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Monday, August 10, 2020


ASSITEJ South Africa is a registered NPO (066-875), which operates as a networking platform for people working with or interested in theatre for children and young people. It aims to promote and foster high quality theatre for children and young people, to raise standards within the industry, to increase access and awareness, to develop and support artists working in the field, to be an advocate for the right of every child to arts education in schools, and to build relationships within the sector locally, nationally, across the continent and globally.

ASSITEJ SA presented a rich and diverse set of projects for children and young people at the 46th National Arts Festival (NAF).

The following is an excerpt from their recent newsletter:

“Over the past few weeks, life has been richer for many art lovers and creatives across the country, as the National Arts Festival (vNAF) has been a virtual trail-blazer for the South Africa’s art scene, during these difficult times of lockdown. The festival has pushed artists to try new forms of expression, and audiences to consider engaging in new ways.

Even though many art spaces were closed and we couldn’t meet physically, the vNAF pioneered bringing a virtual festival into people’s homes, and we were delighted to present two well-received ASSITEJ South African projects on the main festival:

- iSitimela Sendaba – the Story Train presented young children with daily doses of African stories from 11 vibrant African storytellers throughout the festival. The stories were performed live via zoom and also premiered LIVE on our Facebook page, which reached approximately 5474 audiences across the digital platforms.

In the Works presented two play readings of new South African plays, as part of the ASSITEJ playwriting development programme, along with a conversation between the playwrights and their international dramaturgs. The new South African plays that were showcased are Zwelitsha by Sanelisiwe Yekani and Little Fist, Big Heart by Lereko Mfono, both being special treats for children aged 10-13 years old. We are excited to see what will happen when these thought provoking and engaging pieces step out onto the real stage, post-pandemic. You will be able to catch them again at the DFL ASSITEJ SA Masidlale Festival and Conference from August 20 to 24, along with seven other exciting new works.

We are grateful to our members, partners and sponsors for their support, in particular the National Arts Festival team, Play Africa, the Write Local Play Global Network, the John F Kennedy Centre, and the National Lotteries Commission of South Africa (who partially sponsored In the Works), who together made it possible for ASSITEJ South Africa to present quality work for young audiences during lockdown.”

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(Zandile Mzazi)

Bongani Tembe, Chief Executive and Artistic Director of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra, announced that the KZNPO is pleased to present video recordings from its sister orchestra, the Johannesburg Philharmonic Orchestra in order to celebrate National Women’s Month.

“This is the successful Valentine’s Variety Gala Concert performed during their 2020 Summer Season. We pay tribute to the women of South Africa as we provide beautiful recordings of talented South African soprano, Zandile Mzazi, performing a selection of works with the Johannesburg Philharmonic, under the baton of maestro, William Eddins.” The recordings include:

Jules Massenet: "Je marche” from Manon

Giuseppe Verdi: “E strano” from La Traviata

Franz Lehar: “Meine lippen” from Giuditta

Tembe recently appeared in an interview conducted by Prontuit TV about the impact of the COVID pandemic on the arts.

During the lockdown, musicians had to pack away their instruments and wait until they could play in front of an audience again, or find an alternative way to bring their music to their audiences. Several local and international artists turned to virtual concerts and performances.

Watch the interview here:

Tembe adds: “Together with the World Symphony Series, the KZN Philharmonic Orchestra also undertakes a comprehensive education, development and community engagement programme which exposes more than 30,000 urban and township learners to educational music concerts. Without the support of those who share our love for music and commitment to being an essential resource for the people of our country, the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic would be hard-pressed to achieve its mission. We are a registered Public Benefit Organisation (PBO) with SARS."

He has appealed to supporters to donate to the KZNPO to ensure its artistic growth and financial stability.

EFT details:

KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra

FNB: Durban Main Branch

Branch Code: 221426

Current Acc No: 62001363689

For more information call Reena on 031 369 9438 or 083 777 9843

To link direct to the KZN Philharmonic’s website click on the orchestra’s banner advert on the top of the page or visit


(Nandi Dlepu, CEO at Mamakashaka)

We are living in a time when powerful women have reshaped the business landscape of South Africa’s creative economy. For Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), every day is Women's Day. According to Head of Marketing and Communications, Savannah Feeke-Fortune, the organisation has been built on the shoulders of a long line of influential women, spanning more than two decades:

"BASA's founding Chair in 1997 was Mary Oppenheimer-Slack. Its first CEO was Nicola Danby, who served for ten years. She was succeeded by Michelle Constant, who served for the next ten years. Our current Chair, Charmaine Soobramoney, is the first woman of colour to be appointed as Chair. The current Deputy Chair, Mandie van der Spuy, is also a woman. In addition, more than 80% of the current staff complement, including service providers, are female," Feeke-Fortune explains.

"In celebration of the women who have played, and who continue to play, an instrumental role in growing BASA's legacy, a partnership has been brokered with BASA member Mamakashaka, with one of her properties – Bloom – a platform with the purpose of celebrating and empowering creative women. In celebration of Women’s Month, Bloom and BASA will produce Season 2 of My First Mile. This is an online content series, focused on business owners, featuring female founders and leaders whose businesses are in their first ten years of business."

Mamakashaka is a creative agency based in Johannesburg, South Africa, which has made it their mission to create beautiful, authentic and meaningful experiences and content for individuals, brands and communities within arts, culture and lifestyle spaces. The series will see female founders asked the same set of questions, to allow the audience members to draw parallels between each of those featured, to gain a greater appreciation of how success can follow many paths. The project will have a focus on the creative sector, and will also include a webinar event on August 31, 2020. In addition to this, BASA's robust #HeyFriend social media campaign will be adopting a female focus in August, which will see a range of women in powerful positions profiled.

“I am a strong believer in the power of storytelling,” comments Nandi Dlepu, CEO at Mamakashaka. “When we celebrate and tell the stories of successful female leaders, it inspires and gives permission to the aspirant,” she says. Join the conversation by tagging @bloomorg and BASA with the hashtag #HeyFriend. For more information visit

BASA is constituted in terms of the Companies Act. BASA is registered as a public benefit organisation (PBO) and is accountable to its stakeholders. The BASA Board of Directors comprises Chair Charmaine Soobramoney, with Deputy Chair Mandie van der Spuy, and Kojo Baffoe, Kathy Berman, Devi Sankaree Govender, Ashraf Johaardien (CEO), Hilton Lawler, Andre le Roux, Khanyi Mamba, Zingisa Motloba, Dr Yacoob Abba Omar, and Mirna Wessels.

(To link direct to the BASA website, click on the advert to the right of this article or visit


Although Imbizo Gallery Ballito has closed its doors, owner Dr Isabel Roos affirms that Imbizo will still be selling its beautiful, locally-made products on its online store. You can still find art by the Duarte family, Sarah Danes Jarrett en Nicolaas Roos at Olala Interiors at Ballito Junction.

Roos is on standby for any art-related queries and is still available for consultations. “You can also expect to see Imbizo pop-up exhibitions, so keep an eye out! One chapter might be complete, but we are not done with our book just yet. We are excited for this new beginning and look forward to having you on this journey with us. Stay in touch!,” she says.

Roos, owner and curator of Imbizo Art Gallery, has always had a dream. She made a promise to herself that by the age of 40, she would open a high-end art gallery on the North Coast.

Holding a PhD in Phytobacteriology and heading up the department of Plant Pathology and Biotechnology at Infruitec in Stellenbosch, she always held a passion for art. She revelled in the idea of being able to provide quality, original artwork to private and corporate clients. Roos has a seemingly effortless talent for being able to reflect the personal style, taste and ethos of a specific company or individual’s home-space. With her motto being, “rather be stimulated to death than bored to death”, this strong, compassionate and stylish entrepreneur truly believes that art is an expression of ourselves.

Imbizo is the Zulu word for “gathering and coming together" and that is what Roos wanted her galleries to embrace. Beautiful spaces for people to meet and be part of a vibrant community. A place where art lovers from all walks of life could enjoy South African art. This was how Imbizo Gallery was born. Not one gallery but three!

After honing her knowledge in the art and gallery industry at her first gallery in Stellenbosch called Träumerei (the German word for daydreaming), she made good on her dream and moved to KwaZulu-Natal. Here she opened up Imbizo Gallery in Ballito Bay. Two sister branches followed, one in Hoedspruit and the other at the Pearls Mall in Umhlanga.

The Galleries have hosted world-class solo and group exhibitions as well as encouraged and supported local emerging artists. Her artist stable includes a large selection of top South African sculptors, painters, glass blowers, ceramics and her personal favourite, traditional African art and handmade jewellery.

Roos has worked closely with a few selected interior decorators. “I have formed a close working relationship with various designers who share my love of the arts and acknowledge and understand the importance and influence of it in the daily lives of their clients. Art of course, can be anything you say it is! …a painting, a suspended sculpture, a beautiful piece of wood or functional art like glass and ceramic vessels.”

She believes that what set Imbizo apart from other galleries has simply been the hands-on, client-friendly ambiance. “Our clients become friends of the gallery and make it their first stop when visiting Ballito, Umhlanga or Hoedspruit.”

Roos explains that owing to the challenges through the economic downturns, particularly in 2008 and 2017 and now with the Covid-19 lockdown, she has been forced to make tough decisions:

“Since Cyril Ramaphosa’s announcement on 15 March, the Imbizo Galleries have had no walk-in business at all. This has been dealt a double blow with many cancellations of pending sales from international and national clients being made. This of course, is all understandable, we realize the entire world face the same challenges.

“Us, as an art gallery are extremely dependent on tourism. Our Galleries, all being situated in usually vibrant and buzzing centres have come to a complete standstill. This, together with the struggling economy of the past three years, has forced us to close up our physical gallery and go forward as an online Gallery.

“We will continue to consult and provide a one-stop service to private and corporate clients – a complete experience from rental, sourcing, commissioning, framing, hanging and shipping to all destinations.

“Our beautiful collection of artworks will be exhibited online and will be used in ‘pop’-up’ physical spaces somewhere else…watch this space!”

Roos believes that a positive challenge will rise from these times and is passionate when she chats about the role-models in her life. She makes note of Prof Martin Hattingh at Stellenbosch University, her mother who taught her that “what you do not own does not matter, but what you do own matters”. Dr Anton Rupert, who was a regular visitor to her gallery in Stellenbosch, told her that “Time spent on dreaming and money spent on art is never wasted.”

“I have had some of my best moments in my life in our Ballito Gallery and the Ballito LifeStyle Centre is simply an incredible place! I would like to thank Bruce Renken in person as well as all management and staff for a wonderful relationship and friendship during these amazing years. I also thank all the incredible tenants, our loyal regular clients who have become friends, our talented and passionate artists, suppliers and of course my own amazing staff: Sandra Keil, Pauline Oor, Salome Moodley and Sindisiwe Sibiya who in most part have been with me for more than eight years. All of you and all at the Centre will be missed dearly.”

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Sunday, August 9, 2020


(Leagan Peffer’s “Kairos”)

A Digital Edge features nine new works created by KZN dance-makers for 22nd (DIGITAL) JOMBA which runs from August 25 to September 6, 2020.

The free online 22nd JOMBA! Contemporary Dance Experience, presented by the Centre for Creative Arts, University of KwaZulu-Natal, has a packed programme of 10 USA dance films and 22 dance works including some created during COVID-19 lockdown. Nine of these were commissioned through grants to Durban and Pietermaritzburg dance-makers for a platform called JOMBA! Digital Edge which will open the festival on August 25 at 19h00, and be available online for the duration of the festival.

The JOMBA! Digital Edge has provided grants to these nine KwaZulu-Natal dance-makers who continue to make waves on the local dance scene. They were asked to create short dance films loosely around the theme of Intimacies of Isolation.

Dance-works in this line-up have been created by Durban dancers Jabu Siphika, Kristi-Leigh Gresse, Leagan Peffer, Nomcebisi Moyikwa, Sandile Mkhize, Sifiso Kitsona Khumalo, Tshediso Kabulu, and Zinhle Nzama, and from Pietermaritzburg, Tegan Peacock.

Flatfoot Dance Company’s Jabu Siphika’s solo piece Ya kutosha, is an intimate and terrifying exploration of gender-based violence and what it means to be trapped in the home.

 (Left: Kristi-Leigh Gresse will perform the solo work “Fellow”)

Another solo work Fellow… created by award-winning and edgy dance-maker Kristi-Leigh Gresse explores an artist’s state of mind in isolation. It is a journey through this maze in search of light.

Durban’s neo-classical wonder-girl Leagn Peffer’s Kairos, is a personal journey in a solo that delves into the confluence of passion and purpose. In love, in anger, in deceit, in loss as in failure, this work interrogates how life allows us to face struggle.

Nomcebisi Moyikwa whose work, U n g a n y a k u m , which is an experimental multidisciplinary “contemplation; a devotion and a prayer decomposed, says (this work) “is an engagement with silence – demonstrated by blank spaces. It is an intentioned meditation that seeks evidence for this question: What does it mean to insist not to die?”

(Right: Sandile Mkhize)

One of Durban’s hidden dance gems is Sandile Mkhize (Phakama Dance Company) who seeks “history, forefathers, revolution, and ways of being under COVID-19” and “our humanity” in his work Time performed by himself and Cue Ngema.

Walls, a deeply intimate exploration of a father-daughter relationship set against the separation imposed by COVID-19 and the lockdown has been created and performed by Sifiso Kitsona Khumalo (Flatfoot Dance Company) and his daughter, Lethiwe Zamantungwa Nzama. Lethiwe has been a regular at many JOMBA! Youth Fringes and makes her professional debut in this work.

Pietermaritzburg dance stalwart, Tegan Peacock has created a short film called Control – Alt – Delete which offers an intimate insight into the struggle with control or the loss of it. “Both internally and externally our lives have been radically altered and everyone is fighting to regain control and find a new normality,” she says. For this piece she has collaborated with artist Jono Hornby.

Dynamic dancer and choreographer, Tshediso Kabulu has created a work called Space of Colour which is an unflinching look at race and its intersection with class and poverty, and the uneven distribution of power and resources in South Africa; set against the backdrop of isolation and the COVID pandemic. This work is performed by Kabulu and Motlatsi Khotle with poetry by Khwezi Becker and music by Anelisa Stuurman.

Finally, Zinhle Nzama (Flatfoot Dance Company) performing with Kirsty Ndawo offers Shadow which looks at friendship and the validations of having someone there for you always, even when you cannot hold hands in a world that now asks for distancing.

“We cannot wait to share these new commissioned works with dance-lovers and dance-makers from across the globe,” say Artistic Director, Lliane Loots. “It has been a difficult time for human beings on this planet. Artists have been deeply affected, but there is one constant, and this is that even in times of struggle and extreme hardship, artists are able make, create and share their most intimate stories, and nothing can keep us from this.”

Recently-appointed Director of the Centre for Creative Arts, Ismail Mohamed, will welcome the audience, and Artistic Director Lliane Loots will give an address prior to the streaming of the Digital Edge films on Tuesday, August 25 at 19h00 (GMT +2).

