[Johannesburg, Gauteng, 28/01/2019] - PrepaidWealth.com, a recently launched South African FinTech Startup for accumulating cash or providing discounts when data and airtime is purchased from the platform, is launching a programme that will enable schools to raise money passively from teachers and parents when they buy their personal data and airtime. Schools will create their own group accounts separately on the PrepaidWealth.com platform. Teachers and parents will then join the group on their own or ask the school to include them. Every time the parents and teachers buy data and airtime from the platform, 80% of the margins or discounts that retailers get from data and airtime will be donated to the schools for fundraising purposes. The platform accumulates 80% of the discounts collectively from all the teachers and parents within a school group. The accumulated discounts can be withdrawn in cash once the accumulated amount is at least R200. The discounts provided to retailers vary from 1.5% to 9.5% and therefore one can assume an average discount rate of 5%. A school that can get 350 teachers and parents to join the school group on PrepaidWealth.com as members can raise R25,500 per year, assuming that they spend an average of R150 on data and airtime per month each. The data and airtime provided on PrepaidWealth.com is from all mobile service providers; namely, Vodacom, MTN, CellC, Telkom, Virgin Mobile. The platform also provides prepaid electricity services as well as services from Mozambique Vodacom and Econet Mobile. “The schools programme will unlock a passive way of raising funds for curriculum and extra curriculum activities for schools. At some schools, it might replace or complement the currently used fundraising methods” – Gabriel Nkuna, co-founder of PrepaidWealth.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on FinTech Startup launches a programme that will raise money passively from data and airtime for . . .
LAND | a solo exhibition by Lisette Forsyth Land. “South Africa belongs to all who live in it” was the dream But now land is the ultimate issue and the great divide Because land defines who, what and where we are With land we are all monarchs, without it we are serfs This current art of mine is an expression of the riddle of the land Which has to be solved. Somehow. For all our sakes. - Lisette Forsyth Recent events in South Africa and the progress of the proposed amendment to the Constitution to allow for expropriation of land without compensation have posed critical questions such as: Whose land is to be expropriated? What criteria for expropriation will be utilized? Who is to be the beneficiary under such expropriation? It is against this backdrop that artist Lisette Forsyth stages her exhibition LAND which takes place during Art Week Cape Town. Exhibition information: Venue: StateoftheART Gallery, 50 Buitenkant Street, Cape Town Date: 11 - 18 February Hours: Monday to Friday: 10:00 – 17:00, Saturday: 10:00 till 14:00. Entry: Complimentary Artist Walkabout 14 February at 14:00 hrs 16 February at 11:00 hrs For those unable to attend in person, the exhibition may be viewed online at StateoftheART Lisette Forsyth is a Cape Town based artist. The city and its residents, the people as well as the fauna and flora, are the inspiration for the artworks she creates. She studied graphic design at the Cape Technicon, majoring in photography and printing. Between 1992 and 1994, she completed an internship at Mechanical Graphics at the Bayerische Rundfunk, Germany. In 1998 she took up a four month residence in the Caretaker's Studio while on a working holiday in Perth, Western Australia, culminating in a group exhibition: Cottesloe the People. The artist has exhibited nationally and internationally, participating in over ten group exhibitions and six solo exhibitions. LAND is the artist's third solo exhibition with StateoftheART, following . . .
