In commemoration of Youth Day, non-profit organisation Durban Green Corridor hosted a trail run at the Enanda Adventure Park on 16 June for youth in the surrounding area. The event was a huge success, with over 200 enthusiastic runners taking on the 5km and 10km long distance running challenges as their way of bringing attention to the importance of fitness for maintaining good physical and mental health in young people. Cash prizes were awarded to the top three runners in each age race category, and medals to the first 100 to cross the finish line. Amidst the day’s other fun activities, Afro’s Chicken Shop ensured that energy levels remained high by providing all in attendance with lunch. Mobile payment and lifestyle app, Zapper and PWC South Africa, who helped to sponsor the event, were present on the day to encourage the runners. “Races like these play a significant role in building a child’s self-confidence. The personal triumph that each runner feels after they have crossed the finish line motivates them to believe that they can overcome any life challenge if they put their mind to it, said Jessica Fowlds, Marketing Manager for Zapper. “We are very happy with the days turnout and look forward to another exciting event next year." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Despite losing several senior players, the NMMU-Madibaz men's hockey team will be striving to repeat last year's effort at the University Sport South Africa tournament in Johannesburg next week. Hockey manager Cheslyn Gie said they were eager to emulate their 2016 achievement of third when they compete at the University of Johannesburg and Wits from June 28 to July 2. Although not looking too far ahead, he said they would target a position in the semifinals. "We know it will be a tough week and the favourites will be Maties, who are the defending champions," he said. "Then Tuks and UJ will be up there as they have recruited top players, while Wits will also be looking to do well after investing heavily in their playing resources. "We have lost some senior players through injuries and some have graduated, but will definitely be aiming for a spot in the top four." Gie added that the Hockey World League tournament, which followed the USSA week, could have an impact in the team's fortunes. "Players selected for the national squad will not be allowed to play at the USSA tournament and this could make things very interesting." He said they had just undergone a two-week training camp in preparation of the USSA week, which underlined the important role it played in their plans. "It gives us an excellent chance to compare ourselves to our peers and it is also the qualifier for the Varsity Hockey competition in 2018." Besides the training camp, he said they had lined up several friendly games to complete their preparations. Gie said strikers Ignatius Malgraff and Cerezo Comerasamy, links Chad Cairncross and Kirwin Christoffels and goalkeeper Muzimmal Sheik would have major roles to play. Madibaz coach Michael van Rensburg said he wanted the women's team to show some improvement on their seventh place of last year, with the top six their initial goal. After competing in the Varsity Hockey competition this year, he said they had been . . .
On 2 June 2017, The South African Independent Regulatory Board for Auditors (IRBA) issued a Rule prescribing that auditors of public interest entities (PIEs) must comply with Mandatory Audit Firm Rotation (MAFR) with effect from 1 April 2023. The New Rule stipulates that auditors can now only serve for a maximum of 10 years, after which they have to rotate off the client for a cooling off period of 5 years, before being eligible to be appointed as the auditor of the client again. Needless to say, this has caused quite a furore in the accounting community especially with the Big 4 firms as they have serviced some clients for uninterrupted periods, in some instances exceeding a 100 years. The MAFR stands to disrupt these long-standing relationships. Before we introspect the merits of MAFR in the South African context, it is important to get some background on the origins of MAFR. The global financial crisis brought to the fore questions surrounding the scope and quality of external audit, market concentration and auditor independence. The crisis reopened concerns about auditor tenure and its consequences for auditor independence and audit quality. More specifically, regulators expressed concerns that the desire to retain clients and the familiarity created between auditors and management might over time impair auditor independence, which in turn could adversely affect audit quality. This resulted in a global debate on how best to address the issue. After a series of deliberations, discussions and inputs from industry and the accounting fraternity, there was no clear consensus on the way forward. The two most notable regulators in the world, namely the European Commission and the regulator in the United States, embarked on very different paths in their quest to achieve auditor independence. The EU, after having implemented partner rotation in 2006, decided in 2014 to adopt MAFR at 10 to 24 year intervals, depending on certain criteria. The US implemented . . .
Cape Town, 23 June 2017: As a niche sector in the Western Cape, film and photographic production services have come to play a significant role in economic growth in the region. Both local government and the private sector have identified this industry as one with significant potential. Cape Town is certainly an attractive location for producers of movies, for advertising agencies looking for a range of backdrops, for the modelling industry, and for the various support services that work behind the scenes to craft the end-product. Coupled with the region’s natural beauty, the range of architectural styles (both historic and modern), low production costs when compared with countries with stronger currencies, and its fair climate, the city ticks all the boxes for what the international industry needs. The efforts that have been put in are reaping rewards. “The industry generates millions of Rands in revenue,” says Danny Bryer, the Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management for Protea Hotels by Marriott®, “and it has created thousands of permanent jobs, as well as many part-time jobs. Of great importance, too, is the positive spill-over for many other sectors, such as the accommodation and food sectors, transport, vehicle and equipment hire, among others.” In terms of the accommodation sector, one hotel that has created significant alliances with players in the wider production industry is the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel, situated on the borders of the CBD. Bryer is enthusiastic about the benefits of these partnerships, commenting that, “We have just reached a substantial milestone: the provision of 10 000 hotel nights for a local production company, Cape Town Productions.” Bryer explains that, over the years, the African Pride 15 on Orange Hotel has tailored its offering to meet the specific needs of this industry. With many people being brought to the city from all over the world for film, television and photographic shoots, this hotel . . .
The University of Johannesburg will have a strong mix of experience and youth as they aim for their sixth title in a row in the University Sport South Africa squash tournament next month. Under the guidance of coach Mike Bester, UJ have shown remarkable consistency in dominating varsity squash and they will again be focused on maintaining their high standards from July 2 to 8. Helping them will be the fact that the tournament will be played on their home courts at the Auckland Park campus, while Johannesburg Country Club will also be used as a venue. UJ squash manager Reedwaan Asvat said although they had lost players from last year, they would still be able to field a strong team. "We have been able to retain some of our senior players and have also recruited a few really good junior ones," said Asvat, who also pinpointed the role played by experienced coach Mike Bester as important. "We have some new faces this year and I believe we have the players who will do UJ proud." Newcomers such as Jenny Preece, he said, would complement the experience of leading players such as Alexa Pienaar, Kacey-Leigh Dodd, Kyle Maree and Blessing Muhwati." Maree, Pienaar and Dodd will help to maintain continuity from last year after they underlined their ability in the individual competition where Maree was crowned champion, Pienaar finished runner-up and Dodd placed fourth. Asvat said the squad were confident that they would again give a good account of themselves. "It is important for us to continue to show that we are competitive against the other institutions. "Unlike some other codes who are involved in the Varsity Sports concept, the Ussa tournament is the major goal for our squash players. This is their chance to make a big impact." He added that the players had been working hard from the start of the year to prepare themselves. "Under the guidance of the coach, the players are always pushing themselves and striving to improve with every . . .
The National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will be held in Port Elizabeth in July, with performances at the National Arts Festival, Kingswood College, and the Savoy Theatre. Hundreds of young musicians audition for a coveted place in the South African National Youth Orchestra and a select few are chosen to form the green and gold national team each year. Members include players from communities all over the country, and are chosen on merit through two auditions. The National Youth Orchestra’s legacy spans over half a century, and is far reaching with representation of alumni in top professional orchestras in South Africa and across the globe. The National Youth Orchestra Winter Course will take place from 30 June - 9 July in Port Elizabeth. This year they will be performing an array of Fantasia-inspired music from Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite to Dukas’ The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, and will be conducted by National Youth Orchestra alumnus, Prof. David Scarr. The course is made possible through funding by the National Arts Festival, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Music Department, National Lotteries Commission and the SAMRO Foundation. Performances are on 7 July at 13:00 at the Fountain Foyer at the National Arts Festival (free entrance); 8 July at 12:30 at Nombulelo Hall, Grahamstown (free entrance); 8 July at 18:30 at Kingswood College (donation at the door); and a Sunday Funday Concert on 9 July at 15:00 at the Savoy Theatre in Port Elizabeth (tickets available through Computicket). The National Youth Orchestra would love every driven, talented and deserving musician to be able to attend the orchestra course. As almost 60% of the participants need financial assistance, they are appealing to companies and individuals to contribute towards the bursary fund. Benefits of a sponsorship include knowing that you are contributing to the national development of our country, and a variety of branding opportunities. For more information . . .
Ronnie Recycler (Mpact Recycling celebrity mascot) says that by recycling our milk and juice cartons, we prevent them from becoming waste and give them a new life. This is a big deal because by doing so we also get to protect our natural resources, and reduce the dangers of litter on our environment, as well as health problems linked to air and land pollution. What exactly is ‘waste’? Waste is anything that we throw away or get rid of, and it doesn’t get re-used. That waste can lie around as litter on the ground, or it eventually gets collected and dumped in what is called a ‘landfill’, where it could remain forever. Companies like Mpact Recycling collect and separate that waste material, so that it can then be sent to the appropriate Mpact mill where it is made into new reels of paper and eventually new packaging products. That is a lot better than letting it remain as litter. How can you help? If your school runs a recycling programme, look out for our green Ronnie bank and deposit as much as possible of your recyclables - including paper packaging, and your milk and juice cartons. Just make sure the carton is empty of all its contents and flattened before you dispose it for recycling. When these banks are filled up, Mpact Recycling collects the recyclables and often you can even get to meet Ronnie Recycler himself on one of his many school visits around the country, where he encourages recycling among the youth. Get your school signed up onto the Ronnie Recycler programme – if they are not recycling already. This way you can play your part in saving the environment, by disposing of these, and all other recyclable paper products, in your nearest Ronnie bank at a church or community centre plus they will raise much needed funds through your donation. Alternatively, you can participate through Mpact Recycling’s kerbside collection service which is provided at no cost to households and has been running for over twenty years. Instead of . . .
Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, South Africa, 22 June 2017: Mpho Nemukula realized from a very young age that she wanted to be a farmer. Entering the male-dominated agricultural industry was no easy feat, but her love of and passion for farming has contributed to her success as a poultry farm manager. Nemukula, 34, who works as an Area Manager for Sovereign Foods (JSE: Sov Food), in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, said that despite the many challenges facing the youth of today, from being victims of crime, unemployment, substance abuse and peer pressure, they should find something that they love and go after their dreams. Nemukula, like many other South Africans, will take time today to honour the deaths of the Soweto schoolchildren of 1976 that changed the course of South Africa’s history. “Youth day is very important for me. I appreciate the lives that were lost in order for me to get a quality education and to be where I am today. I shall forever be grateful and salute this day,” she said. Her messages of inspiration to the youth are to “be true to yourself, what you think is what you become, and lastly don’t try to fit in, but try to be unique.” Nemukula was born in Nzhelele Village in Limpopo Province. With three brothers, she admits to growing up as a tomboy. “Having grown up with my three brothers I realised very early in life that gender shouldn’t matter and that I can do anything that I love doing. In high school I learned about agriculture and decided to get involved in this male-dominated industry.” She started working as a trainee student at Sovereign Foods 10 years ago. From there she became a farm supervisor. Thereafter she was promoted to a successful farm manager. This was followed with another promotion to a senior farm manager. Today she is an area manager responsible for the management of three farms and over 140 000 broiler breeder chickens. “Sovereign Foods helped to further my education by investing in my enrolment in a Management . . .
NMMU will be sending a potent four-man team to defend their title when the University Sport South Africa golf tournament is played at Centurion Country Club in Northern Gauteng next month. The KPMG Madibaz team dominated last year's event at Humewood in Port Elizabeth, winning the A and B sections, while Luke Jerling was crowned the individual champion. Jerling has since turned professional but club manager Karl du Preez feels they have a good chance of retaining the title, even though there will be some pressure on them as the holders. "Yes, there will obviously be the challenge to perform as well as last year and a contributing factor is that we are playing inland," he said. "It is often perceived that coastal teams are better players at coastal courses." However, he felt that they would still be among the title contenders, with two capable newcomers in Kyle de Beer and Altin van der Merwe. "We are only sending one four-man team this year and two of them, Jacques Smith and Hando Brophy, are very experienced at playing USSA tournaments. "The ‘rookies' (De Beer and Van der Merwe) have extensive experience playing national tournaments and will have major roles to play in assuring success." He pointed out that all four had been chosen for the USSA national team which competed in the SA Challenge Cup in the Western Cape in May, while De Beer had also been selected to represent South Africa at the 29th Summer Universiade in Taipei in August. "In my opinion, we have a strong side, which, I think, will be very competitive." Du Preez said the USSA tournament was a major goal for the club and that they had put in extensive preparations for the event. "The success of the USSA team acts as a major drawcard for potential students to join the varsity so this makes it an important event for us." He said the students had played in most of the EPGU and NMMU Order of Merit events this year and have attended numerous practice sessions at Humewood . . .
Port Elizabeth, 22 June -- SANRAL today announced that as many as 55 000 persons, equivalent to five per cent of the estimated 980 000 currently unemployed individuals in the Eastern Cape, could gain some employment through the N2 Wild Coast Toll Road (N2WCTR). “The Eastern Cape’s official unemployment rate stands at 28.6%, expanded unemployment extends to 44.5% and over two million grants are being paid out every month. “As bad as this figure is, it is an average and hides even more horrifying local statistics, with certain rural municipalities such as Ingquza Hill (based around Lusikisiki, Flagstaff and Holy Cross) having unemployment figures in excess of 85%,” Craig McLachlan, SANRAL’s N2WCTR Project Manager said. The N2WCTR is set to alleviate some of the pressure experienced by many as a result of this unemployment. “While some of the estimated 55 000 jobs to be created will ensure people that are currently employed stay employed, a significant portion will be new jobs. “Potentially, as much as five per cent of the estimated 980 000 unemployed individuals in the Eastern Cape could gain some employment through the project and its spin offs,” McLachlan said. Approximately five percent of the budget for the 112 kilometre greenfields section of the N2WCTR will be spent on labour. More than R400 million will be allocated to wages for unskilled, semi-skilled and skilled workers employed directly on the N2WCTR project. A further R1.5 billion is destined for local SMMEs comprising of local contractors and local suppliers of goods and services to the road and bridge construction projects. “SANRAL’s direct job creation forecast is 1.8 million man-days or 8 000 Full Time Equivalent (FTE) jobs over the construction period of four to five years. These jobs will not just be for unskilled labour but will include semi-skilled and skilled jobs as well, including local builders, engineers, grader operators, excavator operators, welders, mechanics, foremen, . . .