Friday, July 27, 2012

Who will be the President of The East Coast?

Damon Beard with the 6 candidates - Gavin Higgins, Loryn Holmes, Abonga Nkwelo, Ashley Raspal,
Praveshnee Naidoo and Lauren Knock

Six ‘President of the East Coast’ finalists revealed.

What do six go-getters who are passionate about KwaZulu-Natal but come from different backgrounds have in common? They’re looking to become the very first ‘President of the East Coast’. The six candidates were named this morning on the Breakfast Stack and are all hoping they’re walk away with the title and the perks that come along with it.

26 year old Gavin Higgins from Ballito is an all round positive guy, who runs his own advertising business, something that could come in handy while trying to canvas votes. Lauren Knock, who lives on the Bluff, is also hoping her insights from working in marketing will stand her in good stead. She’s a compassionate 32 year old, so committed to making a positive difference to her community that she helps out at soup kitchens.

Praveshnee Naidoo from Queensburgh works in Operations Logistics but is always keen to take on a challenge. She daringly completed the “Flying Fox” zip line in Bloukrans, just to overcome her fear of heights! 33 year old Loryn Holmes from Glenwood works in PR and eventing. She describes herself as a “real Durban girl” and is twitter mad, so will no doubt be tweeting about her campaign.

Abonga Nkwelo is a warm natured guy who lives in Umhlanga, but was born in Umtata. He’s a self employed and a super talented 26 year old – amongst other things he plays both music and rugby. Ashley Raspal is keen to motivate almost anyone he meets, which is rather fitting since he’s a Customer Services trainer. This 32 year old from Phoenix once ate locusts and worms at a market, just to see what they tasted like.

The six candidates have already started their first of their challenges. Today they darted around Durban to ‘Find Funsunzi’. Each of them had to find six items – including beach sand and a beaded necklace - before returning to studio where they were divided into the ‘Drive’ and ‘Breakfast’ teams.

The candidates will be whittled down to the top three by next week Wednesday, when the public vote will begin.

(Source - ECR) 

Directors share their tips from @DIFFest
  • Use Crowd Funding
  • Put a date down and on that date have all the financing in place

Workshops at @DIFFest
  • Saturday July 28 
  • 10h30 Meet the Filmmakers - Blue Waters Hotel
  • 12h30 - NFVF Bursaries - Blue Waters Hotel
  • 14h00 - Unpacking Durban Stories - Blue Waters Hotel
  • 15h00 - 4th Durban Short Film Challenge Showcase and Awards - Blue Waters Hotel
(Source - @DIFFest) 

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