Three Dimensional

Ever wondered what it would be like to live in a bubble? How about, opening up a vault of full of money? 

At Incredible Illusions, the first “travelling exhibition of Kurt Wenner, the inventor and pioneer of 3D Art you are allowed to fully immerse yourself in the Art by direct interaction. You are allowed to stand on, touch and pose with all the artwork…..who knows what you’ll find once that vault is opened…

What is Art?

The word art in the broadest sense describes a skill….walking through the exhibition you’ll be amazed at the skill it must take to create such Incredible Illusions which are normally done on the street using chalk.

Not only is the exhibition interactive but it also includes an educational element whereby the viewer is able to learn more about the intricacies of this art form….and also be inspired by the knowledge that maths is important even in the art world.

Each piece has a different story to tell and will take you on a journey or rather a roller coaster ride…

…to Paris to see the Mona Lisa, Dubai to see the beautiful skyline and even the Grand Canyon in all its splendor. I enjoyed the imagination used in some of the pieces as it encompasses a mythical element making art fun and ofcourse interacting with each piece trying to find the best angle for a picture is all part of the fun.

This is a fun-filled experience for all ages, bring the kids and let their creative juices flow as they try and create their own masterpiece at the Artjamming centre at the end of the exhibition, a little something to take home and remember the day by..

Do not miss out on this incredible experience now on at The V&A Waterfront for more info and to book tickets follow the links http://www.incredibleillusions.co.za and www.webtickets.co.za

Don’t delay because the bubble might just…

Pop.

#bypassmovie

When the medical system that Dr Lisa Cooper has worked in for so many years starts to fail her, she turns her back on what she has always believed in and get lured into an organ smuggling syndicate in order to save her son’s life.

This is the synopsis for South Africa’s first Medical Thriller, a rollercoaster ride of emotions from the opening credits to the end, you’ll literally be gasping for air once the movie is over.

The lead actress Natalie Becker does a stunning job portraying a strong woman who would do anything to save her son, the human instinct of survival is a strong force if placed in a desperate situation. The supporting cast featuring Greg Kriek, Deon Lotz and Hakeem Kae-Kazim all deliver stellar performances in thier various roles and believe me there are a couple of twists that you would not see coming….so hold onto your seat and do not bat an eye.

With various promotional gimmicks doing the rounds leading up to the opening of the movie, I am sure you might have seen a truck driving around town with what looks like a live operation being performed inside…do not worry it is not real but it hopes to get people to turn their heads and start talking and promoting the underlying theme of the movie.

Bypass, the movie that has everyone talking due to its controversial marketing, has resulted in a 40% spike in organ donation even before it hits cinema screens next week Friday, 12 May. This locally produced and directed medical thriller by husband and wife team Shane and Bianca Vermooten exposes the underworld of organ trafficking where the rich can buy the poor organ by organ. 

Not only does this movie encourage the support of local talent but it also wants to expose the harsh reality of organ trafficking, with only 2% of our country on the organ donor list this figure highlights the need for shocking stories like these to be put on the big screen for all to see and hopefully leave the audience moved into action.

For more information on organ donation call – 0800 22 66 11 (Toll Free) or www.odf.org.za.

Once again an amazing, gripping edge of your seat movie, well done to the Cast, Producers, Director and all people behind the scenes I really enjoyed the movie and encourage more people to check it out…

Visit bypassmovie.com, to view the trailer, learn more about the film and sign up to become an organ donor.

Who knows we might see a Double Bypass next!!!


Bypass the movie: Behind the Scenes of Africa’s First Medical Thriller

Bypass, the movie that has everyone talking due to its controversial marketing, has resulted in a 40% spike in organ donation even before it hits cinema screens next week Friday, 12 May. This locally produced and directed medical thriller by husband and wife team Shane and Bianca Vermooten exposes the underworld of organ trafficking where the rich can buy the poor organ by organ.

 Bypass is the story of a cardiac surgeon, Dr Lisa Cooper (Natalie Becker-Aakervik), who saves lives on her operating table every day, but is absolutely powerless when it comes to saving the life of her only son, Sam. With only 2% of the country on the organ donor list, Sam’s chances of getting a liver transplant are overwhelmingly stacked against him. When the final hope of receiving a transplant is severed, Lisa faces the most difficult decision of her life; to wait for a donor organ that may never present itself or to bypass the institutionalised medical system. Her decision leads her right into the heart of conspiracy, danger and an international organ trafficking syndicate.

 

When asked about the story, Director Shane Vermooten says that the controlling idea ofBypass is that every life is of equal value. Lisa’s journey takes her on a path where that belief becomes very difficult to hold onto, especially when it is pinned up against the need to save her own son. When these two ideals collide, which one will win? Writer/Producer Diane Vermooten goes on to say: “We wanted to capture the dynamics of  what goes on in a mother’s heart when the decision she makes could mean the life or death of her child. We asked so many mothers what they would do if they had the choice to save the life of their child, and most said that they would do whatever it takes.”  As Becker explains: “The things we believe when we are far removed from a situation are often challenged when we find ourselves confronted with the issue. Very often we may surprise ourselves with the decisions we make.”

 

From the outset the team behind Bypasswanted to craft a story that creates social awareness and makes a lasting impression. This was fuelled by the realisation that there aren’t enough stories being told around the issue of organ trafficking. Actor Deon Lotz, who portrays Dr Wright, one of the surgeons at the New Day Clinic, adds: “Besides the sex trade and drug trafficking, organ trafficking is one of the biggest problems that we currently face in the world. I am surprised that more movies aren’t made about it.”

 

Perhaps one of the most poignant messages comes from actor Greg Kriek, who plays Martin Fischer: “Bypass is not just another movie – it gives you a slice of life and exposes the underbelly of an issue that is happening right under our noses.”

 

The national interest and conversation that Bypass has already managed to create is nothing short of amazing. This film, which boldly takes a stab at a subject many want to avoid, is a major step forward for the South African film industry. Bypass is a thriller that hits home and will keep audiences on the edge of their seats from the opening frame to the closing scene. 

 

If 90 minutes of thrilling entertainment isn’t enough to get you out of the house and into cinemas, then an added motivation is the fact that the team behind Bypass will give 10% of the profits made in cinemas to the Organ Donor Foundation. Don’t miss this opportunity from 12 May to be entertained while making a difference to society.

 

Moviegoers who are keen to catch Bypass on the big screen can visit Ster-Kinekor Theatres at the following shopping malls from Friday, 12 May:

 

* Gateway – Durban (The Open Door Crisis Centre will host a gala premiere on 13 May – tickets available from thora@opendoor.org.za)

* Sterland – Pretoria

* N1 City- Cape Town 

* The Zone – Rosebank, Johannesburg

* Tygervalley – Durbanville, Cape Town

* Cresta – Randburg, Johannesburg

* Baywest – Port Elizabeth

* Kollonade – Pretoria

* Cavendish – Claremont, Cape Town

* Eikestad Mall – Stellenbosch

Visit bypassmovie.com, to view the trailer, learn more about the film and sign up to become an organ donor.

 

Housing Solutions for Middle-Income Earners

The appeal of city living encompasses far more than just the allure of having a convenient base in the hub of the daily hustle and bustle. With less travelling time and more time for “living”, city dwellers can truly enjoy urban living to the full, as they have more time available to explore their city’s offerings and mingle with a cosmopolitan mix of people. They can more frequently visit local establishments and enjoy cultural and health activities, without the stress of lengthy commuting afterwards.

However, despite rapid developments in our cities, housing solutions have overwhelmingly been provided at the lowest and uppermost ends of the market – leaving the millions of households in the middle without an entry point into the urban property market.

“An unfavourable situation exists in the South African housing sector, whereby the government is required to cater to the needs of people falling in the lower end of the income bracket (<R3 500) and the private sector traditionally caters to the needs of those at the high end of the income bracket (> R30 000),” says Rashiq Fataar, Director of Future Cape Town.

No one caters to those in-between (early career persons, key or essential services workers), which traps many families in long-term renting or long commutes, and denies them the security of home ownership in favourable or well-located areas.

The limited supply of both land and houses and a relatively noncompetitive housing market where sellers dictate the cost of land, along with relatively uncompetitive building costs, has exerted significant upward pressure on rental, housing and land prices.

Rob McGaffin, a town planner and land economist, adds: “The housing sector is not delivering adequate stock at the rate and scale needed, nor is it serving the diversity of the market given varying levels of affordability and access to credit.”

The middle-income market – which have a total household income of R15 000 to R45 000 – therefore face tremendous pressure (financial and otherwise) in trying to access housing opportunities, particularly in well-located areas of the city. This group also falls outside of the gap and social housing market (R3 500 to R15 000), and therefore cannot access government subsidies or support.

As a result, middle-income groups are either forced to rent, or tend to buy property in the outer suburbs where housing is cheaper but where they are unable to access shared public assets. Moreover, they lose out on the savings from massively reduced transport and time costs.

Housing solutions for the middle-income earners needed

When looking at the global picture, a UN report notes that “in 2016, an estimated 54.5 per cent of the world’s population lived in urban settlements. By 2030, urban areas are projected to house 60 per cent of people globally and one in every three people will live in cities with at least half a million inhabitants”. It also states that between now and 2030, Johannesburg is expected to be amongst the world’s top ten megacities.

Cape Town’s population grew by 45,9% between 1996 and 2011 from 2 563 095 to 3 740 026 people. Currently, the Mother City’s population is estimated to be 3 860 589, reaching 4.46 million by 2032.

This growth in our cities without doubt calls for developers to find and create solutions for middle-income urban housing.

There is a need for local developers to cooperate more closely with government authorities and agencies at a local, regional and national level to address and shape living conditions that are feasible and long-standing and include the middle-income bracket.

Sources:

http://worldpopulationreview.com

http://www.un.org/en/development/desa/population/publications/pdf/urbanization/the_worlds_cities_in_2016_data_booklet.pdf

Don’t rain on my parade!!

A week ago I had the privilege of accompanying Tasneem, friend and fellow blogger to the opening night of this classical musical drama at The Fugard Theatre.

My first time at The Fugard, but it is safe to say that thanks to the beautiful, vibrant, sassy and independent Fanny Brice it will not be my last….she really is a Funny Girl.

If you enjoyed the original which stared Barbra Streisand you’ll love this rendition by an all South African cast, they really did a great effort with this show.

Like a good theatre show should be, it had the lights, camera and uh action…ok nope it was more a love story with some twists and turns that will play on your emotions….it draws you in and without you knowing you are drying a wet eye.

The music was on point, the sets were amazing leaving the audience in awe, and ofcourse the story and actors made the show what is….I was not born when it first opened on Broadway on the 26th March 1964 but I am glad that I got to see it now, Fanny Brice is no ordinary woman and she knows it, she is confident in her ability and this should be an inspiration to many woman today.

You will not be dissapointed so grab your ticket soon at computicket before they are sold out.

For more info: http://www.thefugard.com/whats-on/currently-on/item/funny-girl

Thankful Friday

What a better way to end off Good Friday than with some good music….for the soul.

Collin Hopley entertained the congregation of the Moravian Church in the southern most Mission Station in South Africa, Elim. He launched his 2nd CD with an amazing display of local talent which left us breathless…at the end of the night the saying “music is a piece of art, it goes through the ears straight to the heart.”- really rang true to this perfect evening.

It is definitely well with my soul after the concert on Friday night featuring the man of the evening Colin Hopley playing a few songs off his new album, he was accompanied by the various choirs within the Moravian Church of Elim.

Each song had a different story, my favourite was the Elim Junior Koor who sang It’s a small World and For the beauty of the earth, the voices of angels all for the glory of God. Children are the future and seeing them use their talents gives one hope and like the title of the songs, we do live on a beautiful earth with beautiful people and if we use our gifts and are thankful like music it definitely brings people together and makes one realise how small the world really is.

The underlying theme of the evening was that we should believe that GREATER things are coming, seeing that it was Good Friday and after 3 days the Resurrection of Jesus was upon us it was a perfect theme….GREATER things indeed.

Wishing you all a Happy Easter with friends and family – much love.

Want so lief het God die wêreld gehad, dat Hy sy enniggebore Seun gegee het, sodat elkeen wat in Hom glo, nie velore mag gaan nie, maar die ewige lewe kan hê. – John 3:16

BYPASS – PUSHING THE BOUNDARIES TO CREATE AWARENESS

BYPASS the movie that has everybody talking due to its somewhat controversial promotional tactics. And rightly so. The topic of illegal organ trade is one that deserves a stir.

The movie, Africa’s first medical thriller, is due for national release at selected Ster Kinekor Movie theatres on Friday, 12 May 2017Produced by Media Village Productions, Bypass stars well known South African actors Natalie Becker-Aakervik, Hakeem-Kae Kazim, Deon Lotz and Greg Kriek. It highlights the reality of the illegal trade in human organs and its director/producers hope that those who watch it will become organ donors and contribute to the solution.

‘’If there were sufficient legal organs available the need for a black-market trade would decrease significantly,’’ says Samantha Nicholls from the Organ Donor Association of South Africa. 

Many South Africans have been disturbed by flyers that have been distributed at various traffic lights around Cape Town, promoting organs for sale and directing those interested toWWW.NEWDAYORGANS.COM. These pamphlets, as well as the website, form part of the movie’s promotional campaign – designed to draw attention to a trade that is very real.

Husband and wife director/producer duo Shane and Bianca Vermooten have devised these promotional tactics to not only encourage South African’s to watch the film but also as a means of social activism. Their desire is to bring this issue into the public eye. Many filmmakers are proactively addressing burning issues that impact our societies, and Bypass has without doubt joined the conversation with its take on illegal organ donation.  The fact that such a noble production comes out of South Africa marks our growth within the industry and how we have evolved in terms of film production.

Many slasher movies deal with the topic of organ removal, but in most cases are rooted in gore and scare tactics to thrill audiences. Bypass, however, sends a clear message: Organ trafficking is a frightening reality that prays on the desperation of the wealthy and the vulnerability of the poor.

‘’From the outset of creating Bypass I had three concepts that I wasn’t willing to compromise on. Bypass was going to be in English, it was going to be a thriller and the protagonist had to be a strong female of colour. During our writing process we came across an organ trafficking case where more than 100 illegal operations had taken place in one of our national hospitals. Highlighting a common misconception that black market organs are only traded in far off “African” countries, when often it is taking place right under our noses in “legitimate” hospitals,’’ concludes  Mr Vermooten.

He goes on to add, “Myself and the writing team wanted to take a concept that we believe in; ‘Every human life is of equal worth’. We took this concept and applied it to an issue as complex and personal as organ transplantation. This movie explores a mother’s love for her dying son and makes us question how far we would go to save our own child’s life.”

In 2007, WHO estimated that out of all transplants worldwide, 5–10% were conducted illegally. In 2011, it was estimated that the illicit ‘organ trade’ generated illegal profits between USD 600 million and USD 1.2 billion per year. Underground ‘organ markets’ present a significant threat to the security of national organ donation systems, eroding the image of transplantation and public confidence in organ transplantation worldwide. Vermooten concludes, “We want our audiences to go to the movie theatre, and have a thrilling journey from start to finish. It is important to note that Bypass is a fictional medical thriller and is no way meant to be a documentary. We pose a few questions around the issue but then we want to leave it to our audiences to take the conversation further. The Organ Donor Foundation does amazing work in this field and as a result are the perfect partner to help drive the conversation around organ transplantation and donation.”

Of her role in the movie, Natalie Becker-Aakervik says, “I hope that this film creates much needed awareness for organ trafficking and that together we can create a movement that will make a difference.” Natalie and her husband Mikkel are working with the Organ Donor Foundation in Norway (Stiftelsen Organdonasjen) which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year and as a result the couple are assisting them in creating awareness.

As director Mr. Vermooten has balanced the sensitivity of the pain felt by those in need of an organ with the brutality of this practice. From the opening scene, set in a state-of–the art operating theatre in Cape Town, to the closing image you will not be able to miss a beat of this South Africa’s first medical thriller.

Visit bypassmovie.com, to view the trailer, learn more about the movie and sign up to become an organ donor.