PSL unveils foreign cast

first_imgMargot Robbie talks about filming ‘Bombshell’s’ disturbing sexual harassment scene Petron, bannered by former MVP Lindsay Stalzer, battles Generika-Ayala at 4 p.m. —MARC ANTHONY REYESFEATURED STORIESSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’SPORTSFederer blasts lack of communication on Australian Open smog OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’ Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set It’s too early to present Duterte’s ‘legacy’ – Lacson MOST READ Three of the league’s “super teams” get to showcase their foreign reinforcements at the start of the Philippine Superliga Grand Prix Saturday at Filoil Flying V Centre.Foton—gunning for a three-peat behind Jaja Santiago and European reinforcements Sara Klisura, Katarina Vukamanovic and Dragana Perunicic—takes the floor at 6 p.m. versus a Cignal side boosted by Australia’s former team captain Beth Carey.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Jake says relationship with Shaina ‘goes beyond physical attraction’center_img Kiss-and-tell matinee idol’s conquests: True stories or tall tales? Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Coco’s house rules on ‘Probinsyano’ set Jo Koy: My brain always wants to think funny Malaysians dislodge Pinoys View comments Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:28’Star Wars’ cast reveal which co-stars they’d go caroling with and hopes for the New Year01:08Smash hit? Tesla suffers broken glass mishap at launch of new truck02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player awardlast_img read more

No excuse not to preserve national and cultural heritage – Roopnaraine

first_imgEducation Minister, Dr Rupert Roopnaraine on Monday charged the National Trust of Guyana (NTG) and Guyanese, on a whole, to make every effort to preserve the country’s tangible and intangible heritage.The Education Minister, who also has responsibility for culture, youth and sport, was part of a group of officials who delivered remarks at the opening of the Georgetown International Heritage Conference at the ArthurOfficials at the opening of the conference at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre on Monday.Chung Convention Centre.According to Dr Roopnaraine, the organisation has no excuse and needs to come up with comprehensive systems of preserving both the tangible and intangible heritage.“Even as I applaud the heroic efforts…valuable work, must admit that the State mechanisms for identifying and observing our built heritage have been far from ideal over the years,” Dr Roopnaraine told the audience.He said the absence of protocols to preserve the most historical building in the capital reflected the gaps in cultural heritage policy that should not occur in a “sculptor rich society as ours”.Dr Roopnaraine said one of his commitments, as a projected outcome of a completed policy, was the creation of a mechanism or the expansion of the remit of the National Trust, with a focus on preserving cultural heritage.He said over the next two years and beyond, culture would occupy centre stage in Government’s sustainable developmental plan. He said there would be an examination of the implication of cultural practices in the era of climate change.“We live in an era when cultural conflict, manifesting itself in the extreme as open warfare, resulting in the destruction of valuable built heritage and artefacts, much of it, hundreds of years old.”Chief Executive Officer of the National Trust of Guyana, Nirvana Persaud said the organisation was established in 1979 following the passage of the National Trust Act. She said the vision of the Trust has surrounded the ideal that heritage should be valued. The National Trust has been doing this for the last 44 years, she said.Also speaking at the event, Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo said Government hoped that one day Georgetown would be counted among the heritage capitals of the world. He said cultural heritage remained an undocumented casualty of war.The Government hopes to revitalise the scope of work to be undertaken by the National Trust and to ensure that it reaches out to the newly elected Town and District Councils to take responsibility in their respective areas for heritage resources, the PM noted.Meanwhile, United States Ambassador Perry Holloway, who was also present at the event, said the Embassy was doing a lot for the preservation of Guyana’s cultural heritage. He is hoping that in the next month or so, two projects – the repairing of the Stabroek tower and clock and the Georgetown lighthouse, which has been standing tall since the mid 1800s – could get the necessary funding.According to him, Guyana and the US are also this year celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations, as the Americans were one of the first countries to recognise Guyana.The three-day conference, a collaboration between the National Trust and the World Monuments Fund, was organised to boost the heritage sector, particularly the tangible cultural heritage and to preserve, promote and protect Guyana’s heritage resources.During the course of the sessions, seven important areas are expected to be covered including management and policy, history and theory, documentation and conservation, heritage sustainability, heritage and community, and world cultural and natural heritage and economics of preservation.last_img read more

Govt has no business in prosecutions – Gaskin

first_imgSpecial Prosecutions Unit… wants initiative challenged in courtsGovernment’s imminent involvement in prosecutions has escalated to dangerous heights, not only on the basis of its blatant violation of the Constitution of Guyana but also by the deafening silence from key stakeholders who are expected to speak against any attempt to undermine the rule of law.Political commentator Ramon GaskinProminent political commentator Ramon Gaskin asks if the Guyana Bar Association (GBA), the Guyana Human Rights Association (GHRA) and the Transparency Institute of Guyana Incorporation (TIGI) are all muted as Government proceeds to embark on a worrying initiative, then it will inevitably feel fearless with the only disapproval being the voice of the Opposition Members of Parliament (MP).During an interview with Guyana Times on Wednesday, Gaskin made it pellucid that the Constitution stipulates that the Executive is barred from getting involved in prosecutions and emphasised the need for Governemnt’s decision to be challenged in the courts.Minister of State Joseph Harmon had announced that Cabinet had considered and approved the proposal to assemble a special prosecution team to take legal action against those culpable of wrongdoings in the Pradoville 2 scandal.The Pradoville 2 matter encompasses the acquisition of house lots by former Government officials in the Sparendaam Housing Scheme – more popularly known as Pradoville 2 – on the East Coast of Demerara, at costs believed to be below market value.Commenting on these developments, Gaskin highlighted that the Constitution of Guyana provides only for the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) and the Guyana Police Force (GPF) to deal with matters involving prosecutions.“I was quite surprised and alarmed when I read the article because in this country, prosecutions have nothing to do with the Attorney General [AG]. The AG is not involved in prosecutions in this country. The DPP together with the GPF is responsible for prosecutions. The political Ministers have nothing to do with prosecutions,” he remarked.Article 122 says “there shall be an Attorney General of Guyana who shall be the principal legal adviser to the Government of Guyana and who shall be appointed by the President.”Article 116 says “there shall be a Director of Public Prosecutions whose office shall be a public office.”Article 187 outlines the DPP’s functions which includes to institute and undertake criminal proceedings against any person before any court and noted that the powers conferred upon the Director shall be vested in him to the exclusion of any other person or authority and that Director shall not be subject to the direction or control of any other person or authority.Article 187 also notes that the powers of the Director may be exercised through other persons acting under, and in accordance with, the Director’s general or special instructions.In these circumstances, there has been no indication whether the DPP granted permission for the Government to establish its own prosecutions unit. Gaskin suspects Government has confused Guyana’s Constitution with that of the United States of America (USA).“What I think is happening here is that they are getting a little confused with what’s happening in the United States where the AG is involved in prosecutions in the district attorney offices and all of that, we don’t have that system here [in Guyana],” he presumed.Gaskin maintained that regardless of the extent of Government’s involvement in the prosecution of persons on the Pradoville matter, the Executive should not, under any circumstances, deal with the prosecution of persons.“They have no business assembling nothing, they have no business even dealing with it. Prosecutions are the business of the DPP and the GPF. Govt is not supposed to get involved in prosecutions in this country. If such a thing were to go ahead, it would mean Government is acting unconstitutionally. Of course if it were to proceed, it would be dangerous. Any violation of the Constitution is a serious matter,” he asserted, urging stakeholders to take a stand against this flagrant violation.“The Bar Association made up of trained lawyers, they don’t have a word to say, they should speak out about it, I don’t know why they are so silent… Somebody should go to court and challenge it. It ought to be challenged. You cannot let politicians get involved in prosecutions,” Gaskin stated. The commentator opined that nothing is wrong with hiring private prosecutors but this must be undertaken by the DPP and the prosecutors must be working under the instructions of the DPP.last_img read more

Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has ban reduced to two games

first_img Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has ban reduced to two games after sending off against Rotherham Leeds defender Gaetano Berardi has had his suspension for his red card against Rotherham reduced to two games on appeal.The 27-year-old Swiss player was shown a straight red in his side’s 1-0 Sky Bet Championship defeat at Elland Road on Saturday after being involved in an off-the-ball incident with Leon Best.Best was dismissed for an apparent elbow in the Leeds man’s face, with Berardi – who was left with a bloody nose – joining him for an early bath for his reaction, which included getting feisty with the officials.Berardi was facing a standard three-game ban but the Football Association on Tuesday confirmed via its Twitter feed the suspension had been reduced to two matches after Leeds’ claim that the punishment was excessive had been upheld following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.Although the club appealed over the duration of the ban, a statement on Leeds’ website stressed they “did not condone” Berardi’s actions and fully accepted his sending off. 1last_img read more

