A dedicated work ethic allied to massive support from varsity structures has seen the University of Johannesburg women's rugby players start to make a major impact on the sport. The squad, who are currently touring France, have a number of national players in their ranks, with several others on the fringe of recognition at the highest level. Team manager Tumi Leseke said many aspects had contributed to the growth of rugby at UJ, not least of them the commitment of the players and the array of support staff in place to ensure all their needs are met. "The university has played a huge role in the system we have put in place," said Leseke. "We have access to biokinetics staff as well as physios in order to aid recovery processes when players get injured. "We also pride ourselves in creating and enhancing pure athletes with the help of our sports science department, notably the team's own sports scientist Liphiwe Nxasana. "She goes above and beyond for the girls, creating workout programmes that not only enhance the players' performances but which set them apart from the rest. "Liphiwe works hand in hand with each athlete to bring out the best in everyone and the team is richer for it." Leseke also highlighted the role play played by coach Mbuyiselo Siqebengu, who has experience of sevens rugby at the highest level. She added that the system worked because of the backing of all the relevant university departments. "Our success is not a fluke but a representation of the hard work we put in, day in and day out. "It is testament to the fact that when you put your full support behind a women's team they will show you results." Besides the international players who have come through their ranks, Leseke said women's rugby had grown across the board. "In 2013 we could barely field a team of 15 and had a total of five women in the gym programme as well as having only four girls in the provincial set-up. "The only tournament we could . . .
17 May 2019 is World Baking Day! It was originally created to spread the joy of baking all around the world! There are so many ways to celebrate the day and GLAD is here to help you every step of the way. Baked goods show you care! It is a wonderful way to share some quality time with the kids and family, get everyone involved and let their creative sides show, with pretty cake décor, colourful icing and even edible glitter! Make a double batch and get more smiles! While you are having fun, why not do something truly special to spread the joy of baking? Share your freshly baked treats with those less fortunate or in need of a little love – cupcakes for an orphanage, or some biscuits for a home for the aged. These gestures could mean more than you will ever know and make someone feel truly special, including you! With so many uses, GLAD is a wonderful kitchen companion, brilliant for baking and exceptional for storage. Make sure GLAD helps you in your baking endeavours this World Baking Day, remember these items on your shopping list: Your number one baking buddy, GLAD Bake & Cooking Paper with 20% better non-stick performance. A non-stick baking (and cooking paper) that eliminates the need to grease baking trays or pans. Less mess less fuss. It withstands temperatures of up to 230°C making it ideal for use in both microwave and convection ovens. Perfect for packing your baked treats for delivery, try Glad Press ‘n Seal, a versatile food storage wrap that combines many benefits of wraps, foils, and food storage bags or containers. While other wraps cling, GLAD Press’n Seal® wrap seals to surfaces including plastic, paper, wood, metal, Styrofoam® containers and glass. Use GLAD Zip Seal bags, to separate and portion ingredients for the kids so that baking is that much easier for them, so you can give them each their own baking kit! These are also great for making packs of cookies and treats to share or store for later. Celebrate World Baking Day – . . .
The topic of graduate and youth unemployment in South Africa has been discussed ad nauseam, but with President Cyril Ramaphosa stating youth unemployment as the greatest challenge to social development in South Africa and, as the jobless rate for youth with tertiary qualifications rises above 20%, “how to” go about entering the job market deserves a lot more attention. Three human resources and recruitment specialists - Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba (Transformation Director Netcare), Cindy Norcott (motivational speaker, business coach and CEO of the award-winning recruitment agency Pro Appointments) and Andrea van den Berg (National Career Centre Manager The IIE’s Varsity College) agree that networking is an effective way for graduates to secure employment. Many job seekers are employed not through traditional channels, but because of referrals or recommendations by family or friends or by attending networking events. The greater the graduate’s network and ability to use it, the higher his or her chances of entering the job market. "Networking is critical because it exposes one to a broader network of contacts, thus giving one greater exposure to an audience which may impact one’s career positively. Once you start networking, you'll find that it creates a ripple effect thereby expanding your network and increasing possibilities for opportunities. It also broadens your knowledge, exposes you to critical career enhancing information, and allows you the opportunity to tap into an experienced audience that can offer psychosocial support and industry specific insight," says Dr Ndzwayiba. “A strong network increases one’s employment options considerably,” agrees van den Berg, Who has extensive experience in the recruitment and training and development industry. “48% of the 2018 cohort of employed IIE graduates who secured their first position after completing their qualifications with The IIE’s Varsity College did so through a friend, family, personal contact or through . . .
