JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 21 August 2017 - This September, Mall of the South will be showcasing their fashion offering as youngsters strut their stuff at the second annual Kids & Teens of the south fashion event. Join them for a day of fashion fun on Saturday, the 29th of September 2018 at 11AM in the Platinum court at Mall of the South with live entertainment by the electrifying Phoenix celebrity judges and fabulous prizes are up for grabs, including: weekend getaways to Sun City valued over R25 000, a trip to Thailand thanks to Flight Centre and Mall of the South and so much more. Terms and conditions apply. Entries are open to girls between the ages of three and five; six and eight; nine and twelve; and 13 and 17. Entrance is free and entries will be open from the 17th of August to the 16th of September 2018. Entrants must ensure that all necessary information is completed in full and to submit their entry forms prior to the closing date. Entry forms can be obtained from the entry boxes which will be placed in strategic points within the mall, at centre management and on the website. Cupcakes of Hope will also be joining Mall of the South on the 30th of September 2018 to add some sweetness to the day. Support this worthy cause by purchasing their scrumptious cupcakes for only R10.00 each. Should you wish to get more involved in the initiative or to host a party of hope, simply contact Lucy via mail to firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Be sure to diarise the 29th of September 2018 as Mall of the South has a few surprises up their sleeves to celebrate everything that is sweet and nice at the Kids and Teens of the south fashion event. Keep up-to-date with Mall of the South’s news and events. Simply visit www.mallofthesouth.co.za and follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram #MalloftheSouth CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Nedbank Madibaz swimming team will be aiming to show they can match the top varsities in the country when the University Sport South Africa gala takes place in Port Elizabeth this weekend. Running from Friday to Sunday at the Newton Park pool, the meeting will see the cream of the country's varsity swimmers competing for top honours. The Nelson Mandela University squad, boasting such talented swimmers as Alard and Alaric Basson and Amica de Jager, are determined to prove their potential. Madibaz Sport Swimming manager Melinda Goosen said they were targeting a place in, at least, the top three. "We have always been in the top five at the USSA meetings, often fighting for positions from three to five," she said. "For example, in 2015 we came third and in 2017 we came fifth after there was no meeting in 2016. "This year we are looking to achieve at least a top-three spot and possibly the MVP awards for men and women." She explained that MVP stood for "most valuable player" and referred to the High Point Awards for the top three swimmers, male and female, who accrued the highest point tallies across six individual events. With plenty of potential in their squad of 19 - nine men and 10 women - Goosen added that they would be pulling out all the stops to give the other varsities a run for their money. "Alard and Alaric have been selected for the South African senior team to take part in the African Championships in Algeria in September," she said. "Alaric specialises in the breaststroke events and Alard in the butterfly races. "We also are expecting great things from Amica de Jager, who is in her first year and will thus be attending her first USSA event. "She has been selected for the SA team that will participate at the LEN (Ligue Européenne de Natation) Cup Final 10km event in Slovenia on September 9. "But overall we have a good team this year from Madibaz and we are on a mission to show what we can do." Goosen said the . . .
The 25th of August 2018 is a date not to be missed as Tsogo Sun’s Goldfields Casino brings Welkom residents Celebrating Women with Brian Temba. He will be serenading his fans at the Goldfields Conference Centre with songs from his recent album, titled unABC - unApologetic, unBreakable, unCensored. His smooth R&B and African Soul melodies are guaranteed to steal the hearts of the audience. Brian is a South African Music Awards winner for Best R&B Album and has worked on many projects including movie soundtracks for Pride and Tears of the Sun. He was also the first South African to play the role of Simba in the Lion King, and starred as Ranthumeng in the local soapie, Muvhango. “Brian is one of South Africa’s best-loved jack-of-all-trades in the entertainment industry, being a singer, songwriter, producer and actor. We’re so excited to host an entertainer of his calibre at Goldfields and can’t wait for our guests to hear his soulful voice live,” says Danelle Coulson, Marketing Manager at Goldfields Casino. Tickets are available at Computicket for R250 per person and Rewards Cardholders will receive discounts of up to 20% off. Guests can look forward to Boktown on 18 August and 29 September 2018, with tickets costing only R30 per person from Computicket. For more information, visit https://www.tsogosun.com/goldfields-casino CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
All the odds were stacked against her, but Engen service station owner Lydia Ramatisa is proof that with hard work, commitment and passion, success is indeed possible. Ramatisa, franchisee at Engen’s Orkney Convenience Centre in Klerksdorp in the North West, could easily have become yet another teenage-mother dropout. Instead, the arrival of her baby girl Rethabile 14 years ago sharpened her focus, driving her to chase her dreams. “I was in Grade 11 and suddenly I had to find work so I could feed my baby. It was a tough lesson,” Ramatisa recalls. Today she is a beneficiary of Engen’s decision to prioritise the empowerment of black women in a bid to effect positive change in South Africa. In 2012, the National Empowerment Fund set up a R50-million affordable loan facility for black entrepreneurs to acquire Engen retail dealerships. According to Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Engen’s Head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, 46% of the company’s 1 020 retail service station are now black-owned, with 10% of them women-owned. Ramatisa recalls how she got her first position with Engen as a cashier at the Uncle George Service Station in her home town of Jouberton, also in Klerksdorp, 12 years ago. She had sought a better-paying job after first working in a bakery for just R800 a month. “I used to work extra hours at the Uncle George location, just to make sure the business was running well. My main aim was to see the customers always happy with our service,” she says. That’s because while Ramatisa may not have an education beyond Grade 11, she quickly figured out that if the customers were happy, the business would thrive. “I got interested in everything about the operations of the service station, and soon began acting as a supervisor, directing, managing and helping train the staff to do their best work.” After eight years at the Jouberton location, where she rose to assistant manager, Ramatisa got the chance to run her own concern when . . .
