Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebration Sat 7th May at Grand Arena GrandWest

South Africa’s songbirds entertain Mother’s on their Special Day

Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebration

Smh promotions is proud to announce the inaugural Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebrations. Taking place at the Grand Arena GrandWest on Saturday 7 May 2016 will see the most exciting line up of SA’s true diva’s on one stage for one night only.

Headlining the Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebration is none other than Cape Town’s very own Three Tons of Fun. Sthe, Michelle and Bee have created a musical legacy that after 9 years together sees no signs of slowing down. This trio creates a fun festive feel to any event they are involved in. The audience is automatically swept along on a journey of vibrancy and nostalgia with Three Tons of Fun belting out cover versions of beloved songs as well as original songs from their debut album “Larger than Life”.

Multiple awarding winning Diva Judith Sephuma joins the Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebration stellar lineup. The diva who is best known for her critically acclaimed debut album “A Cry a Smile a Dance” has worked with both local and international artists the world over. The likes of Oliver Mtukudzi, Kenny G, Kabomo and Michael Bolton to name a few has all had the pleasure of working with this talented and versatile artist. Most recently she released her 6th jazz album “One Word” with a live band in Cape Town. This album has been described as being mind-blowing, capturing the evolution of a true artist.

Vicky Sampson will forever be remembered as the songstress who brought a continent together at the opening and closing ceremonies of the World Cup in 1996 with her iconic “African Dream”. She has continued to wow audience across the globe with her distinct voice and looking forward to entertaining the CT audiences once again.

Rounding off the Soul Sisters Mother’s Day Celebrations is the youngest winner of SA Idols 4th season Jody Williams, Cape Town diva Salome Johansen, runner up on SA’s got talent 2010 Maddy Abrahams and last but not least Cape Town pop sensation Can Skylark.

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Cape Town

Saturday 7 May 2016

Grand Arena, GrandWest

Ticket Price: R165 – R250

Tickets on sale from Computicket –

4 Young poets tackle 22 poems – 27 April 2.30pm at Centre for the Book

22 years into a democratic South Africa but what does freedom really mean?

4 young poets tackle this and other questions in this show.

3 of Cape Town’s premier poets in Kyle Louw, Sipho Kotobason Ndebele and Siphokazi Jonas share the stage with East London’s Akhona Sidlai.

This will be a feast of words and social commentary.

Come out and celebrate your freedom day with us.

Amazing press for last Mondays pop up performance in Cape Town with Hostix Mabuse

What a wonderful success Monday 18th April was with Sipho Hotstix Mabuse at 5pm
We as a team ( Derek Geddes ,Roesdien Jaz ,Marvin Leventhal ,Peter Lacey ,Razia Myers ,Zane Maqetuka ,Sam Roy ) and the band of course pulled of a fantastic pop up performance in Cape Town and we ended up on the front page of the Argus

Siphokazi Jonas the poet joined in along with Jason Skippers ,Germaine Leonard and Josh Prinsloo

We had poetry and Sipho doing 5 numbers including Redemption song Burn out and Shikisha

Kfm with Dion Bing came to take videos and CCTV under Rene Del Carme also filmed.

It was a glorious way to end Monday

Rest in Peace #PRINCE

photo credit -New York Times


Disney Africa today announced that Idols SA 2015 winner, Karabo Mogane, has recorded a special proudly South African version of the official theme song to Disney Junior’s

(DStv channel 309) hit animated series The Lion Guard – a brand new original TV series inspired by the all-time family favourite Disney classic, The Lion King.

Monday 18th April SIPHO HOTSTIX MABUSE at Promenade Three Anchor Bay

Sipho “Hotstix “Mabuse will be doing something fun at 5pm at the glasses on the Promenade in Three Anchor bay Cape Town on Monday 18th April

You are welcome to join and share in the fun .

We could have a poet join, a guitar player and before you know it ,the pop up will disappear.

Why don’t you come along and see what transpires .We all need some fun to end Monday off don’t we ?

The public artwork is called” Perceiving Freedom”by Michael Ellion

You can see why we have chosen the spot due to album cover Afrodizzia below

THE HASTHAG IS #HOTSTIX twitter @siphohotstix -PLEASE USE THE HASHTAG #HOTSTIX if you are coming

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New Bok coach Allister Coetzee been a regular on #OTC on Heart 104.9fm from 9-10AM

Allister Coetzee has been involved with rugby since 1974, first as a player and then later as a team manager, assistant coach and head coach.

He has been a regular on #OTC on Heart 104.9fm from 9-10AM ( thats me -the rugby expert in the front -the other 2 on the left and right of AC know about cricket and Arsenal )

Coetzee was born on 23 May 1963 in Grahamstown. He was an outstanding scrumhalf in the period before rugby unification in South Africa, and captained the SARU national team, as they were called back in the days, between 1988 and 1991 following his debut in 1985.

He was selected for the Junior Springboks in 1992 and played in the Currie Cup for Eastern Province between 1992 and 1996, as well as in the 1994 Super 10 competition for the Eastern Cape team.

The former teacher retired from the game in 1996. Coetzee then ventured into coaching and was immediately appointed as an assistant coach for EP in 1996. Two years later he was appointed as team manager for the Cell C Sharks’ Vodacom Super Rugby side, where he also became an assistant coach in 2000.

Coetzee coached the Emerging Springboks in 1998, a Vodacom All-Stars team in 1999 and the South African Under-23 and South Africa ‘A’ sides in 2000, when he was also one of the Springbok assistant coaches to Harry Viljoen.

He then became head coach of Eastern Province in 2001, the first black head coach of a provincial rugby side in South Africa. He remained head coach for the EP side until he resigned in July 2003.

Coetzee was appointed as assistant coach to the Springboks in early 2004, where he formed a successful coaching trio with Jake White and Gert Smal until the end of 2007, capping off four memorable years with the winning of the 2007 Rugby World Cup in France.

In 2005, he was also appointed assistant coach for the Cats for the 2006 Super 14 season, a position he held for only one season.

Coetzee joined Western Province in 2008 after he accepted an offer to become backline coach of the DHL Stormers. He also took over as head coach of Western Province in the Currie Cup later in 2008 and was elevated to head coach of the DHL Stormers prior to the start of the 2010 Vodacom Super Rugby season.

Coetzee led the DHL Stormers to three South African Conference titles during his tenure as DHL Stormers head coach, and he was also successful in his role as coach of DHL Western Province, where he won the Currie Cup twice, in 2012 and 2014.

He remained with the DHL Stormers until the end of the 2015 Vodacom Super Rugby season, when he moved to Japan to take over as head coach of the Kobe Steelers.

Profile – Allister Coetzee

1989-1991: Represented and captained SARU prior to unification

1992: Junior Springbok

1992-1996: Played Currie Cup rugby for Eastern Province

1994: Played in the Super 10 for Eastern Province

1998-2000: Cell C Sharks assistant coach to Ian McIntosh and Hugh Reece-Edwards in Vodacom Super Rugby

2000: Springbok assistant coach to Harry Viljoen

2000: SA “A” and SA Under-23 head coach

2001-03: Eastern Province head coach (37 matches)

2006: Cats assistant coach to Frans Ludeke in Vodacom Super Rugby

2004-07: Springbok assistant coach to Jake White

2008: DHL Stormers assistant coach

2008-15: DHL Western Province head coach (108 matches)

2010-15: DHL Stormers head coach (98 matches)

2010: Named South Africa’s Coach of the Year

2015-16: Kobe Steelers head coach in Japan

2016: Springbok head coach

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Allister Coetzee appointed as new Springbok coach

Allister Coetzee has been named as head coach of the Springboks for the next four years, ushering in an exciting new era for rugby in South Africa, said Mr Oregan Hoskins, president of SA Rugby.

The 52-year-old former Springbok assistant coach succeeds Heyneke Meyer at a time when a number of veterans of the 2007 Rugby World Cup triumph have gone into retirement, including three of last year’s four captains.

“Allister’s appointment marks the changing of the guard at the top of Springbok rugby and is an exciting new departure for SA Rugby,” said Mr Hoskins.

“It is a watershed moment for our game with new players developing alongside a spine of experience and it was the right time to have a new man guiding the Springboks for the foreseeable future.

“Allister was the outstanding candidate in terms of his rugby credentials, his understanding of our unique South African transformation imperatives and also in the image he will present as Springbok coach. I am delighted to welcome him back into the Springbok fold.

“The Springbok coaching job is an enormous challenge but Allister has the full support of us at SA Rugby and we will be united in our efforts to continue to make Springbok rugby strong. I want to wish him well in his new job, I also want to pay tribute to Heyneke and his management team for their dedication and service to Springbok rugby the past four years.”

Coetzee is arguably the most experienced man to be given the Springbok head coach’s job. He will draw on his personal involvement in 66 matches in the Springbok backroom in 2000 and between 2004 and 2007. He also has an exemplary record at Currie Cup and Vodacom Super Rugby record.

Coetzee said he was extremely honoured and humbled to coach the Springboks.

“This job comes with a huge amount of responsibility because our passionate fans rightfully demand the best from the Springboks at all times,” said Coetzee.

“Rugby ignites so much passion in our country. The team inspires all our people and every young rugby player in our country aspires to be a Springbok one day. I know full well that coaching the Springboks requires a lot of dedication, patience and hard work. I am very excited and grateful for this opportunity.”

lets hope the smile Lasts –

SA Rugby CEO, Jurie Roux, said that Coetzee had been recommended for the role by the SA Rugby High Performance Committee, whose recommendation had been accepted by the Executive Council and the General Council over recent weeks.

He said that Coetzee emerged as the best candidate for the role following a robust and thorough process. “Allister was the most outstanding candidate based on his excellent track record as a coach at provincial and Vodacom Super Rugby level, which makes his appointment a great one for SA Rugby,” said Roux.

“He proved himself on the domestic front by winning the Currie Cup twice with DHL Western Province and leading the DHL Stormers to three SA Conference titles in the extremely tough Vodacom Super Rugby competition. And we all know of his contributions as assistant coach to the Springboks, culminating in success at the 2007 Rugby World Cup.

“We at SA Rugby are pleased with his appointment and we know we have the right person to lead us into the next and hopefully exciting phase of Springbok rugby. We’re also grateful to Kobe for allowing Allister to join us in South Africa.”

Coetzee had already been involved in a number of planning sessions with SA Rugby staff said Roux. His first official engagement as a coach will be the opening Test of the year against Ireland in Cape Town on Saturday, 11 June.

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Critical Thoughts on Allister Coetzee

In this post-World Cup year, the Springboks once and for all need to tackle a brave new world of attacking rugby and I am not certain that Allister Coetzee is the right man for the task.

I think Allister is an incredibly experienced and competent coach (21 years now with the whistle after 22 years as aplayer), and in 2008, I could not understand why he was not the successor to Jake White.

Coetzee had spent eight years as Jake’s assistant on the way to winning the 2007 World Cup and when for reasons best know to the governing body at the time, Jake was persona non grata, it made so much sense to give the reins to Allister.

There would have been a seamless transition from White to Coetzee. But apparently this made too much sense, and we thus had Peter de Villiers trust on us. Instead of Coetzee, the man nick-named Toetie, we got De Villiers, a maverick who liked to talk about tutus in never-dull press conferences that had media men queuing for front row seats.

We should also remember that Heyneke Meyer was chomping at the bit for the Springbok job in 2008, only to join Coetzee on the list of also-rans. The choice of De Villiers over Coetzee and Meyer is quite possibly the Eighth Wonder of the World.

So Coetzee lost out, De Villiers did incredibly well, results-wise, thanks to the most experienced squad of players in Springbok rugby history led by supremely wise men in John Smit, Victor Matfield and Fourie du Preez.

Then Meyer finally got his chance, and the workaholic former Bulls man must lie awake at night and ponder how close he came to cracking it once and for all for the Springboks.

Midway through Meyer’s tenure, the Boks began playing some of their finest rugby ever. Meyer was determined to add floursishing attack to resolute defence, and he was getting there. Who will forget those epic games at Ellis Park between the Boks and the All Blacks, where the only difference between the sides in the end was the superior fitness of the Kiwis.

If only Meyer had stuck to those guns. But he had two problems. Firstly he had gun to his head in that South African rugby is results driven and, secondly, he knew he would be judged on the World Cup.

If I might digress for a minute. Compare this to what is going on at the Golden Lions in Johannesburg. Johan Ackerman has been given a mandate to fix the Lions and to do whatever it takes over as long a period as it takes. And he has passed this freedom on to the players. Don’t worry about results, just attack, attack and attack. Play with passion and the results will eventually take care of themselves.

If only Meyer had had the same passport of freedom. He had the Boks on the path to becoming the best team in the world, indeed capable of beating the All Blacks at their own game, but then regressed to square one when the pressure to get results got too much. Nobody can blame Meyer. If only he had been told to continue playing positively into the 2015 World Cup with a view to winning the trophy in Japan in 2019.

So can Allister pick up where the Boks left off when in their attack phase under Heyneke? Heck does anybody recall the fantastic tries the Boks scored a few months before the England World Cup in Brisbane and Johannesburg? Possibly, but we all recall the Boks going back to medieval rugby in the tournament after losing to Japan, grinding out victories based on the kick-and-chase game.

My problem with Allister is that he could get the Stormers and Western Province to play an attacking game. He did extremely well to get the Stormers to a certain level, one where their defence was the best in Super Rugby for a number of seasons and their set pieces immaculate. But they could not score tries. For three years or so the Stormers plateau-ed out, unable to take the step up to mix it in the Super Rugby play-offs. They just did not have the attacking game to win the tournament.

So what will change when Coetzee takes over at the Boks on Tuesday?

by MIKE Greenaway

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