The packaging and design industries have experienced unprecedented growth in recent years both locally and abroad. In order to deliver market-ready materials to an end-market that continues to grow both in its demands and its appetite for innovative packaging solutions, material suppliers and packaging companies are investing heavily into new technologies in the hope that it will give them a competitive edge. “In this constant race to the top, business process engineering is one area that is often overlooked and neglected, despite the fact that it offers obvious benefits and savings to the entire company,” says Kishan Singh, MD of GI Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd – a Durban-based consultancy that specialises in implementing business management systems that meet the unique needs of its clients. GI Business Solutions is a DNV.GL/ISO9001:2015 Certified, level one B-BBEE company that specialises in the design, development and implementation of business management systems, auditing systems, process re-engineering and packaging optimisation solutions. They also offer various business-related training courses, as well as accompanying competency evaluations, through formal written assessments. This year, the company celebrates its fifth year since it opened its doors for the first time, after Kishan identified a need in the market for expert guidance in the packaging industry specifically to assist companies with their business processes. “With more than 32 years of experience in automotive and packaging manufacturing/quality management arenas, I realised the need for effective business support by consultants with the correct experience and competence,” Kishan says. Amongst his many accomplishments, Kishan is the Global Ambassador of the World Packaging Organisation (WPO) and National Education Officer of the Institute of Packaging SA (IPSA) and has achieved the coveted designation “Certified Packaging Professional” (CPP) by the international Institute of Packaging . . .
LGBTQI people face exclusion and discrimination in the workplace. People who are less advantaged socioeconomically are most at risk of poor treatment and marginalisation, and a different sexual and/or gender orientation to the majority exacerbates this. At the level of individual companies in South Africa, there is insufficient, if any, formal and specialised workplace support for LGBTQI people. Informally, some co-workers and employers do provide support and show acceptance in the workplace and don’t show favouritism according to sexual orientation and gender. However, overall, there is little effective support, and it is too easy for a recruiter or employer to simply ignore certain candidates who apply for work or promotion on the basis of demographic factors. There are at least two organisations making headway, however. The Shambhala Organisation promotes and supports LGBT business leaders specifically. Shambhala invests in LGBT owned and managed high-potential businesses. These investments are combined with mentorship and support towards meeting business objectives. We need dedicated business chambers for and active in the LGBTQI community. We need several focusing on each group because the issues faced by the various members in the community are not the same. Transgender people face a different fight in the workplace compared to people who are homo- or bisexual, for example. Nevertheless, it is great news that Africa’s first business network for LGBTI+ people was launched in 2016. The network has offices in Johannesburg and is called PLUS the LGBTI+ Business Network. It is an ‘African trust that advances equality and freedom in southern Africa, with a particular focus on sexual orientation and gender identity.’ PLUS champions, promotes, supports and empowers South African LGBTI+ business owners and entrepreneurs with opportunities for learning, networking and conducting business for prosperity. PLUS aims to redress structural and economic injustices of the . . .
All night entertainment at lavish Grande Provence New Year’s Eve Bid farewell to 2018 with a lavish New Year’s Eve bash with all night entertainment, bottomless flutes of bubbly, canapés and tapas at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek. Guests will be spoilt for choice with tasty and bountiful morsels starting from 20h00. A line-up of live entertainment, fire performers and DJ’s will take guests through to the magic hour to welcome the New Year. Grande Provence will be pulling out all the stops to sound in 2019. The cost of the New Year’s Eve festivities is R2 600 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email email@example.com or call Tel: 021-876 8600. Diary listing information: Dates: 31 December 2018 Time: 20h00 Venue: Grande Provence Heritage Estate, Franschhoek Cost: R2 600 per person Booking: Call: (021) 876 8600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. More about Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence embraces true South African wine heritage, excellent food at The Restaurant and luxury accommodation at The Owner’s Cottage and La Provençale. Part of the internationally acclaimed Huka Retreats, other facilities Grande Provence offers guests are The Winery, The Jonkershuis, The Gallery, The Sculpture Garden and The Shop. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
https://youtu.be/PXI9i953F7Y Read and learn about the many aspects of Bitcoin and Markethive. You can Join Markethive Social Network For Entrepreneurs Here For Free. For any answers to questions Contact Clyde Thorburn Here. Author : Bitcoins Basics 101 PDF Ebook by DAVID DODGE and BRIAN DIXON Because it's somewhat complicated to use, there's a chance that a lot of the world's population may not use it, which will affect whether Bitcoin continues to grow or not. This is changing gradually as Bitcoin software becomes easier to use, but a lot more work needs to be done before Bitcoin really takes off. Luckily, there's a lot of financial gain to be had by those who can come up with easier ways to use Bitcoin. This means there's going to be a lot of people working on the problem of Bitcoin being difficult for some people to understand and use. It is a poor use of computing power Last but not least, you have to consider that Bitcoin mining takes quite a bit of processing power. This computational power could be used for other more productive reasons. Some say that the Bitcoin network is already the world's largest peer-to-peer network - at least when it comes to processing and number crunching. This may not seem like a big thing, but you have to consider all the electricity that's needed to keep all the computers on the network going. CHAPTER THREE. ADVICE AND TIPS FOR BITCOIN. For this last chapter, we're going to stick with some simple advice and tips for you to get the most out of your experience with Bitcoin. Become Involved. One of the very best ways you can learn more about Bitcoin is to become involved yourself. To do this, you just need to create a Bitcoin Wallet by installing the Bitcoin Client. Once you do this, you're going to be part of the network. You can use one of the methods mentioned earlier in the ebook to start to collect your own bitcoins and watch them increase or decrease in value over time. Be Wary. At the same time, you want to be cautious . . .
No Budget? No Problem! 3 FREE strategies to get your brand out there! Whether you’re leading the charge in a larger organisation or a lone ranger embarking on your solopreneur journey, the reality is that you not always going to have access to a massive marketing budget. So, what do you do to get your brand out there and get those leads streaming in when you don’t have money to spend? Jacqueline Raw, Owner and Founder of Ycagel, a marketing consultancy in Kwa-Zulu Natal, share three easy, free strategies to help you get your brand out there. 1. DIGITAL NETWORKING When it comes to social media, the trick that you need to master to get your brand out there and start generating great leads is NETWORKING! There are thousands of business or personality profile pages out there and to really stand out, you need to develop a serious networking strategy on social media – from Facebook to LinkedIn and everything in-between. How? Start by creating a mental picture of what your ideal customer looks like and then start engaging with people who fit this profile on a one-on-one basis. This one-on-one engagement is a HUGE differentiator and drives massive value. Be smart about it. If you looking to attract a bigger audience, connect with a ‘group’ or ‘community’ owner/influencer. Once you’ve established trust and demonstrated value, you have created an ambassador for your brand who has a wider audience to influence. Viola! WINNING! Side note: If you’re a marketing manager in a larger organisation, consider getting someone on this full-time. This is a magic strategy to grow your brand and generate seriously hot leads. 2. VIDEO MARKETING Get ready for your close-up! Video content is a powerful medium to get your business noticed and with most social media platforms preferring video content over static posts, you’re setting yourself up for greater reach and engagement. If you’re a consultant, freelancer or entrepreneur with a service-based offering, you can film quick one-minute . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape and charity organisation Love Story, for the third year running, brought hope and spread festive cheer among some of the impoverished areas in Nelson Mandela Bay this week. Ingredients were donated by SPAR for soup kitchens which were set up in five disadvantaged areas from Monday until today. This year the Festive Feeds took place in Walmer Township and served approximately 100 people. "This is basically just a Christmas meal, to share some love and bring them hope during this season," said Love Story founder Elaine Watson, who added that the donated ingredients were cooked by them and then taken into the communities. As part of the Bags of Blessings initiative, the retail giant donated 250 bags that were sent to families living in poverty that Love Story supports throughout the year. These were also distributed this week and consisted of various non-perishable foods and other items such as maize meal, pasta, toilet paper, soap, samp and canned food. "We've been able to feed hundreds of people over the last two festive seasons," said Watson. "The season is a joy for many, but also a very challenging time for some. "For us to be able to show love and spread hope makes an impact on the lives of the recipients." Watson said SPAR was an "incredibly generous" organisation and always the first to come forward to assist the community. "Having SPAR on board with this initiative has allowed us to touch many people's lives who need it most." SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton felt the initiatives were a way to "give back to the community and reach out to those less fortunate". SPAR EC sponsorships assistant Debadene Baatjies said Love Story helped them in identifying the communities most in need of support. "This initiative is very close to our heart because we're giving back and it shows our support as a SPAR brand for our community. "I'd like to say thank you to all our suppliers who donated products and made this . . .
Pediatric Dentistry – pedodontics. Lets read what a leading brand in Dental Care, Colgate has to say about Pediatric Dentistry. Pediatric dentistry is also known as pedodontics. It is a specialty branch that focuses on treating child/kids dental problems. Pediatric dentists ( pedodontists ) are dedicated to this field exclusively. They complete the additional education necessary to provide primary and comprehensive care to babies, young children and adolescents. General Dentist vs. Pediatric Dentist Upon graduating from an accredited institution and obtaining a license in his or her state of practice, a general dentist is allowed to treat patients of any age. However, just as in general medicine, there are certain complex conditions that require the expertise of a pediatrician. Pedodontists are trained by a separate set of standards as defined by the Dental Council of India to address the specific needs of kids and teens, like fluoride treatments and dental sealants. Pediatric Dental Practice Care Some specialized tasks of pedodontists include: Infant oral health exams Distribution of relaxation medications Special counseling on nutrition Emergency dental care Space management after the premature loss of a primary tooth Discouragement of thumb and finger sucking through appliances and methods A kid-friendly and welcoming environment is also key in a pediatric office. The special-sized dental equipment for exams is important. The exam room decor should be appealing to youngsters too, like brightly colored wall paint and engaging murals. Games, kids magazines and perhaps a fish tank in the waiting area go a long way toward easing uncertainty and apprehension. Pediatric dentists work hard to keep the smiles of kids bright and healthy. When a dental visit is a positive experience, children may be happy to return every six months for their checkup. And for that, parents will be grateful. What to Expect During Childhood Wiggly teeth: When a child is . . .