Great businesses are not merely built on service but exceptional service and great customer experience; and an important element of their success is the value-proposition they deliver to their customers. Great businesses understand that for them to thrive and survive, they need to be constantly focusing on delivering value to their customers. “Exceptional businesses differentiate their offering on service and not necessarily price alone because research has proven again and again that consumers are willing to pay a premium, provided they “get great service” and great value for what they are paying for”, says Femi Adebanji, Customer Service Speaker and Expert. Femi, who heads the Service Excellence Institute, South Africa, further goes on to add that if organisations want to deliver the type of value that sets them apart, then they first need to be clear on two things: Firstly, what their “value-proposition” to their customers is and secondly, be clear on how their customers define value. “Otherwise, you might think you’re offering your customers value and be completely off the mark”, says Femi. He goes on to add that in the customer-economy where we find ourselves, the truth is that the power has shifted from businesses to consumers and thanks to the power of social media, consumers now have the power to shift and shape perception for or against brands. Consequently, businesses must focus a lot more on asking themselves – how do we deliver, tangible, exceptional value to our customers while delivering a seamless and hassle-free customer experience? If your value-proposition is not compelling enough, the fact is that potential customers will end up buying from your competitors and not from you. ‘A simple way of coming up with a compelling value proposition, says Femi, is to ask yourself the two important questions your customers are asking themselves, which is “Why should they buy from you and not your competitors and secondly, what’s in it for . . .
[Cape Town, 19 January 2019] – Since its official launch in Q4 of 2018, NJIN Agency has prioritised the signing of specific (much-loved) South African brands and companies where the agency felt it could make a real and positive impact. By signing with the WSB Cape Cobras Cricket Team as its full-service digital marketing and technologies partner, NJIN Agency is taking strides to further position itself as the go-to agency for South African sport, music and entertainment companies. >> view NJIN Agency website “To be fair, we’ve previously enjoyed an association with the WSB Cape Cobras under the umbrella of our former parent company, so it’s not like this is 100% new,” says Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “But we’re happy that we’ve been chosen to take over and move that relationship forward . . . Following our recent partnership with The Parlotones, we’re satisfied with the way iconic and Proudly SA brands are embracing our message.” Driven Specialists. #NO.BS Community-focused with an unwavering commitment to getting the very best performances out of their team, The WSB Cape Cobras is very much a mirror image of NJIN Agency’s approach to service delivery. “The WSB Cape Cobras are proudly pedantic about who we choose to partner with,” says Brand and Sponsorships manager, David Brooke. “NJIN Agency has proven itself to be reliable and thoughtful in their approach to our digital marketing and technology requirements . . . we expect great things from our partnership going forward.” Driven Specialists. #NO.BS “We’re just super-chuffed to be able to contribute to the WSB Cape Cobras,” says NJIN Agency MD, Dennis Armstrong. “For our Cape Town-based clients and team-members the association also affords the opportunity to watch some of the world’s best players showcase their talent in what is, surely, the most beautiful cricket ground on the planet. We’re honoured to be a part of the WSB Cape Cobras family.” For more information please visit . . .
REMOVE ME: Mahala Johannesburg 19 January 2019 - You definitely don't want to miss out on the best way to kick off 2019! If you’re a cool cat, you will know about Woodstock! In the summer of 1969 Woodstock made history through its three day music festival, which was held on a dairy farm in the Catskill Mountains, northwest of New York City. The festival attracted more than 400, 000 people, who gathered in the name of peace and music. It was unexpected and at the same time, gave rise to the notion that human beings are inherently good and peace loving; and music is the food that feeds such souls - plus, we all need a day or three out of the city. Boutique Farm Festival 2019 (#BFF2019) offers you just that - a three day festival with more than 20 of South Africa's greatest music acts, hosted at the Tweefontein Melkery farm, conveniently located just off the R21 between Pretoria and Kempton Park. Unlike Woodstock, we want to manage expectations and are starting out small. We have made 400 tickets available to the public, which includes free camping for three (3) days and to ensure your comfort, we promise you enough showers and toilets. Bring your friends, your tents and get ready for an unforgettable three day weekend from the 25th to the 27th January, 2019.#BFF2019 brings you a three day festival of 20 of South Africa's greatest music acts, hosted at the Tweefontein Melkery farm, conveniently located just off the R21 between Pretoria and Kempton Park. We want you to be part of the best crowd the bands could ever hope for but we also want to ensure your comfort, hence we are only making 400 tickets available. This includes free camping for the 3 days, so bring your own tents. ***** TICKETS ***** Buy your tickets @ https://tickets.tixsa.co.za/event/boutique-farm-festival-2019 R375 per person or R555 per person including festival shirt. No under 18s. No day tickets. Some good news! We have decided to reserve a limited amount of walk-in . . .
Johannesburg , 19 January 2019- December 2018 has come and gone and we find ourselves in January 2019. This however does not mean the end of the holiday period in South Africa. As such, many South Africans, as well as tourists from across the world, will be making their way to different parts of our country. Hotels are usually at full capacity during peak season and service is the order of the day, just as it is in any other part of the world where tourists flock to for their annual holiday break. During this time, hotel rooms are in high demand, all the time, for earlier check-ins. As a partner to the hospitality industry, Servest collaborates with its clients to find innovative and effective solutions to ease the pressures during the busy season. Maalikah says, “As a service delivery agent, we motivate and reward our colleagues to do their best in the time they are given, with the least amount of disruption to our clients.” At this time of year, the industry is under even more pressure than usual, and any mistake from service providers reflects negatively on the image of our client’s brands, a responsibility that Servest takes extremely seriously. As the end user, this being the hotel management, it often costs them in having to provide their guests with gratis products, food and favours, if a room is not ready on time. This inter-dependent cycle of turning over rooms, is an economic model in its own and can make or break the reputation of a locale. Having a dependable cleaning team, is therefore as important as any other component of the hotel’s offerings. This brings to mind the in-sourcing versus outsourcing debate, with the latter still being favoured, particularly in the hospitality environment, as it is much more cost effective when you do the maths with respect to HR matters, uniforms, cleaning equipment and products; as well as the daily management of the function. “We often have hotels who have in-sourced employees, request additional workers . . .
https://youtu.be/-LyKaL7KLqA On 27 December 2018 whilst on a long 15 Kilometer beach run between Kleinemond and Fish River Sun, CEO of Beyond Africa The Mantis Collection - Paul Gardiner, came upon a beached Commons Dolphin. Running through a cleansing African Storm, Paul came upon the struggling beached dolphin. "The dolphin was clearly alive and I was alone on a rainy beach and, despite that, I decided to jump in and try to get him back in the water," explained Paul. "I struggled for about an hour to save this magnificent creature and propped my cellphone on the sand to capture the footage, hoping that the ending would be a triumph," said Gardiner. Being alone Gardiner was prudent in not going too deep into the water for fear of being sucked out in the rip tide. Frustratingly the dolphin kept beaching himself each time Paul floated him out, probably exhausted the dolphin kept on being swept back to shore by the waves. With darkness descending Paul had to cease his rescue attempts and leave the dolphin to the sometimes cruel forces of nature. A clearly emotional Gardiner said his goodbyes and allowed nature to take it's course. The dolphin was young and looked healthy and one always wonders why a single dolphin ends up beaching itself. The first thought is always that man has somehow contributed to the demise of our precious marine animals. Around the world, an estimated one million birds and 100 000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it, perhaps mistaking it for a food. Plastic is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins in all the oceans of the world. "Mantis is very keen to support and get behind any Mantis Marine Activity that will highlight the fragility of our oceans, in association with our friends Rainer and Silke Schimpf from AB Marine and Expert Tours. One of the ways is via a proposed Whale Sculpture to be a receptacle of plastic waste on the beachfront. This . . .
