The Electrical Contractor's Association for South Africa (ECA SA) showcased Port Elizabeth based Building Automation firm, BA Systems, in their October 2018 Magazine, Electrical Contractor. BA Systems scooped the ECA SA Presidential Award as the Best Contributor to Energy Efficiency following their project at the Product Testing Institute in the Coega IDZ, Port Elizabeth. This R4 Million project saw Building Automation Systems facilitate the installation of the building management system, and help the facility attain a 5 Star Green Star compliance rating. Green Star is a voluntary rating system for building projects, and is used to encourage the implementation of new and emerging technology, and to encourage a more environmentally friendly approach to designing and developing buildings. The Design phase of the Product Testing Institute building attained a 6 Star rating. The Product Testing Institute has been fitted with a modern building management system, which allows for cost efficient, environmentally friendly, automated management of the lighting, air-conditioning and blinds within the facility. Through the clever use of C-Bus and StruxureWare systems, Building Automation Systems was able to reduce power consumption by ensuring that lights and air-conditioners are not left on needlessly when an area is unoccupied. With the use of sensors located throughout the building that provide feedback to the building management system, it is possible for the building management and maintenance employees to monitor and keep track of the water, electricity and gas consumption, along with the amount of Solar Power generated. This information provides valuable insight into the cost of running and maintaining the facility. A record of environmental conditions is also maintained, with the current and previous day’s weather conditions being shown on the system monitor. The environmental factors will over time reveal the peak periods for Solar PV production, . . .
Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) is exploring options to introduce a helicopter service at its Port of Cape Town to assist with operations during major swells and to increase the availability of service during stormy conditions. Cape Town has been plagued recently by weather related disruptions and high swell conditions. This has at times impacted on port operations and the use of pilot boats to transfer marine pilots onto and off vessels. Physical testing of the marine helicopter operation took place between 28 September and 5 October at the port using a helicopter that services the Port of Durban. Port of Cape Town Harbour Master, Captain Alex Miya, who recently transferred from the Port of Durban, said: “Richards Bay and Durban are the only ports in TNPA’s complementary port system which use helicopters to transfer marine pilots. Our recent successful test exercise indicated that this is a viable service to offer at the Port of Cape Town.” At a recent customer forum in Cape Town, TNPA Chief Operating Officer Nozipho Mdawe said a fully-fledged feasibility study is being undertaken and TNPA will be engaging with customers to determine the best approach. “The process includes engaging with major customers to establish their level of interest and to test whether the service cost would be acceptable. We are also debating whether the service should be shared between the Western Cape ports or dedicated to one port,” she said. Mdawe said two options are being explored. The first involves stationing one of the existing TNPA helicopters in Cape Town to service the Western Cape ports, while the second entails partnering with a private helicopter company to render the service as and when swell conditions dictate or when there are insufficient pilot boats to meet the number of vessel calls. TNPA has an existing fleet of three AgustaWestland (AW 109) helicopters to service the Ports of Durban and Richards Bay but through its Fleet Replacement . . .
Cape Town, 12 October 2018 – At times the world seems like a scary place to be right now. Spinning like a fragile little top, we veer from the burden of war to the excitement and wonder implicit in the infinite possibilities of just being human. Some of the fervour of the millennial zeitgeist is both a response to a deepening awareness of what’s at stake, and a wakening acknowledgement of our awesome potential for personal empowerment. Lines have long been blurred between health and spirituality, and contemporary esoterica has become like an Aladdin’s cave packed with a myriad modalities ripe at the picking for exploration. The surge in popularity of spiritually-orientated disciplines like yoga, crystal healing, psychic readings, astrology and dreamwork make everyday life a remarkably different space to that of a few conservative decades ago. Meditation rarely raises an eyebrow, nor do subtle energy systems like Qigong or Tai Chi, or even reflexology, aromatherapy and Rolfing. While for some, the principles of healing touch, past life regression, biofeedback, smudging, binaural beats or Reiki may still be a step too far out the safe zone, the proliferation of practices offering to turn your immense innate power into your most valuable tool for health and well-being makes the alternative health arena well-worthy of investigation. Enlightenment may not exactly be 5 steps away, but there’s huge ground to cover in expanding one’s consciousness and opting for growth and expansion – for both mind and body. One educative option for Capetonians is the upcoming Angel Summit South Africa, which takes place at the Peninsula All Suite Hotel on Saturday 21 October 2018. Billed as ‘a platform for Divine Guidance to speak, and a day of vibrant energy, unconditional love and joy’, the event is open to those who think beyond convention, as well as those seeking healing and spiritual guidance from masters in the field. Founded by healer and angel conversationalist, . . .
Adventure Boot Camp has always aimed to offer affordable alternative fitness solutions. They organise outdoor fitness camps that are exclusively for women. With a dream to provide the best outdoor fitness program, ABC creates a revitalising, fun and secure outdoor environment where the women can workout. The ABC community hopes to give women a place where there they can find a sense of belonging through their fitness journey. The strong and dedicated team of professionals guide women throughout the journey and ensure that the camps run smoothly. Their personal trainers pay individual attention to each woman, motivating them and providing fitness solutions that ensure that they feel healthy and confident. Features of Their Fitness Program: At ABC, there are no mundane routines and sweaty gym equipment. Rather, their innovative alternative workouts are focused on different body parts which cater to women of all shapes and sizes, and of all fitness levels. From beginners to fitness enthusiasts, no one is left out, and they do not pressurise anyone to go beyond what they are capable of. Fun and Flexible Routines: ABC understands that it is quite easy to lose interest in exercising due to the monotonous routines. In order to ensure that the women stay interested, they offer different routines every day. Their various routines and sessions focus on different parts of the body. This leaves no chance of getting bored and also exercises the whole body. Versatile Approach: They also offer flexibility to women in terms of the sessions. One can opt for 4, 12 or 20 sessions at the Adventure Boot Camp. Their programmes involve nutrition counselling, fitness instructions and motivational training through energising and fun activities. Weight-Loss: With the ABC outdoor fitness program, individuals are able to lose weight and reduce body fat. Improvement in centimetres is guaranteed when you keep yourself motivated and commit to your workout routine. Inspiring . . .
Engen Driver Wellness once again brings health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October. Running for its seventh year, Engen Driver Wellness will reach 19 sites in four provinces during October. Truck drivers in the Western Cape were invited to receive free health screenings at the Engen Winelands 1 Stop on October 8th; Engen Swartlands on October 9th and Engen Kempston Truck Stop in Epping Industrial on October 11th Mobile clinics are set up at selected Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations and the screenings are conducted by qualified nurses and councillors and include blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS tests. The drivers also receive free meals, caps and water bottles after each assessment. Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay says the main aim of this initiative is to improve health through awareness. “Education helps to remind drivers why their health is important and how life choices affect their well-being. Ultimately, this increases their health, safety and productivity.” A clear indication that this intervention is making a difference is the marked increase in the number of individuals using the services. In 2017, 3 217 drivers took advantage of the voluntary health screenings of which 44% were found to have some form of concern. Abnormalities included being over-weight or obese, which accounted for 20% of drivers; 3.5% tested high for glucose levels and cholesterol. Five per cent of drivers tested high for blood pressure and 3% screened tested positive for TB. Drivers who tested positive for HIV totalled 6.7% and just over 2% tested positive for STI’s. Adds Hamdulay: “As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and wellbeing are important indicators that health empowerment is . . .
SITA invests in 7th school computer Lab at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha - Khayelitsha, Cape Town - on the 28th of September 2018, the SITA South Africa team joined the learners and teachers at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town to celebrate the opening of their new SITA ICT Lab. The Academia Primary ICT Lab is the seventh school Lab funded by SITA, the worlds leading air transport IT and communications specialist, and the first time they have invested in an ICT Lab in a primary school and in the Western Cape of South Africa. Khayelitsha is one of the poorest areas of Cape Town with 70% of the residents living in shacks and 40% being under the age of 19. Academia Primary educates 557 primary school children and attains a strong pass rate making it an appealing school within this impoverished community. For this reason SITA chose to build the 7th SITA ICT Lab here with the help of Melisizwe consulting- Computer Lab Project Managers. The state of the art ICT Lab with 40 new PC’s, a smart board and academic software was revealed to staff, learners and Cape district of education delegates alongside sponsors SAA and SITA. Suren Naidoo, Senior Manager Customer Services at SITA, addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of investing in the education of the youth to provide access to critical IT skills much needed to develop the economy of South Africa. Suren noted he hoped to see some of the learners attending the ceremony working in the aerospace sector one day. Bruce Croza, head of IT at SAA, a longtime partner and customer of SITA encouraged the learners to bring their passion and innovation to their use of the new ICT Lab as this Lab is only the start of the technological journey for these young children. Tech education will be vital to enabling the kids of Khayelitsha, and their community, to rise above their circumstances and embrace the fourth industrial revolution with confidence. Around the world, nearly . . .
