Monthly Archives: February 2019


The Baxter’s Zabalaza Theatre Festival returns for its ninth edition, from 8 to 16 March, with fresh and vibrant works and a Weekend Programme for the whole family.

The Baxter’s annual Zabalaza Theatre Festival returns for its ninth edition, from 8 to 16 March, with a fresh and creative line-up, showcasing some of the finest theatre and emerging artists from all over the Western Cape.
This year, the Baxter will buzz with ground-breaking works by new theatre-makers as nearly 40 theatre productions and events, featuring well over 100 artists and performers, make up the programme, which is filled with innovation, relevance and originality.

The dynamic team that make up the festival comprises the award-winning actor and director Mdu Kweyama as curator, along with artistic director Bongile Mantsai, coordinator Zoleka Helesi, administrator Jestine Sias and Monde Myataza (marketing and sales).

The continued support from the Western Cape Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, the City of Cape Town, Distell, HCI Foundation and Pick n Pay has enabled the successful and sustained growth of the festival every year, allowing it to maintain its reputation as one of the leading development platforms of its kind in South Africa.

Following the overwhelming support and success of the Zabalaza Challenge in 2018, this vital initiative will once again become an important way to contribute in a meaningful and impactful way, to not only the festival, but also to the artists and the arts. Baxter CEO and artistic director Lara Foot, who introduced the challenge last year, encourages and challenges individuals, businesses, corporates, organisations and the public, to join her in purchasing bulk tickets, at only R30 per ticket. These tickets will be offered and distributed to those who are not able to afford them.

“This is an investment into the future of theatre-making in the Western Cape,” explains Foot. “Not only will these tickets be given to learners or communities who cannot afford to purchase them, the door takings from each show will go straight back the groups or artists, which, in turn, means more plays by more talented artists.”. Taking up the challenge is simple and easy and can be done by visiting

The University of Cape Town’s Vice Chancellor, Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng, will be the keynote speaker at the gala opening this year.

The festival kicks off with the Family Carnival Weekend on Saturday 9 and Sunday 10 February, which is aimed at and curated for the entire family to enjoy together, with a wide range of activities and shows on offer. Every venue and space in the Baxter will come alive with energetic performances, alongside some fun family activities. Kids will have plenty to do with jumping castles and face-painting while the rest of the family will be able to enjoy the shows on offer, as well as the food, clothing and accessory stalls.

Six productions from the Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport (DCAS) finals will be staged over the weekend with participants from the Overberg, Cape Winelands, Central Karoo and Garden Route Districts presenting their best work.

The weekend line-up will boast some top local performances and artists. On Saturday, at 3pm, in the Concert Hall, afro-jazz music sensation Liso Somila Toyi will present Mdantsane Grooves, featuring Luyolo Lenga, accompanied by Wimbo Project, with artists from Gauteng, Mpumalanga and Cape Town. At 4.30pm in the Theatre, Hip-Hop music artist Pzho Thee Kulguy and friends will stage an all Hip-Hop concert called Incwadi (The Book).
Popular comedian Siya Seya returns to the festival to offer all the laughs in his exclusive isiXhosa comedy show entitled, Critical but Stable at 7pm, in the Baxter Concert Hall. Reggae Edition, which is on in the Masambe Theatre at 7pm, takes reggae music from the streets of Khayelitsha, Gugulethu and Mitchell’s Plain, into the mainstream at the festival.

Rising afro-jazz young star, Linomtha, along with Sobantwan and Buhlebendalo Mda from The Soil-fame will present She Multiplied on Sunday, at 3pm in the Theatre. The show is dedicated to women of South Africa and pays tribute to those women who came before them, celebrating legends like Winnie Mandela, Busi Mhlongo, Miriam Makeba and Dorothy Masuka.
The award-winning actor/director Thando Doni’s brand-new play Isithyilelo, looks at the scourge of corrupt priests who misuse their powers by urging congregations to donate money to the church and become rich in the process, while the poor remain poor. Doni, who was last seen in the Baxter’s production of #JustMen, will be showcased on the Platform for Special Talent at the Zabalaza Festival.

