The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is proud of the previous Young Artists and Festival productions that are doing exceptionally well, locally and internationally. The Baxter Theatre Centre’s hard-hitting adaptation of Strindberg’s classic, Mies Julie, written and directed by 2002 Standard Bank Young Artist award-winner Yael Farber, has received unprecedented acclaim both locally and internationally. Starring Thoko Ntshinga as Christine, Bongile Mantsai as John and Hilda Cronje as Julie; the production was awarded the title of the Best of the Edinburgh Fringe, and made the ‘Top Ten in 2012’ lists of both the New York Times and UK Guardian; and is currently enjoying a run in London. It continues to make waves at home where it recently completed a run at the Market Theatre, and won four Fleur du Cap Awards, nominated a further four times. The exhibition Making Way opened at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in June 2012, curated by Ruth Simbao, Associate Professor at Rhodes University. The project 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. A new version of Making Way, including works in diverse media by internationally acclaimed Chinese artists, opened at the Standard Bank Gallery in January 2013. Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance 2011 Mamela Nyamza has made headlines over the past couple of years. These include inclusion in Oprah Winfrey’s 2012 Power List of Women, 2011 Mail & Guardian’s Book of Women and Mail & Guardian’s 2011 list of Young South Africans to take to lunch. She was a 2012 GIPCA Fellow, received a Standard Bank Ovation Award and a Fiesta nomination for her production Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo – The Meal, which has toured successfully to a number of local Festivals; and after playing at the Ovalhouse in London, her production I Stand . . .
There are not many ways to lower your insurance premium, as your insurance premium is calculated on a huge variety of factors. There is a common misconception in the market that if your vehicle value depreciates, your car insurance must also decrease. To be honest it does make logical sense to argue that, but that argument is only based on one of many things that the insurer takes into consideration to calculate your insurance premium. So what are the other factors that insurers use to calculate your insurance premium? The more obvious answers is your risk, address (location), age, how long you’ve had your license, etc.. will have an impact on your premium. That is why these questions are asked when taking out your new insurance policy. What you don’t know is that the insurer also needs to calculate the cost of parts on your vehicle, how long will it be in storage when an accident occurs and what the penal beater fees will be, these are just a few factors. So how do I lower your premium? Well you have options: Review your policy on an annual basis: You get rewarded certain discounts for not claiming every year, called a no claim bonus (NCB). When your NCB increases from 1 year to 2 year etc, your risk becomes less. With these discounts other insurers can possibly give you a better premium. Spread your risk: If you are only going to insure your vehicle, it is worth checking what the insurance premium will be should you add your home contents to the policy. There are insurers that will approve additional discount as the risk is now better for them to take on. Increase your excess: This means that your first amount payable is more, so basically you are helping the insurer to cover costs. Keep your policy up to date: It is very important to notify the insurer or your broker if you move from one area to another as the risk calculation for your new area can be lower. Add additional security features to your vehicle: By installing a tracking device on . . .
Legendary long distance athlete Zola Budd has just completed the Two Oceans half marathon in blustering wind conditions. Running in the colours of The Unlimited, Budd finished in a time of 1 hour 24 minutes and 49 seconds to be the second veteran lady to cross the finish line. “I am really pleased with the results as I targeted an 84 minutes finish. The race was great, but the wind was slightly problematic. The start went very well and I managed to get close to the front runners and did not have too much traffic. I managed to maintain a consistent pace throughout the race. The hills were quite steep, but it was not as bad as I expected,” mentioned Budd at the finish. According to Budd, her result today is proof that her training for the Comrades is on track and her time is a good indication that she should be able to achieve a silver medal in the Comrades. Commenting on the race, Budd said: “The atmosphere at the start of the Two Oceans is incredible and the support along the whole route is absolutely amazing. This puts this race in a completely different category.” URL: http://www.theunlimited.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot 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: Zola Budd at the finish line of the Two Oceans half marathon in Cape Town. [/l2g] . . .
Legendary athlete Zola Budd will be returning to South Africa to participate in two of the most iconic road races in the country, the Two Oceans and Comrades marathons. Budd created headlines last year when she tackled her first marathons on home soil. Running in the colours of financial services provider The Unlimited, Budd will compete in the half marathon distance of the Two Oceans at the end of the month before focusing on the gruelling 87-km Comrades ultra-marathon in June. Budd was mentored by Comrades superstar Bruce Fordyce for her maiden run last year and has intensified her training this year. “I have been training very differently from last year and have upped my mileage significantly as I am much stronger now. As it is an up run this year, I’ve thrown in some very tedious hill runs on the treadmill and I have also added some serious track workouts. Whilst Bruce will be helping me while I am in South Africa, I don’t have a coach this year, but a friend has been helping me plan my build-up training. It is very difficult to stick to a set programme when you have three kids and travel as much as I do,” says Budd. The 47-year old Budd admits that her experience from last year has definitely influenced her training and race schedules. “I ran both the Two Oceans Ultra and the Loskop within a month last year and in hindsight I think I just asked too much of my body. I have decided to be more conservative in terms of racing this year and have therefore opted for the half marathon in the Two Oceans,” Budd explains. “I’ve set my sights on a silver medal in the Comrades, which means a sub 7½ hour finish. I reckon that the combination of my experience in the race last year and my current level of training, this time will be within my reach if everything goes well on the day.” Budd catapulted herself into the athletics history books when she broke the long distance world record as a barefoot teenager during the 1980s and went on to become a world . . .
Heart 104.9FM is embarking on a consumer campaign where two lucky listeners will win the opportunity to fly to Amsterdam and watch the Amsterdam leg of Beyoncé’s The Mrs. Carter Show World Tour on 22 April. This opportunity is open to all Heart 104.9FM listeners who will be able to win a concert ticket. The winning entries, as voted for by the public, will entail a personal rendition of their own choice from her music to date. The winners will be escorted by Heart 104.9FM’s Suga and Julian Naidoo over 5 days from 20 to 24 April 2013. The winning package includes flights, accommodation, concert tickets and meals. The flight will depart from Cape Town International Airport on 20 April and arrive in Amsterdam, Netherlands on 21 April. The listeners will receive complimentary accommodation at the Bastion Deluxe Hotel in Amsterdam for three nights with Breakfast included. “We want to express our appreciation to our listeners for their support by providing them with this unique experience and opportunity. We are looking forward to extreme high energy, fun and excitement over the weeks to follow.” says Heart 104.9FM’s Managing Director, Gary Petersen. Winners must have a valid passport, be over 18 and must be willing and free to travel during the specified dates. The prize is not transferable and valid for winners only. The full winning package includes flights, accommodation for 3 nights, all meals, light travelling allowance and general seated tickets to concert. Terms and Conditions do apply. See Heart 104.9FM competition rules www.1049.fm/competitions. Keep your dial locked onto Heart 104.9FM 24 hours a day, Monday to Sunday, or Visit www.1049.fm. URL: http://www.1049.fm Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Maya Setti from DTMSA. 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: Photographer: Courtesy of Heart 104.9FM [/l2g] . . .
Credo is a ground-breaking new multimedia oratorio produced by Pina Ya Thari and supported by UNISA, as one of their major projects celebrating their 140th anniversary. This world premiere is based on the unifying values embodied in South Africa’s Freedom Charter, and is intended to be a musical reflection of the social vision enshrined in that historic document. The creative team behind Credo is award-winning South African composer Bongani Ndodana-Breen, novelist Brent Meersman, multimedia artist Andrew Black and producer Brenda Sisane. Together they have created a 67 minute production that explores the endurance of the human spirit over adversity through a soaring fusion of African lyricism and rhythms with symphonic tradition. Pina Ya Thari believes that South Africa has a historical and cultural obligation to share the legacy of the Freedom Charter with the world and that Credo will be an important contribution to the growing body of 21st century artistic work based on the struggles, triumphs and victories of the country’s turbulent history. The cast is led by Sibongile Khumalo - South Africa’s first lady of song. Multi-talented, soulful and dynamic, Sibongile Khumalo sings in every genre from Western classical to township jazz; Otto Maidi and Monika Wassung, who have both performed in Winnie the Opera are accompanied by the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Jonas Alber. In addition to the performances there will be a series of public dialogues (on 26 April and 20 July), challenging issues around the Freedom Charter. A schools and community education programme has been set up starting in April and will run until July, incorporating music and poetry workshops. Credo will have three performances during its world premiere run on July 18, 19 and 21, 2013 in the Great Hall at UNISA marking the 140th year of the founding of UNISA. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally . . .
Longridge Wine Estate and Restaurant will offer visitors a special Easter feast in the heart of the Cape winelands this week. In addition to a special Easter Saturday high tea, the restaurant will also be serving an authentic traditional Jewish menu until Easter Monday. The traditional Easter meal will be served daily for lunch and dinner and is an ideal feast for families. Guests are welcomed with a glass of Longridge Brut on arrival with cured salmon on rosti and chilled tomato gazpacho with gruyere toasties. A starter fest of assorted tapas includes marinated olives, roasted peppers, hummus bi tagine, roasted aubergine puree with garlic and parsley, baked pita breads, spicy chicken wings and pan-fried duck livers with red wine and cream. A refreshing rose geranium sorbet is served to clear the palate before the main course platter is served. The platter feature a delectably slow-cooked, oven-roasted shoulder of lamb flavoured with rosemary and garlic, served with chunky potato wedges, grilled vegetables, garden salad with Albanian feta and roasted pine nuts, grilled baby beets and home-made full cream yoghurt. The dessert platter includes halva, baklava and cinnamon balls. Longridge Cabernet Franc and Chenin Blanc will be served during the meal with coffee afterwards. This fabulous Easter feast costs R450 per person. Bookings are essential. Don’t miss the exquisite Longridge High Tea, which will be served on Saturday, 30 March 2013, from 12h00. The popular high tea is a true celebration of the skills of the pâtissier. Guests will be able to enjoy beautifully crafted cakes and pastries including baked cheesecake, mini red velvet cupcakes, lemon and orange madeleines and hazelnut biscotti. An assortment of gourmet finger sandwiches, freshly baked scones served with homemade shiraz grape jam, vanilla cream and mature gouda as well as smoked salmon served with crème fraiche and rocket on white sour dough blinis will further tantalise the taste buds. A . . .
