Speedweek SA in conjunction with the Northern Cape Tourism Authority will be hosting the inaugural Kalahari Desert Speedweek event at Hakskeenpan in the Northern Cape from 22 – 30 September 2012. The epic club event will simulate the legendary Bonneville Speedweek hosted in Utah, USA and promises South African motoring enthusiasts the experience of a lifetime. Different classes of vehicles and motorcycles ranging from pre-war classics to modern-day supercars and superbikes will be eligible to participate in the competition, which will be a timed race over a track featuring a 7km straight. According to Sharron Lewis, CEO of the Northern Cape Tourism Authority, the first Kalahari Desert Speedweek is yet another mega-event that will showcase the enormous potential of South Africa’s largest province to host extreme and adventure sport events. “The province has a unique appeal to outdoor enthusiasts and Hakskeenspan is fast becoming world-renowned for its exceptional offerings to motoring enthusiasts and scientists alike. The first edition of the Kalahari Desert Speedweek will share the location of Hakskeenspan with the global BLOODHOUND Project, which will attempt to set a new world land-speed record attempt of 1600km per hours in 2014. Obviously, this will draw the global media spotlight to our province, but it will also be a platform to introduce our infrastructure and technical expertise to a global audience and serve as community upliftment opportunity for this area of the Northern Cape,” mentions Lewis. The Mier Community Trust Fund has been established with this purpose in mind and local community members will be trained as marshals and scrutineers for Speedweek. It is expected that between 50 and 80 temporary jobs will be created by the event. In addition, Speedweek organisers will also invest in the installation of a reverse osmosis water purifier to kick-start a water bottling project, owned and managed by the fund. A percentage of the net profits . . .
The Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival promises to be a star-studded affair this year with Steve Hofmeyr, Zahara, Theuns Jordaan and Professor being some of the names gracing the stage in Somerset East. These authentically South African artists will be setting the Karoo alight with their performances, thus making the 22nd Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival on 13 and 14 July 2012, an event not to be missed this winter. Steve Hofmeyr, a veteran on the South African music scene and one of the biggest names in the Afrikaans music industry, will after a long absence, be appearing at the Festival. Another SAMA winner, the sensational Zahara will also be gracing the stage with her guitar. Her debut album “Loliwe” recently sold a staggering 100 000 copies in barely 19 days. The Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival, however, is not only a fun community event, but a proudly South African festival that is about giving back to the area. Every year the profits from the Festival’s Beer Tent, run by the Somerset East Round Table, are donated to a series of organisations that assist the underprivileged. To date, R175 000 has been donated. The Festival boasts over 200 stalls for all to enjoy, from biltong to all sorts of gadgets, clothes and edibles. You can also look forward to great performances by Elvis Blue, Jamali, Emo Adams, Robbie Wessels and many more. The line-up and activities at this year’s Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival is certain to set your Karoo winter ablaze! ### For more information on the 22nd Castle Lager East Cape Biltong Festival, please visit www.eastcapebiltongfestival.co.za. Follow us on Facebook (www.facebook.com/BiltongFestival) and on Twitter (www.twitter.com/BiltongFestival) or contact Marette Liddell on 042 – 243 1333. More Info: http://www.eastcapebiltongfestival.co.za Author: Siyasanga Dilima from Design@Bay. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three . . .
Participants in this year’s sani2c, which was presented by BoE Private Clients, will have the first bite at the cherry when entries for the 2013 edition open at noon on Monday, July 2. Organiser Glen Haw said the initial online entry procedure for the largest paired mountain bike stage race in the world would not be the rush-based method implemented for the most recent edition. He said successful applicants would have until the end of the month to enter and pay in full, at which time their entry would be confirmed. “If a team decides to split, they will lose their slot and the remaining member will be placed on the waiting list,” said Haw. “Should there still be entries available on August 1, they will be offered to those on the waiting list. Thereafter entries will open to the public.” He said they would be strictly applying the cut-off of 650 teams for each of the three events (Race, Adventure and Trail), which means not everyone who rode this year is guaranteed an entry. “Unfortunately, we have to be very strict. Over the years we have found this to be the magic number. “Anything more puts us under pressure, especially in the race villages.” The three-day, 250km race through southern KwaZulu-Natal gets underway with the Trail in Underberg on May 14. The Adventure departs on May 15 and the Race the following day. Haw said an estimated 380 riders had completed every sani2c since its inception in 2005. Having started with just 492 participants, the event has grown incrementally with the addition of the Adventure in 2008 and the Trail in 2012. He said the latest incarnation had proved to be very successful. “The three events went extremely well and things generally ran smoothly. “The few problems we had were caused by excessive numbers. Solving this is simple – we just need to learn to say we are full and not be influenced by riders desperate to get into the event.” Despite a waiting list of over 5 000 for this year’s race, Haw . . .
National Blood Donor Month culminates with a blood drive at Pier 14 Shopping Centre on Friday. This year’s theme is “Every Blood Donor is a Hero” and the final drive aims to collect at least 50 units of blood for the South African National Blood Service. “This special drive concludes a very successful month and allows the public to become a hero to someone and discover the hero within themselves by donating a unit of blood,” says SANBS’s PR practitioner Nina van Wyk. The blood drive will take place from 10am to 5pm in the Pep promotional court. Potential donors must be between the ages of 16 and 65, weigh 50kg or more, lead a sexually safe and healthy lifestyle and have had a good meal at least four hours before donating. Umhlobo Wenene FM will be broadcasting live from the centre between 12pm and 3pm and will keep the public informed with regular updates. For more information, contact Pier 14 centre management on 041 484 1229, email firstname.lastname@example.org More Info: http://www.facebook.com/notes/pier-14-shopping-centre/pier-14-celebrates-national-blood-donor-month/397377850326569 Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Umhlobo Wenene FM’s DJ Lulu (front) will join the South African National Blood Service’s local head of marketing Elize van Zyl and donor educator Msimelelo Lose at the final blood drive for National Blood Donor Month at Pier 14 Shopping Centre on Friday. Photographer - Photo: Supplied [/l2g] . . .
The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s newly-elected president, Mandla Madwara, and deputy president, Neil Hart, enjoyed an informal engagement with the local media in Port Elizabeth this morning. The two shared their vision for business in the city and, together with CEO Kevin Hustler, outlined the projects and focus of the Chamber aimed at creating an enabling environment for business in Nelson Mandela Bay. Acknowledging the challenges faced by business in the Metro, Madwara came out strongly in support of robust engagement and collaboration with key stakeholders in the city, to ensure that catalytic socio-economic projects come to fruition. He commended the Chamber and its task teams for the effective work done in a number of important areas. He re-committed the Chamber to its enabling role, and stood strongly in support of Nelson Mandela Bay taking its rightful place as an economic powerhouse. Hart applauded the foundation laid by the organization, challenging local business to not only take a leadership role, but to operate with a conscience and inject hope back into the city. Contact Nicole Klokow on email@example.com or 041 373 1122 More Info: http://goo.gl/RW8qS Author: Nicole Klokow from Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber's new office bearers are Neil Hart (left) and Mandla Madwara (centre). Together with the Business Chamber's CEO, Kevin Hustler (right), they outlined their vision for business in the Metro at an informal editors' forum this morning in Port Elizabeth. . Photographer: Sandra Pow Chong (Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber) [/l2g] . . .
On 15 June 2012 the Minister of Labour issued a revised Code of Good Practice on HIV and AIDS and the World of Work (the Code). The Code amends the Code of Good Practice on Key Aspects of HIV and AIDS and Employment in order to align it to the ILO’s recommendations. According to Melanie Hart, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, “The primary objective of the Code is to provide guidelines to assist employers to develop workplace policies and programmes eliminating unfair discrimination, promoting access to education and managing HIV and AIDS in the workplace. Hart says that the Code is of wide application and applies to all “workers” as defined, at all workplaces in all sectors of economic activity. We highlight some of the principles set out in the Code which are of relevance to employers. “The Code confirms that no employer may require a worker or applicant for employment to undertake an HIV test in order to ascertain that person’s HIV status. Testing must be with consent and voluntary. Authorisation for mandatory HIV testing of workers must be sought from the Labour Court,” she says. Hart notes that where a worker chooses to disclose his or her HIV status to an employer, such information must be kept confidential. “The Code reiterates that section 15(2)(c) of the Employment Equity Act requires employers to provide reasonable accommodation to workers living with AIDS and HIV. Such reasonable accommodation includes adapting existing facilities and equipment, restructuring jobs and adjusting working time and leave. “Workers with HIV and AIDS must not be unfairly discriminated against in the allocation of employee benefits. Workers with HIV and AIDS must be treated no less favourably than workers with other serious illnesses in terms of benefits, workers’ compensation and reasonable accommodation. “Where a worker is too ill to perform his or her current duties, an employer is obliged to follow the guidelines for . . .
Media Release June 2012 Poetry event in Mthatha A young artist from Mthatha has been motivated to give back to her community by organising a poetry event called “Hold Your Thoughts” on Saturday, June 30. Durban based Ludwekazi Ndlzai says that the poetry festival is aimed at promoting poetry from all spheres in the Transkei region including up-and-coming and established poets. She described the event as a platform to showcase the existing skills among local poets while encouraging poets to maintain their talent as an instrument of communication, as well as literacy. Ndlazi, together with fellow poets Thandile Qambe and Sisonke Papu were born in Mthatha, but left to pursue their careers in Durban and Port Elizabeth. However, they share similar sentiments on the initiative as a potential step to putting their birthplace on the map. Currently, the trio have founded a non-profit organisation called Vivid Thoughts which has received funding from the Department of Sport, Arts, Culture and Recreation together with local municipality in order to coordinate the entire event. Ndlazi co-founder of Vivid Thoughts, expressed her gratitude to all stakeholders involved including the public who have welcome the initiative with enthusiasm. All those who would like to satisfy their hunger for live poetry are invited to attend “Hold Your Thoughts” at the Mthatha Town Hall at 14h00 on Saturday, June 30. Tickets are R20 at the door. For more information, call Ludwekazi Ndlzai on 0791270581. Ends Media release for EC Talent (A project by Siyathetha Communications) Contact: EC Talent/Siyathetha Communications: www.ectalent.co.za EC Talent/Siyathetha Communications: Sibongile Xaluva: 041 582 3750 Vivid Thoughts: Ludwekazi Ndlzai on 0791270581 More Info: http://www.ectalent.co.za/ Author: Claire Warneke from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Cape Town audiences and jazz lovers especially, are in for a treat when American musicians David Sanborn and Joe Sample share the stage in Cape Town on Tuesday 10 July at the GrandWest Grand Arena. David Sanborn has been hailed by Rolling Stone Magazine as one of the greatest saxophonists of the past four decades, straddling all genres from jazz to funk, soul, pop, blues and even rock. However, he is most closely associated with Jazz, instrumental pop and R&B. Since the late 1960s this multi-award winning musician has performed with musical greats from all genres such as James Brown and Stevie Wonder to Bryan Ferry, Eric Clapton, Bobby Charles, Cat Stevens, Roger Daltrey, Paul Simon, Michael Franks, David Bowie, Kennie Loggins, Bruce Springsteen, Tommy Bolin, Bob James, James Taylor, Al Jarreau, Kenny G, George Benson, Joe Beck, Donny Hathaway, Elton John, Gil Evans, Carly Simon, Guru, Linda Ronstadt, Billy Joel, Kenny Garret, Roger Walters, Steely Dan, Ween, the Eagles, Toto and even iconic group The Grateful Dead. Pianist and composer Joe Sample has been an integral part of the jazz genre over the past 40 years. A pioneer of contemporary jazz piano, Sample uses the original sources of jazz and soul to create his personal interpretations of classics by renowned jazz composers such as Scott Joplin, Jelly Roll Morton, the Gershwins, Al Jolson, Duke Ellington, Fats Waller and many more. His own classics include ‘Soul Shadows’ and ‘Spellbound’. Sample has toured and performed with many well known musicians from Marvin Gaye to Tina Turner, BB King, Eric Clapton, Joe Cocker, Randy Crawford, Anita Baker, Andrae Crouche and many more. The show starts at 20h00 and tickets are available from Computicket between R200.00 and R450.00. More Info: Author: Jeni Fletcher from Corporate Image. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two To gain access to Two image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: David . . .
Electro Sounds LIVE with Mi Casa, GoodLuck and Crazy White Boy Date Thursday, 12 July Time 19h00 Venue GrandWest Grand Arena Cost R175.00 Tickets Available from Computicket or at the door Celebrate the end of the holidays with fresh electro sounds at GrandWest Grand Arena on Thursday, 12 July. Performing at the show will be soulful-house band Mi Casa, fresh from their award-winning success at the 2012 SAMA’s. The band’s debut album has attracted critical acclaim and the track These Streets continues to dominate the charts. Joining Mi Casa on stage will be local electro-swing and dance band GoodLuck with jazzy melodies such as Hop on Hop Off, and funky “electronic musicians” Crazy White Boy who first achieved success with Love you Better. They received a SAMA nomination for Record of the Year before even having produced the album. The party starts at 19h00 and tickets are available from Computicket and or from the door at R175.00 each. More Info: Author: Jeni Fletcher from Corporate Image. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: GoodLuck Mi Casa Crazy White Boy [/l2g] . . .
The Minister of Labour has announced an increase in the minimum wages payable to workers in the hospitality and taxi industries. The increases are effective from 1 July 2012. The Minister specifically announced a variation to the Sectoral Determinations applicable to these two industries. According to Johan Botes, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, “The Sectoral Determination varies certain provisions of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act 75 of 1997 (BCEA) to create legislation that is unique to specific industries. Sectoral Determinations are used by the Minister to ensure that the unique needs and demands of various industries are addressed. The BCEA sets minimum standards of employment applicable to all employees that fall within the scope of this Act, the Sectoral Determinations create unique dispensations for workers falling within industries that have specific demands in relation to working hours, flexible working arrangements or other special needs that warrant a deviation from the norm. Whilst the BCEA does not set minimum wages that apply to all workers, this issue is addressed in Sectoral Determinations that allow the Minister to set minimum wages for industries that may be considered vulnerable or otherwise in need of such minimum standards.” Botes explains that wages for workers in the hospitality industry will increase by 7.4% (reflecting an increase of 6.4% for CPI plus 1 additional per cent). Hospitality workers in workplaces with less than 10 employees, such as small restaurants of boutique Bed and Breakfast establishments, will now be entitled to a minimum monthly wage of no less than R2240, 60 per month. Weekly paid workers in the same establishments will get a minimum of R517.10 and hourly paid workers R11.49 minimum wage. “Employees working for employers with more than 10 employers will earn no less than R2495.80 per month, or R576.00 per week or R12.80 per hour. “Workers in the taxi industry only . . .