From Wildcard to South African winner – IDWork, a platform for people to find the perfect fit for their service provider needs, is set to take on the best startups from 65 other countries, in the global finale of the Seedstars World competition in Switzerland on 06 April 2017. The event is one of the world’s most prestigious, with prizes that include USD 500k in investment, Software-as-a-Service solutions valued at USD 90k, plus insight and training for every startup, giving them a boost towards long-term stability and success. “Since winning the South African leg of the tour, we have been busy preparing for the finale in Switzerland to ensure that IDWork is ready to take on the rest of the world,” says IDWork co-founder Arjun Khoosal. “We recently returned from the continental summit in Rwanda where we met the other African contenders and began preparations for the finale in April. The African tech scene is flourishing - these startups are going to be fierce contenders.” The Seedstars Summit 2017 will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 06 April and the 65 startups who qualified will battle for supremacy through competitions and presentations. It will be a gruelling seven-day process as the startups are whittled down from 65 to one, and IDWork is ready to represent South Africa and bring it home. “We were impressed with IDwork because of their early traction, strong founding team and the massive relevance of the problem they're solving - not just in their local market but across the region!" says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars Global. IDWork’s entrepreneurial co-founders Arjun Khoosal and Sayo Folawiyo may be facing a challenging start to April, but the benefits of the competition go beyond winning first place. All the startups will receive mentorship and the chance to network with some of the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders. “We know that this is an opportunity for us to build our . . .
University of Johannesburg students Cheneal Raubenheimer and Isabella da Rocha received some invaluable game time at a high level when they attended a national indoor hockey training camp in KwaZulu-Natal this month where they finished second overall. The camp, which took the form of a round-robin tournament, acted as a selection event for the Indoor Hockey World Cup qualifier in Namibia in June and focused largely on exposing the players to as much time on the field as possible. Despite neither being new to national selection, both girls felt that the camp had much to offer and they walked away having gained insight into both the game and themselves. "The camp was definitely a success for me," said 23-year-old defender Da Rocha. "It was rather tough as we played seven games in three days but I learnt a lot through the whole process." She said each game offered her a chance to observe how the team functioned as a unit. "Every time I go to camp I learn more about the structure of the team and how we should be attacking and defending in different circumstances." Currently studying towards a higher certificate in business management, Da Rocha explained that indoor hockey was a technical sport that required constant fine-tuning of one's skills. She said the guidance she received from coaching staff at the training camp helped her develop as a player. "Our coach Lennie Botha was really helpful in guiding me when I made mistakes on the field. He helped me understand what I should be doing instead. "This really helped me grow as a player and, at this moment, become a better defender." Da Rocha said her focus was now squarely on the upcoming World Cup qualifiers and the 2018 Indoor Hockey World Cup in July in England. Raubenheimer, a third-year retail and business management student who represented the Proteas in 2014 at field hockey, is relatively new to the indoor hockey scene and had some adjusting to do when it came to the pace of the . . .
Galway, Ireland – 23 March 2017: South African people are taking to the internet in greater numbers than ever before to gain workplace skills, according to new figures released by Alison. The organization, which is one of South Africa’s largest free e-learning providers, revealed that a small majority (57%) of its users in 2016 were female, and that the site is most popular in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison, said: “South Africa has been quick to take up online learning. The feedback we’re getting from learners here suggests that they value the flexibility and breadth of subjects we can offer. It’s not a surprise to us that the majority of our South African learners are women; this reflects a pattern we have seen in other parts of the world.” According to newly released figures for 2016, the most popular courses including Touch Typing Training, Diploma in Project Management, Human Resources and Business Management & Entrepreneurship. Other top courses South African learners took included Web Design, Workplace Health and Safety, Psychology and Customer Service. Eric Corbett, Course Publishing Manager at Alison, said: “Increasingly, we’re seeing learners turn to us for skills that are vital to the workplace but don’t tend to receive much focus in schools – South Africa is no different. The range of free courses we’re offering is set to grow dramatically over the next 12 months, and we expect to grow our learner-base in South Africa in tandem with this. “We would encourage students, jobseekers and workers who want to upskill to consider how a course might help them achieve their goals.” Alison will celebrate its 10th birthday next month. The site currently boasts almost 10 million individual learners studying hundreds of courses. WHAT THEY SAY What our South African learners say about Alison: “There are so many great options that I am excited about. I’ve just completed the Microsoft . . .
