Prepare for the most anticipated horror novel from author, Shaun M Jooste. Based on the popular survival horror video game and film franchise 'Silent Hill', the novel takes you on a new journey set within the titular town. At the end of October 2016, acclaimed horror writer Shaun M Jooste will be launching his much anticipated debut 'Silent Hill' novel, entitled 'Silent Hill: Betrayal'. After several interviews and announcements around the globe, and several debates in Silent Hill Communities, the highly expected supernatural horror novel is almost upon us. Here's a synopsis: 'Trevor wakes up from another nightmare of Silent Hill just before getting a call that the police are after him following the apparent suicide of his wife, Caroline. He barely escapes with his lover Kathy and best friend Jay Nixon, the police force hot on their tail on the dark highway. During the pursuit, a mist covers the road and a strange man with a metallic object on his head causes them to crash on the outskirts of Silent Hill. When Trevor awakens, he finds himself alone at the scene of the accident with no knowledge of where the others are. His search for them not only reveals that the town is haunted with terrifying creatures, but is also tainted with clues of Caroline’s presence. As his struggle through the misty town leads him closer to Kathy’s whereabouts, Trevor learns the truth of Caroline’s death. And with this knowledge, he discovers that everyone that had a part to play in her misery has been brought together to Silent Hill to account for their sins. In the midst of the pain and the blood stands Caroline’s mysterious guardian with the metallic stained pyramid on his head… and he is ready to exact justice for their betrayal…' The novel will be available in Vanilla (simply text and dogmatic ending), and Extended (text, maps, images, and 5 alternative endings for the hardcore reader / gamer) Editions. Launching 31 October 2016 at an online Amazon store near you, . . .
Top companies who managed to improve their productivity throughout the year have been honoured at the National Productivity Awards held at Gallagher Estates, Midrand this past weekend. The Productivity SA Awards are a means to recognise creativity, innovation and productivity within South African enterprises. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31(1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity, thus contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and economic efficiency. The Chairman of the Productivity SA board, Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba in his welcome speech said “Behind productivity growth is the worker, strong work culture, and the worker working smarter. This establishes a need for South Africa to make important adjustments and improvements in the labour market which is characterised by structural mismatches resulting from historical patterns of production in the economy on one hand, and education and skills development on the other.” Productivity and competitiveness are concepts that are important in order to harness the energy that build economies. The need exists to address these challenges via raising national productivity and competitiveness, which is a key challenge in itself. The Keynote Speaker at the function President of the Black Business Council, Dr Danisa Baloyi, urged everyone from business, labour and government to work together with Productivity SA in ensuring that it becomes the apex of productivity and is accessible to all who need the interventions. The winners were awarded in the following categories: Emerging: Eat Smart Organics (Cape Town) Corporate: Eberspächer South Africa (Pty) Ltd (Port Elizabeth) Public sectors: SAFCOL Timbadola Sawmill (Levubu, Limpopo) and Cooperative sector: Inqolobane Yobumbano Secondary Co-operative (Durban) The Deputy Minister of Labour Inkosi Phathekile Holomisa says the . . .
(20 October, 2016, CAPE TOWN) Nine vintners have been shortlisted for this year’s Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year award. The Winemaker awards, now in its 36th year, and Young Winemaker in its 16th year, are by far the most prestigious awards on the South African wine calendar. While other awards focus on the wine, the Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year awards celebrate the skills, talent and dedication of those who actually make the wine. The field was narrowed down to nine finalists through rigorous judging over two days by a team of wine gurus, including renowned UK-based wine educator and businesswoman Nancy Gilchrist. All the judges agree that it will be a close race for the top prize, a clear indication that the finalist wines are outstanding. Judges examined each wine evaluating appearance, aroma, taste and aftertaste and overall impression. The competition affords budding winemakers a shot at the sought-after title since entries are accepted from a wide a spectrum of producers and it is free to enter. Four well-known winemakers will battle for the prize in the Young Winemaker category, while five will vie for the Winemaker of the Year award. As in previous years, a few winemakers have been shortlisted for more than one submission. The awards will be presented at a gala dinner at La Residence hotel in Franschhoek on 19 November 2016. The winning Winemaker receives R50 000 while the Young Winemaker, R25 000. Both winemakers get two return business class tickets on Delta Airlines to any wine producing region in the USA. The 2016 Diners Club Winemaker and Young Winemaker of the Year Award finalists are: Winemaker of the Year category: Tertius Boshoff – Stellenrust Wines – 2015 Stellenrust Old Bushvine Chenin Blanc & 2015 Stellenrust 51 Barrel Fermented Chenin Blanc 2015 Pierre Wahl – Rijk's Cellar – 2014 Private Cellar Chenin Blanc Lizelle Gerber – Boschendal – 2016 Boschendal . . .
A Sophiatown theme and exceptional entertainment set the tone at Sun International’s The Maslow Hotel last night, when six industry stalwarts were named Lifetime Achievement Award winners and five young creatives were recognised for their talent at the 19th annual Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) Awards. At the core of the Awards, is the announcement of Lifetime Achievement recipients who have each had a lifelong commitment to the arts, and this year, six deserving luminaries were recognised. The recipients are nominated by the ACT Board of Trustees and selected by current and previous ACT Trustees. Categories include: Theatre, Music, Visual Art, Literature, Arts Advocacy and Dance. This year, ACT honoured Pieter-Dirk Uys for Theatre, Johnny Clegg for Music, Penny Siopis for Visual Art, Dr. Mongane Wally Serote for Literature, Albie Sachs for Arts Advocacy and Johaar Mosaval for Dance. “Our list of South African icons would not be complete without entering the names of these remarkable individuals alongside the likes of Miriam Makeba, Nadine Gordimer and Dr. John Kani, to mention a few,” says ACT CEO, Pieter Jacobs. “Their exemplary careers have enriched the arts and culture industry significantly, leaving a legacy that inspires young artists, such as the ImpACT Award recipients, to strive to reach a high level of excellence in their chosen fields.” The ImpACT Awards for young professionals are given annually to honour young artists or businesses that have reached a notable level in their career. Giving the masses a voice through the public nomination process, ACT proudly boasts a first-rate selection of these individuals in the categories of Theatre, Visual Art, Music, Dance and Design. Visual artist, Chepape Makgato; singer, Thandi Ntuli; actor Mkhululi Z. Mabija; designer, Jody Paulsen; and dancer, Sunnyboy Motau were named the 2016 ImpACT Award winners. Each boasting a bourgeoning creative career, this year’s winners collectively represent . . .
SouthernX will be fully integrated into The SpaceStation as of 1 November to form a wholly publisher owned private media marketplace within Media24. This move will mean that The SpaceStation will be the only media sales house with expertise in both premium (including native) and programmatic, with the breadth and depth of inventory to back it up. Gustav Goosen, CEO of The SpaceStation says: “We are thrilled to have SouthernX on board and cannot wait to see the benefits of our range of programmatic offers roll out for our clients.” The new division will be headed up by SouthernX’s Managing Director Paula Raubenheimer who will become Head of Programmatic at The SpaceStation. Says Raubenheimer: “This integration is a strong reflection of the growing importance of programmatic in South Africa’s digital media space. For South Africa’s largest publisher to have made this move so that they can be certain that programmatic is 100% integrated into their existing sales teams, is a telling acknowledgement of the value of programmatic.” Gustav also notes that this move takes their competitive offering and the value they provide to clients to the next level: “We have always strongly believed in the effectiveness of premium ad campaigns. Now we are able to offer even more - a simpler solution that is a single point of contact for both premium and programmatic (RTB and Premium Direct) ad buys, giving clients strong, engaging and strategic campaigns that use the best of both approaches across a network of SA’s largest digital publishers, largely driven by 24.com at Media24.” The integration means that The SpaceStation’s programmatic offering will be even more agnostic in terms of both technology and buyers. SouthernX essentially becomes The SpaceStation’s platform agnostic Sell-Side Platform (SSP) able to plug into App Nexus, Google Ad Exchange and others in the near future. As one of the first media exchange market places in South Africa, SouthernX have always been . . .
