Help your customers understand why workplace noise affects productivity and profitability. And how they can fix it. Today, work happens everywhere — in busy open-plan offices and contact centers, at home, even coffee shops. This flexibility is great for business and people, but with it comes a new challenge: noise. Distraction caused by noise reduces productivity and well-being and, in contact centers, detracts from a positive customer experience. Studies show that it takes 23 minutes to recover from distraction, and over 58% of employees are distracted multiple times each day. That represents a significant impact on your customers’ businesses you can easily help avert through proven noise reduction strategies and products. Plantronics engineers solutions that help people manage the noise around them so they can be more effective — no matter where they work. Together, we can help your customers reduce distractions caused by noise so their businesses can thrive. Plantronics in South Africa offers several solutions for managing noise. This week we focus on the Voyager 6200 UC, a Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds that offers professional-grade audio and versatility. On any given day, you might need to collaborate with colleagues remotely, field calls from customers or listen to music to help you focus on your latest project. Now there’s a headset that’s flexible enough to meet the demands of your role inside the office and out. Voyager 6200 UC offers everything you’d expect from Plantronics — active-noise canceling, clear voice transmission and premium audio — in a versatile Bluetooth® neckband headset with earbuds. Intuitive controls make it easy to use, and the neckband vibrates to signal an incoming call. Voyager 6200 UC is so comfortable and low-profile that you can use it all day long, in the office and on the go. IT Managers The professionals in your organization have different roles, responsibilities and work styles, so why offer them . . .
The Deputy Director-General for Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), Mr Sipho Zikode says programmes such as the Workplace Challenge Proogramme can be utilised to tackle the 4th Industrial Revolution in preventing manual job losses. Zikode was addressing stakeholders during Workplace Challenge Programme 20-year celebrations hosted at one of the companies that implemented the programme, Natpro Spicenet in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a two-year programme implemented amongst South African companies operating in the manufacturing sector to improve their productivity and competitiveness with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of jobs. Zikode says “The Workplace Challenge Programme be utilised to assist newly established Black Industrialists beneficiaries to expand their businesses and also to assist in their production processes, and to improve their manufacturing competitiveness. The co-owner of Natpro Spicenet, Ms Tracy Shipman said with more than thirty-years in the business they are proud to be able celebrate the outcome of the programme at their factory. Shipman says Natpro started out as a dry fruit manufacturer and have expended into their own branded retail stores known as Amaphelephele. She says the valuable experience they have gained with the Workplace Challenge Programme has really provided them with the opportunity to fully understand their product and as well as their customer needs. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a programme of the dti and is managed by Productivity SA. Over the past three financial years a total of 1 797 companies ranging from small to large corporates participated in the Workplace Challenge Programme and over 143 429 jobs were sustained. The Chief Executive Officer of Productivity SA says the” Workplace Challenge Programme is fundamental for economic growth on the continent”. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
This year’s fundraising drive, the Serendipity Travel ABH Chatsworth Fair, is taking it up a notch with an exclusive gala dinner featuring special performances by international Bollywood stars Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Amit Kumar – a first-ever for Durban. This glamorous social event, which will be raising funds for NPO, the Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH), will be taking place at Durban City Hall on Friday, 27 July. “We are thrilled to have two renowned artists of international standing visiting our shores to put on a magnificent concert as part of the Serendipity Travel ABH Chatsworth Fair,” said Jay Marrie, Fundraising/Donor Relations for ABH. “This is going to a be a truly memorable evening of fine dining and fantastic musical performances, all in support of the ABH. We encourage fans of Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Amit Kumar – and any admirers of quality entertainment - to take advantage of this unique experience by booking tickets early before they’re all sold out!” Both stars have impressive careers spanning a few decades. Famed musician, Abhijeet Bhattacharya, is a winner of the Filmfare Award and Screen Award for his song 'Main Koi Aisa Geet Gaoon' in ‘Yes Boss’. He also won the MTV ASIA Award in 2004 and has gone on to perform in many big-title films alongside top composers. However, Bhattacharya didn’t start out in music. In 1981 the Bengali-born star went to Mumbai to study Chartered Accountancy but eventually followed his heart into a career in music. He got his break when RD Burman called him to sing in Dev Anand’s son’s debut film alongside Kishore Kumar. This recognition propelled him into many movie roles, singing hit songs from Baaghi of Anand-Milind, including 'Ek chanchal shokh hasina', 'Chandni raat hai' and 'Har kasam se badi hai'. His name is now synonymous with the Bollywood music world, having performed in many films such as ‘Baaghi’, ‘Sadak’, ‘Khiladi’, ‘Raja Babu’, ‘Yeh Dillagi’, ‘Baadshah’, ‘Josh and Dhadkan’, and many more. He has . . .
As part of their youth month celebrations Project Dignity and Subz Washable Pants and Pads visited Dalibo Primary School in Tongaat. The team hosted an educational talk for the girls and the schoolgirls each received washable, reusable, eco-friendly sanitary pads packs. “Thanks to Partners for Possibility for sourcing this wonderful school and to Marion Spence from Rotary for the most welcome donation of Subz self-clipping pads that will last these young girls for 5 years. We would also like to thank our amazing Subz ambassador Jo-Ann Barnwell for joining us and inspiring the girls as well,” commented Sue Barnes on behalf of Subz and Project Dignity. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Spectators at the third annual Land Rover Durban High Goal Polocrosse Tournament were treated to a perfect weekend of warm winter sunshine, blue skies and world-class equestrian action at the province’s premier venue, the Shongweni Polocrosse Club. Hundreds of spectators were treated to fast-paced polocrosse exploits between Friday 22nd and Sunday 24th June from the country’s and some of the world’s highest ranked players most of whom will be playing in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The Land Rover Durban High Goal featured eight teams consisting of the highest ranked players, who took part in the prestigious tournament which was the perfect platform to compete against each other at the highest level ahead of next year’s World Cup in Australia. South Africa are the defending World Cup champions. Polocrosse matches are played in three levels - low goal, medium goal and high goal – depending on a polocrosse team’s total of each player’s handicap. The term ‘goal’ does not refer to how many goals the player scores in a match, but rather indicates the player’s value to the team. Being a High Goal tournament, each team consisted of six players and an option to buy a wild card as their seventh player, thus adding a mystery to the winning team. The Rokwil men’s team broke team Land Rover’s two-year winning streak, when they beat team Kego 32-24 in an exhilarating finale. Second place went to TWK Agri, third place to Kego and fourth place to Land Rover. The Most Valuable Men’s Player Award went to James Hackland of team Rokwil. South African team captain Jannie Steenkamp won the Best No. 1 Men’s Player Award, with Best No. 2 John Rae (South Africa) and Travis Timm (South Africa) as Best No. 3 for the tournament. In the final ladies game for the day, team Roski lost by one point to Land Rover Evoque with a score 23-22. However, in the overall standings following three days of play, team Roski took first place ahead of team Evoque, with teams Meru Moru in . . .
Following the hugely successful children’s Snake Safety courses during the Easter holidays, Crocworld Conservation Centre will once again be hosting similar courses for children between the ages of six and twelve on Monday, 9 July, Wednesday, 11 July and Friday 13 July 2018. The one-day course during the winter school holidays is aimed at equipping children in the specified age group with knowledge and skills that they require, should they encounter a snake. At a bargain cost of just R120.00 per child, kids will be taught how to react if they see a snake, including keeping a safe distance, alerting an adult, and monitoring the snake’s movements. “Although the South Coast is famous for its wide variety of fauna and flora, and snakes are often within our surroundings, human encounters with snakes are few and far between. However, the public need to understand that snakes are not necessarily our enemies,” said Martin Rodrigues, manager of Crocworld Conservation Centre. “Our snake safety course is designed around and targets a naturally curious age group, who potentially make themselves very vulnerable to snake bites, as they do not know what to do when a snake is encountered,” stressed Rodrigues, a greatly experienced herpetologist The course will not promote the handling or touching of any snakes. It will impart basic knowledge of snakes, including the senses snakes use, how they get around, what they eat, and the important role that snakes play in the ecosystem. It will also assist children who may have a fear of snakes, to replace their fear with respect, understanding and knowledge. Included in this highly interactive Snake Safety course is a practical session, an introduction to live snakes and demonstrations of snake encounter scenarios, where children will have the opportunity to watch how to react, should they be in a similar situation. The two-session course commences at 09h00, with a 30-minute lunch break at midday. Children need to . . .
Monday, 25 June 2018 Johannesburg, Dentsply Sirona announced that the company will be selling directly to their customers in South Africa, starting with consumables as of 01 July 2018. “We believe in the future of South Africa and to prove it, we have set up four new showrooms and training facilities, allowing us to further grow our staff complement who will be trained in Europe to ensure our valued customers receive the best support available,’ said Andy Cyprianos, General Manager, Dentsply Sirona South Africa and Sub Saharan Africa This new approach provides Dentsply Sirona the opportunity to engage with customers on a personal level, allowing them to provide a seamless consumer experience with significant cost benefits for customers and dental practices. Dentsply Sirona will now offer customers a better solution and a one- stop-shop. This will allow them to leverage entire practice volumes to receive as yet unseen commercial value through bespoke offers and deals by bundling the Made-in-Bensheim/Germany CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and TREATMENT CENTERs with the full portfolio of ENDODONTICS, RESTORATIVE AND PREVENTIVE MATERIALS from Dentsply Sirona. Dentsply Sirona have even gone the extra mile and invested in a state-of-the art logistics platform, which will allow customers to place orders until 3.00 pm and receive materials delivery the very next day. When asked about the start date for the new direct sales model, Volker Vellguth, Vice President and General Manager CIS, MEA and India at Dentsply Sirona replied “The new system will go live on 1 July 2018 and we as Dentsply Sirona are excited to expand our relationship with our customers and continue helping them deliver great dental care to patients for years to come”. About Dentsply Sirona Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, and more efficient dental care. We work with dental professionals to envision what could be possible, then provide . . .
