Posts in News

11430097_1640475269500809_6428364713345833448_n

New Competition Coming Soon!

September 21st, 2015 Posted by Competitions, Inspiration, News, Opinion Piece 2 comments

I recently learned that of the 53 million South Africans, only 280 000 invest in shares on the JSE. That’s less than 0.5% of our population! That’s a scary number. I am only 24 and after writing my article for the Sunday Times Business Section and receiving all the feedback I got, I felt it was time I took you step by step into how to start investing young!

12009783_922388457797352_7676295792877315722_n

On Thursday (24 September) I’ll be revealing a pretty awesome project I’m be embarking on with the legends at www.easyequities.co.za – and the best part about it is that YOU stand to WIN in many epic ways if you join me on the journey.

That’s all I’ll say for now…

In the meantime, be sure to keep tabs on my social media platforms for the big reveal later this week. There are going to be loads of tips and inspiring chats and I can guarantee you that it’s not about having lots of money to invest. It takes R50 and learning how. You LOSE money at the bank. This will help you GAIN money quite simply… I know it’s daunting so stay close and let’s walk this together. It’s actually really simple!

Here’s what happens to your money when you start early:

image

Tweet me any questions or comment below.

x-ray

My Freak Finger Accident

March 13th, 2015 Posted by News, Uncategorized 6 comments

I must warn you that if you are the type of person that looks away at some of the scenes in Grey’s Anatomy, then this is NOT the blog for you – GRAPHIC IMAGES!

 

As some of you may have seen on social media, on Tuesday 10 March 2015 on a regular morning I arrived at gym with my gym trainer as I do most mornings and began my session as per normal. About half way through my session, we had finished doing bench press with free weights and I was on my first set of incline press. After my 12 reps I attempted to drop the weights at my side so I could sit up… And this is where the freak accident happened.

 

I was unaware that next to me were lying the weights from my previous set. As I let go of the 20kg weights my right ring finger got slammed between the weights I let go and the weights that were lying next to me – crushing the tip of my finger. At first it just felt like I had slammed my finger in the door. That is until I decided to look at the finger… This is what I saw:

image3image4 image5

Gross right?! Well naturally we rushed off to hospital to have it checked out. I didn’t scream or anything but I remember clearly praying out loud and feeling ill and faint in the parking lot. After a big mistake (ending up at some dodgy hospital) my brother and his fiancé transferred me to Mediclinic in Gardens. They were INCREDIBLE – brilliant nurses and doctors.

image7 image6

Later that afternoon I was admitted into surgery where the surgeon had to rebuild my nail bed, align the tip of my bone, remove my nail and re sew my nail back on as a temporary splint. It was a short 1-hour surgery and probably looks much worse than it was, but DAMN it was an ordeal. Can you believe that he put stitches through my nail to keep it in place?!

3 days later I had to go visit the surgeon again to check the wound. Check out the stitches:

image1 image2

This was probably the most painful part. Looks like he did a great job, but still so gruesome!

 

Anyway, in the process I have learned how hard it is to brush your teeth with your left hand, how hard it is to wash your left armpit with your left hand, how hard driving is with 1 hand, how frustrating typing is and how impossible it is to write with my left hand.

 

I must give a big thank you to my family, my gym trainer (Dan), my surgeon and all the nurses (who all were so kind and wanted to say hello because of my days on Hectic Nine-9) and to YOU for the incredible support. I literally have been dealing with the best and felt so loved!

 

Now I’m on my 6-week road to recovery… Prayers welcome!

unnamed

MADE FOR THE MIX – J&B Met 2015

February 10th, 2015 Posted by News, Uncategorized No Comment yet

I know, I know!!! It’s been a while since I last posted and thought I would get back into the swing of things and chat about one of January’s highlights!

31st January 2015 saw some of SA’s A-list celebs and personalities come together for what proves to always be an exciting event – The J&B Met!

The J&B Met is one of the biggest horse racing events in the country and always deliver crazy, interesting and very creative fashion, not to mention the exhilarating atmosphere caused by the actual races themselves. To be honest, I have never been the biggest fan of the met because of the pressure of dressing up and greeting people who’s names I tend to forget. But nevertheless it is always a jol once you are actually there… Especially when you get treated to an awesome VIP experience.

This year’s theme, “Made For The Mix”, saw many people interpreting it in so many ways….  I opted for a classic TopMan South Africa look – compiling of a navy patterned shirt, and to add a bit of flair, I decided to go with khaki checked shorts and a sophisticated tie to match. It was way too hot to wear a jacket so I thought I would ‘mix’ it up this year ;-)…

Met3

The day was spent mingling with some of the industries best, as well as some of my fellow management team ‘family’ members from Actorvate Relations, who travelled down to CPT for the much-anticipated event.

But not to neglect the main reason we were all brought together – the actual main horse race itself, which was won by the brilliant 4-year-old Futura, earning him a second straight victory at the group I level. Sometimes I feel sad for the horses but something in me knows that when they win they feel the pride too!

A day out at the races, eating some delicious food, seeing some old friends (and making some new) and sipping on the J&B Honey was enjoyed by everyone, me included!

A special thanks to TopMan South Africa for dressing me.

You can follow them and check out their latest fashion below:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Topman_SA

Instagram: TOPMAN_SA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopshopSouthAfrica

 

Ciao for now peeps!!

 

 

Met1 Met2Met1

 

Follow me on social media for more updates

Twitter: @danilo_acquisto

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/danilo.acquisto

Instagram: DANILO_ACQUISTO

Danilo-Acquisto-6975 copy

There Comes a Time When You Need a Push In Order To FLY

November 24th, 2014 Posted by Inspiration, News 9 comments

In September 2010 a young, wild and curious me took a chance at something new… Four years later it is time for me to take that journey again. This time with so much more experience and understanding. Yes, it’s time for me to open the doors to a new Mlungu for Hectic Nine-9.

I really cannot believe that my journey on Hectic Nine-9 has spanned over 4 years. Those years have seen me graduate with my degree from UCT, present the live show, work as a studio producer for live television, start a company, take on my very own radio show and serve the board of a fantastic organisation. In many ways I have shocked myself by the possibilities one can achieve when you are passionate about something. I do, however, feel that I am starting to outgrow my own shoes and I am itching to take that next dangerous step to allowing me to fly towards even greater success.

33710_10150092691292166_350466_n59280_1409445356434_3931765_n222712_145457092193714_3914395_n

So yes, on 15 December this year I will be hosting my last show on Hectic Nine-9. I did, however, feel as though I owed you all an explanation and to hopefully make you realise that in no way is my decision to leave based on any anger or fear.

 

So why AM I leaving?

You know, I wish there was a simple answer for this question. One of the main reasons that I am leaving is that for anybody to be in one place for too long is unhealthy. Hectic Nine-9 has taught me so much in my four years and has seen me grow from presenter into producer and beyond. I do, however, feel like my opportunities for personal growth are starting to deplete and because I am so passionate about growth and development, I would not be living up to my message if I hung around for safety’s sake – it’s time that I spread my wings and experience a new challenge in my life.

10685564_10154689579005523_2496076548778111588_n         526449_10151303277477992_1315336061_n

To reject the fallacy, no there is nothing that I am leaving Hectic Nine-9 specifically for. Rather it’s an opportunity for me to rediscover who I want to be (the me God wants me to be) and to take the time to explore more opportunities in my field.

There are plenty more reasons I could go in to for making this decision but I feel it would not be appropriate on the web. I do want you to know that I am extremely happy and excited for the future.

1518765_10152130831449246_1682655524_o259271_10150346278890620_4995981_o207539_216085011739355_5053308_n

Let me elaborate… I am 23 years old and have experienced more work opportunities in my 4 years of TV then most people experience in their entire lives. God has blessed me like that. I do, however, feel as though it would be irresponsible of me to hang on to my opportunities for much longer and to not let other people have the same opportunities I have had. In addition to this, I have a massive fear of being stagnant. I never want to feel like I arrive at work and am learning nothing. In order for me to keep growing as a person, it’s important that I experience new things and take big risks in the hope that it comes with rewards of personal growth. I have big dreams, South Africa, and cannot achieve them by standing in one place. I may have nothing in the immediate pipeline for the future but I cannot create any opportunities while I am still with HN9. I need to experiment, fail, experiment again and fail again… I need to be the best!

74659_1547103155170_4761782_n163698_170760286293510_3445149_n392036_10150486966157992_394863020_n

So what’s next?

As it stands, I am going to continue with my radio show on Good Hope FM. On the work front, I am also freelancing as a Development Producer in Cape Town. Other than that I am on the hunt for the next big challenge in my life. This might see me work on more television shows (or behind the scenes), it might see me move to Johannesburg, it might see me start a business or 2, it might see me start a YouTube channel or 2, it might even see me move to the UK to explore how places like the BBC do television and specifically how they incorporate digital as an entertainment medium into the way people consume media.

9468_769375486431984_2650757942381523462_n10734207_10153387426905620_8933919673648698481_nDanilo-Acquisto-6863

Work aside, I do feel like God is calling me to be involved in more service. I will continue to serve as a director on the board of Life Choices, I will be taking a new position as a youth leader at my parish, the entrepreneur in me is going to be working on a few digital platforms I am wanting to develop – one is an innovative look at religion and specifically Catholicism, and the other is in insurance – using online video content to promote saving in our youth. Other than that I will still be assisting Hectic Nine-9 as a freelance studio producer into the new year.

64733_776445572391642_1309585749275189386_n 310382_10150315895952992_202662319_n222907_10150278490065620_5037122_n

What has this journey taught me so far?

Wow! I don’t think there is a way that you can speak to 3 million youth on a daily basis and not get affected. HN9 has been my absolute life for the past 4 years and one of the most amazing experiences I have seen was something I saw on Facebook recently. When I had started on the show in 2010 I had accepted a series of fans on my private Facebook account (as I didn’t think I would be there for long). These kids were only 15 or so at the time. Recently I have seen all their posts of glory as they are starting to be accepted into universities and winning accolades. I cannot believe that I have journeyed with our youth during some of the toughest years of anyones life. How proud I feel that our viewers are achieving so much with their lives and inspiring their peers.

555760_105107872958416_1337728294_n    554578_10150884433910620_1341374611_n    72604_10151327141997992_751326963_n

Another lesson I have learned is that people do business with people. Not once have I received a vote of thanks or message of praise from a fan purely because of the fact that I am on TV. Rather, I was receiving votes of thanks and messages of praise because of how everyone that watches the show on a daily basis connected deeply with something personal they knew about me. It has been such an important lesson to remember – that people aren’t stupid. They will know if you are being fake with them, so be real ALWAYS! And be the authentic you always – bruises and all.

Never lose hope! If there is one thing that the youth of South Africa should be proud of, it’s their ability to never lose hope. Every day you interact with us on air, I am overwhelmed by your desire to learn, grow and become the person you want to be. It has inspired me to keep going in spite of the many challenges I face on a daily basis.

15063_10151338761542053_598664624_n379459_215392038531424_1485460013_n10271542_10152881027580620_411738824660536646_n

This isn’t goodbye!

You and I will get a chance to say our final goodbyes on the 15th of December so I have decided to not speak for too long here. Just know that I am not abandoning you. I will always have a special place in my heart for the youth of my beloved country. One day when you are all entrepreneurs, famous TV stars, dancers, actors, lawyers, doctors or even fisherman and policeman, I hope you will send me a message so I can revel in your success with you. Continue to shine positivity and light to your peers and loved ones and never forget that you are not alone in whatever circumstance you may find yourself in. God has a great big plan and you are exactly where you are meant to be. Smile!

Danilo-Acquisto-6982                      Danilo-Acquisto-6861                      Danilo Acquisto 03

I wanted to leave you with a message I received on Facebook in the hope that it will inspire you to use your life to grow other people around you:

Dear Danilo

It has taken me a whole lot of courage to write to you this message but here goes nothing…

I am telling you this story of mine because I believe sharing something personal with someone brings some sort of healing. I was born with a severe heart muscle condition and recently I’ve been told that I will only live for the next year or two maximum. Seems like a very short time left isn’t it? But each day I have is a gift and grateful to still be here and I always remember that God has my life in His hands and has the final say. When I watch you present, its like you speak to my heart, I felt a sense of peace that came over me. I believe that God was blessing me through YOU and I want to say Thank You for being that blessing in my life. I can’t even put into words the joy and peace I got from you.

You encourages me to let my faith keep me going even in this situation I am in. Thank You for always sharing your wisdom, it really reflects on what a kind and gentle heart you have. You are an amazing person Danilo, beautiful inside and out and I pray that God may continue to bless you in everything you do.

I have grown to love you as this God-Fearing man so Thank You for who you are and I will always be a fan in this lifetime and in the next.

If heaven can’t wait to have me then I can’t wait to tell heaven about you.

Love always”

Danilo-Acquisto-6796  Danilo-Acquisto-6605  Danilo-Acquisto-6975 copy

Lots of love #DANcers and I know we will see each other on your screens again soon! Please keep supporting me the way you have been and follow me on this digital journey as I try and bring South Africa one step closer to the modern era of digital TV.

 

Source: http://thesavourysoul.com/

Financial Education Short Course WINNERS

August 13th, 2014 Posted by News 13 comments

Firstly can I just say how proud I am of everyone who sent me messages, emails, tweets, facebook messages and had the courage to post their story on my website. I was truly inspired by everyone and so glad to see young (and old) South Africans taking their financial futures into their own hands.

It was impossible for me to choose only 10 so I have extended the list to include 12 entrants whom I felt were hungry enough for knowledge.

 

To the winners

A representative of 1Life and Boston will send you an email to the address you provided in your comments to explain how to enter (using the special code Danilo Acquisto). It is simple to register and they will guide you through everything. Please send me feedback on how the course was. You know where to find me on Twitter: @Danilo_Acquisto or on my Facebook Page: Danilo Acquisto

 

To those who did not win this time

Do not fret! I will make more of these opportunities available to you. You just need to keep checking in on my website to see when they are being given away. We are also planning something much bigger with this so watch this space.

 

And the winners are (in no particular order):

- Nkhensani

- Faeezah

- Zandiswa

- Lloyd

- Siyamthanda Jacobs

- Melony Adams

- Johannes

- Charlotte Mkhonto

- Romano Austin Bradley Claassen

- Bellinah Mabizela

- Lourens Shoatja

- Zanokuhle Mabuza (submitted for a friend… I am waiting on their friend’s email address)

CONGRATULATIONS! Enjoy the course…