MEDIA RELEASE FOR IMMEDIATE PUBLICATION Zurich Insurance (SA) gets international accolade for Learnership Programme The Zurich Insurance (South Africa) Learnership Programme is offered in partnership with the Insurance Sector Education and Training Authority (INSETA) and has received international recognition from Zurich Insurance, head office in Switzerland. Ms Sandra Dunn, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of INSETA said, ‘This winning insurance learnership programme creates opportunities for mostly marginalised young people to gain a 12-month experience in the short-term insurance industry. The learners are all young people who received good Matric results but could not pursue any tertiary education as many of them did not have the financial means to do so.’ Zurich Insurance (South Africa) trains young people for success When the CEO of Zurich Insurance (Switzerland), Mr Martin Senn, met learners in South Africa, he was impressed by the way in which learners had matured and discovered who they were during the learnership programme. The learners were also given the chance to meet, Zurich Insurance (South Africa) CEO, Mr Edwyn O’Neill and to have a Question and Answer (Q&A) session with him. Mr O’Neill explains that the learnership programme began with the process of finding suitable individuals. ‘We placed an advertisement. Candidates were shortlisted, selected and placed within the company. Learners rotated through various functions in the work place whilst simultaneously enrolling towards obtaining an FETC (Further Education and Training Certificate) Short-Term Insurance Qualification.’ ‘Our company’s decision to provide a course in life skills has made a huge difference. Each learner was able to develop their writing-skills. Most importantly, each learner received a mentor - the mentor could have been from any field - an Information and Technology (IT) person, an executive, and so forth. The purpose of this was to give the mentor an opportunity . . .
RUBBYTAD Group unveils Smart Meter Tech On a world-wide basis, both domestic and commercial consumers are faced with the ever-rising cost of electricity, water and gas ; commodities essential in the support of our frenetic modern life-styles. At one and the same time, utility supply companies wrestle daily with the problems of ever-increasing consumer demand and the consequent need for infrastructural enhancement, as well as the high cost of grid maintenance. Add in the often fraudulent abuse by an ever-increasing number of consumers of the very commodities supplied and the issues of managing these obvious problems becomes ever more daunting. Thus said, ensuring revenue collection and protecting every cent of income so derived is essential to providing service and maximizing the bottom line profit. Utilities meters have evolved over the past decades from simple electro-magnetic measuring devices through automated meter reading instruments to “smart” meters. Similar meters, usually referred to as interval or time-of-use meters, have existed for years, but "Smart” Meters involve real-time or near real-time sensors, power outage notification, and power quality monitoring. These additional features offer more than the simple, previous generation, automated meter reading technological systems [AMR]. ensuring accuracy and integrity of data relayed bi-directionally between meter and back-end control centre. The meters can be switched remotely from credit to pre-paid function and vice-versa. In pre-paid mode, the hardware and it’s vending support system is certified by the STS Association. In 2005, having provided manual meter reading services to utilities for a period in excess of 6 years, Reuben Sekwele the Chief Executive Officer of Rubbytad Group - being aware of global technological advancement - sought to bring “state of the art” metering to the South African marketplace. As principal of the Rubbytad Group of Companies, Reuben Sekwele signed a . . .
The University of Johannesburg women's team overcame a lacklustre early season to claim the inaugural championship title in the Varsity Football series in Pretoria on Monday night. UJ put in a commanding performance to claim a 6-0 victory over tournament favourites Tshwane University of Technology. The current USSA national club champions, TUT, were caught off-guard by a strong midfield attack, which was spearheaded by UJ's national players Amanda Dlamini, Presocious Matabologa and Maphuti Manamela. According to UJ football manager Joel Kgokong, the home team had underestimated his side, which has won the Gauteng student league for the past five seasons. "Our game plan was to control the midfield, eliminate the wingers and play two strikers in the middle, who could easily penetrate the flat four defenders," said Kgokong. The plan worked, as eventual player of the match Disebo Mametja opened the scoring from a long ball. She outran the defenders and dribbled past the goalkeeper to place the ball in the net with ease. Dlamini and Matabologa headed in a goal apiece from two corner kicks, while seasoned national striker Noko Matlou scored a brace to take the tally to 5-0 at halftime. After the break, Mametja repeated her opening goal manoeuvre in the final minutes of the game to make it an unbeatable 6-0. Kgokong attributed the team's success this season to new management and coaching strategies aimed at improving the standard of women's football in accordance with UJ's Performance Excellence programme. "Management have realised the importance of having a coach who understands women's football." Coach Isaac Mokoena, who moved from the Soweto campus, and assistant coach Leah Masango had made a formidable team, said Kgokong. UJ women's football manager Julia Maredi echoed Kgokong's sentiments, saying the side's results spoke for themselves. "Coach Mokoena has instilled values that have brought together a focused and determined team with . . .
Excitement is mounting for the finals of the 2013 Spur High School Mountain-bike League taking place this weekend (21-22 September) at Bekker School in Magaliesburg, where the cream of high school mountain-bike riders from across South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe will congregate for the third year running. With more than 60 schools vying for the coveted Spur High School Mountain-bike League floating trophy of top cycling school in the country, fierce racing is expected in all three categories – boys, girls and mixed. The league is run on the same lap-racing format as Olympic mountain-bike competitions, while the points’ structure of the league promotes team participation. The schools that finished at the top of their respective regional logs will be sending their best riders to battle it out for podium positions. Spur Steak Ranches sponsors travel and accommodation for the top six riders in each qualifying school as well as the top oval rider in each category. A maximum of 12 riders are allowed per team. Each finisher scores a point for their school with additional points allocated to the first 25 riders in each category. The league, which was launched in 2009 as a joint initiative between Spur and Amarider, has exceeded all initial projections in terms numbers and reach and has grown from 1600 entries and 21 events in 2009 to last year’s 5300 entries from 42 events. League co-ordinator Meurant Botha of Amarider attributes the amazing growth of the League to the ongoing and hands-on involvement of Spur Steak Ranches as well as the efforts of a team of dedicated regional organisers and school co-ordinators, who collectively hosted more than fifty events leading up to the record-breaking final. “We are really happy with the steady growth of the league in terms of participants, more regional events and new tracks being developed in collaboration with schools and municipalities. The figures for 2013 have shot up to more than 7000 entries. The level of . . .
The 2013 Spur Masidlale Soccer League in the Western Cape ended on a high note for the teams from Sonwabo and Lwazi Primary Schools in Gugulethu as they got to be mascots for the PSL match between Ajax Cape Town and Mamelodi Sundowns at the Cape Town Stadium. These young soccer stars gave it their all during the season to secure the winning VIP Spur Masidlale experience. It was a particularly exciting season in the boys’ category as the 2012 defending champions Lwazi Primary were hoping to make it to number one again. However, Sonwabo Primary pipped them to the post on goals scored. Both teams won eight of the nine games played and logged one draw each. It was the final goal difference of 32 versus 19 that gave Sonwabo the winning edge and secured the number one spot for them. The girls’ team of Lwazi Primary walked off as champions for the second consecutive year. The enthusiastic team won eight and drew one of their games. Their end tally showed them scoring 43 goals, while only conceding nine. Both teams agreed that the effort was most definitely worth it as they got to enjoy a tasty burger meal at Seven Spur in Sea Point before heading out to the Cape Town Stadium for the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to field the team with soccer professionals. Excitement was mounting as the teams entered the dresser rooms to change into their special mascot outfits and get a team briefing. Although great fun, being a mascot for a live broadcast soccer game, is serious business and everything runs according to a well organised programme. Heading into the tunnel with television camera’s rolling and the stadium lights in sight, excitement was mounting and expectations building for the big moment when each mascot would get to hold the hand of one of their soccer heroes. The signal was given and the proud mascots were paired with a professional player to head out onto the field. Cameras were flashing and soccer fans blowing their vuvuzelas as players and mascots . . .
For the second consecutive year, audiences at the National Arts Festival dipped their hands in their wallets to show appreciation to South African artists who can no longer perform due to illness or infirmity. The National Arts Festival, Grahamstown and the Theatre Benevolent Fund (TBF) partner on the first Monday of the Festival to raise the profile of the TBF and support the work of the Fund. This year, audiences at the National Arts Festival contributed R54 000.00 towards the Theatre Benevolent Fund and the Standard Bank provided a matching contribution to raise the total amount to R108 000.00. “We extend our appreciation to our generous audiences who have demonstrated their compassion for the artists who have entertained and inspired them over the years,” said the Festival’s Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed, when he jointly presented a cheque with Standard Bank arts sponsorship manager, Mandie van der Spuy to the Theatre Benevolent Fund. “We are also grateful to our sponsor Standard Bank for matching the contribution raised by audiences at the Festival. This is a wonderful indicator that the Festival, our audiences, our sponsor and the Theatre Benevolent Fund have a shared vision and passion to allow artists to enjoy their dignity even when they are in their twilight years” he added. The TBF is a welfare and humanitarian fund that helps maintain the dignity of professional performers after they have taken their last bow and the curtain has fallen on their working lives. The Fund supports individuals who have been connected to the performing arts on a professional basis, and who now find themselves in financial difficulties due to old age or ill health, by providing care to them in the form of monthly financial grants; donations for funeral expenses; assistance with medical expenses; placement in care centres or old age homes. “The Theatre Benevolent Fund was overwhelmed by the generosity of Standard Bank, in agreeing to match all donations made by . . .
The Property Poser panel has received a query from a tenant regarding a broken oven in his rental property. The reader says the repairs would be rather costly and asks whether he would be permitted to replace the oven rather than fix it and deduct the costs from his rental payments. Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town, says the reader has not made it clear whether this is a typical residential lease scenario or a commercial one. "This makes a difference as the Rental Housing Act applies, in general, to residential leases and sets out certain rights and duties for both landlord and tenant." It sounds as though the reader possibly accepts a portion of the responsibility for the oven repairs but not for replacing it entirely, says Van der Merwe. "We are not told how the oven broke but it more than likely occurred during the lease, as this is something that should have been addressed as part of the initial inspection of the premises under the Act." Similarly, the Act provides for the premises to be reasonably fit for habitation, says Van der Merwe. "Although, it's debatable whether a working oven would swing this aspect one way or the other if the rest of the premises is suitable." Van der Merwe says the regulations to the Act place a burden on the landlord to effect certain repairs to electrical and other systems, as identified in the lease agreement. "The reader should therefore take a close look at his lease to determine where liability for the oven lies." Should the landlord be responsible, the repair must be carried out within 14 days of being notified, says Van der Merwe. If the leased property is commercial in nature, the lease agreement is the first place the reader should look to determine liability, says Grant Hill of Miller Bosman Le Roux Attorneys in Somerset West. "The lease should address aspects such as the replacement and repair of appliances." Hill says it would not be advisable . . .
