National Women’s Day – IWPA Online Photography Exhibition

To celebrate the National Women’s Day, join us for a wonderful photography exhibition by inspirational women.
 
It is brought to you by the French association IWPA (International Women In Photography Award) and the network of Alliance Française in Southern Africa thanks to the support of the French Embassy in Pretoria. Discover online the Finalists and the Winner of the 2020’s edition. 
 
                         
 

The International Women In Photography Award is open to all women photographers all over the world.

An internationally selected jury composed of eminent figures from the art and photography community proceeds to select five finalists and designate the laureate among them. Every year, traveling  exhibitions are organised around the world to showcase the works of the finalists. Last year, five Alliance Françaises in South Africa and Lesotho hosted the 2018 edition of the award which included two South African participants.

IWPA provides a platform for women photographers and promotes their work to a wide and diverse audience thus contributing to a plurality of visions. Its mission is to  encourage and help women photographers to gain global recognition in order for them to move forward creatively and professionally.

 
The IWPA relies on the following partnerships: Canon France and La SAIF and La Copie Privée, EFTI and Fisheyes.

Dikuka is slowly reopening !

The Francophone multimedia library #Dibuka is slowly reopening, on Tuesdays and Thursdays, by appointment only. And because we’ve missed you so much, we, at the French Institute and the Alliance Française of Johannesburg, have prepared some surprise bags for you!

Our experts have chosen their “coups de coeur”, their favourite books, and are sharing them with you through these bags! We’ve got some for everybody: kid bags, teen bags, adult bags, and French language learners bags! Borrow a bag and only discover its content at home!
Take your appointment here  https://buff.ly/38m7u9o
Info, terms and conditions here  https://buff.ly/3gvfLeb

Alliance Française of Johannesburg COVID-19 Protocol

With a view to our upcoming reopening to the public, we wish to share our Covid-19 protocol with you. Please read it carefully before your next visit. We will soon update you on our reopening schedule. In the meantime, please stay well and safe!

The nature and purpose of this protocol:

The Alliance Française of Johannesburg (“the Alliance”) takes the welfare and wellbeing of its students, staff and visitors to heart. This protocol, which is applicable to all students, staff and visitors, outlines the measures taken to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 generally, and specifically in and around the Alliance premises.

This protocol, which is in all respects subject to any overriding national, provincial or local government regulation, directive and the law, will be effective from 30 April 2020 and will remain in force until further notice.

This protocol simultaneously serves as the plan, measures and protocol as contemplated in the Disaster Management Regulations of 29 April 2020 as issued by the Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs in terms of section 27(2) of the Disaster Management Act, 2002 (the Regulations).

For purposes of the Regulations and in respect of the Alliance the COVID-19 Designated Compliance Officer is Mr Daniel Belebelele Mbiye, who may be contacted on mobile telephone number 084-640-4266 or at email address facilitymanager@jhb.alliance.org.za

You may also contact the National Department of Health’s COVID-19 hotline number 0800 029 999 or their COVID-19 WhatsApp number 0600 12 3456 for clarification or further information.

Specific measures implemented

  1. Access to the Alliance
  • All students and designated staff members are encouraged NOT to come to the Alliance, unless it is absolutely necessary and unavoidable. We implore all students and staff, as far as practical and feasible, to continue working from home.
  1. Entry to the Alliance
  • No person will be allowed to enter the Alliance without a face mask or shield.

                       NO MASK OR FACE SHIELD, NO ENTRY

  • Face masks/shields are to be worn at all times when a person is using the common areas (communal toilets, lobbies, parking lot, the kitchen, balconies and any shared/communal areas) in and around the Alliance.
  • All persons seeking entry to the Alliance will be temperature screened by a security guard at the entrance to the Alliance, using a non-contact forehead thermometer.
  • Screened persons will be supplied with screening confirmation.
  • No person who presents with a temperature of 38 degrees Celsius or higher will be allowed access to the Alliance and must consult a medical practitioner.
  • Before entering the Alliance, everyone must use the supplied hand sanitize.

                        NO HAND SANITIZER, NO ENTRY

  • By entering the Alliance, and its premises, which includes all the buildings and common areas of the entire Alliance complex, ALL students, staff and visitors confirm that:

    a) They have not in the last 14 days had any close contact with anyone who is either infected or suspected of being infected with COVID-19, including anyone who has experienced or displayed any of the known symptoms of COVID-19 (which are listed in item (c) below); and

    b) They have not in the last month travelled to a high or medium risk country as contemplated in the International Air Services (COVID-19 Restrictions on the movement of air travel) Regulations, 2020; and

    c) They do not currently experience or display, and they have not in the last 14 days experienced or displayed, any of the following symptoms:

    Elevated temperature or fever,
    Cough,
    Shortness of breath and/or difficulty breathing,
    Loss of smell and/or taste,
    Fatigue, or
    Persistent headaches.

    If anyone answers affirmatively to any of (a), (b) or (c) above, they WILL not be allowed to enter the Alliance.

  1. Reception Areas
  • All students, staff and visitors must report at the Ground Floor Reception for second sanitizing and temperature screening and visual inspection that they are wearing the face masks/face shields and to sign the visitors’ register (where applicable).
  • All students, staff and any contractors on site shall encourage their respective visitors to:

o adhere to social distancing protocols throughout the building;

o use hand sanitizer, which will be provided inter alia in the reception areas; and

o wear a face mask throughout the Alliance.

  1. Kitchens/Common Areas

    • All staff and students and contractors on site shall encourage their respective visitors to:

o adhere to social distancing protocols when using the facilities in the building;

o use hand sanitizer, which will be provided inter alia in the reception areas; and

o wear a face mask throughout the Alliance.

Specific measures expected of everyone at the Alliance: 

  • Practice social distancing at all times.
  • Limit face to face meetings/consultations and rather make use of electronic communication or meeting applications.
  • Do not go to the Alliance if you feel unwell or if you reasonably believe you may have come into contact with someone who displayed symptoms of COVID-19.
  • Students and staff should:

o ensure that visitors occupy the reception areas and other common areas for the shortest possible period of time; and

o encourage visitors to wear face mask and maintain responsible social distancing while occupying the reception areas and other common areas.

  • Regularly take steps to clean up or wipe down any surfaces that you have used, preferably with 70% alcohol-based sanitizer or 10% bleach-containing disinfectant.
  • Practice responsible personal hygiene – wash hands with soap as frequently as possible for at least 20 seconds on each occasion.
  • Use a face mask and other personal protective equipment such as disposable gloves whenever you engage with others, or when you use the common areas.
  • Refrain from hand-shaking and kissing when greeting people.
  • While performing duties or visiting we must:

o follow all aspects of this policy, and of take all reasonable care to ensure our own health and safety, and that of your fellow students, staff, any contractors and visitors;

  • Advise Alliance Française Management, in confidence, of any possible breach of this protocol or exposure of COVID-19.

By order
April 2020
The Alliance
Mr Daniel Belebelele Mbiye
011-646-1169
084-640-4266

Lockdown Calling – Winner

Thanks to all the participants of our photography contest #LockdownCalling.

After days of discussion, our jury finally elected a winner !

Who stole our hearts and brought some French vibe to the lockdown ?

Congratulation to our dear student Heather M C Dixon for winning the #LockdownCalling photography contest.

We had many great application during this contest, full of creativity and Frenchness. A huge thanks to all the students who gave us some of their lockdown time.