Come one, come all – to the grandest Casual Day of all. Join the party parade – like you’re ten feet tall! It’s never too early to start planning your Casual Day campaign. The date is Friday 6 September. Put this in your diaries and start putting together a big outfit. Because the theme for 2013 is Go Big. The organisers have announced a that this year they are pulling out all the stops to create a Casual Day that is bigger and better than ever, inviting all companies, government departments, schools and organisations, to join in the fun, because Casual Day puts the fun into fundraising. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities (NCPPDSA), a public benefit organisation mandated to improve education, accessibility and social inclusion for persons with disabilities. Last year Casual Day raised a record amount of R22.2 million. “This year we aim to make a big, if not massive, impact with our Go Big campaign - so whether you wear big hair, big glasses, a big tie, big shoes, or just go big on the number of stickers you wear, anything goes, as long as it’s big. Funds are raised R10 at a time and a tremendous effort goes in, throughout the year, to do fundraising in this way. Not only do the beneficiaries have the immediate benefit of the money they raise, but their donations also help other organisations for person with disabilities all over the country,” says Casual Day project leader Celeste Vinassa. Partner organisations and companies who bulk order their stickers, shirts, caps and marketing collateral should consult the Casual Day website www.casualday.co.za - to see what is in store for them this year. It is time to put in your orders by filling in the forms on the website and making sure the office has your form. Casual Day 2013 takes place in continued partnership with its main beneficiaries and 300 participating organisations dedicated to advancing the rights of and rendering services for . . .
With the revised codes of good practice scheduled to be gazetted in August or September 2013, businesses continue to be in limbo regarding some of the revisions in this important transformation legislation. The Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) has held a number of sessions after the close of the public commentary process to further understand and at the same time convince businesses and industries to comment and or accept DTI’s rationale on a number of points that are in dispute. DTI, in their own admission have confessed that the bulk of concerns and questions that have been asked at the various sessions around the country are of the same nature and require thorough consideration and review. Be that as it may, the codes are scheduled to be gazetted before the end of the 2013 calendar year, in what shape or format, that waits to be seen. The revised codes in their current format propose that Ownership, Skills Development and Enterprise and Supplier Development (ESD) be treated as priority elements, which carries a 40% minimum threshold. In other words, if a business does not score the minimum points in any of these three areas, they drop a level if they are a Qualifying Small Enterprise (QSE) and two levels if they are a business whose turnover is above R50 million. The impact of this revision brings challenges in the motor industry as follows: The Ownership element, which now carries 25 points is key to some of the businesses in the motor industry. A simple example is that if a business has 7% black ownership and is currently a level four, it will drop to a level six because they do not have at least 10% black ownership. In this example, depending on the shareholders’ appetite on ownership issues, this revision may discourage black participation in the business in the form of shareholding and thus stifle transformation. It may be the opposite though, in some instances. The current gazetted Codes of Good Practice allows businesses to claim . . .
South African artist Simon Max Bannister has been announced the 2013 David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s Wildlife Artist of the Year. He received the award on 3 June at a prize giving event at the Mall Galleries in London, for his pieceLong Journey from Londolozi - a large sculptural trio of giraffe. Bannister accepted this prestigious award of ?10 000 from wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE and special guest and DSWF supporter, David Gower. The prestigious competition, in its sixth year, honours exceptional wildlife art from around the world. The David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation is a UK-based charity funding key projects in Africa and Asia working to save critically endangered mammals in the wild. “The entries were quite magnificent this year and Simon is a very worthy winner,” said wildlife artist and conservationist, David Shepherd CBE who launched the art competition in 2008 to raise funds and awareness for endangered wildlife. “From the judges’ point of view the drama and technical excellence in all the work was quite breath-taking.” Simon Max Bannister, who is currently based at Londolozi Game Reserve as artist in residence, has been creating sculptural artworks for 3 years. After working with his degree in Graphic Design he started to experiment with expressing his creativity through alternative means, including earth, stone, leaf, water, light, shadow and even plastic. “It is ultimately the creative processes of nature that inspire his creative endeavors,” said Bannister. He has participated in events such as Site_Specific, AfrikaBurn, Infecting the City and the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. He has created multiple private commissions for wine estates, game reserves and educational facilities. While keeping a diversity in materials, his style is unique and his passionate creativity is in tune with the climate of the times. For more information on his work, visitwww.simonmaxbannister.com URL: . . .
