Growing support for Play Your Part

first_imgPlay Your Part partners IMC CEO MillerMatola, and CEO of Heartlines GarthJaphet at the Play Your Part breakfast. Eskom GM Pieter Pretorius said hiscompany supports the campaign. Zeng Msimang, director of strategy andcontent for the Department ofInternational Relations and Cooperation,said the Play Your Part campaign hashelped the government raise funds toprovide famine relief to Somalia. (Images: Nosimilo Ramela) MEDIA CONTACTS • Chantal Wellington IMC digital content manager +27 11 483 0122 RELATED ARTICLES • Play Your Part: Make SA even better • IMC plays its part for Mandela Day • Play your part for a better South Africa • Playing a part to clothe childrenNosimilo RamelaThe International Marketing Council (IMC) of South Africa introduced its latest campaign, Play Your Part, to representatives of government departments, business and NGOs at a recent breakfast meeting in Sandhurst, Johannesburg.The campaign encourages South Africans to do whatever they can, no matter how big or small the contribution, to create a better country. It also aims to connect and celebrate citizens who are already playing their part and making an impact in their communities.Speaking at the breakfast meeting on 17 August 2011, IMC CEO Miller Matola said: “Play Your Part is a national movement for social change, contributing to social cohesion and national unity.”The IMC has collaborated with forgood, an online social network with a humanitarian focus, to create a facility whereby willing South Africans can connect with each other to share stories about the work they are doing, exchange ideas for projects and secure resources.“There are amazing people doing amazing things every day, everywhere in our country, this is a platform for them to share their stories, and to celebrate great stories,” said CEO of Heartlines Garth Japhet.The online resource gives information to people who are keen on doing something in their respective areas, but do not know how to go about it.“Play Your Part will help connect people who are interested in the same things. It will also connect them with the opportunities they are looking for,” he said.Japhet added that the Play Your Part site, powered by Forgood, will also provide regular news updates and list events taking places various communities.Play Your Part enables users to create their own profiles, join the campaign and start making a difference.Business joins inFinancial Times CEO Rochelle Josiah said her publication endorses the initiative and would be playing its part through some of its own projects.Michelle Gerszt, marketing executive of the Smile Foundation, spoke about how her NGO is playing its part by helping children with facial abnormalities access free corrective plastic and reconstructive surgery.“We help children with abnormalities such as cleft lips and palates, burn victims, those with facial paralysis and other conditions. The medical staff who work with us all work for free: they volunteer their time to help our young patients. They are playing their part in changing the lives of young people and their parents.”Gerszt said her organisation is proud to be part of the Play Your Part initiative as it promotes the same values as the foundation. “The work we do brings people together for the purpose of making a difference in the lives of those in need.”She added that the Smile Foundation had a skills development programme in place to equip medical teams with the necessary techniques and knowledge.“Instead of bringing in specialists from other countries, we have our own doctors and nurses trained and skilled to perform these complex surgeries. We are investing in the medical teams we work with and we support the public hospitals we work in by purchasing equipment that can be used by the departments of plastic and reconstructive surgery.”Pieter Pretorius, GM for the country’s power utility Eskom, said his company’s 49m initiative was also making a difference in South Africa.“We are proud to be associated with the IMC’s Play Your Part. The campaign speaks to the same ideas as our project: 49m is about mobilising people to play their part in building a better future for South Africa. We want to encourage people to reduce their consumption of electricity, thereby reducing our carbon footprint.”Pretorius added that people can make small changes like remembering to switch off any lights or appliances that are not in use. “It’s not about sacrificing, but rather about being considerate. The power we save today is the power we’ll need tomorrow to light our rooms, watch our televisions and boil our kettles.”Government adds its supportZeng Msimang, director of strategy and content for the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, said the Play Your Part campaign has helped the government raise funds to provide famine relief to Somalia.She added that although the initiative is a local one, the department would promote it across all countries it works in.“For us Play Your Part is about being patriotic and it starts with our diplomats. We want it to start internally with the way we treat and behave towards each other.”last_img read more

