The supervisory board of Steinhoff International Holdings NV has taken note of the concerns raised by stakeholders and has decided to delete sections relating to additional payments for independent directors from the resolution on director remuneration which is to be considered at the company’s annual general meeting on 20 April. The company has explained in an announcement that at the request of the independent directors, it will delete from the resolution the proposals for additional compensation for independent directors, and will instead refer these proposals to the new supervisory board to be appointed at the AGM.
Steinhoff acting chair Ms Heather Sonn said the changes had been made at the request of the directors concerned, who did not want the proposal to detract from other critical matters that had to be considered at the AGM.
“There has been a lot of adverse comment and criticism about these proposals, much of it based on a misunderstanding of what was being proposed and why the supervisory board felt the payments were warranted,” she said. Continue reading
Xperia’s new flagships leads the competition with 5 other premium smartphones.
South Africa, Johannesburg – 05 April 2018 – Go up to 36 hours without worrying about charging your Xperia XZ2! According to a recent technical assessment by Strategy Analytics, Sony Mobile’s newest flagship smartphones, Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact have the world’s longest battery life compared with the five leading smartphones. Under conditions experienced by a typical smartphone user, Sony’s Xperia XZ2 lasted for 36 hours and Xperia XZ2 Compact lasted for 34 hours. The assessment measured the time taken for each device to fail through battery exhaustion. Testing was conducted twice under each scenario and the average time taken to discharge the battery is reported in these results. This performance represents a leading position for Sony’s Xperia XZ2 and XZ2 Compact smartphones against leading premium smartphones.
TAKING THE WORLD BY STORM – LOCAL SINGING SENSATION DROPS LATEST SINGLE ‘CAN YOU FEEL IT’ IN COLLABORATION WITH STONEBRIDGE (MADONNA, MISSY ELLIOT) AND DAMIEN HALL
Local singing sensation and heartthrob to thousands of fans across the globe, Storm (19), is again attracting massive international interest with his latest single, Can You Feel It, by making it onto the musicworx charts within the first week of its release (the chart is compiled based on votes from DJs from across the world).
Can You Feel It was not only penned by Storm and Prime Circle’s very own Dale Schnettler, but the track was also remixed by the one and only Stonebridge (Madonna, Missy Elliot) and Damien Hall – testament to the star power of this youngster who was born in Johannesburg during the summer of 1999.
Storm first burst onto the South African music scene at age 16 with his debut single, Keep Calm, which shot to No1. Far from a one-hit-wonder, he repeated the success with Rhythm & You, which not only topped the local charts again, but received radioplay from across the globe, including Australia, Canada, USA, UK, Italy, Germany, Sweden, Denmark and The Netherlands, receiving a stellar rating of 10 out of 10.
Last year he even composed/wrote and recorded the new anthem for Rise Against Hunger, catapulting him even further into the international limelight. Continue reading
Exhibition: Harmonia: Sacred Geometry, the pattern of existence
Artist: Gordon Froud
Venue: Standard Bank Gallery, Johannesburg
Dates: 13 April to 15 June 2018
Platonic solids with shadows. Digital print on archival paper.
Don Laka 45 Years Celebration National Tour with Soul Brothers Kickstarts
South Africa, Johannesburg – 4 April 2018 – The two musical giants’ idea conceived over 30 years ago to bridge the gap between jazz and mbaqanga music genres will come to live on Saturdays, 7th and 14th April at the Soweto Theatre and Joburg Theatre respectively, when Don Laka – the Kwai Jazz legend – and super Mbaqanga group, Soul Brothers bring music fans the never-heard or seen production of their first leg of the 45th celebration national tour.
The tour is the first in Mzansi and neighboring countries where Kwai Jazz and Mbaqanga genres unite on one stage and take the experience across the country and outside the borders of South Africa.
“The time is now to bring this art to our fans. This show is aimed at us celebrating a decade short of a century of crafting, perfecting and sharing the art of music with our fans. This time we want music lovers to partake in a combined mastery which shows that albeit the two genres may sound different, they are actually very similar. Prepare to be wowed,” says Don Laka.
The two musical legends’ inaugural tour show at the Soweto Theatre promises to entertain and give an experience of a lifetime with a world-class band and rare performances. Patrons can expect among other performances, Don Laka fusing his internationally acclaimed Kwai Jazz magic with existing Soul Brothers music. Soul Brothers will return the favour by blending in their award-winning sound on Don Laka’s catalogue. All this will be an exclusive live treat for concert attendees and a memorable experience for music lovers.
At the launch of this tour, Soul Brothers’ only surviving founding member – Moses Ngwenya – said that this opportunity brings back the spirit of his late colleagues, and that he feels like they will join in on stage and give fans an unforgettable performance. “I am inviting all mbaqanga fans to come and experience the Kwai Jazz treat, and Laka’s music in a different way when we bring the Mbaqanga element to it on stage,” he says.
Don Laka will also perform gems from his album, Reflections.
Do not miss this opportunity, tickets are available at www.sowetotheatre.co.za starting from R300 per person.
The tour will also take place outside SA boarders in Swaziland, Botswana and Namibia.
Programme: The Challenge – Vendettas
Time: 22:50 CAT
Channel: MTV (DStv channel 130)
MTV has thrown together 28 cream-of-the-crop reality TV celebs in The Challenge:Vendettas. These reality TV stars are angry and have revenge on the cards. Stars from MTV UK’s Ex on the Beach and Geordie Shore along with contestants from Big Brother will join The Challenge fan favourites as they travel to Spain to pursue their personal vendettas against one another. This season, for the first time, every player is out solely for themselves, not their team. Only one winner will come out on top, competing to win the final prize that has the potential to exceed US $500 000.Programme: Jersey Shore – Family Vacation
Date: Thursday 12 April
Time: 21:15 CAT
Channel: MTV (DStv channel 130)
Get dressed up and head to Let’s Dance on at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest on 21 April 2018, for a night of ballroom and langarm dancing. Well-known dance DJ, Brian Bohorn, will be kicking off the evening, followed by the Cool Sounds dance band playing foot-tapping, old-school hits.
“There is nothing more fun than an evening of ‘langarm’ dancing,” says Elouise Matthys, the PR and Promotions Manager at GrandWest. “This is going to be a wonderful night of dancing and socialising with other dance lovers.”
Dance lovers can expect to whirl away the evening to quickstep, waltz, foxtrot, jive, cha-cha and sokkie, while enjoying Let’s Dance’s easy, entertaining atmosphere.
Let’s Dance is on 21 April 2018 at Sun Exhibits, GrandWest. Tickets are available from Computicket at R150 per person and include a platter for a table of ten. There will be a cash bar at the venue. Doors open at 19h00 and dancing will start at 20h00 until 01h00.
The City of Cape Town’s Electricity Services Department is facing continued denial of entry to Gugulethu and surrounding areas to attend to electricity outages. So far, about 1 000 customers are without electricity supply in the area as a result of threats to staff and this number will continue to rise while the situation remains unresolved. It is also affecting new electrification projects in the area that have been stopped in response to the intimidation. Read more below:
A group of local Gugulethu contractors has demanded that all City contracting work in the area should be allocated to the local contractors exclusively. Although the City has given much focus on local labour components in all of its contracts and supply chain management processes, demands that tenders be given exclusively to only one grouping of contractors cannot be agreed to.
The group in question has been threatening City officials and contractors and preventing them from doing their jobs.
This group has also demanded that all municipal arrears be written off for Gugulethu residents. However, as per the City’s debt policies, arrears are regularly written off for qualifying indigent people and this is based on case-specific conditions. Those who do qualify for debt relief are urged to apply for assistance at their local municipal walk-in centre. The City cannot follow a blanket approach to these matters.
‘The City will do everything in its power to resolve this matter but we urge all parties to work with us to ensure that services are restored. We will not tolerate any violence or the continued bullying tactics which are currently affecting some of our customers,’ said the City’s Mayoral Committee Member for Area Central, Councillor Siyabulela Mamkeli.
The City apologises for the inconvenience.
It’s been said that food is either your best medicine or slowest poison. With World Health Day approaching on Saturday, 7 April, Luane Lavery, Brand Communication Manager for British Airways and kulula.com, offers the following advice for travellers.
Don’t gas and go: some people find that foods with plenty of onions, cabbage and beans make them feel gassy and bloated, and these symptoms can be aggravated by air travel. If you’re affected like that, avoid those foods before flying to prevent discomfort for yourself and other travellers. Some people find that sipping peppermint tea and cutting down on fizzy or sugary drinks ease these symptoms.
Hydrate: consumers are increasingly aware of the environmental impact of single-use plastic and dropping a little cash on reusable bottles. You can carry yours onboard and the flight attendants will refill it for you when you need it. As a simple rule, sip 250ml of water for every hour on the plane.
Moderation rules: a glass of good wine or a perfectly chilled beer are appropriate rewards for doing grown-up stuff like travelling to be an ambassador for your business, or to celebrate embarking on that well-earned holiday. Drinking the drinks-trolley dry? Not so much. It’s bad for your health in many ways and you’ll feel poorly afterwards. Stick to the legal limit whether or not you’re driving after your flight and you’ll feel ready to enjoy what comes after your flight, whether it’s a presentation or vacation. The same applies to caffeine: one or two good, strong coffees are a treat; more than three can leave you jittery and nauseas.
Crunch-time for road warriors: Foods with crackle and crunch, like carrots, lettuce, celery, apples and nuts, have been shown to aid concentration, so if you need to finish that winning PowerPoint presentation on plane, opt for those foods, or arrange for them with the airline beforehand. (See how to do that at the end of this piece.) Continue reading