Top South African long jumper Lynique Prinsloo had to battle more than just the qualifying criteria to make her Olympic dream come true. Having suffered chronic back pain for three years, the road to her best form and, ultimately, selection for the Rio Olympics team, was a long and winding one. "It took me seven years to be where I'm today. It doesn't just happen overnight," said the 25-year-old who grew up in Springs. "One must never be discouraged. Every setback requires a comeback and one must make sure it's a good one." The University of Johannesburg education student, who has competed for the national team at world and continental level since 2008, said Rio would undoubtedly be the highlight of her career. "My lifetime goal and dream came true. I had to sacrifice so much to be selected for this team, but it made giving up all these things worth it." Prinsloo, who divides her time between Joburg and Pretoria, said she believed she had a good chance of achieving the Olympic benchmark of 6.70m after teaming up with UJ coach Emmarie Fouche this year. She did so in dramatic fashion when she leapt to a season's best of 6.78m on her last attempt at the SA Student Champs in May. Her next goal was now to make the final where she said anything could happen. Prinsloo, who has a PB of 6.81m, admitted that being a student-athlete was not easy. Luckily for her, she said, the university supported both her academic and sporting ambitions. "Being in contact with your lecturers does help a lot, especially when I'm overseas," said Prinsloo, who is majoring in physical education and psychology. Her faith has also stood her in good stead as she sets about meeting her challenges head-on. "God gave me this wonderful ability to jump and, when I do, I feel his presence." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The past decade has seen camera surveillance technology rapidly evolving. Of significance was the much-anticipated shift from analogue closed circuit television (CCTV) to Internet protocol (IP)-based systems. It is now widely accepted that the benefits of IP far outweigh analogue, but the selection and specify of an IP surveillance system now presents new challenges. Marc van Jaarsveldt, consultant for The Surveillance Factory, a video surveillance system-integrator, says that there are some important aspects to keep in mind when using IP-based technology: “It is not simply purchasing a system, but more about understanding what system and cameras you need, the network design, cabling and viewing requirements. There are many pitfalls to avoid and these could prove costly should you not address the basics adequately.” Van Jaarsveldt offers us the following do’s and don’ts when designing an IP video surveillance system. Do’s: Prepare a detailed site audit report of the site before installing any cameras Always understand the security requirements and the risk environment Consider dark screen monitoring for event-based monitoring to increase operator vigilance Offer offsite monitoring if budget is available Agree on upfront SLA’s (Service Level Agreements) to ensure your surveillance system is always running optimally. This should include software assurance/upgrade packages from the VMS provider Cover basic, but important, maintenance elements such as cleaning lenses and focusing cameras routinely Specify the hardware required properly. This includes, viewing stations, servers, NVRs’s, storage, network infrastructure and network cables Consider doing a shoot-out to compare products Involve a consultant if the project is big enough so you can gain value form their expertise and neutral brand position Specify workstations and separate the recording system from the display machines Lighting is very important because without it, . . .
The NMMU-Madibaz women's hockey team will be looking for a strong finish to their season when they play defending champions Gelvan Tornados in their final match at the south campus on Saturday. Under coach Dalan Phillips, the Madibaz have had an excellent season, winning eight and drawing two of their matches to have an outside chance of snatching the league title. The problem facing the Madibaz is that the Tornados have been equally successful, with eight wins and a draw in their nine matches. That has placed the sides level on 39 points as the season draws to a close, but the champions have the advantage of a game in hand. To have chance of winning the league, the Madibaz would have to beat the Tornados on Saturday and earn a bonus point, not an easy task against a quality side with whom they drew 2-2 in the first half. Phillips acknowledged that they faced a difficult situation. "Our plan was to go through the season unbeaten and to try to take the title. But we know that will not be easy now and all we are focused on is doing well in our final game against the Tornados. "They have a match in hand and so have the advantage, but we will just do our best and then see what happens." Due to a number of breaks in their league programme, the Madibaz premier men's team still have five matches to play. A loss against the Gelvan Hurricanes last weekend has hurt their chances, but coach Cheslyn Gie said they had not given up hope in the title race. "We were without the services of five key players who were out injured and not available for the Hurricanes match," he said. "It was always going to be challenging to remain competitive without the bulk of our first team squad available." Gie said he was hopeful one or two of them could return for this weekend's key games against the Hurricanes on Saturday and Old Grey on Sunday. "We managed to get a bonus point by losing only 3-2 to the Hurricanes and we will take it match by match from now . . .
REMOVE ME: No Weylandts Green Point invites you to an exclusive dining and shopping experience inspired by the vibrant and nocturnal spirit of Cape Town’s First Thursdays on Thursday, August 4th. For one night only, The Kitchen at Maison will be taking over the Green Point store and transforming it into a pop-up dining experience that will do the foodies of Cape Town proud. Expect a multi-course meal meticulously designed by Maison’s esteemed Chef Arno Janse van Rensburg and his award-winning team* as well as wine from the estate vineyards.Tables of four or more will receive a complimentary bottle of Maison wine to enjoy with their meal so be sure to bring your friends along. Whether you’re dining or not, we’re offering a 5% discount on all items in-store from 6pm onwards for one night only. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy the Maison experience right here in Cape Town at Weylandts Green Point. Maison Wine CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Tweak your TV settings to ensure an optimised and immersive sports encounter JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 28 July, 2016 – With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games due to take place between the 6th and 21st of August 2016, even the most passing of sports fans will likely find themselves glued to their TVs at some point, supporting the various South African athletes participating. With SuperSport promising six dedicated HD channels, as well as a 24-hour Olympic news channel, watching the biggest sporting event in the world is certainly going to be an entertaining experience. So why not make sure you watch it in the clearest and most vivid manner possible, by optimising your TV to suit the nature of the programme you are viewing? This, of course, is sometimes easier said than done, but it is of vital importance, since even the best TV on the market, if incorrectly setup, may well look worse than a mediocre TV that is properly adjusted. “Since sport broadcasting often happens during the day, watching these in real time means the sun will often be shining through your windows, creating an obscuring reflection. Therefore, to view your chosen event properly, you must compensate for this by adjusting the picture to a brighter setting,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director at Samsung South Africa. Thackrah points out that simply turning up the brightness won't necessarily help. He explains that this setting actually has more to do with the black contrast set-up of the TV. “Thus, setting the brightness too high may result in black colours within the visuals appearing as grey, which could reduce the depth of the picture.” “To fix this, you will have to increase the contrast – sometimes called ‘picture’ - which controls the white level. However, this too should not simply be increased. Ideally, you want to take your time and find a scene with a bright, white image contained in it and then adjust the contrast to the point where the white object is bright, but . . .
In a move to empower the youth through its education, training and skills development programme, the Uitenhage Despatch Development Initiative (UDDI) has partnered with Royal HaskoningDHV to offer twenty grade 12 learners a job shadowing opportunity at the company. Royal HaskoningDHV is an international consulting engineering and project management group with presence in six of South Africa’s provinces and this includes offices in Port Elizabeth, East London and Queenstown. Currently taking place at Royal HaskoningDHV’s Greenacres office today, “the annual programme is designed to expose and entice learners about the engineering field, especially consulting engineering,” explains Royal Haskoning’s water technician, Sanda Ndlovu, also part of the company’s eight-member mentorship team. “We hope to inspire the learners to explore engineering as career path, and help them to understand the importance of maths and science in the engineering world, and how engineering plays a role in the development of South Africa,” Ndlovu adds. The learners will also visit the Fishwater Flats Wastewater Treatment Works in Swartkops that is currently being undertaken by Royal HaskoningHDV. “Since also runs a Saturday programme to assist learners with application for science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) qualifications; the job shadowing programme is a natural progression in our efforts to intensify support to learners that will one-day form the captive pool of a new generation of engineers,” Ndlovu adds. The learners were selected by the UDDI from ten under-resourced high schools in Uitenhage and Despatch, namely: Zanolwazi Secondary High School,Tinara High School, Limekhaya High School, Phaphani High School, Sisonke High School, VM Kwinana High School, Thanduxolo High School, Nkululeko High School, Solomom Mahlangu High School and Molly Blackburn High School. “These schools participate in curriculum support programmes offered by the [UDDI-managed] . . .
The IAB recently polled over 5,000 parents across their publisher base on both web and mobile devices in order to get a better understanding of the parenting market as a premium display audience. The result is an in-depth analysis into the needs and behaviours of parents online. “By far the biggest finding we’ve discovered with this data is how much of an impact becoming a parent has on individuals and how it makes consumers reassess almost all aspects of their lives,” says Gustav Goosen, CEO of The SpaceStation. “We also know that this is a highly influential and influenced market. Parents actively seek trustworthy information, very often online.” The IAB results show a very powerful shift in purchase patterns by parents. This significant phase of reassessment has them completely relooking at their lifestyles, from how they spend their money (85% of parents say that having a child has had them reassessing the way they spend money) to the area they live in (66%), the type of holidays they take (68%), the food they buy (83%), their careers (61%), the car they drive (49%) and their insurance requirements (72%). This is an extremely important phase for relevant brands to be present. Mobile internet usage was prevalent amongst this audience. 85% of the respondents felt that accessing information on their mobile phone is a ‘lifesaver’ due to the on-the-go convenience. While 74% said they were accessing the internet with their phones more this year than last year. Content wise, there is a definite shift towards quick, convenient and useful content. 76% of respondents say they appreciate useful parenting tips with step by step demonstrations. It’s interesting to note that the emphasis is placed on locally relevant content with 68% saying they prefer articles that are written from a South African perspective on parenting “Because there is such a time tax on parents as they juggle work and family life, we see the appeal of consuming more and more content on . . .
As South Africa’s 2016 local government elections draw nearer and South Africans prepare to vote, the need for easily accessible & up-to-date election-specific information is more relevant than ever. News24 is expected once again to be at the forefront of information distribution as they offer users ground-breaking results maps, up-to-the-minute breaking news coverage and top political commentary across mobile, desktop and app. “The success of election reporting, specifically on voting and results days, is defined by how quickly users can access accurate information, wherever they may be. And as this election is all about who runs your ward, municipality and district council, location-based results on-the-go are critical. This is why digital news has become so vital during elections and why we anticipate that News24, with its exceptional app and mobile interfaces, will be the go-to platform for voters looking for registration information, news, results and analysis, as they were in 2014," says Adriaan Basson, Editor of News24. This year, News24 will focus on breaking news, multi-media visuals, user-generated content on voting day, party information, ongoing opinion and in-depth analysis. They will deliver rolling video coverage and live broadcasts from the News24 studios at the IEC Elections Centre from 1- 6 August. Anchored by News24’s seasoned video reporter Erin Bates, analysts Ralph Mathekga (political analyst), Piet Croucamp (controversial ex-University of Johannesburg professor) and Lawson Naidoo (Council for the Advancement of the South African Constitution) will give ongoing political commentary and analysis. Once again News24 will have its popular, award-winning live results map which will cover previous results, party popularity changes since last election, and per-party results. Cathryn Reece, Head of Product Development at 24.com, is again heading up 24.com’s efforts. “Every election, we push ourselves to take the innovation one . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa – This year Cape Town will host the second EGE (Electronic and Gaming Expo) at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 29 to 31 July. “With the growth of the Gaming and Tech community in the Western Cape we expect EGE to be the biggest gaming expo Cape Town has seen this year. To add to the already booming hype around E-Sports in South Africa, ASUS, EGE and Orena will be hosting the qualifying round of the E-Sports World Convention 2016 CS:GO Tournament” said Reuben Naude, Marketing Specialist and OPBG for Sub-Saharan Africa at ASUS. ASUS has also sponsored 10 robustly impressive machines as well as 10, 144hz 24” monitors that will be used by players during the final stages of the CS:GO Tournament at EGE which will take place on Sunday from 10:00. “As ASUS, we plan on offering visitors an epic ROG (Republic of Gamers) experience with an ASUS stand featuring all our greatest and latest products from motherboards, monitors to gaming routers. We will also display pure works of art as Enigma Mods (Martin Le Roux) has crafted four masterpiece PC Mods that house the newest and most powerful components on the market for visitors to experience”, Naude added. “Attending EGE this year will be the perfect opportunity for you to experience the World’s first water-cooled gaming notebook. The GX700 is designed to deliver superior overclocking performance to go toe-to-toe with extreme gaming desktops. On its own, it packs quite a punch, and easily outperforms other gaming laptops on the market. It even fits snugly in your backpack, so you can dominate LAN parties too.” Said Yolandi Venter, Marketing Manager for System products focusing on Sub-Saharan Africa at ASUS. As if that is not enough, ASUS has collaborated with NVidia and the HTC Vive to bring visitors the thrilling experience of Virtual Reality which is powered by two of their beastly STRIX GTX 1080 Graphics Cards. Rebeltech will also be running some exclusive and . . .
A team of six youth sailors will represent South Africa at the RS Tera World Sailing Championships being sailed offshore out of Club de Vela Santona, Spain from 30 July to 5 August 2016. Three members of the South African Team are from Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay; Tammy Bailes, Luke Weddell and Sophie Hynch. Bailes and Weddell are Grade 8 pupils at Collegiate and Grey High School respectively whilst Hynch is in Grade 11 at St. Dominics Priory. This will be Hynch's third World Championships after sailing the Tera Worlds at Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield in 2014 and Aquavitesse, the Netherlands in 2015. Sophie sails for the Redhouse Yacht Club. Bailes and Weddell, who sail for the Algoa Bay Yacht Club will be sailing in their first Tera World Championships and will sail in the Sport fleet which makes up 44 of the 73 entrants. Tammy is currently ranked first in SA in the Sport Fleet and has a solid sailing pedigree behind her having sailed in a number of high profile events including the 2015 Mirror Worlds sailed in South Africa, the 2015 Australian Mirror Nationals, 1st on the Tera Sport at the Western Cape Provincials, 1st in the 2016 Tera Nationals sailed out of Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield and second at both the Eastern Cape Provincials and Youth Nationals. On the change from sailing in a Mirror - a two person boat, to the Tera - a solo boat, Tammy said; "Sailing solo allows me to be in charge and gives me a great sense of achievement." School sports for Tammy are Hockey and Water Polo. Grey High Schools Luke Weddell is a product of the ABYC Sailing School having started sailing in an O9'er and then an Optimist Dinghy. "Sailing is fun and gives you a rush," says Weddell. "I went to Tera Nationals because I thought that it would be fun," continued Weddell. Proving that fun is the best way to excel, Luke then went on and sailed to a very credible 7th place in the Tera Nationals. Luke has his eye on using skills gained on the Tera to . . .