Need an exciting entertainer for your functions?

Will you be organising a wedding this year?

If so, read on … if not, remember the name Tshisa Talent Agency and you will save yourself a lot of time when you next need great entertainment.

Organising a wedding is a challenge as your Clients, naturally, want their first day as a married couple to be perfect.

This requires a great deal of effort and details for you to organise.

Choosing the right music, which is so vital to success, can be an intimidating ordeal.

Introduce your groom and bride-to-be to us and we can professionally guide them towards the perfect choice from a wide range of options.

From the moment the first guest arrives to when the last one leaves the music needs to flow in perfect harmony and appropriateness to reflect the mood and style of the wedding.

Tshisa Talent Agency represents a wide range of performers like walk about characters, bands, a vast genre of musicians, jugglers, stilt walkers, bubble moulders, mono stunt cyclists, belly, african and flamenco dancers, singers, drummers, Kaapse Klopsers,choirs, hip hop, kwaito and pantsula dancers, Marimba and Capoeira and Fire Shows. And if we dont have what you are looking for we will find it.

Tshisa Talent Agency and their growing number of artistes can be viewed on www.tshisatalent.co.za and our Facebook page.

Or you can call us on 083 380 6707.

Plett student’s sacrifice pays off

Plettenberg Bay teen Anelisiwe Langa had to leave home to stay at school, but it has paid off – she not only passed matric but received distinctions in every subject.

On Tuesday she could not believe her eyes when she was handed her results at the Percy Mdala High School, a school which caters for some of Knysna’s poorest communities.

“I had seven subjects and managed to get more than 80 percent for each of them,” said the 18-year-old after receiving her results.

“Next stop: the University of the Western Cape. I really want to study law – I’ve developed a passion for the competitiveness of the career.”

It is also this competitive spirit which contributed to her matric examination success and pulled her through difficult times.

Anelisiwe had to travel from Plettenberg Bay to Knysna every day to attend school. “On advice from teachers, I decided I wanted to complete my high school career at Percy Mdala High School in Knysna rather than schools in my area. My parents supported my decision and paid my travel expenses there and back.”

Her father – the family’s only breadwinner – however lost his job about two years ago. “So he couldn’t afford the travel costs anymore so I was forced to look at a different school closer to home.”

Her Grade 10 class teacher, Nonkanyiso Mgayi, however recognised her potential and came to the rescue. “My teacher lives in Knysna and took me in. She let me live with her while I finished Grade 11 and matric.”

“Although I was very thankful, it was not an easy two years. I felt alone as it was the first time away from my parents and their support. I was depressed all the time; I broke down in class a few times and never felt I was good enough. I also placed a lot of pressure on myself not to let anyone down.”

Anelisiwe also contributed to the success of the school which saw a huge improvement from a 68 percent pass rate in 2013 to 75.5 percent last year. This followed a rocky four years for the school which started with a pass rate of 45 percent in 2010. •

Kids of Kurland Project. Plett Music Festival

In support of the Kids of Kurland School Project, the Plett Music Festival at The White House Theatre presents five days of world class music, ranging from choral through jazz, Caribbean rhythms, music from Mali and classic songs from the past.

The organisers proudly present the second Plett Music Festival, a highlight of the Plett calendar. The festival takes place from Wednesday, 4 February to Sunday 8 February 2015. Seasoned performers Mia Swart, vocalist, and Olga Schoeman on the guitar and keyboard, open the programme with the enchanting bistro-style Café Chantant.
Renowned saxophonist Andrew Young, beloved by Plett theatre-goers, presents two performances: a morning of well-loved melodies on Thursday and, on Friday evening, a high-energy performance of the fiery music of the Caribbean.
An exciting newcomer to the Plett Music Festival is the outstanding musician and guitarist, Derek Gripper, who will perform his globally acclaimed adaptations of music from Mali for the guitar on Thursday. This promises to be a breath-taking event.
A second newcomer, the Rhodes University Chamber Choir will, for the first time at the Plett Music Festival, present a performance of choral music on Saturday. Their programme will include African-American spirituals, popular music and, the choir’s speciality, South African traditional songs. The festival ends on Sunday with a great favourite in Plett, jazz master Martin Wolfhaart, this time in concert with the spectacular Anda Masala Jazz Quartet.
From Thursday to Sunday there will be live entertainment in the courtyard of The White House from 19h00. A cash bar will be open and there will be snacks for sale.
Space is limited, and past performances have always attracted full houses. With the superb line-up of artists this year, demand for seats will be great, so early booking is advised. All proceeds go to The Kids of Kurland School Project, www.kidsofkurland.com.
Tickets can be bought at The Old House Shop, Plettenberg Bay, or reserved by calling Ann Fermor on 082 452 8764

Sponsored by the Department of Arts and Culture and supported by Plett Tourism

SHORT CAMEO OF EACH PERFORMER
Mia Swart is originally from Holland, and her natural musical gifts combine with a delightful European charm. She has sung professionally since her teens and is accompanied at the Plett Music Festival by the multi-talented Olga Schoeman from George. Olga is the daughter of well-known pianist, Anna Bender, and studied the harp, piano and guitar. She has a B. Mus. degree and, like Mia, has had a long and successful concert career. Their musicality and choice of songs fit perfectly into the Café Chantant genre.

ANDREW YOUNG
An incredible saxophonist, Andrew Young has performed to wild enthusiasm from audiences at two previous Plett Music Festivals. Born in Liverpool, Andrew started studying the clarinet and saxophone at the age of eight, and is now an internationally renowned recording/performing artist. He has worked with artists such as Dionne Warwick, Shirley Bassey and Jonathan Butler and had the honour of performing for Queen Elizabeth and Prince Charles at the Royal Festival Hall. Hailed as ‘The Prince of the Saxophone’ in Beijing, Andrew gives the audience an evening of awesome music fired by the energy of one of the most talented sax players on the world scene today.

DEREK GRIPPER
South African-born Derek Gripper was the first classically trained guitarist to adapt and integrate the repertoire of West African music and the guitar. His albums have received accolades such as “a staggering achievement”, “impressive and passionate rendering of Malian music” and “of hypnotic beauty”. His 2012 album One Night on Earth led to invitations to perform in the US, the UK and numerous European countries, as well as Swaziland, Zimbabwe and South Africa. He collaborates on an ongoing basis with ethnomusicologists from various countries and, in the classical tradition, with guitar master John Williams.

RHODES UNIVERSITY CHAMBER CHOIR
Founded in 1953, the RUCC is the oldest university chamber choir in South Africa. It maintains a rich and celebrated tradition of choral excellence. Its extensive repertoire includes sacred music, African-American spirituals, popular music and, its speciality, South African traditional and contemporary music. Choristers are graduate and undergraduate students.
Marie Hoadley
for Kids of Kurland committee
www.kidsofkurland.co.za
kidsofkurland@gmail.com

How to Help Your Dog Lose Weight

If your pet is overweight, you are not alone. Nearly 3 million dogs in the UK are thought to be obese, that’s over 40%.

Obesity can lead to straining of the joints, causing arthritis, as well as internal illnesses like diabetes, liver disease and heart disease in both dogs and cats as well as increasing the chance of respiratory, surgical and anaesthetic complications. In the worst case scenario, your pet being overweight can ultimately lead to its early death.

Most people overfeed their dogs out of love not cruelty, an extra treat seems like a nice way to reward your pet. However, many animal welfare organizations, veterinary bodies and individual experts see pet obesity as an extremely serious welfare issue because of its adverse impact on health, welfare and quality of life.

So how can you address this problem?

The first and obvious way is to look at what you feed your dog. Even just making some small changes can make a difference to your pet’s weight. Your vet or local pet supplies store will be able to advise you but brands of dog food (http://www.swellpets.co.uk/dog/dog-food-698.html)such as Royal Canin, Eukanuba and Arden Grange all have varieties designed to help your dog lose weight.

Cut down on the treats, especially left-overs from your dinner. Don’t give in to those pleading eyes! Provide two smaller meals at morning and night rather than one big one and bulk up with healthy fillers such as grated carrot or courgette. Make sure that you’re not over feeding- check with your vet if you are unsure how many calories your dog should be taking in.

Exercise is also vital, build up the fitness regime over a few weeks so that your dog becomes used to it. Make it fun, so take a stick or a ball and make your dog work for their supper. If your dog is elderly than regular short walks is better than one long one.

At the end of the day, your dog will know that you love them whether or not you give them treats. A stroke and a tummy rub at the end of the day when they’re snuggled up in their dog bed (http://www.swellpets.co.uk/dog/dog-beds-1123.html) is worth far more than junk food and you’ll be able to rest better knowing that you are doing what is right for your dog.•

 

The truth about belly fat

Deep Belly Fat
You need some visceral fat. It provides cushioning around your organs. But if you have too much of it, you may be more likely to get high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, dementia, and certain cancers, including breast cancer and colon cancer. The fat doesn’t just sit there. It’s an active part of your body, making “lots of nasty substances,” says Kristen Hairston, MD, assistant professor of endocrinology and metabolism at Wake Forest School of Medicine. If you gain too much weight, your body starts to store your fat in unusual places.
With increasing obesity, you have people whose regular areas to store fat are so full that the fat is deposited into the organs and around the heart, says Carol Shively, PhD, professor of pathology-comparative medicine at Wake Forest School of Medicine.
How Much Belly Fat Do You Have?
The most precise way to determine how much visceral fat you have is to get a CT scan or MRI. But there’s a much simpler, low-cost way to check. Get a measuring tape, wrap it around your waist at your belly button, and check your girth. Do it while you’re standing up, and make sure the tape measure is level. For your health’s sake, you want your waist size to be less than 35 inches if you’re a woman and less than 40 inches if you’re a man. Having a “pear shape” — bigger hips and thighs — is considered safer than an “apple shape,” which describes a wider waistline. “What we’re really pointing to with the apple versus pear,” Hairston says, “is that, if you have more abdominal fat, it’s probably an indicator that you have more visceral fat.”
Thin People Have It, Too
Even if you’re thin, you can still have too much visceral fat. How much you have is partly about your genes, and partly about your lifestyle, especially how active you are. Visceral fat likes inactivity. In one study, thin people who watched their diets but didn’t exercise were more likely to have too much visceral fat. The key is to be active, no matter what size you are.
4 Steps for Beating Belly Fat There are four keys to controlling belly fat: exercise, diet, sleep, and stress management.
1. Exercise: Vigorous exercise trims all your fat, including visceral fat. Get at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise at least 5 days a week. Walking counts, as long as it’s brisk enough that you work up a sweat and breathe harder, with your heart rate faster than usual. To get the same results in half the time, step up your pace and get vigorous exercise — like jogging or walking. You’d need to do that for 20 minutes a day, 4 days a week. Jog, if you’re already fit, or walk briskly at an incline on a treadmill if you’re not ready for jogging. Vigorous workouts on stationary bikes and elliptical or rowing machines are also effective, says Duke researcher Cris Slentz, PhD. Moderate activity — raising your heart rate for 30 minutes at least three times per week — also helps. It slows down how much visceral fat you gain. But to torch visceral fat, your workouts may need to be stepped up. “Rake leaves, walk, garden, go to Zumba, play soccer with your kids. It doesn’t have to be in the gym,” Hairston says. If you are not active now, it’s a good idea to check with your health care provider before starting a new fitness program. 2. Diet: There is no magic diet for belly fat. But when you lose weight on any diet, belly fat usually goes first. Getting enough fiber can help. Hairston’s research shows that people who eat 10 grams of soluble fiber per day — without any other diet changes — build up less visceral fat over time than others. That’s as simple as eating two small apples, a cup of green peas, or a half-cup of pinto beans. 4 Steps for Beating Belly Fat continued… “Even if you kept everything else the same but switched to a higher-fiber bread, you might be able to better maintain your weight over time,” Hairston says. 3. Sleep: Getting the right amount of shut-eye helps. In one study, people who got 6 to 7 hours of sleep per night gained less visceral fat over 5 years compared to those who slept 5 or fewer hours per night or 8 or more hours per night. Sleep may not have been the only thing that mattered — but it was part of the picture. 4. Stress: Everyone has stress. How you handle it matters. The best things you can do include relaxing with friends and family, meditating, exercising to blow off steam, and getting counseling. That leaves you healthier and better prepared to make good choices for yourself. “If you could only afford the time to do one of these things,” Shively says, “exercise probably has the most immediate benefits, because it gets at both obesity and stress.”
Researched By : Kátia C. Rowlands – Pilates Instructor & Personal Trainer – 082 513 4256