Composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen has written a wide range of music encompassing symphonic work, opera, chamber music and vocal music. He is the 2013 Composer-in-Residence for the 5thJohannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF), opening on 27 January 2013, with the theme If you would Dance? According to The New York Times his “… delicately made music - airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted - has a lot to teach the Western wizards of metric modulation and layered rhythms about grace and balance.” The work that he is bringing to JIMF will be a piano concerto called Mzilikazi, based on a theme from Prof. Mzilikazi Khumalo's Bawo Thixo Somandla, an anthem he wrote 40 years ago at the height of the difficulties of South Africa’s struggle for liberation. “The piano concerto to me shows us how far we have come as a country, how we were resilient during the darkest of times, the hardships we endured as a people. This gives hope for our future, we can overcome anything acting together as a people,” said Ndodana-Breen. Performers around the world have performed his music, including the Hong Kong Chinese Orchestra, Belgian National Orchestra, Indianapolis Chamber Orchestra, Vancouver Opera Orchestra, Symphony Nova Scotia, KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic, New York City’s Vox Vocal Ensemble, MusicaNoir, Chicago’s Cube Ensemble and Ossia. Ndodana-Breen has received commissions from Wigmore Hall, Vancouver Recital Society, Madam Walker Theatre Indianapolis, SAMRO, UNISA, Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival, the Emancipation Festival of Trinidad & Tobago, Hong Kong Arts Festival, Luminato Festival of Toronto, the Haydn Festival Eisenstadt for the Haydn 200th anniversary, and now also the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival. He is the composer of Winnie, The Opera, based on the life of Winnie Mandela, which premiered to great acclaim in April 2011 at the State Theatre in Pretoria. Other operas include the children’s chamber opera . . .
Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China Standard Bank Gallery 30 January – 28 March 2013 Johannesburg audiences can look forward to viewing Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, the acclaimed exhibition curated by Ruth Simbao for the 2012 National Arts Festival. One of the most critical geopolitical shifts of the 21st century has been the rise of China as an economic power, and its venture into the Global South — particularly the African continent. Too often, however, the media sensationalises China-Africa relations, simplistically framing China as either Africa’s new curse or as the economic saviour to the continent. While revived China-Africa relations have piqued the interest of economists, little meaningful cultural understanding exists, and ‘Sinophobia’ is hot on the heels of ‘Afrophobia’. Making Way: Contemporary Art from South Africa and China, explores the ways in which contemporary artists based in South Africa and China engage with new paths of movement, with economic and cultural shifts, and with the rise of new regimes, new leaders and new social and urban spaces. This is the first time the works of the internationally acclaimed Chinese artists, Wu Junyong, Chen Qiulin, Maleonn and Qin Ga will be shown in South Africa. Local artists Lebogang Rasethaba, Gerald Machona, Michael MacGarry and James Webb deal directly with China-Africa relations. While Rasethaba and MacGarry consider personal relationships between Chinese and African people that arise from recent opportunities in trade and education, Webb and Machona play with stereotypical perceptions and constructions of ‘foreignness’ in China and South Africa. Rapid change in physical and social landscapes often accompanies geopolitical shift. While Wu Junyong ‘s animation videos mine the absurdity of power, greed, monotony and futility in contexts that lack change, Chen Qiulin grapples with dramatic economic and urban reconstruction in relation to the . . .
To celebrate the New Year in elaborate Viennese fashion, the 2013 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be presenting a pre-JIMF celebration on 19 January in the Linder Auditorium at 19:30. The Viennese New Year’s Concert will feature two of South Africa’s most promising young singers Nozuko Teto (soprano) and Siyabonga Maqungo (tenor), on stage with the South African Mzansi Ballet dancers, accompanied by the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra and conducted by Richard Cock. Recreating the atmosphere of the concert given to celebrate the arrival of the new year every year in Vienna; music by the Strauss family, Lehar and Kreisler will be played, including the famous Blue Danube waltz, Kaiserwalzer and Radetsky March, amongst many other well-known pieces. Songs celebrating Vienna will be sung by Teto and Maqungo. These include Vienna City of my Dreams andMeine Lippen Sie Kussen so Heiss as well as the famous Drinking Song, Libiamo by Verdi, whose 200th anniversary is being celebrated this year. Following the merger between The South African Ballet Theatre (SABT) and Mzansi Productions in July 2012, soloists from South African Mzansi Ballet (SAMB) will introduce the spirit of the theme of the 5th JIMF, namely Se Vuol Ballare - If You Would Dance. The JIMF, an annual celebration taking place around the anniversary of Mozart’s birthday, will run for two weeks at various venues across Johannesburg. The official opening concert is on Sunday 27 January, and the Festival runs until Sunday 10 February. This concert will feature the Zurich Chamber Orchestra with the South African National Youth Orchestra, performing a Mozart clarinet concerto, conducted by the renowned Sir Roger Norrington. The full JIMF programme is available on www.joi n-mozart-festival.org. The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival provides a unique combination of classical performances on the highest international level, with a creative approach to programming. An . . .
The “Hypnosis Works!” Practice Is Expanding “Hypnosis Works!” is a hypnosis practice situated in Pretoria that has been in existence for more than 5 years. It specialises in stop smoking sessions, and has a proud history of demystifying hypnosis and using it to help clients attain their gaols. The practice was started by Troy Robins, who graciously handed it over to Hendrik Baird a year ago, when he emigrated to the UK. When Hendrik took over the reigns, his vision was to expand it in years to come and eventually turn it into a centre for personal development. That dream has now started becoming a reality as more progress is being made in reaching more people and extending the services. Hendrik has been joined by his ex-wife and best friend, Annemarie Baird, who will in future take care of client-related issues and marketing. This enables the practice to reach more people with the aim of helping them develop and solve some of the issues standing in their way of reaching their goals. Another innovation is that the practice is introducing group hypnosis and services aimed at the corporate market. Starting on 20 January, the first of the group sessions will take place. It is one of many that will follow during the year, focusing on teaching Self-Hypnosis and how to use it to set goals and achieve them. Other self-improvement workshops to follow will also include Better Study Methods for learners and students; Stress Management and Advanced Relaxation Techniques; Hypno-Meditation; Healthy Living; and of course Smoking Cessation for Groups. These will be held at the home office in Villieria, Pretoria, or for larger groups could be booked for a specific venue. These workshops could also travel around the country, especially to cities and bigger towns. The corporate market can also benefit from the services, and the good news is that there is a lot that Hypnosis could contribute to Increased Productivity; Employee Wellness, and other programs that can be . . .
The big surprise on day 1 of The Vaal River Canoe Marathon was that of Jakub Adam and Michael Odvarko, two Czech paddlers of The Unlimited International team. The pair swam and twisted their rudder, which lead to the boat filling with water. After an expensive 3 minute setback, the two managed to fight back to third place at the overnight stop. ENDS Released by Ray de Vries of Ray de Vries Communications. For more information kindly contact: Carole Johnstone: Cell: 083 229 8374 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Or Craig Mustard Cell: 079 433 1768 Email: email@example.com More Info: http://www.raydevries.co.za Author: Gerard Griessel from Ray de Vries Communications. 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: Pictured: Jakub Adam (front) and Michael Odvarko (back)[/l2g] . . .
