Set to take place in a few days, the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference entitled Creatives Make It Happen, promises an engaging and stimulating programme. The line-up, which boasts a new format and exciting content, will have delegates engage with topics around creating and accessing opportunities presented in their industries, and how creatives can impact society by playing an economically important role. This year’s conference, which offers a different experience from previous years, has established itself as one where innovative and forward-thinking individuals will gather to share ideas that will help stimulate both business and creative sectors. In line with what the conference stands for, presenters opening the third conference are just some of the very people who have made a mark by pushing the boundaries in their industries. The opening cluster, entitled ‘Imagine it’ - taking place at the University of Johannesburg’s Faculty of Art, Design and Architecture (FADA) on Bunting Road Campus - will be emceed by international comedy sensation Tats Nkonzo, who will set the scene and ensure participants are well-prepared for the sessions to follow in the cluster-based conference programme. Nkonzo, who recently won the 2014 Montreux International Comedy Contest in Switzerland, is known for his work on stage and television on shows such as SA’s Got Talent and Late Night News with Loyiso Gola. He recently signed a deal with comedy promoters Mick Perrin Worldwide - responsible for South Africa’s very own Trevor Noah, Eddie Izzard, Dylan Moran, Ross Noble and Reginald D Hunter. An address by visionary Dion Chang of Flux Trends will consider The Creative Economy 2.0, encouraging those present to ‘stop thinking out of the box and start rethinking the packaging’! Sharing his experiences in the industry as a leading creative thinker, his presentation will look at how a global and local state of disorder may be seen as an opportunity by repositioning . . .
Liberty Promenade in AZ Berman Drive in Mitchells Plain is offering shoppers a chance to win one of three R10 000 cash bonuses. To enter, spend R350 or more at any Liberty Promenade store between now and April 28. Entry forms and more information are available from the Info Desk in the centre or call 021 377 4000. Author: yothando dlamini from HIPPO Communications. Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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A business without a working budget is like a car without a fuel gauge – it will drive for a while, but will run out of fuel when the driver least expects it. In light of the recently announced 2015 Budget Speech, Gerrie van Biljon, executive director at Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS), provides small and medium enterprises (SMEs) with six essential tips for sound business budgeting. Be realistic: The basis of every budget is an estimate of the income of the business. The more accurate the revenue estimate, the more sturdy and useful the budget is for the business owner. Van Biljon says however that the income estimate is often the portion of the budget that business owners get wrong. “As most entrepreneurs are optimistic by nature, they tend to overestimate projected sales. A budget with overstated income can be just as bad as having no budget at all, as it gives the business owner a false sense of security that budgeted expenses will be covered.” There are a few ways in which entrepreneurs can produce realistic revenue estimates, one of which is to base future sales on historical sales data. “Any deviation from past sales must be based on realistic factors. When the economy falls into a slump, for example, it is dangerous to estimate that your sales will increase in the coming year,” says nan Biljon. He recommends that business owners have two budgets – one for when things go well, and another for when the things turn bad, which should include a ‘break-even’ scenario and reflect the minimum sales required to meet overheads and keep the business going. Keep it simple: Business owners don't need a fancy app or expert set of skills to draw up a budget. Van Biljon says that budgeting is a basic exercise that every business owner can do on a simple spreadsheet with three columns – budget, actual and variance. “If you know your way around your accounting software and it allows you to draw up a budget, use it. But a simple spreadsheet is more . . .
Currently in South Africa there are four main ways in which a property can be purchased, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who adds that deciding in which legal entity to purchase the property is not a decision that should be entered into lightly, as each has its pros and cons. Goslett notes that the law in South Africa recognises various types of ‘persons’, regarded as either natural persons or juristic persons. “A natural person is a person who acts and conducts business in their own name, while a juristic person is a legal entity, such as a company, trust or close corporation,” explains Goslett. Buying as a natural person This is the most common means of purchasing a property and refers to buying a home in your own name as an individual, without representing any other legal entity. When purchasing a property as a natural person, transfer duty will be paid according to a sliding scale depending on the purchase price of the home. Martin Potgieter, Attorney Notary and Conveyancer, says that under the current legislation, homes priced from R0 to R750 000 are exempt of transfer fees, while properties priced between R750 001 and R1.25 million pay 3% on the value above R750 000. Homes priced between R1 250 001 and R1 750 000 will pay R15 000 plus 6% of the value exceeding R1.25 million, properties priced from R1 750 001 to R2 250 000 will pay R45 000 plus 8% of the value exceeding R1 750 000, and homes priced R2 250 001 and above will pay R85 000 plus 11% of the value exceeding R2 250 000. Goslett notes that when it comes to Capital Gains Tax (CGT), provided the property is the owners primary residence, they will be exempt of paying any CGT on the first R2million of any profit made on the sale of the property. Also, where the primary residence is sold for R2m or less, the full capital gain will be disregarded. In terms of the Act, a primary residence is defined as a property which is owned by a natural person. The . . .
Award winning band Mi Casa to play at Ubuntu festival The fourth Ubuntu festival will be held at Maynardville Park on Human Rights Day. Saturday 21 March will see Mi Casa as the headline act supported by other local acts and youth dancers. Food will be sold at the fun filled day for the whole family Author: Charlene Key from HIPPO Communications. Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. Photo: Photo: Photo: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The popular Paarl Wine Route is gearing up for the annual OmmiBerg Round the Rock festival this weekend. On Saturday, 7 March participating members will be hosting a jam-packed programme featuring young wine tastings, harvest activities, special entertainment for kids, wine promotions and great entertainment. The line-up of great performers at the different farms include Newton & Co and Andriette Norman at Boland Cellar, Idols contestant Lize Mynhardt at KWV, Slow Jack at Laborie, Mario Arnolds on saxophone at Landskroon, 5th Avenue and Mark Haze at Nederburg Wines, Hilandi du Toit and Friends at Olsen Private Vineyards, Nic Stephens and Viljoen Retief at Perdeberg Cellar, Tequila & Asweeta at Rhebokskloof, Die Broers and Chris Else as well as DJ Chopper at Windmeul Cellar. Harvest season is a special time in this award-winning wine region and each farm will also host special harvest activities to give visitors a glimpse into the magic of winemaking. Wine lovers can taste the young, unfiltered wines from the 2015 harvest, while fun activities will entertain the whole family. Grape Games, tractor and trailer rides through the vines, grape stomping, guided cellar tours and barrel tastings, blending competitions, cork spitting, wine barrel golf challenge, boules, jenga or croquet as well as vineyard horse rides, trail runs and mountain bike and quad bike trails are the core ingredients for a fun-filled day. To ensure that the whole family can participate in this fabulous outing, each farm has organised specific child-friendly activities. Kids can take their pick from petting zoos, junior cheese master classes, traditional kids’ games, jumping castles, water slides, pony rides, gaming stations for teens and creative corners for the arty ones. Tickets are available at www.webtickets.co.za @ R100.00 for over 18’s. Tickets will be available on the day at the gates of participating wineries @ R120.00 per person. Kids under 18 accompanied by an adult . . .
‘Learn It powered by Business and Arts South Africa,’ cluster four of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference is geared towards the business-minded and inspired creative. Business and Arts South Africa (BASA NPC) has come on board for the third consecutive year as a partner of the 2015 ACT | UJ Arts & Culture Conference. This year’s support has been extended to a partnership in the ‘Learn It’ cluster, dedicated to connections between brands, business and the arts; and considering shared values and opportunities. Curated in conjunction with BASA, this cluster will look at creative collaborations through partnerships, future markets, how to pitch perfectly and working with creatives, for non-creatives. Each discussion will consider practical examples and experiences, to help offer new perspectives, in the hopes of bridging the gaps between investors, enablers, creatives, and their markets. “Given the current economic challenges and climate both internationally and locally, Business and Arts South Africa continues to look for real engagement between the private and arts sectors. We have supported this cluster because we really believe that there are great opportunities of shared value, demonstrating the power and importance of the arts in society as a whole. There are so many lessons we can learn from the arts, and we hope the session can provide real opportunities of engagement, and ultimately enthusiasm,” says BASA CEO Michelle Constant. During this cluster, the ‘Creative Collaborations’ session will touch on the specifics of negotiation in the partnerships between corporates and creatives, while ‘Future Markets’ looks to empower creative practitioners to explore innovative ways of understanding their markets and making agile choices regarding their audience or buyer’s engagement with their creative product or service. ‘Pitch Perfect’ offers a practical session on how to pitch business ideas. The session on ‘Working with creatives, for . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 2 March, 2015 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has teamed up with celebrity Chef Reuben Riffel in a campaign that celebrates the rich heritage of food. Winners of the For the Love of Food competition will see their beloved family recipes prepared by Riffel on SABC3’s Expresso and shared online, as well as receive their share of R300 000 worth of Samsung products. Michelle Potgieter, Director of Corporate Marketing and Communications at Samsung South Africa, says, “The campaign will honour South Africans’ zest for good food, great stories and tradition. The most unforgettable meals are cooked with passion and we are inviting consumers to share the history behind their recipes with a chance to win fantastic prizes. Special recipes can truly evoke memories for everyone - for me, my mother’s chocolate cake recipe still has this power and many South Africans have similar stories to share, whether it is that special Bobotie, Chocolate Mousse, Snoek Paté or Tripe.” As part of this competition, Samsung is calling on South Africans to prepare and showcase their favourite dish. The most delicious recipes will be featured on www.theloveoffood.co.za for consumers to download and try out. The site will be updated regularly with fresh content such as recipes, videos and photographs, alongside advice on how to use Samsung’s products. Celebrity Chef Reuben Riffel will also be sharing his tips and tricks on how to get the most out of Samsung’s array of kitchen solutions. “South Africans love to craft incredible, wholesome dishes that are original and memorable, whilst tapping into their heritage. This campaign will enable them to showcase these to an even wider audience and we are looking forward to collecting the real stories behind these truly South African dishes,” says Potgieter. For more information, or to enter a recipe into one of the six different cooking categories, please visit www.theloveoffood.co.za. Entries are open and will . . .
‘A Spartacus of Africa’, the re-choreographed ballet featuring the music of Khachaturian and accompanied by a full orchestra, opens at the Joburg Theatre on 4 June and at Artscape’s Opera House in Cape Town on 27 June. Ballet and dance enthusiasts in Gauteng and Cape Town will be delighted to watch a cast of 100 dancers whilst they listen to a 70-strong orchestra performing an exciting new version of Spartacus, last produced in South Africa in the 1980’s. Leading South African choreographer Veronica Paeper’s dream, of once more staging this magnificent production for local audiences, is at last coming true thanks to the South African National Dance Trust, a non-profit organisation founded in 2009 to promote the art form of dance through performance, education and the creation of job opportunities. Spartacus, the tale of a Thracian gladiator who led a major slave uprising against the Roman Empire in 73BC, mirrors the oppression that various African countries have fought to overcome, and presents an excellent opportunity for a large cast of classical ballet and contemporary dancers to give the story 21st century relevance. The cast of 35 professional dancers, excluding international guest artists, and complemented by 60 senior student dancers was selected after nationwide auditions. Veronica keeps all her solo and pas de deux choreography as classical ballet, whilst her assistant, David Krugel, introduces an internationally flavoured contemporary dance to the corps de ballet. There are three sets of principals in the cast – Spartacus will be danced by Washington Ballet’s Brooklyn Mack, South African Casey Swales, and Andile Ndlovu originally from South Africa and who has been with the Washington Ballet for the past four years. Lara Turk, a South African soloist with the Royal Ballet in London, Elzanne Crause and Johannesburg-based Kristen Wilson appear in the principal female roles. Ensuring the involvement of local communities, SANDT regularly . . .