FNB NMMU fullback Jarryd Buys has returned from injury and will rejoin the Madibaz team for round four of the FNB Varsity Cup, presented by Steinhoff International, on Monday night. The Port Elizabeth side face off against FNB NWU-Pukke in their final home game of the round-robin tournament. Buys takes the number 15 jersey from Donovan Marais, while Stefanus Booysen gets a start at inside centre in place of Andile Jho. Jho moves to the bench alongside utility forward Wade Elliot, who makes way for Marcel Groenewald at blindside flank. According to head coach David Maidza, team management had opted to make minimal changes to the squad that went down 26-13 to FNB UCT this week. "There is no need to panic about the character of the team," said Maidza in response to their only loss so far. "Statistics show that we were dominant on the day, with close to 70 per cent possession and 104 rucks to UCT's 32." Maidza said the coaching staff had reviewed the game and that a couple of calls could have gone the way of NMMU. "But if we had not squandered the numerous opportunities we had, we could have come away with, at worst, a draw. A victory was certainly achievable." Maidza said his side had been on the attack and trailing by a negligible five points when UCT took advantage of a three-man overlap to score an intercept try that killed off the game in the dying minutes. "But these are situations that happen. We have to take lessons from them and keep looking forward to the next game to fix our errors and improve on those facets that we were poor in." He said his players were certainly looking forward to taking on Pukke, who are currently second in the standings and just one point ahead of his charges. "We hope it will be a good spectacle to watch and want to thank everyone who's behind us. "We encourage the whole of PE, especially the students, to come and 'back their boytjies' and make this stadium a fortress for the Madibaz." Visit . . .
The African Mine Security Summit taking place on 8-9 April 2014, in Johannesburg, will feature a presentation by Nash Lutchman, Vice President, Security Services at Sibyane Gold, South Africa 23 February 2014, Johannesburg: Africa boats of some of the world's deepest mines, however security remains a major challenge. The recent rescue and arrest of 22 illegal miners from an abandoned gold mine in Benoni, once again brought to the forefront the gravity of the issue. To discuss the importance of securing mine operations against internal and external threats and forge intelligent security strategies, the African Mine Security Summit will take place at the Hyatt Regency, Johannesburg on 8-9 April 2013. The summit will open with a presentation by Nash Lutchman, Vice President, Security Services at Sibyane Gold, South Africa and will shed a spotlight on the current security landscape in the African mining industry. He will further deliberate the role of security in current market dynamics, and investing in security: budget vs expectations. Nash has a wide range of experience with a career in the policing and security environment spanning more than 26 years. He was a career policeman who left the SA Police after 17 years of service, 6 of which was at the level of a Brigadier, to join diamond giant De Beers. Joining De Beers in 2004 as a Security Manager at the Group’s Kimberley Mines, he progressed through the company to head the security division for the Group’s South African Operations under the auspices of De Beers Consolidated Mines. He left De Beers in 2008 to join Gold Fields Limited where he served as Vice President and Group Manager Protection Services until the end of 2012. He is now Vice President Protection Services at Sibanye Gold Limited, a South African Gold producer. Additionally the summit will feature dedicated presentations from Neil Metzer, Security Coordinator, Chamber of Mines, South Africa; Jenny Reid, Former President, Security . . .
Kellogg Asia Pacific has announced the appointment of Gerald Mahinda, who joined Kellogg as Managing Director Sub-Saharan Africa on February 1, 2014. “As part of our emerging markets strategy, we have identified Sub-Saharan Africa as a key area of focus with long term growth potential for Kellogg,” says Amit Banati, President, Asia Pacific Kellogg Sub-Saharan Africa is a key area of focus for Kellogg Company under the company’s emerging markets strategy. Mr Mahinda will work closely with the leadership of Kellogg’s Mediterranean, Central Europe, Middle East and Africa businesses, to transition into the new Sub-Saharan leadership role. The North Africa business will remain under the leadership of Kellogg’s EMEA. “Gerald has extensive experience in Africa and we are very pleased to have him join Kellogg,” said Banati. “We are looking forward to the Sub-Saharan Africa business thriving under his guidance and leadership.” Mr Mahinda joins Kellogg from Diageo where he has spent 14-years in leadership roles and been instrumental in delivering transformational growth for Diageo in Africa. Mr Mahinda has developed his career in Africa in various senior executive leadership roles spanning 20 different countries, with companies including AIG, Standard Chartered and as Managing Director of East African Breweries, Brandhouse in South Africa and until recently Managing Director of Diageo Africa Spirits Transformation. Mr Mahinda spoke of his ambitions for growth and his emphasis on people. He said: “I see an outstanding opportunity for Kellogg to grow in Africa and felt energized by the team when I met them. I believe in winning with people and under my leadership that’s how we’ll achieve our ambitions.” Author: Paula Wilson from Paula Wilson Media Consulting. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.kelloggcompany.com/en_US/home.html Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Paula Wilson Media . . .
A unique artist pop-up shop will appear in Johannesburg in March, offering collectors the opportunity to buy artworks from two of the city’s acclaimed fine artists. The one-day-only shop will appear at Connect on 4th in Linden on March 8th 2014, and will be showcasing prints, drawings and paintings by Richard Penn and Robyn Penn. Both Robyn and Richard are recipients of the prestigious Ampersand Fellowship, and will be heading to New York City in April/May 2014. The pop-up shop comes ahead of the artists’ US trip as a way of raising additional funds to cover the Fellowship’s living expenses. Already represented in private, corporate and academic collections throughout South Africa, and by two leading city galleries, the Penn’s Pop-Up Shop gives ordinary art collectors as well as those with already existing collections the chance to purchase original artworks, in a relaxed environment. Previously used to shoot Kabelo’s Boot Camp (screened on Mzansi Magic), Connect on 4th is the perfect space for this art experience. Its wrap-around verandah, spacious exterior and relaxed ‘home-away-from-home’ atmosphere make for an inviting space – and the chance to share a coffee with Robyn and Richard Penn and hear more about their art. Starting at 10am, coffee, lunch, snacks and drinks will be on sale with Lily Rosemary and the Jack of Arts serving up all kinds of DELIciousness in a family-friendly environment. Full of Beans will also be on hand to ensure coffee lovers are well catered for. Both residents of Johannesburg, Robyn and Richard Penn are rapidly becoming sought-after artists for collections across the country. In a review of Richard’s AOP Gallery Horizon show in 2012, critic Robyn Sassen described his work thus: “Have you ever looked at something close, imagining it far, that a blade of grass was a tree trunk; a sand granule, a boulder? This is what Richard Penn does in these 32 hand-pulled prints and pen and wash drawings on paper that will turn your . . .
Sage ERP X3 solutions accelerates the technologies disruptions out of new innovations Feb 21, 2014: Drakensberg – While the venue for Sage Insights is taken down, the message and foresight offered in keynotes by industry veterans, breakout sessions by subject matter experts, and thought leaders at this conference is still pushing its limits on capitalizing on the new disruptive forces enabling cloud, mobile and other technologies innovations. Greytrix participated as an exhibitor during the event held between 6 - 9th Feb held at Champagne Sports Resort in Drakensberg, South Africa, adding to the dare to disrupt theme announced at the conference. The overall consensus from business partners and onsite team members confirmed Greytrix presence at Sage Insights was overall inspiring. The key takeaways from the two sessions conducted by Greytrix were valuable in ensuring that Sage X3 can apply the integrated principles to take advantage of the changing dynamics in the ERP application marketplace. Partners and clients made it truly interactive with a lot of interest in understanding the best practices for integrated third party applications with Sage ERP X3 session conducted by Francis Rodrigues, Sr. VP Technology at Greytrix demonstrated the integration options using web services, Java Bridge, ODBC, import and export combinations. Key takeaways from this session also included understanding how these tools in their own individual capacities or used as a combination for integrated data and applications with Sage X3 provides a collaborative, unique and cost effective solutions. For seamless real time integration – a lethal combination of web services and Java Bridge should be adapted, but for ‘out of the box’ reporting within Sage X3 or integration with Business Intelligence tools, ODBC is best leveraged. This inspiring session captured the audience turning it into a very interactive agenda and providing Greytrix with good feedback on taking this best practice . . .
On January 22-24 2014 the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) convened the first meeting of the Panel of Experts on Ocean Governance for Africa, arranged by the Secretariat of the Abidjan Convention and hosted in Cape Town, South Africa by the International Ocean Institute - Southern Africa (IOI-SA). The meeting aimed to address some of the most pressing challenges to the African continent such as poverty alleviation, security issues (including food), and the impacts of climate change by tackling existing obstacles related to use of ocean goods and services and putting in place a Roadmap to an African Summit on the Governance of the Oceans. The Expert Panel is to develop a Policy Blueprint for adoption and implementation outline steps towards the realization of a Blue Economy for Africa with direct implications for management and policy frameworks in the marine, coastal and maritime sectors, and ultimately helping ensure a sustainable and productive relationship between the oceans, seas and the African people. The meeting also agreed on a Draft Decision to be adopted at the upcoming Conference of the Parties for the Abidjan Convention (22 Countries) to facilitate engagement with the Roadmap and Policy Blueprint on Ocean Governance. The UNEP Regional Seas programme covers the entire African coastline with the Abidjan, Nairobi, Jeddah and Barcelona Conventions in place. The African Union will also play a significant role in supporting the process ahead, as well as ensuring alignment between the Policy Blueprint on Ocean Governance and the recently adopted (31 January 2014) AU 2050 African Integrated Maritime Strategy. Further information, as well as options for Stakeholder input to the process and documents can be obtained from: General information: Information on input to technical documents: Abou Bamba Regional Coordinator United Nations Environment Program - UNEP Division of Environmental Policy Implementation Abidjan Convention . . .
Home improvement solutions for the low income housing market, that are innovative, affordable and use green technology, could soon be available locally. This follows the call for entries to the Better Living Challenge (BLC) competition, open this month (February 2014). The BLC is part of the Western Cape Government’s 110% Green initiative, which encourages organisations to commit to the Green Economy. The competition is intended to take powerful ideas to market and to provide a platform for consumers to experience and interact with innovative solutions. Designers and innovators, inventors and creators, students and professionals, manufacturers and retailers (local and beyond SA’s borders) are all encouraged to enter. Three winners will each receive support worth R500 000 to commercialise their home improvement solutions. Students will compete for a R40 000 cash prize. The rollout will be project managed by the Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI), an organisation established in 2001 to promote and grow the economic sustainability of the Western Cape craft and design sector. This competition (WDC#204) is one of seven CCDI projects selected for the Cape Town World Design Capital 2014 (WDC2014) programme. CCDI Executive Director Erica Elk said, “Millions of South Africans live in dire conditions in informal settlements, backyard shacks and RDP houses. The need is much greater than the capacity and resources of government to deliver.” “We need to find solutions for home improvements that are affordable, result in better living conditions and quality of life, and provide people with the choices and resources to help themselves at their own pace. There are many needs and also many opportunities.” The competition will be rolled out in three phases, said Elk. • Entries of new or existing prototypes and products can be submitted from 1 March-31 May (www.betterlivingchallenge.co.za). During this period the CCDI will host three co-design workshops, . . .
FNB NMMU may have suffered their first defeat in this year's FNB Varsity Cup but head coach David Maidza remains optimistic about their march towards the semi-final. The Port Elizabeth side went down 26-13 to FNB UCT in front of a packed Madibaz stadium on Monday evening - their first loss on home soil since 2012. "I'm definitely not feeling down and I told the players that their heads shouldn't be down right now either," said Maidza. "I thought the boys were fantastic. You cannot fault them for their effort on the field and I'm feeling very positive about that." The Madibaz got off to a rocky start after conceding a soft try by Shaun McDonald, within the first five minutes. The conversion by Dean Grant opened up an early 8-0 lead for the Cape Town team. The home side levelled the scores fifteen minutes later with a converted try of their own by Michael Bernardt. Ikeys fired back just before half-time when Lihleli Xoli crossed the line and Grant once again put the ball between the posts to take the score to 16-8. Early in the second half, a penalty put two more points on the board for the Western Cape team. The men from NMMU kept plugging away but were unable to penetrate the opposition's defences. Eventually, Madibaz scrumhalf Daniel Acker grounded the ball in the 60th minute, while Gavin Hauptfleisch's conversion attempt bounced off the uprights. With the score at 18-13, a final intercept try by FNB UCT's Richard Stewart, converted in the dying seconds, sealed the Madibaz' fate. "You have to give it to them, Ikeys used their opportunities. When their chances to score came, they took them," said Maidza. "We had a lot of ball to execute. Unfortunately, we just didn't finish off properly, especially in the last 15 to 20 minutes of the second half." But, he said, that was what the game of rugby was all about. "It's important for us to understand that if you go out and don't take the opportunities that you create you'll come . . .
This week the Property Poser expert handles a question of a more technical and specific nature regarding the calculation of rental due. It would seem that in this case the rental is calculated on an annual basis and a single amount is payable for the entire year. For some reason, the reader wishes to make a pro rata rental calculation for the month of February - the shortest month of the year - only. The estate agent involved in the rental of the property has advised that the calculation is simple and that February is calculated as per any ordinary month. Therefore the annual rental is divided by the number of months in a year - 12 - to get to a rental figure for any month. The reader has suggested a different approach. He feels that a tenant would be on the losing end of the calculation and, with February having fewer days than the other months, the number of days should be considered. He feels that neither party is on the losing end of such a calculation but that the landlord is clearly prejudiced in the current instance. As usual, a good place to start is the agreement of lease between the landlord and tenant, says Sean Radue of Radue Attorneys in Port Elizabeth. "The lease may address how pro rata rental is calculated or, at least, provide a clue as to the determination thereof." Radue says it may prescribe, in clear terms, that pro rata rental is calculated strictly on the number of days involved. "This would entail merely dividing the annual rental by the number of days in the year to reach a daily rental and multiplying this daily rate by the number of days concerned." The lease may also contain helpful definitions of the terms, says Radue. "The term 'month', for example, may be defined as a calendar month or a continuous period of, say, 30 days." Thus, if the pro rata calculation is for a defined period of a "month", Radue says the calculation can be done accordingly. "The concept is not complicated further by . . .
Multiple mountain bike world champion and four-time Absa Cape Epic winner Christoph Sauser will lead a powerhouse invitational team at the Bestmed Tour de Boland, presented by ASG, early next month. The four-day road tour, which starts in Franschhoek on March 4, will pit Sauser's stellar line-up of mountain bikers against the cream of South African roadies. The Meerendal-Songo.info team will include the Swiss champion's new Cape Epic partner Frantisek Rabon, as well as local pros Erik Kleinhans, Lourens Luus, Nico Bell and Oliver Munnik. They will face off against pro teams like Abantu, Bonitas and the local MTN-Qhubeka outfit, which includes last year's champion Nic Dougall. "I'm glad there will be good competition! It will make the race interesting and it lifts our game too," said Sauser. "We as mountain bikers will be very motivated to give the pro road teams a good run." He said former WorldTour road rider Rabon, who made the switch to off-road racing this year, would be the team's "best horse" for the European-style tour. "I hope Rabon will win the prologue time-trial, although that means on the remaining stages there will be work awaiting us to possibly defend the jersey." All eyes will be on the three-time Czech time-trial champion during the 21km stage from the Berg River Dam to the top of Helshoogte Pass. Sauser said Rabon, who rode for Omega Pharma-Quick Step last season, would provide invaluable guidance on the three road stages between Stellenbosch, Tulbagh and Riebeeck-Kasteel. The last of these ends with a dramatic mountaintop finish on the spectacular Franschhoek Pass. "If the race is tactical, we sure will benefit from his experience," said the 37-year-old Swiss national. "But when it comes to the racing up Franschhoek Pass for the final showdown, the legs will do the talking!" As one of only two road races he will do this season, Sauser said he was looking forward to the Western Cape tour. "For me, it's free . . .