World’s fastest growing influencer marketing platform focuses on building a strong local team to deliver targeted services to the South African market (Johannesburg, South Africa) April 09, 2018 - indaHash, the global technology platform that connects more than 600,000 digital influencers has committed to expanding its South African footprint by investing in strong local talent. The team brings unparalleled strategic value and influencer marketing expertise to the South African market having already delivered successful campaigns for well-known global and local brands such as Coca-Cola, Telkom, Sony Mobile, Shell and Magnum. “We believe it is key for us to develop a highly skilled local development team that specialises in influencer marketing and allows us to drive the business in a positive direction,” says Federico Dedeu, indaHash Business Development Leader, EMEA. Federico Dedeu is an experienced manager with more than 18 years of experience in the disciplines of marketing and advertising. He’s held senior roles at some of South Africa’s most prominent organisations, such as Wunderman and Mediacom, and has taken the lead on accounts for brands such as Coca-Cola and Standard Bank. Led by Federico, the new team comprises Hayley Wessels and Faheem Ahmed as the new Business Development Managers - both bringing extensive experience to the business. The company will also be welcoming additional new members over the next few months to meet the exponentially growing demand for indaHash’s services. Faheem Ahmed has more than 12 years of experience in the advertising and media industry and with more than four years of hands-on influencer marketing expertise. He understands the South African landscape and has significant expertise in campaign execution and client management. Hayley Wessels has more than eight years’ experience in the digital media industry with an extensive network of marketers, media buyers and brands. She understands how to deliver on the . . .
Recently, the eighth South African Radio Awards was hosted in Johannesburg where those succeeding in radio were honoured and acknowledge for their outstanding work in the radio sector. Smile 90.4FM was nominated in the Radio Innovation category as well as News and Actuality Show. The station walked away with the Radio Innovation award 2018 for Smile News - Amplifying the Good News in the Mother City. “From day one the entire Smile 90.4FM team have not only bought into, but lived our ethos of positivity and putting a smile on every listener’s face. To be recognized for our efforts and innovation in our news positioning of Amplifying the Good News in the Mother City is wonderful. I am extremely proud of this award, considering we are a relatively young station” said Smile 90.4FM Managing Director, Lois O’Brien. Smile 90.4FM was created with the deliberate intention of putting a smiles on the faces of the people of the Mother City. While other stations may lay claim to this very same dynamic, Smile 90.4FM is the only one deliberately carrying it through to the most time-worn of radio’s elements, the news product. The decision to innovate was not taken lightly. A great deal of thought went into understanding the psychology of audio messaging and the effects excessive negative information has on evolving multi-cultural communities in transforming markets. “Being recognised for innovation is most gratifying because forward thinking, creativity and relevance are Smile 90.4FM priorities. Our broadcasting philosophy is based on adding real value in the lives of our listeners. Providing well contextualised factual and useful content is today more important than ever given the proliferation of fake news engulfing social media, and negative news dominating traditional media spaces. The Liberty Radio Award nominations affirms the decision to shift our news paradigm. I’m really pleased with this acknowledgement. A huge thanks to every team member contributing to . . .
Hospitality Technology Next Generation - Take control of your own data! Not too long ago many hotels had a communication problem – it wasn’t the guests and staff that spoke different languages, it was the computer systems. To solve the incumbent problems hotel software developers had to create and build customised interface systems which were costly, time-consuming and had limited functionality. A group of hoteliers and hospitality consultants decided they needed to get together to create a system of standards that worked together and had new functionality that would be adopted by the industry – ‘next generation solutions’ they call it . Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG), a global not-for-profit trade association was created to cultivate, through collaboration and partnership among hospitality professionals and technology providers, the development of next-generation solutions. Their objective is to promote inter-operability of the many technology systems used in the hotel industry, such as property management systems, point-of-sale systems, telephone systems, building automation systems, guest room entertainment systems such as video on-demand, mobile, cloud software, security, access control systems and many others. Eben Marais, Managing Director at Ankerdata, a hospitality solutions business provider, says that hotels have renewed their focus on technology to improve the guest experience and hotel operations. He thinks that one of today’s biggest hospitality tech industry challenges is that of delivering open and performant data integration – a robust framework that is able to move data in any format through any number of destinations. “In this day and age the hotel industry needs to start focusing and acting on the data that has been collected by hotels because if they are going through the process of collecting data, then they should be using it in every beneficial way they can.” Big data is all over the place but what happens when all . . .
