South Africa is a country extremely sensitive to race. Race is what divides us according to who we associate with, where we live, who we vote for and our immediate first impressions of people that we deal with. All South Africans carry the baggage of a devastating shared past that continues to be a huge stumbling block to the success of an incredible nation. For decades we were conditioned to think in terms of our skin colour. Apartheid preached that persons of colour were inferior. Such was the iron grip of the Nationalist Party on the media that privileged white South Africans were not reminded on a daily basis of the crime happening in their own neighbourhoods - job reservation, inferior education, economic hardship and daily persecution of our fellow citizens continued in a mad rush to certain ruin. It was state television, during the 16 June 1976 Soweto riots, that allowed ordinary South Africans a glimpse of the groundswell of resistance against an ever oppressive government and which could have been the opening of the door that led to the release of political prisoners, the unbanning of the ANC and Communist Party, the release of Nelson Mandela and, finally, true democracy in 1994. We, as citizens have been a little bit tardy since then and have allowed our politicians, media and business to slip back into undemocratic and divisive ways. We are now constantly bombarded with divisive language as politicians try to score points by calling everyone out for being racist. The number of taboo words increases and the media have rushed to the party by further increasing the publicity that these politicians crave as we rush towards another crucial set of municipal elections in 2016. We need a movement, a groundswell of ordinary citizens that will say; "Enough - I love my neighbour, I love my country and I refuse to allow anyone to continue promoting this artificial division." The first part of the pledge to go Race Free is; "You pledge to not . . .
Up until recently MyPR.co.za has only made a summary of each article available via our numerous RSS feeds. We now make the Full Press Release text available via our RSS feeds. AND, for the busy publisher using Wordpress, we have a way for you to now automatically aggregate niche content from MyPR and encourage you to follow the model that MyCapeTown has pioneered. MyCapeTown is based on the Wordpress Content Management Platform and utilises an autoblogging platform called WP Robot and the 'Cape Town' tagged RSS feed to automatically publish press releases from MyPR to MyCapeTown The steps are simple: You must be running your site on Wordpress Purchase and install WP Robot HERE * If you are bewildered, help is at hand - for $5.00 I will install WP Robot and set up three campaigns for you. * Current prices range from $89 (Basic) to $129 (Full) to $329.00 (Developer). As a dyed in the wool tight-ass I hummed and hawed about spending money on WP Robot but, after due consideration, went big and bought the developer's version. (Scroll down for links to more auto blogging plugins). My reasons for buying the developer version were: Once off price and lifetime updates. The ability to give proper accreditation and not just 'steal' other peoples work. The fact that it is keyword or RSS based and can be tweaked to whatever niche that I am targeting. The once off price I paid was equivalent to one month of the monthly salary I would have paid a data capturer. Back to a practical example: Once you have installed WP Robot you have the choice of fetching articles from MyPR (and many other sources), republishing on your site as a draft or immediately all under remote control and as regular as you deem fit, whilst you sleep, eat and play. Your WP Robot won't take holidays or day's off sick, ask for an increase or use your resources without your permission. Now that is a sweet deal for a tight-ass such as myself. See MyCapeTown.co.za . . .
Duesouth Escapes embodies the spirit of adventure that many dream of, but few have the courage to pursue. Duesouth Escapes caters for modern, hi-tech travellers and stylish handbag lovers who demand a retail experience suited to their adventurous spirit. Some of the brands we stock in luggage and handbags include SKRoss, Thule, The North Face, PACSAFE, Osprey, Jekyll and Hide, Nine West, Fiorelli and more. Our first store opened in Hemingways Mall in October 2015 and our second will open in Baywest Centre, Port Elizabeth, on 10 December 2015! Don’t miss out on the special opening offer of 20% off luggage and handbags from 10-20 Dec. We also offer the option of shopping on our online store, www.duesouthescapes.co.za, from the comfort of your home. We at Duesouth Escapes understand that the quest for adventure is a thirst waiting to be quenched. We aim to do just that with our range of brands. Unique international brands are complemented by our own brand offerings. This sets us apart from our competitors. We believe an adventurous spirit can never be tamed. Climb, run, fly and explore everything on earth. Duesouth Escapes will prepare you for any adventure with high quality luggage and accessories suited to your specific journey. TFG offers a comprehensive portfolio of 18 retail brands that include clothing, footwear, jewelry, sportswear, mobile phones, technology products and home stores. We strive to be leaders in the fashion and lifestyle sectors of the retail industry in Africa. Our diverse brands allow us to push the boundaries of the retail industry in new and innovative ways – helping us to achieve our goal. We have over 2000 stores across Africa, all of which boast our excellent in-store experience. Now we also have an online presence allowing the convenience of delivery to your door anywhere in South Africa. Duesouth Escapes embodies the spirit of adventure many dream of, but few have the courage to pursue. Duesouth Escapes caters for modern, . . .
South Africa, GP. November 2015 – South African cosmetics manufacturer Euphrates Cosmetics is proud to unveil Euphrates Besties, a user-generated content-driven campaign created to celebrate the brand’s natural skin care collection, featuring two South African inspirational popular faces. As a local Cosmetics Manufacturer, that also exports our products around the continent, it is important that when the brand decided to have brand ambassadors to represent some of our products, that we chose individuals who have used the products and who are from South Africa. Aurelia Nxumalo and Jo-anne Reyneke were the most fitting candidates. There is something about these ladies that makes people want to engage with them. That was the secret ingredient we needed for this partnership to be a success. The Euphrates South Africa family looks forward to a beautiful relationship with them. We strongly believe in giving women a pen to write their success story and use the social media space to positively engage with our target market. We are convinced that with our new Euphrates besties / brand ambassadors (Aurelia Nxumalo and Jo-anne Reyneke) we will be able to beautifully impact more South African women. Find more information on www.euphrates.co.za Social Media: @euphrates_sa | @aurelianxumalo | @joannereyneke Author: Stacey Roberts from BB Creations. More Info link: http://www.euphrates.co.za/#!euphrates-cosmetics-blog/c1it9 Twitter: https://twitter.com/Euphrates_SA Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/euphratesSA/?ref=bookmarks Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact BB Creations. Model (L) Aurelia Nxumalo and Actress (R) Jo-Anne Reyneke Photo: Max studios Jo-Anne Reyneke Photo: Kerry- Max Studios Aurelia Nxumalo Photo: Kerry Max Studios YouTube: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. Have a look at the online visibility from 11/07/2015 to today for Euphrates Cosmetics Reveals Euphrates Besties Summer Campaign - . . .
Solar and renewable energy companies have now had a chance to evaluate the immense number of quotations and requests for proposals received from business and individuals during the last round of load-shedding by Eskom. At the time Eskom was the best salesman ever for the renewable energy industry. Frankly - load-shedding was not that good for business or for the sustainability of the renewable energy industry. Reason - the knee jerk panic reaction by consumers new to the solar industry saw them making rash decisions to install Solar Grid Tie Hybrid systems at exorbitant cost. In a normal environment consumers make decisions based on long term sustainability and return on investment over many years. Hybrid systems include batteries which are a finite resource, add greatly to the cost and negatively affect the amount of PV Power available to pump back into the grid to reduce the amount of power consumed from Eskom. In some cases the price differential between a Hybrid and a Grid Tie ONLY system was in the region of 60%. Add the fact that municipalities have implemented OR are considering implementing an availability charge to consumers that use the grid as a 'battery' at night and the expensive hybrid option just got more expensive. During the load-shedding madness we lost sight of the main focus of Grid Tie PV which was to generate as close as possible to (and exceed) the amount of electricity consumed at each installation. According to Straton Solar; "Consumers fortunate enough to live within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality enjoy Grid Tie on a one-for-one basis and if they over generate have the option to sell that excess power on as well. This makes for a 'perfect storm' for the solar industry in Port Elizabeth and surrounds." A well designed Grid Tie ONLY system with extended guarantees, online monitoring and all the necessary certificates currently costs around R22 000.00 per Kw. A 5Kw system will zero an electricity bill of around . . .
Virtual Edge is proud to announce it will be hosting the South African launch of one-hundred-million dollar, Fortune 500, US technology company, Infusionsoft, at Steyn City Clubhouse in Johannesburg on Monday, 19th October 2015. The event will be open to small, medium and micro enterprise (SMME) owners of any discipline or industry and will centre on how these companies can maximize sales and revenue by partnering with Infusionsoft, one of the world’s leading sales and marketing automation softwares developed specially for small businesses. “We believe in helping small businesses succeed, and that vision extends across the globe to our fellow entrepreneurs in South Africa,” says Marcus Murphy, Partner Development Manager at Infusionsoft in the United States. “If South Africa is going to succeed economically, it hinges on small business and we want to resource these businesses with the best available tools to help them thrive.” Event speakers at the launch will be discussing business growth and development through automation and marketing solutions from a number of different angles, covering the following topics: The secrets of predictability to drive up sales and lower costs Implementing a sales funnel that works while you sleep How to use technology to put your business on autopilot “Members of Virtual Edge have been working tirelessly to build up a solid client base and a strong educational foundation to attract Infusionsoft to invest in SA. We are incredibly excited to be hosting the all-in-one sales and marketing automation software company and bringing this incredible opportunity to the entrepreneurs and small business owners of South Africa,” said Matt Clark, Solutions Director at Virtual Edge, a certified partner of Infusionsoft and a company dedicated to integrating strategy and technology to change the way businesses communicate with their clients. The Infusionsoft event will be an incredible opportunity for SMME’s and marketing . . .
Life is a gamble. Driving in your car is a gamble. In fact most things in life are a gamble. Being first at anything is probably the greatest gamble of them all, though. No-one likes to be first as the concern is that someone will laugh at us, we may be taken for a ride or being first may cost us a lot of hard earned cash. (Click here to be FIRST on MyPR) Asking someone to pay money to support a venture is also a gamble - the very real danger is that whatever you ask for may be deemed to have no value or people may be receiving that value for free already. Up until now MyPR has subtly asked for support in the form of Google Ads and a Donation button - pretty pathetic ways of supporting a web site we can tell you. But, we have plans for expansion and want to monetise our growing acceptance by the Public Relations Community and Publishers who make use of the free press release submission and newswire service that we offer. Visitors are up. Subscribers are up. Distribution is up and MyPR continues to grow exponentially. BUT In times of growth the old greed always pops up it's head demanding to be fed and pampered. SO Because we like to have fun we have come up with ONE way to help us put money into our growth - The sale of Featured Articles on MyPR. It works like this: You submit an article (or choose one you have already submitted) and pay $5.00 to have it become a featured article on MyPR. We gratefully accept your payment and your article becomes only one of TWO featured. The two featured articles are on the Front Page, RHS Sidebar and below EVERY article ever published on MyPR (and there are a lot!) The next person to pay $5.00 gets his/her article featured ABOVE yours as you move to Spot number 2. When the next person pays $5.00 your article moves off the list. You may say that this is a gamble but we say say not. Consider that: Pay-per-click campaigns will take a long time to set up and end up costing you way . . .
For the purposes of this exercise we had a look at the Top 15 viewed YouTube videos with a Port Elizabeth 'connection' that were uploaded during 2013. Mindful of the fact that many would have been uploaded early in the year we also created a trendline for each of the Top 15 by creating a weight for each. This was done by dividing the number of views by the number of weeks that each has been available for during 2013. For example a video that was published 6 months ago received a weighting of 25.98 (6 x 4.33). The Top 15 trending Port Elizabeth YouTube videos for 2013 were: SOUTH AFRICA: Somalian stoned to death, by SomaliArchive, uploaded 7 months ago with 127,698 views and a trend weighting of 4213.06. World of Rugby Sevens honours Nelson Mandela in Port Elizabeth, by irb, 4 weeks ago with 16,672 views and a trend weighting of 4168. Last two Overs Pakistan vs South Africa 2nd odi 27 Nov 2013 -PAK VS SA 2nd ODI Last Over, by khan king, uploaded 1 month ago with 12,272 views and a trend weighting of 2834.18. Dutch shock Brazilian favourites, by FIFATV, uploaded 10 months ago with 85,864 views and a trend weighting of 1983.00. Zahara and Mzwakhe Mbuli - Tribute to Nelson Mandela, uploaded by Alan Straton 3 weeks ago with 5,552 views and a trend weighting of 1850.66. SA vs PAK 2nd ODI Port Elizabeth | Full Highlights | HD, by GlobalSports HD, uploaded 1 month ago with 7,179 views and a trend weighting of 1657.96. Samoa vs. Fiji (IRB Sevens South Africa 2013., uploaded by NZAUTV Rugby Union 4 weeks ago with 5,592 views and a trend weighting of 1398. Somali man stoned to death: WARNING EXTREMELY GRAPHIC, by Bill Omar, uploaded 7 months ago with 17,727 views and a trend weighting of 584.85. Hitler Reacts to PE Colour Run, uploaded by Port Elizabeth 4 months ago with 5,681 views and a trend weighting of 328.00. GoPro: SSSsummer, by Jimmy Baillie, uploaded 11 months ago with 15,155 views and a trend weighting of 318.18. NMMU Mass Line Dance, by . . .
Frustrated with the apparent lack of an easily accesible source and submission mechanism for South African press releases, MyPR.co.za was 'birthed' by Alan Straton on 9 June 2012. The aim of MyPR was always to provide publishers easy access to re-publishable content and to provide a few additional benefits to PR companies seeking to gain exposure. Word of mouth promotion only, has resulted in a steadily growing and respected resource for publishers and public relations firms. Google Analytics reveals a steep upward trend in unique visitors and page views with the top 10 viewed press releases out of a total of 439 published all enjoying in excess of 2 000 unique visitors each. To help you craft press releases that will gain eyeballs MyPR releases two Top Ten lists. The top 10 most viewed press releases on MyPR from 9 June 2012 to 28 February 2013 are: /top-10-universities-in-south-africa/ /fringe-applications-open-for-2013-national-arts-festival-grahamstown/ /wakaberry-self-serve-frozen-yoghurt-sensation-comes-to-cape-town/ /2012-avis-south-african-derby/ /advice-to-law-students/ /aden-thomas-joins-heart-104-9fm-breakfast-show/ /trepedu-events-kick-off-in-march-2013/ /soul-candi-institute-of-music/ /emergency-surgery-only-for-pe-hospital-complex/ /why-broad-based-black-economic-empowerment-does-not-work/ An interesting comparison is for the top 10 most viewed press releases for the two months from 1 January 2013 28 February . . .