NTP Logistics has become the latest signatory of the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association’s Responsible Care (RC) Initiative, thereby committing the company to implement the Guiding Principles of this voluntary initiative of the chemical industry. Louise Lindeque, Responsible Care Manager, commented that “The safety, health and environmental performance of logistical service providers that transport chemicals has to be of a high standard to ensure that products are transported safely. It is important that logistical service providers such as NTP Logistics adopt and implement the Responsible Care Guiding Principles as these will add value to the company’s existing safety, health and environmental management systems.” Ntokozo Mogorosi, CEO of NTP Logistics, signed the public commitment. She said, “We are passionate about what we do and relish in taking on the most challenging of tasks without compromising the health and safety of our employees or damaging the environment. Our approach in logistics management is unique and is influenced by years of handling chemical products”. NTP Logistics serve all sectors of industry from the medical, manufacturing, mining and chemical industry through to the nuclear industry and all cross-over industries. The common denominator in their services is that dangerous goods are transported. NTP Logistics is a joint venture between the state-owned enterprise NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (a Necsa subsidiary) and a private company Transglobal Cargo (Pty) Ltd, with their Head Office in Kempton Park. The company is well conversant with the appropriate international and local regulations for air, marine, road and rail transportation. Over 150 companies are signatories to the voluntary RC initiative in South Africa, therefore embracing the development and application of sustainable chemistry and development which allows the world’s growing demand for essential chemicals, and the resultant products those chemicals make possible, . . .
A global survey of companies and their professional advisers reveals that companies are set to invest more in risk management in the face of growing business risks, says Nexia International (Nexia), a leading network of independent accounting and consulting firms. Nexia’s Global Risk Management Survey provides a unique combination of perspectives on current risk management practices among mid-market corporates, based on concurrent surveys of over 70 companies and more than 40 advisory firms around the world. Awareness of risk management is clearly on the increase. Almost half (48%) of companies surveyed expect to increase spending on risk management in the coming year. This is supported by the views of Nexia member firms surveyed – 63% expect the level of risk management services they provide to increase in the year ahead. Over half of Nexia member firms believe that the risk profile in their country has increased in the last year, reflecting current widespread political, economic and social uncertainties. Bashier Adam at Nexia International member firm Nexia SAB&T, says: “Risk management has become critically important as businesses are challenged to remain competitive while grappling with uncertain operational and financial conditions.” Survey highlights: • Almost half (48%) of companies surveyed expect spending on risk management to increase in the coming year. • Over half (51%) of Nexia member firms believe the risk profile in their country has increased in the last year. • Compliance and operational risks were ranked as the most significant among the companies surveyed. • Two-thirds (67%) of participating companies have a formal risk assessment process in place, but a third (33%) rate these as only partially effective or lower. • Over half (57%) of companies surveyed have yet to put a formal risk management training programme in place • 38% of companies say that risk tolerances are only reviewed annually or less . . .
Exhibition: In the Weave: Walter Oltmann – working over three decades Artist: Walter Oltmann Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 29 January – 29 March 2014? In the Weave, an exhibition of works by Walter Oltmann, one of South Africa’s finest and most intriguing artists, opens at the Standard Bank Gallery on 29 January 2014. Curated by Neil Dundas, In the Weave celebrates Oltmann’s output over the last three decades. It also explores his sources, inspirations and allusions to the exchange of concepts between cultures in southern Africa. Although he is noted for his drawings, and also his prints, Oltmann is best known for his wire sculptures, for which he uses techniques which parallel handcrafts. Wire has long been his chosen medium. He was initially drawn to wire as a sculptural medium when he moved from Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg to complete his postgraduate studies in fine arts. There he came across gabion structures – wire cages filled with rocks as a preventative measure against soil erosion – along mine dumps and embankments, which he considered as sculptural forms to explore. “The limitations of the weight of these forms,” he says, “soon directed me to using wire in itself as a medium.” Oltmann’s sculptures, which may be understood as three-dimensional drawings using wire, are intricately worked in time-intensive and demanding processes related to weaving, basket-making, textiles and vessels. His wire sculptures explore, or relate to, African traditions in functional art, carpet- and rug-making in many cultures, or familiar domestic crafts often associated with the home, but with material and imagery that seem sometimes incongruous in relation to these activities. Whether rendered with pencil and ink on paper, or made with wire, Oltmann’s exquisite works are a sensitive blend of finely observed natural forms and poetic social comment. His work reveals his fascination with the natural world, particularly seed-pods and insects, art . . .
Bringing it all back home are the boys from Civil Twilight as they take the stage at Kirstenbosch on Sunday 9 February. This Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert will certainly make their fans happy as this city- bred band make their music once again. With their music a mystifying blend of atmospheric sounds with swirling guitars and hazy storytelling centred on the struggles and triumphs of human existence the band is three parts South Africa and one part Nashville, Tennessee where they have made their home. Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew, Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey combine power and grace to provide a soundtrack for everything from the cracking of a heart to a walk around the block. Their sophomore release, Holy Weather is a remarkable journey through a dense forest of emotion and has been heralded as some of the best music to come out in 2012 Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in which to seek refuge. Steven’s vocals come forth in an eerie falsetto that can only be described as a cross-pollination of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. Richard’s drums are pounding reminders that the drummer always steers the ship along its voyage, while Andrew’s guitars alongside the newest addition of Kevin on keyboards and vocal harmonies create intense musical waves proving that a rising tide truly does lift all boats. Civil Twilight’s lush soundscape is haunting, yet soothing at the same time. Steven, Andrew and Richard grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, best friends since childhood. Steven and Andrew’s mother, a classical pianist, played opera throughout the home. It was after the three started listening to grunge music that Civil Twilight, a fierce combination of both operatic and alternative elements, was born. While their South African roots provided much inspiration, the three friends grew restless and relocated to Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut was recorded in South Carolina after which Steven, Andrew and Richard settled in Nashville. Many years . . .
Johannesburg-based composer Dr Clare Loveday is the Composer-in-Residence for the 2014 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF), which takes place from 25 January to 9 February. In an effort to foster the development of new South African music, JIMF commissions a local composer each year, to create a new piece of work for premiere at the Festival, and to lend their expertise to the programme. Clare Loveday is an obvious choice for 2014, as a multi-facetted composer and active proponent of the theory and practice of both classical and new music. Striving to convey through music the complications of life in a post-colonial society, Loveday’s works – which have been performed on four continents - have been described by critics in turn as 'obstinate and fierce, big-boned and raw', 'subtle' and 'elusive'. She is said to have 'quite individual post-tonal harmonic language' and to write works that are 'exciting to listen to and yet obviously also enjoyable to play'. Loveday completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990 and was awarded her Doctorate of Music in 2009. After her undergraduate studies Loveday worked as a pianist, playing in musicals and theatre venues around South Africa and on cruise ships on the Southern African oceans. During this time she also worked in the advertising industry as a jingle writer, freelanced at corporate events as a performer and musical director, and taught piano privately and at Sacred Heart College. A hand injury put an end to Loveday's performing career causing her to temporarily change direction, working as a freelance copywriter and copy editor in both advertising and academics; and also for a time as co-ordinator for the National Research Foundation's Travelling Institute for Music Research. In the late 1990s, Loveday returned to academic life as a part-time lecturer in music theory, embarking on a Masters in Composition in 2000, through which she became increasingly involved in . . .
Durban, South Africa – For South Africans everywhere who need to ship something, the process has always been a daunting one. Where does one start finding transport companies? What about the follow-up and what if any problems arise? This is where eShip falls in. A completely unique approach to the shipping industry. Forget big ticket items, heavy haulage and freight liners. eShip is a revolutionary online transport marketplace that connects transporters with ordinary people who need to ship something. A consignor posts the item they need shipped on eShip.co.za for free, transporters then place competing bids in order to win the load. Consignors benefit through the increased competition and auction style bidding process and Transporters benefit through the consolidation of loads, reducing overall costs, as well as the instant access to a database of available loads. Started by 18 year old founder, Emile McLennan, this is his second business venture, as he describes: “eShip gives the individual the same negotiating power as the largest freight companies in the country.” Besides for the obvious benefit to the consumer, eShip empowers local business by giving small independent transporters the same access to loads they may not normally have had. “All transporters have the same exposure on our platform, it really all comes down their ratings. They are rewarded for the service they provide.” There are major expansion plans for eShip on the horizon, focusing on the uniquely African market. “We’ll push into our bordering Southern African countries first before moving across the ocean to other international countries.” eShip is a welcomed change to the transport industry which has clear benefits to the South African public. This little company has big ambition and hopes to put South Africa on the map with support from the public. www.eship.co.za Author: Emile McLennan from eShip (Pty) Ltd.. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: . . .
