JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – July 24, 2014 – Samsung Electronics, a leader in the global Large Format Display (LFD) market for five consecutive years, has become the official provider for smart display solutions to Carnival City Hotel and Entertainment Complex, in the east of Johannesburg. Carnival City has invested in more than 50 Samsung LFD screens, combination of 32 and 40 inch screens - this agreement will ensure that guests are provided with dynamic information through increased visual communication. The 40 inch screens will be used for the casino floor to deliver customised content to the gaming public. These units will be strategically positioned across the gaming floor to allow visible access to the information being delivered. The 32 inch units will be used to display slot machine data and will be situated at the end of the slot machine banks. “Samsung Electronics is committed to delighting customers with enhanced visual displays. We want to bring change and excitement to the market through innovations that provide the most intuitive and immersive viewing experiences available,” says Mike van Lier, Divisional Head of Enterprise Business Team (EBT) at Samsung Electronics SA. Carnival City Management says, “We have chosen Samsung because the company delivers world-class, innovative technology and is a brand that embodies trust and reliability. The product will enable us to effectively communicate with our guests in a way that is inspiring and that will enhance their gaming experience.” Digital signage is emerging rapidly as a viable and effective communication tool, with the digital signage market expected to grow by over 20 percent annually through to 2017. Samsung’s LFDs, combined with MagicInfo Software Solutions, make it possible for companies to engage in a life-like manner. The solution for Carnival City is unique as it allows direct delivery to the screens using the System on Chip (SOC) functionality. It is streamlined and delivered . . .
Cape Town, 23 July 2014 – The daily promotional brand, CitySlicker South Africa used its reach and influence on Friday 18 July 2014 for a good cause. Partnering with Childline Western Cape, a promotion was created on the CitySlicker website where 100% of the proceeds donated by the subscribers were awarded to Childline with a particular focus on an expansion project. This initiative was run in accordance with Mandela Day which inspired the need for a charitable drive on the CitySlicker site and was met with much support from the subscribers. CitySlicker, the longest running daily promotion site in South Africa partnered with Childline Western Cape to further their efforts in fighting against child abuse and the injustices felt by the children of South Africa. An advert was placed on the site, on social media and on the daily CitySlicker newsletter to the subscribers of both CitySlicker and Childline in the Western Cape. This promotion reached over 100 000 subscribers with a campaign run across the Western Cape and the option of donating R20, R50, R67 or R100 to the organisation. Childline is an organisation dedicated to the counselling and support of both abused children and adults in need of help in South Africa and on a global scale. Childline Western Cape plays an active role in the fight for the recognition and implementation of Children's rights and the laws governing these rights. Known for offering telephonic counselling across South Africa, Childline also offers individual and group counselling, prevention and awareness workshops and training. Due to the need for more counselling centres and support, Childline Western Cape is set to expand their Wynberg premises to increase the amount of counselling centres and in effect increase the amount of support that they can offer. 100% of the donations for the Mandela Day promotion will go towards this project and this support will continue in the future with promotions on CitySlicker. With the intention . . .
For the large majority of consumers, purchasing a property will be the biggest investment decision they make and one that will affect their financial wellbeing for a long time to come, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that it is highly likely that the property they purchase will account for the largest percentage of their net wealth, which is why it is comforting to know that owning a property is a viable investment option that has proven itself, over time, to be a cornerstone of building personal wealth. “Many savvy property buyers have been able to live out the lifestyle of their dreams through well-researched property investments,” says Goslett, who points out that in all investment endeavors the key element to success is knowledge. “Regardless of whether it’s purchasing property, shares or any other financial investment – it’s all about putting in the time and doing the research. It is vital for any investor to study the market and know how and where to invest in order to make the most of the current conditions surrounding the market they choose,” he advises. “Irrespective of the market phase, one still needs to make the most informed decision and take into consideration all relating factors before a decision is made. For property investors, these factors would include the location and future potential appreciation of the property over the medium to long term, which are important elements regardless of the conditions surrounding the transaction.” According to Goslett, consulting with a financial adviser or experienced real estate professional is highly advisable for property investors who are unsure if they are making the correct decision. “The saying that ignorance is bliss might pertain to certain elements of life, but property investment is certainly not one of them. Making a bad investment decision due to lack of knowledge can be the difference between financial independence and losing thousands. However, having said . . .
The popularity of secure estate living has seen much growth around the country over the past few years, with the area of Kuils River no exception. In fact, says Charles Louw, Broker/Manager of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose office operates in Kuils River and the surrounding areas, current demand for properties in secure lifestyle estates in the region is vastly outstripping what is available on the market. “With this type of home in extremely high demand, developers are struggling to keep up with the number of buyers in the market wanting homes in security developments and many of the properties are selling off plan before ground has been broken. Security is a major influence when it comes to purchasing decisions for many homebuyers, which is a driving factor behind the popularity of lifestyle estates,” says Louw. “Many buyers are opting to live in closed communities such as gated complexes and secure estates due to the lifestyle benefits, sense of community and security that they provide.” Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says over the past decade the number of residential estates and lifestyle developments has increased significantly because close community living has become a sought-after way of life. “The increase in demand for these kinds of properties as a good investment option is reflected in the fact that homes within estates or developments continue to offer buyers a good return on investment. Aside from the obvious physical aspects of living in a secure community such as a perimeter fence and access-controlled entrances, there are also many other benefits and advantages.” According to Louw, often homeowners choose to live in gated estates due to the sense of community that they experience and a feeling of belonging from sharing a common interest. This is due to the fact that a large number of these developments are based on that common interest, such as the case of a residential wildlife estate or golfing estate. “Regardless . . .
