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CENTURY CITY’S LATEST CULINARY ADDITIONS CREATE A VIBE

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Century City is expanding its culinary outlets, creating new hot spots and exciting places to meet, relax and even get your groove on. Opening onto the popular Century City Urban Square, La Parada Century City has created quite the vibe since it’s spectacular opening on 7 September 2019. In addition to its sister brand, Tiger’s Milk, La Parada has held several successful music events since its launch. “We’re thrilled to have La Parada on the Square” says Colin Anderson, COO at Rabie. “The combination of Century City Conference Centre, Century City Hotel, Square Café and Wine Bar, Seattle Coffee Shop and the two Harbour House brands – Tiger’s Milk and La Parada – we believe that we’ve hit the spot in creating a great vibe and good variety for patrons.” On the ground floor of the Axis luxury residential building, the authentically Chinese Akiya Sushi has opened a sit-down restaurant earlier in 2019, with enviable views of Table Mountain. Offering delicious Chinese delicacies and sush…

AFRICA OIL WEEK: REGULATIONS, FISCAL POLICY, AND GOOD GOVERNANCE

Provide a brief overview of the current regulatory environment applicable to the oil sector in South Africa. • On 7 February 2019, Total announced a major discovery of gas condensate offshore South Africa in the Outeniqua Basin (Brulpadda prospect, Block 11B/12B), reported to contain around 1 billion barrels of oil equivalent. The discovery has put the spotlight on the regulatory regime governing the upstream petroleum sector in South Africa. • Currently, the principal legislation governing the exploration and production of oil and natural gas (in other words, the upstream sector) is the Mineral and Petroleum Resources Development Act, 2002 (MPRDA). • Other legislation governs the midstream and downstream sectors, including: o the Gas Act, 2001, governing the construction and operation of gas transmission, storage, distribution, liquefaction and re-gasification facilities, and trading in gas (including liquefied petroleum gas); o the Petroleum Pipelines Act, 2003, governing the constr…

Consistent lack of Quantity Surveyors in government departments is the root of infrastructure budget misspending

Late last year, the Auditor General reported that unauthorised expenditure in South Africa had increased by 38% to R2.1-billion, with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure being one of the departments that received the poorest audit results. While the Department is mandated to be the custodian and portfolio manager of the national government’s immovable assets, there are virtually no Quantity Surveyors within many government departments. Zandile Makhathini, Chairperson of the Built Environment Matters Committee on the Council for the Built Environment (CBE), has worked in various roles within government departments for the past twenty years. In 2012, she became the head of an infrastructure programme at the Department of Public Works and in 2015 she was able to appoint a Quantity Surveyor for the first time. “Before 2015, there weren’t formally appointed Quantity Surveyors at the Department of Public Works. After requesting a special dispensation from HR to appoint a Quant…

#StrongerTogether: WE MUST LEARN FROM THE SPRINGBOKS

For the Springboks to have won the rugby world cup, certain elements were vitally important to make that possible. These elements are important for success in all spheres of life. In the case of the Springboks, these vital qualities included a shared focus, a coach with a unified coaching team; a common approach in respect of plan and style of play, based on a sound strategy and playing according to the team’s strengths and weaknesses. It included the freedom to select the best team - without exception, regardless of race. It required hard work, discipline and the sacrifice of self, all for the sake of the country they love. All of this taking place in an environment of trust. These rugby ambassadors in Japan - coaching staff and players - have shown what can be achieved if people of different colour and background work together towards one goal. They have shown that these attributes, practiced for months prior to the world cup and displayed during the tournament, can make South A…