There is no better way to test your knowledge and get updated with the latest trends and developments driving successful and effective big data and analytics optimisation in banking, than by attending the Inaugural Banking: Big Data & Analytics Conference 2015. This is the definitive banking event focusing on analytics for segmentation in the industry which will be attended by major role players in the banking, insurance and service provider industry. The event is separated into three days; with the first day focusing on big data, whilst the second day theme is data and predictive analytics; the third day theme is banking segmentation. It will be held on 23, 24 & 25 June 2015 at the Indaba Hotel in Sandton, South Africa. The banking industry in South Africa has been delayed in their adoption of big data; and has yet to fully embrace the power of analytics to drive profits and offer unparalleled customer insights. It is imperative that the financial services industry be prepared for these developments in the era of the digital bank; in order to apply analytics to pricing decisions; to make fees transparent and synchronise with the overall value or risk assessment of the customer. Attending the Banking: Big Data & Analytics Conference 2015 will answer questions on how the latest innovations, technologies and strategies are going to rapidly transform the local banking environment. Key industry leaders like Yudhivir Seetharam; Head: Analytics at FNB Business, Mandeep Chaudhary; Retail Director at Barclays Zambia, Mogen Naidoo; Managing Director at Qina Group, Charles de Jager; Manager: Real-time data platform and middleware at SAP Africa, Simon Carpenter; Chief Customer Officer at SAP Africa, Gary Allemann; Managing Director at Master Data Management, Wayne Dick; Business Development Manager at Hitachi Data Systems; Stuart Cheverton; Business Development Manager: EMEA at Hitachi Data Systems and Ryan Naude; Manager: Data Solutions at Entelect are . . .
Jeep Team’s Pierre Smith claimed Gold at the 70km Riverside Mica 2-Provinces MTB Race in Gauteng on Monday (6 April 2015), with Christoff van Heerden in 2nd place and Wayd Needham in 3rd. Just under 200 riders competed in the 2-Provinces MTB at Vanderbijlpark in Stonehaven-on-Vaal, with Smith fighting off strong opposition to break the tape in a fast 2h22m40s, just seconds ahead of Van Heerden (2h22m59s). Needham crossed the line in 2h23m23s. Said Smith: “This is always a special race to me being right on my door step and it is nice to perform in front of a home crowd. I used this race mainly to prepare for Ashburton Investments National MTB Series in Clarens in two weeks’ time and it was a good confidence booster. I enjoyed the route a lot with all the single track and jeep track sections in it and made my move with about 10km to go and just kept the peddle down till the end.” Other Jeep Team results In the Western Cape, Jeep Team’s OCR champion, Dominique D'Oliveira, took on the 22-km Old Mutual Two Oceans Trail Run on Friday (3 April 2015) finishing 17th in a time of 2h56m. Said D'Oliveira: “With the Jeep Warrior still in my legs and the Impi Challenge just around the corner it was more of a training run for me than a race as such, but a great experience. It was probably one of the most challenging one-day trail runs I've ever done but also one of the most beautiful.” On Saturday, multiple world champion paddler, Hank McGregor, was out of his comfort zone, competing on land rather than in water at the Old Mutual Two Oceans Half Marathon. Testament to McGregor’s racing spirit whatever the challenge, he finished the 21-km race in 1h24m39s, earning himself a Silver medal. Author: Nissin Laby from Max Cluer Sports Marketing. More Info link: http://www.jeepteam.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/jeepteamsa Facebook: https://facebook.com/jeepteamsa Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Max Cluer Sports Marketing. Pierre . . .
Every successful business owner knows that its success lies in the happiness of their customers. For The Fish & Chip Co. nothing is more important than ensuring its customers are well looked after in store, and that their wallets feel the same love. The brand, which is committed to adding value to customer experiences, lives by the ethos of ‘Hot and a lot’. It is this statement that underpins a dedication to serving food, in bigger, shareable portions at a low cost. The group of franchises that span over 300 stores nationwide will, once again, introduce new ways of keeping their loyal customers happy – by feeding them more for less. The franchising giant that is well loved and appreciated by all fish fans who like to stretch their money a bit further, is offering exciting meal promotions to ‘add a little more month’ before pay day arrives. The first promotion, a meal consisting out of two small hake portions and a large chips will be sold for a mere R29,90 and is a great, hot deal for two to enjoy. A second offering that will feed the entire family, includes two small hake portions, two small russians, four bread rolls and a serving of large chips. All of this will be completed with a one liter Coke and sold for only R79,99. Both promos will be available from 24 March to 12 April 2015. Those who have a love for The Fish & Chip Co. will know that the company always keeps their word when they say ‘Hot and a lot’ as their meal sizes are always sufficient to feed entire families and the latest promotions prove no different. Even though these meals will only be available for a limited time, The Fish & Chip Co. is confident that the promos will be appreciated by those who appreciate saving money wherever they can. “We are always looking for ways to add value to our customers. Whether it be by introducing new food options for a wider variety or to save them money, serving the best is what we know best,” says Managing Executive of The Fish & . . .
Globally, the increased concern around public safety has resulted in the intensification of security measures for transportation of goods internationally. Businesses which trade internationally need to be aware of the security measures in place to mitigate the risk to their operations and their people. This is according to Oliver Facey, Vice President of Operations for DHL Express Sub Saharan Africa (SSA), who was speaking in light of the recent announcement of three African countries, namely Sudan, South Sudan and Djibouti, joining the EU list of red countries, a classification which results in strict security measures being imposed on goods transported across the country’s borders. There are currently 8 African countries classified as red countries. Countries across the globe are classified according to their security risk profiles and are either regarded as red, white or green – The classification determines the level of security measures applicable to the countries, and include various restrictions on the items that can be transported, as well as the screening levels packages need to be subjected to before being cleared for transportation to the EU and US. Facey explains that a red country is considered higher risk due to potential national security concerns. Similarly, a white country is considered to have a certain level of risk, but not as high a security risk as a red country whereas green countries have a minimal security risk level. Facey says that the nature and degree of security is changing, and that society at large needs to be aware of the increased security measures that are required to be taken. “The business-to-consumer (B2C) market in SSA is growing with the emergence of e-commerce and the increased demand for consumer goods. The rise of the SME has also resulted in greater variety and accessibility to new and competing products. Goods are now just a click away, and can be sourced and ordered from anywhere in the world.” Facey explains . . .
Over the past two years there has been an exceptionally strong demand for residential property in the node west of Rivonia in northern Johannesburg, from the Sunninghill and Paulshof areas particularly. This is according to Chris Renecle, MD of Renprop, which is launching a 210-unit sectional title apartment development in the area later this month called The Quails. Renecle notes that Renprop has developed in excess of 1 000 sectional title units in this node over the last 10 years, all of which have been successfully sold and realised a solid capital growth. He points to a number of resales that Renprop has handled in its original two developments in the Paulshof area, which were first sold off plan in 2005. “Recent sales in these developments over the past eight months are a testament to the growth potential of apartments in this node as they have achieved an average value growth of more than 35% between the original sales price and the resales price. This just shows what exceptional investment value these units have delivered,” says Renecle. Demarcated by the Western Bypass, Leeuwkop Estate, Sunninghill and Lonehill, the suburb of Paulshof is well situated close to the Rivonia CBD and benefits from a number of amenities including schools and shopping centres, as well as easy access to the N1 and other major road networks. Added to this, infrastructure upgrades in the area, such the widening and improvement of Witkoppen Road which is currently underway, will ease the traffic flow adding to the area’s appeal. Situated on Holkam Avenue, the three-story walk-up apartments at The Quails, which are ideally suited to executives working in the Rivonia/Sandton area as well as investors who want to capitalise on the strong rental demand that is also prevalent in Paulshof, will measure between 80m2 and 100m2. Buyers have the option of various configurations, from one-bedroom lofts and two-bedroom, one-bathroom units to two-bedroom, two-bathroom units, some of . . .
While there are many things in South Africa that speak to the heart of its people, nothing is as popular as a good ol’ braai. South Africans love to braai. Why? Because to us, a braai is more than a meal. It’s a celebration of our culture. It’s an experience that is loaded with the more than just the flavour of good food, but includes good company too. Across race, language, region and religion, we all share one common heritage. Although the ingredients may differ, the one thing that never changes is that when South Africans have something to celebrate they light fires, and prepare great feasts. There is something about the open fires and the flavours it unleashes that has captured the hearts and the tastebuds of those who enjoy this mealtime gathering. Even though many braai enthusiasts prefer using charcoal and briquettes – for convenience sake – nothing beats the flavour that resonates from a wood fire. This is why people who simply love the taste of braai’ed chicken keep coming back to Zebro’s Chicken. Because any excuse to have a braai will do, more and more South Africans are bypassing the home fires and coming to Zebro’s Chicken for that incomparable taste experience, which is healthier and tastier than other fast food chicken offerings. Pertunia Tsotetsi, Marketing Manager of Zebro’s Chicken, says the South African heritage of braai’ing underpins the restaurant’s meals, answering the call to bring that home-grown flavour to an increasing number of South Africans. Unique among South African chicken restaurants because its meals are prepared over an open fire, Zebro’s Chicken serves up a distinct and delicious flavour that celebrates our South African heritage and with a scrumptious menu that includes chicken on the bone, chicken burgers, Russian-style sausages, fresh-cut chips and assorted salads – every day can be braai day. “Zebro’s Chicken meals are prepared on hot wood coals using a secret marinade and basting sauce, and sold either as a . . .
Entries are now open for The Eco-Logic Awards 2015, which recognise South Africa’s environmental champions and reward outstanding achievements. Organised annually since 2011 by The Enviropaedia, the Awards invite entries from large and small businesses, municipalities, groups and individuals who are leading the way in environmental excellence and innovation. David Parry-Davies, the force behind The Enviropaedia and Eco-Logic Awards, explains that the awards are unusual because the judging criteria are about quality not quantity. This levels the playing field between small initiatives and large corporates. “We use the seven-rooted value system that we call Eco-Logic as the basis for judging the Awards. We believe this is a critically important ingredient in changing our current environmental trajectory and producing the kind of world we would all like to live in.” This year, a new category will be included: Business - Green Economy. This category seeks to identify a business that build and supports the Green Economy in South Africa. The other 2015 Award categories are: Water Conservation, Energy Efficiency, Eco-Innovation, Transport Award, Recycling, Biodiversity, Climate Change, Municipalities, Youth, Eco-Community, Eco-Angel, Eco-Warrior and Lifetime Achievement awards. Past winners outline benefits of Awards Kolosa Magudu, Water Conservation Scientist with Duzi uMngeni Conservation Trust (DuCT) – winner of last year’s Water Conservation Award, says that the stature and influence on the Award has motivated staff, as they are now being recognised and rewarded for their work. It has also helped attract new sponsors. “Because of the Award we have more volunteers coming in as they saw DuCT on TV.” Sarah Farrell, Marketing Manager for Cape Town’s Hotel Verde, which has won awards for energy and water-saving, says that winning an Eco-Logic Award has improved staff morale, increased the hotel’s environmental credibility and contributed to . . .
Celebrity actors Neels Claasen, Cindy Swanepoel, Jacques Bessenger, Chan Marti and Lebohang Motaung play the leads in UJ’s production of THE CRUCIBLE. "I am thrilled that we have been able to secure a cast of this calibre for our very first full-scale setwork production," says Ashraf Johaardien commenting on the launch production of UJ Arts & Culture's EVOLUTION X Performing Arts Programme for 2015. Written by Pulitzer-winning playwright Arthur Miller, the play is set in colonial Massachusetts, during the Salem Witch trials of 1692, Miller’s play is based on actual events where greed and vindictiveness fanned the flames of religious fervour until they almost destroyed an entire village. Neels Clasen, who plays the role of John Proctor, played the lead role in the American thriller SLASH (2002). Other film credits include Catch a Fire (2006) and Platteland (2011). He was also co-writer and actor in the Kyknet series, BLIKSKOTTEL (2003) as well as the SABC 2 series KOMPLEKS and KOMPLEKS 2 which he co-directed. KOMPLEKS 2 was nominated in four categories at the annual SAFTA awards, for Best Comedy Series, Best Comedy Writing, Best Comedy Ensemble and Best Director of a Comedy Series. Neels has extensive television experience and was seen in three series of SOUL BUDDYZ and presented CINEMAGIC with Barry Ronge. Other series include DIE CASPER RASPER SHOW and IETERMAGO (Kyknet), ISIDINGO and ZERO TOLERANCE (SABC2). He was also nominated for a Naledi award in the category, Best Male Performance in a Musical, for his portrayal of the villain, Khashogg in WE WILL ROCK YOU. Cindy Swanepoel doubles up in the roles of Abigail and Elizabeth Proctor. She also plays the role of Mysi Moolman in the film BALLADE VIR 'N ENKELING which is currently on circuit. With almost thirty stage productions to her credit she has also made small screen appearances on EGOLI, 7DE LAAN, VILLA ROSA, GENERATIONS and LAUGH OUT LOUD. In addition she has been a guest performer on 90 SQUARE . . .
News24 Nigeria broke all records last week with their coverage of the Nigerian election. The site clocked over 55-million page views in four-days; with 38-million page views on news articles and live updates and 8,7-million page views on the live results maps. “The results completely exceeded our expectations,” says Corli van der Merwe, Africa Editor at 24.com. “At 11pm on Monday evening (30 March) we hit our peak at 102 000 active users. At that point we were serving 500 pages per second. This completely smashed our previous record of 375 pages per second which News24 hit during the South African elections last year.” The award-winning 24.com product development team set the benchmark for election reporting with the 2014 South African elections, the results of which were used in the planning for the Nigerian elections. The world-class interactive results maps, the live news feed and user-generated content platform (My2015) were all seamlessly integrated across web and mobile-web. However, it was mobile that came out the clear winner, with 98% of all traffic via mobile devices. Successes like this have a massive impact on commercial reach too, often introducing new audiences for established brands. “This election coverage was sponsored entirely by PriceCheck who are building their brand in West Africa. They are happy with the results,” says Andrea van den Bergh, News24 Nigeria Channel Sales Manager at The SpaceStation, the digital media sales company that exclusively represents News24. Other election features included: Multimedia, Opinion and Analysis, User generated content, Party info pages and Voter education sections. Van der Merwe concludes by congratulating the people of Nigeria and the Nigerian Government on a largely peaceful election: “We look forward to serving the Nigerian audience again on 11 April when we will be covering the Gubernational elections on the same platform.” Author: Genevieve Cutts from MANGO-OMC. More Info link: . . .
During an employment litigation case, computer forensics can be the key element in the case. Emails, file transfers, and HTML caches are some of the "smoking guns" found during computer forensic investigations that have helped dismiss or settle cases. Some investigations reveal deliberate efforts to hide or destroy information and can lead to claims of spoliation. Wilful destruction of electronic evidence often leads to a summary judgment against the offending party along with sanctions including court costs, expert fees and legal fees. Spoliation is a serious matter to the court and is dealt with seriously. "The use of computer forensic investigations during the course of an employee dispute or other labour and employment law issue is one of the foundations of Rick Crouch & Associates, and several of our senior investigators specialize solely in this area. During a matter such as this, many employers first approach their IT staff for data collection. This is not only detrimental to the potential evidentiary integrity of the data, but can also actually destroy the very data we would have otherwise recovered." Said Rick Crouch, Managing Director of private investigation and digital forensics company Rick Crouch & Associates. Increasing numbers of employees now leave their positions of their own accord, but end up trying to fight non-compete agreements or are able to take vital company data with them when they leave. A computer forensics investigator is able to conduct a forensic examination on computers associated with these departed individuals. "We have helped to successfully defend both private and public employers in class action law suits and complex litigation. Our forensic computer investigations are likewise heavily involved in the defence of wrongful discharge cases, contract and commission claims, implied employment contract claims, slander and libel claims, negligence and negligent retention claims, and whistleblower claims. We also have . . .