Experts are cautious, but all point to the importance of acting on sound advice rather than sentiment. In an article first published in the Financial Times, and republished in Business Day on 26 August, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote: “While a parliamentary committee is at present wrapping up public hearings on this issue and still needs to give consideration to any possible constitutional amendment, there have been several suggestions on when expropriation without compensation may be justified. These include, for instance, unused land, derelict buildings, purely speculative land holdings, or circumstances where occupiers have strong historical rights and title holders do not occupy or use their land, such as labour tenancy, informal settlements and abandoned inner-city buildings. “This is no land grab; nor is it an assault on the private ownership of property. The ANC has been clear that its land reform programme should not undermine future investment in the economy or damage agricultural production and food security. The proposals will not erode property rights, but will instead ensure that the rights of all South Africans, and not just those who currently own land, are strengthened. SA has learnt from the experiences of other countries, both from what has worked and what has not, and will not make the same mistakes that others have made.” There is still great uncertainty around the implications of expropriation of land without compensation (EWC). No market likes uncertainty and the property market is no exception. Just Property CEO, Paul Stevens, says, “EWC is one of a number of factors that are influencing the property market in South Africa. Its realities are more evident in some parts of our country than others but the sentiment is universally unsettled. And sentiment is a powerful thing, especially where it can so easily be amplified by social media and the interconnectedness of today’s world.” Have South African buyers and sellers adopted a . . .
Impoverished communities face many challenges and shoes should not be one of them. The Public Relations Department at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has launched Restoring Soles 2 Souls, a Non-Profit Organisation. Restoring Soles 2 Souls has created Happy Feet, a campaign which seeks to break the cycle of poverty by collecting and redistributing pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes to the impoverished communities in and around Cape Town. All donated shoes will go towards Oscar Mpetha High School’s matric class of 2018 on the 21st of September. The campaign will be supplying 60 pairs of shoes within this month as the matriculants are starting their new adventure of adulthood. This is a small step that changes lives, and will ensure that the youth of Cape Town will feel more confident, comfortable and special in their future endeavours. As you know, every sole has a story and with the #HappyFeet campaign we encourage every donator to write a short personal message of their favourite memory with their donated shoes. Project Manager, Marni Venter says “We know that most people have unwanted shoes at home, and would love to impact lives with the gift of shoes by donating them to the cause of Restoring Soles 2 Souls”. It feels good to make a difference, so be the hero for children in need by helping our future leaders take a step in the right direction! For more information go to restoringsoles2souls.com or call (021) 123 4567. Find them on Twitter and instagram @RestoringSole2Souls or Facebook.com/restoringsoles2souls CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 - Fear of the dentist is known as odontophobia, dentophobia, or more casually as dental anxiety. As dental professionals, and not mental health professionals, our focus isn’t as much on why people are afraid of the dentist, but instead on what we can do for those who are, so that they can receive compassionate and effective treatment. It is important to remember that some studies estimate up to 75% of dental patients experience mild to severe dental fear. So it’s actually more likely for a person to be uncomfortable with the idea of being in a dentist’s chair than not. At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We work with dentists to envision what‘s possible and provide innovative solutions to achieve it. Education and support help move each procedure forward, ensuring the benefits of our innovations are realised. Everything we do is about helping dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices – today and for years to come. Imagine that you could now receive all the treatment you require in a single visit with the best results possible in modern dentistry? Dentsply Sirona ‘s CEREC makes exactly this possible. Dentsply Sirona have been driving CAD/CAM innovation for over 30 years, pioneering digital solutions that have changed dentistry for the better. CEREC enables dental professionals to provide you the patient with restorations, including inlays, on lays, crowns, bridges and veneers, in a single visit. Our solutions also enable them to take digital impressions and produce surgical guides and other apparatus needed for better, safer, and faster implants and orthodontics. Cerec stands for a quick and pleasant treatment with no impression tray, no annoying temporary prostheses and only one anaesthetic injection. A win-win situation: You receive the highest standards and get the best . . .
Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 – Dentsply Sirona the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental solutions recently appointed Berenice Muller as the National Sales Manager -Consumables Division. Dentsply Sirona South Africa’s trusted brands have empowered dental professionals, in both practices and laboratories, to provide better, safer, and faster care in all dental disciplines for over 100 years. Dentsply Sirona started direct sales to their customers in South Africa as of 01 July 2018 and in her new position Berenice is leading the roll out of the new direct sales model to market and says “ We as the Dentsply Sirona Consumables Team are excited to expand our relationship with our customers and continue helping them deliver great dental care to patients .We are committed to working together with our customers on a personal level to provide a seamless consumer experience with significant cost benefits for their dental practices”. Berenice and her team of 15 staff – 10 Consumable Representatives and 5 Tele Sales Team members will offer customers a better solution and a one- stop-shop for all their dental consumable needs. Customers can now leverage entire practice volumes to receive as yet unseen commercial value through bespoke offers and deals on the Made-in-Bensheim/Germany CAD/CAMs, CBCTs ,TREATMENT CENTERs and the full portfolio of ENDODONTICS, RESTORATIVE AND PREVENTIVE MATERIALS from Dentsply Sirona. For more information regarding special product offers go to www.dentsplysirona.com/en-za Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, and more efficient dental care. We work with dental professionals to envision what could be possible, then provide innovative solutions to achieve it. Education and support helps us move each innovation forward, ensuring that the benefits are realised by everyone. Everything we do is about helping dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, . . .
Muslim women’s rights rulings: Are we still in denial? By Devan Moonsamy – CEO The ICHAF Training Institute. About a week ago, the Western Cape High Court made a ruling which provides legal protection to Muslim women and their children in cases of divorce. The Weekend Argus reported, ‘The Western Cape High Court judgment ordering Muslim marriages to be legally recognised speaks directly to “a very patriarchal Muslim society”, which has always benefited men and left women with nothing after divorce.’ The Muslim Judicial Council welcomed the decision, which it seems should have been made long ago. It is not the only recent legal development which has sought to protect women’s rights in Muslim marriages. Why should there even be a need for this? South Africa is supposed to be among the nations with the best legislation worldwide. Isn’t this already in place? Surely when we got our full Constitution in 1996 it cleared all this away? No, it didn’t. It hasn’t solved all our problems. The High Court and the Constitutional Court still have a lot of work to do in protecting people by ensuring the correct interpretation and implementation of our laws. This is a strong case in point when it comes to women’s rights denialists who continue to stare blank-faced at the plight of women (and other victims of discrimination too). By this I mean that some people assume women have equal rights in law – they definitely do not in all cases – and this has fixed everything. But even where everyone has equal rights in law, in practice true justice is sorely lacking. Why do genuine victims of discrimination still get no recognition? Some women are still cast aside when their husband dies. Our laws and rulings like these are not an excuse to sit back on our laurels and turn away from the plight of others. Black people still suffer in this country because of their colour. Women still suffer because of their gender. Children, youths and the elderly still suffer because of their . . .
National Arbor Week is allocated for the planting of trees and to educate the general public on the importance of greening in the cycle of life. National Arbor Week in South Africa, which usually takes place in September, is the time of the year when all South Africans are called upon to plant an indigenous tree, as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. At Servest, this forms part of a moral obligation by the CEO and his team. “Our landscaping department drives the culture of greening, how can we not practice what we preach’’, says Steve Wallbanks. Servest recently relocated to Waterfall Logistics Park in Midrand and plan to contribute towards growing more trees in the region. In honouring this commitment, South Africa’s national tree, a Yellowood (Podocarpus) tree was planted at the Servest Head Quarters (HQ) on Monday, 03 September 2018. Planting indigenous trees are important in our ecosystems, especially due to the benefits this has when it comes to water conservation. This is particularly important for our country, given the recent droughts; and our need to use water wisely to ensure our future generations have sufficient natural resources. Steve emphasises, “We understand this importance and take our commitment to creating a sustainable environment, very seriously.” In this regard, they grow their own indigenous trees on a farm outside Mpumalanga. These trees and other plants are then used to establish magnificent landscapes all over the country that allow ecosystems to thrive and create self-sustaining environments. According to documented research, over and above the ecological benefits, such as the reduction of air pollution, the benefits of urban trees include beautification, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of storm water run-off, reduction of energy costs through increased shade over buildings, enhancement of property values, improved wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the overall urban . . .
Come run, walk, wheel or stroll at the Nappy Run™ 5km fun run at the Johannesburg Zoo on International Children’s Day, 3 November 2018. The annual campaign is focused on raising awareness of the conditions children with disabilities live under, the challenges they face, as well as their rights which are violated on multiple levels. The campaign also serves to raise funds to buy nappies for children with disabilities – an essential health item that this already-vulnerable and marginalised group often sadly goes without. Join us in reaching our 2018 goal to raise money for at least 50 000 nappies to supply to children with disabilities, around the country. The race starts at 07:30 (registration opens at 06:30), and tickets can be purchased from the Nappy Run website (R60 for children and R100 for adults). The event is organised by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. For more information about the Nappy Run™ fun run, or to make a donation, visit www.nappyrun.org.za, or find them on Facebook - @Nappyrun.sa | Instagram - @Nappyrun.sa |Twitter - @NappyRun. Alternatively, email: email@example.com. • What: Nappy Run™ 5km fun run • When: 3 November 2018 at 07:30 (registration opens at 06h30) • Where: Johannesburg Zoo [Jan Smuts Ave & Upper Park Dr, Parkview, Johannesburg, 2193] • How much: Adults - R100 | Children - R60 (tickets include zoo entry and a goodie bag) • Buy tickets here: http://www.nappyrun.org.za/events/nappy-run-2018/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The National Heritage Council of South Africa (NHC) will be leading and participating in several heritage celebration programmes with various stakeholders and communities in the month of September 2018. In line with government’s programme to celebrate the centenary year of Tata Nelson Mandela and Mama Albertina Sisulu, the 2018 Heritage Month will be celebrated under the theme “The Year of Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela: Advancing Transformation of South Africa’s Heritage Landscape”. The celebrations entail a month-long programme of activities aimed at addressing issues of transformation, promotion and preservation of South Africa’s rich and diverse heritage, national identity, nation building and social cohesion in various communities and localities across the length and breadth of the country, both in rural and urban areas. The NHC kick-started its programme with a celebration at the historic Lesseyton Methodist Church in Queenstown on 1 September to welcome #HeritageMonth. The church held a night Virgil to harmonise and unify its community through celebrating its heritage. Adv. Sonwabile Mancotywa (middle) and the Deputy Minister of Justice and Correctional Services, Mr Thabang Makwetla (right) addressed the event. Other key events in this heritage month include the Golden Shield Heritage Awards which showcase and celebrate individuals and organisations who excel in various categories of heritage work. The awards will be held in partnership with the Department of Sports, Arts and Culture and the Sol Plaatje Municipality in Kimberly on the 14th September 2018. Speaking about this year’s heritage celebrations, the NHC CEO, Adv Sonwabile Mancotywa said “September is a month where we celebrate and embrace our rich heritage and culture as a nation with diversity for unity and nation building.” He further said “let us continue to protect and promote our heritage by embracing it every day, so that heritage and culture are not only taken seriously only . . .
Johannesburg, September 2018: Steyn City rolled out the red carpet for South Africa’s leading ladies at the launch of the 7% Tribe, an initiative to facilitate female advancement, on Friday 31 August. The event was attended by some of South Africa’s most prominent women in all spheres, from media to industry, science and business. Included in their number were 40 VIP honourees, nominated by the 7% Tribe, which paid tribute to the determination, perseverance and success. They included scientist Professor Glenda, Gray, CEO/President of the South African Medical Council (who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2017); Faith Khanyile, CEO and director at WDB Investment Holdings; and Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel with Flair. Also in attendance were high profile women like media mogul Basetsana Khumalo; Metro FM afternoon drive time presenter Masechaba Ndlovu; Tabea Kabinde, managing director of We Find Talent and Chairperson of the Commission for Employment Equity; and environmental activist and former Miss Earth, Catherine Constantinides. In her keynote speech, Tammy Menton, founder of the 7% Tribe and Group Head of Marketing and Events at Steyn City, implored the exclusively female audience to hire fellow women, mentor them and help them grow into the type of women others aspire to be. Inviting the 350-strong audience to #jointhetribe, Menton announced that the @7PercentTribe will create an online platform to facilitate networking between like-minded women. The movement is hosting its first speed-dating mentoring session in October. The evening’s entertainment included a panel discussion, hosted by Ndlovu, focusing on the challenges affecting women in the workplace and debating various solutions. Ndlovu also gave a touching tribute to her mentor, Metro FM Station Manager, Sibongile Mtyali, who was present at the event. The initiative has gained the support of several media channels, including Metro FM, . . .
On Friday morning 2 March 2018 the Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) evicted the 60 year-old Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) from premises they had occupied within the Port of Port Elizabeth. Effectively the club administration moved to other temporary premises whilst The Chartroom Restaurant and Pub ceased to exist. A long standing dispute over unfair rental increases led to the eviction. During 2009 ABYC laid a formal complaint with the Port Regulator over TNPA’s unfair treatment. The long standing dispute led to TNPA charging a higher rental whilst ABYC paid a lower rental. To date the TNPA have not taken ABYC to court over the disputed rental 'owing' – the rental determination is still to be heard by the Port Regulator in Durban for the 2009 complaint. In a Facebook post announcing the eviction ABYC said; "Our thanks and love to everyone who has supported us through this long and oftentimes bewildering time. Of course we are left with more questions than answers and some of us have taken this very hard. Please bear with us as we chart our way through these rocky waters, regroup and give thanks for the respite from having to ensure that we had enough money in the bank to pay our rent and other obligations." After a period of respite the members of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club voted at a SGM to auction off furniture and unneeded equipment currently in storage at various Port Elizabeth warehouses per kind favour of the Grand Hotel and Leen Mulckhuyse Construction. Closing off this 60 Year 'Chapter' in members lives will happen at the Pieter Rademeyer Complex, 6 Woodpecker Road, Cotswold on Friday 7 September from 10:00 am under the hammer of Neil Mclaggan of McLaggan's Auctioneers. YouTube: https://youtu.be/AZVGggspAtQ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on 60 Years of ABYC on Auction here: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPE Facebook: . . .