Leading IT distributor Syntech – which celebrates its 15th year in business – has signed a deal for new offices in Johannesburg as part of its expansion programme which was outlined in 2011. Syntech's new office building in Midrand Established in 2002, Syntech has continued to source and introduce the world’s leading products, catering for several industries and operating in multiple vertical markets. With the particular focus placed on providing value added service and support to mass retail, niche retail, online retail, Value-added channel resellers, managed service providers, security and surveillance as well as Apple resellers. Syntech has developed a reputation for introducing and building excellent brands in South Africa and developing the market through an innovative approach to business. In 2011, CEO Craig Nowitz quoted: “We are expecting to grow our revenue, and are in the process of embarking on an expansion programme that will see us expand and diversify our product range and market focus, as well as moving into larger premises during the first quarter of 2012.” Not only did Syntech move into new premises in Cape Town, but opened new offices in Johannesburg, Midrand in September 2014. The expansion into Gauteng was in keeping with sustaining Syntech’s significant growth over the past four years and was a necessary step. Two years down the road and the Johannesburg office is now relocating to a larger building – including larger warehouse facilities. Syntech will invest more as it grows, says Nowitz. “Our new Midrand facility will enable us to provide 8X more local stockholding and will be supported with an expanding fleet of delivery vehicles.” Syntech’s headcount in Gauteng has doubled since inception and is expected to grow by a further 20 people in the next 18 months. “Marketing support and reseller focussed initiatives remain a key part of our growth strategy and we look forward to building even closer relationships with our . . .
The memory of Springbok rugby legend Joost van der Westhuizen will hover over the Liberty Winelands Encounter next month when the J9 Foundation cycling team take part in the event for the first time. Presented by ASG Events in partnership with STANLIB, the three-stage mountain bike race starting on April 21 will take riders through spectacular trails in the Cape Winelands just over two months after Van der Westhuizen passed away from motor neurone disease (MND). The team of Cape Town lawyer Dirk Kotze and Namgear cycling equipment company boss Marius Bronkhorst will represent the foundation at the race, with raising awareness of MND their chief priority. "Most people, of course, know of Joost and when they see our kit with the J9 Foundation logo there is always a lot of talk about what we are trying to do," said the 35-year-old Kotze from Bellville. "People usually ask us if we are riding for the foundation and if they do not know much about it, it provides us with a chance to inform them what it is all about." Kotze explained that the J9 Foundation was formed by the 1995 World Cup-winning star after he was diagnosed with MND in early 2011. He added that the foundation aided those suffering from the disease and helped with MND research. "The foundation have 29 beneficiaries and care for over 40 families who are affected by MND," he said. Having entered a number of races including the Cape Epic in the last three years, Kotze said their main priority was creating awareness of MND rather than raising funds. "However, we do have a snapscan logo on our left arm and anybody who wants to donate some money can do so by scanning the code with their cellphone." Kotze will experience the Liberty Winelands Encounter for the first time and said he was looking forward to the challenge after taking up mountain biking in 2013. Following a year of competing in various events with regular partner Brendan Snyman, the pair decided they wanted to ride . . .
Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa - Meet AxxonSoft, the leading software developer that combines IP-based physical security management, intelligent video surveillance, and an enterprise-wide platform into fully integrated vertical and horizontal solutions. With so many CCTV resellers out there, it’s not uncommon for businesses to assume that they are making the right decision by choosing the cheapest option as a way to be more cost-effective. However, how sure are they that their CCTV provider will not simply walk away after they’ve been sold the product, expecting them to rely on their own skillsets to manage and monitor their CCTV systems? Choose AxxonSoft if you want to make more intelligent business decisions, achieve greater efficiency and effectiveness, and implement powerful security for people, facilities and assets - all with less cost and less effort. With AxxonSoft award-winning products and services, you’ll be guaranteed proactive monitoring and management. AxxonSoft makes this all happen with intelligent video surveillance systems, plug-and-play modules, and a core technology platform that enables users to get the benefit of a fully networked, interconnected infrastructure - without the cost and complexity of a new enterprise-level solution. Plus, our solutions are completely customizable and are quickly and easily deployed right out-of-the-box. Axxon Next open-platform video management system With Axxon Next next-generation open-platform Video Management System (VMS), you get intelligent video surveillance that saves you time and money, while increasing your security and ability to prevent problems. Every day organisations around the world — just like yours — use Axxon's solutions to build their business, increase their profitability, and satisfy their customers by providing the best integrated security systems available. Video surveillance systems based on Axxon Next can scale infinitely: there are no restrictions on the number of video . . .
The FNB Madibaz Young Guns will take a positive approach into their make-or-break FNB Varsity Cup rugby encounter against the unbeaten Stellenbosch outfit on the NMMU B field on Monday at 14:15. Following a bonus-point win over UCT last week, Madibaz stumbled somewhat on Monday when they lost 26-15 to the Cape Town side in their return match. This means they are lying third in the section, but coach Zane Bosch said they could still figure in the play-offs if they put in a winning performance against Maties. "We know it will not be easy against a strong Maties side but there is a positive spirit in the camp and the players are fired up to do well in this game," he said. "If we are able to pull off a win, we will still have a mathematical chance of qualifying for the semifinals if some of the other results go our way." The three section winners - Maties, Free State and UP-Tuks - have qualified for the last four and they will be joined by the best second-placed team. Bosch said they were looking forward to playing on their home ground on Monday and although they were well beaten by Maties in their earlier game, he took some positives from that encounter. "We competed well in the scrums and lineouts and were able to score a few tries. But our defence was lacking." That was Madibaz's first game of the season and Bosch said he had seen a "vast improvement" in the team's performances since then. He said, however, he would be calling for greater discipline from his players after they were punished with three yellow cards against UCT this week. "Playing into the wind, we trailed only 8-2 (penalties in Varsity Cup are worth two points) at halftime, but then we had three yellow cards and that really cost us dearly," said Bosch. "We know we have our backs to the wall against Maties but the guys are determined to show what they can do." The match will start at 2.15pm and will be followed by the Steinhoff Koshuis premiership match between . . .
We all know the truth: meetings can go on and on. And it’s not uncommon for everyone in the room to be wondering the same thing: why am I even here? With the rise of collaborative workspaces, meetings now fill more hours in the workday than ever before – yet most employees consider them a waste of time. According to Forbes, people spend six to eight hours a week in meetings – while 69% feel meetings aren’t actually productive. Here are new ways to run effective, efficient meetings that will leave your employees feeling energised and excited: Kick the chair Stand-up meetings, also known as daily scrums, have become a core ritual of highly effective teams around the globe. They’re quick daily meetings kept between five and fifteen minutes long. Participants stand as a reminder to keep the meeting short and to-the-point. Team members take turns speaking, sometimes passing around an item that gives them the power to speak. Each member reviews progress since the last meeting, anticipated work and any challenges on projects – taking the opportunity to ask for help or collaborate. Table-less meetings Instead of meeting around a table, simply put the required number of chairs in a circle with nothing in the middle. Seating people in a circle signals everyone is equal. It’s democratic, unlike the traditional meeting table, where the most senior member sits at the head. This allows free flow of ideas and communication. These meetings allow attendees to move around if they want, instead of being stationary. It increases participation – staying sedentary behind a table means employees slump and hide throughout the meeting, reply to emails or check social media. Banish the boardroom Most employees resent having to sit in one place for a long period of time. As a result, they get antsy, tune out and end up not contributing or engaging as much – making meeting times longer. Sometimes when a meeting has multiple action items and decisions to be made, it’s best . . .
Black Rose Africa and Shell, produced by Christo Coetzee at the peak of his career, are amongst a select group of works that celebrate this underrated artist at Aspire Art Auctions’ inaugural Cape sale on 27 March 2017 at the Avenue in the V&A Waterfront. Soon after completing his fine art degree at Wits, Coetzee left South Africa in 1951 on the crest of a solo exhibition organised by John Paris, then director of the South African National Gallery in Cape Town. It was to launch an extraordinary period in his career that included a two-person exhibition with the renowned Italian artist, Lucio Fontana, at the prestigious Parisian gallery of Rodolphe Stadler, and collaborations with the radical Gutai Group in Japan from 1959 to 1960. Shell, painted in 1960, formerly owned by Marie Brecher, the mother of Coetzee’s wife Ferri Binge-Coetzee, was one of the first in a new approach to painting. Its rich painterly surfaces and decorative detail are not only evidence of the influence of Antonio Gaudi’s decoration of the Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, which Coetzee visited on extended visits to Spain, but also the world of European avant-garde artists such as the French Tachistes. During his decade-long sojourn in Europe, Coetzee’s work caught the attention of major European and American collectors, including celebrated photographer and designer Anthony Denney, architect Philip Johnson and actress Sophia Loren, and was included in the seminal Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) exhibition The art of assemblage in 1961. The diamond-shaped Black Rose Africa has a fascinating history. The stimulus for this extraordinary painting was the stained glass rose windows of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, a stone’s throw from the artist’s basement studio at Rue de l’Hotel Côlbert. Coetzee was fascinated by what he described as “the multitude of mysteries and ideas distinctively associated with the circle as a perfect and closed unity and symbolic . . .
What’s causing your cough? As irritating as it may be, coughing is the body's way of ridding the lungs and airways of foreign substances and mucus.1 Coughs can, however, make breathing difficult and irritating. Being aware of the cause of your cough will help you treat it quickly and effectively, and help restore health. The first step? Knowing whether the culprit's a bacteria or a virus. Bacteria are tiny single-celled organisms. Not all bacteria are bad – there are beneficial bacteria living inside our bodies that help with essential functions.1 Viruses are also microscopic beings, but they behave differently to bacteria. Viruses flourish inside a living organism and can live for a brief period of time outside their host – like hovering in the air right after a person coughs. But in order to multiply they need to settle inside a host.1 Viral vs bacterial Viral coughs are caused by viruses which inflame the throat or lungs and can last up to three weeks without treatment. However, the body can fight the infection if the immune system is strong enough. Viral coughs develop over a day or two and typically worsen after two to three days. 2 They affect the throat (larynx), main airway (trachea), or the airways leading into the lungs (bronchi) – and can lead to laryngitis, tracheitis, or bronchitis.2 Bacterial coughs mainly attack the upper respiratory tract – the nose, throat and bronchi. 3 A bacterial cough usually results in a chest infection, whooping cough or – in extreme cases – tuberculosis (TB) or pneumonia. 3 Bacterial infections can usually be identified with a doctor's test. For example, a throat test can check for the presence of the streptococcus bacteria. What to look out for Most viral coughs clear with ease – and a little help from an effective cough medication. However, a secondary infection with germs (bacteria) can develop, which lead to more serious conditions like pneumonia. It’s also easy to confuse other causes of a cough (like . . .
The prevailing sentiment as we forge ahead into 2017 is the relief at seeing the back of 2016. Nowhere else were the history-making (and, at times, absurd) moments of 2016 more amplified than in the digital space. News platforms were cluttered with stories, Twitter ablaze with debate, Facebook continued to break news. And Instagram was the emotional reflection of it all. As cut-backs continue to dominate, how should digital marketers assign precious marketing budgets this year? Here’s what should be on your radar. Get rich Information delivered in rich media formats increased in popularity in 2016. This trend will boom in 2017 and the digital space will be inundated with video content, infographics and interactive storytelling. The caveat is that users are no longer charmed or shocked by a change in medium – the subject matter has to be more provocative, insightful, humorous and thrilling than ever before. Numbers game It’s no secret budgets are being cut across the globe – from cosmetics to cars – which makes it crucial to be able to prove ROI. Marketing automation is a smart solution. Astute marketers and brands want to know who they’re speaking to and how to strike while the keyboard is hot – marketing automation gives them this power. Still new to the marketing automation revolution? Read more here. Big talk Consumers are demanding one-on-one, conversational experiences online which has led to the birth of chatbots. Conversations are taking over because users want – and expect – to have someone to talk to any time of day to solve their unique problem. It speaks to instant gratification and the never-ending knowledge abyss. The rise of real Content marketing continues to dominate digital marketing techniques, however, it’s not without its evolutions. Users want authentic digital content. That doesn’t mean it has to be heart-wrenching, it just means it has to be real. It has to reflect the target audience, speak their language and share real . . .
Well-known Port Elizabeth estate agent Kobie Potgieter will make her second appearance in the popular KykNET home renovation series Vat jou goed en trek this month. The owner of Re/Max Independent Properties franchises in Lorraine and Walmer is one of the central figures in the show in which houses up for sale are renovated to reach the best possible price. Spread around the country, the series consists of 13 episodes, with programmes screened on Fridays at 5.30pm. Potgieter's episode, which sees her assisting in the renovations of a house in Beau Monte Estate in Walmer Heights, will be aired for the first time on DSTV on March 24. There will be repeats on the Saturday (1pm), Sunday (11am), Monday (11.30am), Tuesday (1am) and Wednesday (1.30am). Potgieter, a former teacher who has been successfully selling property for 16 years, said she had been approached by the show's presenter and producer Henck Conrey for the first series. "Henck wanted me to do all the episodes, but, because of the magnitude of the show, I felt it was not feasible," said Potgieter as she recalled how it all started. "I said I felt it would be better if we got Re/Max National on board and when we contacted our colleagues around the country they were very excited to be part of it. That's how it was all born." She said families who were looking to sell their houses could submit a video clip providing reasons why they felt they should appear on the programme. "Henck and his team then view the videos and decide on the qualifying family for each region. It's all about not being too shy and presenting yourselves well in the clip. "The qualifying family wins an amount of R50 000 which must be spent on renovations, with the ultimate aim of improving the value of the sale." Potgieter said once the house had been identified, she would assess the residence and make preliminary suggestions. "Then the television crew and the building team come down from Johannesburg and . . .
eCommerce is set to increase in popularity and buy-in consumers in South Africa in 2017. This is due to a number of supporting trends of greater variety offered by online shopping sites, the evolution of eCommerce websites offer Android and ISO shopping app's. South African consumers are increasingly turning to compare e-commerce shops when looking for, and purchase a variety of items. 26% of respondents of a recent survey do their first online purchase in June 2015 - a massive recent survey compared to the total number of new online shopping for the period July 2015 - June 2016 (14%). "According to Kevin Tucker, founder of Price Check" The use of mobile devices - such as the smartphones is an important consideration for online retailers in terms of ensuring mobile-friendly online display settings, in presenting the development of mobile applications and the introduction of new payment options. While the majority of the mobile online shopping transactions tend to take place on desktops, shopping programs that are easy and convenient to use on mobile devices is likely to increase in popularity in South Africa this year. In today's app-centric world, research suggests that customers prefer using the mobile web as a place to shop when compared to eCommerce apps. This means that having a high-performing, responsive site is just as important as investing in an app. This data also suggests that: 31% of consumers prefer shopping on the mobile web against the use of a smartphone app. 52% of mobile phone retail turnover is expected to come from the Web in 2017. 62% of smartphone shoppers use to find their mobile for products in online store. 47% of shoppers say they have a mobile website directly against 21% who say they use app a dealer in online shopping. The majority of online retailers under-utilise their chance to sell through a responsive eCommerce website. The big advantage now is that the latest App Technology has the ability to . . .