The establishment of the South African Skateboarding Federation (SASF) this week will assist in governing and managing the rapidly growing skateboarding community in South Africa. Key local skateboarding groups such as The National Skate Collective, SAGRA, Africa Skate and community-based street skateboarding structures formed part of the process. Under the interim chairmanship of Capetonian Marco Morgan, the SASF will provide representation for all skateboarding disciplines including street, vert, and longboarding. According to Morgan, the growth of skateboarding is evident. “Now it becomes important that we manage the direction in which skateboarding grows. The SASF will represent an independent body and serve the interest of the skate community and the sport. I think the establishment of the federation is a massive win for skateboarding as it provides the legitimacy that the local scene has needed. The federation will be properly constituted and we are calling for nominations for full elections from interested parties,” explains Morgan. As an organisation, SASF will interface with governance bodies like SASCOC, provincial sports councils and city planners on skateboarding issues relating to the use of public space, including advice on building of skateboard parks and skateboarding regulations as well as ensuring proper representation of South African skateboarding at international events and conferences. Gabi Murray-Roberts, board member of SAGRA (the South African Gravity Racing Association) supports this initiative. “Having understood all the details involved, it is clear to me that this is for the good of skateboarding as a whole and at the end of the day, it’s the skaters who are going to benefit.” SASF will occupy a seat on the board of World Skateboarding Federation, an international non-profit governing body formed to promote skateboarding interests around the world. SASF will represent the broad interests of South African Skateboarding . . .
It might be an extremely tempting option for homeowners with equity in their bond account to withdraw some of that wealth and use it for more immediate needs or wants. According to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, while this may not always be the best idea, there are certain situations where this can actually benefit the homeowner. “When is comes to a homeowner using their home equity, the important thing is responsible borrowing and only using it when it can put the homeowner in a better financial position than they were in before. The homeowner needs to carefully assess the situation and determine whether the decision could impede them financially or add to their future financial well-being,” advises Goslett. He notes that with that in mind, there are a few common scenarios in which homeowners use their home equity. Some options may make sense, while others will not – the decision will largely be based on the homeowner’s circumstances and future plans. Renovation - yes Goslett says that the most common reason that most homeowners choose to use their home equity is to renovate or upgrade their property. “The benefit for a homeowner to use their home equity for renovation purposes is fairly clear, especially if the home wasn’t exactly how the homeowners wanted it when they initially purchased it. This could provide the homeowner with the opportunity to upgrade the kitchen or bathrooms, add on another bedroom or garage or just update finishes - all of which could add to the home’s value,” says Goslett. However he warns that renovations should be thoroughly planned and researched to ensure they do in fact add value to the property. He notes the option is particularly attractive if the property has appreciated in value and the homeowner has a larger equity cushion. “The equity can be leveraged at the current reasonably low interest rate to make all the necessary improvements to the home. If the homeowner is able to make use of the equity . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) reminds all interested parties to submit their applications by close of business on 8 August 2014. The Awards are for Young Professionals, who are held in high recognition and celebration of excellence in South African arts, culture and creativity. Four ImpACT Awards are awarded annually to honour young professional artists whose work have made an impact within the first five years of their professional careers. ImpACT Awards are presented in four broad arts categories with selected disciplines being eligible for consideration in each. ImpACT Award for Visual Art - Artists working in the mediums of Fine Art, Sculpting, Public Installations and Photography are eligible for nomination. ImpACT Award for Theatre - Artists practicing the disciplines of Dance, Acting, Writing for Theatre, Musical Theatre and Physical Theatre are eligible for nomination. ImpACT Award for Music & Singing - Classical, Contemporary and Jazz composers, musicians and singers are eligible for nomination. ImpACT Award for Design - Artists working in the areas of Craft, Fashion Design, Graphic Design and Arts-based Web Design are eligible for nomination. “We are urging those who have not submitted their applications to get them in as soon as possible” says ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs. Winners of ImpACT Awards are selected by an independent panel of judges and will be announced at the Awards ceremony scheduled to take place in Johannesburg in November 2014. Please follow the link to submit your nominations:http://tinyurl.com/lc29a66 or http://www.act.org.za/programmes/awards.html The 2014 ImpACT Awards are presented in partnership with the Distell Foundation. Previous ImpACT Award winners include The Muffinz, Motlatji Ditodi, Phillip Dikotla, Blessing Ngobeni, Camron Andrews, Bambo Sibiya and Ozlo Clothing Store. For more information about the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) please visit www.act.org.za. Author: Gilly Hemphill from The . . .
Classifieds giant Gumtree has partnered with Project Isizwe to bring free wi-fi to low-income communities across South Africa, starting with a large roll-out in the City of Tshwane. The initiative plans to create capacity to connect over 1 million people in the municipality by August 2014 via 219 “Free Internet Zones”, with even greater capacity planned for the 2015. “As one of the biggest Internet sites in South Africa, the partnership was a natural strategic fit for Gumtree,” says Country Manager Johan Nel. “Our aim is not only to connect economically disadvantaged individuals to the Internet for the first time – we also have the larger goal of connecting those individuals with opportunities such as 60,000 jobs registered on our site, or to gain free exposure for their own businesses by tapping into the platform and our user base.” The Isizwe Project was founded by Alan Knott-Craig Jnr as a non-profit organisation with the goal of bringing connectivity to people in low income communities through free Wi-Fi zones placed in various locations across the country. The first phase of the project was launched in November 2013 at six campuses and activity hubs across Tshwane in what has been dubbed “a groundbreaking initiative for the city” by Executive Mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa. The second phase will see an additional 213 Free Internet Zones roll out in Soshanguve, Mamelodi and Atteridgeville. Each of the Free Internet Zone (FIZ) locations allow users with Wi-Fi enabled devices such as mobile phones, tablets, laptops and desktop computers to access free internet without any logins or passwords. A fair usage policy limits users to a data cap of 250MB per device per day and prohibits access to certain sites to protect against abuse of the free service. However, once the cap has run out, users will still be able to access a specialised content portal known asTobetsa – which includes access to Gumtree’s portal for job seekers and educational . . .
Contact: Alexandra Cunningham 0721998161 firstname.lastname@example.org For Immediate Release Bukhosi Nyathi: Solo Art Exhibition Johannesburg, Gauteng, 1 August to 28 August 2014 – Bukhosi Nyathi will be showing his artwork in a solo exhibition for the month of August 2014 at Boundless, a new café, bar, and community space in the Johannesburg CBD. The exhibition will be kicked off with an Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday, the 8th of August 2014, from 18h00 to 21h00 at Boundless on the 1st floor of 129 Fox Street (corner Von Brandis). Bukhosi Mzikayise Nyathi (born 1986, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, currently residing in the Johannesburg CBD) is pursuing a career in fine art. The greatest inspirations for his work include nature, love, information, people, and socio-political issues. His work speaks volumes about the deep issues that affect us all as humans. He utilizes his artwork to express his opinions on abuses of power, religion, and even disposition of Africans. Interested parties can view the work at Boundless (129 Fox Street, corner Von Brandis, Johannesburg CBD, up the steel stairs) during their opening hours (M-Th 7am-7pm, F-Sa 7am-2am, Sun 7am-10pm), or can view a digital exhibition of the work at boundlesscity.com/bukhosinyathi.html *** Boundless City is a people-based urban development company based in the Johannesburg CBD. Boundless City works to provide opportunities to existing residents & businesses in inner-city areas undergoing redevelopment. We do this by offering space, resources, community engagement, employment and connections. *** The artist, Bukhosi Nyathi, can be reached at: FB Page: ubukhosi | Twitter: @ubukhosiart | Tumblr: ubukhosi.tumblr.com Tel: 0747438770 | Email: email@example.com Author: Alexandra Cunningham from Boundless City. More Info link: http://www.boundlesscity.com/bukhosinyathi.html Twitter: http://twitter.com/boundlesscity Facebook: . . .
Under Embargo until Thursday, 5 August 2014 at 10:00 CAT Lights, Camera, Action Gear TV – Launch of a New Digital TV Channel Johannesburg, August 2014 – Who wouldn’t want to watch some of South Africa’s top athletes and adventurers tell their stories? With this in mind, Action Gear, a leading online sports technology retailer, is excited to annouce the launch of its very own digital TV channel, ActionGear.TV (www.actiongear.tv). Commenting on the launch, Founder and MD of Action Gear, Warrick Kernes said “To keep up with international digital trends such as Netflix, we decided to launch our own digital television channel that will provide a platform to expose exceptional South Africans and their adventures as well as discuss the latest sporting technologies which is a passion of ours at Action Gear.” With the help of Brand TV Media Network (PTY) Ltd) , ActionGear.TV aims to be the meeting place for the outdoor enthusiast, adventurer and gadget fanatic. Each episode is around 8 minutes long and viewers can choose what sections of the episode they would prefer watching like the athlete interview or product review. New episodes will hit the platform every week. Some of the extrodinary people featured on ActionGear.TV include, Saray Khumalo, who attempted to climb Mt. Everest when an avalanche killed 16 sherpas; Nick de Wit, Red Bull motorcross freestyle rider; Louie Greeff, who will be attempting to swim the entire length of the Zambezi River and many more local adventure heroes. # # # About Action Gear Action Gear’s adventure began in 2010 when it started out as Action Cameras, the first SA online specialist in helmet cameras like GoPro and Drift. In 2013, they rebranded to Action Gear and expanded their product range beyond just sports cameras to cover all the latest outdoor sporting technology products. The company has offices in Blairgowrie, Randburg. www.actiongear.co.za www.actiongear.tv Follow us on Twitter: @ActionGearSA or become a fan on . . .
Voyagers throughout the world who want to fulfill their African safari dreams can now plan personalized journeys by banking on Selftours, a registered company that is bonded with SATSA (South Africa Tourism Services Association). The national members of SATSA look after your financial security totally and meet complete holiday requirements. Selftours is one of the most eminent South African Tour Operators which provides customized and affordable South African holiday tours that can be tough to forget throughout life. Selftours gladly announces its recent 6 days self-drive tour packages of the Southern Cape Coast of South Africa. The package contains economical B&B accommodation, car rental assistance, road maps, 2 nominated drivers, motoring tips, brochures and lists of things to view in travelling area that can help tourists to be completely worry-free and make a trip to remember. The offer is valid till August 2014. The 6 days and 5 nights self-drive tour package gives the tourists an opportunity to spend 3 nights in Cape Town and 2 nights in stunningly beautiful Knysna with special add-ons of Kruger Park Safari, Gorilla trekking etc.By availing the Economical Cape Town & Knysna Garden Route package, tourists can experience the grand Victoria Falls, Madagascar and Zanzibar just at R4702 till October, 2014. Those who are looking forward to have complete assistance in self-drive tours, guided coach tours, adventure package tours and hotel packages in and around South Africa, Selftours is the ultimate solution for them. The well-experienced and reliable team assists the travellers in arranging their holiday and creates a holiday schedule based on the tourists’ requirements and budget. For tourists looking for beaches or countryside- Selftours proposes the best alternatives. From South African Garden Route tour to Cape Point-Winelands tour, Kruger National Park safari along with other self-drive tour packages, Selftours offers the voyagers to explore the . . .
Women Of Essence - Unleash your full potential. Women of Essence 360 also known as (WE3sixty) is a seminar series designed to address all the challenges faced by women in business using an all round approach. Vision: Our aim is to empower women of South Africa by creating multiple platforms of opportunities to help them achieve their economic independence. These will go beyond our borders. THE OBJECTIVES OF THE SEMINAR: Empowerment: In the face of social challenges, a sustained action is required to awaken people to the possibility of self-reliance, to build confidence, and to organize women to take charge of their own development, which impact there surroundings. To allow women to sharpen their skills in the business world and the community. Create a free flow of business and social platforms for women and budding entrepreneurs with an objective to help women learn and grow, and reach their goals in business. Providing leadership to help enhance business development for women. Creating an outcome based networking platform that will promote an ideology of sharing knowledge, Ideas and transferring of skills to help breathe life into the spirit of working together. To promote and celebrate businesses that look beyond themselves but also serve a purpose of benefiting community development. came up with the idea for your business and what makes you different from your competitors. Make your company stand out and show your visitors who you are. Tip: Add your own image by double clicking the image and clicking Change Image. SPEAKERS: Ms Elizabeth Thabethe - Hon. Deputy Minister of Small Business Dev Dr Linah Ngcobo Business and Family Affairs Ms Tam de Vries Public Contributor and Life Coach Nomsa Madida Beauty and Mark up Advisory Shandi Thobejane Fashion and Image Consultant Ntombee Ngcobo Mzolo (Local entertainer ) Cost per person is R600 with the following added benefits: Leadership support from different . . .
IWC’S forced draft counter flow cooling towers, which have been designed and manufactured for the specific pressure-leach process used in copper mining, excel at cooling slurry with high levels solids, extreme temperatures and highly aggressive chemical compositions. IWC’s forced draft cooling tower is typically octagonal in shape and consists of a number of field assembled, dual composite GRP panels. These structural panels have polypropylene liners with the structural laminate made from high quality vinyl ester resin. The panels also have a conductive carbon tissue that acts as a corrosion barrier. This carbon tissue also preforms non-destructive “spark testing” of the internal polypropylene panel seal welds to establish the integrity of the weld during the whole life of the slurry cooling tower. The cooling tower comes complete with a rubber lined stainless steel basin which is designed to prevent clogging. IWC’s forced draft counter flow cooling tower is installed with a fibreglass fan reinforced with vinyl ester resin making it suitable for hostile industrial environments. The forced draft fans have a 16 degree blade angle and have a recorded operational efficiency of 97.85%. The slurry cooling towers are also fitted with corrosion-resistant Grade 316 stainless steel distribution pipes, distribution pipe sprayers and drift eliminator spray pipes to ensure durability and thereby reduced downtime for maintenance. Advantages of IWC’s slurry cooling towers The segmented, modular design of IWC’s slurry cooling towers allows for easy assembly and cost-effective maintenance. The forced draft fans and removable spray lances can be conveniently accessed from an external walkway. IWC’s slurry cooling towers have no fill, which eliminates the possibility of fouling and corrosion within the cooling tower and the risk of growth of microbes such as the deadly Legionella bacteria. Despite having no fill, the forced draft counter flow slurry cooling tower . . .
Performances in specially devised theatre spaces in Cape Town’s iconic City Hall and in taxis on the move are among those that will help set the stage for a riveting two weeks of theatre when the inaugural Cape Town Fringe opens in September. The Fringe is being produced by the Grahamstown National Arts Festival team, and is supported by the City of Cape Town and Standard Bank. A total of 89 productions have been confirmed as the core of the Fringe’s programme. The selected shows represent a blend of work that is “old and new, tried, tested, opportunistic, comfortable, familiar, edgy and daring” according to Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed. Apart from naming the productions, organisers also announced that Standard Bank, as part of their long-term support of the arts, have agreed to a partnership that will see them sponsor the Cape Town Fringe until 2017. The bank joins the City of Cape Town as lead sponsor of the event, which has 567 Cape Talk and MNET as presenting media partners. “Standard Bank have supported us for over three decades in Grahamstown and so getting them to back this new project was a logical next step,” National Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “We’re delighted to have them on board.” Turning his attention to the content of the Cape Town Fringe programme, Mahomed said: “We selected a few more productions than we had initially intended,” “But when we looked through the proposals we liked and began mentally assigning them slots in our venues, we found innovative ways to accommodate more shows.” Mahomed added that, “Roughly half the productions selected are theatre, while the rest are fairly evenly spread across music, physical theatre, performance art, and comedy.” From the outset organisers had been anxious to ensure that the Cape Town Fringe gets established as predominantly a Theatre Festival. “There are several long-standing and successful single genre festivals focusing on comedy, jazz and performance art in Cape Town . . .