Despite facing a civil war, Angola has grown rapidly and is now the second-major oil producer in Sub Saharan Africa. As Angola advances at a rapid pace, global investors have also considered investing in the region. A recent report states that the Angolan government has set a National Development plan to develop and rehabilitate its roads, construction and logistics platforms. With the rise in the investments in the oil and gas industry, it is also essential to maintain a safe and a healthy work culture which arises from a well set up Health Safety Environment (HSE) Department. Bringing to the foray the importance of a safe work culture, Fleming Gulf is launching the HSSE Angola Conference on the 3 and 4 of June 2014 in Luanda. Officially supported by Sonangol, the conference will discuss on topics ranging from enhancing operational effectiveness, developing a healthy employee base, supporting the national HSE framework and discussing risk assessment challenges amongst others. The conference will also feature workshops on hazardous waste management and fire security awareness. Experts at the conference will represent distinguished organizations like Sonangol, Angola LNG, AASSO (Angolan Association of Occupational Health and Safety), National Civil Protection and Fire Fighter Agency(SNPCB) from Angola. Representatives from Shell Petroleum Development Company (Nigeria), De Beers Group (South Africa) and Ministry of Minerals and Energy (Namibia) will also speak at the conference. The event is sponsored by leading companies in the field of health, safety and security like Bureau Veritas, AON and DNV-GL. ABOUT FLEMING GULF CONFERENCES Fleming Gulf is a leading provider of business intelligence through industry specific conferences, webinars and skills enhancement training courses by leveraging our network of industry influencer's with specialist knowledge to provide organisations the winning edge that makes a difference in their decision making in . . .
Apr 19th 2014 | Johannesburg | South Africa By Edzai Conilias Zvobwo Millennium Development Goal 3 – “to promote gender equality and empower women”. Now that 2015 is upon us, it is paramount that the Post-2015 Agenda seriously address the shortcomings in the implementation of MDG-3. As outlined by the OECD, the post-2015 framework should 1) retain a strong, stand-alone goal on gender equality and women’s empowerment, as recommended by the UN High Level Panel on the Post-2015 Development Agenda (HLP); and 2) include gender-specific targets and indicators in the other goals. As a result of the coordinating efforts of Gender Links, an organisation that offers advisory services to regional and international organisations, as well as government departments, on gender main-streaming and other key stakeholders, SADC governments showed unity and definiteness of purpose when they signed the SADC Gender Protocol in 2008. The SADC Protocol on Gender and Development aims to integrate and main-stream gender issues into the SADC Programme of Action and Community Building initiatives which is pivotal to the sustainable development of the SADC region. Empowerment of women, elimination of discrimination and achievement of gender equality through gender responsive legislation, policies and programmes and projects are the main focus of the Protocol. As with all the other MDGs, the target year for achieving the set goals is 2015 and unfortunately it is here and a lot still needs to be done. On paper, the strategy is water-tight but the loopholes are in the implementation. The various SADC countries have had different fortunes at pushing towards achieving gender equality. Mauritius has been the shining light showing that it is possible to fully empower women. Mauritius has embarked on ambitious yet feasible programmes whose results are beginning to be seen. South Africa, the biggest economy in SADC is lagging behind in implementing gender equality main-streaming . . .
We are offering a course in culinary arts to allow aspiring foodies to explore their interest in the field of culinary arts. The team at The Hurst Campus have launched an exclusive Gap Year Course. This exciting Gap Year Course starts in July 2014 and will be tutored by our expert chefs and academic team who have many years of experience. We look to welcome students with loads of energy and a positive attitude to be a part of our 15 Month Advanced Food and Wine Diploma Course. We will develop your unique individual talent, culinary and baking skills. Applicants with an interest for global food preparation, culinary arts, hospitality, pastry, desserts and baking will enjoy this challenging gap year curriculum. The course is an ideal blend of academic and theoretical studies as well as lots of practical training. Our diploma is internationally accredited which will help you to secure quality employment opportunities in restaurants, hotels and hospitality. The hospitality and tourism industry in South Africa is expected to grow by 6% in the next year and our curriculum will ensure a long and successful career in this busy industry. We are a well-established culinary school and during the past 17 years we have helped many graduates to establish strong careers in the hospitality and tourism industry. The same applies for our Gap Year Course that is scheduled to start in July of this year. We look forward to welcoming passionate individuals who are destined for an exciting career in the culinary industry. Author: isha soni from The Hurst Campus. No of Images Uploaded: None More Info link: http://www.thehurstcampus.co.za/courses/gap-year-courses CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
One of the reliable firms that have gained prominence as a trustworthy interior company in Johannesburg is Blue Line Design. Even since its launch, the company has become the most desired service provider for clients who look for deadline oriented and tailor-made interior designing solutions. Blue Line Design is thus counted among the pioneer providers of high quality interior designers in Johannesburg. There is no second opinion to it that there was practically no looking back for the company post its launch in 1990. The vital aspects that makes the clients retain their loyalty towards Blue Line Design are a variety of services that it offers and the client friendly attitude. The commercial interiors designers at Blue Line Design ensure that whether it is refurbishment, or complete renovation, or provision of additional office space, or office designing consultation, or new building fit outs, the clients will get everything under one roof. Even more appreciable is that the company prioritizes client satisfaction above everything else. Thus, individual attention is given to each of the clients in order to understand their specific requirements. Blue Line Design also ensures that the entire interior designing project that ranges from the initial designing phase and ends with the final stage of project completion will be effectively managed by its team of experts. The satisfied clients report that they enjoy tension free service when they choose Blue Line Design over other competitors. Besides high quality services, the company also guarantees dedicated assistance to every client. It is welcoming for clients that the highly competent in-house staffs handle issues efficiently that arise from landlords, contractors and suppliers when they approach Blue Line Design for commercial interior designing services. To know more, kindly check the official link of Blue Line Design http://www.bluelinedesign.co.za About Blue Line Design Established in 1990, Blue Line . . .
At the recent South African Service Awards, the purple-brand First Car Rental scooped the illustrious ‘Most Consistent Performer over the Past Three Years’ Award defeating all of South Africa’s big industry and retail contenders. The 2013/2014 awards were held on 11 April at the Fire and Ice! Melrose Arch. This highest accolade means that First Car Rental customers have consistently scored First Car Rental’s service to them at an average of over 88% every year for the past three years, bettering Woolworths, Edgars, Vodacom, MTN, VW, Checkers and every other big brand nominated for the award. First Car Rental also claimed the Gold Award in the Travel & Related Services - Car Hire category for the second consecutive year, competing against all of the major car hire companies. The South African Service Awards is unique in that all companies are rated only by their actual customers, therefore providing a completely unbiased view as to the level of service that the company is providing. This is done through an online rating system, which also allows full anonymity should customers want it. In this year’s awards, behind First Car Rental in the Car Hire category was Avis Rent a Car in second place followed by Europcar in third. Says Melissa Storey, Executive Head: Strategy, Development & Marketing at First Car Rental, “First Car Rental highly commends the South African Service Awards for its absolute dedication in raising the standards of service in our industry, and all industries for this matter, whilst allowing a platform for all customers to voice their opinions without fear or favour. There are few rating systems in the world that are as fair and impartial as this, only allowing ratings from customers, thus getting a true reflection of your efforts as a company and as a brand. The Service Awards in the car rental industry is particularly difficult for contenders because a perceived ‘customer rental experience’ is from initial booking right up . . .
Organisers of the Old Mutual joBerg2c mountain bike race have unveiled a brand new Vaal Dam crossing on the opening stage of the nine-day mountain bike race, which starts near Johannesburg on April 25. Race co-ordinator Craig Wapnick said this year's event would feature a 400m floating bridge across the dam in place of the traditional Chinese dragon boat crossing. "It's probably one of the longest mountain bike pallet bridges in the world," said Wapnick. "The dragon boats will be missed but we felt it was time for a change, because the riders want to get going as soon as possible." He said the stage would remain untimed, as participants prepared themselves for the 880km journey ahead. "It's still a chilled day for people to unwind, get used to the GPS and just enjoy the first day away from normal life." Wapnick said organisers had also introduced pure satellite navigation instead of traditional route marking this year. "The idea stemmed from the success of the inaugural Dusi2c race. The sense of adventure is incredible and the route remains pristine, with zero impact on the environment." He described the route as "quite linear" and therefore fairly easy to navigate. "Riders can't really take short cuts as they will be off the route, so it's not in their interest to cheat. "If they try to take major detours by missing whole sections, they will be very embarrassed when we give them the Birzman Tool of the Day award and they will be disqualified from the race." Wapnick said the commitment of route sponsor N3 Toll Concession for the third year in a row had made a number of additional route changes possible. "There's a whole new section on day two and a big change on day three that eliminates 15 kilometres of district road and replaces it with some awesome backcountry riding." He said riders would no longer go over the top of Spioenkop on day six but through the "nek" instead, which offered the reward of more bush . . .
Women of all ages are counting the days to the Eastern Cape's most beautiful road race, the SPAR Women's Challenge, which hits the streets of Port Elizabeth during the first week of May. The festival of running starts with the SPAR Little Ladies' Race for girls nine years and under on Thursday, May 1, and culminates in the traditional 5 and 10km road races on Saturday, May 3. SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart said organisers were preparing for a bumper turnout for the 21st edition of the event, which starts and finishes at Pollok Beach in Summerstrand. Swart said at least 14 000 runners and walkers were expected, making it the biggest road race in the Eastern Cape. "Due to the runaway success of our inaugural Little Ladies' Race last year, we've decided to make it an annual fixture," said Swart. He said the 2km junior event would take place at 9am on the public holiday, which was also the official start of registration for the senior races. "Parents can register their children from 8am at the venue and collect their own registration info, race numbers and T-shirts until 7pm." Swart said the children's race would follow the pedestrian walkway towards Hobie Beach and back and that the route would be fully marshalled to ensure their safety. While a female adult could accompany her child, he said no boys or men would be permitted. "We'll also have lots of lucky draw prizes and finishers' medals for the little ladies after the race." Registration for the senior races would continue from 9am to 7pm on the Friday and late entries would still be accepted from 5.30am on the morning of the race, said Swart. He said the 10km feature race would start at 7am, with the 5km fun run kicking off 45 minutes later. "We'd like to ask residents to be patient as there will be heavy traffic in the area on the morning of the race and certain road closures will be in effect." Brighton Drive will be closed completely, as will Marine Drive . . .
The picturesque surroundings make it easy to understand why the Algarve, the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, has been a popular hotspot for family holidaymakers for some years, with the majority of visitors to the region preferring to stay close to Faro. The historic fishing port of Sagres, Europe’s most south-westerly harbour town, was far less of a feature until 2010 with the opening of the Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel. Located on a crescent stretch of the unspoilt western Algarve coast, the resort is positioned within the protected Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Known as one of the finest luxury family resorts in Europe, Martinhal is a blend between exclusive extravagance and all that the countryside of the quaint coastal region has to offer. James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co in Johannesburg, a market leader in facilitating residence, property and investment options, says that investors who purchase property within the resort will be able to apply for a Portugal Residence Programme or Golden Residence Permit (ARI), provided they meet the requirements. This will allow them the benefits of being a part of the European Union without any obligation to permanently reside in the country. Any acquisition of real estate with a minimum value of EURO500 000 affords investors the right to qualify for the residence permit and enjoy the lifestyle that the Algarve coast affords. He notes that thanks to the protected status of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, no further development will take place along this stretch of coast, which means the area will maintain its exclusivity as a forgotten corner of the Mediterranean. The stylish, contemporary architecture of Martinhal has been designed sensitively to complement the organic personality of the resort, blending effortlessly into the indigenous landscape. The 38-room, luxury hotel features three restaurants, five pool areas, a spa and gym, tennis courts and a seven-a-side football pitch. While the . . .
On Friday 9th of May people all over South Africa can be part of our Super Hero day. The aim is for you to buy a sticker to the value of R10 in support of our super hero children with disability and critically ill children. For those of you who want to go the extra mile you can dress up like your favorite Super Hero for the day. I really hope that the public supports this day well :) if your keen to help us sell stickers please let Maria Morris Vd Berg or Jackie Serfontein know. WE ALWAYS NEED SUPPORT FROM THE PUBLIC Introduction A Super Hero day will be held annually with the emphasis of one of many more days creating awareness around children with disabilities and critically ill children throughout South Africa. This year it will be on the 9th of May. Concept Members of the public will be asked to buy a Super Hero sticker for R10. The public can also participate by dressing up for the day and submitting their photos to the charity organisation they support or e mail them to email@example.com and they will go on our face book page and our web page: www.superd.co.za Message to individuals and companies to participate 1. Get help from you and your colleagues by asking them to participate in the Super Hero campaign on 9th of May 2014 2. Promote the campaign. Share it on your social websites, and share it via e mail or sms. 3. Wear your sticker – 9th of May 2014. Send a SMS - You can also donate by sending an SMS: the word SuperHero to 38222 and you will be donating R10 to the SuperD Foundation. www.superd.co.za Author: Jackie Serfontein from SuperD Foundation. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.superd.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/TeamSuperD Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Divan-Serfontein-Miracle-Child-Foundation-aka-SuperD-Foundation/323711727664577 Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: SuperD Foundation. Super Hero Day CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
The FedGroup Berg & Bush is set to give talented youngsters their first real taste of stage racing by allowing teenagers to participate in the two-day mountain bike event in the Central Drakensberg on October 18. According to Cycling South Africa regulations, riders aged 15 to 18 may only participate in a maximum of three stages, which cover no more than 60km per day. Race director Gary Green said organisers had decided to shorten their first stage slightly to meet the maximum permissible distance and allow more families to take part. "We are really excited about being able to cater for teenagers at this year's event." Green said the two-day event had always been a family occasion, as children would usually accompany one parent as supporters, while the other rode. He said the demand from eager parents to include their teenage children in the racing had become an annual issue. "Previously the first stage was 63 kilometres, so special permission had to be obtained and many were disappointed." Green said there were very few other stage races on the national calendar that offered this opportunity for youth category riders. "The two-day route is a perfect mixture of farm and cattle tracks, a few swooping smooth descents, some long climbs which aren't too steep, and shorter technical sections that are rideable for the average cyclist." Free bike washes, roving mechanics, sundowner tours and a festive race village atmosphere round out the weekend experience. He said the two-day option took a more light-hearted, sociable approach than the event's two senior signature races - the three-day Descent and Great Trek. "We've always had fun categories, with trophies presented for the top parent and child, husband and wife, and sibling teams. "This year we are introducing a parent and teen prize category, as well as the Tread buffalo category for heavies!" As parents of three children who had all competed in provincial sports, Green said . . .