South Africa’s National Water Week kicks off on Monday, 20 March while globally World Water Day is celebrated on Wednesday, 22 March. In the informal settlement of Langrug in Franschhoek, an innovative wastewater treatment project is changing the lives of the community for the better while reversing the effects of water pollution in the Berg River. “The only way to stay healthy is to work hand in hand with each other and with Genius of Space, since they are trying to change our lives in the community,” says Vumile William Dlova, who is working as a flow agent in the Biomimicry Genius of Space project. He adds: “This system changed the community because our children are now playing in a clean, dry place with no dirty water running between houses. There are no more flies around. We are living in a healthy environment.” Although water and sanitation are generally available in Langrug informal settlement, these services are limited and have led to the disposal of wastewater and solid waste throughout the settlement, causing a health hazard and flowing into storm water drains and ultimately into the Berg River and polluting it. The Genius of Space system gives Langrug residents the opportunity to dispose of their grey water in disposal drums where it is filtered. The water then flows into a system of underground pipes into tree gardens were it gets treated. Some 500 Langrug residents are currently using the 27 disposal points in the settlement. During the upcoming African Utility Week in Cape Town in May, water conference delegates will attend a special site visit to the Genius of Space project at Langrug to see a successful project based on biomimicry principles in action. Biomimicry means the design and production of a system that is modelled on biological processes. Strong focus on all aspects of water As always, water management forms an important part of African Utility Week and this year the conference will focus on how private public . . .
Pink will be the order of the day when the Pick n Pay Women’s Walk sets off from Green Point Stadium on Saturday, 25 March 2017. We’ll be walking in support of Pink Drive, an organisation that works tirelessly to provide women around South Africa with breast-cancer education and awareness. Men and children are welcome too and you don’t need to be super-fit, the 5km walk isn’t timed so you can do it in your own time! The walk starts and finishes at the Green Point Stadium forecourt, where you’ll be treated to loads of fun activities and entertainment. There’ll be lucky draws, delicious snacks for sale, goodie bags and medals for everyone who finishes the walk – and all this for an excellent cause. Sound good? Then make sure you get down to any of the Pick n Pay stores listed below to enter. ENTRY DETAILS Event Date: 25 March 2017 Event Venue: Green Point Stadium Forecourt Gates open: 7am Walk Start Time: 8am Cost of Entry: R30 (Child under 18), R65 Adult Entry Points: Pick n Pay V&A Waterfront Pick n Pay Sea Point Pick n Pay Ottery Hypermarket Pick n Pay Claremont Pick n Pay Kenilworth Centre Pick n Pay Cape Gate Pick n Pay Longbeach Mall Enter online at www.webtickets.co.za Event Pack Collection Dates: 21 – 24 March 2017 Event Pack Collection Venues: Pick n Pay Longbeach Mall : 21 March Pick n Pay Cape Gate : 22 March Pick n Pay V&A Waterfront : 23 – 24 March Pick n Pay Ottery Hypermarket : 23 – 24 March Event Pack Collection Times: 10am – 6pm For more information, please visit www.pnp.co.za or www.facebook.com/PicknPayWomensWalk CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Huawei, the well-known global information and telecommunication giant, has signed a platinum sponsorship with African Utility Week, the leading conference and trade exhibition for African power, energy and water professionals, taking place from 16-18 May 2017 in Cape Town. The company will also be the lead sponsor of the African Utility Week Industry Awards. Additionally, Huawei will host its 5th Huawei Power Summit, where Huawei will demonstrate its industry-leading solutions. This summit will be co-located at African Utility Week on 17 May from 14h00 – 18h00. The main theme for Huawei’s showcase this year is “Leading New ICT, The Road To Smart Grid” and will host its exhibition area in Auditorium 2. Mr. Jerry Ji (Xiang) is President of Energy Industry at Huawei’s Enterprise Business Group: “Huawei hopes that through Africa's most influential energy expo, we will better understand the needs of our customers and integrate Huawei's latest solutions and practices into smart grids to help the African power companies achieve safe, efficient operations and green sustainable development, and thus enriching lives in the era of energy intelligence.” “We have been honoured to have Huawei as a long-term partner with not only African Utility Week, but also our regional power shows on the continent,” says event director Evan Schiff, adding: “we are thrilled that they have chosen to expand their investment in the show, and we believe this is testament to the value we offer to our esteemed partners. We take our task of gathering the best in the industry to discuss the challenges, solutions and successes very seriously and as market leader, Huawei should be part of that conversation. We look forward to their contribution in May.” Real world doers share their expertise 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 . . .
Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 25 March 2017. "You can celebrate Earth Hour in a slightly different and completely guilt free way," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar who says that using green energy is the biggest and most visible way to make a noise for climate change. "Celebrate your commitment to our planet and your installation of energy saving solar panels on your roof by shining a light onto them during earth hour with the rest of your property in darkness," suggests Straton. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the parent organisation of Earth Hour and started Earth Hour with teams and partners in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 with a lights-off event. Starting in 2007 as a single-city event, Earth Hour is now celebrated across all continents. In the past decade, as global climate efforts gained momentum, Earth Hour has helped bridge the gap between the grassroots and the corridors of power, taking climate action from conference rooms to living rooms. It has empowered millions to support and participate in critical climate and conservation projects led by WWF and many others, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action. From the shores of Argentina where Earth Hour helped mobilize public support for the creation of a 3.4 million hectare-wide marine protected area, to the heart of Uganda where local communities and businesses helped create the first Earth Hour forest, the movement’s impact has been a game-changer for popularizing climate action. "We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about. For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today, is really humbling and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives," said Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour . . .
Turkish Airlines has intensified its efforts to further improve the travel experience of its passengers, as it continues to expand its flight routes in Africa, and worldwide. In addition to its ever-expanding route network, Kharhiv (Ukraine), Conakry (Guinea), Phuket (Thailand), Voronezh and Samara (Russia) being the latest additions of this year, the airline flies to 296 destinations in 120 countries and excels in products and services designed to take the passenger experience to an even higher level. One of the main advantages for travellers who choose Turkish Airlines is the exclusive Arrival Lounge at Istanbul Ataturk Airport, a place of rest and relaxation for those who seek comfort and refreshment immediately after they land. Most business class lounges are departure lounges, taking care of your needs before you get on a plane, but for many business people, it’s important to be able to freshen up and do business the moment you land too. Offering travellers a warm Turkish welcome, the Arrival Lounge is located on a 250-squaremeter area, the lounge can accommodate 38 people and is open from 5.00 am until 1.00 am. With all its practicality and convenience, the place is designed for comfort, allowing travellers access to all kinds of tools for managing their business, as well as abundant gastronomic options including world-famous Turkish cuisine. A library, latest editions of local and international magazines, newspapers and Wi-Fi access, are among other facilities. The visitors will also find relaxation areas, equipped with showers, dressing rooms and an ironing room with staff to attend their needs. This is a lounge with exclusive access for Turkish Airlines Business Class passengers arriving in Istanbul and Elite Plus members traveling in Economy Class. Turkish Airlines Lounges now feature new wireless charging stations that let passengers charge their compatible mobile devices through power outlets located on the tables in the Lounge Istanbul . . .
Creatives, developers and business strategists looking to seize an amazing opportunity to showcase their talents are invited to register for #CreativeHack2017. Taking place on 25 and 26 March 2017 at the V&A Waterfront’s Workshop17, this innovative 48-hour hackathon will see creatives and techies networking and pitching to industry leaders such as John Sanei and Alistair King. Hackathons provide a unique environment for inspiration and networking and are on the rise both globally and in South Africa. But gone are the days when these pressure-cooker initiatives were aimed exclusively at techies. #CreativeHack2017 – hosted by Tiger Tail Digital in association with HackON, hosted by Workshop17 – is for all creatives, who will be pitching their ideas for Tiger Tail’s brand identity. Trend specialist, business strategist, author and serial entrepreneur, and on his way to study at the highly revered Silicon Valley think tank Singularity University, John Sanei will be MC for #CreativeHack2017. “Hackathons provide a wonderful opportunity to demonstrate talent to a key audience so I’m looking forward to seeing what creative genius we uncover,” says Sanei. The judging panel includes Alistair King, founding creative partner of King James Group, Sabine Heckmann, Natasha Williams, Farai Madzima, Nikki Stokes and Julie Maunder. The initiative will ultimately form part of a clever launch campaign for Tiger Tail Digital, a specialist workforce solutions provider focused on digital skills recruitment. Natasha Williams, Managing Director of Tiger Tail Digital explains, “77% of organisations see digital transformation as their top strategic priority – but only 17% have the digital skills onboard to make it happen. That’s the gap Tiger Tail is helping to close – we’re a strong team of Agile trained specialists, operating in very specific areas to ensure we really understand the right skillset and fit. This space is not about matching a CV to a job, it’s about thinking . . .
Zenzeleni Networks is a project developed at the UWC's Computer Science that facilitates the sustainable creation of community-owned ISPs in the most disadvantaged rural areas of South Africa. Zenzeleni Network is a semi-finalist at the Mozilla's Equal Rating Innovation Challenge that was presented in New York. We are trying to get the public to vote for Zenzeleni as the voting closes at midnight on Thursday 16 March 2017. All you have to do is click on the link provided. https://equalrating.com/vote/ Zenzeleni Networks, is a bottom-up telecommunications co-operatives that allows the most disadvantaged rural areas of South Africa to self-provide affordable communications at a fraction of the cost. With South Africa’s internet penetration about 50%, projects like this will help grow the digital footprint of the country and provide more communities with access to the World Wide Web. Mozilla is a global non-profit organisation dedicated to putting you in control of your online experience and shaping the future of the Web for the public good. mozilla.org The Zenzeleni website: zenzeleni.net and the video about the project itself is in IsiXhosa with English subtitles: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxTPSWMX26M Another shorter video from Mozilla where the project was present in New York: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v9Cto3BG6DM CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Generating value and creating agility in the evolving business landscape of power and utilities With the firm’s goal to focus on ‘future proofing’ in an effort to prepare for both foreseeable and unforeseeable forces that are fundamentally changing the power and utilities industry, KPMG has taken up a diamond sponsorship opportunity at the 2017 African Utility Week. This is part of the firm’s strategy to execute their mastery from an advisory perspective. Apart from the wealth of knowledge that the firm has to offer to African Utility Week’s attendees, KPMG looks forward to exercising their commitment to helping organisations with robust, sustainable and flexible strategies, in addition to models that can adapt quickly in a dynamically unfolding future. When KPMG’s experts were asked about the biggest challenges currently engulfing the sector, the first issue that they outlined was that energy security remains elusive on the African continent. The International Energy Agency (IEA) estimates that two out of three people in sub-Saharan Africa do not have access to electricity. This translates into 620 million people on the continent without electricity – and for those that have – the supply is unreliable and very expensive compared to world standards. “There is an emerging trend in the sector. Utility-scale developments are decreasing, while we see a lot more of community-sized generation projects. Businesses and communities are also showing interest in becoming less dependent on the national grids. In rural Africa, especially, the economics of expanding the national grids do not make sense, hence there is a significant trend towards mini-grids and other off-grid solutions,” says Ahmed Jaffer, Chairman of KPMG in South Africa and the Head of Power and Utilities. De Buys Scott, Senior Partner in Deal Advisory and Head of Infrastructure Advisory at KPMG in South Africa, adds that gravitating towards off-grid and smaller solutions in terms generation . . .
Cape Town, 14 March 2017 – South Africa’s discerning luxury consumers can now shop at 150 luxury boutiques on the streets of Italy via Italist, the world’s largest online shopping portal fully dedicated to selling the world’s luxury brands from Italy’s luxury multi-brand independent fashion retailers. This is according to Italist CEO, Diego Abba, who was in South Africa this week to announce the company’s presence in South Africa. He says that without leaving their homes, both men and women will now be able to shop at some of Italy’s most beautiful stores, which have only ever been accessible to South Africans who actually travel overseas and visit the boutiques on the streets of Italy. “Now luxury lovers can conveniently shop for the broadest selection of luxury clothes, shoes and accessories from over 150 premium multi-brand retailers, via the Italist online marketplace,” he says. “On Italist.com the South African luxury shopper will now have access to a wide selection of exclusive products from some of the world’s top luxury brands such as Balenciaga, Bottega Veneta, Celine, Givenchy, Gucci, Missoni, to the most current designers such as Off-White, Golden Goose and Mary Katrantzou selected from top luxury multi-brand stores.” Furthermore, Italist provides consumers with access to limited edition offerings that are almost impossible to find anywhere else except for in the physical stores in a few cities in Italy. Through Italist, consumers can also enjoy very competitive prices on their purchases, which are priced the same as they would be when purchasing these goods from luxury boutiques along the streets of Italy, but with a better assortment and at lower prices than the rest of the world. “In creating Italist, we wanted to revolutionise the luxury shopping experience for everyone around the world, where they can conveniently browse and purchase premium goods through this one-stop marketplace,” says Diego Abba, Co-Founder and CEO of Italist. . . .
GetSavvi Health firmly believes in the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle. That’s why we’re very proud to sponsor two extraordinary gentlemen who will this year tick off something on their bucket list by taking part in the Absa Cape Epic. GetSavvi Health firmly believes in the importance of an active and healthy lifestyle. That’s why we’re very proud to sponsor two extraordinary gentlemen who will this year tick off something on their bucket list by taking part in the Absa Cape Epic. The Absa Cape Epic takes place from 19 to 26 March and is an eight-day mountain bike race. The race, which is not for the faint-hearted, stretches over more than 800km across the beautiful landscapes of the Western Cape and includes about 15 000m of climbing over some of the most magnificent passes in South Africa. GetSavvi Health sponsored Ashley Kulsen and Donny Petersen to assist in their admirable feat. Both racers are taking part to raise awareness and funds for the House Andrew Murray (HAM) organisation and the amazing work they do to help orphaned kids in the Boland region. We caught up with both racers to learn more about how they prepared for the Absa Cape Epic, how they stay focussed, and why they chose to create awareness for the HAM organisation. 1. Why did you enter the Absa Cape Epic? As avid cyclists, it has always been a dream of ours to one day participate in the Absa Cape Epic – after all, it’s the ultimate bucket list item for any mountain biker. We’ve talked about it for the last three years but never imagined our first race would be this soon. We were fortunate enough to be offered a voluntary enter after another team had to withdraw from the race. 2. Why did you choose to support the House Andrew Murray organisation? When the opportunity to enter arose we thought it a perfect opportunity to give back to the community and decided to dedicate our first race to a charitable organisation. As we’re both from the Boland area, we chose . . .