After missing the entry deadline last year, young Jessica Brown made up for lost time when she won the SPAR Junior Chef competition at the Pastryworks in Fernglen, Port Elizabeth, on Wednesday. In a display of her culinary talents, the 12-year-old from St Francis Bay made the most of her opportunity this time to edge three other finalists for the prestigious title. For her efforts, Jessica, who attends Woodridge Prep, received a tablet and a voucher of R2 500, which she said she would save for a stand mixer. As part of her entry recipe Jessica conjured up a tasty dish of tuna fishcakes and home-made tartare sauce. The finalists were then required to show their initiative and coolness under pressure when they were given a mystery dish to produce. This was a recipe for chocolate marshmallow mousse and the children were given some creative leeway in how they presented the final product. They were judged on both their entry recipe and their creation of the mystery dish. Jessica said the most difficult part of the competition had been whisking the cream for the mystery dish, but she also had a lot of fun. "The most fun for me is always decorating the plate and getting all the ingredients together," she said. The other contestants were Ronan van der Vaart from Greenwood Primary, 10, Michaela Bouwer from Sunridge Primary, 13, and Rouche Fourie from Handhaaf Primary, 11. Now in its fourth year, the SPAR Junior Chef competition has shown remarkable growth, ensuring that the retailer's objective of providing something fun and creative for budding chefs has been achieved. "The aim is to try to get youngsters to enjoy cooking and to experience life in the kitchen," said SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt. "We want to encourage them to eat healthily and to develop different interests – we believe the objective has been achieved." She said the competition tied in with SPAR's values of family, health, passion . . .
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A strategy is a leadership plan with the goal of achieving its goals and objectives. It derives from the Greek term, stratçgos, which originates from two words; Stratos and Agos (army and leading). Too much Game of Thrones, bear with me… A social media strategy is a road map to guide the success of your digital media, online marketing, advertising, high website rates, and sales investments. It applies before, during and after a campaign, an event, your business’ timeline, and management solutions. A strategy is regularly visited in order to see whether your business is on track or not, it strengthens the performance of your company internally and externally. When your clients have an easy access to your communication, they feel more than just a client. Insideman Digital Media can assist you in social media management. Great businesses have a point of view, not just a product and a service. You need to believe in your business internally as much as you want your consumers and investors to believe in you too. Clients sense your positivity and productivity, hence, they are a part of your system. We design the simplest products and services, meanwhile, our competitor’s services are too complex. And in return, consumers want the simplest products and services. When you go the extra mile to create compelling social media content, it’s a sign of how much you care about your online audience. Standing for something is just about writing it down, but by believing it and living it, you build a wall of trust and sustainability. When building a social media strategy, you will need to reflect, are you doing it for your clients or your investors? Because, when you are only focused on making a profit, you will actually make none. It is about consistency and deliverance, and then the profit. InsideMan Digital Media started in the spare room at Brian’s house, and now we have offices at Eastlake Centre, Cape Town, and soon will be opening new offices in the UK. . . .
Insightful, inspired and creative - coupled with enthusiasm and a healthy dose of hard work. That’s the best way to describe the Vega School of Brand Leadership entries submitted in the Graffiti charity wallpaper competition. With varied ideas and clever interpretations of the theme: “African Pride: Conservation in Action” the process of determining a winner was incredibly tough. But in the end the judge’s decision was unanimous and the top three places in the 2016 competition go to: Polo Mohlomi (1st place), Kyla Gibbs (2nd place) and Mpho Moshikaro and Teboho Hlatshwayo’s (3rd place - joint submission). The competition – targeted at the first year students at Vega’s Randburg campus – invited the young creative minds to conceptualise and design an inspired wall paper for the Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT). According to Graffiti National Retail Solutions Manager Richard Wood, the calibre of the 43 unique entries received, was surprisingly high. “Considering these students are first years and that the wall paper had to reflect the organisation’s comprehensive mandate in the artwork – we were very impressed with the quality of the submissions.” Mohlomi receives a cash prize, the opportunity to take up an internship at Graffiti, publicity and of course it’s a significant achievement to include in his portfolio. Perhaps the biggest accolade though is the winning design will be produced and printed by Graffiti and installed at the EWT’s head office. Wood says that the winning design is well thought out, eye catching, and the accompanying text ‘If this feels incomplete imagine the reality…’ is thought provoking and impactful. The second and the third prize winners also receive cash, exposure to the workings of the world of mobile and fixed branding, and publicity. EWT graphic designer and project spokesperson, Marion Burger says, “We were thrilled to be the beneficiary of this competition and the winning wall paper will bring alive a wall in our office that . . .
Women24, South Africa’s biggest website for women, has been reinvented. The new platform is known as W24 and has a boldly female, younger, fresher focus with both a local and international take on content. “W24 is the newest lifestyle destination for millennial South African women, who are looking for a platform that is inspirational, yet grounded and meaningful,” says Lili Radloff, W24 editor and one of the masterminds behind the reinvention. Radloff adds: “When we researched the environment it was clear that there was a huge need for a destination that really understood and celebrated what it meant to be young and female in South Africa – a platform that offered real content, 100% geared towards her lifestyle. So we decided to create a digital brand that is boldly female and that celebrates being a young woman in South Africa today.” W24 will cover everything from local and international trends to fashion, beauty, wedding planning, mind and body wellness, home décor, DIY, relationship advice, soapies and horoscopes. Creating the content is a young, diverse, dedicated team and a host of knowledgeable and influential contributors. “Essentially the platform will be packed with all the lifestyle inspiration that a young South African woman wants in a stylish and 100% mobile-friendly format,” adds Radloff. www.w24.co.za went live on 1 July 2016 and will be launched at a star-studded event in Johannesburg on 5 July. W24 can be followed at: Facebook: W24 South Africa, Twitter: @W24_SA and Instagram: @W24_SA or follow the launch hashtag #W24ishere. . . .
Radio station reflects on travels across the province Cape Town, 28 June 2016: As the 16 Days for Youth campaign came to a close, the Heart FM team reflected on its cross-province journey and one thing was evident - the campaign that initially started out as youth focussed projects, turned into something bigger, enabling the team to bring change to communities at large. The radio station set off on 1 June 2016 to start its first remote broadcast from Vredenburg on the West Coast after shutting down its Green Point studio for the entire 16 days campaign. One thousand three hundred and sixty six kilometres, 15 towns and 15 remote broadcasts later the teams have returned to the studio humbled. Along the journey they’ve been clothing, feeding, fixing, painting and lending a helping hand where possible. The team met many interesting people along the way but one of the highlights was meeting Tannie Madga Meyer a selfless community member from Paarl who runs Magda’s soup Kitchen. This however is more than a soup kitchen - she washes, feeds and clothes children up to the age of six years old in the community of which many are HIV positive. She also cares for the infirm and feeds about 2000 people in Pedro and Beukes streets every week – often from her own pocket. Her love, care and dedication to helping others is testament to the humility and selflessness that we often forget exists in today’s world. Her only wish was to build a store room and a kitchen for her to cook for the people in her community, a dream fulfilled by Heart FM, partners and donors. Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys says: “This campaign was our way of giving back to our communities, it was never about the radio station. We wanted to give our youth a platform to share their stories and tell us what it is like to be a youth in 2016. The stories we heard touched us in ways we could never have imagined. One story that particularly stands out is when Aden asked a student at Christel . . .
(Johannesburg, June, 2016) An exciting new panel of judges will this year adjudicate the Diners Club Winelist Awards. The Winelist Awards has, for the last two decades, rewarded restaurants that take great care in their wine selection, wine descriptions and their pairing of food with wine. This year’s judges comprise a broad spectrum, including restaurant and wine experts, reviewers, media members and chefs. The judges are: JP Rossouw (Diners Club Winelist Awards’ head judge), Benny Masekwameng, Neil Grant, Jenny Cryws-Williams, Kim Hoepfl, Georgina Crouth, and Lloyd Jusa. “Following on from our previous panel of judges, Diners Club has again assembled a unique mix of talents and voices in today’s food and wine industry to give all participating restaurants a fair shot at winning one of the most prized awards in the industry. The eclectic knowledge of the panel will contribute immensely to the development of the restaurant industry,” says Ebrahim Matthews, MD of Diners Club South Africa. The recently revamped Winelist of the Year criteria will place more emphasis on suitability, just one of four criteria used to judge the lists. The other criteria are content, balance and presentation. The revised judging criteria were developed with the help of The South African Sommeliers’ Association (SASA) who brought their extensive practical experience to bear to ensure that the criteria are fair and fitting to restaurants. Entries for this year’s competition closed on the 15 June 2016. Judging will take place at the Saxon Hotel and Spa in Johannesburg on 29 & 30 June 2016, with the winners expected to be announced in July and August 2016. For more information on Diners Club Winelist Awards visit www.dinersclub.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In a speech today Government Communication and Information System (GCIS) acting Director General Donald Liphoko said; "Africa needs to establish a hub where content providers from media houses across the continent can tell their own African stories." We at MyPR.co.za have a small suggestion; "Follow our lead dear DG and promote South Africa FIRST!" Liphoko delivered a speech on behalf of Communications Minister Faith Muthambi at the opening ceremony of the 3rd Forum on China-Africa Media Cooperation, in Beijing, on Tuesday. "Our continent urgently needs to establish a content hub where our content providers can interact for continued enhanced content provision in order for us to tell our own stories. "The Information and Communications Ministers in attendance [will] closely inspect the broadcasting model employed by China Central Television International 24-hour news channel. "This should be done with a concerted view on how such a model can find confluence on the Africa TV Bouquet system in order to achieve not only a shared information hub, but investment in skills development and human capital in broadcasting," said Liphoko. He said as the continent moves from analogue to digital broadcasting, the China-Africa forum is also providing opportunities for countries to share their individual experiences on the migration and learn from experts from Africa and China and beyond on various important topics on broadcasting migration. This year's China-Africa Media Cooperation Forum comes against the backdrop of the notable progress made on the economic front during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit held in South Africa last year. The inception of FOCAC in 2000 was a historical milestone in the history of China-Africa relations. The forum gave both sides an opportunity to engage as a collective in pursuit of a common agenda that is cognizant of the desire and intention of both sides to abide by principles of mutual respect, equality . . .
A new website offers thousands of South Africans the chance to work together and share in the profits. Hundreds of South Africans (soon to be thousands) have joined together to create an exciting new website called FINDINGTHINGS.co.za which is a one-stop site for finding things - where to buy things, where to go on holiday, latest restaurants in your area, jobs, hobbies, weddings, maternity, babies, cars, boats, planes......anything and everything. It is a directory of mini-websites known as Groups. Each looks and works just like a Facebook page, and is managed and owned by someone in the community who also keeps 100% of the income. Users can post questions in their own language, chat about a subject and get responses from like-minded people. The website is unique as it shares its profits as well as its knowledge. A spokesperson from FindingThings explains: ‘Instead of employing 2 000 people and scooping all the profits, we are giving 2 000 people the opportunity to own their own business looking after as many Groups as they can manage. Each Group will only generate between R2 000 and R3 000 pm, but part-timers can manage up to 10 with full-timers looking after 100+’ There will ultimately be a comprehensive index of information with thousands of categories. The site needs over 2000 people part time and 200 full time to all join together to create a super-index of information, with everyone benefiting from one another’s contribution. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
VR and 360 - Differences Infographic Photo: Global Access SA with some fonts by Freepix at Pixabay Johannesburg, Gauteng, 14 June 2016 – Global Access as established Virtual Reality and 360 degree video creators has over the past six months been on an experiential journey. Experimenting and discovering within the Virtual Reality sphere and now their Creative Agency is on a mission to bring a new reality to South African businesses and exciting possibilities for communication. But what is Virtual Reality? And what is the difference between a 360 degree video and a Virtual Reality (VR) video? VR and 360 degree video are both clumped under the banner of “Virtual Reality” but are fundamentally different. Virtual Reality is an immersive computer generated environment that you can physically walk around in and interact with - much like a computer game. Unlike 360 degree video which is a cinematic video experience where you can look around in all directions but have limited to no interactive capacity. Got it? What makes both of these so difficult to understand on paper is that it is really only once you experience them that the difference becomes apparent. 360 degree video is the more accessible of the two as it can be accessed on any smartphone via YouTube or Facebook which increases its scope of business use. Some of the benefits of 360: It transports the viewer somewhere they can’t otherwise be. The CEO can visit a distant work site with the click of a button instead of a four day site visit. Colleagues from across the globe can tour the new Headquarters anywhere in the world. One 360 degree video tour can be accessed by millions of people and because the sensation is so ‘real’ they can feel as if they’ve been on a personal tour. The retention of information is far greater than any other form of communication as the viewer is there 'inside’ the presentation, according to the IEEE Virtual reality for training: evaluating knowledge retention. VR . . .