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  • Moo Moo: Your Gateway to South African Steakhouse Delights

    Check out how MooMoo's is serving up South African Steakhouse delights right from the heart of South Africa. Fancy a juicy steak with a proudly South African twist? Moo Moo, a restaurant chain bringing a fun and flavourful twist to the classic steakhouse experience, is the place to be. Meat Me at Moo Moo What makes Moo Moo stand out? Their unwavering commitment to showcasing the best of South African produce. They source premium cuts from local farmers, ensuring exceptional quality and freshness on your plate. Their extensive wine list boasts a delightful selection from South African vineyards, perfectly complementing your meal. More Than Just Steaks While Moo Moo is a haven for meat lovers, they cater to a wider audience. The menu offers a variety of options, including gourmet burgers, succulent chicken espetada (skewers), and legendary sticky pork ribs that have earned a loyal following. A Fun and Relaxed Vibe Moo Moo isn't your typical stuffy steakhouse. They embrace a quirky and vibrant atmosphere, reflected in their playful décor and menu descriptions. Think "Cow Chow," their playful take on the iconic South African dish Bunny Chow, featuring a hollowed-out Portuguese bun filled with peri-peri beef, chicken, or even creamy garlic snails. The Secret Sauce: A Passionate Team The key to Moo Moo's success lies in its passionate team. Their headquarters is a melting pot of experienced foodies, from hospitality veterans to former nightclub owners, all with a shared love for good food and good company. This diverse crew ensures Moo Moo stays on top of trends and keeps the menu innovative. Finding Your Perfect Moo Each Moo Moo branch boasts a unique personality. The Menlyn branch, situated in the heart of Africa's biggest mall, offers a delightful park view, perfect for a relaxed lunch. Moo Moo Mall of Africa caters to the bustling business crowd and residents seeking a delicious evening meal. Embrace the Moo Moo Experience Whether you're a steak aficionado or simply looking for a fun and flavourful dining experience, Moo Moo has something for you. So next time you're craving a taste of South Africa, head to Moo Moo and discover your perfect Moo! Follow the Moo Moo journey online: Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/moomooherd/ Facebook:  https://web.facebook.com/moomoomenlyn Facebook:  https://web.facebook.com/MooMooMallOfAfrica

  • Breaking the Scrum: Layla Arrison's Journey as Rugby's Trailblazing Commentator

    Layla Arrison is tackling stereotypes and scoring big in the hard-hitting world of rugby. Recently, she made waves as the first English female commentator for SuperSport, debuting at the electrifying Singapore Sevens Rugby Tournament on World Rugby Day. Layla’s journey from a rugby-loving girl to a groundbreaking commentator is a thrilling story of passion, grit, and breaking the scrum of tradition. In this lively interview, Layla shares her exhilarating path, the hurdles she’s jumped, and her vibrant vision for the future of women in rugby. Buckle up for an inspiring ride through Layla’s remarkable adventure! Layla, tell us a bit about your background. What sparked your interest in rugby? "Rugby has always been a big part of my life. Both my parents are incredibly sporty and from as young as I can remember we would braai on a Friday or a Saturday, put the game on and support our team on the day. I remember incredibly vividly the 2007 RWC that we won, and how that made me feel. Even as a young girl, I was overcome with emotion and I knew in that moment how much sport could impact a life." You received your BA in Humanities with a specialisation in Sport Science at Stellenbosch University. How did your studies influence your passion for rugby? "It was such a defining moment for me. I only started playing rugby at university and had to choose a specialisation – I ended up choosing rugby and somehow it just clicked. I was actually a cricket player at university and then when I ended up choosing rugby somehow the doors just opened. I always wanted to understand the intricacies of rugby and how we as women could 'do it better' and so I dove into it head-on." Did you always envision a career in the realm of rugby, or was commentary a later discovery? "Surprisingly, I always thought I would go into the broadcast at some point, in my mind though as a cricket broadcaster. I remember one day after a cricket match my dad mentioned Kass Naidoo and what she is doing for women in the cricket space and I wanted to do that. I studied a coaching specialisation and so I wanted to be on the rugby field as a coach to try and shape the future, but later on, I learnt that I had a greater voice outside the four lines and the fact that it ended up being commentary and broadcasting it just matched seamlessly." *On Breaking Barriers Debuting at the Singapore Sevens as the first female commentator must have been a surreal experience. Can you describe your emotions and the significance of this moment? "Being the first female English commentator selected from such a prestigious broadcast team in the country and at SuperSport was really a surreal moment for me. It’s something you always work towards to try and work at an international level and to have done it within such a short time period of starting my career was overwhelming. I actually sat in the stadium before the first game I did (which was the first game of the day) and cried a tear or two. It just felt like a moment of 'finally', all those hours you put in, all the moments of imposter syndrome, you finally get to do what you love on an international stage." Have you faced any challenges along the way in pursuing your commentary career? If so, how did you overcome them? "I’ve been really lucky in the sense that I haven’t faced any severe challenges. It is more about the challenges within myself, and believing that I am good enough, and that I do deserve to be in the positions I am put. There are still moments in my career where I am working with male World Cup winners or broadcasters who have been doing it for years and trying to compare myself to the way they do things without forgetting that being uniquely me is what has allowed me to be here in the first place." What do you hope your presence as a female commentator will achieve for the future of women in rugby, both on and off the field? "It’s more about showing young girls and women that there is a career and a space for all of us around the table. That after-school that is an option to dream about. Rugby in both my playing career and now my working career has taken me worldwide. I have seen places and done things in my life that I never thought possible and it is only through rugby that I have been able to do that. That’s what I would like young women and girls to see. That they can be in this space and their voice will be heard." *Her Passion and Expertise Beyond the technical aspects, commentary requires a deep understanding of the game. How do you stay informed about the latest strategies and player movements? "Having played the game helps me tremendously, but all my friends are currently still playing or only recently stopped playing. It’s all about trying to immerse myself in what rugby is and has become recently and also using the experience I have to be able to implement the words I am saying. I have to make the viewer believe what I am saying, there has to be credibility and because it’s not work, but rather my passion, staying up to date with what’s happening doesn’t feel like work, but rather an incredible privilege." What qualities do you believe make a great commentator, and how do you strive to develop them in your own style? "It’s all about being relatable and having the viewer believe what you’re saying. But you don’t want to be a mundane commentator just spitting information, you want to be enjoyable and engaging with the viewer. They want to be let in on the action and you have to really bring the viewer in. Lots of commentators before me have done it and many after me will continue to do it, but you have to find your own style that works for you that you believe makes you the most authentic version of you." Beyond the Singapore Sevens, do you have any specific goals or dream commentary assignments for the future? "The Women’s RWC is in England next year so that is my next big goal. I really want to be the first South African voice on a Women’s Rugby World Cup, so short term that would be the goal. Long term it would be to eventually work at the large men’s tournaments and to make an even bigger mark in the men’s space." *What Does Life Beyond Rugby Look Like? As a young woman with a demanding career, how do you maintain a healthy work-life balance? "That is often so tough. I strive to be the best, always available and to be willing to do my work, however, sometimes things can happen at the last minute and you have to sacrifice a lot of your personal life. But that’s what comes with this career choice. I made a promise to myself to never allow work to infringe on my personal life, but that’s not always easy. However, I do try to be conscious around making time to maintain a healthy work-life balance." What are some of your hobbies and passions outside of the world of rugby? "I have been really lucky to be blessed with some sort of musical talent, so when I just want to switch off, I grab my guitar, sit outside in the sunshine and play a tune or two, when I’m not doing that my partner and I have a little staffy boy named Gilbert, so we take him to the park and run around with him there. I am currently also trying to do a golf deep dive and teach myself how to play, so one day when I master that art form, I’ll list that as a hobby!" Do you have any advice for young girls who might be interested in pursuing a career in sports, be it as a player or commentator? "Oh absolutely, it is about taking your chances. Be open and accepting to every possible opportunity that could come your way. Have an open mind, keep your head down, work hard and you’ll reap your reward." Layla Arrison's story is a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. Her journey from a sports-loving child to a pioneering commentator in rugby showcases the impact of breaking barriers and challenging norms. Layla's dedication to her craft and her desire to inspire young women around the world make her a true trailblazer. To keep up with all things Layla and join her on this exciting journey, follow her on Instagram at @layla.arrison . Stay tuned for more updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the life of this remarkable rugby commentator.

  • Breaking the Scrum: Layla Arrison's Journey as Rugby's Trailblazing Commentator.

    Layla Arrison is tackling stereotypes and scoring big in the hard-hitting world of rugby. Recently, she made waves as the first English female commentator for SuperSport, debuting at the electrifying Singapore Sevens Rugby Tournament on World Rugby Day. Layla’s journey from a rugby-loving girl to a groundbreaking commentator is a thrilling story of passion, grit, and breaking the scrum of tradition. In this lively interview, Layla shares her exhilarating path, the hurdles she’s jumped, and her vibrant vision for the future of women in rugby. Buckle up for an inspiring ride through Layla’s remarkable adventure! Layla, tell us a bit about your background. What sparked your interest in rugby? "Rugby has always been a big part of my life. Both my parents are incredibly sporty and from as young as I can remember we would braai on a Friday or a Saturday, put the game on and support our team on the day. I remember incredibly vividly the 2007 RWC that we won, and how that made me feel. Even as a young girl, I was overcome with emotion and I knew in that moment how much sport could impact a life." You received your BA in Humanities with a specialisation in Sport Science at Stellenbosch University. How did your studies influence your passion for rugby? "It was such a defining moment for me. I only started playing rugby at university and had to choose a specialisation – I ended up choosing rugby and somehow it just clicked. I was actually a cricket player at university and then when I ended up choosing rugby somehow the doors just opened. I always wanted to understand the intricacies of rugby and how we as women could 'do it better' and so I dove into it head on." Did you always envision a career in the realm of rugby, or was commentary a later discovery? "Surprisingly, I always thought I would go into broadcast at some point, in my mind though as a cricket broadcaster. I remember one day after a cricket match my dad mentioned Kass Naidoo and what she is doing for women in the cricket space and I wanted to do that. I studied a coaching specialisation and so I wanted to be on the rugby field as a coach to try and shape the future, but later on I learnt that I had a greater voice outside the four lines and the fact that it ended up being commentary and broadcasting it just matched seamlessly." *On Breaking Barriers Debuting at the Singapore Sevens as the first female commentator must have been a surreal experience. Can you describe your emotions and the significance of this moment? "Being the first female English commentator selected from such a prestigious broadcast team in the country and at SuperSport was really a surreal moment for me. It’s something you always work towards to try and work at an international level and to have done it within such a short time period of starting my career was overwhelming. I actually sat in the stadium before the first game I did (which was the first game of the day) and cried a tear or two. It just felt like a moment of 'finally', all those hours you put in, all the moments of imposter syndrome, you finally get to do what you love on an international stage." Have you faced any challenges along the way in pursuing your commentary career? If so, how did you overcome them? "I’ve been really lucky in the sense that I haven’t faced any severe challenges. It is more about the challenges within myself, and actually believing that I am good enough, and that I do deserve to be in the positions I am put. There are still moments in my career where I am working with male World Cup winners, or broadcasters that have been doing it for years and trying to compare myself to the way they do things without forgetting that being uniquely me is what has given me the opportunity to be here in the first place." What do you hope your presence as a female commentator will achieve for the future of women in rugby, both on and off the field? "It’s more about showing young girls and women that there is a career and a space for all of us around the table. That after school that is an option to dream about. Rugby in both my playing career and now my working career has taken me worldwide. I have seen places and done things in my life that I never thought possible and it is only through rugby that I have been able to do that. That’s what I would like young women and girls to see. That they can be in this space and their voice will be heard." *Her Passion and Expertise Beyond the technical aspects, commentary requires a deep understanding of the game. How do you stay informed about the latest strategies and player movements? "Having played the game helps me tremendously, but all my friends are currently still playing or only recently stopped playing. It’s all about trying to immerse myself in what rugby is and has become recently and also using the experience I have to be able to implement the words I am saying. I have to make the viewer believe what I am saying, there has to be credibility and because it’s not a work, but rather my passion, staying up to date with what’s happening doesn’t feel like work, but rather an incredible privilege." What qualities do you believe make a great commentator, and how do you strive to develop them in your own style? "It’s all about being relatable and having the viewer believe what you’re saying. But you don’t want to be a mundane commentator just spitting information, you want to be enjoyable and engaging with the viewer. They want to be let in on the action and you have to really bring the viewer in. Lots of commentators before me have done it and many after me will continue to do it, but you have to find your own style that works for you that you believe makes you the most authentic version of you." Beyond the Singapore Sevens, do you have any specific goals or dream commentary assignments for the future? "The Women’s RWC is in England next year so that is my next big goal. I really want to be the first South African voice on a Women’s Rugby World Cup, so short term that would be the goal. Long term it would be to eventually work at the large men’s tournaments and to make an even bigger mark in the men’s space." *What Does Life Beyond Rugby Look Like? As a young woman with a demanding career, how do you maintain a healthy work-life balance? "That is often so tough. I strive to be the best, always available and to be willing to do my work, however sometimes things can happen at the last minute and you have to sacrifice a lot of your personal life. But that’s what comes with this career choice. I made a promise to myself to never allow work to infringe on my personal life, but that’s not always easy. However, I do try to be conscious around making time to maintain a healthy work-life balance." What are some of your hobbies and passions outside of the world of rugby? "I have been really lucky to be blessed with some sort of musical talent, so when I just want to switch off, I grab my guitar, sit outside in the sunshine and play a tune or two, when I’m not doing that my partner and I have a little staffy boy named Gilbert, so we take him to the park and run around with him there. I am currently also trying to do a golf deep dive and teach myself how to play, so one day when I master that art form, I’ll list that as a hobby!" Do you have any advice for young girls who might be interested in pursuing a career in sports, be it as a player or commentator? "Oh absolutely, it is about taking your chances. Be open and accepting to every possible opportunity that could come your way. Have an open mind, keep your head down, work hard and you’ll reap your reward." Layla Arrison's story is a testament to the power of passion and perseverance. Her journey from a sports-loving child to a pioneering commentator in rugby showcases the impact of breaking barriers and challenging norms. Layla's dedication to her craft and her desire to inspire young women around the world make her a true trailblazer. To keep up with all things Layla and join her on this exciting journey, follow her on Instagram at @layla.arrison . Stay tuned for more updates and behind-the-scenes glimpses into the life of this remarkable rugby commentator.

  • The Celebrations: Mother's Day with South Africa's Stars

    Every year, South Africa joins the world in showering our mothers with love and appreciation. It's a day to reflect on the incredible strength and dedication our moms show every single day, not just for us, but for the generations to come. And guess what? Our favourite celebrities are no different! We're so used to seeing our stars' polished and glamorous side on social media, but Mother's Day brings a heartwarming change. Celebrities are sharing heartfelt tributes to the amazing women they cherish every day. Here, we take a look at the touching ways your favourite South African personalities and sporting heroes are marking this special occasion. While Mother's Day is celebrated on the many different days globally, here in Mzansi, we celebrate it on the second Sunday of May. Scroll on to see the emotional messages and family photos. ACTRESS, SINGER, TV-PRODUCER & ENTREPRENEUR - Dineo Langa Image credit: Picture supplied - Dineo and her mom, Kgomotso "KG" Moeketsi. "To the most spectacular Mother I could have ever asked for. This Mother's Day, I want you to know how cherished you are and how grateful I am for you. Life may life but I sit at the point of privilege of having you as a Mom. I love you to no end, my Mom. Happy Mother's Day." Dineo plans to spoil her mom today and give her a special lunch and a relaxing massage. PROFESSIONAL CRICKET PLAYER - Corbin Bosch Image credit: Picture supplied - Corbin and his mom, Karen-Anne. "A mother is she who can take the place of all others but whose place no one else can take. Happy Mother's Day Mom x" Corbin plans to spend the Monday evening with his mom and family celebrating over a huge dinner, as his mom is travelling. SPORTS BROADCASTER - Layla Arrison. Image credit: Pictures supplied - Layla and her mom, Desireé "On this special day, purely dedicated to you I want to recoginise you for your unwavering support, love that knows no bounds and endless sacrifices. Your guidance, a light in the darkest times. Your love is the foundation upon which our lives are built. Happy Mothers day!" She said she was a few couple of thousand km's away from her mom, but her sister would be there celebrating for them both. A special wish and call and she is there in spirit. PROFESSIONAL CRICKET PLAYER - Junior Dala Image credit: Pictures supplied - Junior with his mom Beatrice & Wife who is a mom-to-be to twin boys, Jess "I want to wish the incredible women in my life a very Happy mother's day. How lucky am I to have such incredible, strong women surrounding me." They plan on spending the day celebrating together. PROFESSIONAL WOMEN'S RUGBY PLAYER - Zintle Mpupha Image credit: Pictures supplied - Zintle and her mom, Nomatheko. "My Rock, My why... Happy Mother's Day to the incredible women who have shaped my life with love, wisdom, and endless support. Mom, your strength and kindness inspire me every day. To all the mother figures in my life and mothers around the world, your selflessness and compassion make the world a better place. Thank you for all that you do. Today and every day, you are cherished and celebrated. She will unfortunately not be with Mom on this special day BUT she has given her big brother strict orders to take mom out for a Sunday Breakfast feast! PROFESSIONAL CRICKET PLAYER - Daryn Dupavillon Image credit: Pictures supplied - Daryn, wife & new mom Taubin and their daughter Delta-Rose. "Wishing you the happiest of Mother's Day! I’m so proud of you and how you've taken everything in your stride and how you're growing into the most incredible mum to our baby Delta. Happy Mother's day." Daryn is home visiting the family from the UK as he is currently playing country cricket so they will be celebrating together at home as a family. This Mother's Day, we celebrate the incredible women behind our favourite stars, the ones who nurtured them and shaped them into the phenomenal people they are today. So let's raise a glass (or a cup of rooibos tea!) to all the Mzansi moms – your dedication and love inspire us all! HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY TO ALL MOMS - THE GRAND-MOMS, THE STEP-MOMS, THE DOG MOMS, THE CAT MOMS, THE GOD-MOMS, THE FOSTER-MOMS, THE AUNTS, THE BIG SISTERS, the any shape or form of mom, we celebrate you today!

  • Beyond the Finish Line: Liezel van der Westhuizen’s conquers her 3rd, Two Oceans 21.1km half marathon.

    Liezel van der Westhuizen – affectionately and aptly nicknamed  ‘ The Giraffe’  – is a beloved SA talent currently on the airwaves as a fitness, health, and wellness Presenter on three radio stations: CapeTalk, Talk Radio 702, and KFM 94.5. Tuning in means access to her helpful Fitness Guide 6 days a week, which updates people on the latest fitness and wellness trends, among other perks! She’s also well-known for tackling some of the most grueling sporting events in the world, including the infamous IRONMAN Triathlon. From stand-up paddling to tandem-cycling across the Himalayans, SCUBA diving around the world, taking on the three-day multi-stage race called the Dusi Canoe Marathon, and even braving the Cape waters to take on one of the most dangerous swims in the world from Robben Island to Blouberg, Liezel, the towering powerhouse in Radio, Television, Global Emceeing, and Sports (even as a fitness enthusiast and beloved backrunner) joins us now to share more about her recent run at the Two Oceans Marathon… 1. Can you tell us about your experience running the Two Oceans 21.1km half marathon race? What motivated you to participate in this event together? This marked my third exhilarating run through the scenic route. However, what made this experience truly special was sharing it with my sister, Monique Swanepoel, who embarked on her very first Two Oceans adventure. When she proposed the idea of running together, it was an offer I couldn’t resist. Our similar paces and shared passion for running made it an opportunity not just to stay active, but also to bond and create lasting memories. 2. What inspired you to support the I Love Boobies foundation through your run? Could you share with us the significance of this cause to you personally? With family members impacted by breast cancer, I deeply understand the significance of the work carried out by I Love Boobies. It’s a cause I’m passionate about, and I’m always grateful for the opportunity to contribute. Running for such a fantastic foundation felt like a true honor and privilege. Seeing over 600 runners donning I Love Boobies branded kit and hitting the pavement for this important cause was truly remarkable! I Love Boobies is making a significant impact in our community by providing crucial education and clinical screenings for South African women who may otherwise lack access to these resources. Their dedication to raising awareness is changing lives. With the staggering statistic that one in eight women will face invasive breast cancer in their lifetime, I Love Boobies’ focus on prioritizing breast health is incredibly important. Their commitment to this cause is something I deeply admire. 3. Running alongside your sister must have been a unique experience. How did this add to the overall journey of the race for you? Was it the plan all along to run the race together? We know you love to participate in active activities, so having a family member with you must have made it extra special. Running alongside my sister Monique was an incredibly special experience. The day before, we were cheering on my Brother-in-law as he tackled the Ultra Marathon, and then the next day, Monique and I took on the half marathon together. The entire week was filled with memorable moments! Reflecting back, the last time we shared such an impromptu adventure was about a decade ago when we decided on a whim to swim the Midmar Mile. It remains one of our most cherished memories. Despite being seeded at the back, we stuck together throughout the swim, side by side. These shared experiences with Monique are priceless to me, and I wouldn’t trade them for anything. Adding the Two Oceans run to our list of cherished memories, especially being part of such an active family, is truly special. I can already envision it becoming a topic of conversation during our Sunday lunches for years to come. We’ll reminisce with phrases like, “Remember when we conquered the 2 Oceans Marathon together?” or “Remember that unforgettable Midmar Mile swim?” These moments bind us together and enrich our family’s legacy of adventure and togetherness. 4. The Two Oceans Marathon is known for its challenging course. What were some of the biggest obstacles you faced during the race, and how did you overcome them? The biggest obstacle for us was probably the first 2 kilometers. Here’s the thing: Everyone is rushing out the start line, and one tries to run with the group and maintain its pace as much as possible. However, knowing your pace, limits, and strengths is important in sporting events. And what we assumed would be the most challenging part of the half-marathon, we ended up laughing and talking while completing it, so even expectations and preparation cannot always hold true for the final experience. We adapted. My everest for this event though, had to be when I had to brave the Porta Pottie and my sister ran ahead. We then had to try and find each other; So that was 10 minutes of anxious excitement mid-marathon that also added to the overall experience. 5. As a well-known personality, how do you think your participation in events like this can inspire others to get involved in charitable causes or pursue their fitness goals? I know I’m a well-known back runner who is often misidentified as being a prime athlete based on my physique and enthusiasm to try new activities. I’m not! I am not the fittest nor the fastest. I am normally one of the last to finish an event, and THAT’s OKAY! I do so many events, from mountain biking to stand-up paddling, OPEN WATER SWIMMING’  surfing, skiing, diving etc. and I am not good at everything, however, I can participate in it. And I’m happy. I just hope that in me staying true to who I am, that THAT will be their takeaway.  We are inspired and motivated to do so much by the people we favour – whether it’s an entrepreneur or an influencer, a parent, or a friend. I do things because they feel right and I feel good about the deed. I do it for the right reason for that cause; And if I have to factor in those who tune in to me daily, or who follow me, hire me, or just know me, then I hope that they tread in my steps toward the good causes they feel strongly resonate with them. If you’re being led towards participating in an event like the Two Oceans Marathon or a charity run or something, based on seeing your favourite people do it, make the final decision to participate based on being real about you and why you’re out there. YOU are who has to commit and who has to complete that goal. Be true to you – even if you’re inspired by me.  6. Running can be both physically and mentally demanding. How do you prepare yourself mentally for a race of this magnitude, especially when running for a cause close to your heart? I have to say that I was a bit nervous for this one, as I had come out of a whole lot of cycling events and hadn’t spent enough time on my legs, running. So, I knew that it was going to be a long day out. What people often miss about running events like this is that you need a bit of cross-training AND mental fitness to reach that finish. I physically spent time in the gym – working with my running coach Hannes Swanepoel (no relation to my sister), from the High Performance Centre in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town. He just gave me sold race day tips and advice. On the mental front: before an event of this magnitude, I normally do a mindfulness or meditation session beforehand. I do this to get my mind focused and to listen to what my body is also telling me. This centres me to focus just on the running when I am in the event. It’s all about time and time management – making the time because time and effort are needed to be at your best! 7. Can you share a memorable moment from the race that stands out to you? Something that encapsulates the spirit of the event or the cause you were running for? There’s the nerves at the beginning of an event, but my sister has such an incredible sense of humour that the nerves were fleeting.  We ended up giggling and laughing, which was something that stayed true right through to the end of the event, and I loved that!And crossing that finish line, and the sense of accomplishment of having done it with her, as well as getting our medals together, was really special and so memorable. Seeing the “I Love Boobies” shirt practically every few feet on the route, on runners who kept going towards the finish line happily, was honestly so in keeping with the spirit of the event to go forward purposefully. 8. Balancing your career, personal life, and training for a marathon requires dedication and discipline. How do you manage these different aspects of your life to ensure you’re able to give your best in all areas? I am lucky enough to work on three radio stations (CapeTalk, 702, and KFM 94.5) where I present fitness updates, tips, and advice on a daily basis, and so this sporting event and activities participation is all in keeping with that and therefore balances perfectly. But I am also a mental fitness coach in the business realm – working with a number of companies (from CEOs to Directors and other high-performers) on their mental fitness and strength. I platform how important the mental health and wellness of an individual is in their pursuits.  These events add to my toolbox and they fit in just right. I take the training, skills, and lessons right into the other spaces I take up space in as an entrepreneur, Global Emcee, high-performance coach, The Giraffe Brand Academy Founder, and a TV & Radio Presenter. I know the importance of balance, and of REST DAYS! Some folks joke I spend more days resting than taking part in things, but I consider it vital to my work/life balance. 9. What advice would you give to someone who is considering participating in a marathon or similar endurance event for the first time, especially if they want to do it in support of a cause they care about? I would say that if you are new to fitness or new to running, then get yourself assessed by a Biokineticist to make sure that you know what parts of your body are strong and what needs work. My biggest game-changer was going to get myself assessed and then building on those assessments to help build strength in line with my tailored program – the same as you’d do with a business coach or even a singing coach. I also am of the absolute belief that you need to get yourself a GOOD coach who works on you at your fitness level and speed. Get someone who listens to you and helps you with your own personalized program – guiding you without breaking your spirit. We are all so different and unique, and you have to get someone who understands that and adapts the plan (whether swimming, running, weightlifting etc.) to who you are presently. And reach out to me across any of my platforms should you need guidance, tips, or advice. I’m just one comment, DM, or inbox away! 10. Looking ahead, do you have any future running goals or plans to continue supporting charitable causes through your athletic endeavors? If so, could you give us a glimpse into what’s next for you? If it resonates with me, I absolutely will be either participating or at least platforming the cause however I can. Stay tuned to my socials @LiezelOnline on TikTok, Facebook, LinkedIn, Instagram, Threads, and Twitter to hear about all my new pursuits as they come. With animal conservation being close to my heart, I can say that I will always give a shoutout to The Giraffe House , which is a great wildlife education centre in the Western Cape. You can also occasionally spot me stopping in there – one giraffe to another #TheGiraffeBrand.

  • Locking horns with challenges: how wildlife vets play a vital role in advancing conservation.

    South Africa has to ramp up its conservation efforts, including in the protection of threatened and endangered species, in order to meet its international commitments by 2030 as a signatory to the Convention on Biological Diversity. Dr Johan Marais and the wildlife veterinary team work with a rhino. Acknowledging the urgency of taking action in this regard, the South African government recently rolled out a groundbreaking tax incentive for the conservation of threatened species. It is also in the process of amending the Threatened or Protected Species (TOPS) regulations – which will make it much easier for veterinarians to treat wild animals and assist in the conservation of vulnerable species. “By reducing the red tape that currently hinders wildlife veterinarians, we will go far in actually increasing our efforts towards wildlife conservation,” says wildlife veterinary surgeon and South African Veterinary Council (SAVC) member Dr Johan Marais. These moves are both steps in the right direction, he acknowledges, but there is a lot more work that needs to be done. The decline in African elephant populations, for example, paints a grim picture, Dr Marais says. “A hundred years ago, there were so many elephants roaming around. Now, there are only about 400 000 left and just 0.01% are big tusker bull elephants, with only about 30 to 40 remaining,” says Marais, who has researched and written two books about these massive bull elephants.“Finding such a bull has become quite rare. This decline is partly due to bull elephants being late breeders, peaking between 40 and 50 years. Most don't live past 52, so their reproductive period is short. Compounding the issue, at around 38 to 40 years of age is when their tusks grow large, making them prime targets for ivory poaching, further preventing the transfer of their genes,” Wildlife veterinarians such as Dr Marais, as well as the teams of para-veterinary professionals they work with, play a pivotal role in helping protect the world’s biodiversity. Besides treating animals that live in the wild for diseases and injuries, wildlife veterinarians also assist in introducing animals to new sanctuaries and doing genetic swaps to enhance genetic diversity in provincial and national parks. Additionally, they focus on the reproduction of endangered species, like rhinos, through techniques like artificial insemination – a crucial countermeasure against the devastating effects of rhino poaching. Regulations and incentives A critical – yet often overlooked – issue in conservation is rhino range contraction – as a result of fewer people wanting to keep rhinos due to the risks attached. According to Dr Marais, game farm owners are becoming increasingly reluctant to keep rhinos, citing a lack of support for their conservation efforts as the main reason. “The challenges in rhino conservation and maintenance, and the heightened security threats from poachers targeting their properties, have made the responsibility of looking after rhinos a rather huge risk,” he says. However, the new tax incentive for the conservation of threatened wildlife could help address this challenge. This initiative is a collaborative effort between the Department of Forestry, Fisheries and the Environment (DFFE), the Sustainable Finance Coalition and Wilderness Foundation Africa. It aims to alleviate the financial and security burdens faced by landowners in conserving these species by allowing for tax deductions for expenses related to conservation activities, including security measures against poaching. According to Dr Marais, this incentive will partly assist towards assisting game farm owners in mitigating the risks and costs associated with maintaining rhinos and other threatened species on their land. “I think the incentive is a good thing. If they can assist private rhino owners in any way possible, it would be helpful. Those people are playing a huge part in protecting our species, as the future of conservation lies within private hands,” he says. One of the biggest challenges faced by wildlife veterinarians, he contends, is navigating the regulatory landscape. The TOPS regulations, for instance, have been a source of frustration, hindering timely and effective treatment of injured animals. The SAVC has been advocating for years for the removal of this red tape, which restricts the movement and treatment of wildlife across different regions. The new amended TOPS regulations (accompanied by an updated list of vulnerable species) are expected to be published in the Government Gazette by the DFFE in 2024 – having closed for public comment on 21 November 2023. Dr Marais believes that if the government and stakeholders can further streamline the TOPS regulations, “we can make significant strides in our conservation endeavours.” Wildlife veterinary surgeon Dr Johan Marais treats a rhino. Breaking new ground in the field of veterinary care In his work as a wildlife and equine vet, Dr Marais has pioneered treatments for severe animal injuries and performed complex surgeries, such as arthroscopic joint and abdominal colic surgery in rhino. He has also treated rhinos with severe limb fractures; dealing with such large animals requires innovation and resilience, which may lead the professional to sourcing materials from unconventional places. He relates that having cast the limbs of several horses, he felt confident enough to perform similar procedures on rhino with fractured lower limbs – only to be caught off guard. “The cast broke each time the rhino stood up,” he says. This led his team to take the drastic and unusual step of sourcing building material to enhance the cast’s strength – “devising new approaches to treatment until we finally succeeded”. Dr Marais’s contributions to conservation in South Africa go beyond his veterinary practice to running a non-profit organisation, Saving the Survivors, and using literature to raise awareness about conservation. In addition to his two books, his 20 peer-reviewed articles have not only presented groundbreaking techniques on equine surgery and the first-ever published article on White rhino sino-nasal anatomy, but have also shed light on crucial conservation issues. This, he hopes, has resulted in a shift in public interest and understanding.

  • WAXIT Celebrates the Grand Opening of their Melrose Arch Wax Bar.

    The anticipation is over as WAXIT proudly announces the opening of its newest branch at the prestigious Melrose Arch Precinct. Renowned for its commitment to offering the finest waxing experience, WAXIT continues to set the standards in the hair removal industry with its three-step approach: Prepare. Process. Pamper. The Melrose Arch location marks the 17th addition to WAXIT's flourishing family of stores, serving clients across Gauteng, Western Cape, and Kwa-Zulu Natal. At WAXIT, smooth and silky skin is not just a result; it's an art form. The team at WAXIT understands that true beauty lies in the details, and that's why every step is meticulously crafted to create a haven of hairlessness. The WAXITologists® are skilled professionals, ensuring that each client receives the utmost care and attention in a discreet and comfortable setting. The Melrose Arch store is uniquely owned and operated by Franchisee, Natasha Theledi, a true embodiment of the WAXIT spirit. This is Natasha's second venture with WAXIT, having already established WAXIT Polofields as a beacon of excellence, which won WAXIT's Best New Store of 2022. Natasha's journey as a successful entrepreneur has been marked by dedication and passion. “The journey has been exciting and has proven to be a great opportunity to learn more about owning a business. It has its challenges that come with operating a business but the rewards of running a WAXIT franchise far outweighs the difficulties. This is because I am passionate about our service, and it has also afforded me the lifestyle flexibility necessary to raise my family while maintaining a successful career.” Natasha's commitment to the WAXIT brand is not just professional; it's personal. A long-term and loyal client herself, she resonates with the ethos of the brand and its dedication to providing top-notch services that transcend the norm. Her favourite WAXIT treatment, the Hollywood Wax, is a testament to her unwavering commitment to flawless beauty. As a visionary, Natasha has chosen to align her dreams with WAXIT, bringing its vibrancy and sophistication to the heart of Melrose Arch. Asked about her motivation, Natasha shared, "I am a unique and driven individual who is willing to confidently take risks when I see great potential in the risk. The WAXIT brand is vibrant, sophisticated, and designed to appeal to affluent consumers, setting it apart as an immediate best choice." Her dedication to success, combined with WAXIT's unique offering, positions her as a formidable force in the beauty and waxing industry. As the brand grows, Natasha's role becomes even more pivotal. She expressed her delight, saying, "Being a part of the WAXIT franchise's growth and success is a great feeling of accomplishment because I believe in the brand’s increasing potential, longevity, and success." The WAXIT Melrose Arch store boasts an ideal location, catering to a diverse range of shoppers. With a strong emphasis on hygiene, quality, and affordability, WAXIT promises a unique and memorable experience that transcends the typical beauty salon visit. WAXIT Melrose Arch can be found at Shop 033EF, Middle Galleria, Melrose Arch, Melrose North, 2196. For more information about WAXIT and its services, visit their website at https://www.waxit.co.za/ or contact them at support@waxit.co.za or call 010 100 3603. Follow the WAXIT journey online Instagram: @waxitsa Facebook: @waxitsa Twitter: @waxitsa

  • Nicole Bessick, na vir baiekeer verwys word as "Action Barbie" is veel meer as 'n TV-aanbieder.

    Actress Nicole Bessick featured on the Sarie Magazine Online Platform where they discuss how the actress is so much more than just your standard TV Personality and Boxing champion. See the link to the online feature below: https://www.netwerk24.com/sarie/bekendes/ons-praat-met/action-barbie-nicole-bessick-praat-oor-deursettingsvermoe-aanpasbaarheid-en-magic-20230724 For those who do not have a subscription, check out the story below. Follow the Actress on her social media channels to stay up to date with everything she achieves. When it comes to Nicole, The Sky is the limit, Instagram: @nicole_bessick Facebook: @officialnicolebessick

  • WAXIT THE CLUB HAZELWOOD: A new sanctuary of smooth opens it's doors.

    WAXIT, the popular wax bar known for its commitment to providing the silkiest and smoothest waxing experiences, proudly announces the grand opening of its 16th store – WAXIT The Club Hazelwood. As the sole franchisee of Smooth, Masego Mokoene brings her passion for the brand and experience in running a franchise business to provide expert and discreet waxing services to the residents of Pretoria East. The highly anticipated opening of WAXIT The Club Hazelwood took place on August 1, 2023, at The Club Retail, situated in the prestigious area of Hazelwood, Pretoria. The store boasts a serene and aesthetically pleasing environment, resonating with the values of compassion, professionalism, and privacy that the WAXIT brand represents. With over 15 successful stores across Gauteng, Cape Town, and Kwa-Zulu Natal already in practice, WAXIT is known for offering quick, quality, and affordable waxing services; but also ensuring every customer's skin is cleansed, nourished, and soothed before and after their treatment. At WAXIT The Club Hazelwood, men and women alike can experience waxing expertise free from the intrusions typically associated with full-service salons. To celebrate the grand opening, WAXIT The Club Hazelwood is offering all its newcomers an exclusive opening special of 15% off on all waxing services from August 1 to August 7th, allowing clients to experience the brand-new wax bar at an irresistible value. Masego Mokoene, the dynamic and young Franchisee of Smooth, expressed her excitement about bringing WAXIT to Pretoria East. ‘I am incredibly excited for this new venture which I get to pour my heart and soul into,” she said. With a background in hospitality and managing three fast-food franchises, Masego understands the essentials of running a successful business. Coming from a family of entrepreneurs whose endeavours include agriculture, HR and hospitality, Masego’s passions for the brand and its values align with WAXIT's commitment to providing top-quality services to the community, catering to all individuals seeking the perfect wax. The launch event at WAXIT The Club Hazelwood was a resounding success, with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and a joyful launch party to celebrate the brand's growth and showcase its new look. The event brought together like-minded individuals who share a common love for waxing, highlighting the strong support and loyalty the WAXIT brand receives from its customers and fans. As WAXIT continues to expand, Marketing Manager, Michelle Bittkau expressed her hopes for the Pretoria East wax bar. ’We wanted to bring quick, quality, and affordable waxing to Pretoria East, and we know that Masego will fly our flag high! In addition, as we grow, we gain incredible support from our loyal clients and WAXIT fans. We are so appreciative of the support and love that we get," she added. As the WAXIT brand expands its reach, Michelle goes on to share that the next focus area is WAXIT Melrose Arch, which is set to open on September 1st, with more exciting locations planned for later in the year. “Whether you’re an athlete who wants to look sharp when competing, or a man or woman who is just discovering waxing and values privacy and professionalism, I encourage you to try WAXIT. I sincerely cannot wait to be a part of the growth of the brand and increase WAXIT’s footprint in Pretoria East,” Masego ends off. For more information about WAXIT and its services, visit their website at https://www.waxit.co.za/ or contact them at support@waxit.co.za or call 010 100 3603.