Johannesburg, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce their partnership with First National Bank, who have integrated card payment systems for parking in Ghana. “This credit/debit card payment facility was initiated by FNB and draws on the technology of the new parking systems that Servest installed at Kotoka International Airport, Accra in 2016”, says Mike Clark, Director of Servest Parking. People can now use their Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards to pay for their parking at Kotoka International Airport. This is a first for Servest in Ghana and the next step in a number of innovations and new technologies Servest is planning for the parking market in Ghana and the African continent. In Ghana, Servest partners with Parking Solutions Limited. The initial reluctance from banking institutions to come on board has been put to rest as First National Bank has taken the lead in providing innovative ways to pay for parking as part of their improved customer service. The convenience of paying by credit/debit card or cashless payments for parking is increasingly adopted by parkers and no more so than at international airports, particularly for business people on the go. There is no more hassle about change, no cash in hand is needed, receipts are provided, payments are secure, and customers pay the same parking tariff with greater convenience. First National Bank saw the opportunity to extend their market and increase use of cards through Servest’s parking operations. According to Servest’s experience in the airport parking market, card payments for parking can exceed 50% of all transactions. The value of parking transactions at airports is significantly higher than at other typical retail and commercial parking facilities. This makes the payment cost per transaction more viable for banks and is a more convenient way for customers to pay for their parking. According to an article in the New York Times on 10 March 2018, “Ghana is . . .
Devmark Property Group’s brand new retirement village in Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg Manor, broke ground this week to start building the second phase of at least 30 houses before the end of this year. The development will offer residents eight accommodation types ranging from apartments to three-bedroom exclusive homes designed in the Cape vernacular style, juxtaposing the Cape South Coast’s rural charm with sophisticated modern functionality and open plan living. Says Hein Ehlers, CEO of Devmark Property Group: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the development on the estate. The first residents are starting to move in and the Gatehouse and Entrance Road were completed end November last year.” Erik Steyl, MD of Devmark Construction, adds: “We’d like to wish the construction team in Plett all the best with the months of hard work ahead. The Plettenberg Manor is Devmark’s eighth retirement village in 28 years. We’re building other people’s future today!” As part of the construction, the former Keurbooms River Hotel will be restored and refurbished to function as the estate’s clubhouse, offering residents and guests the best dining and leisure experience. Ehlers continues: “The clubhouse will include a restaurant, coffee shop, ladies bar, beauty salon, a convenience store, assisted living suites as well as a healthcare centre including a 24 bed frail care centre. For the young at heart, the vitality wing of the clubhouse will offer numerous exciting options to stay fit and happily entertained with a fully equipped gym and swimming pool.” Accommodation types include the Blue Crane, Grey Heron and Egret Luxury Homes, the Kingfisher and Sandpiper Cottages as well as apartments, selling between R1 450 million to R3 825 million. The newly launched Penguin and Cormorant Luxury Cottages offer prospective buyers an even wider choice with two bedroom and two bathroom units selling from R2 345 million. Ehlers is very enthusiastic about the The Plettenberg . . .
Organisers of the Madibaz MTB XCO Series, which has enjoyed rapid growth since 2016, are preparing for another bumper year when the first of four events takes place in George on Sunday. George campus sports manager Hugo Loubser said the series, now entering its third year, had developed into a highly successful product, with the landscape at the Nelson Mandela University venue ideal for races of this nature. A wide range of riders, from nippers to grandmasters, are gearing up to tackle the Whip Snake route, situated on the George campus, starting from 8.30am. "Given the conditions, it wasn't difficult marrying the whole concept of mountain-biking and the George campus, so we have definitely ticked that box," said Loubser. "Besides that, the routes have been developed in such a way as to promote our long-term idea of hosting more mountain-biking events. "In developing the routes we have always looked at what we can add to improve the experience for the riders and the level of participation." Loubser added that the structures around mountain-biking in the region were sound, with a lot of work being done at junior-school level. "Mountain-biking is an official sport code at many schools in the George area and as soon as you have that the whole profile of the sport is lifted." He said they were delighted that top South African mountain-bikers such as Matthys Beukes and Robyn de Groot had competed previously and been impressed with "what we offered". In a boost for Sunday's event, race director Jan Venter confirmed that De Groot and German Sabine Spitz, riding for Ascendis Health, would be competing in the elite women's category. "They will definitely raise the quality in the field," he said of the team who came second overall in last month's Cape Epic. He added that the series would follow the same format as in previous years after achieving much success. "This is the format we need for cross-country events and there will again be log . . .
La Colombe Chef Proprietor, Scot Kirton is pleased to announce the appointment of current Head Chef, James Gaag, as Executive Chef. “James has headed up the La Colombe kitchen for the past 4 years, and at the young age of 29, has proved himself to be one of the leading innovative chefs in South Africa. He has lead the committed team in the kitchen faultlessly, and we are delighted to appoint him in this prestigious role,” says Scot. Kirton will be acutely involved along every step of the way, as La Colombe has some exciting renovation plans on the immediate horizon. He will be working daily with the chefs from La Colombe, Foxcroft and La Petite Colombe, and remain hands-on in the kitchens, to ensure the standards that the world-class La Colombe Group is renowned for. La Colombe will be closing for 6 weeks for a major revamp on the 28th May. There is much anticipation, as long-standing ex-La Colombe Sous Chef, Jess van Dyk, will be returning to La Colombe as Head Chef, with Keegan Brathewaite stepping in as the Sous Chef. James Gaag comments, “It is fantastic to finally realise my dream of running La Colombe. Taking over the reigns is something I have aspired to for the past 8 years. I’m extremely excited for this new and exciting chapter, and the challenges which lie ahead.” When it comes to food, James believes that a balance of flavour comes first. Food needs to be immediately delicious and inviting, not overthought, overworked or overcomplicated. Flavour is paramount and key in making great food, and also running a great kitchen. www.lacolombe.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
MetPac-SA has appointed packaging guru, Kishan Singh, to take over the helm from Delanie Bezuidenhout as the organisation’s new Chief Executive Officer with effect from the 1st of March 2018. Educational and career highlights Kishan is widely known and respected for his in-depth knowledge, technical and commercial expertise within the metals packaging sector. He obtained his BSc degree (majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry) from the University of Durban Westville in 1987, before completing his Post Graduate qualification in Management Sciences. He then achieved the City and Guilds (Quality Management) through the UK, obtaining distinctions in both the modules. He recently acquired the Lean Six Sigma Black Belt status through Dr Mikel Harry’s Six Sigma Management Institute USA, and is currently busy with his Masters/PhD degree in Quality Management in South Africa. This degree focuses on practical techniques in ISO9001:2015 Business Systems design that will actually deliver true and measurable financial benefits through process optimisation, rather than the current stagnant methodologies employed over the past 30 years. He gained valuable hands-on experience as the Quality Manager of Nampak DivFood Mobeni (2003-2016), managing the business across Operations, Quality, Supply Chain, Engineering and Sales, before starting his own Management Consulting and Training company, Global Integrated Business Solutions (Pty) Ltd. They specialise in integrated Business Management Systems as well as the design of Quality Business System Models in support of overall business objectives. Views on the future of the metals packaging industry Commenting on his new appointment, Kishan says it is an honour and a privilege to continue serving the metal packaging sector and that he is extremely excited about what the future holds for this industry. “The rapid growth in global population, accelerated globalisation, rising GDPs, emerging middle classes and a deep . . .
Does Transnet once again want to make the NPA the laughing stock of the city? Port of Port Elizabeth's answer to threat from the city and it's citizens around the Manganese Ore pollution On Saturday 17 February at 12:58 the TNPA released a press statement on the “impending eviction of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club” - a Port of Port Elizabeth based sailing club that has been in existence for close on 60 years providing sail training, regattas and safe haven for local and international sailors along with access to what has been described as the best sailing waters along the African Coast. ABYC has been attempting to get the TNPA in front of the Port Regulator since 2009 when the club submitted a complaint over an unfair 61% rental increase. On Friday morning 23 February 2018 the TNPA have been summonsed to appear in court to answer the ABYC's Notice of Motion interdicting the TNPA from issuing a Warrant of Eviction. ABYC will be asking the honourable court to rule that ABYC be entitled to continue occupying the premises pending a determination by the Port Regulator on 20 March 2018. On 23 August 2017, before High Court proceedings, the TNPA - represented by TNPA Legal Officer, Justin Uren, Advocate Ntsepe, Attorney Nash Vandayar and Port Manager, Rajesh Dana - and ABYC - represented by Attorney Gerald Friedman, Advocate Albert Beyleveld, ABYC President Sean Wiseman and ABYC Commodore Alan Straton - agreed that until such time as a new tenant had been allocated the premises occupied by ABYC, pursuant to a lawful tender, ABYC could remain in occupation and would be afforded two months notice to vacate if ABYC were unsuccessful in tendering. It would appear that the TNPA's representatives at the time have suffered amnesia over this agreement and could have been devious in their handling of the matter. Despite being asked in numerous forms and by numerous persons the TNPA has remained silent on whether a tender has been awarded. On 16 February 2018 . . .
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) released a media statement on Saturday 17 February 2018 stating that the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) must move out of premises that the nearly 60 year-old club occupies within the Port of Port Elizabeth. The dispute centres around rental, non-payment of rental, assessment of rental far beyond the financial means of ABYC as a voluntary body and irregular rental increases. As in all disputes of this nature the cold hard facts are really around two issues: Who is the landlord? Who has the most money? The answers to both above are: TNPA Any realist will tell you that the person who 'owns' the land and has bottomless coffers will win any legal fight. Now this is where it gets interesting as the ABYC took the complaint over TNPA's unfair treatment to the Port Regulator for a decision rather than turning to the courts. The Port Regulator operates as the Ombudsman for TNPA and has ruled in the past on TNPA's irregular increase on Port Tarrifs, forcing the TNPA to back down and reduce tariffs on more than a few occasions. The path to getting a hearing in front of the Port Regulator has been beset with delaying tactics from the TNPA - the most severe of which being an eviction order accelerated after the ABYC won the first round in front of the Port Regulator. TNPA has been summonsed to appear in the Port Elizabeth, High Court on Friday 23 February at 9:30 am. ABYC first brought the complaint to the attention of the Port Regulator in November 2009. Delaying tactics, legal manouvering and actions like TNPA 'losing' the recorded minutes of the first pre-hearing all contributed to the wearing down of the then Executive Committees. A new Exco in 2014 made the decision to tackle this problem head on and find a solution as the continued friction between ABYC and TNPA was not a happy state of affairs. The continued friction between the parties contributed negatively to TNPA's stature as a caring . . .