To SoulProviders with Love.
Sep11

To SoulProviders with Love.

When my boss approached me with the task to socialise six 3rd year BA Strategic Communication students from the University of Johannesburg into SoulProviders I gladly accepted the challenge. I knew what it meant and what it will require in me to achieve the three days this students had asked to be taught what digital communication is all about. Our contact began on a very cold winters day and I already knew when they finish job shadowing  they should send us feedback on how this experience was to each and everyone of them – as promised, I got an email today that got me all so grateful to be a part of SoulProviders. Read their article below. Clockwise – Dineo, Dudu, Lerato, Zenobiya and Asanda. When we first arrived at SoulProviders, we had no knowledge of how digital communication functions from a practical side. We wanted to see where ideas are generated and where are they executed and transformed into interactive customer engagement with brands through digital communication. As soon as we met Bheki and the rest of the SoulProviding team we felt like we were home, the SP team greeted us with friendly smiles and made us feel welcomed. Our initial review of Soul Providers can be described as assuring and informing in terms of their work ethic. Strategic communication provides a wide range of career opportunities, we were each matched with an SP employee who does what each of us have an interest in. It was great to be able to see first-hand what someone in that specific position does and to get a feel of what their typical day is like, from the different brands to their responsibilities. Before one is exposed to such, there is a distinct pressure that one feels, because we had no idea of how the workplace is and whether we had what it took to make the transition from varsity into the workplace. It is challenging but if one is creative and passionate about what they do, there’s no reason not to thrive. It also seems like a lot of fun, because the environment at SP is “chilled” and intimate, everybody gets along very well. The fact that the digital communication industry is based on real-time instant platforms; it was very intimidating at first to see how quick decisions need to be made and how spontaneous yet well-thought-out content needs to be. Our time spent at SoulProviders has been educational, it also confirmed our passion which ultimately assured us that the career path chosen was a good one and allowed us to make valuable contacts for future employment prospects. We are passionate, self-motivated...

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Announcing TEDxJohannesburgCity2.0
Sep10

Announcing TEDxJohannesburgCity2.0

Dream me. Build me. Make me real. On Friday 20 September 2013, TED will host TEDCity2.0 in New York, focusing on how bright urban ideas turn into collective impact through collaborative action. TEDx communities across the globe – including TEDxJohannesburg – will host parallel events along the same theme. Our event, named TEDxJohannesburgCity2.0, takes place at JoziHub on 44 Stanley, Milpark, from 12noon until 7pm. The event will feature talks from the bright minds and big hearts involved in remaking Johannesburg – stewards, artists, builders and tastemakers shaping a brave new future for the metropolis. They will share narratives of urban innovation and transformation focusing on global City 2.0 themes – Art, Education, Food, Health, Housing, Play, Public Space, and Safety – all elements essential to the future health and success of our beloved Joburg. Thereafter we’ll cross live to New York for talks from the TED stage. TEDxJohannesburgCity2.0 will feature up to five live local speakers passionate about the city and in tune with the issues. One will offer an idea for a clear, do-able, compelling collaborative action. Speakers from the TEDstage will present ideas that cut across borders, also with very specific calls to action. Expect to mix and mingle with an audience of city dwellers open to new thoughts and perspectives on how we can collectively build Johannesburg into the city we want. Drinks and snacks will be served. R200 covers costs. Registration is open. Let’s make it real. TEDxJohannesburg...

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The Blacks Only Comedy Shows: The Bling-Bling Tour in Carnival City
Sep09