Job Vacancies: Large Donegal employer seeks Production Staff

first_imgGallagher’s Bakery, one of Donegal’s largest employers, is currently recruiting for Full-Time Production Staff.Leading Irish bakery Gallagher’s is recruiting for production staff at its facility in Ardara, County Donegal. These are Full-time General Operative roles in the Production area.Gallagher’s Bakery has been in operation for over 50 years and is known across Ireland and beyond for its range of breads and other bakery products. It also has a hugely successful gluten and wheat free range, Promise. The company employees over 300 people and sells its products in Ireland, the UK, other parts of Europe, the USA, Canada, and Australia.To apply for one of the Production Operative roles, you should send your CV to You can also post your CV to:HR DepartmentGallagher’s BakeryArdaraCo Donegal Job Vacancies: Large Donegal employer seeks Production Staff was last modified: September 20th, 2018 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ArdaraGallagher’s BakeryGeneral OperativeProduction OperativeProduction Stafflast_img read more


first_imgEVOLVE MENSWEAR in Letterkenny are offering a massive 70% off all sales lines today during Tommy Bowe’s visit to the store.The Irish international will be at Evolve from 3.30pm.The one-hour sale – and Tommy’s visit of course – is expected to attract massive interest. Bowe is at Evolve promoting his popular footwear range. 70% OFF SALES LINES AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR DURING TODAY’S TOMMY BOWE VISIT was last modified: July 18th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:70% OFF SALES LINES AT EVOLVE MENSWEAR DURING TODAY’S TOMMY BOWE VISITlast_img


first_imgDONEGAL LADIES FOOTBALL NEWS: There were mixed fortunes for Donegal’s ladies footballers this weekend, with a win, a loss and a draw.The U16s battled their way to a three point win over a fancied Tyrone in Glenfinn this afternoon in very wet and windy conditions.The 3-02 to 0-08 victory was the second in a row for Terry McCole’s side, Moville’s Aileen McGuinness hitting two of the goals with Naomh Muire’s Alibhe O’Donnell hitting the third. With the senior men also playing Tyrone today, it’s a shame the U16 girls from both sides were not part of a double header at Mac Cumhaill Park.Donegal v Cavan: Pic Gabrielle GallagherSenior manager Davy McLaughlin meanwhile couldn’t hide his disappointment as his side were held to a 2-10 apiece draw away to Cavan in the National League Division 2 clash.Donegal led throughout the game and were two points ahead at the break – 2-05 to 1-06.But a mis-kicked shot in the final five seconds of the game saw Cavan sneak a lucky goal to take a share of the spoils. Donegal are guaranteed a semi-final place and take on Westmeath at home in their final game in a fortnight’s time.Donegal U14 League team. Pic Donal O’SearcaighMeanwhile the Donegal U14 development team played their first game of the Ulster League at Naomh Padraig Muff.The girls were unlucky to go down to a strong Down side, having led with just eight minutes to go.The visitors sprung three excellent players from the bench and hit Donegal with three late goals to steal the points, winning 5-07 to 3-08.Coaches Sabrina White, Marty McCarron and Elaine McFadden can however take a lot from the performance with some excellent performances right through the team. LADIES FOOTBALL NEWS: U16s WIN AGAIN AS SENIORS DRAW IN CAVAN was last modified: March 29th, 2015 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalFootballLadiesU16’slast_img read more

