Global Access has been lucky enough to have Amelia Thiart as our Head of Broadcasting and Creative for the past seven years and we are so proud to announce that she is a finalist in the Inaugural MTN Women in ICT awards within the Innovator Recognition category. She is being recognized for her work, pioneering the development of Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and 360 degree filmmaking both within Global Access as well as in South Africa. This category was created to recognise and reward women, that in the words of the judging criteria ‘have introduced new methods, ideas or products that are contributing in one way or the other to the delivery of a bold, new, digital world.’ How has Amelia paved the way and introduced something new to the digital world? Well, the South African ICT sector is one of the largest and most advanced in Africa and is characterised by technology leadership. Amelia knew South Africa would be missing out if we didn't branch into AR, VR and 360. By Amelia focusing her team and driving them to the creation of VR apps and AR, VR and 360 content she is pushing her staff, clients as well as her competitors to accept and engage with these new technologies that very soon will be the commonplace. Technology changes rapidly and grows daily. It’s ever evolving. By championing the rise of these technologies and helping customers, who are more educated regarding technology than ever before, communicate and train in an innovative way, Amelia is paving the path that these technologies will become more accepted. Ensuring South Africa won't be left behind by the rest of the world. These awards however aren’t just looking at innovation or accomplishments within the ICT sector. They were created to reward women and their role in the growth and development of the Information Communication Technology sector. When asked what she believes Women’s roles to be in this new sphere within ICT, Amelia said “As technology is normally "a man's world" it is . . .
Whether you were there on the night, or followed it on social media, you will not want to miss the sensational 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards television broadcast on Sunday, 4 September on kykNET, Channel 144. From heart-wrenching acceptance speeches and tributes that left the audiences drying their eyes, to hysterical skits and spellbinding performances, this 90-minute TV-spectacular highlights what South Africa loves most about the theatre. This magical broadcast, devised by Naledi Theatre Awards Executive Director Dawn Lindberg and executed by Clive Morris Productions, captures all the glitz, glam, sentiment and excitement that Lindberg’s staging of the 2016 Naledi Theatre Awards at the Lyric Theatre on 19, April exuded. Be transported back to this auspicious occasion with performances by Grammy-winners Wouter Kellerman and Ladysmith Black Mambazo, pop idol Somizi Mhlongo, Sister Act star Candida Mosoma, the warm and rich voiced Timothy Moloi, Jonathan Roxmouth and Sharon Spiegel-Wagner. Exceptional live music by the Johannesburg Youth Orchestra, conducted by Eddie Clayton, will guide you through the deliverance and acceptance of 31 well-deserved Naledi Theatre Awards, while MC’s, comedian Mark Banks and TV personality Bridget Masinga, share jokes and anecdotes along the way. You do not want to miss the fashion-forward formal wear worn by Masinga and celebrity presenters Pearl Thusi, Cathy Specific, Nataniël, Maps Maponyane and Atandwa Kani or miss the chance to see legends David Kramer and Dali and Rachel Tambo take to the stage to honour their comrades in the arts. Emotional moments abound when the Lesedi Spirit of Courage Award winner, Gaynor Young accepts her award for unbelievable bravery and perseverance from Nataniël; when Taliep Petersen’s children accept his posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award and when the granddame of South Africa theatre, Thembi Mtshali receives her Executive Director’s Award. Witness Mr Showbiz himself, Alvon Collison, . . .
“An exploration of why people often get broke when there is information on money.” Now in its second printing, “Why Broke… When there is so much info”, is out with a revised look and feel for better reading and application. With interactive icons that give you direction on what information lays ahead, this will be an instant ‘download’ of valuable financial information. Having sold-out with less than 3 months of the printing press, after a successful launch at Skoobs Theatre of Books in Johannesburg’ s Monte Casino on [date], this book will surely challenge your thinking about your relationship with money - how to make it, how to invest, who to trust with it? You will also find tad bits on money and relationships, stokvels and pyramid schemes – how to navigate them, join them and avoid them. About the author Mr Collen Lemawane is a professional, skilled, experienced and qualified journalist with several radio and television current affairs programmes to his name, with more than 20 years experience in the Communications and Media industry. He holds an Honours Degree in Communication from the North West University, Collen has been a news presenter on Radio Mmabatho, Radio Sunshine and Radio Bop. He was also a television anchor of Eight O’Clock Live on BOP TV and most recently worked as senior producer for Interface on SABC 3 and a senior producer on SAFM, in addition to having anchored a news programme called “World Today” on SABC 3. What you will learn from reading this book: If experience is the best teacher, Collen Lemawane has plenty he has been taught from the school of life. He knows what it means to be broke. After discovering that a wealth of information on how not to be broke exists, in his book, he details the many lessons he’s learned from the people he’s interacted and interviewed – experts in the fields of money earning, saving and investing. His journalistic curiosity will take you down a rabbit hole of self-discovery as each . . .
September this year marks exactly 15 years since trombone maestro, Jonas Gwangwa first performed at the Birchwood Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening in Boksburg. This Heritage month, Jonas and the Birchwood Hotel will be collaborating once again, to pay tribute to the conception of the Jazz Evening, on Friday, 9 September at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre. “Jonas has been asked to perform at the Jazz Evening many times over the years and he has always heeded to our call. We also believe in a culture of honouring our greats of music and hence have decided to celebrate our heritage with Jonas and honour his musical talent,” says Jazzman Mahlakgane, the Director of Birchwood Hotel and founder of the Birchwood Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz evenings. Jonas will be joined by the Mahotella Queens, a South African female group who have been known for their energetic dancing and harmonies since 1964. Emerging group, Watching Over Africa, will be returning to the stage to support the legends of the SA music industry and comedians, Siya-Seya and Kingdrigo, will have you laughing the night away with their comical tales of true African living. The Birchwood Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening has become the metropolitan’s flagship event and, every month, a new line-up of artists are selected to provide a proudly South African theme. “Every month, we develop new relationships with musicians who perform at our jazz evening and, over time, we have developed a brand heritage,” says Mahlakgane. “We are preparing for a true South African Heritage experience of both music and food, our patrons can gear themselves up for an evening of Ekurhuleni Heritage potpourri,” says Thoko Phuthi from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. As always, the evening will be hosted by resident MC, Hector Motivator, and guests will be able to enjoy a three course buffet meal, with many great prizes from DSTV, The Sowetan, The Soweto Hotel, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan . . .
Following the recent success of our athletes in Rio at the Olympic Games, it is well worth noting that preparation is key for success and much like a runner gets ready for a race, from eating well to training hard, achieving performance targets, analysing data and statistics, teamwork, creating a following, and continuous efforts to lead the pack, so too do hotels prepare for their guests, all in the race for the rave review. In an article published by Tripadvisor in 2014, results from a survey conducted by PhoCusWright reported that most guests write reviews for positive reasons in that they feel good about sharing their experiences at a hotel and offering useful information. Says CEO of BON Hotels, Guy Stehlik, “Hotels need feedback from both quarters - the positive compliments assist us to evaluate what we are doing well, and the negative, where and what we need to improve upon.” He adds that the group’s response time to any comment is less than a day and the guests are contacted personally to address their concerns, or in the case of positive feedback, to receive a big thank you and an invitation to return, ‘and a cocktail on us for their next visit’.” The report also showed that the average guest will read between 6 - 12 reviews before booking a stay - all the more reason to use reviews in a positive way to increase and improve your following and keep the guest coming back for more. Preparation You have the foundation but time, effort, hard work, a team approach and consistency are required to ensure that your guest has a good experience. All departments need to be working towards a common goal with the same mindset and input. Sleep well A spacious, well-lit room, with a comfortable bed and plump pillows goes a long way to making your guest happy and ensuring that he/she is well rested to be on top form the following day . “Throw in universal plugs, complimentary, high speed wi-fi, a spacious desk and comfortable, executive chair, superior . . .
The University of Johannesburg's Simone Conley, who was a member of the South African football team's coaching staff at the Rio Olympics, came back wiser and confident in the country's sporting future. The biokineticist and physical trainer of the U23 team said the trip was a learning experience for her and the team. In their first Olympic competition since Sydney in 2000, the team missed the quarterfinals, but showed their talent by drawing against eventual champions Brazil. Conley felt the exposure to international competition at this level would benefit South African football. "At the next Games the team will be in a more favourable position because they will know what to expect and so will the technical team. "This will allow for even better results and possibly even a medal," said the 28-year-old Joburg local, who was closely involved in the team's preparation. She said her role included the periodisation of the preparation camps and planning training sessions with coaches. "I was also responsible for the fitness level of the team and final phase injury rehabilitation." They would have liked to have done a lot more, said Conley, but Fifa dates and budget constraints did not allow for that. She said longer preparation for major competitions would also help close the gap on traditional football powerhouses. "We cannot prepare for just one year and expect to compete and win against the best, who have been working towards winning a gold medal for the last four years." Conley, who runs the biokinetic clinic at UJ, however believed in the team's potential. "We have an exceptional group of players with a lot of talent that South Africa will still see as they grow in their careers." Her Olympic experience reached beyond the football field. She later moved into the Olympic village to support her sister, Alyssa, who was competing in the 100m and 200m sprints. "The village was great," she said. "Being part of the Olympic Games . . .
Floating bridges, single-track and a few technical challenges lie in wait for riders when the Land Rover West Rand Silverstar MTB Challenge takes place on September 10. With races covering distances of 20km and 40km, there will be something for everyone and route director Darren Herbst, of ASG Events, believed competitors could look forward to "some really cool features". Herbst has been working hard in recent months to ensure a memorable off-road experience, which will start and finish at the revamped Silverstar Casino in Krugersdorp. With Land Rover West Rand aligning their brand with the rugged nature of mountain biking, Herbst said there would be a number of features to attract the riders' attention. The 20km ride includes a manageable 400m of climbing and would be mostly about fun, he said. "The competitors in the 40km will have a slightly different experience and, with 700m of ascent, a bit more climbing. "The longer event has all the fun elements of the 20km but added sections will give the riders a really good intermediate riding experience," said Herbst. "There will be a few technical sections to test the legs but it will all flow through to create a great overall trail. At least 30km of the course is custom built." Herbst added there would be "loads of single-track" as well as two floating bridges on the course. Besides the remarkable floating bridge built last year, he said there was a new floater measuring 130m. "The views are amazing and on some sections you can see the entire Johannesburg." He said the 20km route offered plenty of fun trails and was aimed at "weekend warriors and families". "The design includes a variety of different terrains to give riders a wonderful mountain biking experience. It takes in a shorter loop on the mountain with some of the more challenging technical bits taken out. "There are two climbs but the rest is a fun trail with undulations. There are one or two tricky sections, but for those . . .
REMOVE ME: No Theresa May was sworn in as Prime Minister of the UK and her opening speech resounded around the world and the British Pound recovered against the SA Rand and most currencies but was this just a blip. So what does this mean to us in South Africa and what impact will this have on our struggling economy or Africa as a whole. Well Boris Johnson was appointed UK foreign Minister If you recall, The Africans For Britain Group, who supported the Brexit because the group had argued that Britain leaving the EU would encourage trade with African and Caribbean nations and make it easier for people from those countries to travel to the UK. So where are they now? And what is their response? Silence is deafening. (see image) So can we expect the same see-saw or will the pound make a brief comeback as decisions get made and more UK announcements are made? What is for certain is that we will see more announcements being made on trade in the African continent from both the EU and I suspect the UK changes will happen too. Some analysts have stated that the Brexit would surely weaken trade ties between the U.K. and African countries and with their over 100 trade agreements this will result in lengthy processes, which could cause a decrease in trade volumes with the UK, but an increase in trade volumes with the EU. We need to keep in mind that statistics from the UK’s Office for National Statistics and the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development for 2014, only 18 months back, it is calculated that exports from Africa to the UK represent about 5% of Africa’s total exports and that Africa is actually more worried about China’s slowdown, its biggest trading partner by far, than that of the UK. So Africa itself needs to focus on the EU as an export partner. We know that the East African Community and the EU are due to sign an Economic Partnership Agreement in October and there are probably other agreements in the pipelines for . . .
The University of Johannesburg are planning to finish their round-robin programme on a winning note when they meet Fort Hare in the Varsity Football competition in Alice on Monday. Their 2-0 win over Wits in the penultimate round this week has given UJ a timely boost to fourth place on the log and they will want to keep up the momentum in their final match of the league phase. Tshwane University of Technology (TUT) are the only side assured of a place in the semi-finals. They have 16 points and are followed by Central University of Technology (CUT) on 11 points. Thereafter it is a logjam, with UP-Tuks and UJ on eight points, followed by University of Western Cape (UWC) and NWU-Mafikeng on seven each. NWU have the advantage of having a game in hand. While UJ coach Mandla Zwane said there was still a lot of pressure on them, he was confident they would be able to stay in the top four. "We know next week's game is do or die for us and there is a lot at stake," he said. "I don't want to put pressure on the boys, but they understand that all that we need is three points for the win and we could end in third or fourth spot." Fort Hare suffered a big 9-1 defeat against UP-Tuks on Monday, but Zwane said he did not place too much significance in that result. "Often when you have to travel you may not be able to field your full team. So I don't think just because they lost by a big margin to Tuks that we will be in for an easy game. "There will be no walkover for us and it will be a tough challenge in Alice." The UJ mentor was pleased with their efforts on Monday when Katlego Ntsabeleng and Samuel Warder found the net. Previously the side had battled to convert their opportunities. "I don't think we did much differently except to change some playing personnel. The goals have been eluding us but the boys knew the importance of Monday's game, as well as the final match at Fort Hare." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Naledi Theatre Awards founder and Executive Producer, Dawn Lindberg has been presented with the Women: The Real Architects of Society Awards (WRASA) Drama Excellence Award to acknowledge and honour her 51 years in theatre and show business. Lindberg, who staged the 12th annual Naledi Theatre Awards in April this year, says she is deeply honoured by this recognition, especially considering the calibre of women who filled the Theatre on the Track at Kyalami on Saturday, 20 August. “Architects design and create environments in which societies can flourish and grow,” she says, “in the theatre, directors, designers and performers create magical spaces where our stories can be told, and many of our theatre architects are women. ”Women have always been the nurturers and the visionaries, but historically have been forced into stereotypes and ‘pretty woman’ images. Now more and more women are smashing through glass ceilings to take their place as the movers and shakers of our society. For me, the woman at the forefront of challenging these stereotypes is our Olympic Gold medallist, Caster Semenya. For me, she epitomises fearless courage and talent, and awareness of who she is; a woman athlete and a true architect of women in sport!” The Drama Excellence Award, which Lindberg clinched, is presented to a woman who has made a significant contribution to Performing Arts in drama, the Creative Arts and Theatre. As a voice of liberation since 1965, Lindberg’s contributions to society, theatre and music are legion. She and her husband, Des, challenged the apartheid government censorship laws many times over when their records, shows and non racial casts were banned; putting their careers on the line time and again. The Lindberg’s spearheaded the opening of theatres to all races with their production of Godspell in 1978, and over the past 51 years’ they have made 15 albums and CDs, toured South African and Zimbabwe, reached the top of the charts with The Seagull’s Name . . .