Drive dry, drive responsibly 

Listening to heart wrenching accounts of loss of life and paralysis in victims of car crashes, left me feeling saddened. 

Many of us are guilty of drink driving without being responsible enough to know how alcohol impairs our actions. 

I attended the Drive Dry Campaign launch last night and pledge to responsible driving. 

Are you drinking or driving?

Diageo uses South African storytellers for 2017 Drive Dry campaign and delivers an emotional lesson.

With the festive season fast upon us and as thousands of South Africans gear up for holiday travel this December, Diageo South Africa has timeously launched its 2017 Drive Dry campaign – which aims to shock South Africans into thinking twice about getting behind the wheel drunk.

Drive Dry, previously known for its award-winning scare campaign “Papa Wag Vir Jou”, will be using the power of storytelling in 2017, to try and change South Africans’ behaviour towards drinking and driving.
We were shown the reality of drink driving by watching real stories of South Africans who have experienced loss, trauma, hurt and difficulty due to driving while under the influence – either due to their own actions or those of a loved-one or a stranger.

These brave individuals were captured on film, telling their stories and these will be made into a series of short clips to be shared with media, as well as on social media over the next year. 

“Our overall goal is to impact and change people’s lives by using real stories to give the campaign resonance. We have also approached celebrity ambassadors who are passionate about driving dry to spread the message far and wide,” said Diageo SA’s Legal and Corporate Security Director Viwe Soga.

In January 2016, Transport Minister Dipuo Peters highlighted that the festive season’s road fatalities had increased by 14% with a total of 1755 fatalities from 1 December 2015 to 11 January 2016 – many of which are a direct consequence of alcohol abuse. According to the WHO Global Status Report for 2015, South Africa is ranked 23rd out of 50 African countries for the highest number of road deaths. The report also estimates that 7,8% of South Africa’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) is lost due to road traffic crashes. This lost revenue could be used to address South Africa’s other social issues, such as lack of funding for tertiary students.

South Africans Against Drunk Driving (SADD), a non-profit organisation based in Pietermaritzberg, recommends solutions such as an increase in random alcohol testing, the establishment of specialised drink-driving courts so that offenders are tried and convicted within one month of the incident, as well as for every driver to be tested for alcohol or drugs at every crash scene.

“Our mission is to stop drink-driving, protect families from the trauma of losing loved ones and in doing so, to make a tangible difference to South Africans’ lives,” said Caro Smit, founder of SADD and guest speaker at the 2017 Drive Dry campaign launch event.

The Drive Dry video clips will be rolled out over the next year and used across various media platforms, as well as for visual content at Diageo branded and partner events, school visits as part of a drive to educate the youth and at tavern workshops.

“This is going to be an incredibly powerful campaign, and we are honoured that our storytellers have agreed to share their stories in the hope of changing someone else’s life. Responsibility, and looking after the communities in which we operate is key to Diageo’s business. Our brands are made with pride and are only to be enjoyed responsibly,” says Soga.
South Africans can follow the conversation, tell their own stories, watch the video clips, and share the Drive Dry message with friends and family on Facebook and Twitter, using the hashtag #ThisIsMyStory.For a sneak peek of the mash-up video visit https://youtu.be/kkIrAUzJT8o.

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Macy Gray to perform at the DSTV Delicious food & music festival

delicious-sliders-matt_20-june-generic_crop Macy Gray and Hugh Masekela will be joining an already incredible line-up of artists at this year’s DStv Delicious International Food & Music Festival, presented by Nedbank. Macy Gray, American R&B, jazz and soul singer, songwriter, musician, actress and record producer, known for her distinctive raspy voice and international hit single “I Try“, will be joining Saturday’s phenomenal line-up of artists.

Home-grown, world-renowned, trumpeter, bandleader, composer, singer, Hugh Masekela will also be joining Sunday’s outstanding line-up.

