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Tue, 17 Jul 2018

Durban – Student from the Durban University of Technology dominated the second round of judging at the Vodacom Durban July Young Designer Award, presented by Durban Fashion Fair when they snatched nine of the ten finalist berths at a glitzy evening of fashion at Greyville Racecourse on Tuesday evening.

Pietermaritzburg student designer Nosipho Ntuli staved off what could have been a DUT clean-sweep by securing a top ten spot, but the judges conceded afterwards that it had been very tough to separate the top ten from the thirty semi-finalists.

Judges Terrence Bray, Kathrin Kidger, Sindi Shangase, Zama Mathe and Derrick Mhlongo deliberated for some time before settling on the top ten and concluded that the overall quality of the entries made for a long deliberation over the top 10.

“What was notable was that the standard of entries was consistently high, which makes it tougher for the judges,”’ said Bray.

“In line with where fashion is going, the designs were very individual and very well considered and thoughtful,” he added. “The judges tended to favour ideas and designs that we have never seen before. That’s the nature of the competition.”

Bray said that many of the most striking designs were menswear.

“I will be very surprised if we don’t see a menswear winner from this year’s finalists. They were head-and-shoulders above the ladies wear,” said Bray.

“We were all pleasantly surprised. The menswear was creatively very strong and very polished.

“There will be a new panel of judges from here, and who knows, they may see things differently!” he added.

The ten finalists go through to the two evenings of high fashion at the Vodacom Durban July Fashion Showcase at Greyville Racecourse on Thursday and Friday evenings, where another panel of expert judges will study the top ten student designers’ work and decide on the top three, which will only be revealed on the day of the Vodacom Durban July, Saturday 7 July.

Tickets are still available for the two Vodacom Durban July Fashion Showcase shows on Thursday and Friday, Online bookings are through the event website.

The ten finalists are Nosipho Ntuli (Pietermaritzburg School of Fashion), Chané Lange, Siphiwo Mkhwanazi, Nhlosenhle Cele, Tebogo Mokgope, Andile Nsele, Minenhle Memela, Mhlengi Mngoma, Georgina Brink, Gracious Lubisi (Durban University of Technology)



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Mon, 16 Jul 2018

World-renowned and revered South African photographer David Goldblatt died last month at the age of 87. He became a photographer at the age of 18 and would come to focus his camera on quiet, yet equally poignant features of the brutal apartheid regime.

Over the course of his decades-long career, Goldblatt’s photographs were exhibited widely and continue to be held in museums around the world. He won numerous major international awards for his work.

David was deeply connected to the country. Although he grew up in a time that was shaped by apartheid, his work went beyond the surface. He found the human in the inhuman social landscape.

In Boksburg (a mining town east of Johannesburg), the closest project he got to doing as an autobiography, he wrestled with the deep contradictions of the place before starting. As he told me:

I stood on street corners wholly engaged by what I tried to hold off the flow of orderly life. Spaces, roads, lines painted on them, low buildings, sky, veld; the people, white and black moving in their separate but tangled ways, all to be seen in the sharpness of the Highveld light.

Boksburg was shaped by white dreams and proprieties. Most pursued the family, social and civic concerns of respectable burghers anywhere, some with compassion, yet all drawn into a fixity of self-elected, legislated whiteness. Blacks were not of this town. They served it, traded with it, received charity from it, and were ruled, rewarded and punished by its precepts. Some, on occasion, were its privileged guests.


I was asking myself how it was possible to be so apparently normal, moral, upright – which almost all those citizens were – in such an appallingly abnormal, immoral, bizarre situation. I hoped we would see ourselves revealed by a mirror held up to ourselves.

David was primarily a documentarian. He made a life of photographing issues that went beyond the events and reflected the conditions that led to them. With the emergence of the fine art world in photography at the turn of the 21st Century, David evolved. But adjusting to the fine art world didn’t sit that comfortably with him.

He did the dance. But he privately hated exhibition openings, and the attention they brought him. He felt uncomfortable about being seen as an artist. In the end he came to terms with this dichotomy by simply calling himself a photographer, a “get out of jail card” for those who liked to pigeonhole people. About himself he said:

I would say that I am a self-appointed observer and critic of the society into which I was born, with a tendency to giving recognition to what is overlooked or unseen.

Under all his complex layers he was a humanist who was never comfortable about the world around him. His role with the camera fully emerged while photographing in Soweto in a period that preceded the Soweto uprisings in 1976. He remembered:

With a camera I was for the first time able to expand my experience of other people’s lives. Making portraits of people in Soweto in 1972 was a [...]

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Tue, 10 Jul 2018

Fans showed up at OR Tambo International Airport to welcome Sjava home.

The BET award-winning South African musician Jabulani “Sjava” Hadebe received a hero’s welcome when he touched down at the OR Tambo International Aiport from the United States on Wednesday.

Friends, fans and family members came out in numbers to welcome Sjava following his win at the BET awards, Sjava walked away with the BET Viewers Choice ‘Best International Act’ award in Los Angeles over the weekend.

@Sjava_ATM’s supporters are ready to welcome him back home #WelcomeHomeSjava #SjavaBET

On his arrival at the OR Tambo International Airport, Sjava addressed the media with Ambitiouz Enternatinment and BET Africa management where he thanked his fans, record label and family for support.

@Sjava_ATM thanks @Ambitiouz_Ent & @BET for the opportunity, and gives special mention to @FathimaBeckmann & @MondeTwala of @ViacomAfrica & his partner amongst others for their support. #SjavaWins #SjavaBET #BETAwards2018

He could not interact with a lot of international stars at the BET awards but claimed they listen to his music. “I didn’t get time to interact with a lot of artists, but many are listening to the music; especially after ‘Seasons’” – @Sjava_ATM

The musician was nominated alongside Nigeria’s Niniola and Kwesi Arthur from Ghana.



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