Not the Usual Suspects, a survey of the Market Photo Workshop (MPW), recently opened at the Iziko South African National Gallery, and runs until 21 April 2019. The exhibition, a tribute to the Market Photo Workshop showcases more than 100 artworks by more than thirty artists. Curated by Iziko Curator and MPW graduate, Ingrid Masondo, this collaborative project brings together the histories and archives of the MPW in dialogue with the private archives and memories of “alumni”. Featuring an intergenerational group of practitioners who have contributed to the MPW’s vibrancy and evolution since its inception to the current - these include learners, trainers, mentors, project managers and ‘staff’ - the exhibition interrogates issues of access and visibility. Engaging head-on with the politics and ethics of representation, the exhibition also seeks to expand on the roles and uses of photography in society. The exhibition is designed to encourage a dialogue between the Market Photo Workshop’s archives and public histories, the experiences and memories of “alumni”, while posing questions such as: what is and who is included in the public sphere, in the South African Curriculum and Art History? The works represented run a wide gamut of human experiences, ranging from the intimate to public, the playful and the deadly serious. Through these works and reflections, complex debates about community and nation, race and class, patriarchy, the environment, technology, migration, the urban condition, are examined. Broadly, the exhibition, Not the Usual Suspects broadens the MPW archive and is a timely and critical intervention on contemporary debates about education and the curriculum, histories and archives. Participating artists: Nina Bekink, Jody Brand, Keran Elah, Shannon Ferguson, Goldendean, Nidaa Husain, Jenny Gordon, Davina Jogi, Zaituna Euridice Kala, Simangele Kalisa, Akona Kenqu, Lebohang Kganye, Gulshan Khan, Phumzile Khanyile, Michelle Loukidis, Lerato . . .
Johannesburg, 24 October 2018 – With youth unemployment at a staggering 52%, the Jobs Fund is supporting the national drive for sustainable employment and inclusive growth with a R100m matched grant to Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator to scale up a social impact bond for jobs. Harambee has been a Jobs Fund partner for many years due to its ability to scale solutions quickly and create high-impact jobs. This initiative comes ahead of today’s medium-term Budget, which will seek to find solutions to the jobs, debt and growth conundrums faced by the country. It also comes a day before South Africa’s Investment Summit, targeting $100 billion of new investment to stimulate economic growth. SA’s unemployment rate of 27% is close to a 15-year high, while the economy slipped into its first recession in a decade in September. This raises the urgency for more innovative approaches to job creation. “SA will not be able to spend its way out of the crisis or rely on the government to come up with the panacea to all the problems by itself. A broader and more concerted effort by all role-players in our economy to creating sustainable jobs – most importantly for our youth – is urgently required,” says Najwah Allie-Edries, Head of the Jobs Fund. “Harambee Youth Employment Accelerator is proud to partner once again with the Jobs Fund – this time focused on an innovative and sustainable new financing platform that can deliver real-time skilling for growth. This impact bond model guarantees a real return on investment for government’s significant spend on skills development. This will be done through a public-private partnership with funders, investors, employers, evaluators and Bonds4Jobs as an intermediary organisation,” says Harambee CEO Maryana Iskander. The Jobs Fund has, since 2011, been driving innovation in job creation through structured partnerships with private, public and not for profit entities. Harambee has been one of its major supported . . .
Johannesburg , 23 October 2018 - “A successful man, is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” [David Brinkley]. There can be no truer a saying, than this, for a young entrepreneur or start-up company and in the case of describing the work of Servest’s Enterprise Development Program that operates through the Lesipho Trust, this could not be more apt, in creating economic opportunities for its recipients. The Lesipho Trust is a fund and non-profit organisation (NGO), that seeks to provide opportunities and economic assistance to qualifying black South African’s and their businesses. The Lesipho Trust partners with communities and black businesses to create meaningful social change in areas of society, where the Trust operates. It assists companies in advancing their business and also provides them with the opportunity to become Servest preferred suppliers, thus ensuring that they remain sustainable entities. Naledi Kgoadi who owns Bophele & Ditiro Trading, a facilities management company, says, “the Trust has assisted us a great deal, we have acquired machinery that is going to help us grow and enable us to increase our revenues, by reducing our operating costs.” Each year the Lesipho Trusts sets a target for new intakes who fit the qualifying criteria, these include; the business must be in operation for a period of 1 - 2 years the business must earn less than R50 million It must be 100% black owned or black women owned it must be a registered business This past year, Thape Media, who consists of a husband and wife team, who combined their skills in the film industry, saw the fruits of their labour come to life, through the assistance of The Lesipho Trust. They currently produce two productions for TV, ‘Gospel Unplugged’ and ‘Fix my love’, as well as producing all Servest’s multi-media requirements. Through this relationship, they also have opportunities to collaborate and partner with Servest’s . . .
Today many grandparents are not quite sure how to ask their adult children about spending more quality time with their grandchildren. “For most American grandparents, child care is only an occasional responsibility. Our survey on family support in graying societies found that among U.S. grandparents who have helped with child care in the past 12 months, nearly three-in-four (72%) said they did so only occasionally. About one-in-five (22%) said they provided child care regularly.” - Pew Research Center What exactly fuels this GRAND sense of entitlement? “Many grandparents simply wish to share their life lessons and wisdom without constantly getting a defensive reaction from the very kids they cut their parenting teeth on so to speak,” says Kay Ziplow, co-founder of GrandparentsLink.com “We want our adult kids to trust us with their kids…who happen to be our grandchildren. After all, we raised them, and now, we can even do a better job with their kids!” says Leslie Zinberg, co-founder of GrandparentsLink.com If you are a 50+ year young grandparent, you are likely looking to re-discover yourself and live your life to its fullest. The easiest way to experience this new self discovery is through an online community designed just for you. On October 23, 24 and 25 grandparents around the country can join grandparentslink.com co -founders Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow and parenting author and expert Susan Stiffelman, MFT for a new free learning series on GRAND Parenting. Join Susan, Leslie, Kay and an exceptional team of experts and discover: • How to set boundaries without hurting feelings • How to offer help that lightens the load of adult children • How to create loving in-law relationships • How to handle criticism • How to stay in touch from far away • How to address issues of alienation • How to create a peaceful multi-generational household • Advice for grandparents raising grandkids • How to help children cope with . . .
Johannesburg, October: Steyn City is proud to launch its #PledgeAPair campaign, inviting residents, contractors and community members to become a #SoleMate. The initiative forms part of this year’s Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot festivities. Now in its seventh year, Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot is Steyn City’s flagship charity drive: every year, the staff and contractors of Steyn City, accompanied by celebrities and the media, pack a convoy of trucks full of schoolbags containing toys, stationery and snacks to be distributed amongst the children of neighbouring Diepsloot. Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe Plumari explains that the project has always been dear to his heart. “It’s a joy to be able to help Diepsloot’s children celebrate the festive season, especially since so many of their family members work at our lifestyle resort. We have always committed to being good neighbours, and are looking at ways to encourage other property developers in the area to do so, too.” He adds that Steyn City has decided to focus on collecting new school shoes for donation this year because of the enormous number of learners who go without this basic necessity. “Every day, thousands of children walk to school barefoot, rain or shine. Come the winter months, this poses a significant challenge to their health” he notes. With this in mind, Steyn City is aiming to donate 13 000 pairs of shoes to Diepsloot’s primary school learners. As an added bonus, each pair of these shoes is manufactured locally and packaged in a bag made by a Durban-based women’s empowerment group, Uzwelo. In this way, #PledgeAPair is also contributing to job generation and skills development in South Africa. Plumari says that he is delighted that The Star has come on board as a major supporter of the project. Says Kgomotso Kgatle, Independent Media’s marketing and brand manager for Gauteng, “The Star is very proud to partner Steyn City on this very important ‘Delivering Happiness to . . .
2018 has been a volatile year on many fronts, however the property market at Arabella Country Estate in Kleinmond, Western Cape, is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Since the beginning of 2018, home sales in the estate have reached over R100 million. “Demand for properties within the estate have soared this year, with more than 20 homes being sold in 2018 already,” says estate manager, Dirk Uys. The Overberg has become a dream destination for many families, as it offers a lifestyle and sense of security not available in many other areas in South Africa. The estate has become one of the first in the area to offer full fibre optic access throughout the Estate ensuring high-speed Internet connectivity to all home owners. “Many people moving onto the Estate are doing so to escape the growing stresses and congestion of city life,” says Uys. “We are located just 110km from Cape Town and with the increasing trend towards mobile/home offices and home-based businesses, Arabella has become an attractive alternative, The fibre optic access now gives residents high speed connectivity to be able to work efficiently from home.” Although known worldwide for their exceptional golf course, Arabella Country Estate, also supports a myriad of other outdoor lifestyle activities right on their doorsteps, including mountain biking, trail running, non-motorised water sports on the famous Bot River Lagoon, walking and bird watching. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The largest single increase on the price of fuel was implemented at midnight, where motorists are now paying 99 cents more per litre for 93 octane, R1 more for 95 octane and R1.24 more per litre of diesel – with further increases still on the cards before the end of the year. These increases have tipped the price of fuel to the highest it has been in decades. Currently, the fuel price in South Africa has risen by over 9% in the last year and 66% over the last 10-years. Moreover, fuel spend makes up nearly 30% of total spending in the motor trade industry every month – and motorists are spending more on fuel than new cars. As any analyst or economist will confirm, the rising fuel price has a direct knock-on impact on the cost of goods and services, and thereby a trickledown effect on the cost of living in South Africa. In these tough economic times, motorists are feeling the pinch and with continuous increases on the cost per litre of fuel, there is little relief being forecasted. Understandably, this leaves motorists looking for new ways to save money and manage their monthly budgets. One possible solution is to pay more attention to their vehicle tracking device as these solutions can help motorists adopt smarter, safer and more efficient driving behaviours to curb fuel expenditure and put more money back into their pockets. Vehicle tracking and stolen vehicle recovery technology has evolved over the years and can vary from basic vehicle tracking to advanced telematics and personal safety solutions. The device captures information about the vehicle’s movements and how it is being driven. This type of data includes harsh braking, harsh acceleration, harsh cornering and speeding, amongst others. These solutions make it possible for motorists to receive alerts about their driving behaviour as well as the fuel consumption pattern in line with these. One of the big secrets behind saving on fuel spend is to manage driving behaviour. Motorists can make use of . . .
As part of The Hytec Group’s commitment to education and social upliftment in South Africa, Hytec has partnered with the Mandela Libraries Project for the fifth time to supply a fully stocked and containerised library for the Papong Primary School in the Limpopo Province. Hytec gives back to the communities they operate in. By empowering the children of Burgersdorp, Limpopo and encouraging early learning literacy, this creates a strong vision of an educated nation. Hytec’s R290 000 donation covered a 12x3 meter converted, insulated container with shelving, doors, windows and security. Hytec stocked the library with 2 500 books, 200 of which are early readers in the local languages of the province, chairs, floor mats and posters. The ribbon-cutting ceremony on the 25th July 2018 was a strong community affair with the Head Master Mr Maroga of Papong Primary School, the school’s governing body, and principals from four other local schools attending. “As the schools in the area are so rural, they rely on each other for assistance and support - even in celebrations”, says Jackie Coutts, Director of Projects for Participate for Good NPC. Hytec local representatives Anita Douglas and Nick van Deventer, Hytec Regional Manager Ralph Palphramand, Mandela Bangle’s Robert Coutts and Hytec’s Mike Harrison helped to make the library hand-over programme an extraordinary celebration. Mike Harrison, Hytec General Manager, commented that: ‘Education is a key pillar for success in Africa and Hytec is extremely proud to sponsor this library. By investing in local communities and specifically children we create a better future and broaden the horizons of young minds far beyond the local community.” He said that this container library means that local children are no longer just exposed to what they see locally – “now it can expand to what they read globally. It allows them to see the world in a more encouraging way.” The library brings much needed hope, educational support . . .
It’s very sad when a family member passes away. People are in shock and want to spend time mourning, but we also need to deal with so many practical issues. We spent some time researching and spoke to Sonja Smith of Sonja Smith Funeral Group to find out what you need to do when a family member dies. 1. Identify the deceased This can be done at the hospital or mortuary by a family member or person who knew the deceased well. They’ll need the identifier’s ID or passport, as well as the ID or passport of the deceased. If the death occurs at home and a doctor is willing to issue a death notice the identification can take place at home and the doctor will complete the required forms, otherwise identification will take place at a mortuary. 2. Tell family members Tell your close friends and family of the passing. You can find comfort in your family, and you can also decide who will complete what tasks including sitting with the deceased if required, appointing a funeral director and asking religious leaders for guidance on the burial preparations and service. 3. Appoint a funeral director It is recommended that you use a funeral director who is affiliated with a recognised Funeral Association within the Federation of Funeral Professionals in South Africa. Your funeral director will assist with most of the details and guide you through the funeral. If your loved one held strong religious beliefs, make sure you select a funeral director who is familiar with their beliefs and religion. 4. Get a notice of death and a death certificate and make copies A notice of death gives details of the person who passed away and the cause of death. A notice of death can be issued by a medical practitioner, and some traditional leaders and South African police service members. Your funeral director may also be able to assist. If the death is due to natural causes, the notice of death can be issued immediately by the hospital, or by the GP or emergency medical services if . . .
“There is a lack of active citizenship in our country. We see negative and violent acts taking place all the time, but not many positive actions in communities. Through empowering and motivating the next generation of active citizens, we can change the culture and values of our country’s citizens for a better South Africa,” explains Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, Founder and CEO of non-profit organisation, Empowervate Trust. This conviction is what drives Blankfield-Koseff, who founded The Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) while working at another NPO in 2009. She then moved to a new entity, Empowervate Trust, in 2013 - in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation and DSV Mounties. She says school children are the next generation of leaders and active citizens. “I believe we need to start developing a culture of servant leadership and positive values while instilling social entrepreneurship skills from a young age if we want to create a better future for South Africa.” She says that South Africa’s youth want to be change agents, but often do not have the tools, guidance or platform to do it. “We use a Y-CAP Toolkit, which is a project management and values guide, as well as workshops to impart skills to young learners and give them a platform to showcase the impactful and sustainable projects they create on the programme at district, provincial and national level.” In 2015, over 360 mainly rural, township and former Model C schools took part in the programme and in 2018, 754 schools in the country’s nine provinces participated. Blankfield-Koseff’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. She was one of the Mail & Guardian’s “200 Young People to Take to Lunch” in 2015, was a finalist in the Jewish Achiever’s Award’s Europcar Women in Leadership category in 2017, and in 2018 was selected as one the 200 Leaders: Africa for the Obama Foundation Fellowship out of 10,000 applications in 44 African . . .