Forum Revolved around the central theme “Emerging Trends in Operational Transformation & Process Excellence” Johannesburg – South Africa, 11th June 2015:This forum was opened with the opening remarks from the event chairman, Pritesh Kotecha, SVP – Middle East, Turkey, Africa & South Asia - SmartStream, followed by a formal introductory speed networking session where participants introduced and interact with each other and know fellow participants. Roland Brandli, Sales Manager, Middle East & Africa - SmartStream, demonstrated on an Outlook for Operational Excellence in Africa, by highlighting ROI budgeting process providing a glimpse of high ROI solutions implemented by banks across Africa during 2014. The ANNUAL COO PANEL, entitled as “Bridging the Gap by applying reforms within the Operational Excellence Strategy ”, focused on the strive to improve process flow to enhance efficiency across operations. The panel elaborated on solutions to manage transformation, cost and balance policies/procedures with service excellence, while answers to • How can operations create value for the customer, while tackling technology and fraud issues? • How to harness latest technology to support customers and process re-engineering? • Repositioning Target Operating Model and picking up the right tools, techniques and metrics to deliver an acclaimed operation management system This panel was joined by Vallance Kennelly, Group Chief Operating Officer - African Alliance Investment Bank; Simryn de Jager, Chief Operating Officer: TPS Africa & Global Sales - Standard Bank; Thomas Gachie, Director, Operations - National Bank of Kenya, and moderated by Pritesh Kotecha. Beverley Hunkin, Head of Process and Strategic Projects - First National Bank, in his presentation -BPM 3.0 – Bringing Data and BPM Together, focused on effective use of event-enabled processing and services-oriented architectures, while achieving world class operations were explained by Thomas . . .
Tampa, FL, June 11, 2015 -- Levenhuk Inc., a major American manufacturer of optical devices and instruments, introduces Levenhuk Rainbow Binoculars which are designed for people who enjoy an active lifestyle. These binoculars are ideal for traveling, walking and hiking; they will be useful for observing sporting events, and enjoying beautiful landscapes. These binoculars are completely waterproof and can be used in any weather and in any situation. The main feature of the Levenhuk Rainbow binoculars is their original and stylish design. Binoculars of this product line are available in seven colors, so the clients can easily choose the ideal model: Levenhuk Rainbow 8x25 Amethyst - stylish and amethyst colored binoculars that make a pleasant and practical gift for all active leisure lovers. Due to the small size and light weight they can be easily packed into a pocket or rucksack, or stored in the glove compartment of a car. New Levenhuk Rainbow 8x25 Blue Wave binoculars combine top-quality optics, robust construction and stylish design. These binoculars are available in bright blue color and thereby stand out from standard black and gray models. Levenhuk Rainbow 8x25 Lemon is a compact and lightweight optical instrument suitable for observations under any conditions. This model features quality multi-coated optics producing clear and crisp images. Levenhuk Rainbow 8x25 Lime has a very attractive distinctive design. Thanks to its bright green color, these binoculars are not only a very practical tool, but also a stylish accessory. These binoculars feature top-quality roof prisms made of multi-coated BaK-4 optical glass. The binoculars provide clear, sharp views with a good color rendering. Levenhuk Rainbow 8x25 Orange has a bright orange color of the shell that contrasts with almost any possible background, making it impossible for other people to not notice. Levenhuk Rainbow 8x25 Red Berry Binoculars stand out with small size and eye-catching bright red body. . . .
