Donation proves that creating a sustainable, free water supply for remote communities can be child’s play SA Taxi Foundation, the corporate social investment arm of SA Taxi, has funded a Playpump for the Hartswater community in the Northern Cape. The water storage system will ensure a consistent, safe, free supply of water to residents in the drought-stricken area. A Playpump is powered by children playing on a roundabout placed above a borehole. As the roundabout turns, it triggers a pump to move water from the borehole to a sealed polyethelene tank standing seven metres above the ground. A tap allows people to fill containers with water from the tank. “Access to clean water is a basic human right not only because it alleviates human suffering but because it impacts a nation’s health, education, and employment,” says SA Taxi Foundation communications executive, Maroba Maduma. “Thirsty children cannot focus in class. Children who have to spend time collecting water from rivers and dams can’t go to school. Children and adults who contract water-borne diseases risk death. At the very least, they lose school and work time, limiting their ability to generate income for their families and contribute to the economy. “We’re investing in a Playpump because it’s one way in which we can help ensure that, as President Cyril Ramaphosa said in his State of the Nation Address ‘the injustices of the past no longer define the lives of the present’ and that the needs of the ‘poor, unemployed, marginalised, and dispossessed’ are met. “The President singled out improved infrastructure as a crucial element in achieving these goals. SA Taxi is a business platform designed to bolster the sustainability of the minibus taxi industry. We are, therefore, acutely aware of the needs of the vast community served by the industry and we know that most rural societies simply cannot shoulder the cost entailed in laying water pipes and constructing pumping stations. “The Playpump . . .
Grande Provence appoints Vinesse to manage national wine sales and distribution Grande Provence, the landmark Heritage Wine Estate in Franschhoek, have appointed Vinesse Wine and Spirit Merchants to manage the national sales and distribution of their wines. As specialists in sales, marketing and brand building for boutique size and family-owned wine brands, Vinesse is a perfect fit for the Grande Provence and Angels Tears wines. “Boutique wineries usually have intriguing stories to tell and in this highly competitive market, it is important to nurture relationships and convey these stories to the trade and consumers alike,” says Lee-Anne Bosman, General Manager of Vinesse, who welcomes the addition of the Grande Provence wines to the Vinesse portfolio. With award winning wines across a variety of price points, the elegant Grande Provence range and easy drinking Angels Tears wines cater for all tastes. During 2018 Grande Province wines garnered no less than three gold medals for their maiden 2017 Chenin Blanc vintage at three top South African wine competitions: Veritas, Michelangelo International Wine Awards and the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. The flagship The Grande Provence White 2016 also excelled with a Double Gold medal at the Michelangelo International Wine Awards. “It is important to have diversity in our portfolio and the inclusion of Grande Provence, with its magnificent setting, gives us the opportunity to represent hand-crafted wines from Franschhoek,” Bosman adds. Located in the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence offers true South African wine heritage, exceptional food and luxury boutique accommodation. For Grande Provence wine sales and marketing information, contact Estelle Grobler at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org. For information on Vinesse, email email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Constantia Glen goes green with delicious new Vegan Flammkuchen Constantia Glen welcomes vegans with a brand new edition to the popular crispy Flammkuchen selection at the tasting room. The vegan Flammkuchen is topped with cheese-free basil pesto, grilled peppers, mushrooms, artichokes, olives and capers with a drizzle of truffle oil. Vegetarians who prefer cheese on their Flammkuchen can replace the artichokes with goat’s cheese. For a more substantial meal, tuck into a crisp summer salad with your Flammkuchen. Flammkuchen is a thin, crisp base layered with a variety of toppings. The vegan Flammkuchen is available at R170 and is best enjoyed with a bottle of Constantia Glen Sauvignon Blanc. Constantia Glen is open from Sunday to Thursday from 10h00 until 18h00 and on Fridays to Saturdays from 10h00 until 20h00. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. Call 021-7955639, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, visit www.constantiaglen.com, www.facebook.com/ConstantiaGlen or follow @ConstantiaGlen on Twitter and Instagram. The GPS co-ordinates are S 34º 0’39.6” E 18º 24’30.6”. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Photo: Origin of the term – “Smart Contract” In 1996, Nick Szabo first used the term, ‘smart contract’ in his paper, “Smart Contracts: Building Blocks for Digital Markets”. In his paper, he depicted a smart contract as – ‘a set of promises, specified in the digital form, including protocols within which the parties perform on these promises.’ What are smart contracts? Smart contracts naturally execute when foreordained terms and conditions get satisfied. The advantages of smart contracts are most evident in business collaborations. In this, they are used to uphold some kind of agreement. So that all members can be sure of the result without a middle person’s inclusion. The most ideal approach to portray smart contracts is to compare it with a vending machine. Usually, you would go to a legal counselor or a public accountant, pay them, and pause while you get the archive. You can imagine smart contract as a vending machine where you just drop a cryptocurrency into the vending machine. And your driver’s license, escrow or whatever drops into your record. Smart contracts not just characterize the guidelines and penalties around an agreement similarly how a traditional contract does. But also automatically enforce those obligations. Working of smart contracts A system of PCs executes the activities (discharging assets to the suitable parties; enrolling a vehicle; sending notices; issuing a ticket) when some predetermined conditions have been met. When the transaction is finished, the blockchain is then refreshed. Inside a smart contract, there can be the same number of stipulations as expected to fulfill the members that the assignment will be finished satisfactorily. To set up the terms, members to a blockchain stage must decide how transactions and their information represented. They should concede to the principles that administer those transactions, investigate every single imaginable special case, and characterize a framework for settling . . .
Experience TOKARA in all its autumn splendour when this acclaimed Stellenbosch family wine and olive estate opens its extensive farm garden to the public for the annual Rare Plant Fair on Saturday, 13 April 2019. Meander through tranquil walks dotted with sculptures by local artists while taking in the magnificent vistas over the large garden dam. The dedicated indigenous garden, textures in the cork oak forest and the fresh scents wafting from the terraces of the picking garden will appeal to all the senses. Other enchanting secrets worth discovering are the inspiring vegetable garden, wetlands and the gurgling mountain stream flowing into soothing lily ponds. The wide variety of plants on sale from indigenous flora such as fynbos and proteas to the more exotic, this popular event will appeal to all tastes. Besides coffee and other refreshments, TOKARA will be well represented with their elegant wines and award winning extra virgin olive oils. The Autumn Open Garden and Annual Rare Plant Fair opens from 09h00 until 16h00. Entry for adults is R50 in aid of a local charity. Children aged under 10 have free entry. The TOKARA Tasting Lounge, restaurants and Delicatessen will be open as usual on the Saturday. For more information visit www.tokara.com or email email@example.com. For more information on the Rare Plant Fair email firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In a span of seven years, Snupit has become South Africa's leading online marketplace. Connecting the country's best professionals to locals, Snupit enters 2019 with even more to offer its users. Snupit's Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder Avinash Samlall commented on the continued success of Snupit: "We consider Snupit to be a personal assistant that helps people find the best professional for a project within minutes. And vice versa for pros and businesses, getting them more jobs in less time. Naturally, we want to make that personal assistant to be as smart and efficient as possible." To that end, numerous technology improvements have been made to improve the online service platform. For instance, a wizard-style question-and-answer section has been implemented. This simplifies the way users post requests for quotes. The improved simplicity and better user experience is expected to increase user retention and drive growth of the user base. Samlall also remarked: "At Snupit, we're here to help you kick off the new year right. We understand that it's not easy to run a small business, and we're always making improvements to help you grow your business quickly on Snupit." For the pros, Snupit is a quality lead generation system. For users, it is an efficient way to hire the best person for the job. For both types of users, Snupit's utility translates into a better quality of life. Overall, the online platform contributes positively to the country's economy. All these are important metrics for success and they paint a win-win picture for Snupit and all those who use it, especially considering that small businesses are the backbone of any economy. With each passing year, governments and corporations are judged to a great extent by their performance related to creating jobs and improving the economy. As 2019 kicks off, Snupit is both proud and optimistic about the role it has played and will continue to play in this respect. Snupit connects over 2 . . .
SKEEM SAAM ACTOR ERIC MACHERU JOINS THE SUNFLOWER FUND’S NATIONAL DRIVE TO FIGHT BLOOD DISEASES Former Ajax Cape Town soccer star and actor Eric Macheru is teaming up with The Sunflower Fund, for a national drive to create awareness and education about blood diseases and to drive interest for people to register as blood stem cells donors. Eric has been an Ambassador of Hope for The Sunflower Fund for 2 years and regularly gives of his time to engage young people to help grow the stem cell donor registry. “What most people don’t understand is that there are various blood diseases that can affect you at any given point in your life,” says Eric better known as Leeto in the popular soapie Skeem Saam. “There is so much misinformation about blood stem cell donation and people don’t respond, because of a lack of information,” he continued. Common blood disorders include anaemia, bleeding disorders such as haemophilia and blood cancers such as leukaemia, lymphoma, and myeloma. For many patients diagnosed with blood diseases, the only hope of cure is a (bone marrow) blood stem cell transplant. Patients from all ages and races can find themselves in need of a transplant and in such an instance they are looking for their genetic twin. The chances of finding this match is 1:100 000 and the best chance of a match is within your same ethnic background. There is only a 25% chance that a sibling will be a match. The remaining 75% chance depends on an unrelated matching donor being found. Black patients around the world are at a disadvantage due to the underrepresentation of black, coloured and indian donors in the global donor pool. “People don’t realise that it is painless to register as a donor, or that you only donate once in your life and that there are no major side effects of being a donor,” Eric added. A blood stem cell transplant as it is more commonly known today, is essentially a procedure where a person’s defective cells in their bone marrow is . . .
