Top SA Celebs to Participate in Gateway’s Celebrity Chef Showdown

Gateway shoppers are in for an exciting experience during August, September and October when ten of South Africa’s top celebrities will take part in the second Gateway Celebrity Chef Showdown at six of Gateway’s restaurants.

This year’s celebrity lineup includes, popular Isidingo actress, Leeanda Reddy; model and Survivor South Africa winner, Vanessa Marawa; Bold and the Beautiful actress and face of cosmetic brand, L’Oreal Paris, Terry Pheto; East Coast Radio breakfast show co-host, Natarah Nadesan; five times SAMA nominated and MTV Africa Music Awards winners, Gangs of Ballet; award-winning actress, TV and radio presenter, Rosie Motene; Oscar Trial 199 anchor and journalist, John Webb as well as actor, MC, producer and entrepreneur, Tumisho Masha.

Last year’s participants and winners, Deena Naidoo and Stefan Terblanche will again take part in this year’s Celebrity Chef Showdown. It’s been 12 months since we saw Stefan go head to head with Tatum Keshwar at Gateway’s Cape Town Fish Market. “The last 12 months have been great and I have spent a small amount of time in the kitchen. Whether it’s more or less than last year is debatable,” laughs Stefan.

Stefan has said that this year he is looking forward to a new challenge, the new opposition and an entirely different menu at a new restaurant.

Gateway’s Celebrity Chef Showdown Dates and Venues Visitors to Gateway are invited to make bookings to attend any of the six evenings in order to enjoy a night of good food, entertainment and healthy competition.

On each of the restaurant’s evenings, the meals prepared by the celebrities will be in line with the restaurants normal menu offering. Times are 18h30 for 19h00 at R180 per person for a set menu which includes; a starter, main and dessert.

• 27 August – Stefan Terblanche vs. Leeanda Reddy: Ocean Basket

• 3 September – Vanessa Marawa vs. Terry Pheto: Circus Circus

• 10 September – Deena Naidoo vs. Natarah Nadesan: Nino’s

• 17 September – Gangs of Ballet vs. Rosie Motene: Mo-Zam-Bik

• 24 September – John Webb vs. Tumisho Masha: Café Limone

All winning celebs will take part in a final evening which will be held on 1 October at Beluga. Each celebrity that competes will select a local charity of their choice at the start of the campaign. 10% of the income generated through these events will be donated to the winning celebrity’s charity of choice.


Social Media Strategy [WORKBOOK PDF] Exercises to Change your Business

I’m writing this article at 09:42  And will be posted at 11:41 during my presentation- today I will speak to delegates at the South African Association for Conferencing Industry on the importance of a Social Media Strategy.

We often sit in presentations and take the essential points away with us – but most of the time we miss the key exercises to take away.

I have compiled and created Social Media Strategy Exercises that will help you and your business to flourish and expand on the every evolving digital space.

Our Social Media Strategy Plan Exercise workbook has helped businesses to deeper understand the importance of content sharing on digital. There are descriptive and challenging at points but overall a document worth distributing to your work world.



Drawing up a content calendar for the month is as important as preparing a keynote address for a nation. Its posts must be informative and insightful and welcoming for the reader to share. Below is a content calendar divided across social media platforms. Suggest you book a social media meeting with your team and work on a diverse content calendar – Do not limit your social media to 1 department.

Social Media Strategy Template – All Staff – April 2014


More people are replying on Social Media for their source of news and information therefore we must reduce the chances of negative slander and bad representation. Having a social media policy is quite vital in developing industries. Who should post what, what not to post and the repercussions of such infringements. Find below an example from ADIDAS to specific departments  on posting content on behalf of the brand.

Social Media Policy – Example Adidas



Should you need further consultation and training or ready to roll out a social media campaign – email me conrad[at]hashtagsa[dot]com



Local Production Company scores a win for Team UNICEF

With over 100 000 Youtube views in two weeks, a music video produced by local company, Rooftop Productions, is helping UNICEF promote the power of sport to transform young lives.

Released by UNICEF in the wake of the soccer world cup as part of its #TeamUNICEF campaign, the video features the song, “Goddess,” by US artist BANKS, and depicts the experiences of adolescent girls both on and off the football field. The girls featured are members of the Namibia u/15 National Squad and UNICEF’s Galz and Goals program which empowers girls and young women to make healthy decisions and achieve their goals.

“I grew up playing soccer–it gave me strength and music gives me strength. The girls in this video are perfect goddesses–each beautiful, each powerful, each human. I can’t wait for people to see this and feel it,” said BANKS.

“The project really shows the power of collaboration and what can be achieved through creative partnerships,” said James Scholtz, managing partner of Rooftop Productions and executive producer for the video. “UNICEF is doing amazing work through this program and others around the globe. In partnering with them and a popular up and coming artist like BANKS, we saw this as an amazing opportunity to harness the power of music and visual storytelling to shine a spotlight on a worthy cause, and connect people with it emotionally.

We also wanted to honour the girls featured in the video, many of whom had experienced the acted scenarios first-hand.”

The video was shot over four days on location in the Katutura township and other areas in Windhoek, and was released on 10 July by Unicef New York. The success of the video proves, once again, that South Africa is producing international-quality content.

Watch the video:


SACCI 2014 Annual Congress – Social Media

Flashback a few months ago I just wrapped up presenting to a council of Lawyers on Social Media Policy and Advocacy when I received an email from SAACI ( Southern African Association for the Conference Industry

I was pleased to received an invite to speak at their Annual Congress and Exhibition held in St Lucia, Kwa Zulu Natal, South Africa

The theme – ‘to the beat of a different drum’ – is meant to inspire us all to think creatively around business events. 

I was immediately attracted to this cause as Social Media and digital play a vital role in the expansive growth of conversations within conferences.

The ability to share content in a heartbeat is more real today than it was 10 years ago.

As South Africa celebrates 20 years of Freedom there is no better time to unite our country to welcome the world to share in on our beautiful landscapes and global hospitable services.

The Conferences begins on the 17 August and runs till the 19th in St Lucia.

SAACI 2014 St Lucia

To find out more about SACCI 2014 visit their informative website here 

I’m looking forward to visiting St Lucia, I have heard great stories of these Coastal villages and cant wait to write to you from the shores of the Indian Ocean.

Enjoy your weekend, be safe out there





Our Founder Will Be Speaking At The Annual SAACI 2014

Our founder, Conrad Travis David will be speaking at the SAACI (South African Association for the Conference Industry) 2014. An event taking place on the 17th to the 19th of August.


If you’d love to know more about SAACI Click HERE out find out how you can become a member HERE.

Conrad Travis David

Club 808 celebrates 4th birthday and returns to

It’s official. South Africa’s favourite entertainment music show, Club 808, returns to on Friday 15 August 2014 at 8PM. The iconic Mo Flava, along with the sensational Nonhle Thema, will bring you the latest local and international entertainment and music news plus interviews with South Africa’s biggest and hottest artists every Friday night.

What better way to kick off the party every weekend than by hanging out in your living room with two of SA’s coolest and hottest entertainment personalities on your TV getting you in the mood for a fun-filled all-nighter. Boasting an astounding studio setup and top class production, Club 808 now takes up its new position in the prime time slot of 8PM every Friday night on

‘Club 808 is one of the most innovative and leading shows on The show’s strong and upbeat content is for the funky youth who wish to have their finger on the pulse of the latest entertainment and social scene trends.’ says Monde Twala, head of Channels Division. ‘The channel is dedicated to offering the best entertainment to its diverse audience across the country for free. This is continously demonstrated with the unique offering of the best locally produced shows featuring homegrown talent.’ Twala explains.

Club 808 not only features the hottest homegrown music but the show will, in its return, bring new and exciting features to viewers that includes ‘Hashtag’, where viewers are encouraged to send their ‘Pick Of The Week’ video request on Twitter using the hashtag #MyPickClub808. Club 808 also invites their talented viewers to upload a video of themselves or friends singing a cover of a popular track or an original song of their own. Each month, one lucky viewer’s video will be showcased to the entire country to see. In the digital era, fame is just a Youtube upload away.

Celebrating its 4th birthday, Club 808 will be part of the ever-popular Kasi Tours taking place around the country from the end of August and will be getting the party started in Mafikeng on the 29th of August at the El Nino Nightclub.

Catch repeats of Club 808 on eKasi+, channel 105 on OpenView HD. eKasi+ is a channel that celebrates and inspires authentic township life. The channel features talk shows, dramas, movies, music, gospel, kids entertainment, lifestyle and reality shows. HD is also available on OpenView HD on channel 104.

Skype apps for Android OS 2.2 (or below) are being permanently retired

Here’s a statement released by Skype this morning:

We’re sorry to inform that we are now retiring all Skype apps that work on these older versions of the Android operating system. As a result, within the next few weeks, these users will no  longer be able to sign in and use Skype on any Android 2.2 (or below) phone. If possible, we recommend that they upgrade their phones to newer versions of Android to continue using Skype.

You can still stay in touch with friends and family using Skype on your desktop computer, laptop, phone, tablet or even an Xbox One. You can sign into them all using the same Skype account. The latest versions of Skype for all your devices are available at

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