The East African climbers came to the fore on the queen stage of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, in the Cape Winelands on Thursday. The MTN-Qhubeka feeder team’s Ethiopian rider Estifanos Gebresilassie outsprinted team-mate and countryman Getachew Yohans to take the 110km third stage by four seconds in 3:02:43. Rwanda’s Jeanvier Hadi, riding in the colours of MTN World Cycling Centre Africa, followed them home in 3:02:56. It was the third stage victory for the Potchefstroom-based team, placing control of the tour firmly in their hands. Australian Nicholas Dougall, who opened their account with a convincing win in the individual time-trial on Tuesday evening, retains the leader’s jersey with a combined time of 3:23:31. His squad mates JC Nel of South Africa and Till Drobisch of Namibia occupy the second and third positions in the overall standings in 3:24:21 and 3:25:00 respectively. Despite their comfortable lead, MTN-Qhubeka team manager Andrew Smith said his riders had gone all out for the stage win. “It was up to these guys to protect Nic and keep him in the yellow jersey and they did a good job of that. But their aim was not just to defend and control but to race aggressively, which they did.” The stage started with a 25km neutral zone from the Allée Bleue wine estate near Stellenbosch through the town of Franschhoek. Turning onto the Wemmershoek road, the bunch went into racing mode, with international track star and Franschhoek resident Nolan Hoffman taking the sprint prime at the 37km mark. After passing through Paarl, a split of 14 riders went off the front on the gravel climb towards the Taal Monument. The East Africans pushed the pace on the ascent, with Gebresilassie taking the king of the mountains hotspot at 47km. A daring breakaway after 70km by RSAWeb’s junior category leader Chris Jooste and MTN WCCA’s Calvin Beneke saw the two riders put a minute into the chasing bunch. The two youngsters worked . . .
In association with several local and international partners, GIPCA offers members of the Cape Town public two unusual experiences at the Africa Centre’s 2013 Infecting the City Public Arts Festival. One of the great socio-realists of his time, Charles Dickens captured the joys and tragedies of city life in his little-known non-fiction work, The Uncommercial Traveller. The book features people and places which inspired many of his future works and gives the reader a glimpse into the personal thoughts and opinions of a man fascinated by cities and those living in them. Dickens was particularly interested in the parts of a city which remain hidden from public view, and he could often be found wandering the back streets on late-night insomniac walks. Using this approach of seeking out forgotten places and uncovering hidden stories, participants in Punchdrunk and Arcola Theatre’s workshops explore the city and work in teams to devise, write and record short audio pieces over a five day period. Working with directors Owen Calvert Lyons (Arcola Theatre) and Raquel Meseguer (Punchdrunk), and acclaimed artist James Webb, 15 local theatre practitioners will develop creative and reflective audio-guided tours of locations in the city of Cape Town – journeys that allow audiences to see the city in a new light. The project will culminate in downloadable public guided tours of Cape Town, to be launched at the Infecting the City Festival. Known in the UK for their innovative approaches to theatre Punchdrunk and Arcola Theatre have worked closely with the British Council to reconceive The Uncommercial Traveller as an international project. To date, the project has travelled to Karachi, Melbourne, Penang, Singapore and Portsmouth. Curated by Winnie Sze, the collaborative project, Under Construction, involves the meticulous construction and spectacular public destruction of a complex wooden structure in the District Six Museum to ask poignant questions around what it . . .
Friday 1 March was International Wheelchair Day and Cape Town company Adapt To Change and Avondale Primary School in Atlantis marked the day by making a donation of bread tags to the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation. The children from Avondale, in collaboration with Adapt To Change, had been collecting the tags since last year. “Please give a very, very big thank you to all the staff and learners at Avondale School who contributed so many tags,” said Mary Honeybun of the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation. She added that so far the foundation has managed to give out 368 wheelchairs and last year alone 5-tons of breadtags were recycled and kept out of landfills. International Wheelchair Day was started 6 years ago by Steve Wilkinson in Australia. Steve was born with Spina Bifida and wanted to create a day that raised awareness of the needs of disabled people around the world and more importantly create the opportunity to celebrate the positive impact a wheelchair can have in someone’s life. Says Steve about Adapt To Change and Avondale Primary’s initiative forming part of International Wheelchair Day: “I'm honored to include you as the first event to be featured from South Africa and for the fact that you are working so hard alongside the school and Mary (of the Breadtags for Wheelchairs Foundation) to support one of the key aims of International Wheelchair Day (which is) to provide wheelchairs for the tens of millions of people who need a wheelchair to improve their quality of life.” ‘We are privileged to have played a small part in two such incredible initiatives that are making such a big difference in many people’s lives,’ said Johann Koegelenberg, Adapt To Change’s co-founder. Adapt To Change’s relationship with Avondale Primary started in July 2012. Said Koegelenberg: ‘All 3 founding members of Adapt To Change have spent significant time working in Atlantis and to this day we have family and friends residing in the area – it is an area close . . .
Newly crowned national champions MTN-Qhubeka showed their winning form when they swept to victory in the team time-trial on the second day of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, near Stellenbosch on Wednesday. Africa’s first Pro Continental team’s feeder riders set a blistering pace in near-perfect conditions on the 38km course to record a time of 48 minutes 14.1 seconds at the finish on the Allée Bleue wine estate. They were followed home by the Stellenbosch-based Smith & Associates team, which incorporates the strong Maties outfit, in 51:50:17. In third, clocking 51:59:30, was JP van Zyl’s MTN World Cycling Centre Africa squad. The win further asserts MTN-Qhubeka’s dominance on the overall standings with Australian Nic Dougall, South African JC Nel and Namibian Till Drobisch locking out the podium. Dougall, who claimed the yellow jersey with a surprise performance in the individual time-trial the previous day, said the team had gone all out to make good time. “The guys made it really fast and the pace was smooth out there today.” Nel agreed and said everything had gone to plan and that all six riders had been on song. “We came here for the overall victory and we are now on course for that.” Although the stage did not count towards the individual classification, Nel said his squad had had more to play for. “We’d also like to win the team competition, so I think we took a big step towards that today.” With two stage wins under their belts, the men in yellow and black now seem in firm control of the four-day tour. However, Nel said they would not be resting on their laurels in the testing 140km road race that visits Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl on Thursday. He said the presence of world-class sprinters like Tasol-GT’s Nolan Hoffman and Barbadian Jesse Kelly, who are riding in the colours of ASG, would make a sprint finish less than desirable. “I think you can look forward to a very aggressive race tomorrow.” For race . . .
It was a clean sweep for MTN-Qhubeka on the opening stage of the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, near Stellenbosch on Tuesday. Australian Nicholas Dougall clocked the fastest time in the 14km individual time trial, which saw riders battle headwinds all the way from the Allée Bleue wine estate up the Helshoogte pass to the hilltop finish at African Valley Estate. He crossed the line in 20 minutes 17.3 seconds, a full 50 seconds clear of team-mate JC Nel, who recorded 21 minutes 7.1 seconds. Till Drobisch rounded out the podium for the Potchefstroom-based squad in 21 minutes 45.5 seconds. Dougall said riding the course earlier in the day had been critical to his team’s success and allowed him to gauge his pace correctly. “It was a very tough course. With the two climbs being at the end, you didn’t want to go out too hard. “I paced it fairly well and when I got to the bottom of the first climb I was feeling good and started picking it up towards the end from there.” He said he caught his one-minute man on the flat section halfway through the stage, and passed a second rider on the first climb. “When I got halfway up that climb I was feeling good but it’s very difficult to judge and you never really know until you see the results at the end.” The 20-year-old said the win had come as a surprise to him, following a poor showing at the national road championships last weekend. “My form hasn’t been that great but I thought I’d just go out there today, give it 100% and see what happens.” He said MTN-Qhubeka’s dominant showing would make the outfit a major contender for Wednesday’s 38km team time-trial. “The team is very strong at the moment and we now essentially have three cards to play.” Dougall said Thursday’s 140km road race would be the decisive stage. “We can now afford to race aggressively, not just sit back and wait.” He said the presence of world-class sprinters like Tasol-GT’s Nolan Hoffman would certainly influence . . .
The Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) partners with this year’s Infecting the City Public Art Festival, to present provocative, award-winning dance performances from the continent. Having recently returned from sold-out performances at the Ovalhouse in London, highly acclaimed choreographer and Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow, Mamela Nyamza, presents a startling dance performance Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo (The Meal), for which she received a Standard Bank Ovation Award at the National Arts Festival 2012. Conceptualised, choreographed and directed by Nyamza, the work is performed together with Dinah Eppel and Kirsty Ndawo. Okuya Phantsi Kwempumlo considers cooking, eating, art, love and sex. It celebrates the creative capacity of young South Africans to subvert and transform instruments of oppression and denigration into expressions of ecstasy and beauty; and reflects on the relationship between women from different generations and races. “Before a meal can be eaten, preparation is necessary. The most basic division is between the creator of the meal and those who are being served. This work examines the process in which the eater becomes one with the meal, though the process of reaching satisfaction can take many forms,” Nyamza comments. Awarded the main Puma Creative Prize and the first prize in the Group Pieces category at danse l'Afrique danse in Bamako, 2010, the collaborative performance Orobroy, Stop! was conceptualised under the creative direction of internationally esteemed Mozambican choreographer, Horácio Macuácua. Orobroy means ‘thought’ in the language of the Gypsy nomads with whom Flamenco originated. In an inventive intercultural reconstruction of Flamenco; deep emotions, notions of identity, gender and conflicting experiences are explored in a visceral manner through both body and sound in this provocative work; which features Sónia Janeth Mulapha, Domingos Bié, and Pedro Machava.Subsequent to the work’s success . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) partners with the Public Culture CityLab (African Centre for Cities, UCT) on Thinking the City, from 12-15 March 2013. This series of talks and discussions seeks to strengthen thinking and practice at the intersection of culture and public space, particularly in Cape Town. These sessions will take place at the Infecting the City Festival Centre (6 Spin Street) from 10:30 – 12:00 daily, from 12-15 March 2013, and are presented as part of the Africa Centre’s annual Infecting the City Public Art Festival. Cape Town has a long history of public art and culture, and has more recently embraced the notion of a ‘creative city’. This is an exciting prospect for creative practitioners, yet the question of ‘creative city for whom?’ keeps bubbling to the surface of public debate, as different interest groups lay claim to the creative expression in, and of, public space. Thinking the City will contribute to the Infecting the City programme by unpacking a series of examples and contested territories related to cultural practice in the city, in order to foster a more critical dialogue about creative practice in public space. It will comprise four presentation and discussion sessions. Led by Public Culture CityLab co-convenor, Rike Sitas, and Oddveig Nicole Sarmiento (Centre for African Studies); the opening session Public space, festivalisation and contested cultural expression will take place on Tuesday 12 March. It aims to unpack questions of cultural expression in the increasingly prevalent phenomenon of public events and festivals. The Kaapse Klopse Minstrel Carnival in Cape Town is simultaneously the most popular and one of the most critiqued public space events in Cape Town. Discussing this case in the context of Infecting the City, the speakers raise questions about the problematic popular culture vs ‘high’ art binary, asking us to rethink cultural claims to expression and knowledge production in the . . .
