With less than 48 hours until the torch is lit to mark the start of the 2012 Olympic Games, a local Cape Town girl wins her very own gold. 12 year old Zara Wichman was named the regional best letter-writer for her letter to Olympic silver medallist Sasha Cohen. Wichman earned prize money of R5 000 for herself and R15 000 for her school, Star of the Sea Convent Shool, with her letter in the South African Post Office (SA Post Office) International Letter-Writing competition. The topic for the 2012 letter writing competition was “write a letter to an athlete or sports figure you admire to explain what the Olympics mean to you.” The competition is run annually by the Universal Postal Union (UPU) and the winning entry from each country competes for the title of “best letter writer”. Wichman chose to write her letter to Sasha Cohen and express her thanks and gratitude for being such a wonderful role model. In her letter she articulated the values of the Olympic Games, what the Games meant to her and how she was looking forward to supporting South Africa’s sporting heroes. “I think that it is amazing how you took part in an event where absolutely EVERYONE was trying to achieve excellence and you did so well,” Wichman said in her letter. “I am well and truly amazed.” The SA Post Office received thousands of entries for the International Letter Writing Competition and judging by the volumes of letters received, Olympic favourites are Oscar Pistorius, Caster Semenya and Natalie du Toit. “The South African Post Office is delighted by the letters received. Learners showed remarkable insight into the history of the Olympic Games and what they symbolise,” said Martie Gilchrist, SA Post Office regional communication manager. “It was encouraging to see the children so enthusiastic about our Olympic team.” For more information visit www.postoffice.co.za Ends More Info: http://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricanPostOffice Author: Alex de Kock from . . . .
This week a reader asks the Property Poser experts whether a managing agent is allowed to lead the body corporate of a sectional title complex and give advice. In addition, as a trustee of the complex in which he resides, he is concerned about a situation in which one or two of his fellow trustees are trying to take control. According to Charlotte Vermaak from Chas Everitt in Port Elizabeth, a management agent is an individual or firm appointed by a body corporate or homeowners’ association to manage the property on its behalf. “Although the agent has the contractual responsibility for the management of the property, the ultimate responsibility will always rest with the trustees of a body corporate or the directors of a homeowners’ association.” Of course, says Vermaak, if a managing agent has been appointed, it would only be to the trustees’ advantage to at least consider the agent’s advice, as he or she would be typically knowledgeable on the subject. “However, it’s not compulsory for the trustees to appoint an agent, and many smaller schemes manage their affairs without assistance due to the competence and active participation of the owners.” Especially in medium to large-sized schemes, the workload involved in managing the affairs of a body corporate and lack of compensation usually encourages trustees to appoint a managing agent, says Vermaak. “In terms of the prescribed management rules, the agent must be appointed by written contract for an initial period of one year, with one month’s written notice of termination to be given by either party thereafter.” The scope of the managing agent’s services will be specifically stipulated in the contract of appointment, says Rian du Toit from DTS Attorneys in PE. “Generally, however, he or she will control, manage and administer the common property as well as any obligations the body corporate has to any public or local authority on behalf of section owners.” Du Toit says the functions . . .
20th Century Masters: the human figure at the Standard Bank Gallery from 13 July to 15 September 2012 The Standard Bank Gallery, currently exhibiting 20th Century Masters: the human figure, will extend its weekend opening hours until 16:00 on Saturdays, due to public demand. “We have been overwhelmed by the public’s positive response to the exhibition so far, and would like as many people as possible to have a chance to see this remarkable collection of work” says Mandie van der Spuy, Head of Arts Sponsorships at Standard Bank. 20th Century Masters: the human figure comprises a selection of approximately 50works from the collections of France’s leading provincial cultural institutions.Curated by Sylvie Ramond, director of the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, the exhibition includes works by some of France’s most acclaimed modernists, as well as more contemporary French artists and a few other giants of the international art world who have connections with France. The exhibition offers a fascinating survey of various ways in which mainly French artists have depicted the human body over the last 100 years through painting, printmaking, film and photography. Some of these artists, such as Fernand Leger, Georges Braque, Pablo Picasso, Henri Matisse, Félix Vallotton, Victor Brauner and Wilfredo Lam, are renowned pioneers of early modernism. They are acclaimed for their contribution towards freeing the artist from the traditional responsibility to depict the human body naturalistically by adopting a subjective approach to reality and a new focus on innovation and personalised expression. The exhibition also showcases works by 19th-century greats such as Gustav Courbet, Jean-Francois Millet and Edouard Manet, and artists associated with Impressionism including Berthe Morisot, Edgar Degas and August Renoir. Free Public Walkabouts will be conducted by art historian Marion Dixon, every Friday between 13:00 and 14:00, for the duration of the exhibition. This . . .
The Northern Cape is once again in the spotlight with Kathu being nominated in the Kwêla and Rapport Town of the Year competition. The hugely popular competition is run on a regional basis with towns being nominated to represent each region. The regional winners will go up against each other in August. Kathu means “town under the trees” and was named for the forest of indigenous camel thorn trees in which it is located. This forest is reckoned to be one of only two in the world and has been recognised as a national heritage site. Considered as the iron capital of the Northern Cape, this rustic town has a special ambience that has enticed residents and visitors for years with its unique blend of country-style living and modern development. The town and surrounding areas offer visitors a treasure trove of exciting experiences ranging from abseiling to 4x4 trips, game and bird watching, a recreation resort with camping, fishing and horse-riding facilities as well as a sports club. Visitors can also explore the mining history of the region during a mine tour of the world’s largest open-cast iron mine. Keen golfers should not miss playing a couple of rounds at the beautiful Sishen Golf and Country Club on the outskirts of town, rated as one of the top 20 courses in the country. Accommodation facilities range from luxury four-star lodges, star-graded bed and breakfasts to guests farms or camping facilities. Kathu is located in the heart of the Kalahari region of the Northern Cape, an area world-renowned for its spectacular scenic beauty. With its vast open plains interspersed by the undulating red dunes of the Kalahari desert, the region is perfectly geared for outdoor pursuits ranging from hiking to game viewing and is a gateway to world-famous safari destinations Namibia and Botswana. Do vote for Kathu and ensure its place in the finals, SMS Kathu to 33157 from 29 July till 7 August. Fabulous prizes are up for grabs for anyone who enters the SMS competition, . . .
In the spirit of celebrating Nelson Mandela’s 94th Birthday and dedicating this day to his life’s work with charity organizations, and the 67 years that he spent fighting for humanity, Boomtown Strategic Brand Agency has uplifted the surrounding community, donated to those in need, and helped animals on this special Mandela Day. Boomtown’s Port Elizabeth office came out in full force with all 51 staff members gearing up to revitalize and renew their surroundings, offering support to the Animal Welfare Society and the Holy Trinity Church, by donating food parcels, blankets, pet food and clothes that Boomtown has collected over the past few months. This could not have come at a better time since the recent floods destroyed many homes. Nine households next to Boomtown were fixed and cleaned up, by mowing the lawns, pruning the gardens, painting the fences and removing and replacing broken windows. The initiative started as a way to beautify the surrounding areas and to create a change within the community, a lasting change. “Today we have uplifted the lives of 9 impoverished families living on our doorstep, numerous needy children and desperate city dwellers, and wagged the tails of a pack of furry friends. It was our call to action, to embody what we stand for – to create explosive, magical moments that effect change – in other words, to ‘Live for the Boom’. With all the other initiatives around the country, we hope this will help ensure that Mr Mandela’s legacy is continued”, said Wayne Harrison, Boomtown’s Managing Director. This day has the ability to create change within society, and Boomtown has succeeded in doing so with the collective collaberaton and very kind assistance from Earthcote, National Glass, Bridge Street brewery, Roast Master, and DMV architecture. More Info: http://www.facebook.com/BoomtownSA Author: Gabriela Vleeschouwer from Boomtown. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One . . .
VISI loves paper architects, oversized lamps, hanging calabashes for snoozing pets, cheeky Orbit chairs, sexy leg-shaped toothbrushes, and book-end floors; and its new owner New Media is sure that readers will find at least ‘33 Reasons to Still Love VISI’ in its transformed Winter Issue, on shelf Wednesday, 18 July. The new format features an uber-cool new masthead, different size, paper selection (which changes throughout the magazine to give readers an exciting tactile experience) and visually impactful graphic language -- all part of the redesign of the magazine by Durban-based graphic art talent and indie publisher Garth Walker. Walker worked with VISI editor Sumien Brink to develop the new look in synch with New Media’s strategy for VISI, which is to reinvigorate the award-winning design and decor magazine with refreshed graphics and content, as well as a new print schedule. Four bumper seasonal issues and two special interest editions of VISI will be published per year. From Reason No 1 –‘We tell you where to shop’, to Reason No 15 – ‘We find beauty in fragile things’, to Reason No 24 – ‘We show you beautiful craft’, the Winter issue is filled with soft, creamy, wooly, sharp, woody, pink and shiny design ideas that editor Brink says “are certain to catch the eye and captivate the imagination of any decor lover.” Brink adds: “In our ’33 Reasons to Still Love VISI’ feature, we wanted to highlight the top reasons why VISI is still everybody’s favourite design mag, but I have to say that in this stunning issue, there are far more than 33 reasons to love VISI.” Seventy pages of magnificent and diverse houses feature upfront in the issue, from an artist’s home on the banks of the Crocodile River to Frank Lloyd Wright-inspired family home in Cape Town. As VISI recognizes that for many of us, pets are people too, the magazine delves beyond the human to the home of globetrotting Cape Town-based dog Oscar, and touts a host of the latest chic doggie sleeping . . .
After kayaking almost 350 kilometres down the waterways of northern Botswana, dodging hippos and crocs, walking 125 kilometres through the Chobe National Park from Savuti Marsh to Goha Gate, and then kayaking another 232 kilometres on the mighty Zambezi river, the Tracks of Giants team reached the waterfront on the edge of Livingstone, Zambia on Wednesday, July 11. This marked the end of the second kayak leg as well as the 2,500 kilometre half-way mark for the entire Tracks of Giants journey. Specialist wilderness guide, photojournalist and naturalist Ian Michler, and medical doctor, psychiatrist, writer and conservationist, Ian McCallum, are two of the core members of the Tracks team. They are joined by a backup team, and various sponsors and supporters along the way in this epic 5,000 kilometre journey to raise international awareness of the importance of corridor and transfrontier park conservation and the understanding of the human-animal interface in southern Africa. They are travelling along ancient elephant migration routes, and are carrying an elephant collar donated by conservation organisation, Elephants Without Borders (EWB). “It is a symbol of how we’ve learned from monitoring elephants and how that knowledge has become our path, leading us towards positive conservation efforts,” says Kelly Landen of EWB. Landen and Dr Mike Chase, also from EWB guided the Tracks of Giants team through Chobe and the Linyanti Floodplain in Botswana. This elephant collar will be deployed onto an elephant in the Chobe area after the expedition has been completed. According to Michler, “The last few days of the kayak leg in Botswana ended in a multitude of magnificent elephant sightings – family herds or groups of bulls around almost every bend!” One of the aims of Tracks of Giants is to rekindle the rapidly declining indigenous knowledge base of the human-animal interface, and indigenous solutions to conservation challenges and issues. Guided by EWB, the team . . .
This week the Property Poser panel looks at the ramifications of a situation where the conveyancing attorney paid out an estate agent’s commission before he was entitled to do so. A reader writes that he paid a deposit into the attorney’s trust account, which was earmarked for transfer costs. The attorney instead used the money to pay the agent’s commission and, when confronted by the reader, admitted that he paid the agent “prematurely”. The inappropriate payment of monies held in trust by a conveyancing attorney, or any attorney for that matter, is viewed in a very serious light, says Rian du Toit from DTS Attorneys in Port Elizabeth. “The nature of the attorney’s trust account is that funds are held for a specific purpose on behalf of another party. The attorney can only act on the instructions of the party who paid the monies.” Du Toit says the other part of the problem here revolves around the fact that an estate agent earns commission on fulfilment of his or her mandate. “Unless the mandate stipulates differently, this is when a binding agreement of sale takes place between the seller and a willing and able purchaser, culminating in the transfer of ownership.” The payment of the said commission therefore takes place on the date of registration of transfer, says Du Toit. “In terms of the Estate Agents’ Code of Conduct, an agent may not receive any commission on a sale that is subject to a suspensive condition until that condition is met.” Du Toit says examples would be a mortgage loan approval or the sale of another property. “The agreement only becomes binding once the suspensive condition has been fulfilled.” The same applies where the agreement contains a resolutive condition, which means the sale can still fall away before transfer, says Charlotte Vermaak from Chas Everitt in PE. “In the event that the parties should agree to payment before conditions have been met, this must be consented to by the party liable for payment of . . .
The University of Johannesburg added to its medal tally during the University Sport South Africa championships that took place at tertiary institutions across the country in July. The university’s men’s hockey side and first squash team took gold in their respective tournaments, while its Soweto Campus came out tops in the rugby C-section. UJ’s netball and men’s and women’s basketball teams also featured on the podium, claiming bronze in these disciplines. The results take the university’s mid-year USSA tally to 14, including four gold, five silver and five bronze medals. In March, the academic institution opened its account with three silvers at the USSA rowing sprints at Vanderkloof Dam near Colesberg in March. The UJ crews claimed runner-up spots in the men’s, women’s and overall categories. The university hosted the track and field events the following month, winning the men’s section and taking third in the women’s. Their collective results gave UJ a silver medal overall. Manager of sports clubs Adrian Carter said UJ’s position as one of the top-rated sporting institutions could be attributed to the university’s investment in infrastructure and coaching, as well as the calibre of student it attracted. “We have many structures in place that create a very enabling environment for student-athletes.” Although the university placed an emphasis on academic ahead of sporting achievements, Carter said it provided support and flexibility on an individual basis. “We promote the complete ‘student experience’, which helps to prepare our student-athletes for the pressures of both the university and outside world. A student-athlete who performs well in the lecture hall will invariably perform well on the sports field.” Furthermore, he said university sport played a critical role in developing sport at national level. “If one looks at the athletes selected for the 2012 London Olympic Games, a high percentage was developed by the university . . .
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr has contributed a substantial amount to the Rhino Action Group Effort (RAGE). RAGE was set up by Lead SA (a Primedia Broadcasting and Independent Newspapers initiative) to assist in the fight against the illegal rhino poaching scourge. Brent Williams, CEO of Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr says, “We are grateful to RAGE, Lead SA and all involved in this on-going campaign to root out Rhino poaching. Not only does this campaign provide us with an opportunity to supplement our firm’s corporate social investment strategy but we are comforted by the knowledge that our contribution will be appropriately applied by RAGE for its intended purpose.” RAGE was designed to be a safe conduit for public contributions to this cause, whether they be financial, material or in the form of skills and information. There is evidence that there is a huge groundswell of public support for campaigns to protect the rhino, but that many people are deterred from contributing either because they are unable to decide which of the many rhino-related organisations they should support, or because they are afraid that their donations may be diverted into the wrong hands. RAGE was therefore conceived as a safe haven for public contributions, so that people can with confidence turn their anger into effective action. RAGE does not directly carry out work on the ground, but supports those who do. When contributions are received, whether monetary or in kind (or expertise), RAGE's committee of volunteer experts (ecologists, game reserve owners, members of government, media professionals, economists etc.) collectively decides where they can best be utilised. RAGE mounts campaigns to build public awareness of issues associated with rhino poaching, and lobbies appropriate authorities for support. RAGE has the full support of the South African Police, and of South African National Parks. ends More Info: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker . . .