After all this time…

“Mysterious thing, TIME.” – Albus Dumbledore

20 years ago the Magic of Harry Potter enchanted our screens for the first time…A reunion of note, back where it all began at Hogwarts Castle. The avid Harry Potter Fans will say it began at no. 4 Privet Drive but we all know Hogwarts Castle is where the bulk of the amazement was created.

Taking us back 20 years a beautiful, mesmerising and emotional reunion show for the anniversary was streamed on HBO Max….ohhhhh how the memories came flooding back, definitely some teary eyed moments.

“It does not do to dwell on dreams and forget to live” – Albus Dumbledore

To Harry Potter, The Boy who Lived

I wrote a post in 2013 about Harry Potter, this was probably the time I completed the series of books I think. My letter to Hogwarts came late due to the postal service…owls and magic are not used anymore so we have to make due with muggle services, anyway I am happy to have read these encapsulating stories and living in my imagination of the events that were portrayed through the pages.

https://shaunjengel.wordpress.com/2013/10/07/harry-potter-unwritten-letter/

You fail to recognize that it matters not what someone is born, but what they grow to be!Albus Dumbledore

As you may have noticed I am more a fan of the books than the movies but watching the anniversary show and seeing the images and memories played back, it was still majestic at how brilliantly the directors, actors and all the production team brought what was written between the pages of the 7 books to life. Taking the trip down memory lane was a special experience and made me appreciate reading the books even more…..there is just something about reading and creating your own images that is magical in itself.

Seeing the actors going through their experiences of 20 years ago feels surreal, my eyes lit up when I saw scenes of Cho Chang the girl who gave Harry Potter his first ever kiss…..the three main characters are the familiar household names but ofcourse Neville Longbottom’s (Matthew Lewis) physical transformation 20 years later is impressive.

You are protected, in short, by your ability to love!” said Dum-bledore loudly. “The only protection that can possibly work against the lure of power like Voldemort’s! In spite of all the temptation you have endured, all the suffering, you remain pure of heart,” – Albus Dumbledore

The love that the actors have for each other is dazzling, the anniversary really brings out an emotion that I am sure everyone who watches and is a fan of the series will feel. The behind the scenes and hearing the first-hand experiences from the cast were both entertaining and heart-warming.

Do not pity the dead, Harry. Pity the living, and, above all those who live without love.Albus Dumbledore

We grew up with theses characters and through their acting have become emotionally attached after 8 movies over a span of 10 years, a moving tribute to those who have passed on, seeing them on screen brought back some touching memories.

The measures they have taken to protect their families made him realize more than anything else had done that they really were going to come with him and that they knew exactly how dangerous that would be. He wanted to tell them what that meant to him but he simply could not find words important enoughHarry Potter The Deathly Hallows

Words are not enough to explain how these books and movies have impacted our lives, even if you haven’t watched or read the books you are impacted through social media that is how crazy and magical the experience is…..

After all this time? – Albus Dumbledore

….we can only thank the vivid mind of J.K. Rowling for putting pen to paper and creating this extraordinary and beautiful world and the cast for bringing it to life. The Magic Will Live On….

ALWAYS! – Severus Snape

Basket Case

Happy New Year to one and all, may this new year bring with it all the joy and happiness we deserve.

To kick off the new year why not make a conscious effort to support local this year or at least show appreciation to the hard working individuals applying their talents and check out the beautiful awe-inspiring detail of weaving.

The 100 Beautiful Basket exhibition is now on at The V&A Waterfront. As you meander through the various items on display you’ll see the world’s smallest basket and one of the biggest, all these beautiful pieces are hand-woven by master weavers from over 20 African Countries – from Rwanda, Eswatini and Morocco to Madagascar, Niger, Ghana and our very own magestic South Africa.

Each piece has a story to tell, with the painstaking hours it takes to weave a basket or a hat their must be some chatter about and it is through these chit-chats that a beautiful piece of art is born….”Baskets Literally Weave Stories”.

The colours and designs are breath-taking, coming to this first-of-a-kind 100 beautiful basket exhibition you will be left inspired, amazed and intranced in the magestic quality of the woven patterns and colours. “Weaving is a wonderful craft that it’s so accessible and women-orientated. It allows people of all skill levels to make an income, but also highlights those with true artistry.”

So don’t be a “nut-case” bring your chommies and come and enjoy what Africa has to offer…..bringing Joy to the New Year.

May the New Year bring you all new opportunities, upliftment and pursuing dreams that are endless.

