Hirsch’s Fourways in association with The Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa will be hosting a business networking evening aimed at inspiring business women in all sectors to achieve great success. Business Woman of the Year 2012 (Entrepreneur) , Margaret Hirsch, and advisor to CEO’s of major corporations around the world, John Beyers McDermott will inspire the audience by sharing ideas and information. The masked (everyone is invited to wear a mask to add the fun of the evening) business networking evening will inspire women in the business to unmask their business potential by focussing on the ability to sell themselves in the business world. The evening also creates the opportunity for like-minded individuals to network and grow their sphere of influence and business connections. Margaret Hirsch, along with her husband, Allan Hirsch started a humble business repairing fridges and washing machines back in 1979. Today the business – Hirsch’s Homestores - has reached the R1 Billion turn-over mark. Through passion, dedication and hard work Margaret built and grew the family business with a clear mission of having happy, satisfied customers that return often. Her motivation and drive has inspired thousands of women around the country and she is a living testimony that anything is possible if you focus and strive to make your dreams come true. John Beyers McDermott assists business people to create a blue print for their company’s that encourage staff to actively participate in the growth and prosperity of the business. “A masked event is the perfect opportunity for women to dress up and enjoy the glitz and glamour organisers have prepared for the evening. There is a prize for the most creative mask along with loads of other spot prizes also to be won. The evening is free to attend. Seats are limited and booking is essential” commented event organiser, Warren Pearce Contact Details: Warren Pearce, Hirsch’s PRO, Cell no: 084 513 0911, email: . . .
News release from Ashburton Investments 11 June 2013 FirstRand introduces new investment management franchise Ashburton Investments Differentiated offering in investment management landscape FirstRand Limited (FirstRand) today introduced to investors its new generation investment management franchise Ashburton Investments, which will now be the Group’s fourth financial services franchise alongside FNB, RMB and WesBank. Since Momentum was unbundled from the Group in 2009 asset management has been an identified gap in the Group’s portfolio. “FirstRand’s stated strategy is to participate in all the profit pools in financial services” said FirstRand CEO Sizwe Nxasana. “We believe have the appropriate platforms and skills to now enter the investment management space with innovative investment products. “The Group has a track record in creating new businesses that challenge conventional thinking and bring new propositions to customers. To this end we use the track records, skills and operational platforms of our existing businesses as the building blocks for new and disruptive franchises such as Discovery and OUTsurance and now Ashburton Investments. “By accessing the origination capabilities of our existing franchises – particularly RMB - we can bring new investment and asset classes to retail and institutional investors. This will be in the form of both alternative and traditional products, which will provide investors with a far wider investment choice than currently exists, offering more sources of return and making it easier for South Africans to save.” The new business takes its name from Ashburton, FirstRand’s existing offshore asset management business, with a long established track record of providing traditional products in developed and emerging markets, and which will now form part of Ashburton Investments. Boshoff Grobler, head of Ashburton Investments said that the objective was to become the leading new generation investment . . .
The quest toward stardom and fame is here. Rise up from the crowd of musical flair and skill and present your musical talents to South Africa and the rest of the world. Fame Music in conjunction with the SAE Institute presents the largest online contest of its kind: The Online Music Search - South Africa. The competition commences the 12th of June 2013 and entries close the 8th of July. All solo artists, vocalists, bands and other producers of music are invited to compete and showcase their material by entering their original audio track online. First prize is R3000 cash, a Business Music Short Course at SAE South Africa, a professionally recorded track and packaged artist/band profile. National finalists may also have the opportunity for their winning track(s) to be escalated into the Fame Music ‘global competition’. With over 8 million plays, 2 million downloads and 60 music genres, Fame Music™ is a unique online platform that provides unsigned and professional artists the opportunity to seek out global exposure for their music, products & services to a wide spread audience. Fame Music™ also simultaneously allows artists to connect and showcase to music lovers, major labels, sponsors, event organizers, talent scouts and managers within and outside of the music industry from a single location. Fame Music™ was founded in 2002 by Romy Hawatt renowned entrepreneur and C.E.O. of SAE Group. SAE is the world’s largest creative media educator with over 55 campuses in 27 countries and providing first class education and training in Audio engineering, 3D Animation, Multimedia, Game Design, Digital Filmmaking, and Music Production), and is postured to become the essential music industry platform bringing together artists, fans and the industry alike. For more details on the Online Music Search – South Africa contest visit http://www.famemusic.com/?t=compdetails&sid=481 URL: http://www.famemusic.com Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Lara Rall . . .
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2013 incorporates a variety of disciplines into its programme. The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival is one of the highlights at the festival this year, though it is just one part of the formidable line-up which includes Mainstream, Blues/Funk/World Music, Afro Jazz, Modern Jazz, and the Standard Bank Jazz and Blues Café. Running alongside the Standard Bank Jazz Festival, the National Youth Jazz Festival (NJYF) is intended as a national meeting point for South African musicians, jazz teachers and students, and is an excellent opportunity for networking and seeing what is happening in the jazz world, locally and internationally. It will run from 26 June to 2 July at DSG in Grahamstown, and is open to musicians and jazz educators. On the first day of the NYJF students from around the country will audition all day in the hopes of getting into one of the two national bands – youth or schools. The Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Band presents a selection of the top young jazz musicians in the country between the ages of 19 and 25 years. This year the band is under the musical direction of South African jazz legend, trumpeter Marcus Wyatt. The Standard Bank National Schools’ Big Band consists of the top young jazz musicians in the country up to the age of 18 years. Under the musical direction of Ian Darrington, Director of the Wigan International Jazz Festival and recipient of an MBE for his role in developing British Youth Jazz, the band performs material worked on over the five days of the Standard Bank National Youth Jazz Festival. School and university jazz choirs and vocal soloists from around the country are directed by top professional vocalists Paulien van Schaik from the Netherlands, and American Justin Binek. Programmes of School/Youth Bands allow exuberant young players to hone their craft on the Grahamstown stages; featuring Somerset College from Somerset West, South Peninsula High School . . .
The finalists in the inaugural National Arts Festival/Business and Arts South Africa (BASA) Arts Journalism Awards have been announced. Each finalist is a “Silver Award” winner. Gold Award winners, together with the overall “Arts Journalist of the Year”, will be announced in Grahamstown on 30 June 2013. “These awards are a celebration of the excellence and passion demonstrated by our country’s arts journalists,” National Arts Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “They are a vital part of the industry, offering criticism, context and insight into the work our artists do. These finalists represent the best of the best, and all scored extremely highly in the judging process,” he continued. Silver winners were those who scored over 80% from the judges in the three categories: Reviews (9 winners), Features (9 winners) and Opinion (6 winners). After assessing all the entries, the organisers decided to add a fourth category for Photography, in which 5 Silver winners were named. “I would like to acknowledge the work of our committed judges,” said convener of the judging panel Chris Thurman. “Their careful attention to each of the entries and their combined evaluation ensured a fair and thorough process.” Apart from the Features, Reviews and Opinion category winners, the judges also made a number of commendatory Silver Awards. “We felt that we should acknowledge some of the media platforms whose collective entries demonstrated that they have created an environment in which arts journalism can thrive,” Thurman, said. “By giving their journalists the space to explore the arts, they are contributing to a stronger industry.” Special judges’ commendations were, therefore, given to the Mail & Guardian Online, Mahala, and Carte Blanche. An individual commendation, for a sustained contribution to the arts through journalism, was given to jazz writer Don Albert. Gold Award winners will receive cash prizes as well as a prize from the National Arts Festival’s new . . .
The Skateboarding for Hope community outreach programme will be rocking the Diamond City this weekend with a full day of skateboarding action at the Kimberley Skate Plaza. Skateboarding enthusiasts from across the Northern Cape and Free State will descend on the state-of-the-art skate park to show off and showcase their skateboarding tricks on Saturday, 15 June 2013. One talented skateboarder will also win a wild card entry into the world skateboarding championships, which will be taking place in Kimberley in September. The day’s action will include skateboarding clinics, demos, best trick competitions with cash prizes and skateboarding merchandise up for grabs. The Skateboarding for Hope initiative was launched by the Northern Cape provincial government to offer South African youth the opportunity to challenge themselves mentally and physically. The programme aims to introduce youth to skateboarding as a healthy, affordable and accessible lifestyle alternative, while creating a strong youth culture centred around mutual respect and intercultural cohesiveness. As a way of combatting socio-economic problems affecting the youth, Skateboarding for Hope presents road shows with skateboarding clinics and life skills training to raise awareness of the fastest growing sport in the world. The Skateboarding for Hope road show is proudly supported by Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore and is currently traveling across the country to promote skateboarding as a sport and to identify emerging talent to compete in the amateur division of the world championships. Retail partner Boogaloos has lined up a jam-packed schedule in seven of the country’s nine provinces and has also added three Grand Slam events in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg respectively. According to Mr John Block, Northern Cape MEC for Finance, Economic Development and Tourism, it is especially fitting that the tour should land in Kimberley this weekend. “Kimberley has definitely become the official . . .
You can’t keep a good man down, Jimmy Tau turns over a new Leaf in Business Former Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs skipper Jimmy Tau, who has recently severed ties with Naturena based glamour boys outfit, is not showing any signs of slowing down. Despite Tau having made a miraculous return to the game, after a horrendous ankle injury in the previous season, he will not be part of the Kaizer Chiefs championship defending campaign for the 2013/14 season. That type of news would put many people down but not Jimmy, the eternal optimist. It all makes sense why he was afforded the responsibility to lead both Soweto Giants teams as the captain. The IMM educated Tau is returning triumphantly to Kimberly. Tau will be returning to his home town and the Northern Cape to launch his new business venture. Tau is not your typical soccer star; he is a role model and a businessman, whilst all the media are abuzz about where he will be playing in the new season, Jimmy Tau is powering ahead on Friday the 14th He will be launching his first Bataung Memorial Tombstones store at No.4 Chapel Road, Kimberly. He will not only be launching his store but announcing his appointment as the Bataung Regional Head for Northern Cape Province. Jimmy Tau said “This will be my proudest moment because; through this business I will be able to make a small contribution by creating a few jobs for people of Kimberly”. He added that he was grateful to all the people that have supported his careers both Soccer and business and he will make them proud. It’s not hard to see why Jimmy Tau is such an icon in our soccer but also in society, Tau regularly gives back to his community and recently donated a tombstone to a Chiefs fan that had recently passed on in tragic circumstances. End- 275 words • Details of Event: Number 4 Chapel Road, Kimberly - Time: 12:00 • For interviews please contact Jimmy Tau on 072 260 2297 or Lebohang Khitsane (CEO of Bataung) 083 522 1931 • Agency : Inventors . . .
Kids and the young at heart will be captivated by a new musical version of J.M. Barrie’s enduring classic Peter Pan. Swept away on the adventure of a lifetime, you’ll travel with the Darling children and Peter Pan to the magical and enchanted Never Land. Here you’ll meet Tinker Bell, the mysterious mermaids from Mermaid Lagoon, the beautiful Princess Tiger Lily, the fun-loving Lost Boys and the evil Captain Hook and his band of pirates aboard the Jolly Roger. This spectacular new family musical is directed by Fred Abrahamse and features the music and lyrics of Marcel Meyer. Abrahamse and Meyer are the award-winning duo who wowed Cape Town audiences earlier this year with their production of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. The Centre Court at Canal Walk will be transformed into Never Land with breathtaking sets and together with magnificent costumes, eye-catching puppets and memorable songs J.M. Barrie’s fantasy will come to life. The production will showcase the talent of some of South Africa’s finest up-and-coming musical theatre stars including Naledi Award winner, Earl Gregory as Captain Hook and newcomer, Michael Wallace in the title role of Peter Pan. Performances will be staged from Tuesdays through to Sundays at 11:00, 12:30 and 14:00 and tickets cost R70 through Computicket on www.computicket.co.za or telephone 0861 915 8000. J.M. Barrie bequeathed the copyright of Peter Pan to London’s leading children’s hospital, Great Ormond Street Hospital to help raise funds for the hospital. In this tradition, Canal Walk will donate all the proceeds of the opening night in addition to R5 from each ticket sold to Stop Hunger Now Southern Africa - a volunteer based meal packaging and results oriented nutrition programme. Canal Walk will also host a meal packing event for Stop Hunger Now SA on Mandela Day on 18 July. Together with the Canal Walk Foundation, Stop Hunger Now SA aims to package 67 000 nourishing meals for 2 000 learners at 56 needy . . .
GynaGuard Ultimate Intimate Wash was announced Product of the Year in the Hygiene Soap category at the annual Product of the Year awards ceremony that recently took place at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. Available as washes in two variants – GynaGuard Essential Intimate and Ultimate Intimate – they are soap-free and fragrance-free, and contain cranberry extract for extra protection. They’re sensitive and gentle enough to use every day to effectively remove odour-causing germs and help maintain a healthy pH balance. GynaGuard products are formulated by a gynaecologist and gentle enough to be used by all women with a comprehensive range of products that cleanse, provide relief and care – empowering women to prevent and relieve intimate irritations that cause pain, discomfort and embarrassment. The GynaGuard product range comprises: individually-wrapped for ultimate hygiene GynaGuard Sensitive Individual Wipes; an easy-to-use, light and non-greasy GynaGuard Intimate Comfort Gel; a pH-balanced, fragrance-free, non-sticky and non-greasy formulation GynaGuard Lubricating Moisturiser Gel; GynaGuard Vaginal Capsules; and the new GynaGuard pH Balancing Tampons available in regular and super absorbency. For more information on GynaGuard visit www.gynaguard.co.za About Product of the Year Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established 25 years ago in France, product of the year currently operates in 28 countries with the same purpose: guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufactures for quality and innovation. In South Africa, the Product of the Year seal is backed by the votes of 5 000 consumers, serving as a shortcut for shoppers in the market, saving them time and money. For manufactures of the winning products, the award is a powerful marketing message proven to increase product trial, awareness, distribution and sales. Product of the Year accepts entries . . .
The Windmills Resort in the heart of the KwaZulu-Natal Midlands will be hosting their second annual Bridal Fair on Sunday, 23 June 2013 from 10h00 until 15h00. The award-winning resort was recently voted as the best boutique wedding venue in the province and has pulled out all the stops to showcase top wedding essentials to meet the requirements of prospective brides. Over 50 wedding specialists will be on hand to advise bridal parties on how to orchestrate their dream wedding. Services include DJs, marriage officers, wedding stationary, bridal magazines, wedding dresses and suits, hair styling and make-up, décor, wedding planning services, florists, confectioners, wedding transport and venues. Bridal parties will find everything for their picture perfect nuptials at The Windmills Bridal Fair. Visitors will also be able to view the various indoor and outdoor venues and décor options available at The Windmills Resort. For the latest inspiration in bridal wear, don’t miss the bridal fashion show at 12h00 Entry to The Windmills Bridal Fair is free. A buffet lunch will be available at R85 per person and bar facilities are available. For more information, visit www.thewindmills.co.za or phone 033 266 6965. URL: http://www.thewindmills.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. 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: Plan your dream wedding at The Windmills Bridal Fair Photographer: Supplied Find the ultimate wedding inspiration at The Windmills Bridal Fair - from decor to the dress. Photographer: Supplied [/l2g] . . .