With less than 48 hours until the torch is lit to mark the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, a local Cape Town girl wins her very own gold. 12 year old Zara Wichman was named the regional best letter-writer for her letter to Olympic silver medallist Sasha Cohen. Wichman earned prize money of R5 000 for herself and R15 000 for her school, Star of the Sea Convent Shool, with her letter in the South African Post Office (SA Post Office) International Letter-Writing competition. The topic for the 2012 letter writing competition was “write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympics mean to you.” The competition is run annually by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the winning entry from each country competes for the title of “best letter writer”. Wichman chose to write her letter to Sasha Cohen and express her thanks and gratitude for being such a wonderful role model. In her letter she articulated the values of the Olympic Games, what the Games meant to her and how she was looking forward to supporting South Africa’s sporting heroes. “I think that it is amazing how you took part in an event where absolutely EVERYONE was trying to achieve excellence and you did so well,” Wichman said in her letter. “I am well and truly amazed.” The SA Post Office received thousands of entries for the International Letter Writing Competition and judging by the volumes of letters received, Olympic favourites are Oscar Pistorius, Caster Semenya and Natalie du Toit. “The South African Post Office is delighted by the letters received. Learners showed remarkable insight into the history of the Olympic Games and what they symbolise,” said Martie Gilchrist, SA Post Office regional communication manager. “It was encouraging to see the children so enthusiastic about our Olympic team.” For more information visit www.postoffice.co.za Ends More Info: http://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricanPostOffice Author: Alex de Kock from . . . .
The Northern Cape is once again in the spotlight with Kathu being nominated in the Kwêla and Rapport Town of the Year competition. The hugely popular competition is run on a regional basis with towns being nominated to represent each region. The regional winners will go up against each other in August. Kathu means “town under the trees” and was named for the forest of indigenous camel thorn trees in which it is located. This forest is reckoned to be one of only two in the world and has been recognised as a national heritage site. Considered as the iron capital of the Northern Cape, this rustic town has a special ambience that has enticed residents and visitors for years with its unique blend of country-style living and modern development. The town and surrounding areas offer visitors a treasure trove of exciting experiences ranging from abseiling to 4x4 trips, game and bird watching, a recreation resort with camping, fishing and horse-riding facilities as well as a sports club. Visitors can also explore the mining history of the region during a mine tour of the world’s largest open-cast iron mine. Keen golfers should not miss playing a couple of rounds at the beautiful Sishen Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of town, rated as one of the top 20 courses in the country. Accommodation facilities range from luxury four-star lodges, star-graded bed and breakfasts to guests farms or camping facilities. Kathu is located in the heart of the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape, an area world-renowned for its spectacular scenic beauty. With its vast open plains interspersed by the undulating red dunes of the Kalahari desert, the region is perfectly geared for outdoor pursuits ranging from hiking to game viewing and is a gateway to world-famous safari destinations Namibia and Botswana. Do vote for Kathu and ensure its place in the finals, SMS Kathu to 33157 from 29 July till 7 August. Fabulous prizes are up for grabs for anyone who enters the SMS competition, . . .
In the spirit of celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 94th Birthday and dedicating this day to his life’s work with charity organizations, and the 67 years that he spent fighting for humanity, Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency has uplifted the surrounding community, donated to those in need, and helped animals on this special Mandela Day. Boomtown’s Port Elizabeth office came out in full force with all 51 staff members gearing up to revitalize and renew their surroundings, offering support to the Animal Welfare Society and the Holy Trinity Church, by donating food parcels, blankets, pet food and clothes that Boomtown has collected over the past few months. This could not have come at a better time since the recent floods destroyed many homes. Nine households next to Boomtown were fixed and cleaned up, by mowing the lawns, pruning the gardens, painting the fences and removing and replacing broken windows. The initiative started as a way to beautify the surrounding areas and to create a change within the community, a lasting change. “Today we have uplifted the lives of 9 impoverished families living on our doorstep, numerous needy children and desperate city dwellers, and wagged the tails of a pack of furry friends. It was our call to action, to embody what we stand for – to create explosive, magical moments that effect change – in other words, to ‘Live for the Boom’. With all the other initiatives around the country, we hope this will help ensure that Mr Mandela’s legacy is continued”, said Wayne Harrison, Boomtown’s Managing Director. This day has the ability to create change within society, and Boomtown has succeeded in doing so with the collective collaberaton and very kind assistance from Earthcote, National Glass, Bridge Street brewery, Roast Master, and DMV architecture. More Info: http://www.facebook.com/BoomtownSA Author: Gabriela Vleeschouwer from Boomtown. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One . . .
VISI loves paper architects, oversized lamps, hanging calabashes for snoozing pets, cheeky Orbit chairs, sexy leg-shaped toothbrushes, and book-end floors; and its new owner New Media is sure that readers will find at least ‘33 Reasons to Still Love VISI’ in its transformed Winter Issue, on shelf Wednesday, 18 July. The new format features an uber-cool new masthead, different size, paper selection (which changes throughout the magazine to give readers an exciting tactile experience) and visually impactful graphic language -- all part of the redesign of the magazine by Durban-based graphic art talent and indie publisher Garth Walker. Walker worked with VISI editor Sumien Brink to develop the new look in synch with New Media’s strategy for VISI, which is to reinvigorate the award-winning design and decor magazine with refreshed graphics and content, as well as a new print schedule. Four bumper seasonal issues and two special interest editions of VISI will be published per year. From Reason No 1 –‘We tell you where to shop’, to Reason No 15 – ‘We find beauty in fragile things’, to Reason No 24 – ‘We show you beautiful craft’, the Winter issue is filled with soft, creamy, wooly, sharp, woody, pink and shiny design ideas that editor Brink says “are certain to catch the eye and captivate the imagination of any decor lover.” Brink adds: “In our ’33 Reasons to Still Love VISI’ feature, we wanted to highlight the top reasons why VISI is still everybody’s favourite design mag, but I have to say that in this stunning issue, there are far more than 33 reasons to love VISI.” Seventy pages of magnificent and diverse houses feature upfront in the issue, from an artist’s home on the banks of the Crocodile River to Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired family home in Cape Town. As VISI recognizes that for many of us, pets are people too, the magazine delves beyond the human to the home of globetrotting Cape Town-based dog Oscar, and touts a host of the latest chic doggie sleeping . . .
THE HERALD CLOVER KIDS & BABY EXPO, THE EASTERN CAPE’S BIGGEST FAMILY EXPO NOW TAKING PLACE OVER THE SEPTEMBER HOLIDAYS! The Herald Clover Kids and Baby Expo is now in its 3rd year and once again set to attract a large crowd of parents and children. The Expo will be held at the Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre at the start of the September school holidays from Friday the 28th of September to Sunday the 30th. The undercover exhibition is diverse and includes the best in entertainment and education, wellness and nutrition, furniture and décor, clothing and sport, creativity and crafts, travel and technology as well as family travel and products. There will be exciting indoor sporting and entertainment programme hosted at the Kids Zone and Stage Arena. Entrance is R25 for adults, R20 for kids and all entertainment & activities within the exhibition arena is free. For more information follow us on Facebook http://www.facebook.com/pages/Kids-Baby-Expo/ contact Linda Harwood on 083 310 0750 or firstname.lastname@example.org or checkout www.harwoodevents.co.za More Info: http://www.harwoodevents.co.za Author: Linda Harwood from Harwood Promotion Events Management. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: The Herald Clover Kids & Baby Expo's Logo [/l2g] . . .
“Mandela Day is a global call to action to change the world for the better and to build a global movement for good. It seeks to empower communities through kindness and generosity and proves that everyone can make a difference,” says Cheryl Kemp regional communication specialist of the SA Post Office. To honour the legacy of Nelson Mandela, the Port Elizabeth regional office of the SA Post Office will be painting the run down entrance hall of the Care Haven Psychiatric Centre. The SA Post Office has had a vested interest in the Centre with various donations of food, bedding and crockery going to the home over recent months. The Care Haven Psychiatric Home provides counselling, psychiatric facilities, and promotes social and recreational activities for psychiatric patients in the Eastern Cape. The Centre is situated in Central in the Eastern Cape and services patients from the surrounding region. Additional SA Post Office Mandela Day activities in the region include the launch of the “Teach children to save” campaign which takes place in Zwide. The initiative is spearheaded by Postbank and the Banking Association of South Africa and aims to promote saving whilst teaching children to become financially literate. For more information on the SA Post Office visit www.postoffice.co.za or find them on Facebook at www.faceboook.com/SouthAfricanPostOffice Ends. _____________________________________________________________________ Prepared By: Ogilvy PR Alex de Kock Alex.email@example.com 021 467 1043 072 854 7635 Issued on behalf of SA Post Office Cheryl Kemp 041 508 4117 firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: http://www.postoffice.co.za Author: Alex de Kock from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Gartner Symposium to focus on meeting the challenges of extreme information management The 2012 Gartner Symposium/ITxpo, to be held at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from August 28-30, will once again bring together top IT leaders to deepen their understanding and sharpen their skills. “The theme this year is Focus, Connect, Lead,” says Tom Scholtz of Gartner. “Extreme information management presents CIOs with a whole new set of challenges – and also the opportunity to deepen their leadership. The agenda at this year’s Symposium will help IT leaders look at the real issues, what opportunities there are to connect applications with business and stakeholders, and how they can take a lead in transforming IT in business.” Tina Nunno, Gartner Vice President and Research Director in the US-based CIO Research Group, will give a series of presentations on how CIOs can navigate complex decisions and sensitive organisational politics, as well as on management issues like working with the board of directors, executive communication strategies, change leadership and governance strategies. BRICS expert Partha Iyengar will discuss how local CIOs can help their organisations exploit the opportunities that come with South Africa’s entry into the community, Daryl Plummer will reveal trends in cloud computing and Andy Kyte will discuss application management and overhaul. The special guest speaker is Dr Jasper Horrell, the manager of Science Computing and Innovation for the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project. “This year there are five tracks and over 50 presentations from 18 acknowledged global thought leaders,” says Gartner Africa MD Rene Jacobs. “It’s a once-a-year opportunity to catch up with the latest thinking, network, share ideas and gain new insights. It’s the one event of the year that no IT leader can afford to miss.” For more information and a full agenda, please visit http://www.gartner.co.za. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: . . .
Young Revolution has announced its latest confirmed speakers for their inaugural conference in Pretoria this August with names that include top internationally recognized learning thought leaders. Pretoria, July 16, 2012 – Dr. Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Commission, will be delivering the keynote presentation at the official TNEW Gala Night focusing on economic development through entrepreneurship initiatives. Dr. Manuel will take questions from the floor, giving delegates a unique opportunity to address one of the industry’s leading figures. Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, will deliver the welcome address on the same night. Other confirmed speakers include Jayshree Naidoo, chairperson of the Southern African Innovation Network (SAINe), Nosipho Khonkwane, Provincial Manager- Gauteng of Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Siya Mapoko, serial entrepreneur and author of ‘The Best Advice I Ever Got’, Robert Botha, CEO of James 127 and Magdalene Moonsamy, COO of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). "“I’m delighted to announce that we now have over 40 top industry professionals speaking at this conference," said Lawrence Umukoro, Event Director, Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week. "TNEW is the premier event to network with other business owners and decision-makers, attend cutting edge workshops and shop around for products & services available to help your business exceed your goals." The conference will take place from the 27th to the 31st of August 2012 at the Innovation Hub in Lynwood, Pretoria. To book your place please contact email@example.com or visit www.tnew.co.za Discounted early bird tickets are also available - offer ends 31 July 2012. More Info: http://www.tnew.co.za Author: Lawrence Umukoro from Young Revolution. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Pretoria, July 16, 2012 - Young Revolution (YR), today announced it will host the Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week (TNEW) from the 27th to the 31st of August 2012 at the Innovation Hub in Lynwood, Pretoria. The conference is dedicated to celebrating and supporting businesses in Gauteng and around South Africa. YR has partnered with various private and governmental organizations to deliver a full conference program that will focus on the role and relationship of business, entrepreneurship and social enterprise in building an eco-system to promote and enhance economic development for a better South Africa. The lineup for TNEW has also been announced, and features one of the best lineups in conference history! The keynote speakers include Dr Trevor Manuel, Douglas Kruger, Jayshree Naidoo, Siya Mapoko, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Abey Mokgwatsane, Khaya Dlanga, Prof. Jurie Van Vuuren and Tony Cross. In addition to the keynote speakers, over 40 entrepreneurs and industry experts will be giving talks on 48 topics including: Getting Investors Excited About Your Project Safe Investing Options For Young Professionals Can We Learn Entrepreneurship? How To Connect With Millionaires Avoiding Costly Legal Mistakes Social Media and The Next Generation Entrepreneurship In The Digital Age How To Turn Your Passion Into Profits Building & Maintaining Your Online Credibility The Secret Sauce of The Serial Entrepreneur TNEW gives more than 1000 entrepreneurs, business professionals, innovators, business owners and investors the rare opportunity of idea sharing, networking and engagement in rich dialogue. The event will provide the avenue for delegates to tap into the resourcefulness and dynamism of venture capitalists, industry executives, thought leaders and like-minded entrepreneurs in attendance. TNEW is THE PREMIER event to network with other business owners and decision-makers, attend cutting edge workshops and shop around for products & services . . .
After its great success last year, The Herald Urban Run will return this Tourism Month – once again drawing runners and adventurers from all around to participate in the ‘urbanathlon’ – taking them on a journey through some of the city’s urban sights and attractions while raising money for charity. “Events like the urban race are what our city thrives on. The race shows off several of our inner-city attractions – exposing tourists to a part of our city that abounds with history, art and heritage,” said Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) CEO, Mandlakazi Skefile. The event, which had its first ‘run’ last year, expects to see hundreds of athletes from around the Eastern Cape descend on Nelson Mandela Bay again this year. The city footrace starts and finishes at the iconic Donkin Reserve, also known as the ‘beacon of the bay’ takes place September 16th. It takes competitors through the Central Business District (CBD) of the city along with part of the heritage trail Route 67 and includes iconic sights such as Fort Frederick. Nelson Mandela Bay’s CBD has become one of the front runners in respect of urban renewal, this race calls for tourists and locals to bear witness to the urban transformation for themselves. “The 10.5km urban obstacle race is for social fun runners who are looking for something a little different,” said event organizer, Michael Zoetmulder. “By its very nature, an Urban Run is a multi-disciplinary, city foot race with the emphasis squarely on having fun. Urban obstacles are designed in such a way as to get the social runner sweating and smiling while taking in the city’s surrounds” The race, established last year by local sports events company, Zports, raised R40 000 last year and is hoping to increase that to R100 000 this year. Businesses along the route are encouraged to become involved and lend their support to the event. Organisers say Port Elizabeth has set the benchmark for urban runs in South Africa and September’s event . . .