Smile Breakfast and 2 quarters of the cast of The Abba Show , namely Hannah Pockock who plays Agnetha and Jenna Ball who plays Frida, recreated the ABBA smash hit Mamma Mia with a back to work/back to school touch. ABBAsolutely FABBAlous The ABBA Show is on at Grandwest this Saturday 18th January!

 

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At the start of January, we ran the Fabulous First Day competition , inviting parents and family members to enter their first time school goers (Grade R – Grade 1) for a chance of a lifetime to arrive at their first day of big school in absolute style.  The lucky learner to be drawn was bright-eyed, car-loving grade one first timer , Ayden Felix from Bothasig. He was accompanied by his proud parents , mom Marchalene and dad Ashley who were later joined at their home by gushing grandparents, uncles and aunt. The Smile team arrived to a sleeping Ayden whose mom gently woke him up to start the first day of the rest of his school career. Unaware of the chariot awaiting him, Ayden got dressed in his freshly pressed school uniform and shiny new school shoes and enjoyed a nutritious breakfast before allowing some photo ops with his family and a mandatory trampoline jump with baby sister, 2-year-old Lunar. Smile’s Bobby Brown managed to get a few words out of the awe-struck young man, on his first day of school, he is most excited about playing hide and seek with his friend.

 

The prize comprised of a privately chauffeured limousine ride from his home to Goodwood Park Primary School where he started his school career in style and got the opportunity with the help of Smile 90.4fm and Mason Complete Office Solutions to kick start his new classmates’ year by being gifted with some stationary items other goodies.

 

 

Upon arriving at the school, the Smile team were greeted with wide eyes and curious expressions as learner’s attempt to figure out who was in the limousine. Whispers of  ‘Maybe it’s a movie star’ could be heard across the school courtyard as Ayden and his family emerge from the limo.

Ayden was whisked into his classroom where he was welcomed by his grade 1 teacher Mrs Burger (who knew each child by name)  and met his new mates who he will be experiencing the school year with in 2020. We wish Ayden and his fellow first timers a wonderful school year filled with loads of learning, living and fun!

 

* a very special thank you to the Felix family for being so gracious towards the Smile 90.4fm team and for allowing us to enter your home so early in the morning to be part of Ayden’s special day

* a huge thanks to Mason Complete Office Solutions for the wonderful goodies gifted to our grade ones

*a final thank you to Goodhope Park Primary school, the principal Johan Roussouw, Ayden’s grade 1 teacher Mrs Burger for accommodating our team and allowing us to make Ayden’s day special.

 

26 year old Sasha-Lee Laurel Olivier is the new Miss South Africa 2019. She assumes the mantle from title holder, Zozibini Tunzi, who was crowned Miss Universe in December 2019.

Sasha-Lee said she was thrilled to wear the Miss South Africa crown.

“I am so happy for Zozi who deserves, in every way, to wear the Miss Universe sash. I wish her every success. I step into big shoes. I just want Zozi to know that I will do my best to fill them.

Speaking from New York, Zozi said she was delighted that Sasha-Lee would be taking over from her.

“I cannot think of anyone who is more suitable to be Miss South Africa. Sasha has it all: beauty, brains and, above all, a commitment to help others. I have no doubt that she will use her reign to help improve the lot of those in need.”

Miss South Africa Organisation CEO, Stephanie Weil said Sasha-Lee would, going forward, assume all Miss South Africa duties, as well as fulfilling her obligations to the sponsors.

Sasha said: “Taking over the Miss South Africa title means that I am able to continue working to help women who, like me, have been sexually abused. It will be a top priority for me during my time as Miss South Africa.”

She intends to continue to devote her time to The Beauty with a Purpose campaign that she took to the Miss World pageant in December 2019.

Sasha-Lee’s #itsnotyourfault campaign is aimed at making sure that people who, like her, have endured sexual assault, know that they are not to blame for their abuse.

As a survivor of rape and sexual abuse, Sasha-Lee’s campaign is designed to support, inspire and help girls, boys, women and men who, like her, have survived sexual abuse.

She says she chose #ItsNotYourFault because “A very deep sense of shame accompanies rape and long term sexual abuse. Those who have suffered at the hands of the predators and perpetrators feel responsible for their own abuse, and are profoundly ashamed of what is happening, or has happened, to them.

“We need to change the commonly held perception regarding this – the shame does not lie with the victim at all.”

The Western Cape Education MEC Debbie Schäfer has welcomed learners at the start of the 2020 school year.

She visited St Mary’s Primary School in Gardens to welcome some of the more than 1 million learners that will start the school year in the Western Cape.

Of these, about 107 000 are just beginning their school career in Grade 1 – an increase from 104 336 learners in 2019. Fortunately, principals and teachers will be on hand to dry any learners’ (and parents’) tears.

Starting high school, a projected 93 000 learners are joining us for Grade 8. This is a significant increase from 85 771 Grade 8s in 2019. They’ve also welcomed 69 400 Grade R learners so far.

As learner numbers continue to increase in our province, the MEC says the Western Cape Education Department (WCED) is pulling out all the stops to find space for new learners.

The WCED opens two new schools this year: Delft High School and Disa Rd Primary School. Learners from Crestway High School and Phillipi High School will also be moving into two new school buildings as part of our replacement programme.

There have been a number of expansion projects at schools across the Province. This includes the building of additional classrooms at schools to accommodate growth through a variety of means:
• 8 schools received 40 new brick and mortar classrooms
• 6 schools received 18 Moladi classrooms
• 11 un-utilized classrooms were refurbished
• 103 mobile classrooms were built at 16 identified schools

Three schools received an additional 7 classrooms to accommodate more Grade R learners.

She has urged parents, who are having difficulties enrolling their child, or who have failed to enroll their child, to approach the local district office as soon as possible, for assistance with finding a place at a school.

Special walk-in centres have been set up to assist parents at district offices, and each office has identified specific officials who will assist parents who struggle to find a place when schools re-open. A list of these officials is available on the WCED website: https://wcedonline.westerncape.gov.za/admissions-201920

Photo credit: Steven Chang, Edumedia WCED

Endurance swimmer Lewis Pugh is preparing for his toughest challenge yet… in Antarctica.  Pugh will soon swim a kilometre across a ‘supraglacial’ lake in the Antarctic.

The endurance swimmer, who also lives in Cape Town part-time,  has trained off the Isle of Lewis in the Outer Hebrides.

He hopes to create a network of protected marine sanctuaries in east Antarctica. On his blog Pugh says after the swim, he will travel to Moscow to meet Russia’s leaders.

Under international law, 25 nations plus the EU need to agree on any measures to protect the continent. Twenty-three nations and the EU agree. Just Russia and China still need to be persuaded.

Read the full blog HERE.

Pics: Courtesy Lewis Pugh / lewispugh.com