Sunday, June 29, 2014

What Do South Africans Think Of The World Cup in Brazil


Hundreds and thousands of soccer-crazed fans have been getting the adrenaline rush before and since the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil football tournament has started in Brazil. The tremendous culture of football caught people’s attention from every angle of the world including students. This is what some of the University of Johannesburg students had to say about their favourite teams and players in the 214 FIFA World Cup Brazil.

§  Banele Mbuyisa Corporate Communications 1st year student: ‘I am so in love with Germany, Mesut Ozil and Thomas Muller are the best players for me, simply because they know how to kill the opposing team.’

§  Laurel Majola and Ntsoaki Mokotjo Logistics Final Year students: ‘Our favourite Soccer World Cup teams of all times are Spain and the United States of America. And the best players from the two teams are Andres Iniesta, Gerald Pique, David Villa, Xavi Hernandez and Clint Dempsey. Reason being they have experience in the football and they good at what they do, no matter what.’

§  Jabulani Khoza: ‘Spain is the best team ever and my favourite players of all times are Andres Iniesta and Xavi Hernandez, best midfielders in the world. Ask anyone about the Midfielders of Spain, they’ll tell you.’  

§  Tsholofelo Mokgohlwa Final year Public Relations and Communication student: ‘My favourite team in the World Cup is Brazil and my favourite player is Neymar da Silva Santos because the guy is so cute and very good with football and he’s known as an excellent player globally.’

Article by +Molly Dimpho

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Call For Proposals For Infecting The City 2015 Cape Town

Infecting The City 2015

The Africa Centre is calling for proposals for Infecting The City Public Arts Festival that will be held from the 9th – 14th March 2015.  

Infecting The City unfolds on the streets and various other public spaces in the Central Business District of Cape Town. The Festival provides an unusual opportunity for art, music, dance and performance to leave the confines of theatres and galleries to engage with or disrupt Cape Town’s daily activities.  The Festival's programme challenges audiences, pushes boundaries, shifts perspectives and helps to make sense of the public spaces we occupy.

After its most successful year in 2014 with 54 productions, 440 participating artists, and 32,000 audience members, this call is for works from two categories: New Works and Restaged Works.  Visual, performing artists and practitioners from other disciplines are invited to submit. The work can be a full ensemble piece, intervention, live performance, installation, video, totally interactive or some other form newly imagined. All works should translate to or work within a public environment, and actively engage intentional and incidental audiences alike.  For more details about the call, time frames and process go to the webpage.  The deadline for this submission is the 15th August 2014 at 17h00. The short list will be released in mid-September 2014. Please watch the Facebook page for more announcements.

Friday, June 27, 2014

Highlights From The Hookup Dinner Durban

Last night  I attended the inspiring Hookup Dinner.

This time the venue was GagasiFM which is situated in New Town Centre in Umhlanga Ridge.
There were many entrepreneurs in attendance and a few even pitched their business.  We heard from Events Companies and even a man who provides wedding and funeral insurance.

Our guest speakers were from the government and they showed us the intricacies of the tender world.

Here are some of the tips they shared with us:

  • Remember to sign your tender, you will be surprised how many people forget to do that.
  • Make sure you have your BEE Certificate and Tax Certificate, you will need it.
  • Try not to be a jack of all trades, just focus on one niche.
  • If you say you are experienced in a field you can be sure you will be asked if you have experience in that field.
  • Try not to just provide a service, the government also wants to see that you will provide some sort of development opportunities for the future generations.
  • There are many opportunities coming up for entrepreneurs including the building of a new museum and a possible Film Studio.  
  • The City of Durban has a website where you can register on their supplier database.  You will need to do this if you want to tender, here is a link to their website:

A great time was had by all the entrepreneurs and congratulations to Sphamandla who won the pitching session.

Will you win next time?

The Hookup Dinner has events countrywide.


Article by Fred Felton
Find him on Twitter @fredfelton

Friday, June 20, 2014

Opportunity for Musicians & Events & Theatre & Film Festivals & Music

Opportunity for Musicians and Singers

Looking for professional and established contract musicians and vocalists for 3 very exclusive corporate events in August. These events are in and around Johannesburg, so candidates based in Gauteng are preferred.
You will need to submit a short recent CV, a showreel or some mp3 clips of your recent work, and a head shot.
Please remember to include proper contact details with your application.
Specifically looking for the following:
* string quartet (light classical/pop);
* 1 x black female gospel vocalist (ideal candidate must be charismatic and familiar with traditional African gospel);
* 1 x black female opera singer (light classical soprano - must be able to sing in English and Setswana);
* 1 x black female vocalist (soprano - must be stylistically versatile and be familiar with and able to cover jazz/Broadway/pop genres);
* 1 x black male vocalist (tenor/baritone - must be stylistically versatile and be familiar with and able to cover jazz/Broadway/pop genres);
* session musicians (drummer, bassist, guitarist, violinist, cellist, saxophonist - musicians will be playing with click tracks for main event).
You can send your application to - please note that you need to attach ALL the requested details or your application will be disregarded.
Applications close Monday 30 June 2014.

(Source - Gig Grapevine) 


Theatre Shows

Seabrooks Theatre, DHS: 18 - 29 June
Jakob is a different boy and different isn’t good in the world in which he lives.  But in this beautiful, sensitive piece, actor Bryan Hiles portrays this unusual and endearing character and we find out just how ‘different’ can be unique and special. Follow this unusual boy’s journey from loathing and fear to one of light and unconditional love, and find your hearts being warmed, softened and lightened. 
Jakob is a modern day fable, a story of light and darkness, love and hate and redemption adapted from the short story written by Michael Broderick and beautifully crafted and lit by Michael Broderick. 
It runs from 18 - 29 June at the DHS Seabrooks Theatre nightly at 7.30pm, opening onWednesday 18 and running until Sunday 29. Wed to Sat at 19h30 and Sun at 18h00. No shows on Mon or Tues. Tickets at R100 or R90 for block bookings of 10 plus. Please contact Ailsa at Going Places on 0832502690 to book your tickets. Schools and charities can contact Stacey on 083 7786090.


Nibs van der Spuy
Dbn: KZNSA Gallery:  Friday 27 June at 19h00
Pmb: Tatham Art Gallery:  Saturday 28 June at 14h00
Guitarist / songwriter Nibs Van Der Spuy is hedging up to his half century and has clocked up decades of experience in the performance field. He will be in KZN on the last weekend of June, performing two concerts sponsored by Concerts SA, a joint South African/Norwegian initiative which supports venues and artists in South Africa by creating sustainable live music platforms. 
Nibs loves discovering music from all over the world and counts himself fortunate to have shared the bill in various festivals worldwide with amazing musicians. He has also wisely capitalised on the beautiful, small venues in which he has performed to record some of his works live. He launchedBeautiful Feet in France, an event which gave him a sense of achievement and a belief in his destiny. He followed this with the double CD Driving North, Crossing Borders, a collection of old and new compositions, featuring collaborations with old friends as well as solo performances. 
Come and listen to Nibs Van Der Spuy - he will be performing under the Concerts SA banner at Durban’s popular KZNSA Gallery on Friday 27 June at 19h00 and at Tatham Art Gallery in Pietermaritzburg on Saturday 28 at 14h00. He will also be conducting workshops in the rural school of Engonyameni and at the Msunduzi School of Music. Please contact Josie for further information on 031 459 0840.

Dbn: KZNSA Gallery:  Friday 27 June at 19h00
KZNSA Gallery, 166 Bulwer Road, Glenwoo,d Durban
7pmR60- info / Bookings: 031 201 9969

Pmb: Tatham Art Gallery:  Saturday 28 June at 14h00
Tatham Gallery, Chief Albert Luthuli (Commercial) Rd. opposite City Hall, Pietermaritzburg
2pm- R50Info / Bookings: 033-392 2813

Film Festival in Durban

Refugee social services in conjunction with other Durban based organizations have all come together to commemorate world Refugee day on the 20th of June by hosting Forced to Flee - a week long series of events in and around Durban which will include a mini film festival; photography; visual art; original music; craft and discussions. So come on down to any of the exciting events that have been planned throughout the week. Watch a movie, view some art and listen to live music as you drink in the experience and vibrancy that comes from the unique melting pot of cultures, and people that Durban has attracted. These events will be free and open to the public so forget your wallet at home and bring the family for an eye opening experience that will bring you closer to your fellow man.

Friday the 20th June, Diakonia centre, 11am - Le'escale (the stop over)

Monday the 23rd of June- Project gateway Pietermaritzburg - 11am - Le'escale

Monday the 23rd of June - Alliance Francaise - 6pm - Illegal

Tuesday the 24th of June - Durban Holocaust centre - 7pm - Harbour of Hope

Wednesday the 25th of June – Archies café, Diakonia centre – 1pm – Man on ground

Thursday the 26th of June – Archies café, Diakonia centre - 1pm - Illegal

Man on Ground screened at home affairs at their discretion.(Not open to the public)
Dept of Home affairs: refugee reception centre Alliance Francaise, and Durban holocaust centre will be hosting the Art and poetry exhibitions throughout the week.

Sunday, June 15, 2014

Opportunities in South Africa for Dancers, Theatre Stars, Auditions and Art Exhibits & Events

Auditions!!! X-Factor South Africa 2014

X-Factor is looking for participants.

Open auditions in the following cities:

Polokwane: 18 June, Peter Mokaba Stadium
Johannesburg: 21, 22 June, the Pyramid Venue
Nelspruit: 25 June, Mbombela Stadium
Pietermaritzburg, 28 June, the Royal Show Grounds 

Youth Day Seminar 

In honour of the 1976 youth activists, who led the Soweto uprising which escalated into a nation-wide revolt, revitalising the struggle for liberation in South Africa, eThekwini Municipality’s Local History Museum will host a Youth Day Seminar under the theme “Celebrating the 1976 Youth: Empowering the Current Youth”.

Various organisations will give talks aimed at empowering the youth with skills that can help them better their lives and get involved in the business world. 

The National Youth Development Agency will explain their role in developing the youth and how their services can be accessed. 

While the Municipality’s Community Participation Unit will present the eThekwini Youth Development Policy and the services they render to the youth. 

Young budding entrepreneurs will also be guided on how they can register their companies on the Municipal database and do business with the Municipality. 

The keynote speaker, Mr Ndwankulu Tshishonga from the University of KwaZulu-Natal, will speak about the lessons the youth today could derive from the youth of 1976 so they can be active citizens who are able to solve problems and positively contribute to South Africa’s democracy. 

In 1976 the youth protested against the introduction of Afrikaans to be used as the medium of instruction alongside English in schools. 

The rise of the Black Consciousness Movement (BCM) and the formation of South African Students Organisation (SASO) raised the political consciousness of many students while others joined the wave of anti-Apartheid sentiment within the student community.

The seminar also seeks to reaffirm the role that can be played by the youth in society to ensure a better South Africa.

The Seminar is scheduled to take place as follows:

Date: Wednesday, 18/06/14

Venue: KwaMuhle Museum (130 Bram Fischer Road, Durban)

Time: 09h30 to 13h30


Last chance to catch the 10th birthday edition of the uShaka King & Queen competition which is to take place on Saturday, June 21st at the uShaka Marine World Aquarium starting at 7pm. This gala event has become a firm favourite not only on uShaka’s event calendar but on Durban’s social calendar as well!

There will be 15 finalists from each category dressed in their finery vying for the title of Mr uShaka, Miss uShaka and the Junior Miss uShaka titles.

Come on down and support your local contestant and watch them walk off with prize packages to the value of R50 000, which includes over R25 000 cash, cruises on the MSC Opera, a photographic portfolio, as well as public relations support from S&A Marketing.

The tickets for the final are sold out. However, uShaka could not ignore requests for extra tickets, so they have made an atrium area (within the aquarium) available for any overflow of guests!

These guests will watch the show on screens (via LIVE feed). The cost of this ticket will be R80 per person, and you can purchase these tickets from uShaka ticketing office from today and closes on Friday, June 20th. There will be no ticket sales on the night of this gala event!
For more information contact Nombuso Buthelezi on (031) 328 8000 or visit . Be sure to book for this gala event as tickets are limited!

A new position is now available at Soweto Theatre: Marketing Manager.
The City of Joburg, as part of its ongoing Institutional Review, resolved that Joburg Theatre and Roodepoort Theatre be integrated into a single theatre management company. Joburg City Theatres (JCT) now renders the functions and services that were rendered by the two theatres and it has institutionalised the operation of the newly established Soweto Theatre.
A new position is therefore now available for a MARKETING MANAGER: SOWETO THEATRE.
The position will report directly to Soweto Theatre’s Artistic Manager, Warona Seane. The successful applicant will be prepared to be based at the Soweto Theatre in Jabulani.
Responsibilities will include, but not limited to:
  • Developing, maintaining and implementing marketing strategies to meet agreed company objectives.
  • Evaluating customer research, market conditions, competitor data and implementing marketing plan alterations as needed.
  • Managing all aspects of print production, receipt and distribution.
  • Maintaining the theatre’s social media; Facebook; Twitter, etc.
  • Achieving frequent, timely and positive media coverage across all available media.
  • Conducting market research in order to identify market requirements for current and future productions.
  • Creating and maintaining a harmonious, efficient and service orientated relationship with the theatre’s tenants, co-producers, show publicists and media partners- and/or their representatives.
  • Serving as communications officer between Soweto Theatre/Joburg City Theatres and its shareholder, the City of Joburg.
  • Work very closely with the Community and Audience Development Manager in serving existing audiences, finding new ones, earning income and seeking new opportunities and partnerships.
  • Train and manage the performance of subordinates, including output, service standards and be prepared to take adequate measures to correct unsatisfactory performance.
  • Management and overseeing of the administration and creative process of the department.
  • Overall planning and structuring of the department with the development of the policy procedures for purposes of governance.Manage all media with regards to Soweto Theatre.
  • Compile the monthly, quarterly and yearly reports for the Department.
The essential requirements for this position will include, but not be limited to:
  • A National Diploma or Degree in Public Relations or Marketing Communications
  • A minimum of five years’ experience in an entertainment environment.
  • Excellent verbal, written and technological communication skills in the English language
  • The position is available immediately. A market related package would be negotiated.
Joburg City Theatres follows employment equity principles.
Please send a cover letter and relevant, comprehensive CV in application to:
Mr Thomas Sadiki, Human Resources Practitioner, Joburg City Theatres or fax 086 531 1955
Enquiries: 011 877 6821
Only those applicants required for an interview will be contacted.

Opera & Musical Theatre
A master class to fast-track and elevate talended local artist to international standards.
The programme will consist of 8 to 12 lead singers. All voice types are welcome.

Production: 4 week Creative Residency at repertory theatre - Stage 32
The 4-week Lab is a special project which offers a unique opportunity to performers from different countries to become the part of the international multidisciplinary artistic team and to collaborate on the work-in-progress in the creative space of the Russian repertory theatre.

PANSA Eastern Cape looking for young set builders
The PANSA Youth Theatre Project is looking for a group of young set builders to join the production team for the project. These young people will be mentored by Chris Coup and Lance Bright, both highly skilled in the craft of set building.
The Youth Theatre Project would like to train a team of young set builders for the production, as set building is a trade that is becoming very rare in Nelson Mandela Bay and there is a definite need for young individuals who have received training like this in our cities' theatre sector. This is an opportunity for young individuals who have some skill in woodwork to acquire an expertise that is in demand in the Nelson Mandela Bay.
If you or somebody that you know would be interested in this, please email us at

Call for applications for the 2014 Baxter Dance Festival now open
A decade of dance will be celebrated when the highly popular Baxter Dance Festival turns 10 years old in October this year, showcasing some of the best and diverse talent that Cape Town and the Western Cape have to offer in dance and choreography.

The organisers are now calling for entries from dance studios, schools, companies, groups and independent dance-makers, as well as proposals from choreographers (including a DVD of recent work). The closing date for applications to participate in this year’s event is Friday, 27 June, at 5pm and choreographers are strongly encouraged to send in their submissions as early as possible.

Applications to participate in this year’s Baxter Dance Festival may be emailed, faxed or hand-delivered, with the closing date for applications strictly no later than 5pm on 27 June. No late entries will be considered.
Application forms are available from, or from the Baxter’s reception desk in the main foyer. Forms may also be obtained from and should be sent to Nicolette Moses, Associate Producer and Planning Manager, on 021 680 3983, fax 021 650 5260 or email Alternatively they can be hand-delivered to the Baxter Theatre Centre, Main Road, Rondebosch, marked clearly for her attention.

Goodman Gallery Receptionist vacancy 
Goodman Gallery is recruiting a receptionist for our Johannesburg branch. The position will involve a combination of reception work, general administration, and customer relations.
Key Performance Areas:
- Reception
- Customer Relations
- General Administration
- Skills Required:
Basic knowledge of contemporary art
Good interpersonal and communication skills
Demonstrated customer interaction
Attention to detail
Must have:
Minimum NDip Fine Arts/BFA
Drivers licence and own reliable car
6-12 months work experience in an art gallery/creative work space
Salary will be negotiated according to qualifications and experience.
Application closing date 15 June 2014
Please email short cover letter and short CV to:
Wendy McDonald -
Londi Modiko -

Art Exhibitions - artSpace durban

Opening Monday, 16 June at 6:30p.m.
Closing Saturday, 21 June at 2p.m.  (1 week)

In the Main Gallery:
"Splashes of Randomness"  Sharleen Boaden, Julia Forman, Nicola Firth

 Three friends coming together to display specifically chosen pieces of work to illustrate each other's diversity and the uniqueness of the creative process. 

In the Middle Gallery:
"SACRED CIRCLES" by Chandra Naidu

This exhibition is about nature in the abstract.
The forces behind the images are what create the power of attraction and question the understanding of the images.
Is it a tree?
Is it a strange creature from another planet?
How were these images captured?
Did the artist use a very fancy camera or employ software to enhance the images?

This curiosity is what is intended.
The observer takes away from the experience his or her own personal response not imposed by anyone else. 

This edition by +Fred Felton 

Sunday, June 8, 2014

Who will be the uShaka King & Queen this year? & Events & Auditions for MC's

10th Annual Ushaka King and Queen Hopefuls

Here they are! The 2014 semi finalists! The talent was exceptional at the tenth semi finals of Mr and Miss uShaka which took place recently at Wet n Wild! The contestants went through a series of interviews and now gear themselves up for the title which is to take place on Saturday, June 21st at the Dolphin Stadium starting at 7pm.

Prizes for this year’s event total R50 000, and includes over R25 000 Cash, cruises on the MSC Opera, a photographic portfolio, as well as public relations support from S&A Marketing. For more information contact Thresa Harker on (031) 328 8000 or visit or go to the uShaka facebook page and “like” your favourite finalist! Be sure to book for this gala event!

                                                                              Mr uShaka semi finalists

Standing (L-R) – Jorgen Robert (Eston), Jonathan Jonkerman (Queensburgh), Wade Groom (Hillcrest), Tsepo Gumede (Durban), Nhlakanipho Mjweni (Mgababa), Vuyo Ngwabe (Umlazi)
Seated (L-R) - Thando Bhengu (KwaMashu), Julian Morgan (Phoenix), Norman Knoetze (Berea), Khayelihle Mkhize (Amanzimtoti), Tristan Laatz (Hillcrest), Phakamani Kumalo (Umlazi), Brian Makhanya (KwaDabeka), Xolisa Sobhuza (Margate). Not in picture: Nathan van Wyk (Durban North)

                                                                            Miss uShaka semi finalists

Back row (L-R) – Anele Nzuza (KwaMashu), Amy-Louise Nel (Pietermaritzburg), Nicole Bulose (Imsume Mission), Ciana Brown (Amanzimtoti), Ciara James (Wentworth), Kay-Leigh Richards (Sydenham) , Nonjabulo Mkhwanazi (Umlazi), Lizane Lazarus (Isipingo Beach), Jamie-Lee Harris (Bluff), Chanelle Wilmans (Pinetown), Dominique de Beer (Bluff), Kristen Pretorius (Queensburgh)
Seated (L-R) – Samantha Feldtman (Morningside), Jodie Insel (Durban North), Shante Gumede (Newlands East)

(Pictures by Val Adamson) 

Events Around Durban

Albert Frost - Live - The Venue - 13 June 2014 

Durban Chamber



FRIDAY, 20 JUNE 2014
08:00 – 10:30
Chamber Square, Lion Match Office Park
892 Umgeni Road

Sharmala Pillay – 031- 335 1017

National Auditions for Aspiring MCs to host Awards Ceremony
Dynamic young presenters are invited to audition to MC the Finals of the 2014 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Awards.
After a countrywide series of auditions due to take place in June, the sixth annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships will culminate in a Final performance, allowing the six finalists the opportunity to showcase their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and an independent panel of judges. Performed in the format of a variety show, the showcase of their talents needs to be brought together by a charismatic presenter into a seamless performance for the audience and judges to enjoy. The finalists will be competing to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000. The event, hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, will take place on 13 October 2014.

“Deciding to audition means that you have already completed the most daunting step,” says Altovise Lawrence, host of the 2013 Scholarship Awards Finals. “Being awarded the chance to be the ACT Scholarship Awards MC for 2013 was the opportunity for me to push myself to the limit. It was a gift and I was given a chance to showcase my talent on one of the biggest stages in my career thus far. The most important lessons that I walked away with was that it requires a team to see a vision through - that I do not have all the answers and that as people, it really makes a difference when we listen more.”

“The ability to captivate an audience and take them through a journey that keeps them engaged is increasingly becoming a highly sought skill and career path. As a bank for all, Nedbank is committed to providing such opportunities to young and talented people who want to make their dreams happen” explains Maseda Ratshikuni, Head: Nedbank Cause Marketing. “We have been so impressed with previous MCs of the Scholarship Awards, that they have been approached to take on further work for Nedbank and other corporates.”

Auditions for the person to fulfill this role of ‘dynamic host’ will take place around the country on the same dates as the auditions for the Scholarships themselves. There is no registration fee, and interested candidates can apply in writing, to Rahiem at, who will supply audition material and details. Closing date for the MC registrations is the 13th of June 2014.

Auditions will take place:

Saturday, 28 June: Durban, hosted by Stable Theatre

Monday, 30 June: Cape Town, hosted by The Stage in Bellville

Wednesday, 2 July: Port Elizabeth, hosted by the PE Opera House

Tuesday, 15 July: Johannesburg, hosted by UJ Arts Centre

Wednesday, 16 July: Johannesburg, hosted by UJ Arts Centre

Saturday, 19 July: Nelspruit, hosted by Church Unlimited (R40 Baberton Rd.)

Saturday, 26 July: Bloemfontein, hosted by the Scaena Theatre at the University of the Free State

For more information or to register for participation in the Scholarships programme, please

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Thursday, June 5, 2014

Heard of the Knysna Oyster Festival? - We also have Auditions, Jobs, Disney scores big and Business and Book Fairs

Heard about The Knysna Oyster Festival?

Happens 4 - 13 July

Plenty of Big 5 Events for Athletes and Fitness Fanatics.

More details here:

SA's Got Talent Auditions

Johannesburg Auditions
7 – 8 June 2014
The Focus Rooms
Cnr Kikuyu and Leeuwkop StreetsSunninghill
Do you think you have what it takes to win SA’s Got Talent???
If you have any queries, please send us an email to or call us on 011 348 140
Any act, any age, all welcome!!!!

Aspiring performing artists are reminded that the deadline for participation in the sixth annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships Awards is fast approaching.
These substantial scholarships are awarded to enable ambitious youngsters keen to pursue a performing arts course at any accredited South African tertiary institution. Through an annual country-wide competition; participants are assessed on their acting, dancing and singing potential; with the process culminating in a final showcase before an independent panel of industry judges. Auditions are also held to choose a dynamic youngster to emcee the event.
Participants are invited to register to audition in six cities, as follows:
Saturday, 28 June: Durban, hosted by the Stable Theatre
Monday, 30 June: Cape Town, hosted by The Stage Performing Arts School and Theatre in Bellville
Wednesday, 2 July: Port Elizabeth, hosted by the PE Opera House
Tuesday, 15 July: Johannesburg, hosted by UJ Arts Centre
Wednesday, 16 July: Johannesburg, hosted by UJ Arts Centre
Saturday, 19 July: Nelspruit, hosted by Church Unlimited (R40 Baberton Rd.)
Saturday, 26 July: Bloemfontein, hosted by the Scaena Theatre at the University of the Free State
The closing date for registrations is Saturday 31 May, 2014. Eligible candidates who would like more information, or to register, can visit
Auditions for the MC of the event will take place at the same time – interested participants should email, who will confirm timeslots and provide the preparation material.


GIPCA Administrative Assistant
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) invites applications for an exciting 6 month contract as Administrative Assistant, commencing 01 July 2014 or as soon as possible thereafter. The main purpose of this position is to assist the GIPCA Director in ensuring the smooth running of GIPCA initiatives.
Full details are available at:
Closing date: 5 June 2014

The Walt Disney Company Africa is proud to share the news that its television channels, Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) and Disney XD (DStv, Channel 304), as well as its iconic characters have received the thumbs up from South Africa’s youth at the 2014 Sunday Times Generation Next Awards announced last night, Thursday 29 May.

