Ced (Cedric Vandenschrik), Joe van der Linden and Lloyd Martin are reuniting to bring another crazy musical night to the friendly city with: “Out of the Box” Beyond the grave The three musicians pull on all their worldly experiences and skills sometimes pushing their own limits in taking things right out of the box. What can you expect? A crazy entertaining evening filled with laughs and emotions on all levels. Some known popular songs, some more obscure ones, Some original compositions with a few tracks from Ced’s upcoming new album. Most of tracks will be performed with a twist, either from an arranging or a performance point of view. Ever heard a classic song performed with an inflation pump and a pizza box? An angle grinder that makes music? “Out of the Box” has all that, and more… The trio also promises to pay a very special tribute to some of the recently departed musicians, in their own unique way of course. There will be Drums, Guitars, Basses, percussive instruments, ethnic instruments, boxes, pots, pans, paint dryers, braai tongs and a few more surprises. Anything goes really. The band may even surprise themselves. Venue: Art on target Date: 18th of March 2017 Time 20h00 Tickets R 100 Bookings : 083 7285295 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SANRAL Southern Region appoints first research associate Port Elizabeth, 13 March 2017: The recent addition to the staff complement at the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) is a doctoral candidate who also volunteers as a maths and science and homework club mentor. Keith Nare, a PhD candidate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is pursuing his doctorate in physical and polymer chemistry and was appointed the research associate at SANRAL’s materials lab in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Nare’s relationship with SANRAL started while still working as a visiting student at the SANRAL Training Academy for Candidate Engineers since last year. He officially joined the lab on January 10, this year. Education plays a very important role in Nare’s life. He volunteers with Masifunde Learner Development at Walmer High School in Walmer. “I am a homework club mentor as well as a Mathematics and Science tutor. Honestly I love teaching it is a response to an outer call from within to give back to the community especially where there is need for me it brings joy to see other young people grow and get to realise that their birthplace shouldn’t determine their future. The future of the country is in the hands of the youth and how far they are willing to spread the ripple effect of extended responsibility for community development in the spirit of Ubuntu,” said Nare. He encourages high school learners and other tertiary students to continue studying. “Perseverance, humility and the willingness to go the extra mile will make a big difference. I encourage them to get mentors that can help them grow. Always remember that it takes a village to raise a child so everyone in your path is important you must be willing to learn and grow for it is in those lessons that you become a better you.” When he has free time he enjoys playing tennis and go on nature walks. He became aware of the research associate position during his interactions . . .
In a bid to drive transformation in the accountancy profession and reach aspiring professional accountants in outlying areas seeking to write their Professional Evaluation examination, the South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) has, along with the Sector Education and Training Authority for Finance, Accounting, Management Consulting and other Financial Services (FASSET), now taken their Project Achiever programme online. In the past, only candidates in Johannesburg, Pretoria, Cape Town and Durban were able to attend the programme, which excluded those living in other cities, and in the outlying areas. New entrants to the profession are mandated to pass the Professional Evaluation examination - a requirement of their International Education Standards. The exam assesses whether the aspiring professional accountant meets the minimum competence or proficiency level to be assigned the designation of Professional Accountant (SA), which is an NQF level 8 qualification in terms of the National Qualifications Framework. How it works Project Achiever Online went live on the 21st of January 2017 and works from Moodle, an open source inter-active learning platform that is designed to create an effective e-Learning environment that allows the candidates who have registered via “distance-learning” to interact with the candidates attending face-to-face session as well as having direct contact with the facilitators. All material, assignments and assessments are delivered through the online platform, which also afford the candidates a Q & A forum. Additionally, the platform provides for facilitator and learner feedback, tutorials and discussion forums, creating an e-Learning setting that encourages collaboration between teacher and student as well as student to student. Learners who meet the criteria for funding from the FASSET Project Achiever criteria, can access the e-Learning programme at no extra cost. How Project Achiever was . . .
Minister of Finance, Pravin Gordhan, released updated tax tables on the 22 February as is customary in the budget speech towards the end of each government financial year. We understand that as company employees we will be paying more tax and therefor taking less money home in our pockets at the end of the month, because the country needs more money to keep things running. Calculating your tax accurately can be quite a complex job, which is why there are now formal qualifications allowing payroll people to become specialists in this area, at Certificate, Diploma and Degree level. Things like allowances, fringe benefits (i.e. either payments made on your behalf by your employer, or goods), medical aid and retirement funding contributions and various other factors impact the calculation of what is the first item to be determined, being taxable income. Using the Tax Table You may have seen the updated tax table (below), but how do you translate this into knowing how much tax should be deducted from your earnings? Taxable income (R) Rates of tax (R) 0 – 189 880 18% of taxable income 189 881 – 296 540 34 178 + 26% of taxable income above 189 880 296 541 – 410 460 61 910 + 31% of taxable income above 296 540 410 461 – 555 600 97 225 + 36% of taxable income above 410 460 555 601 – 708 310 149 475 + 39% of taxable income above 555 600 708 311 – 1 500 000 209 032 + 41% of taxable income above 708 310 1 500 001 and above 533 625 + 45% of taxable income above 1 500 000 The first column on the table represents the Rand value of your anticipated earnings in the tax year, which runs for the period March 2017 to the end of February 2018. So, if you earn R10 000 taxable income in March, this must be translated into your anticipated annual income, thus: R10 000 x 12 = R120 000 (a). You can expect to have taxable income of R120 000 by the end of February next year. To calculate the tax on this, refer to the second column on the table, . . .
There are some very good reasons why alternative building methods aren’t that feasible in the South African market. They can potentially be more expensive than traditional methods, don’t inspire customer trust and may not be as aesthetically pleasing. Alternative building methods also come with a hidden price tag that can impact on quality and finish. “There is a resistance to alternative methods in South Africa,” says Bert van den Heever, Immediate Past President of the Association of South African Quantity Surveyors (ASAQS). “Most of the alternative construction methods have concentrated on providing alternative walling and roofing systems, the two largest elements you see when looking at a building. “Trying to save money on walling using alternative building methods is sometimes a futile exercise as walling normally comes in at less than 10% of the total project cost,” van den Heever said. The use of clad walling systems has resulted in a negative perception in the lower end of the housing market called the Knock Factor Effect. People knock the walls, if they sound hollow they instantly perceive the build as not solid or secure. They want to solidity of brick – the traditional materials - over the perceived flimsiness of panels – the alternative ones.” In addition to the impact of perception, alternative building materials are not always readily available in South Africa and often have to be imported. This pins on a price tag that few can afford. As a result, there is some growth within the high-end market, but limited uptake in the lower end of the market. “The value of using alternative building methods is hard to quantify,” says van den Heever. “We can show a client how using method B compared to method A will affect costs and often the answer isn’t in favour of alternative solutions. What we do is look at is every aspect of the building and assess exactly what the costs are going to be from the start. We bring clarity – you may not like the . . .
Despite the changes being made to many organisation’s performance management processes, setting clear performance objectives is vital. It ensures that employees focus on work that helps them contribute optimally to both team and business success whilst growing their careers. “If done right, goal setting is still considered key in enabling employees to start any performance period or role with an understanding of their role priorities and what success looks like,” says Lindiwe Sebesho, Executive Committee Member, South African Reward Association (SARA). “It can also direct development efforts as employees can use this as reference for refining their capabilities for the short and long term growth. Most importantly, setting effective objectives reduces the stress associated with performance reviews for those organisations that still hold these formally.” Whilst performance objectives used to be set annually at the beginning of a performance period, more organisations now encourage shorter objective setting cycles e.g. quarterly, as this helps them adjust their focus in line with changes in their environment. “It is important that employees optimise the objective setting processes in their companies to align their career goals with those of the organisation,” says Sebesho. “As goal setting discussions usually happen in teams and/or directly with an employee’s line manager, employees can use these goals to understand key business priorities and the contributions they can make. Not only should this ensure that their performance is in line with what the company expects from them, but it also enables them to work proactively towards a common result which benefits all.” Clear performance objectives are imperative There are various ways in which organisations guide the development of objectives to ensure that they are output focused and drive valued results. The most common of these is the CSMART principle: Challenging, Specific, Measurable, Attainable, . . .
The FNB NMMU-Madibaz Young Guns rugby team will have a spring in their step when they travel to Cape Town on Sunday for their Varsity Cup showdown with UCT on Monday. After losing their opening game to Maties, the Madibaz hit back with a 39-34 win against the Cape Town outfit in Port Elizabeth on Monday. They crossed for five tries to pick up a bonus point and coach Zane Bosch said they would be looking for a repeat performance in the return game. "We were very happy with our showing, scoring five tries to UCT's four," he said. "After looking at the logs following the game, we are the best second-placed team in the three pools." The pool winners will qualify for the competition semifinals, along with the team with the best record among the section runners-up. Bosch said it was essential, therefore, they registered a second win over UCT, with a bonus point. The Cape Town side have yet to win a game, having also lost twice to Maties. He added that their team had been disrupted before this week's UCT clash because tighthead prop Daniel Voight had fallen ill in the warm-up and was unable to play. "This meant we had to use two loosehead props, which badly disrupted our scrumming. From that we conceded a penalty try after a scrum close to our line. "We also had a penalty try ruled against us after collapsing a driving maul, but generally speaking our performance was much improved." The Madibaz coach said they had battled to find their rhythm in their first match against Maties because of their late start to the season. However, he added he was satisfied with the team's effort against UCT and he felt that another full haul on Monday would give them a good chance of making the play-offs. Bosch said they had named the same squad for the return match against UCT. "But this time Daniel Voight will be there to take his place in the starting line-up," he said. Madibaz, who will fly to Cape Town on Sunday, will finish off their pool matches . . .
