The Medical Aid and Insurance Conference 2013 is running for the second time round this year. The event, which will be repeated in Cape Town this year, will be held on 20 and 21 November 2013 at Southern Sun in Cape Town. This event is aimed at highlighting the latest developments, issues and opportunities that will be addressed by medical aid industry leaders. TCI welcomes on board the present speaker panel whom are well renowned industry experts: Dr. Michael Mol, Hello Doctor, Etienne Dreyer, PwC South Africa, Neil Kirby, Werksmans Attorneys, Glenn Hickling, Discovery, Craig Taylor, Netcare, Bradley Taylor, GfK South Africa, Heidi Kruger, Board of Healthcare Funders and Chris McCallum, Zest Life Investment As with all our other events we are once again putting a programme together with only the most relevant topics and issues which will be of interest to delegates. Key issues such as; overview of the industry, governance, risk and compliance, management strategies, marketing and CRM, technology and innovation, as well as future and growth within the sector will be covered. In order to take advantage of the present early bird registration special, call the Project Manager, Gert Botes on 011 803 1553/0009 or email email@example.com More Info link:: http://www.tci-sa.co.za Twitter: www.twitter.co/tcisa Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res version/s of these One image/s please contact: Trade Conferences International Images: . . .
While Kirstenbosch is celebrating “100 blooming years” the power of modern technology has been embraced and is being used to create awareness not only of the Garden and its many facets but also to reach collectors of rare plants globally. For the very first time, an Internet Auction of rare plants will be held heralding a new era for the Garden and its followers. The online auction will see rare plants of the Clivia and Strelitzia genus as well as an extremely rare cycad open to bidders. This highly innovative development takes place from October 1 to October 5, 2013 offering easy access to worldwide collectors and ample time for collectors to place their bids. The Cape Clivia Club will be managing the Centenary Internet Auction on behalf of Kirstenbosch Botanical garden and the plants on auction are examples of the diversity that the Garden has to offer. Clivia auctions were recently added to the Clivia Club website and this is seen as a new way of offering global opportunities. Information is sent to local and international clubs to alert them of the upcoming auction. To participate interested people will need to register on the Clivia Club website www.miniata.co.za/auctionsand it is recommended that this be early in preparation for the event. It is hoped that the online auction will attract a wide audience internationally. Up for auction are the following: Strelitizia enthusiasts will be able to bid for the rare Strelitziajuncea ‘Centenary Gold’ recently unveiled as part of the Kirstenbosch legacy project. • Strelitziajuncea‘Centenary Gold’ (3 plants),Very rare; very limited plants so only a select few on offer - available for the very first time. StrelitziaJuncea. Strelitziajuncea“Centenary Gold” is a new vibrant yellow cultivar of Strelitziajuncea that celebrates a century of the existence of Kirstenbosch. It also marks a century of partnership between Kirstenbosch and the Botanical Society of South Africa.The “Centenary Gold” project was . . .
Transnet Freight Rail, the largest division of Transnet known for its world class heavy haul freight rail company that specialises in the transportation of freight is now supporting the 2nd Annual African Railway Summit. Organised by Fleming Gulf Conferences the summit will be held at Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton, Johannesburg on 5 - 6 November 2013. Siyabonga Gama who is the Chief Executive of Transnet Freight Rail, the rail division of Transnet Limited and serves on the Executive Committee of Transnet has joined the CEO panel of the summit. The special CEO Panel Discussion on looking at the holistic development of railways across the region will be lead by CEOs from Gautrain, TransNamib, Shosholoza Meyl and Walvis Bay Corridor Group. To provide an international perspective on the African railways, Dr. Christian Schlosser, Policy Specialist Former Chief UN-HABITAT, German Federal Ministry of Transport and Urban Development will present a case study on passenger railways. Dr. Christian during a pre summit interview stated his views on 3 best practices in Passenger Rail followed in Germany. Here is a summary of the interview, " Good practices in passenger rail in Germany can be observed both in relation to establishing public transport institutions, integrated ticketing and coordination between national and regional train services. Firstly establishment of metropolitan transit associations/authorities is pivotal for providing integrated public transport services at regional and local level. Passenger rail serves as the backbone of most systems and is closely coordinated with bus and light rail schedules. At the same time, metropolitan transit associations are characterized by a coordinated approach for planning, investments, marketing and information even if there are different individual operators. Secondly a comprehensive network of scheduled national train services and coordination with regional and local passenger rail services. The so called . . .
