Johannesburg boasts a splendidly mild climate, neither humid nor too hot. With the warmer months comes the rainy season. Rainstorms are often harsh and are accompanied by much thunder, lightning and occasional hail. This, in turn, leads to the excessive growth of grass, falling of leaves and at times the snapping of trees. In anticipation of the effects of the weather change and the peak summer season, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is going the extra mile to ensure it can deliver horticultural and conservation services in the City of Joburg. At least 52 accredited contractors have been brought on board to assist. Says Jenny Moodley, spokesperson for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “We encourage Joburg residents to visit our website www.jhbcityparks.com to view detailed weekly schedules. We also have a 24-hour emergency team which is equipped to respond to complaints relating to fallen trees. Our priority is to ensure that there is no traffic congestion or interference with power lines. Branches and stumps will be removed in the second phase of clean-up.” We trust that the measures that have been put in place will go a long way in ensuring that the City of Joburg is kept clean and well preserved. We also urge the residents to assist and play their part in keeping the city clean by supporting “A Re Sebetseng” (let’s work) campaign, which was recently launched by the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba. “The first City Of Joburg city-wide clean-up was hosted in September 2017 and was supported by councillors, ward committees and businesses across the city. Plastic bags and gloves were distributed at ‘walk-in’ centres, clinics, libraries as well as participating businesses and then collected later in the day to ensure that we have a cleaner city, “ adds Moodley. The project will continue throughout the year and it is expected to enhance the City’s R50 million investment into Pikitup for a third cleaning shift. “Please . . .
* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
The first annual ‘One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk’ is to be held at the Johannesburg Zoo to commemorate World Cancer Day on 4 February 2018. Organisers, the Breast Health Foundation, encourage all of those who wish to pledge their support for the day to participate in the event. Louise Turner, chief operations officer of the Breast Health Foundation, says that the One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk, aims to pay homage to, and express solidarity with the ‘Cancer Warriors’, or those who are fighting, or have fought, cancer. “We warmly invite those whose lives have in some way been touched by cancer, or who simply wish to honour those who have been impacted by this condition, to join us for the scenic 5km walk through the Johannesburg Zoo,” adds Turner. “World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to raise awareness around this disease. It is for this reason that we are partnering the Cancer Alliance — a group of cancer control and advocate non-profit organisations which Breast Health Foundation is a member of — in the hosting of this walk,” she explains. “The One Step at a Time initiative came out of an undertaking in which five breast cancer survivors trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2016. The five women showed a warrior spirit during the trek and demonstrated the triumph of the human spirit.” According to Turner, the Breast Health Foundation advocates wellness and the event highlights the important role that exercise can play in supporting long-term health. Walking is an ideal form of exercise that can be enjoyed by the survivors, their families and supporters, she observes. “The event has been made possible by the generosity of long-standing supporters of the Breast Health Foundation such as Netcare and the sponsorship of Universal Healthcare and CompCare Wellness Medical Scheme, Lancet Laboratories and Medipost Pharmacy. Netcare 911 has also stepped forward to offer emergency medical services support for the event, for which we are most . . .
https://youtu.be/TonlUU57SSE Church of Scientology caps season of expansion with dynamic Grand Opening in northern hills of the “City of Gold”—Johannesburg. Out of the shadow of the past a new generation is rising up, making a voice for themselves and creating a land defined by freedom of expression and spiritual awareness—a new South Africa. Historically acknowledged as the Cradle of Humankind and now known for its inescapable, vigorous energy, a once divided Johannesburg (Joburg) continues to be on the forefront of unified change. As one of the top 50 cities in the world in terms of both size and commerce, this pan-African capital is home to many creative and cultural forces—individuals and organizations set upon cutting a better and brighter path to community success. That spirit of innovation and new hope was resonant on a warm Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg North as over 1,500 Scientologists and guests gathered to dedicate the city’s stunning Church of Scientology on the hills of Randburg. In commemorating the occasion, Mr. David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, welcomed those in attendance in light of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s (LRH) wishes to infuse a segregated South Africa with sanity and guidance more than 50 years ago: “Should anyone ask what it means to follow an LRH dream from ‘One Man, One Vote’ to One Nation, One Purpose and from African power to African pride and Africa forever to Africa alive, well, all you have to do is consider those words ‘eternally Africa’ and ‘endlessly Africa,’ because herein lies our Lion’s Gate to Infinity’s door.” The Grand Opening ceremony was accented with creativity and vibrant expression, led by the magical sounds of Djembe drums mixed with traditional dancers and the melodies of a local choir. The festivities soon evolved into a chorus of dignitaries from all over Johannesburg and Gauteng—welcoming the Church and forecasting a propitious future upon the . . .
Vaping community to unite to shape SA vaping laws at upcoming Durban Vape festival. Vaping is becoming a way of life for South Africans. Just how popular the phenomenon has become, is attested to by the launching of Vape Festivals, the latest of which will be held in Durban on Saturday 16 December. Andre van Biljon, spokesperson for ‘Durban Vape festival’ points out that about 4 000 vaping enthusiasts are expected to attend the Vape Fest at the Durban Exhibition Centre. “The event in Durban is the second to be held this year. It follows the successful Cape Town Vape Fest, which was held in March. We expect that the Durban event will attract vapers who, like their Cape Town counterparts, are keen to learn about the alternative to tobacco smoking that is sweeping the country and is, undoubtedly, one of the fastest-growing social trends in the country.” Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPA) will also be exhibiting at the Festival that has, to date, attracted a record 35 participants across the industry. VPA will be participating as part of its campaign asking South African vapers to lend their voices and to be heard. Those attending will experience the new devices and receive the latest internationally recognised vaping information - as well as learn how they can lend their voices into shaping South Africa’s Vaping laws. The popularity of the Cape Town event and sales of tickets for the Durban Vape fest indicated that vaping, far from being a temporary fashion statement, it is saving lives by moving smokers to a product which the Royal College of Physicians in the UK has reached consensus is 95% safer than smoking, says Director of Vapour Products Association (VPA) Kabir Kaleechurn. “We understand from the vaping community that, thousands of South Africans of all ages are replacing tobacco cigarettes with devices. By doing so, they are making a conscious choice to reduce the health risks associated with smoking and inhaling burning tobacco . . .
Cyberspace ultimately belongs to the world and due to advance in technology across almost all sectors, it has become very easy for people to use forms of technology for various Cyber Crimes which end up harming the lives of others and the society we live in. This is a result of lack of Cyber Security awareness and Cyber Security measures. Lex-Informatica will be hosting a Legal Update Seminar, where we will be addressing the "Current Landscape in SA Cyber Law" The Seminar aims to give a broader understanding on issues that affect the society technologically and how an individual or organisation can go about preventing and / or protecting themselves within the function of cyberlaw. We specifically look into aspects such as: • Cyber Crime • Cyber Security • Access to Information, • POPIA / Data Protection DATE: 12th January 2018 TIME: 08:00 - 17:00 Venue: Menlyn Boutique Hotel (Pretoria) For more information on how to attend please call (+27) 12 757 8761 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg –12 December 2017: Servest joined the sixth annual, Steyn City ‘Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot’ campaign, to bring some festive cheer to school learners in Diepsloot. The annual CSI project continues to bring cheer and joy ahead of the Christmas season to 12 000 primary school children in Diepsloot. “People are at the heart of our business at Servest, and we believe in relationships and human partnerships to create mutual success.” says Kumaran Pillay, Marketing and Sales Director for the Office Services division of Servest. Servest invests in local communities through the Lesipho Trust, a non-profit organisation, that provides bursary and business opportunities to previously disadvantaged individuals. “We have the opportunity to make a difference in the communities we operate in. Let’s seize the moment and build our nation, by investing in the education and happiness of our children” says Kumaran, on Servest’s involvement with the annual project. Servest joined forces with Steyn City Properties and other sponsors to donate food, beverages and stationery to fill the school bags with treats for each learner. These gifted school bags will provide learners with a sense of dignity and pride for the coming school year. Celebrity appearances added an extra touch of energy to the proceedings. This year, TboTouch, along with soccer legends Shaun Bartlett, Mark Williams, Marks Maponyane, cricketer Heino Kuhn, Man Cave presenter Janez Vermeiren, and DJs from Touch HD, including Sammy Sosa, Kyle Worde, and popular TV Chef Benny Masekwameng all attended. “We look forward to taking part again next year and creating more awareness around the initiative.” says Kumaran. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Servest joined hands with Steyn City Properties, Sponsors, South African Personalities, and the Community to Deliver Happiness to Diepsloot Learners. here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
