Lifebuoy vs Winter

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When I received the press drop from Lifebuoy and read their Lifebuoy vs Winter campaign, I immediately thought of my dad. Strange thing, don’t you think?

Me, Dad and Brian in the early 1990's at St Michaels-on-Sea in the KZN South Coast

Me, Dad and Brian in the early 1990’s at St Michaels-on-Sea in the KZN South Coast

When I was little, my father worked on the gold mines in the Free State Goldfields. He didn’t work underground, but due to the nature of his work (he’s an artisan), he had to take a shower before he came home and the mine provided the Lifebuoy soap bars to all their employees. It’s a brand and scent that I have always connected to my dad’s time on the mines.
Aunty Triena, Me, Brendan and Dad at my Matric Farewell (Snr Prom) in 1999. (Dad dressed to match my dress)

Aunty Triena, Me, Brendan and Dad at my Matric Farewell (Snr Prom) in 1999. (Dad dressed to match my dress)

Isn’t it amazing how one brand and scent, in this case Lifebuoy, can bring back those long forgotten memories?

Prevention is better than cure this winter

As the weather gets colder and we spend more time indoors to keep warm, it is inevitable that most of us will catch a cough, cold or flu as germs are spread more easily during this time.
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With the cold and flu season upon us, it is imperative to give your immune system a boost, whilst adequately protecting yourself from sources of cross-infection. According to the Centres for Disease Control, the single best way to prevent seasonal flu is to get vaccinated each year (Source), however good health habits can also help stop the spread of germs and illnesses.

Most of the common winter viruses are carried in the air and transmitted when someone sneezes and coughs or by touching infected surfaces, thus spreading the virus. Source

Lifebuoy, the world’s number one selling germ protection soap brand, has a few simple tips to help prevent the spread of infections and germs this winter:
1. Don’t get too close
2. Wash hands frequently
3. Nourish your skin
4. Stay hydrated
5. Clever coughing
6. Get enough zzzz

Just by implementing these simple measures, one can make a big difference that will help protect you, your family and those around you throughout the winter season.

To find out more about the Lifebuoy, or tips on how to implement a healthy hand wash routine, visit the Lifebuoy website and Facebook page.




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Nickelodeon’s “Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure” sets sail for for South African Shores

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Dora Live in South Africa from Nickelodeon Africa on Vimeo.

Durban/Johannesburg/Cape Town, 17 March 2016: Nickelodeon (DStv channel 305), one of the leading entertainment brands for kids and family, has teamed up with Life Like Touring and Blu Blood to bring pre-school heroine and intrepid adventuress Dora the Explorer and her friends to South Africa this winter. Dora the Explorer Live! Dora’s Pirate Adventure, the ultimate, fantastic family-friendly theatrical experience, opens at the ICC, Durban (30 June-3 July), before moving on to Emperors Palace, Johannesburg (7-10 July), and finally dropping anchor at the Grand Arena, GrandWest Casino, in Cape Town (14-17 July).

Families and kids are invited to join Dora and her pals Boots and Diego on a voyage of discovery as they embark on an exciting trip to Treasure Island in search of the ultimate pirate party. Help them navigate over the Dancing Mountain and through the Silly Singing Bridge in pursuit of the Pirate Piggies. Along the way, Dora the Explorer fans will use their map-reading, counting, musical and language skills to successfully help Dora reach Treasure Island and avoid that pesky fox, Swiper!
“We are pleased to partner with Life Like Touring to bring their new production of Dora’s Pirate Adventure to audiences in South Africa”, said Thomas Kingsley, Senior Manager, Recreation Business Development at Nickelodeon. “Now seen by families in more than 30 countries worldwide, our Dora Live! productions continue to engage fans of Nickelodeon’s beloved television show, while introducing children to the unbeatable experience of live theatre.”
Commented Tasania Parsadh, Channel Director, Nickelodeon, Africa, “Dora’s Pirate Adventure incorporates the interactive and educational elements that make Dora the Explorer such a hit with kids – both here in South Africa and around the world. Live shows allow Nickelodeon to bring Dora and her world vividly to life on stage for kids and families.”

