Western Cape craft producers have notched up export orders worth over R1,5 million (R1,522,547) at three international lifestyle shows this year. This is despite depressed trading conditions in many European countries. The Western Cape enterprises participated in Ambiente in Germany in February, the New York Gift Fair in August, and Maison et Objet in France in September. Exports were achieved with the support of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), which coordinates and manages export marketing opportunities sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti). At Ambiente, five craft producers took total orders worth over R1million and quoted on additional orders worth nearly R915 000. In New York, nine enterprises’ sales and pending orders totalled nearly R360 000. Maison et Object sales and pending orders for six participants are still being assessed, but should total at least R136 800. “While we have been attending Ambiente for the past five years, this was the first time CCDI supported producers at the Paris and New York shows,” said Ryan Rode, CCDI market support coordinator for exports. “It takes a few years of repeat visits to build confidence in the market.” European business, including the UK, has slowed down because of the recession, said Rode. However, US markets for South African craft are buoyant and growing rapidly. “There is a significant trend towards high quality, unique handmade items that are ethically-sourced, support communities, preserve culture, are sustainable and tell a story.” The CCDI plans, if more administrative support becomes available, to take part annually in two additional major shows in the UK and Australia. “The goal is to build a strong brand in five markets, while also taking part in national South African pavilions at shows in developing countries.” Before the 2013 shows, the CCDI developed several new systems and templates as part of its briefing and mentoring programme to prepare the participants. . . .
LAND - an event comprising performances, visual art installations, public lectures and panels about land, territory, ownership and art – will be presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) from 21-24 November at various spaces throughout the City of Cape Town. South Africa is characterised by a series of disjunctive experiences in a land of extraordinary contrast: its natural splendour belies the brutal experiences of slavery, forced removals and continued poverty. In deference to the centennial of the infamous Native Land Act of 1913, there has been a national focus on land as a vessel of trade, trauma, and restitution. The material inscription of colonisation, with the Land Act as its formalisation, remains performative - still determining where people live and intersect, and how people move through space. It results in diverse and opposing ideas, values, dreams that constantly disrupt the country’s present. That such distension still exists twenty years into our democracy, foregrounds the complexity of the subject. LAND focuses on contemporar y practices, the traumas and the hauntedness that manifest as a result of this condition. The event probes the nuances and paradoxes of the subject as taken on by visual and performing artists, composers, musicians and filmmakers. While there will be consideration of broad, overarching themes such as restitution; many of the talks will be presented by artists and art theorists around processes and impacts of a range of artworks. Site specific performances, visual art installations, choreographed works, film screenings and exhibitions will punctuate the theoretical conversations, providing immediate material for discussion and further research. A strong feature of LAND is that it takes place at various spaces of historical significance and contemporary contestation in the city. The controversial Prestwich Memorial hosts the opening night with keynote addresses by Professors Lungisile . . .
Proving that they are “Africa’s greenest hotel”, the recently opened, Hotel Verde, has scooped the Water Conservation Award at the Eco-Logic Awards held in Johannesburg on 26 September. The award was presented to the owners Mario and Annemarie Delicio at the ceremony in Maropeng which was hosted by The Enviropaedia, in association with SABC3. “This award is recognition of the years of work and dedication of the entire professional team who have made Hotel Verde, Africa’s greenest hotel” said Mario Delicio on acceptance of the award. “However, our work is not done and every employee at Hotel Verde continues to be eco-conscious wherever they can, because we simply owe it to our environment” The award was sponsored by Rand Water and successful finalists were evaluated according to certain criteria as explained by David Parry-Davies, editor of The Enviropaedia and co-host of the Eco-Logic Awards. “We were looking for an organisation which reflects the qualities of Eco-Logic; collaborates with nature, does long-term planning, has a holistic perspective, offers a high quality product or service, demonstrates Ubuntu care for the community, as well as an organisation that is innovative and has an inspirational long term vision”. According to Parry-Davies, Hotel Verde, although only operational for 6 weeks, was able to ‘tick the box’ for all of the Eco-Logic qualities. “The leadership and attention to every little detail at Hotel Verde is absolutely outstanding. We cannot praise them enough”. Leslie Hoy, Manager of Environmental Management Services at Rand Water, sponsor of the Water Conservation Award and one of the judges, explained that the judges looked for both theoretical as well as practical examples of what the nominees have achieved. “I wanted to see, as an example, that savings were quantified and not merely explained or spoken about. We had to see that the nominated person or organisation had looked at the matter holistically and set processes in . . .
Some 104 new, sustainable long-term jobs have been created in the past 12 months (October 2013) in the Western Cape craft and design sector – with more in the pipeline. This good news is the outcome of the first year of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI’s) Jobs Fund project. The CCDI was set up in 2001 to promote and grow the economic sustainability of the craft and design sector in the Western Cape. In 2011 the Institute submitted a project proposal in the first Enterprise Development window of the National Treasury’s Jobs Fund programme, being implemented by the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA). The proposal made it through a rigorous evaluation and due diligence process and resulted in the CCDI leveraging an investment of R14,5m towards the creation of 451 jobs, in 44 craft and design businesses, over three years. During the first year of this three-year programme, the CCDI disbursed over R5.5 million to the participating enterprises. The businesses contributed over R1,3 million. (The Jobs Fund covers 80% of new intervention costs, craft enterprises make up the balance.) “Our monitoring and reporting processes show that the vast majority of enterprises have experienced significant growth,” said CCDI Business Support Programme Manager Sarah Polonsky, who has overseen the programme. “Turnover, profits and production volumes have increased and many companies are successfully exporting, with an expanding customer base.” A survey of participants – ranging from ceramics and jewellery producers to makers of high-end furniture and homeware products – showed they invested 39% of funding in equipment and machinery, 21% in marketing and 18% in product innovation. At this stage 18 companies are implementing management skills development, and 19 have introduced workforce development through the CCDI. Some 115 employees are receiving technical or life skills development. In one company, staff attend a weekly aerobics-yoga class, and their blood . . .
The second incarnation of the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary is a production called Cantos Reborn, presented by Johannesburg-based PhalaOokeditse Phala at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective until 28th of September. Cantos Reborn explores the psyche of an unborn girl child, Nomakhaya, who refuses to be born into the South Africa that women know and experience, when she learns of injustices and violent crimes that victimise the girl children in the human world. Her choice results in a miscarriage, affecting the couple who would be her parents in innumerable ways. The creative ensemble comprises Iman Isaacs, Thando Doni and Alecia Daniels, with design by Kabelo Chalatsane. “I come from a background of community drama where one has to be an all-rounder in the theatre ensemble; an actor, writer, director, dramaturge, facilitator, singer, dancer,” explains Phala; continuing, “Having recently directed Nothing But The Truth by John Kani and adapted Franz Kafka’s short story, A Report to An Academy, it was time to revisit the process of creating devised work. Not only do es devising open up new avenues of thinking and producing knowledge (or at least new voices in existing knowledge), it is also the cradle of collaboration in theatre where each voice and body is equally important.” Expressing his gratitude for the platform to practice his craft and explore his inner theatre-maker beyond the scope of his studies, the Johannesburg-based theatre-maker and academic explained, “The Emerging Directors Bursary encourages new work and budding talent, and there is no other platform of its nature in the country!” Phala holds a Masters in Dramatic Arts (Performance Studies) through the Drama For Life Programme from the University of Witwatersrand. His original works include Killy Boy (2010), Ungasabi (2011) and Stains Inner (2012). His directing credits include assistant director to John Kani in Shakespeare’s Othello (2010), Mbeki and . . .
Professor Michael Godby will discuss Duccio’s famous fourteenth century altarpiece, Maesta, at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ Great Texts public lecture series. This lecture will take place on Thursday 3 October at 17:30 at UCT’s Hiddingh Hall. On the 9th of June 1311, Duccio’s Maesta (or Madonna and Child in Majesty) was taken by a full assembly of citizens through the streets of Siena and installed on the high altar of the cathedral. This act of devotion effectively renewed the dedication of the city to the Virgin, the principal subject of the main panel. But, like all other Madonna and Child paintings, the Maesta also represented the Incarnation – the miracle, as Christians believe, of divinity taking on human form in order to redeem humankind from original sin. The image of the Madonna, therefore, is complex, involving not only votive significance expressed in both material richness and artistic skill, but also a fine balance in the figures of mother and child between their appearance as human actors and their status as the embodiment of theological truth. This lecture, Maesta: Mediaeval, Modern, Marvellous, explores the appearance of these ideas in both the main Maesta panel itself and the many narrative panels in the altarpiece that depict the story of Jesus. It will also demonstrate the parallels between the procession to the cathedral, which united the religious and secular powers in Siena, and the telling of the Christian story in theMaesta. Michael Godby is Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Cape Town. He has published and lectured on Early Renaissance Art, English Eighteenth-century Art, particularly William Hogarth, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century South African Art, and the History of South African Photography. Professor Godby has curated several exhibitions on South African art, notably Is there Still Life? Continuity and Change in South African Still Life Painting (2007) and The Lie of the Land: . . .
Top professional skateboarders Ryan Decenzo and Adam Dyet will be joining the Skateboarding for Hope tour in the Northern Cape Province in the lead-up to the Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore, a business unit of Anglo American. The world championship skateboarding event will take place in the capital city of Kimberley from 27-29 September and the best skateboarders in the world are expected to battle it out for the vert and street titles as well as a share in the price purse of more than R5-million. These two skaters will be joining the community outreach initiative to take part in skateboarding clinics and demonstrations in Kathu, Kuruman and Kimberley. The activations form part of the joint initiative between the Northern Cape provincial government and Kumba Iron Ore to introduce novice skateboarders in impoverished communities to the joy of skateboarding. This will be Decenzo’s second trip to South Africa after he narrowly missed out on the world championship title in Kimberley last year. He recently took the first place at the Kia World Games hosted in China in June. Dyet was a bronze medallist at the X Games and will be a first-time visitor to the country. According to Tim McFerran of World Skateboarding Grand Prix, it is very exciting to have such accomplished skateboarders joining a part of the road show. “They are amazingly talented skateboarders and it is a fantastic opportunity for youngsters in the Northern Cape to learn basic skateboarding skills from the best in the world. I am confident that Ryan and Adam will show off all their tricks during the demonstrations and that this will further inspire a new generation of skateboarders throughout the province. Skateboarding enthusiasts will also be able to get a sneak preview of what can be expected during the three days of non-stop skateboarding action at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley next weekend,” mentions McFerran. The Skateboarding for Hope tour stops include: • . . .
This year’s African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC) takes place in less than three weeks – and some of the world’s most incisive, creative and thought-provoking strategists, academics, entrepreneurs and artists will shortly debate how to unlock the potential of the creative economies. This annual conference was first held in Nairobi, Kenya in 2011 and in Dakar, Senegal in 2012. This year, speakers and panellists at Cape Town’s City Hall (6-9 October) will focus on the continent’s creative industries as economic drivers, highlighting their potential contribution to the eradication of poverty and underpinning of democracy and human rights. The dazzling line-up ranges from think-tank directors to fashion entrepreneurs, musicians to government ministers. Delegates will access the latest economic and cultural development indicators; hear inspirational stories from dynamic cultural entrepreneurs; and debate the findings of development experts, global funders and commentators. Policy experts include Dr David Stevens (Director, Fireside Research, World Policy Institute, USA); Dr Marina Guo, Vice-director, John Howkins Research Centre on the Creative Economy, Shanghai, China; Bernard Bakaye, head of the Culture and Sports Department of the East African Community; and Stephen Chifunyise, arts, culture and education consultant and Principal of the Zimbabwe Academy of Arts Education for Development (ZAAED). Artists and creative entrepreneurs include Francophone Africa rap musician Didier Awadi and Jaouad Essounani, the director, playwright and artistic director of the Dabateatre Company of Rabat, Morocco. Nigerian lawyer-turned fashion entrepreneur Omoyemi Akerele will share her success story, along with DRC-born, SA-based film-maker Johnny Muteba, CEO of Mobi Changa Limited Kyai Mullei and Zimbabwean-born, SA-based Patrick Schofield, founder of Streetwires and crowd-funding café, Thundafund. Other participants include Dr Mustapha Sidiki Kalako, . . .