Ideaaccelerator.co.za founder Chesney Bradshaw has just published "How You Can Make Money From Blogging", a guide for university students on making income online through blogs. Written by Chesney Bradshaw, who has 10 years’ experience as a corporate Webmaster and four years blogging on innovation site ideaaccelerator.co.za, the book is designed to give university students practical advice and proven strategies to help them start blogs that can be turned into viable businesses. Bradshaw says more university students are looking for ways to make money online because of the high cost of tuition and the difficulty in finding jobs after graduation. "Young people face high levels of graduate unemployment for both college and university students," said Bradshaw. "Although online blogging will appeal to a relatively small number of students, it can provide opportunities for those who have a passion for entrepreneurship, marketing and selling." The book was launched at the University of the Free State where Bradshaw gave a presentation to students learning New and Social Network Technologies in the department of Communication Science. Material covered in the book includes: • Getting started by finding an audience large enough to support a successful blog and how to create appealing content compelling content. • Achieve Advice on how to avoid creating blogs that appeal to advertisers and search engines but do not follow the critical passion of the blogger who needs to engage readers. • Techniques for building readers through online marketing including social bookmarking, social bookmarking, social media, original article marketing, forum promotion and video marketing and online publicity. • Case studies of successful bloggers and how they went about commercialising their blogs. "How You Can Make Money From Blogging" clearly explains the sheer hard work, marketing savvy and drive that is required as the time period for successful blogs has . . .
Competition and Workshop for Local Entrepreneurs in Secunda and Sasolburg Free Entrepreneurial Training: Register NOW for this opportunity Are you a hopeful entrepreneur? Do you have an innovative idea you would like to see flourish into a business or do you have a new business that needs guidance to grow to the next level? Do you need help pitching your business to potential investors or bank managers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, Pitch & Polish is the solution for you. Just as you are part of the solution to job creation in South Africa. Entrepreneurs create jobs, drive and shape innovation and contribute to productivity. Pitch & Polish is a free workshop and competition which will be held in Secunda on Saturday 6 April 2013 and Sasolburg on Saturday 20 April 2013. Winners from each city receive cash prizes and go through to the final, held in Johannesburg. These Pitch & Polish events intend to unearth the entrepreneurial talent and innovation that is believed to be in abundance in these two communities. The Pitch & Polish programme is designed to give you the skills you will need to pitch your business or idea effectively to potential investors, while learning valuable business lessons. Steps to be part of the free Pitch & Polish programme: 1. Decide whether you would like to register as a delegate or contestant (delegates and contestants participate in the workshop throughout the day but only contestants compete by pitching their business to the delegates who are encouraged to role-play as investors and bank managers) 2. Choose the city closest to you: Secunda 6 April or Sasolburg 20 April 3. Register online at www.pitchandpolish.com or sms PITCH and your NAME and CITY to 45982 (charged at R1.50 an sms) or email firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 011-566-2000 4. Arrive on the day at 8 am to sign in and enjoy a full, fun day of learning 5. Refreshments will be provided This unique experience-based form of . . .
Fresh from his Royal Albert Hall, London performance of A SOUTH AFRICAN STORY, that icon of South African music, Johnny Clegg, brings the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts at Kirstenbosch to a spectacular close on Sunday April 7. Johnny Clegg personifies all that is great on the SA music scene and as a dancer, anthropologist, singer, songwriter, academic, activist and passionate human being has become one of South Africa's greatest musical exports. Having campaigned over 30 years against the injustice of apartheid South Africa he has been instrumental in putting the new South Africa on the map and is hailed as a cultural ambassador. Under an African sky Johnny Clegg will once again thrill an audience of all ages offering the uniqueness of his music and a crackling energy into the garden. Expect to be on your feet for most of the evening! Always one of the most popular acts at this magnificent outdoor venue this concert will be a fitting end to a concert series that has sizzled with the best that SA has to offer. Tickets cost: Adults R110; youth 6 to 21 years R80; Botanical Society members R100 The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Drive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00 For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. 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: [/l2g] . . .