It will be the clash of the future champions when international star Nolan Hoffman leads the invitational Boland ASG junior team against a strong World Cycling Centre Africa (WCCA) contingent at the Bestmed Tour de Boland from Tuesday. The Franschhoek-based sprinter, who returned from the UCI World Track Championships at the end of February, will mentor the five youngsters from Wellington during the four-day tour, which is presented by ASG. They are Marc Kerr, Timo Cooper, Wian-David Slabbert, George King and Corne Helberg. Barbados’s top junior rider Jesse Kelly will join them as a special guest. “I’m looking for a win and at the same time to help the young riders,” said Hoffman, who usually rides in the colours of Tasol-GT. “We have a lot of talent in SA. The only way to improve as a rider is in races and we need the longer tours to become internationally competitive.” The four-time Paarl Boxing Day 25-mile winner said the Boland event was perfectly timed to test his legs ahead of the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour the following week. His squad will face off against three WCCA teams, featuring six members of the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team, including JC Nel (South Africa), Getachew Yohans (Ethiopia) and Till Drobisch (Namibia). The MTN-Qhubeka development outfit is looking strong following their victory in the team time-trial event at the national road championships this past weekend. According to WCCA director JP van Zyl, Nel and Drobisch were expected to lead the charge in the individual (stage one) and team time-trial (stage two), while Calvin Benecke and Emile Jacobs were the strongest hopefuls for the road race (stage three) and criterium (stage four). “The tour is well balanced in its challenges and is one of our major goal races,” said Van Zyl. “It can be viewed as a talent identification tour, where we will see who will become the big names of the near future.” The former Olympian said the purpose of the Potchefstroom-based . . .
Trespassing Permitted is presented by The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA), as part of the 2013 programme B for the Infecting the City Public Arts Festival, 12 – 16 March 2013. Church Square 20:00 Tuesday 12 March & Thursday 14 March In line with GIPCA’s interdisciplinary mandate,Trespassing Permitted engages with “off limit” zones within the performance space. The initiators of this work, Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award winners Mike Rossi and Ulrich Suesse, have created a crossover performance, featuring acclaimed musician Feya Faku on trumpet, and dance artists Nicola Elliott, Alan Parker and Richard Antrobus. The composition process was informed by exploring and experimenting with boundaries; by developing new musical sound and by collaborating in music and mixed media productions. Performers are not constrained by detailed notated scores; they are free to move, participate and improvise with their own contributions - Trespassing Permitted. Improvisation encroaches on composition, jazz invades western classical, African and European sound spectra are interpolated, dancers meddle in the creation of sound. The programme moves from individual performances to an increasingly participatory performance, with parallels being drawn to the reopening and re-activation of city spaces. For more information on the Festival, see www.infectingthecity.com or www.gipca.uct.ac.za URL: http://www.gipca.uct.ac.za/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. 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: Feya Faku [/l2g] . . .
Shades of Grey is presented by The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts, as part of the 2013 programme for the Infecting the City Public Arts Festival. Old and new converge with the Cape Consort’s exploration of early vocal repertoire in Shades of Grey, a fractured audioscape of late medieval European and 19th-century colonial culture in historically informed interpretation. The music can be perceived as if through an aural kaleidoscope, which even though it fragments the image, unites the fragments into a pattern: the original veneration for the saint in 15th-century Münster, Grey’s inclusion of the music in the collection during his governance of the Cape Colony, today’s research on early music and its historically informed performance. Slave Church in Long Street @ 12:30 on Thursday 14 March and Slave Church in Long Street @ 10:30 on Saturday 16 March For more information on the Festival see www.infectingthecity.com or www.gipca.uct.ac.za The work is the result of a Donald Gordon Creative Arts Award, awarded to musicologist Rebekka Sandmeier. The Cape Consort is comprised of Tessa Roos and Vasti Knoesen (alto), Nick de Jager and Lance Phillip (tenor), Charles Ainslie and Patrick Cordery (bass), and Erik Dippenaar (organ). URL: http://gipca.uct.ac.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. 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: Grey in front of NLSA [/l2g] . . .