https://youtu.be/PXI9i953F7Y Read and learn about the many aspects of Bitcoin and Markethive. You can Join Markethive Social Network For Entrepreneurs Here For Free. For any answers to questions Contact Clyde Thorburn Here. Author : Bitcoins Basics 101 PDF Ebook by DAVID DODGE and BRIAN DIXON This is actually an incentive for governments to legally recognize Bitcoin as proper money. No one is sure when or if this will happen, but it's something to think about as Bitcoin continues to experience a lot of growth around the world. Weaknesses. Next, let's take a look at some of the weaknesses of Bitcoin. There's a good chance a lot of these problems are going to be solved going forward, but for now they're weaknesses. Government interference While this hasn't happened a lot - yet - there are many signs pointing to governments around the world interfering with the growth of Bitcoin. Whether it's stopping bitcoins from being transferred to bank accounts or something else, one of the biggest weaknesses of Bitcoin currently is the chance of even more government interference as the virtual currency becomes more popular around the world. This is also a good thing on some levels, however. For example, no one wants money laundering or other illegal activities to be condoned or made possible due to Bitcoin. So, in some ways, the fact that governments are starting to get involved is a good thing that will help Bitcoin grow even more in the years ahead. No Monetary Sovereignty. Another weakness of Bitcoin is that it has no monetary sovereignty. Basically, this means that Bitcoin is not yet accepted as "real money" around the world. Bitcoin is not backed by any government currently. Some may consider this a strength, but it also poses some problems for people (especially corporations) that want to make money with Bitcoin. Bitcoin is, at its core, another fiat currency that isn't backed by precious metals or other items of value. The exact value of a single BTC is that which is . . .
Cyclists riding in the bright South African sunlight are set to benefit from a new distribution agreement between Positive Sports Solutions and RYDERS Eyewear. This is the latest in a series of contracts the SA distribution cycling company has set up as part of its mission to make high-end brands available to the market in the Southern African Development Community. These include HEAD bikes, Gipiemme wheels, Westfalia bike racks, ControlTech cycling components and LUCK shoes. Founded in North Vancouver, Canada, some three decades ago, RYDERS eyewear has been established as one of the top cycling accessories. Simon G Edmonds of RYDERS Eyewear South Africa said they were delighted to join forces with Positive Sports Solutions to expand their operations in southern Africa. "By a happy coincidence, we work in the same office block as Positive Sports Solutions in Irene and I was interested to see if there was any synergy between the two companies in terms of promoting our products," he said. "This led to a meeting with Lynette [Burger], whom I knew from many years in the cycling industry. It led to her trying out some of the RYDERS technology and the rest is history." Burger is part of the highly successful Demacon Ladies Cycling Team who have recently had their sponsorship with Positive Sports Solutions renewed for 2019. Edmonds said RYDERS products were already being distributed in South Africa, albeit on a small scale. "It will be a major boost for us to link up with Positive Sports Solutions because of their great brands, great structures and great energy," he added. "These are all important factors in our relationship and I am very comfortable working with Lynette and David [Pieterse, Positive Sports Solutions product and technical manager]." The weather in South Africa, said Edmonds, meant it was always "a great sunglasses market". "RYDERS is a perfect fit, both product-wise and corporate culture-wise. We are crazy about anything . . .
100 MARATHONS IN 100 DAYS: MINA GULI MORE THAN 1/3 OF THE WAY THROUGH HER GLOBAL RUN We are using water faster than it is able to be replenished; #RunningDry Campaign Raises Awareness, Urges Change December 6, 2018. On the 4th of November at the New York Marathon, international water advocate, Mina Guli, set out on the ambitious individual challenge of running 100 marathons in 100 days to highlight the global water crisis. Having already completed more than 30 of the 100 marathons, through the UK, France, Italy, Uzbekistan and India, Mina has experienced first-hand ‘choke points’ that are feeling the impact of the emerging global water crisis. Following her final run in India today in Mumbai, Mina now heads to Hong Kong and China. “My journey so far has allowed me to meet so many incredible people and to see the real effects that water shortages are already having on our world,” says Mina. “For many of us, we don’t have a real concept of where our water comes from. We simply turn on a tap and the water is there. To meet children as young as 3 years old walking more than 2km a day to collect water has given me a real appreciation of just how precious water really is.” Mina’s passion to change how people think about water and have a world where there is enough water for everyone forever is what keeps her going. She has been meeting with local water heroes within each of the regions she is visiting. These water heroes are people who are devoting their time and energy to making a difference to the global water crisis. “In the UK, for example, I was joined on one of my runs by Dr Liz Goodwin of the World Resource Institute. Liz ran12.3km with me to represent SDG 12.3 which is the sustainable consumption and production patterns,” says Mina. “I learnt from Liz that if we stopped all food wastage we would be able to save 18% of the world’s water, which is a staggering number if you consider that less than 1% of the earth's water is useable by plants, animals . . .