Archive for April, 2013

Sedibeng district Acting Mayor Maipato Tsokolibane, Rosemary from Stonehaven and MMC for Local Economic Development Khulu Malindi. Photo by Skap Nku.

Sedibeng district Acting Mayor Maipato Tsokolibane, Rosemary from Stonehaven and MMC for Local Economic Development Khulu Malindi. Photo by Skap Nku.

by SMANGA KUMALO and REGINALD NHLAPO

Sedibeng region continued to excel by celebrating its milestone inrecognising the Tourism sector through the 2ndAnnual Sedibeng Tourism Awards and proved beyond reasonable doubt that the region is by far trendsetters.

The awards which were held at the Lord’s Signature Hotel in Risiville, Vereeniging on Thursday night was in partnership with Emfuleni, Midvaal & Lesedi Local Municipalities and Sedibeng Regional Tourism Organization, with the support of Gauteng Tourism Authority and Tourism Enterprise Programme.

Giving his keynote address Gauteng MEC for Economic Development, Nkosiphendule Kolisile said:“Vaal River and the birding route have attracted millions of people to Sedibeng and that is a shining jewel in tourism. Tourism is a critical industry in the Gauteng economy. It has a potential to bring economy in our area.”

“Word of mouth plays a significant role, and the negative mouth is the destroyer of this industry. We are gathered here during the month of freedom and we recognize individuals and business,” he concluded.

This year’s event was held under the theme “Vaal, the place to be” strive to improve the quality of service and products through the Sedibeng Tourism Awards Programme. The Awards ceremony comes at the time when the Municipality is preparing itself for a move towards a metropolitan municipality.

Dawn Robertson, CEO of Gauteng Tourism Authority, congratulated the participant by saying “Whether you won or not, my challenge to you is not only to celebrate but to make sure tourism is running.”

Stonehaven on Vaal, which boast the longest garden restaurant emerged the biggest victors as they scooped 3 awards, while the likes of Clive Mpembe from Kasi Studios in Sharpeville, Boiketlo Baka Art Gallery, Nnini Khambule Tours and Emerald Casino Resortto name a few shared accolades.

Acting mayor of Sedibeng district,Maipato Tsokolibane said the tourism awards ceremony is to acknowledge, reward and promote service excellent in the tourism industry within the region.

“Recipients of these awards can use the accolades as important tools which inform and draw customers, to position their products and services. They will also be marketed in all marketing material and can display an award plaque indicating that they meet or exceed the requirements of service excellence,”said Tsokolibane.

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Fashion Guru SA Pics

Fashion Guru SA, an exciting fashion design showpiece that pits designers from several regions in the country against each other, filmed its first episode over the weekend.

Designers, models and TV crew members descended at the Riviera on Vaal Hotel in Vereeniging in the Vaal on Saturday.

Nine talented South African designers arrived at the hotel with their sewing machines, design assistants and models hoping to impress judges, professional designers JJ Schoeman and Isabel Graca.

The designers, who were trained at different and leading fashion design schools, were each allocated a workstation from where they worked to produce garments to amaze the watching judges.

After the designs were done, models were brought in to showcase the masterpieces and the judges made their comments and decisions.

Some of the designers were eliminated from the show, while others are still in line to become the inaugural Fashion Guru SA winner.

Producer Sonia Klurpion said that the show seeks to find and profile South Africa’s most talented up and coming designers.

“This is a new concept that will afford unknown young designers in South Africa the opportunity to shine,” she said.

Judge and fashion mogul, JJ Schoeman said: “We are happy to see such a fresh idea that is going to take South Africa by storm.”

Fellow judge Isabel Graca said she expected the show to encourage and motivate trained young designers not to leave the business after receiving training at different fashion design institutions.

“The contestants drew beautiful sketches and went on to produce even more dazzling garments,” she said.

MTN_Radio_Awards_Winners_Release

Excellence in radio was acknowledged and celebrated at the Sandton Convention Centre as the winners of the 2013 MTN Radio Awards were announced.

This year’s awards programme, the fourth edition of this South African radio industry celebration, brought the who’s who of radio, including current stars and past legends, together to recognize and acknowledge the best radio work of the past year.

The MTN Radio Awards, a Future Group event, promotes excellence in radio. Lance Rothschild, CEO of the MTN Radio Awards says: “The awards programme encourages all members of the industry to constantly strive for excellence in the quest to make more compelling and more appealing programming. This has the ultimate objective of maintaining radio’s leading position in the South African media spectrum.”

“Radio has always been a medium close to our hearts,” says Serame Taukobong, Chief Marketing Officer of MTN South Africa. “It played an integral role in the launch of MTN and it continues to play a key role in our overall media mix by creating conversations, keeping our communities informed and aware of what is happening around the world. Our sponsorship of these awards affords us the opportunity to recognize, thank and publically acknowledge the professionals within the radio industry for doing excellent work.”

Rich Mkhondo, Chairman of the MTN Radio Awards says: “The MTN Radio Awards once again attracted a record number of entries this year. The standard of entries was extremely pleasing and, I believe this indicates that the Awards are creating an increased focus on quality, thus improving the radio experience for the listeners. I am extremely proud of the achievements of the MTN Radio Awards and look forward to seeing these grow from strength-to-strength.”