Win cements South African artist’s ingenuity

first_imgRoelf Daling and his winning sculpture.The manhole represents infinite possibility. Urban spaces and urbanisation is a centraltheme of the Daling’s piece, which isrepresented by the concrete casing of thesculpture that is covered with graffiti andposters of newspaper headlines.(Images: Association of Arts Pretoria)MEDIA CONTACTS • Nomzamo KhanyilePretoria Portland Cement+27 11 386 9309RELATED ARTICLES• SA artist revitalises Woodstock • UK sculpture honour for Pistorius • Dumas teen painting up for auction • Local Xhosa heritage goes global Wilma den HartighSouth African fine arts graduate Roelf Daling is this year’s winner of a prestigious national competition that encourages artists to think creatively about using cement as an artistic medium.The Pretoria Portland Cement (PPC) Young Concrete Sculptor Awards (YCSA) is a long-standing concrete sculpture event on South Africa’s art calendar.The YCSA has been running for 20 years in an effort to raise the profile of cement, promote artistic empowerment and recognise the value and beauty of art in South Africa.The competition is open to anyone and the only specification is that concrete is used as the medium to create the art piece.“Concrete is a completely underutilised art medium. The competition offers great exposure for artists who want to use concrete and the quality of artwork we received was outstanding,” says Nomzamo Khanyile, public relations manager at PPC.Khanyile says that close to 60 entries were received this year, which is a high number for a niche competition of this kind.Creating art from grey matterRoelf Daling graduated from the University of Pretoria with a Bachelors of Fine Arts in 2010 has been working as a fulltime artist this year. Winning the competition came as a complete surprise.“I am so surprised that my work won,” he says.Daling won R50 000 (US$6 400) in prize money for his sculpture, titled The hole we found.According to feedback from the judging panel, all were in agreement that Daling’s work is “conceptually stimulating”.He says that he enjoyed the challenge of working with concrete. “It is such a versatile medium. You can paint it, polish it and buff it and it’s affordable,” he says.His winning sculpture is a prime example of how artistic expression can change perceptions about concrete, traditionally only thought of as a building material used for construction purposes.‘The hole we found’The sculpture combines his interest in new media art – which was also his university major, technology and well-known symbols often associated with cities.At the centre of the sculpture is an old manhole pipe.“I watched this piece of manhole that was lying next to the road for several months on end. It was forgotten at a bankrupt construction site,” he says.“The manhole represents infinite possibility. As humans one cannot predict the future of art by looking at the past anymore. In the same way, technology is currently creating a ladder of infinite possibilities,” Daling explains.To communicate the theme of infinity, he fixed LED lights and two-way mirrors to the pipe, creating an illusion of a bottomless shaft with a descending ladder.This represents the continuous expansion of cities, and their vast network of tunnels that are constantly built to carry water, gas, electricity and digital information.Another theme central to Daling’s piece is urban spaces and urbanisation, which is represented by the concrete casing of the sculpture that is covered with graffiti and posters of newspaper headlines.“We put the two posters there for fun, but these and the graffiti art are also symbols of the city,” he says.Future plansDaling’s primary focus is on interactive installations and using technology such as infrared lighting, lasers, projectors, mapping, computer vision and software programming in his art.However, since he graduated last year, he has been experimenting with bronze sculpture and graffiti stencilling. He hopes to combine these mediums with his new media artwork in the future.Khanyile says that next year PPC would like to expand the scope of the competition to include functional art such as concrete crockery and jewellery.“The quality and direction of the various sculptures never fails to inspire, especially as new innovative techniques are discovered and used,” she says.The Young Concrete Sculptor exhibition runs from 3 to 23 November 2011 at the Association of Arts in Pretoria, 173 Mackie Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk.last_img read more

Ambulances just for pregnant women

first_imgDr Magome Masike, the province’s MEC for health, says that the North West is going all out to bring down maternal and infant mortality rates.(Image: NW Department of Health) This South African infant is in good hands, but many others have no access to health care just before, during and after birth.(Image: UConn School of Nursing Study Abroad) A milk bank has been established at, among other facilities, the Joe Morolong Memorial Hospital.(Image: Joe Morolong Memorial Hospital)MEDIA CONTACTS • Tebogo LekgethwaneSpokesperson, North WestHealth Department+27 18 388 3774 or +27 82 929 9958 Romaana NaidooThe North West province has stepped in to curb maternal and infant mortality, and ensure that pregnant women safely deliver their babies at health care facilities, thanks to the establishment of maternity waiting homes and a new fleet of 10 dedicated obstetric ambulances.“In our province we have established that there are women who have been giving birth outside health facilities or in transit to the health facility,” said Tebogo Lekgethwane, spokesperson for the North West Health Department.“This has had negative impact on maternal and infant mortality because by giving birth outside a health facility without nurses in attendance, a pregnant mother and the infant are exposed to risks and complications which would have been immediately attended to if they were in a facility.”During a speech in Mmabatho on 22 May, where he explained the breakdown of the department’s R7.6-billion (US$760 000) budget, North West Health MEC Dr Magome Masike explained that the provincial department established maternity waiting homes and bought obstetric ambulances for the exclusive transport needs of pregnant women.He mentioned that 13 maternity waiting homes were established and that 10 were functional across the four municipal districts in the province. Seven were located in the Dr Ruth Segomotsi Mompati district munipality – a “largely rural” area – three in Bojanala, two in Ngaka Modiri Molema and one in Dr Kenneth Kaunda.The department also aimed to increase the number of waiting homes in 2013 and 2014. “We are on course to saving mothers and babies at birth,” said Masike. “Maternal mortality rate in South Africa has declined from 176 per 100 000 live births from 2008 to 2010, to 153.2 per 100 000 live births in 2011.” In the North West, he added, the corresponding figure was 145.6 per 100 000, down from 229.5.He explained that in the 2008 – 2010 reporting period, the North West, Free State and Northern Cape were the worst three performing provinces in terms of maternal mortality. Now the North West is one of country’s top three performing provinces, according to a report released in 2011 by the National Committee for the Confidential Enquiries into Maternal Deaths.Masike also noted that three more milk banks had been established at the Job Shimankane Tabane, Joe Morolong and Mafikeng provincial hospitals, in addition to the one at Potchefstroom hospital.“Maternity waiting homes will allow women to be nearer to health facilities in the last two weeks towards delivery due date,” Lekgethwane explained. “Obstetric ambulances will immediately be accessible to pregnant mothers at the time of emergency and this will improve the response time because they will only respond to maternity cases.”The special obstetric ambulances differ from other ambulances, Lekgethwane said, in that they will be converted to meet the specific demands of a pregnant mother – so they will carry equipment needed in case a mother gives birth in transit. The team will include a midwife to ensure the safe delivery of the child, should this happen in transit or at home.Tackling maternal mortalityAccording to a report released in 2011 by Human Rights Watch, titled Stop Making Excuses: Accountability for Maternal Health Care in South Africa, the UN estimated that 4 500 women die each year in South Africa because of preventable and treatable pregnancy and childbirth-related causes.This report was based on field research between August 2010 and April 2011 with maternity patients, families, community caregivers, health and human rights experts, health workers, government officials, and representatives of donor and international agencies.However a 2012 report, issued in 2012 by the Committee on Morbidity and Mortality in Children under Five Years, indicates that the national infant mortality rate has dropped from 47.4 per 1 000 live births in 2007, to 38.1 per 1 000.The statistic for the North West showed a clear improvement, from 77.6 per 1 000 live births to 48.4 per 1 000, while the under-five mortality rate decreased from 62.1 per 1 000 in 2007 to 50.7 per 1 000.According to the North West’s MEC for finance, Paul Sebegoe, the provincial economy is driven mainly by the mining, agriculture and tourism sectors, and is expected to grow by around 2% on average in 2013.“We cannot afford to deny the masses of our people their right to dignity and decent life, and infrastructure development remains key towards unlocking development opportunities for the people of this province,” he said. “If we do not succeed we would have failed all of us.”The North West provincial population contributed 7.2% to the total population in 1996; 6.7% in 2001 and 6.3% in 2007.The recently published census data by Statistics South Africa indicated that the province has a population of 3.5-million, resulting in a slight increase in national population share to 6.8% in 2011.This is attributed to various factors such as migration, increased birth rate and increased life expectancy.last_img read more

All About Water-Resistive Barriers

first_img Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log incenter_img UPDATED on September 18, 2013By now, almost all builders know the importance of installing a water-resistive barrier (WRB) behind siding. Most types of siding leak, so it’s a good idea (and a code requirement) to install a WRB to protect your wall sheathing from any wind-driven rain that gets past the siding.A WRB can be vapor-permeable, like Tyvek, or vapor-impermeable, like foil-faced polyisocyanurate. As long as the wall assembly is designed to dry out when it gets wet, either vapor-permeable or vapor-impermeable WRBs work well.In most cases, WRBs are not air barriers. (The notable exceptions are Zip System sheathing and liquid-applied WRBs.) If you want to create an air barrier on the exterior side of your wall, it usually makes more sense to create the air barrier at the sheathing layer, not at the WRB.Although there are at least six categories of WRB — asphalt felt, Grade D building paper, plastic housewrap, liquid-applied WRBs, rigid foam, and Zip System sheathing — building codes calls for just one: asphalt felt. (One other category — three-dimensional vapor-impermeable barriers — is represented by a single product, Delta-Dry. Although it is often used as a WRB, Delta-Dry has not received code approval as a substitute for code-required WRBs.)In section R703.2, the International Residential Code requires builders to install a layer of number 15 asphalt felt or paperbacked stucco lath over the wall sheathing or studs of every new home. The requirement includes a qualification: if you don’t want to use number 15 asphalt felt, you can use some “other approved water-resistive barrier.”The code requirement calling for walls to be covered with asphalt felt is rather odd, because every asphalt felt manufacturer declares unequivocally that the product is intended for roofs, not walls. When builders install asphalt felt on walls as required by code, the… last_img read more

‘Custodial’ death sparks tension in U.P. town

first_imgTension spread in Pilakhuwa town, Hapur district of Uttar Pradesh, on Monday morning after a man allegedly died in police lock-up of torture. Three policemen, including the Station House Officer, have been suspended.Local sources said Pradeep Tomar (30), a resident of Lakhan village, was picked up by police near the Chhajrasi toll plaza on Sunday for questioning in connection with a murder case. They alleged that he was detained when he was travelling with his wife and son. Late in the night, when his condition deteriorated, he was shifted to the GS Medical College in Pilahuwa, where he died in the early hours of Monday. Meanwhile, a video, purportedly showing Tomar’s backside as completely blue and marks of beating on his arms, has gone viral.Yesh Veer Singh, Superintendent of Police, Hapur, told The Hindu, “On August 30, a half-burnt body of a woman was found in the jungle of Lakhan village. Pradeep was a relative of the deceased. She was the wife of his brother-in-law. During surveillance and investigation, he was found to be a suspect. He developed health complications during questioning and was taken to a local hospital. Later, he was referred to the Meerut Medical College, where he died during treatment.”As the officials didn’t follow the standard operating procedure and didn’t inform their seniors before taking Pradeep into custody, Inspector Yogesh Baliyan, chowki in-charge Ajab Singh and constable Manoj have been suspended. “We are waiting for the post-mortem report before taking further action. A departmental inquiry and a magisterial probe have been ordered,” Mr Singh said. He refused to comment on the video that purportedly shows injury marks on the deceased and the son and wife of Tomar alleging that he was beaten in their presence. “Let’s wait for the post-mortem and inquiry reports. The post-mortem is being video recorded,” added Mr. Singh. Family members and farmer leaders protested in the Meerut Collectorate, demanding murders charges against policemen involved in the case. The PAC (Provincial Armed Constabulary) has been deployed in Pilakhuwa and nearby villages.last_img read more

Rain or Shine forces Game 7

first_imgMOST READ PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Both teams were tied at 62 entering the fourth before Nambatac went on a three-point barrage—just a game after the Painters lost Game 5 because, according to Garcia, they took too many three-point shots.By the time the former Letran star hit his last triple, Rain or Shine was up, 83-71, 3:54 to play.Paul Lee and Ian Sangalang tried to revive Magnolia in the stretch but Rain or Shine kept finding answers. The Hotshots were within nine and forced the Painters to an empty possession for a chance to cut the lead, but Yap picked up the loose ball and stuck a reverse to make it 90-79.“[Going] into Game 7, we just have to do the same,” Garcia said of their sudden-death match scheduled on Sunday at MOA Arena in Pasay.“We just have to give it our all,” Nambatac said of that game.ADVERTISEMENT Will a repaired super foe be OK with Pacquiao? LATEST STORIES Rey Nambatac keyed the victory when he waxed hot at the perfect moment, torching the nets with four triples in the fourth to help the Painters pull away even as James Yap capped a steady performance with a putback that ended the Hotshots’ run of success at Ynares Center here.“I told them to not think about whatever happens and asked each one of them to play their game and stay relaxed,” Garcia added.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe ploy worked.Yap and Nambatac chipped in 16 points each while Beau Belga added 15 for Rain or Shine, which also got a boost from Jewel Ponferrada, who came up with a glittering performance in the third quarter to keep the Painters in the thick of things en route to 11 points off the bench. “But,” Garcia warned, “Magnolia, coming into such situation, has much more experience. We just have to trust each other.”Rain or Shine ended Magnolia’s eight-game streak at Ynares Center, where they were crowned Governor’s Cup champions last December. The Hotshots’ last loss here came on Sept. 17, 2017, against TNT.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid James Yap with another reliable performance for Rain or Shine. PBA IMAGESANTIPOLO CITY—In a game where their foes kept trying to stick the dagger to their necks, the Rain or Shine Elasto Painters fought off elimination by having some good ol’ fun.“I just told the players to enjoy this game, to keep it simple and it worked,” said coach Caloy Garcia on Friday night after Rain or Shine forged a 91-81 Game 6 victory over Magnolia that stretched their PBA Philippine Cup semifinal series to a Game 7.ADVERTISEMENT Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games messcenter_img SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img read more