Lifetime Achievement Award winner, Tsepo Tshola, will take to the Birchwood Hotel stage to lead the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening on Friday, 6 July in Boksburg. Supporting Tshola is a stellar line-up of local acts, each stamping their unique mark on the industry and introducing their own modern takes on classical genres. In partnership with The City of Ekurhuleni, baritone maestro, Tshola, will headline the evening with his Afro-Soul and Gospel sounds. Formerly, Tshola was the lead singer and composer in the legendary band Sankomota which was formed in 1976. His illustrious career has seen him work with industry greats such as Hugh Masekela, Brenda Fassie, and most recently, Casper Nyovest. Supporting Tshola is Johannesburg-based Afro-Pop artist Malik Zwane, who is making a comeback after a two year break. Inspired by a variety of genres, some of his musical influences include Maxwell, R Kelly, Bob Marley, Miriam Makeba and Bilal. Setting the tone for the evening is the Music Academy of Gauteng Jazz Orchestra; a community-based NGO focused on musical education for youth from disadvantaged families and informal settlements. Founded by well-known trumpeter Johnny Mekoa, the Academy has hosted many talented international Jazz professors who share their expertise in workshops and classes. Joining resident comedian and MC, Hector Motivator and adding a comedic element to the evening, is award-winning comedian Sifiso Nene. Known for his hilarious cultural commentary, Nene has made numerous television appearances; including the film “Taxi Ride”. Don’t miss out on an evening highlighting the local Jazz industry through talented performances from leading artists. Starting at 8pm sharp and including a delicious three-course meal, book your seats for the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening on 6 July at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. Tickets are R450 per person and R4 500 for a table of 10. For more information or to book contact Portia . . .
Software as a Service technology company, e4 has reiterated its support for conveyancers and legal practitioners following a recent ruling in the Pretoria High Court, which found that administrative processes inherent to property transfers in South Africa should remain within the ambit of the legal fraternity. Despite the High Court’s dismissal of newly established ProxiSmart and its business model, which proposed aspects of administrative work within property transfers be dealt with outside the legal profession, ProxiSmart now plans to launch an appeal. “Conveyancers are highly skilled and qualified members of the legal profession and provide a specialised, professional service. For numerous reasons, our view is that it is in the public interest for this work to remain in practiced hands,” says Clive Bredenkamp, Head of e4’s Legal Studio division. Papers filed by ProxiSmart in the High Court suggest the use of a custom-built, partitioned conveyancing software platform. “For a newly established entity like ProxiSmart, it is our view that the creation of such a platform would take years to complete in order to cater for the level of functionality and integration with institutions as described in the court papers. e4 approached ProxiSmart twice with a written request for more detail on whether the platform has been built and its current state of readiness, or if they have engaged with an existing software vendor in this regard. ProxiSmart’s response was that it would not be appropriate to comment until the case before the court is finalised including the appeal. The judgment of the court states that it is common cause that ProxiSmart has not yet developed the software, but this gives no status as to how it is being built.” “Given that e4 is categorically not involved with this initiative, the market should be asking how this software platform is being or will be provided and by whom, with the intent on disrupting the conveyancing process,” notes . . .
The Madibaz men's football team scored 11 goals against Vaal University of Technology in Port Elizabeth today to give themselves a chance of finishing in the top two of their group in the University Sport South Africa football tournament. The tournament, hosted by Nelson Mandela University, began on Monday. Some of the cream of South Africa's student talent is on show. After a draw, a win and a loss in their first three matches in the B section, Madibaz needed a strong finish to their round-robin phase. Before the match against VUT at the Madibaz Stadium, Madibaz coach Wayne Iveson said their main priority was to win and try to improve their goal difference. "This could be a vital factor in deciding the final positions when the last group games are played on Wednesday morning," he said. His team delivered his wishes in emphatic fashion, taking control of the match from the outset. Within minutes of the start, the Madibaz had the ball in the back of the net and from then on it was one-way traffic. The VUT defence had no answer to the constant attacks and the home team added six more goals before halftime to kill the match as a contest. VUT produced some gritty defence in the second half but never threatened their opponents' goal and conceded four more goals to lose 11-0. The final outcome pleased Iveson who said they had been unable to convert a number of chances in their earlier games. Madibaz drew their opening match against Sefako Makgatho Health Sciences University, but made amends when they won 2-0 against University of Fort Hare B in their second outing on Monday. However, they suffered a setback when they went down 1-2 to Stellenbosch University this morning. "In the goalless draw yesterday, we created numerous chances, but were just unable to finish things off," Iveson said. "It was the same against Maties this morning but the guys are trying hard and doing their best, so we just have to persevere and see what . . .
South Africa's team excelled at the Confederation of University and College Sports Association Games in Botswana last month, almost doubling their medals tally from two years ago. Madibaz director of sport Yoliswa Lumka, who was deputy head of the SA delegation, says they are extremely happy with the final outcome. The team retained the title they won in Zimbabwe, where they won 31 medals in 2016. This time they returned with a haul of 59 medals from the event, which was held in Gaborone from June 18 to 23. The Games are held biennially and involve 10 countries - Botswana, Angola, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, Malawi, Namibia, Mozambique and Zambia. Angola and Mozambique did not send teams this year. Lumka said there were a number of highlights for the SA team. "Among these were the fantastic performances from our table tennis team. The five players won 19 medals. "In the 4 x 400m men's relay the baton was knocked out of the hand of our first runner and they had to make up about 100 metres. But they still managed to win by about 20 metres!" Lumka was appointed to her position after University Sport South Africa advertised the post for the event. "From my point of view, it is always an honour to be involved with the national structures, especially the university-centred structures," she said. "To be able to lead South Africa to international tournaments, to provide guidance and support, and to come home with the sort of success we had is always rewarding." She feels it is important for Madibaz directors and managers to be involved with regional, provincial and national structures as it gives them experience to enable them to develop. "This gives us a broader landscape to evaluate where we are as an institution and allows us to assess what we need to do to ensure that more of our athletes compete on the national and international stages." As part of the management team, she says the head and deputy head are responsible . . .
Embrace your inner queen this Women’s Day with Empower me and Shimmy Beach Club! Join in for a celebration of the multi-faceted modern female with an afternoon of inspiring talks by experts in their field on a variety of topics, aimed at touching on each aspect that make up an empowered woman in the 21st Century. Guests will enjoy delicious canapés and a 2 course lunch, specially created by Executive Chef Adrian Cook, live musical entertainment by talented songstress Francesca Biancoli, welcome drinks courtesy of Graham Beck and Disaronno, gift bags, pamper stations, pop-up shops, fantastic prize giveaways and more! The speakers of the day have been hand-picked to engage, inform, educate and entertain, with topics ranging from health and fitness, the power of positivity, to personal style, finance and productivity. Our guest speakers include Skin Renewal aesthetic specialist, Dr Shahar Sattar, health and fitness guru and owner of Warrior Warehouse, Emma Jooste, personal styling team, BeautifullYou, NLP practitioner Nepheritie Jade, confidence coach, Abigail Kloppers, and financial advisor and the brains behind Empower me, Janine Brink. Because an empowered women always looks to empower others, a portion of the ticket proceeds will go towards an outreach program, in partnership with PrincessD, that will provide menstrual cups to girls in the townships who are missing on average 20% of their school year due to being unable to afford basic sanitary pads and tampons. Hosted by KFM’s charismatic Mamohau Seseane and set in Cape Town’s most picturesque venue by the sea, this promises to be an unforgettable afternoon, designed for women by women. Space is limited, book your tickets now! Tickets are R450 per person and include canapés, a 2-course lunch, complimentary welcome drinks, inspirational talks and gift bags. Get your tickets here: https://shimmy.nutickets.co.za/empowerme Join the event on social here: . . .
Tilting Heads Taco Cafe & Margarita Bar and Muse Restaurant, both situated in the trendy Stanley Street in Richmond Hill, will bring their exciting concepts to the SPAR Valley Market in Port Elizabeth on Saturday. The monthly artisanal market, which now pops up at different venues across the city, will attract visitors to Chicky's Yard in the Baakens Valley, where delicious food choices and live entertainment await visitors. Tilting Heads, which was established in October 2016, is a "collaboration of two or more ideas and creations", says chef and owner Aiden Pienaar. "I got the idea when visiting America, where I worked as a chef in Los Angeles and spent holidays in Las Vegas." Pienaar describes their fare as "upmarket, authentic Mexican street food with a twist". They serve everything from handmade fresh corn tortillas to deep-fried avocado. "People presume that Mexican food is spicy. Fact is, not everything is. Yes, we use Mexican cuisine as a backbone, but we also cater for a large range of people of all ages." The trendy restaurant recently expanded to double its previous size, taking over the premises next door to open a Hawaiian rum bar called "The Tiki Room". It offers a small selection of dishes from meat skewers to fresh salmon and tuna poke bowls. Pienaar felt the Valley Market provided an excellent opportunity for them to show what they offer. "It offers exposure, which I believe is one of the purposes of my involvement." Visitors can look forward to their scrumptious handmade corn tortilla tacos and their signature dish, delightful avocado fries. Muse offer a special fine dining experience at their eclectic boutique restaurant. Allan and Simone Bezuidenhout are the creative husband-and-wife team behind the innovative and fresh dishes. "We opened in November 2015," says Allan. "It was collaboration between me and my wife. We're both chefs who worked in the industry and wanted to open our own little spot." The couple . . .
Exciting holiday entertainment is coming to the Midlands from 12 to 14 July as the fresh, new cast of the Upstagers Dramatic Club provide four exciting performance at the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse. The Diamond Snow, an adapted Agatha Christie mystery, is the inaugural production by a newly birthed Midlands-based theatre company, the Upstagers Dramatic Club which aims to provide ongoing classic and nostalgic theatrical entertainment for local Midlands audiences during each school holiday. The cast of The Diamond Snow, consisting of local, professional and amateur actors, will be bringing four performances of heart-warming entertainment at the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse which offers first-class technical facilities, excellent acoustics and a dedicated orchestra arena for top-class musical accompaniment. All three days will offer 7pm shows as well as an exciting matinee performance on Saturday, 14 July at 2pm. Make this winter holiday a memorable one by booking your seats today. Enjoy a welcome glass of festive Gluhwein on arrival to add to the winter cheer. The Diamond Snow will be hosted by the Schlesinger Theatre, Michaelhouse, with performances on Thursday 12 July at 7pm, Friday 13 July at 7pm, and Saturday 14 July at 2pm and 7pm. Tickets are available at www.tickethut.co.za/michaelhouse for R80, and senior persons and scholars tickets at a cost of R50. Seats are limited so be sure to prebook your spot. For more information, contact William le Cordeur at email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
95 at Parks, Chef Giorgio Nava’s acclaimed Italian restaurant serving his signature Milanese dishes in the Southern Suburbs, has teamed up with Klein Constantia for a singular winter wine experience. During the entire month of July, 95 at Parks guests can enjoy a complimentary glass of either Klein Constantia Organic Sauvignon Blanc 2016, or their Limited Release Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz 2016. Zesty, vibrant and extraordinarily textural, Klein Constantia Organic Sauvignon Blanc is a perfect partner for Chef Giorgio’s creamy pastas. Quintessentially Constantia in style and ageability, this wine is a particularly fitting choice as the major portion of the grapes come from Zonnestraal vineyards adjacent to 95 at Parks. Red wine lovers looking for a richly layered, full bodied blend can savour the Klein Constantia Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz with a fine meat cut or Chef Giorgio’s famous veal osso buco for the ultimate winter comfort food. Famous for making world class, terroir driven Sauvignon blancs and elegant red wines, Klein Constantia is the home of the iconic Vin de Constance. The farm was originally part of Simon van der Stel’s 1685 Constantia property. If you are looking for real Italian food made from the best quality produce for an intimate dinner or light lunch with friends, 95 at Parks has it all. It is one of the few Constantia eateries open on a Monday. 95 at Parks is situated at 114 Constantia Main Road and is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday with secure parking on the premises. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Earlier this year, it was widely reported that Zambia had passed a statutory ruling which instructed firms (affecting mostly Mining), to transport at least 30% of their heavy and bulk freight volumes by rail. To place this into perspective, it is estimated that only 5% of the total freight moved in Zambia occurs via rail, the remaining 95% is transported by road. The announcement came as a shock to many, with much criticism on the practical execution. The Zambian Chamber of Mines was among the most vocal critics, re-affirmed by the concerns of many other bulk traders, calling the move “retrogressive” and “unworkable”. Given that Zambia is largely a commodity driven economy, the “penalty” on bulk commodities is considered contrarian to growth. Furthermore, the Chamber’s negative assertions about the bill were based on notions that Zambia’s rail infrastructure is sub-par, inaccessible, unreliable, unscheduled and, therefore, is unfit to absorb greater market share of the freight transportation volumes. With innovation and growth, many industries have moved away from traditional “old-school” ways of work. Rail is definitely one of the oldest modes around, and many do not view it in a good light. We need convenience, instant “on-demand” offerings with quick turnarounds. These “needs” have fueled (excuse the pun) the growth of road freight to the detriment of rail over the years, with a self-fulfilling prophecy. As more freight opted for road, systematically rail freight reduced. With this conversion, lower utilization of rail networks led to lower income and rail operators (mostly government owned and operated) were unable to reinvest, rehabilitate or enhance networks in many instances (amongst other excuses). As budgets got tighter operators also increased rail tariffs (against economic competitive logic), which of course, further threatened freight away from rail. This conundrum added with poor service delivery, has marred the African rail industry with a . . .
The brand formerly known as Airlines SA approached Realm Digital to assist with their rebranding and repositioning strategy. Click, Click, Go! Powered by Travelstart, the booking tool allows you to search and compare flights on various local and international airlines. After comparing costs, the portal enables you to book your own flights. We sat down with the founder, Tania De Jager to found out more about the ?newly rebranded online travel booking destination. What brought about the need for a rebrand? Our previous brand, Airlines SA was in dire need of a makeover. With the brand’s rapid expansion, we needed to explore a more flexible solution to allow for future services that our customers might require. The Airlines SA brand was quite limiting in terms of future expansion and with a few plans up our sleeves, we needed an umbrella brand. We want to make travel bookings easy, and for that you need one destination. Why ClickClickGo? Most things these days happens with a click or two. We shop, we read, we play, we communicate, we pretty much run our lives with the clicking of buttons - the click is powerful. Day to day tasks like banking and shopping have become easier and quicker to manage, and travel should be no different. The name resonates with travelers in the digital age. The name conveys the simplicity of using our services and illustrates that it's safe, fast and reliable, as easy as click, click and go! What inspired the new look? The time was right to update the brand, change the name and give it a fresh new look, including a new logo and brand colours. We also wanted a completely new brand identity. The screaming pink is happy, vibrant and modern, because planning a trip shouldn't be all that serious! Realm Digital’s design studio created the new logo and brand identity taking into account the brand’s youthful nature. The vibrant pink will ensure the logo stands out against competitors and remains top of mind when it . . .