Awesome women, major party

2008-08-17 00:00

Let it not be said that the redoubtable Di Smith and her partner in peddling good news, Derryn Campbell of Awesome SA, aren’t ambitious.

Their aim is for the Shark Tank, aka Absa Stadium in Durban, to be filled on August 31 to the rafters by women to celebrate what’s good in South Africa.

This they’re doing under the auspices of the Wonderful Women Gathering (WWG) and while their initiative invites comparisons with the Mighty Men rallies marshalled by evangelist Angus Buchan, their objectives are more inclusive.

“We want to reach all women and their families, of all colours and creeds, from all walks of society, and celebrate with them the power of women to change society,” said Smith.

At issue is the tide of depression and negative perceptions — often unfounded — that need to be addressed if South Africans want to live a happy and fulfilled life in this country.

They are by no means alone in their endeavours to change the way South Africans see themselves and their country. If anything, their efforts form part of what economist J.P.

Landsman describes as a “blanket of pinpricks starting to light up South Africa”.

He is referring to a determined tide of optimism across the country that is gathering force as increasingly more South Africans say “enough is enough” to a collective proclivity to paint as dark a picture as possible of life on the southern tip of Africa.

This is not to say that the harbingers of hope view life through rose-tinted spectacles, but that they are advocating a platform of power from which to negotiate the challenges and problems facing South Africa.

Put differently, it’s a lot easier to tackle whatever needs dealing with from a perspective that doesn’t make one a victim, which is why the WWG is also the launchpad for the Movement for Good in KwaZulu-Natal, in conjunction with the International Marketing Council (IMC).

The IMC, according to Smith, is partnering with various organisations that share a common goal in creating a better South Africa, and include initiatives such as Heartlines, SA — The Good News, and of course Awesome SA.

But the August 31 gathering will thrust women into the frontline, and for very good reason, according to Smith.

“Our women are the backbone of our society and it is through them that we will begin to create the country we all want to live in,” said Smith.

The WWG also marks the end of Women’s Month, and in keeping with the celebratory theme an impressive line-up of entertainment, role models, and inspirational speakers is being organised.

Iconic award-winning band Freshly Ground tops the bill with rape survivor Jessica Foord and story-teller Gcina Mhlope also taking to the stage.

Tickets at R30 can be purchased through Computicket from Friday, August 15. Box holders can buy tickets through Absa Stadium.

For further information, contact Di Smith at di@awesomesa.co.za, 033 347 2247, 083 390 4930 or Candice Smith on 076 763 6433.

Guess where 1?

Thieves have stolen copper cables from railway signals, lead from church roofs and aluminium road signs. Live electricity cables, rail racks and even bronze statues have been stolen and sold as scrap to cash in on the rise in metal prices.

The country? United Kingdom.

Guess where 2?

“THE government provides one of the most research-friendly environments as far as agricultural production is concerned.

“The tax incentives are hugely competitive, so much so that we are relocating one of our American stations to be closer home.”

The country?

South Africa, as explained by the managing director of Pannar Seeds, Deon van Rooyen.

Last supper

AFICIONADOS of the fine fare dished up by restaurateur Roy better make sure they book a table before August 31. That will be last supper at Els Amics as Roy and his family are realising a long-held dream to relocate to Fort Nottingham.

This is indeed sad news for the city’s non-franchised eateries, and especially so for the loyal following of Els Amics that has come to represent the epitome of epicurean excellence for more than 25 years!

Thanks for all the memorable meals Roy. We wish you well, and wait to see what you’ll be doing in the midlands!

Food for thought

GREYTOWN-based Pannar Seeds is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, the company is hosting a series of luncheons throughout SA.

The Golden Horse Casino played host to the Pietermaritzburg function that was addressed by MD Deon van Rooyen, who spoke on the global dynamics of agriculture, in the context of the growing imperatives of food security.

Licence for fun

ONE of the strangest, and yet most appropriate invitations was received recently. The RMI has served the automotive industry for a 100 years and is celebrating and, with the sponsorship of Wesbank and Bosch, has invited guests to a glittering event by means of a numberplate!

Bird alert

FOR the past year, we’ve received updates on the movements of Daniel and Andalucia, two bearded vultures that had been fitted with transmitters.

The updates had a comforting feel, and we tracked their roamings in awe over an area spanning the Eastern Cape, Lesotho, eastern Free State and Drakensberg.

Alas, the reports are no more and it is not clear if the transmitters ran out of life or, heaven forbid, the birds are no longer alive.We wait with bated breath.

derekalberts@mweb.co.za

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