Recap of the mind-blowing list of artists who are going to entertain you at this year’s festival include: On Saturday Mi Casa, De La Soul, Arrested Development, Elements of Life featuring Louie Vega, Lisa Fischer, Josh Milan, Anané Vega, Monique Bingham, Adeva, Bucie, Kaylow, Luisito, and Quintero; On Sunday, The Jacksons, Elements of Life, Roy Ayers, Lira, Judith Sephuma and Hugh Masekela

This year’s DStv Delicious festival will be held over a two-day period on the 8th and 9th of October at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, that has recently undergone a massive multimillion-Rand upgrade. Kyalami is a superb, central location with multiple entrances and exits and loads of parking, and makes it a perfect venue for an international festival of its stature. With over 40,000 festival-goers expected over the two days it is set to be a festival weekend of a lifetime that cannot be missed!

Pair this all with the Nedbank Green Wine Garden, a decadent food market offering the finest foods and delicacies, great gourmet chef food restaurants, including Reuben Riffel, J’Something, Sarah Graham, Somizi, Callie-Anne and Let’s Call It Brunch Banquet, and a bigger and better than ever DStv Kid Zone, and you have a clear recipe for success!

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Tickets are available from Ticketpro.

General Access Day Pass: R475

General Access Weekend Pass: R810

Kids: R100 (includes entry into the festival & the Kids Zone)

Delicious Lounge Day Pass: R1250

Delicious Lounge Weekend Pass: R2100

Decadance Luxury Lounge: R3705

Decadance Weekend Pass: R5925

Jeep Luxury Ticket: R3950

Let’s Call It Brunch Day Pass: R2470

Let’s Call It Brunch Weekend Pass: R3970

The DStv Delicious International Food and Music Festival presented by Nedbank, is held in proud association with Makro, Castle Milk Stout, Gauteng Tourism, Kaya FM, Independent Newspapers, Jeep, Ticketpro and Generosity Water.

Online links:

Websites: www.deliciousfestival.com

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Dear Human 

Dear Human,
You’ve got it all wrong. You didn’t come here to master unconditional love. That is where you came from and where you’ll return.
You came here to learn personal love. Universal love. Messy love. Sweaty love. Crazy love. Broken love. Whole love. Infused with divinity. Lived through the grace of stumbling. Demonstrated through the beauty of… messing up. Often.
You didn’t come here to be perfect. You already are. You came here to be gorgeously human. Flawed and fabulous. And then to rise again into remembering. But unconditional love? Stop telling that story.
Love, in truth, doesn’t need ANY other adjectives. It doesn’t require modifiers. It doesn’t require the condition of perfection. It only asks that you show up. And do your best. That you stay present and feel fully. That you shine and fly and laugh and cry and hurt and heal and fall and get back up and play and work and live and die as YOU.

It’s enough. It’s Plenty.
Written by Courtney A. Walsh.

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WOMEN’S MONTH PAMPER COMPETITION

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.…mobile pampering with a difference.

Introducing Niche pamper parties for all girls, teens and ladies. Niche parties is all about pampering with a difference. We are a totally mobile service provider and will give you a wonderful relaxing, niche experience in the comfort of your own home or at a party venue.  We offer pampering packages that include:

  • Foot and Hand Scrubs
  • Foot and Hand Massages
  • Nail Painting and Nail Art
  • Mini Facials and a Face Massage
  • Make-up
  • Neck, Shoulder and Back Massage
  • Head Massage
  • Henna tattoos or hand designs
  • Hair Streaks
  • Gift packs or hampers

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Since August is Woman’s month, we would like to offer one lucky or lady teen a chance to win a 2 to 3 hour pamper session for herself and 5  friends. So, if you and your friends want to have some extra special girl time during Woman’s month, then enter the following competition by the 5th of August.

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A draw will be held for all correct answers on the 6th of August and parties can be arranged from the 13th of August.

We will contact you to notify you and make arrangements.

Terms and conditions:

The prize must be used by Sunday, the 28th of August. This prize can only be used on weekends within Johannesburg and in the comfort of your own home or at a venue of your choice. The prize only includes our Woman’s month special as per our website valued at R200 per person. All extras requested will be at an additional cost. Please view pamper add-ons and massages on our website www.nicheparties.co.za.

To enter:

Answer the question: name 2 treatments we offer:

Please comment below on the blog with your area and email address.

Please share on facebook and twitter for extra entries. Hashtag : #Nicheparties

 

Goodluck:)

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Bulaggi now in SA

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If you are into stylish, well designed handbags, then this is definitely for you.

BULAGGI specializes in contemporary ladies handbags for the stylish modern woman. A
brand that prides itself in being well-balanced by showcasing an undeniable eye for detail, superior material quality and fashionable colours.

BULAGGI will be launching exclusively at Frasers stores in South Africa with its new Spring |Summer 2016 collection. A collection that is all about sleek lines, blue tones, light pastel colours and brown shades.

This BULAGGI collection distinguishes itself by virtue of its perfect balance between functionality and design. These are handbags with the look and feel of affordable luxury. This stunning collection is designed to match your style and accentuate your personality. Different styles have been created to fit different occasions based on the latest trends, all featuring superb detail which makes it hard to pick just one favourite.

Find your Bulaggi handbag at a Frasers store in SA.

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Change your habits to sleep better.

We’ve all struggled with the endless mental to-do list at three in the morning: the tossing and turning that leads to more tossing and turning; the creep of technology into what used to be our psychological and physical winding down time. Luckily, there are natural ways to help you say good night and actually mean it! Read on for 15 tricks you can try to rest easy.

According to the National Sleep Foundation, 48% of Americans suffer from insomnia (the inability to fall asleep or stay asleep) a few nights a week, while 22% have it every night. So you’re not the only one staring at the ceiling in the middle of the night.

In Chinese medicine, nighttime is yin time–or simply, when the body takes care, repairs and regenerates itself. So it isn’t surprising that not only does sleep deprivation cause depression, memory problems and lack of concentration, but new studies have linked insomnia with long-term health consequences like congestive heart failure, psychological disorders and substance misuse.

What You Eat Can Help You Sleep

1. Don’t eat anything for at least three hours before bedtime.

2. Try eating a cup of plain yogurt an hour before bed. It contains a rich supply of tryptophan, an amino acid essential in the production of neurochemicals that help aid sleep.

3. Choose wholesome foods with no preservatives, additives, artificial flavors or colors. Eat lots of leafy green vegetables, whole grains and low-acidic food like asparagus, avocado, apricots, bananas, broccoli, brown rice, salmon and all kinds of soy products.

4. A grain-based high-carbohydrate meal–such as a warm bowl of quinoa and veggies, or a large serving of brown rice with greens and fish, can help make you sleepy.

5. Throughout the day, avoid anything with caffeine, artificial sweeteners, candy, dessert, spicy and hard-to-digest foods. When you do try these tempting foods, notice if it affects your quality of sleep.

Supplements May Help Slumber

6. Some supplements that may help you get your beauty rest include calcium magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, vitamin B complex and vitamin E. Consult with your physician for the appropriate dosage.

7. You may want to look into the amino acid compounds 5HTP and inositol, which act as precursors to neurotransmitters for sleep.

8. Supplementing with melatonin has also been shown to help counter insomnia.

Try Some Herbal Therapy

9. Sip on valerian or passionflower tea before bedtime every night until your sleep improves. Herbs require patience; it may take up to a month to notice the benefits.

10. Traditional Chinese herbs used for peaceful sleep include oyster shell, chamomile flower, ziziphus, Chinese senega, curcuma, lily bulb, bamboo shavings, China root and licorice. Some of these are easier to find than others, but chamomile and licorice should be fairly easy to come by in tea or capsules. Other herbs can be found in health and vitamin stores, online, and at the offices of Chinese medicine practitioners. In all cases, they should be used according to individual needs; it is a very good idea to consult with a licensed practitioner for a customized formulation.

Work with Your Mind and Body

11. Keep a journal at night to empty your thoughts from your mind before you go to bed.

12. Meditate for 15 minutes before bed to settle your mind.

13. Relax yourself by soaking your feet in a hot Epsom salt bath for 15 minutes before bed.

 14. It’s been shown that people with regular exercise routines have fewer bouts of insomnia. This could be because exercise promotes sleep and improves its quality by altering brain chemistry. Exercise moderately in the morning or afternoon 20 to 30 minutes, three times a week. Do not exercise before bed.

15. Exercise combined with meditation or tai chi in the evening will not only help you fall and stay asleep but will also increase the amount of time spent in REM sleep.

 

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Good Food & Wine Show Comes To Johannesburg

Johannesburg! Prepare your palates for the fresh, new Good Food & Wine Show on at the Ticketpro Dome from Friday, 29 July to Sunday, 31 July 2016. With more exhibitors, immersive, educational and entertaining experiences as well as chances to interact with your favourite local and international celebrity chefs than ever before, you can expect a taste-bud tantalising treat for the whole family.

It is next stop Johannesburg for the revitalised Good Food & Wine Show which will be bringing a menu bursting with delicious offerings and innovative experiences to the Ticketpro Dome .

Curator Hannerie Visser, has designed a show that allows visitors to explore and enjoy the latest trends in lifestyle and design, and experience a number of unique sensory experiences associated with good food and wine. What’s more, the Show, in its new format, is a platform at the disposal of the industry. “It’s a space to connect, share and to enjoy one of the best things in the world – food,” says Visser.

Come see for yourself why some were calling the Cape Town edition the ‘GREAT Food & Wine Show’ with highlights such as a Sensorium capturing the scents of Cape Town from Kalk Bay’s fish and chips to Cape Malay masala, the Wine Wall enabling wine lovers to see and smell some of the best South African and international wines and a pop up cinema giving visitors a comfy space in which to take a breather and watch their favourite foodie movies.

The best part for many show goers is the free entry into all but one of the eight themed theatres, enabling more opportunities to interact with local and international chefs the likes of George Calombaris, Siba Mtongana, Sarah Graham, Jenny Morris, Neill Anthony and J’Something. Joining them at the Johannesburg show will be Australian chef, restauranteur, author and judge on The Great Australian Bake Off, Matt Moran as well as private chef, Neill Anthony.

On his upcoming Johannesburg Good Food & Wine Show experience Calombaris says: ““I had such a great time in Cape Town, I am really looking forward to sharing recipes from my new cookbook GREEK and meeting and mingling with MasterChef fans in Johannesburg. It’s been a few years since between visits there so looking forward to it!”

The introduction of eight exciting focus areas to explore ensures that there is something to cater to every palate. These include Wellness;Lifestyle; Wine; Beer & Alcohol; Market & Street Food; Kids; Baking and Gourmet. Under each, audiences get to interact with exhibitors, find out about the latest food trends and take part in entertaining and informative hands-on experiences.

After wowing Cape Town crowds, it’s now Johannesburg’s turn to get a taste of the ‘Fresh’, new Good Food & Wine Show. Tickets will be available from TicketPro and at the door at the following prices:

  • Early Bird Special: R126 (10% discount until 26 July.  Ticket for one entrance only, valid for either Friday, Saturday or Sunday.)
  • Adult: R 140 (valid for one entry only on any of the days)
  • Senior Citizens over 65 years: R100 (Free on Friday – valid with proof of ID card)
  • Student: R100 (Valid only with proof of student card)
  • Age 13 – 18: R50
  • Age 0-12: Free
  • Weekend Pass: R190 incudes entry on Saturday and Sunday only and excludes wine glass and tasting
  • Wine Combo Ticket: R170 (Includes general admission entry, wine tasting glass and wine tastings valued at R30 on wine tasting card – each wine tasting from R5)
  • Wine Glass & Tastings: R50 (Includes tasting glass and wine tastings valued at R30 on wine tasting card – each wine tasting from R5)  For additional tastings, recharge the card at the wine glass sales desk.
  • Chefs Table: 90 – 120 minute session with a chef, maximum 40 people per session, includes Q&A, photos and tastings of fooddemonstrated and book signing (excludes book)

o    Chefs Table for George Calombaris and Matt Moran is R800 per person

o    Chefs Table for Jenny Morris, Siba Mtongana and Sarah Graham is R300 per person

For more information about the Show, please visit www.goodfoodandwineshow.co.za

The Good Food & Wine Show in association with SABC3

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Unleash your potential with the Billionaire Convention

You don’t want to miss the opportunity to grow your business and lifestyle.

Leadership 2020 invites Entrepreneurs to register for this life changing experience taking place over 4 consecutive days .

Thursday 30th June:

  • The Inner Millionaire Preview with Andrew Barsa. Join Andrew Barsa for a 3 hour talk on the psychology around wealth.
  • How is your relationship with money?
  • Learn from author, researcher & 2020 leader, Timothy Maurice Webster how your brain relates to the subject matter around money, plus get a glimpse of his new book on the brain, branding & personal influence.

Friday 1st July

  • The Winners Dinner with distinguished iconic guests. Join us for a colorful evening of inspired talk , live performances & 5-Star cuisine, with an African Network of success in the room.
  • Limited seating, strictly advance booking only.

Saturday 2nd July 

  • I Was Born To Speak, Public Speaking Academy with Dr John Tibane, Linda Ntuli, & special guests from the broadcasting industry.
  • Develop Your Public Speaking Prowess with the best in the business at the #IWBTS academy. This session is focused on Personality, Power & Performance.
  • Learn what has to move inside of you for the Public Speaker in you to come out!

www.iwasborntospeak.com

Sunday 3rd July 

  • The Sunday Circle #MoveAfrica Conference. A delightfully crafted mix of inspiration, knowledge and entertainment wrapped up into 4 hours on a Sunday afternoon.
  • We offer a VIP luncheon & an opportunity to meet & network with the speakers & leaders of the future before the show.
  • Bring your family and friends as Sunday Circle is a people movement.

Email events@sundaycircle.co.za for more information or Info@leadership2020.co.za

***WIN***

2 x tickets to the first day of the Billionaire Convention, next Thursday, 30 June – valued at R350 – the Inner Millionaire Preview with Australian Wealth Psychologist, Andrew Barsa.

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“My goal is to inspire people and unlock their wealth potential. I have helped thousands of people around the world to rewire their minds for success. It is my deepest belief that the millionaire, the genius, the leader … lives inside.

 

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Opulence Lounge adds flare to the Durban July

With only 3 weeks to go to the Vodacom Durban July, promoters Africomm Productions today announced the inaugural launch of the prestigious brand new Opulence ALL WHITE Marquee Village at the annual festival this year.

Modelled after the annual ALL WHITE Party hosted by SA’s own ‘god of the North’ daLES, the lounge welcomes SA’s premium market to an experience like no other. Host daLES will perform alongside a stellar line-up of all his artist friends and a surprise international act.

The exclusive lounge will feature top talent including international exports Zakes Bantwini and Culoe de Song together with the multiple award winning artist AKA, the talented songstress Nandi Ngoma, ‘leaders of the new school’ Riky Rick, Major League and Speedsta. Also joining the lineup is people’s favourite Somizi, S’kada queen Moozlie, Durban own Dash, Nigerian DJ Snypes and V Entertainment’s Shane Eagle.

Carefully positioned at The Ascots inside the venue, guests will have easy access to get in and out the lounge. A fully serviced premium bar will be available to all guests from 10am-10pm.

Tickets are available from Computicket now.

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Paris-based Virtuo wants to make airport car rental as easy as booking an Uber — TechCrunch

Paris-based Virtuo is a new startup in the car rental space that wants to make renting a car at airports and train stations a lot less painful. Targeting the so-called ‘Uber generation’ who have become accustomed to summoning a car with a single tap, the company is combining technology and its own fleet of Mercedes cars with…

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