One of the world's leading business networking gurus encouraged women to use Women’s Month to celebrate their success and he cautioned them to remember that a “glass ceiling” still exists. While much will be said during this month about the progress women have made in the business world, it’s difficult to escape this sad reality says Karl Smith, presenter of a PERSONAL BRANDING, NETWORKING WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN IN BUSINESS to be held in Cape Town. Even before the term "glass ceiling" was coined 20 years ago, researchers debated why women seldom reach the highest ranks in business. So what are some of the cracks? Women entrepreneurship is the next professional frontier. Women are increasingly more likely to hold senior level positions in the workplace, and that gives them excellent skills with which to start a business. Women also have higher levels of education than ever before, and are more likely to have the kinds of degrees that can lead to greater success in business ownership, such as business or law. Many women want the flexibility that comes with business ownership. Even though, as an entrepreneur, they will work much harder than they would otherwise, they are in charge of your own destiny. That’s very appealing to a lot of women. But it’s not good thinking that hard work only will get them anywhere. If women want to make it to the top, they’re going to have to start networking like most of your male counterparts.” Most women don’t attach as much importance to networking beyond socialising. Networking is not all champagne, snacks and social chit-chat”, says Smith He points out that Gail McGuire, chair of the Department of Sociology and Anthropology at Indiana University South Bend, says in her study, “Women may be adept at socializing anywhere - even their workplace, but when it comes to networking skills, they fail miserably.” McGuire studied one of the largest financial services organizations and evaluated its informal network support. Smith . . .
Celebrating “100 blooming years” Kirstenbosch and the Botanical Society of South Africa are enjoying a momentous landmark year and the Botanical Art Biennale from August 30 to September 15 will, without doubt, be one of the high points of the year. Sponsored by Old Mutual, this Centenary event showcases top South African botanical artists as well as artists from different parts of the globe. Focusing on medicinal and traditional use plants of southern Africa, (including plants used for food, shelter, decoration, adornment, health, devotional rituals and rites of passage) the quality of entries this year have surpassed all expectations. The symbiotic relationship between the plant and animal kingdoms and the plethora of uses of plants, highlight the vigilance required if the sustainability and long-term harvesting potential of these limited resources is to be ensured. The 2013 exhibition is the seventh since its inception in 2000 and the extraordinary artistic challenges that confront artists in this genre are apparent in the intricate detail presented in the artworks. From fine monochrome pencil drawings to delicate watercolour, the media used by the artists range from copper etchings and scraperboard through to pastel, pen and ink. Whatever the medium used, the ability of the artist to bring these plants to life in their truest form is remarkable. Whilst the paintings are complex the viewer is drawn to the simple beauty of the plants and to the fact that these same plants have inspired many generations of botanical artists to record with extraordinary accuracy the wealth of the southern African flora. International artists Kath Baker and Leigh-Ann Gale (UK,) Suzana Souza (Brazil) and Suellen Perold (USA) add interest to the line up of exhibitors. Well known artists such as Eric Judd, Solly Gutman, Carol Reddick and Gillian Condy are joined by first time exhibitor Ann Kerr, while visitors will delight in the fine renditions from Jenny Hyde- Johnson, . . .
Wayne Parnell made an admirable comeback from injury and played a crucial role in South Africa's 12-run victory over Sri Lanka in the first T20 International on Friday in Colombo. According to an official press release from Cricket South Africa, Parnell says he is relieved to be back on the park after a frustrating period on the sidelines. "It's great to be back in the Proteas' set-up," Parnell said on Saturday after a light training session in Hambantota. "It's been frustrating being out injured for almost eight months so it was good to come back with a win." He had match-winning figures of two for eight in three overs, and executed a brilliant show of death bowling that included a maiden over in which he took 2 wickets. "The 19th over is obviously an important one so I was happy to get it right," Parnell said. "Death bowling is such a fickle art, some days you get it right and some days it doesn't go so well, I'm just happy that I could make a contribution towards the victory. "I've been working a lot with Vincent Barnes behind the scenes," he added. "We've been working on a few technical aspects which will hopefully come right on the field." For all your press releases, copyrighting, Blogging, journal articles or writing projects that you want professionaly done, please email email@example.com More Info link:: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Farai Diza from Diza WordSmith. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. Quick Info: . . .
The American Wind Energy Association (AWEA) has approved for State incentives, the Kestrel e400nb. South Africa’s only small wind turbine manufacturer, Kestrel, has the only turbine verified by design to be a class one small-wind turbine and to pass the testing. Approved by the Small Wind Certification Council (SWCC), US homeowners and businesses benefit from Feed-In Tariff schemes to incentivise renewable energy installations. The leading small wind turbine from Kestrel can produce 3,930kWh annually, and is ideal for the US due to its size and affordability. Teamed with its durability it can withstand high wind speeds (156mph) and has proved itself already in the US with a number of successful installations. With wind prevalent in most States and an average speed of 4.1 meters per second, wind energy is a great way to become eco-friendly, self-sufficient, less reliant on fossil fuels and reduce electricity bills. And, depending on the scheme, solution owners can even earn money when they send energy back into the grid. “Solid returns from renewable energy, new technology and improved government incentives, makes it easier to become less reliant on fossil fuels.” Commented Kestrel Director, Leon Gouws. “The US Government’s commitment to renewable energy and the certification process means people can support this vision, with knowledge that their turbine is robust enough to withstand the toughest of winds, and is reliable to ensure consistent energy production.” A quick science lesson Electricity produced by the turbine is processed by an electronic inverter and fed into the grid. The property is then preferentially supplied by wind power, and any shortfall during peak demand is supplied by the grid. The result is that your energy bill is reduced by the amount of wind energy that is harvested. Your chosen installer will be able to recommend your potential energy production, earnings and return on investment using your property’s . . .
The finalists for the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships have been announced. After a series of countrywide auditions, where hopefuls were put through their triple-threat paces, the audition panel has decided on the top six finalists who will compete for the prize of having their tertiary tuition sponsored. The finalists, who will compete to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000 are: Capetonians Arlin Bantam, Sinead Donnelly and Michaela Moses; Naledi Majola from KZN; Sibusiso Mxosana from the Eastern Cape; and Joburg-based Kamogelo Nche. Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank says, "On behalf of everyone at Nedbank and our Arts Affinity clients; I would like to congratulate the 2013 finalists of the ACT Scholarship Programme. We are inspired by your talent and passion and we believe that you will continue to Make Things Happen." Andre Cloete from DALRO, who forms part of the audition team, elaborates on their involvement: “When this programme was started, the objective was simple: give a deserving candidate the chance to make his or her dreams come true by facilitating their education in the Performing Arts. Not only have we been honouring that responsibility over the last few years, but have established significant growth of this amazing programme, with an additional two scholarships and a record number of entries this year. DALRO is proud to be associated with this programme, and we look forward to further building this legacy with ACT and Nedbank. We go all over the country every year to find the six hopefuls. To be a triple-threat is a challenge in itself - the competition is always tough, and I really don't envy the finals judges.” The Final event, which will be hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, will see the six finalists showcasing their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and a panel of judges who are . . .
11th July 2013 marked the 50th anniversary of the Raid on Liliesleaf in Rivonia. It was a great honour for Black Snow Projects & Events to be selected over numerous companies to manage the Gala Dinner to commemorate and mark this historically prestigious event. On 11th July 1963, the police raided Liliesleaf, arresting 18 people including senior leaders of the ANC, SACP and Umkhonto we Sizwe and, including Walter Sisulu, Govan Mbeki, Rusty Bernstein, Raymond Mhlaba, and Arthur Goldreich. Documents found on the premises implicated Nelson Mandela (who was serving already serving a five year sentence for inciting illegal strikes sentence) and as such the apartheid state was able to bring to the Rivonia Trial as co-accused number one. Eight of the ten accused, including Mandela, were sentenced to life in prison. In remembrance of this significant incident, 120 VVIP’s gathered at Liliesleaf on 11th July for a Gala dinner and an evening of reflection, memories and thought. Among the dignitaries attending were President Jacob Zuma, Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe, three of the surviving four Rivonia Trialists, Sir Bob Hepple, who was one of three remaining survives arrested on the day of the raid and family members. Observing strict security and safety protocols, the Black Snow Projects & Events team worked diligently to create a flawless experience. We’re pleased to have been able to deliver an impressive evening for those who worked tirelessly and selfless during the struggle to bring about the freedoms we enjoy and take for granted today. At Black Snow Projects & Events, we’ve gained the experience to manage important milestone events. More Info link:: http://www.blacksnowevents.co.za/liliesleaf-50th-anniversary-event Twitter: https://twitter.com/blacksnowevents Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BlackSnowEvents YouTube: Author: Nicky Senekal from Black Snow Projects & Events. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. Quick . . .
Leading neuropsychologist and psychoanalyst, Professor Mark Solms, will discuss the brain mechanisms of consciousness, feeling, emotion and value at the Medical Humanities lecture on Thursday 15 August 2013. This lecture will take place in the Anatomy Lecture Theatre, UCT Hiddingh Campus. Mark Solms is best known for his discovery of the forebrain mechanisms of dreaming, and his pioneering use of psychoanalytic methods and theories in contemporary neuroscience. He has published more than 300 papers in both neuroscientific and psychoanalytic journals, and five books, including The Neuropsychology of Dreams (1997), Clinical Studies in Neuropsychoanalysis (2000) and The Brain and the Inner World (2002). In this lecture, Quality and the Brain, Professor Solms will discuss the brain mechanisms of consciousness, feeling, emotion and value, unpacking the implications for both aesthetics and ethics. Following the argument that consciousness originates from within, he will explain conscious experience as a subjective phenomenon, constrained (rather than shaped) by external perception. The lecture will also consider the relationship between consciousness and emotion, highlighting the significance of empirical investigations of the intrinsic and inherently value-laden systems of the brain. Professor Mark Solms is the Head of the Department of Psychology at the University of Cape Town, president of the South African Psychoanalytical Association, a member of the British Psychoanalytical Society, and an Honorary Member of the New York Psychoanalytic Society. Other honours include the George Sarton Medal for contributions to the history and philosophy of science (Rijksuniversiteit Gent, 1996), the International Psychiatrist award for contributions to American psychiatry (American Psychiatric Association, 2001), and the Sigourney Prize for contributions to psychoanalysis (2012). This event will take place on Thursday 15 August 2013 at 17:30 in the Anatomy Lecture . . .
The third meeting of the International Telecommunication Union’s Radio communication (ITU-R) Joint Task Group, held at the East London International Convention Centre from 22 July concluded Wednesday, 31 July. The ITU (International Telecommunication Union) is the United Nations specialized agency for information and communication technologies and the meeting was attended by approximately four hundred delegates from around the world, including representatives of NASA and the World Meteorological Organization (WMO). The Department of Communication hosted the meeting which Gift Buthelezi, Deputy Director General for ICT International Affairs and Trade in the Department of Communications, said had presented South Africa with the opportunity to champion and influence decisions relating to spectrum requirements for broadband. He further said that that the hosting of the joint task group would encourage greater participation from South Africa and from African continent. Every three to four years, the ITU convenes a World Radio communication Conference (WRC), to revise the international Radio Regulations, an important international treaty that governs the use of the radio frequency spectrum and orbital slots. The Radio Regulations also provide for the allocation of frequency bands to radio communication services and set technical and regulatory conditions to promote interference free operations for radio equipment. The last World Radio Conference (WRC-12) took place in Geneva, Switzerland in 2012 and the next one will be held in Geneva in November 2015. The ITU-R Joint Task Group forms a part of the preparatory meetings leading up to the next World Radio Conference. David Botha, Chief of the Information and Telecommunication System Division and World Meteorological Information System (WIS) Project Manager said “I am very impressed with the facilities of the ELICC and believe that it offers international standards and facilities. We were very happy to have held . . .
Burger King To Put Burgers And Chips At Fuel Stations A new partnership is bringing the Whopper to sub-Saharan Africa. The Miami-based fast food chain Burger King has teamed up with South African energy company Sasol to open up restaurants at several Sasol fuel stations. "This deal allows Burger King South Africa to open stores within Sasol’s national fuel retail network and will include company- owned outlets, as well as awarding franchising opportunities to current and potential Sasol franchisees," said the Sasol press release. Burger King South Africa was formed this year from a partnership between Burger King Worldwide and Grand Parade Investments, which is based in Johannesburg. Burger King restaurants are operational throughout the Americas, Asia, Europe and the Middle East, but the corporation's African presence was limited to Egypt and Morocco until it launched operations in Cape Town, South Africa, this May. Burger King will have to move quickly to catch up with McDonald's Corporation and KFC, which is owned by YUM! Brands Incorporated; both have a long-established presence in South Africa with several hundred outlets between them. Burger King South Africa CEO Jaye Sinclair said last month that the company hopes to open 12 branches in the country by the end of next year, and more throughout Africa later on. "The South African consumer is looking for value,” Sinclair said. “There are more and more households where both partners work, so the demand for quick food climbs." Indeed, South Africa's middle class has more than doubled over the past decade; it now includes more than 4.2 million people, among a total population of 51 million. But much of the population -- up to 47 percent, by some counts -- lives in poverty, and the unemployment rate is up around 25 percent. Burger King restaurants will begin popping up at Sasol facilities in late 2013. For all your freelance news articles, press releases and any other writing projects . . .
Whether you are on Twitter for fun or for business or to promote your favourite cause, this short course covers all the basics you need to know to be an effective tweeter, who is also interesting and fun to follow. Veteran journalist and ex-Sunday Times news editor Ray Joseph who has over 6500 Twitter followers, will show you all you need to know to make Twitter work for you. You’ll need a laptop that can connect to the Internet and a curious and open mind as you’re introduced to the wide world of the Twitterverse. We’ll also give you some takeaway notes that cover the basics of the training. You’ll learn to: • Set up your account properly, so that your Twitter experience is built on top of a solid foundation; • Speak the language of Twitter; • tweet and retweet; • Send direct messages; • Understand and use hashtags effectively; • using the @ sign properly so that the intended person/people get your tweets; • Say it all in 140 characters and write effective and clever tweets that make you stand out; • Shorten URL links so they fit into your tweets; • Do basic searches • Find interesting people and organisations to follow Date: 27 August Time: 5.30 for 6pm Venue: Hollow on the Square, 9 RykTulbagh Square, City Centre, Cape Town Cost: R500 per person RSVP to Greg Smit at 021 556 8200 or email greg@hippocommunications by August 20, 2013 More Info link:: http://www.facebook.com Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. Quick Info: No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer:Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .