Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Connecting Africa

Combining C2C & F-Sat

Connect Africa Summit - Credit: Fred Felton

There are so many events on the go at ITU Telecom World 2018 that it is almost impossible to attend each one. You would have to clone yourself to get to see all that is on in Durban, South Africa this year.

For example the Connect Africa Summit is on the go at the Hilton Hotel in Durban from 11th to 12th September 2018.

It features keynotes, workshops and discussions around connectivity, 5G, satellite technology and much more.

Influential speakers have gathered to share their knowledge and below are just some of the key insights from day 1 of the event:
‘South Africa is the largest consumer of data in Africa’ – Ben Roberts the CTIO of Liquid.

He also noted that most people walk around with 2 mobile phones these days.

‘We need to encourage mobile operators to keep investing’ noted Mortimer Hope the CEO of GH Communications.

He also shared this insightful tip about our data use. This is only for people who use Android mobile devices. He suggests you go to Settings / Communications / Data or look at Data Usage and go to More and click on Show Wi-Fi usage and compare the difference between how much Mobile Data you used compared to how much Wi-Fi data you used. It makes for interesting reading.

The Summit continues tomorrow with Day 2.

For more info on ITU  Telecom World 2018 visit:

Follow the hashtags on Social Media: #ITUWorld #ITUinSA18

Find them on Twitter: @ITU

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, August 17, 2018

Opportunities at The Loeries 2018

Advertising creatives have descended on Durban, South Africa for The Loeries Awards of 2018.

Thought for the day

Part of Creative Week it sees advertisers, creative directors, copywriters, art directors, designers, interns, students and many others flocking to Creative Week to gain inspiration from award winning adverts, case studies, master classes and so much more.

It all happens at the Durban ICC over the weekend and with them come hopeful students bringing with them their portfolio in the hope that they might catch they eye of that one creative director from a big advertising agency.  From what I saw the future looks bright in advertising.

At the DSTV Seminar of Creativity we heard from worldwide creatives sharing their thoughts on advertising.

Some had bold insights and some really made us think. There was even beatboxing.

PMI Science has a bold initiative to create a smoke free environment. If you have a chance take a look at their interactive VR experience. It really is amazing.

Internship Opportunity:

For those of you interested in being an intern at a top advertising agency here is a great scavenger hunt for you.

To intern at Hunt Lascaris complete a scavenger hunt and upload your completed tasks on Instagram using #HuntsAtLoeries and @TBWAHuntLascaris before 5pm on Saturday 18 August.

Complete these tasks:

Sell yourself on your Instagram Story - show them who you are and why you're awesome.

Take photos with five people from Hunts. So learn how to network and find them.

On Fine Friday give your friend a fine and tag them on Instagram.

Sneak into the Egg Films Party and down a beer with CCO, Pete Khoury.

If you win your portfolio goes straight to Pete Khoury.
You also get your hands on VIP passes to the Gagasi FM Official After Party.

To submit your portfolio go to
Allow the site to open your camera
Point camera at the AR Code

Good luck!

For more info on Loeries 2018 visit -

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Monday, July 23, 2018

The Consol Red Hot Sale Is Here!

The good folks from Consol Glass gave me an exclusive preview of what you can expect at their red hot sale. There are some fantastic bargains awaiting you so you better hurry.

The sale takes place from 23 July – 6 August 2018. There are some crazy discounts ranging from 25% to 50% off on select products across stores nationwide.

If you are a glass fan make sure you pop into the Consol Cornubia, Woodmead and Stellenbosch stores for the sale.

Did you know that glass is not only versatile but is sustainable as well, as all glass products are 100% natural and 100% recyclable? Glass is the perfect choice when making wise choices for the environment, your health, beauty and it is also durable.

The Consol Shop has something to offer for everybody; from the corporate executive to the home executive with an eye for décor – not to mention those creatives on the lookout for the latest picture perfect Insta-moment.

Are you thinking of something to buy your family or friend? Why not get them a gift in a jar? A good option would be the 3L My Jar. It’s on sale at a great price and now with 50% off you only pay R22.50. Plus remember, with glass the person gets two gifts: the Consol glass jar and what’s inside! A great option might be chocolates. Mmmm!

Are you a biscuit lover? Take a look at the 2L Square Cookie Jar on sale for R27.10. It’s the perfect jar for freshly baked biscuits. If you need to get organised for lunch the next day have a look at the Consol Jar in a Jar. You can get it for R34.80. There are so many options with Consol Glass gifts from picnics to school lunches, trips to the beach or even a snack on the go. With these jars the larger (500ml or 1L) jars fit a smaller (100ml) jar. The jars share a lid, which when closed, holds them securely together as a singular container. Glass containers are great for food storage as it is a healthier option and glass does not retain smells or leak chemicals into food or discolour.