  • Bok-Nuus - Van 'n NUWE PIENKVOET tot TROUKLOKKE wat lui. Die Rugby Spelers het GROOT NUUS gedeel.

    Springbok prop, Vincent Koch and his wife Juandre shared the happy news of welcoming in their second child, and first daughter. Luca has settled into the role of big brother and the happy family of four shared their special news. Springbok Fly-half, Manie Libbok made the move and got down on one knee to ask long-time girlfriend, Verna-Lee Arries to spend the rest of her life with him. The Boks, are making it a BIG Year, with the 2023 Rugby World Cup around the corner, it's sure to be a year to remember. #RugbyNews #ClientNews #baby #proposal

  • Towenaar Vir Die 10-Trui.

    Huisgenoot magazine as they sat down with the newly engaged couple, Springbok Fly-half, Manie Libbok and long time girlfriend, Verna Arries, in an exclusive one-on-one interview, at their home in Cape Town. Follow Manie and his Journey through the 2023 Rugby year, which is filled with Rugby Championships, Rugby World Cups, Life Changes and all round level-ing up. The sky is the limit for what this young man is going to achieve. Instagram: @manielibbok

  • Lumeo Smart Pro Pump: Your Versatile and Portable Inflation Solution.

    In a fast-paced world where convenience is key, having a reliable and portable air pump can be a game-changer. Enter the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump, a powerful and compact device designed to meet all your inflation needs. Whether you're an outdoor enthusiast, a sports enthusiast, or someone who loves to be prepared for any situation, this innovative pump is a must-have. In this lifestyle feature, we explore the remarkable features of the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump, the wide range of objects it can inflate, and the countless advantages of having this portable companion by your side. Unleashing the Power of the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump: Versatile Inflation Capabilities: The Lumeo Smart Pro Pump is a true multi-purpose tool that can handle various inflation tasks with ease. From inflating car tires, bicycle tires, and sports balls to air mattresses, pool floats, and inflatable toys, this pump has got you covered. Its wide compatibility ensures that you can inflate virtually any object that requires air pressure. Multiple Connection Options: The Lumeo Smart Pro Pump offers different connection options to accommodate various inflation needs. It comes with a car cigarette lighter plug, allowing you to conveniently power the pump using your vehicle's power outlet. Additionally, it features a USB port, enabling you to connect it to a power bank, laptop, or other USB-compatible devices, providing you with ultimate flexibility and convenience. Smart Pressure Control: With the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump, precision and efficiency are guaranteed. Equipped with intelligent pressure control technology, this pump allows you to set your desired pressure level effortlessly. Once the pump reaches the target pressure, it automatically stops, preventing over-inflation and ensuring optimal inflation every time. Compact and Portable Design: Weighing just a few hundred grams and compact enough to fit in the palm of your hand, the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump is designed for portability. Its small size makes it easy to carry in your backpack, glove compartment, or travel bag, allowing you to have a reliable inflation solution wherever you go. Advantages of Having a Portable Pump at All Times: On-the-Go Convenience: Having a portable pump like the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump means never having to worry about finding an air pump station or relying on manual inflation methods. Whether you're on a road trip, camping, or participating in outdoor activities, this pump ensures you can inflate or deflate items at your convenience. Time Efficiency: With the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump, inflating objects becomes a quick and hassle-free task. Say goodbye to manually pumping or waiting in long lines at gas stations. The pump's powerful motor can inflate objects rapidly, saving you valuable time and energy. Emergency Preparedness: Flat tires or deflated sports equipment can put a damper on your plans. By having a portable pump like the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump at hand, you'll be prepared to tackle unexpected situations, ensuring your adventures go smoothly. Where to Find Lumeo Smart Pro Pump: To explore more about the Lumeo Smart Pro Pump and make it a part of your travel essentials, visit their official website at https://lumeo.co.za/products/lumeo-pro-smart-pump The Lumeo Smart Pro Pump combines versatility, portability, and intelligent technology to provide you with the ultimate inflation solution. With its ability to inflate a wide range of objects and its compact design, this pump offers convenience and peace Stay connected and updated on the latest news and promotions by following them on their social media handles: Instagram: @lumeo.sa Facebook: @lumeo.sa

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