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South African events calender: 3 big things happening this weekend in Johannesburg and Cape Town

From the prestigious Cell C Inanda Africa Cup to the much anticipated premiere of Bonang Matheba's feature film, Public Figure, these are the 3 things you sure don't want to this long 'Youth Day' weekend in South Africa

  • Cell C Africa Inanda Cup

The Cell C Inanda Africa Cup returns for another spectacular display of all things quintessentially equestrian  – from the chic fashion to delectable food and the who’s who of South Africa sipping champagne on manicured lawns. Polo enthusiasts will on Sunday (June 16) descent on the picturesque Inanda Club, situated in the heart of Sandton (north of Johannesburg) to witness a high-octane polo demonstration and the eminent fusion of horse power and sporting skill for the highly coveted annual trophy. Inspired by the rich African heritage, the theme #ArtAndAfricanSpirit, promises artistic interpretation of Africa’s fashion vibrancy often characterized by bright colors and bold ethnic patterns. Fashion savvy polo aficionados will enjoy exclusive installations by designers such as Thula Sindi, African Style Story, Ephymol, Thebe Magugu, Clive Rundle and Sies!

 Promising unprecedented horsemanship with teams from Angola, Ghana, South Africa, Zambia and Zimbabwe, an exhilarating ‘horse vs machine’ race by the official vehicle sponsor BMW Sandton will be among the main highlights this year. “The Cell C Inanda Africa Cup is the epitome of what it means to be Africa,” states Inanda Club general manager, Paul Oosthuizen, adding: “This year promises to be bigger and better, we have premium lounge packages and exciting new picnic ticket offerings. With the theme carried throughout the whole tournament, aficionados and society figures will experience a pure celebration of ##ArtAndAfricanSpirit.”

  • Encounters Fest / Public Figure Premiere

The Encounters South African International Documentary Festival wraps up its 21st edition this weekend. And if you are a staunch fan of Queen B (Bonang Matheba), you should know by now that her first doc-film has been announced as part of the programme. The film will be screened at the Ster-kinekor Nouveau (Rosebank, Johannesburg and V&A, Cape Town) on Saturday and Sunday – June 16 and 17 – respectively,  and you sure don’t want to miss it.   

Bonang Matheba’s Public Figure to premiere at Encounters Documentary Festival this weekend

Matheba will appear in Johannesburg for a question and answer session, where a high-level international guest panel, which includes Erin Davis, the youngest son of Miles Davis and Vince Wilburn Jr, the late trumpeter’s nephew (Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool) and renowned Swiss director Emmanuelle Antille (A Bright Light: Karen and The Process) is also expected to appear. 

The compelling documentary programme will ignite captivating conversations on a range of urgent political and social issues, “often with empathy and deep insight”, a statement from  Encounters reads. Likewise, Matheba’s film (Public Figure) interrogates the psychological effects of obsessive social media use, as well as the pros and cons of the “influencer” phenomenon.

Tickets are available at Webtickets.

  • Castle Lite Unlocks; no excuse to party

Forget the dangerous cold spell that could see temperatures dropping to as low as -1 degree this weekend, hip hop fans are gearing up the biggest gathering of its kind this weekend, the 2019 Castle Lite Unlocks and it’s clear nothing, we mean nothing will spoil their party mood.  Better still, Castle Lite issued a statement allaying fears that US rapper Meek Mill might not make it to the event, stating: “Castle Lite is aware of questions raised by some consumers on social media regarding Meek Mill’s appearance in South Africa. As revealed two weeks ago, the rapper, songwriter and activist will close off day 1 of Castle Lite Unlocks. While rapper and producer, Post Malone, will shut down the extra-cold experience on day 2.”

US rapper Meek Mill will close off day 1 of Castle Lite Unlocks

Taking place on June 17 and 18 (Monday and Tuesday), the Castle Lite Unlocks experience has evolved into a two-day hip hop experience encompassing everything hip-hop in one place. 

Day 1 – June 17 (Tickets sold out) 
Performances by AKA, Cassper Nyovest, Youngsta CPT, DJ PH, Ayanda MVP, international act Meek Mill and many more.

Day 2 – June 18 (limited tickets available at Webticket, priced from R250) 
Performances by Post Malone (US), Riky Rick, Rouge, Nasty C and Tyla Yaweh (US) 


Tankiso Komane
Tankiso Komane
A Tshwane University of Technology journalism graduate, Tankiso Komane has a vast experience in print & broadcast media business and has worked for some of the country’s biggest daily newspapers, including The Sowetan, The Citizen, The Times, and The New Age. Through her varied work as a journalist, notably as a copywriter for SABC1 (On-Air promotions) and as a publicist for Onyx Communications, she has developed an in-depth understanding of the nature of the media business and how to use it for the purpose of exposure. Her expertise in journalism across various disciplines, coupled with a good reputation, has laid the foundation of a new kind "trust in Journalism" as the media ecosystem continues to digitally evolve.
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