Cabernet Franc specialist Bruwer Raats has once again proven his supremacy with this varietal with two of his latest releases featuring on the Top 100 SA Wines list, which was released today. The 2011 Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc and the 2011 Red Jasper were both selected during the 2013 Top 100 SA Wines Challenge. Raats was delighted with the performance of his two new releases, which were the first after thirteen years. “The maiden releases of these two wines scored incredibly well in Platter and it really encouraging to see the follow-up vintages continuing their great performance by being recognised amongst the top 100 wines of South Africa. The introduction of these wines forms part of my crusade to make Cabernet Franc more popular. I crafted the Dolomite to make Cabernet Franc more available and accessible to local wine consumers. On the other hand, The Red Jasper is a Bordeaux blend, which is better known amongst wine lovers, but as it is a Cabernet Franc driven blend, it might convince wine drinkers to try more Cabernet Franc as well,” mentions Raats. The judges commented favourably on the Dolomite’s “lovely, classical elegant style” and described it as “welcoming, well balanced and feminine.” In terms of the Red Jasper, named after Raats’ late father, the “ripe, sweet date fruits with some cassis perfume, very appealing tannins and fine acid backbone” ticked all the right boxes with the judges. URL: http://www.raats.cp.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Ronelda Visser from Peridot Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: Three To gain access to Three image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Cabernet Franc specialist Bruwer Raats of Raats Family Wines Photographer: Raats Family Wines Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc Photographer: Raats Family Wines Raats Red Jasper Photographer: Raats Family Wines [/l2g] . . .
Africa is determined as a destination with opportunities due to the large scale potential the region has particularly in providing financial services to the mass population. Mobile financial services and other means of electronic money have always submerged in this market where banks and external agencies are tapping in the region to invest more into providing financial services to the mass population including the unbanked, under-banked and the poorest of the poor. Africa’s main challenges in retail banking lie within delivering secured banking services, loyalty programs, embedding a customer focused banking to serve clients better across all segments including micro, mass, affluent, SMEs and being more socially responsible and ethical to the region. 5th Annual Retail Banking Africa 2013, will stage a platform for Africa retail bankers to come one step closer into redoing their retail banking strategy to serve customers better and make profitable business. With the advancement of technology, retail banking globally demands out of the box futuristic and innovative solutions to make consumer banking more effective. To keep up with the needs of the customers, retail banks need to continually develop and implement strategies that are updated with the latest banking trends. One of the highlight of this forum is the GURU Panel, which will focus on the need to change the region's banking practices and strategies according to the current banking structure. New opportunities will be explored, untapped avenues for revenue generation will be exploited, by delivering more effective service and quality across retail branches and positioning your brand across a wide customer base through an effective market and customer insights strategy. This dedicated session is entitled as "Growth Proposition – Developing Cutting Edge Retail Banking Services" and will be joined by six panellists such as Zahid Mustafa, Regional Consumer Banking Director of East and West Africa . . .
2011 Donald Gordon Creative Arts Fellow, Lance Herman, will be in conversation with artist-curator Josh Ginsburg at a public seminar hosted by GIPCA and the UCT English Department on Thursday 18 April at 13:00. The conversation concerns Herman's interdisciplinary fellowship work Eliezer - which took the form of two books (Middelburg and My Bedroom Wall) and two music albums (Hall of Dreams andKnots). Herman has since gone on to activate the performative aspects of the project, showcasing Eliezer nationally, including at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown (2012). The interview-conversation aims to explore some of the origins of Eliezer, and its changing form and contexts, as well as open a more general discussion related to creative practice as a research methodology within University curricula. Using the Eliezer project’s trajectory as a framework, the discussion will also look into the complexities involved in transposing the project from the University setting into other contexts, and the ongoing challenge of a sustainable dialogue between these often dislocated arenas. Lance Herman holds an MA in English Literature from the University of Cape Town (2010). His MA dissertation dealt with the later novels of J.M. Coetzee, but importantly looked at the relationship between philosophical and literary language, and included creative-language experiments within the formal essay. In 2011 Herman was a Fellow at the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts (GIPCA). Currently Herman works in corporate consulting, is a free-lance writer, and a practicing musician touring within South Africa. Josh Ginsburg holds a degree in Electrical-Mechanical Engineering (2004) and a Masters in Fine Art (2011) both from UCT. He is a practicing artist and curator, and works part-time in the Fine Arts Departments of the Universities of Cape Town and Stellenbosch. This event will take place on Thursday 18 April 2013at 13:00 at Arts 116, University of Cape Town . . .
A two day conference on achieving banking operational excellence Johannesburg – South Africa, 10 April 2013: The 2nd Annual OPEX Africa 2013, commenced today at Hyatt Regency. The forum will witness a unique exchange of ideas on process change management, customer engagement to process centralization and business growth. This forum was opened by the event chairman, Pritesh Kotecha, Vice President Middle East, South Asia and Africa at Smart Stream Technologies. Kotecha will later be moderating the two highlighted sessions of the day - the COO Panel entitled.”From Banking & Beyond” and the panel discussion on Change management – How Essential is it? The keynote speech titled “Operational Excellence – The Road Ahead”, was delivered by Raj Singh, Chief Operating Officer at Chase Bank, where he emphasised on the future scope of operational excellence. Raj Singh will be addressing the audience in an afternoon session on customer engagement for an organisation, which will focus on the trends of service quality and levels of personalization and rebuilding customer loyalty by simultaneous growth of revenue and wallet share. According to him, “ The introduction of rapid technological changes and new operating channels in banking and financial sector, operations have become very complex and thus banks require to raise the bar in terms of optimum output." Following the key note, an exclusive COO panel discussion commenced which outlined the future of banking operations. The session, “COO Panel - From Banking & Beyond ”, debated on the old vs new banking methodologies, emphasising on re-inventing new processes to cope with technological advancements, expanding the market reach and enhancing efficiency. This panel was joined by COOs of different banks, namely Melt van der Spuy from Standard Bank, David Shelly from Rand Merchant Bank, Nkosinathi Solomon from ABSA Financial Services; Wonder Nyabereka from Barclays Bank Zimbabwe and Raj Singh from Chase . . .
Acting as a conservancy for the re-establishment of many threatened indigenous species, Zimbali Coastal Resort is a vista of natural beauty, ecological richness and biological diversity, providing refuge to a variety of local flora and fauna, including over 220 species of birds. Within this sub-tropical paradise, cocooned within the serene confines of a coastal forest reserve, you will find the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge and a beautiful baby Crowned Eagle nesting under the abundant forest canopy. The baby eagle was recently spotted performing madly near her nest, high up in a tree, in the vicinity of the Fairmont Zimbali Lodge. With her head down and eyes fixed to the ground for quite some time, she suddenly swooped down grabbing what was part of a dead monkey with her talons and hopping just a few metres away to eat it. It became apparent that the baby Crowned Eagle was searching the thick undergrowth below for her meal, which she had dropped from her nest. Surprisingly, the baby eagle tolerated her human spectators, allowing magnificent close-up views and pictures for those lucky enough to witness one of nature’s most spectacular birds of prey. The Crowned Eagle, also known as the African Crowned Eagle, is a very large, powerful, crested bird of prey found in sub-Saharan Africa. In South Africa, it is restricted to suitable habitats in the eastern areas. Often considered Africa's most powerful and ferocious eagle, the Crowned Eagle preys mostly on monkeys and other small forest mammals such as duikers (weighing up to 30kg). Boasting a wingspan of up to 1.81m, a female Crowned Eagle can weigh as much as 15% more than her male counterpart, at approximately 4.7kg compared to 4.1kg. Now at six months of age (as at end of March 2013) and almost the size of a fully-fledged adult Zimbali Estate Management Association (ZEMA), having partnered with the University of Kwa-Zulu Natal to film the development stages of the bird, will continue to monitor her whereabouts via . . .
“Education is serious business right now” Leadership in education, technology in the classroom, STEM education*, OERs** and the future of higher education are some of the pressing issues that will be focused on at the annual African Education Week and Career Indaba taking place in Johannesburg from 19-22 June this year. *STEM = Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics *OERs = open educational resources African Education Week Annual Convention and Learning Expo is the meeting and trading platform for everyone who is passionate about improving the standard of education in Africa. Now in its 7th year, it remains Africa’s leading educational resources and training event, attracting more education professionals than any other event. Claire O’Connell is the programme director: “over the past seven years African Education Week has established itself as the leading content-rich platform that unites cross-sections of participants from all education sectors, as well as representatives of government and business.” Education is serious business She continues: “Education is serious business right now, not only in South Africa but throughout Sub Saharan Africa with governments and the private sector recognising that there can be no further delay in getting the education system on track to provide the skilled workforce desperately needed to drive economic growth. Today African governments are making strategic decisions on how they will respond to the demands of 77 million new students.” According to Claire O’Connell: “public spending on education in sub-Saharan Africa has increased by more than 6% per year in the past decade. South Africa alone spent R207 billion on education in 2012, which is set to increase in the next fiscal year to R236 billion. African Education Week offers a credible and tried-and-tested platform for the sector where the decision makers meet up with the best service providers who have the latest technologies and solutions on . . .
On the eve of the National Arts Festival’s 40th anniversary, the Festival programme continues to push boundaries, and presents a thought-provoking line-up in Grahamstown, from the 27 June to 7 July 2013. As always, the backbone of the main programme is comprised of the work of the Standard Bank Young Artists. The first ever Young Artist for Performance Art, Anthea Moys, presents a series of contests entitled Anthea Moys vs the City of Grahamstown. Young Artist for Dance Fana Tshabalala’s engagement with cleansing ceremonies is explored in his new work titled Indumba. Young Artists for Theatre (Prince Lamla) and Visual Arts (Mary Sibande), use historical incidents as the points of departure for their offerings – Asinamali and The purple shall govern, respectively; with SBYA for Music Runette Botha paying tribute to three centuries of composition in her recital, and SBYA for Jazz Shane Cooper pushing the envelope with his compositions and collaborations. The Dance programme will feature the Johannesburg Youth Ballet (JYB)’s Hansel and Gretel; Gregory Maqoma’s embodiment of the traditional, historic and heroic, Exit/Exist; Jazzart Dance Theatre’s translation of Biko’s Quest - For a True Humanity from one art form (photography) to another (dance and performance), and a showcase of Rhythms of the Eastern Cape. Nicola Elliott interrogates the traditional notion of dance in Run!, presented on the Arena The Performance Art programme will feature two of Swiss artist/performer Yann Marussich’s works: Bleu Remix and Bain Brisé; Gavin Krastin’s eccentric creativity in Rough Musick; and a collaboration with stellar local musicians in an experimental project, Untitled #310, co-ordinated by international artist Francisco López. Mbongeni Ngema also returns to the Festival’s Main stage this year with the South African premiere of The Zulu, and Hearts and Eyes Theatre Collective will present My Name is Rachel Corrie,based on the true story of the protagonist’s death. Cry . . .
African Utility Week to give insight into large power users’ challenges ArcelorMittal’s steel plant in Saldanha, the single largest electricity consumer in the Western Cape, participated in an Industrial Energy Efficiency Improvement Project that has resulted in an astounding R90 million energy bill savings in one year. The upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town from 14-16 May will give a unique insight into the challenges of large power users, including an exclusive site visit to ArcelorMittal’s Saldanha Works. The Saldanha Works is a flat rolling integrated steel facility that produces 1.2 million hot rolled coil (HRC) per annum. HRC from Saldanha is mainly exported, with approximately 20% sold on the local market. There are three main areas within the plant – iron making (producing liquid iron and direct reduced iron), steel making that has two converter arc furnaces (CONARC), and rolling with a hot strip mill and a temper mill. Energy management strategy To save energy, water and waste at the plant, Saldanha launched a focused energy management strategy in 2010 says Dhesan Moodley - General Manager of ArcelorMittal’s Saldanha Works. He explains: “resources were allocated both in terms of people and capital expenditure. Initially the potential was determined through an existing project list and doing an energy audit on the plant to determine further possible savings. ISO 50001 was implemented and energy management is now part of our daily routines. The energy saved in terms of baseline value of 160 MW was 10.6MW or 6.6% and the equivalent of R90 million in 2012. Moodley says they also implemented various VSD (Variable speed drive) projects that delivered greater savings than expected. “This has proved to be sound technology given the correct application. We are also very proud of our waste heat project at the Roller Hearth Furnace where waste heat was used to replace a diesel heater at the Air Separation plant. We have also done some optimisation . . .
Fotolia presents TEN Season 2’s 4th digital artist, Marumiyan A free PSD of his artwork, "ON", will be available to download for 24 hours on April 10th Fotolia’s TEN Season 2 is taking Internet users on a digital art tour around the world, led by some of the world’s greatest artists. Every selected TEN artist all comes from a country in which Fotolia has offices. Two artists, whose identities remain a secret, will be added to the group of 10 artists, for a total of 12 artists. Once a month, every month, a different artist will showcase their skills and creativity. PSDs from the first three months of 2013, by artists Gustavo Brigante, Soonguy Gwon and Adhemas Batista were downloaded over 75 000 times. This April, Marumiyan from Japan unveils his creation. The PSD file for his design will be available for free download on Wednesday, April 10th, for 24 hours at www.tenbyfotolia.com. Music is his muse Marumiyan gets his inspiration from music: “I love painting sounds,” he says. Even his pseudonym is inspired by its resonance. The Kyushu Sangyo School of Fine Arts graduate was quickly noticed by international design and art magazines such as Juxtapoz, New Web Pick, Artskills, to name a few. With skills beyond his years, the 27-year-old has already participated in several expositions and international art collectives; published a book “Photoshop and Illustrator Artworks”, edited by MdN; and organized the visuals for one of Japan’s biggest live festivals, Minami Wheel. He is a free-lance worker: “it’s easier to create your own signature style,” he explains. His style is decorative, and he uses flowers, animals and women to enhance his artwork. To him, the reflect a natural sophistication which has allowed him to work for clients such as Wacom, Panasonic and NTT Docomo. An artist at heart Born in Fukuoka, Japan, where he still lives, Marumiyan was exposed to art such as painting and drawing by his father from a young age. The family library is full of art . . .
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