DarkFEST Episode III - Return of the Send Vuurberg Farm, Stellenbosch - We’re calling on you to join the action as DarkFEST announces its return to South Africa for the third episode of pure freeride mountain biking mayhem. All set to hit Stellenbosch in February 2019, DarkFEST is an action-packed event, with huge sends, brutal slams and massive hits with the best crew in MTB. Fronted by bossman Same Reynolds and his legendary build team consisting of Belgian trail building specialist Nico Vink and all-round Austrian powerhouse Clemens Kaudela, all have one common goal, to go bigger than ever before, if that's even possible. The year of 2019 is set to be kicked off in high gear, with some gnarly new additions planned to this already mammoth course. Sam and the boys will begin remodelling the Vuurberg farm in early January to prepare for the arrival of the invited riders and the insanity that’s sure to follow. DarkFEST dates will run through the first week of February 2019 with more public days and additional viewing sessions throughout. If you can make it out to Stellenbosch to witness the shred, bookmark the 8th and 9th of February in your calendars. The public days at DarkFEST don't disappoint either, if you want to get a taste of the excitement. "We're inviting some of the worlds best riders again, many returning faces from last year and maybe a couple other legends as well," - Sam Reynolds. The full list of riders is to be announced soon. For now we can confirm: Sam Reynolds (GB) Adolf Silva (ES) Ethan Nell (USA) Tom Vam Steenbergen (CAN) Brendan Faiclough (GB) Theo Erlangson (ZA) "We always want to make it bigger and better and it was already pretty damn big and pretty damn good last year, so it's going to be a real challenge to make something better than that. We are totally up for it and I know I've got the two guys for the job!" Sam Reynolds. So there you have it, the 2019 edition of DarkFEST is locked and loaded and . . .
Cape Town, December 15, 2018 – The internet has really changed how people do business around the world. Its efficiency and convenience are beneficial to almost every industry. The pay TV sector being one of them. Gone are the days when homeowners and businesses relied on TV aerials for transmission of signals in order to watch favourite television shows, movies, and sports. The internet has redefined television viewing across the globe. Unfortunately, here in Africa, it would be a while before everybody gets to enjoy benefits of pay TV. That is because for one to be connected to the service they need internet connectivity, which isn’t available in many areas around the continent. According to statistics, only 35% of Africa’s population had access to the internet by the end of 2017. The percentage is distributed unevenly between the countries, with the more developed states like South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal having more than half of their population connected to the internet. The connectivity is mainly focused around urban areas where wired infrastructures are already in place, hence making the set-up process easy and cost-effective. Mr. Clinton Francis, the owner of Supersat DStv Installation Cape Town, noted that there is a growing demand for diversification of content which is made possible by the availability of pay tv. “MultiChoice is doing a very good job with its pay tv service called Showmax. They provide clients with many hours of both local and international content which they can view comfortably from their televisions, personal computers, smartphone, or tablet – provided they are logged in and there is internet access.” As more pay TV solutions are gearing to take over the market, and local content producers like “Nollywood” in Nigeria working tirelessly to produce quality movies and series, the entire industry will grow faster once internet connectivity reaches more areas in a couple of years. “After working in the industry for . . .
Next year's Takealot Tour of Good Hope has broadened its appeal with the addition of a race for solo cyclists. The five-day road tour takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8 and will now offer a pro-elite tour, an amateur tour with a team focus and the new solo race. All three events will include a general classification for individual riders. Fritz Pienaar, of race organisers ASG Events, said the solo option was added in response to a call from riders who did not feel the need to ride as part of a team. "There was a lot of interest from riders who have participated in the past as individuals to keep a solo section," said Pienaar. "They were not so keen to ride in a team event and did not want to be forced to join one. "So there is a market there for guys who want to ride solo and that led to our decision to rethink the entry options." He felt it would add value to the event and tied in with an approach of being inclusive. "There will be a new dynamic with this move and I think it speaks to us trying to get everybody involved in what is a fantastic stage race. "We didn't want anyone to be disadvantaged and, by offering a solo race, it means anyone can still be part of the stage race vibe." Pienaar said the pro-elite race, which boasts UCI status for the first time, would be run under the governing body's regulations while the rules for the amateur team event would remain unchanged. "The only new development in terms of the entries is that you can now enter as an individual." He added that the king of the mountains and sprint competitions would apply only to the pro-elite and amateur team events. "This means much of the focus will remain on these races, but we are happy to have satisfied the demand for those who want to ride as individuals." The amateur race for teams will comprise open men, women, junior, mixed and veteran sections while the solo event will cater for men, women and veterans (over-30). Pienaar . . .