Of aristocrats and business tycoons, Horse Racing has for too long been seen as an old boys club with selective and restricted access. However, there is a slow burn for change sparked by S’manga Khumalo winning the Vodacom Durban July, which has shed a new light on racing. People are really taking notice of the lifestyle and networking opportunities that Horse Racing in South Africa offers and realizing that it is not that cliquey or complex to own your own race horse. You don’t have to have the background or family connections either. In the run up to the Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile on the first Saturday in November and the Sansui Summer Cup on the last, Imagine Racing would like to underscore the opportunities to be more closely involved as an owner, rather than just simply being a guest at the races. While it is viewed as a luxury pursuit, this lifestyle experience is not only limited to the very wealthy. Sharing in a syndicate with a group of friends has many benefits and is not as complex as it sounds. To demystify the concept, here are a few pointers: 1. A syndicate is a group of people who share in the ownership of a horse or horses. a. Syndicates can be made up of 5 – 20 people. 2. In order to race a horse, each individual or the syndicate needs to be registered with The National Horse Racing Authority of South Africa (Jockey Club). As a registered syndicate the NHRA grants the privilege of colours (an annually renewable registration), which allows you to race the horses that you own. a. Owners must also register an authority to act, which allows the trainer to act on behalf of the owners, in all training decisions for the horse. 3. The benefits of shared ownership mean that you enjoy all the thrill of ownership at a fraction of the cost: a. The initial purchase price of the horse and the monthly training fees are shared between the members. 4. The members decide on their level of outlay and each syndicate is structured to suit the . . .
The Health and Safety Forum in Mining, concluding today, is addressing the burning challenges and opportunities faced by global mining companies with respect to sustainable development in health and safety Body: 17 September 2013, Johannesburg: Providing safer and healthier work conditions has been an issue of growing importance owing to the hazardous nature of the mining profession. Mining companies have recognized the need to conduct their business ethically in a cost conscious economy and to address their employees' health and safety imperatives. The 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining, on its second and final day at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel in Sandton Johannesburg, will witness discussions on community health and safety with a special focus on fatigue management and HIV and malaria programmes in order to provide a sustainable future for the employees of mining companies. The inaugural day at the forum yesterday brought together key professionals from health and safety divisions of mining companies and featured talks and discussions on promoting the culture of safety, drivers of safety behaviour in the workplace and the role of automation in achieving sustainability in the organisation. Anthony Coutinho, Director Mine Safety, Department of Minerals and Energy South Africa was a part of a plenary panel discussion on the progress the mining industry has made with respect to making mining sustainable. Other expert speakers included Navin Singh, Chief Research and Operations Officer, Mine Safety and Health Council; Philip Stephenson, Vice President – Health, Safety, Loss Prevention and Security, Newmont Mining, Michael Wm. Parker, Senior Vice President – Safety and Environment, AngloGold Ashanti; among many others. The first day of the forum was concluded with a networking and cocktail reception. Today, Day Two of the forum, places special emphasis on issues faced by developing countries with regard to maintaining occupational . . .
The National Arts Festival’s Think!Fest programme has developed a strong profile for attracting thought-leaders, trendsetters and movers and shakers to the Festival in Grahamstown. Presented as a series of lectures, seminars and forums; the National Arts Festival is extending a call for proposals from foundations, think tanks and specialised agencies to participate in the 2014 Think!Fest programme. 2014 marks the 40th Anniversary of the National Arts Festival. The four decades have seen thousands of productions and exhibitions and several dramatic transformations and shifts in aesthetics, politics and social dynamics. 2014 also marks the 20th anniversary of South Africa’s constitutional democracy. These milestones offer an opportunity for retrospection, celebrating excellence and continuing to break new ground not only in the arts but also in other sectors. The Festival invites proposals for panel discussions and/or lectures that can be presented on the 2014 programme and which will consider these milestones and contribute towards the Festival’s vision of being a playground for the arts, entertainment, information and debate. Proposals must include: · A 100 word narrative description of the organisation / foundation / institution submitting the proposal. (Please include website link) · Proposed topic · A brief 100 word extract · Proposed speaker (s) · Brief 150 word narrative biographies of each proposed speaker (s) · Proposed budget. Please indicate which line items the organisation / foundation / institution submitting the proposal can cover. Consideration will be given to proposals which are able to cost-share expenses. The National Arts Festival is committed to create an enabling environment for creativity and free expression and to give audiences the opportunity to experience and engage with a diverse range of ideas and viewpoints. The Festival embraces the challenge of using the Festival’s status, history and legacy to drive . . .