“Africans understand the value of a good education” “Integrating technology into teaching and learning has the potential to enable equal access to quality education resources” says Andre Christian, Education Business Development Manager at Intel; “if we want all the children of South Africa to have access to quality education, it implies that they should have access to technology to enable this engagement.” More than 10 million students around the world are using Intel-based platforms and Intel Education Solutions to improve teaching and learning. The global technology giant is the exclusive diamond sponsor at this year’s African EduWeek, which returns to Johannesburg from 10-11 July for its eighth edition. Thousands of teachers and education experts will gather for the interactive conference and expo that will empower them through technology, skills and interaction with their peers. Says Intel’s Andre Christian: “Africans, without a doubt, understand the value of a good education. This acceptance of education, allows for a market with a willing attitude to embrace technology in education. There is still a need across the continent for affordable, high- quality education technology solutions in schools. There is a need to ensure teachers are able, skilled and confident to teach using this technology.” New Intel products He continues: “on the product side of things we are definitely excited about the Intel reference design 10" tablet, because it comes with added features such as a clip-on magnification lens and plug-in thermal probe that enables students to do scientific experiments. This device is also the most rugged tablet available in the market today, when you are looking at tablets that have been purpose built as an educational tool.“ “Another equally exciting development that may turn out to be our most exciting product this year”, adds Christian, “is the 2-in-1 Windows-based device, which is a fully featured tablet for when you need to consume . . .
This winter, children who visit Canal Walk Shopping Centre will be experiencing the finest theatre in the country, and playing their part in providing 250 000 meals to Stop Hunger Now. Lewis Carroll’s much loved classic, Alice in Wonderland, will be brought to life by the award winning duo, Fred Abrahamse and Marcel Meyer. The show will run from Saturday 28 June to Sunday 20 July in a specially constructed theatre in the Centre Court. With breathtaking sets, magnificent costumes, gorgeous puppets and memorable songs, the production will showcase the talent of some of South Africa’s finest up-and-coming musical theatre stars. Newcomer, Natasha Dryden (Hansel & Gretel, Long Street Nights) stars as Alice with top musical theatre actress, Candice van Litsenborgh (Evita, Chess, Sunset Boulevard, Assassins, Show Boat) in the role of the Queen of Hearts. Sven Ruygrok stars as the White Rabbit. Ruygrok recently enchanted Cape Town audiences with his physical prowess in the role of Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Maynardville and is also well known for his performances as Rambo in the SPUD films. Gordon van der Spuy and Kyle Jardine star as the Mad Hatter and the March Hare. The shows will run from Tuesday to Sunday at 11am, 12.30pm and 2pm. Tickets will cost R80 and will be sold through Computicket. Canal Walk will donate R5.50 from each ticket sold, as well as the proceeds of the programme sales to Stop Hunger Now. Canal Walk, in partnership with the Hyprop Foundation, will also support “Meals in Memory” by hosting pre-packing events on 4,5,11 and 12 July prior to Mandela Day on 18 July. Since its inception in 2000, charitable causes have been close to the heart of the Canal Walk Children’s Theatre. “We know that every day, two and a half million children in South Africa go hungry. In the face of such need, we can’t sit back and do nothing,” says Canal Walk Shopping Centre Marketing Manager Vanessa Herbst. “That’s why we have been using the . . .
“City has a clear, very strategic and long-term vision” The City of Cape Town has a clear, very strategic and long-term vision to plan for the expansion of the city and cope with subsequent growth, along with the need to drive carbon emission reduction, increase the use of clean energy, and maximise on water resources, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, programme director of the upcoming African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and exhibition. The City of Cape Town is the official host city of this annual event, and will welcome more than 5000 power and water professionals to the CTICC from 13-14 May. “Compared to other large municipalities in the country, the City of Cape Town is one of the best”, says Pombo-van Zyl, “and the City now also holds the prestigious title of Global Earth Hour Capital for 2014. We are privileged to be aligned with our host city’s endeavours in reducing the energy consumption and managing water resources. It is through the sharing of knowledge, technology and interaction with industry professionals during the conference and on the exhibition floor that large industry and utilities can find stimulating solutions to energy and water challenges.“ Not only will some of Cape Town’s top water and electricity experts speak at African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa, the City will also showcase its Fisantekraal Wastewater and Faure Water Treatment Plant during a technical site visit that includes a tour of Spier wine farm’s waste water treatment plant. Cape Town successful in managing water demand The City of Cape Town’s Director of Water and Sanitation, Peter Flower, who will be a panellist during the event’s much anticipated and high-level Water-Energy-Food nexus panel dialogue, says “the City’s Water Department has been able to very successfully manage its demand growth over the last 14 years, through the co-operation of the residents of Cape Town and the successful water demand management strategy that the City has . . .
“Important to look at African solutions for Africa and we are making great progress” More than 5000 power and water professionals, including utility heads from Nigeria, Uganda, Namibia, Senegal, Ghana, Malawi, Tanzania, Zambia and South Africa, will gather for the 14th annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo at Cape Town’s CTICC from 13-14 May. It is the largest utility gathering of its kind on the continent with visitors from 30 African countries and 70 worldwide. “Africa’s energy and water challenges are not unique but it is important to look at African solutions for Africa and we are making great progress”, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, African Utility Week programme director. “It is a relevant and practical gathering at a time when resources are under the spot light, by the industry, for the industry,” Pombo-van Zyl explains, “we will discuss topics ranging from the energy-water-food nexus, energy efficiency, rural electrification, smart metering, hear about cherry-picked case studies and successful projects around the continent and look at how utilities can incorporate renewable energy into their power mix.” She continues: “during the Utility CEO Forum, which will be attended by CEOs and high-level utility executives from countries such as Nigeria, Uganda, Namibia, Senegal, Ghana, Uganda, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa, we will particularly focus on short-term, technical wins that utilities can implement, looking at appropriate technologies for Africa, without having to invest in something as expensive and long term as smart grids in order to improve grid efficiencies.” Expo and free workshops The expo will focus on the latest technology and services in the industry disciplines of metering, clean power, water, large power users, investment and finance, transmission & distribution, smart grids and generation. To assist utilities and large power users become more energy efficient and explore renewable energy . . .
“Solar geyser could reduce electricity bill by up to 50%” “South Africans have shown that we have the power during Earth Hour to make a difference when Eskom confirmed last year that we had switched off and achieved a massive, combined 629MW average reduction on our electricity usage”, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, programme director for Clean Power Africa and African Utility Week. She was speaking in the run-up to this weekend’s global Earth Hour, during which everyone is encouraged to switch off their lights and all other electricity they are using for that hour from 8.30-9.30pm. Last year’s saving was up from 2012, when according to Eskom, energy usage reduced by approximately 402MW during Earth Hour – enough electricity to power Bloemfontein. Pombo-van Zyl continues: “hopefully enough individuals and businesses will take Earth Hour beyond 29 March and increase the use of energy efficiency tools, change energy consumption habits, and invest in green solutions throughout the year.” Saving power with solar water heaters Sarah Ward, of the City of Cape Town’s Energy Efficiency Forum that is organising the City’s Earth Hour festivities at the V&A Waterfront this weekend, agrees: “by installing a solar water heater, the electricity bill of a typical middle income household of four people, should come down by up to 50% per household.” She says installing solar water geysers will have a very significant impact on electricity consumption: “If we see the number of installations that we are aiming for, we should have a 10% consumption reduction across the whole of Cape Town – that includes businesses, industries and households. It also means a lot of investment in solar water heater companies, the creation of jobs for installation teams.” Sarah is one of several speakers from the City at African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa where leading providers of renewable energy technology will display their products. Embracing renewable energy Two . . .
Focus on Water-Energy-Food Nexus to address sustainable development “A slow dripping tap can waste 20 litres or more a day”, says Nicolette Pombo-van Zyl, African Utility Week’s programme director’s programme. “The aim of having a week dedicated to water issues helps each of us become aware of the challenges and change our habits and decisions we make today as they will impact on our water cycle tomorrow.” South Africa’s National Water Week this year is well planned to fall in line with World Water Day on 22 March – showing that South Africa is part of the greater water resource cycle. Pombo-van Zyl says South Africa can be very proud of its Blue Drop certification system that motivates municipalities to strive for high quality of drinking water and service delivery. She adds: “however, they can’t do it alone and it is everyone’s responsibility to report problems with water quality, burst pipes and to fix household leaks. During Water Week take part in an exercise to note the reading on your water meter. Then for a period of two hours don’t use any water. Take another reading after the two hours and if there is any change you can now know there is a slow leak or pipe leak somewhere on your property.” Water-Energy-Food Nexus debate for Africa During African Utility Week’s focused two-day water conference track in May, there is a high-level panel dialogue on the Water-Energy-Food Nexus and realising Africa’s development agenda - the nexus is a visionary method of achieving sustainability by integrated solutions which address the interconnections within the water, energy and food security nexus. The Water-Energy-Food Nexus panel moderator will be Paul T. Yillia of SE4All, the UN Secretary General’s initiative on sustainable energy for all: “the nexus debate at African Utility Week will be specifically about Africa and for Africa. The discussion will be tailored specifically to respond to the requirements within the African context. We shall cover such . . .
The Africa Centre is proud to announce this year's programme for Infecting The City, its free, annual public arts festival. This is the seventh year the Festival is taking place and it features larger and more authoritative works than ever before. The Festival runs from 10 -15 March and will showcase an increased number of international and local collaborative works, along with a diversity of entertaining, engaging and thought provoking pieces encompassing performance art, dance, music, visual art, and other forms beyond conventional categories. 2014 is a significant year for Cape Town as it celebrates both 20 Years of Democracy and Freedom and being World Design Capital 2014. In recognition of this, Infecting The City, will be marking the year with its most ambitious Festival to date. Jay Pather, curator for the third year in a row says: “Between 2008 and 2013 Infecting The City grew from just over 10 artworks to 54 artworks and performances. This year the programme comprises around 40 works with more large scale, substantial works. Again, the productions range from the popular and entertaining to the conceptual and thought provoking. This year there are also many works of authority to mark the political and social importance of 2014 for all South Africans.” Audiences can expect a mix of works across all artistic disciplines, some of which include: An interactive dance and video collaboration by Mocke J Van Veuren and Nelisiwe Xaba called 'Uncles & Angels'; Neo Muyanga’s Thoriso le Morusu inspired by, and based on, Antjie Krog's poem Country of Grief and Grace. Using candles, Pedro Bustamante gives visibility to accumulation and the political subjectivity of maps. In The Accumulation is Primitive: he creates a raised-relief map representing the Gross Domestic Product data of various countries. Swiss performance company DA MOTUS! presents their very successful public art work Con Tatto, an interactive performance spread over Thibault . . .
African Utility Week to focus on helping large power users be more energy efficient “It is our responsibility to use power responsibly” – that was the response from Nicolette Pombo-Van Zyl, African Utility Week programme director to Eskom’s declaration of a power shortage emergency last week citing a risk that rotational load shedding could be implemented. “We know we’re in a tight spot capacity-wise, and winter is on its way. We need to make sure that by the time the season changes, we are thinking differently about how we use electricity, so that we don’t put ourselves or Eskom under undue pressure,” Pombo-Van Zyl, continued. African Utility Week, taking place in Cape Town from 13-14 May has a strong focus on large power users in Africa, helping them reduce costs while increasing productivity through energy and water efficiency solutions. The expo floor is also host to two days of free, practical, CPD-accredited technical workshops for all electrical engineers, technicians and contractors working in the power and water industry. Topics include renewable energy and energy & water efficiency. Pombo-Van Zyl continues: “not only looming power shortages, but also the implementation of a carbon tax, coming into effect in January 2015, should be a spur for businesses to explore alternatives to carbon production and improve their internal energy efficiency. While it is Eskom’s responsibility to provide power, it is ours to make sure that we use it responsibly. Wastefulness around any resources, especially one we know to be finite, should be actively discouraged. We all remember the 2008 blackouts and load shedding vividly and desperately want to avoid a repeat of that situation.” Energy management systems “The developed world is experiencing a decline in energy demand whereas developing countries are expected to experience an acceleration in energy demand”, according to Alf Hartzenburg, Senior Project Manager Western Cape - Industrial Energy Efficiency . . .
“South Africa Inc. is at a critical juncture in our development as a country” African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa have joined forces with the South African Institute of Electrical Engineers (SAIEE) to host two days of free, practical, CPD-accredited technical workshops on the event’s expo floor for all electrical engineers, technicians and contractors working in the power and water industry. The award winning 14th African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo is taking place at the CTICC in Cape Town from 13-14 May 2014. It is attended by more than 5000 power and water professionals from more than 30 African countries and 70 worldwide, at what is the largest utility gathering of its kind on the continent. Discussions, workshops, exhibits and site visits will focus on the industry disciplines of metering, clean power, water, large power users, investment and finance, transmission & distribution, smart grids and generation. The SAIEE has grown to a membership of over 6000 professionals engaged in the full range of electrical engineering and related activities including academic research, manufacturing, electronics, telecommunications, measurement and control, mining, and power infra-structural services. Is this the future that we want for ourselves? Andre Hoffmann, SAIEE Senior Vice President says: “South Africa Inc. is at a critical juncture in our development as a country, having achieved much in political emancipation since 1994. However, we remain critically poised on a fine balance that may tip us economically and send us spiraling towards a more unpleasant future.” He continues: “the vision of a South Africa that has degenerated into a chaotic state of civil strife precipitated by degrading service delivery infrastructure should be frightening enough to jolt us out of our complacency. Is this the future that we want for ourselves, our children and grandchildren?” According to SAIEE’s Andre Hoffmann: “South Africa . . .
Lovers of classical music will delight in the fact that Carmina Burana will be performed at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden on Friday March 21 as a fundraiser for the May 2014 exhibit to the Chelsea Flower Show. One of the most popular works on the concert stage, Carmina Burana is a scenic cantata composed by Carl Orff in 1935 and 1936, based on 24 poems from the medieval collection Carmina Burana. An epic masterpiece, capturing the imagination of music lovers worldwide, the garden setting is perfect for this performance by the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra under the baton of Alex Fokkens. The soaring voices of the Cape Town Symphony Choir and soloists add to the magic of these familiar pieces starting with the hugely popular ‘O Fortuna’. Enjoy an afternoon of musical splendour in this most magnificent setting. The concert takes place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Friday from 17:30 until 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. Tickets R120 (youth 6 – 21 years R85, Botanical Society members R105) Book online: www.webtickets.co.za Author: Jessica Miller from HIPPO Communications. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.sanbi.org/events/carmina-burana-chelsea-fundraiser-kirstenbosch-nbg Twitter: https://twitter.com/thehippoteam Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HIPPOcommunications Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: HIPPO Communications. The Cape Philharmonic Orchestra Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .