first_imgKlay Thompson subscribes. You can too for just 11 cents a day for 11 months + receive a free Warriors Championship book. Sign me up!OAKLAND — It appeared to be just another day for Klay Thompson, who spent the end of Warriors practice completing his shooting routine as he normally does. Before that, Thompson received some good news about his health.The Warriors (44-19) listed Thompson as questionable for Tuesday’s game against the Boston Celtics (38-26) after sitting for most of Monday’s …last_img read more

first_imgGet a taste of what’s on offer when you register with Media Club South Africa, with our weekly photo essay featuring the best photography from the site’s free image library.The image library is a free public service provided by Brand South Africa – there’s no catch. To view the library, and download photos in high resolution, all you need to do is register with the site. Registration is quick and easy, and gives you immediate access to the photos.But remember you can only republish images if you credit Media Club South Africa, including a hyperlink to the site if they’re published on the web. If you don’t credit the site you are liable for financial damages as set out in the image library terms and conditions of use.Here are our top 10 photos of the week, and where they can be found in the library.ABOVE: Boys play with homemade wire toy cars in Freedom Square in the Soweto suburb of Kliptown, in Johannesburg, Gauteng province. The oldest area in the township, Kliptown was the site of the Congress of the People, a 1955 gathering of diverse anti-apartheid movements that together adopted the Freedom Charter. Freedom Square is a new development commemorating the event.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo in the image library at People 1. (Register and log in first.)ABOVE: A community anti-abuse and HIV-awareness mural near the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital in Soweto, Johannesburg, Gauteng province.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at Arts & Culture 1.ABOVE: Crowds of fans at a match between Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football squad, and Equatorial Guinea at Supersport Stadium.Photo: Chris KirchhoffFind this photo at Fifa World Cup 3.LEFT: An Otter Trail hot air balloon takes tourists to the skies near Hoedspruit in Limpopo province.Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at Tourism & Leisure 14. ABOVE: Massive cooling towers mark the city skyline of Bloemfontein, Free State province.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Infrastructure 10.LEFT: Quiver trees, which the San Bushmen used to make quivers for their arrows, in the Northern Cape province. Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Nature 3.ABOVE: New Mercedes Benz cars await export on the docks of the East London harbour, below the factory, in the Eastern Cape province.Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at Business & Industry 12.ABOVE: Indigenous South African rooibos tea is harvested in the fields, then crushed and separated, laid out to dry and packaged at Groenkol Rooibos Farm in the Clanwilliam district of the Western Cape.Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at Countryside 10.ABOVE: The Cape Town city bowl at night, with Signal Hill to the left, Western Cape province.Photo: Jeffrey Barbee Find this photo at Cities 4.ABOVE: The expansion project to rework B-material waste dumps at the massive Sishen open-cast iron-ore mine in the Northern Cape province. Sishen is one of the five largest iron-ore mines in the world and the largest in Africa. The reddish material coating everything is oxidised iron-ore particles, or rust.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Business & Industry 21.To download these and some 2 000 other free high-resolution photos, register with Media Club South Africa. And don’t forget to read the image library terms and conditions of use.For more information, email us at info@mediaclubsouthafrica.com.last_img read more

first_imgSouth African isiXhosa-language movie Inxeba movingly explores the conflict of traditional rites of manhood, when initiates “go to the mountain”, with awakening pride in gay identity.Inxeba, also known as The Wound, had its African premiere at the 38th Durban International Film Festival in July. It opens in South African theatres in February 2017. (Image: IMDb)Brand South Africa reporterThe team behind the South African film Inxeba – internationally titled The Wound – scooped up local and international awards this year, two from the 38th Durban International Film Festival (DIFF).It was announced at the DIFF’s closing ceremony that the best director award went to John Trengrove and the best actor to Nakhane Touré. The festival was held from 13 to 23 July 2017.Inxeba had its African premiere at the festival, screening held at The Playhouse in Durban. It was in competition with Serpent (South Africa), Le Clair Obscur (Turkey), La Belle et la Meute (Tunisia), El Hombre que Cuida (Dominican Republic), Asinamali! (South Africa), Liyana (South Africa), Atanyn Kereezi (Kyrgyzstan) and Basta (Morocco).Inxeba tells the story of Xolani, a factory worker in Queenstown in the Eastern Cape. During initiation season he is also a caregiver for young men on the mountain. Xolani is gay, but no-one knows. But during the few weeks of one initiation his orientation is exposed, and drama follows.Watch the trailer:An IOL review of Inxeba highlights the strict rule in Xhosa culture that what happens on the mountain stays on the mountain. “Then add in a gay theme, which is often frowned upon by conservative people, not only in Africa but in the rest of the world, and there is potential for Inxeba to become the Once Were Warriors of Xhosa initiation,” wrote IOL reviewer Theresa Owen.Director John Trengrove said in a press release: “From the very beginning, the process of making Inxeba was characterised by intense collaboration and risk-taking. This film demanded everything from those who came on board.”Trengrove added: “I am so grateful to the incredible cast and crew who put their faith and trust in this journey. This film is a testament to their efforts. I want to dedicate this award to the silent and faceless queers throughout the African continent who face insurmountable obstacles every day in a struggle for identity and dignity.”Other accoladesThe Inxeba premiere outside Africa was at this year’s Sundance Film Festival in Utah, USA.  The film later opened the Panorama section of the 67th Berlin Film Festival.One Sundance review described the movie: “John Trengove’s hard-edged but beautifully wrought study of clashing Xhosa models of masculinity will be an eye-opener to outsiders – and some South Africans too.”Inxeba was a 2014 Durban Film Mart project. This initial pitch enabled the team behind it to get funding from a number of international financiers, resulting in a co-production between South Africa, France, Germany and the Netherlands.Nakhane Touré plays Xolani in the film. The actor is also an indie rock musician and a novelist.“I always think having one dream come true is a miracle, but to have all these things happening at once is frightening,” he told City Press.“I keep thinking the rug is going to be pulled from under my feet. On the other hand, I worked really hard on this.”The film also cleaned up at Spain’s Valencia International Film Festival, winning best film and best actor at the Cinema Jove section. Inxeba also won the best film Award in the International New Talent Competition at the Taipei Film Festival in Taiwan.Other international awards are:Best Feature Film at the 32nd Lovers Film FestivalThe Jury Prize for Best Narrative at the 19th annual Sarasota Film Festival in FloridaWatch an interview with Inxeba film’s Executive Producer Batana Vundla:It is said that Inxeba will continue to travel around the world, having been sold to 19 countries for theatrical release so far. It will be distributed in South Africa by Indigenous Film Distribution. Inxeba will open nationwide on 2 February 2018.Sources: Urucu Media, The Huffington Post South Africa, IOL, City Press and Jacaranda FM.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

first_imgJan Braai wants the nation to unite around a fire on Heritage Day. Photo: braai.com By Anne Taylor23 September 2013September 24 is Heritage Day in South Africa – a public holiday intended to focus the nation’s attention on the importance of South Africa’s diverse cultural heritage and traditions. It is a day when we are called on to find unity in our diversity.“When our first democratically elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation. We did so knowing that the struggles against the injustice and inequities of the past are part of our national identity; they are part of our culture. We knew that, if indeed our nation has to rise like the proverbial phoenix from the ashes of division and conflict, we had to acknowledge those whose selfless efforts and talents were dedicated to this goal of non-racial democracy.” – Nelson Mandela, Heritage Day speech, 1996This year’s theme, set by the government, is “reclaiming, restoring and celebrating our living heritage”. In Cape Town, entrance to all Iziko museums will be free during heritage week, from 23 to 29 September.Read about the in_herit festival at Cape Town’s Company Gardens and other Heritage Day activities on Play Your Part: Celebrate SA’s rich heritage For many South Africans, Heritage Day is also unofficially national braai day. Originally the initiative of Jan Scannell, known as Jan Braai, South Africans haven’t needed much encouragement to light a fire and braai. Yes, you can barbeque anywhere, but you can only braai in South Africa!“It is called many things: Chisa Nyama, Braai and Ukosa to name few. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when we have something to celebrate we light fires, and prepare great feasts,” Jan writes on his website, braai.com.In a recent inteview with NPR, Jan uses boerewors (a South African sausage) as the perfect analogy to describe the rainbow nation: “You’ve got sausage-making skills from Europe that came with the European settlers to Africa. Then you’ve got spices and the knowledge of how to use them from the East, stuff like coriander, nutmeg, cloves and then in Africa it was very typical to cook all your food on a fire.”Smoke, charred meat and a cold beer – what’s not to love? See you across the flames tomorrow.Read more on SouthAfrica.info: Celebrate South Africa on Braai DayJan Braai’s Top 10 braai tips on CapeTownMagazine.comlast_img read more

first_imgSouth Africa’s future is in good hands, President Jacob Zuma said as he joined Britain’s Prince Edward in recognising the achievements of 130 young people from across the country at the President’s Award for Youth Empowerment ceremony in Cape Town on Thursday night.President Jacob Zuma presented the awards together with Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of WessexPresenting the awards at the Table Bay Hotel together with Prince Edward, the Earl of Wessex, and Sophie Rhys-Jones, the Countess of Wessex, Zuma paid tribute to Mandela, the awards’ founding patron-in-chief, who passed the role on to him in 2010.The awards form part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme, which takes place in 144 countries.Zuma praised the 300 award recipients and 1 500 youngsters from schools, community youth groups and correctional centres that took part in the awards programme through various projects – including a pre-school literacy project in the Eastern Cape, a clothing project for those in need in the Western Cape, and a desk refurbishing project for a needy school in Gauteng.“We always say that the youth are the future of our country, but it takes coming to an event like this and to see the determination to succeed and to contribute to building the country, that we become convinced that indeed, this country will be in good hands.”Zuma was encouraged to hear about the joint collaborative projects that the youth are involved in through the programme.“In fact, we are particularly pleased by the participation of youth from correctional centres, as our view is that their lives must change for the better,” Zuma said, pointing out that the introduction of the award programme in correctional centres was Mandela’s initiative.The awards form part of the Duke of Edinburgh’s International Award programme, which takes place in 144 countries (Images: The Presidency flickr stream)He said he was also encouraged to learn that, as part of the awards’ 30th anniversary year, three regional workshops were held with the support of Brand South Africa, the National Youth Development Agency and the Department of Arts and Culture.Part of each workshop involved award participants being informed about the National Development Plan (NDP) and how they, as young people, could help to realise the plan’s Vision 2030.“We want the youth to own the NDP and to be part of its implementation, as it is designed to make this country a better place for them.”Zuma added that the awards programme played an important role in promoting relations between South Africa and the UK.Last month, during the 10th session of the SA-UK Bilateral Forum, a youth empowerment dialogue was held to discuss youth employment, skills and entrepreneurship.South Africa and the UK both recognised that, in tackling social transformation, it was crucial to create “platforms in which youth development in all its forms can thrive and translate into meaningful contributions to the economy”, Zuma said.Jason Caldicott, a prison inmate and drug addict who joined the Presidents Awards programme and took part in making a film and in various community projects, said the programme had helped change his perspective on life, such that he was “ready to contribute to a better South Africa”.Source: SAnews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgRelated Posts CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… “Innovation” bubbled up a few years ago to join “synergy” and “thought leadership” as business buzzwords. Business leaders talked so much about innovating their companies that they eventually had to put their money where their mouth was: 74 percent established processes to spur innovation, and more than half hired chief innovation officers.Seeking innovation isn’t easy — it takes approximately 30 years to transition from proposing an idea to making a real market impact. But these innovation efforts pay off. Not only are consumers more intrigued by and engaged with innovative companies, but innovation is also profitable.However, most leaders are pushing themselves — and their teams — to dream up futuristic products and services, enabling them to outpace their competitors. Once-in-a-lifetime ideas rarely appear on command, and it would make more sense for most business owners to simply think of new ways to approach their industries — they can make a real impact in a market that’s primed and ready.Doing Real Estate a New WayWhile people have sold their homes without realtors for decades, the FSBO road hasn’t always been easy. Nicolas Jodin, the co-founder and COO of Beycome, tried to sell his first home without a realtor. “I realized almost immediately that hardly anyone was willing to work with a FSBO home,” he said.Seeing how for-sale-by-owner opportunities were treated was frustrating for Jodin. “All you’d find would be horrible and scary articles stating that this is the worst thing homeowners could do…almost as if selling your home — YOUR home — was the most ludicrous idea a person could think to do,” Jodin explained, “but it’s absolutely ridiculous — it is not a law that people need to use an agent to sell (or rent) their home, so why are you paying strangers 6 percent of your final sale (or 10 percent of your annual rental income) if you could do it just as well?”That led to the development of Beycome, a property listing online platform that makes it possible for homeowners to complete the entire selling or renting process online. The platform offers three types of listing packages; users provide details about their property, along with photos. They set their price, receiving two estimates from the software’s algorithm. The platform then helps automate the home showing and marketing processes; the platform also allows homeowners to review and accept or decline offers virtually. Once all parties have agreed, Beycome provides a digital contract that’s legally binding.This process takes out the middleman — the realtor — and ensures homeowners pay nothing in commission fees, saving more for themselves. The platform boasts a 96.5 percent sale-to-list ratio and has saved an average of $13,667 per sale. While Jodin and the team at Beycome didn’t come up with a new concept — FSBO existed long before the internet — they did come up with a new way to make FSBO opportunities more enticing for buyers and simpler for homeowners.Removing the Hassle From MovingAmericans move about 11 times in their lives, and 37 percent of people say they would move anywhere in the world for better career prospects. That means a lot of people are grappling with packing, setting up utilities, and finding new schools, vets, and healthcare providers.That realization led to the creation of InMyArea, a home services comparison shopping site. The platform was established to serve as a one-stop shop for consumers, who could compare prices and packages on everything from internet to home security systems. Consumers could then use the platform to purchase those services and streamline the setup process. InMyArea sought out partnerships with several well-known providers to make the process even easier for consumers, counting businesses like DIRECTV, Mediacom, Charter, Cox, and Time Warner Cable as partners.Michael Gleason, the founder and CEO of InMyArea, knows how difficult it is to move on one’s own, particularly with competing obligations, such as family, work, and school. “My wife and I had our first child when I was a graduate student 3,000 miles away from family, so I empathize with [those] who are starting their families,” Gleason explained.His company’s approach has garnered positive feedback: The brand’s data analysis and customer service have resulted in the highest rankings possible with the Better Business Bureau and TrustPilot. InMyArea examined a frustrating process for consumers — moving — and found ways for a third party to make it less stressful. Combining technology and data on the InMyArea platform allowed service providers and consumers to find each other more easily.These companies didn’t create new niches within their industries; they simply found new ways to manage their industries’ work. Innovation doesn’t have to be complicated, but it absolutely has to have a payoff — for both companies and their customers. A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Bart Schachter Tags:#innovation 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Bart Schachter is an investor, operator, and tech affectionado, with a passion for business operations, team building, product design, finance, and deal making. Bart has been an entrepreneur, VC, corporate executive, and turn-around operator. He lives in San Francisco and all his view are his own. Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacylast_img read more

first_imgAfter blockbuster Dabangg Sonakshi Sinha is all set to make a comback in Rowdy Rathore along with Akshay Kumar.Bollywood’s original Khiladi Akshay Kumar returns to what he is best at- action. He will be seen packing some hardcore kicks and punches in Prabhu Deva directed Rowdy Rathore when it releases Friday.Made with a budget of approximately Rs.40 crore, the film is a remake of Telugu film Vikramarkudu. It is co-produced by Sanjay Leela Bhansali and Ronnie Screwvala. The film will be released in 2,300 screens in India and around 400 screens overseas.The film revolves around Shiva (Akshay), who is a small-time conman. He is head-over-heels in love with Priya (Sonakshi Sinha), a pretty girl whom he met at a wedding he wasn’t invited to. The picture perfect world of Shiva turns upside down with the entry of six-year-old girl Neha, who believes he is her father.Shiva also becomes the victim of a series of life threatening attacks by a gang of deadly criminals, who seem to know something he doesn’t. In the quest to save his life and love, Shiva stumbles upon a deadly secret, something which takes him to a small town in Bihar.That town is ruled by a ruthless MLA and the mafia he controls. The inhabitants of the small town find a saviour in Shiva.Akshay is said to have learned combat karate for his role in the film. He is seen sporting a rugged look in the film. The movie bosses had launched an online hunt for Akshay’s look for Rowdy Rathore.The cast and crew of the film had a tough time shooting in Karnataka’s temple town of Hampi. The shoot was disrupted after activists alleged that the makers didn’t use the minimum number of local dancers that they had promised.Sonakshi’s red sari act in the song Chhammak challo chail chabeeli has compelled people to draw comparisons with Kareena Kapoor’s Chhammak chhallo in RA.One. However, the actress brushes it off as mere co-incidence and insists the two songs should not be compared.Filmmakers have been coming up with innovative ways of promoting a film or launching the music and Rowdy Rathore too tried a new trick. The film’s music was launched in a chawl in Mumbai.This will be Sonakshi’s second release after blockbuster Dabangg.After this, Akshay and Sonakshi will appear together in Joker and strike a hattrick with Once Upon A Time Again.Two of the film’s songs have a slew of Southern and Hindi film actors making a special appearance. While Chinta ta chita has Tamil star Vijay, Kareena Kapoor, Rajesh Hamal and Prabhu Deva himself, Aa re pritam pyaare has Maryam Zakaria, Shakti Mohan, Mumaith Khan and Amit Kumar.advertisementlast_img read more