“An annual pilgrimage on the calendar of African electricity and water utilities” Eskom will be the official host utility for the annual African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition in Cape Town for the next five years. Energy industry challenges Claire Volkwyn, content director for the event, says South Africa is going through a shift in terms of its generation capacity by procuring and building renewable energy capacity through the country. She adds: ““additionally, by building our traditional generation capacity, we are ensuring South Africa’s future generation mix is truly reflective of a combination of technologies. Eskom is actively involved in these efforts to ensure security of supply either through building the infrastructure, or through its role as purchaser of the power.” She continues: “with this increased generation capacity, we also need to ensure that the supporting transmission and distribution infrastructure is keeping pace, and these are some of the key issues which will form part of the African Utility Week programme. Through interactions with our Advisory Board, we are putting together a world class programme which will provide opportunities to discuss, debate and dissect case studies and technologies and their role in Africa.” Annual pilgrimage on utility calendar The next African Utility Week & Clean Power Africa is taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town, from 13-14 May 2014 and 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. Last year, Eskom Chief Executive Brian Dames once again was the keynote speaker, describing African Utility Week as “an annual pilgrimage on the calendar of African electricity and water utilities, and as Eskom we are proud to have been a part of it for the past 13 years." Eskom CE Brian Dames African Utility Week’s programme topics . . .
Unusual exhibition and performance spaces give traction to a series of artistic conversations concerning contested issues around space, land and ownership in GIPCA’s LAND - a project considering the centennial of the 2013 Land Act. The event will take place across various spaces in Cape Town, 21-24 November. Cape Town's historical tunnels will briefly turn into a musical instrument as artist Pauline Theart sings from a manhole connecting to these underground spaces. Theart, a Fine practitioner from Johannesburg who uses voice and song as medium, will perform an extended lullaby at selected tunnel interfaces in Cape Town Under: The Third Voice, aguerilla gallery project curated by Kim Gurney. Cape Town's tunnels were first built as canals by the Dutch and more recently enclosed by the Victorians. Today, they act as stormwater pathways where fresh water flows invisibly under the city from the mountain out to sea. The performance sites include a manhole on the Castle of Good Hope lawn, a trapdoor facing Strand Street and a manhole on the Grand Parade. The unique acoustics let the sound travel upwards to surprise people above ground through the emotional interiors of song. The sound also loops in the tunnels themselves to create echoes and refrains, in what Theart speaks of as a 'third voice' or 'the unforeseen voice'. Gurney comments: "We hope this feminine, lyrical song emanating from a stark built environment will intrigue and move people in the midst of their everyday interactions. It is a simple, affective gesture that cues past and present while speaking to restorative futures." While there have been several significant photographic exhibitions related to ‘land’ in 2013, many of these have been presented as historical overviews. Much of the photography that circulates as ‘art’ is also never seen by the general public, and shown in galleries that only few enter. Concerned with a contemporary view on these complex issues and making work available to a wider . . .
Steady increase of piracy and sea crimes in African waters in focus at Cape Town event Some 600 maritime and naval experts are to meet in Cape Town from 25-27 November to discuss the price of piracy in Africa and the institutional and technical solutions available during the annual Maritime & Coastal Security Africa conference and exhibition. It is the largest maritime defence and security event on the continent. African navies restructuring long-term strategies Says event producer Tracey-Lee Zurcher: “the high profile of Somali piracy and the gross proliferation of piracy in West Africa over the past year have brought the issue of African maritime security to the attention of world leaders. In a response to this, African navies are restructuring their long-term strategies to include frequent littoral maritime patrols in high risk piracy zones. Over and above the proactive response from the African maritime defence industry, shipping companies, the oil and gas sector and high-traffic African ports are also actively taking precautions.” She continues: “secure ports and trade lanes are also quintessential to the development of African economies as 90% of trade in and around Africa is seaborne. With a steady increase of piracy and sea crimes around the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Guinea affecting ports, trade lanes and the economies of surrounding countries, amplified maritime security for ports and shipping lanes has become a focus area for these entities.” What does poor maritime security cost each year? – Piracy off the Horn Of Africa costs the industry approximately $7-$12 billion per year – Piracy off West African coastline has escalated dramatically in the past year, costing the shipping and offshore industry $1.2 billion in past year – 851 seafarers attacked and pirates are currently holding 589 hostages – Illegal fishing off the African coastline is costing the industry approximately $1 billion per year Securing African sea and trade . . .
Cape Home Garden (Pty) Ltd, a new company based in Cape Town, offers home staging, real estate photography, and other custom solutions for homeowners and estate agents looking to sell property at top price. “Home staging” is the process of highlighting a property’s features and minimizing its faults to appeal to a wider number of potential buyers. Home staging is new to South Africa, but is well established in the USA, Australia, and parts of Europe. “When it comes time to sell, owners must get in the mind-set that their home is a product to be tailored to the potential buyers’ wants and needs,” says Rebecca Weber, who was certified as an Advanced Home Stager in the United States, and is a co-founder of Cape Home Garden. “At every price point, Capetonians are looking for value right now.” —END— Please contact: Rebecca Weber Home Stager and Co-Founder, Cape Home Garden 061 369 2659 email@example.com www.capehomegarden.com www.facebook.com/capehomegarden Statistics from the international Real Estate Staging Association show that staged houses spend significantly less time on the market that houses that weren’t staged, and typically sell at higher prices. It is almost impossible to see your own house objectively, says Weber. A study released last month shows that 93 per cent of luxury homeowners believe that their house is the best one on their block, according to last month’s study by Better Homes and Gardens Real Estate. When a house isn’t selling, owners often consider a price reduction—or a new estate agent. A fair asking price and rigorous promotion are essential, but how well a house shows is often overlooked as the missing link to getting good offers. “Cape Town buyers are demanding, and are used to receiving sophisticated marketing messages,” says Weber. “Home staging isn’t decorating—it’s targeted marketing. Most people have a hard time visualizing what a house will look like with different furnishings and colours, but they . . .
Over the past decade the Green Point City Improvement District (GPCID) has worked with the City of Cape Town and other entities to create and constantly enhance a safe and welcoming space around Prestwich Memorial; with trees, green lawns, benches, wide paved walk ways and clean public toilets at St Andrew’s Square. The latest addition to these facilities is unlimited free Wi-Fi, which launched on 12 September 2013, for both locals and visitors to Green Point to enjoy. Says Marc Truss, GPCID Chief Executive, “We are constantly looking for ways to make Green Point a more accessible and attractive place to live, work and play, so it’s wonderful to have the free Wi-Fi up and running.” To access this Wi-Fi, simply select “GreenPointCID- FreeWi-Fi” from the list of available hotspots. This area has become a real hub of activity over the past few years, particularly since the fan walk was created for the FIFA 2010 World Cup; so free Wi-Fi is bound to add to its appeal. MD of SA Computers, David Szivos, was responsible for setting up the Wi-Fi and comments that, “this is truly a free Wi-Fi service with no strings attached. No registration, no credit card details. Just lie back on the grass and enjoy being online and connected. SA Computers is very proud to be part of this initiative, hopefully with more to follow in the near future”. More Info link:: http://www.gpcid.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/mango_omc Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MANGOOMC YouTube: Author: Lika Tolken from MANGO-OMC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Two For high res version/s of these Two image/s please contact: MANGO-OMC Images: . . .
Amazon specifically looking to fill 400 seasonal positions “There is an immense need for career guidance in South Africa”, says South African Airways’ Head of Talent and Performance, Renchia Strauss. She was speaking from the company’s stand at the Career Indaba that took place at the CTICC in Cape Town this week. Some 2000 school leavers, learners, students, job seekers, teachers and parents walked the exhibition floor to meet the 46 companies, universities and colleges and attend free workshops focused on career choice and finding a job. Says SAA’s Renchia Strauss: “I saw that young people have a hunger for information. My message to them is: you have to start planning your career much sooner than in matric.” SAA’s stand was a popular one with school leavers and students alike and the airline was keen to show that working at an airline was more than just being a pilot or flight attendant. Renchia Strauss explains: “we wanted to create an aviation awareness amongst the South African youth. We also used Career Indaba as a platform to inform them of the diverse career opportunities SAA offers.” Lack of career advice Career Indaba director Claire O’Connell agrees: “there is a lack of career advice and many young people will pick the stereotypical jobs when you ask them what they want to be - a doctor, lawyer, engineer…. But they don’t realise that the subject choices they have already made may prevent them from fulfilling these dreams. They can become disillusioned and we wanted an opportunity to show them there are so many other options available to them.” She continues: “it has been inspiring to see such a variety of visitors to the very first Career Indaba in Cape Town. The event is a huge success every year in Sandton so it was logical to bring it here this year. We have had some 2000 high schools learners, university students, job seekers, parents and teachers through the doors. The workshops were particularly popular, ranging from topics such as how . . .
The SA.MAST sterilisation clinic is in need of assistance with a vehicle donation or sponsorship towards the purchase of one. Based in G section of Khayelitsha, SA.MAST undertake animal sterilisation programmes in communities that are unable to support and care for these animals and provide emergency medical assistance. On 5 September 2013, Vuyolwethu Ponono, team Leader at the clinic and senior community liaison officer, was involved in a head-on collision and the Nissan NP200 he was driving is severely damaged. Vuyolwethu has sustained minor injuries but the accident brings the entire Sterilisation, Emergency Medical Assist Programme and kennel distribution project to a grinding halt. According to their insurance company, it will take a minimum of four weeks for any pay-out to be confirmed. Tamsin Nel, Managing Director of SA.MAST says: “They say no good deed goes unpunished and it seems that this will be a case in point. Yesterday, using only two vehicles, we managed to deliver thirteen kennels, rescue nine animals that were severely neglected and abused, including a young mommy cat suffering from horrific burns to much of her body because she had been doused in boiling water (her two kittens were also in a very bad state, suffering from malnourishment) and rush a total of three patients off to hospital for emergency medical treatment. Independent Newspapers are loaning us a truck to complete kennel deliveries, but we’re still in need of a bakkie to continue doing the work that people rely on us to do.” If you are able to sponsor a vehicle or donate towards the purchase of a replacement, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the clinic on 021 712 2170 or 084 778 1215. More Info link:: http://www.samast.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/sa_mast Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SouthAfricaMassAnimalSterilisationTrust?ref=hl YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NnRhgQoxo8 Author: Lika Tolken from MANGO-OMC. Originally distributed . . .
