The Eastern Cape’s top Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) matric graduate, Libhongo Mko lives by the philosophy that hard work and dedication will open doors. It is this belief that saw him come out as the top learner in the Eastern Cape EMSS classes with five distinctions, including 90% for science and 83% maths, marks that secured him a place to study Computer Science at the University of Cape Town in 2019. Hailing from Mdantsane in East London, Libhongo was schooled at Philemon Ngcelwane High School and attended weekly EMSS supplementary classes at the University of Fort Hare in East London. He joined the EMMS programme when he was in grade 10 and says attending classes every Saturday morning gave him the confidence and boost he needed. “EMSS really helped me by taking away my examination fears as we had regular tests throughout the year. The lectures and our centre co-ordinator are the ones who encouraged me in choosing the course that I will study this year, as they always emphasised that nothing can limit us, not even the sky.” Libhongo says he comes from a God-fearing big family. “I’m the fourth child at home and received a lot of support and motivation from each and every family member. I was taught that education is the key to living a successful life. What motivated me through the year were my teachers, principal, family, friends and my mentor, my Life Science teacher Miss Dimakatso Mosola,” he says. His message for this year’s matrics is to take advantage of every opportunity for extra learning. “I would advise them that hard work is the key to achieving the results that one wants. Being competitive will also help them to study even harder, while being curious about the subjects that they are doing and never going to sleep without studying will also be of benefit.” In 2019, 532 matriculants from across South Africa benefited from Engen-backed extra classes in English, Maths and Science, achieving an impressive 93% pass rate against the . . .
Great businesses are not merely built on service but exceptional service and great customer experience; and an important element of their success is the value-proposition they deliver to their customers. Great businesses understand that for them to thrive and survive, they need to be constantly focusing on delivering value to their customers. “Exceptional businesses differentiate their offering on service and not necessarily price alone because research has proven again and again that consumers are willing to pay a premium, provided they “get great service” and great value for what they are paying for”, says Femi Adebanji, Customer Service Speaker and Expert. Femi, who heads the Service Excellence Institute, South Africa, further goes on to add that if organisations want to deliver the type of value that sets them apart, then they first need to be clear on two things: Firstly, what their “value-proposition” to their customers is and secondly, be clear on how their customers define value. “Otherwise, you might think you’re offering your customers value and be completely off the mark”, says Femi. He goes on to add that in the customer-economy where we find ourselves, the truth is that the power has shifted from businesses to consumers and thanks to the power of social media, consumers now have the power to shift and shape perception for or against brands. Consequently, businesses must focus a lot more on asking themselves – how do we deliver, tangible, exceptional value to our customers while delivering a seamless and hassle-free customer experience? If your value-proposition is not compelling enough, the fact is that potential customers will end up buying from your competitors and not from you. ‘A simple way of coming up with a compelling value proposition, says Femi, is to ask yourself the two important questions your customers are asking themselves, which is “Why should they buy from you and not your competitors and secondly, what’s in it for . . .
Valentine’s dinner & dance at Grande Provence Thursday, 14 February 2019, The Gallery at Grande Provence, Franschhoek Make this Valentine's Day unforgettable with a romantic evening at Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in the heart of Franschhoek. Setting the perfect mood in the name of love, this enchanting evening of dinner and dancing will tantalise all the senses. Starting from 19h00 the culinary indulgence begins with an uplifting glass of bubbly and oysters on arrival. The Gallery at Grande Provence will be transformed into a romantic dining room complete with a dance floor, where you can dance the night away after an intimate 4-course dinner. Grande Provence will be pulling out all the stops so be sure to bring along your dancing shoes. The cost of the Valentine’s Day dinner & dance is R1 100 per person. Pre-paid booking is essential. Email email@example.com or call Tel: 021-876 8600. Diary listing information: Dates: Thursday, 14 February 2019 Time: 19h00 – 23h00 Venue: Grande Provence Heritage Estate, Franschhoek Cost: R1 100 per person Booking: Call: (021) 876 8600 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence offers true South African wine heritage, exceptional food and wine, and luxury boutique accommodation. 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. . . .
