Steenberg appoints Elunda Basson as new Cellar Master Accomplished winemaker Elunda Basson, a respected specialist of her craft with a string of prestigious awards in tow, has been appointed as the new Cellar Master at Steenberg Vineyards. Basson, who succeeds JD Pretorius in managing the entire winemaking operations at Steenberg, takes up her new position in June this year, after an illustrious career spanning over two decades making still and sparkling wines for industry leaders including Nederburg, Pongrácz and J.C. Le Roux. “While Méthode Cap Classique (MCC) will always be my passion, I look forward to making still wines again, especially Sauvignon Blanc from Steenberg’s exceptional cool climate terroir,” says Basson. As Steenberg Cellar Master, Basson will be working closely with Farm Manager, Johann de Swardt, and senior Cellar Foreman, Alfred Dalicuba, who both celebrate 20 years at Steenberg this year. Together with Graham de Vries, Steenberg’s Production Manager, the Steenberg cellar team share a deep and experienced understanding of the unique terroir, vineyard sites and winemaking culture that is quintessentially Steenberg. “We are excited to follow Elunda on a new winemaking journey. With her depth of experience and prowess as a winemaker of both still and sparkling wines, as well as her astute leadership capabilities, energy and passion for the industry as a whole, we know our Steenberg wines will be in good hands,” says Chris du Toit, Graham Beck Enterprises CEO. Prior to becoming Cellar Master of the House of J.C. Le Roux in 2007, Basson cut her teeth in the wine industry at Rickety Bridge in Franschhoek followed by a seven year stint at Nederburg. During the past 12 years, she has excelled as one of the country’s MCC specialists and has been richly rewarded with a slew of awards. Her crowning glory was the 2018 Vertex award for Pongrácz Blanc de Blancs, as the overall champion wine at Veritas. As vice-chairperson of the Cap . . .
Laqshya Media - An Leading Indian out-of-home advertising company selects Edge1's ERP software platform to automate their OOH business Edge1 OOH Platform ("Edge1"), an out-of-home ad tech company, announced today that Laqshya, one of India's largest out-of-home advertising companies, has selected Edge1's software to automate all media workflows including sales, operations, finance, landlord and client interface. Laqshya's network of more than 1,000 advertising touch-points, will be managed by Edge1 Platform. Over the coming months, Laqshya will continue to consolidate many internal and external business processes into Edge1’s holistic OOH platform. Laqshya will be using Edge1's enterprise resource planning platform for lead management, sales proposal generation, real-time availability media planning, inventory management, billing, landlord management, operations and monitoring automation. This consolidation is a core component of Laqshya's business transformation project which will deliver market leading innovation to Indian advertising community and revolutionize how out-of-home is planned and traded. Upinder Singh, Edge1’s Project Director shared: "I'm thrilled and honored at Laqshya's decision to select Edge1 as the single consolidated software platform that will run the core of their advertising operations. Laqshya is the perfect partner for Edge1's rapidly growing business, in that both companies engender not only a deep culture of innovation, but a shared vision for the future of OOH advertising. This association with one of India's largest, forward thinking, and technologically envelope-pushing advertising companies will deliver pioneering offerings to the Indian out-of-home community." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
London, England, April 25, 2019 -- With four successful Kickstarter campaigns already under their belt, London-based design studio PLEI Design is hoping Nanobook will be lucky number five. “Like our other designs Nanobook came about by re-imagining an item we use every day. In fact, it was while we were drawing up measurements for our last Kickstarter Campaign for our travel wallet that we realised we should take a look at the humble notepad. The outdoors are notoriously unpredictable, and this can be a serious hinderance for those who are working or recording information on their travels. While there are currently every day carry (EDC) products on the market, the majority of them are too big and bulky, making them impossible to use in all situations. With Nanobook, we have created a solution to this problem..” Frank, PLEI PLEI Design's decision to make Nanobook from Stone paper means it is not only the ideal notepad, but water-proof, grease-proof and also virtually indestructible. Like many of their other designs, Nanobook is a not a new idea, but a good idea made better. It's easier to use, tougher, non-slip and the whole thing is just 8cm by 5cm for your palm. Early-bird shoppers can pick three for only £6. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) at the Port of Durban has commenced a major clean-up to remove the large volume of waste and vegetation from the port after the recent heavy rains and flooding in KwaZulu-Natal. The adverse weather caused the usual deluge of plastic and other debris to flow into the port, leaving behind an unsightly scene just days after World Earth Day was observed globally on 22 April. Acting Durban Port Manager, Nokuzola Nkowane, said all Transnet Operating Divisions were carrying out assessments to establish the full extent of damage caused by the storm. “Our thoughts are with all those affected by the recent heavy rains and flooding. We would also like to appeal to the public to please help curb plastic pollution as this causes huge problems when the debris flows into the harbour,” she said. She said the port’s pollution control teams were on site tackling the debris within port waters, aided by clean-up teams from SpillTech, Drizit and ZMK Enterprises. Progress is slow due to the sheer volume of material that still continues to wash in. The debris included large logs that posed a threat to the safe navigation of the harbour craft which are used to guide vessels safely in and around the port. The port has been fully operational however, the ingress of waste impacted on vessel movements and as of midday on Wednesday three vessels were unable to berth or sail in the Maydon Wharf precinct, Nkowane confirmed. “The combined catchment area of the rivers, canals and storm-water drainage systems that drain into the port is over 200km2 in size. The unfortunate reality is the port waters are on the receiving end of the large volume of litter, effluent and sewage that is discharged into the storm-water reticulation system within the catchment,” said Nkowane. “We must all take responsibility for the well-being of the ocean and coastal environment, and as TNPA we want to help create awareness and promote sustainable practices for . . .
Labia Theatre, Cape Town: 13h45 Saturday, 4 May & 16h00 Sunday, 5 May Back by popular demand at the Labia Theatre are two classic films on the famous Camino de Santiago - the intimate drama, The Way, starring Martin Sheen, and the inspiringly beautiful travelogue, Walking the Camino: Six Ways to Santiago. Both films, set on the Camino de Santiago in Spain, which draws people from all over the world on an epic pilgrimage every year, will be rescreened next month in aid of StreetSmart SA. Walking the Camino will be shown at 13h45 on Saturday, 04 May, followed by The Way at 16h00 on Sunday, 05 May 2019. StreetSmart SA is an organisation dedicated towards helping street children rebuild their lives through public donations with the support of a network of restaurants, accommodation establishments, and wine tasting centres throughout the Western Cape and Gauteng. StreetSmart SA is a registered Public Benefit Organisation as well as a Non-Profit Organisation and funds are primarily raised by participating restaurants, accommodation establishments, and wine tasting centres, adding a voluntary R5 donation to the bill. Every cent raised in this way goes towards social and educational upliftment projects for street children. The organisation was set up by a group of concerned Capetonians under the patronage of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and comprises resourceful board members representing business and the hospitality and tourism industries. Similar StreetSmart organisations also run independently throughout the UK, Australia, New Zealand, Vancouver and the Netherlands. Tickets per show cost R40 per person and are available from the Labia Theatre by calling Tel: 021 424 5927. Booking is essential. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The University of Johannesburg women's team will be banking on a classic blend of youth and experience when the Varsity Hockey tournament kicks off in Cape Town next Friday. The first weekend of matches takes place at the UCT astro from May 3 to 6 and UJ hockey manager Elize le Roux said they were preparing for a tough competition. She added that a mix of senior stars and promising U21 players formed the core of the squad and they had been gelling well in the build-up to the competition. "We have a great base of players from our senior group available," said Le Roux. "For example, national Olympic squad player and vice-captain Kristen Paton, captain Lisa Hawker, who played in the 2015 and 2017 tournaments and is a national squad member, and Namibians Phia Gerber and Jivanka Kruger are some of the senior players. "Combine them with several U21 players and we have a squad full of experience and youth. "But we know we need to stay calm and follow the coach's plans, taking each game at a time." With eight teams vying for the title, Le Roux said it was difficult to separate the top contenders. "I really feel that all the teams are in the running," she said. "The sides that perform most consistently on the first weekend will obviously be the ones to watch, but it will probably all boil down to what happens on the second weekend. "In addition, I think the bonus points on offer could be crucial in separating the teams in a tight competition." The second weekend will take place in Potchefstroom from May 10 to 13, with the play-offs being held on the Monday. The final will be played on May 20. UJ are operating with a new coach this year in former South African star Tsoanelo Pholo and Le Roux said preparations were going well under her leadership. "Tsoanelo has brought a lot of her own coaching culture to the squad," she added. "She has seen our players perform in various tournaments so the adjustment period was not too . . .
Fans of legal dramas and local theatre will not want to miss Justice is a Woman; a highly emotive theatre production highlighting issues of gender inequality and the ethical dilemmas of the justice system written by well-respected former KZN judge Chris Nicholson, directed by Paul Spence, formerly of the Royal Shakespeare Company UK and starring a richly talented South African cast. Set in a KZN university in 2018, after the 2 000-year exclusion of women as lawyers in the courtroom, Justice is a Woman tells the captivating story of a female post-graduate student’s molestation case against her male university professor. Lead character Portia, the lawyer representing the professor, is faced with an ethical dilemma that forces her to question her values and threatens to tear her personal life apart. Opening performances take place from 23 to 25 May at Michaelhouse, 29 and 30 May at Grace College, and from 4 to 8 June at the Hexagon Theatre, Pietermaritzburg. Tickets are R80 per person (R130 Hexagon), R50 pensioners (R80 Hexagon) and students R40. For more information, follow @justiceisawoman on Facebook or contact Paul Spence on firstname.lastname@example.org or (084) 341 1742. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape will use the Women's Challenge in Port Elizabeth next week to introduce a new weapon in their ongoing fight for the environment in the bubbly figure of Zisa, the STOP Plastic campaign mascot. Zisa will be present at the Kids' Challenge on May 1 and the Women's Challenge 10km and 5km events at Pollok Beach on May 4 to remind all competitors about the damage plastic pollution is causing in the world. SPAR EC sponsorships and events manager Alan Stapleton said this was a wonderful opportunity to maintain awareness about the campaign in a fun way. "This will be the first chance to introduce Zisa to the people of Nelson Mandela Bay," he said. "Zisa will also be at the Kids' Challenge and will be bringing some surprise friends for all the children taking part to meet." The campaign got under way a year ago and besides the awareness created by figures such as SPAR EC STOP Plastic ambassador Sarah Ferguson, the immediate impact was felt with 3-million fewer plastic bags being sold in the last few months of 2018. Now, said Stapleton, they wanted to continue educating the public about their efforts and to encourage all to join in the fight. "We have various plans in place to keep the Women's Challenge a litter-free event," he said. "But more importantly we want to change mindsets about how we use and re-use plastic. Yes, we have a plastic problem but it is caused by a people problem and we just want to remind people of the role they can play." He added that STOP Plastic bins would "littered" all around the course and at the start and finish area. There will also be some new re-cycling bin stations. "There will be more than enough bins on the route for runners to throw their sachets away," said Stapleton. "We also want to remind people that there is an EP Athletics Association rule that runners can be disqualified for littering on the route." To enter the Women's Challenge, go to www.sparec.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your . . .
The abbreviation ‘CX’ is today popping up all over the web as the marketer’s shorthand for ‘Customer Experience’. When it comes to the mobile customer, of which there are upwards of 35 million active cellular users in South Africa, RCS is being touted as the enhancer of CX. That’s according to Devon Meerholz, Chief Creative Officer of IMImobile SA. RCS, or Rich Communication Services, is next generation messaging technology being rolled-out globally by the world’s mobile network operators and top ICT firms like Google. It has been described by industry pundits as the next evolution of SMS and the protocol intended to succeed the most-adopted form of written communication in history. However, while the Googleplex might be evangelising RCS, CX is the driving force behind its adoption. “No longer content to be reached in ways that suit corporations, consumers today expect brands to communicate with them the way they themselves communicate,” says Mr Meerholz. When it comes to mobile consumers, this simply has to mean text-based communication. The customer’s love affair with short digital text start with SMS - obviously - and now continues with RCS. “This freshened-up descendant of SMS now enables bulk text-based mobile communication to feature the latest emoticons, stickers and animations of the day,” adds Mr Meerholz. From one-dimensional mobile messaging that just gets the job done in a clunky and uncool fashion, RCS can instantly transform CX with all the bells and whistles we love. You might even say that RCS with all of that brand-building animation action enables the mobile user to ‘touch and feel’ mobile messaging - in a virtual way, of course. According to the GSM Association (GSMA) an international grouping representing the lion’s share of the world’s cellular network operators, over 30 countries have already launched RCS messaging. In South Africa, there is ‘high interest’ in the new technology, says the Association. The GSMA forecasts . . .
Los Angeles, CA / New York, NY, April 25, 2019 -- Rocky Kramer, who releases “Rock Star,” the first single from his debut album “Firestorm,” beginning July 30th, has signed on to open for Los Angeles hard rock band Buckcherry, during their European Fall tour. It is anticipated that Kramer, backed by Alejandro Mercado on drums, Michael Dwyer on bass and Alessandro Bertoni on keys, will divert from other European performances to join the Buckcherry dates. Firestorm is the freshman offering for the guitar wunderkind, who bursts onto the scene with a light-hearted music video that pays tribute to Rocky’s 1980’s musical influences, while showcasing his neo-classical, heavy metal sound. Born in the 1990’s, Kramer grew up the son of a first violinist for the Trondheim Symphony Orchestra and a piano teacher mother, with a golden voice. Beginning his musical journey on violin at the tender age of five, Rocky soon turned in his violin for a Fender Stratocaster, and never looked back! Combining musical genetics, his mother’s vocal acumen and classical training gained while learning violin, with an insatiable passion for heavy metal, Rocky developed a sound and style he can claim all unto himself. Firestorm is a concept album written by Rocky as a teenager, consummated through the efforts of producer Kim Richards. Hailing from the Scandinavian Peninsula country of Norway, Rocky Kramer is truly a modern-day Viking, poised to take no prisoners as he conquers the hearts, minds and souls of rockers around the world! Armed with a guitar, this graduate of Metal 101 constitutes a triple threat as a composer, vocalist and formidable musician. Allied Artists Music Group began life as the music soundtrack division of Allied Artists Pictures. Throughout the years, the Allied Artists’ name has not only been associated with legendary Academy Award winning motion pictures, but truly memorable soundtracks, such as Liza Minnelli and Joel Grey’s “Cabaret,” and Elvis Presley’s “Tickle . . .