An astute rotation of players in the early part of the year has given the Madibaz football team a chance to retain their SAB League title in Port Elizabeth. With the Nelson Mandela University term starting only in early February, Madibaz often face a challenge because the league resumes almost a month earlier when they are not at full strength. However, Madibaz football manager Mark Tommy said careful management of their resources had enabled them to return to the top of the SAB League log. "One of our strategies is to optimise the squad through rotational player management in games and training," he said. "This creates an ability in the local-based players to deal with the competition demands when the out-of-town student athletes have not yet returned to campus." Coach Wayne Iveson added that the senior players had also stepped up to the plate during this period. "They took the responsibility to guide the younger players in terms of our processes and to provide ongoing motivation to improve," he said. "More emphasis was placed on the tactical and technical workload with the ball, thus improving the physical demands needed." Tommy said it was satisfying to return to the top of the log at this stage of the season. "With the resumption of lectures on February 5 most of the players returned to campus and they were excited that the team withstood the challenges during the January period." He added that the Madibaz football philosophy was based on the team and not the individual. "It is just this unity that carries the team when the chips are down. It cements the team through their desire and winning attitude. "Heading the log underlines the quality of this team and ticks all the boxes that our technical staff, under the astute guidance of Wayne Iveson, have in place to put the team on the correct path." While they would continue to respect their opponents and knew there were no guarantees, Tommy said they were confident going . . .
Johannesburg: Less than two years after handing over the reins at Dimension Data, Brett Dawson is joining the board of Ubusha Technology, an African ICT company that offers cyber security, identity governance and access management solutions to the private and public sectors. Brett will offer strategic input to the firm and play an advisory role in building, guiding and nurturing the management team which is ably led by Ubusha CEO, Marius Agenbag. “Ubusha is an Identity focused security services provider, the largest and fastest growing in Africa with a clear path for sustainable growth into the future,” says Marius. “Brett brings a wealth of international, enterprise and industry experience which will be critical to our leadership team – we believe that his guidance together with an investment from the Anuva Equity Fund will prove invaluable in expanding the business into innovative areas of identity security as well as further accelerating our growth”. Brett is well-qualified for this new role having served for more than a decade as the head of Dimension Data, a global IT services brand that services around 70% of US Fortune 100 companies. Under his stewardship the firm quadrupled its annual revenue from $2 billion to $8 billion, expanded its footprint from 30 countries to 58, and grew its local and international employee complement from 8000 to more than 30000. The focus for ICT firms has changed over the past decade due to the advent of ‘big data’ and the growing trend towards the migration of data management and software solutions to the cloud. Against this backdrop the ability to secure customer and organisational information has become of vital importance, especially in regulated industries such as Banking, FSI, Securities Exchanges, Telecommunications and Global listed companies. This is where Brett’s contribution will prove invaluable, as he will direct the culture and assist in creating an enabling environment for the management team to build on . . .
It is the month of love – red roses, chocolate hearts and dinners by candlelight. BUT, are you sure that nothing in the world can come between you and your Valentine? These days more and more romantic relationships are on the edge because of debt’s sly interference. Relationships, as well as your finances, need constant attention and care. If the holistic picture is ignored, debt can easily come between you and your partner - causing conflict and arguments. It can, and has, lead to the end of many relationships. According to Matthys Potgieter, debt expert at DebtSafe, it is possible that debt can test and hurt your relationship through the following examples: • Overspending by a partner – buying more than what the couple can afford. • A partner being declared bankrupt – for partners who are married in Community of Property, for example, this can have major consequences. • Putting your loved one’s savings in harm’s way – partners having access to each other’s accounts or by having a communal account. • A lack of communication – by having conflicting views on money or finance management. • One or both partners not taking on any responsibility – having no budget or emergency fund because it is just spend, spend, spend. • Delaying a wedding or having kids – your debt pile is adding up and one partner puts on breaks to clear debt first, while the other desperately wants to continue with life’s major cycles. Potgieter says these examples should not discourage you and that you and your partner should try the following five debt-survival relationship tips instead: 1. Play inspector and stick to your budget If, by now, you still don’t have a budget, get on it. And, if you are not sure where to begin, download DebtSafe’s free template online. This can assist you in structuring you and your partner’s budget plan. A budget gives you clarity on what your finances look like and it also sets up a sense of responsibility on you and your partner’s part by sticking to . . .
GAUTENG, PRETORIA, - Advendurance CEO, Fritz Pienaar, today signed a deal that will see Monster Hydro become the Official Energy Drink brand to the successful Toyota Warrior OCR Series, powered by Reebok. This deal has come just in time for the launch of the upcoming Bloemfontein Toyota Warrior Race 2 on the 17th February 2018. This will be the first time a Warrior OCR race is being held in the Free State, marking this as an occasion to be celebrated. Advendurance, who are also owner-organisers of the popular Trailseeker MTB and Trailseeker Trail running series, and the annual Snowbike Festival hosted in Gstaad, Switzerland, said today that Monster Hydro energy drink is an excellent brand fit because it appeals to those who love sport and are aware that what they put into their bodies is what they get out. Said Pienaar, “The Monster Hydro will appeal to those who love sports drinks, but also want the caffeine and other energy ingredients an energy drink provides. Monster Energy is a fantastic addition to our stable of sponsors that provide value-added products and services to our hard-working athletes. We are very excited to launch this collaboration.” The Monster Energy brand is big on the motorsports, action sports, music, and the gaming scene, supporting athletes and events around the world. The Toyota Warrior Series is the biggest OCR events in the country providing World Championship qualifier OCR courses. Said Jonathan Channing, Marketing Manager Africa, Monster Energy, “We are really excited around the launch of Monster Hydro as the drink allows us to speak to a different consumer base than traditional Monster Energy drinks. When looking for the ideal partner to work with, we didn’t have to look further than the Toyota Warrior OCR series, whose participants definitely need to “refresh the beast” after the tough and gruelling course. Whether you are a Rookie, Commando or Black-Ops athlete, Monster Hydro will help you perform your best!” Monster . . .
Eastern Cape matriculant Lutho Jimana did not let his long daily walk to school, his overcrowded home where it was difficult to study, nor financial constraints due to his mother’s unemployment get in the way of studying towards his childhood dream job. This month Lutho began his studies at Rhodes University that will ultimately see him become a scientist. Lutho beat out nearly 100 fellow matrics at the end of last year to take the top spot in the Eastern Cape in the Engen Maths and Science Schools programme. Having scored 94% for science and 85% for maths, he credits the extra lessons provided by EMSS for his outstanding results Every day Lutho walked an hour from his home in Gqala, East London, to his classes at Tsholomnqa High School, never losing sight of his lifelong vision of wearing a white coat working in a laboratory. He is just starting the four-year journey to achieve his Bachelor of Pharmacy degree, and says he will tackle the challenges ahead the same way he achieved such incredible success at school. “It’s all about hard work, managing your time and your priorities,” says the 18-year-old proudly, declaring further that he does not drink or smoke, and attends church every Sunday. He is however adamant that he could never have achieved such excellence without the commitment of the Engen programme teachers, who gave him the support he so desperately needed over three years from Grade 10. “I went to the classes every week and they taught me so much, especially the parts of the syllabus that my teachers at school never taught me. I realised I was missing out on so many things, and I don’t think I would ever have done so well if it wasn’t for the Engen teachers who filled in all the gaps,” says Lutho. He was also inspired by his principal, Uncle Sonwabo Jimana, who he says helped motivate him through all the difficult times, acting as a great role model and helping him apply for his place at university. It is exactly youngsters . . .
Flock Event Management’s customisable, flexible and cost-effective mobile app provided delegates and speakers with a seamless experience at the recent IMC 2018 conference. Held in Johannesburg for the 6th time, IMC is said to be the leading marketing and communication conference in Africa, exposing delegates to the full range of communication disciplines including digital and social technologies characterising today’s industry. The Flock app, developed in South Africa and customised for IMC, provided all event information, including the schedule and list of speakers with their biographies; relevant logistical information, social media activity and exhibitor and sponsor details. It also provided access to the highlight videos and photographs shot during the day, and drove all the social media activity around the event. Organiser Dale Hefer, CEO of the IMC Academy, felt the app added considerable value to the event. “Mike Lysko and his team really pulled out the stops to create a very functional app for the 2018 IMC Conference,” she said. “There was much positive comment regarding the app and the stats proved that it was well used. I highly recommend Flock.” This was echoed by seminar attendees. “The Flock-developed app for the IMC Conference was most useful; easy to navigate, simple to understand. It gave all the necessary information in a simple to use, non-intrusive way,” said Kevin Welman, ByDesign’s Communications Director. According to Lysko, Flock CEO and founder, the app is a great tool for event organisers to present all the information resulting from their hard work and planning in a convenient place. This can include online access to a broad range of services and information for guests and event managers alike, including online registration, exhibition catalogues, maps of the venue detailing exhibitor locations as well as restroom and refreshment stations, speaker programmes including CVs, gaming elements if necessary and access to a . . .
The Polystyrene Association of South Africa managed to take an important step forward towards mapping out the future collection, recycling and selling of polystyrene packaging by hosting a Value Chain Meeting in Cape Town recently. Attending the inaugural meeting were some of the country’s biggest retailers, representatives of the Department of Environmental Affairs (DEA), local municipalities, manufacturers of polystyrene packaging products, waste management companies, collectors and recyclers. Plastics|SA’s Executive Director, Anton Hanekom, facilitated the round table discussions that focused on finding solutions for the challenges currently being experienced with the collection and recycling of polystyrene and trying to find win-win solutions that would benefit the entire industry. “The aim of the today’s meeting is to raise and talk about the issues that are important to all of us and to create a platform for dialogue,” Hanekom said as he opened the day’s discussions. “Today’s deliberations are very important for the plastics industry as a whole, because it is the first time that we get all these role players representing the entire value chain around the same table. The solutions we develop coming out of this get-together today, has the potential to produce positive ripple effects that are far reaching”. Hanekom reported 47 % of plastics packaging that was collected for recycling in 2016, which equates to 309 520 tons, was manually recycled and successfully diverted from our country’s landfills. Of this, 5 449 tons were polystyrene that was recycled into new products such as seedling trays, retail coat hangers, cutlery, furniture components and picture frames. Adri Spangenberg, Director of the Polystyrene Association, confirmed that the polystyrene food packaging industry equates to 25 000 tons produced in South Africa. “South Africa currently has 27 recyclers on record converting recyclable high impact and expanded polystyrene into raw . . .
Kitchens have progressed from merely a functional area in the back room to forming the heart of the home where eating and entertaining converge. This move has seen kitchens adopting more inviting designs as well as bolder, brighter colours – prompting the theme ‘An Expression of Colour’ for this year’s Franke Kitchen Studio Project, endorsed by the Kitchen Specialists’ Association (KSA). Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg – the leading décor, design and lifestyle exhibitions all sponsored by Kansai Plascon – will play host to this exciting feature. For the installation, four local designers in each of the three provinces will be given the chance to create ‘An Expression of Colour’ kitchen using the latest range from Franke SA. Each kitchen model will then be assessed by Franke and KSA, with the winning creator receiving R10 000 worth of Franke kitchen products. Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of KSA, said the organisation had built up a great relationship with Decorex SA through this project and other features. “Our relationship with Decorex allows for face-to-face interaction with consumers,” continued Forbes. “We use it as an educational platform to teach consumers looking into new kitchens, empowering them to ask the right questions of those in the industry.” Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter, said Franke was pleased to once again be affiliated with the Decorex exhibitions. “We have found that the Decorex shows are the designers’ hub, offering the homeowner an array of inspiring new ideas and the latest in trends. This platform enables the consumer, interior designer and architect to engage with our brand and our customers in one place.” An Expression of Colour Soutter expanded on this year’s creative theme, stating: “Life is about using the whole box of crayons. At Franke we choose to live life in colour, believing that it can influence our moods and our thoughts. The colours you pick for your kitchen can . . .
It was once said that innovation is not born from a dream, but from a struggle. As a nation facing the impact of drought and water shortages in many of our provinces, this sentiment has proven to be particularly true for the South African plastics industry. More than any other material, plastics have been relied upon to assist South Africans in dealing with the drought and accompanying water shortages. For the past few years, lack of innovation and threats of cheap imports from overseas have been two of the biggest challenges facing the local plastics industry. “Our industry has been presented with a unique opportunity to be innovative and to meet very real needs that exist in the marketplace, and I’m proud to say that we are delivering with excellence”, says Plastics|SA, Executive Director, Anton Hanekom. “Never before have we seen such a high demand for a wide variety of plastic products – whether it be for pool covers, water tanks and storage containers, plastic pipelines, artificial grass or bottled water”. With the threat of "Day Zero" looming on the horizon, i.e. when chronic water shortages may force Cape Town authorities to turn off the taps, suppliers have had to work hard to keep up with the demand. According to Charlotte Metcalf, CEO of the South African National Bottled Water Association (SANBWA), the increase in use and demand for bottled water has also underscored the importance of recycling PET bottles. “Because of the convenience of PET bottles to collect, save and consume bottled water, we have seen a marked increase in the amount of 5-liter bottles entering the market in recent months,” she says. SANBWA highlights that one of the most important features of PET bottles is that they are not ‘single-use’ bottles and are not trash. “When PET bottles are recycled, they reduce the water footprint of that bottle by up to 25%. In addition, they are used to manufacture new bottles for water or beverages, or recycled into many new and useful . . .
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner and instead of buying a cliché gift for your soulmate, treat them to a romantic jazz experience like no other. The Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening, taking place at Birchwood Hotel in Boksburg on 16 February, will feature triple-platinum artist Nathi Mankayi, SAMA award-winning songstress and reality TV star Kelly Khumalo, and Afro-Fusion songstress Zamajobe Sithole, in an evening that promises to be an unforgettable experience. In partnership with The City of Ekurhuleni, The Sowetan, Mail & Guardian and The Star newspapers, Nathi Mankayi, acclaimed for having produced the fastest selling album in SA, “Buyelekhaya”, will headline the evening. Not only was his debut album a hit on the local scene, 10 songs on the album all made the Top 30 singles on world charts. Also making a lead performance is singer and actress Kelly Khumalo, who needs little introduction. Among her numerous awards, most recently her musical accolades include the Metro FM Award for Best Female Album, as well as a double SAMA Award Nominee for Best African Adult Album and Female Artist of the year 2017. Kelly has opened for international Rap star, Missy Elliot, has her own reality show Rolling With Kelly and has a best-selling biography “The Kelly Khumalo Story”. Supporting these local greats is Zamajobe Sithole, who first made her debut in the Top 10 of Idols Season 2, and won Best Newcomer in the 2005 SAMA Awards. Inspired by Eric Clapton, Sabelo Gxoyiya, Letta Mbulu, Abigail Khubeka, and Khadja Nin, her music resonates as a fusion of Afro-Jazz, Soul and Funk. As always, resident MC Hector Motivator will direct the evening’s entertainment in his humorous way, while the Napsta, also known as Napoleon Masinga, will bring his high energy impersonations, accents, ventriloquism, alter-ego’s and musi-comedy to the evening’s entertainment. Proud of his clean sense of humour, the Napsta’s unique humour caters to a broad audience. The . . .