Monthly Archives: February 2020


Press Release: 27/02/20 Sandton, South Africa.

The global apparel market is valued at over 3 trillion dollars, and accounts for 2 percent of the world’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP). The downside is that it also generates 4% of the world’s waste each year, 92 million tons, which is more than toxic e-waste, this is according to the Pulse of the Fashion Industry report.

During AFI Fashion Week which takes place from the 12 – 14 of March 2020 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre. AFI will use its Masterclass platform to delve deep at how the fashion industry can curb fashion wastage, particularly in Africa. AFI Masterclass aims at encouraging collaborations and developing sustainable businesses, technology upskilling and innovation. AFI will host three Masterclass sessions Fashion and Sustainability on the 12th, Creatives Corner on the 13th and Fashion and Technology on the 14th of March.

Acclaimed speakers such as Dr Erica de Greef, Laduma Ngxokolo, Vere Shaba, Tracey Chamber, Paul Currie and Dr Esther Mahlangu, will be leading the talks around sustainability in the African context as to where we are and what actions can we take in ensuring that we live sustainable lives under the topic, Fashion and Sustainability.

The Creatives Corner will tackle the pressing issue in the creative industry, that has seen many of our artists taking to social media to voice out the lack of support form government and private businesses. This session will discuss the economical influence of this industry and its vital role to preserve history and culture. Loyiso Mkize, Kitty Phetla and Sbusiso Mahone will be part of this hot solution-oriented discussion.

The final day of Masterclass, Fashion and Technology our speakers will looks at technology and how it has changed the landscape and share insights on how the creative industry can take advantage of this new era, to grow their businesses, from restructuring their business models to reaching global markets.

AFI Fashion Week attendees will be spoilt for choice from the world-class produce runway shows to the Designer Marketplace which will be open to the public at no cost. The Designer Marketplace will also be available online which means African luxury will be a click away.

AFI Fashion Week, aims to redesign Africa’s future by positioning African creatives as leaders in narrating African stories.


AFI was founded over 10 years ago to provide Pan African designers with a world class business platform to showcase and sell their collections. The company owns and produces two Pan African showcases through AFI Fashion Weeks held in Cape Town and Joburg. AFI recently partnered with Condé Nast International in bringing the first Luxury Conference to Africa in 2019 in Cape Town attended by Vogue editors including the respected Suzy Menkes.

AFI has propelled designers to international stardom including dressing Beyoncé at a Global

Citizens concert. Through its incubator program Fastrack, designers like Thebe Magugu, (LVMH Young Fashion Designer) and Rich Mnisi, were first discovered by AFI, have received major awards. Well known designers Maxhosa, Marianne Fassler, Christie Brown and Ituen Bassie have all received awards and been affiliated to the AFI Fashion Weeks.

AFI was awarded the coveted Franca Sozzani Award for developing and promoting African Fashion designers globally. AFI new strategy AFI4.0 has embarked on offering designers trade opportunities through the pop up AFI Designer Marketplace, AFI is headquartered in Johannesburg, South Africa.

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Denis Goldberg House of Hope and Cape Cultural Collective join hands in a partnership to promote social inclusion and cultural development through the Arts

14 February 2020

The Denis Goldberg House of Hope and the Cape Cultural Collective (CCC) have joined hands in a one-year partnership to promote social inclusion and cultural development through the Arts.

The two organisations plan to collaborate on several fronts, but the first practical expression of the partnership is the participation of at least 15 young people from Hout Bay’s Hangberg and Imizamo Yethu areas in the CCCs Junior Rosa Choir.

The choir has doubled its size to over 40 young people, with groups from Hout Bay and other areas joining in recent weeks. The choir sings popular and traditional songs in the three
regional languages, Xhosa, Afrikaans and English. It brings together youth from across social divides, fostering diversity and building non-racialism through the Arts.

“We are proud to be part of this initiative,” said Debbie Budlender, manager of the Denis Goldberg House of Hope initiative.

“The values of this project are close to the heart of Denis Goldberg who has spent his life struggling for a non-racial South Africa that belongs to all who live in it,” she added.

The CCCs Head of Operations, Mansoor Jaffer, said that he was sure the partnership would blossom into something quite powerful in the next few months as the two organisations put their collective energies into growing the choir.

“We will work with Project Manager Aziza Davids and the teams from Manenberg, Langa, Hout Bay and elsewhere to ensure that the work done impacts positively on the lives of the children”, he said.

The choir project also incorporates dance, drama and educational excursions. The Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust is working hard to establish a House of Hope
in Hout Bay where children and youth from different communities of the area can come together to grow, to learn and to enrich their lives through arts and culture programmes.

The Cape Cultural Collective has grown from a small initiative 13 years ago to a powerful arts and culture platform in the City, advancing inclusivity and cultural development.
It has three choirs and has produced a poetry anthology, participates in theatre productions and hosts a range of cultural and community concerts across Cape Town.

For more information and for photographs, please contact June Knight of the Cape Cultural Collective on 079 183 5170 or email or Lavinia Staddon of the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust on 061 8855430 or

Match on African Soil

Cape Town was spoilt for choice tonight not only did we set a record for the most attendance in a tennis match, but the fans got to witness four icons on the court…..The Match Of Africa seemed like it was an amazing exhibition and all for a good cause…..unfortunately I was not lucky enough to get a ticket…..maar ek hoefie FEDERER te kyk nie because just a stones throw away from the GATES of the Cape Town Stadium was the perfect antidote…..or should I say ANECNOTE for the disappointment.

The Silo Summer Sunset concert was an entertaining way to spend the evening, 2017 SA Got Talent winners ANECNOTE opened up with amazing vocals keeping the crowd Happier….their voices are like a tidal wave vibrating through your body.

It was the perfect opening for the much anticipated acapella group whose music originates straight from the african soil….the earth literally shook as the bass line vibrates from the mouths of these amazing vocalists…THE SOIL is a group whose music is both soothing and grooving, they will make you stand still and just breath and the next minute you will be jiving away…..

….under a beautiful Cape Town night sky.

Even though I never got to see one of my favourite tennis players live, I still had a great evening rolling in the African SOIL…


Hasta el fuego

Bad Boys, Bad Boys what you gona do when they come for you….

…you gonna ride along and enjoy the speed, comedic timing, action, explosions and the new additions to the team.

The original Bad Boys are still badder than ever maybe abit out of tune with the gadgets and shit but the old school ways of taking down the bad guys definitely still working…..ain’t nobody got time for the Good Men song even if you singing it with enthusiasm.

I grew up with these guys, love the first movie and can probably mimic every word…..I still wanna be like Mike Lowry with his cool suits and fancy cars, the second movie got me falling inlove with Gabrielle Union, and the third installment got me appreciating family.

From the beginning Bad Boys was about family, we all have that one friend, family member or partner who we’ll do anything to protect no matter what and that is what this franchise is about, behind all the action there is a heart. This movie penetrates the soul, that is if you grew up with the characters…..haha ok enough with the sentimental shit…..the movie has everything you’d expect and more. It brings back the nostalgia from the original….we waited long enough and still the tagline is relevant..

We ride together, we die together….

Hasta el fuego – Until the fire burnsout……

PS: Now that’s how you write a review, from now on THAT’S HOW YOU WRITE A REVIEW!!!