Cape Town-based CloudOne Technologies Pty Ltd, trading as CloudOne.mobi, has announced that it closed two funding rounds totalling R34m at the end of 2018. The investors include Investec Private Capital, through its Emerging Companies mandate. The investment will be used to help scale out and grow the business more aggressively. CloudOne.mobi was founded in October 2014 with the mission of re-inventing the Point Of Sale (POS) experience Founder and CEO Dana Buys has successfully started and sold a number of software businesses since launching his first business while studying at the University of Cape Town in the early 1980s. Subsequently a hospitality business owner, among other interests, he became frustrated with poor levels of technology, particularly related to POS. Buys is passionate about customer service and wanted a solution that would improve the speed and accuracy of serving customers. "Speed and accuracy deliver a win-win for both business and its customers,” he says. “Happy customers spend more and spread the good news via word of mouth. Accurate orders reduce costly mistakes and improve profitability. It’s hard to beat if you can make the solution easy-to-use and affordable to own!” He continues, “There is massive opportunity to deploy affordable Cloud and mobile technology in Sub-Saharan Africa. The Cloud solutions model allows us to eliminate many of the headaches experienced by SME businesses which often lack strong IT skills. We develop the solution, keep the systems up to date, manage the databases and integration to external solutions, perform regular backups, and enforce security.” CloudOne.mobi has developed an advanced cloud-based Point of Sale solution called TallOrder for SME businesses across the hospitality, retail and service segments. TallOrder delivers Cloud benefits, along with robust offline capacity to deal with the relatively slow, less reliable and costlier Internet prevalent throughout emerging markets. Buys explains . . .
Billed as a high-quality but affordable event, race organisers ASG Events are geared up for a flood of interest in the Liberty Winelands Encounter, which takes place in mid-April. This is the second leg of the annual Liberty Encounter Series, which includes the TransCape MTB Encounter, currently in progress, and the Waterberg Encounter in June. Starting in Boschendal, the race will expose mountain-bikers to the scenic trails of the Cape Winelands around Franschhoek and Paarl. ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said an indication of the April 12-14 race's popularity was that it was sold out last year. They are again limiting the field to 200 teams, which incorporates a wide range of riders, from the weekend warriors to corporate teams, with a mix of professional cyclists. "Entries have been very steady but we believe the bulk of the riders are only getting interested from now onwards, so we are sure that will build up nicely," said Oosthuizen. "The previous four years were no different." He said their focus for the three-day race was to provide an event with the emphasis on quality, while ensuring it remained within an affordable bracket. "There are two options and both offer something of value. "The most popular category, proven by the number of entries received so far, is the option at LeFranschhoek Hotel and Spa, which can accommodate 80 teams. "The other option is an entry with lunch and dinner included at 60% of the full accommodation category, which makes it excellent value for money." Besides the weekend warriors drawn by the iconic trails of the Cape Winelands, Oosthuizen said it was the perfect getaway for corporates. "I think it's quickly becoming a must-do event, because not everyone can take the leave needed for a long race. "But an event from Friday to Sunday is the perfect length for many mountain-bikers and we feel we have a unique offering. "It affords our participants with a passion for the sport the . . .
World renowned whisky brand, Johnnie Walker, has moved the dynamic and decadent pop-up bar experience to Cape Town. The Johnnie Walker Code Black (#JWCodeBlack) bar opened from 31 January 2019 and will be in running until 22 February 2019 at the Cartel Roof Top. The sophisticated and festive social offering was first introduced in June 2018 at the Keyes Art Mile, Johannesburg, followed by the next installation in Melrose Arch in November. The notion is dedicated to sharing the many ways in which the pleasures of Johnnie Walker Black could be experienced. Whether neat, with a mixer, or as a cocktail, the distinct notes of Johnnie Walker black label always emerge as: “delectable”. Combined with an elegant setting and wrapped in the vibrant tunes of specially selected entertainment, the lifestyle experience struck all the right chords with revelers. Resulting in a rapidly sold out series which had to be extended. This February, Code Black has prepared an exciting 3- week tenure, which stretches through 10 nights of good cheer. • Address: 85 Waterkant St, Cape Town City Centre, Cape Town, 8000 • Times: 16:00- 23:00 This series is colored by an upbeat entertainment line-up which includes DJ Loyd, Leighton Moody, Sir Vincent, Fort Noks and Kyeezi for opening night and many more. This season, Code Black has introduced a special offering. The introduction of the “JW personalised printed bottles”. This enable guests to personalise their bottle of Johnnie Walker either for themselves or the perfect gift. Room 12 the private tasting room is also back again where guests enjoy the many delights of Johnnie Walker Black Label in a plush, padded sanctum. These can be booked by guests at the bar reception on a first come, first serve basis only. So “Keep Walking” by registering early for this popular, one-of-a-kind pop-up experience. It is not to be missed. Space is limited. Registrations are open through the Johnnie Walker booking portal: . . .
CAPE TOWN, South Africa, 5th February 2019 - South African based Artificial Intelligence Software & Solutions provider Cortex Logic secures growth investment to expand it’s reach to new clients in Europe & USA. Cortex Logic is an African Artificial Intelligence (AI) software and solutions company that helps businesses solve complex business problems using the power of AI. Cortex Logic leverage their unique AI Engine for Business that solves strategic and operationally relevant problems by mobilising Data Science, Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data & Analytics. Cortex Logic Founder and CEO Dr Jacques Ludik said, “The investment is a great endorsement not only of our team, products and growth strategy but also a acknowledgment the reality that enterprises around the world are now deploying artificial intelligence powered solutions to secure a competitive advantage - this cannot the ignored. Operationalisation of real-world Artificial Intelligence / IR4.0 technologies are now firmly on every executive scorecard either at the piloting phase or in production and deployment.” Ludik stated, “We have already established Cortex Logic here in South Africa and our expansion plans not only encompass Africa but also UK and USA. We have a range of artificial intelligence based business technologies, platforms and services. We are consulting with and supporting some of the most prominent brands in SA of which a number are JSE listed and global businesses in a range of sectors, from mining to banking, health to insurance and communications to retail. Every sector of commerce will be impacted by AI and we are now attracting interest from Europe and USA, so this is just a natural step in our growth plan.” Ludik concluded, “The investment allows us to on-board more staff and grow our operation. We are currently recruiting for data scientists, developers and analysts with experience in machine learning, deep learning and complex solution development. Housing . . .
Getting rid of rodents is not always easy which is why you need the right team to help you get rid of the problem once and for all. Cape Town, February 5, 2019 – Rodent infestation goes way back and despite man’s best efforts these tiny animals have been known to cause havoc. The Pest Managers Cape Town owner, Mr. Adriaan Jordaan, notes that their damage can be enormous and that the key to their destruction is early identification and elimination. His company which based in South Africa will help you get rid of these rodents and other pests in your home “With constant changes in weather, you are likely to find unwanted guests at your place of residence” notes Mr. Jordaan, “this can include insects, small animals and even the disease laden rodents. “We all do our best to keep them out of our homes and workplaces, but despite our very best efforts they may still find their way in.” Here are 6 ways you can tell that you have unwanted guests in your home according to the owner of Pest managers Cape Town: 1. You will hear sounds and noises mostly in the dark Rodents are pesky little things dashing in and out of places while scavenging for food. They are quite smart too as they prefer the cover of darkness when roaming. However, they don’t always move silently as you will hear noises in empty rooms and if they are close enough, you may hear them chewing through walls and other things. 2. Chew marks Rodents are known to chew into anything from metal, wood, plastic, fabric and other materials. If you find chewed into clothes or wires, one or more rodents may be in your home. 3. You may see one With time, rats and other rodents get so bold that they start running around the house in bold daylight. When you make a sighting of them in your home, then you can be sure that they aren’t living too far away. 4. You will see their dropping in the house If rodents are living in your premise, you are likely to find their dropping in cabinets, drawers and even the . . .
Vuurberg Wines, Helshoogte Pass, Stellenbosch, Thursday February 8 & Friday February 9. DarkFEST is set to hit Stellenbosch on Friday 8 and Saturday 9 February, and will be an action-packed event, with huge sends, brutal slams and massive hits with the best crew in MTB. Talking about brutal slams, Sam Reynolds is out of the event. On Tuesday evening the guys had a test session on the track, and started warming up on the step-up and drop, checking speed for the newly upgraded big beast of a trick jump. The nerves were high. The lip is around 5m tall with the landing 15m away, which makes this one of, if not the biggest trick jump ever! After a few run-ins to eye it up, Sam decided to send it first. Not knowing what speed to head into it, his main concern was overshooting it. With such a steep landing you could end up coming down a long way. He went in fast, but not full speed and popped high off the lip. Unfortunately he just didn't get the distance, and had to hit the eject button. He came down hard on the back of the landing, taking a lot of the impact on his foot, hip and shoulder all on his right, but his left hand and wrist took the brunt of the force and he fractured and dislocated some of his carpals and shattered the end of his ulna. It's surgery time for Sam. This obviously means he won't be able to ride at DarkFEST, which we are sad to say, but the madness will still continue and Sam will be around to chat to fans and cheer his friends on! "Absolutely devastated to say that I won't be able to ride DarkFEST this year,” said Sam. “My wrist is badly broken, and am going in for a complicated surgery. Can't wait to watch the boys send it from the sidelines though and I'm so motivated to get it back strong enough to ride this line again one day!" The Hellsend Dirt Compound at the Vuurberg farm will be open to the public for 2 days only, with a limited batch of tickets up for grabs for the Friday 8th and Saturday 9th sessions, so we're . . .
“The African Utility Week conference has a longstanding reputation of producing innovative, topical and high-level content, discussion and engagement” says event director Evan Schiff, adding: “the 19th edition of the event from 14-16 May in Cape Town this year will, once again, not disappoint.” The new co-location of POWERGEN Africa in 2019 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. 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. African Utility Week connects experts from the entire power, energy and water value chain, including: • BEHAVIOUR TRANSFORMATION: “We are inspired to ensure quality utilities are provided to Africa to give the individual the opportunity to independently . . .
Cape Town, January, 31, 2019: EDSA is an outpatient treatment centre for individuals with eating disorders or who have suffered from various forms of trauma. The centre will open in Constantia Cape Town in March at 8, Klein Constantia Road under the Recovery Direct banner. “I wanted a central location so we can reach as many people as possible,” says marketing manager Doug Kemp, who has a played an intergral role in the establishment of the Recovery Direct treatment centres for non-12step addiction treatment facilities. Though treating eating disorders will be a particular focus, Kemp says he wants the centre to be “for any person that has trauma that they’re wanting to work through.” That could be a physical trauma or something that’s manifested as anxiety, anger or depression. Kemp says that healing trauma that’s been stored in a person’s body “is something that is new in the field and far more innovative and constructive and effective than the majority of treatments presently offered within the industry in South Africa.” Staff members will include a variety of professionals, such as psychologists, dieticians, nurse practitioners, psychotherapists that are what Kemp calls a “trauma-informed” specialists in their field. The centre will have a soft opening in early March 2019. Updates can be found on the dedicated Eating Disorders Website or on the following pages associated to the Eating disorders community in South Africa. (Residential ED private care treatment centre) (National ED awareness programme and outpatient help centre) (Free dedicated national help line) "The distinctions between Recovery Direct Eating disorder residential programme and the other residential treatment programmes offered in South Africa are that Recovery Direct's centres do not follow the 12 step treatment model. Recovery Direct's focus is on delivering far more intensive evidence based (one on one treatment sessions) via the registered psychologists and . . .
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Johannesburg 29 January 2019 - Enterprise Development (ED) and Supplier Development (E&SD) is one of the most current government and private sector driven programs, after the 2003 Broad Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) document. These programs are racially selective systems to empower previously disadvantaged groups and to enhance the economy, in South Africa. According to the Stellenbosch Business School, Enterprise Development is defined as ‘the act of investing time and capital in helping people establish, expand or improve businesses.’ This certainly presents young entrepreneurs, inventors and those with unique business ideas, with the opportunity of making a difference in society - not just for themselves, but for other economically active citizens as well. At the end of 2018, nearly 800 000 matric candidates sat for their final exams across the country. Of these many will opt to further their studies through a tertiary institution, but for those who will be seeking employment, it will not be easy. According to an article in Fin24, less than a quarter of matriculates will find jobs relatively quickly. The economist, Mike Schüssler of economists.co.za said in the online article - about the previous year’s matriculates - dated January 2018, “Those members of the matric class of 2017 who will not be studying further, but will be looking for a job, will not be easily absorbed by the job market.” He continued, “it will be tough for them to get work. Over 50% of our matriculates under the age of 34 have not found permanent employment and it’s not getting better.” [https://goo.al/pfEP3H] Whilst the facts of the situation are important, seemingly, discomforting news articles make those who just completed their exams, be it in school or a tertiary institution, rather despondent. These are meant to be the years to which they look forward to making a difference and impacting the South African economy; and those communities in which they live. Those . . .