Thursday, July 3, 2014

Events Around South Africa and Auditions


Presented by Dr Taddy Blecher   

Dr Taddy Blecher is CEO of the Maharishi Institute, CEO of the Community and Individual Development Association, the Executive Chairman of Invincible Outsourcing; and Chairman of the SA National Government task team on Entrepreneurship, Education, & Job Creation. He is a pioneer of the free tertiary education movement in South Africa, helping create five free access institutions of higher learning.

Dr Blecher co-founded the Branson School of Entrepreneurship with Sir Richard Branson, and has raised over R450 million in cash, property and equity to support free access to post-secondary school education. As a result, over 5,500 unemployed South Africans have been educated, found employment and moved from poverty to the middle-class. These formerly unemployed youth now have combined salaries in excess of R250 million p.a. and expected life-time earnings of R9.5 billion. Over 600,000 young South Africans in schools have been reached with one-week education and life-skills training courses.

Dr Blecher was a 2002 World Economic Forum "Global Leader of Tomorrow" award recipient, a 2005 World Economic Forum "Young Global Leader of the World", a Skoll Global Social Entrepreneur winning a $1 million prize for his work, and has been honoured with two honorary doctorates. In 2009 he was named by author Tom Peters as one of his top 5 most influential entrepreneurs in the world over the last 30 years. Over 30 published books have profiled Dr Blecher’s work, including the three most recent books by Sir Richard Branson.

A qualified actuary and management consultant, Dr Blecher is passionate about the approach of Consciousness-Based Education, a system of education developing the full potential of every student. This has led the Maharishi Institute to wining the first prize in a global competition to find the most promising and innovative education initiative in the world in October 2010.

DATE:  16 July 2014
Venue:  The Great Ilanga - Elangeni Hotel
Time:  12:00 for 12:30 to 14:30

COSTS:  R380,00 pp Members – Non Members:  R550,00 (price includes VAT)

RSVP:  Phili Hlongwa – 031 335 1028

2014 South African Book Fair satisfies book lovers’ appetites
The 2014 South African Book Fair, which took place between 13 and 15 June at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, has been hailed as a success. With over 120 events, access to 100 authors, illustrators, storytellers, book critics, puppet shows, book launches and book club brunches on offer under one roof, visitors were truly spoilt for choice.

For Batya Green-Bricker, the Fair’s Programme Director; the 2014 South African Book Fair attracted crowds from all walks of life, “Book lovers and casual readers were drawn into the magic of what the Fair had to offer. Books provided an escape, inspiration, education and entertainment. Whoever you are, whatever your reason for reading or picking up a book, the SABF was a space and time dedicated to making all sorts of books come to life.”

This year the fair attracted several thousand visitors, which is on par with the 2012 South African Book Fair. Other memorable highlights of the 2014 South African Book Fair included:

·         Children shrieking with glee at the sight of the larger-than-life Gruffalo, Peter Rabbit, Spot the Dog, Maisy Mouse, and Where’s Wally. Children were also transported into a whimsical world with the Two Oceans Aquarium puppet shows
·         Hearing the views of three brilliant minds and personalities in three judges -Justice Edwin Cameron, Justice  Albie Sachs and Justice Lee Bozalek.
·         Seeing how education publishers have so successfully bridged the physical-digital divide. This includes the technological advancement of the Humanware Braillenote Apex BT32 Braille notetaker, which will empower South Africa’s visually challenged students in the 21st Century. This was showcased by Pearson and Edit Microsystems.
·         Squeezing more chairs into an event venue to accommodate the overflow of listeners – especially in the self-publishing slots
·          Neil Stemmert talking heritage food with his poetical and authentic combination of English and Afrikaans
·         The diverse audience drawn by Professors Njabule Ndebele and Harry Garuba's talk on how to write our African story.

According to Siphiwo Mahala, Head of Books and Publishing at the Department of Arts and Culture, “The South African Book Fair is an important platform in our endeavour to develop a literate and reading society. The importance of literacy and a vibrant culture of reading cannot be overemphasised. Literacy underpins development in all sectors of society in a modern world and contributes not only to a knowledge economy, but also stimulates economic growth and job creation.”

Due to the widespread popularity of the South African Book Fair, the Publisher’s Association of South Africa (PASA) has opted to nationalise the Fair. The 2015 South African Book Fair will take place in Johannesburg. “In line with requests from a number of key stakeholders, PASA believes that by positioning the Fair nationally, this will increase interest with current participants from a location point of view. In addition, we are targeting increased involvement with new regional stakeholders,” comments Mpuka Radinku, the Executive Director of PASA.

                                               Louise van Rhyn is coming to Durban. 

We are excited about the extent to which South African citizens are committed to helping to lead change in Education. If you want to know how you can use your own business and leadership skills to make a difference in our schools, then this is for you.

Date: Tuesday, 22 July 2014
Time: 15h30 – 17h30 (Registration at 15h30, the session will commence at 16h00)
Venue: Diakonia Centre, 20 Diakonia Avenue, Durban
(Tel: 031 310 3523)
Facilitator: Louise van Rhyn –
RSVP: If you would like to attend the session, please book your place with Melissa:
Email • Tel 021 913 3507

Practical Sales Management 

Oaklands, Oak Avenue
Ferndale, Randburg·
14 & 15 August

Cape Town
The Studio, 24 Southfield Rd
Plumstead, Cape Town
19 & 20 August

Hilltop Manor
Umhlanga Rocks Drive
21 & 22 August

The course for all sales managers to take. 
For more info email Richard on 

Master Choux pastry demo at Miele Umhlanga

Learn to make these pretty and delicious choux pastries
Baking demonstration in the Miele kitchen on a variety of delicious choux pastry
with Chef Kirti Kamal

You will learn how to make an Eclair, almond Paris Brest and profiterole.
Creme patisserie filling
Belgian chocolate glaze & lemon glaze
Saturday 26th July 10:00am
R250 p.p.

email: to book your space

Word Of Mouth Pictures, Disney Theatrical Productions official casting company in South Africa, once again calls on all singers and professionally trained dancers for open call auditions.
Singers between the age of 18 and 30, No previous experience necessary.
CAPE TOWN - JULY 4th & 5th - Venue: Artscape
DURBAN - JULY 12th - Venue: Playhouse Company
JOBURG - JULY 19th - Venue: Bassline, Newtown

Latin/Jazz duo Neil Gonselves and Demi Fernandez launch Latinfluence album
Dbn KZNSA Gallery, Glenwood: Friday 04 July
The performance at KZNSA Gallery is not only the official launch of the Latinfluence CD but also the first opportunity for audiences to enjoy a complete performance by Demi Fernandez and Neil Gonsalves in this duo format. To accommodate the acoustic and intimate nature of the performance, a grand piano is being especially hired for the performance in the gallery. 
Flamenco guitarist Demi Fernandez and jazz pianist Neil Gonsalves have been colleagues as music teachers, initially at Technikon Natal and subsequently and currently at the University of KwaZulu Natal for 20 years. Their musical partnership is more recent though and grows out of a mutual admiration of each other’s musicianship and the need to develop a creative outlet that would explore, at least initially the orchestral potential of the guitar-piano duo format and the vast terrain of Latin music. Their debut CD recording, ‘Latinfluence’ is the first instalment of their duo. 
This event is supported by Concerts SA and produced by iSupport Music Business. Concerts SA is a joint South African/Norwegian initiative that aims to stimulate live music in South Africa by finding and implementing ways to create regular, sustainable performance platforms.  It also aims to develop an interest in and appreciation of live music by showcasing music performances and conducting workshops at schools.
Doors 6pm R60 Bookings: 031 201 9969

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