Johannesburg So u t h A f r ica
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Johannesburg â€œAfrica here we are we who people you in the shades which from blue to black to ginger to honey dance with the light of sun and the shades of the moon and stars or in the pitch dark of night in all seasons out in your vast space under your clear and blue skies which hover and watch inside time which we carried and waded through generation after generation after generation we emerged without fail like the day like night like seasons like time are tempered and were tempered in the long long moments of struggle six centuries sixty decades of being doormats these six hundred years of Africa fighting should and must and shall open doors crack as they do and dropping rust as if scraps they shall beam the moonlight and the starlight and the sunlight as we offer us to share rewards of the struggle and offer to be part of the human race so all of us black and white can be a gift of lifeâ€? Mongane Wally Serote south african poet
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Welcome to Johannesburg! Johannesburg is a city I have completely fallen for. There is an energy here. You will feel it. It is a city on the rise. You will get to experience Joburg as few travelers have. Over the next four days, you will meet people such as Denis Goldberg, a member of the ANC who was captured at Lilieslief Farm and jailed for 22 years; Justice Edwin Cameron of the Constitutional Court, who publicly announced his AIDS diagnosis at a time when other government leaders were denying the AIDS epidemic; David Tlale, an emerging fashion designer just back from New York Fashion Week; Fiona Rankin Smith, who helps curate the world’s leading collection of African art; and David Higgs, a top chef who recently relocated to Joburg from Cape Town because, in his words, “This is where things are happening.” For all that it has to offer, Joburg is a destination that has been overshadowed in the travel world by some of South Africa’s
other attractions. And I hope that you will have the chance to explore more of what this country has to offer. But I can assure you that your time in Joburg will be unforgettable, with opportunities to take a garden tour at the home of one of South Africa’s most storied families, create your own jewelry with two of the city’s best designers, shop with the owner of one of Africa’s top artifacts emporiums, and discuss education with two leading activists. In Joburg’s up-and-coming Maboneng district, you’ll talk with developer Jonathan Liebmann about his Arts on Main project, meet the famed David Krut at his printmaking studio, and be feted by local chefs. And at night, you will celebrate at a real bush party out in the midst of the veld (as they say here), eat with locals in their homes, and dance in the streets of Soweto. All this and more in only four days. I’m confident you will come away with a deeper understanding of this place, and with connections that will stay with you the rest of your life. And if you’re like me, you will feel a bond with the city that will draw you back many times. Thanks for joining us, Greg Sullivan
Pre Event + Day One
Sunday, OCTOBER 7, 2012
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 9, 2012
Monday, OCTOBER 8, 2012
Welcome Lounge sponsored by Emirates and Wines of South Africa Melrose Arch Hotel, Lobby Lounge
departure from Melrose Arch Hotel lobby
After arriving at the Melrose Arch Hotel, Joburg’s hippest hotel, relax and join the AFAR team and fellow attendees for a leisurely evening of food, wine, and conversation at the AFAR Experiences Welcome Lounge, sponsored by Emirates. Enjoy an informal wine tasting, courtesy of Wines of South Africa, with winemakers from the Cape area on hand to pour and discuss their latest releases.
9:30am – 12pm Apartheid Museum 12pm – 1:30pm Lunch Apartheid Museum veld Special Guest: Patrick Watson 2pm – 4pm Breakout Sessions see pages 10-11 various locations 4:30pm – 6pm Free Time Melrose Arch Hotel 6pm departure from Melrose Arch Hotel lobby
6:30pm – 10pm Opening Reception at Liliesleaf Farm Speaker: Denis Goldberg Special Guest: Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, former Deputy President
9:30am departure from Melrose Arch Hotel lobby
2:30pm departure from Melrose Arch Hotel lobby
10am – 12pm Breakout Sessions see pages 10-11 various locations
4pm – 5pm Cradle of Humankind Excavation site Speaker: Lee Berger
5:30pm – 9pm Under African Skies Bush Party Cradle of Humankind
12pm – 2:30pm Free Time Lunch provided
For our opening night, the historic Liliesleaf Farm, former headquarters of the ANC and safe house to Nelson Mandela, will be our venue for an impressive dinner reception on the grounds. Preceding that, Denis Goldberg, one of the ANC members arrested during the infamous raid on the farm, will give a fascinating talk on his personal experience at Liliesleaf. The evening will also feature musical performances.
We’ll head north out of the city toward the high veld and the Cradle of Humankind, site of the discovery of 2-million-year-old human fossils, for a mind-bending talk about our civilization.
Just in time to catch one of Africa’s famous sunsets, before the night sky explodes with stars, we’ll jump into open air game vehicles and travel deeper into the bush for a truly African experience. Celebrate around the bonfires at this Bush Party featuring heart-pounding tribal music, drumming circles, storytelling, star gazing, and a traditional outdoor braai (a feast of barbecued local foods).
Wednesday, OCTOBER 10, 2012
Thursday, OCTOBER 11, 2012
departure from Melrose Arch Hotel lobby
1pm – 3:30pm Arts on Main Special Guests: David Krut, Jonathan Liebmann
9:30am – 12:30pm Constitution Hill Speakers: Edwin Cameron, Nic Dawes, Giles Gillett, Anthony Farr, Kuben Naidoo
Meet Edwin Cameron, one of South Africa’s Constitutional Court judges, and the first senior official in the country to declare publicly that he was living with HIV/AIDS. We’ll also hear talks from leading authorities in current issues such as education, politics, and employment. Constitution Hill is the site of the nation’s highest court as well as the Old Fort Prison complex, where South African citizens such as Gandhi and Mandela were once held. The beautiful court building showcases some extraordinary South African art, and the collection’s curator, Stacey Vorster, will be on hand to explain the significance of the work. 8
Urban developer, and young visionary, Jonathan Liebmann, will show us the city’s revitalized cultural hub (and his founding project), Arts on Main. We’ll visit the studio of famous contemporary artist, William Kentridge, and spend time enjoying the market atmosphere, food stalls, boutiques, and gallery spaces.
6:30pm – 9pm Home Dinners various locations
departure from Melrose Arch Hotel lobby
9:30pm – 1am Late Night Cocktail Party at shine Special Guests: Eugenie Drakes, David Tlale
9am – 11am Breakout Sessions (OR Free Time) see pages 10-11 various locations
After a memorable night of Home Dinners, everyone (including the locals) will meet up to party at a bar and lounge with a great view of Johannesburg, for a glamorous evening of cocktails, DJs, and fashion show by designer David Tlale.
10pm – 1am departure for Melrose Arch Hotel — every 30 min. on a rotational basis.
11:30am – 2pm Lunch at Northwards Speakers: Clem Sunter, Bongani Ndodana-Breen
6:30 – 10pm Soweto Street Party
2:30pm– 4:30pm Free Time 4:30pm departure from Melrose Arch Hotel lobby 5:30pm – 6:30pm Soweto Neighborhood Visits
Our final night will be a celebration of life, freedom, and hope as we head to Soweto, the former home of Nelson Mandela and Desmond Tutu. Renowned as the most famous black township in Africa, we will join with Soweto townspeople for a lively Soweto Street Party on famed Vilakazi street complete with powerful musical performances, street party food and drink, and plenty of dancing. Viva South Africa!
1:30pm – 3:30pm departure from Arts on Main for hotel — every 30 min. on a rotational basis. 4pm – 6pm Free Time 6pm departure from Melrose Arch Hotel lobby Agenda subject to change.
Daily Breakout Sessions
Throughout the four days, we’ll offer a variety of small group Breakout Sessions. You’ll have an opportunity to get up close and personal with some of Johannesburg’s talented artists, historians, chefs, and designers. Choose from these exclusively curated, one–of–a– kind experiences:
Architectural Home Tour Join amazingly talented architects, Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens, as they take you on a unique and very exclusive tour of their home studio. Their work is always breathtaking, as you’ll see firsthand, but some of their projects currently in development will no less than astound you.
Daily Breakout Sessions
Contemporary Art Visit the top contemporary art museum in South Africa, Circa, and sit with owner Mark Read as he hosts an intimate discussion about South African artists in his striking gallery. Fashion Design Studio Meet one of South Africa’s rising stars in the world of fashion design, David Tlale, in his new studio space. Be among the first to own a piece from his latest collection. Township Bicycle Tour Get a true taste of Alexandra township life on a bicycle tour led by one of the neighborhood’s proudest residents, Jeff Mulaudzi. Meet the local residents and discover this historic part of Joburg from a very unique perspective.
African Art and Design The Amatuli emporium is an interior design lover’s dream. Owner Mark Valentine will show you the latest objects he’s personally sourced from the African continent. Thankfully, his store ships to the U.S..
Inside Chef’s Kitchen David Higgs is one of the hottest chefs in South Africa. He recently relocated from Cape Town, joining Joburg’s most luxurious hotel, the Saxon. Get behind the scenes of a five-star experience with David for a personal cooking demonstration at this incredible property’s newly renovated kitchen.
Children’s Orphanage The Princess Alice Adoption home was founded in 1930 and now cares for up to 30 babies, mostly orphaned by AIDS, from the Johannesburg area. Meet the caregivers, and spend some time learning more about the home’s history and its mandate.
Wits Arts Museum Museum curator Fiona Rankin Smith will guide you through this stunning, recently opened space of the world’s leading collection of African art and will offer invaluable insight into the collection of both ancient and contemporary work on display. Joburg Walking Tours Local city expert Gerald Garner brings the city to life with his in–depth knowledge of the central business district that will surprise and delight you with its historic buildings and open–air street markets.
Jewelry Design workshop Get hands on instruction in designing and creating your own custom African-inspired beadwork jewelry with master beader Beauty Maswanganyi at Piece, the design shop exquisitely curated by Eugenie Drakes that celebrates local design and craft.
Brenthurst Gardens Visit the breathtaking gardens of the famous Brenthurst Estate, home of South Africa’s leading family, the Oppenheimers, founders of Anglo American and De Beers mining companies. Shopping Tour Johannesburg trend spotter and retail guru Craig Jacobs will show you some of his favorite places to find beautiful and unique clothing, jewelry, and objets d’art created by local designers.
Daycare Center Visit Ububele and meet director Getti Mercorio, who oversees the implementation of mental health programs for at-risk children and caregivers in Joburg’s Alexandra Township. You’ll also have a chance to meet and interact with some of the delightful children in their therapeutic daycare program.
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Featured Locals AFAR Experiences is thrilled to bring you those who know Johannesburg best: its locals. With experts from fields across the spectrum, these influential and inspiring South Africans will provide a unique view into their incredible nation.
In 2008, renowned paleoanthropologist Lee Berger discovered the Malapa Cave fossil bed, situated north of Johannesburg in the Cradle of Humankind World Heritage site. The cave contained the fossils of the previously undiscovered hominid species Australopithecus sediba, a new link in the chain of human history. Berger is involved in the cave’s ongoing excavation as the director and principle investigator of the Malapa Project. The recipient of numerous awards that honor his contributions to paleontological research, he also holds the senior academic title of Reader in Human Evolution and the Public Understanding of Science at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
Award-winning composer Bongani NdodanaBreen has created a wide range of music encompassing symphonic work, opera, chamber music, and vocal music. According to the New York Times, his “delicately made music — airy, spacious, terribly complex but never convoluted — has a lot to teach … about grace and balance.” He was selected as one of the Mail & Guardian “200 young South Africans” of 2011 for his creativity and commitment to building a brighter South African future.
Edwin Cameron was first appointed as a Judge by President Mandela in 1994, and has been a Justice of South Africa’s highest court since 2009. He was the first senior South African official to state publicly that he was living with HIV/ AIDS. During apartheid, he was a human rights lawyer and co-founded the AIDS Consortium. An outspoken critic of President Mbeki’s AIDS-denial policies, Cameron wrote a prize-winning memoir, Witness to AIDS, which has been published around the world. He has received many honors for his work, including a special award from the Bar of England and Wales in 2002 for his “contribution to international jurisprudence and the protection of human rights.”
As Editor in Chief of South Africa’s newspaper, Nic Dawes leads Africa’s first Internet-based newspaper with accolades including three Bookmarks awards and three Webby honorable mentions. Born in Cape Town and awarded a Fulbright Scholarship, Dawes wrote as a freelance journalist for a wide range of publications before joining the Mail and Guardian in 2004. There he reported primarily on public policy and economics, winning several journalism awards for his investigative work before becoming Editor in Chief in 2009.
Eugenie Drakes and Beauty Maswanganyi
Eugenie Drakes and Beauty Maswanganyi are the team behind the Piece brand, which collaborates with local artisans in the economic development of their products. Eugenie and Beauty run training and mentoring programs for rural craftspeople to help them better understand the market. The team aims to highlight exceptional work, to elevate the perception of local handmade products, and to encourage sustainable small businesses. Beauty and Eugenie have commissioned pieces for celebrities such as Oprah Winfrey, Michelle Obama, and Princess Charlene of Monaco among others.
Anthony Farr serves as the founding CEO of the Allan Gray Orbis Foundation, a nonprofit that awards 80 young and passionate students full scholarships to university each year. Farr left a promising career in merchant banking to support the foundation’s vision of developing future leaders through education. The nonprofit organization seeks to equip these selected individuals with the skills, attitudes, and motivation to contribute to a more prosperous and integrated South Africa.
Visit the magnificent 45-acre gardens of the famous Brenthurst Estate, home of South Africa’s leading family, the Oppenheimers, founders of the Anglo American and De Beers mining companies. The awe-inspiring grounds celebrate nature by working with it, not against it. They are host to myriad of indigenous grasses, endemic plants, a collection of bonsai trees, a Renoir sculpture, and a Japanese tea house, just to name a few of the treasures and surprises you’ll find here!
Gerald Garner is the author of Spaces & Places— Johannesburg, a guide to the city’s landmarks, from Nelson Mandela Square and the historic area that surrounds City Hall to the Arts on Main district. His second book, Johannesburg 10 Ahead, explores efforts to revive the inner city. Garner, an advocate for urban regeneration, leads frequent walking tours of the city that may include the coffee shops of the Braamfontein neighborhood and the provocative public art displays of Newtown. An updated edition of Spaces & Places is scheduled for release in October 2012.
Giles Gillett is the Director and Founder of the New Leaders Foundation (NLF), a nonprofit focused on improving student performance in South Africa. Previously, Gillett had served as a high school teacher, corporate learning facilitator, freelance consultant, and executive coach. From these experiences, he brings a unique business sensibility to education reform. Gillett and the NLF are intent upon working with government officials to turn around the South African education system.
Denis Goldberg was a key figure in the struggle against apartheid as a leading white activist. In 1963, he was arrested at Liliesleaf, which led to him standing alongside Nelson Mandela in the famous Rivonia Trial, which tried leaders of the African National Congress for attempting to overthrow the apartheid system. Goldberg spent 22 years in prison out of four consecutive life sentences. For his work in South Africa, Goldberg was awarded the Albert Luthuli Peace Prize from a group of U.S. organizations and NGOs. He continues to support the struggle to overcome the legacy of apartheid through his nonprofit organization Community H.E.A.R.T. [Health Education And Reconstruction Training] which supports local South African health and reconstruction initiatives.
David Higgs, named South Africa’s Best Chef in 2011 by Eat Out Magazine, has been a professional chef for nearly 25 years. He has participated in chef competitions around the world, representing South Africa at both the Culinary World Cup in Switzerland and the Culinary Olympics in Germany. He currently cooks at Saxon Hotel in Johannesburg, where his dynamic cuisine highlights organic and seasonal ingredients.
Trend spotter Craig Jacobs is interested in the connection between what we choose to buy and how we choose to live. In 2004, he founded Africa’s first ecologically and ethically committed label, Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs, which has gone on to show in Paris and is a fixture at South African Fashion Week. For the past 10 years, Jacobs has written the “TrendSpot” column in the Sunday Times. He also lectures at the London International School of Fashion.
David Krut is the founder of David Krut Projects, an international arts organization with locations in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and New York. Through collaborations with emerging South African artists and designers, Krut works to bolster arts education throughout the country. He runs a print workshop, exhibition space, and fine arts bookstore in Johannesburg’s up-and-coming Maboneng district to showcase and encourage local talent.
Jonathan Liebmann, founder and CEO of Propertuity, is an urban visionary known for the development of The Maboneng (Sotho for “place of light”) Precinct. In 2009, Liebmann bought and repurposed the derelict warehouse that is now known as Arts on Main. Inside the light-filled space, artist studios, gallery spaces, market vendors, and even a rooftop bar cater to the emerging downtown Joburg arts community. Liebmann was recently named by the World Economic Forum a Global Shaper for his efforts to reinvigorate the inner city of Johannesburg.
As CEO of the Ububele Educational & Psychotherapy Trust, Getti Mercorio oversees the implementation of mental health programs for at-risk children and caregivers living in Johannesburg’s Alexandra Township. Ububele provides professionals and community members with training so they can help residents overcome poverty through mental and emotional stability. To enhance the quality of the organization’s services, Mercorio has pushed to establish research initiatives to measure the effectiveness of the programs. In his first year as CEO, Mercorio observed rapid developmental growth in infants who had participated in parent-child therapy sessions at two Johannesburg homeless shelters.
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka has been extolled as one of South Africa’s most effective political leaders. During her six-year tenure as minister of minerals and energy, she reformed the mining industry, releasing it from the control of a few powerful firms. In 2005, she became the first woman to be appointed deputy president of South Africa, making her the highest-ranking woman in the nation’s history. Mlambo-Ngcuka left government service in 2008 and now works with the Umlambo Foundation, an organization she established to provide support to impoverished schools.
Kuben Naidoo’s years of leadership in public service led to his being named head of the Secretariat for South Africa’s National Planning Commission, an advisory body that provides counsel on issues that range from economic development and public health to food security and poverty. Prior to assuming this role, Naidoo served as deputy director-general of the National Treasury’s budget office. Born and raised in Johannesburg, Naidoo comes from a family with a strong legacy of social justice activism. Like his grandfather who was incarcerated with Mahatma Gandhi in the early 1900s for humanitarian efforts, Naidoo too has been jailed for participating in anti-apartheid acts of civil disobedience.
Fiona Rankin-Smith is the Special Projects Curator for the Wits Art Museum in Johannesburg, home to more than 9,000 pieces of art. As the largest holding of African art in southern Africa, the stunning, newly constructed museum showcases contemporary, classical, and historical pieces. Rankin-Smith has also curated independent local and international exhibitions including a permanent display at the Apartheid Museum in 2007.
Silvio Rech and Lesley Carstens
Mark Read is an expert in African art and owner of Circa Gallery and Everard Read Gallery in Johannesburg. He describes Circa as “a gallery that beats to the pulse of this captivating city and that can nurture the various forms of artistic expression that flourish here.” Read has also served as the Chairman of the World Wildlife Fund South Africa Board, and has dedicated much of his life to conservation work and paleontology study in Africa. In 2011, Read was awarded the WWF-SA’s Lonmin Conservation Award for his contributions to protecting the environment.
Combining a contemporary minimalist aesthetic with indigenous African knowledge systems, the husband-and-wife team behind SilvioRech + LesleyCarstens Architecture is redefining South African design. “Our architecture reflects the African Renaissance, as opposed to the frequently used Colonial styles,” Rech explains. Since 1993, the pair has worked on a number of impressive projects, developing the Platinum Collection of bush camps for Wilderness Safaris, an island lodge on the Seychelles, and Randlords, an urban rooftop nightclub (and AFAR Experiences venue) overlooking the twinkling city lights of Johannesburg.
Futurist Clem Sunter created scenarios during apartheid for the Anglo American Corporation of South Africa. He is credited with being a critical force in changing people’s perception of South Africa’s future, by presenting alternatives in an unbiased and rational voice. A thought-provoking speaker and author, Sunter has written 14 books, including the bestselling trilogy Mind of a Fox. He was recently awarded an Honorary Doctorate by the University of Cape Town for his work in scenario planning. His other main interest is seeking to mobilize the private sector in the war against HIV/AIDS.
Johannesburg-based fashion designer David Tlale was featured at this year’s New York Fashion Week. In 2008, he designed a showstopper for British supermodel Jourdan Dunn, which was showcased at Virgin Mobile Cape Town Fashion Week. The same year, he was also chosen to be an ambassador for the Change-4-Ever campaign, which aims to alleviate poverty in Southern Africa. Named Fashion Designer of the Year at the 2009 Arise Africa Fashion Awards, he opened a flagship store last year in Johannesburg that showcases his unique style combining modern aesthetics with from South Africa’s diverse cultural heritage.
Traveler and entrepreneur Mark Valentine has spent decades exploring Africa in search of antique and artistic masterpieces. In 1990, he directed his passion for collecting into a new retail business, Amatuli Artefacts, whose Johannesburg showroom brims with such items as beaded Nigerian furniture, traditional Cameroonian masks, and dugout canoes from central Africa. Valentine spends nearly half the year on the road tracking down examples of fine craftsmanship; long considered a quintessential dealer of African art, he has expanded his travels and collections to Asia. Valentine also works with craftspeople to create custom pieces commissioned by Amatuli’s growing clientele, which has included top South African decorators and retailer Anthropologie.
With an incredibly creative imagination, Patrick Watson is one of South Africa’s most gifted and sought-after landscape designers and the visionary behind the distinctive Apartheid Museum garden space. He prefers to incorporate local species into his natural-looking gardens, which have been described as organic and unconventional. Watson’s career grew out of a childhood interest in botany and nature. As a boy he began collecting seeds and planting and propagating hundreds of different species. Over the last 30 years, he has been involved with a variety of organizations dedicated to the creation and protection of natural areas in South Africa.
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