While studying her three-year National Diploma in Horticulture at Durban University of Technology (DUT) between 2012 to 2015, Amanda Maphumulo never envisioned working alongside the author of ‘Wild Flowers in KZN’ – a reference book that was instrumental in achieving her diploma. But in 2016, Amanda was invited to work with the renowned horticulturalist and landscaper, Elsa Pooley, landscaping and establishing the indigenous gardens at the mature lifestyle village, Renishaw Hills. “In high school I didn’t know what I wanted to do but I knew it was something to do with plants and nature,” recalled Amanda. “I was excited to get to DUT and actually view plant cells through a microscope. We didn’t have a science lab or microscopes at school so I’d just learnt about them in books.” On completing her studies, the 28-year-old Magabeni resident didn’t have any leads on a job so she started researching nurseries around the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast area. “I found Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery which I thought would be perfect, even if I could get a volunteer position, it was close enough to travel. I arrived there with my CV and diploma and said I had studied horticulture. Although there wasn’t a position available, I said I’d do anything to work near plants, pick up litter, whatever!” Her determination paid off and she started working in a part-time capacity in 2015. The following year she was introduced to Elsa Pooley. “I had been learning from her book at university, and now I was getting to meet her. It was such an honour.” Amanda was invited to join the Renishaw Hills’ team in 2016, working as a Garden Installation and Maintenance Supervisor. Amanda works closely with Elsa, establishing indigenous gardens at each residence on the lush estate. Elsa draws up the landscape designs and Amanda will work from these, planting the gardens and often, using her own creativity to design the gardens herself. “I’ve learnt so much from Mrs Pooley, she’s passionate and . . .
The workplace of the future is ever-changing. With constant developments in technology and how organisations are harnessing new skills, has meant that professionals will need to upskill to keep up with this rapidly changing workplace. According to research this is simply not happening. The World Economic Forum (WEF) report, labelled The Future of Jobs (2016) estimates that by 2020, more than a third of the desired core skillsets needed by most occupations will be comprised of skills that are not yet considered crucial to the job today. The report highlighted that overall, social skills, such as persuasion, emotional intelligence and teaching others, will be in higher demand across industries, than narrow technical skills. These include skills such as programming or equipment operation, in essence, technical skills will need to be supplemented with strong social and collaboration skills. It is therefore imperative that South African organisations allow their employees to continuously upskill themselves with these rare skills to help them stay relevant within their organisation and industry. “There is a considerable need within various sectors in South Africa for professionals to upskill. Not only will this benefit organisations, because they have a workforce which is highly skilled, but it will undoubtedly benefit the professional, by helping that individual get promoted or diversify into an entirely new position in an organisation,” says Franco Human, Director of Pearson Professional at Pearson South Africa. However, Human explains that because of demanding work schedules and the importance of having a personal life, professionals are finding it difficult to complete courses, because they simply don’t have the time to give it the attention it deserves. Online courses are usually the answer and a great way for professionals to upskill. However, Human warns that an online course is sometimes demanding on your time depending on the level of the . . .
