On 1 July 2013, Minister of Labour Mildred Oliphant, acting in accordance with Section 6(3) of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, increased the annual earnings threshold to R193 805.00 from the previous figure of R183 008.00. According to Gavin Stansfield, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Cape Town, “The earnings threshold is significant as employees who earn in excess of the threshold (now R16 150.41 gross per month) are excluded from the protection offered by certain sections of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA). “These sections govern respectively limiting ordinary hours of work to 45 hours per week (section 9), to payment for any overtime worked in excess of 45 hours (section 10), limitations on a compressed working week (s11), provisions which allow for the averaging of a work week (s12), the mandatory provision of a meal interval of not less than 30 minutes for employees who work for longer than 5 hours (s14), provisions which allow for certain mandatory minimum daily and weekly rest periods (s15), an employee's entitlement to increased pay for work on Sundays (s16), the payment of a mandatory allowance for employees who engage in night work (s17(2)), and increased pay for employees who work on public holidays. Employees who earn in excess of the threshold are not entitled to the minimum protections contained in these sections of the BCEA,” he explains. “The increase in the threshold has the effect of increasing the number of employees who may be entitled to the above-mentioned minimum rights. In other words, an employee who, until the increase, was earning for example R185 000.00 per annum, would not have been entitled to the payment of overtime. With effect from today's increased threshold, the effective date being 1 July 2013, such employee now becomes entitled to insist on the payment of overtime. “The increase in the threshold accordingly affects positively that category of employees who currently . . .
If you are wondering what you can do for your 67minutes of community work for Mandela Day on Thursday July 18 then join the Knitathon at the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa in St George’s Mall. The hotel has joined forces with Fair Cape Dairies to support the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and in the spirit of ubuntu is inviting everyone to come along to the Atrium at the hotel and either knit or crochet a square, donate some fabric or drop off blankets to assist those in need. The squares will then be sewn into blankets or quilts and delivered to the Trust. With View Church assisting with the making up of the blankets this is simply the easiest way to donate your time and show your respect for the man who gave up so many years of his life to fight oppression. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust was set up to relieve some of the heartache and difficulties faced by families affected by childhood cancer. Practical, individualized and fast assistance is given by means of providing what is needed in the home and in the hospital. To join our community knitathon all you need to do is bring your needles and spend your 67 minutes knitting or crocheting a 15 x 15cm square or bring fabric cut to the same size. Donations of blankets can also be dropped off at the Atrium if you are unable to join the knitters! In addition, donations of activity books and crayons would be welcomed and can be dropped off at the same time. These will be taken to the children in hospital. The Atrium will be cosy, warm and welcoming as we knit the time away and celebrate Mandela Day. With Fair Cape Dairies providing some of their delicious yogurts and the hotel providing some tasty snacks and coffee where else would you want to spend your community time? Join the team of knitters as they donate their time and effort and have a little fun as we make a difference in someone else’s life. And, to add to that, you could be in line to win a night’s stay on a bed and breakfast . . .
Nissan has expanded its light commercial vehicle (LCV) range in South Africa with the launch of the NV200 and NV350 panel vans. Cape Town, July 2013: Group 1 Nissan (http://www.group1-nissan.co.za/) has announced the launch of 2 new light commercial vehicles (LCV’s) in South Africa at the unveiling of the NV200 and NV350 at their Cape Town showrooms. These two highly acclaimed LCV’s join Nissan’s other commercial vehicles, namely the NP200 half-ton bakkie, the NP300 Hardbody one-ton bakkie, the Navara and the Nissan Patrol Pickup, to create a full service vehicle delivery fleet option that covers all of a business owner’s needs. "We are extremely excited and confident that the new NV Panel Van range will prove successful for Group 1 and Nissan in South Africa…” said Lance St Clair the General Manager at Group 1 Nissan Kuilsriver. He also further went on to say that “The new Nissan NV200 Panel Van can swallow large pallets of almost 800kg thanks to its wide-opening doors and hinge design. This ensures that the NV200 panel van is always ready to do business.” Lance also had this to say about the NV350: “The Nissan NV350 Panel Van is available in two body styles and with the choice of two engines. This means that we have something that will suit every business owner or fleet managers preferences and budgets.” Pricing of the Nissan NV200 is as follows: Nissan NV200 1.6i Visia Panel Van: R187 000 Nissan NV200 1.5 dCi Visia Panel Van: R216 200 Pricing of the Nissan NV350 is as follows: Nissan NV350 2.5 Petrol Narrow Body Panel Van: R279 500 Nissan NV350 2.5 Petrol Wide Body Panel Van: R316 250 Nissan NV350 2.5 Diesel Wide Body Panel Van: R334 500 For more about the new Nissan NV range of light commercial vehicles please contact Group 1 Nissan on 021 900 5200. Alternatively you can contact them via their commercial vehicle website page on http://www.group1-nissan.co.za/nissan-commercial-vehicles.aspx. END Press release submitted by . . .
Group 1 Hyundai has announced the launch its Facebook Friday initiative on its Group 1 Hyundai Facebook page. Johannesburg, South Africa 07 July 2013: Group 1 Hyundai has (http://www.group1-hyundai.co.za/) unveiled plans to launch a Facebook Friday initiative on its branded Facebook Page. From the beginning of July 2013 Group 1 Hyundai in conjunction with its online marketing agency, WSI Cape Town, will be promoting Facebook Fridays on its official Facebook page. This promotion will include weekly Hyundai vehicle specials launched exclusively on this social media channel and available to all Group 1 Facebook followers. The Dealer Principle of the Group 1 Hyundai Midrand branch, Mr Willem Fourie, had this to say about the first step of their expanded and integrated online marketing plan: “As a company Group 1 has been moving into the online market for a number of years now, but it was not until this year (2013) that a concerted effort has been made to highlight our brand in social media channels. Facebook is to be our initial step into marketing to Hyundai fans where and when they want to be reached. It is to be in no way invasive, but will instead remind people that a Hyundai vehicle from Group 1 will keep them satisfied not just because of the quality of the vehicle, but because of the quality of service that will always be offered by our Hyundai dealerships in Midrand and Knysna.” He further went on to say that “we will be launching weekly price and vehicle advertising that will be exclusive to our Facebook social media channel every Friday morning. This will give our Facebook fans a seven day period in which they can contact us regarding the test driving and purchasing of that specific Hyundai vehicle at that given price.” Go to the Group 1 Hyundai Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Group-1-Hyundai/521985357841770) page to find out more about the Facebook Friday initiative by liking and following the Group 1 Hyundai page. Group 1 Hyundai has . . .
The Gold Award winners of the inaugural National Arts Festival/BASA Arts Journalism Awards were announced at a function at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown yesterday. The 2013 National Arts Festival Arts Journalist of the Year is Charl Blignaut. Blignaut was the standout arts journalist in 2012, not simply because his writing informed and responded to national debates but because of the sheer scope and vigour of his output. Whether writing about theatre, dance, visual arts, television or heritage, he is eloquent, astute, honest and - not least of all - witty. He receives a R5000 cash prize; and the opportunity to travel to report on an international arts event, choosing between the Amsterdam Fringe, Adelaide Fringe and Venice Biennale. The judges wanted to give special recognition to one journalist whose extended coverage of the battle over Durant Sihle's artistic legacy was superb. These carefully-researched articles demonstrate that arts journalism is not a marginal ‘beat’ and that reporting on the arts also means reporting on, for example, social and legal issues. A Special Gold for Investigative Journalism is awarded to Phillip De Wet. The Gold winner in the Features section is Percy Mabandu. The judges were impressed by the variety of the subject matter taken on by this journalist, who does not shy away from controversial topics, but treats them in an even-handed fashion. His features are marked (as is his arts writing more broadly) by a strong but amiable writing persona. The Gold winner in the Reviews category is Anna Stielau. Stielau emerged as a consistently excellent reviewer in what was a tightly contested category, dominated by strong visual arts journalism. In her arts writing she takes care to provide the necessary context or background to the artist she is assessing while paying careful, critical attention to the work at hand. The Gold Winner in the Opinion category is Brooks Spector. Spector is a veteran arts writer who uses . . .
Recognising the potential for toolmaking activities, given that the South African motor industry has a target of 1 million vehicles by 2020 and to increase the local content to 70% from the current 35%, Malaysian toolmakers have identified South Africa as a country of opportunities to grow the local toolmaking industry. At the recent TASA Conference, held during the Afrimold exhibition, Mr Amrizal Majid, CEO of Malaysian Toolmaking Company, Miyazu, gave a presentation on the development of the Malaysian toolmaking industry from 1980 to the present. The presentation inspired the audience as it gave an idea of how Malaysian toolmakers progressed from supplying small tools to being able to produce complete vehicles with local tooling. This learning curve has helped them to develop a strong understanding of how to project manage all the tools needed for a full vehicle. This has enabled Miyazu to become a one-stop-shop to OEMs, an area where South African toolmakers are at a distinct disadvantage. By partnering with Malaysian toolmaking companies, South African toolmakers can expect to gain an understanding of how to grow the toolmaking fraternity in a developing country. Since Malaysian toolmaking companies supply products into Europe, the United States and South America, South African toolmakers who partner with these companies will also gain immediate access to international markets. Malaysian toolmaking companies such as Miyazu consider it a positive factor that there are export credits available on the exporting of tools from South Africa and that tools can be exported into the USA and Europe tax-free. Furthermore, South Africa’s positioning in the same time zone as Europe, the good banking system and the fact that European designed vehicles are being manufactured in South Africa for export worldwide will also provide a distinct advantage to the Malaysian/South African produced tools. South African toolmaking companies interested in exploring a possible . . .
Second-year law student Willie Smit swept to a convincing victory in the three-day Bestmed USSA national cycling championships in Port Elizabeth on Friday. Smit, who races for the University of Pretoria and the Bonitas pro team, won four of the five stages and finished third in the final criterium. The 20-year-old took the yellow jersey on day one and did not relinquish it again. Stellenbosch University's Hans-Werner Heuer put in a strong showing to finish second overall, with Marinus Prinsloo rounding out the podium for host institution Shukuma-NMMU. In the women's race, former pro Sarah Chemaly and team-mate Kelley Hess made it a one-two for the University of Cape Town. Ashleigh Blackwell, who rides professionally for the Bestmed ASG outfit, claimed third for Stellenbosch University. "I'm so privileged and happy right now," said a delighted Smit. "My team rode so well. It wouldn't have been possible without them." Their combined performance also helped Tuks to secure the overall victory in the team classification. Shukuma-NMMU took the runner-up spot, with the Maties squad in third. Smit was full of praise for the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University's organising committee. "The best thing about this tour was how well it was organised. Everything was perfect – the roads were nice and their route choices were brilliant." The newly crowned champion now turns his attention to his pro racing commitments as he prepares to compete in the Knysna Cycle Tour on Sunday. "This time I'll be working for somebody else but that's the nature of cycling." Earlier in the week, Cape Peninsula University of Technology student Timo Cooper won the mountain biking event on a technical cross-country circuit at Hopewell Trails just outside the city. The women's race was won by Emily Clarke of UCT. Visit www.nmmu.ac.za Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 082 575 7991 041 368 . . .
The University of Pretoria's Willie Smit completed a hat-trick of stage wins to retain the yellow jersey on day two of the Bestmed USSA cycle tour in in a cold and rainy Port Elizabeth on Thursday. Smit added the 120km queen stage – and the day's sprint prime – to his tally after claiming the 83km opening road stage and 15km individual time-trial at the national student championships on Wednesday. The Team Bonitas pro went clear of a four-man lead group in the closing kilometres to take a convincing win in 3:17:51 for an overall time of 5:46:53. Hans-Werner Heuer of Stellenbosch University claimed the runner-up spot in 3:19:32. He was chased to the line by Shukuma-NMMU's Marinus Prinsloo, who finished five seconds back. Heuer and Prinsloo occupy the same positions in the general classification with aggregate times of 5:50:54 and 5:51:11 respectively. Prinsloo also put on a powerhouse climbing display to take both King of the Mountain hotspots. The host institution, which last won the event in 2008, now leads the team classification. "As a team, we're very happy today," said Prinsloo. "Our main goal for the tour is to get a podium in the team classification. The individual positions are a bonus for us." Overnight leader Smit started conservatively in the wet conditions as his team paced hard upfront. "I didn't do a lot of work seeing as I have the yellow jersey – all I had to do was defend it. My team did a brilliant job." Then, 40km into the race, the first of two demanding laps started. "I told them to make it as hard as possible on the second lap when we hit the big 5K Hill climb and there was a small break that went on the climb. I think it was about 70km into the race." This effectively split the race into the lead group of four riders, which also included Adriaan Louw of the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and a chasing bunch of 12. As the freezing conditions and fatigue began to take their toll on the leaders, . . .
The BedKing Bed MD Mr Mervyn Ewertse has announced a service upgrade for their national South African delivery system. Cape Town, June 2013: The BedKing (http://www.bedking.co.za/) Bed and Mattress Company MD, Mr Mervyn Ewertse, has announced an upgrade to their South African Delivery Service System that will see all of South Africa now having access to their bed and mattress delivery service. Known in the Western Cape and Gauteng for their prompt and dependable bed and mattress delivery service, BedKing has now expanded its reach into areas that previously did not have access to BedKing stores and prices. This now means that all South Africans who have access to a phone or the internet can place and order, pay for and receive delivery of their bed or mattress no matter where in the country they are. At the announcement of the delivery service upgrade at the BedKing head offices in Cape Town, Mr Ewertse had this to say: “We have provided our customers in Cape Town and Johannesburg with the best possible bed and mattress delivery services in the country, but now it is time for the rest of South Africa to enjoy what we have to offer…” He also went on to say that “Service levels in South Africa need to improve and we here at BedKing are prepared to be the first to move in that direction. Come and join us and try out our delivery services for yourself, you’ll soon see why we are the first choice in online and telephonic bed delivery for many people in the Western Cape and Gauteng”. For more about The BedKing bed and mattress deliveries please go to the South African bed and mattress deliveries page (http://www.bedking.co.za/services.php) on the BedKing website. The BedKing bed and mattress company has stores in Gauteng and the Western Cape in South Africa. Online and telephonic bed and mattress orders can be placed via their website or telesales office on 0860 25 35 45. END Press release submitted by Justin Atkins at WSI Web Marketing, Cape Town on . . .
The 5th of July will see Gateway’s Vodacom Durban July Preview Fashion Show at the Wave House from 7:15pm. The fashion show will feature over 20 of South Africa’s top fashion designers including; Terrence Bray, Gideon, Andre Martin, Zama Mathe, Kathrin Kidger and Colleen Eitzen, to name a few. POSH Style tips – how to dress for race day this year • Remember that the whole point of the Vodacom Durban July is to stand out – go all out. You can’t be overdressed at this event. • Make sure you can stay up in your shoes. We all know that high heels and stilettos tend to sink into the grass. When it comes to shoes the aim is to be comfortable in them, all day. • Don’t leave your outfit for the last minute and panic two days before the event – you’ll end up throwing things together. Planning is essential. Select a colour – think lilac, champagne and dusty pink to suit the theme. Choose your shoes carefully – even if you’re a fashionista, you’ll be much happier if comfort is also a priority. Get the right accessories – a fascinator or hat and feminine jewelry can add so much to an outfit. • For the men you can never go wrong in a well cut suit. Make sure you try it on beforehand – untailored suits can ruin the entire look. The full designer list • VDJ fashion challenge • Gideon • Stuttafords by Gideon • Top Shop Woman • Kathrin Kidger • Andre Martin • Colleen Eitzen • Fundudzi by Craig Jacobs • Top Shop Man • Zama Mathe • Amanda Laird Cherry • VDJ men and Terrence Bray • Francois Vedemme • Haroun Hansrot • Hanrie Lues • Bianca Warren • Ruff Tung by Jean Paul Botha • Rubicon by Hangwani Nengovhela • Casey Jeanne • Jane Wolff & Dale McCarthy • Minette De Swardt • Larisa Terblanche • Merissa Snyman • Amarah Wynbaard • Jacqueline Munsami • Meghan Henry • Daniel Paton • Natasha Jaume URL: http://www.gatewayworld.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sane Ndlovu from Gateway Theatre of Shopping. Originally distributed by . . .