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THERE CAN BE ONE ONLY JP Buys versus Luthando Biko to unify EFC 135lbs championship

Cape Town, South Africa – Heading into what is promising to be the biggest year of the organisation’s decade existence, it is confirmed that on Saturday 13 April 2019, live from GrandWest, Cape Town, the recently crowned interim champion, Luthando ‘Shorty’ Biko (5-1), will face the reigning champ, JP Buys, to unify the EFC 135lbs world championship.

Hailing from the Johannesburg’s East Rand, Buys grew up entrenched in wrestling culture, alongside some of the country’s best. This set the precedent for his astronomical growth as a young athlete and allowed him to become the youngest EFC champion in the history of the oganisation.

He relinquished the flyweight title, to compete in the UFC’s DWTN Contender Series. He returned to EFC as a heavier bantamweight, and recaptured gold at EFC 69. Making him one of very few fighters to have held titles in more than one division.

Born and raised in the quiet town of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, Luthando Biko began his martial arts career in Judo. He rapidly rose through the ranks and earned his blackbelt in the devastating art and represented his country on some of the biggest platforms available to the sport.

On his journey, he craved more success and a way to earn a living and support his family. He transitioned to Mixed Martial Arts, showing promise throughout his amateur career. Finding a home at PESFA, under the legendary Chris Bright. Biko went on to win 4 fights in succession and a shot at EFC gold.

Buys refused to defend his belt. He was motivated to compete outside of African borders and Biko faced the formidable Englishman Cal Ellenor over 5 grueling rounds for the interim title. A man nearly twice his height and experience.

Biko emerged victorious, the people’s champ ready to unify the belt under his name in a fight that fans had been calling for.

The wrestler, Buys, with a 100% finish rate in the Hexagon, is out to prove he is the true king of the division. The Judoka, Biko, now has his legacy to cement and wants to remove any doubt he is one of the best in the world.

These two warriors are set to clash as the headlining fight at EFC 78 at the top of a twelve-bout fight card.

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

About EFC® – The Extreme Fighting Championship®

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC is a world leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. The Extreme Fighting Championship produces 10 live events annually at sold out arenas. With over 150 athletes exclusively contracted to the organisation, EFC showcases the greatest warriors on the planet.

EFC events are broadcast live in over 120 countries around the world on numerous television networks in multiple languages. EFC programming is available weekly in 600+ million TV households worldwide, making it one of the most recognisable MMA brands on the planet.

For more information visit efcworldwide.com, or follow us at facebook.com/EFCworldwide and twitter.com/EFCworldwide.

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The Baxter is set for New Year’s Eve, offering theatre-goers and revellers three great shows to choose from, followed by a mega party in the foyer to herald in 2019

New Year’s Eve at the Baxter Theatre Centre offers three festively fabulous shows to choose from, culminating in one of Cape Town’s most popular and exciting parties perfect to herald in the good tidings of 2019. There’s Marc Lottering’s mega-hit production, Aunty Merle, the Musical, Nick Rabinowitz’s latest comedy Dry White and Real Art Wednesday’s vibrant RAW Fest.

The hugely popular, usually sold-out New Year’s Eve Bash will once again see some of the artists lead the countdown on 31 December to get the revelry started as the fun continues in the foyer after the performances and the party begins. All shows will start later on the night and ticket prices will include entrance to the party, a complimentary glass of bubbly or juice, a live band and a DJ on the decks who will play many favourite tunes to help ring in the New Year with joy and goodwill.

This Summer, comedy, music and dance dominate the Baxter’s line-up, as these top local comedians and emerging talent heat up the stages to entertain and delight audiences. After two sold-out seasons and four Fleur du Cap nominations, comedic genius Marc Lottering returns with his beloved character, in Aunty Merle, the Musical. Firm favourite Nik Rabinowitz finds the humour in lessons learnt during Cape Town’s recent water crisis in Dry White and the RAW (Real Art World) Festival will showcase 180 different acts in the Golden Arrow Studio.

Marc Lottering’s Aunty Merle the Musical triumphantly returns to the Baxter Theatre stage, with a few new cast members and some fresh plot twists as the drama unfolds in this fun masterpiece described by many as the quintessential South African musical.

Written by Lottering, directed by Lara Foot, with music written by Tarryn Lamb and Marc Lottering, choreography by Grant van Ster, musical direction by Alistair Izobell, Aunty Merle the Musical is already regarded as one of the undisputed highlights of the Cape festive season and runs until 12 January 2019 at 7.30pm nightly with Saturday matinee performances at 2pm.

Nik Rabinowitz’s hilarious comedy Dry White reminds us about the panic of the recent water crisis. Following its sold-out success earlier this year and since Cape Town seems to be in the clear for now, he is still battling to understand some millennial talk in a South African context. He covers being ‘woke’, love, infidelity, transphobia, B-Grade celebrities and, of course, the land issue. He tackles all these topics while recovering from his early onset of a midlife crisis, in this hilarious one-man show.

Over the last 17 years Nik has become one of South Africa’s most established and well-loved comedians. Having toured internationally to countries like Holland, Australia, Canada, the USA and the UK, he has also performed at The Royal Albert Hall and on BBC 2’s Mock of the Week. After spending eight years voicing several characters for the Emmy-nominated ZANews, Nik returns to the Baxter with Dry White, his twelfth one-man show, on until 12 January 2019 at 8.30pm nightly.

For the first time ever, The RAW Fest will bring together 180 amazing acts in 20 high-energy shows, exclusively at the Baxter Golden Arrow Studio. The festival will feature some well-known headline acts like Chad Saaiman, Stuart Taylor, Yaaseen Barnes, Amy Jones and Jared Rickets, along with some sensational emerging talents.

RAW (Real Art Wednesdays) is an event that showcases some of the best performers from Cape Town in many different genres and styles like singers, bands, comedians, dancers, rappers, poets and beatboxers, packaged into one show filled with moments of magic, good vibes and most importantly RAW talent. The dynamic and fresh programme runs until 5 January 2019, all at 8.30pm nightly. Every performance will be dynamic and different as all the acts change every night so be sure to check the Baxter website to book for your favourite line-up.

To be part of this grand celebration at the Baxter, whether for Nik Rabinowitz’s Dry White, Marc Lottering’s Aunty Merle, the Musical or the vibrant RAW Fest, as well as the New Year’s Eve bash, booking is now open at Webtickets on 086 111 0005, online at www.webtickets.co.za or from selected Pick n Pay stores.
For discounted school or group block bookings, fundraisers or charities, contact Sharon Ward on 021 680 3962 or email sharon.ward@uct.ac.za or Carmen Kearns on 021 680 3993 or email her at carmen.kearns@uct.ac.za.

The coming of a King!!!

The second advent brings with it a feeling of festivity…..we are one week closer to something special, the birth of a KING.

This time of the year is emotionally charged, people are rushing to buy christmas presents, cleaning their houses for guests, making holiday plans etc……but it is also a time for reflection, and what better way to reflect than through music.

The Cape Cultural Collective once again treated us to a spectacular evening of Carols by Candlelight, these events are something special and I recommend it to everyone. You’ll walk away fulfilled, your heart will be warmed up and if you didn’t feel that christmas fever, after tonight I am sure a fire has been lit inside.

All artists brought something special to the evening, the audience sang and danced, went quiet and closed their eyes and listened taking in the moment. Seeing the young children from the Junior Rosa Choir was amazing, you could feel that they were enjoying themselves which is awesome.

The highlight for me were the group calling themselves Young At Heart, the golden voices of the group resonated through the historical church and once they were done we all knew for sure why we were there……to celebrate the birth of a KING.

It was a real blessing to sing Oh Holy Night under candlelight with people we barely even knew, that is what this season is about sharing and caring….just being human. The season for giving!!

O Holy Night
Mariah Carey
O holy night the stars are brightly shining
It is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Long lay the world in sin and error pining
Till He appeared and the soul felt its worth

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine

A thrill of hope the weary world rejoices
For yonder breaks a new glorious morn
Fall on your knees
O hear the angels’ voices
O night divine
O night when Christ was born
O night divine o night
O night divine

Ooh yes it was
Ooh it is the night of our dear Savior’s birth
Oh yeah, oh yeah, oh yeah, yeah
It was a holy holy holy, oh oh oh

Thank you to all the artists for bringing joy to our hearts, wishing you all a Merry Christmas and blessings for the new year.

ULTRA SOUTH AFRICA 2019 PHASE 2 LINE-UP  

ABOVE & BEYOND AND MARTIN GARRIX JOIN

THE CHAINSMOKERS AS FESTIVAL HEADLINERS

INFECTED MUSHROOM AND VINI VICI ADD SUPPORT

RESISTANCE RETURNS TO SOUTH AFRICA WITH BLACK COFFEE

CAPE TOWN – FRIDAY, MARCH 1ST

THE OSTRICH FARM

JOHANNESBURG – SATURDAY, MARCH 2ND

EXPO CENTRE, NASREC

ULTRA South Africa, Africa’s largest electronic music festival, announced to great excitement a few weeks ago that they are bringing, for the first time ever to SA, THE CHAINSMOKERS LIVE.

Now, they’ve just dropped their full Phase 2 lineup which includes some eagerly awaited returning heroes of the ULTRA SA stage, plus some new names to get you excited.

Phase 2 starts with – the prodigal son of Ultra SA – MARTIN GARRIX! The WORLD’S NUMBER 1 DJ FOR THE 3RD YEAR RUNNING, and for good reason, Martin will return to ULTRA to remind everyone of his insane energy and impeccable performance.

The next headlining act to be announced is ABOVE & BEYOND. One of the world’s leading trance groups, and one that SA fans have been begging for, this English trio is guaranteed to bring huge excitement to festival revelers.

International support acts have also been revealed and include the hi energy duo, VINI VICI,performing at ULTRA SA for the first time. Next up are the legends of psy-trance, INFECTED MUSHROOM. They have a huge fanbase in SA already, but this will be their ULTRA debut and will be welcomed in style.

The 2019 RESISTANCE stage lineup is next, and features world-renowned DJ and South African legend, BLACK COFFEE, who will be headlining again, and this time he’s bringing some good friends along for the ride. These DJs will provide a lineup of the best acts that have supported him throughout his incredible 2018 year, and includesCULOE DA SONG, DA CAPO, KUSUSA, RYAN MURGATROYD, SHIMZA and THEMBA with more to be announced.

Get your tickets at UltraSouthAfrica.com/tickets

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A shared experience

At the heart of CANSA Relay For Life is the opportunity to celebrate cancer survivors, to remember those who have left us and create awareness about cancer.

https://relayforlife.org.za

For 12 hours we had the honour of walking amongst SURVIVORS, people who have fought through the battle of Cancer and came our victorious. We celebrated those who cared and continue to give their loving support for those affected by Cancer. We prayed for those who have lost the battle of Cancer and consoled the families and friends.

It was a truly emotional experience, we laughed, cried, hugged, shook hands, danced and encouraged each other around the Bellville Veledrome in aid of CANSA Relay For Life North foundation……

STRENGTH

HOPE

LOVE

COURAGE

LIGHT….

luminary
noun
a person who inspires or influences others, especially one prominent in a particular sphere.
a natural light-giving body, especially the sun or moon.

During the Luminary Lap, the lights were turn-off and we lit candles in remembrance of those who lost the battle of Cancer, listening the the band as they did their lap under candle light, silent prays went out in support for the families and friends to continue spreading and creating awareness.

Donna Taggart – Jealous of an angel

I didn’t know today would be our last
Or that I’d have to say goodbye to you so fast

I’m so numb, I can’t feel anymore
Prayin’ you’d just walk back through that door

And tell me that I was only dreamin’
You’re not really gone as long as I believe

There will be another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me
And I will hold on tight
It’s not my place to question
Only God knows why
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight

You always made my troubles feel so small
And you were always there to catch me when I’d fall
In a world where heroes come and go
Well God just took the only one I know
So I’ll hold you as close as I can
Longing for the day, when I see your face again
But until then

God must need another angel
Around the throne tonight
Your love lives on inside of me
And I will hold on tight
It’s not my place to question
Only God knows why
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight

Singin’ hallelujah
Hallelujah
Hallelujah
I’m just jealous of the angels
Around the throne tonight.

Prayer

God in heaven hear my prayer,

Keep me in thy loving care.

Be my guide in all I do,

Bless all those who love me too.

Amen.

Thank you to the organisers, the Team Captains, The Families and Friends and THE SURVIVORS for allowing us to share in this amazing initiative…..the gees was there, we did our WAR CRY against Cancer haaaaaaa, we did our three-legged lap, pajama lap and much more and we came out of this experience more mindful, and grateful for Life. Alles sal beter word met ‘n BIETJIE LIEFDE!!!

We salute you all from The Keen Movement..

http://thekeenmovement.org/

Chew on this: What to eat while binge-watching SA’s favourite shows and movies

Are you among the 61% of South Africans who have admitted to binge-watching their favourite series on a regular basis? Or, have you taken this even further with ‘binge-racing’ – watching full seasons of a series in less than 24 hours?

Uber Eats is the perfect companion for watching your favourite shows. Not only is it an easy way to get your preferred foods without having to miss crucial viewing minutes, it also allows you to immerse yourself even further in your series with foods and flavours that complement them.
With the Broadcast Research Council of South Africa (BRCSA) recently revealing South Africa’s most-watched shows, Uber Eats offers some suggestions on which of its partnering restaurants pair best with some of these, as well as with classic movies that South Africans love to watch over and over again.
Our Perfect Wedding
This celebration of love focuses on one South African couple each week as they take their journey to the altar (and checking along the way that every item on their wedding wish list is perfect). If in Cape Town, why not toast to the bride and groom with a beverage from Norman Goodfellows? Durbanites can clink their glasses filled with booze from Blue Bottle and Gautengers can do so with a drink from The Fridge.
Uzalo
Following the trials and tribulations of two families in the Kwa-Mashu township of KwaZulu-Natal, Uzalo is SA’s most-watched show with viewers tuning in every night to watch the Mdletshe and Xulu families’ tumultuous tales. With this being a lekker local show, it should of course be accompanied by SA flavours like biltong from BiltongBuddy in Cape Town, pap topped with Chakalaka and served with a steak from Homestead in Johannesburg or an ikaasi burger with tjips from Afro’s Chicken in Durban.
Grease
The ultimate movie for a great girls’ night in, Grease tells the story of greaser, Danny Zuko and Australian transfer student, Sandy Olsson who, after falling in love over the summer, are reunited at Rydell High School. With an all-star cast and songs that will have everyone singing along, this classic Rom Com is best enjoyed with milkshakes and burgers from McDonalds in Durbs, Junior in Cape Town and Mike’s Kitchen in Jozi.
Eat, Pray, Love
This always uplifting movie follows newly-divorced Elizabeth, who embarks on a journey around the world that ultimately enables her to find herself. With one of the stops on her travels being India, why not get Uber Eats to deliver a yummy curry from Kebabish in Durban, Dosa Hut in Jo’burg or Curry Club in Cape Town?
Lady and the Tramp
Loved since it was first released in 1955, this Disney film tells the sweet story of Lady, an upper-class Cocker Spaniel, who meets and, inadvertently, falls in love with a stray mongrel called the Tramp during their adventures. The ideal meal to accompany this classic is spaghetti and meatballs (served with a side of nostalgia) which can be easily ordered from Mimmos in Johannesburg, Mustacchio Caffe in Cape Town and Panarottis in Durban.
“The app has a wide variety of food to choose from for any series or movie binge session, with something for everyone to enjoy – regardless of what they watch. Plus, it’s so user friendly and easy to navigate, you won’t need to tear your eyes away too much from your screen. Best of all, you can order from the comfort of your couch,” says Uber Eats General Manager, Ailyssa Khan.
To show series binge-watchers and movie marathoners the array of options available when searching on the app by restaurant or cuisine type to accompany anything they watch, Uber Eats hosted movie nights in Cape Town. A select few lucky social media followers got to tuck into delicious food suited to the flick and rub shoulders with some SA celebs.
For more information visit, https://www.ubereats.com/en-ZA.
About Uber Eats
Uber Eats is an on-demand food delivery service powered by Uber. Uber Eats partners with the best local restaurants to get people the food they want – delivered faster. Uber Eats is currently in over five cities across South Africa (Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Cape Town and Stellenbosch) and in over 200 cities globally and launching more every week. To request a meal, download the free application for Android, iPhone or register atwww.ubereats.com.
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Amplicon PR: Amy Askew <amy@amplicongroup.co>

CORONA SUNSETS TAKES OVER SUMMER

Get ready for another incredible sunset experience brought to you by Corona.

The Corona Chasing Sunsets experiences featuring Sam Feldt. A magical tour of beautiful beaches and epic events spreading the beauty of the setting sun and an unforgettable musical experience.

Dutchman Sam Feldt has become quite the deep house tastemaker of his day. With amazing remix work as well as solid hits like the early 2015 release ‘Show Me Love’, which proved to be his definite claim to fame, he’s one of the DJs to watch when it comes to a new sound flooding the scene.

Experience the beauty of a perfect sunset at these spectacular venues:

THE SANDS – JOHANNESBURG, 14 DECEMBER

CAFE CAPRICE – CAPE TOWN, 15 DECEMBER

BEACON ISLAND HOTEL – PLETT 16 DECEMBER

STANLEY ISLAND BEACH BAR – PLETT, 18 DECEMBER

QUAYSIDE – ST FRANCIS BAY, 19 DECEMBER

THE BUNGALOW BAR – PLETT, 21 DECEMBER

THE LAWNS ON THESEN ISLAND – KYNSNA, 22 DECEMBER

Follow our event page athttps://www.facebook.com/events/514723095658615/ for more information.

Lets start the summer season off with a bang……show some love!!!