Coming off strong performances in the Varsity Cup and Young Guns competitions, the University of Johannesburg are eager to make an impact when the Varsity Sevens rugby tournament takes place in Cape Town this weekend. Earlier this year, the UJ teams reached the Varsity Cup semi-finals and the Young Guns final, leading to a rise in confidence as they look ahead towards a weekend in rugby's fast lane. Last year Kovsies edged two-time champions Maties in the final and they will be back to defend their title at the Villager Rugby Club from April 30 to May 2. UJ wrapped up their preparations on Wednesday and coach Itumeleng Mogotsi said it was now a case of fine-tuning their mental approach. "We are busy with the team-building side of things because, in tournaments like these, playing four or five games a day, your spirit can sustain you in the long run." While appreciating the vagaries of sevens rugby, Mogotsi said the squad were fired up to give a good account of themselves. "We have a view that if a cup is available for a UJ team to win, we put everything into it. "We are building momentum from the Varsity Cup and a lot of those guys are in this team, so that says how serious we are about the tournament." Mogotsi said they knew it was important to build momentum from the start and were careful not to get too far ahead of themselves. "We are going to take it day by day and our first match is always important. We want to start well and try to maintain that momentum. "Although we have had a good year, this would be an extra feather in our cap." After last year's shock loss to Walter Sisulu University, the UJ coach is not making the mistake of taking anyone lightly. He acknowledged that Kovsies and Maties were two of the big guns and added Pukke to that company. "We always have a big rivalry with Pukke, but in sevens rugby everyone is on a par. "It's all about skill levels and who wants it more on the day, so every university is a . . .
The need for transformation in South African sports is back in the headlines with the recent announcement by the Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, that funding may be withdrawn should transformation targets not be met. While there are many different perspectives and opinions on the subject, it is the belief of Brenda Scheepers, owner and founder of Angel Projects, that the key to transformation in all facets of our society, including sports, lies in social development. “It is my belief that for transformation to be effective, the development process needs to include so much more than sports skills. Our disadvantaged communities should become a fundamental part of the sports transformation agenda of the country and this becomes extremely difficult when only a fraction of these schools offer any type of sports,” says Scheepers. Scheepers believes the current predicament in sports creates the perfect opportunity for Corporates to get involved. “Many of our best sportsmen started at a very young age and with the correct programme, Corporates are able to ensure their funds reach marginalised youngsters to set them on the road to becoming part of our country’s sporting future.” Dave King, a retired executive with experience in grassroots cricket development in disadvantaged communities, believes the advantages of holistic individual development has far reaching benefits. “The evidence is clear that individuals involved in well-structured sustainable sports development programmes are less likely to become HIV positive, achieve better in school, have a higher success rate in finding employment after school and is less likely to be involved in criminal activity,” says King. Scheepers encourages Corporates committed to transformation and with an agenda to improve their B-BBEE scorecard to get involved in sports development. “Angel Projects is the bridge between Corporate CSI funds and those in need. Our specialised rugby development programme . . .
Does having a pet affect your chances of selling your home? The short answer is yes, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. Although some homeowners who have pets have strict outside only rules, most allow their animals inside of their homes as a family member. “Owning a pet is great for the family and one’s emotional health, however it can be a hindrance when it comes to selling a property. To be competitive in the property market, sellers need to put their best foot forward and ensure that their home is clean and in good repair. It is important for potential buyers to be able to picture themselves living in the home when they view it. Ideally this means removing some of the seller’s personal effects – including their pets and all they bring with them such as toys, bedding and food,” advises Goslett. He notes that while selling a home with pets can be slightly more challenging, there are ways that sellers can still get the best out of the sale by being prepared. Goslett provides homeowners with a few tips that could assist them in selling their home with pets: Discuss the matter with the vet It is vital to bear in mind that while the objective is to sell the home, the animal has its own needs that should be considered. Selling a home and moving to a new environment can be very stressful for pets. “The best thing to do is to consult with the pet’s vet regarding the plan you have in mind and how it could possibly work with your specific animal. This is particularly important if the pet is older and may not adjust that well to any changes,” says Goslett. Relocate temporarily Relocating the pets will make it easier to keep the property clean and show it to potential buyers, but there are several factors to consider. Firstly, the seller will need to have a friend or family member that they are comfortable leaving their pets with and that will be happy to house the pets while the property is on the market. And there is . . .
Purchasing a home for the first time can be a very emotionally driven experience with so many new and exciting things to consider, and sometimes complicated processes to negotiate. Often it can be easy for first-time buyers to get caught up on the smaller details, losing sight of the bigger picture and possibly making mistakes that they will pay for in the future, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He provides a few tips to buyers to avoid some common mistakes when purchasing their first home: Mistake - Not getting pre-approval Once the decision has been made to buy a property, it might be tempting to jump straight into looking for a home; however this could lead to disappointment down the road. Goslett says that buyers may end up finding a home that they love, only to learn that it is out price bracket when they apply for finance. “It is best to start the process by consulting with a bank or a bond originator such as Betterbond, which can assist the buyer in determining what they can qualify for. Getting pre-approval will save both the buyer and seller a lot of time, because the buyer will be able to sign an offer to purchase knowing that they have the finance available to purchase the property,” says Goslett. Mistake – Not working out what you can afford There is often a difference between what a buyer qualifies for and what they can actually afford, bearing in mind that there needs to be some cushioning in the budget for things such as interest rate hikes. It is vital for buyers to have a look at their own finances and make a list of their expenses before settling on a house budget. “If buyers know what they can afford it will narrow down the property search and ensure that they are not looking for homes outside of their budget,” advises Goslett. “It is important that buyers don’t stretch their finances too thin, leaving them vulnerable to any unforeseen circumstances.” Mistake – Focusing on the flaws While . . .
“An audit, or independent review, engagement no longer needs to just be an annual grudge purchase” says Wendy Simmons, Audit Manager at Hobbs Sinclair Incorporated, a Cape Town-based accounting and auditing firm. “When we engage with a client for an audit, or independent review, [depending on your “Public Interest Score”, as defined in the Companies Act (2008)], we plan meticulously upfront, and in advance, in order to ensure that there is as little disruption of the daily business as possible – we understand that the normal business operations need to proceed as usual,” says Simmons. Simmons gives some suggestions to the owner-managed businesses to pre-prepare for their audit / review: Have a properly established finance department. Depending on the size of the organisation, this can be one person, who is a suitably qualified accountant or bookkeeper, who can prepare and reconcile the accounting records up to at least trial balance level (and in the case of a statutory audit – prepare your annual financial statements). Review your monthly management accounts. “Management accounts” can be as simple as an income statement and balance sheet printout. This ensures accountability from the accounting staff, and also makes sure that the owner knows what is going on in their business, ultimately putting them in a position to make informed, and accurate, business decisions. Within the management accounts make sure that (inter alia) there is a debtors list; reconciled to contain only real, collectible debtors. there is a creditors list; that it is complete and reconciled to third party statements. there is a bank reconciliation; that reconciles to the underlying bank statement. there is a VAT reconciliation; that both the control account and the sales reconcile to the financial records. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Yolanda Y'awa Pays-it-forward Photo: Neal Buys Photography Luvuthando Foundation in Cape Town will play host to a daytime charity event, Luvuthando in Wonderland Charity Brunch and Fashion Show, Saturday 04th June at D’aria Function Venue to raise funds for Luvuthando Youth Centre which will be operating from Gugulethu as at July 2016. On Saturday 04th June 2016, up and coming and internationally acclaimed musicians and designers will showcase their talents to create a breath-taking township-meets-classical crosser event filled with surprise and wonder, in an Alice in Wonderland themed venue with a township chic feel. The event is being run by Yolanda Y’awa - a Singer, Motivational Speaker and Fashion Designer who is also the Founder of the Luvuthando Foundation , with the help of a production team comprising of volunteers and local entrepreneurs. Yolanda, who has been described as the “Flower of Gugulethu”, was inspired to start the youth centre after she saw the need for a creative hub in Gugulethu where she was born and bred, and also where her love for music and arts were honed. The aim of the centre is to keep the township youth engaged after school, especially since the youth are affected by crime, drug and sexual abuse. Yolanda who has been living positively with HIV for over 18 years uses her passion for music and arts to help combat the spread of HIV/AIDS, women and child abuse. Luvuthando, which means “Feel the Love” is inspired by Yolanda’s two sons, Luvuyo and Uthando, who are her reminders daily that, with sharing the love and paying it forward, so many people’s lives can be changed for the better. We are working with five up and coming designers whom are third year Fashion students at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology to be volunteers and mentors at the centre. They will also showcase their works alongside Y’awa International Imprint_za; Sis & Bro; Lulu K Designs and Mambona Hat Designs amongst others. The event will be a . . .
By Peter Feldman Taliep Petersen, one of South Africa's most renowned singers, composers and directors who tragically passed away in the prime of his life in December 2006, has been posthumously honoured by the Naledi Theatre Awards with a Lifetime Achievement Award. The Award was presented by his great friend and creative partner of 20 years, David Kramer, who flew up from Cape Town especially for the Awards event. Taliep’s youngest daughter, Fatiema and her big sister, Natasha received the award from Kramer. Taliep’s memory lives on through his music and his many acts of kindness, which people, especially in the Cape Town community in which he worked, will never forget. He collaborated with David Kramer, bringing such memorable productions as District Six: The Musical, Kat and the Kings, Ghoema and Crooners to the stage. His family are "incredibly proud and emotionally moved" by this Lifetime Achievement recognition. Taliep’s eldest daughter, Jawaahier Petersen says; ""One of our greatest fears has always been that he will be forgotten and that with each passing year, people will forget his contribution to the arts and to the history of this country. Every award or acknowledgement of this nature eases that fear and gives us another reason to be proud of the life he led and the legacy we inherited." Jawaahier says it has been a great challenge for the family to move on after his death. "The unexpected and tragic nature of his ending further complicates the bereavement process and it brings with it anger, intense sadness and deep despair that was exacerbated by the very public trial that followed.” "Thankfully, in the almost decade that has passed, we have been able to celebrate him, laugh in his memory, smile at the thought of him and joke about what he would have said or done at our weddings, graduations, and births of our children. Each milestone presents its own pain but I am incredibly proud of my siblings for our resilience and courage to . . .
African Utility Week’s Innovation Hub offers unique opportunity Aquaponic farming, a geyser switch and other water and energy savings gadgets and software are amongst the winning innovations and inventions that will be showcased at the Innovation Hub taking place during the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from 17-19 May. Fifteen SMEs, start-ups and young innovators have been selected for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to be part of the event and take their businesses to the next level. The finalists will each receive a free exhibition stand within the Innovation Hub area for the duration of the 3-day exhibition and showcase their developments or inventions through live presentations. Four of the entrants have also earned speaking slots in the Innovation Hub conference sessions. They will furthermore meet industry incumbents, VC funders, project developers, incubators and be able to interact with the 6000+ visitors at African Utility Week. The winner of the Innovation Hub Award will be announced during the African Utility Week Industry Awards gala dinner on 18 May. The Innovation Hub finalists are (in no specific order): PowerOptimal: Power demand management technology that is commercially proven in diverse installations such as hotels, office buildings, shopping malls and golf courses. Tiisetso Dev Solutions (Pty) Ltd/TDS Innovations: A cost effective early warning device that is an addition to the existing ready board currently deployed by government for the electrification of low-income houses, known as RDP homes. Bontle Ke Tlhago: This co-operative offers a waste sorting service and sells the waste product on to suitable buy back centres. GCX Africa: A sustainability services company that provides consulting for all matters that relating to water, waste, energy and carbon. WHC: This start-up water conservation business currently focuses on a Leak-Less Valve. SAGIFON Technologies: A wireless geyser control system. Aquaponic Farmer . . .
(Cape Town, April 2016) School of Rock Claremont, South Africa’s leading performance-based music school recently hosted their Reggae Funk season show at Zip Zap Circus in Cape Town. Celebrating local music talent and skill, the show featured some stellar performances from young Rock 101 kids, Performance and Adult Performance Programme students and the talented School of Rock Artist Music Instructors. The performance was a big hit with families and friends jamming to up-tempo songs like Kool and the Gangs “Get Down on It” and Out Here Brother’s “I Like To Move It”. “We are so proud of our students, what an amazing showcase! All of the hard work has certainly paid off and it’s been great to see the students transform from the classroom to stage. We are always looking to expose our students to new genres that develop new techniques and the show did just that, I can’t wait for the next show” Leigh Spaun, Marketing Director and Co-owner of School of Rock Claremont. For media requests please contact Daniela Martins: Daniela@klprsa.com Social Media: Web: www.claremont.schoolofrock.com Facebook: /SchoolofRockClaremont Twitter: @SchoolofRockClaremont Instagram: @SORclaremont Youtube: SchoolofRockClaremont School of Rock Claremont Photo: School of Rock Claremont Photo: YouTube: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
This year’s SAMRO Overseas Scholarships Competition is looking to unearth fresh, exciting Western art music or jazz instrumentalists with the potential to compete in the global premier league. The closing date, Monday 16 May 2016, is fast approaching for music students and early-career professionals (younger than 32 years old) to apply for one of the country’s most sought-after postgraduate music study awards. Every year, rotating on a four-yearly cycle between composers, singers, keyboard players and instrumentalists, the SAMRO Foundation awards two scholarships worth R200 000 each – for Western art music and jazz music, respectively. The grant enables the recipients to enroll for career-furthering postgraduate studies or master classes at international institutions. The previous winners of the instrumentalists round in 2012, Avigail Bushakevitz (classical violinist) and Darren English (jazz trumpeter), have been making significant waves locally and internationally. After winning the SAMRO scholarship and carving out a strong name for herself on the international performance circuit, Germany-based Bushakevitz was named the 2016 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music – joining an elite club of past winners. She will perform with the Eastern Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Richard Cock at the popular Gala Concert during this year’s National Arts Festival in Grahamstown. This Juilliard graduate is currently a member of the first violin section of the Konzerthausorchester in Berlin. English’s star is also firmly on the rise. Now based in Georgia in the United States, the young jazz trumpeter’s debut album, Imagine Nation, is doing extremely well. He is the youngest artist to be signed to leading Atlanta jazz label, Hot Shoe Records. On the website Allaboutjazz.com, music reviewer Dan Bilawsky gave the album four stars, hailing English as “a bright new voice and a force to be reckoned with … clearly destined for big . . .