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Pretty Yende continues her meteoric rise through the world of opera. Her debut album A Journey received the Solo Recital Recording award at the 2017 International Opera Awards and critics were unanimous in showering praise on the beauty of Yende’s voice and the intelligence of her singing.
The celebrated ‘mad scene’ from Lucia, a role which she will also perform in New York next season, was the starting point of her new recording ‘Dreams’. As well as Lucia’s ‘mad scene’, Yende also includes ‘O luce di quest’anima’ from Donizetti’s Linda di Chamounix, and ‘Je veux vivre’ from Gounod’s Roméo et Juliette. Both of these arias portray young women dreaming of a future life of love and happiness, and it was with the latter that that she made history by becoming the first artist ever to win first prize in every category at the Belvedere Competition in 2009.
With Dreams Pretty Yende also refers to her very own fairytale that continues to this day. Her fairytale like ascent, reflected in her debut album A Journey, has been all the more remarkable for beginning only at the age of 16 in the small remote town of Piet Retief – about 200 miles from Johannesburg.
Pretty Yende is accompanied by conductor Giacomo Sagripanti (who won the ‘Young Conductor of the Year Award’ at the 2016 International Opera Awards in London) and the Orchestra Sinfonica di Milano Giuseppe Verdi.
Pretty Yende studied at the South African College of Music in Cape Town. Her teacher was Professor Virginia Davids, the first black woman to appear on opera stages during the apartheid years in South Africa. She then joined the prestigious young artists’ programme at La Scala in Milan from which she graduated in 2011.
Steve Biko was not only considered a `brilliant political theorist', but is also considered `a formidable and articulate philosopher'. However, Biko is not simply and merely a philosopher in the manner in which Immanuel Kant was a philosopher, but a philosopher of a special kind, an important Africana existential philosopher. In Biko: Philosophy, Identity & Liberation the author adds another commonly ignored perspective on Biko, namely the philosophical dimensions of Biko's thought.
From Biko's writings, speeches and interviews it is easy to notice that in his view, philosophy is not a disembodied system of ideas nor is it a mechanical reflection about the world; rather, it is a way of existing and acting. To be a philosopher, especially an Africana existential philosopher, is not just to hold certain views, it is a way of perceiving and a way of being in the world, what Biko himself describes as `a way of life'.
This important perspective on Biko would be of value to many Africana philosophers of existence, African philosophers, political and social thinkers, social scientists, psychologists, cultural critics, political activists, students, critical race theorists and anyone interested in the ideas that Biko presents.
7 years has passed since the release of The Automatic Shuffle and WONDERboom have made the wait worthwhile releasing their powerful new studio album Rising Sun.
What with the rising cost of travel, the scary exchange rate, the cost of visas, traffic congestion on the roads to the coast, the environmental cost of air travel and – generally – a lack of time, perhaps we should revisit the concept of holidays. Do we really have to travel halfway across the world or halfway across the country for a holiday to ‘count’? After all, what makes a holiday a holiday anyway? What makes it special? Two days of genuine relaxation within 100km of your home is worth more than a week in a glamorous resort if you’re stressing out about work, are in semi-constant contact with the office, or are trying to figure out how you are going to resuscitate your credit card when you get back. A holiday is a state of mind.
It’s a series of special moments that you will treasure forever. And that’s what’s so great about staycations. No long queuing and interviews for visas, no long queues at the airport, no long flights, and no long, thousand-yard-stare, endless drives through the Karoo. By choosing a staycation, you minimise the boring, long bits of holidays, and maximize the fun, interesting bits that make for treasured memories. And, hey, you save money, save fuel, and pile up carbon credits at the same time. What’s not to love? And you would be amazed at how much there is to do so close to the city – stunning hikes and country stays, big five safaris, awesome golf, amazing adventures, romantic retreats, and genuinely fun family-friendly resorts where your kids can act their age, and so can you.
So, check it out – you’ll find amazing golf staycations, adventure staycations, safari staycations and a range of fabulous one-tank-cations spreading out from the city like the petals of a daisy. North, south, east, west – close to home is best.
Two internationally recognised thought leaders on leadership teamed up with over 80 contributors to produce the most comprehensive and “biggest” business leadership book ever published in South Africa. With 89 contributors, 65 chapters, 1000+ pages and featuring a foreword from Advocate Thuli Madonsela in Hard Cover, the book addresses Leadership from every possible angle.
The leadership education and development industry is worth over R500 billion worldwide. Despite the vast amounts invested, trust in leaders of all spheres is at an all-time low. Research has shown that the primary reason for leadership failure is a lack of contextual perspective. This is where Leadership: Perspectives from the Frontline is different to thousands of other leadership books that are available. The emphasis on leadership contexts runs like a golden thread throughout the book.
The fierce current debate about leadership and leadership excellence (or lack thereof), may be one of most important issues of present time, alongside issues such as demographic changes, economic prosperity, food security, world peace, global warming and sustainability. It could even be argued that these issues in themselves are symptomatic of poor leadership. Or, at worst of an absence of a will to lead.
The clarion call is clear and unequivocal. At this critical juncture in our history, the search is on for better and different types of leadership. Leaders, and thus leadership, have to reinvent themselves if they wish to be successful in the world of tomorrow. Old recipes and conventional ways of leading will no longer suffice. It can be asserted that those nations, societies, communities and organisations that are able to demonstrate leadership excellence consistently will dominate and inherit the future, in particular for emerging continents like Africa. Our very future is in the hands the quality of future leaders and leadership who will either make us architects or victims of the future.
The purpose of this book is to address the leadership demands, challenges and requirements faced by organisations over the next five to ten years in the global village in general - and emerging countries specifically – as viewed from an integrated, holistic leadership value chain perspective. The book aims to provide cutting edge, futuristic thinking about leadership, leveraged from current available insights; actionable knowledge; and theory-informed practice about leadership at the front line of the organisation.
Leadership demands, challenges and requirements are addressed in the following sections:
The following present and future Leadership Demands and Competencies are addressed:
Apart from the above the whole aspect of Burnout, Derailment and Toxic Leadership is also addressed. As well as leadership assessment, development and coaching.
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This handy, 11.9 cm long aluminium flashlight is equipped with 16 standard LEDs. Its compact pocket size means that it fits easily in your bag, the glove compartment of your car, in your luggage and anywhere else where it might be useful to have a flashlight ready. The pressure switch under the bulb head is used to switch the flashlight on and off.
Fundamentals of Project Management 2nd edition has been written as a comprehensive explanation on how to use the special project management tools and techniques, processes, plans and methodologies. The text is supported with plenty of worked examples, exercises and multi choice questions (MCQs).
The content of this book has been updated to include the new edition of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK) sixth edition (2018) and the latest edition of the Association of Project Management's Body of Knowledge (APM BoK) sixth edition (2012).
Bringing together iconic Marvel Super Heroes and Super Villains from
different eras and realities, along with signature LEGO humor, the
latest epic adventure from TT Games transports players into a cosmic
battle across a myriad of Marvel locations ripped from time and space
into the incredible open hub world of Chronopolis.
Enter the world of drone racing with Air Hogs DR1 Micro Race Drone. Novice or advanced pilots can use this fast and nimble race drone to follow in the footsteps of Luke Bannister, the world's drone-racing champion! This indoor drone is equipped with flight assist technologies such as beginner and advanced mode, height lock, automatic take-off, and auto-land.
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