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2015 WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION AWARD WINNERS

WomenInConstThe winners of the Women in Construction Awards, recognising excellence in Africa were announced Wednesday night, 13 May 2015. Hosted by the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, the Sandton Convention Centre, in Johannesburg, South Africa saw 300 guests from the construction, cement and concrete industry celebrate, recognise and applaud the finalists for 2015.

HOW TRANSFORMED IS YOUR BUSINESS

transformThe original aims of Black Economic Empowerment, as described in the Commission Report of 2001, looks at: "redressing the imbalances of the past by seeking to substantially and equitably transfer and confer the ownership, management and control of South Africa's financial and economic resources to the majority of its citizens."

KANSIIME: EAST AFRICA’S QUEEN OF COMEDY COMING TO JOHANNESBURG

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Following the success of her Australian Tour, East Africa's queen of comedy Anne Kansiime has been booked to host awards in South Africa.

Beginning in 2007, while still an undergraduate at Makerere University, Kansiime began to participate in drama skits acted by the theatre group Theatre Factory, who played at the Uganda National Theatre in Kampala's central business district. when Theatre Factory disintegrated, she joined Theatre Fun, that replaced it. The group plays every Thursday evenings. The best skits were broadcast on NTV Uganda in the Barbed Wire TV show that later became U-Turn. She partnered with Brian Mulondo as a Taxi interview conductor in the MiniBuzz series and provided comic video dramatizations of topical issues that random passengers discussed.

TOUCHING BASE WITH THE CEO OF 21stCENTURY

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21st Century's Chris Blair describes why integrity and hard work cannot be fast tracked
Starting 21st Century from scratch has been one of the biggest accomplishments in CEO Chris Blair's life, but he isn't done yet. In the next year he wants to see the company maintaining a culture of innovation and high performance, whilst being helpful and caring with a purpose for the greater good. His vision is to see growth domestically and in Africa as well as to see operations established in South East Asia. It's no wonder that the father of two feels that he is living the life that he wants and is savouring everything that happens along the way.

TREVOR : FROM CAMEO ON ISIDINGO TO NEW HOST OF DAILY SHOW

tnoahSouth African comedian Trevor Noah is replacing comedian and political satirist Jon Stewart as the host of late-night talk and news satire television program The Daily Show, according to the New York Times. Noah debuted on show as a senior international correspondent in December 4, but was seen as a worthy replacement over big names such as Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Jason Jones. Stewart announced in February 2015 that he will be stepping down from the show later this year. He has been the show's host for over fifteen years.

DAVID ADJAYE, OBE – AFRICA’S BEST ARCHITECTURE ENTREPRENEUR

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David Adjaye OBE is recognised as a leading architect of his generation. Adjaye was born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and his influences range from contemporary art, music and science to African art forms and the civic life of cities. In 1994 he set up his first office, where his ingenious use of materials and his sculptural ability established him as an architect with an artist's sensibility and vision.

WHITES ARE EXPATRIATES, THE REST ARE IMMIGRANTS

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In 2010, we launched a magazine in South Africa known as "The Expatriate". The publication featured the lives of African professional migrants to South Africa and was subsequently renamed "The African Professional or AfricanPro" in 2013. The reason for the use of the word 'Expatriate' was deliberate to provoke the perception that it was the preserve of European migrants.
On 13 March 2015, an article by Mawuna Remarque Koutonin on this very topic went viral on theguardian.com website republished from Mawuna's website siliconafrica.com. The full text is available below:

SASA'S FIRST CEO - CREDENTIALS AND COUNTRYWIDE TOUR

SASACEOThe South African Society of Anaesthesiologists (SASA) appointed Natalie Zimmelman as its first chief executive officer towards the end of 2014.

Having garnered wide-ranging managerial experience with various professional bodies over the past decade gave Zimmelman an edge over a host of well-qualified candidates who applied for the position.

Expressing a vote of confidence in the appointment of its new head, the Council of SASA said: "[Her] appointment and further efforts will usher in a new, exciting and productive period for the profession."

“2014, THE BEST YEAR OF MY LIFE” SAID THE LATE SIMBA MHERE

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He was born in Zimbabwe 26 years ago and moved to South Africa aged only one. In 2010, he won a presenter search for popular South African Broadcasting Corporation show Top Billing and in 2014 he was voted by the South African public, the favourite local television presenter. On the morning of the last day of January 2015, Simba Mhere lost his life as a result of a freak car accident.

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