Hotstix Mabuse on Xmas 2011

How will you be spending Christmas? With my family and the kids.

Where are you going for the holidays? I will be at home with the family.

How does your childhood Christmas differ from Christmas today? I grew up in a very humble home so we celebrated with just the basics and had good family and friends around. We still celebrate with family and friends but I am very mindful of the meaning and essence of Christmas.

Are there any Christmas experiences that stand out in your memory? Yes. Will never forget the first Christmases with my daughters and to see the smile on a baby’s face. They know it is something special but can only articulate it through smiles and laughter.

What would be on your Christmas wish list if you could receive any present at any price? I am not a flashy guy but I would love more knowledge and somehow the ability to solve people’s problems. These are priceless.

What’s the best present you have ever received (and why)? No one present is ever better than the next and the gift of giving is more important. Even a simple SMS from people overseas means a lot.

What’s the worst present you ever received (and why)? Not hearing from friends who you think will call and don’t.

Who is the hardest person to shop for (and why)? My children!

A present you can never get enough of? E.g. chocolate, flowers etc. Books – I love them, especially biographies pertaining to great people on the African continent.

Is it the thought that counts or the gift that matters? Definitely the thought, but I do like to spoil my loved ones.

Do you have any ideas for DIY gifts (and have you ever received or made a gift)? The gift of music is my DIY gift and I made my own cards when I was a youngster! LOL!

What song do you want to usher in the New Year with? I think this year I will stick to the traditional Auld Lang Syne.

What advice/values/lasting impressions of your parents and upbringing do you carry with you and try to pass along to your (grand)child? Always respect your elders and be grateful for what you have. Always surround yourself with good people – family and friends.

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EAGLES TO PERFORM FIRST TIME IN SOUTH AFRICA – April 2012

The Eagles will tour South Africa for the first time ever in the band’s 40-year history. The band will perform on Wednesday, April 4 at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town; Saturday, April 7 at the Superbowl in Sun City; and on Sunday, April 8 at the Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium in Johannesburg. The South African concerts also mark the band’s first announced concerts in 2012.

The band – Glenn Frey, Don Henley, Joe Walsh and Timothy B. Schmit – will perform a two hour concert featuring classic hits such as Hotel California, Desperado, Take It Easy, One Of These Nights, Heartache Tonight, and Take It To The Limit. South African fans will also be treated to solo hits from band members such as Boys Of Summer, Life In The Fast Lane and Dirty Laundry.

The Eagles have sold more than 120 million albums worldwide, earning five #1 U.S. singles and six GRAMMY® Awards. Their Greatest Hits 1971-1975 is the best-selling album of all time, exceeding sales of 29 million units. The band’s Hotel California and Their Greatest Hits Volume 2 have sold more than 16 and 11 million albums respectively. The Eagles were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Cape Town – presented by Heart 104.9FM and M-Net

Wednesday 4th April 2012

Cape Town Stadium

Tickets from R320 – R1070

Sun City – presented by Jacaranda 94.2 and M-Net

Saturday 7th April 2012

Superbowl, Sun City

Tickets from R1520 – R3520

Johannesburg – presented by Jacaranda 94.2 and M-Net

Sunday 8th April 2012

The Soccer City Complex, FNB Stadium

Tickets from R370 – R1070

Tickets go on sale Thursday 15th December at 9am from www.computicket.com or 0861.915.8000

Promoters are BIG Concerts

The Moody Blues to perform in South Africa next year

Big Concerts is proud to announce that the legendary English rock band, “The Moody Blues”, is set to perform in South Africa next year. Accompanied by Special Guests, “10cc” and “Procol Harum”,

The much anticipated tour is scheduled for the 30th May 2012 at the Grand Arena, Grand West in Cape Town and the 1st June 2012 at the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg. This performance is presented by Heart 104.9 FM, Jacaranda 94.2 and SABC3.

SA Rugby Annual 2012 – 41st Edition in bookstores now.

The SA Rugby Annual 2012 – the official record of the South African season – hits book shops across South Africa this week, making it the earliest publication of the title in the history of its 41 editions.

Widely considered to be one of the finest yearbooks in world rugby, the unrivalled ‘bible’ of the South African game has definitively chronicled rugby in this country for over four decades. The latest issue, edited by Duane Heath and Eddie Grieb, raises the bar yet again with a host of previously unpublished facts and figures that will settle any pub or braai-side argument.

“The SA Rugby Annual has become essential reading for every player, coach, manager, administrator, sponsor, agent and fan,” said Jurie Roux, CEO of the South African Rugby Union (SARU) at a launch of the Annual in Cape Town earlier today.

The 2012 edition breaks new ground by reaching the shelves almost a month earlier than ever before, making it the perfect Christmas stocking-filler for any rugby-mad child, parent or grandparent – practically any sports lover who wants to know anything about South African rugby but who didn’t know where to go looking for the answer.

The 2012 SA Rugby Annual records the more than 200 first-class matches involving South African teams in 2011, as well as the detailed biographies of each and every one of the more than 750 players who appeared in those matches – for whom the book therefore doubles as an invaluable keepsake to be passed down to children and grandchildren.

The world’s oldest provincial competition – the Absa Currie Cup – provided a fairy tale finish to the year for the MTN Golden Lions, who romped home for their first title since 1999, and the 2012 SA Rugby Annual recognises the effect this match had on fans across the country.

The Annual publishes a unique list of all 898 men who have played in the biggest provincial match in South African rugby since the first final was held in 1939. The Annual also lists every player who has captained a team in an Absa Currie Cup final as well as their winning records.

The 2012 SA Rugby Annual paints an unbeatable picture of a dramatic year in South African rugby but also records the sport’s rich history with its comprehensive records section, which includes the career details of all 830 players to have worn the Springbok jersey since 1891 – from the very first, Benjamin Duff, to the newest Bok, Gerhard Mostert.

And just when you thought the 2012 SA Rugby Annual couldn’t chronicle the Springbok saga in any more detail, it lists the details of each and every one of the 743 matches the men in green and gold have played over the past 120 years – all 404 Test matches and 339 overseas tour games.

But the Annual doesn’t only cover the Springboks and the Absa Currie Cup – inside its packed 480 pages you’ll find detailed tournament reviews of everything from Vodacom Super Rugby and the Vodacom Cup to the FNB Varsity Cup, Coca-Cola Craven Week, HSBC Sevens World Series, National Club Championships and even the SA Women’s IRB Nations Cup campaign.

SA Rugby Annual 2012

Edited by Duane Heath & Eddie Grieb

Published by SARU & MWP Media

480 pages

RRP: R195

ISBN: 978-0-620-50685-4

Available from Exclusive Books, Bargain Books and most mainstream book retailers, or online at www.kalahari.com.

For more information please contact:

· Duane Heath (Editor): 021 785 6950 duane

Lewis Club Magazine Dec 2011 / Jan 2012 – Readership over 1.5 million

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Lewis Club Magazine Dec 2011 / Jan 2012

Springbok Sevens want to make amends on home turf

The Springbok Sevens realise it has underperformed in Australia and Dubai and are determined to bounce back to form in their home tournament at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, coach Paul Treu told a media briefing in Port Elizabeth today.

Treu, team captain Kyle Brown, IRB Sevens Player of the Year Cecil Afrika and senior squad members Frankie Horne and Chase Minnaar spoke to the media at their team hotel in Nelson Mandela Bay, the new host city for the South Africa Sevens.

The 16 teams arrived yesterday in the city on two evening flights from Dubai via Johannesburg and today most of the squads either had outings to the nearby beach or chose to have a swim session in the hotel pool.

Treu was straightforward in his assessment of the team’s performances during the two previous HSBC Sevens World Series tournaments at the Gold Coast and Dubai. The Blitzbokke won the third match playoff two weeks ago in Brisbane but lost the Plate Final against Australia on Saturday in the desert city.

The South African Sevens coach said he realises his team is now under pressure to raise their game in front of their home fans.

“We are always under pressure to win and we approach every tournament with a winning attitude. We have left ourselves down by not playing to the standards we have set for ourselves,” said Treu.

He told his players to embrace the extra responsibility and expectation of the home supporters, something which his captain also referred to.

Brown said his team was definitely looking forward to enjoying themselves in their only home outing and to play for the very first time in the new Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

Furthermore, Brown said most teams have now changed their approach to Sevens and that this was evident in the overall standard of play so far this season.

“You can see that teams such as Japan, Portugal and Russia have now switched on differently in terms of their approach. The teams are more professional and it makes it harder for everyone, which is good for the game.

“We are going to focus on how to harness the good vibe in The Bay so that, hopefully, it can help us when we play on Friday and Saturday. We only play once in front of our own fans and we owe it to them and to ourselves to raise our standard of play,” said the Blitzbokke skipper.

IRB Sevens player of the Year, Cecil Afrika, said he was fit and ready to play. “I’m good to go and hope to play to my part if selected. It is nice to have a few guys in the squad with Eastern Cape roots, like myself, Chase Minnaar and Steven Hunt. Nothing beats the feeling of playing at home,” said the South African Sevens playmaker.

Afrika missed the Dubai leg due to a rib injury sustained in Australia. He recently recovered from two facial injuries.

Nearly 30 000 tickets have been sold and fans can book their seat to Rugby’ Biggest Part of the Year at any Computicket outlet. Tickets are priced between R80 – R300 and include a Castle Lager SuperFan concert on Friday evening.

, Michael Bublé, will bring his Crazy Love tour to Grand Arena, GrandWest on the 1st and 2n d of May 2012 – presented by Heart 104.9fm

Big Concerts is excited to announce that the multi Grammy award winning, Canadian superstar, Michael Bublé, will bring his Crazy Love tour to South Africa for four dates beginning at the Grand Arena, GrandWest on the 1st and 2nd of May 2012 and then on the 5th and 6th May 2012 at the Superbowl, Sun City.

Michael Bublé is currently #1 around the world with his new holiday album “Christmas” with sales surpassing the four million mark already.
Michael Bublé has sold over 30 million albums worldwide, half a million in South Africa alone.

The ‘Crazy Love Tour’, is Michael’s biggest and most exciting tour to date, receiving remarkable praise from both music critics and spectators of the show. His stage show is propelled by a string of hits including “Home,” “Everything”, “Haven’t Met You Yet,” and his latest smash “Hollywood”, along with the superstar’s distinctive interpretations of classics like “Cry Me a River,” “Feeling Good,” and “Always On My Mind”.
Bublé commented about the Crazy Love tour ‘I can’t wait to get back out on the road and of course to see my fans. I’ve missed them’.

Crazy Love’ South African Tour Itinerary

Cape Town – presented by Heart 104.9 and M-Net

1st May 2012 and 2nd May 2012

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Tickets from R425 –R885

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