Two years ago, the South African Post Office released a series of stamps featuring artworks executed in traditional African beadwork. The original beadwork pieces selected and the newly issued stamps can be seen in the exhibition entitled The 8th Definitive Series of Stamps: The luminous beauty of South African beadwork on Stamps at the Iziko South African National Gallery until 11 November 2012 The beaded works of art used on the stamps and other philatelic products were selected exclusively from the permanent collections of the Art and Social History Collections departments at Iziko Museums of South Africa. The 8th Definitive Stamp Series of Stamps acknowledges the beauty and aesthetic value of South African beadwork. The exhibition showcases seven stamp designs, postcards, an aerogramme, different self-adhesive stamp-booklets and an illustrated coffee-table book, as well as commemorative covers and cancellers. The entire series was designed by the Philatelic Services of the South African Post Office. “The stamps portray culturally significant items over time in South African society,” says Johan van Wyk, head of Philately at the South African Post Office. “They range from a traditional Tsonga fertility figure, to a modern bead cellphone rendered in beadwork.” Iziko Museums of South Africa is proud of the seven-year collaboration to select, advise, research and facilitate the photography of the beadwork adornment from its collections, which is also on display. Photographed by Sasha Lipka, the stamps focus on detail rather than the whole item. “The small stamp format lent itself best to photographs focusing on selected details of a particular item, instead of images of entire items,” says Van Wyk. Glass beadwork dates back to the 1600s or even earlier, when tiny glass beads were imported from Europe into South Africa as a means of exchange. Their colour and luminosity made them instantly desirable to local populations, and swiftly replaced the natural . . .
The winning teams of the 2012 Spur Masidlale soccer league were treated to an unforgettable experience when they took the field as mascots for Orlando Pirates this weekend. Both the Sapebuso girls’ and boys’ teams finished top of the log in their categories and walked off with the 2012 Soweto Spur Masidlale championship trophies and the grand prize, which included lunch at the Spur and a PSL mascot experience. After being treated to a terrific meal at Wild Spear Spur in Soweto they arrived at Orlando Stadium in high spirits on Sunday. Emotions were running high and excitement levels reached fever pitch as the kids were ushered into the stadium singing and dancing. After donning their Orlando Pirates kit, they were ready for action and had the once-in-a-lifetime experience of walking through the tunnel onto the pitch. Both Orlando Pirates and Amazulu shared the enthusiasm of the young soccer stars and joined in with singing and clapping – making the kids beam with joy. A total of 400 learners from ten primary schools in Orlando battled it out during the league and although the competition was fierce, the hard work, team spirit and good soccer skills secured the top spot for Sapebuso Primary. Both the Sapebuso girls’ and boys’ teams finished top of the log in their categories and walked off with the 2012 Soweto Spur Masidlale championship trophies. The grand prize included lunch at the Wild Spear Spur in Soweto before heading off to the Orlando Stadium. According to project manager Khakhi Diala, the Spur Masidlale soccer league has touched the lives of more than 30 000 children. The initiative not only thought these kids soccer and life skills, but also developed and groomed more than 700 coaches and visited over 100 stadiums in South Africa since its launch in 2005 in association with Let’s Play. “The programme is about so much more than just soccer and we were very fortunate to have some of the top PSL players involved during the league to teach . . .
Longridge Wine Estate recently expanded its international footprint when it was afforded the opportunity to supply wine for the Hungarian commemoration of the 1956 uprising against communism, held in Cape Town on 28 October 2012. A delegation from the Hungarian Embassy led by Hungarian ambassador Mr Bela Laszlo and his wife Julia, Honorary Consul Andre Pelser and the Deputy Head of the Consul Mission visited the wine estate to personally taste and select the wines to be served during the reception. Ambassador Laszlo was extremely impressed by the elegant food and wine pairing conducted by Longridge winemaker Jasper Raats and chef Bruce Von Pressintin. “This is a truly beautiful place and the rolling hills surrounding the estate somehow remind me of the foothills in Hungary. Absolutely magnificent!” declared Mr Laszlo. The 23rd of October is an important day on the Hungarian calendar as it commemorates the 1956 Hungarian revolution, which saw uprisings against the Soviet imposed policies of the then government. Thousands lost their lives and became refugees during battles against the state security police and Soviet troops. Although the uprising was suppressed, it is widely viewed as the country’s first stance against communism. According to Jasper Raats of Longridge, it was an honour to have their wines served at this historically significant occasion. “We were very proud when we were approached to present our wines at such an auspicious event as this date carries huge significance for the Hungarian people. Hungary itself is widely acknowledged as a wine producer and is home to the world-famous Tokaji wines, which became the subject of the world’s first appellation control. We look forward to developing an enduring relationship with Hungary in the future.” Longridge wines, which took centre stage on the day, included the Chenin Blanc, Chardonnay and Merlot. More Info: http://www.longridge.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. . . .
