Saturday, January 13, 2018

Open Call For Street Artists In Cape Town

Baz‐Art NPO is inviting four Cape Town‐based public or urban artists to participate in The International Public Art Festival (IPAF), from the 10th to 19th February 2018, in the community of Salt River.

The four chosen artists would have a unique opportunity to be a part of an international team of professional artists positively impacting small communities –
one mural at a time – while expressing their love for public art. The artists will be showcasing their work, while helping Baz‐Art harness the power of art for the benefit of the community.

The theme of this year’s festival is “Nature doesn’t need us; We need nature
With the current water crisis on our own doorstep in Cape Town and the far‐reaching impact and effects of global warming, caused primarily by over consumerisation, we believe that this theme will be a catalyst to evoke passion and emotion from our artists.

Requirements for submissions:
1. Must be able to paint large murals
2. Understand the theme and the community they will be painting for
3. Be a Cape Town resident (to have been residing in/around Cape Town for at least 5 years)
4. Those selected would have to submit a sketch by latest the 15th January 2018

Please return all submissions to Melissa Cucci email
· With a brief BIO and your contact information
· Images of any murals you have previously painted

For more info: Call Melissa Cucci on +27 (0)79 031 8943 Email:

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bursary Opportunities For 2018

Ethekwini Municipality is offering bursary opportunities to South African citizens interested in pursuing full time studies in public South African Universities in the following fields:

BSC / BEng Civil Engineering
BSC / BEng Electrical Engineering
BSC / BEng Electronics
BSC / BEng Chemical Engineering
BSC / BEng Mechanical Engineering
BSC Quantity Surveying
BSC Applied Chemistry

Based on academic merit.
Applicants expected to study at a SA Higher Education institution.
Bursary is for study programmes not less than 3 years in duration.

Bursary covers Tuition, Accommodation, Book Allowance, Meal Allowance and a once off computer allowance (subject to compliance with agreement).

Bursary forms available from:
Ethekwini Municipal Academy, 11th Floor, Shell House, 221 Anton Lembede Street, Durban.

Certified copies of following must accompany delivered application:
Most recent academic record or Matric second and third term results.
Proof of acceptance from University.

Completed application forms to be submitted to:

eThekwini Municpal Academy, 11th Floor, Shell House, 221 Anton Lembede Street, Durban or on eThekwini Municipality Website (e-careers)

Closing date for applications: 17 November 2017 at 12 Midday.

Enquiries 031-311-3192

Friday, July 28, 2017

Opportunity for South African Poets

Two years ago, Badilisha Poetry XChange travelled across African cities to meet and record the
work of the poets in those cities. The 2015 #BPXRoadTrip visited eight cities in South Africa,
Botswana, Tanzania and Ethiopia. During the road trip, Badilisha interacted with over 246 poets and
recorded 184 of which 100 are now featured on our growing archive.

We’re pleased to announce a new edition of our poetic journey. Badilisha is going on the road
again, this time with the specific intention of meeting with emerging and seasoned poets working in
indigenous languages. Our aspiration is to marry the language diversity of the continent with that
represented on the Badilisha platform. We are specifically targeting poets who write and recite
in Setswana, Sepedi, Sesotho, Zulu, Afrikaans, and Ndebele. To do this, we will be travelling
to Mpumalanga, Eastern Cape, North West, Northern Cape and the Free State in South Africa.
We will announce the specific tour dates for each province via Facebook and Twitter.

In the meantime, poets from the abovementioned provinces or whose poetry is in any of the
languages mentioned, please submit the following via email to

Two written poetry samples (in any of the eligible languages)
One audio poetry sample (Voice notes and other mobile phone recordings acceptable.
Need not be professionally done)
A brief biography
A highresolution photograph

Poets will also have the opportunity to participate in poetry workshops with poetry professionals
from the different regions. Further information on this will also be shared on our social media platforms.

Friday, May 26, 2017

Opportunity for Students to take part in Loeries


The Facebook Challenge focuses on the use of mobile media to
promote a socially relevant cause.

In partnership with Facebook, Loeries Africa Middle East has introduced a
new category within the Student Awards. The Facebook Challenge calls on
students to create powerful mobile video content on behalf of The Nelson
Mandela Foundation – the custodian of Madiba’s brand, memory, and
legacy of social activism. The winning entry will be flighted on Facebook
and Instagram as well as receive a special prize.

As part of the Loeries' and Facebook’s commitment to grow and promote
young, diverse creative talent in our region, Facebook will not only cover
the cost of all entries in this category, but has also created an elearning
programme assisting students to understand the best practices around
creating winning mobile campaigns.

“The Facebook Challenge focuses on promoting a socially relevant cause
through the application of mobile media and we are delighted to be
teaming up with the Nelson Mandela Foundation as they prepare for the
Mandela 2018 Centenary Programme,” says Nunu Ntshingila, Regional
Director Facebook Africa. “Our vision is to create powerful mobile video
content that will inspire all of us to find the Madiba in ourselves and to
‘#BeTheLegacy’. Its message should help to push back against all forms
of social injustice in line with Madiba’s courageous legacy.”

