England based Portsmouth University Cricket Club (PUCC) enjoyed a fruitful cricket tour in Cape Town last week. As part of their experience in the Mother City the group linked up with the Gary Kirsten Foundation (GKF) to assist needy communities along their travels. The enthusiastic group of students donated over R50 000 to the foundation to help build much needed facilities. It was a partnership which was established before they reached South Africa with the group identifying the GKF as an initiative that they wanted to get behind months ago. “It was wonderful to have the guys from Portsmouth University over. The money that they have donated will go a long way in helping to build the game among disadvantaged people in The Western Cape,” GKC Coaching Director, Ryan Van Niekerk said. He continued, “They raised the money back home through marathons, cycling, swimming long distances and other events. These guys genuinely care and want to give back.” In addition they also sent non-playing personnel to primary schools supported by the GKF like Siphamandla, Mpendulo, Chris Hani and Sivile. “The students ran clinics, helped with painting and cleaning up. It was good to see them get involved,” Van Niekerk added. Kirsten was full of praise for the students and grateful for their hearty contribution. “We’ve been so encouraged by the support from PUCC and the GKF are humbled by their efforts to raise funds and awareness. Its heart warming to see what can be achieved when we work together to serve and make positive impacts in the life of others. The students of Portsmouth University who have committed to this cause are all champions in my eyes.” Kirsten beamed. Club representative Holly Morgan said working alongside the GKF was a highly enriching experience. "We feel so fortunate to have contributed to such a deserving cause. A huge congratulations goes the GKF coaches for all of their efforts and success. I was especially overwhelmed by the standard of cricket the . . .
Four local kitchen designers have been tasked with incorporating the ‘Simplicity in Design’ theme while creating a user-friendly space for the home at this year’s Decorex Cape Town Franke Kitchen Design Project running from 27 to 30 April. This popular kitchen feature – endorsed by The Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) – will see leading Western Cape kitchen designers; Hollywood Kitchens, Unique Kitchens and Gardner Interior Concepts, crafting aspirational kitchen models using quality products supplied by Franke SA. “It’s always exciting to see what interesting designs emanate from the Western Cape,” said Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter. “After months of preparation, they are given prime space to interpret this year’s hottest trends, maximising on the area provided with a functional, yet enchanting kitchen feature.” Besides centring the installation around the ‘Simplicity in Design’ theme with the inclusion of the latest Franke products, each designer is given creative space to craft an eye-catching yet practical kitchen which will be critically judged by representatives from both Franke SA and KSA on various criteria. These include overall appeal, utilisation of space, kitchen flow, user-friendliness and quality of materials used. Once the final decision has been made, the winner will be awarded an incredible R10 000 worth of Franke SA products as well as invaluable ongoing support following the event. “There are so many exciting developments in design and products within the kitchen industry and it is always interesting to see how these are incorporated by various experts in the field,” said Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of KSA. “The kitchen is central to every home which is why Franke Kitchen Design Project is such an integral feature of the Decorex SA events. It’s always a privilege to be involved in this feature which brings so many of our KSA members together for meaningful exchange.” Winner of the 2016 Decorex Cape Town . . .
This year, SAIPA proudly celebrates 35 years of distinguished achievement. The Institute’s contributions not only to the accounting profession, but to economic growth and social upliftment in South Africa, positions it as a guardian of integrity and a catalyst for change. We are enormously proud of the initiatives we have recently undertaken in this regard: Economic empowerment and education SAIPA has, from its inception, supported the empowerment of all social groups in the accounting industry. Currently, our campaigns and roadshows actively promote the profession as a career of choice. We’re also passionate about the growth and transformation of the profession and this is one of our strategic objectives. Empowerment is built on education and we pride ourselves on our two programmes, which include our annual National Accounting Olympiad that has been running for more than 10 years and has recently been extended to reach a bigger audience, with the inclusion of Grade 11 learners, as well as Grade 12s. This enables us to uncover more bright young minds in the country. In addition, our Project Achiever initiative - a joint effort by SAIPA and the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET) - brings about transformation in the accounting field by means of assisting black candidates who meet our qualifying criteria by funding their further studies with SAIPA. Whether it’s carrying out missions across the continent to strengthen accounting practices, or improving our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes, SAIPA is driven by an unrelenting energy for growth. Business rescue and contribution to legislation Late last year, SAIPA became one of two professional bodies accredited to regulate members who practice business rescue. The Companies Act allows for business rescue - the rehabilitation of financially distressed organisations. With this accreditation, we can provide our members with support and . . .
By participating in B2B meetings at the renowned South African international trade fair, SMEs in the water & power utility sector can benefit from EU support. This opportunity will help them expand their businesses abroad. The next Business Beyond Borders business connections event will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) at African Utility Week (AUW), a leading water and power utility trade fair, in May 2017. Business Beyond Borders (BBB) is a European Commission initiative to help EU businesses, in particular Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Clusters, operate internationally with the ultimate goal of increasing economic growth within and outside Europe. A series of business connections events are being organised to bring together SMEs and representatives from relevant clusters, with potential trading partners from Europe and abroad with the aim of assisting businesses to access new international markets. After a first successful business connections session at the Genera fair, which took place in the beginning of March in Madrid, BBB turns its attention to the biggest trade fair on the African continent. Hosting thousands of visitors each other, AUW is known for a strong representation of EU companies at the event, hosting national pavilions for Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and Czech Republic. Welcoming the upcoming BBB event, Commissioner Karmenu Vella said “By helping EU green SMEs operate internationally and by promoting green partnerships in target sectors, this Business Beyond Borders (BBB) business connections event at African Utility Week will help preserve our natural resources, promote clean energy and drive growth through a circular economy.” Thanks to the large network of partners and support entities, a unique package is being made available to businesses across the world in the water and power utility sector wishing to take part in AUW as members of the Business Beyond Borders delegation: . . .
Local South African sculptor, Hubert Barichievy will be launching his latest range of “Pop-Busts” on the 4th of May 2017 (First Thursday) at 91 Loop Street, Cape Town. Great art starts with a desire to express feeling, a story or an idea and that is exactly what can be found in Hubert Barichievy’s “Pop Bust” sculptures. Hubert’s passion for storytelling through art manifests itself in these incredible polyurethane elastomer busts of famous pop culture heroes. Each one of them representing a struggle, a talent or a part of history. These busts are not the only genius works that Hubert has created. Hubert’s background in sculpture started when he was commissioned by ZA News to turn South African satirist, Jonathan Shapiro’s political caricatures in to three dimensional puppets for one of their famous online skits. Shortly after this successful venture, he started applying his knowledge and skills to his own creations. Hubert’s quirkiness and incredible artistic range was clearly demonstrated during his commission work for Fox P2. Hubert was tasked with creating portrait busts out of cheddar cheese as part of a marketing campaign for Parmalat. It was then that Hubert realised not only his talent for sculpture but his passion for it. The first of Hubert’s busts were created a few years ago. The initial three muses were all highly acclaimed and instantly recognisable artists themselves; namely Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. Subsequently the series has been extended to incorporate other significant people of the 20th and 21st century such as Desmond Tutu, Banksy, Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein. The series includes 25 pop culture icons which will be on display and for sale on the 4 May 2017 at 91 Loop Street, Cape Town. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 April, 2017 – Providing users with an unconfined mobile experience, the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a refined, ‘unboxed’ design, enhanced security with new biometric technologies, robust entertainment capabilities and an intelligent new interface to enhance the way people interact with their phone. This is according to Craige Fleischer, Director Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa, who highlights the top 8 features of the S8 below. Refined Design “The Galaxy S8 builds on Samsung’s design heritage with a large Infinity Display, a bezel-less, dual-edge display that takes up more than 80 percent of the phone’s front screen,” he says. “Visually obtrusive elements are minimal, resulting in more tangible screen space. An invisible Home button embedded underneath the screen functions just like a physical button while Recent and Back buttons are now customisable soft keys.” Available locally in three colours including Midnight Black, the all-new Orchid Gray and Maple Gold, the Galaxy S8’s subtle curvature flows from the front of the device to the back to create a more ergonomic grip ideal for one-handed operation. The phone’s camera, fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor have been incorporated on the back of the device in a way that minimises protrusions, ensuring a sleek aesthetic at any angle. One Unified Experience Designed around the Infinity Display, the UX of the Galaxy S8 was developed to add convenience and enhance the flow of user interactions. Like the display itself, the UX is seamless, unifying visual and audio components to create one continuous experience. The default wallpaper of the customisable Always On Display complements the colour of the phone, while its aesthetic transitions smoothly to the Lock and Home screens. Meanwhile, a new vertical swiping interface provides seamless navigation between the Home and App screens. Even the phone’s app icons and typography incorporate the Galaxy . . .
South Africa's oldest ocean sailing race - the Vasco Da Gama will see the third and last (for now) running of the race from Durban to Port Elizabeth start on Thursday 27 April in Durban at midday. The straight line distance for this 46th edition of the race is 400 nautical miles (740 kilometres), which can increase somewhat if the wind is against the yachts sailing down the coast. The course for 2018 has yet to be announced. After a large fleet in 2016 it appears that the Cape to Rio race, the Mauritius to Durban race, the economy and the drought has played havoc with the entries this year with 11 entries received and only 7 boats competing after others withdrew for a variety of reasons. The Durban to PE course for the Vasco represents a tough race along the Wild Coast which continues to test the yachts, crews, navigators and skippers all the way to the finish. The larger yachts will go far offshore looking for the extra 4 or 5 knots advantage from the Agulhas Current which sweeps down Africa's east coast. The smaller yachts with smaller crew - like ABYC's lone entry, Wallbanger with four onboard - will zigzag down the coast hoping that the shorter distance and slower flowing current will be just the ticket to beat the other entrants. Flying the Algoa Bay Yacht Club flag on Wallbanger - a Simonis 35 foot Design - will be skipper John Tudehope with crew Alan Straton, Morgan Griffiths and Mark Dawson. For Tudehope and Straton this will be their third Vasco da Gama Race on Wallbanger and they will be aiming to emulate the 2015 race when they won the Dave Cox Memorial Trophy for 1st PHRF over the line. As the only representative of ABYC, Wallbanger are quite confident of receiving the trophy for the 1st ABYC boat on handicap. Point Yacht Club organiser of the Vasco da Gama race, Richard Crockett refers to the race as; "A navigator's race giving many choices of courses coupled with the wind direction and fast flowing Agulhas current presenting unknowns . . .
A new World Bank study presents a sobering assessment of the financial health of electricity utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa, and suggests how utilities can be profitable while extending affordable services for the poor. “A central but under-reported issue on the movement to reach universal access is the financial health of electricity utilities. Less than half of utilities cover operating expenditures while several countries lose in excess of US$0.25 per kWh sold. In this context, it will be difficult for utilities to maintain existing assets, let alone facilitate the expansion needed to reach universal access goals,” said Lucio Monari, Director, Energy and Extractive Global Practice at the World Bank. Mr Monari will address the Utility CEO Forum at the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from 16-18 May and present results of a recent World Bank study: “Making Power Affordable for Africa and Viable for Its Utilities”. The study looked at utility financial statements and power tariffs in more than 40 countries, and spending data in household surveys for 22 countries. “It remains surprisingly difficult to get basic bread-and-butter data such as tariff schedules, operational performance data, and financial statements. We focused heavily on raw data collection directly from Sub-Saharan utilities. This study’s strength is that it distils lessons from dozens of countries. We hope it will help make Africa’s power sector financially sustainable and advance the goal of universal access to electricity,” Mr Monari explained. Key messages from the report suggest several ways of recovering the cost of supply and making electricity affordable: One third of countries may become financially viable through improving operational efficiency. It is almost certain that increasing tariffs will be needed in the remaining two-thirds of the countries studied. Individual meters in poor households can help utilities target cross-subsidies better. Installing . . .
No country has ever reduced poverty without investing substantially in energy. Not only is it central to all human development goals, but it is also central to how we are globally dealing with climate change. Earth Day (22 April) is an important reminder for all South Africans to be cognisant of their country’s energy situation especially now, as the Government is facing several important and life-changing decisions. The South African government made two important announcements: The Department of Mineral Resources said that shale gas fracking in the Karoo would go ahead while the Treasury Department has said they are in the process of deciding whether to move forward with the controversial nuclear deal. While there is a massive energy need on the Continent, does the answer lie in large, slow-moving and expensive solutions that are potentially very damaging to the environment? Community scale renewable energy opportunities and solutions to address Africa’s energy needs will be dealt with at the first annual Energy Revolution Africa event, a co-located event at African Utility Week taking place in Cape Town from 16 – 18 May. It is also worth noting that the CSIR Energy Centre recently submitted their comments to the South Africa Integrated Resource Plan (IRP) that the Department of Energy is mandated to develop. Says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, Editor of ESI Africa and Energy Revolution Africa advisory board member: “The CSIR’s comments lean heavily towards a least-cost scenario, which consumes less water, has lower CO2 emissions and creates more employment opportunities than the Draft IRP 2016’s base case and carbon budget scenarios. It should also be noted that the study used pessimistic assumptions for new technologies and optimistic ones for established technologies.” According to Impact Amplifier’s Energy Provision at the Base of the Pyramid report Africa’s lack of adequate energy is directly related to systematic poverty on the continent. Says . . .
In the beginning of April, a local crowdfunding campaign, Eyethu Skatepark, was officially launched on Indiegogo and by the middle of the month the campaign was trending in New York City. The aim of the campaign is to build a skatepark that will empower, connect and integrate the children of Hout Bay. Vicki Scheffel, Project Co-Ordinator, says: “The Eyethu Skatepark initiative was borne from the need to give the at-risk youth of the Hout Bay community a safe space to come together. The community as it is, is severely lacking in safe community recreational spaces; we believe that it is important that that our youth have such spaces – they can be a creative outlet, or a way for kids to find their place.” The Eyethu Skatepark will be built at an interchange that will visually signify the coming together of a widely diverse racial, cultural and socio-economic community. The Eyethu Skatepark Organisation believes that by providing a shared recreational space, the youth and community of Hout Bay can overcome these differences by sharing a common passion. The skatepark will become a place where the community can be exposed to positive role models; it will be a space where the differences in racial, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds simply don't matter. With the support of the city of Cape Town, the Hout Bay Rotary Club and Indigo Skate, all the plans are in place for the skatepark to come to life, with the help of the community and campaign backers. The Eyethu Skatepark will create a much needed safe recreational space for the over 9 000 children in Hout Bay. With positive youth leadership opportunities, this skatepark will provide after school training programmes that take children off the streets and onto skateboards for an unconventional learning experience. “We have found that Skating has enormous benefits such as constant learning, building friendships, staying physically active, bridging the gap between diverse backgrounds, developing leadership . . .