Evan Binge of Fourways in Johannesburg became the first South African skateboarder to win a wildcard entry for the amateur contest at this year’s Maloof Money Cup skateboarding world championships. Binge pulled out all the stops and impressed the judges with his skills on the first stop of the Skateboarding for Hope tour at the Boogaloos Skate Park in Randburg. This community outreach initiative is a joint collaboration between the Northern Cape provincial government and Maloof Skateboarding with the financial backing of Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore. The road show promotes skateboarding as an easy, affordable and accessible sport as part of the run-up to the annual world championships event in Kimberley. The Maloof Money Cup skateboarding world championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore will be hosted in Kimberley in the Northern Cape is September and is widely considered to be the greatest skateboarding contest in the world and the only world championship event. The three-day skateboarding extravaganza showcases the pinnacle in global and local skateboarding talent. Over the next five months, the Skateboarding for Hope road show will travel throughout South Africa with retail partner Boogaloos to host skateboarding clinics, demonstrations and contests in key centres. In addition, the provincial government also stage a further series of activations in the deep rural areas of the Northern Cape Province. The events help to promote skateboarding as a sport and to identify emerging local skaters. For many children, the road show is their first exposure to the sport and it has touched the lives of thousands of youngsters to date. This year’s scintillating Skateboarding for Hope line-up will feature numerous activations nationwide outside of the Northern Cape, including three new large scale Grand Slam events in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. These new events are in answer to a tremendous demand for more large scale skateboarding events to service the . . .
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced on Tuesday that the Competition Commission would investigate the private healthcare sector on charges of high charges and market distortions. According to Nick Altini, Director and head of the Competition practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, “In April this year the market enquiry provisions in the Competition Amendment Act came into force, allowing the Competition Commission to investigate industries where there is a basis to believe that there are not optimal levels of competition, but without the Commission being constrained by the pre-requisite of having some evidence of an actual offence to validate the investigation. The private healthcare sector was identified by the Commission for this type of enquiry. “I think that we are all going to learn a few things - the Commission, the private sector and legal practitioners in the field. I expect that the Commission will plan and execute this carefully. What we would want to see is a process that it open, fair and efficient. It must have a definite beginning, and end, and not drag out for an inordinate period of time. At the end of the process, there must be a clear indication of findings and what actions, if any, the Commission plans to take next and what is expected of market stakeholders as an outcome of the process. These factors will likely then act as a good beacon of guidance for other sectors that could be the subject of future market enquiries,” notes Altini. Chris Charter, Director in the Competition practice, agrees, “The sheer scope of the enquiry into the healthcare industry will be test of the Commission's ability to manage and run complex investigations in the public eye. Hopefully it will lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of the industry which may benefit not only patients, but also other players in the value chain as well as other regulators. “That said, there is a danger that such a potentially wide market enquiry will become . . .
The Department of Labour announced on 8 May 2013 that amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) had been accepted by Parliament. The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill is now set to become law and will increase the power of the Minister of Labour, prohibit certain conduct by employers and streamline the enforcement of the Act. Johan Botes, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, explains, “The Minister will now have the power to prohibit the use of sub-contracting when making a sectoral determination. A sectoral determination is made by the Minister in respect of basic conditions of employment for employees in a sector and area. Sectoral determinations made by the Minister to-date include those applicable to the security industry and domestic workers. Industries that typically use sub-contracting (such as the building or IT sectors) could have to re-consider their business models should a sectoral determination ever be made in respect of those industries.” Botes notes that there is currently no indication that the Minister is planning to increase the number of sectoral determinations to other sectors, but trade unions or employers organisations are entitled to apply to the Minister to investigate conditions of employment in their sector or area. The Minister could then instruct the Director General to conduct an investigation or request the Employment Conditions Commission to advise her on whether an investigation ought to be conducted. “With the current focus still firmly on labour brokers, sub-contracting and use of contract staff, it will not come as a surprise if trade unions seek to use this extension of the Minister's power to limit the practice of employers sub-contracting work to independent contractors in order to avoid employing staff directly to do the work. “While this may have favourable consequences in instances where there has been abuse of this practice, sub-contracting work has allowed . . .
About six months ago, Google’s head of search spam, Matt Cutts, made a comment in a Google forum thread that links within press releases won’t “benefit your rankings.” Since then, Search Engine Land showed one case where Google not only discovers the links within typical press releases but uses the anchor text for ranking purposes. Maybe it was one fluke, or maybe that particular case was not fair? In fact, Matt has said this numerous times that press release links don’t count. The other day, Daniel Tan released another press release, this time on a smaller release site and added the anchor text “leasreepressmm” pointing to the blog of Matt Cutts. His goal was to get Matt’s blog to rank for leasreepressmm ,and guess what, it worked. A search in Google for [leasreepressmm] returns Matt’s blog as number seven for me right now, only a few days after the press release was posted. URL: http://searchengineland.com/matt-cutts-more-proof-google-does-count-links-from-press-releases-158350 Twitter: http://twitter.com/rustybrick Author: Barry Schwartz from Search Engine Land. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. Images: Of course, Matt could have meant it wouldn’t “benefit your rankings” for more competitive search terms? For more on links, see our Link Building & Ranking In Search Engines chapter. UPDATE: The Ultimate Link Building Guide for 2016 and Beyond. . . .
Nicholas Mirzoeff, Professor of Media Culture and Communication at New York University, speaks on “Freedom and the Global South: The Legacy of Black Reconstruction” as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts on Thursday 23 May 2013. In 1935 WEB Du Bois published his monumental work Black Reconstruction. More than just a history of Reconstruction after the abolition of slavery (1865-77), his book was a blueprint for freedom. For Du Bois, the global South was the hope for a different future. Drawing from his own prize-winning book, The Right to Look, Professor Nicholas Mirzoeff’s presentation will track the legacy of Black Reconstruction in our understanding of democracy, education, debt and land justice. He connects Du Bois’s project to the global social movements since 2011 and their call for a new reconstruction for our own time. Nicholas Mirzoeff is Professor of Media Culture and Communication at New York University, and one of the founders of the academic discipline of visual culture in books like An Introduction to Visual Culture (1999/2009) and The Visual Culture Reader (1998/2002/2012). He is also Deputy Director of the International Association for Visual Culture and organized its first conference in 2012. His most recent book The Right to Look: A Counterhistory of Visuality (2011) won the Anne Friedberg Award for Innovative Scholarship from the Society of Cinema and Media Studies. He is currently working on expanding the project into a trilogy. The second part will deal with countervisuality in the global social movements of 2011, in which Mirzoeff was an active participant with Occupy Wall Street and Strike Debt. The concluding volume looks beyond the limits of visuality and visualizing to the possibilities of resonance, jubilee and mutual aid. Professor Nicholas Mirzoeff’s visit to the University of Cape Town is supported by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor’s office. Great Texts lectures take place on Thursdays for the month of May. This lecture will take place . . .
Strong winds, rain and biting cold failed to deter thousands of runners from descending on the Port Elizabeth beachfront for the 20th instalment of the annual SPAR Women’s Challenge on Saturday. As the sun rose over the new race venue at Pollok beach in Summerstrand, a record 13 149 professional and amateur runners from around Nelson Mandela Bay and South Africa gathered at the starting line of the 10km and 5km races. In the latter, many men donned wigs, skirts and other female attire to run alongside their better halves. Zimbabwe’s Rutendo Nyahora, running for Nedbank AGN, took the 10km title in 33.09. She also won the Cape Town leg in March. Diana-Lebo Phalula from Maxed Elite CGA clocked 33:39 and Mapaseka Makhanya of Transnet ENG 34.06 to complete the podium. The top South African runners in the 10km SPAR Grand Prix series stand to win a total of R139 000 and a new car. The legs are in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban (June), Pretoria (August) and Johannesburg (October). “The weather didn’t affect my run much,” Nyahora said at the post-race media conference. “I was aiming to better my personal best of 32.55, but that didn’t happen because of the wind. “This was the best race for me in PE. I’m not 100% in shape, but I was determined to make the top three.” Race organiser Colleen Muller of Walmer Athletics Club said the race route had changed because of renovations at the former starting point at Kings Beach. She said the new course, which led runners up Admiralty Way and down La Roche Drive, was tougher. “I’m not sure if the course will stay the same, because more residents are impacted by it. We have had comments from runners saying they liked it, though.” Locals Gail Willimott and Jodie Bosch, who competed in the 10km for the third year in a row, said the wind and rain had not been a deterrent. “We ran 52.53, which is our best,” said Willimott. “We ran into the wind up Admiralty, but it pushed us down La Roche.” Olwethu . . .
Nedbank’s insurance company has confirmed that it will once again provide free life cover to participants in this year’s Nedbank sani2c mountain bike race, which starts in Underberg in KwaZulu-Natal on May 14. The company, which came on board as official life insurance sponsor to the event in 2012, will make 360Life policies available to every one of the 4 500 riders across the three-day Race (May 16 to 18), Adventure (May 15 to 18) and Trail (May 14 to 16) components. According to Nedbank’s insurance executive Lance Blumeris, the policy included R500 000 worth of accidental death and physical impairment cover and would be valid for the month of May. Blumeris said riders could activate the policy on the official race website and would also have the option to upgrade to R1 million worth of cover at a nominal once-off premium before May 13. After the event, participants who wished to convert their cover to a standalone long-term policy could do so before the end of June without any underwriting, he said. “Mountain biking is a very physically demanding and unpredictable sport. In partnering with the world’s largest paired stage race, we hope to give riders peace-of-mind so they can concentrate on enjoying the route,” said Blumeris. Last year, two Trail riders were tragically killed in a motor vehicle accident as they were returning home to Johannesburg. Blumeris said Nedgroup Life had been able to assist their families by paying out the policies on these riders. “We may not be able to take away the pain felt by a client’s loved ones but we can help in practical ways by providing cover for everything from death and disability to critical illness and income protection.” He said the 360Life policy was designed to be flexible and to adapt to a client’s changing needs and circumstances. According to race organiser Glen Haw, the policy was just another way in which the race and its sponsors provided a holistic experience for riders. “Anything . . .
The Twitter Blanket Drive (TBD) is a uniquely South African, community-driven response to the needs of the poor during the winter months of the year. Initiated in 2010 by Founder, Melanie Minnaar, the Twitter Blanket Drive started with a single tweet: What if each person on Twitter donated a blanket? Since then, the Twitter Blanket Drive movement has grown exponentially. In 2012, 13 000 blankets were collected by the Twitter Blanket Drive and donated to organisations who assist the needy, homeless and indigent. Events take on the form of a “Tweetup”, whereby Twitter users tweet about donating their blankets and all enjoy a meal or drink at the collection point. For 2013, events will be held across the country on 25 May (and on 26 May in some regions). Johannesburg - Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, Melrose Arch Durban - Wakaberry, Durban North - Shop 3, 41 MacKeurtan Avenue, Durban North Cape Town - Protea Hotel Fire and Ice, Tamboerskloof How can you help? 1. Attend a Twitter Blanket Drive event in your town. 2. Make a cash donation to the Twitter Blanket Drive, at the event. Donated funds will be used to purchase more blankets. 3. Like Twitter Blanket Drive on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TBDZA 4. Follow Twitter Blanket Drive on Twitter: https://twitter.com/tbdza or https://www.twitter.com/TBDAfrica and use the hashtag #TBD2013 5. Help with the transport of the blankets from events to beneficiary organisations. 6. Corporate sponsorship packages are available. The Twitter Blanket Drive attracts a lot of national attention on social media channels during the run-up to the event, and your organization will be highlighted on the TBD social media channels and website. Contact - Cape Town: Merentia van der Vent - via Twitter @merentia | Durban: Fred Felton via Twitter @fredfelton | Johannesburg: Jodene Shaer via Twitter @Jodenecoza URL: http://www.tbdafrica.co.za Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/tbdza Facebook: . . .
This week the Property Poser panel deals with a case of sibling rivalry between two brothers who co-own a property, in which the one lives. The reader, who resides elsewhere, appears to be having communication issues with his brother. He has discovered that his sibling has made arrangements regarding outstanding instalments and payments at the bank and municipality without his knowledge. The reader does not, however, mention whether the arrangements entered into have any direct financial consequences for him. The siblings are, from a legal perspective, partners in respect of the ownership of the house, says Stiaan Jonker of Smith Tabata Attorneys in Port Elizabeth. “The rights and obligations of the partners would, in the absence of alternative arrangements, be equal.” Jonker says one could assume that the sibling probably pays a rental to the reader for the use of his half-share of the property. “As far as the other obligations are concerned, payments should be made by the partnership.” It would appear that the partnership has fallen behind in some aspects, hence the arrangements, says Jonker. “Partners are jointly and severally liable for the debts of the partnership and one partner arranging to make payments isn’t problematic in itself. Assuming, of course, that he didn’t represent the other without consent.” Jonker says the partner making payments on behalf of the partnership has a right of recourse against the non-paying partner to claim the portion he should have paid. “Our reader seems to feel quite strongly that his rights have been ignored by the bank and municipality. He feels that this should assist him in being released from the partnership.” According to Susan Chapman from Rawson Properties PE Platinum, the reader has not explained the internal arrangements between the partners or whether there is even a partnership agreement in place. “Of course, if there is such an agreement, this is the first place for our reader . . .
Determined to retain their hard-earned trophy, last year's national champions from Khayelitsha are ready to take on all-comers as children from across South Africa prepare for the outdoor fun, competition and gees of the 2013 KIA Street Soccer League in May. This year's national champions will not only lift the coveted trophy, but will also stand a chance of winning a trip of a lifetime to the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. On Friday 10, May, Sporting Chance, in association with title sponsor KIA Motors, associate sponsor Mille and media partners Supersport Let's Play, Good Hope FM and Ukhozi FM, will roll out the annual national neighbourhood street soccer programme that will reach approximately 6000 boys and girls under the age of 13, empowering and exposing them to a brighter future through the valuable lessons of sport. The Cape Town sides will also interact with their favourite Ajax PSL players during the four month tournament, as they participate and assist with the programme. A positive spin-off from the 2010 World Cup Ticket Fund legacy, the KIA Street Soccer programme is the largest of its kind, giving aspiring youngsters from Gauteng, Western Cape, KwaZulu-Natal, Eastern Cape and Free State provinces a large dose of positive and healthy energy, which lingers long past the tournament's final match. With last year's inclusion of Welkom in the Free State, the programme is now closer to making street soccer available to all South African youth, whether urban or rural-based. Conceptualised and co-ordinated by youth sports development agency Sporting Chance, the KIA Street Soccer programme, supported by FIFA and SAFA, teaches life skills through the game of soccer to children who need it most and where they need it most. The communities within the 40 participating regions are hampered by poverty and crime, and lack adequate and safe facilities and stimulating after-school and weekend activities. “Sport can be such a powerful catalyst for upliftment,” said . . .