Award-winning wine writer and British Wine Master Tim Atkin has given a unanimous thumbs up for Raats Family Wines by awarding all six wines in their portfolio with scores of more than 91 points. These ratings will be published in his annual SA Report, which is due for release on the 1st of July. Leading the pack is the 2012 MR de Compostella with 95 points, followed by the 2012 Raats Old Vine Chenin Blanc and 2011 Raats Family Cabernet Franc on 93 points, the 2012 vintages of the Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc and Raats Family Red Jasper with 92 points and the Raats Original Chenin Blanc with 91 points. Atkin has been a vocal supporter of South African wines and proclaimed South Africa as “currently the most exciting wine-producing country in the Southern Hemisphere, thanks to a combination of old vines, young winemakers and new thinking” in his 2013 special report. Atkin has been visiting the Cape winelands for over two decades and tasted over 1000 wines for his 2014 report. He also mentions that he feels very positive about the future of Cape wine and that he particularly enjoyed visiting the Cape at a time when the local industry is so exciting. Owner and cellar master Bruwer Raats was absolutely stumped by these results. “For one wine to be scored over 90 by Atkin is already a great achievement, but to have all my wines scoring this well is incredible. Tim has a great reputation and an international following, so this accolade means a lot. I am absolutely delighted as this once again proves that Raats Family Wines consistently produce wine of world-class quality, which has always been one of my guiding principles when it comes to crafting the wines in our portfolio. We have now been producing wines for fifteen years and there is a library of consistent, world-class wines spanning this period and standing as testament to our commitment to quality winemaking,” mentions Raats. For more information, visit www.raats.co.za Author: Ronelda Visser from . . .
A season of optimism and growth, such as what Africa enjoys at the moment, is at the same time a season for ethical leadership and wise stewardship. The Business Ethics Network of Africa (BEN-Africa) speaks to this imperative by strengthening the commitment and competence of Africans to do business with moral integrity. This is done through robust dialogue and collaboration amongst Africans sharing a commitment to sustainable development through ethical and responsible business practices. The dialogue takes the shape of many engagement initiatives such as the annual conference hosted by the Business Ethics Network Africa (BEN-Africa). As BEN-Africa convenes in Stellenbosch South Africa this year (2014) the conference theme will be Equal in an Unequal World. The aim of the meeting will be to pursue answers to the question on how to guide business in eliminating unjust inequalities, and promoting sustainable development and an economy based on fundamental ethical values. The conference programme is planned around the following activities: • Keynote addresses that will focus on Quality Education in an Unequal Society; Bridging Inequality through Philanthropy and Global Responses to Inequality from a Business Ethics Perspective. • Panel discussions on Inequality Challenges in the African Context and Business and Business Education: Stretching or Bridging inequality? • Learning journeys to sites where conference participants will engage with the manifestations of inequality in the South African society • Papers based on the conference theme presented by scholars from various countries. • A gala dinner where thought and practice leaders in business ethics will be honoured. The 14th annual BEN-Africa conference will take place at the STIAS Wallenberg Centre, Stellenbosch Cape Town, South Africa from 1-3 October 2014. Registrations are currently open online via http://www.benafrica.org/join-us/ben-africa-conference-registration-2014. Conference costs . . .
If you are planning of taking a year off from core academic studies, the Gap Year Course offered by The Hurst Campus can benefit you in a number of ways in creating a enhanced career path. Being a passionate culinary institute in South Africa, its Gap Year Classes can broaden your mind with all the required skills to be a professional in the hospitality and tourism industry. Starting in July 2014, the Gap Year Course is targeted at students with the desire to have a rewarding career as a professional chef. The 15 Months Advanced Food and Wine Diploma Course will welcome all the talents from various parts of the world to polish their culinary skills guided by experts with years of experience in this arena. The institute is well reputed among its competitors because they teach classic French technique to create modern new dishes. In addition, the curriculum of the Gap Year Course will comprise of theoretical learning, detailed discussions and hand-on training to brush up those with basic skills and allow the learners to comprehend the entire subject in depth. The institute’s main intension is to equip all aspiring students with the talent and proficiency that potential employers look forward to having in their kitchens. By imparting the skills, experience and knowledge to prepare menus and to work with the highest standards, graduates from the academy will be easily employed among renowned industry leaders. To guarantee job creation, The Hurst Campus maintains superior relationships with a number of hospitality and chalet companies, from across South Africa and abroad. Thus, the academy invites those with talen to turn their dreams into reality by joining their Gap Year Course, starting soon Author: isha soni from The Hurst Campus. More Info link: http://www.thehurstcampus.co.za/courses/gap-year-courses Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: The Hurst Campus. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
During the colder months households generally tend to use a lot more energy and resources trying to stay warm and often have to pay the associated costs. However, whether homeowners are hoping to ease some of their impact on the environment or just want to save some money, there are ways that they can reduce their energy usage while still keeping the elements at bay, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that essentially saving on energy usage is cutting down on electricity usage. “Finding ways of conserving electricity will lower the winter monthly expenses,” says Goslett, “This may require an initial marginal investment on the homeowner’s part in improving the home’s energy efficiency, however the financial benefits will far outweigh the initial cost in the long term.” Goslett provides homeowners with the following energy-saving tips: Make sure that home is properly insulated “If homeowners are spending money to warm up their homes, the last thing they need is for the heat to be able to escape and be wasted. While windows that don’t close properly are a potential problem that should be addressed, because warm air rises, a large portion of the heat escapes through the ceiling. Approximately 50% to 80% of the homes’ heat will dissipate through a poorly insulated ceiling. Proper insulation in the ceiling can reduce heat loss to just 3%,” says Goslett. He notes that ceiling insulation should be the only insulation required considering our South African climate; however it is still vital to check whether there are other areas in the home that may require some attention. Use the sun The sun is a great source of free heat and should be the primary focus of temperature control in the home throughout the year. Goslett says that just by keeping curtains open during the day can bring a lot of heat into the home and the best part is that it doesn’t cost a cent. He notes that closing the curtains or blinds when the sun goes down will . . .
Purchasing an international property is an excellent way for investors to diversify their current property or investment portfolios, provided the necessary considerations are taken into account. This is according to James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co, a market leader in facilitating citizenship and foreign property investment. He notes many investors in today’s market are looking for ways to either diversify their specific property market exposure by disinvesting from their current country of residence and investing into different prime property destinations, or to diversify into property from equities and other similar asset classes to create a more balanced portfolio. “Another driving factor for many investors who want to purchase property overseas is the numerous benefits they may acquire from purchasing real estate through a residence or citizenship program, particularly in countries within the European Union (EU),” says Bowling. “There are a number of countries in the EU that welcome foreign property investment and are in fact encouraging it through the introduction of their citizenship and residency programmes. These citizenship and residency programmes have, in uncertain economic times, boosted the property markets of those countries through pushing up capital appreciation as well as strengthening the country’s economy - a mutually beneficial factor for both the country and the investor. Investors are also eligible, through many of these programmes, to enjoy the advantages of becoming an EU resident or citizen.” Bowling says that while there are several benefits to investing in an international property, there are a number of key considerations that an investor needs to ponder before taking the step forward. “The first thing to determine is what you want to achieve through the investment,” he says. “It’s important to have a sound objective with regard to the investment as this will largely determine which avenues to explore. Investors will need to . . .
Eight University of Johannesburg students, club athletes and staff members will be jetting off to Glasgow, Scotland, for this year's Commonwealth Games as part of Team South Africa. UJ's presence at the Games – which takes place from July 23 to August 3 – will be bolstered even further with three alumni sports stars also joining more than 150 of the country's top athletes who will compete in 16 sporting codes. According to the university's coaches and sport managers, the chances are looking good for these sportsmen and women to bring home a few medals. "Looking at our ranking list and the current performances of some of our athletes, UJ stands a good chance of bringing back at least three medals," said senior sport manager Francois Fouché. The athletics team heading to the Commonwealth Games includes 25-year-old transport management student Zarck Visser who will be participating in the long jump event. Visser is currently ranked first in South Africa and Africa, second in the Commonwealth and sixth in the world. He will be joined by fellow transport management student, 24-year-old Ruswahl Samaai, who lies second in the national rankings, fifth in the Commonwealth and 15th worldwide. Olympic silver medallist and UJ club member Godfrey Mokoena rounds out the university's athletics contingent. The 29-year-old triple jumper currently occupies the number one spot nationally and number five in the Commonwealth rankings. Temporary UJ staff member Emmarie Fouché, one of the highest qualified jumps coaches in SA, will join them as the national jumps coach. Emmarie, who said it was an honour to be able to "live out her passion at the highest level", will be playing a vital role during the competition. "The coach has to look after all the jumps participants, making sure they know exactly where and when they need to practice. Then also of course provide help and feedback during the competition." UJ will also be a force to be reckoned with on . . .
26-06-2014 | Johannesburg | MGLI Bring our South African girls now! The World Cup has seen its fair share of drama, from cannibalism to shock defeats. Brazil has been the epicentre of the world’s attention as nations battle it out for soccer honours. Now to divert your attention from the “so-called” beautiful game, I hereby re-announce the imminent arrival of maths geeks from all over the world to participate in the annual International Mathematics Olympiad (IMO) to be held at the University of Cape Town (UCT) from 3 - 13 July. Now this is the world cup of mathematics that will see geniuses going head to head for maths bragging rights. The South African team is ready to take on the world and I hope that, like in soccer home advantage will favour them. I am not sure how but am crossing my fingers that our South African geniuses will not perform dismally like Bafana Bafana in 2010 (Specifying 2010 is for delimitation of scope as Bafana Bafana are known to be perennial strugglers). The IMO is a problem-solving contest for high school learners, held in a different country in July every year. The first IMO was held in Romania in 1959, with seven countries taking part. Today, more than 100 countries take part, representing over 90% of the world's population. The IMO is the oldest, biggest and most prestigious of all the international science Olympiads. 2014 is the first time it is being held on African soil. The 2014 IMO is presented by the South African Mathematics Foundation (SAMF) and will take place at the University of Cape Town. The event is endorsed by the Department of Basic Education and the Department of Science and Technology of the Republic of South Africa. The South African team is composed of: - Tae Jun Park, Grade 11, Rondebosch Boys' High School in Cape Town - Sanjiv Ranchod, Grade 10, Westerford High School in Cape Town - Bronson Rudner, Grade 10, South African College High School in Cape Town - Robin Visser, Grade 12, St George's Grammar School . . .
Organisers of South Africa's toughest one-day road race are bracing themselves for a last-minute flood of entries, as the July 8 entry deadline for the Bestmed Jock Cycle Classique looms. Race director Wynand de Villiers of ASG Events said Mbombela traffic authorities had granted special permission to open the field for the Mpumalanga race beyond the standard limit of 1 500 participants this year. "The Jock is an iconic event and the response this year has been as good as ever," said De Villiers. "But because there is no cap on entries this year, we are expecting a big uptake in the final week." He said organisers were anticipating at least a thousand additional entrants for this year's race, which takes place on July 19. "If the numbers get close to that, we will close entries to ensure rider safety and guarantee a premium experience for everyone." De Villiers said the 151km three-stage race was aimed at individuals who were looking for a serious challenge. "It represents the toughest day a rider can spend on his road bike. At least three-quarters of the field has ridden the Jock at least once, with some riders having completed as many as 25." For those who felt the distance was just a step too far, he said there would be options to enter only the last two stages (108km) or just the final leg (63km). "The two-stage option is still especially tough, as it includes both the Spitskop climb and the notorious Long Tom Pass." Due to ongoing roadworks, the 32nd edition of the event would once again follow the new out-and-back route from the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit via Sabie and White River, said De Villiers. Historically, the race traced a route from Barberton via Nelspruit and Kaapmuiden, taking in the well-known Boulders and Hilltop climbs. He said returning to the old route would still be a possibility once construction works were complete. "We will send out a survey to riders following this year's race and adhere to the . . .
Skateboarding enthusiasts can expect adrenaline-pumping action when the second Grand Slam of the Kimberley Diamond Cup heads for the Cresta Mall in Gauteng on Saturday, 28 June 2014. The event carries a prize purse of over R50 000, which is guaranteed to attract some of the country’s top individual and team skaters. The action kicks off at 10h30 with the qualifying rounds for the under 16s followed by the over 17 category and the Rider Cup team qualifiers. The first final rounds are due to start from 15h10 and the best trick jam at 17h10 is guaranteed to have the crowds on their feet as the skaters go for broke to land that one insane trick. In addition to the prize money, the Cresta Grand Slam will offer yet another talented street skateboarder a wild card entry into the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championships in October this year. The four Grand Slam events together with the Kimberley Diamond Cup world skateboarding championship presented by Kumba Iron Ore are the five biggest skateboarding events in South Africa offering a total prize purse of nearly R6 million this year. One of the top street skaters, who will definitely be in action at the Cresta Grand Slam is 23-year-old Kanya Spani, who won a wild card at the Youth Day Skateboarding for Hope event in Soweto recently. “I was so stoked to get the wild card as that means I’ll get to compete in Kimberley again, which is an incredible experience. It was the best birthday gift ever and there was such a cool vibe in Soweto. The kids were so hyped to get up on skateboards for the very first time – it was really exciting to watch,” mentions Spani. Spani started skating about thirteen years ago in his home town of Port Elizabeth, when his neighbour allowed him to borrow his board. Since then he has moved to Johannesburg and it has become a full-time occupation, even though he is a qualified web developer. “Skateboarding becomes your life and I would definitely recommend it to youngsters. . . .
On Friday, the 20th of June, Ferocat(Pty) Ltd was proud to launch its first catalogue of ‘feelgood’ luxury items, creating lots of excitement in the direct marketing industry. Prospective Ferocat Business Owners and Ferocat staff members enjoyed an evening of drinks and entertainment at the company’s Cape Town head office, which culminated in a presentation of the new catalogue by managing director, Laughton Appollis. According to the presentation Ferocat Business Owners can expect to earn a substantial set commission per sale as well as performance bonuses. The extensive product range covers diverse categories such as lingerie, fashion jewellery, handbags and much more. The company’s quality products, excellent support network and transparent earning structure should place it at the top of the list of part-time or secondary income opportunities. Since the Cape Town launch there has already been a huge surge in applications from people wanting to become Ferocat Business Owners, with rapid growth foreseen in the near future. Growth that will be further boosted by Ferocat’s expansion into the rest of Africa planned for August 2014. Aspiring and existing Ferocat Business Owners can look forward to the Johannesburg launch on the 2nd of July 2014. To find out more, visit www.ferocat.com or call 0861 77 78 79 to become a Ferocat Business Owner. Author: Marc Steyn from Ferocat. More Info link: http://www.ferocat.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ferocatdotcom CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .