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, . . .
Desirous of forming a Special Rates Area for Central, at a meeting held at the Mandela Bay Development Agency on 11 November 2015, Central residents, property and business owners appointed an interim committee to take the necessary steps towards the establishment of the Central SRA. Based on a fundamental need to improve the area that the residents of Central reside in, the property owners within the Central area will now formally apply for the registration of the Central SRA. A Special Rating Area is a geographic area within the jurisdiction of a Municipality, determined or to be determined by the Municipality Council in terms of Section 22 of the Municipal Rates Act 6 of 2004 as an area within which an additional rates amount shall be levied by the Municipality and paid over to a community owned Company for its sole use in improving aspects of service delivery within that geographic area. A number of Public Participation meetings are planned for residents on 29 November at the Union Cricket Club and 1 December at the MBDA, Tramways Building. Both meetings will be from 17h30 to 19h00. The Central SRA website (www.centralsra.co.za) is active and allows residents to quickly determine the exact amount that each will contribute towards the Special Rated Area as well as allowing each owner to complete and sign an online consent form. Feedback from the Public Participation meetings and via the web site will allow residents and owners to gain clarity on the formation of the Central SRA. Speaking from personal experience the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay gave the Central SRA the thumbs up saying; "The Richmond Hill SRA has been a huge success, mostly ridding the area of serious crime & grime. The rejuvenation of this suburb has resulted in improved cleanliness, massive property value appreciation and the establishment of a popular restaurant hub. For just a small rates increase, the residents of Richmond Hill have benefited immensely." Interim . . .
Monark will rock January at the V&A Waterfront Amphitheatre on Friday, 6 January between 7pm and 8pm. Get up close and personal with this rocking-pop four-piece band. Without a doubt one of the most exciting band to break out from 2013, Monark are changing the face of pop music in South Africa. Performing as a 4 piece band, Monark deliver something completely fresh and unique, and are setting trends sonically and stirring up tastes In the South African music landscape. For more information, please contact the V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Reconciliation Day gets a little rock-n-roll treatment at the V&A Waterfront on Friday, 16 December, 20h00with a live performance from acclaimed South African group The Rudimentals, who will perform at the Amphitheatre from 7pm. This popular cross-genre group have developed a style of their own utilising aspects of various music types – reggae, ska, rock, gumma, dancehall, jazz and afro-pop. They write and produce their own music and everything they play is original. For more information, please contact the V&A Info Centre on 021 408 7600 or firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Drone racing, the thrilling new sport that sees pilots fly high-speed drones also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) is now set to become a more accessible sport for South Africans. Thanks to the launch of Drone Racing Africa (DRA) – the first fully funded drone racing league and series in Africa – junior school children through to adults will be catered for in this dynamic technology meets sport space. Globally, drone racing is exploding and has already become a mainstream sport in many markets, spurring professional leagues and significant prize-money events such as the World Drone Prix held in Dubai in March and the Drone World Championships hosted last month in Hawaii. Emerging technology lobbyists the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) projected global drone sales to reach 9.4 million units this year and revenue is expected to reach $3 billion. Drone racing to trigger new careers on the continent “The massive growth potential for this sport in Africa impacts numerous industries including education, technology, FMCG and communications. For individuals, there are undeniable career prospects so it’s an incredibly appealing sport”, says Drone Racing Africa CEO Simon Robinson. The high-speed, competitive sport sees pilots manoeuvre drones and other UAV through three-dimensional courses. Pilots steer from the point of view of the actual drone by wearing First Person View (FPV) goggles that display a live image transmitted by an onboard camera. The DRA drones will range from entry level through to custom designed drones built by DRA engineers to exacting standards of speed, performance, and endurance, and optimized for drone racing. But it’s not just about learning the practical skills required for this sport. Starting from grass-roots – training children to become professional drone pilots DRA is committed to helping develop this innovative sport on the continent – while initially focused on launching in South Africa, DRA plans to . . .
Samsung’s Atmos Soundbar delivers cinema-quality sound to your SUHD TV Samsung’s new HW-K950 Atmos Soundbar has been designed for every TV viewer who has dreamed of experiencing the cinema quality sound of Dolby Atmos technology, but would prefer to minimise the number of speakers mounted throughout their living room space. A new technology has been designed to deliver the ultimate in cinematic home entertainment. This latest Samsung audio device features Dolby Atmos technology and is the industry’s first soundbar package to include two Dolby Atmos-enabled wireless rear speakers, along with three forward-facing and two upwards-facing speakers. This speaker set-up has been carefully designed to transport viewers into the story, by delivering crystal clear sound that feels like it comes from all around, including above, just like it does in the theatre. “Samsung’s HW-K950 comes in a slim and sleek package that is able to produce a rich, full sound that is big enough to fill the room, yet detailed enough to deliver realistic, cinematic sounds. The Atmos soundbar incorporates a minimalist design and is intended to sit beneath the TV without drawing attention to itself; an optional wall mount system is available if required,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director Samsung South Africa. He explains that the new technology allows consumers to bring an unrivalled sound experience into their homes. They can now surround themselves with audio that comes alive from all directions, filling their home theatres with astonishing clarity, power, detail and depth. The Samsung Atmos Soundbar differs from other domestic Dolby Atmos systems, as these generally require the listener to sit in a specific 'sweet spot' to achieve optimum listening. Samsung, however, has used specially designed dome-style tweeters to expand the sweet spot area so that no matter where a viewer sits in the room, they should have no trouble enjoying the sound fully. “Samsung’s new . . .