Added Osman Osman, Managing Director, Blu Blood, “We are pleased to be partnered with Life Like Touring and Nickelodeon in this new stage production of Dora’s Pirate Adventure. The show has travelled around the globe, and we are thrilled to add South Africa to the list of countries that Dora has visited on her latest adventure”.
Dora the Explorer live stage shows have enjoyed success around the world and have now been seen by more than four million people including audiences in Australia, the United Kingdom, Egypt, Kuwait, Russia, Spain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Singapore and New Zealand.
Dora the Explorer is a play-along, animated adventure TV series following Dora and her best friend, Boots as they explore their world. Since its launch on Nickelodeon in 2000, Dora the Explorer has emerged as a global phenomenon, seen around the world and translated into more than 30 languages. The show has received numerous international industry awards including the Peabody, NAACP, Alma, Latino Spirit, Gracie Allen, several Parents’ Choice Awards, the Television Critics Association award and 15 Daytime Emmy nominations.

Tickets for Dora’s Pirate Adventure are on sale at Computicket outlets, on or 0861 915 8000 and at Checkers and Shoprite stores nationwide. Tickets are also available at the Emperor’s Palace Box Office and the Box Office at GrandWest Casino.

Dora’s Pirate Adventure is brought to South Africa by Blu Blood and Life Like Touring in association with Nickelodeon.

For more information on Dora’s Pirate Adventure, please go to Nickelodeon Africa, follow us on Twitter, on Instagram, or like us on Facebook. To join the conversation about the show, please use the hashtag #DoraLiveSA.

Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards

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Children’s stories written in the mother tongue can unlock major benefits

Thursday, December 10, 2015 – A child’s imagination is an amazing thing. It can conjure dragons and fairies out of thin air and spur the creation of fantastic, make-believe worlds. Much of the time these worlds are fuelled by stories a child has heard or read.

Reading and storytelling play a pivotal role in the development of a child. Far from merely cultivating literacy, reading and storytelling also unlock other parts of a child’s brain. Studies show that reading and storytelling help develop memory and vocabulary and bolster comprehension skills amongst other benefits.

Of course the way in which children initially relate to their world in general and reading in particular is through their use of the mother tongue. Paradoxically, children’s books written in South Africa’s eleven official languages are in short supply.

Maskew Miller Longman in partnership with Pearson South Africa is attempting to address the matter through the Maskew Miller Longman (MML) Literature Awards which invites writers across the board to submit original, unpublished stories written in their mother tongue. The aim of the awards is to encourage a love of reading in learners’ mother tongue and develop quality literature for youngsters across all of South Africa’s official language groups.

The awards are currently in their ninth year and are the only national literature award of their kind. As such, they play an important role in South Africa’s language story, especially in light of a general shift towards English teaching mediums across the educational sector.

Every year a different genre is introduced. This year, children’s fiction was the genre of choice. Hundreds of stories were submitted, roughly half of which were written in African languages. After much deliberation, the competition judges managed to whittle down the entries to eight winners who were announced at Pearson’s head office in Cape Town on the 25th of November. The winners are as follows:

· Jelleke Wierenga for ‘Mensekind teen die monstervlieg’ (Afrikaans)

· Bridget Pitt for ‘The Night of the Go-away birds’ (English)

· Sipho Richard Kekezwa for ‘Icebo Likamalusi’ (isiXhosa)

· Emmanuel Nkosinathi Nazo for ‘Imbewu Yomuthi Obabayo’ (isiZulu)

· Mabonchi Goodwill Motimele for ‘La Fata Gal Le Boe Fela’ (Sepedi)

· Thatayaone Raymond Dire for ‘Ngwana Sejo o a Tlhakanelwa’ (Setswana)

· Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho for ‘Mveledzo na Zwighevhenga’ (Tshivenda)

· Conny Masocha Lubisi for ‘Xixima’ (Xitsonga)

A prize of R7, 500 was awarded to each winner whose work will be considered for publication by Pearson. Finalists were awarded R3, 500 each. The winners range from award-winning writers to those just starting out in the world of writing.

For example, Mr Nazo is a fulltime senior primary school teacher who runs arts classes and mentors community theatre groups. He entered the Maskew Miller Longman (MML) Literature Awards because he had introduced storytelling and writing to one of his classes and “had to lead by example.” Another winner, Mr Kekezwa is a church leader who offers freelance language services. He has entered the Maskew Miller Longman (MML) Literature Awards five times and won three awards.

