Meet the MTV Base VJ Top Three

VOTE FOR YOUR FAVOURITE TO TAKE THE TITLE:
WILL IT BE KUHLE, GONTSE OR TSHEGO?

 

The MTV Base VJ Search, in partnership with Breezer, has reached its pinnacle.


 
Three contestants – Kuhle Adams from Port Elizabeth, Mzanzi’s Gontse Makgoba from Johannesburg and Tshego Mosupye from Pretoria – remain in the running to become VJ Royalty on MTV Base (DStv channel 322), after more than 8 000 hopefuls entered the competition. Viewers now have the opportunity to show support for their favourite contestant.


 
The winner receives a 12-month contract to host MTV Base shows. The channel’s newest presenter will also get to interview some of the biggest music stars in the world at international award shows (such as the Video Music Awards (VMAs), European Music Awards (EMAs) and The MTV Africa Music Awards (MAMA) and attend the best parties in South Africa. The prize includes an Edgars Activevoucher to the value of R20 000 and accessories from Jabari.


 
The victor will be crowned at the MTV Base VJ Search finale party hosted by MTV Base in partnership with Breezer at Icon in Soweto on Sunday, 27 August. On the bill are Da Les and DJs PHAyanda MVPVigilanteMilkshakeMo FlavaShimza and DBN GoGo.


 
The final episode of MTV Base VJ Search will be broadcast on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Sunday, 27 August, at 19:00 CAT.


 
This week’s episode of MTV Base VJ Search started with four contestants who partied in true VIP style in the front row of US star French Montana’s recent concert.


 
Little did they know they were about to get a taste of what it is like to party hard, while having an early call time, when they were woken up unexpectedly by the show’s host and current VJ Sandile Ntshingilato take part in some gruelling challenges.


 
These included testing their styling techniques and interviewing skills, even in unconventional venues such as a gym session with BET A-List host Jesse Suntele. Additionally they had to deliver a link while bungee jumping and visited the Viacom International Media Networks Africa (VIMN Africa) headquarters where they had to shoot a link on the set of NewsIsh. There was an unexpected twist as a python made a cameo on the show.


 
This took place under the watchful eyes of judges Nomalanga ShoziLuthando “Lootlove” Shosha and Thomas Gumede. In the end, it was Siya Deli who made his departure.


 
Comments Monde Twala, Vice President for BET, Youth and Music for (VIMN) Africa: “The MTV Base VJ Search format provides an opportunity to open up the industry for young hopefuls. MTV’s ability to discover and elevate talent on the continent remains a primary brand focus. We have incredible success stories such as actress, Nomzamo Mbatha, who recently flew to Los Angeles in June to co-host our annual BET Awards, and Lip Sync Battle Africa host Pearl Thusi, who has gone on to star in the US hit series Quantico.”


 
Category Head for Breezer, Asia Middle East and African markets, Anshuman Goenka said: “The final contestants are a testament to what it means to truly live your life in colour! Each one of them has brought their own unique flavour to the show. They embody a passion for life, bringing people together and providing a means for colourful expression through embracing spontaneity. We are proud to be associated with such a diverse and passionate group of talented individuals. We wish them all the best of luck!”


 
Tune into MTV Base VJ Search on MTV Base (DStv channel 322) on Sunday, 27 August, at 19:00 CAT.


 
To vote for your favourite VJ visit www.mtvbase.com or go through the @MTVBaseSouth Twitter poll by simply clicking or tapping your preferred option #TshegoNextVJ#GontseNextVJ or #KuhleNextVJ. Voting is now open and closes on 26 August. Terms and conditions can be viewed on www.mtvbase.com.


 
For more information on MTV Base VJ Search, visitwww.mtvbase.com, like us on Facebook at www.Facebook.com/MTVBaseVerified and chat with us on Twitter @mtvbasesouth using the hashtag #MTVBaseVJSearch.
 

Vodacom Took Tholukuthi Hey Concert On The NXT LVL This Past Weekend!

The Tholukuthi Hey concert hosted in collaboration with Vodacom NXT LVL at Zone 6, Soweto, this past weekend saw music heavyweights like DJ Cleo, DJ Tira, Nomuzi Mabena, Morena, pH, Capital and Lerato Kganyago performing while Pearl Thusi MCd the event. The concert was a brain child of DJ Euphonik who discovered Killer Kau and Mbali whose hit single Tholukuthi Hey has been rocking the socials for the past 2 weeks.  DJ Euphonik took 2 ordinary school kids who uploaded armature videos of themselves singing the now famous Tholukuthi Hey lyrics and turned them into super stars.

Dj Tira

 


Nomuzi Mabena



The concert was initially meant to be held at ICON SOWETO, a venue that would have accommodated about 600 people but due to popular demand and the support Vodacom NXT LVL it was moved to ZONE 6 in Soweto, a venue that houses a whopping 3000 people.



Lerato Kganyago


Dj Soul T

 



The song is a hit and has become a spring board for young Killer Kau and Mbali. Vodacom NXT LVL is all about providing platforms for exposure for the youth. So, we had to come in and support this initiative. Even better, Euphonik is a mentor in our upcoming “THE NXT LVL” TV show that will premiere in October. It only made sense that we get involved,” says Veli Mabena, EHOD Brand & communications at Vodacom.


Kau and Mbali



  

Pearl Thusi


The concert was streamed LIVE on YouTube from 12am on Sunday allowing Vodacom users to use their #MegYourDay data to stream for free.


 

Keegan 



Donald 

The track itself, Tholukuthi Hey, is available for download on JOOX, also free to listen to and download with the free #MegYourDay data every Fridays.  

BASKETBALL ON THE MIND AS RED BULL REIGN DRAWS NEARER 

With refurbishments well underway at the legendary Berea Courts in Johannesburg, excitement is building around the upcoming  Red Bull Reign 3-on-3 basketball competition taking place there on the 12th of August 2017.

 

The courts have already seen a drastic transformation.  Hoping to restore these iconic courts to their former glory, this re-injection into the game is well-received by the South African basketball community at large.

 

Former South African Team Captain Tskakani Ngobeni is excited to see the courts finally being put to use again: “Beirut, as we called it back then, was home to some of the most legendary streetball. Many of the original SA Team players including myself honed their skills there. We spent all our time there in our youth –  watching the older guys, learning all their skills.”

 

“Hosting the Red Bull Reign final there will not only bring back amazing memories for many of us but this refurbishment is also great to honour the roots of the South African legacy of the game in totality,’ Ngobeni remarked.

 

Red Bull Reign is the only basketball tournament with a cumulative scoring system as teams of three play against each other in rounds with the highest scoring team advancing to the next round. This system essentially makes the event an offence-focused tournament where “it ́s all about getting buckets.”

 

NBA player Anthony Davis is the international face for the event. “It takes a lot of team work to win Red Bull Reign but it’s also about playing hard, real hard,” says Davis. “It’s a lot of fun, a lot of people come out.”

 

The winning team from the South African event will compete at the Red Bull Reign global finals at the legendary courts at Barry Farms in Washington DC in September.

 

Red Bull Reign is open to the public and the surrounding community. Basketball fans are encouraged to come down to enjoy the games and support their favourite teams. 

 

 

EVENT INFORMATION

 

DATE:                        Saturday, 12 August 2017

 

TIME:                        10AM- 5PM

 

PLACE:                      Ponte Basketball Court (Berea Park, Cnr Abel / Joe Slovo Drive, JHB)

 

COVER:                      Open to the Public

 

 

 

MCDONALD’S HITS JOBURG’S BUSTLING SIDE WITH THE GRAND OPENING OF TWO NEW STORES!

On Friday, 4 August 2017, McDonald’s ® opened its doors in the energetic and always lively Small and Pritchard streets in bustling downtown Johannesburg. The grand openings were an introduction of the newly styled and refurbished McDonald’s restaurants – with a McCafe® Gold counter as the much talked about feature. Customers were welcomed by the iconic aroma of the world renowned menu- featuring the all new Double Big Mac. They were also treated to live music and great prizes to complement the atmosphere, as they enjoyed their favourite McDonald’s ® meals.


The revamped restaurants, have been fitted with what McDonald’s® South Africa terms the Experience of the Future, boasting a wider menu range, including for the first time- freshly baked muffins, croissants, toasted sandwiches and chicken wraps, courtesy of the Gold Standard McCafe®. The Gold Standard McCafe®  also boasts a premium and iconic Simonelli coffee machine, providing a world class sensory experience- served by global standard trained barristers. This development, which forms  part of the brand’s deliberate experience shift, opens up customers to an exclusive taste profile with widespread quality product offers on the new menu.


“Johannesburg is a constantly evolving city and what better way to show off our commitment to bringing world class service then to show off with these two stores.” said Greg Solomon, Chief Executive Officer of McDonald’s SA.


The global brand continues to grow in South Africa, marking over 250 restaurants opened to date. McDonald’s South Africa makes these expansions with a commitment to investment in the communities in which the restaurants live, sharing little moments of lovin one city at a time.  

Zuko Discovers The True Meaning Of Sharing Away From The Clicks, Likes And Double Taps Of Social Media 

While double-tapping a perfect photo, placing a flattering filter over a moment and securing an admirable number of ‘likes’ online is certainly gratifying, can it really compare to the warmth and generosity of human interaction in the real world? Experts agree that while social media may have its place, it is no substitute for the joy of sharing generously of one’s time and attention.


Mugg & Bean is a brand known for giving more, evidenced by their giant muffins and slices of cake, their bottomless coffee and hot chocolate and unhurried, relaxed atmosphere. This season, they are on a mission to bring the real meaning of sharing and generosity back to our everyday lives. “In today’s digital era, the very definition of sharing is becoming lost in the clutter of ‘likes’, filters and perfect camera angles,” says Mugg & Bean Marketing Executive, Jacquie Schultz.

As patrons of Mugg & Bean well know, the simple act of meeting over a bottomless cup of coffee or an indulgent meal invites meaningful conversation, whether it’s between friends, family or business associates – people being generous with their time, sharing real face-to-face connection. This generosity is something aspiring musician Zuko discovered first-hand, when the brand’s marketing team staged a birthday surprise, which realised the true sentiment of birthday wishes her friends sent her for her birthday.

 

By secretly bringing her family and friends together so they could surprise her and wish her in person while she was on, what she thought was, a normal Mugg & Bean commercial shoot, Zuko experienced the power of true generosity of spirit and sharing. “The rush of warmth I felt when my family arrived in-person to wish me happy birthday cannot be described. I hadn’t seen them for many months and I had to pinch myself to believe this experience was real,” says Zuko.

 

“When we engage with social media it’s very easy to think that we are maintaining our connection with our loved ones, but the fact of the matter remains that we are simply keeping tabs on them. By ‘liking’ or even ‘loving’ their posts we are not actually engaging with our friends. For me there is nothing like face-to-face human interaction,” adds Zuko.

 

The poignant moment was captured and turned into a television commercial to convey the importance of reconnecting people in the real world. To further support the local flavour of the advertisement, local award-winning artists, Majozi and Tresor’s latest track The Woods was used as the catchy tune.

 

“At Mugg & Bean we’re passionate about bringing back the kind of sharing that shows the real meaning of sharing and generosity, which leaves the world feeling more wonderful,” concludes Schultz.

 

It would seem that Mugg & Bean certainly has a point. Perhaps it is time to welcome a touch of real sharing back into our daily lives. Be part of the movement and #ShareGenerous, so that together with Mugg & Bean, we bring back the true meaning of sharing!

