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Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Exclusive Interview with the Lady behind the 2017 Mrs Universe Durban


The other day I had the pleasure of interviewing Tracey-Anne Aggett the lady behind the 2017 Mrs Universe Pageant being held for the first time on African soil. 



It will be held in Durban, South Africa.  A real coup not only for Durban but also for South Africa.
Mrs Agett a former entrant in the 2016 Pageant is the lady organizing the event for Durban.  She took part in the event in China last year and won the 2016 Charity Award at the 2016 event.

I asked her some questions about the event coming up for Durban on 2 September 2017.

What made you enter Mrs Universe?
Well I first won Mrs KZN.  I had gone through a lot, I had lost a child, I wanted to do good for children.  That’s what attracted me.  I’m also a tireless campaigner against childhood domestic violence.

How did you get the rights to Mrs Universe?
I wanted it, I saw the opportunity, I’m passionate about Africa, I can grow the brand.  They awarded me the rights by God’s Grace.

Tell us about the campaigns you have lined up against gender violence?
#OneVoice is one where we will be taking a stand against gender violence.  We are also taking part in a Global March, we will all be wearing black with a gold ribbon. We want to empower women. We are uniting as one. It’s time for change. Hopefully we can educate different areas of the world. We need support groups against human trafficking and abuse.

Is there still a place for beauty pageants?
100% as long as they are used to empower women. This event is for real women, real issues.

What can people expect at this event?
A lot of international cultures, fashion, dance, local entertainment, Charity and School visits, Fashion evenings and a celebration of women from the world.

What is your advice for young women who want to get involved in modelling?
Whatever you are trying to achieve know what you want to do with it.  You’re going to face many challenges, use them as building blocks, never stop dreaming.

Tell us about the theme for the pageant, ‘Empowering women. Creating change’ ?
We are empowering the youth and the next  generation.  We want to implement change.  This is a huge sisterhood.

Rumour has it the ladies will be taking part in East Coast Radio’s First Swim of Spring?
It’s going to be interesting. It’s a celebration of Spring. A bunch of women getting together on the beach for a good cause.

Why did you choose People’s Park as the venue for the pageant?
There’s something about that venue. There’s a historic feel to it. It’s the breadbasket of Africa. Best views of Durban.

What keeps you going every day?
Prayer and Faith. God is my pillar. My husband and family keep me going. Positivity. Good food.

The Mrs Universe 2017 pageant takes place at People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium on 2 September 2017.

For more info visit www.mrsuniverse2017.co.za.

For corporate involvement in Mrs Universe 2017, email marketing@mrsuniverse2017.co.za or       call 031 466 4905 or 071 871 6744.

Interview by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton



Sunday, July 16, 2017

CineFAM South Africa Short Film Challenge at DIFF and DFM



CaribbeanTales International Film Festival, in partnership with Sisters Working in Film and Television (SWIFT), invites South African women filmmakers to participate in the inaugural CineFAM South Africa Short Film Challenge. 



The CineFAM South Africa Short Film Challenge aims to create opportunities to garner international recognition and global distribution and is presented at the Durban International Film Festival (DIFF) (13 to 23 July) and the Durban FilmMart (DFM) (14 to 17 July).

SWIFT is a newly formed organization that aims to advance the participation of women in the South African audio‐visual sector. CaribbeanTales is a group of companies that produces, markets, and sells Caribbean‐themed film and television content for global audiences. It includes CaribbeanTales Inc. a registered Charity based in Toronto, Canada; the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival (CTFF) which takes place annually in Toronto in September; the renowned CaribbeanTales Incubator Program.

The challenge also aims to connect South African filmmakers with those in the Diaspora as well as a
global audience.

SWIFT will present a preparatory workshop on no‐budget filmmaking at the Durban FilmMart on Monday, July 17 from 12:30pm to 2pm at the Tsogo Sun Maharani Hotel. This workshop will provide participants with useful tools for making a short film with constraints in time, budget and other resources.

This is a free workshop and no booking is necessary.

Following the workshop (which is not mandatory to enter the Challenge), the CineFAM South Africa Short Film Challenge will take place from 19‐23 July and will be open to teams with the roles of writer, director and producers filled by women and queer filmmakers from South Africa. The theme from the challenge will be announced on 18 July on the CaribbeanTales website www.caribbeantales‐tv.com and the teams will have five days to write, shoot and edit a film of no longer than 5 minutes. Entering teams need to feature female identifying crew in the key positons of writer, director and producer.

Completed films must be uploaded by no later than Sunday, 23 July at midnight (GMT +2) on the CaribbeanTales website. Teams unable to upload the films for submission, from their own internet connections, should contact cinefamza@gmail.com on the first day of the challenge to make arrangements for submission.
A shortlist of up to ten short films will be selected and posted on the CT website for online voting. The challenge will recognize three winning films including best story, best direction and audience choice. Two of these films will be given their World Premiere Screening at the CaribbeanTales International Film Festival and all will be given the opportunity to acquire distribution by CTWD.

“We are very excited to be collaborating with both SWIFT and Caribbean Tales on this initiative and hope it will lay the foundation for more cooperation between filmmakers on the continent and those from the Diaspora,” says Toni Monty of the Durban FilmMart.

Sara Blecher said “Short films are brilliant ways that filmmakers and their projects can get noticed.

“We are delighted that this new programme to encourage South African filmmakers to take the short film challenge during the festival focuses on women in line with the Women Led Film theme for this year’s festival,” says Chipo Zhou, DIFF manager.

For more info contact cinefamza@gmail.com .

For more info about the DIFF go to www.durbanfilmfest.co.za  and for the DFM go to www.durbanfilmmart.com.



This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, July 7, 2017

All You Need To Know For The Durban International Film Festival 2017


It’s almost time for the Durban International Film Festival.

The Opening Film - SERPENT

The festival will open with the South African film ‘SERPENT’ by Amanda Evans.  It’s been described as a tightly wound, psychological time bomb that unravels with an intense, disturbing conviction.

This year the festival has a new manager, Chipo Zhou.

The festival will pay tribute to three stalwarts, the late and great Joe Mafela and Junaid Ahmed and the living legend, Abdullah Ibrahim.

There will also be the regular features including Talents Durban, Workshops, Durban FilmMart, 
Wavescape Film Festival which opens on Bay of Plenty on 16th July at 7pm, A Schools Programme and also Free Screenings and Workshops around Durban and much more.

There will also be a German focus in this festival with a German Film Festival within the Durban Film Festival.  Look out for 10 gripping German films by some of Germany’s finest directors, a masterclass by German film industry professionals, as well as networking sessions with the cream of the international film industry crop.
German films to look out for include: ‘The People vs Fritz Bauer,’ also ‘Paula,’ and ‘Goodbye Berlin.’



The Goethe-Institut will also present various Virtual Reality (VR) films at Durban FilmMart which will show what the future holds for filmmakers.

The Closing Film - ASINAMALI


The Durban International Film Festival runs from 13 – 23 July in Durban, South Africa.


Twitter: @DIFFest   #DIFF2017 


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Win Tickets To ECR House and Garden Show 2017




ECR House & Garden Show 2017 reimagined, redesigned and ready to inspire



Get ready to refresh your space, inside and out


KZN’s largest lifestyle show invites you to be inspired by their array of
new show features and exhibits on June 30 to July 9 at the Durban
Exhibition Centre. Explore the contemporary small space living display
nestled in an upcycled 12metre shipping container.

Discover the new For the Love of Food pavilion to find scrumptious local delights,
wine tasting stations, craft beer, foodie products and a reimagined chef’s demo theatre.
KZN’s top interior designers and decorators collaborate for the first time
to create a mix of trend focused room settings, alongside a relaxed Café
where daily talks will nudge your design dreams into action.

The much loved Homegrown Design Fair returns, bigger and better, to showcase
the very best products by talented local crafters and design studios. Back by popular
demand is the KZN Travel & Adventure Show, the Builders DIY Pavilion, Tanya
Visser’s The Gardener feature, activities to keep the kids entertained, and
a whole lot of great show specials. With over 450 exhibitors on display
you’ll leave thoroughly inspired and ready to do, and design, your home.

Tickets R85 per person, buy at the door or via iTickets.

For more info, housegardenshow.co.za

Date: 30 June to 9 July 2017
Show Times: Mon – Thurs 10am – 9pm | Fri – Sat 10am – 10pm | Sun 10am – 8pm
Entrance Fees: R85 adults | R60 seniors (over 60) and students (bring student ID) |
Under 12 FREE (with adult)

MidWeek Senior Special: Mon – Thurs 10am – 11:30am one
cup coffee / tea and one muffin or danish FREE

Venue: Durban Exhibition Centre, 11 Walnut Road, Durban.

The good folk at ECR House and Garden Show have given us 2 tickets just for you.
To win one of them just answer this easy question:

How big is the upcycled shipping container on display at the show?

Send your answer, name and contact details to umhlangalife@gmail.com
Please put ECR House and Garden Show in the subject line.

Ts and Cs apply.

Good luck!


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Monday, June 5, 2017

Why You Should Attend Smart Procurement World KZN


This week the Smart Procurement World Conference and Expo is in Durban.
The event is being held at the ICC in Durban.

If you are in business then this is the event to attend this week.

You get to rub shoulders with the Durban Chamber of Commerce.  Look out for their stand at the event.

This conference links buyers with sellers in South Africa.

Look out for the public sector supply chain summit, the private sector/smart sourcing and supply chain management conference and more.

On Tuesday 6 June join the supplier matchup sessions from 9am.

For more info visit www.smartprocurementworld.com

Join the conversation #SPWKZN2017

The conference continues tomorrow.

Look out for it from 19 - 21 Sept 2017 in Midrand

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Win Tickets To Tops at SPAR Wine Show

Welcome to WINEderland where the stars are red, white and wild!



The Tops at Spar Wine Show will be back at Suncoast, Durban.

When: 8 - 10 June 2017

Look out for the edutaining Wine Theatre. There's also VIP packages which include private tastings, fine food pairing, VIP lounge access and more.

Tickets at Ticketpro

For more info visit www.wineshow.co.za 

Times: 5pm - 9pm on Thursday and Friday

3pm - 9pm on Saturday

Find it at Suncoast, Durban.

The good folk at the Tops at Spar Wine Show have given us 2 x double tickets just for you.

Just tell us where the show is this year?

Send your name, contact details and answer to umhlangalife@gmail.com

Please put Wine Show in the subject line.

Ts and Cs apply.






Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Speed Networking What's It All About?


So what is speed networking all about?  This week Indaba has Speed Networking sessions for various tourism organisations from hotels to accommodation resorts to lodges to B&Bs to unique attractions like The Midlands Meander or even Maboneng Precinct.

Image: Fred Felton


Here you will also find Tours like the Street Scene Tours, Table Mountain Cableway, The Drakensberg Experience.

The Speed Networking events have been tailored for each day, yesterday they had 'Lap of Luxury.'
Today was 'Scenic Beauty,' and tomorrow will be 'Award Winning SA Products.'

So why even have these events?  Well SA Tourism has designed them to invite buyers to come and hear about these experiences.
Each person on stage has 2 to 3 minutes before anything from a buzzer to the sound of a camera clicking buzzes them out.

The aim is to get buyers to interact and network with these hidden gems and hopefully sign big tourism deals.

The next speed networking event is 18 May at 8h30am.

The people giving their pitches from the stage were reminded to give their stand numbers so that buyers know where to find them. 

Find it at Indaba, Durban, South Africa. 

The largest travel and trade show in Africa.

For more info visit: http://www.indaba-southafrica.co.za/ 

#INDABA2017

#WeDoTourism

Twitter: @SATravelTrade



This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton