African Directory Services encourages companies to join the Proudly South African initiate to foster economic growth. First conceived at the Presidential Job Summit in 1998, the Proudly South African Campaign was born out of socio-economic necessity to create jobs, under the leadership of the former South African President, Nelson Mandela. Through the National Economic Development and Labour Council (NEDLAC), the Proudly South African Campaign was launched in 2002. The Proudly South African "buy local" campaign encourages the nation to buy local products and services, in an effort to stimulate economic growth, promote national pride, patriotism and social cohesion. Locally produced products and services means that an increase in sustainable job opportunities is created. When shoppers buy local it means that the supplier is only a phone call away. The Proudly South African logo indicates that the company, product and/or the service provided is of high quality. It is also an endorsement that the company treats its employees fairly, that the company cares for the environment and that the total product is made locally or some of the products are made locally by using imported materials. South Africa is an important foreign investment destination, trading goods and products with the rest of the world to provide consumers with a variety of products and services. At African Directory Services we realise the importance creating goods that we can call our own pride and enjoy and encourage consumers to embrace what we, as SA businesses have to offer. We are confident that our local products are on par with international standards, if not better. Author: Tracy R from African Directory Services. More Info link: http://www.proudlysa.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/myadslive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myadslive YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8gNJFcnqz2Y CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
New products, know-how for plumbers and installers With the latest innovations in piping systems and sanitary solutions on board, the Geberit vehicle will be going On Tour again in 2015, taking their know-how on the road, determined to seek out more installers than before. They will spend time at showrooms and plumbing merchants in Cape Town, Durban and Johannesburg between April and September, showcasing the many options and benefits that Geberit can bring to the lives of the busy specifier and installer. The tour kicks off in Cape Town on Monday 13 April 2015, will be in Durban from 25th May and in Gauteng from 20th July to the end of September. On Tour details will be available on the website: www.geberit.co.za/ontour. All are welcome to visit Geberit On Tour. • Inspire your customers with new design solutions for exciting bathroom worlds • Experience new products to make your work faster and more economical • Get acquainted with solutions with which you can fulfil current laws, standards and regulations with confidence Switzerland has become an important centre of modern science, technology and engineering and where Geberit was first established over 140 years ago. Geberit’s products are closely connected with the Swiss mentality and culture: reliability, cleanliness, craftsmanship, innovation and the continuous search for perfection. The On Tour vehicle is filled with cutting-edge sanitary technology. The initiative is designed to give all industry specialists the opportunity to discover more about Geberit and the available options and solutions, their trade, share industry know-how and experience the products available to them. At each venue, the members of Geberit’s team will be on hand to share their knowledge and expertise, demonstrate their market-leading products, plus introduce you to the latest innovations that will inspire you. Highlights include: • New Omega range • New shower drainage • Silent HDPE pipe • Mepla water supply pipe Geberit . . .
Fresh Air for Everyone – with Geberit DuoFresh odour extraction unit Second in the bathroom – tough luck! Not anymore, with Geberit’s DuoFresh unit which extracts the smell straight from the toilet bowl. Geberit takes design and innovation beyond the surface with the DuoFresh and its exceptional functionality. After all, your bathroom is an oasis of well-being that you want to enjoy with all your senses, at all times. Plus, you won’t need to clutter the space with aerosols or chop into the wall to install an external extraction unit. Geberit DuoFresh brings a whole new freshness to the bathroom as it extracts nasty odours from the bathroom without you even knowing it is there, as it’s cleverly concealed within the cistern behind the wall. Even a bathroom that is poorly ventilated will be left with pure fresh air, as active carbon filters clean the air and resupply it to the room. Rather than simply masking an odour with air freshener, any lingering unpleasant smells are dealt with directly in the toilet bowl, where clean air is gently expelled as soon as the push-button on the flush plate is activated. The energy-saving odour extraction unit is activated by a touch of the button located on the upper edge of the Sigma40 flush plate and switches off automatically after 10 minutes or you can switch it off yourself. The unit boasts an LED display which indicates when the carbon filter needs to be changed. The Geberit DuoFresh is uniquely simple, removing the unpleasant odours directly from the source. It is easy to install and as with all Geberit cisterns, is compatible with a wide selection of wall hung ceramic toilet bowls, giving you the creative freedom to design a bathroom to suit your personal taste. Geberit DuoFresh, the solution for freshness and hygiene. Geberit, as a pioneer and world leader, is well known for its water-saving, advanced plumbing and sanitary technologies. Founded in 1874, Geberit has built a reputation for sustainability, innovation, . . .
Handles Inc have introduced door handles which are the epitome of modern elegance and style, with a touch of “bling”. The Oro & Oro door handles with Swarovski crystals are designed by talented Italian and international designers and offer collections which are modern, classic and art deco to satisfy all tastes. Bringing style to your home. These door handles are available in polished chrome with Swarovski elements. Indulge your door with sparkle, exclusively, from Handles Inc. Oro & Oro Swarovski handles priced from R700 per set. Handles Inc have taken the traditional concept of a door handle and expanded it into something far more exciting - door handles as a decorative piece. If you're searching for a door handle that lends itself to a clear and strong statement in door design, visit Handles Inc for exclusive ranges of premium quality door, cupboard handles and accessories, as well as exclusive bathroom and home accessories. For your local stockist visit www.handlesinc.co.za or call 021-422 2322. Author: Jodi Karpes from GreenQueen Communications. More Info link: Twitter: http://twitter.com/GreenQueenComms Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: GreenQueen Communications. Photo: Photo: Photo: YouTube: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Wondering what to do for Freedom Day on 27 April 2015? Here is a list of places to visit that capture the past, present and future of South Africa’s amazing journey to becoming a democratic and united republic. 1. Nelson Mandela Museum, Mthatha, Eastern Cape Start your Freedom Day weekend at the Nelson Mandela Museum in Mthatha. The museum was opened in 2000, ten years after Madiba’s release from prison in 1990 and incorporates three sites – Mvezo (near Coffee Bay, where Mandela was born); Qunu (his childhood village); and the Bhunga Building in Mthatha where the story of the life and times of one of South Africa's greatest leaders is depicted. 2. Nelson Mandela Memorial, Howick, KZN The Nelson Mandela Memorial at Madiba’s Capture Site was erected to mark the 50-year anniversary of what began Nelson Mandela’s “long walk to freedom”. The iconic and powerful national monument was designed by South African artist Marco Cianfanelli. Madiba’s profile spans across 50 columns and the shape and form of the sculpture are representative of the 27 years Mandela spent behind bars in his efforts to bring equal rights and governmental representation to the nation. 3. Robben Island, Cape Town If you have not been there already, a visit to the Robben Island is certainly a trip worth taking. Robben Island is where Mandela spent 18 of his 27 year prison sentence. A 9km ferry ride off the shore of Cape Town takes you to Murray’s Bay Harbour situated on the east coast of the Island. Guided tours are conducted by formers political prisoners who are fully knowledgeable about the islands 500 year history. Along with being a World heritage site, Robben Island is also a protected natural eco-system. The island is home to about 132 species of birds and is also inhabited by the Cape Fur Seals. Visitors can also spot Southern Right whales, Dusky and Heaviside’s dolphins. 4. Apartheid Museum, Johannesburg Just 15 minutes from OR Tambo International Airport or 20 minutes from Sandton, . . .
PRESS RELEASE Impressive line up for the Alma Chamber Orchestra 17 April 2015 The Alma Chamber Orchestra comes to South Africa for the first time and audiences will be treated to performances by leading classical music talent led by Concertmaster and Artistic Director, Anne Gravoin, featuring the acclaimed Brazilian pianist Nelson Freire under the direction of Lionel Bringuier. Their World Tour for Unity will launch the European Union’s Europefest 2015 programme, which opens in May to celebrate cultural diversity by presenting their cultural events under the banner, “Let’s culture together”. The visit will include a series of concerts from 22 to 25 April and will feature the fifty-eight-member orchestra performing works by Beethoven, Mendelssohn and Wael Binali. The story behind the start of the Alma Chamber Orchestra began when Zouhir Boudemagh contacted Anne Gravoin in December 2012. The businessman, with a passion for classical music had lost his wife and wanted to honour her in a special and personal way. Given Anne Gravoin’s impeccable classic music credentials, Boudemagh offered Gravoin the opportunity to assist him in forming an orchestra that spread messages of peace through their music. "Alma means soul and what matters is to bring musicians together who have beautiful souls”, notes Boudemagh, the President of the Alma Nostra Foundation, co-sponsors of the tour. In a recent interview with Paris Match, Anne Gravoin was quoted saying, "when we travel the world we don’t just say…..hello we are French," but(rather) "hello we are musicians who have come to play for peace. I just find it beautiful that France is the first country to have created an orchestra for peace.” Gravoin, a graduate of the Paris Conservatoire where her teachers included Gerard Poulet, Dominique Hoppenot and Myriam Solovieff, has a string of awards to her name. Her commitment to music is evident in the establishment in 2000 of the "Régie Orchestre" (RO), one of the three largest . . .
One of South Africa’s leading electric transport companies (EWIZZ) has launched Zero Heroes, a programme to drive awareness about sustainable commuting among university students. Supported by the #cocreateSA Fund – an initiative to stimulate collaboration between South Africa and The Netherlands in order to co-create solutions to local challenges – the programme has been introduced at three universities in the Cape Town region. Additional support for the programme comes from corporate sponsors, including branding of the vehicles. During the 2015-2016 academic year, a maximum of 300 students at UCT, CPUT and Stellenbosch universities will be selected to ride branded e-vehicles (‘zero emissions’ electric scooters & electric bicycles), all of which may be conveniently charged at any three-point plug. Participants selected for the programme include student leaders such as club captains and SRC representatives, as well as influential individuals making a difference as environmental activists and social innovators. “The innovative programme from EWIZZ tackles the challenge of affordable urban transport against the backdrop of needing to dramatically reduce carbon emissions,” added Bonnie Horbach, Consul General for the Netherlands in Cape Town, and the driving force behind #cocreateSA. “We look forward to sharing Holland’s experience with two-wheel urban transport to support the programme.” Apart from a refundable damage deposit, participants selected for the Zero Heroes programme, are offered free transport during the academic year, and are expected to ‘pay forward’ with a variety of monthly activities that support different social causes, community organisations and sustainability activities. “We see the programme as a rare opportunity for select organisations to associate themselves with a project that involves the next generation of leaders and social influencers in our country,” says Andrew Cole, director on the Zero Heroes programme from EWIZZ Electric . . .
The first step that Easy Flow Gutters recommends you perform when roof painting a corrugated iron roof or metal roof is to first wash it with a degreaser. In most cases a metal roof or corrugated iron roof will need to be degreased if it is younger than one year. If the metal roof is older than a year, what happens is that the oil, present on the metal or iron sheets due to its manufacturing process, has worn away and the iron or metal has been slightly etched through weathering. Therefore it does not need to be degreased. Once you have cleaned and degreased the corrugated iron or metal roof, if necessary, the next task is to prime the unpainted iron or metal with an approved quality primer. Make sure that you also prime any corrugated iron or metal roof sheets that have been replaced on the roof. Apply or spray on at least two coats of paint onto the metal roof or corrugated iron roof. Apply a third coat of paint if necessary. The choice of colour to use during roof painting is irrelevant as that is up to the owner or resident of the building to decide on. Remember, painting the metal roof with a dark colour will absorb heat from the sun and lighter colours will reflect the heat. One can apply the paint manually with a hand brush or roller or spray it on using the airless spray painting technique. Roof painting by brush is time consuming while airless spray painting is expensive. If you decide to paint the corrugated iron or metal roof using the airless spray painting technique you first need to spray a section that is a metre wide and then work your way down the sheet and spray in the direction of the flutes in the iron or metal. A practical tip when doing your roof painting this way is that you can use the joins in the iron as a guide, so that you know exactly where you are in painting the whole roof evenly. As soon as you have painted all the way down to the end of a corrugated iron or metal roof sheet and have completed that section, move back to the top . . .
As a result of Easy Flow Gutter’s experience with the installation of domestic household gutters in homes, houses and residences in residential areas in Johannesburg South Africa, they have realised that novice installers will make certain basic errors. The company needs to make these handymen/women and do it yourself protagonists aware of these mistakes before they initiate start installing their own domestic gutters. The fourth mistake made by these novice gutter installers is to place the gutter incorrectly. Gutters are installed to catch the water that runs down the roof. The water that runs down the roof then falls off the edge of the roof and the gutters are placed or built in the correct place at the end of the roof to catch the water. The point here is that the gutters need to be placed a few inches under the edge of your roof and not directly onto the edge of the roof as most people would assume. Why is this? Due to the capillary action principle rain water will run off the edge of the roof but at the same time will also be pulled back up on the underside, due to capillary action and then drip out a few inches underneath the roof’s edge as well. A way to permanently solve and cater for the capillary action that will always occur, is to install a drip edge. So what is a drip edge? A drip edge, according to Wikipedia, the free encyclopaedia on the internet, is defined as, quote “A metal flashing or other overhanging component with an outward projecting lower edge, intended to control the direction of dripping water and help protect underlying building components” end quote. The novice household gutters installer needs to install the drip edge under the first course of shingles which will then allow the rain water to run freely from the edge of the roof down into the gutter. If a drip edge is not installed as part of the household gutters system the rain water will then run down behind the gutter, down the fascia board and siding, causing probable . . .
The second step performed by Easy Flow Gutter when installing industrial gutters and guttering systems in Johannesburg South Africa is to install the liner sections. This begins on the left hand side of the building. The first piece needs to be fixed parallel with the edge of the building by ensuring that the liner is carefully and meticulously placed into the support brackets. While doing this the installer needs to ensure that all the support brackets fall within the notched areas. Both the first and last liners that have been installed on the edge of the building need to have end caps installed on them using rivets and sealants. The next task to perform is to secure the rear upper edge of the liner with stainless screws through the pre-punched slotted holes. The screw should centre the hole and be screwed down to ensure that the screw is flush with the liner surface but at the same time does not distort or bind the liner. The most critical installation point here is that the installer of the industrial gutters and guttering system makes sure that they do not over tighten the screws. The liner needs space to allow it to float and at the same time the liner must be given enough space to shrink and expand as a result of thermal movement created by the heat of the sun, roof and building. Before installing the second piece of liner, sealant must be applied to the inside right edge of this second liner. Then the liner needs to be carefully inserted while making sure that the support brackets are also aligned, as was done when the first or previous liner was installed. This task again is important because if the support brackets are not installed or aligned correctly, their spacing will be incorrect, which means that the installer must move them into the exact position. Make sure that you do not cut the liner to allow for fit or to cater for any misalignment. The liner is tapered with a notched lip on its left end. It is also a little smaller in size than its . . .