Community festival with lots of arts & crafts stalls, kiddies entertainment, merry-go-round, food stalls, music, agri-tourism trips and more, to showcase the hospitality, tranquility of the Gamtoos Valley. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, 16 January 2019 – It’s the New Year and with it, comes new thinking, new promises and a renewed commitment to getting into shape. However, while New Year resolutions burn brightly at the beginning of the year, it is often hard to stay the course as real life sets in and we find ourselves back into the same old habits of yesteryear. Once sure fire way to maintain the desire to do something about your health and to get into shape and up those fitness levels, that is both fun and stimulating, is dance. Jazzart Dance in particular. The Jazzart Dance Company, based in Cape Town, has created a series of exciting evening dance classes - for the whole family, all shapes and sizes and fitness levels - to tune up the groove. The award-winning contemporary dance company is on a mission to help South Africans get fit as well as providing a safe space for people to express their inner most emotions – all through movement. Dance may be a scary thought for self-doubting beginners, but Jazzart’s welcoming approach to a physical workout provides a safe space for exploration. “When we say we welcome everybody we mean just that” says Ananda Fuchs, Jazzart dance teacher, who together with Sifiso Kweyama, the artistic director has been teaching beginners and those with a bit of experience for some years. Fuchs believes dance to be an incredible discipline that can be learned at any age. “We take it easy (to start with), almost anyone can benefit from one or two classes a week” she adds. The dance classes are not only about trimming down, it is about changed lives – enhancing health and athleticism while using a rewarding system that satisfies both one’s interior and exterior world. The professional teachers utilize the fluidity of choreography to enable one to capitalise on beautiful movement, and this focused exercise can “invigorate the dancer’s energies and interrogate their inner connections,” interjects Kweyama. Male and female school-going dancers, adults . . .
JOHANNESBURG, January 15, 2019 - Forestry South Africa (FSA) has launched the Forestry Explained recreational map, ideal for when the travel bug bites, when you need family-friendly accommodation or a quiet weekend away from the city life. The new interactive map details the myriad of activities and attractions that are found on forestry-owned land around the country. Treasures within the trees Around 30% of forestry-owned land is unplanted and a large proportion is set aside for dedicated conservation. These include vast swaths of grasslands, riverine ecosystems and indigenous forests. Besides their obvious conservation value, these areas provide ample recreational opportunities on top of what is provided by the plantation forests themselves. Whether it is trail running, hiking and mountain biking adventures you seek, or serene days spent bird watching, picnicking and taking in spectacular views, forestry-owned land has something to offer you. The Forestry Explained recreational map makes accessing these activities and attractions easy. It showcases eco-activities of forestry companies and private individuals in one user-friendly recreational guide. Its interactive nature allows people to explore what’s on offer, along with the important information for the perfect forestry day out. 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list Make 2019 the year you explore the recreational offerings of South Africa’s commercial forests. Why not see if you can complete the 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list below, making sure tag @forestry_explained into any shots you post on Instagram. Mpumalanga’s waterfalls – many of the famous ‘Panorama Route waterfalls’ are actually situated on forestry land owned and managed by state-owned SAFCOL, including Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Pools, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Marie Shires. Mountain biking getaway – take a long-weekend and explore the plantations, indigenous forests and open grasslands of . . .
For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) wanting to keep overheads in check during another challenging fiscal year for SA, VoIP is king of the cost savers. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is unique amongst cost-cutting measures in that it delivers business efficiencies on top of tremendous telecoms cost savings of some 45%. Web conferencing expenses, for example, drop by 30% following VoIP system implementation, according to one survey of CIOs. “With South Africa experiencing a technical recession in 2018 and GDP growth expected to remain less than impressive in 2019, it’s going to be belt-tightening time well into the foreseeable future,” says Evan Matthee, CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of Tier One telco, ICTGlobe. Belt-tightening for the SME could mean letting underperforming staff go, cutting back on non-core services or moving to more reasonably-priced premises. All of these measures could adversely impact productivity. Implementing VoIP voice and data systems over traditional copper wire technology, however, will slash operating costs while boosting SME productivity in unforeseen ways. Every second counts for the small business owner. Stopping and starting critical business tasks throughout the day to check voicemail, for example, results in an unforgivable 40 percent reduction in SME productivity, according to ITToolbox.com. VoIP systems are renowned for their ability to deliver unparalleled multitasking through unified messaging. Start-ups need to be especially careful in lean times as they have not yet progressed to the next stage in the business lifecycle. SMEs are fragile, hence the need for incubation, and they should be especially wary of onerous telecoms equipment commitments. VoIP systems like 3CX from ICTGlobe are the absolute gold standard in VoIP PBX systems and boast outstanding security features and a plethora of value-added services to match their solid reputation. This cloud-based PBX system completely negates the . . .
Engen have announced the top learners for 2018 who attended the Engen Maths & Science School (EMSS) programme, and revealed that the matric EMSS class of 2018 attained an impressive 93% pass rate against the national pass rate of 78.2%. The EMSS programme offers additional Maths, Science and English tuition every Saturday to learners from grades 10-12 at nine locations across South Africa. It is aimed at helping address South Africa’s key skills shortages in the engineering and technical fields. The programme’s successful record of accomplishment speaks for itself with 67% of the 2018 EMSS matric class attaining bachelor passes against the national average of 43%. All three top achievers for 2018 hailed from KwaZulu-Natal. The top national achiever was Thabiso Ndlovu of Velabahleke High School in Umlazi, who attended the EMSS programme at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Thabiso who is planning to study medicine this year, achieved an impressive 92% for science, 97% for maths and 86% for English. Second nationally was Msomi Zizile of Zwelibanzi High School, Umlazi who attended the EMSS programme at Mangosuthu University of Technology. Zizile scored a near perfect score of 98% in science, 89% for maths and 81% for English. She is planning to study either medicine or chemical engineering at the University of KwaZulu-Natal. Third was Brenton Johnson from the Bluff, who attended Grosvenor Boys High. Brenton attended the EMSS programme at Fairvale Secondary School and will be studying for a Bachelor of Accounting Sciences at Varsity College, Westville Campus in 2019. Brenton achieved 94% for science, 83% for maths and 89% for English. Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay is delighted that Engen is giving many bright young learners the springboard to pursue their tertiary education in maths and science related fields. Thabiso, Msomi and Brenton all three achieved a spectacular average of more than 90% for . . .
The Paarl Harvest Celebration (previously known as the Ommiberg Festival) on 2 March is the ideal event to entice family and friends to head out to the beautiful Boland, and enjoy an entertainment filled line-up while savouring delicious food and wine. Boland Cellar is once again partnering with other wine producers in the region to make the annual harvest celebration a memorable affair, treating visitors to a family-fun day with activities to suit every individual’s preferences. Guests can look forward to starting the harvest season in the Cape Winelands to the sounds of Newton and Co. and Andriëtte Moolman; while enjoying young wine tastings and refreshing wine slushies. Kids can enjoy the supervised play area while parents and other wine lovers browse the day’s wine specials at the tasting room. Food trucks boasting the latest food trends and delicious eats are on standby to satisfy both peckish and more substantial appetites. Tickets are available at the entrance on the day from 10h00 at R60 per person and includes a wine glass and wine tasting. No alcohol for sale to children under 18. For more information contact Henda Lotter at 021 872 1766 or firstname.lastname@example.org. For updates follow @BolandCellar on Facebook and Twitter and @bolandcellarwine on Instagram. Visit http://www.bolandcellar.co.za for more information. Boland Cellar is located on Noord-Agter Paarl Road, Northern Paarl, just over an hour’s drive from Cape Town. GPS coordinates: S33° 41’ 19.6’’; E018° 57’ 20.1’’ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Dewey Swartbooi is ready to continue a strong rugby legacy at the University of Johannesburg after being appointed as the Varsity Cup team's head coach for 2019. The former Boland and Bulls centre takes over from Werner Janse van Rensburg, who enjoyed considerable success in his time as the Varsity Cup mentor from 2013. The 36-year-old Swartbooi, who lives in Centurion near Pretoria, paid tribute to his predecessor's efforts with UJ and said he wanted to maintain the varsity's strong rugby culture. "There is definitely a big challenge ahead of us all, but I just want the team to continue to play good rugby," he said. "As I mentioned to one of the guys, Skollie [Janse van Rensburg] has done a great job in the last few years and you have to give him credit. "I want to build on the legacy he has left and I also want to create my own legacy and work hard to take the team forward." Swartbooi comes to UJ after being involved in the Bulls junior structures for the last three years, including coaching the Pretoria University team which competed in the Young Guns varsity tournament. "This is a new chapter in my life and I am definitely looking forward to the challenge ahead. "It will be a building process and it will be a learning curve, both for me and the players. But we will definitely be focused on seeing how much we can achieve in the Varsity Cup." Having grown up in the rugby-mad region of Worcester in Boland, he added that his philosophy was to play an exciting brand of the game. "I definitely aim for a ball-in-hand type of style," said Swartbooi. "We want to have an approach of throwing it around and making it entertaining for the fans. "But we also know that winning is important so we won't be reckless in the way we approach each game." He felt he would not have any problems implementing his strategy, due to the type of rugby UJ played. "These boys are already in that mode and I want to continue with that. Perhaps we will tweak . . .
By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute The first term of school this year has not gotten off to the best start for some children and their parents. At Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West Province, a teacher has been suspended over racial segregation of children in a class. A photo was sent to parents by WhatsApp by the teacher which clearly shows a large group of white children seated together, and a few black children separated from the group at another desk. That’s a red flag, and a political protest was held outside the school. But is this what people so quickly assume it to be? A number of explanations have surfaced. Firstly, this is simply the work of a racist teacher showing preference to the white children. Schweizer-Reneke is a town said to have deep racial divisions, and some say the teacher was even doing the right thing because of these tensions and because integration takes time. Secondly, that the black children were new at the school and could not speak Afrikaans or English. Why this was in fact necessary was not made clear by the school. One reason could be that the children required a different teaching intervention which the teacher planned to give them in a small group setting. Separating learners according to needs in this way is a common practice and seems to make sense. However, it is strange that the children who are said to need special attention are placed at the back of the class in the corner. Was it necessary to make them feel even more excluded in this way? It just doesn’t add up. MEC Sello Lehari who went in to address the situation has rejected this excuse and is investigating further. Thirdly, it has been said that the children were allowed to sit where they wanted, and so the seating arrangements were their choice. This last reason is somewhat plausible because we do all tend towards ‘birds of a feather’ habits, and perhaps more so for young children in such a setting. But it would still seem . . .
PaperJet was born from a need to complete documents while travelling and working on the go. With the time constraints of business, we decided to invest a lot of thought into making the document completion process even faster than the basic, conventional cloud-based "fill in a PDF" software as a service platform. Since most forms are flat or static we found ourselves consumed with the tedious task of overusing the text tool, a process which often resulted in us screaming at the cursor! After sitting down with the team we originally came up with “Field Detection” to make forms immediately fillable. Now, when a user uploads their form, our unique technology will make it fillable in 2 seconds, enabling you to open the document in your browser and immediately start typing on it. Our goal to make forms used across the globe fillable took a bit of ingenuity from the developers but it was well worth it in the end. Since then we've built hundreds of thousands of fillable forms and stored them in a Form Library for users to quickly and easily access. Since our users often need certain forms more than others we have created a list of the “Top 100 Forms” to simplify the lives of users. Forms like the W9 and other IRS tax forms are an example of the most commonly requested documents. Another much-loved form feature is “Send to Sign”. This provides a simple user-friendly addition and users love how quickly they can have their clients, friends or family sign forms as well. We are looking forward to a selection of new mobile-friendly document features which we are excited to be launching this month, so keep a lookout! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Grande Provence Harvest Festival is a barrel of family fun - Saturday, 23 February 2019, Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate, Franschhoek February is harvest time in the winelands and the perfect time for Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate to roll out the barrel for their annual Harvest Festival in Franschhoek on Saturday, 23 February 2019. Get ready to pick and stomp grapes with the whole family to the jovial beat of the Kaapse Klopse in the vineyards followed by a harvest table heavily laden with delicious fare and the chilled sounds of live contemporary music. With plenty of action for the children including a jumping castle, face painting, a variety of lawn games and tractor rides, adults can look forward to a laid back day of country food, fine wines and a cellar tour and tasting. Festivities kick off at 10h00. Tickets for the festival are priced at R650 for adults and R325 for children under 12. Booking is essential. For more information call: (021) 876 8600 or email email@example.com Diary listing information: Date: 23 February 2019 Time: from 10h00 – 15h00 Cost: R650 pp & R325 for children under 12. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .