The automotive industry is on the brink of a technological revolution, driven by consumer demand for higher safety standards and a lower-carbon future. The 2013 CAR Conference at the Johannesburg International Motor Show (JIMS) will present expert opinion on the changes and technology required to address the call for new-age technology, and consider how this will impact the automotive industry. The 2013 CAR Conference, held in association with Tracker, will take place on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 at the Expo Centre at Nasrec, Johannesburg. The Department of Trade and Industry will be represented by the Deputy Director-General: Industrial Development Policy Development, Garth Strachan, who will speak about Government’s vision for the automotive industry. His address will cover how industrial policy frameworks drive this vision, and what change has to occur to continuously increase the South African automotive industry's competitiveness in world markets. Dr Johan van Zyl will speak on behalf of the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA). The current NAAMSA President, and President and CEO of Toyota South Africa Motors, will present his views on the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP). He will discuss the change, impact and viability of the target of 1.2-million vehicles to be produced in 2020, and how technology will help achieve that goal. With the theme of Technology and Change at the heart of the conference, keynote speaker Doug Newcomb will address the topic of “The connected car and the shift from steel to silicon”, and will suggest where the change in innovation will take us. Newcomb is a recognized US expert on technology within the automotive industry. The 2013 CAR Conference will be chaired by Barlow Manilal, CEO of the Automotive Industry Development Centre (AIDC). The confirmed line-up of speakers also includes: Dr Brand Pretorius, Director of companies; Dr Martin Zimmermann, President and . . .
The Kimberley Diamond Cup presented by Kumba Iron Ore will feature an amazing line-up of South African artists during live concerts at the Kumba Skate Plaza in Kimberley. On Friday, 27 September, and Saturday, 28 September, the skate park will be pumping with some electrifying beats. Friday sees free entry to the skate plaza for the opening ceremony and concert. Actor turned rapper and music producer Psyfo aka Sipho Ngwenya will be the master of ceremonies. The performance line-up includes dance crews, DJs and performances by Fruit & veggies, Psyfo, Cape Town brothers Bfake, Talibun, Proph and Bingle Dimera. Saturday’s concert start at 20h00 with an incredible music programme. Award-winning Toya De Lazy and hip hop artist Da Les will warm up the crowds even more before headline act AKA takes to the stage just after midnight. The multiple award-winning rapper has been dubbed the Prince of Rap and is sure to rock the skate plaza with some of his chart-topping hits. The concert promises to be one of the highlights of the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore, which takes place from 27-29 September at the Kumba Skate Plaza next to the Big Hole museum complex. The three-day skateboarding spectacular features professional and amateur street and vert contests as well as an All Cities team contest. Tickets are on sale now from Computicket or at the skate plaza. Entry to the Kumba Skate Plaza is free on Friday. Saturday concert tickets are R80 or R120 for Golden Circle tickets. Daily entry tickets to the Kumba Skate Plaza are R50 per person, while a weekend pass costs R80. A weekend pass plus a concert ticket cost R120 and a weekend pass with a Golden Circle ticket cost R160. For more information, visit www.kimberleydiamondcup.com. More Info link:: http://www.kimberleydiamondcup.com Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by . . .
While Kirstenbosch is celebrating “100 blooming years” the power of modern technology has been embraced and is being used to create awareness not only of the Garden and its many facets but also to reach collectors of rare plants globally. For the very first time, an Internet Auction of rare plants will be held heralding a new era for the Garden and its followers. The online auction will see rare plants of the Clivia and Strelitzia genus as well as an extremely rare cycad open to bidders. This highly innovative development takes place from October 1 to October 5, 2013 offering easy access to worldwide collectors and ample time for collectors to place their bids. The Cape Clivia Club will be managing the Centenary Internet Auction on behalf of Kirstenbosch Botanical garden and the plants on auction are examples of the diversity that the Garden has to offer. Clivia auctions were recently added to the Clivia Club website and this is seen as a new way of offering global opportunities. Information is sent to local and international clubs to alert them of the upcoming auction. To participate interested people will need to register on the Clivia Club website www.miniata.co.za/auctionsand it is recommended that this be early in preparation for the event. It is hoped that the online auction will attract a wide audience internationally. Up for auction are the following: Strelitizia enthusiasts will be able to bid for the rare Strelitziajuncea ‘Centenary Gold’ recently unveiled as part of the Kirstenbosch legacy project. • Strelitziajuncea‘Centenary Gold’ (3 plants),Very rare; very limited plants so only a select few on offer - available for the very first time. StrelitziaJuncea. Strelitziajuncea“Centenary Gold” is a new vibrant yellow cultivar of Strelitziajuncea that celebrates a century of the existence of Kirstenbosch. It also marks a century of partnership between Kirstenbosch and the Botanical Society of South Africa.The “Centenary Gold” project was . . .
The second incarnation of the 2013 Theatre Arts Admin Collective Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary is a production called Cantos Reborn, presented by Johannesburg-based PhalaOokeditse Phala at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective until 28th of September. Cantos Reborn explores the psyche of an unborn girl child, Nomakhaya, who refuses to be born into the South Africa that women know and experience, when she learns of injustices and violent crimes that victimise the girl children in the human world. Her choice results in a miscarriage, affecting the couple who would be her parents in innumerable ways. The creative ensemble comprises Iman Isaacs, Thando Doni and Alecia Daniels, with design by Kabelo Chalatsane. “I come from a background of community drama where one has to be an all-rounder in the theatre ensemble; an actor, writer, director, dramaturge, facilitator, singer, dancer,” explains Phala; continuing, “Having recently directed Nothing But The Truth by John Kani and adapted Franz Kafka’s short story, A Report to An Academy, it was time to revisit the process of creating devised work. Not only do es devising open up new avenues of thinking and producing knowledge (or at least new voices in existing knowledge), it is also the cradle of collaboration in theatre where each voice and body is equally important.” Expressing his gratitude for the platform to practice his craft and explore his inner theatre-maker beyond the scope of his studies, the Johannesburg-based theatre-maker and academic explained, “The Emerging Directors Bursary encourages new work and budding talent, and there is no other platform of its nature in the country!” Phala holds a Masters in Dramatic Arts (Performance Studies) through the Drama For Life Programme from the University of Witwatersrand. His original works include Killy Boy (2010), Ungasabi (2011) and Stains Inner (2012). His directing credits include assistant director to John Kani in Shakespeare’s Othello (2010), Mbeki and . . .
Transnet Freight Rail, the largest division of Transnet known for its world class heavy haul freight rail company that specialises in the transportation of freight is now supporting the 2nd Annual African Railway Summit. Organised by Fleming Gulf Conferences the summit will be held at Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg on 5 - 6 November 2013. Siyabonga Gama who is the Chief Executive of Transnet Freight Rail, the rail division of Transnet Limited and serves on the Executive Committee of Transnet has joined the CEO panel of the summit. The special CEO Panel Discussion on looking at the holistic development of railways across the region will be lead by CEOs from Gautrain, TransNamib, Shosholoza Meyl and Walvis Bay Corridor Group. To provide an international perspective on the African railways, Dr. Christian Schlosser, Policy Specialist Former Chief UN-HABITAT, German Federal Ministry of Transport and Urban Development will present a case study on passenger railways. Dr. Christian during a pre summit interview stated his views on 3 best practices in Passenger Rail followed in Germany. Here is a summary of the interview, " Good practices in passenger rail in Germany can be observed both in relation to establishing public transport institutions, integrated ticketing and coordination between national and regional train services. Firstly establishment of metropolitan transit associations/authorities is pivotal for providing integrated public transport services at regional and local level. Passenger rail serves as the backbone of most systems and is closely coordinated with bus and light rail schedules. At the same time, metropolitan transit associations are characterized by a coordinated approach for planning, investments, marketing and information even if there are different individual operators. Secondly a comprehensive network of scheduled national train services and coordination with regional and local passenger rail services. The so called . . .
An illustrious creative team are busy putting the finalists through their paces, ahead of the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship Awards. Jacques Bessenger and Dawid Boverhoff join forces as Artistic Director and Musical Director respectively, to bring out the best in some of the country’s top young creative talent as they compete for a chance to have their tertiary education sponsored. The Finals of the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship Awards will be held at UJ Arts and Culture in Johannesburg later this month, where three scholarships, totaling R315 000, will be awarded to support the winners’ tertiary studies in the performing arts. Needing to prove their ‘triple-threat’ skills, the six finalists will each prepare singing, dancing and acting solos, and two group numbers, for performance in front of a live audience and distinguished judging panel. “It’s a privilege to work with some of the country’s top talent. Dawid and I have a great working relationship and both enjoy the organic development of creative processes. Working with young talent is a very fragile process and we try our best to make sure that the finalists have a life changing experience both as performers and human beings.” said Bessenger. Jacques Bessenger is well-known in the South African performing arts industry; working as an actor, theatre-maker and director. He has been the Artistic Director for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarship Finals since 2010. Bessenger is best known for his role as Renier in the popular television drama series, Erfsondes, which earned him a 2013 SAFTA nomination and the ATKV Media Veertjie Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He received a NuMetro KykNET Silwerskerm Award in 2012 for his portrayal of the courageous Robert McLachlan in the critically acclaimed movie,Verraaiers and a Tempo Award nomination in 2013 as Actor of the Year for his work in Erfsondes and Verraaiers. Despite his roles in numerous film, theatre and . . .
During the month of October, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s School of Information and Communication (ICT) and First LEGO league will partner up to the bring First LEGO® league (FLL)in the Eastern Cape . Nine teams from schools around Nelson Mandela Bay will compete for the first prize. The winning team will then go on to compete in Johannesburg for the SA FLL National Championship. Teams who perform well at the SA FLL National Championship may also be invited to participate in the FLL World Festival hosted in St. Louis, Missouri early next year. The international robotics programme is designed to introduce children between the ages 9 and 16 to the fun and excitement of science and technology ,develop children’s abilities to work in teams and furthermore stimulate children’s use of creativity in the problem solving process. Zoliswa Charles from the NMBM Disaster Management Centre will be attending and addressing the audience in support of the theme, ‘Nature’s Fury’ of which the tournament is based on. The event will start at 09h00 on 12 October and will be held at the NMMU Vodacom Indoor Sport's Centre. Entrance is free. More Info link:: http://www.fllsa.org/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/NMMUSchoolofICT Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/NMMU.FLL YouTube: Author: Samkelwe Gqomo from Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Images: Photographer: Photographer: . . .
A record 300 riders representing 60 schools from across the country as well as Zimbabwe and Namibia competed in the 2013 Spur School Mountainbike League finals at Bekker School in Magaliesburg this weekend. After a hard day of racing in chilly and windy conditions, Gauteng series winners Waterkloof, proved that they were the best in the country logging 108 points to walk off with the coveted Spur School Mountain-bike League mixed trophy. Potchefstroom Volkskool, who finished second on the Gauteng log secured second place nationally with 98 points. Western Cape series winners Montana, who has showed consistently good form with podium positions at the national finals for the past three years, took third place with 94 points - just pipping Centurion who finished with 93 points to the podium. Waterkloof further cemented their standing by winning the girls category with 66 points, followed by Hellenic in Zimbabwe second with 60 points and Centurion in a very close third with 58 points. The team from Paul Roos Gymnasium successfully defended their title as best boys’ team for the third year running with 100 points, followed by rivals Grey College in Bloemfontein with 92 points and newcomer Midstream College impressing in third with 82 points. The well-designed 4.9km track, which meandered through the hillside school grounds, offered riders the opportunity to really test their technical skills, strength, speed, fitness and endurance. Races were run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain bike competitions with a strong emphasis on making the races accessible to all in terms of route difficulty and race distance. Sub-junior boys completed three laps, the youth boys rode four laps and the junior men had to battle it out over five laps. The girls did one lap less in their respective age categories. Although mountainbike riding is an individual sport, the Spur School Mountainbike league aims to promote cycling as a team sport with points determined on a 26 point . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host a screening of films4peace, a unique annual short film commission by PUMA. This screening wil take place on Thursday 3 October 2013 at Hiddingh Hall. Now in its third year of exploring the subject of peace via the medium of film, the films4peace project is curated by Mark Coetzee, ex-Director of the Rubell Family Collection, supported by PUMA and produced by Shooting People. It features some of today’s most innovative contemporary artists, all of whom are asked to visually interpret the subject of peace. This year, six acclaimed artists have been commissioned to create short films around the subject of peace: South African artists Athi-Patra Ruga and Zanele Muholi, as well as Rob Carter(UK/USA), Wilmer Wilson (USA), Anthony Goicolea (USA), and Assume Vivid Astro Focus - an international group of artists known for creating multi-sensational mash-ups founded by Eli Sudbrack in 1994.The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art approaches. The artists are selected for the quality and s cope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme. films4peace celebrates World Peace Day - an international United Nations day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organisations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace. These short films are released annually, on World Peace Day, at cultural and educational venues globally - from Human Rights Festivals to major museums, public spaces, youth leadership conferences and new media centres; from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA to Kashmir, India. In 2012, screenings spanned across 23 countries. In keeping with the spirit of the commission, the films are gifted to the world, within public domain and free from screening fees, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on multiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around . . .
Professor Michael Godby will discuss Duccio’s famous fourteenth century altarpiece, Maesta, at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ Great Texts public lecture series. This lecture will take place on Thursday 3 October at 17:30 at UCT’s Hiddingh Hall. On the 9th of June 1311, Duccio’s Maesta (or Madonna and Child in Majesty) was taken by a full assembly of citizens through the streets of Siena and installed on the high altar of the cathedral. This act of devotion effectively renewed the dedication of the city to the Virgin, the principal subject of the main panel. But, like all other Madonna and Child paintings, the Maesta also represented the Incarnation – the miracle, as Christians believe, of divinity taking on human form in order to redeem humankind from original sin. The image of the Madonna, therefore, is complex, involving not only votive significance expressed in both material richness and artistic skill, but also a fine balance in the figures of mother and child between their appearance as human actors and their status as the embodiment of theological truth. This lecture, Maesta: Mediaeval, Modern, Marvellous, explores the appearance of these ideas in both the main Maesta panel itself and the many narrative panels in the altarpiece that depict the story of Jesus. It will also demonstrate the parallels between the procession to the cathedral, which united the religious and secular powers in Siena, and the telling of the Christian story in theMaesta. Michael Godby is Emeritus Professor of History of Art at the University of Cape Town. He has published and lectured on Early Renaissance Art, English Eighteenth-century Art, particularly William Hogarth, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-century South African Art, and the History of South African Photography. Professor Godby has curated several exhibitions on South African art, notably Is there Still Life? Continuity and Change in South African Still Life Painting (2007) and The Lie of the Land: . . .