On Thursday, August 30th 2018, Printing SA in association with Novus Holdings hosted the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications & Postal Services (Deputy Minister Stella Tembisa Ndabeni-Abrahams), Deputy Minister of Small Business Development, (Hon Cassel Mathale) and Deputy Minister of Trade Industry, (Hon Gratitude Magwanishe) at a presentation to showcase the printing and packaging industry. The event was attended by Printing SA Cape Town members and staff who participated in a robust discussion on how the various government departments could work with the industry to ensure its sustainability given the industries contribution to the country’s GDP and employment. CEO Steve Thobela welcomed the guests and emphasised the importance of such engagements in ensuring the long term sustainability of the industry. This was followed by a warm welcome to the delegation by FP&M Seta CEO – Mrs Felleng Yende who also emphasised on the need for government to work with the private sector in order to further develop the sector as it is one that is a major contributor to our economy and with 32 of the 120 recognised trades. This particular sector was one that needed government’s full support in developing the future employers of the new generation. Printing SA Acting President Mr Deon Joubert, gave a presentation on the state of the printing industry and highlighted the fact that the industry was not “dead’ but better yet it was actually thriving. Mr Joubert emphasised how the industry does not want to be seen as competing with the Digital era but better yet should be seen as one that compliments the 4th industrial revolution. His presentation was followed by the Deputy ministers, highlighting that they acknowledge the industries contribution to the economy as it made up 2.5% of the country’s GDP and was responsible for creating 45000 direct Jobs and up to 150 000 jobs indirectly. The ministers were unanimous in highlighting the fact that transformation . . .
The University of Johannesburg will be looking to press home their advantage in the final round of the Varsity Football tournament as they target a home semifinal. This is the view of one of their star players from this year's campaign, Mokete Mogaila, who received the Samsung moment of brilliance award for the second successive week on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who can operate on the left or right wing, played another key role as UJ extended their unbeaten streak to six matches with a 1-1 draw against University of Western Cape in Bellville, Cape Town, last week. Their run of success means they have secured a berth in the top four, with one round remaining, but Mogaila said they still wanted to finish the job by clinching a home semifinal. UJ finish off the league phase of their programme with another away fixture when they take on North-West University in Mafikeng on Thursday. A victory or a draw in that game will ensure they end in the top two. "Securing a home semifinal will be a massive achievement for us," said Mogaila. "We understand that there is a bit of pressure due to the expectations of the home fans, but the advantages of playing on familiar turf outweigh this. "At home you know the conditions and you know what to expect, so it is much more beneficial to be at home than away." The UJ star, who is in residence at the Auckland Park campus, said he was pleased with his performances this season. "At the moment everything is working out well and I'm hoping for the best in my career," said Mogaila, who is studying mathematical science. "I would like to play professionally and earn a place in one of the PSL teams. "In the long-term I have the Bafana Bafana squad as a goal because I really would love to represent my country." In the meantime, he stressed he was enjoying his football with the UJ team and had been working well with his teammates this season. "We really look forward to playing and we are just taking it one . . .
Columba Leadership, South Africa’s foremost youth development enterprise, is hosting their annual Youth Connection Conference, at the Wits Education Campus in Johannesburg. The event, themed “Think Difference”, intends to bring inspired young leaders together to forge connections and ignite a culture of solution-finding to create a movement of positive social change. This year, 272 learners and 69 educators from 38 schools across Gauteng and the Free State, will come together to showcase the solutions they have engineered to solve the social challenges faced within their communities. The event forms part of national roadshow that aims to create a generation of ethical leaders for youth enterprise, employment and social good. Members of the media are invited to learn about these successful home-grown solutions and to be inspired by our country’s future leaders. Event details Date: Saturday 08 September 2018 Time: 10:00 - 15:30pm Venue: 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Petroleum giant’s Enterprise & Supplier Development fund provides an encouraging stimulus for a South Durban engineering firm. David Swartz grew up hard in the Durban township of Wentworth, where opportunities were scarce. His dreams of becoming an architect, thwarted by the modest financial position of his parents, saw him kick-off his working career as a semi-skilled artisan in local industry. Not one to accept mediocrity, David studied diligently to achieve diplomas in project management, auditing and contracts management. His hard work eventually earned him a contracts management role at packaging and paper giant, Mondi. In 2009, with a vision of owning his own engineering services company, David left Mondi to pursue his dream. Convincing his wife Melanie to join him, the duo setup a Level 1 B-BBEE accredited project management consultancy, with David’s technical focus complimenting Melanie’s ability to manage and streamline office processes. Operating out of their modest rented home, they soon landed a project management contract with Trotech Engineering to help manage a tank maintenance contract at the Engen refinery. When Trotech’s contract expired in 2014, David faced losing his own contract and essential income. However, a chance discussion with an Engen representative at the refinery ended up changing David Swartz’ future in a flash. It was suggested to David that he tender for the complete Engen refinery tank project solution contract. Undaunted, David Swartz Engineering Services (DSES) was born, adding its name to a tender list of 24 other companies. When Engen informed David and Melanie that DSES was on a shortlist of two companies, David sensed that Engen had been impressed with what they saw in him. Yet, when Engen actually awarded the contract to DSES, he found himself hopelessly unprepared for the challenges of owning and operating an engineering services company. “We started out with no money and a critical need to employ people . . .
AltcoinTrader, one of South Africa’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges is adding NEO & Gas, to its already impressive portfolio of coins which will see the exchange offering 15 cryptocurrencies. A proven and trusted market leader in South Africa which aims to bring more opportunities to the South African market allowing crypto enthusiasts more opportunities to expand their crypto-portfolio’s. As the number of cryptocurrencies are growing on a daily basis, with Coinmarketcap recording over 1700 cryptocurrencies already in the market, the space is evolving quite rapidly. Richard de Sousa, Partner at AltcoinTrader says, “As the market for cryptocurrency evolves, we want to be at the forefront and have successfully done so. Our aim is to bring crypto to the markets we serve and allow more access and ease for newcommers in the market.” Diversification in crypto market is key to having a balanced portfolio. As new coins are listed and proven to be great projects over time, AltcoinTrader is accessing them and only adding leading coins to the exchange. As the market is still volatile and still driven heavily by speculation, crypto-enthusiasts should learn not to put all their eggs in one basket. That is the general investment rule. As traders form the basis of exchange trades, that at times can manipulate markets, we have decided to open and allow deposits of both Neo and Gas already. This will allow clients the opportunity to deposit Neo and Gas into their accounts before hand so that they already have a balance when the trading opens. “What normally happens is that everyone gets excited when trading opens and scramble to get their coins deposited. In some exchanges this overload can cause delays and people sometimes miss opportunities to sell their crypto and make some profits. So we wanted to give a fair chance to everyone on our exchange to make money and deposit before this rush happens,” says De Sousa. AltcoinTrader has also proven to always put its . . .
If you think adventure is dangerous, try routine; it’s lethal. ~ Paul Coelho For many woman pregnancy is seen as a time to slow down, hang up their hat and cut back on exercise. Exhaustion and extra baby weight justify the decision to stay home and nest. Not so for top South African trail runner Landie Greyling who has earned the nickname “Traildassie” and for good reason for not only has she embraced her baby bump – she has continued to trail run and climb mountains and even notched up new podium finishes. Her fit pregnancy is an inspiring one and with just weeks to go till baby arrives – it’s clear that mind over matter plays a bit of a role in maintaining this level of activity. Of course when you are a professional athlete – you have to nurture your brand so it’s no accident that Greyling has continued to embody the essence of her brand message during her pregnancy. More than that, she is a role model to so many and with that comes huge responsibility. Maintaining this status and her credibility as a professional athlete during her pregnancy has further enhanced her brand and reputation – something you cannot put a value to. Her brand status is now more inspiring and valuable than ever before and of far greater significance to her sponsors. This is particularly notable in an age where brand ambassadors and celebrities so often fall from grace due to personal indiscretions. The value and power of personal branding cannot be underestimated – something this elite trail runner understands only too well. Described as an adventurous, spontaneous, spiritual and passionate person, Greyling is equally disciplined and calculated and likes to plan for success. So it’s no surprise that she has tackled her pregnancy and professional trail running career the same way. With grit, enthusiasm and a practical can do attitude. A Positive Goal Keeps Control “Everything in life is about mental preparation. Concentrating on what’s important – visualising the outcome – . . .
FROST POPSICLES, pioneers of premium alcohol-based Popsicles in South Africa, are ready to welcome the summer sun with a host of new Popsicle flavours, including the brand’s first non-alcoholic creations. First up is the delicious Passion Fruit & Peach Margarita Popsicle, made with 100% natural peach and passion fruit flavour extracts. While the classic flavour profile of this fruit-driven margarita will be immediately familiar to local palates, the Blood Orange Screwdriver Popsicle pushes a few boundaries to tap into global lifestyle trends. But perhaps most exciting is the addition of three non-alcoholic Popsicles to the Frost Popsicles portfolio – a brand new corner of the market for Fagri and De Carvalho. The Pomegranate, Grapefruit & Hibiscus Popsicle is a sure-fire hit for hot summer days. Equally eye-catching is the Peach, Strawberry & Banana Popsicle. Last, but certainly not least, is the indulgent Vanilla Coffee Popsicle. Made using milk powder, a pure Madagascan vanilla extract and a gourmet coffee blend from Avanti Coffee. The new range of ‘virgin’ Popsicles taps into fast-growing demand from the market. The Peach, Strawberry & Banana and Pomegranate, Grapefruit & Hibiscus Popsicles are a perfect option for young ones and mums-to-be, whilst the Vanilla Coffee Popsicle makes for a decadent alcohol-free treat. The entire Frost Popsicles range is made from all-natural ingredients, is low in calories and contains no artificial flavourants, colourants or sweeteners. And with the exception of the Vanilla Coffee Popsicle, all other Frost Popsicles are dairy-free and vegan-friendly. As with the current Frost Popsicles range, the new flavours are packaged in sophisticated, fully recyclable 100ml Popsicle tubes. The introduction of alcohol-free Frost Popsicles has also opened up a host of new distribution outlets. The full range of Frost Popsicles will be available in select, existing Frost stockists in the Western Cape, . . .
September will see the start of a new season at Smile 90.4FM. A number of fresh voices will be making an appearance on the station and a few established ones will be moving to new time slots. Bailey Schneider takes over the 9am to 12pm show Monday to Friday. Bailey, a firm favourite with our Smiley’s, gets to bring her sunny personality and refined voice to the workday. Listeners can expect from her the best mix of songs for the office, entertaining guests and loads of interaction. Stand-up comedian and award winning writer Angel Campey joins Maurice Carpede on Smile Drive. Angel’s energy and cheeky wit will most certainly keep veteran drive-time anchor Maurice Carpede on his toes. This combo is sure to make the happiest noise on radio in Cape Town. The weekday line-up will be as follows from 3 September: 5am – 6am: JM Henning 6am – 9am: Smile Breakfast with Bobby Brown and Lindy Hibbard 9am – 12pm: Bailey Schneider 12pm – 3pm: Ewan Strydom 3pm – 6pm: Smile Drive with Maurice Carpede and Angel Campey 6pm – 8pm: All 80s Show with Sam Roy 8pm – 10pm: The Honest Truth with Benito Vergotine 10pm – 11pm: Dean Friederich Weekends also gets a presenter make-over with a number of new voices that made it through the ‘Smile 90.4FM Mouth from the South Talent Search’ securing time slots. Saturday: 5 – 7am: Achmat Forbes 7 – 10am: JM Henning & Kia Johnson 10 – 2pm: Andre De Vos 2 – 6pm: Wesley Gabriels 6 – 9pm: Gavin Arends 9 – 11pm: CT Classics with Kia Johnson Sunday: 5 – 8am: Achmat Forbes 8 – 10am: Smile Inspires with the Big Positive Guy Andre Du Toit 10 – 2pm: Ziaan Siems 2 – 6pm: Wesley Gabriels 6 – 9pm: Marilize Du Plessis 9 – 11pm: Dean Friederich 'We are entering an exciting new season in the life of Smile 90.4FM and look forward to the positive energy and personality Bailey and Angel will bring to our sound’ – Smile 90.4FM Programme Director, Clive Ridgway. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Undoubtedly, women have come a long way in the fight for equality – from the very recent spotlight shone on the #Metoo movement, to championing the causes and issues surrounding gender equality, women have proven to be as inspirational as they are resilient. Not only are they leading in areas of political interest, they’re also leading them in the boardroom and showing the world why female hires are oftentimes the preferred choice. According to selectinternational.com; in 2015, women represented around 47% of the total workforce. The month of August brings with it the celebration of women. “We thought that there is no better time than now to celebrate women by providing you with quick facts on why hiring a woman actually works in your favour,” says Miguel da Silva, Chief Information Officer at local social recruitment company, Global Refer. 1. Improvements in productivity and innovation There is increasing evidence that the co-existence of men and women in the same environment accounts for more creative teams; so, diversity across the gender gap is key to the organisations of the future. 2. Better team dynamics Women possess the skill to unite people and inspire teammates to deliver effective work as a unit. This asset favours harbouring harmony and unity in teams furthers participation and optimises the decision-making process. 3. Multi-tasking magic We don’t have to say much here as women are known to juggle multiple roles at the same time and deliver with ease. Hiring a women means faster, smarter work outputs which mean bigger financial turnovers for the company which hires them. 4. A calmer, more balanced work environment Women bring with them greater empathy and appreciation for team members as they are more focused on the individual and their unique needs So there you have it, four reasons why we salute women in the boardroom. Happy Women’s Month to all the amazing women who are showing South Africa how it’s done, from all of us at . . .
AfricaCom’s official networking event returns and will be powered by Deezer and UMG Live London, 3 September 2018 - Powered by Deezer and UMG Live, AFest is AfricaCom’s official stellar networking event, and will bring 1000s of industry leaders together in one of Cape Town's hottest venues - Shimmy Beach Club at the V&A Waterfront, Cape Town - on Tuesday, 13 November 2018. AFest, now in its third year, is always a popular event on the AfricaCom agenda. 2018 will be even more so with the announcement of a partnership with Internet-based music streaming service, Deezer. All AFest ticket holders will now be eligible for a 3-month subscription to Deezer, activated when attending AFest (entry costs $40/ticket). Ticket holders will be able to experience Deezer’s innovative leading functionality, including the extensive local catalogue, data optimisation, offline features, the signature FLOW feature and content curation for Africa. Gillian Ezra, Head of African Operations for Deezer commented, “The partnership between AFEST and Deezer works so well. As the streaming service with the largest footprint on the African continent, it makes perfect sense to partner with this incredible event and the AfricaCom event overall. We look forward to a great night with fantastic artists”. In the wake of last year’s AFest headliners - AKA, Black Motion and Mr Silk – along with celebrating AfricaCom’s 21st show and now with a turbo boost Powered by Deezer and UMG Live, AFest 2018 is set to make a splash. The phenomenal line-up will include TRESOR, The Muses and Swing City, with more acts to be announced. TRESOR is a stylish, multi award-winning and platinum-selling singer-songwriter who first made a splash with his 2015 VII debut release. The album housed collaborations with Beatenberg, Khuli Chana and The Soil. TRESOR (pronounced “Trezor”) soon snagged a # 1 airplay hit in Italy with Mount Everest (Freddy Verano Remix), which reached over 1 Million views online. VII . . .