TAYLA-PAIGE VAN SITTERT: Music is a muse. The mind-heart roving along various soundscapes is directly and immediately exerted upon the soul as inspiration. Listening to a mix of African folk, country, Flamenco, world music, acoustic rock, classical, ragas, Cape jazz, bluegrass, and Celtic music with a little neo-soul and swamp blues, is enough to make me want to do beautiful things in the world.
These sounds culminated at the annual Cape Town Folk ‘n Acoustic Music Festival, staged at the Baxter Theatre’s Concert Hall on 30 August. The evening included collaborations from 24 local artists including Ard Matthews, Vusi Mahlasela, Derek Gripper, Dave Ferguson, Mark Haze, Farryl Purkiss, and Reza Khota. This a glorious celebration of genre-bending, inspiration-kindling, afro-jazz and folk-acoustic mingling. Yes please.
Every voice is rich and novel. The opening two acts were artists that won the Music Experience competition; solo-artist Jennifer Eaves and the band Hatchet Man, whose music is as dazzling as the Baxter theatre’s roof of tea-candle lights.
Over the course of history it is an undeniable truth that the people who have shaped culture and been the biggest influencers of societies both past and present are the youth. Hector Pieterson, Nkosi Johnson, and Daniel Petersen III are just three young South African gentlemen whose inspirational stories are sentiment of this.
These iconic figures that form part of the fabric of South Africa then and now have touched and transformed the lives of so many both locally and abroad. They are emblems of hope amongst countless others who continue to effect positive change across the spheres of this country desperately in need of it. Read full article here: SA Youth Icons
MAKOMBORERO MUZENDA: In the global arena of world domination where politicians decide the fate of millions far removed from the horrors of war; it is sadly the young who are called to take up arms and fight for their country. Nothing illustrates this unfortunate reality better than the First World War, which began 100 years ago in Europe in which millions lost their lives in action.
Salary negotiations may be the most nerve-wracking part of the interview process for you, but they don’t have to be.
Just like with any other part of the job-hunting process, the sooner you take the time to prepare for the questions you know will be coming your way, the better you will get at answering them. If the thought of telling people what you want to earn makes you terribly uncomfortable, then maybe we should start by looking at some of the reasons your previous negotiations didn’t go as expected. Read full article here: How to negotiate salary basics
SHANNON KRAUSEY: I was prepared. I had spent predrinks listening to Britney Spears, painting my nails with glitter nail polish, and drinking copious amounts of wine. Truth be told, that’s an ordinary predrinks for me; but this was no ordinary night – I was going to Crew.
The first thing I noticed was the bouncers. I was taken aback by how polite they were: the greeted us, didn’t ask for ID, and insisted on calling us a cab when we left. Not at all like Tiger, where the bouncers look at you like you’ve just peed on their red carpet, and bounce you for wearing the wrong shoes.
SHANNON HOLCROFT: Learning to knit in technology class may have seemed entirely pointless. But those needlework skills can be put to use in the Me-a-mama Knit-a-row-and-go campaign to make this winter a little less harsh for underprivileged Western Cape children.
Me-a-Mama is an online maternity wear store, but the company’s concerns go beyond keeping moms-to-be from looking frumpy. For the past three years, their public knitting relay has helped meet basic winter clothing needs for local children in impoverished areas. The company places wool and needles in local hangouts. These are participating restaurants around the city and the supplies are donated by Elle Yarns. People simply knit what they can and leave their work behind for the next person to continue.
ALI FINDLAY: As a student, life can get busy. Days flash by as you do assignment after assignment and test after test. It’s easy to forget about things that aren’t part of your usual routine and suddenly you find yourself doing the same things every week. Your focus can become limited to your own little bubble. Pop that bubble. Have a new experience, help people, get to know people and have some fun outside of your usual routine.
This year I started volunteering at the South African Riding for the Disabled Association (SARDA) in Constantia. The organisation provides free horse riding lessons for over 200 physically and/or mentally disabled children from around Cape Town every week. Working with horses and children leads to a very unique bond developing between horse, rider, and volunteer – a bond that is unforgettable.
ASHLEY VAN HEERDEN: The World Federations of United Nations Association (WFUNA) hosted a five day human rights training program in Geneva, Switzerland from July 21st to July 25th. The training was attended by 33 participants from 25 different countries. The goal of the training program, held at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, was to empower young individuals to take leading roles in upholding human rights in their communities, countries and, ultimately, around the world.
I was shocked when I was endorsed by United Nations of South Africa, UCT Chapter (UNASA-UCT) and later by the United Nations of South Africa’s (UNASA) national board. Firstly, because I’m not a Politics or International Relations student; I’m a psychology student. Secondly, because I was younger than the other applicants. And thirdly, because during my Skype interview with UNASA I accidently made a three-way call and the line dropped three or four times.
DEAN HORWITZ: Over the past year a new food culture has descended on Cape Town. The Low Carb, High Fat Diet has swept across the City, forcing restaurants to adapt their menus and supermarkets to re-think what they sell. The diet, although not new, owes its resurgence to Professor Tim Noakes who, along with a team of professionals from various disciplines, co-authored a book called Real Meal Revolution, which is flying off the shelves. It is a part-cookbook and part-science book and it takes you through all the science behind the diet before enticing you with some incredible recipes.
What does it take to be an ambitious young professional? There is no secret recipe, I’m sorry to say, but Benjamin Shaw and Mitchell Horn offer something just as good: a dose of reality.
What, you may ask, have these industry hopefuls gained from doing what drives them to excel in the world of work?
Catch the full article here: Industry Hopefuls