Eleven of South Africa’s pioneering Empowerment wine estates and brands, including Thandi Wines, the world’s first Fairtrade certified wine brand, and King Goodwill Zwelithini’s royal ‘Bayede’ wines, will be exhibiting at Joburg Tourism’s 10th TOPS at SPAR Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival, happening from 4- 6 September at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus. The empowerment wine estates and brands exhibiting will be Women in Wine, Libby’s Pride Wines, M.I.L.K Wines (from the Food & Wine Factory), Ses'fikile Wines, Seven Sisters, Thembi Wines, M’Hudi Wines, Koopmanskloof and Solms Delta. Says Mnikelo Mangciphu, co-founder of the TOPS at SPAR Soweto Wine & Lifestyle Festival and owner of Soweto’s first wine specialist shop, Morara Wine Emporium, “The festival was started in 2005 with the vision to encourage, educate and grow the middle class wine drinkers in Mzansi, so what better way to celebrate our 10th year than to introduce South Africa’s leading BEE wine estates and brands to Msanzi’s wine connoisseurs.” Launched in 1995, Thandi Wines is the country’s first BEE wine agricultural project located in the Cape Winelands. The company is owned by 250 farm worker families who hold 55% shares and farm land-ownership over three farms. In 2003, Thandi Wines became the first wine brand in the world to receive Fairtrade accreditation. Based in Elgin, the company produce their own wines, ranging from sparkling to single and dual-variety blends. Bayede, meaning “Hail the King” in isiZulu, was founded to honour King Goodwill Zwelithini’s 60th birthday in 2008. Under renowned winemaker, Altus le Roux, the Bayede wines are sourced from wine estates and wine farms of the Stellenbosch, Western Cape, Robertson, Franschhoek, Paarl and Coastal regions. All Bayede wine bottles are decorated with beadwork created by 500 women employees from rural areas in KwaZulu-Natal, Gauteng, Mpumalanga and the Western Cape. Women in Wine is an empowerment . . .
IWC, Africa’s leaders in industrial water cooling solutions, will join the continent’s heavyweights in mining, industrial, construction, engineering and related industries at the Electra Mining Africa 2014 exhibition, taking place from 15 – 19 September 2014 at the Expo Centre Johannesburg. Electra Mining Africa 2014 is one of the most prominent mining, industrial machine tools and electrical trade shows in Southern Africa, attended by over 850 manufacturers, suppliers and service providers who will be showcasing their latest products and cutting-edge innovations. South Africa is estimated to have the world’s fifth-largest mining sector in terms of GDP value. The notable mineral resources of the country include gold, iron, phosphates, diamonds, manganese and platinum and the nation’s total reserves remain some of the world’s most valuable, with an estimated worth of R20.3-trillion ($2.5-trillion). Although production in the South African mining sector was marred by labour unrest in the previous financial year, the industry still adds significant value to the country’s economy with regards to GDP contribution, employment, tax and export revenues. Company MD Roger Rusch says, “South African mining companies are key players in the global industry and account for a significant portion of world production and reserves. IWC keenly looks forward to participating at Electra Mining 2014 to provide mining heavyweights with effective and competitive cooling solutions.” IWC designs and manufacturers a type of forced draft counter flow cooling tower, known as a slurry cooling tower, that can withstand the severe conditions of deep-level mining. These dual composite cooling towers are able to operate in high temperature environments amidst the harsh chemical compositions of slurry, which is a by-product of the pressure-leach process used in cooper mining. The segmented, modular design of IWC’s slurry cooling towers allows for easy assembly and cost-effective . . .
Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd is proud to add new local furniture brand Indigenus to its stable of clients. Indigenus is a premium range of designer planters brought to life by owner and visionary Peter van der Post and designed by acclaimed South African designers such as Gregor Jenkin, Haldane Martin and Wiid. Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd has been tasked with launching this new brand by managing publicity, media relations and communications. Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd currently works with top local décor and lifestyle brands such as Plascon, Inhouse Brand Architects, Willowlamp and Probio, and thus meets Indigenus’s need for an agency with a rich design background. Lauren Shantall (Pty) Ltd provides an integrated communications offering, spanning social, digital and traditional marketing and perception management, focusing on design, décor and “green” clients. Owner Lauren Shantall has many years of design experience including launching and managing the Freeworld Design Centre, judged “Best Design Concept in Cape Town” by House & Leisure magazine in December 2011, and managing the Design Indaba Expo. Previously the Deputy Editor of Elle Decoration, she is the recipient of Communication Arts Award (USA) as editor of Design Indaba Magazine. She welcomes Indigenus to her company stable and anticipates a positive market response for this premium range that has responded to a clear need in the hospitality décor market for beautiful, upmarket planters befitting 5-star destinations. Indigenus’s founder Peter Van der Post is a successful businessman with an eye for design and knack for spotting lifestyle trends. Peter runs several other successful businesses, namely, the popular Earth Fair Markets in Tokai and St Georges Mall, Cape Town, and Yin Design. He also founded the award-winning Ivy Blue Rotational Moulders. Peter’s vision is to see Indigenus become a desirable brand with global stature, fast-tracked by his new communications agency. PRESS RELEASE ISSUED . . .
Today’s private clients are increasingly demanding the best in customer service and a wide range of investment options. Knowledgeable wealth managers and private bankers need to insulate risk and ‘guarantee’ returns in the current challenging investment climate. The conference, taking place now on 12-13 November 2014 is intended to share insights into developments and trends that will not only shape the future of wealth management but ensure that private clients are offered unique products so as to retain client loyalty. The event is the first of its kind to offer a perspective of potential areas for future growth such as investments with a focus on ESG’s, responsible investing, sustainable investments that will alter the private wealth professionals outlook on wealth management and investment advisory services. Some of the conferences’ leading industry speakers -Armien Tyer, Head Investments Cluster, Absa Wealth & Investments -Chris Gilmour, Investment Analyst, Absa Wealth & Investments -Nerina Visser, Head of Beta and ETF’s: Nedbank Capital -Craig Smee, Head Socila Media Communication, Nedbank -Natalie McCrae, Managing Director, Keystone Consulting -Werner Bornman, Head IT Risk & Governance, Stanlib -Amy Underwood, Senior Researcher, Alexander Forbes -Mark van Wyk, Head: Impact Investments, Mergence Investment Managers -Janet Hugo, Chief Executive Officer, Hugo Capital -Glenn Silverman, Chief Investment Officer, Investment Solutions -Maximilian Pichulik, Co-Founder, Impact Investments -Henry van Deventer, Head: Wealth Dev, Old Mutual Wealth -Carron Howard, Portfolio Manager, Cadiz Wealth Registrations are open for this event, take heed of your chance to reserve your seat at an early bird rate before it gets too late. Join experts from the field of banking segmentation, relationship management, private banking and wealth management. Sponsorship and exhibition opportunities are available for your . . .
National road and time-trial champion Juanita Venter is preparing to take on the world's best veteran women at the UCI Amateur Road World Championships in Ljublijana, Slovenia, from August 27. Venter, who races locally in the colours of Bestmed-ASG, will be aiming for a medal in the time-trial discipline on Wednesday. She will also take part in the road race on Sunday. "I'm very grateful for the opportunity to compete in such a prestigious event in such a beautiful part of the world," she said. It will be the first time that the 38-year-old will represent South Africa in international competition. "It's natural to be slightly nervous but I'm looking forward to seeing what I'm capable of." Having won both disciplines at the national championships had boosted her confidence, said Venter. "But each event is like writing on a clean slate. You're only as good as your last result." The time-trial specialist notched up notable stage wins in the opening TT stages at both the Bestmed Tour de Boland in March and Lowveld Tour earlier this month. At the former, she held the overall lead until the fifth and final stage, which saw Ariane Kleinhans snatch the ultimate victory. "Winning the time-trial at the Lowveld Tour definitely also helped me to gain confidence, because I rode it as part of my preparation for worlds." Venter beat off some of the country's top elite women like Commonwealth Games competitors Cherise Stander and Lise Olivier. The Centurion resident, who races in the 35 to 39 year age category, qualified for the world champs on the strength of her performance at the 2013 Msunduzi Road Challenge in Pietermaritzburg. As one of the senior riders in her pro team, Venter said her role was often to mentor the junior riders rather than pursue individual success. "It's all about team effort and developing the next generation. It's not always about personal glory." Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. More Info . . .
In the age of instant information where technological advances occur almost on a daily basis, social media has changed the way that buyers and sellers interact and the way in which business is conducted within the real estate industry. This is according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “While the traditional real estate marketing methods are still very much alive in today’s market, the addition of social media and how it can be used to influence and interact with consumers has shifted agents towards a more holistic online approach,” says Goslett. “Estate agents are utilising online property search portals and social media as a key component to their property marketing strategy. This is largely due to the fact that consumer behaviour has changed considerably over the last two decades, with 90% of property buyers first searching the internet before using any other form of media to look for a home. This is because it is both instantaneous and convenient - buyers are able to access an endless amount of information without having to leave the comfort of their homes.” He notes that the old paradigm of publishers and editors as the only gatekeepers to the media kingdom has shifted as social media platforms have given the public a voice. Today the traditional media platforms only form a part of the media networks, with social media continually becoming a greater and greater influence over public opinion. This has not only impacted on business within the real estate industry, but many other sectors as well – consumers are listening to other consumers, and have the power to make an impact. “Social media provides consumers, homebuyers, sellers and real estate professionals with the opportunity to share opinions, information or provide advice to those who seek it. It’s a way to communicate with a wide audience regarding an endless range of topics and ideas,” says Goslett. “This has resulted in estate agents being able to market property in a . . .
The NMMU Madibaz have all but booked their spot in the Varsity Football semi-finals after a dominating 3-0 victory over the University of Limpopo in Port Elizabeth on Monday night. The Madibaz ran rampant in front of a jubilant home crowd to move into third place overall on 10 points, a mere two behind joint log leaders the University of Johannesburg and North-West University (Pukke). Although the PE-based team have drawn even with the University of Pretoria (Tuks) and the University of the Free State (Kovsies), the Madibaz are ahead on goal difference. According to Madibaz head coach Graeme Harrison, the final match of the round-robin section would be the game changer. "I said from the start that this competition was going to spring a lot of surprises. I think it's a good advert for Varsity Football to have so many teams in the mix and the result going down to the wire." Harrison said Limpopo, who are second from the bottom, had come out all guns blazing from the kick-off. "They were playing for pride, so we expected a bit of a tough game and they pushed us." Although the Madibaz had a number of chances to score, they were unable to convert, taking a goalless deadlock into halftime. "We spoke at the break and decided that we would try to keep more ball possession. With more possession we could try to create more scoring opportunities and then convert those opportunities into goals." The strategy worked, with super-sub Kieran Koert drawing first blood in the 60th minute. Three minutes later, Onela Beqezi put the ball into the top right corner of the net to give the Madibaz a comfortable 2-0 lead. FNB Man of the Match Simamkele Thobi sealed the victory with a great finish from a square ball by captain Kurt Duff to make it 3-0 at the final whistle. Harrison also praised the solid defensive efforts by central defenders Athini Bisha and Lundi Balfour. "The defence are always the unsung heroes – they were absolutely . . .
Gauteng mountain bikers have just a few more days to enter the Pennypinchers Silverstar Mountain Bike Challenge, which takes place near Krugersdorp on September 6. More than 1 500 participants are expected to turn out for the seventh edition of the West Rand event, which comprises a 40km feature race and 20km short course option. According to race director Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events, the spring race offers some of the most scenic riding in the province. "The views from the top of the mountain are absolutely breathtaking. On a clear day, you can see Sandton City and even Pretoria in the distance." De Villiers said the event lay particularly close to his heart, as it was the very first race he organised more than a decade ago. "In its previous incarnation as the Colorpress Eagle Ride, it took place in the Ruimsig botanical gardens, which is about 2km from our current venue." Begun as a fundraiser to protect the Black Eagle breeding pair that nested in the kloof above the gardens, both the race and the birds had survived and flourished, he said. "Today, we present around 40 races annually but this is where I first discovered the absolute freedom and joy of pure mountain biking." De Villiers said the event now started and finished at the casino and traversed a series of neighbouring properties, including the well-known Laurentia Flower Farm and Hero Adventure Park King's Kloof. "This is the first opportunity for participants to ride the newly upgraded trails at the park and enjoy some exciting new sections." He said both routes were designed to offer flowing riding and a mix of challenges. "The longer distance features a combination of technical single-track, jeep track and gravel roads, as well as a serious 500-metre climb and some fast-paced descents." Families and social riders would enjoy the shorter option, as it was not overly technical but still presented a good day's riding, he said. Enter at www.asgevents.co.za . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – A charity drive by Port Elizabeth’s Jaco Rademeyer Estates (JRE) has seen several local charities receive a much-needed cash injection in a donation aimed primarily at the upliftment of women and children in the community. Jaco Rademeyer, owner of JRE, has distributed a R20,000 donation between four local charities, including MTR Children’s Home, Walmer Angels, Thandusana Safe Haven and the Children’s Feeding Trust. Also benefiting from the charity drive is Yokhuselo Haven, to which Rademeyer has pledged R250 for each transaction JRE has completed between November last year and November this year, as part of his involvement in the Greyvenstein's Givers Gain initiative. Rademeyer said the charity drive meant a lot to him and his team at JRE. “We have had a very successful year and celebrated record sales in July,” he said. “Because of this, I felt it was important to give something back to our community, especially as most of the charities in this region rely solely on private donations in order to operate.” Rademeyer visited MTR Smit to assess the needs of the organisation, which is headed by Dr Crystal Watson. “Visiting organisations such as MTR Smit makes one realise how much of a need there is for Good Samaritans in the city,” said Rademeyer. “Dr Watson and her team are doing amazing work with very little, as are the teams at Walmer Angles, Thandusana and the Children’s Feeding Trust. These charities and others need support urgently.” Watson said the home, which cares for more than 100 children, had a R3-million deficit annually. Just 30% of the budget was government-funded, but because funds were so tight, there was zero budget for necessities such as medical care for the children. “Children arrive here with dire needs, and aside from trauma counselling, they also require medication to help them recover from the environments they have come from,” said Watson. Despite this, children who were cared for by the home went . . .
Booking for the inaugural Cape Town Fringe Festival, to run from 25 September, opens today with the unveiling of the Fringe’s new website and online booking system. This Fringe is the newest addition to the city’s arts calendar and will offer a programme dominated by theatre, with comedy, performance art, music and some jazz. “The Fringe model is a very sexy one which creates win-win partnerships between organisers, artists and audiences. It has proven its successes around the world but is still a relatively new concept in South Africa but we think there is scope for it to grow,” says CEO Tony Lankester. Close to 160 applications were received and the end result is a programme with over 100 productions staged mainly in the iconic City Hall, as well as the Alexander Bar, Hiddingh Hall, The Dragon Room, Galloway Theatre, the German Club and The Crypt. A Pop-up restaurant will be set up in the City Hall as a Fringe Club, serving coffee, pizza and with a full bar that will stay open until late. Audiences attending lunchtime performances can pre-order a sandwich and drink as part of a ‘give us your lunch hour, we’ll give you a show’ special. All the shows on offer will be listed on the website and programmes will be available from Exclusive Book stores in the Western Cape. It is also available from other outlets listed on the website, and also as a PDF download. Bookings can be done online at www.capetownfringe.co.za or by calling 086 000 2014 or by fax on 086 233 2022. The Cape Town Fringe is organised by The National Arts Festival, a member of the prestigious World Fringe Alliance – a grouping of nine Fringe Festivals which, collectively, reach an audience of over 3-million people. Alliance membership comprise the Fringe Festivals in Grahamstown, Hollywood, New York, Edinburgh, Brighton, Prague, Amsterdam, Perth and Adelaide. “The National Arts Festival team delivers one of the world’s best-known and biggest events each year in Grahamstown. Through . . .