HOTEL VERDE – WHERE ART LIVES Dr Ivan Meyer, Western Cape Minister of Cultural Affairs and Sport, along with 250 guests, attended the Hotel Verde Art Project Awards Ceremony on Thursday, 29 August, at the recently opened, Africa’s Greenest Hotel. Students from Wynberg High, Cedar High, Isilemela High and Alexander Sinton High School were awarded certificates and prizes in recognition for their contribution, hard work and initiative shown throughout this year-long project. Addressing the audience and eager school children, Dr Meyer said "The partnership with the Frank Joubert Art Centre and the Ibhabhathane Project speaks of a hotel group that understands the importance of sustainability not only as it relates to technology but also people and more importantly the youth" The project, initiated and funded by the hotel owners, Annemarie and Mario Delicio, enabled grade 11 art students to decorate the walls of Hotel Verde. Annemarie Delicio’s passion for art and social upliftment is what initiated the project. She says, “Our thought behind this project was to help these students, who have limited, if any, access to art studies at their schools, by giving them the best tools, teachers and facilities available to do what they love and what they are good at.” The project was facilitated by the Frank Joubert Art Centre in Newlands, Cape Town. Director Liesl Hartman explains, “This real life project has been extremely beneficial for the learners, not only have they researched environmental issues within their own neighbourhood, but they have also learnt how to produce work for a real client.” Driven by Niklas Zimmer, art consultant to Hotel Verde and masters graduate of the Michaelis School of Fine Art (UCT), 45 grade 11 learners from 4 schools within Cape Town were selected and taken through the Frank Joubert Art Centre Programme. In keeping with the owners “green” vision, the learners were tasked with researching environmental responsibility and conceptualising . . .
"This event really makes a difference in the lives of young people" South African Airways, Amazon and Food Lovers Market are just some of the leading companies that will be looking for new talent at this year's Career Indaba at the CTICC in Cape Town from 12-13 September. Thousands of young people are expected at the Career Indaba, to which entry is free, and where they can get practical advice on career choices, finding a job and meet prospective employers. Lack of career advice Following the runaway success of Career Indaba in Gauteng since last year and this year, the event now comes to the Western Cape for the first time says Career Indaba director Claire O'Connell: "we were literally overwhelmed by the number of visitors that came through the doors. Not only is there a desperate need for career advice and job opportunities, but young people are actively seeking out these kinds of events themselves, but they are often limited by the distance that they can travel. So we felt it important to move the event to the other provinces. We are starting with the Western Cape and we hope to bring it to three provinces next year." She continues: "there is a lack of career advice and many young people will pick the stereotypical jobs when you ask them what they want to be - a doctor, lawyer, engineer…. But they don't realise that the subject choices they have already made may prevent them from fulfilling these dreams. They can become disillusioned and we want to show them there are so many other options available to them." Companies are looking to recruit The Career Indaba director says visitors can meet with further education colleges and universities and talk to them about their courses and entry requirements to further their studies. There are also companies like South African Airways, Amazon and Food Lovers Market who are looking to recruit. "There is also a workshop theatre where visitors can pop in for 20 minute talks on anything from 'Interview tips and . . .
It’s the world’s single-biggest event series, the most colourful race on Earth, and it’s coming to South Africa. It’s the original and globally acclaimed The Color Run™ – often imitated, never bettered – and it’s crossing the ocean in 2013 to make Africa the fifth continent to experience its unique explosion of colour. South Africans can at last be part of this global phenomenon, participating in a fun run that’s so popular worldwide that just getting tickets can be a feat ... The Color Run™ sold out in Amsterdam within 18 minutes. Internationally renowned as a fun, family-friendly race that celebrates healthiness, happiness, individuality, and giving back, The Color Run™ brings together communities to create a five-kilometre-long canvas of colour. Participants arrive at the starting line wearing white – anything from white T-shirts to white tutus – and when the start gun fires, the festival of colour begins. Each kilometre of the event is associated with a colour: yellow, red, blue and green. In each colour zone, volunteers shower runners and walkers with clouds of brightly coloured powder. (It is food grade, coloured cornstarch, so it’s 100% natural, safe, and washes out.) The race ends with a colour-throwing party where Color Runners and spectators get to make the world a brighter place, turning the finish line into what CNN iReport described as looking “like a tie-dye convention”. First run in Phoenix, Arizona, in January 2012, The Color Run™ event toured 50 US cities and three international cities in its first year, attracting over 600 000 participants, 650 000 Facebook fans, and over 4 million views on YouTube, while raising donations for charities around the world. “The demand has been crazy and exciting,” says The Color Run™ founder and CEO, Travis Snyder. So crazy and exciting in fact, that this year The Color Run™ will be splashing its trademark palette over 120 US cities and scores of cities across Europe, Australia, South America and . . .