South African Consulate of Chicago to host Mandela Day Celebration, Friday, July 18
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Chicago, IL – July 10, 2014 – The South African Consulate of Chicago will honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela by hosting an all-day “Mandela Day” celebration. The event will carry the theme “Service, Sacrifice & Leadership” and be held on Friday July 18 with activities from 10am until 9pm.
“Mandela Day” will be divided into three components throughout the day with activities for all-ages highlighting education, service and celebration of Nelson Mandela’s legacy.
The evening celebration is scheduled from 6pm – 9pm and will be hosted by WVON’s Cliff Kelley. Deputy Chief of Mission of the South African Embassy in Washington D.C., Ms. Nowetu Luti will give the keynote address, and the evening will also feature several choral groups performing musical tributes to Mandela.
Youth Event (Youth, Under 18)
Time: 10:00am – 1:00pm
Location: Johnny Miller Centre- 2622 West Jackson Boulevard Chicago, IL 60612
Details: The youth event will consist of a screening of two Mandela based movies, along with discussions and a pledge for action by the youth.
Community Peace Walk (All Ages)
Time: 1:30pm – 3:01pm
Location: The Peace Walk will start at the Johnny Miller Centre and cover 8 square blocks. We will be walking North on California Ave to Madison St, then East on Madison to Rockwell St, then South on Rockwell St to Jackson St. Peace walk from Johnny Miller Centre covering surrounding blocks.
Details: Youth and adults will be engaging neighborhood residents and spreading the good word of Nelson Mandela and a message of peace through printed materials.
Evening Event (Adult, 21+)
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Location: Malcom X College- 1900 w. Van Buren St Chicago, IL 60612
Details: Reception will be held at 6pm, with the evening program beginning promptly at 6:30pm.
About International Mandela Day
On November 10, 2009, the UN unanimously adopted as “Nelson Mandela International Day”. The overarching objective of Mandela Day is to inspire individuals to take action to help change the world for the better, and in doing so build a global movement for good. Ultimately it seeks to empower communities everywhere.
ISSUED BY THE SOUTH AFRICAN CONSULATE GENERAL OF SOUTH AFRICA IN CHICAGO
Contact: Tshepiso Matlala
200 S Michigan Street
Some of Wichita’s aviation businesses spent Monday afternoon learning about trade opportunities with South Africa.
“It’s big in opportunities that exist,” Donnadelliah Maluleke, a trade commissioner with the South African Consulate General in Chicago, said in a presentation about the country.
Maluleke and Vuyiswa Tulelo, the consul general, gave presentations and held roundtable discussions and one-on-one meetings with business representatives attending.
The visit was hosted by Kansas Global Trade Services, a nonprofit trade advisory firm. It was held at the Wichita State University Metropolitan Complex.
“South Africa is one of the best markets for Kansas products, including aviation,” said Karyn Page, president and CEO of Kansas Global Trade Services. “South Africa, we consider a friendly nation. They’re easy to do business with.”
John Potts, corporate administrator for RedGuard, a Wichita company that makes blast-resistant buildings and portable storage containers, attended to explore new business possibilities.
“We’re opening the doors and looking for any new opportunity we can find,” he said.
RedGuard does business on a worldwide basis, Potts said. It currently has relationships with some companies in South Africa.
“We’re investigating what our opportunities are,” he said. “We want to further the relationships.”
Brian Middleton, president of D&O Engineering Co., came to explore opportunities as well.
“I want to see if there’s a company from South Africa that I could sell for,” Middleton said. “There are good people who sell airplane parts. Could we sell those in the Midwest?”
Specifically, the South African delegates came to promote the Africa Aerospace & Defence trade, exhibition and airshow, which will be held Sept. 17-21 in South Africa.
Maluleke and Tulelo are working to recruit five Wichita aviation companies to attend the show, which is held every other year. Expenses will be paid for representatives from the five companies to attend.
Those selected to attend the show will also attend meetings with others in the aviation, defense and aviation research industries there.
Please forward this link to anyone you think might be interested in our film “Bicycles”.
THE AFRICAN CYPHER – ADIFF Chicago
AFRICAN DIASPORA INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL
MONDAY, JUNE 16 @ 6:30pm The African Cypher – Chicago Premiere
Where: Facets Cinematheque, 1517 W. Fullerton Ave.
Web site: www.NYADIFF.org
THE AFRICAN CYPHER
This is the physicality of the dance; the awe of a body flowing through space, flipping, spinning, and snaking as if giving birth to a new means of self-expression. Across South African cities and townships, dance has long been a mirror of the community, replaying allegorical stories that both educate and entertain. The film harnesses the energy of the unique and diverse performance styles of isiPantsula and sBhujwa to Krump and B-boy. Crime and poverty may be a challenging reality in township life, but the dancers featured describe how their art has enriched their lives with new avenues, and pay it forward by engaging with youth through mentorship and dance training that breaks the cycle of crime and offers hope.
Directed by Bryan Litlle, 2012, 88 min., South Africa, Documentary, Zulu/ Xhosa/Afrikaans/ English subt.
June 16 is Youth Day in South Africa.
Come discuss comtemporary South Africa with Mr. Karabo Letlaka, Consul Political, South African Consulate General