Learn from one of the world’s leading innovation companies, Philips Design in the Netherlands, about using design to boost business innovation and create competitive advantage. Philips and the Cape Craft + Design Institute are holding a free business breakfast , hosted by Ferdy Gilsing, Senior Manager Design Strategy & Innovation at Philips Design, on Thursday 21 August. Gilsing leads the development and deployment of the Design Thinking flagship programme at Philips and has extensive experience in design management and developing design in business. RSVP: email@example.com | Date: Thursday 21 August | Time: 8.30-11:00 | Venue: CCDI, 2nd Floor, Harrington House, 37 Barrack Street. Cost: Free. Author: Judy Bryant from Judy Bryant Communications. More Info link: http://ccdi.org.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If you have handbags lying on a shelf collecting dust or you are looking for a way to contribute positively to Women’s Month here’s the perfect solution. Highlighting the challenges and achievements of the women of South Africa in August, this is a time when everyone has the opportunity to show support for some of the issues facing women across the country. Eben Lassen, General Manager of the Three Cities Bantry Bay Suite Hotel in Cape Town was looking for a project with which to partner as their contribution and was introduced to The Handbag Project by an industry colleague. The Handbag Project is a drive to provide a handbag with essential toiletries to rape victims for use during the initial reporting process at the police station and after DNA testing at the hospital. Working with this innovative scheme, founded by Durbanite, Jes Foord, all Capetonians are invited to drop new or used handbags into the Hotel in Alexander Street in Bantry Bay during this month. ”During the month of August we urge the public to drop handbags with toiletry items at the Three Cities Bantry Bay Suite Hotel. A collection box will be in the foyer and items can be dropped at any time. At the end of the month we will host an afternoon tea where entry is a filled handbag. All the handbags collected will be delivered to the Karl Bremer Hospital’s Thuthuzela Centre. Says Lassen, “People who donate are asked to write a note of encouragement and place it in the handbag. The message goes a long way to offer comfort and support to these victims.“ It would be greatly appreciated if handbag donations also include a few items, but an empty handbag is of great help as well. Bags can be suitable for women, men and children. Should you wish to donate a bulk of certain items and not individual bags, this would be welcomed. List of items: Face Cloth, Panties (small, medium or large), Sanitary Towels, Soap (liquid or bar), Body lotion (small), Tooth Paste, Tooth Brush, Shampoo (small . . .
August is a month for celebrating women, but for one Cape Town company, a month is not enough to recognise the contribution of women in their organisation. In 2013, Fair Cape Dairies decided to celebrate the contribution of its tea ladies – fondly known as the Divas – to the smooth running of the offices. The celebration took the form of a very special high tea at the Mount Nelson Hotel. “The tea was just the beginning,” says Louis Loubser, Director of Marketing at Fair Cape. “It gave us the opportunity to sit and talk to our Divas, in a relaxed environment. The result was a realisation that these women wanted to stay within the roles they hold, but make an even greater contribution to the company.” The result was a series of training programmes which were designed to elevate the Divas’ skills and to allow them to add value in areas of administration and client services. The first step was to provide all eight of the Divas with training to operate the switchboard, including telephony and front-of-house etiquette. Two of the women now regularly relieve the permanent receptionist. The company also focused on life skills training, including managing personal finances, budgeting and HIV-Aids awareness as well as a character building workshop which aligned the company’s vision, mission and values with their personal values and morals. The Divas were also all sent on a computer introduction course, aimed at building their confidence as some of them had never worked on a computer before. The women have access to the training room computer lab where they are able to practise and to use the company’s intranet to access further self-development training materials. “Our commitment is to ensure that each of the people who work for us is happy and satisfied in the work they do,” Loubser says. “We are proud of what our Divas have achieved this year, and look forward to similar success stories from staff in other departments who are undergoing similar training . . .
The Cape winter is not only the season of crackling fires and good red wine, but also the prime time to view the magnificent pink, red and white blooms of South Africa’s first, and only, International Camellia Garden of Excellence, at Vergelegen in Somerset West. The 314-year-old estate is holding a Camellia Celebration Weekend on 2 and 3 August when you can join horticulturist Richard Arm on a guided tour of discovery. Relax afterwards with tea or coffee and a selection of cakes at the 'Stables at Vergelegen' bistro-style restaurant. The cost is R100/person (including tour, refreshments and entrance fee). Vergelegen’s renowned collection of over 1000 camellia bushes comprises about 550 different camellia cultivars, from as far afield as France, Japan, America and South Africa. It was named one of only 17 such Gardens of Excellence in the world, and one of only two in the southern hemisphere, by the International Camellia Society in 2010. “There are many wonderful varieties and some of the most beautiful and rare include Francie L and Anticipation from New Zealand, Grace Albritton, Tiffany and Lasca Beauty from the USA, Laurian Brown from South Africa and Tama Electra from Japan,” said Arm. Cost: R100.00 pp (including refreshments and entrance fee) Times: 09h00-10h30 and 14h30-16h00 Venue: Departing from the Stables at Vergelegen Dates: 26-27 July 2014 Booking essential: 021 8472156 | firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Judy Bryant from Judy Bryant Communications. More Info link: http://vergelegen.co.za Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Judy Bryant Communications. Vergelegen camellia gardener Michelle Soetzenberg Photo: Vergelegen CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Joining the theme of the 2014 International Mandela Day, “Living the Legacy”, the Spur Foundation has embarked on a countrywide initiative, “Spur Salutes You” to honour the commendable leaders in the communities they support. “As these women are the backbone and leaders of the community and often the ones whose efforts go unnoticed, we have decided that it is time to recognise them, like we are able to recognise Nelson Mandela’s leadership, love, forgiveness and work to change the world for the better,” says Chairperson of the Spur Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of Spur Corporation Limited, Ronel van Dijk. The Foundation was born out of the desire to uplift and improve the lives of South African families, with a special emphasis on nourishing and nurturing children, and aims to put smiles on the faces of those who need it most – the children of South Africa. Without leaders like the ones the Spur Foundation is saluting, Spur will not have been able to achieve the remarkable success in changing lives that it has. Generous Spur franchisees have joined hands with the Spur Foundation to contribute towards the identified needs of selected charities in the major provinces. This includes basic needs like bedding, mattresses, baby milk, repainting, curtains, slippers, cutlery and crockery, toys, basic furniture and food. The leaders and servers that will be recognised through various media channels, like the Spur website and social media are: Gauteng The Gauteng leaders, all based in Alexandra, form part of the ASHA (African Self Help Association) Trust. The Spur Foundation will be recognising: Alice Komane – Happy Hours Day Care Dineo Phala – Mante Day Care Emily Mahlobo – Owethu Day Care Faith Ballintulo – Pure Day Care Fikile Nkambule – Sunshine Day Care Itumeleng Khumalo – Phila Day Care Lindiwe Moakale – Enjabulweni Day Care Nthabiseng Mabaso – Arethabeng Day Care Smangele Malinga – Siyakhula Day Care Zanele Mothupi – Dreamers Day . . .
(July 2014) Award winning dancer and choreographer and Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year 2011, Mamela Nyamza will be performing her own works on the Artscape Arena stage as part of the 8th Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival which runs from 4 – 9 August. Hatched together with I Stand Corrected, a collaborative work she created with Moijisola Adebayo, are some of the highlights of this years’ festival. Both have been performed to critical acclaim throughout Africa and Europe. Nyamza has been declared the festival icon for 2014 and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy performances that are both thought provoking and entertaining and which represent the ethos humanity which is this year’s festival theme. Hatched, which launches on Wednesday 6 August, is an ever-evolving autobiographical work. For theatre goers who have seen her earlier productions, these performances will bring them up to date with Nyamza’s life as a mother and as an artist. The performance was part of Infecting the City in March, and has also been performed in Johannesburg, Amsterdam and Paris before being adapted for the Artscape theatre environment. The show was first performed and funded by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Raymond Ackerman Family Foundation when her son Amkele Mandla was nine years old. He was part of the premier at the New Dance Festival in Johannesburg. Each show is reinvented as he grows and he joins her again as a 14 year old in this production. The production seeks to convey deeply personal and challenging issues of culture, tradition and a woman’s evolving sexuality within the customary rites and rituals of marriage, until she realizes her true identity. The show was nominated for best visual performance at the Out of the Box Festival 2010. Details: Ticket price R80 / Dates: 6 Aug at 20:30 & 8 Aug at 17:00: Bookings at Computicket. I Stand Corrected is a powerful story told through haunting and sometimes absurdly comical . . .
If you are wondering what you can do for your 67 minutes of community work for Mandela Day on Friday July 18 then join the Knitathon at the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa in St George’s Mall. The hotel has joined forces with Bush Radio and Fair Cape Dairies to support the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and in the spirit of ubuntu is inviting everyone to come along to the Atrium at the hotel and either knit or crochet a square, help sew the squares together, donate some fabric or drop off blankets to assist those in need. The squares will then be sewn into blankets or quilts and delivered to the Trust. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust was set up to relieve some of the heartache and difficulties faced by families affected by childhood cancer. Practical, individualised and fast assistance is given by means of providing what is needed in the home and in the hospital. To join our community knitathon all you need to do is bring your needles and spend your 67 minutes knitting or crocheting a 15 x 15cm square (just cast on 30 stitches) or bring fabric cut to the same size. Donations of blankets can also be dropped off at the Atrium if you are unable to join the knitters! In addition, donations of activity books and crayons would be welcomed and can be dropped off at the same time. These will be taken to the children in hospital. With Fair Cape Dairies providing some of their delicious yoghurts and chocolate mousse and the Hotel providing coffee, where else would you want to spend your community time? Join the team of knitters as they donate their time and effort and have a little fun as we make a difference in someone else’s life. And to add to that you could be in line to win a night’s stay on a bed and breakfast basis at this wonderful central city hotel. You could also win some fabulous Fair Cape Dairies hampers. All you need to do is to make sure that your contact details are attached to the donation. Listen to Bush Radio 89.5fm for Fair Cape . . .
Paying stylish homage to the city’s award as the Design Capital of the World 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival vogueishly delivered Africa’s first-of-a-kind fashion film extravaganza. Cape Town Fashion Council CEO, Bryan Ramkilawan commented, “Our mandate, with the support of the national government, is to facilitate the growth of the local fashion industry through focused intervention programs, promoting designer brands and stimulating job creation, so we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Adrian Lazarus, founder and CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival. The collaboration between fashion and film is an internationally proven one offering a unique platform that allows designers to immediately showcase their world-class collections on an international stage.” Mercedes-Benz South Africa, headline sponsor of the event holds an established international alignment with the fashion industry as a central component of their lifestyle marketing activities, and Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager, Product and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars comments in agreement, “This inaugural festival has provided an excellent platform that will continue to grow and bring the world of fashion film and fashion design ever closer." Headquartered in Harrington Street – known as “the spine of The Fringe” – Cape Town’s new innovation district, the Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC) is the first industry association of its kind in the country. Representing over 400 members including local fashion brands as well as clothing and textile stakeholders, its core objective is to develop, support and grow the bustling national fashion sector. Ramkilawan continues, “Fashion weeks definitely have their place, but the Cape Town Fashion Council believes that the online viral reach of fashion films offer a broader and more inclusive audience, especially in alliance with FashionOne.com delivering content to over 100 million viewers . . .
This winter, children who visit Canal Walk Shopping Centre will be experiencing the finest theatre in the country, Alice in Wonderland and playing their part in providing 250 000 meals to Stop Hunger Now. Canal Walk will donate R5 from each ticket sold, as well as the proceeds of programme sales to Stop Hunger Now. The centre will also play host to “Meals in Memory” packing events over two weekends prior to Mandela Day on July 18. Since its inception in 2000, charitable causes have been close to the heart of the Canal Walk Children’s Theatre. “We know that every day, two and a half million children in South Africa go hungry. In the face of such need, we can’t sit back and do nothing,” says Canal Walk Shopping Centre Marketing Manager Vanessa Herbst. “That’s why we have been using the theatre production to raise money for charities for the past 14 years, and that’s why this year we are once again supporting Stop Hunger Now.” “The ‘Meals in Memory’ also fits perfectly into the theme of food security for this year’s Mandela Day, announced by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on April 9,” she says. The highly nutritious meals contain rice, soya, dehydrated vegetable mix and a fortification pack of 23 essential minerals and vitamins specifically formulated (complying with the UNICEF standard) to combat malnutrition. Last year, with the proceeds raised by Canal Walk’s production of Peter Pan, Stop Hunger Now, Canal Walk packed 67 000 meals on Mandela Day. This year they are smashing the records with an incredible 250 000 meals scheduled for packing over two weekends. They are calling on companies and organisations to get involved to sponsor a packing line and to provide up to 25 volunteers to help pack the meals. Author: Jessica Miller from HIPPO Communications. More Info link: http://www.stophungernowsa.org/ Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille with David Jacobs . . .
Located in the bustling Southern Suburb of Claremont, Wyndover Manor is an architectural, Victorian gem that was built more than 133 years ago. The story of the manor dates back to 1880 when Maria Forbes Watt acquired the grant for the land on which the manor was built. The manor was later purchased late in the 1920s by Margaret Teixeira for her large family. Once a grand estate home, Wyndover Manor slowly deteriorated over the years leaving it in a sad state of decay with part of the home demolished. However, in 1987 the property was purchased by the Abbeyfield Society, seeing the property potential as the ideal place for housing senior citizens. After spending R200 000 on the property, the society was able to restore the grand old lady to some of her former glory. The home has been well-maintained ever since, and includes all the original features that complement the scale and heritage of the house. After 27 years, the Abbeyfield Society has decided to sell the property, giving a buyer the chance to own a unique property and piece of Cape Town’s colonial history. “Wyndover Manor is more than just a home, it is a South African legacy that has been around for over a century. Very few properties have the heritage that this property has, which is what makes it a truly rare find in today’s market,” says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose office is marketing the property. Peter Kratz, Sales Associate at RE/MAX Property Associates, says that the eight-bedroom home features marble fireplaces in each room, beautiful carved wooden doorways and all the trappings of a gracious home built in a bygone era. “The rooms in home are huge, each with pressed-steel ceilings and enormous sash windows. The panoramic views looking out to the garden from the upper-level rooms are unsurpassed,” adds Kratz. Currently on the market for R5.6 million, Kratz notes that the home also boasts Burmese Teak stairways, carved wood finishes and ornate plaster . . .