Newly released data ranks the most in demand domestic and international flight routes which originated at several ACSA Airports including: O.R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and more. The rankings are based on an analysis of more than 800 000 individual trips booked on Travelstart.co.za since the start of 2017. Top 5 International Destinations 2018 Harare (Zimbabwe) London (UK) Windhoek (Namibia) Mauritius New York City (U.S.A.) For the first time, Harare tops the list of most popular international destinations for flights originating in South Africa in 2018. While the top spots were always held by London (2014 and 2017) and Windhoek (2015 and 2016), Harare’s breakout growth this year may be a result of the changing political climate in Zimbabwe. London remains an important tourism and business air route for South Africans and has seen increased capacity with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and SAA offering direct flights between Heathrow Airport and South Africa. From October 2018, BA will launch direct flights between Durban and London marking the first time three of South Africa’s largest airports are served with non-stop connections to Heathrow at the same time. Despite being a long-haul destination (16 hours one way from Johannesburg), New York City has become a top five contender for the first time in 2018 moving past Dubai which is operated by Emirates direct from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban daily. Top 5 Domestic Destinations 2018 Cape Town Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo Airport) Durban Johannesburg (Lanseria Airport) Port Elizabeth Since 2014, there has been little movement in the domestic category with Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban maintaining their first, second and third place rankings respectively for the past 4 years. In 2017, George Airport (GRJ) exited the top 10 domestic destinations list after appearing consecutively in 2015 . . .
South Africa’s longest-running national ICT in education awards are imminent and ten finalists from an outstanding crop of educators have been selected by the judges. The finalists will soon be on their way to the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards that are scheduled to take place as part of the annual iWeek Internet industry conference and exhibition. This year’s iWeek event is taking place in Cape Town - earlier that usual - from 20 August to 24 August 2018. The ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards are a highlight of both iWeek and the country’s ICT in education advocacy calendar and see the ten educators selected as finalists competing for the titles of ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year, ISPA TechTeacher of the Year and ISPA MobileTechTeacher at a gala dinner that will conclude iWeek held this year at the Westin Hotel. The names of the ten finalists, in no particular order, are: Leanne Bishop of Grantleigh College, Mabore Lekalakala of Mapudithomo Primary School, Matthew Hains of Saheti School, Fiona Beal of The Rock Academy, Matema Jacobeth Malatji of Diopong Primary School, Peggy Jona of Bakuba Primary School, Dimakatso Sefora of Saron Primary School, Khatija Osman of Durban Girls’ College, Nombuso Precious Thobela of Vulamasango Primary School, and Cyril Nkosana Nkabinde of Zonkizizwe Secondary School. The competition is managed by the Digital Education Institute (DEI), a non-profit educational organisation. The 2018 ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year competition gives educators an opportunity to showcase their skills in using Information Communication Technologies (ICT) to improve the educational environment in their classrooms, schools or communities. According to Project Manager, Milford Malunga of DEI, “The required projects submitted by the ten ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year finalists reflect the growing influence and importance of the wider digital environment. The impact of our digital world can clearly be seen in the improving quality and scope . . .
Cape Town will be rocking to the sounds of an incredible line-up of alternative bands and artists during the all-day ALTERnatives music festival at Hillcrest Quarry, Durbanville, on Sunday, 26 August 2018. The line-up is billed as a first for Cape Town and features eleven eclectic acts from diverse musical genres such as alternative pop rock, grime, garage rock to dark folk and alternative acoustic. Performers include LITHIUM, Polar Dust, TERMINATRYX, OHGOD, Grimehouse, Mark Haze, The Sweet Resistance, The Medicine Dolls, THE ShhArt Ensemble, Isobel and thylasine. DJs Nytrox and Myster-i will be on the decks between band sets. Get ready for a full day of incredible music from 10h00. Food and beverage stalls will be available. DJs Nytrox and Myster-i will spin a wide variety of alternative favourites in between band sets. Tickets are available online from www.quicket.co.za at R120 per person or R150 at the gates on the day. For event enquiries, please contact Dionysius Events at 074-334 1964. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
14 AUGUST, 2018. Johannesburg, South Africa – MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA) Managing Partner Mansur Nuruddin has authored a new book entitled: “Get Money: A Practical Guide to Capital Raising for African Companies and Entrepreneurs”. This book codifies the author’s last seven years on the front-lines in Africa assisting African companies and entrepreneurs in raising capital. As the Managing Partner of MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA), the author has helped African companies and entrepreneurs raise hundreds of millions of dollars. From a hydro-power plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a leasing company in South Africa to a dairy processing plant in Zimbabwe to relatively large banks in Nigeria and Ghana, MNCAA has assisted a wide-array of companies in a multitude of industries raise capital in some of the most difficult jurisdictions on the African Continent. Based on this experience, this guide (1) outlines the types of financing available to African entrepreneurs and explains where and when these types of capital may be accessible, (2) outlines the process for raising capital – including a discussion of the documentation required and suggestions for drafting this documentation and (3) provides a brief discussion on Term Sheets (including a sample Term Sheet) and some advice on negotiating Term Sheets. This guide also lists six tips to assist African entrepreneurs in the capital raising process. This guide ends with a case study of a successful capital raise, which reinforces the importance of and demonstrates many of the tips listed herein. Finally, the Appendices include several on-going funding briefs outlining funding available from funding sources with which MNCAA works. Purchase Options: Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720902313?ref_=pe_870760_150889320 Kindle Version. MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA) is an African focused financial advisory firm offering corporate advisory, capital raising and market entry services. . . .
