“Business success depends on support from stakeholders. Support depends on trust. And trust is at the heart of a strong reputation. But what drives reputation? And how can you impact stakeholders to trust and support you?” - Reputation Institute Entitled “Managing Reputation on our Threatened Planet – Communication: Trust: Sustainability”, the 2014 Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) annual conference takes place at Emperors Palace in Kempton Park, Gauteng, on 9 and 10 June 2014, and features an impressive lineup of professional speakers who will address the issue of reputation management. Among the confirmed speakers is Trevor Ndlazi, Country Manager of the Reputation Institute, the world's leading reputation management consultancy focussed on enabling leaders to make confident business decisions that build and protect reputation capital and drive competitive advantage. Ndlazi’s presentation entitled “So, then, what is reputation management? promises to provide delegates with a fresh new perspective on reputation management. A good reputation enhances profitability because it attracts customers to products, investors to securities and employees to their jobs, according to Dr. Charles Fombrun, one of the founders of the Reputation Institute. Reflecting a company’s culture and corporate identity, reputation can be an asset that provides a competitive advantage, enhances profitability and directly influences a public company’s stock prices in the financial markets. Sustaining a positive reputation requires behaving and governing in a responsible manner in order to build social capital. By being reliable, credible, trustworthy and responsible in the market, a company is more likely to influence stakeholder behaviours such as advocacy, commitment and cooperation, which are key outcomes of a positive reputation. Stakeholders, through their behaviours - be it negative or positive - influence the reputation of companies. A good reputation is . . .
Characterised by lush green vegetation, panoramic views, beaches and waterfalls, the Caribbean island of Grenada, fondly known as the ‘Spice Isle’, is situated north of the Equator at the southern end of the Windward Islands and is fast becoming a hot investment destination due to its Citizenship by Investment programme. While Grenadian Citizenship by Investment has existed since the mid 1990’s when the country first started an economic citizenship programme, legislation was recently amended by the Grenadian Parliament to reflect a clearer focus on the programme in order to preserve the prestige, honour and value of Grenadian citizenship through a legal protocol. “This clearer focus has resulted in applications only being extended by invitation, with each applicant, their family and business partners subject to individual approval by the Grenadian Government,” says James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co International, a company that specialises in investor programmes for residence and citizenship in a number of territories around the world. Bowling explains that the Grenada Citizenship by Investment programme is aimed at creating access to foreign direct investment for the country, but as the newest of its kind in the world, offers investors a range of benefits too. “One of the most attractive benefits of this programme lies in the fact that Grenada is a member of the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations, which means that its citizens are able to travel to approximately 115 countries worldwide visa-free and also enjoy preferred access – and in some cases grants – to many top schools and universities,” says Bowling. Aside from this, the application process is relatively hassle-free and the processing of applications with the inclusion of dependent children below 26 years of age takes up to just three months. There are also no physical residency requirements in Grenada, no requirement to travel to Grenada during the application process and no interview, . . .
Eastgate Shopping Centre presented Elandspark School in Bedfordview with a donation of R18, 356 and four Empisal sewing machines on Friday, 14 March. Hester Wasserfall, Centre Manager of Eastgate Shopping Centre says, “This donation was raised from our gift wrapping stations that operated within Eastgate Shopping Centre in the lead up to the festive season. We would like to thank all the shoppers who made use of this service as their contributions are truly making a difference in the lives of people in our community.” Participants at the hand over included Hester Wasserfall (Eastgate Centre Manager), Sandy Roberts (Marketing), Louise Duvenhage (Elandspark School Marketing) and Josua du Plessis (Elandspark School Principal). Louise Duvenhage, Elandspark School Marketing Manager says, “We have learners from children’s homes and they require support which is difficult to attend to due to insufficient funds and resources. As our care of these children go far beyond the call of duty we need support from the community”. The donation will go towards the installation of the Feeding Scheme Kitchen as well as equip learners with practical skills they can use in the real world. Situated in Bedfordview, Johannesburg, Elandspark LSEN School (Learners with Special Educational Needs) accommodates mildly mentally challenged learners who have learning difficulties and special needs. The school has developed a well-organised feeding scheme to feed between 100 and 150 learners with at least one warm meal per day. Every Friday they provide 50 to 60 food parcels for the neediest children to help their families. Eastgate Shopping Centre’s donation to Elandspark School is aligned with Liberty Properties’ strategy, as a socially responsible corporate brand, to promote education. For Liberty Properties and Eastgate Shopping Centre Corporate Social Investment, see www.libertyproperties.co.za For more information contact the customer service desk on 011 479 6000. Visit . . .
Nubia Soul - A Singer, Song Writer and Poet, she has released her debut Album in 2013 called Love Chronicles. Her artist identity and theme is African Pride. She expresses herself and what she stands for in her songs, writings and poetry. Some people might say she is treading on a grey area, but she feels that these issues need to be known and spoken out to a larger audience, because these issues are the a Point Of Convergence in a black woman's life and well-being. Nubia Soul has two blogs, one is called "My People Are Beautiful", in this blog she is trying to bring the forgotten black history in all over Africa to be appreciated and root out or expose the current existing problem in those areas. She also speak generally about black people's psyche especially among black women. her topics ranges from hair to skin complexion issues; she thinks that as much as these issues are generally being embraced and accepted by black women all over the world, but she brings in the history behind it and explores the deep dark psychological heritage as a point of convergence to explain the bizarre phenomenon of black women to accept and do what might be considered taboo or unnatural. Some of Nubia Soul's notable articles are "Do You Really Know The Depth Of Our Calamity?", "My Creator Gave Me Melanin" and "Afro Truths"; these articles can be read on her blog called "My People Are Beautiful" (http://mypeoplearebeautiful.blogspot.com/index.html) The second blog that Nubia Soul has is poetry blog called "Kush Konversations" (http://www.nubiasoulchild.blogspot.com/index.html), in this blog she touched various issues of concerned especially to the black nation and she tries to evoke emotions in tackling these issues. She writes about the race issues, love and of course black woman's issues of inferiority complex and identity. With her poetry articles she is hoping to encourage and to uplift the spirit of black women to accept who they are and accentuate their inner and natural . . .
Johannesburg, a trip in the Desert : Johannesburg is a city in South Africa, the capital of the province is Gauteng, its currency is the Rand (Zar), the official languages are Afrikaans, Ndebele, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Zulu, Xhosa, Venda and English. Johannesburg has the tallest building in Africa, the Carlton Center, 222 meters, the country has been engaged in export of gold and diamonds (markets dominating), is a country where crime and poverty in general prevails despite being one of the largest exporters of gold. My experience in Johannesburg was wonderful, exactly what I was looking for and what I needed within myself, I woke up one morning and decided to make that trip to a month they had not given me bad news about my health and for years wanted to do a journey alone into the forest, full of animals, 100% contact with nature, so I went to an agency and I kick the airfare and hotel, and adventure I embarked. I first went to a trip away from my people and alone, he had traveled to many countries before, but never alone. Once I got to the airport, I spent thousands of things to the head, the first was, what am I doing here? I'm crazy, where I've been? I was the first time traveling to South Africa and I felt instantly that I was in a special place, just inside the ground, another culture, another world, maybe not the world that anyone would like to visit, but my visit was special, a little fear itself that caught on landing, with the agency had included the transfer from airport to hotel and vice versa?, and I were waiting for a man with my name on a placard and a security guard (my mother, I did if I am a wenaaa girl), was a kind of protection for the tourist who puts the hotel. Once installed in the hotel, I felt good about myself, I sat for hours on the deck to watch the sky, the landscape, the people, do not know how to explain that afternoon/night is not left there and the next day. I was visiting the Lion Park is a trip that I really liked, there . . .
Exhibition: In the Weave: Walter Oltmann – working over three decades Artist: Walter Oltmann Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 29 January – 29 March 2014? In the Weave, an exhibition of works by Walter Oltmann, one of South Africa’s finest and most intriguing artists, opens at the Standard Bank Gallery on 29 January 2014. Curated by Neil Dundas, In the Weave celebrates Oltmann’s output over the last three decades. It also explores his sources, inspirations and allusions to the exchange of concepts between cultures in southern Africa. Although he is noted for his drawings, and also his prints, Oltmann is best known for his wire sculptures, for which he uses techniques which parallel handcrafts. Wire has long been his chosen medium. He was initially drawn to wire as a sculptural medium when he moved from Pietermaritzburg to Johannesburg to complete his postgraduate studies in fine arts. There he came across gabion structures – wire cages filled with rocks as a preventative measure against soil erosion – along mine dumps and embankments, which he considered as sculptural forms to explore. “The limitations of the weight of these forms,” he says, “soon directed me to using wire in itself as a medium.” Oltmann’s sculptures, which may be understood as three-dimensional drawings using wire, are intricately worked in time-intensive and demanding processes related to weaving, basket-making, textiles and vessels. His wire sculptures explore, or relate to, African traditions in functional art, carpet- and rug-making in many cultures, or familiar domestic crafts often associated with the home, but with material and imagery that seem sometimes incongruous in relation to these activities. Whether rendered with pencil and ink on paper, or made with wire, Oltmann’s exquisite works are a sensitive blend of finely observed natural forms and poetic social comment. His work reveals his fascination with the natural world, particularly seed-pods and insects, art . . .
Johannesburg-based composer Dr Clare Loveday is the Composer-in-Residence for the 2014 Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF), which takes place from 25 January to 9 February. In an effort to foster the development of new South African music, JIMF commissions a local composer each year, to create a new piece of work for premiere at the Festival, and to lend their expertise to the programme. Clare Loveday is an obvious choice for 2014, as a multi-facetted composer and active proponent of the theory and practice of both classical and new music. Striving to convey through music the complications of life in a post-colonial society, Loveday’s works – which have been performed on four continents - have been described by critics in turn as 'obstinate and fierce, big-boned and raw', 'subtle' and 'elusive'. She is said to have 'quite individual post-tonal harmonic language' and to write works that are 'exciting to listen to and yet obviously also enjoyable to play'. Loveday completed a Bachelor of Music at the University of the Witwatersrand in 1990 and was awarded her Doctorate of Music in 2009. After her undergraduate studies Loveday worked as a pianist, playing in musicals and theatre venues around South Africa and on cruise ships on the Southern African oceans. During this time she also worked in the advertising industry as a jingle writer, freelanced at corporate events as a performer and musical director, and taught piano privately and at Sacred Heart College. A hand injury put an end to Loveday's performing career causing her to temporarily change direction, working as a freelance copywriter and copy editor in both advertising and academics; and also for a time as co-ordinator for the National Research Foundation's Travelling Institute for Music Research. In the late 1990s, Loveday returned to academic life as a part-time lecturer in music theory, embarking on a Masters in Composition in 2000, through which she became increasingly involved in . . .
Exhibition: Lifelines: object biographies from the Standard Bank African Art Collection Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 29 January – 13 September 2014 Do objects have lives? If objects could speak, what stories would they tell? Only a very few find their way into museums; some we know much about, others nothing.” These are some of the questions and issues addressed in Lifelines, which explores the biographies of selected objects in the Standard Bank African Art Collection housed at Wits Art Museum (WAM). Lifelines, the exhibition and publication of the same name, grew out of a Wits History of Art postgraduate project, Object Biographies, pioneered by Dr. Justine Wintjes in 2013. This research project was developed in response to the intriguing collection housed at WAM and the abundant research opportunities it offers to students of African Art. The exhibition is presented in two spaces: one entitled Life–, and the other, –Lines. Life– presents aspects of the biographies of seven objects researched by the 2013 student cohort: a photograph by David Goldblatt, a Zulu waistcoat, a Robert Mugabe shirt, a West African baber sign, a sculpture by Nelson Mukhuba, a painting by Penny Siopis and a Great Serpent Mask made by the Bwa from Burkino Faso. The display of the selected objects is complemented by installations that aim to represent the students’ research findings visually. –Lines, the second exhibition space, comprises a selection of objects to be researched by the 2014 student cohort. These include clay pots, woven fabrics, paintings and carved wooden artefacts. These objects are juxtaposed with a series of provocative quotations intended to prompt possible entry points and to indicate ways to begin thinking about the process of writing about objects in museums. This thought provoking exhibition is bound to alter the way in which viewers see and respond to museum objects and to encourage them to consider the journeys that these objects have . . .
28 November 2013 – Johannesburg: In 2012, South Africa had more than 829 000 skilled-employee vacancies in the private sector, this according to research conducted in 2013 by Adcorp Employment Index. There are various reasons for these vacancies; however, a driving force behind this statistic is that employers are increasingly looking to hire employees who already possess the relevant experience. Whilst the definition of ‘relevant experience’ is a rather grey area, there is no question that a rich partnership exists between education and the skill-set that an individual can offer the employer. To better understand this topic and the reasoning behind students and prospective student’s eagerness to study further, Regenesys Business School conducted a survey amongst individuals who are already part of the working force to establish the answers to a number of education related matters. One such question asked if South Africans recognised skills-shortage as an issue. “Interestingly, an overwhelming 61 percent of respondents said they would like to improve upon their current skills-set or gain a new skill-set in 2014. This is a clear indication that there is a desired and recognised need amongst the South African population to become equipped with the necessary skills” says Siegie Brownlee, Chief Executive Officer, Regenesys Business School. In a survey asking respondents what they considered were the main barriers of furthering their education, respondents listed time (72 percent); finances (57 percent) and family responsibilities (22 percent). “Unique to Regenesys Business School is the dual accreditation which means that students have a choice to obtain a qualification either through distance/e-learning or contact classes. Students can study anytime, anywhere whether it’s on their smartphone or tablet, this allows them more time for family and other responsibilities” adds Brownlee. To combat the plight of the skills shortage and as part of its . . .
The 6th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will take place from 25 January to 9 February 2014, with a one-off post-Festival Valentine's concert on 14 February. The 2014 Festival will explore love's delights and dilemmas, with the theme "Un' aura amorosa”. After the success of last year’s pre-concerts, which completely sold out in just two days, there will be another two pre-festival concerts - on Saturday 25 and Sunday 26 January - which take the form of a Viennese New Year’s Concert, with music and dance. The Festival will begin in earnest on Monday 27 January, in commemoration of the birthdate of composer Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, and will take place at various venues in Johannesburg and - this year for the first time - Pretoria. This year’s programme will explore musical interpretations of “Un' aura amorosa - love's delights and dilemmas” – a homage to the tensions expressed in Mozart’s opera Cosi fan Tutte. The JIMF programme will again include various symphony concerts, recitals and workshops. The programme for the 6th Johannesburg International Mozart Festival (JIMF) will be released in December. Tickets (from R140 to R280) will be available from Computicket, with special prices for senior citizens and students on selected concerts. Please contact (011) 447 9264 or visit www.join-mozart-festival.org for more information, and “like” the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival page on Facebook for regular updates on Festival happenings. More Info link:: http://www.join-mozart-festival.org/home/ Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Fiona Gordon from The Famous Idea Trading Co.. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three For high res version/s of these Three image/s please contact: The Famous Idea Trading Co. Images: Johannesburg International Mozart Festival 2013 - Andreas Kern and Mamela Nyamza Choreography Concert at WAM - Photographer: pic by Johnathan Andrews (6) Photographer: Johannesburg . . .