We asked some tuned-in Capetonians to pick their anticipated highlights from the line-up of 100 shows at this year’s inaugural Cape Town Fringe festival, which is set to run in the city from 25 September to 5 October. YVETTE HARDIE is the director of ASSITEJ South Africa, the international association for theatre for children and young people. Two of my choices are from our ASSITEJ Family & Schools Platform, and I would have chosen more of these because they are all excellent. But I have chosen only two - very hard to do - in a concerted effort to be non-partisan. Foursight 30 September to 4 October, City Hall 4. (Family theatre) This is a powerful, tour-de-force performance from Kate Liquorish about an important subject: the alienation of young people in the school environment and its devastating consequences. As the Brett Goldin Award winner for 2014, Kate has just returned from a residency with the Royal Shakespeare Company, and I can’t wait to see how that experience has extended her even further. This is a piece that will evoke strong emotions and powerful conversation. Presented by Kate Liquorish, in association with ASSITEJ SA. Narrative Dreams 25 to 29 September, City Hall 4. (Family theatre) A charming, moving piece about the loneliness of growing up and how we attempt to deal with it. Narrative Dreams follows two boys who come from very different backgrounds, but there is something for everyone to identify with. Directed by Omphile Molusi, this was a Standard Bank Ovation Award winner at Grahamstown. It’s funny and touching, and Lereko Mfono has a beautiful writing style, which will endear you to his characters. Presented by Lereko Mfono in association with ASSITEJ SA. What The Water Gave Me 25 to 28 September, City Hall 2. (Drama, storytelling) Jade Bowers is a new directing talent to watch, with a fascinating and powerful script by Rehane Abrahams. While I never got to see the original version, I am very excited to . . .
At some stage in their lifetime most people will experience moving from one home to another at least once. While for some it might be a relatively easy process with few or no issues, for others the experience could have them wanting to avoid moving again for the rest of their lives. Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that regardless of whether it’s to another suburb or clear across the country, moving can be a stressful experience. However, he notes that if movers avoid a few key mistakes, the process can be less daunting and a far smoother process. Hiring a unreliable moving company It may take some time, but using a less-than-upstanding moving company can be avoided by doing some research. Goslett says that ideally the best way to select a moving company is through a referral from a friend or family member who has used them before. “Although no two moving experiences are the same, using a moving company that has been referred by a trusted source ensures that you know they do a good job,” says Goslett. “If there is no-one who can provide you with the details of a reliable service provider, there is a wealth of knowledge available through the internet and public information. Most companies will have websites that list their services, service history, area they operate in and a rough estimate as to how much it will cost.” He notes that the online searches are great for compiling information and making a list of possible choices. An additional advantage of looking at websites is that they should provide contact information, which allows you to ask questions and obtain a written response. Beware of any companies who do not provide a local address or information about licensing or insurance. “Another avenue to explore is social media, which provides an excellent platform to gain information about a credible, professional mover. Social media allows consumers to provide their honest opinions and share valuable knowledge, which points back to . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 25 September, 2014 – As the body requires vitamins to function effectively, so does the most innovative smart devices. With this in mind, Samsung has introduced the Vitamin app for its mobile devices, to provide a new level of customer intelligence through analytics, by seamlessly delivering information about the device, at the click of a button. Available for download from a GALAXY mobile device, the Vitamin App offers valuable information across a range of Samsung products, including smartphones, televisions and cameras. “We continuously strive to improve our service offering to consumers. They demand instant feedback but are also tech savvy and search for information themselves. This led to the creation of the portal, that offers consumers insight into products they use daily, thereby increasing the performance and their overall satisfaction,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Samsung Electronics SA. Gaining an understanding of the various functionalities and capabilities of Samsung products, as well as enjoying a direct communication channel to Samsung, are some of the key benefits of this exclusive value offering. This customer experience is a Samsung differentiator – and this app in addition to other service channels, including Samsung stores, Smart Care Centres, DionWired and other leading retailers, ensures consumers can easily access the brand, anywhere in the country. “The Vitamins app supplies healthy and fresh information of our products, anywhere, anytime – thus delivering an enhanced brand experience. Consumers can get the most up to date information on products, by simply downloading it from the Samsung App and Google Play stores.” “The app offers a safe and convenient portal for the management of Samsung products, with a personalised support centre, empowering users to send requests, administer product warranties and track repairs. With this app and the improved . . .
The Better Living Challenge’s signature Showcase event will be taking place in October and November 2014, comprised of an exhibition at the V&A Waterfront and life-size interactive displays, talks and debates at the Cape Town Station Forecourt. On show at both events is a display of solutions by the finalists and exhibitors whose projects form the Better Living Challenge Showcase. These innovative, affordable and green solutions aim to address some of the problems faced by people living in low income communities. The V&A Waterfront exhibition will feature a number of plinths offering information and product and prototype displays. The plinths will be placed in the main retail area of the V&A Waterfront with the aim of communicating to a broader audience interested in sustainability. This exhibition will be taking place from Monday, 6 October to Sunday, 26 October 2014. The Cape Town Station Forecourt exhibition is an interactive event taking place from Tuesday 28, October to Saturday, 8 November 2014. The exhibition will be officially opened by Premier Helen Zille, MEC Bonginkosi Madikizela (Human Settlements) and MEC Alan Winde (Economic Opportunities) on Thursday, 30 October 2014. There will be lunchtime talks and debates taking place from Wednesday, 29 October 2014. Exhibition opening times are as follows: Monday to Friday from 09H00 – 17H00 and 09H00 – 13H00 on Saturdays. The Better Living Challenge is a design competition calling for green and affordable products, systems and services, to improve the homes of people living in low-income communities. The Better Living Challenge has been on the hunt to uncover solutions and ideas to improve the lives and homes of people living in low-income areas. Groundbreaking products and innovations that are affordable, well designed and green are being brought to life through this competition. Alan Winde, Western Cape Minister of Economic Opportunities, said: “In the spirit of our motto, “Better Together”, . . .
The Rental Game is changing! Landlords in South Africa are significantly more likely to let out their residential rental property personally, rather than using the services of a qualified and reputable rental agent. This is according to Susan Watts, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Living, who points out that landlords who do so might be putting themselves at risk, especially if they do not have the necessary market knowledge and experience. She notes that with less than sufficient knowledge or know-how, certain landlords could find themselves dealing with disputes that will result in an uncomfortable tenancy experience for both parties, not to mention significant cost. According to RE/MAX Living’s certified residential rental specialist, Grant Rea, the cost of an agent is often not justified in the mind of a landlord. “More serious, multiple property investors often employ their own staff to manage such portfolios, often without professional training or experience,” he says. “With changes in legislation related to tenancies and the minefield of the Consumer Protection Act and the part it plays in leases, the playing field has become marred with complications and uncertainties.” It is for this reason that a group of specialist professionals within the rental field have teamed up to present the Game Changers Rental Seminar for private landlords. The seminar will be held at the Hotel School at Mouille Point on Wednesday 22 October at a cost of R150 per delegate. “Many landlords are unable to access legal advice and to take action, often too late, against defaulting tenants as their cash flow is already under major pressure,” says Rea, “However, the seminar will provide them with access to solutions and advice at a mere fraction of the cost of approaching a professional to handle a difficult rental matter.” Why the seminar According to Rea, the seminar as a concept was born out of the desire to offer solutions to landlords who would not ordinarily have access to . . .
The northern Johannesburg suburb of Douglasdale is often confused as being a part of the neighbouring suburb of Fourways, however it is actually wedged between the suburbs of Fourways and Bryanston. Built upon the Douglasdale farm, which was first established in 1905 by Scotsman Thomas Douglas and his wife Janet Alexander, Douglasdale has developed over the years from a rural dairy farm into a popular residential node. However it is still well known for its milk and today the Douglasdale Dairy services most of the greater Gauteng region including distribution as far as the North West Province and Mpumalanga and accounts for around 1.5% of the country’s total dairy production. As a fairly established suburb, property in Douglasdale comprises a mix of old and new sectional title developments as well as some older, larger family homes. The access to a range of amenities from shops, gyms and restaurants to schools and medical facilities is what has contributed to the high demand for property in this area. “In fact,” says Russel Peach, Renprop Residential Projects Sales Manager, “Due to its ideal placement Douglasdale is now regarded as a hot investment node. Homes within Douglasdale do not usually remain on the market for long and sectional title properties are in particularly high demand, especially among those looking to rent.” He says that buy-to-live purchasers are attracted to the area due to its excellent positioning proximate to a range of amenities and entertainment centres such as Monte Casino, as well as easy access to major highways and byways along with the business nodes within the northern Johannesburg area. Investors with buy-to-let portfolios are attracted to the area as there is an exceptionally high demand for rental units. Chris Renecle, MD of Renprop points out that from an investment perspective; those who invest in rental property portfolios despite having to put down equity are enjoying solid returns due to the increase in demand . . .
The street posters are up, the venues are built and ready, and hundreds of performers are preparing to transport audiences to new time and places as part of the inaugural Cape Town Fringe festival, which opens today in the Mother City. The 11-day festival features more than 100 fresh and feisty productions, ranging from comedy (Big Boys Don’t Dance, Marcel Lucont) and illusion (Stuart Lightbody, Morgan and West), to music (Herbie Tsoaeli, Guy Buttery) and dance (Between the Lines, The Architecture of Tears), to family theatre (Lake, Patchwork) and performance art (Exhibit S). “It’s very exciting to see months of planning come to fruition today,” Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “The global Fringe movement has, over the years, changed the way artists present, and audiences enjoy, live performance – and we’re happy to bring this spirit and approach to Cape Town for the first time. We’re ready, now it’s over to the audiences to sit back and appreciate the amazing work being presented to them.” A project of the National Arts Festival, held in Grahamstown every July, the Cape Town Fringe stems from a three-year partnership with the City of Cape Town. Other partners are Standard Bank, MNET and 567 Cape Talk. “We are thrilled to be partnering with the National Arts Festival in supporting and hosting the Cape Town Fringe. The City as a cultural capital, is a fitting host and we are proud to have the festival’s hub at the City Hall, a key strategic asset of the City. Cape Town Fringe has positioned itself as an innovative and accessible event and brings with it many benefits. These benefits – in relation to festivals of this nature- impact three specific areas. Firstly they drive tourism, promote the band of a city and created economic opportunities for entrepreneurs, mostly in the hospitality sector. Secondly they provide opportunities for local artists and performers who typically have the lowest barriers to participate in the event because they are on its doorstep – . . .
Techno Brain CEO Manoj Shanker Wins Entrepreneur of the Year Award at CNBC Africa's Annual Business Leaders Awards 2014 Techno Brain is proud to announce that its CEO, Manoj Shanker has won the coveted East Africa Entrepreneur of the Year award at CNBC Africa's Annual Business Leaders Awards (AABLA) 2014, the continent's most prestigious business awards. The AABLA regional awards for East Africa were held in Nairobi on September 20 and it was televised across the continent. Going into Saturday's award function as a finalist on a two-man shortlist, Manoj went on to win the East Africa Entrepreneur of the Year category. On announcing Manoj Shanker as the winner, the jury said, “This award recognizes the achievements of one who best exemplifies the ideals of entrepreneurship by starting and successfully managing a business in a way that demonstrates notable entrepreneurial characteristics and achievements while practicing best values in the workplace and in their lives. Manoj has shown exemplary qualities and unwavering passion as an entrepreneur, leader and as a person. He has empowered lives across Africa, has been a game changer in his industry and has positively influenced the economies in Africa. This award not only recognizes his achievements but also thanks him for his work and his positive influence." In his acceptance speech, Manoj Shanker said, "I am greatly humbled and honoured to be receiving this award. I would like to offer my sincerest gratitude to CNBC Africa for this honour. I did not make the journey here alone. Numerous people have supported me along the way." He added, "When I moved to Africa 16 years ago, I was inspired by the amount of young talent Africa has. It has motivated and inspired me throughout all the years. I would like to dedicate this award to all the young people I work with. I consider it an honour to have the opportunity to be able to work with an amazing team that is spread across 23 countries globally who continue . . .
PRESS RELEASE: FOR IMMEDIATE DISTRIBUTION Call for Papers: POWER-GEN Africa 2015 Grows pan-African Focus With Africa’s regulators and utilities facing similar challenges in terms of sustainability and service delivery, POWER-GEN Africa 2015 will increase its focus on sustainability and best practice in African power generation. Nigel Blackaby, PennWell Events Director, says sustainability has emerged as a critical challenge across the continent in a rapidly-changing sector. “Utilities are facing huge challenges in meeting power demand, therefore our focus in 2015 will be on best sustainable practices, financing, operations and the changing environment across the continent. It is papers on these topics that are of particular interest.” Blackaby says the event, run concurrently with DistribuTECH Africa in Cape Town, is attracting a steadily-growing pan-African audience. At the 2014 event, over 2,330 power sector stakeholders from 72 countries traveled to Cape Town to participate in event. In 2015, this premier conference is set to bring together up to 3,000 global thought leaders and stakeholders to consider the challenges, trends and relevant technologies around Africa’s power generation, under the theme ‘Emerging opportunities in the world’s fastest growing continent’. The event, to be hosted by PennWell Corporation from 15-17 July 2015 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, Cape Town, South Africa, will attract a broad range of delegates, including regional electricity distribution companies, municipalities, power producers, utilities, oil and gas companies, mining companies, energy and engineering consultants, government and regulators, environmental agencies, development agencies and investors. Ahead of POWER-GEN Africa 2015, experts in the field of power generation and related technologies are invited to submit papers for consideration by the Advisory Board, which comprises experts from the broad spectrum of power generation . . .
Lee Herrmann’s new novel is a gripping tale of a new South Africa that you can really sink your teeth into. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 22 September 2014 | Pretoria, South Africa A mysterious virus breaks out and suddenly it turns ordinary people into flesh eating zombies. The police and army are powerless to stop its spread and soon the entire country is consumed. This might read like a scene from a Hollywood flick and you might think you have heard it or seen it all before. The only difference is that the outbreak happens in South Africa, right on your doorstep. The beautiful landmarks you know, some with their manicured gardens and beautiful architecture, are lying desolate and derelict. Once busy towns like Johannesburg with their dense population and noise are quiet and have virtually become ghost town. The Government has fallen. The army and the police have failed. And now half dead infected people roam the streets converging on any survivors and savagely tearing into them. After running out of supplies sixteen year old Kon, his brother and father leave their Pretoria home and embark on a journey across the country to Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. Along the way they befriend other survivors, and face an unrecognizable new world filled with new unpredictable dangers. Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse, a chronicle of Kon and his family in a South Africa that has become a zombie infested and volatile country is the newest by Pretoria author Lee Herrmann. This is the second novel by Herrmann and a departure from the light-hearted mystery tale he penned in 2011. Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the undead. The book, a light read of 180 pages, will have you turning page after page as you are enthralled with the journey and survival of the survivors as they make their way to the island of hope. Oh, and . . .