African Education Week and Career Indaba to gather more than 5000 people in Johannesburg in June With free learning content increasingly becoming available through open access digital platforms, there is growing pressure on the lecturer at higher education institutions to re-think the way they present learning opportunities. “The world is changing and there are different ways of gaining knowledge. Information is immediately available through the internet that can be accessed through iPads, smartphones and laptops”, says Prof Johannes Cronjé, Dean of Informatics and Design at the Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT). He is part of an impressive line-up of speakers at the 7th African Education Week Annual Convention and Learning Expo to be held at the Sandton Convention Centre from 20 – 22 June. This year’s theme is “Building future leaders in education”. Agang SA leader Dr Mamphela Ramphele will deliver the keynote session. Teach learners how to find information Cronjé who is also part of the opening session will also participate in a panel discussion on ‘E-learning in action’, says “we need to discard the old idea that the professor is the fount of all knowledge. The challenge now is for academics to make an effort to teach learners how to find information and how to design knowledge and learning packages that are relevant to them.” However, although there is an increasing reliance on content that can be accessed online, Adele Botha, principal researcher at CSIR Meraka believes that the classroom of the future will look the same but it will act differently. “The fundamentals of teaching will never change. Younger people want to learn from older people and those they identify as role models. But they want to learn differently. The lecturer has to become the person who pulls together the different forms of social media as tools of acquiring knowledge. The lecturer will also increasingly encourage students to create media that is suitable to . . .
The Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA) invites proposals for an interdisciplinary event, LAND, that will explore ideas around land and territory. Grounded within a contemporary, historical, aesthetic, material and political understanding of ‘land’ in South Africa, the project will comprise a colloquium, performances, exhibitions and other interventions, andwill take place in the second half of October 2013. In acknowledgement of the centenary of the infamous Natives Land Act of 1913, there is a national focus on land as a vessel of trade, trauma, and restitution. With this in mind, is it possible to talk about land within (as well as beyond) these frames, in terms of its atmospheres, materialities and aesthetics? Land is both a vehicle and a litmus test for change. In discussing land, we inhabit the past and present at once – its topology registering, over millennia, tiny variations in impact and atmosphere. Land is slow, absorptive and seemingly permanent; but it is also fast, exchanged like currency and affecting immediate change in the balance of power at all levels. In this way, any meaningful discussion of land in terms of its materiality includes trace elements of this socio-political history, just as any analysis of territory will find its origin in the natural borders implied by local topography. LAND sets out to facilitate an investigation of these interacting boundaries and the ways in which they exist associatively and psychologically within a South African, as well as a transnational framework. As such, the approach of this event is twofold. Firstly, to further uncoil both modern and ancestral politics around land ownership, division and redistribution, considering links to territory, race, agency, class and power. Secondly, to provide an opportunity for conversation around land with broadly associative, physical or otherwise aesthetic concerns. LAND seeks to designate a space in which to simultaneously explore the . . .
Trade Conference International (TCI) is proud to bring to you its 4th Biannual Loyalty and Rewards Conference in Cape Town. With the venue still to be confirmed, the conference will take place on the 14th and 15th of August 2013 with a top speaker panel consisting of experts in the loyalty and rewards arena. During the last two years TCI has established an event that brings together industry leaders in an effort to debate and analyze topical issues, highlighting challenges and opportunities. This event will once again attract professionals dealing with; marketing, branding, customer relations and loyalty, CRM, CVM, loyalty and customer communications, digital communications, brand development, customer development, multi-channel marketing, loyalty marketing, rewards and loyalty programmes, client management, business development, account management, on-line marketing, mobile marketing and digital media to attend this extraordinary event. Over the last two years delegate companies which have supported the event include: Woolworths, Prima Integrated, Bridge, Octagon Marketing, Ackermans, Ogilvy, ABSA Financial Services, Pick n Pay, Edcon, Achievement Awards Group, PEP: Division of Pepkor Retail, Spur Advertising, Foschini Retail Group, Sanparks, P-Cubed, Bayport Financial Services, Cards Plus, Gift Bucks, Enterprise Electronic Commerce, Mahala, ABSA Rewards, Nedbank, ABSA, African Bank, FNB, Liberty Life, Prize Voucher, Demographica, Digital Planet and Comair Limited. Early bird registrations for the Loyalty and Rewards Conference officially opened. To find out more contact Lisa Nathanson, Project Manager on 011 803 1553/0009 or alternatively email firstname.lastname@example.org. URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za/brochures/loyalty_reward_ct.pdf Twitter: www.twitter.co/tcisa Facebook: YouTube: Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, . . .
The 3rd Annual Southern Africa Payments Conference and Exhibition 2013 is set to be even more informative and thought-provoking than ever before. One of Trade Conferences Internationals most anticipated conferences will once again take place in Johannesburg on 18 and 19 September 2013 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park and will boast a speaker panel of highly regarded payment industry experts. With a multi-faceted revamped programme, speaker presentations will explore the change in many local and international payment trends as well as predict how these trends will impact the future of the payment industry. Trends such as; mobile payments, mobile wallets, payments security, Omni-commerce, consumer behaviour changes, relationship management, micropayments, prepaid cards and EMV Cards will be analysed. Sharlee Vickery, project manager at TCI, said, “With last year’s Payments Conference having set a high standard, this year’s event promises to not only meet but surpass the set standard. This is my second year working on this event and I have no doubt in my mind that I will once again bring payment professionals the great event that they are used to.” “I invite all professionals who deal with payments, cards & ATM's, mobile banking, on-line/ electronic banking, digital channels, credit, channel management, innovation, technology, transactional banking, retail banking, compliance and regulation, risk and fraud, product development and inclusive banking to join me at this event.” Apart from the obvious benefits, attending this event will also give you an excellent opportunity to network with other personnel from banks, financial institutions, telecommunication companies, and the IT, payment and mobile industries respectively. For more information on this conference and exhibition contact Sharlee, the project manager at TCI on + 27 11 803-1553 or email email@example.com By Sian Wirth, 27 May 2013 URL: http://www.tci-sa.co.za Twitter: . . .
The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, Grahamstown 2013 incorporates a variety of disciplines into its programme. Afro-Jazz 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 Mainstream, Blues/Funk/World Music, Modern Jazz, Youth and the Standard Bank Jazz and Blues Café. With a significant career in South African jazz that has spanned over 40 years, it would be difficult to find a more accomplished and versatile jazz musician than trombonist Jonas Gwangwa. He first gained popularity playing with South Africa’s iconic group, The Jazz Epistles and after exile in the US he began to gain recognition, performing in venues such as Carnegie Hall alongside the likes of Miriam Makeba, Hugh Masekela and Letta Mbulu. He composed the scores of films like Cry Freedom and appeared at the 60th Annual Academy Awards. Believing that "politics and culture cannot be separated," Gwangwa’s total commitment to the struggle to end apartheid is intrinsic to his music. He headlines the Afro-Jazz portion of the programme with Percy Mbonani (sax), Mzamo Bhengu (trumpet), Sabelo Mtshali (keyboard), Kenny Mathaba (guitar), Bongani Ncube (bass), Godfrey Mngcina (drums), Keitu Gwangwa (vocal), Thobekile Masinga (vocal), and Nicolette Shange (vocal). Gloria Bosman - a former Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner - is a household name in South Africa, acclaimed for her sonorous voice and authentic stage presence. After she was awarded a scholarship to study opera at Pretoria Technikon, she toured France with Jonas Gwangwa and subsequently sang for both presidents Nelson Mandela and Thabo Mbeki. Her debut album Tranquilitywon the SAMA “Best Newcomer” award and she has sung with the cream of South African musicians for over a decade. Bosman performs in Grahamstown supported by Ezra Erasmus (keyboards), Themba Peebles Mambane (piano), Sakhile Thembalethu Nkosi (bass) and Julius Bernice Boikano (drums). The . . .
Some of the country’s top mountain bikers will head a capacity field when the third edition of the RE:CM Knysna 200 stage race rolls out on June 7. The title sponsor’s Waylon Woolcock and Lourens Luus, who finished second at the recent Old Mutual joBerg2c, will be looking for a rematch with champion Brandon Stewart, who saddles up with solo category winner Kevin Evans under the FedGroup-Itec banner. Also in the mix at the three-day Garden Route race will be last year’s runner-up Timo Cooper, riding alongside Germany’s Nico Pfitzenmaier in the colours of Bridge. The women’s race will feature the likes of 10-time Absa Cape Epic finisher Hannele Steyn and eight-time national road champion Anriëtte Schoeman, who made her off-road debut at last week’s Nedbank sani2c. The event will also be sporting celebrity firepower in the form of TV doctor Michael Mol, ex-Springbok rugby player Victor Matfield and two Olympic athletes – pole-vaulter Okkert Brits and rower Matthew Brittain, who was sixth at joBerg2c. According to race director Patric Mosterd of Garden Route Events, the 200km route through tough terrain was ideally suited to riders with moderate to advanced technical abilities and fitness. “It’s definitely a challenge for the average rider who works for a living but is passionate about getting out into the mountains. “It’s also perfect for the racing snakes to race from beginning to end.” Mosterd said the race had grown by 40 percent from the previous year, forcing organisers to cap the field at 300 entries to ensure a premium experience for riders. “That means no queues, lots of personal attention and maximum rider enjoyment, which ensures a quality event for everyone, including our sponsors.” The 75km first stage, which includes 1 580m of ascent, starts at the Knysna Elephant Park and heads out towards Wittedrift before climbing up towards Protea Wilds Retreat. Mosterd said the leaders would probably have an opportunity to open a gap . . .
South Africa’s toughest one-day race, the BESTmed Jock Cycle Classique will take a detour onto a brand-new route for its 30th edition on July 20. The three-stage national classic, which is presented by ASG, traditionally takes place on a triangular route between Barberton, Kaapmuiden and Nelspruit in Mpumalanga. But this year it has been diverted for that most mundane of reasons – roadworks. “The route changes are due to roadworks on the N4 toll route in the area of Mara Valley and the Gorge,” says route director Egbert de Bruyn. “There are stop/go controls there and the route over Boulders is the alternative route, so the concessionaire (TRAC) would not give us permission to use that road at all.” De Bruyn says having to work around these obstructions has essentially resulted in a whole new race. “Everything changes – from start and stop-over points, to new waterpoints. And where Barberton used to be the main focal point of the race, we are not even going to pass through it this year. “The race will now centre on Nelspruit.” This means that the infamous Hilltop and Boulders climbs, which have been the undoing of many a roadie, are now conspicuous by their absence. But, says De Bruyn, the new course still offers riders a leg-numbing, heart-racing 151km challenge in the heart of winter. “As everybody knows, the Jock is the toughest one-dayer in the country and this new route has some fresh challenges of its own.” The 43km first stage starts from the Mbombela Stadium near Nelspruit at 6.30am and features 20km of hard pedalling on gradients of between two and six percent. “Then we have the extremely challenging Heidel Eggs climb. At two kilometres long, it’s shorter than Hilltop but more or less the same ascent.” The stage terminates along the White River Road with breakfast at the Rob Ferreira School. At 9am, the 45km second stage heads out in the direction of Sabie over the 7km Spitskop climb, which is the same length as . . .
Anthony Coutinho will be addressing health & safety challenges faced by the mining industry at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining on 16-17 September at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg 23 May 2013, Johannesburg: Mining companies recognise the inherent value of its human resource in the mining profession and have been stressing on the need for improved health and safety facilities for its employees. With the emergance of small-scale operations in South Africa, the workplace fatality rate of these mines is up to 90 times higher than that for mines in industrialised countries (report by ILO). In the quest to achieve zero harm, mining companies have been looking to foster a culture that will drive organisations towards safer practices at mines. The key for this lies in anticipating the problems faced by miners and responding to them to make sure that these accidents are prevented. Anthony Coutinho, Director - Mine Safety from the Department of Mineral Resources, South Africa says that the main challenge faced by the mining industry with respect to health and safety of its employees is the “battle that the employers have in balancing cost-effective production with eliminating the health and safety risks that face the industry.” In terms of the South African mining industry, Mr Coutinho believes that the country is on its way to putting in place the legislation in order to reduce health and safety risks to miners. To shed more light on this, Anthony Coutinho will be speaking at the 3rd Global Health and Safety Forum in Mining, taking place on 16-17 September 2013 at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Sandton Johannesburg, South Africa. He will also share his insights into the application of health and safety policies to the global mining industry. This forum will also feature presentations from Philip Stephenson, Newmont Mining, VP Health Safety Loss Prevention & Security, US; Brian Chicksen, AngloGold Ashanti, VP Safety, . . .
South African ingenuity rewarded Individuals or small and medium sized businesses who have developed or are pioneering some form of technology innovation that requires local and international networks, mentorship and funding to get to the next level, have until 30 September 2013 to pitch their ideas in a new innovation competition. A robust new commercialisation support programme announced on 22 May 2013 in Johannesburg, The Step-Up Technology Innovation Competition will fast-track the commercialization and business development of technology innovations. Sponsored by government’s Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and Sasol’s enterprise development vehicle, Sasol ChemCity, Step-Up seeks innovations in the health and biotechnology, chemicals, mining and manufacturing, information and communication technologies, food and agriculture, energy and green environment sectors. This multi-faceted collaborative programme aims to address the most relevant networking, business, financing and knowledge requirements of each participant who reaches the finalist stage. Entry is open to any South African over the age of 16, who can enter online on www.step-up.org.za. “Step-Up has pulled together the collective energy and resources of government, venture capitalists and incubators to steer early-stage initiatives up the value chain into sustainable production,” says Martin Feinstein, former CEO of Proudly South African and Enablis, who will be running the initiative, alongside the TIA and Sasol ChemCity. The TIA and Sasol ChemCity will evaluate entries for inclusion in their extensive range of financial and non-financial support programmes, whether it is an initial idea or an existing innovation business. This is additional to the prizes and other benefits associated with winning the competition. “Sasol ChemCity focuses its business development and support activities on SMEs, entrepreneurs and businesses that operate within the chemical, energy and related . . .
KENAKO MALL OPENS ITS DOORS And the consumers “like” it. [Cape Town] Judging by the success Kenako Mall enjoyed during the official opening towards the end of April, Pointbreak Investment Management and Kenako’s investors, Shoprite Group and Prima Retail Properties, are confident that this ground breaking development of R195 million will set the tone for future township mall development. The 19 000 m² mall is ideally placed in one of Port Elizabeth’s biggest townships, with a catchment area of more than 340 000 shoppers and an estimated retail potential of R1,2 billion. Besides the 4 000 m² Shoprite, other top brands as tenants include Truworths, Ackermans, Pep, Clicks, Mr Price, Tekkie Town, Capitec, Standard Bank, Hungry Lion, McDonalds, Jet, Edgars Active, Identity, Legit, Fashion IQ, etc. At the opening, Kenako Mall had 88% tenants, with 76% being Nationals and a keen interest in the remaining 12% of the Mall. The opening of Kenako Mall was met with much excitement. The parking lot, with just under a thousand bays available, was fully packed. Following the traditional ribbon cutting, hundreds of trolley-pushing, cheering people streamed into Kenako Mall, most notably into Shoprite. The positive comments and posts on the Kenako Mall Facebook Page, with nearly 7 500 “likes” already, is indicative that the timing and location for Kenako Mall was spot on, filling a need in the community. “The increase in expendable income in townships and rural areas has opened up a new market for national retailers,” says Pointbreak’s Pieter Laubscher. “Kenako Mall gives its target market access to South Africa’s leading retail and fashion brands. In terms of creating a pleasant shopping experience, we invested in a beautiful centre layout and quality finishes.” From an investment perspective, Kenako Mall is setting new standards and creating a good example when it comes to township and rural retail developments. Pointbreak’s John Hamman adds: “This is a long-term . . .