Photo: Workonline Communications (Pty) Ltd & ZACR are partnering with the African Network Information Centre (AFRINIC) to hold AFRINIC's renowned IPv6 and Internet Number Resource Management (INRM) Courses in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 2-5 May. AFRINIC offers a comprehensive training programme and provides free training throughout Africa in both French and English to around 600 African network engineers every year, equipping network engineers and operators with key knowledge about IPv6 deployment and transition techniques. IP (Internet Protocol) addresses denote individual devices connected to the Internet and the IPv6 128-bit addressing system significantly expands the number of IP addresses available for devices from smartphones to gaming consoles. It's been estimated that 85% of available IP addresses have already been allocated to web-connected devices. There is a clear need for South African organisations and service providers to begin preparing for the shift towards Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) or risk facing significant operational and technical headaches. South Africa has an Internet penetration rate of around 52%, making it one of Africa's leaders in Internet availability. AFRINIC has 372 South African members - 25% of the total - and is the country with the most members. while 173 members hold an IPv6 allocation and are therefore able to deploy IPv6 on their networks, very few have actually done so. By providing free training, AFRINIC hopes to further reinforce the message that South Africa's IPv6 Deployment cannot wait. "AFRINIC’s training courses are highly respected, with the majority of participants agreeing that they would recommend the course to others," comments AFRINIC CEO Alan Barrett. "In addition to our core function as one of the world’s five Regional Internet Registries (RIR), AFRINIC plays a leading role in education and capacity building, as well as supporting Internet infrastructure development throughout the region. . . .
APRIL 21, 2017: THE ethereal and spunky award-winning actress, Masasa Mbangeni, is the face of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) May National Conference, which she will host as master of ceremonies (MC). Mbangeni is a Royalty Soapie Award and South African Film and Television Award (SAFTA) winning actress, best known for her starring role as the arch-villain, Thembeka Shezi, on the eTV soapie, Scandal. This is the second conference hosted by the relatively new think tank, established by the Department if Arts & Culture (DAC) in 2015, to measure and value South Africa’s creative and cultural economy. The SACO is hosted by Nelson Mandela University, in partnership with Rhodes University and the University of Fort Hare, but operates nationally. Over 50 high-level national and international speakers are committed to the conference which will explore international, national and local perspectives on the relationship between the creative economy and development. The event takes place on 24 and 25 May, 2017, at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg. Speaking about the opportunity, Mbangeni said, “To say I am honoured would be a complete understatement! What an exciting time it is to be a part of the creative industries and hosting such a prestigious event allows me the opportunity to be a part of the conversations and hopefully affect positive and impactful change in the trajectory of the creative industries.” Mbangeni says the South African cultural and creative economy is in a state of flux, with exciting potential. “There is a growing recognition of the potential and contribution of the creative and cultural economy in our society. Not only is the value of this sector recognised from an intrinsic position but also from an economic position. Never before has there been so many opportunities for practitioners in the sector. “Young people are creating their own opportunities, taking responsibility and pushing boundaries. However, there is still space for . . .
Despite being hampered by a broken rib, BCX's sprinter Reynard Butler is still motivated to play an influential role when the Emperors Palace Classic road race takes place in Johannesburg on Sunday. The 28-year-old, who hails from East London but now lives in Honeydew in Johannesburg, suffered the injury when he came off his bike in the starting chute at the ill-fated Cape Town Cycle Tour last month. The Western Cape race was cancelled soon after the start due to heavy winds, but not before it set Butler back with an injury from which he has only recently recovered. However, he is still geared up for the 98km feature race on Sunday in an event he described as one of the "most prestigious" on the South African racing calendar. "It has a long tradition and many top riders have featured on the winner's podium so we will be going all out for the top spot this weekend," said Butler. "It is a race we all look forward to and many of the riders will be gunning for the title after missing out on the Cape Town Cycle Tour. "I am over the pain from the broken rib but have only been on the bike for about two weeks so am not quite at 100 per cent fitness." The BCX rider said he was ready to take part but would most likely play a supporting role to teammates such as Nolan Hoffman, Calvin Beneke and David Maree. "The team did well at the recent SA track champs and they still have quick legs so the aim will be to get them in the right situation." Having won the third stage of the Mpumalanga Cycle Tour in January, Butler said he had had a frustrating year with a number of setbacks keeping him from riding to his potential. "There have been a variety of things which have just made it a difficult year so far, like getting a puncture at the wrong time and now this rib injury from the Cape Town Cycle Tour," he said. "So from that point of view my major goals going forward are to regain full fitness and then try to ensure that things run smoothly from there . . .
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A new way of learning using “virtual training” for those interested in careers in banking, accounting and management. Guarantee Trust Institute of Business (GTIB), which has placed more than 10,000 graduates in employment over the last 13 years, has launched a unique series of qualifications aimed at those seeking a career in, financial services, accounting or management. Barbara Calvin, with a background in international banking, micro-lending and education, Is Executive Manager of Qualifications. “What is unique about our training methods is that we focus on turning a qualification into a skill, so that our graduates are able to perform the functions expected of them from the very first day of employment. In addition to that, we have an in-house recruitment team that assists in placing our graduates in employment. Historically, we have placed more than 90% of our graduates.” Another unique aspect of GTIB is its virtual learning environment. Students across Africa looking for a career in banking, for example, are able to cut their teeth in a “virtual banking environment” that simulates actual banking tasks, such as credit assessments, loan approval procedures and foreign exchange transactions. All of this is done online using exactly the same procedures that are used in an actual banking environment. The system was developed with the assistance of seasoned bankers. Similarly, accountants are trained in a “virtual office” environment where they are expected to take an actual company’s accounts to the trial balance stage. This means that on graduation, they are able to enter employment and perform the functions expected of an accountant from the very first day. “All too often, accountants graduate from college or university but they have no practical experience, nor do they understand the office environment. Our training is designed to give them these work-readiness skills so they are able to hit the ground running when they enter employment,” says . . .
The Office National X-treme Chair Race is here! Businesses in Gauteng and surrounds can participate in this new fun event with a purpose. This race is the first of its kind in Johannesburg, debuting at Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit on the 13th of May 2017. Each organisation can register a team of 10 racers or more, then pimp, modify and accessorize a non-motorized office chair. Join us on race day for a 200 metre relay of speed, style and stealth! Office National Africa is introducing this event to raise awareness on mobility devices available and assist the QuadPara Association of South Africa (QASA) in raising funds for wheelchairs and assistive devices. QASA strives to develop the full potential of quadriplegics and paraplegics nationwide. Wihan Oosthuizen Managing Director of Office National Africa says “The Office National X-treme Chair Race is important for awareness because it’s hard to believe that in this, day and age, there are parents who still walk kilometres carrying their child on their back to school. When they become too heavy, they are house bound because they don’t have a wheelchair and all efforts to get them educated are lost.” She said Office National Africa was working with QASA to help identify quadriplegics and paraplegics who need a wheelchair. “We are humbled to be beneficiaries of this event which enables us to extend our services of providing mobility aids, assistive devices and opportunities to our members. Events such as this give QASA an opportunity to highlight our projects and services and resource them appropriately. Great fun will be had on the day for a wonderful cause” says Ari Seirlis, CEO of QASA. Office National along with FilpFile, Pentel and a host of other sponsors, will bring something more to the event than a single day’s worth of fun to participating businesses and spectators. Race on over to http://www.x-tremechairrace.co.za/ for more information on the Office National X-treme Chair Race. Entries open . . .
Dual track champion Steven van Heerden will be aiming to translate his recent success into a triumph on the road when he competes in the Emperors Palace Classic feature race in Johannesburg next Sunday. The 23-year-old BCX pro attracted plenty of attention this month when he was crowned points champion at both the African Continental Championships in Durban and national champs in Cape Town. With the road race taking place in his stamping ground of Kempton Park, Van Heerden is keen to use local knowledge and his track form to steal a march on his rivals in the 98km showdown. "Being in our home town, it's a big race for me and the team and we would like to pull off a win," he said. "As it is a slightly shorter race than some of the longer road events, it suits me a bit more. "Obviously it's different to the track but the speed you build up in track training can complement your road preparations, although you still need the road background and the miles to pull it off." Van Heerden was racing in last month's ill-fated Cape Town Cycle Tour when the race was called off due to heavy winds and he felt Emperors would provide an ideal opportunity to make up for that disappointment. "Emperors has been going for 10 years and it is one of the big races on the calendar, coming near the end of the summer season," he said. "With many riders having lost out after training hard for Cape Town, this is definitely a chance for them to prove a point." Considering the winds which he said had been prevalent in Johannesburg recently, he thought the weather could again be a significant factor. "It is a very fast course and I think the wind could play a big role going out towards Heidelberg. That could affect the bunch so it's something to keep in mind. "Then, coming back through the Boksburg area, it's very fast and things can get pretty nervous as the guys start jostling for position before the finish." While he was happy with his form, Van Heerden said . . .
Hundreds of school children from disadvantaged communities in Soweto and Benoni will experience the best of French arts and culture as they attend a special performance of renowned play, Tartuffe, at the Soweto Theatre this Friday. The performance is part of a national tour that has come about through a partnership comprising Total South Africa, the French Institute of South Africa, Alliance Francaise South Africa, BNP Group and Mazars. Believed to be best work French playwright Molière – often described as France’s own Shakespeare – the play is a production of the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company and acclaimed theatre director Sylvanie Strike. Nyameka Makonya, Sustainable Development Manager at Total South Africa says that heritage and arts are a key area of focus for Total South Africa and it continually seeks for ways to bolster the development of these areas by identifying projects such as this one. “When a company like Total has roots in France, a country steeped in a rich history of celebrating the creative arts and an inimitable flair for the refined, it was inevitable that the regional office located in the southernmost tip of Africa would mirror this cultural affection,” says Makonya . Total South Africa was recently awarded the Long-Term Partnership Award by Business & Arts South Africa for its 20-year investment in Buskaid which includes a partnership with Buskaid Soweto String Academy – a programme which provides string music lessons to the impoverished and underprivileged youth from Diepkloof and neighbouring communities. Another programme funded by Total South Africa through its corporate social investment programme is the Sibikwa Arts Centre which uses arts as a tool for community development, which aims to nurture and develop the creative talent of young people under the age of 35. Total South Africa’s support of the Centre has enabled this community collective to perform at festivals around the country, and even across the globe, . . .
With the cyclists facing a route unchanged from last year, ASG Events race director Darren Herbst is anticipating a thrilling finish to the Emperors Palace Classic road race next weekend. The two-day cycling festival based at the Kempton Park casino will provide cyclists with a choice selection of events, including two mountain bike offerings on April 22 and two road races on April 23. The feature event will be the 98km road race, which will be contested on the same route that was set up for the first time for last year's event. Due to the constantly increasing number of entries, the organisers felt they needed to make some route changes, which were implemented last year. Herbst said the new route had proved a success. "Rider feedback on the road race route was good and the course will serve the event well for the foreseeable future," he said. He assured riders that the character of the race remained the same. "The road routes are flat and fast with good surfaces throughout and riders can look forward to a relatively smooth experience." In addition to the flowing nature of the route, Herbst said there were no serious climbs to significantly inhibit the speed of participants. "There are some undulations, but we have found over the years that the 98km route provides something for the fast guys. "It does make for an exciting last stretch and the final kilometre is slightly uphill, so it lends itself to a great sprint finish." Herbst said they had introduced some changes to the 48km road race. "The reason for the change is multi-fold, with the security of the riders always our top priority," he said. "After sitting down with the Ekurhuleni Metro Police, as well as our safety and security guys, we made a joint-call to adopt a route which is similar to the longer route. "It makes it much safer and the changes do not detract from the route at all and will still provide the riders with a good test." He added that the new route, . . .
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