Hundreds of citizens in Nelson Mandela Bay’s disadvantaged communities have had some cheer brought into their lives thanks to the annual initiative between SPAR Eastern Cape and Love Story. For the second year in a row, SPAR have joined hands with the charity organisation to ensure that those living on the poverty line are not forgotten during the festive season. The Bags of Blessings and Festive Feed programmes are running simultaneously this week, with food hampers being handed out and meals supplied to several communities. Love Story founder Elaine Watson said the need for initiatives such as this one was stronger than ever. "Hunger and poverty statistics are staggering in our local communities,” she said. "Love Story exists as an organisation that feeds and clothes the destitute, but the need is far greater than we can manage.” She added that their teams had spent Monday at the SPAR Distribution Centre, preparing the Festive Feed food and the Bags of Blessings parcels. "We now go into four disadvantaged communities until Friday to serve meals to 200 people,” she added. "We also provide Bags of Blessings, which are made up of non-perishable food items, to 250 families who are in desperate need.” SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising assistant Debadene Baatjies said it was another opportunity to show their support for the community. "We are going into the season of giving but often it is so easy to get caught up in the festive period without taking the time to think about those who are less privileged than us,” she said. "That’s why SPAR decided to go into the townships and feed families in different areas. It may not solve the problem, but it does help to provide upliftment for these people.” Baatjies said they were grateful to their many suppliers who had donated products needed to make the initiatives successful. She added that their relationship with Love Story was important to the overall operation. "This is the . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 29 November 2017 – Servest announced the completion of an R1.4m investment into a complete irrigation system which will improve the quality of plants and reduce growing times at their Restio Ridge growing operation. This is a huge benefit to Servest and their clients. The next phase of investment at Resito Ridge will aim to install a fertigation system to work in tandem with the irrigation system. Servest has also recently completed the introduction of biological control at Restio Ridge, which is a method of controlling disease using other organisms, rather than the traditional spraying of chemicals. Servest operates the largest interior plant growing operation in South Africa, and has two facilities, the main growing operation is called Restio Ridge and is 12km outside Malelane Mpumalanga. On average the growing operation holds approximately. 75000 specimen plants to supply the interior plants division with a steady supply of quality plants. Servest’s growing operation employs 26 staff, and includes a Guesthouse which can accommodate 10 guests and is available to rent. Servest rents land from local farmers for their expanding production which brings benefits to the local economy The intensive growing operation has a minimum of 70000 plants in the ground at any time, with an average growing time for each plant of four years, from the original cutting to the delivery to Lone Creek. Lone Creek is the home base for Servest installation teams; the acclimatisation and holding facility is where at any given time approximately 20000 specimens are stored and where all orders are received and prepared for delivery to the clients’ premises. Servest is unique in that it is the only interior plant service provider in South Africa that has their own growing operations. Servest also has a footprint in the operations used by their competitors and have growing agreements with several other growers in Mpumalanga and Kwa -Zulu Natal. “Our . . .
Can’t make sense of fibre internet? Cell C’s Executive Head: Broadband, Dederick Venter explains what you need to know. Chances are you have seen the ads, the flyers, maybe even met the eager salespeople. Fibre internet is slowly expanding across South Africa’s metropolitan areas, introducing a new level of internet access that really stands beyond compare. Fibre is considerably faster than ADSL and more stable than the wireless signals from mobile broadband. The closest other option is LTE, which itself is blisteringly fast. But fibre is the king of this mountain. This certainly sounds like a good deal, but is it? What is fibre and should you cave in to your family’s calls to have it installed? That depends on what you are looking for, but if you live a connected life, you won’t regret ordering fibre. The traditional way to ferry the digital information of the internet around is to use copper cables, which carry electrical signals. But fibre sends beams of light down long translucent threads. This has several benefits: fibre do not decay as fast as copper lines and fibre is less exposed to interference. It is also very fast, comfortably offering speeds ten times that of ADSL and beyond. Even at its lower end - 10 to 20mbps (mbps is to internet speed what km/h is to cars) - fibre is more reliable. It also has more capacity, so no more fights over who is doing what online and draining all the speed. A 20mbps fibre link can comfortably carry the internet demands of a family of four or more. Through it you can stream HD movies, browse the web, hold video chats with friends and even control a security system - all at the same time. Sold? Great. But first you need to check if you have access to fibre, since networks are still growing their footprint. Consult the map of a fibre provider, such as on Cell C’s C Fibre website. If you do qualify, find a price and package that suits your needs and place the order. There are a few extra facts worth knowing. Fibre has . . .