The Mvemve Raats de Compostella created by winemaker friends Bruwer Raats and Mzokona Mvemve continues to impress wine critics locally and abroad. The beautiful Bordeaux blend recently added a 5-star Platter rating to its already impressive collection of accolades. Their 2004 maiden vintage was released in 2006 and quickly grabbed the attention of world-renowned wine writers. Definitive wine publication Wine Spectator scored this maiden vintage an unprecedented 93 points in 2006 - the highest rating ever given to a Bordeaux blend from South Africa and the top scoring red wine from South Africa that year. Following vintages continued this trend and scored similarly for four consecutive years. Last year, the 2007 vintage was included in Wine Spectator’s list of Top Wines from South Africa, while also making the inaugural Top 100 SA Wines listing. The 2008 vintage outranked other local wines to achieve the top score of 96 in Robert Parker’s 2011 Independent Consumer’s Guide to Fine Wines. With 97 points, the 2008 also recently outscored the other six South African wines included in the elite World of First Growth listing of the international private members club, The Parmigiani White Club. In addition, British wine writer and critic Neal Martin from The Wine Advocate acclaimed this vintage as the most memorable wine in the world for 2011. According to Bruwer Raats, the MR de Compostella has validated their vision vintage after vintage. “We wanted to create an exceptional wine that would stand out in this category and are absolutely thrilled to receive local recognition from the Platter wine guide for our 2009 vintage. Only 62 wines received a 5-star rating, so it is definitely a great accomplishment,” mentions Raats. For more information, visit www.raats.co.za. More Info: http://www.raats.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please . . .
29 November 2012, Cape Town – In collaboration with /A WORD OF ART, the CTC Ten Foundation (CTC10) and AMANDLA EduFootball, Plascon supported the makeover of the Chris Campbell Memorial Field (CCMF) clubhouse in Khayelitsha by donating 45 litres of paint for a mural covering the outside of the enitre building painted by local artist and art activist Ricky-Lee Gordon (aka Freddy Sam). “The aim of the initiative has been to improve the aesthetics at the CCMF and, more importantly, to engage the community in the process in order to give them ownership over the final product.” explains Eric Elicker of CTC10 and AMANDLA EduFootball. “Gordon’s mission of using art as a way to inspire positive change in communities demonstrated we shared a similar vision and this brought about the decision to bring color and positive energy to the space by painting a large scale mural on the clubhouse.” The project began with Gordon leading an art workshop on Saturday 10 November 2012 entitled What do you want to see? with the boys and girls from the local community to better understand what the community wanted to see on the wall. Gordon printed out images of the clubhouse encouraging the kids to illustrate with watercolor paints, pens, kokis and crayons how they wanted the clubhouse to look. He used the feedback as inspiration to create the theme and design for the mural and then gave the kids the opportunity to own the space by getting them to paint the mural alongside him with paint donated by Plascon. Says Lauren Shantall, Plascon’s PR and social media manager: “This project showcases Gordon’s commitment in using mural art as a means to beautify and create change in disadvantaged communities. This aligns with Plascon’s belief that colour and art has the potential to not only engage with the community and facilitate community upliftment, but also to give back to the community, particularly something everyone can be proud of.” Gordon, with four assistants Juma Mkwela, . . .
GIPCA’s Live Art Festival, to be held 30 November to 4 December 2012 in Cape Town, features a range of work where history is made: bringing it into visceral focus, provoking its susceptible and tenuous nature; and investigating how it changes according to point of view. Tabula Rasa (a clean slate) is a conversation-and-dance performance that follows the publication of Tossie van Tonder’s book NOBONKE, She of all People. The writing is an extraordinary telling of a life story; one woman’s journey towards the essence of herself as woman in racial intimacies, dancer, lover, mother, Afrikaner, white, strongly South African. As a dancer, Van Tonder’s words often tumble into movement, speaking through the body. She will be in a dancing conversation; discussing the contents and journey of her book with blind performer, poet, singer-songwriter, braille-reader and editor Jacques Coetzee. “It was never an option to have a launch in the literary tradition. This book comes with the dance. That is how I wrote it over 21 years and that is how it is being released into the world,” says Van Tonder. The conversation between Coetzee and Van Tonder will consist of questions and answers pertaining to the dancing body of the writer, the significance of movement where words fail the story, and a display of the idea of ‘a clean slate’ in the South African context. An edition of 200 signed copies printed in hard cover will be available after the performance at R280 per copy. Edited by Sharon Friedman, Post-apartheid Dance - many bodies, many voices, many stories presents unique perspectives on post-apartheid dance in South Africa by South African authors. It is the first singular body of work to have emerged in any book form that attempts to provide a cohesive account of the range of voices within post-apartheid South African dance. Authors include Adrienne Sichel, Maxwell Xolani Rani, Elizabeth Triegaardt, Gerard Samuel, Steven van Wyk, Lliane Loots and Kristina . . .
The KZN Philharmonic Orchestra (KZNPO) celebrates 30 years of musical excellence in 2013, with an impressive anniversary season featuring the Royal Concertgebouw’s first South African tour. “We are very proud to be celebrating our 30th anniversary. The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra’s mission is to contribute to the improvement of the quality of life of all South Africans by presenting concerts of a high calibre and integrating music into the learning experience of our children.” says KZNPO Chief Executive and Artistic Director Bongani Tembe. In tribute to their 30 years, the 2013 programme will be punctuated by extra special highlights. The first of these, which takes place during the February/March Summer Symphony Season, is a South African tour by the Amsterdam-based Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra (RCO). This double anniversary celebration also honours the RCO’s 125th year, which will see them undertaking a world tour, visiting six continents in a single year – the only orchestra ever to do so. The world-renowned RCO is currently rated by Gramophone magazine as the world’s greatest orchestra. Expressing his delight at hosting them, Mr Tembe said: “It is a privilege to host the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra on their first tour to South Africa. The RCO is undoubtedly one of the best orchestras in the world and are known for their unique sound. They will perform in Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria. I am also pleased that the RCO will be participating in educational and community related work in Cape Town, Umlazi Township and Soweto.” says Tembe. Mr Jan Raes, Managing Director of the RCO, said: “We are delighted to be hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra in South Africa, on our World Tour in celebration of 125 years. How appropriate that the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra, which has a reputation for achieving and delivering the highest level of quality at every performance, should be partnering with an orchestra whose quest for excellence . . .
Johannesburg, 29 November 2012: Africa’s number one coatings company, Kansai Plascon Africa Limited, has undertaken steps to align the organisation to meet the present and future needs of the customers. According to Kansai Plascon’s Chief Executive Officer, Nauman Malik, the move will further entrench Kansai Plascon’s leadership position as the number one coatings company in Africa. “The realignment will allow the organisation to focus further on its expansion plans and its aim to continue leading the industry through new product innovations and focused long-term strategies.” The 2013 focus will include, but not be limited to: Provide exemplary customer service Innovate through extensive new product development Enhance our Decorative brand leadership Invest resources in expanding the industrial and protective coatings portfolios Extend technical backing and training in the automobile portfolio Expand the colourants customer base Expand in East and West Africa; Reduce the cost of manufacturing through cross-business synergies and operational efficiencies Neil Davies has been appointed Chief Financial Officer. With 32 years of experience, Davies will continue to be part of the Executive Leadership Team of Kansai Plascon. Doug Thomas has been named as Executive Director Corporate Strategy – a team which offers in-depth knowledge of key business areas. Thomas will continue to be part of the Executive Leadership Team and contributes a wealth of experience and thorough knowledge of the business. Alan Singh has been appointed Group Executive Human Resource. With 18 years of technical and manufacturing experience, Singh will join the Executive Leadership Team and will be responsible for all strategic and operational initiatives. He will also continue as Senior Executive Manufacturing Plascon until an Executive Director of Operations has been appointed in early 2013. The new Executive Director Operations will be responsible for all . . .
Despite the enormous focus placed on encouraging entrepreneurial activities in SA, thousands of dreams continue to be shattered as SMEs falter and fail. The main reason for this, says business expert Catherine Wijnberg, is because entrepreneurs tend to follow their passion but often never stop to learn the actual nitty-gritty of running a successful business. Wijnberg is a self-made entrepreneur and head of Fetola, one of SA’s leading enterprise development companies, which is currently accepting applications for its sponsored Legends business development programme for 2013. In the past five years, the Legends programme has helped hundreds of participating businesses – many of which went on to win awards for performance - become financially viable, grow, create jobs and increase profits. Wijnberg says that while a good business idea, and a passion for and knowledge of the sector in which one operates are extremely important to ensure the success of SMEs, chances of survival are slim if it is not built on sound business fundamentals. These fundamentals are pretty consistent across industries, and easily learnt with some commitment on the part of the business leader, she says. “You may be the best ‘techie’ in the world, but if you are clueless about marketing, proper systems and human resources considerations, you are going to struggle to accomplish business viability. In any business, it is imperative that those steering the ship have a solid understanding of strategic planning, basic financial management, costing and pricing, marketing and sales, and people management,” says Wijnberg. She says it is also very useful for young and growing businesses to become part of a community – like Legends which has been successfully operating for over five years - to get mutual support and access to opportunities. Through Legends, for example, participating businesses that qualify can get access to lucrative corporate supply chains who are increasingly seeking to . . .
After Boomtown’s success of winning a 2012 CLIO Award in New York earlier this month, as well as an Assegai, it was announced that they are adding an Epica Award to their existing trophy cabinet for the Always On Direct Marketing campaign implemented for global power generation service provider, Aggreko. The Epica awards were created in 1987 focusing on Europe only and have for the first time opened the awards to global entries. The awards received more than 3800 entries this year from across the globe including countries such as Canada, India, Singapore, China, Australia and the Philippines and is aimed at recognizing outstanding creativity. This will be Boomtown’s third award over the past ten days proving that they are both competitive in an international sphere such as America and Europe as well as being recognized locally. “November has been a fantastic month for us being recognized both locally and internationally for our work, we’re hoping this is just the beginning for great things to come in 2013,” said Creative Director Andrew MacKenzie. The Always On campaign has already claimed two Gold Assegai awards in the craft and media 3D categories as well as the Inkosi Award, the most prestigious award at the 2011 Assegai Awards and was a finalist at the Cannes Lions. The aim of the campaign was to launch Aggreko’s power solutions to a niche target market in South Africa. The creative team at Boomtown conceptualised a unique three dimensional direct marketing piece in the form of a simple black box which continues to turn itself on when the user tries to turn it off. The campaign yielded a phenomenal response rate of 57% in terms of lead generation for Aggreko. END Background: Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency was founded in 1994 and has since grown to a national agency with offices in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg. With a staff compliment of 52, Boomtown offers a 360? integrated marketing solution. The agency manages clients such as Plascon, . . .
The University of Johannesburg has signalled its intent to enter the footballing big leagues with the signing of former Bafana Bafana defender Bradley Carnell as head coach this week. Carnell will guide the UJ men’s team in their quest to win the SAFA promotional league as well as qualify for the Varsity Sports tournament and University Sport South Africa club championships. The university gained promotion to the SAFA league by winning the Mayfair Local Football Association League this season and is currently top of the log. The former German Bundesliga player said he had always known that UJ was “a sleeping giant” and that he was looking forward to giving back to the sport that had given him an 18-year international career. “I’ve been so fortunate to be involved in the world’s biggest sporting code. Football teaches you so many things on and off the field, so it’s only natural to hand down some of the ‘tricks of the trade’. “Even at an amateur level you should strive to be the best. Creating a competitive team with confidence, self-belief, discipline and structure are key factors of my approach.” Carnell said he was excited to be mentoring talents like Itumeleng Mogotsi, Ruben de Freitas and Lerato Tleane, and that recruiting top student athletes was essential in rebuilding the team. “Building up the right structure is the key to long-term success. Being prepared for bigger and better things down the line, especially the Varsity Sports tournament, really creates a lot of excitement on campus. “This should be on every student’s agenda if they are active footballers and are looking to step up to the next level. To build a competitive team in a year or two would be a great achievement and a challenge I’m looking forward to.” Carnell, who became one of South Africa’s youngest professional footballers at age 16, said his gamble had paid off but that education should remain the number one priority. “Only a small percentage of amateur players . . .
The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg 16 October – 1 December 2012 The public has just one week left to see ‘The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections’, currently on show at the Standard Bank Gallery until 1 December 2012. The exhibition marks Standard Bank’s 150th year in banking. Works on the exhibition are drawn from the Standard Bank Corporate Art Collection, taking viewers on a decade by decade journey through South Africa’s history over the 150 years of the bank’s existence. It includes works by renowned South African artists such as John Mohl, Gerard Sekoto, Jacob Hendrik Pierneef, Brett Murray, Johannes Phokela, William Kentridge, Durant Sihlali, Sam Nhlengethwa, Trevor Makhoba, David Goldblatt, Alexis Preller, Penny Siopis and Wim Botha. A display drawn from the rich archival and artefact collection of the Standard Bank Heritage Centre focuses on the 150-year history of Standard Bank. It comprises three components: The first covering the period up to 1987 traces the institution’s history and growth into a major financial services organisation; the second describes the bank’s expansion into Africa and other parts of the world, and tells the story of the journey to self-service banking through technological innovations; a third component includes an old banking hall, showcasing furniture and equipment used in previous eras. The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections runs at the Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg, from 16 October – 1 December 2012. The Gallery (Tel: 011 631 4467) is open Mondays to Fridays, 08:00-16:30; on Saturdays, 09:00-13:00; and is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. www.standardbankarts.co.za More Info: http://www.standardbankarts.co.za Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two . . .
The winner of the TASTE Eat Out Bursary was announced on Sunday 25 November 2012 at the prestigious Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, which celebrate excellence in the restaurant industry, held at The Westin Cape Town. 17-year-old Damien Stemmet has been awarded a culinary bursary to the Silwood School of Cookery in this joint initiative. The prize includes one year’s study sponsored by TASTE Magazine and a second year's study sponsored by Silwood Cookery School. Now in its seventh year, the TASTE Eat Out Bursary seeks to inspire, nurture and uplift promising culinary talent. Amongst other requirements, the ideal candidate should be younger than 35 years; have a passion for food and cooking; and show a keen interest in boosting the standard of South Africa's culinary industry. The bursary is awarded to a candidate who has dreams of becoming a dedicated chef, but does not necessarily have the resources to make it a reality. Damien, a matric pupil at Plumstead High School, certainly fits the bill. He is passionate about cooking and baking, especially pastries. Says Stemmet, “I'm excited and anxious to let all the hard work begin. To work with the Silwood chefs is going to be a great honour for me, because I know they are going to give me a vast knowledge of food and kitchen management, which I really look forward to.” Editor of Eat Out magazine and food editor of TASTE magazine Abigail Donnelly says, “Damien is so passionate, which is shown through his absolute commitment to working in the kitchen (at Knead, a Cape Town bakery) over weekends and during school holidays, starting work in the early hours to bake bread. And what I loved about meeting him is that he just can’t stop talking about food.” *** About Eat Out Eat Out is one of South Africa’s most loved and respected food brands. What started as the country’s definitive restaurant guide fourteen years ago has evolved into a brand covering all aspects of food and operating on multiple . . .