The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) has announced the appointment of three new Board members. They will bring fresh expertise to a Board that already includes respected leaders in business, retail, academia, craft and design. Shado Twala, managing member of Black Olive Entertainment, is the new Board chairperson. She takes over from industry design consultant Byron Qually, who remains on the Board . The other two new Board members are Wesgro COO Howard Gabriels and Shell Upstream CX manager Niall Kramer. Kramer is a member of the Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Mentorship Programme and advises Iziko Museums on brand development, brand engagement and marketing and communications strategy. The CCDI is one of the provincial government's leading Special Purpose Vehicles and has won numerous accolades for its work since it was set up 11 years ago. Its mission is to be a best practice Institute that develops people to build profitable enterprises, with marketable products for global markets in an enabled environment. “We would not have been as effective without the excellent advice from the Board members who have given unstintingly of their time and knowledge over the years,” said CCDI executive director and Board member Erica Elk. “It is a great asset to have such expertise readily available, on subjects ranging from marketing to cash flow management. “We are delighted to welcome the new members and look forward to the next phase of CCDI development with their support and experience.” The current Board members who will continue to serve are company secretary Paul Slack, a financial consultant with FastTrac Freelance Business Specialists; Alettia Chisin, a senior lecturer at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology; Andile Dyalvane, co-owner of Imiso Ceramics; Andrew Lane, business manager at Learn to Earn; Bishop Tarambawamwe, owner of Master Wire and Bead Craft; Faith Kolala, Economic and Human Development, City of Cape Town; Margie . . .
The largest shopping centre in the Southern Hemisphere, Gateway Theatre of Shopping, was awarded three accolades, including one gold at the ICSC Solal Marketing Awards 2013. Gateway was one of the most recognised shopping centres, competing against international centres at this year’s prestigious event. “This is a wonderful achievement for the marketing and management team. Being recognised for our world class event and innovative digital platforms highlights that Gateway has truly evolved into a theatrical realm of fashion and entertainment,” says Adrian Raw, Portfolio Manager at Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Gateway was awarded a coveted gold for their ‘Gateway’s Material World – The Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show’. Gateway has aligned itself with the Vodacom Durban July for the past four consecutive years with the aim of turning the preview fashion show into an entertainment extravaganza. The fashion show featured top designers such as Leigh Schubert, Gideon and Brenda Quinn and three top DJ’s which performed free of charge to the public. Since opening its doors, the Wave House saw the highest recorded foot count at this event. A further two silvers were awarded for the Gateway VIP Launch and the Gateway Hotel Takeover competition. Gateway VIP is a loyalty programme that rewards shoppers just for visiting the mall. The Hotel Takeover competition allowed one lucky shopper to win two nights for herself and 100 friends at the Gateway Hotel valued at just over R300 000. The ICSC Solal Marketing Awards bring together the finest in retail marketing across Europe and South Africa to reward those with the most effective campaigns. Recognising best practice and outstanding marketing performance, the ICSC Solal Marketing Awards are seen as the benchmark of quality throughout the industry. Look out for Gateway Theatre of Shopping on Facebook and Twitter. URL: http://www.gatewayworld.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sane Ndlovu from . . .
On Monday the 27 of May, 2013, the second Digital Crunch lightning learning evening took place at Full Stop Café in Parktown North. The event aims to bring likeminded digital professionals together in a comfortable environment where they can share ideas, inspiration and advances in the industry while making new business contacts. While Digital Crunch is still new to the networking circuit, it was launched at the end of April by Ryan Sauer and Cherylann Smith, the event is already attracting a diverse audience. Hosted by Search Online Consulting (www.searchoc.co.za) and Global Mouse (www.globalmouse.co.za) the intimate event attracted a variety of digital organisations, including, Cavalry Media (www.hellocavalry.com) a digital communication agency focusing on bespoke web development and strategic communication, Greenshoots (www.greenshoot.co.za), an engaging learning experiences organisation and Megaphone Apps, a mobile application development company. A prerequisite for the event is that each attendee brings a topic that is in line with their expertise and discusses it with the group. Highlights included the Google I/O conference, digital law and responsive web design. The event takes place on the last Monday of every month and seats are limited. Follow Digital Crunch on twitter for more information and a chance to book your seat for the next event. URL: http://www.digitalcrunch.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Mark Wright from Cavalry Media. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Digital Crunch Photographer:Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
The cement and concrete industry is demonstrating real commitment to the success of the African construction market through its support of the TotallyConcrete Expo. The pace of expansion and GDP growth rate in Sub-Saharan Africa has doubled in the last 20 years and Africa is now the next frontier for many leading cement producers. With a construction industry boom on the horizon, over 2000 construction industry professionals from across the continent are headed to the TotallyConcrete Expo being held next week at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg. A high level press conference will be held on 4 June during the TotallyConcrete Expo to focus on the efficient and systematic infrastructure delivery in Africa. Industry stakeholders such as Funani Mojono, CEO of Lafarge Mining and Kutoane Kutoane, CEO of the Gauteng Partnership Fund will issue statements on meeting the infrastructure requirements of a 21st century Africa. Ministers of Public Works including The Honourable Thembelani Thulas Nxesi from South Africa, The Honourable Erkki Nghimtina from Namibia and The Honourable Nthutuko Dlamini from Swaziland will also be available for comment following their respective contributions to the keynote session where they will address the planned scale of development in Africa. It is estimated that the African continent requires an annual investment of at least USD $93 billion in infrastructure development over the next 10 years in order to catch up with other developing regions. With specialised programmes designed for engineers, contractors, architects and designers, the TotallyConcrete Expo will focus on efficient and sustainable infrastructure delivery for Africa. Abram Masango, General Manager of Eskom’s Kusile Power Station will discuss the construction of one of South Africa’s largest infrastructure projects underway today and Werner Jerling, Managing Director of Stefanutti Stocks Civils will join him to address project delivery from the contractor’s . . .
Trade Conference International (TCI) is proud to bring to you its 4th Biannual Loyalty and Rewards Conference in Cape Town. With the venue still to be confirmed, the conference will take place on the 14th and 15th of August 2013 with a top speaker panel consisting of experts in the loyalty and rewards arena. During the last two years TCI has established an event that brings together industry leaders in an effort to debate and analyze topical issues, highlighting challenges and opportunities. This event will once again attract professionals dealing with; marketing, branding, customer relations and loyalty, CRM, CVM, loyalty and customer communications, digital communications, brand development, customer development, multi-channel marketing, loyalty marketing, rewards and loyalty programmes, client management, business development, account management, on-line marketing, mobile marketing and digital media to attend this extraordinary event. Over the last two years delegate companies which have supported the event include: Woolworths, Prima Integrated, Bridge, Octagon Marketing, Ackermans, Ogilvy, ABSA Financial Services, Pick n Pay, Edcon, Achievement Awards Group, PEP: Division of Pepkor Retail, Spur Advertising, Foschini Retail Group, Sanparks, P-Cubed, Bayport Financial Services, Cards Plus, Gift Bucks, Enterprise Electronic Commerce, Mahala, ABSA Rewards, Nedbank, ABSA, African Bank, FNB, Liberty Life, Prize Voucher, Demographica, Digital Planet and Comair Limited. Early bird registrations for the Loyalty and Rewards Conference officially opened. To find out more contact Lisa Nathanson, Project Manager on 011 803 1553/0009 or alternatively email email@example.com. URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za/brochures/loyalty_reward_ct.pdf Twitter: www.twitter.co/tcisa Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, . . .
South African ingenuity rewarded Individuals or small and medium sized businesses who have developed or are pioneering some form of technology innovation that requires local and international networks, mentorship and funding to get to the next level, have until 30 September 2013 to pitch their ideas in a new innovation competition. A robust new commercialisation support programme announced on 22 May 2013 in Johannesburg, The Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition will fast-track the commercialization and business development of technology innovations. Sponsored by government’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, Sasol ChemCity, Step-Up seeks innovations in the health and biotechnology, chemicals, mining and manufacturing, information and communication technologies, food and agriculture, energy and green environment sectors. This multi-faceted collaborative programme aims to address the most relevant networking, business, financing and knowledge requirements of each participant who reaches the finalist stage. Entry is open to any South African over the age of 16, who can enter online on www.step-up.org.za. “Step-Up has pulled together the collective energy and resources of government, venture capitalists and incubators to steer early-stage initiatives up the value chain into sustainable production,” says Martin Feinstein, former CEO of Proudly South African and Enablis, who will be running the initiative, alongside the TIA and Sasol ChemCity. The TIA and Sasol ChemCity will evaluate entries for inclusion in their extensive range of financial and non-financial support programmes, whether it is an initial idea or an existing innovation business. This is additional to the prizes and other benefits associated with winning the competition. “Sasol ChemCity focuses its business development and support activities on SMEs, entrepreneurs and businesses that operate within the chemical, energy and related . . .
The BedKing Bed and Sleep Blog has seen massive growth in its South African readership over the past 3 months. Cape Town, May 2013: The BedKing (http://www.bedking.co.za/) Bed and Sleep Blog was launched a little over a year ago on the 23rd of April 201 and in that time has seen a massive increase of South African based readers. In fact, over the past few months there has been a month on month increase of over 100% per post. The first blog post on the BedKing Bed and Sleep Blog was posted last year April and due to the relevant content and high information standard on the blog it has manage to attract a number of local South African readers as well as a significant number of overseas readers. When asked about the blog growth the MD of BedKing, Mr Mervyn Ewertse, had this to say about its acceptance by the South African public: “The BedKing Bed and Sleep blog has seen a phenomenal growth in readership over the past 12 months thanks to the efforts of our social media relations team, but this is just the first pahse in populating what is to become an active part of our entire social media profile. What we plan to do is to make BedKing not only the most well priced bed retailer in South Africa, but the most accessible as well. We want an open channel of communication to be available to our customers, friends and yes even our fans, at any time they need to chat to us.” The BedKing Bed and Sleep Blog covers a wide range of ever expanding sleep topics, including Dream and Sleep related topics, as well as all of the latest BedKing news and promotional activity. To view the BedKing Bed and Sleep Blog please go to http://bedking.co.za/blogs/ The BedKing bed and mattress company is based in Cape Town, South Africa and has a network of retail stores in Gauteng and the Western Cape. For all other areas of South Africa they have an online or call centre sales option that includes national delivery to any part of the country. END Press release submitted by . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and UJ Arts & Culture are pleased to invite proposals from South African practitioners to present case studies at the upcoming “Creative Currencies” conference, to be held 6-8 August in Johannesburg. Arts professionals and representatives of business and emerging and semi-established arts, culture and heritage organisations, as well as individuals involved in collectives and collaborations, are invited to submit proposals to present at the 2nd ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference. Case studies and presentations concerned with economic, artistic, cultural and technological aspects of trade and exchange are sought to supplement the conference programme, which is entitled “Creative Currencies: accessing opportunities in an expanding marketplace”. The conference is aimed at sharing information with stakeholders in the creative economy with a view to developing, inspiring and enabling the sector. The 2013 programme will speak to individuals, businesses and organisations involved in trade and commerce in the field of Arts and Culture, as well as those who wish to interface and explore this within their own disciplines and sectors. The Conference Content Manager and Advisory Committee will review and select case studies for presentation. Presentations should not be longer than 30 minutes in total. Applications should include the major aspects that will be addressed by the case study or presentation, and a detailed description of the technical requirements for the presentation. Proposals of no more than 600 words should be submitted to Rahiem Whisgary at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 7 June 2013. This year's conference has attracted participation and support from a number of influential players in the arts and culture space, including the European Union (EU), British Council, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network, Arterial Network South Africa and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa . . .
Emerging Stars is proud to announce the launch of their extended online service designed to partner entrepreneurs, distributors and investors. EmergingStars.com is an online portal that offers a selection of business opportunities in emerging economies. Our exclusive opportunities include projects like greenhouse farming in Rwanda, a bio medicals company in Russia or a wood pellet plant in South Africa. Distributors are also required for handmade jewellery from India, ceramic and porcelain dinnerware from Thailand and plastic recycling machinery from Turkey. Founded as a television project to scout emerging countries for young, innovative entrepreneurs, Emerging Stars introduced the online portal as a natural extension of the brand. Initially a free service utilised to generate and direct interest from its TV series, the directory became a trusted listing service for entrepreneurs, distributors and funders alike. While working on the series, the excellent research team built a fast-growing network of entrepreneurs, investment agencies and business consultancies – along with a cache of already-vetted business opportunities. “Grow a business and change the world” is an apt slogan for this digital entrepreneurial initiative, now with a more formalised entrepreneur, distributor and investor introduction and connection mechanism. The new site continues to allow for free business listings (uploaded once they have been researched and verified by the team to ensure sustainability), and will allow for potential investors to access detailed information such as business plans, financial reports and contact details. It will also offer “first right of refusal” opportunities for investor partners with bespoke fee structures. The model is sound: A platform that aims to stimulate entrepreneurship as a solution to poverty and unemployment. Examples of past successful deals are numerous - from a producer of solar lamps in Ghana who found, in a period of a few days, . . .
Gain invaluable insight into the latest regarding governance, risk and compliance by attending the upcoming Governance, Risk and Compliance Conference. The event – organised by Trade Conferences International - will be held on 5 & 6 June at Fabz Hotel in Lonehill, Johannesburg. The programme will address topics such as GRC strategy & implementation, POPI and global security safeguards, Companies Act requirement, GRC strategies and cloud computing, e-commerce fraud, improving workplace ethics, IT governance and fraud awareness. Attending delegates will be coming from a wide range of sectors such as banks, insurance companies, manufacturing, aviation, hospitality, service providers, retail companies and government entities. Project Manager, Naison Chilenge, said the aim of the event is to help improve companies’ strategies around issues of corporate governance, enterprise risk and compliance. “The conference will enable participants to develop, implement and monitor GRC strategies that take cognisance of both internal individual company policies and the legislative environment.” “The feedback from last year’s event was very positive, and this year we feel that the revamped programme, with several new speakers will add another dimension to the conference experience. With more than 250 events organised since 2002, we feel that we are ideally positioned to bring prospective delegates once again a quality event. Our events so far this year attracted major support, with conferences such as the Mobile Banking Conference, Debt Collection Conference and Core Banking Conference, standing out. To prove their commitment to implement effective GRC plans, some companies that have already registered delegates to attend include Standard Bank, First National Bank, Momentum Group, Bankserv Africa, Silvermoon Business Systems, Bank of Taiwan SA and NBCRFIL. Join delegates from the above companies at this informative event, by completing the registration form . . .