Sit down to an intimate High Tea with some of South Africa’s most dynamic, impressive and influential women at this year’s Woman’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018). Guests will be treated to a sumptuous tea while hearing how these phenomenal women managed to achieve their success; balancing demanding careers and motherhood and still managing to embrace their femininity. This sumptuous networking opportunity – brought to you by FMI – will be taking place on Saturday, 29 September from 2pm to 4pm at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza Ballroom. “We are living in an incredible age where women are emerging from the shadows and finally being recognised as the powerful, world-changing individuals they have always been in their industries,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The Women’s Lifestyle Expo High Tea will give you an opportunity to feed your inner goddess in a space that is energising and empowering and where women from all walks of life will get to interact, engage with and learn from some truly inspiring women.” Imagine the setting: a sophisticated and elegant High Tea where guests will sip champagne and gin cocktails and enjoy gourmet fare prepared by #WLE2018 official food partner, OPEN Food Group. The culinary team has fashioned a mouth-watering menu of on-trend delicacies, the likes of which you have never seen before and likely to prove irresistible. Tomato infused profiteroles filled with a salmon and dill mousse; gorgonzola mousse with walnuts and poached pear; and key lime tarts are just a few of the gourmet eats to expect on the day. Guests will be able to enjoy one-on-one interactions and engage in relaxed discussions with the speakers and each guest will leave with a complimentary goodie bag so that they can continue their pampering experience at home. The #WLE2018 High Tea will feature a panel of multi-talented, dynamic women who will share their thoughts and experiences on their road to ‘Redefining Success’. They’ll take you on . . .
Lindiwe Zulu, Minister of Small Business Development will inaugurate the 1st Annual Africa Tech Conference, hosted by the Southern Africa Business and Technology Incubation Association (SABTIA) in partnership with the City of Ekurhuleni and Monash SA, on 25 and 26 September 2018. The two-day conference, held at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg, will focus on innovation in business incubation and acceleration. The conference will bring together field experts and captains of industry to debate the future design and role of business support organisations in stimulating local economic growth and SMME development. The conference will provide ‘deep-dive’ sessions into incubation structures, financing and fund mobilisation, market access, global best practices and the role of local government and private sector investment. “The technology and incubation industry is fast evolving to meet the dynamic needs of SMMEs and entrepreneurs. Incubators, traditionally designed as support systems, are developing into growth acceleration mechanisms, critical to the improvement of the SMME success rate. SABTIA is mandated to address the challenges in the sector by building a more inclusive incubation and acceleration system which will better serve small businesses and start-ups, including those in the informal sector. The Africa Tech Conference is a platform to ensure the sustainability of meaningful business incubation in the region,” says SABTIA Chairperson, Zaid Mohidin. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
New Media’s Internal Communications team scooped multiple awards at the SA Publication Forum’s 17th annual SAPF Awards, which took place on Friday. These wins are in the Best Communication Innovation category and the One-off Publication category (where the team took all three places). The Communication Innovation awards recognise two New Media projects – FNB Sync, an enterprise social network app aimed at FNB employees, and Magic Talk, M-Net’s Internal Communications app. Being recognised for innovation, in such a dynamically changing media industry, is very important to the New Media Internal Communications team. The SAPF judging panel said this about FNB Sync: “Everything about this entry is close to brilliant, including images used, article subjects and content, video, infographics. There is nothing new about distributing content via apps, but not all succeed in solving problems, empowering and educating members using this afforded luxury. This is definitely a step forward and we can’t wait to see how this will be put to full use in the future.” In the One-off Publication category, New Media took all three places. First prize went to Centennial, the publication created to celebrate Sanlam’s 100-year anniversary; runner and second runner up were Santam 100 and Sanlam Personal Finance’s Impact 100 respectively. New Media’s Internal Communications cluster was also recognised for Trudie Myburgh’s excellent editorship of the Sanlam account by placing as second runner up in the Editor of the Year category. Last year, New Media restructured to create an internal communications specialist focus area, under the leadership of editorial stalwart Brendan Cooper. The aim of the division was to focus exclusively on effective employee engagement content and strategies. Cooper says: “It's lovely to win awards but what makes us really excited is that the audiences love the content we’re providing. Engagement rates show an upward curve, which ultimately proves . . .
Summer is slowly making its way back into our lives. We no longer have to go to bed with six layers of blankets and our cheeks are beginning to return to a colour that isn’t translucent. But now that the sun has returned, many of us will get back into our outdoor hobbies and spend more time honing our ‘bikini bodies’, and it’s vitally important to remember to refill our water-bottles. Staying hydrated in summer is critical for a number of reasons. Your body is comprised of 75% water and it’s important to drink enough liquid every day for your body to function properly - especially in hot weather or if you’re an avid exerciser. In fact, there’s a rather lengthy list of knock-on effects that occur when your body doesn’t have enough water. Fatigue, digestive issues, migraines and general lethargy all become frustratingly apparent when your body is dehydrated, which is why it’s so important to keep your body happy with good, clean water. We’ve all seen how important water is to professional athletes, how a small army of water boys will storm the fields during halftime to ensure their teammates can grab a much-needed water break. The importance of staying hydrated reaches further than just sports, working out is also firmly connected to sufficient water intake. If your body lacks water and you are putting your muscles under strain water will be forced out of your muscle tissue, hindering its ability to tear and repair. In fact, working out while dehydrated will actually do more harm than good. Not keen on the gym? Water is still essential! A study published in the Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism found that forty minutes after drinking roughly two glasses of water your body’s metabolism is boosted by up to 30%. The European Food Safety Authority recommends that the ideal amount of water is determined by your body type and weight. For every kilo of mass, you should be drinking 30ml of water every day, which is, on average, two litres for males and . . .
