The Sibikwa Arts Centre will come alive between 27 and 29 March, when 38 schools from around Gauteng will come together for the annual Artists in Schools Festival, which is held in partnership with the National Department of Arts & Culture. Inaugurated in 2013, the programme sees artists take up residence-type positions in public schools, where over the course of their stay, they focus on bolstering the performing and visual arts within that school. This programme culminates in a three-day festival where all involved are afforded the chance to show off what they have learnt. The Artists in Schools Programme has the power to positively impact on the physical and organisational environment of the school. As one of the very few CATHSETTA accredited performing arts organisations in South Africa, the Sibikwa Arts Centre has vast experience in providing training in various art forms. Through this project, arts practitioners are trained by Sibikwa to be invaluable resources in the teaching and delivering of arts, culture and heritage training in public schools. Artistic Director of the Sibikwa Arts Centre, Phyllis Klotz says this Programme strongly implements the country’s arts and culture curriculum and offers participating schools a multitude of opportunities. “The Artists in Schools Programme, has grown from 25 participating schools in 2013 to 38 in 2017, it offers skills development for teachers and provides the teacher with a vocabulary of teaching strategies in the classroom. It also encourages teachers to bring experiential learning into the classroom. Not only is this beneficial to the curriculum, it’s an experience which the learners will carry with them forever.” During the Programme, capacity building workshops are convened between the artists in residence and the educators. These workshops facilitate dynamic partnerships and allow the needs of each particular school’s creative departments to be identified. Both parties then work together to . . .
Turkish Airlines, the airline that flies to more countries than any other airline in the world, has won a PATWA International Award in the “Best Airline – Best Inflight Catering” category at ITB Berlin 2017. Turkish Airlines flies from Cape Town and Johannesburg directly to Istanbul daily, and from Durban via Johannesburg to Istanbul four times a week. The International Council of Pacific Area Travel Writers Association (PATWA) awarded Turkish Airlines Inc., the PATWA International Award under the category “Best Airline – Best Inflight Catering”. The prestigious award was received by Mr. Ahmet OLMUSTUR, Chief Marketing Officer of Turkish Airlines at ITB Berlin – one of the world’s leading travel & trade shows. The award was handed over to Turkish Airlines for its exceptional in-flight catering services. By winning the award, Turkish Airlines has reaffirmed its position as a global leader in onboard catering, a result of the airlines’ successful joint venture partnership with TURKISH DO&CO which has repeatedly won awards for providing Turkish Airlines’ passengers with the best meals, in the sky as well as in its lounges. Speaking on this occasion Mr. Ahmet OLMUSTUR said, “We are honored to have won the PATWA Award for the best airline food and beverages. We have always endeavored to provide the best-in-class F&B in-flight options to all our passengers. The PATWA award validates and gives credence to our intent and efforts. This award is a milestone in our journey and we are committed to continually offering the best of In-flight products and services to all our current and future guests.” The PATWA International Awards are awarded to recognize individuals and organizations that have excelled and/or are involved in the promotion of tourism from different sectors of the travel trade such as aviation, hotels, travel agencies, tour operators, destinations, government bodies, tourism ministries and other service provider(s) related directly or . . .
Africa Ride would like to condemn the violence that happened on Friday 10 March at OR Tambo airport. This is after chaos erupted at the airport when taxi meter drivers closed down the R24 freeway, causing huge traffic delays and commuters missing their air flights. A statement has been released by Founder, CEO of Africa Ride – Thabo Eric Mashale: “We would like to condemn the violence that happened on Friday 10 March at OR Tambo airport. You see, our biggest enemy is ourselves – when we fight against each other we become a laughing stock to others. We need to be able to identify & create what the customer needs, and that is how to ensure the customers will come. You can’t attract customers by forcing them to come & use your business. However, you can attract customers by creating value, and thereby entice them to come & use your business. Let us STOP using violence as a means to solve a problem." Africa Ride has created something valuable for taxi drivers, in order for them to have a share & own in the Africa Ride business. And when we do that, we will be able to succeed. Our biggest enemy is not “Uber”, but rather ourselves. Once we understand how the system works, & how it has been designed against us, we can then work together, instead of fighting against ourselves, to create a new value-chain system that will benefit not just the drivers, but the customers we are transporting on a daily basis too.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
University of Johannesburg rugby coach Werner Janse van Rensburg is not getting carried away by his team's results despite an impressive turnaround in the Varsity Cup. After losing the first two matches, UJ have put themselves back into contention for the play-offs with three wins on the trot. Their most recent result saw them hold off a strong challenge from NMMU-Madibaz, with wing Aphiwe Dyanti earning the Player That Rocks award. They will be aiming to continue that form against UCT in Cape Town on Monday, but Janse van Rensburg said they knew there were no guarantees. "It's very simple to keep our feet on the ground because the history of this competition has shown that any team can win on any given Monday," the UJ mentor said. "So our wins in the last three weeks will mean nothing to UCT in their preparations as they will believe that they can win. "As it is an away game nothing but our best will be good enough to get us over the line. Ikeys have ample fighting spirit and Monday will be no different." Janse van Rensburg added they would not be looking too far ahead in the competition. "For instance, our focus now is just to be as good as we can in our next training session in preparation for the match." He said the victories they had achieved after their slow start had instilled a sense of self-belief in the squad. "We have been growing as a team and had some luck, but ultimately we have executed our skills more accurately and been more consistent. "The momentum we have gained has helped because confidence in the system is slowly spreading to everyone in the team." The UJ coach said he had adopted a sense of realism in his coaching philosophy, understanding that you could not win all the time. "The first reality is that you will lose at some stage," he said. "It has not been a case of doubting, but rather understanding where we are as a new team and trying to learn from our mistakes. "The quicker this happened the . . .
