Celebrate Youth Day, 16 June, with a free three-act show of musical exuberance and dance at the V&A Waterfront’s Amphitheatre, featuring youngsters from The Rainbow Academy, popular headline artists, and well-known busker Derek Plaatjies. Act one of the show, which starts at 11am, explores the history of South Africa’s youth in a 45-minute musical journey from a negative past, and the fight for freedom, through to the present day showcasing our vibrant, positive and diverse youth of tomorrow. Act two, beginning at 12pm, celebrates the current youth culture with Derek Plaatjies, dancers from The Rainbow Academy, and performances from the John Palmer Academy, Sans Souci Girls’ High School, the UCT Big Band, and Elsies River High School – winners of the High School Band Slam at the V&A Waterfront earlier this year. Performers will share the stage for the finale, a 10-minute third act. The day’s celebration will end with a rousing rendition of Heal the World, My African Dream, and a funky version of the South African national anthem. For more information, please contact the V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A new SPAR retail outlet opened its doors in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, with the first customers welcomed by fanfare and opening specials. Partners Jill and Guy White, assisted by SPAR Eastern Cape's director of retail operations Mike de st Pern, cut the ribbon late morning to signal the official start of business for SPAR Oak Cottage. Unperturbed by the icy morning, a group of customers excitedly queued outside the store on African Street to make sure they were first to sample the new offering. "We wanted to give our Grahamstown customers a great shopping experience," said White, who also owned the KWIKSPAR that used to be on the premises. "We've been trying to get a nice big SPAR in Grahamstown for the past nine years. We outgrew the old one quickly." White said the development of the new SPAR had taken a year and half, but she was thrilled with the result. "We've created a theatre here; there's a lot on offer in addition to the usual groceries." The new shop features a pizza oven, fresh burgers made on demand, pancakes, a smoothie bar and a Bean Tree Café for coffee lovers. White said SPAR Oak Cottage - which opened just in time for the National Arts Festival from June 30 to July 10 - would serve the community 24 hours per day, seven days a week. For a taste of history, she encouraged visitors to pop by and see the facade of the 1820 settlers house that was preserved within the store. "To protect the heritage site on which the store was built, we designed the smoothie bar around it." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
15 JUNE 2016, CAPE TOWN – In a fierce showdown, multiple world-champion paddler, Hank McGregor (Jeep Team), claimed the K1 2016 South African Canoe Marathon Championship title just split seconds ahead of Andy Birkett and Brandon van der Walt at the 2016 South African Canoe Marathon Championships, which took place at Zandvlei, Cape Town, on 11 June 2016. The result was a reversal of the 2015 outcome where Birkett narrowly pipped McGregor to the title after a similar hard-fought sprint finish. It was set to be a nail-biting championship from the get go, with South Africa’s best paddlers fighting for the limited two spots per age category on the South African team heading to the 2016 ICF Canoe Marathon World Championships in Brandenburg, Germany, in September. Following the weekend’s results, both McGregor and Birkett will be representing South Africa in the Senior Men’s K1 event at the World Championships, where McGregor will be gunning for a fourth consecutive K1 World title. Saturday’s K1 race took place in tough cold and windy conditions at the Peninsula Canoe Club in Zandvlei. At the fourth portage, a set-back saw Birkett fall out his boat. In a show of true sportsmanship, McGregor waited while Birkett climbed back into his boat, with the duo then racing to catch up with the group of paddlers in front. In the final 200m of the race, McGregor, Birkett and Van der Walt edged ahead of the pack, leading to the exhilarating final sprint, with the three paddlers finishing within split seconds of each other in 2h14m17s. Said McGregor, “It’s an exposed course, and pretty much the first port of call when the wind coming from the South Pole hits Africa. On Saturday it was windy, but these unpredictable conditions turned it into more of a surfski race, so the experienced surfski paddlers definitely had the advantage! I am stoked with this win. Thanks to everyone for all your support on the bank and well done to all the competitors on a solid, very . . .
Meticulous preparation has been the common thread running through Sisanda Magala's cricket career and he will not deviate from that pattern when he turns out for South Africa A next month. The NMMU-Madibaz fast bowler, who has made a major impact for the Warriors franchise in recent seasons, has been included in the national squad for tours to Zimbabwe and Australia in July and August. It is recognition of the way his game has developed in the last two years and it provided satisfying news for the 25-year-old Uitenhage-born player, who attended College Hill Prep and Muir College before linking up with NMMU. "Yes, I was very happy to learn of my selection," said Magala, who now lives with his brother Dumisani in Port Elizabeth. "It just proves that hard work, perseverance and gritty determination have helped me to achieve my goals. "I have not played in Zimbabwe or Australia and we will be faced with different playing conditions. I will be doing a lot of preparation to make sure I cover all the bases." Having come through the ranks in the traditional manner, playing for the EP U13 and U19 teams, Magala made his first-class debut for Eastern Province in 2010. At the same time, he established himself as one of the varsity's frontline players, describing it as "an absolutely amazing experience" thanks to the input from the Madibaz personnel. "Getting a bursary from NMMU was huge for me; it has been a good platform to help me excel. They have good facilities and guys working around the clock to help you." After several years at provincial level, he broke through to the Eastern Cape franchise team during the 2013/14 season and, a year later, was named the most promising player at the Warriors. Last summer he developed into an invaluable member of the Warriors attack and finished the season with a flourish when he took eight wickets in their four-day victory over the Lions, including 6/23 in the first innings as their opponents tumbled to 68 all . . .
When it comes to renting out a property, a home inspection is vital to ensure that the interests of both the landlord and tenant are protected, says Grant Rea, RE/MAX Living Rental Specialist. He adds that while it may seem like it can be a tedious exercise, not doing a proper inspection will leave the landlord with little, or in fact no legal recourse should their asset be damaged in anyway. “Landlords or rental agents who have not conducted a property inspection when the tenant takes occupation will not be able to take any action in the event that the rental unit has been damaged during the course of the tenancy. Generally a landlord or rental management agent will be able to withhold the rental deposit to mitigate any financial cost of repairing any damage to the rental unit, however if no property inspection was done beforehand, they will not be within their legal rights to do so and will have to absorb the full cost of the repair,” advises Rea. Elly Stavros, Operations and Marketing Director of Property Sprout, a company that specialises in streamlining the property inspection process, says that South African legislation through the Rental Housing, Unfair Practices Regulations and Consumer Protection Acts, dictate the practice around home inspections and the refund of the damages deposit. “According to the Rental House Act, when a property is rented, it is required that an agreed-upon, documented ingoing and outgoing inspection is undertaken by both the landlord and the tenant. If either party is unable to attend, they may send an assigned representative on their behalf,” says Stavros. “The act also stipulates that the tenant may pay the damage deposit before they take occupancy of the rental unit.” She adds that it is not just in the landlord’s best interest to undertake a property inspection. A tenant benefits in that they cannot be held liable for any damage that was there prior to them moving in to the property. “Although there is a long list of . . .
The school holidays are almost here and for many parents, the biggest question facing them is ‘what to do with the kids?’ The answer? Take them to Kirstenbosch for the fun-filled Winter Wonders programme. From Saturday 25 June until Saturday 16 July, Winter Wonders offers a programme of learning, walking, being creative and listening to stories. Most of the activities are free of charge, and the programme also offers activities for the whole family to enjoy. The Winter Wonders programme offers an opportunity to explore the most beautiful garden in Africa and learn more about the environment we live in. One of the highlights of the programme is the retelling of the San A San/African folktale 'Mantis & the Bee' with botanist, Prof Ernst Van Jaarsveld and puppetry by Sarah Mackie from Imagination International. The unmissable adventures on offer include animated story reading in the bookshops, a treasure hunt through the gardens, a biodiversity and waste art workshop, a challenge to ‘find 50’ and a nature’s treasurebox experience. Free Garden entry for children under 18 years during the Winter School Holidays 25 June to 17 July See full programme details on www.sanbi.org.za. Enquiries: 021 799 8783 Kirstenbosch Winter Wonders 2016 Saturday 25 June 2016, 09h30 - 11h30, Winter Wonders Family Treasure Hunt. Meeting point: Info Desk in the Visitors Centre (Gate 1) Family groups (i.e. no unaccompanied children) will be invited to join a treasure hunting team. Each team will follow a different adventurous route to find some particular treasures in the garden, forest or conservatory. All of this is explained in curious clues which will require some very good thinkers. The Treasure Hunts start at 09h30 from Gate 1, so come early, and will be of about two hours duration. They include a snack break, so come prepared. Each team will be accompanied by an experienced treasure-hunting Garden Guide. Wear weatherproof clothing. No booking is required. Cost . . .
Since the inception of its fibre technician training programme in 2012, FibreCo has been steadily growing its commitment towards building capacity in the fibre sector. Now FibreCo is embarking on the next phase of its training programme ‘TechTrain’ which aims to build deeper industry partnerships and further strengthen successful candidates’ ability to gain meaningful employment after graduating. FibreCo owns and operates a 4000 km fibre-optic network route and carrier-grade equipment hosting facilities that interconnect over 50 points of presence countrywide. These include Johannesburg, Cape Town, Bloemfontein, Durban, Port Elizabeth and East London, amongst many others. “These young people are the future leaders within our industry. We want to motivate you to be go-getters with a will to succeed and hope that TechTrain will put you on the right path to success,” Andile Ngcaba, Chairman, FibreCo. Arif Hussain, CEO FibreCo, says that it is vital to sustain South Africa’s growing fibre-optic industry: “In order to ensure that we can support the rapid roll-out of fibre currently taking place, we need to grow the pool of skilled and qualified fibre-optic technicians citizens’ throughout the country. These high-speed, high capacity networks are critical to the ability of all South Africans to participate in the benefits offered by the Internet, the digital economy and e-Government services.” According to a recent talent shortage survey conducted by Manpower, the unemployment rate in South Africa remains one of the highest in the world with 47% of employers citing a lack of technical competency as the biggest obstacle to recruiting new employees. The TechTrain programme is designed to ensure students are mentored, exposed to new skills and gain hands-on experience, providing them with a sound foundation to develop their skill-set and experience for future career development. The added incentive is that these skills are being deployed into an industry . . .
Afri-Corp International Property Group CEO Nadir Jeeva argues that the commercial real-estate market and industrial property sector in South Africa have not kept up with the changing currents of technological discourse, and discusses digital disruption. Both the commercial and industrial property segments of the real-estate market have managed to escape the tides and tsunamis of technological disruption and innovation. The industry – globally and in South Africa - has been in a pretty safe, comfortable and convenient space. Not a lot has changed despite the infinite opportunities afforded to us by information communication technologies. The ability to generate, process and efficiently apply knowledge-based information is a key feature critical to the digital economy. It is also a networked economy, which offers many ways in which collaboration can be pursued. Sadly, the commercial real-estate and industrial property markets lag behind in innovation and are slow to adopt new technological innovations in relation to the residential real estate market and other industry sectors. Digital disruption is change as a result of the influence of digital technology. It has an effect on how we do business, engage and interact, and think. This quick-fire quacking process, which often seems extremely uncomfortable at first, is necessary to maintain the rhythm of profitability and wealth creation, to increase productivity levels and ensure that a climate exists for competition and innovation to drive market leadership. Disruption shatters business models and then reconstitutes them entirely. It threatens existing business models, and may render them obsolete. But, most importantly, it introduces innovation into the mix and offers alternatives to the status quo. It is therefore both a threat and an opportunity. We can look forward to three disruptions in commercial real-estate and industrial property segments over the next few months. OPENING UP NEW INVESTMENT . . .
With the purchase of its new state of the art EFI Vutek GS525OLXr printer, digital printing experts Graffiti Retail Solutions can now print on an extensive spectrum of materials, including clear perforated window film and a clear acrylic jelly like substrate broadening the creative potential of window branding. By transforming see-through graphic products, glass can be transformed into opportunities for advertising, branding, promotions and one-way privacy. Designed to be seen, and to be seen through, these innovative materials transform transparent panels in more ways than imaginable. According to Graffiti National Retail Solutions Manager Richard Wood, the unique qualities of see-through graphics, known to deliver an unrivalled visual impact, make them ideal for settings with large areas of glass frontage or glass interior walls. Garage forecourts, car dealerships, restaurants, retail and banking environments are perfect for this perforated window film, which can be printed with different levels of transparency on one or both sides of the material. “Using a solid material would block out all natural daylight, obscuring the view. In environments where security is important – like in banks – you need materials where vision is maintained without compromising branding opportunities. Clear perforated window film is perfect for this application, providing maximum visual impact and sensational branding. An elegant product, it looks so much more professional than using tape to stick up a poster on the inside of a window.” Although clear perforated window film can be used inside or outside there are some variations that cannot be printed with a UV varnish, making it best suited for application on the inside of glass, which acts as a protection against sun damage, rain, dirt and other elements. If it were exposed to the elements, the see-through performance would be impaired because the holes in the perforated window film would collect water and dirt. Being inside . . .
Youth development is important to Barloworld and it is reflected in all aspects of the business. Here are six youth development initiatives Barloworld supports in South Africa via the Barloworld Trust. Supporting Enactus’ innovative model for youth entrepreneurship: Through Enactus South Africa, Barloworld is committed to fuelling the spirit of entrepreneurship in young people. Enactus is a competition where young leaders come together to share and showcase their innovations with others from around the world. These are initiatives to tackle socio-economic challenges in their communities. Assisting rural youth to further studies: Rural Education Access Programme (REAP) helps young people from poor rural communities to access tertiary education. Through REAP Barloworld provides assistance to students from poor rural areas to access varsity education and also lobbies government institutions such as the National Skills Fund (NSF) and National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) to provide bursaries and student loans to needy students. Giving young CA’s a hand-up: Barloworld’s Training Outside Public Practice (TOPP) programme is an alternative route for chartered accounting students to qualify as chartered accountants. This practical programme builds the skills of future leaders and addresses the current shortage of skills in our country. Graduates of the TOPP programme often take up permanent jobs in the company. Helping young teachers to aim higher, achieve more: Teachers are the lifeblood of a good education system. Barloworld’s partnership with TEACH SA encourages teaching graduates to volunteer two years of their time to teaching in poor performing schools, focusing on English, maths, science and technology. TEACH SA aims to improve the standard of education in the country. Balancing the scale for quality of maths and science: Barloworld supports the Thandulwazi Maths and Science Academy’s initiatives to improve the quality of maths and science . . .