Fashionable fabrics, inspired interiors and wall-to-wall trendsetting décor will adorn the Cape Town International Convention Centre from the 27th to 30th April 2017 as Decorex Cape Town – co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone – takes over the city. In line with the 2017 theme, ‘Make your space your living dream’, visitors to South Africa’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition will be immersed in natural fabrics, revitalising tones and quality products all centred around a vision of reclaiming a space of sanctuary, disconnected from the relentless noise and distraction of the modern world. Visitors can interact with the country’s top designers where the latest trends will be accessibly featured in a variety of room settings. The Decorex Designer Spotlight will showcase the work of iconic Cape Town designer Dylan Thomaz while stylish living ideas can be picked up at the Decorex Trend House. Anyone looking for a change in hue can visit the Plascon stand where the highly anticipated 2017 colour forecast will be revealed. And for the latest in international-level kitchen products and appliances, visitors are invited to the Franke Kitchen Trend Project where four local kitchen designers will compete to create the ultimate ‘Simplicity in Design’ kitchen. Cape Town, which leads the way in décor excellence nationwide, can expect to see only the highest quality products and décor set to international standard, as well as the country’s most creative designers who will be showcasing the latest trends. For all your 2017 design and décor trends, get to Decorex Cape Town from the 27th – 30th April. Tickets are sold through www.computicket.co.za and at the door. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org Visit: www.decorex.co.za Facebook: Decorex SA Twitter: @decorexSA Instagram: decorex_sa LinkedIn: Decorex SA Pinterest: Decorex SA Blog: www.thebereed.co.za/decorexblog/ Decorex SA details: Decorex Durban: 18 – 21 March 2017 Time: . . .
Accountants control the floodgates of prosperity in Africa, but it is by our integrity and effort that we earn the right to open them. With the Chinese economy slowing, commodity prices falling and the global economy stagnating, worldwide investment opportunities are scarce. But the last decade has seen a rising wave of optimism over Africa’s growth potential, and global investors are keen to uncover its riches. To realise its prosperity, Africa must first confront the obstacles that prevent investors from committing themselves. Accountants have a central role to play in confronting these obstacles and ensuring the development of African. The International Monetary Fund (IMF) suggests that although medium term growth prospects in Africa remains favourable, substantial improvement is required in the recalibration of fiscal policy (including the efficient use of national budgets), better domestic revenue mobilisation, and improving and prioritising the quality and efficiency of public investment. South Africa is in the green because our fiscal policy is sound. We just need to keep our budget in check to ensure government debt remains a low percentage of GDP. Our revenue is also being judiciously invested in infrastructure, with the top five government priorities being healthcare for all, better education, enhanced crime prevention, rural development, and job creation. In South Africa, public investment is lively, with the government spending a fair amount of its budget on social services and public infrastructure. However, we also face growth challenges. Corruption – real or perceived – is a threat to the continent’s development. Additionally, in South Africa, unemployment continues to be unacceptably high, not for lack of jobs but rather a skills shortage in specific sectors from which the field of accounting is not exempt. As for poverty and inequality, financial and human resources must be effectively deployed to address the following . . .
ECR House & Garden Show Set To Shine In 2017 Renewed partnerships and bold new moves announced for KZN’s longest standing home show. In 2017 the East Coast Radio House & Garden Show will wow audiences from across the country for a record 37th consecutive time, bringing with it a host of innovations. The company has renewed their title sponsorship with KZN’s radio station, East Coast Radio, taking the relationship into its 14th consecutive year. “East Coast Radio is excited to renew its partnership for a further 3 years with this premiere lifestyle event in KwaZulu-Natal,” says East Coast Radio’s General Manager, Boni Mchunu. “Over the years, the show has provided inspiration to, and a platform for, people from all over KZN to come together to experience the best lifestyle-offerings under one roof. We're proud to be associated with an event that aligns perfectly with our 2017 focus which is to celebrate the the people, places, and things that make the province of KZN great" New talent brings fresh ideas In addition, Durban’s own Cairey Baxter-Bruce joins the team as Show Director. She brings considerable know-how from her time at Decorex as their General Manager and later, Business Development Manager, as well as her own event consultancy b² Event Solutions. She has travelled extensively to Verona, London, Birmingham, Paris and New York in search of the cutting edge in today’s décor and design market. “The ECR House & Garden show is an institution,” said Baxter-Bruce. “I can’t wait to bring a fresh edge and exciting features to a show that’s been a South African benchmark for so many years.” Baxter-Bruce joins the show on the back of a 3.5% increase in visitor numbers, despite the declining economy in 2016. “We started the event on the beach front in 1979,” said show owner Clive Shedlock. “Back then we had 25,000 people visit over 10 days, next year we expect 90,000.” The show is estimated to contribute R100 million in . . .
JOHANNESBURG—January 7, 2017—Farai Madzima today announced that eFFed Up! will hold its 2nd annual Pixel Up! User Experience (UX) and Design conference May 8 through May 10 at Cape Town’s Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Stellenbosch. At this year’s three-day conference, user experience and user interface designers from South Africa and around the world will learn about the latest tools and processes to create the most innovative apps and websites for customers in South Africa and the rest of the world. Pixel Up! 2017 will feature 14 inspiring and practical talks by speakers who’ve worked at Apple, Google, IDEO, Airbnb and more. Four master-grade hands-on workshops to help designers skill up in new techniques will be delivered by world renowned authors and facilitators. This year’s conference includes a notable lineup of featured speakers from the UX and design industry, including: Andy Clarke - one of the best known UK web designers (Wales) Austin Knight - Senior UX designer at Hubspot, speaker, and author (Brazil) Brad Frost - Web designer, speaker, author, and consultant (Pittsburgh) Emma Craig - UX researcher at Shopify (Canada) Kevin Hoffman - Information architect and design strategist and author (Philadelphia) Josh Clark - Designer and author (New York) Michael Sui - Senior designer at Airbnb (San Francisco) Mindy Gold - UX content strategist at Capital One (New York) Nancy Douyon - User experience lead at Google (San Francisco) Ron Bronson - User experience etrategist at Practical Starship Sebastiaan de With - ex-Apple designer (San Francisco) Dr. Tendayi Viki - Innovation consultant (UK) Val Head - Web animation expert and author (Pittsburgh) Designers and other professionals looking to learn and improve their user experience and design skills can apply for tickets via the Pixel Up! website (pixelup.co.za) now until Sunday, May 7 at 22:00 SAST. Tickets are limited to 150, last year was sold out. “South . . .
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Give back by watching Ladysmith Black Mambazo in celebrating the holiday season At this time of year, when tables groan under the weight of delectable food, spare a thought for those less fortunate. Now you can make a difference in the life of a hungry person by simply clicking on https://goo.gl/kIYFLN and watching Ladysmith Black Mambazo perform online. The longer you watch, more people will be fed, as Pick n Pay in partnership with SASKO and FoodForwardSA will make sure that the gift of bread will reach hungry tummies. Ask your friends to watch the video and share it on Facebook or Twitter. The campaign will keep running until 170 000 slices of bread have been donated so keep watching and sharing and spreading a little festive cheer. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Killing without a trace in hotel rooms sounds like something out of a horror movie. However, when it comes to murdering unpleasant odours, that's exactly what hospitality industry housekeepers workers want. High-traffic hotel rooms have a much greater potential than other shared spaces to generate odours that are both unpleasant and potentially unhealthy. That's especially true when the odour is the result of unauthorised cigarette smoking by guests. "Portable ozone generators dispense ozone gas for deodorising hotel rooms within 20 minutes and leave no artificial airborne or surface residues after reverting harmlessly back to oxygen," says Ian Wright of Ozone Solutions. In the case of smoking, a shock treatment can be applied to a room to deodorise everything from carpets to linen and curtains. On the coast especially, mould growth in unoccupied hotel rooms can occur rapidly and small doses of ozone will freshen up a room magically for newly arrived guests. Ozone is already well known throughout the world in the hospitality industry where it is commonly used in dedicated smoking areas, refuse areas and in public toilets for its deodorising and sanitising properties. Ozone was approved as far back as 1999 as a disinfectant by the American Food and Drug Administration and that country's Environmental Protection Agency. Many scientists believe that the overuse of antibacterial cleaning products and artificial deodorisers (that only mask the smell) indiscriminately kill good and bad organisms, which has caused us to become hypersensitive to all foreign pathogens. This response sends our immune systems into overdrive with all sorts of anatomical implications. Ozone is a highly-reactive gas that is produced when oxygen interacts with either electricity or UV light. It is also gaseous and can therefore deodorise the most inaccessible of hotel room spaces. To take full advantage of ozone's deodorising properties, OSI supplies the Airzone OdoGo . . .
Johannesburg, 08 December 2016 - The Chemical Industries Education and Training Authority (CHIETA) held its inaugural Recognition Awards Ceremony on 26 October 2016, to acknowledge excellence in the areas of skills development partnerships, innovation in training, work integrated learning, support for people living with disabilities as well as extraordinary work by new member companies. 33 Companies walked away with awards that were given across 6 categories namely; Best Skills Development Partner, Recognition for Support of People with Disabilities, Best Partner for WIL, Best Innovation in Skills Development, CHIETA 2015/2016 Achiever Award and Special Award to new member companies from CHIETA ACEO. The companies received a trophy, a certificate of acknowledgment as well as a cheque for R 150 000.00 towards skills development in the 2017(terms and conditions apply). Member companies such as SASOL, CHEVRON South Africa and Unilever were amongst the veteran industry companies to snatch up awards during this prestigious event. The focus however was not on the age or history of organisations but rather the merits of each project. Rural based companies such as Elinem Construction CC were recognized for their unique offering to the unemployed youth of rural Kwa-Zulu-Natal. "As a SETA accredited training provider and employer, we target unemployed youth from the rural community of KZN and take them through the institutional training and then into Elinem Construction for in-service training," shared Warren Birchall, Training Manager of Elinem Construction CC. He added that the Elinem learners therefore leave the program trained for industry and not for the minimum outcome as is specified by many training program. Mr Birchall reiterated that this program is largely made possible by CHIETA funding as 99% of their learners hail from impoverished backgrounds. This program was visited by the Auditor General of South Africa during the 2016 Audit period, and was . . .
Durban (South Africa) - South Africa’s skateboarding elite will descend on eThekwini this weekend to compete as Red Bull Unlocked returns to People’s Park, Moses Mabhida Stadium on 18 December from 10.30am. Having started in the same location in 2013, Red Bull Unlocked has travelled to both Johannesburg and Cape Town, but has now wound its way back to the original venue on the east coast. It will be here that 30 of the top skateboarders from each of the previous editions will compete for top honours. Designed by South African extreme sporting legend, Dave De Witt, this year’s course has been created to play to the imagination. “There will be a lot more ramps and obstacles in this edition, encouraging skaters to unlock more talent and really giving spectators a treat,” said De Witt, himself a skating stalwart. “The course will run from the stadium down the stairs to People’s Park with about 10 or 12 ramps throughout and at least two obstacles for each set of stairs.” The format has four to five skaters going against each other in 10-minute jam sessions with the top two from each heat advancing to the next round until the final. Contestants will have to bring their absolute best on the day with judges - Luke Jackson of Session Magazine, Brendan Body of The Shred Skateboard Park and Session Magazine as well as Riaan Van Biljoen of the NSA - keeping an eagle-eye on their technique, creativity and overall use of the course. Brendan Body will bring some 30-odd years of skating experience to the Red Bull Unlocked ‘head judge’ position. “Judges will be looking for elements such as style, creativity, and technicality,” explained Body. “But it’s important to get the right balance. A skater might have the burliness but isn’t technical enough or there is great technical skill, but just not enough style.” “When I started Sessions in 2002, there were a handful of guys involved in skateboarding at this level,” he said. “There has been massive growth in . . .
Fry's Family Foods has been awarded the Gold Award in the Medium Companies Category by the Food Bev Seta for excellence in opportunities offered in occupationally directed training programs. Says Wally Fry, co-founder of Fry’s: “Our philosophy of helping our staff reach their full potential which in turn increases their standard of living is vitally important. As a successful South African company we have a duty to ensure all our staff are empowered to change their lives and be the best they can be. We are honoured by this acknowledgment. It is a definite indication of Fry’s ethos of respect for all living beings - humans and animals.” Fry’s Family Foods has run a highly active and very successful learnership programme for four years under the stewardship of their Training Manager, Duncan Player. The programme has seen 342 staff members successfully increase their expertise, knowledge and experience in areas like quality management, operations, production management, warehousing, dispatch management and more. “We are very proud of our programme. The whole system was designed to empower people in a way that is practically meaningful,” says Player. Florence Ngwenya, one of Fry’s Quality Administrators is reaching the end of the programme and speaks of how the training has tangibly changed her career path. “I was a factory operator before I started the programme and because Fry’s believed in me I am now part of mid-level management studying Total Quality Management through UNISA. Fry’s completely changed my outlook on life and has empowered me to believe I can strive for more. Fry’s believe that their people are instrumental in their drive for best quality and I am proud to be a part of that process.” Says Caroline Garnett, Fry’s Family Foods General Manager and Chief Financial Officer: “Being recognised as one of the top Medium Sized Companies in on-the-job training is a great achievement. Training is such an important area of our business to both ensure . . .