A South African Whisky Event With Master Distiller Andy Watts Join us on 15 March 2017 at 19:00 at the Cellar Door with our host and Master Distiller, Andy Watts for an unforgettable South African whisky journey at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg. For R795, guests can enjoy a deconstructed Bains tasting, the Three Ships Pinotage cask collector’s item, a limited edition 2015 PX Three Ships collector’s item and a whisky in progress. All this followed with a gourmet, whisky inspired menu, created by Four Seasons Executive Chef, Dirk Gieselmann. For further information please visit http://www.fourseasonsevents.co.za/product/andy-watt/ St Patrick's Day at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff On 17 March 2017, Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg will celebrate St Patrick's Day with an Irish whisky tasting and menu pairing. Hosted by a duo of Irish whisky experts, guests will experience a modern take on Irish cuisine expertly paired with a selection of highly sought after boutique, single Potstill whiskies from the Midleton Distillery - the largest still in the world, where Jameson is made. Venue: Cellar Door at Four Seasons Hotel from 19:00 - 21:00 at a cost of R695 per person. For further information please visit http://www.fourseasonsevents.co.za/product-category/cellar-door/?product_order=title Experience the new Chivas Ultis @ Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff The new Chivas Ultis will launch in South Africa and this is an exclusive opportunity to experience this Ultra Premium Whisky on 23 March 2017 at 19:00 at the Cellar Door at Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg at a cost of R950 per person. This will be expertly paired with a gourmet dinner created by Four Seasons Executive Chef Dirk Gieselmann. The evening will be hosted by Chivas Ambassador, Abongile Kolisi and guests can experience the Chivas family of whiskies and three of the five most pertinent Single Malts that form Chivas Ultis. For further details and . . .
In testament to the groundbreaking strides JT Communication Solutions is making in entrepreneurial empowerment and continued leadership, it has been invited by ABSA Bank to participate, as a preferred exhibitor, in the first ever Global Entrepreneurship Congress in Africa. The GEC takes place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 13 March to 17 March 2017. The event attracts speakers and delegates from over 160 countries and brings together entrepreneurs, investors, policymakers, researchers and support organisations dedicated to helping new businesses start and scale. Over 4000 delegates attend the event, each representing distinct components in the global entrepreneurial ecosystem. “JT Comms is proud to be a preferred exhibitor on the invite of ABSA. This is another of several opportunities created by its banker in creating spaces for SME's to link to global entrepreneurship,” says Vanessa Perumal, founder and CEO of JT Communication Solutions. Started in 2004, JT Communication Solutions has been an integral voice in the arts and culture landscape creating innovative solutions that redefine the African narrative. With over thirty years of marketing, media and communications industry experience and many personal years of entrepreneurial experience Perumal has now turned her focus to transforming markets for entrepreneurs. With the belief that creating wealth at all levels will accelerate social cohesion, JT Communication Solutions, as a company is working on several diverse projects that they believe will build collaborative value systems and sacred economies. With a highly resourced team of influencers, JT Communication Solutions prides itself in excelling in creating positive 360-degree turnkey marketing solutions. It is known for creating quick turn-around solutions, and delivering excellence in developing media strategies through its one stop PR, media and marketing. JT Communication Solutions has the agility and flexibility to manage diverse . . .
Cape Town, March, 7, 2017. Life admin is the buzz word of the year, and it’s a perfect fit for all those little daily details that everybody has to do, but hates doing – buying electricity, taking out insurance, providing adequate health care cover and so on. However, in a move set to bring millions to the shores of Cape Town, Merchants in partnership with iSelect, will be easing the life admin burden of thousands of Australians with the signing of a five-year business deal between the two southern hemisphere companies. Established in 2000, iSelect started as a health insurance comparison website, but has recently diversified its product offering and is now selling additional services such as car and life insurance, home loans, electricity and broadband. This has resulted in significant growth for iSelect, however their challenge was to find enough talent to manage the growing rate of customer queries – a somewhat difficult task in Australia where the unemployment rate is low. “For most companies, offshoring a contact centre is about bringing costs down and efficiencies up. However for iSelect, the offshore move was to enable it to effectively grow the business, while still providing top quality service to its already established client base,” explains Darren Arnold, Strategy Director at Merchants. “They needed a skilled and educated sales force that could deliver high quality telephonic sales driven by a desire to always get it right – no matter what ‘it’ may be. The products that iSelect sell are needed, but not items people would spend hours choosing. Their customers want to get what they need as quickly as possible so that they can go on with their daily lives.” With Merchants partnering with iSelect to manage the contact centre in Cape Town, their customers can experience the best in skills and technology to deliver this aspect of life admin correctly and with minimum interruption to their day or night. In addition, all iSelect consultants are . . .
Johannesburg; Triton Gloria Investments is proud to announce the release of a limited edition can of Q20 in aid of raising awareness and sponsorship for African wild dogs (AWD), the second most endangered carnivore in Africa. With consistently less than 450 Wild Dogs in South Africa, the Wild Dog has been the focus of a major long-term study in the Kruger National Park, managed by the Endangered Wildlife Trust. Says Simon Smith, Managing Director at Triton Gloria Investments; “The proceeds from the sale of these limited edition cans, available from most hardware stores nationwide, are in aid of the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) Carnivore Conservation Programme, focusing on the inoculation of AWDs against Rabies and Canine Distemper.” In the latter part of 2016 an entire pack of AWDs succumbed to what was assumed to be rabies on the western boundary of the Kruger National Park, despite the EWT team’s best efforts. Intervention through increased monitoring and vaccination is therefore pertinent. This includes, as a priority, vaccinating targeted individuals within the pack and fitting a GPS collar for monitoring purposes. According to Grant Beverley, the EWT’s Carnivore Conservation Programme Senior Field Worker, without funding this research project could not continue which would be a major blow to the future conservation and protection of wild dogs against infectious diseases. “The Q20 team had the opportunity to witness firsthand the incredible work undertaken by the EWT and the SANParks Veterinary services, having tracked three AWD packs with the assistance of the GPS collar - which in itself is no small task given that the packs inhabit large areas of up to 900 square kilometers within the Kruger National Park - in order to dart, inoculate, swab and take blood specimens for analysis. To our shock, we were informed that the GPS collar is instrumental in monitoring the AWD packs, however only has a lifespan of between 12-18 months which has a huge . . .
Johannesburg, 2017. Fincheck, a financial services and loan comparisons site, recently announced it’s personal financial management tool, MyFincheck Finances. The MyFincheck Finances tool aims to make South Africans more financially savvy and improve their financial health. Through Fincheck’s integration with 127 financial service providers in South Africa, your personal financial data can be managed under one dashboard, everything from your current credit score to your cash flow and transactions. Fincheck’s integration with financial service providers, allows for an easy and secure link between your bank account and your own personal finance dashboard. Security has not been compromised with bank level security around your personal and banking information. The Features of Fincheck’s financial management tool include, one free credit score check and four more automated checks that occur quarterly. The credit check can be conveniently downloaded in PDF format should you wish to use it to apply for a loan or lease. The dashboard provides you with data of your assets, liabilities and your net worth. The tool also shows your exact transaction history with the option to edit the category you would associate your transaction with. An important feature of the MyFincheck Finances tool is that it prompts users to save more as it recalls how much you have saved to date. The status of your loans is easily accessible with the MyFincheck Finances tool, revealing your current loan situation and the amount you are indebted for. The SovTech development team was able to get the personal financial tool up and running in just over two and a half months, when asked about the Fincheck’s integration and how difficult this was to achieve, Gina Bergh, project manager for the development project revealed, “Whilst the project was driven by tight deadlines and included great complexity we are very happy with the outcome of MyFinances. The tool has proven to be very powerful for users, . . .
Konrad Laker, CEO of Cape Town-based Gold Travel, will see his expansion plans pay off as the group launches their first Johannesburg office in March. Travel Master, a Midrand based travel company that has been on Laker’s radar since 2013, will be rebranded and begin trading as Gold Travel come 1March 2017. Laker says that Travel Master is a perfect fit for the Gold Travel group: “Being a small business, focussed on going the extra mile for the corporate client is what we are about.” The Cape Town stalwart and industry leader of over 40 years will continue to increase its footprint throughout South Africa, with plans for another branch opening in Centurion, Pretoria, later this year. “The idea is to expand into the major city centres in South Africa by identifying sustainable, operational businesses that would benefit from our structure, transformation policies and our reputation in the industry”. The long-term vision is to develop into Africa as Laker believes that this would be a logical next step. The company facilitates a large amount of travel throughout Africa attributed to, according to Laker, the South African corporate and entrepreneurial growth north of our borders, many offices being set up in Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya, Angola and Mozambique, to name a few. “We see huge potential in Africa; the current status quo results in some of our clients not receiving the services they are accustomed to as we are unable to service them, so it is becoming increasingly necessary to have a presence in Africa.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .