Former championSouth Africa’s foremost campaigner on the elite Association of Surfing Professionals (ASP) World Championship Tour, Jordy Smith, has confirmed he will once again compete in the prestigious event. The Mr Price Pro Ballito Champion in 2010, Smith will be looking to win the title again in an event that is close to his heart. The powerful, barreling surf at Willard’s Beach has become a favourite stop for touring professionals, who make their annual pilgrimage from as far afield as the USA, Europe, Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Japan and Tahiti to test their skills in its spitting tubes and punchy beach-break ramps. Entries have already begun to stream in with world number 26, Yadin Nicol of Australia, being the first man to get his in. A standout in the large, hollow waves of Hawaii’s notorious North Shore this past season (December 2012), Nicol is well suited to the challenging waves of Ballito. He represents the calibre of surfer anticipated for this year’s event. SAinfo reporter “Ballito is an incredible wave in the wintertime,” Smith said. “It is a special event for me because it’s at home and it means I get to compete in front of my friends and family. I’ve won it before, so I am looking forward to going back to see if I can take it out once again.” The Mr Price Pro Ballito is set to heat up the South African winter when it takes place for a fifth season on the wave-rich KwaDukuza coast in KwaZulu-Natal. A host of the world’s finest surfers will do battle for the title from 1 to 7 July. While the surfers ride the ocean waves by day, spectators will be rocked by sound waves at night as Mr Price once again presents the Free Music Concerts at Salt Rock on 4, 5 and 6 July. As one of just eight Prime events on the ASP World Qualifying Series, and the only internationally rated professional event on the African continent, the Mr Price Pro Ballito offers surfers valuable ASP ratings points, not to mention a substantial R 2.2-million (US$250 000) in prize purse. It is also critical for surfers hoping to qualify for the elite ASP World Championship Tour in 2014. “Opportunities like this enable the foundation to impact the lives of children from our programmes in a different and special way. Their participation in fun activities at the Pro means a lot to them and gives them exposure to international events and opportunities they would never have dreamt of.” “It is my great pleasure to welcome some of the world’s top 96 surfers to our sunny shores. KwaDukuza has been home to the Mr Price Pro Ballito for the past five years and we look forward to sharing with both our international and domestic visitors our position as a world class surfing and holiday destination,” said KwaDukuza Mayor Ricardo Mthembu. FestivalThe Mr Price Pro Ballito Beach Festival will once again run in conjunction with the surfing from 1 to 7 July. It is reputed to be the biggest beach festival on the African continent and in excess of 70 000 people flooded the gates over the seven days in 2012. This year’s Festival is expected to see record numbers once again, with more exciting cultural, retail, lifestyle and sports entertainment in store. For the first time, from 2 to 4 July, the Mr Price Pro Ballito will incorporate a Food and Wine festival, bringing mouth-watering flavours to the beach and adding a new and exciting dynamic to this year’s festival. 19 February 2013 “We are encouraged and excited that the parties involved in the Mr Price Pro have chosen the RedCap Foundation to benefit from the event in various ways,” Smangele Mbeje of the Red Cap Foundation said. Featuring an elite 96-man field, only the highest rated surfers on the ASP One World Rankings qualify for the event, with just a few spots open to local wildcards. Social investmentThe RedCap Foundation has been selected as the event’s Social Investment Programme. It will benefit from this year’s festival, with a number of fun activities aimed at impacting the lives of children in need. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
The Cape Town Electronic Music Festival, to be held from 10-12 February 2017, showcases the cream of the crop in international and local dance music. Here are five must-see South Africa acts this year.Cape Town hosts the best in international and South African dance music at the sixth annual Cape Town Electronic Music Festival held from 10-12 February 2017. (Image: Pixabay CC0 Public Domain)CD AndersonThe Cape Town Electronic Music Festival (CTEMF) is now in its sixth year and has gone from strength to strength as the South African dance music and electronica scenes have evolved over the last two decades.Held at the Cape Town City Hall from 10-12 February 2017, the festival will feature 64 acts on five stages.There is also a smaller companion CTEMF Connect JHB Festival to be held at Truth nightclub in Johannesburg over the same dates, with headliners appearing at both events.Headline performers this year include Ninja Tune Records electronica pioneers Coldcut, legendary turntablist Peanut Butter Wolf and Canadian hip hop producer Ryan Hemsworth. South African acts include house music DJs Jullian Gomes and Jazzuelle, as well as Cape Town hip hop prodigy Youngsta, among many others.The festival covers an assortment of sub-genres of electronic dance music, including popular favourites house and techno music in all its varieties, as well as experimental, hip hop and chill out.There will also be a number of music workshops before and during the festival, starting on 7 February, during the Cape Town festival that will bring together some of the performers with burgeoning local talent and fans.For more information on the festival, visit the CTEMF website.Some of the local artists performing at the festivalKid Fonque (DJ)Kid Fonque has been a South African electronic music stable for more than 20 years, DJing, producing and mentoring new talent across all styles of dance music, from bass and bossa nova to hip hop and house. As well as an in-demand club DJ, the Kid also has a radio show on 5FM and runs his own label, Stay True Sounds. He has performed around the world, presenting South African sounds to clubbers in Asia and Europe.Listen to his mix of South African electronic music, created exclusively for CTEMF 2017:Zaki Ibrahim (Singer)<ahref=”http://zakiibrahim.bandcamp.com/album/every-opposite”>Every Opposite by Zaki Ibrahim</a>Born in Canada, the daughter of former South African radio broadcaster Zane Ibrahim, Zaki is now based permanently in Cape Town, following an impressive 15-year singing career in Ontario and Toronto that earned her a reputation as a formidable live performer. Her music blends a modern electronica sound with nu-soul, hip hop and world music elements. After self-releasing a number of EPs, Zaki released her first full-length album, Every Opposite, in 2012. She has collaborated with a number of international and local artists, including King Britt, DJ Spinna and Spoek Mathambo.Watch her perform live in Cape Town:Moonchild Sanelly (Singer)Best known for her catchy electro pop radio hit Rabubi in 2014, Sanelly has since been creating a buzz in music circles for her style and talent. Her recent successful European tour and a well-received showcase at the SXSW music festival in Austin, Texas, both in 2016, have set her up for certain global success. She has collaborated with a host of South African artists, including Thandiswa Mazwai and Toya Delazy.Watch the music video for Rabubi:STAB Virus (DJs/producers)Makonwabe Bekwa and Siphe Tebeka are the techno house duo behind the hugely popular club hit The Unknown Song. Dance music legend Laurent Garnier called the song one of his favourite tracks of the year. The duo’s live sets, which move fluidly from traditional techno into more all-embracing, African-influenced fare at some of the country’s biggest music festivals and clubs, are considered legendary.Listen to The Unknown Song:Yeti (DJ)Self-described as a creator of “dark melodic bass-driven songs filled with dynamic drops and clean breaks”, Yeti is a Cape Town techno DJ. He is considered one of South Africa’s most dynamic live DJs, combining cutting-edge skill with a knack for finding the right song for the right moment. His set at the 2016 Rocking The Daisies festival has been lauded as one of the best DJ sets in South Africa over the last 10 years.Listen to a live set recording by Yeti:Source: CTEMF websiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
But Stepheson’s ouster somehow turned out to be a blessing in disguise with Kelly Nabong, who replaced him in the game, stepping up in OT.Nabong scored seven of Meralco’s last nine points in the final two minutes and 12 seconds to finish with 15 pointsThe veteran bruiser went 3-of-4 from the free throw line in the last 11.6 seconds to help keep the KaTropa at bay.Joshua Smith had a chance to win it for TNT at the free throw line but he only managed to get a split with 5.6 seconds to go in regulation.Chris Newsome forced a contested 3-pointer that missed, paving the way for OT with the score tied at 92.ADVERTISEMENT Familiarity with Desiderio key in stopping UP, says Macaraya “We played much better tonight than we did last game. I thought we really gutted it out in the end especially since my import was in foul trouble majority of the game,” said Meralco head coach Norman Black.“I have to give a lot of credit to the locals particularly Baser Amer, who I felt played one of the best games of his career. Special mention also goes out to Kelly Nabong, who hit his foul shots when the game was on the line,” Black added. FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutGame 3 is set on Friday with the winner facing top seed Barangay Ginebra in a best-of-five semifinals series.The Bolts overcame a long offensive drought that lasted for close to eight minutes and the absence of their import Alex Stepheson, who fouled out with still 1:54 left in regulation. Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV MOST READ BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds What ‘missteps’? Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netBaser Amer had a career night and Meralco held off TNT, 103-100, in overtime Wednesday night to forge a winner-take-all Game 3 for the last spot in the 2017 PBA Commissioner’s Cup semifinals at Smart Araneta Coliseum.Amer fired 32 points on top of six rebounds and four assists in 43 minutes to lead the Bolts’ fightback after dropping Game 1 on Monday.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games View comments RR Garcia gave the KaTropa their first lead,93-92, at the 3:16 mark of overtime after trailing by as much as 19 points late in the opening quarter.But that didn’t last long as Amer and Nabong hit back-to-back baskets for a 96-93 edge and TNT never led again.Smith led the KaTropa with 18 points, 18 rebounds and three blocks while Stepheson finished with just seven points and 13 rebounds in only 26 minutes due to foul trouble.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next