Steam punk bar opens in Melville

Steam punk bar opens in Melville

A brand new steam punk bar opened in Melville this past week to a raging success, but what do they have to offer?


Kicking it punk style: The brand new bar at The Countess oozes steam punk. Photo: Sam Slabbert.

This past weekend saw a new hot spot opening in Melville, oozing a fresh steam punk style.

The Countess situated in 27 boxes opened to a very successful weekend sporting a steel and copper look that gave it a trendy vibe. Head bar tender Julian Short said they want to introduce something different and unique to Melville. “We want to introduce incredibly wholesome food that people will remember and drinks that are engaging and different to what everybody else is doing.”

He said they chose the steam punk style “because copper and brass are sexy”.

The bar offers a short and sweet Cocktail list, as well as a DIY Cocktail section created “in order to educate the customer about what cocktails are and how to drink them” said short.

Food prices range from R35 -R170 and drinks range from R16 – R80. This bar offers something for everyone, serving American style smokehouse foods, cocktails from every corner of the globe, and has a sandwich and coffee bar.

Short said they chose 27 boxes because it “is an amazing centre filled with forward thinking creatives. It has an amazing energy and we feel as though we fit right in here.”

“We have something for everybody here. Our target market is anybody with an open mind who is looking for good food and drink.”

Rugby world cup: what to expect

Rugby world cup: what to expect

Tonight is the opening of the highly anticipated world cup, with the Boks playing their first match tomorrow, are armed with the right details?

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 02: The Webb Ellis Cup sits on the pitch during the IRB Rugby World Cup 2015 Schedule Annoucement held at Twickenham Stadium on May 2, 2013 in London, England. The 13 Match Venues and Host Cities selected are: Twickenham Stadium (London), Wembley Stadium (London), Olympic Stadium (London), Millennium Stadium (Cardiff), Manchester City Stadium (Manchester), St James Park (Newcastle), Elland Road (Leeds), Leicester City Stadium (Leicester), Villa Park (Birmingham), Kingsholm Stadium (Gloucester), stadiummk (Milton Keynes), Brighton Community Stadium (Brighton) and Sandy Park (Exeter). (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images for IRB)

 The world awaits: The rugby world cup will kick off in London tonight, with Twickenham stadium the stage for opening game. Photo: David Rogers.

The 2015 Rugby world cup will kick off tonight, when hosts England will face Fiji at 21:00.

The opening ceremony will start at 20:00 and will tell the story of the sport’s birth. Expected to be included is the story of William Webb Ellis, who in 1823 picked up a football and started running with it and is often credited as the creator of the sport.

Today the world cup’s trophy is named the Webb Ellis Cup. The show is expected to last 20 minutes and will end 40 minutes before the first match will kick off.

South Africa will play their first game tomorrow against Japan. All South Africa’s pool games are scheduled to take place at 17:45 making it convenient for most of us to catch the game.

Also joining us in Pool B will be Samoa, USA and Scotland. Most predictions point to us progressing from the group stages. But the problem starts after that. With their being a very good chance that we will be facing either hosts England or Australia in the quarter-finals, or perhaps even New-Zealand in the semi-finals.

If this is the case many believe the finals might be too predictable an outcome with all the tension placed in the previous rounds.

The obvious teams to keep an eye on are Australia and England in Pool A, New-Zealand, Argentina, France.

This will be the 4th World Cup for veteran Boks Schalk Burger and Victor Matfield. It was clear at their welcoming event, last Sunday, that the team have supporters backing them in England. More than a hundred people were stranded when the venue in Eastbourne reached full capacity, as crowds fill the stadium to cheer on the Boks.


Review: A Night at the Ballet

Review: A Night at the Ballet

Vuvu Rating: 8/10

The Joburg Ballet is proving yet again why it is considered the country’s largest and most prestigious professional ballet company, with its latest offering, the classic Don Quixote.

The romantic comedy is masterfully staged at the Joburg Theatre through vibrant costumes and scenery transporting the viewer into the world of 17th century Spain.

Don Quixote tells the story of a Don who is obsessed with finding adventure. On his quest for this adventure he meets the beautiful Kitri who is in love with a poor young barber, Basilio.

Kitri’s father does not approve of the match and has more ambitious marriage plans for her. The Don decides that Kitri is worth of his protection from all who may harm the young lady.

Prima-ballerina Burnise Silvius lived up to her reputation of being a vision of perfection, with every delicate move she made in the lead female role.

Jean Carlos Osma, as a toreador, and Javier Monier as a street boy, were notable as standout performers.

But despite the visual perfection of the dancers, their performances were not matched by that of the sound technicians at the theatre.

At times the music was too soft and transitions between tracks, usually seemless, were obvious to the audience. The sound issues were  clearly distracting and broke the “illusion” of the imaginary world created through the performance.

Despite this though, the show remains a must see, and ends its run this Sunday, September 13.

Wits Academics the best in the business

Wits Academics the best in the business


Three Wits professors were ranked under the highest in the world his past week according to  the National Researchers Foundation (NRF).

Prof Isabel Hofmeyr, Prof Christopher Henshilwood and Prof Bruce Rubidge received the highest honour of becoming A-Rated Researchers and are considered to be international leaders in their respective fields.

The NRF ranks researchers from across the world based on their recent research outputs and impact in their respective fields. The rating of academic researchers is done by committees who consist of members of academia. There is the 22 Specialist Committees who are coordinated by a convener, the executive committee and the Appeals committee.

Hofmeyr specialises in the field of Postcolonial Literary Studies. Her work deals with the ideas surrounding Africa’s intellectual place in the world and the material and aesthetic history of texts and their transnational circulation. She has won multiple prizes for her articles and books, sits on numerous editorial boards and has had fellowships in various parts of the world.

Henshilwood specialises in African Archaeology and holds a 10 year NRF-funded research chair and professorship at Wits. Henshilwood has published over 40 papers in leading peer reviewed journals, volumes and books. His work deals with evidence for an African origin connected with Homo sapiens from about 100 000 years ago. His research deals with Africa being the birthplace for the early development of modern human.

Rubidge’s research specialisation includes Karoo biostratigraphy, Basin analysis, Karoo sedimentology, Permo-Triassic therapsids, Vertebrate paleontology. His work deals with understanding the environment of the earliest land-living reptiles during the Middle and late Permian Periods. Rubidge is the director of the ESI and the Centre of Excellence in Palaeosciences. He is the grandson of Sidney Rubidge and his family even has several creatures named after it. Most of these creatures originate from the Permian period more than 252 million years ago.



Coolkid on campus

Coolkid on campus


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Mpumi Mlambo is a Wits BA Industrial psychology graduate who has a keen interest in entertaining the masses. She also studied entrepreneurship and development at the Raymond Ackerman Academy.  This move was inspired by her business orientated family. With so much confidence, this multi-talented actress has managed to grab the attention of casting directors from an early age. She is part of the vibrant Alcatel One Touch SA team, where she has been a brand ambassador for the last couple of months. This year she won an MTN radio Award for the Best Breakfast show presenter for The Morning Shake Up on Vowfm. She has also been part of a television series on SABC. Recently she starred in a Dove advertisement for DSTV which has made her even more visible in the entertainment industry.

When did you realise that you were interested in acting or presenting?

 I didn’t have specific interests but I loved entertaining people, so when other kids left school to go home. I stayed behind because we had to practice for a school concert. I was involved in every school concert in primary school. I was always participating in most of the Drama productions as well as mc’ing school events if not dancing at the school concert. Oh and how could I forget pageants? Every girl wanted to be a queen at some point, right and I became one too (laughs).

 Who or what has been your inspiration? Why?

My mother and sister. My mother was able to put all of us through University with the little that she had. My sister is a warrior; she showed me that where you come from has little to do with your success. She taught me that with drive and hard work you can be whatever you want to be. She also taught me that it is important to fail because we learn through failure and become better at whatever it is we do.

When was your first big break?

When I was on Sokhulu & Partners at the age of 16. It was not a big break but it was great to work with people I had never thought I would even meet in my life. I am from a small Township where even making it to matric is a privilege, being on TV seemed highly impossible but it happened.

How does it feel to be a recipient of an MTN Radio Award? How has it changed your presence as a presenter?

It feels absolutely amazing to know that as a woman I was able to prove to a lot of people who think that women can’t host a prime time slot like a breakfast show and do great at it. I feel highly blessed to be a part of a great platform like Vowfm, it would have never happened without my bosses constantly critiquing me! I speak with way more purpose than I did before. I keep growing each and every day. I realised that a lot of people listen and I have the power to share empowering information with them instead of meaningless content.

Acting or presenting?

I can’t choose, if I had to choose it would really suck. The reason why I can’t choose is because the two are intertwined. As a radio host, I often have to be in character and prank people on air. I love the two just as much as I love My Mom and Jesus.

How do you juggle everything that you are doing at the moment?

The weirdest thing is I really have no idea. I just make sure that I do what I have to do. Get work done.

What are the struggles that you face in the entertainment industry on a daily?

It is very hard to be taken seriously as a female in the industry. When you are taken seriously, a number of men want to mix business with pleasure.

What can we expect from you in the future?

What do celebrities say again when asked this question, watch the space? I’m joking, I am looking forward to being a part of the biggest events this spring and summer with my Alcatel One Touch SA team as well as winning or rather slaying like the Cool Kids would say every single day.