PRETORIA. 13 MARCH 2013. Casual Day, South Africa’s most-loved fundraising project for persons with disabilities, raised a record amount of R22 million during last year’s campaign, a ten percent improvement on the previous year’s tally. This was announced at a recent roadshow function in Pretoria celebrating Casual Day’s top performers. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), an NPO mandated to improve education, inclusivity, accessibility and social integration for persons with disabilities. Alma School in Pretoria, a school that provides special education for children with disabilities between the ages of three and 21, was the top performer in Gauteng during last year’s Casual Day campaign – raising donations for 27 482 stickers. “The learners, parents, teachers and friends of Alma School worked extremely hard throughout 2012 to become the top achiever in Gauteng. Not only do they have the immediate benefit of the money they raise, but their donations also help other organisations for person with disabilities all over the country,” says Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa. Casual Day is the lifeblood of its national beneficiaries that include Epilepsy SA, SA Federation for Mental Health, Deaf Federation SA, SA National Council for the Blind and Disabled People SA, each of which also participate in raising funds from sticker donations, and sales of caps and shirts. After a warm welcome from Dr BT Naidoo, immediate past chairman of the NCPPDSA, he handed over to Mr Mac Mia, treasurer of NCPPDSA, who thanked outgoing Casual Day sponsor Absa. At the same time he announced that leading SA clothing, footwear and textiles retailing group, Edcon, has come on board as the main financial sponsor of Casual Day. After his opening address Mia explained that Casual Day was undergoing some exciting changes that fans of Casual Day should take note of, saying, “You may be aware that the . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) partners with the Public Culture CityLab (African Centre for Cities, UCT) on Thinking the City, from 12-15 March 2013. This series of talks and discussions seeks to strengthen thinking and practice at the intersection of culture and public space, particularly in Cape Town. These sessions will take place at the Infecting the City Festival Centre (6 Spin Street) from 10:30 – 12:00 daily, from 12-15 March 2013, and are presented as part of the Africa Centre’s annual Infecting the City Public Art Festival. Cape Town has a long history of public art and culture, and has more recently embraced the notion of a ‘creative city’. This is an exciting prospect for creative practitioners, yet the question of ‘creative city for whom?’ keeps bubbling to the surface of public debate, as different interest groups lay claim to the creative expression in, and of, public space. Thinking the City will contribute to the Infecting the City programme by unpacking a series of examples and contested territories related to cultural practice in the city, in order to foster a more critical dialogue about creative practice in public space. It will comprise four presentation and discussion sessions. Led by Public Culture CityLab co-convenor, Rike Sitas, and Oddveig Nicole Sarmiento (Centre for African Studies); the opening session Public space, festivalisation and contested cultural expression will take place on Tuesday 12 March. It aims to unpack questions of cultural expression in the increasingly prevalent phenomenon of public events and festivals. The Kaapse Klopse Minstrel Carnival in Cape Town is simultaneously the most popular and one of the most critiqued public space events in Cape Town. Discussing this case in the context of Infecting the City, the speakers raise questions about the problematic popular culture vs ‘high’ art binary, asking us to rethink cultural claims to expression and knowledge production in the . . .
PORT ELIZABETH, EASTERN PROVINCE. 28 January, 2013. The top performers in the Eastern Cape in the 2012 Casual Day fundraising campaign were announced earlier this week at a roadshow function in Port Elizabeth. The Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Nelson Mandela Bay, was named the top performing participating NGO in the region – and in the top ten in the country. Mr Brian Bezuidenhout, the organisation’s executive director who was there to receive the accolade, thanked his team for their hard work. Buli G Ngomane, General Manager, Corporate Affairs at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, did the honours and treated the audience to a moving song during the proceedings. This was one of a series of functions to thank participants and get people excited about the theme and plans for 2013. Last year’s theme was ‘Get on Board’, and judging by the attendance of 120 people, the Eastern Province certainly did that, dressing up on 7 September - as sailors, pirates, mermaids, captains, sea creatures of all descriptions. They supported Casual Day by not only wearing strange outfits, but by also wearing the official Casual Day sticker. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), an NPO mandated to improve education, inclusivity, accessibility and social conditions for persons with disabilities. APD Nelson Mandela Bay was among the many energetic and dedicated organisations whose volunteers have raised over R170 million over the past 18 years for Casual Day and its beneficiaries. The 2012 campaign has broken all previous records, breaking the R22 million barrier. Mr Jakkie Pieters, Chairman of the Association for Persons with Disabilities (APD), Eastern Cape, thanked outgoing Casual Day sponsor Absa. At the same time he announced that Edcon, leading southern African clothing, footwear and textiles retailing group, has come on board as the main financial sponsor of Casual Day. Edcon has . . .
Join Iziko Museums of South Africa on Saturday, 16 February, for a public discussion, entitled: Uncontained: opening the Community Arts Project archive – “What do we mean by ‘hidden voices’ in the arts after apartheid?” This discussion, co-hosted with the Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, will explore the above-mentioned question. It arises from the exhibition, Uncontained: opening the Community Arts Project archive. The show mainly introduces linocuts, a medium intimately associated with both the now defunct community arts project movement and the history of modern black art practice in South Africa. Date: Saturday, 16 February 2013 Time: 11h00–12h30 Venue: Iziko South African National Gallery Fee: Free URL: http://www.iziko.org.za/calendar/event/public-discussion-uncontained Twitter: https://twitter.com/Iziko_Museums Facebook: YouTube: https://www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums Author: Melody Kleinsmith from Iziko South African National Gallery. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Young people at at walk about of the exhibition, Uncontained at the Iziko South African National Gallery Photographer: Iziko Museums' photographer, Carina Beyer Young people at at walk about of the exhibition, Uncontained at the Iziko South African National Gallery Photographer: Iziko Museums' photographer, Carina Beyer Invitation to Iziko Museums Summer School Public discussion Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
The Gift of the Giver Marathon, Eldorado Park 24th of February 2013 A group of 24 underprivileged boys from Kersiedorp, Eldorado Park, have pledged to raise money for children fighting life-threatening conditions, setting aside their own impoverished conditions to run in the Gift of the Giver Marathon to raise funds for the Reach for a Dream Foundation. The boys are part of Growing Champions, a project that works on growing leadership and character development in young men whose communities face gang violence and drug infestation through life skills development and soccer training. Growing Champions personal development coach, Samantha Toweel-Moore, posed a challenge to impoverished children of Kersiedorp. She asked them if they would use their gift of health to help those who lack this gift have their dreams come true. Twenty three courageous boys rose to the challenge. "These boys are not sitting back waiting for others to help them, they are getting out there and helping themselves. They are a brotherhood whose fighting spirit has led to some of their own dreams coming true, on the football field. Now they are giving back. They know they can make a difference by taking action. They have pledged to train to run a 10km road race to raise funds for Reach for a Dream. The race is aptly called, The Gift of the Giver Township Marathon. It takes place in Eldorado Park on the 24th of February 2013. "They want to fund 'dreams come true' for children who share their passion for football but are fighting life threatening conditions. Their hard work, dedication, compassion and teamwork are testament to their spirit of champions, says Toweel-Moore. Coach Toweel-Moore says, "I am so moved by the courage of these young men, South Africa's future leaders, as their coach I will run the 42.2km race to stretch myself too. Life throws many curve balls but when you learn to accept the challenge rather than run from it, you find your greatness." Samantha's father, . . .
South African-based, Cameroon-born philosopher, intellectual and social theorist, Professor Achille Mbembe, will deliver a public lecture on Tuesday 26 February at 18:30 in Hiddingh Hall. The lecture is presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) in collaboration with the Michaelis School of Fine Art. His address will consider the importance of radical mediation between cultures, translating experience and creating mutual understanding across international borders. Mbembe is widely accepted as one of the most significant thinkers, theoretically examining the links between Africa, the contemporary world, and the way that history in and of Africa has impacted on notions of the contemporary. His seminal work, On the Postcolony (2000, English translation 2001), elicited much debate and ushered in a new discourse in the understanding and theorisation of Africa. Achille Mbembe obtained his Ph.D. in History at the University of Sorbonne in Paris, France. He subsequently obtained a D.E.A. in Political Science at the Institut d’Etudes Politiques in the same city. He has held appointments at Columbia University in New York, Brookings Instituition in Washington, D.C., University of Pennsylvania, University of California, Berkeley, Yale University, Duke University and Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa (CODESRIA) in Dakar, Senegal. Mbembe is currently a member of the staff at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WISER) at the University of the Witwatersrand as well as contributing editor of the scholarly journal Public Culture. He also has an annual appointment as a visiting faculty member in department of English at Duke University. Mbembe has written extensively on African history and politics and his work has been translated in various languages. He is the author of many books in French, including Sortir de la grande nuit. Essai sur l"Afrique decolonisee (Paris, 2010), and is also the . . .
The organisers of the well-known Casual Day campaign have launched a new annual fund raising campaign - Tekkie Tax for Friday 31 May 2013. Donors can select beneficiaries of their choice, selected from five main categories; animals, basic community welfare, children, disability or education. With a 20-year history of success, accountability and transparency, the organisation is spreading its wings to include more welfare organisations than ever before, giving South Africans an opportunity to give according to where their hearts lie. Campaign endorsed Some of the biggest NGOs in the country endorse the campaign: •Child Welfare SA •SOS Children's Villages •SPCA Tshwane •Alzheimer's Society •Hospice •South African Woman's Federation (SAVF) It has joined forces with the Foundation for Social Change through Choice (FSCC) to ensure that all monies are accounted for with 100% transparency for all beneficiaries involved. With this charitable trust (and the Board of Advisors representing the beneficiary organisations), the organisation offers the lowest cost structure possible with the most fun. Fund reasons Annelise de Jager, project organiser, says, "As experts in our field of service, we know that running a fundraising campaign is expensive, labour intensive and holds a lot of risk factors for the organisation running it. Now we have brought together a mix of the most accountable welfare organisations in the country to do one big campaign where the public has the choice of whom it wants to benefit by its donations. This will save a lot of money and will create a platform for organisations that normally do not have the infrastructure to organise this kind of campaign." Process During the month of April and May, members of the public will be asked to get a Tekkie Tax sticker for a R10 donation from any of the participating outlets or participating welfare organisations. There will be five different kinds of stickers, each representing a beneficiary . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa. 3 February, 2013. The organisers of much-loved fundraising initiative, Casual Day, have announced that Edcon, South Africa’s leading retailing group, has come on board as the main sponsor this year - for a period of three years. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), a non-profit organisation mandated to improve education, inclusivity, accessibility and social integration for persons with disabilities. Casual Day has raised over R170 million for disability organisations since its inception 18 years ago. Edcon has committed to a three-year contract as principal sponsor, with the aim of raising R6 million in sticker donations at all Edcon stores and in addition, to contribute R11 million towards the project over the period. “As we kickstart our 2013 campaign, we welcome Edcon on board as our principal sponsor,” says NCPPDSA Chairman, Mr Brian Sweetlove. “Our sponsors are the lifeblood of Casual Day, which raises essential funds to enable the NCPPDSA, its benefiaries and participating entities to create a barrier-free society in which persons with disabilities can fully participate.” The funds are raised as a result of a R10 donation for a Casual Day sticker. Says Therina Wentzel, National Director of NCPPDSA, “Edcon is a perfect fit for Casual Day as the project encourages the people of South Africa to go to work dressed differently on the first Friday in September every year. It is a fun project and allows everyone to make a contribution. We would like to extend a huge thank you to Edcon and the staff of all Edcon stores, who helped to make Casual Day a runaway success last year and we look forward to working with them again this year.” Corporate social investment is an integral part of Edcon’s transformation strategy. Dr Urin Ferndale, chief operating officer and executive director at Edcon explains, “Over the past seven years Edcon has been a supporter of . . .
Cape Town, South Africa, December 2012 Heart 104.9FM, Cape Town’s beat, in conjunction with GAME and local non – profit organisation (NPO) Newkidz on the Block, is aiming to encourage the public to donate even more educational and recreational toys for the specific needs areas. Heart 104.9FM is aiming to encourage the station’s listeners to volunteer to help children in need by making donations towards the initiative at GAME Stores in the Western Province. The Toy Story campaign commenced 1st October and will continue until 17th December 2012, with Heart 104.9FM DJs and GAME stores supporting 40 orphanages in their areas. Heart 104.9FM and GAME have collected over 2, 273 toys already since 1 October! A new division of GAME, FoodCo, has launched their new range of “ready to eat” meals now available in all the GAME Foodco Western Cape stores too. Their NEW convenient meals for the whole family with delicious family favourites, are great value and taste great, and provide convenient meals in 3 minutes! Ideal for busy lifestyles – a delicious quick family supper or lunch at the office or an easy, tasty meal on the run. Newkidz on the Block, is an established registered NPO based in Cape Town concerned mainly with the plight of orphans in South Africa. Founded in 2007, the Child and Youth centre builds child-support networks in communities to help place orphans with foster families or in children’s homes. They promote foster care to the general public and offer guidance to foster families. The organisation aims to give people who want to give back and support those in need, but aren’t sure where to go and what to do about it, an opportunity to help. Heart 104.9FM DJs will personally appear, with some celebrities, on the following Saturdays at the respective GAME stores in support of the Toy Story campaign between 11h00 – 14h00 : • Game Tygervalley – Sam Roy with Sekoati Tsubane & Claire Phillips - 15 December. Heart 104.9FM’s Toy Story campaign . . .
Tis the season for giving and what better opportunity than to bring some Christmas cheer to those who are less fortunate than ourselves. At this time of the year many children and elderly folk have little to look forward to so as part of their social commitment Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa on St George's Mall are collecting gifts for Nazareth House Cape Town. This non-profit-organisation (NPO) with facilities in Vredehoek and Elsie's River is a well loved icon in the City and celebrated 130 years of service to the poor and needy of the Western Cape. The Hotel is inviting people to donate small gifts for each of the residents and to deliver them to the Atrium of the Hotel (on Wale St and St George's Mall) where the magnificent Christmas decorations and Ubuntu Tree brings seasonal joy into the heart of the City. The tree will be hung with tags detailing names and ages of the recipients of the gifts. All you have to do is bring a gift and select to whom you want it delivered. Take the tag from the tree and put it with your gift in the box provided. The Hotel will ensure that the gifts are delivered before Christmas. Nazareth House has provided a home environment for abused, abandoned, disabled and orphaned children for more than a century. This secure and loving home is also a final resting place for children with terminal conditions. Many are the victims of poverty and abusive homes. Nazareth House also cares for the elderly and provides residential care for frail aged men and women in desperate need. Enquiries: Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa 021 481 4000 Issued on behalf of Mandela Rhodes Place and Spa by HIPPO Communications For further information please contact Beryl Eichenberger 021 556 8200 firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://mandelarhodesplace.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Linet Engelbrecht from Hippo Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None . . .