Johannesburg, 08 December 2016 - The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) held its inaugural Recognition Awards Ceremony on 26 October 2016, to acknowledge excellence in the areas of skills development partnerships, innovation in training, work integrated learning, support for people living with disabilities as well as extraordinary work by new member companies. 33 Companies walked away with awards that were given across 6 categories namely; Best Skills Development Partner, Recognition for Support of People with Disabilities, Best Partner for WIL, Best Innovation in Skills Development, CHIETA 2015/2016 Achiever Award and Special Award to new member companies from CHIETA ACEO. The companies received a trophy, a certificate of acknowledgment as well as a cheque for R 150 000.00 towards skills development in the 2017(terms and conditions apply). Member companies such as SASOL, CHEVRON South Africa and Unilever were amongst the veteran industry companies to snatch up awards during this prestigious event. The focus however was not on the age or history of organisations but rather the merits of each project. Rural based companies such as Elinem Construction CC were recognized for their unique offering to the unemployed youth of rural Kwa-Zulu-Natal. "As a SETA accredited training provider and employer, we target unemployed youth from the rural community of KZN and take them through the institutional training and then into Elinem Construction for in-service training," shared Warren Birchall, Training Manager of Elinem Construction CC. He added that the Elinem learners therefore leave the program trained for industry and not for the minimum outcome as is specified by many training program. Mr Birchall reiterated that this program is largely made possible by CHIETA funding as 99% of their learners hail from impoverished backgrounds. This program was visited by the Auditor General of South Africa during the 2016 Audit period, and was . . .
Women are becoming a driving force of entrepreneurial growth and will be an important influence in generating economic growth, jobs and new prosperity in the future. Currently, female- owned businesses still only account for 30 percent of businesses worldwide and women still face gender specific obstacles as entrepreneurs. To find solutions for specific issues or to set up or grow their business, women often will need expert advice, training or mentoring at some point. Introducing a New Platform for Women Entrepreneurs GoGilvah, founded by business woman Gisa Ellis is an online platform and community connecting women entrepreneurs owning, running or planning start-ups and businesses with expert consultants, mentors and experienced business leaders. GoGilvah helps women connect with experts who can help propel their businesses forward. GoGilvah offers a unique resource of committed, creative and compassionate experts focused on a common purpose - to help women to accelerate in business and personally. The aim is to provide business women with easy access to tailored, solution oriented, valuable expert advice without having to travel to the professional. They can receive advice on all aspects from creating a marketing plan to building an international strategy to training and managing a leading team. Some of the benefits of GoGilvah for the experts and entrepreneurs are; • No geographical boundaries • Scheduling, Booking, confirmations, invoicing and payments all done through integrated software • Consult via Skype from the comfort of your home or office We aim to support and inspire women to become strong, impactful and successful entrepreneurs. Your success is our success. Connect with at GoGilvah: www.gogilvah.com Contact us for enquiries here: firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Wooden Jungle Gyms – The secret of simulating your child’s development in an enjoyable way could be waiting right outside your home. The benefits of buying a Wooden Jungle Gym are many. Wooden Jungle Gyms are easily integrated into a family lifestyle. They provide quality family fun, without needing to even leave the home. Wooden jungle gyms teach children value skills which they can carry with them into adulthood. Physical, emotional and social skills are just a few of the essential skills that can be learned through a wooden jungle gym, and the best part is that your children are enjoying themselves while their development grows in leaps and bounds. Most children in this day and age do not get as much exercise as they should. The Wooden Jungle Gym provides parents with the perfect solution to incorporate physical activity into their children’s lifestyle. Wooden Jungle Gyms develop a child’s imagination which may bring out creativity in all aspects of their life. It teaches them to share and cooperate with siblings and friends, whether older or younger as the wooden jungle gym is appropriate for children of all ages. In addition, the wooden jungle gym can help children conquer some fears they may have such as, the fear of heights. Many children miss out on fun and exciting activities because they are afraid of attempting them. This unfortunately may often carry on to their adult life. The Wooden jungle gym is an investment unlike any other, it will last for many years. It keeps children entertained throughout holidays and weekends, while developing them in a fun way. Children, as they grow up will share many great experiences with siblings, parents and friends on their wooden jungle gym. Mzanzi Wooden Jungle Gyms was started by Abel Seleka in 2005 with one aim. To put smiles on the faces of the children of Mzanzi. Since then the company has grown in leaps and bounds. Mzanzi Wooden Jungle gyms have done installations at schools, parks, nurseries, . . .
Johannesburg, 30 November 2016 - We live in a world of TV and movie lovers, not to mention one that is ruled by the relentless march of technology. Techies and gadget-geeks who are in pursuit of the best possible home viewing experience may fantasise about having a spectacular OLED TV (like LG’s popular E6 model) hanging on their living room walls, but how often do we consider their potential for use in the workplace? So why would you buy an OLED 4K TV for work instead of home? It’s a question of content. While 4K content is slowly becoming more and more widespread and accessible, many still consider it to be very early days to be investing in 4K television. At work, however, it’s a different story. Hooking up an LG OLED 4K TV to your office computers is a different ball game altogether. Whichever operating system you use, whether Windows, Mac, Linux, or Chrome OS, it is already able to output at higher resolutions than the 1080p we’re all used to. Channelling this output through a 4K TV screen enables you to increase your display resolution instantly (up to 3840 X 2160), provided your computer’s graphics card can support such settings. The improvement in sharpness and quality will be immediately apparent, and since we tend to sit much closer to screens at work than at home, the improvement in pixel density will be all the more noticeable. In addition, LG’s unique OLED technology enhances the experience even further with its extraordinary contrast, vivid colours and true blacks, already being enjoyed by millions of our customers around the world. This is great news for everybody working in visually focused fields, such as photography, filmmaking, videography, graphic or industrial design, fine art and many others – and many of the apps that these professionals use are ready and waiting to be boosted with a 4K display. For example, Adobe Photoshop makes incredible use of 4K displays, with an interface that can scale up or down, and functions that allow the . . .
LG solidifies its strategic focus in offering high-end consumer electronics with the introduction of its latest V series smartphone LG Electronics (LG) continues to strategically strengthen its offerings and leadership role in the premium segment across various business divisions including its mobile communication business. The company’s ongoing focus brings to market the most innovative technologies and elegant designs catered to discerning user values and lifestyles in the premium market category. “By leveraging the best of LG’s incredible technology and design innovation, the LG premium brand offering will further open up new opportunities for high-end appliances and consumer electronics. Within the mobile communication division, we strive to take a lead in the premium smartphone market with our two-track strategy of simultaneously backing both the mid-tier and the premium series,” said Kevin Cha, President of LG Electronics Middle East and Africa. With LG’s handset shipment volume growth increasing and with it being the fastest growing in the Middle East and Africa region (Source: Strategy analytics report), LG’s strategic focus will be to further ensure latest line-ups in premium consumer electronics. LG aims to continue to explore new product ideas that can add a new paradigm for an extended smartphone experience. The company aims to concentrate on offering differentiated user values and new, playful and premium smartphone experiences. The recent global introduction of the V20 illustrates LG’s strategic focus on providing consumers with high-end products within the smartphone segment that prioritizes user needs and lifestyles.Premium mobile devices require the best in today’s innovations and technologies, and LG has ensured its V20 is bar none. Following the latest trend in the premium smartphone market, the V20 has enhanced durability with its aluminum back cover that withstands external shocks without bending or distorting, and with its Si-PC . . .
Air conditioners are a necessity at this time of year, but many are understandably concerned with the prospect of increased energy bills and a negative environmental impact. LG explains why inverter technology is the future of air conditioning – keeping you cool while using far less energy doing it. During the hot summer months, air conditioning can quickly transform a room from a blistering, unbearable sweatbox into a cool, refreshing oasis away from the heat. But with electricity bills on the rise and global warming constantly on our minds, many consider running an air conditioner all day irresponsible. The good news is that modern air conditioners are far more energy efficient than you might imagine. They use less energy than a number of home appliances, ranking around the middle of the pack for efficiency. And now, thanks to an innovative new technology, air conditioners are more energy efficient than ever. Inverter technology, found in LG’s latest residential air-conditioners, are up to 70% more energy efficient than traditional air conditioners. That’s thanks to a variable speed compressor that is able to reduce its speed as the air approaches the desired temperature. This allows it to maintain the right temperature without the need for turning on and off. That’s the trick, because traditional air conditioners constantly turn on and off in order to regulate temperature. Doing so, as well as having to speedup to maximum capacity to re-cool the room after being off for a period of time, uses noticeably more power than inverter technology. Not only are inverter air conditioners, such as LG’s ARTCOOL unit more energy efficient, they’re also quieter, allowing for a peaceful sleep or quiet study session. They’re also far quicker at reducing a room’s temperature, ultimately saving money by reducing temperature spikes. Air conditioners are expensive, long-term investments, so it makes sense to do research beforehand. And as everyone becomes . . .
NSE completed installation of a large grid-tied PV solar plant on the mall@reds roof in Centurion, Pretoria. This renewable energy plant made use of the best quality PV panels, inverter and mounting structure available. The client achieves a payback period of 5 to 6 years and a project IRR in excess of 20% over the minimum lifetime of the plant. The client mandated NSE to achieve two objectives. First to maximise the kWh production from the solar plant per annum. Second to minimise the financial payback period. NSE engineers had a difficult task of running various simulation to finally identify the most optimum design of the solar plant for this mall’s roof. Astrino Nikoloudakis from Acsion (owners of mall@reds) commended NSE for its proactiveness in dealing with problems on site and providing relevant value-add services that improved the quality of the final product. NSE CEO, David Masureik, commented that, “This was a challenging project which needed to be completed on a tight schedule.” Solar panels were installed on 19 different roofs, each with its own orientation and angle. There were six independent AC tie-in points across the mall. The energy usage of each tie-in point was analysed to ensure that all the solar power connected to it would be consumed. Further equipment was installed to ensure no power was allowed back into the grid in the event the solar power exceeded the tie-in points demand. Despite these difficulties and many others, the complete solar plant was commissioned on schedule, 14 weeks from order. NSE enhanced the overall product offering of the solar plant by including value-add services which benefited the client. These include: A comprehensive Operation and Maintenance (O&M) contract ensures the solar plant continues to perform as efficiently as expected for the duration of its life, which is expected to be a minimum of 20 years. A Performance Guarantee on the production of the solar plant and corresponding revenue . . .
WELCOME TO THE ULTIMATE FRANSCHHOEK CELLAR EXPERIENCE #FHKLIVE Known and respected for its world-class hospitality, The Franschhoek Cellar will now also offer patrons premium live entertainment! Included on the property is an array of superbly renovated facilities, with the modern and spacious events venue able to accommodate up to 300 guests. As the single biggest venue of its kind in the area, music, food and wine lovers can look forward to the same superior service and quality across the stellar line-up of leading artists booked to entertain locals and visitors over the season ahead. With Watershed, Dan Patlansky and PJ Powers having all enjoyed sold-out success, The Franschhoek Cellar looks set to add a further feather in its cap as a crucial stop for artists with South African and International appeal and a desire to be a part of Franchhoek’s favourite family entertainment experience. To ensure all senses are thoroughly delighted, Paul Bothner Music will be installing their top of the range sound equipment at each event. 18 December: PRIME CIRCLE / STRIPPED SHOW Touring extensively, Prime Circle has been continuously raising the bar in efforts to go beyond their already legendary, world-famous live performances and their three-piece "STRIPPED" tour is no exception. Fans of “Hello”, “Breathing” and more recently “Ghosts” will get to experience Ross, Dale and Neil unpacking their plethora of hits, all stripped bare and delivered raw, exposing the root of the songs and their stories. Guaranteed to delight, don’t wait to book for what promises to be a highlight on The Franschhoek Cellar calendar. Book tickets here: http://thefranschhoekcellar.co.za/latest-news Direct Booking link: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1465808991 Lunch (not included – call 021 876 2086 to book a table) will be served from 12noon. Prime Circle performs from 3pm. 20 December: WATERSHED Unplugged Since their breakthrough single in 2000 . . .
This year marks the 10th anniversary of a partnership between the Herbalife Family Foundation and Acres of Love. For the last 18 years, Acres of Love have been providing support and care for orphans across the country. There are currently 29 Acres of Love Forever Family Homes in operation, with 24 in Johannesburg and 5 in Cape Town. 110 dedicated and passionate employees care for almost 200 children across the Acres of Love Forever Family Homes network. The Herbalife Family Foundation supports Acres of Love as part of its Casa Herbalife programme; providing monetary contributions and volunteering that go towards ensuring the healthy nutrition of each child in the Homes. Gerda Audagnotti, Co-founder and CEO of Acres of Love, says: “We currently care for children with medical conditions such as HIV/AIDS, paralysis, Spina Bifida, Cerebral Palsy, CHARGE Syndrome, Down Syndrome, Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, hearing and vision impairments, Autism, and clubfeet. Herbalife’s partnership to ensure that these children have nutrient-rich diets, filled with fruits and vegetables, is extremely foundational in their overall health. With excellent medical, emotional, educational, and nutritional care we have seen incredible transformations in the lives of our children as we meet their needs with love and dignity. We are incredibly grateful for Herbalife’s commitment to bring health and holistic care to the children we serve!” The mission of Acres of Love is to rescue and care for children who are abandoned or orphaned due to AIDS, abuse, and extreme poverty in South Africa. They also advocate for the rights of orphans to obtain world class health-care, education, and nutrition. As Acres of Love takes a holistic approach to caring for their children, nutrition plays an integral role which means that each child in their care has three nutritious meals a day and that they have the correct diet for their individual needs. On Thursday, 17th of November, Herbalife team . . .
South Africa’s leading marathon mountain bike racer, Max Knox, will race on Rocky Mountain bikes in 2017. The 29-year-old Knox won both the South African marathon championship and the Ashburton Investment National Marathon Series in 2016 and has set his sights on an expanded racing programme in 2017. Rocky Mountain is a Canadian-based international bicycle brand, which has been producing premium performance mountain bikes since 1981. It has achieved international success in various forms of mountain bike racing over the past 35 years, including overall victory in the inaugural Absa Cape Epic in 2004. Knox will be racing on the Rocky Mountain Element 999RSL, the brand’s flagship marathon/XC model, which has recently been refined with more stable (and adjustable) geometry, more efficient suspension and the accommodation of two bottles inside the main frame, making it what Rocky Mountain believes is the ideal marathon or stage race bike. “Max has shown this year that he’s really matured into a classy, consistent marathon racer. He’s reaching an age where he is likely to develop even further as an endurance athlete and we are pleased to have him competing on a Rocky Mountain Element,” said Hylton English, Rocky Mountain brand manager. “I’ve been racing full time for over a decade and have confirmed in the past two years that marathons and stage races are indeed my greatest strength. After one of my most successful years, I am looking forward to expanding on that into 2017. I’ve done a few weeks of riding on the 2016 Rocky Mountain Element 990RSL already and am thrilled with the bike,” said Knox. “I’m looking forward to the arrival of the new Element 999RSL in January and am excited to be racing on one of the world’s premier mountain bike brands. My 2017 season will be slightly different to 2016, but will still be focussed around marathons and stage races, mostly in South Africa,” added Knox. Knox will also be supported by Helly Hansen casual wear, . . .