Getting a foot in the door of an agency, business or organisation you’d really love to work for is not always as easy as putting on your Sunday best and flashing the interviewer your brightest, most charming smile. Often, what they’re looking for is actually just a tertiary qualification, which is why many young people place more emphasis on obtaining an undergraduate degree. However, the mistake so many people make is believing that an undergrad qualification is all they need to build a successful and fulfilling career. Most don’t even consider the possibility of taking their studies further, and pursuing honours and post-graduate studies. Vega (a brand of The Independent Insitute of Education – The IIE) conducted a study which found that 95% of its IIE graduates in 2016 found jobs within six months after graduating, which shows why so many young people are opting to complete undergraduate studies alone, and avoid looking into studying further. “The reality is that, while an undergraduate degree might make you stand out more among other less qualified candidates applying for a job, opting against honours or post-graduate studies robs you of bigger career opportunities, and limits your ability to make a real difference within your industry and the world at large,” says Dr Carla Enslin, Head of Strategy & New Business Development at Vega. “Because you’re focused on a specific area of study, you’ll also have the opportunity to collaborate with like-minded people in pursuit of the same or a similar career goal – perhaps you’ll join forces to turn an innovative idea into a meaningful, award-winning reality? The possibilities at this stage are endless,” she continues. Post-graduate studies allow students to delve deeper into their chosen field and gather more in-depth knowledge, where undergraduate studies are designed to introduce you to concepts and new ways of thinking. The learnings gained during post- graduate studies are therefore invaluable, as . . .
SIC 4737 Continuous Baggage Tracking Solutions from SICK accompany the flight baggage on the entire trip - from automatic baggage drop to transport and sorting processes to baggage reclaim. The ALIS system from SICK reliably identifies and detects baggage. Delayed, damaged or lost baggage reduces customer satisfaction and generates additional costs. IATA (International Air Transport Association) Resolution 753 on baggage tracking is intended to encourage airlines to reduce mishandling by implementing cross-industry tracking for every baggage journey. The resolution states that IATA members shall maintain an accurate inventory of baggage by monitoring the acquisition and delivery of baggage. For this to be successfully done, IATA needs to be able to rely on experienced partners. SICK Automation offers reliable technologies for baggage tracking through its laser, camera, and RFID technology, along with single source support. The company supports the process with its extensive baggage-tracking expertise. The leading manufacturer of intelligent sensor solutions for reading bag tags enables the continuous tracking of a bag from the beginning of a journey to the final destination. From receipt of the bag by the airline up to the point at which it is claimed by the passenger, SICK offers a perfect baggage relay system that is transparent, efficient, and fast. The benefit is obvious: performance enhancement for end-to-end baggage transportation. SICK is helping airlines and airport operators close the gaps of baggage mishandling. This cuts costs and increases customer satisfaction – the ultimate intention of IATA's Resolution 753. The guidelines for the continuous tracking of bags from bag drop to reclamation came into effect on 1 June 2018. This can be achieved with the help of expert advice and intelligent sensors. To do this, SICK pays particular attention to forward-thinking baggage identification concepts in order to offer the right answers and solutions. . . .
Need down time to focus on yourself, prepare for the upcoming week, and reconnect with the people closest to you? Why not take a weekend away, escape to the Botrivier and sunny beaches of Hermanus, to do just that. With Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge being just a hop, skip and (an hours) jump from Cape Town, it’s the perfect spot to unwind whilst you still get to enjoy the finer things in life. If you need an excuse to go away for the weekend, general manager at Endless Vineyards Boutique Lodge shares 4 reasons, why a weekend out of the city every once in a while is good for you. 1) Peace and quiet There’s something special about escaping the hustle and bustle of the city centre. Whether you’re taking a trip by yourself, with family, or a group of friends, you’ll be able to regroup, and hear yourself think again! 2) Star gazing No, not the Hollywood kind- the ones up in the sky. We seldom see them because of the smog that pollutes the air around us in the city. Trying to spot the Southern Cross while feasting your eyes on the crystal clear night winter skies, will stay in your memory forever. 3) The views Who doesn’t love a good view? At Endless Vineyards there is just that- picture perfect sights, vineyards, and a whole lot of nature. It’s a backdrop that’ll make you forget about your cellphone for a while, and ‘force’ you to sit and absorb the natural beauty around you. This kind of beauty really does help in settling your stresses or tensions and soothing your soul. 4) Delectable dishes With any holiday getaway, comes the pleasure of staying well away from any pot, pan or spatula. At Endless Vineyards, it’s not just about the perfect setting, but also the award-winning restaurant, Forage @ Wildekrans, that caters to everyone’s needs. It’s a restaurant that is forever developing and changing to suit each season during the year. The chefs go out into the pastures, and forage whatever ingredients they can, in order to produce a completely . . .
As we step into September and welcome in spring, it is time for the flowers to start blooming, and the trees to flourish with new leaves sprouting out. The gardens at Granny Mouse Country House and Spa are always stunning, and well maintained by the garden and grounds manager, William Brown- who has a vast knowledge on all things flowers and garden related. If you birthday is celebrated in September, and you are unaware of what flowers represent your birth month, then consider taking a keen interest in the Aster and the Morning glory – as these are your birth flowers. Flowers are seen as a gesture of love or friendship and may have a special symbolism attached to it. Asters They come in a variety of purples and pinks and regarded as a feminine flower representing positivity. They prefer cooler climates with relatively wet summers. They enjoy full to partial sun in which to thrive. According to Horticulturist at Granny Mouse Country House & Spa, William Brown: “Asters should be planted in early to mid-spring in fertilised and moist, well-drained soil and water thoroughly”. Morning glory These feature in an array of pink, purple and blue shades and is a symbol of affection. What is interesting to note about these flowers is that blooms open in the early morning and generally curl closed later in the day. “These flowers are annual climbers that prefer a sunny, sheltered area to grow in. They do however need a lot of sun to reach their full potential. They should also be planted in well-drained soil and should be planted early in the season. Another tip is that if you are planting from seed, soak them first for a day before planting,” Brown adds. According to proflowers.com, “it’s estimated that there are more than 600 different species of these colourful wildflowers. Ancient Greeks name the aster after the Greek word (astér), meaning star. They often used asters to create wreaths, which they would place on altars to pay tribute to the . . .
Weddings are a celebration of two lives becoming one that is witnessed by friends and family. For some who are new to your friends circle, such as colleagues and extended family, it is a lovely idea to add a photo memory wall to the décor of your wedding, so that people can follow your love story from the day it started, with photos capturing your special moments. For those who have lost loved ones and want to include them in the special day, the memory wall could be of the loved one and your moments with them, so that guests can remember that special person on your special day as well. With websites such as Pinterest readily available to the bride-to-be, ideas are endless. For a simple DIY photo wall, Veronica Sookdin of Granny Mouse Country House & Spa gives us a step by step guide to making your own. First: Find a wall that you want to use at the venue. Second: Create the photo wall and hang. Here is how to make it: Tools: String, ribbon or t-yarn. A wooden dowel. Photos (all the same size is preferable). Stapler or hot glue (glue gun needed for hot glue) Method: Wrap the ribbon or yarn around the dowel and leave about a metre and a half extra on the one side and tie to the other side which will be used to hang the photo wall. Measure and mark even spaces along the dowel. This will be your guide to placing the string, yarn or ribbon. Cut string, yarn or ribbon to the same length and then tie each piece to the dowel at the marks. Arrange all of your images in the order you want them and place on the ribbon. Apply a dot of glue at the back centre of each image and secure on the ribbon, yarn or string or staple the top of each image to the string, yarn or ribbon. To secure the photo wall to a wall you can either hit a photo hanging hook to the wall if the venue allows and hang it on there. Alternatively you can hang it on a tree or on a plastic hook fitted with double sided tape that can be removed from the wall. The ideas . . .
Breathing New Life Into Bez Valley JOHANNESBURG, 20 August 2018 - One of the greatest epochs in human history, the Renaissance, was born out of a dark age in human history, where demographic, cultural, and economic deterioration ruled. All it took to thrust humanity out of this grave period was a spark of brilliance that set the world back on the path to prosperity and enlightenment. Small sparks can set off powerful reactions, and a small flicker of light in the heart of Johannesburg has begun to set off a chain reaction that many believe could herald the renaissance that transforms Johannesburg into a true first-world city. The transformation of Maboneng, from what some would consider a de facto no-go zone in the early 90’s, to vibrant and diverse inner city hub has inspired people from across the globe to look at Johannesburg’s CBD in a new light. Forbes recently placed Maboneng amongst the 12 coolest neighbourhoods in the world, and that is only the start of it. Following the success of Maboneng, other old, and some would say forgotten, suburbs skirting the inner city have begun to witness the birth of their own renaissances. Victoria Yards, a formerly derelict industrial zone in the heart of Johannesburg’s neglected Bezuidenhout Valley has blossomed into a collective space occupied by artisans, including a metalworker, a silk screener, a glass smelter, a craft beer brewer and a bespoke designer, and now the very same suburb is getting ready to welcome a world class hotel the likes of which downtown Johannesburg hasn’t seen in over three decades. Bez Valley as most call it, is situated North East of the city centre, nestled between Parktown to the west, and Bedfordview to the east, making it a prime location for those looking to explore all the sights, sounds and flavours Johannesburg has to offer. General Manager of the Garden Top Hotel, Alby Bester, believes that the opening of the new hotel is exactly what the area needs to bring prosperity . . .
September is tourism month. For South Africans, it is a month where it’s encouraged that we all explore and experience our beautiful country. It allows the tourism industry to have one month of the year, every year, where business booms by means of domestic tourism, and where tourism in our country is at the focal point. Domestic tourism is a lot more affordable, and forces one to notice and experience all that our country has to offer- from mountains, to seaside- right on our doorsteps! Durban has always been one of the most popular holiday destinations, because of the warm beaches, the valley of a thousand hills, beautiful promenades along the seaside, just to name a few. The Royal Palm Hotel is such a centrally located hotel, that it allows its guests the freedom and mobility to travel around to all the popular tourist spots that are so close by! It’s a walk away from Gateway, a few minutes’ drive to the uMhlanga promenade, with so many unique and well known restaurants, as well as offers conferencing rooms, should you need to mix business with pleasure. Offering luxurious rooms, all of which are suites, a relaxing spa, gym and wellness centre, it’s a perfect escape, right on your doorstep. Come be a tourist in uMhlanga, and allow The Royal Palm Hotel to be your home from home. Visit www.royal-palm.co.za for more details, or call +27(0)31 581 8000 to make a booking. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), has been selected as the official tertiary education partner for the upcoming Comic Con Africa event, taking place from 14-16 September 2018 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit & International Convention Centre. This year’s event marks the first Comic Con to be hosted on the African continent, giving local comic book and science fiction fans the chance to don their finest cosplay, meet international comic book artists and celebrities, and indulge in all the latest science fiction/fantasy films, television shows and popular arts. “Comic Con is the best known geek-culture event, and this is an excellent opportunity to introduce it to thousands of South Africans,” says Pieter Joubert, Gaming Navigator and resident coding expert at Vega. “We have amazing talent in our country, from local comic book artists to local indie game developers, and Comic Con Africa is a great opportunity for them to also showcase their work.” Joubert will be speaking at Comic Con Africa on The IIE Bachelor of Computer and Information Science (BCIS) in Game Design and Development degree, gaming as a worldwide phenomenon and the space it occupies locally, and the opportunity this presents in terms of pursuing a career in an industry that is relatively new in the local context. The IIE BCIS in Game Design and Development degree is available to study at Vega as a three-year, full-time undergraduate qualification. Participants are equipped with the skills to pursue a career in the lucrative and fast-growing industry of gaming, and, according to Joubert, leave with the ability to conceptualise and create gaming content for a variety of platforms in multiple sectors. “Coding is a fundamental component of this degree, which we believe is more than just a tool used to bring apps to life, but a valuable way for students to learn about problem-solving and creative-thinking first-hand,” he says. “Vega is proud to be . . .
Productivity SA improves its performance The entity responsible for promoting employment growth and productivity within South Africa, has posted yet another clean audit despite the suspension of the Turnaround Solutions programme. Productivity SA is established in terms of Section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person to promote employment growth and productivity. The Entity has achieved an unqualified audit opinion running for four consecutive years. To respond to its expanded mandate, The Strategic Plan 2014/15 – 2019/20 was revised and aligned to ensure that the Entity’s strategic objectives over the Medium Term Strategic Framework (MTSF) 2014/15 – 2019/20 enable the entity to respond to National Development Plan (NDP) objectives and the Industrial Policy Action Plan. During the 2017/2018 Financial Year, Productivity SA continued with its strategic focus towards supporting the National Development Plan (NDP), Vision 2030; the New Growth Path and the Industrial Policy Action Plan (IPAP). Members of the media are invited to a Press Briefing as follows: • Date: Thursday 20th September 2018 • Time: 08h30 – 10h00 • Venue: Accolades Boutique Venue, 72 Dale Road, President Park, Midrand The Press Briefing will touch on the following issues. • Productivity SA Annual Financial Statements • Productivity SA Strategic Plan • Productivity SA Annual Performance Plan CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The annual Printing SA Gala Dinner in collaboration with FESPA (The Federation of European Screen Printers Associations Africa) recently took place at Gallagher Estate on Wednesday, September 12th, was attended by nearly 300 members from the printing & packaging industry. The event was held in association with the FESPA Africa Expo which is co-located with the Sign Africa, Africa Print and Africa LED Expos, and is held annually in celebration of Printing SA’s jamboree week of print. Founded in 1911 as the Printing Industries Federation of South Africa, trading under the promotional brand Printing SA, has traditionally catered to the needs of all printers, packaging manufacturers, and service providers to the industry. The gala dinner was “themed 1920s New York”, paying tribute to the entrance of fashion and style into the modern era. This was also the age of the big jazz bands and, of course, the golden era of mass media. The gala dinner certainly was a blast from the past showcasing an era during which several iconic magazines were launched – including National Geographic, Vogue, Reader’s Digest. Interestingly enough, this was also a time when advertising revenue grew with Coca Cola spending in excess of $100 000 dollars with magazines and newspapers. Members certainly put the printing presses on hold and let their hair down to the swing jazz band Swing City, enjoyed a delicious menu made up of brie and mascarpone gateau with smoked ostrich, served with an orange and walnut compote, chicken breast with wild mushroom sauce set on French beans, sauté peas and potato croquettes and scrumptious honey, hazelnut and mango mousse topped with a pistachio praline crust. Members were also treated to Printing SA’s national TV campaign adverts which showcased ETV celebrity presenters and the Goliath Brothers showing that the South African printing and packaging industry which is very much alive and well. This was followed by a time to celebrate and . . .