Daily Archives: April 20, 2016

House of Sillage Releases New Limited Edition Passion de L’Amour Fragrance

NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., April 19, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — House of Sillage, a leading Haute Parfumerie, has released its Limited Edition Passion de L’Amour fragrance. This fragrance is an exclusive, limited edition product, where only 1,000 of these magnificently designed caps have been produced worldwide.

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Passion de L’Amour was inspired by a moment of sheer bliss on a hot tropical night in the SouthPacific. Breezes of vanilla and caramel entice while hints of oud carry you to far off exotic locales. Sumptuous adventure awaits. This alluring parfum comes in the classic House of Sillage ombre lacquered glass bottle to add to the luxurious experience that is the hallmark of House of Sillage.

This breathtaking cap is plated in 18 karat gold, with hand-set inlay of the highest quality cut, custom colored Swarovski crystals. The stunning, delicately placed flower is hand carved and set in genuine Mother of Pearl, with an Asher-cut Swarovski stone placed in its center to embody true opulence. The playful gecko on the cap of this luxurious fragrance is covered in over 100 hand-set crystals, and its spirited eyes are carefully placed with inverted crystals to give it a brighter, more lively look. Every piece of this coveted design was carefully designed by the most skilled atelier jewelers to convey the utmost magnificence of the highest quality luxury.

To see and experience House of Sillage’s exceptional fragrances, magnificent bottles and unique packaging, call 1.949.200.9265 or email: info@houseofsillage.com or visit www.houseofsillage.com for a point of sale near you.

House of Sillage is a luxury haute parfumerie company based in California, which creates extraordinary fragrances rivaled only by their breathtaking and coveted bottle-art designs. The products are produced in France by a team of professional noses, artists and designers. Under the expert guidance of founder Nicole Mather, House of Sillage is dedicated to maintaining and surpassing the true definitions of Luxury and Perfume. The company currently distributes product in over 35 countries with plans to expand sales throughout select markets worldwide in the near future.

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What’s your Fort Hare story?

Government has called on Fort Hare University alumni and members of the public to share their Fort Hare stories for the Tell Your Story campaign using the hashtag #MyFortHare.

The campaign forms part of the commemoration of the university’s centenary.

Government will from 20 April 2016 tell the Fort Hare story on various platforms including Youtube on the channel GovZA, Twitter on @GovernmentZA and on the webpage: www.gov.za.

“Alumni and members of the public can join the #MyFortHare Tell Your Story campaign by emailing pictures, videos and audio to: electronic@gcis.gov.za with the subject line: My Fort Hare,” said Acting Director General of the Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) Donald Liphoko.

On 20 May 2016, government will lead the national celebration of the centenary of the University of Fort Hare at the Alice campus in the Eastern Cape. The University hosted the local ceremonial centenary celebrations on 8 February 2016.

In preparation for the main celebration, President Jacob Zuma has established an Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) to plan and coordinate the historic centenary celebration. The IMC has 11 Ministers and is chaired by Minister in The Presidency for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Jeff Radebe.

Fort Hare is the oldest historically black university in the country. It was officially opened in February 1916.

“This centenary is a significant milestone that provides the country with an opportunity to reflect on the achievements made and the role played by the university,” said Liphoko.

The university’s prominent alumni includes Professor ZK Matthews, former ANC President Oliver Tambo, former President Nelson Mandela, the late President Seretse Khama of Botswana, President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, leader of the Inkatha Freedom Party, Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi and the late Prime Minister Ntsu Mokhetle of the Kingdom of Lesotho.

A number of activities are expected to take place throughout the year to mark the centenary celebrations. To keep abreast with these activities, follow at @GCISMedia @SAgovnews and Facebook at South African Government.


Minister Edna Molewa’s press statement on participation in the Paris Agreement high level signature ceremony

Minister Edna Molewa will lead the South African delegation to the high-level signature ceremony for the Paris Agreement on 22 April 2016, which will be hosted by the United Nations Secretary-General, H.E. Ban Ki-moon. The signature ceremony is confirmation that states intend to be bound by the Paris Agreement and is an affirmation that they remain committed to addressing climate change. Minister Molewa will sign the Paris Agreement on behalf of the Republic.

The Paris Agreement was unanimously adopted by Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change in December 2015. The adoption of the Paris Agreement is the culmination of the historic and bold decisions taken in 2011 in Durban when South Africa served as President of COP17/CMP7. While the Agreement itself will come into force in 2020, the Parties also agreed to accelerate and enhance climate action in the pre-2020 period.

This is particularly important to developing countries, especially those on the Continent who are already experiencing the effects of climate change, such as the current drought that South Africa is experiencing. Within this pre-2020 period developed countries have commitments to provide support in the form of financial resources, technology transfer and capacity building support to developing countries to assist them to meet the climate challenge. Under the Paris Agreement these commitments will continue post-2020.

South Africa looks forward to being one of the countries that will sign the Paris Agreement on this historic day, as it has participated throughout the negotiations leading to the adoption of the Paris Agreement. This included President Zuma delivering South Africa’s national Statement during the Leaders Event at COP21 and with South Africa chairing the biggest negotiating group of 134 countries in the negotiations, the Group of 77 and China.

Source: Department of Environmental Affairs

South Africa: The #RUReferencelLst Is Testimony to the Failures of the Justice System for Rape Survivors

This week, a list circulating on Facebook named a number of men who are alleged to have committed acts of rape at Rhodes University. The objective of the list appears to be a demand for justice, or some kind of meaningful recourse for the survivors of sexual violence at the university.

The criminal justice system is rigged against survivors of rape. Over and over again, the testimonies of victims of sexual assault have shown that the system is designed to impede access to survivors of sexual violence. And the numbers show it too. Research released last year showed that that the processing of rape cases is often “inconsistent and riddled with problems”. The report revealed that of the 62, 649 sexual offences cases reported between 2013-2014, just 5, 484 resulted in convictions, while the rest never even made it to court.

Prosecutors quoted in the report by Times Live, said that prosecutors regularly declined to take rape cases to court if they felt that the evidence presented wasn’t strong enough. “If there is no corroborating evidence, it becomes a case of his word against hers,” a National Prosecuting Authority official said.

The system in place at Rhodes University is similarly flawed.

Students at Rhodes say the process they must engage to report sexual violence at the university shames victims and protects perpetrators.

“When Rhodes University deals with rape, there’s this attitude of ‘don’t go and get drunk and walk home alone or else you’ll get raped,” Rhodes SRC’s Naledi Mashishi told EWN.

Soon after the reference list was circulated online, students gathered to protest against the presence of some of the men on the list on campus. The following day, a list of demands was read out by Sian Ferguson and Dominique McFall of #Chapter212. These demands include changing Rhodes’ policies towards sexual assault, a call for one of the men on the list to step down from an SRC leadership position, and the establishment of a task team to manage rape and assault cases on campus.

In response, Vice Chancellor, Professor Sizwe Mabizela, told SAFM that Rhodes had established a task team to deal with rape and sexual violence at the university.

Mabizela is quoted to have said that while it’s very difficult to talk about issues of rape, one rape is just one too many adding that when they are given information on rape, they act.

Editors’ note: A journalist working with The Daily Vox was named on the Rhodes reference list. The journalist has since been placed on a leave of absence while we conduct an enquiry into the allegation. The Daily Vox is committed to principles of social justice. Inherent to the promotion of social justice is the rights of survivors of sexual violence to pursue justice. We support all calls to end sexual violence.

Source: The Daily Vox.


By Lukhanyo Calata

CAPE TOWN, Members of Parliament have criticised South African rugby administrators for the slow pace of transformation in the game when South African Rugby Union (Saru) President Oregan Hoskins and some of his top officials appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Sports here Tuesday.

The MPs feel that 22 years into democracy, the reality of the rainbow nation is still not reflected in South African rugby and they slammed Saru for the slow transformation and also for the lack of women in the sport’s top structures.

Committee Chairperson Beauty Dlulane said: “We are not happy about transformation. The way you answer, you answer as if all is well with transformation. We are saying we are the fifth committee of sport since 1994, and transformation is (still) not there.”

Opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Party MP Pebane Moteka said: “The president is leading a team of white males and coloureds. There are no women. Why? At this time, 22 years into democracy, where are the women?

In terms of the Memorandum of Understanding signed with the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (Sascoc) and the Department of Sport, they’re actually well ahead of their targets.

Saru CEO Jurie Roux, said: “We’re in the green. We’re getting an 80 per cent mark. So, yes we are doing something? Yes, we are succeeding. Are we doing enough? We can never do enough. Are we going to try and do better? Yes, we are going to try and do better; each and every one of us is committed to that plan.”

Saru assured the MPs that transformation remains a priority. Hoskins said: “We don’t pay lip service to transformation. And we know that for rugby it’s the most difficult bugbear for us. We know that we are being watched by our society and we want to honestly do the right thing.”

The Rugby Union boasts financial health, and five consecutive unqualified audit reports.

As for the Blitzboks, the country’s women’s rugby team, a Rio Olympic Games medal is the goal, although Saru would not reveal what colour that medal may be.