5FM Sports presenter Sias du Plessis has pledged his support to The Unlimited Child and will take on The Unlimited Dusi canoe marathon in February next year to raise funds and awareness for the organisation. Sias and his new paddling partner Ryan Thompson will take to the water in their K2 as part of The Unlimited Dusi Charity Batch in aid of The Unlimited Child, which provides educational toys, caregiver training and support to enable underprivileged crèches to give children the stimulation they need to achieve their full potential in life. The Unlimited Dusi Charity Batch is an online bidding system, which allows paddlers the opportunity to bid for a position in an earlier starting batch each day with all bids being donated to charity. A daily head start offers a huge competitive advantage as the paddlers will be out on the water earlier to beat the midday sun and will also avoid the congestion as more batches set off from the starting line. A record amount of R368 020 was raised this year for The Unlimited Dusi’s official charities, namely The Unlimited Child, the SPCA and DUCT (Dusi Umgeni Conservancy Trust). Bidding for 2013 Charity Batch starting positions open on Saturday, 1 December 2012. According to Sias, affectionately dubbed Ginger by morning show host Gareth Cliff, his 2012 maiden Dusi was an unforgettable adrenaline rush and he is looking forward to getting out on the water again – especially as he will be raising much needed funds and awareness for such a worthy cause. “Although I have not had much time on the water since The Unlimited Dusi 2012, I’m very excited about taking part again and will use the next couple of months to prepare. Being out on the water is quite a challenge, but worth the effort to be part of one of the biggest canoe marathons in the world,” said Sias. Du Plessis is kicking off his fundraising campaign this week with a Comedy Night @ The Studio at Primi Rosebank. Sias partners up with local comedians Dillan . . .
The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is now accepting applications for Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2013 edition of the Festival. The Festival will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2013. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 400 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres. “As always, we’re looking forward to programming an exciting selection of productions. Artists who want to be part of the 2013 Fringe have until 18 January to get their forms in to us, and we’re on hand before then to help with any questions they may have,” Fringe Manager Zee Nweba said. Applications for the 2013 Fringe at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown opened on Monday, 29 October 2012. All interested artists, performers, directors and producers can request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office, by email – firstname.lastname@example.org, or telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. Forms are also available, and can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists. The deadline for registration is Friday 18 January 2013. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, Eastern Cape Government, Department of Arts and Culture, City Press and M Net. More Info: http://www.nationalartsfestival.co.za/artists Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Now for something completely different as the Grande Roche Hotel presents “Bubbly & Braai on Saturday 17 November. As part of their Culinary Innovations evenings and knowing that South Africa has some of the best Mèthode Champenoise wines in the world guests will be introduced to the superb wine making skills of Saltare, Bon Courage, Laborie, Silverthorn and Plaisir de Merle . Prepare for an evening of fun at this historic hotel where guests can spill out on to the lawns enjoying crisp bubblies, luscious, refreshing finger fork style appetizers and the tantalising aromas and tastes from the braai. Think prawn skewers, oysters done in their shells and more as we enjoy the promise of summer. Our journey will be hosted by well known radio personality Keri Miller and the evening will be informal and informative as we meet the wine makers and taste the finely crafted sparkling wines. From Saltare, based in Stellenbsoch, winemaker Carla Pauw introduces guests to the refreshing Brut Nature, a 65% Chardonnay and 35% Pinot Noir – a wine that is made with passion and some enthusiastic friends who help start each vintage on a lively and energetic note. Made in rented cellar space the wine is made in small quantities so is coveted by those in the know. Two Winemakers Choice Diamond award winners are on the tasting menu from Bon Courage from the Robertson area. JB Cuvee Rose Brut 2006, their first wonderful rosé which is perfect to drink now. An elegant Method Cap Classique this wine has a silky richness on the palate full of red berries balanced with a subtle mineral undertone. The JB Brut Reserve 2008 is a handmade Cap Classique guided through the cellar by winemaker Jacques Bruwer and lovingly finished by hand. Historic Paarl based Laborie has been making wine since 1698 and guests will enjoy Blanc de Blanc Cap Classique and Laborie Rosé. The Blanc de Blanc displays lovely toast, citrus zest, nougat, apple and honey, the wine is creamy and perfectly balanced . . .
"It is so good to be able to report some very positive and exciting news for members of the ECA(SA)" said National ECA (SA) Director Chris Greager. On 16 October 2012 a formal function was held at the offices of the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) at which the ECA(SA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CETA, and entered into a contract in which it will finance three of four Special Projects we submitted to it to the value of R4 050 500. These are: To pay the training and trade testing costs of 100 apprentices to undertake Modules 0 – 3 and 4 – 6 at CETA accredited or recognised training centres - R3 330 500; To pay the training costs of 25 Electrical Construction Operator 2 ( Elconop 2) and 25 Electrical Construction Operator 3 (Elconop 3) learners to attend CETA accredited or recognised training centres to undertake the necessary modular training to enable them to qualify and be promoted to the higher level - R600 000; and To purchase and take ownership of the Electrician (Construction) Training Manuals developed by experts on behalf of the ECA(SA) so that the standard and quality of training provided to apprentices will become standardised throughout the country - R120 000. This contract was the culmination of a press conference held in March this year at which the ECA(SA) was very critical about the non-performance of both the Construction SETA and the Energy & Water SETA under which we previously fell. There was wide publicity about this "scandal", and our Attorneys also communicated with the Minister of Higher Education and Training threatening legal action if nothing was done to address the lack of training taking place in the Industry. The criticism was taken very seriously by the CETA and led to numerous meetings taking place to address the problems we had raised. These included outstanding trade test certificates for apprentices who had successfully passed their final trade tests; apprenticeship . . .
With the 2013 Super Rugby season not far off, Nelson Mandela Bay awaits the arrival of Super 15 Rugby on our shores with great anticipation. Access Management, the operators of Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, hosted a Golden Ticket event last Wednesday, where local captains of industry got together, demonstrating their support for rugby in the Bay. Despite some rather inclement weather, the event proved to be a memorable one indeed. The Golden Ticket event was designed to encourage Port Elizabeth business to get squarely behind local Rugby, by inviting them to declare their intent to take up the offer of corporate season ticket packages, (which are aimed primarily at empowering their workforce – and ultimately the community – and affording them an opportunity to be part of what is widely regarded as arguably the world’s toughest Rugby competition, which will be played right here in our midst). Several of the Metro’s largest corporations have already expressed their intent to become part of this incredibly exciting and rewarding venture, and they encourage other companies to do likewise, in an effort to ensure that Super 15 Rugby becomes a reality for ALL citizens of the Metro – as intended. “What’s happening here in Nelson Mandela Bay has much more to do with our greater community, economy – our welfare and pride – than just with Rugby or sport. This is the kind of stuff that will mark change in our history books many years from now. But it is at this point – right now – that we need every bit of support and encouragement possible from every single son and daughter, and from every captain of industry in our area, to help us realise that change”, said EP Rugby Union President, and Chairman of the Southern Kings’ Super Rugby franchise, Cheeky Watson. Proceedings last Thursday evening reached an interesting climax when invitees were treated to an inspiring simulation of a war-room speech by EP Kings skipper Luke Watson. He had the audience captivated by his . . .
Winter is being evicted. It has overstayed its welcome and it is time for summer and Traffic Clothing to take over. A preview to all that Traffic Clothing has to offer will be showcased at Canal Walk Centre Court on the 9th of November. It is sure to be a memorable event and a good way to prepare for the summer season. Traffic Clothing events never fail to enthuse guests and will not disappoint with this summer’s hottest looks. Key trends for the upcoming summer season include: bright tropical – nothing says ‘summer’ more than tropical print and colours; graphic print – don’t just make a statement, wear a statement; neon – because bright is beautiful; denim – when in doubt dress denim! Then lastly, the most anticipated theme of the evening, the garment that speaks femininity - swimwear. MC for the evening, Leigh-Anne Williams, Expresso presenter and Good Hope FM news reader, will introduce these exciting summer themes and the entertainment throughout the show. Models by 20management will be transformed into Traffic Clothing goddesses with the help of Kavanagh’s Hair Studio, Kohl Make-up and Traffic Clothing’s very own fashion guru, Gareth Botha. Guests will be greeted upon arrival with delicious canapés served by Café Magnifico and are invited to enjoy a Scheckter’s Organic drink, while being treated to sensational music in preparation for the display of clothes for your eyes’ pleasure. Spot prizes are up for grabs (thank you, Nu Metro Canal Walk!) but only if you bring your business card for the lucky draw! Its summer and the memories are just waiting to happen! [ends] Event details: Date: 9th November 2012 Venue: Canal Walk, Centre Court Time: 7pm For more information contact: Lara Rall Younique Concepts email@example.com 021 433 0930 More Info: Author: Lara Rall from Younique Concepts. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
GIPCA’s ground-breaking Live Art Festival will take place in various venues around Cape Town from 30 November to 4 December 2012, and promises a plethora of provocative and memorable experiences for audience members. The Live Art Festival, presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts and subtitled ‘Make-up your Mind’, seeks to be a space for interrogation and exploration of contemporary art forms. Embodying themes of presence, identity and gender, the inaugural Festival comprises 30 artists who emerge from a wide range of fields and often collapsing disciplinary boundaries. This sprawling series of events will take place in various venues, including the Cape Town City Hall, UCT’s Hiddingh Campus, roadside pavements, a farm and an empty swimming pool. ‘But is it art?’ must be the mantra of our time - both an earnest question and a cliché that inspires irritation and impatience. Conflicting ideas about how we perceive and not just what we perceive, the collapse of established systems based on prejudice, and postcolonial subjectivities; have all contributed to a healthy and robust bewilderment around contemporary art, particularly that emerging from South Africa. Translate that into performance or live art, and the risks are greater, the innovation sharper, the boundaries barely discernible and the befuddlement bordering on vertigo. Now more than ever before, the point of view of the individual spectator is most important in their encounter with fresh work that sits on an edge. Uncles and Angels, a headline performance by live art diva Nelisiwe Xaba and experimental filmmaker Mocke J van Veuren, typifies the essential interdisciplinary nature of the Festival. When featured at Dance Umbrella this year, the work was described on Artslink.co.za as “uncomfortable... but done with intelligent intent, wry humour, a superb partnership and brilliant technology”, heralding what will “surely become a signature work in years to come”. The . . .