Saturday, 22 December 2012

Madiba Nelson Mandela in Hospital

Nelson Mandela is still in a Private Hospital after being admitted for a lung infection, and a subsequent gall stone removal operation.

Mac Maharaj, South African Presidency spokesperson:
"We urge all South Africans to continue praying for our beloved Madiba during this period."

For more information please follow the link to Eye Witness News:

Tata, we are praying for you.

Sandy Bigara
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Saturday, 8 December 2012

Dlamini spends over R760 000 for 166 nights in five star hotels

Shared via facebook, courtesy of Shehana Gaibie of the Democratic Alliance, Durban.

Dlamini spends over R760 000 for 166 nights in five star hotels

By Mike Waters

9 December 2012
Release: immediate

In the 26 months from June 2009 to August 2011, the Minister of Social Development, Bathabile Dlamini, spent R764 742 on 145 nights in luxury hotels across the country.

This was revealed in information recently received by the DA in response to a Promotion of Access to Information Act (PAIA) application submitted to the Department of Social Development in November 2011.

The detailed invoices received by the DA shows that Minister Dlamini has a preference for five and six star establishments such as the Radisson Blu and One and Only Hotels in Cape Town, the Hilton in Durban and Intercontinental Sandton Towers Hotel.

Some of the most extravagant stays included:
4 nights at Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town at a cost of R23 346;
10 nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town at a cost of R62 406;
28 nights at the Cricklewood Manor in Pretoria at a cost of R139 494;
11 nights at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront in Cape Town at a cost of R50 816;
5 nights at the Hilton Durban at a cost of R20 053; and
3 nights at the Hilton Durban at a cost ofR24 624.00
In terms of the Ministerial Handbook, members of the Executive may, for official purposes, occupy one state-owned residence in the capital of their choice free of charge. Members may occupy a second state-owned residence in another capital in which case they pay market-related rent.

I will be submitting parliamentary questions to the Minister of Public Works to determine in which city Minister Dlamini's official residence is. If the Minister has an official residence in the cities where she spent so much time in luxury hotels, I will ask the Public Protector to investigate Minister Dlamini for wasteful expenditure of the nature of which her former and current cabinet colleagues Sicelo Shiceka and Tina Joemat-Pettersson have both been found guilty. I will also ask for information on Minister Dlamini's spending on hotel stays since November 2011.

Minister Dlamini's expensive tastes displays a blatant disregard to the 15 million vulnerable South Africans who live from hand to mouth on the social grants that her department is mandated to manage.

The Minister will have to provide compelling evidence that the close to R770 000 she spent on luxury hotels was not a reckless abuse of public funds.
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Friday, 23 November 2012

What You Laughing At? Starts Tonight - Durban Catalina Theatre

Two weekends of mad hilarity start tonight :D

Tickets: R70
Kids and students get discounts.
The Catalina Theatre
Call 031 305 6889 to Book Now!

Come, Laugh Laugh and Stay ;) Music Dance & Family Comedy Fun :)

Buying a ticket to WYLA gets you into a draw for an awesome weekend away at Glenview Guest House for two! Come watch, laugh, and win!

Maeshni Naicker (@MaeshN)
Kogie Naidoo of Broken Promises Fame
Shika Budhoo (@Miss_Goofette)
Dhaveshan Govender (@typing_munky)!
And Dancers from the SSIAC Suja Dance Academy!

Its Rocking, bring your Aya Uncle Aaja Son, come on just bring everyone!

Information provided by Dizzy Dragonfly Show Company.
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Monday, 19 November 2012

Zuma and the Law - Financial Mail 14 Nov 2012

A must read from the Financial Mail 14 Nov 2012 by Barney Mthombothi.

Emailed to me by Johannes Wessels.

Sent from my BlackBerry®

Saturday, 17 November 2012

ANGELS PLACE Aerial Circus Tonight in Durban CBD don't miss out

From Tanya Van Agthoven-Marais


7 PM
The worlds most extraordinary AERIAL SHOW you have EVER seen!
ANGELS PLACE (PLACE DES ANGES) Produced by Frances Studio, "Des Cirque" forms the CLOSING CEREMONY FOR THE FRANCE SOUTH AFRICA SEASON in South Africa.

Parking in Albany Hotel, ICC, Centrum and the Workshop.

ROAD CLOSURES from 4 pm to 11 pm tonight. Don't regret missing one of DURBANS biggest and happiest parties... a show spectacle FREE TO EVERYONE

Food vendors on site
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Sunday, 11 November 2012

Wednesday, 31 October 2012

‎14 Steps to Follow Before You Decide to Have Children

I saw this shared status post, shared by Dianne Downing. There was no mention of who wrote it, I laughed! It seems very much like a article. I'll search for it there and try to find a link.

Enjoy, as a mother of two small children I certainly did!

Sandy Bigara


‎14 Steps to Follow Before You Decide to Have Children.

Test 1: Preparation

Women: To prepare for pregnancy

1. Put on a dressing gown and stick a beanbag down the front.
2. Leave it there.
3. After 9 months remove 5% of the beans.

Men: To prepare for children:-

1. Go to a local chemist, tip the contents of your wallet onto the counter and tell the pharmacist to help himself
2. Go to the supermarket. Arrange to have your salary paid directly to their head office.
3. Go home. Pick up the newspaper and read it for the last time.

Test 2: Knowledge

Find a couple who are already parents and berate them about their methods of discipline, lack of patience, appallingly low tolerance levels and how they have allowed their children to run wild. Suggest ways in which they might improve their child's sleeping habits, toilet training, table manners and overall behaviour.

Enjoy it. It will be the last time in your life that you will have all the answers.

Test 3: Nights

To discover how the nights will feel:

1. Walk around the living room from 5pm to 10pm carrying a wet bag weighing approximately 4 - 6kg, with a radio turned to static (or some other obnoxious sound) playing loudly.
2. At 10pm, put the bag down, set the alarm for midnight and go to sleep.
3. Get up at 11pm and walk the bag around the living room until 1am.
4. Set the alarm for 3am.
5. As you can't get back to sleep, get up at 2am and make a cup of tea.
6. Go to bed at 2.45am.
7. Get up again at 3am when the alarm goes off.
8. Sing songs in the dark until 4am.
9. Put the alarm on for 5am. Get up when it goes off.
10. Make breakfast.

Keep this up for 5 years. LOOK CHEERFUL.

Test 4: Dressing Small Children

1. Buy a live octopus and a string bag.
2. Attempt to put the octopus into the string bag so that no arms hangout.

Time Allowed: 5 minutes.

Test 5: Cars

1. Forget the BMW. Buy a practical 5-door wagon.
2. Buy a chocolate ice cream cone and put it in the glove compartment. Leave it there.
3. Get a coin. Insert it into the CD player.
4. Take a box of chocolate biscuits; mash them into the back seat.
5. Run a garden rake along both sides of the car.

Test 6: Going For a Walk

1. Wait.
2. Go out the front door.
3. Come back in again.
4. Go out.
5. Come back in again.
6. Go out again.
7. Walk down the front path.
8. Walk back up it.
9. Walk down it again.
10. Walk very slowly down the road for five minutes.
11. Stop, inspect minutely and ask at least 6 questions about every piece of used chewing gum, dirty tissue and dead insect along the way.
12. Retrace your steps.
13. Scream that you have had as much as you can stand until the neighbours come out and stare at you.
14. Give up and go back into the house.

You are now just about ready to try taking a small child for a walk.

Test 7: Conversations with children

Repeat everything you say at least 5 times.

Test 8: Grocery Shopping

1. Go to the local supermarket. Take with you the nearest thing you can find to a pre-school child - a fully grown goat is excellent. If you intend to have more than one child, take more than one goat.
2. Buy your weekly groceries without letting the goat(s) out of your sight.
3. Pay for everything the goat eats or destroys.

Until you can easily accomplish this, do not even contemplate having children.

Test 9: Feeding a 1 year-old

1. Hollow out a melon
2. Make a small hole in the side
3. Suspend the melon from the ceiling and swing it side to side
4. Now get a bowl of soggy cornflakes and attempt to spoon them into the swaying melon while pretending to be an aeroplane.
5. Continue until half the cornflakes are gone.
6. Tip the rest into your lap, making sure that a lot of it falls on the floor.

Test 10: TV

1. Learn the names of every character from the Wiggles, Barney, Teletubbies and Disney.
2. Watch nothing else on television for at least 5 years.

Test 11: Mess

Can you stand the mess children make? To find out:

1. Smear peanut butter onto the sofa and jam onto the curtains
2. Hide a fish behind the stereo and leave it there all summer.
3. Stick your fingers in the flowerbeds and then rub them on clean walls. Cover the stains with crayon. How does that look?
4. Empty every drawer/cupboard/storage box in your house onto the floor and proceed with step 5.
5. Drag randomly items from one room to another room & leave them there.

Test 12: Long Trips with Toddlers

1. Make a recording of someone shouting 'Mummy' repeatedly. Important Notes: No more than a 4 second delay between each 'Mummy'. Include occasional crescendo to the level of a supersonic jet.
2. Play this tape in your car, everywhere you go for the next 4 years.

You are now ready to take a long trip with a toddler.

Test 13: Conversations

1. Start talking to an adult of your choice.
2. Have someone else continually tug on your shirt hem or shirt sleeve while playing the Mummy tape listed above.

You are now ready to have a conversation with an adult while there is a child in the room.

Test 14: Getting ready for work

1. Pick a day on which you have an important meeting.
2. Put on your finest work attire.
3. Take a cup of cream and put 1 cup of lemon juice in it
4. Stir
5. Dump half of it on your nice silk shirt
6. Saturate a towel with the other half of the mixture
7. Attempt to clean your shirt with the same saturated towel
8. Do not change (you have no time).
9. Go directly to work

You are now ready to have children. ENJOY!!
Sent from my BlackBerry®

KZN Youth Choir Christmas Concert

The KZN Youth Choir invites you to a Barnyard style Christmas Concert.

KZN You Choir Christmas Concert
Clifton College
17th of November 2012
R100 for adults
R25 for children under 13
Bookings: Margie Barratt on 031 205 3448 or 083 655 4417

Information courtesy of Jason Bird.
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Thursday, 25 October 2012

Habit To Band SA

I am stepping away from a classical music lesson filled with chocolate cupcakes, to show you something... understand. I have put down a freshly iced chocolate cupcake... Just to type this.

Firstly, for the love of all thing music, please click on the following link. Where you will tick a box online, add your vote to the growing total, and then skip merrily on your way. No sign-ups. No drama. Just a vote.
Here we go:

Secondly, here is Habit To's facebook page (incase you need to do some FBI-type snooping before you vote):!/habittoband

And, finally, here is their website (pretty cool in my humble chocolate tainted opinion):

I have known the lead singer Chillie Stent since we were teens haggling over a Guitar Chord dictionary while on Choir camp, so I can vouch for her - she is amazing.

Go and vote now, while I get back to my Handel's Laschia Ch'io Pianga and my cake...

Thank'ya kindly :)

Sandy Bigara
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Friday, 19 October 2012

Leon Van Rensburg Wanted For Arrest

Latest article relating to Leon Van Rensburg:

All articles relating to Leon Van Rensburg:

I am so heart sore, I know that there is mention of all facts being revealed this Sunday in the Sunday Tribune. 

I am waiting to see what actually happened. 

I know Leon, he is a good man. He loves his family… if there is some undercover drama and mental illness (which does seem quite possible at this time) then I really pray for strength for his family and for him as well.

I hope that he turns himself in safely and that the process of restoring the damage begins. For his children’s sake.

Take care all.

Sandy Bigara

Friday, 12 October 2012

Leon Van Rensburg Update by Bernadette Wolhuter iol online

Paul Khan just shared this new information on our Neighbourhood Watch wall:

October 12 2012 at 07:51am
By Bernadette Wolhuter

IOL online

Hijacking victim Leon van Rensburg, 52, is said to be safely back with his family.

Related Stories
Hijack victim still missing

Durban - The search for the missing New Germany father, Leon van Rensburg, 52, who was thought to have been hijacked, was called off on Thursday night when he made contact with a family friend saying he was safe and needed a lift home.

His brother-in-law, Rob Gardner, said he understood that Van Rensburg had been dumped near Underberg after being hijacked on Tuesday. His white Toyota Tazz was found abandoned near Kokstad on Wednesday.

He apparently made his way to a phone and called a friend who lived in Howick. The friend collected him and returned him home, to his wife and children, on Thursday night.

Gardner described the three days during which Van Rensburg was missing as "taxing" on the family.

"I'm relieved he's safe and coming home," his wife, Shirley, said.

She said that the couple's two sons, Graham and Andrew, as well as their daughter, Megan, were delighted.

Although the full story of what happened is still to unfold, it is understood the IT technician was hijacked near his home while on his way to a meeting.

Megan, 15, was sent an SMS reading "Help, hijacked" from her father's phone at 10.41am. She was at school at the time and only saw the SMS four hours later.

Van Rensburg's family and friends said that until Thursday night, he had had not been seen or heard from. His bank account had also remained inactive.

News of his reappearance dominated local chatter on social media networks.

"It has been absolutely incredible and we are blown away," his wife said about the support the family had received.

Police spokesman Jay Naicker said police were on their way to the family's home to interview Van Rensburg to get to the bottom of what happened.
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Why So Quiet?

Well, firstly, I've made a promise that at 60,000 views I will bungee jump off Moses Mabida Stadium - so I'm in no hurry to boost page views... No jokes.

Secondly, blogger has changed their look and I can no longer work straight from my Cell Phone anymore (modern tech is meant to assist - I feel like I've gone back to 2006 when I had no smart phone, but anyway) - if you need to know what "Internet" in South Africa is like - just check out the meme attached - Internet Explorer... In fact, ANY of them (yes Firefox and Google Chrome I'm talkin'ta'you!) I'm working off a portable USB modem at the moment and it... is... slooooow....

Thirdly, I have been busy! (Yay!) My colab with Shika Budhoo (Beswitched! @ The Catalina Theatre) was an absolute pleasure and soon to be relived! (We are back 19, 20 and 21st October!) Also, my children's show Singa Little Longa played at the Durban Botanical Gardens and was a LOT of fun!

Ps. Sorry for typo's, am typing while cooking supper AND bathing two verrry busy little girls!

Take care,

Sandy Bigara


Check out if you have a moment :) xx
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Leon Van Rensburg Found Alive and Well!

Graham Van Rensburg, son of Leon Van Rensburg (hijack and kidnap victim) wrote on his facebook profile:


I am so relieved that you are safe my friend!!

Sandy Bigara
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Friday, 28 September 2012

Lisa Colquhoun, actor

Please have a look, Lisa is a close personal friend of mine, recently moved to London. She is an amazing dynamo of talent and her star is on the rise!

Thank you in advance!

Sandy Bigara

Sent from my BlackBerry®

Friday, 21 September 2012

A Real Mermaid... Sort Of ;o)

Theme: Nature vs Nurture


I sat for hours (hours and hours and hours...and some more hours) and made my little girl a mermaid outfit, she chose the fabric, details and watched me like a hawk every stitch!


You see, she is 4 and her dream is to be a *real* mermaid...


We went down to the beach today and even with the wind whipping around us and the water being cold, little Savanna was a very professional mermaid. Even though she ended up in tears a little bit because she was cold, she told me later on, wrapped in a blanket in the car: "Thank you for making my dream come true"


This was truly a case of Nature (the beach) vs Nurture (a mother's time and love)


Hope you "like" it :o)



It is entered into this months photo competition: The Lens Affair!/photo.php?fbid=10151015995641746&set=o.167003226659454&type=1&theater

Thursday, 6 September 2012

WOOLWORTHS Racist Employment: CEO Replies


You may be aware that over the past few days, Woolworths has been accused of racist recruitment practices – specifically, of not employing white people.

We want to reassure you that this is SIMPLY NOT TRUE.

The rumours apparently were sparked by some of our recruitment ads that designate certain posts for certain groups, and are being fuelled by an organisation that has called on its members to boycott us.

As a Woolworths customer, we thought you'd like to hear the facts:

Woolworths DOES employ white people. We employ women and men of all races – white, black, coloured, Indian, as well as people with disabilities, and will continue to do so.
We're a passionately South African company, so diversity is important to us. So is offering fair career opportunities. There are some areas of our business where certain groups are seriously under represented. These are the positions where we actively look for qualified candidates from specific groups.
Most other businesses do the same to bring diversity into their workforces. In fact, in South Africa all businesses that have more than 50 employees are required to do this.
We believe the responsible thing to do is to be open and transparent in our recruitment ads about the type of candidates we are looking for. Integrity is one of the values we hold dear.
As a born-and-bred South African company, we care deeply about the long-term sustainability of our country. With your help we've made significant contributions, through programmes like MySchool, to socio-economic development. We'll continue supporting transformation and socio-economic development because they're essential for our country's (and our company's) future.
We hope that we've answered any questions that you might have had about what's been posted on social media and reported in the media.

Thank you for your continued support.

Ian Moir
CEO - Woolworths


Just thought it would be prudent to post this here, I'm being bombarded with BBM's that are filled with heresay and nonsense, trying to incite drama.

BBEEE (BBBEE? BEE? EE? BEBEB??) is flawed, it is also unfair, but Woolworths is bound by the laws of this country just as all of the other big team players are. Focus your rage and 'upset' on government, send written petitions to government. Lashing out at a Service provider for being honest in their advertising is silly. Pardon me for saying so.

Sandy B
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Saturday, 25 August 2012

Neil Armstrong Has Died RIP

It is almost 1am and I am just home from performing...

Sad to see Tweets about Neil Armstrong's death.

Neil Armstrong has passed away at the age of 82 from complications following heart surgery, his iconic phrase "One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" has inspired us for generations.

The following article contains the full report of his death:

My heartfelt condolences to his loved ones.

Sent from my BlackBerry®

Thursday, 23 August 2012

Illegal taxis: Minister has no plan

As I mentioned the other day, I have been requested by a local DA representative to post certain articles. I think that this one has merit - there are too many road deaths daily due to negligent Taxi drivers and sub-standard Taxis.

Sandy B

Democratic Alliance press statement
Ian Ollis MP, DA Shadow Minister of Transport
Date: 22 August 2012
Release: immediate

Replies to DA parliamentary questions have revealed that 2353 panel vans have been illegally converted into minibus taxis and are likely still on our roads.

The unsafe, unstable converted panel vans were officially declared to be illegal in late 2007 and are currently the subject of a national investigation by the Public Protector.

Transport Minister Ben Martins has admitted that his department has no plan in place to address this issue. He is essentially conceding that his department is not taking any steps to change a situation in which the lives of thousands of commuters are put at risk daily.

It not clear how many passengers are currently using illegally converted vehicles. The Minster and his department also "does not have information on the number of persons who have died in such minibus taxis."

It is the responsibility of the Minister and his Department to ensure that public transport is effectively regulated, safeguarding the lives of the passengers who use it.

I will be calling on Minister Martins to appear before the Transport Portfolio Committee to answer questions on this issue and on why the lives of South Africans continue to be put at risk.

The City of Cape Town and the Western Cape government is clamping down on illegal minibus taxis and have increased their impoundment capacity for private vehicles and taxis. Impoundment centres in Maitland, Ndabeni, Beaufort West, George and Hermanus allow for illegal taxis to be removed from the streets and have proven to be a powerful weapon in the city and province's fight against illegal taxis - largely because its effects are immediate and cannot be laughed off by the guilty party.

It is now the Minister's turn.

Minister Martins needs to roll out a national plan of action to eradicate these unsafe vehicles from our roads. To ensure the safety of minibus drivers, passengers and other road users, we need a plan which all nine provinces buy into and implement.

Media enquiries:

Ian Ollis MP
DA Shadow Minister of Transport
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Pinotage on Tap 2012 with Diemersfontein Wines

Free-flowing Pinotage party to kick off at Salt Rock Durban: Pinotage on Tap 2012

Wednesday, 30 May 2012: It's voluptuous, vivacious and velvety; and its annual vintage release is the reason that thousands trek to their regional capitals for the Pinotage party to end them all. The Original Coffee Chocolate Pinotage wine from Diemersfontein is about to be unveiled for vintage 2012 at Pinotage on Tap, kicking off on 1 September at Litchi Orchard in Salt Rock, Durban.

The venue has changed from the midlands, the location in previous years, to enable easier access for KZN residents. In addition to unlimited pourings from barrels of Pinotage, white wine and artisanal beer will be available for enjoyment with a generous selection of tasty, filling foods. Popular local performers will add to the market-style atmosphere and warm, relaxed vibe for which the event is famed.

The Gauteng event will follow on Saturday 15 September at the Forest Camp, Cradle of Humankind Restaurant, Lanseria, while the Cape Town event will be held at the home of 'the People's Pinotage', at Diemersfontein in Wellington on Saturday 13 October.

The ticket price of R250 for the Durban event includes food vouchers, the bands, and the famous 'bottomless' glass of Diemersfontein's Original Coffee Chocolate Pinotage. Ticket sales open on Monday 2 July at and early bookings are advised. For further information visit and follow the links to the Pinotage on Tap page.


For more information about this incredible farm, contact:

Diemersfontein Wine & Country Estate
Deidre Taylor
Marketing Manager
Tel: 021 864 5050
Cell: 082 776 9154

Media enquiries:
Erica Meles Public Relations
Erica Liebenberg
Telephone: 021 852 5648
Cell: 073 221 2353

Sent from my BlackBerry®

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Touching Base! Hello There!

Morning all, just touching base to say hi and mention what has kept me away from writing for the blog!

I have moved away from Industrial Theatre (doing road shows to hundreds of schools, mainly disadvantaged and performing in all kinds of weather!) And I've taken the leap towards mainly doing live shows at different venues (piano and vocals), and traditional theatre shows. Added to my already hectic schedule doing school edu-tainment shows, running a music school, and home schooling my children... Gah!

My new show BESWITCHED has taken over every spare inch of time that I used to have, and launches this Thursday!

Tickets are R50 and Shika Budhoo and I are so excited about it! It will run at The Catalina Theatre, Wilson's Wharf Durban, from Aug 16th till Sept 02nd.

If you are feeling especially kind today, and you live in Durban/KZN please copy paste this as your FB status or BBM status - so many of our friends/contacts have already and we're so grateful!:

"#Beswitched runs @CatalinaTheatre 16 Aug- 2 Sept. New Comedy with Sandy Bigara and Shika Budhoo 031 3056889 to book! Only R50/ticket"

In the show I play 9 different characters - white, indian, australian, afrikaans, zulu and more ...... Fun! Stressed! Happy!

So yes, for now I have been asked personally by the Durban South Constituency of the Democratic Alliance to post specific articles written by leaders of the DA and so I will do so, I also post articles that interest me: I sometimes copy the article text for ease of reading but always post the link to the original (there will be follow-up articles on the topic on the original news pages) - I share what grabs my attention and, yes, I ramble (hence the blog name) and I hope you're alright with that 'cos it aint gonna change... When I have a break from writing scripts and working on my two new novels, I will put up some self-written articles. Right now I'm lying in the dark typing on my Blackberry... Not ideal!


Here is the Press Release for the show:

"BESWITCHED- Best friends, one Indian - Leela, and one White - Pamela.
Leela is marrying Pamela's brother Eric and, the morning after a disastrous engagement party the two friends sit and share a disjointed cup of tea... The result is that due to Granny Vashti's "Special Tea" the girls swop bodies... The problem is this: The wedding is TOMORROW!!

Filled with gorgeous memories and flashbacks to growing up in the 80's and 90's in Durban, audiences will see "both sides of the coin" and meet many zany and outspoken characters along the way.

This comedy with a dramatic twist will have audiences smiling, remembering and hopefully even tapping their feet as Pamela and Leela try to "Make the circle of love complete" and Be-switch-ed back before Leela's wedding!"


Have a fab day people and please let me know of any interesting news links etc that you'd like me to consider for posting!

Get in touch with me on Facebook xx

Sandy Bigara
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Saturday, 11 August 2012

Earthquake in Iran

This article is taken directly from: pasted here for your convenience. Please visit for more information.


"TEHRAN: Rescuers in northwest Iran are striving to dig survivors from the rubble of twin earthquakes that have levelled villages and killed at least 180 people and injured 1300 others.

The scale of the disaster is still emerging with emergency teams in the devastated zone northeast of the city of Tabriz pushing through the night after the Saturday quakes.

With telephone communications interrupted, officials say they're relying on radios and travelling in person to hard-hit villages to assess and rescue.
The quakes, which struck within 11 minutes of each other, measured 6.2 and 6.0 on the moment magnitude scale, according to Tehran University's Seismological Centre.

The US Geological Survey, which monitors seismic activity worldwide, ranked them as more powerful than that, at 6.4 and 6.3, respectively.
"Unfortunately, the toll is mounting and we are now at 180 dead and some 1300 injured," Khalil Saie, the head of the regional natural disasters centre, told state television on Sunday morning.
"Up to now, there are no deaths reported in the cities and all the victims come from rural areas," he said.
Earlier he told the television: "We are asking people to not panic. Help is arriving and rescuers are already at the scene."

President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's office has posted a statement on its website expressing condolences to those in the disaster zone and calling on authorities to "mobilise all efforts to help the affected populations".

An emergency services official said 66 rescue teams were at work, using 40 devices and seven dog squads to detect buried survivors. He said 185 ambulances had been sent to the area.
Those hurt were taken to hospitals in Tabriz and Ardebil, the two biggest nearby cities, both of which escaped relatively unscathed by the temblors.
Villages outlying the towns of Ahar and Varzaqan, 60 kilometres from Tabriz, were decimated, being closest to the epicentres of the two quakes.
Dwellings close to Heris, another town close by, were also badly shaken.

Residents in the region were terrified as their homes shook around them when the quakes hit and they fled into the streets for safety, according to reports.
Tehran University Seismological Centre said the first earthquake happened at 4:53 pm (2223 AEST) with an epicentre just 60 kilometres from Tabriz, close to Ahar, and at a depth of 10 kilometres.

The second - actually a big aftershock - rumbled through from nearly the same spot. A series of more than 17 smaller aftershocks rating 4.7 or less rapidly followed.

The disaster zone is located around 90 kilometres from the borders with Armenia and Azerbaijan and around 190 kilometres from the border with Turkey.
Iran sits astride several major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes, some of which have been devastating.

The deadliest was a 6.6-magnitude quake which struck the southern city of Bam in December 2003, killing 31,000 people.
Sent from my BlackBerry®

TNT Live Media's Presenter Search!

TNT Live Productions presents "TNT Live Media's Presenter Search!"

Enter now to become TNT Live Media's Video Presenter for 2012! Stand a chance to present the "I love Student Lyf Concert" on the 31st August and 1st September 2012 on camera‚ and rub shoulders with some of SA's biggest DJs!

Weekly prizes:
- T-shirts
- Photoshoot Vouchers

Grand Prize:
- TNT Live Media Video Presenter Contract (valid for 2012)
- 1 week Television mentorship with Mandisa Nduna (SABC 1 Class Act 2011 Finalist)
- A TNT Live Media Photoshoot
- A TNT Live Media Video shoot
- Spa treatment in your own home! By Fleuritious Mobile Spas

All you have to do is "like" the TNT Live Productions page (on‚ post a 30sec video of yourself on the TNT Live Productions wall‚ and get your friends and fans to "like" the page AND VOTE by liking your video! Weekly winners will be announced every Sunday!

On-location auditions will be held soon in an area near you‚ so keep your eyes on the page for more details!

The lucky winner of the grand prize will be announced on Sunday the 26th of August 2012!

Happy posting! And good luck! :D

Friday, 10 August 2012

Western Cape School Closures vs. KZN School Closures

So the ANCYL want to march in Cape Town for the closure of 27 schools?...interesting! Read on...

Written by: Sizwe Mchunu , DA Leader in KwaZulu-Natal
10 August 2012
The KZN Education Department's announcement that hundreds of small, non-viable schools would be closed in the province has been met with deafening silence by the ANC and alliance partners.

 This is despite a barrage of threats and provocation from the ANC and COSATU in the Western Cape about the Education Department's proposal to rationalize non-viable schools in the same way.

The ANC's silence is precisely because they know that better education opportunities need to be found for learners at non-viable schools with multi-grade classes and limited resources. But they cannot resist the opportunity to mindlessly politicize decisions that are made to improve the learning circumstances of learners.

We support the KZN Education Department's attempts to secure better opportunities for these learners in the same way we support the Western Cape Education Department. Tom Stokes, the DA's Education spokesperson in KZN, has submitted parliamentary questions to MEC Senzo Mchunu to ascertain how many schools have been closed since 2009 in KZN – an answer we anticipate soon.

The hypocrisy of the ANC's vastly different reaction to these two decisions brings into question why they've been so vocal in the Western Cape alone.

Marius Fransman and Tony Ehrenreich have some explaining to do.

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Women’s Month: DA challenges Minister Xingwana to promote the rights of women

Democratic Alliance press statement by Helen Lamoela MP, DA Shadow Minister of Women, Children and People with Disabilities

01 August 2012
Release: immediate

Today marks the beginning of Women's Month. As we honour the women of 1956 who marched on the Union Buildings to protest against the pass laws, we acknowledge that some of the worst challenges faced by women then still persist for women today.

The DA challenges the Minister for Women, Children and People with Disabilities, Lulu Xingwana, to show us that she is serious about promoting and realising the rights of vulnerable and impoverished women. With an average budget of R142 million per year to coordinate and monitor the direct delivery of programmes to support, empower and develop vulnerable groups, Minister Xingwana consistently fails in achieving her mandate.

The statistics paints a bleak picture about the challenges faced by women in South Africa:
Every 25 seconds a women or girl is raped;
every six days a women in South Africa is murdered by her intimate partner;
we are experiencing a spike in violence against elderly women, with two deplorable incidents of violent sexual attacks against grandmothers in the last week; and
over 160 000 schoolgirls fell pregnant between 2008 and 2010, with many of the schoolgirls being in grades 3, 5 and 6.
This situation warrants a Ministry who is actively championing and protecting the rights of women and young girls.

Monday, 6 August 2012

Women's Month, Beswitched at The Catalina, Durban

Celebrate Women's Month with a girls night out:

Best friends, one Indian - Leela, and one White - Pamela. Leela is marrying Pamela's brother Eric and, the morning after a disastrous engagement party the two friends sit and share a disjointed cup of tea... The result is that due to Granny Vashti's "Special Tea" the girls swop bodies... The problem is this: The wedding is TOMORROW!!

Filled with gorgeous memories and flashbacks to growing up in the 80's in Durban, audiences will see "both sides of the coin" and meet many zany and outspoken (see:racist) characters along the way.

This comedy with a dramatic twist will have audiences smiling, remembering and hopefully even tapping their feet as Pamela and Leela try to "Make the circle of love complete" and Be-switch-ed back before Leela's wedding!

New Comedy *BESWITCHED* runs 16 Aug- 2 Sept. CatalinaTheatre. 031 305 6889 written by and featuring Durban's own Shika Budhoo and Sandy Bigara!

(Please contact either Sandy or Shika directly for interviews extra photos radio interviews, ticket giveaways or other publicity-related information)

Sunday, 5 August 2012

SA Politics: Blacklist Contractors Responsible for R50 Billion RDP Housing Failure

Democratic Alliance press statement by Stevens Mokgalapa MP. DA Shadow Minister of Human Settlements

05 August 2012

The DA has submitted parliamentary questions to the Minister of Human Settlements, Tokyo Sexwale, to reveal the names of contractors whose inferior work will result in R50 billion being spent on the rectification of RDP housing projects.

We want to know who these fly-by-night contractors are and whether they are still contracted to build houses. Contractors who build faulty houses must be blacklisted so that no more public money is wasted. It is time that Minister Sexwale took some tough action to match his tough talk.

This year alone, R930 million was set aside for the rectification of just over 34 000 housing units across the country. The vicious cycle of spending, shoddy workmanship and rectification must be broken by blacklisting bad contractors and preventing them from future involvement in contracts for state-funded housing.

Minister Sexwale is trying to shift the blame for crumbling RDP houses by saying that it is service providers, and not his department, that are responsible for RDP construction. The Minister conveniently ignores the fact that service providers are contracted by his department and should be held accountable by it. He also fails to mention the obvious failure by the National Home Builders Registration Council, an entity within his department, to protect housing consumers from unscrupulous contractors and to ensure that contractors who deliver sub-standard housing projects are blacklisted.

The Department of Human Settlements' dogged defence of under-performing contractors was evidenced again in last week's discussion in the portfolio committee for Human Settlements on the continuation of contracts to two sanitation service providers who have repeatedly failed to deliver on their commitments. In 2010/2011, the Independent Development Trust (IDT) and Mvula Trust received contracts to the value of R32 million and R11 million, respectively. Despite their failure to meet their targets, their allocated contracts grew to R150 million and R120 million in the current financial year.

It is time for the Minister to prove to South Africans living in appalling conditions in state-funded housing and the millions of South African still awaiting access to housing opportunities that he wants to get rid of service providers who squander state resources.

South Africans deserve sustainable human settlements, where families can be raised, where dreams can be realised and where people are given access to the economic opportunities that arise from home ownership. We challenge the Minister to purge the housing system of bad contractors.

Media enquiries:

Stevens Mokgalapa MP
DA Shadow Minister of human Settlements
083 275 1779

Piera Abbott
Senior Media Officer
076 130 5779

Sent to me by Shehana Gaibie.

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Competition Time at Butik Asia!

BUTIK ASIA stores in KZN are celebrating Women's month with their new Spring/ Summer Collection Competition!**


1) Visit one of our Butik Asia stores @ Galleria Mall in Amanzimtoti (Toti) or @ Ushaka
Marine World in Durban (Point Waterfront).

2) Take a photo of yourself in-store looking fabulous!

3) Post to FB Butik Asia online, with a one-sentence fashion slogan or inspirational quote for Women.

The photo with the most likes wins! Get your friends to add Butik Asia as a friend or they can enter too and make the competition more exciting.


5 Nights away for you & family at The Happy Wanderers Beach Resort in KZN (valued at R6000)


- Butik Asia:

Happy Wanderers:


**Competition ends on 31 August

Good luck!

Sunday, 29 July 2012

Cameron van der Burg Wins Gold Medal!

Just saw now on Facebook via YOU Magazine:
"Cameron van der Burg wins South Africa's 1st gold medal and breaks the World record in a time of 58.46s!"

Friday, 20 July 2012

Michelle Jenneke Dancing Athlete

Have a look at the video of Australian hurdler Michelle Jenneke that's gone viral :)

This is the link from my mobile browser:

The write up under the video says,
"Nineteen year old Michelle Jenneke representing Australia in the 100 meter hurdles during the 2012 World Junior Championships in Barcelona...with interpretative dance."

Very cute!!
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Musical Theatre This Sunday!

THIS Sunday
Glenashley Prep in La Lucia
R60 *only*

Doris Day Tribute Show -> are you coming?

Durban needs to support it's legends. Colin Penn is undoubtedly one of our greats, a 58 year career, an incredible pianist.

If you have never been to a show of his, then this is it. Don't miss out.

Bookings: 0315645153
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Wednesday, 18 July 2012

ABSA Stadium on Fire

Does anyone have any news regarding this?

There were comments on twitter but not much in the press.

Connect with me on facebook:
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Durban Organised Crime Unit - KZN

Please read the links below to gain more insight, this is a worthy cause.

Link to a related article (PC format):

The same article in mobile format:

Supporters of the Durban Organised Crime Unit - KZN, just a reminder:

Sunday, 22 July 2012
Crusaders Sports Club, 10 Ranleigh Crescent in Durban North
Entrance fee of R100 per person at the door, children under the age of 13 free.
T Shirts will be for sale on the day!!!!!!

Come on down, share the afternoon with your "family" entrance includes....
Spit braai,
Mr Kevin Woods, a motivational speaker,
live music - Leon Rautenbach...ex-Ballyhoo,
jumping castles for the kids,
Meet some of the 18 heroes and give us the opportunity for all of us to meet with one common goal and that is our 18 heroes from the SVCU, and much much more...
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Monday, 16 July 2012


Waves are unrestrained, they pound relentlessly upon the shore.

 Multitudes of different rock types are reduced to rubble, ground into gravel, pebbles, stones, shards, fragments, and finally…fine soft sand.
When we are relentless in pursuing our goals, our dreams.

 Equality. Freedom. Respect.

 We must be fluid like water, as strong as a wave, we must pound the rocks that stand before us… into gravel, pebbles, stones, shards, fragments, and finally…sand.

Sand that we will walk upon.

They do say that "the enemy is under our feet"…
This is especially for those close to me who are walking a path less travelled. They face judgement and persecution every day for their beliefs and ideals. They are Christian, they are Muslim, they are Atheist. They are Straight and they are not. I love you guys - you know who you are - you WILL persevere and you WILL conquer.
And for those of you out there who are feeling LOW, as if you will never rise up and take hold of what you know you are called to do:
Take care.

Friday, 13 July 2012

Make Time, Don't Waste a Minute

Carpe Diem. Seize the day.

Don't let a day pass you by.

You know it and I know it, too many days have passed without a truly kind word.

Hold hands today... smile at each other, listen when the other talks, put your cell phone away. Cuddle without watching the clock, whisper something kind or sexy into each other's ear. Remember a good laugh that you shared, and share it again.

Be unexpected. Make the effort to make your significant other feel special. Love, and especially marriage, is a work in progress. Never completed, always 'busy'. Having small children makes it even more difficult, children demand their own slice of your time, making it hard to focus any attention on your partner.

I am very blessed. I have an amazing partner. Someone who supports me 100%, puts up with my drama, my hormones (a biggy) and loves me even when I'm mean and selfish (see: grumpy, irritating, sulky) - he can look at me a second after I think "I'm so useless" and say, "Love you..." and I feel so much better. When I do something nice, kind or unexpected he is always verbally grateful which makes me feel loved and appreciated.

Today I'm making a change. I challenge you to do the same. Life is precious, and fleeting, time can run away from you - grab onto it. Don't waste a minute.

Have a great weekend.
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Friday, 29 June 2012

Adele is Pregnant!

How exciting :o)

Adele posted to her website:
"I'm delighted to announce that Simon (Konecki) and I are expecting our first child together. I wanted you to hear the news direct from me, obviously we're over the moon and very excited but please respect our privacy at this precious time.
Yours always,
Adele xx"

Life will become more interesting now, and more challenging. Children are a blessing, enjoy every moment.

Sent from my BlackBerry®

Wednesday, 27 June 2012

Doris Day Tribute

1st July
@ PMB St Johns United Church R60 
Tickets:Hairwaves. In Pmb, 7 Victoria Centre, Victoria Street. 033-394-0904
8th July
1pm food served
2pm show
@ Durban Norwegian Hall R90 incl food
Tickets:031-564-5135 Barbara
15th July
1pm food served
2pm show
@ Howick Preparatory School R100 incl food
Tickets:Village Talk Newspaper (033) 330 5782 , Bloo Monkey Antiques Shop (033) 330 4846.
22 July
@ Durban North, Glenashley Senior Primary, Marion Ave R60
Tickets:031-564-5135 Barbara
19 August
@ Toti, Civic Centre R60
Tickets:031-564-5135 Barbara
23 Sep
@ Hillcrest Senior Primary R60
Tickets:031-564-5135 Barbara
See you there!
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Tuesday, 26 June 2012

My Music :)

I have finally opened a soundcloud account (!!) and have started posting my recordings there. At the moment they are all free to download.

I wrote this song "Tired Fields" when we were in the middle of a lot of stress, we were feeling so obliterated by circumstance... In this recording I have pulled out all of the music and left only the vocals. I sang this to our children and sang it to myself a lot. I hope that you like it.

The following "The Look of Love" is one of the songs that I perform in my Jukebox Diva show.

This one I recorded for all of my school friends (we're old bags now... Lol!)

This final one is very special to me, the backing track is played by Durban's well loved entertainer Colin Penn.

For my other tracks - please visit:

Sandy Bigara

If you would like to hear my 15 year old gifted piano student please visit:
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Saturday, 23 June 2012

M4 Bridge Collapses!

I have been sans phone all day!! Can anyone tell me what happened?!

Sandy B
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Thursday, 21 June 2012

Bruno and Debbie Rescued!

I found out an hour ago that the Brother of my friend Vera has been rescued alongside his partner Debbie.

This has been an incredible experience for me as a person - witnessing the strength of Vera and her fiance Colin as they rallied troups of performers and sponsors to try everything in their power to save their family members from a hellish existence.

I have read the articles doing the rounds on Facebook, and I just want to say: I am SO pleased that they are finally free, I wish them both much success and strength during this rehabilitation time. It will not be easy but I know that they will do much to teach our country about the very real and present danger of modern day hostage situations.

Vera, Colin - I am very proud of you. You never stopped trying.

Conte partiro Somali's :o)


Leave a message on their Facebook page:

Sandy Bigara

Photo posted to the Facebook group wall by Frederick Hellier
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Wednesday, 20 June 2012

How Margerine is Made

I have just read the following book excerpt on another website (reference below) I am a butter girl from now on!!


Have you ever wondered how margarine is made? Here are nine steps to explain the industrial process of making margarine.

Step 1:
Oils are heated until they turn rancid.

Margarine makers start with second-grade vegetable oils from maize, soy, sunflower seeds and canola.

These oils are then heated under high pressure. The heat turns them rancid. Rancid oils are loaded with free radicals that react easily with other molecules, causing cell damage, premature aging and a host of other problems.

The last bit of oil is removed with hexane, a hydrocarbon with the chemical solvent known to cause cancer. Although this hexane is subsequently removed, traces of it are inevitably left behind.

Canola oil, which is widely touted as the healthiest oil of all, has problems as well. Consumption of canola has been linked to vitamin E deficiency as well as growth retardation. For this reason, canola oil is not allowed to be used in the manufacture of infant formula.

Most of the oils used for making margarine are genetically modified.

Step 2:
Steam cleaning destroys vitamins and antioxidants.

The raw oils for making margarine are steam cleaned. This destroys all the vitamins and antioxidants. However, the residues of pesticides and solvents, such as hexane, remain.

Step 3:
Oils are mixed with finely ground (and toxic) nickel.

Then the oils are mixed with finely ground nickel, a highly toxic substance that serves as a catalyst for the chemical reaction during the hydrogenation process. Other catalysts may be used, but these, too, are highly toxic.

Step 4:
Hydrogen gas is introduced.

The oils are then put under high temperature and pressure in a reactor. Hydrogen gas is introduced. The high temperature and pressure, together with the presence of the nickel catalyst, causes hydrogen atoms to be forced into the oil molecules. If the oil is partially hydrogenated, it turns from liquid into a semi-solid.

Step 5:
Emulsifiers – which are like soaps – are mixed in.

What comes out of the partial hydrogenation process is a smelly, lumpy, grey grease. To remove the lumps, emulsifiers – which are like soaps – are mixed in.

Step 6:
The oil is steam cleaned (again!) to remove the odour of chemicals.

This step is called deodorization and it again involves high temperature and high pressure.

Step 7:

The oil is then bleached to get rid of the grey colour to make it more visually appealing.

Step 8:
Synthetic vitamins and artificial flavours are mixed in.

A 'natural' yellow colour called annatto, is added to margarine. Annatto (Bixa orellana L.) is derived from the seed of the tropical Annatto tree. It is linked anecdotally to behaviour and learning problems, asthma, hyperactivity, urticaria and allergies.

Step 9:
Promotion as a health food.

Finally, the margarine is promoted to the public as a health food – with the full endorsement of many scientists, doctors, nutritionists and health authorities.
Eady, Julie. 2007.
Additive Alert: Your guide to safer shopping.
Additive Alert Pty Ltd,
Mullaloo WA 6037.
ISBN 0-9775176-1-6.

Article sourced from the lovely site: be sure to visit it soon! Lots of interesting articles to enjoy!

Take care,

Sandy Bigara

Image sourced from:
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis split

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have separated. They have two children together: Lily Rose and John Christopher. They have ended their 14 year relationship and are still friends.

Always sad to see a relationship flounder but hey, he's available now peeps. Go wild.

Johnny's publicist released the following statement to ET:

"Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis have amicably separated. Please respect their privacy and, more importantly, the privacy of their children."

Click on the link below for 'non-gossipy' news about the split!

Sandy Bigara

Image sourced from:
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Comrades Winner Mamabolo Tests Positive For Banned Stimulant

I have just seen that our 2012 Comrades winner Ludwick Mamabolo has tested positive for an unnamed banned stimulant recently.

What do think of this? I am disappointed in him.

This has now been confirmed by the Institute for Drug-Free Sport. (Via Eyewitness News

Sandy Bigara

Picture source:
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Stephen Neville Former Northwood and Crusaders Boy: Help a Family in Need

I don't often ask for help, but now I am.

I have chatted with this family for two weeks now via email, I am in South Africa and they are in the States. I went to school with Stephen's sister Jenny and can testify personally that they are good, salt-of-the-earth people. Honourable. Trustworthy.

Click on the link below (please) and have a read through, their situation is not an easy one and they are really needing global, yes, GLOBAL assistance here.

As fellow Mothers and Fathers, Friends... We CAN spare a bit and donate.

I would like to extend a sincere thank you to those who have already helped.

Thank you.
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Saturday, 16 June 2012

Ugly Words and Remaining Upbeat

View the following article (with active hyperlinks on specific keywords) @
(mobile or PC/Mac)

"As most of you who are in contact with me via my rambling blog or my facebook page, you will know that I am as usual, involved in so many (too many) projects and childrens shows at the moment. If you would like to have a listen to my latest recordings as well, please go to my Sound Cloud page.
The sequel to my first book is sitting with my Editor at the moment. Once I get my hands on it, I will have to work through the notes, alterations and corrections until it is perfect for you to read.
I have to be so patient and focussed now.
A BIG thank you to my friends and new friends who have shared with me what my book meant to them. It makes the hard work worth it!
Unfortunately when I popped onto my paperback sales page there was a nasty shock waiting for me: three horrid comments left there by three ladies who seemed to really have it in for my darling book! As you will see, on this blog - under the Reviews tab - I have left just a few of the comments that I have received.
In total almost 150 books have been sold in paperback and ebook format. If I was able to secure funding I would order bulk copies and push the book harder to drive the numbers up, but alas, I am unable to receive funding and so must try to think of a way around the problem.
Never fear :) there is a time for everything.
I have also started working on my third Novel..."

I console myself with this fact: by the time I have written my 50th Novel I will have gained immeasurable experience... But until then, I will try my best and learn as much as I possibly can!

If you would like to check out my book for yourself please purchase a copy @

Thanks guys,

Sandy Bigara
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Sunday, 10 June 2012

Hail Image and the Saturday Independent

I would like to offer an apology to my very dear friend Kate Sydenham - I asked friends to email/bbm or facebook 'tag' me pictures of the hail storm on Friday night. Kate, among others sent me gorgeous pictures - with the rush to get them onto my blog I sent via my Blackberry email, and could not give credit to each photographer under the separate images as I could do if I was online.


The Saturday Independent ( saw my link on twitter, accessed my blog and took a photograph from there, without my consent, publishing it on the front page of the Saturday paper. I was given credit for taking the picture. If I had been contacted and asked for permission, I would have sent them directly to Kate and she would have had credit for the image taken.


I sincerely apologise for any hurt feelings and don't want my sources and friends to think that I do this regularly! I ALWAYS ask permission first before publishing any content.


Thanks for your time.



Sandy Bigara

Saturday, 9 June 2012

Canadian Psycho Cannibal Magnotta New Victim?

The disturbing news about the 'Canadian Cannibal' has ended with an arrest inside an internet cafe... And now, there is the possibility that this was Mr. Magnotta's second dismemberment/murder.

A human head and other body parts were discovered in the Hollywood hills a while ago and police are now looking into the connection between Magnotta and this death.

Why is there so much cannibalism/necromancy and murder going on at the moment in the States and Canada?!

I've attached the CNN link below.

There are also some good articles linked at the bottom of this page:

Take care and beware the Zombie Apocalypes (joking)

Sent from my BlackBerry®

Friday, 8 June 2012

Hail Storm Durban Photos

The freak storm hit Durban without warning this evening, lasting about 20 minutes or so.

As you'll see from the photo's the hail fell differently in the various suburbs - with umhlanga rocks drive being the hardest hit.

Have you got any photos? Email me:

Take care!

Sandy Bigara
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Hail Storm over Durban!

Huge hail storm!

Anyone else caught in the hail?!
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Monday, 4 June 2012

Kaylene Lewis: What Actually Happened

A fantastic interview by Mervyn Naidoo via the Tribune:

Our thoughts are with Kaylene's family at this time.

Be vigilant with your teens on Facebook. Don't assume that they are aware of all dangers.

Sandy Bigara
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Glen View Guest House Rates

Glen View Guest House in Durban.



Single - R525 per person per night

Double sharing - R635 per room per night

The above rate includes an English breakfast



Single - R475 per person per night

2 sleeper unit - R575 per unit

3 sleeper unit- R675 per unit per night

4 sleeper unit - R775 per unit per night

English breakfast available at R55 per head



7 night stay including dinner, bed and breakfast - R620 per person per night

1 month stay including dinner, bed and breakfast - R570 per person per night

3 month stay including dinner, bed and breakfast - R480 per person per night

All dinners are valued at R85 and can either be provided by us or we can issue the guest with a voucher to enjoy dinner at the various restaurants and fast food outlets nearby.

Laundry rates: R120 per 20 items (shirts, pants)
Wash, dried and ironed
Sent from my BlackBerry®

Sunday, 3 June 2012

ARTIST PROFILE: Rene Tshiakanyi in 2012

Rene Tshiakanyi, South African Singer, originally from Congo DRC.

When a young man notices an unfair event reoccurring, if that young man writes a song – and that song goes viral causing a corrupt government to threaten his life, and the life of his family; causing him to flee to another country?... 
Then that man is remarkable. 
Someone who deserves the support of his fellow man.

Thinking nothing of his personal safety, Rene Tshiakanyi wrote a human rights song "La Presse s'efface" or, Journalists are being erased" when his friend, a journalist was almost killed. This prompted him to expose the dealings of a government that simply 'silenced' its foes or expose's. The video that accompanied the song recording caused an outcry among the country's leadership and eventually lead to Rene's fleeing of his homeland.

In August of 2008 Rene arrived in South Africa and lived with his uncle. He had no English language skill and had nothing but a will to live, and his guitar.

His first job in South Africa was a very sad experience – but it proved to be the catalyst for change in Rene's life. He worked as a domestic worker, doing maintenance and garden work for a family in Durban, unfortunately the racist abuse that he suffered at his 'Master's' hands proved to be too much. Being fed his lunch on the same plate that the family dog had earlier eaten upon was the turning point. Rene quietly but firmly told his employer 
"I am worth being treated with dignity' 
He then left peacefully. He still to this day feels no ill will towards the man, when I heard of the abuse that Rene suffered I was angry – Rene stretched out his hand to me and said, 
"It is where that man is... What good will our anger bring? Rather show him kindness…"  
Later on in his career, when that same man and his family ate a meal at a restaurant that, coincidentally, had Rene as their entertainment that day, Rene secretly offered to cover their bill in a show of goodwill. He was too late however, and the bill had already been paid...

He went home after quitting work, and over the next while he took up his guitar and sat on a street corner. He started to play songs that he loved. A passerby dropped a note at his feet… one fifth of what he earned for an entire day's hard labour!... a successful busker was born.

A woman named Eva gave him an opportunity to busk at the Mother Organic Restaurant and then Andre at the NSA Gallery allowed him to busk there. In 2009 through long hours of busking, Rene bought his sound equipment and lighting, in 2010 he bought a car, and set up his website, in 2011 he recorded a demo CD, and toured Johannesburg, Pretoria and Cape Town. So far 2012 has been busy, with a UK tour in his dreams... 

His style is quite unique; he sings passionately, he is focussing on developing his style – looking into vocal training as well. I personally love his French songs and wish that he would focus on these! When he loses himself in a song his voice takes on a warm vibrato that fills your heart, his guitar playing is crisp and interesting.

UPDATE: 2015 
Rene's career has gone from strength to strength and I will be doing another interview with him soon! Please take a look at the following links and show Rene some support: