Thursday, May 28, 2009
What can you do to make the protest a success?
1. Spread the word. Forward this mail to everyone you know who might want to join in the protest.
2. Dress in red. Turn up at the protest wearing red to signify the red tape that is strangling our industry.
3. Make bright, loud, witty banners and placards. Some of the slogans we are putting out there include: We Can’t Survive On Air; Save Our Shows; South Africa Is Watching You; Pay Up: It’s The Right Thing To Do; Roll Tape, Not Red Tape; Programs, Not Perks etcetera. Use your imagination and wit and tell the SABC what you think.
4. Send an SMS. We will be calling on South Africa to send an SMS that tells the SABC what people think of the current crisis. We will collate these comments and deliver them to the powers that be as well as the media. The number to send to: 31970. Your SMS must start with the word TV. SMS’s are charged at 50 cents.
5. Contribute to logistics. We are still asking for people to volunteer to serve as marshals at the protest. We are also still in need of loud hailers and of luminous bibs for marshals to wear. If you know of any suppliers who can donate these things for the protest, get in touch with them.
THE TV CRISIS MARCH
· Date: Thursday 4th June 2009
· 10.30: Joburg - Gather at Atlas Studios in Milpark for rally
· 12.00: Cape Town - Gather on grass in front of SABC
· 12.00: Joburg - March to SABC
· 13.00: Joburg and Cape Town - march and picket at SABC
· 13.45: Joburg - Hand over memorandum
OUR CONTACT: firstname.lastname@example.org
The action will be a peaceful protest and will be controlled by marshals. It is important to stress that we are adopting a positive tone. The TVIEC is fighting FOR the SABC – for a transparent, fair and sustainable SABC that upholds the values of a credible and responsible public broadcaster, respectful of the South African public and its key partner in content supply – the local production sector, their casts and crews. Once again, please forward this communication to your employees, colleagues, members and industry acquaintances.
This letter is written on behalf of the TVIEC (Television Industry Emergency Coalition) which consists of: IPO (Independent Producers Organization), SASFED (South African Screen Federation), TPA (The Producers Alliance), DFA (Documentary Filmmakers Association), WGSA (Writers Guild of South Africa) as well as the CWU (Creative Workers Union).
Saturday, May 16, 2009
Shoot: You can eat. Interestingly, gun and gold sales are up, so is wine (the cheaper vintages) and chocolate and running shoes. I could do with more of the last two in particular.
YAHOO: The number of home vegetable gardens is predicted to jump more than 40 percent this year, compared with two years ago, according to the National Gardening Association. Sales of vegetable seeds such as green beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and lettuce climbed 30 percent as of March at W. Atlee Burpee, a large seed company in Warminster, Pa. It organized a basic training course called "root camp" for hundreds of would-be gardeners this month outside Philadelphia.
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
How to solve world's problems? How to get people to care? Global community spirit needs to be cultivated
Success does not just depend on surmounting the technical barriers to building such a system, though, says Rifkin. "What's missing is changing human consciousness."
He thinks there needs to be a global community spirit if buying and selling power across international borders is to succeed, and science could justify that spirit. He cited the 2007 neuroscience work that provided the first direct evidence for mirror neurons in humans, which are believed to underpin empathy.
"The science shows we're predisposed to empathy," says Rifkin.
SHOOT: Important project. One of the major flaws in people today is that they don't care about themselves or others, much less the environment. Respect, empathy and caring needs to be discipled back into communities.
Four die in horror crash that destroys trees, cars, shops
Three people died and four were injured after a horse and trailer plunged into pedestrians and a hotel in central Pretoria yesterday.
A man yesterday described his heartache after arriving at an accident scene on the N3 highway to find his friend of 30 years had been burnt beyond recognition.
A tow truck driver is in a critical condition after a 20 ton truck carrying bricks drove over his vehicle in Douglasdale
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
SHOOT: Maybe South Africa is slightly different to London. For example, crime is a problem in South Africa. And crime is associated with low income housing/property. You may be prepared to pay millions for a swanky pad until you find its residents are raped, murdered and the contents pillaged. After that, the perceived value drops precipitously. In this context Melrose Arch remains streets ahead of the conventional (read: Old Hat) single purpose urbanism of The Houghton. Melrose Arch has a multidisciplinary approach that is sadly lacking throughout Johannesburg, South Africa and the rest of the world. It's alos known as New Urbanism. Go to Wikipedia to find out more.
My prediction is that unless the developers radically change their concept to a more affordable solution, the hulking monster on Osborne Road will be around in its present shape for quite some time.
But Nagle sees no reason to change his concept.