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 . . .
Michael Cooke, Executive Chef at Camphors Restaurant on the historic Vergelegen Estate in Somerset West, is the May guest in the “Reuben Invites” 2015 food series. In each of these monthly events, One&Only Cape Town celebrity chef Reuben Riffel collaborates with his favourite food counterparts. The dinner at Reuben’s One&Only on Thursday 28 May will celebrate regionality and seasonal offerings, paired with a selection of superb wines from the 315-year-old estate. The gourmet four-course menu costs R395 per person (excluding beverages). The Camphors menu is described as cuisine that shows simple restraint with complex precision, with a commitment to supporting local suppliers. Vergelegen produces classic wine varietals and the menu reflects a modern take on local and international classic food. From the likes of braaied blesbok with shallot chutney and sesame meringue, to Joostenburg duck, pecan crumb and jasmine, guests revel in the innovative and delicious flavour combinations and inspired presentation at this elegant signature restaurant. The “Reuben Invites” 2015 series began in April and ends in September. For reservations, call (021) 431 4511 or email email@example.com Author: Judy Bryant from Meropa Communications. Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Meropa Communications. Michael Cooke, executive chef at Camphors at Vergelegen Estate Photo: Vergelegen CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
John is the resonating story of a highly intelligent man. The only thing that makes sense in his life are numbers, until he falls in love and has his first sexual experience. It starts haunting him, and as he grows older he withdraws deeper into himself, struggling to interact with people on a social level. The story focuses on John’s journey as he delves in to the underworld of sex workers in the hope of finding a replacement for his first love, through them. Author: Charlene Key from HIPPO Communications. More Info link: http://compuicket.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of None image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Photo: Photo: Photo: YouTube: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .