Monday, April 26, 2010

Sandi Schultz raises R45 000 for Rape Crisis in Celebrity "Survivor"

Big thank you to Sandi Schultz who raised R45000 for Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust in Celebrity Survivor Show.

Rape Crisis Cape Town Trust is a NGO that believes in challenging power imbalances in society on which sexual violence is based. We seek to confront and prevent sexual violence and empower survivors through working with individuals, communities and other social structures in order to provide accessible services. Please do contact us for advice or assistance. Rape Crisis can be reached by phone or email.

Posted by HWB Communications, Cape Town's premier PR agency specialising in crisis communications & media relations in South Africa. Rape Crisis is a pro bono client of HWB.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

HWB wins Cape Town Book Fair

WELCOME to the new edition of the Cape Town Book Fair! In its 5th year we want to add a strong trade element to this extremely popular book fair for the general public. We have a whole world of new things on offer: the trade day, the new book titles list for exhibitors to promote their exhibits well before the fair, more of Africa and more of the world in Cape Town. We look forward to welcoming you in Cape Town in July 2010!

Claudia Kaiser
Interim Director Cape Town Book Fair

Read full press release here:

"Repositioning of fair with strong trade element'

Cape Town Book Fair means business at LBF's Market Focus South Africa

South Africa is the Market Focus country at the London Book Fair (19 - 21 April 2010). It's an opportunity for the South African Publishing industry to showcase its rich diversity and to introduce this year's Cape Town Book Fair (CTBF) as an event "where books mean business," according to CTBF Director Claudia Kaiser.

A host of South African publishers and authors will be at the London Book Fair.

Kaiser said that this year's CTBF would be repositioning itself, "as a fair with a strong trade element. The fifth anniversary of the CTBF will be a celebration of its success with the public, but it will also be a repositioning of the event to include a strong trade and professional element. We invite all interested colleagues to attend our presentation on the CTBF at the Networking Area of the South African stand. Highlights of the fair will be presented, including the professional day with its exciting programme, as well as other innovative business tools."

Brian Wafawarowa the Executive Director of the Publishers Association of South Africa (PASA) said one of the strengths and growth points of this year's CTBF was "that there would be about 15 African publishers at the CTBF through a grant from the Goethe Institut South Africa. We want to establish the CTBF as the entry point into publishing in Africa and through the trade and professional programme acknowledge and engage visitors from the rest of the world and showcase the vast potential that exists for doing business in the African market."

Posted by HWB Communications, Cape Town's premier PR agency specialising in crisis communications & media relations in South Africa. CTBF is a client of HWB.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

HWB recommended by New York Fire Chief

HWB recently worked with the New York City Fire Department Incident Management Team. Ronald Spadafora, Deputy Assistant Chief of the Fire Department in the City remarked "The media communications class HWB gave last month at the Working On Fire Academy was very informative and will prove helpful to me now that I have returned to New York. I feel privileged to have been in attendance.

"In my capacity as an Incident Commander in the greatest city in the world (my opinion), I am confronted by the television and print media all the time. Knowing how they think and what their time constraints are will assist me during interviews. I will also convey the knowledge gained to inexperienced Public Information Officers on our FDNY Incident Management Team.

"They also must realize what the priorities of the news media are and how to develop a rapport with journalists who cover fire operations. As you stated in your lecture, cultivating a relationship with writers can pay off handsomely in getting the public to favorably understand what the fire service is doing.

Saturday, April 10, 2010

Paddy Gordon appointed manager of Table Mountain National Park

Experienced conservationist, Paddy Gordon has been appointed Manager of Table Mountain National Park, (TMNP) SanParks has announced.
Prior to his appointment, effective from April 1 this year, Gordon was the Northern Area Manager (North) of the park, responsible for the area from Constantia Neck to Table Mountain.

He has also acted as interim manager of the park from time-to-time.

Gordon also developed TMNPs Visitor Safety Program in response to the growing challenge of securing visitor safety. SANParks subsequently adopted his principles towards the formulation of a Corporate Visitor Safety Strategy.

“We are very pleased to announce the appointment of a person of Paddy’s caliber to manage this iconic national park.” said Cape Cluster Regional Manager Gary de Kock.

“Paddy was appointed after a lengthy process aimed at identifying the right manager for the park. He has a difficult task, particularly as the park is so integrated into the City of Cape Town where everyone watches every move you make and has a public opinion about what you do or do not do. We are confident that Paddy will acquit himself well ”.

“I am honoured to have been appointed”, said Gordon. “Table Mountain National Park is a national asset as well as being a World Heritage site. The fact that close to 4 million people visit the park every year attests to its popularity with local and international visitors.

“I take my appointment very seriously and I will do all in my power to preserve this spectacular park for today’s visitors as well as those who want to enjoy what the park has to offer in future. I see role as a custodian of a national treasure,” he said.

Born in Somerset West, Gordon has always had a love for nature and the outdoors. “It was instilled by his father, Peter an educator, who frequently used the local Helderberg to extend the development of his learners beyond the confines of the classroom.”

Unable, because of apartheid, to attend an institution that provided specialized training in conservation, Gordon did a Bachelors of Science Degree, and furthered his studies with postgraduate qualifications in Science, Education and Business Management. Gordon joined SanParks in 1989. He was the first black appointee to professional conservation. He has subsequently worked in a total of five national parks with stints as Park Manager, of the Mountain Zebra National Park, near Cradock and Park Manager of the Richtersveld National Park in Northern Namaqualand.

“I see one of my major challenges in this new post is to strive to meet the requirements of a divergent population whose enjoyment of this asset has to be accommodated within the mandate of protecting a world renowned biodiversity heritage. “ he said.

Gordon is married to Emelda and they have three children Robyn, Chelsea-Lee and David.

Issued on behalf of SANParks (Table Mountain Nation Park)
By HWB Communications Pty Ltd

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