Art, Band, Graffiti and a Dinosaur Smash Together at Sci-Bono for  The Night of a 1000Drawings 2013
Oct21

Art, Band, Graffiti and a Dinosaur Smash Together at Sci-Bono for The Night of a 1000Drawings 2013

The venue for this year’s Night of a 1000Drawings has been announced! This mass art exhibition for charity will take place on Thursday 7 November 2013 at the Sci-Bono Discovery Centre in Newtown, Johannesburg. Sci-Bono began life as the Electric Workshop. The building was initially the First President Street Power Station, commissioned in 1906 to power the new electric tram system. During Newtown’s years of decline as an industrial centre in the mid-1970s, the building stood derelict. In the 1990s, the building was often used as a music venue particularly after the elections of 1994. In 2004, the Gauteng Department of Education and the private sector initiated plans to develop a major interactive science centre. The new Sci-Bono Discovery Centre was to become the largest science centre in Southern Africa. Doors open at 6pm with the artwork on view until 8pm. Then the race to get a sticker on your coveted A5 masterpiece begins! At 9pm the artwork is taken down and collected by its new owners, and then the party begins. Four live bands will take to the stage, followed by DJ’s. A live Doodle Battle will take place in amongst the crowd, and party-goers can also expect to see Jozi’s hottest graffiti artists battle it out on the night. Partners Converse, Adobe and Red Bull have generously donated some great prizes for the artists participating in the battles, as well as those that have created artwork for the exhibition. Over 1000 pieces of artwork have been collected to date, and we’re still collecting! Join the 1000Drawings team at the regular Doodle events held around Jozi where A5 paper and drawing implements are supplied at the city’s hippest venues in a fun and chilled atmosphere. The public can also drop-off their A5 creations at any one of the partner coffee shops around town. For a list of these venues, go to the Drop-Off Points page on the website. The Night of a 1000Drawings is all about uplifting the inner-city and while things have improved since 2006 when 1000Drawings began, there are still many people who live extremely hard lives on the streets of Johannesburg. Paballo, our main charity, continues to feed and support homeless people living in the inner-city every week. Entirely run and funded by volunteers and donors, they need all the help they can get. These volunteers will be working at the Night of a 1000Drawings. Our second charity, Mmabana began when one of Paballo’s success stories – Nosiku Kalonga returned to her home in Zambia and decided to create an organisation that would do for the children of Choma, what Paballo had done for her...

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Hansa says Cheers to Green Robot Design, the Dreamers.
Oct11

Hansa says Cheers to Green Robot Design, the Dreamers.

Hansa Pilsener salutes Green Robot Design for being dreamers who work hard and make things happen in their latest TV and Radio campaign “Cheers to Dreamers”. We had the opportunity to interview Kgomotso Mautloa the Creative Director of  GRD during these exciting times for them at Green Robot Design. Read the interview after the jump. 1.Hi Kgomotso, I remember hearing you speak about GRD at “I create we create” conference, how do you stay focus as a young person? For the most part I keep focused by never losing focus of the dream that made me start Green Robot Design. It’s always hard to stay focused and not give up, but with enough will power, tenacity and most of all passion it’s easier to take on the day to day challenges. 2.Owning a business as a young person (of colour) seems a big of a step, how have you managed the set-backs and doors being closed on you? I’ve never used or looked at them as set-backs, every experience is a stepping stone. You need to have a positive outlook on everything that you do. A person of colour, it means that you possibly might have a longer journey, but you will get there. I look at where we started and we are. We’re not were we’ve envisioned but we’re not stopping either, we just have to push and break boundaries while we do that. 3.If you were given a chance to speak at 2 lecture venues, one of drop outs and one of graduates-to-be. What would your advice be to each class? Uhm… This is a tricky question as I admire both parties and my advice would be different to both of them. I originally come from the school of the drop-outs but I admire the latter for keeping the focus with their studies. With that said, I think common lesson would be to keep working hard, hard work always pays off, whether it be monetary, experience, meeting people. Just do what you set out to do. 4.Do you still do flyers and do they still pay the bills? Hahahahaha, why would we stop? It’s what we’ve become famous for, they definitely still keep the lights on. It keeps us relevant in those circles. But yes, we still do… 5.After the Hansa campaign ends, where is GRD heading to in 2014 and beyond? 2014 should be an interesting year, we have a lot planned both internally and service offering that we want to offer to our clients. It’s important for us to stay relevant and to stay ahead with the work we do. The ever-changing landscape of the design world keeps us thinking...

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The 2014 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme
Oct09

The 2014 Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme

The Government of Japan is calling for applications from young South Africans who would like to spend at least one year in Japan as Assistant Language Instructors (ALTs) under a highly successful international exchange programme for university graduates. Applications should be returned to the Embassy of Japan in Pretoria: Embassy of Japan JET Programme 259 Baines Street Groenkloof Pretoria 0181 Telephone: 012 452 1607 General Information The Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme seeks to enhance internationalisation in Japan by promoting mutual understanding between the people of Japan and those of other nations. The Programme aims to enhance foreign language education, and promote international exchange at the local level through the fostering of ties between Japanese youth and foreign youth alike. The objectives of the Programme are being achieved by offering JET Programme participants (hereinafter, participants) the opportunity to serve in local authorities as well as public and private elementary, junior high and senior high schools in Japan. The Programme is implemented by local authorities and other organisations (hereinafter, contracting organisations) of Japan in cooperation with the Ministry of Internal Affairs and Communications, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and the Council of Local Authorities for International Relations (hereinafter, CLAIR). The JET Programme started in 1987 with cooperation from participating country governments. In 2013, there were 4,372 participants in the Programme from 40 countries. As the JET Programme has achieved an excellent reputation over the last 27 years, it is of great importance that this reputation be maintained. Participants are invited to Japan as representatives of their countries. As such, they are expected to be responsible in all their activities, especially those concerning the promotion of mutual understanding between nations. It is therefore desirable that participants be adaptable, mentally and physically capable of performing the job duties and have a deep interest in Japan. Generally, participants are appointed by a contracting organisation for a one-year period. The cost of transportation from the participant’s origin to Japan, as well as remuneration, will be funded by the tax payers of Japan via the contracting organisation where the participant is appointed. Because participants serve as civil servants of their contracting organisations, they are required to uphold behaviour befitting civil servants. Withdrawal from the Programme after receipt of placement or early termination of appointment should be avoided as it causes many problems for contracting organisations, in addition to severely impacting the administration of the Programme itself. Position and duties Participants engaged in language instruction. ALTs are placed mainly in local boards of education or publicly run elementary, junior high and senior high schools. Participants who are...

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CARNIVAL CITY CAREER DAY EXHIBITION

Are you in High School and wondering what to study when you finish? Don’t worry, here’s an informative exhibition that might just help you make that pivotal decision. Read more below. EVENT                   Carnival City Career Day Exhibition DATE                     Monday 23 September 2013 TIME                      from 08h00 to 14h00 VENUE                  Rio Rooms, Carnival City, Brakpan Carnival City and Black Child Its Possible (BCIP) present their Career Day Exhibition on Monday 23 September 2013 at Carnival City. Setting out on a career path can be a daunting challenge and the aim of the Career Day is to expose disadvantaged Grade Nine to 12 learners from the City of Ekurhuleni to as many career choices and potential funders as is possible. During the school year, extra lessons in English, Maths and Physical Science have been funded for these learners by Carnival City and have produced excellent results. These lessons form part of the BCIP Effective Career Planning Programme which aims to up-skill the learners toward making better informed career decisions. The Career Day Exhibition will be coupled with talks by entrepreneurs as well as brief talks by experts in the various career fields. For more information on the Carnival City Career Day please contact Godfrey Madonsela on 011 898 7191 or by e-mail...

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An Environmentalist with a Passion, Michael O’brien-Onyeka.
Sep04

An Environmentalist with a Passion, Michael O’brien-Onyeka.

Represent caught up with Environmentalist Michael O’Brien-Onyeka, the Executive Director of Greenpeace Africa to discuss issues around Global Warming and to find out where Africa as a continent stands in the fight against this phenomenon.  Read the interview after the jump. 1. What has been the number one priority in your portfolio as an environmental activist and why As a Pan African environmental activist on a continent where many are already feeling the impacts of devastating climate change, I am working as a catalyst; seeking solutions for, and promoting open, informed debate about society’s environmental choices. We can no longer continue to ignore the plight particularly of the many vulnerable women and men – who although did not necessarily contribute to global warming trends – are now having to deal with environmental and social injustice. As an activist, it is also about speaking truth to power irrespective of how uncomfortable we may feel or make others particularly governments and corporates feel. For me as an activist it is also about the courage to not simply think out of the box, but also being willing enough to throw away the box altogether in the quest to create a better legacy for humanity. For example if we continue  allow over fishing to regulate the oceans in the Eastern oceans of Senegal, that would eventually result in an empty ocean which would mean an absence in the ecosystem which would ultimately affect all living creatures on earth for as we know everything lives off another. 2. What are the top main challenges Africa is facing when it comes to preserving the environment? This beautiful continent is at risk. Over 60% of Africa’s population is poor, faced with food insecurity, dwindling livelihoods, poor health and the impacts of decade long unsustainable resource exploitation, growing water scarcity, pollution and overfishing, just to name a few. The scale of the loss of species over the decades is scary to say the least, all made worse by the devastating impacts of climate change. In South Africa alone, poverty among youths is prevalent due to the extremely high number of unemployed youths, and this presents a major challenge. • Over 180 million people in sub Saharan Africa will be directly impacted by the consequences of global warming. • Food security in many African countries and regions will be severely affected by climate change. Agricultural losses are estimated to be possibly severe for several areas (like the Sahel, East Africa, and southern Africa) accompanied by changes in the length of growing periods impacting mixed rain-fed, arid and semi-arid systems becasuse of changes in the eco-system. · According to the...

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BOOK YOUR TUK-TUK ‘TOUR’ FOR JOBURG CITY FESTIVAL NOW!
Aug15

BOOK YOUR TUK-TUK ‘TOUR’ FOR JOBURG CITY FESTIVAL NOW!

Tuk Tuk’s are taking over Joburg City Festival, to experience the full offering of this magnificent festival take a look at what you’re about to ride in. The best ways to experience the Joburg City Festival is by Jozi Tuk-Tuk. Only a limited number of tickets are for sale for each day of the festival. Tickets need to be pre-booked. Visit www.joburgcity.netand click on the ‘festival transport’ tab to find info and to buy your tickets. Park your car safely at any of the indicated spots, then take a tuk-tuk to various city destinations and take in the sights of the city on the way. Or come by Gautrain and hop on to a tuk-tuk. Tickets are available on a ‘4 x 2’ basis, meaning 2 people can take 4 trips between any city destinations during any single day for R200 only (that equates to R25 per ‘hop’ if both people use all four trips! Visit www.joburgcity.net and click on the ‘festival transport’ tab for info and to buy your tickets. Also available are ‘3 x 3’ shuttle tickets for R150 and cabs at R80 a trip. Of course Gautrain buses and Rea Vaya buses are also available in the city. Note, though that Gautrain buses do NOT run on Saturdays and Sundays. Apart from the Jozi Tuk-Tuk service, there will also be Happy.Me ‘Espresso on the Move’ tuk-tuks crisscrossing the city with your favourite coffee during the festival! Be sure to sample the delicious coffees on offer. Visit www.joburgcity.net for more info and the full festival programme. Also follow us on facebook and twitter (JoburgCity). For enquiries phone Gerald Garner on 082 894 5216 Jozi Tuk-Tuks: a joint initiative of Happy.Me, Oembotu Travel and JoburgPlaces Joburg Squirrel shuttles: a joint initiative of Oembotu Travel and JoburgPlaces Joburg City Festival partners and sponsors are Gautrain, the Johannesburg Development Agency and SAB World of Beer. Venue sponsor for Gandhi Square is...

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