Membership of South Africa's Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (WASPA) is recommended, and often compulsory, for any firm wanting to provide mobile content services to the country's 35 million prepaid and contract cellular users. Vodacom, MTN, Cell C and Telkom Mobile have all mandated that membership of a representative industry body with an enforceable Code of Conduct is required for wireless application service providers (WASPs). This is specifically for WASPs intending to offer aggregation services via direct network connections. "While WASPA membership is recommended for content providers, and compulsory for all aggregators, members understand that it is good for the sustainability of our industry to become a member of WASPA, as it ensures that WASP activity is monitored and regulated to address any potential non-compliant behaviour," said Ilonka Badenhorst, WASPA General Manager. WASPA outlines benefits of membership below: WASPA is a proactive body representing the interests of its members and works for the common good of the industry as a whole. WASPA developed a Code of conduct for its members, and also enforces this code to ensure business is conducted in an ethical manner, maximising consumer confidence in WASP services. Members are able to contribute to the evolution of the Code and ensure their business needs are considered. WASPA runs a consumer complaints desk, ensuring that all users of WASP services have a single point where they can raise concerns and resolve complaints. Complaints are channelled to the relevant WASP, and WASPA provides feedback to the consumer during the resolution process. WASPA provides a media monitoring service, ensuring compliance of all WASP services to the WASPA code. WASPA maintains excellent relationships with the relevant authorities ensuring that the implementation of the many regulatory requirements, on behalf of its members, is dealt with as quickly and efficiently as is feasible. WASPA . . .
Carrick Wealth, together with Signature of Hope Trust and Chris Bertish, launched their #StandUp campaign a few months ago. With the campaign running until the end of April, the organisers are urging all South Africans to get involved. The main purpose of the campaign is to mobilise South Africans to stand up and be counted – and in so doing assist in changing the lives of millions of children across Africa by donating funds towards the three beneficiaries of Chris Bertish’s Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) expedition. To date, over R500 000 had already been raised via the SMS line and through direct donations, while the SUP Crossing project as a whole raised more than five million rand. Don’t miss your chance to be part of the campaign by contributing to assist at-risk kids across Africa! Chris Bertish made history in March 2017 by completing the first ever solo, unsupported transatlantic SUP Crossing. Starting off from Morocco on December 6, 2016, he traversed 4,050nm/7,500km, paddling 2 million strokes across the Atlantic Ocean for 93 days. The SUP Crossing has been hailed one of the biggest sporting feats and has defied all expectations; however, Bertish’s quest was not only limited to crossing the Atlantic. His quest also aimed to create a sustainable legacy by raising funds for three chosen charities, namely the Signature of Hope Trust, Operation Smile SA and The Lunchbox Fund. With a target of raising over 20 million rand, the goal is to make the entire project a completely self-sustainable initiative by means of an annuity fund, specifically set up and managed by the Carrick Wealth Investment Committee, to establish recurring income for the beneficiaries. Working in conjunction with the beneficiaries, funds will be released on a regular basis, balancing operational requirements with capital protection. The #StandUp campaign was created not only to assist Chris in reaching his goal, but to encourage the public to stand up and show support for these worthy . . .
On Thursday, 11 May, BON Hotel Midrand will be hosting an Event Showcase - creating beautiful and functional spaces to highlight the ways in which the venues at the hotel can be used. Invited guests and the public can pop by between 11h00 and 14h00 and indulge in the latest culinary eats and be inspired by on-trend, interesting and creative concepts for weddings, events, special occasions, conferences and launches. Celebrity Chef Citrum Khumalo, from Asidle Culinary Kitchen and Chef Lucy at BON Hotel Midrand will be whipping up the latest in culinary eats – from high tea delicacies, healthy and innovative conferencing catering, canape’s and cocktails, as you wander about the hotel, meet our suppliers and experience all the different pockets of creativity and inspiration. When : OPEN DAY, Thursday, 11 May from 11h00 to 14h00 Where : BON Hotel Midrand, 546, 16th road, Constantia Park, Halfway House (minutes from the Gautrain) Contact : email@example.com Meet our suppliers: Adverb, Asidle Culinary Kitchen, Auto Bavaria, Bold Pearl, Connecta-floor, Gauteng Tourism, JC Functions, Lounge Around, Massive Records, Showbiz Productions, The Tablecloth Hiring Company, Ulunga Bar CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 1st annual Bottomless Craft Beer Festival is happening in the historic suburb of Soweto, Johannesburg on 30 April 2017. A celebration of good friends, great food and epic brews, the festival promises to tantalise the taste buds of attendees while their cups runneth over with homegrown flavours. This interactive platform allows visitors from far and wide to sample a multitude of beers produced by microbreweries, while they also enjoy the finest gourmet street food Soweto has to offer. The event spectacular focuses on supporting and promoting small local breweries by encouraging them to be innovative, experimental and explorative with their mixes and creations, thus bringing interesting new beers to the market for the South African public to enjoy. Other fun activities at the event include foosball tables, table tennis, cornhole and beer tasting and pairing, as well as a banging DJ line up to get the party started. The festival has also partnered with Uber South Africa to help ensure that everyone gets to the festival and back home again safely and in style. Patrons can use the code BCBF to get R50 OFF their first ride. Tickets cost R250 and can be purchased with the Zapper mobile payment app. This safe and secure app can be downloaded for FREE from the app stores of Apple, Android or Windows phones, and gives users R25 off their first transaction. Ticket price includes: - 1 x entry to the fest - 1 x food meal voucher coupon, - 1x collectible glass and - Limitless craft beer sampling. The Zapper QR code to pay can be found on the Bottomless Craft Beer Festival 2017 Facebook page, or on the day. All tickets purchased with Zapper can be collected at the designated Zapper desk at the festival venue. Date: 30 April 2017 Venue: Soweto Equestrian Centre, Rockville Soweto. Time 11am-7pm CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 25 April 2017 – A brief touch of 30 seconds is enough for people to begin to create attachment and that’s exactly how Global Access intends to help the Sandton/Marlboro SPCA. Global Access is inviting you to join them on the 6th of May 2017 at the Central City Comics Be A Hero Day at the Sandton Commercial Village where they will be setting up their touchable tech, ‘Sensanetik’. Here you will find out how you can be a hero! This experiential digital signage solution will allow people to pick up and touch a toy version of the animals the SPCA helps. By lifting up the cat or dog, visitors will learn more about how they can help the SPCA. But why not just use a pamphlet, or a normal digital screen? What makes Sensanetik so special? It is through the engagement with the tech and information shared, that the SPCA can build a connection with the visitors. A connection, that will drive them to want to help the SPCA achieve its’ mission to ‘prevent cruelty to animals and positively contribute to animal welfare through serving and educating our communities.’ “A lot of people see technology as disruptive and say it’s moving us away from each other. We wanted to show that it can be used to raise awareness and actually be a part of building a caring community. By creating a display that excites people to learn about the SPCA and hopefully contribute to the protection of their animals, we aren’t disrupting them. We’re using a format they are already used to, technology and screens, to enrich their lives and to improve the lives of those who can’t speak for themselves, the animals.” Says Ivano Stipcevich, Head of Digital Signage Networks at Global Access. By engaging with the Sensanetik, visitors can see the opportunities to become heroes and help the SPCA either through adoption or various other ways from dog walking to donations. “The Sandton/Marlboro SPCA will also be there on the day where we know our display will help draw interest to them, but . . .
Drought and hot, dry weather effects our gardens far more than we realise. And the effects take their toll for years, especially on trees and large shrubs. We cannot control or prevent drought, however, there are ways to minimize the effects. “Hot and dry conditions affect our gardens negatively,” explains Mimi Rupp, founder of Stone etc. “Some plants will simply wilt, while others may lose their leaves, or at worst, die. Leaves can turn brown or curl up, plants will grow slower or even stop. “Droughts can also make plants weaker, which means they can become more susceptible to disease and insect attacks. Even after a drought, it will take a while for plants to recover, and may even take years for trees.” Plants still require water during drought, and the best advice for gardeners is to give water less often, even skipping a week or two, but watering slightly more when watering. “If the ground gets moisture on a deeper level, it encourages deeper roots as opposed to a smaller, more superficial root system.” Using mulch also have several benefits in drought, the biggest advantage being that it keeps the soil cooler as it prevents direct sunlight on the soil, preventing evaporation from the soil. “Bark, woodchips, and pebbles are also useful as a form of protection,” adds Rupp. Be sure to weed your garden too, as well as de-heading your flowers. “The small amount of water available should not go to weeds or having your plants spending unnecessary energy into producing seeds,” advises Rupp. During drought, it is not recommended to fertilize. The reason being, fertilizing encourages your garden to grow, which requires water. And a salt build up in the soil can be detrimental to plants in times of insufficient water if you do fertilize. When it comes to your lawn, it is advisable to leave your grass a little longer. The extra length protects the roots as well as keeping the soil cooler and preventing unnecessary moisture loss. Certain areas of grass can also be . . .
Urban Design Trends Demand Sleeker Appliances Samsung rises to the challenge of scaled down next generation product design JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 25 April, 2017 – Modern city living is forcing urban professionals to look at sleeker, smaller interior furnishings and appliances to make the most of their space without sacrificing style. There has been an important shift in design requirements as professionals move into miniscule living units but desire smarter, better functioning and more stylish electronic devices. “This changing need is driving a new approach to the traditional manufacturing of fridges, washing machines, ovens, TVs and even utilities such as air conditioning units. Samsung designers have long realised that modern appliances cannot be allowed to clutter the living space, instead they should complement the décor, take up minimal space and offer a broad range of advanced technological features that enhance the life of the consumer,” says Michael McKechnie, Director: Consumer Sales at Samsung South Africa. Samsung’s 360 Cassette air conditioning unit is an example of how the company approaches space-saving and aesthetically pleasing interiors. The air conditioner features an omni-directional airflow emission, which eradicates cold air drafts and increases cooling efficiency for a truly premium experience. In addition to its superior performance, the Samsung 360 Cassette air conditioner boasts an elegant circular form and is ceiling mounted, leaving much-needed floor or wall space free. The compact and power-efficient Samsung 360 Cassette received the Product Design award at the IF Design Award 2016 and was a star at the ARBS Exhibition in Melbourne, drawing tremendous attention and interest from engineers, architects, consultants and installers. “Products such as the 360 Cassette air conditioning unit demonstrate that industry-leading functionality, premium design and energy efficiency are still possible within the space constraints of . . .
Do you know that improved customer interaction is one of the main trends and predictions for financial institutions for 2017? By removing friction from the customer journey, financial institutions can create the optimal customer journey. Attend the Digital Customer Engagement Conference on 7 & 8 June 2017 at the Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg to find out more how banks, insurance companies and other players in the financial services industry can learn to create the optimal customer journey, making each step and touch point in the buying cycle stream-lined, efficient and personalised. Some of the themes to be addressed in the programme include digital marketing strategies to improve customer engagement, social media, e-metrics, loyalty and digital sales enablement. The event showcases a top speaker panel, all experts in the marketing and financial services arenas. Some of the companies represented include Experian, ClickMaven, P:Cubed, Compuscan, Digital Solutions Group, SAP Africa, EOH Digital, inQuba, Karabina, NXT and more. View brochure for more at: http://www.tci-sa.co.za/digital-customer-engagement-conference-download-page/ Targeting financial professionals dealing with customer engagement, the programme will highlight challenges, opportunities and the latest developments regarding digital channels and customer relationships. Conference Project Manager, Ryno van Ellewee, said banks and other financial institutions must engage customers at every stage of their purchase journey. By using digital channels, it will make the customer journey for financial institutions a reality, and improve customer on-boarding, cross-selling and retention. A highlight of the programme will include a panel discussion on how the use of digital channels will influence the customer journey in the foreseeable future. Van Ellewee said the event is aimed at professionals from the financial sector dealing with CRM, customer value management, customer insights & analytics, . . .
Every class of motorbike will get a chance to shine at the Dezzi Festival of Speed taking place on Saturday, 29 April at the South Coast Bike Fest #SCBF2017 presented by UGU South Coast Tourism. Forming part of the #SCBF2017 programme, the Dezzi Festival of Speed comprises a number of fast-paced biking events taking place throughout the day at the stunning Dezzi Raceway in Port Shepstone on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast. “This is really an action-packed event programme that will provide non-stop entertainment for bike lovers as well as those with little knowledge of motorbikes and racing,” said Dezzi Festival of Speed race organiser, Bob West. “We’ve made sure this is really a spectator-friendly day with a variety of motorcycles and riding styles all set against the magnificent backdrop of the Indian Ocean.” The event kicks off at 7.30am with a biking blast from the past as the 2 strokes take to the track to burn some oil in an epic race. They will be followed by a range of bikes from 600cc to 1000cc as the Breakfast Runs gets underway promising 10 laps of skilled racing action. A crowd favourite – the 150 Honda and Scooters – will then go head-to-head followed by the not-to-be-missed Legends car race. Originating in the 1930s and 1940s, the Legends vehicle is a compact car shell fitted with a 1300cc motorbike engine, and these zooty cars always make for a fantastic spectator sport. The Bike Attack, which follows the Legends race, will see some 20 motorbikes completing 10 laps of the Dezzi Raceway with judges looking at both speed and consistency. One prize will be awarded to the fastest rider, and another to the most consistent rider on the track. Then it’s anything goes in the Open Class race with Super Singles and Powersports getting some time in the limelight. Because of the magnitude of the #SCBF, representatives from biking clubs across the country will be in attendance and club members are urged to come support their club presidents at the . . .
England based Portsmouth University Cricket Club (PUCC) enjoyed a fruitful cricket tour in Cape Town last week. As part of their experience in the Mother City the group linked up with the Gary Kirsten Foundation (GKF) to assist needy communities along their travels. The enthusiastic group of students donated over R50 000 to the foundation to help build much needed facilities. It was a partnership which was established before they reached South Africa with the group identifying the GKF as an initiative that they wanted to get behind months ago. “It was wonderful to have the guys from Portsmouth University over. The money that they have donated will go a long way in helping to build the game among disadvantaged people in The Western Cape,” GKC Coaching Director, Ryan Van Niekerk said. He continued, “They raised the money back home through marathons, cycling, swimming long distances and other events. These guys genuinely care and want to give back.” In addition they also sent non-playing personnel to primary schools supported by the GKF like Siphamandla, Mpendulo, Chris Hani and Sivile. “The students ran clinics, helped with painting and cleaning up. It was good to see them get involved,” Van Niekerk added. Kirsten was full of praise for the students and grateful for their hearty contribution. “We’ve been so encouraged by the support from PUCC and the GKF are humbled by their efforts to raise funds and awareness. Its heart warming to see what can be achieved when we work together to serve and make positive impacts in the life of others. The students of Portsmouth University who have committed to this cause are all champions in my eyes.” Kirsten beamed. Club representative Holly Morgan said working alongside the GKF was a highly enriching experience. "We feel so fortunate to have contributed to such a deserving cause. A huge congratulations goes the GKF coaches for all of their efforts and success. I was especially overwhelmed by the standard of cricket the . . .