Treat yourself to words, wine and wonderful food at Grande Roche Hotel’s Culinary Innovations in Paarl on 27 September in the company of award-winning novelist, journalist, scriptwriter and documentary maker, Lauren Beukes. Lauren won the Arthur C Clarke Award for her novel Zoo City and her latest novel, The Shining Girls was named one of Huffington Post's top 40 most anticipated books for 2013 and will be adapted for international television release by Leonardo DiCaprio’s production company Appian Way in collaboration with MRC. It’s a thriller that breaks the boundaries and is bound to have readers on the edge of their seats. Thelema Vineyards is a family owned and managed wine estate in Stellenbosch. Situated at the top of the Helshoogte Pass, it is one of the highest and coolest estates in the area. The combination of Thelema’s wine making style, the high altitude and deep red soils result in flavourful, flamboyant, complex and long-lasting wines with a distinctive South African character. Thelema is an icon in the South African wine industry and was recently rated one of the world’s top 100 estates. Crime and thrilling adventure combined with the culinary alchemy of Bosman’s Restaurant’s Chef Roland and fine Thelema wines, all add up to an entertaining evening for gastronomes and bookworms alike. Only at the Grande Roche Hotel – where every reservation is the promise of a treat. Contact: Christine Visagie - 021 863 5100 firstname.lastname@example.org Visit www.granderoche.co.za MENU Canapés Thelema Muscat de Frontignan 2012 Glazed sole kotelette, prawn-octopus crépinette, apple-fennel-dill salad, sorrel crème and nut butter jus Thelema Rhine Riesling 2009 BBQ flavoured quail breast, sweet corn parfait, curry mayonnaise and baked quail praline Thelema Chardonnay 2011 Slow roasted veal shoulder, crispy veal head terrine, braised baby cabbage, and pancetta gnocchi Thelema Cabernet Sauvignon 2009 Tonka bean-ristretto . . .
“This event really makes a difference in the lives of young people” Thousands of school leavers, learners and students are expected at the Career Indaba in Cape Town this week where some of the top companies in the country, including South African Airways, Amazon, Food Lovers Market, PIC, Transnet, Cape Nature, Peninsula Beverage Company and MINTEK are looking to recruit. Career Indaba takes place at the CTICC in Cape Town from 12-13 September and entry is free. All school leavers, learners, students and their parents are welcome at the event where they can also meet with top further education colleges and universities, attend dozens of workshops with practical advice on career choices, finding a job and writing a CV. Just some of the expo floor highlights at Career Indaba: • South African Airways are doing a workshop: “Ndizani: Gaining Altitude in your Career” at the show on Friday 13 September from 11h30-12h00. South African Airways is Career Indaba’s gold sponsor. • The Bartenders Workshop is doing some cool flaring demos throughout the show, between workshops. • False Bay College are exhibiting and will have a demo car on site to promote their engineering and mechanical faculties. There will also be yummy cooking demonstrations at their stand. • Curriculum Vitae: there will be several workshops on how to put together a professional CV. • Job interviews: dedicated workshops will give sound advice on how to make that good impression during a job interview. • The Fashion industry: fashion students have the opportunity to meet The Platinum Group and speak to them about job opportunities. • Study abroad? Near East University is a Turkish university, based in Cyprus, looking for SA students. • Amazon will be running an interactive workshop! • Gap Year? Speak to Gap Year providers like CC USA and STA Travel. • Study loans: Eduloan will be at Career Indaba to speak to students and their parents about loans and bursaries. • Good with numbers: SAICA are . . .