World Day of Social Justice, commemorated annually on 20 February, is significant to LexisNexis’ mandate of promoting the Rule of Law thanks to its focus on tackling issues such as poverty, exclusion, unemployment, gender equity and access to social well-being and justice. In honour of this day, LexisNexis South Africa has reinstated a partnership with the Women’s Legal Centre, (WLC), a non-profit law centre that seeks to achieve equality for women – particularly black women. LexisNexis SA originally sponsored the WLC with access to MyLexisNexis online solutions from 2009 to 2011. This sponsorship was reinstated earlier this year – but with an upgraded package consisting of six user licences, valued at R210 000. Senior Litigation Secretary at the WLC, Ingrid Johnson, said their internal legal personnel made extensive use of the packages, which the WLC would not be able to afford without sponsored access. “As we are an impact litigation centre, our work often entails extensive research on case law, which is a fundamental part of the cases taken on by the centre. By having access to LexisNexis’ reliable legal resources, we are able to obtain case law and research for use in our submissions to court which in turn has led the court to grant favourable judgments,” she said. “Positive judgments further impact on improving legislation in our country for women and girl children who are often severely affected by inequality. Notable work by WLC includes a contribution to a clause on forced sterilisation to the National Contraception Policy and Clinical Guidelines, which held that coercive sterilisation is against the law. Furthermore, the organisation represented Her Rights Initiative (HRI) in 2012 at the Commission for Gender Equality in relation to its research report detailing the practice of coerced sterilisation of HIV positive women. WLC is a member of the Expert Group of the SA National AIDS Council Women's Sector Focus Group and a provider of legal . . .
OHP Productions, will be setting the Cape music scene aflame as they unleash their 7th edition of FADED, a music spectacular at the Red Barnhouse 467 Olieboom Road Schaapkraal on Saturday 5 March 2016. This twelve (12) hour showpiece starts at 3pm and is set to provide heart stopping House, EDM and Hip-Hop beats until 3am on Sunday morning. FADED has become the signature event on Cape Town’s entertainment calendar and the organisers have planned to accommodate thousands of revelers with their star studded line-up at this year’s event. The Rd Barnhouse is an exquisite open air venue that offers a serene experience with a beautiful backdrop of one of the seven natural wonders of the world, that being Table Mountain. Byron Alcock, the event organiser says “this event is much bigger and better than all our previous events with a line-up of the hottest Hip-Hop, EDM and House DJs that Cape Town can offer. Alcock further says “I’m pumped about this event – it’s gonna be awesome! Our number one act is sure to drive party-goers up the wall as we unleash VJ Jonno. He is a talented and popular Hip Hop DJ & Video Jockey who is no stranger to the science of creating chemistry with his audience when he spins the decks as a Bachelor of Science (University of Cape Town) graduate” Jonathan Brown, or better loved and known as VJ Jonno, is currently a resident DJ at one of South Africa’s largest radio stations, GoodHope FM and premium Cape Town night club, COCO. VJ has been making the tables and discs turn for a number of years and heightened his visibility within the industry with the title of the McDonalds Street Rhythm Top Jock in 2013. He has featured on stage throughout South Africa with the likes of Black Coffee, Mi Cassa, Casper Nyovest, Milkshake, Vigilante, DJ Kent and Shimza. The crowd pleaser, making a welcome return to FADED, is Portuguese powerhouse Tiny T, a FADED favourite, TINY T began her career in 2012 and has been turning Cape Town parties on its head. . . .
Pick n Pay was for the third time this year the proud presenting sponsor of the Stellenbosch Wine Festival. The annual festival, which started as far back as 1974, is the oldest of its kind in the country, and if the record attendance figures of the 2016 festival are anything to go by, it’s going to be around for many more years to come. According to Steve Hoban, General Manager of Marketing at Pick n Pay, this year’s wine festival was a success on every level. “The feedback we’ve received has been incredibly positive and we’re delighted to be part of this iconic event. Our heartfelt thanks to everyone who worked so hard behind the scenes to make sure everything ran smoothly – we truly couldn’t have wished for a better event.” The festival has grown exponentially over the past few years and the new family friendly format and spectacular venue at the Coetzenburg Sports Grounds have proven extremely popular with festival-goers. The three-day event took place from 5-7 February and showcased the best of Stellenbosch: incredible food and wine offerings, a stellar line-up of live musical entertainment and a host of fun outdoor activities. Eighty-eight wine farms participated in the festival, with 8 000 visitors tasting the 435 wines on offer. The on-site Pick n Pay Wine Shop sold more than 6 000 bottles of wine, with the wine bar also doing doing a brisk trade. The wine shop featured a wine library that offered rare and older vintages from top estates such as Kanonkop, Ken Forrester Vineyards, Lanzerac, Le Bonheur, Middelvlei, Overgaauw, Simonsig, Stellenzicht, Vergenoegd, Villiera and Vriesenhof, all of which were a hit with visitors. Pick n Pay also extended its food offering at the festival this year, with visitors indulging in local treats such as yummy biltong and droëwors available at the PnP biltong stand or delicious snacks from Flavours of Pick n Pay. A whole 75-metres of boerewors was used for the delectable boerewors rolls. The Tasting Room was an . . .
Community Action for a Safer Environment (CASE) Launches Powerful Campaign Community Action for a Safer Environment (CASE) with Saatchi & Saatchi South Africa have launched a powerfully emotive television commercial aimed at getting people to take action against breaking the cycle of violence for children living in the Cape Flats. Started in 2001, CASE is a charity organisation, which counsels people affected by violence and empowers them to play a part in healing their communities, and assists children being raised in violent environments from becoming violent adults. It is run by volunteers of all ages from the community of Hanover Park and has become an effective catalyst for transformation in the area. According to crime statistics, every month about 100 people are shot dead in the Western Cape with 18% being gang-related and over the past decade murder rates have more than doubled in the area of the Cape Flats. Hanover Park is especially rife with violent crimes. By some estimates, more than 40% of men report having being physically violent towards a partner, and about 50% of women report having being victims of domestic violence. “For the children of the Cape flats area, violence is a daily reality and with this commercial we are hoping to break the cycle and not let it shape their future,” says Creative Director at Saatchi & Saatchi, Mimi Cooper. “Many South Africans have ‘charity fatigue’ and many don’t even realise what a big issue gang and domestic violence is so we needed to develop a TVC that would raise awareness of the organisation and also get people to donate through a highly powerful message.” “We essentially needed to put the viewer in the shoes of those affected, the children,” she explains. “Most people are concerned with their children watching violence on TV, but for people in the Cape Flats, violence is real.” The commercial features a little boy watching TV, you hear violent sounds which you assume are coming from . . .
Amy Campbell on vocals and keyboard is one of the country’s leading jazz singers, recently performed on the Stockholm Jazz Festival in Sweden, with regular performances at Cape Town’s top venues. She has also sung in musical theatre productions in Sydney and New York, and featured on the Arcevia Jazz Festival in Italy. A visit to the Kirstenbosch Craft and Food Market is an absolute must for those who enjoy a relaxed Sunday shopping browse, in one of the most beautiful settings in Cape Town. Children are most welcome and well catered for. Date: 28 February 2016 Time: 9am-3pm Address: Stone Cottages, on the corner of Kirstenbosch Drive and Rhodes Avenue. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Mother City has so many activities to enjoy! But how do you choose? Groupon makes that choice easy with discount deals for people from all walks of life; here are a few to select from: 1. Entry to the Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival for R139 for Two (42% Off) Take to the Stellenbosch winelands to appease the palate with various wines and pizza at the Stellenbosch Vineyards Pizza & Wine Festival. Each option includes two tasting glasses, tasting coupons and live entertainment. View the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/gl-stellenbosch-vineyards-pizza-wine-festival 2. 90-Minute Private Surfing Lesson from R149 for One at Cape Town Surf School (Up to 71% Off) Take a break from surfing the internet and try a hand on actual waves with a 90-minute private surfing Lesson at Cape Town Surf School. Situated in Big Bay at Eden On The Bay on the West Coast, Cape Town Surf School is family surf school offering a variety of lessons for beginners to advanced high performance coaching. A 90-minute private surfing lesson will get things started for aspiring surfers. View the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/cape-town-surf-school 3. Beer Experience Tour with a Branded Beer Glass from R220 for Four at the South African Breweries (Up to 55% Off) People are fascinated by the origins of things they love, which explains the popularity of brewery tours. Take a Beer Experience tour of Newlands Brewery with a beer tasting, two beers and a complimentary beer glass to take home. View the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/the-south-african-breweries-3 4. Twelve-Hour Fishing Trip from R1 199 for One with Piranha Group (Up to 56% Off) Head out for a twelve-hour fishing trip for up to three and master the ocean, whilst taking home your catch to the value of R2 500. View the deal here: https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/piranha-group-1 5. Manicure or Pedicure with Optional Facial and Massage from R96 at . . .
Cape Town, South-Africa – Callpay, a worldwide provider of payment technology services, is pleased to announce the signing of a two way partnership with PayU Turkey, the leading electronic payment solution provider in Turkey. As Callpay continues to expand its presence, the agreement will provide existing and new PayU merchants with a secure solution to accept mobile payments throughout Turkey. Callpay works seamlessly with PayU’s comprehensive payment processing capabilities, reporting and fraud monitoring system. Callpay’s white labelled mPOS Application allows Merchants to accept card payments anywhere, anytime using only their smartphone and the PayU mPOS Application. Making use of an application based card reader, PayU mPOS can process card transactions in multiple currencies and supports instalment sales in Turkey. Merchant can simply email or SMS transaction receipts to their customers. The companies said the application further supports multiple users and products whilst providing a reporting dashboard with GEO-Location of all transactions in Map view. PayU mPOS Application is available on both IOS and Android. The partnership between Callpay and PayU Turkey will pave the way for new payment technologies being introduced. Both companies are currently working together to launch a Consumer mPAY Application, enabling mobile payments for the consumer. The partnership will further see the launch of Callpay’s patent-pending call center payment solution throughout the market. “We are looking forward to working with PayU to provide a comprehensive offering for Merchants across Turkey,” said Thomas van der Spuy, COO of Callpay. “PayU’s payment expertise is complemented by our own experience in secure payment products. This is a great opportunity for the two companies to join forces and offer merchant’s secure multi-channel payment solutions.” "We are delighted to have such a forward-looking partner as Callpay," said Emre Guzer, CEO of PayU Turkey: . . .
Free and interactive fan park at Camps Bay High School 19 – 20 March Cape Town will experience the Barclays Premier League like never before when the official fan park, Barclays Premier League Live comes to the Mother City. Soccer fans will get the chance to get up close and personal with the Barclays Premier League Trophy, meet former players, visit team tents and watch matches live on a giant 118-square-metre screen. BPL Live will take place at Camps Bay High School on the 19th and 20th March 2016. It will be free, interactive experience designed for the entire family to enjoy. The park will be open from 12h00 each day and will close shortly after the matches finish. Fans interested in attending should register at http://www.bpllive.com/ or by dialling *134*275#. Entry will be granted on a first come, first served basis, but all fans must register before entering. To help get fans to the free event, a free park and ride facility will run from the Grand Parade, Mitchells Plain and Khayelitsha on a loop system to Camps Bay High School. South African fans can keep up with the latest developments about Barclays Premier League Live at the website www.bpllive.com and from Twitter updates via @premierleague and #BPLlive. Two of South Africa’s greatest Premier League players, Quinton Fortune and Lucas Radebe, will join other Barclays Premier League legends like Peter Schmeichel, Robbie Fowler and Shaun Goater in giving fans the opportunity to rub shoulders with some of their heroes. All of the action will be overseen by John Dykes, the lead presenter for Super Sports’ coverage of the Premier League, who will be on stage, providing insight into all of the weekend’s exciting match-ups including Everton v Arsenal on Saturday 14:45 and Sunday’s grand finale, the Manchester derby at 18:00. Premier League presenter, John Dykes, said: “BPL Live is all about bringing the electrifying atmosphere of a Premier League match to our international fans. The first . . .
President Jacob Zuma’s remarks during last week’s SONA on the country’s nuclear future might seem contradictory, but this is not the case, says Dr. Anthonie Cilliers of North West University’s School of Mechanical & Nuclear Engineering. President Zuma said South Africa’s nuclear build programme would roll out at a pace the country can afford and that the plan was to introduce 9600MW of nuclear energy in the next decade. Dr Cilliers says “the government has been conducting a number of studies on the affordability of the new build nuclear programme. It is however important to assure this to the public. In the past year a perception has been left in the media that the nuclear programme will go ahead without any knowledge of the cost and responsibilities that come with it. I hope the President’s comments will help to change this perception.” He says South Africans should not be worried: “contrary to popular sentiment the process of 9600MW of nuclear procurement has been extremely open and transparent. The vendor parades were well documented within the confidentiality constraints of a competitive bidding process. Government has cancelled an unaffordable tender process in 2009 indicating the commitment to affordability. I want to emphasise what the President said. We remain committed to the 9600MW of Nuclear New Build, but we will do it at a scale and pace the country can afford - that is what we should so.” Nuclear power by far the safest option “Contrary to what people think and believe, nuclear power provides by far the safest option” states Professor Johan Slabber, professor in Nuclear Engineering at the University of Pretoria. He adds: “it also compares virtually on a one to one basis with coal when it comes to the costing. Although the capital cost is somewhat higher to start with, its running cost is much lower.” Prof Slabber says the Koeberg Nuclear Power Station has been running smoothly now for more than 30 years: “Its load factor is 90% plus, . . .
The top performers in the Casual Day campaign for 2015 were announced to the project’s awards breakfast at the Table Bay Hotel last week [12 February]. The function honoured the thousands of volunteers and participants who assist in raising donations for the disability sector. The highlight of the day was a performance by the Filia School Brass Band. Music is an important part of the curriculum, according to Deputy Headmaster Anthony Meyer. In addition, the school raised R131 885 for Casual Day through their supporters. Local Cape Town motivational speaker Shoni Khangala regaled the audience with personal stories of how his life has been enriched by his interaction with persons with disabilities. He said: “Filia School is a school for learners with disabilities in Goodwood and they were the only school to be invited to attend Parliament on Casual Day last year. The children cannot read music, but the school curriculum has been changed to enable them to learn by sound. Each learner starts off by learning the drums, and then progresses to playing the trumpet and finally, the trombone.” A portion of the money raised will go toward purchasing more instruments and assisting the band to get gigs. The organisation that raised the most donations for Casual Day in the province is the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities, raising R183 525. The runners up are Paarl School in Brackenfell with R148 080, Cheré Botha Special School in Durbanville with R141 740. Ligstraal School (R115 071), Sunfield Home Wellington (R106 510), Jan Kriel School (R97 060), Lentegeur School (R90 003), Dorothea School (R87 250) and Robinhill Special School (R71 861). The generous public added R27 million nationally to the donations raised by Casual Day over the past two decades, bringing the national total for 21 years to R249 million. Sponsored by the Edcon Group and supported by a number of corporates, Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for . . .