Friday, January 31, 2014

Upcoming for Durban I Heart Market and Book Launches

Plenty For Durban Including I Heart Market and Book Launches

Book Launch at Adams Bookshop, Musgrave Centre

5 Feb 2014
5h30 for 6pm
RSVP / 031-319-4450 

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Auditions and Jobs all around South Africa

Auditions: Johannesburg, Durban & Cape Town
SHOWTIME MANAGEMENT is proud to announce first auditions for Great Heart.
GREAT HEART is a new musical inspired by the life and music of Johnny Clegg and is scheduled to commence rehearsals in late 2014. As a first round of the casting process, we will be looking for suitable candidates for the 2 Principle Male Roles.

Call backs Friday 31 January 2014
Call backs Sunday 2 February 2014
Call backs Tuesday 4 February 2014


Tshwane University of Technology: Two Part-time Lecturers

1. Part-time Lecturer: Visual Communication – Multimedia
Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Visual Communication in the Faculty of the Arts s looking for a part-time lecturer: Visual Communication – Multimedia.

The Department of Visual Communication (Multimedia) has a tradition of excellence in teaching students in this course that is specifically designed to enable artists to enter the interactive and animated digital world.

Key performance areas:
  • Teaching 2nd and 3rd year level.
  • The ability to teach 3D modelling and animation on an advanced level.
  • Responsible for subject administration and assessments.
  • Industry liaison.
  • Teaching, research, community engagement, studio and academic administration.

Minimum qualifications:
Honour’s or Masters degree

Minimum experience:
3 – 5 years lecturing experience
3 -5 years animation and 3D modelling industry experience

Specific training/skills:
  • Technical skills in Advanced animation and 3D modelling
  • Theoretical skills in animation and 3D modelling
  • Teaching and Learning skills in animation and 3D modelling
  • Exceptional Communication skills

Software Requirements and Skills:
  • Autodesk Maya
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe After Effects

Minimum Maya Requirements and Skills:
  • Modeling
  • Texturing
  • Lighting
  • Rigging
  • Animation
  • Rendering
  • Dynamics

Additional Software fields:

Other requirements: (e.g. work overtime/registration with professional board)
Must be able to present a high level portfolio of Animation work

To apply, please e-mail

Closing date: 28 January 2014

2. Part-time Lecturer: Visual Communication – Graphic Design
Tshwane University of Technology’s Department of Visual Communication in the Faculty of the Arts s looking for a part-time lecturer: Visual Communication – Graphic Design.

The Department of Visual Communication (Graphic Design) has a tradition of excellence in teaching students in this course that prides itself on having produced high-quality students who, in turn, have contributed to the world of communication design both nationally and internationally.

Key performance areas:
  • Teaching 3rd year level
  • The ability to teach Communication Design on an advanced 3rd year level.
  • Responsible for subject administration and assessments.
  • Industry liaison
  • Teaching, research, community engagement, studio and academic administration

Minimum qualifications:
Honour’s or Masters degree - DESIGN related, focus on Communication Design

Minimum experience:
1 -3 years lecturing experience in a tertiary institution
2-3 years design industry experience

Specific training/skills:
  • Technical skills in Advanced Communication Design in all mediums
  • Theoretical skills in Visual Communication Theory
  • Teaching and Learning skills in Research within the field of Design
  • Exceptional Communication skills
  • Skilled in ADOBE Master Collection

Other requirements: (e.g. work overtime/registration with professional board)
Must be able to present a high level portfolio of design work

To apply, please e-mail

Closing date: 28 January 2014

Scholarship Opportunity
intuYoga is proud to announce they will be offering 1 (one) Full Scholarship to its 200 hour Yoga Alliance Teacher Training in Cape Town March 3rd – March 29th, 2014.
When: March 3rd – March 29th, 2014
Where: Cape Town, South Africa
Why: Because we want to share the healing benefits of Yoga and want communities to benefit from confident, empowered teachers
CLOSING DATE : 3 February 2014

(Source - Pansa) 


KickstArt looking for Singers for Sweeney Todd 
and Dancers for Aladdin

Durban’s top independent theatre company, KickstArt, are holding auditions for two large scale musical theatre projects due to take place in the second half of 2014: the incredible Sondheim musical, Sweeney Todd in August, and the family pantomime, Aladdin scheduled for December.

Auditions will be held on Saturday February 15 at the Playhouse’s Mayville Studios in Ramsay Road. Sweeney Todd auditions will be held from 10am-1pm, and Aladdin auditions from 2.30pm-4pm.

“We are looking for strong, classically inclined singers for Sweeney Todd, and versatile, charismatic dancers for Aladdin,” says Steven Stead, KickstArt’s Executive Director.

Singers interested in auditioning for Sweeney Todd need to learn the whole opening number of the show, The Ballad of Sweeney Todd, and arrive at 10am to put their names on a list. The sheet music for the audition song is available from the producers: just email for a copy. It is not absolutely necessary to memorise the audition song, candidates may sing from the score, but they must be totally familiar with the music and be able to act while singing. Candidates must be able to sing to a very high level and be adept at harmony work. They must also be able to speak English with a Cockney/London accent. All races and ages welcome.

Sweeney Todd will rehearse from 13 July, and run at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 7-24 August.

Dancers for Aladdin will be auditioned in a group at 2.30pm. Male and female dancers aged 18-35 may audition. Please sign in from 2pm. Please arrive warmed up, wearing appropriate dance clothing, and ladies please bring cabaret heels and ballet pumps. Being able to sing is an added advantage, but not a prerequisite.

Aladdin will rehearse from 10 November, and perform at the Elizabeth Sneddon Theatre from 5 December -11 January.

For further enquiries, please contact KickstArt via email at

(Source - KickstArt) 

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Monday, January 27, 2014

Idols Auditions, Castings, Vacancies in Arts, Internships, Bursaries, Orchestra positions

Idols 10 SA Auditions

Jhb: Sat 15 Feb 2014: Carnival City
Dbn: Sat 22 Feb 2014: Playhouse
CT: Sun 2 March 2014: Grand West Casino
Pta: Sat 22 March 2014: State Theatre

Auditions open to all South Africans aged 16 - 30
Bring your ID.
If you under 18 you need to be accompanied by a parent or guardian

(Source - )

Mark Twain’s “The Diary of Adam and EVE”
One Act Comedy

Seeking actors in Durban/KZN area. Please send CV & headshot to Catarina on ASAP to reserve an audition slot.
Auditions will be held in January.

Production Dates: Provisionally 28 April – 3 May 2014.
“This fresh adaptation of the story by Mark Twain is a hilarious exploration of the relationship between men and women. Lonely and bored, Adam is sent Eve, an inquisitive woman with a flair for giving Earth's creatures their proper names. And though inarticulate Adam would rather play with rocks than talk to Eve, he eventually discovers a newfound appreciation for her as they weather expulsion from Eden and become new parents.”
ADAM: (MALE) 20’s – 40’s. Must be able to do a British Accent.
THE SNAKE: (MALE) Any age. Comedic Villain.

LEARNERSHIP in Film & Television Production 2014.
East Coast Media / Movietech is offering an Accredited Learnership in Film & Television Production in Durban.
Are you interested in a career in digital Film & Television Production, Media, Arts and Technology? Have you demonstrated creative or technical ability? Are you disciplined and hard working? If so, then the Film, Video and Television industry might be a good career choice for you.
Learn Directing, Camerawork, Editing, Scriptwriting, and other production skills, as well as gain practical experience.
Matriculants, Technology or Arts graduates that are unemployed and available for a period of 12 months are encouraged to apply.
This Learnership will lead to the accredited qualification: National Certificate: Film & Television Production (NQF5)
Successful applicants will have their tuition fees paid and will receive a monthly stipend. Learners should be able to travel to Durban daily.
To apply please call Mrs. N. Mdlalose (between 9am-4pm) on 079 479 7985 to access application procedures.
CLOSING DATE: 28 January 2014


Applications are invited for various internship positions at Catalina UnLtd / Catalina Theatre that will include the following fields: marketing and sales, theatre administration & box office, maintenance and technical (sound and lighting), directing and producing.  A tertiary qualification in the appropriate field would be advantageous, alternatively, 1-3 years’ experience in the chosen field.
Deadline for the above intern positions is Wednesday 29 January 2014.
CV’s or queries to be submitted to Francis or call 072 795 5965.

Call for applications for funding 2014: Arts Projects and International Bursaries

The National Arts Council hereby invites individuals and registered arts organisations in the performing arts (theatre, dance, music and multi-discipline) to submit their applications for project funding.

Closing date: 28 February 2014
Outcomes date: 31 May 2014

Applications are invited for projects of national significance that are involved in the creation of new works, arts development, arts promotion, facilitate access to the arts and markets. Furthermore, applications that have a strong community base and have been conceived in collaboration with others working in similar fields will be preferable. Projects that celebrate the 20 years anniversary of freedom and democracy are also encouraged to apply. Please note that projects involved in Literature, Visual Arts and Crafts will be invited during the course of the year.

Post-graduate students wishing to pursue arts studies abroad in the fields of Craft, Dance, Literature, Multi-discipline, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts are also invited to apply. Students willing to access NAC funding should be prepared to return to and work in South Africa to support the development of the arts in the country.

Conditions for acceptance of applications:

- All relevant sections of the application form must be filled in completely;

- All requested documentation must be submitted with the application form;

- Applications must be submitted on or before 28 February 2014.

This invitation is also open to arts organisations and individuals that support the involvement of women, youth and people living with disabilities.

Please note that late and incomplete applications will not be considered at all and no exceptions will be made. Application forms and funding guidelines are available from the National Arts Council office or can be downloaded

For more information, contact the Arts Development Officers at the NAC office.

National Arts Council, PO Box 500, Newtown, 2113
66 Margaret Mcingana Street, Market Theatre Precinct, Newtown, 2113
Tel: 011 838 1383
Fax 011 838 6363

Hundreds of young musicians are expected to apply to audition for a place in the prestigious South African National Youth Orchestra.

This year the Foundation boasts a whole series of Nationals courses and programmes for young orchestral musicians between the ages of 13 and 25 that have attained a minimum Grade 6 music level. The courses help to equip young people with the skills to perform in a professional musical environment, and introduce them to a necessary network of fellow musicians. In the orchestra’s big celebration year they will be performing in the pit for Vuyani Dance Theatre’s 15th anniversary production “Full Moon” in April/May in Johannesburg, then the National Youth Wind Orchestra will gather in Durban in June/July for the Sasol Winter Course and in December the National Youth Orchestra for 2014 will play alongside National Youth Orchestra alumni spanning its five decades, starting in Stellenbosch and Cape Town and doing a tour of South Africa.

The orchestra has appeared on stage with some of the worlds’ best, among them Sir Roger Norrington, Gérard Korsten, Judith Sephuma and Archbishop Desmond Tutu. The Archbishop had this to say about the orchestra, “Music is important in the lives of young people, it is rare not to see a young person engrossed in music. The National Youth Orchestra is important because it opens up another world of music to the youth. It allows them to become makers of the music not just listeners. Youth in South Africa have so many opportunities available to them and my hope is that they are able to engage themselves fully in these opportunities.”

To make the courses open to all who wish to attend, bursaries, scholarships and payment plans are available. Applications are now open, and can be completed online on their website Applications close on 28 February 2014. Young musicians wishing to apply must play an orchestral instrument, be of at least Grade 6 music level and be resident in Southern Africa. To apply visit or e-mail

(Source - Pansa) 
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Special Screenings of Mandela: Long Walk To Freedom for Learners across South Africa

Schools are encouraged to make bookings to expose learners to Mandela’s life story

The phenomenal success of Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, since its release on 28 November last year, continues as people flock to cinemas around the country to share in his life story. The film, which has earned a much-coveted Oscar nomination for its beautiful love song, Ordinary Love, from super band U2, tells the story of one of the world’s greatest global icons, while it reveals an important part of this country’s history.
“Throughout his life, no matter what the circumstances, Nelson Mandela fought for freedom for the people of South Africa against a repressive and unjust government and its apartheid system. His life lessons, and all that he stood and fought for, need to be shared. For this reason, Ster-Kinekor in partnership with producer Anant Singh and Videovision Entertainment, is offering special screenings of the film to schools across South Africa,” says Fiaz Mahomed, CEO of Ster-Kinekor Theatres.
“This is a magnificent film in its own right. However, the fact that it allows us to understand and appreciate what Madiba went through in order to achieve a democratic South Africa and freedom for all, is a history lesson to which we should all be exposed. The current school learners were born into a free South Africa, but it is important for them to understand what sacrifices were made along this road to freedom. This special ticket offer for schools gives them that opportunity – and we encourage as many schools as possible to take advantage of it.”
Schools can make a block booking for their learners (over the age of 10) to go and watch Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom for the first two shows of the day, from Monday to Thursday, at a specially reduced rate.  Tickets and block bookings for these special school screenings can be purchased by contacting Nerisha Maharaj at Ster-Kinekor Theatres on: 011 445 8589 or via e-mail
Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom is a fitting tribute to our beloved ‘Madiba’, the late former South African President, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. We urge schools to make the booking to give their learners a wonderful history lesson on the big screen,” concludes Mahomed.
For more information, visit: For news and updates, go to Facebook: Ster-Kinekor Theatres | Follow Ster-Kinekor on Twitter: @SKTheatres.

(Source - Ster-Kinekor)
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Friday, January 24, 2014

SABC Internships

The SABC has various internships available for 2014:

Internships available in the following departments:

  • Radio Technical Operations
  • Radio Archives / Librarian
  • Technology: Logistics
  • Technology: Television Operations
  • Various IT Positions
  • Journalism News
  • TV Sport Production
  • Television Production
  • Radio Program Production / Producing
  • Media Strategy
  • Policy and Regulation Affairs
  • Human Resources

Minimum Requirements:
Matric certificate
Successfully completed a 3 year degree/diploma in the discipline the application is being made
Must be proficient in the use of MS Office. MS Project literacy in certain disciplines will be an advantage.
Be a South African citizen and under the age of 35.
Excellent command of the English language (verbal and written)
Good communication skills
Be prepared to enter into a learning agreement for 10 months commencing on 1 March 2014
Aptitude tests and other criteria will be utilised to determine suitability and entry into the programme
Apply directly to the relevant internship as per the email address given
Apply directly to your relevant province
Please note
There are no guaranteed of employment after completion of the programme
Closing Date: 28 January 2014 (16:00)

For more details email:

(Source - Pansa)
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Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Are you going to Mobile East Africa 2014?

This year, the agenda for Mobile East Africa 2014 has finally been launched. Since its first running in 2010, this agenda has shown itself to be the most progressive and comprehensive.
To make Mobile East Africa’s position to be the leading business technology event in the region, this agenda has to deliver to you. Here is how it will be achieved.

·  Tomi Ahonen (measured by Forbes as the world's most influential expert in mobile in 2012) will deliver a Special Address.
To have confirmed someone with the global reputation that Tomi has is evidence of the commitment to making this the technology conference of 2014 in the region.
Ahonen is going to deliver 60 minutes of the best sort of information that will propel you and your organisation in 2014 at maximum velocity.
·   This year's conference will kick off with a "Leaders of Mobile" session.
Already confirmed for this are Andrew Waititu (MD Eastern Africa, SAP), Jose Henriques (Group VP Data, Airtel Africa), a senior representative from IBM, and John Waibochi (CEO, Virtual City), to name a few.  The contributors have agreed to give their perspectives on growth and what needs to be done to achieve it. 
·  There is a massive focus on monetisation, business models, innovation and creativity.
It is believed that these are the four key factors that will stimulate future growth.  Presenters have been secured who have gained worldwide exposure due to their expertise in these core areas. 
·  Presentations have been confirmed from a multitude of countries.
Contributors from Kenya, Hong Kong, Tanzania, India, Uganda, South Africa and the United Kingdom will be given recognition for its international contribution. 
·  To end the conference, plans are put into place to run a unique "celebrating and learning from failure" session.
For too long, failure has been the elephant in the room.  Leading thinkers and entrepreneurs are going to celebrate their hard earned lessons - so everyone can benefit.

And that's just covering the main two-day conference.  Over the next 10 days we're going to lay out plans for the second annual Mobile Marketing East Africa Focus Day which will be held on Tuesday 11 February and to provide you with a breakdown of Tomi Ahonen's full day workshop on Friday 14 February.

Even though prices for the event’s tickets have been increased by 25%, it is still always best to secure your place at the conference this week.

Article by +Lauren Immelman  

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Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Film Review - The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty

Film - The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty
Director - Ben Stiller
Cast - Ben Stiller, Sean Penn, Kristen Wiig, Adam Scott

Now this is not your average movie.  First off take note of the wonderful title sequence to begin with.
Like a breath of fresh air.

As for the movie we join Walter Mitty (Ben Stiller) a day dreamer of note.  He tends to zone out from time to time and disappear into his ideal world.  The company he works for starts downsizing and he has a problem at hand.  He needs to find a photo from the legendary photographer Sean O'Connell (A brilliant Sean Penn).

Where could that image be?  He searches high and low and his search takes him on an adventure of travel.
At the same time he is trying to impress Cheryl Melhoff (Kirsten Wiig) while at the same time he tries to avoid the nasty corporate clown (A superb Adam Scott).

This film features a fine performance by Ben Stiller and he shows us he has great directing skills as well.

Will he find that photo?  Does he get the girl? Does he lose his job?

I guess you will have to watch to movie to find out.

Rating 9/10

Review by +Fred Felton

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Monday, January 20, 2014

What would you lick for a ticket to Bryan Adams in Durban?

What would you lick for a ticket?

Superstar Bryan Adams will be performing in Durban next Friday (31 January 2014).
The show is sold out.
The ONLY person with tickets to spare is East Coast Radio’s Darren Maule.
How badly do you want them?

(East Coast Radio's Darren Maule licks a glass door - Picture Supplied) 

Listeners are turning up the gross factor with East Coast Radio’s Lick It… For A Ticket competition. Bryan Adams fans, desperate to watch the star in action, have been sending in photos of their tongues in all sorts of despicable positions.

How toe-curling does licking a toilet bowl sound? Would you lick a gooey piece of gum on the tarmac? Or the yucky stuff from under someone’s shoe? How about licking someone else’s plate clean?

Would you let your tongue connect with a car tyre, someone’s smelly toe or the handrail of an escalator at a shopping mall?

Just how desperate are fans for Bryan Adams tickets when there are none available to buy?

Darren Maule and the Breakfast Stack team are about to find out when they line-up the grossest lickers and give one of them a chance to win tickets to the concert.

Tongue sanitizer will not be provided.

Details on

(Source - East Coast Radio) 
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Friday, January 17, 2014

Oscar Nominees Announced

Says Doug Place, Marketing Executive of Ster-Kinekor Theatres: “South Africans love the movies, and they love watching their favourite actors doing what they do best on the big screen. As the 2014 Oscar season officially kicks off today with this year’s Academy Award nominations, we are inviting everyone to join in the excitement and anticipation that is the Oscars, by creating a buzz about it all.
“We are delighted to announce that all nine of the films announced today as contenders for Best Picture at this year’s Academy Awards, are on the Ster-Kinekor circuit. Some were released towards the end of last year, some are currently playing and others will be released over the next two months. This is a true testament to the fact that we have access to the very best commercial and art-house films, and that the only way to appreciate them fully is by watching them on one of our big screens,” comments Place.
But, in addition to getting everyone talking all things Oscars, Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau have also decided to test everyone’s movie knowledge.
“People love being tested and showing off what they know about the movies and the cast and crew that make up each film. We have taken this to the next level by creating fictitious award categories that will really test our followers’ knowledge of the movies. Playing the quiz will be fun, interactive and rewarding, if you know the answers!” Place explains.
Using that favourite Oscar phrase, ‘And the Award goes to…’, the Cinema Nouveau Oscars Quiz with a difference will launch on the Cinema Nouveau Facebook page on Friday 17 January 2014. The more questions you answer correctly, the more chances you have of winning great prizes. But, if you get stuck, you can always call on the favours – and movie knowledge – of one of your friends.
The interactive quiz is designed to be fun, will have you guessing but, it will also be the ultimate test of your movie knowledge. As an example, one of the questions is: ‘And the Award for Best Use of a Really Small Cast in a Space Drama goes to…?’. If you think you know the answer, like the Cinema Nouveau Facebook page, link to the app and start playing.
Winners will be announced on a weekly basis and prizes include an Oscar DVD box set and double movie tickets.
Oscar Nominees announced today, 16 January 2014:
The following Oscar-nominated movies have been, are currently or will be screened at Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau cinemas nationwide. The 86th Academy Awards ceremony takes place on 02 March 2014 in Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre in Los Angeles, California, and will be hosted by Ellen DeGeneres.
Nine films have been nominated for Best Picture, offering local movie-lovers a feast of the best of the best on the big screen, in the run-up to the Awards ceremony. They are:
Gravity – released in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on 18 October 2013
Captain Phillips – released in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on 15 November 2013
The Wolf of Wall Street – released in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on 10 January 2014
12 Years a Slave – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 17 January 2014
Her – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 14 February 2014
American Hustle – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 28 February 2014
Dallas Buyers Club – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 28 February 2014
Nebraska - releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 14 March 2014
Philomena – releases in Ster-Kinekor cinemas on Friday, 28 March 2014
Nominated for Cinematography and Sound Mixing, Inside Llewyn Davis releases exclusively at Cinema Nouveau and select Ster-Kinekor theatres on Friday, 07 February 2014.
For the full list of 2014 Oscar nominees, please visit
Ster-Kinekor and Cinema Nouveau continually strive to provide audiences with the latest top-rated movies in both the mainstream and art movie categories. With the completion of the digital conversion in all our cinemas towards the end of last year, the only way to fully appreciate the craftsmanship of these multi-nominated films is to view them as they were created to be viewed – on the big screen.
“As we start the countdown to the 86th Academy Awards ceremony, take the opportunity to enjoy watching the best of film in the comfort of one of our cinemas, and join in on the ‘Oscar Buzz’. We’d love to know who you think is taking an Oscar home this year,” concludes Place.
Follow the ‘Oscar Buzz’ with Cinema Nouveau on Facebook – Cinema Nouveau or on Twitter - @nouveaubuz. Join the conversation with #Oscarbuzz.
To book tickets for these Oscar contenders and for more information, please visit: | |Ticketline: 082 16789 (VAS rates apply) | Facebook: CinemaNouveau| Follow us on Twitter: @nouveaubuzz. Download the SK App for updates and to make bookings via your mobile phone.
 (Source - Ster-Kinekor) 

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Thursday, January 16, 2014

Film Review - Beautiful Creatures

Writer and Director:    Richard La Gravenese
       Starring:   Alden Ehrenreich
                                    Alice Englert
                                    Emmy Rossum

Based on the novel Beautiful Creatures, comes a fantasy romance as well as plenty of drama, about two teenagers trying to find how they fit together under the watchful eye of the town’s residents. Directed by Richard La Gravenese; who is also known for the movies; P.S. I Love You and Freedom Writers, brings out a new side to him, by bringing the fantasy of a Halloween favourite, witches and warlocks; otherwise known in this movie, as Casters. With every book being better than any movie that is depicted on a novel, Beautiful Creatures took a turn for the worst as there is detail galore in the Beautiful Creatures Novel. But that is due to happen since a movie budget is quite a different story than a novel.

Even though not reading the book myself I do feel that the movie brought a wonderful story line to Ethan and Lena’s love because reading a book is not the same, images in words creates a picture in your mind’s eye, whereas in a film you there with them, you feel it too. The graphics and photography of this film was another mindblower. This movie was set in the right location...

Living in a small town known as Gatlin in South Carolina is Ethan Wate (Alden Ehrenreich), a typical 16 year old guy. Longing to leave this small town, Ethan’s life changes dramatically within one night, in a way where new and dark secrets come to light.

Meeting a new mysterious girl on the first day of sophomore year, Ethan begins on a mission to find out what it is about her, and what pulls them together.

Lena (Alice Englert), the strange girl who came from nowhere, comes to live with her uncle who is not liked at all by the rest of the residents who reside in Gatlin. With strange tattoos, weird behaviour and strange relatives, Lena is not one to be messed with. But the people, who you might think are the wrong type, can be the most gentle if chosen to be and people who think they are as pure as day yet conniving and abrasive. If some one comes for a reason, would you believe in its signs? Would you follow them, even if it might kill you?

Review by +Lauren Immelman 

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Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Music at St Clements this week, Free Musho Workshop for Performers and Interesting places to study

The first of the popular Acoustic Axents Music Series for 2014 kicks off on Wednesday, 15th January at St. Clements restaurant on Musgrave road, from 18h00 to 20h00.

Featuring a stress-free blend of acoustic music by Richard and Graham Ellis plus Riaz Carim, concert style, in a cosy lounge, their special guest is singer/songwriter, Tiffany Sheppard.

Drinks and meals are available. The recommended donation fee is : R30

Please come and ease into a relaxing year with the Acoustic Axents Team.

(Source - St Clements) 

Musho Workshop

Monday 20 January – 10 am until 12 noon – Masterclass. 
Dette Glashouwer from the Netherlands will facilitate a workshop on translating ideas into action and ways to gain autobiographical knowledge to create universal art.
The workshop focuses on how to gain awareness mentally and physically and to perform it right away.  Ideal for performers, directors and teachers.
The workshop is free but bookings are essential.  Book through PANSA on 031-2014750.

Limited space at universities does not mean the end for determined youth
As the country celebrates the achievements of the Class of 2013 with statistics about pass rates, distinctions and university exemptions making the headlines, the reality for many hardworking youngsters is that despite having done enough to qualify for university entry, there are simply not enough places available at the country’s public institutions.
In 2013, a total of 181 921 matriculants from private and public schools passed with marks that would qualify them for tertiary education and Bachelors’ degree study.
Tens of thousands of these pupils will have applied to public universities however Dr Linda Meyer, Dean of Studies at Boston City Campus & Business College, says that approximately one in four applications that are made will be accepted.
‘If one uses the example of three leading public institutions in Gauteng – they have approximately 33 500 spaces for undergraduates but receives over 129 000 applications from matriculants who have qualified to study at university. The question is where do those who have not been accepted go? What alternatives do they have?’ she says.
The benefits of having a tertiary qualification are numerous, most significantly it increases the chance of employment.
‘Only six percent of graduates are unemployed with total youth unemployment currently sitting at 36%. South Africa’s graduate unemployment rate compares favourably with those of developed countries. Despite arguments that there is a crisis in graduate employment, the situation is quite healthy. An increasing number of black graduates are being employed in the private sector.’
The traditional correspondence study route does offer an alternative, however this methodology is not suited to everyone,’ explains Meyer. Only 45% of intakes at public institutions actually complete.’
What is needed are private higher education institutions which accommodate those who achieve university exemption but also offer the kind of comprehensive support structure that is needed to ensure students successfully complete their chosen field of study and are at the same time adequately prepared for the workplace.
At Boston City Campus & Business College where Meyer is Dean of Studies, approximately 70% of those that enrol actually complete their studies. This can be attributed to the student-centred focus, quality of staff and interactive engagement that students at Boston receive. More importantly, the graduate unemployment rate for holders of qualifications in commerce, science and accounting is as low as 3.1%.
‘Whilst public universities may be subsidised by the government and so are more affordable than private institutions, for many students the chance of dropping out or failing is far higher. This makes private higher education institutions an attractive option for those who are determined to see their studies through,’ says Meyer.

More information on Boston City Campus & Business College is available at

(Source - Boston City Campus) 

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