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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.

#CadburyFingers
#CadburyBreakaway



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: www.durbanfilmfest.co.za



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.


#OreoEnrobed

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.

#OreoEnrobed



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: www.russianartists.co.za.

Bookings:  www.computicket.com / 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: umhlangalife@gmail.com

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

Closing date: Early July 2018.

Ts and Cs apply.

Thursday, June 14, 2018

Durban Youth Day Events


Youth Day is nearly here and there are some wonderful events around Durban.

Imbumba Fiesta is on at Bulwer Park, Glenwood on Saturday 16 June.
There are some wonderful events at the Fiesta, everything from music to food to kids activities and so much more. From 9am. Find them on Facebook: Imbumbafiesta



YMCA Youth Day in KwaMashu

The creative fun showcase takes place at the YMCA in KwaMashu from 10am to 4pm. Entry is on a donation basis, minimum R5.
For more info contact 031-305-4496.

Should any community group want to participate in the event contact Thabani on 071-094-0890


This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton



Monday, June 4, 2018

Father's Day Gift Idea


Oreo covered in Cadbury Dairy Milk now available in a 6-Pack!



What happens when everyone’s favourite biscuit and chocolate come together? They form a melt-in-your-mouth, delicious treat you won’t be able to get enough of! Last year, Oreo Biscuits launched the delicious OREO covered in Cadbury Dairy Milk biscuit and this year they will be launching a bigger pack for fans who just can’t get enough!

“Since launching last year, OREO covered in Cadbury Dairy Milk, has grown massively in popularity and consumers just can’t get enough of it, says Thandi Ntuli, Category Lead for Biscuits. “It is currently sold in packs of two, but due to consumer demand, we have decided to launch the biscuit in a new 6-pack too!”



If you haven’t tried them before, Cadbury Dairy Milk chocolate-coated
Oreos are positively drool-worthy and now you will have enough to share the joy with those around you. Look out for the Oreo covered in Cadbury Dairy Milk 6-Pack
in participating stores nationwide.

It’s the perfect gift idea for Dad on Father’s Day.

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



This edition by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Tips to manage your smartphone bill


Data costs can be expensive at times. 3G, LTE and 4G enabled mobile phones and tablets can easily update applications in the background.  This can quickly cost you more money.



Here are 9 tips to help you manage your smartphone bill:
·         Know your data allowance and / or balance
·         Track your data usage constantly (set data limits on your device)
·         Request a call limit facility if you are a post-paid user
·         Understand how international roaming works and the cost implications
·         Rather use Wi-Fi hot spots
·         Switch your data usage portal off if you don’t need to use data
·         Learn the difference between a megabyte (MB) and a gigabyte (GB)
·         Understand the difference between Wi-Fi usage and data usage
·         Limit your background data

3 things that use up a lot of data:
·         Streaming or downloading music
·         Streaming or downloading movies
·         Playing games online

Apps such as YouTube, Netflix, Spotify and Dropbox consume a lot of data. So do smartphone apps such as Facebook or Twitter.

Background syncing also uses data.

Did you know that manual updates can save you a lot of data and battery life?

The difference between a Kilobyte (KB), Megabyte (MB) and Gigabyte (GB)
1024 bytes = 1 kilobyte.
1024 kilobytes = 1 Megabyte.
1024 Megabytes = 1 Gigabyte.
1024 Gigabytes = 1 Terabyte.
1024 Terabytes = 1 Petabyte.


Newer models of phones come with a connection booster that uses Wi-Fi and mobile data together to give you the fastest speed. To keep your data usage down, consider switching this feature off.

So what happens if you get an unexpected huge bill?
1.       First check that anyone who uses your smartphone is not responsible for the disputed charges.
2.       If not, carefully highlight the charges you are disputing and provide reasons stating why.
3.       Put the complaint in writing and attach a copy of your bill.

If you have a complaint about your network provider you can lodge it with ICASA.

You need to lodge the complaint with your service provider first. Your service provider needs to give you a reference number. They need to resolve the complaint within 14 working days. If they don’t or you are not satisfied with the outcome you can forward your complaint and outcome to ICASA.

ICASA regularly resolves disputes between industry players and consumers.

To lodge a complaint with ICASA online visit www.icasa.org.za
You can also email it to: consumer@icasa.org.za or call 011-566-3000
Find them on Twitter at @ICASA_org

You can also post it to them or hand it in at your nearest office.
Their head office is at Pinmill Farm, 164 Katherine Street, Sandton.

Their Durban office is 15th Floor, Victoria Main Building, 71 Margaret Mncadi Avenue (Ex-Victoria Embankment Street), Esplanade, Durban.

Your complaint needs to be in writing.

Do not stop paying your monthly contract and the service provider should not stop your service whilst your dispute is being resolved.

These tips are brought to you courtesy of ICASA which is supporting the Wireless World Research Forum (WWRF) in hosting the 5th Annual 5G Huddle which is running alongside WWRF40 from 30 May – 1 June 2018 in Durban, South Africa.

5G Huddle - Image: Fred Felton


The conference will focus on the countdown to commercial rollout of 5G technologies in South Africa. 5G is expected to be rolled out in South Africa in 2020.

ICASA Councillor Paris Mashile emphasised, ‘’It is our public service mandate, as a country and regulator, to ensure that we are not left behind as the world is moving forward and embracing new technologies that will benefit consumers, business and government, hence our involvement and participation in these debates and discussions as we look forward to the first commercial deployment of 5G in 2020.’’

When 5G arrives expect automation of device and machine use, through the concept of the Internet of Things (IoT).

The main focus area from speakers at the 5G Huddle was the hope that 5G would bridge the digital divide.

For more information visit www.5ghuddle.com and www.wwrf.ch

#5GHuddle


Article by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton