World-class university choirs from Yale and UCT will join in concert in a once-off performance at the Baxter Concert Hall on Wednesday 17 July 2013. The UCT Choir and renowned Whiffenpoofs of Yale University will perform excerpts from their respective repertoires, in a concert supported by the Gordon Institute of Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) and the South African College of Music (SACM). Every year, 14 senior Yale men are selected to be in the Whiffenpoofs, the world's oldest collegiate a Capella group. Founded in 1909, the "Whiffs" began as a senior quartet that met for weekly concerts at Mory's Temple Bar, the famous Yale tavern. The group has become one of Yale University’s most celebrated traditions, gathering a notable audience including Ronald Reagan, George Bush I and II, Bill Clinton, Mother Teresa, and the Dalai Lama. The group has performed in venues such as Carnegie Hall and the Lincoln Center, and for events such as The World Series, Saturday Night Live, The West Wing, and NBC'sThe Sing Off. Under the baton of conductor Andy Berry the Whiffenpoofs perform throughout the year within the United States, and travel internationally during selected periods. The UCT Choir is the most diverse musical group at the University of Cape Town. It is a fully student-run ensemble, welcoming students from every faculty and discipline, as well as alumni and external members. The fifty-person choir, currently under the direction of Kurt Haupt, was founded in 1985 and plays an active role in the musical life of Cape Town, also touring nationally. Singers and audiences are exposed to a rich variety of choral music from classical to contemporary genres, both sacred and secular. In 2010, the UCT Choir released its first CD, which featured music from its 25th anniversary year, and has since released two additional CDs. The concert will take place on Wednesday 17 July 2013, at 20:15 at the Baxter Concert Hall in Cape Town. Tickets cost R60 (adults) and R30 . . .
LET YOUR CHILD ENJOY WINTER WONDERS AT Kirstenbosch Winter Wonders takes off for the kids at Kirstenbosch Three weeks of winter school holidays and what to do with the kids? The answer is to take them off to Winter Wonders at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. From Monday 24 June until Friday 12 July the garden offers activities that will have your kids creating, learning, walking and generally having fun. Simply the best time to bask in the beauty of Kirstenbosch’s winter mantle and ensure the holidays pass by in a flash. Meet the wonderful characters who inhabit the garden at our storytelling sessions, enjoy the popular puppet show, join an exciting adventure walk - a parent or grandparent can come too - or simply create a beautiful piece of craft work using things from the garden. The choice is yours for a fun (and relaxed) school holiday. This is the time to let the kids explore the most beautiful garden in Africa in the midst of its Centenary year and learn more about the environment we live in. With entry to the Garden FREE for children six years to 17 years during this period this is the perfect outing for the whole family. Booking for all events is essential. See full programme details on www.sanbi.org.za Enquiries: 021 799 8783 FREE EVENTS Guided Walks Please note: A maximum of 40 children can attend each walk: Reservations are essential: Call THE KIRSTENBOSCH INFORMATION CENTRE 021 799 8783 Tuesday 25 June and Tuesday 2 July: The Hundred Years Adventure Walk – A ramble with stories and fun to celebrate Kirstenbosch’s 100th birthday! For children aged 4-10. Bring a snack & juice, and a pencil and crayons/coloured pens. Bring your Parents as well if you wish. Led by Botanical Society volunteer guide Ann MacGregor. Wednesday 26 June: Adventure Walk with Daphne Mackie, storyteller extraordinaire and Kirstenbosch guru, brings the Garden to life with her magical book, “Adventure Trails in Kirstenbosch”. Thursday . . .
Hopewell Conservation Estate will be hosting a public showcase this July. Organisers are inviting the public, events coordinators and company executives to take a tour of the reserve which features a fully equipped function venue as well as a number of residential stands. Designed by award winning architect, Richard Stretton, the contemporary architecture of the reception building is suitable for a variety of functions, including weddings, parties, teambuilding and corporate events. Surrounded by a pristine nature reserve, Hopewell is a showcase of the Eastern Cape’s natural heritage just minutes away from Newton Park. Detailed plans of residential homes have been prepared by Stretton who focuses on sustainable “green” architecture. His contemporary designs make use of the natural stone and other materials found in the area, and are designed to complement the home owner’s lifestyle. The Hopewell Conservation Estate showcase will feature delicious Belgian chocolate delights, exquisite wines and fantastic food. Sit back and relax to the sounds of country vibes from the Two Tone band, surrounded by nature-inspired works of art. The showcase will also include a culinary experience by Dean Dickinson from Imagination Foods. Other exhibitors include designer Johan Wolmerans, Ian Zaaiman Photography, Chocalat, Winezani Wines, Ebony Earth furniture, and artists Duncan Stewart, Shelley- Anne Graham, Banele Njadayi and Graham Jones. To book your spot at the showcase, contact Kevin Taylor for more details: 079 502 0035 or firstname.lastname@example.org The showcase will take place on: Friday 5 July: 16h00 - High tea experience Saturday 6 July: 10h00 - Welcome drinks & snacks 12h00 - Homemade soups & Mediterranean breads 14h00 - Cooking demo by Dean Dickson of Imagination Foods URL: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from . Originally distributed by . . .
South African artist Simon Max Bannister has been announced the 2013 David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year. He received the award on 3 June at a prize giving event at the Mall Galleries in London, for his pieceLong Journey from Londolozi - a large sculptural trio of giraffe. Bannister accepted this prestigious award of ?10 000 from wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE and special guest and DSWF supporter, David Gower. The prestigious competition, in its sixth year, honours exceptional wildlife art from around the world. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is a UK-based charity funding key projects in Africa and Asia working to save critically endangered mammals in the wild. “The entries were quite magnificent this year and Simon is a very worthy winner,” said wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE who launched the art competition in 2008 to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife. “From the judges’ point of view the drama and technical excellence in all the work was quite breath-taking.” Simon Max Bannister, who is currently based at Londolozi Game Reserve as artist in residence, has been creating sculptural artworks for 3 years. After working with his degree in Graphic Design he started to experiment with expressing his creativity through alternative means, including earth, stone, leaf, water, light, shadow and even plastic. “It is ultimately the creative processes of nature that inspire his creative endeavors,” said Bannister. He has participated in events such as Site_Specific, AfrikaBurn, Infecting the City and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. He has created multiple private commissions for wine estates, game reserves and educational facilities. While keeping a diversity in materials, his style is unique and his passionate creativity is in tune with the climate of the times. For more information on his work, visitwww.simonmaxbannister.com URL: . . .
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 . . .
2013 is a milestone year for both Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden and the Botanical Society of South Africa as both celebrate their centenary. In celebration, one of the special walks arranged by the Botanical Societies Kirstenbosch Branch volunteer Garden Guides is the Centenarian Walk that visits the garden’s oldest and most distinguished residents - plants that have been growing at Kirstenbosch for 100 years or more, and plants that were introduced during the first five years and are still here today. Camphor and Ficus Avenues in Kirstenbosch are lined with trees planted by Cecil Rhodes in 1898, while other plants such as the Buffalo Thorn, Forest Elder, Suurberg Cushion Bush and the White-haired Cycad were introduced in 1913. The English Oaks can be traced back to a period between 1820 and 1890 when the land now occupied by Kirstenbosch was a farm. Join the experienced guides for the Centenarian Walk on the third Saturday of every month. Walks are free after entry to the Garden. Booking is essential. Call 021 799 8783 or www.sanbi.org.za Details: Date: Saturday 15 June 2013 Time: 10:00 AM Booking Essential Contact: 021 799 8783 Website: www.sanbi.org.za These walks will be happening every third Saturday of the month for the rest of the year. URL: http://www.sanbi.org/gardens/kirstenbosch Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Anthony Coutinho will be addressing health & safety challenges faced by the mining industry at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg 23 May 2013, Johannesburg: Mining companies recognise the inherent value of its human resource in the mining profession and have been stressing on the need for improved health and safety facilities for its employees. With the emergance of small-scale operations in South Africa, the workplace fatality rate of these mines is up to 90 times higher than that for mines in industrialised countries (report by ILO). In the quest to achieve zero harm, mining companies have been looking to foster a culture that will drive organisations towards safer practices at mines. The key for this lies in anticipating the problems faced by miners and responding to them to make sure that these accidents are prevented. Anthony Coutinho, Director - Mine Safety from the Department of Mineral Resources, South Africa says that the main challenge faced by the mining industry with respect to health and safety of its employees is the “battle that the employers have in balancing cost-effective production with eliminating the health and safety risks that face the industry.” In terms of the South African mining industry, Mr Coutinho believes that the country is on its way to putting in place the legislation in order to reduce health and safety risks to miners. To shed more light on this, Anthony Coutinho will be speaking at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining, taking place on 16-17 September 2013 at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg, South Africa. He will also share his insights into the application of health and safety policies to the global mining industry. This forum will also feature presentations from Philip Stephenson, Newmont Mining, VP Health Safety Loss Prevention & Security, US; Brian Chicksen, AngloGold Ashanti, VP Safety, . . .
Nana Meriwether, Miss USA 2012 and Lynne De Jager Mrs South Africa 2012 attended the launch of The Rhino Revolution/ Blue Canyon Conservancy Black Rhino Breeding Project. Nana and Lynne want to bring international awareness to the plight of Rhino in South Africa. Nana Meriwether was born at Tinswalo hospital in Acornhoek. Her father and mother were working a Tinswalo, doing charitable work. Lynne De Jager has commited to take the Rhino Revolution message to the Mrs World 2013 Pageant in China. From the 2000 to 2007 there were 140 rhino’s poached throughout South Africa, that’s average of 20 a year. In 2008 is shot up to 83 in one year, 2009 saw another increase to 122. Similarly 2010 – 333, 2011 – 448, 2012 – 448 and 2013 we are already sitting with over 350, more than the total of 2010. This year we are averaging 2-2.5 Rhino’s lost a day. While these stats are shocking to see we are still in a positive growth pattern for the total Rhino population. We are close to the tipping point though and soon we will be losing more Rhino that are being born every year. In 1960 there were around 500 Rhino’s and over the last 50 years we have grown that population to over 20 000, similarly with Black Rhino, there were only 65 left and their numbers have grown to over 5000. “The war that private Rhino owners are fighting isn’t one where we can go out and combat a visible enemy, all that they can do is fight defensively. Protect the Rhino’s inside higher fences with more guards.” Stated Patrick Jordan , a founder of Rhino Revolution. “Miss USA and Mrs SA have come out this weekend to put their voices behind the Rhino of Africa, to assist in raising awareness and funding to assist with the protection and ultimately the defence of an iconic species the world over.’ Said Patrick Jordan “We don’t hear much about the plight of Rhino back in the United States and I didn’t know how threatened they are until now” Said Nana Meriwether , Miss USA 2012. During their . . .
2013 is a milestone year for Kirstenbosch and the Botanical Society as they celebrate their Centenary. Learn the story of the Garden in the monthly Centennial Walks led by Botanical Society Volunteer guides. Taking place on the first Saturday of every month booking is essential. In addition to this a series of themed walks offer the visitor many more reasons to visit the garden. From fynbos to proteas, ericas to medicinal plants, trees to the glories of the Cape Floral region and much more, the experienced guides allow you to discover so much more on the second and fourth Saturday of each month. Walks are free after entry to the Garden. Call 021 799 87 83 or www.sanbi.org.za URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mining experts will discuss the latest safety and health procedures at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining to be held on 16-17 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After the recent Sago Mine disaster in the USA, the Xiaojiawan mine blasts in China, and other incidents in Chile and New Zealand, the issue of maintaining the health and safety in the mining industry has gained a lot of importance. It has been a continuous effort for the top global mining companies to make mining safe and sustainable, and avoid compromising on the health and safety of its miners. Despite economic difficulties, efforts are being made at a global level to make the mining industry a safer and injury-free sector. Mining companies have recognised the need to address their employees' health & safety imperitives. Given the hazardous nature of their work, companies need to take significant steps towards providing safer & healthier work conditions for its miners. Known for the deepest mines in the world, the South African mining industry has recognized the need to provide regulated mines to miners. Keeping this growing need of the industry in mind, Fleming Gulf Conferences is organising the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. After two successful editions, the forum this year is themed on achieving sustainable and continuous development in health and safety for the mining industry. Expert speakers and panelists from top global mining companies will emphasize on the importance of doing business ethically in the cost conscious economy. Promoting the culture of owning safety, the drivers for safe behaviour, the strategic approach to health, and gauging the burden of diseases from work related dust & fatigue are some of the key topics which will be discussed at the event. The forum will also feature interactive panel discussions on the most topical health and safety concerns faced by the . . .