The Money Pouch - Automated Stock Trading App from Richard Malpass on Vimeo. A Free Stock Trading App for South Africans The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app that for beginners and professionals that can trade stocks on auto pilot for residents of South Africa. Accounts are managed by Hudson James Investment Management. The Money Pouch's Free Wealth Management App is gaining traction in South Africa where the Rand fell over 10% in one week in August against the US Dollar and slumped to a 2-year low. The Rand may face increased pressure as the US will further raise interest rates, strengthening the US Dollar and trade wars continue. The solution for South Africans is to invest in US Dollars via The Money Pouch. Interested investors can download the app for free and start trading in USD, GBP and EUR. The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app for beginners and professional traders. The Money Pouch is an offshore wealth management app capable of trading shares of ETFs automatically on a client's behalf. The aim is to deliver, stable, consistent returns over a five to ten year horizon. There are many successful roboadvisers in the US market such as Betterment.com and Wealthfront.com, but not in South Africa. TheMoneyPouch.com is looking to become the roboadviser of choice for residents of South Africa. The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app with low cost annual management fees to help clients trade stocks on auto pilot. The Money Pouch allows residents South African expats to set up a free stock trading account. Then, the accounts are managed for clients automatically by Hudson James Investment Management via pre-programed stock trading algorithms. A spokesman for The Money Pouch commented, "The team is excited to launch GBP & EUR strategies to complement the USD strategies that are already successfully being traded. The Money Pouch is a great, low cost solution for residents of South Africa. The Money Pouch now has over . . .
For the sixth consecutive year, the Pepperclub Hotel & Spa in Cape Town has been named Africa’s Leading City Hotel. The announcement was made at the 25th annual World Travel Awards™ regional Africa & Indian Ocean Gala Ceremony, held in Durban this past Saturday. The hotel now joins the ranks of The Ritz in Paris, Grosvenor House in England and Belmond Miraflores Park in Peru as nominees in the prestigious 25th annual World Travel Awards, set to take place in Lisbon on 1 December. Commenting on this win, General Manager of the hotel, Efi Ella says, “We are thrilled to have been awarded this title for the sixth year running, especially when looking at the calibre of hotels – both local and international – in our category”. “We can’t deny that it has been a challenging year for tourism in Cape Town”, Ella continues. “Bookings have decreased by 10% to 15% in the city when compared to the same period last year - predominantly attributed to international fears around the drought, with a stronger rand in the first quarter of this year also contributing to the decline. We hope that bringing this award back to Cape Town, along with our improved dam levels, will contribute to a busier 2018 / 2019 season and beyond for the industry.” The value of the local tourism sector cannot be understated, with PwC valuing the hospitality industry’s contribution to the Western Cape economy at R40 billion, tourism continues to play a vital role in not only the local, but, national GDP – with 9.3% of national GDP coming from travel and tourism in 2017. Looking to the coming months, Ella comments, “With the award for Africa’s Leading City Hotel remaining in the city, and Cape Town recently having also been named the one of the most affordable long-haul destination for visitors from the UK – we’re keen to get the message out that Cape Town is still very much open for business!” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
At just 27 years of age, Boldwin Barlow has been appointed as the new Executive Chef at the luxurious Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town. Inspired by both French traditions and the local cuisine of his home region, Barlow’s style shows a passion for bold innovation and a penchant for creative fusion. Hailing from the West Coast of South Africa, Barlow draws his inspiration from traditional Cape-style dishes and seafood, which he then fuses with French elements. A passion for learning coupled with a keen sense of adventure drives Barlow to develop exciting new dishes. “When it comes to ingredients, it is important to think rather than just throw various elements onto the plate,” he comments. Barlow places a particular emphasis on detail and enjoys fish for its diversity and versatility. “There is so much you can do with seafood and it can make for a truly mind-blowing food experience.” His flair for seafood marries well with the Atlantic Seaboard location of the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel. His fine eye for detail matches the polished setting, with its sophisticated décor and upscale facilities including restaurants, a lounge and rooftop swimming pool. “Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel is about elegance,” says Barlow. “The customers we serve are those with a vulnerable taste bud – an adventurous type that enjoys the finer details.” Barlow’s interest in becoming a chef piqued at a young age; though his idols include celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, Barlow learnt a great deal from his mother and close family members, who are caterers. “In the end, they were the real source of my inspiration,” he comments. Before joining the Radisson Hotel Group, Barlow worked in hotel properties across Cape Town including the Ambassador Hotel and Lord Charles Hotel, as well as the seaside restaurant Sotano and Hartenberg Wine Estate. After joining the Radisson Hotel Group in 2016, Barlow rose rapidly through the ranks from . . .
Final Day Of The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – All The Results. Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up. Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand. The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place. Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots. As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively. The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a . . .