Johannesburg, South Africa, 23 March, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of more than 150 new lines of flush-mount pushbuttons from the Harmony XB5F range from Schneider Electric. Designed for control panels and targeting panel builders, machine builders and maintenance engineers, the new plastic range features a modernised design with no compromise on performance. Aimed at a wide selection of industrial applications including use in the chemical industry, food and beverage production, packaging industry, automotive industry and building automation, Schneider Electric has focused on the robustness of the new XB5F range. The range has particularly been designed to meet the performance requirements of machines and electrical control panels in harsh environments and is compliant to IEC and UL international standards. Featuring IP ratings of IP66, IP67, IP69 and IP69K, and extended temperature ranges from –40 to +70°C, the range has also seen improved mechanical endurance and shock resistance characteristics. As well as offering increased performance across the Harmony range, the latest devices also include an evolution in aesthetics with a redesign that offers a more modern look and feel. The XB5F range is available in a plastic body version and comes in a vibrant colour palette, including new blue and green caps for non-illuminated functions, to deliver a highly contemporary appearance to machine control interfaces. The products are robust and offer a pleasant touch for operators, and enhancing the perceived quality of machines and panels without significantly increasing costs. In addition to the XB5F range, Schneider Electric has also introduced a new series of illuminated buzzers, which target deployment in operator alarm systems and have been designed for mounting on a control panel in a standard 22mm panel cut out. The new IP69-rated XB5K range . . .
Local agency Grey Advertising’s DULUX ‘Weatherguard’ TVC was recently listed as one of Kantar Millward Brown's Best Liked Ads for the fourth and final quarter of 2017. The Dulux Weatherguard TVC uses a bit of local humour to highlight the durability and quality of the ‘world’s most-loved paint brand’. The ad features a modern South African family and comically depicts a curious little girl whose question prompts her proactive father to paint his mother’s house. The question directed to the father is “why does granny’s house have wrinkles?” The result is a flawlessly painted house met with approval from her grandmother. “We’re proud to have come this far with the Dulux commercial,” said Fran Luckin, Grey Advertising’s Chief Creative Officer (CCO). “We used Dulux’s Maxiflex technology which enables the paint to ‘stretch’ over tiny imperfections, giving exterior walls added protection to South Africa’s harsh climate. By comparing cracks in the wall to wrinkles, we allowed for the technical product benefits to shine through in a more emotive way. And that’s what resonates with people,” she said. The top 10 ads are rated by the South African audience whom Kantar Millward Brown believes to be the most important critic – as they ultimately choose whether to buy your brand or not. The ad can be seen here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RPDhCHbCt6Y Kantar Millward Brown is a leading global research agency specialising in advertising effectiveness, strategic communication, media and brand equity research. Dulux is a global leading brand of premium quality paint, and the guiding principles for any Dulux product are to ensure they consistently live up to the Dulux reputation for verifiable, total product performance that is both recognised and expected by customers. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
This week’s episode of The Matt Brown Show was live from Kwa-Lichaba in Vilakazi Street. The guest on the show was entrepreneur Max Lichaba, CEO of the Lichaba Group. Lichaba invited 50 underprivileged matric and university students to discuss the intricacies of starting a business. With years of entrepreneurial experience, Lichaba discussed his own personal journey and offered insights and motivation to everyone in attendance. His story is truly inspiring coming from a small mining town in the Free state and built a R120 million empire from nothing. Matt Brown, the host and creator of The Matt Brown Show, and Lichaba share an entrepreneurial philosophy – Their goal is to create a groundswell amongst the youth, creating the next generation of young entrepreneurs who will, in turn, be an asset to the South African economy. Thus, ongoing discussions like these with young people are paramount. This event comes off the back of The Matt Brown Show celebrating a pinnacle milestone of 100 episodes. Brown has interviewed over 100 entrepreneurs on his show so far trying to find commonalities, lessons and insights of what makes them a success; and in turn sharing these with his audience. The golden thread emerging from the interviews was the fact that successful entrepreneurs wanted to make a contribution to society, to something beyond themselves. Similarly, for Brown, providing something of value to entrepreneurs is why he does what he does. He would deem his efforts successful if he helped just one person on their journey. Lichaba shared similar sentiments and thrives on sharing information with existing and budding entrepreneurs in a quest to help them. His own entrepreneurial spirit shone through as a young man already selling fruit and vegetables in his home town. At school, he realised that he liked working with his hands and his core passion for fixing cars developed. Having a penchant for working with his hands, his entrepreneurial instinct led him to . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – AFTER three years of hard work, the R53-million revamp of Port Elizabeth’s Betheldorp Police Station has wrapped, heralding a new era in user-friendly, community-orientated crime control for residents. In a bid to provide a more compassionate, public-oriented service, the new facility now not only features a mandatory charge office and holding cells, but also offers a far greater element of privacy to victims of crime. “We feel the SAPS deserves credit for their visionary role in this project,” said Greta Teltschik, an architect with SVA International, the firm tasked with making the vision a reality. The firm officially handed over the station earlier this month. “It has certainly been a challenging transition, due the police station being operational while renovations were carried out. The project had to remain as fluid as possible, while still fulfilling its role as a servant to the community.” While working in an operational facility had thrown a number of challenges at architects, there were also a number of highlights, said Teltschik. “For me, the biggest achievement was the establishment of an autonomous centre which serves the sole purpose of helping victims of crime,” she said. “In the police station’s previous life, victims were forced to wait in a single room, regardless of the crime committed against them – or their age.” Part of this new wing is dedicated completely to children, who now have a colourful waiting room in which to play while waiting for assistance. Another highlight of the project is the fact the police station has completely changed the way it operates, she said. “It’s more of a community centre now,” said Teltschik. “The charge office is more user-friendly, with a dedicated area for the public to make statements, get documents certified and make general enquiries.” Bethelsdorp station commander Brigadier Zolani Xawuka said the revamp allowed the police station to operate far more effectively . . .
In his last year at varsity, Namibian rugby international Wian Conradie is determined to go out on a high as the Varsity Cup tournament enters its closing stages next week. The 23-year-old No 8, who is completing a B Tech in quantity surveying this year, was named the Player that Rocks in UJ's 30-30 draw with UP-Tuks after scoring a try and excelling in general play. However, his attention is now on the team's final league match against University of Cape Town, which will be a straight shootout between the sides for a spot in the semifinals. After failing to close out UP-Tuks when they led 20-7 at halftime, UJ have 23 points with one game to play. UCT are just three points behind them, so whoever wins on Monday should end up in the top four. Conradie, who played for Namibia in the 2015 World Cup, said he was enjoying his rugby at UJ. "This is my final year so it's a make or break game on Monday [in Johannesburg] and I am really keen to go out on a high," he said. "We know UCT will be up for the challenge, which is turning out to be a ‘quarterfinal', but we are really motivated to win that one and to get through." He said he was happy to get the recognition as the Player that Rocks. "I enjoyed Monday's game, which was quite physical. It's always a big derby against Tuks and it's quite testing to play them away from home. "Things went our way for most of the game, but we let it slip in the last 10 minutes." Having grown up in Windhoek, where he attended Windhoek High, Conradie said he would be focused on making the Namibian side once the Varsity Cup was completed. "Playing in the 2015 World Cup [in England and Wales] was a massive highlight in my career and now we are looking at the 2019 tournament in Japan. "Namibia have to go through a qualifying tournament in June and if we make it through there, hopefully I can make the team to play in the next World Cup." Conradie, who stays on campus at UJ, said he was committed to Namibian . . .
PRETORIA, GAUTENG – Despite the wet and muddy conditions, Race #3 of the 2018 Toyota WARRIOR Series, powered by Reebok, attracted thousands of enthusiastic athletes and their keen supporters to Tierpoort Adventure Farm just outside of Pretoria. This hugely popular obstacle course racing (OCR) series is designed for adventure seekers from all walks of life, and, with no barrier to entry, makes obstacle course racing (OCR) accessible to anyone with a pair of trainers, t-shirt and shorts. With three categories on offer, Rookie, Commando, and Black Ops, the Toyota WARRIOR races have something for everyone who wish to have fun and challenge themselves across world-class obstacles. The main event of the day was Black Ops Elite. This tough course incorporates 35 obstacles over roughly 15 kilometres of trail. Course designer, Jono Hart, says, “The WARRIOR course at Tierpoort offers a good balance for the Elite athletes. The hilly and technical terrain benefits trail runners, while the introduction of six new obstacles and the familiar, age-old obstacles favour those who prefer the physical challenges.” In the men’s elite race, the “Truck and Trailer” tyre pull and the aptly named “Breaking Point” proved to be the deciding obstacles, with Race #1 winner, Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team SA), powering through from 5th place and 7 minutes behind the leading pair of Race #2 winner, Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama), and Armin Botha, to take the win. Van Tonder finished in 01: 37:07, two minutes ahead of second-place finisher, Bradley Claase (Battle Rush) and Greg Avierninos (KeyHealth Team Nevarest) in third. Said van Tonder, “One of the biggest mental games I have ever had to play. I had my faith properly tested today. I was so happy to stand on the top step of the podium today. Having been in 5th place and 7 minutes off the lead halfway through the race, and then coming back to take the win was an unreal feeling.” In the women’s elite race, Race #1 winner and . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 22 March 2018, Servest are in the process of testing new battery operated landscaping equipment. These include leaf blowers, brush cutters, hedgers, trimmers and pruners, which are all battery operated. “Servest Landscaping and Turf are on par with international best practices in improving productivity, sustainability, and the assurance of aligning business practices to that of international standards”, says, Andre Ferreira, Sales and Marketing Director at Servest. The client, where Servest are currently testing this equipment, is amazed with the low noise levels of the blowers. This was tested outside the boardroom where a meeting was in progress without the participants even knowing that garden machinery was in use. According to an article in BizCommunity, ‘noise is a natural consequence of whatever we do. It forms part of our everyday lives and, we often just tolerate it. Nevertheless, noise has the capacity to cause conflict between those who are generating it and those who are victims of it. However, noise nuisance is a totally different animal and includes operating machinery, or power tools that cause a noise nuisance, among other things’. According to the case of Laskey and Another v Showzone CC and Others (5988/06)  ZAWCHC 50;  4 All SA 1162 (C) (30 October 2006) there are two different kinds of noise, namely, disturbing noise and noise nuisance. A disturbing noise is objective and is defined as a scientifically measurable noise level, and generally compared to the existing ambient noise level. A noise nuisance is a subjective measure, and is defined as any noise that disturbs or impairs, or may disturb or impair the convenience or peace of any person’. [parts of excerpts extracted from https://goo.gl/YbtHVB], Ferreira adds that “the benefits of the battery operated machines include low noise levels, no fuel costs, maintenance costs and long term cost savings. We believe these factors are a value-added . . .
Top Franschhoek chefs team up for StreetSmart fundraiser - Foliage Restaurant, Franschhoek, Monday, 7 May 2018 Three top Franschhoek chefs are putting on their super hero aprons in aid of the region’s most vulnerable children at a fabulous StreetSmart luncheon on Monday, 7 May 2018. Chefs Chris Erasmus, Darren Badenhorst and Neil Jewel are joining forces for this not-to-be-missed 3-course fund-raiser at Foliage Restaurant. StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the social integration and upliftment of street children, will utilise the proceeds in support of affiliated NGO’s working with children in Franschhoek. Chef-proprietor of Foliage, Chris Erasmus enjoys wide acclaim for his unique cooking style from home-grown vegetables and foraged wild ingredients. Darren Badenhorst, chef de cuisine and owner of Le Coin Français, creates “art on a plate” that leads guests through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations inspired by nostalgic food memories. Head chef at Bread & Wine on Môreson Farm for the past 18 years, Neil Jewel is famous for his masterly crafted charcuterie and delicious, uncomplicated food. Tickets for the StreetSmart luncheon are available at R595 per person online at www.foliage.co.za, or contact Lee-Ann at the restaurant on Tel: 021 876 2328 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The price includes wine pairings, but excludes other beverages and a service charge. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Port Alfred, 22 March 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today that there will be no stop-and-go sections on the R72 – Port Alfred and Great Fish River during the Easter weekend. Work on the rural section is in progress with the completion of new storm water culverts and the construction of the seaward side of the R72 from Port Alfred to the Fish River the most prominent. Ancillary work like the concrete side drains and other minor storm water structures has started. “This upgrade includes the construction of two 3.7m driving lanes, with auxiliary (climbing) lanes, and a surfaced shoulder on both sides of the new road. The new geometric design of the road has made the upgraded road safer for motorists” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. Current roadworks in Port Alfred’s urban area include widening climbing lanes, constructing new kerbs and walkways. The construction of intersections is also currently underway and only two intersections will be constructed at any time, weather permitting. The intersections will be closed to traffic for the duration of the construction. The completed works will include climbing lanes to ease slow moving traffic, an underground storm water system, sidewalks, kerbing, traffic lights and street lights. “Activities in the urban area of Port Alfred will start to increase. The contractor is planning to start with a 24-hour stop and go asphalting of sections in the period after the Easter weekend. The old surface will be removed and replaced with a new bitumen treated base layer, followed with an asphalt layer,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. “Residents of Port Alfred and motorists are requested to be patient and obey road signs, observe speed restrictions and other safety measures while construction takes place in town,” Peterson concluded. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Alexander Road seized their opportunity midway through the match to be crowned champions in the PE Central edition of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge at Westering in Port Elizabeth yesterday. After defeating last year's champions Woodridge in the semifinals, Alexander Road came up against 2016 winners Collegiate and ended up winning 1-0 in a tense battle. Although the Collegiate girls dominated territorially, they could find no way through the determined Alex defence. The match ended with a final onslaught by Collegiate, with two penalty corners in quick succession, but, as had been the case for the full 20 minutes, the Alexans stood firm. The new champions showed how dangerous they can be in this shortened format by taking their chance in one of their forays into the Collegiate circle, with Alexandra Schenk pouncing to net the winner. In the cross-pool play-offs, Alexander Road shaded Woodridge 1-0 in the eight-second penalty shootout, while Collegiate also went to penalties against Pearson, winning 2-1. After ending third in the inaugural tournament in 2016 and second last year, coach Kyle Schimper said they were delighted to finally finish in first place, qualifying for the provincial finals in August. "After our performances in the last two years, there was the hope that we could go all the way this time," he said. "But in this sort of format you never know just how it is going to end." What made their victory even more special, he said, was the announcement by SPAR that Alexander Road would host next year's PE Central tournament. Schimper said the style of their play was suited to the format. "We definitely try to push the attacking sort of game and the shorter format does perhaps help us a bit. "It was a bit of a fortunate goal if I can put it that way, but that's the nature of the game - the team who take their opportunity can win and if you don't it can be a difficult way to lose." He felt the concept . . .