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The spirit of Ubuntu shines bright at the 2019 Themba Gala
Daytona Showroom, Melrose Arch for Themba 2019

Daytona Showroom, Melrose Arch for Themba 2019

Fundraiser hosted by Make A Difference Leadership Foundation (MAD Leadership Foundation) in partnership with Rialheim raises R1,9 million to support the future leaders of South Africa.

On Thursday, 26 September, the Daytona Showroom in Melrose Arch, Johannesburg, was transformed into a prestigious gala venue playing host to the 2nd annual Themba Gala presented by MAD Leadership Foundation in partnership with Rialheim. The theme for this year’s event was the African philosophy of Ubuntu  - “I am because we are”. A fitting proverb for the fundraiser in support of MAD Leadership Foundation, who provides educational access to deserving young South Africans with leadership potential (but who face economic and other barriers) through an individualised and personal scholarship programme.

The Ndlovu Youth Choir

The Ndlovu Youth Choir

An event celebrating hope and humanity

This year’s Themba Gala saw a generous contribution by corporates, individuals, sponsors, educational institutions, artists and suppliers who worked tirelessly to create a memorable experience for the esteemed guests attending the event. While hope remains an essential ingredient in the future of South Africa’s youth, MAD Leadership Foundation provides a platform of hope where the barriers between potential and success are removed for young South Africans determined to change not only their own circumstances, but also their communities and, ultimately, our country.

The spirit of Ubuntu was tangible at Daytona Showroom where you could feel the energy in the room. Guests were emotional when they heard the story of Mpumi, a scholar on the MAD Leadership program, who, against all odds, has prevailed to further her education and spark hope for others in her situation. The Ndlovu Youth Choir, who surprised guests with their performance, echoed the message of hope and unity as their song and dance pulsated throughout the venue. The auction buyers were abuzz, snapping up the beautiful artworks that they had been eyeing throughout the evening.

An expression of Ubuntu in the décor

Rialheim adorned the venue with décor and styling, celebrating the richness and diversity of the African continent. From the Evolution Man lamp greeting guests at the door and celebrating where we have come from as well as looking to the future with optimism, to the stage backdrop adorned with African Hearts and the tables lavishly decorated with key pieces such as the Mastaba vase symbolising all the dreams and talent awaiting to be born and how we as a collective can assist in making it happen.

“As the Ndlovu Youth Choir took to the stage with the Africa Hearts behind them bringing  their incredible energy and message of hope through adversity, I felt excited for the future of our country and proud to call myself South African,” says Creative Director of Rialheim, Rial Visagie.


The event generated a record-breaking R1.9 million for MAD Leadership Foundation -  a generous contribution to the organisation’s vision of supporting #1000Leaders. The funds raised from Themba 2019 will contribute towards the education and development of young leaders on the programme. However, there is still work to be done to get to the goal of 1000 leaders, but Themba 2019 has shown that this is a cause South Africans believe in and the hope that this dream will become a reality prevails.

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United, we can make a difference

“Themba 2019 showed us what Archbishop Desmond explained so eloquently, that “a person is a person through other persons, that my humanity is caught up, bound up, inextricably, with yours.” And we know why “#ImStaying”, because there is so much beautiful humanity and compassion in South Africa. If hope was a fragrance, I would bottle the laughter and inspiration and all-around beauty that is Themba and share it with the whole world,” says Helette Pieterse, CEO of MAD Leadership Foundation.

To join the movement and invest in the future leaders of our country, visit or donate below. Together we can create real change and turn hopes and dreams into reality.

* Donation in ZAR

Supporting Sponsors & Contributors

Andrew Gorman Photography, Angus Taylor, Anton Smit Banele, Khoza, Brand Evolution, City Lodge Hotel Group, Craft Liquor Merchants, Daytona Showroom, Falko One, Flower Art Company, Francois Pienaar, Gallophill, Gallery Greatjoy, Ndlovu, Guy du Toit, Haidee Nel, Hank Liebenberg, Hannelie Coetzee, Hugo de Villiers, Janko de Beer, Johnny’s Liquor Hypermarket Pty (Ltd), Makiwa Mutomba, Manuela Holzer, Melrose Gallery, Meridian Collective, MiaMish, Michael Carter Productions, Mpumelelo Pro Thusi, Nanette Ranger, Norman O’Flynn, Olivier, Owen Claassen, Phulani Liebenberg, Rialheim, Skye Meaker, Sound Decision, Steven Raphaely


5 Tips for looking after your succulents

2-min read

by Simone Cleary

The Rialheim Pig Bowl in Splatter White styled by Little Succulent Co.

The Rialheim Pig Bowl in Splatter White styled by Little Succulent Co.

Little Succulent Co. started a year ago when my hobby of growing and planting succulents turned in to a small business making succulent arrangements from my home with the help from my three little girls.

Why succulents?

1.) They are super trendy.

2.) They are low maintenance and easy to care for.

3.) They look good all year round.

4.) Whether you are a green thumb or a novice gardener succulents are one of the easiest plants to care for.

5.) There are many different varieties which make for lovely succulent arrangements.

Top tips for looking after your succulents

1.) It is important that Succulents are planted in the correct soil to ensure their survival and healthy growth. The perfect combination of organic soil, pumice and sand making it well draining like Succulents need.

2.) Succulents require lots of drainage as they don’t like too much water or they may rot.

3.) Succulents are easy pleased house guests and survive indoors thanks to their special adaptations; fleshy leaves, thick stems and enlarged roots that allow plants to hoard water.

4.) When it comes to watering ‘Less is always more’. Supply your plant with a generous amount of water once a fortnight. I always recommend to gently touch the soil and if you feel it is dry then it needs a generous shower of water. If it is still moist from it’s last water. Check it again in a couple of days.

5.) Succulents love lots of sunshine to ensure they remain healthy and their colour vibrant. Succulents can be kept indoors but they require a well lit position. It’s encouraged that they are taken outdoors on sunny days.

Bespoke Succulent planters have such impact and wow factor and they make for the perfect centrepiece indoors and outdoors.

Styling tips by interior designer, Lauren Egan

Styling’s fun, right! It’s a chance to play around with nice things (my favourite things are ‘nice things’) and put them together to make it look, well, even nicer. I recently got a chance to play around from nice things from Rialheim at Design School at a shoot for The Block Shop. The brief for the shoot was pretty open: have fun and provide images that demonstrate how the products can work together, which gave me and my “Style Buddy” Laura Stanley, pretty much carte blanche on what we’d like to pair together to make styling magic (IMHO).

We immediately gravitated towards the Rialheim Humanity Face Bowl because of its versatility (it’s a plant holder! No wait: it’s a bowl! No wait: it’s a sculpture!) and it had a point of interest in its shape and form, without being that bowl at the party that’s all “Look at me! Look at me!” (those bowls are so irritating, amiright!). We used it predominantly as a planter as it’s hard to not put a plant in a pot that has a face - which if I’m honest – can sometimes look gimmicky, but as this piece is quite elegant it absolutely worked for our left of centre aesthetic.

Look, I don’t want to give the impression that Styling is as simple as ‘pick a bowl, put a plant in it’! What is made to look glamourous through the lens is balanced out by a complete lack of glamour and a good dose of chaos behind the lens. An explosion of bubblewrap, double sided tape stuck to your face, anti-gravity moon walking to avoid tripping on photography cords, and guaranteed everyone’s running around in yoga pants and sneakers. There’s an obsessional amount of tweaking – constantly moving and twisting things by millimetres, adding and removing objects to get the balance just right. But gosh, it’s a good feeling when you get that perfect shot in the bag.

Thanks Rialheim for bringing the ‘nice’ things for us to play with – we’ll be back for more!

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