Celebrated children’s and young adult author Diane Case delivered the keynote speech at the awards. She spoke of witnessing children’s reactions to stories and how stories told in a child’s mother tongue “make children feel relevant and allow them to articulate their South African world.”

The awards were presented by Brian Wafawarowa, Pearson SA Executive Director for Learning Resources. Says Wafawarowa: “Pearson is proud to be a part of this annual celebration of literature in South Africa’s official languages. Literature is an important element in improving literacy in our country. We encourage people to read and enjoy literature in their mother tongue and support all initiatives that help improve education in some way.”

Commenting on the awards, Tshivenda winner Tshifhiwa Given Mukwevho said: “I found the MML Awards to be a strong foundation and [base] for writers like me who still see writing in indigenous languages as a cause worth celebrating.”

In a bid to further support aspirant writers across all language groups, Pearson hosts free writers workshops. The February 2015 workshop was hosted by renowned author and illustrator Niki Daly and was attended by 2014 MML Literature Awards Tshivenda winner Khalirendwe Nekhavhambe who remarked that it provided her with invaluable knowledge and skills that left her feeling empowered, motivated and confident as a writer.

About the Maskew Miller Longman Literature Awards

2015 marks the ninth annual MML Awards. The awards are currently the only literature award of their kind which offer prizes for literature written in South Africa’s official languages. The awards aim to develop literature primarily for 16-18 year olds. Maskew Miller Longman is a wholly owned subsidiary of Pearson South Africa which is committed to developing quality literature across all South African languages.

About Pearson

Pearson is the world’s leading learning company, providing educational materials, services and business information through the Financial Times Group. Pearson serves learners of all ages around the globe and employs more than 40 000 people in over 70 countries. For more information, visit




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Paw Patrol Heroes are on the Beat at Sandton City

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Johannesburg, 2 December 2015: Puppy power hits Sandton City this week as Nick Jr.’s doggy-themed festive extravaganza gets under way (4-24 December, Sandton City).
This year’s fun-filled celebration, “Sandton City Presents Nick Jr.’s Paw Patrol” is based for the first time around action-packed pre-school adventure series Paw Patrol, Nick Jr.’s CGI animated programme about the exciting lives of a pack of heroic puppies led by a tech savvy 10-year old boy called Ryder.
A unique blend of problem solving skills, cool vehicles and physical humour, the Paw Patrol pups work together on rescue missions to protect the Adventure Bay community where they live. From Marshall the firedog to Chase the police pup and Skye who flies high in her copter, each pup brings a unique personality and skills to the team, demonstrating the importance of teamwork and good citizenship.

Bring your little ones to the Fountain Court, Sandton City from the 4-24 December to learn about staying safe with the Paw Patrol team, and join in some fun sing-a-longs with Marshall (an excitable 6-year old Dalmatian pup who’s the team’s fire dog) and Chase (an athletic 7-year old German Shepherd police dog who’s definitely leader of the pack). Plus there’s meet and greets with the characters and other fun activities such as building block pits and craft stations.
Paw Patrol interactive singalong shows are at 10:00 am, 13:00 pm, 16:00 pm and 18:00 pm daily, with meet and greets at 11:00 am, 14:00 pm and 17:00 pm.
Commented Head of Nickelodeon, Tasania Parsadh, “We are very excited to bring Marshall and Chase from Nick Jr.’s Paw Patrol to Sandton City for the first time; these lovable pups will make kids laugh out loud and also teach kids and their parents about the importance of safety.”

For more rescue fun with the Paw Patrol, tune into Nick Jr. (DStv 307) every day @ 14:10pm.




