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Wakanda Forever

Last week I had the opportunity to attend the opening of AFRICA FASHION INTERNATIONAL (AFI) fashion week, a three day opportunity to celebrate the beauty of clothing and the accessories that go with them.

It was always going to be an interesting experience for me as I feel like my fashion sense comes from the Flintstones era yabba dabba doo….and my knowledge of Fashion Shows are limited to the Victoria Secret show (cmon I am a guy and we all at some point want to find out what her secret is).

I like the topics that were to be discussed at the Master Class sessions over the 3 day event, Fashion and Sustainability, Creatives Corner and Fashion and Technology. This gave the audience an opportunity to engage with experts in the field and tap into the knowledge creating a spotlight on our African talent.

This event is more than just fashion but an opportunity to address various issues affecting our country and the world, the opening show by Gavin Rajah joined forces with UNICEF in South Africa to highlight the scourge of violence against children in our country.

The designer market place offered the opportunity to view the process of how the models got their hair and make-up applied while browsing through some of the designer clothing and accessories on display.

Obviously most attendees are there for the fashion shows and they did not disappoint…

What is a Fashion Week without headlining acts, Ricky Rick and AKA closed the shows with some banging beats, unfortunately the Fashion Week was cut short due to the Carona Virus, the responsible call was made it an effort to curb the spread…let us continue to help where we can in an effort to minimize the effects of the virus on our beautiful country and the world.
AFI Fashion Week, aims to redesign Africa’s future by positioning African creatives as leaders in narrating African stories.

The Gin Journey

Today is World Compliment Day….and what better compliment for a Gin than Tonic….add a paar blare en berries, stukkie cucumber and ice then you have the perfect drink for a chilled summers day in Cape Town.

The annual Gin & Tonic Festival takes you on a local and international journey, the festival goer is spoilt for choice….even BEEFEATERS are welcome (That is an actual Gin brand). I feel like if my drink doesn’t look like a vegetarian’s dream then it won’t be lekker….so my Gin Journey leads me straight to something with lots of greenery added to it.

The Woodstock Gin Company ticked off all the boxes even the description mentioned grassy taste…..

The cool thing about festivals like this is that you get to see the barman in action, mixing your drink to perfection and you can engage with the makers not only are you receiving a great tasting drink but you’ll also learn something new…..oh and you’ll definitely feel abit tipsy afterwards.

Food trucks, Gin & Tonic, two different music stages and a perfect summers day what more do you need but to gather your friends and enjoy what this festival has to offer…..skut jou hare en drink jou blare.

I had an fun-filled Gin Journey discovering my taste…

All good things must come to an end so for now I am hopping on the hot-air balloon and Ginning my way through to a new month filled with great opportunities and blessings.

AFI: DESIGNING AFRICA’S FUTURE

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.

BOILER PLATE:

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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For more details contact:

Thulile Gama

Thulile@afi.za.com

073 931 4842

Tell: 011 324 1500

Roshnee Pillay

Roshnee@afi.za.com

082 654 1531

Tell: 011 324 1504

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 june.knight@gmail.com or Lavinia Staddon of the Denis Goldberg Legacy Foundation Trust on 061 8855430 or dglftrust@gmail.com.

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…

VAMOS NADAL!!!

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 and brings back the nostalgia from the original….we waited long enough and still the tagline is relevant..

We ride together, we die together….

BAD BOYS FOR LIFE.

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!!!

Bonds that Bind us

Bind us together Lord

Bind us together Lord

Bind us together with love…

January is almost over, almal is alwee byrie werk en die kinders is innie skool. After a welcome break we look forward to getting back into the hustle and bustle of a new year, it’s crazy how the cycle works but before we get there we should stop and reflect, giving thanks and asking for strength and protection.

As part of our Moravian Calender we start the year off with “Nuwe Jaar Bidure”, this year the theme is: Lord, Wipe away all my doubts and fears in 2020.

This evening we prayed and pondered on the bonds that bind us, Family Bonds. The Lord provided us with a family, parents, brothers and sisters, aunts, uncles, cousins, friends and neighbours…we are all family in the eyes of Christ and we should protect each other. There are many evils in this day and age that threaten to break the bonds of family but if we seek The Lord He will provide the answers needed to drive us into action and bind the strings that have broken and bring us back together.

We are not meant to live in fear of one another, we are meant to live in unity and be protective of each other….no matter the relationship you have with someone they are your brother or sister in Christ, let us continue to pray for each other and share the blessings for everyone to enjoy….

Psalm 133

How good and pleasant it is

when brothers live together

in unity!

It is like precious oil

poured on the head,

running down to the beard,

running down on Aaron’s beard,

down upon the collar of his robes.

It is as if the dew of Hermon

were falling on Mount Zion.

For there the LORD bestows

his blessings,

even life for evermore.

Lord, Wipe away all my doubts and fears in 2020.