Confident in his finishing ability, Reynard Butler powered his way to back-to-back one-day classic victories at the Bestmed Berge en Dale road race near Krugersdorp in Gauteng today. With excellent support from his team, the 29-year-old ProTouch rider added the 107km feature race title to his Ride for Sight victory in Boksburg last weekend. Butler crossed the line at Cradlestone Mall in Muldersdrift in 2:30:37, edging out Calvin Beneke (Luso AC/DC Dynamics) by a second, with Flavio Venceslau (Gauteng Track Academy) third in the same time. The Demacon women's team continued to dominate the South African scene with newly crowned national road champion Carla Oberholzer picking up her third title of the year. She also used her power to shade Yzette Oelofse (Bestmed) in a sprint finish in 3:10:39. Third went to former Olympian Joanna van de Winkel (Cycle Nation-Sandton City). Butler said his team did a great job of controlling the action throughout and setting him up for the finish. "Going into the last kilometre we had two of our team, Myles van Musschenbroek and Gustav Basson, leading," he said. "I know that Gustav has a nice kick so I used him to my advantage. He led me off with about 250 metres to go and I had the power at the end to finish off." After last week's win, Butler said he felt confident of his form in the dash to the line. "I knew my sprint legs were there and I felt good during the course of the race. "It was an aggressive and hard race; I knew the other guys would be tired and I was able to finish it off." Butler said the race came down to a breakaway group of about 25 riders that formed at around the 80km mark as they passed through the Cradle of Humankind. Although the ProTouch riders put in several attacks, he said everything stayed together until the grand finale and he praised his teammates for their efforts in delivering the victory. "We couldn't ask for much more at the beginning of the year," he . . .
The People’s Side Bae, Skhumbuzo “Skhumba” Hlophe, has come up with ways people can use to escape the VAT hikes announced during Wednesday’s budget speech in parliament. In his highly anticipated budget speech, Finance Minister, Malusi Gigaba, announced that Value Added Tax will be increasing from 14% to 15% starting from 1 April 2018. This announcement caught the attention of South African funny-man, Skhumba, who then took it upon himself to weigh in on the hot topic. Skhumba says “Here the honourable minister was trying to break it down to us gently that it’s going to be more expensive to buy products in store.” “Let’s rather find affordable presents, tools, toys and other equipment with 0% VAT on OLX,” says Skhumba. Skhumba has been an advocate for economic freedom since the beginning of 2018 when he was announced as the brand ambassador of OLX South Africa. He also appears on all OLX TV commercials acting the character of the “People’s Side Bae” where he dishes out humourous financial tips on how people can make and save money. His tips vary from selling a double bed for a single bed because “single beds are for single people” to selling hardly used plates that are reserved for visitors who never visit. Skhumba who had written an open letter to the newly elected President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa, offering to deliver the budget speech has also weighed in on the fuel levy that’s set to rise by 52c per litre. “What I gather here is that it’s going to be very painful to roll down the window and ask for ‘full tank 95’. Let’s consider selling that Vrrrpha on OLX and find a smaller-nyana car at a good price that won’t guzzle our funds,” says the People’s Side Bae. He also commended the government for announcing free education for all and allocating funds for it. Skhumba says it’s a “smart move, Minister. This, however, does not mean that student life will be pap and vleis. Look to OLX to buy textbooks at lower prices because . . .
Thembu Royals Magazine [TRM] is a South African Premier Business Magazine that was launched on air on the 12/02/2018 ( 10 days ago). The magazine is the product of Thembuland Royal Empire-The Nation of AbaThembu. The Royal Family of AbaThembu Nation conceived and is actively involved in all the activities at issue herein. The corporate entity of Thembuland Royal Empire is Thembuland Royal Treasury Holdings Ltd, which is a Specialist Business Consulting Firm. This corporate entity is also currently pursuing massive Industrialization Program in the province of the Eastern Cape. Full details appear more fully on our website: www.thembulandroyals.co.za. Thembu Royals Magazine has been created specifically to improve business awareness, and a solid spirit of entrepreneurship among our constituencies who are found scattered in all 9 South African Provinces estimated to be around 32 ( thirty two) million people or so. The Essence; At the moment Thembu Royals Magazine is only on a digital platform. It is anticipated that the print version will be released during the month of March 2018 to be distributed in all 9 South African Provinces making use of regular distribution channels that are used by other popular magazine brands that are currently on offer. There has been a shockingly positive response that we have received from the public in the past first 10[ten] days, for which we are deeply grateful, humbled and honored. At the moment more than 15,000( fifteen thousand) people on Social Media Platforms are currently talking about our magazine. This number has been greatly improved with the diligent assistance of various Media Monitoring Houses that took it upon themselves to welcome , support and publicized our cause massively. We remain deeply indebted to these giants of the media fraternity. The support on the ground from traditional leaders, business forums, academics, religious groups, NGO, and from across all sectors, from Cape to Cairo, from Brazil to . . .
• Cultural goods exports accounted for 0.46% of the country’s total commodity exports • ‘Cultural and Natural Heritage’ and ‘Books and Press’ are the most important cultural exports A NEW report which set out to examine the growth and structure of South Africa’s cultural and creative industries trade between 2007 and 2016 has been released by cultural think tank, the South African Cultural Observatory (SACO). The report highlights the need for a promotion of value-added trade in cultural goods and services, both with BRICS and other trading partners. “International trade is an important driver of the economies of many African countries, and has the potential to create higher value-added employment. This report provides a clear understanding of the country’s cultural goods trade trends over the past decade,” said Prof Jen Snowball, SACO Chief Research Strategist, co-author of the report with Rhodes University trade expert, Nicolette Cattaneo. The global data on the sectors is improving and the creative economy is now recognised as one of the most rapidly growing sectors of the world economy. World trade in creative goods and services more than doubled between 2002 and 2011 with an average annual growth rate 8.8%. Although cultural trade is largely dominated by developed countries – with North America and Europe accounting for 49% of the world’s cultural exports – recent UNESCO reports have found that developing country export share in world trade grew steadily between 2002 and 2011 with an average annual growth of 12.1%. They also found that world flows of cultural trade doubled between 2003 and 2014, despite the 2008/9 financial crisis which resulted in many countries suffering a recession. “In South Africa, cultural goods exports accounted for 0.46% of the country’s total commodity exports in 2016, while cultural goods imports accounted for 0.66% of total commodity imports,” Cattaneo and Snowball said. Despite a significant slowdown in . . .
RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of the new SSD 860 range of solid-state drives (SSDs) from Samsung. Based on the manufacturer’s cutting-edge 3D Vertical NAND (V-NAND) multi-level-cell (MLC) flash-memory technology, the 860 range improves on Samsung’s highly popular SSD 850 range of SSDs to deliver enhanced speed, reliability and capacity for users. The new SSDs are available in two series: the PRO series, which targets use with high-end and enterprise computing devices; and the EVO series, which has been specially designed for general consumer computing applications. The 860 PRO drives have been designed to achieve highly sustainable and dependable performance and handle heavy daily data-transfer workloads. Based on Samsung’s latest 64-layer 2-bit V-NAND architecture, the series also comes equipped with the company’s newly designed MJX controller to deliver best-in-class sequential read and write speeds: up to 560 and 530 megabytes per second (MB/s) performance, respectively. This level of performance starts to approach the theoretical bandwidth limitation of 600MB/s for the legacy Serial-ATA (SATA) interface, which many SSD manufacturers have tried to reach over the years. The series also offers guaranteed endurance and high reliability with the industry’s highest rating of 4800TB Total Bytes Written (TBW) – in compliance with JESD218 standards – which is approximately eight times higher than the predecessor 850 PRO series. The SSD 860 EVO series targets use with mainstream desktops and laptops. Like the PRO, it comes equipped with the newly designed MJX controller but is also the world’s first line of consumer SSDs to feature the manufacturer’s 3-bit V-NAND MLC technology. The 860 EVO delivers excellent sequential read and write performance – up to 550MB/s and 520MB/s speeds, respectively, along with highly sustainable performance for everyday . . .
The global marketplace is dominated by constant innovations in technology, business processes, and business management systems. Now, more than ever, companies have to keep up with the rapid pace of technology to maintain a competitive advantage. New electronic components are required, manufactured and introduced to the market on a daily basis and competition among suppliers and manufacturers is rife. Small and medium manufacturers in the local electronics industry need to switch to the right business management systems to ensure their businesses stay current. “Accurately keeping track of stock, parts, and industry regulations, whilst managing the entire supply chain from design through to delivery, can be a real challenge for SME’s”, says Craig Johnston, of Bluekey Seidor. “Fortunately, the advancement of business management technology has made it possible for SME’s to do just that with an Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system, such as SAP Business One.” Johnson explained how implementing an integrated business management system will help local electronic components manufacturers effectively address some of the main challenges that these businesses face on a daily basis. Stock visibility “Considering that a PC board can be made up of a thousand different components, it is very easy to understand how arduous stock takes and inventory tracking can become” he said. “Having complete visibility over stock levels improves cash flow, as procurement and production can be scheduled to match demand and supply.” According to Johnston, most companies can’t afford the financial burden of carrying excess stock for extended periods, nor holding stock that is not selling. Compliance An integrated management system ensures that businesses can adhere to strict quality and safety requirements, as well as industry best-practices, through automatic alerts and approvals. Processes can be standardised and automatic alerts can be set up to quickly respond to . . .
The sudden move to automation, investment in robotics and exploration of artificial intelligence is all pointing towards the impending 4th Industrial Revolution. The first three, as we all know, initially liberated us from animal power, made mass production possible and brought digital capabilities to billions of people. The fast approaching 4th will profoundly change the way we live, work and relate to one another, with the initiators of this charge recognised as disruptors. These innovators can now be found in every sector of human life, challenging the status quo and finding tech-heavy solutions to massively streamline how businesses operate, offering convenience, speed and accuracy only yet dreamed of. Enter Wrapistry. This fully interactive online wedding registry platform is radicalising the way wedding registries are managed. This exciting start-up with massive upscale potential quickly came onto the radar of ex-Dimension Data CEO, Brett Dawson, who has privately invested in the business through his newly launched business incubator platform - Campan, and will assist in advising and nurturing the team to develop and grow the business. A primary concern facing couples compiling their wedding gift registries has always been the limitations of location or price – be that because they’ve traditionally been store specific, or restricted by location, sector or even price bracket. Wrapistry’s tech-savvy site goes above all that currently boasting more than 150 leading local and international brands, with 3 000 selected items to choose from. “Our carefully curated categories allow you to find exactly what you’re looking for – and often we’ll wow you with something you’ll realise you simply must have – with prices to suit every budget. Are you an adventurer, entertainer or cook? A lover of Scandinavian style or more of a bold Bohemian? Whatever you desire, we’ve got you covered,” says Jed Shein, CEO of Wrapistry. You don’t even have to pick a physical gift. . . .
JSE-listed African Equity Empowerment Investments Limited (AEEI), a diversified investment and empowerment company today announced the appointment of Mr Abdul Malick Salie as an Executive Director to the AEEI Limited Board, in the capacity of Chief Investment Officer (CIO) with immediate effect. Mr Salie, a qualified Chartered Accountant (CA) SA has more than 15 years’ experience holding numerous directorships in the Financial and Information Technology sectors. He brings expertise in commercial and financial disciplines and has been working as the head of corporate finance at the AEEI Group for more than 5 years. Having previously served in various operational and financial roles in multinational groups such as Vodacom, Pioneer Foods and the Media 24 Group, Mr. Salie also has extensive experience in audit and regulatory environments both locally and internationally. Mr Salie was also responsible for many acquisitions and instrumental in separately listing various divisions within the AEEI Group. Khalid Abdulla, Group Chief Executive Officer of AEEI said ”The Board is excited with the appointment of Mr Salie who brings his wealth of experience and I look forward to working with him in his new role as Executive Director and CIO as well as his further contribution in the next growth phase of the group. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Born in Mamre on the West Coast hails a young talent that started his musical career as a piano player at the tender age of 9. Inspired by his dad a saxophonist, Larry George started to fiddle around with the saxophone at 14 years old. Larry George is no slouch when it comes to education as he holds a degree in education, with this degree he hopes to start a music education programme. This silky saxophonist quickly started to grace the big stages with big cats such as Emo Adams, Bobby Van Jaarsveld, Katlego Maboe, Kurt Darren, Ernie Smith just to name a few. His career highlight was performing with his iconic legend; Kirk Whalum. His most memorable performance was at the 2012 SARU Rugby awards and to be part of a production at KKNK ‘Karoo Swing’ with Bobby Van Jaarsveld. Larry George is set to release his new single ‘God Knows’ early 2018, followed by his own live brass production in June 2018. He is currently writing new material to roll out an album by December 2018. This young talented silky saxophonist will be performing his original music as well as some of his favourite cover pieces. Catch him live with special guest Kay at the Youngblood Art Gallery 70-74 Bree Street Cape Town. Jazz on Bree is hosted and curated by Esra Overberg in association with Music Exchange This series will showcase Legends in Jazz, Woman in Jazz, Youth Jazz, Acoustic Jazz and Cape Jazz. Larry George will kick off the debut Cape Jazz series. Date: 2 March 2018 Time: 7pm Fee: R100 book Quicket CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Chris Bertish, the International Speaker, Big Wave Surf Champion and best-selling Author, who recently completed the impossible, by paddling solo and unsupported, on a modified Stand Up Paddle Board across the Atlantic Ocean, covering a staggering 7500km over 120 days, has claimed another South African first by being the first and only South African ever, to be chosen as one of 100 leading global visionaries to contribute to the Genuis: 100 Visions of the Future book being published in 2018, as part of the Inspired by Einstein Project, an Albert Einstein Foundation Initiative. “It is such an honor to have been selected for this incredible initiative, alongside international world greats like Colonel Chris Hadfield, Deepak Chopra, Ridley Scott, previous Nobel Prize electorates and Barbra Streisand to mention a few,” says Chris. “I hope that my input and our work together, as a team over the coming year will continue to make a positive impact to the world and inspire future generations to instill a deep belief and understanding within, that nothing is impossible!” One hundred years ago, Albert Einstein created his Theory of Relativity, changing the world with the power of his intellect and imagination. To celebrate this historic milestone, the Inspired by Einstein Project is embarking on a global initiative to inspire the next generation of brilliant minds and bring fresh thinking to the problems facing our planet. Such innovative thinking is reflected in Genius: 100 Visions of the Future, a publishing milestone that invites 100 of the leading influencers, thinkers, innovators, and scientists of our time to share their vision of the future in the world’s first 3D-printed book, designed by renowned artist Ron Arad. “Chris was unanimously chosen as one of the 100 leading global visionaries,” says Judy Tanenbaum from The International Executive Committee of the Inspired by Einstein Project. “As a leading champion of believing that anything is possible, Chris . . .