In honour of the memory and legacy of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013), Iziko Museums of South Africa will close the following museums on Sunday, 15 December 2013: • South African Museum (including the Planetarium) • South African National Gallery • Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House • Koopmans de-Wet House • Rust en Vreugd • Groot Constantia • Slave Lodge • Bo-Kaap Museum • Bertram House • Maritime Centre • William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope Our Council and staff join the people of South Africa and world in sending our condolences and words of comfort to the family and friends of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Our museums will be open and *free (excluding the Castle and Planetarium) on Reconciliation Day, 16 December 2013. Author: Melody Kleinsmith from Iziko Museums of South Africa. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.iziko.org.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/Iziko_Museums Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Iziko Museums of South Africa. You can also use the embed code provided. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Tailor, Matthew Mole & Nahkane Toure Matthew Mole’s debut album “The Home We Built’ entered the top of the itunes chart on its release, making Mole the country’s first artist ever to achieve this. He played every instrument besides the strings, including ukulele, banjo, organ, piano, guitars, drums and umpteen percussive instruments. Matthew Mole says “Every song is about real experiences I’ve had, but also the way Ive reacted to them, because of the way I was raised.” Pinning Tailor down to a single style is impossible. Musically, the singer flits from modern folk to blues-rock to pure pop and spooky soul. Songs can be rich and cinematic or simple and sparse. Vocally, Tailor is as versatile. You’ll hear hints of Patti Smith and PJ Harvey in her rockier songs, but also of Feist, Florence Welch, Ellie Goulding and Kate Bush. Nakhane Touré is a restless soul on a mission to make sense of the world with his songs. With his high, haunting vocals, you’ll hear an artist not afraid to expose himself. and in the vast range of styles that come naturally to Touré, you’ll find a young man who makes music, not for fame, but because it is the best way he knows to express his emotions. Nakhane Touré says, “I’m a black man from South Africa performing alternative music, but what does that matter? In 2013, what does race or geography even mean when it comes to art?” Date: 8 December 2013 Venue: Kirstenbosch Gardens Tickets cost R90 with special concessions for youth and Botanical society members. Gates open 4:00pm: concert 5:30 to 7:00pm Enquiries 021 556 8200 Bookings www.webtickets.co.za More Info link:: http://www.facebook.com/HIPPOcommunications Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Carmen Casey from Kirstenbosch Gardens. No of Images Uploaded: One Images: For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Kirstenbosch GardensClick on each to see larger image. Tailor, Matthew Mole & Nahkane Toure concert . . .
Quality used car dealer and member of the Blue Chip group, Wingfield Motors was recently awarded Best Overall Pre-Owned Car Dealer at a gala event sponsored by the Motor Finance Corporation (MFC). The prize giving ceremony was held in November 2013. The invitation only group is an association of only the best used cars dealers in Cape Town and the greater Western Cape region, where members like Wingfield Motors, are assessed on strict criteria to meet service excellence and offer quality vehicles. This in turn creates a shared bond upheld by all the dealers, something any car buyer will appreciate. Wingfield Motors on its own operates in two different locations – Goodwood and Kuilsriver, both in Cape Town's Northern Suburbs. The entire Blue Chip Dealers used cars association spreads out even further to include members in Hermanus and even Worcester. The award to Wingfield Motors is shared between the two branches, where the MFC, a member of Nedbank's asset finance division assessed their competency against other used vehicle dealers, customer satisfaction, and corporate-social responsibility just to name a few things. Management congratulated the dealer network, wishing to thank them for their continued support and to assure them of MFC's commitment to unsurpassed service excellence and co-operation. More Info link:: http://www.bluechipdealers.co.za/ Twitter: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/bluechipdealers YouTube: Author: Tyler Spears from Blue Chip Dealers. No of Images Uploaded: Two Images: For high res version/s of these Two image/s please contact: Blue Chip Dealers Click on each to see larger image. Blue Chip Dealers member recieves the MFC award Photographer: MFC Photographer: Blue Chip Dealers member recieves the MFC award Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe 3 to7 December2013 The Craft of Ubuntu an exhibition of cross-cultural design and craft will be hosted by Iziko Museums of South Africa, at the Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe, from 3 to 7 December 2013. The exhibition reveals the processes and conversations that have emerged from the work of London-based designer Sarah Rhodes, Cape Town-based Andile Dyalvane from Imiso Ceramics and the women crafters of Kunye as they explore collaboration through making. This exhibition will showcase the Iqhina tableware and Inkuku jewellery collections, which have developed through a process of co-creation. Guided by Rhodes’ PhD research, the exhibition re-frames the nature of collaboration between designers and craft producers illustrating how co-creational agency, through equitable creative exchange, can engender successful outcomes. “Iziko Museums of South Africa is a dynamic institution, constantly seeking new ways in which to enhance its offering. Our museums strive to promote creative thinking, scholarship, learning, innovation and knowledge exchange. The Iziko South African National Gallery Annexe is an inclusive space where people can explore our collective heritage, historic and artistic landscape.” says Ms Rooksana Omar, Chief Executive Officer, Iziko. As Sarah pointed out,” with only one month to go before World Design Capital Cape Town 2014(WDC 2014) officially launches, this exhibition is timely, fulfilling one of it’s aims to bring design collaborators together in different ways, creating new conversations, connections and ways to doing things that will last long after 2014”. The exhibition will move to the world-renowned Central Saint Martins College of Arts & Design in London next year, developing the WDC 2014 theme ‘Bridging the Divide’ in a multitude of ways, between north/south, design/craft and Africa/Europe. Ends Notes to editor: Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) operates 11 . . .
Johannesburg based artist, the 30 year old Mary Sibande, is the recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Visual Art 2013. An exhibition of her work entitled: ‘The Purple shall govern’ will open at the Iziko South African National Gallery on 28 November 2013. For Sibande, the Standard Bank Young Artist Award means personal growth - a validation of years of hard work - and is an expression of the appreciation of her development as an artist. “It is a compliment and honour to be rewarded in this way, and to be recognised for my dedication and focus on my art,” says Sibande. “I think this kind of validation is needed and is very encouraging for young up-coming artists - in particular female artists - to be recognised nationally in South Africa for their artistic talents and contributions to South African art.” “Iziko Museums of South Africa (Iziko) celebrates South Africa’s diverse artistic, cultural and natural heritage,” says Rooksana Omar, CEO of Iziko. “Hosting the Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year, Visual Art, exhibition foregrounds the vital role of artistic production, creativity and innovation. We are proud to be part of the conversation - a dialogue between artists, objects and the public - in creating a platform to showcase South Africa’s stories – previously untold and some difficult to share,” she continues. . Sibande is celebrated for her practice in which she employs the human form as a vehicle - through painting and sculpture - to explore the construction of identity in a postcolonial South African context. She attempts to critique stereotypical depictions of (particularly black) women in our society. The body, for Sibande, and particularly the skin and clothing, is the site where history is contested and where fantasies play out. Centrally, she looks at the generational disempowerment of black women. In this sense her work is informed by postcolonial theory, with the domestic setting acting as a stage where historical . . .
About 15 fledgling entrepreneurs in the Kleinmond area – ranging from upholsterers and furniture-makers to caterers and an electronics company – are benefiting from an innovative small business training project that is helping them to establish or expand their businesses. The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) is facilitating this training and capacity-building on behalf of Mthimkhulu Community Development. Mthimkhulu is part of the Grail Centre, which offers job training and lifelong learning courses for marginalised communities, among other initiatives. The training takes place in two-hour learning sessions that began on 14 March this year, and will run until 5 December. “Based on methodology developed by the CCDI over the past 12 years, we developed a course that is activity-based and learner-centred, with a business game, practical exercises and group work,” said Eugene Newman, the CCDI Business Development Facilitator. “It covers all aspects of running a successful business. Topics include money management, business vision, consolidating the business idea, developing a business road map, costing and pricing, business identity and life coaching.” One of the participants is the Akker Group craft enterprise, which was set up in 2011 and now has about 10 members. They needed help with turning their hobby into a business and CCDI assisted by facilitating business management skills in the business. The members learnt how to manage their money and keep proper records, and to determine how much they needed to make monthly to break even and what was the best business entity for the group. Another beneficiary is the Swartz family, owners of the Oceans Fisheries and Take-Aways -- a fish and chips outlet in Kleinmond. One-on-one consultations have helped Louise Swartz to address challenges such as working out her production costs, how to reduce costs while still maintaining quality, and establishing the required monthly turnover in order to break even. Also on . . .
The 100 year anniversary of the 1913 Land Act has brought with it fevered discussion, debate and activism as lawmakers and citizens alike rethink their rights to land and their responsibilities to it. Through its project entitled LAND, taking place in Cape Town from 21-24 November, GIPCA examines these ideals through a creative lens. To think about land in the present moment is necessarily to think beyond fixed categories, binaries and notions of private property, land tenure or sedimented mappings. Questions of land are imbricated in bodies, movement, memory, migration, forced displacement and removals, and therefore deeply historical. At the same time, commemorating the 1913 Land Act calls for taking on the legacies and logics that continue in the present, and manifest in forms of social injustice, institutionalised violence and historical effacement. Land and Erasure, presented by the African Centre for Cities and the Centre for African Studies, comprises walking tours of the central city and Bonteheuwel, and curated film sessions, addressing these concerns. The walking tours - more ceremonial than focused on the gaze - take the liminal and itinerant, memory and displacement, the silenced and buried, the living and the dead, as starting points for opening the spatial literacies of the cities we inhabit. Today, Bonteheuwel, like most of the Cape Flats, continues to exhibit the spatial and social legacies of the Group Areas Act, as disinvestment and municipal neglect fail to address the basic needs of residents. This space will be visited considering the layering of time, the idea of landscape as archive, and dialogue with silenced histories in the making of the present. In the central city land comes at a premium - it is a scarce resource and foundational to questions such as who can live in the city, whose desires are accommodated in the city, and the city f or whom. This city walk considers ongoing processes of "regeneration", and how this affects the quiet . . .
What do two Bedouin tents, 16 pairs of gum-boots, 60 beanbags and 50 Pilates balls have in common? They were all part of a state-of-the-art corporate hospitality project at the recent FNB Wines2Whales mountain biking race – a case study in just how high the bar has been raised in customer cosseting at premier sporting events. FNB Wines2Whales MTB consisted of three bike races over 1-10 November. Some 3300 riders set off in the Somerset West winelands and traversed 13 wineries, 26 private farms, six mountains, historic roads, mountain passes and nature conservation areas before finishing in Hermanus, the home of whale-watching. “There are rare opportunities for corporate marketers to reach out to high net worth individuals, in a beautiful and unusual setting,” said Scan Display chairman Alex Hawes, whose company was tasked with implementing the huge, upmarket rider relaxation area. “And when these opportunities do become available, the host company needs to be seen to be supportive, co-operative and understanding of the participants.” Generally in sporting events, sponsors’ marketing activation has focused on the VIPs - private and corporate clients. In top end mountain biking, however, every single participant is a member of the sponsors’ target market. Over 70% of the riders are senior executives or entrepreneurs who own their own businesses. They can afford an expensive bike and the entry fee, apart from other costs. They are driven and passionate individuals who can take time off to pursue their interests. The key is developing an offering that is appropriate for clients who are used to a high standard of personalised service. The brief was to develop a sanctuary for all participants: an area where they could not only recharge from their gruelling exertions, but also power up social media devices and have access to up-to-date news and facilities, said Hawes. The setting was the Oak Valley sports field in Elgin, surrounded by beautiful old trees. The main . . .
Cape Town - 8th of November 2013: To support the seeding of innovative start-ups in the Western Cape, the Methys Technology group organizes the Methys Innovation Challenge to provide Western Cape entrepreneurs with an opportunity to pitch a project and receive a R50 000 subsidy in development value for a Website or a mobile application (Android, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows). Submissions will close on December 8th at midnight. Methys is an international technology group with its headquarter in Paris and which has recently promoted its South African office as an innovation hub for the group. The Cape Town based Methys Labs has successfully incubated or provided seed capital and technology to start ups such as Powertime, Energy intelligence, PayGenius, Top12Wines, Kwami – all operating from the Silicon Cape and developing internationally. Its approach is to provide entrepreneurial support blending technology and business modelling capabilities. More info on: http://www.methys.com/labs.html. The Methys Labs Innovation challenge is about providing Western Cape based entrepreneurs the possibility to deliver a digital innovation to their start up or existing business. A development value of R50,000 – to be used against development of either a digital store, a Web site or a mobile application (Android, BlackBerry, iOS or Windows) will be awarded to the entrepreneur(s) coming out with the most innovative concept. Criteria such as business idea viability, disruption potential, customer adoption potential and design will be used for the determination of the winner. A panel comprising Methys folks and independent business people will adjudicate the award, which will be announced at the December 13th Cap40 event at the Mount Nelson. Submissions are to be sent by December 8th at midnight to firstname.lastname@example.org and include a 1-pager and an application form that can be downoaded at http://www.methys.com/MethysInnovationAwards.pdf. Christophe Viarnaud, co founder and . . .
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. . . .