Delegates attending the 2016 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference will have an opportunity to pitch for one of two R80 000 grants for an interdisciplinary project. Sponsored by the National Arts Council (NAC), the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, a total of R160 000 will be made available to two innovative interdisciplinary projects that are developed during the BASA Hatchery session at the two-day #creativeintersections conference. “We are extremely excited to be a part of this project. This project strongly speaks to our mission of supporting, promoting and advancing the arts in South Africa. Additionally, collaborative efforts bear greater results and it has become critical that the sector collaborates in creating access to markets for the sector. In the same light, it’s becoming more important to for us to position the arts as a practical solution not only in our sector but other sectors as well,” says Rosemary Mangope, CEO of the NAC. Presented by ACT, in partnership with UJ Arts & Culture, this interactive learning and networking experience is set to take place at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre on 16 and 17 March 2016. This year's conference theme is #creativeintersections, which intends to provide an interactive learning forum presenting interdisciplinarity as an alternate way of thinking and problem-solving. Delegates are invited to school themselves through presentations, panel discussions, interview segments, structured networking activities, workshops and brainstorming breakaways that will activate practical engagement with interdisciplinarity. “It is important for stakeholders to come together to address the needs and emerging opportunities within the arts industry. Art is a key contributor to the socioeconomic and cultural development of any nation,” explains Tobie Badenhorst, Head of Group Sponsorships and Cause Marketing at Nedbank. “As a bank committed to the development and sustainability of . . .
804 flight hours of lifesaving service to the community: Netcare 911’s helicopter emergency medical service (HEMS) recently marked the first ’birthday’ of its two ICU-equipped Bell 222 UT helicopters, which have accumulated 804 hours of lifesaving service between them. Flying under the call signs Netcare 1 and Netcare 2, the helicopters transport critically injured patients from the scene of an emergency to hospital in the shortest possible time. The crew of the Bell 222 UTs comprise two pilots and an advanced EMS trauma team, including a specialised emergency care practitioner (ECP). Pretoria teenager, Carmen Botha, needed the speed and expertise of the HEMS recently after she fell 15 metres when a zipline at an adventure park snapped. Emergency care practitioner Jared Mc Dowall was part of the Netcare 1 helicopter crew who came to her aid. He describes how he and his colleague, Adrian King, fought to preserve the life of the critically injured teenager after she went into cardiac arrest three times during the flight between Hartebeespoort Dam and Netcare Milpark Hospital. They successfully resuscitated Carmen, who is now on the road to recovery, a testament to the axiom “time saves lives”. This is further borne out by statistics from Netcare’s accredited level 1 trauma centres at Netcare Milpark and Netcare Union hospitals, which indicate a correlation between HEMS intervention and improved patient outcomes. Regional operations manager of Netcare 911 HEMS, Deon Swart, explains that the purpose-built Bell 222 UT helicopter has a spacious interior and are fitted with the latest in diagnostic, ventilation and monitoring equipment, enabling the emergency medical crew to continue life-saving care throughout transit. Swart says that the air ambulances are called upon for a range of emergencies, including cases of serious road accidents, hiking accidents in remote areas and assault. It is also used for inter-hospital transfers of highly compromised . . .
JOHANNESBURG, 11 MARCH 2016 – A brand-new epic obstacle and heavy rain across Gauteng mean Jeep Warriors will be in for an even wilder, muddier adventure at Race#2 of the 2016 Jeep Warrior Series, taking place this weekend at the Emerald Resort & Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng. Dubbed the ‘Water Canon’ and sponsored by global water technology company, Xylem, the new obstacle consists of a floating bridge that has been built across a big hole of deep, muddy water. When Warriors run over the floating bridge, the Xylem-powered water pumps will shoot water from giant canons to try and push them off the bridge and into the muddy pool below. If they are pushed off, they will need to start the obstacle all over again. Making a massive comeback at Emerald Resort venue is the biggest Jeep Warrior Race obstacle ever, the monstrous Slippery Dip. Scary, terrifying and causing a huge spike in the alternative burpees sacrifice in the non-elite classes, the Slippery Dip is exactly what it means. A steep, watery slippery slide with an upward lip at the end which sends warriors flying into a muddy pool. Not for the feint-hearted but #BeBrave! As expected, the event is near-capacity already with over 6000 entries. Saturday events are sold out and only a handful of spots are available for Sunday, so first come, first served. Says Jonathan Hart, Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “We have been building the Emerald Resort course for the last 5 weeks, with 26 builders working full time around the clock to finish everything by Saturday. Emerald Resort is a fantastic new venue for the Jeep Warrior Series. There are a few ‘new’ elements this weekend – our new tough water canon obstacle, the return of the massive, scary Slippery Dip, a brand new shower zone for competitors, and the biggest Jeep Warrior beer tent yet.” It is expected that the consistent rain in Gauteng over the past week will make this Jeep Warrior Race much tougher, so for the competitive-level Black . . .
With market uncertainty and high volatility, investors in South Africa should consider the long-term benefits and significant cost-savings associated with tax-free investment accounts. Mark Humphreys, Business Manager at Standard Online Share Trading, says the distinction between tax-free savings and investment accounts is generally not well understood. This means investors could be missing out on an ideal opportunity to look-through volatile cycles and benefit over the long term. “The investment opportunity angle seems to have been lost in all the talk of guaranteed interest rates in savings accounts. The little heard message, though, is that investors can take advantage of several tax-free benefits in the investment vehicle and reap significant reward”, he says. As of 1 March 2015, individuals are allowed to invest up to R30 000 a year, or R500 000 over the course of their lifetimes, in an account that is free of interest tax, dividend withholding tax, securities transfer tax and capital gains tax. “For anyone who is currently actively investing out of their after-tax income, it is pretty obvious they should be spending their first R30 000 in one of these new accounts, as you won’t get these benefits anywhere else,” he says. What is noteworthy is that all interest and dividends earned contributes to the investment growth and profits earned do not consume the annual and lifetime limits. While equity markets can be prone to sell-offs, the advantage is that the stock market’s typical average return tends to outperform cash and even other assets such as bonds or property, over a 20-year time horizon. “This is well supported by the design of the tax-free offering in the sense that it encourages one to make a long-term commitment to your investment, as opposed to looking for quick gains,” says Mr Humphreys. So for as little as R250 a month, investors can now directly access selected JSE-listed instruments like property, top-40-linked baskets, . . .
Whether you’re looking for a spa day with the girls or to simply treat yourself to a new hairdo, the Groupon Beauty Sale has you covered with great deals. Enjoy an additional 20% off Local Beauty Deals when using the promotion code BEAUTY at checkout on the 16 & 17th March 2016. Check out some of the incredible deals that will be on offer: Johannesburg Eyelash Extensions from R249 with Optional Two-Week Fill at The Hair and Body Shop The Hair and Body Shop in Suuninghill, Johannesburg offers skincare, massages, hair and waxing treatments that are provided by highly-trained staff. Owner Nicholas ensures his staff keep impeccable standards so that you receive a warm and friendly reception upon arrival. https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/the-hair-and-body-shop-15 Spa Packages from R429 for One at Spa Afrique Treat yourself or your loved-ones to a tranquil escape with spa packages at Spa Afrique, located in Northcliff in Johannesburg. Facilities include a Jacuzzi, whirlpool, plunge pool and a fully equipped hair salon decorated in African style with colours that depict the landscape and wildlife. Unwind and enjoy freshly laundered spa wear, and a light healthy breakfast on arrival served in the eating area with a beautiful African garden view. https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/spa-afrique-7 Brazilian or Micro-Keratin Blow Wave from R499 at Classic Hair and Beauty Salon Locks will be transformed with a choice of blow wave treatments. Located on the ground floor of the Radisson Hotel, on the corner of Rivonia Road and Daisy Street, Classic Hair and Beauty Salon in Johannesburg offers a full range of options for hair, as well as other beauty services. https://www.groupon.co.za/deals/classic-hair-and-beauty-salon-2-6 Photo: Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa — ASUS announced the stunning Transformer Book T100HA, the all-new version of the best-selling Transformer Book T100 2-in-1. Featuring a design that’s now thinner, lighter and with up to 12 hours battery life, Transformer Book T100HA combines the power of a stylish ultra-light 10.1-inch laptop with the convenience of a super-slim tablet. A wealth of improvements and performance upgrades make Transformer Book T100HA one of the most desirable 2-in-1 devices on the market. These enhancements include powerful quad-core Intel® Atom™ x5 ‘Cherry Trail’ processors, the new Windows 10 operating system with Cortana, the voice-powered personal assistant, and support for Windows 10 Continuum adaptive interface technology. With its metal-clad lid, comfortable detachable keyboard and four vivid new color options — Silk White, Tin Grey, Aqua Blue and Rouge Pink — T100HA is the perfect mobile companion for users who need versatile and lightweight all-day computing power. The best 2-in-1 gets even better ASUS leads the way in 2-in-1 design, and Transformer Book T100HA