“Event’s 16 year history has its roots in the metering sector” The global prepaid meter standards industry organisation, STS (Standard Transfer Specification), has joined the leading power and water conference and trade expo African Utility Week as an industry partner. STS will hold its AGM during the event in Cape Town in May and also run a free technical workshop on its improved KMC (Key Management Centre) features. Franco Pucci, technical advisor for the STS Association says “the interest in the STS specification in and beyond South Africa continues to increase as the industry pursues electrifying many millions of home. Our innovative edge has been the Cornerstone of the success of prepayment in South Africa over the past 20 years, and, since its inception in this country, all over the world. Our working groups have been working on the requirements for the new KMC (Key Management Centre), which will be launched at African Utility Week 2016.” He adds: “the new KMC has many advanced features from high vending key security using state of art algorithms, to easier coding of security modules and it also supports key rollover. The new KMC has reduced risk when it comes to key validity period, which will assist in reducing the occurrence of ghost vendors.” Metering a vital component of event “African Utility Week’s 16 year history has its roots in the metering sector” says event director Evan Schiff, “and it is still a very vital component to our conference and trade expo. We are therefore delighted to welcome prepayment pioneers STS as official industry partners to our event. We look forward to a long and fruitful relationship and invite all metering professionals to take advantage of the opportunity to learn from the best during the free workshops on the expo floor from 17-19 May.” Some 40% of the African Utility Week trade expo is dedicated to the latest metering technology and services on offer to African power and water utilities. About African . . .
When the tall ship Gulden Leeuw departed Cape Town on January 20, her crew was one stronger with the addition of Cape Town Grade 11 learner Luke Planting on a four-month “Class Afloat” scholarship. The South African Maritime Institute (SAIMI) assisted in making the voyage possible, as a first step in partnering with international programmes that expose learners to life at sea and maritime career opportunities. Promoting awareness of maritime careers is part of SAIMI’s skills development role to support the growth of South Africa’s maritime economy under Operation Phakisa. A pupil at South African College High School (SACS) in Cape Town, Luke, 16, will be continuing his Grade 11 curriculum while gaining experiential learning, life skills and sailing skills. Opportunities to explore the ship’s various ports of call during his semester at sea that ends in Amsterdam in the Netherlands on 18 May, will enrich his favourite school subjects of geography and history. The Gulden Leeuw is a Canadian sail training vessel operated by Class Afloat - West Island College International in Nova Scotia, Canada. The programme provides opportunities for Grade 11 and 12 learners, ‘gap-year’ and first-year students to continue with their formal education while experiencing life at sea for a semester or full year. Luke’s voyage was fully sponsored by Class Afloat for the onboard costs and arranged by the South African Sail-training and Life-Skills Association (SASLA), while SAIMI is sponsoring his visas, uniform and flight home in May. The South African Maritime Training Academy (SAMTRA) assisted with the administration and logistics in getting Luke safely on-board. A keen surfer, whose main goal for 2016 was making the first hockey team, Luke was selected for the voyage after a rigorous swim test, medical examination and two interviews. He hasn’t yet finalized his future career plans, but is leaning towards BSc studies in an environmental science or sports medicine . . .
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Join us on SUNDAY 31 JANUARY for the launch of AUDIO INPUT! Audio Input is a platform for music producers, live electronic performance, and a space for music lovers and appreciators to gather. We’re bringing out music for your soul, beats with feeling and live from the creators. Along with some of the most groundbreaking producers and performers our country has to offer, we’re also providing a platform for those producers out there who want to test their beats on a club system. PRODUCERS!!.. This is for you, bring those mixdowns!! We’re kicking things off early at 5pm, so come and join us for sundowners overlooking an oddly peaceful long street with plenty of parking! (Sunday). It’s FREE entry from 5-6pm, so come and support those producers playing their tracks and have a drink on the balcony. At 7pm we’ll feature a local only playlist curated by a legend of the scene, an insight into what South African tracks have influenced or stood out to them. There is a massive amount of good music that has come out of this country! After that we’re bringing you a live electronic performance from one of our countries best. It’s gonna be MIDI galore up in here, and analogue synths will frequently make a showing… By 9pm the first of three featured DJs steps up to give you a set of their favourite tracks! This could be in genres they’re know for or not, from classics to unreleased and rare gems, expect to hear some tracks you’ve never heard them play before! ..:: LINE UP ::.. LOCAL PLAYLIST (Curated by CULT OF MAYBE) GRIMEHOUSE LEEU (Live Electronic Set) BIG HATE RVWR REBELCLEF ..::PRODUCERS LISTENING SESSION::.. -----------------------5-7PM------------------------ Grimehouse LEEU Rvwr RebelClef Big Hate TehSynes Sumo Jac Hawkward Beat Sampras Broken Transient CHROME STROBES TheBanktella BEARDUR Semel's Unite Yung Frankenstein Gudy The Kid +more... The event will happen 2 Sundays a month so keep an eye out for future dates at . . .
With the significant shortage of skilled labour in South Africa, especially within the hospitality sector, BON Hotels has adopted a unique approach to filling vacant positions at their hotels. BON Hotel Shelley Point launched the Casual Pool Initiative in October 2015 to educate and develop people from the local community, providing on-site experience and knowledge, thereby creating a pool of skilled individuals from which the hotel can source employees to fill various positions that become available. Brenda Diedericks, Group Human Resources & Training Director for BON Hotels states that for hoteliers on the West Coast a major concern is the lack of experienced or qualified applicants to fill vacancies – the community has limited access schools and training facilities, let alone capital, so the Casual Pool Initiative is offered free of charge to all successful applicants who have been interviewed by the General Manager. Experience is not a pre-requisite; however they do consider more favourably candidates who have a senior certificate – and, more importantly, who show a real interest in the industry and a willingness to learn. Typically they will look at applicants between the ages of 18 and 30, but will not turn away promising candidates who are older. The Pool consists of 20 to 30 members who go on a two-week training schedule that allows them to experience the hotel from a guest perspective as well as working in all departments – kitchen, housekeeping, reception and restaurant. On completion of the course all candidates receive a certificate, along with testimonials from management, to assist them in acquiring work elsewhere, if the hotel has no vacancies available at that time. “We already have two permanent staff working with us from the Casual Pool Initiative who continue to grow and show enormous potential – we are very proud,” says Petrus Munro, General Manager at BON Hotel Shelley Point. CEO of BON Hotels, Guy Stehlik, says that this initiative . . .
South Africa’s future lies on the shoulders of a generation that has been subjected to inefficiencies and shortfalls in both educational support and career guidance. There are simply not enough jobs available to create economic growth, so, in order to fuel the country’s economy, it is imperative that the youth are equipped with the tools and know-how to become entrepreneurial power-houses, creating the streams of income that the previous generations have failed to provide. It is into this void that the innovative new concept, EvenMe, has entered, providing a platform for the youth to interact, connect and learn. It offers informative sections on: • Free online learning in everything from History to Computer Sciences • Links to every major online jobs portal that SA has to offer • Fantastic motivational talks on entrepreneurship • Essential tips and advice to help you make the best career choices • Links to all the Varsity Sports pages and the Varsity Sports app • Music from our very awesome music ambassador A.C.E. • FREE downloads of Microsoft products to compile CV’s, portfolios and business plans • Links to our competitions where you could win some really cool stuff Three years in the making, EvenMe is the brainchild of Corporate Fundamentals owner and founder, Jill Young, and her business partner Russel Brand, the ‘idea-ologist’ on the platform. “When I was retrenched a few years back, I decided to go out and do something on my own,” explains Young. “I realised how hard it is to get guidance and information as an entrepreneur and how difficult it is to find the right information that’s of relevance and presented in a simple, exciting and meaningful format to assist entrepreneurs.” Young’s palpable energy and enthusiasm are matched by that of Brand, who brings his own experience and business acumen into the mix. “We want to give the youth – or in fact anyone – the tools to help them be whatever and whoever they want to be, to give them a . . .
What better way to spend a couple of hours on a Sunday than playing fives football and raising money to help Big Issue vendors change their lives? The Big Issue and the Fair Cape Cares Trust have teamed up to raise money for education and training bursaries for Big Issue vendors. “Every year, we raise funds for the further education of some of our vendors,” said Derek Carelse, acting MD of the Big Issue. “The Big Issue is a hand up, not a hand out, and this is one area where you can really see that core principle of who we are in action. “When the Fair Cape Cares Trust offered to host a Five-a-Side tournament to raise funds for us, we jumped at the chance,” he said. “It is such a great way to raise the R50 000 we need for our Social Development Bursary Fund. We’ll be entering a vendors’ team, and we really encourage companies and individuals to also enter. Our slogan is “change is in your pocket” and now change can be in your soccer boots too.” With R10 000 prize money going to the winning team, the competition between the 32 teams is sure to be fierce. The competition will run on a ‘world cup’ format, with eight groups of four teams. The winning team from each group will go through to the next round until the last team standing will collect its prize. The event will be held at Fives Futbol at Century City on Sunday April 17th. The first match will kick off at 10am, and the final will be held at 3pm. “It’s highly competitive, but lots of fun,” said Louis Loubser, Chief Marketing Officer at Fair Cape Dairies. “With only 10 minutes per game, this is a sport that can be enjoyed by all, so it is a perfect opportunity for companies, families or friends to enter.” The heart of The Big Issue operation is the Social Development Department which offer self-employed vendors and their families access to guidance counselling and social support services. The Vendor Training and Development programme aims to equip vendors to move on into the formal job market . . .
Rushaan Toefy Financial Services can be regarded as one of the best accounting firms in Cape Town. They take care of all your financial compliance related needs, thereby allowing you to focus on your main business. RTFS provides a wide range of services that are a class apart. The main services that are provided by RTFS include administrative, accounting and audit services. Bookkeeping service is provided by RTFS, according to the client’s needs. It is important that you keep all the financial activity records of your business in terms of the Companies Act and Close Corporation Act. The bookkeeping service includes stock item maintenance, project cost tracking, debtors and creditors monitoring and many more. RTFS offers company registration services in Cape Town that include registration of new companies, amendments to existing company registration such as changes in ownership, submission of updated Memorandum of Incorporation (MOI), submission of annual returns to CIPC etc. If you have any queries about your company registration, feel free to ask the designated staff of RTFS. It is mandatory for all the companies and organisations employing staff to be registered with the Department of Labour. The company needs to provide submissions to the Department of Labour which include monthly UIF submissions, COIDA (WCA) annual returns etc. COIDA annual returns ensure that the employees of the company can claim “on-the-job-injuries” from the department. RTFS has the best labour law consultants in Cape Town who can help you in understanding the law. When you are working under a company, you have the right to receive a payslip- monthly, weekly or fortnightly. RTFS offers best payroll services and other payroll related tasks such as payslips, annual IRP5 to staff, loading payroll amounts on Electronic Business Banking per payroll, monthly UIF submissions to Department of Labour, staff individual annual income tax submission and many more. RTFS assists in the SARS . . .
South Africa is a country extremely sensitive to race. Race is what divides us according to who we associate with, where we live, who we vote for and our immediate first impressions of people that we deal with. All South Africans carry the baggage of a devastating shared past that continues to be a huge stumbling block to the success of an incredible nation. For decades we were conditioned to think in terms of our skin colour. Apartheid preached that persons of colour were inferior. Such was the iron grip of the Nationalist Party on the media that privileged white South Africans were not reminded on a daily basis of the crime happening in their own neighbourhoods - job reservation, inferior education, economic hardship and daily persecution of our fellow citizens continued in a mad rush to certain ruin. It was state television, during the 16 June 1976 Soweto riots, that allowed ordinary South Africans a glimpse of the groundswell of resistance against an ever oppressive government and which could have been the opening of the door that led to the release of political prisoners, the unbanning of the ANC and Communist Party, the release of Nelson Mandela and, finally, true democracy in 1994. We, as citizens have been a little bit tardy since then and have allowed our politicians, media and business to slip back into undemocratic and divisive ways. We are now constantly bombarded with divisive language as politicians try to score points by calling everyone out for being racist. The number of taboo words increases and the media have rushed to the party by further increasing the publicity that these politicians crave as we rush towards another crucial set of municipal elections in 2016. We need a movement, a groundswell of ordinary citizens that will say; "Enough - I love my neighbour, I love my country and I refuse to allow anyone to continue promoting this artificial division." The first part of the pledge to go Race Free is; "You pledge to not . . .
Vacuum and Fluid Technology is a sluice gate manufacturer and engineering firm that specialises in building pipes and other similar drawing and disposal equipment for use in the fields of water and waste management. Almost all their products are made from stainless steel, carbon steel or Duplex materials, and they boast of ultra-reliability and easy-to-configure-and-manage parts and systems. Apart from steel pipes, they make pipes from plastic and other composite materials, and aside from pipes they manufacture tanks, vessels and skid or packaged units. They are suppliers of stainless steel pipes; serve both private housing and the industrial sector, and the firm has gained a reputation of high credibility in terms of quality offered; especially fool-proof anti-corrosion facilities. A wide range of operating arrangements are on the shelf, including hand wheel operated, hand wheel via gearbox, electrically actuated and pneumatically actuated piping. The hand wheel force required is normally below 150N unless specified otherwise. The LRS (Leakage Rate Standards) leakage rates are superior to the ones specified according to the AWWA C5.01. Should specific leakage rates be specified, units are designed and supplied to suit. Their most prominent services include: Sale of new equipment and recycling of old/used ones, system design, pump type selection, performance testing of connector apparatus, installation and on-site upgrade, turnkey supply, installation upgrade and even medical installations. Their Gardner Denver units are well-tested out in factory appliances, as are all re-manufactured units, and come with 24 and 12 months’ warranty respectively. DG pumps are energy-efficient and are programmed to reduce water and electricity consumption, and the firm avails of trained technical personnel to help out with the commissioning and re-commissioning of the equipment as and when required on the spot. Every unit is application-specific and construction materials are . . .