Johannesburg: November 13, 2020: Today, the Smile Artists Africa Project is excited to announce their first annual auction to be held at Killarney Country Club on 3 December 2020 in support of breast cancer. Smile Artists Africa is founded by Dr Brian Monaisa, an internationally renowned Plastic Surgeon whose passions extend beyond the usual nip tuck. Dr Monaisa has pledged to donate a selection of his favourite art pieces for the auction because “art is to be enjoyed for a period and then shared”.
Breast cancer is one of the top five most common cancers amongst South African women. New developments and progress have been made in diagnosis and therapeutic surgery, but there remains a gap champion reconstructive surgery for all breast cancer survivors. Smile Artists Africa aims to contribute towards reducing this burden and helping South African women to get the most from a renewed life with breast reconstruction.
The project has collaborated with the below independent local artists to create exclusive art pieces on different art mediums esteemed art lovers and collectors would dream of owning.
• Azael Langa
• Cow Mash
• Cromwell Ngobeni
• Greatjoy Ndlovu
• Jan Jan Maanda
• Malose Pete
• Mbongeni Fakudze
• Nkensani Rihlampfu
• Olwethu De Vos
• Percy Maimela
• Siphiwe Makgoka
• Sizwe Khoza
• Sanusi Olatunji
• Treatwell Mnisi
• Zwelethu Machepha

Azael Langa is an artist and entrepreneur who has exhibited in several art galleries across South Africa and the world. His popular smoke master pieces have given him the opportunity to be featured in local and international art fairs. As the brand ambassador for Brand South Africa Play Your Part and an Art Partner to Boschendal Wines, his philosophy is that art is a lifestyle he weaves as part of his everyday life.

South Africa is abundant with local talent when it comes to the Arts and being able to combine the love of Art with a purposeful cause gives the specific artwork a transformed meaning. Many South African women go through breast cancer without the necessary support let alone having breast reconstructive surgery as an option. Dr Monaisa is using his love for art to lessen the burden faced by breast cancer survivors. One life at a time.

This auction will be conducted by Anton Welz, a renowned auctioneer who has expressed his support and commitment to the project. All proceeds and contributions from the auction will be donated towards breast reconstruction surgery for select breast cancer survivors in South Africa.

Partners in collaboration with the Smile Artists Africa project include:
• Brand South Africa
• Marang Aesthetics
• Stephan Welz & Co
• Boschendal Wines
With this auction being the first of many, guests can look forward to a soirée of entertainment and familiar faces within the media industry to come together for a worthy cause. This auction is not to be missed.


For more information or to place your bid on artworks, visit us on www.smileartistsafrica.com

Media Contact:
Lerato Molete
Black Cherrie Management
E: lerato@blackcherrie.co.za


Lockdown travel: Government releases updated list of high-risk countries

Lockdown travel: Government releases updated list of high-risk countries
Wednesday, September 30, 2020
With hours to go before the reopening of some borders following the easing of lockdown restrictions, South Africa has released a list of countries from which leisure travellers will not be allowed into the country.
Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, revealed the list of countries at a briefing on Wednesday on the reopening of borders and ports of entry for international travellers following South Africa’s move to level 1 of the lockdown.
*Leisure travellers from the following countries will not be allowed to travel to South Africa:
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Costa Rica
Czech Republic
North Macedonia
Puerto Rico
United Emirates
United Kingdom
The list follows President Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement that the country’s borders will be reopened for business and leisure travel for international travellers, subject to a number of restrictions for travellers.
These restrictions include that all travellers visiting the country will be expected to abide by the regulations, which include the mandatory wearing of masks at all times, practising social distancing in public spaces, regular washing or sanitising of hands and presenting a negative COVID-19 test result not older than 72 hours from the time of departure.
Should a traveller display any COVID-19–related symptoms or have been in contact with an infected person(s), they will be expected to take a mandatory COVID-19 test.
This test will be at the traveller’s cost. If the COVID-19 test comes back positive, the traveller will be subjected to a 10-day quarantine at a designated site.
The accommodation at a quarantine site will be at the traveller’s cost.
International Relations and Cooperation Minister Naledi Pandor said the decision taken with regards to high risk countries is “complex”.
She further said travellers to South Africa are required to have travel insurance.
The exception for travellers from high-risk countries will be business travellers with scarce and critical skills, including diplomats, repatriated persons, investors and people participating in professional sporting and cultural events, who will undergo the same health protocol screenings.
Also speaking at the briefing, Minister in the Presidency Jackson Mthembu said leisure travellers from these countries will not be barred from entering South Africa forever.
“For now they are not allowed. It doesn’t mean they won’t be allowed in forever because even the high risk characterisation of their country might change to low or medium risk,” he said.
Pandor said data will be reviewed every two weeks.
Resumption of visa sand ID applications
Motsoaledi announced that the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will extend the validity period of legally issued visas, which expired during the lockdown period.
The validity of these visas will be extended to 31 January 2021.
“When the lockdown started, we announced that all those who are on visas, which will expire intra-lockdown, were extended to 31 July 2020. We then extended it to 31 October. It is clear that by 31 October 2020, things would not have changed.
“All those with [legally issued visas] will be regarded as valid until 31 January next year. Anyone, who has a visa that has expired, has nothing to fear,” he said.
However, this only applies to visitors already in South Africa.
Holders of such visas are permitted to remain in the country under the conditions of their visit.
Those wishing to be repatriated to their country within this period can depart without being declared undesirable.
“We want to assure such people that if you arrive with a visa that has expired, because we deem it to be valid until 31 January 2021, you won’t be declared undesirable [when you leave],” said Motsoaledi.
In addition, the DHA is also resuming services for applications of identity documents (ID) or documents for all types of passports.
“People can now apply for IDs and passports,” he said.
* The Department of Home Affairs has just updated the list of high-risk countries at 8:41pm. – SAnews.gov.za

j9Expat box FB live Launch

j9Expat box FB live Launch

#j9ExpatBox Launch With Special guest inteviews

Amelia Wines Skumba Organics live at Dolphin Beach Hotel Blowfish Restaurant
23rd August 2020 @12:30pm


Expatriate Preparation celebrates 25 years

Expatriate Preparation celebrates 25 years

Mzanzi’s home grown Expatriate Preparation celebrates its 25th year this year🎉
Expatriate Preparation has been developing and preparing global workforces and global mindsets for their assignments in over 58 countries around the world for many of South Africa’s blue chip companies including MTN, Sasol, Standard Bank and many more.
We enable the crossing of cultures and are so proud to be South African and making a difference around the world. Www.expatprep.com


Meet Apiwe Bubu of Global Sound Studio (Apiwe Bubu) in North Hollywood

Meet Apiwe Bubu of Global Sound Studio (Apiwe Bubu) in North Hollywood

Today we’d like to introduce you to Apiwe Bubu.
Apiwe, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I was born in Mthatha South Africa and in my latter youth grew up in Johannesburg where I began classical piano lessons when I was in middle school thinking nothing of it except for the love of music. Upon completing high school, it became clear to me that this love was stronger than initially thought and would propel me to study sound engineering for a year and upon completion I got my first music industry job as a jingle composer and final mix engineer at Urban Brew (tv) studios in Johannesburg. From there I would go onto sound designing/engineering at Sonovision (radio) studios for commercials/ads. I took a strong interest to jazz piano and began studying with the renowned South African jazz pianist Andile Yenana in preparation for an undertaking, studying Music production/engineering and Contemporary Music writing/composition at Berklee. And so, upon completing these two majors at Berklee in 2016 and moving to Los Angeles, I began working as an assistant engineer to the renowned mix engineer Tony Maserati, with whom we worked on seminal and Grammy winning/nominated albums such as Beyoncé’s Lemonade, Keith Urban’s Ripcord, Gallants Ology and others. With this experience I went on to open/establish my own music studio in partnership with Brian Soko (Beyoncé-Drunk in Love, Lil Wayne-NoWorries) – (Global Sound Studio) focusing on recording, mix engineering, music production and composition. To date I’ve collaborated with and or worked for clients including Chief Keef (Glo gang), Adam Friedman, Bridgit Mendler, Samson (SA clothing brand) and Bumi Dupe amongst many others.
Concurrently whilst working in the studio and building a music production/engineering/composing career I’ve lived another (night)life as a DJ. On a usual weekend you’ll find me in LA bars on weekends past or present such as The Library Bar (Downtown LA), St Felix (Hollywood), Mama Shelter (Hollywood) or doing a private function ranging from celebrities such as Snoop, corporate events, weddings and or club nights/parties such as Trybvl at Los Globos or The Resident dtla and day parties alike. Most recently, in partnership with SwaziSunshine, I’ve established a bi-weekly dance movement/party (Move Your Body) that we currently stream on Twitch.tv under our duo name Amagintsa. We look forward to the return to normalcy when we can have people in one room, dancing and vibing to the sounds of South Africa.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It certainly has not been smooth. I would say the first year of moving to and establishing myself in LA was quite challenging to put it mildly. The process of calibrating your life to a new city, new vibes, new faces whilst adulting in new ways and responsibilities that only I could address on my own, put my mental and endurance to the test. I will admit/say that I was part of the fortunate ones with regards to finding myself working amongst my heroes and having the opportunity to learn from them, yet still, the environment had its challenges. I will also say that even before LA, there was the process of moving from South Africa to Boston and taking on that challenge too of a new city, new vibes, new faces and new music information. Berklee certainly had its own challenges! Fun fact… I auditioned three times before I was successful in gaining admittance and scholarship. #persistence
Please tell us about the business.
The business/studio is Global Sound Studio LA where I specialize in mix engineering, music production/composition and vocal recording. I’m also a business unto myself with regards to being a DJ and go by Apiwe Bubu, I specialize in South African dance music from global export genres like Gqom to Amapiano. I’m proud of my culture and my ability to connect the best of both worlds(Western&African), top shelf, world class sounds and music with yet to be ground breakingly exposed sounds of Southern Africa. What sets me apart in my music production and DJ’ing is my innate South African groove and musicality that is authentic to Southern Africa and its tribes such as Xhosa, Zulu and Sotho. I try to infuse these sounds into my music productions and DJ mixes. It definitely is my X factor.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
My favorite memory is entering a music competition as Michael Jackson. Growing up I was a Michael Jackson fanatic! I’d studied and practiced his dance moves daily and knew his music like the back of my hand. Henceforth since that school competition I would be known in my town (Mthatha) as MJ (Michael Jackson) for a little while.
Mixing and Mastering $850-$1000 per track (multiple tracks neg)
Music Production $50-$100 an hour and or $1200-$5000 flat fee per track (multiple tracks neg)
Vocal Recording $50 an hr (1-2) $40 an hr (3-4) $35 an hr (5-8)
Composing (tv, video games & short films) – rate based on work
Contact Info:
Address: 11320 Burbank blvd
Website: www.apiwebubu.com
Email: bookingbubu@gmail.com
Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/apiwebubu/
Facebook: https://business.facebook.com/api