Registration bookings for the Online Retail conference have kicked off on a good note. This top-class 2 day event brings together online retail thought-leaders from all over South Africa under one roof to share their knowledge, experiences and insights with delegates. Attending this event will also create an excellent platform for networking between online retailers and other virtual e-commerce prominent institutions, retailers and service providers in the IT, payment and retail industries. In their presentations, retail and online retail experts will analyse the current South African online retailing landscape and further explore pertinent issues regarding the infrastructure requirements, innovations and technological advancements driving the online retail industry. Delegates are guaranteed an informative, knowledgeable and thought driven conference addressing the current and future growth of online retailing in South Africa. To register for this event contact Trade Conferences International on 011 803 0009 or email Chissola: email@example.com For more information on other conferences brought to you by Trade Conferences International log onto our website www.tci.co.za URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za 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, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: . . .
What Is Happening About Safety In The Electrical Contracting Industry? On 4 March 2013 the Electrical Contractors' Association's - ECA(SA) - National Director, Chris Greager, addressed an e-mail letter to Department of Labour's Chief Inspector, Thobile Lamati, and two of his senior staff requesting a meeting to discuss ten matters of concern to the Electrical Contracting Industry. As no response was received a reminder was sent on 14 March enquiring whether he was prepared to meet with a delegation from the ECA(SA). However, the request still remains unanswered. In his e-mail Chris Greager pointed out that the ECA(SA) represents the majority of employers in the Industry, and that they look to the Association to provide them with answers and up to date information about what is taking place, and to look after their interests. It was essential therefore that their concerns be properly addressed. On 9 April 2013 Chris Greager sent an e-mail to Dr Laurraine Lotter, the Chairman of the Advisory Council for Occupational Health and Safety (ACOS), informing her of the e-mail to the Chief Inspector and suggesting that a meeting to discuss the points raised should take place before the press conference on 30 April 2013. If such meeting proved to be fruitful and addressed the concerns listed positive results could then be announced. A response was only received on 23 April indicating that the meeting could take place on 30 April or 2 May, but that the agenda would be restricted to those items relating to registrations and the AIAs and nothing else. The ten points for discussion were as follows: Lack of Policing: The total lack of policing in the Industry, particularly with regard to unregistered electrical contractors, shoddy and dangerous workmanship, and the issuing of invalid electrical certificates of compliance/test reports by some electrical contractors. Many complaints about these issues have been sent to the DoL's Provincial Inspection and . . .
Spoil Mom this Mother’s Day with a leisurely lunch at the beautiful Longridge Wine Estate and Restaurant outside Stellenbosch. In addition to their recently introduced winter a la carte menu, Longridge will also be offering a special Mother’s Day buffet lunch on the upper level. Chef Bruce von Pressentin and culinary consultant Marilou Marais have once again created a tantalising menu featuring their trademark classic country cuisine using the freshest locally sourced and seasonal produce. Guests will be welcomed with a glass of Longridge MCC brut infused with delicious home-made Shiraz syrup and a mouth-watering selection of amuse bouche on arrival. The informal and relaxed ambience in the restaurant will be even more enticing with a crackling fire in the fireplace and soothing background music. Each mom will receive a jar of home-made grape jam to take home and stand a chance to win a case of Longridge wines on the day. On the a la carte menu, guests will have a choice between starters ranging from a Mediterranean vegetable roulade, pork belly, a pear and walnut or baby beet salad, fresh oysters and sticky sesame beef strips. The main course menu features stuffed beef fillet on the bone, battered haloumi, Franschhoek trout, Thai chicken curry, the ever popular venison pie and slow-roasted lamb neck. The delectable dessert menu includes a vanilla pannacotta, baked lemon cheese cake with Shiraz syrup, a chocolate and pear tart, a selection of home-made ice creams and sorbets, baked Brie or a Winelands cheese platter. The sumptuous buffet will be served in the banqueting room with its sweeping views across the Cape peninsula. The three-course buffet meal costs R250 per adult and R80 per child under 13. The starter selection includes a choice between a hearty cream of cauliflower soup or a wild mushroom, thyme and gruyere tart. The main course buffet features duck and cherry pie, slow-roasted pork neck stuffed with prunes and apples and served with a whole . . .
Foster Wheeler partnered with SA Foundry, Steloy Castings, for the supply of static and centrifugal castings for the major upgrade and expansion of the Barrancabermeja Refinery in Columbia, owned by Fortune 500 Company, Ecopetrol. Johannesburg, April 2013 - Foster Wheeler is internationally recognised as a leading engineering, construction and project management contractor as well as power equipment supplier. In order to maintain the high levels of quality standards that has earned them global prestige, it is absolutely critical for Foster Wheeler to source from credible partners in the supply of components that assist in the successful execution of large and often complex projects. The $1.023 billion Ecopetrol project which would see the increase in capacity of the refinery from 12.5 million tonnes per annum to 15 million was awarded to Foster Wheeler as the sole contractor in 2008 for the front-end engineering design (FEED) and project management. A large section of the contract involved the assembly of radiant stanchions comprising of over 3000 components cast in ASTM A351 HK40 weighing in at a substantial 72 metric tonnes. Steloy approached Foster Wheeler with a proposal to supply the static and centrifugal castings for the direct fired heaters and convection applications that make up the radiant sections which was subsequently accepted. Working in the refinery business, it is very crucial for Foster Wheeler to keep operating downtime to a minimum. Unforeseen delays in project implementation can cost clients millions, making the prompt delivery of components a key deciding factor in choosing a supplier. As a well-established foundry, Steloy was able to cater to Foster Wheeler’s demands for high-integrity, high performance components, delivered within reasonable timeframes. According to Bruce Brewer, QA Manager at Foster Wheeler, “Steloy has repeatedly demonstrated its ability to meet our stringent technical and quality requirements”. It is this . . .
Carina Bruwer successfully rounded Cape Point on 23 April 2013, finishing the 8km extreme swim equipped only with a standard swimming costume, cap and goggles, according to open water swimming rules. The “Swim for Hope” was in support of the Little Fighters Cancer Trust (LFCT), a local charity that offers support to children with cancer and their families, which Carina and Sterling EQ actively support, and marked Carina’s return to open water swimming after a 6 year break during which she became a mother of two. The extreme swim through wild, cold and shark infested waters, started at Dias Beach on the western side of the point, and ended 8km east at Buffels Bay. Icy water temperatures between 11,5 and 14 degrees posed the biggest challenge to Carina, who, together with her supergroup Sterling EQ, just won a Ghoema Music Award for Best Instrumental Album of 2013. She was crushed by waves off Diaz beach and lost a pair of goggles in the process, got stung repeatedly by a school of jellyfish, and had to fight severe currents around the point. She completed the swim in 2h36mins – 16 minutes slower than the record she set for the swim in 2004. “It was extremely tough, but I’m very happy with the result. Even while at the prime of my marathon swimming career, I would not normally have swum in waters under 13 degrees. LFCT and the children with cancer it supports, were instrumental in this swim – they inspired me to stay strong and really fight the odds. I had to push through the extreme conditions for only two and a half hours, as opposed to the challenges and trauma they face on a daily basis”, Carina said at Buffels Bay after the swim. “I strongly ENCOURAGE anyone who is able to make a contribution – big or small – to the Bag of Hope project to please do so in my honour.” Mandie Erasmus from Little Fighters, who was part of the team on the Cape Long Distance Swimming support boat, said “Carina’s determination and strength during the swim matched that of the . . .
The pre-race favourites played their cards close to their chests on the 116km neutral opening stage of the nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race from Heidelberg in Gauteng to Frankfort in the Free State on Friday. Last year’s runner-up and former winner Neil MacDonald, riding with FedGroup-Itec team-mate Brandon Stewart, finished safely inside the top 30 (4:56:47) in a bunch that also featured Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus of RE:CM and the Cannondale-Blend pairing of Charles Keey and Darren Lill. Two-time women’s category winner Ischen Stopforth and ad hoc partner Yolande de Villiers, who won the mixed category at the inaugural event four years ago, proved to be a powerhouse new ladies’ combination. Stopforth and De Villiers, riding in the sponsor’s colours, led the entire elite field into the Wilgerivier High School sports fields to take the 116km stage in 4:38:18. They crossed the line three seconds ahead of the first men’s team – British marathon racers Ben Thomas and Tim Dunford of Itec 4. Thomas and Dunford were followed home by Contego’s Louis Bresler-Knipe and Kevin van Hoovels in 4:44:35, with Itec 2’s Paul van Zweel and Peter Lee Jeffries a further two seconds off. “I wouldn’t say we were looking for a stage win but we got one,” said Stopforth. “We started steady and just kept that pace. We didn’t stop too much and just enjoyed the route.” Stopforth, who finished second alongside Hanlie Booyens in the women’s event at the Absa Cape Epic, said she and De Villiers were both feeling strong. “We’re obviously looking for the overall win but a stage race is a long thing. You have to stay healthy, you have to stay on your bike, so we’ll just keep it steady.” Father and daughter pairing Abbey and Robyn de Groot (Born and Bred) took the mixed category in 3:47:24. Day one of the 910km race also featured a unique dragon boat crossing of the Vaal Dam. Olympic gold medallist Matthew Brittain was in his element alongside . . .
South Africa now has its first compilation of 100 most extraordinary achievers, with the launch of City Press's inaugural '100 World Class South Africans' on Sunday 28 April. Created by New Media Publishing for City Press in association with mining company Xstrata, the special 44-page edition will be bundled with the Sunday newspaper to commemorate Freedom Day. The magazine will come decked with a high-tech Augmented Reality (AR) cover, which channels an extra virtual dimension to smart device users and is the first AR Sunday newspaper magazine cover in South Africa. The selection process was rigorous for the 100 living South Africans who have achieved world class status in the arts, sciences, business, design, civil society and sport. With the New Media Publishing editorial team’s luxe production values and two years of planning, research, as well consultations with experts in many of the fields covered, City Press Editor-in-Chief Ferial Haffajee says that the magazine is intended to be an annual supplement to which South Africans can turn for inspiration. A theme-based compilation rather than a ranked list, it’s also a conversation starter about who our greatest achievers and innovators are. According to Haffajee, the genesis of '100 World Class South Africans' was the need for journalism to celebrate South Africa's successes as well as its difficulties, and a reminder for us to stand tall and proud amongst other great nations. "One of the many adverse legacies of apartheid is an often debilitating inferiority complex – if a system tells you often enough that you are not good enough, you begin to believe it," said Haffajee. "I think that sometimes we in South Africa still suffer the affliction. Here is a collection of men and women who can guide us to a different path, people who have reached beyond themselves. We salute them all and learn from the many wonderful examples of persistence, talent and truth-telling we chronicle here." Haffajee says . . .
Some of South Africa’s favourite and most powerful female artists will be sharing the stage for the first time at The Boardwalk in May. From eight in the evening on Saturday, May 4, BlackByrd will be on stage with Nasreen Williams and the Syndicate Sisters in a one-of-its kind show. BlackByrd is one of the country’s top girl groups and consists of multi-talented singer/dancer/ musician Tarryn Lamb, Samantha Heldsinger and Tamsyn Maker. Local singer Nasreen Williams is one of the Bay’s favourite performers. Syndicate Sisters Bridget Alexander and Beverly Alexander have gone platinum. Taking their name from the classic Paul McCartney song “Blackbird,” the dynamic Cape Town-based performers first visited Port Elizabeth in February for the official opening of The Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre, and enjoyed the Friendly City so much that they have decided to come back. Easy-listening brand of adult pop with a tinge of country BlackByrd’s album “Strong” received four South African Music awards (SAMA) nominations. The Syndicate Sisters have performed with great musicians such as Johnny Clegg, Toya De Lazy, and Mean Mr. Mustard and has toured London, Dubai, Hong Kong, Israel and Egypt. Tickets for the show can be bought through Computicket or call Jason Gabriel on 082 643 6000 at R120.00 per person. Seats are limited so make sure you and your friends book your seats today to avoid disappointment. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Memories of District Six are a new series of conversations that will be held at the Homecoming Centre on Buitenkant Street once a month. Guests will be able to meet some of the people who were an integral part of the District Six landscape and enjoy their colourful memories. District Six was home to so many talented people and through the museum, artists, musicians, poets, writers and academics will share their memories over tea and Koeksuster. First in the series is on Saturday May 11 and features artist Sandra McGregor – known fondly as Onse artist of District Six. Details: “Memories of District Six Series - A conversation with Sandra McGregor: Onse Artist in District Six” Venue: The Homecoming Centre, 15 A Buitenkant Street, Cape Town (The old Sachs Futeran building) Date: Saturday 11 May 2013 Time: 2pm to 4pm Entrance fee – R50 including coffee/tea and koe’siester Programme: Sandra talks to Nancy Richards, Question time followed by tea Bookings: 021 466 7200 The book “Sandra McGregor- Onse Artist in District Six” published Print Matters (www.printmatters.co,za) will be on sale at the special price of R199 Issued on behalf of District Six Museum by HIPPO Communications For further information please contact Beryl Eichenberger 021 556 8200/021 556 5597 082 490 6652 firstname.lastname@example.org URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Port Elizabeth's Algoa Bay will be filled with colour and action over the next week as the Algoa Bay Yacht Club completes the year’s sailing calendar with ABYC Week which incorporates the 505 dinghy National Championships. Weather forecasts predict that Sunday will be a “perfect” day for sailors and spectators alike, according to event spokesperson Alan Straton. “Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) Week will see 39 boats on the bay battling it out for honours in three fleets – 505 Dinghy, Fleet 1 (day and sport boats) and Fleet 2 (cruisers),” he says. Good news for spectators is that the course has been designed to ensure that the action happens close to Hobie Beach. Ideal vantage points for the sailing will be off Hobie Beach and Shark Rock Pier, according to race officer Brian Reynolds The 505 and Fleet 1 will both sail around “tight” Olympic courses that bring the boats close inshore of Hobie Beach. The bigger boats in Fleet 2 will sail longer courses and around Bell Buoy. ABYC Week runs from April 27 to May 1. Algoa Bay will be home to the annual 505 National Championships until 2015, when the 505 World Championships will be sailed in Algoa Bay when organisers expect close to 100 boats and an influx of a minimum of 300 overseas visitors to Port Elizabeth for at least 10 days. URL: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ed Richardson from Siyathetha. 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: 505 Dinghy Sailing in Algoa Bay Photographer: Alan Straton [/l2g] . . .