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The South African State Owned Entity Transnet and Chinese locomotive manufacturer CRRC are exploring ways to further strengthen their cooperation, senior officials of both sides have said. In an interview with Xinhua Wednesday at the Africa Rail 2017 in Johannesburg, Thamsanqa Jiyane, Chief Advanced Manufacturing Officer of Transnet, said they are negotiating with CRRC to take their relationship to another level.
Ten rhino horns were concealed in baggage were removed from the cargo hold of an airliner bound for Istanbul, Turkey. Johannesburg – Two Chinese nationals who were arrested for attempting to smuggle 10 rhino horns out of the country in violation of international laws, appeared in the Kempton Park Magistrate's Court on Tuesday.
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GreenFingers Mobile, EMG Technologies, and Mbora has been selected to advance to the Seedstars South Africa grand final. In addition, the 12 startups to pitch at Seedstars Mozambique has also been announced.
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For one night, border limitations ceased and nations came together in a celebration of sound never seen or heard before!
This weekend Offlimit Communications (OLC) transformed, Turbine Hall in Johannesburg, into a sanctuary of sound for the Ballantine’s Beat of Africa. South Africa, Mozambique, Cameroon, Zambia and Angola came together in one accord, in the universally understood language of music. The who’s who of Johannesburg’s social scene, music aficionado’s and fans alike flocked inner city Johannesburg to experience a first of its’ kind multi country album launch.
The agency responsible for pulling off this mammoth campaign, was South African based BTL/ experiential agency Offlimit Communications (OLC). In collaboration with partner suppliers, OLC not only turned Johannesburg, but Lusaka, Douala, Maputo and Luanda into the canvas of a celebration of sound.
Celebrated Isidingo actress and musician Noluthando Meje, Lerato Sengadi and DJ ID Akio were amongst the revelers who watched African music sensation duo Black Motion tear up the stage with their much anticipated Beat of Africa reveal.
Business Unit Director Gareth Van Vuuren expanded, “We could not be more thrilled at the outcome of what was easily one of our best productions to date! This campaign pushed the boundaries and was beyond rewarding for the team, what started out as trade activations across the regions to encourage and uplift awareness and sales then culminating in a main event per region was truly a feat on its own and by simply looking at the vibe across the board, the consumer enjoyed experiencing the Beat of Africa. OLC specialises in pushing brand capabilities and consumer experiences as an experiential/ BTL agency. Beat of Africa is a perfect manifestation of our belief of “living in the next”, which means we are always looking for ways to give the consumer an experience they will never forget, evolving with global industry trends, creating world first executions “
The Ballantine’s Beat of Africa was a four-month campaign across five countries – Cameroon, Angola, South Africa, Zambia and Mozambique to find the sound of the continent, limited only by the confines of fans’ imaginations.
Fally Ipupa and DJ Paulo Alves completed the music ambassador triadic collaboration and party goers danced until the morning, unifying in sound and dance- true to African form.
Press Release, 9th of June 2017 Systemair AB has acquired the South African company, Viking Air Conditioning, a market leading manufacturer of air handling units and packaged units. Viking is located in Spartan in Johannesburg, South Africa.
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A MyJHB.co.za selected SAB World of Beer video for you:
Things to do in Cape Town. http://www.seizethecity.tv
We visited the South African Breweries in Newlands, Cape Town. They have a fantastic tour available for R80 that gives you scientific as well as historic insight in the brewing process at the cape. The tour takes you from the arrival of ingredients right through to the bottling and distribution and is followed by a tasting and two complimentary beers of your choice. Its a must do tour in Cape Town for beer lovers.
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JOHANNESBURG, June 8, 2017: A marathon a day through Australia’s Simpson Desert. This 6-day desert race will be David Barnard’s ninth, and the sixth leg of his quest to complete one on all seven continents. For this project, Barnard aims to raise funds for the Hippo Roller, promote its work, and contribute to increased public understanding of water-related issues around the world.
David Barnard has been participating in multi-stage desert foot races in remote parts of the world since 2010. From the Kalahari, Namib and Sahara Deserts in Africa, to the Gobi Desert in China, the Atacama Desert in Chile, the Grand Canyon in the United States, and the most extreme of them all, The Last Desert Race in 2014 in Antarctica, David is on a quest to complete one of these extreme desert races on all seven continents.
“My next desert race is the 250km Big Red Run from 24-29 June 2017 in the Simpson Desert in Australia. It will be my ninth multi-stage desert race, and the sixth leg of my quest to complete one of these races on all seven continents,” said Barnard.
“I enter these events both for the physical challenge associated with running self-supported through the deserts of the world, as well as to raise money and awareness for organisations at the forefront of responding to many of the key development challenges facing Africa,” he said.
For this project, Barnard aims to raise funds for the Hippo Roller, promote its work, and contribute to increased public understanding of water-related issues around the world.
Running for Water
Water is a precious resource, a source of life and the basis of all human activities, from drinking to washing to cultivating land and producing food necessary for sustenance. It is also a scarce resource, and its presence and availability is often taken for granted. South Africa is currently recovering from the worst drought in living memory.
Though the UN Sustainable Development Goals (launched in 2015) include a target to ensure everyone has access to safe water by 2030, making water a key issue in the fight to eradicate extreme poverty, there remain more than 600 million people worldwide, many of them living in rural Africa, who are still without a safe water supply close to home.
As a result, they spend countless hours queuing or trekking to distant sources, and carrying heavy buckets.
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Barnard said, “Fortunately, a unique South African invention makes it extremely easy to collect, move and store water in rural conditions – up to 5x more water than a single bucket, by simply rolling it along the ground.”
The Hippo Roller is a simple solution to millions of people living in areas without adequate access to water. Specifically designed to last many years in tough rural terrain, it enables them to transport up to 90 litres to their homes and gardens, making more water and time available for education, household tasks and food production.
Youthzones, our future
It costs $ 125 to manufacture and distribute a Hippo Roller, and Barnard’s aim is to raise $ 6,250 (see: http://givewater.hipporoller.org/david-barnard) – the cost of manufacturing, and distributing 50 hippo rollers to needy communities in South Africa.
Whilst Imvubu Projects will take care of the manufacturing of the Hippo Rollers, it is the work done by Youthzones within communities, helping distribute the Hippo Rollers amongst the most needy, which really drives home the impact that access to clean, safe water can have.
Said Youthzones’ Schalk van Heerden, “We are delighted to continue our relationship with social enterprise, Hippo Roller. Working with Hippo Rollers has been a huge benefit to the Youthzones network as now water can be collected easily, without multiple trips to wells, in turn giving people energy and productivity!”
Said Barnard, “The impact of the Hippo Roller is real. It is immediate. And it changes the lives of millions of people. The world’s future and our lives depend on having enough clean, safe water. We need extraordinary commitment to ensure clean water for all.”
“Please join me on this journey and let’s make a difference in the lives on those that could benefit from better access to water with the Hippo Roller,” he said.
South African President Jacob Zuma may be removed as head of state after a December conference when a new leader of the ruling African National Congress will be chosen, Secretary General Gwede Mantashe said on Wednesday. FILE PHOTO: FILE PHOTO: Supporters of various opposition parties hold placards calling for the removal of President Jacob Zuma outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg, South Africa, May 15, 2017.
Over half a century since the original production, the Fugard Theatre's forthcoming, brand new production of the legendary South African musical – KING KONG – is fully cast and rehearsals commence on Monday 12 June. Eric Abraham produces and presents this Fugard Theatre production, which runs from 25 July to 2 September 2017 at the Fugard Theatre in Cape Town and then at the Mandela Theatre in Johannesburg from 12 September to 8 October 2017.
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Dar es Salaam/London – British banking giant Barclays PLC said yesterday it has further reduced its stake in its South African operations as part of a global strategic re-think unveiled last year. Barclays said in a statement that it had placed a stake of 33.7 per cent in Barclays Africa with institutional investors, raising some 2.224 billion .
The BRICS New Development Bank would open its Africa Regional Centre in Johannesburg in March 2016, South Africa's then finance minister Pravin Gordhan confidently announced in February that year. 'This initiative gives impetus to our role as a financial centre for Africa, and will facilitate access to global finance by African investors and institutions,' he said in his national budget speech.
The struggle of the black working class majority of Freedom Park, South Africa, is not just for land on which to build housing – although that is obviously a central issue and key demand; nor is it just against the accompanying political and police violence and intimidation. It is a struggle against the injustice, violence and corruption of a system that puts the power, privileges and profits of a few before the lives and wellbeing of the majority.
The City of Johannesburg has obtained an order from the Johannesburg high court allowing occupiers in Newtown to return to land owned by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa after they were violently evicted earlier today . The evictions were carried out by the Red Ants on the basis of a court order by the Johannesburg high court on July 28 2015.
South Africa's troubled retailer, Edcon Group, said on Thursday that it would appoint Grant Pattison, the former Massmart boss, as its new chief executive next February in a vote of confidence for home grown talent. South African-born Pattison has been tasked with implementing the group's strategy, revitalising CNA, growing Edcon's cellular business and growing the company in South Africa and the rest of the African continent.
Supporters of Zambian President Edgar Lungu react while supporters of Zambia's opposition leader, Hakainde Hichilema, picket alongside Democratic Alliance members outside the High Commission of Zambia, in Pretoria, South Africa, Friday May 26, 2017. The leader of South Africa's main opposition party on Friday sharply criticized Zambian officials who denied him entry to their country as he tried to show support for a jailed opposition leader.
“Prostitution helps perpetuate men's violence against women and girls by objectifying women and undermining gender equality.” While it is widely acknowledged that existing laws governing prostitution in South Africa have done little for the well-being of people in prostitution in this country, it has still taken several years for any progress to be made regarding the amendment of laws pertaining to the sex trade.
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Harvard to Open Center for African Studies in Joburg: WITH THE opening of a Center for African Studies office in Johannesburg, Harvard shows its commitment to research, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing on the continent.
Internships on Offer for Young Ferrari Enthusiasts: SCUDERIA South Africa, the official Ferrari dealer proudly announces their 2017 Internship Program. Gauteng applicants were given the opportunity to apply for the anticipated six month internship through the company‘s official social media pages.
Software Defined Networking is Vital for SA: SOFTWARE Defined Networking (SDN) is taking the rest of the world by storm as organisations seek greater control, performance and management for data centres and across networks. However, new research shows South Africa is behind the adoption curve.
Finalists Announced for FNB Business Innovation Awards: THE FNB Business Innovation Awards are aimed at businesses that are able to demonstrate real innovation that has the potential to change the way an industry operates both locally and internationally.
Sandton’s Men in Red at Forefront Of Exceptional Public Safety: THE PUBLIC safety ambassadors, or Men in Red as they are known, are on the frontline of creating an excellent experience in Sandton Central for everyone.
Jse Launches Lamb Carcass Futures Contract: LAST WEEK the JSE listed lamb carcass futures contracts on its Commodity Derivatives Market. The purpose of the contract is to allow farmers and abbatoirs to protect themselves against the risk created through movements in the price of mutton.
Tracking a Decade’s Trends in SA Corporate Social Investment: DESPITE uncertainty and tougher trading conditions in almost every sector of the economy, corporate South Africa continues to demonstrate its commitment to corporate social investment.
General Motors Announces Plan to Exit South Africa: AUTO manufacturers General Motors and Isuzu Motors announced last week their respective future plans for the Isuzu, Chevrolet and Opel brands in South Africa, subject to local regulatory requirements.
NAAMSA’s Brief Response to GM’s Exit from SA: NAAMSA is not able to comment on specific aspects of the decision and matters of detail – these will no doubt be addressed by the company in the near to medium term future.
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