NTP Logistics has become the latest signatory of the Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association’s Responsible Care (RC) Initiative, thereby committing the company to implement the Guiding Principles of this voluntary initiative of the chemical industry. Louise Lindeque, Responsible Care Manager, commented that “The safety, health and environmental performance of logistical service providers that transport chemicals has to be of a high standard to ensure that products are transported safely. It is important that logistical service providers such as NTP Logistics adopt and implement the Responsible Care Guiding Principles as these will add value to the company’s existing safety, health and environmental management systems.” Ntokozo Mogorosi, CEO of NTP Logistics, signed the public commitment. She said, “We are passionate about what we do and relish in taking on the most challenging of tasks without compromising the health and safety of our employees or damaging the environment. Our approach in logistics management is unique and is influenced by years of handling chemical products”. NTP Logistics serve all sectors of industry from the medical, manufacturing, mining and chemical industry through to the nuclear industry and all cross-over industries. The common denominator in their services is that dangerous goods are transported. NTP Logistics is a joint venture between the state-owned enterprise NTP Radioisotopes SOC Ltd (a Necsa subsidiary) and a private company Transglobal Cargo (Pty) Ltd, with their Head Office in Kempton Park. The company is well conversant with the appropriate international and local regulations for air, marine, road and rail transportation. Over 150 companies are signatories to the voluntary RC initiative in South Africa, therefore embracing the development and application of sustainable chemistry and development which allows the world’s growing demand for essential chemicals, and the resultant products those chemicals make possible, . . .
The Snyman family is set to make a big splash at this year's SPAR River Mile when all seven members take to the water for the 90th edition of the Nelson Mandela Bay swimming festival on February 15 and 16. It will be the second outing at the Sundays River event for the Somerset East farming family, which they hope will become an annual tradition. "We set a goal to try and do it every year until all of us can swim the full mile," said mom Suzanne (36). "We love spending quality time together and this is a lovely family event where we can be together and enjoy the excitement of it all." She said it had been a huge challenge for them to take on South Africa's oldest open-water swim last year but that it had been well organised and a great experience. "Our daughters Liani, Zaanri and Inge are competitive swimmers - they swim with Aquabear Club - but this was our first open-water swim." The five Snyman children, who range in age from five to 14, attend Gill Primary and Gill College. "We are so privileged to have a pool at the school where we can practise, and we also train in a dam on the farm," said Suzanne. Last year, she and husband Petri (40), son Pierre (14), Zaanri (12) and Liani (10) swam the feature races, while Inge (7) took part in the Kids Across the River race in her age group. "I've entered Inge for that event again, while our youngest, Hennie, will also swim across the river." She said they expected to be able to swim the full distance as a family within the next four years. According to SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart, the Snymans exemplified the retailer's own brand values. "We believe in promoting a healthy, active lifestyle through our events and encouraging families to spend quality time together." The weekend festival kicks off at Cannonville on the Saturday with the fun run, off-road cycle, half-mile swim and wetsuit mile events. It continues the following day with the kids' swimming races, . . .
Clean Power Africa to gather hydropower experts in Cape Town in May Within the last ten years the World Bank has invested an estimated US$550 million annually in hydro projects alongside the African Development Bank’s Programme for Infrastructure Development in Africa (PIDA), prioritising investment into nine key projects within strategic African regions. Grand Inga controversy Included in the nine key priority projects by PIDA, are the world’s largest hydro schemes, the Grand Inga and Inga III (43.5MW combined) in DRC, which have always been a little controversial. The Minister of Water Resources and Electricity of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bruno Kapandji Kalala has stated that: “Inga III project is moving forward; signing a partnership agreement with South Africa last year was one of its initial stages of development. The Inga III will generate 4,200MW, being built onto one of the world’s largest waterfalls, Inga Falls, where the Congo River drops almost a hundred metres and flows at an enormous speed of 43 cubic metres per second.” Minister Kapandji Kalala is scheduled to present further insights into the current developments of the Grand Inga and Inga III at the Clean Power Africa conference on 13 May 2014 in Cape Town. Large scale hydro schemes in Africa are being criticised for their alleged inefficiency in being a clean power source and a renewable option. According to an online article published by Yale, former Ethiopian prime minister, Meles Zenawi, defended the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam (6,000MW) project against Western criticism in 2011 by saying: “We want our people to have a modern life and won’t allow [them] to be a case study of ancient living for scientists and researchers.” The article further adds that critics feel that giant hydro schemes are the wrong kind of development for a largely rural continent. “A large scale hydro plant requires significant civil works, investments, which sometimes strain the realisation of . . .
The African construction industry is changing rapidly with projects getting bigger and more complex. This is due to urbanisation, strong economic growth, a rising middle class and regional integration in many of Africa’s 54 nations. All make for the ever increasing demand in Africa’s construction industry, as big infrastructure projects get underway in the region. This development leaves industry stakeholders with many questions around project finance, project management, priorities for infrastructure spend and how to access the African market place. Infrastructure finance is one of the first things that come to mind when thinking about obstacles a project has to overcome before eventually becoming reality. Funding from traditional sources such as Development Finance Institutes has become increasingly competitive. Therefore, project owners are looking at alternative opportunities such as project bonds. At the same time, projects have become increasingly complex which makes the project management a lot more demanding. It is more difficult to deliver a project on time and on budget and cross-border collaboration often adds to the complexity. Also, the question of project priority arises. A large chunk of infrastructure investment currently goes into power, energy and transport. Different regions, however, have different priorities. In addition to this, companies are struggling to access the African market – from project information, how to tender and complying with different rules and regulations to skills availability. To address these issues, collaboration between all stakeholders is inevitable and the market has expressed a need for a neutral platform that encourages networking and the exchange of knowledge. The African Construction Expo and Conference provides such a platform to the industry. Over three days, the event brings together 5000 construction experts from across the continent – architects, contractors, designers, engineering firms, investors, . . .
This week the Property Poser experts clear up a somewhat odd situation involving a family dispute about a usufruct over a farm. The reader explains that he originally owned the farm, which he sold to his father some years ago on the understanding that he, the reader, would have a usufruct over the dwellings. It seems that the arrangement was suitable to both parties as the reader continued to stay on the farm for a further 15 years. However, when his father passed away recently, certain issues surfaced. It has since transpired that the deceased purchased the farm in the name of the reader's niece. The niece now insists that the reader has no rights to stay on the farm. Unfortunately, the reader says there is no agreement in place regulating or proving the existing arrangement. The situation seems to have come about in a strange way, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "Property is transferred in a regulated and orderly fashion and is heavily document based." The identities of the parties, the seller and purchaser, are typically set out in the documentation, which is signed, says Van der Merwe. "The conveyancer in control of the transfer explains the process to the signatory when the various documents are signed. Our reader should therefore have noticed that his niece was the recipient of the property." Van der Merwe says one would have expected the transaction to take place in the usual manner, with an agreement of sale being concluded between the seller and purchaser. "It would include the condition of usufruct and the usufruct would be registered over the property around the time of transfer." From a contractual standpoint, the reader should examine the documentation giving rise to the transaction to ensure that the agreement of sale is valid, says Van der Merwe. "If the agreement is defective or the material requirements for the sale were not met, the transaction may be void or . . .
Cape Town-based Spintelligent Pty, has become recognised as a highly successful African organiser & publisher over the years, with projects such as African Utility Week and the iPAD franchise. During 2014, the company is set to continue its strategic growth plan as it develops within its core industry sectors into new territories with new launches and joint ventures. During 2013, the company had a remarkable year on all fronts with new records in terms of sponsorship and delegates sales and participation numbers for its events. African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa: With more than 5,000 registered visitors, representing 67 countries, 200 speakers and over 200 exhibiting companies, African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa is still the leading utility conference and exhibition in Africa. Attendance grew by 38% in 2013 and the event won the coveted EXSA award for the Best Trade & Consumer Exhibition in its respective category. This year the event promises even more content for and by the industry, including the Utility CEO Forum which will bring together 20 utility CEOs from across Africa to discuss the future of the energy market. African Utility Week will also launch its industry awards to honour the continent’s leading power professionals, utilities and energy projects. • “2013 was the best year since we joined the exhibition and conference 6 years ago. With the merging of Clean Power Africa and African Utility Week, it allowed us an enlarged audience and market segments. We will be back next year.” Dean Pratt, Regional Manager Africa, Marelli Motori - platinum sponsors • "We could not have been happier with the media and PR exposure we received at the event and through our sponsorship of the CEO Forum." Paul Hinks, CEO, Symbion Power - platinum sponsors Ambitious growth plans When new Spintelligent Managing Director David Ashdown took over in October last year, he announced that he had “ambitious growth plans for the . . .
A global survey of companies and their professional advisers reveals that companies are set to invest more in risk management in the face of growing business risks, says Nexia International (Nexia), a leading network of independent accounting and consulting firms. Nexia’s Global Risk Management Survey provides a unique combination of perspectives on current risk management practices among mid-market corporates, based on concurrent surveys of over 70 companies and more than 40 advisory firms around the world. Awareness of risk management is clearly on the increase. Almost half (48%) of companies surveyed expect to increase spending on risk management in the coming year. This is supported by the views of Nexia member firms surveyed – 63% expect the level of risk management services they provide to increase in the year ahead. Over half of Nexia member firms believe that the risk profile in their country has increased in the last year, reflecting current widespread political, economic and social uncertainties. Bashier Adam at Nexia International member firm Nexia SAB&T, says: “Risk management has become critically important as businesses are challenged to remain competitive while grappling with uncertain operational and financial conditions.” Survey highlights: • Almost half (48%) of companies surveyed expect spending on risk management to increase in the coming year. • Over half (51%) of Nexia member firms believe the risk profile in their country has increased in the last year. • Compliance and operational risks were ranked as the most significant among the companies surveyed. • Two-thirds (67%) of participating companies have a formal risk assessment process in place, but a third (33%) rate these as only partially effective or lower. • Over half (57%) of companies surveyed have yet to put a formal risk management training programme in place • 38% of companies say that risk tolerances are only reviewed annually or less . . .
Exhibition: In the Weave: Walter Oltmann – working over three decades Artist: Walter Oltmann Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 29 January – 29 March 2014? In the Weave, an exhibition of works by Walter Oltmann, one of South Africa’s finest and most intriguing artists, opens at the Standard Bank Gallery on 29 January 2014. Curated by Neil Dundas, In the Weave celebrates Oltmann’s output over the last three decades. It also explores his sources, inspirations and allusions to the exchange of concepts between cultures in southern Africa. Although he is noted for his drawings, and also his prints, Oltmann is best known for his wire sculptures, for which he uses techniques which parallel handcrafts. Wire has long been his chosen medium. He was initially drawn to wire as a sculptural medium when he moved from Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg to complete his postgraduate studies in fine arts. There he came across gabion structures – wire cages filled with rocks as a preventative measure against soil erosion – along mine dumps and embankments, which he considered as sculptural forms to explore. “The limitations of the weight of these forms,” he says, “soon directed me to using wire in itself as a medium.” Oltmann’s sculptures, which may be understood as three-dimensional drawings using wire, are intricately worked in time-intensive and demanding processes related to weaving, basket-making, textiles and vessels. His wire sculptures explore, or relate to, African traditions in functional art, carpet- and rug-making in many cultures, or familiar domestic crafts often associated with the home, but with material and imagery that seem sometimes incongruous in relation to these activities. Whether rendered with pencil and ink on paper, or made with wire, Oltmann’s exquisite works are a sensitive blend of finely observed natural forms and poetic social comment. His work reveals his fascination with the natural world, particularly seed-pods and insects, art . . .
Two of Port Elizabeth's most promising young professional cyclists will be in action on home soil at The Herald VW Cycle Tour this weekend. Mountain biker Marco Joubert and road rider Kellan Gouveris will both be gunning for glory when their respective races roll out at Addo and Hobie Beach. Gouveris, 19, will be part of Team Abantu's seven-man line-up - that includes former winners James Perry and Nolan Hoffman - for the 106km Classic on the Sunday. His squad will vie against the likes of Team Bonitas for the win in South Africa's second oldest national classic. Now based in Randburg, Gouveris said he was looking forward to competing on a familiar course. "It's always good to get a win or a team win in your hometown. So for me the victory would be much sweeter." He said his route knowledge would not necessarily give his outfit the advantage. "None of the teams know each other's level of strength at this point, so we'll just have to wait and see. "The main section we have to watch out for will be the Maitlands climb, which is where a break will normally try to go as it's towards the end of the race." A natural sprinter, Gouveris first caught the eye of team boss Dean Edwards at the 2011 UCI World Junior Track Championships in Moscow. The following year, he signed with Tasol-GT as it was then known and made his professional debut on home turf at the PE cycle race. Now a full-time pro, he has continued to produce some good results on the track, finishing first in the elite points race and third in the omnium event at the national championships last season. For 16-year-old Joubert, the local cycling festival will be his next major goal race for Kargo Pro after competing in the African Continental Mountain Biking Championships this past weekend. In January, the Linkside High learner officially signed on with the young team, which is headed up by Sean Peschl and star rider Rourke Croeser. "It puts me on a different level. It's a . . .
Bringing it all back home are the boys from Civil Twilight as they take the stage at Kirstenbosch on Sunday 9 February. This Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert will certainly make their fans happy as this city- bred band make their music once again. With their music a mystifying blend of atmospheric sounds with swirling guitars and hazy storytelling centred on the struggles and triumphs of human existence the band is three parts South Africa and one part Nashville, Tennessee where they have made their home. Steven McKellar, his brother Andrew, Richard Wouters and Kevin Dailey combine power and grace to provide a soundtrack for everything from the cracking of a heart to a walk around the block. Their sophomore release, Holy Weather is a remarkable journey through a dense forest of emotion and has been heralded as some of the best music to come out in 2012 Civil Twilight provides a safe haven in which to seek refuge. Steven’s vocals come forth in an eerie falsetto that can only be described as a cross-pollination of Jeff Buckley and Thom Yorke. Richard’s drums are pounding reminders that the drummer always steers the ship along its voyage, while Andrew’s guitars alongside the newest addition of Kevin on keyboards and vocal harmonies create intense musical waves proving that a rising tide truly does lift all boats. Civil Twilight’s lush soundscape is haunting, yet soothing at the same time. Steven, Andrew and Richard grew up in Cape Town, South Africa, best friends since childhood. Steven and Andrew’s mother, a classical pianist, played opera throughout the home. It was after the three started listening to grunge music that Civil Twilight, a fierce combination of both operatic and alternative elements, was born. While their South African roots provided much inspiration, the three friends grew restless and relocated to Los Angeles. Their self-titled debut was recorded in South Carolina after which Steven, Andrew and Richard settled in Nashville. Many years . . .