The work of young amateur South African filmmakers will be publicly celebrated at the fifth annual LivingIt Ubuntu Youth Film Festival, taking place at the US Woordfees at Oude Libertas Arts and Culture Centre in Stellenbosch, on Sunday afternoon 13 March 2016 from 3pm to 9pm. The festival, which was made possible by a grant from the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), will screen a series of short five-minute films produced by amateur youth. Besides its mission of ‘ubuntu’ – bringing people together – the festival has a legacy of fostering talent, with works on YouTube, and seen on local television and screens as far afield as Boston, Toronto, Edinburgh and London. Some of its winners, such as Kobus Potgieter, have gone on to become filmmakers. Selected works have also been screened at the Cape Winelands Film Festival and regularly on Cape Town TV, posted on the JIP Die Burger, Volksblad and Beeld website, loaded onto YouTube and Facebook and have been sent around the globe by the Global Oneness Project. LivingIt is a non-profit organisation with an impressive track record of success in giving voice to the hopes and dreams of young people in South Africa. Programme activities challenge, inspire, support and train young South Africans to produce short films of under five minutes. This year’s Festival theme is Ubuntu (stay/happy/bly/hlala/onwabile). With the assistance of skilled professionals, these films are generated entirely by the young people, from script writing, acting and shooting the film, to final editing. In this way the participants are provided with a wide range of skills and opportunities while using film as a vehicle to voice the hopes and dreams of youngsters, for a united world. The top five competition entries will be announced at the Festival and each of these will receive R6 000, part sponsored by the ATKV (Afrikaanse Taal en Kultuurvereniging). Further prizes will be awarded at an Artscape screening in August. While the films are . . .
Summary of Switch and Save Photo: Whitehart Delivering a world-class customer experience and managing large-scale digital signage networks has just become a lot simpler with the launch of Public Display Technologies’ (PDT) ‘Switch and Save’. Switch and Save allows you to manage your digital signage network at a much lower operational cost while enjoying the benefits of this technology. PDT is offering an exclusive digital signage contract where no swop-out labour and media player hardware fees are charged. With this offer ending on 31 December 2016, PDT uses the latest media player technology that eliminates the cost of software and licensing fees in this 3 year contract. This exclusive contract applies to companies with large-scale digital signage networks. PDT will complete the installation within 35 working days and limited costs will apply if additional hardware is added onto a current 3 year contract. To book a site visit, calculate the potential savings or for more information, please contact PDT on 0861 123 738 or firstname.lastname@example.org Demos available on request. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It takes 7 seconds to make a first impression Arguably one of the key moments in any hiring process is the interview. This defining and equally nerve-racking juncture imparts quite a fair amount of pressure on both the hiring manager and the candidate. The former’s objective is to thoroughly assess aptitude, attitude and chemistry, for the latter it’s putting their best foot forward while simultaneously attempting to make a favourable and lasting impression. Add the competitive environment, contrived atmosphere and rigid time constraints and this be- comes quite the tricky ask. Which is why despite the somewhat unrealistic expectations on the efficacy of interviews, The Talent Boom - a global executive search recruitment agency - believes that injecting creativity into this demanding process will lead to better results. There are a few ways in which this can be done. A serious time to play Introducing creativity and a relaxed sense of play into the process can break up the monotony of repetitive and overly rehearsed interview scenarios for both the interviewer and candidate. In addition to providing an open and interactive environment, this playful interaction further serves to dis- arm the candidate and allow the interviewer to unlock deeper and more insightful answers and assessments. Location, location, location A real estate dictum for a reason, location can add real value to the interview process, particularly when said location is unexpected or taken out of the typical workplace context. Unusual environments stimulate fresh perspectives to the benefit of both the hiring manager and candidate. Interactive ice-breaker An interactive game - specifically designed with the interview process in mind - serves to not only break the ice in a fun, interactive way, but also assist the hiring manager with quickly assessing the candidate on various levels while at the same time allowing the candidate to make a more accurate, unique and - more . . .
Longridge wine estate and winemaker Jasper Raats continue to impress wine connoisseurs both locally and abroad. Within the past month, renowned wine critics Tim Atkin and Jamie Goode have both been highly complementary of this Helderberg estate and its extraordinary wine portfolio. Acclaimed critic Tim Atkin mentioned Jasper specifically as “one of the winemakers, who are achieving remarkable things in South Africa” in his recently published South Africa 2015 Special Report. Applauding the Longridge Clos du Ciel Single Vineyard Chardonnay as one of the wines that celebrate the diversity of Stellenbosch, he listed it amongst his top white wines of the year. Five wines crafted by Raats and winemaker Hendrien de Munck also made it into Atkin’s “The Best of the Cape” listing according to his personal selection based on specific wine styles. Recognising Chardonnay as fast becoming a speciality at Longridge, Atkin gave a score of 95 to the 2013 Clos du Ciel Chardonnay and a 93 to the 2014 Longridge Chardonnay. In addition, he included the 2012 Longridge Ekliptika (92 points) as well as two wines from the Jasper Raats Single Vineyard Range, namely the 2014 Driefontein Sauvignon Blanc (92 points) and the maiden vintage 2013 Driefontein Syrah (92 points) to this prestigious selection. The exciting new direction Raats has taken and the quality of wines currently produced at Longridge made a particular impression on Jamie Goode of wineanorak.com during his recent visit to South Africa. Having reviewed the wines produced both under the Longridge label and the Jasper Raats Single Vineyard range, the UK-based wine journalist did not score a single wine lower than 90 points. Top scores of 94 points went to the ultra-premium wines in the collection – the 2013 Longridge Ou Steen Demi-Sec, a single vineyard Chenin Blanc, the 2012 Longridge Ekliptika, a Cabernet Franc driven Bordeaux blend as well as the single block 2013 Longridge Clos du Ciel Chardonnay. Jasper’s own . . .
Celebrated winemaker Bruwer Raats and his cousin Gavin Bruwer Slabbert are shaking up the local wine industry with the launch of the B Vintners Vine Exploration Co. The newly released portfolio consists of a range of sublime heritage wines and unique terroir specific wines. The passionate winemaking duo has been exploring the Stellenbosch region for vines that embrace the heritage of the Cape of Good Hope. Heritage varieties are not the only focus, but small vineyard parcels that showcase their terroir are important to their future vision. According to Slabbert, their company has been established on the building blocks of vine, terroir, heritage and future. “I have spent my forming years in Stellenbosch and this area with its distinctive terroir needs to be celebrated. We want to combine our heritage with a dynamic and innovative winemaking philosophy, to produce wines of excellence.” Their exploration has resulted in a portfolio of wines that are greatly expressive. The heritage wines include a bone-dry Muscat d’ Alexandrie, named de Alexandria, a beautifully balanced white blend, Haarlem to Hope and an elegantly and understated Pinotage called Liberte. Staying true to their name, the vine explorers also give life to terroir specific wines in the form of a Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The de Alexandria pays homage to the origin of its grape variety, Alexandria in ancient Egypt. The cuttings found their way via the trade routes to the southern tip of the African continent. B Vintners discovered the small 0.7 hectare parcel located in the Helderberg Mountain and has created a wine of purity and refinement. It boasts an incredibly delicate nose of rose petals, orange blossom and litchi fruit. The Haarlem to Hope is described as a heritage blend featuring Raats’ beloved Chenin Blanc, Semillon, a variety which made up 90% of grape plantings in the Cape during the 19th century and a touch of Muscat d” Alexandrie. The wine takes its name from the original trade . . .
Longridge Wine Estate continues to garner accolades for the efforts of its winemaking team. Their most recent achievement saw two wines from the award-winning portfolio showing their class by being included in the inaugural Sommeliers’ Selection. Internationally acclaimed sommeliers David Clarke and Higgo Jacobs presided over the judging panel consisting only of members of the South African Sommeliers Association. More than 400 entries were received, but only 101 wines made the final cut. The 2013 Longridge Pinotage scored a trophy win in the Elegant/Classy Red category, while the 2014 Longridge Chardonnay was included in the Elegant/Classy White selection. According to vigneron Jasper Raats, the winemaking team is very excited by their wines’ performance in this new competition. “The competition has a completely different slant that will distinguish it from other wine contests and it is definitely encouraging to get such positive feedback from these well-respected sommeliers. We are looking forward to the reaction from wine consumers following our inclusion in this listing,” mentions Raats. Raats’ experience with Pinot Noir has resulted in a winemaking style that allows the expression of terroir to define the character of this Pinotage. Stylistically, the focus is elegantly placed on the fruit and characteristics of Pinot Noir to create a well-rounded red with soft juicy tannins, an intriguing nose of sweet spices, cassis and black berries, sugared orange peel and raw cocoa with a yeasty savoury character following through onto the palate and finishing with a long and lingering aftertaste. Earlier vintages of the Longridge Pinotage have been included in the ABSA Top 10 Pinotage list as well as the Top 100 SA Wines and have scored consistently high ratings in the Platter Guide. For more information, visit www.longridge.co.za. ENDS Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. More Info link: http://www.longridge.co.za Twitter: . . .
Louise van Ryhn will be speaking on Partners for Possibility – what happens when business leaders and principals partner in cross-sectoral partnerships because they care about OUR future. Author: yothando dlamini from HIPPO Communications. More Info link: Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Photo: Photo: Photo: YouTube: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The annual Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay will again serve to highlight the superb food and wine offerings that has earned the Stellenbosch area its place as the country’s gourmet capital; and for the duration of the 10-day festival from 24 January to 1 February, festival-goers will get to experience an incredible journey of delicious food, accompanied by some of the best wines of the world. Don’t miss a festival highlight, the Longridge Langtafel on Wednesday, 28 January, when the oak-lined Plein Street, in the heart of the town, will be transformed for an open-air gala dinner. The 200-seater table will be set in front of the iconic Stellenbosch town hall where guests will be presented with a feast paired with wines from the award-winning Longridge wine portfolio. Diners will be greeted with Longridge MCC bubbly on arrival, along with a section of delicious snacks, including trout tartare served in a tortilla basket, traditional Cape Malay samoosas with mango atjar, caramelised onion, gruyere and Dijon tarts, roasted peeled almonds, olives and South African speciality beef biltong. Live music will ensure the perfect ambiance. The rest of the menu is just as exciting: for starters a Caprese salad with homemade fior di latte mozzarella, sun-ripened tomatoes and organic basil from the Longridge restaurant garden accompanied by home-baked bread and citrus butter main course (paired with the refreshing Longridge Blanc white blend); and the entrée consists of a prawn tempura tower with layered grilled aubergine, avocado and red onion and wasabi mayonnaise and chilli sauce. This will be perfectly matched with the Longridge Chardonnay. The main course features free-range beef fillet with a potato cake, baked bone marrow, red wine jus and steamed broccoli and will be served with the Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon. For the grand finale, guests will tuck into a chocolate parfait with fresh cherries, Kahlua and salted caramel with berry meringue, . . .
A Cabernet Franc by South African winemaker Bruwer Raats has recently featured on the wine list of a top New York restaurant in honour of late president Nelson Mandela. Marcus Samuelsson’s iconic Red Rooster restaurant in Harlem has become renowned for its impressive wine list designed to complement his New American Cuisine, which has contributed to making Samuelsson one of the most celebrated chefs of his generation. Ethiopian-born Samuelsson has earned three stars in The New York Times and he also prepared the meal for the first State Dinner of the Obama administration. As America celebrated Black History Month, special tributes were hosted to commemorate the life and legacy of Madiba and several South African red wines graced the Red Rooster wine list, including the signature Raats Family Cabernet Franc. This inclusion caught the attention of the wine e-journal Daily Sip on wine community website bottlenotes titled “A Wine List Worthy of a Harlem Renaissance.” “It was definitely a huge honour to be included on the Red Rooster’s wine list as this restaurant has become renowned for cuisine that is a highly personal expression of the ethnic and cultural influences in the life of the owner. For my wine to be included as part of his tribute to our own Madiba is indeed very special and I consider it as part of my tribute to this great African hero,” mentions Raats. “The fact that it was included on the bottlenotes website’s daily blog is great as the Daily Sip has over 300 000 subscribers and 180 000 Facebook followers. This is incredible exposure for my wine amongst an enthusiastic community of wine lovers,” explains Raats. For more information, visit www.raats.co.za. ENDS Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: http://www.raats.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: Peridot Communications. Winemaker Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines. . . .
The 2014 Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay will be a feast for the whole family. The ten-day wine and food extravaganza will delight food and wine lovers with loads of exceptional culinary experiences, wine tastings and exciting outdoor activities. The jam-packed festival line-up offers a wide variety of winery experiences ranging from picnics to pairings, game drives to grape stomping, high teas to golf, open air movies and gala dinners to superb gourmet pairings. Many of the wineries have included specific child-friendly activities to keep the younger crowd entertained. According to Annareth Bolton, CEO of the Stellenbosch American Express® Wine Routes, visitors can expect truly unique events as part of the American Express Winery Experiences. “Our members have pulled out all the stops to present visitors with an exciting overview of Stellenbosch as the country’s gourmet capital. These events present a virtual snapshot of our local food and wine industry with a proudly South African flavour. Whether you’re a serious wine enthusiast or looking for casual family outings, the festival will definitely fit the bill this year,” mentions Bolton. One of the highlights of the festival will undoubtedly be the Longridge gala dinner, which will be hosted in the historic streets of Stellenbosch on Wednesday, 29 January. Plein Street in front of the town hall will be transformed into an elegant open-air dinner venue for a fantastic five-course meal paired with the finest Longridge wines and accompanied by live music. Another fine dining experience not to be missed is the five-course wine and food pairing presented at Towerbosch restaurant, recently crowned as the best country-style restaurant in the country. Knorhoek has collaborated with neighbouring wineries from the Simonsberg region Quoin Rock, Muratie and Delheim to host this spectacular gourmet offering on Thursday, 30 January. Don’t miss the unique DeZine Dine Cultivar Showcase at . . .