Life on earth is a rollercoaster ride of emotions and our reactions to these emotions. All too often, we coaster through life, unaware of our behavioral choices and even worse, unable to consider the possibility that we could have made better choices for ourselves along the way. According to Cindy Glass, Founder and Owners of Step Up Education Centres says, “Self-awareness is the first skill in emotional intelligence and it sets the precedent for the growth and development of all emotional intelligence skills. Being able to look at ourselves honestly, and without negative judgement, will enable and empower us to achieve greater success in all that we do. This, of course, applies to our children and their personal and academic learning as well.” She adds that self-awareness skills will help your children become aware of their emotions and behaviours and make better choices in all that they do. They will also experience better personal relationships as they become aware of the emotions, behaviours and choices of others. “It is important to note that self-awareness includes skills in being aware of positive and negative emotions, behaviours and choices. It is about learning to own these choices, learn from the mistakes and consider what behaviours will be best in any situation,” Cindy explains. She offers the following helpful tips to teach your child this essential life skill: Create an environment where your children are free to recognise and acknowledge their mistakes and achievements in a non-judgmental, non-frightening way. Remember that it is fear of negative consequences that often hold us back from admitting mistakes to ourselves. And yet, if we cannot own a mistake, how can we find a positive solution to fix it? Don’t allow the blame-game. Blaming others for the choices that we have made disempowers us and reduces our opportunity to grow and learn from our choices and experiences. You are your child’s first and most powerful teacher – set the . . .
Shanghai Zuoyu Info&Tech Co., Ltd, is excited to announce that they are releasing a new product - ConyEdit. It is a cross-editor plugin to improve any text editor or IDE on Windows OS, based on clipboard monitoring and command line parsing. That means, with ConyEdit running in the background, you can use the commands of ConyEdit in any text editor or IDE on Windows OS. Such as Notepad, Notepad++, Eclipse, UltraEdit, Visual Studio, Sublime Text, Android Studio, etc. It found a new way to edit code or text (a set of command syntax, used in different editors or IDEs, sharing the same data). ConyEdit has powerful in-place batch data processing capabilities and a large-capacity storage space for the extracted contents. Batch processing includes batch generation of code, batch processing of lines or columns (extraction, insertion, deletion, replacement, modification, append before/after lines/columns, etc), and batch processing of strings (extraction, replacement, modification, etc). For the extracted contents, this software will store them in named arrays for subsequent reference, which greatly enhances the code generation capability and the text replacement capability. These features make your text editing more handy. ConyEdit supports regular expressions and enhances them in some way. For example, you can get the nth regular expression match of each line of the text and store them in a one-dimensional array, or get all the regular expression matches of each line of the text and store them in a two-dimensional array, or perform some processing in-place on the contents positioned by the regex, etc. ConyEdit has defined a group of commonly used built-in regexs for the quickly positioning of lines, columns, and strings, which can efficiently reduce the writing of regular expressions. For the positioning that is not in the built-in type range, you can specify a regular expression or literal string. More information is available at . . .
Proudly South African kicks off 2019 with East London Forums As part of its national awareness campaign for increased local procurement in both the public and private sectors, Proudly South African will kick off the 2019 calendar with two forums in East London at the end of this month. Focusing on the private sector and the benefits of increasing levels of local procurement through the entire value chain, Proudly South African will present a business networking forum on 30th January taking the opportunity to connect with existing member companies in the province and with any company interested in learning more about the benefits of becoming part of the movement. The focus for SMEs here will be on the financial and non-financial development programmes available to them from both the private and public sector. As the largest procurer of goods and services in the country, government has legislated local procurement levels for certain items under the Preferential Procurement Policy Framework Act and Proudly SA will address public sector procurement and supply chain officials on their roles and responsibilities in this regard on 29th January. Both events will take place at The Venue, Hemingways Casino in East London with registration from 08h30. Attendance is free of charge, but delegates are requested to register beforehand. Public Sector Procurement Forum, 29 January RSVP email@example.com Business Forum, 30 January RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Darren Kirby, Managing Director of Technique Media asks the question: “In an age of post-demographic consumerism whereby brands see themselves grappling with shrinking market share, is Africa rising to the challenges ahead?” Whilst brands have spent the last decade investing heavily in understanding Millennials, a few years back the buzz word ‘Afrilennial’ sent shivers down the spine of every brand strategist working within an African context. In theory, it made sense – why would Africans be the same and think the same as the rest of the world? Our unique challenges and landscape coupled with emerging markets means that the rule-book, to a large degree, is thrown out the window. Then in 2018, global thought leaders and research institutes suggested a new dynamic – one that may indicate we have been barking up the wrong tree in many regards: affordability. While brands have been trying to figure out a way to repackage and reposition premium brands to appeal to the now 35-year-old and younger Millennial consumer, it turns out that Millennials love premium brands. They just can’t afford them. One sector experiencing complications as a result is the alcohol industry. A team at University College London recently released a research paper indicating that one third of Millennials sampled do not drink alcohol. Is this because Millennials are generally healthier, and brands need to release a range of healthier alternatives to maintain market share? Or is it because Millennials just can’t afford to drink alcohol? Research suggests the latter. In which case, never mind the new range of healthier alternatives, and do we view this as the new normal? Luckily for all of us Africans, our continent is home to, dare we say, the majority of the most creative minds in the world. South African advertising agencies (as a matter of fact, all brand disciplines) have been recognised on the global stage for their outstanding contributions to the branding landscape for many years. . . .
The South African labour market has once again been unpredictable. Despite a short recovery observed in South Africa in the first half of 2018 and the emergence from a recession with a +2.2% GDP growth in the third quarter, the official unemployment rate is back at its 2017 level. This is due to weak investment & consumer confidence, along with continued limited household spending & private investment. With the economic stimulus package announced in September 2018 and a heightened commitment to attract foreign investment, we are expecting a positive economic impact on the GDP growth and the unemployment rate for 2019. While the majority of sectors remain under pressure, significant drivers for a more positive development will come from the Banking & Financial Services, IT and Transportation sectors. As a result of limited household spending and private investment over the last 3 years, local and international organisations continue to be cautious when expanding into the African markets. Despite organizations’ reservations, our specialized Rest of Africa (RoA) recruitment teams have managed to improve year-on-year results by 63%. The RoA region has also created a significant demand for recruitment services in South Africa, with many head offices based mainly in Johannesburg or Cape Town. Whether it is management level positions based in South Africa or technical/niche roles based in Johannesburg which entail extensive regional travel, the growth of these markets is propelling the South African labour market. Finally, salaries and bonuses have tended to follow a consistent pattern over the past 5 years, with steady increases to reflect inflationary pressures. In the current market, there are a number of candidates with niche skill sets or relevant experience who are able to command higher salaries, due to a low supply of talent. Click here to see our 2019 South Africa Salary Survey: . . .
John McCarthy, father of Artificial Intelligence defined Artificial Intelligence as, “The science and engineering of making intelligent machines, especially intelligent computer programs”. We all have probably heard about world chess champions losing to a computer system or AI-powered washing machine or self-driving cars. These are some examples which are powered by artificial intelligence. Artificial intelligence is nothing but creating systems capable of executing tasks that seem to require acumen. Blending blockchain and artificial intelligence together can actually do wonders. For a machine to master, it needs a large amount of data to analyze. This process is similar to humans. We analyze data passively by using our five senses. According to Trent McConaghy, he stated in his article three characteristics introduced by blockchain which are as follows: Decentralized/shared control Immutable/audit trailstransparent system on which they can run smart contracts, track a ledger, and more. Artificial intelligence powers the system by allowing for hands-off programs that are designed to become smarter and more efficient over time. Some ways in which AI can collaborate with blockchain and do miracles: Extensibility : AI can perform collaborative learning with no centralized dataset. Safety: AI can recognize blockchain application layer issues. Efficiency: AI can predict the likelihood of a node to fulfill certain mining tasks. There is no doubt that AI is going to help blockchain technology. Companies that are getting a headstart in the industry will almost certainly benefit greatly from such foresight. Due to increased extensibility, more efficiency, AI is going to prove safer, cheaper, and easier to run blockchains in general. There are a lot of applications where we can see AI and blockchain merging together, some are as follows: 1) Crypto Trading The stock market can be tricky sometimes, so does trading cryptocurrencies. If the market starts . . .
[Cape Town, 19 January 2019] – Since its official launch in Q4 of 2018, NJIN Agency has prioritised the signing of specific (much-loved) South African brands and companies where the agency felt it could make a real and positive impact. By signing with the WSB Cape Cobras Cricket Team as its full-service digital marketing and technologies partner, NJIN Agency is taking strides to further position itself as the go-to agency for South African sport, music and entertainment companies. >> view NJIN Agency website “To be fair, we’ve previously enjoyed an association with the WSB Cape Cobras under the umbrella of our former parent company, so it’s not like this is 100% new,” says Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “But we’re happy that we’ve been chosen to take over and move that relationship forward . . . Following our recent partnership with The Parlotones, we’re satisfied with the way iconic and Proudly SA brands are embracing our message.” Driven Specialists. #NO.BS Community-focused with an unwavering commitment to getting the very best performances out of their team, The WSB Cape Cobras is very much a mirror image of NJIN Agency’s approach to service delivery. “The WSB Cape Cobras are proudly pedantic about who we choose to partner with,” says Brand and Sponsorships manager, David Brooke. “NJIN Agency has proven itself to be reliable and thoughtful in their approach to our digital marketing and technology requirements . . . we expect great things from our partnership going forward.” Driven Specialists. #NO.BS “We’re just super-chuffed to be able to contribute to the WSB Cape Cobras,” says NJIN Agency MD, Dennis Armstrong. “For our Cape Town-based clients and team-members the association also affords the opportunity to watch some of the world’s best players showcase their talent in what is, surely, the most beautiful cricket ground on the planet. We’re honoured to be a part of the WSB Cape Cobras family.” For more information please visit . . .