Festival set to celebrate 40th anniversary

THE National Arts Festival (NAF), this year which is worth R350-million to the province, has announced a wide array of arts and entertainment for...

Support helps Nompumelelo day care centre to do more

HLUMISA day care centre in Nompumelelo Township outside Beacon Bay is one of more than 20 centres in East London supported by a provincial...

Mda’s stories force way out

“If I don’t write I will run mad,” he declares. “It would serve no good purpose for me to stop writing. There are stories...

Top King author Masande chosen for artists’ project

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...

Sisters are doing it for a good EL cause

IT’S time for the ladies to get out those black bras and high heels and strut their stuff at a charity ladies evening tomorrow. The...

All she wanted was a party with friends

FIVE-year-old Esona Keisha Mhluma dreamt of having a birthday party with candles, a beautiful cake, presents, candy and all her friends with her. On Saturday...

Plenty reasons to hit the town

Dance, art, live music and more in store for all! THE weekend is around the corner and with most schools closed next week, we have...

Grahamstown trio gear up for 260km fund raiser

A 73-YEAR-OLD man, his 66-year- old wife, two ponies and a Border Collie named Blue began an epic 260km run and horseback ride on...

Smooth sounds to suit every jazz lover

By GILLIAN MCAINSH and NONSINDISO QWABE This year’s Standard Bank Jazz Festival in Grahamstown, incorporating the National Youth Jazz Festival, offers something to suit every...

Fresh judges, ‘give back’ episodes for popular wedding reality show

A cookbook  author and a former Miss South Africa have been slotted in as the two new judges in the second season of The...

ZolaSoul hits the right notes

NEW Afro-soul artist ZolaSoul is making waves in the music industry with the release of his debut album, Thando Lokwenene. ZolaSoul, real name Zola Futshane,...

No tears for matric dance

Dress donations perfect fit for all THREE East London friends have banded together to help make the matric dance a night to remember for girls from...

SA couple take long way home in drive for charity

RETIRED couple Stan and Sally Hannath are going the distance in the Cape2Cape4Kids epic road expedition to raise funds for the planned Nelson Mandela...

Taking a firm stand against harmful plastic

Images of mounds of discarded plastic swirling in the sea, fistfuls of disposable plastic straws fished out by divers from the ocean floor and...

E Cape’s Thando evicted from Big Brother’s house

After 49 days she was ready to go. WITH just under two weeks before Big Brother ends, the Eastern Cape’s Thando Hlwatika became one of...

EL ready for a big barrel of laughs

LOCAL fans of stand-up comedy are in for a treat when the popular 99% Xhosa Comedy show returns to The Venue@Hemingways in East London...

Musos welcome 90% local boost

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...

Struggle writer, poet gets Rhodes honorary degree

An 86-year-old high school dropout who became an internationally acclaimed struggle poet and writer, has been awarded an honorary degree by Rhodes University.  James Matthews,...

Peugeot 208 waits for its Dispatch reader

THE Daily Dispatch launched its 2013 Win-A-Car promotion at Hemingways Mall at the weekend. After the success of last year’s competition, where a Peugeot 107...

Madly funny show for EL

IT’S time to laugh out loud for comedy lovers as three “comic geniuses” join forces for the first time bringing The rise of the...

SA actress is new face of beauty brand

ACTRESS Gail Mabalane, formerly Nkoane, now belongs to the same family as US stars Ellen Degeneres, Carrie Underwood and Thandie Newton. Well, sort of. The...

Peddie-born ‘Maths’ poet launches the sum of his parts

For the past five years independent journalist and award-winning poet Thabo Jijana has been gathering work which will now be part of his debut...

Rising stars celebrate E Cape jazz

Tribute to the province’s greats. THE music of great Eastern Cape jazz composers will come to life when the Songs of Jazztown production comes to...

Mercedes EL plant voted second best in world

MERCEDES-Benz South Africa’s East London plant has again been ranked among the best manufacturing plants in the world. It was awarded the silver J D...

Bachelor or bachelorette parties are a rite of passage for most

Defined by the Oxford Dictionary as a party given for a man or a woman about to get married, typically attended by men or...

Chintsa duo vie for ‘Braai Master’ slot

A CHINTSA East pair who made it into the second round of the Ultimate Braai Master, after tough auditions, will know on Friday whether...

‘Dr Google’ diagnosis can be a headache

Casually searching for possible causes and remedies for a minor ailment on the internet may not seem like much of a big deal to...

Tasty treats and drinks on offer at food and wine fair

GOURMETS are in for a treat as the Taste the Good Life Food and Wine Fair kicked off at The Venue@Hemingways and Felix Bar...

EL bridal fair covers all bases

World-established bridal gown brand Enzoani will be on display at the Bridal Expo at the East London golf course today, where designers and boutique...

Gospel comes alive with heavenly concert

LIKE wine that gets better with each passing year, so is the music of the King William’s Town gospel trio, Zama and the Voice...

‘All we wanted was euphoric sex‚ but Liquid G killed my...

The husband of a Western Cape mother found dead at her home blames her death on a drug the couple took to spice up...

Homeboy Ifani needs your vote

Say ‘ewe’ to Channel O hip-hop video nominee EASTERN Cape-born muso newcomer Ifani is going places. The talented man recently returned from Los Angeles after performing...

EC tourism scoops top honours

Eastern Cape tourism service providers were judged to be among “the best of the best” at the national Lilizela awards in Johannesburg on Sunday evening. The...

Fresh face of SA culture

A finance officer at a local accounting firm has trumped 17 other beauties from across the country to be crowned Miss Heritage South Africa...

SUPPORT LOCAL: Beard boosts a growing concern

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...

Cost of many household goods continue to rise

The downward trend noticed in last month’s food basket prices has not continued as this month there is a slight increase in most household...

‘ Inspired millennials tap into Hani energy

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...

Insects can offer medicinal gems

Insects could become a sustainable food source in Africa, according to a presentation by a Zimbabwean agricultural food expert. The Food Security in Africa conference...

‘Passion Play’ depicts the true Easter spirit

THE story of Jesus Christ will be brought to life next week when an East London high school opens its Passion Play production in...

E Cape film shortlisted for Spanish film fest

An Eastern Cape-based documentary titled "Waterless Flower" has reached the final of a Spanish film festival, production company Ripple Effect said on Tuesday. "Recently we...

Star now helping others

A DECADE ago the Daily Dispatch reported on Ncedo Koyana, an inspirational young rugby player from Gonubie in East London who was selected for...

Sounding the death knell for passwords

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...

Excited Kuhle jets off to US to advance agriculture

BARELY able to contain his excitement Eastern Cape schoolboy Kuhle Dayimani prepared to jet off to the US for three weeks yesterday morning. The Grade...

Putting sickly time off to bed

It's winter, a time when sniffles, colds and coughs are all too common and while many take a legitimate sick day to recuperate, there...

Majola deals with complex issues on debut digital album

EASTERN Cape musician Khanyisa Buti has released his much-anticipated debut digital album Boet/Sissy, which deals with the complexities of sexuality. Buti, whose stage name is...

ÉVoid all ready to rock East London’s socks off

HIS wife may not understand why he wants to “prance about” on stage now that he is 54, but thousands of South Africans are...

Surprise award for EL teen

EC pupils do well in Olympiad FEISTY Lucy Grinker, 17, of Clarendon Girls’ High, who entered the 2013 De Beers English Olympiad on a nonchalant...

Berita in line for Metro FM Awards

TALENTED Eastern Cape songstress Berita has initiated a support campaign in East London to thank her fans for their support and to encourage them...

Theatre treat in Ginsberg yard

Local theatre fans are in for something different this week – Ginsberg-born writer and director Mhlanguli George’s backyard production Is He Mad? “Theatre in the...

SA tourism is on right track

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...