An illustrious creative team are busy putting the finalists through their paces, ahead of the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship Awards. Jacques Bessenger and Dawid Boverhoff join forces as Artistic Director and Musical Director respectively, to bring out the best in some of the country’s top young creative talent as they compete for a chance to have their tertiary education sponsored. The Finals of the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarship Awards will be held at UJ Arts and Culture in Johannesburg later this month, where three scholarships, totaling R315 000, will be awarded to support the winners’ tertiary studies in the performing arts. Needing to prove their ‘triple-threat’ skills, the six finalists will each prepare singing, dancing and acting solos, and two group numbers, for performance in front of a live audience and distinguished judging panel. “It’s a privilege to work with some of the country’s top talent. Dawid and I have a great working relationship and both enjoy the organic development of creative processes. Working with young talent is a very fragile process and we try our best to make sure that the finalists have a life changing experience both as performers and human beings.” said Bessenger. Jacques Bessenger is well-known in the South African performing arts industry; working as an actor, theatre-maker and director. He has been the Artistic Director for the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarship Finals since 2010. Bessenger is best known for his role as Renier in the popular television drama series, Erfsondes, which earned him a 2013 SAFTA nomination and the ATKV Media Veertjie Award for Best Actor in a Drama Series. He received a NuMetro KykNET Silwerskerm Award in 2012 for his portrayal of the courageous Robert McLachlan in the critically acclaimed movie,Verraaiers and a Tempo Award nomination in 2013 as Actor of the Year for his work in Erfsondes and Verraaiers. Despite his roles in numerous film, theatre and . . .
A record 300 riders representing 60 schools from across the country as well as Zimbabwe and Namibia competed in the 2013 Spur School Mountainbike League finals at Bekker School in Magaliesburg this weekend. After a hard day of racing in chilly and windy conditions, Gauteng series winners Waterkloof, proved that they were the best in the country logging 108 points to walk off with the coveted Spur School Mountain-bike League mixed trophy. Potchefstroom Volkskool, who finished second on the Gauteng log secured second place nationally with 98 points. Western Cape series winners Montana, who has showed consistently good form with podium positions at the national finals for the past three years, took third place with 94 points - just pipping Centurion who finished with 93 points to the podium. Waterkloof further cemented their standing by winning the girls category with 66 points, followed by Hellenic in Zimbabwe second with 60 points and Centurion in a very close third with 58 points. The team from Paul Roos Gymnasium successfully defended their title as best boys’ team for the third year running with 100 points, followed by rivals Grey College in Bloemfontein with 92 points and newcomer Midstream College impressing in third with 82 points. The well-designed 4.9km track, which meandered through the hillside school grounds, offered riders the opportunity to really test their technical skills, strength, speed, fitness and endurance. Races were run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain bike competitions with a strong emphasis on making the races accessible to all in terms of route difficulty and race distance. Sub-junior boys completed three laps, the youth boys rode four laps and the junior men had to battle it out over five laps. The girls did one lap less in their respective age categories. Although mountainbike riding is an individual sport, the Spur School Mountainbike league aims to promote cycling as a team sport with points determined on a 26 point . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) will host a screening of films4peace, a unique annual short film commission by PUMA. This screening wil take place on Thursday 3 October 2013 at Hiddingh Hall. Now in its third year of exploring the subject of peace via the medium of film, the films4peace project is curated by Mark Coetzee, ex-Director of the Rubell Family Collection, supported by PUMA and produced by Shooting People. It features some of today’s most innovative contemporary artists, all of whom are asked to visually interpret the subject of peace. This year, six acclaimed artists have been commissioned to create short films around the subject of peace: South African artists Athi-Patra Ruga and Zanele Muholi, as well as Rob Carter(UK/USA), Wilmer Wilson (USA), Anthony Goicolea (USA), and Assume Vivid Astro Focus - an international group of artists known for creating multi-sensational mash-ups founded by Eli Sudbrack in 1994.The films include 35 mm live action, experimental animation and fine art approaches. The artists are selected for the quality and s cope of their work and their sensitivity in interpreting the theme. films4peace celebrates World Peace Day - an international United Nations day of ceasefire, and a day for individuals, organisations and countries to demonstrate acts of peace. These short films are released annually, on World Peace Day, at cultural and educational venues globally - from Human Rights Festivals to major museums, public spaces, youth leadership conferences and new media centres; from Dakar, Senegal to Miami, USA to Kashmir, India. In 2012, screenings spanned across 23 countries. In keeping with the spirit of the commission, the films are gifted to the world, within public domain and free from screening fees, as tools for peace. By releasing these short films as broadly as possible, on multiple live and virtual platforms, the aim is to effect positive social change and broaden the discussions around . . .
The Property Poser panel this week helps a reader who is concerned that the rental on his commercial property is unjustifiably higher than that of a similar shop space next door. The reader explains that he is halfway through a five-year lease and recently discovered that the neighbouring premises, which is approximately the same size and similarly outfitted, was recently rented out for 20 per cent less than what he is paying. In nearly all instances, commercial transactions tend to be motivated by a combination of factors, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "The landlord, in this instance, may have had a profit motive but one must also consider that the rental may have been market-related when the reader first concluded his lease." Van der Merwe says the premises may have been regarded as particularly desirable or the reader may have thought the size and location would benefit his business. "The fact that he concluded a lease for five years, which is a fairly lengthy period, may also indicate that he thought the rental was quite reasonable." Something else for the reader to consider is that, two-and-half years into his lease, the rental would typically have escalated twice already, says Van der Merwe. "We aren't told but the escalation would probably be in the order of eight to ten per cent. "When one factors this into the question, the rental he is paying and the current rental of the premises next door are quite in line from a commercial viewpoint – especially if the real market value has not improved over this period." Van der Merwe says if the reader entered into the lease willingly, the law expects the parties to a contract to abide by the terms and conditions applicable to each of them. "Of course, the lease agreement may have an early exit clause, which allows the reader to terminate the lease under certain circumstances." However, this is something that would typically have been . . .
Hosts NMMU have emerged as strong contenders for the inaugural Varsity Netball crown after romping to a 67-22 victory over the University of Cape Town in Port Elizabeth on Monday night. The televised match saw the SPAR-Madibaz side emerge unbeaten from the opening weekend of the six-week series, following a narrow 57-52 win over the University of Johannesburg and a convincing 51-30 victory against Stellenbosch University. With 15 points, the Eastern Cape outfit now moves into joint first position in the overall standings alongside NWU-Pukke. SPAR-Madibaz made the most of their home court advantage, going on the attack right from the start. Captain and goal shooter Dumisane Chauke was in devastating form as she helped her side to a 19-5 margin by the end of the first quarter. Good defence by goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela and tight marking by the home team put UCT under pressure in the second quarter and they failed to convert a number of chances, allowing NMMU to take a 29-10 lead into half-time. In the third quarter, the PE team's substitute combination of shooter Kara Willemse and goal attack Elzaan Lotter took advantage of the two-minute power play to earn valuable double points, while the defence shut down any further moves from the opposition. UCT put up a brave fight and continued to play positive netball despite trailing 49-15 going into the fourth quarter. But, with Chauke and former Proteas centre Mampho Tsotetsi back on court, the SPAR-Madibaz outfit's goal scoring fiesta continued. With three minutes to go, Chauke retired with a bruised hipbone but by then it was merely a case of adding insult to injury. UCT, who compete in the B division of the University Sport South Africa competition (USSA), were simply completely outclassed by the dominant home side. After the match, a delighted Chauke said her team had been working very hard in preparation for the tournament. "We just have to keep the standard high because it's just going . . .
The newest entrant to the low cost air travel market in South Africa, FlySafair, today launched ticket sales between Johannesburg and Cape Town, with its maiden flight scheduled for Thursday, the 17th of October. FlySafair is making it simple for customers to capitalise on the most affordable travel options with the launch of its new website and online booking system, www.flysafair.co.za. The easy to navigate website allows passengers to reserve and pay for their flights between Johannesburg and Cape Town, to self-manage changes to their reservations, and to check-in online. Aside from the convenience of handling their own travel itineraries, the website provides detailed information on FlySafair and its holding company Safair. Dave Andrew, CEO of FlySafair says that the low cost carrier is a natural evolution of Safair Operations (Pty) Limited’s services. “Having been involved in the aviation industry for almost half a century, and having operated in some of the world’s most demanding environments tackling some of the toughest freight and passenger assignments, we’re more than capable and ready to manage our low cost airline.” Confirming this assertion, FlySafair’s management team offers a wealth of experience and diverse specialist aviation skills, while the airline’s ground- and cabin crew are dedicated to offering old fashioned values and exceptional customer service. “Owing to Safair’s reputation of success, we have no doubt that our new low cost airline will operate proficiently, and offer the highest standards of excellence and service to passengers at a price they can afford,” Andrew continues. In addition to offering affordable flights, FlySafair is committed to providing exceptional service whether at check-in, on the ground or in the air. “With FlySafair’s dedication to competitive and sustainable fares between Johannesburg and Cape Town, we look forward to our passengers putting our promise of affordability and exceptional service . . .
South Africa – 20 September 2013 – The path to successful commercialization is almost never straightforward or simple. If it was, we would all be wealthy entrepreneurs. The Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition gives individuals, groups and small businesses the opportunity to have their technology innovations evaluated and assisted with access to support programmes. These include introductions to investors and venture capital funds; consideration for TIA innovation and business support funding and non-financial support; introduction to short or long term mentors relevant to your industry and business; exposure to the range of DTI and DST incentive programmes for emerging and growing businesses; and assistance with selection of and access to incubation facilities. South Africans over 16 with technologically innovative ideas – be it the seed of a thought, design saved on a memory stick, collection of parts or something produced and ready for retail shelves – are reminded that entries into the Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition (www.step-up.org.za) close in just over a week on 30 September 2013. Local innovation alive and kicking Entries to date, says competition manager Martin Feinstein, are inspirational in that 58% are raw ideas, 23% ideas in development and 19% existing innovations – highlighting the fact that South African entrepreneurs are coming up with more new innovation ideas now than historically. As founding CEO of Enablis and former CEO of Proudly South African, Feinstein has vast experience in working with South African entrepreneurs. “What makes the Step-Up approach different, is that we threw the nets wide open for local technology innovation concepts that have commercial application and growth potential, whether in idea form or in a start-up or trading business,” says Feinstein. “We’re not after fancy jargon, buzz words or super-optimistic projections. But time is running out, and we are thus calling on would-be innovators to . . .