AN UP and coming young fashion entrepreneur believes in giving his homekids a chance to shine – and now it’s paying off for them all. Oyama Dyosiba is in line to win a prestigious national award after receiving several nominations...
The born-free generation is tapping into the story of Chris Hani using the language, style and culture of contemporary hip-hop and rap.   Twelve creatives from around South Africa, who were studying for a two-year Market Theatre laboratory course, delved into...
Before enrolling your child into a private school in South Africa, you should do your homework. They have mushroomed in the past few years and while many deliver on their promise to improve on government-level resources – others leave much...
Award-winning author Masande Ntshanga is one of nine African artists, and the only South African, to have been selected for the 2015 Artists in Residency (AIR) programme. King William’s Town-born Ntshanga is one of only two writers selected, along with...
Masterchef SA’s popular judge, chef Benny Masekwameng’s first gig this year was in East London, where he launched a new restaurant menu with his characteristic charm and jocularity this week. Masekwameng, or chef Benny as he is affectionately known, conducted...
Multi-award-winning singer Zahara, left, seen here with the Daily Dispatch editor Bongani Siqoko and well-known afro pop musician Robbie Malinga, right. Zahara and Malinga were in town to present an award to the Daily Dispatch to show appreciation for the media coverage of...
Aqua Vista pupils’ talent to fly SA flag in Big Apple AQUA Vista Primary School is going places and their talent for music is taking them there. Last year the Aqua Vista Primary School Marimba Band of 2011 attended an Education...
A SPECIALLY designed tank was not only used to raise funds for an East London school, but a local hair salon used it to cut hair under water – something that has rarely, if ever, been done in South...
A fashion model and philanthropist born and raised in rural Port St Johns has been appointed as the national director of Miss Commonwealth South Africa. Ngawethu Ka-Siphiwo, who attributes her success to being a beauty pageant product, is now on a...
WSU fine art graduate Thembinkosi Qeqe, 29, couldn’t find words to express his horror and distress about the bleak and dangerous lives of street children he observed as he trudged to school in the CBD. But his artistic expression on...
Wildeman partners with TV star to uplift community EIGHT years ago East London businessman William Wildeman was told he only had a 10% chance of survival after he was diagnosed with stomach cancer. Today, the father of two boys is cancer-free,...
RAIN lashes down from the heavens while hungry followers of Cain trample over each other for a spot on Noah’s massive wooden ark. The end is inevitable and, of course, not pretty. Director Darren Aronofsky, best known for dark and...
A fuzzy photograph of Lindiwe Hani as a toddler with her famous politician father‚ Chris Hani‚ has been chosen as the book cover of her memoir‚ which goes on sale at the end of March 2017. In the book‚ she...
NINE years ago, 24-year-old Maria Botha packed up her life and hit the road to learn more about different cultures and lend a helping hand where she could. Yesterday Botha visited East London to give a school a much-needed facelift,...
The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) got a rare thumbs-up from an opposition political party when the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) on Thursday said it “welcomes the decision to adopt a policy of playing 90% local music in its...
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...
THIRTEEN young men and women from East London joined three million Catholics at a World Youth Day pilgrimage in Brazil last month. The event, held in a different country every two or three years, was started in 1984 by the...
THE winner of the sleek and sexy Peugeot 208 being given away in the Daily Dispatch’s Win A Car competition will be announced on Monday. Following last year’s competition where a funky, fuel-sipping 108 was given away, the Dispatch upped...
Tough life fails to dull his spirit BY DAY Lwando “Mr G” Galeni does odd jobs around the city – but at night he becomes East London’s own “love doctor” on Mdantsane FM. Galeni, a former taxi driver, is busy working...
EAST London local music legends, DJ Master Jam and DJ Tulz have added another notch to their musical careers as they are now working together after landing a three- year licensing contract with Soul Candi Records. The two DJs renowned...
Whether it’s the provision of a psychologist or a gym, investing in employee wellness can bring a wealth of good to a company. Many employers are becoming increasingly aware of this, offering employees a range of wellness related services which...
Four Germans have flown to South Africa to get a close experience of a South African braai. The so-called “German Grillmeisters” were invited by South African Tourism to savour a unique piece of exquisite South African heritage – ’n stuk van...
THE Venue@Hemingways was filled with laughter as funny man Gino Fabbri’s new comedy show Whole Lotta Laughs came to town. Fabbri has reunited with his sidekick, Donna Africa, for an evening of hilarity and merriment centred around laughter – and...
THE Eastern Cape Bootcamp Challenge (ECBC) returned on Saturday and tested the strength, stamina and sense of camaraderie of those East Londoners brave enough to undertake the course. The bootcamp fitness craze has hit East London and with winter’s chill...
After months of recording, East London singer Msaki has released a deluxe version of her debut album. Msaki released the album, titled Zaneliza, with “The Golden Circle” – the people that helped put the project together from the musicians to...
It is well after midnight when I am woken from an edgy sleep by the shrill tring-tring of the Currie Street phone in our sparsely furnished lounge. Then the sound of Melissa stumbling sleepily to answer it. ‘Sue? What’s happening?’ I...
