Are you a hopeful entrepreneur? Do you have an innovative idea you would like to see flourish into a business or do you have a new business that needs guidance to grow to the next level? Do you need help pitching your business to potential investors or bank managers? If you answered yes to any of these questions, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is the solution for you. You are among the solution to job creation in South Africa as entrepreneurs create employment, drive and shape innovation and contribute to productivity. The world is looking at South Africa to step up to the challenge so Engen Petroleum Ltd has partnered with business incubator, Raizcorp, and national media partner SAfm to make it happen! ENGEN Pitch & Polish is a FREE workshop and competition held in eight cities across South Africa. Round 1 winners go through to Round 2, those winners along with the winner from the SAfm Wild Card go to the semi-final, and the winners compete at the a glitzy final event held in Johannesburg in September 2013. These ENGEN Pitch & Polish events intend to unearth the entrepreneurial talent and innovation that is believed to be in abundance within South Africa. The ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme is designed to give you the skills you will need to pitch your business or idea effectively to potential investors, while learning valuable business lessons. Steps to be part of the free ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme: 1. Decide whether you would like to register as a delegate or contestant (delegates and contestants participate in the workshop throughout the day but only contestants compete by pitching their business to the delegates who are encouraged to role-play as investors and bank managers) 2. Choose the city closest to you where an event will be held alternatively follow the SAfm Wild Card round in August to pitch on-air 3. Register online at www.pitchandpolish.com or sms PITCH and your NAME and CITY to 45982 (charged at R1.50 an sms) or email . . .
Dr Mamphela Ramphele, leader of Agang SA, will deliver the keynote address during the opening of African Education Week at the Sandton Convention Centre this Thursday, 20 June at 09h00. Thousands of teachers and learners are expected at the seventh annual African Education Week and Career Indaba taking place from Thursday 20 June until Saturday 22 June. The events form the largest meeting and trading platform of its kind on the continent for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. The conference will focus on topics such as STEM* education, improving FET colleges and the role of social media and technology in the classroom. *STEM=Science, technology, engineering, mathematics All teachers are welcome The events also offer teachers free, practical courses to improve their classroom and technical skills and learners can attend talks on career choices and how to find a job after matric. Earlier, Dr Ramphele said her message at the event will be that “educators have a sacred duty to nurture talent and inspire every child to become, from all aspects, the best human being possible!” Joining Dr Ramphele for the opening session are education experts: - Graeme Bloch, independent education expert - Gavin Keller, a veteran education analyst and development activist - Johannes Cronjé, Dean of Informatics and Design Cape Peninsula University of Technology - Louise van Rhyn, Executive Director of Symphonia Says African Education Week’s programme director Claire O’Connell: “we are committed and passionate about helping to improve and change how teaching and learning take place in classrooms across Africa. I want to invite all teachers to come along to African Education Week’s Learning Expo and attend more than 60 free workshops on the expo floor and learn from our expert speakers and from each other. A wide variety of topics are covered, from engaging students in science and maths, to applying the latest technology in . . .
The 24th annual Johannesburg Pride event is set to take place on the 28th September 2013 at the Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown. Organized by the newly founded Johannesburg Pride Planning Committee the Johannesburg Pride event is going full steam ahead. Each year, this event see’s thousands of South African from the LGBT community come together to celebrate the rights and freedoms our constitution has to offer. The event also offers brands the opportunity to leverage their products or services to a lucrative consumer through a marketing mix of advertising platforms. Options include the event naming rights, event sponsorship, print advertising, activations, experiential marketing, online advertising and branding. Lunch Box Media – marketing and advertising agency to the LGBT media owners of South Africa has partnered with Johannesburg Pride to assist in corporate sponsorship and fund raising. Owner Donovan Steyl states: “Sponsorship options have been conveniently grouped with prices ranging from R2500 for the ‘Business Partner’ option to R75 000 for the ‘Diamond Partner’ option”. The 2013 event is believed to be bigger and better than ever before. With some of the larger beverage and alcohol brands already confirmed and celebrity attendance by the likes of Gareth Cliff, Vicky Sampson and Gloria Bosman, Johannesburg Pride is going to be the hottest event of 2013. URL: http://lunchboxmedia.co.za/gay-events-south-africa/johannesburg-pride/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Donovan Steyl from Lunch Box Media. 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: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
For the first time, a truly in-depth and statistically relevant overview of the South African gay and lesbian consumer has been released and made available to advertisers. Boutique marketing and advertising agency Lunch Box Media has represented South Africa’s gay media owners for almost three years. Platforms that service this lucrative niche demographic include print, online and on-screen media. However, unlike in many other parts of the world, the 4.9 million-strong gay consumer market in South Africa has been ignored by large brands. With the release of its groundbreaking consumer survey results this week, presenting the most current and in-depth overview of the gay and lesbian market to date, Lunch Box Media hopes that this will finally begin to change. The “LBM Gay Consumer Profile” was commissioned in April 2012 and ran for a period of three months. Supported by four of the largest pink online media owners, online respondents were asked a range of questions on consumer habits, preferences, purchasing patterns and motivations. Topics included employment, income, shopping, banking, credit cards, home ownership, cars, electronics, pets, television and media consumption were covered. Results would be of particular interest to researchers, marketers, academics, advertising agencies, media buyers, gay and gay-friendly businesses or anyone else looking for up-to-date information about the gay and lesbian marketplace. The independently audited results of the 2012 LBM Gay Consumer Profile show that this demographic has a higher than average disposable income. In addition, because the cost of raising children is usually not a factor, a large percentage of this disposable income is spent on luxury items. Interestingly, a whopping 81% of respondents make regular online purchases – a considerably higher rate compared to mainstream consumers. Top luxury brands preferred by the respondents include Apple, Levis, Diesel, Guess, Samsung, Sony, Calvin . . .
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 . . .