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Nthabiseng Kgasi is Miss Soweto 2016




It was all glitz and glamour at the Soweto Theatre on Saturday, 3 December, as the gorgeous Nthabiseng Kgasi took the title Miss Soweto 2016, proudly sponsored by White Star Super Maize Meal.

Dazzling in an Urban Zulu original, the 21 year old beauty queen from  took centre stage, flanked by her princesses, Kamogelo Kodisang from Orlando West-Mzimhlophe and Nokukhanya Kunene from Emdeni.  From Diepkloof, Phumzile Nyembe earned the “Miss Personality” title and Busisiwe Mmotla from Emdeni was named “Miss People’s Choice.” For the first time in the history of the pageant, White Star presented the “Social Butterfly” title to Tsholofelo Ramodesha for being the most active finalist on social media, while Miss Soweto pageant founder and director, Baba Leonard Sithole, was honoured by White Star with a “Lifetime Achievement” award.

Nthabiseng Kgasi describes herself as a strong, ambitious and goal-driven 21-year old African woman. She is currently studying towards a degree in Marketing & Communications. Born in Protea Glen, she says her get-up-and-go mentality drives her towards reaching for all her dreams as she has learnt to believe that all dreams are valid – this is why she has entered this pageant for the second time. She hopes that being crowned as Miss Soweto 2016 will help her start her own foundation called “Rough Diamonds”,  which will focus on encouraging young girls from Soweto to chase after their dreams and empower them to be the best versions of themselves.

This year’s pageant promised to be world-class from its launch, entertainment featured the American songstress, Monique Bingham, who wowed the crowd with her soulful sounds accompanied by a variety of Soweto’s talents that were discovered at the White Star Talent Search held earlier in the year. Another special moment included Buhle Xulu being presented with a beautiful portrait of herself as a show of appreciation for her outstanding role as Miss Soweto 2015.  MC’s Refiloe Motsei and Thato Molamu were also a hit with the audience using their wit and high energy to ensure the night flowed seamlessly.

The quality of this year’s entrants was exceptional and of course the finalists made quite an impression on the judges when they were chosen as the Top 20 to compete in this prestigious annual event. Finalists were truly beautiful inside and out, making the judges decisions even harder to make. White Star and the pageant organisers made sure that the contestants were prepared for this gruelling contest, as all the finalists were taken through an intensive programme of coaching, judging, rehearsals and public appearances to groom them for this coveted title.

Miss Soweto 2016, is now the pride of Soweto and the judges are confident that she will take the title to the next level.

According to White Star Marketing Manager Mokhele Makhothi, “Selecting Nthabiseng Kgasi is a clever choice for Soweto and for the brand. Kgasi has displayed the key qualities that make for a fine role model for girls of all ages in and around the community.  Miss Soweto plays a significant role in promoting positive change for those around her and on behalf of White Star we wish our new Miss Soweto every success during her reign”

White Star sponsored the main prizes, with Kgasi receiving the grand cash prize of R50 000 and a rare opportunity to represent White Star as brand ambassador, while her first and second princesses received R7000 and R3000, respectively. Other prizes were sponsored by Afro Nubian, who will make sure that Kgasi’s hairstyle is always trendy and all-around gorgeous during her reign. The evening wear was created by Urban Zulu, who had the girls looking like true beauty queens with a touch of African flair. Miss Soweto 2015, Buhle Xulu, MCs Refiloe Motsei and Thato Molamu were also dressed in Urban Zulu’s scintillating designs on the night. The Star newspaper, Pick ‘n Pay Maponya Mall and Nexdor Restaurant in Vilakazi Street, Soweto contributed to the prestige of the pageant as sponsors.

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Trace Africa partners with MTN Bushfire 2017




MTN BUSHFIRE is a uniquely African, yet globally infused festival experience that welcomes thousands of people in an atmosphere of acceptance and passionate commitment to the arts and the environment.

Every year, approximately 26,000 guests hailing from 60 different countries converge in the peaceful Malkerns Valley for an energizing and uplifting weekend that celebrates the music and arts of Africa and beyond. This year, MTN Bushfire takes place on the 26th – 28th of May.

It is within this spirit that MTN BUSHFIRE is excited to announce its partnership with the leaders of urban African music, TRACE AFRICA, as the official media partner for the 2017 festival.

Senior Vice President for TRACE Southern Africa, Leo Manne, says the partnership was a natural pairing for the channel: “TRACE Africa takes pride in being an authority on what’s hot on our continent and giving artists from our continent a world-class platform. We feel MTN Bushfire is a physical extension of this and we’re excited to see how this partnership will further contribute to the development of our industry.”

TRACE AFRICA’s team will be on-hand at the festival to speak to some of Africa’s hottest artists and will be be sharing all the latest BUSHFIRE news in realtime via its various social media platforms.

Follow TRACE AFRICA on twitter to catch live twitterviews with artists and all the latest news using the Twitter handle @TRACEAfrica_.

MTN Bushfire fans can meet some of their favourite TRACE Africa personalities and stand a chance to get cool TRACE Africa gear.

Lucky TRACE Africa viewers will also stand a chance to win a VIP MTN Bushfire experience. The competition will run via TRACE Africa’s social media platforms:

Facebook –  TRACE Africa

Twitter – @TRACEAfrica_

Instagram – @traceafrica_

TRACE Africa will also screen an exclusive highlights package of the festival – check listings for details.

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Liberty Radio Awards 2017 Winners




The Liberty Radio Awards 2017 winners are…

Afternoon Drive Presenter Commercial
Martin Bester – Jacaranda FM

Afternoon Drive Presenter PBS
Dumisa “DJ Shabbisto” Mavuso – Ligwalagwala FM

Afternoon Drive Presenter Community
Simon Parkinson – Hot 91.9

Afternoon Drive Presenter Campus
DJ Keyez – Vow FM

News and Actuality Show Commercial
Power Update – Power FM

News and Actuality Show PBS
Walk the Talk with Alan Khan – Lotus FM

News and Actuality Show Campus and Community
Izwe Nezalo – Inanda 88.4 FM

Sports Show Commercial
POWER SportExtra – Power FM

Sports Show PBS
Disappointment for Blitzboks in Rio – Sabc / SAfm

Sports Show Campus and Community
Joburg PM with David O’Sullivan – Hot 91.9 FM

Business and Finance Show
Money Show – 702 and Cape Talk

Content Producer Commercial
POWER Update – Neo Leeuw – Power FM

Content Producer PBS
Mpumelelo Mali – Umhlobo Wenene FM

Content Producer Campus and Community
John Walland – Hot 91.9 FM

Weekend Radio Show Commercial
The Coca-Cola Top40SA – KFM and 947 (simulcast across both stations)

Weekend Radio Show PBS
Ibuzwa Kwabaphambili – Umhlobo Wenene FM

Weekend Radio Show Community
Raise Your Voice – Emalahleni FM

Weekend Radio Show Campus
RooiwynSondag – PUKfm 93.6

Radio Documentary
Through The Cracks – The Untold Story of Mbuyisa Makhubu – EWN

Afternoon Drive Show Commercial
POWER Drive – Power FM

Afternoon Drive Show PBS
Tru Afternoon – Tru FM

Afternoon Drive Show Community
Your World Today – Radio Islam

Afternoon Drive Show Campus
The Lift Club – Vow FM

Big winners of the night include Power FM, Hot 91.9, Vow FM, Umhlobo Wenene FM
and many more! Congrats to all of the winners of the evening.

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MTN Joyous Celebration’s call to heal the nation through music




In December 2016, MTN Joyous Celebration joined hands and hearts with The Potter’s House of Dallas, TX, under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Jakes for a memorable and unprecedented recording. This event has given birth to the ensembles’ 21st album, aptly themed “Heal our Land” and comes at a time when our nation and the world at large needs much healing.

According to co-founder, Pastor Jabu Hlongwane, the recording and the much-anticipated album is a seed that Joyous Celebration jointly and prayerfully planted together with The Potter’s House. “May it germinate. May it reach every heart across the globe and bear fruits that will bring healing to our land,” he says. “We ask everyone to join us to pray for the healing we so desperately need.”

Celebrating over two decades of great, heart-stopping gospel music that has captivated audiences across the world, the internationally acclaimed ensemble will kick off their Joyous 21 tour in Johannesburg, offering a three-night spectacle from 14 to 16 April 2017 at Carnival City Casino.

“We are celebrating our 21st anniversary, and there is a lot to be excited about or this year’s tour because we are coming of age. The response we encountered in the USA during the recording and the support, prayers and well wishes from people here at home and across the globe was phenomenal. For this, we are truly humbled and believe that not only will the world receive our latest offering with enthusiasm but will also strongly relate and resonate with the “Heal our Land” message”, states co-founder, conductor and producer, Lindelani Mkhize.

“We have come a long way with MTN Joyous Celebration and are proud to be associated with this award-winning ensemble as they come of age with their 21st offering to their multitudes of fans. We have no doubt that this will be the biggest tour in the group’s history and we hope everyone will join hands and spread the “Heal our Land” message that MTN Joyous Celebration will be sharing with communities” concluded Larry Annetts, Chief Consumer Officer at MTN SA.

And keeping up with their tradition and passion of nurturing, developing and introducing fresh talent, the production also welcomes “newbies” Siyakha Tshayela (Alto), Khaya Sibanyoni and Gospel Silinda (Tenors), Frank Mavhimara (Guitar), Junior Petja (Keyboard), Khola Phalatse (Bass Guitar) and an additional 3 extremely talented and gifted members to their brass section.

Tickets for the Carnival City show are running out, purchase your tickets at TicketPro and related outlets including Postnet stores from R190 per person. Tickets for the rest of the tour, will be available from 31 March 2017 at Computicket and Shoprite / Checkers outlets nationwide.

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