The South African National Cannabis Working Group (SANCWG), in collaboration with NORML ZA, wishes to inform you about the upcoming Global Cannabis March 2014, taking place on the 3rd of May. Cape Town will be one of 117 cities across Earth taking to the streets to promote awareness of many issues relating to cannabis. The event is sanctioned by the City of Cape Town and arrangements have been made for the police to be present. Since the beginning of January this year a number of jurisdictions, including Colorado, Washington, Uruguay and Turin, passed ordinances to make cannabis legal for those of adult age. As a result, new economies have been created with economic growth rates outperforming the cellular mobile sales market. This will further motivate public involvement in the cannabis reform process. In light of the current public discourse, both locally and internationally, and the introduction of the Medical Innovation Bill, the Global Cannabis March creates an opportunity to introduce the faces of the cannabis law reform community to the greater public. Cape Town marchers are calling for the review and reform of current cannabis policies and advocate for public participation backed by rational evidence based policy making. The event will allow for interaction with the media. March organisers will avail themselves for interviews before the march gets underway between 9:30 and 10 am, media covering the story should use this opportunity to get their soundbites. Provision has also been made for photo opportunities while the march is under way. Volunteers will be assembling from 8AM. Public gathering at 10.00AM on the corner of Keizersgracht and Chapel Street. Contact for the Cape Town, Global Cannabis March Imiël Visser Mobile: 079 655 4711 Alwyn Smit Mobile: 084 928 9968 Author: Imiel Visser from SANCWG. More Info link: https://www.facebook.com/events/566973746742849/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/sancwg Facebook: . . .
“Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.” - Henry Ford. While advertisements are the integral tools for reaching out to potential clients, but still small businesses suffer with inadequacies of funds. Lack of capital for investing in elaborate advertisements makes companies incapable of entering into the potential customer market. Good news is that ever since its launch, Alive Advertising is one of the preferred of outdoor advertising companies in South Africa that has consistently offered most economical advertising services. The high quality services of Alive Advertising have made it speedily expand its network across South Africa. Today, the company is treated as one the reliable advertising and billboard companies in South Africa with extensive network across Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern, Northern and Western Cape including Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The company has successfully installed over fifty billboards in different locations of South Africa within sixteen years of its launch. This has helped the client companies receive more than 3.5 million captured views for their advertisements. Thus, Alive Advertising banks heavily upon the faith of clients today as the major catalyst for its rapid success. Mention needs to be made of the outstanding quality of products that have made Alive Advertising win an edge over its competitors. The strategic positioning of the billboards at the intersections of the traffic light control centres, large traffic areas and other prime locations of South Africa have helped Alive Advertising in gaining optimum attention of the potential audience. The high-resolution LED screens of the electronic billboards of the company are specially equipped to screen videos, animations, static graphics and stationary texts. Thus, these high impact advertisements boost sales promotion and brand awareness processes. This is the reason why client companies consider Alive Advertising as their most . . .
Nigeria has suffered from chronic power shortages since independence. These problems have become more pronounced given Nigeria’s impressive economic rise. Recent statistics indicate that Nigeria is the largest economy in Africa (1). However, power supplies across the country have deteriorated further. It is particularly problematic in the cities of Lagos and Abuja. Although, it is very much a nation-wide problem. Last year only about 40 million Nigerians had access to electricity. Currently, one survey found that the average Nigerian had access to power for about two hours a week. Some regions have gone without power for more than three weeks (2). While certain numbers can be disputed, it is very clear that the Nigerian population suffers from a chronic energy problem. The socio-economic problems associated with the power shortages are profound. Given the scarcity and high-cost of power, it would stand to reason that many Nigerian business-owners would be in search of products that are low-energy consumption devices, and could function without a reliable power source. A device such as EP300, by Anviz Global, could provide a solution to this problem. The EP300 is a biometric fingerprint-time attendance device. Biometric, fingerprint-based identification provides a high-level of accuracy that subjects are correctly identified. The EP300 might be especially suitable for the Nigerian market given a unique feature it possesses. The device has an alternate power-source, an 1100mAH Lithium battery. This ensures that in the event that the main power-source of the EP300 is disrupted, the device will continue to function for up to six hours. Having access to important company information that is stored on the EP300 during times of uncertainty can be vital to a company. The device will help clarify time-attendance records which otherwise would be unrecordable due to the blackouts. Moreover it has a power-saving setting, whereby if the device is inactive for a period of . . .
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 . . .