Johannesburg, 21 February 2019 - World Information Architecture Day began in 2012 to celebrate the anniversary of the 1998 publication of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web—also known as “The Polar Bear Book,” and the bible for UX professionals. Now in its eight year, World IA Day has grown to 59 cities around the world, including Warsaw, Tehran, Johannesburg and Buenos Aires. World Information Architecture Day is dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders. The celebrations inspire the global growth of information architecture as a community of practice and encourages the diverse thinkers in the celebrations. World IA Day is jointly produced by a network of global, regional, and local volunteers with support from the Information Architecture Institute. “World IA Day brings local professionals together to learn through high-quality speakers, panels, and interactive sessions that examine the many ways IA principles can be used to solve problems in business, civic, and personal contexts,” says Mike Lewis founder of Origin Interactive. This year's theme is Design for Difference: As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as IAs to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole. Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally. Mike encourages and values independent thinking in his team members and this is why the full team from Origin will be attending World IA Day at the UJ campus. According to Mike some of the main questions he will be looking for answers to are “What is this difference that we’re . . .
The FNB Madibaz rugby team are determined to maintain as a high a standard as possible as they seek to make an impact in the FNB Varsity Shield competition this season. In a tough clash in East London on Thursday, the Nelson Mandela University side registered their second successive win when they defeated Walter Sisulu 32-3. They will now regroup for the final match of three during an intense opening week in the competition when they play Rhodes at the Madibaz Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Monday (6.30pm). Madibaz skipper Riaan Esterhuizen said they had achieved their goal after also collecting the full five points against Cape Peninsula University of Technology on Monday. "We knew it would be a scrappy type of game and we prepared ourselves for that during training," he said. "We are just glad to come away with five points from the match." He added that they were focused on maintaining their standards after being relegated from the Varsity Cup last year. "We have spoken about making sure we do not drop our standards at all," said Esterhuizen. "We want to play to get back into the Varsity Cup, and even though it will take us two years to achieve (as per the Varsity Cup promotion/relegation criteria) we need to find consistent style of play as some of us may be leaving this year. "We just want to keep playing well because the ultimate aim is to get back into the Varsity Cup." Madibaz produced the Player that Rocks in fullback Simon Bolze, who went over for two tries as the PE team took control in the second half. After trailing 3-0 for most of the first half, Madibaz led 12-3 at the break and then stepped up the pace in the last 20 minutes, crossing for four more tries. "We knew it was going to be tough because Walter Sisulu are a quality side," said Bolze. "It wasn't that easy playing into the wind in the first half, but in the second half we opened it up and are proud of our efforts in the end." Another Madibaz player, wing . . .
PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA – Golden Key International Honour Society announces Elmie Castleman as the new director for the South African region of the Society. Elmie Castleman has a professional record as distinguished as it is diverse. Trained as a nurse and a health education professional, Elmie shifted her focus early in her career to management training and consulting. She served as the Chief Academic Officer for the Foundation for Professional Development for a decade, expanding and leading the organization’s portfolio of courses and programmes. Her work at FPD attracted the attention of the senior leadership of the Royal Bafokeng Nation, a traditionally governed community in the North West Province that uses dividends from platinum mining to implement an impressive array of social development prorgammes. Elmie was recruited to the Bafokeng Nation in 2009 to design and run a project and programme management system that could plan, track, and measure the Nation’s ambitious development agenda. Elmie built on this experience by leading the Royal Bafokeng Economic Development Agency, and was ultimately appointed Group Chief Operating Officer on the Royal Bafokeng Administration, a world-recognized leader in community-based development. Elmie earned her B.Cur from the University of Pretoria, and her Masters and Ph.D. from the University of the Free State. About Golden Key Founded in 1977, Golden Key International Honour Society is a global collegiate honor society established to recognize college students for academic excellence. While membership in Golden Key begins with academic excellence, the Society’s core mission is to enable members to realize their potential through three pillars: academics, leadership and service. The Society, comprised of over 2 million members, has more than 400 campus-based chapters in eight countries that include Australia, Canada, India, Malaysia, New Zealand, South Africa, The Bahamas and the United States. For more . . .