Exhibition: Lifelines: object biographies from the Standard Bank African Art Collection Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 29 January – 13 September 2014 Do objects have lives? If objects could speak, what stories would they tell? Only a very few find their way into museums; some we know much about, others nothing.” These are some of the questions and issues addressed in Lifelines, which explores the biographies of selected objects in the Standard Bank African Art Collection housed at Wits Art Museum (WAM). Lifelines, the exhibition and publication of the same name, grew out of a Wits History of Art postgraduate project, Object Biographies, pioneered by Dr. Justine Wintjes in 2013. This research project was developed in response to the intriguing collection housed at WAM and the abundant research opportunities it offers to students of African Art. The exhibition is presented in two spaces: one entitled Life–, and the other, –Lines. Life– presents aspects of the biographies of seven objects researched by the 2013 student cohort: a photograph by David Goldblatt, a Zulu waistcoat, a Robert Mugabe shirt, a West African baber sign, a sculpture by Nelson Mukhuba, a painting by Penny Siopis and a Great Serpent Mask made by the Bwa from Burkino Faso. The display of the selected objects is complemented by installations that aim to represent the students’ research findings visually. –Lines, the second exhibition space, comprises a selection of objects to be researched by the 2014 student cohort. These include clay pots, woven fabrics, paintings and carved wooden artefacts. These objects are juxtaposed with a series of provocative quotations intended to prompt possible entry points and to indicate ways to begin thinking about the process of writing about objects in museums. This thought provoking exhibition is bound to alter the way in which viewers see and respond to museum objects and to encourage them to consider the journeys that these objects have . . .
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The 2014 Festival will explore love's delights and dilemmas, with the theme ‘Un' aura amorosa’. The 6th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will take place from 25 January to 9 February 2014, with post-Festival Valentine's concerts on 14 and 16 February. After the success of last year’s pre-concerts, which completely sold out in just two days, there will be another two pre-festival concerts which take the form of a Viennese New Year’s Concert, with music and dance. These concerts, entitled ‘One Heart, One mind, One Waltz!’, will take place on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January at the Linder Auditorium; featuring Hlengiwe Mkhwanazi (soprano) and 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Njabulo Madlala (baritone), with the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra (JFO) under the baton of Richard Cock, and dancers from Joburg Ballet. The Festival will begin in earnest on Monday 27 January, with a Song Recital performed by Christoph Genz (tenor), Reiner Schneider-Waterberg (baritone), and Cornelia Herrmann (piano) at Northwards House. A second Song Recital will take place in the same venue on 2 February with tenor Josef Protschka accompanied by Florian Uhlig on piano, interpreting Schubert's song cycle Die schöne Müllerin. Prof Protschka will also be leading a week-long Vocal Masterclass in conjunction with the University of Pretoria, which will culminate in a final Recital on 8 February at Northwards House. One participant could be selected through this programme to attend a fully-sponsored year of vocal and academic study with Prof Protschka at the Music College in Cologne. Austrian organist Martin Haselböck will present an Organ Masterclass, and two Recitals – one in Pretoria at the University Chapel on 29 January, and another in Johannesburg at St George’s Church on 30 January. Johannesburg-born American pianist Anton Nel will present a recital of works by Mozart, Debussy, Schumann and Beethoven, and the South African Premiere of ‘Green’ by . . .
A 00:05 start gun on Saturday morning 18 January 2014 heralded the start for an enthusiatic and determined 8 boat fleet as they set off for the ABYC's annual Great Circle Race which saw them sail from within the Port Elizabeth Harbour around Bird Island and back. Tony and Ziggy Bailes on Malgas - a 34 foot L34 - have certainly thrown down the gauntlet to the rest of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club fleet over the course of the 2013/14 sailing season, by winning or placing high in every race. By all accounts the sailing was excellent and tactical as John Tudehope reports: Swopping the St.Francis Race with the Great Circle Race turned out to be a great success. Eight boats were at the start line for the 00h05 start on Saturday off the Container Wharf and a moderate South West enabled the faster more competive boats to hoist spinnakers early. The wind dropped off considerably as the sun rose and the first of the fleet rounded Bird Island around mid morning when the wind shifted to a moderate South East with occasional lulls and the run home relied on tactics and correct sail settings. On board Lady who, by 09h00, was just past Sundays River, the two grizzled seamen on-board took advantage of the sleeping younger crewman and, after mental calculations, decided to turn back for port with the excuse that the sleeping crewman was not looking well. Fling, facing a potential mutiny on-board and the concern that the previous night's dinner from the one sea-sick crewman would not wash off the side of the hull, also turned for home. Inyoni on the other hand returned back to moorings on Sunday morning 01h30, showing off their fishing catch. Somewhere out on the race track was Headway who where just enjoying the sail. With brand new sails Malgas has to be congratulated for an excellent performance (if she carries on like this the end of season prize giving will be very short and sweet). The first three boats home were: Malgas - L34 skippered by Tony . . .