Mr Gay World Southern Africa Delegate News

The organisers of Mr Gay World Southern Africa regret to announce that one of the delegates will no longer be taking part.   Devon Llywellyn, #MRGWSA1, will no longer be able to participate in the upcoming competition. Due to work commitments, he is unable to join the delegates for the week-long event that culminates in a fundraiser on Friday 22 September and the Grand Finale on 23 September at the Atterbury Theatre in Pretoria.   There are many beauty contests for the LGBTQ+ community, and the majority of them are easy enough to participate in. If you have above average looks and can wear clothes while walking on a stage, you can enter and stand a chance to win. Not so with Mr Gay World Southern Africa. This local chapter of the Mr Gay World franchise is in a league of its own, and not everyone who enters will be able to make it.   Apart from competing in various challenges, each delegate must run a...
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Back to the 80s: The Past year

Words by Rian Pelati Just over a year ago, I saw a Gay SA Radio notification on Facebook, and cheekily decided to send Hendrik an email to get involved with the radio station. To make a long story short, an appointment was made and the concept for an eighties radio show was born.   Coming from a print media background, the whole radio concept was a foreign world to me. Most important thing in my mind was to name the new baby. After much deliberation, it was decided to keep it simple and the new show was christened Back to the 80s. Thanks to training from both Hendrik and Ethan, I was ready to move in behind the microphone for the first time on September 4 last year.   Or was I? Thinking that, reminds me of the first show I ever did, I thought that seeing that my show started at 6pm I was under the impression that I was to arrive at the...
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Judgment Day is coming!

Delegates in the Mr Gay World Southern Africa are preparing themselves to be judged. Will they be ready for the big night?   Judgment Day is fast approaching for the thirteen delegates of Mr Gay World Southern Africa. And the nerves are starting to kick in as the judges are preparing themselves to select a worthy winner to represent Southern Africa.   The names of the judging panel have just been announced. The head judge is Rubin van Niekerk, editor of the long-running Gay Pages magazine. With a focus on travel, lifestyle, food, wine, cars, and gay life, this well-rounded magazine offers something for every reader. The second judge is Luiz De Barros, founder and editor of Mambaonline.com, South Africa’s leading gay news and lifestyle platform. He is also an activist and award-winning filmmaker, writer, photographer, designer and creative director. Derick Tait, who has been in the Hospitality Industry for the last 21 Years.  In 2016 he developed the Fortis Hotel Group and as part of...
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Jazz Concert at NIROX Sculpture Park Sunday 03 September 2017

  Nirox Sculpture Park has been home to an incredible mix of music this year. Following the success of Don Giovanni in January, the Valentines Blues Concert in February, Roots of Humankind and GUITAR GIANTS, the Nirox Foundation and Acoustics NOW present Jazz in the Cradle to start off the spring season.   This year's annual jazz celebration at NIROX Sculpture Park takes place on Sunday 3 September. The programme will showcase some of the best talent in South Africa's contemporary jazz scene. Guests are invited to enjoy a full day of music, food, art and nature in the Cradle of Humankind – a World Heritage Site. Performing Artists: KYLE SHEPHERD with SISONKE XONTI VIVID AFRIKA with MCCOY MRUBATA, GREG GEORGIADES, SIYA MAKUZENI, ASHISH JOSHI, MLUNGISI GEGANA and WYNAND VAN DER WALT BILLY MONAMA & THE GRAZROOTS PROJECT with THEMBA MOKOENA, MCCOY MRUBATA, STHEMBISO BHENGU, CONCORD NKABINDE, SYLVESTER MAZINYANE and GODFREY MGCINA THE URBAN VILLAGE with LERATO LICHABA, TUBATSI MOLOI, SIMANGALISO DLAMINI and XOLANI MTSHALI   Epic...
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Inxeba- The wound

  Members of the Gay & Lesbian Network (GLN) have seen the film Inxeba and feel that it has received a large amount of positive views in international platform. However, amaXhosa king Zwelonke Sigcawu, would prefer it didn’t show at all.   Anthony Waldhausen, the director and founder of the Gay & Lesbian Network, has claimed that the film doesn’t primarily focus on the Xhosa culture but rather on some of the difficulties faced by some men who are attracted to other men and the struggles they face within the culture.   He fears that most of the people who are speaking out against the film, most probably haven’t seen it, and if this is the cases, he urges them to watch it before jumping to conclusions on what the film is trying to portray.   Abongile Matyile, who is Xhosa himself, also believes this. He says that people are getting ready to fight, before they understand what the war is about. He says that the trailer may...
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TICKET SALES TO OPEN FOR MR GAY WORLD SOUTHERN AFRICA

Tickets are now available for the Mr Gay World Southern Africa competition to be held at the Atterbury Theatre on 23 September 2017. What a night it promises to be! With thirteen hunky delegates, a variety of local talent and a new international star, this is one show not to be missed. The big news is that LINA will be the headline act for the evening. Lina made history in 2013 as the first Arab to win Israel’s biggest TV Talent show, The Voice. Having impressed all the judges, it was with the people’s vote that she stormed to victory. The American-Palestinian is fluent in five languages, and is much more than a singer, songwriter and star whose life story and achievements are already dramatic, colourful and inspiring. Within three days of her first appearance on The Voice, she had a quarter of a million views on YouTube, a gigantic number for a country of Israel’s size. She swept to victory and the...
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ALL STAR CAST BRINGS ANGELS IN AMERICA TO LIFE AT NOUVEAU CINEMAS AS PART OF NATIONAL THEATRE LIVE SEASON

‘’The show’s a start-to-finish sensation’’ - Daily Telegraph ‘’Andrew Garfield gives an astonishing performance’’ - Time Out Angels in America: Millennium Approaches (Part 1) and Angels in America: Perestroika (Part 2), featuring an all-star cast, will be releasing on 19 August and 2 September respectively. One of the theatre highlights of the year in the UK, the first instalment also marks the 60th National Theatre Live broadcast to screens worldwide. With cameras carefully positioned throughout the auditorium to ensure that cinema audiences get the ‘best seat in the house’, National Theatre Live broadcasts retain the feeling of live performance and a real sense of shared event. Olivier and Tony award winning director Marianne Elliott (The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, War Horse) directs this new staging of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize winning work. Angels in America follows the lives of a group of New Yorkers as they grapple with life and death, love and sex and heaven and hell against the...
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First Ever Theme Song for an SA Pride

For the first time ever a South Africa Pride has a theme song specially composed for the event.   South Africa, with its liberal Constitution and equal rights for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer plus (LGBTQ+) people, celebrates a number of Pride events all over the country. Pretoria Pride is arguably the biggest of these. Now in its fifth year, the event is set to become even bigger with more than ten thousand people expected to attend.   And for the first time ever since the first Pride event in the early 1980’s, a South African Pride has it’s own theme song. GaySA Radio, media sponsor for Pretoria LGBTI Pride, sent out a call for musicians to compose and record a song that links up with this year’s theme, Carnival. And a selection has been made and released just in time for the build-up events leading to the main Pride event on 7 October. The song is called Human Being by Cape Town singer Latheem...
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Voting for Mr Gay World Southern Africa opens for public

With public voting about to open, Mr Gay World Southern Africa has announced that two delegates have withdrawn from the competition to be held in September.   Voting for your favourite Mr Gay World Southern Africa delegate is about to open. After entries closed at the end on July for the 2017 edition of Mr Gay World South Africa, thirteen delegates were announced who would be participating in this prestigious event. Two of those delegates have now indicated that they are no longer able to participate.   Eldon Bothma and Sibulele Mtimbe have both withdrawn and have been replaced by two new delegates who were placed on a waiting list for this very reason. The new delegates are Thabang Phutsisi-Bhengu from Randburg in Gauteng (#MRGWSA14) and Vhulenda Madou from Musina in Limpopo Province (#MRGWSA15).   Mr. Gay World Southern Africa is not just an easy walk down the runway, it is an intense competition to find the very best ambassador to represent Southern Africa at the...
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