Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Tuesday, 5 February 2013
by Sanabelle Ebrahim
ARROWSA Media Scene 2012
The “South – North Conversations” Exhibition and Butterfly Beret Accolades dominated the 2012 ARROWSA media scene.
“South – North Conversations” Exhibition
Fri 20 July – 5:30pm for 6pm – DUT Art Gallery
Pre- and post-event media coverage of the “South – North Conversations” Jewellery Students Exhibition in various newspapers such as The Daily News and The Independent on Saturday as well as online at
The Witness (http://www.witness.co.za/index.php?showcontent&global%5B_id%5D=84716)
Article titles included:
* “South – North Conversations” Exhibition set to mesmerise
* Fine-arts and jewellery exhibition
Facebook events were created by ARROW SA and DUT Art Gallery.
An evening of eclectic enchantment awaited guests to the ARROWSA/DUT Jewellery Exhibition.
The exhibition was held at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Art Gallery, Steve Biko Campus.
Jewellery Design & Manufacture students of DUT mesmerised guests with their intricate creations influenced by the theme, “South – North Conversations” (particularly fusion of South African and Celtic cultural influences).
Bangles, bracelets, filigree earrings, rings and necklaces made of silver, cotton, pearl, and Tigers eye were on sale. Pieces were embellished with labradorite and garnet beads. Student designers included Lloyd Moodley, Mbali Thabethe, Georgina Taylor, Roisin Shevlin, David Skevington and Michelle Goold.
The exhibition opening also featured an acoustic set performed by Durban-based band “Anti Retro Vinyls”.
The collaborative exhibition was presented by ARROWSA, DUT Jewellery Design & Manufacture Department, CCMS (Centre for Communication, Media & Society) at UKZN and Bechet High School.
Proceeds from the sale of jewellery will go towards funding for a small group of ARROWSA-Bechet learners to attend the 2013 Indra Global Congress in Derry UK. The global congress will be an opportunity for groups of young people from existing and potential Indra (International Development of the Arts for Reconciliation) centres to come together and share their practice, ideas and experience. There will be a wide range of workshop activities, training opportunities, sharing of performances, speakers, discussion groups and social activities, culminating in a dramatised procession over the Derry Peace Bridge. The Congress will coincide with the UK City of Culture celebrations beginning on Sunday 30 June 2013 and finishing on Saturday 6 July.
Butterfly Beret Accolades
*Articles featured in various publications such as Berea Mail, The Weekly Gazette, The Rising Sun and SUBtext No: 21, Winter 2012 and online at
Article titles included:
* Butterfly Beret Accolades recognise youthful trailblazers
* Youths recognised for heritage contributions
* Out of the cocoon and flying free in the wind
Green Heart City hosted the inaugural Butterfly Beret Accolades in conjunction with eThekwini Municipality, the South African National Society (SANS) and Alliance Française de Durban.
The event took place at the Sustainable Living Exhibition at Durban Exhibition Centre on Spring Day.
The Accolades recognise five youths (16-20yrs) who have contributed towards advancing the arts, heritage and ecology in the City of Durban and surrounds.
Speaker of eThekwini Municipality, Cllr Logie Naidoo presented berets to the following youth:
Gilly Mchunu (19) – former ARROWSA - Art, Culture and Heritage for Peace participant who represented ARROWSA and Durban at the 2010 ARROW global youth congress in the UK. She helped decorate the ARROWSA-Bechet Ubuntu S’dumo Bike and wheel it around on the streets of Durban during the Red Eye 2010 arts festival. She is currently working as well as studying towards an Institute of Marketing Management (IMM) degree.
Nikita Kekana (18) – Durban Girls College matric learner who is a member of the South African junior surfing team. She represented South Africa at the International Surfing Association (ISA) World Junior Games in Peru last year. She came fourth in the U20 division at the Billabong SA Champs 2012 in Cape Town.
Mbuso Cele (16) – Blind cyclist who is a member of the KZN Blind Tandem Cycling Association.
Holly Wasserfall (16) – Eden College learner who is a music star. Her debut album, “Twenty Four Seven,” a blend of Afro jazz and pop, released in 2010.
Nashlen Govindasamy (16) – Star College learner who is the current Durban chess champion. He won the Durban Chess Club Premiership twice in 2010 and 2012, and hopes to someday become a Grandmaster.
Guest speakers included Eric Apelgren (Head of International and Governance Relations, eThekwini Municipality), Naureen Craig (Chairperson, South African National Society) and Sarah Doignon (Director, Alliance Française de Durban).
The centrepiece of the event was a magnificent cake in the shape of a giant butterfly. The cake cutting was performed by eThekwini Deputy Mayor, Cllr Nomvuzo Shabalala, Miss Deaf Africa 2011, Mbali Nkosi, and Cllr Logie Naidoo. Members of the ‘Hearts of the City’ ad hoc ensemble, Morgan Govender and Jean-Marie Spitaels delighted the audience with incidental accordion and harmonica tunes.
The citizen-based Green Heart Movement was initiated in association with Cycles 4 Social Justice (C4SJ) and Ecology & Cycling and encourages arts and poetry experiences around themes of ecology, sustainable living, fashion and cycling.
ARROWSA-Bechet Ubuntu S’dumo Bike
The Ubuntu Bike graced the Green Heart City/Ecology & Cycling stand at the Imagine Durban Sustainable Living Exhibition, 30 August - 1 September, Durban Exhibition Centre. The exhibition stand was visited by Durban Mayor Cllr James Nxumalo and Cllr Logie Naidoo (Speaker, eThekwini Municipality).
Finger Puppet Workshop
*Articles featured in The Weekly Gazette (Dec 2012) and SUBtext No: 22, Summer 2012 (forthcoming).
ARROWSA-Bechet participants let out their creative streaks to create finger puppets with voomah.
The workshop was facilitated by co-founder of the Green Heart Movement, Sana Ebrahim on Thursday 18 October.
Amongst the felt creations are ARROWSA mascots, lions, elephants, parrots and rabbits. Participants were encouraged to attach green hearts to their puppets to activate green-consciousness.
The plan is for ARROWSA representatives to present the puppets as a greenwill gesture to fellow youth participants at the 2013 Indra Global Congress in Derry, Ireland.
The global congress will be an opportunity for groups of young people from existing and potential Indra (International Development of the Arts for Reconciliation) centres to come together and share their practice, ideas and experience. There will be a wide range of workshop activities, training opportunities, sharing of performances, speakers, discussion groups and social activities, culminating in a dramatised procession over the Derry Peace Bridge. The Congress will coincide with the UK City of Culture celebrations beginning on Sunday 30 June 2013 and finishing on Saturday 6 July.
Durban youth will participate as South African Ambassadors for peace in the Indra Global Congress. For further information or to make a financial contribution in support of these youth, contact ARROWSA chairperson Mary Lange at 082 652 7091 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
or deposit directly to:
Account Name: ARROWSA
Account Number: 1380160146
Branch Name: Westville Mall
Branch Number: 138026
Account Type: Current
MTN Bottles for peace - art at ARROWSA Bechet
Prof Ruth Teer-Tomaselli, Centre for Communication, Media & Society, UKZN, donated a number of MTN bottles to ARROWSA Bechet. Besides for the obvious use as water bottles the group spent a session using the bottles to create artworks. Thanks Prof Ruth and MTN!
ARROWSA Research Portfolio Report
by Dr Lauren Dyll-Myklebust
June – Dec 2012
The following activities and progress has taken place:
Biesje Poort (BP) Research / Project
Publications and presentations/lectures
· Lange, M., Magongo, M. & Barnabas, S. (forthcoming) Biesje Poort rock engravings, Northern Cape: Past and Present. In Skotnes, P. & Deacon, J. (ed.), The Courage of ||Kabbo. Paper presented at the Courage of ||Kabbo Conference at UCT, 17-20 August 2011 to be published in conference proceedings.
· 15 Oct 2012 Miliswa Magongo presented paper, Ripples of Empowerment? Exploring the role of participatory development communication in the Biesje Poort Rock Art Recording Project at the African Centredness Conference hosted by the School of Applied Human Sciences, UKZN.
· 5 Oct 2012 Miliswa Magongo guest lectured for 3rd year Cultural Heritage and Tourism students at UKZN using the BP project as a case study highlighting the importance of community involvement in development projects.
· 19 Oct 2012 Shanade Barnabas guest lectured for 3rd year Cultural Heritage and Tourism students at UZKN: "Rock art: Conservation and Tourism".
October: Funding awarded from National Heritage Council (NHC) for: Biesje Poort, Northern Cape, Rock Art Book: A Learning Process.
· to disseminate knowledge of the Biesje Poort rock art and surrounding areas.
· provide opportunities for initial Biesje Poort team members (who promote multi-racial/cultural/academic disciplinary representativity) to gain skills in research, report writing and editing.
26 November: Mary Lange and Lauren Dyll-Myklebust attended a NHC Advocacy Workshop.
ARROWSA archaeological educational programmes and research
Proposal submitted (by Mary Lange) to and funding awarded by Trans-Vaal branch of the South African Archaeological Society for a 6 months pilot project.
· Marketing and presenting the archaeological educational programmes at the Palmiet Nature Reserve and Bergtheil Museum to schools specifically from the township areas adjacent to Westville (Clermont and Chesterville).
· Research and evaluation of the process (fitting with ARROWSA's participatory action research) > will become a research site for CCMS Development, Communication and Culture students in Feb 2013.
CCMS Masters Research
1. Prestage Murima: “Assessing teenagers’ knowledge, attitudes and perceptions towards teenage pregnancy. The case of Bechet High School”
· Prestage proposal and ethics has been approved by the Higher Degree Committee (HDC).
2. Miliswa Magongo: “Ripples of Empowerment? Exploring the role of participatory development communication in Biesje Poort Rock Art Recording”
· October: Miliswa was awarded “Best Abstract” at the School of Applied Human Sciences “African Centredness” Conference.
· November: Miliswa submitted her MA dissertation for examination.
The 3 topics linked to ARROWSA’s affiliated projects and organisations all were all examined and passed well.
· Danielle Evans: “Unearthing the current cultural heritage tourism marketing strategy: Palmiet Archaeological Community Project Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, as a cultural heritage tourism site”
· Dumisani Mthethwa: “Analysing the role that indigenous Knowledge and heritage play in participatory development communication: A case study of ARROWSA: Art, Culture & Heritage for Peace project at Bechet High School”
· Sandisa Nyokana: “Participation Communication in Applied Theatre: An analysis of POPPETS (Program of Primary Prevention Education Through Stories) conducted by the South African National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal”.
Publication of research with ARROWSA
Research conducted with / at ARROWSA affiliated projects and supervised by Mary Lange has been published in:
Govender, E. and Durden, E. (2012) (eds.) Investigating Communication, Health and Development: 10 Years of Research in the Centre for Communication, Media and Society. South Africa: Jacana Media.
· Van Staden et al (2005/2012) Arrow Online.
· Khan and Rasool (2005/2012) “Pieces of me”: An investigation into the use of still images in an Entertainment Education context in overcoming stereotypes.
· Reddy et al (2009/2012) Painting the problem: Body mapping as a participatory Entertainment Education tool in helping youth learn about conflict resolution.
· Mthiyane (2010/2012) A Song for Social Change: An ARROWSA Intervention at Bechet High School and the communication for participatory development (CFPD) model.