For many community groups and organisations, gaining positive and consistent coverage in the media can have an incredible impact on the work they do. It can have a multiplier effect on the good work that groups are doing. If people know what you have achieved and what you do, they are more likely to support your group. The more support you get, the more likely you are to have a bigger impact. Why is the Media Important? It gets your message across to a wider audience. The various forms of media – primarily television, newspapers and radio – spread and disseminate information. Getting your information into the media will spread your group's story further than it could be spread without media coverage. It can help you target your message to the people you want to hear it. The media is so varied that a community group or organisation can closely target almost any sector – and through them, almost any section of the public - by looking closely at where it is directing its media focus. For example – a small, locally-based community group would probably look at concentrating on its efforts in local newspapers, radio and (if applicable) television. A bigger event or bigger community organisation could look further afield – to major daily newspapers and commercial radio and television. And then there's the Internet, which continues to emerge as a component of the media. It provides free publicity and exposure for not only your news, announcement, event or request – but for your group or organisation as well. A big benefit when it comes to news media coverage is that it is free – a factor of major importance when it comes to community groups or organisations with tight budgets! And only does your event or news receive free publicity or new coverage, your group is bound to receive a boost through this coverage as well. It is important to remember though that while your group won't have to pay for this coverage, it will have to work for it in . . .
Over a period of three days the 5th Annual Retail Banking Africa will gather experts from the retail banking fraternity to discuss on the current trends in the sector brainstorming policies and procedures Johannesburg, 25 June 2013: As Africa’s key challenges in retail banking lie within delivering secured banking services, creating loyalty programs, exploring new opportunities for client service and serving the diversified population of the region; the 5th Retail Banking Africa 2013 will articulate an industrial roadmap with emphasis on mobile financial services, means of electronic payments, venturing with external financial institutions for tapping new avenues, financial investing in non-banking sectors. Over a period of three days this forum will gather experts from the retail banking fraternity to discuss on the current trends in the sector brainstorming policies and procedures, embedding a responsible banking culture, exploring opportunities to deliver financial inclusion providing the correct opportunity to learn about the best industry practises and develop strategies for a brighter future in African Retail Banking sector. The forum was inaugrated with an opening speech from the chairman, Jean Rey, Managing Director - Independent Director & Financial Advisor at Forex For Africa, followed by the keynote speech delivered by Rajal Vaidya, Consumer Banking Director of Barclays Africa. This keynote entitled as "The Role of Retail Banking in Sustaining Pan-African Economic Growth”, elaborated on the macro economics and dynamics of the African Banking Environment. The Regulatory Panel moderated by Jean Rey addressed how effective the current retail banking regulations are in adapting to a business transformation. Mohammed Iqbal Belath, Second Deputy Governor of Bank of Mauritius and Graham Prior, Manager: Financial Surveillance - FirstRand Group Treasury featured in this session, entitled as "Complying with Retail Banking Policies & . . .
Trade Conferences International (TCI) brings to you its 4th Biannual Loyalty and Rewards Conference Cape Town 2013. Attend this event and learn about the latest trends, technologies and innovations in the loyalty and rewards environment. Your attendance at this event will give you the opportunity to explore up-to-date developments in loyalty and rewards programmes. Issues to be addressed includes; reasons why building customer loyalty is important; convergence in the South African loyalty market; next generation loyalty programmes; how to build customer insights; case studies of branded loyalty and rewards programmes; how Omni channel marketing influences loyalty and rewards and many more. Speaker Companies include: WOW Marketing Services, Ikineo, Keystone Consulting, NXT Digital Innovation, Participlan Group Facilitation, Werksman Advisory Services, Digital Planet, Ipsos Loyalty, Truth, Mobilitrix, Innervation Value Added Services, University of Cape Town, NetFlorist, Token Group, World Wide Creative, Demographica. Reasons to attend: HEAR - from experts that represent the industry's top companies DISCUSS - the latest innovations in the loyalty and rewards arena NETWORK - with a wide range of representatives from across the loyalty and rewards sphere ANALYSE - up-to-date global trends and new advances driving loyalty and rewards programmes EXAMINE - case studies on how some industry leaders got it right DEBATE - about the future of payments in the SADC region Trade Conferences International’s Marketing Coordinator, Sian Wirth, said “Loyalty programmes are vital tools to engage and retain customers and these are essential strategies to implement that will build long term relationships.” To register contact the project manager Lisa Nathanson: email@example.com or contact TCI on: 011 803 1559. For information about the conference log onto www.tci-sa.co.za. Follow our twitter handle @tcisa and keep up to date with the latest conference news and . . .
Dr Mamphela Ramphele, leader of Agang SA, will deliver the keynote address during the opening of African Education Week at the Sandton Convention Centre this Thursday, 20 June at 09h00. Thousands of teachers and learners are expected at the seventh annual African Education Week and Career Indaba taking place from Thursday 20 June until Saturday 22 June. The events form the largest meeting and trading platform of its kind on the continent for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. The conference will focus on topics such as STEM* education, improving FET colleges and the role of social media and technology in the classroom. *STEM=Science, technology, engineering, mathematics All teachers are welcome The events also offer teachers free, practical courses to improve their classroom and technical skills and learners can attend talks on career choices and how to find a job after matric. Earlier, Dr Ramphele said her message at the event will be that “educators have a sacred duty to nurture talent and inspire every child to become, from all aspects, the best human being possible!” Joining Dr Ramphele for the opening session are education experts: - Graeme Bloch, independent education expert - Gavin Keller, a veteran education analyst and development activist - Johannes Cronjé, Dean of Informatics and Design Cape Peninsula University of Technology - Louise van Rhyn, Executive Director of Symphonia Says African Education Week’s programme director Claire O’Connell: “we are committed and passionate about helping to improve and change how teaching and learning take place in classrooms across Africa. I want to invite all teachers to come along to African Education Week’s Learning Expo and attend more than 60 free workshops on the expo floor and learn from our expert speakers and from each other. A wide variety of topics are covered, from engaging students in science and maths, to applying the latest technology in . . .
University of Johannesburg student Jeromy Andreas has stepped out of obscurity into the spotlight after winning the national elite 10km road title last week. The track specialist said he surprised even himself when he beat seasoned roadrunners to the title in Durban last Sunday. “I just went there to run for fun as part of the USSA (national student) team. It wasn’t my intention to win at all,” said the 21-year-old, who has already qualified for the world university championships in Russia in July. But when he saw the pace in the closing kilometre, the U23 national 1 500m champion said he knew he could take the win. “On track we run much faster and finish much stronger. So when I saw what these road guys were doing with a kilometre to go, I knew there was no way they would outsprint me.” The second-year transport management student, who has a personal best of 3:48 over 1 500m, turned on the afterburners and sprinted the last 500 metres to claim his first senior national title in 29:03, after winning the junior section three years ago. Andreas said the victory had now thrust him into the spotlight. “People are now asking, ‘Who’s Jeromy and where does he come from?’” Among them is former 10 000m Olympic silver medallist Elana Meyer, who is hosting a camp for young athletes who show potential for the Rio Olympics in 2016. “My goal is to go to the 2016 Olympics and do the 5 000m or 10 000m event. Then I want to medal at the next one, possibly in the marathon.” Andreas, who will take part in the 1 500m and 5 000m races in Russia, said he was working up to the longer distances. “If you go for the longer distances too soon, you can mess your whole career up. “I’m focusing on track for now. But by the age of 25 or 26 I’d preferably move onto the road and try to improve my times there.” He said road running presented a fresh tactical challenge for him. “On track we just run fast and qualify. But on road you must wait and have patience . . .
The Eastgate Shopping Centre is proud to announce that Natasha Ramcharither from Sasolburg is the grand prize winner of the Mother’s Day competition that took place this May. The winner was selected by Eastgate’s random winner generator. Eastgate honoured mothers and motherhood with a Facebook Mother’s Day competition that took place from the 26 April to 13 May. The main prize included a weekend away to the Tsogo Sun Garden Court in Bedfordview, a Milky Lane voucher to the value of R110, two Simply Asia dinner vouchers valued at R400 and Maxi’s valued at R500, Ster Kinekor movie tickets, four XD theatre tickets and a R5, 000 Eastgate gift voucher. Participants were encouraged to take part in the competition by visiting the Eastgate Shopping Centre Facebook page where they had to respond to the question that was posted. For more information visit www.eastgateshops.com or contact Bronwyn Williams on 0765077570. Visit Eastgate-shops (Facebook fan page) or follow Eastgate on Twitter @Eastgateshops for the latest news on promotions and events. URL: Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Maya Setti from . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images:Photographer: Photographer: Photographer: [/l2g] . . .
Exhibition: SIMON STONE | A Retrospective Exhibition Artist: Simon Stone Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 10 July – 14 September 2013 ‘SIMON STONE | A Retrospective Exhibition’is the first comprehensive review of the career of one of South Africa’s foremost artists, Simon Stone (b. 1952). Jointly organised by the Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery (SMAC) and the Standard Bank Gallery, the exhibition spans thirty-five years of Stone’s work, from 1978 – 2013, and includes a selection of his most definitive paintings. Over a prolific career, Stone has built an impressive reputation as a painter. This exhibition identifies him as unique amongst other South African painters. Best described as a lyrical and narrative Neo-Expressionist, Stone is renowned for his various stylistic approaches, such as natural realism and symbolic collage. He juxtaposes different genres (portraiture, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, nudes, still-lifes and domestic interiors) in paintings constructed around multiple images that provide vivid and poetic accounts of his own personal journey. Flashbacks to the troubled history of South Africa are interspersed with evocations of fabled works of art, legendary cities, beautiful women, and memories of the Cape, Johannesburg, as well as small towns and the lonely highways and the byways of his beloved Karoo. He creates a semi-Surrealist, alternative world that is beautifully painted and layered with complex meanings, recurring motifs, personal metaphysics and a strange sense of the mundane. Stone&r squo;s paintings have been described as “unashamedly traditional – with a twist”. This exhibition runs 10 July to 14 September 2013, at the Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg.The Gallery (Tel: 011 631 4467) is open Mondays to Fridays, 08:00-16:30; on Saturdays, 09:00-13:00; and is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. For further information about Standard . . .
Retinal Shift, an exhibition of works by Mikhael Subotzky, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner for the Visual Arts in 2012, opens to the public at Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg on 17 April 2013. First shown at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown in mid-2012, this is the final stop in the exhibition’s country-wide tour. Retinal Shift investigates the practice and mechanics of looking and draws on a diversity of sources: archival portraits, found surveillance footage, and Subotzky’s own photographs. On show are Subotzky’s seminal work, Self-Portrait (With Assistance of Optometrist) (2012) and four recent productions: Moses and Griffiths, a four-channel projection, which shows Grahamstown through the eyes of two tour guides, juxtaposing institutional and personal histories; Who’s Who (2012) which comprises images scanned at ten-year intervals from Who’s Who of Southern Africa; Don’t Even Think of It (2012), compiled from material filmed through the window of Subotzky’s Cape Town apartment; and CCTV (2011) which draws on footage of central Johannesburg acquired from the police. Also on exhibition is I Was Looking Back (2012) an installation of 100 photographs mined from Subotzky’s archive. Retinal Shift deals not just with looking and seeing, but with being watched; it’s the moments when the subject meets the eye of the camera, and looks back consciously, that give this exhibition its particular potency. This exhibition runs until 15 June 2013, at the Standard Bank Gallery, corner of Simmonds and Frederick Streets, Johannesburg. The Gallery (Tel: 011 631 4467) is open Mondays to Fridays, 08:00-16:30; on Saturdays, 09:00-13:00; and is closed on Sundays and public holidays. Admission is free. For further details about the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards see the Standard Bank Arts website www.standardbankarts.co.za. For further information about Standard Bank Gallery see www.standardbanks.co.za. For further information about Mikhael Subotzky . . .
Tasol-GT rider David Maree held his nerve in a three-man sprint to win the Emperors Palace Classic, presented by ASG, in Johannesburg on Sunday to keep his team’s hopes for survival alive. Maree, whose squad’s title sponsorship expires at the end of the month, crossed the line first in 2:13:26, just a split-second clear of Bonitas’s Chris Jennings, with Westvaal-BMC’s Shaun-Nick Bester a further second back. According to Maree, the win was a much-needed one, especially ahead of their potential swansong at the Mzansi Tour, which starts on Wednesday. “We really needed this one for the team’s confidence and to show everyone that we’re not giving up. We’ll keep fighting and keep believing in our dream.” The Bryanston resident, who also podiumed in the Fast One in January, said the racing started at a furious pace on the fairly flat 104km course. “No one was giving anyone room to manoeuvre and the bunch didn’t let any moves slip away. It was definitely one of the harder ones this season.” A group of eight riders – with top teams Bonitas, Westvaal-BMC and Tasol-GT all represented – broke away from the peloton about 30km into the race. “We actually thought we would stay away but the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team chased us down and closed the gap with 40km to go.” They then rode together until the closing 10km, when the final selection of five riders went clear. Jennings launched the first of two attacks with two kilometres remaining, which saw the leaders shed an MTN-Qhubeka and ASG rider, leaving the eventual podium finishers to battle it out for position. “Chris attacked again with about a kilometre to go, so I let Shaun-Nick close the gap for me and then I had a huge sprint to the finish.” Describing himself as “an opportunistic sprinter”, the 23-year-old said the final uphill drag to the line had played right into his hands. “Because I am one of the lighter riders, an uphill sprint like that is really suited to my ability.” The women’s . . .
Finishers of the Emperors Palace Classic in Johannesburg will once again be treated to shoulder-to-shoulder racing when the Circuit Spectacular kermesse takes place after the road race on Sunday, April 14. According to organiser Wynand de Villiers, from ASG, many national Classics presented post-race kermesses as part of the entertainment in the past, but the focus on mass participation has seen this invitation-only event dwindle. “For us it’s a no-brainer. It is such an exciting event and the venue lends itself perfectly to this type of racing.” He said the top finishers in the 104km feature race would be invited to take part in the circuit race that took place within the confines of the resort. The kermesse typically lasts 45 minutes plus one lap and offered a handsome prize purse of R10 000, said De Villiers. In addition, riders could help themselves to cash prizes ranging between R500 and R1 000 at each of the three hotspots. “It is a great value-add for our participants and spectators,” said de Villiers. The sixth edition of the Emperors Palace Classic has been moved from its traditional slot in February to autumn to present riders with an opportunity to participate in a Classic at a less congested part of the season. “February has just become too crowded,” he said. De Villiers said the new date was designed to attract riders who had trained for the Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour and still had some residual fitness in their legs. “It’s perfectly positioned for those who want to keep the legs moving.” He described the route as “fast and flat” and it offered sprinters something to sink their teeth into. A single climb made its appearance at the halfway mark, but he said the incline won’t do much to slow the pace. Reinhardt Janse van Rensburg, who is currently racing for Argos-Shimano in Europe, took the win last year and De Villiers speculated that a rider like Herman Fouche would be hard to beat in 2013. “He definitely has . . .