"It is so good to be able to report some very positive and exciting news for members of the ECA(SA)" said National ECA (SA) Director Chris Greager. On 16 October 2012 a formal function was held at the offices of the Construction Education and Training Authority (CETA) at which the ECA(SA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the CETA, and entered into a contract in which it will finance three of four Special Projects we submitted to it to the value of R4 050 500. These are: To pay the training and trade testing costs of 100 apprentices to undertake Modules 0 – 3 and 4 – 6 at CETA accredited or recognised training centres - R3 330 500; To pay the training costs of 25 Electrical Construction Operator 2 ( Elconop 2) and 25 Electrical Construction Operator 3 (Elconop 3) learners to attend CETA accredited or recognised training centres to undertake the necessary modular training to enable them to qualify and be promoted to the higher level - R600 000; and To purchase and take ownership of the Electrician (Construction) Training Manuals developed by experts on behalf of the ECA(SA) so that the standard and quality of training provided to apprentices will become standardised throughout the country - R120 000. This contract was the culmination of a press conference held in March this year at which the ECA(SA) was very critical about the non-performance of both the Construction SETA and the Energy & Water SETA under which we previously fell. There was wide publicity about this "scandal", and our Attorneys also communicated with the Minister of Higher Education and Training threatening legal action if nothing was done to address the lack of training taking place in the Industry. The criticism was taken very seriously by the CETA and led to numerous meetings taking place to address the problems we had raised. These included outstanding trade test certificates for apprentices who had successfully passed their final trade tests; apprenticeship . . .
With the 2013 Super Rugby season not far off, Nelson Mandela Bay awaits the arrival of Super 15 Rugby on our shores with great anticipation. Access Management, the operators of Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium, hosted a Golden Ticket event last Wednesday, where local captains of industry got together, demonstrating their support for rugby in the Bay. Despite some rather inclement weather, the event proved to be a memorable one indeed. The Golden Ticket event was designed to encourage Port Elizabeth business to get squarely behind local Rugby, by inviting them to declare their intent to take up the offer of corporate season ticket packages, (which are aimed primarily at empowering their workforce – and ultimately the community – and affording them an opportunity to be part of what is widely regarded as arguably the world’s toughest Rugby competition, which will be played right here in our midst). Several of the Metro’s largest corporations have already expressed their intent to become part of this incredibly exciting and rewarding venture, and they encourage other companies to do likewise, in an effort to ensure that Super 15 Rugby becomes a reality for ALL citizens of the Metro – as intended. “What’s happening here in Nelson Mandela Bay has much more to do with our greater community, economy – our welfare and pride – than just with Rugby or sport. This is the kind of stuff that will mark change in our history books many years from now. But it is at this point – right now – that we need every bit of support and encouragement possible from every single son and daughter, and from every captain of industry in our area, to help us realise that change”, said EP Rugby Union President, and Chairman of the Southern Kings’ Super Rugby franchise, Cheeky Watson. Proceedings last Thursday evening reached an interesting climax when invitees were treated to an inspiring simulation of a war-room speech by EP Kings skipper Luke Watson. He had the audience captivated by his . . .
Winter is being evicted. It has overstayed its welcome and it is time for summer and Traffic Clothing to take over. A preview to all that Traffic Clothing has to offer will be showcased at Canal Walk Centre Court on the 9th of November. It is sure to be a memorable event and a good way to prepare for the summer season. Traffic Clothing events never fail to enthuse guests and will not disappoint with this summer’s hottest looks. Key trends for the upcoming summer season include: bright tropical – nothing says ‘summer’ more than tropical print and colours; graphic print – don’t just make a statement, wear a statement; neon – because bright is beautiful; denim – when in doubt dress denim! Then lastly, the most anticipated theme of the evening, the garment that speaks femininity - swimwear. MC for the evening, Leigh-Anne Williams, Expresso presenter and Good Hope FM news reader, will introduce these exciting summer themes and the entertainment throughout the show. Models by 20management will be transformed into Traffic Clothing goddesses with the help of Kavanagh’s Hair Studio, Kohl Make-up and Traffic Clothing’s very own fashion guru, Gareth Botha. Guests will be greeted upon arrival with delicious canapés served by Café Magnifico and are invited to enjoy a Scheckter’s Organic drink, while being treated to sensational music in preparation for the display of clothes for your eyes’ pleasure. Spot prizes are up for grabs (thank you, Nu Metro Canal Walk!) but only if you bring your business card for the lucky draw! Its summer and the memories are just waiting to happen! [ends] Event details: Date: 9th November 2012 Venue: Canal Walk, Centre Court Time: 7pm For more information contact: Lara Rall Younique Concepts email@example.com 021 433 0930 More Info: Author: Lara Rall from Younique Concepts. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
GIPCA’s ground-breaking Live Art Festival will take place in various venues around Cape Town from 30 November to 4 December 2012, and promises a plethora of provocative and memorable experiences for audience members. The Live Art Festival, presented by the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts and subtitled ‘Make-up your Mind’, seeks to be a space for interrogation and exploration of contemporary art forms. Embodying themes of presence, identity and gender, the inaugural Festival comprises 30 artists who emerge from a wide range of fields and often collapsing disciplinary boundaries. This sprawling series of events will take place in various venues, including the Cape Town City Hall, UCT’s Hiddingh Campus, roadside pavements, a farm and an empty swimming pool. ‘But is it art?’ must be the mantra of our time - both an earnest question and a cliché that inspires irritation and impatience. Conflicting ideas about how we perceive and not just what we perceive, the collapse of established systems based on prejudice, and postcolonial subjectivities; have all contributed to a healthy and robust bewilderment around contemporary art, particularly that emerging from South Africa. Translate that into performance or live art, and the risks are greater, the innovation sharper, the boundaries barely discernible and the befuddlement bordering on vertigo. Now more than ever before, the point of view of the individual spectator is most important in their encounter with fresh work that sits on an edge. Uncles and Angels, a headline performance by live art diva Nelisiwe Xaba and experimental filmmaker Mocke J van Veuren, typifies the essential interdisciplinary nature of the Festival. When featured at Dance Umbrella this year, the work was described on Artslink.co.za as “uncomfortable... but done with intelligent intent, wry humour, a superb partnership and brilliant technology”, heralding what will “surely become a signature work in years to come”. The . . .
Visitors to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden have enjoyed lazy summer Sunday afternoons listening to the best in local and international music over a number of years. The 2012/2013 season of Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts promises to be a year of memorable musicians, not least because it is a celebration of 21 years of concerts and the Centenary of the Garden. World renowned, the concerts are on most tourists’ agenda as an opportunity to see a Garden that offers a taste of the Cape’s floral heritage in all its beauty; to soak up an atmosphere of congeniality and enjoy world-class music under the shadow of Table Mountain. This coming season launching on Sunday November 25, 2012 through until April 7, 2013 brings with it music that transcends all ages and genres. This Sunday afternoon tradition is one of the experiences that make Cape Town so unique – the chance to experience the best artists performing in one of the world’s most beautiful places. Says Frank Brooks, Sponsorship Manager for sponsor Old Mutual: “This season marks the fifth year we have been a part of this iconic Cape Town event. We are immensely proud that the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts have become a staple on the local and international tourism calendar, and that we as a brand can help these artists do great things on such a prestigious stage”. For the popular groups, and the exciting new performers in the country, it is a mark of achievement to have been on the Kirstenbosch stage - and to be invited back. This year’s line up welcomes back old favourites: Mango Groove, Zebra and Giraffe, Prime Circle, Arno Carstens, The Parlotones, Jimmy Dludlu, Freshlyground, Goldfish and Natasha Meister and introduces some hot new acts that will thrill their audiences. Opening the season on November 25 is international star and UK based Daniel Bedingfield. His pop wizardry is renowned, award winning and seriously funky. Having previously charted #1 in South Africa expect to hear some new material . . .
Various artists and heritage artefacts Standard Bank Gallery 16 October – 1 December 2012 ‘The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections’ includes an exhibition by the Standard Bank Heritage Centre on the ground floor of the Standard Bank Gallery. This show focuses on the 150-year history of Standard Bank, illustrated through artefacts, photographs and other visuals from the Heritage Centre’s rich archival and artefact collection. This part of the exhibition follows a timeline approach, highlighting the unique history of the bank as the oldest name in banking in South Africa. The exhibition comprises three components. The first covers the period from the late 1850s-1987. More particularly, it deals with the conception of the idea for a “Standard Bank” in Port Elizabeth and its eventual establishment in London in 1862. Other focuses include the bank’s pioneering spirit, its “firsts” and innovations, the development from purely a bank into a financial services organisation, and the disinvestment of the bank’s British parent when it became fully South African owned. The second component explores the period 1988-2012 and portrays the bank as a dynamic organisation that expanded into Africa and other parts of the world in its own right. Other parts of the story here include the Nedcor take-over bid, the journey to self-service banking through technological innovations, internet and cell phone banking in particular, and Standard Bank’s quest to reach the “unbanked”. The third section of the exhibition includes an old banking hall, showcasing a teller’s box from the original Standard Bank counter at the Port Elizabeth branch and other furniture used by the bank over the years. Also featured in this component is a short video, which takes the visitor through the customer experience over the years, from when banking was completely branch-based to the development of self-service banking as we know it today. In addition, there is a focus on the changed look . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 15 October 2012 Eastgate shopping centre’s annual Look of Fashion event will take place again in November. One of the most prestigious modeling events to take place at any shopping centre, it is also one of the longest running and renowned launchpads for many aspiring models. Two previous winners, namely Tansey Coetzee and Bokang Montjane, went on to be crowned Miss South Africa after winning the Look of Fashion title. Celebrities that have entered in previous years include Claudia Henkel, Shashi Naidoo , Rosette Mogomotsi and previous runner-up, Celeste Khumalo, who was crowned Miss SA Teen in last year’s competition. The event’s call for entries opens from 15 October and closes 26 October, 2012. Entrants need to be 18 years of age and not turn older than 25 after 1 November 2012. Entry forms are available at Eastgate shopping centre Customer Service Desk. Entries must be completed with two photographs attached; a head and shoulder shot and a full length shot, and handed in at Eastgate Centre Management, situated at Entrance 8. Thirty semi-finalists will be invited to a screening process, whereby twelve finalists will be selected through a judging process. Semi-finalists will be advised after the 26th of October 2012 deadline and need to be available on the 4th of November 2012. The final show, featuring all twelve finalists, will take place at Eastgate shopping centre on the 16th of November 2012. The show will be choreographed by Juanita Daniel, well-known international Fashion week choreographer. The Look of Fashion winner for 2012 will win a trip overseas to further her career internationally with Full Circle Model Management, owned by Janez Vermeiren and Paul Coetzee. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact the Customer Service Desk on 011 479 6000. Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and . . .
For anyone in the film and events industry achieving that “wow” factor for the production is the ultimate objective. From pyrotechnics, confetti cannons, bubble machines, artificial snow or the familiar smoke machines – all of these special effects have to be handled by experts in the field. This sometimes means seeking a number of suppliers and managing them at the event – stressful to say the least! With more than 20 years in this highly creative industry Visual Creations/Design a Balloon has been offering these innovative options to their clients with enormous success. Having seen how important the addition of special effects has become, Managing Director Vincent Shantall has now opened a new division dealing exclusively with this aspect. Travelling regularly overseas to find new products, Shantall can source whatever is required and also offers the personal service of importing specific machines requested by a client. Add to that the added value of the décor division and this is a one stop shop for film producers and events organisers. Constantly upgrading and adding new products to the extensive catalogue that he offers, Shantall understands that the industry demands bigger and better ideas on a continuous basis. Adding the “wow” factor with effects such as multiple laser effects, star curtains and many more has resulted in him securing four exclusive international agencies for the more unusual and fun products. As a registered pyrotechnician he has travelled the country with effects suitable for film and theatre productions, festivals, conferences, launches, parties and smaller events that may take place in clubs, homes and pubs. When hiring the machines a team of fully trained staff handle all the operational aspects relieving the production crew’s stress and ensuring that the audience is given the best experience. In certain cases clients can dry hire the products with full instructions supplied. Respected for his clever and creative . . .
Jason Drew Justine Joseph The Story of The Fly and How It Could Save the World will take you behind the pesky reputation and inside the brain and body of the much misunderstood fly. It investigates the insect as a pest and how man has tried (tirelessly, often unsuccessfully) to kill it – exploring everything from how it walks on ceilings to how it survives Ice Ages and outsmarts all manner of fly swats, toxins and traps. The book also reveals how, throughout history, innovative humans - including Napoleon Bonaparte’s surgeon - NASA, various forensic entomologists and the UK National Health Services - have harnessed and researched the fly to help mankind. But ultimately it introduces the fly as a future hero that could help save the world. How? By recycling waste nutrients and generating sustainable protein to spare the fish in the ocean and feed the ever-growing number of people on our Earth. That’s a story worth telling. And one worth reading, too. Authors Jason Drew is an international business leader and serial entrepreneur turned environmentalist and author. He is on the board of a number of organizations, including www.AgriProtein.com, his latest ‘green’ venture. Justine Joseph is a scientist by training, a freelance journalist by profession and probably the world’s biggest fly fan. Previous Titles by Jason Drew The Protein Crunch, soft cover (2011) 978-0-9869976-2-4 The Protein Crunch, hard cover (2011) 978-0-9869976-0-0 The Protein Crunch, ebook (2011) 978-0-9869976-3-1 Book Specifications ISBN 13: 978-0-9802742-8-8 Category: Eco-business / Green / Sustainability BIC codes: KJJ, KJD, RNU, KCN, WNCN, WNC, RN, PDR, TVF, KCT, PSCT7 RRP: ZAR 169.00 Size: 222 mm x 152 mm portrait Extent: 194 pp text + 8pp cover + endpapers + flaps Distribution: StephanPhillips (S. Africa), Vinehouse (UK). For and on behalf of Jason Drew by Hippo Communications For more information contact Beryl Eichenberger or Linet . . .
Whisky lovers can savour some of the world’s top selling single malt whiskies courtesy of Glen Grant during the 2012 FNB Whisky Live Festival taking place for the first time in Durban on 1 and 2 November and in Johannesburg from 7 to 9 November. Glen Grant Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm, will personally guide visitors through a magnificent journey of discovery of the Glen Grant portfolio of easy-drinking malt whiskies. With some 50 years’ experience in the whisky industry, Dennis manages and directs Glen Grant with uncommon passion and an unrivalled knowledge of the industry. Don’t miss the opportunity to experience a taste of Speyside Scotland and the rich history of Glen Grant at the Glen Grant Distillation Zone where you will be able to savour a taste of the Major’s Reserve, the 10 year and 16 year olds. Entry is free and works on a first come, first served basis. Whisky connoisseurs might want to opt for a dedicated hour-long whisky workshop with Dennis Malcolm on Friday, 2 November (19h30-20h30) in Durban or on Wednesday, 7 November (18h30-17h30) and Friday, 9 November (20h30-21h30) in Johannesburg. Limited tickets are available at R120 per session. For more information and bookings visit www.whiskylivefestival.co.za GLORIOUS GLEN GRANT Whisky lovers can savour some of the world’s top selling single malt whiskies courtesy of Glen Grant during this year’s FNB Whisky Live Festival. Showcasing whiskies from all around the world, the FNB Whisky Live Festival is the largest, whisky and lifestyle event of its kind and attracts more visitors than any other whisky festival globally. Now celebrating its 10th year, the 2012 FNB Whisky Live Festival has grown from strength to strength and will now be launching a whole month earlier to accommodate a third leg to the show in Durban. Glen Grant Master Distiller Dennis Malcolm, will personally guide visitors through a magnificent journey of discovery of the Glen Grant portfolio of easy-drinking malt . . .