Mobile Money Africa returns to Johannesburg in May South Africa remains one of the most diverse regions in Africa for its proliferation of successful mobile money business models being championed by banks, MNOs (mobile network operators), third party providers and retailers. This is according to Emma Pearce, director of the upcoming, annual Mobile Money Africa conference and exhibition, which will again gather the continent’s leading industry experts in Johannesburg from 28-29 May. Says Emma: “We have seen some of the most compelling mobile payments case studies come from South Africa and the market continues to reinvent itself and innovate its offerings. Johannesburg is the perfect backdrop for Mobile Money Africa, as it is one of the foremost economic hubs of Southern Africa: a melting pot of business models and market leaders. The event will challenge preconceptions regarding mobile money in Africa and introduce innovators driving the marketplace forward.” South Africa is a tough market Brian Richardson, WIZZIT CEO, and a mobile money industry pioneer from South Africa tells us that a recent development which has been “incredibly exciting” is the level of interest from banks in emerging markets. He explains: “up until now, the stance of many banks has been to wait and see and as we are all aware, they have had many other pressing priorities to address. There is an enormous amount of ‘noise’ in the mobile banking space and a lot of unsubstantiated hype which causes confusion for everyone.” He continues: “South Africa is a tough market – dominated by four very large and very powerful entities. It is also an interesting market in that not only has the market grown up with a card paradigm, but South Africa has a very well developed card acquiring infrastructure. This is not typically the case in other emerging markets where the opportunity of leap frogging the card paradigm is very much more real. A mobile acquiring infrastructure for a start can be . . .
Solomon Kgatle has been appointed operations manager at Kievits Kroon Country Estate, just outside Pretoria, effective 1 March 2013. Solomon joined Kievits Kroon six years ago, when he was appointed front office manager. In March 2010, he was promoted to rooms division manager, and then in August of the same year, he was appointed food & beverage manager for the estate. Forty year old Solomon was born in Soweto Gauteng, and is married with three children. He began his career in the hospitality industry in 1997 with Protea Hotel Midrand as a porter, and worked his way up the ladder. By 2003 he was a front office manager and part of the management team that opened the five-star Melrose Arch Hotel. In 2005 he opened Protea Hotel Mafikeng as a front office manager. Kievits Kroon MD Alan O’Leary describes Solomon as a dynamic and passionate individual who has a genuine love for the hospitality industry. He speaks Tswana, Sepedi, Zulu, English and Afrikaans and prides himself on staff relations. As operations manager at Kievits Kroon he is responsible for ensuring that the hotel runs smoothly and that the guest experience meets expectations. He sees his promotion as “an opportunity to learn and grow” for both himself and his colleagues, and describes the management style at Kievits Kroon as ‘transformational.’ “At Kievits Kroon managers lead by example and encourage change by challenging staff to take more responsibility for their actions,” he says. “After all, working in an organization is about making a difference as a team,” he says. URL: http://www.kievitskroon.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/KievitsKroon Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jeannine Orzechowski from JOPR. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: Solomon Kgathle, Kievits Kroon's new operations manager[/l2g] . . .
Clean Power Africa to showcase top hydro, solar and wind technology “Today’s World Earth Day reminds us all of our need to commit to protecting our environment and increasing renewable energy projects instead of relying on the more traditional power sources is a great way for countries and companies to start making a difference.” This is according to Emma Sayers, the conference producer of the upcoming Clean Power Africa in Cape Town’s CTICC from 14-15 May. The event will give an exclusive look at hydro, wind and solar projects and opportunities across the African continent, gathering major stakeholders in the clean power energy generation sector looking at feasible solutions to fulfil Africa’s generation capacity needs. Benefits of energy efficiency Says Emma Sayers: “renewable energy sources need to play a vital role in increasing capacity worldwide. Not only are they necessary to create sustainable energy sources, reduce carbon emissions but they also help to create jobs.“ She continues: “more and more governments around the world are acknowledging the benefits of energy efficiency and renewable energy as central elements of any green economy strategy. Renewables are also increasingly becoming critical to providing access to energy, particularly in rural areas of the developing world, especially in Africa.” Clean Power Africa provides a unique focus on renewable energy and the plans that need to be put to integrate this technology into the utility environment. The specially designed exhibition floor workshops will pull together some of the more technical aspects of the renewable energy sector with important topics such as integrating wind energy with the grid and technical innovation of hydro mechanical structures. Better quality of life Global energy giant, the 121-year-old Marelli Motori, is the top, platinum sponsor for Clean Power Africa. “Our goal is to help ordinary people in Africa have a better quality of life”, says Regional Manager . . .
Esteemed artist and academic Virginia MacKenny discusses Waymarker – A Painter’s Progress with reflections on ‘A Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela’ (c1139) as part of GIPCA’s Great Texts series, on Tuesday 23 April. The Codex Calixtinus is a 12th-century illuminated manuscript formerly attributed to Pope Callixtus II. Written in Latin between 1135 and 1139, it is a compilation from a number of sources and includes sermons, liturgical text as well as polyphonic musical scores from the medieval period. It is also the first known text that records the various routes through France and Spain on the Way of St James, more commonly known as the Camino, to Santiago de Compostela. Made up of five volumes it is Volume V, Iter pro peregrinis ad Compostellam (loosely translated as A Pilgrim’s Guide to Santiago de Compostela), which informs this talk. Described as the first tourist guidebook, it points pilgrims to monuments, landmarks, local customs and food on their journey to Santiago. Last year Virginia MacKenny walked over 700km along the French section of the ancient pilgrimage route known as the Chemin de St Jacques. She followed the Via Lemovicensis, a lesser-trod route on the Chemin de St Jacques, one of four routes through France described in the Codex Calixtinus. Starting at the UNESCO heritage site of the Romanesque church of Sainte-Marie-Madeleine,Vézelay, MacKenny made her way through Limousin to St Léonard-de-Noblat, Limoges and on beyond Perigeux, following the historical landmarks and reliquaries highlighted in the Codex. Carrying the prayers and dedications of other environmentally concerned artists and individuals, she dedicated her walk “to the Earth and all living beings on her”. With an emphasis on ‘treading lightly’ on the planet, she saw the walk as a literal act of grounding and emulated artistic tradition by recording both the external and internal topography of her journey in watercolour. An exhibition,Waymarker on her return included . . .
International Biodiversity Day on 22 May 2013 is being celebrated at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden through a showcase of the Science behind biodiversity conservation. As part of the Kirstenbosch Centenary programme, interactive displays, films and talks will illustrate 100 years of scientific work. Offering the visitor an insider view into this fascinating world and showing how this science impacts on all our lives, this is an event that can change perspective. Ranging from the herbarium and vegetation mapping, through climate change and threatened species, to modern citizen science and the molecular laboratory, this is a day that will unpack the scientific mysteries of biodiversity and give a greater understanding of the world we live in. Details: Date: 22 May 2013 Entrance: Free Open from 10:00-19:00. Venue: Old Mutual Conference Centre, Gate 1, Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Newlands, Cape Town www.sanbi.org.za Enquiries: 021 799 8783 URL: http://www.hippocommunications.cim Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Industry leaders to address key issues affecting CRM in the African telecom industry today. With years of experience in organizing high value Telecom conferences, Fleming Gulf announced the 5th edition of its highly impactful - Win Your Customer - Telecoms in Africa: Customer Retention and Loyalty Conference, scheduled on 25 - 26 July, 2013 in Johannesburg. The conference will host senior executives from leading telecom operators across Africa to discuss strategies and best practices for better customer relationship management (CRM), improved customer experience, customer life-cycle management and optimization.The conference will not only discuss loyalty strategies telecom operators are implementing in a competitive market but will also cover a range of topics that the most contemporary and relevant for the African continent today. Mr. Edwin Paul, producer and conference organizer says ''The increased trends in churn which leads to reduced profitability is more than concerning for telecom providers. This conference would bring together think tanks from the telecom sector across the globe to share there expertize, experience and strategies that have worked for there organizations, irrespective of the fact that the same techniques may or may not be acceptable/deployable across providers due to varied demographics. However these tried and tested strategies and experiences could be fine tuned to suit the demographics to where the provider comes from'' With industry veterans from Orange Group, Safaricom, Etisalat, Mobinil, NetOne Cellular Private Limited, African Broadband Forum, MTN, Telkom SA SOC Limited, Vodacom, Uganda Telecom, Cable & Wireless (Seychelles) Ltd and Airtel orating at the summit, over 70 telecom professionals will gain insights to changing trends in customer behaviour, loyalty dynamics and retention methodologies that will help providers sustain their growth in in saturated environment. Media Contact Sobia Jameel Marketing – Telecom . . .
Future participants in the SPAR Women’s Challenge can start their training early following the introduction of the SPAR Little Ladies’ Race in Port Elizabeth on May 1. The 2km fun run, which takes place from Pollok Beach in the Summerstrand area, will be open to all girls aged eight years and younger. Participants may be accompanied by an adult woman but no boys or men will be allowed. “This road running festival is strictly for ladies of all shapes and sizes,” said SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart. “It’s a fun and healthy way to say thank you to our loyal shoppers and give back to our community.” According to Swart, the SPAR Little Ladies’ Race was the ideal way to broaden the participation base of the event and introduce future customers to the family oriented retail brand. “It’s a very special addition to the Women’s Challenge, which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year.” He said the fun run would take place on the first day of late registration for the 5km and 10km senior events. “This means that moms, aunts and grans can register, collect their t-shirts and support their little ladies all on the same day. “The girls may run unaccompanied as there will be female marshals along the course to ensure everyone’s safety.” The Little Ladies’ Race follows a circular route from the registration tent on the grassed area, past the old Something Good roadhouse and along the seaside pedestrian walkway before returning along the landside footpath. Swart said all participants, but not their adult companions, would receive special finishers’ medals and be in line for lucky draw prizes. He said organisers anticipated between 500 and 1 000 participants in the inaugural race. Entrants may register at the following sports shops: Brian Bands, The Footballer, Sportsman’s Warehouse and Action Sports. They can also register from 8.30am on the morning of the race. According to Athletics South Africa rules, only girls nine years . . .
Tasol-GT rider David Maree held his nerve in a three-man sprint to win the Emperors Palace Classic, presented by ASG, in Johannesburg on Sunday to keep his team’s hopes for survival alive. Maree, whose squad’s title sponsorship expires at the end of the month, crossed the line first in 2:13:26, just a split-second clear of Bonitas’s Chris Jennings, with Westvaal-BMC’s Shaun-Nick Bester a further second back. According to Maree, the win was a much-needed one, especially ahead of their potential swansong at the Mzansi Tour, which starts on Wednesday. “We really needed this one for the team’s confidence and to show everyone that we’re not giving up. We’ll keep fighting and keep believing in our dream.” The Bryanston resident, who also podiumed in the Fast One in January, said the racing started at a furious pace on the fairly flat 104km course. “No one was giving anyone room to manoeuvre and the bunch didn’t let any moves slip away. It was definitely one of the harder ones this season.” A group of eight riders – with top teams Bonitas, Westvaal-BMC and Tasol-GT all represented – broke away from the peloton about 30km into the race. “We actually thought we would stay away but the MTN-Qhubeka feeder team chased us down and closed the gap with 40km to go.” They then rode together until the closing 10km, when the final selection of five riders went clear. Jennings launched the first of two attacks with two kilometres remaining, which saw the leaders shed an MTN-Qhubeka and ASG rider, leaving the eventual podium finishers to battle it out for position. “Chris attacked again with about a kilometre to go, so I let Shaun-Nick close the gap for me and then I had a huge sprint to the finish.” Describing himself as “an opportunistic sprinter”, the 23-year-old said the final uphill drag to the line had played right into his hands. “Because I am one of the lighter riders, an uphill sprint like that is really suited to my ability.” The women’s . . .
One of the biggest challenges facing the Eastern Cape is its extremely high unemployment rate. It currently stands at just less than 30%. For youths between the age of 15 and 19 the percentage is much higher – a staggering 50%. The local government is working with businesses across the province to try work out ways to bring those percentages down. JobsEasternCape.com a local job portal for the Eastern Cape aims to help business owners and recruiters to get access to the unemployed skilled and unskilled workers through its website and social media platforms. The portal offers a free service to employers who can then go ahead and post their vacancies free of charge and have the applicants send their CV’s directly to their email inbox. All jobs posted to the website are then shared onto the sites social media outlets. Job seekers also have the opportunity to create a profile and submit a CV both electronically and as an attachment. This increases the job seekers chances of being employed as some recruiters prefer to browse through CV’s online rather than bring to the attention of the public the fact that their client is hiring. Registered users have a great opportunity to register for job alerts so that they are notified immediately when a job is posted matching their CV. The new website will focus its content on education, skills and career advice. Although in its infancy any providers who wish to share content can do so by emailing the editor for guidelines or by contacting the editor through its Facebook Fan Page. JobsEasternCape.com will help educate the youth on advice for job seekers and collect information from recruiters on what seekers could be doing to improve their chances of being employed. Often job seekers find that they apply in vain for work and never hear anything back on the progress of their applications. Through the introduction of the portal we wish to address these issues along with any others raised by frustrated users. A problem . . .
Make the most of the perfect autumn weather and hit the open road to the breathtaking Tradauw Valley, where the country’s top blues artists will congregate for the Unplugged62 “The finest Blues” concert on Saturday, 27 April on the famous R62. The star-studded line-up set to perform at the family-owned Tradauw-Joubert Vineyards includes top artists such as Gerald Clark, Rick Stander, Natasha Meister, Schalk Joubert, Simon Orange, Simon van den Linden, Schalk van der Merwe and Tim Rankin. The concert and al fresco lunch package has already sold out, but limited concert tickets are still available at R180 per person for the concert starting at 18h00. Concert guests can fill up their picnic baskets at the deli, which offers a wide selection of cheese, meats, breads and other delicious delicacies. Bring your own utensils, glasses, cushion and blanket and spread out on the sweeping lawns. "Come and taste the Klein Karoo...!" End your evening on a perfect note with a bottle of Joubert-Tradauw wine or try the new Unplugged62 wine pouches. Wine lovers who like to travel and enjoy the outdoors will love the new easy-to-carry Unplugged62 wine in a pouch, which offers the ideal get-up-and-go wine solution. Perfect for any event, to be enjoyed anywhere, any time. The range offers a Sauvignon Blanc and Merlot in a convenient 1.5 litre pouch, which is light to carry and has a 80% lower carbon footprint than two glass bottles. In addition, the special foil packaging will keep the wine fresh for up to a month after being opened. The Unplugged62 is the first product range launched by The Unplugged62 Wine Co - a collaborative effort between Joubert-Tradauw boutique cellar situated on the popular Route 62 (www.joubert-tradauw.com) and the well-established Boland Cellar. Concert goers are welcome to camp overnight, but there are limited facilities like mobile toilets and big fires close to the venue. For a more comfortable overnight stay, opt for a nearby bed and . . .