The Internet of Things takes a big leap in the water treatment industry in 2019 with the launch of Veolia Water Technologies’ new AQUAVISTA™ digital platform in Africa. This award-winning digital suite of standard and customisable water process management applications provides a rich, flexible intelligence layer that analyses, measures and benchmarks plant, process and equipment data for a whole range of functions. These include advanced analytics and diagnostics; condition monitoring; integrated asset management and benchmarking; optimisation of preventative maintenance; ensuring regulatory compliance; interactive troubleshooting; and more. This information is supplied in real time and historically to authorised plant personnel across Veolia’s secure, private and user-friendly cloud-based web portal, which can be accessed remotely and on any device. “Through our operations and maintenance services, Veolia adds value to our customers’ water treatment systems by continuously seeking to optimise processes, asset performance and reduce operational costs, including energy and chemical consumption,” explains Chris Braybrooke, General Manager: Marketing. “The AQUAVISTA™ suite delivers even further efficiency gains and plant management optimisation with powerful, intuitive and customisable algorithms and dashboards.” AQUAVISTA™ consists of three primary tools: Portal, Insight, Plant and Assist. The AQUAVISTA™ Portal is the single point of reference for all information relating to a water treatment system. This secure, 24/7 managed service simplifies and improves the convenience of plant management. It is the basis for a wide range of functions, including: • Real-time remote monitoring of equipment data • Dynamic alarm management and information for operators • Key information about service contracts and reports • Archive of all service and sales orders • Access to equipment data, such as user guides, performance documents, calibration certificates, . . .
Cape Town, March, 14, 2019: There are many barriers to mental health services throughout the world. Stigma (awkwardness at approaching doctors), limited public awareness, lack of resources, prohibitive costs, and challenges around finding the right service, and even phone number, are real. The internet has helped many by offering a private way to reach out that sidesteps the need first to overcome one's reluctance to share embarrassing and personal details with your doctor. Unsurprisingly, more and more people turn to the internet to find nearby therapists and clinics. Unfortunately, many of the directories and online resource lists available are plagued by problems. They are often managed by people outside of the mental health profession and hence are prone to misrepresenting critical aspects of the field. Others prove unreliable in that they contain outdated information or run on ancient technology that renders them difficult to navigate. TherapyRoute.com, a South African start-up, is changing this by developing a sophisticated online global platform that automatically displays your nearest therapists and other mental health service providers. The database includes clinicians and providers from all around the world. Search results are cleverly listed by distance from the visitor and are easily refined. TherapyRoute.com founder, Enzo Sinisi notes that "many people looking for services don’t know what kind of help they need. Reaching out can be confusing, and this is why we have placed a huge focus on developing an easy and relevant search that does not offer a ton of intimidating options". Results can be refined by the kind of therapist, the client group, issues treated and, perhaps most importantly, language. Communicating in your mother tongue can make therapy less daunting. The site also indicates which providers offer online services and allows users to filter results by private and non-profit facilities. According to Sinisi, "for a directory to truly . . .
Monday 11 March 2019, Australian born conservationist and docu-journalist Adrian Steirn, who has adopted South Africa as his home country, was recognised by the Queen as the 91st Commonwealth Point of Light for his outstanding service and inspirational work campaigning for conservation. Adrian is the founder of ‘Beautiful News,’ a multimedia storytelling format that uses photography and filmmaking to share the stories of ordinary people in southern Africa whose passion, dedication and commitment inspires, helps or otherwise influences the habitat, and those around them, in a positive way. Through Beautiful News, and with projects such as 21 Icons, Azerbaijan Leopard Project, Pangolin Men in Zimbabwe and the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa, Steirn has been at the forefront of pivotal content that has had a large role in stimulating action and discussion around key conservation issues. Steirn has also displayed a unique bravery, putting his life at risk to consistently defend those under threat in their own habitats and expose those who seek to use the environment for their own benefit. In 2018, Steirn received worldwide acclaim and recognition for his brave three-month undercover mission which uncovered a poaching and smuggling syndicate, linked directly to the former first lady Grace Mugabe. Steirn gathered documents, undercover videos and testimonies, which he showed to Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit. Since Steirn’s work in Zimbabwe, over 300 kilograms of illicit ivory has been seized by the authorities and a police investigation against Mugabe regime is currently underway. “To be awarded the point of light award is a great accolade and I deeply appreciate it. It really is an award that represents communities of people that have touched me over the last decade of photographing Africa and speaks back to the value of our natural world and platforms such as Beautiful News.” In 2019, Steirn intends to continue utilising his mastery of storytelling in . . .
07 March 2019. Johannesburg. Africa Communications Media Group is the first African owned, pan Africa agency and proud to be an activation partner at the Forbes Woman Africa - Leading Women Summit, taking place at the Durban ICC on International Women’s Day - Friday, 08 March 2019 We are proud and excited to be a part of such a continuously ground-breaking event that recognises, empowers and awards women for their contribution across sectors. As a women led African firm, we strive to tell compelling African stories of impact, an attribute that we share with the Forbes brand, says Group CEO, Mimi Kalinda. Though being a small consultancy, ACG works with top tier clients across Africa who are passionate about telling their stories the African way says, MD, Nonye Omotola. The Forbes Woman Africa - Leading Women Summit is a natural fit for our brand especially as we celebrate International Women’s Day. We look forward to connecting with other influential women from across Africa and showcasing our reason for being, which is developing and implementing, culturally-attuned and effective communications strategies for a complex continent. ACG premieres its TV advert from 7th March on CNBC Africa and across all its platforms. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
At present, e-business in Africa remains a challenge. It may be better than it ever has been, but the truth is that lower literacy and internet penetration levels continue to limit the growth on the continent. However, this will not remain the status quo for long, as smartphone proliferation increases, data costs decrease and usability improves. Wallets, now commonplace, are an excellent example of this', bypassing the continent's challenges around depositing, withdrawing and transferring cash, as well as buying airtime and electricity. Africa represents one of the world's finest untapped markets, pointed out by MTN's Herman Singh during a recent presentation on 'Scaling in Africa'. Unpacking the success story that is Jumia, Africa's largest online marketplace, he illustrated that the growth of the platform across the continent is comparable to, if not more impressive than, In addition, 41000 active merchants in the ecosystem offered over 6.1 million products ranging from hotels, to real estate, jobs, TV, airtime, restaurants, flights and more. He explains, "Africa's e- and m-commerce opportunity has a potential client base of 400 million internet users, and a rapidly emerging middle class expected to grow by 54% between 2020 and 2030 and decreasing data costs in some countries (43-45% decrease in the lowest data plan in both Egypt and Nigeria between 2016 and 2017." Additionally, in building out financial ecosystems - stores that offer a diversity of products or even online "malls" - Africans will no longer be limited by their location, as long as logistics and payment issues can be solved. Singh stated that Jumia has created a network of over 4000 logistics partners in order to work across the 15 countries they had been working in. And payment by cash at this stage was still commonplace, causing significant challenges. With respect to payment, enterprises on the continent are seeing the opportunity as well as global merchants now eager to be active in . . .
February 27 2019, Mumbai: Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS), partner of choice for the world’s leading Communication Service Providers (CSPs) and a wholly owned subsidiary of Tata Communications, a global digital infrastructure provider, today unveiled, 'The Interconnectivity Report', with Smart Africa Alliance and Republic of Guinea The Interconnectivity Report reviewed the digital infrastructure requirements of Africa and proposed building next-generation, future-ready infrastructure – Digital Super Information Gateway – that facilitates connectivity, e-governance, and performance within Africa. Commenting on the report, Harkirit Singh, Head of Smart Africa initiatives, Tata Communications Transformation Services, said, "The Interconnectivity Report, in partnership with Smart Africa Alliance and Republic of Guinea, will serve as a platform to collate, calibrate and integrate information that will enable Africa in its journey to build an integrated digital economy for the continent. The report acts as a blueprint for communities across the length and breadth of Africa to take advantage of the key pillars of knowledge, information and connectivity that have been clearly articulated in 'The Smart Africa Manifesto'." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Easter Fun for the Whole Family in Paradise This Easter the entire family can embark on an adventure in paradise. From Easter egg hunts, ocean thrills to exploring the ruins of an old hotel, both young and old can experience adventure on a paradise island. With a variety of activities to suit the entire family, Anantara Bazaruto Island Resort has tailored an Easter getaway to keep the whole family entertained, but also allowing for some bonding time. Five Easter explorations and adventures that can be enjoyed by the entire family: Snorkelling Renowned as one of the world’s top snorkelling destinations, the Bazaruto Archipelago boasts year round warm waters, dazzling soft coral ridges and thousands of tropical fish species. Children are also able to enjoy this experience with tailored snorkelling lessons in Neptune’s Coral Reef. Alternatively, the whole family can head out to Paradise Island for snorkelling and picnic. The trip provides an opportunity to spot Dolphins and the boat excursion is great entertainment for kids. Dune boarding The spectacular dunes of Bazaruto Island are the highest in the archipelago. Thrill seekers clamber up the towering works of art to go sand boarding down at exhilarating speed. As this activity requires very little skill, it is suitable for every age, and the coastal panoramas from the crests are jaw-dropping. Island Tours 4x4 island tours uncover more pristine bays, rich flora and fauna, laid-back local life. Guests can tour nearby villages for an interactive taste of local life and visit a 19th century lighthouse. The tour is rounded off by an idyllic island adventure with drinks on the high central dunes at sunset. Spa treatments The resort’s spa haven is a serene sanctuary perched high above the resort. The experts at Anantara Spa have created a range of refreshing treatments to pamper young guests. From pedicures to chocolate massages, treatments are tailored to give the young guests a relaxing and fun . . .
With the Rugby World Cup kicking off in September, fans will have the opportunity to acquaint themselves with the host country’s culture and history at the annual Japanese Cultural Expo Co-hosted by the Embassy of Japan in South Africa and the Brooklyn Mall in Pretoria from 1 to 3 March. PR officer for the Embassy of Japan, Taro Sawada says the exhibition will feature the rich and unique culture of Japan. “Alongside the free screenings of some of the country’s award-winning movies such as ‘Your Name’, ‘The Boy and the Beast’ and ‘Our Little Sister’, guests can expect to be treated to a myriad of entertainment showcasing various aspects of one of the world’s oldest cultures. On display will be Ikebana (Japanese flower arrangement), Bonsai (Japanese ornamental trees) and Martial arts demonstrations such as Judo, Kendo, Karate, and the ancient art of Kyudo (Japanese archery). Whilst those with an ear for music can experience the live playing of Japan’s national instrument, the Koto, a traditional Japanese stringed musical instrument. There will also be an eye-catching Cosplay performance”. The Japanese Cultural Expo is set to coincide with another special day in the country’s calendar, that of Hinamatsuri, or Doll's Festival — also known as Girls' Day, which is celebrated on March 3. This commemorative day is used to pray for the health and happiness of young girls in Japan. Japan and South Africa have a long-standing relationship spanning over 100 years. Japan has always endeavored to maintain a close association with the people of South Africa. The government of Japan has worked hard to contribute to the development of South Africa in a wide range of areas. These include, among others, the building of schools across the country, human resource development, people-to-people cultural exchange, job creation and skill development, improvement of living standards, and infrastructure development. “Those in attendance will also get to see authentic Japanese . . .
Addressing the current landscape of water and energy projects all over the subcontinent, African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, is proud to announce the confirmation of the South African Minister of Energy, Honourable Jeff Radebe, who will form part of the stellar line up at the opening Ministry address on 14 May at the CTICC in Cape Town. The minister also opened this flagship industry gathering last year. The new co-location of POWERGEN Africa at the 19th edition of the event from 14-16 May will add an expanded focus on generation, including renewables, off grid, fossil fuels and nuclear, while still concentrating on transmission, distribution, metering, new technologies including storage, mini grids, micro grids, IOT and ICT systems, as well as water. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event boasts a five track strategic conference with over 300 expert speakers. An extensive Knowledge Hub programme that is CPD accredited and free to attend, offers hands-on presentations taking place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor. These discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations. Other keynote speakers confirmed so far are: - Dr Mark Swilling, Programme Coordinator of the Sustainable Development Programme in the School of Public Leadership; the Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute; and the Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. - Prof Anton Eberhard, who the directs Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform Regulation In Africa (MIRA) at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. He is also chairing a team appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to advise on turning Eskom around and restructuring the power sector. Following the keynote session, conference . . .
In the modern mining industry, one will find that most of the industry’s reputable operators have implemented a driven safety strategy. We regularly hear the slogan “one life lost is one life to many” and one will find many occupational safety drives around, all with varying success. A clear success story is Mopani Copper Mines PLC, who has implemented the SAFEMINING plan in 2014. This vigorously driven strategy has not only showed great success across Mopani’s several mines, but it is proving to be a beacon of excellence within the industry. At Mopani Copper Mine’s Kitwe operations there is a clear success story in Group R Mining & Exploration Zambia Ltd, an operating subsidiary of Group R Holdings Ltd of Mauritius. At Group R one will see that they did not only embrace the SAFEMINING drive of Mopani Copper Mines PLC but has made it part of their daily conduct and business DNA. The success of this is evident by Group R not having a single work fatality since inception in 2010, as well as boasting with an enviable track record of working 5 Years without a single lost time injury, this was achieved in late December 2018 at its operations at Mopani’s SOB Shaft in Kitwe, Zambia. “We at Mopani are extremely proud of the achievements of Group R and their unwavering dedication to mine safety. We would like to see this dedication and passion from all our contractors in all our operations” say Mr. Chris Vermeulen of Mopani Copper Mines PLC The management team at Group R’s approach to mine safety is firm to say the least. Daily safety meetings are not seen as a tedious task but forms an integral part of their planning, policy making and operational systems. If safety is not front of mind in everything you do and plan it will soon fall to the wayside, is the Group R belief. “Our client, Mopani, introduced and demanded that we work according to their international best standards for safety. As a contractor we had the choice to merely tick the boxes and show . . .