Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with Vidamemoria Heritage Consultants, will host a seminar: Debating Space, History and Heritage, the Bo-Kaap Sites on 20 November 2012. The event will take place in the Community Hall at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Wale Street at 09:00. The Bo-Kaap area has a multi-faceted history. Its architectural heritage, links with the history of slavery, the development and spread of Islam and its contribution to the development of the Afrikaans language are examples of its significance, not only for Cape Town and the Western Cape but, for South Africa as a whole. The Tana Baru Cemetery, the Prayer Quarry and various other sites of the Bo-Kaap have weathered a number of storms in the past, including the Slums Act of 1934, the Group Areas Act and, in recent years, a property boom, encroaching commercialization and gentrification. These heritage sites represent a diversity of narratives, many of which still have to be adequately researched and told. This public dialogue is aimed at stimulating a wider interest in these heritage sites and encouraging greater understanding of Bo-Kaap’s historical and cultural significance. Furthermore, it seeks to encourage a sharing of memories linked to Bo-Kaap sites, in order to build more inclusive narratives of the area and to gain commitment to developing effective strategies for the preservation and interpretation of these sites. Speakers will include Mr Osman Shaboodien (Bo-Kaap Civic Association Chairperson), Dr Noëleen Murray (Geography Department, University of Western Cape) and Professor Stephen Townsend (School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town). The seminar is open to members of the public and entrance is free. For further information contact Paul Tichmann, Curator: Iziko Social History; phone: 021 – 467 7215; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 20 November 2012 Venue: Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum Community Hall Registration: 09h00 – . . .
The International Council Of Museums’ National Committee of South Africa, together with its partners, ICMAH (International Committee for Museums and Collections of Archaeology and History) and COMCOL (International Committee for Collecting), in association with Iziko Museums of South Africa, will be hosting an international conference in Cape Town from 7 to 9 November, 2012. The conference themed: Museums and the Idea of Historical Progress, explores the notion of utopia – the possibility of a future society free from the difficulties of the present. This ideology has been inextricably linked to the idea of historical progress. The idea of building a new and better society to this day underlies the values, visions and practices of museums around the world. The conception of the modern museum, at the time of its invention in various European countries during the age of high colonialism and industrial revolution, shares attributes of a modern utopia i.e. the notion that progress and equity is guaranteed by the state and manifest in society. Such ideas of progress alongside varieties of capitalism, socialism, liberalism, nationalism, colonialism, Cold War ideological battles and totalitarianism have emerged and existed, generating a myriad of social systems and ideologies as expressions of utopias to be achieved. The conference will be launched on Tuesday evening (6th November) at the Castle of Good Hope. Delegates will be welcomed by ICOM-SA President and CEO of Iziko Museums, Ms Rooksana Omar and Manager of Arts and Culture for the City of Cape Town, Mr Zayd Mintry. The conference in discussing the important theme of historical progress in a world of fluidity and flux, is perhaps charting new perspectives for museums, trying to understand the past in the present and allowing for reflection on what the future might be like. Highlights include plenary speakers, Mr Mokena Makeka of the Modila Trust who will share the vision of moving “Towards a New Museum: The . . .
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 . . .
Top-end international designer, Catherine Deane, is making good on her promise to invest in the future of South African children and has given more than R100 000 to The Unlimited Child within three months of signing up as ambassador for this non-profit organisation committed to improving early childhood development throughout South Africa. Deane, who was born and raised in Durban, has offices in Hong Kong, London and New York and A-list clients such as Beyonce, Selena Gomez, Fergie and Pippa Middleton and commencing with her 2012 Autumn Winter collection, Catherine Deane will make a donation from the sale of each dress to The Unlimited Child. During her visit to South Africa in August, Deane visited a number of crèches in the Valley of 1000 Hills. “The difference between the children in the crèches that have applied The Unlimited Child model is huge and it’s incredible to see how the caregivers embrace this opportunity. The whole experience has been unbelievably motivating and has given new meaning to my role as an international ambassador,” says Deane. Established in 2008, The Unlimited Child actively addresses the dire need for early childhood development in South Africa. The work being done by the organisation is based on studies that have proven that unless children under the age of seven years are exposed to the correct inputs such as learning colours and shapes through educational toys, their potential in life will be severely stunted. Currently, there are over 6 million children aged 0 to 7 in South Africa, who have little or no exposure to early childhood development and urgent intervention is required to optimise their future abilities. The Unlimited Child makes immediate impact on the lives of young children by supplying crèches with educational toys specifically designed to develop cognitive, fine and gross motor skills in pre-school children. At the same time, crèche caregivers are trained to ensure they know how to maximise the use of the . . .
KETEX is a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) which was fromed in 2008 by Xolani Hlitana. It started by helping two young people and grew from there to a fully fleshed and registered organization with about 80 teens and adults AND 15 HIV positive orphans who are housed in one of the premises KETEX secured in Alexandra. Our Motto: Turning dreams into reality Focus Areas MENTAL DEVELOPMENT Tutorials Workshops: exam preparation, life skills, CV writing, interview prep skills Bursaries and career expos Debates and Poetry Job creation PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Fitness Healthy eating Hygiene Sports Men’s Club PROGRAMMES Chillas sessions where individuals get to talk about issues they are facing on a daily basis: Every Fridays at 17h00 – 19h00 (Seniors and Young Adults) Jolly Good Times: Saturdays 12h00 – 14h00 (Juniors) Men’s Club: Every Thursdays at 14h30 Workshops: Every last Saturday of the month (10h00 – 15h00) CARE GIVING Orphanage: 24 hours centre Counselling: Face to face and anonymous counselling SPORT AND FITNESS Fitness Club: gym that opens everyday from 5am till 10pm KETEX Soccer Team ORPHANAGE The orphanage is called Leratong (Joy for One) and is at the centre of Alexandra. It houses 15 orphans and all are HIV positive aged between 5 - 16years old. Some of these kids have distant relatives and in most school holidays and long weekends, we try to send them to go and spend time with these relatives. The role of the centre and kids is to ensure they live a positive life by educating them about the disease, counselling and caring for them. There are currently four fulltime staff members at the centre, the caretaker, a fulltime cook for the kids and the other two ladies alternate on a weekly basis staying and caring for the kids. All the kids attend different schools according to their needs and donors for each. The model is that of finding a specific persons or board members to commit to educating a . . .
‘Celebrating our present by reflecting on our past sporting achievements’ Join the CEO of Iziko Museums, Ms Rooksana Omar, sporting heroes, thought leaders, and communities in a discussion reflecting on our past sporting achievements, commenting on the present challenges and inspiring the future. DATE: 24 September 2012 HERITAGE DAY TIME: 12:00 – 14:30 VENUE: T H Barry lecture Theatre, Iziko South African Museum 25 Queen Victoria Street Cape Town Reflecting on the past includes the screening of ‘Breathe again.’ A story that is both an acknowledgement and history lesson - a window into a time of sports bans and frustrated dreams. The film about gifted but excluded Bonteheuwel swimmer and potential Olympic medallist, Derick Orderson, uncovers the story of a man and a nation in turmoil. What emerges is a portrait of a man at peace with himself, his past and his world Karen Hultzer South African Archer for Team South Africa - 2012 London Olympic Games will share her experience at the games. Brad Bing, CEO of Sporting Chance will discuss the challenges facing sport in South Africa today. We look to the future with Director Sport Development, Provincial Department of Cultural Affairs and Sport, Paul Hendricks. A short film ‘Strong Bones’ - an inspirational story about a team of grannies, who decided to use soccer as a means of wellbeing will also be screened. For a detailed programme of events, log onto www.iziko.org.za. For booking and enquiries contact Pamela Court on 021 481 3804/13 or email email@example.com *Free entry to the Castle of Good Hope and Planetarium, only on 24th September. More Info: Author: Melody Kleinsmith from Iziko Museums. 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: Heritage Day Public Discussion invitation Photographer: Iziko Museums [/l2g] . . .
The FedGroup Berg & Bush mountain bike race through KwaZulu-Natal is joining forces with Spioenkop Game Reserve to protect its 28 white rhino in celebration of World Rhino Day on Saturday. With 381 rhino poached countrywide this year so for and 35 in KZN alone, organisers of the 220km multi-stage event have initiated a fund to improve the plight of this near-threatened species. Because race participants ride through a part of the reserve where rhino sightings are common, local farmer Gary Green said his organising team felt they needed to leave a legacy more lasting than bicycle tracks. “We as neighbours have watched as financial constraints have had a major effect on this beautiful reserve and its diverse species of game. “Due to the neglect of the damaged boundary fence, quite a few animals are escaping and this has also made the rhino more vulnerable to poachers.” While their initial R25 000 commitment will be used for maintenance, Green said any further contributions raised during the event would be allocated to anti-poaching patrols. “Should any extra funds be left over, we will hopefully, in conjunction with KZN Nature Conservation Services, employ more rangers to police the rhino.” The fund will be overseen by former game ranger and Three Tree Hill Lodge owner Simon Blackburn. Although none of the reserve’s rhino have fallen prey to poachers, Green said highlighting the problem was an important part of a preventative approach. “One of our well-known trail runners and local farmer’s wife Tracy Zunckel will also be running the cycle route to raise awareness.” The rhino initiative further strengthens the relationship between the two entities, which has previously seen the race finance the purchase and release of Red-billed Oxpeckers, which feed off ticks and other parasites, into the reserve. “There have now been regular sightings of these magnificent birds on game and cattle in the area.” Widely regarded as one of the top . . .
The 8th Standard Bank-PAST Keynote Lecture will be presented by Prof Nina Jablonski, who will discuss Skin: Its Biology in Black and White at the Soweto Theatre on 19 September 2012, at 18:30. Universally recognised as the most important independent source of support for origin sciences research and education in Africa, the Palaeontological Scientific Trust (PAST) has been promoting and preserving southern Africa’s rich fossil heritage since its inception in 1994. Whilst retaining this core focus; PAST’s newest initiative, Scatterli ngs of Africa, is an ambitious effort to expand the organisation’s mission across Africa; through its seven successful programs which integrate education, research, and public outreach activities in the origin sciences. The annual Keynote Lecture has formed an integral part of the Standard Bank’s longstanding support of PAST and has become a much-anticipated calendar event in Johannesburg. In line with PAST’s Scatterlings of Africa pan-African development campaign, and its drive to utilise the origin sciences to underscore the scientific evidence that we all share an African origin, this year’s lecture will address the origin and function of skin colour. Skin colour is a biological characteristic loaded with cultural meaning. Skin pigmentation itself is a biological adaptation that regulates the penetration of ultraviolet radiation (UVR) into the skin. It is an evolutionary compromise between the conflicting demands of protection of the skin against UVR and of production of vitamin D by UVR. This compromise represents one of the best examples of evolution by natural selection acting on the human body. In the history of the genus Homo and of our species, Homo sapiens, skin pigmentation has been a highly changeable characteristic. Similar skin tones have evolved independently numerous times in response to similar environmental conditions. Skin colour is thus an entirely inappropriate characteristic for grouping people according to . . .
Animals really are a man’s best friend that’s why Boomtown together with the Animal Welfare Society (AWS) of Port Elizabeth have created a fun, interactive and easy way to donate to your favourite animal society. The Animal Welfare “wall” is a physical cardboard wall created by Boomtown, as a Corporate Social Investment (CSI) initiative for the society in aid of raising funds for their animals, but with the economic meltdown it isn’t always easy to donate. This fun wall allows you to buy, stickers, which consist of; bowls of food, frisbees and balls, which you then stick on the blank wall. The prices of these stickers range from R5 to R20, showing that even the smallest amount can help make a difference. This wall then becomes a visual representation of how much has been raised or donated to the society, and all the proceeds go towards the society. Founded in 1971 the AWS is a charity organization dependent on donations and volunteers and, it is the only one of its kind in PE operating as a pound, offering shelter to animals that are unwanted, lost or abandoned. This wall will also be seen in shopping centre malls, other venues/functions, on a regular basis to ensure continuous fundraising. And remember that donations and volunteers are always welcome. For more information contact the Animal Welfare Society on 041 581 2633, or email, at firstname.lastname@example.org. More Info: Author: Gabriela Vleeschouwer from Boomtown. 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: The Animal Welfare Wall [/l2g] . . .
This week our Property Poser experts consider questions from two readers about the rights of tenants in relation to their landlords. The first question comes from a tenant whose landlord has recently passed away. The property has been placed on the market and he wishes to know what his rights are as far as the agent putting up a “for sale” sign and bringing in potential buyers goes. The second issue relates to a long-term tenant of a rental property, who would like to know whether it would be possible to purchase it from the owner. According to the first tenant, there have been times that he has legitimately been unavailable to grant access to the property. The agent, however, portrayed the situation to the relatives of the deceased that he is simply never available and refuses access. The relatives responded with an e-mail demanding that the reader make himself available or leave the keys for the agent. The tenant is concerned about his right to privacy and would like to know how much notice he must be given before the buyers are brought around for a viewing. He also wishes to know whether he has to display a “for sale” notice on the property. This eventuality is often provided for in the lease agreement, but the reader has not mentioned what provisions exist between himself and his landlord, says Charlotte Vermaak from Chas Everitt in Port Elizabeth. “As much as a tenant’s rights to privacy are protected, the landlord, or a representative agent, has the right to gain reasonable access to the property in order to show potential buyers around.” Vermaak says the tenant therefore has to be fair in this regard and grant such access. “Similarly, the agent’s demands for access must also be reasonable.” For example, it would not be reasonable to arrange for five different viewings at five different times on one day and merely expect the tenant to be there, says Vermaak. “Likewise, it is arguably reasonable for the tenant to permit a ‘for . . .