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 . . .
The 9th TOPS at SPAR SOWETO WINE AND LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL, in association with Food Network and the Travel Channel, was a sight for sore eyes as 8813 people from Johannesburg, Durban, Cape Town and even a few from different countries, sipped and danced their way through the festival weekend. Marilyn Cooper, co-founder of the festival, Cape Wine Master and outgoing CEO of the Cape Wine Academy, said “The core objective behind the TOPS at SPAR SOWETO WINE AND LIFESTYLE FESTIVAL, which remains true today, is to create a platform on which to develop an emerging market of educated and confident wine consumers, and to provide a worthy platform for lifestyle brands to showcase their products and add value to our end consumer experience. This year was our finest festival to date and Mnieklo and I would like to thank everyone who had a hand in making this such a successful and beautiful festival filled with warm-hearted, wine-loving people!” Jo’burg Tourism, Durban Tourism, Nederburg, Fatti’s & Monis, J.C. Le Roux and Massmart were amongst the big brands launching products and campaigns at the Festival , which also included wines, food, an art exhibition, live bands, DJ’s and a smattering of celebrities at what has become Jozi’s must-attend event of the year. Despite the sell-out success of the festival from a lifestyle brand and visitor point-of-view, Dave Noble, Gauteng Area Manager of headline sponsor, TOPS at SPAR, believes that some of South Africa’s top wine labels are missing big opportunities by not participating in the festival. “If we look at the trend of growth of this festival in the long run, and the increase in consumption in South Africa since the launch of this festival, it is the right thing to do and the right place to be. It was a great success and it was good to see a variety of wines on offer. Going forwards, TOPS at SPAR will work with the organisers and the industry to encourage more of the right wineries to exhibit at this important show. . . .
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has been selected to host the three-day opening leg of the inaugural Varsity Netball series, which starts in Port Elizabeth on September 21. The action-packed series, which draws its inspiration from the popular Varsity Cup rugby, will see eight tertiary institutions competing in a fast-paced, made-for-television format. NMMU journalism student Dumisane Chauke will captain the SPAR-Madibaz side as they take on the University of Johannesburg, University of Cape Town and Stellenbosch University in the initial round-robin competition. Chauke, who was named goal shooter of the tournament at the South African senior championships last month, will lead a strong attack alongside former Protea centre Mampho Tsotetsi. The home team will also present a solid defence, spearheaded by masters student and goalkeeper Zanele Vimbela. Vimbela was part of the national squad that took silver in the World University Netball Championships in Cape Town last year. According to SPAR-Madibaz netball manager Theresa le Roux, spectators could look forward to high quality netball, as the universities' senior national players would be available for most of the six-week series. She said the home team expected strong competition from the likes of UJ and Maties on the opening weekend. Le Roux said one of the highlights would be the introduction of the two-minute power play. "Each team gets a chance to call a random power play and any goals scored during that time will count two points instead of one." Aside from some exciting netball, she said audiences could also look forward to a festive atmosphere, with lots of crowd participation and sponsored giveaways during the breaks. Le Roux said the action would take place at the Missionvale campus on the Saturday and Sunday, with matches starting at 2pm and 3.30pm. The teams then move to the university's South Campus for the live TV broadcast on the Monday night, where UJ will take . . .
