Focus on Water-Energy-Food Nexus to address sustainable development “A slow dripping tap can waste 20 litres or more a day”, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, African Utility Week’s programme director’s programme. “The aim of having a week dedicated to water issues helps each of us become aware of the challenges and change our habits and decisions we make today as they will impact on our water cycle tomorrow.” South Africa’s National Water Week this year is well planned to fall in line with World Water Day on 22 March – showing that South Africa is part of the greater water resource cycle. Pombo-van Zyl says South Africa can be very proud of its Blue Drop certification system that motivates municipalities to strive for high quality of drinking water and service delivery. She adds: “however, they can’t do it alone and it is everyone’s responsibility to report problems with water quality, burst pipes and to fix household leaks. During Water Week take part in an exercise to note the reading on your water meter. Then for a period of two hours don’t use any water. Take another reading after the two hours and if there is any change you can now know there is a slow leak or pipe leak somewhere on your property.” Water-Energy-Food Nexus debate for Africa During African Utility Week’s focused two-day water conference track in May, there is a high-level panel dialogue on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and realising Africa’s development agenda - the nexus is a visionary method of achieving sustainability by integrated solutions which address the interconnections within the water, energy and food security nexus. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus panel moderator will be Paul T. Yillia of SE4All, the UN Secretary General’s initiative on sustainable energy for all: “the nexus debate at African Utility Week will be specifically about Africa and for Africa. The discussion will be tailored specifically to respond to the requirements within the African context. We shall cover such . . .
The Africa Centre is proud to announce this year's programme for Infecting The City, its free, annual public arts festival. This is the seventh year the Festival is taking place and it features larger and more authoritative works than ever before. The Festival runs from 10 -15 March and will showcase an increased number of international and local collaborative works, along with a diversity of entertaining, engaging and thought provoking pieces encompassing performance art, dance, music, visual art, and other forms beyond conventional categories. 2014 is a significant year for Cape Town as it celebrates both 20 Years of Democracy and Freedom and being World Design Capital 2014. In recognition of this, Infecting The City, will be marking the year with its most ambitious Festival to date. Jay Pather, curator for the third year in a row says: “Between 2008 and 2013 Infecting The City grew from just over 10 artworks to 54 artworks and performances. This year the programme comprises around 40 works with more large scale, substantial works. Again, the productions range from the popular and entertaining to the conceptual and thought provoking. This year there are also many works of authority to mark the political and social importance of 2014 for all South Africans.” Audiences can expect a mix of works across all artistic disciplines, some of which include: An interactive dance and video collaboration by Mocke J Van Veuren and Nelisiwe Xaba called 'Uncles & Angels'; Neo Muyanga’s Thoriso le Morusu inspired by, and based on, Antjie Krog's poem Country of Grief and Grace. Using candles, Pedro Bustamante gives visibility to accumulation and the political subjectivity of maps. In The Accumulation is Primitive: he creates a raised-relief map representing the Gross Domestic Product data of various countries. Swiss performance company DA MOTUS! presents their very successful public art work Con Tatto, an interactive performance spread over Thibault . . .
African Utility Week to focus on helping large power users be more energy efficient “It is our responsibility to use power responsibly” – that was the response from Nicolette Pombo-Van Zyl, African Utility Week programme director to Eskom’s declaration of a power shortage emergency last week citing a risk that rotational load shedding could be implemented. “We know we’re in a tight spot capacity-wise, and winter is on its way. We need to make sure that by the time the season changes, we are thinking differently about how we use electricity, so that we don’t put ourselves or Eskom under undue pressure,” Pombo-Van Zyl, continued. African Utility Week, taking place in Cape Town from 13-14 May has a strong focus on large power users in Africa, helping them reduce costs while increasing productivity through energy and water efficiency solutions. The expo floor is also host to two days of free, practical, CPD-accredited technical workshops for all electrical engineers, technicians and contractors working in the power and water industry. Topics include renewable energy and energy & water efficiency. Pombo-Van Zyl continues: “not only looming power shortages, but also the implementation of a carbon tax, coming into effect in January 2015, should be a spur for businesses to explore alternatives to carbon production and improve their internal energy efficiency. While it is Eskom’s responsibility to provide power, it is ours to make sure that we use it responsibly. Wastefulness around any resources, especially one we know to be finite, should be actively discouraged. We all remember the 2008 blackouts and load shedding vividly and desperately want to avoid a repeat of that situation.” Energy management systems “The developed world is experiencing a decline in energy demand whereas developing countries are expected to experience an acceleration in energy demand”, according to Alf Hartzenburg, Senior Project Manager Western Cape - Industrial Energy Efficiency . . .
“South Africa Inc. is at a critical juncture in our development as a country” African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa have joined forces with the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) to host two days of free, practical, CPD-accredited technical workshops on the event’s expo floor for all electrical engineers, technicians and contractors working in the power and water industry. The award winning 14th African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo is taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town from 13-14 May 2014. It is attended by more than 5000 power and water professionals from more than 30 African countries and 70 worldwide, at what is the largest utility gathering of its kind on the continent. Discussions, workshops, exhibits and site visits will focus on the industry disciplines of metering, clean power, water, large power users, investment and finance, transmission & distribution, smart grids and generation. The SAIEE has grown to a membership of over 6000 professionals engaged in the full range of electrical engineering and related activities including academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infra-structural services. Is this the future that we want for ourselves? Andre Hoffmann, SAIEE Senior Vice President says: “South Africa Inc. is at a critical juncture in our development as a country, having achieved much in political emancipation since 1994. However, we remain critically poised on a fine balance that may tip us economically and send us spiraling towards a more unpleasant future.” He continues: “the vision of a South Africa that has degenerated into a chaotic state of civil strife precipitated by degrading service delivery infrastructure should be frightening enough to jolt us out of our complacency. Is this the future that we want for ourselves, our children and grandchildren?” According to SAIEE’s Andre Hoffmann: “South Africa . . .
Lovers of classical music will delight in the fact that Carmina Burana will be performed at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Friday March 21 as a fundraiser for the May 2014 exhibit to the Chelsea Flower Show. One of the most popular works on the concert stage, Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana. An epic masterpiece, capturing the imagination of music lovers worldwide, the garden setting is perfect for this performance by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Alex Fokkens. The soaring voices of the Cape Town Symphony Choir and soloists add to the magic of these familiar pieces starting with the hugely popular ‘O Fortuna’. Enjoy an afternoon of musical splendour in this most magnificent setting. The concert takes place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Friday from 17:30 until 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. Tickets R120 (youth 6 – 21 years R85, Botanical Society members R105) Book online: www.webtickets.co.za Author: Jessica Miller from HIPPO Communications. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.sanbi.org/events/carmina-burana-chelsea-fundraiser-kirstenbosch-nbg Twitter: https://twitter.com/thehippoteam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HIPPOcommunications Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On 23 February Kirstenbosch will once again play host to the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra as part of the Old Mutual Summer Sunset concert series. Martin Panteleev and Vesko Eschkenazy will meet at Kirstenbosch in the Bruch Violin Concerto with the Cape Philharmonic. This concert is part of the CPO’s International Summer Classical Music Festival which is in its 11th year. Born in Bulgaria and with careers across the world, Panteleev is the CPO’s principal conductor and Eschkenazy, concertmaster in the Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra in Amsterdam. They bring the house down whenever they play together. Other works on the programme are Capriccio Italian by Tchaikovsky and Rossini's Barber Overture. General information: The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts at Kirstenbosch: The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17:30 until 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. For further information please call 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or http://dogreatthings.co.za/music/kirstenbosch/kirstenboschconcert-programme/ Book online: www.webtickets.co.za (ticket prices vary) Follow the music: Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG or #OMKBRocks Ends Issued on behalf of Kirstenbosch by HIPPO Communications. For further information please contact Beryl Eichenberger or Jessica Miller 021 556 8200 firstname.lastname@example.org Jessica@hippocommunications.com Author: Jessica Miller from HIPPO Communications. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.sanbi.org/events/cape-philharmonic-orchestra-kirstenbosch Twitter: https://twitter.com/thehippoteam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HIPPOcommunications Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. You can also use the embed code provided. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra at Kirstenbosch. Submit your press release . . .
14th annual event takes place in Cape Town in May “Accenture is very excited with the momentum that is beginning to take shape in the industry. Utilities are transitioning from pilots to full implementation,” says Lungile Mginqi, Managing Director, Utilities Practice at Accenture. The company is a global leader in smart grids and a platinum sponsor at the upcoming African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa. According to Mr Mginqi, Accenture has put significant investments into smart grid assets at a global scale and “what makes Accenture competitive is the availability of relevant local skills to contextualise the global experience”. He continues: “the utilities’ challenges will remain their ability to convert good strategy or strategic intents to real tangible outcomes. Lack of excellent execution is going to cause major project delays. The industry needs to narrow down focus areas to a few strategic areas, namely generation capacity backlog; distribution maintenance backlog and debt collection backlog.” The premium utility event The Accenture Utilities Practice MD sees as the key opportunities in South Africa to put into context “the smart grid agenda and making it relevant to realizing South Africa specific business benefits.” Why did Accenture decide to partner with African Utility Week? “African Utility Week is the premium utility event in South Africa, Accenture is the market leader in smart grid implementation - African Utility Week presents an opportunity to showcase this capability that has made Accenture the market leader. We are looking forward to the interaction with industry players at the event.” By and for the industry The award winning 14th African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo is taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town from 13-14 May 2014. It is attended by more than 5000 power and water professionals from more than 30 African countries and 70 worldwide, at what is the largest utility gathering of its . . .
