The winner of the TASTE Eat Out Bursary was announced on Sunday 25 November 2012 at the prestigious Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards, which celebrate excellence in the restaurant industry, held at The Westin Cape Town. 17-year-old Damien Stemmet has been awarded a culinary bursary to the Silwood School of Cookery in this joint initiative. The prize includes one year’s study sponsored by TASTE Magazine and a second year's study sponsored by Silwood Cookery School. Now in its seventh year, the TASTE Eat Out Bursary seeks to inspire, nurture and uplift promising culinary talent. Amongst other requirements, the ideal candidate should be younger than 35 years; have a passion for food and cooking; and show a keen interest in boosting the standard of South Africa's culinary industry. The bursary is awarded to a candidate who has dreams of becoming a dedicated chef, but does not necessarily have the resources to make it a reality. Damien, a matric pupil at Plumstead High School, certainly fits the bill. He is passionate about cooking and baking, especially pastries. Says Stemmet, “I'm excited and anxious to let all the hard work begin. To work with the Silwood chefs is going to be a great honour for me, because I know they are going to give me a vast knowledge of food and kitchen management, which I really look forward to.” Editor of Eat Out magazine and food editor of TASTE magazine Abigail Donnelly says, “Damien is so passionate, which is shown through his absolute commitment to working in the kitchen (at Knead, a Cape Town bakery) over weekends and during school holidays, starting work in the early hours to bake bread. And what I loved about meeting him is that he just can’t stop talking about food.” *** About Eat Out Eat Out is one of South Africa’s most loved and respected food brands. What started as the country’s definitive restaurant guide fourteen years ago has evolved into a brand covering all aspects of food and operating on multiple . . .
Best restaurants celebrate as Eat Out announces its winners. Cape Town – the winners of the Eat Out DStv Food Network Restaurant Awards ¬– the most prestigious awards for the restaurant industry – were announced at an elegant gala ceremony held at The Westin in Cape Town last night. At this celebration of local talent and culinary distinction, 360 guests were treated to creations from award-winning chefs from around the country. Restaurants are judged on stringent criteria, taking into consideration their food, service, ambience and other aspects of the eating out experience. This year’s nominees had to impress two judges: Eat Out editor Abigail Donnelly and international judge Bruce Palling. Recommendations from Eat Out’s national panel of professional restaurant reviewers as well as its vocal online audience of 126 000 monthly users were also taken into account by the judges. Margot Janse of The Tasting Room in Franschhoek took top honours with the Chef of the Year award, while The Test Kitchen received the coveted Restaurant of the Year award. Here are 2012’s long-awaited winners: Chef of the Year: Margot Janse Restaurant of the Year: The Test Kitchen Top 10 Restaurants 1. The Test Kitchen 2. The Tasting Room 3. Jordan Restaurant 4. Overture 5. Rust en Vrede 6. DW Eleven-13 7. La Colombe 8. The Greenhouse 9. Terroir 10. Hartford House Service Excellence Award: Rust en Vrede Lannice Snyman Lifetime Achievement Award (in association with Paarl Media): Alicia Wilkinson Best Asian Restaurant: Saigon Best Italian Restaurant: Café Del Sol Best Steakhouse: Carne SA Best Country-Style Restaurant: Fresh at Paul Cluver Best Bistro: 9th Avenue Bistro Boschendal Style Award (in association with Visi): Green House at Babylonstoren TASTE Eat Out Bursary: Damien Stemmet Donnelly says, “Congratulations to all our winners this year. Each restaurant that has been awarded has shown astonishing talent in a world-class restaurant. The Eat Out . . .
The rugby team from Ithembelihle Comprehensive School in Port Elizabeth received the "Best School Rugby Team of the Year” award at the 2012 SA Sports Awards and proved that hard work pays off. According to team couch Theo Pieterse, the team was nominated in two categories for this year's South African National Sports Awards, namely “Best School Team of the Year” and “School Development Team of the Year”. “The team had an exceptional season with convincing wins over some very established rugby schools in the Eastern Cape and I am particularly proud that they have proven through this award that they are now counted amongst the fully developed rugby teams,” said Pieterse. It has been a long road since Pieterse first started a rugby development program in Port Elizabeth in 1979. He initially formed a combined school side in 1994 for all the schools in New Brighton to play against the second rugby teams of schools like Grey and Westering. Although most games were lost in those days, many great players – like Solly Tyibilika, came from that side. The first real breakthrough came in 2002 when fly-half Lunguisa January and crash-tackling inside centre Stoba Magaba made history when they became the first two players to be selected for the Eastern Province Craven Week side. Representatives from Spur Group eagerly followed the progress of the team in the local newspapers and were concerned that the team was running out of funds despite their 2005 victory of 29-27 over giant rugby school Famesby. They decided to approach coach Theo Pieterse with an offer to back the team. Pieterse explained that transport was one of their biggest challenges as they played all their matches away from home due to the unacceptable conditions of their playing field. According to Khakhi Diala of Spur, it was the commitment of the team and their coach that urged Spur to back this particular school side. “At the time Spur became involved, the team were playing in different colour . . .
The integration of QR Code technology with memorials provides an interactive visit to the cemetery. Johannesburg, Gauteng, 22 Nov 2012 – West Rand startup company, EverMe Technologies, today announced that they have launched the latest worldwide memorialisation trend in South Africa. The integration of QR Code technology with places of remembrance, gives a long overdue face lift to memorials, which has not changed much since inception. A discreet plaque, which contains a QR Code, is placed on any memorial (from tombstones to garden benches). When the QR Tag is scanned, with a smartphone, tablet or similar internet capable device, an online digital tribute is displayed of a life story preserved virtually. Information contained in the tribute may include an obituary, biography, photo gallery, videos and even GPS coordinates with maps to the grave location; as well as a comment section for family and friends to share their thoughts and memories. “Our lives are more than a dash between two dates.” says Admari Wilson, Managing Director and spokesperson of EverMe. For her, it has also been a personal journey through several months of research and development, to ensure the life story of her late brother, Paul Barnard (who passed away in October 1999 at the age of 29), both lives on and is accessible to anybody who visits his grave. Her family was also ecstatic about the possibilities of the concept. They all welcomed one of the first installations of this technology on Paul’s gravestone in Pretoria North. Installation will happen within the next week during a small, close family gathering. Admari admits that: “This new concept might not appeal to everyone”, but goes on to say: “We have implemented privacy measures, which includes optional passcode protection, so only persons to which the passcode is known can gain access to a protected tribute”. Those who are not concerned about sharing the story of their loved one with the world, may leave their tributes open . . .
The Financial Services Charter (FSC) has been approved to be gazetted as a Financial Services Sector Broad Based BEE Code. According to Dr Robin Woolley, Executive Director of Transcend Corporate Advisors, “After years of not achieving consensus on what the Financial Services Charter should look like, it is significant that the FSC, at this point in time, has been able to converge." “There is now clarity on the way forward for FSC companies, which is welcome at a time of legislating flux in Black Economic Empowerment," he said. Transcend Corporate Advisors is running workshops to help businesses understand the impact of these changes on the BBBEE scorecard. The public sessions on the gazetted BBBEE FSC code will be held January 2013, with 16 and 23 January 2013 provisionally booked for the full day workshops in Johannesburg. Cape Town and Durban workshops will follow thereafter. The corporate advisory firm is also available immediately to assist in-house. Please contact email@example.com to indicate your interest in attending the workshop or register at http://www.transcend.co.za/workshops/financial_services_sector_bbbee_codes_session.html. ends More Info: http://www.transcend.co.za Author: Angela Graham from Transcend Corporate Advisors. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Cape Town, South Africa, 22 November2012 Following an extensive recruitment process, Heart 104.9FM is pleased to announce the appointment of Gary Petersen as the new Managing Director of the station. Petersen has enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the business world, having previously spent time at Woolworths, Old Mutual and Santam. During a career spanning more than 20 years, Petersen has been exposed to a broad range of business areas, with a particular focus on marketing and business development activities. “I am incredibly excited by the opportunity. I am an avid listener of the station and look forward to working with the talented and dedicated team that has been assembled at the station” says Petersen. “On behalf of the owners and employees of the station, I would like to welcome Gary into the fold. We believe that he is a highly skilled individual and look forward to a long and enjoyable relationship with him” comments Aqueel Patel, director of MRC Media (Pty) Limited and Heart 104.9FM. For more information visit http://www.1049.fm. Ends/  Media release issued by DTM SA on behalf of Heart 104.9 FM. For press assistance contact Marieza van Zyl on +27 21 419 2699 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information on DTM SA visit www.dtmsa.co.za, contact Karen du Toit on +27 21 419 2699 / 94 or e-mail email@example.com. More Info: http://www.1049.fm/ Author: Simone Jansen from DTMSA. 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: Photographer: Andy Lund Photographer: Andy Lund Photographer: Andy Lund [/l2g] . . .
Authors have just a few days left to submit their crime fiction stories for consideration for the National Arts Festival’s first Short Sharp Stories Award. The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown is proud to partner with author Joanne Hichens for the brand new Short Sharp Stories Award for South African short-story fiction. An anthology of selected stories will be published annually from submissions to the Award, and the theme of the anthology will differ from year to year. The prize-winning stories of the first collection, selected by a panel of independent judges, will be announced at a launch event at the 2013 National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. The first volume, scheduled for publication in July 2013, will be devoted to crime-thriller fiction. At least twenty stories will be published in what will be an exciting home-grown collection. “It is the aim of this new Award to encourage, support, and showcase established and emerging South African writing talent,” said Festival Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed. “We are also thrilled to announce that internationally celebrated crime-fiction author Deon Meyer will write the foreword to this first anthology, and that acclaimed journalist and author Fred Khumalo has agreed to be a judge.” Joanne Hichens, the curator of the Award, is calling for the submission of thrilling crime fiction stories. “We’re hoping too that a number of stories will deliver that measure of justice so sorely needed in South Africa,” she added. In addition to being published in the anthology, the cash prizes to be won include R20 000 (twenty thousand Rand) for BEST STORY, R5000 (five thousand Rand) for MOST ORIGINAL STORY, R5000 (five thousand Rand) for MOST THRILLING STORY and R5000 (five thousand Rand) for BEST NEW VOICE. The story must be set in South Africa - from the dusty streets of the Karoo in summer, to the slopes of a rain battered Table Mountain, from Durban’s beaches to the derelict streets of inner Jozi, the . . .
ADULT TAG RUGBY® TOURNAMENT AT CELL C NMB SEVENS A new addition to the Cell C NMB Sevens in 2012 has been a Tens Rugby event. This sees 10 players (and not 7 or 15) playing in a team in a Tournament. It is a festive occasion and ties in well with the Rugby Biggest party theme. Adult Tag Rugby® is growing extremely quickly in South Africa (now part of the widely acclaimed Corporate Games held in Cape Town annually.) We are extremely proud to have recently become a part of the three Tens events held in South Africa annually. These events are the Jozi Tens, PE Tens and the Cape Town Tens. The Adult Tag Rugby® event takes place on Sunday 9 December on the fields adjacent to the NM Stadium from 10:00 – 13:00. You can enter a team of staff, family or your favourite clients. Entry gets you a ticket to the Cell C Sevens event and a t-shirt. Tag Rugby® is a non-contact form of the game and a tackle is made by removing a ribbon when your opponent has the ball. The game is fast, fun and great for corporate team building. Men and women can play in the same team and don’t worry, there is no kicking, scrums or line outs and beginners can play too… To enter a team of 10 players in the Adult Tag Rugby® event or put your name down to play in a team please contact Gerhard Scholtz firstname.lastname@example.org or on 021 683 2269. More Info: Author: Carol Vosloo from Tag Rugby Promotions . 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: [/l2g] . . .
Johannesburg 21 November 2012 - Parliament’s portfolio committee on labour has released the Employment Equity Amendment Bill (EEAB) and the Employment Services Bill for public comment. When these bills come onto law they will have a significant impact on how employers conduct their business. The public has been invited to provide written submissions on the Bills by no later than 14 December 2012. “Among the many changes made to the current Employment Equity Act, No 55 of 1998, the EEAB introduces a new form of unfair discrimination,” says Johan Botes, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. “This will regulate situations where different employment conditions are applied to different employees who do the same or similar work (or work of equal value). Unless the employer can show that differences in wages or other conditions of employment are, in fact, based on fair criteria such as experience, skill and responsibility, such conduct will constitute unfair discrimination,” he explains. Botes says that with regard to affirmative action, the Labour Department (Department) will now have increased powers to fine companies who do not comply with their employment equity obligations. The quantum of fines will be increased and may now also be determined by making reference to the employer’s annual turnover. “Furthermore, the group of people who benefit from affirmative action will now be limited to persons who were citizens of South Africa before the democratic era (or would have been entitled to citizenship, but for the policies of apartheid), and to their descendants. This means that the employment of persons who are foreign nationals, or who have become citizens after April 1994, cannot assist employers to meet their affirmative action targets,” he explains. Mark Meyerowitz, an Associate in the Employment practice, says that the amendments will also affect a company’s use of contract workers. “In line with proposed amendments to the . . .
In terms of the Electrical Machinery Regulations of 2011 (the Regulations), issued under the Occupational Health and Safety Act 85 of 1993, an additional compliance certificate is now required where there is a change of ownership of immovable property. This is according to Muhammad Gattoo, Director in the Real Estate practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. “The compliance certificate relates to electrical fence systems. An electrical fence system, as defined in the Regulations, is an electrified barrier consisting of one or more bare conductors erected against the trespass of persons or animals coupled with electrical machinery arranged so as to deliver a periodic non-lethal amount of electrical energy to an electric fence connected to it,” Gattoo explains. “Regulation 12(4) and 12(5) of the Regulations requires every user or lessor of an electric fence system to have an electric fence system certificate in respect of such electric fence system if it has been installed after 1 October 2012 or, as with an electrical compliance certificate, if any addition or alteration was effected to an existing electric fence system after 1 October 2012. Furthermore, if there is a change of ownership of immovable property on which such electric fence system exists, after 1 October 2012, an electric fence system certificate will be required,” he explains. Gattoo says that the Regulations relating to the change of ownership are not as clear cut as the regulations relating to electrical compliance certificates. The Regulations do not specifically state that the current user or lessor (seller) is responsible for obtaining the electric fence system certificate before transfer, neither does it prohibit transfer of the immovable property from taking place without the certificate. “As the Regulations permit transference of a certificate, it can only be inferred that the seller will be responsible to obtain the electric fence system certificate and will transfer it to the purchaser. . . .