Following the success of the inaugural Kowie River Mile in Port Alfred last year, SPAR Eastern Cape has announced that it will dive in as title sponsor of the event on December 29. The retailer will wrap up its 20th anniversary celebrations in the province by expanding its footprint in open-water swimming. According to SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart, the event perfectly complemented the group's long-standing sponsorship of South Africa's oldest open-water event, the Redhouse River Mile. The latter race, which is now known as the SPAR River Mile, has found a new home on the Sundays River just outside Port Elizabeth, while the retailer assists with anti-pollution efforts in the Swartkops River. "Based on the success of that race, we were looking to expand our sponsorship in the region and the Kowie River Mile proved to be the perfect opportunity," said Swart. He said the race "ticked all the boxes" in terms of promoting healthy living and family-oriented fun in aid of a good cause. "We would love it to become an annual highlight on the Sunshine Coast calendar." With the annual influx of holidaymakers to the seaside town, over 500 swimmers are expected to take part this year. This is more than twice the number for the 2012 event, which was won by Olympic open-water swimmer Jessica Roux. Swart said proceeds from the entry fees would go to the local Sunshine Coast Hospice, which offers home-based care for terminally ill people throughout the Ndlambe municipal area. The organisation currently serves over 300 patients from Kleinemonde to Alexandria, with palliative care provided at Settlers Hospital in Grahamstown where necessary. Hospice fundraiser Karen Long said they were delighted to have SPAR on board as it was becoming increasingly difficult to raise funds for the organisation. "With the inaugural race last year, we did the best we could with the money we had. "When we saw the interest from far and wide, we knew . . .
Tekkie Tax recently announced the amount of money that was raised this year in the first campaign. A whopping amount of R2.4 million was received from its fundraising efforts for various welfare organisations in South Africa. Tekkie Tax took place on Friday, 31 May and saw the nation dress up in their tekkies in support of a good cause. A small donation of R10 was made for the official Tekkie Tax sticker, providing a means for the project to raise funds. The proof of the success and support that this campaign had was mirrored in the people that supported it. They were from across the South African spectrum. Celebrities that have given Tekkie Tax their support include Johan C Venter, Jack Parow, Bobby van Jaarsveld, Die Flooze, Sade Giliberti, Thys die Bosveldklong, Laurika Rauch, 7 de laan, Denver Vraagom and many more. Why all this support for Tekkie Tax? For the first time ever, South Africa had an annual fundraising event where the donor could choose which welfare sector he or she wanted to benefit from their donation. There were 5 different stickers available, representing the following sectors: • Animals • Basic Family Care • Children • Disability • Education And where did the heart of the people lie? 34% of the participating audience chose a C sticker, representing Children, making this the most supported sector! The campaign was endorsed by some of the biggest and most accountable NGOs in the country, all of which has received money from the Tekkie Tax campaign. • Child Welfare SA • SOS Children's Villages • CHOC (Childhood Cancer Foundation) • Special Olympics SA • Endangered Wildlife Trust • HPCA - Hospice Palliative Care SA • Pet Welfare SA • Imisebeyelanga Services • South African Woman's Federation (SAVF) and the list goes on . . . Ashley Wagner Principal from Little Leaps School for Autism in Centurion said that “they were glad to have received the money from Tekkie Tax and will be using the . . .
A reader has asked the Property Poser panel to deal with what appears to be a seemingly common problem in sectional title complex management – the autocratic chairperson. The reader writes that her complex's chairperson acts as if the scheme belongs to him and that the rules are applicable to everyone else but him and his family. She says complaints about other residents are swiftly dealt with but those concerning his family are merely swept under the rug. The residents have now had enough of his behaviour and the reader asks what they can possibly do. According to Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town, management of a sectional title complex vests in the body corporate, and is carried out by the trustees comprising that body. Van der Merwe says the authority of the trustees is derived from two broad sources, namely statute and specific authority granted by the unit owners in general meeting. "The chairperson is an elected official, just like the other trustees on the body corporate." Despite the auspicious title, a chairperson is not a particularly powerful figure in his or her own right, says Van der Merwe. "The primary function of the office is to preside over meetings and ensure the proper calculation of votes and the like. The true authority lies with the body corporate as a whole." Naturally, however, certain trustees will be authorised to exercise certain duties from time to time for practical reasons, says Van der Merwe. "Although the reader doesn't say how the current situation arose, it was possibly due to lack of interest in the day-to-day management of the scheme by the other trustees, forcing the chairperson to take control." Grant Hill of Miller Bosman Le Roux Attorneys in Somerset West says the chairperson, like any other trustee of the body corporate, has a fiduciary duty to exercise his or her authority in a bona fide and impartial manner. "The chairperson must also exercise care and . . .
JOHANNESBURG: 11 December 2013 – A tertiary education is an investment that will pay back over a lifetime. People with a tertiary education develop skills, have better job opportunities and consequently earn more money. Regenesys Business School understands that in order for organisations to be competitive, they need personnel with skill sets that will enable them to perform at a world class level. “The world is changing rapidly and as the business environment becomes more competitive, employers are looking for employees that possess the critical competencies that add value to the organisation,” says Siegie Brownlee, Chief Executive Officer, Regenesys Business School. According to a survey by Regenesys Business School, 48% of South Africa’s workforce engages in further studies for better employment prospects and 23% feel that studying would increase their chances of a promotion. “These results are a clear indication that there is a desire amongst South African’s working force to equip themselves for opportunities within the corporate environment. Many understand that with a tertiary education, comes a set skills and a broad base of knowledge that they’ll use for the rest of their lives,” added Brownlee. As part of its commitment to ensuring access to quality higher education - through it`s free business education initiative - Regenesys Business School launched its ‘Free to Learn’ competition. Qualifying students stand a chance to win bursaries to the value $10 000 - enabling them to study and acquire a formal qualification such as a certificate, degree or MBA. “It is our fundamental premise that what differentiates ordinary from extraordinary managers and leaders is their emotional and spiritual intelligence. Coupled with quality education, these individuals increase their ability to think critically and engage staff to make wise decisions; traits that any aspiring manager, executive or leader should have” concluded Brownlee. Author: Arnold . . .
Organisers of the 29th edition of The Herald VW Cycle Tour are leaving nothing to chance when it comes to the safety of participants on February 1 and 2. Gardmed private ambulance service will once again do duty on the streets of Port Elizabeth and on the mountain bike trails at Addo, while the trauma unit staff at Life St George's Hospital will also be on standby to deal with any emergency situation. According to race director Julie Briggs, organisers would also be setting up a joint operations centre at both the road and mountain bike events, which would be the first point of contact in case of a crisis. "Although we are not anticipating any problems, good communication is essential when emergencies arise," said Briggs. She said the PE Amateur Radio Society would handle the radio communications and also head up the control centre. "Their dedicated team members will be stationed at strategic points along the routes, which enables us to keep in constant communication. "They've been working on the mountain bike side for two years now, so we're confident that they'll do an excellent job and that our riders are in good hands." Briggs said emergency contact details would be printed on all participants' race numbers so that they could contact the joint operations centre should they need to. "The emergency services personnel are thoroughly briefed beforehand and work hand in hand with Life St George's. They'll be in communication should a participant need to be transported to hospital." Life St George's offers a 24-hour level-one emergency unit, with helicopter landing pad, which equipped it to handle any form of medical or surgical emergency. The hospital's new cardiac centre will also be on alert in case of any cardiac-related emergencies. Hospital manager André Bothma said the cardiac centre was fully supported by leading specialists and highly trained personnel within the hospital. "This puts us in an excellent position to offer . . .
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Concerts at the Harold Porter Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay set to thrill. Where the mountains and the sea meet there is a spot along the Western Cape coast that has magic attached to it. Rolling lawns, the beauty of our Cape fynbos and mountains that by their very majesty, embrace the visitor and form a natural amphitheatre - this then is the scene that would greet you at the Harold Porter National Botanical Garden in Betty’s Bay. Add the sounds of some of our top musicians and immediately the vision is complete. Following on from their successful concerts of previous years the Garden is presenting two top class events on two Saturdays that end the old year and begin the new: 28 December 2013 and 4 January 2014. The concerts will start at 19h00 and the venue is one that will surprise and delight visitors and residents alike. A visit to this Garden offers a wide range of activities that show off the Overberg area to its best advantage. So pack a picnic and prepare to enjoy some local talent that will have you up and dancing under African skies. On 28 December SA Idols winner Karin Kortjie will take the stage at the Garden in a concert that brings her back into the forefront of local musicians. With opening act Robin Pieter, the evening will show why this talented young singer attracts fans from all over South Africa. Karin was winner of the third season of Idols in South Africa in 2006 and she achieved major accolades following her win and the release of her debut album in 2006 “I am so ready” which achieved gold status. Taking a break from the stage to have a family, new management brought her back into the limelight and since then she has enjoyed a hit new single and played in a musical telling her life story. Robin Pieter is an emerging local artist born and bred in Cape Town. Singing in boy groups since the age of 16, he studied at the highly acclaimed Cape Music Institute. Robin brings a fresh new innovative approach to his music and specializes in most . . .
It is essential that both public and private sectors get a strong understanding of their asset management maturity and develop a robust maintenance road map, says Anton Booyzen, chairman of the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA). Municipalities in South Africa are responsible for managing and caring for infrastructure with a combined value of R1.156 trillion. According to a report by the Financial and Fiscal Commission, R80-billion would be needed over the next 11 years to address the current maintenance backlog in municipal electricity, water and sanitation infrastructure and to return it to optimum condition. The minimum required spend in current facilities is R12-billion over the next two years. Alarming increase in costs SAAMA’s Anton Booyzen explains that “depending on a company’s asset management maturity, its cost to deliver a product or service can be up to 25% higher than it should be every year. What makes this all the more alarming is that these extreme costs for large scale industry, utilities and municipalities have escalated dramatically when compared to only five years ago without a commensurate increase in service or product delivery and stands to worsen still unless these business’s act swiftly.” “What’s more”, says Booyzen, “with the impending ISO 55000 accreditation set to replace the outgoing PAS55 in 2014, it is essential both public and private sectors get a strong understanding of their asset management maturity and develop a robust road map to deliver a joined-up, risk-based, whole life cycle asset management.” Benefits of optimised asset management Improved planning and consistent, prioritised and auditable risk management are just a handful of the benefits of optimised asset management that will be available at SAAMA’s inaugural Asset Management Conference, hosted at African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa, taking place from 13-14 May 2014 at the CTICC in Cape Town. Attended by more than 5000 power and . . .
“38% attendance growth this year proves that our dream team pulled out all the stops” African Utility Week event director Russell Hughes has promised that “more is to come” after the largest power and water utility gathering of its kind on the continent won the coveted EXSA award for the Best Trade & Consumer Exhibition in its respective category. The annual Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa (EXSA) industry awards are considered the most prestigious in the industry. African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa, is organised by Cape Town-based Spintelligent. Says an enthused Russell Hughes: “more than 5000 utility professionals attended African Utility Week this year which meant a 38% growth in attendance and proves that our dream team delivered a truly remarkable event. However, there is a lot more to come from this inspirational and achieving team. More than ever we are working with the industry to deliver relevant content for the industry, including the Utility CEO Forum that was introduced this year and next year will bring together 20 utility CEOs from across Africa to discuss the future of the energy market. We will also offer more free technical training workshops in association with the South African Institute Of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) and we are partnering with the Southern African Asset Management Association (SAAMA) who are organising their inaugural Asset Management Conference during African Utility Week!” The next African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa is taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town, from 13-14 May 2014 and is attended by more than 5000 power and water professionals from more than 30 African countries and 70 worldwide. Eskom longstanding partner Last month, Eskom announced that it will be the official host utility for the event for the next five years. During his keynote address this year, Eskom Chief Executive Brian Dames described African Utility Week as “an annual pilgrimage on the calendar . . .
Entries to the fourth annual Garden Route 300 powered by Trek are selling out at breakneck speed. The race is limited to 600 riders, so if you haven’t booked yours yet, be sure to do so without delay. The race will take place from 21 to 23 February 2014. Already one of the most anticipated events on the biking calendar, this three day, 300km stage race is renowned for its technical challenges and incredible scenery. “You’ll be hard pressed to keep your eyes on the single track as you pedal through kilometres of indigenous forest and fynbos with views over valleys, mountains and the ocean,” said route director Pax Mosterd. And with each day’s racing starting with a rusk and hot coffee at the Thesen Island Harbour Town lagoon-side race village of Knysna’s Quay Four, except for day two, which starts in Rheenedal, you’ll be ready to tackle what is arguably the best 300km of mountain biking in South Africa. All three days also finish at Quay Four where all your meals are included in your race entry. Also included – if you enter before 15 January 2013, is your race specific, limited edition CRAFT kit. Paramedic backup, all land access permits and, most importantly, oysters and beer as you cross the finish line are also included and sponsored by SAB. Discovery Vitality members will also earn 5 000 vitality points upon completion of the GR300. “Riders doing the GR300 in 2014 will ride the best route since the race’s inception in 2011,” said Pax. “Day one allows for a lot of time spent on the beautiful routes of the Garden Route National Park, including the world famous Red Route. Day two introduces a brand new route, starting in the beautiful settlement of Rheenendal at the foot of the old Millwood Gold mines. Day two now swaps the sandy trails of previous years for cool indigenous forests, beautiful views, many stream crossings and the 2,5km downhill single track at Phantom Pass.” “Day three will be a blast from the past for those who participated in the Cape . . .