20 November 2012Dachser South Africa, the local division of the global logistics service provider and transport company, has opened a branch in Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape province.This is Dachser’s fourth South African branch office, adding to locations in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.“This office has been in the pipeline for some time, driven by expanding opportunities in the Eastern Cape,” managing director of Dachser South Africa, Detlev Duve, said in a statement last week.Dachser plans to harness the opportunities brought by the continuous growth in the logistics industry in the Eastern Cape since the inception of the Port of Ngqura, approximately 20 kilometres northeast of Port Elizabeth at the mouth of the Coega River.“It is important to us to offer our customers, particularly in the automotive industry, a transport solution and a connection to our global logistics network from Port Elizabeth to the rest of South Africa,” said managing director Dachser Air & Sea Logistics, Thomas Reuter.Harold Thomas has been appointed manager of the Port Elizabeth branch office. With more than 30 years of experience in the freight industry, Thomas will lead a team of highly skilled staff recruited from the Port Elizabeth area.“Dachser South Africa is committed to employing and training local staff. Job creation will continue to be important to us, especially given the high unemployment rate in the region,” Duve said.Dachser was founded by Thomas Dachser in Kempten, Germany in 1930 as a haulage company. It has since grown to include offices in the rest of Europe, Asia, the United States, South America, as well as South Africa.SAinfo reporter
December 18, 2019
11 January 2013 South African Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant has called on striking workers, unions and farmers in the Western Cape to settle their disputes through negotiation, to exercise their rights responsibly and to refrain from violence. The minister’s call, made on Friday, follows attempts by Labour Director-General Nkosinathi Nhleko to broker a peace deal between trade unions and Agri-SA in Cape Town. The department said the attempt seems to have been rejected by farm owners’ representatives. There have reportedly been sporadic cases of violence, including the closing of national roads, since the industrial action began on Wednesday. Oliphant said that while farmworkers had every right to demonstrate, violence undermined their cause. She called for good leadership on the part of the labour movement in the sector. “I would also like to remind the leadership in the province that the current action is unprocedural and therefore the workers are not protected by labour laws. They have to think carefully about what they are exposing workers to and whether in the end it is worth their while,” Oliphant said. “I would also like to call on the farmers to engage their workers on the best way forward. At the end of the day, the main thing is negotiation between employer and employee, and so far I am not convinced that there is a serious attempt by farmers to negotiate.” The workers are demanding a daily wage of R150. Currently, the minimum wage, as set out in the agricultural sector determination, is R69. Agri-SA has said it has no mandate to negotiate in the matter and that the demands were “unrealistic” and would drive its members out of business. At the same time, farmers in the Western Cape have not been forthcoming in terms of putting a counter-offer on the table. Instead, they have been insisting on a sectoral determination process, which is under way by the Labour Department. The strike takes place parallel with the public hearings process through which the department is soliciting views from labour and business about the new sectoral determination, due to kick in at the beginning of March. The process will be consolidated by the Employment Conditions Commission (ECC), the body which advises the minister on wages and conditions of employment, for her final decision. Oliphant said it was unfortunate that farmers had sought to negate the principle of negotiations and collective bargaining. “This does not augur well for stability and industrial peace in the sector.” For their part, unions have said workers have “borne the brunt of economic violence” from employers in the form of “slave wages”, and alleged that some workers had not being paid over the festive season. During November’s farmworker strikes, there were reports of damage to property, with 271 workers arrested for public violence and heightened tension on the farms as employers brought in private security. Source: SANews.gov.za
December 18, 2019
South African artist William Kentridge launches his Centre for the Less Good Idea in Johannesburg during March 2017, a multidisciplinary showcase of unconventional art experiences by established and up-and-coming local artists.Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea/ Stella Olivier)CD AndersonInspired by the Tswana proverb “if the good doctor can’t cure you, find the less good doctor”, renowned South African artist William Kentridge has created the Centre for the Less Good Idea as a way to redefine South African art through fluid collaboration and improvisation with new and exciting South African cultural voices simmering below the surface of conventional art.Kentridge began the project in November 2016, and it launches its first showcase in March 2017, with more than 60 South African artists from multiple disciplines exhibiting between 1 and 5 March at three venues at the Arts on Main complex in Johannesburg’s Maboneng Precinct.The space will be used to highlight short-form works that explore artistic expression outside the bounds of a conventional theatre or gallery. The works are ongoing, dynamic pieces, ranging from dance to visual arts and theatre, where collaboration and improvisation are enthusiastically encouraged.“Often, you start with a good idea. It might seem crystal clear at first, but when you put it to work the cracks and fissures emerge in its surface, and they cannot be ignored.” says Kentridge about the philosophy of the centre. “Those less good ideas found in trying to address the cracks in the first idea, that become the core of the work … the act of playing with an idea, you can recognise those things that you didn’t know in advance, but knew were somewhere inside you”.The curators for this first season — the centre hopes to present two seasons of exhibits each year – include theatre director Khayelihle Dominique Gumede, poet Lebo Mashile, choreographer Gregory Maqoma and Kentridge himself.“This explosion of creativity has not only stretched every collaborator within this inaugural season but it has also reinstalled the bravery to genuinely explore beyond and to fail extravagantly if need be,” says Gumede.Maqoma says the project is a good incubator for fresh ideas: “What makes it great is the gut to test it, otherwise you will not know. This is what the centre is about – discovering the essence of artistic collisions and allowing creativity to emerge without the fear of failure.”A fresh new look at how South Africans create and consume art is what attracted Mashile to the project: “I cannot imagine a piece of writing that cannot be made better by the interpretation of a dancer, theatre director or filmmaker. I want to tell stories and figure out where they should live instead of forcing them into a box.”Tony Miyambo in Kafka’s Ape. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)Dancer Thulani Chauke, composer João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga and actor Tony Miyambo are some of the big names among the more than 60 performers, including dancers, poets, musicians, visual artists and even boxers, who will collide, collaborate and develop six events over the season.Composer João Renato Orecchia Zúñiga. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, William Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)Highlights include a performance of Kafka’s Ape, a 2015 National Arts Festival Silver Ovation Award winner. Miyambo and director Phala O Phala give a fresh and uniquely African reinterpretation of Franz Kafka’s ideas on human transformation using dramatic physicality.Zúñiga will lead an improvised performance of dance, music and visual art that includes a 10-piece experimental ensemble and an Isicathamiya choir.South African artist William Kentridge. Finding unique ways to uncover new forms of African artistic expression, Kentridge’s Less Good Idea project emphasises collaboration, improvisation and experimentation. (Image: The Centre for the Less Good Idea)For more information on dates, times for performances at the Centre for the Less Good Idea, please visit the website.Source: Huffington Post, The Centre for the Less Good IdeaWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
December 16, 2019
Lately I have been struggling with identifying the core concepts of green building and remodeling. For years I was comfortable with a list of four items: energy efficiency, durability, indoor environmental quality, and resource efficiency. Then I got an earful from my little unibrowed buddy, Michael Anschel, who pinpoints five core concepts: energy efficiency, water efficiency, resource efficiency, indoor environmental quality, and site and community impact. We had a spirited discussion about it, recorded for posterity, where I convinced him that he needed to include durability, based on my argument that too many professionals still have a long way to go toward making buildings durable.Then Martin Holladay comes up with his “Green Homes Don’t Need to Be Durable” blog post, which he won’t let go of. Now I am really starting to question my own sanity and that of everyone else in the green building industry.Let’s Try to Come Up with a NumberAfter a quick review of green building programs that I am familiar with, LEED for Homes has seven sections; the National Green Building Standard has six; Minnesota Green Star has five; and EarthCraft House has nine. Okay, now I am totally confused.On top of this, I am currently working on a green building textbook with Abe Kruger, and we have come up with eight principles: energy efficiency, resource efficiency, durability, water efficiency, indoor environmental quality, community impact, homeowner education and maintenance, and sustainable site development. I realize that in the end, everyone is heading in the same direction via slightly different routes. Demand is rising, both in the industry and among consumers, for a single green standard that everyone can follow. While I can see that happening eventually, I expect that it will take a long time for all the existing programs to distill themselves down to a single, consistent standard. In the meantime, we will have to work with what we have.
November 28, 2019
Acting on information that some Delhi-based businessmen were in touch with a few South African cricketers, Delhi Police tapped the phone in Cronje’s hotel room. Excerpts from a conversation with bookie Sanjay Chawla:Sanjay: HelloHansie: HelloSanjay: Hello, hi HansieHansie: Hello, hi SanjaySanjay: Yeah, I am in the lobby at the moment.,Acting on information that some Delhi-based businessmen were in touch with a few South African cricketers, Delhi Police tapped the phone in Cronje’s hotel room. Excerpts from a conversation with bookie Sanjay Chawla:Sanjay: HelloHansie: HelloSanjay: Hello, hi HansieHansie: Hello, hi SanjaySanjay: Yeah, I am in the lobby at the moment. Is it possible I can drop in for a few minutes?Hansie:Where are you? In the lobby?Sanjay:Yes.Hansie:You can come in.Sanjay: I can come in?Hansie:Yes, I am in 346.Sanjay: All right, see you in two minutes.Hansie:Yeah, okay. (Pause)Hansie: I had a look at pitch today, it can turn big.Sanjay: Is Strydom playing?Hansie:Yes, he is playing.Sanjay: Boje?Hansie: Boje is playing.Sanjay:Yeah, Boje is playing … and who is playing? Gibbs?Hansie: Gibbs and myself.Sanjay: Anybody else?Hansie: No.Sanjay: But you have only four withyou and not anybody else?Hansie: No.Sanjay: Klusener? No one?Hansie: No, no, impossible.(Pause)Hansie: The other guys are already angry with me because I have not received their money you know.Sanjay: No, but I told you but I havealready given him altogether 60.Hansie: Okay.Sanjay: And tomorrow I can deposit the money in your account, it is not a problem because of the time difference.Hansie: Okay, I have spoken. Yes,everything is fine. Spoken to Gibbsand to Williams and Strydom. Everything is fine.Sanjay: Alright, okay. And how many runs for Gibbs?Hansie: Less than 20. Sanjay: Okay, so everything is according to plan. They have to score at least 250? Hansie:Yes. Sanjay: If you score 270, it is off ? Hansie: Okay. The guys want 25. Sanjay: Alright, okay. Hansie: So that’s 75 for those three and … what can you pay me?Sanjay:You say. Hansie: You give me 140 for everybody. Sanjay: 140 altogether?Hansie:Yes. Sanjay: Okay. And one last thing I want to ask you. You know just in case India bat first and if they get out for less then 250 and when you come to bat in second innings, is it possible that you could ask Gibbs to … his wicket … we will score him out. And try and score slowly and not so fast so that you know … may be we can get out of it. Hansie: Okay. Sanjay: And just in case India is out for less than 250 if they bat first.Hansie: Okay, I will tell him. Sanjay:Yeah? Hansie: I will tell him Sanjay: And because if he starts scoring so early then we won’t be able to get out of it. Hansie: Okay. Not so early for the first five or six in the Indian innings.Sanjay:Yeah Hansie: Okay.advertisement
November 7, 2019
The 2009 New South Wales State Cup saw Hennessey’s Hornsby Lions take out the Men’s Open title, and six weeks later he was part of the Australian Men’s Open side that defeated New Zealand in Auckland in the 2010 Trans Tasman Series.March saw Hennessey’s Sydney Scorpions side win the 2010 X-Blades National Touch League final for the first time in 10 years, while earlier this month Hennessey led the Hornsby Vawdon Cup Men’s Premier League side to the title over the Penrith Panthers, where he was named Player of the Final. And last weekend he stepped out in the red, white and green of the Wanneroo Lions, being a key factor in their 2010 WA Be Active State Championships Men’s Open’s title.2010 was the second year that Hennessey has played in the WA State Championships, something that he enjoyed being a part of. “Chance Bunce and I were playing in a side last year and he moved over here for Rugby and we could have one import per team, so he just rang me up and said he was starting a new side so if I wanted to come over and help the boys I could, so I said yes.”Hennessey was instrumental in Wanneroo’s title win at the WA State Championships, having a hand in the majority of the Lions touchdowns in their grand final win over the Southern Stars, which they won 10-8. He was impressed with the talent he witnessed at the event this year, and says he has definitely seen an improvement since last year’s championships. “This year it was heaps better, last year we were playing and our team wasn’t that good and we were still going pretty good against all of the sides. ““This year everyone’s trying really hard and it’s heaps better and they are learning from going to National Touch League’s or I’m not sure if they are getting videos, but they are learning,” he said. As well as playing in the tournament, Hennessey was also able to help the players in his team, sharing some of his experience and knowledge. “I’ve called a few of them aside and told them a few things, I think they’ve taken it in and hopefully they are getting something out of me being here.”Hennessey got the chance to meet the team from Ramingining, East Arnhem Land, on Sunday, something that both parties got a real benefit from. “It was unreal, a few of them they struggle with their English but they were telling me how they got over here and they’ve only been playing for three months. It’s unreal, they are the nicest blokes,” Hennessey said. To see all of the results, news and highlights of the 2010 Be Active WA State Championships, please visit the following website:www.statechamps.com.au
October 16, 2019
X-Files star Gillian Anderson spoke up for orcas during SeaWorld’s online annual meeting this week.She will submited a question on behalf of PETA — which owns stock in the company in order to educate stakeholders and propose policy changes — asking SeaWorld to build coastal sanctuaries for the long-suffering captive orcas. Her question follows the National Aquarium’s announcement that it will be sending the eight dolphins there — one of whom was born at SeaWorld — to a seaside sanctuary.The full text of Anderson’s question for SeaWorld on behalf of PETA follows:“My name is Gillian Anderson, and I have a question on behalf of PETA. We thank SeaWorld for ending its orca-breeding program. This decision is a blessing for future generations of orcas, who will never endure the misery of life in a concrete tank. But for the 23 orcas who are still languishing at SeaWorld, it’s not enough.“Esteemed scientists and orca researchers have endorsed seaside sanctuaries in ocean coves, where orcas who have suffered for years at SeaWorld would be able to enjoy some semblance of a natural life and finally feel the ocean currents. In SeaWorld’s tanks, orcas break their teeth gnawing on bars and concrete, and they go insane from the reverberations of their sophisticated sonar off the tank walls. They’re separated from their families and forced to live in incompatible groups. Captivity is slowly killing them—and quickly killing Sea World’s profits. SeaWorld stock continues to plunge, earnings remain down, and visitors aren’t coming back.“SeaWorld must follow the lead of the National Aquarium, which is moving all eight of its dolphins — including 17-year-old Jade, who was born at SeaWorld Orlando — to a seaside sanctuary, a decision that has met with overwhelming public support.“Given the tide of public opinion against orca captivity, my question is: When will SeaWorld retire the orcas to protected sea sanctuaries and reinvent the park with attractions glorifying the ocean, rather than traumatizing its most intelligent inhabitants? Thank you.”PETA — whose motto reads, in part, that “animals are not ours to use for entertainment” — has owned stock in SeaWorld since the company went public in 2013 and asked questions at its annual meetings in 2014 and 2015. PETA withdrew this year’s shareholder resolution, submitted in December 2015, asking for an end to SeaWorld’s orca-breeding program after the company’s March 2016 announcement that it would do exactly that.
September 30, 2019
Derrick Rose tweaked his right knee during Friday night’s 98-95 loss to the Portland Trailblazers in Portland.The Chicago Bulls star, who sat out last season following surgery on his left knee, drove to the basket anticipating a pass from teammate Joakim Noah, which was picked off. On his way back on defense, Rose’s right knee buckled. He limped off the court and did return to the game.He appeared in pain as he limped to the sideline and was checked by team trainers on the bench for several minutes before being assisted to the locker room.Bulls head coach Tom Thibodeau said he was concerned about Rose’s health and said he would undergo an MRI on Saturday.“He has pain and it felt like he couldn’t push off his right knee,” said Thibodeau, who balked at speculating any further on the extent of the injury.Rose led the Bulls with 20 points, five rebounds and three assists before leaving the game late in the third quarter.
September 28, 2019
Ohio State redshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber (left) speaks with running backs coach Tony Alford (right) prior to the Buckeyes’ season-opening 49-21 win over Indiana on Aug. 31 in Bloomington, Indiana. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorOhio State head coach Urban Meyer addressed the media Monday afternoon two days after the Buckeyes’ 54-21 win against UNLV. Here are our takeaways.Injury and suspension updatesRunning back Mike Weber (hamstring) has been cleared to play and middle linebacker Chris Worley (foot sprain) was listed as probable for their game against Rutgers, Meyer said. Neither entered last Saturday’s game against UNLV.Though the Buckeyes will return multiple starters against Rutgers, Ohio State received bad news as Meyer announced redshirt freshman defensive tackle Malik Barrow will miss the rest of the season with a torn ACL. Redshirt sophomore defensive tackle Robert Landers is probable for Saturday’s game. He did not play against UNLV and was wearing a walking boot during pregame warmups.Redshirt sophomore backup quarterback Joe Burrow, who suffered a broken bone in his throwing hand prior to the season, played in his first game of the season Saturday and completed all four passes he threw for 37 yards. He only played one offensive series, compared with fellow backup quarterback Dwayne Haskins, who led the offense for seven series.“Last week I wasn’t going to put him in harm’s way,” Meyer said. “Joe is such a tough guy. He thought he was ready after seven days. It’s a broken bone. So that’s why he went in later.”Redshirt senior defensive tackle Michael Hill will not play against Rutgers due to an ongoing suspension for undisclosed reasons.Offensive line important as everLast year, junior right tackle Isaiah Prince struggled mightily and the issues continued as he gave up two sacks during Ohio State’s 31-16 loss to Oklahoma. But Prince, whom Meyer said had his best week of practice, was named the offensive player of the game by Ohio State’s coaching staff for his performance against UNLV.Prince’s improvement will be key to the Buckeyes’ offensive success. Meyer called Ohio State an “offensive line-driven program.” In 2016, Ohio State had two first-team All-American offensive linemen, center Pat Elflein and right guard Billy Price. “I think any coach would stand in front of you and say if your offensive line becomes best in the conference, you’re probably going to win the conference,” Meyer said. “And last year we were not and we did not. So that means that we should be in the hunt if we continue to grow as an offensive line, and Isaiah is a big part of that.”Chris Ash and what makes a good head coachFew coaches have a coaching tree as vast as Meyer. From Texas coach Tom Herman to Cincinnati coach Luke Fickell and South Florida coach Charlie Strong, Meyer has been influential in the careers of many of his former assistants.Rutgers coach Chris Ash looks on during a game against the Washington Huskies at Husky Stadium in Seattle, WA on Saturday, Sept. 3.Credit: Courtesy of Rutgers Athletic CommunicationsTherefore, he has seen what types of personalities work as head coaches and what don’t.“I think if he lives in a little-tunnel world, sometimes those are your best assistant coaches, but they’re not meant to be a head coach,” Meyer said. “If they’re big picture people, and I think especially in college, the recruiting aspect, they can’t be good; they have to be your best recruiter on your staff or they’re going to fail.”Rutgers coach Chris Ash, whom the Buckeyes will face off against Saturday night, worked under Meyer as Ohio State’s co-defensive coordinator and safeties coach in 2014 and 2015 before taking his first head coaching job.Meyer said he thinks the Scarlet Knights have one of the most improved defenses in the country in Ash’s second year at the helm.“I knew Chris was going to be — he’s one of the best we’ve had,” Meyer said. “And obviously did a great job. We went from most missed tackles in college football to the fewest.”