It was while on a quest for a good-looking beard that East London resident John Dunn started his business. After deciding to grow his beard long, Dunn said he struggled with dry, itchy skin underneath which no available beard products...
It’s online with social media marketing SOUTH Africa has “taken some serious steps” in embracing online tourism marketing and sales‚ according to Damian Cook‚ chief executive and founder of online tourism company E-Tourism Frontiers. Cook said at the weekend that the...
I THINK it is safe to say, Spring is on its way, the warm sun is here and all the bright colours are beginning to make their appearance with grey and black being banished to the winter cupboard. With such beautiful weather, all one needs...
THE weekend is approaching, and here’s your weekly dose of what’s on the jam-packed menu to keep you entertained with local fun.  Albert is in town LEGENDARY blues musician Albert Frost will perform at the Amapondo Backpackers on Sunday in Port...
An actress allegedly bust with drugs at Johannesburg’s O R Tambo International Airport will remain behind bars after abandoning her bail application. Ottilia Mmatjatji Malatji‚ 29‚ from Ivory Park made a brief appearance in the Kempton Park Magistrate’s Court on...
He has taken photographs perched on motorbikes, canoes and helicopters in his career as an adventure photographer, but Bruce Viaene’s biggest photographic escapade lies in India – and is yet to come. Viaene, 28, will soon be jetting off to...
Are you always left with too much month at the end of the money? If you are struggling to stretch your monthly income far enough to cover all of your expenses and debt, you are not alone. According to...
EAST London nightclubs are feeling the pinch as tough economic times bite and clubbers go out less often. Nightclub owners said this week they had noticed a shift in trends as people were more money-conscious and spent less when going...
MEMBERS of the Mandela family left the Mediclinic Heart Hospital in Pretoria yesterday where former president Nelson Mandela is being treated for a recurring lung infection. The ailing icon’s ex-wife Winnie Madikizela-Mandela left at 4.19pm accompanied by daughter Zindzi Mandela....
A sangoma and trainee herbalist has drawn on his experience to pen a book that travels a magical and spiritual journey that merges the ancestral realms with contemporary realities. Eastern Cape based-writer Unathi Magubeni’s debut novel Nwelezelanga: The Star Child...
Sports car enthusiasts were in for a rare treat yesterday when 105 Porsche vehicles roared onto the rooftop of an East London mall as part of the SA Porsche Club showcase. The club is celebrating its 59th year of existence, making...
They can cost as little as R800 and can fly to places impossible for humans to reach. Welcome to the brave new world of drone photography, writes Lucy Davies IT’S NOT uncommon for marrying couples to be photographed at various...
EAST London-born actor Scot Cooper has scooped 10 awards for his short film, Five Minutes Till Noon, at this year’s 48 Hour Film Project in Cape Town (48HFP). Cooper’s passion for acting and creating films was a seed that was...
Ten of the 78 Idols SA finalists going to Sun City for the “Hell Week” phase of the reality TV are from the Eastern Cape. Those who triumph there will make the Top 16, and get to perform for viewers’...
THOUSANDS of music lovers packed Buffalo Park stadium in East London at the weekend for the two-day DStv iRock Emonti Easter concert to hear stars such as Lira, Zakes Bantwini and Thebe. This was the first time the star-studded line-up...
Any property owner with a room to spare and a computer can easily earn a few hundred rands for letting travellers sleep in their home. Airbnb, an online hospitality service where people can lease or rent short-term accommodation which includes...
Pan hopes to break into West African film market. WELL known Eastern Cape actor Chumani Pan has just returned from West Africa where his latest movie Silver Rain was shot in Ghana. The film follows the story of a poor girl...
EAST LONDON-born gospel sensation Khanyisa Sabuka has for the first time in her 18 years in the music industry recorded an album in her home town. Sabuka started her music career in 1995 as one of the lead singer of...
When a Mdantsane lounge hang-out spot opened its doors this time last year, little did the owner know it would become a tourist hotspot. Mthombo’s Lounge, which has a swimming pool and a coffee shop for teetotalers, has hosted several...
IT was all ready, set and go for young athletes as creche s which form part of the Buffalo City Child Care Development Association (BCCCDA) competed at the Jan Smuts Stadium yesterday. The BCCCDA was founded in 2011 with a...
Debut event celebrates the rainbow aspect of Africa. THE VUKA Showcase debut took place in East London over the weekend and despite a variety of offerings, failed to attract the crowds hoped for. Despite the low turnout, stall owners showcased a...
MASIBAMBISANE Rural Development Initiative received overwhelming support from President Jacob Zuma and his Cabinet, yesterday, during harvesting of maize and beans in Dutywa. Speaking shortly before addressing thousands of community members, Zuma said: “Masibambisane is going nowhere and will receive...
The Emonti Urban Jazz and Gospel Festival may be postponed for a date in April, but music fans in the region will still be spoilt for choice as various artists will be setting stages alight at different venues over...
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...