Some of South Africa’s favourite and most powerful female artists will be sharing the stage for the first time at The Boardwalk in May. From eight in the evening on Saturday, May 4, BlackByrd will be on stage with Nasreen Williams and the Syndicate Sisters in a one-of-its kind show. BlackByrd is one of the country’s top girl groups and consists of multi-talented singer/dancer/ musician Tarryn Lamb, Samantha Heldsinger and Tamsyn Maker. Local singer Nasreen Williams is one of the Bay’s favourite performers. Syndicate Sisters Bridget Alexander and Beverly Alexander have gone platinum. Taking their name from the classic Paul McCartney song “Blackbird,” the dynamic Cape Town-based performers first visited Port Elizabeth in February for the official opening of The Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre, and enjoyed the Friendly City so much that they have decided to come back. Easy-listening brand of adult pop with a tinge of country BlackByrd’s album “Strong” received four South African Music awards (SAMA) nominations. The Syndicate Sisters have performed with great musicians such as Johnny Clegg, Toya De Lazy, and Mean Mr. Mustard and has toured London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Israel and Egypt. Tickets for the show can be bought through Computicket or call Jason Gabriel on 082 643 6000 at R120.00 per person. Seats are limited so make sure you and your friends book your seats today to avoid disappointment. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Memories of District Six are a new series of conversations that will be held at the Homecoming Centre on Buitenkant Street once a month. Guests will be able to meet some of the people who were an integral part of the District Six landscape and enjoy their colourful memories. District Six was home to so many talented people and through the museum, artists, musicians, poets, writers and academics will share their memories over tea and Koeksuster. First in the series is on Saturday May 11 and features artist Sandra McGregor – known fondly as Onse artist of District Six. Details: “Memories of District Six Series - A conversation with Sandra McGregor: Onse Artist in District Six” Venue: The Homecoming Centre, 15 A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town (The old Sachs Futeran building) Date: Saturday 11 May 2013 Time: 2pm to 4pm Entrance fee – R50 including coffee/tea and koe’siester Programme: Sandra talks to Nancy Richards, Question time followed by tea Bookings: 021 466 7200 The book “Sandra McGregor- Onse Artist in District Six” published Print Matters (www.printmatters.co,za) will be on sale at the special price of R199 Issued on behalf of District Six Museum by HIPPO Communications For further information please contact Beryl Eichenberger 021 556 8200/021 556 5597 082 490 6652 email@example.com URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay will be filled with colour and action over the next week as the Algoa Bay Yacht Club completes the year’s sailing calendar with ABYC Week which incorporates the 505 dinghy National Championships. Weather forecasts predict that Sunday will be a “perfect” day for sailors and spectators alike, according to event spokesperson Alan Straton. “Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) Week will see 39 boats on the bay battling it out for honours in three fleets – 505 Dinghy, Fleet 1 (day and sport boats) and Fleet 2 (cruisers),” he says. Good news for spectators is that the course has been designed to ensure that the action happens close to Hobie Beach. Ideal vantage points for the sailing will be off Hobie Beach and Shark Rock Pier, according to race officer Brian Reynolds The 505 and Fleet 1 will both sail around “tight” Olympic courses that bring the boats close inshore of Hobie Beach. The bigger boats in Fleet 2 will sail longer courses and around Bell Buoy. ABYC Week runs from April 27 to May 1. Algoa Bay will be home to the annual 505 National Championships until 2015, when the 505 World Championships will be sailed in Algoa Bay when organisers expect close to 100 boats and an influx of a minimum of 300 overseas visitors to Port Elizabeth for at least 10 days. URL: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ed Richardson from Siyathetha. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: 505 Dinghy Sailing in Algoa Bay Photographer: Alan Straton [/l2g] . . .
The Spur High School Mountain Bike League has shown exceptional growth over the past four years and judging by the number of entries in the early races of the 2013 series, the league is set for yet another record breaking season. The league was launched in 2009 as a joint initiative between the Spur Steak Ranches and league facilitator Amarider to create a national platform for school kids to have fun by participating in dedicated mountain biking events, while increasing the footprint of the sport in South Africa. According to Andrew Cronje of the Spur Steak Ranches, the company is proud to be a part of grassroots mountain biking development at school level. “We are delighted with the way the league has developed both in terms of numbers and transformation. Since the inaugural season in 2009, which saw around 900 riders participating in 20 events in key centres around the country, the league has grown to attract over 5300 entries in 2012,” said Cronje. The Spur High School Mountain Bike League is expected to reach 6500 entries this year with 48 events to be hosted in nine provinces across the country as well as in Zimbabwe, Namibia and Lesotho. The league is run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain bike competitions with a strong emphasis on making the races accessible to all in terms of route difficulty and race distance. League facilitator Meurant Botha of Amarider applauds the regional co-ordinators for growing their respective regions and driving a number of exciting local development initiatives, which according to him is paramount to the sustainability of the Spur High School Mountain Bike League. “By promoting existing events and facilitating new events in as many locations as possible, we are making participation easy and accessible. I believe however that the most progressive developments will be in smaller cities and am looking at the feasibility of a mobile event unit that takes racing to the kids - complete with bikes, helmets . . .
Wild Clover’s debut Hops Harvest Festival offers finest craft beers in May In celebration of the close of another successful harvest at the South African hops farms near George, Wild Clover will host the Hops Harvest Festival from 10-12 May on their farm in Stellenbosch. This weekend-long celebration is for the whole family, with a focus on beer tasting from a variety of suppliers of hand-crafted beers including Wild Clover’s own specialty brews. There will be entertainment for the children, live music and delicious warm food to complement the beer, such as Wild Boar on the spit and a few German delights too. Under the watchful eye of owner-brewer Ampie Kruger, Wild Clover currently produces four natural beers; an English Ale; an Irish Porter; a German Pils and a fruity Belgian Wit. Ampie is always happy to talk beer with aficionados and beer-lovers and is passionate about the art of brewing.The Hops Harvest Festival will bring together many of the country’s finest craft breweries, offering the chance to sample a selection of fine locally brewed beers in one place. R100 entry for adults, all beer tastings included, and children under 18 are free. On Mother’s Day, May 12th, mom’s entrance ticket is complimentary. Kindly book online at http://www.quicket.co.za/events/1867-hops-harvest-festival/. There is plenty of secure parking on the farm, as well as chauffeur operators and shuttle services available to get you home safely. To enquire about all this and more, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 021 865 2248. What: Hops Harvest Festival Where: Wild Clover (R304, Stellenbosch) When: 10-12 May 2013 Times: Friday 10 May 4pm – 10pm Saturday 11 May 10am – 10pm Sunday 12 May 10am – 5pm Website: www.wildclover.co.za Only half an hour from Cape Town and 20 minutes from the northern suburbs, Wild Clover has the air of the country combined with the hospitality and warmth of a family-owned estate. A sense of space, ease and comfort embraces you as . . .
2013 is a milestone year for Kirstenbosch and the Botanical Society as they celebrate their Centenary. Learn the story of the Garden in the monthly Centennial Walks led by Botanical Society Volunteer guides. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month booking is essential. In addition to this a series of themed walks offer the visitor many more reasons to visit the garden. From fynbos to proteas, ericas to medicinal plants, trees to the glories of the Cape Floral region and much more, the experienced guides allow you to discover so much more on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Walks are free after entry to the Garden. Call 021 799 87 83 or www.sanbi.org.za URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival recently announced the initial line-up of artists for La Biennale di Venezia which opens at the end of May in Venice. There have been some additional artists that have been added to the impressive original list that will now form part of the 2013 South African Pavilion at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. The exhibition is entitled Imaginary Fact – Contemporary South African Art and the Archive. Gerhard Marx, Maja Marx and Philip Miller recall The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, through the creation of an installation of seven films with audio; using the source material from their theatre production Rewind: A Cantata for Voice, Tape and Testimony. James Webb will translate and transform T.Rex’s 1972 glam rock hit, Children of the Revolution into a South African protest song for choir. Zanele Muholi has recently made headlines for winning the international Freedom of Expression Index Award in acknowledgment of the significance of her work in the field of black queer visibility. Shewill exhibit the entire archive to date, of her seminal Faces and Phases. In addition to the exhibition mounted on the first level of the Sale D’Armi in the iconic Arsenale; Venetian authorities have granted permission for an exciting series of public performances to take place within public spaces of the city. Athi-Patra Ruga, Donna Kukama, Kemang wa Lehulere and Nelisiwe Xaba will each interrogate, in some way, the critical concerns of contemporary archival practice. Kukama and wa Lehulere will adapt existing work specifically for the occasion of the Biennale. Ruga will present his latest incantation of The White Women of Azania, with 4 performers sourced from Venice; and Xaba will perform an extention of her Saartjie Baartman project, entitled Venus in Venice. Exhibition curator Brenton Maart says “We are pleased to have finalised the list of artists, and the addition of important photography, multi-media . . .
Mining experts will discuss the latest safety and health procedures at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining to be held on 16-17 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After the recent Sago Mine disaster in the USA, the Xiaojiawan mine blasts in China, and other incidents in Chile and New Zealand, the issue of maintaining the health and safety in the mining industry has gained a lot of importance. It has been a continuous effort for the top global mining companies to make mining safe and sustainable, and avoid compromising on the health and safety of its miners. Despite economic difficulties, efforts are being made at a global level to make the mining industry a safer and injury-free sector. Mining companies have recognised the need to address their employees' health & safety imperitives. Given the hazardous nature of their work, companies need to take significant steps towards providing safer & healthier work conditions for its miners. Known for the deepest mines in the world, the South African mining industry has recognized the need to provide regulated mines to miners. Keeping this growing need of the industry in mind, Fleming Gulf Conferences is organising the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After two successful editions, the forum this year is themed on achieving sustainable and continuous development in health and safety for the mining industry. Expert speakers and panelists from top global mining companies will emphasize on the importance of doing business ethically in the cost conscious economy. Promoting the culture of owning safety, the drivers for safe behaviour, the strategic approach to health, and gauging the burden of diseases from work related dust & fatigue are some of the key topics which will be discussed at the event. The forum will also feature interactive panel discussions on the most topical health and safety concerns faced by the . . .
Former winner and last year’s runner-up Neil MacDonald will once again have victory in his sights when he and FedGroup-Itec team-mate Brandon Stewart line up for the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race on Friday. The former roadie is currently in good stage-racing form, both on and off-road, following strong performances at the recent Mzansi Tour and Absa Cape Epic. MacDonald finished seventh overall in the five-day road tour and took third place with Stewart in the African jersey competition at the latter event. “As with all forms of stage racing, it’s about getting the miles into your legs and increasing your endurance,” he said. “You have to get your condition from racing rather than training. That’s where you can really push your body past the point you’re used to and it gives you the edge.” With just four days for recovery between the Mzansi Tour and the start of South Africa’s longest paired stage race, MacDonald said the road race had been excellent final preparation and that he was in good condition. “It’s not as taxing on your body when you’re riding on the road and there are sections where you do get to recover if you’re in the bunch. “When you’re spinning your legs like that you also get good speed in them, so I think the road and mountain bike stage races complement each other.” The 36-year-old said the 910km Old Mutual joBerg2c, which he won with Waylon Woolcock as Team RE-CM two years ago, occupied a special place on his personal racing calendar. “It was my first race with Waylon and we achieved some excellent results there.” The duo won six of the nine stages en route to overall victory and followed it up with two stage wins and second place last year. MacDonald said he and Stewart had ridden well together this year and that his new partner had made his intentions quite clear. “Our main goal is to win the overall as that’s where the glory lies. But it’s always good to win stages because it gets your . . .
Acclaimed novelist, playwright, curator and cultural critic Jane Taylor will discuss the creative process behind her research and staging of After Cardenio, created in relation to the so-called ‘missing’ Shakespeare play, at the Anatomy Lecture Theatre on Hiddingh Campus, on Thursday 9 May 2013 as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts public lecture series. Commissioned by Renaissance scholar Stephen Greenblatt to create a work in hypothetical relation to the so-called ‘missing’ Shakespeare play, Cardenio, Jane Taylor first staged After Cardenio in 2011 at Hiddingh Campus’s historical Anatomy Lecture Theatre. In ‘After After Cardenio’, a lecture which brings together visual studies, performance studies, the history of medicine, the origins of neurology, and the history of philosophy, Taylor not only discusses the creative process behind this project, but also considers the volatility of creative engagement with archives. After Cardenio’s playtext arose from a scholarly engagement with the story of a seventeenth-century woman, Anne Greene, hanged for infanticide, whose body was given over for an autopsy at Oxford University. Greene revived on the anatomy table, and Taylor’s research led her to explore the startling events in relation to the history of neurology and the intersection of Philosophy and Natural Science in the early days of Natural Philosophy at Oxford. In After Cardenio, Taylor explores the obsessions with the body/soul split, theorised by Descartes, who died the same year that Anne Green was hanged, using distinctive puppetry idioms (with a puppet created by sculptor Gavin Younge). Tracing a link between the research of key seventeenth century thinkers, Taylor considers the significance of this episode on the thinking of John Locke, who became one of the great theorists of identity in the seventeenth century. Thomas Willis and William Petty were the anatomists involved in the ‘Anne Green episode’. Willis subsequently invented the term ‘neurology,’ and . . .