Diarise dates for the 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo now!

As a celebration of the power, individuality and spirit of South African women, the innovative Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI - will be returning, bringing financial advice alongside the best health, wellness, beauty and décor to Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza, from 29 to 30 September 2018.


“We are really excited to be hosting the Women’s Lifestyle Expo to give South African women, of all ages and stages of their lives, the opportunity to have a day that is all about them,” explained Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “In today’s busy world, we tend to leave ourselves as last priority. The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about indulging ourselves, whilst having fun with friends, moms or daughters. It’s all about us. Building on the success of the inaugural Women’s Lifestyle Expo, held in Cape Town, this has become a platform to celebrate our diversity, shared experiences, passion and varied interests. We want every woman who attends to experience the very latest trends, and learn about relevant topics, vital to their health, wealth and social wellbeing.”


The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is brought to you by FMI, a division of Bidvest Life Ltd – South Africa’s up-and-coming life insurer and leader in income protection. The expo’s mission to empower and educate women to live healthier, better lives directly aligns with FMI’s values and philosophy.


"We are passionate about helping individuals make the right decisions when it comes to securing their financial future by emphasizing the importance of income protection and critical illness cover – something that every single woman should ensure they have,” explained Grace Winter, Head of Brand Communications at FMI.


In addition to business and financial advice, the event promises a full line-up of interactive talks and seminars by experts in beauty, nutrition, health, fitness, décor …and more. Among the speakers will be Dr Jessica Trusler, a genetics researcher at AMPATH laboratories who will share interesting insights into the latest research on genetics screening for pregnancies; as well as Jean Chawapiwa, Founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa, and Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa, talking on ‘Women as Entrepreneurs’.


For those seeking endless retail options, there’s an expansive exhibitor line-up as well as high-end pampering services, including manicures, facials, makeovers, spa treatments and massages. Visitors will also be treated to a wealth of refreshments and quality dining options in the food court, from the wholesome and healthy to sinfully decadent dishes.


The 2018 Women’s Lifestyle Expo has introduced an unmissable feature to the programme, the High Tea. Guests attending this Parisienne-themed event will enjoy an exquisite high tea menu accompanied by champagne and gin cocktails. This high-end networking platform welcomes South African icons and leaders to the event, offering guests an exclusive opportunity for one-on-one engagement. Every attendee will leave the High Tea well prepared with a goodie bag filled with an assortment of health, beauty and wellness products. Tickets to the High Tea will be available from www.itickets.co.za.


When:         Saturday 29 and Sunday 30 September.

Times:         Saturday, 29 September 10am to 8pm.

Sunday, 30 September 10am to 6pm.

Venue:         Montecasino Piazza

Tickets:        R250 per person per day for a general entry ticket.


Don’t miss your chance to experience the ultimate Women’s Lifestyle Expo. Tickets are available at www.itickets.co.za.


For more information about the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, visit:

Website - www.womenslifestyleexpo.co.za

Facebook – Womens Lifestyle Expo SA

Instagram – @womens_lifestyle_expo

Twitter – @Womens_Expo_SA


Roots celebrates its birthday with the elderly

About 60 elderly people from Cosmo City had a weekend to remember on 25 August 2018, when Roots butchery prepared lunch for them as part of a continued 4th birthday celebration. Dancing grannies and granddads were up on their feet showing of their dance moves. While many mall shoppers passed the butchery and watched in amazement, they took videos, pictures and some even joined in on the dance floor. Refreshments (cool drinks and snacks) were served to the elderly while they waited for their lunch which was served as they sat together at a rectangle table decorated with flowers. Roots also gave the elderly free Happy Birthday Roots T-shirts.

My Body is NOT Your Crime Scene!

My Body is NOT Your Crime Scene!
On the 1st of August 2018, a day that marks the beginning of women's month, women and gender non-conforming people (GNC) from all sectors of South Africa will shut down the country in protest against gender-based violence.
Lesotho and Botswana will also form part of the mass action.
We have nothing to celebrate on 9 August. Every week we receive multiple reports of women, children, and gender non-conforming people who have been brutally murdered, kidnapped, or abused, and there is no sense of urgency from our leaders to find ways in which society can tackle this violence.
Women including the LGBTQIA+, children, and GNC people keep dying at the hands of men in South Africa, and something needs to be done.
This is an ongoing national crisis. We call on all women and GNC people to stay away from work and join the protest on 1 August 2018 in their respective provinces, Universities, and colleges.
A memorandum of demands will be handed over to the government on the day of the shutdown with clear actions. We will share information about the protest action over the following weeks.
Join us on Facebook @WomenProtestSA Twitter @WomenProtestSA and Instagram @thetotalshutdown help spread the word

Fire & Feast meat festival is the best place to “sauce” fathers day

If you’re searching for a way to spice up Father’s Day with the ultimate gift, then get to Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National at Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June. At Fire & Feast Meat Festival, we recognise that dads come in all shapes and sizes with a range of interests to match - which is why we’ve tried to find a dynamic list of gift suggestions for this Father’s Day.  And none of them is socks. Here are our top 10 gift items:


1. Engrave a bottle of Jack Daniel's whiskey


Buy a bottle of Tennessee’s finest from the Jack Daniel’s family for dad this Father’s Day. Select from the double mellowed Gentleman Jack, the smooth sippin’ Jack Daniel’s Tennessee Whiskey or even the uniquely crafted Single Barrel Select. Why not take it a step further and have a personalised message, or dad’s name, engraved onto the bottle. The Jack Daniel’s team will be onsite at Fire & Feast to put this personal touch on your purchase.




2. Get inked


For a gift with a bit of edge, consider getting dad a tattoo for Father’s Day. Renowned local tattoo artists from Awhe Tattoo & Lifestyle Studio will be featuring at the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave at Fire & Feast, ready to customise a design or replicate any creation on skin. If tattoos aren’t his thing, then an I ‘heart’ dad tattoo on the upper arm is always a classic.




3. Time for a groom


Treat dad to some traditional styling at Barnet Fair Barber Shop – old-school charm with a modern twist. They offer traditional hot towel shaves, beard shaves, head shaves, beard maintenance and haircuts…all right inside the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave at Fire & Feast. Keep dad in style beyond Father’s Day by investing in some premium-crafted beard care and grooming products from The Bearded Man.



4. Wear it right


‘A bru maak a plan’ for Father’s Day with May Bru’s awesome range of trendy clothing and accessories, all for sale at the Fire & Feast Jack Daniel’s Man Cave. Get dad styling in their uniquely-designed hoodies, T-shirts, vests or caps. All ‘locally bru’d’.



5. Keeping it retro


For a truly timeless gift, there’s nothing quite as original as a handcrafted wall clock from the artists at Vinyl Record. Each vintage record is recrafted into a stylishly retro wall clock depicting anything from a favourite superhero to a more whimsical forest scene. These reconfigured retro pieces – located in the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave - will keep dad on time and in style.




6. Chad-O-Chef braai


What better place to find the ultimate braai than Fire & Feast Meat Festival? Leading gas braai manufacturers, Chad-O-Chef, will be featuring their in-demand range which includes drop-in gas braais, built-in gas braais and retro-fit gas braais. Visitors will even get to see the exceptional Chad-O-Chef Hybrid braai in action at Braaitology, as well as in the four meat theatres, brought to you by Chad-O-Chef. This can braai using gas, wood, charcoal or even smoker chips. What’s not to love?



7. Braai accessories  


It’s time to accessorise dad’s braai and Fire & Feast has everything he’ll need …braai thermometers, ignitors, braai covers, aprons, and so much more. He’ll be kitted out for that Father’s Day braai.


8. Quality-crafted accessories


If leather and canvas resonate with your dad, then stop by Knap Sak within the Jack Daniel’s Man Cave and you’ll be sure to find a quality gift. The company specialises in handmade items such as satchels, belts, suspenders…even leather bowties and ties.



9. MyBraai Meat & Wine Pairing Theatre tickets


South Africa’s premium online butchery, MyBraai, has joined forces with the one of the country’s leading wine producers, Leopard’s Leap, to offer a juicy inclusion on the Fire & Feast menu – the MyBraai Meat & Wine Pairing Theatre. Buy dad a ticket to the demonstration where he’ll get to sample five incredible meat dishes accompanied by Leopard’s Leap range of wines. There’ll also be free giveaways at the event. Tickets of R150 are available through www.computicket.co.za giving access to the entire Fire & Feast Meat Festival.




10.  Go big with a Ford


If you’re looking to really make an impression this Father’s Day, Ford will be showcasing the new Ford Fiesta, Ford Mustang and Ford Ranger at this year’s Fire & Feast. These beautiful machines, boasting the latest in technological features and accessories, will be on show… and available to purchase if you feel the drive.


In addition to the incredibly products available for purchase, visitors to this year’s Fire & Feast will be treated to a full menu of tasty features, including:


• Jack Daniel’s Whiskey Bar & Restaurant

• Craftology

• The Sparta Beef Theatre, The Poultry Theatre brought to you by County Fair & Festive, The Pork Tasting Room and The Lamb & Mutton SA Theatre

• Braaitology brought to you by Chad-O-Chef

• BRM Bistro

• Wine Tasting Area

• Live entertainment daily

• SA’s Winning National Butchers Team supported by Crown National

• A range of exhibitions which complement the ultimate South African meat and braai experience


Eat, meat, feast and repeat at the ultimate meat, braai and music celebration. Tickets are available from www.computicket.co.za or at the door. No alcohol will be served to U18’s.


For more information follow Fire & Feast Meat Festival on:



Facebook: Fire and Feast Meat Festival

Instagram: @fireandfeast

Twitter: @fireandfeastSA


Fire & Feast Meat Festival Schedule


Exclusive Trade Morning on Friday 8 June:    10am – 12pm

Open to the Public                Friday 8th June:       12pm – 6pm

Saturday 9th June:    10am – 6pm

Sunday 10th June:    10am – 6pm




Ticket price:       Adults R100

Trade:                R100 at the door

Pensioners:       R80

Children:            R20


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