The following motion submitted to Parliament by DA MP Terri Stander is adopted by the National Assembly: I hereby move, on behalf of the Democratic Alliance, that this House; Notes that South African Emlyn Culverwell and his fiancé sit jailed in Abu Dhabi for transgressing an United Arab Emirates’ morality law: being pregnant without a marriage certificate; Also notes that despite the UAE being a signatory to the treaty on International Human Rights Law, hundreds of women are arrested in the UAE every year for sex without a marriage certificate - whether consensual or rape; Further notes that tomorrow is International Women's Day; and that many countries still impose archaic laws that oppress women, and violate their international human rights. Call on the Department of International Relations and Cooperation, the South African Embassy and Consulate to answer the call of a desperate mother and do whatever possible to ensure the safety, and release of this couple; Condemn this practice in support of International Human Rights and our very own Bill of Rights as contained in our Constitution Convey our support to Mr. Culverwell's family during this terrible ordeal. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
One of South Africa's longest-serving sportsmen, Paralympian Ernst van Dyk, will give his perspective on how the Olympic Games have played a critical role in inspiring athletes like himself. The 43-year-old wheelchair racer and handcyclist, who won the road cycling gold medal at the Rio Paralympics last year, will be one of the keynote speakers at the Western Cape Provincial Conference of Sport to be hosted by NMMU in George on Friday and Saturday. The theme of the conference is Olympism and will, among other things, explore the impact the Games have on the development of sport and the role it plays in influencing rising stars. Born in Ceres in the Western Cape, the sports science honours graduate from Stellenbosch University first represented South Africa at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992 when, he said, the Paralympians were still regarded as "social charity". "In those days nobody even knew there was an event like the Paralympics and our manager had to go on television to spell out what it actually meant," said Van Dyk, who was born with a congenital absence of both legs. "At that stage the sports minister said there was no funding for something he labelled as ‘social charity'." Now, Van Dyk, who won the Boston Marathon in the United States 10 times from 2001 to 2014, said he was amazed when he compared the reception they received in London (2012) and Rio to his experiences in 1992. "What I see now is that people have an appetite for the Paralympics. They want to see the people who are doing it and get insights into their stories. "And you get able-bodied sports people looking up to their disabled colleagues, holding them up as role models. That shows how far we have come and, to me, is one of the most significant effects the Olympics have had over the years." Having overcome many challenges during his career, Van Dyk will be speaking on sport from the athlete's perspective. "It will be a message for the conference delegates to see . . .
7 March 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) welcomes the support given to the N2 Wild Coast project by Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle during his 2017 State of the Province Address. The Premier’s endorsement is another green light for the road which is at the core of one of the 18 strategic integrated projects designed to rejuvenate South Africa’s infrastructure landscape, says Vusi Mona, the spokesperson of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL). “SANRAL welcomes the province’s backing for this project that also enjoys overwhelming support from local communities. Its mention in the State of the Province Address suggests it is regarded as strategic in the province’s development agenda,” says Mona. Construction is expected to commence within the next six months and the project is planned to be completed by 2021. The upgrading of the N2 Wild Coast Road will help to unlock the potential of the Eastern Cape economy and contribute significantly to job-creating sectors such as eco-tourism, agro-processing and light manufacturing. Mona says the upgraded road that stretches from East London to the KwaZulu-Natal border will enable the Eastern Cape to reach its economic development targets. The 410km upgrade will save road users up to three hours of driving time between East London and Durban. “A world-class freeway is critical to the successful implementation of the Provincial Development Strategy. There is a strong emphasis on tourism, agriculture and the oceans economy. These sectors require a reliable road network to attract new investment,” he says. Impoverished communities along the Pondoland Coast will benefit through increased access to local towns, faster travel times and lower transportation costs. A survey conducted by the HSRC in 205 showed 99% support for the project among the local population. Mona says planning for the road was accompanied by a comprehensive environmental impact assessment . . .