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 . . .
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced on Tuesday that the Competition Commission would investigate the private healthcare sector on charges of high charges and market distortions. According to Nick Altini, Director and head of the Competition practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, “In April this year the market enquiry provisions in the Competition Amendment Act came into force, allowing the Competition Commission to investigate industries where there is a basis to believe that there are not optimal levels of competition, but without the Commission being constrained by the pre-requisite of having some evidence of an actual offence to validate the investigation. The private healthcare sector was identified by the Commission for this type of enquiry. “I think that we are all going to learn a few things - the Commission, the private sector and legal practitioners in the field. I expect that the Commission will plan and execute this carefully. What we would want to see is a process that it open, fair and efficient. It must have a definite beginning, and end, and not drag out for an inordinate period of time. At the end of the process, there must be a clear indication of findings and what actions, if any, the Commission plans to take next and what is expected of market stakeholders as an outcome of the process. These factors will likely then act as a good beacon of guidance for other sectors that could be the subject of future market enquiries,” notes Altini. Chris Charter, Director in the Competition practice, agrees, “The sheer scope of the enquiry into the healthcare industry will be test of the Commission's ability to manage and run complex investigations in the public eye. Hopefully it will lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of the industry which may benefit not only patients, but also other players in the value chain as well as other regulators. “That said, there is a danger that such a potentially wide market enquiry will become . . .
The Department of Labour announced on 8 May 2013 that amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) had been accepted by Parliament. The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill is now set to become law and will increase the power of the Minister of Labour, prohibit certain conduct by employers and streamline the enforcement of the Act. Johan Botes, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, explains, “The Minister will now have the power to prohibit the use of sub-contracting when making a sectoral determination. A sectoral determination is made by the Minister in respect of basic conditions of employment for employees in a sector and area. Sectoral determinations made by the Minister to-date include those applicable to the security industry and domestic workers. Industries that typically use sub-contracting (such as the building or IT sectors) could have to re-consider their business models should a sectoral determination ever be made in respect of those industries.” Botes notes that there is currently no indication that the Minister is planning to increase the number of sectoral determinations to other sectors, but trade unions or employers organisations are entitled to apply to the Minister to investigate conditions of employment in their sector or area. The Minister could then instruct the Director General to conduct an investigation or request the Employment Conditions Commission to advise her on whether an investigation ought to be conducted. “With the current focus still firmly on labour brokers, sub-contracting and use of contract staff, it will not come as a surprise if trade unions seek to use this extension of the Minister's power to limit the practice of employers sub-contracting work to independent contractors in order to avoid employing staff directly to do the work. “While this may have favourable consequences in instances where there has been abuse of this practice, sub-contracting work has allowed . . .
This week the Property Poser panel deals with a case of sibling rivalry between two brothers who co-own a property, in which the one lives. The reader, who resides elsewhere, appears to be having communication issues with his brother. He has discovered that his sibling has made arrangements regarding outstanding instalments and payments at the bank and municipality without his knowledge. The reader does not, however, mention whether the arrangements entered into have any direct financial consequences for him. The siblings are, from a legal perspective, partners in respect of the ownership of the house, says Stiaan Jonker of Smith Tabata Attorneys in Port Elizabeth. “The rights and obligations of the partners would, in the absence of alternative arrangements, be equal.” Jonker says one could assume that the sibling probably pays a rental to the reader for the use of his half-share of the property. “As far as the other obligations are concerned, payments should be made by the partnership.” It would appear that the partnership has fallen behind in some aspects, hence the arrangements, says Jonker. “Partners are jointly and severally liable for the debts of the partnership and one partner arranging to make payments isn’t problematic in itself. Assuming, of course, that he didn’t represent the other without consent.” Jonker says the partner making payments on behalf of the partnership has a right of recourse against the non-paying partner to claim the portion he should have paid. “Our reader seems to feel quite strongly that his rights have been ignored by the bank and municipality. He feels that this should assist him in being released from the partnership.” According to Susan Chapman from Rawson Properties PE Platinum, the reader has not explained the internal arrangements between the partners or whether there is even a partnership agreement in place. “Of course, if there is such an agreement, this is the first place for our reader . . .
The Tentickle Bedouin Tent Company has announced that it has appointed Maverick Marquees as their new stretch tent distribution partner in Ireland. Cape Town, May 2013: Tentickle Bedouin Tents International (http://www.tentickle.com/) is a South African based stretch tent manufacturer that provides Bedouin style function and special events tents to both the tent retail and rental markets in Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America and Australia. Tentickle has recently expanded into the special events tent market in Ireland and have appointed the well-known local Irish tent and events company Maverick Marquees as their distributor in Ireland. At the launch of the joint Irish/South Africa tent distribution initiative at the Tentickle head offices in Cape Town, the Tentickle Managing Director Mr. Marco Slunder had this to say about the expansion of Tentickle Bedouin Tents into a new overseas market: “It is with great pleasure that I announce yet another international partnership between Tentickle here in South Africa and our new Irish distributor, Maverick Marquees. Not only will this partnership allow us access into a new special events tent market, but it will also allow Ireland the chance to experience what is undoubtedly one of the safest, stylish and most sought after special events tents in the world.” He also went on to add that, “we are particularly happy to add Maverick Marquees to our international distribution family as they are well respected in the tent rental and retail market in Ireland. We look forward to a long and prosperous business partnership in the years to come.” To contact Tentickle Bedouin Tents in South Africa please email Mr. Marci Slunder on email@example.com. Alternatively you can contact them via email or fax on: Tel: +27 21 593 6918 Tel: +27 21 593 6906 Fax: +27 21 593 6916 To contact Maverick Marquees in Ireland please go to their website at http://maverickmarquees.com/ or contact them via email on . . .
Careful and strategic approach to expansion sees franchise grow to 24 outlets National pizzeria franchise Col’Cacchio pizzeria launched six new stores last year including its first two express outlets, under the name Mio, to complement its existing network of family restaurants. Their express concept stores cater mainly to take away customers through personal collection or delivery. The successful Col’Cacchio pizzeria chain has grown strategically over the last ten years to 24 stores. There are currently nine franchises in Johannesburg, eleven in Cape Town including Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Hermanus, one in Durban and three in Pretoria. The group has enjoyed turnover of R161-million in the last year. Launched in 1992 as a stand-alone restaurant in Cape Town run by Michael Terespolsky and Kinga Baranowska, Col’Cacchio pizzeria has become synonymous with traditional Italian food and gourmet pizzas. After operating in partnership for more than 10 years, the two entrepreneurs decided to grow their business, and identified franchising as the most suitable mechanism for the expansion in 2003. Terespolsky, who is a member of the Cape Town chapter of global business-owners’ network Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), says Col’Cacchio pizzeria has deliberately taken a controlled approach to its roll-out and growth strategy. “We soon realised that in order to achieve our goal of expansion, we would have to create a network of strategically placed Col’Cacchio pizzeria outlets.” The first franchisees Greg and Roz Mommsen launched Col’Cacchio pizzeria in Bryanston, Johannesburg in April of that year. Terespolsky and Baranowska, along with Johannesburg-based Greg Mommsen who bought into the holding company, have been the three directors of the franchise company since inception. From the outset the partners determined that the business could fill a very specific niche in the restaurant and food market, but were cautious about expanding too aggressively, explains . . .