The award-winning African Utility Week has welcomed back a longstanding supporter, the global energy giant Shell, who will be a platinum sponsor again at the conference and exhibition from 16-18 May in Cape Town. The 17th annual African Utility Week will gather over 7000 decision makers from more than 80 countries to source the latest solutions and meet over 300 suppliers. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event also boasts a five track conference with over 300 expert speakers. The conference programme will address the latest challenges, developments and opportunities in the power and water sectors: ranging from generation, T&D, metering, technology and water. “Choosing the right oil is essential” “We are delighted to return for the third time as a platinum sponsor for African Utility Week,” says Tendani Ndwamise, Shell Lubes Direct Sector B2B Marketer at Shell South Africa. She continues: “in addition to hosting a booth with experts from our global and local business, we are proud to announce Dr. Peter Smith as a speaker for the event. He has over thirty years’ experience in the development of lubricants for use in the sector and will talk about how choosing the right oil is essential in meeting the challenges of the industry, both now and in the future.” According to Tendani the main challenges currently in the industry are: ”providing sustainable power supply to the population, with aging infrastructure. This in turn leads to the challenge of lowering costs to produce, distribute and transmit power for our customers. Shell aims to help its customers with sustainable lower total cost of ownership of their assets, through Shell’s sector expertise and industry knowledge in addition to our technology-leading products.” She adds: “In the last five years, Shell has launched two new ranges of products for the power sector – Shell Diala S4 for use in transformers and Shell Turbo S4, our premium turbine oil range. . . .
Celebrating the transformative power of paint while offering inspirational insights into DIY and décor colour trends and projects, Plascon’s Spaces magazine is the perfect complement to the Decorex Cape Town exhibition. Spaces inspires readers by showcasing the latest colour trends, makeovers, practical projects and advice. It brings together the best of two worlds, decor and DIY. Get the latest copy of Spaces magazine for a free ticket to the Friday show (28 April) of Decorex Cape Town, taking place at the Cape Town International Conference Centre. Visitors to the Plascon stand at Decorex Cape Town also stand a chance to win one of five subscriptions to Spaces which comes out quarterly. For more information about the magazine visit www.plasconspaces.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Decorex offers visitors a holistic décor and design immersion, providing an inspired selection of the latest in on-trend products, as well as practical examples of how to incorporate these into a #livingdream space. And this year, Decorex Cape Town is really maximising the overall experience with the introduction of the interactive Builders DIY Theatre. “We are thrilled to be granted the opportunity to create a unique experience that inspires visitors to imagine the possibilities,” said Andre Steyn Marketing and Innovations Director of Builders. “This exhibition attracts a diverse audience, all looking to derive inspiration and source products that will improve their living or working space. The Builders DIY Theatre aim is to educate visitors through interaction providing demonstrations on garden enhancements and general home improvements or revamps.” Builders is renowned for carrying the latest and widest range of quality products with staff members to offer the best services, useful to building and maintenance contractors, home improvement and DIY enthusiasts as well as those looking to undertake any gardening. The Builders DIY Theatre brings together, for the first time, Builders’ Home Made Easy (The Home Channel on DSTV 176) presenters on one stage, Tanya Visser, Elle Franco, and winner of the Builders’ presenter search, Ryan Paulsen, as well as their own DIY guru, Dave van den Bergh. A seasoned sales, marketing, operations and change management professional, Paulsen has grown his own DIY business specialising in classic car restoration, home décor and interior design. This DIY handyman was also recently selected as the Builders DIY presenter for the television show, Home Made Easy. This Builders’ initiative will simplify home improvement, gardening and décor with easy how-to-guides from skilful presenters. Working alongside Paulsen on this weekly show, and at Decorex Cape Town, is fellow DIY enthusiast and presenter, Elle Franco. Her knowledge of . . .
Cape Town, 19 April 2017 – Successful localised family ‘what’s on’ sharing app, I’m Bored, has undergone a refresh, and has re-branded as Fun Nearby. Created by KRS Mobile’s Simplifier-in-Chief Lorraine Steyn, and her then 10-year-old son, in 2014, the free events listing platform and service has grown to become a firm favourite for parents and kids in sourcing fun things to do close by. Explaining the rationale behind the re-brand, Steyn said: “We have always seen ourselves as an international application and while undergoing an upgrade of the technology behind the platform, we felt it was as good a time as any, to move onto a global URL. “When we analysed what this service accomplishes, we realised that the ‘bored’ moniker was negative and we wanted to promote the more positive aspect of having fun with the family.” www.funnearby.com retains much of the I’m Bored iconography, but has streamlined the event uploading process – which can now be done by event organisers directly. It has also improved its categorisation and the geo-location function – on the site and via the Android and iOS apps. The service will continue to issue its newsletters and have a strong Facebook presence (currently over 50 000). Fun Nearby features a map view that easily lets the user see what’s on nearby, supported by large images for easy browsing. Promoters can upload their own family-friendly events, and all events are curated before release to ensure that the standard of the content is high. A new feature due for release this week, will allow users to rate and comment on events, providing valuable community feedback on each listing. Fun Nearby welcomes all events that are family-focused, including community events, an important focus for the platform going forward. Events can be listed by either going to the website or by sending a mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town 12 April 2017, with water shortages and water availability being urgent issues in Cape Town, African Fashion International, organisers of Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017 (MBFWCT17), resolved to contribute fresh drinking water to two needy community residential organisations. Following a successful finale to MBFWCT17, on Saturday 8 April, African Fashion International today [9 April] donated its surplus stock of more than 1 000 bottles of drinking water to Solomon’s Haven in Mitchell’s Plain, and the Douglas Murray Home in Retreat. This donation consisted of surplus drinking water sponsored for Fashion Week by Generosity Water. African Fashion International chose to partner with Generosity Water because they were impressed by their proactive social responsibility. For every bottle purchased, they supply water to two people in needy communities for one month. “South Africa is a water-poor country and Cape Town is one of the centres where this has become a crisis,” says Dr Precious Moloi-Motsepe, CEO and Founder of African Fashion International. “We knew that we could not let any amount of this vital commodity be wasted and wanted to make sure that it would benefit community organisations who badly need support.” Solomon’s Haven is a registered NPO in Mitchell’s Plain, housing 25 children from abusive homes. It was founded in 1990 by a local wife and mother, Maria Solomons, and she runs it together with her husband, Alec, to whom she has been married for more than quarter of a century. Maria empathises closely with her children as she was herself an abused child and also did not succeed in becoming literate until adulthood. She received the Cape Times Woman of Worth Award in 2004 for her work. “This wonderful donation has a double impact for us,” says Mrs Solomons. “We can no longer allow our children to drink water from the tap so we have to boil water before they can consume it. Now we have good fresh water to offer them for a while, . . .
Cape Town, April 2017: A major new residential development, the Evergreen Noordhoek Lifestyle Village, has attracted significant interest among retirees looking to move into retirement lifestyle accommodation. At a recent launch event to prospective buyers on the Evergreen Lifestyle waiting list, well over half the units in the first phase of the construction project were reserved. “The quick take-up of units we saw at this initial launch reflects the pressing need for more accommodation for the retired community,” comments Arthur Case, CEO of Evergreen Lifestyle. “In addition, the enthusiasm we saw at the launch event confirms our expectation that this lifestyle village will be particularly attractive to the market. Set on a huge site of over 16 hectares, large enough to allow us to include plenty of private open space and walking trails, and with amazing views across the Atlantic Ocean towards Chapmans Peak, this lifestyle village has so much to offer prospective residents.” The village, with its sophisticated security systems and fibre-to-home internet, will consist of 150 houses and 200 apartments, set on a sloping hillside site located near both Noordhoek and Fish Hoek. In addition to the housing units, a Lifestyle Centre is planned. The facilities included in this Centre will provide what any resident will need: a gym, a heated pool, a care centre offering primary healthcare services and frail care, and various recreational services. An on-site bowling green and tennis court will also be available. According to Case, “The location is perfect for the needs of residents, since all facilities will either be available on-site or close by in Fish Hoek, a well-established, sizeable town.” Being set in an increasingly popular residential part of Cape Town, which has seen property prices rise significantly in recent years, one may expect that the development is suitable only for the super-wealthy. However, costs compare favourably with the average house . . .
You don’t always have to travel far to have great experiences – often the best things to do are right on your doorstep. So, if you’re not planning on leaving Cape Town for one of the April long weekends, why not spoil yourself with some local treats? You could opt for total indulgence and leave home for the long weekend to stay over in luxurious accommodation elsewhere in the city or surrounds. For those with old-fashioned sensibilities of luxury, there’s the sumptuous high tea at the Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in the Gardens area of the city. Or, you could join the many foreign tourists who select the Cape Town Marriott Hotel Crystal Towers in Century City for its spectacular views over Table Bay and Table Mountain. If relaxing on the stunning pool deck at the infinity pool doesn’t keep you occupied all the time, there’s a surprising number of things to do in the area: kitesurf at Blouberg beach, visit the highly-rated Perfume Museum in Table View, take a drive to the nearby Durbanville Wine Route, or enjoy the birdlife in the natural setting of Intaka Island, a pleasant walk away from the Hotel. Durbanville is another area to consider for a different type of home-away-from-home staycation. A mere 20 years ago it was still thought of as a country village not far from Cape Town but, today, it has become a suburb of the city – luckily, it’s retained some of the features that made it a lovely country town. You’ll still see vineyards near the town, and the local rose garden is a treat. Enjoy a leisurely walk through the village, and stop off at the Rust-en-Vrede Gallery which has an extensive collection of South African art and ceramics. The local wine route offers stunning views, great wine tastings and lots of good food. You might also be able to catch a movie in the open at the Galileo Open-Air Cinema at Hillcrest Quarry. And as for places to stay, consider Schoongezicht Guest House with its wonderful tranquil setting in the farmlands, while Lapa Log Cabins . . .
Adrian Stander and co. are renowned throughout the Pretoria and Gauteng region as a dynamic team of skilled photographers and retouchers who can provide ideal wedding photography services. Wedding Photographer Pretoria is an All-In-One photography studio based in Pretoria, that primarily offers wedding photography services to the surrounding areas in Gauteng and beyond. The team, consisting of Adrian Stander and co. is renowned throughout the Pretoria and Gauteng region as a dynamic team of skilled photographers and retouchers who can provide ideal wedding photography services. According to the lead photographer of the team, “As all-in-one photo studio we use professional photographers and retouchers that work together to provide magazine-quality designer wedding albums, that are fashionable and intimate.” Adrian further adds, “From high end to low-key, we work to your budget and give each of our clients the very best.” In the words of satisfied customers, the wedding photography service based in Pretoria offers glamour, sophistication, as well as affordably priced wedding photography. What's more, Wedding Photographer Pretoria also offers a range of other services including family portraits as well as maternity and baby shoots. The photo studio covers Pretoria North East, Montana, Central West, North West, Pretoria East, Hillcrest, Lynnwood, Pretoria South, and Centurion along with all surrounding regions of Gauteng. On occasion, Adrian is also known to travel further and offer destination photography services around South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The wait-listed annual Careers24 Recruiter Boot Camps that took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town in March 2017 demonstrated a need for online recruitment portals to empower recruiters to employ effective, engaging online recruitment strategies. “We understand the need to keep up in the fast moving and demanding recruitment industry”, said Careers24 General Manager Marc Privett, “With the constant technological developments in the online space, workshops such as these have the dual effect of empowering recruiters to use online recruitment more effectively and giving us the opportunity to engage face-to-face with our recruiter partners.” “We were very pleased by the positive response we received from recruiters, from the day we announced the dates of this year’s events. We even had to arrange an additional event in Johannesburg to accommodate more attendees.” said Careers24 brand manager Shaun Clarke. Hosted in conjunction with Demitri Tambourlas of DEMsays, the topics discussed focused on new approaches, skills and tools. The topics covered at the Johannesburg events were: Job Orders: A new approach that will have recruiters making more placements and working on the high demand jobs. Sales and the modern recruiter: Essential sales skills that every recruiter should have. How clients can exploit recruiters: Making sure recruiters are savvy in a technology driven world. Patricia Koekemoer, Managing Director of Professional Sourcing, who attended the Johannesburg event said afterwards “For a serious recruiter, not being at your desk for an entire day, is unheard of in my mind. However, thanks to Dem, I did not even think about how much time I need to spend to catch up after the Recruiter Boot Camp event. It was a prestigious and high quality training event and my team and I will most definitely make the time to attend if Careers24 host similar future events.” The topics addressed in Cape Town were: Placement warning signs: How to . . .
Ten years in the retail, interior design and marketing industries has put Cape Town’s Dylan Thomaz in a unique position to merge the world of art and retail, creating a commercially viable alternative for both artists and consumers. Following his passion onto Cape Town’s dynamic art scene, he established Studio Dylan Thomaz in 2015 with a focus on three elements; the gallery, interior design and happiness, because, in the words of Thomaz ‘it all boils down to happiness’. “When I left the retail industry, I really wanted to find a way to give back to people who don’t always have access to art,” explained Thomaz. “Where an artist might be able to sell a piece of work for between R10 000 and R20 000, not everybody can afford this.” He applied the ‘good, better, best’ retail approach to this problem, in a well-thought attempt to diversify the products created by artists, allowing them to break into other markets on a more extensive economical scale. “The ‘best’ artwork is then priced at, maybe, R20 000 or more; the ‘better’ is R10 000 to R20 000 while the ‘good’ is a limited range of pieces, retailing at R1 000 each,” he explained. “This could be items such as throw cushions, textiles, curtains or wallpaper which our studio will help curate. These are then showcased at our gallery, fusing the ‘interior design’ element as well.” While providing affordable options for the customer, Studio Dylan Thomaz is also promoting unknown artists on a usable platform. By channelling his marketing knowledge, Thomaz is creating a brand for emerging artists, unlocking commercial appeal while maintaining their creative essence that differentiates them others in the field. “When people want to redecorate their homes, they tend to change the textiles, getting new curtains, throw cushions and bedding,” he explained. “This is where we make the transition into accessible artwork.” Bringing the process full cycle, Thomaz and his team also incorporate these creations into . . .