Nicole Mason, lecturer at The Design School of Southern Africa (DSSA), a division of the Independent Institute Education (The IIE), which is internationally accredited with the BAC, offers insight into what it takes to be a designer, what a career in design entails and how young designers and students can break through mediocrity to become leaders and influencers in this demanding yet rewarding field.
Before embarking on a career in design, Mason states that it is vital for students to consider whether they have what it takes to succeed. “In design, creativity is far more important than artistry. That means that students must be able to find the intersection between what is innovative, beautiful and original and what is functional and practical,” she says. “People who can manage this balancing act are more suited to design than those who can only solve problems in the tried and tested way or those that are too caught up in being so different that they fail to fulfil the requirements of the brief.” Continue reading
In medicine, they call it the ‘critical hour’, in criminal investigations they call it the first 48 hours. Ask any detective and they will tell you that if they don’t have a lead, a suspect or an arrest within 48 hours, their chances of solving the case are cut in half. In a visual style that feels more like a TV drama than a documentary, The First 48 follows homicide detectives during these initial critical hours as they race against time to solve their cases. Each hour-long programme follows various detectives from a few select homicide teams as they track breaking cases each with a running clock that builds pace as the 48 hours inexorably expires. Continue reading
The City of Cape Town has completed its upgrade of the Langa Station South public open space at a cost of more than R10,5 million. This project forms part of the City’s commitment to investing in historically under-invested areas. Read more below:
The upgrade of the Langa Station South public space has entailed the construction of new sidewalks and the improvement of existing sidewalks for safe pedestrian movement. The project has just been completed.
The City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Energy, Environmental and Spatial Planning, Councillor Johan van der Merwe, today visited the upgraded site and participated in a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the completion of the project. Continue reading
Regarded as the country’s premier music awards and run and hosted by the Recording Industry of South Africa, this year’s SAMAs take place on Saturday, 4th June at the Durban International Convention Centre (Durban ICC) with the EThekwini Municipality as the hosting partner.
Says Refiloe Ramogase, Chairman of the SAMAs: “We are delighted with our new partnership with the very progressively minded Ethekwini Municipality. This marks a fresh chapter in South Africa’s premier music Music Award show! A chapter in which we shall build on the Annual South African Music Award’s solid, respected heritage and proud legacy with a renewed youthful vibrancy.”
Says CLLR James Nxumalo, Mayor of EThekwini, “Music brings people together, irrespective of race, creed or culture and eThekwini is proud to be hosting the 22nd South African Music Awards (SAMAs). It is fitting that the ceremony will take place at our historic venue, the Durban Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC), which has been transformed into a world class events and conference centre over the years. Our ICC is recognised world-wide and has received numerous accolades over the years. Continue reading
Behind the Camera: The Unauthorized Story of Mork and Mindy (True Movies, DStv Channel 138, Thursday March 31 at 15h15) follows Robin Williams’ sudden rise to fame and personal turmoil during that time as well as focusing on producer Garry Marshall who created the hit TV show.
Beginning with Williams in his days as a San Francisco street performer, the narrative follows his meteoric rise after the fast-talking Marshall decides to introduce a “Martian” within the Happy Days franchise.
Soon enough, he’s at the centre of his own major hit in Mork and Mindy and neglecting his sweetheart-turned-bride, hanging out in clubs, fooling around and partying with John Belushi.
The film stars Chris Diamantopoulos as Robin Williams; Erinn Hayes as Pam Dawber; Daniel Roebuck as Garry Marshall; David Josefsberg as Henry Winkler and Tyler Labine as John Belushi.
There’s a celebration of British Royalty on ITV Choice (DStv channel 123) this April and May with a slate of exclusive programming in honour of Her Majesty, The Queen’s 90th birthday.
The Royal Season starts on Friday, April 29 at 20h00 with the exclusive African premiere of the documentary When Ant & Dec Met The Prince: 40 Years of the Prince’s Trust and will culminate three weeks later with a two-hour broadcast of the Queen’s 90th birthday pageant on Saturday, May 21.
Many of the shows in the line-up are a first and exclusive broadcast in Africa. The full line-up is as follows:
WHEN ANT & DEC MET THE PRINCE: 40 YEARS OF THE PRINCE’S TRUST
Premieres Friday April 29 at 20h00 Continue reading
The country’s most watched talent search show, SA’s Got Talent, will be back on screens for a 7th season. Expect more thrills, laughs, gasps and crazy antics as the very best (and not so great) talent show off their skills. Any act, any age is the criteria for anyone who is keen to show the country what they have.
The last season saw a 3 year old DJ (DJ Arch Jnr.) take the title of SA’s most talented. SA’s Got Talent has been responsible for unearthing some of the country’s greatest talents such as Bothlale Boikanyo, Johnny Apple, Tholwana Mohale and DJ Arch Jnr. All these winning contestants have gone on to do great things in the entertainment industry. Now it’s your chance to show Mzansi your incredible talent and join the ranks of previous year’s winners.
Pre-auditions will take place in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. Contestants that live outside the Western Cape, Gauteng and Kwa-Zulu Natal provinces can enter via an online video submission showing off their talent for the judges. Online pre-audition submissions can be submitted at https://rapidblue.formstack.com/forms/sagt.
Cape Town: Continue reading
BERLIN, March 23, 2016 – Berlin will be the focus of the sporting world when it stages the 2016 Laureus World Sports Awards Ceremony onMonday, April 18.
Laureus World Sports Academy Members, including legendary Olympians such as Nadia Comaneci, Cathy Freeman, Edwin Moses, Steve Redgrave and Mark Spitz, football World Cup winners Cafu, Alessandro Del Piero, Marcel Desailly and Carles Puyol, boxing’s Marvelous Marvin Hagler, tennis greats Boris Becker and Martina Navratilova, and winter sports stars Franz Klammer, Alberto Tomba and Katarina Witt are among the early names to confirm that they will be attending.
The Laureus World Sports Awards is the premier honours event on the international sporting calendar. The winners, as voted by the Laureus World Sports Academy, the ultimate sports jury, made up of more than 50 of the greatest sportsmen and sportswomen of all time, will be unveiled at the globally televised Awards Ceremony staged at the Messe Berlin Palais am Funkturm.
Among the Laureus Academy Members confirmed to be present in Berlin are: Continue reading
RZA winner of SAFTA 2016 Award for Best Television Talk Show.
The Republiek van Zoid Afrika Volume 3 CD and DVD are now available in stores nationwide. The CD can also be downloaded from iTunes from Thursday 24 March.
Every episode of Republiek van Zoid Afrika (kykNET) ends with a performance by Zoid, together with her musical guest. Viewers can download the song from iTunes immediately. The current season (3) has already reached 5 no 1 positions on iTunes, following the 10 no 1 positions for RZA Season 2. Both CD`s (1 and 2) have reached gold status in sales and RZA Vol 2 has been on the SA Top 10 iTunes album list since September 2015. Musical guests with who Zoid has collaborated in the series so far include among others Claire Johnston, Vicky Sampson, Emo Adams, Carika Keuzenkamp, Leslie Javan, Koos Kombuis and Juanita du Plessis. All of these tracks are featured on the Volume 3 CD and DVD. Continue reading
Earlier this week Viber announced the first Public Chats launched in South Africa and the African continent; Brands, celebrities and public figures from Africa are invited to join Viber’s social channel, Public Chats, to experience live conversations.
Selected partners in Africa, at Pan-African level and in key markets such as South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria, Ghana, Senegal, Ivory Coast and Egypt, have joined Public Chats for this regional launch in a bid to be the first players to offer local conversations on Viber. African users can now start to follow them from the Viber Public Chats explore page. Continue reading