 

VODACOM’S “NXT LVL” TV SHOW TAKES OVER THE DURBAN JULY WITH MZANSI’S MUSICAL & CELEBRITY TALENTS 

Johannesburg – ‘THE NXT LVL’ music talent search, powered by South Africa’s First and Best 4G network Vodacom, which will air on Mzansi Magic mid – September 2017, took over the Durban July to celebrate the end of the first phase of its national search for the next biggest music superstar, the marquee was buzzing with popular culture enthusiasts and celebrities, who showed up in excitement of the opportunities and inspiration the show will be investing in the music industry. 

 

The Vodacom NXT LVL marquee was hosted by the Head Of Communication & Branding at Vodacom, Veli Mabena and some of Mzansi’s biggest names in entertainment including presenter and model Mbali Nkosi, comedian Nina Heistie, DJ Switch, hip hop star Priddy Ugly, actors Raphael Griffiths, Nkuli Tshirumbule, rapper K2 and NXT LVL Show mentor Riky Rick were spotted doing interviews and chats amongst each other. 
 

“The NXT LVL show, is giving young South Africans the opportunity to follow their passions and realize their dreams, by giving access to all the things needed to help anyone get ahead in the music business. The support that the cast and the show has received from local artists is breath taking and we are excited to go live. As a network, we believe in sharing authentic life changing moments” said Diedre Lodwig, Marketing Manager of the Vodacom NXT LVL brand.  
 

This week marks the beginning of shooting the THE NXT LVL show featuring Mzansi’s very own music icons ; DJ Zinhle, Danny K, DJ Euphonik, Riky Rick himnslef and Durban’s own Big Nuz (who hosted a media dinner in Durban for the show) will play their part as mentors to the SA’s next superstars.  
 

The finalists of THE NEXT LVL music search will be showcasing their talents to stand a chance to win 10- week masterclass where they will be mentored by some of South Africa’s top musical talent. Also up for grabs is a 1Million cash prize that will give one deserving young talented musician an opportunity to fast track their careers to the next level.
 

MZANSI’S MUSIC LEGENDS TO GET THE SMIRNOFF RAGA BOLO FINALS PARTY POPPIN’ 

Everyone’s invited to the national finals of the 2017 Smirnoff Raga Bolo Championship, taking place from 10am on 8 July at the Soweto Cricket Oval in Gauteng. Over and above all the action on the pitch, fans can meet and snap selfies with local soccer celebs and get down to the hottest House, Hip Hop and Kwaito beats, brought to you by the best local artists.

 

Fresh from winning two South African Music Awards (SAMAs), the boys from Black Motion will be bringing their signature mix of drumming and DJing to rev up the crowd. Fans can jam to tracks from their latest album, Rainbow EP, as well as their new single Lalela.

 

Rap icon Kwesta is being recognised around the world. He recently opened for T.I. in Atlanta during the final show of his American tour and won an armload of SAMAs. Plus, his anthem, Ngud’ has gone five-times platinum. On Saturday, he will be spitting the rhymes that have made him shine.

 

Mixing it up on the ones and twos to make the party move will be DJ Kent. He will, no doubt, be dropping banging beats from hisEvolution X album and will hopefully have a few surprises up his sleeve too.

 

Kwaito king, Thebe, will be amping up the event with hits like LenyoraBula Boot and Sengifikile.

 

Having played alongside DJs like Vinny da Vinci, Fresh and Glen Lewis, DJ 2kza’s vocal house music is famous for moving the masses with its sing-along beats. Best of all is when he adds a touch of old school Kwaito and Hip Hop to take the party to the next level.

 

With a reputation for rocking crowds, DJ Tira will be supplying the freshest sounds to make the Oval shake. Over the past few weeks he has been dropping hot hits on social media and may even play a few at the finals.

 

Famous for making radio listeners dance, Sphectacula and DJ Naves are guaranteed to do the same on Saturday.

 

SA’s hottest female Hip-Hop DJ and VJ, Ms Cosmo, will also be stirring things up behind the decks. She has made her mark on the continent’s music scene and has even opened for international artists such as Chris Brown, Kanye West, D’Banj and 2 Chainz.

