Industry experts will address the most pressing issues and solutions for effective logistics management in the mining industry at the 2nd Annual Global Logistics in Mining Forum on 12-13 November 2013 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Industrial organisations have realised the importance and implications of timely delivery and cost management not only from the start of the manufacturing process but right from the time the raw materials are sourced. The flow of all required resources from the point of origin and the delivery of the finished product to the point of consumption has to be closely monitored as it involves a considerable amount of costs and time constraints. Effective supply chain management has gained a lot of relevance, especially in the mining industry, given the large quantities of raw materials, equipment involved, and also the hazardous nature of the product. Along with these costs, come the huge opportunities to reduce them by way of devising a more efficient logistics infrastructure. Home to one of the world's largest mining sector, South African mining companies have started shifting their focus towards effective logistics management. Primary focus is being laid on ensuring timely and cost-effective flow of all resources to and from the mining site. Keeping in line with this industry trend, Fleming Gulf Conferences is organising the 2nd Annual Global Logistics in Mining Forum on 12-13 November 2013. Held last year in London, UK, the conference brought together heads of logistics and supply chain from top mining companies. This year, the event will be take place in Johannesburg, South Africa, known for the deepest mines in the world. This forum will delve into key strategies to improve transport infrastructure, explore logistics management to and from remote locations, supplier risk management and also the latest trends in inventory and warehouse management. This forum will feature top mining experts like Eileen Madden Mitchell, . . .
Start spreading the news and plan for a wine-divine weekend of wine tasting, music, food and wine-education at the 3rd annual TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL taking place on Friday 24th May and Saturday 25th May 2013 on the rooftop of the Gugulethu Square Mall. Festival co-founders and local entrepreneurs, Mzoli Ngcawuzele from Mzoli's place and Lungile Mbalo are promising visitors a divine wine festival whilst also celebrating Africa Day, which falls on Saturday 25th May 2013. Says Mzoli Ngcawuzele, Co-founder of the festival and owner of Mzoli’s Place in Gugulethu, “We look forward to this festival and invite all our Cape Town suburbs to come and learn something about our heritage wines and each other. This festival is beautiful, safe and an amazing experience. It is truly a mixture of colours and cultures all with something in common pulling us together. It is our love of wine and it’s amazing ability to make us see what is important in life.” TOPS at SPAR, the festival headline sponsor and Friday VIP Lounge sponsor, have a great belief in this festival and audiences. Says Mark Robinson, TOPS Group Liquor Manager, "TOPS at SPAR is proud to headline the TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL. Our motivation in business is broad enough to include the aspirations and needs of others; therefore a home-grown festival like this that encourages sustainable entrepreneurship is close to home at TOPS at SPAR. We are really looking forward to meeting our customers and friends at the festival too.” Lucindi Branfield, SA Brand Manager for J.C. Le Roux says “The glamorous J.C. Le Roux lounge is the ultimate spot for fashionistas to live Le Good Life at the TOPS at SPAR GUGULETHU WINE FESTIVAL. Visitors can choose from a stunning selection of Cap Classique and sparkling wines, from everybody’s favourite, Le Domaine, to the prestige cuvée, Scintilla. There will be prizes to be won and nougat tastings on offer, as well as the opportunity to have your picture taken . . .
Building on the success of last year's HIP2B² 3M Innovation Challenge, innovative multinational technology company 3M and non-profit youth organisation HIP2B² are gearing up for a reprise in 2013, along with new partner Technology Innovation Agency (TIA), which is an initiative of the Department of Science and Technology. The call is out now for Grade 10 learners to enter the 2013 Challenge, which tasks them with finding innovative solutions to everyday problems they face. Those entrants who make it to the final round will benefit from a week-long immersion in 3M's wealth of intellectual and product resources, in support of their quest to become South Africa's Top Young Innovator. Backed by the Department of Education and lauded by Derek Hanekom, the Minister of Science and Technology, the Challenge is the brainchild of 3M and HIP2B², and is designed to inspire innovation in everyday life. The success of last year's Challenge attracted the attention of the Innovation Skills Development Unit (ISD) of the TIA, which works to foster innovation skills within the innovation value chain from high school learners to Higher Education Institutions and research institutions. With the TIA's additional support, the programme has been propelled into two new provinces -- Eastern Cape and Limpopo -- further broadening its reach into rural areas. HIP2B² was founded in 2002 to promote the study of Maths, Science and Technology-related subjects as a means to develop problem solving skills and analytical thinking. Its ultimate aim is to contribute towards a growing culture of entrepreneurship, which will better ensure South Africa’s future economic prosperity. "We rely on strong corporate partnerships like the one we have with 3M to keep on making a difference in the lives of South African learners, by unlocking their 'inner innovator' through fun, well-structured and well-resourced educational programmes like the Challenge," said Cathryn Treasure, Managing Director of . . .
Cape Town, May 10th, 2013 – Fotolia’s TEN Collection Season 2 invites web users to a trip around the world of digital creation, with the greatest international artists from the countries where the image library is set. The first 4 artworks were downloaded over 110 000 times on their release day. Mike Harrison will be the May artist, unveiling his original artwork, “Just a game”. It will be available for FREE for 24 hours in PSD format, on Friday, May 10th on www.tenbyfotolia.com Mike Harrison sublimes animal energy “It’s really great to be part of the TEN project. For me to be able to represent the UK out of all the possible artists in this country is an honor. I wanted to do something based on a powerful animal, one that would allow me create good energy and complexity. So, using a bull as my main theme, I wanted to create a high energy illustration loosely based on bullfighting, but adding a playful aspect to it by using certain colours and elements.” explains Mike Harrison. His subversive and colourful composition, mixing up digital and traditional arts, clearly illustrates the “sense of energy”. “Built from Fotolia Stock images and hand drawn elements, I worked without any established order. I was constantly re-arranging everything all the time throughout the process to work out which elements worked best and where, mixing materials and unstructured layers to obtain a homogenous and purely graphic composition” … as well as a unique and surprising result. A self-taught jack of all trades Based in London, Mike Harrison is a 28-year-old freelance graphic designer and illustrator. This self-taught artist discovered himself a passion for digital art after a university course in new technologies. This atypical course can be felt in eclectic works, mixing modernity and tradition. Drawing, illustration, typography as well as 3D, photography, animated design and web design: Mike Harrison loves trying endless new techniques and supports, in order to . . .
Gain invaluable insight into the latest regarding governance, risk and compliance by attending the upcoming Governance, Risk and Compliance Conference. The event – organised by Trade Conferences International - will be held on 5 & 6 June at Fabz Hotel in Lonehill, Johannesburg. The programme will address topics such as GRC strategy & implementation, POPI and global security safeguards, Companies Act requirement, GRC strategies and cloud computing, e-commerce fraud, improving workplace ethics, IT governance and fraud awareness. Attending delegates will be coming from a wide range of sectors such as banks, insurance companies, manufacturing, aviation, hospitality, service providers, retail companies and government entities. Project Manager, Naison Chilenge, said the aim of the event is to help improve companies’ strategies around issues of corporate governance, enterprise risk and compliance. “The conference will enable participants to develop, implement and monitor GRC strategies that take cognisance of both internal individual company policies and the legislative environment.” “The feedback from last year’s event was very positive, and this year we feel that the revamped programme, with several new speakers will add another dimension to the conference experience. With more than 250 events organised since 2002, we feel that we are ideally positioned to bring prospective delegates once again a quality event. Our events so far this year attracted major support, with conferences such as the Mobile Banking Conference, Debt Collection Conference and Core Banking Conference, standing out. To prove their commitment to implement effective GRC plans, some companies that have already registered delegates to attend include Standard Bank, First National Bank, Momentum Group, Bankserv Africa, Silvermoon Business Systems, Bank of Taiwan SA and NBCRFIL. Join delegates from the above companies at this informative event, by completing the registration form . . .
Fresh from his success at the Old Mutual joBerg2c, Olympic gold medallist Matthew Brittain is set to be more than just a celebrity guest at the three-day RE:CM Knysna 200 mountain bike race next month. Brittain, who finished sixth overall alongside Rob Dormehl in the nine-day event, will once again team up with his fellow rower to take on the Garden Route race from June 7. The 26-year-old oarsman said he hoped his recent achievements on the bike meant that he would be taken seriously in the competitive stakes. “I would way rather be a racing snake than a celebrity guest! When I go slowly ‘for the fun of it’ I don’t really enjoy myself; to me it’s more fun to race a bit and go for it.” This year, he also notched up a 27th place finish in the Absa Cape Epic with Olympic team-mate James Thompson. Brittain said the Knysna race would be an interesting test, as he had only participated in the longer stage races. “I would guess the shorter distance would suit me better but I don’t have the experience to really know where I stand relative to the competition. “I know the terrain down there is incredibly steep so I will be bringing a granny gear and expect the legs to feel like they have done double the distance!” The Centurion resident said he was looking forward to riding the 200km route in and around the Knysna forest. “It will probably be muddy but the route will be spectacular with fantastic riding because it’s in the most beautiful part of our country and renowned for phenomenal trails.” He said Sedgefield farmer and trail builder Dormehl’s knowledge of the area could give their team a slight advantage. “This is Rob’s backyard and I couldn’t wish for a better partner to hit the hills down there with. “But a little knowledge is dangerous as it can lead us to focus on the wrong things. No amount of local knowledge will help us if we can’t compete physically in the actual race, so that’s where 99% of our attention must go.” Brittain . . .