NMMU overcame chief rivals Londt Park 16-9 in a gruelling battle in the final round to reclaim the men's Super League squash title at Londt Park last week. The varsity side have dominated the top division in Eastern Province squash in recent years, having won the men's first league title five years in a row and the league crown from 2012 to 2015. Last year, they conceded the league title to Londt Park and player-coach Jason le Roux said they were delighted to annex it for the fifth time this year. Le Roux, who plays at number one for the team, said they had set themselves the goal of continuing the tradition of success NMMU squash had achieved in the last few years. "We had two new players in the squad in Grant Greyling and Gershwin Forbes and we told them we were all under pressure to maintain our level of success," he said. "We did not want to fall into the trap of just thinking we were building for the future, so we created a culture of striving to win all our matches." Le Roux said the Madibaz always felt the league would come down to the final clash between themselves and Londt Park, but that did not make it "any less nerve-wracking". "There was a lot of tension going into the final match and it was very close, with the matches at numbers four and five both going to five games." In those encounters, Forbes held his nerve against the experienced Quintin Masters and NMMU's Johan Thiel survived a strong fightback from Tyler Whitby to take a crucial victory. After Brendan Bassett (NMMU) had beaten Graham Hall in the first match of the evening, Thiel's triumph meant the varsity team had taken an unassailable lead in the best-of-five encounter. In the remaining matches, Greyling defeated Warren Watermeyer 3-1, while Rudi van Niekerk registered Londt Park's only win when he beat Le Roux. "We were very keen to win it again and worked hard to prepare ourselves for the league," said Le Roux. "Often we trained in smaller groups because of . . .
(Pretoria) – Grade 10 pupils from three of Pretoria’s historically disadvantaged high schools have relived the age of dinosaurs thanks to the interactive DinosAlive Exhibition at Forest Hill City shopping centre in Centurion. One hundred sponsored life sciences pupils from Seshegong, Olievenhoutbosch and Steve Tshwete secondary schools were among the thousands of visitors getting up close to the prehistoric creatures during the five-week expo which wraps April 17. Forest Hill City general manager Annah Moremela said the centre management team enjoyed hosting the eye-opening exhibition, which featured 25 animatronic dinosaurs that blink, move their limbs and emit lifelike sounds. The moving models include the well-known Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops as well as lesser-known species such as Spinosaurus and Ankylosaurus. “For us as a mall, it perfectly captures our twin objectives of providing great family entertainment and supporting education in our community.” Moremela said the Grade 10 pupils had been specifically selected, as the history of the earth formed a core component of the life sciences syllabus. “For pupils at under-resourced schools, the expo makes learning come alive in a fun, real and interactive way, and there will be special info boards to explain concepts like the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. “Every info board contains a QR code linked to a We Chat application – scanning the code provides access to audio files with more info on each dinosaur.” A fossil display from the University of the Witwatersrand and a 20-minute movie about dinosaurs roaming the American national parks completed the educational experience, she said. “But aside from that, it’s an amazing adventure for the whole family – and a great way to spend the day during the school holidays.” Younger members of the family could look forward to “meeting” a baby dino, riding on a T.Rex’s back and having their faces painted like their favourite . . .
Always wanted a good reason to visit Epping? Now you have one: The highly anticipated Weylandts warehouse sale place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March. With up to 50% off selected furniture and homeware, you’ll want to get there early and be ready for some serious bargain hunting. This warehouse sale that happens once a year is full of bargains. If you’re looking to upgrade your living room or bedroom furniture, or even your patio, now’s the time to do so. This is a sale you won’t want to miss out on – get there early to claim your coveted pieces. The sale takes place at 3 Christian Avenue, Epping and doors open at 9am. It’s going to be epic in Epping! Details: Date: Friday 24th March 2017 (9 –5pm) Saturday 25th March 2017 (9 – 4pm) Address: Cape Town – 3 Christian Avenue, Epping 2 Browse: https://www.weylandts.co.za/epic-in-epping/ Website: weylandts.co.za Facebook: facebook.com/weylandts Instagram: @weylandtshome CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(East London) – More than 500 of East London’s poorest pupils in Duncan Village have received a boost in the form of new school shoes. The campaign is the culmination of a R200,000 national rollout by major malls in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape owned by South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, Rebosis Property Fund. Earlier in March, the Rebosis-owned Hemingways Mall, in partnership with celebrated local NGO, Sakhisizwe, handed out 532 pairs of new school shoes to five schools in the Duncan Village area. These were Nontutuzelo, Makinana, Nompumelelo, Lujiza and Masakhe primary schools. “We are honoured to be making a difference to our underprivileged pupils by gifting them with a sense of self-confidence and belonging as they walk the road to an education. The young pupils of East London are our city’s future,” said Hemingways Mall general manager Reinette van Tonder. Instilling pride among pupils would help them to succeed in often-difficult circumstances, she added. According to Rebosis group marketing manager Deborah Bailey, providing school shoes was a tangible and practical solution, giving relief to the children – many of whom cannot afford public transport and are forced to walk long distances each day. “As part of our social and ethical mandate, Rebosis Property Fund has recognised an overwhelming need to contribute positively to communities surrounding its shopping centres,” said Bailey. She said each of Rebosis’s four major malls – Forest Hill City in Centurion, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, and Hemingways Mall and Mdantsane City in East London – had carefully selected their beneficiary schools according to need within their respective communities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Can you solve the mystery and escape in time? The only way to find out is to knock on one of Clue Rooms’ doors from 3 April – 25 June and experience 60min of exhilaration and mystery! Based on a very popular phenomenon, Clue Room is a fun mystery escape game, designed for groups between 4-6 people. Choose between entering the hospital or living room to discover the secrets that lie behind the scenes presented before you. Hear the door shut, the key turning, your heart rate increasing, you’re locked in and need to find the clues to get out in time. Do YOU have what it takes to escape? “Clue Room” something new and exciting, be the first to host a birthday in one of these extreme scenarios. Make your booking at Computicket to ensure you don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime! Times: Monday 3rd April: 14:00; 16:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Remaining Mondays: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 14:00; 16:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Saturday & Sunday: 10:00; 12:00; 14:00 & 16:00 Price: R80 per person Amount of players: 4 min – 6 max Game Duration: 1 hour Find the clues – escape in time! For more information, please visit www.tygervalley.co.za or join our Facebook fan page! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(Pretoria) – A sluggish economy has not deterred Centurion residents from shopping up a storm at Forest Hill City ahead of the Easter holidays, with 40 shoppers collectively winning R100,000 in the process. This is thanks to a pre-Easter R100,000 Spend & Win campaign launched recently by the Centurion shopping destination in a bid to excite shoppers ahead of the holidays. "We wanted to do something really big and exciting for Centurion shoppers, and nothing excites more than cash – especially at this time of year," said Rebosis Property Fund group marketing manager Deborah Bailey. Rebosis, South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, owns Forest Hill City. "We have very loyal patrons, which is why we wanted to run a campaign which gave back to them and said 'thank you' for shopping with us." The campaign runs over 10 weeks, with the four winners picked weekly each netting their share of a R100,000 total prize money pool. Over the duration of the campaign, 40 winners will be chosen, each winning R2,500. The competition forms the basis of a major marketing drive by the centre to create brand awareness. To be eligible for the weekly draws, shoppers must spend R250 or more at any shop, fast food outlet or restaurant in Forest Hill City. The final draw takes place on April 27. Prizes are awarded in the form of Forest Hill City gift cards. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Most people work hard for their money, putting it to work so that they can secure a decent future for themselves. But now the Financial Services Board (FSB) is warning South Africans that they should be particularly careful when investing in funeral policies. There are irregularities within the industry. Unfortunately when these irregularities are brought to the attention of policyholders, it is already too late and their money is never refunded. At the moment the only way to stamp out funeral policy corruption and the host of illegal practices involved with it, to adopt a ‘prevention is better than cure’ attitude. In South Africa, there are several companies under investigation, but there are likely to be others who are providing fraudulent funeral cover. Some of these, among others, are Phela Ke Phele in the North West province, Zarra Funeral Home in Limpopo, Lisakhanya Prepaid Funeral in the Eastern Cape, Noah Funerals in the Eastern Cape, Blue Rain Funeral Services in Limpopo and Olitsoe Funeral Services in Gauteng. Make Doubly Sure the Funeral Company is Registered The secret to avoiding falling for these kinds of scamsters hook, line and sinker, according to Jacky Huma of Micro Insurance Supervision department is to ask for an FSP registration certificate from the provider. This Financial Services Provider certificate should be current and valid too. Where there is any uncertainty, you can call the FSB on 012 428 8000 or 0800 20 20 87 for assistance or visit their website. You want to make absolutely sure that the company is indeed registered so that they can provide the particular services you want. Don’t make the mistake of buying funeral cover from someone who appears to be registered to sell only retirement products but they end up selling you funeral products. Get every Query Answered When you’re investing your hard-earned money, you have every right to ask as many questions as you want. Licensed providers have an . . .