Cape Town, South Africa – October 20 2016- #CNNiReport – TGIF Zone has taken a bold step by launching its new mobile social media application TGIF for Android and IOS. TGIF “Thank God It’s Friday” is an application that allows users to share their images with their followers with a small twist, once a picture has been taken or uploaded, it is blurred and cannot be altered in any way only allowing the user to choose whether or not they would like to share it with their followers. TGIF is intended to give the general public a chance to share precious memories and still maintain the original moment. It is aimed at allowing users to share what they like with a build up that in turn makes Fridays very memorable. Unlike other social media mobile apps, TGIF doesn't allow users to like or favorite pictures. Instead it lets them add other users images to their trays and in turn shows them to their followers whilst saving them from being deleted for another week. This all contributes to a picture sharing experience unlike any that has been available on social media. It has simply given a whole new meaning to social media picture sharing that goes against the norm. Some may think that something that you cannot alter to your liking is simply not ideal for such an application, especially one that doesn’t allow you to see them unless you use a “selfie camera”. TGIF Zone Co-Founder Panashe Muzamhindo has clearly stated why he believes this is the key feature that will separate it from the rest and give it an edge. “When you look at it, social media has created an unrealistic ideal image for everyone,” said Panashe. “See, whether you’re a stay at home mom or a gym coach, an industry standard has been set to tell you exactly how you should look which has been exaggerated by the ability to enhance these images. There was a time when a moment could be shared and appreciated in its raw state with all its imperfections; that is what we strive for.” TGIF is available on the . . .
The increasing demand on South Africa’s national grid has driven many businesses to invest in alternative energy efficient sources of power. One of South Africa’s leading consulting engineering firms, GIBB, has over the years been involved in numerous projects which require energy efficiency, environmental sustainability and green buildings. The No 5 Silo building, located at the prestigious Silo Precinct, Victoria & Alfred Waterfront, Cape Town has become greener, thanks to the electrical engineering completed by GIBB. The project’s electrical and related construction costs were in the region of R21 million. GIBB’s role in the project entailed electrical engineering for the building as well as its anchor tenants. The scope of work included designs for Green Star points such as electricity sub-metering systems and energy efficient lighting, with a high percentage of the luminaires using LED light sources. In addition, electrical engineering solutions including lighting control system designs for daylight saving, occupancy sensors and timers were implemented. “This is a 4 green star building comprising a gross construction area of 16 600 m2, over seven levels, with multiple anchor tenants. One of our roles was to ensure that our work complemented the overall green qualities of the building,” said Dennis Forster, Technical Executive at GIBB. The firm had to work on the management of light pollution, in particular externally, to reduce wasted light, such as upward shining light. Other elements included design specification and tender documentation for a Photovoltaic installation on the roof of the building, to generate electricity from sunlight and deliver the electricity safely to the rest of the building. “We designed a bank of three parallel connected diesel standby generators that deliver essential power to not only No 5 Silo, but also to several other properties in the Silo precinct, during times of power failures,” added Forster. This was . . .
Split Signs is a double bill performance at the Theatre Arts Admin Collective featuring exciting new work by Julia de Rosenwerth and Adriana Jamisse. These young dance artists are working towards a language of movement and improvisation that is exploratory and different. Both de Rosenwerth and Jamisse have worked with award winning chreographer Nicola Elliot. Elliot was one of the Theatre Arts Admin Collective’s Emerging Theatre Directors Bursary receipients in 2012. Split Signs is a unique collaboration between artists of dance, photography and design. Friends and colleagues shared skills and expertise as they worked towards creating a production that is multidisplinary and multidimensional. The first work Split is a solo piece choreographed and performed by de Rosenwerth and directed by Jamisse. “This work emerged from an exploration of significant childhood memories,“ says de Rosenwerth. “I recognised a particular uneasiness I felt toward them and in response, through movement and costume, I began to purposefully invert, destabilise and deform my own female body. I became interested in the different political, gender-based and sexual readings that can arise from seeing a female body constantly upside down. “As a womxn, I often experience a rift between knowing my own subjective complexity and continuously being objectified (both by myself and others). This is a result of the male-dominant, hyper-sexualised and hyper-image conscious society that I find myself in. A kind of doubleness or SPLIT in the experience of myself and how I relate to my body is created. I explore this in the work which began on a residency with The Forgotten Angle Theatre Collaborative in 2016.“ Fit of Peak is a duet which follows Split. This is choreographed and performed by de Rosenwerth and Jamisse. “Our duet arose from an investigation into how breath, rhythm and voice could seed a movement vocabulary,“ de Rosenwerth continues. “We chose not to investigate a theme or . . .
Blades are precision made in German factory – delivered on members’ schedule What do you do if you like the shave you’re getting, but you intensely dislike the exorbitant cost of the blades? If you’re Johannesburg residents John Woollam and Chris Irwin, you start by scouring the planet for a factory that makes exceptional blades. You find one in the industrial heartland of Germany that uses high grade steel ground to exacting specifications by superb craftsmen. Then you start a business. Not a conventional business mind you – an online business that actually delivers razor blades directly to the door of South African men on their schedule. With no charge for delivery. In a nutshell, that’s how The Shave Union South Africa was born. “We both wanted the best shave possible, but felt ripped off by the high price of quality razor blades – it’s hard not to. We were determined not to compromise on quality, and because shopping for blades can be a hassle, we wanted to make it convenient for guys.” said Woollam. So what does The Shave Union actually deliver and how much does it cost? Men who sign up will receive four cartridges at a time, each made with 5 blades, for only R42.25. That’s about 40% less than other blades of comparable quality. Guys can decide if they want the blades delivered every 1, 2 or 3 months, and they can cancel anytime. Irwin adds, “You also get a free top-quality razor handle – one of those weighted, ergonomic ones that feels good in your hand. Guys will get a super close, comfortable shave for a low price and can cancel anytime. There’s a lot to like and no risk. We think the whole deal is pretty amazing.” Although razor blade delivery to men’s homes is now common elsewhere in the world, it’s new to South Africa. Will men visit The Shave Union’s website (www.ShaveUnion.co.za) and sign on? “Time will tell”, says Woollam, “We look forward to helping lots of men get a great shave at a low cost. The Shave Union is definitely an idea . . .
Z-Fit is a stylish and unique, quality active wear range blending comfort and functionality with clever design and flattering, beautiful items that will inspire you to live an active life….and not break your budget. An active lifestyle should not be restricted to gym only. Z-fit believes that active wear should be a flexible and beautiful extension of an active life. When you are fit, look good, and feel good in your clothes, the chance is good that you will be more motivated to maintain an active lifestyle. Elzette Swart, the founder of Z-fit, an active lady herself, with several years’ experience in the clothing industry, handpicked her garments utilising only the best items that are comfortable, figure-flattering and maintains form. Clothes are made from imported material, designed with ultimate comfort and functionality in mind, like figure-flattering leggings with higher front panels to prevent it from falling down, and a shirt with a slight cuff for those that are sensitive about their upper arms. Z-Fit’s range offers variety, consisting of a selection of four different lengths of tights, a variety of tops (racer backs and t-shirts) in five different colours, crop tops, yoga pants, and long sleeve tops, as well as accessories like caps and a stretchable arm pocket. When you are fit, look good, and feel good in your clothes, chances are good that you will be more motivated to maintain an active lifestyle the Z-Fit way. Z-fit will be available online, as well as in selected retail outlets. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .