Popular radio host Luyanda Gidane, affectionately known as “Luks”, is leaving Umhlobo Wenene FM (UWfm) for trufm. Trufm station manager Thobeka Buswana said Gidane’s two decades in radio made him a suitable addition to the station as trufm prepares for...
Popular East London eatery Le Petit with its stolid fittings will vanish this week to be replaced with a fresh new concept – The Cow Shed. East London chefs Adam Iverson, 31, and his wife, Zina, 29, can’t wait for...
By POLISWA PLAATJIE Eastern Cape beauty Asande Mchunu has been crowned this year’s Miss SA Teen Commonwealth.  The Nelson Mandela University (NMU) student was crowned in Pretoria over the weekend, winning a cash prize of R15000. The 17-year-old first-year BA student said...
FOR a person who has fiercely guarded her private life ever since finding fame just over a decade ago, songstress Lira is quite open in her new memoir, Lira: Making HerStory. Without forgetting her revered craft and status as a...
IT was a glorious mixture of high society and tears when Pumeza Kashe, of Kashe and Son Funer al Parlour in Mdantsane, tied the knot with Mandisi MvandabaMandisi Mvandaba in a fairytale wedding on Friday. Kashe – who wore a...
By DAVID MACGREGOR Many East London residents may not get the hidden symbolism in nude male artworks by Bernard Barry, but that does not mean a Karoo dominee doesn’t. “People in East London don’t look beyond the penis,” said Barry. “They...
Renowned playwright Ben Nomoyi died at the weekend following a short illness. “Oom Ben”, as he was affectionately known, was behind television productions such as Inkedama, Deliwe, Ukhozi, Nolitye nezakhe and Footprint among many others. The 77-year-old director also made a...
Radio DJ Putco Mafani will be back on the box today when he stars in the upcoming TV drama Ukhakhayi.  The Umhlobo Wenene FM presenter will play King Kumkani Mntonzima, a respected leader of the AmaMpondo clan. The series is based...
Like most parents, Port Alfred mother of two Debbie Duncan was not too happy when her boys Reece and Josh recently downloaded the Pokemon Go app onto their cellphones. “I was sceptical at first, but now I am a fan,”...
Hlomla Dandala recently joined the cast of e.tv soapie ‘Scandal’. Daily Dispatch caught up with this talented Mdantsane-born actor and director.. ARE you excited about your new role on Scandal!? ANSWER:This is a very exciting role as I am playing a...
Talent and hard work has earned a young fine artist from Butterworth a crack at the lucrative foreign market when he exhibits in France later this year. Simphiwe Mbunyuza, a Walter Sisulu University BTech Fine Art graduate, said that from...
By ADRIENNE CARLISLE A valuable and rare first edition of William John Burchell’s two-volume set Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa is up for auction. Billed as one of the most important South African travel books written, it is anticipated...
By TIFFANY MAC SHERRY and TYRA WARREN The best of East London art will be on display during the city’s first-ever arts festival. Anne Bryant Art Gallery curator Leon du Preez said the Grahamstown National Arts Festival had led to a...
When Selborne College Grade 10 pupil Callum Kretzmann, 15, spotted a massive porcupine fish washed up on the Morgan Bay shore last week, he knew it was an unusual find. The teenager had gone fishing with friends when he discovered...
By Tiso Black Star Group DIGITAL The Durban July is as much about fashion as it is about horse racing, with people often talking more about who was wearing what than which horse won Africa’s biggest and richest horse racing...
By DAVID MACGREGOR Tough economic times may have tightened consumer purse strings but that does not mean there isn’t still a buck to be made trading at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. Although traders yesterday said less money was being...
The online radio station founded by Buffalo City Metro’s (BCM) former spin doctor Keith Ngesi is officially on air. The launch of Keith Ngesi Radio (KNR) was held at Legends Showcase in Berea, East London, on Friday. Ngesi, who has more...
A King William’s Town-based arts academy that only started functioning last year will be showing its first production at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival this year. The Centre Stage Arts Academy is the brainchild of Abongile Manka, who said the...
A group of boys around the age of nine scavenge through piles of refuse at the Amalinda dumpsite until one of them flushes out a sizable scrap of stale bread. Just when he is about to munch on it, his...
Grahamstown artist Bruce Little’s gargantuan bronze sculpture of an African lion raised over R14-million at actor and film producer Leonardo DiCaprio’s glitzy gala fundraiser in St Tropez, France, on the weekend. Little and his wife Cate rubbed shoulders with the...
East London is gearing up for what will possibly be the celebrity wedding of the year as former Miss SA Teen Zizo Beda ties the knot with Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete next weekend. Mayihlome is the youngest son of...
Mandla Mandela and his wife, Nodiyala, became the darlings of social media when they stepped onto the red carpet before the state of the nation address (Sona) on Thursday. The annual Sona is always a fashion-filled affair, and for a...
They are the glue that keeps most families together and at times they neglect themselves while busy taking care of everyone else. This Sunday, mothers all over the world will get to relax and get their moment to shine, even if...
It’s one of the country’s biggest bucket-list cultural and social celebrations‚ but arriving without a plan has couch-surfing consequences. Organisers of the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown have come with information on how to make the most of the experience‚...
Empowering rural and township pupils with the knowledge to further their studies and follow their dreams was the message conveyed by international artist Bonginkosi “Zola 7” Dlamini. Dlamini was the guest speaker at the Walter Sisulu University Campus in Whittlesea,...
The first homegrown arts festival is a collaboration between East London’s three cultural giants – the Guild Theatre, the East London Museum and the Ann Bryant Art Gallery. Situated in Selborne within walking distance of each other, the three historical...
COMEDY lovers prepare for a good laugh this Friday when the 99% Xhosa Comedy show brings some of country’s funniest comedians to East London. Friday’s show will be the fourth time the comedy show has been brought to the city....
A glitzy mobile perfume truck, 3D décor murals and manbags made from old billboards are some of the unusual drawcards of this year’s Your Home Expo at the International Convention Centre (ICC) at the East London beachfront. While last year’s...
A FORMER East Londoner’s daughter who has made it to the finals of UK hit reality show Britain’s Got Talent has taken audiences by storm on both sides of the pond. Asanda Jezile is the daughter of Luyanda Jezile, an...
“I am not doing anything about it. My child is safe. Andinaxhala (I have no worries). She will be strong. I know she is a heroine in the Kingdom of the Holy Spirit.” These words have haunted me since Thursday...
A young author from Zikhovane village near Tsomo in the former Transkei has been shortlisted for a Caine prize for African Writing. Lidudumalingani Mqombothi, the only South African among the five writers nominated for his short story Memories We Lost, is...
FOLLOWING in his mother’s footsteps, well known gospel musician Betusile Mcinga has released his third album since launching his solo career five years ago. Mcinga, son of Lusanda, said after the hardships in recording his third album, he was more...
THE trendsetting three-day birthday bash of a popular DJ featuring a host of A-list of celebrities and young musicians brought Mthatha to its knees this past weekend, at least for party animals. Mostly clad in the black and gold party...
Eccentric writer Hlumela Nyaluza’s new self-help book is called Human Navigation – and one twist is that the first chapter is at the back and the last in front. Ex-Dalian Nyaluza, 23, says the book aims to be thought-provoking as well...
A former Spur restaurant manager, Durban’s Seelan Govender, is now the director of the ship and sails the world with his Capetonian wife Carlien and their children Tessa, eight, and Milan, three. Like others who gave up a landlubber life...
Fun, family-oriented activities on the cards for consumers AR90-MILLION investment into projects tailored specifically for all family members is expected to turn Beacon Bay Crossing into one of the city’s most attractive retail destinations. New cars, chain saws and a sky...
Remembering complicated passwords, saving PINS on your phone and invoking answers to security questions to access your hard-earned money in banks could soon be a thing of the past. Thanks to new voice recognition technology being pioneered by a bank...
Two Eastern Cape businessmen have made it on to the Forbes Africa 30 under-30s list of the most promising entrepreneurs of the year for the continent. The two, Inga Gubeka and Siya Beyile, are among only five South Africans who...
As the dysfunctional relationships explored in Ameera Patel’s debut novel play out‚ so the book’s title takes on its full meaning – just as a child colouring in outside the lines is not following the rules‚ so are the...
Disabled youth make movies THERE is Hollywood, Bollywood, Nollywood – and now a group of disabled youths are making their mark with Dollywood Productions. Three years of training, scripting and shooting are paying off for 12 aspiring filmmakers and actors from...
THREE Eastern Cape musicians and spiritual groups are hoping they will be among the winners when the national gospel music awards kick off in nine days’ time. The SABC Crown Gospel Awards are the biggest of its kind in the...
IT’S been a while since the death of a character on a television show has caused so much consternation among viewers. The death of veteran Siyabonga Twala’s character on telenovela Isibaya on Mzansi Magic, has angered many fans. Twala plays...
Local musicians are hopeful that the SABC’s 90% local content policy will bring about change in the industry. Port Elizabeth-based rapper Yahkeem Israel said the policy has been long overdue and would bring relief to musicians, especially independent artists. “This opens...
The annual Port Rex Lions Eisteddfod gives talented youngsters in East London the opportunity to showcase their musical skills. After a week’s knockout stage, the best of the best will tonight exhibit and perform their work at the showcase concert...
Living to see democracy, the economic emancipation of women and official recognition of equality are what centenarian Nomdazana Mtengenya, who recently celebrated her 104th birthday, attributes as the highlights of her long life. The mother of two and grandmother to...
IT HAS never happened before, but the upcoming season of Idols SA has produced two sets of teenage twins. Watching identical twins Neliswa and Anele Mxhakaza, 17, from Umlazi in Durban, could not be any different from watching 18-year-olds Lebohang...
THE career of East London DJ Mobi Dixon is about to reach new heights now he’s signed a deal with nationally renowned music company Soul Candi. The company has some of the country’s hottest DJs and producers in its stable,...
Eastern Cape stylist Kim Reveley is off to the United States as the exclusive hair-stylist for the International Arts Talent Showcase. The showcase sees youngsters from around the world converging on New York and Florida to impress international talent scouts. Reveley has...
Soulful East London group La Peafa, which has rocked big stages such as the Buyel’ekhaya Festival, returns to the stage today to celebrate youth month. The 90% Local Music Live event takes place at the Ground X Music Lounge in...
A group of cooks from Mthatha will get to show off their culinary skills next month when they represent the province at the finals of a Stokvel Cooking Challenge. The semifinals took place at Powertrade Cash & Carry in East...