[Johannesburg, 20 July 2018] – While there’s been much debate about the bank’s new logo, the actual task of rolling out Absa’s vision across hundreds of OOH sites had print solutions companies and their partners burning oil day and night. Solethu Brand Engineers (SBE) gives some insights into what it takes to help change a brand in 10 days. “A project of this magnitude is split over various service providers,” says MD, Robyn Fischer. “Our part was to supply PVC, mesh and other materials for a rollout to a variety of sites in Gauteng and surrounding areas.” Ink, hours and caffeine To successfully project manage] the flow of various artworks from agencies to the creation of the final products (ready for installation) one requires significant experience and capabilities – not only in the available type of facility, machinery and materials but, also and most critically, scalability and skillset of people-power to see it through. “The Absa job required nearly 10 days of round-the-clock work from the SBE team,” says Fischer. “In producing billboards and other iconic OOH sites we used significant volumes of ink, 30 rugby fields of material, over 4 000 production hours and burned through countless cups of coffee – the job required all hands on deck without affecting our other projects . . . I am thankful to the SBE team and our partners for helping us successfully complete all work over this time.” Getting things done With its new logo and brand rollout, Absa is hoping to express a new identity as an entrepreneurial, digitally-led bank with deep knowledge of African markets (with global scalability) . . . with Africanacity their “bespoke” word that “embodies the distinctly African ability to always find a way to get things done." “We echo that sentiment,” says Fischer. “From SBEs perspective we’ve always considered ourselves a company that innovates by nature and delivers on-point – whatever (and wherever) it is needed. Big or small we aim to . . .
Recovery Direct is one of the most exclusive psychological and addiction treatment centres in South Africa. Nestling in a quiet Constantia road, flanked by rolling vineyards, ancient oaks and the breath-taking grandeur of the Constantiaberg mountains, the centre offers a perfect and tranquil environment for recovery. Stunning multi-functional suites, each decked out in Victorian colonial style with en-suite bathrooms, balconies and panoramic views, offer outstanding accommodation for guests who want an upmarket and comfortable rehab experience. Recovery Direct was founded by Vaughan Pankhurst, who recognised the need for a novel approach to addiction treatment after he had successfully completed his own nine-year own journey into long-term recovery. Vaughan realised early on that trauma lies at the heart of addiction, and his centre is unique in that it consciously addresses the underlying traumatic issues on which addiction feeds. As such, it challenges the stigmas surrounding addiction and substance use by focusing its treatment approach around the belief that the effects of trauma lead people to become addicts. This approach contrasts with other rehabilitation centres in that Recovery Direct does not follow a 12-step programme in its treatment methodology. This non-punitive approach is intentional – it enables the centre and its healthcare workers to focus on resolving clients ‘problems by addressing the trauma and pain that drove them to addiction. It also carefully dismantles the destructive forces driving their addictions. Patients are required to see their counsellors every day, as opposed to once or twice a week. This regularity fast-tracks the healing process and enables recovery goals to be achieved sooner. The centre is eco-friendly and environmentally conscious – electricity is produced by energy-efficient solar panels, and water is provided by a natural spring. The exclusive rehab treats a wide spectrum of conditions, from alcoholism, . . .
KWAZULU-NATAL, BLYTHEDALE COASTAL ESTATE – Due to its immense popularity, the South African Obstacle Course Racing industry has, over the past few years, ensured that this past weekend’s inaugural South African Obstacle Course Racing Championship was a world-class event according to the two 2018 South African OCR Champions, Thomas van Tonder and Trish Bahlmann. Responsible for bringing the OCR Championships to South Africa is Fritz Pienaar, CEO of Advendurance and the Warrior Company, powered by Reebok, and SAOCR, which was endorsed by Obstacle Course Racing World Championships (OCRWC). The first South African OCR Championships was held in conjunction with at Toyota Warrior Race #5 at Blythedale Coastal Estate on the 14th and 15th July 2018. Set against a backdrop of pristine beaches, unspoiled forest, rivers and estuaries, the Blythedale Coastal Estate was the perfect setting for the South African OCR Championships. The OCR World Championships structure is Age Group and Pro Championships, and by building upon the 10Km Commando Elite and 15Km Black Ops Elite divisions respectively, each event featured distinct championship obstacles, with exclusive podium medals and a prize purse exceeding R200 000. Featuring a full compliment of South Africa’s top OCR athletes, the Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Championship race was a gruelling 19km trail course with 35 Warrior series finale obstacles that included four brand-new obstacles. The top three male and female athletes would receive cash prizes and free entry into the Pro Division World OCR Championships to be held on 19 - 21 October 2018 in London, England. The men’s Black Ops Elite/SA OCR Champs race was hotly contested between South Africa’s top 2 OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder (Warrior Brand Ambassador) and Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama). It was neck-and-neck, changing the lead throughout the race, but it was Van Tonder who proved strongest on the day, crossing the Championship line in 01h44m19s, just six minutes . . .
Johannesburg, July, 17 2018. This year’s campaign was built around three important points that differentiate Nexia SAB&T from other firms; its global relevance through Nexia International, local presence with offices in all 9 provinces of South Africa and a dedication to our clients that builds on the new brand proposition, namely that of being ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’. ‘Closer to you, from the Ground Up’ strongly resonates with the history of our firm, which was established by two entrepreneurs 24 years ago, and has grown to be one of the 10 largest accounting practices in South Africa. Just growing the Nexia SAB&T business has not been an achievement enough for us, as such we continually look to find ways to demonstrate to our clients and the communities we come from how we can serve them in a manner that is closer to them and assists them from the ground up. The idea for the campaign was as a result of having identified GIBS as a strategic partner as we were exploring the idea of aligning our brand with one that is world renowned for its professionalism and focus on people development. We felt there were a lot of synergies because Nexia SAB&T is a firm that invests in our people throughout their careers. GIBS having seen that we shared similar values offered us the opportunity to get involved with the Bambanani Car Wash and consider taking them on as our Enterprise Development beneficiaries. Nexia SAB&T having over the years been directly involved in the upliftment of entrepreneurs decided that this would be a perfect fit for us and so on the 1st May 2018 we embarked on a campaign to provide the young entrepreneurs with eco-friendly car washing machines fully equipped with detergents and cleaning materials. We also provided clothing and branding which increased their visibility to the GIBS students and will continue to assist with mentorship and guidance over the next 2yrs. The goal being that at the end of our agreement we have . . .
JBay Winterfest 2018 - MTB, Trail Running and Fishing Finish The Festival! JBay – the final events in the action-packed JBay Winterfest have finished off, which sees the closing of one of the most exciting festivals ever. After the Corona Open JBay Men's and Women's surfing events, the Cold Water Swim Classic, and the Funduro were finished during the early days of the Festival, this weekend saw the culmination of the final events. These events were the JBay Windfarm MTB Classic, the Endurade JBay X Trail Run and the JBay Winterfest Skins Fishing Competition, as well as the final gigs in the hugely popular Corona Sunset Sessions free music shows. JBay Windfarm MTB Classic: The sixth edition of the JBay Wind Farm MTB Classic took place on Saturday 14 July. Riders of all ages and skill levels braved wet and chilly conditions to tackle the finest trails around the Eastern Cape holiday town of Jeffreys Bay. The event, which forms part of the JBay Winterfest, offered three distances a 25km fun ride, 50km marathon and the gruelling 85km ultra marathon. At the sharp end of the ultra marathon, Declan Sidey from Team Mad Macs p/b hazz out of Stellenbosch was the convincing winner. In the women’s race Yolande de Villiers rode a spectacular race to complete her hat trick, finishing sixth overall in the 85km, in a time of 03:59:51. She also collected the R11 000 first prize for her day in the rain, with Anriëtte Schoeman in second and Shauna Esmeyer rounding out the podium. “It was hectic out there,” commented a visibly exhausted De Villiers after the finish. "It was cold and muddy but I still had a lot of fun! The new bits of singletrack and bridges were really awesome,” she said. Full story and results here https://bit.ly/2uHUveX Full gallery here https://bit.ly/2uuKXoj Endurade JBay X Trail Run This three-stage trail run series, with day and night runs, had the biggest entry so far in the history of the event, and was an exciting but grueling . . .
JBay Winterfest: Surfing, Swimming, Music and Funduro JBay – The JBay Winterfest 2018 has had a busy few days, with a number of different events going down in and around the contest hub. The Corona Open JBay Women’s event kicked off last week, with excellent surf at Supertubes following on from the men’s event. South African wildcard Bianca Buitendag did well to win her opening round heat and advance directly to the third round. Surprise eliminations from this event were Sally Fitzgibbons from Australia and Courtney Conlogue (USA). With good surf on track for JBay, the event will restart later in the week. For more go tohttp://www.worldsurfleague.com/events/2018/wct/2750/corona-open-j-bay-womens The Cold Water Classic open water swim was a huge success this year, with the most entrants thus far in the event’s six-year history. With an air temperature of 19 C, conditions on land were a stark contrast to the icy water that awaited swimmers from all over South Africa who descended upon Jeffreys Bay to take part in the swim. Only three swimmers entered the costume division of the triple mile, an official Robben Island crossing qualifying swim. Veteran PJ Duffy won the men’s section, while Megan Albertyn won the women’s division. “What an awesome experience! I can't believe I haven't done the Cold Water Classic before - will definitely be back next year,” said Albertyn after her swim. Jeffreys Bay swimmer JC Van Wyk won the double mile while Paige Black won the women’s section of the event. East London swimmer Mbali Vellum in his first cold water swim had to tough it out to complete the double mile. “The water was very very cold but I really wanted to finish the double mile,” said Mbali after his courageous swim. Hannah Counihan from Port Elizabeth won the women’s mile while Peter Michaelides from Knysna won the men’s division. The winners each won a pair of Oakley sunglasses. The triple mile wetsuit division was won by legendary waterman . . .
JBay Winterfest, Supertubes, Jeffreys Bay – Brazilian surfer Filipe Toledo has taken the win at the 2018 Corona Open JBay at the JBay Winterfest, making it back-to back wins at this prestigious Championship Tour (CT) surfing event. He beat Australian powerhouse surfer and CT rookie Wade Carmichael in excellent surf today, bringing a close to four days of world class men’s surfing at Supertubes. In a fast and exciting final, both surfers showed incredible performance and strength, surfing a number of heats from the quarterfinals all the way to the finals, but it was the Brazilian who had the edge on the Australian, taking the win with his aggressive approach to the long lines of Supertubes. Despite a strong comeback performance from the Australian, including a last-ditch grab-rail air 360 attempt in the dying minutes, it was the lightning-fast young Brazilian who took the honours for the second year in a row. South African CT surfer and two times event champion Jordy Smith was also on form throughout this event, but bowed out to Carmichael in an exciting semifinal clash. With one more chance to put a good score on the board during the final minutes of the heat, Jordy mistimed a huge aerial move at the end section, and was eliminated from the event. In the second semifinal Toledo came up against the dynamic Kanoa Igarashi from Japan, and went to town in this heat, posting two near perfect scores of 9.57 and 9.33 for the win and the finals berth. Filipe Toledo goes to number one on the Jeep Leaderboard, displacing Australian surfer Julian Wilson into second place. Gabriel Medina (BRA) and Italo Ferreira (BRA) make up third and fourth place, while Smith sits fairly comfortably at fifth spot on the rankings, and is again a world title contender, along with the rest of the top five. Oakley, Kouga Municipality, Island Tribe and Bioplus proudly sponsor the JBay Winterfest. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
JOHANNESBURG, JULY 12, 2018 - With the world’s attention focused on finding greener solutions and cleaner technologies, opportunity is ripe for young wood and paper scientists and engineers in the forest product and paper sectors to step up to the challenge. The International Council of Forests and Paper Associations (ICFPA) invites students and young researchers to submit their work for the 2018-2019 edition of the Blue Sky Young Researchers and Innovation Award. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is co-ordinating the local leg of the competition which has now opened for entries. The entry deadline is 31 August 2018. Only three candidates from around the world will have the chance to travel to Canada in May next year to present their ideas to global CEOs in the forestry and paper industry. “In the new age of the bioeconomy, we want to stimulate competition among students and young researchers under the age of 30 who are doing exciting things with wood, paper and the process waste,” says PAMSA executive director and ICFPA president Jane Molony. “The sky is the limit with wood fibre,” she adds. Projects could include a wide range of activities relevant to forest-based science, products using forest-based raw materials, process improvements and other innovations throughout the value chain. Layered theme “The theme for the 2018-2019 award is centred on disruptive technologies that are revolutionising the future for forest-based products and services,” says Molony. The overarching topic has been divided into two categories: ‘future generation forestry’ and ‘innovations in wood-based industries’. “However projects are certainly not limited to these two categories,” she explains. Future generation forestry could encompass forest tree breeding and biotechnology; precision forestry and measurements and inventory. Innovation in wood-based industries could cover the analysis and properties of pulp and paper; facilities, . . .
PDT wins Hypervsn™ partner status and rights to bring 3D holographic technology to South Africa. [Johannesburg, 04 July 2018] – Hypervsn™ (by Kino-mo) is a cutting-edge visual solution for creating, managing and displaying unique 3D video content with holographic effect. “Hypervsn™ is a cutting-edge visual solution for creating, managing and displaying unique 3D video content,” says Cornel van Lingen, PDT CEO. “We are always looking at new technologies and solutions that deliver that “wow” factor in terms of campaign capabilities, usability and practical applications. Partnering with Kino-mo is a logical (and exciting) step forward, helping us deliver on our brand promise to support client ambitions through cutting-edge innovations.” About Kino-mo’s Hypervsn™ solution Kino-mo is an award-winning British company developing hi-tech visual solutions. The company is backed by Sir Richard Branson and Mark Cuban, with its Hypervsn™ solution receiving an array of awards including Top 3 British Innovations of the Year. Over and above the obvious benefits to businesses in the retail and entertainment industries, Kino-mo’s Hypervsn™ technology offers practical applications for Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Automotive industries. The company was named among World’s 10 Most Impressive Technologies by Mashable and USA Today. PDTs Partner Status In order to qualify as a Hypervsn™ partner, PDT had to provide evidence of proven ability to deliver on a host of technical and operational competencies. “Kino-mo is strongly committed to launch Hypervsn™ technology and grow its footprint in South Africa,” says Kino-mo Co-founder, Art Stavenka. “We are thrilled that PDT will be bringing their profound experience and leadership to our global partnership network.” Commenting on the partnership, PDT Hypervsn™ Product Owner, John Paul Higgins said; “Over our 15 plus years’ existence we have seen many technologies come and go, we believe Kino-mo is . . .
Help your customers understand why workplace noise affects productivity and profitability. And how they can fix it. Today, work happens everywhere — in busy open-plan offices and contact centers, at home, even coffee shops. This flexibility is great for business and people, but with it comes a new challenge: noise. Distraction caused by noise reduces productivity and well-being and, in contact centers, detracts from a positive customer experience. Studies show that it takes 23 minutes to recover from distraction, and over 58% of employees are distracted multiple times each day. That represents a significant impact on your customers’ businesses you can easily help avert through proven noise reduction strategies and products. Plantronics engineers solutions that help people manage the noise around them so they can be more effective — no matter where they work. Together, we can help your customers reduce distractions caused by noise so their businesses can thrive. Plantronics in South Africa offers several solutions for managing noise. This week we focus on the Voyager 6200 UC, a Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds that offers professional-grade audio and versatility. On any given day, you might need to collaborate with colleagues remotely, field calls from customers or listen to music to help you focus on your latest project. Now there’s a headset that’s flexible enough to meet the demands of your role inside the office and out. Voyager 6200 UC offers everything you’d expect from Plantronics — active-noise canceling, clear voice transmission and premium audio — in a versatile Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds. Intuitive controls make it easy to use, and the neckband vibrates to signal an incoming call. Voyager 6200 UC is so comfortable and low-profile that you can use it all day long, in the office and on the go. IT Managers The professionals in your organization have different roles, responsibilities and work styles, so why offer them . . .