“Overalls are optional” “The operative word this year is definitely ‘practical’ and there simply is no substitute for onsite experience”, says a very excited African Utility Week event director Russell Hughes. “I want to invite our expo visitors to come and get their hands dirty while earning some valuable CPD points – overalls are optional!” Some 5 000 power & water professionals from all over the continent will attend Africa’s leading power & water exhibition and conference at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 14-15 May, where power utility Eskom CE Brian Dames will once again deliver the keynote address. By the industry, for the industry Says Hughes: “We have had extensive consultations with the utility industry, associations such as CESA, SAIEE, SAICE and SAIMechE, and the leading solution providers, and it is clear there is a real need for practical information and hands on training, based on real life projects, case studies, development and research.” He continues: “We offer a tailored selection of 60 free to attend technical workshops which offer 1 CPD accreditation point per day. They will offer practical take home solutions, demonstrations and practice installation opportunities for electricians, engineers and other power professionals in the metering, water, transmission and distribution, smart grids, hydro and renewable energy sectors. These workshops allow companies to up skill their teams in two focused days and help to increase productivity, energy efficiency and become more aware of what is available in the market in terms of technology and other solutions.” Exhibitor highlights include installations by ADC Energy, ZEST, Powertech, Schneider Electric, Gamesa, AEG, Solar World, Andritz, Cummins, Itron, Bentley Systems and Eskom’s Grid Access Unit. Up to 2 CPD credits can be earned by attending the technical workshops on the African Utility Week expo floor with topics including: • Generation/Transmission . . .
Evan Binge of Fourways in Johannesburg became the first South African skateboarder to win a wildcard entry for the amateur contest at this year’s Maloof Money Cup skateboarding world championships. Binge pulled out all the stops and impressed the judges with his skills on the first stop of the Skateboarding for Hope tour at the Boogaloos Skate Park in Randburg. This community outreach initiative is a joint collaboration between the Northern Cape provincial government and Maloof Skateboarding with the financial backing of Anglo American’s Kumba Iron Ore. The road show promotes skateboarding as an easy, affordable and accessible sport as part of the run-up to the annual world championships event in Kimberley. The Maloof Money Cup skateboarding world championships presented by Kumba Iron Ore will be hosted in Kimberley in the Northern Cape is September and is widely considered to be the greatest skateboarding contest in the world and the only world championship event. The three-day skateboarding extravaganza showcases the pinnacle in global and local skateboarding talent. Over the next five months, the Skateboarding for Hope road show will travel throughout South Africa with retail partner Boogaloos to host skateboarding clinics, demonstrations and contests in key centres. In addition, the provincial government also stage a further series of activations in the deep rural areas of the Northern Cape Province. The events help to promote skateboarding as a sport and to identify emerging local skaters. For many children, the road show is their first exposure to the sport and it has touched the lives of thousands of youngsters to date. This year’s scintillating Skateboarding for Hope line-up will feature numerous activations nationwide outside of the Northern Cape, including three new large scale Grand Slam events in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg. These new events are in answer to a tremendous demand for more large scale skateboarding events to service the . . .
Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel announced on Tuesday that the Competition Commission would investigate the private healthcare sector on charges of high charges and market distortions. According to Nick Altini, Director and head of the Competition practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, “In April this year the market enquiry provisions in the Competition Amendment Act came into force, allowing the Competition Commission to investigate industries where there is a basis to believe that there are not optimal levels of competition, but without the Commission being constrained by the pre-requisite of having some evidence of an actual offence to validate the investigation. The private healthcare sector was identified by the Commission for this type of enquiry. “I think that we are all going to learn a few things - the Commission, the private sector and legal practitioners in the field. I expect that the Commission will plan and execute this carefully. What we would want to see is a process that it open, fair and efficient. It must have a definite beginning, and end, and not drag out for an inordinate period of time. At the end of the process, there must be a clear indication of findings and what actions, if any, the Commission plans to take next and what is expected of market stakeholders as an outcome of the process. These factors will likely then act as a good beacon of guidance for other sectors that could be the subject of future market enquiries,” notes Altini. Chris Charter, Director in the Competition practice, agrees, “The sheer scope of the enquiry into the healthcare industry will be test of the Commission's ability to manage and run complex investigations in the public eye. Hopefully it will lead to a better understanding of the dynamics of the industry which may benefit not only patients, but also other players in the value chain as well as other regulators. “That said, there is a danger that such a potentially wide market enquiry will become . . .
The Department of Labour announced on 8 May 2013 that amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) had been accepted by Parliament. The Basic Conditions of Employment Amendment Bill is now set to become law and will increase the power of the Minister of Labour, prohibit certain conduct by employers and streamline the enforcement of the Act. Johan Botes, Director in the Employment practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, explains, “The Minister will now have the power to prohibit the use of sub-contracting when making a sectoral determination. A sectoral determination is made by the Minister in respect of basic conditions of employment for employees in a sector and area. Sectoral determinations made by the Minister to-date include those applicable to the security industry and domestic workers. Industries that typically use sub-contracting (such as the building or IT sectors) could have to re-consider their business models should a sectoral determination ever be made in respect of those industries.” Botes notes that there is currently no indication that the Minister is planning to increase the number of sectoral determinations to other sectors, but trade unions or employers organisations are entitled to apply to the Minister to investigate conditions of employment in their sector or area. The Minister could then instruct the Director General to conduct an investigation or request the Employment Conditions Commission to advise her on whether an investigation ought to be conducted. “With the current focus still firmly on labour brokers, sub-contracting and use of contract staff, it will not come as a surprise if trade unions seek to use this extension of the Minister's power to limit the practice of employers sub-contracting work to independent contractors in order to avoid employing staff directly to do the work. “While this may have favourable consequences in instances where there has been abuse of this practice, sub-contracting work has allowed . . .