CAPE TOWN, 26 MARCH 2014 - Day 4/Stage 3 at the Absa Cape Epic from Robertson to Greyton, was a huge distance of 134km with around 1800m of climbing. As rider’s completed day 4, which is considered the halfway mark, and is the longest ride day, the news is that all five teams riding under Team Absa are still in the race, riding their hearts out for their chosen charity, Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy, which is based in Johannesburg. At least half of the teams are made up of ‘first-timers’ – novices - to the Absa Cape Epic. One such first-timer is former Springbok and Natal Sharks rugby player, Stefan Terblanche, partnered with Joel Stranksy, who is completing his 5th Absa Cape Epic, and who will guide Terblanche through all the rough patches. Terblanche comments, “You constantly have to have meetings with yourself. This race is much tougher than a rugby match and shows you that once your mind has conquered, the body can do anything." Another first-timer with strong legs and mind is the young 23 year old, Tsepo Nyirenda, who is teamed up with Clayton Duckworth under Team Absa Flying McDucks. This is Clayton’s third Epic. Clayton just completed today riding the last 30km without his right pedal. Tsepo Nyirenda said after finishing said, “It’s not whether you get knocked down; it’s whether you get up that counts.” Nyirenda is a Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy rider so this means more to him than most because whatever he is able to achieve, others will surely follow. Actress, activist, humanitarian and motivational speaker, Hlubi Mboya, best known as ‘Nandipa’ in Isidingo, is also a first-timer and is teamed up with racing driver, Gugu Zulu. Mboya says her mantra is to keep calm and take one day at a time. Not always possible with cramping legs, sore hands, stiff shoulders and the Cape wind, which were the elements the back markers faced today. “One bite size at a time; this is how I am going to work this thing. It is tougher than I expected but I . . .
Cape Town, 26 March 2014 CEOs from a cross section of industries gathered on Wednesday, 5 March at Old Mutual House in Constantia for a ground-breaking dialogue on the topic, “Business as a force for good”. The event, which was hosted by strategic HR consultancy The Fresh Group for a select group of its CEO clients, saw business leaders debate how to shape the future of enterprise, and conceptualise a new way forward which would entail a “profit plus” mindset. Keynote speaker Peter Willis, Chairman of the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainable Leadership, presented the notion of business as a force for good, and how to replace the fading dream of perpetual economic growth with a more enriching and sustainable model for enterprise. Willis emphasised that most businesses plan no more than three to five years in the future, whereas the average lifespan of our children will exceed that planning timeframe by one hundred years – hence the need for a much longer term view. Willis then facilitated a dialogue between the 20 attendees, who debated that values in business needed to shift away from the single-minded pursuit of super profits. While commercial gain will always drive business, the need for profit will need to co-exist with a new set of rules for enterprise which should include the redistribution of capital as a measure of success, and the building of trust between business and government. “Leaders need to think differently about how to plan for their future,” said Rowan Belchers, founder and CEO of The Fresh Group. “Given the world’s finite resources, business as usual is no longer a valid approach to take. It was inspiring to observe young business minds grapple with the idea of instilling a culture of profit plus sustainability in their organizations. In being open to another way forward for enterprise, and in challenging the existing status quo, they displayed plenty of courageous leadership. “Armed with a real grasp on the need for . . .
The deadline for entries to the second annual South African Arts Journalism Awards is fast approaching! “We have received submissions from across the media spectrum – articles published in print and online, podcasts and radio broadcasts, TV and Youtube material, and a range of arts photography,” says Chris Thurman, convenor of the judging panel. “But we have increased the size of the judging panel for this year’s Awards in anticipation of many more entries yet to come.” The Awards, an initiative of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and Business and Arts South Africa (BASA), identify excellence, expertise and creativity. In doing so, they promote the practice of arts and cultural journalism, strengthen its national profile and celebrate its importance, range, diversity, fluidity and vitality. “The work of our country’s arts journalists is hugely important to our industry,” Festival CEO Tony Lankester said. “As observers, critics, commentators and analysts, journalists are an important link between artists and audiences. A good journalist will help us contextualise and make sense of the work of our artists. Their words, pictures and sound will help us engage more deeply with our artists, and acknowledge the role they play in our complex society.” “Just as they hold us to high standards, so too do we need to recognise those journalists who are the peak of their profession and who go about their work with integrity and passion,” Lankester continued. Once again the awards will recognise arts journalism from across the media spectrum and, as promised last year, in 2014 Photography is to be recognised as a standalone category. Work will be assessed, broadly, in three categories: text (print and online), images (photography) and audio/video material (radio, television, podcasts, vodcasts and other digital content). Competition guidelines, rules for submission and further details can be downloaded from www.nationalartsfestival.co.za or . . .
A reader has asked the Property Poser experts to assist with a matter involving an uncooperative managing agent who was appointed by the trustees to oversee the sectional title complex in which she resides. The resident explains that the complex is riddled with issues that seem to be the result of poor maintenance, inadequate waterproofing and poor drainage. As a result, carports are rusting, brick paving is bulging, buildings are cracking and roofs are leaking. The exasperated reader now wishes to correspond with the trustees of the complex and the other owners to notify them of the poor financial management by the trustees. To this end, she asked the managing agent for their contact details. The managing agent has provided her with names and the unit numbers of the persons involved but refuses to provide any further information. Although the trustees' meetings would be the place to raise such issues, the reader appears to want to take a different approach and correspond in writing with those concerned, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "She has done some research of her own regarding her legal rights and discovered that the Sectional Titles Act provides for the managing agent to furnish the names and addresses of the trustees and owners in a scheme." Van der Merwe says the reader also mentions that the Promotion of Access to Information Act could be utilised to access the information she requires. "It would appear that the managing agent has complied, in a technical sense, with his duty to supply the names and addresses." His refusal to supply e-mail and postal addresses is not a transgression of the Sectional Titles Act, says Van der Merwe. "The Promotion of Access to Information Act sets out several principles and methods that apply to the manner in which one can set about gathering information." In utilising this legislation, the reader could approach the managing agent and request . . .
When more than forty of Cape Town’s top musical talent get together you know that Cape Town is in for a superb party. Make a date to be in the historic centre of the city for the very first Sounds Fringe Festival set to rock the city from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 March. From noon to 10pm across the four days and with more than 60 performances to enjoy where else would you want to be? With venues all within walking distance, you can follow the beat for performances by artists that include Farryl Purkiss, Alvin Dyers, Errol Dyers, Tete Mbambisa, The Rudimentals, Jeremy Olivier, Emily Bruce, Saudiq Khan, Albaire, Hassanada's, Beatenberg, Sterling EQ. Don’t miss Reza Khota, Francesca Biancoli, Amanda Tiffin, Spencer Mbadu, Gerald Clark, Amy Campbell, Sui Generis, Adamu, Philip Malan, Kanimambo, Nick Turner, Blackie Tempi , Touchwood, Dan Shout, Manny Walters and many more as they share their sounds across the City. Visiting Norwegian trumpeter Arne Hiorth, already well known in the city for his work with developing musicians, will also take the stage with his band members and a 100 strong choir when they present their “Song of Freedom” during the event. Music rules when Mandela Rhodes Place, Motherland Coffee Company, The Twankey Bar, The Reserve at the Taj, the Crypt and Inn on the Square join the Iziko Slave Lodge and Iziko Old Townhouse (to be confirmed) in putting on their glad rags to celebrate the musical talent that Cape Town is known for. For the full programme (subject to change) see www.soundsfringecapetown.co.za. Whatever your taste, Sounds Fringe Festival has it! From rock to folk, acoustic guitar to Latin, jazz, afro pop and township jazz or simply music for your soul, the line up offers it all. Fringe festivals are designed to create platforms for the new and the unusual and the Sounds Fringe Festival will be doing just this - promoting South African cultural and indigenous music, arts and culture. Across the world the concept of . . .
It can take up to 6 months or more to find a job during a period of unemployment. Globally, on average, the unemployed are experiencing longer periods of joblessness than before the financial crisis. Employers are favouring the newly unemployed when jobs do become available. This increases the risk of skills degradation and obsolescence. The resultant skills mismatch has the effect of discouraging work seekers from looking for work. The ILO Global Employment Trends 2014 Report calls for governments to implement active labour market policies to address this inactivity and skills mismatch. Labour market policies to attract discouraged workers could include: • Public and private sector matching of discouraged workers with available employment opportunities; • Incentivize discouraged workers to re-engage in the labour market through investment in their upgrading and re-skilling which includes entrepreneurial skills programmes and vocational training; and • Promote skills development in order that workers gain skills that are in demand in the labour market. Research conducted by the Insurance Sector Training Authority (INSETA) shows that many workers in the insurance industry chose to take voluntary packages and resign during the economic downturn. At the same time, increased professional requirements to be FAIS ‘fit and proper’ contributed to the loss of skilled people from the sector. INSETA participated in the Training Layoff initiative spearheaded by the UIF, but was hampered by the fact that there were no large scale retrenchments in the insurance industry. Retrenchments took place in small pockets, and were often anticipated by voluntary resignations. A small number of workers who were identified for retrenchment participated in INSETAs’ retraining initiatives. They were funded on customised insurance skills programmes that were in demand in the labour market. This facilitated their successful re-entry into the labour market. The most recent Quarterly . . .
4 days of sailing and 9 races later Blaine and Roxanne Dodds sailing for Knysna Yacht Club finally clinched the 2014 Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals - a title that has eluded them for the last three years of keen competition in Algoa Bay. The three days of sailing presented a range of conditions but Port Elizabeth saved the best for last. A mid morning start for bridge and officials saw the support team dotted around the still bay in the windless conditions whilst the fleet waited for the call for the final race which came at 1:30 pm as the promised South South East made it's appearance over Cape Receife and settled into 9 to 10 knots. An over eager start saw the dreaded Black Flag being raised for the restart and the slow jostle for the line began - two boats were adjudged over at the start; Andrew and Angela Ward from Algoa Bay Yacht Club and David and Rebecca Scott from the Dar Es Salaam Yacht Club earning them an OCS and maximum points of 31 points each. The Dodds pair sailed a faultless and conservative race - getting ahead of the second placed William and Lucinda Edwards and covering them the whole course. Belinda and Ryan Hayward slipped in between the Edwards' and Dodds' boat to gain second place and a clear winner was apparent with Blaine and Roxanne finishing the regatta on 13 points with the Edwards' 2 points behind and the Haywards' trailing a further 20 points behind in third place. The top Port Elizabeth based boat finished in 4th place sailed by Robert Archibald and daughter Alexa. Despite two OCS' Andrew and Angela Ward sailed to 7th place in the 30 boat fleet. The top three finishers overall: Blaine and Roxanne Dodds - Knysna Yacht Club on 13 points William and Lucinda Edwards - Knysna Yacht Club on 15 points Belinda and Ryan Hayward - Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club on 35 points. Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res . . .
Shifty conditions greeted the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals fleet on Saturday 22 March 2014 - the 3rd and 2nd last day of sailing. After no sailing on the first day in Port Elizabeth the shifty conditions presented a challenge for Race Officer Doug Allison who had his mark laying crews shifting the course as the wind swung from North to North West to West to South West where it settled for the day. Four races were sailed in winds increasing from 7 to 22 knots with the last race completed just as the wind increased to over 25 knots at 4:00 pm. A short chop and decent wind made for some exhilarating sailing as Blaine and Roxanne Dodds reveled in the strong conditions to draw level with William and Lucinda Edwards on 12 points each but placed first by virtue of their four 1st places over the 8 races sailed so far. The discard has kicked in and helped Andrew and Angela Ward to move into 3rd place on 32 points - a scant one point ahead of Belinda and Ryan Hayward on 33 points. With one day to go the battle royal will be for 1st and 2nd place and 3rd and 4th. The top three finishers overall on Day 3: William and Lucinda Edwards - Knysna Yacht Club on 12 points Blaine and Roxanne Dodds - Knysna Yacht Club on 12 points Andrew and Angela Ward - Algoa Bay Yacht Club on 32 points. Photos: Andrew Fourie and Chad Bilsbury sailing for LDYC and currently in 9th place. Mark Kopel and Laura Ilgner sailing for LDYC and currently in 26th place. Blaine and Roxxane Dodds sailing for KYC and currently in 1st place. All Photo's credit: Alan Straton Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: ABYC. Blaine and Roxxane Dodds sailing for KYC and currently in 1st place.. Photo by: Alan Straton . Photo by: Mark Kopel and Laura Ilgner sailing for LDYC and currently in 26th place. Andrew Fourie and Chad Bilsbury . . .
Mountain bikers who sign up on April 1 for this year's FedGroup Berg & Bush can look forward to some radical route changes, organisers have announced. The eighth edition of the popular stage race takes place near Winterton in the Central Drakensberg in October. Race director Gary Green said the three-day Descent and Great Trek routes would feature brand-new trails coming down off the escarpment into the Tugela Valley bushveld around Spioenkop. "New farms with great new single-track have been discovered and we're also looking at innovative ways to cross Spioenkop Dam. "Our tunnel of floating JoJo tanks that we used to cross the Tugela River washed away in the recent floods, so we're also investigating new possibilities there." Green said would-be participants could enter either the three-day races or the original two-day event. "A few riders enter all three and stay for 11 days as they think the riding is that good!" He said the field had been marginally increased to allow cyclists on the waiting list a chance to enter. "The event is mainly for two-man teams but we do allow solo entries in the Great Trek." Green said those riders who took part last year would be guaranteed an entry if they entered and paid in full by April 4. "We really do value their support." Once the events were fully subscribed, he said additional entrants would be placed on a waiting list and notified via e-mail should spaces become available due to cancellations. While anyone could enter any of the three events, Green said the Descent would be the official prize money race for the men's and mixed teams. "This year, prize money in the women's racing category will be awarded only in the Great Trek, while only medals will be given to the first five ladies' teams in the Descent. "We believe that this option suits the ladies as the Great Trek field is smaller, you get your own tent, great food and roving mechanics to help with mechanicals along the . . .
After no sailing on the first day of the Boardwalk Hobie 16 Nationals being sailed in Port Elizabeth from 20 to 23 March 2014, day two saw an early start in a East North East which then swung to the South East and stayed steady. Varying wind strengths ranging from 4 to 12 knots saw the fleet challenged for 4 races in a sea state ranging from flat to long chop. Four races were sailed - all on a gated sausage with two rounds to the finish off of Hobie Beach giving good sightings for spectators enjoying the sunshine and Shark Rock viewpoint. Fresh from their Hobie Worlds Masters win in Australia this year, William and Lucinda Edwards dominated the day with two firsts and two thirds for a nett point tally of 8 and seven points in the lead ahead of arch rivals, Blaine and Roxanne Dodds with a smorgasbord of placings - 1st, 2nd, 4th and 8th. The Dodds and Edwards teams are sailing for Knysna Yacht Club. Finishing the day on third are Belinda and Ryan Hayward from Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club with 17 points and the first local boat is in fourth place with Robert Archibald at the helm and crew, daughter Alexa, on 22 points. Race 2 was sailed under a black flag (under a black flag if any boat crosses the start line within the last minute before the start then it is immediately disqualified and marked OCS) unfortunatey for local sailing team Andrew and Angela Ward they were judged OCS and now carry an additional 31 points which they will be happy to discard as soon as th efirst discard race kicks in. The Top three finishers today: William and Lucinda Edwards - Knysna Yacht Club on 8 points Blaine and Roxanne Dodds - Knysna Yacht Club on 15 points Belinda and Ryan Hayward - Fish Hoek Beach Sailing Club on 17 points Sailing on Saturday 22 March looks as if it will be challenging with a 8 - 16 knot North North West swinging to South West and a high temperature of 32 degrees centigrade and no cloud cover. Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images . . .