An exhibition of Gerard Sekoto’s work, entitled Song for Sekoto 1913 – 2013, his life and times will be presented at the Wits Art Museum (WAM) in Johannesburg, from 26 April to 2 June 2013, in celebration of the centenary of the artist’s birth. This exhibition has been sponsored by Merrill Lynch, a subsidiary of Bank of America Corporation, with support from BHP Billiton, Business and Arts South Africa, Webber Wentzel and the National Lotteries Distribution Trust Fund. Gerard Sekoto is considered by many to be the ‘Father of South African Art’. As a South African, some of his works have achieved extremely high values in the international art market with pieces carried in private and corporate collections around the world. In his birthplace of South Africa however, he is still relatively ‘unknown’ amongst the general public. In recent years Sekoto’s local profile has been raised by the extensive efforts of author Barbara Lindop – both through the research and publication of her books on the topic, and her work in establishing and running the Gerard Sekoto Foundation. It is under these auspices that this exhibition was initiated, in order to facilitate further discovery of the excellence and depths of Sekoto’s important multi-disciplinary works. Supplemented by a personal history, documents and photographs this showcase will allow Sekoto’s work to be considered for the first time within the tangible context of his life and the extraordinary circumstances in which he lived. “At the conceptual core of this exhibition is the staging of Sekoto’s texts in relation to his paintings and sketches; his thoughts, ideas, ideals and conflicts offering a means of understanding the man behind the images. The complexity of his responses to his socio-political context in his private texts goes far beyond the seeming naivety of his early paintings, for example, shedding a quite particular light on his position in relation to what was happening in the country at the time.” . . .
Skills transfer and capacity building of Eastern Cape artists is at the heart of a new partnership between the National Arts Festival, the Eastern Cape Provincial Arts & Culture Council (ECPACC) and the Port Elizabeth Opera House. The Port Elizabeth Opera House is one of the oldest theatre buildings in South Africa. The partnership will focus on highlighting this historical site to visiting producers and presenters who visit the National Arts Festival with a view towards increasing the profile of the theatre amongst the arts community and also amongst theatre enthusiasts. A series of professional workshops in arts management, marketing and technical production leading up to the Festival will enlist professionals from across the country to work alongside the management of the Port Elizabeth Opera House, to enable the theatre to find its place alongside other leading arts institutions. The ‘Creative Consultants Project’ will identify six innovative directors to offer artistic feedback to the Port Elizabeth Opera House's six productions that will be staged at the Festival. Seven additional Eastern Cape productions will receive added support through a special programme devised jointly between the ECPACC, Port Elizabeth Opera House and the National Arts Festival. Fourteen community-based artists selected from across the Eastern Cape will be supported by the Port Elizabeth Opera House and the ECPACC to participate in the Festival's Remix Laboratory. Established in 2009, the Festival's Remix Laboratory is a highly structured and focused programme that gives community-based artists the opportunity to enjoy a productive Festival and to be exposed to how professional writers, directors, stage management and arts administrators work behind the scenes. This new partnership comes as a result of three months of roundtable meetings between Ismail Mahomed (Artistic Director of the National Arts Festival), Mondle Ngonyama (General Manager of the Port Elizabeth . . .
At a media briefing yesterday morning, the Department of Arts and Culture and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown – commissioners and curators respectively of the 2013 South African Pavilion – announced the theme and some of the artists that will be representing South Africa at the 55th La Biennale di Venezia. Curator of this exhibition, Brenton Maart, gives context for their choices: “To understand how and why histories continue to impact on the world today, contemporary South African artists are turning to the archive, and the chronicles of history here become the building blocks for creative action. Working with archives in a creative ways allows the artist to create work with the potential to (de)construct ideologies, and thus change the course of our contemporary world. In South Africa, specifically, artists may therefore be seen as activists in the evolution of democracy, and it is this evolution that is explored in Imaginary Fact: Contemporary South African Art and the Archive.” “The voices contained in this exhibition are as rich and varied as those of the citizens of our country. They are bold and they are brave. Some are already celebrated internationally, some are beginning to make their voices heard. All are immensely talented and, as a nation, we are proud of them and of the opportunity to showcase them to the world.” said Minister of Arts and Culture, Paul Mashatile. The following artists have been contracted so far, to appear as part of the exhibition: Joanne Bloch, Wim Botha, Kay Hassan, David Koloane, Gerhard Marx, Maj a Marx and Philip Miller, Sam Nhlengethwa, Johannes Phokela, Cameron Platter, Andrew Putter, Penny Siopis and Sue Williamson. Some of the work represented will draw from the oeuvre of these artists, while some will be commissioned specifically for this exhibition. “The painting, drawing, sculpture, installation, film, electronic and performance work on exhibition are as representative of the diversity of concerns as of . . .
Following a date change from February to April 13 and 14, the Emperors Palace Classic, presented by ASG, is set for a big stop-over on South Africa’s autumn road racing calendar. According to event director Wynand de Villiers the weekend festival of cycling, which takes place in and around the Johannesburg casino resort, was moved to keep riders on their bicycles a little longer before the winter cold set in. “The event was shifted to April to extend the racing available in autumn. Most guys will have done the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and this gives them something else to train for while they still have that residual fitness.” With three big races in February alone, including the Dis-Chem Ride for Sight and Macsteel Carnival City Classic, De Villiers said the provincial calendar had simply become too crowded. “It was virtually impossible to race all three, even if you wanted to. We felt we needed to move this race for it to stand alone and allow more riders the chance to take part.” He said the change has already had a positive effect on the flow of entries, with some 6 000 participants anticipated across the mountain bike events on the Saturday and the road and kiddies’ races on the Sunday. “We’ve fine-tuned the event over the last six years, so it offers something for everyone.” As in previous years, De Villiers said he expected the top professional teams to turn out for the 97km road race. “The route is relatively unchanged and will be fast, flat and exciting. For the social riders, it’s ideal for getting the legs moving after Argus.” With defending champion Reinardt Janse van Rensburg currently racing in Europe for Dutch team Argos-Shimano, the way is clear for a new winner. De Villiers said the course, which features a single climb just before the halfway mark, would once again favour a sprinter. “Someone like Herman Fouché of Bonitas, who recently won the Argus, would be a big favourite.” In keeping with tradition, he . . .
The 20th running of the SPAR Women’s Challenge in Port Elizabeth on May 4 features a new venue, Little Ladies’ race and bigger prizes, organisers announced at the launch yesterday. Although SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart remained tight-lipped about some of the details, he said the 2013 edition was shaping up to be the best yet. “Attracting runners from across the province, it has grown exponentially over the past two decades and we always put in a 110% effort to improve and innovate year on year. “We are proud to be associated with a sport that promotes healthy living, which is the focus of our brand.” The women-only event, which was held at Kings Beach until last year, has been organised by the Walmer Athletics Club since its inception in 1993. It has grown from 287 inaugural participants to more than 12 000 last year, making it the biggest road race in the Eastern Cape. “We’ve outgrown the existing venue and will be moving to Pollok Beach,” said Swart. He said further details on the new venue could be expected shortly. Aside from the 5km and 10km distances, he said this year’s event would see the introduction of the 2km Little Ladies’ Race. Aimed at girls under the age of nine, it takes place on the first day of official registration on May 1. Swart said the retailer’s recipe for success was to provide a quality event for both amateur and professional athletes. “The first 12 000 entrants will get t-shirts and goodie bags and all finishers receive commemorative medals.” He said live entertainment and lucky draw prizes would again form an integral part of the supermarket chain’s wholesome race-day offering. Swart said the race would also benefit the wider community as all proceeds would go to a reputable charity. “We also sponsor development teams’ participation.” The PE event is part of a five-race national Grand Prix series in which the country’s top female athletes compete for points, prize money and overall . . .
Easter weekend offers everyone a chance to enjoy leisure activities with friends and family. With Mi Casa & Natasha Meister performing at the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert on Sunday March 31 at Kirstenbosch where else would you want to be? The most beautiful garden in Africa plays host to these performers at this penultimate concert of the season. As a destination Kirstenbosch is the perfect spot to picnic, enjoy great music or simply enjoy the ambience of this acclaimed Botanical Garden. With a concert stage that is overlooked by the majestic Table Mountain, musicians consider that performing on this stage to a crowd of 5000 is the pinnacle of their career and audiences are treated to the best that this country offers. Mi Casa has shot to fame in three short years, scooping up SAMA awards with their soulful house music and showing just how talented South Africa’s musician’s are. Groove to the sound of Mi Casa’s three members, Dr Duda (producer and club DJ), J’Something (vocalist and guitarist) and Mo-T (trumpeter) as they blend their musical talent to create a soulful sound. Warm house beats peppered with jazz trumpet and a fresh twist of soul, the Mi Casa sound recipe is rich and authentic. Since the band was founded in 2010, they have already won three SAMA Awards. No stranger to the Kirstenbosch stage Natasha Meister opens the show and, having been named SA’s very own Blues Queen, this singer – songwriter already has a strong fan base. In the three years since returning from Canada to her ancestral home in Africa she has carved a strong niche for herself on the blues platform. Soon after her first overseas tour in Dubai with Jimmy Thomas, Michael Roach and The Crossroads band, Natasha became South Africa’s first woman to be endorsed by Fender. Her recently released You Tube/Facebook videos are creating a big stir locally and abroad. She was endorsed by Lakewood Guitars in Germany. Her first album ‘Halfway, Natasha Meister band’ produced by Roger . . .
Over the past eleven years the Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards has celebrated South Africa's black economic empowerment champions. Recognised as the country’s most influential empowerment awards ceremony, The Oliver Awards aim to identify and acknowledge true empowerment leadership and innovation. In particular, these Awards celebrate companies and individuals in the public and private sectors that are excelling in job creation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development. After a nation-wide call for entries targeting eligible individuals, SME’s and large corporations, this year has produced the highest caliber of finalists in the 12 year history of the Oliver Awards. Here is a look at whom some of the finalists for the 12th Annual Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards are (the full list is available on the website): Organisational Awards: Africa’s Transformation Award finalists include: Accenture South Africa (Pty) Ltd, Netcare Limited and PricewaterhouseCoopers. The Skills Development Award finalists include: DAV Professional Placement Group, FirstRand Limited and Volkswagen Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd. The SME Award finalists include: Musa Capital Fund Managers, Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors Pty Ltd and Silulo Ulutho Technologies. Socially Responsible Investment Award finalists include: SAB Miller, 5FM and Vodacom SA (Pty) Ltd. Individual Awards: The Entrepreneur Award finalists include: Sibongile Maseko from Bongi-M Construction cc, Pria Hassan from Women of Africa Fuels & Oils and Allon Raiz from Raizcorp Enterprise Development. The Female Business Personality finalists are: Santie Botha from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo from Petro SA and Pria Hassan from Women of Africa Fuels & Oils. The Male Business Personality finalists are: Adam Samie from Lion of Africa Insurance Company Limited, Mteto Nyati of Microsoft SA (Pty) Ltd and Victor Sekese from . . .
The 2013 Spur Masidlale soccer and life skills training programme is in full swing with regional launch day events hosted around the country to mobilise 1600 during a fun-filled day of soccer and life skill training in Cape Town, Durban, Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. The huge success achieved by the Spur Masidlale programme - which has already touched the lives of more than 30 000 children, developed and groomed more than 700 coaches and visited more than 100 stadia in South Africa since its launch in 2005, reinforces the conviction of the great philosopher Plato, who said that “The moral value of exercise and sports far outweigh the physical value”. To ensure that coaches were well-equipped to unlock the full potential of the programme, Spur Group invested in a series of national Masidlale Coaching Clinics around the country as a run-up to the regional launch day events. Soccer personalities in each region have also pledged their support to the programme and learners had the opportunity to play ball with the likes of Patrick Mayo, Matthew Booth, Helman Mkhelele and Dillan Sheppard respectively at the Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg launch events. Teachers, local coaches and players are ready for the nine-week series during which the under 13 boys’ and girls’ teams from the ten competing schools in each region will give it their best to add points to the log and secure a place in the finals in June. Each team will comprise seven players with three substitutes. Three points will be awarded for a win and two points for a draw, while a loss receives zero points. According to Khakhi Diala of the Spur Group, they are extremely excited about the upcoming season. “We definitely started from humble beginnings, with 12 one-day coaching clinics in 2005, but the league has grown steadily and has highlighted the huge need for initiatives that provide a platform for youth development. We hosted the first pilot league in Sandton in 2009, and are . . .
The theme for National Water Week, 18 – 24 March 2013 is, "Water is life - Respect it, Conserve it, Enjoy it". This year’s National Water Week celebrations coincide with the United Nations (UN) General Assembly declaring 2013 as the United Nations International Year of Water Cooperation. Goitse Pilane, Director for Projects and Infrastructure, co-heads business law firm Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr’s Water Sector. He says, "The National Water Act, 1998 (which is considered as one of the best water legislation in the world) ensures that our water resources are used, protected and managed in a sustainable and equitable manner for the benefit of all persons and in a way that guarantees every person's constitutional right to access sufficient water. Everyone is entitled to use water to the extent that the use of water is permissible in terms of the National Water Act,1998. "In the 2013 National Budget Speech," continues Pilane, "Government committed to expanding infrastructure investment. The value of major infrastructure projects in progress or under consideration in the public sector totals R3.6 trillion; with water apportioned 3.6% of that total. “South Africa is considered a water scarce country. The National Development Plan, Vision for 2030 recognises that in order to sustain water supply and sanitation services our water resources and infrastructure must be properly managed to avoid further damage to natural resources which includes water in rivers and underground. “Forty six million South Africans have access to basic water supplies. Strategic public private partnerships will accelerate access to basic water supplies for everyone and will support the Government's service delivery initiatives,” Pilane adds. How can you live this year's theme sustainably, equitably and efficiently? Respect Water is the most essential element to life on Earth. Add to this the concerning fact that South Africa is the 30th driest country in the world. Let us empower . . .
Cape Town based PR and communications agency MANGO-OMC managed all media liaison and partnerships and social media for Infecting the City (ITC) for the third year in a row. Established in 2008, ITC is a vibrant and innovative public arts festival that takes place annually in Cape Town. ITC strives to bring cross-cultural, collaborative, excellent and socially engaged performance and visual art into public spaces; transforming the CBD into an outdoor venue, where art is free and accessible to everyone for a week. Year on year, ITC has grown and in 2013, it presents the largest programme to date. MANGO-OMC is honoured to be part of the festival again this year. Tanner Methvin, Executive Director of the Africa Centre says, “MANGO-OMC really understands the Africa Centre’s culture and the way the Festival is pursued by the public, which is evident from their strategic input and implementation across all relevant communication channels. Performer submissions have grown by 300%, our Facebook presence has doubled and we hope to hit an audience attendance figure above 26,000 this year. Our communications strategy and implementation plays a vital role in ensuring that the general public engage and participate in the Festival.” Issued by MANGO-OMC. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org URL: http://www.infectingthecity.com/2013/ Twitter: https://twitter/mango_omc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MANGOOMC?fref=ts YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/mangoomc Author: Lika Tolken from MANGO-OMC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .