In only one week, Smile 90.4FM’s listeners have identified all four mystery celebrities inside the Polo Vivo Trendline that we’re giving away.

On Friday morning, the 8th of March, Nicole van den Munckoaf correct named celebrity number four as Shakira, and won herself a brand new VW Polo Vivo Trendline 1.4 to the value of R200 000.

So, the four celebrities in the car were: Meghan Markle, Siya Kolisi, Peter Dinklage and Shakira.

Congratulations Nicole! Smile 90.4FM and McCarthy Volkswagen Parow wish you many years of safe and happy driving.

But don’t forget … there is still a bag of cash in the boot. Guess how much and you can win it all!!

For more information on the WHO’S IN THE CAR? competition … click here.

Wednesday the 6th of March was a WINNING WEDNESDAY on Smile 90.4FM.

On Smile Breakfast, Tarryn Petersen, correctly identified Meghan Markle – Dutchess of Sussex – as the first celebrity in the car and won herself R10 000!

Then, during Ewan Strydom’s show from 12:00 to 15:00, David Biggs correctly identified Siya Kolisi and Peter Dinklage as celebrities number two and three and in the process won himself R20 000!

So, there is only one mystery celebrity left to identify. And the person to do that will win the Polo Vivo Trendline worth R200 000 from McCarthy Volkswagen Parow.

And don’t forget … there is still a bag of cash in the boot. Guess how much and you could win it all!!

 

For more information on the WHO’S IN THE CAR? competition … click here.

 

Donating blood, like becoming an organ donor, is one of the most selfless, yet completely simple things to do in life. And it doesn’t cost you a thing.

Bloodstock levels in the Western Cape decline during the festive season – just as the number of road accidents spike. For the Western Province Blood Transfusion Service (WPBTS), maintaining a five-day blood stock level through this period is critical, as it ensures that hospitals have sufficient safe blood to treat everyone.

Cynics might ask why they need to give their blood, just so that someone involved in a drunken late-night crash might live. Well, that someone in that crash might be your loved one, fighting for his or her life after someone else, unthinkingly, sped through a red light at an intersection.

Maintaining a five-day bloodstock is difficult at the best of times.

Bloodstock at the WPBTS usually hovers around a two-day supply, year-round, which just shows how much work needs to be done, to encourage and educate new donors.

WPBTS Corporate Public Relations Officer, Michelle Vermeulen, says many of their regular donors are away or very busy during the holiday season. At the same time, their external blood donation clinics at corporate offices, schools and factories close for the December break.

To mitigate the impact of the shortage, the WPBTS is appealing to all residents, regular donors and holidaymakers to set aside just 30 minutes of their day to visit a clinic. Each donation could save up to three lives.

Here at Smile 90.4FM we definitely ended the year on a high note as we hosted the WPBTS at our new offices for our final blood drive of 2018.

More than 70 Smile 90.4FM listeners and our own staff members came out to give their pint of blood. Nearly half of the donors had never donated before, which is really a big deal. It also means, that the blood donated at our offices on the day, a whopping 33,25 litres, potentially already saved about 210 lives.

Thank you to all those who came through to give some of your life-giving blood.

But let’s not stop there. It shouldn’t just be a priority some of the time when it’s convenient for you. Make it your mission to seek out a blood donation clinic every eight weeks.

It’s never been easier. You can download the WP Blood app to find your nearest donation point. You can also follow them on Facebook (WP Blood) on Twitter (@WPBlood) and Instagram (wp_blood).

For those who are social media challenged, you can also contact their offices around the province, so even if you’re on holiday, please make some time to donate.

It’s 30 minutes of your time, and totally worth it:

Cape Peninsula

The Cape Peninsula region includes Cape Town’s northern and southern suburbs, as far as Durbanville in the north and Simon’s Town in the south. Phone 021 507 6364.

Paarl

The Paarl branch hosts regular clinics in the Boland area, the Helderberg basin, and as far as Lambert’s Bay on the West Coast. Phone 021 871 1030.

Worcester

The Worcester branch includes the Breede River Valley, Beaufort-West, Swellendam, Ceres, Tulbagh and Hermanus. Phone 023 342 2450.

George

The George branch services the Southern Cape region encompassing Plettenberg Bay on the coast, Oudtshoorn and Ladysmith in the Karoo, and Heidelberg, Stilbaai and Riversdale. Phone 044 874 2074.

 

The list of graduates each year from Stellenbosch University makes for interesting and heartwarming reading. A story that immediately stood out in the press release was that of 27-year-old Xolani Hadebe who has shown what true tenacity really means.

After completing matric at his rural school in Piet Retief, Mpumalanga, Xolani says he had his heart set on becoming a doctor, even though he had no idea how tough it was going to be to realise his dream.

He received numerous rejection letters from all of the Medical Schools in the country, and he knew that his mom would never be able to afford his university applications, having worked as a domestic worker her entire life. His father passed away when he was very young.

But he never gave up on his dream, and so he decided to get a job as a till packer at his local SPAR, saving as much as he could.

Working in a supermarket was one of the hardest things he has ever done. Packing groceries for his former classmates, at times, hiding, so they do not see nor pity him for working at the grocery store while they continue with their studies.

Over time he saved enough and was accepted to study at Stellenbosch University. This week he finally reached his dream and graduated as a Medical Doctor.

He says he couldn’t have done it without his family.

I was over the moon that I finally obtained this degree, there were a lot of challenges along the road and I am so grateful for the support from my family, especially my mom.”

Dr Hadebe says, while he is back at home to spend some time with his family, he is looking forward to his future challenges.

“It’s good because another doctor has added to the list in South Africa to ease the burden of disease in the country, and I really want to help heal the nation. Next year I start my first year of internship at Newcastle Hospital and I really just want to become a well-rounded physician, a well-rounded surgeon.”

Dr Hadebe also has some advice for other young people, who may have obstacles in their road to success.

“Seek the right support, pick your friends and your environment wisely, choose friends who want to see you succeed…An I would say, don’t have too much pride, some blessings come when you’re wearing overalls.”

He says always keeping in mind ‘why’ you’re doing something can be a great motivator.

“It’s the driving fire that will keep you warm during the storm, keep you focussed like a laser. Don’t keep dwelling on the past – stay humble, work hard, it won’t be like this forever, feed your brain with positive things, and eventually, you will be done.”

Congratulations Dr Hadebe, may your fire burn brightly as you embark on your new career.

Cape Town, you’re showing off again.

The accolades for the Mother City keep streaming in, not only are we Africa’s Leading Festival and Events Destination, but we are now the World’sLeading Festival and Events Destination. This announcement was made at the 2018 World Travel Awards that took place at the Pátio da Galé, in Lisbon, Portugal over the weekend.

For a City hungry for investment and jobs, this comes at the perfect time.

The City’s annual calendar is filled with some of the most iconic events; and an intergovernmental team has just returned from Singapore, where they presented Cape Town’s bid to host the 2023 Netball World Cup. Mayor Dan Plato says adding the Netball World Cup to the growing list would be a key milestone that will also aid the City in promoting women in sport.

The Mother City plays host to several major events every year, which brings in a staggering amount of money.

The Cape Town Cycle Tour brings about R408 million into the economy and creates about 1 500 jobs.

The Cape Town International Jazz Festival aka ‘Africa’s grandest gathering’ is one of Cape Town’s mainstay events having been hosted in the Mother City for the last 18 years. It contributes about R600 million to the economy. It is the largest jazz festival on the continent and recognised as the fourth largest in the world.

The Design Indaba Conference, the festival of creativity, has been hosted in Cape Town for the last two decades and sees about 48 000 visitors from over 26 countries come to the city to share ideas on all things design. Over the past six years, Design Indaba has ploughed back about R1,7 billion into the economy.

Cape Town will be hosting the exciting HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series showpiece for the fourth time from 8 – 9 December at the beautiful Cape Town Stadium. HSBC Cape Town Sevens brings about R674 million into the economy. The event helps to create 1 400 jobs and enjoys live global TV coverage.

Of course, the world’s most beautiful marathon, the Old Mutual Two Oceans Race, is currently in its 48th year and going strong. It provides a R672 million boost to the economy.

As Africa’s only IAAF Gold label status marathon, the City of Cape Town is a proud supporter of the Sanlam Cape Town Marathon, which helps the Mother City maintain its reputation as the Events Capital of Africa.

The world’s premier offshore yacht race, the Volvo Ocean Race, made its 11thstop in Cape Town for the South African leg of the competition last December. The Volvo Ocean Race brings in about R540 million into the economy through this biannual event.

Eight of the events being hosted in Cape Town over the next 12 months will contribute more than R3 billion to the local economy and create more than 20 000 temporary jobs.

Mayor Dan Plato says it’s a priority for the City to continue to host events of the highest international standards.

“We want the world to know that Cape Town is the destination to invest in, a place to work, for entertainment and the best place to live. This is not just an award for Cape Town; it is an award for South Africa and Africa. We want Cape Town to position itself as a place where the world can access Africa and Africa can access the world.”

This means constantly looking for opportunities to promote Cape Town and bidding for the next mega or major event to further stimulate the local economy. This also means cutting through the red tape and ensuring that permits for events are issued efficiently. In the previous financial year, through its permit office, the City issued 1277 event permits and supported 180 events – this has quadrupled over the last five years. City bosses are looking at an E-Permit system next year.

Our international peers are taking note of our success. The City of Portsmouth, in the south of England, uses the City’s strategy as a blueprint to assist with strategically positioning Portsmouth as an events-friendly destination.

We must remember that we do not live in a silo here in the beautiful Mother City. The more we prosper, the more the rest of the country will too.