E Cape: big sky, big fish, Big Five!

first_img5 May 2003The Eastern Cape’s tourism sector is pitching to align its Big Five game reserves with the popular Cape Town and Garden Route international tourist destinations.The Eastern Cape, still the poorest part of South Africa, has experienced massive growth in the tourism sector. Tourism MEC Enoch Godongwana announced last week that the sector netted the province a staggering R4-billion last year, ascribing the success to the government and the Eastern Cape Tourism’s marketing drive abroad.The success can also be linked to positive contributions from the private sector, and the department of health’s effort to keep the province a malaria- and bilharzia-free zone.Tourism operators say tourism infrastructure in the Eastern Cape has grown to take advantage of the province’s newfound status as a “happening” international destination.Emergence of world-class game reservesOne critical area of change has been the rapid amalgamation of stock farms into massive game-viewing reserves or hunting and game-producing farms.Johannesburg-based Lodge Logistics MD Keith Stannard said the emergence of world-class reserves like Shamwari and Kwandwe has placed the province “within striking distance” for international tourists visiting Cape Town and touring the Garden Route.Cape Town is one of the world’s top tourism destinations, and the Garden Route is regarded as a prime self-drive option.One tourism observer said tourists seeking the Big Five game experience to complete their trip to South Africa are often forced to fly or drive to KwaZulu-Natal or Mpumalanga reserves. According to this observer, the Eastern Cape’s bite of the Cape Town-Garden Route package has grown by 3% in the last two years, up from 8% in 2001 to 11% last year.According to local operators, tourists are saying that their Eastern Cape add-on tour was “very convenient”, “cost-efficient”, “saved time”.Big Five? How about the Big Seven!Frontier Country Marketing Association chairperson Peter Repinz says the Eastern Cape, once the “forgotten jewel of tourism in southern Africa”, has been building up its infrastructure for over a decade.There are now at least 12 game reserves in the market, some more advanced than others, but soon most will be offering the Big Five – and a cheeky extension of the formula, the “Big Seven”, that includes southern right whales and great white sharks.Inspired by the world-class Shamwari reserve, and then the Kwandwe on banks of the Great Fish River, Repinz said new reserves like Amakhala, Kariega and Lalibela had expanded the market to offer great opportunities to international operations.While Shamwari has captured the world’s top awards and the patronage of British royalty, Kwandwe’s elephants, lions and leopards are also packing in top-paying clients. Since Kwandwe opened its doors in 2001, not a single bed has gone empty.Kwandwe managing director Angus Sholto-Douglas said Desantis, an American eco-tourism investor, has invested R100-million in the 20-farm reserve, creating 140 jobs.From ‘soft’ to ‘extreme’ adventure sportsUnspoilt landscape is a strong point cited by most role players, who say that such landscapes attract both “soft” and “extreme” adventure sport lovers interested in activities like 4×4 trail riding, mountain biking, fly-fishing, surfing, windsurfing, diving, sailing and, lately, even government-sponsored bolted rock-climbing, one of Europe’s huge pursuits.Mountain tourism routes have shot up around Hogsback in the Amatola range, Barkley East, Rhodes Village, Nieu-Bethesda’s Owl House and historic Graaff-Reinet, all of which offer a baseline benefit of simple tranquillity under big blue skies.Local promoters add that the Eastern Cape can also trade on its controversial frontier history. Europeans, particularly, are fascinated about how their Dutch, British and German colonial ancestors struggled and prospered on the turbulent Eastern Cape frontier – or met a grim fate on the battlefields during the 100-year war against the Xhosa (1779-1878).Big drawcards for such visitors are the well-maintained settler architecture of farmsteads, homes and public buildings in places like Bathurst, Grahamstown, Port Elizabeth and East London; eateries and historic pubs; and African arts and crafts.With its growth in infrastructure, rapid market repositioning, and unspoilt landscape, the Eastern Cape is starting to offer a winning tourism package.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

A look back at national election results

first_imgStaff writerSouth Africa has held five national elections since 1994, one every five years. As we await the results of the country’s latest national vote, which took place on 7 May 2014 in South Africa’s 20th year of democracy, we look back at past election results.The relative number of National Assembly seats in Parliament political parties have won in South Africa’s four previous democratic elections.The proportional representation systemThe proportional representation system is also called the party list system. Every vote counts. The total number of votes cast for a party decides the number of seats it gets in Parliament.Parties draw up lists of candidates, and the number of people that get in will be decided by the number of seats the party wins. This is the system used in all South African national elections since 1994, and will be used in this year’s elections.For example:Party A: 100 000 votes – 100 seatsParty B: 20 000 votes – 20 seatsParty C: 50 000 votes – 50 seatsThe first 100 people on Party A’s list will get seats in Parliament, as will the first 20 people on Party B’s list and the first 50 people on Party C’s list.The 1994 electionsThe struggles waged by exiled liberation movements and communities inside South Africa, together with international pressure, led to the unbanning of organisations and a negotiated transition period, including the drawing up of a democratic Constitution.The resulting 1994 elections were historic because they were the first-ever non-racial democratic vote in South Africa.After fighting for so long for democracy, 19.7-million South Africans cast their ballots, with a turnout of 86.9% of registered voters. 1994 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)62.7%252National Party (NP)20.4%82Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)10.5%43Freedom Front (FF)2.2%9Democratic Party (DP)1.8%7Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)1.3%5African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)0.5%2The 1999 electionsThe 1996 Constitution said that there must be elections every five years, so new national and provincial elections had to be held before the end of July 1999. The were held on 2 June 1999, with 16.2-million South Africans voting for a registered voter turnout of 89.3%.1999 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)66.4%266Democratic Party (DP)9.6%38Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)8.6%34New National Party (NNP)6.9%28United Democratic Movement (UDM)3.4%14African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)1.4%6Freedom Front (FF)0.8%3United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.8%3Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.7%3Federal Alliance (FA)0.5%2Minority Front (MF)0.3%1Afrikaner Eenheidsbeweging (AEB)0.3%1Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.2%1The 2004 electionsSouth Africa’s third democratic national and provincial elections were held on 14 April 2004.2004 NATIONAL ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)69.7%279Democratic Alliance (DA)12.4%50Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)7.0%28United Democratic Movement (UDM)2.3%9Independent Democrats (ID)1.7%7New National Party (NNP)1.7%7African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)1.6%6Freedom Front Plus (FF+)0.9%4United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.753Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.733Minority Front (MF)0.352Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.252The 2009 electionsThe fourth democratic national and provincial elections were held on 22 April 2009.2009 ELECTION RESULTSVotes wonNational Assembly seatsAfrican National Congress (ANC)65.9%264Democratic Alliance (DA)16.7%67Congress of the People (Cope)7.4%30Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP)4.6%18Independent Democrats (ID)0.9%4United Democratic Movement (UDM)0.9%4Freedom Front Plus (FF+)0.8%4African Christian Democratic Party (ACDP)0.8%3United Christian Democratic Party (UCDP)0.4%2Pan Africanist Congress (PAC)0.3%1Minority Front (MF)0.3%1Azanian People’s Organisation (Azapo)0.2%1African People’s Convention (APC)0.2%1last_img read more

Press release: Deputy Minister of Communications joins the South Africa’s Men’s Hockey Team to Commemorate International Mandela Day

first_imgDeputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala will spend International Mandela Day on Tuesday 18 July 2017 with Brand South Africa and the South African Men’s Hockey Team at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home in Midrand.Ms Tandi Mahambehlala is South Africa’s Deputy Minister of Communications. (Image: GovernmentZA, Flickr)Johannesburg, Friday 14 July 2017 – Brand South Africa will host the Deputy Minister of Communications, Ms Tandi Mahambehlala and the SA Men’s Hockey Team – who are competing in the Hockey World League Semi-Finals currently underway in Johannesburg at the Wits Hockey Stadium, to commemorate International Mandela Day at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home on 18 July 2017.International Mandela Day is a commemorative day inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices.To honour the late African leaders’ epic struggle, setbacks, renewed hope and ultimate triumph – the United Nations General Assembly via unanimous decision proclaimed Mandela’s birthday, 18 July, as Nelson Mandela International Day in 2009, to mark his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle.It called on individuals to donate 67 minutes to doing something for others, commemorating the 67 years that Mandela had been a part of the movement.“The world remains beset by so much suffering , poverty and deprivation it is in your hands to make of our world a better one for all this famous call to action by our Former President Nelson Mandela is a continuation of legacy, which calls upon all South Africans of all races and creeds to unite and act against poverty,” said the Deputy Minister of Communications Ms Tandi Mahambehlala.This International Mandela Day activation – led Brand South Africa in collaboration with and partners the South African Hockey Association and the Going the Extra Mile (GEM) Project, is premised on Brand South Africa’s mandate to promote pride and patriotism among South Africa by working collaboratively with government, business and civil society.This Mandela Day – Brand South Africa with its aforementioned partners, call on all South Africans to play their part and act against poverty and unite to make a change that’ll enhance the willingness of members of a society to cooperate with each other in order to survive and prosper for a better country and future.Media are invited to join the SA Men’s Hockey Team at the New Jerusalem Children’s Home as follows:Date: Tuesday 18 July 2017Time: 09h30 – 11h00Venue: 138 Steyn Road, President Park, Midrand, 1685RSVPs: Tsabeng Nthite on tsabengn@brandsouthafrica.com or Tel: +27 11 712 5061Follow the conversation on @MahambehlalaT; @Brand_SA and #ActionAgainstPoverty.last_img read more

Career Opportunity: Director of Strategic Partnerships and Nationwide Services

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest  Leave a CommentThe Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is seeking a director of strategic partnerships who has a proven track record in creating and managing key relationships that will increase the visibility and brand of the organization. The candidate will strategize, develop and lead efforts in creating partnership activities for the organization. A bachelor’s degree in business, agriculture, agriculture business, communications, agricultural communications, marketing or related field is desired. Must have excellent networking skills, strong project management abilities, outstanding communication skills both verbal and written and solid sales and financial management skills. Experience in a membership association and nonprofit environment and a passion for agriculture are preferred. Competitive salary and benefits package offered.Please respond with a cover letter and resumé by email to [email protected].Deadline to apply: Sept. 20, 2019Primary Duties:1. Implement new and grow existing partnerships.2. Strategize, develop and direct effective partnership activities for the organization.3. Lead efforts, designated by the VP of Strategic Partnerships, related to growing the OFBF and Nationwide relationship including:Working with the senior consultant, business development for Nationwide Sponsor Relations; business development field director for OFBF; organization directors; Nationwide agents and more to develop mutually beneficial business opportunities.Strengthen relationships between Nationwide agents and associates and Farm Bureau programs that enhance sales.Develop membership and Nationwide sales opportunities.Assist in Land as Your Legacy programming.Develop strategies to expand Nationwide’s financial and commercial product and service portfolio within Farm Bureau membership base.Work with organization directors and county leadership to promote Nationwide partnership, products and services.4. Lead efforts, designated by the VP Strategic Partnerships, to grow additional existing partnerships and develop new partnership opportunities, including assisting in the identification of potential partnerships, benefit needs of relevant stakeholders and new market opportunities.5. Champion and manage new projects to create stronger partnerships.6. Manage the relationship, as directed by VP Strategic Partnerships, with members and vendors to build the brand and business.7. Collaborate within and outside the organization as needed to devise strategies and tactics for developing and growing partnerships. Liaise with partners to solve issues and communicate needs.8. Contribute to Ohio Farm Bureau media efforts as needed.9. Manage internal workflow, track revenue and expenses, track project performance, meet budgetary objectives and report to management and as directed.10. Build and maintain key contacts across the food, agriculture, business, education, political landscapes and more.11. Daily monitoring of actions of key partners and sharing content with key staff and leaders.12. Identify and prepare coworkers and members for specific events/activities.13. Plan/carryout special events.14. Collaborate with counterparts in other ag groups, state Farm Bureaus and American Farm Bureau.15. Prepare materials, communications, reports and more related to growing and maintaining strategic partnerships.Additional Duties: •    Other assignments as assigned by the Vice President of Strategic PartnershipsMINIMUM EDUCATIONAL EXPERIENCE QUALIFICATIONS –    Bachelor’s degree in business, agriculture, agriculture business, communications, agricultural communication, marketing or related fieldMINIMUM SKILL QUALIFICATIONS –    Strong networking skills –    Strong ability to communicate and develop professional relationships with a wide variety of current and potential organizational partners and members –    Excellent client-facing and internal communication skills including verbal and written, attention to detail and multitasking skills –    Strong ability to communicate on agricultural topics including (but not limited to) agricultural business, agricultural production, policy, economics, food issues, science, social issues, environmental issues –    Strong sales, project management, business, budgeting and financial management skills with a track record of successPREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS –    Minimum of five (5) years experience in a related position –    Ability to manage budgets –    Goal orientedAbout Ohio Farm BureauMission – Working together for Ohio farmers to advance agriculture and strengthen our communities.The Ohio Farm Bureau Federation is a grassroots membership organization that supports programs that ensure the growth of Ohio food and farms, such as advocating for good government policy, developing opportunities for young farmers, providing student scholarships and grants, supporting Ohio food efforts, creating food literacy programs for kids, hosting community building events and funding efforts to protect the environment, water quality, farmland preservation and more.  Leave a Commentlast_img read more

How Video Editors Can Increase Production Value Using Song Stems

first_imgTake creative control of your next video project by using song stems, and increase the production value of your video edits.One way to bring a professional workflow to your video edits is by using song stems (also known as music stems or submixes.) We’re going to dive into some of the creative ways you can use song stems, but first let’s learn exactly what a stem is.Song StemsIn order to define song stems, we need to think of our song as a complete mix. Stems are essentially portions of the mix, usually various instrument groups — bass, drums, piano, vocals, etc. When you stack all of these stems on top of each other in an edit timeline, they play back just as the complete song would.However, when you have access to each individual stem track, you can customize the song even more to suit your video project. Using stems opens a lot of creative possibilities. Let’s take a look at a few.Interviews and Film DialogueWhen you’re editing a video with dialogue and music, more often than not, you’ll have to drastically lower the volume of the entire music track to ensure the dialogue comes across clearly. This is no longer the case when you’re using song stems. Now, you can easily fade the more distracting musical elements in and out (such as drum hits or heavy bass.)This is great for interviews; it allows you to customize the mix to match the visuals and sounds of your project. One of my favorite tricks is to create suspense by slowly raising the volume of various stem tracks.Song RemixesAnother great use for stems is creating your own song remixes. You can easily do this by enabling or disabling various stem tracks for the song you’re working with. This allows you to quickly create variations of a song that keep to a similar theme (such as disabling the vocals and piano to get a mix that emphasizes the lows). It’s a great way to get more mileage out of a single song.Target Audio EffectsAlong the same lines as remixing a song, stems allow you to selectively apply audio effects. For example, in Adobe Premiere Pro, you can apply the audio effect Studio Reverb to a specific stem track, which allows you to affect something like vocals, without applying the unwanted reverb to the rest of the song mix.Another example would be using the bass effect to increase or decrease bass on specific instrument tracks. You can really get creative when mixing various effects. A few of my favorite audio effects in Premiere Pro are Vocal Enhancer, Flanger, and Studio Reverb.Splice Together SongsStems also give you the creative ability to splice two songs together. In theory, you can do this with any two songs, but it’s much easier if songs have the same number of beats per minute (BPM). You can mix and match various stem audio tracks atop each other in your timeline, or easily fade stem tracks in and out from one song into another — which is helpful when you need to transition into another song and keep your story momentum moving.Prolong Song ElementsBecause stems give us access to different pieces of a song, it’s easy to prolong sections to fit our edit. A great example would be a song’s intro or outro. You can select the audio tracks that play in the beginning or end and duplicate them before and after the song. This will give you a longer lead-in or -out. (It works great for opening or ending title credits.) You’ve likely heard a similar effect used by DJs on the radio, as they sometimes will loop a stem at the beginning of a song.Looking for more articles on working with audio? Check these out.Download, Prep, and Import Song Stems to Your Favorite NLEWAV vs MP3: Why You Need Hi-Res Audio for Your VideoCreative Ways to Use Music Loops in Your VideosAudio Tips: How to Remove Vocals in a Song Using StemsTutorial: Removing Audio Pops and Recording Audio Differentlylast_img read more