Joining the theme of the 2014 International Mandela Day, “Living the Legacy”, the Spur Foundation has embarked on a countrywide initiative, “Spur Salutes You” to honour the commendable leaders in the communities they support. “As these women are the backbone and leaders of the community and often the ones whose efforts go unnoticed, we have decided that it is time to recognise them, like we are able to recognise Nelson Mandela’s leadership, love, forgiveness and work to change the world for the better,” says Chairperson of the Spur Foundation and Chief Financial Officer of Spur Corporation Limited, Ronel van Dijk. The Foundation was born out of the desire to uplift and improve the lives of South African families, with a special emphasis on nourishing and nurturing children, and aims to put smiles on the faces of those who need it most – the children of South Africa. Without leaders like the ones the Spur Foundation is saluting, Spur will not have been able to achieve the remarkable success in changing lives that it has. Generous Spur franchisees have joined hands with the Spur Foundation to contribute towards the identified needs of selected charities in the major provinces. This includes basic needs like bedding, mattresses, baby milk, repainting, curtains, slippers, cutlery and crockery, toys, basic furniture and food. The leaders and servers that will be recognised through various media channels, like the Spur website and social media are: Gauteng The Gauteng leaders, all based in Alexandra, form part of the ASHA (African Self Help Association) Trust. The Spur Foundation will be recognising: Alice Komane – Happy Hours Day Care Dineo Phala – Mante Day Care Emily Mahlobo – Owethu Day Care Faith Ballintulo – Pure Day Care Fikile Nkambule – Sunshine Day Care Itumeleng Khumalo – Phila Day Care Lindiwe Moakale – Enjabulweni Day Care Nthabiseng Mabaso – Arethabeng Day Care Smangele Malinga – Siyakhula Day Care Zanele Mothupi – Dreamers Day . . .
(July 2014) Award winning dancer and choreographer and Standard Bank Young Artist of the Year 2011, Mamela Nyamza will be performing her own works on the Artscape Arena stage as part of the 8th Artscape Women’s Humanity Arts Festival which runs from 4 – 9 August. Hatched together with I Stand Corrected, a collaborative work she created with Moijisola Adebayo, are some of the highlights of this years’ festival. Both have been performed to critical acclaim throughout Africa and Europe. Nyamza has been declared the festival icon for 2014 and visitors will have the opportunity to enjoy performances that are both thought provoking and entertaining and which represent the ethos humanity which is this year’s festival theme. Hatched, which launches on Wednesday 6 August, is an ever-evolving autobiographical work. For theatre goers who have seen her earlier productions, these performances will bring them up to date with Nyamza’s life as a mother and as an artist. The performance was part of Infecting the City in March, and has also been performed in Johannesburg, Amsterdam and Paris before being adapted for the Artscape theatre environment. The show was first performed and funded by the National Arts Council (NAC) and the Raymond Ackerman Family Foundation when her son Amkele Mandla was nine years old. He was part of the premier at the New Dance Festival in Johannesburg. Each show is reinvented as he grows and he joins her again as a 14 year old in this production. The production seeks to convey deeply personal and challenging issues of culture, tradition and a woman’s evolving sexuality within the customary rites and rituals of marriage, until she realizes her true identity. The show was nominated for best visual performance at the Out of the Box Festival 2010. Details: Ticket price R80 / Dates: 6 Aug at 20:30 & 8 Aug at 17:00: Bookings at Computicket. I Stand Corrected is a powerful story told through haunting and sometimes absurdly comical . . .
If you are wondering what you can do for your 67 minutes of community work for Mandela Day on Friday July 18 then join the Knitathon at the Three Cities Mandela Rhodes Place Hotel and Spa in St George’s Mall. The hotel has joined forces with Bush Radio and Fair Cape Dairies to support the Little Fighters Cancer Trust and in the spirit of ubuntu is inviting everyone to come along to the Atrium at the hotel and either knit or crochet a square, help sew the squares together, donate some fabric or drop off blankets to assist those in need. The squares will then be sewn into blankets or quilts and delivered to the Trust. The Little Fighters Cancer Trust was set up to relieve some of the heartache and difficulties faced by families affected by childhood cancer. Practical, individualised and fast assistance is given by means of providing what is needed in the home and in the hospital. To join our community knitathon all you need to do is bring your needles and spend your 67 minutes knitting or crocheting a 15 x 15cm square (just cast on 30 stitches) or bring fabric cut to the same size. Donations of blankets can also be dropped off at the Atrium if you are unable to join the knitters! In addition, donations of activity books and crayons would be welcomed and can be dropped off at the same time. These will be taken to the children in hospital. With Fair Cape Dairies providing some of their delicious yoghurts and chocolate mousse and the Hotel providing coffee, where else would you want to spend your community time? Join the team of knitters as they donate their time and effort and have a little fun as we make a difference in someone else’s life. And to add to that you could be in line to win a night’s stay on a bed and breakfast basis at this wonderful central city hotel. You could also win some fabulous Fair Cape Dairies hampers. All you need to do is to make sure that your contact details are attached to the donation. Listen to Bush Radio 89.5fm for Fair Cape . . .
Paying stylish homage to the city’s award as the Design Capital of the World 2014, the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival vogueishly delivered Africa’s first-of-a-kind fashion film extravaganza. Cape Town Fashion Council CEO, Bryan Ramkilawan commented, “Our mandate, with the support of the national government, is to facilitate the growth of the local fashion industry through focused intervention programs, promoting designer brands and stimulating job creation, so we jumped at the opportunity to partner with Adrian Lazarus, founder and CEO of the Mercedes-Benz Bokeh International Fashion Film Festival. The collaboration between fashion and film is an internationally proven one offering a unique platform that allows designers to immediately showcase their world-class collections on an international stage.” Mercedes-Benz South Africa, headline sponsor of the event holds an established international alignment with the fashion industry as a central component of their lifestyle marketing activities, and Selvin Govender, Divisional Manager, Product and Marketing, Mercedes-Benz Cars comments in agreement, “This inaugural festival has provided an excellent platform that will continue to grow and bring the world of fashion film and fashion design ever closer." Headquartered in Harrington Street – known as “the spine of The Fringe” – Cape Town’s new innovation district, the Cape Town Fashion Council (CTFC) is the first industry association of its kind in the country. Representing over 400 members including local fashion brands as well as clothing and textile stakeholders, its core objective is to develop, support and grow the bustling national fashion sector. Ramkilawan continues, “Fashion weeks definitely have their place, but the Cape Town Fashion Council believes that the online viral reach of fashion films offer a broader and more inclusive audience, especially in alliance with FashionOne.com delivering content to over 100 million viewers . . .
This winter, children who visit Canal Walk Shopping Centre will be experiencing the finest theatre in the country, Alice in Wonderland and playing their part in providing 250 000 meals to Stop Hunger Now. Canal Walk will donate R5 from each ticket sold, as well as the proceeds of programme sales to Stop Hunger Now. The centre will also play host to “Meals in Memory” packing events over two weekends prior to Mandela Day on July 18. Since its inception in 2000, charitable causes have been close to the heart of the Canal Walk Children’s Theatre. “We know that every day, two and a half million children in South Africa go hungry. In the face of such need, we can’t sit back and do nothing,” says Canal Walk Shopping Centre Marketing Manager Vanessa Herbst. “That’s why we have been using the theatre production to raise money for charities for the past 14 years, and that’s why this year we are once again supporting Stop Hunger Now.” “The ‘Meals in Memory’ also fits perfectly into the theme of food security for this year’s Mandela Day, announced by Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe on April 9,” she says. The highly nutritious meals contain rice, soya, dehydrated vegetable mix and a fortification pack of 23 essential minerals and vitamins specifically formulated (complying with the UNICEF standard) to combat malnutrition. Last year, with the proceeds raised by Canal Walk’s production of Peter Pan, Stop Hunger Now, Canal Walk packed 67 000 meals on Mandela Day. This year they are smashing the records with an incredible 250 000 meals scheduled for packing over two weekends. They are calling on companies and organisations to get involved to sponsor a packing line and to provide up to 25 volunteers to help pack the meals. Author: Jessica Miller from HIPPO Communications. More Info link: http://www.stophungernowsa.org/ Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Premier of the Western Cape, Helen Zille with David Jacobs . . .
Located in the bustling Southern Suburb of Claremont, Wyndover Manor is an architectural, Victorian gem that was built more than 133 years ago. The story of the manor dates back to 1880 when Maria Forbes Watt acquired the grant for the land on which the manor was built. The manor was later purchased late in the 1920s by Margaret Teixeira for her large family. Once a grand estate home, Wyndover Manor slowly deteriorated over the years leaving it in a sad state of decay with part of the home demolished. However, in 1987 the property was purchased by the Abbeyfield Society, seeing the property potential as the ideal place for housing senior citizens. After spending R200 000 on the property, the society was able to restore the grand old lady to some of her former glory. The home has been well-maintained ever since, and includes all the original features that complement the scale and heritage of the house. After 27 years, the Abbeyfield Society has decided to sell the property, giving a buyer the chance to own a unique property and piece of Cape Town’s colonial history. “Wyndover Manor is more than just a home, it is a South African legacy that has been around for over a century. Very few properties have the heritage that this property has, which is what makes it a truly rare find in today’s market,” says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose office is marketing the property. Peter Kratz, Sales Associate at RE/MAX Property Associates, says that the eight-bedroom home features marble fireplaces in each room, beautiful carved wooden doorways and all the trappings of a gracious home built in a bygone era. “The rooms in home are huge, each with pressed-steel ceilings and enormous sash windows. The panoramic views looking out to the garden from the upper-level rooms are unsurpassed,” adds Kratz. Currently on the market for R5.6 million, Kratz notes that the home also boasts Burmese Teak stairways, carved wood finishes and ornate plaster . . .
Cape Town’s original place of trade – the historic 17th century Castle on the Foreshore– will shortly be a place of entrepreneurship and trading once again. However, instead of wares such as vegetables and livestock, the products on sale from 5-8 June will be exquisite handmade goods from 110 craft producers and designer makers. The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) has teamed up with Kamers for this huge retail pop-up event, part of the World Design Capital 2014 programme (#265). The CCDI was established in 2001 to promote and grow the Western Cape craft and design sector. Kamers is known for its country-wide retail events that feature handmade products, delicious food and wine and live music. “As one of the WDC2014 projects, Kamers & CCDI (Trading at the Castle) has a distinct focus on innovation.There will be an amazing range of great products on offer,” said Doreen Hendricks, CCDI Market Support Coordinator: Domestic & Local Markets. “This event will also support product development, help establish new brands in the marketplace, and assist longer-term job creation.” The handmade goods are produced from materials such as clay, textiles, wood, beads and wool, and range from exquisite jewellery and homeware to stationery and garden products. Of the 110 exhibitors taking part in Kamers & CCDI (Trading at the Castle), 70 applied directly to Kamers and another 40 were selected by the CCDI from about 55 applicants. The CCDI participants have further honed their costing, pricing and selling skills at two workshops, plus enjoying one-on-one sessions with a professional stylist. Producers will set up their stands on three interior levels of the historic building, an ideal creative space to display goods, sell and interact. The event should not only attract the general public, but also retail buyers, who will be keen to discover new products and make fresh connections. Date: 5-8 June Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Buitenkant Street, . . .
“The utility industry is maturing in Africa” African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa has come of age as a truly pan-African event, by the industry and for the industry, with continent-wide collaboration and celebration to produce the best of Africa, says programme director Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl. She adds: “this year’s gathering at the CTICC in Cape Town had just over 5000 registered attendees from 76 countries, of which 30 African, 1100 delegates, 240 exhibitors, 190 speakers, nine conference tracks, and with a high profile opening session and an industry awards gala dinner it was the biggest event yet in our 14 year history.” Eskom’s Group Executive Transmission, Mongezi Ntsokolo, lead the high-level panel of experts during the opening session, which included Agnes Dasewicz of the USAID’s Power Africa Initiative and NERSA CEO Phindile Balendi. Other leading delegates and experts who were at the event included Reynolds Dagogo-Jack, Chairman of the Presidential Task Force on Power in Nigeria, Robert Kisubi, Stakeholder Manager at Umeme in Uganda and the World Bank’s water development expert Diego Rodrigues. Utility industry is maturing African Utility Week’s Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl says “the focus for 2014 covered the vision for a sustainable African utility sector including topics around the restructuring and privatisation of the Nigeria power sector, delving into what is required to improve the financial viability of water utilities, and the growing concern around the need for water-energy-food nexus initiatives.” She continues: “it is evident from the frank presentations delivered by industry leaders and through the open conversations during the networking functions that the utility industry is maturing in Africa. This market is the frontier for development and is not willing to copy current formulas without exploring and thoroughly researching solutions that fit the environment.” African Utility Week Awards The sold out, inaugural African . . .
There is no doubt that the services of a professional real estate agent from a reputable brand can be an invaluable asset to any homeowner in today’s market who wants to sell their property for the best possible price in a timely manner. “However,” says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, “the crux of the matter is selecting the right agent for the job.” So what criteria should a seller use to determine whether they have selected the right agent? According to Leslie, the legislative changes within the real estate industry means that agents working within the market are required to have a certain level of qualification to practice their trade. “Essentially this means that homeowners are assured that today’s real estate professionals are exactly that – professional. Therefore the decision has more to do with if the agent is someone that the seller feels comfortable with and can trust. The majority of buyers and sellers usually look for the most visible estate agents in the area by way of boards, advertising, recent sales in the area, market share and of course the internet,” says Leslie. Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that while it is important to work with an agent with specific area experience, it is advisable that the agent is from a highly regarded and well-known brand. “The top real estate brands in the country made it to the top because they have a solid marketing strategy, resources and a strong network of professionals within the industry.” According to Leslie, while homeowners have become more aware of how essential it is to work with a professional agent, not many ask to see the agent credentials or qualifications. “The seller should interview the agent and ask for proof of their certificates before they make their final decision as to who they would want to work with. They should also confirm that the agent has knowledge of the current market conditions, area knowledge and an established sales track . . .
Source the latest power and water solutions at African Utility Week in Cape Town in May Due to the national power shortage and the rising electricity prices, large power and water users like mining houses, commercial buildings, manufacturing plants and the agricultural sector need to address the impact that consumption has on their bottom line and explore technology that can mitigate risks. According to a report by the African Development Bank, poor electricity supply has also proved to be the major constraint to the business sector in Africa and has contributed to lower productivity and competitiveness levels. “The African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa exhibition and conference will assist the private and public sectors to support the national grid and reduce their power and water consumption”, says event director Russell Hughes. This includes a variety of free energy and water efficiency workshops on the expo floor, with topics including energy conservation at large plants, improving water usage for businesses, and using ISO 50 001 to integrate a business energy management plan. Organisations can hear how they can reduce electricity consumption by 11% and Engen will explain how as one of more than 250 exhibitors at African Utility Week, taking place from 13-14 May at the CTICC in Cape Town. They will assist utilities, municipalities and large power users in their endeavours to be more energy efficient. Other products on display include environmentally friendly generation solutions from MarelliMotori and First Solar, the latest in condition monitoring to avoid down-time from Martec and back-up generation solutions by Zest. Maintenance challenges There is also a strong focus on maintenance at the event as part of addressing the current energy constraints with dedicated maintenance workshops, around electrical motor maintenance, ICT tools for water utilities and the ISO 55 000 asset management standard with speakers from companies such as Pragma, . . .