With a little over a month left to reserve your seat for the Trade Finance Conference 2014, diarise 5 & 6 November where you will have the opportunity to network with decision makers in the trade finance field. Hosted by Trade Conferences International, at Focus Rooms, Sunninghill, Johannesburg; trade finance experts will be sharing their insights and knowledge on the newest developments and advancements in the industry at the Trade Finance Conference 2014. Take advantage of this favorable opportunity to build lasting business connections and be in the know on the latest regarding trade finance. A look at the expert speaker panel addressing the Trade Finance Conference 2014 • Harry Kaplan – Chief Executive Officer, American Trade & Finance Company • Paul Masemola – Managing Director, MiSEC Advisory • Robert Brine – Risk Lead, IQ Business Group • Michael Shackleton – Senior Legal Executive, Credit Intel • Francois Visagie – Head: Structured Trade and Commodity Finance, Absa Capital • Richard Harvey – Seasoned Trade Finance Structurer and Deal Maker in Southern Africa, First National Bank • Vanessa Miller – Managing Director, VM Consulting • Yusuf Ali Khan- Trade Head for Africa, CitiBank • Tsepo Tsotetsi – Documentary Trade Product Manager – Africa division, Standard Bank • Graham Megaw – Head: International Banking Finance and Operations Support Services, Bidvest Bank • Meluleki Nzimande – Partner in International Trade, Webber Wentzel • Lodewyk Meyer – Director, Norton Rose Fulbright “Attending the conference will be a great opportunity to network and build industry contacts,” says project manager of the conference Jason Joseph, “while getting a global view on trade finance.” Email Jason to get more inside scoop on the event. Jason@tci-sa.co.za or visit www.tci-sa.co.za to receive the registration form which can be electronically completed and submitted. There are group booking discounts available! Call 011 803 1553 to find out . . .
The much-anticipated list of nominees for this year’s prestigious Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards has been released – and it contains an exciting mix of new contenders as well as restaurants that have been celebrated for their excellence in the past. The nominees for this year’s awards are: Bread & Wine, DW Eleven-13, Five Hundred, Jordan Restaurant, La Mouette, Makaron, Overture, Planet Restaurant, Restaurant Mosaic, Rust en Vrede, Terroir, The Greenhouse, The Kitchen at Maison, The Pot Luck Club, The Restaurant at Newton Johnson, The Restaurant at Waterkloof, The Tasting Room, The Test Kitchen, The White Room at Dear Me and Tokara. The winners of the coveted Restaurant of the Year, San Pellegrino Chef of the Year, Grolsch Service Excellence Award and the Top 10 Restaurants will be selected from these 20 restaurants and announced at the annual awards ceremony in Cape Town on 16 November. Since its inception in 1998, the Eat Out Restaurant awards have grown in both size and stature, and it is considered South Africa’s most authoritative and glamorous gastronomic event to celebrate South Africa’s chefs, restaurants and the culinary industry. The winners of the Best Steakhouse, Best Asian Restaurant, Best Italian Restaurant, Best Country-style Restaurant and Best Everyday Eatery, as well as the winner of the Boschendal Style Award and Nederburg Rising Star Award, will also be honoured at the awards ceremony. This year Abigail Donnelly, Eat Out editor and judge for the annual restaurant awards, was supported by five anonymous judges, whose identities will be revealed on awards night. In keeping with feedback received from restaurants, chefs and the public, the winners were selected by a panel of South African judges with varied experience and backgrounds relating to the food and restaurant industry. The judges have been eating at restaurants across the country to determine the nominees and each judge scored restaurants individually. The . . .
Mountain bikers who have signed up for the original two-day stage race at the FedGroup Berg & Bush can enjoy the thrill of an Alpe d'Huez-style charge up Spioenkop on October 18. Race organiser Gary Green said he had decided it would be fitting to introduce a fun Tour de France-style element on the landmark ascent in the Central Drakensberg. "And, as in last year's Tour de France, riders will be doing it twice in one day." While the first ascent would form part of the 62km opening stage, Green said the second round would be an optional extra feat for participants once the day's racing was done. The mini "race within a race" would precede the traditional sundowner tour of the historical Anglo-Boer War battlefield site, he said. "On Saturday evening, when we're all on top of the mountain for sundowners, we'll have a separate race for men and women from the boom gate at the bottom to the summit." Green said the 1.5km ascent, which featured 14 speed bumps and a gradient of up to 20 per cent in places, would be the ultimate endurance test for riders. "We hope to create an Alpe d'Huez-type effect, whereby the cyclists line the route and cheer their fellow riders on." Those only brave enough to take on the climb first time round would still be rewarded with an adrenalin-fuelled descent on the other side, he said. "Bell Equipment has helped us create a series of berms and jumps coming off the mountain. This will be a fun section to finish off a great day's riding." Green said participants in the two-dayer could also look forward to the traditional boat crossing of Spioenkop Dam on day one, which had been omitted from the three-day Descent and Great Trek events. "We've upgraded the boat crossing by having bigger boats and more of them in operation. We hope this will reduce the waiting time and get riders across the 2km section of the dam quicker." He said the three-day riders need not feel hard done by as they would enjoy a new-look . . .
Dubai, Oct 6th 2014–Prologix Distribution is all set to exhibit again in GITEX, the largest ICT trade-show in the entire MEA region.GITEX 2013 was tremendously successful for Prologix Distribution in terms of brand awareness, lead generation and business proliferation. The company aims to emulate its previous year’s performance with a terrific show this year. In GITEX 2013, Prologix Distribution exhibited along with its top twelve partners. This year, it is anticipated that there may be as many as twenty vendors sharing booth space with the leading VAD (Value Added Distributor). This is owing to the fact that in the year 2013-2014, Prologix Distribution has substantially added on to its product portfolio through its strategic partnerships with key global vendors.The current vendor tally of the VAD is at 40+ largest brands of the world, together offering over hundreds of top-class technology solutions.It wouldn’t be an exaggeration to state that there isn’t a VAD in the UAE and entire Middle East whose product portfolio is as diverse and complete as Prologix Distribution’s, especially when it comes to products in WiFi & Networking, Security, RF & Microwave, Test & Measurement and Telecommunications. The WiFi& Networking and Security section will showcase technologies from Totolink -the No.1 Korean brand that offers a complete range of solutions for broadband WiFi, LevelOne – The German Company renowned for its quality networking products and well as IP Surveillance solutions and Peplink - master provider of internet traffic balancing and VPN bonding solutions. The RF & Microwave arena will displayCambium Networks - the industry leader in IP wireless broadband solutions well-known for its robust Point-to-Point (PTP), Point-to-Multipoint (PMP) and cost-effective and efficient ePMP solutions, Trango Systems - the world’s largest manufacturer of wireless IP backhaul solutions,Sub-10 Systems –the master in designer and developer of MMW wireless . . .
Kimberley in the Northern Cape will be a virtual United Nations of Skateboarding this weekend as skateboarders from 37 countries participate in the Kimberley Diamond Cup skateboarding world championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore. Highlights on Friday, 3 October, include the Rider Cup team qualifiers from 13h00, where teams from across the country will go head to head. From 15h00, local skaters will be in action during the South African AM Street and Youth Qualifiers. At 16h30, crowds are once again in for a treat when competitors like Pierre Luc Gagnon, Andy Macdonald, Trey Wood, Jono Schwan and Mitchie Brusco tackle the awe-inspiring Mini Mega ramp for the world championship title. For the first time in the history of the Kimberley Diamond Cup, female skaters will show off their skills during the Women’s Street World Championship at 18h30. The evening will culminate with the opening ceremony at 19h45, a fireworks display at 20h25, live acts in the skate village and live performances on the main stage in the skate plaza. Acts include Minnie & Keenan, Talibun, Crisis Crew, Jed Nery, DJ Fresh of 5FM, Lifa, Zanion Flames, Hardcore/Punk SHow, DJ Ms Cosmo of 5FM, Proph and Malay Kamp. Gates open at 11h00. Entry to the Kumba Skate Plaza is free on Friday. For the latest news and information go to www.kimberleydiamondcup.com or follow KDC on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook. The broadcast and webcast producer of the 2014 Kimberley Diamond Cup Skateboarding World Championships is Emmy-winning sports producer Peter Shakkour. A producer and director in sports television for the past 25 years, Shakkour has worked on every major sporting event in the United States, as well as eight Olympic games. “Working here in Kimberley has been one of the great highlights of my career,” said Shakkour. “Action sports has always been a passion of mine, and the opportunity to follow that passion to South Africa has been a truly unique and rewarding experience.” Author: . . .
With their hopes of reaching the playoffs dimmed, the SPAR NMMU Madibaz will be playing for honour in the remaining round-robin matches of the Varsity Netball competition this coming weekend. The team from Port Elizabeth will take on the fifth-placed University of Johannesburg on Sunday afternoon, followed by Pukke – who lie second on the log – on Monday evening. According to Madibaz coach Dumisani Chauke, her girls were looking good and well rested, and ready to face their challengers in Johannesburg. "UJ are very unpredictable on the court but we are ready for whatever state we find them in." Chauke said the team from North-West University, on the other hand, played a very physical game but that the Madibaz were also well prepared for their style of play. "They have strong towers in both their shooting and defending circles, so that will pose a challenge to us, but the girls are ready." She said her squad had been working on key aspects of their own game over the past week, such as tighter man-to-man defences and stronger movements to get the ball into their shooting circle. "On defence, we need to shut down their leads to the ball. On attack, we need there to be two or three options available for the person with the ball, so we can take it forward and into our shooting circle." Wing attack and centre Siphokazi Mapakati had been brought into the line-up to increase the team's attacking options, said Chauke. "Although a top-four position may be out of reach now, we'd really like to finish strong and move up from sixth position in the standings." Despite the disappointing result, she said she was happy with her young team's overall performance in the tournament. "We've had a good season and will be looking forward to a better one next year." The game against Pukke will be televised live from 5.30pm on Supersport. Alternatively, follow the action on @Madibaz4U or find the Facebook page. NMMU Madibaz: Ansu Opperman (GS), Bavuyise . . .
The Madibaz athletics club will host the first Eastern Province Athletics league meeting of the new season at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Campus in Port Elizabeth on Saturday, October 11. More than 250 track and field athletes from schools, clubs and universities are expected to take part in the various age categories from under-15 to under-25 years. Older and master level athletes will compete in the latter age group. According to Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma, this will be one of the final opportunities for the public to see some of the institution's top senior stars in action. "Many of our top athletes are finishing their studies this year and it could be one of the last chances to see them attempt to break an EP record or two." All eyes will be on the likes of third-year student Garth Ellis, who took bronze in the high jump at the SA U23 and senior championships with leaps of 2.05 and 2.10m respectively. Bothma said the EPA meet would be the first major local competition since NMMU hosted the high-profile Varsity Athletics series in March. "I think EP Athletics has learnt a lot from Varsity Athletics and we've incorporated a lot of the spectator-friendly, action-packed elements into the day's programme." The Madibaz will field a number of U23 national champions in their 50-strong squad, including Ischke Senekal (shot put and discus), Lionel Drury (hammer throw) and Jeannie van Dyk (polevault), as well as hammer throw specialists Magdaleen Louw and Mieke Stander, who won the U23 and junior titles respectively. Bothma said these athletes had been training hard throughout the winter season, preparing well for the off-season events. The event starts at 9am at the Madibaz Stadium. Registration costs R20 and closes half an hour before the start of each event. All athletes must have a licence to participate and temporary licences will be available at a cost of R30. For more information, visit . . .
Music lovers will be able to go back in time when favourite hits from the likes of Elvis Presley, Engelbert Humperdink, Diana Ross and the Supremes are brought to Port Elizabeth in November. Jayson King is bringing the “Great Pretenders” to the Amphitheatre at the Sun Boardwalk to mark the 21st anniversary of the show. There will be performances on Friday, November 7 and Saturday, November 8 from seven thirty in the evening. King grew up in the culturally vibrant District Six in Cape Town which helped shape him into a renowned and highly acclaimed entertainer and impresario. The audience will be taken back in time on a musical journey as the ladies of the Great Pretenders pay homage to Diana Ross and the Supremes, Martha and the Vandellas, and the Shirelles with some knock-out performances says King. The male cast will also “be bringing their A-Game,” and will be performing soulful a Capella songs, taking the audience back to the music of the early sixties. The Great Pretenders will be performing songs from the fifties, sixties and seventies and will be paying tribute to Julio Iglesias, Michael Buble Frankie Laine, Engelbert Humperdink, Louis Armstrong, Louis Prima to mention just a few. The cast is made up of Christine Mathee, Izelke van Zyl, Ruth Knight, Sumaya Hendricks, supported by Rashaad Adams, Tony Butler, Dennis Maart and guest artist Steve Ashley. The show will appeal to all ages with its universally recognised and timeless songs say King. Make sure you get your ticket today from Computicket for R120 per person. Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Siyathetha Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 10th Standard Bank/PAST keynote lecture will this year be presented by paleo-artist John A. Gurche, at The Wits Great Hall, on Thursday 16 October 2014 at 18:30 where he will be discussing The Ancestral Connection: Portraits of our Prehistoric Human Family. Recipient of the John Landsendorf Award for Paleo-art from the Society of Vertebrate Paleontology, John Gurche’s address will highlight how art can be used to better understand the science of human origins. He believes that human beings live at the centre of the most wondrous story ever told, and through this observation says that we have the good fortune to be living at a time when a testable method of inquiry yields details of how the story of all of us happened. John Andrew Gurche, an artist known for his paintings, sculptures, and sketches of prehistoric life, especially dinosaurs and early humans, has published his art in several publications and his recent book Shaping Humanity: How Science, Art, and Imagination Help Us Understand Our Origins contains accounts of the work done on depicting human evolution in sculptures that represents six million years of human history. The book has images of the fifteen sculptures made for the Smithsonian’s new Hall of Human Origins. Some of the passages in the book were written with the intention of fostering a kind of mental time travel, in order to facilitate what he calls the “ancestral connection”. This is a view that humans live within the larger context of the evolutionary history of life. Some of the lifelike sculptures deal with a vision of what it would be like to observe one of these ancestors at close range while other sections attempt to project the readers into the heads of those ancient ancestors. According to PAST CEO, Andrea Leenen, John Gurche was selected for this year's lecture because "his artistic depictions bring our ancestors to life in a way that a fossil bones cannot. PAST Chief Scientist Prof. Rob Blumenschine adds that these . . .
Fringe festivals the world over pride themselves in reaching younger audiences than those who traditionally frequent theatres - and the Cape Town Fringe, now on in the Mother City, has made a concerted effort to draw youth into the theatre with a carefully designed day programme for schools. Each day this week, learners from Cape Town's schools - from Jo's School for Vulnerable Children in Vrygrond to Harold Cressy High School in Zonnebloem - have been given "a completely immersive experience that has included quality theatre, graffiti art workshops, puppetry and magic", says Festival CEO Tony Lankester. The inaugural festival, which runs in the Mother City until 5 October, is being produced by the Grahamstown National Arts Festival team, and is supported by the City of Cape Town and Standard Bank. The schools programme has received an enthusiastic response from learners and educators alike. "This has been the best day of my life," a Grade 7 learner from Battswood Arts Centre in Grassy Park exclaimed after visiting the fringe on Monday. "It is gratifying and encouraging to know that a festival that celebrates creativity in our city has looked to its community first - and cares enough to encourage and equip the next generation of makers and audiences to excel beyond their circumstances," wrote Kapil Misra, the centre's principal, and drama teachers Sheldon Cross and Penny Youngleson in a letter to thank the organisers. "You have completely changed 180 learners and 20 educators' experience of performance - and expectations of achievement. And that is no small thing." The programme includes workshops and shows specifically targeted at engaging children of various age groups. A workshop run by physical theatre master Richard Antrobus, for example, introduced learners to techniques used in both classic and graphic mime through imagination, exploration and play. "Arts and culture is all about innovation, entertainment, recreation, inspiration; it . . .