Don’t Look Down

Kykie issit waar???? Did Uncle Cyril Lift The Curfew??

After almost 2 years or if you look at the top right hand corner of any news channel in South Africa you’ll see the accurate number of days we have been in Lockdown, last count was sieka Six hundred, twenty urg I wish we had that other President to read the numbers woulda been way more funnier….anyway we are moving towards freedom I hope.

So 2021 is almost over let’s look at some of the highlights:

America got a new President, the oldest ever and The White House was stormed by people wearing fur ….I don’t think it was fake either. Comedians were out of material because I mean most of their jokes was sponsored by Mr Orange Soda himself….uh who loves Orange Soda? I love Orange Soda….I do I do ooooo!!!

The 2020 Olympics was finally held in Tokyo… In 2021 ya confused much but ok uh I don’t even think we were that interested…….sport is just not the same without fans eish. I stayed up to watch some of the new sports like Skateboarding and Surfing which is cool, at least when South Africa finally gets to host those sports will be well represented, I mean we have some awesome surf spots and petrol so expensive investing in a skateboard might be a good idea.

Covid changed variants I couldn’t keep up anymore, it so confusing like pledging to one of those frat houses – Delta, Alpha Theta….Omicron.

Closer to home Port Elizabeth (PE) had a name change, it now starts with a G……uh imagine the Sevens is held in PE again what will it be called uh wait this name change did happen in 2021 right??

Ofcourse there were many other highlights but if I list them all I won’t have any more jokes left for 2022 so I’ll leave you with some advice DON’T LOOK UP…or Down for that matter – Look forward because even though things were bad the past two years there are lots to be grateful and thankful for.

May 2022 Be a Great Year with New Beginning and New Adventures…..oh ya South Africa is off the Red Lists that also happened.

ORANGE is the new Black

16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence is an international campaign to challenge violence against women and girls. The campaign runs every year from 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, to 10 December, Human Rights Day. – https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/16_Days_of_Activism_against_Gender-based_Violence

This year marks 30 years, for 30 years nations have been fighting and working to eradicate the violence against woman and children and this year 2021 under the theme “Orange the World: End Violence against Women Now!”, The fight continues!!!

Campaigns are only effective if people come together and act accordingly, violence against women and children may be a greater pandemic than the current virus affecting the world, it happens each and every day under our noses, women and children are scared, they live in fear sometimes in isolation unable to stand up for themselves because of their circumstances.

It is the responsibility of each and every person, MEN, WOMEN and CHILDREN to look after each other, protect each other, stand up for each other…..even though we are not blood relatives – we should all love and protect each other like Family.

Orange is a symbol of light and hope during these dark times that we live in, anyone can make a difference it just takes a little spark, like the lighting of a candle to light the path and bring hope to those affected…..a symbol of awareness eradicating the darkness by exposing the evils that flourish in the black of the night.

As we start the Advent period, remembering and spiritually preparing ourselves for the coming of THE KING….and looking forward to spending time with friends and family we think of those women and children affected by violence and I pray that during this time of reflection our hearts will be softened and that we may ACT on exposing and bringing to light those perpetrators in order for the Law to take its course and those affected may live in PEACE.

Gender Based Violence against women and Children affects us all –

Women are the one’s who bring life into this world, they are the unselfish lovers who will do anything for thier families.

Children are the future leaders, the future generation who need to be nurtured, protected and educated with love.

Let us “Orange (Light up) the World: End Violence against Women Now!”

Stan Lee: The Infinity Saga

The man, the myth, the Legend…..like an IRON MAN you gave us an INCREDIBLE HULK of awesome characters, sharing your amazing imagination and daring us to always dream further.

Like the Thunder from THOR’s hammer we were struck by the news three years ago of your passing but the protection from CAPTAIN AMERICA’s shield will keep you in our hearts forever.

You have given us THE AVENGERS who were assembled to defeat evil, life is a constant battle between good and evil, light and darkness and with your imagination we can relive this battle through the comics and movies.

May The GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY always be with you, you reminded us the the universe is a huge place filled with splendour, even if we sometimes feel as small as ANT-MAN AND THE WASP.

As we remember your legacy, I am sure DOCTOR STRANGE would recommend a re-watch of the INFINITY SAGA……your memory lives on through the strength of the BLACK PANTHER and will continue to swing through our minds like SPIDERMAN.

