HOTEL VERDE – WHERE ART LIVES Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, along with 250 guests, attended the Hotel Verde Art Project Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 29 August, at the recently opened, Africa’s Greenest Hotel. Students from Wynberg High, Cedar High, Isilemela High and Alexander Sinton High School were awarded certificates and prizes in recognition for their contribution, hard work and initiative shown throughout this year-long project. Addressing the audience and eager school children, Dr Meyer said "The partnership with the Frank Joubert Art Centre and the Ibhabhathane Project speaks of a hotel group that understands the importance of sustainability not only as it relates to technology but also people and more importantly the youth" The project, initiated and funded by the hotel owners, Annemarie and Mario Delicio, enabled grade 11 art students to decorate the walls of Hotel Verde. Annemarie Delicio’s passion for art and social upliftment is what initiated the project. She says, “Our thought behind this project was to help these students, who have limited, if any, access to art studies at their schools, by giving them the best tools, teachers and facilities available to do what they love and what they are good at.” The project was facilitated by the Frank Joubert Art Centre in Newlands, Cape Town. Director Liesl Hartman explains, “This real life project has been extremely beneficial for the learners, not only have they researched environmental issues within their own neighbourhood, but they have also learnt how to produce work for a real client.” Driven by Niklas Zimmer, art consultant to Hotel Verde and masters graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), 45 grade 11 learners from 4 schools within Cape Town were selected and taken through the Frank Joubert Art Centre Programme. In keeping with the owners “green” vision, the learners were tasked with researching environmental responsibility and conceptualising . . .
South African Library for the Blind (SALB) will be highlighting the importance of Braille and Audio at this year’s National Book Week. The event will take place at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton from Thursday, September 5 till Saturday, September 7. “Everyone has a right to read including the sight-impaired, and this year SALB will be teaching sighted and sight-impaired people how to read, in a fun way,” says Ria Greaves Head Library Services at SALB. “The stand will feature lots of informational material about the library service and assistive devices which help to make printed material accessible to the blind and print-handicapped.” Various activities will be taking place at the SALB stand and all are welcome to participate. The SALB will also be hosting two interesting workshops, one on Thursday at three in the afternoon and the second on Saturday, at quarter to two in the afternoon. The workshops will be geared towards providing insight into how partially sighted and impaired people experience their world and use technology and Braille to read and become literate. National Book Week aims to promote reading as a critical part of South Africa’s development and celebrates books as instruments for education, culture, heritage and economic progress. The event will also showcase South African writers, publishers, book sellers and related businesses. The SALB has sponsored 14 learners in grades 7 and 8 from Khanyisa School for the Blind, to be part of the Book Week activities. “Reading is a crucial part of empowerment,” says Greaves. “All should attend the National Book Week.” The National Book Week will once again be taking place at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton from Thursday, September 5 till Saturday, September 7. Don’t miss out on the celebrations at the Red Location Precinct for this year’s National Book Week! For more information on The South African Library for the Blind, contact 046 622 7226. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: . . .
"This event really makes a difference in the lives of young people" South African Airways, Amazon and Food Lovers Market are just some of the leading companies that will be looking for new talent at this year's Career Indaba at the CTICC in Cape Town from 12-13 September. Thousands of young people are expected at the Career Indaba, to which entry is free, and where they can get practical advice on career choices, finding a job and meet prospective employers. Lack of career advice Following the runaway success of Career Indaba in Gauteng since last year and this year, the event now comes to the Western Cape for the first time says Career Indaba director Claire O'Connell: "we were literally overwhelmed by the number of visitors that came through the doors. Not only is there a desperate need for career advice and job opportunities, but young people are actively seeking out these kinds of events themselves, but they are often limited by the distance that they can travel. So we felt it important to move the event to the other provinces. We are starting with the Western Cape and we hope to bring it to three provinces next year." She continues: "there is a lack of career advice and many young people will pick the stereotypical jobs when you ask them what they want to be - a doctor, lawyer, engineer…. But they don't realise that the subject choices they have already made may prevent them from fulfilling these dreams. They can become disillusioned and we want to show them there are so many other options available to them." Companies are looking to recruit The Career Indaba director says visitors can meet with further education colleges and universities and talk to them about their courses and entry requirements to further their studies. There are also companies like South African Airways, Amazon and Food Lovers Market who are looking to recruit. "There is also a workshop theatre where visitors can pop in for 20 minute talks on anything from 'Interview tips and . . .
Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kazeka Mashologu Kuse, Daring Media 041 823 9069/ 079 026 3613 email@example.com Nonhlanhla Sibanda, POWA 011 642 4345/ 074 581 9401 firstname.lastname@example.org Calling all women to enter for POWA annual national women’s writing project PORT ELIZABETH, 22 August 2013. People Opposing Women?s Abuse (POWA) is calling all women to enter their annual national writing anthology project. In a world where women are expected to be the perfect mother, child, daughter, sister, wife, career woman, this theme of “Perfectly Imperfect” aims to encourage women to be truthful and comfortable with their imperfections in their diverse roles. The POWA annual women?s writing anthology project began in 2006 purely as a competition for aspiring female writers and transformed into women?s writing project. POWA Project Manager, Nonhlanhla Sibanda says: “ in 2009, it changed to a project because we realised that the structure of having it as a competition created the risk of having women compete against each other rather than work together.” The women?s writing project is open to women and girl children of all ages, races and backgrounds and written work can be submitted in any of the eleven official languages. “Selected writers into the published anthology will receive an honorarium of acknowledgment” adds Sibanda. Author, freelance writer, currently The Herald?s weekly columnist and newly elected POWA mentor for the Eastern Cape Province, Kazeka Mashologu Kuse, is excited about the bold theme this year. “It?s time to be honest” says Mashologu Kuse, “the superwoman syndrome is a myth.” She adds “Not forgetting that this is women?s month and September is Heritage month, I am looking forward to women?s truthful stories about their imperfections especially in relation to cultural and societal expectations.” POWA will be hosting nationwide workshops around the country to help aspiring writers with their pieces. The . . .
Historian Catherine Burns will pursue a dialogue between indigenous health cultures and biomedicine as part of the Medical Humanities series onThursday 29 August. This public lecture will take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus. In The bricolage of health and healing in South Africa; Burns will explore the absence of an institutionalised, interdisciplinary relationship between the humanities and medicine, in light of the layered and heavily politicised history of South African Health systems throughout the 20th Century – a legacy which continues in various forms in the present. Drawing on the case study of an indigenous healer who sought a complex and sustained dialogue with biomedicine; this lecture will employ literary analysis, archival research, anthropology and political history in its discussion of South Africa as a unique and fertile site for the exploration of these dynamics. Given its evolving indigenous health cultures and alternative therapeutic systems, which co-exist with biomedical structures, Burns wi ll argue for South Africa as an emergent tri-continental frontier for the study of Medical Humanities. Catherine Burns is a historian and interdisciplinary researcher educated at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) as well as at John Hopkins and Northwestern Universities in the USA. Her work focuses on sexuality, reproduction and health in an African context. She has published papers on the history and anthropology of health and traditional medicine; medical midwifery and nursing education; state versus missionary and community-based health services; the politics of sexuality and sexual health, and on cultures and histories of gender formation. Burns is co-convenor of the WITS “Body Knowledge” Conference at WITS in September 2013, an editor for the humanities Journal African Studies, and is on the board of the Adler Museum of Me dical History. She is the Principal Investigator for the Project on Sex . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa – Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is proud to announce his double debut books entitled “The Mathematical Genius in You” and “GirlChild Rise Up”. Edzai is a mathematician who has found a way to motivate girls to take up and excel in Mathematics and Science subjects and careers. They are must reads and the news should be taken to every girl and woman around the world. ‘Girl Child Rise Up’ is directed exclusively to girls and ‘The Mathematical Genius in You’ is a generic cross-gender book focusing on mathematical thinking. The books seek to demystify maths and science in the process redressing imbalances of the past caused by gender inequality and cultural practices. They reinforce the fact that maths and science education is a key vehicle for empowerment, economic freedom and technological advancement. His aim is to print and distribute the books world-wide for free and motivate all the girls and boys that maths and science can be done no matter their gender, ethnicity or culture. He is appealing to corporates and individuals to assist him in the printing and distribution of the books to all the girls in our marginalised communities. Help can be in cash, printing services and/or distribution. Contact details are listed below. The Mathematical Genius in You is a ground-breaking, innovative and pragmatic dialogue between the author and the reader focused on how to achieve in mathematics. It is both motivational and instructional as it takes the reader through the steps on how to bring out the mathematical genius inside the reader. It is an easy read that anyone can read and understand the principles required for maths success. GirlChild Rise Up This book has been written with you girls and women in mind. It contains a message of hope, faith and belief that you can pursue a career of your choice just like men. Gone are the days when society stereotyped women as weak and incapable of doing certain jobs in the science, engineering, financial . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), in partnership with Drama for Life, will host a public lecture and workshop by Drama Therapy pioneer, Professor Robert J. Landy. The lecture will take place on Friday 30 August, and the workshop on Saturday 31 August, both at Hiddingh Hall, UCT Hiddingh Campus. Landy’s public lecture titled “Performance Healing”, will be followed by “Drama Therapy in Clinical Practice” - a specialised Drama Therapy workshop open to Arts Therapists, Psychologists, Social Workers, Educational Psychologists, Occupational Therapists and other health care professionals, as well as Applied Drama and Theatre Facilitators/Educators, and students in the above mentioned fields. Hailed by Eric Booth, editor of Teaching Artist Journal, asproviding“an extraordinary and needed service to the fields of psychology, psychotherapy and the arts. His insights illuminate distinctions we have not seen before, trace paths that re-order our grasp of the past, and point to the evolution of trends that suggest a more creative and healthy future." Robert J. Landy is Professor of Educational Theatre and Applied Psychology, and Director of the Drama Therapy Program at New York University. As a drama therapist, he has more than 35 years of clinical experience, having treated children and adults with a wide range of psychiatric, cognitive and adjustment challenges. A pioneer in the profession of Drama Therapy, Landy lectures and trains professionals internationally. Landy has published and produced numerous books, articles, films and plays in the fields of Drama, Drama Therapy, Musical Theatre and related topics. His 2008 book The Couch and the Stage: Integrating Words and Action in Psychotherapy examined the relationship between psychotherapy and Drama Therapy. His 2012 book (with David Montgomery), Theatre for Change: Education, Social Action, Therapy; examines the relationship between Drama Therapy and applied forms of theatre. An . . .
The finalists for the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships have been announced. After a series of countrywide auditions, where hopefuls were put through their triple-threat paces, the audition panel has decided on the top six finalists who will compete for the prize of having their tertiary tuition sponsored. The finalists, who will compete to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000 are: Capetonians Arlin Bantam, Sinead Donnelly and Michaela Moses; Naledi Majola from KZN; Sibusiso Mxosana from the Eastern Cape; and Joburg-based Kamogelo Nche. Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank says, "On behalf of everyone at Nedbank and our Arts Affinity clients; I would like to congratulate the 2013 finalists of the ACT Scholarship Programme. We are inspired by your talent and passion and we believe that you will continue to Make Things Happen." Andre Cloete from DALRO, who forms part of the audition team, elaborates on their involvement: “When this programme was started, the objective was simple: give a deserving candidate the chance to make his or her dreams come true by facilitating their education in the Performing Arts. Not only have we been honouring that responsibility over the last few years, but have established significant growth of this amazing programme, with an additional two scholarships and a record number of entries this year. DALRO is proud to be associated with this programme, and we look forward to further building this legacy with ACT and Nedbank. We go all over the country every year to find the six hopefuls. To be a triple-threat is a challenge in itself - the competition is always tough, and I really don't envy the finals judges.” The Final event, which will be hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, will see the six finalists showcasing their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and a panel of judges who are . . .
Eminent play activist and Head of Occupational Therapy at the University of Cape Town, Elelwani Ramugondo, will discuss creative expression and the application of the arts in healing on Thursday 8 August 2013 as part of the Medical Humanities public lecture series. Presented by UCT’s Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and Department of Social Anthropology, this new public lecture series speaks to the growing interdisciplinary field of medical humanities, which includes the social sciences and the arts, in pursuit of intellectual synergies and their application to medical pedagogy and practice. Professor Ramugondo’s lecture, Creative Expression: Some do, some don’t, will depart from a broad perspective of health and healing, focusing on social contexts specific to South Africa. She will draw from a new construct in Occupational Science - Occupational Consciousness - to highlight the politics of human occupation, and to explain how what we do (or don’t do) influences health. Foregrounding the potential of the arts as healing work for self and others, and showcasing a number of local artists, a case will be made for person-as-artist informed inquiry - complementing other arts-based research. A renowned play activist with a great interest in the politics of human occupation, Elelwani Ramugondo is the Head of Division of Occupational Therapy in the Department of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences, UCT. Her PhD introduced an intergenerational perspective into children’s play, highlighting the increasingly complex play rhetoric within the context of rapid social change, and her recent publications have sparked vibrant dialogue and debate within Occupational Science internationally. She is also director and co-founder of Cape Town-based social entrepreneurial company Shades of Black Works (SOBW), and serves on a number of boards for non-profit organisations, including the Kidzpositive Family Fund and Children of South Africa (CHOSA) – an US-based . . .
Today’s school leavers are glued to their cell phones, so what better way for Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) to engage with prospective students using a market-leading mobile app. Creating a unique user-friendly experience, the NMMU app creates the path for young adults to embark on their journey. Pieter Swart, Director: Marketing and Corporate Relations said: “We wanted to engage with prospective students using their preferred mode of information seeking and further support one of our core values: respect for the natural environment, so less printed material will be the result .This is an innovative communication tool which assists NMMU in reaching its target market effectively.” Using in-depth research, Boomtown discovered students were wary of the amount of airtime used calling prospective universities, most have free internet packages on their smart phone, and all want instant gratification. The conclusion was clear – a web-based application that could operate on all operating systems. The app concept taps into a student’s natural state of mind ‘what do I want to be?’ From the answer, the application creates the student’s path to their dream job identifying the required degree(s), including post-grad courses. Pierre Dorfling, Boomtown’s head of digital commented: “Designed to work cross-platform, the application enables all prospective students, irrespective of finances, PC access or career dream to plan their career choices and paths. “The current solution is the first in the academic market and demonstrates the innovative thinking NMMU is known for and will move to push notifications and short code SMSes for application status updates.” The web application debuted at the 2013 NMMU Open Days with demonstrations made to prospective students. The web app can be scanned via a QR code or by simply visiting: http://myjourney.nmmu.ac.za. URL: http://myjourney.nmmu.ac.za Twitter: . . .