CINCINNATI — The San Francisco Giants are holding a “Let Pablo Pitch” bobblehead day on Saturday, May 12 at Oracle Park.On Monday, the Giants didn’t just let Pablo Sandoval pitch, they needed the right-hander to give them an inning at the end of an exhausting series against the Cincinnati Reds.With the Giants trailing 12-4, Sandoval entered to face the Reds in the bottom of the eighth for his second career pitching appearance. Sandoval hit the first batter he faced, Jose Peraza, but induced a …
Director and actor Tony Kgoroge at one of the NFVF’s film workshops held in 2011. Film students listen to a speaker at a workshop hosted by the NFVF in 2011. (Images: www.nfvf.co.za) MEDIA CONTACTS • Naomi Mokhele Communications Manager: NFVF +27 11 483 0880 RELATED ARTICLES • A taste of the film club experience • SA film a hit at Cannes • South Africa: a top film location • Culture and history • Future of SA’s arts in good handsValencia TalaneOrganisers of the Mangaung African Cultural Festival (Macufe) Film Week are expecting a large turnout in 2012, after the success of last year’s event.A project that grew out of a partnership between Macufe and the National Film and Video Foundation (NFVF), the second film week will run from 10am to 6pm between 9 and 13 October at the Muse Theatre, a venue at the of the Performing Arts Centre of the Free State.According to NFVF communications manager Naomi Mokhele, the 2011 event encouraged a number of film enthusiasts to enter the industry at various levels.“The first year was indeed a success,” said Mokhele. “We’ve seen participants from 2011 entering the film industry and being eager to grow.”While the 2011 event featured straightforward workshops where industry experts spoke to participants on various topics, a new element will be introduced into this year’s programme to encourage audience participation.Macufe started on 5 October and will end on the 14th. It features a variety of activities from music to theatre, comedy, art exhibitions and a crafts market.Interactive workshopsMokhele said participants in the screenwriting workshop will be required to write their own scripts. These will be entered into a competition and the writer of the best script, as determined by the facilitating experts, will win a prize.“Adding an interactive element to the experience helps us measure the level of understanding from our participants,” explained Mokhele.The other two workshops on offer will give participants an opportunity to learn about directing films and how to go about forging a career in the industry.The event, said Mokhele, was also a great way for communities in the Free State, which has hosted the festival for the past 15 years, to get exposure to the film industry. “It fulfils the NFVF mandate of ensuring the growth of film in disadvantaged areas.”One of South Africa’s well-known directors, Akin Omotoso, whose latest film Man on Ground won several international awards, will run the directing workshop. He’ll be joined by Jerry Tsie, former actor and director of The Barefooted Comrade – a documentary about young anti-apartheid activist Sipho Mutsi who died while in police custody in the Free State. Both directors’ works will be showcased during the event.Actress and producer Rosie Motene, together with Isaac Mogajane, producer of Blitz Patrollie, and television and film actor Wandile Molebatsi will speak on the various careers available in the industry.It will not only be hard work for the film enthusiasts though, as the NFVF will also screen a selection of homegrown films, one on each day of the event. The films have all received support, in one form or another, from the foundation.Entrance to the screenings and workshops is free, and Mokhele said this was to encourage a culture of supporting local productions and getting to learn more about the local industry.“The foundation is always available to assist with information on training programmes that we offer,” she said. “Besides the Macufe film week, the NFVF goes around the country, entertaining and educating the public about the film industry.”Mokhele explained that the foundation’s efforts include empowering young people and ensuring that they achieve the necessary skills to pursue careers in film, should they be interested.“Apart from a physical presence at various film festivals and offering support to local filmmakers, the NFVF offers programmes and information to assist with a career in film,” she said.Macufe 2012The annual festival is one of the priority projects of the Free State government’s sport, arts, culture and recreation department.It is not only aimed at local arts and entertainment enthusiasts, but with previous line-ups featuring international artists, the event has grown to attract people from beyond the country’s borders and even abroad.This year’s musical programme includes jazz pioneer Joe Sample and singers Randy Crawford and Angie Stone, while local artists will include gospel icon Rebecca Malope, African jazz favourite Ringo Madlingozi, and RnB singers Loyiso Bala and Zonke.Some of the country’s top comedians will also entertain audiences, while several poetry sessions will also feature.A highlight for sports fans is the Macufe Cup, a soccer match usually played on the last day of the festival. This year Johannesburg-based Kaizer Chiefs will go head to head with local outfit Bloemfontein Celtic. • Slide image by www.macufe.co.za
28 August 2014Team MTN-Qhubeka announced a major signing on Thursday, with Edvald Boasson Hagen, a stage winner in both the Tour de France and Giro d’Italia, set to join the South African cycling outfit on a two-year contract.The Norwegian star will part ways with the high profile British team, Team Sky, for whom he has raced for the last five years.‘New challenges’“It’s been five great seasons with Team Sky, but the time has come to seek new challenges,” Boasson Hagen said in a statement.“MTN-Qhubeka has a very good platform and a framework that fits me very well, so I’m sure this is a very good choice for the next seasons.‘Several options’Detailing his decision to join MTN-Qhubeka, the Norwegian ace said: “I’ve had several options for the future, among them also World Tour teams, but after some consideration this is the team I most of all want to ride for in the future. They are upgrading the team for next season, but already this year they have received wild cards for most of the races I would like to do next year.“The team takes part in the Vuelta right now, which is their first Grand Tour. For next year they are targeting the Tour [de France], so I feel safe about the race program, and I really look forward to focus on new goals in the MTN-Qhubeka jersey.“I have seen the African riders race this year and I hope to help them with my experience as they are great talents. The other thing I really enjoy is this team does not just race for themselves but for a charity.”‘Really excited’MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder was thrilled with his team’s new signing. “We are really excited to welcome Edvald Boasson Hagen into Team MTN-Qhubeka,” Ryder said.“We believe he is one of the best riders in the world and we look forward to seeing him achieve great results for himself, as well as mentor our young African talents. We want to become one of the best teams in the world to assist the African riders to get into the biggest races in cycling and this is a huge step in that direction.“In the last two years of racing as a Pro Continental team we have seen our riders develop and perform really well. The team has come a long way because the riders love the opportunities they are getting and they try and make every opportunity count.”
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