JOHANNESBURG 28 SEPTEMBER 2016 – After this weekend’s Jeep Warrior Black Ops Elite win and 3rd place at Race 6 in Nelspruit, Jeep Team’s Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel are ready for the OCR World Championships in October 2016 in Canada. OCR Team South Africa will be amongst the world’s finest athletes when the toughest and strongest athletes from across the globe fight it out at the third OCR World Championships from 14-16 October 2016 at the Blue Mountain Resort, Toronto in Ontario, Canada. From the 116 South African qualifiers across all three elite categories namely Rookie Elite, Commando Elite and Black Ops Elite, South Africa has selected a ‘BIG SIX’ South African Black Ops Elite Team including Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team), Bradley Claase, and Jay Jay Deysel (Jeep Team) for Men; and Hanneke Dannhauser, Carina Marx (Jeep Team) and Sabrina Daolio for Women. To have qualified for OCR World Champs, athletes need to have achieved a Jeep Warrior Top 20 finish in an Elite category in their gender, or an Impi Challenge Top 20 finish in the Elite division in their gender. Said Thomas van Tonder: “It has been a gruelling season in order to qualify for the championships and I am thrilled to be part of Team OCR South Africa. I have worked hard and have pushed myself to the limits and hope my efforts pay off. How I fare against other contenders is yet to be seen. My training regime has focused mostly on building endurance, specifically my upper body in order to improve my grip on the rope obstacles.” Van Tonder, over in the past 12 months, has achieved three wins, six 2nd places, and one 5th place. Marx, over the same period, has achieved four 2nd places, four 3rd places and two 5th places. Neither will know how they truly compare against the rest of the world until they are neck deep in mud in Ontario. Said Carina Marx, “I am looking forward to seeing what I can do on the world stage. I have chosen to compete in the Elite Race so that I can go up . . .
Tetra Pak South Africa will celebrate World School Milk Day in South Africa on September 28, 2016, by visiting Esithebeni Primary School in Soweto to educate about 900 Grade R to Grade 4 learners on the benefits and nutrition of long life milk. One of the aids in the edutainment programme is the Nutty Professor, a character who reinforces learning by showing, telling, and involving the children in a 45-minute session. “We aim to get the kids interested to stimulate and reinforce the learning aspect of World School Milk Day so they can rediscover the benefits of fresh milk in long life format,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director at Tetra Pak South Africa. Learners at the Esithebeni Primary School will receive an activity leaflet they can complete and use to enter a competition to win prizes. The Nutty Professor character will perform no fewer than seven fun “experiments” using milk. World School Milk Day is a Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations (UN) day celebrating the health benefits of school milk programmes around the world on the last Wednesday of September. “The first World School Milk Day was held in 2000 and it has since been recognised in over 30 countries,” says Ntuli. “This is one of the most important and successful days in promoting the importane of drinking milk at school in a fun, memorable, and educational way.” Last year World School Milk Day was celebrated by children from around the world through information days, quizzes, dances, baking, distributed promotional kits, farm visits, and more. According to the FAO: “World School Milk Day is an "open" day - people are free to celebrate how they wish. Celebrations can be at any level - from national or regional events to individual schools. Some countries have started in a small way and have organized bigger celebrations with each passing year. Big or small, all have a common goal: to draw attention to school milk and thereby promote its . . .
JOHANNESBURG —Jehovah’s Witnesses are inviting the public to attend their 2016 “Remain Loyal to Jehovah!” Regional Conventions. The three-day program will feature 49 presentations, each exploring the theme “loyalty.” Additionally, the Witnesses have prepared 35 video segments specifically for the program plus two short films that will be shown on Saturday and Sunday. Each day, the morning and afternoon sessions will be introduced by music videos recorded for the convention. As they have in years past, the Witnesses will distribute a special invitation to the public welcoming them to attend the program. The dates and locations for each convention as well as the programme schedule can be found on the Witnesses’ official website https://www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions/ Beginning on Friday, September 30, the Witnesses in Gauteng province will be hosting these free events at the Johannesburg Expo Center with separate sessions in Afrikaans, Chichewa, English, Sesotho and Zulu. The subsequent conventions would be held on October 7-9, 2016 [Chinese, English, Portuguese, Sepedi, Tsonga and Zulu] and October 14-16, 2016 [English, French, Sesotho, Setswana, Shona, Venda and Xhosa]. An estimated 75,000 delegates are expected at the Johannesburg Expo Centre over 3 successive weekends for the Bible-based programme. Jehovah’s Witnesses in South Africa are organizing 55 conventions – in 16 languages - in 20 cities and towns. Worldwide, there are over 8.2-million Witnesses in more than 118 000 congregations. Kenneth Dias, a convention spokesman, states: “We strongly believe that loyalty is an essential part of any healthy relationship. Our convention this year features content that will help people develop stronger bonds with friends, family members and, above all, with God. We are confident that all who attend will enjoy this program.” There is no admission fee. Conventions of Jehovah’s Witnesses are supported entirely by voluntary donations. CLICK . . .
Crystal Lagoons Drives the Development of Urban Beach Life in South Africa Multinational innovation company Crystal Lagoons has recently announced its involvement in real estate projects worldwide that will represent $10 billion in investment over the next 10 years. The company is in discussion with property developers for a number of projects across South Africa and the wider continent, two of which have a total value of R3 billion and will be situated in prime real estate in Johannesburg. These developments will bring the unlimited size bodies of crystal clear water to urban areas, adding an idyllic beach lifestyle to the world’s major cities and enabling a wide variety of water sports, including swimming, kayaking and paddle boarding. “Crystal Lagoons’ award winning technology, which is patented in 160 countries, has revolutionized the real estate market in every country it has entered. When it comes to building a Crystal Lagoon, location need not dictate what is possible.” says Alastair Sinclair, Crystal Lagoons’ Regional Director for Africa. “We have the opportunity to bring this game-changing concept to South Africa’s inland metropolitan areas, as a Crystal Lagoon can be constructed in the middle of cities miles away from the coast, at very low construction and maintenance costs. The addition of “The World’s Top Amenity” has resulted in unprecedented increases in sales rates and prices of properties,” he added. Crystal Lagoons boasts 400 projects in 60 countries, and it’s the patented sustainable technology used that makes it particularly appealing for developers needing a water and energy efficient amenity to enhance their projects. Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ (PwC) “Real Estate 2020: Building the Future” identifies that global megatrends such as rapid urbanization, technology and sustainability will drive growth in the real estate industry across Africa over the next four years. In South Africa specifically, it is estimated that 71% of South . . .
SovTech Services, a premium Digital Services Procurement Platform, has recently rolled out a host of integration packages aimed at the South African market. The packages, aimed at assisting companies in their quest to integrate their legacy systems with more modern cloud services they may utilize, are available online immediately in an easy to understand format that is common with the Services Platform. “Many of our clients are eager to test drive market-leaders in the field of CRM software, Document management software, Accounting software, and the like, but are just not willing to take that leap of faith and leave their old systems behind. We help transition from old to new, allowing them to use both of them side by side, with integration made possible in both directions.” Says Jamie Chennells, SovTech’s CTO and head of SovTech Services. “Integration doesn’t have to be complicated! Databases that aren’t allowed to talk to other databases lead to a loss of software potential. We help release that potential by letting them talk to each other.” The team at SovTech Services is confident that their integration area is applicable to about 90% of companies on their site, and has said that even if your software isn’t listed yet, they welcome you to submit a custom request in order for them to make the opportunity to use their Services Platform available not only to you, but to all other companies moving forward. The introduction of the Services Platform in August 2016 complements SovTech’s vision to uplift social and economic value on a pan-African scale, through helping businesses achieve their goals using software. Digital Services are available 24/7 and the company aims to deliver all services within 7 days of purchase. The entire SovTech website, including the Services Platform, features Live Chat, where you can get free advice on any software decisions you are thinking of making. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Brand activation is the physical manifestation of storytelling that combines personal interaction with visual narrative. Once the context, format and setting is determined focus on the mechanics of bringing the brand to ‘life’ and encouraging the target market to engage and interact with the product or service. To make a meaningful impact, drive affinity and inspire consumers to act, one should consider the following: Why would the audience pay attention to the campaign? Why should they engage? What factors should be considered? Truly understanding the market and its challenges will give insight into consumer preferences, how and where to communicate with different audiences, thereby enhancing on-shelf presence, brand recall and market share. Location: Find a space you can ‘own’ Experiential events are not as straightforward as placing imagery in a demarcated area and expecting consumers to connect with a brand because it exists in that space. The location must be easily accessible, visible and have a presence where there is a high level of traffic or footfall. The physical space will also determine the scope of the project: an in-store campaign will limit activities to a promotion where brand ambassadors provide product information while handing out samples to passers-by to encourage trial and consumption. On the other hand, an outdoor platform presents an occasion to create hype about the brand and its offerings. Rather than ‘pushing out’ content about the features of a product or service, the activation area can be used to ‘pull audiences’ and immerse themselves in a truly captivating experience. Target Market: The brand should be relevant and reflective of the values of the audience Different market segments are made of a population profile that includes race, age, gender and income levels etc. However, there are areas of the same geographic spread where the demographics are highly comparable with other target groups. The communication . . .
Add a dash of cooking pizazz and a good dose of creativity to the kids’ spring school holiday at the Spice Route Destination’s Mini Master Chef activities from 6 to 8 October. Wrapping up the last few days of the school break, the Spice Route Destination will be hosting pizza-making classes where kids can create their own deliciously ‘cheesy’ masterpieces. The cooking sessions will alternate with fun outdoor activities and music for an interesting line-up of events everyday. Located in the beautiful Paarl Winelands just 40km outside of Cape Town, the Spice Route Destination is the ideal family daytrip destination that offers a journey of discovery and different sensory experiences. So while the kids get busy in the dedicated cooking area under adult supervision, mom and dad can explore the Destination’s exciting offerings in their own time. Mini Master Chef dates: Thursday 6 October to Saturday 8 October Session times: First session from 11h00 to 12h30 Second session from 12h30 to 14h00 Costs: R150 per session for kids aged 3 to 12 Tickets are limited and bookings are essential. Email email@example.com for bookings. EFT payments are accepted and tickets can be purchased at the Spice Route Destination on the day. Kids aged 3 to 12. For more information on the various daily offerings at the Spice Route Destination, visit http://www.spiceroute.co.za, follow @SpiceRoutePaarl on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/SpiceRoutePaarl), Twitter (https://twitter.com/SpiceRoutePaarl) and Instagram (https://www.instagram.com/spiceroutepaarl/). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Fresh from her national reality TV début earlier this year on The Voice SA, Cape Town-born musician Lana Crowster is set to perform three concerts at The Roxy Revue Bar at Grand West Casino in Cape Town in October. Crowster, who won the hearts of South African reality TV audiences with her soulful and energetic performances on The Voice SA, is set to take to the stage in her home town in a showcase entitled, A Night Out With Lana Crowster. The show is set to have the perfect fusion of R&B, Soul, Funk, Jazz and Hip-Hop songs, and she promises to keep audiences on their feet all night long. “I look forward to performing songs that have inspired me as well as showcasing my own music,” she says. Crowster is no stranger to the big stage, having performed at the prestigious Cape Town International Jazz Festival in April after winning ESP Afrika’s “Young Legends” Competition. Having worked in the SA music and entertainment industry over the past 14 years, Lana has performed alongside the likes of top music acts such as Toya Delazy, Karen Zoid, Chad Saaiman, Mario Ogle, Zolani Mahola (Freshlyground), Arno Carstens and even sang back up for Josh Groban and George Benson, on their respective tours to SA. The passionate singer, songwriter and arranger is set to entertain Cape Town audiences with her three-night run of “A Night Out With Lana Crowster”. In 2014, Lana independently released her début EP entitled, Seasons, - which fans will see her perform hits from, as well as a few “additional surprises” throughout the evening. “My style of music is eclectic so I always enjoy mixing things up on stage during my performances. I love singing some of my favourite songs that have played an important part in my own life, as well as giving audiences the opportunity to hear my own music too,” she says. Music lovers can catch A Night Out With Lana Crowster at The Roxy Revue Bar at Grand West Casino on 13, 14 and 15 October 2016 at 8pm. Tickets are priced . . .
SGK Consulting is an accredited institution providing reliable and useful first aid tips to people who enrol themselves in there. They provide both private and public training, including workplace first aid training. They deliver customised training geared at various social and professional groups; such as teachers, farmers, care homes, gym staff, security agency staff, manufacturing industry and gym protection specialists. Among the training course provided, are the following: first aid levels 1, 2 and 3, Basic first aid, Infant & Child, and CPR Refresher aid. Level 1: This helps you to correctly assess all the emergency situations, and provide the correct aid to patients till they have been fully transferred to emergency care services. Further, this training teaches one to provide CPR (cardio-pulmonary resuscitation), treat bleeding wounds, attend to cases involving poisoning etc. Apart from all of these, you’re also taught about which first-aid procedures to use while responding to different kinds of injuries. The elements covered include --- elementary anatomy, unconsciousness, fainting, burns, broken bones and much more. Level 2: In level 2, they teach you to assess an emergency situation and bring it under control. You’ll further learn how to provide the primary emergency support for children of all ages, including infants. You will learn to assess and manage shock-related situations and also carry out demonstrations on spot. This area covers the subjects of CPR (adult, child and infant), recovery position, bone joint injuries, choking, record-keeping, unconsciousness and fainting, handing-off of cases to medical personnel etc. Further, you’ll also be able to deal with amputations, bleeding, burns, anaphylaxis and body organ injuries. Level 3: This covers all the areas of basic medical training, which is the first requirement for a lot of jobs. Dealing with cases of sudden illnesses, monitoring patient progress, gaining a comprehensive . . .
Over the years, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) has consistently supported young talent in the arts and honoured those who have significantly contributed to the industry. To mark the 19th year of the prestigious ACT Awards, South Africa’s premier independent arts funding and development agency, will pay homage to both emerging and established artists. To date, the ACT Awards have recognised over 150 individuals and organisations for their significant contribution to art, culture and heritage in South Africa. These Awards show the sustainable impact ACT pursues in the creative industry. 2016 will see ACT partner with the Distell Foundation, The National Lotteries Commission (NLC) and Sun International to see yet another group of young professionals being lauded for the remarkable impression they have made in the first five years of their careers. The ImpACT Awards for young professionals are given annually to honour young artists or businesses that have reached a notable level in their career. Giving the masses a voice through the public nomination process, ACT proudly boasts an excellent selection of these individuals in the categories of Theatre, Visual Art, Music, Dance and Design. This year’s finalists, who were announced at The Orbit Jazz Lounge in Johannesburg last night are; Khela Chepape Makgato, Francois Knoetze and Loyiso Mkize (Visual Art); Benjamin Jephta, Thandi Ntuli and Tumi Mogorosi (Music); Phillip Rademeyer, Mkhululi Z. Mabija and Thenx (Theatre); Jody Paulsen, Katherine-Mary Pichulik and Margot Molyneux (Design); and Oscar Nhlanhla Buthelezi, Sunnyboy Motau and Angelique Harris (Dance). ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs says of the ImpACT Awards finalists; “We are thrilled to announce the 2016 list of phenomenal finalists who are all worthy of accolades. Receiving an ImpACT Award is an important milestone that often marks the beginning of an impactful trajectory.” 2016 will be the sixth year the Distell Foundation partner with ACT on the . . .