The main festival runs from 11 to 16 March with daily shows at 10am, 11:30, 4.30pm and 7pm throughout the week. The full programme can be viewed on the Baxter website at These productions were the strongest productions chosen from four mini festivals that took place over two weekends in Khayelitsha, Delft, Nyanga and Langa.
On 16 March, at 7pm, in the Concert Hall, the acclaimed poetry and spoken word group Lingua Franca, explores how fatherlessness affects young black males from the townships in post-colonial South Africa by using poetry, images and sounds. It is directed by Lwanda Sindaphi.
The festival will close with an award ceremony on Saturday, 16 March, where accolades will be awarded to artists and productions in various categories. The Best of the Zabalaza Theatre Festival winner will be announced, and the production will receive a two-week run at the Baxter in May.

Tickets for each production on the main festival cost R30 each, while shows over the Family Carnival Weekend are priced differently. Bookings for the ninth instalment of the Zabalaza Festival is through Webtickets on or at Pick n Pay outlets. Visit the Baxter’s website ( for the full programme.

For discounted school or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities contact Monde Myataza on 021 680 3980, Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or email Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or email her at

Generation NEXT

Give an artist a wall, some paint, spray cans and time and you’ll be amazed at what they bring to life.

We all have a story to tell and through art people are able to tap into the minds of talented individuals as they beautify a space using colourful images.

The International Public Art Festival creates a platform for artist from all over the world to add sugar and spice to a bare canvass, collaborating with the community, empowering and educating young people this is an amazing initiative to create a positive image of our beautiful country.

It is up to us to take these opportunities and share the experience.

Working together with the community we are able to learn from each other and create a safe space for the future generations.

I liked the fact that one of the murals incorporated the young kids to make their mark by using their thumb prints which will spell out the words HUMAN CONTACT when completed, this is amazing.

“Never forget that the strongest connection is a human one” – Investec

You are beautiful, remember that and share it with someone else….when you offer someone a compliment it might just make their day the happiest one.

There are many murals to check out so take your time and walk through Salt River, the event ends tomorrow so if you lucky you might still be able to meet some of the artists and tap into their inspiring minds….Art has the opportunity to bring together all people, creating a space for conversation and learning if we just listen to…

HERSTORY we might be able to change the World for the better.


Get revved up for another spectacular Cape Town Motor Show

The Cape Town Motor Show (CTMS) is set to wow the crowds again at GrandWest Casino and Entertainment World from 2-3 March 2019. The show promises two days of fun and excitement with a broad appeal to all car and bike buffs, petrol heads and the whole family, providing loads of entertainment for everyone.

Now in its third year, the CTMS has grown to become a motor show that rivals some of the best in the world, and this year’s show promises to yet again deliver an even bigger and better spectacle.

The show spans the length and breadth of GrandWest and features a complete range of domestic and imported passenger cars, bikes and trucks, as well as sport utility vehicles and experimental or concept cars. Visitors will have the opportunity to see numerous accessories and auto-related exhibits, competition vehicles, antique and collector cars, engine modifications (pimped-up rides), a Sound Off competition, virtual simulations, car wrapping, drifting, a large 4X4 outside area, live music and much more!

Soundmatch, the leading audio experts, will deliver a world class Show & Shine, with a wide range of the finest cars showcasing custom builds, with a few being premiered on the day. The entertainment will include an internationally recognised Sound Off competition in association with IASCA (the standard by which mobile electronics performance is measured). For the passionate entrants of the Sound Off, the louder the sound the greater the chance to win!

After their successful debut at CTMS last year, Dusty Rebels and the Bombshells will be back, offering visitors an experience of the good old days of Rock n Roll.

Be trackside for some wheel spinning, tyre smoking and sideways action brought to you by XS Promotions. The popular drift car displays will run all weekend and spectators are welcome to either watch from the sidelines or, for those brave enough, join the experts as a passenger as they take you for the spin of your life.

The Wildebeest 4×4 Challenge Club will again host 4×4 tracks built for all classes of vehicles to challenge technical skills as well as the different vehicle capabilities. Off-the-showroom floor 4X4s as well as extreme 4X4s will be showcased, and visitors can purchase tickets to try this out for themselves.

The impressive Grand Arena will host the best of the best of the top manufacturers and dealers, showcasing new cars and concepts in South Africa, including some past brands like Shelby, Road to Race, Audi, BMW, VW, Ford, Jaguar, Kia, Land Rover, Peugeot, Subaru, JEEP, Alfa Romeo to name a few. The Grand Arena will also once again have interactive test driving, following on from the success of this area in the 2018 show.

The Nostalgia Zone will take you back in time to the “Good Ol’ Days’ with vehicles dating as far back as the 1920s. These are among the most rare and unique in the world. Check out the beautifully restored vehicles and the products that make it possible for these classics to be modified back to their original manufactured or showroom conditions. Due to popular demand these fine cars will be found in their own dedicated area and there will be up to 80 cars on display.

Exciting news is that CTMS will be giving away a custom MG at the 2019 show.This special project will boast a complete rebuild, some unique Cape Kustoms elements and a 3.9L Rover V8 motor. A lucky winner will walk away with the keys of this beauty at the show.

These are some of the many displays and activities available on 2 and 3 March 2019, and CTMS will be revealing further plans in the next couple of months for activations, partnerships and motor vehicle surprises that will take place at the show.

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Tickets can be booked via Computicket. Tickets are R 120 per person, R60 for pensioners and kids between 12 and 17, and entrance is free for children under the age of 12 years. VIP tickets R 950

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Nkazimulo Zulu set to defend against undefeated Jake Hadley

Cape Town, South Africa – If the EFC 78 fight card in Cape Town wasn’t exciting enough, it just got bigger! Already headlined by the 135lbs title unification fight between reigning champ JP Buys and interim champ Luthando Biko, the EFC flyweight world championship has just been added as the co-main event. Nkazimulo Zulu (11-2) is set to defend his title again in the Mother City, this time against England’s undefeated Jake Hadley. EFC 78 goes down live from GrandWest, CPT on Saturday 13 May.

‘Zulu Boy’ has not lost a fight in EFC in almost 5 years. Having finished everyone that has challenged him for the flyweight crown, from South Africa to Zimbabwe and Brazil.

Considered one of the best strikers in the world, he is truly devastating on his feet. However, in recent fights, he has impressed with his wrestling and even submitting his most recent opponent. Making him even more dangerous with his hands and feet as opponents will be hesitant to attempt to take him down.

He is seemingly invincible and a lack of willing opponents further strengthens his image, as he aims to keep his reign lasting forever.

“The reason they don’t want to fight you is because you are too weak. You will never get your hands on my belt!”, responded Zulu to a recent post by Hadley.

Hadley might not have been on EFC fans radar until now, but he has been in the background for some time. South African fans have seen a glimpse of him in the corner of former middleweight champ Yannick Bahati.

With a seemingly small fight record, one needs to look deeper into his past. The Birmingham lad has an exceptional amateur career. Winning 6 of his 7 fights with finishes. 2 of which with a very rare Gogoplata submission. He claimed four separate UK titles. A trait he has continued into his pro career; he holds a 100% finish rate.

Hadley is a new threat to Zulu, and it is clear that the Englishman is coming with two things on his mind. EFC gold and Zulu’s defeat.

“I hear nobody in SA will fight Zulu, I have the same problem here in the UK. How about I come over there, knock him out and take his title,” Hadley recently posted via his Instagram.

He followed it up on a separate post, “Only reason Zulu is the champ is because I haven’t fought in EFC yet. I am going to take the belt and lift his head to the SA crowd after I have taken it off.”

Zulu and Hadley are set to collide in the co-main event of EFC 78, just ahead of the champion vs champion bantamweight title fight between JP Buys and Luthando Biko, on top of a 12-bout fight card.

EFC 78 Buys vs Biko, Zulu vs Hadley takes place on Saturday 13 April live from GrandWest, Cape Town. Tickets are on sale soon at, and the 5 main card bouts will be broadcast live on DAZN (USA & Italy), TV 2 – Sports 1 (Norway), FIGHT SPORTS (Where available) & (Where available) starting at 20:30 (CAT). Full broadcast details available on

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