The Blacks Only Comedy Shows: The Bling-Bling Tour in Carnival City

Event:                   Blacks Only Comedy Show – The Bling-Bling Tour Date:                     Saturday, 12 October 2013 Time:                     20h00 Venue:                 Carnival City’s Big Top Arena Cost:                      R211 – R340 Tickets:                 Computicket The Blacks Only Comedy Show is bringing non-stop laughter to Cape Town with ‘The Bling-Bling Tour’ at GrandWest’s Grand Arena on Friday, 04 October 2013. Featuring South Africa’s most funny and acclaimed stand-up comedians, the audience will be treated to much hilarity and great silliness from Marc Lottering, Conrad Koch , Jason Goliath, Skhumba, KG, Thapelo ‘Tips’ Shampoo and Tumi Morake. David Kau will lead the line-up as the MC for the tour, a task he was given nine years ago at the first ‘The Blacks Only Comedy Show’.. With favourite Capetonian Marc Lottering on stage, the audience can expect to be on the receiving end of a lot of earthy local humour. Conrad Koch aka  Chester Missing, a political analyst and weekly columnist with award-winning news site ZA News, has broken new comic ground with his outrageous, hard-hitting, frank and downright hilarious interviews with South Africa’s political elite. His interviewees include the ANC’s Gwede Mantashe, COSATU’s Zwelinzima Vavi, COPE’s Mosiuoa Lekota, UDM’s Bantu Holomisa, the DA’s Helen Zille, Cape Town’s executive mayor Patricia De Lille and many others. Tumi Morake remains one of our funniest female comedians, and her razor sharp wit cuts her victims down to very, very small sizes. She joins the tour on her return from the UK, where she performed at The Edinburgh Festival. The show starts at 8pm and tickets are available from R211 at...

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Bokani Dyer.
Sep09

Bokani Dyer.

Represent had the opportunity to interview Jazz pianist Bokani Dyer, the 2011 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for Jazz and recently the winner of a SAMRO Overseas Scholarship. Read our interview with the maestro after the jump. Hi Bokani, firstly congratulations on your scholarship win from the SAMRO foundation. Please give us a synopsis of your background where you come from and where you studied? Thank you… I was born in Gaborone, Botswana. I grew up between Joburg and Gaborone before taking up studies at the University of Cape Town in 2004 Have you always known you wanted to be a musician, and what motivated you to take it as a career? I’ve known since around the time I was 14 when I was listening to a lot of music and started taking piano lessons.  I am motivated by the deep fulfillment that music can provide… Music can be a sanctuary, a playground or a teacher. Winning this prestigious award must come with a lot of excitement, what will ground you to complete this scholarship? I enjoy traveling. And the opportunity to be mentored by  teachers and artists who inspire me is enough motivation for me to embark on the journey. Winning must be in your genes, you’re the 2011 recipient of the Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Jazz. Do you feel validated when you win an award or recognized for being an artist? Its great that I have been chosen as the recipient of these prestigious awards and the panel of judges who decide are qualified and knowledgeable so it is an honor to be recognized by them. Please tell us, what goes into your pre-show preparation? I make sure I’m well prepared playing-wise with repetitive practice. Before the performance I try to clear my mind because the less thought while you play the better. Here at Represent we wish you all the best in your future endeavors. Please leave us a quote that has carried you through life’s learnings? Thank you… Follow your bliss! You can follow Bokani Dyer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/BokaniDyer Thank you...

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Meet the new Craz-e presenters. #Fresh!
Sep09

Meet the new Craz-e presenters. #Fresh!

Yes it is true! The Craz-e crew has expanded. Eight hot, new, funky young people have joined the team after our beloved former presenters; Pearl Modiadie, Gillian Hughes, Babalwa Rasane, Kriya Gangiah, Morena Sefatsa and Lee-Roy Wright left the Craz-e stage to further pursue their careers. Craz-e has a history of launching young people’s careers in the industry. The following household names had their start on this crazy platform: Pabi Moloi, Da Les, Lalla Hirayama, Salamina Mosese, Stephina Zwane, McGayver, Caitlin Fox, Relebogile Mabotja, Gile Motshwane, Muso Sefatsa, Zandile Msutwana & Kim Engelbrecht. The new crew joins our self-claimed “aging one” Zola Hashatsi who’s been presenting on Craz-e since 2007. The dynamic between these young people is electric and viewers cannot seem to get enough. Introducing to you the new Craz-e presenters: Chanley Wong (21 years old) Catch her on these Craz-e shows: Sistahood and Craz-e World Live Twitter handle: @wongley They say dynamite comes in small packages and it sure does with Chanley Wong. Born and raised in Benoni and having being raised in a multi-racial home, Chanley is fluent in Afrikaans and brings to Craz-e a brand new energy that reflects the beauty of the rainbow nation. This die hard Justin Bieber fan still has her Justin Bieber concert armband on and has no intentions of removing anytime soon. About Craz-e she says: “I see Craz-e as a platform that helps inform, entertain, and inspire the youth. Having the opportunity to be part of Craz-e has given me further insight into the different lives, cultures and experiences of South Africans. Sistahood is an incredible platform for female expression. It teaches young women to be independent, smart and to be leaders rather than followers.” This BA Corporate Communications Major (UJ) sees herself expanding into fashion and starting her PR and Communications agency in the near future. Phemelo Kabini (22 years old) Catch him on these Craz-e shows: Frenzy and Craz-e World Live Twitter handle: @phemelo_k Phemelo is a talented young man who was born in Limpopo and raised in Pretoria. He brings to the show his loud, hyperactive energy on screen. In 2008 he matriculated and it was during this year that he wrote, directed, produced and starred in his first production. In 2009 he enrolled at The University of Johannesburg and studied Marketing Management where he was Top 15 of the marketing department for 2 years in a row and graduated in the year 2012. He later got involved in a singing group called COB (Currents of Blackness). His involvement in COB saw him gaining the opportunity to be a backing vocalist for great South African Soul...

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SENSATION ‘INNERSPACE’ AND SAMSUNG #GALAXYexperience GIVE SOUTH AFRICANS THE ULTIMATE DANCE EXPERIENCE
Sep09

SENSATION ‘INNERSPACE’ AND SAMSUNG #GALAXYexperience GIVE SOUTH AFRICANS THE ULTIMATE DANCE EXPERIENCE

Sensation “Innerspace” was a blast on the 7th of September. If you missed it, find out after the jump how it was. On the 7th of September 2013, the Coca-Cola Dome in Johannesburg was transformed into an ‘Innerspace’ extravaganza at what is being hailed as the most stunning music and dance event of year. Affirming its position as the ‘World’s Leading Dance Event’, Sensation ‘Innerspace’, presented by Samsung #GALAXYexperience and produced by Netherlands-based ID&T, debuted in South Africa to a sold-out audience. Some 17,000 revelers, all dressed in white, were part of this world-class event, featuring dazzling and sophisticated production elements synonymous with Sensation shows around the world. Sensation ‘Innerspace’ was a seven-hour sensory experience that included music, acrobatics, laser and light shows, performance acts and a towering central water feature. The highlight was certainly the Samsung #GALAXYexperience moment at 12.30am that included 4,000 Samsung-branded LED battens being distributed throughout the arena. Phenomenal dance music was produced by the stellar international DJ line-up of Sensation opening DJ Mr White, Nic Fanciulli, Sunnery James & Ryan Marciano, Daniel & Juan Sanchez and Thomas Gold. “Samsung #GALAXYexperience is proud to have played a part in bringing the global dance phenomenon, Sensation ‘Innerspace’, to South Africa. An EDM event of this magnitude has never been staged locally before – and it certainly moved beyond the expectations of all those who came,” says Craige Fleischer, Director Samsung Mobile South Africa.  “Sensation South Africa, through its highly innovative Innerspace show and the strategic partnership with Samsung Mobile South Africa, successfully concluded the highest-ever single arena electronic music attendance with a sold-out audience,” says Greg Walsh, managing director of local promoter, G&G Productions. South Africa has now been added to the list of over 24 countries around the world that have hosted successful sell-out Sensation shows, and the thousands of people who attended on Saturday night join the millions who have experienced this phenomenal dance experience. The Sensation phenomenon has finally come to the African continent and the South African dance music and dance world will never be the same again. Sensation and presenting partner Samsung would like to thank additional partners Heineken and DSTV. Communication links: Website: www.sensation.com/south-africa Facebook: www.facebook.com/Sensation www.facebook.com/SamsungMobileSA www.facebook.com/GandGSA Twitter: @Sensation @SamsungMobileSA @GandGPro #SensationSA...

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