Thank you STAN LEE, our own CAPTAIN MARVEL, yes your death cast a shadow like a BLACK WIDOW over our lives but like SHANG CHI AND THE LEGEND OF THE TEN RINGS…..we remember you as an ETERNAL.

PS: Like the name of the family run business Timely Publications every event in the Marvel Saga is timed perfectly…. coincidence hmmmmm I think not!!!!!

#EveryOneDeservesToFly

It is said that imagination is the highest kite one can fly, there is no limit to the possibilities of kite making……and anyone can do it because #EveryOneDeservesToFly.

With yesterday being World Mental Health Day, 10 October 2021, the Cape Mental Health hosted a pop-up kite flying event at Dolphin Beach as part of 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, my girlfriend and I were excited to get out creative skills going, we jumped onto Pinterest for some ideas (more me than her as I only discovered the potential now, late bloomer.) After abit of a struggle between a Batman Kite or a more Traditional Kite we opted for the latter but the result was actually pretty impressive if I must say so myself and in celebrating the importance of sound Mental Health we added all the love in the form of hearts.

According to Dr Ingrid Daniels, CEO of Cape Mental Health and President of the World Federation for Mental Health, “Mental health is regarded as the third highest burden of disease in South Africa, but remains the most neglected aspect of health care, competing with other medical conditions including the health costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine roll-out. Naturally, this underinvestment in mental health has a significant impact on access to mental health in poor and under-resourced communities and rural areas. We call for equality in mental health care – our people deserve nothing less.”

Our people deserve nothing less….and they deserve all the love they can get, we all deserve LOVE, it does not cost anything to love one another and it will make the world a better place.

This was us in the process of making our kite…. I was the self proclaimed glue guy.

The Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival promises to be an uplifting mix of magical, carefree fun. In South Africa, October is on the cusp of summer and an ideal time to get outdoors, fly a kite, laugh and enjoy a sense of play and freedom. Hold onto your kite line and let go of anxiety, stress and – most importantly – help raise awareness and funds for Cape Mental Health, because #EveryoneDeservesToFly.

Yesterday the weather was perfect for a day out in the sun, and the beach is a great place to test out your new creation ….. unfortunately we did not make it in time to see the exhibition but this did not deter us from our first flight test, we flight like the Wright brothers and learnt alot to improve but most importantly we had all the fun in the sun and that is what it is all about.

ABOUT THE CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL

The Cape Town International Kite Festival is the oldest kiting event in Africa and has been proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health since 1994, to raise funds and promote mental wellness. It is traditionally one of the biggest kite festivals on the African continent and attracts professional kiters from around the world who fund their way to Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health (unlike other international festivals where the kiters’ travel is usually sponsored by the organisers). For more information on the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, please visit: www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFlyhttp://www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFly.

Let the organisers know when and where you will be flying if you’d like them to share your pop-up on social media. Contact @CTKiteFest on social media or email events@cmh.org.za. Remember to share your photos, videos and messages of hope on social media, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest to feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds.

#EveryoneDeservesToFly at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival 2 – 31 October 2021

It is said that imagination is the highest kite one can fly, so this October Cape Mental Health invites you to rise against the wind and join us at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival. From 2 to 31 October, bold kites all over the world will soar skywards to show that #EveryoneDeservesToFly.

Cape Mental Health’s annual flagship event is going hybrid for its 27th edition, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The goal is to raise over R100 000,00 to enable this hard-working non-profit organisation to continue providing essential free mental healthcare services and ensuring that everyone, regardless of who they are or where they live, can enjoy equality in mental health access and care in an unequal world.

According to Dr Ingrid Daniels, CEO of Cape Mental Health and President of the World Federation for Mental Health, “Mental health is regarded as the third highest burden of disease in South Africa, but remains the most neglected aspect of health care, competing with other medical conditions including the health costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine roll-out. Naturally, this underinvestment in mental health has a significant impact on access to mental health in poor and under-resourced communities and rural areas. We call for equality in mental health care – our people deserve nothing less.”

Flying against the winds of adversity, this year’s interactive event combines real-life open-air kite-flying with online kite-making workshops, competitions and videos.

Join kiters all over the globe and fly your kite at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, anywhere and anytime between 2 and 31 October. Share your photos, videos and messages of encouragement, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest, and feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds.

Access all CTKiteFest online content including a variety of kite-making workshops and interviews with our kiting friends from all over the world and find out why they fly in support of Cape Mental Health. Get inspired by the magic of soaring kites with activities for the little ones, or let your imagination fly high with our creative innovation competition!

The Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival promises to be an uplifting mix of magical, carefree fun. In South Africa, October is on the cusp of summer and an ideal time to get outdoors, fly a kite, laugh and enjoy a sense of play and freedom. Hold onto your kite line and let go of anxiety, stress and – most importantly – help raise awareness and funds for Cape Mental Health, because #EveryoneDeservesToFly.

FLASH FLY KITING POP-UP EVENTS

People all over the world will be flying their kites at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival between 2 and 31 October.

Cape Mental Health invites you to view kites at Dolphin Beach on 10 October (World Mental Health Day), and at Zandvlei Nature Reserve on 23 October 2021. Gather family, friends or colleagues, wear green and plan a ‘flash fly’ to enjoy time together in the fresh air at a safe, social distance while giving hope and raising funds for Cape Mental Health.

Let the organisers know when and where you will be flying if you’d like them to share your pop-up on social media. Contact @CTKiteFest on social media or email events@cmh.org.za. Remember to share your photos, videos and messages of hope on social media, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest to feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds.

ABOUT THE CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL

The Cape Town International Kite Festival is the oldest kiting event in Africa and has been proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health since 1994, to raise funds and promote mental wellness. It is traditionally one of the biggest kite festivals on the African continent and attracts professional kiters from around the world who fund their way to Cape Town in support of Cape Mental Health (unlike other international festivals where the kiters’ travel is usually sponsored by the organisers). For more information on the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, please visit: http://www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFlyhttp://www.capementalhealth.co.za/EveryoneDeservesToFly.

CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL KITE FESTIVAL CONTACT:

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/CTKiteFesthttp://www.facebook.com/CTKiteFest
Twitter: @CTKiteFest
Instagram: @CTKiteFest
Website: https://capementalhealth.co.za/everyonedeservestofly/
Hashtags: #EveryoneDeservesToFly and #CTKiteFest

WhatsApp: +27 67 321 9572
Telephone: 021 447 9040 (office hours)
Email: events@cmh.org.za

INVESTEC CAPE TOWN ART FAIR DIGITAL EVENT, CROSSES TWO CONTINENTS

Investec Cape Town Art Fair announces its very first digital event in conjunction with Milan’s modern and contemporary art fair, miart.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair, Africa’s leading art fair, Artshell and Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s Italian owner and producer Fiera Milano is partnering with Milan based miart international modern and contemporary art fair for an all-digital event during Milan Art week taking place from 17 – 19 September 2021.

The collaboration will provide a unique opportunity whereby VIPs, galleries and visitors will have access to a much broader audience across two continents — Africa and Italy — and two art fairs.  

Investec Cape Town Art Fair Digital Event will feature local and international galleries with the theme ‘Connect Through Art from Africa and the World’. 

Artshell, the web and App accessible platform, customized for Africa’s largest Art Fair, allows for autonomous, independent gallery / exhibitor access directly via their Artshell account with immediacy, and in sync with the Investec Cape Town Art Fairoffice.

Throughout the pandemic, art and technology have fused as channels of communication and have dramatically shifted online with Zoom or Google Chat facilitating discourse. With physical events cancelled globally, the art world accelerated their online platforms with ‘collaborative consumption’ becoming the art world’s new order as white cube galleries navigated their way off floor plans and online. While viewing rooms became the new art fairs, even with the noise of live events muted, the industry’s global acceleration online has seen a welcome shift in visibility and opportunity for galleries to control their own narrative and to access a whole new set of collectors.

Investec has been the title sponsor of Cape Town Art Fair since 2018. “We believe art can break down barriers and bring people together. So, we’re delighted by the launch of Investec Cape Town Art Fair’s first digital edition, which could bring the world of art to a potentially larger, more diverse audience. It’s also important that the many talented artists represented at the fair continue to receive support and potential earnings despite the in-person event being cancelled,” said Peta Dixon, Investec’s Head of Sponsorships.

As the largest annual fair on the African continentInvestec Cape Town Art Fairhas remained dedicated to supporting the industry, and to presenting contemporary art from a diverse range of established and new artists globally. Investec Cape Town Art Fair is an annual event that presents contemporary art from a diverse range of established and upcoming artists globally, championing the belief that art not only transcends cultural boundaries, but is what defines us and makes us human.

Investec Cape Town Art Fair Director Laura Vincenti elaborates: ‘There is a transformation happening in the art world. The first Investec Cape Town Art Fair Digital Event gives us an opportunity to support and showcase South African artists whilst continuing to connect with international galleries, businesses, media and creatives. While we still firmly believe that a digital event cannot replace the transformative nature of an in-person art experience, the digital event has accelerated our commitment to providing the best service to our galleries, artists, VIPs and visitors’.  

The Investec Cape Town Art FairDigital Event is free of charge. To register and attend, all that is required is online sign-up with Artshell via web or App to access.

A hybrid fair that will comprise of an in-person and digital event, running from 18-20 February 2022, will return to the Cape Town International Convention Centre next year for the ninth edition.  

For more information and updates on how to register, follow Investec Cape Town Art Fair on Twitter @ictartfair, Instagram @investeccapetownartfair and Facebook @ICTArtFair. Use the hashtag #ICTAFDigitalEvent

Career Guidance Available!!!!

The aftermath of the Covid-19 has left many South Africans without jobs and without any hope. The recent release of the unemployment statistics from Stats SA has revealed the high unemployment rate amongst the youth.

The official unemployment rate has marginally increased, growing to a record high of 32.6%, data from Stats SA shows

This has promoted Imbewu and Letho-kuhle foundation to take matters into their own hands.
Imbewu and Letho-Kuhle foundation will be hosting an event to assist Grade 12 students with online university applications for 2022.

The aim of the event is to ensure that an opportunity to succeed is available to disadvantaged Grade 12 students . Assisting the students with university applications will grant them access to the possibility of receiving higher tertiary education hereby reducing their chances of falling victim to the high unemployment rate.

Imbewu Foundation is an NGO that is aimed at the development of young girls in disadvantaged communities.
Letho-Kuhle Foundation is an NGO that is aimed at the development of youth in disadvantaged communities. The collaboration between the two foundations is befitting as they share a common goal to develop and empower the youth of this country.

Career guidance will be available, Graduates and industry professionals from various fields, they will be sharing their experiences from through university to the professions they specialise in.

“Dreams are extremely important. You can’t do it unless you imagine it.” —George Lucas

IT’S FIGHT WEEK

This Saturday Igeu Kabesa puts it all on the line against Brazil’s Reinaldo Ekson

Johannesburg, South Africa – EFC featherweight king, Igeu Kabesa returns to the Hexagon this Saturday for the first time in over two years. The wrestling powerhouse, turned knock-out artist puts his 145 pound title on the hook against the Brazilian warrior, Reinaldo Ekson.

Brazil’s Ekson, entered EFC submitting Tumisang Madiba in an incredible debut performance and is looking to claim his fifth straight win and EFC gold in the process.

The dominant champion with goals to gather titles from the biggest organisations in the world has recently come off emphatic wins against opponents from across the globe; South Africa, Brazil, Scotland and Croatia. He now faces another South American threat and another threat to his global aspirations.

The challenger enters the bout with 50% more MMA fight experience behind him than the champion and after last competing on the same fight card as Kabesa, he now competes in the same fight.

In the highly anticipated co-main event, Alain Ilunga goes head-to-head with Anicet Kanyeba for the interim lightweight title. With the champion, Joe Cummins unable to travel freely due to COVID 19 restrictions he’s been forced to decline a fight at this time, but with two challengers holding a combined 12 fight win streak between them, the divisional hierarchy continues.

EFC 86 MAIN CARD BOUTS – 18:00 CAT
Igeu Kabesa vs Ronaldo Ekson – Featherweight Championship
Alain Ilunga vs Anicet Kanyeba – Interim Lightweight Championship
Matunga Djikasa vs Ricky Misholas – Heavyweight
Luthando Biko vs Gian Souza – Flyweight
Robert Simbowe vs Rocky Ilunga – Lightweight

EFC 86 PRELIM BOUTS – 15:00 CAT
August Kayambala vs Warren Richards – Featherweight
Francois Cundari vs Khulekani Hlongwa – Light Heavyweight
Adrian Sanchez vs Rodrique Kena – Lightweight
Elvis Ngwalangwala vs Tapiwa Katikati – Lightweight
Amisi Kabeya vs Shannon van Tonder – Featherweight

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EFC 86, Kabesa vs Ekson, is presented by Restonic and takes place on Saturday 12 June 2021 live from the EFC Performance Institute in JHB, South Africa (No spectators due to COVID 19 government restrictions). Broadcast information at http://www.efcworldwide.com.

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