Bul hosts Paidah as Kirinya search for maiden victory away to Tooro United

first_imgThe Bul team that started the 1-0 loss to Tooro in their last game (file photo)StarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTuesday, 16-10-2018-Bul FC vs Paidah Black AngelsNjeru Technical Center, Jinja @04:30pm-Tooro United vs Kirinya JSSKavumba Recreation Grounds, Wakiso @04:30Bul FC will be hoping to iron out their latest home woes when they host newly-promoted Paidah Balck Angels at the Njeru Technical Center on Tuesday afternoon.The Jinja-based side have lost all of their last two home games in the league including a 1-0 defeat to Tooro United at the start of the month.Aside from the recent form, Bul are usually a strong side at home and will be expected to take care of Paidah.“We have no serious injury concerns and this gives us confidence as we face our opponent, said Bul coach Peter Onen.“I am very optimistic about a positive result.“We lost our last fixture but we have done our homework so well I expect the best from my players.For Paidah, they received a harsh welcome to life in the top tier as they went down 2-0 at URA in the first game. However, the Arua based side recovered instantly, defeating Police FC in their last game and will be hoping the same luck befalls them in Jinja.This will be the first ever top flight meeting between the two sides. Both sides start the day with three points each.At Kavumba, Tooro FC will be out to prevent Kirinya JSS from registering a maiden victory this campaign.Tooro United host Kirinya in their third league game (file photo)The Schoolboys from Jinja are yet to taste victory but neither have they lost of their opening two fixtures, having drawn 2-2 with SC Villa and 0-0 with KCCA FC.Clashes between these two sides have always been entertaining affairs but Kirinya JSS have never beaten Tooro United ( Former Soana) in 4 attempts.Tooro United have beaten Kirinya JSS on 2 occasions, and later only managing to pick two points from the remaining clashes.Head coach Charles Ayiekho maintains that despite the record, he is positive that his impressive team are good enough to get their first victory over Tooro“This is a young team that grows in stature each day that passes on, we have always set our targets high and we work hard towards achieving them, said Kirinya coach Charles Ayieko.“Tuesday’s game is very tricky because Tooro is a tough side who are hard to beat, they have quality having signed more than a half of SC Villa’s last season squad.Isaac Isinde will miss tomorrow’s game after traveling with the national team to Maseru-Lesotho, but the inform Joel Madondo is expected to keep Tooro United at tenterhooks.Simon Serunkuuma, Mahad Yaya Kakooza and Allan Kayiwa are expected to lift Tooro United as they try to maintain their dominance over Kirinya.The other game on Tuesday:Police FC vs Express FC, StarTimes Stadium-Lugogo @04:00pmComments Tags: Bul FCkirinya jsspaidah black angelsStarTimes Uganda Premier LeagueTooro unitedlast_img read more

Unique housing project gets the green light in Dungloe

first_imgPlanning permission has been granted for the Dungloe Community Housing scheme project by the Donegal County Council. The Department of Housing funded project for Community Group Houses will consist of three housing units of 4 individual, self-contained bedrooms at Fair Hill Dungloe.The approval was granted to the Parents and Friends of Donegal Housing Association. Each unit will consist of 4 individual living accommodations – made up of ensuite room up to current HIQA standards and each unit then will have a communal sitting room, quiet room, visitor room and dining room.Deputy Pat the Cope Gallagher has welcomed the approval of the houses.It is expected that tenders will sought for the development within months as a great deal of the preparatory work has already been carried out for this development.Deputy Gallagher said “I expect construction of the units to shortly afterwards. When completed it is anticipated that the 3 units will provide assisted living accommodation for 12 people in total. “This development will replace the existing unit on the Church Road at Dungloe. The proposed new development is expected to cost over €1 million euro and will be funded by the Department of Housing and Local Government.”Deputy Gallagher paid tribute to the Parents and Friends of the Donegal Housing Association project, whom he said had worked tirelessly and have brought this project to this stage.He added “They have dedicated a great deal of time and planning into making this project a success and now as the project moves to tender stage they have a great deal to be proud of. I wish also to pay tribute to the officials of the Housing Section of Donegal County Council for their excellent work on this project.“I will maintain the pressure on the Department of Housing; in order that this project moves seamlessly into construction stage and with the co-operation of Donegal County Council I expect this project to be underway without any further delay as soon as the tender stage is completed. The new development will be an immense benefit for the broader community and west Donegal.”Unique housing project gets the green light in Dungloe was last modified: March 9th, 2018 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:councildungloegrantedhousingpermissionprojectlast_img read more