Cape Town sensation Jimmy Nevis and friends will be performing in The Boardwalk’s Vodacom Amphitheatre this June for one night only. Jimmy, a Cape Town musician who is making his mark by “trying to get South Africa back into pop music” will be in Port Elizabeth to spread his message together with a few other musicians. Port Elizabeth fans will be given the chance to see the singer of “Elephant Shoes” and “Heartboxing” among other great songs live on stage in June. Jimmy, together with Rude World Records and David Gresham Records has released his debut album titled "Subliminal" which has been out in music stores nationwide as of the 1 November 2012. You get the message when you mouth the words “Elephant Shoes”. It looks as if you saying “I love you”. Try it and see for yourself. Recent big news from the rising singer is that he has joined chart-topping acts Steve Aoki, Deadmau5, Benny Benassi, Alyssa Reid and Kaskade with the signing of an exclusive deal with top American record label Ultra Records for the United States of America. Jimmy and other local artists will be performing at The Boardwalk’s Vodacom Amphitheatre for one night only on Friday, June 14 from seven thirty in the evening. Tickets are available from Computicket for R100.00 per person. URL: Twitter: Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/SiyathethaCommunications?ref=ts&fref=ts YouTube: Author: Christena Crause from Siyathetha Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
Free, practical workshops for teachers at the Learning Expo “African Education Week provides a platform to air problems and find solutions: such platforms are very important. We have to talk; we have to hear each other. This is the only way to decide on priorities, to agree on solutions, to find real pathways to real quality.” So says independent education specialist Graeme Bloch and moderator of this year’s African Education Week opening session on 20 June at the Sandton Convention Centre. The leader of Agang SA, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, is the keynote speaker. Graeme Bloch is a regular contributor to the event: “It is the discussions, the meeting of colleagues, the wide input of stakeholders and the practical orientation that keeps bringing me back to African Education Week.” Now in its seventh year, it remains the continent’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event. The conference programme addresses challenges in Basic as well as Further and Higher Education and the Technology Indaba focuses on the increasingly important roles of technology and e-learning in the classroom. Main challenge: to get our schools working Asked what made him smile and what made him worry regarding South African education, Bloch states: “The kids are what make me smile, their energy and optimism. They will fly if we let them. Education is not an employment bureau for adults.” He continues: “the main challenge is a big one: to get our schools working. We need better accountability from politicians and government; better teaching; fair and more resources to fight poverty. Jobs for our young people. It will not be easy or quick: we have to do it: parents, community and teachers working with government.” The event is increasingly becoming pan-African, with an international panel discussion part of this year’s programme: Discussion theme: “Developing more effective school and higher education . . .
Aspiring presenters are invited to audition to MC the Finals of the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank 2013 Scholarship Awards. After a series of countrywide auditions due to take place in July, the fifth annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships will culminate in a final performance, hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, on 30 September 2013. Six finalists will have the opportunity to showcase their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and an independent panel of judges as they compete to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000. Performed in the format of a variety show, the showcase of their talents needs to be brought together by a charismatic presenter into a seamless performance for the audience and judges to enjoy. “MCing the Performing Arts Scholarship Awards was the best thing that has happened to me!” says Bongani Nomcweya, host of the 2012 Scholarship Awards Finals. He went on to say “MCing the competition opened another door in the Nedbank house – as a result, I also MCed the Nedbank Community Builder's Awards Ceremony and it was also a great success - I was told I did an ‘Outstanding Job’!” His advice to those auditioning: “They must remember to be their best and to 'ar-ticu-late' - one of the things I kept on forgetting to do - and to the one who is going to get it, they must work to keeping the audience’s stomachs painful throughout, but most of all they should have FUN!” Auditions for the person to fulfill this role of ‘dynamic host’ will take place around the country on the same dates as the auditions for the Scholarships themselves. There is no registration fee, and interested candidates can apply in writing, to Rahiem at firstname.lastname@example.org. Auditions will take place: 22 June: Durban, Hosted by the Stable Theatre 24 and 25 June: Cape Town, hosted by the Theatre Arts Admin Collective 27 June: Port Elizabeth, hosted by the PE Opera House 8 and 9 . . .
Fresh from the national marathon championships this past weekend, the cream of South Africa's mountain bikers will line up for the third edition of the RE:CM Knysna 200 stage race, which starts on the Garden Route on Friday. Among the 300-strong field will be top 10 championship finishers Lourens Luus and Waylon Woolcock, riding in the colours of the title sponsor, as well as Kevin Evans and Brandon Stewart of FedGroup-Itec. Luus will make his debut in the three-day event alongside last year's solo category winner Waylon Woolcock. "It will be my first stage race in that area, so I'm looking forward to some great riding," said Luus, who hails from Hazyview in the Lowveld. "Apparently it's a real mountain biker's route with something for everyone. Climbing, technical and scenic sections are what the route designers have in store for us." The Stellenbosch-based rider said his team-mate's knowledge of the 200km route would certainly work to their advantage. "Knowing a route is vital to winning a stage event like this one. Knowing on which sections to go hard, where to pace yourself and what lies ahead before starting is crucial for mental preparation. "Also knowing when technical sections are approaching helps with positioning yourself in the bunch." The racing upfront is expected to include the Bridge pairing of Timo Cooper and Nico Pfitzenmaier, as well as Olympic gold medallist Matthew Brittain and another former SA rower Rob Dormehl. Brittain impressed when he placed fourth, a mere three seconds behind winner Nico Bell, in the opening event of the Nissan TrailSeeker series just over a week ago. Luus said the daily stages, at an average distance of 67km, were shorter than many other events on the calendar but that the racing would by no means be easier. "I think, at this point in the season, it's better as we will be ending a big racing block in Knysna and are a bit fatigued. Also, the shorter, punchier stages will make it a bit more . . .
The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) and UJ Arts & Culture invite submissions from Arts, Culture and Heritage practitioners and organisations, for inclusion in the second annual publication of the SA Arts & Culture Listing. Published annually in conjunction with the ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference, this directory for the professional arts and culture community contains contact details and information on arts, culture and heritage organisations, facilities and related companies or institutions across South Africa, as an essential reference for all arts and culture professionals and stakeholders. The updated SA Arts & Culture Listing will be made available in print as dedicated sections of the Conference programme and also online as a downloadable PDF on the ACT website. Arts industry stakeholders that are engaged in Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Music, Dance, Film and Photography, Heritage, Arts Training, Community Art, Literature and South African arts and culture Festivals and agencies that engage in sponsorship of arts, culture and heritage are strongly encouraged to submit their details for inclusion in the directory. The closing date for submissions is 28 June 2013. Interested parties should follow this link to submit their details, to be a part of this valuable industry initiative: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/viewform?fromEmail=true&formkey=dFJ0TXdCU2R3UGhOajRxZS1jRncxQnc6MQ or http://tinyurl.com/kkovybl Organisations that are already listed need not resubmit their details, but updates can be emailed to email@example.com. This year's conference is set to take place from 6 – 8 August at the UJ Arts Centre at the University of Johannesburg. It 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 . . .
The Minister of Trade and Industries, Dr Rob Davies, has called for public comments on the Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill by 25 June 2013. “The Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill primarily aims at ensuring the more effective functioning of the National Lotteries Board and the application and distribution and adjudication of grants (through the establishment of a specified distributing agency) under the Lotteries Act,” explains Leana Engelbrecht, Associate in the Competition and Regulatory Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Engelbrecht explains that, in particular, “the Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill aims to delineate which persons are entitled to act as members of the National Lotteries Board by, for example, listing those persons that are disqualified to act as members of the National Lotteries Board and allowing the Minister to terminate the membership of a member of the National Lotteries Board should such a member fail to attend two meetings of the National Lotteries Board consecutively, without prior notification and approval of such absence. The functions of the National Lotteries Board are also greatly expanded upon by broadening the National Lotteries Boards' functions in respect of the application, research, consideration, granting and appeal of grants. “Interestingly (particularly in the context of the current licence holder's five year licence expiring in 2014), the Draft Lotteries Amendment Bill allows for the Minister to appoint and authorise an Organ of State to conduct the National Lottery for a period of not exceeding eight years provided that there are justifiable grounds not to issue a licence as conventionally allowed for,” Engelbrecht adds. Ends URL: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Twitter: @DLACDH Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DLACDH YouTube: Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None To gain access to None image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 . . .
Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr acted for the Sasol Pension Fund in drafting several agreements relating to the development of the new Sasol office building, currently under development in Sandton. Attie Pretorius, Director and National Practice Head, Lucia Erasmus, Director and Andrew Seaber, Senior Associate, Real Estate practice, were part of the legal team that advised on this deal, considered to be one of the biggest property deals to be concluded in Sandton to-date. The building is expected to be the largest, new single-tenanted office building to be developed in South Africa in recent years. It was designed by Paragon Architects, is ten storeys high and aims to achieve a five star green environmental rating. The Sasol Pension Fund and developer Alchemy Properties are jointly developing the office building in Katherine Street in Sandton. “We were delighted to have been part of the team working on drafting the agreements for this new office development in our city, which is set to change the Sandton skyline forever and hopefully spur the development of a new business node that will encourage pedestrian safety and green living,” adds Pretorius. ends URL: http://www.cliffedekkerhofmeyr.com Twitter: @DLACDH Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DLACDH YouTube: Author: Angela Graham from Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .