Siphokazi Jonas will present her debut solo poetry show on Saturday, 28 February, at 45 Kerk Straat Amandelrug in Kuilsrivier at 7.30pm The UCT graduate, and former Queenstown local, holds a Masters degree in English literature, as well as a Bachelor of Arts degree in Drama and English. This vital and voracious poet has been pushing the envelope in the work she has been producing over the past few months, and has been featured in the Inzync Poetry Sessions, in Stellenbosch, and has been an opening act for American poets Ezekiel Azonwu, Janette Ikz and Alysia Harris. She’s also the co-curator of Poetica, at the Open Book Festival, and recently featured in the February issue of Authors Magazine. Siphokazi performed at Music Exchange 2014, to an audience including the likes of international heavyweights of the calibre of Mos Def, Trevor Jones, AKA, Estelle Kockot, RJ Benjamin, and Hotstix Mabuse, amongst others. Last August she was the guest artist at the Open Mic Jazz competition at GrandWest, along with Bev Scott Brown. The young wordsmith has most recently worked with the Applauz Arts Initiative, at the Adam Small Festival. All of which bring her 28 February debut to the fore. “This show’s an important one for me,” the gifted academic admits. The Kerk street venue boasts an intimate setting and Siphokazi intends working every square inch of it. “In the show I speak about restoring hope,” she explains. The values and inspiration of her careful phrasing and meticulous metre will reveal themselves in the lovely cosy setting too. “Something we all need to do is take a break from today’s hustle and bustle.” Live and on the night her performance is intended to offer a compelling respite for punters of all ages. “I will work with material from the humorous ‘Fongkong Love’, through to serious reflections in ‘Samurai’ and the uplifting, popular ‘Dear Son’ and ‘Dear Daughter’ too,” she adds. Fruit Vendor and Keanu Harker will provide vocals and . . .
Frugal living and budgeting have never been synonymous with fun. In fact, it sounds more like it would restrict rather that liberate you. Roann B. has taken on the challenge of changing our minds about that. In his new blog, Living Fab and Frugal, he explores not only how you can make saving fun, but he reveals the painful reality of how easy it is to get into debt, by sharing his experiences. The blog is a personal account of one person who represents many. Like him, many can relate to his statement that he had so much fun in his 20s, he is now paying (literally) for it in his 30s. This new blog will explore how to practically live frugally, such as: cooking on a budget; entertaining without spending your whole salary; drawing up and sticking to a budget; and where and when to shop for the best deals and bargains. He shares his insights about how easy it is to end up with debt, and explores the importance of “fixing your mindset” and the psychology behind money matters. Living Fab and Fugal was originally launched via a soft launch in November to smooth out any teething problems based on feedback from its readers. Living Fab and Frugal will relaunch and you can expect bi-weekly updates from Monday, 16 February 2015. But here’s the disclaimer, this is not a blog from a financial services provider; it’s one person sharing with others how to be frugal, and save money. It is a personal journey with personal experiences and opinions. Roann B. hopes that the lessons shared will prevent others from falling into the same debt trap. And just in case, like him, you have already fallen… he offers some advice on how to dig yourself out. Roann B. encourages feedback and interaction with his readers, so you can be part of the journey. You can interact with Roann B. through Google+, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest – links to all these can be found on the blog. You can find the blog at: https://livingfabandfrugal.wordpress.com/ Author: Roann B. Slabbert from . . .
According to leading financial analysts and economic experts, the ever-growing risk of electricity supply disruptions could affect the residential property market in 2015. While it is expected that house price growth will be marginally higher this year than last year’s 7.1%, electricity supply constraints are likely to have a negative effect on the demand for property. John Loos, a household and property sector analyst at FNB, pointed out that both the output and performance growth of the property market would be negatively impacted by electricity supply restrictions. He notes that the property market is largely driven by the state of the economy, on which the power crisis is having a devastating effect as with many businesses are unable to trade during blackouts. President Jacob Zuma told South Africans at his State of the Nation Address that resolving the energy challenge is on the top of government’s list in order to ignite economic growth. He pointed out that the current energy constraints are a serious impediment to the economy experiencing any growth in the future. While the short and medium term plan involves improved maintenance of the Eskom power stations, the long term plan would involve finalising the government’s long term energy security master plan. He said that as a priority government would stabilise Eskom’s finances to enable the utility to manage the current period. To do this the government will honour its commitment to give Eskom around R23 billion in the next fiscal year. According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, the electricity fee increases that have filtered through to the consumer will have an impact on both existing homeowners as well as those consumers who aspire to purchase property during 2015. “Despite lower oil prices, the increasing electricity tariffs will add further strain to consumers who are already struggling with high debt-to-income ratios and we could see this impact on the . . .
