University sport in South Africa is set to get a high-performance boost with the launch of the Varsity Sports competition platform, which took place in Plettenberg Bay on Wednesday and Margate on Thursday. Spawned from the highly successful Varsity Cup rugby tournament, Varsity Sports is the result of a partnership between 11 of South Africa’s top universities and Advent Sport Entertainment and Media (Asem). Speaking at the launch, Asem CEO and former Springbok captain Francois Pienaar said the first phase of the made-for-television inter-university competition would get underway at the end of the month with two action-packed Olympic sporting codes in men’s rugby sevens and women’s beach volleyball. The latter was introduced at the Atlanta games in 1996, with the former set to make its debut in Rio de Janeiro in 2016. "I personally believe there is so much sevens talent out there that will emerge through Varsity Sports," said Pienaar. "And this year women’s beach volleyball was the most sought after ticket at the Olympics. You’ve got great athletes, it’s glamorous and great fun." According to him, the competition, which had been three years in the making, aimed to achieve three major goals. "Firstly, we want to be the high-performance level between school and professional sport, giving those students with talent the chance to compete on television in a structured environment." To this end, Pienaar said Varsity Sports would play a supporting role to all University Sport South Africa structures and sporting federations. "Secondly, Varsity Sports will be assisting with transforming the sport to provide opportunities at tertiary level. But, and this is very important, the participants have to study and be successful because there is life after sport. "And, thirdly, we have to commercialise the space in order to bring sponsors on board and ensure that the concept is sustainable and self-sufficient." Co-sponsors First National Bank, Steers . . .
Iziko Museums of South Africa, in partnership with Vidamemoria Heritage Consultants, will host a seminar: Debating Space, History and Heritage, the Bo-Kaap Sites on 20 November 2012. The event will take place in the Community Hall at the Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum, Wale Street at 09:00. The Bo-Kaap area has a multi-faceted history. Its architectural heritage, links with the history of slavery, the development and spread of Islam and its contribution to the development of the Afrikaans language are examples of its significance, not only for Cape Town and the Western Cape but, for South Africa as a whole. The Tana Baru Cemetery, the Prayer Quarry and various other sites of the Bo-Kaap have weathered a number of storms in the past, including the Slums Act of 1934, the Group Areas Act and, in recent years, a property boom, encroaching commercialization and gentrification. These heritage sites represent a diversity of narratives, many of which still have to be adequately researched and told. This public dialogue is aimed at stimulating a wider interest in these heritage sites and encouraging greater understanding of Bo-Kaap’s historical and cultural significance. Furthermore, it seeks to encourage a sharing of memories linked to Bo-Kaap sites, in order to build more inclusive narratives of the area and to gain commitment to developing effective strategies for the preservation and interpretation of these sites. Speakers will include Mr Osman Shaboodien (Bo-Kaap Civic Association Chairperson), Dr Noëleen Murray (Geography Department, University of Western Cape) and Professor Stephen Townsend (School of Architecture, Planning and Geomatics, University of Cape Town). The seminar is open to members of the public and entrance is free. For further information contact Paul Tichmann, Curator: Iziko Social History; phone: 021 – 467 7215; e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 20 November 2012 Venue: Iziko Bo-Kaap Museum Community Hall Registration: 09h00 – . . .
A number of big retail brands, including a national bank, have signalled their confidence in the rejuvenated Port Elizabeth central business district by moving into Pier 14 Shopping Centre on Govan Mbeki Avenue in time for the festive season. The most recent addition, the North End branch of Standard Bank, is relocating to Pier 14 and will open for business on December 1. It joins new fast food franchise outlets Debonairs Pizza and Cassie’s, which started trading last month. According to Martin Wragge, CEO of GRITprop Investments, which owns Pier 14 Shopping Centre, the influx of national tenants was in part due to a five-year, R40-million expansion process. "The upgrade has increased footfall and turnover and we now have more than eight million feet passing through our doors annually." Wragge said management was anticipating bumper peak season trading, with retail turnovers expected to top R270 million for the financial year. "We are thrilled that our efforts to increase trading volumes are finally paying off." He said total average trading densities were up by 18.1% and that the trend was expected to continue as management not only attracted new tenants but also "right-sized" the existing tenant base. "Too many of our tenants have been trading in oversized spaces due to historically cheap rentals." Over the past six months, Pier 14 had been engaged in a process of reducing the floor space of existing tenants by between 20 and 50%, said Wragge. "The result is better densities, more affordable rentals and greater profitability for the tenants and centre alike." He said the downsizing process had also opened up new trading spaces for retailers on the ground and first floors, which had been fully occupied for some time. Wragge said this had helped to diversify Pier 14’s tenant mix, which comprised mainly fashion, footwear, music, furniture and appliances, as well as health and beauty stores. "With the recent addition of Cassie’s and . . .
Joburg-based theatre-maker Lidija Mareliè has scooped a star cast for her manifestation of the fourth 2012 Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Director’s Bursary, with veteran actors Terry Norton, Susan Danford and Adrian Galley making up the cast of Villa Sofia. Set in a period between the two World Wars and reflecting on the violent Balkan Wars of 1912 - 1914, Villa Sofia interrogates how two people from different cultures and religions can find each other when those very differences are separated by details they themselves struggle to define. Toni (Adrian Galley) writes a novel about Sofia (Terry Norton); who forces him to delve into, and find the strength to write about, his haunting past. This in turn gives a voice to his mute housekeeper, Rafaela (Susan Danford), who he has loved for most of his life. Why is Rafaela mute and would Toni rather keep her that way in a culture where silence prevails? “This is a play that I really shouldn’t be making as it explores cultural wars that have been going on for centuries and the truths I explore are considered both unpatriotic and unspeakable in my culture, but it’s a story that really needs to be told. As a director, working with this generous cast has really helped me to access the honesty that I need to do that.” says Mareliè. Lidija Mareliè received an Honours Degree in Dramatic Arts from the University of Witwatersrand. She has performed at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown on several occasions. Since graduating she has directed a number of productions in Johannesburg including Waiting for Jack, Jefferson Tshabalala’s Flames on Manhood Mountain and Satyricon (assistant director to Bailey Snyman, Young Standard Bank Award Winner for Dance 2012). She has also performed in Barney Simon’s Born in the RSA directed by Warren Nebe and Othello directed by John Kani. She was awarded the Percy Tucker award at Wits for Best Director in 2011. She regularly presents workshops on performance at . . .
The eagerly awaited announcement of the winners for the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards took place at a function in Johannesburg last night. The Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are presented annually to young South African artists who are either on the threshold of national acclaim or whose artistic excellence has enabled them to make international breakthroughs. This year, an award for Performance Art has been presented for the first time. “This year's group of Standard Bank Young Artists are celebrated for their vibrant and cutting edge creativity, their amazing intricacy of creative expression and their enormous talents which contribute to developing a stronger and more prosperous creative economy, and also to making a significant contribution towards defining our country's cultural identity,” said National Arts Festival Director, Ismail Mahomed. The winners of the 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are: Fana Tshabalala for Dance Runette Botha for Music Mary Sibande for Visual Art Prince Lamla for Drama Shane Cooper for Jazz Anthea Moys for Performance Art “The Standard Bank Young Artist Award gives recognition to the trajectory that their professions are taking to reflect the multifarious ways in which these artists work and to recognise the excellence of their work. They join an esteemed and celebrated group of previous winners of this prestigious award,” added Mahomed. As part of their prize, each of the winners will be featured on the Main programme of the 2013 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (27 June – 7 July 2013), where they will be given the opportunity to develop and première new works. The winners are also given various opportunities to represent South Africa on international stages as a result of their association with the Award. Mandie van der Spuy, Standard Bank Head of Arts and Jazz Sponsorship said, “Standard Bank is proud to have been associated with these prestigious awards for 29 years. Our . . .
In today’s fast-moving media environment, the role of branded content is becoming increasingly important. International research by Dipstick shows that a quarter of the UK consumers’ total media consumption is provided by their favourite brands and the appetite for editorialized content is continuing to grow. The UK’s Content Marketing Association’s recent research also showed that marketing executives are planning to allocate more budget towards content in 2013. So what does this mean for South Africa? Are we seeing the same shifts? Do we have the right skills? Do brands understand the value? What is being done to take the content marketing industry as a whole to the next level? These questions were the catalyst for New Media, one of South Africa’s leading content marketers, to take action. The result is Content 2013 (kindly sponsored by Paarl Media) - SA’s first, truly comprehensive content marketing conference, providing an all-encompassing and inclusive forum platform. Does South Africa really need another content marketing conference? “Despite the plethora of conferences on content marketing, not one dealt with our unique situation, or provided an objective overview of all the facets that affect us,” says Heléne Lindsay, head of the conference’s organising committee and head of strategy at New Media. “The real need is for a forum where all stakeholders share and learn from each other, driven by insiders who know and care.” She adds. The international and local speakers at Content 2013 have therefore been invited for both their experience and their willingness to push boundaries and successfully operate in a shifting environment. A sample of the carefully chosen topics that attendees can expect at Content 2013 is: Retailers: how are they using content? Case studies and insights from an international AND local perspective. Education: is the next generation of employees equipped and informed? Content marketing and application: lessons . . .
CAPE TOWN, South Africa - Wednesday, November 14th 2012 [ME NewsWire] (BUSINESS WIRE)-- MiX Telematics(JSE:MIX), a global provider of driver safety, vehicle tracking and fleet management solutions, continues to grow its business around the world as evidenced by strong performance in the first half of its 2012/13 financial year as announced yesterday. Due to the extension of existing enterprise contracts as well as the addition of new mega fleets across various industries in various countries, MiX Telematics increased its revenue by 20.3% (to R564 million) and its operating profit by an impressive 60.8% (to R76 million) in comparison to the same period a year ago. Through an SaaS delivery model and value added services, MiX Telematics helps customers worldwide to reduce their operating costs and risks, improve driver and passenger safety as well as customer service, and lower their carbon emissions. “Our strategy for years now has been to leverage our profitable, cash-generative businesses into growing our global annuity base,” says Stefan Joselowitz, CEO of MiX Telematics. "We announced our intent when we listed five years ago and continue to demonstrate our commitment to this strategy year on year. Between April and September we increased our subscriber base by more than 40,000 vehicles, with significant growth coming from both our fleet and consumer telematics operations.” Despite facing tough economic conditions in various parts of the world, MiX Telematics is proud to have increased revenue outside of South Africa by 29% (to R276 million). In South Africa and the UK, the company successfully extended contracts within two major key accounts, including Eskom and the Go-Ahead group. A contract with a large Oil & Gas producer in Eastern Europe was also secured, as were new major contracts with a mining company in Australasia and two large bus customers in Europe. About MiX Telematics MiX Telematics is a global leader in fleet management, driver . . .
Enterprise St Helena (ESH) is happy to announce that Cathy Alberts has been appointed Director of Tourism. Cathy joins ESH from Cape Town Tourism in South Africa with effect from 1 November 2012. She has had a long career in tourism and travel in international long-haul tourism – particularly dealing with the UK and European markets - and has dealt with many operators and suppliers in this field including airlines. She has experience in developing destinations and tourism products and experiences, as well as improving standards and those involved in the tourism sector. Cathy’s career has involved setting up tourism organisations and developing the tourism industry in both the Western Cape and Cape Town in South Africa. Her responsibilities in Cape Town have included creating joint marketing programmes and developing links with key strategic partners. With the largest target market being long-haul visitors from the UK and Europe, this involved close relationships with airlines such as British Airways, SAA and Emirates. Having been responsible for seven Tourist Offices as well as citizen mobilisation for the World Cup, Cathy is experienced in the physical and mindset transformations required in developing tourism destinations, products and standards. Most recently, her role has encompassed the development of tours and experiences for visitors. With Cape Town’s key markets being long-haul, especially UK and Europe, this has involved a keen understanding between sophisticated visitors and underdeveloped suppliers. This has meant understanding the needs and requirements of visitors and suppliers, increasing standards, and developing a variety of extended tours and experiences which has ranged from mountain bike trails to swimming with sharks. Cathy will be arriving on St Helena at the end of the year, but in the meantime will be involved in detailed handover sessions with outgoing Tourism Development Executive Michael Dean, in South Africa, the UK and France, . . .
Top KwaZulu-Natal trail runner Tracy Zunckel outpaced a few riders in the recent FedGroup Berg & Bush near Winterton to raise funds for protecting rhino and other species in the Spioenkop Game Reserve. Zunckel, who is part of the local Bergville farming community, ran the mountain bike stage race trails to collect donations towards replacing the damaged game fence surrounding the cash-strapped reserve. She was approached by race organiser Gary Green following her participation in last year’s event, which saw them raise R25 000 for the Bergville Orphan Fund. According to the five-time Mont-aux-Sources Challenge champion, she immediately jumped at the opportunity to run for a cause and withdrew from another trail run in which she had been scheduled to compete. “It’s awesome to be able to use my God-given talent to help out in our community. It’s my privilege to run this race and to live in this spectacular part of our country. “We as a community have a responsibility to preserve and improve it for generations to come.” Zunckel, who races for sponsor Wedgewood, said it would cost an estimated R20 000 per kilometre to replace the fencing. The organisers opened the fund with a R25 000 donation. “Spioenkop has giraffe, zebra, rhino, eland and a multitude of other animals. It provides recreation for a lot of locals and visitors to the Ukahlamba Drakensberg area.” The 38-year-old ran the final days of both the three-day Descent and Original two-day events, finishing last in the former and beating more than 80 social riders in the latter. “The cyclists were really friendly and encouraging, although you don’t chat too much because everyone’s puffing and panting. The bet was that for every one I beat they owed me R1 000, but we don’t hold anyone to that.” Zunckel, who is also a two-time winner of the Rhodes Trail Run and Mutter Mountain Mania Ultra Trail Run, started at the back of the field and finished the 50km stage in four hours and 17 . . .
Although global warming might be confusing us whether it’s summer yet or not, Traffic Clothing has taken a stand and decided, ‘Yes, summer is officially here!’ Hello summer! On the evening of the 9th of November, Traffic Clothing showcased what they will have to offer this summer in store. Guests feasted their eyes on bright tropical and neon colours, denim outfits, sexy swimwear and even the ever so stylish, black and white. On arrival guests enjoyed welcome drinks and delicious canapés from Café Magnifico while being treated to the sensational sounds from DJ Kirsti Hugo. MC for the evening, the beautiful Leigh-Anne Williams, Expresso presenter and Good Hope FM news reader opened up the show for the evening. The hip-hop and break-dancers from Unit Bboys entertained guests during intervals with their astounding moves and incredible dance talent. Various prizes from Relax and Rejuvenate, NuMetro Canal Walk, Kavanaghs’ Hairdressing and Traffic Clothing were also given away. The models from 20Management were transformed into Traffic Clothing goddesses by Kohl Make-up, Kavanaghs Hairdressing and Traffic Clothing’s very own fashion guru, Gareth Botha and assistant Shelby Bosman. More Info: Author: Lara Rall from Younique Concepts. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Krist Hugo, DJ for the evening Photographer: Niel Kotze Men's denim fashion from Traffic Clothing Photographer: Niel Kotze Nautical summer fashion from Traffic Clothing Photographer: Niel Kotze [/l2g] . . .