From Wildcard to South African winner – IDWork, a platform for people to find the perfect fit for their service provider needs, is set to take on the best startups from 65 other countries, in the global finale of the Seedstars World competition in Switzerland on 06 April 2017. The event is one of the world’s most prestigious, with prizes that include USD 500k in investment, Software-as-a-Service solutions valued at USD 90k, plus insight and training for every startup, giving them a boost towards long-term stability and success. “Since winning the South African leg of the tour, we have been busy preparing for the finale in Switzerland to ensure that IDWork is ready to take on the rest of the world,” says IDWork co-founder Arjun Khoosal. “We recently returned from the continental summit in Rwanda where we met the other African contenders and began preparations for the finale in April. The African tech scene is flourishing - these startups are going to be fierce contenders.” The Seedstars Summit 2017 will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 06 April and the 65 startups who qualified will battle for supremacy through competitions and presentations. It will be a gruelling seven-day process as the startups are whittled down from 65 to one, and IDWork is ready to represent South Africa and bring it home. “We were impressed with IDwork because of their early traction, strong founding team and the massive relevance of the problem they're solving - not just in their local market but across the region!" says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars Global. IDWork’s entrepreneurial co-founders Arjun Khoosal and Sayo Folawiyo may be facing a challenging start to April, but the benefits of the competition go beyond winning first place. All the startups will receive mentorship and the chance to network with some of the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders. “We know that this is an opportunity for us to build our . . .
Can you solve the mystery and escape in time? The only way to find out is to knock on one of Clue Rooms’ doors from 3 April – 25 June and experience 60min of exhilaration and mystery! Based on a very popular phenomenon, Clue Room is a fun mystery escape game, designed for groups between 4-6 people. Choose between entering the hospital or living room to discover the secrets that lie behind the scenes presented before you. Hear the door shut, the key turning, your heart rate increasing, you’re locked in and need to find the clues to get out in time. Do YOU have what it takes to escape? “Clue Room” something new and exciting, be the first to host a birthday in one of these extreme scenarios. Make your booking at Computicket to ensure you don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime! Times: Monday 3rd April: 14:00; 16:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Remaining Mondays: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 14:00; 16:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Saturday & Sunday: 10:00; 12:00; 14:00 & 16:00 Price: R80 per person Amount of players: 4 min – 6 max Game Duration: 1 hour Find the clues – escape in time! For more information, please visit www.tygervalley.co.za or join our Facebook fan page! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
MARCH 2017 - A SUSTAINABLE BENGUELA Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on South Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and recreation, and thousands of jobs. Like any living system it needs regular health check-ups, and the best way to do this will be examined in Cape Town this week (22 and 23 March, 2017). Scientists, government officials, business and civil society representatives will consider linkages between the diverse “ecosystem services” provided by the ocean and coastal environment, and how best to measure and monitor both their economic value and environmental health. The workshop forms part of a project by the Benguela Current Convention (BCC) to strengthen the ability of member states – Namibia, Angola and South Africa – to monitor the health of the Benguela Current ecosystem in their own countries, as well as implementing an integrated approach to sustainable ecosystem management across national boundaries. The workshop will also aim to identify gaps in current monitoring activities and data, capacity and resource needs, and how to resolve potential conflicting uses in future. “This is vital to maintaining the sustainability of the economic and social benefits to the people who rely on the ecosystem. For South Africa, this is particularly important, given the focus on developing the maritime economy through Operation Phakisa, which has earmarked a number of diverse projects for the West Coast,” project leader Dr Samantha Petersen said. The productive waters of the Benguela Current support the largest portion of South Africa’s commercial fisheries, with increasing activity in small-scale fishing and aquaculture. The West Coast is also a hub of off-shore oil and gas exploration, a focus area for redevelopment of small harbours and coastal tourism, and home to the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone. It also has a number of significant conservation areas, provides shelter for migratory bird . . .
Absa is currently running its annual #ConquerAsOne campaign, recognizing outstanding moments of perseverance at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic and have already selected 3 winning moments since the start of the 2017 race. You can follow the rest of the journey as the race unfolds and can connect via social media using #ConquerAsOne Prologue - Freddy Meyer and Neil Fourie What started off as a smooth ride through the 26km of the Absa Cape Epic Prologue, soon took a turn for the worse when Absa Pride riders, Freddy Meyer and Neil Fourie started to experience technical difficulties during the Hoogekraal climb. "Neil's freehub broke, so we had to take turns to push and run up the mountain. We did that for quite some time, until we got about 6km from the finish," Freddy explained. To make matters worse, Neil is taller than Freddy, so each time they swapped bikes in order to let the person who was running, ride again, the seat had to be adjusted. "We were very worried that we were going to miss the cut-off time, but after a while, we eventually found out that cut-off time is 3 hours, which is a bit longer than we initially thought. We could finally relax and complete the last few kilometers with less stress." According to Freddy this experience has helped Neil and him truly understand what it means to Conquer As One, and as a result, they are our #ConquerAsOne moment for the 2017 Prologue. On a seperate note Absa would like to wish Joel Stransky well after his unfortunate accident today, "On behalf of the entire Absa team, we also want to wish Joel a speedy recovery after his unfortunate fall during the Prologue today," added David Wingfield, Absa's Head of Marketing. Stage 1 - Sabine Spitz and Robyn de Groot With temperatures of higher than 35 degrees pushing the riders to their limits and a total climb of 2300 metres - almost twice the height of Table Mountain – it was a tough day at the office for most of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic riders in The 101 km long . . .
With the launch of their 21st instalment this Easter, MTN Joyous Celebration sounds the call for all South Africans and people across the globe to pray for healing. In December 2016, MTN Joyous Celebration joined hands and hearts with The Potter’s House of Dallas, TX, under the leadership of Bishop T.D. Jakes for a memorable and unprecedented recording. This event has given birth to the ensembles’ 21st album, aptly themed “Heal our Land” and comes at a time when our nation and the world at large needs much healing. According to co-founder, Pastor Jabu Hlongwane, the recording and the much-anticipated album is a seed that Joyous Celebration jointly and prayerfully planted together with The Potter’s House. “May it germinate. May it reach every heart across the globe and bear fruits that will bring healing to our land,” he says. “We ask everyone to join us to pray for the healing we so desperately need.” Celebrating over two decades of great, heart-stopping gospel music that has captivated audiences across the world, the internationally acclaimed ensemble will kick off their Joyous 21 tour in Johannesburg, offering a three-night spectacle from 14 to 16 April 2017 at Carnival City Casino. “We are celebrating our 21st anniversary, and there is a lot to be excited about or this year’s tour because we are coming of age. The response we encountered in the USA during the recording and the support, prayers and well wishes from people here at home and across the globe was phenomenal. For this, we are truly humbled and believe that not only will the world receive our latest offering with enthusiasm but will also strongly relate and resonate with the “Heal our Land” message”, states co-founder, conductor and producer, Lindelani Mkhize. “We have come a long way with MTN Joyous Celebration and are proud to be associated with this award-winning ensemble as they come of age with their 21st offering to their multitudes of fans. We have no doubt that this will be the . . .
Weylandts Spaces, the interior design division of Weylandts, South Africa’s leading furniture and décor retailer, and Blok, an urban property developer, have formed a unique partnership for the launch of Blok’s Bantry Bay development, TWELVEONV. More specifically the 3-story penthouse that occupies the building’s top floors. TWELVEONV is the jewel in Cape Town-based Blok’s urban development crown. Located on Victoria Road, the ocean-inspired structure shimmers with energy. From every angle the building is exceptional, elevating the aesthetic appeal of an already beautiful neighbourhood. Unit 5A is the triple-story penthouse with unobstructed views of the mountain behind, ocean in front, and Bantry Bay in between. The apartment boasts three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an expansive 500sqm of total interior and exterior space and private pool, and every specification completed to the high standard that Blok has become known for. This breathtaking penthouse demanded exceptional finishing, and thus was born the partnership between Blok and Weylandts Spaces to furnish this amazing home. Weylandts Spaces was established to conceive and create bespoke interiors that reflect the personal vision of their clients. Chris Weylandt heads up the department himself, and he and the team not only curated iconic pieces of furniture that Weylandts is known for, but also created a range of bespoke pieces specifically for the TWELVEONV penthouse. This approach is inline with other ranges that Anna Weylandt (Chris’s daughter) is developing for the brand to harness the growing trend of downsizing from larger homes to more compact urban units. Although they may be smaller in size, the luxury and comfort that all Weylandts’ product is known for, remains. “Our aim was to carefully select pieces from our existing ranges that would appeal directly to the Blok customer, carefully considering materials, colours and textures” explains Chris. He continues “However, where there were . . .
For the second consecutive year, the Tintswalo Atlantic lodge in Hout Bay will host a special ‘Phoenix Charity Dinner’, in commemoration of the devastating Western Cape fires of 2015, which also claimed the original lodge. The event will take place on Wednesday, 3 May 2017, at 18:00 (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE). The evening is set to commence with drinks and a spectacular dinner with live musical entertainment, followed by a fundraising auction during which guests will be able to bid on exciting auction items while contributing to a worthy cause – this year in support of Thula Thula Hout Bay. This local disaster relief organisation was founded in 2015 to address a need for centralised, community-oriented collections and distributions. Composed of a group of local residents, the non-governmental organisation proactively prepares for disaster relief in partnership with residents, retailers and businesses. Thula Thula also seeks to educate the public in order to prevent or control fires. Funds raised at the Phoenix Charity Dinner will be used to employ trainers to educate young people about the best course of action during fire threats, in an effort to help reduce fire disasters affecting local homes. Lisa Goosen, CEO of Tintswalo Atlantic says Tintswalo holds this cause very close to its heart, and would like to contribute to a group that is helping those suffering a similar, and often worse, loss to the one experienced by the lodge. Tickets are available at R1,200 per person, and tables of 10 will receive a special rate of R10,000 per table. To make a night of it, dinner guests are also encouraged to book one of the hotel’s luxury Suites at R10,780 per couple, which includes the charity dinner, as well as breakfast the following morning. The Phoenix Charity Dinner will be co-hosted by event sponsors, Little Black Book, Julie Killias Events, and Shakierah Abrahams. For further information and to book tickets and overnight stays, please call: Tel 021 . . .
By Riversideweg, Nuweland, a rare Pieter Wenning painting of a riverine landscape in Newlands, near Kirstenbosch, not only has an extensive exhibition history, but also a captivating history of ownership according to Emma Bedford, Director and Senior Art Specialist at Aspire Art Auctions. Estimated at R350 000 – 450 000, this gem will be offered at Aspire’s upcoming Inaugural Cape Auction to be held at the Avenue, V & A Waterfront, on 27 March 2017. With a sole focus on fine art and extensive experience in the South African art market, the experts at Aspire place great emphasis on carefully researching each work offered on auction, unearthing the sometimes hidden histories surrounding the piece. Dr WMR Malherbe purchased the work directly from the artist, and his descendants have cherished the work ever since. In many respects a pioneer, Malherbe was born in 1875 into the ZAR of President Paul Kruger where his father was State Treasurer. The young Mortie Malherbe was one of the ‘Transvaalsche jongens’ chosen by Kruger to be educated in the Netherlands, first in Deventer and then in Leiden, where he completed his school and university education between 1887 and 1907. It is here that he would have been introduced to the plein air painting of the Hague School as well as Impressionism and the beginnings of abstraction. As a young lawyer, he returned to fight in the South African War (1899-1902) alongside Dietlof van Warmelo, later his brother-in-law. Anton van Wouw later included Van Warmelo’s portrait as a soldier in the Voortrekker Monument. It was one of Van Warmelo’s sisters, Johanna Brandt, who became the infamous Kappie Kommando spy while his other sister married an English officer, Cloete of Alphen, Constantia. Mortie’s sister, Christina van Warmelo-Malherbe helped establish the first hospital in Muckleneuk while his brother, Kenny Malherbe, an attorney, married Mabel Malherbe, who was to become editor of Die Boerevrou, mayor of Pretoria and a . . .
Black Rose Africa and Shell, produced by Christo Coetzee at the peak of his career, are amongst a select group of works that celebrate this underrated artist at Aspire Art Auctions’ inaugural Cape sale on 27 March 2017 at the Avenue in the V&A Waterfront. Soon after completing his fine art degree at Wits, Coetzee left South Africa in 1951 on the crest of a solo exhibition organised by John Paris, then director of the South African National Gallery in Cape Town. It was to launch an extraordinary period in his career that included a two-person exhibition with the renowned Italian artist, Lucio Fontana, at the prestigious Parisian gallery of Rodolphe Stadler, and collaborations with the radical Gutai Group in Japan from 1959 to 1960. Shell, painted in 1960, formerly owned by Marie Brecher, the mother of Coetzee’s wife Ferri Binge-Coetzee, was one of the first in a new approach to painting. Its rich painterly surfaces and decorative detail are not only evidence of the influence of Antonio Gaudi’s decoration of the Parc Guell and Sagrada Familia cathedral in Barcelona, which Coetzee visited on extended visits to Spain, but also the world of European avant-garde artists such as the French Tachistes. During his decade-long sojourn in Europe, Coetzee’s work caught the attention of major European and American collectors, including celebrated photographer and designer Anthony Denney, architect Philip Johnson and actress Sophia Loren, and was included in the seminal Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) exhibition The art of assemblage in 1961. The diamond-shaped Black Rose Africa has a fascinating history. The stimulus for this extraordinary painting was the stained glass rose windows of the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris, a stone’s throw from the artist’s basement studio at Rue de l’Hotel Côlbert. Coetzee was fascinated by what he described as “the multitude of mysteries and ideas distinctively associated with the circle as a perfect and closed unity and symbolic . . .
eCommerce is set to increase in popularity and buy-in consumers in South Africa in 2017. This is due to a number of supporting trends of greater variety offered by online shopping sites, the evolution of eCommerce websites offer Android and ISO shopping app's. South African consumers are increasingly turning to compare e-commerce shops when looking for, and purchase a variety of items. 26% of respondents of a recent survey do their first online purchase in June 2015 - a massive recent survey compared to the total number of new online shopping for the period July 2015 - June 2016 (14%). "According to Kevin Tucker, founder of Price Check" The use of mobile devices - such as the smartphones is an important consideration for online retailers in terms of ensuring mobile-friendly online display settings, in presenting the development of mobile applications and the introduction of new payment options. While the majority of the mobile online shopping transactions tend to take place on desktops, shopping programs that are easy and convenient to use on mobile devices is likely to increase in popularity in South Africa this year. In today's app-centric world, research suggests that customers prefer using the mobile web as a place to shop when compared to eCommerce apps. This means that having a high-performing, responsive site is just as important as investing in an app. This data also suggests that: 31% of consumers prefer shopping on the mobile web against the use of a smartphone app. 52% of mobile phone retail turnover is expected to come from the Web in 2017. 62% of smartphone shoppers use to find their mobile for products in online store. 47% of shoppers say they have a mobile website directly against 21% who say they use app a dealer in online shopping. The majority of online retailers under-utilise their chance to sell through a responsive eCommerce website. The big advantage now is that the latest App Technology has the ability to . . .