SA’s superheroes need time out this Women’s Month, and every month: Women often try to be superheroes, pushing themselves to excel in the workplace while taking care of children and assuming the lion’s share of domestic responsibilities. There are, however, only so many hours in a day and the burden of stress that comes with routinely pushing the bounds of what is humanly possible can take a toll on one’s health. “It is common for women to pride themselves on ‘doing it all’, however popular culture sets this up as the standard, rather than an unrealistic goal. We try to keep all our balls in the air all of the time and, if that means we have to put in extra hours, we frequently disregard the possible negative consequences this could have on our bodies and just get on with it,” says Lizette Bester, Executive at employee risk management company Agility Corporate. “Given historical gender bias in the workplace and its legacy, many women feel additional pressure to prove that their work performance is at least equal to that of their male counterparts. Indeed, they often feel it is necessary to exceed expectations in order to break through the ‘glass ceiling’,” she adds. “On top of this, gender norming has also had the effect that women are often expected to also take on responsibility for caring for children and being homemakers. The role of ‘domestic goddess’ represents a significant labour burden, over and above their paid work, and this is often taken for granted because it is traditionally and culturally expected.” The most recent Time Use Survey, undertaken by Statistics South Africa, indicates that even in households employing a domestic worker, on average women spend over two hours per day on housework, almost double the time spent by their male counterparts. “In households without the benefit of an employed domestic worker, the study found that women were, on average, spending a staggering 199 minutes per day on housework often over and above . . .
Microwaves take the chill and effort out of cooking in the colder season With weeks of gloomy winter weather ahead, Samsung suggests you look to your microwave oven to help keep your family warm and comfortable. Michael McKechnie, Director: Digital Appliance Group at Samsung South Africa, points out that the microwave is by far the quickest way to prepare delicious meals, nourishing soups and steaming hot beverages. “The microwave is not just for reheating or defrosting. It reduces the time needed to prepare hearty winter comfort food, hot beverages and even modern-day hot water bottles,” he says. “Most people have access to a microwave, but they tend to just use it for heating and defrosting food. The fact is, you are able to use your microwave to bake, roast, boil, steam and even air fry food in a fraction of the time it would take using a stove. Busy professionals and hard-working parents could be turning out wholesome home cooked meals in minutes, using just a bit of imagination and their microwaves,” McKechnie continues. Not only does microwave cooking drastically lessen the time needed to prepare meals, it retains the nutrients in vegetables more effectively than many other cooking methods. Thanks to Samsung technology innovations like smart sensors, Slim Fry technology and convection fans, today’s microwaves produce virtually instant meals cooked to perfection, with just the right amount of crispness and browning on the outside, while ensuring a delicious and juicy inside. Samsung’s offers some hot tips for using your microwave to take the edge off the winter chill: Use your microwave to heat grain-filled warming packs to safely warm beds without having to resort to electric blankets. Microwave neck and back warmers, gloves and slippers can also be quickly heated in the microwave to keep the whole family cozy on the coldest winter’s night. Make old-fashioned cocoa as rich and chocolatey as you like – without any mess – by heating milk . . .
THE “unacceptably low number” of women in South Africa’s demanding profession of architecture needs urgent attention if the current imbalance is to be addressed, according to architectural industry professionals. At a recent South African Institute of Architects Eastern Cape (SAIA EC) meeting in Port Elizabeth (August 5th), the provincial chapter of national voluntary body the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) discussed the dire situation that sees just 21% of registered architects countrywide comprising of women. “SAIA believes there is a lack of understanding with regards to women architects’ issues,” said SAIA EC president Neill Kievit, who addressed a Women in Architecture SA (WiASA) meeting last week. The gender imbalance in the profession included “cultural through to historical challenges and the perception of women in society” he said, adding that WiASA aimed to: • Address access into the profession and the entry of black women; • Encourage educated, qualified and skilled women to remain in the profession; • Support women to build successful careers in architecture; and • Support the development of women-owned practices. The WiASA programme was launched last year “to encourage, support, educate, develop and transform women in the profession, as well as women wanting to enter the profession”. According to Debbie Wintermeyer, SAIA EC deputy president and head of SVA International architectural practice in the Eastern Cape, women remained under pressure to perform both at a corporate level and within the family unit, and the demands of long hours within the architectural field often resulted in women exiting the profession. Aside from heading up the province’s largest architectural firm, Wintermeyer also juggles family responsibilities, with two children aged seven and five. “The argument for many women is that your family time [with young children] is short lived, so they will either put their careers on hold, or step . . .