Rivalry at Redstar Raceway for the AutoTrader SupaDrift Series The 28th February and the 1st of March will see South Africa’s own AutoTrader SupaDrift Series hit the Redstar Raceway, Mpumulanga, for the very first time. Traditionally a bike track, Redstar Raceway will welcome drifters with hair-raising speeds. Drivers are expected to hit 140km p/h before locking their tyres and engaging the drift. Fresh from a 2014 overall win, superstar Wade van Zummeren is back to fight for his title. Right behind him is notorious 2013 champion and last year’s runner up, Jason Webb. Webb will be debuting a brand new Nissan S13 200SX. A crash while up against Van Zummerman took Webb out of last year’s final, making their top of the table battle one to watch. 17-year-old Mariska Dyke from Nigel is expected to make her maiden appearance and will set the record for SA’s youngest lady ever to hit the tar in the competition. Mpumalangans are in for an epic weekend of massive motorsport action. Tickets: Available at the door for R80 for adults and R50 for children. Date: 28 February and 01 March 2015 Venue: Redstar Raceway, Delmas, Mpumulanga The SupaDrift Series ‘sideways craze’ is the art of powersliding through corners at ultra high speeds. A modern motorsport phenomenon, the AutoTrader SupaDrift Series events are geared for the whole family. For those unable to make it to the track, the entire Series will also be streamed LIVE via http://www.supadrift.co.za/watch-live.html For more information visit www.supadrift.co.za or follow the series on Facebook: SupaDrift Series and Twitter: @SupaDriftseries Author: Darren Lewis from Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: . Event Flyer Photo: Wade Van Zummeren in action Photo: Photo by Dave Nisbet CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 16, 2015 – Digital Air Solutions that cater for well-regulated, ventilated air flow and temperature control within the workplace, form an integral part of employee productivity as well as equipment longevity. However, with the wide range of appliances available, organisations need a clear understanding as to which type they should implement to ensure year-round comfort, functionality and efficiency. According to Michael McKechnie, Divisional Head for Digital Appliances at Samsung SA, it is in an enterprise’s best interest to utilise a solution that is versatile and which complements existing technologies. Businesses should consider scalability and flexibility to add extra devices or solutions to meet future needs. There are several types of commercial applications for cooling and heating, such as Chilled Water air-conditioners, which are commonly located within shopping centres, hotels, office blocks and hospitals. They are used for extensive developments and regulate water through buildings and fan coil units to ensure that the air temperature is controlled and maintained at a specific setting. Another category, Direct Expansion air-conditioners, are divided into two classifications namely VRF Systems and Split Type. VRF Systems work on a centralised plant installation, giving a high degree of energy efficiency, scalability and flexibility. These benefits are further enhanced through the ability to add more units that can easily be installed. Split type air-conditioners work on independent units offering options such as mid wall, ducted and cassette type. “There are several considerations to be made in choosing the correct system and these include size and scale of the premises, internal layouts of the building, future growth strategies, the equipment’s running costs and flexibility in terms of energy efficiencies and its alignment with carbon tax requirements,” says McKechnie. McKechnie continues by offering . . .
15-02-2015 | Johannesburg | MGLI GOOGLE has announced that it will be shutting down Helpouts on the 20th of April 2015. Helpouts is a Google service that connects users with experts on topics (health, home improvement, beauty, academic, etc.) which went live in 2013. The service allows users to get real-time video advice and solutions from experts who actually know the subject content for free or at a fee. Real-time video streaming provides a tutoring solution that is personalised and is closest to physical human contact. In the announcement, Google stated that the Helpouts community had not grown at the pace they had expected. With the Gauteng MEC for Education, Panyaza Lesufi pushing for paperless classrooms it is important to reflect on the risks and challenges faced by Helpouts to understand the online learning space so as to mitigate them optimally for the South African context. History has witnessed big corporations and start-ups like Skype and Tutorspree shut down live tutoring services as a result of low viability. In the cases of Helpouts, Tutorspree and Skype it was never a shortage of money but the low appetite for the service that has led to shut downs. The general sentiment amongst South Africans is that data costs are too high and they need a “real person” to teach, making these the major drivers for lack of interest in live video tutoring and streaming in general. It is necessary and sufficient that government and other educational technology service providers diligently measure the return on investment of the different technologies being deployed into schools. Critical questions ought to be addressed on the optimal usage of these technologies and infrastructure. Are the technology solutions a correct fit for the intended beneficiaries? How does the economic status of learners affect their usage of these technologies? Are teachers and learners fully utilising them? Is the curriculum being aligned with the technological improvements? Is there . . .
ZA-Freelancer (PTY) LTD provides an online platform for freelancers to offer services to the South African and African market. The freelancing industry is one of the fastest growing business sectors of the economy, and ZA-Freelancer intends to capitalize on the success of this industry by providing a niche communication platform between freelancers and their clients. In this respect, ZA-Freelancer shall allow Freelancers to market their services with minimal effort as well as be able to easily promote their services to their client Clients to seek for a service of their choice and be able to book a specific service Clients to compare between different offers and be able to decide on the offer and expertise that best suits their needs. Freelancers and clients to agree on the method, rate as well as the time of delivery of the specified service. ZA-Freelancer intends to Launch officially on 01/02/2015 Use direct email marketing to the Freelancer database that has been created Create marketing campaigns in Universities, colleges as well as Shopping malls. Improve functionality and look of interface regularly. Expand into 5 Countries annually. Mission Statement The mission of ZA-Freelancer is to provide a niche platform for freelancers to meet their clientele at minimal cost. ZA-Freelancer is dedicated to building long-term relationships with customers through a high quality technology centric product and customer support Author: tendayi mawoko from zafreelancer. More Info link: http://www.zafreelancer.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/za_freelancer Facebook: https://facebook.com/zafreelancer Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: zafreelancer. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Addressing the nation yesterday, President Jacob Zuma made some interesting comments that are likely to have a major impact on the property industry in the future, says Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that an issue that has been affecting households throughout South Africa is the ongoing power constraints which have put a large strain on the economy over the last year. The energy supply problems have impeded economic growth, which is likely to have a domino effect on the property market if the matter is not resolved. Zuma addressed this issue stating that government has made this a top priority and will stabilise Eskom’s finances to enable the utility provider to manage the current period. In this regard, government will honour its commitment to give Eskom around R23 billion during the next fiscal year. “Hopefully this will assist in resolving the issue during the short term, while the country continues to seek a long term solution through alternative energy supplies,” says Goslett. “Households have to deal with increasing electricity tariffs, which has largely outweighed any positive impact made by the drop in fuel prices. A solution to the energy crisis will boost the economy, which will have a knock-on effect on the property market.” Another point that was made at the State of the Nation Address that will have an impact on the property industry is the fact that foreign nationals will no longer be allowed to own land in South Africa, but will be eligible for long term lease. Although there was discussion around this position before yesterday’s speech, it was expected that foreigners would only be restricted to some degree when purchasing land. The bill has been tabled for later this year. The purpose of the bill will be to stop reliance on the willing buyer-willing seller method in respect of land acquisition by the state. “While we recognise the fact that a bill will be implemented later this year . . .
• 80% of FlySafair passengers this weekend are crazy in love • One third of passengers are escaping for a romantic weekend away • 66% of our passengers are hoping for breakfast in bed this Saturday You’ve heard of the Love Boat and the Love Bus, but this Valentine’s weekend FlySafair is delighted to become the “Love Plane” for hundreds of its passengers. Just for fun, FlySafair asked passengers flying to all its destinations on 13 and 14 February whether they were travelling to keep romantic trysts, or simply to get from A to B. Passengers were also asked to let the airline in on their romantic plans for the weekend. The “Love Survey” revealed that as many as 41% of passengers were travelling to be with the objects of their affection on Valentine’s Day, while 33% were travelling together with their significant others to a romantic destination. A passionate 80% of all passengers who completed the survey described themselves as ”crazy in love” and 13% were hopeful that they would meet someone special to celebrate with. Nearly 80% of those surveyed also regard Valentine’s Day as a highlight on the annual calendar, with only a tight-lipped 10% regarding it as just another day. Most of the FlySafair passengers on their way to a weekend of love revealed that they hoped to be treated to breakfast in bed during the weekend. Twenty-seven percent of those surveyed said they would be content with chocolates and flowers, while a sexy 7% were holding out for lingerie or undies. "From all this information, it’s clear that FlySafair passengers are a romantic bunch! For whatever reason you are flying this weekend, we wish all our passengers a very Happy Valentine's Day from the entire FlySafair team," said Kirby Gordon, VP of Marketing for the airline. For further information visit www.flysafair.co.za. Author: Chantal Riley from PR Worx. More Info link: http://www.flysafair.co.za Images: For high res version/s of None image/s please contact: PR . . .
[February 2015] South Africa and the African continent as a whole is home to some of the world’s most valuable natural resources. From gold, to diamonds, chromium, cobalt, and hydroelectric power potential, manganese and millions of acres of untilled farmland Africa is in reality the world’s richest continent. Despite the potential of the continent’s natural resources and the incredibly skilled and talented people calling this continent home, leaders across the continent have failed to stimulate and retain the most powerful resource – the people. It is with this view in mind that the SA Teen Entrepreneur Foundation continue to promote the course of creating a culture of entrepreneurship amongst teens and leaders that influence the lives of the country’s youth. Since its inception, the Teen Entrepreneur Foundation has created a number of workshops, seminars and competitions in partnership with schools, to nurture and encourage entrepreneurial thinking. “We know that innovative thinking and business acumen can be developed through connection and learning from leaders that have gone before us and paved a way in business,” says Lydia Zingoni Founder and Director of Teen Entrepreneur Foundation. “For this reason, we have created the Awaken the Giant in You breakfast series, which aims to create a platform for leaders and mentors in business to practically share their journeys with South African youth to not only inspire them, but teach them that hard work, commitment and determination will reap a future reward.” She continued. The success of the breakfast series to date is the calibre of speakers that the foundation has managed to attract, to share their skills and expertise. The next speaker in the series is global business icon Gareth Penny. Gareth Penny is non-Executive Chairman of MMC Norilsk Nickel, the world’s biggest producer of nickel and palladium and a leading producer of platinum and copper. He has worked in various forms of mining over the . . .