The Billabong Madibaz men's surfing team are preparing to defend their title at the University Sport South Africa tournament hosted by the NMMU George campus at Victoria Bay from June 24 to 26. Team captain Scott Lenton said his surfers were in highly competitive form and expected nothing less than total domination in the national student competition. "This year we also want to clinch the women's team and overall team divisions," said Lenton. The Madibaz are determined to wrest the overall crown from the University of Cape Town, who walked away with the laurels for a second consecutive year in 2014. "We have a great camaraderie as a group. Everyone is of the same general mindset and we gel well," said Lenton. The 24-year-old said that both the men's and women's teams showed great depth going into the tournament. "The men's side remains fairly unchanged since last year with the exception of one or two additions, but the women's side has added some exciting and valuable surfers to their ranks to make them exceptionally strong this season," he said. He pointed to seasoned surfers Jean du Plessis, who won the men's division last year, and women's competition winner Roxy Giles as ones to watch. Lenton said the team would be surfing as much as possible in preparation for the tournament to maintain ocean awareness and keep their reflexes sharp. "We are aiming for nothing less than total victory across all divisions as well as team completion," said the masters of architecture student. Although this will be the first big tournament of the season, the NMMU club members have been conducting a successful learn-to-surf programme for students throughout the first semester. "They really enjoy learning about the ocean and experiencing the fun of surfing, and the practice has definitely helped us prepare for the upcoming season," said Lenton. After the national competition, the NMMU surfers will compete in the annual Eastern Cape inter-varsity tournament against Rhodes . . .
The Berg and Bush mountain bike race celebrates 10 years of existence this year but new ablution facilities and luxury-style camping will ensure that the "decade of dirt" catchphrase refers only to the single-track trails. Race founder Gary Green said cyclists' needs had changed substantially since he started the event with just 56 participants back in 2006. "When the race first started, everyone stayed in dome tents with rudimentary ablutions, as this was the only option. Today there's a big need to offer more comfortable alternatives." The event now accommodates 2 500 mountain bikers over three different racing options. "We felt the need to build new and permanent ablutions, because it's very important to us to offer hot showers and clean bathrooms." Green said these would be finished by October, when the race takes place, and would be used in addition to the existing facilities at the Emseni Camp race village near Spioenkop. "We're quite excited about the new building as there will be 'showers with a view' overlooking the Tugela and our new luxury tented camp." He said a good night's sleep would also be essential for improving a rider's performance and recovery. To this end, Green and his team are planning to create an entire village of roomier safari tents along the Small Tugela, some 500m from the main race village. "The view is amazing and so is the tranquil atmosphere. The campsite is on the riverbank under a canopy of massive trees and the tents will be pitched on a carpet of leaves next to the flowing river." He said the plan was to have 50 tents with comfortable stretcher beds, pitched in five-tent laager formations. "These are aimed at companies who would like to bring their clients along, or groups of friends. We'll supply a shuttle service for these guests so they can still enjoy the atmosphere at the main race village." For those who prefer even more indoor comfort, he said there were many B&Bs, hotels and self-catering options in . . .
Former world masters cross-country champion Nico Pfitzenmaier will lead the field in the men's solo category at the three-day RECM Knysna 200 mountain bike race, which starts in the Garden Route town on Saturday. Pfitzenmaier, who took all three stages en route to the overall win alongside Renay Groustra in the team category last year, will be without his partner due to conflicting racing commitments this weekend. "We had a great race last year," said the German-born Pfitzenmaier. "The conditions were quite tough through the rain and mud, so the more technically demanding parts suited us." The Cape Town-based rider will now be on the hunt for his first individual win after podiuming in this category before. While stage racing has traditionally been a team event, events like the RECM Knysna 200 have begun to see a growing solo field for a variety of reasons. "It's not always easy to find a partner who has the same endurance and skill level you have," said Pfitzenmaier, who races in the colours of Dorma. "Sometimes it's quite relaxing to race solo and not have to worry about anybody else." One of the riders he may have to worry about, however, is Plettenberg Bay resident Kevin Evans. Despite announcing his impending retirement from the sport, the four-time national marathon champion will be a fierce contender on his home trails. But Pfitzenmaier is not perturbed by his competition. "I want to enjoy the trails and the scenic terrain – everything on top of that is a bonus." Although his form has been consistent this season, a series of mechanicals and bad luck has seen him relegated to the runner-up spot in various high-profile races. "At joBerg2c I had a bad mechanical on the second stage, where I lost a lot of time and diminished my chances of winning the solo category," he said. At the Cape Epic, Pfitzenmaier broke his hand with two days to go and a vehicle hit his partner Robert Sim, but the pair still managed second overall in the masters . . .
Seasonic is a company that hardly requires any introduction, they are one of the oldest and most reputable computer PSU designers and manufacturers. Their products are held in very high regard by experts and enthusiasts. Seasonic’s current range on offer at the moment is not only amongst the best PSU’s available but they seem to be challenging themselves to bring continual improvements to their designs. Their beautifully packaged products are presented in such a way that you feel you are opening something extremely special! In keeping with Syntech’s commitment to supporting the gaming industry, they are not only looking at ways to enrich, sponsor and participate in various projects they have identified the SA Gaming market as an international growth region. Stephen de Witt , Captain of one of the top gaming teams in South Africa, xTc, comments, “I am fortunate enough to be using the Seasonic X series 1050 / 1250 Modular PSU, it’s been running my machine for nearly a year now but has always made little work of my machine up till now. I always felt that I'm not using this PSU to its full potential. Until I started overclocking, and upgraded my Graphics Card to a Power hungry Dual GPU beast from AMD that puts fear into any power supply! This Graphics card draws a crazy 450-500watts from my power supply alone. The rest of my system, from hard drives, CPU, motherboard, cooling, all the extra fans etc. all draws around 500watts as well. So my pc under load, draws a good 900 - 1000watts at the moment. As I thought to myself, hey this has to be pushing the power supply now, right? Wrong! The cooling design of this PSU makes it stay cool, calm and collected, you can barely hear a thing and I’m still able to place my hand on the PSU and its luke warm. Now I've tried one other PSU from a different brand, so I know this well designed PSU will last me for a very, very long time. To add to this, it’s modular! Making cable management a dream. From the boxing, to the cabling, . . .
Netcare, through its corporate social investment (CSI) arm, the Netcare Foundation, is reaching out countrywide to disadvantaged individuals with certain medical conditions who are in dire need of assistance. “We are offering the resources at our disposal to help people needing life-altering corrective surgery for a range of medical conditions,” says Mande Toubkin, Netcare’s general manager: emergency, trauma, transplant and corporate social investment. “Through our craniofacial, cleft lip and palate, and sight programmes, we are offering free medical interventions that will help alleviate the burdens faced by individuals afflicted with these conditions,” says Toubkin. The Netcare Foundation was established in 2010 and is registered as a public benefit company. It is governed by a board of trustees. “Aside from the physical aspects of such medical conditions, many people with craniofacial anomalies or cleft lip and palate are often stigmatised and shunned by society,” notes Netcare Foundation’s CSI operations project manager, Adelaide Senabe. She says that cataracts, on the other hand, rob people of their independence and can prevent them from even undertaking simple day-to-day tasks, such as cooking and reading, as well as their livelihoods in some cases. Cataract blindness is also almost always reversible, through an operation to remove the cataract and replace the lens of the eye. The Netcare Foundation in partnership with various organisations and healthcare practitioners has changed the lives of hundreds of South Africans afflicted with these conditions through its CSI programmes. “We have helped many people to realise their full potential, and are now looking to reach people in more remote areas of South Africa, those very individuals who are so often forgotten by our society,” Senabe explains. Netcare craniofacial programme It is estimated that one in every 2 000 babies is born with craniofacial anomalies, many of which are congenital, resulting in . . .
11 June 2015: Since its inception in 1981, Business Partners Limited (BUSINESS/PARTNERS) has aspired to ‘do good’ for small and medium enterprises (SMEs), as well as ‘do well’ for the business’ shareholders via its focus on financing and empowering SMEs in South Africa and select African countries. This, coupled with BUSINESS/PARTNERS’ understanding that SME financing requires ‘more than just money’, has led to the company being awarded the Small Business Finance title in the 2015 Small Business Promotion Pioneer Awards, which took place at the International Learning conference in Cape Town on 28 May 2015. The awards, which mark the 20th anniversary of small business promotion in South Africa (1995-2015), celebrate achievements in small business promotion since 1995, and aim to recognise institutions that have played a special pioneering role in the field. Christo Botes, executive director for BUSINESS/PARTNERS, explains that for BUSINESS/PARTNERS, ‘doing good’ means that the company – through its full service offering of risk capital/finance, technical assistance or mentorship and business premises – has had a positive developmental impact on the societies within which it operates. Yet BUSINESS/PARTNERS also seeks to ‘do well’ by making profits – sufficient to provide shareholders with a real return on equity – thus ensuring a sustainable and positive developmental impact. “Since 1981, we have approved more than R15.4 billion in finance to SMEs in more than 70 300 transactions, and facilitated more than 570 750 jobs. Simultaneously we have been profitable every year and have grown shareholders’ equity from the initial capital of R178 million to R2.7 billion,” says Botes. Botes explains that for entrepreneurs to generate wealth for themselves and their families, grow the economy, broaden the tax base and create jobs, a sound and healthy ecosystem underpinned by key elements is necessary. These elements include human capital, good governance and . . .
#AutoCentral, powered by AutoTrader Industry digital giant, AutoTrader, has joined forces with pioneering digital content hub CliffCentral to bring you #AutoCentral - an expert motoring infotainment show. Get behind the wheel every Wednesday 1-2pm with SASpeedQueen Wilmarie Janse van Rensburg and gear up for all things motoring, from affordable cars to the speed machines dreams are made of, bikes, 4x4’s and more. The show will also feature regular appearances by AutoTrader’s automotive and digital CEO George Mienie. Mienie will help put a fresh spin on motoring, providing thought-provoking insight into making everyday car shopping decisions. “We’re thrilled that AutoTrader have partnered with us to create a show about everything to do with motoring. I think this will become a real petrolhead podcast”. said Gareth Cliff Regular features will include expert reviews, comparative online car shopping, on-the-road DIY tips, extreme motoring and events, and a social snapshot segment to answer questions from fans. “Bringing two innovative and digital brands like AutoTrader and CliffCentral together is a perfect match. The creation of AutoCentral is aimed at making the car shopping journey easier by giving expert advice and tools that help buyers shop, compare and buy new and used cars online.” said George Mienie. The show launched to the motoring industry and twelebs on June 10th at CliffCentral in Rivonia. Guests were invited to listen in on the inaugural show featuring a live call-in from Clarkson, Hammond, May Live’s celebrity driver Ken Block. While there, guests competed in the celebrity scalextric track built specially for the studio. “ It feels like I’m back on the start line with the bike begging me to let the clutch go for that whole shot! I am super excited to host the motor show and feel blessed and honoured to do what I love with such an incredible team,“ said Wilmarie Janse van Renseburg. Listen to #AutoCentral every Wednesday 1-2pm, . . .
South Africa-based industrial engineering and advisory firm, LTS (www.ltsconsulting.com) has this week announced the launch of its training offering, including its state-of-the-art training centre. In response to demand from its international clientele, LTS has created a range of learning and development programmes focusing on skills that are not readily available in the industries it serves. These niche skills contribute tangibly to the long-term sustainability of clients’ businesses. The boutique consultancy hosted its inaugural training course in Mexico for clients in the health and diagnostics industry during the first week of June. LTS has established its own on-site training centre to meet the training needs of both its local and international clientele. The LTS Institute of Human Potential training centre will mark its official launch in July 2015 when LTS hosts its PinpointBPS business process solution course for a contingent from global healthcare company, Abbott. LTS is also preparing to launch its world-class Dynamic Laboratory Management Programme during the last quarter of 2015. This is a customised programme empowering laboratory managers to lead and function optimally in the complex and dynamic business environment in which they operate. MD of LTS, Wilhelm Boshoff, believes it is LTS’ unique blend of industrial engineering and industrial psychology consulting expertise, which has led to the increased demand for specialist training. “Through our consulting work to multinationals in a range of industries, we have increasingly been asked to develop customised training – both on the use of specific products and covering a range of organisational change management topics including workforce planning. And, with an attractive exchange rate, our offering provides excellent value and return on investment for clients.” Head of Workforce Planning at LTS, Charmaine Kemp, says there has been a monumental shift in how leaders approach training, with the . . .