Artificial cardiac device implantation is increasingly replacing donor heart transplantation in South Africa and around the world, and is likely to totally replace it within the next 10 to 15 years. This is the view of Dr Willie Koen, an internationally renowned cardiac and transplant surgeon who practises at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town. “Mechanical heart device implantation is reaching new levels of maturity internationally, to the extent that it already takes place twice as often as biological heart transplantation,” he added. “In my view, mechanical heart implantation is changing the face of heart medicine and is resulting in a revolution in the field of cardiac replacement,” argued Dr Koen, who spoke last weekend at the 26th World Congress Of The World Society Of Cardiothoracic Surgeons, which was jointly hosted with The 17th Annual SA Heart Congress. “Mechanical implants do not as yet have the same longevity for the patient as the biological option, but can nevertheless currently support a patient for between six to eight years. We fully expect this to improve as artificial devices are undergoing rapid development, and there is little doubt that within the next decade or so they will have the longevity of the biological option which is 20 years or more.” “The late Professor Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world's first human to human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town on 3 December 1967, commented in the Cape Times in 2000 after we implanted the first artificial Berlin Heart, that he did not believe that mechanical transplantation would ever replace biological heart transplantation,” noted Dr Koen. “This is an indication of just how far artificial heart technology has come since then.” Dr Koen, who is a founding member and vice-president of the Pan African Society of Cardio-thoracic Surgeons, said during an interview at the Congress, that mechanical implantation holds a number of advantages . . .
CAPE TOWN, SEPTEMBER: Multinational water innovation Crystal Lagoons recently entered the South African and broader African market, bringing their award winning technology which is patented in 160 countries, to partner with real estate developers to create the world’s top amenity: an environmentally friendly crystal-clear lagoon of unlimited dimensions, which uses half the water of a park of the same size and 30 times less water than a golf course. Pricewaterhouse Coopers’ (PwC) “Real Estate 2020: Building the Future” identifies that global megatrends such as rapid urbanization, technology and sustainability will drive growth in the real estate industry across Africa over the next four years. PwC estimates that the urban population in Africa will increase to 56% in 2050, making it the most rapidly urbanizing region in the world. The report also found that the global trend of innovative, sustainable and low-cost technologies is expected to continue in Africa. “Crystal Lagoons offers an amenity that answers all of these needs. The lagoons, which are developed at very low construction and maintenance costs, can use any type of water – fresh, salt, or brackish (which has no alternative use), providing a sustainable solution for the efficient use of water resources,” says Alastair Sinclair, Crystal Lagoons’ Regional Director for Africa. “A Crystal Lagoon makes good business sense in any development, increasing sales rates and prices and opening up previously unfeasible locations to development. Crystal Lagoons’ technology is environmentally friendly as it involves very low water consumption, because the lagoons work on closed circuits, and only the water lost via evaporation needs replacing. In addition, by using Crystal Lagoons evaporation control film technology, water lost to evaporation is 50% less than with natural evaporation,” adds Sinclair. “Sustainability is a key factor driving all new developments in Africa, and Crystal Lagoons’ technology is of . . .
