Cupid aims his arrows at Joburg
LOVE is in the air, or maybe not just yet.
Gauteng s broken hearts were to be mended after heart healer Rob Hill was done with his plastering job. The love guru was in Joburg to heal broken hearts during the Love Conference held at The Forum at The Campus in Bryanston yesterday.
Hill heals the heart through his writing, motivational speaking and philanthropy.
He told Sunday World that love was something that could change the world, and that was why he was committed to doing what he did.
The Love Conference, hosted by Lelo Boyana, the founder of entertainment blog Just Curious, is in its second year.
This year s theme was Restoring Confidence in Love and Relationships.
Love is an important issue to me. It s near and dear to my heart because I feel like love changes the world.
It inspires and encourages us. So I will be part of any event that promotes love,” said Hill.
The author and motivational speaker said he wanted people to understand that being hurt did not mean you should give up on love.
People give up when pain is involved. But they need to understand that once you get past the pain and the fear, the whole world opens up and things come together for you.”
Boyana echoed Hill s sentiments, saying that was why she created the conference.
This all started with me being frustrated with my own love situation.
I tweeted, and it seemed others felt the same way. So we launched it last year, though it was just women.
This year we did it bigger. The men were also invited because they needed to be there.”
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According to Hill, people lack patience when it comes to love.
We do not have the patience to build, to grow and to invest. Patience protects the heart. When we get impatient, we start rushing the process, which we shouldn t.
Patience helps us to deal with pride,” he said.
But Hill does not believe in the phenomenon of soulmates
I believe in kindred spirits. The term soulmate implies that I just have to be what I am and I will run into someone and it s just gonna work because we re soulmates
Kindred spirits have a connection, people who are on the same wavelength as you, but you still understand that you have to work on yourself, he said.
The panel of speakers included radio presenter Mapaseka Mokwele, author and motivational speaker Bonnke Shipalana, life coach Martin Manamela and actress Masasa Mbangeni. JOBURG is moving a step closer to being a world-class African city Jozi is following in the footsteps of world-class cities by having a shopping festival, the first of its kind in Africa.
The Joburg Shopping Festival will take place over three days in September.
Following the success of other shopping festivals around the world, Visa partnered with Gauteng Tourism to attract foreign consumers to stimulate the local retail sector and tourism,” said festival spokesman Chimi Magangane.
Shopping festivals are popular in Singapore, Dubai, Thailand and the US, attracting thousands of shopaholics from around the world.
Magangane said the festival was aimed at local and sub-Saharan African shoppers.
The idea, according to organisers, is to ensure that African consumers, who are constrained by distance and the cost of getting to other shopping festivals, have the opportunity to lay their hands on their favourite goods without the hassle of traversing the globe.
Though the location of the festival is still a surprise, Magangane said it would be two large shopping centres The venues are to be announced soon. The festival will also incorporate live music and fashion shows.
Magangane said they were in the process of ironing out deals with their retail partners, and that all details would be announced later in the month. THE Market Theatre is venturing into new territory in celebration of the Eastern Cape s jazz giants.
It will do this by hosting a compilation concert at five key venues in that province.
is a musical collage of tunes written by composers from the Eastern Cape who left behind an exceptional body of work. They were brave and their art was driven by the ancient sounds they grew up listening to, and iconic jazz influences such as the Cotton Club and Duke Ellington.
The concert celebrates the South African soundtrack greats such as Todd Matshikiza, Welcome Duru, Victor Ndlazilwana, Victor Ntoni and The Manhattan Brothers put together.
Artistic director James Ngcobo said: We want to immerse ourselves in the beautifully haunting sounds they orchestrated, and to say we remember their contribution to the South African songbook.
We want to present to our audiences a work that echoes the sounds of their region.”
The concert programme is as follows:
Tuesday August 19 at the Opera House in Port Elizabeth.
Friday August 22 and Saturday August 23 at the Steve Biko Foundation in King William s Town.
Tuesday August 26 and Wednesday August 27 at Emthonjeni Arts in Hamburg.
Friday August 29 and Saturday August 30 at the Mlungisi Hall in Stutterheim.
Sunday August 31 at the Miriam Makeba Centre in East London.
For more information, visit www.markettheatre.co.za
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