Multi-award winning and internationally acclaimed South African musician, Johnny Clegg, is set to release his highly anticipated new album, Human. The follow-up to 2007s One Life is a mix between socio-political, cultural, and personal songs.
The adage of doing the right thing is whats important to South African-born Mark Jewell, and its a wise message that has proven its worth for listed property development company Sunland Group, for which Mark is the chief operating officer for Australia.
After deciding to set aside five days to go on an adventure, we did extensive research and many hours of internet searching, and decided to head for Fraser Island.
Taku came to Australia in 2002 when she was 19. Her parents sent her to study architecture at the University of Western Australia in Perth. While working in architecture she decided to start her own fashion label to stay connected with her African roots. Taku runs Ribbon of Africa from Perth. She spends time designing, sewing and attending fashion events around the country.
The king of comedy, sms and internet jokes, Kevin Perkins (aka Mike Naicker), will bring his unique brand of comedy to Australia and New Zealand in August and September.
JP du Plessis was the first South African junior rugby player to be recruited by a National Rugby League team when he signed up with the Sydney Roosters earlier this year.
Budding professional rugby player, Marius Botha, was devastated when he sustained a knee injury and the repercussions kept him off the rugby field for nearly two years, but now he feels blessed with his life. Hes back on the rugby field, and also used the opportunity to start his own building and carpentry business.
After spending the majority of her childhood in South Africa, Tanya Seymour finished her schooling and studied at university in Australia, but is now living in Europe and is set on achieving her dream of riding horses at the Olympics.
Soccer mania has taken over our lives. Its been long awaited, but the actual countdown began 100 days ago. Kids in school marked it off on charts. Radio and TV never stopped reminding us. Products of every possible item you can imagine hit the streets and the shops in the colours of the South African flag. Flags awaving at every traffic light and stop street the street vendors never had it so good. Even flag coloured mirror covers for the side mirrors of the cars genius!
At a time when people were leaving South Africa in growing numbers Professor Simon Adams and his family were heading in the opposite direction as Australian-born Simon was asked to take up a senior position at Monash Universitys South African Campus.
After 16 years of isolation from FIFA World Cup Soccer, the South African soccer team re-entered international soccer in 1992 with their first game against Cameroon. Four years later Bafana Bafana shot to fame as they claimed their maiden African Nations Cup, defeating Tunisia on home soil.
Personal computers, cell phones, fax machines, email and the internet have become an integral part of our very culture, and play an essential role in our day to day activities.
Ive sat back and reflected over the happenings around Europe in mid-April as a result of the volcano in Iceland, and after all the chaos and confusion and waiting, I have a smile on my face. The smile is not one of cruelness, but one of contentment, knowing that I was able to step up and help out in my own special way.
Soccer City, Johannesburg
The jewel in South Africas crown, Soccer City, which was built in 1987 with a capacity of 94,700 (excluding media and VIPs), is sure to offer a great atmosphere for the lucky few who have tickets. As the stadium to be used for the first game, it will provide an excellent springboard for a magnificent Soccer World Cup tournament. For 2010 the upper tier was extended around the stadium, an encircling roof constructed, new changing room facilities developed and new floodlights installed.
I recently had the privilege of sending a beautifully restored Jaguar to the United Kingdom. The man who had lovingly restored the car watched my staff gently push the vehicle into the shipping container and begin to secure it. As the container doors closed I saw a brief wave of anxiety flash over his face, as this beautiful vehicle passed into the care of the shipping line and out of our control. There is a strange bond that develops between a man (usually, but not always, a man) and a vehicle. After many years in the international moving industry I have come to respect this bond and have developed a little formula that I use when providing advice on sending vehicles overseas. There are also particular considerations to and from South Africa.
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Denzel and Karen Peters met in South Africa in 1995 when Karen was working as a physiotherapist at Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto. They shared a house together for two years until Karen decided to return to Australia to undertake further postgraduate study to obtain her Masters in Public Health.
Kurt Darren will be performing in Australia in July.
Nicholis Louw will be performing in Australia in June.
Abrama and Erik recently interviewed Jacqui Devine, whose son George was born with cerebral palsy.
Bringing an occasional South African flavour to the Brisbane restaurant scene are Paul and Kim Newsham, owners of Olivettos Restaurant in Red Hill, Brisbane.
Chef Paul, who was born in Lancashire, met South African-born Kim in London and then spent several years working in Durban before immigrating to Australia in August 2002.
Olivettos serves modern European fare, but one of Pauls signature dishes is Bo-Kaap, a South African Cape Malay prawn and chicken curry, which is served with griddled banana, fragrant rice and a tomato and chilli sambal.
Early 2008 saw dark clouds gathering on the worlds economic horizon. We decided it might be a good idea to look for a good job. After a couple of interviews for the position of general manager of tours for Kakadu National Park, we placed our own business Safari Holidays under management and I headed for Cooinda, a place Id never heard of before. My wife Carol and the kids would follow once the school year drew to a close.
South African comedian Marc Lottering talks to SAbona ahead of his performance in Sydney in April.
South African musician and actor Steve Hofmeyr will be hosted in Queensland by the Afrikaanse Klub Australi (AKA) in May.
At the time of going to press Steve was due to perform only at the Gateway Centre in Mackenzie, Brisbane. Additional performances are possible.
Steve told SAbona that he will be performing his new show Eenduisend en Een. As a rule the show includes his previous hits (Pampoen and Die Bloubul) and other projects (Kristofferson and Diamond). Well rock and get all nostalgic, he says. Do you remember the words for Liefling? I hope so!
Tickets cost $75 for VIP tickets (front row seats), $150 for a family of two adults and two children under 16 years, $50 per adult and children under six years are free.
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Wildlife documentary maker and photographer Austin J. Stevens, who is best known for wrangling venomous snakes, immigrated to Australia recently. Although he had travelled to Australia several times before moving here and is now accompanied by his Australian-born wife Amy, Austin is now wrangling with some of the issues well-known to other immigrants.
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South African Idols judge Dave Thompson is taking on a different music challenge from his new home in Perth.
Think Dean Geyer and season four of Australian Idol immediately springs to mind. This young ex-South African singer songwriter actor, who has an exceptional singing voice, innocent disposition and charm, has stolen the hearts of many. A natural performer, with baby face good looks and an angelic smile, it is no surprise that he was offered a part in Neighbours, the drama series that made Kylie Minogue and Delta Goodrem famous. This talented and utterly modest entertainer recently spoke to Sabona about his craft, sporting prowess (he has a black belt in karate), immigration experience, tight knit family and plans for the future.
Bok van Blerk and his bende will be landing in Australia in July 2009 to commence their tour Downunder. The tour will include four concerts that will be held in Perth, Melbourne, Gold Coast and Sydney on July 4, 5, 11 and 12 respectively. Hugo (also known for his song Deur die Straights) will be performing as the guest artist for this tour and promises to entertain with his sharp wit and jovial sense of humour.
Hes widely known as The White Zulu, but Johnny Clegg is definitely no novelty act. Revered in his native South Africa and abroad for his barrier-busting music, this iconic singer-songwriter will soon be bringing his energetic stage show to Australia and New Zealand.
Make a list, mister. This is serious business and you have a lot to make up for last years fiasco. You thought the smooth rubber car mat surrounded by a plush of carpet was a truly unique gift that she needed, but she thought you were an idiot. Start jotting down every thing she loves. Dont say you dont know. Think about it. What are her passions? What makes her weep with joy? What does she make time for because she loves doing it? Answer these questions and youll have a good start on the perfect gift for your wife or girlfriend.
Can you imagine hearing those words on the other end of the phone? At first I wasnt sure I heard right. The man on the other end of the line was South African and he had found my number in the magazine. He wanted me to tell his story so no-one else has to go through the same ordeal. Can you imagine being so despondent that you would consider taking such a drastic step? Especially when you have a beautiful wife and three gorgeous kids?
It all started with a party. you know the kind most of us feel obliged to attend, because one of our friends has been so gracious to host one, for example Tupperware! (By the way, I am an avid lover of Tupperware!)
Its supposed to be a childrens poem but its perfect for we larger beings too, dont you think? And so it is with education and learning. Rightly, we focus tremendous energy on creating the best learning environment fo our children. The mental, physical and emotional development that takes place in their early years will be imprinted for life, and it is our responsibility as their careers and guardians, whether they are biologically our children or not, to gift them the best possible foundation. It matters to me, and I am sure to you, that children everywhere are supported and nurtured.
The rugby season seems to get longer and longer, February to December for some players. In a high contact sport where the public demands high quality games, is this asking too much from the players? This will certainly start testing the depth of some nations and without a shadowof a doubt New Zealand comes up trumps in this department. They have recently lost over 20 players to Europe but still managed to win the Tri Nations. In the Super 14 their teams tend to finish higher on the ladder than the Australian and South African franchises. But it will continue as TV dictates the rugby schedules catering for the international mass market.
Whats it like being a vet? How do you train to be a vet? These are questions I am frequently asked. And while its a popular career aspiration, the reality is that it is a very hard career. Hard to get into university for, hard to stay in university and hard work once youre qualified!!
After negotiating the early morning gridlock of Johannesburgs highways followed by a five hour drive into the humidity of the summer Loveld, the sighting of the thatched gate house at Crocodile River, which marks the southern entry point into the Kruger National Park, came as a welcome relief. My travel documents were quickly checked by friendly staff, and I was soon on my way through stunning bushveld dotted with Marula and Acacia thorn trees, all shimmering in the late afternoon sunshine.
At the age of twenty one, with high hopes and big dreams, Alana Reid set off from her beloved home in Africa to spend a year exploring the world! Alana quickly became captivated by the multifaceted wonders of Europe and, it was during this exciting time that she met her Australian born husband. So, one year of travelling became three and when she arrived in Melbourne in 1997, three years became a very long time!
The seed for a great miracle lies not in difficulty, but impossibility. This line from the film, Faith Like Potatoes, underpins the inspiring true story of Angus Buchan, a Zambian farmer of Scottish heritage who finds himself struggling to keep his head above water on a farm in Kwa-Zulu Natal.
Op n koue winters oggend in Alberton kry Adriaan Benson n oproep van sy seun se skool af. Mnr. Benson, ons wil net hoor hoe dit met Ruan gaan, hy is nou al 5 dae siek. Dit was eerste wat Adriaan daarvan hoor. Ruan was toe 12 jaar oud en was sedert hy maar 9 jaar oud was mal oor fietsry. Met sy eerste fiets wedren (n interprovinsiale byeenkoms in Kimberly) het hy n tweede plek behaal, en dit op n geleende fiets!
Recently I read a very interesting article on who was the greatest sportsman ever, written by an Australian. Here was his impressive list:
1. Muhammad Ali - Three-time world champion
2. Pele - Three time World cup winner and all time top scorer for Brazil
3. Lance Armstrong - Won the Tour de France seven successive times after overcoming cancer
A Carrion Death is a book about a black detective (Kubu) set in Botswana. Now you may be forgiven for thinking it is another book in the #1 Ladies Detective Agency series, but it isnt. And if you havent read #1 Ladies Detective Agency I suggest you do so immediately, especially if your roots are anywhere near Botswana.
Cheap, bland, unreliable and slow are some of the things that spring to mind when I hear the words Korean Cars. These cars have always had the unfortunate reputation of being inexpensive knock-offs of their prestige German rivals. So you can only imagine my excitement when I learned that behind the Epicas shiny Holden badge lurked a Daewoo Tosca.
They say that every rugby players dream is to secure a contract with a Super 14 franchise. Mark Swanepoel did just that and before he turned 17! After playing for the Australian Schoolboys, a very impressive feat in itself, Mark was offered a 2 year contract with the Reds Academy.
Richard Turnbulls career has spanned sporting industries including elite national athletics, surfing, polo cross, hockey and rugby. His expertise has been instrumental in the motivation, sports conditioning and rehabilitation of international sports teams including the South African Mens Hockey Team (Atlanta Olympics), the Womens National Polo Cross Team (Australia 1996), The Natal Rugby Union Team (Currie Cup) and the Springboks Rugby Team (1993).
The biggest achievement for me was winning 6 races including all 3 Grade One races on J&B Met day in Jan 2007, which is a world record. Images courtesy of www.racingandsports.com.au
This jubilant Gospel choir, formed less than 5 years ago in the Rainbow Nation, is a cultural embodiment of post-apartheid South Africa. The magnificent 52 strong, choir, styled with a contemporary feel is the culmination of voices from various churches and community centres in and around Soweto. In their five year existence the Soweto Gospel Choir has found a surprisingly large international audience that is exponentially swelling and winning hearts and souls through their deeply connected faith and their excellent professional presentation.
1. Dont be afraid to ask questions. Never be shy about asking any professional how much work they have done. Ask to see photos of their work, flowers, cake and photographer.
A lifelong ambition led Daniel Bennett to do what most of us only dream about to live the life of his dreams. Today, Daniels legacy provides inspiration and encouragement to aspiring young athletes, particularly cyclists, and continues to strengthen his family and his friends. This is his unforgettable story as told to Sabona by his mum, Debby Bennett.