Caveau Announces Partnership with Sure Travel Innovative NEW Technology Reduces GDPR and PCI Compliance Risks for Leading South African Travel Agency Brand Miami, FL: Caveau, the personalized credit card vault technology designed to simplify financial transactions and safeguard personal and financial data, has announced a new partnership with Sure Travel, based in South Africa. The standardized PCI-compliant software and service custom-built for the travel industry provides a secure platform built upon Amazon Web Services (AWS) to limit dangers relating to processing, storing and transmitting credit cards and personal data in a GDPR, PCI and PII-friendly format. Caveau will deliver customized solutions to help Sure Travel meet critical new industry regulations and protect its customers, assets and public reputation. With GDPR and PCI-DSS with effective dates of May 25 and March 10, 2018, respectfully and the increasing threat of hackers and cyber theft, Sure Travel was searching to identify cost-effective ways to achieve compliance today and into the future. Says company CFO, Stefan van der Merwe, “After extensive research and a long hunt for an effective and affordable solution to secure our payment card handling processes, we are thrilled to have found a provider capable of understanding our needs. Caveau offers state-of-the-art capabilities and deep knowledge of the travel industry, enabling us to serve our global customers and partners confidently and securely.” According to Caveau CSO, Brian Dass, the partnership with Sure Travel is one of a series of new relationships for the recently launched software solution capable of delivering support to travel agencies, hotels and virtually any company that handles credit cards and personally identifiable information. “We’re excited to be working with Sure Travel to reduce the risks associated with of GDPR and PCI compliance. Our innovative product and comprehensive services lets travel businesses of all types . . .
ROCHESTER, N.Y., April 25 – Kodak Alaris announced today that its Information Management division will now operate under the name “Alaris, a Kodak Alaris business.” Starting today, partners and customers will see an updated website, logo, and social media presence. The parent company remains Kodak Alaris. For decades, the global technology provider has delivered information capture solutions for businesses. “Our new name is not about reinvention. It’s about reinterpretation,” said Don Lofstrom, President and General Manager, Alaris. “The division’s shift to Alaris puts greater emphasis on the image science expertise that helps clients make sense of data and information in their work. Rebranding will also help us target new markets, build new partnerships, and reach new customers.” Kodak Alaris has three other business units – AI Foundry; Kodak Moments; and Paper, Photo Chemicals and Film. Each will continue to use its current name. Alaris Portfolio Alaris-branded offerings were introduced last year with the launch of the Alaris IN2 Ecosystem. The new brand marked the shift towards integrated offerings that combined scanners, software and services. “The name is new but our Alaris line of scanners are built with the same unwavering commitment to productivity, reliability, and quality that our customers and partners have come to depend on for years,” said Lofstrom. “The Kodak-branded products that customers know and rely on will continue to be available and are an important part of the Alaris IN2 Ecosystem. Consistent with our ‘future proof’ promise, all Alaris-branded software is backward compatible to work with our current scanners. The product portfolio includes both ‘Kodak’ and ‘Alaris’ branded scanners.” Industry Recognition As winner of Buyers Lab’s prestigious Scanner Line of the Year Award for an unprecedented third consecutive year, “Alaris continues to set the standard for what a scanner needs to be in the age of digital transformation,” . . .
Over the past decade, Engen’s free computer skills training has been transforming lives in South Durban, instilling students across the age spectrum with the confidence and knowledge to secure jobs that would otherwise never have been possible. “Engen has created a future for us all,” graduate Sandra Matthys says of the initiative, which has seen Engen sponsor training to the value of R2 618 784 per annum. Another graduate, Brian Ngcongo, says Engen has brought “life and hope to the community” with its Community Computer Training Centre. The centre provides introductory-level computer skills covering nine units of the National Certificate: Information Technology - End User Computing. All applicants must be unemployed school-leavers from the Durban South area. Although matric is not a requirement, and while they can be any age, most students are aged from 20 to 40. With securing employment the primary objective, the course has already upskilled more than 1 700 people since its inception. Statistics are incomplete due to the difficulty of keeping track of everyone, but in the past two years at least 77 students have secured jobs or have been accepted into learnership programmes. Last year 12 students found jobs during their training. Sheryl Casalis, training director of Added Advantage Academy, which has provided the training since 2009, says Engen spends close to R15 000 per student on two four-month courses for 80 people each, reaching around 160 students every year. “The competency rate for students is between 94% and 96% by the time they complete the course. They become computer literate individuals able to work independently using the most common computer programmes utilised in offices today,” she says. The current course ends in May, with the second 2018 course commencing in July. Adhila Hamdulay, Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager says the centre is well known in the community, and they always have waiting . . .
Body and Mind Celebration Festival 03 June 2018 DLI Hall, 5 DLI Avenue, Berea, Durban *** Doors open to the public from 09H00am until 16H00pm *** R25 entrance fee, Children under 12 years FREE Body and Mind is glad to announce the Body and Mind Celebration ! What to expect: As you walk onto the property you will be surrounded by 3 magical food stalls (vegetarian and non-vegetarian options available). There will be a table specifically for kids (teaching them how to pot a plant, face painting, playing games etc.) Inside the hall you will find a wide variety of tables selling crystals, yoga equipment, therapists offering treatments (like Reiki, astrology, energy healing, body balance activation, psychic readings, massages etc.), the famous hand printed mehndi, Hindu canvases, Buddha’s and all varieties of ornaments, handmade drums, salt lamps, tie dye clothing, and much, much more.. In the middle of the hall there will be a cirle. In this circle there will be a range of demonstrations. These demonstrations include: Belly Dancing, Martial Arts, Karate, NIA dancing, Jiu Jitsu etc. Body and Mind is hosting this Festival to enable people to come together and celebrate health and wellbeing and to educate the public of the wide range of Alternative therapies our beautiful province has to offer. If you would like to follow Body and Mind here are our links: Facebook Facebook Event Body and Mind Festival site Body and Mind Blog Email: email@example.com Tel: (031) 701 7548 / Cell: 083 677 1123 Yours in Health and Celebration Traci French Owner of Body and Mind CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, May, 02, 2018 Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages: Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste. Straws play an integral role for portion packages that must be consumed on-the-go but they are also a part of the plastics waste problem. Tetra Pak has been working to encourage consumers to push straws back in the pack once they have consumed the contents so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages. “It sounds simple enough,” says Charles Brand, Executive VP, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.” “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.” Tetra Pak packages are, on average, 75% paperboard. Paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio. ABOUT TETRA PAK Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 160 countries. With over 24,000 employees around the world, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak www.tetrapak.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tetra Pak to . . .
Music lovers will enjoy dual EQ modes, exceptional comfort and hands-free convenience Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 May 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, recently announced its Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Series: wireless, over-the-ear immersive headphones featuring unique capabilities for people who put music first, at an economical price point. To ensure music lovers can create the listening experience they prefer, BackBeat GO 600 comes equipped with dual equalization (EQ) modes, to allow the listener to easily alternate between ‘Bass Boost’ and ‘Balanced’ EQ. Balanced EQ mode is Plantronics’ signature sound, which is tuned to be the most accurate possible representation of the source audio across all genres of music. Listeners can move between modes with a single push of a button – a feature not typically found on headphones in this price range. BackBeat GO 600 is slim and lightweight with an over-ear design and soft memory foam ear cushions that provide the ideal balance of comfort and isolation resulting in deep, rich sound with minimal distraction. “Our core expertise in headphones, wireless and premium experiences make Plantronics uniquely qualified to give music lovers the best possible immersive stereo experience at an affordable price point,” said Greg Miller, director of portfolio business management, Personal Solutions, Plantronics. “Plantronics’ baseline standard in all of our products is to provide superior audio, consistent with that found in our premium products.” Additional BackBeat GO 600 Series features and benefits include: • A rechargeable battery that delivers up to 18 hours of wireless listening time on a single charge. • Remaining connected at up to 33 ft/10 m from Bluetooth® compatible smartphones and tablets. • Ear cups that fold flat for easy storage and transport; ensuring comfort when worn around the neck. • A carrying pouch, a USB cable for charging and an audio cable . . .
[24 April 2018, uMhlanga, Durban] uMhlanga’s most significant new commercial and retail development is just seven months away from opening. Construction on the R1billion Park Square commenced in October 2016 and is due to open in November this year, according to Ken Reynolds, Director of Nedport Developments, the developers. Adjacent to the uMhlanga Ridge Town Centre’s popular Chris Saunders Park and featuring 40 000 square metres of premium commercial and retail offerings, Park Square will be the first combined commercial and lifestyle development of its kind to come on stream on the Ridge in recent times. It’s also set to offer investors a sound investment opportunity. Availability of premium commercial space in the Precinct is dwindling. Malcolm St. Clair, General Manager of the Ridge Management Associations says, “the developable topography in this Precinct is fully sold out with only two remaining oval sites left in the uMhlanga Ridge Town Centre. This is testament to the demand for premium mixed-used commercial space and the value proposition created by Tongaat Hulett Developments and maintained by Ridge Management. Investing in Park Square is therefore certain to translate into an attractive capital investment since the development offers a combined lifestyle and business experience in this already thriving economic hub.” In this vein, investors looking for a solid commercial investment opportunity can look no further than Park Square. According to the JLL Market Study published in the last quarter of 2017, even though growth has stabilised, commercial property continues to outperform other asset classes. The imminent completion of the nearby N2 bridge will improve traffic congestion and provide a new conduit for the Go! Durban Integrated Rapid Public Transport Network. These links will further reinforce uMhlanga’s strength as a world-class commercial hub and Park Square’s viability as an accessible and convenient lifestyle, commercial and retail . . .
A new, digital asset exchange – ChainEX – has been launched on the world wide web. “ChainEX is the only digital asset exchange that provides a platform for South Africans to buy, sell or trade up to 20 different digital assets - using the South African rand as the default fiat-buying currency for some.” Director Otto Lessing said ChainEX’s mission is to provide a world-class platform to benefit every South African by providing them with easy access to global crypto markets. Recent statistics, he said, indicated that SA topped the list of countries with the most Google searches for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Slovenia is second, followed by Austria, the Netherlands and Australia. Bitcoin is also the most searched term on Investopedia, the world’s largest financial education website. ChainEX is playing its part in meeting the world’s ever-increasing appetite for cryptocurrencies, said Lessing. “The increased interest in cryptocurrencies comes as no surprise as more and more people are looking to get involved in this exciting opportunity.” After starting 2017 at a market cap of USD17.7-billion, according to CoinMarketCap, he said the value of the cryptocurrency market surged by more than 1 200 per cent during the course of the year. However, he warned, the increased amount of interest also had a downside. “Digital asset exchanges are increasingly struggling with the massive influx of users, which results in them experiencing frustrating delays when trying to access or transact on the platforms. “ChainEX strives to alleviate this problem by providing a trading platform that is secure, user-friendly and reliable with a well-tested, highly scalable matching engine.” Plans include expanding its asset base by introducing more digital asset currencies to its trading platform, thereby providing South African users with a better experience and more exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies. “There is also a possibility to present a platform . . .
Johannesburg, April, 19, 2018 - We are well into the age of technology, living an always-on, always-connected lifestyle. But just as we still have bicycles among motor vehicles and pencils in our pen holder, paper will always be close to our computers and smart phones. With Earth Day on 22 April and World Book Day on 23 April, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is highlighting the importance of paper in our lives and environment, and calling on us to put down our phones and pick up a book. Imagine a world without paper Can you think about what that would mean? Think about your bedside table, the doctor’s waiting room or your handbag. There would be no books, magazines and to-do lists on the back of old envelopes. Open your kitchen cupboard – there would be no paper packaging nor labels, no kitchen towel, no milk and juice cartons. A world without paper would also mean no toilet paper or tissues. If you’re a teacher, look around your classroom. Take note of everything that is there from posters to artwork and assessments; egg boxes and cereal boxes waiting to be transformed into something creative; tissue boxes too. These would not be there if it were not for paper. Paper serves many needs Paper is essential, and often hidden in plain sight. It cleans, wipes and mops up spills. It protects goods on their journey from A to B, from cornflakes to computers. It preserves our words and memories when we print photos, write a birthday card or proudly display our child’s first stick man painting for all to see. It conveys and communicates. Paper is tactile and stimulates our senses. The act of turning pages and taking in the words without the distraction of pop-ads and fake news cannot be undervalued. Paper is better for our brains too Researchers and neuroscientists are discovering that our brains prefer paper. We are able to navigate the content more easily. We understand and remember things better if we . . .
Johannesburg, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce their partnership with First National Bank, who have integrated card payment systems for parking in Ghana. “This credit/debit card payment facility was initiated by FNB and draws on the technology of the new parking systems that Servest installed at Kotoka International Airport, Accra in 2016”, says Mike Clark, Director of Servest Parking. People can now use their Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards to pay for their parking at Kotoka International Airport. This is a first for Servest in Ghana and the next step in a number of innovations and new technologies Servest is planning for the parking market in Ghana and the African continent. In Ghana, Servest partners with Parking Solutions Limited. The initial reluctance from banking institutions to come on board has been put to rest as First National Bank has taken the lead in providing innovative ways to pay for parking as part of their improved customer service. The convenience of paying by credit/debit card or cashless payments for parking is increasingly adopted by parkers and no more so than at international airports, particularly for business people on the go. There is no more hassle about change, no cash in hand is needed, receipts are provided, payments are secure, and customers pay the same parking tariff with greater convenience. First National Bank saw the opportunity to extend their market and increase use of cards through Servest’s parking operations. According to Servest’s experience in the airport parking market, card payments for parking can exceed 50% of all transactions. The value of parking transactions at airports is significantly higher than at other typical retail and commercial parking facilities. This makes the payment cost per transaction more viable for banks and is a more convenient way for customers to pay for their parking. According to an article in the New York Times on 10 March 2018, “Ghana is . . .