Backpacking in South Africa

first_imgIf you want an inexpensive way to travel through South Africa, find your guide to backpacking through the country, here:Backpacking through South Africa is an option if you want to save money as a traveller. (Image: South African Tourism, Flickr)Brand South Africa reporterIf you’ve got more time than money, there’s no better way to see South Africa than to backpack your way around its many offerings: spectacular beauty, a mosaic of cultures, incredible value for money, massive adventure potential – and an undeniable penchant for partying!Interested? Then take a few minutes to run through our quick guide …Get a kikoiFirst off, go out and buy a couple of kikois. Whether you’re a boy or a girl, macho or not, this sarong-like piece of clothing will be your life-saver when the sun’s blasting down, when the travel gear is rolling around in the washer, when you’ve got some downtime and you don’t need to dress up.The kikoi, which comes from Kenya, has been adopted by African overlanders and backpackers as the preferred chill-outfit from Cape Town to Cairo.Backpacking accommodationEastern CapeGautengKwaZulu-NatalWestern CapeRest of South AfricaDo your homeworkNext, go out and buy a travel book on South Africa. If you’re a surfer, you don’t want to find out about the perfect point-break B&B at the end of your trip. If you’re a birder, you’d like to know where to find the elusive blue swallow long before you hit these shores. And if you like to drink a lager at sunset with the best bathing in the southern hemisphere at your feet, it’s nice to know about Lookout Beach in advance, right?You’ll want something like the Insight Guide to South Africa or The Rough Guide to South Africa to get you started. And when you pass the Africa shelf at your local bookstore, you might want to flip through the array of coffee table publications on the country. Then check out South African Tourism’s website, you’re in South Africa, all the major centres have well-run provincial tourist offices. Nose around there, and you’ll find the set of pamphlets you need to tailor-make your trip.TransportIf you’ve got a fantasy about riding around SA on the end of your thumb, lose it. This is not hitch-hiker country. South Africa is the kind of place where, if you know what to do and where to go, you’ll never experience a finer trip. But it’s not advisable to enter into the unknown anywhere in the world these days, and South Africa is no exception.So when you’re in the cities, like Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban, use the public transport system, get a cab or hire a car. If you’re staying for a spell, you could do worse than buy a car – and sell it at journey’s end.Each city has a vibrant tourism centre which can advise you on day tours, bus routes to and from your hostel, and discounts where available.The bus services between cities are excellent, and so are the roads. And the backpackers’ delight, Baz Bus, is a convenient, value-for-money, hop-on hop-off door-to-door bus service to just about every backpacker’s lodge in southern Africa.If it’s in your budget, then the classic road trip through South Africa (hire or buy a car, share the cost with travelling friends) will offer up more delights than anything Route 66 ever dreamt of.Your foreign licence (as long as it’s printed in English) is valid for six months. If yours is in another language, then get an International Driving Permit before you depart for South Africa.Where to stayThe good news is, there are backpackers’ lodges galore in South Africa – see our backpackers’ accommodation box above – and you can book ahead by contacting Backpacking South Africa. The other good news is that backpacker bed rates are astoundingly cheap in this country.And once you’re staying at a backpacker’s, you can plug in to the local travelling network and find out all kinds of great things, like where to eat for next to nothing, or party until dawn, or find a long-lost friend. You’re in a well-run overlanding subculture here, so enjoy it.Your choice of where to stay depends on what you want out of the trip. South Africa is, to pound a cliche, a great smorgasbord of tourism opportunities for you to feast on!The peopleWithin hours of your arrival, you’re going to discover that South Africa is a great, heaving melting pot of cultures, colours, languages and traditions. And South Africans are very proud of our diversity.Your pocketbook guides will tell you about us, and how to behave around us. But, like most places, if you’re friendly and polite with the people you meet, chances are you’ll be met with twice the warmth.So prepare to spend time with a Zulu warrior around the fire at night, wake up at dawn and go on a game drive with a ranger who speaks Afrikaans, be served some exotic local dish by a beautiful Malay girl, share a bus with a bunch of transplanted Scots, and learn to say things like “Howzit?” (How is it/ are you?), “Hey, my bra, that’s lekka!” (Hey, my brother, that’s wonderful!), and “Sharp!” (cool!).SA slang is lekker, bru!TownshipsDemocracy arrived in South Africa in 1994 only, so the teeming townships of South Africa are, like the favelas of Brazil, poverty-ridden places where sensitivities are high.But there’s nothing to beat a township shebeen (tavern) pumping after midnight, full of laughter and jazz, or a township marketplace on a Saturday morning. There’s a sense of vibrancy in SA’s townships that cannot be met in the traditionally quieter urban suburbs. This is where you meet the soul of South Africa.But take a guide, go with an accredited tour, don’t just blunder off into a strange settlement. And with the right introductions, and a few simple safeguards, you’ll have the time of your life.Outdoor adventuresCulture’s fine, you say. But where’s the rush? Welcome to Adrenalin Central.South Africa is where you can toss yourself over the highest bungee jump in the world, where you can hit the white waters of our river systems in rubber ducks (inflatable boats), where you climb the peaks of our mighty Drakensberg mountains, where you can microlight through the hills of Mpumalanga, and where you can dive -in a cage, thankfully – in the middle of Great White Shark territory.There’s also another level of outdoor activities that includes horseback trail-riding, cattle mustering, hiking for days through mind-blowing landscapes, quietly fishing for the noble trout in our Highlands, or tracking the rare black rhino for hours in the safe hands of a trained guide.South Africa was built for the outdoors spirit, and we celebrate this in a hundred different ways.Food and drinkPrepare yourself for World Grub, a global gastronomic trip that could begin with chicken sosaties (kebabs) and end with mopani worms fried over an open fire. We have Chinese, we have Italian, we have American, we have good old British stodge – but we also have Cape Malay, KwaZulu-Natal Indian, boerekos (farm fare), and the finest lamb chops from the vast Karoo scrublands.The South African service industry is on a fast track, and you’ll have no problems eating out or self-catering.When it comes to beer and wine, you’ll find either of both of these to be plentiful, excellent and very cheap. South African beer, because of the hot weather, is a special favourite. And a tour of the Cape winelands will have you sending cases of Cabernet home.The nightlifeOur cities all have their clublands, catering to the various youth tribes in the country. Raves, folk clubs and jazz clubs are everywhere. And listen out for kwaito, our home-grown, township R&B rap style.Cafe society has finally caught on in South Africa. For decades, no one did anything but walk on the sidewalks, and now you literally can’t move for all the coffee bars and late night restaurants that have sprung up.Again, Durban, Johannesburg and Cape Town are night-life favourites, but prepare for after-hours surprises in places like East London, Port Elizabeth and Bloemfontein.The mediaThe big cities have all got their set of daily newspapers, and there’s a lively magazine industry that supports tourism. Travel tips, lifestyle information and facts you can use can be found in all our bookshops and news agents. If you want to catch up on national news from home, most leading newsgents also carry offshore publications.Internet cafes have blossomed all over South Africa, and you’ll find them not only in the large centres but also in many of the small rural towns you’ll be passing through. Take time off to keep in touch with the family. Encourage them to come over and join you!SafetyThe same rules apply as for anywhere else in the world. Be careful. Don’t wander off alone down dark alleys at night.Try not to display all your electronic possessions.Pack cash, credit cards and traveller’s cheques in separate places. Let your lodge or hotel know where you are. Leave your expensive jewellery at home.Keep a look out for muggers, and store your wallet where it can’t be pickpocketed. Take care around automatic cash machines.These and many other safety rules are what you should be following back home and while travelling anywhere abroad. Crime is not endemic to South Africa.PhotographyDust is the enemy – always remember that if you’re carrying cameras in South Africa. One of the reasons our sunsets are so spectacular is because of mid-air dust, which also tends to foul up camera equipment if care is not taken.In the winter, you’ll find your soft light from about 3pm to 5pm, and in the summer it all starts and ends a little later. But, if you can make it, the African dawns are equally superb for photography. Try to time your photo-excursions for the “book-ends of the day”, leaving the harsh light of the lunch-hour for the poolside siesta.If you’re packing more than a little pocket camera, then consider dropping in a 300mm zoom lens for the long shots, especially when you’re out in the wilderness and you can’t get closer to those lions. For normal street-work and portraits, a smaller 28-80mm zoom lens is best.Last-minute check listHealth/travel insurance?Malaria pills for the summer months (November through March) for certain parts of the country?Relevant contact numbers?Luggage locks?Sunglasses and hats?An unbridled sense of fun and adventure?Check out some useful facts for tourists – and have a blast!This article was first published on South African Tourism. Republished on Brand South Africa with permission of the author.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more