Attune to the rising trends, Decorex Cape Town has welcomed the increasingly popular move to DIY within the décor industry with the feature of the Builders DIY Theatre. Gardening and home décor will be presented by three of the country’s leading DIY experts through engaging demonstrations taking place at Decorex Cape Town – sponsored by Plascon – taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May. “The concept of DIY used to be reserved for dedicated hobbyists with woodworking or welding experience,” explained Andre Steyn Marketing and Innovations Director of Builders. “Through Builders DIY, we want to display exactly how accessible DIY is for anyone with an interest. It’s just about using the right tools, the right materials and getting some professional input to get going.” Presenting at this year’s Builders DIY Theatre will be the Tanya Visser, Elle Franco and Ryan Paulsen. Green-fingered guru, Tanya Visser, will lay the groundwork for visitors looking to get their hands dirty with some great gardening inspiration. She emphasised the dominance of the ‘growing your own’ trend which has gained significant momentum and interest this year. “We’re delighted this trend is expanding and I definitely think it’s one that won’t go away anytime soon,” she said. “Another element at the top of my mind is water - the scarcity has really made us all think, not once but twice, how we can save it.” Visser will outline some very user-friendly tips on how to save this diminishing resource, one of which is ‘mulching’. She will feature main gardening projects at the Builders DIY Theatre this year, including step-by-step guidance on sowing seeds that are sure to germinate, as well as how to make more of what gardeners already have. Elle Franco’s strong background in DIY makes her well-placed to share take-home tips and interesting projects. “As a DIY presenter I pay close attention to design and décor trends of the year as DIY . . .
Pholaco started out as a large-scale manufacturer of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) mega blocks in 2008. The company has grown to provide various alternatives to the traditional methods of constructing a building. At the outset, green building may seem to be a holistic concept, but Pholaco takes care that all the stages of construction are environment friendly. Thermal Panel Construction: Being lightweight, it saves up on transport costs and requires less people to handle the objects. Applying thermal panel construction prevents the overall system from being exposed to water. The storage procedure of the products also becomes easier. Aluzinc skin ensures the durability of the product while kit construction allows for easy assemble and disassemble process. Lightweight Steel Frame Construction: Firstly, lightweight steel frame ensures durability and longevity of a building. Compared to the double skin plastered brick wall construction process, light steel frame reduces the weight by at least 10%. Moreover, this green product is also 100% recyclable and reduces 80% carbon footprint. Light steel frames provided by Pholaco for construction purposes are known to have thermal and acoustic properties. Cellulose Lightweight Cement Construction: This process includes the use of lightweight form work that has been derived from light Gauge Steel. Cellulose lightweight cement construction actually improves the structural strength of a building and complies with the eco standards. Moreover, compared to the traditional building methodologies it is much faster. Products offered by Pholaco Foundation slabs: A strong foundation is essential for every building according to the technicians. All the types of foundation are offered by the company—strip footing, pad and peer, stab on ground, and conventional reinforced raft and a waffle raft. The Pholaco team will advise on one of these foundation types depending on the ground conditions. Roof solutions: From designing . . .
The small Boland town of Wellington in the Drakenstein Valley raised its international profile considerably, when it recently won the titles of “Best Town Spirit” and “Best Stage Location” during the 2018 ABSA Cape Epic. This accolade has firmly established Wellington as a key sports destination and has proven once again that sports tourism can have a massive impact on local tourism industries. The town captivated organisers, riders and support crews with its incredible hospitality and diverse tourism offerings. Spearheaded by the Drakenstein Local Tourism Association’s Wellington office, Wellington rolled out the red carpet for this prestigious international race. Activities included a colourful welcoming street parade for the riders, decorating the town in the official race colours and well as hosting four of the race stages in and around Wellington with spectator points at various points on the Wellington Wine Routes. The official prize-giving also took place at a local wine estate. According to Annelize Stroebel, General Manager of the DLTA, this recognition is invaluable in terms of destination marketing. “These accolades were definitely well-deserved and the people of Wellington can be proud of this achievement. Thousands of people had the opportunity to experience what makes Wellington great and I have no doubt that it will have an extremely positive spin-off for our tourism industry. It has once again proven that sports tourism can be highly effective in marketing a destination, while at the same time delivering a considerable economic impact and making a significant contribution to the local communities,” mentions Stroebel. Several local charity organisations, including the G Voucher Project, Norsa Community Care and Ma’s vir Wellington also benefited from the race through either daily food donations or cash donations to support their ongoing work in the local community. “This event has showcased Wellington’s ability to host a world-class . . .
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By Adzuna on 23 April 2018 South Africa is often seen as “slow to the party” when it comes to developments in the Internet or digital space. This isn’t necessarily true, and the country has generated large-scale firms that have sold to even bigger international players in recent years. The industry has definitely advanced, one reason being that the skills needed to grow it are now more readily available. Digital training firm Webgrowth attests to that, with CEO Neil Pursey commenting that around 56% of all students are from previously disadvantaged backgrounds. A foray of research into digital jobs in South Africa on job aggregator Adzuna shows that the average salary on digital vacancies has grown from around R330,000 in 2017 to R420,562 in February 2018. While it dipped in March 2018 to R393,153, it gained back to R410,509 in mid-April 2018. The results are deemed quite accurate, since logic dictates that digital jobs are almost all advertised online and not offline. Such large growth is often indicative of an industry that is coming of age, where skills are more readily available and more qualified individuals exist with better qualifications and experience. However, the average salary in Gauteng has crept up faster to R456,023, much higher that the Western Cape, where R352,400 was recorded, supporting the old argument that Joburg whips Cape Town on the payscales. Partly, this could be due to the high amount of senior roles at high salaries now available in the north of South Africa. A full sixth (17%) of the digital opportunities listed were in the range of R700,000 and above on an annual salary basis. Job adverts for example for “Head of Digital” and “Senior Digital Consultant” have not been as forthcoming in 2014 as they are now. Again, the percentage was 20% in Gauteng, while only 13% of vacancies were in the highest salary bracket in the Cape. Many digital “gurus” apparently feel that despite salaries, the Cape is the place to be, with . . .
The University of Johannesburg's team did not achieve what they had set out to do, but came away from the University Sport South Africa women's sevens rugby tournament with their pride firmly intact. After several near misses in previous years, the UJ team were motivated to go all the way in Saturday's tournament at Wits in Johannesburg, but ultimately finished third in the standings. Team manager Tumi Leseke said they were proud of the squad's efforts and the determination and commitment they showed. "I feel the girls put their hearts into everything they did on Saturday and wouldn't have changed anything," she said. "Of course, it would have been amazing to finally win USSA but we left it all on the field, incurring a few injuries along the way. "The girls held their heads high and believe that their chance will come again. In the end the sport of rugby was the winner and that's all that matters." She added that the players were always hungry to do better and were still motivated for the challenges ahead. Leseke said the team's determination to succeed was personified by captain Nontobeko Ntombela's efforts in the last group match. "She made hard, crucial try-saving tackles and created many beautiful team tries, even scoring some herself. "Her leadership was tested, but she held her head up high and displayed remarkable strength that the team really needed on the day." There was recognition for UJ's efforts with the selection of Vhugala Ndou and Joy Cheptoo for the SA Students team. "After numerous injuries that would have left many unmotivated, these players put their hands up and were recognised for their efforts. "The selection of the girls is an amazing achievement and we are proud of them. "But we also recognise that rugby is a team sport and any recognition is only possible through the efforts and support of their team-mates. "Win or lose, we stand proud of our efforts and we always strive to be better." After . . .
Warm up to winter with hearty soups at Constantia Glen Enhance your winter wine tasting experience at Constantia Glen and tuck into a trio of delicious homemade soups. These hearty treats, on offer from 3 May till the end of August, are a good reason to visit this picturesque boutique wine estate to find comfort against the winter chill. Available as single servings or as a trio of smaller portions, visitors can indulge in Constantia Glen’s famous traditional Austrian Beef Goulash soup, French onion soup with croûte au fromage, or delicious roasted Butternut & Sage soup, all served with crispy, freshly baked bread. Each of these soups can be partnered perfectly with Constantia Glen’s elegant cool climate wines. Add an additional mouth-watering platter of artisanal cheese and charcuterie to your experience and enjoy the wonderful winter vineyard views. The soups are available at R95 per single serving, or R100 for the trio. Wines are available by the glass from R70 if you want to linger over lunch for a laidback afternoon. Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen’s dryland vineyards are farmed without any irrigation. The tasting room is open from 10h00 till 18h00 from Sunday to Thursday and 10h00 till 20h00 on Fridays and Saturdays. Booking via http://www.constantiaglen.com is highly recommended to avoid disappointment. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Synonymous with ground-breaking concepts in décor, design and lifestyle elements, Decorex Cape Town has managed to keep ahead of the field by constantly introducing innovative features and showcasing the best of South Africa’s décor artists. This year, Decorex Cape Town will be celebrating its 20th year of décor excellence. “For 2018 we have planned really strong, décor-focused shows which maintain the high calibre of craftsmanship for which Decorex is renowned,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Decorex SA. “We are always re-inventing, re-investing and changing to suit the constantly evolving décor industry and all its associated trends. It is important for us to know exactly what is happening on a global level from a décor viewpoint, as well as within the exhibition space. We have always worked hard to remain ahead of the game in South Africa, establishing ourselves as leaders in both the décor and exhibition fields and a large part of this is ensuring sound return-on-investment to our exhibitors. This is ultimately achieved by researching pre and post-exhibitions to analyse what our visitors want and what our exhibitors need.” At the Start 1999 saw the launch of the Decorex brand within the Mother City with the introduction of Decorex Cape Town at Spier Wine Estate, with just 69 Exhibitors and 15 000 visitors. This date marked the official introduction of ‘Decorex Cape Town’, although the city had already been a ‘design hub’ for the past five years, with many designers emanating from the region. With limited exhibition venues available at the time, the stunning Spier Wine Estate – complete with an elegant marquee – seemed the ideal solution. The exhibition was established as a more intimate version of its Joburg counterpart, drawing on the city’s vibrant energy and refined taste. Themed ‘A Blend of the Best’, there was a strong ‘feng shui’ element the worked throughout the 1999 design trends with beige and white colours set alongside . . .
Cape Town, 18 April 2018: Well-established on the Western Cape’s golf calendar, the Protea Hotels by Marriott Reach for A Dream Golf Day at the Arabella Hotel & Spa near Kleinmond is much sought-after by corporate members of the golfing community. Rated as one of South Africa’s Top 10 golf courses, the course is set in luscious surroundings, nestled among the beautiful mountain ranges and lagoons of the area. According to Danny Bryer, the Director of Sales, Marketing and Revenue Management for Protea Hotels by Marriott and African Pride Hotels, “The Arabella Hotel has hosted this event three times previously, and we are thrilled to be able to do so yet again in 2018. The funds raised at the event are used to fulfil the organisation’s goal of encouraging children with life-threatening illnesses to use their dreams to fight their illnesses. It is thus very meaningful for us to know that we are able to contribute to a cause like this.” The event takes place this year on Friday, 11 May 2018. Golfers can participate by registering a 4-ball for the event, which can accommodate 100 golfers. “Its popularity is clear in that it has been over-subscribed year-on-year,” Bryer says, highlighting the importance of the day for the funds much needed by the Reach for A Dream Foundation. “Last year, we raised well over R400 000 for Reach for a Dream, and the funds went a long way to assist the organisation in its work.” This year, the Golf Day offers something unique for Marriott Rewards members: the opportunity for keen golfers who are members of Marriott Rewards to bid for a spot to play in a 4-ball team. Bidding starts at 10 000 Marriott Rewards points, and Marriott Rewards members can select to bid for one of three magical packages. The contribution made will help to support Reach For a Dream – and offer a very memorable experience! In addition to enjoying a day of golf on this superlative South African golf course, the successful bidders for the three Marriott . . .
Red and scratchy eyes, episodes of excess tearing followed by stinging, dry eyes and even blurred vision – many people experience the symptoms of dry eyes, especially in winter. The go-to-treatment for dry eyes is typically teardrops. However, instead of simply treating the symptoms of dry eyes, Zelda van Coller, an Optometrist and the owner of Dynamic Vision Zelda van Coller Optometrists, says it’s best to get to the root cause. “Teardrops certainly offer relief from the symptoms of dry eyes. But, it can’t cure dry eyes and can by no means be considered the most effective treatment. Dry eyes, or ocular surface disease, that is left untreated can lead to chronic inflammation. “It is always prudent, for the benefit of long term eye health, to find the cause of dry eyes. This is especially true for anyone who has been suffering with dry eye symptoms for some time. An underlying condition known as Meibomian gland dysfunction is now recognized as a significant factor in many cases of dry eye syndrome. Another cause of dry eye is aqueous deficiency when the lacrimal glands don’t produce enough watery fluid to moisten the eyes. Other common causes of dry eye is ocular allergies and auto-immune diseases. These conditions can be treated effectively,” says van Coller. She has always had a keen interest in dry eye syndrome and did post graduate studies on the subject. She frequently attends workshops and lectures on dry eyes to stay up to date with the latest developments, and continues to work closely with eye specialists to treat dry eyes. At her practice, Dynamic Vision Zelda van Coller Optometrists in Alberton, she has a topographer and specialized software to conduct comprehensive dry eye tests. These non-invasive tests can test the water-oil balance in the eyes to get to the cause of dry eye syndrome. We are able to examine the tear-film chemistry, volume and stability in much detail. We closely look at the Meibomian glands to determine if they are healthy . . .