The ever-popular Petting Zoo will return to the V&A Waterfront this October, giving younger visitors the chance to cuddle up to their favourite furry friends. Situated near the Kids Ahoy Playground (opposite the Cape Wheel), the Petting Zoo will be open to children of all ages from 10am to 5pm from Monday, 3 to Sunday, 9 October. Entrance is affordably priced at just R25, making it the perfect way to entertain the kids these school holidays. Tickets are available at the door. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
3 to 7 October: College of Magic keeps kids Spellbound Filled with grand illusion and theatrical wonders, let astonishment take over and the impossible become reality during the College of Magic’s Spellbound at the V&A Amphitheatre these school holidays. Families of all ages can look forward to daily magic shows from Monday, 3 to Friday, 5 October between 2 and 3pm. These thrilling magic and comedy experiences are suitable for the whole family, but remember: anything can happen during this magical performance! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Stof Rooi, directed by Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary winner for 2016 and Fleur du Cap nominee Jason Jacobs is a solo show performed by Dustin Beck. Imbued with intricate foot work and the magic of dust, Stof Rooi explores a boy running – from his name and from his bloodline, towards a future filled with more promise and hope and meaning. Made possible by Theatre Arts Admin Collective, the production debuted at The Obs Family Festival earlier this year followed by a successful run at the KKNK Uitkampteater. Edgy and sophisticated with the growing KleiSand aesthetic of the Northern Cape space/time continuum, Jacobs and Beck have tapped into the haunting dreamscape between the world of the ancestors and present day reality. The sound and movement speak to the dream space of the ancestors in a language and vocabulary that the boy does not understand, yet is rooted in his body. The world of the real is the language of school systems and gang initiations. Both worlds are fighting to occupy his body and the boy’s fight is against both and to prove himself beyond a culture and heritage that seems to him to have no future. Originally performed at the Obs Family Festival, it was remarkable to watch high school learners from the Cape Flats engage with the performance and really physically understand a struggle that is at times poetic and ethereal and tinged with sadness. Stof Rooi will run at the Cape Town Fringe from 29 September until 3 October. It invites schools, learners, teachers and parents to have a conversation about masculinity and expectations that many young men in South Africa find difficult to discuss. Tickets are on sale for R60. Stof Rooi is suitable for young people 13+ and accessible to all. Tickets can be booked here: https://capetownfringe.co.za/events/stof-rooi/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Blue Rock Village, Africa’s first green village, developed by Swisatec an architecture and project management firm in Cape Town is proud to announce its support for the World Green Building Week hosted by the World Green Building Council in conjunction with the Green Building Council South Africa. Blue Rock Village is one of the projects selected by the Green Building Council South Africa as a pilot project for the Green Star Communities Rating Tool which is originally from Australia. The village is currently targeting a 6-start Green Star SA-Communities Rating, which will position Blue Rock Village as a world-class development that is credibly green and internationally recognised by the GBCSA. The World Green Building Week is the flagship event of green building movement and led by the World Green Building Council, which GBCSA , a proud member/partner of.The event starts on the 26 September to 2 October 2016. It’s the annual opportunity for Green Building Councils, their members and leaders from around the world to showcase in how their actions and leadership are helping to deliver green buildings in their own countries and to celebrate the positive outcomes they lead to. The theme for 2016 World Green Building is ‘Change Your Perspective’ an evolution of World GBC’s #BetterBuildGreen campaign. There are so many untold facts and figure that can genuinely change how people think about buildings, and specifically green building. We need them to understand the impact and benefits that green building can have on global emissions, energy, water, health and well-being, the economy and beyond. It’s time to change their perspective. In support of the initiative, Swisatec and Blue Rock Village will run a campaign to educate the public on the benefits of buying a Blue Rock Village luxury apartment which is build based on European standards with fittings that have a positive impact on health and well -being, energy, the economy, emissions, and water saving . . .
Open plan living has become a way of life and living spaces have transformed into multi-functional areas that allow for cooking, eating, entertaining and working. Creating a home that takes this into account is simple by combining functionality, aesthetics and comfort. One specific space is the heart of the home and the space where friends and family get together, share experiences and enjoy a richer quality of life – the kitchen. “The emphasis in the kitchen is shifting from mundane to extraordinary,” says Michael McKechnie, Director: Digital Appliance Group at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “Appliances have often had a lacklustre image, but how things have changed. New kitchen appliances are not only functional and efficient than before, but also more beautiful and glamorous.” Over the past three years, online searches for high-end ovens and fridges have increased enormously. There is a change in attitude towards appliances, now seeing them as desirable additions to the home rather than an unattractive, but needed addition to the kitchen. Samsung has focused on both style and efficiency in designing its range of kitchen appliances and as a result, they are in demand for both their aesthetics and functionality. A superb example is the Samsung Chef Collection – professional high quality appliances designed to transform the kitchen into a beautiful living space while remaining practical. Home owners can now to invest in a product that fits seamlessly into their home’s design and create a space that is warm, inviting and multi-functional. The wide variety of appliances also gives people the opportunity to express their individual style in a way that wasn’t possible before. “A well-designed kitchen is inviting to friends and family,” explains McKechnie. “By blending comfort with cooking and the bustle of the working area, families become more engaged and spend more quality time together. The kitchen has evolved into the heart of the home where people . . .
WHEN 24-year-old chartered accountant Jan Scannell hatched a plan to highlight the beauty of South Africa while uniting men and women around a fire, he never anticipated the amount of traction his campaign would achieve. Twelve years on, with books and a popular kykNET TV show to his name, Scannell – who is better known to the TV-viewing and recipe book loving public as Jan Braai – ascribes the success of the National Braai Tour to South Africans’ love of uniting around a barbeque, braai or shisa nyama. As the country’s braai master-in-chief stopped off in Port Elizabeth recently, winding up the final leg of this year’s tour with 40 teams comprising about 200 participants in tow, he reflected on the past 12 years. THE BRAAI ‘ELECTION’: “For me this is similar to what politicians do before an election. For me, the election is September 24 every year,” he said. “When you vote for what I stand for, it means you’re making a fire and you’re getting together around that fire with friends and family on September 24 every year. “I always wanted to tour the country, make some noise and get a bit of gees (spirit) going before Braai Day.” With no plans to end the tour run, Scannell said he planned to keep entries at a “manageable” 40 teams. “For me it’s not about the physical size. Last year we had 60 teams, but logistically, visiting heritage sites and museums – you just can’t fit 80 vehicles into a small parking lot. So we brought it back to 40 teams this year.” Scannell, who hails from Sea Point and obtained his honours degree in accounting from the University of Stellenbosch, said the Braai Tour teams were goodwill “disciples”. “The point of the Braai Tour is to create disciples for this message [of uniting around a fire and celebrating South Africa]. We have 200 people from all walks of life from all around South Africa on this tour, and they will head home to spread this message.” BRAAIING – A QUINTESSENTIALLY SOUTH AFRICAN . . .
Last night, the Baxter Theatre Centre’s Masambe Theatre in Cape Town came alive when 12 talented young performing artists gave their all on stage, in hopes of winning an Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Scholarship. Funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), the 2016 Scholarships Programme will change the lives of these dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre students who clinched Scholarships worth R320,000 in total. The Cape Town showcase saw these first and second year university students, perform in one of three categories; acting, dance and singing. In the first year acting category, the versatile Thembelihle Ngubo (Pietermaritzburg) was awarded a Scholarship, while Omphile Kgogome (Rustenburg) took home top honours for her incredible opera abilities. Each winner will receive R50,000 towards their studies. The second year students, who will each receive R35,000 towards their degree or diploma, are multi-talented actress Tshegofatso Mabutla (Western Cape) and electric dancer Awonke Mtgana (KwaZulu-Natal). The judges last night, Artscape’s Creative manager, Mandla Mbothwe; Director of The Theatre Arts Admin Collective, Caroline Calburn; and actress, Ntomoboxolo Makhutshi had some very difficult decisions to make, as every single one of the finalists performed with determination, charisma and style. The ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs says of last night’s victors; “We congratulate and welcome these fine young performers to the ACT family. We implore them to not only take their own development seriously and strive for excellence but that they would pay it forward for the greater good of the industry when they have the opportunity to do so.” Mrs Thabang Mampane, Commissioner of the NLC says they are honoured to assist these young artists reach their full potential. “Grants of this nature are in line with Governments commitment to provide opportunities for the youth of South Africa,” Mampane says. ACT has been supporting arts students . . .
From resealable Ziploc plastic bags and airtight plastic storage containers to individual single-portion plastic sachets for your favourite foods, the plastics industry offers many ways for consumers to reduce the amount of food wasted in their homes. However, all this plastic used to preserve food for longer, eventually has to end up somewhere. "Post-consumer plastic waste is a growing problem for landfill management and in terms of waste disposal. This is where post-consumer recycling can make an enormous positive environmental impact,” says Ronald Fairbanks, General Manager of Mpact Polymers. Mpact, along with other packaging manufacturers, industry bodies and recycling groups, has committed to plastic recycling with the objective of reducing the amount of plastic that makes it into landfill sites. In 2015, Mpact closed the loop with its PET recycling operation which takes used PET beverage bottles and turns them into new beverage bottles. Recently, Minister Edna Molewa of the Department of Environmental Affairs officially opened the Mpact Polymers plant. The plant produces recycled PET (rPET) for use in beverage bottles and food packaging. The operation forms part of Mpact’s mission to reduce the PET industry’s impact on the environment. "Bottling manufacturers are focusing on reducing packaging material weight as well as reducing the amount of virgin PET used in the production of new bottles. For this reason, it became necessary to consider ways to recycle bottles back into the system and ensure that this rPET is of sufficient quality to be used in the manufacture of new bottles,” explains Fairbanks. “PET can be recycled multiple times, which reduces manufacturing costs and waste, saves carbon dioxide and energy, avoids using landfill space, and decreases the need for raw materials," explains Cheri Scholtz, CEO of PETCO, the PET Recycling Company, “helping to create a more sustainable supply chain.” Last year the South African market produced . . .
Theatre Arts Admin Collective is presenting the raw, visceral and deeply honest play - Ubuze Bam at the Cape Town Fringe Festival from the 30 September to the 5 October 2016. This production has seen successful runs at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective and the National Arts Festival earlier this year. Ubuze Bam is the stories of four young men who are ex-offenders. The title literally means ‘my nakedness’. This is very apt as Bongani Dyalivana, Eric Menyo, Lazola Sikhutshwa and Ntsika Tyalana take the audience on a journey that is emotional and vulnerable as they lay bare different prison experiences. The project was originally developed in consultation with the Young in Prison (YIP) entrepreneurship programme. It was an intense five week creative and rehearsal process for the post-release programme participants. It resulted in a performance that is being shared with the wider community and has become a production that has launched these young men into employment. The director, Thando Doni, used a very organic approach as he worked with the young men. He asked questions such as “Who are you?” and “What does your name mean?” to elicit words that became sentences that became a poem. This would lead to movement and the creation of a scene. These men may not have theatre skills but they have experiences. Through the telling of these painful but real stories we are allowed into the inner world of people who are often dismissed by society. Their humanity is reclaimed as these men are healing through the power of performance and theatre. It is a well-known fact that performance work in prisons fast-tracks the healing process. American Hollywood actor, writer and director Tim Robbins is helping to rehabilitate offenders using commedia del’arte to enable prisoners to tap into and express the extreme emotions that are pent up within them. What has emerged from this six-year programme is that the number of prisoners re-entering the prison system post their . . .
Who knows better than South Africans about the power of sport to draw a nation together? From the 1995 Rugby World Cup, to the recent support for Team SA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, these moments are our finest hours, when we stand united. There are a host of events that contribute to nation building in our country, and it is time that they were recognized for their contributions to our society and to our economy. With this in mind, we call for nominations in various categories for the upcoming Sports and Events Tourism Awards: Best International Event that contributes to tourism growth Best Domestic Event that contributes to tourism growth Best Event Improving the Brand Profile of the Destination Best Event Leaving a Development Legacy Best Emerging Township Event Contributing to local Economic Development Best Event City or Province Event owners, Host Cities & Sponsors may nominate events by submitting impact assessment reports along with supporting documentation of their events through the SETE Awards online submission forms at http://www.thebereed.co.za/sportsandevents/sports-and-events-tourism-awards/ An Evaluation Panel made up of event tourism experts and national government institutions will adjudicate each submission and shortlist the nominees that will be invited to the Awards Dinner to be held on the 26th October 2016 in the City of Tshwane. The deadline for nominations and submissions is 7 October 2016 The Awards are an initiative of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), a highly effective global business-to-business platform now in its sixth year. Organised by Thebe Reed Exhibitions, the intention of SETE is to position South africa as a Sports and Events Tourism Destination. “We strongly believe that sports & events have a significant importance in the development of our country,” says Sugen Pillay, Commercial Director at Thebe Reed Exhibitions and the Programme Director for the Sports and Events . . .