Cape Town, January 4th, 2013 – In December 2011, Fotolia made the news with the TEN Project. One goal: democratizing digital creation by bringing together in a common project, for the very first time, « digital art », « graphic resources » and « pedagogy ». For this second Season, Fotolia got a selective casting of 10 notorious international artists, and 2 more ones, kept secret for now. These authors are invited to express themselves on a free theme, and to share their pro tips with the web community, thanks to the PSD files they offer for free, every month for 24h. Argentinian Digital artist Gustavo Brigante will open Season 2 of the TEN Operation with an artwork composed around the work theme. TEN Season 1: 10 artists, 10 themes, 10 months and 10 PSD A communautary and educational initiative, the TEN projects results from the collaboration between Fotolia and two graphic communities, Wisibility and Amkashop. Every month, for 10 months, Internet users could download for free, for 24h, the digital creation in PSD format of one of the 10 best digital artists, made from Fotolia images. The TEN Collection was an absolute success, with more than 170,000 PSD downloads from the dedicated website www.tenbyfotolia.com, which welcomed more than 500,000 unique visitors during this first season. This first edition was closed with a wide international contest organized on Facebook, allowing digital art passionates to challenge the original 10 artits on the artworks they hadcreated for the TEN project. With more than 1,200 posted creations, and a viral reach of 250,000 personnes, this more than satisfactory result showed once again the enthusiasm raised by this operation in the graphic community. TEN Season 2: an international casting Creators with diverse cultural influences After the enthusiasm generated by the first edition, Fotolia renews the experience and will unveil, on January 10th, the first composition of the TEN, Season 2 Operation. This time, Fotolia selected . . .
An exciting new low GI frozen dairy dessert, known as Wilfredo's, has just been launched in Cape Town. With a Low GI ranking of 24, it is the perfect treat for everyone who loves ice cream but wants to cut back on sugar and fat. It is available in four flavours: vanilla, strawberry, mint and cinnamon with more flavours in development. Wilfredo's has been extensively tested by the Low GI Foundation and been approved by Diabetes South Africa. Made purely with natural ingredients and dairy products - no vegetable fat is used – it is the ideal treat for slimmers, diabetics and children with ADHD – in fact for anyone wanting to follow a healthy lifestyle. Extensive tests show there is no sugar spike or crash for anyone enjoying a daily tub of Wilfredo's. The dessert is high in calcium, kind to teeth, contains no colourants and provides sustained energy. It is also Halaal approved. Liesbet Delport a dietitian and founder member of the GI Foundation of South Africa explains that GI is a ranking from 1 to 100 which measures the effect of a food on your blood-glucose level over the two hours after the food is eaten. According to the foundation, foods with GI values of 55 or below could aid in the management of obesity, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and stroke as they digest easily and are absorbed into the body slowly. “Research has shown that very high glucose levels after meals, called glucose spikes, are damaging to our arteries and various blood vessels and they promote far too much insulin,” Delport says. “Eating low-GI foods means you avoid those spikes and dramatic falls in blood-glucose so you get a much steadier stream of energy. You, therefore, reduce your risk of heart disease and other chronic diseases that are implicated by those blood-glucose fluctuations.” Wilfredo's is available at the Wellness Warehouse and at selected branches of the Food Lovers Market and Kuaui in the Cape Town area with plans afoot to market the product . . .
Sunday 20 January sees Jimmy Dludlu take the stage at Kirstenbosch for a lazy afternoon of superb jazz this is the place to be. Dludlu has come a long way from that moment when at the age of 13 he first picked up a handmade guitar. He taught himself to play and went on to become a global jazz icon. Jimmy Dludlu continues to compose and make the kind of jazz music that stirs the soul - clearly influenced by various cultures around the continent and his interaction with other musicians on the world stage. His latest album, TONOTO, introduces new facets of Jimmy and opens you up to feeling the world in a whole new way. The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (RhodesDrive , Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17h30 – 19h00. Gates open at 16h00. For further information and ticket prices, please telephone 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or www.oldmutual.co.za/music Tickets can be booked on www.webtickets.co.za Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippocommunications. 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] . . .
For the third year in a row, business law firm DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has been ranked first overall and rated South Africa’s most outstanding large law firm in the PMR.africa annual national survey of legal firms. The firm was highest rated on a mean score of 4.36 out of a possible 5.00. According to the PMR.africa, a random sample of 300 respondents who use South Africa’s leading law firms rated DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr first across a range of the 29 most important attributes clients require in a legal firm. PMR.africa is an independent research-based monthly periodical. DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr chief executive officer Brent Williams said, “Our firm has worked hard to stay relevant and innovative in a services environment that has seen increased consolidation, specialisation and globalisation. “We are currently focussed on developing best practice in key practice areas and consolidating our association with DLA Piper Africa group firms on the rest of the continent, thereby providing seamless capability and competence across Africa. “We continue to pursue our strategic objective of being the leading business law firm in our own jurisdiction. This requires that we remain active and visible and, continue to offer well priced capabilities and competencies, in the markets and service areas that remain traditional differentiators and indicators for leading large law firms, namely, mergers and acquisitions, capital markets, tax, finance and banking, commercial dispute resolution and arbitration, technology and employment law. “We are thrilled that this vision has been acknowledged by our valued clients,” he added. Over the last ten years, DLA Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has achieved the No. 1 ranking seven times and has twice been ranked second. ends URL: http://cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Twitter: https://twipter.com/DLACDH Facebook: https://facebook.com/DLACDH YouTube: Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally . . .
South Africa is known to have some of the best universities on the continent. Search any global university ranking and you’re likely to find at least two or three South African universities listed. There are many that don’t make the cut but we at Africa.com believe that South Africa offers world-class learning experiences—so much so that they are sought out by other African students and thousands from abroad. Following our piece on the Top 10 Universities in Africa, Africa.com now brings you the Top 10 Universities in South Africa. 1. UNIVERSITY OF CAPE TOWN (UCT); CAPE TOWN South Africa’s oldest university is also often rated as the continent’s best. Established in 1829, initially as a high school for boys, the University of Cape Town (UCT) makes a regular appearance on international university rankings. Most recently, it secured the 113th spot on the reputable global Times Higher Education World University Rankings list. Located on the slopes of Devil’s Peak, UCT is the academic home to more than 25 000 students. Of those, close to 20 percent are international students who come from over 100 different countries, both on the continent (over 40) and from abroad. They’re taught by close to 1,000 permanent academics employed by the university. Apart from offering the best sports management diploma in the world—an honor recently bestowed by the Eduniversal International Scientific Committee—UCT is also one of the country’s most green educational institutions. Over the past five years a number of sustainability projects were launched, including Green Campus Initiative, an effort focused on making UCT more environmentally-friendly. Notable alumni include heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard and at least three Nobel Laureates, including biophysicist Sir Aaron Klug (also a WITS alum), the late Professor Alan MacLeod Cormack, and author JM Coetzee. 2. UNIVERSITY OF THE WITWATERSRAND (WITS); JOHANNESBURG Located in the heart of central Johannesburg, Wits is considered . . .
Hundreds of social swimmers are expected to head for Kings Beach on the last day of 2012 for the inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Mile Ocean Swim which has already attracted a lot of attention from open water swimmers from around the country. "Some of South Africa's best open waters swimmers are heading for the Sabrina Love Challenge in Plettenberg Bay on the 28th and are keen to follow this up with the Madiba Mile on the 31st before hitting some of the local stops for a New Years Eve party." said race organiser Mike Zoetmulder of Zports. "We've also had a lot of interest from social swimmers who are in town on holiday and keen to be part of the water sport scene in Nelson Mandela Bay." The Ocean Mile has been added to the water sport program to offer holiday makers the opportunity to be involved in the cities popular open water scene which has exploded since the introduction of the Ironman to Port Elizabeth in 2005. Participants of the cities first official Ocean Mile swim are required to report for entry on Kings Beach on Monday 31st before 8.30am for body marking after which they will walk along the beachfront promenade to Humewood Beach for the start of the one-way Mile swim which will end on Kings Beach alongside the slipway. The swim offers spectators a wonderful spectacle along the entire promenade between Humewood and Kings Beach with swimmers being kept just behind the surf line. Online registration and information available on www.zports.co.za/nmbmile or entry forms available at News Cafe on the Boardwalk. Late entries will be accepted on the morning of the event at Kings Beach from 7.30am. URL: http://www.zports.co.za/nmbmile Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Michael Zoetmulder from Zports. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Popular open water swimming scene in Nelson Mandela Bay Photographer: Zports Start of the . . .
Timeshare exchange company Dial An Exchange (DAE) announces a new agreement with South African resort Ngwenya Lodge, located along the boundary of the world famous Kruger National Park wildlife sanctuary in Mpumalanga, South Africa. DAE will now promote its exclusive free timeshare exchange membership program to the owners of Ngwenya Lodge and provide the resort as an exchange option to DAE’s 450,000 global members. At Ngwenya Lodge guests can literally reach out and touch the Crocodile River, overlooking the game fence of the Kruger National Park, which passes behind Ngwenya. This effectively incorporates the resort into the greater game area and visitors have every opportunity to see all the same species that roam the game-rich southeastern section of the Kruger Park, without even having to leave the resort. The river view chalets, set out over two kilometres of prime river frontage, overlook a scenic floodplain, which allows for magnificent views of an area where the big cats often hunt and guests are treated to unsurpassed game viewing opportunities. “Ngwenya Lodge is a very special destination for our members looking to view the outstanding big game that South Africa is known for around the world and we are very pleased to welcome them to our family of exchange options,” said Paul Edkins of Dial An Exchange South Africa. “We will also be looking at doing resort specific promotions to encourage banking of weeks and exchanges. One of the big advantages that current members enjoy is the low exchange fees, especially for international travel, and the bonus breaks for an extra breakaway during the year,” added Edkins. DAE will also be promoted in the Resort Reception area through marketing material and information which will be available for owners who have not yet become members. The company provides free membership, with timeshare owners given the ability to bank their week at no cost and receive a credit which can be used within a three year . . .
The University of Johannesburg has appointed geneticist Dr Charlotte Scholtz as netball manager following a yearlong search for the right candidate to head up this high performance sports club. Scholtz, who is well known in netball circles, was both Team South Africa manager and on the organising committee for the inaugural World University Netball Championships, which were held in Cape Town in July. According to UJ’s director of sport Sanpat Coetzee, netball is the most popular activity among female students and a flagship sport across all four campuses. The university finished third in this year’s University Sport South Africa tournament, topped the log in the Eastern Gauteng A and B leagues, and will be looking to compete seriously when the new Varsity Sports tournament rolls out next year. Coetzee said the netball club has also produced five players, including current honours student Matlala Mokoko, for the national Protea squad since 2011. “Netball is one of UJ’s high profile sporting codes, therefore we scanned the market for a suitably qualified and experienced specialist who can work with students and has a passion for the sport.” She said the institution had looked for an innovative, self-disciplined and hard-working leader. “Charlotte personifies all of these criteria and is also a team player.” As a provincial player, umpire, coach, selector and administrator, the 38-year-old brings experience in every aspect of the game to her new role. Scholtz, who is currently the national U21 assistant coach, will be responsible for the recruitment and development of top student-athletes and coaching staff, as well as creating opportunities for participation at recreational and competitive levels on all campuses. Coetzee said one of the club’s medium-term goals was the identification and development of talent in the greater Soweto area. “This programme is based at the UJ Soweto campus.” The appointment marks a complete career change for . . .
The Unlimited Dusi 2013 will showcase a star studded line-up of South African celebrities with the announcement that East Coast Radio DJ Damon Beard has signed up to paddle the gruelling three-day canoe marathon in the colours of The Unlimited. Adding his name to an already illustrious field, Beard will be joining fellow radio jocks Unathi Msengana of Metro FM and Idols fame, 5FM sports presenter Sias du Plessis and Liezel van der Westhuizen of Kfm. The four will be battling it out over the three-day race to see who really is the top jock when it comes to tackling the greatest canoe marathon in Africa! Beard is a household name in Funsunzi Province having worked as a DJ for ECR for over 20 years! Currently he presents the weekday afternoon drivetime show together with the rest of the Drive Team. An avid fan of all things KZN and Durban, Beard says the opportunity to paddle The Unlimited Dusi is a prospect he just couldn’t pass up. “I like to set new goals for myself every year and I’ve got a bucket list of things that I want to do on my fridge. One of these is to complete The Unlimited Dusi so I jumped at the opportunity as I just love a challenge. The fact that I’ll be partnering with Trenton Lamble who is a great paddler just adds to the adventure,” says Beard. The Unlimited Dusi will not be Beard’s first time in a canoe. He has dabbled in the sport in the past but has only ever participated in short distance dices at The Kingfisher Canoe Club in Durban. “Paddling is a KZN thing. With our fantastic weather (most of the time anyway) it’s just a great fit with the Durban lifestyle.” Whilst Beard is in great shape as he regularly does boxing and mixed martial arts, he is taking the race between the jocks very seriously and has already embarked on a rigorous training schedule for The Unlimited Dusi. “I’m finding out that being fit and being paddling fit are two completely different things. Trenton and I meet five mornings a week and we are . . .
December 20, 2012 Cape Town: BioFire fireplaces South Africa http://www.biofire-fireplaces.co.za/ has announced that as of December 2012 it has a large number of eco-friendly fireplaces installed in some of the most exclusive areas of Cape Town. These eco-friendly or “green” fireplaces already adhere to the stringent European dust emission laws that come into effect in 2014 and release the same amount of carbon as wood that decomposes in a natural way. This makes them one of the most “carbon friendly” fireplaces available not only in Cape Town and South Africa, but indeed the world. About BioFire South Africa BioFire fireplaces South Africa is part of an international fireplace building and manufacturing company that is headquartered in Austria. They specialise in the construction of some of the most exclusive quality fireplace designs in the world and have provided countless satisfied customers with a product that is unrivalled across the globe. For a look at the current BioFire fireplaces design range in South Africa and abroad please go to their Fireplaces Design Gallery http://www.biofire-fireplaces.co.za/fireplace-designs.html on their website. For more information regarding BioFire fireplaces South Africa please contact Alex Wörz via email on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can request an assessment for your home on their website and a member of their customer service team will contact you to set up a meeting. All BioFire fireplaces are guaranteed to be VOC, biocide, heavy metal and radioactive free and produce the lowest emission levels in the industry. The glass and door structure used by BioFire in the construction of their fireplaces are of certified European quality END Press release submitted by Justin Atkins at WSI, Cape Town http://www.wsiwebmarketing.co.za/ on behalf of BioFire fireplaces South Africa. For more PR information, please call WSI Web Marketing Cape Town on 021-913 . . .