The awards, in their tenth instalment, revealed the winners from the 2014 Sunday Times Generation Next Brand Survey that gauge’s what the South African Youth, aged between 8 and 23 years, deem to be cool. The results of the survey, conducted by Hdi Youth Marketeers, showed that the youth of the country think that Disney is cool in four categories.

Coolest Channels:

For the first time, Disney XD (DStv, Channel 304) landed in the number 1 position as the Coolest Kids TV Channel/Block with the channel ranking tops with kids and teens aged 8-23 years of age. Coming in a close second is Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303) which is about to celebrate its 8th birthday in South Africa.

Coolest Characters:

Phineas and Ferb, the award-winning animated series on Disney XD and Disney Channel, about two inventing brothers who spend their endless Summer holidays experiencing the biggest adventures, was voted the Coolest Cartoon Show overall for a second year in a row.

The genius brothers also rank as the second Coolest Animated Brand/Entertainment Character across all demographics, but retained the number 1 spot in this category amongst kids 8-13 years of age. Remembering that ‘it all started with a mouse’, this year’s rankings saw Mickey Mouse enter at the number 9 spot in the same category.

The Coolest of the Cool:

Finally, Disney Channel and Disney XD landed in second and third places respectively in the overall Coolest TV ChannelCategory across all demographics. Breaking down the numbers: the channels ranked first (Disney Channel) and second (Disney XD) with kids 8-13 years of age.

‘We are delighted to receive this great nod of approval from South African kids’, says Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager for The Walt Disney Company Africa. ‘We look forward to sharing our upcoming slate of exciting content that we’re sure will continue to entertain and inspire fans over the coming months.’

More to come!

With Disney Channel (DStv, Channel 303), Disney XD (DStv, Channel 304) and Disney Junior (DStv, Channel 309) capturing the imaginations of the coolest kids around, the pace is set to continue with awesome live action and animated programming coming for the rest of 2014.

Highlights include:
-          The premiere of the hotly anticipated DCOM (Disney Channel Original Movie) Cloud 9 on Disney Channel, Friday 27 June at 5pm
-          The continuation of the saga in a galaxy far, far away with Star Wars Rebels this Spring on Disney XD
-          The premiere of the second season of Sofia the First on Disney Junior, also this Spring.

The Walt Disney Company Africa has three channels on the Multichoice DStv platform which operates across the continent, making it the number 1 kids multiplex: Disney ChannelDisney Junior and Disney XD.

The Durban Business Fair is coming

EThekwini Municipality is gearing up for the 16th Durban Business Fair which will be held at Durban Exhibition Centre on 19 - 21 September. Registration is now open for exhibitors and will close on the 30 June 2014. 

The Fair which attracts more than 600 exhibitors from all over the country, will return with an impressive lineup of exhibitors, new innovations and will feature new programmes that are aimed at adding value to small and medium entrepreneurs. 

The Durban Business Fair has grown to be one of the most important events in the calendar of Durban with over 11000 visitors. The Fair provides a platform for SMMEs and big businesses to showcase, market products and services whilst creating business linkages and networking platforms through a variety of innovative activities. 

Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo said that the Durban Business Fair plays a major role in the economic growth and development of the City’s economy. “With this year’s theme: Connecting Business Fair globally, the Municipality has earmarked major projects working in partnerships with the private sector. This will see small businesses in particular benefiting through business opportunities,” says Nxumalo.

He added that some of these major projects include new infrastructure investments to support development in the north, particularly around the Dube Trade Port Special Economic Zone and along the N3 corridor, the new dig-out port and many more.

The successfully hosting of regional business fairs in three regions of the Municipality, affirmed the importance of creating enabling participatory environments for small businesses, large corporate and government departments. 

Head of Business Support, Tourism and Markets Unit, Philip Sithole, says that the importance of SMMEs and their contribution to economic growth has long been recognised and now enjoys a newly established Ministry headed by the Minister Lindiwe Zulu. Sithole says the Municipality has invested over R150 million towards the development of small medium business through the Durban Business Fair programme. 

Sithole says that the Durban Business Fair is the perfect programme for every SMMEs as it creates an enabling platform for them to expand and be more creative and innovative, to gain and enhance their business.

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The SA Book Fair is in town.  Loads of writers and new books and workshops.
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