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So you may start. Go ahead “Get it out your system”. “This guy was knee deep in the sh*t”. “This was a cuc gedagte”. “He’s taking the piss”. “It’s a crap one”. “What a sh*t position to be in”.
Ok now that all the puns and things are out the way, let me tell you what transpired yesterday COS I WAS THERE
So I needed to fetch my friend at the internet cafe in Claremont yesterday and this place is next to Cavendish Square (I think it’s Vineyard Road) where you find the Kauai on the outside. I couldn’t find parking so I went over the traffic light and saw parking right there. I park, do the pleasantries with the car guard and I fetch my friend. About twenty minutes or so we return and realise there’s a bit of a commotion next to my car, about 5 or so metres away. Some guy on a phone, another running around and security personal talking and assessing and what you have. So because the entire road it seems they are laying pipes or somthing, you actually cannot use the pavement and need to walk in the road or squeeze between parked cars and those temporary fencing. Anyhoo, where was I?
Oh yes, so then we hear the panicked voice and at times screaming dude from inside this loo. THE MAN WAS STUCK INSIDE THE BOWL, WITH ONLY HIS LEGS, ARMS AND HEAD STICKING OUT! FLIPPEN INFLIPPENSANE! WTF???
I still don’t know how he got into this position. What I did pick up from the now growing crowd was that he looked high and I noticed his eyes were red, but I’m no expert. City Council truck came, more security came, onlookers came and the one person trying to do something was an elderly man who seemed as if he lived opposite all this commotion. He and a kid were running back and fourth getting refuse bags (you can imagine what this guy was covered in) to pull him out then they fetched a rope and eventually he came with a jig saw, a generator, electric leads, a drill and hammer and things. All this now seemed to be going on forever as everyone is trying to help this naked guy stuck in a loo.
The funny part was when as 2 or 3 people were trying to help the others were taking pics and videos It wouldn’t have been so funny had this story turned out otherwise though. So for around 40 minutes or so this guy was stuck in a porta loo and heaven knows how the hell he got into that position and why! But he was.
Eventually the cops came after my friend called them and they used the refuse bag and pulled him out. Out came a naked guy using his t-shirt to cover his privates, enveloped in sh*t and full of bruise marks I assume because of being stuck and then pulled out with force.
I didn’t have the heart to take pics but today Dylan (@MrCPT) a fellow blogger uploaded two pics of the guy on Twitter so here you go:
I was invited to a glitzy event last night out in the North
Entertainer/singer/actor/business man and local Mitchell’s Plain home boy Emo Adams invited us to the opening of his theatre and all round entertainment venue called the All Star Theatre. Premier Helen Zille cut the ribbon andÂ officially opened the venue. The night included a few heartfelt speeches and performances by Emo’s band, Crushanda Forbes (Idols) and Â SK Sekoati of 7de Laan fame, Loukmaan Adams, comedian Wayne Mckay and SA’s Got Talent winner James Bhemgee and of course, Emo himself.
Supper was served and mingling happened and I spotted a bunch of press folk and journo’s and there were tv cameras all over the place so no doubt you’ll see the event on your tv soon The friends and celebs I bumped into (besides the ones already mentioned) included the likes of Tracey Lange, Kia Johnson, Keenan Arrison, Kurt Schoonraad, David Issacs, Lloyd Jansen, Ruben Engel, Kim Cloete, JP Duminy, Claire Phillips, David Johnson, Herschelle Gibbs and Breyton Paulse. Shew! Lots of stars in one room hey?
It was also Emo Adams’ birthday last night so a surprise birthday cake rocked up as we got up to sing him for him
And a quick thank you to celebrity blogger/events/PR guru guy Clayton Morar for the invite who seems to be the one working behind the scenes together with Michelle and Sheree-Lee Gildenhuys and Emo’s manager, Olivia. Job well done guys, I know events as these are never easy!
I also went up to have a chat with Mr Adams, Emo’s dad, a man known in the community and on the Flats for pushing talent for many years. I think what many folk at the event didn’t know or realise was that the Adams boys comes from very humble backgrounds from my hometown Mitchells Plain where you were faced with adversities all day every day, as one would find in these subeconomic areas. Comedian Wayne Mckay too of course. A Woodlands High boy, so when I see them on stage or achieving things such as Emo’s dream materialising last night, I smile a little inside
Anyhow, back to the venue It’s called the All Star Theatre and it’s at the Cape Gate Lifestyle Centre which is opposite the Cape Gate Shopping Centre and you’ll find it upstairs next to Dros at Shop U5.
For more info and bookings please check out their website:
Some pics I took:
So on Friday evening a few members of the media were invited to an exclusive dinner by the lovely folks at etv to come hang, chill and mingle with some of their on-screen stars. It was all part of etv’s tour of Cape Town over the weekend as the Joburgers were here doing interviews, CSR projects, dinners, club gigs, mall visits and then a turn at Mzoli’s yesterday too.
On Saturday they were at Liberty Promenade Mall in Mitchell’s Plain. Friday nights dinner and mingle event was at the sassy Shimmy Beach Club in the Waterfront, and oh how I love this venue! I took along guest blogger Reesie and we both had a ball of Â a time! I met up with media folk and the stars and also the amazing crew who work backstage at etv. What a ball of energy! Special mention must be given to the two lovely excitable level headed ladies, Boniswa and Dambisa of etv in Jozi
Clayton Morar whom I was with just the day before at another media event also sat at our table. I bumped into tons of Cape Town etv folk both at Shimmy Beach and The Loop (where we all went after dinner for the live Club 808 Show) and had some fun with the likes of Leigh-Anne Jansen, Derek Van Dam, Tanya Nefdt and even Robyn Smith Tons of friends (some of my behind the scenes etv budies) and other guests were waiting for us at The Loop and it was genuinely one for the books
The etv stars included:
Rhythm City’sÂ Pam Andrews (Gail), Dumi Masilela (Sifiso), Lungile Radu (Sbu), Siphiwe Mtshali (Bash) and Mduduzi Mabaso (Suffocate).Â Scandal’sÂ Lorcia Cooper (Erin), Clint Brink (Tino), Brighton Ngoma (Quinton), Masasa Mbangeni (Thembeka) and Siyabonga Shiba (Killa) and PetronellaÂ Nontsikelelo (Ruby).Â Craz-e’sÂ Zola & Stephanie and thenÂ Club 808′sÂ Dineo Ranaka & Mo Flava! Lets just say I got to bed after 5am!
Thanks to the girls who took care of us and all the friends I hooked up with and even new people I met on the night.
And one of my highlights? One of the “kids” from our first thirTEEN hours Grade 11 life skills speaker series we run, came up to me with large camera in hand and told me who he was! He was all over the VIP area taking pics as their photographer and told me he’s now studying Photography at CPUT
A good time was had by all
Some more pics from Shimmy Beach…
Iâ€™ve never used my website or any of my social platforms for that matter to bad mouth anyone nor used it to drum up support from 3 pointless random people so as to stroke my ego on how â€śI made myself heardâ€ť, so Iâ€™m not going to start now either. But what I want to do is chat about something that happened on Sunday and I how it left me feeling disappointed. Clearly I realised that some of us are so set in accepting mediocre things that we are happy with a 80% cos at least it wasnâ€™t a 70% …rather than getting a 100%
Where to start without coming across as a d*ck? I like the guy, I know about 4 of his songs and itâ€™s hard to believe he actually came out in 2010 with that hit I grandÂ ”All I want is you”, still one of my favourites by the way! But alas my blog is actually not about the artist but the pathetic lack of management around the operation of this show. I think someone needs to say something so that this type of nonsense doesnâ€™t repeat itself cos quite frankly, this sh*t is embarrassing. As someone who does a few small-scaled events every now and then this was an eventing personâ€™s nightmare. Although, it couldâ€™ve been such a sweet dream had things been thought through with plans B and Câ€™s in place.
So, thinking Iâ€™ll take my friend to a lovely show and make her day seeing as she has his albums and is a huge fan, I stumble upon a competition on Twitter by MTVBaseAfrica and enter. I receive an inbox message when I logged on around 9am and it seemed the DM was sent around 6 or 7am and it read that I need to reply before noon, which I did. Hours go by and no reply so the afternoon I send another DM and still nothing. I tag them on my comment a few hours after that and asked them if anyoneâ€™s gonna respond cos by now Iâ€™m beginning to worry as Iâ€™ve already told her about it and sheâ€™s excited, so Iâ€™ve cancelled my other plans to go and see this show. Neither of us has been to this venue so we have no idea what to expect. I google â€śMiguel in to Cape Townâ€ť and thereâ€™s almost no info on the net and the info that is on there is as vague as Magistrate Desmond Nair reading out Oscar’s bail verdict. So I ask some folks on my FB page and I get the main info and I also see some info on Computicketâ€™s site which tells me it starts at 12 noon (some reports said 11am) and it will be at this Ostrich Farm about 20 minutes outside of Cape Town off the N7. I see reports of it being held at Grand Arena but it seems the farm of the ostriches is where we will hear Miguel sing.
So I was part of a group of guests and media invited to the launch of new running technology as adidas put it. One of the other times I was at an adidas event they handed us clothing and rugby boots and we ended up playing touch rugby with the likes of Bryan Habana. The invite did say we are going to do a short run but my left ankle had a bit of a niggle so I declined the run
After presentations by various adidas guys we were shown video clips of how this “boost” technology all works. Basically the sole is the main feature in this new design of shoe with energy pockets which creates a kind of a “spring in your step” as it were each time your foot touches the ground to propel your body forward. Can I just add they are extremely snuggly and comfortable I run in adidas shoes anyways but my other running shoes has a bit of a loose feel to it because of the type of material at the top of my foot.
So after all the intricate explanations and presentations we see a funny video clip of Springboks and Stormers backline players Bryan HabanaÂ and Jean de Villiers “discovering” the new running shoes at their training camp in Bellville and they slip it on and start jogging. Skip to various scenes of them running with backgrounds changing as they are running for kilometres now and the video clip finally ends. After the video clip the girls and guys then get ready to jog and take off while me and my sore ankle (not an excuse I swear) waits around and I have a chat with some adidas folk. After a while the joggers return from their short run around the promenade and who is with them in the same clothing as the video? Yep, Bryan and Jean Nice touch adidas and Ogilvy
Some of the guest I spotted and went for the run included Liezel van der Westhuizen, Janez Vermeiren, Bryan and Jean, Tanya Nefdt, Kwena Moabelo, Elana Meyer, Irvette van Blerk, Rene Kalmer, Nicolene Mostert and Dr Ross Tucker.
Make sure you get your hands on a pair of these shoes if you are a runner or want to start running!
Here are some pics and video with more info on the adidas boost below.
BOOSTâ„˘ changes running forever
Look, we are so happy! We are a full-on-unbroken-one-happy family complete with a dad who likes to braai, a mom who loves shopping, a son who plays rugby, a daughter whose always on her cell phone, a toddler on a trike and a dog, a cat and a tortoise! Yes you need to know this so I’m putting stickers on my car so you can know we have a tortoise. Where the fk did you even get the tortoise?
I didn’t get it when it hit South Africa and I still don’t get it. And I can probably hear some of you now, “Oh it’s cos you don’t have a family Baydu, so you won’t understand”. Errrh, no, I understand …and I understand that it’s stupid. I was sent a pic via Twitter by Hilary Januarie of one of these “My Family” stick people stickers on the car here in Cape TownÂ which shows, ok, never mind, see the pic here
Funny It seems to have been an American thing for a while too and I must be honest it’s a little freaky that you would put details for strangers to see in this day and age of psycho criminals. Maybe you can call it paranoia. I’m just sceptic and I’m just saying I have seen more than one car with a sticker of a single mom and a little girl or a little boy. Yes, that won’t let the bad people know you’re a target AT ALL he says sarcastically. I’m just putting it out there, to the world, without using car stickers, to rather be safe and don’t advertise your shit for all to see. Anyhow, so I played around on the net I came across some interesting versions of these My Family stickers so here you go! Enjoy!
So we’ve all seen these buses all over especially between Table View and The Gardens. And I’ve always wanted to take a ride on it to see what the fuss was about It’s all part of a safe efficient transport system in a world where everyone is moving to reliable transport services because petrol costs, vehicle maintenance, peak traffic nightmares and pollution are atop a list of negatives when it comes to hundreds n thousand of us who sit solo in 5km an hour traffic with fumes from idling vehicles and wasted space per meter. In 2013, all of this doesn’t really add up.
Anyhow so a few weeks ago my friend told me she would like to take me on this MyCiTi bus tour from her area to the Waterfront. Of course I was bets! I finished my stint at Radio Ratanga and headed to her place in Table View. We took a drive to Bayside Centre/Mall and parked the car there then took a walk over to what looked like a main stop for these buses. Up the ramp and we inquire with security where to buy our cards and he directs us to a window. The process of buying a swipe card and then having money transferred on to it takes a few minutes and because we were two, it took a little longer, but stillÂ it wasn’t too long. He fills out some small form and activates the plastic cards after we told him we would like 2 Waterfront returns. The swipe card (credit card size) costs R23 and return from Table View via Waterfront costs R24 so the total was R47. Twenty four Rand from Table View to Town, to the Waterfront and then back is not bad, not bad at all considering my car would’ve probably chowed 50 bucks and then I would factor in the R10 for parking!
We pay and go through the turnstiles where a lady with a machine resembling a credit card machine they use at restaurants, scans your card and they tell you how much credit you have left. We didn’t even wait on a bus as there was one waiting on us so we hopped in and 2 minutes later we were on our way. They drive in their own lanes most of the time (as you’ve seen those red paved roads) so there is no issue of any traffic whatsoever. You drive from station to station and a GPS-type voice alerts you of the approaching station. We went on a Sunday so the stations and buses weren’t as full as I assume peak traffic during the week would be. The driver pulls up, the doors open, people enter and / or exit and the staff on the deck shouts “clear!”, the doors close and we’re on to the next one Some stations had no one jumping on nor jumping off but the driver does not move until the clear is given. Each station looks like it has a few staff and security so safety shouldn’t be a problem.
Based on an article I was asked to write for an online magazine…
Sometimes things happen in your life and suddenly you realise a change is needed. Something fresh to invigorate us again. Complacency tends to creep in and weâ€™re simply going through the motions of living and itâ€™s bordering on us just existing. When life becomes routine.
Hi, my name is Baydu and Iâ€™ve been asked to write a little something and while many topics came to mind I decided to go with this. I normally write blogs in the Baydu-style which if translated means â€śitâ€™s covered with slang and normally starts off with pizza and ends in in e-tollsâ€ť, so now that you get the picture, please allow meâ€¦
Let me tell you about myself, Iâ€™m a radio guy and itâ€™s my ultimate passion. I live for radio broadcasting and Iâ€™m known in the industry as the Lance Klusener of radio, not cos I bowl a mean inswinger nor cos I speak fluent Zulu, but more because Iâ€™m an all-rounder of the broadcasting industry here in Cape Town. Iâ€™ve been on air, produced major Morning Breakfast Shows, was responsible for huge competitions on the Capeâ€™s number one station, did music managing, sound engineering, advert scheduling, I read traffic, sport and for a long time I was the Programming Assistant responsible for most things that go out on air and comes through your speakers. Iâ€™ve guest lectured at colleges about radio, consulted on the topic, been on a few online stations, opened an events company, I present shows at a theme park radio station, I MC shows and corporate gigs, write articles for tabloid and online, run a blogging website that made runner up in the SA Blog Awards and also started a successful speaker series for 350 Grade 11â€™s from various Cape Flats High Schools with my friend slash partner Ms Babongile Dlamini. I know itâ€™s not mind blowing but Iâ€™m fairly proud of it and once you read my background maybe youâ€™ll better understand why all this is a sorta big deal for meâ€¦
Ok so let me tell you about our thirTEEN hours speaker series for Grade 11 learners. The idea came about whilst going to visit my folks one day and saw yet another teenage pregnant girl and youth moving around aimlessley. Itâ€™s sadly an unfortunate occurrence in the area Iâ€™m from and many other areas such as my home town here on the Cape Flats. I met up with Babongile that evening for coffee and I told her of this pregnant girl Â and the youngsters who don’t seem to have much direction and she could sense I was disappointed. I remember saying that I wished we could do something about these issues on the Flats and she says â€śWhy donâ€™t we?â€ť Suddenly she whips out a little book and a pen and we start making notes of which topics we can tackle and right there at Mugg n Bean was where our thirTEEN hours was born.
For the sake of not boring you Iâ€™m skipping the months of hard work, strategizing, planning, interviews, selling our ideas to potential sponsors and partners, thousands of emails, hundreds of phone calls and scores of fruitful and fruitless meetings. Today thirTEEN hours speaker series has had two amazing years and weâ€™ve seen probably close on 700 youth from high schools in areas as Tafelsig, Rocklands, Lentegeur, Woodlands, Maitland, Brooklyn, Grassy Park, Wetton and Lavender Hill exposed to it and involved in our project. Some background, itâ€™s called thirTEEN hours because initially we had 13 topics of one hour each to cover, it is partnered and sponsored by the City of Cape Town and the Junior City Council, weâ€™ve had local speakers as well as others fly down from outside of Cape Town and the guests included celebrities, politicians, business owners, sports stars, tv and radio presenters, educators, ordinary folk with an amazing story to tell and everyone in between! The idea is for them to impart with their knowledge, their skills and their experiences and interact with the learners. Our list includes Premier Helen Zille, Mayor Patricia de Lille, COSATU’s Tony Ehrenreich, Springboks Conrad Jantjes and Breyton Paulse, Protea batsman JP Duminy, comedian Wayne McKay, radio DJâ€™s Benito Vergotine, Guy McDonald, Aiden Thomas, Carl Waistie, Saskia Falken, SAMA award winning singers Chad Saaiman and Claire Phillips, Idols winner Jody Williams and Matthew Moolman, SAâ€™s Got Talentâ€™s winner James Bhemgee as well as Ltd Edition Drum Corps, playwright Heinrich Reisenhoffer, Sexologist Dr Eve, Hectic Nine 9 tv presenter Danine Naidoo, etvâ€™s Bhavna Singh and Lance Witten, head of Google Africa, head of Ogilvy, lecturers and rectors from all the universities in Cape Town, head of Allan Gray and the list goes on and on and on.
Yes, it’s out the bag, Aden Thomas is the host of the all new Heart Breakfast Show in Cape Town.
Seeing that radio will always be in my bloodstream it means always being in the know of new things and changes in the industry that makes for an interesting radio dynamic especially here in eKapa. Loads of things have been happening lately that kept me interested as the stories unfold, almost like waiting on your matric results And not only for this radio station for the others as well!
So after weeks of the “Who do you think the new Breakfast Show host is?” promotion, some listeners woke up this morning to a familiar voice in the industry, Aden Thomas. Although not everyone woke up to it, many listeners were glued to their radio from 5h30am already waiting in anticipation for the new host to make that opening radio presenter greeting Thomas was once the Breakfast Show presenter at the then P4 Radio and played a pivotal role in increasing listenership for this radio station. His career spans over stations P4, 94.5 Kfm as well as Capetalk. This brand new Breakfast Show is an interesting dynamic in this broadcasting game seeing as there are still tons of changes to come in the very near future!
We wish Aden and his team good luck after today as this is in my eyes (and ears) only the start of quite a few changes to take place over your wireless
Previous Breakfast Show DJ Phat Joe left Heart some months ago and other DJ’s have been doing stand in’s in the meantime. We’ve also seen management changes at the station with the appointment of Gary Petersen as the new MD and a Programme Manager to be announced soon.
So we’ve beaten New Zealand in the T20 series, then we beat them by an innings and 27 runs at Sahara Park Newlands in Cape Town after like 3 days and now it seems South Africa’s Proteas are at it again. It’s day 3 of the second Test at St George’s in Port Elizabeth and it looks like we’re ready for yet another victory. Ok, so I’m not a sports journo nor am I the expert but as a hardcore South African supporter I need to say that this whole thing is just a little embarrassing. I feel for the Black Caps, I feel for New Zealanders. It’s concerning that New Zealand who’ve beaten us a few times especially in the ODI format during World Cups, are not big competition for us at the moment, well not any competition it seems at this moment in time. It’s not like we’re playing cricket against Ireland or UAE, right? I wonder if Â Allan Donald who was their coach had something to do with them being dismissed so cheaply 45 all out plus a follow on in Cape Town and at the moment they are on 47/6.
I think a mention needs to go out to Amla, Elgar and Du Plessis who each made a ton in their declaration of 525 for the loss of 8 And at the moment Steyn, Kleinveld and Peterson each have 2 wickets! Is there a sort of Cobra’s connection here? Kidding!
Anyhow, today is day 3 and lets hope our bowlers can rip through the last few and then let them follow on. Of course they can still draw the game but in my humble purely Protea opinion, I highly doubt it.
Good luck South Africa!
Here’s the scorecard from cricinfo: