A trio of South African tenor singers have taken Greece by storm! They were awarded the third Golden Buzzer of the 2018 season by host, Giorgos Lianos!
The trio consisting of Sandile Sikhosana, Smanga Thango, and Luvuyo Situmane, call themselves , The South African Tenors, and auditioned for the second season of Greece’s Got Talent.
They have been living and working in Greece for 6 months as performers in hotels around the country, and have built up quite a following.
They got rave reviews from the judges, and also scored themselves the golden buzzer which means they are set to go through to the semi-final of the competition. Two of the three judges gave the trio a standing ovation.
The first judge, Sakis Tanimanidis, said he was taken by surprise, and it would be one of those moments they remember as a magic moment. The second judge, Giorgos Kapoutzidis, commented on how unexpected the performance was and that it left him speechless. He praised the trio for signing up for the show, and that Greece is has been a multicultural country for thousands of years. He finished by saying that he feels the trio are extremely talented and are serious candidates to win this years show.
Finally, the host of the show, Giorgos Lianos, walked out onto the stage, and the crowd went wild. He went over to the judges table and they chatted in Greek, before the host slammed down on the golden buzzer! Just like that, Luvuyo, Simangaliso and Sandile made history as the first South African golden buzzer act in the whole of Europe.
Sandile Sikhosana said on his Facebook page; "We may not be perfect but this moment we felt God blessing us . Thank you to Greece got talent and thanks to the whole world . Thank you South Africa."
Article by Catherine Allen
Click below to watch their audition clip!
My take: a basket of groceries in the UK is now pretty close to what you'll pay in SA. Especially if you are comparing British discounters and Woolies. Energy, broadband and cell phone costs are also pretty much on a par.
But SA wins, hands down, when property and labour costs come into the equation. Eating out in Greater London is at least double an equivalent meal in Jozi. Ditto office and home rentals – and Uber.
So has SA become more expensive than the UK? As any economist would answer – it depends…
Based on poll taken by The Economist, South Africa's National Anthem ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ was voted as the best in the world for 2017!
These were just a few of the stellar accomplishments our beautiful country achieved. Now our Rainbow Nation has another accolade in per pocket! The World's best National Anthem!
Countries like Russia, Brazil and Uruguay made the top of the list but none of them could beat the South African National Anthem. Said The Economist; "The best, like South Africa’s, Nkosi Sikelil’iAfrika, create their own world entirely"
By Cathy Allen
Watch and listen to Kurt Darren sing Nkosi Sikelel, and how the amazing people of South Africa take over when the sound system fails him at the SA vs World XV. Viva South Africa!
Eben is by no means a stranger to awards of this nature. Earlier this year, he also received recognition from the Institute of Masters of Wine in collaboration with The Drinks Business, who named him Winemaker's Winemaker for 2017. This honour is bestowed upon winemakers for their outstanding achievements in their field. Recent recipients of this sought-after award include Peter Sisseck, Paul Draper en Anne-Claude Leflaive.
Zakkie Bester, former Riebeek Cellar master and the 2016 recipient of this award, believes Eben is a worthy recipient of the award. "He did a lot to focus the world's attention on the Swartland with his top-quality wines. He is also one of the founding members of the Swartland Independent Producers (SIP), which enjoys a lot of media coverage, and was instrumental in the group's decision to join the region's wine- and olive route."
David Sadie, owner and winemaker at the helm of David & Nadia, agrees. "Eben is not scared to get his hands dirty and get involved. He has done so much for the region and has achieved a lot in the area. I believe that he will only build on this in future."
Eben received the award on 5 December during a gathering of wine- and olive route role-players in the Swartland.
From Santam Swartland Wine & Olive Route
Antoinette Nicolaou, wrote: “Hey Michael, as a South African, your South African accent is way off boet! Love your comedy though!!” And when Kiefer Larsen said: “Maybe that’s how we really do sound to the rest of the world”, Antoinette said “Wow…I really hope not!!”
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The couple posted the pics on Facebook to share the holiday with all their friends but never expected the post to go viral!
"We had such an amazing time together ... I will be grateful in my heart forever more that we got to experience the sea for the first time with them".
Check out their awesome holiday photos!
By Brent Lindeque
The following are considered high medical risk African countries:
The following are considered medium medical risk African countries:
South African is the only African country considered to be low medical risk.
To download the map, click HERE
By International SOS + TNW
Over three days, exhibitors will network with more than 50 000 travel professionals, industry leaders, owners of tourism products and services, journalists, digital influencers and tourism officials.
SAT’s UK team hosted selected international buyers at a special function the day before the show opened, which SAT thought would also encourage others to visit the South African pavilion.
Minister Xasa will be taking part in various discussions around responsible tourism locally and globally, while another focus area will be the #Madiba100 celebrations planned for SA and the UK next year, to coincide with the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth.
The UK remains SA’s largest source market for international tourists outside Africa, with almost 450 000 Britons travelling to SA in 2016, 10% more than in 2015, according to SAT. The latest’s statistics show that 9,5% more Europeans travelled to SA in the first eight months of 2017 compared to the same period last year.
“Creating jobs and contributing to the reduction of unemployment remains one of South Africa’s most urgent priorities in order to contribute to economic growth. Inclusive economic growth can only be achieved by creating a fertile environment in which tourism can take root and flourish. This includes giving small businesses and previously disadvantaged tourism players the opportunity to enter the industry, access the market and add to the diversity of our country’s tourism offering, further making us a more attractive and unique destination,” Ntshona adds.
SA Tourism Update
The Riebeek Valley is a little piece of paradise, nestled on the slopes of the majestic and beautiful Kasteelberg Mountain. The rural atmosphere of this quaint valley, coupled with the beauty of the area, is the perfect getaway from city life, with the quirky & friendly locals adding an interesting flavour.
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