Published, June 06 2016 by Independent Online at 08:44am
Sekunjalo and African Equity Empowerments Investments Limited (AEEI) hosted the 16th Sekunjalo Edujazz Concert at the Artscape on the 4th of June. The concert not only supports local music development through fund-raising, but provides a platform for aspiring musicians from underprivileged communities to showcase their talent.

These young bands are given the chance to work with established headline artists and some of the greatest music educators South Africa has to offer. Extensive workshops are conducted by their mentors to help musicians with skills and experience in live performances.

Also performing on the night were two exciting home-grown jazz bands; The Belhar Music Collective, a sensational group of young people who began their musical journey in church and have already performed at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and the Artscape Jazz Festival; and The Edujazz Big Band, comprising top music students from the University of Cape Town, Stellenbosch University and Rondebosch Boys High School, and fresh off their performance at the 2016 Cape Town International Jazz Festival. This year’s mentors are Keith Tabisher (FET Curriculum planner for the Western Cape) and renowned jazz educator, Terrence Scarr.
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Published June 17, 2016 by Gasant Abarder, Cape Argus at 09:23am
Gasant Abarder spoke to Nadine Cloete, who has won acclaim for her documentary telling the story of young anti-apartheid fighter Ashley Kriel.

Cape Town – It was in 1987, the year film-maker Nadine Cloete was born, that a security policeman brutally murdered anti-apartheid activist Ashley Kriel. Exactly 29 years later this year, Nadine has immortalised in film his sacrifice in the Struggle for a free South Africa.
So committed was she to ensuring his story was told, that she devoted a third of her life to producing Action Kommandant – the Untold Story of Revolutionary Freedom Fighter Ashley Kriel.
The film has been showed to seven sold-out screenings at this year’s Encounters South African International Documentary Film Festival. Action Kommandant won the festival’s audience award for Best South African Film.
I was lucky enough to get a seat to the South African premiere and was among many of Ashley’s contemporaries and peers from Bonteheuwel and beyond.
In the film, Nadine uses them and Ashley’s closest family as the devices to tell his story. It is a gripping account that has light moments as it moves from his early years as a 13-year-old upstart, primary school activist, fighting for textbooks, to leaving you outraged at his untimely death.

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In a world where many of our local communities are under constant threat of negative elements of crime, gangsterism and drug abuse, the Sekunjalo Investment Group has been making a major difference with their Edujazz programme since 2001.

The musical experience that they have taken to so many youngsters across the peninsula has been an investment that has inspired so many of the participants from those early years to make music their careers, and now many of them are sharing those experiences to inspire another generation to play their part in the legacy of great sounds that come from this part of the world.

An integral part of this experience was more than just getting onto a stage to perform, but also a chance to learn and be mentored by a host of the legends of local music.

Imagine turning that clock forward at the time and realising that many of them would go on to become part of the bands backing those legends. That investment has played a part in making some musical dreams come true…and it is a journey that still continues!

As we get ready to celebrate another year of the EduJazz project, it’s time to reflect that we really have a life-long friendship to thank for getting it all going.

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Published, 02 June 2016 by Sandiso Phaliso, Cape Times at 22:43pm
The Sekunjalo Edujazz concert is set to entertain and empower the Mother City, with this year’s edition of the annual fund-raising event taking place at the Artscape Theatre tomorrow evening.
Celebrating its 16th year of supporting local talent, Cape Town’s own Jimmy Nevis will be the main artist at tomorrow’s concert.
Also performing on the night are two exciting home-grown jazz bands, The Belhar Music Collective and The Edujazz Big Band.
Belhar Music Collective music director Keith Tabisher said he was excited to be sharing the stage with Nevis.
“We have been working so hard for this event, and it will be a wonderful experience as we will be collaborating on two songs with Jimmy (Nevis),” he said.
The concert not only supports local music development through fund-raising, but provides a platform for aspiring musicians from underprivileged communities to showcase their talent.
These young bands are given the chance to work with established headline artists and some of the greatest music educators South Africa has to offer. Extensive workshops are conducted by their mentors to help musicians with skills and experience in live performances.

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Published, May 17 2016 by Aziz Hartley, Cape Times at 23:04pm

Independent Media (IM) grew its share of the daily newspaper market by 3.2% and the weekend newspaper market by 1.6% compared to the same period last year.

These results were released by the Audited Bureau of Circulation (ABC), which measures newspapers and magazine performance.

In the past quarter, total circulation of South African newspapers declined marginally by 0.78%: daily newspapers declined by 2.6%, while weekly newspapers remained static and weekend newspapers declined by 3%.

Local newspapers’ circulation increased by a marginal 0.5%.

Five of IM’s daily newspapers showed solid performance in the period January to March 2016: Isolezwe, which grew by 4%, and The Star, which grew by 2%, were the strongest performers in the group.
The Pretoria News, Cape Argus and The Mercury showed marginal growth.

Four out of the six weekend newspapers which showed an increase were in the IM stable. The Saturday Star grew by an encouraging 3% while Independent on Saturday, Pretoria News Saturday and Weekend Argus each grew by 1%.

IM’s market strength was further reinforced by the solid performance of its magazine division, Conde Nast Indep-endent, which showed an overall increase of 1.1% compared to the previous quarter: GQ was up by 2.6%, Glamour by 1% and House & Garden remained stable.

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