This season, we are enamoured with jewellery’s most flattering metal – rose. Reworking popular motifs and classic PANDORA designs, the PANDORA Rose series offers up a collection of enduring classics tinged with the elegance of blush-coloured metal. Layer it, stack it, or simply show it off. Marking the launch of a new era of style, where tradition meets innovation, PANDORA proudly presents PANDORA Rose, a unique blend of metals with a warm and romantic pink colour. Highlighting the beauty of sparkling stones and flattering all skin tones, PANDORA Rose blush-coloured metal is soft and discreet; its rose colour provides the perfect feminine touch to any outfit or occasion. PANDORA Rose is hand-finished to the exacting standards synonymous with PANDORA and will launch globally in all PANDORA stores on 1 September 2016. Shimmering Feather - Representing renewed hope, life and beginnings, the organic form of the symbolic feather is rendered in PANDORA’s muted pink metal. Embellished with micro-set stones, the elegant designs of the ring and pendant make a stylish statement with a nod to bohemian sensibilities. Sparkling Bows - In keeping with the season’s strong vintage feel, neat and tidy bows decorated with glittering stones are perfect for channelling a feminine feeling. The timeless motif, meticulously crafted with multiple stones, is both on-trend and evergreen. Emblems of Style and Substance A braided ring represents how our lives are connected, and a fairy tale ring, fit for a modern day princess, features a tiara-inspired design with heart details. Ode to Elegance The simple, circular design of PANDORA’s signature series is crafted to exacting standards. Sparkling stone accents lend subtle shine to the graphic form, making the stud earrings perfect for everyday wear. This classic princess-length necklace is adjustable to different lengths and the perfect classic touch for an elegant look. PANDORA jewellery is available across South . . .
There is a new recommendation system on the net and it’s fantastic. The unique intuitive system for streaming sites enables users to access tailored predictions and match shows and movies in real time for you and your friends. Cape Town based developer Rick De Villiers has finally released his new predictions and recommendations system TasteMonster, for streaming sites such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, Showmax and iTunes. The site enables you to gain accurate, timely recommendations and predictions matched to your viewing preferences. There is a growing trend worldwide for people to be choosing streaming media providers over traditional satellite and cable television. But, when faced with so much choice, how do you know what to watch without trawling through each streaming channel? Sure you can look at critic sites like Rotten Tomatoes, but these sites aggregate ratings and provide you with a general consensus. This would work if you considered yourself to be statistically average, but chances are that you are not. Software developer Rick de Villiers explains: “If you have experienced Netflix or Itunes recommendations you’ll know how irrelevant they can be. Most have fallen back to simple genre-based or associative suggestions, for instance I really enjoy Star Wars but dislike Star Trek. The problem here is that my taste in Sci-Fi movies is quite selective and simple recommendations just don’t work for me and are not accurate enough.” How do we create the perfect solution? The natural human method for discovering recommendations is to take suggestions from people that we trust. We’ve all had that experience where we are socialising with friends and someone says “Oh wow have you seen that movie”. The problem here is trust. We don’t trust too many people with their recommendations. Imagine if a system could expose me to 1000 people around the world who I trusted completely, imagine all the great discoveries that I’d make. That would be powerful. . . .
Transnet National Ports Authority’s (TNPA) Port of Port Elizabeth recently signed its first long-term leisure and recreational tenant lease in the Baakens River Precinct, marking a milestone in plans to develop a future waterfront precinct at the harbour. The 15 (fifteen) year lease agreement with black economic empowered entity Lebolog (Pty) Ltd has led to the establishment of the new Shisa African Restaurant, which is located in the vicinity of the Baakens Street, considered one of the finest pieces of Real Estate in the port. The venue was officially unveiled on Friday, 2 September 2016 although trading began on Women’s Day in August. Port Elizabeth Port Manager, Rajesh Dana, said: “The signing of this lease takes the port further along on its journey of evolving into a ‘Smart People’s Port’ with improved community access and recreational activities. “We look forward to attracting a variety of tenants into this precinct in order to promote recreation, tourism and leisure activities in the Port. In the future the port’s Marina Development project – stretching from the Baakens River to Dom Pedro Jetty - will provide opportunities for expansion and growth for businesses,” he added. Lebolog (Pty) Ltd – owned by husband and wife team, Sibusiso and Zoliswa Nkosi – has owned and managed successful shisa nyama restaurants and events in Cape Town over the last few years. Having identified this niche market, they were inspired to create a similarly unforgettable experience in Nelson Mandela Bay by establishing Shisa African Restaurant. Co-founder Zoliswa Majodina Nkosi said: “Our primary aim is to simultaneously uplift the image of Nelson Mandela Bay and the Port of Port Elizabeth by contributing to and being a part of the much anticipated Port Elizabeth Waterfront. We also aim to create a leisure and relaxation venue away from home by combining African cuisine with the traditional South African shisa nyama experience, accompanied by entertainment from local . . .
Africa’s first ever dredging simulator has been launched in the port city of Durban, South Africa – another positive spin-off of ongoing collaboration between Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA), the Transnet Maritime School of Excellence (MSoE), Netherlands based Royal IHC and its world-renowned Training Institute. The high-tech simulator – based at the MSoE’s Langeberg Road premises – will aid in building dredging capability in South Africa. Dredging is specialised underwater excavation that helps to keep ports and harbours safe and navigable and is a critical aspect of port development. Transnet anticipates that over the first three-year period 50 students will complete training on the simulator as part of a holistic dredging training programme and could find work in Southern Africa or with international dredging contractors. TNPA Chief Executive, Richard Vallihu, said the simulator would enable TNPA to support ports in Southern Africa to develop marine skills and grow their economies. “Through this acquisition we can create jobs in line with the Government’s Nine-Point Growth Plan. Among the key focus areas of TNPA’s R56 billion-plus investments under the Transnet Market Demand Strategy (MDS) are creating capacity ahead of demand, maintenance upgrades, skills development and job creation. We are therefore striving to build our own capabilities by developing mission critical skills that will help us to cater for the needs of the Southern African port system. Instead of sending staff overseas for dredging training we can now do this locally through the dredging school to be fully operational by 2017. “A number of regional ports are also ramping up plans to expand port capacity including major dredging projects, so we would like to be in a position to provide human capacity for that as well in the near future,” he said. The multi-million Rand simulator mimics the control panel of an actual dredging vessel, complete with environmental . . .
On September 25, 2016, David Barnard will take on the Grand to Grand Ultra in honor of the END Fund and the fight against neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in Africa. By participating in this extreme multi-stage race, David has committed himself to raising awareness and funds to help the over 1.6 billion people worldwide whose lives are affected by NTDs. The Grand to Grand Ultra is a six-stage, 273 km race held in vicinity of one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World, the Grand Canyon, in the United States. David, a well-known South African tech and development activist and Africa Policy Advisory Board member of the ONE Campaign, is no stranger to extreme multi-stage races of this nature. He has already completed races in the Kalahari, Namib, Sahara, Gobi and Atacama deserts, as well as Antarctica. This will be his first race in North America and the fifth leg of his quest to complete a desert race on all seven continents. “Running the Grand to Grand Ultra is more than just trying to finish another desert race. My participation in these races provides me with an opportunity to support causes and campaigns dedicated to development issues in Africa and making a difference in society,” David said. “For this adventure, my aim is to raise funds for the END Fund, promote its work, and contribute to increased public understanding of NTDs and their devastating impact, especially in Africa.” Many parts of the world still reel from the health and socio-economic impacts that are caused by these diseases of neglect. Five of the most common NTDs, and ones the END Fund focuses on, include trachoma, river blindness, schistosomiasis, intestinal worms, and lymphatic filariasis. While they may not cause immediate deaths like more globally known diseases such as malaria or HIV, they leave long-lasting devastation like disabilities, stunt education and economic growth, and create other health problems that can lead to death. As David embarks on his seven-day race at . . .
It’s that time of the year once again, where 3M South Africa, one of the world’s largest innovative and multi technology groups continues to build on the success of the HIP2B² 3M Innovation Challenge. The challenge, which was launched in 2012 by 3M and non-profit youth organisation HIP2B² is gearing up for an explosive 2016 event which aims to unearth the best technological and innovative ideas that the youth have to offer, using the Sciences Applied to Life as the benchmark for all entries. The call is out now for grade 9 and 10 learners to enter the 2016 challenge, which tasks them with finding innovative solutions to everyday problems they face. Those entrants who make it to the final round will benefit from exposure to 3M's wealth of intellectual and product resources, in support of their quest to become South Africa's Top Young Innovator 2016. Your innovation must be a solution to any of the following everyday problems: Howe we get from Place to Place How we stay healthy How we stay safe How to make everyday tasks easier “The previous Challenges were a great success and made a significant impact on those learners who participated," said Gina Cohen, Customer Innovation Centre Host & Customer Engagement Specialist Business Services Operations. “Science, is just science, until you make it improve the world. Learners are often overlooked by adults when it comes to solving real-life problems. We want to see the project ultimately feeding the pipeline of scarce skills in the fields of engineering and technology and changing perceptions of these fields. The ideas of young people should be encouraged, not ignored." HIP2B² was founded in 2002 to promote the study of Maths, Science and technology-related subjects as a means to develop problem solving skills and analytical thinking. Its ultimate aim is to contribute towards a growing culture of entrepreneurship, which will better ensure South Africa’s future economic prosperity. "We . . .
After combing the country for its finest first and second year university-level performing artists, the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) selected 24 finalists who are in the running for NLC Scholarships. These 24 students, who excel in either acting, dance, musical theatre or singing, will go head-to-head at final rounds in Cape Town and Johannesburg. ACT has been supporting arts students through their Scholarship Programme since 2009. But 2016 is an exciting year for the Programme as there are more Scholarships on offer to Grade 12 scholars and first and second year university students than ever before. Funded by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), and supported by the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity, the 2016 Scholarships Programme will change the lives of dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre scholars and students with scholarships to the value of R800 000. The first year students to make it through to the acting finals are; Nambitha Tyelbooi (Johannesburg), Enyha Swanepoel (Cape Town), and Thembelihle Ngubo (Pietermaritzburg). The first year dance finalists are; Bronwyn Adams (Cape Town), Mari-Claire van Heerden (Pretoria), and Sherizaan Crosson (Pretoria). All three of the first year musical theatre finalists hail from Pretoria, they are; Sindisile Nkuna, Khumbulani Bonani, and Mpilwenhle Sikhosana. Another Pretorian to make it is singer Omphile Kgogome, while Cape Town sees two singing finalists; Blaine Josephs Aqeela Solomons. In the second year grouping Yonela Ngoni (Durban), Tshegofatso Mabutla (Cape Town), and Ayabonga Makanya (Cape Town) will be competing in the acting category. Awonke Mtojana (Cape Town), Zoe Hannan (Cape Town), and Luzanne De Leeuw (Pretoria) have made it through to the dance finals. Pretorians Hizel Riffel, Songezo Khumalo, and Joëlle Rochecouste will battle it out for a musical theatre scholarship. And Nokukhanya Ntuli (Potchefstroom), Katleho Mokhoabane . . .
A detrimental mistake that many sellers make when listing their property on the market is inflating the asking price. This is according to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who says that sellers often ask for a higher amount in order to give themselves a cushion during the negotiation process. “A seller may have a certain amount that they would like to get out of the sale of the property. Anticipating that prospective buyers will put in lower offers than the initial asking price, sellers often inflate the price of the home to counter this and still get out what they hoped for. However, the problem is that if a property is overpriced, it will have limited appeal among buyers. Buyers won’t take the time to view a property that they deem to be overpriced and would rather look at homes priced at what they deem to be reasonable market value. An inflated asking price will only make correctly-priced homes look more appealing,” says Goslett. Emotional attachment is another reason many sellers over evaluate their property. Homeowners who have lived in their home for many years and have put a lot of time, money and effort into making it their own, will feel that it may be worth more than the market dictates. “Emotions are often what leads sellers to see their home has having more value than other properties in their area, however, buyers won’t have the same perception of the property,” says Goslett. He notes that while price is not the only factor that buyers consider, homes that are priced correctly at fair market value will appeal to a larger target market and won’t be on the market for very long. When buyers are comparing properties that are in the same area and offer similar features, price becomes the number one factor that will influence their decision making process. With the number of properties available on the market showing signs of growth, sellers that over price their homes are taking themselves out of the game . . .