best friends Charnell and Kerry – who now find themselves at the bottom of the leader board – were also curious about what the fiancés have up their sleeves for this week. “The boys have been performing at the tables, but let’s see if they can perform in the kitchen,” Charnel noted.

Brent and Andrew, who are the self-confessed “good guys” of the competition will undoubtedly be hoping for positive ‘vibes’ throughout the evening, but will the rest of their competitors be impressed enough by their food to vote generously?

My Kitchen Rules SA is broadcast on M-Net channel 101 every Sunday night at 18:00. Viewers can also visit to watch exclusive interviews with the judges and contestants, and follow all the breaking news and conversations around the show on Twitter @MNet / #MKRSA or on the official M-Net Facebook page.


Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 1 October 2017

On M-Net & M-Net HD [101], Sunday 1 October 2017 at 19:00 & again on M-Net Plus 1 [901] at 20:00



Gauteng Health

Recently furniture and office equipment were seized from the Gauteng Health Department to settle a medical negligence claim. This may seem like a particularly low point for the department, but it follows years of mismanagement and maladministration in the province. Meanwhile, more medical negligence claims are piling up for which the department cannot legally budget. Carte Blanche asks: is Gauteng health facing an imminent financial crisis?

Producer: Anna-Maria van Niekerk and Marzanne van den Berg
Presenter: Claire Mawisa
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High-tech Rabbiting

The Riverine Rabbit is one of the rarest mammals on the planet, with less than 300 remaining. Now a new project involving a specially-trained border collie with a GPS-enabled collar and a state-of-the-art thermal imaging is helping to save this endangered animal. Carte Blanche joins the team working to prevent the total extinction of these elusive creatures.

Producer: Jason Boswell
Presenter: Macfarlane Moleli
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David Patient

South African Aids activist David Patient died last week at the age of 56. Diagnosed as far back as 1983, Patient was an icon in the age of HIV stigma and an activist for LGBTQI rights. For 34 years he showed that it was possible to live ‘positively’ with HIV. Carte Blanche reflects on his remarkable will to survive and victory over the idea that his diagnosis was a death sentence.

Producer: Kate Barry
Presenter: Derek Watts

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