Are you a smoothie lover? I love a good peanut butter and banana smoothie. Whatever your smoothie choice, whip it up and put it in the Consol 500ml Grip n Go for only R16.30.

Try the 150ml cute Yogi Jar at R6.90 for a shot of wheat grass.

If you need a sterilising jar for your baby’s pacifiers consider the 500ml Broadway Jar at R13.60. They are also great for stationery and crafting materials storage.
At these prices this is also the perfect time if you are a bargain hunter to start your Christmas shopping early.

You can find many more options just for you at the Consol Shop. So experience that Red Hot Sale yourself. The Red Hot Sale is at all 3 Consol shops: Cornubia, Stellenbosch and Woodmead.

This sale is only on at these 3 Consol shops.  

Prices include 15% VAT

Discount percentage is colour and size dependant

While stocks last.

Ts and Cs apply.

Get there early!


Consol Cornubia Store: Shop U93, Cornubia Shopping Mall, Cnr Flanders & Tacoma Drive, Mount Edgecombe – Telephone – 031 393 0035

Consol Woodmead Store: 16 Waterval Crescent – Woodmead – Telephone – 011 603 2080

Consol Stellenbosch Store: Cnr Rand & Stoffelsmit Street – Plankenbrug – Telephone 021 – 888 – 4023

For more info visit:

Find Consol Glass on Social Media:

Facebook (Consol Glass)
Twitter (Consol_Glass)
Instagram (@consolglass)


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton

Monday, July 16, 2018

Breakaway from the winter madness with Cadbury Breakaway and Cadbury Fingers

This week I was invited to try out some tasty treats from Cadbury.

The Cadbury Fingers and Cadbury Breakaway are the delicious mouth-watering biscuits that are covered in South Africa’s favourite chocolate, Cadbury Dairy Milk. These delicious biscuits are the ultimate snack to break away from the madness this winter and getaway to a cosy haven and cuddle up with loved ones in front of the fire!

Cadbury Fingers, a crunchy shortbread biscuit finger covered in Cadbury Dairy Milk Chocolate, is the perfect snack to have a cup of hot chocolate, or even around the fire with friends. The perfect winter snack.

Cadbury Breakaway offers a delicious combination of crispy wafers covered by light chocolate cream and wrapped in Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate.

They really are tasty.  

‘‘These delicious treats are the ultimate snack to keeping those winter blues away,’’ says Thandi Ntuli, Mondelez SA Category Lead for Biscuits.

You can find Cadbury Fingers in 144g and Cadbury Breakaway in 180g packs nationwide in major retail stores.

The perfect treat just for you.


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Saturday, July 14, 2018

All you need to know for the Durban International Film Festival 2018

The Durban International Film Festival 2018 opens soon and here are just some of the highlights you can look forward to:

Opening the festival is the horror film ‘The Tokoloshe’ directed by South African director Jerome Pikwane.

The LGBTI love-story ‘Rafiki’ directed by Kenyan Wanuri Kahiu, will close the festival.
‘We wanted to book-end DIFF with films that tell stories about women, their strength, their resilience, said DIFF Manager Chipo Zhou.

Among the highlights include:

The Tale

Look out for Darrel Roodt’s horror ‘Siembamba’ and many more.
Look out for the industry campaign #ThatsNotOk from SWIFT (Sisters Working in Film and Television), the SA-based non-profit that works to protect and advance the causes of women in the industry.

There will also be free community screenings at Solomon Mahlangu Hall (New Germany/Clermont), KwaMashu Fan Park, Umlazi W Section Library and The Workshop Amphitheatre.

Other screenings will take place at Community ZA (formerly Artspace Gallery in Umgeni) and KZNSA Gallery, Musgrave Ster Kinekor, Suncoast Cine Centre and Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre.

‘Heavy Water: The Life and Times of Nathan Fletcher’ will open Wavescape at the Bay of Plenty outdoor screening on 22 July.
The free Wavescape ocean-focused festival will be on at Ushaka Marine World from Monday 23 July to Friday 27 July at Arena 5, Village Walk.

Be sure not to miss ‘Bethany Hamilton: Unstopabble’

DIFF opens at The Playhouse on July 19 and closes July 29. The closing film will be screened on July 28 after the competition awards.
Look out for loads of networking and workshops as well as The Durban FilmMart happens alongside DIFF.

For more info visit:

This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Saturday, July 7, 2018

Oreo enrobed in Cadbury Dairy Milk celebrates its first birthday!

Happy Birthday to this delicious treat.


One year ago the world was made a little better by the launch of OREO covered in Cadbury Dairy Milk. This melt in your mouth biscuit arrived on our shores on 7 July 2017 which just happens to fall on World Chocolate Day!

“We could not be happier with how our fans have welcomed this flavour into the Oreo family over the past year, as it has grown phenomenally”, says Thandi Ntuli, Category Lead for Biscuits.
Consumers get to enjoy the best of both worlds, as you are still able to experience the sensation of wonderfilled Oreo even more, now that it is enrobed in delicious Cadbury Dairy Milk.
“Please join me in wishing this delicious biscuit a very happy birthday and thank you for bringing us so much wonderfilled joy over the past year. We can’t wait to celebrate more birthdays with you,” concludes Ntuli.

Look out for Oreo covered in Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate in stores nationwide in 6-Packs.

For more info follow Oreo on Facebook and Twitter @Oreo.


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Friday, June 22, 2018

Win tickets to the ballet

Crown of the Russian Ballet

Would you like 2 tickets to the ballet?

Royal Moscow Ballet will be in Durban in July with 'Crown of the Russian Ballet' on Saturday July 28th at 2pm and 6pm. It will be performed at the Playhouse Opera.

This time they bring a ballet programme featuring new works not brought to Durban before, Paquita with music by Ludwig Minkus choreographed after Marius Petipa; and The Firebird – a one act ballet with music by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by Anatoly Emelianov.

Paquita is the creation of French composer Édouard Deldevez and Paris Opéra Ballet Master Joseph Mazilier. In 1847, Paquita was staged for the first time in Russia for the Imperial Ballet of St Petersburg by MariusPetipa and Pierre-Frédéric Malavergne, being the first work ever staged by Petipa in Russia. In 1881, Petipa produced a revival of the ballet for which he added new pieces specially composed by Ludwig Minkus. This included the Paquita pas de trois for the first act and the Paquita grand pas classique and the Mazurka des enfants for the last act. Petipa's version of Paquita was retained in the repertory of the Mariinsky Theatre until 1926.

Petipa's 1881 additions for Paquita survived long after the full-length ballet left the stage. Today these pieces, particularly the Grand pas classique, are major cornerstones of the traditional classical ballet repertory and have been staged by ballet companies throughout the world.

The Firebird is a ballet and orchestral concert work by the Russian composer Igor Stravinsky.  It was written for the 1910 Paris season of Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballet Russes company; the original choreography was by Michel Fokine, with a scenario by Alexandre Benois and Fokine based on the Russian fairy tales of the Firebird and the blessing and curse it possesses for its owner. When first performed at the Opéra de Paris on 25 June 1910, the work was an instant success with both audience and critics.

The ballet has historic significance not only as Stravinsky's breakthrough piece, but also as the beginning of the collaboration between Diaghilev and Stravinsky that would also produce the acclaimed ballets Petrushka (1911) and The Rite of Spring (1913).

In a country starved of professional ballet, the regular visits from dancers of the Royal Moscow Ballet are always a treat. The company arrives in the country for a six city tour in July covering Johannesburg, Sasolburg, Gaborone; Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth.

Royal Moscow Ballet has toured successfully around the globe presenting more than a thousand performances. The company, which consists of graduates of the best Russian choreography, ballet and dance schools, premiered as the Royal Moscow Ballet on the 12 August 2002. The founders are Anatoly Emelianov and Anna Aleksidze.

In 2018  the Royal Moscow Ballet will be celebrating its 16th anniversary. The company has created more than 20 modern and 15 classical ballets. The ballets were created by choreographers / founders Anatoly and Aleksidze.

The Royal Moscow Ballet has visited countries such as Tanzania, Zambia and Kenya – the first visit of a Russian ballet company to East Africa, The dancers performed on specially built stages near Victoria Falls.

In honour of their contribution to the furthering of Russian Culture both Anna Alexidze and Anatoly Emelianov were awarded the prestigious Knight of the Second Order of Dyagilev in 2007.

Royal Moscow Ballet is presented by Edouard Miasnikov Agency whose objective remains to widen cultural exchange and sharing between Russia and South Africa:

Bookings: / 0861 915 8000 / Shoprite Checkers Money Market Counters.

National Tour
Johannesburg: Theatre of Marcellus, Emperors Palace: 21 July @ 3pm and 7pm; 22 July @ 3pm
Sasolburg: Etienne Rousseau Theatre: 23 July @ 7pm
Gabarone: International Convention Centre, Grand Palm – 25 July @ 7pm
Durban: Playhouse Opera: 28 July @ 2pm and 6pm
Bloemfontein: Sand du Plessis Theatre: 30 July @ 7pm
Port Elizabeth: Opera House: 31 July at 5pm @ 8pm

Book nationally through Computicket
(Bloemfontein tickets at PACOFS ticket office) 

Giveaway: Win 2 tickets to the Royal Moscow Ballet show in Durban.

One lucky winner will win 2 tickets to the Durban show. It’s the perfect romantic evening for you and that someone special.

Just answer this easy question:

Where is the show playing in Durban?

1.      Playhouse Opera
2.      Wavehouse
3.      The Funhouse

Email your answer, name, cell number and email address to:

This competition is only for the Durban show and only for the evening show.

Closing date: Early July 2018.

Ts and Cs apply.