Maxi’s is well known as a restaurant brand that really cares about its local communities. So when its Mokopane franchise owners, Johan and Adri Potgieter, heard about a local woman in need, they immediately set about raising funds through an innovative and effective initiative. Elmarie Kruger was diagnosed with colon cancer in February 2014 and doesn’t have medical aid. She is the only working family member, as her husband lost his job in 2009. He is also chronically ill and is only able to do part time work. Although Elmarie’s family have arranged events to raise money to keep the family going, the medical costs are causing great financial difficulties. Maxi's Mokopane stepped into the gap three months ago to rally the locally community with a “Mokopane Cares” campaign that asked all its customers to add R2 to the total when they paid for their meals. “The Mokopane Cares campaign is just one of several initiatives in our community service contribution,” says Johan. “We outlined details of the fundraiser on the table placemats, and Adri and I are very proud of our customers’ generous response to the campaign. They understand the difficulties and impact that poor health can have on any of our lives and they responded with a great deal of compassion. By December, we managed to raise just over R6 000 to help with Elmarie’s expenses. This amount was raised by the contributions of 2 043 customers, another R2 000 was donated on behalf of the Maxi’s Head Office.” “We would like to thank our staff and loyal customers, as well as our head office, for their support. There’s a lot of individual need in our local community and we’re committed to implementing similar fundraisers in the future for worthy causes just like Elmarie’s.” Maxi’s Marketing Manager, Yolandi Ferreira, comments that the Potgieter family are real role models in the franchising industry. “They are not only highly successful restaurateurs, but they are also caring people who recognise that they . . .
Mining although one of the biggest contributors to the African economy, is burdened with a wide rage of concerns when it comes to security. Rampant illegal mining, theft of precious metals and corruption has given rise for stringent security and control measures to be implemented although significant challenges arise due to remote locations, depth and extreme conditions. Going a step further in advancing knowledge about safeguarding the African mining industry from various threats, Fleming Gulf will organise the 2nd African Mine Security Summit from 15-17 April 2014 in Johannesburg. The summit will explore various facets of mine security and bring together experts in the field to share success stories and case studies. Opportunities to integrate security with safety, strategies for fire prevention, human rights and illegal mining, security personnel training and latest security solutions will be some of the key topics addressed. Neil Metzer, Security Coordinator at the Chamber of Mines South Africa and keynote speaker at the inaugural African Mine Security Summit mentioned, “Illegal mining has been highlighted as a national threat and a priority by the South African government and is estimated to have accounted for over R7.5 billion in lost revenue last year”, thus highlighting the need for optimized surveillance, access control and monitoring. Jenny Reid, Former President of the Security Association of South Africa during her speech last year said, “The destabilization wrought by strikes and a negative perception of mines in the media often devolves into significant security issues. Security is the linchpin of successful mine operations. It plays an important part in protecting the integrity of a mining company and the safety of people working at the mine.” Reid will return to speak at the conference in 2015, along with Colonel Steven Moodley, Station Commander SAPS Midrand of the South African Police Service, Brian Gonsalves, Vice President: Global . . .
First Car Rental has been named the ‘Best Car Hire Service Operator’ in the medium category by the ACSA Feather Awards for Cape Town International Airport. The annual ACSA (Airports Company South Africa) Feather Awards are based entirely on airport customers’ feedback and provide South African airports with an opportunity to recognise top performing airport members for outstanding customer service rendered during the year. Says Deidre Davids, Communications Manager: Cape Town International Airport, "An airport experience is delivered through a variety of role players ranging from the airlines to the baggage handlers, car hire, security screening and more. "Often the passenger has varying experiences at these different touch points. Our intention is to create a holistically positive airport experience by focussing on excellent customer service. “The Feather Awards is about recognising those entities that go the extra mile to ensure that the passenger experience is pleasurable and memorable." Says Melissa Storey, Executive Head of Strategy, Development and Marketing at First Car Rental, “Cape Town International is one of South Africa’s busiest airports so to be awarded a Feather is an outstanding achievement. Congratulations to our branch staff.” Author: Nissin Laby from First Car Rental. More Info link: http://www.firstcarrental.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/firstcarrental Facebook: https://facebook.com/FirstCarRental Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: First Car Rental. Melissa Storey, Executive Head of Strategy, Development and Marketing at First Car Rental CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South African consumers, business people and politicians are standing in disbelief as two major South African business brands count the costs of underestimating the plight of the consumer. Contrary to popular personalities like Julius Malema and Steve Hofmeyr who have both had their fair share of negative publicity, but whose popularity seems largely unaffected, one can attempt only predict what the effect of the Cell-C billboard, Chester Missing on Steve Hofmeyr and the Woolworths boycotts will be. The Woolworths boycott case has been reported on extensively in print, online, radio, television and social media. Social media for the Woolworths boycott accounts for 85% of the media attention. If one removes social media from the equation, online news accounted for 42% of the press and broadcast a massive 40% for the Boycott Woolworths Campaign over the past month. The biggest peak was on 19 November and can be attributed to the shareholders supporting the boycott and the endorsement by Cosatu. “This sounds very impressive,” says Tonya Khoury, MD of Media Monitoring and Intelligence Company, ROi Africa. “But the pressing issue at hand is how do we measure the real effect the publicity had on the brand image? This is an issue that has been widely contested in global PR circles, but no definite conclusion has ever been reached. One thing that authoritative bodies like PRISA (Public Relations Institute) agree on is that the traditional measurement using advertising value equivalent (AVE) might not be the most effective way in measuring media publicity,” she says. Due to a lack of a definite alternative, the majority of public relations practitioners use the Advertising Value Equivalent (AVE) measurement method regardless of its lack of support by the authorities. This measure compares the cost of a paid advertisement with the same amount of space or airtime of an unpaid publicity item. Says Khoury: “Ironically, the ‘value’ of AVE is widely recognised as . . .
THE NEW CAPE TOWN PREMISES FOR RENOWNED STEAKHOUSE THE BUTCHER SHOP & GRILL CONVEYS A SENSE OF TRADITION THAT IS EXPRESSED THROUGH A CONTEMPORARY DESIGN LANGUAGE When The Butcher Shop & Grill, Johannesburg, wanted to bring their long-awaited Cape Town restaurant to life, they looked no further than leading South African interior design firm Inhouse Brand Architects. Tasked with creating a modern restaurant interior that acknowledges The Butcher Shop & Grill’s reputation for excellence and its heritage, Inhouse has successfully realised this steakhouse's distinctive and rare quality through its own brand of conceptual design. In so doing, the interior design agency has created a new landmark eatery for the Mother City. By employing exclusive materials and hand-made furnishings – redolent of classic New York and Chicago steakhouses – Inhouse has created a contemporary allusion to a tradition of skilled butchery. Set in a relaxed dining environment, The Butcher Shop & Grill prides itself on continuing the superior quality of a bygone era with its hand-carved meats and signature curing and aging processes, accompanied by a prized winelist. Inhouse's object was to tap into the core of the steakhouse's unique culture and weave this narrative into its new Mouille Point locale. Upon entering, the space unfolds with stippled and stained glass paneling, delicately wrought ironmongery and descriptive wallpaper depicting antique photographs of the lively bustle of a traditional meatpacking district. These photographs are in fact the owners’ own family heirlooms, and depict the Pick family’s longstanding history in the meat industry, dating back to when the family first ran a renowned meat business in Kalk Bay. Mosaic floors and marbled walls beautifully complement the entrance. An idiosyncratic, solid timber coat-rack, studded with butchers blades in place of hooks, hints at the presence of the expert butchers within. This clever messaging lends depth . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, December 10, 2014 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has invested significantly into the medical sector, with the aim of using the latest in technological innovation to assist in delivering transformational change in the health sector in Africa. Through its Health and Medical Equipment portfolio, Samsung has developed market-leading solutions in areas including Digital Radiology, Ultrasound and IVD (in-vitro diagnostics), to help address some of the significant health challenges that face the medical industry. The constitution of the World Health Organisation states that: “The right to health includes access to timely, acceptable and affordable healthcare of appropriate quality.” Yet Africa faces some of the most challenging health scenarios in the world. In South Africa alone, infant mortality is high, life expectancy short and the limitations of healthcare under scrutiny.* The World Bank also reports that more than 60% of people in Sub-Saharan Africa are residing in rural areas, while in South Africa only 20% of the population has access to private medical insurance schemes, leaving 80% reliant on public healthcare facilities**. With a vast rural population that may have to travel more than 200km to receive medical attention, mobile solutions developed by Samsung present a viable way to bring quality healthcare to those who do not have access. Samsung’s goal is to deliver the highest quality of personalised care to patients and that means faster assessments, improved experiences and minimised patient movement. For the medical practitioner, these advancements offer them the flexibility and functionality they need to perform to the highest standards and collaborate effectively. For the healthcare provider, increased mobility also ensures convenience in patient care, both inside and outside their facilities. “Samsung is committed to finding solutions that change lives and shift expectations and this is reflected in our . . .
Top tips for saving and celebrating a greener Christmas Load shedding is a fact of life for the foreseeable future in South Africa and a little planning and creativity can alleviate a lot of the unpleasantness during the holidays. This is according to Evan Schiff, event director of the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa conference and expo in Cape Town. He says furthermore that higher electricity prices in South Africa have become an increasing strain on consumers’ monthly expenses and that “Christmas is a great time to introduce energy saving habits into a household as many easy and simple changes in the way we live can end up putting extra money into your pocket.” Practical tips to plan for and cope with load shedding this holiday: • Be prepared, keep a regular eye on websites with information on load shedding schedules and print these out. http://www.loadshedding.eskom.co.za/ • Create a Whatsapp group for your neighbourhood and keep each other informed. • Make sure that there are enough candles, matches, torches, batteries and so forth for load shedding periods after dark. • Be ready for it! Make sure all cellphones, tablets, laptops and toys are fully charged before the lights go out. This way you can keep the kids entertained with a movie, or at least be able to use the phone. • Have fun activities ready for when the lights are off such as board games and family time around the barbeque. • Keep a gas burner as a back-up in the kitchen to be able to heat water and do essential cooking. An energy efficient holiday season “There are a variety of ways we can use a lot less electricity this holiday season”, says Schiff, “such as using LED* Christmas lights which use 90% less electricity than regular Christmas lights. Consider investing in solar powered outdoor lights which can also be used on the Christmas tree and only come on at night.” He continues: “up to 40% of all batteries are purchased during the holiday season so try to . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – December 10, 2014 – Samsung Electronics South Africa has announced its plans to further expand the Smart Hub ecosystem by adding the Red Bull TV app to its existing solution. “It is important to provide consumers with more choices when it comes to content and therefore we have been focusing our efforts on providing more content on Smart TVs,” says Ansgar Pabst, Business Lead for TV/AV at Samsung SA. The Red Bull TV app features inspirational programming from the world of Red Bull TV, including live global events and an extensive selection of sports, music and lifestyle entertainment. The app is now accessible from the Sports Section on the Samsung Smart Hub. The Samsung Smart Hub is a highly advanced gateway on all Samsung Smart TVs and selected audio-visual products, such as the Smart Blu-Ray player. It allows users to search and access specific content quickly and easily via various apps, which provides people with greater control of their entertainment experience. With the app, viewers can go behind the scenes and get up close to extraordinary people and breathtaking stories. They can create their own journey and discover groundbreaking content spanning Red Bull’s global playground. One such product is Red Bull TV’s Xtreme CollXtion, a bold new face to sport magazines. Action and extreme sports continue to outpace many other traditional sports worldwide. Many of these sports, such as surfing, skateboarding and snowboarding, not only entail a supreme challenge and thrill for those who take part - they also represent a ‘lifestyle’ choice, to be part of something that’s bigger than just sport. The Xtreme CollXtion is a weekly magazine program which unites the very best action and extreme sports from around the planet into a single, regular TV offering. Further to the content mix of inspiring events, stunts, challenges and projects, the Xtreme CollXtion also focuses on the personalities involved, telling exceptional stories . . .
Born and raised in Cape Town, South Africa, Jimmy Nevis is a young alternative pop singer/ songwriter and producer. His sound comprises of quirky lyrics, acoustic tones and catchy melodies. He has had extensive radio play with 3 charted hit singles. Jimmy Nevis released his debut album titled "Subliminal" of which the success has brought the signing of an exclusive deal with top American record label Ultra Records for distribution in the United States of America. One of the Top 5 Nominees for the Kia Record of the Year category at the SAMAs 2014, Nevis is currently working on his 2nd Album entitled "The Masses" Sunday 25th of January at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden. Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town Gates open 16h00, Concerts start 17h30 and end at 19h00 Entrance charge: Adults: R135, Youth (6-21 years with ID): R100, BotSoc members (with card): R120 Bookings: call: 0217612866 visit: http://www.webtickets.co.za/events/featured/kirstenbosch-summer-sunset-concerts/829094921 Contact details: Concert info: 021 799 8783 or www.sanbi.org.za Email: Kirstenboschinfo@sanbi.org.za Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG Facebook: Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communications. More Info link: http://http://www.sanbi.org/events/jimmy-nevis-kirstenbosch-nbg CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – December 10, 2014 – Samsung Electronics South Africa is changing the rules of watching sport on TV with the announcement of adding the SuperSport app to the existing Smart Hub solution. “As we lead the TV and AV market, Samsung’s Smart TVs and audio-visual products need a differentiating factor in meeting the consumer’s needs. Content and apps provide a means in which these products can stand apart from the rest and continue to maintain the number one status in the market,” says Ansgar Pabst, Business Lead for TV/AV at Samsung SA. The SuperSport app, has a huge focus on sport video, including game highlights and news. Via streaming, users will be able to watch highlights of their favourite sports within minutes of final whistle at no cost*. The app also provides Sport News, fixtures, logs and live score updates. “Our partnership with Samsung SA, enables us to take the experience of sport to a level never seen until now,” says Johan Huyser from DSTV Digital Media. “It is all about enhancing people’s enjoyment of what SuperSport has to offer and making sure that we deliver, to some of the world's most passionate fans, the perfect accompaniment.” The Samsung Smart Hub is a highly advanced gateway on all Samsung Smart TVs and selected audio-visual products, such as the Smart Blu-Ray player. It allows users to search and access specific content quickly and easily via various apps, which in the end provides people with greater control of their entertainment experience. Pabst concludes: “We live in an age in which consumer satisfaction is of utter importance and understanding the consumer’s needs and the way they commune around technology and entertainment is essential. A one size fits all approach is doomed to fail. What drives consumers to adopt a concept, a service or a product is all about what’s in it for them - the more relevant to their lifestyle, the higher the value add, the better the deal. Samsung aims to develop a TV/AV . . .