Samsung Electronics South Africa is proud to announce that three exceptional young entrepreneurs have triumphed in the company’s Launching People - Mixed Talents competition. Last week, ten finalists undertook a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style grilling at the hands of six judges, to determine the winners, who received funding as well as other business support tools and services. After undergoing a series of pitching their various concepts to the judges - Michelle Potgieter, Director for Brand and Communications at Samsung South Africa; Lisa Illingworth, Entrepreneurial Host and Journalist at Hot 91.9 FM; Ian Wright, Founder of METIME; GG van Rooyen, Deputy Editor of Entrepreneur Magazine; Fahmeeda Cassim-Surtee, Director of DStv Sales and Marketing; as well as Garth Gaffley, Owner of Garth Gaffley Consulting and Mixed Talents – three winners were ultimately chosen. Kyle Dodds’ Cognition Online, which has developed an application designed for the tutoring industry and enables tutors, parents and students connect was the first winner announced. They were followed by Neo Hutiri’s Technovera Lockers, a smart locker designed to enable chronic patients to obtain their medicines securely, without having to wait in queues. The final winner was a mobile child safety seat designed by Trenton Carr. According to Potgieter, the Mixed Talents initiative was born of a desire to have a positive impact on the high youth unemployment rate in the country. “The Mixed Talents competition and Ideas Bank tool were designed to provide entrepreneurial youngsters with a forum to adequately express their ideas. Part of the global Samsung Launching People initiative, Mixed Talents offers local South African millennials a platform through which they can turn their entrepreneurial ideas into a reality. The ultimate goal is to make a real impact in youth unemployment in South Africa,” she says. The three winners will each receive R50 000 in start-up capital, as well as access to over R . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 11 August, 2016 – Samsung Electronics South Africa is a fervent supporter of the Olympic Games and in particular, the ethos behind the global sporting event, which aims to encourage athletes to strive and to accomplish the exceptional. The competitors in the games are the elite that their respective nations produced, which means that those who stand at the top of the podium and receive gold are the leaders in their fields. These sportsmen and women never settle for anything less than being number one and are constantly striving to better their previous successes. A good example of this is South Africa’s own Olympic gold medalist, Cameron van der Burgh, who took the 100-metre breaststroke gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games, setting a new world record with this feat. Despite his accomplishments on the ultimate stage, he has since gone on to win numerous World Championship medals and has twice won the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA) overall World Cup. It is this intense desire to always be the best and to continue triumphing in every contest he undertakes that makes him a truly extraordinary athlete. “We are proud to name Cameron as our brand ambassador as he is focused, driven and precise, constantly setting standards of excellence and quality,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director for Brand and Communications at Samsung South Africa. Like the top athletes, explains Potgieter, these are traits that the Samsung brand shares and it too is driven to be a winner. For this reason, when customers purchase its products, they know that they are obtaining the gold standard and the best of the best. “Samsung has a long history with the Olympic Games and our mobile business is a global sponsor at the Rio 2016 Games. As part of our Olympic commitment, we want to give every Samsung customer a chance to experience their own version of Olympic success with our ‘Go For Gold’ promotion.” Customers purchasing any Samsung . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa - August 2016: BetterMan is the new kid on the block, but has quickly matured to become the perfect gentleman. Quietly creating an exciting meeting place where brands and companies can connect with a targeted group of men. Since inception in 2014, growth has been rapid. The BetterMan Facebook page currently eclipses the pages of some of the most well known South African men’s magazines with over 47 000 followers. The daily email is sent out to a dedicated database of more than 12,000 men. The BetterMan mission is simple: To make men unstoppable. This is done by putting the community first and providing them with qualitative, tailored and relevant content that goes beyond boring click bait articles. “BetterMan is seen as the trustworthy friend and cool big brother, it is also the influencer they admire and the role model they are looking up to, “says Erik Kruger, Founder of BetterMan. “Now we want to offer brands and companies the opportunity to get involved and to to connect with our very targeted and engaged group of men in various ways.” BetterMan offers tailored made solutions for every clients’ needs including: sponsoring of e-mailers delivered directly to the loyal BetterMan followers’ inbox; digitorials, client surveys and brand experiences, posts on the social media platforms; sponsored podcasts or webisodes; and custom-made experiential events hosted for the specified target market. BetterMan is about becoming a better man every day. In any way. No matter how small. In the way you act, speak, and live your life. Being a gentleman has become synonymous with the BetterMan life. The typical BetterMan reader is between 25-34 and describes himself as driven, ambitious, motivated, and determined. It’s clear that men who gravitate towards Betterman do so, because they want to rise above mediocrity. A glimpse of the BetterMan platform (30 June 2016): Website Page views per month: 13 000 Facebook Page . . .
Reduce, reuse, recycle isn’t enough Change is needed throughout entire product lifecycle In South Africa we produce R25.2 billion worth of waste annually – 90% of landfills are composed of avoidable waste. There is growing pressure on companies to understand the true value of waste instead of relegating the problem to the SHEQ or finance team. “Forward thinking businesses are starting to see waste management as a value-add to the bottom line,” said Marilize Worst, Managing Director from SmartMatta, at the recent 38th Annual SAPICS Conference for supply chain professionals. “It is no longer enough to just consider waste management merely as a cost saving exercise.” Think of waste as money down the drain The typical waste hierarchy is first reduce, then reuse, then recycle. Making a real difference however requires recreating a current supply chain as a continuous positive development cycle. “This optimisation of value throughout the life cycle of products is often referred to as a closed loop approach,” explained Worst. “The cycle should preserve and enhance natural capital, optimise resources, and minimise system risks.” Modern consumers, when presented with two brands they like, will choose the one that is better for the environment. Recyclable packaging has already proven popular. Knowledge of the way carbon emissions were saved – and waste to landfill reduced – during the processing and transportation phases of a product could follow the same route to influence buyer decisions. Find the value in waste “Currently the consumption pattern of products is linear,” said Worst. “We take materials out of the ground, create a product, we then throw the waste away, although we do attempt to recycle some of it.” “There’s nothing wrong with waste; it depends on how you manage it. The aim isn’t zero waste, but zero waste to landfill. The concept of circular economy is that we leave nothing behind.” A circular economy is also financially valuable. The . . .
GoZone Water, a provider of bulk drinking water to consumers, has warned residents of communities across South Africa that incidents of the so-called "Jam Jar" water scam are on the rise. The company's John Oort says as the municipal water supply creaks under the strain of the country's burgeoning population and the flight of key technical skills to the private sector, companies supplying reverse-osmosis (RO) home water treatment systems are keen to exploit vulnerable home owners. "RO is a legitimate way to purify home drinking water. However, the downside is that it removes both impurities and beneficial minerals simultaneously. Sales representatives from the RO home water treatment companies turn this downside into a perceived plus with the jam jar test," said Mr Oort. He explained that the sales reps show the homeowner two jam jars. One is filled with normal municipal water. The other is filled with RO water treated with the company's home treatment kit. An electrical current is then passed through both jars of water. Because the RO water contains fewer beneficial minerals, there is little to conduct the electricity and it stays virtually the same colour. However, the untreated municipal water still contains many beneficial minerals which effectively conduct electricity and therefore turn the water brown. "Think of this as the difference between high-fibre, nutrient-packed healthy brown bread, and processed unhealthy white bread. Do not be persuaded that the colour change is an indication of impurities in the water," said Mr Oort. He further explained that GoZone Water is termed 'prepared water' and the company's GoZone water kiosks have already found favour with several owners of Pick 'n Pay family franchises around the country. Shoppers are able to bring any size of water container to the retail kiosks and have them filled with oxygenated water purified by a proprietary reverse-osmosis process that includes reintroducing healthy minerals to the . . .
Cape Town, 25 July 2016 - iTouch Messaging Services (PTY) Ltd is pleased to announce that they have recently been awarded a Level 2 AAA Broad-Based Black Economic Empowerment (BBBEE) status, certified by Empowerdex evaluated under the generic scorecard. Waheed Adam, Chairman of the company shared his excitement with us and had this to say. " Economic Empowerment has always been a feature of our business style since the birth of our Group in 1988. The fact that we are a largely black organisation also means that most benefit has been within groups that are most needed to grow in order to balance our social and economic disparities in South Africa”. To achieve a Level 2 is only testimony of our achievements and comes as no surprise. However the award is a way for our clients and the rest of the market to evaluate our true intention and achievements, and with that we hope they will begin - in the case of new clients - or continue to support our business and in turn our Black Economic Empowerment program". "The iTouch Foundation also wishes to collaborate with other corporates and we invite interested parties to join us in our exciting efforts that are truly rewarding in every aspect". To be awarded level 2 status iTouch met and often exceeded requirements set out in the scorecard qualification with results verified by an independent authority. What does it all mean for you As a level 2 AAA certified empowerment contributor iTouch Messaging Services provide the required procurement points for any client or customer that aquires the services of the company when being assessed themselves for their own BBBEE rating. Added to our business credentials of being one of the pioneers in the messaging business since 1995 with most of the original team still the driving force, our stable and secure IT infrastructure, our testimonials of satisfied clients that include major Banks in SA and abroad, Insurance Companies, Financial Institutions, and the Retail sector . . .
Samsung South Africa’s new Brand Ambassadors effortlessly embody the company’s values JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 8 August 2016 – Samsung South Africa has announced five new celebrity Brand Ambassadors who epitomise Samsung ideals and characteristics across a range of product categories. “At Samsung, excellence and innovation are key and we believe these local ambassadors embody our corporate identity in appearance, demeanour, values and voice,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director of Brand and Communications at Samsung SA. The five new Brand Ambassadors include Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, actor and TV presenter Maps Maponyane, celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, renowned Afrikaans singer and actor Bobby van Jaarsveld and former Miss South Africa and businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss. “These Brand Ambassadors are all leaders in their respective fields and Samsung South Africa is proud to be associated with them,” says Potgieter. Samsung is specifically partnering with these five individuals because of their qualities that are embroiled in the company’s character. Each of these Brand Ambassadors are also highly respected and just as Samsung, enjoy an outstanding reputation - an ideal fit with the brand. Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, is an exceptional athlete. He combines top performance in his sports with elegance and power and represents precision and excellence in the Samsung TV and audio-visual categories. As an Olympic gold medallist and budding businessman, Van der Burgh perfectly suits the Samsung Television and audio-visual image. “Like me, Samsung puts a lot of effort into being the best and staying ahead of competitors,” says Van den Burg. Maps Maponyane, representing pioneering style in the Samsung integrated mobility and wearables category, is an actor, presenter and entrepreneur and has been voted GQ’s Best Dressed Man and Cosmopolitan Magazine's SA’s Sexiest Man. “I’m proud to be a Samsung Brand Ambassador,” he says, “because . . .