uShaka Marine World, Africa's largest marine theme park and an integral part of the city's overall tourism offering, was recently announced as the winner of KZN's Top Brand 2018 at the Standard Bank Top Business Awards. The announcement made recently at a Gala Dinner hosted at the Elangeni Hotel is testament to the fact that uShaka Marine World is not only an engine for growth and redevelopment within the city’s Point Waterfront precinct but also an economic success in its own right. CEO for uShaka Marine World, Mrs Stella Khumalo, said that being chosen above respected consumer brands such as Defy, MCS, Gagasi FM, The Sharks, Blue Security, BB Bakeries, Hilton Durban, Coastlands Hotel, KZN Oils, aQuellé , FMI, DRG Outsourcing, Boxer Superstores, Edison Power, 1st Call Group as well as East Coast Radio was a significant honour. uShaka was created over 14 years ago to kick start urban regeneration and boost for development in an area of Durban’s beachfront that was previously ignored. As a result, it has enabled the creation and growth of related hospitality businesses and contributed towards the overall growth of tourism in the city and the province as a whole. Khumalo said that uShaka prided itself in offering a combination of entertainment and outdoor leisure activities that are suitable for all ages and are aimed at both the international and domestic tourism markets. Attractions include water slides at Wet 'n Wild, sea animal interactions as uShaka Sea Animal Encounter Island, dolphin and seal shows, the Dangerous Creatures exhibit, the Chimp & Zee Rope Adventure Park, as well as an attraction for children aged 2 to 12 years at uShaka Kids World. The Theme Park also boosts the seventh largest aquarium in the world with 22 million litre tanks housing more than 300 species of marine life and 10000 sea creatures. uShaka Marine World’s beach mall - The Village Walk retail centre boasts an array of restaurants, fast food outlets as well as retail . . .
Kwa-Zulu Natal’s biggest and oldest wine event, The Mercury Wine Week, this year celebrates 40 years of migrating the country’s premier wine estates from the Cape to Durban every winter. As a prelude to this momentous milestone, an exclusive food and wine pairing evening is to take place at The Big Easy Winebar & Grill by Ernie Els at the Hilton Hotel in Durban, on 28 June 2018, in celebration and to showcase the calibre of wines at the event. The evening which is limited to only 60 guests, includes a four-course dinner with which a selection of world-renowned Ernie Els wines will be paired and includes one ticket to The Mercury Wine Week. The Mercury Wine Week 2018 takes place from Wednesday 29 to Friday 31 August, for the first time at Sibaya Casino and Entertainment Kingdom, offering Durban wine-lovers a smorgasbord of over 70 of the Cape’s top wine estates to sample. To book for the Ernie Els wine pairing dinner, at a cost of R650 per person, email Tashni on firstname.lastname@example.org or call on 031 308 2557. For further information visit www.mercurywineweek.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
It was a high stakes contest with some of the country’s best riding talent competing across an international-level course at Shongweni Club from 12 to 17 June. Anne-Marie Esslinger put on a spectacular show in the main title class riding and Alzu Oregon to win the 1.5m Nissan FEI World Cup Qualifier – her third World Cup Qualifier. “It was such a stunning event and it’s always that much better when you win!” said an elated Esslinger, two-time winner of the SA Showjumping Derby and co-owner of Burlington Stables in Gauteng. “The show was very well attended and the 6-bar event was as popular as ever. There was a really just a high standard of riding across the event.” She and Alzu Oregon placed third in the same event last year and took the 2016 World Cup Qualifier at Kyalami Park. Riding Alessio, Esslinger won her first World Cup Qualifier at Kyalami Park the previous year. Esslinger has extensive experience across the equestrian field – she’s an EQASA (Equestrian Qualification Authority of South Africa) Level 3 Coach and an International Coach belonging to IGEQ (International Group of Equestrian Qualification). She is also an F.E.I Level 3 Course Designer and a National Panel Equitation Judge. “This was an incredible six days of quality showjumping and family fun,” said Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan SA. “We’d like to extend our congratulations to all the winners and competitors who displayed such talent, as well as to the organisers for putting on another successful festival. Nissan is proud to be associated with this high-level event that represents our commitment to community initiatives and sporting activities.” There were a number of competitive events across the six-day competition which forms the third of five elite events that make up the South African leg of the World Cup Jumping qualifiers. These included the 1.15 Filtec Pony Riders Championship and 1.50m Nissan Riders Grand Prix Tour and; the popular Nissan 6-bar event (for . . .