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The Topsy Foundation Toy Project

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Providing toys to children who have never had any

In rural Mpumalanga where The Topsy Foundation works, there is often not enough money to put food on the table and keep the household going, let alone provide toys for the kids to play with. These circumstances are robbing them of the opportunity to develop some of the vital skills they’ll need later in life.
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The Topsy Toy Project is trying to right this wrong. Kids in the communities where Topsy work often end up playing with whatever junk they find lying around. Their makeshift robots, dolls, cars and fairy wands inspired our own range of toys – The Little Toys That Aren’t.
Toy Tea Set
Through a partnership with Spree and Your Parenting, these bits and pieces are being virtually sold online as real toys. Shoppers will be able to make a donation by “buying” one of ten different toys, with the full amount going straight to Topsy to stock their Toy Library.
Toy Rocket
Topsy has partnered with twenty-three day care centres in the area, as well as a centre for physically disabled kids. With Topsy’s help, these children are now getting access to specialised educational toys and better-trained teachers.
Toy Robot
“Our aim is to provide for the holistic development requirements of children in their formative years, encompassing physical, cognitive, social and language development needs. We’re trying to ensure that the children, from newborns to six year olds, are emotionally and physically nourished so they won’t start school already at a disadvantage,” explained Sylvia de Jager, Topsy’s Executive Director.
Toy gun
Children who have benefited from Topsy’s programme have improved social and emotional behavior; are less likely to drop out of school later in life; and have increased earning potential as adults. “There is solid evidence via academic and field studies showing that high quality stimulation through early childhood development programmes gives children a better chance of breaking the poverty cycle,” explained Silvia of Topsy’s ambitious long-term goal.
Toy Croc
The Little Toys that Aren’t will be available for virtual purchase from 8 September 2015 at Spree at R20 per toy-donation.
Princess Jewellery

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Hasbro does it again!

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We received a surprise delivery from Hasbro yesterday. In the parcel was a Nerf Gun, Minion Play-Doh and a My Little Pony play set!

Anyone who knows my kids knows how much the girls LOVE My Little Pony and Play-Doh and Koko just loves target shooting and the Nerf Gun is perfect for him to do this safely at home. Fifi was kind enough to let Pixie have the My Little Pony set by taking the Play-Doh set. I think she got the better end of the deal. She has spent hours playing with it and has made all sorts of fun goodies to play with.
Nerf N-Strike Elite: Strongarm Blaster
Speed and mobility are yours with the quick draws and fast firing of the Strongarm blaster. It has the same long-range power as other N-Strike Elite blasters (sold separately) and it rapid-fires 6 darts when you pump the Slam Fire slide repeatedly while holding the trigger. Loading is easy and quick with the flip-open rotating barrel and its Tactical Rail is compatible with most N-Strike accessories (sold separately). Add the Strong arm blaster to your arsenal and unleash a storm of darts at your target.

Strongarm blaster holds 6 Elite darts and fires darts up to 75 feet
Slam Fire slide lets you rapid-fire all 6 included Elite darts
Flip open the rotating barrel for easy loading
Elite darts work with any Elite blaster and most N-Strike blasters (sold separately)
Includes blaster, 6 Elite darts, and instructions
Colors may vary
Play-Doh Featuring Despicable Me Minions Stamp and Roll Set
Make your own Minions mayhem with a wacky Play-Doh race. With pogo stick versus unicycle and 1-eyed Minion versus 2, it’s about to get completely silly around here! Pop the Minions on their unicycle roller and pogo stick stamper to give them a ride and then race them across some Play-Doh compound. The stamper and roller shape crazy bananas, sirens and other Minion essentials for the most hilarious race you can imagine. Despicable Me, Minion Made and all related marks and characters are trademarks and copyrights of Universal Studios. Licensed by Universal Studios Licensing LLC. All Rights Reserved. Hasbro and all related terms are trademarks of Hasbro.

High quality toys for children all ages
Made using safe materials
Tested for quality and durability
Have a silly race between the unicycle roller and pogo stick stamper
Customize with silly banana, siren and other half-mold shapes
2 Minion cans each contain 2 ounces of Play-Doh compound
Includes stamper base, roller base and 2 cans of Play-Doh Brand Modeling Compound
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My Little Pony Friendship is Magic Cutie Mark Magic Princess Twilight Sparkle & Sunset Breezie Figure 2-Pack
This set contains Princess Twilight Sparkle and Sunset Breezie. Also this set contains a locket and key for Sunset Breezie to hide and sleep in.

Princess Twilight Sparkle (Purple Body, Rainbow brushable hair)
Cutie Mark Magic
Sunset Breezie (Orange Body, Pink Hair)
Friendship is Magic
Magic Locket and Key




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