Hangout With Heather – Best entertainment ideas, and Daniel Baron shares new single…

This week Heather has your week 2 #lockdownsa entertainment ideas to keep you busy, as well as two powerful interviews – the first with Daniel Baron who has just released a brand new single called ‘All I See’ which truly speaks to the current situation the world is facing right now – as well as to Anti Rhino Poaching activist and founder of NPO, Elise Serffontein to find out more about this incredible initiative.

Local producer Distell has revamped their factories to start producing hand sanitizer for communities in need – an incredible and inspiring decision and Heather shares more about this.

Looking for the best of the best on Netflix? Heather reviews her Top 5 series that she is currently watching or has just completed and why you should add them to your list too.

The RMB Starlight Classics is set to artfully blend a variety of musical styles together to create the ultimate AfroSymphonic celebration heading to M-Net on Easter Monday to keep you enthralled!

A brand new date has been announced for the Johnny Clegg Tribute Show – 18th of July, and of course this is one event that you don’t want to iss out on – Heather has all your details.

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Hangout With Heather – Your Lockdown Low Down – and exploring d’Olyfboom Family Estate…

I have you sorted South Africa – I share some great ideas of things to do in and around your home this week to keep you and the family from going nuts, as we all lockdown for the next little while.

This week I also chat with the owner of d’Olyfboom Family Estate in Paarl, Danny de Witt, more about why this should be on your travel bucket list later in the year. The views are exquisite and I had such an incredible stay there – highly recommended!

From getting the whole family involved in a game of Pictionary Air, to extra FREE programming from MultiChoice, to why getting the kids into the kitchen to get hands-on, and learn some maths and motor skills is a great idea too.

I also share more about Windfall Wine in Robertson, which I also visited recently – they have the coolest little self-catering cottages that will not break the bank, and make the perfect base to explore Robertson and the surrounding areas on your next family trip.

Local company Frost Popsicles have also made all their online product orders 50% off until 24th April, so once lockdown is over – do make sure you get yours, the yummiest little frozen alcoholic treats to keep in your freezer for just about any occasion.

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Hangout With Heather – John Tsenoli’s ‘Long Road’ and great things to do at home…

The times they are a-changing friends – the podcast has had to take a slight shift in direction, thanks to the #COVID19 outbreak reaching South Africa, all events have been canceled but never fear – of course, I will keep you updated with online and at home things to do!

Young up and coming talent John Tsenoli shares about his brand new single ‘Long Road’ complete with video to match, and chat one on one with him exclusively was a certain highlight – this lad has so many great things coming I can’t wait. Really insightful!

I share about two powerful articles that I wrote and shared on my site about the Corona Virus – and staying sane while self-isolating, a sad reality for many of us and of course much more.

If you love bubbly and MCC, then a bottle of Silverthorn Wines MCC is not to be missed and the team at Kleine Zalze Wines has come home with an incredibly prestigious award all the way from Germany!

If you love good wine AND food, then you will want to find out more about the epic competition that Anthonij Rupert Wyne is running for chefs and foodies – capture a food-related snap and it could be you receiving all of the spoils!

And, last but not least, the Global Citizen Fellowship Program Powered by BeyGOOD 2020 is now open – for 10 entrants under the age of 25 – your future could change thanks to this exclusive program – find out more on this week’s podcast.

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Hangout With Heather – Moffie film, weekend entertainment ideas and more…

This week Heather chats exclusively to Kai Luke Brummer, the lead actor from the highly acclaimed Moffie Film, which is out on circuit today and is set to shake things up in movie theatres countrywide. The movie outlines not only the brutality and torment faced by SA army conscripts but even harder to be a gay man in the army in the 80s.

This weekend is chock full of entertainment – Johannesburg listeners are in for a treat with Don Quixote ballet which opens on the Joburg Theatre stage this weekend and Suddenly the Storm, Paul Slabolepszy’s highly acclaimed award-winning play, returns for a limited three-week season at The Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino

Well known Cape Town eatery, Bobo’s, has had a revamp and a refresh and is worth popping in if you are in the area, while Witchery Fashion has created an incredible, exclusive, ladies-only workspace in the heart of Rosebank that you want to find out more about!

If you love the music of rock band Smokie, then you will want to make sure you have your tickets in hand for their gig at Time Square later this month, and Shirley Valentine (based on the movie) heads to the boards at The Pieter Toerien Theatre in Montecasino – this feel-good play stars local actress Natasha Sutherland and promises to be a treat.

If you love the music of Prince, then the Prince tribute show is making its debut in Cape Town in May, and you will want to make sure that you have your tickets in hand to see 1999: The Ultimate Prince Experience when it lands, direct from overseas.

The Johannesburg Cap Classique and Champagne Festival is back at Inanda Club in April and Heather shares more PLUS you can stand a chance to WIN a set of double tickets valued at R 790 – make sure to find out what you need to do!

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Hangout With Heather – Tropika Island of Treasure, Lords Wines and great theatre…

Heather is chatting exclusively with Jacques Oosthuizen from the picturesque Lord’s Wines just outside McGregor – their award-winning bubbly is worth finding out about, and if you are looking for the ultimate weekend escape, this is one that should be on your list.

It’s back on your screens for its 9th season and Tropika Island of Treasure Curaçao is set to be a barrel of laughs, as the celebs and contestants battle it out for a million Rand – find out more about Heather’s thoughts on this local show, and why you should tune in to SABC 3 every Tuesday evening!

Great theatre is heading your way this month as Suddenly the Storm Paul Slabolepszy’s highly acclaimed award-winning play, returns for a limited three-week season at The Pieter Toerien Theatre at Montecasino from 12th March – this is a thought-provoking and explosive play that you do not want to miss.

The WWF is doing something cool for Earth Hour this year and is hosting events in Cape Town and Joburg for the whole family, and if you love all things speed and petrol related you will want to find out more about the F1 Joburg Festival too.

Festive Flavours of India returns to Gold Reef City at the end of the month – get your culture, food and fashion needs met at this popular event, and Heather shares more about it.

WIN a set of 4 tickets to see the beautiful Don Quixote ballet by Joburg Ballet – complete with a signed point shoe and an autographed programme, all valued at R 1120!

Hangout With Heather – Bronze medals, design inspiration and fundraisers…

Big UPS to our SA Culinary Team who came home with three bronze medals from the IKA Culinary Olympics in Germany – Heather shares more this week and of course your latest lifestyle and entertainment news are all here on #HangoutWithHeather

Tokara release a unique olive oil brand collection and The Design Assemblage share their March events schedule which is not to be missed.

Kove Love is THE place to be in March as Kove Collection raise funds for Red Cross Children’s Hospital and The Johannesburg International Comedy Festival is set to get your laughter and those good vibes flowing…

Well known play ‘The Producers’ heads to Montecasino in April and is certainly a date to diarise, and the TOPS at SPAR Wine Festival is a wine event that you want to know more about.

WIN – this week you stand a chance to get your hands on tickets to Don Quixote ballet, The Cape Getaway show AND Disney The Jungle Book KIDS too – it’s a bumper give away week!

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Hangout With Heather – The Cape Getaway Show is headed our way, and loads of other fun too

This week Heather is of course filled with great ideas and suggestions for you, and she also chats to Stephan Herman from the Cape Getaway Show to find out more about what’s on the cards this year, why this is THE travel show to attend if you are in the Cape Town area!

If you love great food then make sure to listen up, as Tryn at Steenberg is serving up 2 for 1 cocktail deals at their retro and trendy bar and Shujaa will be taking Joburg based foodies on a culinary journey that their taste buds will never forget!

Vinyl lovers will be keen to find out more about the well known Spin Music Fair happening this Sunday at its new venue in Greenside and if you want to celebrate the Leap Year in style at the 12 Apostles hotel – then Heather has just the thing for you!

Joburg Ballet will be bringing Don Quixote to life in March and this beautiful ballet is not to be missed.

If Italian food and wine are your things then make sure to find out more about the cool Café del Sol cooking classes (great date night idea, by the way) that are taking place over the next few months, or why not make your tummy happy with a delightful 5-course Italian meal (with Italian wines, of course) thanks to the team at Bistro Dolce Vita in Morningside.

Make sure to find out how to WIN a set of family tickets to the biggest and best travel and adventure show – Cape Getaway Show, too!

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Hangout With Heather – Our Springbok Culinary Team head to Germany and Marianthe Panas is totally ‘Over You’

One of the most iconic bands of all time (totally defined Heather’s teenage years it seems) +LIVE+ are heading to South Africa later this year and Heather is excited and shares more.

This week also sees two super exclusive one on one interviews as Heather chats to our Springbok Culinary Team captain, Dion Vengatass, ahead of the teams departure to compete in the International Culinary Olympics in Germany, and also spends some time chatting with the uber-talented 18-year-old singer Marianthe Panas, who has just released her second single and is set to blow you away with her incredible voice!

Don’t forget to get your CHOC Foundation #FlipFlopDay sticker from your nearest PNA store for only R10 and wear your flip flops to work today to help raise funds – now this is a great Valentine’s Day initiative.

Black Elephant Vintners release their fab wine a can range – perfect for those Valentine’s picnics and get-togethers, and if you are looking for a great spot to spoil that other half, then do make sure to book at either Arbour Café in Jozi or Grande Provence Wine Estate in Cape Town for the most relaxed and romantic spoils ever!

Two competitions feature this week – if you would love to WIN tickets to Ultra South Africa in either Cape Town or Johannesburg, make sure to listen to the end as Heather has a double set of tickets valued at R 1600 to give away to one lucky listener to get their EDM festival on, and two sets of family tickets valued at R 150 each to attend the travel and outdoor event of the year – the Cape Getaway Show.

The City of Joburg vs Vumacam (and the public)


  1. Q: Comment on the Forensic Investigation into CIVH’s Fibrehoods/Vumatel contract in the Metropolitan City of Johannesburg

A: The City of Johannesburg released a defamatory media statement in February 2018 making several allegations that implicated Fibrehoods, as well as Altivex. As a result, Fibrehoods responded to the City and proactively approached the Cities Group Forensics Department to address factual inaccuracies contained in the media statement.

We provided all documentation to the investigators. The final investigation report by the City was concluded in April 2018, however we approached the City to determine the outcome of the investigation to no avail. Fiberhood/Vumacam had to apply via a Public Access to Information Act (PAIA) application to get a copy of the report and its findings. The findings of the report stated that “the affidavit submitted by MMC Knott does not contain issues which warrants a forensic investigation by Group Forensic Investigation Service (GFIS) but mainly raises issues of contractual management and lack of competition in the network industry”.

The recommendations based on the findings of the forensic investigation is that the case be regarded as closed on the Case Management System pending new evidence that might indicate elements of fraud or corruption.

It should be noted that we obtained legal opinion advising us that we have a strong case for a defamation case against Cllr Knotts but, chose not to pursue that avenue and rather sought to build relations with the City.

  1. Q: The irregular nature and secretive cessation of Altivex 705 rights and contracts to CIVH’s Fibrehoods/Vumatel

A: Despite the assertions in the now discredited City of Johannesburg Media statement, Altivex did not “cede” any rights to Fibrehoods, rather Altivex, as Johannesburg Property Company managing agent collected rental fees from Fibrehoods in line with their mandate.

Altivex did not relinquish any of the rights granted to it in terms of the Appointment Agreement with the City.

  1. Q: The Public Statement of CIVH’s Vumacam of trading electricity away from City Power and Eskom

Vumacam has obtained legal opinion that suggests that the City’s assertion that connecting its infrastructure to the power supply of the nearest house would not be considered an illegal connection. Notwithstanding this, Vumacam has been in discussion with the City to rather make these connections via their preferred method whereby each pole would have its own connection to the grid. Vumacam is completely open to this, however, the City proposes a connection fee of between R34 000. 00 and R68 000 per connection, per pole. We feel this is unreasonable, particularly when you consider the connection fee for a traffic light is only R8000 per connection. We are more than willing to pay a competitive price to connect every one of our poles to the City of Johannesburg’s grid.

  1. Q: Vumacam’s avoidance of VAT on legitimate power connections with tan estimated loss of R180 million in revenue to City Power and R27 million to SARS

A: As already stated we are more than willing to connect to the City of Johannesburg Grid for a fair and competitive price, and as such we are in talks with the City to resolve the impasse.

  1. Q: The avoidance of paying VAT on the connection fees payable, illegal connections and other transactional fees that generate taxes on their projects.

A: This has already been dealt with.

  1. Q: The mass Surveillance in Public spaces via 15 000 AI and ANPR cameras across 600sqkm of CoJ, thus contravening Section 14 of the Constitution residents (private citizens) deemed illegal by Public Safety, and possibly contravening Security Agency regulations of a parallel state.

A: We are unaware of any investigation that has deemed the monitoring of public spaces by the Vumacam network as illegal. As Vumacam we understand the serious concerns of citizens as it relates to privacy and we respect the rights of citizens to privacy. We do not invade anyone’s private space or property.

As stated in Section 14 of the Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, “the right to privacy, including protection against search and seizure, and the privacy of correspondence.” Section 14 of the Constitution is not in any way violated by Vumacam’s presence in public spaces.

At Vumacam we believe you should be concerned about data privacy. It is for this reason that all our clients go through a rigorous vetting process to ensure that they are using the data for the right reasons and that they adhere to the strictest data protection protocols. We have partnered with the best in the world to ensure that data is protected. We are not only compliant in terms of the Protection of Personal Information Act, but we have taken it a step further to go beyond the global standards of General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

  1. Q: The inherent racial bias of the Vumatel/Vumacam programming in their iSentry software.

A: The iSentry system is completely non-bias. It is not pre-programmed to identify race. Unlike many other behavioural analytics software iSentry is one of only a few that do not have any preprograming of what is deemed to be unusual behaviour thus removing any forms of programmed in bias.

It utilises deep learning machine technology to monitor pixels, so if it detects unusual formations of pixels, that are different to what it monitors 24/7 it will send an alert to the security company control room where the company can monitor the situation to determine if it requires intervention.

The alerts could be triggered, for example, if someone trips over as they walk, or someone being attacked and mugged in the street. Both incidents will send an alert. The one can be looked at by the security company and either be dismissed or monitored to determine if medical attention is required while the other can trigger further actions to apprehend a criminal.

The software minimizes human participation in the monitoring process, and therefore minimizes human bias such as race.

We have on numerous occasions invited Mr Borrageiro to come and see the system for himself, he has declined to do so.

  1. Q: The Lawfare approach by CIVH Vumatel/ Vumacam entity as a form of bullying and intimidation.

A: Vumacam just like any other entity or person is bound by the conscripts of the law. Vumacam where it deems necessary, when other avenues of engagement have failed, has every right to approach the courts to seek reprieve where necessary and to protect its reputation when being slandered.

We have in some instances chosen not to go the legal route when legal opinions have advised us that we would have a strong case, in favour of pursing a relationship building approach. Any legal action we do embark on we deem as necessary to perform our work and cannot be considered lawfare.

4 February 2020

The City Manager

City of Johannesburg

Re: Illegal Installation of Aerial fibre, poles and CCTV cameras in Ward 97 by Vumatel/ Fibrehoods

As has previously been brought to your attention Vumatel, which absorbed Fibrehoods, and Vumacam have illegally installed aerial fibre along with wooden poles as well as steel pole structures for CCTV cameras and third party advertising across the City. In February 2018 the Executive Mayor at the time, Cllr Herman Mashaba, gave an instruction for the Altivex contract to be placed on review as they had a) breached the terms of their contract without remedy; and b) the sub-contract with Fibrehoods was contrary to Council policy. This has since failed to transpire.

Such installations have occurred in Ward 97 without any regard to due process and in violation of the City’s bylaws. When we raise queries with the depot we are told that they cannot provide clarity as they don’t agree with the installations but have been ordered by their head office to approve them. The core issues are as follows:

  • Lack of proper and meaningful public participation as required by the Constitution. The only bodies consulted were residents associations, which don’t exist in many areas, community policing forums and security companies, none of which have the numbers or authority to act on behalf of all residents.

  • Lack of compliance with supply chain management processes via an unsolicited bid in so far as they are piggy backing off a cell mast contract which is unrelated to their activities and are indulging in third party advertising with no contract in place with the City nor is there a payment plan for use of city power infrastructure or public space.

  • Stifling of competition within an already struggling economy in contravention of Competition Laws.

  • Contravention of the Public Roads and Miscellaneous Bylaw of 2004 in terms of illegal pole installations and wires crossing roads.

  • Misleading of residents that a contract exists with SAPS and JMPD with the latter having control of the cameras via the IIOC centre, which is not the case.

  • Private control of state security with no oversight capability.

  • Infringement of residents’ constitutional right to freedom and security, privacy, freedom of movement, environment and access to information.

I have attached a brief summary of events for your convenience, this list is not exhaustive but if you require further information I am happy to supply same. Whilst I support any interventions that serve to increase the safety and security of residents I cannot in good conscience do so where this is not done in line with relevant legislation and where residents are being blatantly mislead as to the benefits of this particular system.

I hereby request that you supply urgent feedback within 14 days of this letter detailing the progress on this matter, including the status of the CCTV policy, the status of the forensic investigation instituted by Hogan Lovells in November 2018 and the subsequent action to be taken against this flagrant abuse of our laws.

Yours faithfully

Leah Knott (nee Potgieter)

Councillor: Ward 97

City of Johannesburg


In 2015 City Power advised stakeholders with “for profit” companies wanting to install fibre on city street light poles which are located on city owned land (namely the road reserve) had to be dealt with via supply chain processes, namely a Regulation 32. Several other service providers were refused access to city property for fibre installation, such as Dimension Data and Link Africa.

In 2017 City Power requested that JPC terminate the Altivex agreement as their sub-contract with Fibrehoods was irregular. They also issued correspondence stating the letter written by Isaac Dube, Acting Manager Intelligence and Compliance, granting CSS tactical permission to use the street light poles was invalid as he had exceeded his authority (this permission was ceded by CSS to Fibrehoods).

In 2017 JPC confirmed that a letter issued by Sipho Mbethe, head of outdoor advertising, on 1 February 2017 giving Fibrehoods permission to erect fibre on city property had lacked the requisite authority, was not valid and the official had been disciplined. They confirmed the fibrehoods agreement with Altivex was irregular.

In April 2017 I queried the blanket wayleaves being issued to Fibrehoods with no proper agreements in place for installation of fibre nor public consultation and which was in contravention to competition laws.

In July 2017 JRA suspended the application of wayleaves to Fibrehoods based on contravention of the Public Roads and Miscellaneous Bylaw of 2004 whereby “no person may place any rope, wire or pole on, under or across any public road, or hang, or place anything whatsoever thereon, without the prior written permission of the Council. Fibrehoods then issued legal correspondence to JRA threatening officials in their personal capacity and certain officials went over the MD’s head and instructed JRA depots to immediately issue all requested wayleaves.

In 2018 a forensic investigation was implemented by Hogan Lovells – outcome outstanding.

Fibrehoods, which was later absorbed by Vumatel, and Vumacam did not hold proper public participation/ consultation and despite JRA requiring this as well as a letter from the Councillor for wayleave approval, they still issued wayleaves without question or proper contracts being in place and despite advising Councillors in writing that they were not approving such wayleaves. It transpired that JRA were acting at the instruction of Bongani Mhlotshane from JRA who was scared of being sued for not approving wayleaves.

City Parks has also since issued contravention notices to Vumacam as well for the illegal removal and cutting of trees throughout the City in order to make place for their CCTV poles.

Hangout With Heather – Zozi heads back to SA, CHOC Flip Flop Day and weekend entertainment…

Our Miss Universe, Zozi Tunzi is heading back to SA this Saturday and the public is encouraged to support her at the airport (you can even ride the Gautrain for free) and Heather shares more about your need to know times and details to support our local lass who is the most beautiful in all the world.

Lighthouse Family has announced a third Joburg date due to popular demand, so if you are wanting to see this legendary duo, make sure to get the details.

Heather chats one on one with Communications Coordinator for The CHOC Childhood Cancer Foundation, Taryn Seegers, about their upcoming #FlipFlopDay campaign and how a R 10 donation is all it takes to help out – AND you can wear your flipflops to work or school on Friday 14th February to show your support.

Daring daredevils will want to get themselves to Gold Reef City for Valentine’s date night with a difference this year, while Marvel Universe Live! finishes its run in Pretoria this weekend, so this is your last chance to catch all your comic book heroes in action – and Montecasino is bringing the entertainment this February with a great selection of shows and entertainment for all ages.

Two competitions feature this week – if you would love to WIN tickets to Ultra South Africa in either Cape Town or Johannesburg, make sure to listen to the end as Heather has a double set of tickets valued at R1600 to give away to one lucky listener to get their EDM festival on, and three sets of double tickets valued at R500 are up for grabs for the Kings & Queens of Comedy Festival in Durban on Valentine’s Day (great date night idea) – make sure to enter!

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