“The water-energy nexus is complex and wide-ranging” A study in South Africa that forms part of the World Bank’s Thirsty Energy Initiative has found that major inter-basin transfers support water for power in South Africa. “These transfers play a critical role in the power sector in the country,” says Dr Diego J. Rodriguez, Senior Economist at the World Bank, “and you see that water from different basins can end up supplying the water needs of a particular energy area”. Launched in January 2014, Thirsty Energy is an initiative that promotes sustainable water and energy resource management by working with governments and partners globally. “We are currently working in South Africa, China and Morocco” Dr Rodriguez explains, “to integrate water constraints into the energy sector and better address water and energy challenges to ensure a sustainable development of energy resources”. He adds: “our work in South Africa incorporated water constraints into an existing energy model and examined the tradeoffs with other water users. The exercise revealed many interesting results.” These include that once the true costs of water supply are incorporated into the energy model, the model chooses dry cooling for most coal power plants. “Therefore,” says Dr Rodriguez, “dry cooling makes economic sense in South Africa even if it decreases the efficiency of the power plant. Bringing the true costs of supply water to the sector increases the costs of the system.” Energy-water nexus The leading World Bank energy-water nexus expert returns to African Utility Week in Cape Town in May as a featured speaker and panel moderator in the event’s water conference. Says Dr Rodriguez: “I look forward to discussing the findings from Thirsty Energy’s work in South Africa and how integrating water into energy modeling reveals profound connections between the resources, and changes the energy outcomes and operational decisions.” He continues: “the water-energy nexus is complex and . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 2016: During the holiday season, Eastgate Shopping Centre’s fun-filled festive programme was well at-tended by children and adults alike. The extended festive trading hours also ensured that shop-ping was a pleasure enjoyed by the whole family. In line with Eastgate’s Corporate Social Investment strategy, all programmes were aimed at social upliftment and charitable concerns. On the 15th of December 2015, Eastgate Shopping Centre pre-sented donations to St. Giles Association and the Avalon Association. Johan van Belkum, Eastgate Leasing Manager, said: “We pay tribute to the selfless individuals who dedicate their lives in help-ing the less fortunate, the underprivileged and the disabled members of the community. We hope that the donations will continue to lend aid and contribute to maintain the many community initi-atives that each of the Associations support in their respective environments”. Eastgate Shopping Centre donated R120, 000 respectively to acknowledge the charities ongoing loyal community ser-vice. Gift wrapping stations were set up in the Centre in December where shoppers had their gifts con-veniently wrapped by the Edu-Care Foundation volunteers. All proceeds were donated to the Foundation. The Salvation Army band added to the festive flair by performing traditional festive carols in the centre. Shoppers could also have their photos taken with Santa in the Strelitzia court. The biggest draw card was the kiddies’ holiday programme, ‘Festive Tale’, which entertained East-gate’s little shoppers with a stage show and meet and greet with Warner Bros favourite charac-ters: Tom and Jerry, Tweety, Sylvester, Bugs Bunny and Scooby Doo. Other interactive and craft activities included Lego building, letters to Santa, a colour-in area as well as a toy donation bin. The ‘Festive Tale’ activity programme raised R66, 600 which has been donated to Jo’burg Child Welfare. Maria Grigoropoulos, Jo’burg Child Welfare Fund . . .
South Africa is a country extremely sensitive to race. Race is what divides us according to who we associate with, where we live, who we vote for and our immediate first impressions of people that we deal with. All South Africans carry the baggage of a devastating shared past that continues to be a huge stumbling block to the success of an incredible nation. For decades we were conditioned to think in terms of our skin colour. Apartheid preached that persons of colour were inferior. Such was the iron grip of the Nationalist Party on the media that privileged white South Africans were not reminded on a daily basis of the crime happening in their own neighbourhoods - job reservation, inferior education, economic hardship and daily persecution of our fellow citizens continued in a mad rush to certain ruin. It was state television, during the 16 June 1976 Soweto riots, that allowed ordinary South Africans a glimpse of the groundswell of resistance against an ever oppressive government and which could have been the opening of the door that led to the release of political prisoners, the unbanning of the ANC and Communist Party, the release of Nelson Mandela and, finally, true democracy in 1994. We, as citizens have been a little bit tardy since then and have allowed our politicians, media and business to slip back into undemocratic and divisive ways. We are now constantly bombarded with divisive language as politicians try to score points by calling everyone out for being racist. The number of taboo words increases and the media have rushed to the party by further increasing the publicity that these politicians crave as we rush towards another crucial set of municipal elections in 2016. We need a movement, a groundswell of ordinary citizens that will say; "Enough - I love my neighbour, I love my country and I refuse to allow anyone to continue promoting this artificial division." The first part of the pledge to go Race Free is; "You pledge to not . . .
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The Johannesburg International Mozart Festival kicks off this year with the Viennese New Year concerts taking place on Saturday 23 January and Sunday 24 January. Exotic influences have made themselves felt in music throughout history. Drawing on the theme Fairy Tales from the Orient, the concerts will take us on a journey through the East, both near and far, with this wonderful programme including visits to Persia, Egypt, Hungary and many more! As always, the Viennese New Year Concerts will take place at the Linder Auditorium in Parktown, where you will have the opportunity to join us for a colourful and spectacular New Year’s programme just as in Vienna, with music by the Strauss Family, Drigo, Ketelby, Lehar and others: Blue Danube, Radetsky March, In a Persian Garden and many Viennese favourites. “The Viennese New Year Concerts are a firm favourite amongst audiences and a wonderful fun way to kick off the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival”, added Richard Cock. Richard Cock and the Johannesburg Festival Orchestra will present the traditional Viennese New Year`s Concerts. And they will be joined by well-known soprano: Magdalene Minnaar and tenor: Stéfan Louw, with members of Joburg Ballet. These will be performances of sumptuous music and romance. These concerts are great fun and be sure to book your tickets soon as they sell out fast. Ticket prices range between R190 and R280 per person. You can book tickets through Computicket either online, or over the phone on 0861 915 8000. The two concerts are Saturday, 23 January at 19.30 and Sunday 24 January at 15.00. NOTES TO EDITORS Richard Cock, renowned conductor, has been involved with the Johannesburg International Mozart Festival from its inception. South African soprano Magdalene Minnaar has entertained audiences across the globe with her versatile voice and enigmatic stage presence. Stéfan Louw is a South African operatic tenor, regarded as "one of South Africa's leading tenors". . . .
Photos capture a slice of life. Still, moving, placid, angry or sensuous---they capture moments, feelings and beauty. Every time somebody takes a picture of something, a minuscule part of some memory is taken prisoner and shut away permanently. And when the quality of the picture taken is true-to-life, it becomes an unwritten description, an unsung paean to a tiny part of the world we live in. Meet Driman Digital Photography, a commercial and lifestyle photographer agency that specialises in high-quality, accurate and clear-details photo shoots. They shoot landscapes, people, objects, architectural structures and food. The pictures on their site speak volumes about their work and dedication towards the art of photography. They do architectural photography, landscape photography and digital food photography among others. If you’re an amateur property sales firm who needs advertising for their properties and homes, then the photographers at Driman are the folks you should be seeking out. The same thing goes for Tour Operator sites or Tourism Ministries of nations - if you want to capture the packaged destinations in an excruciating, breath-taking vista-like manner, then again Driman Digital is the agency, whose doors you should be knocking on. Their pictures portray not just the overwhelming or austere beauty of any place, but also the poignancy, subtlety and depth of a certain image, be it of place, house or person. An old grandma’s kindly smile that is gently reflected in the wrinkles of her cheek skin, a mother straddling her three children in a moment of unadulterated joy, or a lone man standing in the midst of a vast field against the backdrop of a bright red sunset---these images convey volumes that deeply stir things inside of you. You’re reminded of some faraway place you’d been to as a child once, or that deserted field behind your old house where you first played hide-and-seek, or the day a loved one left you forever. Some of those images are that . . .
In 2016, instability in emerging markets is set to end six consecutive years of decline in global insolvencies, according to Euler Hermes, the worldwide leader in trade credit insurance. The Euler Hermes Economic Outlook 2015-16: The insolvency U-turn predicts that worldwide insolvencies will stabilise at 300,000 cases as 2015 marks the end of the post-crisis adjustment trend. This trend, which saw a healthy decline in insolvencies of -14% in 2014, continues into 2015 but loses momentum in line with the global economic slowdown. As a result, Euler Hermes estimates that its Global Insolvency Index will decrease by only -4% this year. Despite six consecutive years of decline, the positive trend was not robust enough to offset the sharp hike in bankruptcies recorded between 2007 and 2009, so the Global Insolvency Index remains higher by 3% than its pre-crisis average. “After a five year love story with the fastest-growing part of the world, time has come for a reality check,” says Ludovic Subran, Chief Economist at Euler Hermes. “Large current account deficits, a vulnerable private sector and a highly politicised reform agenda created a perfect storm for emerging markets. Capital outflows, volatility and credit risks are on the rise.” The divergence between advanced economies and emerging markets should continue to grow in 2016, creating a -1% decline in insolvencies in advanced economies compared to a +4% increase in emerging markets. Currently, a strong decrease in bankruptcies in the U.S. and Western Europe is offsetting turmoil in Asia and Latin American, but the outlook is increasingly cloudy for emerging markets. “Brazil, China, Nigeria, Russia, South Africa and Turkey – to name a few – have all been negatively affected by cheaper commodity prices, a looming Fed rate hike which is pressuring currencies and financing, and the overall slow growth mode. World GDP has been growing below 3% for the past five years. High corporate Debt levels, Disinflation . . .
Although the property market has seen an increase in activity over the last few years, economic conditions are still tough for many and the predicted interest rate hikes are likely to place further strain on homeowners around the country. “This year, those with high debt levels will be heavily affected as the interest rate increases and the cost of living continues along its upward trajectory. While for some, it may simply be a matter of readjusting certain behaviour to rectify their financial situation, others may find themselves in more dire circumstances further along the road,” says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “Due to the fact that many feel overly stressed and sometimes shameful about their financial distress, they are less likely to communicate about the topic and ask for help. However, it is vital that homeowners in financial trouble take immediate action and proceed with the necessary steps before the situation slips out of their control. It is a time to act decisively, take control of the situation and consult with people who can assist.” Goslett offers homeowners advice on how to handle this often complex situation: Evaluate your situation Homeowners need to be honest with themselves and look at their circumstance objectively when determining whether they can continue to pay their bond. Goslett says that if a homeowner can no longer afford their bond, they need to notify their lender as soon as possible. “Avoiding the situation and doing nothing is the worst possible decision a homeowner in distress can make. It is best to be upfront with the bank and tell them the situation, rather than defaulting on a payment without notification. If the situation is left to run its course, it will not only result in the homeowner losing their property, it will also lead to a tarnished credit record and black listing,” says Goslett. He adds that a blacklisting will leave the consumer unable to obtain any credit . . .
Are you sitting yourself to death? Sitting is the new smoking. Many office workers, in particular, are in danger of sitting themselves to death and should urgently kick this unhealthy habit. “A number of studies have indicated that there are a wide range of negative health implications to spending hours each day sitting, which hundreds of thousands of South Africans do in the workplace,” warns Dr Jacques Snyman, acting CEO of Agility Global Health Solutions (Africa). A landmark study published in the medical journal Lancet, as long ago as 1953, looked at about 31,000 men, aged 35 to 64, employed as bus, tram and trolleybus drivers in London, and their colleagues who were conductors, mechanics, or railway guards. The drivers, who had more sedentary jobs, were found to have higher rates of coronary heart disease. The UK’s National Health Service also warns that prolonged sitting is thought to slow metabolism, which affects the body's ability to regulate blood sugar, blood pressure, and break down body fat. “As technology has, and continues, to take over those tasks that used to be performed by muscle, millions of people worldwide find themselves sitting behind a desk, gazing at a computer screen,” Dr Snyman observes. “Many people mistakenly assume that going to gym for a few hours a week can counter the effects of sitting, however this does not seem to offset the risk.” Debbie Valentini, General Manager: Marketing and Communications, Loyalty and Rewards at Zurreal and Agility Corporate, Agility Africa’s wellbeing and rewards offering, says that one need not spend a lot of money to make this healthy change. “Before you take out a second mortgage to buy yourself a standing desk, test it out by going for a cheap option. All you need to do is put a box, or a small chest of drawers on top of your existing desk. You could also get creative with ordinary items around the office, such as a box of printer paper, to create your own standing desk.” “At . . .
Technology is disrupting the workplace with increasing speed and intensity. “As the world of work changes, school leavers are a facing a dilemma as to how best to prepare for success in their careers,” says Sandra Burmeister, CEO of Amrop Landelahni. “More specifically they are asking what fields of study they should consider.” Burmeister believes that a premium will continue to be placed on graduates skilled in technical subjects. “Automation and the digital revolution signal a move away from jobs that demand routine mental or physical activity to those that depend on human judgement,” she says. “Robotics will take over a lot of the mundane work currently being done. “This is already the case in several industries, such as car manufacture, where robots are taking over from people in automated assembly lines. “On another front, the landmark climate accord announced in Paris in December 2015 will spur industry to focus on renewable sources of energy. “There will be a huge demand for specialised skills in the fields of energy and water. These are issues of concern globally, and no less so in South Africa. Eskom continues to be under pressure, while water-scarcity in large parts of the country demands safeguarding and efficient management of water resources. “Energy and technology companies will focus their endeavours on making breakthroughs in areas from solar and wind power and electric cars to hydrology and environmental engineering. This will create a demand for highly-skilled individuals with the potential for embracing new technologies. “Adding to the demand for skills, is the fact that a large proportion of SA’s qualified technical and engineering professionals are aging out of the system. A cadre of South Africa’s highly skilled personnel – from electricians to civil engineers – are moving into retirement, bringing South Africa to what has been called a ‘skills cliff’. “These disruptive forces bring huge opportunities for today’s . . .