Visitors to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden have enjoyed lazy summer Sunday afternoons listening to the best in local and international music over a number of years. The 2012/2013 season of Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts promises to be a year of memorable musicians, not least because it is a celebration of 21 years of concerts and the Centenary of the Garden. World renowned, the concerts are on most tourists’ agenda as an opportunity to see a Garden that offers a taste of the Cape’s floral heritage in all its beauty; to soak up an atmosphere of congeniality and enjoy world-class music under the shadow of Table Mountain. This coming season launching on Sunday November 25, 2012 through until April 7, 2013 brings with it music that transcends all ages and genres. This Sunday afternoon tradition is one of the experiences that make Cape Town so unique – the chance to experience the best artists performing in one of the world’s most beautiful places. Says Frank Brooks, Sponsorship Manager for sponsor Old Mutual: “This season marks the fifth year we have been a part of this iconic Cape Town event. We are immensely proud that the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concerts have become a staple on the local and international tourism calendar, and that we as a brand can help these artists do great things on such a prestigious stage”. For the popular groups, and the exciting new performers in the country, it is a mark of achievement to have been on the Kirstenbosch stage - and to be invited back. This year’s line up welcomes back old favourites: Mango Groove, Zebra and Giraffe, Prime Circle, Arno Carstens, The Parlotones, Jimmy Dludlu, Freshlyground, Goldfish and Natasha Meister and introduces some hot new acts that will thrill their audiences. Opening the season on November 25 is international star and UK based Daniel Bedingfield. His pop wizardry is renowned, award winning and seriously funky. Having previously charted #1 in South Africa expect to hear some new material . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape has reconfirmed its commitment to the development of local women’s sport by extending its sponsorship of the SPAR-NMMU Netball Club for a further three years. This follows the latter’s recognition as Sports Club of the Year at the prestigious Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Achiever Awards last week. The club won the provincial netball league for a seventh consecutive year with several players and management representing South Africa at international level. According to SPAR promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt, they enjoyed a mutually beneficial relationship with the club and were very proud of its achievements. “The players and staff have worked very hard and thoroughly deserve it.” NMMU sports manager Theresa le Roux said the award was made on a points system based on club results, player achievements and involvement in community outreach programmes. “The trophy is highly prized because it takes into account all the efforts that a club has put in during the year.” Le Roux said they were particularly proud of wing defender Zanele Mdodana, who captained the Proteas to a gold medal in the Diamond League Series in August. She was joined in the national squad by team-mates Mampho Tsotetsi and Nontle Gwavu. In July, goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela was called up to the SA student team that took silver at the World University Netball Championships. She was also named Player of the Year at the Nelson Mandela Bay Netball Association awards ceremony on Friday. On the management side, head coach Lana Krige was appointed coach of the national Fastnet team. Le Roux said Krige’s appointment had further helped to raise the tertiary institution’s profile. “All of a sudden some of your national players would like to study at NMMU or are looking for jobs in PE!” Le Roux said 80% of the players selected for the NMBNA provincial teams were from the university, but that they would not have been able to achieve . . .
Various artists and heritage artefacts Standard Bank Gallery 16 October – 1 December 2012 ‘The Art of Banking: celebrating through collections’ includes an exhibition by the Standard Bank Heritage Centre on the ground floor of the Standard Bank Gallery. This show focuses on the 150-year history of Standard Bank, illustrated through artefacts, photographs and other visuals from the Heritage Centre’s rich archival and artefact collection. This part of the exhibition follows a timeline approach, highlighting the unique history of the bank as the oldest name in banking in South Africa. The exhibition comprises three components. The first covers the period from the late 1850s-1987. More particularly, it deals with the conception of the idea for a “Standard Bank” in Port Elizabeth and its eventual establishment in London in 1862. Other focuses include the bank’s pioneering spirit, its “firsts” and innovations, the development from purely a bank into a financial services organisation, and the disinvestment of the bank’s British parent when it became fully South African owned. The second component explores the period 1988-2012 and portrays the bank as a dynamic organisation that expanded into Africa and other parts of the world in its own right. Other parts of the story here include the Nedcor take-over bid, the journey to self-service banking through technological innovations, internet and cell phone banking in particular, and Standard Bank’s quest to reach the “unbanked”. The third section of the exhibition includes an old banking hall, showcasing a teller’s box from the original Standard Bank counter at the Port Elizabeth branch and other furniture used by the bank over the years. Also featured in this component is a short video, which takes the visitor through the customer experience over the years, from when banking was completely branch-based to the development of self-service banking as we know it today. In addition, there is a focus on the changed look . . .
Athletes all along the Garden Route are warming up for the Sunrise Women’s Challenge in aid of the Up with Down’s school for children with special needs on Saturday, October 27. The fifth edition of the event, which is sponsored by Heather Park SUPERSPAR in George, comprises a 10km feature race and 5km fun run, as well as a 5 x 2km relay option. Inspired by the success of the national SPAR Women’s Challenge series, the event has been reassigned as a women-only race this year. According to race director Danie Raubenheimer of the Nedbank Running Club in George, the ultimate aim is to become one of these prestigious grand prix events in the future. “Although this is now specifically a women’s event, men will be allowed to take part on condition that they dress in drag.” He said there would be prizes for the best-dressed men’s team and individual male in women’s clothing in the 10km race, as well as incentives for the school with the most pre-entries. In addition to the R6 000 prize purse, there will also be lots of lucky draw prizes, including R2 000 worth of SPAR grocery vouchers. Raubenheimer said the circular route would start and finish in front of the Heather Park SUPERSPAR store. “It’s an undulating course, which takes runners through the surrounding suburbs of Heather Park and Rooirivier Rif.” Proceeds will go to local school and first-time beneficiary Up for Down’s, which was founded as a non-profit organisation by parents of children with Down’s Syndrome but now caters for learners with various learning disabilities. Finishers will receive medals, with t-shirts going to the first 500 entrants. Get an entry form from the Heather Park SUPERSPAR or enter online at www.onlines.co.za by Wednesday, October 24. Late entries will be accepted at the store between 5pm and 7pm on Friday, October 26. Go to www.facebook.com/sparinaction to follow all of SPAR Eastern Cape’s initiatives. Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee . . .
The tremendous growth and development of the DLA Piper Africa Group, an alliance of independent law firms in Africa, was celebrated at an event in Johannesburg on 18 October 2012. The event, hosted by DLA Piper Africa Group member Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, was attended by more than 30 leading lawyers from within the Africa Group, DLA Piper lawyers from around the globe, as well as Sir Nigel Knowles, the joint CEO of DLA Piper. "Our specialist lawyers from across the world have worked extensively with DLA Piper Africa Group firms for many years and I am delighted that both the number of firms in the Africa Group, and our global team, have increased in the last 12 months. "With Foreign Direct Investment into Africa expected to grow significantly to US$150 billion by 2015, from countries as diverse as the UK; US; China; India and the Middle East, DLA Piper, with a global footprint of 77 offices, is uniquely placed to share know-how and work seamlessly together with our Africa Group colleagues to develop the leading business law practice across the continent," Sir Nigel said. Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Chairman, Chris Ewing said: "over the past decade, six of the ten fastest growing economies in the world have been in Africa and this rapid growth will continue. DLA Piper Africa Group has been developed to meet the increasing demand for seamless legal services across Africa, combining national and regional knowledge and experience with top global expertise. DLA Piper Africa Group firms have worked together on a number of the largest and most exacting transactions and projects in Africa." James Kamau, Managing Partner of Iseme, Kamau & Maema Advocates, DLA Piper Africa Group member in Kenya explains: "the complexity and size of legal assignments in Africa has increased considerably. With an emphasis on sharing know-how and working and training together, the combination of strong national firms across Africa with the leading global expertise and resource of DLA . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 15 October 2012 Eastgate shopping centre’s annual Look of Fashion event will take place again in November. One of the most prestigious modeling events to take place at any shopping centre, it is also one of the longest running and renowned launchpads for many aspiring models. Two previous winners, namely Tansey Coetzee and Bokang Montjane, went on to be crowned Miss South Africa after winning the Look of Fashion title. Celebrities that have entered in previous years include Claudia Henkel, Shashi Naidoo , Rosette Mogomotsi and previous runner-up, Celeste Khumalo, who was crowned Miss SA Teen in last year’s competition. The event’s call for entries opens from 15 October and closes 26 October, 2012. Entrants need to be 18 years of age and not turn older than 25 after 1 November 2012. Entry forms are available at Eastgate shopping centre Customer Service Desk. Entries must be completed with two photographs attached; a head and shoulder shot and a full length shot, and handed in at Eastgate Centre Management, situated at Entrance 8. Thirty semi-finalists will be invited to a screening process, whereby twelve finalists will be selected through a judging process. Semi-finalists will be advised after the 26th of October 2012 deadline and need to be available on the 4th of November 2012. The final show, featuring all twelve finalists, will take place at Eastgate shopping centre on the 16th of November 2012. The show will be choreographed by Juanita Daniel, well-known international Fashion week choreographer. The Look of Fashion winner for 2012 will win a trip overseas to further her career internationally with Full Circle Model Management, owned by Janez Vermeiren and Paul Coetzee. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact the Customer Service Desk on 011 479 6000. Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and . . .
The 2013 Old Mutual joBerg2c will be one for the books as the organisers join forces with the Participate for Good campaign, a 46664 Bangles Initiative, to raise more than a million rand towards building container libraries in rural communities along the race’s route. The nine-day mountain biking event, which rolls out on April 26 next year, will be the first in a series of sporting events that will help the initiative reach its overall target of R20 million, or 100 libraries, by 2016 for the Mandela Day 46664 Library Campaign. The campaign is spearheaded by 46664 Bangles Initiative chief executive officer Robert Coutts, who has ridden the 900km event every year since its inception in 2010. “The race is possibly one of the best examples I have seen where the entry money is paid back into the communities we ride through. “The local communities treat us like kings and queens – we couldn’t find a more aligned event and receptive organisers anywhere.” Coutts said anyone could register with Participate for Good as a charity champion and use their chosen adventure or sporting event to generate donations for the initiative. “So if you wanted to ride the Old Mutual joBerg2c for the library project, you simply register, set your own target and then use the built-in social media links to start asking for donations from individuals and corporate sponsors.” According to Coutts, four teams had already registered, with another three in progress. “We hope to make 20 teams in total but, as always, we are building towards a long-term objective.” He said Old Mutual joBerg2c participants would receive free extras like 46664 cycling kit, daily bike services and limited edition titanium 46664 bangles, depending on their targets reached. With R415 000 already pledged to date, Coutts said the race had already exceeded its target for year one, which would enable the delivery of at least two libraries. “We are ecstatic and will now set our aim higher. We hope . . .
Seven-time Dusi canoe marathon champion and new Freedom Challenge record-holder Martin Dreyer will be alongside wife Jeannie when she makes her comeback to racing at the three-day FedGroup Berg & Bush in KwaZulu-Natal from October 26. The Pietermaritzburg-based team, riding in the colours of USN/Hi-Tec, will be one of the fancied pairs in the highly competitive mixed category in their first mountain bike stage race following the birth of their second child five months ago. Although his wife was not yet back to peak form, Dreyer said they were looking forward to the challenge of competing against a field that included the likes of Justin Porteous and Candice Neethling of Team JoJo and Bridgette Stewart and Brad Stroberg of FedGroup-Itec Connect. “She’s getting stronger every day. It’s going to be tough riding against those racing snakes but we won’t go down without a fight.” The adventure racer said running had always been the focus of his training, but his confidence on the bike had increased following his record-shattering five-day victory in the Freedom Challenge in June. “My riding has improved dramatically, but I still won’t shave my legs. I’m not a specialist mountain biker.” The Dusi Duke said he had great respect for his younger rivals. “I know Justin from multisport racing. He’s a good rider; it’s his game. And Candice is an exceptional athlete as well. “Bridgette has a fantastic pedigree as a downhill racer, while Brad’s got the energy of youth on his side.” The 43-year-old said he hoped that his experience in endurance sport would give him the edge in the 220km event. “When conditions get tougher, I like to think it suits me more. If you can deal with it better than your competitors, it allows you to get ahead of the curve.” Both husband and wife are veterans of the Absa Cape Epic, with Jeannie, 32, having finished second in the mixed category alongside Geddan Ruddock in 2005. She also holds the record for the Otter . . .
For anyone in the film and events industry achieving that “wow” factor for the production is the ultimate objective. From pyrotechnics, confetti cannons, bubble machines, artificial snow or the familiar smoke machines – all of these special effects have to be handled by experts in the field. This sometimes means seeking a number of suppliers and managing them at the event – stressful to say the least! With more than 20 years in this highly creative industry Visual Creations/Design a Balloon has been offering these innovative options to their clients with enormous success. Having seen how important the addition of special effects has become, Managing Director Vincent Shantall has now opened a new division dealing exclusively with this aspect. Travelling regularly overseas to find new products, Shantall can source whatever is required and also offers the personal service of importing specific machines requested by a client. Add to that the added value of the décor division and this is a one stop shop for film producers and events organisers. Constantly upgrading and adding new products to the extensive catalogue that he offers, Shantall understands that the industry demands bigger and better ideas on a continuous basis. Adding the “wow” factor with effects such as multiple laser effects, star curtains and many more has resulted in him securing four exclusive international agencies for the more unusual and fun products. As a registered pyrotechnician he has travelled the country with effects suitable for film and theatre productions, festivals, conferences, launches, parties and smaller events that may take place in clubs, homes and pubs. When hiring the machines a team of fully trained staff handle all the operational aspects relieving the production crew’s stress and ensuring that the audience is given the best experience. In certain cases clients can dry hire the products with full instructions supplied. Respected for his clever and creative . . .
Jason Drew Justine Joseph The Story of The Fly and How It Could Save the World will take you behind the pesky reputation and inside the brain and body of the much misunderstood fly. It investigates the insect as a pest and how man has tried (tirelessly, often unsuccessfully) to kill it – exploring everything from how it walks on ceilings to how it survives Ice Ages and outsmarts all manner of fly swats, toxins and traps. The book also reveals how, throughout history, innovative humans - including Napoleon Bonaparte’s surgeon - NASA, various forensic entomologists and the UK National Health Services - have harnessed and researched the fly to help mankind. But ultimately it introduces the fly as a future hero that could help save the world. How? By recycling waste nutrients and generating sustainable protein to spare the fish in the ocean and feed the ever-growing number of people on our Earth. That’s a story worth telling. And one worth reading, too. Authors Jason Drew is an international business leader and serial entrepreneur turned environmentalist and author. He is on the board of a number of organizations, including www.AgriProtein.com, his latest ‘green’ venture. Justine Joseph is a scientist by training, a freelance journalist by profession and probably the world’s biggest fly fan. Previous Titles by Jason Drew The Protein Crunch, soft cover (2011) 978-0-9869976-2-4 The Protein Crunch, hard cover (2011) 978-0-9869976-0-0 The Protein Crunch, ebook (2011) 978-0-9869976-3-1 Book Specifications ISBN 13: 978-0-9802742-8-8 Category: Eco-business / Green / Sustainability BIC codes: KJJ, KJD, RNU, KCN, WNCN, WNC, RN, PDR, TVF, KCT, PSCT7 RRP: ZAR 169.00 Size: 222 mm x 152 mm portrait Extent: 194 pp text + 8pp cover + endpapers + flaps Distribution: StephanPhillips (S. Africa), Vinehouse (UK). For and on behalf of Jason Drew by Hippo Communications For more information contact Beryl Eichenberger or Linet . . .