The Gamtoos Valley, known as the Eastern Gateway to the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area, has become a very popular tourist destination with many B&B's self-catering and camping establishments, as well as restaurants, fuel-stops, banks and shops to choose from. This is where you escape to, to renew your body and mind. Guarded by the majestic Cockscomb mountain the area offers visitors a range and diversity of activities to enjoy...from mountain biking, hiking, 4x4-routes, cycling, kayaking, fishing, bird-watching, game drives, photo safaris and day trips into the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. If you are looking for things to do whilst enjoying the glorious natural surroundings, Gonjah is home to two 4x4 routes that make for a great activity, one that the Gamtoos Baviaans region is famous for. The shorter 4x4 route at Gonjah is 12km long and takes around three hours to complete and the longer route is 20km, taking approximately five hours from start to finish. Both of Gonjah’s 4x4 routes take you through a wide variety of South African bush or veld and you will see a range of flora and fauna from indigenous fynbos and aloes in the mountains to lush forest in the valleys or kloofs. Climbing to 570m at its highest point and offering stunning views of the valley and the Cockcomb mountain, the scenery really is breathtaking. Those enjoying the 4x4 routes also have a very good chance of spotting a wide variety of native wildlife including, Nyala, Bushbuck, Rooibuck (Impala) and birds such as the famous Knysna Loerie, Hawks and Eagles, so it’s well worth remembering the binoculars! Guarri Safari Offers A Guided Experience For The Gamtoos Valley, Baviaanskloof And The Karoo. On weekdays, enjoy a visit to an irrigation farm in the fertile Gamtoos Valley and to a stock farm in the Karoo north of the Baviaanskloof Wilderness Area. Day 1: Permits and a packed lunch, juice, coffee / tea, drinking water and fruit included. No alcohol, but clients are welcome to bring . . .
Mandela Week demonstrates the power of shared goals and determination as an eventful July reveals that corporates and volunteers long to make a difference in their communities and pay their respects to the legacy of Madiba. Every July, South Africans around the country are urged to plan a 67-minute long good deed for Mandela Day on the 18th. So, every year on Mandela Day each of Afrika Tikkun’s Centres of Excellence are abuzz with activity as sponsors, donors and volunteers gather in Joburg and Cape Town to do good, beyond the monetary donations; so much so that not all activities can take place in one day and the entire week of the 18th has been dubbed Mandela Week. During this week several hundred people from organisations across the country undertake a wide variety of activities from interacting with our young people by way of feeding babies, reading stories to toddlers and doing mock interviews with skills development learners; to refurbishing the spaces in which our young people play by cleaning and painting, and further uplifting the people of our communities by distributing food parcels, learning more about the challenges faced by families of children with disabilities and spending time with the elderly. In Diepsloot, Motivational Speaker, Billy Selekane explained why he was there for his 67 minutes: “The African child must understand that the world is their oyster and they must never believe anyone that tells them otherwise. We are all born to be great and although it might take longer at times greatness can be achieved if we believe and work at it.” Lizelle Pretorius of Retail Capital also had some gold: “We should do this every day – not just one specific day. It’s getting everyone together from the young to the old and creating a future for them. Young people are our future. We need to make sure they are kept off the streets and away from drugs and bad influences. We need to give everyone a fair chance in life. It was amazing for us to do this . . .
It turns out that not all water filters inhibit the growth of bacteria, so if you’re looking into purchasing a water purification system, you will want to make sure that it’s bacteriostatic. Bacteria are the most abundant life form on earth, and whilst some are good for us others are not. Water can contain pathogenic, disease-causing bacteria (such as E. coli, legionella and salmonella) as well as non-pathogenic forms. To safeguard us from these pathogens South African municipal water is treated with chemicals such as chlorine or chloramines, but many people don’t like the smell and taste that these chemicals cause or the possible harmful effects, such as: the production of free radicals in the body (via consumption), dry skin, rashes and eczema (via skin absorption) and respiratory issues (via inhalation). Those looking at investing in quality water filters may have come across the term “bacteriostatic” and others of us may never have heard the term before, but what is “bacteriostatic” and why is it important? “Bacteriostatic filters prevent the growth of bacteria within the water filter and are used extensively in filters for the medical fields, food industry and in top-of-the-range home water purification systems,” says Tony Marchesini, Managing Director of H2O International. The good news is that there are a variety of bacteriostatic filters to look out for – some rely on silver to create an environment that inhibits the growth of bacteria; others rely on KDF®55 treatment mediums. In South Africa, only H2O International offers a purification systems that contain both of the above. Issa Al-Kharusy, CEO of KDF Fluid Treatment Inc. in Michigan, USA says: “KDF® (Kinetic Degradation Fluxion) is a patented product that has revolutionised the water filtration industry. It encompasses a wide range of properties to effectively deal with a correspondingly wide range of current water pollution problems around the world and improves the taste of the water. . . .
Malware and ransomware can inadvertently be downloaded from app stores by unsuspecting local mobile users oblivious to the potential threat posed to data privacy and security. SA’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) advises mobile users to protect themselves from malware and ransomware in three proven ways: download apps at reputable app stories; install anti-virus and anti-malware protection on mobile devices; and - as a last resort - perform a quarterly factory reset of any mobile device not performing optimally. According to Tanya Howard-Thelander, a member of WASPA’s Board: “Today’s malicious apps look for every opportunity to steal data and facilitate unauthorized transactions, including purchasing products and services without the mobile users knowledge.” WASPA, along with its members, actively surveys the mobile landscape using test mobile devices to research malware and ransomware in an effort to secure and maintain the integrity of local mobile content and application services. “Malicious apps attempt to access a range of sensitive information and data after being surreptitiously installed on unprotected devices during the download of apparently legitimate apps,” says Ms. Howard-Thelander. While most of these malicious apps don’t create any home screen icons that would usually alert mobile users to their presence, they can almost always be found under device Settings. “Once found under App Settings, malicious apps can be deleted or uninstalled with a factory reset of the device,” explained Ms. Howard-Thelander. Consumers should also analyse the permissions an app requests before downloading an app, in order to understand the user experience and potential activities that can be expected after installing the app. If the requested permissions don’t align with the purpose of the app, err on the side of caution. WASPA has spent the last 14 years building trust in the local mobile content and applications industry and . . .
The people behind the facilities management business - Thuli Masuku speaks her mind on what matters to her most in driving strategic human resources Thuli Masuku, the HR Director for Landscaping and Turf at Servest is seasoned enough to affect, yet is energetic enough to bring effect, by boldly leveraging capabilities of colleagues, be it managers or entry level colleagues. Having herself learned the ropes from the likes of Bonang Mohale, Business Leadership South Africa’s (BLSA) CEO, who she worked with at another organisation early in her career, of whom she says, had no dividing line in respect of hierarchy. She says the same of her current CEO, Steve Wallbanks, who saw her potential and entrusted this role to her. “It is your early mentors who set the tone for the rest of your career”, says Thuli. “It makes all the difference when you learn to follow in the footsteps of a great leader”, she says. Thuli’s portfolio includes the entire HR value chain, which is recruitment and selection, HR administration, training and development, industrial relations, performance and talent management, transformation, and industry standards (ISO). Despite the mammoth task, Thuli graciously dismisses the sole responsibility of the job, saying that every manager of people has an HR role to play. This she does, by going back to basics and following the 70-20-10 model of development - it is clear that Thuli places much emphasis on mentorship and on-the-job training. Training and Development is also a big deal within Servest, “the industry is highly competitive and we are more than just a-man- on- the- bakkie”, she says. She describes the Services SETA programmes as highly effective, in developing their colleagues into qualified Horticulturalists and Artisans. “Continuously re-inventing oneself through development programmes does not only empower you, but allows you to grow to your full potential in working towards better prospects”. To this effect, Servest therefore . . .
[Johannesburg, 20 July 2018] – While there’s been much debate about the bank’s new logo, the actual task of rolling out Absa’s vision across hundreds of OOH sites had print solutions companies and their partners burning oil day and night. Solethu Brand Engineers (SBE) gives some insights into what it takes to help change a brand in 10 days. “A project of this magnitude is split over various service providers,” says MD, Robyn Fischer. “Our part was to supply PVC, mesh and other materials for a rollout to a variety of sites in Gauteng and surrounding areas.” Ink, hours and caffeine To successfully project manage] the flow of various artworks from agencies to the creation of the final products (ready for installation) one requires significant experience and capabilities – not only in the available type of facility, machinery and materials but, also and most critically, scalability and skillset of people-power to see it through. “The Absa job required nearly 10 days of round-the-clock work from the SBE team,” says Fischer. “In producing billboards and other iconic OOH sites we used significant volumes of ink, 30 rugby fields of material, over 4 000 production hours and burned through countless cups of coffee – the job required all hands on deck without affecting our other projects . . . I am thankful to the SBE team and our partners for helping us successfully complete all work over this time.” Getting things done With its new logo and brand rollout, Absa is hoping to express a new identity as an entrepreneurial, digitally-led bank with deep knowledge of African markets (with global scalability) . . . with Africanacity their “bespoke” word that “embodies the distinctly African ability to always find a way to get things done." “We echo that sentiment,” says Fischer. “From SBEs perspective we’ve always considered ourselves a company that innovates by nature and delivers on-point – whatever (and wherever) it is needed. Big or small we aim to . . .
The Getaway Show, the country’s premiere travel, outdoor and adventure event, returns to the Ticketpro Dome in Gauteng from 14 to 16 September 2018 and promises to be a fun-filled weekend you won’t want to miss. The Getaway Show, in association with Mahindra, will be hosted over the weekend before National Braai Day. It is the perfect place to plan for your annual December holiday to the beach, for that dream safari adventure or for that long-awaited international bucketlist trip. More than 22,000 visitors are expected to attend the popular event. Hundreds of exhibitors will showcase the very best in camping gear, adventure and outdoor wear, 4X4 products, caravans, motor homes, cars, trailers, travel destinations, accommodations and accessories. The family friendly event will feature many exciting amenities. Inside the Ticketpro Dome there will be an adventure area with a climbing wall, photography workshops and a craft and food market. There will also be a tremendous outdoor space with a children’s area, food trucks, a beer tent, sporting activities and live music. Here’s a look at some of the highlights you can expect: - Take advantage of discounted offers and specials on various gear and products - Browse through the latest camping and outdoor gear - Step inside the latest caravans and top vehicles ideal for road travel - Plan your next South African holiday and indulge in the best local cuisine - Meet and explore travel ideas from exotic and far-flung travel destinations - Try the interactive Spin and Win, where you can win prizes including travel experiences - Attempt the climbing wall in the popular adventure area - Drop the kids and explore! The kids area is also suitable for toddlers and is staffed with child minders. Explore the show knowing your children will be kept safe and busy with the various activities on offer! - Relax and enjoy! Overlooking the kids area outdoors, visitors can relax and visit the beer tent to unwind to live . . .
UltraBonus, which is available from Thursday, 19 July, is in line with Cell C’s commitment to bring customers the best value for money. “We want to bring value to South Africans who are feeling the pinch of the increased cost of living. We decided to launch UltraBonus as our default prepaid tariff plan and believe this will go a long way in making the cost to stay connected more affordable. With all this great value, we believe our customers will be able to further stretch their hard-earned rands,” says Cell C Chief Commercial Officer, Junaid Munshi. No matter the recharge amount, with UltraBonus, customers will receive three times the value every time they recharge. Customers receive 100% bonus value of the recharge amount, which is valid for calls to any local network (including Cell C) as well as for SMS and data. In addition, they will receive another 100% bonus value of the recharge amount for Cell C to Cell C calls as well as SMS and data. “This means that by simply being a Cell C customer you get 200% added value on top of your recharge value to make more calls, send more SMS and enjoy even more data on our quality, high-speed nationwide network,” adds Munshi. Example: A R50 recharge will give customers R150 in airtime value Bonus airtime is valid for 24 hours from the recharge date and time, but can be extended with additional recharges, prior to the bonus value expiring. Bonus value that applies to data therefore does not expire for as long as customers recharge prior to expiry. The bonus airtime cannot be used to purchase bundles, pay for premium-rated services nor can it be transferred. Since it’s the default prepaid tariff plan, all new customers who join Cell C will get this benefit from the word go. Cell C prepaid customers that want to migrate to the UltraBonus tariff plan can do so by dialling *108# and selecting UltraBonus as their new tariff plan. For more information, please go to www.cellc.co.za. In 2001, Cell C . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 18 July 2018: The late Nelson Mandela once said that “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world”. On Mandela Day, Mall of the South in association with Pam Golding Properties Johannesburg South, South of Johannesburg Business and Tourism (SOJO) and Howden Africa celebrate Madiba’s centenary by empowering the youth through education. The 2018 #HelpThyNeighbour Stationery Drive, which was hosted at Mall of the South, was aimed to collect a variety of stationery materials for Rosettenville Central Primary School and Turffontein Primary School as well as granting their items on their wish list. These items included internet connectivity, maintenance of the palisade fences and bathroom facilities, furniture for the staff rooms, additional stationery and books and feeding of the children on Mandela Day. Mall of the South, Pam Golding Properties Johannesburg South, SOJO and Howden Africa are pleased to announce that over R200 000.00 worth of sponsorship was contributed towards the schools. This included additional books for the school libraries from Bargain Books, over 2000 stationery packs and material that were collectively donated by, Crazi Erazi's, H&M Mall of the South, Howden Africa and staff members, Mall of the South, PNA, Radical Products and The Educare Foundation. Plumbing materials sponsored by DMS Plumbing, palisade fencing and maintenance from Anglo American and iProp; Hyper Paint sponsored the paint and painting materials for the school building and Aspen Hills Development gave their #67minutes to paint the fence. Butcher Block, Charmer Beef and Cater 2U together with Pick ‘n Pay Mall of the South will be feeding all 2280 children a scrumptious boerewors roll with a cordial drink. EasyWeb has committed to connect both schools to the World Wide Web. Both schools will have unlimited internet access and will stay connected to the digital world. Golf Reef City will donate their . . .
The promising career of teenage cyclist Ian Els has been given serious impetus with his recent appointment as an ambassador for HEAD Bikes in South Africa. The 15-year-old Pretoria schoolboy will make his debut as an ambassador for the cycling equipment giant on Saturday in Bloemfontein, where he will compete in the SA National XCO Championships. Under HEAD Bikes SA, the highly rated HEAD bicycles are available to South African consumers following a distribution agreement signed with the European parent company late last year. The Garsfontein grade 9 pupil will have his first chance to carry out his role at a major event in Bloem this weekend as he strives to consolidate his position as one of the country's most talented young mountain bikers. He is over the moon with the chance he has received and described the call from HEAD Bikes SA to join them as an ambassador as "my greatest phone call ever". "The HEAD Bikes team have strong values because cycling is their life, too, and they also love every second of what they do," said Els. Having started on July 1, he will fill the role until August 31 next year, getting a dream opportunity to promote HEAD's quality products. The partnership will provide him with a top-of-the-range hardtail bike from HEAD, the Trenton IV. In addition he will receive casual HEAD apparel and a Westfalia BC 75 bicycle carrier to make travelling to and from races easier. Having been a cycling fanatic since he can remember, Els, who lives in Zwavelpoort in Pretoria, said the bike had always been "my happy place". "To be the South African champion in XCO and represent my country is my aim, but I think the most important thing in life is to love and enjoy what you do," said last year's Spur Schools Series national champion. "Cycling is my life. I work very hard, but I love every second of it. "When younger cyclists approach me and I realise that I have made a difference - well, that is why we live." Having made . . .