Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa is extending its reach even further by expanding their geographical footprint to include the Northern Cape and North West regions. The organisation are calling on all sport development projects in these areas to APPPLY! For more information and to download the guidelines and application form, refer to: www.laureus.co.za/expression-of-interest Who should apply? • Sport for development organisations in the Northern Cape and North West regions. • An organisation whose clear mission is to tackle a particular social issue(s) relevant to a clearly identified group and/ or their community • An organisation that uses sport as a tool to achieve that mission in some way • A program that is unique, innovative, creative and dynamic. Project Funding Criteria • The Foundation’s funds are to be used to support and fund the actual project activities, not infrastructure. • Laureus Sport for Good projects must demonstrate how they are using sport as a conduit for bringing about a measurable social change or impact. • Each project should create measurements to track their impact on the identified social issue. • Future funding is subject to the project being evaluated annually based on the objectives set out in their original application. • The project should not be an event, they need to ideally carry out year - round activities. • The project should have NPO/PBO/NGO status or should produce proof of an application in process. • The project should be already operating between 1 and 2 years. Impact areas supported by Laureus Sport For Good Foundation: • Good Health and Wellbeing - enhancing wellbeing/encouraging healthy behaviour change • Quality Education - increased access to and completion of education • Gender Equality - promoting equality, empowerment and safety • Reduced inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries • Sustainable Cities and communities - Make cities inclusive, safe, . . .
Employee engagement is a buzz word. Everybody knows it. However, few people know that employee engagement means money. Research shows that companies in the US with engaged employees can outperform those without by up to 202% and have 6% higher net profit margins. And although such South African statistics are lacking, they are sure to look very similar. Unfortunately, the same research shows that only 29% of the American workforce is engaged – and this is without the added stress of economic uncertainty. Today, as South Africa faces an uphill battle out of junk status and faces the impact of the downgrade on business and budgets, employee engagement is at risk and businesses must find ways to address it. “When people are unhappy or insecure or worried, engagement drops immediately,” explains Teryl Schroenn, Chief Executive Officer, Accsys. “Any change plays a role on engagement. A look at the ANC right now – the impact of recent events has left it a disengaged party. In business, the same thing happens – people get nervous, they disengage and they worry about their jobs.” Maintaining employee engagement in complex economic times is an ongoing process, not an event. It has never been more important to have open lines of communication, to build relationships and to ensure employees feel safe. It is a tight rope to walk, especially if the business has been affected and retrenchments are in the pipeline. An active role “Economic difficulty usually translates to corporate belt tightening and employees know it,” says Schroenn. “It is vital that communication is honest and that management works behind the scenes to mitigate the risk as much as they can. It is hard to get the balance right, but it is vital for the long-term success of the business.” Often a dramatic announcement such as South Africa’s plummet to junk, sees people run in different directions, panicking in their attempt to protect themselves and their futures. It’s a fair response, but in the . . .
This year, SAIPA proudly celebrates 35 years of distinguished achievement. The Institute’s contributions not only to the accounting profession, but to economic growth and social upliftment in South Africa, positions it as a guardian of integrity and a catalyst for change. We are enormously proud of the initiatives we have recently undertaken in this regard: Economic empowerment and education SAIPA has, from its inception, supported the empowerment of all social groups in the accounting industry. Currently, our campaigns and roadshows actively promote the profession as a career of choice. We’re also passionate about the growth and transformation of the profession and this is one of our strategic objectives. Empowerment is built on education and we pride ourselves on our two programmes, which include our annual National Accounting Olympiad that has been running for more than 10 years and has recently been extended to reach a bigger audience, with the inclusion of Grade 11 learners, as well as Grade 12s. This enables us to uncover more bright young minds in the country. In addition, our Project Achiever initiative - a joint effort by SAIPA and the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET) - brings about transformation in the accounting field by means of assisting black candidates who meet our qualifying criteria by funding their further studies with SAIPA. Whether it’s carrying out missions across the continent to strengthen accounting practices, or improving our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes, SAIPA is driven by an unrelenting energy for growth. Business rescue and contribution to legislation Late last year, SAIPA became one of two professional bodies accredited to regulate members who practice business rescue. The Companies Act allows for business rescue - the rehabilitation of financially distressed organisations. With this accreditation, we can provide our members with support and . . .
Top line-up of South African speakers for SA Cultural Observatory Conference APRIL 24, 2017: THE SOUTH African Cultural Observatory has secured a stellar local line-up of academics, researchers and creative practitioners for its National Conference at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg on May 24 and 25. The conference aims to explore the relationship between the creative economy and development imperatives. The response to the call for papers was substantial the research centre said, receiving close to 100 submissions from across the arts, culture and heritage sectors, the creative and cultural industries, and research institutes and places of higher learning. “There is clearly a demand for greater insight into the South African creative economy – known as our ‘golden economy.’ While our golden economy remains undervalued, underdeveloped and underappreciated, it contributes around 3% to GDP, employs over 440 000 people and keeps many above the poverty line and engaged in meaningful work,” said Njabulo Sithebe, SACO Deputy Director for Research. “This is SACO’s second international conference and will highlight and explore the trends shaping our nascent creative economy.” The draft programme, just released, focuses on policy debates, monitoring and evaluation, skills development and education. It also examines the place of festivals and events, highlights youth perspectives, audience development and provides case studies. The programme is driven by the overarching theme of the conference: The Cultural Economy & Development: Perspectives from Developed and Emerging Economies. There will also be a panel series presented by: Business Arts South Africa on ‘Junk Status – Different Futures, Different Opportunities?’; Mapungubwe Institute for Strategic Reflection on ‘New Thinking on the Arts and Development in South Africa’; Human Sciences Research Council on ‘African Development & the Arts’; and The Fort on film, television and . . .
For 25 years waiting rooms and living rooms have been anchored by the thick wedge that was AutoTrader’s flagship – a magazine with pages densely packed with cars for sale from all throughout the country. This month the magazine says goodbye to the South African public; a milestone that is both an end and a bold new beginning, and goes fully digital for the first time. AutoTrader CEO George Mienie said, “The magazine was the start of our business and was the heart of the business for 15 years before the transition to digital started in 2008. At one stage it was so popular that our printers told us we had to hold off as the magazine size was going to break the binder! In fact, there were several instances when AutoTrader was late to retail shelves as a result of it having broken the binders. But today we live in a far more exciting reality. There’s no doubt that it’s time to fully embrace the digital age.” The move to online only is the result of visionary thinking and extensive research, a process that has been in operation for nearly ten years. “We launched our magazine in 1992 and our website in 1998,” said Mienie. “It was in 2008 that we realised our magazine had a shelf-life. The internet was developing so fast, and the possibilities of what could be done online were so vast.” Mienie and his team hit on a novel way to track the change. As with all AutoTrader policy making, they put the process in the consumers’ hands, monitoring changing consumer preference as a guide to when it would be time to make the full digital jump. “We had to let our customers decide, after all, it’s their platform,” said Mienie. “We created two unique sets of telephone response numbers, one printed in the magazine and the other on our website. We then knew whether our users were responding via the magazine or the website, and through tracking it month-by-month we could see how quickly their preference was changing.” Having a finger on the digital versus print pulse . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 20 April, 2017 – Samsung DeX is a new service that lets users use their smartphone like a desktop by providing a seamless, secure mobile to PC transition. Currently compatible with Samsung Galaxy S8 and S8+, with compatibility extending to other devices in the future, Samsung DeX provides an Android-based, desktop-like experience that enables users to seamlessly access mobile apps, edit documents and browse the web. “Samsung Dex optimise interface and allows users to easily multitask, watch videos in resizable windows, reply to messages via a task bar and more, directly from their smartphone on a larger display using a keyboard and mouse,’’ says Paulo Ferreira, director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa Paulo Ferreira explains more about the desktop experience with Samsung Dex: A Convenient Mobile Desktop Experience In order to get started with Samsung DeX, users simply need to connect the DeX Station, Samsung’s branded docking station, to any FHD (16:9 ratio) supported display with an HDMI port; connect any Bluetooth-enabled, USB or RF-type keyboard and mouse to their phone; connect the DeX Station with a Samsung branded fast charger; and dock their Galaxy S8/ S8+ in the DeX Station. Once connected, their mobile phone will switch to Samsung DeX mode. The Samsung DeX interface is easily navigable and consistent with most desktops, as it supports keyboard and mouse gestures such as shortcuts, scrolling and drag and drop. Furthermore, with the ability to quickly shift between applications and adjust application window size with ease, users can see a range of contents all at once and multitask with efficiency. Meanwhile, the Samsung DeX Home Screen’s Task Bar allows users to see which applications are currently running, while pop-up notifications on the bottom right of the screen notify the user of incoming messages and calls without blocking the screen. Optimised for Productivity Samsung . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 April, 2017 – Providing users with an unconfined mobile experience, the new Galaxy S8 and S8+ feature a refined, ‘unboxed’ design, enhanced security with new biometric technologies, robust entertainment capabilities and an intelligent new interface to enhance the way people interact with their phone. This is according to Craige Fleischer, Director Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa, who highlights the top 8 features of the S8 below. Refined Design “The Galaxy S8 builds on Samsung’s design heritage with a large Infinity Display, a bezel-less, dual-edge display that takes up more than 80 percent of the phone’s front screen,” he says. “Visually obtrusive elements are minimal, resulting in more tangible screen space. An invisible Home button embedded underneath the screen functions just like a physical button while Recent and Back buttons are now customisable soft keys.” Available locally in three colours including Midnight Black, the all-new Orchid Gray and Maple Gold, the Galaxy S8’s subtle curvature flows from the front of the device to the back to create a more ergonomic grip ideal for one-handed operation. The phone’s camera, fingerprint scanner and heart rate sensor have been incorporated on the back of the device in a way that minimises protrusions, ensuring a sleek aesthetic at any angle. One Unified Experience Designed around the Infinity Display, the UX of the Galaxy S8 was developed to add convenience and enhance the flow of user interactions. Like the display itself, the UX is seamless, unifying visual and audio components to create one continuous experience. The default wallpaper of the customisable Always On Display complements the colour of the phone, while its aesthetic transitions smoothly to the Lock and Home screens. Meanwhile, a new vertical swiping interface provides seamless navigation between the Home and App screens. Even the phone’s app icons and typography incorporate the Galaxy . . .
Passionately supporting the growing local gaming market JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 24 April, 2017 – The Samsung Galaxy Counter Strike: Global Offensive (CS:GO) Championship, sponsored by Samsung, is currently underway and will conclude with the final match on 7 May 2017. The winning team of this multiplayer first-person shooter video game will be walking away with, not only the top honour, but also R1,000,000.00 - the biggest prize ever for a single eSports title in South Africa. “Samsung shares the gaming thirst and with our vision, endurance and focus on strategy to improve people’s lives, what better way to do it than by getting involved and assist in building the future for gaming locally,” says Craige Fleischer, Director: Integrated Mobility, Samsung South Africa. Counter Strike: Global Offensive has been the benchmark of game players’ skills worldwide, with global teams continually proving their ability and strategies in tournaments. Organiser and host of the online gaming event, Mettlestate, has partnered with Samsung Mobile in this sponsorship deal to bring the local championship to realisation, offering South African gamers a larger platform to display their skills and to further create awareness of eSports and gaming possibilities. eSport is an ever growing activity, not only as a pastime, but as an occupation. A great number of individuals are inspired to become professional gamers, developers, designers and writers, choosing the gaming industry as a career path. Worldwide eSports revenues are projected to reach approximately $1.1 billion by the end of 2019, according to a Newzoo market report*. It is a clear indication that there is a market for it and that consumers are interested. Compared to the international market, eSport is but an infant locally, but interest of South African gamers and brands in the competitive gaming scene is showing stable and speedy growth. “It is great to see South African eSports starting to take off . . .
Smartphones, 360-degree cameras, virtual reality and wearable devices guaranteed to amp up the experience JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 20 April, 2017 – The Extreme Fighting Championships (EFC) is a sports phenomenon that showcases 120 of the world’s toughest mixed martial arts (MMA) athletes as they battle it out – with one goal in mind – to see who is the best. EFC has continued its growth since its commencement, from a local MMA promotion to one of the world leaders, reaching over 600 million homes in 110 countries around the world daily via television and livestreaming platforms such as EFC worldwide TV. Samsung has signed a partnership with EFC as the Official Mobile Phone, Virtual Reality and Wearable Technology Partner of the EFC South Africa. “We are really excited about this partnership with Samsung, a global leader and brand,” stated EFC President Cairo Howarth. “The handsets, VR technology and Gear Fit devices are truly amazing, we have been blown away by the experience, quality and functionality and it gives fans a previously inaccessible perspective. It is literally as if you are in the ring yourself.” The EFC partnership kicked off on 8 April at EFC 58 in Cape Town and runs to the end of the year. In order to make it more exhilarating and accessible for South Africans, soon the fights will be filmed through Samsung’s Gear 360 cameras, ensuring spectators don’t miss a thing and for those that are unable to attend the competitions will be able to use Samsung technology to make the experience as life-like as possible. “Extreme Fighting Championship is a competitive and dynamic sport, and as a company that is always one step ahead through our innovative products, marketing and advertising campaigns, we aim to challenge everyday questions and compete with the best brands to ensure we will bring an entirely new dimension to such a large sporting event like the EFC,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Mobile Communications at Samsung Electronics . . .
SMSPortal is pleased to announce the launch of its 2017 Software Development Internship Program. Now in its fourth year, the two-week paid internship consistently attracts exceptional students from leading universities across South Africa. This year, SMSPortal expects to receive more than 1,000 applications for four placements in its Cape Town headquarters. During the internship program, which runs over the June/July break, students train with experienced staff who help develop skills and interests beyond university. Interns have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the organisation, get experience in real-world software development, will apply the theory they’ve learnt, and work with the SMSPortal team which specialises in multithreaded highly-scalable services. Charles Stretch, co-founder and MD of SMSPortal says: "We are proud of the reputation that our internship program has earned over the years and of SMSPortal’s ability to attract such remarkable talent. Investing in software development is an important goal of our management committee, and we are committed to providing additional training and educational opportunities for all of our employees. This is an exciting time for SMSPortal, and we are enthusiastic about our role in preparing the next generation of software developers." The internship pays R7,500 for the two weeks, includes free transport to Cape Town and free accommodation near SMSPortal’s Century City offices for the duration of the internship. To apply for an SMSPortal internship, visit: http://www.smsportal.co.za/#!careers CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .