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COSMO’s Swimwear Pool Party to Kick Start Summer 2012

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I recently attended the Cosmo summer pool party. They truly outdid themselves this year for the event which was held at Shandiz Restaurant & Cocktail Bar, Mandela Rhodes Place, corner of Wale and Burg Street, Cape Town. I loved the design of the space. Everything was big, bold & colourful. I thoroughly enjoyed some of the eye candy that was walking around serving the food and giving away free stuff. It started at 5pm and wrapped up at 10pm. All in all a great night with awesome friends, thanks Cosmo SA. The venue was fantastic and the weather was perfect. If you want to see more of my pics from the event, click HERE. To see Cosmo’s professional photos from the event (photos by Paul Ward) click HERE. Were you there? How have you kick-started Summer?? Tweet me at @TamikaDoubell.

with SABC Expresso Show’s Graeme Richards
with Playmate of the year Jade Fairbrother & SABC Expresso Show’s Leigh-Anne Williams

opening our fortune cookies

COSMOPOLITAN turned up the heat this weekend to celebrate the long-awaited arrival of summer. Held at Shandiz Mandela Rhodes Place, the crystal clear pool with its cityscape backdrop was the perfect way to enjoy the first of many pool parties this festive season. Guests were treated to cocktails, delicious snacks, loads of ice cream and some very hot bodies. The stunning Anthea Schotlz opened the event with a sexy sunset session followed by an amazing performance by Goldfish.

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The GoodHope FM Rev Life Fest

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I went to a rocking event recently…. It was the GoodHope FM  “Rev Life” Fest that was held at the Killarney Race Track here in Cape Town. I watched drag racing and “drifting” – all of which I had no idea had such a massive culture. It was absolutely pumping all day and in the heat I certainly got a good tan! In association with Good Hope FM, D1S and Southern Sun, it was the first time ever that Killarney Raceway and the Western Province Motor Club (WPMC) hosted the festival. South Africa’s premier drift exhibition team, “D1S”, set fire to Cape Town’s Killarney Raceway in a sequence featuring stunt bike rider Brian Capper. There was a lot of smoke, noise and cheering. It reminded me of when I was on the set of “DeathRace 3: Inferno”! The landmark event also featured South Africa’s top 32 Drifters, along with the best from Mozambique, who battled it out for top honours in one of the most epic Drift battles ever seen in Cape Town.


 It was something so different and completely thrilling. Thank you GoodHope FM!

Together with the drifting there was drag racing; Street2Strip style, an IASCA sound off, a Lifestyle arena, the Castrol mobile dyno, Miss RevLife competition and an on-track after party.


Invited guests included Boetie Budler (Budler Motorsport), Hannes Minnaar (Minnaar Racing Developments), Arthur ‘AJ’ Joubert (AJ Racing) and Steve Clark (No Sweat Racing) and they, too,  battled it out in their lightning–quick drag machines.


After the drifting we made our way over to the drag racing.

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The Launch of Vision Music Records


Last week I went to two fantastic events in one night. The first was the launch of a new recording label in Atlantis, Cape Town. Laurenzo Davids – brother of our “Idols” Season 5 co-winner Sasha-Lee –  launched Vision Music Records or “VMR” for short. If you would like to get updates on the label’s ongoings in the music industry, join their facebook page HERE. You can connect with them on Twitter HERE.

Most of You know us as LOWAFFY PRODUCTIONS! We are an Independent Record Label, signing new upcoming artists and producing music. Music lessons are now available too! Contact us for further info!

with Laurenzo, founder

The venue was simply perfect. There was champagne and soft drinks for everyone, as well as snacks going around during what must have been one of the most moving speeches I’ve heard in a while. Laurenzo Davids has such a charm about him and speaks totally from the heart. He highlighted his journey to this point; where his passion for singing has been met with his passion for people in this new venture. Respect! He thanked his family and, of course, certain friends who have been very much involved in the “vision” that is “Vision Music Records”. Atlantis can certainly be proud of this beacon of hope and his talented family, who obviously have a gift for helping others and creating beautiful opportunities for their community in Atlantis. With a few artists already signed to the label, I’m sure the new business will be extremely successful, rewarding and not to mention exciting for this group of entrepreneurs.

with Sasha-Lee Davids
with Gio Davids

The second event was the Linkin Park Concert!

Held at the Cape Town stadium, it was absolutely incredible! What an adrenalin rush. I also have their new CD which I literally cannot stop listening to. Go buy it now!

Upcoming concerts in Cape Town are:

Lady Gaga

The Parlotones

Red Hot Chilli Peppers

Chris Brown

and Justin Bieber!

Here is the music video for one of Linkin Parks’s latest songs, “Castle of Glass” :

I simply love it!

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Days Of Our Lives in South Africa

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“Like sands through the hour glass, so are the days of our lives………………………”Cue music! Days of our Lives is a daytime soap opera broadcast on the NBC television network. This past week, three of the stars from the NBC hit soapie flew to South Africa for a two-city tour.

It’s one of the longest-running scripted television programs in the world, airing nearly every weekday in the United States since November 8, 1965.

Galen Gering (Rafe), Drake Hogestyn (John) and  Arianne Zucker (Nicole) enjoyed the gorgeous welcome that was waiting for them here and toured the country promoting the show and really just celebrating a show which has been running on our screens for so long and which has a huge fan base here. Here are some other faces you may recognize from the hit-soapie:

I was invited to an exclusive cocktail evening where SABC 3 hosted the cast members at The Expresso Penthouse here in Cape Town, to celebrate the soapie that has for many years graced the small screen in South Africa. SABC truly outdid themselves; the décor was stunning and the food was even better. I couldn’t have asked for a better location for the evening, a stunning penthouse on a beautiful summer’s evening overlooking the city with views of the ocean and the dazzling ocean liner lights. Magical. There was a fabulous arrangement of champagne glasses upon arrival and guests were given a glass of Pierre Jourdain or a cosmo! Well what can I say, I kept going back for more.

with Drake Hogestyn a.k.a. John Black
with Arianne Zucker a.k.a. Nicole Walker
with Galen Gering a.k.a. Rafael “Rafe” Hernandez
with Galen Gering, Jo-ann Strauss and Janez Vermeiren
with Clayton Morar
with Clayton Morar
with Leigh-Anne Williams
with Risuna Mayimele

When speeches came around, MC Janez welcomed them officially and gave them each the mic to say a few words.

I was struck by the humility of all of them, especially of Drake Hogestyn a.k.a. John Black. He is just so fun-loving, light-hearted and down-to-earth which was wonderful to see.

During his speech he said that the welcome they’ve received here in South Africa has been overwhelming and that they are very grateful. He mentioned how when they go back to work today (Monday), they will be surrounded by the lights and the studios of NBC and they’ll just look at each other and smile. To him, they share a secret; the secret of South Africa and their fantastic trip here. He said that it’s been a magical and unforgettable experience that they’ll never forget. To me personally, I think it’s crazy how with one plane ride they’ll be transported to another world. It must be weird for them to come somewhere so far away and receive such a huge welcome, have such a fabulous time and then have to travel back to their reality, remembering all their fans here and the lifestyle that is “South Africa”. Thank you SABC for a superb evening, I enjoyed every second! You can follow SABC on Facebook HERE. And you can find them on Twitter HERE.

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Cameron Van Der Burgh in The Bay

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Recently I had the honour of meeting South African Olympic gold medalist, Cameron Van Der Burgh. He flew to Port Elizabeth to give a talk at a corporate breakfast at The Granary in Stanley Street. What struck me most about him as he spoke us through his vigorous training routine leading up to the Olympics was his humility. He seemed very down to earth as he explained his typical schedule for a day in preparation for his life-altering race. Let me put it to you simply – a lot of training in the pool and in the gym, as well as meetings with his physios and a lot of studying towards his degree through UNISA each day. He trains with Dirk Lange and is based in Pretoria. Talking about his history, he elaborated on some of his highlights; he’s won numerous World Championship medals since his debut in 2007 when he took a bronze medal. His first world long-course record (27.06s) was obtained in the 50 m breaststroke in the semifinals at South African nationals in April 2009. He won the 50m breaststroke at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in a time of 27.18 seconds – a new games record – and the 100m world title at the 2010 short course world championships. He’s represented South Africa at the 2008 Summer Olympics and, most recently, at the 2012 Summer Olympics where he won the gold medal at the 100 meter breaststroke in a new world record of 58.46 seconds! He’s won the FINA overall World Cup twice. He certainly seemed very chuffed with his successes but still had a nice sense of humour and was able to laugh at himself easily, which was great to see. On Twitter he describes himself as “Olympic Champion and self proclaimed Fifa king ;)” – Follow him at I didn’t know he was born in 1988, making him the same age as me! Check out his website at: It was a fantastic morning with a continental breakfast buffet available to all the guests afterwards. I was also very happy to see I got some coverage with him in the October issue of the ‘Sport Elizabeth’ sports publication!

Another thrilling experience I had recently was the release of a music video I am in. It’s the video for the song “Hold On” by popular South African band Mac Stanley, previously known as Flat Stanley. It was a huge honour for me to do this video – I play ‘Sleeping Beauty’ and I come in toward the end of the video when my prince charming finds me after searching through a forest and we share a very long on-screen kiss! 😛 I absolutely love the song and its message is very beautiful! The video has already had close to 1000 views on YouTube after being out for just 2 weeks! Watch this space – This band is going places. Check out their website:

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Judging Mzansi Magic Market Day in Port Elizabeth

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Last weekend I had the honour of being a judge at the Mzansi Magic Market Day in Port Elizabeth, South Africa. The Market Day is an M-net Cares initiative. It was previously known as “KTV Market Day” and is an entrepreneurial day for children between the ages of 7 and 15. The TV station was there to document the whole day. Below is a picture of us, the judges of the talent show, with the film crew. P.E.’s regional winners for the talent show were two boys who danced to Michael Jackson’s “Smooth Criminal”. They are twins and their performance was incredible. They will now compete online, per a video entry, and voters will decide!


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The Zanethemba Charity Foundation Hosts a Fashion Show

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I went to a fantastic event recently here in Port Elizabeth; a fashion show put on by Maritime Motors in aid of the Zanethemba Charity Foundation. It was held at Father’s House Church in Stanley Street here in P.E., and the best part of it was catching up with my two very good friends Duncan and Simba. What a marvelous function. Simba Mhere – Top Billing Presenter – was the MC for the evening and he did a great job!