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Famous Women To Share A Message Of Hope With South Africa

Corlea Botha, Nádine, Liezel Pieters, Jennifer Jones, Vicky Sampson and Monique Steyn are currently considered as some of the biggest local female artists in the industry. On 23 August 2020, these six women – with their diverse and powerful voices – will be joining forces with Entertainment & Events Factory to bring the SA’S DIVA SPECTACULAR SHOW to the stage at Sun Arena in Pretoria!

With this show, they want to bring a message of hope to South Africa. A message that can reunite South Africans, specifically because women play such an important role in the lives of children, men and the world in current times.

What makes this initiative even more special is that President Kruger Children’s Home will be part of it and will also be present. 70% of all funds raised will be donated towards this charity.

According to Rex van Deventer, director of Entertainment & Events Factory, he has had the idea of bringing these artists together for a concert for two years. “I am excited to bring this strong concept to South Africa, especially with the focus being on empowering women and the role they play in the lives of our children and country. These six ladies are extremely talented, which is going to make the show even more unforgettable.”

Corlea says that she is very excited about this concert and believes that it is something not to be missed! “We all grew up with the same music and style, so it’s going to be interesting to find the perfect balance between the six of us, but when we do, it’s going to be incredible. I have so much respect for these women, everyone has something totally unique to bring to the table. I cannot wait to witness the audience’s reaction when the six of us are on stage together.”

Liezel Pieters says it takes thorough planning and perseverance to put together such a big production, but working with ladies of this calibre streamlines the process. “It’s a great opportunity to be part of this production, because my passion is to sing and to be on stage. Sharing a stage with such incredible artists, is going to be such a pleasure.”

Jennifer Jones is equally excited! “I cannot wait to share the stage with these fantastic SA Divas and to bring hope to our country! I AM THRILLED… EXCITED… LOOKING FORWARD TO THE SHOW!”

Nádine says that when you are a true artist at heart, your passion is to share something with people. This is what drives you when you are tired and inspires and excites you. “It’s an inexplicable and indescribable thing to be live on stage and to realize that at that moment you are doing what you love and it is working very well. You get to create and capture memories and special moments with a lot of special women and it’s a fantastic opportunity. The audience is going to have a once-in-a-lifetime experience and the music we are going to sing may not be interpreted in the same way again.”

Vicky Sampson believes that each of them are strong performers in own right and that they are going to create fireworks when they come together on stage. “I am so proud to be part of this event. It’s great to be able to unite with other female artists on one stage. This is something I would love to see more of because I believe that each of us will bring something unique and special to the show. Thank you for allowing me to be a part of this initiative.”

“Although coordinating such a large production is challenging, because everyone’s schedules need to be adapted for rehearsals, it is done in such a way that the challenges become an absolute pleasure,” says Rex van Deventer. “This show is going to blow people away!”

Entertainment & Events Factory is also no stranger when it comes to events, artists and celebrities. Other guest artists will also be performing at the concert on 23 August and will be announced soon.

SA’S SPECTACULAR DIVA SHOW will be taking place on 23 August 2020 at Sun Arena in Pretoria from 14h00. Tickets are now available online at iTickets.co.za.

This Pretoria concert will be held annually and other female artists will be invited to participate as guest artists.

Sponsorship and activation packages are available. For enquiries, please contact Rex van Deventer at rexvd@eefactory.co.za.

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The SA Action And Drama To Watch While On Lockdown

As people stay at home across the country, streaming platforms are offering a variety of top local films for every taste

From heists to drama, and action to comedy, some of the best in South African films – released in cinemas by Indigenous Film Distribution over the years are available on digital and on-demand platforms as people across South Africa brace themselves for a 21-day lockdown to tackle the spread of the new coronavirus.

“There’s something for everyone – thrillers, dramas, action,” says Helen Kuun, MD of Indigenous Film Distribution. “Given the current circumstances, we are pleased these films are available on digital for audiences to enjoy from the comfort of their homes.”

In‘Assignment’ Kathleen (Kat) Jacobs, a renowned conflict journalist returns home to Johannesburg after her assignment is cut short by a near fatal incident in the Congo. She discovers an incredible scoop, one which pitches her squarely against major political forces. Kat finds herself on the run. What ensues is the most dangerous cat-and-mouse chase of Kat’s life. Not only her career and reputation are on the line, but also her life and her family’s as well. ‘Assignment stars Sandi Schultz, Gert van Niekerk and David Dennis.

In Charlie Vundla’s ‘How to Steal Two Million’, Jack comes out of prison having spent five years there for a robbery gone bad. His partner Twala never got caught and Jack never talked. But Twala is as treacherous as Jack is honourable. He’s married Jack’s former fiancée. Jack wants to go legit but after being rejected for a loan he needs a new source of capital. Twala presents him with an opportunity a job with a R2 million take. The heist films stars Menzi Ngubane, Terry Pheto, and Rapulana Seiphemo.

A must-see for political history fans, Mandla Dube’s ‘Kalushi: The Story of Solomon Mahlangu’, tells the story of the Mamelodi township schoolboy-hawker who, after the events of June 16th, joins the military wing of the ANC to fight against the brutal oppression of the Apartheid regime and ends up becoming an icon of South Africa’s liberation. The film stars Thabo Rametsi, Thabo Malema, and Welile Nzuza.

In ‘iNumber Number’, starring S’Dumo Mtshali, Presley Chweneyagae and Mncedisi Shabangu, Chili and Sello, undercover cops, are cheated out of a large reward by their corrupt superiors. Chili infiltrates a gang as it prepares to rob an armoured car, and instead of busting them, he convinces Sello to participate in the score.

‘Wonder Boy’ for President’ tells the story of a charismatic young man from the Eastern Cape who is coerced into running for president by two corrupt characters. It’s a political satire that delves into political dynamics and challenges that arise. Directed by John Barker, it stars Kagiso Lediga, Tony Miyambo and Ntosh Madlingozi.

Coming in April is ‘Four Corners’, directed by Ian Gabriel. Fatherless and raised by his grandmother, 13-year-old Ricardo Galam lives in the Cape Flats, a unique and volatile sub culture dominated by two Number gangs, the 26s and 28s. Ricardo’s future as a chess prodigy is threatened by his growing interest in the 26s whose local leader is grooming him as a potential member. It’s a gripping drama set against the backdrop of a gang war which has been raging for 100 years.

On Showmax, women fight back in ‘Dora’s Peace’, a story about a Hillbrow prostitute who shields a gifted young boy from the violent clutches of organised crime. In the process she discovers aspects of her own lost humanity with Kabonina Qubeka.

If you’re into westerns with an African twist, ‘Five Fingers for Marseilles’ looks at how lives change forever when Tau, a young lion, kills two corrupt policemen in a South African shanty town. It stars Vuyo Dabula, Zethu Dlomo and Hamilton Dhlamini.

In ‘Inxeba’ (The Wound), Xolani, a lonely factory worker, travels to the rural mountains with the men of his community to initiate a group of teenage boys into manhood. The controversial film stars Nakhane Touré, Bongile Mantsai and Niza Jay.

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Coming Up On Carte Blanche – 29 March 2020

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The Economic Devastation of Lockdown

At home, the pain of lockdown is just beginning to set in. As the global community fights to contain the pandemic and already depressed economic activity all but grinds to a halt, Carte Blanche examines how South Africans are bracing for the impact.
Producer: Sophia Phirippides | Presenter: Claire Mawisa

John Webb: “The Irish I’ve been speaking to are watching Italy closely, worried something similar will happen here. After all, it’s only a two-hour flight away. But, they’re also determined to see this thing through with a smile on their face. Pity the Irish government, though, who have had to get this nation of writers, musicians and raconteurs to stop socializing. Luckily, for the most part, the Covid-19 penny has dropped and much of this country has gone quiet.”

Preparing for the Peak

With Europe currently the epicentre of the COVID-19 pandemic, experts estimate that Ireland is only likely to see infection rates peak around June and July. We meet a sports broadcaster, lawyer, tour guide and charity founder from Ireland trying to make sense of life as the Irish government clamps down on free movement and tries to enforce social distancing.

Producer and Presenter: John Webb

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Another Day, Another Rolex Robbery

In the ongoing spate of robberies targeting luxury wristwatches, exclusive video footage reveals the terrifying moment a British tourist and his wife were attacked – killing the man on the scene. We speak to his widow and investigate what drives the trade in stolen watches. How many Rolex gangs are there, and are they involved in other organised crime?

Presenter: Derek Watts | Producer: Kate Barry
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Bloemfontein Zoo

From bushbuck to impala and even buffalo, Carte Blanche investigates why animals at the Bloemfontein Zoo were neglected, some left to die, in the months after the Provincial Department of Environment closed the zoo’s doors for business. The zoo has become the latest casualty of the bankrupt Mangaung Municipality. We ask the administrators why caregivers left animals without food and water.

Producer: Stenette Grosskopf | Presenter: Masa Kekana

Line-ups are subject to change. Stories can be viewed at www.carteblanche.co.za.

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Ster-Kinekor Implements Coronavirus Response Measures

In light of President Ramaphosa’s announcement and in response to growing concern regarding the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), Ster-Kinekor’s Executive Committee has been working to ensure that it remains abreast of all developments relating to the outbreak of coronavirus. Certain hygiene protocol steps had already been taken including the placement of hand sanitizers in cinemas and minimizing staff in periods when they are not required.

The Executive Committee and leadership team are encouraging social distancing inside the cinema, by ensuring that two seats be left empty between each booked seat. In addition, cinema capacity for each show will be capped at 100. We are proceeding with scheduled programming – however no shows will screen before 12:00 AM or after 18:00 PM.

For more information on shows, guests can visit www.sterkinekor.com or download the SK App.

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Canon Reveals Further EOS R5 Details – Shutting Down Speculations That Some Specs Are ‘Impossible’

Exactly a month since its development announcement of the EOS R5 – a full frame mirrorless camera built on the revolutionary EOS R System – Canon Inc. reveals additional information.

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chieving the ‘impossible’, Canon Inc. confirms the EOS R5’s video capabilities will far exceed that of competing cameras on the market. With its ability to internally record 8K using the full width of the sensor at up to 30p, the latest Canon EOS R camera is set to redefine mirrorless with its market-leading features. In addition, in all 8K modes it will support Canon’s renowned Dual Pixel CMOS AF.

Canon Inc. also confirms the EOS R5 supports advanced animal AF – recognising dogs, cats and birds, relying not only on the eyes of the animal but also the face and body for situations when the eyes are not visible.

Richard Shepherd, Pro Product Marketing Senior Manager, said: “We’ve seen speculation that the EOS R5’s specs are ‘impossible’. Today’s announcement confirms once again, we are achieving the ‘impossible’ in order to support our customers’ need for a camera that delivers exceptional image quality and video capture.

“As an industry leader, we are challenging the market with this launch and showing what’s possible with our technology. The EOS R5 and the RF lens system is proof of our commitment to redefine mirrorless and shows Canon’s unparalleled strength in creating products with true purpose.”

Other EOS R5 specifications confirmed by Canon Inc. in the camera’s 13th February 2020 development announcement:

  • The EOS R5 offers a step-change in performance with an incredible 12fps using the mechanical shutter and the electronic shutter offering 20fps
  • The EOS R5 takes Canon’s cutting-edge image stabilisation technology to the next level, by including a newly Canon-developed, in-camera image stabilisation system – which works in combination with the lens stabilisation system
  • With content delivery just as important as image and video capture, the EOS R5 supports automatic transfer of image files from the device to the image.canon cloud platform
  • The highly anticipated EOS R5 also features dual card slots for convenience.