The Theatre Arts Admin Collective invites applications for the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary. This year, 2 bursaries are on offer, supported in partnership with the Baxter Theatre Centre and Distell. The Bursary offers an emerging theatre director a mentor, a small budget, a month’s rehearsal space and a week of performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective. It is recommended that directors work with already existing scripts as the month-long period has proved insufficient for devised work. Previous winners of this bursary include Amy Jephta, Tara Louise Notcutt, Asanda Phewa, Leopold Senekal, Pusetso Thibedi, Kim Kerfoot, Tsepo wa-Mamatu, Thando Doni, Nicola Elliott, Lidija Marelic and Khayelihle Dom Gumede. “It is so rare to have a space dedicated to one’s growth as a young director, let alone one which provides the close support required to foster growth within individuals,” said Khayelihle Dom Gumede, one of the 2012 winners. “With the bursary I was faced with a unique opportunity to immerse myself in the creative process and deal with the pragmatics of the production rather than extraneous elements” he added. “Now there aren’t many spaces that can grant you that freedom to just do a show and also learn while working, because the bursary does not only teach you how to put up shows; but there are other aspects that are involved such as budgeting, casting, basically running a show on your own which is what the industry is like in reality” explained Thando Doni, another 2012 winner. The 2013 bursaries will run over two periods: Bursary 1: 15th July – 17th August 2013 Bursary 2: 28th October – 30th November 2013 The Bursary is specifically designed for emerging theatre directors who have had some experience in directing and whose passion is to have a career as a theatre director. If you are an emerging director and would like to grab this opportunity please submit: a 1-page creative proposal; your CV . . .
Thought-Leaders discuss Freedom Charter A Public Dialogue discussing “The Freedom Charter as a living document” will take place at lunchtime on Friday 26 April 2013 in the Senate Hall at UNISA, as part of the project CREDO – A Musical Testament of the Freedom Charter. In direct synergy with the rationale behind the CREDO content, the CREDO Public Dialogue events hope to create lively platforms for rigorous debate; challenge prevailing presumptions and encourage on-going conversations within the socio-political space. Expected to attract a broad-ranging audience, key thought-leaders in the sector will take part in what promise to be provocative panel discussions; and highlights of this debate will link to thoughts on the celebrations of UNISA’s 140th anniversary, and the staging of CREDO. This dialogue – and another scheduled to take place in July – will be facilitated by well-known writer Brent Meersman, author of the poem that inspired Bongani Ndodana-Breen to write an oratorio on the Freedom Charter. The first panel will comprise of Professor Raymond Suttner, Dr. Essop Pahad, former Minister of Justice Brigitte Mabandla and Mr Jabulani Sithole. Raymond Suttner is an emeritus professor at UNISA and part-time professor at Rhodes University. He has published extensively on the Freedom Charter, including the TB Davie Memorial lecture at UCT in 1984 and 50 years of the Freedom Charter (with Jeremy Cronin, UNISA Press, 2006). Suttner was involved in the liberation struggle, including working underground in the 1970s. He spent over 11 years in prison and/or under house arrest. His other writings include: Inside Apartheid’s Prison, 2001, UKZN and Ocean press) and The ANC underground, Jacana and Lynn Rienner, 2008). Dr. Essop Pahad became involved in the political struggle from the age of 13 in the work of the Transvaal Indian Youth Congress on whose Executive Committee he subsequently served from 1957 - 1964. From the onset of the democratic, . . .
With Government currently considering reducing the alcohol limit for motorists to zero, South Africans are increasingly demanding a safe and reliable way to enjoy a night out without getting behind the wheel. This is the view of Ayub Baker, General Manager of renowned Cape Town taxi company, Sport and its sister brand, Rikkis London Cabs. Rikkis has recently partnered with the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route, which presents an opportunity for brandy lovers to experience and enjoy a customised brandy cocktail menu at five different venues around the Mother City. Rikkis is the official transport partner for the initiative, which launched on 7 March. Rikkis has been commissioned to ferry bar hoppers between the five venues which comprise the new Urban Brandy Cocktail Route. “Over the last 18 months we have seen a significant uptick in demand for transport between bars and nightclubs in Cape Town, indicating that more and more partygoers are cognisant of playing it safe all night on the roads, and are no longer prepared to risk drinking and driving or taking lifts from one venue to another with a friend who has been consuming alcohol,” says Baker. “The clientele Rikkis is currently transporting on the Urban Brandy Cocktail Route is perfectly in line with this trend. These are smart young people who want to have a great night out and are uncompromising about road safety.” “As the official transport partner of the route, our job is to ensure route-goers enjoy the experience fully, and also have a safe trip home at the end of the evening,” Baker adds. Rikkis, founded in 1984, has operated its popular door-to-door London cab service in Cape Town since 2006. Rikkis’ sister company Sport was founded in Cape Town over 24 years ago and today runs a fleet of 40 distinctive red vehicles. Sport and Rikkis promote comfortable, convenient and eco-conscious shared transport and continually strive for the highest levels of safety and service. For more information Rikkis . . .
Olympic rowing champion Matthew Brittain will have no shortage of new friends when he and his fellow mountain bikers take to the Vaal Dam for the dragon boat crossing on the opening stage of the Old Mutual joBerg2c on Friday. Brittain, who was a member of South Africa’s gold medal winning lightweight coxless fours in London last year, will team up with another former national rower, Rob Dormehl, for the nine-day stage race. The 25-year-old Olympian, who is riding under the colours of Avis Van Rental, said he was raring to go following a successful racing debut at the recent Absa Cape Epic. He finished 27th overall in the general classification alongside another member of the “oarsome foursome” James Thompson. “We were trying to win so we didn’t do as well as we had hoped – those guys are fast,” said Brittain. “The Epic is a suffer fest and a slog. I said I would never do it again, but as the memory fades I want to do it again a bit more every day.” He therefore jumped at the opportunity to join Dormehl on the Old Mutual joBerg2c. Starting near Heidelberg in Gauteng and finishing at Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast, it is the country’s longest fully serviced stage race. “I am quite excited to be riding with Rob but, to be honest, I’m more nervous than anything because he is a really fast rider and a tough and competitive athlete; I hope I don't slow him down too much.” Dormehl, who also represented South Africa in the lightweight fours a decade ago, is now an experienced mountain biker, trail builder and dairy farmer. “He spends a lot of time making cool trails on his farm just outside Sedgefield, and even more time riding them,” said Brittain. “He’s very knowledgeable and I’m lucky to have a partner with his skills.” Brittain, who lives in Centurion in Pretoria, said he would not be aiming for a particular result in the 910km race as it would make him too nervous. “I prefer to go as hard as I can and see where it gets me. The . . .
LabourNet Payroll & HRIS Solutions recently announced the launch of PSIberLite, a system designed to put a new spin on the original, tried-and-tested, cloud-based payroll solution pioneered by PSIber a decade ago. Combining the ease-of-use of a logical interface with the convenience of basic payroll functionality, PSIberLite enables Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) to perform complicated tasks with ease. As one of the most essential functions of any business operation, payroll processing can often be complicated and challenging, especially for smaller businesses where no actual payroll department or limited payroll expertise exists. PSIberLite is a proudly South African payroll system that offers new payroll users control and simplicity, harnessing the full power of cloud technology backed by the support of highly skilled LabourNet staff. PSIberLite is now on offer to new and existing LabourNet clients. On registration, clients will receive 2 months of live payroll processing free of charge, allowing users to experience all the valuable features of the payroll system beforehand. The system is designed to simplify basic payroll tasks for SME’s, offering more convenience with instant access to the tools and services needed to run a modern payroll department from virtually anywhere. The system offers a complete range of payroll functionality for up to 50 employees, including payslips, automatic statutory payment calculations, reporting capabilities, and more. In addition, PSIberLite is hosted online, which makes implementation hassle-free – all that is needed is an internet connection to get started. As such specialised software or incessant computer upgrades are never needed. What sets PSIberLite apart from other online payroll processing systems, however, is not just the practical functionality or ease-of-use of a logical interface – it’s the ability to easily upgrade to the more comprehensive PSIberWORKS system to cater for growing businesses . . .
