(South Africa, March 2018) If you’ve ever fantasized about unleashing your inner Muhammad Ali, now’s your chance. On 1 March, Virgin Active is launching Rumble, a boxing?inspired group training session that offers a full?body workout and a chance to release some tension. The class, which was developed by national kickboxing coach and undefeated former SA Professional Bantam & Featherweight Kickboxing Champ Josh Cassius Cloete, enables members to train like boxers without taking any contact. It consists of a 60?minute workout over nine rounds of skipping, jabbing and punching that will blast away 700 calories. Over the past year, boxing has sky?rocketed in popularity around the world as a form of exercise even models like Gigi Hadid and Adriana Lima have been putting their gloves on – and National Product Development Manager at Virgin Active South Africa, Ceri Hannan, describes Rumble as “a really exciting addition to our group training programme as it combines fastpaced fitness, upbeat music and tension busting movements to decrease stress and improve your mood.” Rumble will be available at 74 Virgin Active health clubs across the country. • Find your closest Rumble class here: www.virginactive.co.za • For media requests: contact Lisa Fortuin firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
With a string of long weekends and school term breaks fast approaching, many families are contemplating if a last-minute road trip would make for a memorable Easter journey. With Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) broad-ranging activities, with most establishments catering for both an easy drive from major cities, but also for a slightly longer haul on routes, the collection makes for epic road trips and memorable family holidays. CCR is a collection of owner-managed accommodation and activity establishments located along South Africa’s popular road travel routes. While remaining water conscious during the dry year, the group - all water-sufficient due to strategic, pro-active saving methods - continues to offer individuals and families character-rich city escapes that benchmark great holidays. CCR encourages travellers looking for Easter holiday travelling ideas to discover the Western and Eastern Cape’s best gems. For a relaxing break from daily routines, and something to get the kids rearing to go, opt for a quick drive from the Mother City to the Whale Route for a coastal exploration. Or, if you’re in for the ‘long haul’, take your trip to the Eastern Cape, toward the Addo Elephant National Park. Here are four recommendations to make your Easter one for the books: 1. Take Your Easter Adventure to the Great Outdoors: Start your long weekend (30 March to 2 April) with a hike along one of the Overberg’s most picturesque trails at De Hoop Nature Reserve just outside Bredasdorp. You can look forward to a full outdoor excursion in this Marine Protected Area featuring rolling hills, unspoiled sand dunes, panoramic ocean views (you might even spot a few dolphin pods!), diverse indigenous fauna and flora and small game. In terms of accommodation, the Nature Reserve offers something for every family’s budget: from self-catering chalets and more luxurious self-catering cottages, to five-star fully catered lodges. In addition to the daily planned group activities, . . .
A Groundbreaking Concept to Facilitate Employment For Candidates And Companies Via Video Durban, KwaZulu Natal: Today, First Interview launched a brand-new portal aimed at putting job seekers in front of employers - without actually putting them in front of each other! Job hunters simply upload a two-minute video introducing themselves to prospective employers – who can then view the video at their leisure. This short-cuts the entire recruitment process by cutting out time-consuming CV-sifting and initial screening. If employers like what they see and hear on the video, they can contact the job hunter via the portal, requesting their CV and personal details. Candidates have no idea who has viewed their profiles and have no access to employer contact details, making the entire process confidential and secure. First Interview founder and CEO, Angelique Laaks, says, “Our portal is free for both job seekers and employers. It’s simple and easy to use, and it’s local. Most importantly, however, it allows employers to ‘meet’ the job seekers in two minutes - without having to scan through CVs, set interview times, schedule time with HR, and so on. It’s also easier for job seekers, as they don’t have to take time off work, or arrange transport to and from screening interviews.” The whole idea behind First Interview is that it helps prospective employers get a feel for who a candidate actually is – something that’s hard to gauge from a personality-free, one-dimensional CV. The portal is highly beneficial for all job seekers, but particularly for new graduates, and those looking for front-line positions in the customer service, hospitality and retail sectors. These are candidates who are hired for who they are - their personality and how they present themselves – and is more important than a list of qualifications on a CV. First Interview is a free portal that provides the missing link in the recruitment process by changing the selection procedure and allowing . . .
Johannesburg - 03/16/2018. 7 ways you can be a green hero. By Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa It seems nowadays everyone is talking about climate change and how important it is to protect the environment. But what can we actually do about it? Governments and businesses focus on long term, sustainable solutions but it’s not just their job to save the environment that we all rely on. We all live on planet Earth and it’s our job to help protect it for our children and their children. That’s why our packaging containers use only natural, renewable, and recyclable resources to help leave future generations a clean and safe environment. Businesses like ours, and governments, can make a really big impact in making the world a better place for all but it’s everyone’s mission to contribute. Here are seven small ways you can actively take part to help make a big difference: Contribute to the recycling movement Probably the easiest way to help is to recycle – it’s the commonest environment friendly action that people perform. It means you can avoid overusing valuable natural resources and start separating garbage by putting aside carton packages for recycling. Check your labels Many companies like ours try to make going green a viable option for you by using products made from natural, renewable, and recyclable resources. We let you know by marking the product packaging so that all you have to do is check the package when you’re at the supermarket. Look for the sign that it’s made from easily bio-degradable materials or to see if they originate from forests that are managed in sustainable ways that protect trees for the future. We mark this with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. It’s proof that the product you are buying is made using wood from responsible sources. Turn off your lights and taps when not in use It’s super easy – and super effective – to make sure your lights are off when you leave a . . .
The Only Social Club is a personalised professional premier matchmaking service for busy and successful single individuals. Based in South Africa, it is a corporate dating site, a personal service that starts with a face to face one-on-one meeting. The dating service is in different cities of South Africa such as Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban. The service Guarantees confidentiality, it is discreet as no one can share or view another candidate’s online profile. This South African dating agency is an exclusive singles introduction service that caters to corporate, professional singles and executive professionals working in various fields. It is not an online personal dating service. The Only Social Club has the best intentions and tries to understand the needs of their clients. It provides an opportunity to assist their clients wherever and whenever needed. The company treats each of its clients as unique and special, understanding their different values and assists them to find the kind of relationship that would be best suited for them. The professional matchmaking service offers elite personal introductions with your personal matchmaker. The Only Social Club is known for its elite, discreet and exclusive matchmaking service and for being a respectable and reputable service for professional singles. TheOnly Social Club is known for the following attributes: They uphold and guarantee the integrity and confidentiality of their clients. They conduct face to face interviews with their clients in a truly personalised and professional manner. The company guides their clients through The Only Social Club matchmaking service. In the initial meeting, the company focuses on the relationship goals of their clients. The company focuses on the quality of the matches available for their clients and communicates with them with complete honesty. The service provides a quality match/introduction that matches all the requirements and details provided by the client. . . .
Motivated by his father, University of Johannesburg's Odwa Nkunjana showed his potential by crossing for two tries in their intense Varsity Cup rugby derby against Wits in Johannesburg on Monday. The 22-year-old wing was instrumental in helping his team to a crucial 29-17 victory in the encounter at Wits after they led 21-10 at halftime. The result took UJ to fourth on the log, two points behind Wits, but with a match in hand. They are well placed to make a push for the semifinals in their last two games - against UP-Tuks and University of Cape Town. A third year transportation management student, Nkunjana was pleased to receive recognition by being named the Player that Rocks for the match. "Yes, that was very nice and in a way it's a tribute to my dad who has always motivated me during my rugby career," he said. "He was very good at athletics in his younger days, but did not have the opportunities to achieve what he could have. "So I am really playing for him and it was a boost to receive the Player that Rocks award." Growing up in Witbank, Nkunjana matriculated from Monument High School in Krugersdorp before moving to UJ, where he is living on campus in Auckland Park. In his first year of Varsity Cup rugby, having previously played for the Young Guns, he said he was enjoying his rugby at the university. "The coaches here [led by head coach Werner Janse van Rensburg] are really great and they are helping us a lot. "The big thing I have learnt is that I need to improve my defence. In my first few years it was a bit weak, but I have worked hard on that and improved a lot." He added that he was also concentrating on his communication skills. "I know I don't talk a lot on defence, so that is something I am working on as well as my defending in one-on-one situations." With Blitzboks sevens legend Seabelo Senatla as his role model, Nkunjana said his eventual goal was to try to earn a provincial contract. "I really look up to . . .
For those seeking up-to-the-minute colour inspiration, Plascon, proud sponsors of Decorex SA, will bring to life the power of paint, colour and the powerful impact these have on all aspects of life. 2018 sees Plascon celebrating 25 colourful years as the headline sponsors of Decorex SA, Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition portfolio. Commenting on what visitors to the show can expect, Kerstin Eser, Media Stylist and Colour Specialist says, “Durban is certainly in for a surprise. We’re all about making a positive impact on people’s lives and our innovative new Decorex show concept will have visitors engaging in our interactive space, scurrying for paint swatches and grabbing for their paintbrushes quicker than you can say ‘pass the turpentine’”. Established in 1994, Decorex SA is the décor and design industry’s leading and most trusted event and continues to play a pivotal role in shaping the industry. For Plascon the collaboration has been an ideal fit, “The show is a relevant and inspiring environment that allows us to highlight how the right colour choice and application can change a life. A dull teen pad with the right treatment can be transformed into your house being the one where your children’s friends want to hang out, and which parent doesn’t want that these days? This is all about us helping people to make sense of colour and give them access and the know-how to make real changes,” Kerstin says. Decorex is as much about making beautiful spaces accessible to everyone as they are about cutting-edge design, innovation and sublime décor, Plascon also believes that creating beautiful spaces should be within everyone’s reach. Colour is at the very heart of these important and often difficult decisions and this year’s Decorex Durban sees the Plascon space as an absolute must for those looking for on-trend décor inspiration, colour and product guidance. Taking a look back over the years, Plascon Colour Expert, Claire Bond says, “Twenty . . .
