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Memory lane

1001 South African Stories, our country is full of rich history and what better way to explore this than by listening to one of its people share their experience.

The Book Lounge in Cape Town creates the perfect backdrop for the interviewees to share their story. The aim of the project is to contribute to a more cohesive and inclusive understanding of South African History.

My first time attending the event and I am already excited for next months stories, this months theme was music.

The two interviewees had different but similar stories to share, I loved the common themes that came out and how they both showed their love and passion for music through their experiences.

Luvuyo Kakasa – founder of Jazz in the Native Yard shared his love of Jazz music and the many memories of his days as a journalist in Johannesburg before joining the Cape Town Philharmonic Orchestra in 2008. He seems like a man with countless stories to share and his energetic spirit is infectious, this is all attributed to the music which keeps him young and happy.

Jazz is not only about the music, it is also a voice for the people, a liberator of freedom and through the music you’ll even make friends with strangers.

The second interviewee was the Director of The Rosa Choir Project Tersia Harley, she shared her love for the way music unites people. The Rosa Choir helps to bridge gaps and divides we so often see in our society, no matter your language, religion, colour everyone is welcome to join and find a safe space to share your voice. The Choir gives people a sense of belonging and when you reach the level of harmony it creates a magical experience – English, Afrikaans and Xhosa all coming together to create unity amongst the people of South Africa and the world.

This is an awesome initiative which will help us understand and learn from each other……all you have to ask yourself is…

Who are you?

What is your story?

If you had 3 wishes what would they be?

Simple questions which can have a different meaning for all.

Some stories ask us to glance back, others to explore the present and some inspire dreams of a brighter future..

Check out the 1001 South African Stories facebook page for more info on upcoming stories.

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Peace Soldiers

Martin Luther King Jr dreamt about it…

“Peace cannot be kept by force; it can only be achieved by understanding.” “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.” ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.

Ghandi walked for it…

“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Mahatma Gandhi

Mother Teresa is the embodiment of it..

Peace begins with a smile..” – Mother Teresa

Madiba went to jail for it…

“I dream of an Africa which is in peace with itself.” – Nelson Mandela

and WE are the foot soldiers who need to take their vision and turn it into reality.

Today as we celebrate AFRICA DAY, various organisations gathered at the Cape Town Civic Centre for the 6th annual Commemoration of World Peace – PEACE WALK.

The vibe was amazing, the energy invigorating and the message clear…

What do we want?? – WORLD PEACE!!

When do we want it?? – NOW!!

Who are we?? – WE ARE THE PEACE SOLDIERS!!!

I enjoyed the fact that this was a youth movement, many children from various schools were invited waving their flags and making their voices heard. I am sure whoever needed to hear the message has heard it….we now await a response, let there be PEACE on EARTH. We are done thinking small we want to share the PEACE with everyone.

AFRICA WE ARE ONE!!

CAPE TOWN CITY OF PEACE!!

SILENCE THE GUNS, WE CAN DO IT!!

MR PRESIDENT REPLY TO OUR LETTERS!!

After the walk the schools entertained the crowd with a battle of the marching band, the precision and dedication that goes into the routine is inspiring. I think this should be implemented in more schools and recognised.

Real change in the world will only come from a change of heart.” Dalai Lama

Let us continue to spread a little kindness and make THE WORLD a better place for all.

Mother Trucking Mayhem

8 Monster trucks just caused a Traffic Jam in Cape Town….

To be honest I was expecting these Monster Trucks to cause destruction but Monster Jam is actually a organized competition where the drivers get points and there is a winner hmmm interesting.

This event is a sandblast of note, the sound of these machines are deafening and the energy given off from the crowd gets the drivers amped to manoeuvre these monsters by defying gravity.

With names like Megladon, El Toro Loco, Monster Mutt Dalmatian and Grave Digger…if this was a movie it’ll be a cross between Sharknado, Desperado, 101 Dalmatians and a Wrestlemania match featuring The Undertaker. Just to explain myself uhhhh a movie mash-up like that would be totally confusing but hella fun to watch.

The first event was a high octane race around a mirror-image track, I didn’t know where the finish line was but seeing these trucks fly is super cool.

Next up was the Two-wheel challenge, to be honest this part was abit boring but to think how difficult and the skill it takes to get a huge truck on two-wheels makes it worth seeing.

When the Monster Trucks did donuts you realise just how loud they can get, dust storms inside the stadium and the crowd amping up the drivers was awesome.

The freestyle motorcross section gave the mechanics some time to monkey-wrench the engines and re-fuel the thirsty monsters for the final event.

If you look closely in the distance you’ll see a Monster Truck upside down doing a back-flip….now that is insane right….seeing that live is mind-boggling.

This was a cool family friendly event, lots of noise and high-octane energy….it is also cool that the audience get to participate in who wins the event.

For more info check out my previous post. –https://shaunjengel.wordpress.com/2019/03/06/eight-larger-than-life-monster-jam-trucks-head-to-sa/

Keengs and Kweens

Winter is Coming……

Don’t worry there are no Game Of Thrones spoilers in this post, today is Volunteer Recognition Day and to show our appreciation we want to dedicate this post to YOU!!!!

Thank YOU for giving up your time, resources and energy to give back to someone in need. Volunteers in our eyes are the KEENgs and KwEENs of our society, they should be wearing their crowns with pride.

YOU are an inspiration, YOU are amazing, YOU are incredible…..keep on shining that bright light, as the weather gets colder volunteers become more of a demand, if we all lend a helping hand we make lighter work and the world becomes a better happier place.

Here are some incredible facts about volunteering to encourage you to continue on this wonderful journey, even though you sometimes feel you do not get the recognition or appreciation…look back on this post and know that YOU MATTER!!

  • Volunteering can lead to job opportunities that you never would have heard about otherwise. It will introduce you to new people, who will look at you in a positive light by knowing you’re taking part in a volunteering project or programme. Never forget the importance of showing that you care! You could even set yourself the goal to get as many types of volunteering projects on your list as possible. Making sure they are always causes you care about, of course!
  • Volunteering can help improve your mental health by giving you feelings of gratitude for what you have in your own life. This new perspective can help you see things more clearly and feel inspired to keep doing the great work you’re involved with. When seeking help with mental health issues, often people will be advised to take part in volunteering projects in their spare time, to serve as a distraction from unhappy feelings but also a new focus.
  • Volunteering can help you come up with your own creative ideas for new ways to volunteer! Sometimes the best thing you can do is to sign up to a project you think sounds interesting, and then use this as the base for the rest of the work you do later in life. The more you learn about charities and organisations, the better!https://volunteeringjourneys.com/volunteering-ideas-2/

To make things a little more easier for you we at The Keen Movement have developed a Keen Volunteer Checklist:

Happy Volunteer Recognition Day you KEENgs and KwEENs.

IT’S FIGHT WEEK!

Get ready for EFC 78, the countdown has Begun!

Cape Town, South Africa – We are just 5 days out from EFC’s return to GrandWest, Cape Town. With two mega headlining fights and nine more epic fights, Saturday 13 April is one not to be missed!
In the main event, reigning champ, JP Buys goes-up against the recently crowned interim champion, Luthando Biko to unify the EFC bantamweight championship. Watch the Countdown to Buys vs Biko: https://youtu.be/ldMbf01xcd4
The flyweights take centre stage in the co-main event, when South Africa’s Nkazimulo Zulu puts his title on the line against the ultra-dangerous undefeated Englishman, Jake Hadley. Watch the Countdown to Buys vs Biko: https:https://youtu.be/dVYWfNGjNTI
Also on the main card, welterweight contenders, Luke Michael and Conrad Seabi clash in the first fight of the welterweight Grand Prix. The winner will fight for the vacant title later this year. Plus, the heavy-hitting Saxon Delafield, goes head-to-head with the accurate striking of Rodrique Kena, and two of the ‘Mother City’s’ favourites make their long-awaited returns to the Hexagon and collide in the opening fight of the main card. Shaun de Lange takes-on Marcel Teniers.

Kicking-off the highly anticipated fight night, 6 more matchups between some of the organisation’s biggest names will take place.
Full EFC 78 fight card:

JP Buys vs Luthando Biko

Nkazimulo Zulu vs Jake Hadley

Luke Michael vs Conrad Seabi

Saxon Delafield vs Rodrique Kena

Shaun de Lange vs Marcel Teniers

August Kayambala vs Sindile Manengela

Paulwethu Namba vs Imke-Marischca Kuikstra

Wade Kerspuy vs Josemar Octavio

Mutuale Basambombo vs HP van Staden

Willem Smith vs Zaakir Badat

Christian Bobo vs Adrian Sanchez

Tickets available at: https://efcww.com/2JNWXeo
Full broadcast details on www.efcworldwide.com

About EFC® – The Extreme Fighting Championship®

Headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa, EFC is a world leading mixed martial arts (MMA) organisation. EFC 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 in over 120 countries around the world on numerous television networks in multiple languages. EFC programming is available weekly in 600+ million TV households globally, making it one of the most recognisable MMA brands in the world.

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Eight Larger-Than-Life Monster Jam® Trucks head to SA

Get ready for full throttle family fun when Monster Truck Juggernaut Monster Jam® tears through Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg for the first time ever! With just weeks to go before the most family-friendly motor sport in the world today makes its debut at Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban on Saturday, 20 April followed by Cape Town Stadium on Saturday 27 April and ending at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg on Saturday, 04 May 2019, tickets are selling fast exclusively from Computicket, the official authorised Monster Jam SA ticketing agent.

With the best truck line-up assembled for an international stadium performance, the show will feature eight of the world’s most famous Monster Jam trucks, including Monster Jam World Finals®champions Grave Digger® and Max-DTM, providing an unforgettable experience for the entire family.Monster Energy, Gas Monkey GarageTM, Megaladon®, ZombieTM, El Toro Loco® and Monster Mutt Dalmatian® join the larger than life spectacular that takes place on specially-designed tracks that optimise mobility so the most recognisable trucks in the world can go head to head in wheelies, donuts, obstacle course racing and freestyle competitions pushing the Monster Jam trucks to their limits.

The 2019 Monster Jam season sees trained, world-class international male and female athletes battle it out for supremacy on the track. They have mastered not only the physical strength and mental stamina needed to compete but the vital dexterity to control 4, 500 kg machines capable of doing backflips, vertical two-wheel skills and racing at speeds of up to 110 km per hour to produce jaw-dropping, live motor sports action seen around the world.

El Toro Loco is one raging bull who can the smell fear of its competitors. Driver Becky McDonough is one of the outstanding female Monster Jam drivers and the first ever Monster Jam female crew chief who also holds the 2013 Arena Wheelie of the Year title. Don’t be fooled by the cute ears, tongue and tail of Monster Mutt Dalmatian, the Monster Jam truck driven by fellow female driver, Candice Jolly. This “puppy” is ferocious on the track! Look out for Bari Musawwir as the ever popular Zombie comes back from the afterworld to rev up the competition while Monster Jam veteran, BJ Johnson drives Gas Monkey Garage based on the garage made famous in Discovery Channel’s hit television show, Fast N’ Loud. Driven by Charles Pauken, Grave Digger is one of the most decorated Monster Jam trucks in the world producing championship winning racing. Possibly the fastest machine in the sport, Max-D is driven by Colton Eichelberger but the title of the most menacing looking Monster Jam truck must surely go to Megaladon, driven by Chad Tingler. Steven Sims drives Monster Energy, the machine that represents a high-profile product with power, drive and of course, loads of energy!

Brought to South Africa by American-based Feld Entertainment and leading local promoter, Showtime Management together with McDonalds in association with SuperSport and regional radio media partners East Coast Radio, Kfm 94.5 and JacarandaFM,

Monster Jam is also known for its pre-show ‘Pit Party’, giving the crowd unprecedented access to the stars of the show. Fans can meet their favourite drivers, get up close to each Monster Jam truck, participate in a variety of fun activities and purchase official Monster Jam merchandise such as flags, t-shirts and hats to show support for their favourite truck, team, and driver. Tickets for the Pit Party cost R150 each. Quantities are limited and available only with an event ticket. A Pit Party ticket is included in the exclusive Premium Lounge tickets at R800 per ticket. The Pit Party is from 1pm to 3:30pm with final entry at 3:00pm.

Get ready for the ride of your life! Having electrified crowds in some of the world’s most iconic stadiums, Monster Jam is set to rev South Africa for the first time. Discounted family packages available plus a Pit Party family option! Book now by calling Computicket on 083 915 8000 or book on line at www.computicket.com

Fans are encouraged to book through Computicket, the only official authorised ticketing agent for Monster Jam. There are significant risks in buying from other sources and entry to a Monster Jam event is not guaranteed if you do so. For more information on Monster Jam log onto MonsterJam.com or follow us via our social channels: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. #MonsterJamSA

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Speed and Sound

Walking through the entrance the Cape Town Motor Show at Grandwest the first thing you would have noticed was this little green mean machine…

she packed a mean punch too, just look at these uh shiny nuts and bolts…

The third Cape Town Motorshow promised to be bigger and better and they achieved this by bringing a modified Optimus Prime…

There was something for everyone, the Cape Town Motorshow had it all. A Sound Off World Record attempt, Stance Wars show and shine competition, Go Cart area and new to this years event the Driftkhana zone, you really needed the full day to experience it all.

For the offroad enthusiast The 4×4 zone was really cool, it was interesting to see the technical skill of the drivers as they manoeuvred their Wildebeests through the obstacle course constructed for the event.

A petrolheads dream, many exhibitors to engage with sharing the love of bikes, cars…..spark plugs, speakers, exhausts and motor oil. If you wanted to know how to strip an engine someone at The Motorshow would have gladly talked you through it.

If you wanted to take a take a trip down memory lane or feast your eyes on something more modern just remember to watch out for the Baaa baaaa baaaa sounds from an open valve exhaust system.

This show can only get better…..see you next year…Vroom Vroom.