Annual Spring Dip revitalizes Port Elizabeth for 5th consecutive year Port Elizabeth, 10 August, 2018: It’s time to dig out your swimming costume! The annual Algoa FM Spring Dip is here! “Our annual Spring Dip is the pre-cursor to the Molo Festival of Triathlon at 9am at Kings Beach tomorrow ahead of the Championship Swim that commences at 9:30am. This will be followed by several Championship Swim Races, a 3km Beach Run, Kids 750m Beach Dash and a Surf Ski race comprising of 3 laps around a 1.9km swim course,” said Algoa FM Programming Manager, Baydu Adams. “This is ahead of the Isuzu Ironman 70.3 World Championships, which will take place on the 1st and 2nd of September. We are very excited about getting everyone excited ahead of one of the biggest sporting events to be hosted by the city,” says Adams. “Our 5th consecutive Spring Dip takes place tomorrow, as it continues to grow bigger and bigger year-on-year. This year, Siobhan Momberg will be hosting a hitmobile from the event and will be doing a live-crossing on air. “Nelson Mandela Bay’s early risers who have traditionally participated, are invited to start gathering at King’s Beach from around 8:30am and encourage others to join in on the fun experience,” concluded Adams. ‘Clean sweep’ and ‘Spring’ are some of the words that are bound to attract and exhilarate supporters of Algoa FM’s annual Spring Dip. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Africa Communications Media Group (ACG), which recently rebranded from Africommunications Group, is pleased to announce the appointment of its new Managing Director, Nonye Mpho Omotola. Co-Founder Mimi Kalinda will transition from the Managing Director role to take on the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) function. Founded five years ago as the first African-owned pan-African and fully integrated communications and public relations firm, ACG began by offering strategic, culturally-attuned services to clients in the social impact space. The agency has since expanded to servicing major multi-nationals across the continent in addition to clients outside of Africa’s borders with an interest in reaching stakeholders on the continent. “The growth of ACG over the past five years both in our client portfolio and the services that we offer demands an experienced visionary with solid communications and public relations skills. This is a foundation which Nonye effortlessly brings to the firm. Her vision and passion for the development of Africa are also aligned to our core values as an agency. I am thrilled about her appointment, which I am confident will add tremendous value to ACG’s next phase of growth,” Kalinda said. Omotola is a Communications and Brand Specialist with more than 15 years’ strategic brand experience gained in the UK, South Africa and Nigeria, contributing to a number of African media titles. She started her career in London at Maynard Leigh Associates before joining TMP Worldwide, and has worked in several leading firms in Europe and in other parts of Africa including Jupiter Drawing Room, FCB Durban; and Insight Grey, Lagos, where she was Director of Strategic Planning and New Business Omotola was also the Group Head of Corporate Communications at Oceanic Bank Nigeria, where she was successful in the turnaround of the brand, leading to its acquisition by Ecobank. Until recently, she was the Business Director, Africa, at Vuma Reputation . . .
Living in an era of fake news and lots of disinformation there are so many circulated stories that are untrue. So reading out the credible morning headlines is serious business. But what would happen if there wasn’t any print featured on the top morning newspapers when Tumelo Mothotoane tries to read the headlines. Catch her on Tuesday, August 14th live on air in collaboration with Printing SA showcasing the importance of the printing and packaging industry in a humorous yet real life setting. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
What started as a dedicated décor exhibition 25 years ago has evolved into Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, featuring the latest trends and attracting thousands of visitors through its doors annually. Decorex Joburg, presented by Plascon, has managed to remain ahead of the curve, growing and adapting to reflect the industry while always retaining the quality and sophistication that sets the exhibition apart. Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director of Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions at Reed Exhibitions, took a moment to reflect on how Decorex Joburg has managed to dominate the décor exhibition space year-on-year for two-and-a-half decades. “It’s all about innovation and reinvention,” said Cullingworth. “In 1994, we were specifically a décor and design exhibition, we’ve now evolved to include new categories as they’ve emerged… ‘Plan and Build’, ‘Outdoors’, ‘DIY’ ‘Craft’ and our biggest growing sector kitchens and bathrooms… we work hard to give the visitors what they want. There’s also lot of global influence now which has impacted the local market and we’ve managed to incorporate this while not overshadowing the incredible local talent.” Decorex Joburg started out with 144 exhibitors in one hall and has expanded into a further six halls, featuring more than 800 exhibitors. Among the initial exhibitors were headline sponsors, Plascon; The African Institute for Interior Design Professions (IID); Belgotex Floors; Nouwens and international award-winning designer, Stephen Falcke, now patron of Decorex Joburg – all of whom will feature in 2018. These globally-renowned organisations have grown alongside Decorex Joburg, sharing the exhibition’s vision of growing the industry. Commenting on elements that have impacted the exhibition space in 25 years, Cullingworth noted ‘technology’ as the biggest influencer: “When we launched in 1994, it was approaching the turn of the millennium. The internet was becoming more widespread, people . . .
As Decorex Joburg celebrates its milestone 25th edition this year, one of the industry stalwarts – Angela Chatfield – recalls some of the more standout moments that make this a leading exhibition. The General Manager for Sales for Decorex SA at Reed Exhibitions, Angela was recently awarded as one of the Top 40 Women in MICE (Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Events) for 2018, a worthy honour for such a dynamic industry figure. Getting to know Angela Starting with Decorex Joburg as a sales’ consultant 25 years ago, Angela went on to head up the Decorex SA sales team for the next 23 years. Holding a BSc in chemistry and biology, Angela chose to pursue a career in the exhibitions’ space and this, coupled with her passion for design, made Decorex her ideal work environment. Her incredible business ethic and knowledge of the industry have been pivotal to the growth of the brand. From just 500m2 space featuring 144 exhibitors and welcoming 26 000 visitors in 1994, Decorex Joburg is now the Africa’s largest décor exhibition spanning seven halls, featuring over 700 exhibitors and close to 55 000 visitors. Taking a few minutes out of her incredibly busy schedule, Angela shared some of her best memories of Decorex Joburg over a decade and a half, highlighting how the team had managed to remain at the top of their game. In the 25 years, which design installation really stood out for you? This has to be David Muirhead’s design for the Decorex Designer Spotlight. It was in 2014, the first year we introduced this feature, and he really just blew us away with this breath-taking, double volume build. It was such an iconic feature and really showed his talent. Over the years, which designer has made an impact on you? The Decorex Joburg patron, Stephen Falcke, produces some of the most amazing designs. He won the Andrew Martin International Interior Designer of the Year, the most prestigious design award globally, and his annual feature at Decorex Joburg . . .
With less than one month to go until Decorex Joburg – presented by Plascon – gets underway, and with kitchens being such a focal part of the exhibition, Stephanie Forbes of The Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) has shared the exciting trends filtering into the South Africa market. The 25th edition of Decorex Joburg will be taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August. The trends seen in the South African kitchen industry filter down from what is showcased at Eurocucina, one of the world’s largest kitchen exhibitions that takes place in Italy. Many of the KSA’s members attended the 2018 show which took place from the 17 to 22 April this year. “It is of great importance that our members make the investment of attending trade shows of this caliber,” said Forbes. “It is vital in making sure South Africa stays up to date with international trends and materials. While it usually takes one to two years for the retail market to embrace the new trends, the fact that key players in the kitchen industry are ready for these new trends is invaluable.” Eurocucina 2018 showcased many features that were key breakaways from the trends we have become accustomed to in South Africa. Most specifically, the move from light to dark and from high-gloss to ultra-matt. From an aesthetics perspective, there is a definitive move to fully embrace what is organic, tactile and raw. Steel and oxidized metals, wood and marble also stood out. Timbers were definitely in the focus, particularly dark wood with linear grain, but in keeping with the shows overall feel for sustainability, timber was reflected predominantly in veneers and not solids. The combination of dark timber with a change of colour palette to dark matt shades of grey and blue - highlighted with greens and pale pinks - shows a clear move away from the often-seen Scandinavian-inspired light-gloss look. Smokey glass was also an interesting incorporation into many designs, as well as the use of . . .
Sandton-based Dororthy Van’t Riet of Dorothy Van’t Riet Design and Décor Consultants will be showcasing her signature, timeless style at this year’s Decorex Designer Spotlight feature. This forms part of the milestone 25th Decorex Joburg programme that will be astounding audiences at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August. To whet the design appetite for this #rhythmoflife exhibition, Dorothy Van’t Riet has outlined some of her top interior design trends for 2018. Colour More is more with colour usage this year. The trends for 2018 are about anything but neutral tones – it’s a year to push the boundaries of pattern and colour, something which personally resonates with me! I have a deep love for playing with bold colours and patterns. I believe people have become bored with neutral, comfortable pallets so I’ve been creating bold spaces using orange, saffron, millennial pink, teal green, violet and yellow – strong 2018 trends. Teaming these colours adds such effervescence to a scheme. Holding centre stage are warm and earthy tones - red, turmeric, mustard, yellow and papaya. Calmer tones have not been forgotten – millennium pink, sage, celery and avocado green - are used in the background to strike a balance of strength and delicacy. The enigmatic Klein blue and purple are also very prominent in design this year. Aspirational spaces The focus in 2018 is about creating aspiration spaces, with a shift in designing spaces based on how people want to feel. Design has become more about creating an experience and less about creating a space that is supposed to impress the world. People no longer seem to want spaces copied straight from Pinterest or magazines. It’s about bringing through the inhabitant’s personality and creating a space at home that will make a person feel relaxed, energised or intimate. It is about cosiness and comfort, rather than extravagance. There are no pre-determined set of rules which gives designers a great sense of . . .
Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex Joburg - presented by Plascon - promises audiences an immersive DIY experience in the latest feature, Builders Design House. This revolutionary home improvement concept will form part of the extensive 25th milestone #rhythmoflife programme, all taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August. Builders is renowned for carrying the latest and widest range of quality products with staff members to offer the best services, useful to building and maintenance contractors, home improvement and DIY enthusiasts as well as those looking to undertake any gardening. “Every year, Builders manages to bring something truly inspired to Decorex Joburg, and audiences are going to be captivated by the latest feature,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Decorex SA. “DIY is such a big trend at the moment and Builders will be empowering homeowners with the resources and motivation to get straight to work on those dream projects.” Design House - brought to you by Builders will feature an interactive virtual reality experience that will capture the interest of all Decorex visitors, young and old. They will also be hosting an onsite competition with great Builders prizes ready to be won. Unmissable demonstrations Adding to this unique Builder’s feature will be three of South Africa’s leading creatives – Tanya Visser, Elle Franco and Pilani Bubu – all of whom will be on-hand to share their unique landscaping and home improvement tips and tricks. Tanya Visser, South Africa’s favourite gardener, will discuss and showcase trends related to all things horticultural. “Space is an issue these days so I will be demonstrating how to create a vertical garden which can be done so simply,” explained Visser. “You can grow a variety of plants, including herbs and vegetables, while saving space.” Another space-conscious horticultural demonstration will be the growing and maintaining of . . .
Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex Joburg – presented by Plascon - has always featured the most innovative designers to showcase the latest trends in interior design. For the 25th edition of Decorex Joburg, the ‘Masters of the Curve’ – Curves & Bevels Designer Kitchens - will be introducing visitors to the on-style curved kitchen cabinetry at this latest installation, taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August. As specialists in curved cabinetry and lavish kitchen designs, Curves & Bevels Designer Kitchens is set to astound audiences with their masterpiece Decorex Joburg feature, which reflects a number of global kitchen trends. “Embracing the concept of ‘diversity’, the curves used in the design will showcase the diverse nature of curves and how they can be applied without limits,” said Ann-Donne Strydom of Curves & Bevels Designer Kitchens. “Trends are not necessarily limited to strictly linear lines, rather edges are softened by carefully placed curves. The geometry of the design makes the kitchen a showpiece, which fits into the open-living feature of the modern kitchen design.” Incorporating earthy colours and metals, this kitchen will express different textures and tones brought together so as to complement and accentuate each feature. “This particular design caters to a broad range of functions,” continued Strydom. “It is ergonomically designed to accommodate food preparation with the kitchen adjacent to a dining area so that the space is functional for open-plan living and entertainment.” In the lead-up to this year’s milestone exhibition, Curves & Bevels Designer Kitchens has outlined the top 5 benefits of curved kitchen cabinetry. 1. Creates a relaxed environment Countryside hills, rolling waves…these gentle images reflect the curved design that makes the modern kitchen such a relaxing space. Subconsciously we associate sharp, defined edges with danger, whereas . . .
The popular Franke Kitchen Trend Project will be a veritable ‘Expression of Colour’ as the four chosen kitchen companies bring their best styles to the 25th edition of Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition, Decorex Joburg, presented by Plascon. This enticing #rhythmoflife exhibition will take place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August. The Kitchen Studio’s Sembel-It and Kitchen Spectrum; CHC Kitchens; and Eurofit Kitchens & Cupboards; have spent the last few weeks planning showstopper kitchen installations that incorporate the latest Franke SA range, all hinging on the theme, ‘An Expression of Colour’. Each of the four kitchen models will be assessed by representatives from Franke SA and the Kitchen Specialists’ Association (KSA) with the winning team taking home R15 000 worth of Franke SA kitchen products. “The Franke Kitchen Trend Project is always an incredibly popular show feature as it expresses the best of the industry’s kitchen trends, styles and appliances in four completely diverse settings,” explained Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter. “This year will be a particularly poignant display as the exhibitors will want to capture the essence of this 25-year-old exhibition while also portraying the modern trends that are warming up kitchens across the country.” Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of the KSA, said that this unique feature was beneficial for both the consumer and those in the kitchen trade: “There is a lot of competition within the kitchen industry which is why this competition is so enthusiastically embraced by formalised and established businesses like the four companies who have been selected to participate this year. By sponsoring this competition, Franke facilitates a platform that may otherwise not be accessible to some companies and gives them an opportunity to showcase their workmanship and design skills to the public.” Commenting on the Franke Kitchen Trend Project, Sian . . .