Meet Silo Khumalo The New Mangwanani African Spa Brand Ambassador

Born Silo Khumalo, known as Junior, a 31 year old individual with major love for the camera and the media scene. Raised between Bloemfontein and KwaZulu Natal, Silo is an IT graduate of  Richfield College who later went on to enroll in a Paramedic Course at EMR College.

He currently works for Grand Gaming KZN as a Field Technician. Though Silo’s 9-5 is very much not enligned with brand representation and the media, but that has not stopped him to collaborate with upcoming photographers in shoots in order to create an impressive portfolio.

Jogging, Swimming, listening to music and attending events are some of his hobbies as he prefers to always be on trend and also keep healthy while looking dapper.

“The person I look up to is Tino Chinyani, I see myself achieving as much as he has. He is my greatest inspiration” adds Silo Khumalo.


SAMA27 kicks off with a call for entries

South Africa’s most prestigious music awards event, the SA Music Awards (SAMA) return for its 27th year by announcing that entries are open for the 2021 instalment.

Musicians and artists who are eligible for a SAMA consideration are invited to submit their body of work. To qualify, music must be released between 1 February 2020 and 31 January 2021.

The SAMAs are open to RiSA members and non-RiSA members. Head over to the SAMA website for more information on the entry process that allows for digital and physical entries.

In the past four years, the SAMAs have seen a marked and sustained increase in the number of entries, up from 400 in 2016 to 802  in 2020.

The SAMAs honour and appreciate the best across the South African music landscape delivered by individual artists or groups. Popularity is not a criterion, but quality and distinction.

Entries are open from today until midnight on 31 January 2021.

RiSA CEO Nhlanhla Sibisi commented: ‘It gives us great pleasure to see the SAMA maintain its longest run as an award ceremony of stature. We call on all creatives to submit their amazing works for the consideration of our panel of judges. We also look forward to SAMA27 after the challenges of SAMA26 which was delivered amidst a global pandemic and we remain dedicated and committed to the cause of making SA music recognised for its excellence.’


King XL ft Danger | Lvovo & KFunky S’yay’gqobhoza single Drops

There’s a new ‘King’ in the Block, his stage name is ‘King XL’, real name Nkululeko Dlamin, exhaling from the hearts of KZN in the north of Durban. In his debut single titled, S’yay’gqobhoza features the living legends, the giants of the music industry, Danger and L’vovo Derango.

King XL, real name Nkululeko Dlamini born on the 17th December 2000 raised in hearts of KZN eNanda, which is a township situated 30 km north-west of the Durban. After having to move with his parents to a leafy suburbia of Durban North called Umhlanga Ridge, a coastal area that overlooks the Indian Ocean where he is currently based with his family. Since childhood, King XL has always been a child whose heart beats nothing but the music, realized at a tender age of 15 that he was ‘bitten by a DJ/Producer Bug’, King XL grew up wanting to be an extraordinary Brand and always had this vision of himself being a King, amongst other Kings in the music industry as he believed in his ability of making people laugh and dance.


He drew aspiration from the living international legend DJ Black Coffee whom he really admires and looks up to, hopes one day to achieve the same level of popularity and business success by producing State of The Art music for the mases around the globe. He dreams of collaborating with Dj
Black Coffee as he admires his work ethics as well as the execution of his live mixes during his set globally and most importantly the way he prioritize his family time after his hectic diary.
What sets King XL from the other DJ’s is that he is only 20 years old but has worked with some of the industries’ biggest giants, Danger from the band Big Nuz as well as L’vovo Derrango. King XL is a God-fearing DJ, highly humbled, his forte is to mix and also creating beats in his spare time. King XL learned to dj and mix when he was doing grade 8 assisted by some of the DJs in his hometown to harness his skills. While it started out as a hobby, it quickly turned into a passion for him and it consumed most of his time which presently, it’s a career to him which made him a Brand he is.
To King XL, music is life and he believes by producing and mixing music for people, the world would be a happier place. It gives him great joy seeing people enjoying and having a good time, that what made him want to venture into music. He started Deejaying while he was still in high school and has performed at events as a supporting act. Now he is more than ready to start his own movement and pursue a career in being a DJ and build a brand out of himself. This is the first of many projects King XL has produced and he is adamant that he will win as many South Africans as possible not by Mind, by Choice but by the Holly Spirit.


