The Minister of Trade and Industries, Dr Rob Davies, has called for public comments on the Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill by 25 June 2013. “The Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill primarily aims at ensuring the more effective functioning of the National Lotteries Board and the application and distribution and adjudication of grants (through the establishment of a specified distributing agency) under the Lotteries Act,” explains Leana Engelbrecht, Associate in the Competition and Regulatory Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Engelbrecht explains that, in particular, “the Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill aims to delineate which persons are entitled to act as members of the National Lotteries Board by, for example, listing those persons that are disqualified to act as members of the National Lotteries Board and allowing the Minister to terminate the membership of a member of the National Lotteries Board should such a member fail to attend two meetings of the National Lotteries Board consecutively, without prior notification and approval of such absence. The functions of the National Lotteries Board are also greatly expanded upon by broadening the National Lotteries Boards' functions in respect of the application, research, consideration, granting and appeal of grants. “Interestingly (particularly in the context of the current licence holder's five year licence expiring in 2014), the Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill allows for the Minister to appoint and authorise an Organ of State to conduct the National Lottery for a period of not exceeding eight years provided that there are justifiable grounds not to issue a licence as conventionally allowed for,” Engelbrecht adds. Ends URL: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Twitter: @DLACDH Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DLACDH YouTube: Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 . . .
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr acted for the Sasol Pension Fund in drafting several agreements relating to the development of the new Sasol office building, currently under development in Sandton. Attie Pretorius, Director and National Practice Head, Lucia Erasmus, Director and Andrew Seaber, Senior Associate, Real Estate practice, were part of the legal team that advised on this deal, considered to be one of the biggest property deals to be concluded in Sandton to-date. The building is expected to be the largest, new single-tenanted office building to be developed in South Africa in recent years. It was designed by Paragon Architects, is ten storeys high and aims to achieve a five star green environmental rating. The Sasol Pension Fund and developer Alchemy Properties are jointly developing the office building in Katherine Street in Sandton. “We were delighted to have been part of the team working on drafting the agreements for this new office development in our city, which is set to change the Sandton skyline forever and hopefully spur the development of a new business node that will encourage pedestrian safety and green living,” adds Pretorius. ends URL: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Twitter: @DLACDH Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DLACDH YouTube: Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Prior to the commencement of Protection of Harassment Act on 27 April 2013, bullies could escape the long arm of the law if their conduct fell just short of a criminal act. Bullies are now well within the reach of our courts. A bully as young as fourteen and possibly even younger can be the subject of a protection order and, if a bully continues to harass the victim, he/she may face criminal prosecution. Kathleen Rice, Director in the Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr says that the Act, in its preamble, states that the rights of children are of paramount importance. “Clearly, the drafters of the Act appreciated that, frequently, the victims of harassment are children. For this reason, the Act allows any child who is victim of harassment to apply to court for a protection order even in the absence of assistance from parent or guardian. A parent or guardian may also apply for a protection order on behalf of a child,” she explains. Rice says that children, in addition to being the victims of bullying, are also often the perpetrators of bullying. “In terms of the Act, an application for a protection order can be instituted against "any person" who has engaged in harassment. It is therefore possible to obtain a protection order against bully who is a child. “A protection order will not be granted against any person, including a child, if the person did not know or cannot be expected to know that his/her conduct is causing harm. Whilst bullying itself may fall short of criminal conduct, the breach of a protection order that prohibits bullying behaviour is a criminal offence. “Given that a protection order is enforced by the criminal courts, a court will be unlikely to grant a protection order against a child who is too young to face criminal charges,” she explains. “In criminal proceedings,” notes Rice, “a child over the age of fourteen is presumed to have criminal capacity in that he/she will have the ability . . .
The opening kilometres of the Kia Walkerville Mountain Bike Classic, presented by ASG, will separate the men from the boys as riders ascend to the highest point in Southern Gauteng on the morning of July 14. The 16th edition of the province's favourite (and coldest) winter challenge will quickly warm the legs as participants spin up the infamous 3km Platberg climb, which starts at the 7km mark and sits 1 830m above sea-level. The agony and the exquisite views are purely for the 60km feature race competitors however, as the 30km bunch detour around the hill. But, says route designer Ken Davies, getting to the top of Platberg is just the beginning, as the descent has eroded over the years, which has created some technical excitement. "Coming down the other side has always been a bit of a challenge," he says. According to Davies, Walkerville, which is one of the long-standing events on the local calendar, has maintained a consistent focus on true mountain biking. "It's always been a proper mountain bike race, with a fair bit of technical stuff and a lot of single track," says Ken. "And it's blimmin' cold!" The 69-year-old, who has been involved with the race since its inception, says the route relies on a rideable mix of single and jeep track, as well as district road to help riders recover. "It's fast and flowing. The total ascent is around 950m and, while there are climbs, they're not too radical. "The course really suits an all rounder – we've never had any roadies shaping on this one." This year, says Davies, the route will pass through the Stirrup Club game farm, via the Eye of Africa Golf Estate, for the first time in three years. "The route climbs past the old slate mine on the farm. The shorter route then loops back towards the finish, while the 60km riders can look forward to some good single track sections through the Eikenhof plots." He says riders will also pass the Windhoek Brewery before hitting a short tarred stretch . . .
Registration has opened for the third African Creative Economy Conference (ACEC), which is expected to attract some 400 delegates (including visitors from at least 40 African countries) to Cape Town, South Africa from 6-9 October this year. The Conference should appeal to a wide audience, including creative practitioners, academics, entrepreneurs, policy-makers, brand strategists, corporate managers and art administrators. With research revealing that Africa’s share of the global creative economy is less than 1%, the Conference aims to focus attention not only on the continent’s creative industries as economic drivers; it will also highlight their potential contribution to the eradication of poverty and underpinning democracy and human rights. The event takes place under the auspices of Arterial Network (a network of individuals, organisations, donors, companies and institutions engaged in the African creative and cultural sector). “Previous ACECs have proven to be instrumental in creating markets and raising the profile of African cultural goods and services within Africa and beyond,” said Korkor Amarteifio, Chairperson of Arterial Network. “We intend to make this our largest gathering to date. It will set a benchmark in terms of the quality of the input and the range of activities that will form part of the programme.” Arterial Network Secretary General Peter Rorvik added: “Delegates will be well-positioned to explore the state of the creative industries within the broader political and economic context of Africa and to examine their huge potential to create jobs and help the sustainable development of the continent.” The bid for the Conference was submitted by the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), as the primary implementing agency, assisted by the Conference Bureau of Wesgro, the Western Cape’s investment and trade promotion agency. CCDI Executive Director Erica Elk said: “With the support of the City of Cape Town, planning is well . . .
During the South African Market Research Association (SAMRA) Conference, which took place on 16 – 17 May, in Johannesburg, thought leaders in the industry presented their latest views on research and its applications in business, marketing, and social decision-making. The topic of Real-Time Measurement, which is seen as one of the most thought-provoking subjects among researchers at the moment, was discussed by Andries Noeth, Chief Marketing Officer at Consulta Research. Noeth’s paper won Best Overall Research Paper at the conference and focused largely on a misperception in the business community that real-time research in itself provides business insights. “Truly understanding how customers view your business, brand or products requires a combination of research methodologies that are aligned with the company’s strategic objectives” says Noeth. Real time insight a misnomer Real-time feedback happens instantly and provides companies with a way of keeping their “finger on the pulse” of what customers think. While real-time measurement allows companies to collect megabytes of data with the push of a button, it also comes with a risk. Companies can very quickly become DRIP – Data Rich and Information Poor. Most of the data collected in real time is transactional and operational in nature, and seldomly provides the organisation with strategic insights. Combining this with traditional research methodologies that are more detailed in nature is suggested as the most effective way to gain strategic insights. Checking how healthy your organisation is Noeth uses an analogy where he compares the two research methodologies to getting your health checked. Traditional research methodologies are compared to visting your medical doctor for an annual full medical check-up, where everything is checked in detail, after which you can develop a detailed action plan of lifestyle changes that should be made. Real-time measurement, on the other hand, is more like . . .
Former chair of the South African Market Research Association (SAMRA) and CEO of Consulta Research, Prof. Adré Schreuder, recently represented Consulta as the EMEA (European Middle East Africa) regional winner in the Innovator Award presented at the Interactions 2013 Conference in Indianapolis (USA). The award is one of the many pay-offs from the team’s ground-breaking call centre system integration, which was developed in 2012. Much like other market research companies, Consulta Research was looking for a way to streamline processes and innovate in terms of how data was transferred from their busy contact centre to market research analysts and consultants. “The goal was to replace the old system with something that integrated with all the other systems we use in order to create a unique, technologically-advanced and functional system that would change the way our contact centre operates. It’s truly a first-of-its-kind system integration that hasn’t been seen anywhere in the world yet,” explains Willie Fitzgerald, Executive - IT and Communications at Consulta Research. Consulta’s CATI-centre dates back 2003, where the original system caused some difficulties, including technical reliability issues, inefficiencies among contact center agents, and excessive data capturing on completion of interviews. The IT and Communications team set out to develop a system that would improve hit rates, and reduce survey and interview duration times whilst ultimately making the process more efficient and user friendly. “We developed a new integrated environment, which includes integrating our online survey platform (Verint Vovici) with the telephony system (CIC from Interactive Intelligence) used in the contact centre,” commented Fitzgerald. One of the most impressive aspects of the new system is a real-time performance dashboard, which, among all the other improvements, contributed largely to a productivity improvement of 28%. “We wanted to see real changes in our . . .
Twelve years of dedication to growing a highly successful craft and design support organisation have culminated in a major award for its executive director. Erica Elk of the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) is the 2013 social entrepreneur winner in the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) Regional Achiever Awards. Under her dynamic leadership, the not-for-profit CCDI’s influence is reflected in a database that has grown from 60 to over 3800 enterprises. These support an estimated 15 000 jobs and income opportunities in the Western Cape. The CCDI’s own staff complement has grown from two to a specialist team of 31 permanent staff in 12 years. Elk has, with her team, developed a comprehensive range of CCDI services in the categories of market, business and product support. Over R20 million of product sales have been facilitated since 2001, as well as providing support that ranges from mentoring to creative and business workshops. Elk attributes the CCDI’s success to being extremely results-oriented and outcomes-driven, while being tuned in to what it takes to be a creative small business owner – coupled with a big vision for the potential of the sector. “At the same time we are a learning organisation that is constantly evaluating, assessing and reviewing what we do, how we do it, and how we can do it better. We also try hard to maintain a professional but human approach to our engagement with our primary stakeholders – the craft producers and other players along the value chain.” Another key success factor has been growing a team of mature professionals with sector expertise and specialist knowledge. This has helped build the internal resources and capacity of the CCDI, so that it provides constant, consistent support to producers. The CCDI is now acknowledged as one of the provincial government’s leading Special Purpose Vehicles. Elk is also on the boards of prominent organisations such as the National Arts Council (chairing . . .
SA restaurants, crank up those gas burners: 2014’s re-vamped Eat Out magazine is offering you the opportunity to feature in next year’s guide to South Africa’s top 500 restaurants. In order to be considered, restaurants must submit two-page form (downloadable pdf) or online form, at no cost, by 30 June 2013. This news follows hot on the heels of the announcement of the changes to the judging process for the Eat Out Restaurant Awards, which includes multiple assessments, anonymity and the use of South African-based judges. "We’re taking Eat Out to a new level and giving every restaurant the chance to earn their place in the ‘Eat Out 500’ – a power list of great restaurants across South Africa,” says Anelde Greeff, Content Director for Eat Out. The call to action turns up the heat and shifts the onus onto the restaurant to put themselves forward in a simple process. Restaurants are required to complete and submit a two-page form (downloadable pdf) or online form, by the due date, 30 June 2013. Thereafter, submissions will be scored on a variety of criteria by a panel of 50 of South Africa’s top food/restaurant industry experts. The criteria include food (menu composition, seasonality, presentation, wine etc.), service and ambience. The 500 restaurants with the highest aggregate scores will appear in the 16th annual issue of the Eat Out magazine, which will go on sale in November 2013. Download the form www.eatout.co.za/uploads/documents/EatOut_Restaurant-submission-form_2013.pdf or complete the form online www.myjotform.com/EatOut/restaurant. For more information, visit http://eatout.co.za/News/Category/General/2712/The-search-is-on-for-SAs-top-500-restaurants or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more updates, like Eat Out on Facebook www.facebook.com/EatOutMag and follow @eat_out on Twitter. ENDS URL: http://eatout.co.za/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Lisa van Leeuwen from Lisa van Leeuwen Publicity. Originally distributed by . . .
Every year Cape Town self-catering accommodation providers tap into the lucrative peak season. Unfortunately, when winter comes they are not able to maintain the same momentum and many beds are left empty. Alan Winde, MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, said the the Western Cape could counter seasonality only by ensuring that it was a year-round destination. “We can do this by giving visitors a range of reasons to come to our province. For example we are increasing our focus on business tourism. Over the next year it’s estimated that conferences will bring in R74-million to the local economy. Business tourists have a higher spend than leisure tourists. In the run-up to Cape Town hosting the World Design Capital next year, the creative sector is a particularly exciting space. Cape Town needs a 365-day brand position to fill beds during the quieter months." We asked Johan Horak, from CapeHolidays.info a provider of more than 400 self catering rentals in and around Cape Town, what he believes accommodation owners can do to fill more beds and how to tap into the lucrative business tourism market. "Giving visitors a range of reasons to come to our province is only one of the issues. It's like asking a dog to go and catch a bus. The dog don't know what to do with the bus when he brings it home. The same is true for self catering owners. They know there's a bus full of business travellers but they don't always know how to attract them. Most self catering owners focus on the leisure market. This is the seasonal market. I want to explore how self catering owners can adapt to business traveller's needs? What do business travellers want? Are we geared for them? Only then can we tap into this market." Some of the issues that need to be looked at, according to Johan, are: * Most accommodation owners don't use professionally taken photos on websites to sell their accommodation. Web surfers love photos. The more images the better your chances of . . .