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Given the choice between staying home — wrapped up in layers of blankets, sipping on hot chocolate and perhaps lighting a cigar— or braving the cold in a luxury and style we’d most certainly choose the former. But even in the thick of winter, life doesn’t stop — the kids still need to get to school, you have to go to work, and the groceries don’t deliver themselves.

Fortunately, today’s breed of SUVs are as rugged as their forbearers while retaining a level of sophistication and refinement. Supple leather, heated seats and steering wheels and high-end sound systems are to be expected, but they’re at their finest in these 3 SUVs that run the gamut from relative bargain to absurdly opulent.

Volvo XC90

Volvo has committed to having zero deaths in their cars by 2020. A tall order, sure, but with the recently redesigned XC90 it looks like they’re on track. The XC90 has received the Top Safety Pick+ award, and while other mid-sized SUVs have won it the XC90 is the only one to also receive a superior frontal crash prevention rating with standard equipment. The new redesign has also made the XC90 more handsome and more luxurious than ever before. In Inscription trim, it comes with semi-aniline Nappa leather paired with one of the industry’s most comfortable and supportive seats. There’s also open-pore wood trim, an optional Bower & Wilkins sound system, and clean, purposeful Scandinavian design. Altogether, it makes the XC90’s interior one hell of a nice place to be.

Lexus LX 570

The prestigious LX 570 presents an unmistakable combination of elegance and iconic solidity. Inside, the vehicle displays an extraordinary level of luxurious refinement – from the leather and wood steering wheel to the beautiful front console. Shimanoku Brown inlays, carefully sanded and varnished by hand, have an exquisite sheen. Power comes

from the largest V8 petrol engine ever fitted to a Lexus – smooth and sophisticated in its delivery, yet able to provide massive torque when needed. The LX 570 also gives you the freedom to go almost anywhere. Whether crossing rough country, cruising at speed, or just negotiating city traffic, this luxury SUV will carry up to eight people to their destination in great style and comfort.


Porsche Cayenne GTS

When it came on the scene in early 2000, the Porsche Cayenne was one of the only sport utility vehicles to actually provide speed and handling prowess in a mid-sized SUV package. Today, it remains the optimal choice for drivers who want sports-car-like driving dynamics in a legitimate SUV— that’s especially true in GTS guise. It offers 440 horsepower (140 more than the entry-level version) making it good for a 0-100 sprint of 4.9 seconds, as well as optional ceramic composite brakes and Porsche dynamic chassis control. Add some performance winter tires and you’ll be ready to conquer winter sideways and smiling.


The Party Goes On

Saturday the 18th June saw a mass of youth under the age of 18 gather together at the Innesfree Park in Sandton for an evening of new friendships, lasting memories and the best in local music.

SABC’s 5FM Live Loud Youth Fest in an annual gathering for South Africa’s under 18’s looking to celebrate the legacy of those remembered for their role in shaping this country on that fateful but pivotal day of June 16th, 1976. With a list of 5FM radio personalities and djs, the Live Loud Youth Fest offers a safe and carefree environment for youths to party with no cause for concern whilst allowing them to experience the best that the radio station has to offer in a live setting.

With youth comes the some of the latest and trendiest looks and styles hot off the streets of suburbs, townships and urban culture. Evoke took to the fields of Innesfree park to photograph these looks – here’s a selection of what a few of South Africa’s youth are wearing:



Saturday, June 4th saw an abundance of South Africa’s biggest, baddest, and most beautiful music, television, and the odd few political celebrities grace the 22nd Annual South African Music Awards Red Carpet. From Bonang’s sleek silver dress to Boity’s dramatic and viral sequenced outfit, we captured it all. Here are a few of our favourite moments on the #SAMA22 Carpet.


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The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) TV Network have introduced an exciting revamped schedule.

SABC2 has introduced an exciting revamped schedule, complete with brand new shows, new seasons of some of our viewers’ favourite programmes and slot changes.

“This schedule revamp is a direct response to the evolving television landscape, and in keeping up with the SABC’s audience current needs and expectations. In making these changes the corporation ensured that it remained aligned to its mandate as a public service broadcaster, continuing to entrench its dominance in this competitive environment and meet the set business requirements”, commented Group Executive: Television, Ms Verona Duwarkah.


The channel’s Sotho/Tswana/Sepedi News moves from 19:30 to 18:00.


Evoke_MooiloopMooiloop! returns with the series on Mondays at 19:30. The series also introduces a new host, actress and TV personality Elma Postma known for her role as Dezi Terreblanche on 7de Laan. Mooiloop! is a travel series consisting of a combination of lifestyle and travel elements, shot in a unique reality style format.

An international drama series Person of Interest starts on Monday the 7th of March at 20:00. An ex-assassin and a wealthy programmer save lives via surveillance that sends them the identities of civilians involved in impending crimes. However, the details of the crimes including the civilians roles are left a mystery.


SABC2 will also introduce for the first time, sitcom Parys Parys at 19:30 on Tuesdays. Sketched in the picturesque background of the Free State jewel Parys, an ordinary Afrikaans family share their daily trials and challenges with the viewers.

Also on Tuesdays, the channel will repeat season 1 of the much loved Afrikaans drama series Geraamtes In Die KasGeraamtes In Die Kas is set in the world of four psychiatrists and psychologists as they balance their chaotic lives with patients, families and careers, while maintaining their own sanity.


The annual The National Teachers Awards will be broadcast on Tuesday the 8th of March at 20:30. The teachers’ scheme is one of the ways in which the Department of Basic Education acknowledges and encourages dedicated and caring teachers in their efforts to develop each learner as a citizen of a democratic, non-racial and non-sexist South Africa.


Motswako moves to 19:30 on Wednesdays followed by Ngula Ya Vutivi/Zwa Maramani on the new time-slot of 20:00. Xitsonga talk show Vusaseki moves to 20:30.


Evoke_50_50The long running wild-life documentary, 50/50 returns to SABC2 on the 18th of  February 2016, introduced in the new time slot of Thursdays  at 19:30. Seasoned presenters Ntokozo Mbuli, Bertus Louw and Bonne de Bod will remain as presenters of the new season.

Investigative current affairs programme Leihlo La Setshaba moves to 20:30 on Thursdays.
A documentary Murder She Solved starts on Thursday the 4th of February at 22:30. It tells the true stories of female crime solvers who, against all odds, have solved some of the most daunting murder cases in North America.


The 18th of February sees the much anticipated return of lifestyle programme Pasella at 19:30. As the name indicates Pasella is a bonus to the viewers as it exposes them to the lifestyles of their favourite celebrities, bringing content packed with all that a viewer has come to expect.


Pasella will be followed by season 41 of  Noot Vir Noot. Celebrating 25 years on television this year, Noot Vir Noot will be broadcast at 20:00.


International comedy series My Wife And Kids move to Saturdays at 18:30.

Evok_AbomzalaThe channel also launches a new reality show Showville on Saturday the 6th of February at 19:30. Showville is hosted by Rob Van Vuuren and Bontle Modiselle.The show makes dreams a reality by bringing the glamour and glitz of television to the small, remote and often overlooked dorpies across South Africa. It will offer ordinary citizens their 15 minutes of fame as they showcase their talents in front of the camera.

Also returning in February is season 2 of local comedy Abomzala at 20:30. A sitcom about single women on the other side of 30 trying to find their Mr right.


The Afrikaans investigative news property Fokus returns to SABC2 on Sunday at 18:30.

The South African Broadcasting Corporation’s (SABC) TV Network have introduced an exciting revamped schedule.

Complete with brand new shows, new seasons of some of SABC viewers’ favourite programmes, slot changes and a list of spanking new personalities ready to thrill viewers with an enhanced television viewing experience.



The channel has introduced several changes to the weekday primetime schedule.


The local drama slot at 20:30 has been reduced to 24 minutes. We have acquired what we believe is an exciting offering to premiere in the Thursday 20:30 slot. Mfolozi Street Season 2, the series, starring Hlubi Mboya, Robert Mpisi, Luthuli Dlamini among others, promises to certainly raise a few industry standards in storytelling.Evoke_Warras


The channel has made a bold decision for the Friday entertainment primetime slot by acquiring a new 48-minute music entertainment show, Urban Music Xperience, hosted by Luthando “Lootlove” Shosha and Adil More, to be scheduled at 21:00, followed by Skyroom Live at 22:00. A revamped series of Live Amp, hosted by Pearl Thusi and DJ Warras, will now premiere on Friday at 19:30.

The 5th season of Fan Base at 18:00 will offer viewers an exciting revamp and a new versatile presenter in Akhumzi Jezile.


The weekend schedule will see changes in both daytime and primetime.


Saturday 09:00 will be the repeat of Urban Music Xperience

This means that Mzansi Insider, which has acquired a new co-presenter in Rorisang Thadekiso, then moves to 10:00, an hour later than it had been previously scheduled. This has a further impact on the Generations Legacy Omnibus, which will now start at 11:00.

Season 14 of Friends Like These at 18:00 provides our viewers with added fun with comedian, Trevor Gumbi, in the driving seat and the introduction of new and exciting games.



Evoke_Gospel_GoldSunday 09:00 will be Gospel Gold, presented by Thabiso Mokhethi and Sthembile Mhlongo, followed by Mzansi Insider at 10:00.

At 12:30 on Sunday, SABC1 introduces an uZalo Omnibus in line with audiences’ expectations. 

A 48-minute drama slot has been created on Sundays at 20:00. Titles acquired for this slot are Ngempela and Sokhulu & Partners.


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