Amazon specifically looking to fill 400 seasonal positions “There is an immense need for career guidance in South Africa”, says South African Airways’ Head of Talent and Performance, Renchia Strauss. She was speaking from the company’s stand at the Career Indaba that took place at the CTICC in Cape Town this week. Some 2000 school leavers, learners, students, job seekers, teachers and parents walked the exhibition floor to meet the 46 companies, universities and colleges and attend free workshops focused on career choice and finding a job. Says SAA’s Renchia Strauss: “I saw that young people have a hunger for information. My message to them is: you have to start planning your career much sooner than in matric.” SAA’s stand was a popular one with school leavers and students alike and the airline was keen to show that working at an airline was more than just being a pilot or flight attendant. Renchia Strauss explains: “we wanted to create an aviation awareness amongst the South African youth. We also used Career Indaba as a platform to inform them of the diverse career opportunities SAA offers.” Lack of career advice Career Indaba director Claire O’Connell agrees: “there is a lack of career advice and many young people will pick the stereotypical jobs when you ask them what they want to be - a doctor, lawyer, engineer…. But they don’t realise that the subject choices they have already made may prevent them from fulfilling these dreams. They can become disillusioned and we wanted an opportunity to show them there are so many other options available to them.” She continues: “it has been inspiring to see such a variety of visitors to the very first Career Indaba in Cape Town. The event is a huge success every year in Sandton so it was logical to bring it here this year. We have had some 2000 high schools learners, university students, job seekers, parents and teachers through the doors. The workshops were particularly popular, ranging from topics such as how . . .
Livingstone Remedial School in Durban has a vibrant arts programme that embraces pupils’ natural creativity, whilst casting the spotlight onto social and community issues. Mrs Pat Jackson, Grade 2 teacher at Livingstone, has taken this a step further for the school’s annual Art Auction to be held on 17 September 2013. As part of the art auction, pupils in her class have been busy with creating their individual and group projects, in collaboration with KwaZulu-Natal community organisations, including Umcebo Design, The Ubunye Co-Operative and info4africa. Through this partnership, Umcebo Design and The Ubunye Co-Operative have guided the Grade 2 pupils through the creation of their group project, a jewelled rhino called Siyazama ("Progress" or "We are Progressing" - which is the Livingstone motto). Siyazama is a miniature rhino decorated in a similar style to that used on the two large rhinos that have been widely promoted in the media and enjoyed outings at House and Garden and the uShaka Airport. These rhinos form part of eThekwini Community Foundation’s Rhino Parade and have been used to highlight the importance of rhino conservation in South Africa. Umcebo Design’s team gave of their time and energy to guide the design and decoration of the rhino, and the Ubunye Co-Operative assisted with the creation of the group and individual art items. Umcebo Design also created a new set of recycled plastic flowers especially for the Grade 2 pupils, which are being used to create flower arrangements as part of the art auction. Mrs Jackson found the experience “enlightening for our pupils, as it brings real world craft skills into our classroom, and lets them experience interactions frombeyond school. Our parents have also given of their time and abilities with material donations and shown a keen interest in this project”. Heath Houston, a Grade 2 pupil had this to say: “I hope Siyazama gets a nice new home and I think the other models will look nice too”. . . .
“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 . . .
TEN is a creative, digital and educational project created by Fotolia in 2011, which aims at democratizing digital art. TEN, as in 10 artists, 10 countries, 10 months and 10 PSDs. This unprecedented project allows any web user to download for the PSD source file for free over a 24 hour period, for ten of the world’s best digital artists. This allows the artists to share their work techniques, and cultural influences. Each user can access the set of layers, graphic elements, and style effects held in each PSD, and appropriate them to use them in his/her own work. This community initiative was born from the cooperation between Fotolia and two well-known graphic communities: Wisibility and Amkashop. TEN is also supported by national and international partners, such as Design Times, Design Indaba, Adobe, Behance and Wacom. Cape Town, September 9th – After featuring Lydia Baillergeau and her motion design in August, as 2nd Season first special edition artist, the TEN Collection takes back its course. It is now headed to Spain with its 8th international artist: Sergio del Puerto, better known as his studio name, Serial Cut™ His unpublished work, « Faux tiroirs », will be downloadable for free for 24 hours tomorrow, September 10th, 2013 on www.tenbyfotolia.com. A modern cabinet of curiosities His ambition for the TEN project: create a "Wow” effect, i.e. impact the public at first sight. "A creative should above all be surprising, whether visually or conceptually. But the creative commitment must be strong and distinguish itself”. Once the attention of the public drawn, Serial Cut™ likes to drag it towards a second approach to his work, deeper and more detailed. “I like it when people take time to examine an image, when they enjoy looking for details, wonder what’s real or digital, etc.”. And this was the aim of "Faux tiroirs". Inspired by the Renaissance cabinets of curiosities, Serial Cut™’s work is filled with details: human members mingled with daily life . . .
HOTEL VERDE – WHERE ART LIVES Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, along with 250 guests, attended the Hotel Verde Art Project Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 29 August, at the recently opened, Africa’s Greenest Hotel. Students from Wynberg High, Cedar High, Isilemela High and Alexander Sinton High School were awarded certificates and prizes in recognition for their contribution, hard work and initiative shown throughout this year-long project. Addressing the audience and eager school children, Dr Meyer said "The partnership with the Frank Joubert Art Centre and the Ibhabhathane Project speaks of a hotel group that understands the importance of sustainability not only as it relates to technology but also people and more importantly the youth" The project, initiated and funded by the hotel owners, Annemarie and Mario Delicio, enabled grade 11 art students to decorate the walls of Hotel Verde. Annemarie Delicio’s passion for art and social upliftment is what initiated the project. She says, “Our thought behind this project was to help these students, who have limited, if any, access to art studies at their schools, by giving them the best tools, teachers and facilities available to do what they love and what they are good at.” The project was facilitated by the Frank Joubert Art Centre in Newlands, Cape Town. Director Liesl Hartman explains, “This real life project has been extremely beneficial for the learners, not only have they researched environmental issues within their own neighbourhood, but they have also learnt how to produce work for a real client.” Driven by Niklas Zimmer, art consultant to Hotel Verde and masters graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), 45 grade 11 learners from 4 schools within Cape Town were selected and taken through the Frank Joubert Art Centre Programme. In keeping with the owners “green” vision, the learners were tasked with researching environmental responsibility and conceptualising . . .
South African Library for the Blind (SALB) will be highlighting the importance of Braille and Audio at this year’s National Book Week. The event will take place at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton from Thursday, September 5 till Saturday, September 7. “Everyone has a right to read including the sight-impaired, and this year SALB will be teaching sighted and sight-impaired people how to read, in a fun way,” says Ria Greaves Head Library Services at SALB. “The stand will feature lots of informational material about the library service and assistive devices which help to make printed material accessible to the blind and print-handicapped.” Various activities will be taking place at the SALB stand and all are welcome to participate. The SALB will also be hosting two interesting workshops, one on Thursday at three in the afternoon and the second on Saturday, at quarter to two in the afternoon. The workshops will be geared towards providing insight into how partially sighted and impaired people experience their world and use technology and Braille to read and become literate. National Book Week aims to promote reading as a critical part of South Africa’s development and celebrates books as instruments for education, culture, heritage and economic progress. The event will also showcase South African writers, publishers, book sellers and related businesses. The SALB has sponsored 14 learners in grades 7 and 8 from Khanyisa School for the Blind, to be part of the Book Week activities. “Reading is a crucial part of empowerment,” says Greaves. “All should attend the National Book Week.” The National Book Week will once again be taking place at the Red Location Museum in New Brighton from Thursday, September 5 till Saturday, September 7. Don’t miss out on the celebrations at the Red Location Precinct for this year’s National Book Week! For more information on The South African Library for the Blind, contact 046 622 7226. More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: . . .
"This event really makes a difference in the lives of young people" South African Airways, Amazon and Food Lovers Market are just some of the leading companies that will be looking for new talent at this year's Career Indaba at the CTICC in Cape Town from 12-13 September. Thousands of young people are expected at the Career Indaba, to which entry is free, and where they can get practical advice on career choices, finding a job and meet prospective employers. Lack of career advice Following the runaway success of Career Indaba in Gauteng since last year and this year, the event now comes to the Western Cape for the first time says Career Indaba director Claire O'Connell: "we were literally overwhelmed by the number of visitors that came through the doors. Not only is there a desperate need for career advice and job opportunities, but young people are actively seeking out these kinds of events themselves, but they are often limited by the distance that they can travel. So we felt it important to move the event to the other provinces. We are starting with the Western Cape and we hope to bring it to three provinces next year." She continues: "there is a lack of career advice and many young people will pick the stereotypical jobs when you ask them what they want to be - a doctor, lawyer, engineer…. But they don't realise that the subject choices they have already made may prevent them from fulfilling these dreams. They can become disillusioned and we want to show them there are so many other options available to them." Companies are looking to recruit The Career Indaba director says visitors can meet with further education colleges and universities and talk to them about their courses and entry requirements to further their studies. There are also companies like South African Airways, Amazon and Food Lovers Market who are looking to recruit. "There is also a workshop theatre where visitors can pop in for 20 minute talks on anything from 'Interview tips and . . .
Press Release FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kazeka Mashologu Kuse, Daring Media 041 823 9069/ 079 026 3613 firstname.lastname@example.org Nonhlanhla Sibanda, POWA 011 642 4345/ 074 581 9401 email@example.com Calling all women to enter for POWA annual national women’s writing project PORT ELIZABETH, 22 August 2013. People Opposing Women?s Abuse (POWA) is calling all women to enter their annual national writing anthology project. In a world where women are expected to be the perfect mother, child, daughter, sister, wife, career woman, this theme of “Perfectly Imperfect” aims to encourage women to be truthful and comfortable with their imperfections in their diverse roles. The POWA annual women?s writing anthology project began in 2006 purely as a competition for aspiring female writers and transformed into women?s writing project. POWA Project Manager, Nonhlanhla Sibanda says: “ in 2009, it changed to a project because we realised that the structure of having it as a competition created the risk of having women compete against each other rather than work together.” The women?s writing project is open to women and girl children of all ages, races and backgrounds and written work can be submitted in any of the eleven official languages. “Selected writers into the published anthology will receive an honorarium of acknowledgment” adds Sibanda. Author, freelance writer, currently The Herald?s weekly columnist and newly elected POWA mentor for the Eastern Cape Province, Kazeka Mashologu Kuse, is excited about the bold theme this year. “It?s time to be honest” says Mashologu Kuse, “the superwoman syndrome is a myth.” She adds “Not forgetting that this is women?s month and September is Heritage month, I am looking forward to women?s truthful stories about their imperfections especially in relation to cultural and societal expectations.” POWA will be hosting nationwide workshops around the country to help aspiring writers with their pieces. The . . .
Historian Catherine Burns will pursue a dialogue between indigenous health cultures and biomedicine as part of the Medical Humanities series onThursday 29 August. This public lecture will take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus. In The bricolage of health and healing in South Africa; Burns will explore the absence of an institutionalised, interdisciplinary relationship between the humanities and medicine, in light of the layered and heavily politicised history of South African Health systems throughout the 20th Century – a legacy which continues in various forms in the present. Drawing on the case study of an indigenous healer who sought a complex and sustained dialogue with biomedicine; this lecture will employ literary analysis, archival research, anthropology and political history in its discussion of South Africa as a unique and fertile site for the exploration of these dynamics. Given its evolving indigenous health cultures and alternative therapeutic systems, which co-exist with biomedical structures, Burns wi ll argue for South Africa as an emergent tri-continental frontier for the study of Medical Humanities. Catherine Burns is a historian and interdisciplinary researcher educated at the Wits Institute for Social and Economic Research (WiSER) as well as at John Hopkins and Northwestern Universities in the USA. Her work focuses on sexuality, reproduction and health in an African context. She has published papers on the history and anthropology of health and traditional medicine; medical midwifery and nursing education; state versus missionary and community-based health services; the politics of sexuality and sexual health, and on cultures and histories of gender formation. Burns is co-convenor of the WITS “Body Knowledge” Conference at WITS in September 2013, an editor for the humanities Journal African Studies, and is on the board of the Adler Museum of Me dical History. She is the Principal Investigator for the Project on Sex . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa – Edzai Conilias Zvobwo is proud to announce his double debut books entitled “The Mathematical Genius in You” and “GirlChild Rise Up”. Edzai is a mathematician who has found a way to motivate girls to take up and excel in Mathematics and Science subjects and careers. They are must reads and the news should be taken to every girl and woman around the world. ‘Girl Child Rise Up’ is directed exclusively to girls and ‘The Mathematical Genius in You’ is a generic cross-gender book focusing on mathematical thinking. The books seek to demystify maths and science in the process redressing imbalances of the past caused by gender inequality and cultural practices. They reinforce the fact that maths and science education is a key vehicle for empowerment, economic freedom and technological advancement. His aim is to print and distribute the books world-wide for free and motivate all the girls and boys that maths and science can be done no matter their gender, ethnicity or culture. He is appealing to corporates and individuals to assist him in the printing and distribution of the books to all the girls in our marginalised communities. Help can be in cash, printing services and/or distribution. Contact details are listed below. The Mathematical Genius in You is a ground-breaking, innovative and pragmatic dialogue between the author and the reader focused on how to achieve in mathematics. It is both motivational and instructional as it takes the reader through the steps on how to bring out the mathematical genius inside the reader. It is an easy read that anyone can read and understand the principles required for maths success. GirlChild Rise Up This book has been written with you girls and women in mind. It contains a message of hope, faith and belief that you can pursue a career of your choice just like men. Gone are the days when society stereotyped women as weak and incapable of doing certain jobs in the science, engineering, financial . . .