Aspiring presenters are invited to audition to MC the Finals of the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank 2013 Scholarship Awards. After a series of countrywide auditions due to take place in July, the fifth annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships will culminate in a final performance, hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, on 30 September 2013. Six finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and an independent panel of judges as they compete to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000. Performed in the format of a variety show, the showcase of their talents needs to be brought together by a charismatic presenter into a seamless performance for the audience and judges to enjoy. “MCing the Performing Arts Scholarship Awards was the best thing that has happened to me!” says Bongani Nomcweya, host of the 2012 Scholarship Awards Finals. He went on to say “MCing the competition opened another door in the Nedbank house – as a result, I also MCed the Nedbank Community Builder's Awards Ceremony and it was also a great success - I was told I did an ‘Outstanding Job’!” His advice to those auditioning: “They must remember to be their best and to 'ar-ticu-late' - one of the things I kept on forgetting to do - and to the one who is going to get it, they must work to keeping the audience’s stomachs painful throughout, but most of all they should have FUN!” Auditions for the person to fulfill this role of ‘dynamic host’ will take place around the country on the same dates as the auditions for the Scholarships themselves. There is no registration fee, and interested candidates can apply in writing, to Rahiem at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions will take place: 22 June: Durban, Hosted by the Stable Theatre 24 and 25 June: Cape Town, hosted by the Theatre Arts Admin Collective 27 June: Port Elizabeth, hosted by the PE Opera House 8 and 9 . . .
Eastgate Shopping Centre is honouring fathers and fatherhood with a Facebook Father’s Day competition this June. The grand prize includes a Samsung Galaxy Tab3 with 3G/Wi -Fi valued at R5,499, Xbox 4G valued at R3, 500 and an Xbox game valued at R599 from CNA. The weekly prizes will include a leather man's bag valued at R2, 000 and watch valued at R2, 999 from Fossil. To take part in the competition, entrants need to first like the Eastgate Shopping Centre Facebook page and then respond to the question posted. Click on the link below for the competition brief https://www.facebook.com/ateastgategirltalk/app_164184360412345 Terms and Conditions apply. Promotion dates: 11 - 17 June 2013 For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact Bronwyn Williams on 0765077570. Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. Ends/134 Media release issued by DTM SA on behalf of EASTGATE SHOPPING CENTRE. For press assistance contact Marieza van Zyl on+27 21 419 2699 (Cape Town) or +27 11 684 2933 (Johannesburg) or e-mail email@example.com. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, or contact Karen du Toit on +27 83 685 6406 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. URL: https://www.facebook.com/ateastgategirltalk Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Maya Setti from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer: Courtesy of Eastgate Shopping Centre Photographer: Courtesy of Eastgate Shopping Centre Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) and UJ Arts & Culture invite submissions from Arts, Culture and Heritage practitioners and organisations, for inclusion in the second annual publication of the SA Arts & Culture Listing. Published annually in conjunction with the ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, this directory for the professional arts and culture community contains contact details and information on arts, culture and heritage organisations, facilities and related companies or institutions across South Africa, as an essential reference for all arts and culture professionals and stakeholders. The updated SA Arts & Culture Listing will be made available in print as dedicated sections of the Conference programme and also online as a downloadable PDF on the ACT website. Arts industry stakeholders that are engaged in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Film and Photography, Heritage, Arts Training, Community Art, Literature and South African arts and culture Festivals and agencies that engage in sponsorship of arts, culture and heritage are strongly encouraged to submit their details for inclusion in the directory. The closing date for submissions is 28 June 2013. Interested parties should follow this link to submit their details, to be a part of this valuable industry initiative: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFJ0TXdCU2R3UGhOajRxZS1jRncxQnc6MQ or http://tinyurl.com/kkovybl Organisations that are already listed need not resubmit their details, but updates can be emailed to email@example.com. This year's conference is set to take place from 6 – 8 August at the UJ Arts Centre at the University of Johannesburg. It has attracted participation and support from a number of influential players in the arts and culture space, including the European Union (EU), British Council, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network, Arterial Network South Africa and the Visual Arts Network . . .
Registration has opened for the third African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC), which is expected to attract some 400 delegates (including visitors from at least 40 African countries) to Cape Town, South Africa from 6-9 October this year. The Conference should appeal to a wide audience, including creative practitioners, academics, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, brand strategists, corporate managers and art administrators. With research revealing that Africa’s share of the global creative economy is less than 1%, the Conference aims to focus attention not only on the continent’s creative industries as economic drivers; it will also highlight their potential contribution to the eradication of poverty and underpinning democracy and human rights. The event takes place under the auspices of Arterial Network (a network of individuals, organisations, donors, companies and institutions engaged in the African creative and cultural sector). “Previous ACECs have proven to be instrumental in creating markets and raising the profile of African cultural goods and services within Africa and beyond,” said Korkor Amarteifio, Chairperson of Arterial Network. “We intend to make this our largest gathering to date. It will set a benchmark in terms of the quality of the input and the range of activities that will form part of the programme.” Arterial Network Secretary General Peter Rorvik added: “Delegates will be well-positioned to explore the state of the creative industries within the broader political and economic context of Africa and to examine their huge potential to create jobs and help the sustainable development of the continent.” The bid for the Conference was submitted by the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), as the primary implementing agency, assisted by the Conference Bureau of Wesgro, the Western Cape’s investment and trade promotion agency. CCDI Executive Director Erica Elk said: “With the support of the City of Cape Town, planning is well . . .
