Bronze, silver or gold: South African female sporting heroes have long carried the pride of the country on their shoulders and in their hearts.But raising the profile of South African women in sport takes blood, sweat and tears, on and off the field. Sporting bodies and pioneers in the industry are hard at work to ensure that women’s sport is well established, receives sufficient financial backing, and gets free and fair media coverage.One sure fact is that there’s always something to celebrate. SA’s National Women’s soccer team, Banyana Banyana made history in November last year after qualifying for the 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup for the first time. The team, led by their fearless coach Desiree Ellis, will be heading out to France to compete in June.A star player worthy of a special mention is Portia Modise, retired Banyana Banyana’s all-time leading goal-scorer who has been selected as one of 13 FIFA ambassadors for the upcoming Women’s World Cup, a role she has taken up with high regards. Apart from her excellent striker skills on the field, Portia has always advocated for women in sport to be treated equal to their male counterparts, especially in the area of remuneration.Speaking to Fifa.com in a recent interview, Portia said: “This (WWC) is going to bring change for a lot of young women and open a platform for girls who didn’t know where to go. I think things will slowly change.”Another resilient voice advocating for women in sport, is Brand South Africa’s Board Trustee, Ms. Muditambi Ravele. In her capacity as chairperson of the South African Women & Sports Foundation, Ms. Ravele addressed delegates at the 2018 FIFA Women’s Administrators four-day Course in August last year, where she spoke about the misconception that women are constantly tearing one another down, highlighting how much support women give each other. Known for pushing boundaries, Ms. Ravele encourages many sportswomen to join what is predominantly perceived as male-dominated sports, like boxing.In raising the profile of women in sport, Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part Ambassador and Sports Media Personality, Kass Naidoo utilises her platform Gsport, to celebrate South African women in sport. Gsport aims to improve the media profile of South African women in sport, that will in turn, help with more sponsorship opportunities. Through extensive media coverage, Gsport wishes to on-board Corporate South Africa to stand behind female athletes.Brand South Africa commends these pioneers who not only engage in on-going dialogues that encourage a strengthened Nation Brand, but also lead by example.
Learn how to create amazing effects in these 10 Trapcode Particular video tutorials.Trapcode Particular is one of our favorite plug-ins for After Effects. Unlike the native particle generators in AE, Particular gives users much more control over the particles created. With a little creativity you can use Trapcode Particular to produce some pretty amazing effects. The following video tutorials are a testament to that.If you don’t have Trapcode Particular you can download a free trial from Red Giant’s website.1. Creating Realistic WaterCreating realistic water is a huge challenge for VFX artists, but in this short tutorial Dino Muhic shares his workflow for creating a realistic water effect in After Effects using Particular. This effect uses the particles in 3D space to create a really cool spiral effect. You can use this effect with a 3D camera to track around the water effect (useful for adding additional moving elements in the scene).2. Galaxy NebulaIn this tutorial VinhSon Nguyen shows us how using null objects and a few emitter keyframes can produce an incredible galaxy nebula effect. In the tutorial VinSon demonstrates how a glow effect can make your simple particles look like stars. Instead of using Trapcode Shine, try using the 3D light rays effect outlined in Video Copilot’s Advanced 3D Light Ray tutorial.3. Burning Fire LogoUsing a few native effects and Trapcode Particular you can create this really awesome burning fire logo in After Effects. Notice how the fire interacts with the text behind it. This tutorial will also covers how to use luma mattes to work as particle emitters.4. Creating Realistic FireIf you’re looking for what might be the absolute best fire tutorial in After Effects, the following tutorial is for you. Created by Red Giant, this tutorial shows us how to create photo realistic fire by emitting video from Particular instead of simply emitting particles. This is also a great example of how simple color grading can really help sell your effects.5. Text to ParticlesThis is a great example of how an alpha matte as an emitter can produce awesome results. This tutorial also covers how floors can be used to set boundaries for your particles.6. Underwater Bullet TrailsWhile this tutorial may be a little specific, it clearly demonstrates how Trapcode Particular can be used to simulate particles in water. It also dives into some basic compositing techniques. Notice how the particle’s gravity can be changed to travel backwards.7. WormholeIf you’ve ever wanted to create one a Star Wars/Star Trek wormhole effect then this is the tutorial for you. Using null objects in 3D space you can pull of a really cool stargate look. This tutorial also shows how particles can be stretched to simulate depth.8. LightningInstead of using some of the more cheesy lightning effect built into After Effects, you can use Trapcode Particular for more realistic results. Combined with a glow effect, the lightning produced using this technique may not look completely realistic, but we think it still looks really good.9. Particle DanceIn this video tutorial you will learn how to use Trapcode Particular to create an awesome dancing particle effect. Notice how the particles don’t look like particles, but rather a uniquely abstract form.10. Particle Dance 2The particle dance tutorial is a great example of Trapcode’s ability to change the color of the particles it generates. Unlike Particle World, Trapcode gives users the ability to render particles with multiple colors simultaneously.Know of any other great Trapcode Particular video tutorials?Share in the comments below.
A panel under the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) has cleared a key stretch of a major ‘coastal road’ project in Mumbai that will reportedly significantly de-congest the city’s traffic. The go-ahead was given by the Expert Appraisal Committee for Coastal Regulation Zone.The proposed 35 km coastal road has been divided into two parts, a northern and southern stretch. The latter will connect the Princess Street Flyover to the Worli end of the Bandra-Worli Sea Link. It, however, requires reclaiming about 90 hectares of land from the sea and, therefore, as per environment regulations, needs to be cleared by a central authority.On March 17, the Central expert appraisal committee, headed by Deepak Apte of the Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS), had said the project could go ahead provided the coastal road was toll free, did not affect tidal behaviour, that the reclaimed land would not be used to build houses and offices, any resulting open spaces would be free of encroachment, fishermen would be resettled in the area if they were affected, and a dedicated bus lane would be created.The minutes of the meeting were made public on Friday.30-km projectThe Coastal Road-Mumbai (South) will have bridges over the sea, tunnels (two tubes, each of about 3.452 km in length) and elevated roads, and will be a 9.98 km-stretch that will cost ₹5,303 crore. The 30-km project is cumulatively expected to cost ₹12,000 crore.According to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC), the proposed southern stretch of the coastal road will reduce commuting time by around 70%, slash fuel consumption by 34% and cut carbon footprint by about 1,826 tonnes of CO2 per annum.Though the incumbent Bharatiya Janata Party government has claimed that the project would be ready by 2019, The Hindu reported last month that the much-delayed project was likely to move again following Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis’s visit to Union Environment Minister Anil Dave.In January 2016, the BMC presented the application for CRZ clearance to the Maharashtra Coastal Zone Management Authority (MCZMA) with an estimated cost of ₹14,153 crore for an approximate length of 33.77 km. By the time MCZMA recommended the proposal, the total length was reduced to 30.07 km. In its recommendation to the MoEFCC, the MCZMA has put forward 28 specific conditions. It has specifically asked the BMC to take high court permission before clearing mangroves, if any.Impact on fisherfolkIt has also observed that the coastal road will have an impact on the nearby habitats of traditional coastal communities. It has asked the civic body to ensure navigational channels are not blocked in koliwada (fishing village) areas and that fishing activity is not hampered.