NEWSLETTER – 13 March 2019

A warm welcome to our new member

Cygma SHEQ North

Cygma SHEQ North provides safety, occupational health, environmental and quality (SHEQ) management and services in Limpopo, Mpumalanga and Gauteng.

Pretoria Art Museum exhibitions

Anton Karstel Mid-Career exhibition
This mid-career exhibition showcases a selection of works from the artist's career since 1989. On show are many of Karstel's works that were produced during the political transition, circa 1994. The works produced in 1995 reflect the violence and political turbulence of the time. The exhibition also features installations and bodies of work that were produced in Cape Town after the artist relocated from Pretoria in 1998. Enquiries: Dirk Oegema at dirko2@tshwane.gov.za or 012 358 6747/50.

A Story of South African Art
This selection of artworks from the permanent collection of the Pretoria Art Museum briefly reviews South African art. It includes works by early 20th century painters, the Resistance artists of the 1980s and artists of the 21st century. The exhibition is based on the secondary school syllabus, and the artworks are rotated regularly.

Original Woza Albert! at the South African State Theatre

Performers and storytellers extraordinaire, the dynamic and renowned original actors of the internationally acclaimed South African classic Woza Albert! Mbongeni Ngema and Percy Mtwa, together with their original crew, have regrouped to stage this world-class form of protest theatre once more, and they are headed to the South African State Theatre this March 2019.

It has been some four decades since the creative geniuses penned down what arguably would forever be hailed as one of the best plays to ever be scripted in theatre worldwide. At the height of apartheid, both actors asked a question; what would happen if Christ returned to South Africa? They then developed a stage play, Woza Albert! with renowned theatre-maker and co-founder of the Market Theatre, Barney Simon. The production, a celebrated example of hard-hitting political satire, toured the world during the late 1970s and 1980s, and played a major role in raising awareness and global support for the anti-apartheid struggle.

Woza Albert! explores how the second coming of Christ (Morena) would affect the lives of poor black people, and how the white apartheid authorities would react. The two actors, directed by Christopher John, present a compelling view of a multitude of black and white characters as they explore themes of race and class and expose the power structures of white supremacy. The play concludes with a call for Christ (Morena) to raise the dead heroes and leaders who fought against apartheid.

State Theatre CEO, Dr. Sibongiseni Mkhize comments: "Even in the current democratic climate, the question that was asked by Ngema and Mtwa during the days of apartheid is still relevant. There is a lot going on in our maturing democracy which arguably makes those who died with a revolutionary sword to turn in their rested graves. Constant contestation over the meaning and direction of the new South Africa's socio-economic and political dispensation, the debilitating effects of corruption and relentless economic inequalities, are some of the things that perhaps await the second coming of Morena!"

Being the home of robust debates and uncompromising, hard-hitting theatre, the South African State Theatre proudly presents Woza Albert! in association with The Playhouse Company in Durban – where it started touring in December 2018 and sparked critical acclaim before it proceeded to Baxter Theatre in Cape Town.

Some media reviews:
"I urge everyone to watch this play," The Witness;
"A powerful piece of theatre," SoSuterBill;
"Astonishing and breath-taking Storytelling," Artsmart.

Woza Albert will be on stage from the 8th to 31st March at State Theatre. Tickets can be purchased for R110 and R100 if you are a student or pensioner at Webtickets (online at www.webtickets.co.za or at Pick n Pay stores nationwide). Webtickets is State Theatre's newly contracted service provider for ticket sales. For block bookings, patrons can contact SAST sales team on 012 392 4000.

Voortreker Monument activities

The first months of 2019 is already in the past and we are very busy with arrangements for the first events of the year. This year we have a full programme and we hope to see more of you on site at the Voortreker monument.

Mozart requiem
To commemorate the 80th year of laying the cornerstone, Mustro Productions partnered with Sempre Opera presented this concert in the Monument on 1 December 2018. All the tickets were sold out and we had to provide extra chairs in the Hall of Heroes on the day.

16 December 2018
About 10 000 people braved the scorching heat in Pretoria to attend the church service. Despite having arranged extra food stalls for the day, the stock was all sold out by 13:00.

Blood River
The week's events around 16 December at Blood River were also very well attended. The exhibition by the Trekboer Society drew a lot of interest. Some of the events that took place were "Volkspele" and horse games.

Hug-a-Tourist Day
We celebrated international Hug-a-Tourist day on 21 January at the Monument. Two of our office staff, Thea Furstenburg and Roelien Fourie, donned their traditional dress and dispensed hugs.

The South African Post Office museum welcomes Ms Mamafa Moloisi

The South African Post Office museum welcomes, Ms Mamafa Moloisi. Ms Mamafa Moloisi joined the museum team as Collection Specialist on 4 February 2019. She was born and bred at Botlokwa, at a village called Mangata. She holds a BA Honour's degree in Social Sciences, a Post Graduate Diploma in Heritage and Museum Studies and a Higher Certificate in Archives and Records Management. Mamafa started her professional career at Limpopo Department of Agriculture and then joined Ditsong Museums of South Africa. She says: "It goes without saying that my chance to be a member of SAPO is a privilege and a pleasure."

Sable House Country Retreat host International Rowers

Sable Country House Retreat hosted International Rowers again this year. They were a great pleasure, such a nice group of athletes and coaches.

There are challenges to hosting large groups but this was not the case with International Rowers. We absolutely loved them and can't wait for them to come back next year. They have now become part of the family. That is what makes it so wonderful to be in this industry, never a dull moment, says Onica Engelbrecht.

Hatfield City Improvement District (CID) - proudly serving Hatfield

Hatfield CID concentrates on security, cleaning, beautification and maintenance of Hatfield and has a number of exciting initiatives to bring the community together and attract visitors to the area.

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Kevin Richardson Foundation exclusive interview

The Kevin Richardson Foundation conducted an exclusive interview with world-renowned wildlife photographer and foundation ambassador David Yarrow and shared news on their #onecupforcause campaign.

Read the exclusive interview

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Upcoming industry conferences, exhibitions and events

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WTM Africa, 10–12 April 2019
Africa's Travel Indaba, 7–9 May 2019
Africa Aerospace and Defense EXPO (AAD), 16–20 September 2020

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