Mama Kasi Rural Rescue

Mama Kasi Rural Rescue

This week’s Hot Cares story is for the animal lovers. Helga Tsoumbris is the owner of Mama Kasi Rural Rescue, and she spends her life in townships taking dogs for sterilizations, vaccinations, parasite control as well as educating community members on importance of good pet care. 

Helga is incredibly passionate about dogs and working in rural settlements. This is her life because of her passion for animals and making a difference to them and those who love and support them. They key to great animal care between pet and owner is information and education and Helga aims to equip people with the knowledge they need to create and sustain loving and supportive relationships between pet and owner.

The dog population in townships has grown substantially as has the need for sterilization and vet care. This particular NPC does not have a shelter, but should Helga find an abandoned dog or a dog that needs to be rehomed she takes them to a vet until a suitable forever family is arranged.

Once dogs are in Helga’s care for sterilization should the vet discover other work that needs to be done this is done at no charge to the owner.

They have a charity shop in Muldersdrift where they sell all previously loved clothing/ household items to afford the necessary vet bills.

Hot Cares have donated R5,000.00 towards deworming, parasite control and sterilization costs.

For more information on Mama Kasi Rural Rescue visit their Facebook page here: Mama Kasi.

Brat Pack with a Big Band – Second Show Added

Brat Pack with a Big Band – Second Show Added

PLEASE NOTE: The Brat Pack & A Big Band is postponed and the promoters are meeting with the venue for a new suitable date which we will be announced as soon as possible.


  • 27th & 28th March @ Teatro, Montecasino
  • Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Loyiso Bala & Ross Learmonth

It seems Joburg has fallen in love with the idea of Ard Matthews, Arno Carstens, Loyiso Bala and Ross Learmonth sharing a stage together with a big band to perform some of the most memorable and timeless classics of our time.

Due to popular demand, a second show has been opened for The Brat Pack with a Big Band.  The shows will now take place over the 27th and 28th of March, 2020 at the Teatro at Montecasino.  

A Brat Pack With A Big Band’ – a musical journey presented by Real Concerts and Hot 91.9FM – will see these four top male vocalists – who have all hailed from some of SA’s biggest music acts – take to the stage in collaboration with the 17-piece ‘Johannesburg Big Band’, conducted by Adam Howard. 

The original ‘Rat Pack’ which included icons such as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Sammy Davis Jr, created the most memorable and timeless music of our time and the “Brat Pack” will re-create the good old days of music and entertainment with featured songs “New York, New York”, “I’ve Gotta Be Me”, “Mack the Knife”, “Mr Bojangles”, “My Way” and more.

Tickets for ‘A Brat Pack With A Big Band’ start from R325 and are available through Computicket online and retail outlets.  Ticket URL: http://bit.ly/2RX1ddA.

The show is family friendly but as per theatre house rules, no under 3’s permitted.  The show starts at 20h00 at the Teatro at Montecasino in Fourways (Johannesburg).

About the performers:

South African rocker, Ard Matthews has been the frontman of Just Jinjer since the early 90’s.  While the band is still active, Ard launched a successful solo career in 2012.  Having grown up listening to the likes of Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley, Ard was inspired to enter a talent competition at the age of 12 and in 1996 he start Just Jinjer with fellow musicians, Brent Harris and Denholm Harding.

Arno Carstens is a platinum-selling, award-winning singer/songwriter and guitarist.  As the lead singer of The Springbok Nude Girls and subsequently as a solo artist (with recordings in both English and Afrikaans), Arno has released multiple albums and spawned a string of successful singles and received numerous awards during his career.

As a teenager, Loyiso Bala, was trained at the prestigious Drakensberg Boys Choir.  After an overwhelming success with kwaito act, TKZee in 2000, Loyiso started a solo career in 2001 and he solidified his reputation as South Africa’s king of R&B and he has won multiple awards and performed around the world.

After nearly two decades of touring and recording as the frontman for hit rock band, Prime Circle, Ross Learmonth, recently ventured out on his own solo career.  Since the band’s debut in 2002, Prime Circle has been one of the most celebrated rock acts in SA history and they have toured extensively around the globe and celebrated numerous awards and chart-topping hits. 

The Johannesburg Big Band, run by musical director, Adam Howard, is a collection of the finest jazz and session musicians in South Africa.  The troupe has a repertoire of over 800 of the most celebrated big band chart songs. 


Released on behalf of Real Concerts.

For media enquiries, contact:

Monica Steyn

MS Publicity

082 452 2095


Hot Cares Steps In To Assist a Family Who Have Suffered the Loss of Cancer and Survived Cancer

Hot Cares Steps In To Assist a Family Who Have Suffered the Loss of Cancer and Survived Cancer

Gavin got in touch with Hot Cares to nominate Sonja, a mother of two boys (aged 12 and 14) whose lives had taken a dramatic turn in 2019.

At around this time last year Sonja’s partner and the father of her children, Garth was diagnosed with Oesophagus Cancer. Unfortunately, the Cancer spread so quickly and aggressively that it took his life within a matter of months.

Gavin, having been in school with Garth has seen him through thick and thin, and has seen how this has impacted the family as a whole.

Prior to Garth’s diagnosis, he was retrenched and Sonja had become the breadwinner, and she is financial debt, not only that, she herself was diagnosed with a cyst and had to have medical attention. Shortly after Sonja recovered and was able to drive again, her mother was diagnosed with Cancer and has had to undergo chemotherapy treatment.

Her boys are trying to make something of themselves, one is in primary school and the other is in high school. Her son in high school has a an up and coming rugby camp that he would love to attend which is the reason Gavin got in touch with us. Sonja needs help to pay for him to go.

Hot Cares will be contributing R5,000.00 towards the rugby camp, R10,000.00 towards medical bills and season tickets to Emirates Airline Park.

MSC Cruises heard about their story and have offered to send Sonja and the boys on a cruise to the Portuguese Islands, and Flight Centre will be providing flights.

Hot Cares Joins The Community In Helping Samuel And His Twins

Hot Cares Joins The Community In Helping Samuel And His Twins

Samuel Nonyane is a single father who has been reeling after the recent passing of his wife following childbirth.   Now faced with the enormous task of having to care for their newborn twin girls, as well as his two elder sons, Samuel also has to navigate how he will juggle work and his home responsibilities.

Both Samuel and Charlottes parents have passed away, which meant that they relied heavily on each other.  This makes Charlottes passing all the more difficult, to quote Samuel, “Charlotte was not only my wife and mother to my children but was also like a mother to me”

The story was first shared in a touching Facebook post that rallied support from the community behind him.

Veta Masters from CPS Promotions alerted Hot Cares to the dire need of the Nonyane family and, in addition to the overwhelming community support, it was apparent that there was plenty we could do to assist.

Hot Cares has helped Samuel with mall vouchers for groceries and clothes for the children to the value of R10,000.00 as well as R10,000.00 to meet all the unforeseen immediate needs that arise due to the death of his wife, the primary caregiver of his family.

The Dis-Chem Foundation have also come on board to help Samuel with a store account to the value of R3,000.00 per month for 12 months, which can be used to purchase formula, nappies and other baby essentials.

Should you wish to help Samuel in any way, please contact us on hotcares@hot919.co.za

Hot Cares – Making a meaningful difference in the lives of those around us.

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Hot Cares, Cupcakes of Hope and Little Aiden

Hot Cares, Cupcakes of Hope and Little Aiden

 This week’s Hot Cares recipient Aiden is battling a Medulloblastoma which is a cancerous brain tumour.

His father has been struggling to keep up with all the expenses and is unable to pay his medical aid this month, he’s battling financially and after communicating with Aiden’s doctor, its absolutely vital that he manages to stay on the medical aid so that his treatment can continue.

This is where Cupcakes of Hope stepped in, they have chosen to firstly nominate Aiden, and use their Teddython contribution to help Aiden and his father to cover their outstanding medical bills and make their life a little easier.

Sandy Cipriano, founder of Cupcakes for Hope chatted to us about International Childhood Cancer Day on Saturday the 15th of February.

Hot Cares – Making a Meaningful Difference in the Lives of those around us