Chef Martha Williams from the 5-star Plettenberg Hotel has been invited to cook at the Cape Malay Food Festival at Vasco’s, Hilton in Abu Dhabi from 28 September to 6 October 2018. She will present her delicious South African recipes in her unique Cape Malay cooking style. During this week she will present a special Cape Malay menu with meals like Bobotie, Tomato Bredie and Masala Fish to name a few. For desert she will present true South African treats like Malva Pudding and koeksisters. Martha will share her stories and tell visitors more about her love for the Cape Malay cuisine. Williams said: "Food is an incredibly important part of Cape Malay culture. Our food reaches into a rich history and our culinary traditions have travelled down foodways stretching around the world. This is what makes Vasco’s the perfect venue for people in Abu Dhabi to try out Cape Malay’s cuisine.” Martha got exposure to traditional dishes and ingredients typical of the Cape Malay style - a fusion of spice-rich and fragrant east-Asian cuisines that developed in the kitchens of the Cape during the 17th century – and her innate understanding of flavours and hard work saw Martha being promoted to Head Chef at the hotel’s newly launched Cape Malay restaurant. The restaurant was a huge success, proving immensely popular with both local and international guests and Martha established an excellent reputation leading to her ultimately being invited to present her Cape Malay culinary skills at a number of event, in South Africa and abroad. A flagbearer for Cape cuisine, she has travelled extensively to represent The Liz McGrath Collection in a variety of destinations, from Amsterdam and Kuala Lumpur to Hong Kong and Taipei, and now Abu Dhabi. Martha has returned once more to The Plettenberg, where she’s able to create the authentic flavour-filled dishes she loves that draw on her personal narrative. Her favourite food to prepare is that which reflects her Cape Malay heritage – . . .
With entries and spectators increasing year on year, The Grand Walkerville Stofskop is proving to be one of the most popular events among motorcycle enthusiasts and curious visitors alike. Held at the Walkerville Show Grounds in Johannesburg, the oval dirt track event with the pay line “In Dust we Trust”, drew large crowds on Saturday 15 September with entries booked to capacity in advance. Stofskop is all about adrenaline and taking part, with a funky, super-relaxed vibe thanks to slightly crazy competitors and their wacky riding gear and this year’s event did not disappoint. One of Saturday’s highlights included Mercia Jansen, Motul’s Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa, being one on the fastest riders in her class, the Inappropriate Road Bike class. “We had huge fun at the event on Saturday and it was wonderful to see the motorcycle community come together and enjoy themselves so much. On the whole, Motul believes in making motorcycling more accessible, and Stofskop is exactly the sort of event that creates interest in the motorsports that everyone at Motul is so committed to,” Mercia stated, commenting on the brand’s partnership with the event. Other highlights included the attendance of the Vesperados Scooter Club who arrived in their droves on Vespa scooters and put on a great display of fearless riding on the oval. Spectator favourites included the speedway sidecar exhibition ride with the two person rigs reaching speeds of 90km per hour…. with no brakes! There was a heart-stopping moment when one of the sidecars rolled mid-corner but no-one was hurt and the incident just added to the excitement of the day. “The exhibition laps allow spectators to see the speed of the sidecars up close and admire the skill of the both the rider and passenger controlling the outfit,” explained Chris Shelvey, event organiser. Speaking of the event he said, “It was great to see families, young motorcycle enthusiasts and Stofskoppers- men and women who . . .
Show your support for breast cancer awareness by participating in our second fun walk on Sunday, October 7th at 7am. The 5km walk / fun run will be taking place from Davenport Square Shopping Centre in Glenwood, and will follow the route along Bulwer Road, through to Penzance Road, Esther Roberts Road and end back at Davenport Square. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is observed in October every year. According to the South African National Cancer Registry, one in 27 women in South Africa will be diagnosed with breast cancer, and according to the Cancer Association of South Africa, one in eight stand the chance of getting some type of cancer. Breast cancer, like other types of cancers, is treatable when detected early. It is important for you to examine your breasts regularly and to go for medical check-ups. Early detection is absolutely crucial in ensuring effective treatment and a positive outcome. The objective of this walk / fun run is to promote awareness of those with breast cancer who are part of our families and communities and drive the message to promote, as well as create awareness, and encourage women to get checked regularly. Funds raised at the walk / fun run will go towards fighting against cancer and will be donated to CANSA. Sponsors and supporters of this walk include Green Legends, Quatro Cleaning Services, Curves Gym and the local Councilor. The first 200 people to register will receive a complimentary CANSA shades of Pink t-shirt - so be sure to get your entry in early. Cost to enter for the 5km walk / fun run is R100 for adults and R80 for children under 12. Children under 2 years participating are free to enter. So get off your couch and support a worthy cause. The race is open to everyone. Enter online at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/56542-davnport-square-cansa-shades-of-pink/#/ or pop into the management offices at Davenport Square Shopping Centre. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 031-2010372 . . .
The University of Johannesburg women's team plan to continue an impressive run of results in student competitions when they mount a challenge for the Varsity Football title this week. In July the team won the University Sport South Africa week in Port Elizabeth and they were runners-up in last year's Varsity Football tournament. Although she will not be playing when the 2018 edition starts in Potchefstroom on Thursday, UJ captain Thato Letsoso said the team were motivated to maintain their good form. Letsoso, who lives in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, is with the South African team that are competing in the Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth and will miss the varsity event. She said she was disappointed not to be there but backed the team to do well, saying they would be focusing on one game at a time. "I think it is important not to look too far ahead when it comes to tournaments such as this," said Letsoso. "We must just take baby steps and concentrate on each match as it happens. "If we can focus on the now, then we can worry about the play-off matches later." She added that their biggest challenge would be to handle the fatigue generated by the intense nature of the competition. The eight teams will be divided into two pools and will play three round-robin matches on Thursday and Friday. This will be followed by the cross-pool matches on Saturday. "There is a lot of action in a concentrated period so it is important to manage the players over the three days," added Letsoso. "But there is great unity in the side and our sisterhood often pulls us through. "We stick together as a team and are always ready to handle the tough situations. Also, our technical team put in a great amount of work." She said the Varsity Football tournament remained an important vehicle for the women's game. "It gives us a national platform for scouts to assess the players and provides a number of sponsorship opportunities." She felt the University of . . .
The dilemma of having qualifications with no experience remains a challenge with organisations who try to bridge the skills gap in both the skilled and professional labour factions. This challenge is often compounded by economic factors such as the low employment rate. In 2014 Debtsource, a specialist credit management company that provides complete solutions for any business that extends credit to their customers, established a learnership programme assisting students who complete their diploma in credit management to become competent and well-rounded credit management specialist. “The aim of the learnership programme is not only to open doors for employment in the credit field but to address a unique skills requirement. We often found that candidates who have experience working in a credit bureau or as a credit controller weren’t fitting the required profile of a researcher or analyst in this field.” says Mary Cass, Operations Manager at Debtsource. Business-to-business credit management is multifaceted and can therefore create a challenge in terms of accessing a candidate with all the required skills, as most candidates entering this field have specific experience in either credit control or debt collecting. Additionally, a small number who have completed some form of credit management programme are not usually exposed to the entire field. Debtsource identified this challenge and developed a model which has holistic outcomes for candidates who successfully complete their diploma with the practical part of credit management to open the door for employment in the credit field. The programme has been a success, with Debtsource having trained 13 students and permanently employing 6. Cass adds the programme does not only take on learners for Debtsource’s benefit, but also enables those learners who complete the one-year programme to be work-ready, fully accredited professionals in the credit management field. Petros Mhlongo and Katleho Eunice Mkwane are . . .
The third generation of MKK and MKR Linear Modules from Tectra Automation, a member of the Hytec Group, and a subsidiary of Bosch Rexroth AG, expands the range of equipment options for the company’s Linear Module series. The ready-to install linear axes are ready to be connected to the one-point lubrication system. In the corrosion resistant versions, hard chrome plated ball screw drives and ball rails ensure a high resistance to chemicals. The Linear Module consists of an anodised aluminium profile body with integrated ball rails and the option of a ball screw drive or a belt drive. Both drive types are provided for in the new generation, in sizes 65, 80 and 110. They are interchangeable with previous versions in the same dimensions and do not require large constructive adjustments. As ready-to-install assemblies, Linear Modules reduce construction and installation effort in all types of machines and systems. Bosch Rexroth addresses the industry-wide trend of automating maintenance work with one-point lubrication systems, thus increasing the life of the axes with a comprehensive lubrication concept. The corresponding components, ball screw drive and runner block, are ready for one-point lubrication with liquid grease or oil. Operators choosing to use their own lubricants can order the corresponding Linear Module components with only corrosion prevention and complete the initial lubrication for start-up themselves. In the standard version, the Linear Module is delivered with initial lubrication making the product ready to use. In applications where increased corrosion resistance is required, the hard chrome-plated ball screw drive, profiled rails, and runner block resist NR can withstand water and aggressive chemicals. Stainless steel band covers with a new magnet profile enhance this resistance and increase the resistance to coolants. Tectra Automation supplies the ball screw drive variant of the Linear Module in lengths up to 5 400 mm. A screw support . . .