Users can now pay their municipality bill from their computers or smartphones Cape Town, South Africa - Powertime launches a new bill payment service allowing users to pay their municipality bills online and from their mobile phones. The new functionality will be available from the web and mobi site www.powertime.co.za as well as from the Powertime applications for iPhone, Android and soon BlackBerry10. This new feature will enable City of Cape Town and Durban residents to pay their electricity, water and tax & rates bills in one click, anywhere and at any time. Payment can be made via credit card, debit card, EFT and the PayGenius electronic wallet. The functionality also includes the possibility to manage multiple bills and save the transaction history. Cape Town and Durban are the first municipalities to activate Powertime’s bill payment solutions. Negotiations are actually in process to expand the offer to new municipalities across South Africa. “We are extremely pleased to introduce this section in City of Cape Town and Durban and hope that more more municipalities will follow suit.,” says Sebastien Lacour, Powertime Managing Director. About Powertime Powertime is the leading mobile prepaid electricity merchant in South Africa. Based in Cape Town, Powertime provides nearly 7 million South African prepaid electricity customers with smart channels to buy electricity tokens 24/7 via innovative applications on smart phones, mobi site m.powertime.co.za and www.powertime.co.za. Powertime’s value proposition is based on convenience, quality of service and support, and information on electricity consumption. For more information, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org Media Contact for Powertime Carole Rossetti Digital Marketing Manager, Powertime Tel +27 21 911 0498 / Email: email@example.com The functionality is available to all Powertime active users and to new users on demand URL: . . .
Purchasing a car can be a difficult experience, especially for those who do not know which type of car will fit the best with their lifestyle. This is especially true when searching for used vehicles, since dealers offer so many different makes and models. Those who head to a dealership without a clear idea of what they want can quickly find themselves looking at a vehicle that does not suit them, all thanks to a fast-talking salesperson who is only interested in his commission check. The Pick a Car network is now trying to take the guesswork out of this process with its latest offering for customers. Those who visit the website will now have access to professionally written reviews that outline the basic features of many vehicles found in the network and inform customers about what type of person the vehicle suits. The Pick a Car website is well known because of the volume of cars found, but it is now offering added value for its loyal customers. Those who visit the website will now be treated to reviews written by Shaun Jooste of Rocking Cars, which is sure to help them select a car that is right for them. Throughout this process, Jooste has been taking the cars that are available for purchase on www.pickacar.co.za for test drives. While on the test drive, he has taken pictures of the vehicle and added some additional notes to these pictures. The purpose is not to give a complete review of each individual car, since those are already available online, but rather to speak directly to each individual car buyer with an overview of the car. Jooste wants to show people what each car that is available on the website can do and whom it suits the best. For example, buyers with a larger family obviously would not purchase a small sports car, but they might have interest in a van. These reviews will show these families the features that make each van worth buying and why it might be right for their family needs. So many people are uneducated when it comes . . .
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2013 incorporates a variety of disciplines into their programme. Mainstream is one of the genres that will be highlighted at the festival this year, though it is just one part of the formidable line-up which includes Blues / Funk / World Music, Afro-Jazz, Modern Jazz and Youth. Trombonist Steve Turre of the Juilliard School of Music, New York, has played and recorded with many artists around the world. These include Dexter Gordon, McCoy Tyner, Roland Kirk, Dee Dee Bridgewater, Ray Charles, Max Roach, Horace Silver, Carlos Santana, the Carnegie Hall Jazz Band, the Mingus Big Band, JJ Johnson and hundreds of others, but his most iconic performances were probably with Dizzy Gillespie’s United Nation Orchestra where he shot to prominence on both trombone and shells. He has won the Down Beat Readers’ poll five times as Best Trombonist and has enthralled audiences with his performances on different sized conch shells. Turre is an innovative musician and composer who keeps one foot in the past and one in the future. He adds zest to the Awesome Big Band, and his solo show is supported by a strong line-up compromising Marcus Wyatt (Trumpet), Bokani Dyer (piano), Hein van de Geyn (bass) and Kevin Gibson (drums). One of the sell-out trademarks of the Jazz Festival in Grahamstown is the Awesome Big Band – a unique selection of top international jazz musicians in a standard Big Band format. A band of this nature is also known as a Jazz Orchestra for the dynamic and harmonic depth and contrast that arrangers can produce from 17 instruments, reminiscent of Classical orchestras but with the added power and energy that jazz exudes. This year’s band is conducted by Canadian trumpeter Bruce Cassidy, renowned for his quirky, powerful arrangements. Regular audiences at the National Arts Festival will recognise Frank Sinatra & Friends as a sequel to the series of earlier successes that have been conceptualised and conducted by . . .
Multiple types of melody make up the Music programme at the 2013 National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. Hailing from Brakpan on the East Rand, 2013 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music, Runette Botha, made her professional début at the Royal Albert Hall, performing in a gala concert alongside José Carreras and Kiri te Kanawa. She has also performed the Erwin Stein arrangement of Mahler’s Fourth Symphony at King’s Place with Trevor Pinnock and Mahler’s Second Symphony at Cadogen Hall, and has been a member of the Staatstheater Kassel Opera Studio since 2011. She obtained a MA (Opera) at the Royal Academy of Music in London. She had previously studied at the University of Cape Town as a student of Professor Virginia Davids, after initially obtaining a BCom Accounting degree at RAU (now the University of Johannesburg). Accompanied by Audrey Hyland, she will showcase her immense vocal ability in a performance comprised of works covering 3 decades of composers: Händel, Obradors, Strauss, Berlioz, Verdi, Rakhmaninov, Bernstein, Britten and Refice. The 2013 Gala Concert celebrates the music of Verdi, (b 1813), Wagner (b 1813), Mascagni (b 1863), Britten (b 1913) and artist/musician, Gerard Sekoto (b 1913). Starting off with the Grand March from Aida and ending with Elgar’s Pomp & Circumstance March No 1, the concert will include arias by Puccini and Gounod, sung by soprano Runette Botha (2013 SBYA for Music), and Ben Schoeman (2011 SBYA) playing Gershwin’s Rhapsody in Blue; as well as music by Strauss and Stoltz. Conductor extraordinaire Richard Cock will take audiences on an explosive musical journey of celebration with the KZNPO and these two celebrated and talented young artists. The Odeion String Quartet was established at the University of the Free State (UFS) in 1991 as a permanent fulltime resident string quartet, and is the only resident string quartet at a South African university. Samson Diamond, 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist for Music was appointed . . .
The BedKing Bed and Sleep Blog has seen massive growth in its South African readership over the past 3 months. Cape Town, May 2013: The BedKing (http://www.bedking.co.za/) Bed and Sleep Blog was launched a little over a year ago on the 23rd of April 201 and in that time has seen a massive increase of South African based readers. In fact, over the past few months there has been a month on month increase of over 100% per post. The first blog post on the BedKing Bed and Sleep Blog was posted last year April and due to the relevant content and high information standard on the blog it has manage to attract a number of local South African readers as well as a significant number of overseas readers. When asked about the blog growth the MD of BedKing, Mr Mervyn Ewertse, had this to say about its acceptance by the South African public: “The BedKing Bed and Sleep blog has seen a phenomenal growth in readership over the past 12 months thanks to the efforts of our social media relations team, but this is just the first pahse in populating what is to become an active part of our entire social media profile. What we plan to do is to make BedKing not only the most well priced bed retailer in South Africa, but the most accessible as well. We want an open channel of communication to be available to our customers, friends and yes even our fans, at any time they need to chat to us.” The BedKing Bed and Sleep Blog covers a wide range of ever expanding sleep topics, including Dream and Sleep related topics, as well as all of the latest BedKing news and promotional activity. To view the BedKing Bed and Sleep Blog please go to http://bedking.co.za/blogs/ The BedKing bed and mattress company is based in Cape Town, South Africa and has a network of retail stores in Gauteng and the Western Cape. For all other areas of South Africa they have an online or call centre sales option that includes national delivery to any part of the country. END Press release submitted by . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and UJ Arts & Culture are pleased to invite proposals from South African practitioners to present case studies at the upcoming “Creative Currencies” conference, to be held 6-8 August in Johannesburg. Arts professionals and representatives of business and emerging and semi-established arts, culture and heritage organisations, as well as individuals involved in collectives and collaborations, are invited to submit proposals to present at the 2nd ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference. Case studies and presentations concerned with economic, artistic, cultural and technological aspects of trade and exchange are sought to supplement the conference programme, which is entitled “Creative Currencies: accessing opportunities in an expanding marketplace”. The conference is aimed at sharing information with stakeholders in the creative economy with a view to developing, inspiring and enabling the sector. The 2013 programme will speak to individuals, businesses and organisations involved in trade and commerce in the field of Arts and Culture, as well as those who wish to interface and explore this within their own disciplines and sectors. The Conference Content Manager and Advisory Committee will review and select case studies for presentation. Presentations should not be longer than 30 minutes in total. Applications should include the major aspects that will be addressed by the case study or presentation, and a detailed description of the technical requirements for the presentation. Proposals of no more than 600 words should be submitted to Rahiem Whisgary at firstname.lastname@example.org by no later than 7 June 2013. This year's conference has attracted participation and support from a number of influential players in the arts and culture space, including the European Union (EU), British Council, the European Union National Institutes for Culture (EUNIC) network, Arterial Network South Africa and the Visual Arts Network of South Africa . . .
More than 800 of the Commonwealth’s finest chess players are expected to meet in Nelson Mandela Bay in July 2013 for the biggest money yet in a South African-hosted chess tournament. The tournament – to be held between July 2 and July 14, 2013 – has already attracted some of the country’s top chess players to The Boardwalk Hotel and Convention Centre on the Port Elizabeth beach-front. “It is the first time ever that South Africa's top male player, Kenny Solomon, the country’s best female player Melissa Greeff and the South African Olympiad team will be playing at the same time in an international South African event on a sponsored basis,” says Dr Brian van Zyl, convener Commonwealth and South African Open Chess Championship 2013. It will be the 19th prestigious Commonwealth Chess Championship 2013, and is open to chess players from any of the 54 Commonwealth member countries. “We are honoured that The Boardwalk was chosen as the preferred venue in South Africa to host this prestigious international event,” says The Boardwalk general manager Clifford Ngakane. “It will put the global spotlight on Nelson Mandela Bay. The hundreds of players and their support teams will create a mini boom for restaurants, hotels and Bed and Breakfasts for more than a week,” he says. The tournament will be run concurrently with the South African Open Chess Championship, the Nelson Mandela Bay Open Chess Championship and the South African Open Blitz Chess Championship. Prize money of R250 000 will “be spread over the largest number of recipients ever in South Africa,” says van Zyl. The organisers are also making it possible for the largest possible number of young South African players to be at the tournament. “This will be the first time ever in South Africa that 47 pick-up points nationally have been created to facilitate players and supporters' travelling arrangements to Nelson Mandela Bay,” “The local organising committee has already put plans in place to . . .
Emerging Stars is proud to announce the launch of their extended online service designed to partner entrepreneurs, distributors and investors. EmergingStars.com is an online portal that offers a selection of business opportunities in emerging economies. Our exclusive opportunities include projects like greenhouse farming in Rwanda, a bio medicals company in Russia or a wood pellet plant in South Africa. Distributors are also required for handmade jewellery from India, ceramic and porcelain dinnerware from Thailand and plastic recycling machinery from Turkey. Founded as a television project to scout emerging countries for young, innovative entrepreneurs, Emerging Stars introduced the online portal as a natural extension of the brand. Initially a free service utilised to generate and direct interest from its TV series, the directory became a trusted listing service for entrepreneurs, distributors and funders alike. While working on the series, the excellent research team built a fast-growing network of entrepreneurs, investment agencies and business consultancies – along with a cache of already-vetted business opportunities. “Grow a business and change the world” is an apt slogan for this digital entrepreneurial initiative, now with a more formalised entrepreneur, distributor and investor introduction and connection mechanism. The new site continues to allow for free business listings (uploaded once they have been researched and verified by the team to ensure sustainability), and will allow for potential investors to access detailed information such as business plans, financial reports and contact details. It will also offer “first right of refusal” opportunities for investor partners with bespoke fee structures. The model is sound: A platform that aims to stimulate entrepreneurship as a solution to poverty and unemployment. Examples of past successful deals are numerous - from a producer of solar lamps in Ghana who found, in a period of a few days, . . .
The legendary Zola Budd will be part of a field of nearly 20000 athletes to take to the road for the 2013 Comrades Marathon on Sunday, 2 June. Budd completed her first ever ultra-marathon last year alongside good friend and Comrades veteran Bruce Fordyce who finished his thirtieth race. The pair ran the last 25 kilometres of the race side by side to finish in a time of 8 hours 6 minutes and 9 seconds, which secured bronze medals for both. Running again this year in the colours of The Unlimited Running Club, Budd has now set her sights on a silver medal and is aiming to finish the gruelling 87km uphill race between Durban and Pietermaritzburg in under seven and a half hours. Budd ran her qualifying race for Comrades in Florida (USA) in December and finished the Jacksonville Marathon in a time of 2 hours and 55 minutes. At 47, Zola says that she is in better shape than last year and is confident that a silver medal finish is realistic due to the combination of her experience from the 2012 Comrades and her current level of training. “Doing Comrades last year has definitely influenced my training and race schedules for this year’s event. I’ve changed my training programme and have upped my mileage significantly as I’m much stronger now. As it is an up run this year, I’ve added very tedious hill sessions on the tread mill and have also included some serious track workouts,” said Budd, who does most of her training in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina in the United States, where she and her family have been living for the past five years. According to Budd, her training during the all-critical month of April has been far more consistent than last year. Judging from the excellent time of 79 minutes and 58 seconds she ran to win the North Myrtle Beach Divas half marathon, Budd’s stage is set for a great Comrades Marathon. Looking back at her first Comrades, Budd said that it was the hardest race she’d ever run in her life. The furthest she’d ever run before the . . .
While the need for infrastructure development in Africa is growing, the lack of skills and workforce required to bridge the project-preparation gap continues to hinder development. Strategic initiatives and fresh approaches to develop construction industry skills are now arising out of this demand gap. From the public sector, governments across Africa are incorporating skills development into national planning and from the private sector, South Africa sets an example with 25% of its construction industry CEOs contemplating major change to their strategies for managing talent over the next 12 months. Proof of this movement is also being seen with over 2000 construction professionals from the public and private sector alike signing up to prioritise skills development and commercial collaboration at the TotallyConcrete Expo taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg from 3 to 5 June. PPC is the main sponsor of the event and brings a unique learning approach with a series of do-it-yourself workshops giving hands-on exposure to cement handling and mixing techniques. "PPC continues its dedication to industry development in Africa through its sponsorship of the TotallyConcrete Expo where we will host a series of do-it-yourself workshops to enhance expertise and host industry stakeholders,” says Nomzamo Khanyile, Group Public Relations Manager for PPC There are also over 50 African media and partner associations supporting this leading cement, concrete and construction industry event and partner organisations include the Concrete Society of Southern Africa, the Engineering Council of South Africa, Eskom, Kenya Master Builders Federation, Master Builders Association of South Africa, Namibia Institute of Architects, Institute of Engineers Tanzania and National Home Builder’s Registration Council of South Africa. Other sponsors of the event include Lafarge, Sephaku Cement, AfriSam, NPC Cimpor and Reimer. The event is a timely endeavour designed by . . .