EXPERIENCE THE THRILL OF NATURE AND A PEACEFUL PART OF KZN IN THE HEART OF ZULULAND

Boost your mood and beat the blues, put on your hiking boots and bring along your binoculars to reconnect with nature as Tourism KZN encourages visitors to take a leap and travel to the unspoilt heart of KwaZulu-Natal and experience its travel offerings.

KZN MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Nomusa Dube-Ncube recently engaged with members of the media on a tour official visit to uPhongolo Local Municipality in an effort to draw tourism to the area and thereby transform the local economy through job creation and community upliftment.

The tour led by MEC Dube-Ncube coincided with the reopening of the country’s international borders on 1 October 2020 for business, leisure and other travel, under alert level 1 of lockdown. The tourism sector is looking forward to a bumper summer season and many accommodation venues have seen a rush in bookings.

“KwaZulu-Natal is all aligned with the strict health and hygiene protocols.,” said MEC Dube-Ncube.

“We are saying to our visitors, please come back to KZN that you love so much. You still have your beautiful ocean waiting for you. The magnificent nature and game reserves are waiting for you. I have just experienced a tour of the wonderful Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve. This is all waiting for you. 

“With Lockdown Level 1 reopening the doors of holiday resorts and inter-provincial travel, KwaZulu-Natal game lodges have come back to life.

“The department, working with uPhongolo Local Municipality and other role-players, is investing resources in the tourism infrastructure at local level. We believe that local government is best placed to create a memorable experience for tourists.

“We have stated in various platforms that the success of tourism will be judged by how much it is contributing towards our efforts aimed at substantially reducing poverty, inequality and unemployment in our province,” she said.

Media were treated to various exhilarating tourism experiences with a visit to Koppie Alleen Guest House and a tour of Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve.

Media had first-hand experience of the upgrades to Koppie Alleen Guest House which is owned by the Mahlalela Community Trust through the land restitution programme. EDTEA funded the renovations to the guest house.

The last tour ended off with a unique experience of richness of the nature reserve life and a drive to spot the Big Five at the Mkuze Falls private five-star game reserve nestled between the Kruger National Park and the Zululand Coast. 

The face-lifts to the facility boast a value of R2.5M.  

One of only two private game reserves in the region, Mkuze Falls offers thrilling experiences – morning and afternoon game drives and bird walks followed by an array of mouth-watering treats and the joys of luxurious scented oils and hot stones to massage away stresses and strains. The sound and beauty of water falling seeps into your soul.

For bird-lovers, Mkuze Falls and its wetlands have sight of more than 430 species of birds. The reserve is home to the Fish Eagle, Giant Kingfisher, Narina Trogon and the spectacular Purple-crested Lourie.

Abundant species of antelope are also resident in the reserve and the mysterious Nyala is seen here.

Mathew Tucker, General Manager at Mkuze Falls Private Game Reserve said, “We were delighted to host the MEC Dube-Ncube and Tourism KZN at the lodge and to have shown our beautiful game reserve. 

“We have had 80% occupancy rate throughout October and looking forward to hosting more tourists over the festive season.”

“Mkuze Falls is a beautiful private five-star game reserve. I loved the tent chalet made especially for outdoor stays.”

Zola Phoswa, a journalist at Rising Sun newspaper, said she felt good to be able to travel again especially during a worldwide pandemic and with the strict lockdown restrictions in place.

“We received a warm welcome and great hospitality at Ghost Mountain Inn. The lodge followed all Covid-19 safety regulations.

“I was excited to spot some zebras and springbok at Mkuze Falls Private Game Lodge.”

Ntokozo Thembani, a reporter at Vuma FM, said: “The two days on tour reminded me about the best moments of being a tourist in KZN.

“I was excited to see the positive attitude shown by workers in hotels and the places we visited. Rural tourism is always a great way to remind us about the rich culture and heritage we have in our province.”

Bongiwe Zuma, a journalist at Isolezwe, said: “The Mkuze Falls private game reserve experience has been one of the best and I was impressed to have viewed the outdoor tents which are very modernised and still have the elements that set it apart from other accommodation.

“There is so much to enjoy there such as the pool area, a Big Five game drive and the serene spa.”

For further information on accommodation packages and tour experiences please visit the website http://www.mkuzefalls.com/.

The travelling public is urged to frequently visit the TKZN digital platforms for great specials on offer.

To remind you of the tourism sights, sounds and experiences on offer, visit: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cU8rGVbBgCc


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