 

Hip Hop legend, DJ Hudson, has enjoyed an interesting career with highlights like being named the official DJ for the FIFA World Cup Trophy Tour, playing at the Miss World 2008 after party and opening for stars like Trey Songs and Lil Wayne. Now he can add playing for the crazy crowd at the finals to his list.

 

The Panache Boyz will have the party popping when they bring the dopest House beats to the finals. Fans of their unique sound will get to enjoy favourites like Angel,Shooting Stars and Dreamers.

   

 

“Whether you want to back amajita as they battle it out to be crowned the 2017 Smirnoff Raga Bolo Champions, get down to banging beats, or just have fun with your friends, the Finals is THE place to be,” says Kyle Lesch, Marketing Manager for Smirnoff.

 

Entrance is free, because with Smirnoff, Everyone’s Invited.

 

Like the 1818 Clubhouse Facebook page or register on www.1818clubhouse.mobi, for updates on the 2017 Smirnoff Raga Bolo championship.

 

Smirnoff. Everyone’s Invited. Not for Sale to Persons under the Age of 18.  Enjoy Responsibly.

 

GENERATIONS ACTRESS CHI MHENDE CHASES CHAIRS AT THE MARKET THEATRE

7 July, Johannesburg, Generation’s Actress Chi Mhende has landed a big role in one of the most compelling theatre productions to date, Chasing Chairs at the Market Theatre. Mhende acting alongside theatre veteran Theo Landey. The production opens from the 14th July to 6th August.

 

Known to her fans as the beautiful and mysterious Wandile on the SABC1 daily soapie Generations, Chi has won hearts of millions of households, portraying a transgendered woman. The storyline sparked a lot controversy while at the same time enlightening the audiences on gender and sexuality.

 

“Fans will be delighted to see Generation’s Wandile in a super femme heterosexual and completely maternal role.

Chi, who describes herself as a “full on method performer” underwent a gruelling transformation which involved the strapping of her breasts and forgoing months of feminine grooming rituals in order to deliver a body unlike her own and create what Mzansi came to know as a very “pretty, yet sexually confused young MAN”. With this kind commitment and drive, Chi is indeed destined for the stars.

 

Chi plays Kat in Chasing Chairs, and is very excited about this new role which showcases what she feels will be quite an artistic, vulnerable, feminine and revealing side to herself; a sensitive woman and a sensitive artist.

 

Born in Zimbabwe, Chi has a very colorful theatre and film resume. She has appeared in productions such as Nothing But The Truth, Special Thanks To Guests From Afar, The Comedy of Errors, Aladdin, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello among many others.

 

A teacher, philanthropist, performance and vocal artist, Chi has all the makings of a superstar. Her hard-work, commitment, zeal and loyalty to her craft makes her portrayal of any role she steps into credulous. Boasting a BA in Live Performance from AFDA, Chi is a formidable entertainer and a force, inspiring both young and old.

 

Chasing Chairs is a window into the relationship of a refined and artistic couple poised on the cusp of both middle age and a sometimes fragile sense of a shifting of the previous certainties of their lives in a time defined by contestation over the validity of perceptions of truth or reality.

Set against the backdrop of a city and society convulsed by the gestation pains of transformation, Simon and Kat experience their own internal landscapes laid bare as they grapple to comprehend the consequences of an event that will profoundly change the life and routines to which they are accustomed.

The play sparkles with the quick and often peculiar or profane wit of the interchanges that define their domestic sparring, sometimes beautifully connecting, sometimes painfully out of touch with each other’s perspectives. It’s a window on a reality in which many will recognize their own foibles, frustrations and moments of sublime pleasure that are the hallmarks of an intimate relationship with another.

 

Tickets are available at www.markettheatre.co.za and the show is on from the 14th July to 6th August.

7 July, Johannesburg, Generation’s Actress Chi Mhende has landed a big role in one of the most compelling theatre productions to date, Chasing Chairs at the Market Theatre. Mhende acting alongside theatre veteran Theo Landey. The production opens from the 14th July to 6th August.

 

Known to her fans as the beautiful and mysterious Wandile on the SABC1 daily soapie Generations, Chi has won hearts of millions of households, portraying a transgendered woman. The storyline sparked a lot controversy while at the same time enlightening the audiences on gender and sexuality.

 

“Fans will be delighted to see Generation’s Wandile in a super femme heterosexual and completely maternal role.

Chi, who describes herself as a “full on method performer” underwent a gruelling transformation which involved the strapping of her breasts and forgoing months of feminine grooming rituals in order to deliver a body unlike her own and create what Mzansi came to know as a very “pretty, yet sexually confused young MAN”. With this kind commitment and drive, Chi is indeed destined for the stars.

 

Chi plays Kat in Chasing Chairs, and is very excited about this new role which showcases what she feels will be quite an artistic, vulnerable, feminine and revealing side to herself; a sensitive woman and a sensitive artist.

 

Born in Zimbabwe, Chi has a very colorful theatre and film resume. She has appeared in productions such as Nothing But The Truth, Special Thanks To Guests From Afar, The Comedy of Errors, Aladdin, Midsummer Night’s Dream and Othello among many others.

 

A teacher, philanthropist, performance and vocal artist, Chi has all the makings of a superstar. Her hard-work, commitment, zeal and loyalty to her craft makes her portrayal of any role she steps into credulous. Boasting a BA in Live Performance from AFDA, Chi is a formidable entertainer and a force, inspiring both young and old.

 

Chasing Chairs is a window into the relationship of a refined and artistic couple poised on the cusp of both middle age and a sometimes fragile sense of a shifting of the previous certainties of their lives in a time defined by contestation over the validity of perceptions of truth or reality.

Set against the backdrop of a city and society convulsed by the gestation pains of transformation, Simon and Kat experience their own internal landscapes laid bare as they grapple to comprehend the consequences of an event that will profoundly change the life and routines to which they are accustomed.

The play sparkles with the quick and often peculiar or profane wit of the interchanges that define their domestic sparring, sometimes beautifully connecting, sometimes painfully out of touch with each other’s perspectives. It’s a window on a reality in which many will recognize their own foibles, frustrations and moments of sublime pleasure that are the hallmarks of an intimate relationship with another.

 

Tickets are available at www.markettheatre.co.za and the show is on from the 14th July to 6th August.

A$AP FERG & NASTY C TO HEADLINE FIRST ANNUAL CAPSULE FEST

Sportscene announced the first annual CAPSULE FEST taking place in Johannesburg later this year. The festival will feature headliners American platinum-selling hip hop artist A$AP Ferg and SA superstar Nasty C.

This first of it’s kind in SA, CAPSULE FEST is a street culture festival that aims to be the Mecca for all urban culture brands, artists, designers, influencers, consumers and stakeholders. The objective of the event is to offer a credible platform that celebrates SA street culture in all its forms.

Taking place on Saturday, 16th September 2017 at theMary Fitzgerald Square in Johannesburg, the fest will host a music concert amongst an array of street culture activities including the following:

  • Charity Celebrity Basketball Tournament

  • Skate park

  • Brand pop-up stores

  • Art installations

  • Customizing booths

  • Beer garden and Food village

  • Gaming area

  • VIP deck

The concert which is the biggest attraction of the FEST will be supported by a myriad of over 30 local artists and DJs. With two music stages: the MAIN STAGE for the big name acts and the WAVESXV stage for up and coming indie acts and DJs. Confirmed headliners are SA’s own Nasty C alongside A$AP Mob’s member A$AP Ferg. They will be supported by the likes of Sho Madjozi, DJ Speedsta, Da Les, Gemini Major and Yanga.

Full lineup to be announced closer to the fest date.

The street culture scene in SA has never been this big and impactful, yet the industry lacks a safe and family friendly event that brings all these street culture elements together in one place”, says Sportscene’s Head of Marketing Jonathan Muir. “We believe the Capsule Fest offers the market just that and hence we’re super excited to host the first of what will hopefully be many editions to come’.

CAPSULE FEST INFORMATION

 Date: Saturday, 16 September 2017

Venue:  Mary Fitzgerald Square, Johannesburg

Time: Doors open at 12pm. Ends at 1am

Age:  12 upwards

Tickets:  R150 / R300 (VIP) – Available at selected Sportscene stores

Activities Concert/ charity celebrity basketball tournament/ skate park/ brand pop-up stores/ art installations/ customizing booths/ beer garden/ gaming area/ VIP deck/ food village/ video booths

For Capsule Fest video’s please see link: https://wetransfer.com/downloads/1ed6a9c5035a56361c6331b8c9d1571120170621072026/5e16de3e2527db22b04b7edfebbfe01d20170621072026/dcf80d

CELEBRITIES POSE NUDE FOR CHARITY 

Local celebrities bare all to raise awareness for their chosen charities in Marie Claire magazine’s 2017 ‘Naked’ issue, which is daring, provocative and body-positive. Nomzamo Mbatha looks stunning posing nude on the cover, for a worthy cause.

 

“This year, the issue is concealed in an eye-catching gold bag – the process of unwrapping it to unveil the beautiful cover and what lies within the magazine is part of the delight. The intriguing and innovative visual appeal of this issue will disrupt the newsstands and is an inventive approach not seen before locally,” says Associated Media Group CEO, Julia Raphaely.

 

“Previously the campaign was published in Marie Claire’s March editions, but this year we chose to roll it out in our July issue, to coincide with Mandela Day, because the message behind Mandela Day is simple: ‘everyone has the ability and the responsibility to change the world for the better’,” says Raphaely.

 

“This year Marie Claire took a slightly different approach to previous years – in the past, the entire campaign was dedicated to one charity, in 2017 our celebrities are each supporting a single charity or cause – something close to their heart, that they feel strongly about, whether it be education, LGBT rights, animal welfare or women’s rights,” comments Marie Claire Features Editor Lynette Botha.

 

Other celebrities who bare all include DJ Fikile Moeti, radio host Thando Thabethe, TV star K Naomi Noinyane, actors Nicole Fortuin and Omuhle Gela, models Sanele Xaba and Rosette Ncwana, performer Moonchild Sanelly, radio and TV personality Bailey Schneider, chefs Giles Edwards, Ash Heeger and Eric Bulpitt, digital entrepreneur Yoliswa Mqoco, artist Lady Skollie, fashion designers Lukhanyo Mdingi and Nicholas Coutts, tastemaker Seth Shezi, and trail runner Ryan Sandes.

 

As to why it is important for celebs to get naked for their individual chosen causes Botha says that as society, we look up to celebrities, influencers, sports people and the like, “it’s important for them to use their clout to alert people to social causes and how they can help. There are so many issues we face in South Africa, and by highlighting individual causes and charities this maximises the reach and impact of the campaign,” she adds.

 

For the first time this year, Marie Claire is holding an auction of the celebrity portraits, and all proceeds will go to the celebs’ various charities. The exclusive event will be held at Melrose Gallery in Johannesburg on Thursday, 13 July 2017. 

 

Commenting on why Marie Claire’s annual Naked project is so important, Botha says: “It is important for all of us to do our bit, in any way that we can – not only to be activists on social media, but to actually get out there and do things that make a difference. Whether that be donating money or time, or actively campaigning for change.” 

 

To make it easier for everyone to donate, the public can go on to the Marie Claire website (marieclaire.co.za), select their chosen celebrity and cause, and use SnapScan to make a donation right there and then.

 

Join the conversation on Twitter #MCNAKED2017 or go to marieclaire.co.za to find out why each celebrity selected the charities that they did.