When you find your relationship suffering, you will find a trusted friend who will assist you in overcoming the situation. When your business environment prompts that your personality needs some fine tuning, there is a trusted friend to help you. When your health does not work in the manner you desire, confide in a friend who is always ready to lend a hand. Although claims like these sound too good to believe, Alternate Choices will give numerous options so that you develop conviction in such assertions. The taglines of the institute like “Change your inner thoughts”, “Live life according to what you desire”, “It will change your inner thoughts”, etc. stand as pillars of commitment that Alternate Choices does what it claims. Alternate Choices has been in the service of mankind right from the time the institute made its appearance. Since then, the institute has been helping different clients with different services like NLP Life Coaching, Neuro Linguistic Programming Therapy and Total Breakthrough Experience with the help of Dynamic Quantum Coaching. The institute is equally attentive towards people who wish to change certain aspects of their lives. Thus, Alternate Choices caters to their specific needs by means of Specific Needs Coaching that ranges from a few weeks to a few months duration as per the needs of clients. The institute follows a highly systematic approach. The expert coaches at Alternate Choices are highly experienced sportsmen and sportswomen who train the brain through NLP coaching and NLP counseling. This results in sure shot improvement in life and guaranteed success. For details, please check http://www.alternatechoices.co.za/ About Alternate Choices The most dependable corporate partner, Alternate Choices promises to award better lives to its customers. Whether it is job, or health, or relationship, this life coaching institute has the right keys that help in enlightening personalities and achieving self empowerment. The team of . . .
The second issue of Platteland, the new quarterly lifestyle magazine from the Go! stable, appears on magazine shelves countrywide this week. And when one considers the reaction to the first issue, this down-to-earth magazine, available in English and Afrikaans, is being welcomed with open arms by readers, who can hardly wait for the next issue to go on sale. Although the audited sales figures will only be available by July 2014, Platteland has got everybody talking. Letters, emails and comments on social media are flooding in explaining how the magazine has touched their lives. Thea Brand of Jacobsdal writes: “The first edition of Platteland impressed me – from the quality paper to the interesting and valuable articles, tips and recipes. It truly is a coffee-table magazine with ‘something for mom and dad and daughter and son’, as the theme song of the Esmé Euvrard programme Hospitaaltyd decades ago taught us, along with numerous plans on how to apply old skills today – a guide to living ‘better naturally’ and ‘naturally better’.” City slickers are equally excited: “After I started paging through your mag one afternoon, my herb garden is now taking shape in my head and the ‘slower-living, better-living’ ideas overwhelm me; what a wonderful escape to Loxton and Nottingham Road; and as for the Waterberg preserves story … my mouth is watering and I’m eagerly awaiting the following issue,” says Johan Ferreira, who hails from the City of Gold. Edith Bartholomew from Cape Town comments: “I had tears in my eyes while paging through Platteland. Happy tears. Every page brought back wonderful memories of the little town in the Eastern Cape where I grew up. For a farm girl, this magazine is a big gift.” So, what can readers look forward to in the Autumn Platteland? We look at life in Cullinan just east of Pretoria, as well as experience the less showy side of the Eastern Free State; visit a couple who left behind the rat race of the Midrand for a more fulfilling life . . .
CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA, February 2014: “If a person has any greatness in them, it comes to light, not in one flamboyant hour, but in the ledger of their daily work.”? Beryl Markham, West with the Night. A person of passion, determination and great ambitions, Marilyn Cooper is one of the few women who decided to go against the norm and make an inimitable mark in an industry dominated by men. In her 15 years of service at Cape Wine Academy, Marilyn served as CEO for 6; and this is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to her list of achievements in her illustrious, trailblazing career. Marilyn began her journey late into the wine industry as a student at the Cape Wine Academy (CWA) in 1986 at the age of 38 and worked as a wine consultant compiling wine lists. She then completed her Cape Wine Masters in 1999 and joined the Cape Wine Academy as Manager for the North. In 2001 she was promoted to Principal of the Academy. In 2005, the CWA became a PTY Ltd company and Marilyn became the Managing Director. She was then promoted to CEO where she stayed for 6 years until retiring in December 2013. During this time, Marilyn continued to strive for excellence at the Academy and in her career as an educator and wine expert. She was a Finalist in the CEO Magazine as ‘SA’s Most Influential Women in Business & Government’ in 2009 and nominated again in 2010; she has wine-judged at major wine events such as Veritas, Muscadel Association, Woman Winemaker of the Year, Terroir awards, Michelangelo wine awards, Juliet Cullinan wine awards, WINE magazine, WineLand Magazine, Classic Wine magazine to name a few. A pivotal moment in Marilyn’s career was in 2011 when the CWA reached the milestone of having trained over 100 000 students through the Cape Wine Academy courses. Her efforts did not go unnoticed and in 2012 Cooper was appointed CEO of the Cape Wine Academy. Once at the helm of the Cape Wine Academy, Marilyn went to great lengths to stimulate employment . . .
Nine years ago, a small business was set up in the Klein Karoo town of Prince Albert, with five employees in an old ostrich hatchery. This month the AVOOVA business (now exporting its beautiful handmade ostrich eggshell products to 15 countries) celebrated the official opening of its newly renovated, 800m² factory across the road. (Thursday 20 February). Funding from the Jobs Fund, through the auspices of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), made the new premises possible. This has not only enabled AVOOVA to improve the working conditions of its staff and boost productivity, but to create 20 permanent new jobs. The business is now far better equipped to develop the export potential of its products. CEO of AVOOVA, Tom Goddard, believes that there could be a further 20-30 positions available over the next one to two years as a result of the funding injection. The factory has sufficient spare capacity to double the numbers employed to in excess of 100 over the next few years. The Jobs Fund investment has, in addition, gone into creating an AVOOVA shop in the former factory. This has the potential to be a huge attraction for the growing number of tourists visiting Prince Albert, adding to the number of direct and indirect jobs. “We made a conscious decision to remain faithful to the origins of our business by keeping our production in the town where it all started,” said Goddard. “This has presented many challenges both logistically and in terms of short term skills shortages – but on the other hand there are many longer term advantages to such a strategy. “Staff retention is excellent, which is very important when developing and refining specific skills. Because we operate in a small local community, over the years we have been able to establish a relationship with our staff that is founded on mutual trust and dependency. With every year that passes this bond will strengthen and will enable us to grow and improve not just in terms of quality and . . .
Fans of beautiful craft and design items will be spoilt for choice at this year’s Design Indaba Expo (28 February-2 March), as the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) and the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) have teamed together to bring 16 hand-picked craft enterprises to the event. Businesses offering everything from ceramics to jewellery, furniture to textiles have each received a sponsored 4m² stand, following a rigorous selection process that began in November last year. SEDA pays a portion of the stand cost and the CCDI offers training, styling assistance and moderate funding assistance to enhance the stands. “The Design Indaba Expo is an ideal opportunity to showcase the best of Western Cape handmade products to the global market, through reaching influential local and international buyers,” said Doreen Hendricks, CCDI Market Support Coordinator: Domestic & Local Markets.“This is an amazing opportunity for these small businesses to build up their trading confidence and to make their mark.” The CCDI will also be publicising the Better Living Challenge (BLC) competition at the Expo. The BLC is part of the Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative, which encourages organisations to commit to the Green Economy. The CCDI is project managing the rollout of the competition, which will source and bring to market home improvement solutions for the low income housing market. Winning solutions will be innovative, affordable and use green technology. (www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za | Facebook - The Better Living Challenge | Twitter - @TheBLChallenge) The CCDI will also be sharing an information stand with Cape Town Design and Wesgro, in order to map out the eco-system of design. This display will showcase the various stakeholders in a vast design network, from government and educational institutions, to manufacturers, support NGOs, and the marketplace itself. In building understanding of the contribution of design to the economy, . . .