Cape Town, South Africa, August 2018 - With a long tradition as one of the world’s most appreciated sparkling mineral waters, S.Pellegrino has become an essential part of the global fine dining scene. Wherever you find fine food you find S.Pellegrino. For the last 16 years the name of S.Pellegrino has been synonymous with the internationally most recognised restaurant awards, World’s 50 Best, and they have taken their dedication to the world of gastronomy one step further with the S.Pellegrino Young Chef awards, which recently celebrated their third edition. Every year the attention of the entire food world is focussed on the World’s 50 Best awards to see which of the gastronomic legends of the fine dining scene will achieve the ultimate recognition of being crowned first in the world. South Africa’s The Test Kitchen had the honour of taking the 50th coveted spot on the 2018 list at the prestigious ceremony on 19th June in Bilbao, Spain. “It’s amazing to be recognised as a global contender on the restaurant scene,” says chef Luke Dale-Roberts, “particularly because we weren’t on it last year and now we’re back. What is so great is that the World’s 50 Best really is a global award with restaurants from every corner of the world.” However sparkling and glamorous, the World’s 50 Best is about more than the awards ceremony. The five-day programme presents numerous opportunities for food innovation and dissemination of ideas, such as the 50 Best Talks, a culinary thought leadership conference that explores global food developments and restaurant trends. Always at the forefront of initiatives to stimulate progress in the world of gastronomy, S.Pellegrino recently also supported the prestigious symposium ‘Transforming Society Through Gastronomy’ in Modena, exploring the impactful role that the food industry can play in society from nutrition to economic development. With the S.Pellegrino Young Chef competition, the brand takes a pro-active interest in developing . . .
Cape Town,15 August 2018 – South African biotechnology company, Green Cell Technologies® (GCT®), today announced it has signed an exclusive global licensing agreement for the world’s largest orange juice producer, Citrosuco, to make use of its proprietary Disruptor™ technology, intellectual property, processes and applicable trademarks. Green Cell Technologies’ award-winning, patented Dynamic Cellular Disruption® (DCD®) process, in conjunction with its Disruptor® technology, is busy revolutionising the modern global food and beverage manufacturing industry. Without using harmful heat or chemicals, GCT is able to assist its clients in attaining higher yields, reducing food waste at source and all without denaturing the product. Because the process results in a molecular flow and allows for 99.99998% of the available active ingredients to be harvested, the company already awarded for its work in the area, believes it is able to provide a commercially viable solution to the world’s future food security needs through its technologically advanced extraction and its New Product Development (NPD) capabilities. The agreement – for an initial two year period - will see Citrosuco hold the exclusive licensing rights to GCT’s DCD process for the global orange juice and orange-related speciality ingredients market. This gives Citrosuco a significant competitive edge, taking its orange production into the future, streets ahead of conventional processing, while also reducing waste. Additionally, Citrosuco will have the increased ability to formulate products suitable for the growing consumer appetite for natural goods. The Citrosuco development team commented: “Citrosuco aims to be the best company for natural fruit juices and ingredients in the global food industry. Access to Green Cell Technologies’ machinery and intellectual property will make this more of a reality. We are excited about the prospects this means for us as a global company to develop new products and . . .
Enjoy the all new, exciting wine and food experience at The Tasting Room at Grande Provence – a savoury pairing of hummus and wine. This new twist created by Chef Guy Bennett together with the winemaking team, is perfect for sharing on a getaway to the Franschhoek winelands. The natural bean hummus with labneh is tastefully coupled with Grande Provence Chardonnay, an elegant, full bodied wine with outstanding fruit and wood integration. The combination of citrus, almonds and creamy vanilla notes with nutty hummus flavours is a perfect match. Grande Provence Shiraz with its well-integrated oak and soft tannins is well paired with the spiced red lentil hummus, creating a piquant taste experience. Adding a sweet combination to the mix, the fig hummus with pumpkin seeds goes sublimely with Angels Tears Muscato. This deliciously fruity white nectar of the angels melds beautifully with the enticing sweetness of the fig infused hummus. The Hummus and Wine pairing is available daily from 12h00 to 17h00 at R90 per pairing at The Tasting Room at Grande Provence. Located in Franschhoek, the heartland of South African wine country, Grande Provence offers true South African wine heritage, exceptional food and wine, and luxury boutique accommodation. For more information visit www.grandeprovence.co.za, Facebook.com or Twitter @grande_provence. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront celebrates two senior female appointments during Women's Month. Dominique van Wezop has been appointed as Head of Operations Food and Drink at the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, the best location in Cape Town. Dominique van Wezop has a number of firsts to her career, in 2009 she was part of the opening team for the first dry hotel in Cape Town - Coral International. Now known as the Hilton Hotel on Buitengracht Street, she was promoted to Reservations, Groups and Events Manager. In 2014 she joined the first hotel in Africa to employ deaf people, Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands.There Dominique was Promoted to Cluster Revenue Manager where she also oversaw the opening of Radisson Blu le Vendome before being promoted to Operations Manager at Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands. Speaking about her appointment as Head of Operations Food and Drink Dominique van Wezop said, “We succeed in this industry as a team, and I have been lucky to be surrounded by teams of people with great 'can-do' attitudes. This was especially true in working with the amazing deaf employees at Park Inn by Radisson Cape Town Newlands.” On a more personal note Dominique says “I am driven to succeed by learning new things every day and by setting a good example to my team and my two young daughters. For anyone entering this industry I would advise them to take the time to learn everyone's job and to help out when necessary this is when we succeed as a team!” Dominique adds, "My biggest achievement has been the arrival of my two daughters, and to have opened two hotels in 5 months. The best learning curve has been to overcome communications boundaries and learning to work with amazing deaf people in the Park Inn. If I were to meet my teenage self I'd advise her to never stop learning, and always challenge yourself.” Anene Engelbrecht has been appointed Financial Controller at the iconic Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront, the best location . . .
When asked what my motivation is for participating in extreme desert running events since 2010, my answer is two-fold. Yes, there is the personal challenge and satisfaction of completing these races. But the main reason for my participation is to raise money, support and awareness for NGOs and social causes at the forefront of addressing Africa’s development challenges. I have been involved with various African and international NGOs and development organisations for the past 25 years, both professionally and through my desert running efforts, and it is therefore not too difficult to find the correlation between the challenges associated with making the world a better place, and completing a multi-stage desert foot race in some of the harshest environments on the planet. My next desert race is the six-day, 250km Fire and Ice Ultra from 27 August - 1 September 2018 in Iceland. This will be my tenth international desert race, and if successful, I will become the first African, and one of only a small group of people, to complete a multi-stage desert race on all seven continents. Beyond achieving a special running milestone, the period before and during the race is also another opportunity to do something special in support of African NGOs making a difference in society. I am dedicating my participation in the Fire and Ice Ultra to the African NGO sector in general. It is an opportunity to celebrate NGOs’ unique contributions across the continent, generate support and awareness for their work, and reflect on the state of the sector. During the final 50 days leading up to the race (9 July - 27 August 2018), I’m implementing the #NGOs4Africa Campaign which consists of the following components: Publishing profiles of 50 African NGOs that I have admired, supported or worked with over the years; Publishing 15 guest articles by NGO leaders and experts about critical challenges and opportunities facing NGOs in Africa; Publishing 10 articles about . . .
Charlotte, NC, Aug 15, 2018 -- Craig Richardville published an article in the Information Technology Academy Journal, Published monthly by Healthcare Business Insights- discussing voice- based patient engagement. Carolinas Healthcare System (now called Atrium) began studying Amazon's business and how they are productive and successful, and examining ways CHS can increase their results. As part of this study, opportunities to better engage and interact with patients as consumers was also studied. This focus let to studying Amazon Alexa's use of voice communication. "As we were transitioning healthcare into consumerism and becoming more of a digital vertical, part of what we were looking at were opportunities where we could differentiate ourselves from other," Craig Richardville explained. "When voice started to become accessible, the next logical step was to look at how we can move voice into the workflow or the offerings that we have for our consumers and our teammates. Being the market leader, we looked to see how we could utilize Alexa to assist our consumers with very minimal disruption. Our goal is to make our services extremely easy." CHS wanted to start utilizing Amazon Alexa by transferring over the voice functionalities. After a patient enables the "Carolinas Healthcare" app on their Amazon Alexa, they can vocally ask the device for information about the nearest urgent care and hospital locations, as well as the approximate wait times for those locations. Next steps include migrating the Amazon Alexa functionalities over to the Google Home Platform. "We are also considering ways a patient can use the voice functionality to reserve a spot at urgent care, read a doctor's note, or pay a bill," Says Craig Richardville. Richardville encourages other organizations to think ahead and use artificial intelligence to help improve patient care. For more information, go to Healthcare Business Insights Magazine and also . . .