The Curious Curator…. Vol #18

Play Your Part Campaign launches app in support of active citizenship and Mandela Month

Brand South Africa in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation launched the Play your Part for Madiba campaign to encourage citizens to make every day a Mandela Day, this is aimed at building a spirit of active citizenship among all South Africans.

The Play your Part for Madiba month-long campaign seeks to uphold the ideals, values and actions of President Nelson Mandela’s legacy by encouraging South Africans to play their part towards the creation of positive change by building their communities and upholding a spirit of Ubuntu and social cohesion.

In support of this commemorative month and as part of its mandate to build pride, patriotism, and a spirit of active citizenship, Brand South Africa, has also partnered with the GEM Project who have developed a Play your Part app which contains a number of organisations needing assistance from South Africans. These include, amongst others, the provision of clothing, assistance with homework, job shadowing and skills development, which all South Africans will be able to support.

Once an individual has participated in assisting a cause, they are eligible to receive a reward via the app, termed “a GEM”, which can be converted into a number of products such as airtime/data, pre-paid electricity, or even movie tickets.

David Shields, GEM Project Co-Founder said: “The app is a social development drive, that aims to mobilise communities within themselves so that they can help each other rise. Volunteers are encouraged to donate their GEMs back to the needy causes during Mandela Month. In order to ensure continuity and mobilise support even beyond Mandela Month, corporates are also encouraged to donate GEMs so that they can be allocated towards causes on an ongoing basis.”

Follow the conversation during Mandela Month @Brand_SA #MandelaMonth2015, #TimeToGive and #TimeToServe.

Ajax Cape Town Hosts the Cape Town Cup

CT CupThe inaugural Cape Town Cup is set to launch at the end of July and the local team will be taking on some stiff competition. Ajax Cape Town will go toe-to-toe with local SuperSport United FC from Pretoria, and two international teams – Sporting Clube de Portugal from Lisbon and Crystal Palace FC from London.

The action-packed tournament will kick off on Friday, 24 July 2015 at 5:45pm when SuperSport United shows Crystal Palace FC some Mzansi diski magic. This match will be followed by the showdown between Ajax Cape Town and Sporting Clube de Portugal at 8:15pm.

The next stage of the festival takes place on Sunday, 26 July when Friday’s losing teams face off at 1pm. This match will be followed by Friday’s winning teams battling for the 2015 Cape Town Cup title, which will start at 3:30pm. Sunday’s games will have no extra time, so winners will be decided by penalty shootouts if there is a draw at the end of the 90 minutes.

Currently, Sporting Clube de Portugal is ranked number 24 in the world club rankings according to FIFA. Crystal Palace FC is ranked 78, SuperSport United is 624, and Ajax Cape Town is ranked 822.

Tickets are available at Computicket and range from R200p/p per day up to R400p/p per day, depending on seating area. There is an early bird special on tickets for R200p/p for the first 5000 general tickets purchased for the Friday games. These fans will also receive a free ticket to Sunday’s matches.  Unfortunately no tickets will be available on game day from the stadium. For more information, follow @CapeTownCup on Twitter, or check out


inspired teacher

Teachers like Mrs Mafumana are critical to a successful life. At one stage she had lost all hope after being asked to teach the drop out class by her Head Mrs Malgas. This at a time when 4 students had been killed through violence related to gangsterism in Khayelitsha. She said no one wanted them as they were too much trouble. Then one day they met an organisation called Columba who invited the school on their program. She said for the first time they really listened and got past the fear they all had developed. Very soon after the course things started to change. The short story is that the school went from 30% overall pass rate to a 95% pass rate in 6 months and has won two Premier’s awards in two years. Just shows how important it is to listen. #proudlySA #hero


For the latest installment of Africa In Your Earbuds, Nigerian-American writer Teju Cole curates the soundtrack to a night out in Lagos. Teju’s mixtape is accompanied by ‘One Night In Lasgidi,’ an original piece from the author that beautifully frames his Nigerian pop selections which feature the likes of D’banj, Wizkid, Davido, Nneka, Burna Boy, Wale and many others. Stream AIYE #64 here.


Xpressions! A picture of a thousand words – photographic exhibition on Hip Hop culture in South Africa- GoetheOnMain, Maboneng – 1st July – 31st July

Madame Zingara – The Celebration, Grand Parade – from 7th July

Franschhoek Bastille Day Festival – Franschhoek – 11th/12th July

Springboks vs World XV @ Newlands – 11th July

Nu World Music Festival @ Cape Town City Hall – 17th/18th July

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by Vicky Rowe

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