The University of Johannesburg met former FNB Varsity Cup title-holders Stellenbosch University in the final of the USSA rugby tournament on Friday afternoon, 5 July 2013. UJ beat defending champions the University of Pretoria 15-10 in a closely contested semi-final at the Tshwane University of Technology grounds on Wednesday to secure their final berth. Maties beat NWU-Pukke narrowly by 35-32 on their march into the last round. According to UJ rugby manager Jimmy Potgieter, the win had boosted his side's confidence, as they had not beaten Tuks in three years at the national student championships. "Both sides tried to play an attacking game and went for the tries in the spirit of the tournament," said Potgieter. "In the first half, we scored two good tries from our own 22." UJ scrumhalf Jacques Pretorius opened the scoring when he caught the ball in his own half and ran 60 metres to break through the Tuks defence. Fullback Kobus de Kock went over for the second try after his side stole the opposition's line-out ball deep in UJ's own territory. De Kock kicked the conversion and a penalty in the closing minutes of the first half to give UJ a comfortable 15-0 margin at the half-time whistle. "Then Tuks woke up in the second half and suddenly started playing," said Potgieter. They scored a converted try and a penalty but it was not enough to take the win. "They lost too many line-outs. Our contesting in the line-outs and winning the ball was what won us the game." Aside from a big loss to Tuks at the Varsity Cup earlier in the year, Potgieter said both sides had been fairly evenly matched throughout the season. "Ultimately, all semi-finals are about who makes the most mistakes. If you don't make mistakes in the game, then you'll win. As for us, we were just more consistent yesterday." He said he expected a tough, running game from the Maties in the final. "Tomorrow, anything can happen. That's what makes university rugby so . . .
The Minister of Labour has announced an increase in the minimum remuneration payable to employees engaged in either the taxi or the hospitality sectors. The salary increase is effective 1 July 2013 and follows hot on the heels of the increase in the general Earnings Threshold communicated by the Minister yesterday. “While there is not general minimum wage payable to employees in South Africa, section 51 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act ("the BCEA"), empowers the Minister to establish basic conditions of employment in a sector and area. Upon advice of the Director General or the Employment Conditions Commission, the Minister may make a determination that is applicable to a specific sector of the economy. The Minister may set and vary minimum terms and conditions of employment, including remuneration, in the sectoral determination (section 55(4),” explains Johan Botes, Director in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Botes says that ,at present, fourteen (14) such determinations have been made, establishing basic conditions of employment in the following sectors: Contract Cleaning, Civil Engineering, Clothing and Knitting, Learnerships, Private Security, Domestic Worker, Wholesale and Retail, Children in the Performance of Advertising, Artistic and Cultural Activities, Taxi, Forestry, Farm Worker and Hospitality Sectors. The remuneration applicable to the taxi industry from 1 July 2013 are as follows: Taxi drivers and administrative workers may not earn less than R2643.47 per month, or R610.08 or R12.71 per hour. The previous rate, applicable from 1 July 2012 – 30 June 2013, was R2449,90/R565.40/ R11.78. The new rates represent an increase of approximately 7.9%. “In respect of the hospitality industry, a distinction is made between employers employing 10 people or less, on the one hand, and those with more than 10 employees. Employers with 10 or less staff have to remunerate them as follows from 1 July 2013: Minimum remuneration: . . .
The repositioning of the Eastern Cape as Adventure Province by Boomtown has been recognised globally as one of the most significant rebrand exercises of a destination by REBRAND 100. Once a year, a fresh panel of international business, marketing and design executives is selected to jury the competition, with the goal of showcasing globally the most effective brand transformations. The Eastern Cape has a lot to offer, to many people, so the challenge was defining a single and unique draw that would stand out above the rest. After hours of: research, focus groups, comparisions, insight generation, uncovering brand perceptions and the development of brand tools, Boomtown crafted a compelling brand that would be a first for the country. Looking at the other eight provinces there was one unique, compelling proposition with great growth potential for the Eastern Cape. Adventure. So the Adventure Province was born. Glen Meier, Boomtown’s Port Elizabeth Managing Director said of their work: “The Province has a better profile and is accessible due to having a strong brand identity. The positioning has worked exceptionally well, and included the development of a range of merchandise that could generated a new revenue stream. “The positioning allowed us to create a truthful and memorable proposition and encourage travelers to take pleasure in their own adventures, while exploring and discovering our exceptional piece of South Africa.” REBRAND 100 is a leading source of case studies and expertise from over 36 countries and range from multi-national firms like Unilever, Procter & Gamble, Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts, Virgin Atlantic, to nonprofit organisations, regional, and local small businesses. URL: http://www.boomtown.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Kimberley Nanson from Sapphire Street. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
We all have that one friend who lacks any common sense especially at the braai, and Marina Sea Salt wants to hear the publics’ dumbest ways to braai. As a spoof of the popular Dumb Ways to Die, Boomtown has created the competition to find SA’s dumbest ways to braai stories. As part of a brand awareness exercise, and launched this week, the competition runs until July 31st, with the dumbest ways to braai to be featured in a Marina Sea Salt ‘ditty’ and possibly as part of its radio advertising. To add your Dumb Ways to Braai visit the Marina Braai Salt Fan Club on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MarinaBraaiSaltFanClub URL: https://www.facebook.com/MarinaBraaiSaltFanClub Twitter: www.twitter.com/nanson Facebook: YouTube: Author: Kimberley Nanson from Sapphire Street. 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: [/l2g] . . .
Some 800 mountain bikers will have the chance to sign up for the adventure of a lifetime when entries for the international nine-day Old Mutual joBerg2c in South Africa open at 8am on Monday (July 8). Now in its fifth year, event organisers have chosen to do away with the shorter three and six-stage options. This gives more riders the opportunity to cover the full 910km distance from Heidelberg, south of Johannesburg, to Scottburgh on the KwaZulu-Natal coast. According to Craig Wapnick, the organisers decided to focus on the nine-day event due to the popularity of the original option and the logistical challenges surrounding the shorter versions, which ran concurrently. "We believe it should be a real challenge and that riders should be proud to say, 'I rode the full nine days'." Wapnick said the field would be increased to 350 two-man teams, with a further 100 solo places available. This year, an international contingent of 112 riders from 20 countries participated and more are expected to take part in 2014. "Our ride is open to anyone from anywhere who loves riding. We want all passionate mountain bikers to enter." Wapnick said participants would enjoy another fresh challenge as GPS navigation replaced conventional route marking. "We think the GPS element will add a sense of adventure but, at the same time, it's really simple to follow." Participants should not confuse GPS routes with a more "bushwhacking" orienteering event, he said. "The route and single track will be, as always, fast and flowing and well-prepared for fun on all levels." Wapnick said the cut-off times for each stage would be based on an average speed of 15km per hour. "Our cut-off policy is really nothing to fear if you are fit and can ride reasonably well on single track." On the 130km third stage, for example, he said participants riding at the minimum threshold speed would complete the queen stage in less than nine hours. "It is aimed at promoting . . .
Longridge wine estate and restaurant recently received a Certificate of Excellence from leading travel website TripAdvisor. This prestigious award is granted to only 10% of the top-performing listed global businesses that have earned consistently high ratings from TripAdvisor travellers. Tripadvisor.com is considered to be the leading social travel network in the world and in 2011 the company claimed that over 100 million travellers have used the site. Now in its third year, the award celebrates hospitality excellence and is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveller reviews on TripAdvisor. The Certificate of Excellence was awarded to Longridge restaurant as over 90% of the reviews recommended the restaurant and commended its food, service, value and atmosphere. To qualify, businesses must maintain scores of four or more out of five by reviewers, something that only a select few manage to achieve. According to Jasper Raats from Longridge Wine Estate, they are delighted with this acknowledgement. “It is a great honour for us to receive this award and it shows that all our hard work is paying off when we receive this kind of feedback from our guests. The restaurant prides itself on its classic country cuisine, inspired by the freshest produce available locally and from our kitchen garden. Our consultant Marilou Marais and chef Bruce von Pressentin hand-pick our staff for their warm personalities to make guests feel welcome and then train them extensively to ensure the best service. Combined with our range of award-winning wines and stunning setting, this is proving to be the recipe for success,” mentions Raats. For more information, visit www.longridge.co.za or follow Longridge Wine Estate on Facebook or Twitter. ENDS URL: http://www.longridge.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access . . .
The Skateboarding for Hope community outreach programme will make a stop in the Free State this weekend with a full day of skateboarding action at the Loch Logan Mall in Bloemfontein. Skateboarding enthusiasts from across the province will have the chance to show off their tricks on Sunday, 7 July 2013 from 11h00. One talented skateboarder will also win a wild card entry into the world skateboarding championships, which will be taking place in Kimberley in September. The day’s action will include skateboarding clinics, demos, best trick competitions with cash prizes and skateboarding merchandise up for grabs. Expert skateboarders will be conducting training sessions to show novice skateboarders the basic moves. Kids from local children’s homes and disadvantaged communities will be invited to form part of the fun and will be kitted out with skateboards and merchandise. According to Mr John Block, Northern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, the roll-out of the Skateboarding for Hope tour continues to reach other provinces in the country. “We have been increasingly impressed by the skills and talent of local skateboarders and with the speed of growth of this sport in the Northern Cape and Free State. During the past couple of years, we have seen skateboarding gaining an ever greater popularity and providing our youth with incredible opportunities. The Bloemfontein activation will be an ideal chance for more youngsters in our neighbouring province to learn about this exhilarating sport and we keenly await to see who will be the next qualifier for the amateur world championship event in Kimberley later this year. Over the next couple of months, this initiative will also stop in the Southern Cape, Gauteng, Mpumalanga, the Eastern Cape, KwaZulu Natal and the Western Cape and bring skateboarding to the youth of the country”. Said Mr Block. The Skateboarding for Hope initiative was launched by the Northern Cape provincial government to offer . . .
The Business Pages has recently undergone a major upgrade and the new website has just been launched! The ground-breaking site boasts an interactive map that pin points the geographical location of anything you may require, from restaurants and social scenes to hotels and car dealerships. You can now search by location, industry terms or interests. We've taken special care to insure that the navigation and usability of the site is as simple as possible, yet more effective than ever. With pioneering features and more than 700 000 listed companies there’s no reason why you shouldn't try it out. African Directory Services is really proud of this giant leap forward and has many more exciting and innovative projects to roll out in the near future. Check it out, and let us know what you think! Click less, Find more www.businesspages.co.za URL: http://corporate.adslive.com/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/myadslive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myadslive YouTube: Author: Kirsten Abboy from African Directory Services . 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: The new Business Pages Website Photographer: African Directory Services (Pty) Ltd [/l2g] . . .
A reader has approached the Property Poser panel about a potential problem involving an offer to purchase on a fixed property that was subject to a suspensive condition. The reader says the contract was written using language too difficult for him to understand easily and that he asked the agent for the same contract but in simpler language. However, to secure the property, he signed the agreement. He explains that the suspensive condition was not fulfilled and he thus expected that the agreement had lapsed. Regardless, the seller's agent has been calling him and mentioned the drawing up of the transfer documentation. It is unclear whether the successful granting of a mortgage bond is the suspensive condition in question, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties Helderberg in Cape Town. "But it appears that the seller's agent has approached a bond originator to assist the buyer in securing a bond for the purchase of the property. According to the reader, however, he specified that he would use his own banker for securing the bond." Van der Merwe says it's unclear whether the bond acquisition clause was worded in such a way that only the purchaser may apply for the finance or whether the agent could do so on his behalf. "It's not uncommon to allow for the seller's agent to approach financiers on the buyer's behalf." The rationale behind this, says Van der Merwe, is that any purchaser having second thoughts about buying a property could simply fail to take the necessary steps. "This would allow the period for the fulfilment of the suspensive condition to expire and thus for the offer to purchase to lapse." In the interim, the seller has potentially missed out on keen and qualified purchasers, says Van der Merwe. From a legal standpoint, when the period for fulfilling a suspensive condition expires, the offer lapses, says Sean Radue of Radue Attorneys in Port Elizabeth. "It is possible to extend that period by agreement or, as . . .
The annual Herald Clover Kids and Baby Expo, the Eastern Cape’s biggest indoor family entertainment event, is once again set to attract a large crowd of parents and children with a fun-filled weekend of experiences for the whole family. If you are an expecting parent, have children at home, or are a grandparent, aunt, uncle or friend, then diarise this event for you and the kids right away! The Expo will be held at the Moffett on Main Lifestyle Centre at the start of the September school holidays from Friday the 27th of September to Sunday the 29th. The indoor weekend of fun includes the best in entertainment and education, wellness and nutrition, furniture and décor, clothing and sport, creativity and crafts, travel and technology as well as family products. For the kids there is a jam-packed indoor sports and entertainment programme hosted at the Kids Zone and Stage Arena. From puppet and fashion shows, to nail bars for little girls, arts and crafts and rugby and cricket. You are bound to find something for everyone to enjoy, including lots of delicious food and a big screen for dad to catch up on his Saturday rugby. Entrance is R30 for adults and R20 for kids and pensioners, all entertainment & activities within the exhibition arena is free. For more information follow us on Facebook, contact Linda Harwood on 083 310 0750 or email@example.com or checkout www.harwoodevents.co.za URL: http://www.harwoodevents.co.za Twitter: Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OTBSA YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0PxAxMxFr5U Author: Dawn Goedeman from Outside the Box Marketing. 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: [/l2g] . . .