Choice pieces of designer furniture from @home homeware store and @homelivingspace will be carefully positioned in the beautifully curated @home Trend Home presented by Decorex. This stunning home space installation forms part of a full feature programme at Decorex Durban, sponsored by Plascon, taking place from 21 to 25 March at the Durban Exhibition Centre. “There is such a rich selection of @home furniture pieces that work so well with the current designer trends emerging,” explained Creative Director of Decorex, Anita Bloom. “For the @home Trend Home presented by Decorex, I have the enviable position of collaborating with some of the area’s best lifestyle, décor and design suppliers, all with a deep understanding of global trends and local preferences.” For the 2018 feature, Bloom will be working with Sugar Plum Interiors on the bathroom with Stone Library showcasing in the kitchen with taps and basins by Franke SA, and stylish gas burners from Pitt Cooking. The gorgeous range of Hertex Fabrics will be worked into the patio roof design. “The 2018 @home Trend Home presented by Decorex is designed around minimalistic, open-plan living,” explained Bloom. “It will consist of beautiful wooden roof structures and effective wooden room dividers giving the space depth and texture. The open-plan living merges the kitchen, dining area and living space. Without the separation of spaces, the kitchen has become a multi-purpose space better suited to serving our modern lifestyles.” This textured style works into the Hygge Trend which encourages a cosy home setting with a Scandinavian feel, extending through to the faux fur throws and scatters. There is a contrasting warm and cool sensation in the Mixed Metallics - viewed in the cutlery, lamps and golden dining décor such as iridescent vases. The Large-Scale Art Trend in the form of mirrors and hanging shelves is carefully balanced with the Room Divider Trend which allows for open spaces to be intimately separated . . .
A new public service campaign has been launched to help make police stations the centre of their communities. ‘Operation: MyPoliceStation’ aims to encourage South Africans to proactively approach their local SAPS with offers of assistance in the form of their time, expertise, goods or services. “Not everyone can be a police reservist on the beat,” says campaign coordinator Ivan Booth. “But almost everyone can help paint a wall, plant a flowerbed, wash a police car or deliver a welcome cappuccino to our police members,” says Booth. He explains the MyPoliceStation campaign aims to remind South Africans of the valuable policing assets that exist within their communities and how they require public support to function at their best. “There are no formalities to getting involved at your local police station. Think creatively, walk in the door and offer to help out in any way that plays to your own strengths,” he says. To keep support for the country’s police stations top of mind, the MyPoliceStation campaign aims to tag short text messages onto hundreds of thousands of cellular network notifications every month. This is to encourage South Africans to visit mypolicestation.co.za and thereafter pledge their time, expertise, goods or services to their local SAPS. A crowdfunding and SMS campaign is soon to be launched by Booth to help finance the transmission of the monthly text tag messages that will remind South Africans to offer their assistance to their local police station. Examples of network notifications incorporating the MyPoliceStation call to volunteer include missed call alerts, balance notifications and Please Call Me messages. The goal is for 500 000 people each month to receive mobile text tags like this: “Meet the local heroes at MyPoliceStation.co.za to make your SAPS better! #SendMe.” The words ‘send me’ feature in a song by the late Hugh Masekela and were referenced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address on 16 . . .
Port Elizabeth, 15 March 2018 -- Chinese automaker Beijing Automotive Industry Corporation (BAIC) is moving swiftly with global expansion strategy south of the equator to strengthen its position on the African continents. BAIC’s plant in Port Elizabeth is scheduled for completion in June this year.“The progress on construction on the site is in line with a revised project plan that was adjusted to make up for the lost construction days,” said Tao Li, spokesperson for the BAIC SA project. “BAIC SA has committed additional financial and human resources to reach the original construction completion date.” At present, the factory now has much of its roof structure in place, and Li also said more equipment was being shipped to Port Elizabeth. “BAIC announced the arrival of the first shipment of equipment for the plant in December – the second shipment of the equipment has also arrived in Port Elizabeth, and the third shipment is being prepared to be shipped to Port Elizabeth from Tianjin Port in China.” “We will also announce later this month several new construction packages for SMMEs that will go out on tender. Li said that BAIC SA was also in the process of finalising its dealership network. “As the completion for the BAIC SA plan draws closer, BAIC SA will intensify its market and marketing operations. BAIC SA has a full-time marketing team in Johannesburg conducting market research in South Africa around the dealership network.” Across the Atlantic, BAIC also this week announced it plans to build a new factory in Mexico to serve new markets. Jimena Saenz, BAIC's director in Mexico announced that the company will invest R11,78 billion (1 billion US$) for the plant and the company plans to break ground in 2020. The company expects to sell 4000 vehicles in Mexico in 2018. The company introduced brand automobiles in the Mexican market in mid-2016, while the brands of D20 sedans and X25 sport utility vehicles were assembled at a local plant . . .