During the South African Market Research Association (SAMRA) Conference, which took place on 16 – 17 May, in Johannesburg, thought leaders in the industry presented their latest views on research and its applications in business, marketing, and social decision-making. The topic of Real-Time Measurement, which is seen as one of the most thought-provoking subjects among researchers at the moment, was discussed by Andries Noeth, Chief Marketing Officer at Consulta Research. Noeth’s paper won Best Overall Research Paper at the conference and focused largely on a misperception in the business community that real-time research in itself provides business insights. “Truly understanding how customers view your business, brand or products requires a combination of research methodologies that are aligned with the company’s strategic objectives” says Noeth. Real time insight a misnomer Real-time feedback happens instantly and provides companies with a way of keeping their “finger on the pulse” of what customers think. While real-time measurement allows companies to collect megabytes of data with the push of a button, it also comes with a risk. Companies can very quickly become DRIP – Data Rich and Information Poor. Most of the data collected in real time is transactional and operational in nature, and seldomly provides the organisation with strategic insights. Combining this with traditional research methodologies that are more detailed in nature is suggested as the most effective way to gain strategic insights. Checking how healthy your organisation is Noeth uses an analogy where he compares the two research methodologies to getting your health checked. Traditional research methodologies are compared to visting your medical doctor for an annual full medical check-up, where everything is checked in detail, after which you can develop a detailed action plan of lifestyle changes that should be made. Real-time measurement, on the other hand, is more like . . .
Former chair of the South African Market Research Association (SAMRA) and CEO of Consulta Research, Prof. Adré Schreuder, recently represented Consulta as the EMEA (European Middle East Africa) regional winner in the Innovator Award presented at the Interactions 2013 Conference in Indianapolis (USA). The award is one of the many pay-offs from the team’s ground-breaking call centre system integration, which was developed in 2012. Much like other market research companies, Consulta Research was looking for a way to streamline processes and innovate in terms of how data was transferred from their busy contact centre to market research analysts and consultants. “The goal was to replace the old system with something that integrated with all the other systems we use in order to create a unique, technologically-advanced and functional system that would change the way our contact centre operates. It’s truly a first-of-its-kind system integration that hasn’t been seen anywhere in the world yet,” explains Willie Fitzgerald, Executive - IT and Communications at Consulta Research. Consulta’s CATI-centre dates back 2003, where the original system caused some difficulties, including technical reliability issues, inefficiencies among contact center agents, and excessive data capturing on completion of interviews. The IT and Communications team set out to develop a system that would improve hit rates, and reduce survey and interview duration times whilst ultimately making the process more efficient and user friendly. “We developed a new integrated environment, which includes integrating our online survey platform (Verint Vovici) with the telephony system (CIC from Interactive Intelligence) used in the contact centre,” commented Fitzgerald. One of the most impressive aspects of the new system is a real-time performance dashboard, which, among all the other improvements, contributed largely to a productivity improvement of 28%. “We wanted to see real changes in our . . .
Twelve years of dedication to growing a highly successful craft and design support organisation have culminated in a major award for its executive director. Erica Elk of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) is the 2013 social entrepreneur winner in the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) Regional Achiever Awards. Under her dynamic leadership, the not-for-profit CCDI’s influence is reflected in a database that has grown from 60 to over 3800 enterprises. These support an estimated 15 000 jobs and income opportunities in the Western Cape. The CCDI’s own staff complement has grown from two to a specialist team of 31 permanent staff in 12 years. Elk has, with her team, developed a comprehensive range of CCDI services in the categories of market, business and product support. Over R20 million of product sales have been facilitated since 2001, as well as providing support that ranges from mentoring to creative and business workshops. Elk attributes the CCDI’s success to being extremely results-oriented and outcomes-driven, while being tuned in to what it takes to be a creative small business owner – coupled with a big vision for the potential of the sector. “At the same time we are a learning organisation that is constantly evaluating, assessing and reviewing what we do, how we do it, and how we can do it better. We also try hard to maintain a professional but human approach to our engagement with our primary stakeholders – the craft producers and other players along the value chain.” Another key success factor has been growing a team of mature professionals with sector expertise and specialist knowledge. This has helped build the internal resources and capacity of the CCDI, so that it provides constant, consistent support to producers. The CCDI is now acknowledged as one of the provincial government’s leading Special Purpose Vehicles. Elk is also on the boards of prominent organisations such as the National Arts Council (chairing . . .
SA restaurants, crank up those gas burners: 2014’s re-vamped Eat Out magazine is offering you the opportunity to feature in next year’s guide to South Africa’s top 500 restaurants. In order to be considered, restaurants must submit two-page form (downloadable pdf) or online form, at no cost, by 30 June 2013. This news follows hot on the heels of the announcement of the changes to the judging process for the Eat Out Restaurant Awards, which includes multiple assessments, anonymity and the use of South African-based judges. "We’re taking Eat Out to a new level and giving every restaurant the chance to earn their place in the ‘Eat Out 500’ – a power list of great restaurants across South Africa,” says Anelde Greeff, Content Director for Eat Out. The call to action turns up the heat and shifts the onus onto the restaurant to put themselves forward in a simple process. Restaurants are required to complete and submit a two-page form (downloadable pdf) or online form, by the due date, 30 June 2013. Thereafter, submissions will be scored on a variety of criteria by a panel of 50 of South Africa’s top food/restaurant industry experts. The criteria include food (menu composition, seasonality, presentation, wine etc.), service and ambience. The 500 restaurants with the highest aggregate scores will appear in the 16th annual issue of the Eat Out magazine, which will go on sale in November 2013. Download the form www.eatout.co.za/uploads/documents/EatOut_Restaurant-submission-form_2013.pdf or complete the form online www.myjotform.com/EatOut/restaurant. For more information, visit http://eatout.co.za/News/Category/General/2712/The-search-is-on-for-SAs-top-500-restaurants or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more updates, like Eat Out on Facebook www.facebook.com/EatOutMag and follow @eat_out on Twitter. ENDS URL: http://eatout.co.za/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Lisa van Leeuwen from Lisa van Leeuwen Publicity. Originally distributed by . . .
Every year Cape Town self-catering accommodation providers tap into the lucrative peak season. Unfortunately, when winter comes they are not able to maintain the same momentum and many beds are left empty. Alan Winde, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, said the the Western Cape could counter seasonality only by ensuring that it was a year-round destination. “We can do this by giving visitors a range of reasons to come to our province. For example we are increasing our focus on business tourism. Over the next year it’s estimated that conferences will bring in R74-million to the local economy. Business tourists have a higher spend than leisure tourists. In the run-up to Cape Town hosting the World Design Capital next year, the creative sector is a particularly exciting space. Cape Town needs a 365-day brand position to fill beds during the quieter months." We asked Johan Horak, from CapeHolidays.info a provider of more than 400 self catering rentals in and around Cape Town, what he believes accommodation owners can do to fill more beds and how to tap into the lucrative business tourism market. "Giving visitors a range of reasons to come to our province is only one of the issues. It's like asking a dog to go and catch a bus. The dog don't know what to do with the bus when he brings it home. The same is true for self catering owners. They know there's a bus full of business travellers but they don't always know how to attract them. Most self catering owners focus on the leisure market. This is the seasonal market. I want to explore how self catering owners can adapt to business traveller's needs? What do business travellers want? Are we geared for them? Only then can we tap into this market." Some of the issues that need to be looked at, according to Johan, are: * Most accommodation owners don't use professionally taken photos on websites to sell their accommodation. Web surfers love photos. The more images the better your chances of . . .
The Eco-Logic Awards, hosted by The Enviropaedia (in association with SABC3), have announced that entries are now open for individuals and organisations to submit their products, services, innovations and achievements via www.enviropaedia.com. In their third year, the Awards are regarded as one of South Africa’s most inspirational and influential acknowledgements and support of individuals and organisations that are making a real and measurable difference in creating a more sustainable world to live in. “The Eco-Logic Awards are based on a set of values and thinking patterns that go beyond a traditional ‘green’ conservation mentality, inviting us to step up into a more evolved level of ‘eco-logical’ consciousness and thinking that is represented by the colour blue and is put into practice through the art and science of Biomimicry and the principles of a Blue Economy,” says The Enviropaedia Editor, David Parry-Davies. The 2013 Eco-Logic Award categories are: 1. The Water Conservation Award (sponsored by Rand Water) 2. The Energy Saving Award (sponsored by SMA DE) 3. The Recycling Award (sponsored by Collect a Can) 4. The Biodiversity Award (sponsored by Exxaro) 5. The Climate Change Award (sponsored by Paarl Media) 6. The Municipalities Award (sponsored by Santam) 7. The Youth Award (sponsored by Pick n Pay) 8. The Eco-Angel Award (sponsored by ACSA) 9. The Eco-Warrior Award (sponsored by RISO) 10. The Eco-Innovation Award (sponsored by Standard Bank) 11. Eco-Community Award (sponsored by SABC3) 12. The Lifetime achievement Award. 13. The Transport Award. Following a decade of success as one of South Africa’s very first ‘green’ publications and directories, The Enviropaedia introduced the Eco-Logic Awards three years ago, to extend its reach even further by recognising individuals and organisations that are making a real and measurable contribution towards creating a more sustainable world to live in. One of the key objectives of The . . .