YOUNG ARTISTS DEVELOPED AS EMERGING EXPORTERS A group of Chicago based art buyers have been touring the Eastern Cape in search of talented artists to showcase their artwork at an exhibition at the Guichard art gallery later this year. Andre and Francis Guichard met with local township artists across the region who specialize in fine art ranging from painting, sculpture and beadwork. The aim of the two-week trip, which was initiated and arranged by Tradepoint, has been to expose young local artists to the opportunities offered in the United States art market and to develop them as emerging exporters. 40% of the Chicago population are of African origin and the Guichard are keen to strengthen their linkages back to the continent. “The artwork that we have seen has been above my expectations in terms of quality and diversity”, said Andre Guichard. “The artists use various mediums and themes to capture the social issues in their art pieces which they are using to uplift the Eastern Cape,” said Frances Guichard. Tradepoint identified a need to create an international appreciation for local products to assist export ready businesses and products with export potential for global trade. David Hamer, Manager of Tradepoint SA Nelson Mandela Bay said, “This visit from Chicago is just the tip of the iceberg. Local fine artists produce work of a standard that ranks high on the world stage.Their work is immensely appealing to international buyers and if Tradepoint can facilitate that process, enabling local artists to exhibit their work and by doing so raise the profile of South African art, then it can only bode well for the future in terms of both the art work and international trade.” “Tradepoint enabled us to immerse ourselves in the culture of the Eastern Cape in a way which wouldn’t have been possible if we had plannedthis trip on our own,” said Andre Guichard. “We are looking forward to the reaction of the US audience when they feast their eyes on the . . .
Pier 14 Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth played host to the final blood drive of National Blood Donor Month last week, under the theme “Every blood donor is a hero”. The drive saw 74 potential donors come forward, which resulted in 52 successful donations and exceeded the South African National Blood Service’s target of 50 units. SANBS public relations practitioner Nina van Wyk said what made the blood drive more remarkable was the fact that over 50 per cent of participants were first-time donors. “Our hope is that they can now be recruited for future blood drives and become regular donors.” According to Van Wyk, the Eastern Cape branch of the SANBS required 3 725 units per month to meet the existing need. “Currently, we are experiencing a blood shortage with only 2.9 days’ stock on hand, while we need at least five days’ stock in reserve.” Van Wyk said the SANBS’s aim was to make blood donation as easy and accessible as possible, which was why the shopping centre was chosen as a suitable venue. “We always experience good support from Pier 14 and look forward to an ongoing partnership.” Sophia Steyn of centre management said blood donation was a vital community service and that Pier 14 was happy to assist in highlighting the work of the SANBS wherever it could. She said those shoppers who gave blood were true heroes. “Donating blood costs you nothing but doing your bit can literally save someone else’s life.” Umhlobo Wenene DJs Amaza Ntshanga and Nonala Tose broadcast their show live from the centre, keeping the public informed with regular updates and encouraging shoppers to get involved. Go to www.facebook.com/Pier14PE to see more photos. For further information, contact Pier 14 centre management on 041 484 1229 or email@example.com. Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 041 368 4992 082 575 7991 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fullstopcom.com On behalf of: Pier 14 Shopping Centre More Info: . . .
The Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival promises to be a star-studded affair this year with Steve Hofmeyr, Zahara, Theuns Jordaan and Professor being some of the names gracing the stage in Somerset East. These authentically South African artists will be setting the Karoo alight with their performances, thus making the 22nd Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival on 13 and 14 July 2012, an event not to be missed this winter. Steve Hofmeyr, a veteran on the South African music scene and one of the biggest names in the Afrikaans music industry, will after a long absence, be appearing at the Festival. Another SAMA winner, the sensational Zahara will also be gracing the stage with her guitar. Her debut album “Loliwe” recently sold a staggering 100 000 copies in barely 19 days. The Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival, however, is not only a fun community event, but a proudly South African festival that is about giving back to the area. Every year the profits from the Festival’s Beer Tent, run by the Somerset East Round Table, are donated to a series of organisations that assist the underprivileged. To date, R175 000 has been donated. The Festival boasts over 200 stalls for all to enjoy, from biltong to all sorts of gadgets, clothes and edibles. You can also look forward to great performances by Elvis Blue, Jamali, Emo Adams, Robbie Wessels and many more. The line-up and activities at this year’s Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival is certain to set your Karoo winter ablaze! ### For more information on the 22nd Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival, please visit www.eastcapebiltongfestival.co.za. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BiltongFestival) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/BiltongFestival) or contact Marette Liddell on 042 – 243 1333. More Info: http://www.eastcapebiltongfestival.co.za Author: Siyasanga Dilima from Design@Bay. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three . . .
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s newly-elected president, Mandla Madwara, and deputy president, Neil Hart, enjoyed an informal engagement with the local media in Port Elizabeth this morning. The two shared their vision for business in the city and, together with CEO Kevin Hustler, outlined the projects and focus of the Chamber aimed at creating an enabling environment for business in Nelson Mandela Bay. Acknowledging the challenges faced by business in the Metro, Madwara came out strongly in support of robust engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders in the city, to ensure that catalytic socio-economic projects come to fruition. He commended the Chamber and its task teams for the effective work done in a number of important areas. He re-committed the Chamber to its enabling role, and stood strongly in support of Nelson Mandela Bay taking its rightful place as an economic powerhouse. Hart applauded the foundation laid by the organization, challenging local business to not only take a leadership role, but to operate with a conscience and inject hope back into the city. Contact Nicole Klokow on email@example.com or 041 373 1122 More Info: http://goo.gl/RW8qS Author: Nicole Klokow from Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber's new office bearers are Neil Hart (left) and Mandla Madwara (centre). Together with the Business Chamber's CEO, Kevin Hustler (right), they outlined their vision for business in the Metro at an informal editors' forum this morning in Port Elizabeth. . Photographer: Sandra Pow Chong (Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber) [/l2g] . . .
Media Release June 2012 Poetry event in Mthatha A young artist from Mthatha has been motivated to give back to her community by organising a poetry event called “Hold Your Thoughts” on Saturday, June 30. Durban based Ludwekazi Ndlzai says that the poetry festival is aimed at promoting poetry from all spheres in the Transkei region including up-and-coming and established poets. She described the event as a platform to showcase the existing skills among local poets while encouraging poets to maintain their talent as an instrument of communication, as well as literacy. Ndlazi, together with fellow poets Thandile Qambe and Sisonke Papu were born in Mthatha, but left to pursue their careers in Durban and Port Elizabeth. However, they share similar sentiments on the initiative as a potential step to putting their birthplace on the map. Currently, the trio have founded a non-profit organisation called Vivid Thoughts which has received funding from the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation together with local municipality in order to coordinate the entire event. Ndlazi co-founder of Vivid Thoughts, expressed her gratitude to all stakeholders involved including the public who have welcome the initiative with enthusiasm. All those who would like to satisfy their hunger for live poetry are invited to attend “Hold Your Thoughts” at the Mthatha Town Hall at 14h00 on Saturday, June 30. Tickets are R20 at the door. For more information, call Ludwekazi Ndlzai on 0791270581. Ends Media release for EC Talent (A project by Siyathetha Communications) Contact: EC Talent/Siyathetha Communications: www.ectalent.co.za EC Talent/Siyathetha Communications: Sibongile Xaluva: 041 582 3750 Vivid Thoughts: Ludwekazi Ndlzai on 0791270581 More Info: http://www.ectalent.co.za/ Author: Claire Warneke from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
In addition to the province’s biggest wild game auction, the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees brought to you in association with DStv is also the place to check out top quality paws and claws of a domestic nature. Pet-lovers visiting the festival will enjoy the Montego Boerboel Show at 11h30 on Saturday, 30 June and the Eastern Cape Cat Show from nine in the morning on Sunday, 01 July at the Absa info Square. The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees has hosted the South African boerboel show for the last six years which has grown to be one of the biggest in the country with the most spectators by far. “This year the competition will be even bigger than last year. We are expecting over 100 dogs from all over to take part,” says Jakkie Erasmus, chairman of the Eastern Cape Boerboel Club (ECBC). “This includes the new and rare black Boerboel specimens.” All Boerboel owners are invited to take part in the competition whether their dogs are registered or not. Breeders and owners compete in separate categories with their own dedicated prizes sponsored by Montego. The show will focus on the temperament of the dogs which will be showcased by the residents of Huis Minette, a home for mentally disabled. Residents of Huis Minette “co-own” the dogs, and benefit therapeutically from their company and loving natures. For more information on the Eastern Cape Boerboel club, contact chairman, Jakkie Erasmus at firstname.lastname@example.org. To enter the competition, call Carina Erasmus on 082 652 8699. The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees brought to you in association with DStv takes place from Friday, June 29, to Sunday, July 1. For more information go to www.wildsfees.co.za. Ends Media Release for the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees By: Siyathetha Communications Contact: Wildsfees: Jennifer Honsbein: 042 2300066 Siyathetha: Ed Richardson: 041 5823750/083 656 9757 More Info: http://www.wildsfees.com Author: Siyathetha Communications from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by . . .
This year, visitors to the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees brought to you in association with DStv, can enjoy fine wines and delectable gourmet foods whilst relaxing to the sounds of jazz, blues, bluegrass and folk music. Organisers are bringing back old favourites as well as some brand new entertainment to the kykNET Leefstyl Plein. Back by popular demand are Wildsfees veterans, the Bayside Blues Band. This will be one of the last opportunities for fans to see this lively group of musos on stage as one of the members is moving overseas. Boasting a combined musical experience of more than 100 years, the Bayside Blues Band brings new life to old blues tunes like Crossroads, Hoochie Coochie Man and Let the Good Times Roll. Busting the myth that blues are for sulking after love gone bad the Bayside Blues Band are known to get the dance floor filled with people forgetting about the cares of life. Don’t miss them live at the kykNET Leefstyl Plein on Saturday, 30 June at noon. This year, a new addition to the kykNET Leefstyl Plein is the Silver Creek Mountain Band. The group has been performing throughout the country for over 30 years with a mixture of original folk, blues, and bluegrass songs. They will be performing on Saturday, 30 June at one in the afternoon. Headlining the Saturday entertainment from eleven in the morning are two of South Africa’s most accomplished songwriters, Les Javan and Riku Latti. The duo describes their performance as “stories and music of love and grief, sorrow and joy; on being human, and its unique implications for different souls.” Javan’s songs have been performed by iconic artists such as David Kramer, Anton Goosen and Karen Zoid. The Saturday lineup at the kykNET Leefstyl Plein is not to be missed! The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees brought to you in association with DStv takes place from Friday, June 29, to Sunday, July 1. For more information go to www.wildsfees.co.za. Ends Media Release for the Absa Kirkwood . . .
Eastern Cape fans will be among the first to hear some of Arno Carstens’ latest songs live as he “rocks the wilds” in the Sundays River Valley in June at the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees brought to you in association with DStv. Arno’s latest album “Wonderful Wilds” has been described as “soul food” - a soft rock, acoustic, mature-toned album which reflects Arno’s diverse talent. “We are looking forward to performing at the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees,” says Carstens. “I’ll be playing some SNG songs, some of the hits from my solo career and well as some new songs. “It’ll be one of the first times we play the new songs live, so we are very excited,” he says. The talented platinum selling, multi-award winning South African singer-songwriter and guitarist, described as South Africa’s very own “Godfather of Rock”, is one of the headline acts for the 2012 Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees brought to you in association with DStv. Starting off his career as the lead singer of the Springbok Nude Girls and then branching out as a solo artist, Arno is a four-time platinum singer/songwriter. He has released nine studio albums, had 13 top ten singles, won five South African Music Awards and has shared the stage with the likes of Metallica and The Rolling Stones. Don’t miss out on seeing Arno live as he “rocks the wilds” at the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees this year on Saturday, June 30, 2012. Other performers on the evening include Pieter Koen, David Fourie, Monique, George Longane, Heinz Winckler, Charlize Berg, Ray Dylan, and Elvis Blue. The live music starts at two in the afternoon, and there are plenty off-stage activities to keep the whole family occupied. The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees brought to you in association with DStv takes place from Friday, June 29, to Sunday, July 1. For more information go to www.wildsfees.co.za. Ends Media Release for the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees By: Siyathetha Communications Contact: Wildsfees: Jennifer Honsbein: 042 . . .
A gripping portrayal of a mother who killed her Tik-addicted son will be seen on stage for the first time at the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees, brought to you in association with DStv. The true story of Ellen Pakkies, a mother from Lavender Hill outside Cape Town, made international headlines, and is the subject of two doctoral studies. My naam / my name is Ellen Pakkies stars Vinette Ebrahim – also known as Charmaine Meinties in 7de Laan, while her son is played by another 7de Laan actor Christo Davids (Errol Pieterse in the soapie). They were approached by writer and director Lizz Meiring, who was inspired to capture the anguish that mothers like Ellen Pakkies go through when their children are enslaved by drugs after watching a documentary on the case on television. “What drives a woman so far that she murders her own son, a Tik addict? And, if that happens, how do you forgive yourself,” are two of the questions Meiring asked herself. She was given permission to stage the play by Ellen Pakkies, who was given a suspended three-year sentence for the murder. Meiring believes that Ellen’s story is not unique. “Hundreds of mothers have spoken about how Tik has destroyed the lives of their children. It is a universal problem, which is not only found on the Cape Flats,” she says. My naam / My name is Ellen Pakkies is being staged in the Kirkwood NG Church hall on Saturday, June 30. Tickets are R100, and no under 16s are allowed. Tickets are available from the Kirkwood Festival office, telephone 042 2300066. The Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees brought to you in association with DStv takes place from Friday, June 29, to Sunday, July 1. Ends Media Release for the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees By: Siyathetha Communications Contact: Wildsfees: Jennifer Honsbein: 042 2300066 Siyathetha: Ed Richardson: 041 5823750/083 656 9757 More Info: Author: Siyathetha Communications from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of . . .
Two Addo Elephant National Park buffalo bulls with near record horn spans are expected to attract breeders and reserve owners from throughout Southern Africa to the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees auction. The biggest has been nick-named “Bismarck,” and has a horn span of 46 inches, while Hercules has one of 45 inches. Both have been captured, and are in a boma at the Addo Elephant National Park, according to auction organiser Johan Swart. He says new blood and a new date bring a new era to the annual Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees game auction, which is one of the top three wildlife auctions in the country. For the first 10 years of the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees, brought to you in association with DSTV in 2012, the auction has been hosted on the Saturday of the festival weekend. This has been moved to the Friday to accommodate out of town bidders – many of whom also want to bring their families to enjoy the many attractions at the Absa Kirkwood Wildsfees, according to auction organiser Johan Swart. “We have listened to what the industry has told us, and moved the auction a day forward. “The trend in the industry is to hold auctions on week days. “This also helps with the movement of the game after it has been bought,” he says. The auction is one of the few in the country where buyers are able to see the majority of the prize animals, which are kept in bomas for the sale. This year, around 40 disease-free Add Elephant National Park buffalo will go under the hammer of Brandon Leer of Brandon Leer Auction Services. Leer is widely regarded as one of the best livestock auctioneers in the country, and a specialist in game sales. He will be taking over the hammer from Roy Hayes who handled the auctions for the first 10 years. “Roy helped put the Kirkwood wildlife auction on the map, and the fact that we could attract an auctioneer with the experience of Brandon is a tribute to the solid foundation Roy built,” says Swart. Leer was schooled in the . . .