With over 400 delegates at the 2011 and 2012 events collectively, the 2013 conference promises to be even better and more informative. Trade Conference’s International is once again hosting the 3rd Annual Payments Southern Africa Conference 2013 which is one of our most significant events. Project Manager Jabu Sibiya said, “This event will once again highlight the tracking and developments of the payment industry in the SADC region. This event will reflect Trade Conferences International’s commitment to organising leading banking and retailing events.” Trade Conferences International has organised popular banking events such as the Mobile Banking Southern Africa Conference, the Core Banking Conference and the Debt Collection Conference. Richard Ketley,Director, Genesis Analytics; Bevan Ducasse, Chief Executive Officer, WiGroup; Pieter de Wet, Chairman, Global Prepaid Exchange Southern Africa and Kim Dancey, Consumer Empowerment, FinMark Trust are some of the respectable speakers that will address the leading Payments Southern Africa Conference & Exhibition 2013. Delegates attending this event will be up to date with the latest news and trends in payments industry, acquire more knowledge, network with experts in the payment industry and build sustainable business relationships. Trade Conferences International invites all personnel dealing with payments, mobile banking, cards and ATMS, online and electronic banking, digital channels, retail banking, payment products, legal compliance, transactional banking, product development, credit and inclusive banking to attend thi URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za/brochures/payments_brochure_2013_2.pdf Twitter: www.twitter.co/tcisa Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Hopewell Conservation Estate will be hosting a public showcase this July. Organisers are inviting the public, events coordinators and company executives to take a tour of the reserve which features a fully equipped function venue as well as a number of residential stands. Designed by award winning architect, Richard Stretton, the contemporary architecture of the reception building is suitable for a variety of functions, including weddings, parties, teambuilding and corporate events. Surrounded by a pristine nature reserve, Hopewell is a showcase of the Eastern Cape’s natural heritage just minutes away from Newton Park. Detailed plans of residential homes have been prepared by Stretton who focuses on sustainable “green” architecture. His contemporary designs make use of the natural stone and other materials found in the area, and are designed to complement the home owner’s lifestyle. The Hopewell Conservation Estate showcase will feature delicious Belgian chocolate delights, exquisite wines and fantastic food. Sit back and relax to the sounds of country vibes from the Two Tone band, surrounded by nature-inspired works of art. The showcase will also include a culinary experience by Dean Dickinson from Imagination Foods. Other exhibitors include designer Johan Wolmerans, Ian Zaaiman Photography, Chocalat, Winezani Wines, Ebony Earth furniture, and artists Duncan Stewart, Shelley- Anne Graham, Banele Njadayi and Graham Jones. To book your spot at the showcase, contact Kevin Taylor for more details: 079 502 0035 or firstname.lastname@example.org The showcase will take place on: Friday 5 July: 16h00 - High tea experience Saturday 6 July: 10h00 - Welcome drinks & snacks 12h00 - Homemade soups & Mediterranean breads 14h00 - Cooking demo by Dean Dickson of Imagination Foods URL: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from . Originally distributed by . . .
TLC Deep Cleanse Make–Up Remover Facial Wipes for Sensitive and Normal Skin was announced Product of the Year in the Facial Wipes category at the annual Product of the Year awards ceremony. This announcement recently took place at the Maslow Hotel in Sandton, Johannesburg. Sensitive skin requires extra care. The TLC Deep Cleanse Make-Up Remover Facial Wipes for Sensitive and Normal Skin that comes in packs of 40 and 60 wipes, have been uniquely developed for extra sensitive skin. They contain essential ingredients, such as chamomile extract to soothe the skin and Panthenol (Provitamin B5) to nourish and soften the skin. TLC Wipes were launched in South Africa seven years ago, and they continue to be the facial cleansing wipes of choice for women from all walks of life who realise that looking good doesn’t need to cost time and money, and choose to simplify their cleansing regime down to one easy step. TLC Wipes are available from major retailers and pharmacies countrywide. About Product of the Year Product of the Year is the world’s largest consumer-voted award for product innovation. Established 25 years ago in France, product of the year currently operates in 28 countries with the same purpose: guide consumers to the best products in their market and reward manufactures for quality and innovation. In South Africa, the product of the Year seal is backed by the votes of 5 000 consumers, serving as a shortcut for shoppers in the market, saving them time and money. For manufactures of the winning products, the award is a powerful marketing message proven to increase product trial, awareness, distribution and sales. Product of the Year accepts entries every year from consumer packaged goods that demonstrate innovation and were launched within the previous year. Entered products are chosen as a winner in its category through a nationally representative online study conducted by A.C Nielsen, the world’s largest research agency that conducts research . . .
The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) was vindicated in the South Gauteng High Court on 12 June 2013 when an application brought by the Minister of Police to review, set aside and substitute its findings and recommendations was dismissed. The SAHRC's findings related to the ordeal suffered by Chumani Maxwele, the UCT student who was allegedly harassed, detained and abused by members of the President's Special Protection Unit (SPU) in 2010 for supposedly making a rude gesture with his middle finger. After the incident Maxwele lodged a complaint with the FW De Klerk Foundation's Centre for Constitutional Rights who escalated the complaint to the SAHRC. Kerry Plots, a Senior Associate in the Dispute Resolution Department at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Inc, acted for the SAHRC. She explains that, "the Centre for Constitutional Rights referred the complaint to the SAHRC because certain of Maxwele's human rights were violated, including his rights to human dignity, security and freedom of the person, privacy, freedom of expression, peaceful and unarmed demonstration, political freedom, and the rights afforded to detained persons." "In May 2010 the SAHRC advised the Section Head of the SPU of the complaint lodged by the Centre for Constitutional Rights and requested a substantive response from the Minister of Police. The SAHRC is still waiting for that response" Plots says. "Notwithstanding numerous letters and phone calls the only response received from the Minister was on 27 August 2010 when the SAHRC was told that the Minister's opinion was that, because criminal charges were pending and because Maxwele intended to institute an action for damages, it should be left to the courts to pronounce on the matter." Having received no substantive response from the Minister, the SAHRC handed down its findings and recommendations on 6 July 2011. After examining the evidence before it, the SAHRC found that Maxwele's human rights had been violated by the . . .
The Competition Commission (Commission) has published draft terms of reference for its market inquiry into the private healthcare sector (draft terms of reference) for public comment by the extended date of 25 June 2013. “It was announced on 8 March 2013 that section 6 of the Competition Amendment Act, No 1 of 2009 (Competition Amendment Act) will come into force on 1 April 2013. The Commission made no secret of its intention to institute a market inquiry into the private healthcare sector. However, with the market inquiry provisions of the Competition Amendment Act coming into force, the Commission now has the scope to conduct a market inquiry with more vigour as it is empowered with much wider and more focused investigatory powers. This will enable it to extract the information it deems necessary to conduct its inquiry without requiring the Commission to have reasonable grounds to believe that a particular form or forms of anticompetitive conduct is taking place,” explains Leana Engelbrecht, Associate in the Competition Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr business law firm. Engelbrecht says that it is in this context that the Commission has published the draft terms of reference. As stated by the Commission in the introduction of the draft terms of reference, "these terms of reference set out the scope of market inquiry, it identifies the factors that give the Commission reason to believe that there are features of the private healthcare market that may prevent, distort or restrict competition, and sets out the expected timelines for the inquiry." “The Commission will focus its market inquiry identified segments within the private healthcare market, being healthcare providers, hospitals, medical aid schemes, medical aid administrators and medical aid brokers (surprisingly pharmaceutical companies are not expressly identified as a focus of the market inquiry). The key focus of the market inquiry, although not the only aspect with which the inquiry is . . .
One lucky rider's raffle ticket paid handsome dividends when he walked away with R50 000 worth of unit trusts at the recent RE:CM Knysna 200 mountain bike race. Unlike many other stage races, which put the emphasis on prize money for the professionals only, the three-day Garden Route event set out to reward participants across the board. The lucky draw prize, courtesy of the title sponsor, was won by Digby Webb of Little Mowbray in Cape Town. A delighted Webb, who finished 71st overall alongside team-mate David Jones, said he had thoroughly enjoyed his debut at the event. "Despite the chilly wet weather, the vibe was festive, my bike held out and we had a very consistent result. "The organisation was great, the food was perfect and of course the mountain biking and routes were top-notch. I even got to ride a bit with Victor Matfield – how awesome is that?" The 44-year-old said he had decided to enter the R250 raffle because it was in aid of a good cause. All proceeds went to the development of underprivileged youngsters at the Knysna Sport School. Webb, who works in IT infrastructure consultancy and sales, said he already had plans for his long-term investment. "I suppose the first thing that comes to mind is saving for my two daughters' tertiary education." In an increasingly tough economic climate, he said the investment fit perfectly with his existing portfolio. "One always feels as though, with inflation, you can never be too confident that you have all your bases covered." According to RE:CM chief executive officer Jan van Niekerk, the prize perfectly echoed the event's rider-centric focus. "It was also imperative for us to give back to the community in the region." As a sponsor of professional mountain biking, Van Niekerk said it was appropriate to support an initiative that developed future sporting talent. "Naturally, RE:CM has an objective of not only sponsoring the race to build brand awareness, but to turn that . . .
Watershed singer songwriter and musician Craig Hinds is coming to Port Elizabeth to launch his first solo album, “Ordinary Boy”. He will be at The Boardwalk’s Vodacom Amphitheatre on Saturday, June 29 from seven thirty in the evening. Hinds is known for crafting songs that get under the skin, seep into your soul, and stay with you. Growing up in a musical family, he founded Watershed 15 years ago, after teaching himself how to play the guitar. He decided to go solo after writing some of the most memorable songs of the last decade and a half for other musicians. His Boardwalk performance promises to be inspiring for the whole family. Tickets can be purchased from Computicket for R130.00 per person. URL: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
Singer, songwriter, idols judge and radio host Unathi will be at The Boardwalk this July to launch her newest album. “The village girl who found gold” from the Eastern Cape Unathi Msengana will be entertaining her Port Elizabeth fans in The Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC) with songs from her third album “With Love” on Friday, July 19 from eight in the evening. Her show is expected to be the biggest in The Boardwalk ICC since the hosting of sold-out Jonathan Butler concerts just before Christmas 2012. “The Boardwalk ICC is helping to attract top artists like Jonathan Butler and Unathi to Port Elizabeth. We expect to see many more shows of this stature in future as the word gets out that we now have a world class venue in the metro,” says The Boardwalk general manager Clifford Ngakane. Multi award-winning Unathi has performed for United Nations delegates, shared the stage with international greats such John Legend and Yossou Ndour, and has performed at the Standard Bank Joy of Jazz Festival. Tickets are available from Computicket for R130.00 per person. URL: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. 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] . . .
Ex-Absa heavyweight to take independent investment banking firm to new heights Johannesburg – 18 June 2013 – Meet Bravura’s new CEO Bravura is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Andries du Plessis who joins the firm today as Chief Executive Officer. Known to everyone as Adie, his deep financial services expertise and experience with financial governance, coupled with his finely honed entrepreneurial skills, make him the ideal person to strengthen the management of Bravura and lead it into the next stage of its growth. Looking back, shortly after Bravura was founded in Johannesburg in 1999, the South African banking industry faced a crisis that saw several large established financial services companies fail. Through this crisis Bravura focused on its core business and the delivery of extraordinary client service, steadily growing the firm from one office in Johannesburg to a group that now employs 148 people (including its investment companies) in South Africa, Namibia, Mauritius and Australia. In 14 years Bravura has stayed the course through several more global financial crises, achieving a remarkable 42% compounded annual growth since 2003. Looking forward, it is time for Bravura to move on to the next level in its development. Adie du Plessis’s remit is to lead the exponential growth of the group, imparting new impetus and implementing corporate-scale processes whilst developing the skills of the existing management team. Adie has spent the past nine years in various leadership positions within the Absa Group, heading up divisions such as Specialised Finance and Specialised Funding Solutions, the latter a division he was asked to build during the takeover by Barclays Bank. As an EXCO member he was a key part of the team that saw Absa Corporate & Business Bank reach growth rates of 36% per annum over a four-year period before 2011. Prior to Absa he was with the Nedcor Group for fifteen years, in a wide range of positions with responsibility . . .
News release from SAVCA and AVCA 18 June 2013 AVCA and SAVCA sign Memorandum of Understanding Private equity and venture capital associations formalise collaboration over training, networking and research projects for Africa London and Johannesburg, Tuesday 18th June 2013: The African Venture Capital Association (AVCA) and the South African Venture Capital Association (SAVCA) today announced that they have formalised a partnership for the further promotion of private equity and venture capital in Africa. Following approval from their respective Boards, which are comprised of industry leading experts, AVCA and SAVCA will be collaborating to provide additional services to their members and leaders, in pursuit of attracting more global and local capital to Africa. The partnership will include initiatives across a range of activities, including training, conferences, networking and information-sharing events, investor promotion events and research surveys. Specifically, the associations will collaborate in the development and structuring of training programmes targeted at regulators, investors, pension fund trustees and current and prospective members in the private equity industry to encourage the implementation of industry best practice. Additional plans include the creation of investor tours to support members’ business development goals and research designed to better map the rapidly evolving industry and to provide independent data to aid fundraising. Erika van der Merwe, Chief Executive Officer at SAVCA said, “There is significant value in the combination of AVCA’s regional and global reach, with SAVCA’s established presence in South Africa and its role in the local regulatory landscape. We are delighted to be working even more closely with the AVCA team in our mutual goal of promoting our asset class in Africa.” Commenting on the formalised partnership, Michelle Kathryn Essomé, Chief Executive of AVCA said, “Thriving and active . . .