London, May 20, 2019 -- CBRE Data Centre Solutions, the world’s leading integrated data centre operations service provider, announced today its commitment to further enhance the certification credentials of its technical workforce globally. Through a strategic alliance with industry-leading technical education company, CNet Training, the two firms will deliver a comprehensive training and development programme that requires each data centre technician to achieve the highly respected Certified Data Centre Technician Professional (CDCTP®) certification. The new alliance builds off a long-standing relationship between the two companies. CBRE and CNet currently co-deliver several technical knowledge systems and assessments to manage risk and ensure uptime at CBRE-managed facilities, including the Competency and Confidence Assessment Modelling (CCAM®) Tool. Martin Murphy, Chief Operating Officer, CBRE Data Centre Solutions said, “We tremendously value the work that our data centre technicians and broader technical teams undertake, and we want to ensure that they are recognised as the most skilled and knowledgeable in the world. The CDCTP® certification will certainly enhance our teams’ talent, while at the same time deliver on our risk management priorities and drive superior outcomes for our clients.” Andrew Stevens, President and CEO at CNet Training said, “This is another industry first and we are delighted to be part of such a huge global commitment to education and professional development with CBRE. The company already has an exceptional global team and a solid reputation for nurturing and progressing staff, and this has raised the bar even further. I believe no other organisation has committed to demonstrating that their data centre technicians are the best in the world by proving it with 100% CDCTP® certification. This forward-thinking approach will ensure that CBRE will continue to lead the way in data centre management and operational excellence and . . .
The 2019’s Mr, Miss and Miss Junior uShaka Marine World and Mr and Miss uShaka Kids World competition is now open for manual entries! You have until Friday, May 31st to register manually if you think you have what it takes to win these much sought after titles when these two exciting annual pageants take place later this year! The finale event will be on Saturday, October 5th for the Mr & Miss uShaka Kids World which is open for the little ones between the ages of 6-8 years old. For the Mr, Miss and Miss Junior uShaka Marine World gala event, taking place on Saturday, October 12th, the age group for entrants is as follows, for young ladies aged between 13 and 16 can enter the Miss Junior uShaka Marine World and for the older ladies and gentlemen (girls and guys) who are between the ages of 17-27 years old can enter the Mr and Miss uShaka Marine World competition. One can enter online or complete the entry form and submit together with two (2) recent A4 good quality colour photographs (one face and one full body) together with a valid entry form and required documents (ID and parents ID for under 18’s) by close of business on Friday, May 31st. Please note the terms & conditions! (The full T’s & C’s are available on uShaka’s website Supported by Ola, this year’s pageant offers prizes and cash ( prizes to be announced soon) for the Mr, Miss and Miss Junior uShaka Marine World and Mr & Miss uShaka Kids World. The winners will also be included in uShaka Marine World’s advertising campaigns and invited to selected events for the year of their reign. Those contestants who are successfully picked from the photo selections will then be invited and notified to go through to the uShaka Marine World regional selections on the dates listed below, hosted at various venues around KZN which will be announced shortly. Entries can also be found online for those little ones entering the Mr and Miss uShaka Kids World. These entry forms are to be . . .
Syntech has been appointed as the exclusive South African distributor of two international consumer brands; TaoTronics and RAVPower. Both brands are owned by global electronics enterprise Sunvalley Group. Syntech is the latest addition to the global distribution network that facilitates millions of TaoTronics and RAVPower products reaching satisfied customers every week. “Sunvalley Group has more than 300 Patents and 200 R&D engineers, enabling Taotronics to deliver a superior quality product at unbelievable pricing. RAVPower adds to our current range of portable power solutions with their highly innovative features like solar charging, 220v output and Type-C Notebook charging. TaoTronics and RAVPower have over 30 million happy customers around the world, so we’re very proud to be bringing these two hugely successful brands to Southern Africa.” says Craig Nowitz, Managing Director of Syntech. TaoTronics is a leading consumer electronics brand specialising in small electronics and accessories. The brand was founded in 2008 and is dedicated to providing superior-quality, reasonably priced electronic products that improve the lives of customers. TaoTronics boasts an incredibly successful range of audio equipment and best-selling LED lamps, which offers customers an unparalleled and truly unique experience. The brand focuses on the latest innovations and strives to ensure that each product delivered to customers is feature rich, is of the highest quality, and will give you the biggest bang for your buck. RAVPower, on the other hand, is a brand well known for its diverse product offering that includes power banks, solar chargers, car chargers and wall chargers. In recent years RAVPower has become a leading brand in the realm of charging accessories. The brand continues to provide innovative charging options paired with thoughtful design, reliability, and most importantly, usability, to customers all around the world. RAVPower products are made of . . .
Queenstown Girls' High School (GHS) ended a run of success by Kingsridge in the East London Inland leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge to win the title for the first time in King William's Town on Sunday. Tournament director Bev Forword said they had another wonderful day, which was hosted by Kingsridge. "They went all out to make it a success and teams travelled from Aliwal North, Burgersdorp and Queenstown for the fourth edition," she said. "The final was a repeat of last year's match between Kingsridge and GHS and it was a tough encounter in conditions of 30C." She added that the game went down to a penalty shootout after a goalless draw at the end of 20 minutes. "The teams were level after the first round and it went to sudden-death, with GHS taking the honours." Kingsridge had won the previous three editions of the regional tournament. GHS team manager Nicolette Stone said they were delighted to win the title for the first time since its inception. "The girls look forward to this tournament every year," she added. "It is fiercely contested and the girls appreciate the chance to measure their skills against other schools. "The positive atmosphere and vibe are always infectious and the day is thoroughly enjoyed by the girls, coaches and parents. "The prizes are very generous and Caryn Goodman is most grateful for the Fain hockey stick which she was fortunate to win in a lucky draw." In the PE Central leg at Alexander Road in Port Elizabeth, Woodridge withstood plenty of pressure to defeat Collegiate 1-0 in a thrilling final. In doing so, the Thornhill school regained the title they won in 2017 and will represent the region in the provincial finals to be played at Collegiate in PE on July 27 and 28. Collegiate, who were the inaugural provincial champions in 2016, made sure there was no easy route to victory for Woodridge. They piled on the pressure by forcing four penalty corners in the 20-minute . . .
Woodridge withstood plenty of pressure to defeat Collegiate 1-0 in a thrilling finish to the PE Central leg of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge at Alexander Road in Port Elizabeth on Sunday. In doing so, the Thornhill school regained the title they won in 2017 and will represent the region in the provincial finals to be played at Collegiate in PE on July 27 and 28. Collegiate, who were the inaugural provincial champions in 2016, made sure there was no easy route to victory for Woodridge. They piled on the pressure by forcing four penalty corners in the 20-minute match, but the opposing defence stood firm each time. Woodridge, on the other hand, were able to convert their only penalty corner after some interplay inside the circle. The goal came with three minutes left and they worked hard for the remaining time to keep Collegiate at bay. Winning captain Edith Molikoe was delighted with the result, but paid tribute to Collegiate's efforts. "We came into the game knowing it was going to be a tough match," she said. "It was all about the mentality in the end because your bodies get tired and you really have to put your mind to it and just push through. "It's a dream to win the SPAR Challenge for the second time and I was really excited when we managed to get the goal." She added that the annual tournament played a big part in their hockey programme. "Obviously we have our league programme, but this is different because it's 20 minutes of intense hockey against friends you have made. "It brings people together and you always get to meet more players and make new friends. It's all about having fun within the hockey family. "We are now looking forward to the provincial finals to play against the other regional winners. That is a hard weekend, but it all helps to improve schoolgirls hockey." In King William's Town, Queenstown Girls' High (GHS) ended a run of success by Kingsridge in the East London Inland leg to win the . . .
A Shatterprufe supplier transforms workers’ lives A bold BEE deal gives 51% ownership to employees and becomes a successful model for the transforming automotive industry The National Association of Automotive Component and Allied Manufacturers (NAACAM) and its member organisations are strong proponents of localisation, transformation and supplier development within the South African automotive industry. For this reason, NAACAM member Shatterprufe initiated a conversation with its crate supplier TC Woodworks about raising the latter’s B-BBEE rating by relooking its ownership structure. The outcome of these discussions is unlocking opportunities for the company and significantly benefiting its employees – while providing an example for other local automotive industry suppliers to follow. TC Woodworks, Shatterprufe’s largest supplier of crates for exporting auto glass and pallets, took the bold decision to award 51% ownership to its staff. By doing so, the Port Elizabeth company has raised its B-BBEE status to Level two. TC Woodworks co-owners Andre van Heerden and Colin Salter explain the organisation’s transformation process, and why they rejected the “quick change” and increased overheads of bringing in a black partner. “Instead of handing over shares to some person who didn’t know the first thing about woodwork, we decided to give them to our workers,” Salter says. As part of its employee empowerment strategy, TC Woodworks transitioned from a CC to Pty Ltd, and both an investment company and workers’ trust were formed. The investment company is headed by coloured female and black male directors, while the trust consists of 31 employees, all with a minimum of five years at the company. Profit is split between the two bodies in the form of dividends, with dividends increasing incrementally for every five years an employee has spent at the company. This has had special significance for Jeremy Smith, a TC Woodworks employee for 20 years. The change . . .
Phumla and Songezo Nayo are a testament to hard work paying off. The married couple, who entered the fuel industry, with no prior experience were committed and absolutely determined to make their new business work. Today the Nayo’s are the proud owners of not one, but two Engen petrol stations, with their eye on future growth. They first opened Engen Vredehoek Service Station in Oranjezicht in 2011 and in 2015 they opened Engen Eastlake Convenience Centre in Muizenberg. “Owning two Engen service stations gave us, as a black family, an opportunity to contemplate creating intergenerational wealth, something that is still elusive for Black South Africans,” says Phumla With a BAdmin (Hons) in Industrial Psychology and having worked for a number of years as a human resources specialist and independent consultant at some of South Africa’s top corporate companies, Phumla’s HR background has played an important role in building her team of employees and ensuring that her customers get great service. “I am passionate about people development, empowerment and service excellence,” she says. The couple’s cross-section of skills complement each other. Songezo has an MBA from UCT and strong management skills, having gained solid business experience as the previous MD of SA Rugby and having run his own sports management business. “Our first break came when Engen gave us an opportunity to be caretakers of Engen Vredehoek, which was a good platform for us to gain industry experience. Breaking into the industry was initially tough as we had to overcome perceptions of black run businesses, which meant having to prove ourselves over and over again,” says Songezo. Today, success for the couple is having had the opportunity to create jobs at their service stations and invest in the development and empowerment of their employees. “We work very well together because we have mutual goals and interests. We implicitly trust each other’s skills and each one allows the . . .
The Labia and Roodeberg roll out the red carpet for 70th anniversary The Labia, Cape Town’s cherished independent cinema, celebrated its 70th anniversary with the first international screening of Rocketman, just three days after the film on the life and times of Elton John, was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Roodeberg, the legendary red wine which also turns 70 this year, joined in the celebrations. The debut screening of the film named after the famous 1972 song, Rocketman, took loyal patrons by complete surprise on Sunday, 19 May. The film is only scheduled to open in the UK on 22 May and the USA on 31 May. The 70th anniversary celebrations will continue later this year with a Festival of Labia Highlights. Roodeberg also has big plans with new celebratory packaging and the launch of a special limited release, commemorative wine. The Labia was opened officially as a theatre for stage performances on 19 May 1949 and enjoyed a checkered period as a mixed venue for live theatre and the screening of films on the alternative circuit. When current owners Ludi and Ann Kraus took over on 1 September 1989, the Labia was somewhat dilapidated with only one screen. Not unlike the little boy in the Italian classic, Cinema Paradiso, Ludi’s first encounter with the cinema was at the age of nine in his father’s movie theatre in Windhoek. Many years later he literally swapped professions overnight from being a lawyer to a cinema owner, and has been part and parcel of the Labia ever since. Today he continues to offer loyal movie goers cinema magic of the classic old fashioned kind at an affordable price: “The magic of hearing the lion roar from Screen 1, cannot be under estimated – we’re still bringing out the old and fixing the in-between.” As the city’s original and last surviving independent movie theatre after the costly transition from reel to reel projectors to digital took its toll, the Labia stands proud as the bastion of alternative cinema . . .
South Africa’s most supportive art and design competition, the PPC Imaginarium Awards, will exhibit the work of its Western Cape Winners and Finalists at the Association for Visual Arts (AVA) Gallery in Cape Town from 6-26 June 2019. The exhibition will open from 18h00 on Thursday the 6th of June and will form part of the popular First Thursdays circuit in the inner city. Visitors to the exhibition are encouraged to engage with the diverse range of art and design works from the competition’s various entry categories, namely, Fashion, Sculpture, Industrial Design, Jewellery, Film and Architecture. Entries into the PPC Imaginarium Awards must aim to express innovation through the medium of concrete. Although there were no Film or Architecture Finalists from the Western Cape, on the whole, the region fared well in the competition, with 14 out of 67 national Finalists hailing from the Cape, from which four Winners were selected. Notably, Cheryl Traub Adler received the runner-up award in the Fashion category for a conceptual garment titled My Mother’s Dress; Joani Groenewald was the runner-up in the Jewellery category for a ring called Keree 3; Jon-Peer Bouwer was the runner-up in the Industrial Design category for his Lime Light pendant; and Jomar Dreyer was the national winner of the Industrial Design category for his gravity-defying and fully operational Vertical Concrete Record Player. The AVA exhibition will include all the works of the Western Cape Finalists and the pieces will be available for sale from the gallery. The participating artists and designers include Bronte McDonald, Dean Louw, Ingrid and Ryan Roberts, Lene Swartz, Lianne Tyler, Petra Thorsen, Tangeni Kambudu, Tendai Gava and Thunk Design. Since launching in South Africa six years ago in 2014, the PPC Imaginarium Awards has highlighted top emerging talent. The prestigious competition extended its reach from South Africa to Zimbabwe in 2018 and ran its second PPC Imaginarium Awards in . . .
Trust is at the core of all positive human relationships. This is according to Cindy Glass, Owner and Co-Founder of Step Up Education Centres. She says, “Trust, when nurtured and honoured within a family system can lead to happier, more fulfilling experiences, greatly reducing stress and anxiety., Mistrust, on the other hand, inevitably leads to hurt, tension and misery. Many believe that trust can be something one demands of another: ‘You must trust me!’ Research, however, has shown that trust is earned, in small gestures and in moments in time.” International speaker, Brene’ Brown says that actions demonstrating trustworthiness are likened to marbles. Every time one demonstrates or actions a trust behaviour, you can put a marble in a jar. However, when a behavior demonstrating mistrust occurs, you can remove a whole handful of those marbles and it will take a lot of hard work to replace the marbles of trust again. Trust is earned. It cannot be demanded of anyone. Parents want their children to trust them and children want the same of their parents. Cindy explains that it is up to parents to make the first move in modelling the behaviours that create relationships of trust within the family. Nurturing trust requires action. Cindy gives 5 actionable behaviours that you can implement to help create and nurture trust within your families: Learn to listen to understand: There is a difference between hearing and listening. Listening entails eye contact and a genuine, sincere interest in what the other person is saying. Strive for non-judgemental parenting: Children who hide their challenges and negative behavioural choices (creating a sense of mistrust) most often do this because they are fearful of their parent’s reactions! Keep the lines of communication open by assuring your children that you do, indeed, have their back. Seek positive solutions to challenges together. This does not mean that you must overlook or justify behaviours. It simply means . . .