William Kentridge live in Johannesburg

first_img19 August 2011World-renowned artist William Kentridge, working with a handful of extraordinary artists, will display his remarkable and varied talents during a two-week programme at Johannesburg’s Market Theatre as part of the city’s 2011 Arts Alive International Festival.Kentridge’s festival, Refuse The Hour, runs from 6 to 18 September. The programme, launched in Johannesburg on 11 August, is presented by the Market Theatre in association with the Goodman Gallery and the French Institute of South Africa.I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not MineFirst up, on 6 and 7 September, is I Am Not Me, The Horse Is Not Mine, a theatrical monologue based on the Nikolai Gogol short story The Nose, in which a man wakes up one morning to find that his nose has escaped his face and is creating its own life.The monologue is one of the elements Kentridge developed while producing his interpretation of The Nose, which premiered in New York in 2010. “The show combines narration, video projection, vocals and instrumental soundtracks by Phillip Miller,” he said.It will be performed by Kentridge, who has taken the play to several countries, including Australia, Japan and Germany. It has also been seen in Cape Town; this is its first Johannesburg season.Telegrams From The NoseTelegrams From The Nose, from 8 to 10 September, presents a large-canvas painting by Kentridge, over which are projected shapes such as a human shadow; a small, black animated shape using cut-out paper; and geometric patterns evoking Russian constructivism, an artistic movement characterised by the use of industrial materials such as glass, sheet metal and plastic.During the projection, Francois Sarhan will read from the works of the Russian authors Gogol, Daniil Kharms and Dmitri Shostakovich.Following the projection, the imaginary alter-ego of Sarhan, Professor Henri-Jacques Glacon, will deliver a lecture.Playing On ImageFrom 12 to 14 September, Playing On Image will present a variety of music, film and performance work, including the music of Phillip Miller presented as a live concert, and the Kentridge films Journey To The Moon (2003), Medicine Chest (2001) and Dance Of The Rhino (2005).Dancing With DadaOn 16 to 18 September, Kentridge will collaborate with award-winning dancer and choreographer Dada Masilo in Dancing With Dada, a show incorporating “dance, live music, strange machines and projection” in which Masilo dances with Kentridge-created machines and/or sculptures.Dancing With Dada is the two artists’ first trial collaboration, and will see the two continue working together next year.“Dancing With Dada is an enormous project,” said Kentridge. “This is the beginning of us working together; we will see what happens when we combine her dance moves with what I do.”Masilo said working with Kentridge was a wonderful opportunity. “I did not know anything about fine arts, but I think it is great to just shift things a little bit,” she said.And it has inspired her: the dancer said she was going to collaborate with more artists in the future to broaden her knowledge of various arts.Cine-ConcertRefuse The Hour will conclude with a Cine-Concert at 3pm on 18 September, during which a selection of Gorge Melies’ French films will be screened, accompanied by narration in French and English.“We are very lucky to show the films of Gorge Melies as one of the components,” said Kentridge. “Melies was a great film maker and an innovator.”All shows start at 8pm at the Market’s Main Theatre. Tickets are available at the theatre and via for R150 each.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

We’re all behind you, De Lille tells Bafana

first_img10 January 2014The Mayor of Cape Town, Patricia de Lille, visited Bafana Bafana at their training camp in the city on Thursday, ahead of Saturday’s kick off of the 2014 African Nations Championships (Chan) at Cape Town Stadium.The teams in the tournament are composed of players that ply their trade in their home countries. South Africa plays in the opening game against Mozambique, with kick off at 6pm, followed by fellow Group A contestants Mali and Nigeria doing battle at 9pm.De Lille personally met each and every player and member of the coaching staff before they began training. She also received a Bafana Bafana jersey from coach Gordon Igesund and captain Itumeleng Khune.‘They represent you and me’“It is always great and an honour to meet our sports stars because they represent you and me. It is even greater that, for the first time ever, we Cape Town are hosting Bafana Bafana for an international tournament,” she told the players.“I want to wish you the best of luck in the Chan competition. The whole nation is behind you, so go out there and do the nation proud.“I would also like to remind football fans around the country, in particular Capetonians, to go get their tickets and come support not just Bafana Bafana but the whole tournament,” she added.The history of ChanThe African Nations Championship has been played twice previously, with the Democratic Republic of Congo winning the first tournament, hosted by the Ivory Coast in 2009, by beating Ghana 2-0 in the final. Zambia finished third after a 2-1 defeat of Senegal.In 2011, in Sudan, Tunisia crushed Angola 3-0 in the final to capture the title. Sudan finished third after edging Algeria 1-0.Chan and Bafana BafanaSouth Africa failed to qualify for the first African Nations Championship finals after losing to Zimbabwe 3-0 on aggregate in the qualifiers.Bafana Bafana, however, made it to the finals in 2011 after seeing off both Botswana and Zambia on 2-1 aggregates in the qualifiers. They then finished top of Group B after wins of 2-1 over Ghana, 2-0 over Niger and 2-1 over Zimbabwe.South Africa’s tournament was ended by Algeria in the quarterfinals, with the North Africans scoring a 2-0 victory.SAinfo reporter and South African Football Associationlast_img read more

Q&A with South African athlete Akani Simbine

first_imgSouth African sprinter Akani Simbine recently set a new record and now he is dreaming of Olympic glory. The 22-year-old, who broke the South African 100m record at a meeting held in Budapest, Hungary on Monday 18 July, beat Jamaican and Olympic favourite Asafa Powell. Simbine ran it in 9.89 seconds.Ahead of the Rio 2016 Olympics, Simbine speaks to Brand South Africa and shares ten things about himself.Watch Simbine set a South African record:Being a South African ambassadorMelissa Javan: Akani, this will be your first Olympics. Tell us how you feel about being an ambassador for your country.Akani Simbine: To be one of a few [people] to have all of South Africa’s hopes of medals on my shoulders. Not many people get this opportunity. It is a blessing, a great honour to be able to be an ambassador for South Africa.MJ: What does it mean to you to be an ambassador of South Africa?AS: You have to represent the country and all of the population well, [that means] to show the world that our country has greatness in it.Fellow South Africans supporting the Olympic teamMJ: You said in March this year that you hope to show South Africans “how a sub 10 second race is run”. How important is support from fans?AS: It’s very important to have the backing of fellow South Africans. They play a part in your drive to become better and faster.MJ: What else do you hope to show South Africans, especially your family, friends and the old community you grew up in?AS: Your dreams are possible to achieve. All you have to do is put in the work and don’t let anyone or anything stop you from achieving it.BackgroundMJ: Tell us about yourself.AS: I grew up in East Rand (Kempton Park). I really enjoy watching soccer. The teams I support are Kaiser Chiefs and Chelsea FC.MJ: You played soccer before you were an athlete. Who or what gave you inspiration to become a professional runner?AS: My coach Werner Prinsloo. I played soccer for school [Edenglen High School in Edenvale] and a club when I was told to try out running. It just worked out well for me. I started dreaming about being part of the South African team when I was 18-years-old.MJ: What position in soccer did you play?AS: Right wing.Rubbing shoulders with the big dogsMJ: In a recent interview you said you were “not phased” by running alongside athletes like Mike Rogers and Asafa Powell. What do you mean that?AS: That even though they are great sprinters, it doesn’t mean my race plan has to change. I must just come into the race with the same mentality that I go into every race – that is to just do me and run my phases as perfectly as possible.MJ: Do you think you can beat Usain Bolt?AS: Bolt is an amazing athlete and the greatest of all time. I want to be there when I get more mature and experienced in the game.MJ: What do you think of people calling you “the next Bolt”?AS: It’s a great honor to be mentioned alongside a great like him. I’m making sure that I put in the work so that I can live up to that title.MJ: What is it like to practice alongside team mates like Heinrich Bruintjies and Wayde van Niekerk?AS: It’s really great and always inspirational. We all want the best for each other and we all push each other to overcome our limits.MJ: Lastly, with regard to the Olympics, what is your message to South Africa?AS: My message to South Africa is that I hope their hearts and prayers are with us during the Olympic Games. I hope that we as the athletes are going out there to do our best, leave a mark and let the world know that South Africa is a nation filled of greatness.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website?See Using materiallast_img read more

40% off the Real-Time Web Summit, June 11, NYC, for the Next 24 Hours

first_imgTags:#conferences#RWW Real-Time Web Summit, NYC 2010#web The ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit is just about here! It will take place on June 11 at the Metropolitan Pavilion in New York City. For the next 24 hours get 40% off the full ticket price. If you’re short on cash, don’t fret as we’re giving discounts to independents and students. Email us at to take advantage of the discount.What’s So Special About the Summit?What if Chris Dixon and John Borthwick were sitting at the same table as you, ready to have a real conversation about what’s next for the real-time Web? Would you like to sit across from Marshall Kirkpatrick and Richard MacManus and have a straight-shooting conversation about real-time online media? If so, then the ReadWriteWeb Real-Time Web Summit is for you. And thanks to its unconference format, the day will be like participating in a think tank – you and a group of tech luminaries collaborating on the future of the Web.That’s the nature of ReadWriteWeb summits – straight talking, collegial settings where individuals who are striving to move an industry forward, sit down and create the future. Everyone learns. Everyone advances. You leave feeling energized and full of “next’. Who Will be There?Marshall Kirkpatrick wrote about some of the amazing attendees that you will get to meet and discuss issues with face-to-face. Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting elyssa pallai 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

NAB 2018: DJI Officially Introduces New Camera Control Systems

first_imgDJI also showed off its new Force Pro as another solid wireless camera movement control system to consider. Built for similar precision synchronization and accuracy, the DJI Force Pro offers communication latency as low as 10 milliseconds. It also offers an embedded compass and high-precision IMU for keeping your gimbal steady and safe when moving. The Force Pro uses a similar 2.4 GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system which can operate at a distance of up to 3 kilometers.The DJI Force Pro is compatible with all sorts of accessories, monitors, and video transmission systems. It also comes with an adapter that makes it easy to mount on a tripod. Check out DJI’s Force Pro’s page for more information. The DJI Force Pro is available for pre-order for $1,200.For more news from the NAB 2018 floor, check out some of these articles below.NAB 2018: Fujifilm’s X-H1 Camera Gets Put to the TestNAB 2018: Aputure Reveals A Brand-New RGB Panel LightNAB 2018 Announcement: Atomos Unveils the Ninja VNAB 2018 Announcement: Canon’s C700 Goes Full FrameNAB 2018: SmallHD Unveils 5 New Focus Monitors DJI showed off its latest camera control technology with the Master Wheel and Force Pro at NAB 2018. We take a closer look.DJI, the Chinese technology company known for drones and gimbals, surprised some with its NAB 2018 major announcements being focused on camera control. Still, these two new camera control systems could be game changers for digital filmmakers looking for high-end precision controls.Let’s look at DJI’s Master Wheels and Force Pro’s announced tech and specs.Master Wheel As far as wireless camera movement controls go, DJI has delivered a plumb with their Master Wheels setup. The controller, which looks like something out of a 2024-version of Mario Kart, uses high-precision sensors, advanced control algorithms, and state of the art product design to detect subtle movements and transmit them to your connected gimbal system. The rig allows lots of manual adjustments for a more intuitive and interactive design and features a dual-frequency 2.4GHz and 5.8 GHz wireless transmission system.For DJI users, the Master Wheels are compatible with the Ronin 2, Ronin S, and third-party gimbals through its S-BUS connection. You can read more on it here and preorder the one you need. Choose between the $8,000 level (3-Axis Model), $6,000 (2-Axis Model), or $2,500 (Single Wheel Control Module).Force Prolast_img read more

Riding high on AFC triumph, Ceres trips rival Global

first_imgSports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR BACOLOD CITY—Ceres-Negros continued its fine form on Saturday, nipping fierce rival Global Cebu, 1-0, for a breakthrough victory in the 2017 Philippines Football League at Panaad Stadium here.In the battle of the last two league champions, an 82nd minute strike from leftback Jeffrey Christiaens propelled the Busmen to maximum points, while inflicting a first loss of the season on Global, which remained in second spot with seven points from four matches.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast “It’s not easy to play these kinds of games especially coming off a big match, but my players were very professional and I’m very happy with their performance,” said Ceres coach Risto Vidakovic.Still riding high on their historic AFC Cup Asean zonal semifinal triumph, the Busmen kept the ball for long periods, but found Global goalkeeper Patrick Deyto a tough nut to crack in the match dubbed the “Visayas Clasico.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe Global goalkeeper also denied Martin Steuble from long range in the first half, before keeping out Iain Ramsay’s close-range effort early in the second half.But Deyto could do little to prevent Christiaens from scoring the match winning goal. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast LATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession cloudscenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Set up by substitute Stephan Schrock, Christiaens fired home an excellent volley at the far post to the bottom corner, sparking celebrations in the stadium that had witnessed the Busmen upset Malaysian champions Johor Darul Ta’zim in the AFC Cup last Wednesday.The alarming trend of conceding late goals continued for Global, which was also held to a draw by Stallion Laguna two weeks because of a stoppage time strike.Global also lost its AFC Cup semifinal against Home United, after conceding twice in the last four minutes.“We didn’t learn from our last games,” said Deyto.ADVERTISEMENT Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP View comments Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV No tomorrowlast_img read more

Buta Singh gets sports portfolio, Ghani Khan Chowdhury appointed railway minister

first_imgButa Sigh (left) and C.P.N. Singh: PromotionIt was the hour for preening and basking in the gentle glow of self-importance. Bhagwat Jha Azad, the minister of state who got independent charge of the prestigious civil aviation portfolio, took exactly 48 hours to mouth his first policy pronouncement. He hit out,Buta Sigh (left) and C.P.N. Singh: PromotionIt was the hour for preening and basking in the gentle glow of self-importance. Bhagwat Jha Azad, the minister of state who got independent charge of the prestigious civil aviation portfolio, took exactly 48 hours to mouth his first policy pronouncement. He hit out at the system of the executive class on the Airbus fleet of Indian Airlines, described it as “inconsistent with our avowed socialistic principles”, and declared his intention to abolish it. Cost of introducing the system three months ago: Rs 11 lakh. Cost of abolition: Rs 3 lakh.A.B.A. Ghani Khan Chowdhury, the newly-appointed railway minister, took four days to make his first policy statement. He travelled to Calcutta and drove unannounced to Howrah station, where, in the presence of awed officials, he mingled with passengers and listened to their complaints. The same afternoon, he addressed his first press conference as railway minister, and announced that he wanted to give complete autonomy to the general managers.The others who should feel happy at least avoided making public statements. P.C. Sethi, whose appointment as home minister upset bookmakers’ calculations, attended the Assam talks as his first engagement in office. But he made it a point to take with him R. Venkataraman, the defence minister, who had been acting as the home minister, and requested him to carry on as chief negotiator. P. Shiv Shanker, the fat-cat among the ministers, stuck to his smaller office as petroleum minister at Shastri Bhavan, while the larger chunk of the staff now under him sat at the Energy Ministry housed in Shram-Shakti Bhavan.advertisementN.K.P. Salve (left) and H.K.L. Bhagat: InductionMixed Rewards: Buta Singh, the only Sikh in the Council of Ministers, was elated to assume Independent charge of the glamorous sports portfolio on the eve of the ninth Asiad in the capital. C.P.N. Singh, who had slid down the hierarchical steps last year when he was transferred from the powerful Defence Ministry to the backroom Department of Science and Technology, notched up a gain this time as he became the minister of state for the newly-created and ponderously named Department of Non-conventional Energy Sources. Singh was too enthralled at the prospect of getting a bonus foothold to complain about the fact that he now has to shuttle between two bosses, Mrs Gandhi, who is the minister for science and technology, and Shiv Shanker, who holds the charge of energy, conventional and otherwise.Heady excitement marked the two older men entering the ministry this time – N.K.P. Salve and H.K.L. Bhagat. Salve, a seasoned lawyer, proved his skill at treading cautiously in the very first week when he described himself as a “former journalist” but hedged his bets when called upon to comment on the Bihar Press Bill. Bhagat laboriously went round the Asiad construction sites, tramping with commendable diligence over the raw cement, but as in Salve’s case, caution prevailed and he refrained from making any public pronouncements.Vasant Sathe (left) and A.P. Sharma: DemotionAmong the dispirited back-benchers were Vasant Sathe, whose transfer from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, right under the arc lamp of glamour, to the seedy corridors of the Chemicals and Fertilizers Ministry, was archly termed by his critics as the shift from “culture to agriculture”. To make the best of a bad bargain, three rooms were being pulled down in one corner of Shastri Bhavan to set up a new chamber for Sathe. No doubt, all care is being taken to ensure that the suave minister’s aesthetic sensibilities are not hurt in the least.A.P. Sharma divested of his twin empire of civil aviation and tourism, sulkily avoided the press. As the new communications minister, the first gift he received for the house-warming party was the depressing news of the failure of the much-touted Indian communication satellite INSAT-1A. Hopefully, his future at his new ministry will not be as ill-starred as his beginning.last_img read more