CWS expands into new services offering quality cost effective custom wordpress website development services including template integration, CMS development and maintenance. Dhanas, Chandigarh, India., May 14, 2019 -- CWS, a leading content writing and marketing services provider has extended its range of services to include WordPress development. CWS is a successful content service provider helping reputed clients with article writing, blog writing, web content, press release, guest blogging and SEO. WordPress is the number one open source content management system powering millions of websites around the world today. CWS will now offer WordPress development service in addition to their content marketing service. This service will be offered to new as well as existing customers interested in WordPress development. Platform and content are two complementary sides of one coin. CWS has now become an end to end content service provider by offering both content marketing services and WordPress development services under one roof. A Website is a gateway to any business in this web enabled world. Effective presentation of websites to customers is essential for business success in this internet age. Customers learn various things about a company when they visit a website. Search engine friendly content capable of driving traffic is important to promote business through websites. Choosing the right words for website content will determine the success of a business website. CWS has a proven track record of delivering search engine optimized content and will continue to deliver the same with their Wordpress development service. Content writing with carefully chosen words is extremely important to make a strong online presence. With years of experience in helping individuals, companies, bloggers, advertisers, SEO professionals with their article writing and blog writing services, CWS has helped many websites to establish a strong online presence. WordPress is a web . . .
13 May 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa – Think Ahead, the Apple solution expert in education, is excited to announce that the annual iPad Education Summit is taking place from 13 – 14 May 2019. The annual Think Ahead iPad summit is a unique learning experience that brings together educators, sharing tested integration strategies. Local and international thought leaders facilitate practical workshops, inspirational keynotes and challenging dialogues. Over 200 educators from South Africa as well as neighbouring countries spend 2 days together, featuring international keynote speakers, Sari Lantto, Head Teacher from Finland and Rachel Smith, Foreign Languages Teacher, Isle of Man. The theme for this year’s summit is #EveryoneCanCreate. According to the World Economic Forum, creativity will be the most important and in-demand skill for employees by 2020. The summit aims to give practical solutions and experiences on how creativity can be incorporated into every aspect of teaching and learning. Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, commented, “The summit is really a highlight of the education calendar - bringing together educators who want to inspire and empower and maximise the potential of every student. This year’s focus on the iPad as a tool for creativity in the classroom promises exciting debate and outcomes.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Madibaz men's basketball team have qualified for the University Sport South Africa national tournament this year after coming through to win the Eastern Cape play-offs. The Nelson Mandela University squad played a double round of fixtures against Walter Sisulu University, Fort Hare and Rhodes, with the top two sides qualifying for USSA. Madibaz basketball manager Bernard Petersen said they had achieved their goal, which was important to them in the long run. "We are very happy with the outcome in what was a vital play-off tournament for us," he said. "Our aim is to try to do well at the USSA tournament to give us a chance of qualifying for the Varsity Basketball competition in 2020." The USSA tournament will be held at UCT in Cape Town from July 1 to 5. Petersen said the squad would now turn their attention to the USSA event, which he described as "one of the most competitive tournaments in the country". "All the varsities take the USSA tournament very seriously as it plays a big part in deciding the Varsity Basketball representatives for next year's competition. "The top eight teams on the final log at USSA will qualify for the prestigious Varsity Basketball tournament and we will be going all out to achieve that goal." He added that newly appointed head coach from the university's economics department, Dr Andrew Phiri, would have extra training sessions to ensure they kept performing at a top level. "We are also planning to obtain the services of a biokineticist via the Madibaz High Performance Centre to keep the players in the best possible shape. "The players have their academic responsibilities so that is always something we have to consider, but we will be doing all we can to make sure we are ready for USSA." Fort Hare University turned out to be their biggest rivals in the regional qualifiers, said Petersen. "We played them on three occasions, winning two games and losing once. "The final game was an epic . . .
Leaf Botanicals (Pty) Ltd has been awarded a license from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to cultivate medical cannabis in South Africa and export to the global market. Leaf Botanicals is a proudly South African company with a mission to cultivate a variety of high quality organic medical cannabis strains at affordable prices for the local market as well as exporting to other countries where medical cannabis is legally recognised. CEO Johannes van der Colff, is an established world leader with his Organic production of Grapes, Raisins and Pecan Nuts. Van der Colff was awarded the Agri SA/Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year award in 2011 and was part of the MEGA Farmers program of 2016. His expert knowledge of organic farming allows for superior product production that is grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Situated in the Northern Cape, Leaf Botanicals has been working closely with Sahpra to create a fully compliant facility that conforms to strict South African and international standards and regulations. Adding to this an offtake agreement has been signed with Agrotiva Ltd which is a fully licensed cannabis producer in Canada approved by Health Canada. This will allow Leaf Botanical’s access to the Canadian medical cannabis market and will provide additional export opportunities for South Africa. Leaf Botanicals is honoured to be awarded this cannabis cultivation license and considers it a privilege and responsibility to lead South Africa in this sustainable new industry. For further information please contact Johannes van der Colff on email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kwikspace recently assisted over 230 learners further their education with its scholarship programme. Through the scholarship grant, in association with SANCHAA, these learners have achieved SETA-accredited Further Education and Training Certificates NQF Level IV in Project Management and Business Administration. Established in 2016, the grant aims to assist those who have a Grade 10 or higher, but did not complete matric and are looking to further their studies. Learners benefitting from the grant, aged between 19 and 30, committed to 10 lecture days a month, for a year. “Course material extends beyond the lecture sessions,” explains Kevin Moodley of Kwikspace. “Tasks are also allocated to the learners and must be completed via research and self-study. Once the course is complete, learners are accredited with 128 credits for the Project Management certificate and 120 credits for the Business Administration Services certificate. Those learners who were unable to complete the qualification for whatever reason will retain the credits earned per module, enabling them to complete the full qualification in the near future.” The sponsorship caters for 300 learners per year. “This educational grant has really changed the lives of many young South Africans, especially those who had not passed matric and did not therefore have an opportunity to further their studies,” says Moodley. “Now 231 learners of 300 enrolled have completed an NQF Level IV qualification, giving them a second chance in life. Initiatives like this could help further others companies’ agendas of educating and uplifting the youth. It is a way of encouraging other businesses to fund these initiatives as many young people need this kind of support.” The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017, held on 9 March 2019 in Finetown, Grasmere, was attended by the 231 learners and their guests, Kwikspace (main sponsor) and the various stakeholders consisting of the Services SETA, KYP (Kliptown Youth . . .
SICK Automation has launched another global innovation: the first safety laser scanner certified to IEC 62998 for use in outdoor applications. The outdoorScan3 allows automated guided vehicle systems to navigate through outdoor industrial environments. With its innovative outdoor safeHDDM® scanning technology, outdoorScan3 works safely and reliably whatever the weather, closing the gap in the automation of industrial processes. Safety laser scanners enable humans and machines to work together safely in industrial environments by reliably protecting stationary and mobile applications. With the outdoorScan3, certified safety sensor technology can be reliably used outside of production halls for the first time. This opens up huge potential for automating and increasing the efficiency of intralogistics production processes – and brings the vision of a self-managed value chain in the spirit of Industry 4.0 one step closer to reality. Unique functionality in all weather conditions The outdoorScan3 is characterised by an exceptional ruggedness when subjected to sunlight, rain, snow, and fog. Outdoor safeHDDM® scanning technology means the laser scanner can work without errors when exposed to sunlight with an illumination intensity of up to 40 000 lux. The intelligent software algorithm of the outdoorScan3 detects rain and snow, easily filtering out these environmental influences – rain, for example, up to a precipitation intensity of 10 mm/h. Even in fog with a meteorological visual range of up to 50 m, the range at which aircraft are grounded, the outdoorScan3 detects all obstacles with total reliability. Automated processes outdoors Automated guided vehicle systems facilitate a flexible and productive material flow and will be a key technology in the automation concepts of the future. But currently these systems can only be used in a working environment that is shared by humans and machines. With the outdoorScan3, automated guided vehicle systems will be able . . .
Traditionally, risk management practice centres around portraying and communicating potential negative events in any given environment or organisation. However, this approach does not take into account the potential opportunities that the organisation could take advantage of. Though the risk is defined as an uncertain future event or condition that could result in a negative or positive outcome, businesses that focus on the former rather than the latter fail to maximise on key opportunities to achieve both short- and long-term business objectives. According to Leon Soko, a Business Analyst and Advisor at CURA Software Solutions, the aggressive pursuit of opportunities is just as important as the traditional approach to risk management. “The traditional approach to risk management is reactive - focusing on the potential for what could go wrong and how to mitigate the impact of these events. While it is important to accept, mitigate, transfer or eliminate risks through a traditional risk management approach, companies should adopt a positive approach and also pursue opportunities for growth that arise from business operations.” It is important to note that not all opportunities are worth pursuing. An essential tool to aid in the decision-making process of whether or not to pursue an opportunity is a Cost-Benefit Analysis. An analysis compares the cost of pursuing an opportunity to the potential benefits that could be gained. If the benefits outweigh the costs the opportunity should be aggressively pursued by the organisation. Jessica Knight, a Strategic Manager at CURA Software Solutions, says, “An aggressive approach is necessary because opportunities are temporary. This does not mean that companies should be reckless in their pursuit of opportunity, for fear that it may pass them by. Aggressive opportunity management is only worthwhile if it aligns to business objectives or enables progress toward the vision of the organisation. A cost-benefit analysis is . . .