Col’Cacchio pizzeria, one of South Africa’s most popular and authentic eateries recently launched its new Monday ‘Buy 1 & Get 1 on Us’ special which will be available from May until 31 August 2017 at all outlets across the country. Purchase any gourmet pizza and get a second classic or gourmet pizza, of your choice for free. The vibrant Italian-inspired restaurant offers a wide variety of gourmet pizza options filled with flavourful taste combinations. Whether you’re looking for something spicy or fresh, you’re bound to find a dish that will satisfy your palate. Try the Nacho Libre, a Mexican inspired, jerk spiced chicken pizza topped with fresh, homemade Guacamole, sour cream with a hint of tomato chili salsa or the popular, Moghul, an Indian butter chicken pizza topped with mozzarella, coriander and drizzles of crispy onion. Whether its brunch, lunch or dinner, the new Monday pizza special is available all day and is one special you won’t want to miss out on! Head over to your nearest Col'Cacchio pizzeria or Mio Col'Cacchio pizzeria nationwide to can take advantage of their two for one special. The offer is available for all in store or takeaway purchases however excludes all delivery orders. The less expensive pizza is free. T&C's apply https://goo.gl/tO2U1N For more info visit www.colcacchio.co.za or hop onto the social media platforms: ? Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ColCacchio/ ? Twitter: @ColCacchio ? Instagram: @colcacchio CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Refurbishments underway at BON Hotel Delta and BON Hotel Abuja, Nigeria BON Hotel Delta will be undergoing a complete refurbishment and renovation to upgrade their facilities in line with international standards, along with designing and training staff on an excellent maintenance culture. The first phase is underway with the replacement of flooring, lighting and various areas of the kitchen, along with installing new air conditioners. Next up they will be upgrading the flooring in all of the guest rooms and re-painting the entire hotel. At BON Hotel Abuja the dining area has undergone a make-over with the introduction of new décor and furniture and a new waitrons’ station and the pool deck also has new outdoor furniture. This next phase follows the complete refurbishment of all the rooms and the boardroom last year, and going forward plans are underway to renovate the entire bar and reception area. It is business as usual at both properties with minimum fuss, noise or inconvenience to their guests. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Award-winning South African lighting design company, willowlamp, scooped another international award at the inaugural darc awards / decorative 2017 gala event held in London on 18 May 2017. The company’s bespoke designs created for Hotel Crown Towers in Perth, Australia, took second place in the category for The Best Use of Decorative Lighting in a Hotel Project. willowlamp was commissioned by Australian-based architects Bates Smart to design a series of four chandeliers for The Waiting Room of the Crown Towers Perth. The custom pieces, based on their popular Mandala No. 1 design, were crafted in their studio in Salt River, Cape Town, and unveiled at the hotel in December 2016. The darc awards / decorative was created by international lighting magazines mondo*arc and darc to celebrate decorative lighting design projects and products. Using a peer-to-peer voting system, winners were chosen by the international design community who were invited to vote for their favourite projects and products on a specially designed website. The awards received more than 200 entries from 30 countries. “The commission for Crown Towers was the largest-ever custom design that we have created to date and we are honoured to be acknowledged by members of the global design community for this project,” says Adam Hoets, willowlamp’s Creative Director and Founder. “We are also excited to see the darc awards / decorative focusing purely on decorative lighting design and look forward to many more years of the competition.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CREATIVE PULSE: The South African creative economy could be one of the levers with which to improve South Africa’s general economic status this – and other trends affecting the arts, culture and heritage sectors and the creative and cultural industries – are the main focal points of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) national conference this week (24 & 25 May) at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg. #SACOConf2017 to identify trends to boost SA’s R90bn creative economy Johannesburg, 23 May 2017 – THE second South African Cultural Observatory National (SACO) Conference, which takes place this tomorrow and Thursday (24 – 25 May) in Johannesburg, will strengthen the knowledge and capacity of South Africa’s creative economy to unlock higher levels of inclusive growth. Building on last year’s theme of ‘Counting Culture,’ respected global and local subject matter experts, researchers and practitioners will this year discuss, explore and debate the theme ‘Creative Economy and Development’. Early data points to the creative economy contributing 2.9% to the South African gross domestic product (around R90-billion) – on par with global averages which sit at 3% according to a 2015 EY study. The creative economy also employs over 440 000 South Africans. The data shows the sectors contributed R24-billion in taxes in the 2013/14 period, and helped underpin the empowerment of black South Africans, women and younger people. Over 50% of the creative industries and enterprises are owned by Black South Africans, 40% are owned by women and more than 30% by young entrepreneurs. “These initial figures show the potential of an even better supported creative economy. The conference programme supports this thinking and I am very pleased to see a wide range of global and local perspectives on the programme,” said Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts & Culture. Minister Mthethwa said a discussion around the creative economy and development was a pressing . . .
Organisers of the Liberty Waterberg Encounter have slightly shortened the overall distance of the three-stage race, but route director Mel Meyer has promised it will still be a rigorous test for the entrants. Taking place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, the mountain bike race from June 9 to 11 is the second in the Encounter Series, following the successful Liberty Winelands Encounter in the Western Cape last month. Meyer said the decision to limit the event to two race villages, at Sondela Nature Reserve and Elements Golf Estate, had allowed them to design a more compact route. "This has enabled us to add a much better mountain bike feel to the first day, rather than the longer route we used previously that meant there was more road riding to get the cyclists from point A to point B," he said. "This time we have used a minimum of properties to create the trails and this will give the riders a real flavour of the bushveld in the region. "The wildlife in the areas adjacent to the trials is amazing." He added, though, that the amount of single-track would ensure a strong challenge, particularly once you considered the climbing that had to be done. "Make no mistake, the 62km route with around 800m of ascent means it will be no picnic and even the faster guys will have to pace themselves." The second day will see a clover-leaf route from Elements and Meyer said they had been busy preparing plenty of new trails over the 54km distance. "It is the shortest of the three stages, but 1 100m of ascent will still give it a lot of teeth," said Meyer. "We have been able to develop some amazing single-track on Elements over 23km and we have changed the Shakana climb to do it in reverse. "There are also some new trails which have been built in the Shakana area so that should be a good experience for many of the riders." Meyer said the final stage of 59km would provide a comfortable finish to the Liberty Waterberg Encounter, in partnership with STANLIB, . . .
23 May 2017: Visit Sweden, Sweden’s official tourism board, has partnered with Airbnb to turn the entire country into an Airbnb listing. And the best part is - you don’t have to officially book accommodation because all publicly owned land is entirely free and accessible to everyone! Every lake is your infinity pool, every mountaintop your granite terrace, every meadow becomes a garden and every forest a pantry filled with mushrooms and berries. Feel free to take a morning jog or bike ride across open fields or trek through challenging mountain terrain. Should you want an upgrade, you do not need to ask anyone, just find the best location that suits you and your mood. “This is made possible thanks to a Swedish right guaranteed by the constitution - freedom to roam. This right enables the Swedish people to experience nature and enjoy the beautiful Swedish wildlife. In Sweden we have everything from high mountains to deep forests, from beautiful archipelagos to quiet meadows. Now, together with Airbnb, we welcome everyone to Sweden and, through freedom to roam, they can share our wonderful nature”, says Jenny Kaiser, USA Country Manager at Visit Sweden. Freedom to roam allows everyone and anyone to be free amidst Swedish nature with the right to access, walk, cycle or camp on any land. Only private gardens and lands under cultivation are an exception to the rule. The idea of free nature accessible to anyone is in the DNA of every Swede, but with great freedom comes responsibility. The general rule for spending time in nature is “do not disturb, do not destroy” – just like in any other home. “We are very excited to welcome Sweden on Airbnb for everyone to explore. This partnership is a first of its kind collaboration between a tourism board and Airbnb. It is designed to promote Sweden as a destination through the power of the Airbnb community which is perfectly placed to showcase the many extraordinary locations to stay throughout the country.” says James . . .
Owner and co-founder of Step Up Education Centres, Cindy Glass is a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience in helping children grow and develop into the best version of themselves. She started her career at Yellowwood Park Primary in sunny Durban and moved on to open her first after-school tuition centre in 2005 in Port Elizabeth. Two years later she had grown to three branches across the windy city, securing the world record for the fastest growing first-year Education Centre internationally. After almost a decade in Port Elizabeth, Cindy moved to Pietermaritzburg where she and co-founder Fiona Lake, decided to open another after-school tuition centre, only this time, under their own brand, Step Up Education Centres. This, Cindy says, gave them the freedom to develop and customise the course material for the South African market and saw them become the first South African company to develop a world-class remediation after-school tutoring service for learners based on CAPS system. Fellow teachers got wind of the course material and loved the fact that in addition to the localised content, it had a unique ability to demonstrate flexibility in learning which catered for the needs of a variety of learning styles and personalities. As a result Cindy and Fiona sold their first four franchises within eight months of opening. “When we opened Step Up in Pietermaritzburg, we never even thought about franchising. Now, just over a year later we have five centres in three provinces around the country,” Cindy explains. Passionate about education and the upliftment of others, Cindy is not only committed to helping children reach their potential, but also to revolutionising the the face of education. She believes that Step Up English, Afrikaans, Maths, Physics and Accounting courses are ideally suited to play a substantial role in the fight against illiteracy in South Africa. Furthermore, Cindy has a heart for struggling communities and spent two years . . .
Samsung brings the 360 Twitter experience to SA with Twitter’s new 360 video offering JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 23 May, 2017 – Samsung and Twitter, two of the most innovative global brands have partnered with Ad Dynamo, to bring a first to the South African market. Samsung will be giving South Africans a 360 degree video journey around South Africa providing their users with a fully immersive experience. “In order to demonstrate how users can experience a view that is wider than before, we have teamed up with Twitter, through our relationship with Ad Dynamo, offering consumers the opportunity to experience true 360 degree video. Similar to the recently launched Galaxy S8 with Infinity Display, 360 degree video on Twitter challenges the norm,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. According to the South African Social Media Landscape 2017 Report*, there are around 7.7 million Twitter users in the country and Samsung is now offering this massive market the opportunity to look at some of the country’s most famous South African landmarks in 360 degrees. “Twitter is where people go to see what’s happening . We quickly understood the importance of 360 degree video for Samsung South Africa, and saw a natural fit for one of the most innovative Twitter channels in South Africa. Together, both brands are setting an example of what is possible with 360 degree video, by adding a local flavour,” says Matthew Banner, Global Account Lead at Ad Dynamo. Due to their sheer magnitude and beauty, Samsung chose iconic South African landmarks. Of those landmarks, Muizenberg, the Umhlanga Lighthouse, the Johannesburg CBD, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Table Mountain and the Union Buildings were selected to be best experienced in 360 degrees. The viewer should be able to experience these landscapes and iconic landmarks from every angle possible. Fleischer explains that 360 degree content is the perfect way to showcase Samsung’s mobile . . .
New Gear 360 and Gear VR with Controller Elevate the Galaxy Experience We take a closer look at these new additions to Samsung’s expanding VR ecosystem, designed to make immersive 360-degree content more accessible and enjoyable JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 23 May, 2017 – Samsung’s Gear 360 places the keys to creating immersive, 360-degree content in users’ hands, offering a new and engaging means to capture their most memorable moments. “The camera’s latest edition is equipped with new features and a refined design to make sharing those moments even easier, adding further depth to viewers’ immersion with impeccable 4K video,” says Craige Fleischer, Director Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “Likewise, the new Gear VR with Controller allows for enhanced virtual reality experiences and easier interaction.” Gear 360: 4K-Capable and Made for Sharing The Gear 360 lets users record 360-degree videos that place viewers at the heart of the action, capturing a complete picture of the recorded experience as well as all the emotion, excitement and beauty that made it memorable. Such vivid detail is possible thanks to the Gear 360’s best-in-class cameras, which feature dual 8.4-megapixel fisheye lenses that support 15-megapixel images and, for the first time, immersive 360-degree 4K videos. The bright F2.2 lenses provide crisp detail even in low-light conditions, allowing users to create high-resolution content regardless of the time of day. In order to help creators put their best content forward, the new Gear 360 comes equipped with a variety of shooting modes and editing tools and makes it possible to effortlessly convert 360-degree videos into standard formats for easy-to-share content,” says Fleischer. The camera also supports high-quality, 360-degree live broadcasting*. When synced with a compatible smartphone or computer** via Wi-Fi or a USB cable, the device enables users to easily upload content to stay connected no matter where they are. . . .
Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions, will be highlighting solutions that can help address the challenges presented by the changing nature of cyber threats and hazards in sub-Saharan Africa during its participation at its first Securex, Africa’s leading security and fire exhibition. Taking place from 30 May to 1 June 2017, at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Genetec looks forward to sharing how the company effectively protects the everyday. Taking strategic and timely moves to expand its market leading presence in sub-Saharan Africa, Genetec recognises the significance of the market. In Hall 2, Stand D05, Genetec will present its latest open-architecture, unified IP security solutions. During the three-day event, Genetec will provide a concentrated focus on security and analytics solutions for key industry verticals like government, retail, transportation, and oil & gas. Genetec will bring its well-trained team to demonstrate that it has the best security solutions to meet the needs of the growing market, and help address the specific needs and demands for flexible, reliable and future-proof security solutions. “Genetec’s participation at our first Securex demonstrates our eagerness to realise potential opportunities in the African market and to increase awareness on the level of commitment we exert in protecting organisations and their security systems, people, data and assets,” says Brent Cary, regional sales manager, Genetec. “At the event, we will present our wide range of solutions that provide the highest level of ‘cybersecurity’ and ‘hardening’ measures against cyber hacking and internal employee authorisation and authentication. These advanced solutions can play a significant role in the efforts to deal with the changing nature of cyber threats and hazards.” Genetec will showcase its decision support system, Mission Control—a set of solutions that can provide organisations . . .