National player Casey McLeavy will be an important part of the bid by the Madibaz women's water polo team to capture a medal at the University Sport South Africa tournament in East London this weekend. The Madibaz women's water polo team will be aiming to transform a series of competitive results into a medal-winning position at the University Sport South Africa tournament this weekend. The event takes place at the Joan Harrison Complex in East London from Saturday to Monday. Madibaz Sport water polo manager Melinda Goosen said there was a strong thread of commitment running through the squad and they were determined to prove a point on this national stage. "In recent years our women's side have consistently made the semifinals, but we have usually ended fourth overall," she said. "This year our goal is to medal. "There are a number of new faces in the squad, with half the team about to experience their first USSA tournament, but there is a very good work ethic among the players." She said the squad trained twice a day on a regular basis, before 6am and a second session often ending after 6pm. "Being a university side, the academic commitments of the student-athletes play a big role in the availability of our players, especially during the Currie Cup tournament. "But the players are fully committed and have been training up to three times a day in the build-up to the USSA event. "It's crucial for us to do well as we are looking for a major sponsor to come on board to back the water polo club. "We have the players and structures in place, but the team have to organise music trivia evenings and special events to help raise money to compete in the Currie Cup and USSA." Goosen said players such as Meghan Maartens, Casey McLeavy, Charne Keen, Hannah Werth, Kelsey Vaughan, Mirricke du Plessis and Nina Cressey would provide the experience, while their biggest challenge was a lack of tournament match practice. "For example, UCT and Maties . . .
Herbalife Nutrition’s new Formula 1 Banana Cream flavour is vegan, gluten-free and palm oil free. The new product is the start of a global roll out of new generation Formula 1 flavours. Johannesburg, South Africa, 5 December 2018 – Herbalife Nutrition South Africa have launched a new flavour in their flagship Formula 1 shake mix. Banana Cream is part of the brand’s new generation of Formula 1 flavours that are vegan friendly, gluten-free and palm oil free. The new enhanced product has 24 vitamins and minerals, which is higher than the usual 23 found in previous Formula 1 products and is free from artificial colourants and flavouring. Formula 1 is Herbalife Nutrition’s flagship product in their core nutrition range. The shake mix has become synonymous with convenience and is an easy way for health-conscious consumers to add protein, fibre and essential nutrients to their daily diet. When prepared as indicated, Banana Cream Formula 1 has 17.7 g of protein, 4 g of fibre, 24 vitamins and minerals and is only 931 kilojoules per serving. Formula 1 Banana Cream is available in 550g canisters. Thilo Naidoo, Country Director of Herbalife Nutrition Southern Africa said: “As a global company we maintain awareness of market demands and shifts in the needs of our consumers, and our product innovation reflects this. The new Formula 1 Banana Cream flavour, and the upcoming roll out of further new generation flavours next year, is an exciting evolution in our product portfolio.” Formula 1 Banana Cream is available exclusively through Herbalife Nutrition’s network of Independent Members. For more information on how to purchase products go to http://contact.herbalife.co.za/?leadtype=pr Herbalife Nutrition can be found online at www.herbalife.co.za, and on Facebook @HerbalifeSouthAfrica CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It’s been a busy year for the team from Project Dignity, the non-profit organisation which distributes reusable sanitary wear – Subz Pants and Pads – to grateful young women across the country. The recent activation, which took place at Amagcino Primary School in Umgababa on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, was the 58th and final school visit for the dedicated Project Dignity team. “We are so happy to say that, this year, a total of 9 341 young women from disadvantaged communities across the country, received packs of Subz Pants and Pants that will last them up to five years,” said Sue Barnes, founder of Subz Pants and Pads and the NPO extension, Project Dignity. “And while it’s such a rewarding feeling knowing the difference these packs have made to the lives of our young women, we are already hard at work, sourcing sponsorships for our 2019 packs.” Barnes created South Africa’s original washable, reusable sanitary wear, Subz Pants and Pads, and established Project Dignity as a way to meet the sanitary needs of South African schoolgirls. The reality is that a lack of access to sanitary wear forces many girls to miss up to a week a month of classroom time, detrimentally impacting their education and future prospects. Since its inception in 2010, Project Dignity has donated in the region of 140 000 packs nationwide, with the list of schools and organisations requiring assistance constantly growing. The NPO relies solely on donations from corporates and individuals to meet the demands. The Project Dignity Education Programme distributes packs of Subz Pants and Pads to schoolchildren with one pack able to last each child throughout high school, if cared for correctly. Every school donation is accompanied by an educational, interactive talk on puberty and feminine health. Of the 9 341 Subz packs distributed in 2018, 7 569 contributed towards the Education Programme. The sanitary packs for Amagcino Primary School were purchased from donations made by . . .
TOKARA releases 100% pure, cloudy extra virgin olive oil on tap TOKARA, the award winning Stellenbosch wine and olive oil estate has set a new benchmark with the release of its first refillable unfiltered, cloudy extra virgin oil on tap. This unique artisanal TOKARA olive oil redefines the meaning of untouched as it was specially selected for its purity and unbridled flavours while the oil was flowing from the olive press. “We choose not to refine this special olive oil in order to retain its fresh and cloudy appeal and make it available on tap to visitors to our Deli,” says TOKARA’s olive oil master, Gert van Dyk, of this precious untouched liquid gold. The olive oil has aromas of olive leaf, pea shoots and green tomato leaves supported by a full flavour spectrum including artichoke, rocket, green olive, mangetout and walnut, finishing with a tingling of black pepper. As the oil is unfiltered van Dyk recommends consuming it within a couple of months and then returning to TOKARA for a refill. This unfiltered version of TOKARA’s top tier 2018 Premium Extra Virgin Olive Oil is available exclusively on tap at the farm’s Delicatessen and can be purchased in a refillable artisanal clear glass bottle at R150 for 500ml. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
POPIA was signed into law in 2013. GDPR was adopted in 2016. GDPR came into effect in 2018 and POPIA hasn’t come into force yet. EU regulation concerns every company which has at least one employee or one client who is a European citizen, while POPIA is to be complied by any responsible party domiciled in South Africa or any responsible party who uses automated or non-automated means within South Africa. GDPR covers all the EU members wherever they reside, and POPIA concerns those within the jurisdiction of South Africa only. The requirement seems to articulate clearly the limits of compliance for regional businesses making nearly each South African company subject to both sets of regulations. POPIA makes you accountable for legal processing of personal information in accordance with the purpose. The request for user details shouldn’t exceed the needed amount or be kept more than it is necessary. Collected information is to be relevant and regularly updated. A person whose data is stored should be aware of what details are selected, why and by whom an enquiry was made. A company which processes customer data is required to ensure that proper measures are taken to protect confidential details. A data subject can manage personal information which is used by a responsible party, remove excessive details and correct misleading facts. A person can ask for a record confirming that particular details are kept by an organisation. POPIA has a dedicated rule set for direct marketing and automated assessment process involving data subjects. The scope of POPIA comprises not only confidential details of individuals but also data of legal persons protecting corporate entities from information misuse. GDPR shapes similar standards which should administer personal data usage but comprises some ideas which are not as clear in the POPI Act. Even if South African businesses comply with POPIA successfully they will need to observe GDPR requirements focusing particularly . . .
The African continent is positioning itself as a global style icon, fusing the influences of international trend-makers with the unique colour and vibrancy that characterises its people and cultures. The impact of this colourful continent on the 2019 lifestyle trends will be brought home through the features and products showcasing at Africa’s biggest décor and design exhibition – Decorex SA. Consisting of Decorex Durban, Decorex Cape Town and Decorex Joburg, this year’s much-anticipated theme ‘Designing for Africa - feels like home’ encapsulates the re-birth of the African style powerhouse. “We are at a crucial moment in the evolution of technology, both globally and here at home,” explained Anita Bloom, Creative Director at Decorex SA. “The incredible advances in artificial intelligence, virtual augmented realities and 3D printing are about to transform every aspect of our lives. And in response to the imminent digital revolution we are re-focusing on what it means to be human, and this is taking us back to our African roots. Consumers are at a crossroads asking profound questions about their place in the world. How do we hold onto our identity? How do we stay emotionally aware? How do we re-connect with the world around us? By creating a calm, home-style space that gives our minds the freedom to wonder. A space to embrace a positive, new approach to life.” Decorex SA reveals the revitalising trends to look out for in 2019 and beyond: Getting a feel for it - Surface Tactility The average human interacts with a digital surface over 1000 times a day. This constant technological interaction leaves us craving a tactile experience with soft, porous surfaces that breathe life. Walls, fabrics and even counter tops are taking on a more tactile sensation through ceramic tiles, 3D printing and textured paint. New interior design materials - including grounded tiles, recycled plastics and materials - with more traditional materials – marble and granite – are . . .
The world’s largest and most trusted travel website, TripAdvisor, has announced its top fine dining restaurants for 2018 in the Traveller’s Choice Awards, with La Colombe in Constantia being named 6th best restaurant in the world. Award winners were determined using an algorithm that analyses the millions of reviews and opinions collected over a 12-month period from travellers around the world – taking into consideration quality and quantity of the reviews. One spot up from last year’s ranking, the La Colombe team headed by chef proprietor, Scot Kirton, and executive chef, James Gaag, can be very proud of this international recognition. TripAdvisor described the Western Cape spot as a "fantastic fine dining experience". It is the only South African restaurant to be recognised on TripAdvisors Top 25 with chef proprietor, Scot Kirton, commenting: “La Colombe has consistently received world-wide acclaim and our passionate team is extremely proud to be recognised amongst the top restaurants in the world by TripAdvisor!” The number one spot was awarded to the sublime - Au Crocodile in Strasbourg, France. www.lacolombe.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Millennials, the generation born between 1980 and 2000 are fast becoming one of the most influential groups of individuals across a number of business sectors. It is widely predicted that the tech savvy group will account for close to 50% of all business travel spending by 2020, making them a group no one can afford to ignore. In 2013 millennials comprised roughly one third of the total population, and by the year 2025 they are expected to make up 75% of the global workforce, according to (Deloitte Global). For brands, understanding the needs, expectations, and habits of this generation is a must as we witness first hand how they are shaping the travel industry. So how can brands capitalize on this and adjust their offering to appeal to this audience? To keep abreast of these trends Premier Hotels and Resorts are actively researching and amending their offering to suit the needs of this vital target market. Here are some elements to consider… 1. Bleisure travel Millennials mix their personal and professional lives with many working flexi hours. They spend their days out doing leisure activities and work lengthy hours in the evening. They do not follow the traditional business hours, embracing this flexibility and freedom when it comes to travel, they often extend their business trips to include additional leisure days. 2. Social Media needs to be on POINT! Millennials are, the first generation to have their entire lives deeply entrenched and influenced by digital technology. It’s perhaps the generation’s most defining feature. They’re connected to their smartphones and laptops 24/7 and aren’t looking to cut that umbilical cord any time soon. And when it come to leisure, whether it’s travel experiences or dining out, social media plays a crucial role in the decision making process. Their choices are defined by personal research conducted, from scanning hashtags, handles to glancing over their peers’ social media platforms. If a high profile . . .
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Cockroaches Are Annoying, But There Is More to an Infestation Lots of diseases in the world today are caused by pests and cockroaches are no exception. Though at a glance they may seem harmless, studies show that they can cause very serious illnesses. Samantha young a pest expert, talks about the illnesses they cause and how homeowners can stop them from encroaching into their homes. Cape Town South Africa, December 5th, 2018: Cockroaches are some of the most resilient insects which makes them hard to get rid of. With a short maturity period and an ability to survive in almost all climates around the world, their elimination can be a daunting task. With all the facts known about them, however, killing them has become quite necessary, especially in South Africa, where the environment is favorable for them to reproduce widely. It’s hard to imagine, but a few millennia’s ago, cockroaches were appreciated in South Africa especially by the Zulu people. They had grass bowls which they used for eating and for obvious reasons, they couldn’t use water to clean them; instead, they left them in the open for the roaches to eat the food particles in the crevices of the bowls. However, a flashback to today, a battle has been waged against them and most South Africans will kill them on site without thinking twice about it. The temperate climate found in the region provides an ideal breeding ground for cockroaches. According to Samantha Young, a pest expert in Cape Town, finding these cockroaches in clean homes is not uncommon. The German cockroach and the American species are the most common and can be found in most parts. She goes on to add that in the life of one female cockroach, which is about 6 months, hundreds upon hundreds of eggs can be laid. With each breeding cycle producing up to 48 eggs. “Cockroaches are a bit mysterious preferring to lurk in the dark and only coming out to eat when it’s dark”. They will feed on anything from food crumbs that have . . .