First Car Rental is proud to announce its support sponsorship of the 2013 South African Women’s Open. The 2013 South African Women's Open is being held at Southbroom Golf Club from 19-21 April with bigger prize money and a larger, stronger international field. This tournament is co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Women's Professional Golf Association (WPGA). The tournament will be played over 54 holes of stroke play. The player with the lowest combined aggregate score will be declared the winner. The field will consist of 108 players, made up of 70 Ladies European Tour members, 23 WPGA members, 10 South African amateurs from the WGSA Order of Merit and 5 Promoter invitations. First Car Rental is sponsoring 5 mini-busses and vehicles over the 3 days that will be used to transport players and officials. Says Melissa Storey, Executive Head: Strategy, Development & Marketing at First Car Rental, “This is tremendous opportunity not only for First Car Rental but also for KwaZulu-Natal Hibiscus Coast Municipality and South Africa as a whole. This is a high profile, well-attended event by the world’s top golfing professionals, and it is our privilege to sponsor and assist where we can. It is vital that our players, established and amateur, get to play against the best in the world in their own backyard.” Co-sanctioned by the Ladies European Tour (LET) and the Women's Professional Golf Association (WPGA), players from at least 20 countries will be represented, including defending champion Caroline Masson of Germany and a strong South African contingent of Lee-Anne Pace, Tandi Cunningham, Ashleigh Simon, Stacy Bregman and Nobuhle Dlamini. Says Lesley Copeman of promoters World Sports Promotions "We had such a good response to the 2012 tournament after its absence from the schedule for so many years, and we are delighted with the kind of growth we have been able to achieve and which will be showcased in this year’s event.” The 2013 . . .
With 112 international participants from 20 countries taking part in the Old Mutual joBerg2c in South Africa, the nine-day mountain bike race is fast achieving global status. The fourth edition, which starts in Johannesburg on April 26, will see well-known foreign riders compete with some of the country’s best, including former winner Neil MacDonald and new partner Brandon Stewart from Team Itec. The field includes top British marathon riders Tim Dunford and Ben Thomas as well as Italian Vanni Balboni (who won the gruelling Ironbike race in Italy) with his South African partner Oliver Munnik. Also in the 700-strong field is the formidable Swiss mixed pairing of Yves Corminboeuf and Jane Nüssli. They will come up against fellow countrywoman Ariane Kleinhans and her SA-born husband Erik, who are two-time Absa Cape Epic champions. “We welcome mountain bikers from all over,” said one of the organisers Craig Wapnick. “While we love a good race, most of our international entrants appear to be the type who love riding more than racing.” Wapnick said the event seemed to attract mountain biking purists who appreciated the 910km off-road journey from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. “You get to ride great routes, meet great people and race – if racing is your game.” He said the event was an ideal way to experience all aspects of the country, from inland regions to the Indian Ocean. “This year, we’ve had a surge in interest from riders in Belgium, the UK, Switzerland and Australia.” He attributed the increase to good publicity in overseas publications and word-of-mouth promotion from former participants. “Although we are flattered to have this overseas interest, we realise that 80 per cent of our riders are passionate South Africans who want to ride the beloved country.” Wapnick said participants also helped disadvantaged rural communities along the route by either riding for their own charitable causes or . . .
South African long-jump champion Zarck Visser, who successfully defended his title last weekend, will headline the second leg of the Varsity Athletics series in front of his home crowd at the University of Johannesburg on Monday night. Visser set a personal best of 8.29m, the second biggest leap by a South African, at the senior national champs in Stellenbosch and went on to take the opening event of the student competition at the same venue two days later. “The first Varsity Athletics meeting was amazing,” said Visser, who is currently ranked number one in the world. “I was a bit tired after nationals but still jumped okay, which I wouldn’t have been able to do a year ago.” The third-year transport management student had put in a workmanlike performance at the Coetenzburg stadium to leap 7.81m and take gold for UJ. Willem Coertzen of Pukke finished second with a distance of 7.51m and Francois Coetzee of Tuks jumped 7.49m to earn bronze. “I just had to do my job as a team member and get the points for the team,” said Visser. The long-jump specialist said the 100-minute live television format – in which eight of the top universities vie for the track and field laurels – had helped put athletics back in the spotlight again. “It’s like following a script – you have to start at a certain time and be done by a certain time. You have to give it your all in four jumps and do it quickly. “What I learned from the first event was that it’s a fast-paced competition and you have to be ready and focused – your mind has to be in the game.” The 23-year-old said there were a number of promising youngsters taking part and he expected the competition to be a lot tougher in the next round at UJ’s Auckland Park Kingsway Campus stadium. “But I know what the game is now, so I’ll be jumping better at the next one. Now I can hit it hard.” Visser said six months of intensive speed and strength training had paid off and that he and coach Emmarie Fouché . . .
Deepest desires and darkest fears explored in the 2013 National Arts Festival Grahamstown theatre programme. Asinamali marks the debut of the Soweto Theatre as an Associate Producer with the Market Theatre and the National Arts Festival on the Festival’s Main stage. Originally created in March 1985,Asinamali has travelled widely internationally and is one of the most important plays from apartheid South Africa. This revival of the production is directed by the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist, Prince Lamla, a graduate of the Market Theatre Laboratory. Asinamali follows hot on the heels of Lamla’s revival of Woza Albert which enjoyed a six-month season at the Market Theatre and a month-long season at the 2012 Edinburg Festival. Written by Mbongeni Ngema, this classic South Afri can play is a tale of five black prisoners brought together in a South African prison. It is inspired by events that surrounded the 1983 rent strike in the Lamontville township, led by the martyred activist Msizi Dube, in which the rallying cry was “Asinamali” - Zulu for “We have no money!” Mbongeni Ngema also returns to the Festival’s Main stage this year with the South African premiere of The Zulu, a dramatized story about the events that led to the Anglo/Zulu War of 1879. Combining his skill as a consummate storyteller and musician, Ngema’s premiere musical will narrate the encounter of these two Nations in a battle that is popularly known as the Battle of Isandlwana. This will be the first time that Mbongeni Ngema will return to the stage as an actor accompanied only by a guitarist. Mbongeni Ngema was the Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre in 1988. Drawing its inspiration from conflict zones, Hearts and Eyes Theatre Collective, a company that has forged its reputation with staging human stories: the real and the personal in pursuit of truth and understanding, will present My Name is Rachel Corrie. Based on Rachel Corrie’s writing, directed by Jaqueline Dommisse and featuring Kate . . .
Financial giant Nedbank has confirmed a three-year sponsorship deal with the world’s largest mountain bike stage race, the Nedbank sani2c, which rolls through southern KwaZulu-Natal from May 14. According to Nedbank Group sponsorship head Andy Scott, the three-day race, presented by Nedbank Private Wealth, was a natural fit for the bank and benefited communities all along its 251km route from Underberg to Scottburgh. “Like sani2c, Nedbank has a longstanding commitment to sport development and making a positive contribution to the communities in which it operates. “The event complements the bank’s current involvement in cycling and we are delighted to take the reins from BoE, who sponsored a superb event in 2012.” Scott said BoE Private Clients had been rebranded as Nedbank Private Wealth in October last year. “Our involvement this year reaffirms Nedbank’s reputation as South Africa’s green and caring bank. “The eco-friendly nature of the race, supported by the tree-planting programme, lends itself to the protection and preservation of the fauna and flora along the route. In addition, he said the financial backing made available to schools and local community organisations that work on the event are further touchpoints for the title sponsor. For the 4 500 riders participating in the Trail, Race and Adventure components, the sponsorship makes world-first initiatives like the new 360Life bridge possible. The floating bridge, one of several innovative water crossings on the route, sees participants riding their bicycles over the Scottburgh lagoon and a few hundred metres into the Indian Ocean before hitting the finish line on the main beach. The bank has also made free life and disability cover available to all participants for the duration of the event. Organiser Glen Haw said the race was honoured to be associated with the financial group. “Officially, this is Nedbank’s first year as title sponsor but, in reality, the organisation . . .