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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

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THE FIRST 48
Thursdays from May 26

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

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STELLENBOSCH, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 20: Siviwe Sonwabile Soyizwapi during the Springbok Sevens Steinhoff Sponsorship Launch at Markotter Indoor Facility on January 20, 2016 in Stellenbosch, South Africa. (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Siviwe Sonwabile Soyizwapi (Photo by Luke Walker/Gallo Images)

Former Southern Kings wing Siviwe Soyizwapi will make his Springbok Sevens debut next weekend as the HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series moves to the Far East for tournaments in Hong Kong (8-10 April) and Singapore (16-17 April).

The inclusion of the 24 year-old, who attended Dale College in King William’s Town, is one of four changes to the side that contested the Cup final at the Canada Sevens in Vancouver earlier this month. The other changes see the inclusion of Ryan Kankowski, Philip Snyman and Stephan Dippenaar.

Kankowski was a late withdrawal from Vancouver (ankle strain) and takes over from Chris Dry, while Snyman replaces Dylan Sage and Soyizwapi comes in for Bryan Habana, who has returned to his club duties for Toulon in France.

Snyman missed the North American leg of the series due to injury, while Dippenaar receives an opportunity to boost his Rio 2016 chances having last played in the London Sevens at the back end of the 2015/16 series. He replaces Rosko Specman, who is rested, along with Dry. Continue reading

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Four top South African referees, Stuart Berry, Craig Joubert, Jaco Peyper and Marius van der Westhuizen, were on Wednesday named on World Rugby’s match-official panel for the June Internationals.

The referees for the Springboks’ three Test matches against Ireland in the Castle Lager Incoming Tour in June were also named. They are Mathieu Raynal of France, Angus Gardner of Australia and New Zealand’s Glen Jackson.

Raynal has been tasked with officiating the first of the three Tests between the Springboks and Ireland, in Cape Town on 11 June, with Gardner and England’s Matthew Carley named as his assistants. Continue reading

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RELEASING THE DANCERS’ REBELLIOUS SPIRIT AND IGNITING THE CHEMISTRY ON STAGE – THIS AIN’T YOUR GRANDMA’S BALLROOM!

Burn The Floor, the show that revolutionised the image of dance, returns to South Africa, its “home away from home”, for the fourth time: performing in the Opera Theatre of The South African State Theatre in Pretoria from April 27th to May 15th; the Baxter Theatre at the Baxter Theatre Centre in Cape Town from May 19th to June 5th; and the iZulu Theatre at the Sibaya Casino in Durban from June 8th to 19th.

The original concept of Burn The Floor grew from an electric display of ballroom and Latin dancing at Sir Elton John’s 50th birthday party in London, March 1997. There, producer Harley Medcalf discovered the ballroom dance world and its charismatic people, with their deep intensity, commitment, discipline, burning passion and total love of the ballroom art form.

Initially, Harley’s idea of a new theatrical ballroom production sent shock waves through the ballroom dancing establishment. For decades, ballroom competitions had been performed behind closed doors, as a pastime for the privileged. And well before reality television embraced it with such shows as Dancing with The Stars and Strictly Come Dancing. Continue reading

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This from timeslive.co.za:

EFF leader Julius Malema said he wanted to be an inspiration to others by graduating.

“I graduated with the sole intention of wanting to inspire many other people,” Malema said after the graduation ceremony. “We all know that revolutionaries have a responsibility to lead by example through accumulating knowledge.”

Malema donned his gown and walked on to the Unisa stage on Wednesday to receive his Bachelor of Arts degree.

It was a night of joy for Malema and his supporters. As he walked into the ZK Mathews Hall, those inside cheered and ululated as he took his seat.

As he made his way to the stage to receive his degree, the hall erupted with screams. His family danced in the front row.

With fist high in the air, Malema walked off. People shook his hand as he returned to his seat.

Doing honours in philosophy

Full story here:

http://www.timeslive.co.za/politics/2016/03/30/I-wanted-to-inspire-others-%E2%80%93-Malema

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Cutting edge dance, performance and visual art will be presented over four Sessions that will take place in the Cape Town city centre, UCT’s Hiddingh campus, Delft and Khayelitsha. The ITC Sessions bring engaged work into the public sphere, infecting the city with their own exploratory and exuberant energy.

Session 1 – 29 & 30 March – Company’s Garden from 5pm (programme repeats both days)

Session 2 – 12 & 13 April – St Georges Mall from 11am (programme repeats both days)

Session 3 (Kasi-2-Kasi) – 23 April – Delft Spar, Main Road Delft South from 1pm (programme repeats in Session 4)

Session 4 – 30 April (Kasi-2-Kasi) – Khayelitsha Mall cnr Steve Biko Drive & Walter Sisulu Road from 1pm (Session 3 programme repeats)

In Session 1, the Company’s Garden will flash to life with a range of powerful and thought-provoking work that includes: Continue reading

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It has been a day of sprints, duck walks and Jukskei, among others, as more than 1 000 seniors strutted their stuff in what has become a highlight on the annual events calendar to promote healthy living and active ageing. Read more below:

The City of Cape Town’s annual Games for Older Persons took place at the Green Point Athletics Stadium today, 30 March 2016.

As has become custom, more than 4 000 seniors registered to attend the event, which aims to promote healthy living and active ageing. More than 1 300 of them participated in a host of races and games including Jukskei, 25- and 50-metre sprints, duck walks, hula-hooping, boules, and bowl the hole. Continue reading

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STATEMENT BY THE CITY’S EXECUTIVE MAYOR, PATRICIA DE LILLE

It has come to my attention that my name is being used in what appears to be a phishing scam.

Thus far, five separate messages have been reported to my office. Each of the e-mails has been sent from the following e-mail address: patriciadelille@consultant.com. The subject line of four of the emails is ‘BRICS Bank funding’.

Please note that this e-mail address does not belong to me.

It would appear that a fake Facebook profile is being used to solicit contact details. Once the e-mail address is received, an e-mail is sent to said address asking whether the recipient would be able to use grant funds worth £450 000 (R9 739 448) from the BRICS bank to ‘explore job opportunities for our citizens’. Once they agree, they are added to a beneficiary list and asked to pay £250 (R5 415) in order to obtain a BRICS non-residential beneficiary form.

This afternoon I met with the South African Police Service (SAPS) to open a case for further investigation.

Members of the public are urged not to respond to e-mails coming from this account. I would also like to make an appeal to residents to forward these e-mails to mayor.mayor@capetown.gov.za so that we can have record of them and hand them over to the SAPS to assist in their investigation.

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