650 delegates representing a number of local and international boys’ schools from junior to high school level attended the 22nd annual International Boys School Coalition Conference (IBSC). Recently held at Bishops in Cape Town, the conference was themed “Lessons from Madiba”. Varsity College was involved in the organising of the conference and exhibited what the brand has to offer. Says Kevin Johnson, National Stakeholder Manager Varsity College: “We have been involved with this conference for the past four years and our Varsity College Cape Town team did an outstanding job representing us. What a privilege to have been able to network with a number of local and international schools”. To support the theme, esteemed key note speakers were strategically selected. Included were Archbishop Desmond Tutu; Judge Edwin Cameron, a judge of the Constitutional Court of South Africa and Wilhelm Verwoerd (grandson of late Prime Minister Hendrik Verwoerd), only well-known for his personal and professional journey of reconciliation and as author of several publications on the same topic. All three these speakers brought an encouraging view to an often bleak picture held in the minds of many South Africans. Their message was simple: "We are all Africans. Based on the studies showing civilians having the origins on this continent, we need to have empathy for all and stand for what is right and encourage the education of brave, strong and value based education”. The conference also exposed all delegates to some proudly South African experiences which included Wine Farm tours, authentic South African cuisine and tours of the Cape Town’s historical sites. Varsity College is excited about supporting this dynamic conference again in the future. Author: Sane Ndlovu from Varsity College. More Info link: http://www.varsitycollege.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/Varsity_College Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/VarsityCollege?fref=ts CLICK HERE to submit . . .
Dancer’lympics, the ultimate dance challenge, is happening at Canal Walk from July 24 to 26. This unique dance competition sees teams competing across a wide range of genres and styles. It is a celebration of unity and collaboration for teams aged 10 – 21 years, and promises to be one of the year’s most memorable spectacles for competitors and audience members alike. Entry to the competition is free. Entrants from all dance genres, groups, crews and solo performers should download their entry forms at http://www.canalwalk.co.za/events.htm, fill it in and bring it along to the Centre Court from 14:00 to 17:00 on Friday July 24, 2015. Auditions will be held on Saturday July 25 from 10h00 at the Centre Court in Canal Walk.The dancers will be judged by four esteemed Dance Directors who will choose their teams of 30.The Dance Directors will announce their Dancer’lympics Teams on Sunday 26th July at 12h00 at Canal Walk. Dancers who are selected to be part of a Dancer’lympics team will work with one of the Dance Directors to prepare a 15 minute performance for the finals, which will take place alongside the High School Jam finalson Sunday, 23 August at GrandWest Grand Arena. Canal Walk has donated R 30 000.00 in prizes for the winning Dancer’lympics Team PLUS one team member stands a chance to win an additional family getaway to the fabulous Lost City Palace Hotel at Sun City. To enter and for more information go to www.canalwalk.co.za Author: Yothando Dlamini from HIPPO Communications. Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact HIPPO Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Casual Day has welcomed on board The Association for Hearing Loss Accessibility and Development (AHLAD), a newly formed Cape Town organisation that promotes the interests and rights of persons with hearing loss. Casual Day is celebrated on Friday 4 September this year. AHLAD will be raising sticker donations through the Casual Day infrastructure to support their work in the community. AHLAD chairperson Michele Tonks says: “We are happy to join the Casual Day family and join hands with such a reputable brand. The donations coming from generous Capetonians will go towards eradicating the barriers that prevent persons with hearing loss from fully participating in life.” In South Africa, about 7.5 percent of school-going children have varying degrees of hearing loss, and approximately one-third of persons older than 65 years are affected by disabling hearing loss. Casual Day ambassador Simone Botha was born profoundly deaf, but was the recipient of a cochlear implant when she was 22 months old. A graduate of the UCT Ballet School and a member of the executive committee of AHLAD says: “I was lucky enough to have the benefit of this technology and I want others to have it too.” Casual Day ambassador Jabulile Ngwenya was also born profoundly deaf, but only received her cochlear implant as an adult. “Having a wider range of tools for communication has made the world of difference to me as a writer.” Continues Tonks, also the mother of a hearing impaired daughter: “There has been a lot of progress in cochlear implant and hearing aid technology – and we would like this information to be more widely known. Our work is not only about supporting persons with hearing loss to attain their maximum level of independence and integration into the community, but also about lobbying at various levels for subtitles on television programmes, SMS services from companies providing emergency and medical services, and prevention of occurrence of deafness,” she says. The . . .
New Zealand’s entrepreneurial and innovative business culture was what attracted the current CEO of business think-tank, Accelerate Cape Town, to his new role as chief executive of the Wellington Regional Economic Development Agency (WREDA). Mr Whelan, who joins WREDA in September, has spent several years working in the area of city and regional growth, and intends to collaborate with relevant role-players at a local, regional and national level in New Zealand to collectively contribute to the region’s success. His current role as head of Cape Town’s business think-tank is all about regional economic growth, which he says, has many parallels with the Wellington region. “My background in business, having worked in Asia Pacific, Africa and Europe, provides me with a multi-national perspective. As an African, diversity is in my 'DNA' and being able to bring that to the table, together with strong commercial focus, will hopefully be worthwhile for Wellington and New Zealand business,” he said. Mr Whelan said his experience of the people; the environment and the overall 'can do' attitude were what enabled him and his family to make the decision to migrate to New Zealand. “I particularly think the entrepreneurial nature of the business environment, focussed as it is on innovation, stands the country in great stead for long-term prosperity. Likewise, the education system – and opportunities to raise our children in it – played a role. “As a family we have always loved our times in New Zealand, so from that perspective it was actually quite easy. Of course, having a Kiwi sister certainly helps, as does having several friends across the country.” Wellington is one of the top 20 innovative cities on the Innovation Cities Asia Index and is the fastest growing region for high tech companies (with real strength in high tech manufacture, IT, software and creative industries). “The 'city vitals' for city and regional success include talent (attraction, growth and . . .
ArtMode Explores Different Nuances Cape Town - Explore a world where art and music come alive at the next edition of ArtMode. Taking place at the exquisite Palms Centre in Woodstock, the ArtMode pop-up-gallery will open its giant antique wooden doors again on the 24th of July 2015. For this forward-looking edition, ArtMode will dare to expand visual, auditory, textural and other sensory boundaries. With a brand new list of artists and genres, ArtMode will turn artists into performance artists as they physically compile artwork in front of audiences, creating an astonishing collaboration of live art and music. ArtMode is known as a platform for both up and coming and established creatives to find and lose themselves in a space where nothing else but artistic expression matters. It is also a treasure chest for art collectors to discover new artists. Artwork will be on display at the ArtMode pop-up gallery until Saturday 25th of July so if you spot something you like at the event you can either buy it the same night or return to pick it up. This third edition of ArtMode will take place on a Friday, allowing attendees to ease out of the work week with a sense of culture and kick start the weekend with a stage line up of amazing dance acts, indie bands and awesome DJ’s. The official event after-part will be held at Era Night Club and ArtMode ticket holders will be allowed to register on the limited guest list for free entrance to the club. ArtMode guests not on the guest list will be granted half price entrance at the door. Address: The Palms – 145 Sir Lowry Road, Woodstock, Cape Town Date: Friday 24 July 2015 Time: 5:30pm- till late Tickets: R40 presale and R60 at the door www.quicket.co.za/armode To keep up-to-date with ArtMode event details follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram: @ArtmodeMusic Artist Line Up GRAFFITI - Rayaan Cassiem - DFEAT - Logikill Paradox - Set OneTime PAINTING - Jill Trappler - Lady Skollie - James . . .
Join the community Knitathon at Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel&Spa in St George's Mall. All you need to do is bring your needles and spend your 67 minutes knitting or crocheting a square. 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. All blankets will be donated to the Little Fighters Cancer Trust. Author: Jessica Miller from HIPPO Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Whether you are an experienced artist or just a curious beginner, here’s your chance to try out a new and engaging form of direct-drawing printmaking called trace monotyping. This free opportunity will be offered by TEDxCape Town in an Open/ink event on Thursday 2 July in the East City. The drawing, scribbled or notated ideas will be posted on Instagram on the night, then will become part of a collaborative whole at a TEDxCapeTown event on 15 and 16 August at the City Hall. This printmaking initiative is just one of several offerings on the menu of a new night market organised by the Cape Craft + Design Institute (CCDI). The market (launched last month) is geared at the whole family. It forms part of the First Thursday diary, when many central and East City businesses in Cape Town stay open till late. Apart from trying your hand at printmaking, there will be plenty of beautiful handmade items for sale at the night market. The stalls include jewellers (A ring to it, Reverie and Raw Joy), clothing, shoe and accessory makers (Espadrill, Suav by Hand, Indalo Décor, Ilundi) and upcycled products (GoRD and Roche.Recycle.Relove). Beauty products (Hula Honey and O’live), furniture (Bonga’s Furniture) and illustrations and ceramics by Africanage complete the list. Lungiswa Joe, Market Support Facilitator: Domestic for the CCDI, explained that the night market is all part of the CCDI’s mandate to drive the Western Cape government’s design strategy. “The aim is to ignite the creative culture and community in the eastern part of the city and activate the area as a destination for exceptional design events. We have developed a 220m² ground floor section of a building into a must-visit, amazing creative space where design and other businesses can showcase and sell their products. And the good news is that, being undercover, the market can be enjoyed even on rainy winter nights.” The night market opens at 17h00 and runs until 21h00. It is located on the corner of . . .
The City Bowl’s favourite pop-up charity booksale, Wola Nani, returns for a fortnight at Gardens Centre from Monday 22 June until Sunday 5 July. Wola Nani’s book sale is a curated event that offers not only current best-sellers in fiction but also cult, classic and covetable tomes for bibliophiles, collectors and bookworms alike. Music lovers are also catered for by the NGO with classical and opera releases and an enormous selection of seminal rock, pop, jazz, blues and world music albums on CD. Books will be presented in a variety of categories: Art, Architecture and Design, Children, Armchair Travel, Esoteric, Business, Poetry & Plays, Historical Fiction, Vintage Detective, Contemporary Crime and Thriller, Romance, Sci-Fi, as well as Biography and Non-fiction including Feminism, Philosophy, History, SA Current Affairs and Popular Science. Devotees of quality fiction will be well catered for with a wide range of Pulitzer, Booker and Nobel-prize winning authors. The Wola Nani pop-up charity book sale is staged on the upper level of Gardens Centre outside Truworths Man and opposite the parking pay machines. The sale runs daily from 09:00-19:00 (Monday – Friday), 09:00-17:00 (Saturdays) and 9:00 – 14:00 (Sundays). Wola Nani (Xhosa for ‘embrace’) is a non-profit organisation established in 1994 devoted to helping people living with HIV and AIDS to help themselves as well as to bring relief to the communities challenged by the HIV crisis. Formed against a background of economic restrictions on welfare spending and a big increase in the number of HIV and AIDS cases, Wola Nani introduced programmes to help HIV + people in the local communities cope with the emotional and financial strains brought about by HIV and AIDS. Author: Patrick Mkala from Marcus Brewster. More Info link: http://www.wellread-books.com/wp/ Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Marcus Brewster. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The next First Thursday event in Cape Town – when galleries and other cultural locations stay open late in the Central and East City districts – has an exciting addition with a new night market. It will offer a fresh line-up of innovative handmade products, complemented by novel food and drinks, as well as design and community events. Launched by Cape Craft + Design Institute (CCDI), the organisation driving the Western Cape government’s Design Strategy, the one-stop CCDI Night Market will pop up on the evening of 4 June at the Harrington House exhibition space (corner of Harrington and Barrack Streets, opposite Assembly and The Bank). The CCDI has created a must-visit, amazing 220m² creative space. The participants for the first Night Market include jewellers (A ring to it, Pernickity and Raw Joy), clothing makers (Fiina Design, Izembatho Creations and Swagger Diaries) and a children’s clothing specialist (Claire Bear). Other products include shoes and accessories (Espadril, Ilundi, One of Each, Indalo Décor), beauty products (Hula Honey and O’live) decorative art (Vestibull) and recycled products (GoRD). Other businesses such as Juicebox, Striped Horse craft beer and N2Ice Cream Lab (ice cream prepared from fresh ingredients and instantly frozen) will also be part of the evening, as well as BOS Iced Tea, who have come on board as a sponsor. The Night Market launches at 17h00 and runs until 21h00 on the night. Bicycle Cape Town (a community campaign to promote bicycle culture in Cape Town) and several local artists and musicians will also be part of the mix. The Maker Library Network will connect designers and makers, while performance poet Koleka Putuma will read her work, and novelist and poet Patricia Schonstein will have a selection of her books for sale. “The aim is to ignite the creative culture and community in a new part of the city and activate the East City area as a destination for exceptional design events,” said Doreen Hendricks, . . .
As Capetonian office furniture specialist’s we see too many workplace injuries that could be avoided. And prevention is better than cure. Here is a four-step checklist that you can carry out at your workstation, to make sure you’re comfortable, safe and productive at the office. Use these Office Tips to Fix your posture – How to sit at a computer STEP 1: Your Chair Push your hips as far back as they can go in the chair. Adjust the seat height so your feet are flat on the floor and your knees equal to, or slightly lower than, your hips. Adjust the back of the chair to a 100°-110° reclined angle. Make sure your upper and lower back are supported. Use inflatable cushions or small pillows if necessary. If you have an active back mechanism on your chair, use it to make frequent position changes. Adjust the armrests (if fitted) so that your shoulders are relaxed. If your armrests are in the way, remove them. STEP 2: Your Keyboard An articulating keyboard tray can provide optimal positioning of input devices. However, it should accommodate the mouse, enable leg clearance, and have an adjustable height and tilt mechanism. The tray should not push you too far away from other work materials, such as your telephone. Pull up close to your keyboard. Position the keyboard directly in front of your body. Determine what section of the keyboard you use most frequently, and readjust the keyboard so that section is centred with your body. Adjust the keyboard height so that your shoulders are relaxed, your elbows are in a slightly open position (100° to 110°), and your wrists and hands are straight. The tilt of your keyboard is dependent upon your sitting position. Use the keyboard tray mechanism, or keyboard feet, to adjust the tilt. If you sit in a forward or upright position, try tilting your keyboard away from you at a negative angle. If you are reclined, a slight positive tilt will help maintain a straight wrist position. Wristrests can help to maintain . . .