With Cape Town selected as World Design Capital this year, the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) reminds craft producers and designers of its value-added, highly affordable business, creativity and product support training programme. The not-for-profit CCDI was set up in 2001 to promote and grow the economic sustainability of the Western Cape craft and design sector. Its wide range of workshops, tried and tested over many years, help to smarten up business skills, stir creativity and refine products. Even better, the only cost is a registration fee of R30 per Cape Town workshop, for enterprises that sign up (free) with the CCDI. There is no charge for rural workshops. The highly-subsidised training programme is made possible by funding from the provincial departments of Economic Development & Tourism and Cultural Affairs & Sport; the national Department of Trade & Industry; and the City of Cape Town. The courses are mainly held at the CCDI’s Creative Enterprise Training Unit in central Cape Town. This quarter, the topics include (among others) an introduction to drawing, getting ready to retail your product, and techniques to stimulate creativity during the innovation process. The CCDI also offers a user-friendly environment called the Product Support Space. Here, during free one-on one consultations of 50 minutes each, users can experiment and progress from idea conceptualisation to physical manifestation. Tools and processes range from design computers to 3D printing and scanning, digital embroidery to laser engraving and cutting. Out-of-town craft producers and designers also benefit from the organisation’s service offering. The CCDI is running a two-day workshop (at no charge) in 12 towns in the province during February and March. These will introduce participants to biomimicry and design thinking: getting inspiration from nature in order to design answers to human problems. The dates for the rural workshops are George (3-4 . . .
Cape Town utility event to gather more than 5000 power professionals Africa’s leading utility and energy professionals and projects are to be honoured at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 13-14 May this year. Designed to celebrate the African triumphs and successes of the industry throughout 2013, the industry will be able to nominate candidates for nine award categories, ranging from Utility Executive of the Year to the Best Rural Electrification Project. The awards evening, attended by some 500 leading executives from across the power, water, renewable energy, finance and investment spheres, is a long overdue addition to what is the largest utility gathering of its kind on the continent. African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa is attended by more than 5000 power and water professionals from more than 30 African countries and 70 worldwide. African utility industry celebrating its heroes “These are exciting and sometimes pioneering times for the utility industry and we feel honoured to be able to recognise utilities, utility leaders, companies and individuals who are making an enormous difference in the development of the energy landscape in Africa”, says Russell Hughes, African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa event director. He continues: ”this is the African utility industry celebrating its heroes and success stories. It is for the industry and by the industry. We invite all power professionals on the continent to send us their nominations and we look forward to sharing their triumphs with their peers. Together we will highlight those companies and executives who have been responsible for pioneering new frontiers, pushing boundaries, for inspiring others and for achieving growth for Africa.” The African Utility Week Awards categories include: • Best African IPP agreement • Most successful African off grid project • Successful policy implementation Award • Best Rural . . .
The L’Ormarins Queen’s Plate, at Kenilworth on Saturday the 11th of January 2014, launches (quite aptly in the year of the horse) the calendar of glamourous and fashionable events on the international horse racing calendar. It is a perfect platform to showcase the best of horse racing from champion horses to elegance and tradition. Since taking over the sponsorship of the Queen’s Plate in 2005, L’Ormarins has grown the brand to a race day that epitomises the elegance and stylish fashion of a traditional race meeting while imbuing the race day with fun and excitement of the modern generation. While socialising and dressing up are a big part of it, horse racing is so much more than just another social event to tick off one’s must-attend calendars. The pure heart, athleticism and majesty of the Thoroughbred race horse stirs a primal passion in all of us and standing at the finish line feeling the thunder of hooves across the turf, one would have to be numb not to experience the pulse-quickening rush. Of course, the saying that great horses can turn big men into little boys was aimed at owners of race horses and if you have never experienced your own winner, you really should consider it. If you are simply attending a race meeting as a guest and spectator one can still be part of the racing excitement by “having a flutter” or placing a bet on your favourite in each race. While some people make an art of studying form, for the less regular race goers, it may seem rather complex. Imagine Racing suggests the following tips to get you up to speed: A race card is a good starting point as it lists each of the races and all the runners, with details and results from previous races so that one can make an informed comparison. For a final decider, it is always good to view the runners in the parade ring and watch them canter down to the start. Note the horses that catch your eye as they parade and in the canter past, one should be looking for fluid, easy . . .