Friday, 29 November 2013

Free by Cotton On arrives in South Africa


Cotton On is thrilled to announce its new label designed specifically for 9-14 year olds, Free by Cotton On will now be available in South Africa when it launches in the Sandton City store in Johannesburg on 1 December 2013.

Free by Cotton On caters to free-spirited, independent-minded boys and girls who have outgrown the kids range and are too young for adults, but want to wear a brand that allows them to express their individuality and have fun with their fashion.

Signature Free by Cotton On looks include cool Aztec embodied knits, chambray denim shirts and dresses, chinos, graphic t-shirts and leggings, all in fresh and exciting patterns and colours.

We decided to launch Free by Cotton On in South Africa after we saw a clear gap in the market and customer demand for age-appropriate, affordable and stylish fashion essentials for the 9-14 year old ‘in between’ age group. The brand so far has had an overwhelmingly positive response in Australia and we hope the kids of South Africa are just as excited as we are to now be here” Cotton Kids General Manager Natalie Mclean says.

Free by Cotton On will make it easy for South African parents who struggle to make a transition from Cotton On Kids to finding a brand that they feel is appropriate for their “tweens” to wear. To view the latest Free collection visit, or visit Cotton On at Shop L305, in Sandton City Shopping centre, Cnr Rivonia Road and 5th Street, Sandton Johannesburg.

To celebrate the new range launching in Cotton On Sandton (and the completion of the extension and refurbishment of the store), there will be a number of entertaining activities over the opening weekend, Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 December. There will be high-profile DJ’s playing in-store and interactive activations, such as a social photo-sharing booth, a customization station enabling consumers to personalize their purchases, as well as some yummy treats and refreshments…

To get involved and make sure you stay on top of all the exciting launch activities, follow us on: and

Released on behalf of Cotton On by Butter Knife PR: Spreading the Word

Wednesday, 20 November 2013

Happy Children's Day!

Happy International Children's Day to all our Supernova and Metz and Bop readers! 
Today honours YOU, so go on, have some fun!

Friday, 8 November 2013

Morvite advises on how to prepare for final exams


The year is coming to an end and many students will be preparing for the upcoming end of year exams. Although this can be a stressful time, the right attitude and approach can make all the difference. Morvite shares some tips on how exercise, food and drink, sleep, proper time management, and a good attitude and support system can make this difficult time easier.

Exercise is not only good for keeping healthy and fit. It also promotes brain health by increasing the flow of blood to the brain, as well as improving circulation to the heart and the rest of the body. Exercise also stimulates the growth of nerve cells in the part of the brain involved in memory and has additional benefits, such as being a temporary diversion to stress. "Walking around the block is a good way to get the blood flowing and help students to refresh, so set time aside in your studying schedule to get out of the house,” says Mate Mamabolo, Senior Brand Manager Morvite.

Starting the day with a healthy breakfast is something to which all students should be accustomed. This is because breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Having a wholesome breakfast means you have the best start to your day, and it is linked to many health benefits like improved mental ability, heart health and better weight management. Morvite Instant Porridge is an ideal start to your day as it is filling, affordable and convenient. Morvite doesn’t require cooking so you won’t be wasting precious study time in the kitchen. Keeping hydrated is also very important especially in this warm weather. Students should remember to drink plenty of water throughout the day and not only when they are feeling thirsty.

Most teens need about eight and a half to nine hours of sleep each night. The right amount of sleep is essential for students who want to do well in their exams. Morvite suggests that to ensure a good night’s sleep, students should aim to get into a routine of going to bed around the same time every night, get regular exercise, and avoid stimulants such as beverages with caffeine after 4pm. They should try to relax their minds before going to bed, unwind by keeping the lights low, avoid napping too much or for too long during the day, and create the right sleeping environment such as playing peaceful music.

One of the most important aspects of getting ready for exams is for students to be able to manage their time effectively. "The best thing would be to draw up a schedule of study times which also makes allowance for break time so that you can include socialising with friends, exercising and other hobbies,” says Mamabolo. Following this timetable is important. Students should try to keep a systematic sleeping and eating time also because irregularities can become an excuse for not studying.

Positive thinking and a general good attitude also plays a part in coping well with exams. Students should have goals that they are working to achieve as this will keep them motivated. Students are likely to do well and cope better with exams if they have a support system in place. This will mainly be family, friends and teachers who will know and value the importance of lending a helping hand in this stressful time.

Prepare for your final revision by making summaries for each subject. Try not to speak to too many other students just before the exam as they may make you feel nervous.  When it comes to the exam, read the instructions on the front of the paper carefully and make sure you know how many questions you should be answering. Read through the whole exam carefully before you start. Make sure you leave enough time before the end of the exam for proofreading and sense checking of your answers. Always, read the question twice to make sure that you fully understand the answer which is required. Identify the keywords before you answer the question and highlight these words, even for multiple choice questions. If you know an answer straight away, complete it and move to the next one. If a question is a little challenging, move on to questions that are easier to answer. You can always go back to complete challenging questions later.

Most importantly, don't worry if it feels like you cannot remember your work, it usually means that you are just feeling a little nervous. Take a deep breath, trust yourself and focus on the task at hand,” concludes Mamabolo.

Issued by Sabio Communications on behalf of Morvite.

Thursday, 7 November 2013

Momentum 94.7 Kiddies Ride


We mentioned in the previous post that we're into healthy living. You can get some exercise and have some fun this coming Saturday at the Momentum 94.7 Kiddies Ride! If you're not already signed up, why not go along to cheer on your friends and family? Kids up to the age of 10 are welcome to take part.

Remember – no helmet – no ride!

11 November 2013

Newly developed area of Waterfall Country Estate, Sunninghill (not the same Start and Finish area as 2012).

Newly developed area of Waterfall Country Estate, Sunninghill.

Entries Opened:

6 October 2013

Entries Closed:

10 October 2013

Entry Fee:

 R120.00. Includes a t-shirt, goodie bag and a  medal for all finishers
Race Pack Collection:

 7 November: 09h00 – 17h00 
 8 November: 09h00 – 17h00

For more information, plus Rules & Regulations, visit™ launch their first retail Bubble Tea bar

The Supernova team loves a lovely cuppa! We're all about healthy living too, so we can't wait to try™ Bubble Tea!

Discover the sensation that is Bubble Tea

All I can be is ME, whoever that is”
- Bob Dylan -

Only two eccentric adventurers could conjure up a quirky mascot with a human personality to embody the spirit of their new chain of Bubble Tea outlets,™.

Pink Lemon & Lime
Jan and Jay Roode invented Mighty Eckhardt (ME), as the face of the™ brand. ME is an average Joe, escaping from the daily grind and finding sanctuary and happiness in the™ world. He rocks to legends like Bob Dylan, Janis Joplin and Elvis. Think Gary Larson’s Far Side and Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and you’ve got some idea of ME’s reading preferences (yes, a mascot who reads!), as well as his sense of humour.

We love quirky humour, adventure, extraordinary people and places,” said Jan and Jay, who spend their spare-time flying through Africa in their light aircraft, creating aerial photographic artworks that have been published by magazines like National Geographic. They’re equally passionate about their dislikes: “We hate mediocrity, settling for the average, being plugged in.”

Milky Strawberry
So with such expressive thoughts on life, the universe and everything else, Jan and Jay created their own recipes for their favourite drink: Bubble Tea. “We first tried Bubble Tea in Hong Kong, and it was the best drink we had ever tasted,” said Jan. Far from settling for what the rest of the world offers, they took Bubble Tea to the next level. As Jan explained, “It started with a dream, a dream to create the world’s best beverage company. We spent three years travelling from the remote coffee regions of South America onto the exotic tea plantations of the East to find the best beverages these cultures have to offer. We tried and tested hundreds of drinks, trained with Tea Masters of the East and meticulously sourced the best ingredients from all over the world to finally create what is today the™ menu.”

Oreo and Cream Milk Tea Smoothie

So at™ Bubble Tea bars you’ll get the next generation of healthy drinks in a variety of flavours, from fresh Strawberry & Pomegranate Black Tea, which is packed with delicious strawberries, to wicked treats like rich Oreo & Cream Milk Tea Smoothies. Indulge conscience-free with the Green Teas and Matcha Teas which have powerful anti-oxidant and anti-carcinogenic properties, and are said to boost metabolism, reduce cholesterol and help to moderate stress. Caffeine free Rooibos, used extensively on the menu, is said to help soothe nervous tension, allergies and digestive problems.

Each drink is meticulously crafted by the™ expert mixologists, and include exotic toppings such as Black Pearls and Popping Pearls, which pop in your mouth, creating mini explosions of flavor and a very unique drinking experience. It’s just like the average Joe mascot ME, who surprises you with his deep inner philosophies on life and the workings of the universe.

And there is more...
Want the best espresso in South Africa?™ boasts the Nuova Simonelli Aurelia II Competizione, otherwise known as the World Barista Championship official Espresso Machine, and the only one currently in South-Africa.’s coffee is supplied by Origin, the artisan roasters of Africa who emphasise a hands-on mastery of all the aspects of coffee crafting. “™ and Origin, will together deliver the best espresso in South-Africa,” says Jan.™ shops are the place to just hang out, ‘Chilling, thinking, dreaming’ and the shop décor, the drinks and ME himself all add to the curiosity of the brand.

There’s nothing ordinary about any of it.™ Bubble Tea Bar
127 Greenway Rd
Village Green Shopping Centre
Next to Woolworths Greenside

Visit for more information

Released by Hayley Upson Communications.

Wednesday, 6 November 2013

Kids, get smart about safety

"It's time to get smart about safety," says Mr ADT.

Mr ADT offers kids 10 fast facts on how to get smart about safety
Here are 10 fast facts from Mr ADT just for you, kids:
  1. Make sure you practise remembering your full name, address and phone number. 
  2. Remember 10111 - it's the number to call if you are in trouble.
  3. Ask mom or dad to put their contact numbers next to the phone so you can call 
    them if you need help.
  4. Practise speaking clearly on the phone so you can tell the police or ambulance what you need if there's an emergency.
  5. Do you know how to lock the door? Ask mom or dad to show you how.  
  6. Never open the door for strangers. Always ask who is there before opening the 
  7. If you are home with your older brother or sister, or maybe your nanny, you must 
    never tell strangers who phone that mom and dad aren't home. Rather say that 
    mom and dad are too busy to come to the phone. 
  8. Practise a fire escape plan in your home.
  9. Speak to mom or dad about what to do if someone at home has a small cut or burn.
  10. Never eat or drink medicines that you find in your home without speaking to mom 
    or dad first.
"Come on, buddies, let's work together to stay safe in our homes," says Mr ADT. 

Mr ADT presents a fun and educational security and safety show at pre-primary and 
primary schools. For more information on Mr ADT and how you can book a show at your 
school, email Tamryn Carr at

Compiled on behalf of ADT Security by Cathy Findley Public Relations. 

Tuesday, 5 November 2013

Experience the magic of the festive season at Montecasino


It’s the festive season and a time for magic - whatever you’re in the mood for this holiday, bring the whole family along and celebrate at Gauteng’s premier entertainment destination. There’s something for everyone as Montecasino comes alive with Christmas decorations and carollers, beautiful light and fountain displays, regular visits by Santa and his elves at Santa’s Workshop, the Montecasino Playground Holiday Fun and so much more.

Soweto Gospel Choir
Starting the festive season off with a bang, Gareth Cliff and his 5FM breakfast team will lead an ensemble of talented performers, including Danny K, Jen Su, DJ Wags and the Soweto Gospel Choir in a one-night-only performance of the very best in traditional and modern Carols under the stars on the Montecasino Outdoor Piazza.

Tickets for ‘Cliffmas Carols’ cost just R60 and all proceeds will go to Headway Gauteng, an organisation dedicated to offering support programmes to survivors of brain injury and their families. Bookings now open at Computicket.  Kids under 12 enter free.

Perfectly timed for Christmas shopping, the XmasXpo brings an Italian Christmas village market to Montecasino for three days on the very first weekend of the holidays. Shoppers and retail therapy seekers can spend hours exploring the streets of colourful exhibits, picking out special somethings for loved ones. It’s the perfect opportunity to give your child the gift at the top of their wish list – delivered by Santa himself, who’ll be visiting the XmasXpo to give gifts to children whose clever moms and dads have pre-purchased the special gift from Prima Toy gifts online before 1 December. From 9:00 to 21:00 on Friday 6 and Saturday 7 December and from 9:00 to 17:00 on Sunday 8 December, you can celebrate the season you love with the ones you love and come and shop up a storm in the different sections of the expo, including Christmas Decorations, Children’s section, Adult section (For Him, For Her, For the Foodie, For the Gardener), Health and Beauty, Home & Décor, Pets, Crafts, Stocking Fillers, and Food & Drink. It’s the shopping event of the season – miss it and you’ll miss out! Bookings at Computicket.

Free movie screenings
Throughout December and January, there’s family fun to be found in every corner of Montecasino, with a jam-packed schedule of entertainment and activities. Kicking off the holiday fun on 6 December, Montecasino brings you a free screening of a festive season movie on the huge Outdoor Piazza screen. From 13 to 22 December, the Piazza will come alive with laughter and excitement as the Montecasino Playground - Holiday Fun brings an assortment of non-stop games, competitions, jumping castles, face-painting and lots, lots more to children aged between 2 to 14 years! Gates will open from 10:00 to 17:00 on weekends and public holidays, and from 12:00 to 16:00 during the week. Entrance is free, with certain activities carrying a cost to participate (i.e. ceramic paining, sand art etc.) and lots of delicious treats on sale.

Sleeping Beauty on Ice
Don’t miss a treat for the whole family with the Imperial Ice Stars’ Sleeping Beauty on Ice set to dazzle young and old at the Teatro at Montecasino from 5 December 2013 to 12 January 2014. Direct from a worldwide tour, this spectacular production of Sleeping Beauty on Ice is set to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music. Tickets are available at at Computicket.

For entertainment of the furry and feathery kind, the Montecasino Bird Gardens is offering a Holiday Programme from 9 to 20 December (excluding weekends and public holidays) that will delight, educate and provide mom and dad with some time off to do last-minute Christmas shopping. Now open for bookings, the Montecasino Bird Gardens Holiday Programme caters for children aged 6 to 11 years of age and presents hours of fun for the kiddies in the form of games, tours and crafts. Call the Montecasino Bird Gardens on 011 511 1864 or visit for details.

Holidays are always a good excuse for wining and dining and there’s no shortage of options at Montecasino. Why not bring the whole family along for a delicious festive lunch at any of the three Tsogo Sun hotels within the Montecasino precinct, including the Palazzo, Southern Sun Montecasino and Sun Square, where each restaurant will be pulling out all the stops to add some culinary magic to their menus this Christmas.

Theatre-lovers will be riveted by the distinctly South African Blood Brothers on at the Pieter Toerien Main Theatre from 15 November to 5 January 2014 – tickets are available from Computicket.

It’s also the season for winning, with opportunities galore in the casino, courtesy of the Money Talks gaming promotion from 14 November 2013 until 27 March 2014. With R4.4 million in cash up for grabs, the promotion is open to all Montecasino cardholders. Simply play any slots or table games to earn entries into the draws. Who knows, you could walk off with a fortune this holiday!

For all the information on your Montecasino holiday line-up, visit or join us on Facebook at Alternatively, follow Montecasino on Twitter - @MontecasinoZA.

Montecasino – We’ve Got It!

Issued on behalf of Montecasino by Strategic Public Relations.

Monday, 4 November 2013

Heroes and Friends: The Sort-of Real Adventures of Robin Hood

Need a Hero this Festive Season? Then Franklin Players is ready to step up to the plate and look after all your heroic needs – with Heroes and Friends: The Sort-of Real Adventures of Robin Hood. This delightful pantomime is a hilarious comic romp through Sherwood Forest – like you’ve never seen it before.

Take a fair damsel in the form of Maid Marian, her doting nurse with a penchant for Irish Friars, stir in a dame-cum-gossip columnist; a malevolent Sherriff of Nottingham and of course, Robin Hood and his merry men… erm… persons… and you have a recipe for tons of fun!

This musical pastiche corrects some factual inaccuracies that have always lingered over the tale of Robin Hood. For instance: Did you know that Will Scarlett is short for Wilhelmina? Did you know that Robin Hood has a brilliant talent for foreign accents and that the Sherriff of Nottingham would do almost anything to get his hands on an HD television-set? Even David and Victoria Beckham once passed through Sherwood Forest. These and many more surprising facts will be revealed in Heroes and Friends.

The musical numbers in Heroes and Friends ranges from 80s and 90s pop, rollicking
country-numbers and evergreen ballads. The talented cast and crew have pulled out all the stops for an incredible theatrical experience that will have audiences dancing in the aisles and laughing out loud.

Cassie Zamparin plays the role of Maid Marian
We have had such a wonderful time putting this show together, the magic that happens when you have a talented cast and crew working as a group illustrates the power of theatre as a collaborative art,” says Els De Bundel; Director and Scriptwriter of Heroes and Friends.

This energetic, infectious pantomime is the ideal way to ring in the Festive Season, whether as a family or corporate-outing; or just as a fun evening out.

The show premieres on the 22nd of November 2013 at 19:30; with evening performances following on the 23rd, 29th and 30th of November.

Sunday performances will take place on the 24th of November and the 1st of December at 18:00. The show will be staged at the Franklin Players theatre, on the corner of Anton van Wouw and Preller Drive, Roosevelt Park, Johannesburg.

Bookings for Heroes and Friends: The Sort-of Real Adventures of Robin Hood are now
officially open. Tickets are R70 per adult and R40 for scholars and pensioners. For bookings, contact Wendy on 082 366 9987 or email

For more information of Franklin Players and on their upcoming productions, visit

Issued by The PR Collective