Various artists and heritage artefacts Standard Bank Gallery 16 October – 1 December 2012 ‘The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections’ includes an exhibition by the Standard Bank Heritage Centre on the ground floor of the Standard Bank Gallery. This show focuses on the 150-year history of Standard Bank, illustrated through artefacts, photographs and other visuals from the Heritage Centre’s rich archival and artefact collection. This part of the exhibition follows a timeline approach, highlighting the unique history of the bank as the oldest name in banking in South Africa. The exhibition comprises three components. The first covers the period from the late 1850s-1987. More particularly, it deals with the conception of the idea for a “Standard Bank” in Port Elizabeth and its eventual establishment in London in 1862. Other focuses include the bank’s pioneering spirit, its “firsts” and innovations, the development from purely a bank into a financial services organisation, and the disinvestment of the bank’s British parent when it became fully South African owned. The second component explores the period 1988-2012 and portrays the bank as a dynamic organisation that expanded into Africa and other parts of the world in its own right. Other parts of the story here include the Nedcor take-over bid, the journey to self-service banking through technological innovations, internet and cell phone banking in particular, and Standard Bank’s quest to reach the “unbanked”. The third section of the exhibition includes an old banking hall, showcasing a teller’s box from the original Standard Bank counter at the Port Elizabeth branch and other furniture used by the bank over the years. Also featured in this component is a short video, which takes the visitor through the customer experience over the years, from when banking was completely branch-based to the development of self-service banking as we know it today. In addition, there is a focus on the changed look . . .
KETEX is a Non-Profit Organization (NPO) which was fromed in 2008 by Xolani Hlitana. It started by helping two young people and grew from there to a fully fleshed and registered organization with about 80 teens and adults AND 15 HIV positive orphans who are housed in one of the premises KETEX secured in Alexandra. Our Motto: Turning dreams into reality Focus Areas MENTAL DEVELOPMENT Tutorials Workshops: exam preparation, life skills, CV writing, interview prep skills Bursaries and career expos Debates and Poetry Job creation PHYSICAL DEVELOPMENT Fitness Healthy eating Hygiene Sports Men’s Club PROGRAMMES Chillas sessions where individuals get to talk about issues they are facing on a daily basis: Every Fridays at 17h00 – 19h00 (Seniors and Young Adults) Jolly Good Times: Saturdays 12h00 – 14h00 (Juniors) Men’s Club: Every Thursdays at 14h30 Workshops: Every last Saturday of the month (10h00 – 15h00) CARE GIVING Orphanage: 24 hours centre Counselling: Face to face and anonymous counselling SPORT AND FITNESS Fitness Club: gym that opens everyday from 5am till 10pm KETEX Soccer Team ORPHANAGE The orphanage is called Leratong (Joy for One) and is at the centre of Alexandra. It houses 15 orphans and all are HIV positive aged between 5 - 16years old. Some of these kids have distant relatives and in most school holidays and long weekends, we try to send them to go and spend time with these relatives. The role of the centre and kids is to ensure they live a positive life by educating them about the disease, counselling and caring for them. There are currently four fulltime staff members at the centre, the caretaker, a fulltime cook for the kids and the other two ladies alternate on a weekly basis staying and caring for the kids. All the kids attend different schools according to their needs and donors for each. The model is that of finding a specific persons or board members to commit to educating a . . .
The University of Johannesburg added to its medal tally during the University Sport South Africa championships that took place at tertiary institutions across the country in July. The university’s men’s hockey side and first squash team took gold in their respective tournaments, while its Soweto Campus came out tops in the rugby C-section. UJ’s netball and men’s and women’s basketball teams also featured on the podium, claiming bronze in these disciplines. The results take the university’s mid-year USSA tally to 14, including four gold, five silver and five bronze medals. In March, the academic institution opened its account with three silvers at the USSA rowing sprints at Vanderkloof Dam near Colesberg in March. The UJ crews claimed runner-up spots in the men’s, women’s and overall categories. The university hosted the track and field events the following month, winning the men’s section and taking third in the women’s. Their collective results gave UJ a silver medal overall. Manager of sports clubs Adrian Carter said UJ’s position as one of the top-rated sporting institutions could be attributed to the university’s investment in infrastructure and coaching, as well as the calibre of student it attracted. “We have many structures in place that create a very enabling environment for student-athletes.” Although the university placed an emphasis on academic ahead of sporting achievements, Carter said it provided support and flexibility on an individual basis. “We promote the complete ‘student experience’, which helps to prepare our student-athletes for the pressures of both the university and outside world. A student-athlete who performs well in the lecture hall will invariably perform well on the sports field.” Furthermore, he said university sport played a critical role in developing sport at national level. “If one looks at the athletes selected for the 2012 London Olympic Games, a high percentage was developed by the university . . .
Brandon Stewart turned on the afterburners to claim his maiden victory in the Kia Walkerville Mountain Bike Classic, presented by ASG, in sub-zero conditions in Johannesburg on Sunday. The FedGroup-Itec Connect pro, from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal, made an early break in the 60km main event and was later joined by RE:CM’s Waylon Woolcock. They matched each other all the way to the Walkerville Showgrounds, where the 15th edition of Gauteng’s largest and coldest winter race finished on the slippery speedway circuit. Stewart duly outdragged his breakaway companion to take line honours in a fast 1:55:55. Woolcock, a former Old Mutual joBerg2c champion, finished three seconds back. The latter’s team-mate, Neil MacDonald, completed the podium in 2:02:02. Stewart said the shale surface, which is designed for motorbikes to slide on, had made the final stretch particularly challenging and exciting. “It was almost like a mini Paris-Roubaix finish.” The win rounded off a successful weekend for the 31-year-old, who also took third in the Nissan TrailSeeker Series race in Cullinan on Saturday. “It’s always fantastic to win, especially when the event is backed by one of our team sponsors,” said Stewart. “Obviously, Walkerville was my big focus but I think it was good for me to do the Cullinan race because it loosened me up a bit.” He said he felt his form was good enough to make an early break on the big Platberg climb, which came after just 10km of pedalling. “Neil and Waylon were always going to be my strongest competition, so I thought I’d give it a go while everyone’s legs were still feeling a bit cold.” The gamble paid off and Stewart opened a gap on the chasing group. “Then I was on my own and I just carried on making the race really hard.” However, some confusion over route markings saw him lose valuable time and Woolcock managed to close the gap just before the halfway mark. MacDonald, riding alone in extremely windy conditions, was . . .
Pretoria, July 16, 2012 - Young Revolution (YR), today announced it will host the Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week (TNEW) from the 27th to the 31st of August 2012 at the Innovation Hub in Lynwood, Pretoria. The conference is dedicated to celebrating and supporting businesses in Gauteng and around South Africa. YR has partnered with various private and governmental organizations to deliver a full conference program that will focus on the role and relationship of business, entrepreneurship and social enterprise in building an eco-system to promote and enhance economic development for a better South Africa. The lineup for TNEW has also been announced, and features one of the best lineups in conference history! The keynote speakers include Dr Trevor Manuel, Douglas Kruger, Jayshree Naidoo, Siya Mapoko, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Abey Mokgwatsane, Khaya Dlanga, Prof. Jurie Van Vuuren and Tony Cross. In addition to the keynote speakers, over 40 entrepreneurs and industry experts will be giving talks on 48 topics including: Getting Investors Excited About Your Project Safe Investing Options For Young Professionals Can We Learn Entrepreneurship? How To Connect With Millionaires Avoiding Costly Legal Mistakes Social Media and The Next Generation Entrepreneurship In The Digital Age How To Turn Your Passion Into Profits Building & Maintaining Your Online Credibility The Secret Sauce of The Serial Entrepreneur TNEW gives more than 1000 entrepreneurs, business professionals, innovators, business owners and investors the rare opportunity of idea sharing, networking and engagement in rich dialogue. The event will provide the avenue for delegates to tap into the resourcefulness and dynamism of venture capitalists, industry executives, thought leaders and like-minded entrepreneurs in attendance. TNEW is THE PREMIER event to network with other business owners and decision-makers, attend cutting edge workshops and shop around for products & services . . .