KNYSNA MOTOR SHOW

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Sanlam Private Wealth joins Knysna Motor Show as naming sponsor
The organisers of the Knysna Motor Show have announced that Sanlam Private Wealth has come on board as the show’s naming sponsor for 2017.
The Sanlam Private Wealth Knysna Motor Show will take place on Sunday, 30 April, 2017.
Organised by the Garden Route Motor Club, the show has grown out of a rather informal gathering that first took place in 2003, when the Club first got together to exhibit its members’ vehicles to the public.
“We are extremely proud that Sanlam Private Wealth has chosen to endorse the Knysna Motor Show,” said club chairperson, Peter Pretorius.
“It is a perfect partnership given that Sanlam Private Wealth won the award for the country’s top wealth management company for the third year running in the 2016 Intellidex-Moneyweb Top Private Banks & Wealth Managers survey.”

VISION
Mr. Pretorius said that the Show’s vision has always been to display the most interesting and highest quality vehicles. “It’s not about the volume of cars and motorcycles – and this keeps it interesting and fresh every year.”
While most of the exhibits have traditionally included vintage and veteran cars and motorcycles, super cars, and classic sports cars, the show now also hosts new-era products and platforms – like the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s E-mobility Innovation Program, which brought a carbon fibre prototype ECO-CAR and other electric and electronic forms of transport to last year’s event.
“We’re expecting around 400 collectible cars and motorcycles this year, as well as a great range of displays of new cars and motor-related trade stands.”
A number of competition prizes will be awarded, too, with competitors vying for floating trophies and prizes for the best classic or vintage car and best classic or vintage motorcycle; the most beautifully turned-out car (Concours d’Elegance); and the best display of vehicles and memorabilia associated with a single marque.

MOTORING MECCA
Mr. Pretorius said that the Garden Route has become a motoring Mecca in recent years, and that it’s now home to some of the country’s finest private collections of vehicles.
“ This has helped us attract the kind of quality that makes the Garden Route Motor Show unique. But the vehicles on display won’t only be from Knysna and our neighbouring towns. Since the Show is now a national event, it also attracts displays from around the country.”
He said, too, that the Show attracted more than 5,000 people last year, and that the organisers expect that the gate will be even bigger this year.
“This’ll be wonderful for the show itself – but it’ll also be great for our designated charities (Hospice, Knysna Animal Welfare, E-pap and FAMSA).
“We therefore encourage car lovers to attend – and while you’re there, to open your wallets for these good causes,” he said.
More information
Contact: Contact Peter Pretorius – peterp@afrihost.co.za
Garden Route Motor Club: http://www.grmc.co.za/
Sanlam Private Wealth: https://sanlamprivatewealth.sanlam.com/Pages/default.aspx
Intellidex-Moneyweb Top Private Banks & Wealth Managers Survey:

Sanlam is the Wealth Manager of the Year

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MOVIE REVIEW: THE JUNGLE BOOK by Matthew Botha

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Plot Summary: The re-telling of a Disney classic in which a young boy, raised by wolves in the jungle, must return to the village of his people to escape Shere-Khan, a ferocious tiger out for vengeance.

What I thought…
Going into this film I had heard a lot of positive reviews, especially in regards to the film’s CGI, and up front I was impressed with the visual effects, it’s no surprise that it is being nominated at this year’s Academy Awards for Best Visual Effects, yet I wasn’t overly excited to see this remake of one of Disney’s beloved animations, for even though I enjoyed the original as a kid, it certainly wasn’t a film that held as fond memories for me as what The Lion King did; but now having seen it I found The Jungle Book to be a decent film and certainly a competently crafted re-make.
I think for audiences who grew up watching the original film this version will serve well, but perhaps not posses the same childhood wonderment, whereas for adults who never saw the original I’m sure this modern day version will hold up a lot better as I found the 2016 version of The Jungle Book to be a lot more mature and even dark at times, but certainly not to the extent as to overwhelm younger viewers, while the 1967 version had a more care-free, adventurous fun feel to it.
In terms of character portrayal comparisons between the original and the re-make I must say I did prefer Shere-Khan in the 2016 version (voiced by Idris Elba) as he was portrayed with greater fierceness creating greater tension. With Bagheera the panther, voiced by Ben Kingsley, I felt he was the most spot on portrayal out of all the characters, very similar in both films. Baloo the bear, voiced by Bill Murray, I was a bit disappointed with, not to say that Bill Murray wasn’t a good choice nor that he done a bad job, but Baloo in the original was much more fun and less dopey as in this version. Then, King Louise the orangutan, voiced by Christopher Walken, is a lot different compared to the original, but in a good way, his size and veracity used well to create an exciting chase scene. Lastly, Mowgli the young boy, played by Neel Sethi, gave a good performance considering this was his first film and he acted the entire time in front of a green screen carrying a big budget film. However, Mowgli in the original had a more innocent mannerism, which is what made the scenes between him and Baloo more fun & natural, whereas Mowgli in the new version comes across being more mature, which combined with Baloo’s dopey manner, didn’t hold that same feel of care-free fun.

Overall an enjoyable film, executed well by director Jon Favreau, who for the most part stays true to the classic and delivers probably one of the best family films of the year.

Age: A
Genre: Family/Adventure
Starring: Neel Sethi (film debut), Ben Kingsley (Ghandi), Bill Murray (Lost in Translation), Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Christopher Walken (The Deer Hunter), Scarlett Johansson (Her).
Director: Jon Favreau (Iron Man trilogy).
Rating: 6.7/10

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW part 1

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The Constitution of the Republic of South Africa, 1996 came into effect on 18 December 1996. The Constitution can override any law that parliament makes if the law goes against the constitution. No law can go against the constitution, whether it is a customary law or a law that parliament makes. The South African Constitution of 1996 is a document that consists of 14 chapters. It says how the government should run the country and it has a Bill of Rights that protects the human rights of all citizens. You can read constitutional court judgements at www.constitutionalcourt.org.za. Another useful source of information and education about the Constitutional Court, it’s decisions and it’s judges can be found at www.ConCourtBlog.com

Is the Constitution the highest law in the land?
The Constitution is a law passed by Parliament and is the highest law of the land, and all other laws must follow it. Other laws are divided into statutes, common law and customary law. The Constitution 17th amendment entrenches the Constitutional Court as the highest court of the land confirming it as the apex court. The Act also rewrites Section 167 of the Constitution to state that the Constitutional Court has jurisdiction in all constitutional matters ‘and any other matter in which it may grant leave to appeal’.
Because the constitution is the highest law in the land, it stops each new government from passing its own laws that contradict the constitution. It is als
o much more difficult to change the Constitution than any other law.

The Constitution therefore protects democracy in South Africa.
Our Constitution helps against the abuse of power by:

  • having rules about when elections should happen and what happens to parties that loose
  • making it very difficult to change the constitution
  • making sure that no person or government body has too much power
  • splitting power among different branches of government (separation of powers)
  • setting out the human rights that people have in a Bill of Rights.
  • creating independent courts and commissions that will protect people’s rights, as well as monitor
  • the government to make sure that it is doing its work properly
  • making it compulsory for all government bodies to be accountable and transparent to the public.

How can the Constitution be changed or amended?
The Constitution is more difficulty to change than any other laws. Parliament can change a written law (statute) if more than 50% of the members of Parliament vote to change it.
Section 74 of the Constitution says that if Parliament wants to change the constitution then:

  • At least two-thirds (66%) of the members of Parliament must vote to change it, and
  • At least 6 provinces in the National Council of Provinces must vote to change it.
  • Section 1 of the Constitution says that South Africa is one sovereign, democratic state founded on values of human dignity, equality, human rights and freedoms. It also says that the Constitution is supreme and that there must be regular, free and fair elections where everyone can vote.
  • If Parliament wants to change Section 1 or Sction 74, then
  • At least three quarters (75%) of the members of Parliament must vote to change it, and
  • At least 6 Provinces in the National Council of Provinces must vote to change it -lawyer.co.za