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So to end off the first round of matches at the 2017 Confederations Cup it was the 2014 World Champions Germany vs The Socceroos from Australia…

This was not your typical German team on paper, many of the household names left out…Australia must’ve thought this was their chance to win their first game against Germany after 3 previous meetings but…

…it took just 5 minutes for Lars Stindl to open the scoring for The German Machine.

While Germany domintated the first half Australia managed to eqaulise in the 41st minute, this was short lived however as Julian Draxler converted from the spot to help Germany regain the lead in Sochi before half-time.

The second half began with a bang even without any of the big names in Russia, The Germans showed why they should still be feared as World Cup winners by extending their lead in the 48th minute…the score now 3-1 but hey I was still rooting for the underdogs in this game.
The Socceroos gave me something to scream about when they scored in the 56th minute after a check by the video assistant referee, Australia got their goal through Tomi Juric….the score 3-2 to Germany.

Unfortunately for me and Australia this was the final score as Germany took the 3 points and made it 4 wins out of 4 against the Soccerooooooos.

A game filled with goals and with plenty of matches to come I think this was just the start of something great in Russia….all teams have now opened their account at the 2017 Confederations Cup.

Have you chosen you Champion yet???

Comeback Kings

The second day of the 2017 Confederations Cup was filled with controversy due to the new video refereeing system being introduced, this did not spoil the excitement that is football though.

The first game of the day saw Ronaldo’s Portugal take on Mexico, a goal disallowed by the video referee in the 20th minute would’ve seen Portugal take the lead but luckily minutes later Quaresma gave Portugal the lead.
In typical Mexican fashion they drew level at the break to make it 1-1, the ultimate opportunist Hernandez scoring the goal.

The second half was an exciting affair no team wanting to make any mistake at the back but the last 10 minutes saw the night heat up as Cedric the Portuguese defender score his first International goal in the 86th minute….after a nervy video review but the goal was allowed.

I think Quaresma had the Portuguese gameplan shaved on his head because The Mexicans cameback again in the dying seconds of the game. Hector Moreno in his 80th appearance for Mexico scored his 3rd goal for his country, a beautiful header to make it 2-2 in extra time.

This took me back to 2010 when Mexico broke a few South African hearts in that opening match with the equaliser.

The second match of the day it was a rather Chile night in Moscow for the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The first half ended 0 – 0 but Cameroon have never drawn a Confederations Cup game before and today would not be the first time as Chile scored twice in the space of 10 minutes, Vidal making it 1-0 in the 81st minute then Eduardo Vargas doubled Chile’s advantage (90 +2 ) to all, but secure victory for the South American champions.

The video referee played a crucial role in this game though disallowing a goal in the first half and overturning the referees decision for Chile’s second goal….this new system is going to be a talking point during this tournament. 

From Russia with love

With one year until the 2018 Fifa World Cup, the official pre-World Cup showpiece known as the Confederations Cup which welcomes the Champions of the 6 Confederations, Hosts and World Cup win ners is here. The hosts Russia showed no love to their opponents in the opening match.

The opening game saw Russia (red) vs New Zealand (white)….yip it looked like a Valentines day party on the pitch. These two teams only met once before when Russia won 3-0 and with Russa ranked 63rd in the Fifa rankings compared to New Zealand ranked 95, it would seem that maybe history would repeat itself.

This is however Russia’s first Confederations Cup and as hosts of the tournament they are bound to feel the pressure, the St Petersburg Stadium was packed to the brim to watch their country with an all local line-up take on the White Caps from New Zealand. At kick-off in St Petersburg the time in New Zealand was 3am 18-06-2017…I wonder how many people in New Zealand woke up to watch the game though. 

The first goal came in the 32nd minute, a scrappy goal which looked more like a try in Rugby with a couple of New Zealand players diving to save the ball out of the net……I think that’s why there was a fan wearing an All Black jersey.

Half-time score 1 – 0 Russia were on the attack and should have scored more if it was not for the defence and save from New Zealand.

The second half continued in the same fashion and Russia managed a second goal in the 69th minute scored by Smolov. New Zealands best chance came in the 78th minute but the ball was cleared off the line by the Russian defence.

It was an exciting game for the Russian team and fans, I am hoping for an awesome tournament….who will you choose as your Champion????

​Co-living: bridging the gap between people and the world

The definition of co-living, according to the urban dictionary, is “shared housing designed to support a purpose-driven life. 

A modern, urban lifestyle that values openness, sharing, and collaboration.”This is a trend that is becoming increasingly prevalent with the rapid increase in the number of people choosing an urban lifestyle. Shared spaces and amenities have become an accepted part of life and urban dwellers are starting to embrace sharing their personal space with fellow urbanites.

This has led to the rise of networks such as Roam, a new network of co-living spaces that allows you to continually move from city to city but only pay one fee, that was designed as an alternative way of thinking about what “home” means for “location-independent” people. According to an article on Collectively Conscious, Roam’s founder, Bruno Haid said that by combining co-living with nomadism, he hoped to help alleviate the feeling of loneliness that one feels when landing in a new place.

Another example of successful co-living projects is The Share in Tokyo. Housed in an ex-dormitory, the multi-use 6-storey building provides workers and inhabitants (sometimes one and the same) a space to experience work and play together. Having access to communal kitchens, shops, offices, dining rooms, lounges, roof decks and more – The Share was designed to urge residents to communicate and share more than just space. 

Spacious, a co-working hotel located in New York, is another example of how combining work and life can be convenient and economically beneficial. The space allows for hotel guests to sleep in their rooms at night, but during the day share their rooms with locals who are in need of a shared workspace. With hideaway beds that turn into workstations; co-working members get private offices on demand, plus in-house coffee, meals and hotel amenities, and best of all, a subsidised rental. 

Considering technological advancements designed around remote working, and working hours becoming more lax with many companies around the world allowing employees to work hours that suit their lifestyles; being a digital nomad is becoming a lot easier than before. 

Good Food, Wine…and a Proposal

This past weekend The Cape Town International Convention Centre hosted 10 Celebrity Chefs as part of The Good Food and Wine Festival, a weekend filled with amazing food, interactive cooking lessons and just good ol conversations with friends and family.

I attended the event on Saturday and it was definitely a learning experience, saying I have minimal cooking experience is an understatment but uh give me a can of bake beans and I’ll cook up a storm…

step 1 open up the can

step 2 throw in a pot

step 3 once cooked put this on toast and voila you have meal.

..ok geez I think I need help in this department right, well that is why I enjoy watching cooking shows sometimes and one of my favourites Neill Anthony was one of the celebs at this years show which was pretty cool.

There were many different exhibitors from which you could sample and even share idea’s, I tasted the second most strongest chilli paste in the world, it was extremely hot I was super glad I never tried the hottest otherwise I’d have killed my tastebuds for sure.

Another thing I am not really clued up on is cheese, so I was really excited to try some goat milk cheese which I would say is an acquired taste…

I have a friend from Lebanon. I told her that I was going to find a Lebanese resturant in Cape Town and send her a picture of the menu to help me choose something to eat, imagine my excitement when I found Ghenwa’s Lebanese Cooking Club. First thing I did was take a picture and send it to her, her reaction was priceless and yes I did try some of the food….don’t ask me what I ate though.

The wine, beer and spirit section were a real winner I think this was the most busy section…..well besides the Chefs Open Theatre and I was lucky enough to witness a lucky lady’s day made extra special when her fiance went on his knees in front of the crowd and proposed, all this was done while cooking with celebrity J Something – musician, chef, resturanteur – pretty awesome right.

The theme of this year’s Good Food & Wine Show is Food Waste, raising awareness to reduce food wastage, one thing I can say is that the burrito that I bought definitely didn’t go to waste, it went straight into my tummy and was so yummy….I had an amazing time at the show.

The show moves to Jozi and Durbs next, you guys are surely in for a treat.


10h00-21h00 Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July
10h00-18h00 Sunday 30 July

Ticketpro Dome


10h00-21h00 Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October
10h00-18h00 Sunday 29 October

Durban Exhibition Centre

For more information on GFWS please visit or email or call +27 (0)21 702 2280.


The world’s first celebrity chef and enfant terrible Marco Pierre White and South Africa’s first Michelin-starred chef Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen will be turning up the heat as the international headliners at this year’s 2017 Good Food and Wine Show.  South Africa’s largest culinary event opens in Cape Town on Friday 2 June until Sunday 4 June at the CTICC, followed by the Johannesburg show at the Ticketpro Dome from Friday 28 July until Sunday 30 July, culminating at the Durban Exhibition Centre from Friday 27 until Sunday 29 October.

The latest foodie trends will be dished up and South African foodies will have the chance to interact with the line-up of exciting food personalities, including headline chef, restaurateur and foodie Joao Da Fonseca, popularly known as J’Something, who will share his secret recipes by preparing a tasty feast for the shows. As an added bonus, J’Something will take to the stage to perform his music as this multi-talented personality is also the leading man of popular band Mi Casa.

Reza Mahammad, Jenny Morris, Lentswe Bhengu, Sarah Graham, Neill Anthony, Lisa Raleigh,  Sherwyn Weaich and Vanessa Marx are also on this year’s Good Food and Wine menu, in addition to headline sommeliers Lloyd Jusa (Saxon Hotel), Gregory Mutambe (12 Apostles Hotel) and Tinashe Nyamudoka (The Test Kitchen) – who will all share some of their fine wine knowledge with show attendees.

Over 60 000 visitors attended the three Good Food and Wine Shows in 2016, and this year’s footfall is expected to increase with chefs like White and Van der Westhuizen on the bill of fare, the biggest elephant cake in the world and a wide selection of vendors and interactive installations showcasing food and fare from around the globe.  The floor will be divided into nine specific exhibition areas for attendees to explore: Market, Street Food, Gourmet, Baking, Kids, Wellness, Lifestyle, Wine, Beer and Alcohol.

North meets South

Trailblazing British chef Marco Pierre White has been dubbed the world’s first celebrity chef.  White was 33 when he was awarded three Michelin stars and still holds the title as the first British chef and the youngest chef ever to earn this honour. He featured as a star judge and guest on MasterChef Australia where he was called ‘the godfather of modern cooking’.

White has also trained famous chefs like Mario Batali, Gordon Ramsay, Curtis Stone and Shannon Bennett. After retiring from the kitchen in 1999 Marco became a restaurateur and has published several books, including the best-selling cookbook/autobiography White Heat.

“I was last in South Africa in 2014 so I am excited to be returning in 2017 to headline the Good Food & Wine Show for the first time,” says White. “As much as I will be sharing my culinary journey with the visitors attending the shows, I am also looking forward to transferring knowledge and experience to some of the top local talent in South Africa and partaking in the diverse food culture this beautiful country has to offer.”

Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen is South Africa’s first Michelin star chef and owner of JAN Restaurant in Nice on the French Riviera. Also a gifted photographer, food stylist, writer, entrepreneur and businessman, Van der Westhuizen’s humble Middelburg origins set the foundation for his Boereseun and French twist cooking style on Boerekos.

All visitors to this year’s show will get a chance to watch White and Van der Westhuizen in action daily, free of charge, at the Chefs’ Open Theatre. In addition, the two chefs will be cooking up a storm at the Chefs’ Table: smaller, more intimate ticketed events where people will have the chance to meet the chefs, taste their food and sample some of South Africa’s top wines.

“We want to engage with visitors and involve every one of their senses,” says Maria Chieppa, Managing Director of Fiera Milano Exhibitions Africa.  “We have used taste, touch, smell, sight and sound to tell a 360° story about food and wine. It’s a great occasion for food lovers, families and professionals to enjoy food and wine at all levels.”

This year, the show hosts nine theatres, of which seven are free of extra charge for entry, serving up even more value for those attending. The Good Food and Wine Show theatres include: Eat Well/Live Well, Wine Theatre, Baking Theatre, Cake Deco Lab, Chefs’ Table, Chefs’ Open Theatre, Cooking with Chefs, the Kids Deco Lab and the SCASA Barista Championships – a new partnership with the Speciality Coffee Association of Southern Africa (SCASA) partnership and the show to host the 2017 Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal Regional Barista Championships.

Follow the Good Food and Wine Show on Twitter @goodfoodSA  Instagram @goodfoodsa and facebook GoodFoodandWineShowSA  #GFWS2017

 Ticket prices for 2017

The early bird online prices are valid up to one week prior to each show. Thereafter the door prices are applicable. Children under 12 can attend for free and Fridays are free for pensioners. Tickets are available online at and Computicket for Cape Town and Durban;  and Ticketpro for Johannesburg.

  Door price Online


Terms and conditions
Adults R160 R144 Ticket for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Senior citizens over 65 R110 R100 Friday free. Valid with proof of ID.
Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Students R110 R100 Valid with proof of student card.
Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Age 13-18 R60 R50 Valid for one entry for Friday, Saturday or Sunday
Age 0-12 Free Free Valid only with proof of ID
Two day pass R260 R210 Valid for two entries either Friday and Saturday, Saturday and Sunday or Friday
and Sunday
Three day pass R380 R350 Valid for three entries on Friday, Saturday and Sunday
Wine combo R200 R180 General one day entry admission with wine tasting

glass and six tasting coupons

Wine glass and tasting R60 Wine tasting glass with six tasting coupons


Marco Pierre White (CPT SOLD OUT) 2,500.00
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen 2,500.00
Jenny Morris & Reza Mahammad (CPT ONLY) 1,500.00


Marco Pierre White 1,500.00
Jan Hendrik van der Westhuizen 1,500.00
J’Something 800.00
Jenny Morris 800.00
Lentswe Bhengu 800.00
Sarah Graham 800.00
Neill Anthony 800.00

Opening hours:

Cape Town

10h00-22h00 Friday 2 June and Saturday 3 June
10h00-18h00 Sunday 4 June



10h00-21h00 Friday 28 July and Saturday 29 July
10h00-18h00 Sunday 30 July

Ticketpro Dome


10h00-21h00 Friday 27 October and Saturday 28 October
10h00-18h00 Sunday 29 October

Durban Exhibition Centre

For more information on GFWS please visit or email or call +27 (0)21 702 2280.



From Oscar- nominated I Am Not Your Negro to Sundance winner Winnie and Nick Broomfield’s brutally realistic film of Whitney Houston – Whitney: Can I Be Me – these are just some  of the most talked about documentaries on the international and South African circuits  to be screened at the prestigious and much anticipated Encounters South African International Documentary Festival next month.  The line-up consists of over 60  acclaimed films  and takes place from 1-11 June at the Labia , the Nouveau V&A Waterfront and Bertha Movie House, Isivivana Centre in Khayelitsha in Cape Town and the Bioscope and the Nouveau Rosebank in Johannesburg.

Highlights include:

*Raoul Peck’s Oscar-nominated documentary I Am Not Your Negro as spoken by visionary writer and social critic James Baldwin on racial hatred in America narrated by Samuel L Jackson.

*2017 Sundance – Award winning documentary director Pascale Lamche’s film Winnie on South Africa’s controversial anti-apartheid icon Winnie Madikizela –Mandela’s rise and fall from grace.

*Internationally acclaimed film-maker Nick Broomfield’s intimate biography Whitney: Can I Be Me?  on the tragic life of Whitney Houston, one of the most successful recording artist of all time.

*Oscar nominated  – Life Animated – a real life story of an autistic boy who couldn’t speak for years whose family created an animated world of Disney characters so that they could talk to him

*The Return of a President: After the Coup in Madagascar on the return of democratically elected president Marc Ravalomanana from exile in South Africa after a bloody coup.

*Syrian director Firas Fayyad’s frontline study Last Men in Aleppo on the unbroken cycle of devastation experienced by three reluctant heroes in Syria.

* Tickling Giants the ebullient portrait of Bassem Youssef the heart-surgeon-turned-comedian who became known as “the Jon Stewart of Egypt.” From Mubarak to Morsi and then El- Sisi his show united the country but tested the limits of free press.

*World premiere of South Africa director Lucy Witt’s Dragan’s Lair, a thought provoking and courageous dissection of rape and abuse by her stepfather and confrontations with him as an adult.

*Vincent Moloi’s Skulls of My People about the struggle of the Hereo and Nama people of Namibiaseeking the return of the skulls taken by German scientists  after the 1904 genocide.

In what has been a year of global political turmoil the line-up covers a wide range of thought provoking, relevant and gripping topics from fake news in the age of Donald Trump in All Governments Lie: Truth, Deception, And the Spirit of IF Stone to Brexit in Brexitannia, with British voters explaining their gut, nostalgic and sometimes absurd reasons to leave or remain in the European Union.

The killing of an 18 year old in Ferguson, Missouri, that inspired the rise of Black Lives Matter movement is captured in Whose Streets while Stranger in Paradise takes an off the wall look at the complex plight of asylum seekers and refugees in an increasingly hostile Europe.

Encounters also focuses on South African issues:

Miki Redelinghuy’s This Land examines the lives of villages once forcibly removed under apartheid now under threat from a mining company in cahoots with the Entembeni Zulu Royal Family, while Aryan Kaganof’s Metalepsis in Black is a daring account of the ‘Fees Must Fall’ movement gripping the country’s universities.

Bringing past political context to current topical debates, Sifiso Khanyile’s Uprize!  highlights the 1976 protest action of student activists in Bonteheuwel, Langa and the Cape Flats with struggle stalwarts expressing their disappointment with thestatus quo, while Nomakhomazi Derwarvin’s Indwe chronicles events that led up to the famous 1956 women’s march in Pretoria (world premiere) and Troupes of War: Ditrupa (world premiere) juxtaposes black memory against white history.

Helping to conceptualise transformation are some socially relevant films featuring the work of a variety of artists. The much-anticipated world premiere of Goldblatt a biography of leading photographer David Goldblatt ‘s life’s work directed by Daniel Zimbler (with interviews with Nadine Gordimer and William Kentridge) and Maurizio Cattelan: Be Right Back a portrait of Italian conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan who once duct taped his dealer to a wall and made a sculpture of a penitent Hitler and the highly anticipated Deep Blue: Middle C by two time Encounters audience award winner director Bryan Little promises not to disappoint.

The Festival offers an eclectic lineup of International features.

Oscar and BAFTA nominated The Eagle Huntress  an empowering and awe-inspiring movie based on the true story of 13-year-old Aisolpan Nurgaiv, who became the first female in 12 generations of her nomadic Kazakh family to learn how to become an eagle hunter to talented Dutch director Samira Elagoz’s intimate encounters with strangers in Craiglist Allstars and Christina Clusiau’s exploration of the international big game hunting industry and the attendant conservation movement in Trophy.

Politics enters the world sports arena in Daniel Gordon’s The Fall the dramatic  story of South African track star Zola Budd and America’s Mary Decker in the grubby world of 1980s Olympic sport at the 1984 Los Angeles Games  to  Maya Zinshtein’s exposé of racism in the Beitar Jerusalem football team in Forever Pure while the dark heart of the global workplace is laid bare in Machines on the Victorian conditions facing textile workers.

Other international favourites include Poland’s Anna Zamecka’s Communion f Bulgaria’s Tonislav Histov’s The Good Postman and Chile’s Maite Alberdi’s The Grown- Ups.

Favourites from the African Continent include Award- winning local director Riaan Hendricks world premiere of Country of Fishes a fly on the wall look at fishermen in Hout Bay and Eve Munyiri’s moving biography Waithria on colonialism and immigration is showcased.

African documentaries  are well represented with The African Who Wanted to Fly from Gabon, Mama Colonel from the DRC and The Fruitless Tree from Niger.

Announcing the Swiss Focus.

In partnership with Swiss Films, Encounters proudly presents Heidi Specongo’s Caheir Africain disturbing Central African testimonies of trauma at the hands of mercenaries and Lauence Bonvin’s three compelling shorts After Vegas, Blikkiesdorp and Before the Flight Avant’envol.

Other Swiss must-sees are Jacques Mathey’s magical musical biography Jazz: The Only Way of Life. Jacqueline Zund’s existential masterpiece Almost There and Segio Da Costa’s delicately constructed debut feature film Rio Corgo about a Portuguese drifter.

For further information check the website