Full details on the Facebook Challenge, as well as access to Facebook’s elearning
programmes can be found within the Student Category at

Entries must be submitted by the Extended Deadline of 31 May 2017.

Loeries Creative Week Durban takes place from Monday, 14 August to

Monday, 21 August 2017.

Monday, May 8, 2017

Sibaya invites golfers to play for good

Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom calls on keen golfers to enter the Els For Autism Golf Day taking place at Zimbali Country Club on 11 May 2017. 

The event, of which Sibaya is a proud sponsor, is part of a national tournament which culminates with the Grand Finale at High Gate in Dullstroom in 15,16 November. The winners at the Grand Finale will qualify to play in the Pro-Am at the SA Open in January 2018.

According to Sibaya’s PR and Promotions Manager, there are still four balls available for the Els For Autism Golf Day.
“We encourage golfers to be part of the event which offers a great day of golf on one of KwaZulu-Natal’s most spectacular courses, some healthy competition and the chance to contribute a meaningful cause.”

All proceeds raised through the Els For Autism Golf Day at Zimbali Country Club will be donated to the Els for Autism Foundation which was established in 2009 by golf legend Ernie and Liezl Els to focus on the issue of autism.  The Els’ son Ben is profoundly impacted by the disorder and for the last eight years the world class pro golfer and his wife have devoted their efforts on raising awareness and funds for a catalytic philanthropic project – The Ernie Els Centre for Autism.  The Ernie Els Centre for Autism provides lower-resourced families of children on the autism spectrum with free comprehensive training on how to use best practices in education and autism treatment to teach their child via a multi-faceted e-learning solution.

The golf day will start at 11h45 and follow a Betterball Stableford format. The cost per four ball is R4 000. This includes a direct charitable contribution to the centre, greenfees, plus an Ernie Els gift bag including a bottle of Ernie Els Wine, Ernie Els Design golf cap, pin, halfway house, buffet dinner, prize-giving and an opportunity to participate for some exclusive Ernie Els auction items. Carts will be for participants’ own account.

For more information visit or follow Sibaya on or on Twitter @SibayaCasino

Monday, April 24, 2017

Opportunity for Writers

The Imbewu Trust’s 2017 SCrIBE Scriptwriting Competition now open.

Prizes include:
·         Having a script produced for a professional run at a Cape Town theatre
·         Mentorship programmes
·         Engaging in feedback sessions with audience members at staged readings of the script by professional actors and a director.

Ts and Cs:
·         Scripts must not have been previously produced nor have existing future runs or plans to be produced
·         Scripts should be in English
·         No longer than 40 pages or 80 minutes long and with a maximum of 5 cast members
·         Entrants must be over 18 years old
·         The Imbewu Trust and judges are looking for original content of outstanding quality that explores the diverse range of South African stories.

Closing date for entries is 31 July

Info and the entry form are available at

To receive an entry form email

Article by Fred Felton | Twitter @fredfelton 

Monday, April 17, 2017

Cheaper office space for SME's

There is a growing trend of businesses opting to move away from office parks into residential areas.   This may seem unconventional, but there are certain financial benefits for SME’s to make this move.

“With the by-laws considered, yes, buying or renting office space in a residential area makes financial sense”, says Attie Anderson, Head of FNB Commercial Property Finance.

Anderson takes a look at some key considerations that a business has to take into account when deciding to buy or rent office space in a residential area.

What must one consider in terms of where to buy?
The biggest consideration is access to the property.  Are the access and exit points adequate for the expected visitors to the premises? Is the site in close proximity to major routes? How will peak hour traffic affect access to the premises?

What are the stumbling blocks with owning commercial property in a residential space?
Residential areas are prone to traffic stacking during peak times, especially close to schools and residents may complain about the rate of activity.  In residential areas, sufficient parking space may also be limited.

What are the legislative considerations?
One needs to ensure that the zoning of the property caters for the specific business to be operated thereon.   The zoning of the property attaches to the property itself, and not to the owner thereof. In some cases you may require special permission from the local authority (“consent use”). Consent use is normally granted to the owner of the property, with certain strict conditions to be adhered to. This consent use may not be transferred to subsequent owners (consent use therefore attaches to the owner, not the property).

How are rates and taxes calculated?
Rates are calculated in accordance with the rates policy of the Council in which jurisdiction the property is situated.  Properties with business zoning are calculated at a higher tariff than residential properties.  The valuation of the property is normally multiplied by the tariff and divided by 12 to obtain the monthly rates applicable to that property.  The valuation of the property will normally differ from area to area.

Is it good to rent or own this type of property?
It is always better to own property in a good area as it will appreciate in value and as you grow it might be an asset that you will either rent out or sell at a reasonable profit.

What types of businesses are best suited for residential areas?
A look at the sector suggests that professionals such as doctors, dentists, accountants and real estate agents seem to move more to residential areas.  Other industries that seem to benefit are beauty salons, printing franchises and smaller service providers such as plumbers and electricians.

“The decision to go into a residential area must be one that looks at the long term strategy of the business and its growth prospects, but on the whole, it is clear that there is merit in exploring office space in a residential area” concludes Anderson.