consolidates this lead with its uniquely versatile combination of a powerful, lightweight laptop and a razor-thin tablet. With the strong, reliable and robust magnetic hinge that automatically positions itself when docking, the transformation between laptop and tablet is simple and instantaneous. Support for Windows 10 Continuum means that the Windows interface also reconfigures itself automatically for a seamless transition between laptop and tablet modes. The tablet portion of T100HA is 20% thinner than its predecessor — it measures just 8.45mm — and its weight has been trimmed to just 580g, making it an even more compelling choice for users who need the ultimate in no-compromise mobility. A good keyboard is essential for a laptop, and the detachable keyboard on T100HA is ergonomically designed for outstanding comfort, with key travel of 1.5mm optimized for extended typing . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa – This year, ASUS, a leader in new technology and high-end electronic products, has managed to climb to 4th place on the Fortune’s World’s Most Admired Companies list. Listed under the Computer Industry category, they proceeded to rank two places higher than their 6th place acquired in 2015. Following the likes of Apple and the Lenovo Group, ASUS has set a new bar for their company and is competing with some of the leading tech companies in the world. The Fortune’s list ranks companies based on 9 alternative criteria, which includes innovation, people management and social responsibility. All the criteria are judged on a scale - the lower the score, the higher the ranking. ASUS has managed to rank highest for innovation and use of corporate assets of all the criteria, which gave them the push needed to obtain the 4th position. Fortune’s partners at Korn Ferry Hay Group started the survey with approximately 1,500 companies. They then selected the 15 largest for each international industry and the 10 largest for each U.S. industry, surveying a total of 652 companies from 30 countries. This places ASUS at the top of the computer industry list among hundreds of global companies. This Taiwan-based company has been climbing the ladder in the tech industry, producing some of the most high-end computer products in the world. They manufacture laptops, tablet computers, desktop computers, mobile phones and a range of internal and external computer components specifically designed for the modern, digital home. Starting out as a small company consisting of four employees that manufactures motherboards, ASUS has grown tremendously to become the largest tech company in Taiwan who employs over 11,000 people from around the world. Some of their most recent successes include the ASUS ZenBook series. The ZenBook series offers powerful performance at a super-high-res display. This series is just a fragment of the innovation and inspiration . . .
Brides and grooms-to-be will be the main focus on Saturday, 30 July and Sunday, 31 July 2016 at the 3rd annual East Rand Wedding Show taking place at Emperors Palace Hotel Casino Convention and Entertainment Resort. Once again this year’s wedding expo will feature more than 140 of Gauteng’s leading wedding professionals gathered at this 2-day event celebration to showcase the latest in wedding trends and fashions. Wedding related products and services professionals such as fashion designers, caterers, photographers, videographers, limousine providers, invitation makers, venues, florists, and many others will offer their new promos and great deals to brides and grooms-to-be visiting the event. Regardless of the type of wedding being planned there will be something for everyone and then some at the East Rand Wedding Show. “The East Rand Wedding Show is aimed at creating a platform that really helps future brides and grooms navigate through everything and anything they are going to need to plan their wedding and to start out their new lives together,” says Laura Hanc, Managing Director and show producer. “It’s a social event that has a tremendous feel of anticipation, excitement and fun. Having the best suppliers in the industry all under one roof assisting couples with planning the most special day of their lives is really a great experience.” she adds. In addition to the exhibition, the East Rand Wedding Show will feature live runway fashion shows that will form part as one of the major highlights of the show. The fashion show takes place throughout the day at 11am, 1pm and 3 pm and features top bridal fashion from many leading bridal and menswear shops and boutiques. The East Rand Wedding Show has become synonymous for their amazing prize giveaways and this year will be no different, in fact they will be taking it up a notch and together with their sponsors will be giving 2 couples the chance of winning their wedding venue and another 2 lucky couples will . . .
Eleven representatives from the University of Johannesburg's hockey club have been included in the national U21 squads for the Junior World Cup Africa Qualifier tournaments in Windhoek, Namibia, from March 18 to 28. Four players – Carmen Smith, Cheneal Raubenheimer, Kristen Paton and Marizen Marais – were selected for the women's team, while Kyle Lion-Cachet, Tyson Dlungwana, Ryan Crowe and Amkelwe Letuka got the nod for the men's side. Goalkeeper Matthew Martins is the non-travelling reserve. In addition, UJ hockey mentor Garreth Ewing was recognised for his coaching skills in being named the men's head coach, while hockey club manager Elize le Roux will attend the tournament as a technical official. Christy McCrorie is the women's team video analyst, a role she also carries out for UJ's other sporting codes. Le Roux said the players' selection was recognition of the efforts put in by the UJ Hockey Club to develop the talent in their ranks. "For the club it means we are doing the right development of players and staff so their talents are seen at a higher level," she said. "It contributes to their dreams of playing for the national teams and is an indication of the club's contribution to grow the sport. "It also provides exposure for the players on national and international platforms, which is a boost for their career opportunities after their playing careers are done." The teams were selected after the recent U21 camps in Pretoria and their aim will be to qualify through the African event for next year's Junior World Cup. The UJ members add considerable expertise and experience to the SA U21 sides. Smith and Marais have both played for the women's national senior team, while they, along with Paton and Raubenheimer, were part of the UJ team which won the Varsity Hockey and University Sport South Africa (Ussa) titles last year. Among the men, Lion-Cachet is a second-year student, having been a member of the team which won the . . .
JOHANNESBURG, 10 MARCH 2016 – This weekend (12 -13 March 2016) South Africa’s largest obstacle course race, the 2016 Jeep Warrior Series, is heading to Emerald Resort & Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Gauteng, for Race #2 of the series. Jeep Warrior Race organisers have gone all out this year to improve the experience for all. This includes a change in the race format that sees all Elite-level events taking place on Sunday, rather than spread out over the two days. This change is in line with international OCR standards, and allows all Elite athletes to compete on the same day, and have prize giving together as a “family”. Obstacle-wise, Race#2 will see the return of the Jeep Warrior Series’ biggest obstacle to date, which will be revealed on race day, as well as new and exciting obstacles keeping everyone on their toes. Jeep Warrior’s most infamous obstacle for Elite and non-Elite athletes alike, the Mud Monster, is again a feature near the start-line of the 2016 course. This mammoth obstacle sees Warriors first wade through a pool of muddy water (the only way to get through without losing your shoes is a slimy leopard crawl), then climb a hill of slippery clay (the first of many). On the other side is a deeper pool of mud, which Warriors slide or jump into followed by a steeper clay uphill. This is repeated a few times making this very tiring upfront in the race but allows spectators one of the best vantage points, adding to the pressure. What makes a Jeep Warrior Race so appealing that over 7 000 grown men and women will pay for the privilege of getting tired, sore and seriously dirty, traipsing through mud, muck, and doing things they never thought possible? Without a doubt, it’s the sense of adventure, comradery and fun that is the spirit of every Jeep Warrior Race. Its extraordinarily tough but there is no sport quite like obstacle course racing (OCR) where the whole family can take part, giving everyone, young and old, amateur and professional, . . .