Sttriking workers who sabotage employer property during strike action should face dismissal. This is according to Johan Botes, Director in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Botes says that employers should ensure that they collect as much evidence of such misconduct when striking workers act unlawfully in pursuit of their demands. Where strikers are dismissed as result of having sabotaged their employer's business or operations, they can expect scant sympathy from the Commission for Conciliation, mediation and Arbitration ( CCMA) or the Labour Court. “Recent strikes have been pock-marked with violence and sabotage (or threats thereof). In 2010, railway workers reportedly removed screws from railway sleepers that resulted in the derailment of a diesel tender. News reports contribute power outages experienced by Johannesburg residents last week to disgruntled striking workers sabotaging sub-stations or other facilities. The employer responded strongly by stating that it will take action against employees caught in such misconduct,” Botes notes. “While the level of frustration amongst trade union members is palpable, sabotaging the employer's business is akin to a crewmember blasting a hole in the hull of the Titanic because he dislike the crew meals served. The employee will probably get his fingers burned, the meals are unlikely to improve, with the employer's attitude hardening as it sees its prize possessions or business going under,” he explains. Botes says that employees should not labour under any misapprehension that acts of sabotage attract any protection under the guise of protected industrial action. Protected strike action includes employees downing tools, refusing to work overtime or otherwise work to rule (provided the requirements of the Labour Relations Act, No 66 of 1995 are met). “However,” he says, “the LRA is unequivocal in its stance on unlawful conduct during strikes. Whilst employees may generally not be dismissed . . .
Adcorp’s latest Employment Index shows a staggering increase of 466% (four hundred and sixty six percent) in the number of sick days taken between 2000 and 2013. In 2000, 0.7-million days sick leave were taken by employees. This rose to 3.96-million in 2013 - despite employment remaining almost stagnant during that period. According to Johan Botes, Director: Employment Law at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr, "This reported rise in sick leave usage by employees is extremely alarming. “It is staggering to note that 25% of employees use the entire statutory allocation for sick leave (36 days per 3-year cycle for 6-day workers). This seems to confirm anecdotal evidence of some employees viewing sick leave days as a right, or an additional source of leave to supplement their annual leave,” he says. Botes says employers seeking to manage this alarming contributor to wasted productivity should consider steps to manage delinquent behaviour related to sick leave usage. He says steps could include employers notifying all employees that they must report their absence due to ill health or injury immediately, at reporting time or as soon as possible thereafter. There are still employers who are content with employees staying away for days from work provided the employee eventually submits a medical certificate covering the days of absence. The medical certificate should not be treated by the employer or employee as a magical document that miraculously explains away days of otherwise unreported absence. The rule should be that the employee must immediately notify the employer of the envisaged absence due to ill health or injury. This should then be followed up with a medical certificate, where required and appropriate. “Employers should also scrutinise medical certificates submitted. Where the employer suspects foul play, the employer is entitled to contact the health practitioner to enquire whether the practitioner did indeed issue the certificate and whether the . . .
Fans of South African rockers The Parlotones will get an exclusive preview of their new album when they tune in to DStv's SuperSport 8 channel on Monday evening. Selected tracks from the band's fifth studio album, Stand Like Giants, will form the soundtrack to the half-hour Old Mutual joBerg2c highlights package. This is the second time that The Parlotones have collaborated with the nine-day mountain bike race, after their single "Brave and Wild" was used as the official theme song last year. According to race organiser Craig Wapnick, the band's previous album Journey Through the Shadows had really resonated with participants on the 910km journey from Johannesburg to Scottburgh. "The theme song, for example, perfectly captured the riders' experience on some spectacular sections of single track in the middle of nowhere. "This year, we have chosen the track 'Powerful' from their new album." Wapnick said working with a well-known local act like The Parlotones highlighted the feel-good factor and South African soul of the event. "The focus of the show is the many 'sections of happiness' or single track trails across our great country. We've put together some great music and inspiring footage that just makes you want to ride." CEO of Sovereign Entertainment and band manager Raphael Domalik said the innovative campaign was well timed ahead of the album's release on September 28. "The Parlotones' music is always uplifting and cinematic, which makes it easy to place the music to the visuals." Domalik said the new album, which was generally about standing united and overcoming obstacles together, promised to be one of the Los Angeles-based band's definitive works. "Stand Like Giants is going to live up to its name and remind people why they fell in love with The Parlotones in the first place." The first single, "Sleepwalker", featuring SA hip-hop artist Khuli Chana, is already receiving extensive airplay. The Old Mutual joBerg2c show, . . .