Durban heel dash

On Saturday, August 29th, men and women alike are invited to make their way down to one of Durban’s iconic beachfront venues, the Suncoast Casino promenade, to demonstrate their glamorous athletic prowess for a good cause.

Presented by Raise Your Voice in association with the Durban Fashion Fair, this fun-filled; glamorous event will see contestants compete in a 50m high heel dash and stand the chance of winning some fabulous prizes. The Winner of the Men’s Race will score himself a House of Monatic Make-over to the value of R5000.00 (Includes full designer outfit ) . The Women’s Race winner will garner herself adeluxe full  Day Spa treatment  at The Suncoast Towers Spa (R3500.00 ) PLUS a Mac Make Over (to the value of R500 ) and Designer outfit courtesy of Durban Fashion Fair . The contestant with the fastest time will get to speed home with a DSTV Explora . 

Leading the celebrity charge will be Idols judge and style icon, Somizi Mhlongo, who is calling on his peers to join him and step into some heels for a worthy cause.

 The world’s first high heel race was introduced in 2006 by Glamour magazine in Amsterdam. Since then, high heel races have gained popularity worldwide. From New York to Hong Kong, many cities around the world are organizing races of their own every year. These events are a global symbol of empowerment and solidarity for important women’s causes around the world.

In its inaugural year, proceeds from the Durban Heel Dash will be donated to The Open Door Crisis Centre; Kerr House and the Zimele Community Trust.

Zimele means “stand on your own feet” in isiZulu and the organization has spearheaded social development and women’s empowerment projects in remote and impoverished areas throughout KZN.Kerr House is a women’s refuge which provides shelter for women and children in crisis. It provides accommodation and meals for up to 17 mothers and children, as well as counselling and rehabilitation plans.

Contestants need to arrive at 11am with the races set to start at 12noon. Participants must wear suitable 2 inch (5 cm) minimum high heel shoes. No flats, wedges, boots, chunky platforms, or self-modified shoes will be allowed . Participation is open to anyone 18 and over and costs R40. (Prior registration via www.webtickets.co.za is advised.) .

For additional information, please see the event Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/events/693307557436370/   or contact Karen on 0827508425  or emailkaren@raiseyourvoice.co.za .

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#TRUTUESDAYS BY FIERCO PRINCE NHLENGETHWA

They is no running away for me when it comes to stalking on social media. One person that I am all ways looking forward to see is the Pietermaritzburg born fashionista  and blogger Fierco Prince Nhlengethwa. He now lives in Durban and is a fashion merchandiser for Mango. This drama and performing arts graduate has activated greatness because he has been head hunted by Truworths man to do a series of looks, where he is gonna be dressed head to toe in Truworths clothing every Tuesday presenting to us #TRUTUESDAYS.

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He is a good friend of mine and I started chatting to him a few years ago and we bumped into each other at a club in Durban. When I gained contact with him recently, I reminded him and guess what? He still remembered what he had on that night! This goes to show that he is a die hard lover of  every thing clothes.  So with out wasting your time here are Q&A from an interview I did with him a few months ago.

Q_ What were you doing before landing this opportunity (fashion Merchandiser)?

“i was working as a trainer in a call center”

Q_ How long have you been with mango and how has it help you grow in the world of fashion

“Well i have been there for a year and couple of months. it has made me stronger and has been my way in to this world of fashion and retail. Now its my way forward”.

Q_ From here where too in fashion?

“Hmmm I would love to do trend forecast and also buying in the future. I have learnt to love simplicity.”

Q_ I understand when Top shop opened you were first in line, how was that for you?

“Well I got R1.5k voucher for that lol!”

Q_ As you all ways posting mad #ootd on your social media when do you decide on what to wear?

“Hmm it is so irregular. I have days where by before I sleep i have an outfit ready. Then days where I wake up and plan. Mostly i get up midnight because an idea is nudging me. A vision or something annoys me to getting up and planning”.

Q_ I know with fashion lovers if they didn’t buy some thing they saw, they dream about it for days. Would you say it is the same for you?

“Yeah it does happen. However rarely. I am decisive about what I want. I will know if its a Nay or Yay. I will just know to buy or not> Haunting averted. lol!”

Q_ So what inspires your personal style?

“I think I am propelled by power of transformation. I love looking different. I love doing whats next before rest. I love the future when it comes to what I wear and my surroundings inspire me”

Q_ What is your take on South African fashion? are we as the world or do we set our own trends?

“Well I love trends though it takes a while for our world to catch on. In all honesty  there are regional trends. However we are mostly global now. With social media, we are not playing catch up as much”

Q_ Your fave style icon if you have any?

“Hmmm I have many. However Anna Della Russo the editor-in-chief of Vogue Japan intrigues me. She is so jovial. It is sooo attractive and she loves trends. I also love Patricia Field, she is costume designer for Sex and the City. Her work is all ways beyond the time. I have looks from those movies i still wish someone can rock.

Q_ Man or Woman fashion?

“BOTH! Fashion is fashion to me!”

Q_ Any future plans of becoming a stylist or starting a business in styling, hopefully in Kwazulu Natal?

“KZN is very tricky. People haven’t grasped the concept of a stylist. They assume designers are stylist. If you are a stylist they expect your designs. Once they fully understand then i can make money off it. For now I do it part time.”

Q_ What is fashion for you?

“its one of my truest loves”

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Hope you fashion lovers are going to be glued on you social media pagers. Follow prince on IG:@princeedgi

CALLING ALL DANCERS AND SINGERS!!!

After attending the Grand launch of the Hologo Production recording in the last weeks. I was left proud to be a residency of Pietermaritzburg. The resilience That Dr Themba Njilo has in making sure that this town is developed not only in business but also in its Artistry. The passion he has for music and raw talent was shown through out the event.

the reception of the event was amazing. This event even brought different sectors like businesses and government offices. Not only that the over whelming of people who attended was amazing. The call to different stake holders to continue supporting the youth and different initiative was kept through. Must say again it lives me blessed to be part of the Pietermaritzburg community.

In more exciting news again the Themba Njilo Foundation in association with Msunduzi municipality for cultural exchange program are holding auditions this coming Sunday. If you think you have what it takes and can sing and dance then this is your chance to be selected amongst 15 youngsters who are talented to travel to Italy.

For more information contact 074 467 1846/ 071 156 7427/082 954 9241. See you there guys.

KWASUKA SUKELA: PMB GOT LOVE

Here we go again. It has been a minute since I last did a post and I can only be grateful and pleased to do this post and introduce some thing fresh and breath taking. This event marks the beginning of a positive change for our community and a change that is brought by young talented and passionate youth.

hot toffee communications is a newly formed blacked-owned integrated marketing communications agency. They are inspired and driven by South African talent. They are young, funky, witty and playful with a mission to create, build and grow brands whilst showcasing outstanding, effective, creativity and strategic partnership. This partnerships are with other youthful, passionate, daring individuals and brands who have provoking thoughts and interconnected visions. This young talented people are passionate about life and all about innovation and exploring  fresh untouched paths.

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hot toffee together with anatoli photography and Swaggnote present: Kwasuka sukela: PMB Got love. A love inspired tale with a central massage of spreading love in the capital city of Kwazulu Natal. This event has 4 fashion designers, 4 photographers, 4 poets, seven Djs, 4 dance groups 4 MCs, 2 hype man, one crafters community development projects and 8 musical acts.

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This is to celebrate Pietermaritzburgs abundant talent, a family fun day that encourages the community to donate old toys, teddy bears, books  and clothing to enter. All in which is going to be distributed to Edendale Hospital. This event aims to sharing and interesting experiences, providing authentic cues in social environment. This universal stories are aiming at bridging cultural, linguistic and age divides. It will be stories which will allow a imagination of new possibilities, encouraging us to have respect for all life, values and working towards overcoming adversity. This is where a new story begins. Once upon a time PMB GOT LOVE

FOR MORE INFORMATION PLEAS CHECK OUT THERE WEBSITE HERE; www.hottoffeecommunications.weebly.com

A FRESH APPROACH TO CULTURE

A good year to you my maritzburgers and fellow readers. The Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble (MADE) wants you to be part of its Mashu The Musical cast. As they call for auditions this coming week Friday. bellow they is just a brief discription of who they are and what they want to achieve. If you think you have what it takes, this can be your biggest brake as an artist.

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They is an exciting revelation of the arts happening in KwaZulu Natal and thank God i caught on it in time. Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble (MADE) is a non profit organization based in Durban. It is making sure that dance, music, arts and craft, theatre and drama is capt alive through its different initiatives and capacity building. Its main purpose is to prepare an artist strong personal interest in the arts to successfully pursue entry into institution of higher learning and or a career in the performing and fine arts. they aim to promote the essence and importance of the arts and culture in the targeted communities.

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Mashu, the musical tells the moving yet harrowing tale of the trials and tribulations of these two brothers who are caught up in the madness that shattered the lives of the people of KwaMashu. As the story unfolds we get affectionate insight into the wonderful people that made up the community. We enjoy their resilience and humour as they cope with life in their troubled district. Whilst this story is recognizably set in KwaMashu, KwaZulu-Natal, the story resonates with all the troubled townships in South Africa. The story of these brothers could have happened anywhere in the world where this kind of faction and gang fighting continues to exist.

Written by Lucky Cele, himself a resident of KwaMashu, the new musical is a combination of a moving story filled with hope for the future, great South African music and spectacular dance routines. The production is co-directed by Themi Venturas and Lucky Cele and takes place at the Opera of the Playhouse Theatre from the 18th – 21st March. The production marks the debut of Mzansi Arts Development Ensemble under the guidance and leadership of Lerato Molemong, who returns to KZN after many years of producing and management in Gauteng.

If you wish to contact them you can check there website  http://www.mzansiartsdevelopment.org or give them a call on +27 31 267 2863/4.

QHAZAFIED.

It was so nerve wrecking seating and actually looking and hearing them sing in front of my eyes since I have been well one of there groupies. Umgungundlovu Fm hosted this young dynamic duet who have been entertaining us on the X_Factor South Africa for the past 2 months, because I am an opportunistic young naive man I high jacked them after they have given an amazing performance live on air where I saw ma Busi Mhlongo flying around Khanyisa Mbuthu and Mbongeni Mavuso who make up the fashionable, different, proud to be Zulu, IziQhaza.

I got to be in there presence and ask them a few questions and they were humble enough to accept my request. While I was with them they never were proud or boastful about being number 3 on the X Factor. They looked more like they were hungry for  more because what they have worked  hard for since they met in 2008 and only started singing together in 2010 is a dream they can live.

The duet is made of 2 proud nurses Khanyisa Mbuthu who is a proud mom of a 7 year old son who says is an afrocentric woman who is connected with her Zulu African roots and Mbongeni Mavusi who is a 26 years old  young man and says is a loving and fun person who also is very much connected to umvelinqangi (GOD) and loves making jocks and boy was I taken for a LOL joy ride.

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Q/A How would you sum up the X Factor  experience ?

Khanyi_ it was very stressful and we worked to meet up deadlines. I will all ways be grateful for the experience  and it             humbles me that South Africa Voted for us until the last show. Thank you Mzansi.

Mbonge_ it was work after work and a humbling experience. Some times felt liking giving up but the love of what we do and with Mzansi’s support, we kept giving our best week after week. Thank you to every one who voted for us.

Q/A What is it that you think carried  you this far to the competition?

Khanyi_ God and believing in our talent and obvious Oskido who believed in what we have got to offer Mzansi.

Mbonge_ God and the people of Mzansi for voting and believing in us. The twitter massages and on facebook  siyabonga ngempela

Q/A You have entered competitions before and have been separated, do you think you boost each other?

Mbonge_ Obvious other wise we wouldn’t be a duet.. lol we influence each other and being friends makes it even easier.

Khanyi_ We make each other and we compliment each other I do not think I will be good with out Mbongeni.

Q/A what does it mean to be top 3 on an internationally recognized show?

Khanyi_ exposure and it means our work is seen my millions and more opportunities.

Mbonge_ yes exposure and more pressure because we have shown what we can offer on not just an local scale but the worlds.

Q/A You are different, do you think being different plays a big role?

Khanyi_ Yes, even the way we dress, we are staying true to who we are and love color, African prints and building the IziQhaza brand where we say be isiqhaza that you are and love who you are.

Mbonge_ Yes we love Africa, our culture and want to say what was mistaken as lower, un-educated class. we giving it its true meaning where it was worn with pride and joy and separated the zulu clan from others.

Q/A If you guys were to meet Mandela what is the one thing that you would do or ask him?

Khanyi_ Sing for him, we wrote a song called eduze noMandela which we say we just want to be in his present and feel his aura.

Mbongeni_ yes, you know that place above clouds when you in a plane, that is above clouds, we would love to just be in his quiet state of mind.

Q/A what is it that has made you hold on and keep making the music you bless us with?

Mbongeni_ it is our dream we wish to perform for millions and  for our music  to be recognized internationally.

Khanyi_we are building a brand and we coming with a different style that is QAZIFIED!!! LOL!

Q/A In your community what is the one thing you would love to change?

Mbongeni_ its hard to get in the music industry and we would love to see more recognition for different art and not focus on just one stream of music..

Khanyi_ they should be a way to equally distribute local talent. More support is needed from the department of Arts To recognize different talents we have in our country.

If you wondering where to get there music you can go to ITunes and download or you can follow the on twitter @IziQhazamusic1.

THE ART OF DEMOCRACY: TWENTY YEARS OF COLLECTNG.

The Tatham art gallery invites you maritzburgers to celebrate with them  20 years of democracy. Just this past Friday we were remembering the legacy of Nelson Mandela. As we come to the 20 years of a free world in our country while it was predicted that we might  head for a civil war. I take this opportunity to thank the father of this beautiful nation. We are again united to share the experiences of what started as a dream and  a hope.

The Tatham art gallery owes its existence to Mrs Ada Susan Tatham, who collected donations early in 1903 and later purchased works in Britain late that same year. It was only in 1968 that the decision to re-establish a section devoted to South African paintings was made. The move was inevitable, from just colonial collecting towards a collection of South African Art in all of its forms, including traditional and contemporary BLACK art. This was to reflect cross-cultural influences and serve the community at large.

No BLACK man can neglect the relevance of democracy at this day and age. One is free to make his own decisions and influence his life. Whether choosing a career or the one they love, is some thing one was born into in 1994. This way the gallery wants to reflect and show case some of South Africa”s best works of Art to truly mark the 20 years of freedom. This is why the gallery  recognizes that with time culture changes.

The selection provides some idea of how the growth of the Gallery’s permanent collection has been affected by significant changes that have taken place in South Africa. Political, social, and economic shifts have impacted on the Gallery’s acquisitions policy, as have expansions in art making and theory. What has been acquired for the permanent collection is the result of these shifts, taking cognizance of the collection’s growth from its founding in 1903. The most challenging aspects of collecting during this period have been selecting for inclusivity, the collapse of barriers between so-called ‘high art’ and craft, and focusing the Gallery’s role as a regional repository of visual art heritage.

Included are pictures of artworks in this exhibition with captions.

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A sideboard by Richard Linefold // View from behind Table mountain by Gladys Mgudlandlu // water container by Thami Jali

for more information contact

Tel: +27 (033) 392 2801

Fax: +27 (033) 394 9831

or visit there website

http://www.tatham.org.za