What Makes SoulProviders an Employer of Choice?
Jun15

What Makes SoulProviders an Employer of Choice?

So what it is that makes working for SoulProviders so cool? Besides, of course, the fact that cool people work here … In the next few articles, we’ll be introducing you to a few employee benefits at our Content Marketing & Digital agency SoulProviders that make us really feel like coming to work. Even on a Monday.  One of the many benefits enjoyed by SoulProviders employees is the popular annual Winter Hours programme. #WinterHours were introduced three years ago for staff who have an extra long commute or who use public transport. It was initially put in place for team members who were having to leave at ridiculously icy early-morning hours or who were often walking the last part of their commute home in the pitch dark in Winter.  “Whenever I think about our business strategy, which I do a lot of, I always imagine myself in my 20s and remember the things I wished I could have at work or how I wished I could work. Not much has changed: I’ve always liked to feel a bit of control over my work hours and to be able to work flexibly when needed. We’re aiming to have a truly flexi set up for many of our long-service team in 2016. Long service being around 3 years in our industry of course 😉 I have also been lucky to live in a few cities with different approaches to worklife and I read up a lot on global best practice in workplace benefits and I try to experiment and do things differently from the ‘norm’.” says Sarah-Jane Boden, the founder of the couture agency, SoulProviders. “Winter hours just made such sense and it’s amazing what such a small shift in working hours has done for some of our team over the years – now many of our team mates look forward to Winter :).  We’re still dealing with such economic and spatial inequalities in where people live or how they commute, I want to find ways of making it easier for everyone on our youthful team, wherever possible.” It’s a solid step in making SoulProviders an employer of choice for millennials and the Winter Hours programme has also evolved into an incentive for long-service employees who may not struggle with the same commuting challenges. For the lucky #WinterHours beneficiaries, the programme lasts through June and July and everyone that benefits is responsible for making up the work and time out of office. Some of the Winter Hours “beneficiaries” shared how they are benefitting from the programme: Lindelwa – Junior Content Manager I get more sleep time and comfortable travelling because the...

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Pharrel Williams’ “Happy” Johannesburg
Apr22

Pharrel Williams’ “Happy” Johannesburg

Last week in an interview with Oprah, we saw Pharrel Williams overwhelmed by the remakes of his hit single, “Happy”. It was videos from all across the continent and different countries except for South Africa. Now there’s a cool video out, made in Joburg by School Of Thought. Watch the video below and be “happy”   Crew and sponsors Equipment Sponsorship — Glow (www.glowhire.co.za) Directors: Motse UnbrandedCow and Lungi Molefe Producers: Motse UnbrandedCow, Themba Mbelu and Lungi Molefe Editing: Themba Mbelu DOP – Paul Shiakallis and Threshen Bisetty ( www.behance.net/shizetty) SOT team: Motse UnbrandedCow, Lungi Molefe, Jacques Bezuidenhout and Maxzene Morgan. 1st Camera Assistant – Blessing Ndlovu and 2nd Camera – Masimba Sasa. Photo Credit: http://ind.pn/1f0GrSE...

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African Metropolis Short Films  to Premiere in Europe and USA
Jan20

African Metropolis Short Films to Premiere in Europe and USA

Directing talents from six African countries invited to festivals in Rotterdam and Santa Barbara African Metropolis premieres in Europe on 26 January 2014 at the renowned International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR). On top of that, the short film programme revisits North America in February for their USA premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California. The compilation of six short fiction films, set in six major African cities, tells urban tales about life in African metropolises. Besides the screenings and a panel discussion in Rotterdam, Marie KA, one of the African Metropolis directors, will talk about her experiences at Berlinale Talents 2014, the Berlin International Film Festival‘s annual platform for the most promising emerging filmmakers. The African Metropolis Short Film Project is an initiative of the Goethe-Institut South Africa and South African executive producer Steven Markovitz, with support from Guaranty Trust Bank and the Hubert Bals Fund of International Film Festival Rotterdam. With short films set in Lagos (Director: Folasakin Iwajomo), Abidjan (Philippe Lacôte), Dakar (Marie KA), Johannesburg (Vincent Moloi), Cairo (Ahmed Ghoneimy) and Nairobi (Jim Chuchu), the filmmakers’ work shows the face of a modern and cosmopolitan Africa and challenges long-standing clichés about the continent. Gertjan Zuilhof, International Programmer and Peter van Hoof, Head of Short Film Programme of IFFR, say: “Big city films from African big cities is just what we have been waiting for. It is about time we move on from pre-colonial nostalgia. The best would be if this project could work as a model for the future.” www.africanmetropolis.com Facebook: AfricanMetropolis Twitter: @Africanmet Dates: International Film Festival Rotterdam (IFFR): 26.01.2014: – Boost! coproduction workshop with Steven Markovitz – Premiere Screening, followed by a panel discussion – Party hosted by African Metropolis and Boost! Berlinale Talents: 08.-13.02.2014 (exact date tba): – Participation of director Marie KA as an expert in a session focusing on “filmmakers that ‘broke some rules’ in their films, making things visible in their stories that hadn’t been seen before, setting things in motion by doing so and using their films to make people think” Santa Barbara International Film Festival: 06.02. + 08.02.2014: – Screenings For screeners, visual reference and more information please contact: Ben Keuffel Goethe-Institut South Africa pr@johannesburg.goethe.org Phone: 011 442 3232 Cell: 082 769...

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AXECESS Jozi Featuring Big Sean  Announces Full Line-Up
Jan14

AXECESS Jozi Featuring Big Sean Announces Full Line-Up

AXECESS JOZI in association with Channel O will be the biggest gathering of the top urban music acts in South Africa this year, featuring international hip-hop megastar BIG SEAN. AXE has bolstered the already impressive line-up with the addition of popular local urban music DJ’s. DJ Feel, P.H, Khenzero, DJ Tiraand DJ Dimplez will be hitting the decks to electrify audiences at Mary Fitzgerald Square on 1 February 2014 alongside the biggest urban artists in South Africa and the man himself, BIG SEAN. AKA, Da Les, Pro, Ma E, Maggz, Khuli Chana, Teargas, Reason and Dreamteam are among the local artists confirmed to perform at AXECESS JOZI. The mega-festival is a pioneering format for all urban music fans as the best and most banging beats will be showcased from early afternoon to the late hours of the night. The heart of the Johannesburg CBD will be electrified as hip-hop and urban music fans will witness the sexiest babes, biggest artists and an outstanding production by G&G Productions. Two different stages will set the scene for AXECESS JOZI creating a unique daytime experience before leading into the opening of the AXECESS JOZI mainstage. The annual event is set to become a firm favourite on the festival calendar of South Africa. The phenomenal gathering of urban music fans will be one to experience, so make sure to get your tickets from Computicket to avoid missing out. Fans should log on and sign up to AXEcess.com to get ‘AXEcess’ to festival experiences not available anywhere else. Follow Axe’s Facebook and Twitter pages closely for announcements on tickets, awesome giveaways and cool prizes. #AXECESSJozi Tickets are on sale for General – R350, VIP – R550 at Computicket. http://online.computicket.com/web/event/axe_presents_big_sean/765261160 www.computicket.com 086 915 8000 Gates open: 13:00 pm Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/627474133957855/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/axesouthafrica Official Website: http://www.axecess.com Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/axe_sa Join AXECESS.com and claim the VIP-entering, lady-pulling, fashion-strutting, limo-riding lifestyle you deserve. Get AXECESS. Get In. Big Sean links: Official Website: http://uknowbigsean.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/uknowbigsean Youtube Channel:...

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Bastille SA Tour Sold Out!
Jan06

Bastille SA Tour Sold Out!

BASTILLE TOURS SOUTH AFRICA. PRESENTED BY NOKIA. POWERED BY 5FM. With just days left until UK chart-topping band, Bastille, lands in South Africa for the very first time, Nokia and 5FM are thrilled to announce that the Johannesburg concert date of 11 January 2014 at Emmarentia Dam is officially sold out. The two Cape Town dates of 8 and 10 January 2014 sold out just weeks after going on sale. With Johannesburg selling out, all three of Bastille’s South African performances will be seen by 25 000 South African fans who have been waiting patiently and eagerly to see the UK hit-makers live. Emmarentia Dam will see Bastille take to the stage alongside local talents Bed On Bricks, Matthew Mole and Beatenberg to a capacity audience who will enjoy a day out in the open to witness the sheer brilliance of all the acts on the biggest stage structure ever set up thus far on the African continent. Bed On Bricks will open for Bastille in Cape Town. ‘Things We Lost In The Fire’ has been a recent hit on 5FM and this along with their other hits ‘Pompeii’, ‘Laura Palmer’ and ‘Overjoyed’ will echo through the beautiful and natural settings of Kirstenbosch in Cape Town and Emmarentia Dam in Johannesburg. Line-up times Cape Town: 8 & 10 January 17h00: Gates open 19h05: Bed on Bricks 20h20: Bastille 21h30: Concert ends Johannesburg: 11 January 11h00: Gates open 12h00: Matthew Mole 13h30: Beatenberg 15h00: Bed on Bricks 16h30: Bastille 18h00: Concert ends About the tour venues and dates: Bastille tours SA takes place on Wednesday 8 January and Friday 10 January at Kirstenbosch Botanical Garden from 19h15. There will be no bars so fans can bring their own picnic baskets but are reminded that Kirstenbosch is bin free – whatever is brought in must be taken out. No glass may be brought into the concert. Fans are also asked to respect the peace and cleanliness of the residential areas when leaving. Saturday 11 January is a day festival at Emmarentia Dam from 12pm.  There will be food and drink on sale, and people can also bring their own picnic baskets. No glass may be brought into the concert. Children are welcome at both events. Cape Town: SOLD OUT Johannesburg: SOLD OUT #BastilleSA https://www.facebook.com/SeedExperiences https://www.youtube.com/weareseed1 @SeedExperiences https://www.facebook.com/NokiaSouthAfrica?fref=ts http://www.nokia.com/za-en/ https://twitter.com/nokiarsa www.5FM.co.za www.facebook.com/thepowerof5FM www.twitter.com/@5FM Bastille links: http://bastillebastille.com/ https://twitter.com/#!/bastilledan http://www.facebook.com/bastilleuk...

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MILLER BOOMTOWN Local Line-Up Announced
Dec17

MILLER BOOMTOWN Local Line-Up Announced

Johannesburg, South Africa – Miller Genuine Draft today announced the local headline line-up for the upcoming three-city Miller BOOMTOWN tour featuring international rapper Kendrick Lamar. Not one to rest on his laurels, 2013 Best Male SAMA winner and music sensation Khuli Chana is poised to extend his reign into 2014 when he provides headline support for Kendrick Lamar on the Joburg, Durban and Cape Town legs of the tour. Alongside him, hip-hop hit maker and crowd favourite Reason will also feature as the main live supporting act on the tour. Fans can also look forward to an explosive collaborative spectacular hiphop showdown, a crowd favourite at Miller Boomtown in Jo’burg earlier this year and now back on the Miller BOOMTOWN main stage. Dream Team’s Refiloe Ramogase and his team have been commissioned to deliver the multi-layered, show-stopping experience. Trusted sound selector and producer DJ Dimplez will be on hand to keep the expected energy levels at a high while Channel O’s SK will play host and MC. Watch this space as additional performers and DJs from each city to be included on this dazzling line-up will be announced in January 2014. Miller Boomtown media partners include Channel O together with regional radio partners YFM, Gagasi and Good Hope. The tour kicks off at The Wave House in Durban on Friday, 7th February 2014 before moving to Johannesburg Stadium on the 8th February and the Belville Velodrome in Cape Town on Sunday the 9th Feb. Ticket available at Computicket, range from R350-R650 and will be open to fans over the age of 18. The Miller Boomtown presents Kendrick Lamar South African tour dates will be as follows: Friday 7th February                The Wave House, Gateway Durban Saturday 8th February            Johannesburg Stadium, Johannesburg Sunday 9th February               Bellville Velodrome, Cape Town Miller BOOMTOWN featuring Kendrick Lamar is hosted by local promoters Airey...

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