REMOVE ME: Mahala Johannesburg 19 January 2019 - You definitely don't want to miss out on the best way to kick off 2019! If you’re a cool cat, you will know about Woodstock! In the summer of 1969 Woodstock made history through its three day music festival, which was held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City. The festival attracted more than 400, 000 people, who gathered in the name of peace and music. It was unexpected and at the same time, gave rise to the notion that human beings are inherently good and peace loving; and music is the food that feeds such souls - plus, we all need a day or three out of the city. Boutique Farm Festival 2019 (#BFF2019) offers you just that - a three day festival with more than 20 of South Africa's greatest music acts, hosted at the Tweefontein Melkery farm, conveniently located just off the R21 between Pretoria and Kempton Park. Unlike Woodstock, we want to manage expectations and are starting out small. We have made 400 tickets available to the public, which includes free camping for three (3) days and to ensure your comfort, we promise you enough showers and toilets. Bring your friends, your tents and get ready for an unforgettable three day weekend from the 25th to the 27th January, 2019.#BFF2019 brings you a three day festival of 20 of South Africa's greatest music acts, hosted at the Tweefontein Melkery farm, conveniently located just off the R21 between Pretoria and Kempton Park. We want you to be part of the best crowd the bands could ever hope for but we also want to ensure your comfort, hence we are only making 400 tickets available. This includes free camping for the 3 days, so bring your own tents. ***** TICKETS ***** Buy your tickets @ https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/boutique-farm-festival-2019 R375 per person or R555 per person including festival shirt. No under 18s. No day tickets. Some good news! We have decided to reserve a limited amount of walk-in . . .
Johannesburg , 19 January 2019- December 2018 has come and gone and we find ourselves in January 2019. This however does not mean the end of the holiday period in South Africa. As such, many South Africans, as well as tourists from across the world, will be making their way to different parts of our country. Hotels are usually at full capacity during peak season and service is the order of the day, just as it is in any other part of the world where tourists flock to for their annual holiday break. During this time, hotel rooms are in high demand, all the time, for earlier check-ins. As a partner to the hospitality industry, Servest collaborates with its clients to find innovative and effective solutions to ease the pressures during the busy season. Maalikah says, “As a service delivery agent, we motivate and reward our colleagues to do their best in the time they are given, with the least amount of disruption to our clients.” At this time of year, the industry is under even more pressure than usual, and any mistake from service providers reflects negatively on the image of our client’s brands, a responsibility that Servest takes extremely seriously. As the end user, this being the hotel management, it often costs them in having to provide their guests with gratis products, food and favours, if a room is not ready on time. This inter-dependent cycle of turning over rooms, is an economic model in its own and can make or break the reputation of a locale. Having a dependable cleaning team, is therefore as important as any other component of the hotel’s offerings. This brings to mind the in-sourcing versus outsourcing debate, with the latter still being favoured, particularly in the hospitality environment, as it is much more cost effective when you do the maths with respect to HR matters, uniforms, cleaning equipment and products; as well as the daily management of the function. “We often have hotels who have in-sourced employees, request additional workers . . .
Anxiety and excitement overcame most matriculants as they anticipated their final results. The Free State Class of 2018 achieved an 87.5% pass rate and Kananelo Mohorosi, a learner from one of the schools that benefit from the KST partnership with the Free State Department of Education (FSDoE), was one of the top achievers in the Fezile Dabi district. The district attained a 92.3% pass rate, qualifying it as the best performing and leading district in the country, for the second consecutive year. A bright future lies ahead for Mohorosi who aspires to be a Medical Doctor, with his second choice being a Mining Engineer, “I chose medicine as my first choice because I realised that our country has a shortage of Doctors as the good ones tend to leave to work overseas. I also realised that I am capable of getting really good marks in my school subjects - that was when I ended up falling in love with the health sciences because it is going to allow me to do what I know and love. It will also allow me to fulfil my top passion of practicing Ubuntu and giving back to my community and giving our people good quality of life through good health”. Coming from a family that cannot fund higher education studies, Mohorosi has applied for National Students Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS). Mohorosi says “the reality is that not every young person can afford to advance themselves academically because universities and funding are inaccessible to some. Learners in rural schools, particularly those in quintiles 1 - 3 often face different challenges compared to urban schools that fall within quintile 4-5. These challenges range from lack of infrastructure to shortage of educators at times. However, Mohorosi and his peers defied the odds and grabbed all opportunities presented by KST and the FSDoE with both hands. He was a beneficiary of a range of school camps whose purpose was to revise previous exam papers and address challenging topics in certain subjects under the supervision of . . .
A new religion for human development After a long time, a new religion has emerged in Bengal (India). The name of this religion is 'MahaDharma'. This religion is not based on blind-faith, superstition and godliness like traditional religions. This religion is based on reasoning, original spiritual science and humanism. And the aim of this religion is true human development through mind development curriculum. Through the internet and social media this new revolutionary movement spread around the world. Many free thinking rational people, who are wanting to develop themselves have become devotee of this religion. The proponent of this religion - Maharshi MahaManas. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
NZLEE Productions presents Ashalin Singh in Ashraf Johaardien’s award-winning play SALAAM STORIES at St Martin's In Johannesburg at the end of February and at Theatre Arts Admin Collective in Cape Town and POPArt Theatre in Maboneng Johannesburg in March. The production is supported by the National Arts Council of South Africa and will be directed by newcomer Niquita Hartley under the mentorship of Standard Bank Young Artist alumna and Naledi Award-winner Jade Bowers. Set against the historical backdrop of the Cape slave trade and the Malay diaspora in South Africa, Johaardien’s award-winning play has been performed in London, New York, Amsterdam and all over South Africa. According to Nigel Vermaas, “SALAAM STORIES is no religious tract; it’s a carefully constructed cultural entertainment. Although Johaardien is serious about Muslim issues, there are lots of laughs; most of them gentle … some treading into the territory of Kaapse vaudeville.” Through artful storytelling, the playwright focuses themes of identity, history and group belonging through an intimately personal lens taking audiences on a journey across the Cape Flats to Robben Island – and then to and from Bombay – back in time, to the 17th century, when the Dutch were at war with the Portuguese. Moving fluidly through multiple timeframes, a colourful community of characters is conjured to life from the recesses of memory, history and imagination. “There have been several incarnations of SALAAM STORIES internationally but it is significant that nobody else has ever been granted the rights to direct, produce or perform this particular version,” comments Standard Bank Award alumna Jade Bowers who previously directed the play. “That’s because the solo version of the play has, up to now, only really existed in relation to Ashraf’s own identity as a creative and cultural being.” Ashalin Singh graduated from Wits University in 2011 as an actor, writer and director. He has performed in a number . . .
As someone with a passion for sport, University of Johannesburg's Taren Naidoo is relishing her opportunity to work with some of the top sportswomen in the country. The 31-year-old sports scientist is part of the department at UJ and was last year appointed to work with the national women's hockey team under her former mentor, Robin van Ginkel. Naidoo, who grew up in Dundee and Pietermaritzburg in KwaZulu-Natal but now lives in Sandton, said it was the "ultimate accomplishment to get to work with a senior national team". "Representing your country in any way is a privilege and I am humbled and excited all at once," she said. "It is great to work alongside the brains of the industry - coaches and medical staff - and with the most talented athletes in our country. "I owe my parents, brother and sister so much for supporting me in all I do. My supervisor [Professor Andrew McKune] from the University of KZN, who is now based at the Australian Institute of Sport, also played a huge role in my journey to this point." Naidoo said she was thrilled to renew a relationship with the former UJ women's hockey coach. "Robin is truly an inspiration who I admire and respect. I worked with him at UJ sport, where he was head of the sports science department. "His high-performance strategies saw the department grow immensely and I learnt a great deal from him in this environment." Initially eager to become a physiotherapist, Naidoo's plans were stymied when she realised she needed physics as a major. "The faculty officers at the university suggested occupational therapy, speech and hearing, and sports science," she said. "So I picked sports science. "I was not a talented sport person but at school and varsity I participated in everything - water polo, badminton, hockey, tennis, basketball, rhythmic gymnastics, netball. You name it, if I had time I was there and would get involved." Having qualified from UKZN with honours in sports science and a . . .
Enjoy a girls’ midweek break out on the greens at the Gooderson Drakensberg Gardens on Wednesday 20 and Thursday 21 February. This beautiful resort calls the scenic Maloti Drakensberg world heritage site home and boasts the only 18-hole golf course in the Southern Drakensberg. Because this event is limited to only 15 four balls, make sure that you get your bookings in early. Bookings close on Thursday 31 January 2019 Packages are only R3630 per person sharing or R4 290 per single booking. This covers two nights booking at the scenic resort on a bed and breakfast basis, two dinners, green fees for two and two half house lunch vouchers. You will also have a shared golf cart on both day and receive a golf shirt and goodie bag. This package also includes the prizing giving on the second evening as well as a spa treatment. Registration is on Wednesday February 20th, 2019 and the format of play is an accumulated individual Stableford. Tee off times on both Wednesday February 20th and Thursday February 21st begins at 11am. Departure is on Friday February 22nd after breakfast. There are sponsorship opportunities available – R 1 500 for the 1st, 9th, 10th and 18th holes, practice green and halfway house or R1000 per hole for all others. For further details and bookings, contact Dave Ward on 082 492 1995 or email email@example.com or website www.wardevents.co.za Online entries can be sent to us via www.wardevents.co.za. Please send confirmation of your eft payment or a copy of your deposit slip to firstname.lastname@example.org ref: drak gardens golf challenge with your surname or company name. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Durban, 14 January 2019. Full order books, business already coming in for 2019 and a positive outlook generally for the new year - that’s the good news from leading South African trailer and truck building company, Serco. Managing Director Clinton Holcroft attributes the continued impressive business performance to tight cost control and the company’s Protec Steel refrigerated vehicles “People in the industry continue to be impressed with the durability of the coated steel panels. Added to that they also like the newly introduced rice grain aluminium floor which has proved to be a popular high wearing feature,” said Holcroft. Other features include fully welded aluminium scuffs which create a durable, waterproof and high strength structure; and new door seals made of an extruded rubber material, providing an excellent thermal barrier preventing the leakage of cold air. Another advantage is that repair costs to the coated steel vehicles are relatively low. Holcroft said the slow economy and volatile rand had put a lot of pressure on Serco in 2018 but there had been positive growth for the company thanks to its advanced panel manufacturing technology. “Serco has also created new positions for a Process Improvement Manager and a Quality Engineer to build on the continuous improvement culture in the company. “Serco is ending the year on a positive note with full order books while orders for the New Year are looking positive. “We expect next year to be similar to 2018 and are well placed, well equipped and determined to make a success of it. The economic forecast for the South African economy for 2019 is another year of marginal growth, but we remain optimistic, especially with efforts being made to root out government corruption and the recent investment summit which I believe will combine to help create a more enabling relationship between business and government,” he said. “Serco will continue working with customers to find tangible solutions for . . .
2019 will be a year of consolidation for British Investment Group, PFE International and the companies within its group - Durban-based Van Dyck Floors and Hammarsdale based truck tyre recycler, Mathe Group and PFE Extrusion, which produces polypropylene fibre and bulk continuous filament yarn. For managing director, Dr Mehran Zarrebini, and the approximately 700 employees across the group, it will be business as usual with further major investments still on the table but likely to materialise only in the longer term. “We’ve done quite a bit of investment over the past five years, so it’s a matter of leveraging off this and trying to ensure that whatever capacities we’ve brought on stream can be fully utilized. During 2019, we’ll be taking a consolidative approach and focusing on improving efficiency and productivity, Zarrebini explained. He pointed out that, during 2018, economic difficulties that impacted negatively on the manufacturing sector as a whole. These were a continuation of a downward trend from previous years. While some issues that had contributed towards a volatile rand and spiraling raw material and production costs had been locally instigated, global geo political issues that had impacted on emerging markets and over which South Africa had no control had also increased pressure on local producers. He cautioned that there were no quick fixes and 2019 promised to be another challenging year. However, he remains cautiously optimistic and noted that both international investors such as PFE International and local manufacturers needed to take a longer term view of recovery. “Both existing investors and those considering coming into this country can’t be myopic. There may be challenges but there are also a lot of opportunities to generate growth. We are in a similar position to 2008/9 and we need to take a 10 to 20-year view rather than a shorter, five- year approach. Right now, it is a question of mitigating risks in a turbulent landscape. . . .
Corobrik invests in the future Corobrik’s ongoing investment in new production facilities, new technologies, new products and the architects of the future have combined to open a whole world of new possibilities in brick architecture. The 32nd Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, which will be announced in Johannesburg in May 2019, is one such commitment to innovation and the future of South Africa’s built environment. Ruan Jansen van Rensburg from the Tshwane University of Technology, is this year’s regional winner. In addition to his prize of R10 0000, he will go on to compete against seven other talents from tertiary institutions countrywide for the national award. Kyle Coulson, who collected a cheque worth R8 000, was placed second. Carla Schmidt, collected a third prize of R6000 while Siyanda Nkosi received R6 000 for the best use of clay masonry. Ruan Jansen van Rensburg dissertation is entitled ‘The design of an innovation farm’ – an experiential facility for Cannabis plants as an alternative resource in Eerste Fabrieke, Mamelodi. Jansen van Rensburg says the project proposes an innovation farm adjacent to the Eerste Fabrieke train station in Mamelodi. This farm is an attempt to contribute responsibly to the dilapidated socio-economic structures and provide the community with educational platforms to strengthen self-sufficiency while contributing to micro-economies in the area. The investigation deals with two core ideas and the Innovation farm mediates between them. On the one side, the project investigates Mamelodi, specifically Eerste fabrieke station and its surrounding neighbourhoods as experimental ground for this study, and on the other side, the positive attributes of Cannabis plants specifically cannabis sativa (industrial hemp), as an accessible and affordable alternative resource, predominantly as a construction material in an underdeveloped context. In second place Kyle Coulson project is titled Space Lab. It . . .