On August 31, Tom Clancy’s legendary character Jack Ryan will make an epic return, on television for the first time, exclusively on Amazon Prime Video. This action-packed thrill-ride – told in eight, one-hour episodes – will resurrect the historic, fan-favorite CIA-analyst turned super spy. How did the character get here today and what can you expect from this re-imagination? Here’s what you need to know about this iconic American hero from past to present: - From the silver screen to the television screen: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will be the first iteration of the character’s story made for long-form television, told in eight, one-hour episodes – featuring an entirely new storyline. Ryan’s character has only appeared in films in previous iterations. - A prequel to the action… with just as much action: This time around, viewers will be treated to the origin story of Jack Ryan. The action begins just four years into his position as analyst at the CIA. - Jack Ryan’s latest mission: Fans of Jack Ryan have followed him around the world to cities like London, Colombia and Russia. This series brings Jack Ryan to Yemen in the midst of violence that threatens destruction on a global scale. - It’s John Krasinski’s turn: The character of Jack Ryan has been played by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Ben Affleck and Chris Pine. Now John Krasinski steps into the title role, bringing to it a modern sensibility of the unexpected, everyday hero. - A few familiar faces: Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan features three characters that can be found in the novels and films as well: Jack Ryan, James Greer and Cathy Mueller. All the other characters in the new series are original creations. - The real deal: The Jack Ryan story has always been grounded in the real world – think less James Bond, more realistic C.I.A. This series continues to paint a realistic picture of the men and women who protect the nation from terror and violence, packing the show with little-known details about the tools . . .
Every Monday, from 23 July – 03 December 2018 one lucky motorist, around the country, who fills up with R400 or more, stands the chance to “Add some Happy to their Blue Monday.” Engen is giving away weekly fuel vouchers valued at R10 000 for the next 20 weeks. Congratulations to the first Blue Monday winner, Nkosinathi Ganya who received his R10,000 Engen fuel voucher on Saturday, August 03 at Engen De Grendel Motors in Bothasig, Cape Town. It is easy to enter. When customers fill up with R400 or more, they automatically receive an entry leaflet from an Engen petrol attendant with instructions on how to enter the competition. Customers need to follow the steps and keep their transaction or cashiers slip as proof of purchase. Brad Bergh, Engen’s Brands, Communication and Advertising Manager says, “As a brand, it is important for Engen to continue offering exciting and innovative promotions where we can engage and interact with our customers.” “We know that Monday’s can be a struggle, which is why we wanted to remind our customers that the only Blue in their Monday should be Engen.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Clicks store staff and management visited Tembisa Child and Family Welfare Society in Tembisa, Gauteng on August 17th and assisted them by donating R5000 worth of Clicks products including baby formula, nappies and toiletries. This forms part of Clicks 50th birthday and is one of 50 charitable causes identified by Clicks staff nationwide as their way of giving back to the community they serve. A total of 34 projects have been earmarked to receive support through donations of much needed toiletries, infrastructure and basic essentials. A further R1 million worth of reusable sanitary pads will be donated to 16 schools across South Africa to reduce absenteeism in schools. “Seeing the huge need at Temibisa Child and Family Welfare Society is very humbling, but also rewarding,” says Donna Davids, CSI Co-ordinator at Clicks. "We are happy to assist where we can and have enjoyed engaging with and helping the residents here.” Tembisa Child and Family Welfare Society was established in 1986 to address the assist children were lost, abandoned or abused. There are two Centres which include of two Children’s Homes, two Preschools, an Administration Block, a Bakery, a Sewing School/Factory as well as an eight-room halfway house for university and college children who were raised in the children’s homes. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Hundreds of thousands of South Africans are settling for blurred vision because they cannot afford corrective eyewear. It is a global problem, with estimates on the number of people needing glasses, but unable to get their hands on a pair, ranging from 1 billion1 to 2.5 billion2. But, the numbers are probably higher. Access to optometrists and affordability of glasses are the two main reasons why people who need corrective eyewear don’t seek help. With billions of people struggling to see and unable to access a pair of glasses, poor vision is the most widespread disability in the world today.3 In South Africa, research in 2017 by market researcher EuroMonitor shows that people are compromising on their vision because they do not have money. “The high cost of living as well as health care, means that many South Africans are not seeking help about vision problems, because they can’t afford to see an eye care specialist or purchase the corrective eyewear that they need. It is a tremendously concerning state of affairs because poor vision has a significant impact on quality of life, performance at school, productivity in the workplace, self-confidence and even safety, yet it is quite easily corrected in most cases,” says Dynamic Vision CEO, Ruahan Naude. He says that people who are struggling with blurred vision are often first inclined to purchase a pair of reading glasses from a nearby pharmacy to remedy their problem. However, Naude says that people experiencing vision problems should have an eye test done to determine what the cause is. Wearing the wrong lenses can make matters worse. “Steps to save money by not visiting an optometrist or buying a cheap pair of reading glasses could end up costing more in the long run. Nothing can replace a comprehensive eye examination by a qualified optometrist. With the necessary equipment, knowledge, training and qualifications, optometrists are best placed to identify, diagnose and treat vision problems,” says . . .