The festival runs from August 25 until September 6 off the website The programme is streamed at 19h00 (GMT +2) each evening. From August 27 there will be repeats each day at 12 noon (GMT +2) of the previous evening’s programme. All platforms for 2020 are free of charge and a full programme is available via the website.

For more information and updates on the programme visit Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.



(The Denis Hurley Centre in the Durban city centre was one of the buildings that was part of the campaign)

A back garden in Umbilo was turned into a magical circus tent for the #LightSAred campaign which took place on August 5, 2020, as the entertainment industry hosted a series of pop-up creative protest actions to raise awareness about the dire situation of the South African technical production and live events industry by shining red lights onto more than 700 public and private buildings across the country.

The industry is made up of freelancers, venue managements, theatres, eventing companies, festival organisers and businesses who have been unable to work since March due to the blanket ban on all live events and performance, due to the Coronavirus lockdown.

The performance Notice Us – was part of the live streaming #LightSAred campaign event on Wednesday evening. The 10m high structure was made during lockdown by Durban events rigging experts, Rigology.

Visit to find out more.

The piece can be viewed online / YouTube:



Join The KZNSA on August 20 at 16h00 for an online LAB Talk with industry professionals, celebrating the revival of the Young Artists' Project. Guest speaker Storm Janse van Rensberg, who founded the KZNSA Young Artists’ Project in 2002, is joined by YAP 2020 curators, Greer Valley and Carol Brown. The live talk will be facilitated by former KZNSA President, Nonto Sheryl Msomi.

Register for this free zoom session online here.

(Right: “Encounter 5” by Kundai Moyo)

KZNSA Online Sessions | Kundai Moyo

August 13 and 14, 17h30

Join Kundai Moyo on zoom for two online sessions: On the Utility of Hands & Holding: A Discussion on Love, Work and Space.

Part 1 Thursday, August 13 from 17h30 to 18h45

Part 2 Friday, August 14 from 17h30 to 18h45

Register online here for the free zoom.


(Left: “domkrag as verwalde liegde”(South African mating song) by Jessica Bothma)

KZNSA Online Sessions | Jess Bothma

August 15 and 16, 14h00

Be part of two online sessions with exhibiting artist Jess Bothma in her workshop: Using poetry as a tool in the process of making and reflecting.

Part 1 Saturday August 15 at 14h00

Part 2 August Sunday 16 at 14h00

Register online here for the free zoom.



Friday, August 7, 2020



DStv movie highlights for August 7 to 13, 2020:

(Judi Dench stars in “Red Joan”)



Bombshell (Drama)

August 9 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 20h05 (Express to Showmax)

In a post #MeToo world, this movie tells the provocative real story of Megyn Kelly, Gretchen Carlson and fictional character Kayla Pospisil. The three whip-smart, ambitious female news anchors at media empire Fox News set out to expose the man who made them famous, making headlines in the process.


The Neighbour in the Window (Thriller)

August 10 on Lifetime (DStv Channel 131) at 20h05

Inspired by the book False Victim by Kathie Truitt, The Neighbour in the Window is a chilling tale of a neighbourly relationship gone wrong. Highlighting concerns about privacy and what can happen when a neighbour invades your space, protagonist Karen (played by Jamie-Lynn Sigler of The Sopranos fame) relocates to Washington where her life unravels as she finds out the true agenda of beautiful and charming neighbour Lisa.


Red Joan (Spy Drama)

August 9 on M-Net Movies Premiere (DStv Channel 104) at 20h15

Academy award-winner Judi Dench delivers an emotion-inducing performance as senior citizen Joan Starley who is arrested and charged with conspiring against her country. Based on a novel of the same name, Red Joan’s titular character is based on Melita Norwood, a secretary of the British Non-Ferrous Metals Research Association who allegedly supplied the Soviet Union with nuclear secrets.


Queen of Katwe (Drama)

August 9 on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 21h00

The film that shot Kenyan actress Lupita Nyong’o into the spotlight, Queen of Katwe is the inspirational true story of chess prodigy, Phiona Mutesi. After a chance meeting with a soccer coach at a missionary programme, who introduces her to the game of chess, Phiona becomes a top player with an opportunity to escape from her life of poverty.


The Next Karate Kid (Action)

August 9 on TNT (DStv Channel 137) at 18h15

A staple of martial arts movies, the Karate Kid movies inspired many a Nineties’ kid to take up karate. The Next Karate Kid is the fourth instalment in the series released in 1994 and sees Mr Miyagi taking in a troubled teenager, Julie, portrayed by Hilary Swank. Swank’s portrayal of Julie, whose take-no-prisoners attitude empowered and encouraged young girls, is seen as her breakout performance.


G I Jane (Action)

August 9 on TNT (DStv Channel 137) at 20h00

Even as main character Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil, played by Demi Moore, declares that she’s ‘not interested in being some poster girl for women’s rights’, she motivated an entire generation of girls to battle against the odds for what they want. The film follows Jordan’s journey to becoming a Navy SEAL even as everyone expects her to fail.




Capone (Crime Drama)

Available from Friday, August 7

Tom Hardy transforms as the 47-year-old gangster Al Capone in this biographical crime drama. After spending 10 years in prison, Capone succumbs to dementia, reliving his violent past through tormented memories.


Run This Town (Drama)

Available from Sunday, August 9

Recounting the turbulent year of Rob Ford’s tenure as Mayor of Toronto in 2013, Run This Town’s success goes far beyond its talented cast, which features The Vampire Diaries’ Nina Dobrev. The political scandal that lies at the premise of the film is second only to its scathing yet correct portrayal of backroom politics.


Swimming for Gold (Family)

Available from Monday, August 10

Disney graduate Peyton List stars as young elite swimmer Claire who is sent to Australia to coach a boys’ swim team following a jet ski accident. On arrival at the swim camp, Claire is forced to room with her long-time rival and enemy Mikayla (Lauren Esposito) while harbouring a secret fear.


The Rest of Us (Drama)

Available from Friday, August 7

Single mother Cami and her daughter reluctantly take in her ex-husband’s second wife and daughter when his untimely death leaves his new family homeless. As the mother-daughter duos contend with their grief, they must also unravel the complicated relationships they have with the person they’ve lost and each other.




(Left: Ashley Walters & Noel Clarke in “Bulletproof”)

 Bulletproof S2 (New season)

Monday, August 10 on Universal TV (DStv Channel 117) at 20h00

Season two of this unmissable crime drama is packed full of action. Noel Clarke and Ashley Walters return as Aaron Bishop and Ronnie Pike, childhood friends from different backgrounds who now work together for the UK’s National Crime Agency. In the explosive season opener, a chance discovery leads to the duo being sent undercover to infiltrate the Markides family, a notorious international crime gang.


Perry Mason S1

Available from August, 7 on Showmax

In a remake of the 1950s hit TV show, Matthew Rhys portrays a down-and-out defence lawyer in 1932 Los Angeles, United States. Based on the novels and short stories of Erle Stanley Gardner, the show follows Perry Mason (Rhys) as he tries to put the pieces together of the abduction and gruesome murder of a young boy.


Agatha Raisin S3

August, 7 on BBC First (DStv Channel 119) at 20h00

Starring Emmy®-nominated actress Ashley Jensen (Ugly Betty) and based on M C Beaton’s bestselling novels, Season 3 sees London PR whizz turned amateur sleuth becoming entangled in mischief, mayhem and murder in the small village of Cotswold.


Riverdale S4

Saturdays from August 8 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 21h00

Archie and the gang are back for another conspiracy-ridden season. The opening episode takes a turn at explaining the untimely death of Archie’s dad, portrayed by late actor Luke Perry, while the town prepares for the first Fourth of July celebration in three years.


Katy Keene S1

August 8 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 20h45

Pretty Little Liars’ fans will be pleased with the return of Lucy Hale in this Riverdale spin-off. Aspiring designer Katy, played by Hale, reconnects with Josie (of Josie and the Pussycats, played by Ashleigh Murray in Riverdale) in New York City, where they – along with an aspiring Broadway star Jorge and the mysterious Pepper Smith – try to make their dreams come true.


(Right: Sophie Skelton & Richard Rankin in “Outlander”)

 Outlander S5

Saturdays from August 8 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 22h00

The historical drama that has our eyes glued to our screens returns for a fifth season. The wedding of Brianna (Sophie Skelton) and Roger (Richard Rankin) is held at Fraser’s Ridge, bringing all the characters together for a celebration before the impending Revolutionary War. However, the celebratory mood is dampened by a mandate from a powerful political figure in North Carolina and a shocking revelation about a long-standing adversary.


The Candidate

Weekdays from August 11 on Fox Life (DStv Channel 126) at 16h40

Feed your passion for Latin TV with the latest telenovela on Fox Life. The Candidate tells the story of a woman’s decision to challenge her corrupt politician husband for the role of president. As one of the most high-profile telenovelas on screen at the moment, it’s a must-see for any fan.


Black Lightning S3

Tuesdays from August 11 on 1Magic (DStv Channel 103) at 20h30

DC Universe’s fantasy drama is back, but Freeland is now under martial law and completely separated from the rest of the world by a force field. Staying true to its roots, the show unabashedly addresses societal and systemic issues regarding race, class and privilege – all while fighting for justice in a superhero’s cape.


(Left: Tom-Bateman plays John-Beecham in “Beecham House”)

Beecham House S1

Thursdays from August 13 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 22h00

A historical drama set in 1975, Tom Bateman (Vanity Fair) portrays the enigmatic, soulful John Beecham. The six-part series follows Beecham’s quest to start a new life for himself in Delhi, India, all the while harbouring a secret he hopes will never be revealed.


Barkskins S1

Thursday, August 13 on National Geographic (DStv Channel 181) at 20h40

Based on the New York Times best-selling novel by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Proulx, Barkskins follows a disparate group of outcasts and dreamers who are battling to escape their pasts while navigating the brutal frontier hardships, competing interests and entangled loyalties at the crossroads of civilisation.




(Left: Reggie Yates)

Reggie Yates meets World S1

Thursday, August 13 on BBC Brit (DStv Channel 120) at 20h00

This eye-opening series sees British actor, presenter and DJ Reggie Yates travel far and wide to examine promises of the new world for young people facing uncertain futures. With knife crime at an all-time high, Reggie begins his quest by visiting SPAC Nation, a new London church that offers youth in gangs a way out of crime. Later on, he also travels to Lagos, Nigeria, to see how the burgeoning film industry – known as Nollywood – can be a way out of poverty in a country with the biggest wealth divide in the world.


The Persians: A History of Iran S1

August 7 on BBC Earth (DStv Channel 184) at 19h00

A fascinating insight into the complex history of the world’s first empire, Persia. The series reveals historical and cultural sites and artefacts across Iran that few Westerners have ever seen. Learn about the Shahnameh, one of the most important books in Iran’s history, used by kings as propaganda but also by modern-day Iranians as a way to connect with their Persian heritage. Or look inside the ancient Zoroastrian fire temple, home to a fire said to have been burning for more than 1,500 years.


Witness: Dead Woman’s Pass

August 9 on Al Jazeera (DStv Channel 406) at 22h30

An award-winning short film series, Al Jazeera’s Witness brings world issues to the fore through compelling human stories. Dead Woman’s Pass, which has been selected for competition at the Austin Film Festival and Palm Springs International Film Festival, follows an indigenous woman’s journey to her ancestral home in the Peruvian Andes, where she is forced to confront her past.



(Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture)

Deadline: August 31, 2020.

“A people, a movement, a country, a nation that does not respect its youth, does not deserve its future.” – O R Tambo

On Tuesday July 28, at 11h00 precisely, Business and Arts South Africa and the Department of Sport, Arts and Culture (DSAC) kicked off a lively webinar discussion. Graciously facilitated by Metro FM’s Rorisang Thandekiso, the digital panel comprised Mr Mphikeledi Mnguni (DSAC Deputy Director: Policy and Research Cultural Development), Charmaine Soobramoney (BASA Chairman), Tumy Motsoatsoe (BASA Head of Programmes) and Cinga Dyala (former Provincial Winner and Debut Ambassador). In addition to discussion among the panel itself, there was a chance for participants to direct questions to the various panel members.

Before the conversation was convened, BASA CEO Ashraf Johaardien welcomed everyone present, and extended particular thanks for the attendance of Minister of Sport, Arts and Culture, Mr Nathi Mthethwa, who (in a special synchronicity of events) once again opened the Debut Programme officially. The Minister contextualised the launch within contemporaneous events, specifically the passing of struggle activist, Andrew Mlangeni. In mourning Andrew Mlangeni, Minister Mthethwa remembered his primary goal of freedom for all: “The country is suffering under a trifecta of challenges – inequality, joblessness and poverty – and the youth of our country bears the brunt of these ills. It is the perfect time to reiterate and reinforce the original mandate of the Debut Programme, which is to lift the strictures on our artists’ livelihoods and uplift our amateur innovators into professional creators. In a time when we’ve all been forced to adjust our attitudes, how we action the Debut Programme will have to be done differently if we are to save lives and sustain livelihoods.”

Thandekiso mirrored the Minister’s comments in commencing the panel debate, emphasising the Programme’s role in positioning young people in the right conversations with the right skills sets, both locally but also internationally. Following on from this comment, the discussion began in earnest, with Thandekiso posing a number of pertinent questions to the panel participants.

DSAC Deputy Director, Mphikeledi Mnguni restated the Debut’s commitment to developing the skills of young creatives ordinarily marginalised, either because of their remote geographical location (in rural and peri-urban areas) or through their lack of access. With BASA, the partnership enables successful capacity building.

As BASA Head of Programmes, Boitumelo ‘Tumy’ Motsoatsoe reflected on both the successes and the challenges of the Debut Programme’s first edition, and the lessons derived to ensure an improved second edition. She acknowledges that any solutions to past problems will have to be confronted through the perspective of the COVID-19 pandemic, platform or approach, to another, is not a case of simple transference. “We are exceptionally proud of the impact of the first edition of the Debut Programme on the participants and their communities. This second edition will continue to be underpinned by social cohesion, inclusion and access, as we aim to reach 18 communities nationwide (two from each of the provinces). Beyond the critical funding the participants require, the mentorship and skills development on offer throughout the phases are essential tools to career growth. ‘Access’ is key – and this extends to our commitment to making sure our Programme participants are not handicapped by logistical or administrative concerns. For instance, last year a large contingent struggled with transport issues. This year, with many of the phases planned online via digital platforms, we are certain we can alleviate the bulk of this year’s challenges through the provision of data (and the necessary resources).”

This holistic support of the creative sector was echoed in BASA Chairman, Charmaine Soobramoney’s assessment of the organisation’s overall support extended to artists during the wholesale closure and cancellation of arts events as a result of the global pandemic. “We reviewed the situation, and took decisive steps to repurpose existing funding, as well as raising additional funds through both our business and artistic partners. We also conducted extensive research to ensure our financial assistance was targeted through suitable channels and to those most dispossessed. We knew we would need to make the most of the capital we had if we were to invest in relief measures that could be sustained in the long term. The Debut Programme is a further means of assistance, in that it not only provides much-needed financial support, but also facilitates the growth of success out of poverty, and contributes towards driving the economy. Right now, BASA is wholly focused on helping where it can.”

The panel’s final participant was the Debut Programme’s first edition Eastern Cape provincial winner and Programme Ambassador, Cinga Dyala, who was effusive in her praise for the Programme’s support, both during the process itself, as well as the long-term benefit of having participated. “The Programme is representative of talented people who just need a break; it provides confirmation that committing to your vision will see it realised. We were exceptionally grateful for the prize money, as it allowed us to buy equipment necessary to allow us licence to pilot our own projects, without relying on others. We’ve also been able to ‘pay it forward’, in that the money has also been put towards establishing a formal company identity, and to host industry events. What was an unexpected boon was the expert, behind-the-scenes business knowledge we gained. I believe this was crucial to how we’ve adjusted to the current situation – we were able to adapt our business model accordingly. At present, we are still creating brand awareness through masks we’ve manufactured, with our company logo and tagline embroidered on them.”

BASA has opened for applications for the second edition of the Debut Programme partnered by DSAC until August 31, 2020. Applications are being facilitated via WhatsApp, as a means to increase access and applicants will be able to apply in English, Afrikaans, Sepedi or isiZulu.

BASA is constituted in terms of the Companies Act. BASA is registered as a public benefit organisation (PBO) and is accountable to its stakeholders.

To link direct to the BASA website, click on the advert to the right of this article or visit



Deadline: Applications close Friday, September 18, 2020.

Pareto Limited is proud to be pioneering new pathways for visual artists working in Gauteng through Ubuciko, a uniquely curated Professional Development Programme.

Pareto is one of South Africa's leading retail investment funds with an iconic portfolio of regional and super-regional shopping centres across the country, as well as mixed-use developments.

Ubuciko recognises creativity and ability in the visual arts sector by placing impetus on professional growth and development for emerging artists. Pareto Limited is the path-maker, carving overtures within the retail industry framework for visual artists by way of facilitating workshops on professional and best practice guidelines and training through Ubuciko.

Pareto Limited prides itself in growing places and creating opportunity for sustainable business development in South Africa through their investment in commercial and retail properties. Pareto Limited is trailblazing new paths for emerging professionals in the visual arts sector to upgrade their business knowledge and capacity for growth.

Pareto Limited comprehends the enormous social value the arts bring to our nation and has observed how the current economic climate in tandem with the present reality of a pandemic has hamstrung the arts and culture sector locally. As a company that invests in ‘growing places’ we see equal value in path-making to arrive at the places of growth we invest in. Our fundamental responsibility, as a company, is to assist in improving the quality of lives of individuals and communities in South Africa in areas in which our shopping centres are located.

Every crisis presents a unique opportunity to be harnessed by those affected. Visual artists are the ultimate path-finders, creating new forms and expressions in their artwork whilst having to become innovative and agile in their business practice. Ubuciko addresses both the artistry and the business through this workshop offering moving forward towards sustainable arts and business development.

Ubuciko is looking to upskill emerging South African visual artists, based in Gauteng in key areas of professional practice career sustainability during and after Covid19.

Shortlisted candidates will participate in a guided curriculum addressing artistic career development training and sustainability covering topics such as (but not limited to);

           Funding for Art Development Projects of an interdisciplinary and collaborative nature

-       Marketing

-       Project Management

-       Pricing Art

-       Art Law


           Applicant must be between the ages of 20 and 35 years old

           Submission of an up-to-date digital portfolio

           Must have exhibited in at least two group exhibitions over the last two years.

           Submission of a Bio/CV and at least two bodies of work via the online application process

 *Only shortlisted candidates will be contacted for interviews.

Applications open Friday, August 7, 2020.

Applications close Friday, September 18, 2020.

Announcement of successful applicants will be made on the 30th of September 2020.


Workshop Dates:

Menlyn Park Shopping Centre (Pretoria): October 19-23, 2020

Southgate Mall (Johannesburg): October 19-23, 2020

Workshops will take place at Menlyn Park Shopping Centre and Southgate Mall respectively, if Government Covid19 regulations allow. Alternatively, a digital platform will be created for the workshop facilitation and participation.

How to apply:

Applicants will need to complete the online application form at the following link:

or Whatsapp Ubuciko2020 to +27665564351

For more information on the application criteria and for the online application visit:

The Ubuciko FB page: @ubuciko2020


You can follow Ubuciko on:

Twitter: Ubuciko2020

FB: @ubuciko

Comment and Follow: #Ubuciko2020

Ubuciko is administered by The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Kgalee Contemporary is a Black-owned art gallery project founded by artist and gallerist, Kgalalelo Gaitate of which art curator, Rolihlahla Mhlanga, heads the curatorial division.

With over 25 years of arts funding, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) is South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency. The primary aim of ACT is to increase the amount of funding available for arts and culture initiatives, and to apply these funds to innovative, sustainable projects that make a meaningful contribution to society. Through structured funding programmes ACT provides support to all expressions of arts and culture, including literature, music, visual art, theatre and dance, and the support extends to festivals, community arts initiatives, arts management, arts education and arts administration.

To link direct to the Arts & Culture Trust’s site, click on the ACT logo to the right of this article or visit

Thursday, August 6, 2020


Enchanting Creatures of the Forest is the title of an exhibition opening in the Phansi Gallery on August 8, 2020, at 11h30.

“Timothy Mlambo, Themba Khumalo, Bongani Khumalo, Widus Mtshali and Sibusiso Gumede are a group of five artists who have been working together for many years. They live in the forest area near Mangusi in Northern KwaZulu-Natal. This is a remote area near the border and is a five hour drive from Durban. When I visited them we drove through a maze of sand roads to their houses deep in the forest,” says founder and director of Phansi Museum.

Timothy Mlambo who has taught all the others in the group, was awarded the African Art Centre Artist of the year award in 2003. He usually works outside under a huge indigenous tree, but also has a workshop where he stores his handmade tools and sculptures in progress.

Imagination runs riot in hand-carved indigenous wood from the umPengende tree the English name being Leafberry and botanical name Tapura fischeri. The wood is roughly cut with a panga or bushknife, then carved with a small knife while the wood is still green and then left to dry. When the wood is completely dry, two coats of an acrylic paint base colour is applied.

Then fine decorative designs are painted in bright colours. When these are dry, two coats of clear shiny varnish are applied. Timothy Mlambo and Themba Khumalo are experts in this method of creating sculptures.

Widus Mtshali and Sibusiso Gumede use the natural wood from the tree and after carving the shape designs are burnt in with a hot iron wire, (pyrography) heated in the open fire outside the house. This creates patterns which enhance the forms.  Their creative sculptures often have removable parts, which makes easy transport. Tails of animals, Leaves of ornamental trees, are fitted carefully to make up the forms.

This is the third group exhibition of these artists at the African Art Centre. It is curated by Anthea Martin and Phindile Mkize of the African Art Centre.

Due to Covid-19 this will be an online exhibition, the video of the exhibition will go live at 11h30 on August 8, 2020.  Viewing of the artists’ work can be arranged by booking with Phindile on 031 312 3804, or email her on to make your booking to come in person to view the exhibition.

Please note that strict Covid-19 regulations will apply and only a limited number of visitors per day and session will be permitted

Phansi Museum is situated at 500 Esther Roberts Road, Glenwood, in Durban. Contact the museum on 031 206 2889 or email or visit


This Sunday, August 9, 2020, marks the 25th commemoration of the 1956 march of women to the Union Buildings in Pretoria. DStv’s line-up of movies and shows this coming week pays homage to the dynamic, enigmatic and complex female heroes and leaders both on and off screen.

Here are some of the biggest female-led ‘moments’ on DStv in the week of August 7 to 13.


1. Michelle Payne in Ride Like a Girl (Family)

August 8 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 15h15

An inspirational biography of Australian jockey Michelle Payne that proves that anything men can do, women can too. The film follows Payne (played by Australian actress, writer, model, and film producer Teresa Palmer), who through perseverance, hard work and more than a couple of obstacles became the first female jockey to win the Melbourne Cup – despite odds of 100 to 1.


2. Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson in Bombshell (Drama)

August 9 on M-Net (DStv Channel 101) at 20h05

Charlize Theron and Nicole Kidman are fierce as Megyn Kelly and Gretchen Carlson - their on-screen counterparts on this Sunday-night blockbuster. Kelly and Carlson are American journalists and news anchors who aim to expose the sexual harassment of female employees at the Fox News media empire. Based on a true story, not only do these women show the strength to endure anything thrown at them but their vulnerability endears us to them until the very end.


3. Princess Jasmine in Aladdin (Family)

August 8 on M-Net Movies Smile (DStv Channel 105) at 19h00

Princesses can be fiercely independent, too – just ask Naomi Scott’s Jasmine in this modern remake of the classic tale. The film was acclaimed for its strong themes of feminism and female independence and empowerment, fitting for the milestone Women’s Day weekend. Also starring Will Smith and Mena Massoud, Scott easily steals the show portraying a princess we can all look up to in this primetime family movie.


 4. Phiona Mutesi in Queen of Katwe (Sports Drama)

August, 9 on BET (DStv Channel 129) at 21h00

This inspirational story gives us not one but two female role models to look up to. Phiona Mutesi’s smarts and desire to become more are admirable qualities while the film’s star Lupita Nyong’o, who hails from Kenya, shows us that Africa has no shortage of world-class talent.


5. Julie Pierce in The Next Karate Kid (Action)

August 9 on TNT (DStv Channel 137) at 18h15

Hilary Swank’s character (Julie Pierce) is a strong contender for the spotlight in this 90s throwback. Not only does Julie Pierce find her inner warrior but she does so in the best 90s fashion – without a care to what others thought.


6. Lieutenant Jordan O’Neil in G.I. Jane (Action)

August 9 on TNT (DStv Channel 137) at 20h00

“I’m not interested in being some poster girl for women’s rights”, says G I Jane’s titular character but that did not stop her from becoming an inspirational figure for an entire generation of girls battling the odds for what they want. Classic in every sense of the word and starring the talented Demi Moore, the film’s message can still be felt today, as we see a female Senator succeed in enrolling a woman into Navy SEALS training where everyone expects her to fail.