Month: July 2016

Nicola Piovani: In the Presence of greatness

GETTING TO KNOW: NICOLA PIOVANI, IN THE PRESENCE OF GREATNESS… 1998 Academy Award winner for Best Original Dramatic Score for the film Life is Beautiful, Nicola Piovani, shares his profound life experience and career advice with young artists and performers in the making. The incredibly accomplished film score composer is in South Africa working on the upcoming local film Liberation. Maestro, welcome to South Africa. You have accomplished so much in the field of the music and the arts and are recognised around the world for it. Some of the stand out moments of your career include an Academy...

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New Zealand’s High Commissioner, HE Richard Mann

GETTING TO KNOW: H. E. Mr Richard Mann, New Zealand’s High Commissioner to South Africa. His Excellency Mr. Richard Mann is someone who radiates passion. Passion for sport. Passion for politics. And an undeniable passion for his country. Stationed in Pretoria and serving as the New Zealand High Commissioner to 13 African countries (across South Africa to Angola, Botswana, Kenya, Lesotho, Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe), we sat down with him to find out a little more about these passions, and how he’s finding his duty here. Your Excellency, how would you define your diplomatic...

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Mamelodi – The Mother of Melodies

MAMELODI – THE MOTHER OF MELODIES Because of its rich history and cultural diversity, Mamelodi is one of South Africa’s most famous historical townships and tourism destinations. It is located in the city of Tshwane in the province of Gauteng. The township was established on a farm in Vlakfontein and in the late 1950’s its name was changed to Mamelodi, with just 16 “matchbox” houses – so called because of their shape and size. The name Mamelodi is derived from the name “Mother of Melodies” which was given by local residents to the then president of the Republic of...

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MAGIC: Lost in Transformation

MAGIC: Lost in Transformation Filmmaking aimed at placing Tshwane on the map! It started with a six page short story about bridging the divide between people in South Africa, at a time when the divide seemed almost unbridgeable. MAGIC is a story about Walter Dore, a white magician in 1970’s Apartheid South Africa, and his young black apprentice, Kgomotso Maile. It is the brainchild of former Panamanian diplomat and attorney Rodrigo Chiari, and by mid-2017 this six paged dream will have become a full length feature film reality. The film in question comes at a time when South Africa...

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Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Liam MacGabhann

GETTING TO KNOW: Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to South Africa, His Excellency Mr. Liam MacGabhann.  Over a century ago, a number of Irish nationals were sent across to South Africa to undergo military training around the time of the Anglo-Boer War. Over 11 decades on, the flow of nationals between the two countries grows stronger still, more fruitful, and though a friendly rivalry exists on the sporting field, the relationship between the two countries continually prospers to new heights. We sat down with Ambassador of the Republic of Ireland to South Africa His Excellency Mr. Liam MacGabhann...

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