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LOVE is in the air, or maybe not just yet.

Gaut­eng s bro­ken hearts were to be mended af­ter heart healer Rob Hill was done with his plas­ter­ing job. The love guru was in Joburg to heal bro­ken hearts dur­ing the Love Con­fer­ence held at The Fo­rum at The Cam­pus in Bryanston yes­ter­day.

Hill heals the heart through his writ­ing, mo­ti­va­tional speak­ing and phi­lan­thropy.

He told Sun­day World that love was some­thing that could change the world, and that was why he was com­mit­ted to do­ing what he did.

The Love Con­fer­ence, hosted by Lelo Boy­ana, the founder of entertainment blog Just Cu­ri­ous, is in its sec­ond year.

This year s theme was Restor­ing Con­fi­dence in Love and Re­la­tion­ships.

Love is an im­por­tant is­sue to me. It s near and dear to my heart be­cause I feel like love changes the world.

It in­spires and en­cour­ages us. So I will be part of any event that pro­motes love,” said Hill.

The au­thor and mo­ti­va­tional speaker said he wanted peo­ple to un­der­stand that be­ing hurt did not mean you should give up on love.

Peo­ple give up when pain is in­volved. But they need to un­der­stand that once you get past the pain and the fear, the whole world opens up and things come to­gether for you.”

Boy­ana echoed Hill s sen­ti­ments, say­ing that was why she cre­ated the con­fer­ence.

This all started with me be­ing frus­trated with my own love sit­u­a­tion.

I tweeted, and it seemed oth­ers felt the same way. So we launched it last year, though it was just women.

This year we did it big­ger. The men were also in­vited be­cause they needed to be there.”

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Ac­cord­ing to Hill, peo­ple lack pa­tience when it comes to love.

We do not have the pa­tience to build, to grow and to in­vest. Pa­tience pro­tects the heart. When we get im­pa­tient, we start rush­ing the process, which we shouldn t.

Pa­tience helps us to deal with pride,” he said.

But Hill does not be­lieve in the phe­nom­e­non of soul­mates

I be­lieve in kin­dred spir­its. The term soul­mate im­plies that I just have to be what I am and I will run into some­one and it s just gonna work be­cause we re soul­mates

Kin­dred spir­its have a con­nec­tion, peo­ple who are on the same wave­length as you, but you still un­der­stand that you have to work on your­self, he said.

The panel of speak­ers in­cluded ra­dio pre­sen­ter Ma­paseka Mok­wele, au­thor and mo­ti­va­tional speaker Bonnke Shipalana, life coach Martin Manamela and ac­tress Masasa Mban­geni. JOBURG is mov­ing a step closer to be­ing a world-class African city Jozi is fol­low­ing in the foot­steps of world-class cities by hav­ing a shop­ping fes­ti­val, the first of its kind in Africa.

The Joburg Shop­ping Fes­ti­val will take place over three days in Septem­ber.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of other shop­ping fes­ti­vals around the world, Visa part­nered with Gaut­eng Tourism to at­tract for­eign con­sumers to stim­u­late the lo­cal re­tail sec­tor and tourism,” said fes­ti­val spokesman Chimi Ma­gan­gane.

Shop­ping fes­ti­vals are pop­u­lar in Sin­ga­pore, Dubai, Thai­land and the US, at­tract­ing thou­sands of shopa­holics from around the world.

Ma­gan­gane said the fes­ti­val was aimed at lo­cal and sub-Sa­ha­ran African shoppers.

The idea, ac­cord­ing to or­gan­is­ers, is to en­sure that African con­sumers, who are con­strained by dis­tance and the cost of get­ting to other shop­ping fes­ti­vals, have the op­por­tu­nity to lay their hands on their favourite goods with­out the has­sle of travers­ing the globe.

Though the lo­ca­tion of the fes­ti­val is still a sur­prise, Ma­gan­gane said it would be two large shop­ping cen­tres The venues are to be an­nounced soon. The fes­ti­val will also in­cor­po­rate live mu­sic and fashion shows.

Ma­gan­gane said they were in the process of iron­ing out deals with their re­tail part­ners, and that all de­tails would be an­nounced later in the month. THE Mar­ket Theatre is ven­tur­ing into new ter­ri­tory in cel­e­bra­tion of the Eastern Cape s jazz gi­ants.

It will do this by host­ing a com­pi­la­tion con­cert at five key venues in that province.

is a mu­si­cal col­lage of tunes writ­ten by com­posers from the Eastern Cape who left be­hind an ex­cep­tional body of work. They were brave and their art was driven by the an­cient sounds they grew up lis­ten­ing to, and iconic jazz in­flu­ences such as the Cot­ton Club and Duke Elling­ton.

The con­cert cel­e­brates the South African sound­track greats such as Todd Mat­shik­iza, Wel­come Duru, Vic­tor Nd­lazil­wana, Vic­tor Ntoni and The Man­hat­tan Broth­ers put to­gether.

Artis­tic direc­tor James Ng­cobo said: We want to im­merse our­selves in the beau­ti­fully haunt­ing sounds they or­ches­trated, and to say we re­mem­ber their con­tri­bu­tion to the South African song­book.

We want to present to our au­di­ences a work that echoes the sounds of their re­gion.”

The con­cert pro­gramme is as fol­lows:

Tues­day Au­gust 19 at the Opera House in Port El­iz­a­beth.

Fri­day Au­gust 22 and Satur­day Au­gust 23 at the Steve Biko Foun­da­tion in King Wil­liam s Town.

Tues­day Au­gust 26 and Wed­nes­day Au­gust 27 at Emthon­jeni Arts in Ham­burg.

Fri­day Au­gust 29 and Satur­day Au­gust 30 at the Mlungisi Hall in Stut­ter­heim.

Sun­day Au­gust 31 at the Miriam Makeba Cen­tre in East Lon­don.

For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.mar­ketthe­atre.co.za

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