Impressions of Rorke’s Drift - The Jumuna Collection Museum Africa, Johannesburg; 10 March - 25 May 2014 Impressions of Rorke’s Drift is curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe drawing works from the Jumuna Family collection, looking at the phenomenal legacy of the iconic Rorke’s Drift Arts and Craft Centre. The exhibition – made possible through gracious support from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund (NLDTF) – is open to the public at Museum Africa in Johannesburg 10 March - 25 May 2014, and will then travel to the Iziko South African National Gallery in Cape Town, 23 July to 2 November 2014. Situated on the battlefield of Rorke’s Drift (1879) a historical site of the Anglo Zulu War, the significance of The Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre lies in its prints, which have made an enormous contribution to South African art. Many alumni of The Rorke’s Drift Art and Craft Centre went on to have significant careers, including artists such as Sam Nhlengethwa, Pat Mautloa, John Muafangejo, Kay Hassan, Dumisani Mabaso, Bongiwe Dhlomo, Azaria Mbatha, Paul Sibisi, Lionel Davis and Sandile Zulu. The original ‘Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre’, which was established by Swedish missionaries Peder and Ulla Gowenius in 1962, gave a voice to many talented artists who would otherwise have been denied the opportunity to further their craft. The Swedish missionaries also enabled the work to be seen by an international audience at a time when South Africa’s art could not easily access a global stage. The Centre concentrated initially on weaving and pottery, but these facilities developed into a printmaking studio which attracted artists from all over the country and beyond. The process of print-making enabled art to reach a wider audience – works could travel to multiple destinations and was affordable for the artists and the buyers. “The importance of Rorke’s Drift cannot be under estimated,” explains Goniwe. The Rorke’s Drift Art and Crafts . . .
The African Mine Security Summit taking place on 8-9 April 2014, in Johannesburg, will feature a presentation by Nash Lutchman, Vice President, Security Services at Sibyane Gold, South Africa 23 February 2014, Johannesburg: Africa boats of some of the world's deepest mines, however security remains a major challenge. The recent rescue and arrest of 22 illegal miners from an abandoned gold mine in Benoni, once again brought to the forefront the gravity of the issue. To discuss the importance of securing mine operations against internal and external threats and forge intelligent security strategies, the African Mine Security Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Johannesburg on 8-9 April 2013. The summit will open with a presentation by Nash Lutchman, Vice President, Security Services at Sibyane Gold, South Africa and will shed a spotlight on the current security landscape in the African mining industry. He will further deliberate the role of security in current market dynamics, and investing in security: budget vs expectations. Nash has a wide range of experience with a career in the policing and security environment spanning more than 26 years. He was a career policeman who left the SA Police after 17 years of service, 6 of which was at the level of a Brigadier, to join diamond giant De Beers. Joining De Beers in 2004 as a Security Manager at the Group’s Kimberley Mines, he progressed through the company to head the security division for the Group’s South African Operations under the auspices of De Beers Consolidated Mines. He left De Beers in 2008 to join Gold Fields Limited where he served as Vice President and Group Manager Protection Services until the end of 2012. He is now Vice President Protection Services at Sibanye Gold Limited, a South African Gold producer. Additionally the summit will feature dedicated presentations from Neil Metzer, Security Coordinator, Chamber of Mines, South Africa; Jenny Reid, Former President, Security . . .
Kellogg Asia Pacific has announced the appointment of Gerald Mahinda, who joined Kellogg as Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa on February 1, 2014. “As part of our emerging markets strategy, we have identified Sub-Saharan Africa as a key area of focus with long term growth potential for Kellogg,” says Amit Banati, President, Asia Pacific Kellogg Sub-Saharan Africa is a key area of focus for Kellogg Company under the company’s emerging markets strategy. Mr Mahinda will work closely with the leadership of Kellogg’s Mediterranean, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses, to transition into the new Sub-Saharan leadership role. The North Africa business will remain under the leadership of Kellogg’s EMEA. “Gerald has extensive experience in Africa and we are very pleased to have him join Kellogg,” said Banati. “We are looking forward to the Sub-Saharan Africa business thriving under his guidance and leadership.” Mr Mahinda joins Kellogg from Diageo where he has spent 14-years in leadership roles and been instrumental in delivering transformational growth for Diageo in Africa. Mr Mahinda has developed his career in Africa in various senior executive leadership roles spanning 20 different countries, with companies including AIG, Standard Chartered and as Managing Director of East African Breweries, Brandhouse in South Africa and until recently Managing Director of Diageo Africa Spirits Transformation. Mr Mahinda spoke of his ambitions for growth and his emphasis on people. He said: “I see an outstanding opportunity for Kellogg to grow in Africa and felt energized by the team when I met them. I believe in winning with people and under my leadership that’s how we’ll achieve our ambitions.” Author: Paula Wilson from Paula Wilson Media Consulting. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.kelloggcompany.com/en_US/home.html Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Paula Wilson Media . . .
A unique artist pop-up shop will appear in Johannesburg in March, offering collectors the opportunity to buy artworks from two of the city’s acclaimed fine artists. The one-day-only shop will appear at Connect on 4th in Linden on March 8th 2014, and will be showcasing prints, drawings and paintings by Richard Penn and Robyn Penn. Both Robyn and Richard are recipients of the prestigious Ampersand Fellowship, and will be heading to New York City in April/May 2014. The pop-up shop comes ahead of the artists’ US trip as a way of raising additional funds to cover the Fellowship’s living expenses. Already represented in private, corporate and academic collections throughout South Africa, and by two leading city galleries, the Penn’s Pop-Up Shop gives ordinary art collectors as well as those with already existing collections the chance to purchase original artworks, in a relaxed environment. Previously used to shoot Kabelo’s Boot Camp (screened on Mzansi Magic), Connect on 4th is the perfect space for this art experience. Its wrap-around verandah, spacious exterior and relaxed ‘home-away-from-home’ atmosphere make for an inviting space – and the chance to share a coffee with Robyn and Richard Penn and hear more about their art. Starting at 10am, coffee, lunch, snacks and drinks will be on sale with Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Arts serving up all kinds of DELIciousness in a family-friendly environment. Full of Beans will also be on hand to ensure coffee lovers are well catered for. Both residents of Johannesburg, Robyn and Richard Penn are rapidly becoming sought-after artists for collections across the country. In a review of Richard’s AOP Gallery Horizon show in 2012, critic Robyn Sassen described his work thus: “Have you ever looked at something close, imagining it far, that a blade of grass was a tree trunk; a sand granule, a boulder? This is what Richard Penn does in these 32 hand-pulled prints and pen and wash drawings on paper that will turn your . . .
Sage ERP X3 solutions accelerates the technologies disruptions out of new innovations Feb 21, 2014: Drakensberg – While the venue for Sage Insights is taken down, the message and foresight offered in keynotes by industry veterans, breakout sessions by subject matter experts, and thought leaders at this conference is still pushing its limits on capitalizing on the new disruptive forces enabling cloud, mobile and other technologies innovations. Greytrix participated as an exhibitor during the event held between 6 - 9th Feb held at Champagne Sports Resort in Drakensberg, South Africa, adding to the dare to disrupt theme announced at the conference. The overall consensus from business partners and onsite team members confirmed Greytrix presence at Sage Insights was overall inspiring. The key takeaways from the two sessions conducted by Greytrix were valuable in ensuring that Sage X3 can apply the integrated principles to take advantage of the changing dynamics in the ERP application marketplace. Partners and clients made it truly interactive with a lot of interest in understanding the best practices for integrated third party applications with Sage ERP X3 session conducted by Francis Rodrigues, Sr. VP Technology at Greytrix demonstrated the integration options using web services, Java Bridge, ODBC, import and export combinations. Key takeaways from this session also included understanding how these tools in their own individual capacities or used as a combination for integrated data and applications with Sage X3 provides a collaborative, unique and cost effective solutions. For seamless real time integration – a lethal combination of web services and Java Bridge should be adapted, but for ‘out of the box’ reporting within Sage X3 or integration with Business Intelligence tools, ODBC is best leveraged. This inspiring session captured the audience turning it into a very interactive agenda and providing Greytrix with good feedback on taking this best practice . . .