The Knysna Tourism Living Local Green Chefs initiative, in partnership with Wesgro, has announced Francine Wagenaar the winner of the 2014 competition held during the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. The Green Chefs initiative is part of an African Slowfood movement, with the ultimate objective to build an international network of Green Chefs that shares a common philosophy. The initiative encourages local chefs and cooks from a particular geographical area to cook with locally sourced or cultivated ingredients, producing traditional, time honoured recipes. Knysna Tourism Manager of Development and Trade Promotion Glendyrr Fick says the initiative provides a platform for those with an interest in a career in food to pursue their dream. “Finalists get the opportunity to design, plan and dish up a menu of their own choosing. For many it is their first opportunity to engage with patrons in a restaurant-like setting, and by taking part in the cooking course, all finalists of the initiative can open the door to making their cooking careers a reality.” Finalists planned and executed a menu, including a starter, main and dessert, which was served to the public at a reasonable cost during the mid-week period of the festival at the Knysna Tourism Office located at 40 Main Street. Ms. Wagenaar took the win with her menu of Leek and Potato Soup, a choice of Lamb Breyani or Lentil Curry each with Sambal, and Tipsy tart with custard by a slim margin amongst stiff competition from the group of six finalists. As the winner Ms. Wagenaar was awarded with a R1000,00 cash prize. The remaining finalists were awarded a runner-up prize of R500,00 each. All six finalists were also awarded with wine, courtesy of Van Loveren, and all will enjoy a Cooking Course at Kilzers Cookery School worth R3500,00 per person. Knysna Tourism CEO Greg Vogt says the annual competition is only one part of the broader programme which started three years ago. “Each year the competition . . .
Held on Wed 9 July, the Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival Flavours of Knysna served with Tabasco® gourmet evening this year saw some of the best restaurants from Knysna, Sedgefield and surrounds vie for the titles Best Dressed Oyster and Best Dressed Stand. Judged by a prestigious panel of local and international judges, including Toks 'n Tjops star Toks van der Linde and MasterChef finalist Sue Ann Allen, the competition was stiff with an awe-inspiring show of oyster preparations and set-ups. For the Best Dressed Stand competition, Tapas & Oysters claimed victory with their set-up which was a near-perfect representation of the real-life restaurant's flamboyant beachy shabby-chic style complete with detailed wooden paneling painted in their signature colour red. For the Best Dressed Oyster competition, Die Gieter Chef Dalene Botha emerged as the victor with her inventive Smoked Oyster Pate wrapped around smoked crocodile and chives served with Tabasco® cavi-art. Simola Golf and Country Estate Executive Chef Delia Clarke took 2nd place with her uniquely South African take on molecular gastronomy, a Yellowwood smoked oyster served with Tabasco® “caviar” and lemon air. Conrad Pezula Events Chef & Kitchen Manager Greg Coleman claimed 3rd place with his inventive take on warm coastal oysters, poached in bubbly with dashes of Tabasco®, served in a handmade bamboo boat with pickled forest mushrooms and a potato cloud. Event manager Sasha Campbell says, “This year’s Flavours of Knysna was really amazing. All 650 tickets were sold out in advance. We had more restaurants and local wine estates participate than in previous years, and I was thrilled to see some of the region’s top gourmet restaurants compete, along with Sedgefield restaurants like Puccis, French Connexion and Pili Pili. It was incredible to see all participating restaurants try to demonstrate this year’s theme, “Naturally Knysna,” in their own unique ways. We were pleased to have local . . .
Most southern and east African countries are pushing for rail renaissance‘ assuming that new rail investments will automatically result in transfer of traffic from road to rail. Not enough on the ground research has been done to investigate what type of transport provision best suits the viability of small and medium enterprises. As a result, rail investments proceed with invariably inflated forecasts of demand. Andrew Marsay, Transport Economist will dispense his views on 'Threats to South Africa‘s mega rail investment programme' at the 3rd Annual African Railway Summit. Based on the current progress of the African Railway projects the 3rd edition will not only focus on the current projects in the African region but will also discuss their viability. Chief Executive Officer of Walvis Bay Corridor Group, Johny M. Smith will inform the summit attendees about 'The Trans-Kalahari Corridor: railway line from the Port of Walvis Bay to Gobabis'. Johny will talk about the boost in trade in Botswana and how it will turn the country into a regional trade hub. He will also speak about the benefits to landlocked Southern African Development Community (SADC) countries like Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe by providing alternative transportation routes. Updates on 'Developments in Egyptian National Railways’s Transformation and Restructuring Program' will be provided by Nino Cingolani, Co-Chairman ENR Transformation and Restructuring Program from Egyptian National Railways. Nino will apprise the attendees on developments in high speed, new lines, intermodal centres, new rolling stocks, new technologies, infrastructure build - track renewals, signalling, operation and assets management, freight operations and inter-modality and partnerships with private sector and maintenance and planning materials, operations and systems. With the current need of fast growing metropolitan areas in Africa, the region is looking forward to have effective and high-capacity public transport . . .
20-year old Khule Ngubane will be skating his heart out at the Kimberley Diamond Cup Grand Slam at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban on Saturday, 26 July. Coming fresh off his wild card victory in George and as the 2013 defending champion, Ngubane is super excited to hit the ramps at the iconic stadium, built for the 2010 Soccer World Cup. “I promise you some amazing skateboarding is going to go down on Saturday. I’ll be skating my hardest and I expect no less from my peers. It will be fun not to get kicked out of the stadium for trying to skate there,” laughs Ngubane. The Durban Grand Slam is the third in the series of KDC events, each which carries a whopping prize purse of R50 000 as well as the opportunity to score a wild card entry into the world skateboarding championships in Kimberley in October. One lucky team will also qualify for the Rider Cup team contest, where they’ll compete against the best 4-man team from the States. The action will start from 10h00 with qualifier rounds before the finals in the various age categories, the team contest and the best trick jam. Ngubane has been skating since his granddad bought him his first skateboard for his twelfth birthday. He found a natural aptitude for the sport and soon left his beloved basketball and golf to take up skateboarding full-time. “I have literally been living the dream since I received my first skateboard. We lived in Westville and we always used to skate at the Pavilion shopping mall and skateboarding took over my life. It just came naturally and pretty soon I was starting to do well in contests and managed to catch the eye of some sponsors. Once you start winning contests, it creates hype and other kids want to own the same shoes or boards as you, which attracts sponsors,” explains Ngubane. According to Ngubane, the Kimberley Diamond Cup has definitely helped him financially as the various contests taking place throughout the year create more opportunities. “They are consistently hosting . . .
Customers using online banking often complain that they are not receiving their One Time Passwords (OTPs) timeously, or feel frustrated when authentication systems fail to speedily deliver the required interaction that lets them continue transacting online. Moreover, the ability to interact with their financial or insurance service provider from anywhere can be inhibited when they’re travelling or unable to access the Internet with ease. These problems can be overcome with the implementation of NI (Network Initiated) USSD, or USSD Push. Whilst most South African cell phone users are familiar with USSD, not much is known about its relatively new “cousin”. A faster and more secure way to perform financial transaction authentications than SMS, USSD Push reduces call centre load as the “push” notifications are delivered instantly and do not operate on a “store and forward” basis as with SMS. Clients are also able to interact with and instantly respond to the notification as USSD mimics a “live” session much like a mobi site or an App. Essentially it enables users to respond, browse menus and make interactive selections in real time. Best of all, cell phone users who receive USSD Push message are not charged and all responses are free. USSD also works on all mobile phones. USSD Push can also be used to prevent SIM-Swopping fraud. Recently, Always Active Technologies (AAT) took on the task of making USSD Push systems available to their FSP clients. Through the creation of an API, AAT have opened up the platform to developers in the realms of financial services, thereby enabling them to create USSD Push solutions that create convenient communication systems for both clientele and providers. This USSD Push API can seamlessly integrate into current systems, keeping development costs low, and required integration milestones to a minimum. USSD Push can be used for: • Internet Banking services • Financial transaction confirmations • The . . .
Cape Town craft and design entrepreneurs are stringing up awards like beads on a necklace - Jaqueline Burge of Rarity Handbags has won Entrepreneur of the Year at the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWASA) Western Cape Regional Achiever Awards. In addition, jewellery designer and manufacturer Katherine-Mary Pichulik has been selected as Emerging Entrepreneur of the Year. These accolades follow Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) Executive Director Erica Elk’s 2013 award for Social Entrepreneur of the Year. The criteria for the prestigious awards are that the nominated business must be profitably run, woman-owned and have been trading for over five years. Nominations are judged by a panel of six experts, and the process is moderated and audited. Rarity handbags are made in Cape Town from responsibly-sourced leather and exported across the globe. The company has its own designer and pattern maker and has undertaken manufacturing in-house since 2001. “Our philosophy is establishing niche markets for well-designed, quality products, made in African game, ostrich and Nguni leather,” said Burge. “A strong belief in independent thought and innovation are the foundations of our success and growth. Our clients can expect excellent service with products delivered on time and to specification. Distinctive combinations of leathers and the contemporary interpretation of materials set us apart from our competitors.” Rarity has close links with the CCDI (set up in 2001 to support the economic sustainability of the Western Cape craft and design sector) as it’s one of 20 enterprises selected for a five-year export promotion programme. This is being run by the CCDI and the Centre for the Promotion of Imports from developing countries (CBI), an agency of the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. In addition, with the support of the CCDI (which coordinates and manages export marketing opportunities sponsored by the Department of Trade and Industry), . . .