Senior Landscape Architect, Lizelle Wolmarans at GIBB, one of South Africa’s leading black-owned engineering consulting firms, presented a paper on child safety in playgrounds at the three-day Congress for the Institute of World Urban Parks (WUP) and Environment and Recreation Management (IERM) in Cape Town last month. Leading parks professionals and parks agencies from around the world resolving to protect and enhance the world’s urban parks and green spaces in the face of looming global challenges was present at this Congress. The paper, titled Risky Play and Children’s Safety: Balancing Priorities for Optimal Child Development focused on the construction of playgrounds, safety and safety standards of equipment used in playgrounds as well as the influence it has on physical and mental child development. Play experts such as Environmental Psychologists, Child Development Specialists, Landscape Architects and Educators are advocating a re-assessment of the play environment. While the safety of children should never be neglected, Wolmarans explained the dangers of being over-protective as potentially detrimental to a child’s development. “Our environment is not without risk and therefore, we need to learn how to manage risk continuously as a survival skill. However, where risk is eliminated from playgrounds, challenge is eliminated leading to boredom where children may potentially feel the need to take excessive risk using equipment inappropriately that can cause unintentional injury,” said Wolmarans. South Africa has adopted the international playground safety standards, these standards are not legalised but serve as a guideline to prevent hazardous risks. Locally, our decisions need to be influenced by security, economy and future sustainability. In the case of security, it is a fact that children are living in dangerous environments in their homes and neighbourhoods. Some of the dangers are traffic, kidnapping, crime and drugs. Supervision and . . .
Defending champion Luthando Hejana, from Mdantsane, showed his liking for the SPAR Family Challenge when he took his third title in a row in the 9.8km race in East London on Saturday. Undeterred by a fresh easterly breeze at the start at the Beaconhurst Sports Grounds, the 29-year-old was able to consolidate his status as the only runner to have won the men's race since its inception in 2014. Hejana, who runs for Born 2 Run, coasted home in 37 minutes 28 seconds, beating Bulelani Mgubo (38:03) of All Stars and Monwabisi Siqwayi (39:54) of Zubenothi Sports Developers to the finish line. Hanlie Botha (43.07) made it a double for Born 2 Run in the women's race, finishing comfortably ahead of privateer Luyanda Matiwona (48.40) and defending champion Andrea Ranger (50:28) of Old Selbornians. Hejana, one of Border's leading runners, said he had his sights set on a third win and was happy that he could pull it off. "The race went very well, even though the wind was blowing into us at the start. When we turned at the beach it was better and I came back feeling good and felt strong at the end." With a slight change to the route, Hejana was not able to challenge his course record of 36.09 from last year, but was pleased with his efforts. "I enjoyed the race. There were lots of people cheering me on from the start to the end and it was also good to support the Reach for a Dream Foundation." SPAR Eastern Cape chose the foundation as their beneficiary to help them in their quest of making a child's dream come true on a daily basis. The retailer's regional promotions and advertising manager Wendy Westraadt said they were delighted with the support they had received from the East London community. She said around 850 runners signed up for the two races that were aimed at providing an avenue for a healthy lifestyle in a family environment, while also giving back to the community. "We are so happy to be able to support a charity like Reach for a . . .
October 06, 2016 – The South African National Roads Agency Soc Ltd (SANRAL) would like to advise motorists that roadworks on the N2 from Wilsonia to the N6 outside East London will continue this week. East Bound - towards Butterworth / Mthatha • Slow Lane: Project starts at (km 5.2) to Amalinda Bridge (km 9.2) The scheduled closure commenced 10:00 on Tuesday, 4 October 2016 to 10:00 on Thursday, 6 October 2016. • On-ramp at the Amalinda Bridge Half-width construction is scheduled from Saturday, 8 October 2016 at 7:00 to Sunday, 9 October 2016 at 17:00. West Bound - to King Williams Town • Fast Lane: Western Avenue bridge (km 13.4) to the Amalinda bridge (km 9.2) The scheduled closure commenced10:00 on Monday, 3 October 2016 to 10:00 on Wednesday, 5 October 2016. • Slow Lane: Western Avenue bridge (km 13.4) to the Amalinda bridge (km 9.2) The scheduled closure commenced Wednesday, 5 October 2016 to 17:00 on Friday, 7 October 2016. • On-ramp at the N/E Express Bridge: As half-width construction is impossible, a full closure is scheduled for Sunday, 9 October 2016 from 06:00 to 17:00. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, and to be cautious when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s regional manager. SANRAL apologizes for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As the excitement begins to build for the SPAR Family Challenge in East London on October 8, the race organisers have called for participants to beat the Wednesday entry deadline. Entries for the 5km and 9.8km runs close on Wednesday and organiser Candy Boonzaier said they encouraged as many people as possible to enter by then. She said that although provision had been made for late entries to be taken at registration on Friday and Saturday, they hoped to keep these to a minimum. Meanwhile, plenty of family entertainment will be on offer at the Beaconhurst sports grounds in Beacon Bay, where the two races start and finish. Boonzaier said they encouraged anyone who was not running to join in the fun as there would be food stalls and refreshments available. SPAR promotions and advertising controller Roseann Shadrach said they were delighted that popular Eastern Cape artist Gino Fabbri would be there to entertain the crowd before and after the event. The emcee will be Algoa FM deejay Gordon Graham, whom, she said, would bring his own brand of wit to the proceedings. In promoting their Choose Local campaign, which was launched in August, Shadrach said SPAR Eastern Cape would be striving to provide meaningful support to the East London community. "We have chosen the local branch of the Reach for a Dream Foundation as this year's beneficiary, so everyone who enters the race will be helping to make a difference." She added there would be plenty of lucky draw prizes, with the plum incentive being a spa treatment and lunch for two at the Miarestate Boutique Hotel and Spa. Runners and walkers can enter on www.sparfamilychallenge.co.za or at cycle shops in the city. Registration is from 10am to 7pm at the Beaconhurst sports grounds on the day before the event and from 8am to 9.30am on race day. Action starts at 10am with the 9.8km, with the 5km following 15 minutes later. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
East London residents with a penchant for exercise can look forward to a few changes when the third edition of the SPAR Family Challenge hits town on October 8. Event organiser Candy Boonzaaier said one major difference would be earlier start times to avoid the strong winds of the past two years. "We are trying to miss the wind which normally picks up at midday," she said. Boonzaaier said the Family Challenge would also see a route change to avoid traffic congestion caused by a taxi rank in the area. The original route passed in front of SUPERSPAR Spargs in Beacon Bay, while the new one would divert runners behind it, she said. Participants in both the 5km and 9.8km races will now go along Avalon Road, Imp Lane, Junction Road and Hillcrest Drive to the finish. Boonzaaier said the new course's degree of difficulty would be similar to previous years despite the tweaks. With their emphasis on family participation and healthy lifestyles, SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising controller Roseann Shadrach said the Family Challenge was a perfect fit for the retailer. She said it had been enthusiastically supported by the East London community since its recent inception. "Despite the torrid weather we have had in past years, they have come out in their numbers. Nothing seems to deter them. "There is an incredibly high spirit among the entrants and it's great to see families turning up in their numbers." Shadrach said they would be treated to some spectacular entertainment, including comedian Gino Fabbri and emcee Graham Gordon. Apart from the festivities, she said there would also be lucky draw incentives to inspire entrants. One of these is a spa treatment and lunch for two at the Miarestate Boutique Hotel and Spa. Runners and walkers can enter on www.sparfamilychallenge.co.za or at cycle shops in the city until October 5. Registration is from 10am to 7pm at the Beaconhurst sports field on the day before the event. Runners . . .
Samsung underlines its commitment to Europe and unveils new products and partnerships for the European home appliance, visual display and home entertainment markets JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 1 September, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. used its IFA 2016 press conference today in Berlin to demonstrate how it is redefining the consumer experience, showcasing a range of new products and partnerships for the home appliance, visual display and home entertainment markets. “At IFA 2016, we want to show delegates how we are continually striving to revolutionise the Samsung experience for all our customers and partners - and across all our product lines, from television and home audio to home appliances. Everything Samsung creates is borne out of our determination to enrich peoples’ daily lives with innovative technology, based on a deep understanding of what consumers really want and need,” said Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director Samsung South Africa. Committed to Europe’s Potential During the press conference, held in the CityCube at Messe Berlin, Samsung reiterated its commitment to Europe, employing 14 000 people in 34 countries. Samsung’s products are infused with European flair, fashion, design and the finest traditions of manufacturing excellence. With Q2 revenue up five percent year on year, seven out of 10 European households owning a Samsung mobile phone, as well as one in three families watching their favorite shows and films on Samsung TVs, the company believes now is the right time to invest even further in Europe’s potential. In keeping with this commitment, Samsung announced a new partnership with MakerBot, the global leader in 3D printing, which will equip schools, colleges and museums in five European markets with 3D printers, as well as train teachers and students alike in the use of the technology. With more than 100 000 MakerBot printers around the world, it represents the world’s largest 3D printing community and an . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 31 August, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co. recently announced that all of its 2016 UHD TV models have attained the Ultra High Definition (UHD) TV certification from Digital Europe (DE), a collaborative body of European IT and consumer electronics businesses. Comprised of 62 corporate members and 37 National Trade Associations, DE is one of the most influential organisations representing the digital technology industry in Europe. According to Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics South Africa, Samsung TVs, ranging from the 2016 SUHD TV lineup to the Series 6 UHD TVs, have all met the strict standards set for UHD TV certification as specified by DE. “These products will now carry the European UHD TV certification logo, as well as the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) label. Both certification labels will be on display on Samsung UHD TVs at this year’s IFA exhibition,” he explains. For certification purposes, DE has specifically defined a ‘pixel’ as the minimum picture resolution element capable of rendering the same luminance scale as the entire display. The horizontal and vertical pixel count must be of the complete red, green and blue triple sub-pixel block, while not counting additional non-RGB sub-pixels. Additional criteria listed to earn the DE certification include: Minimum native resolution of the display (e.g. LCD, PDP, OLED) or display engine (e.g. DLP) is 3840 x 2160 in 16:9 aspect ratio. Minimum supported colorimetric is at BT.709 or above. The display-device has at least one end-to-end signal path available to the user that does not render a UHD input at a frame rate or resolution lower than that received over the UHD interface from the source. The display-device has at least one end-to-end signal path available to the user that does not reduce the resolution, nor reduce the frame rate of a UHD input during processing prior to . . .
Promotion offers Samsung consumers the chance to win a trip to the Maldives JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 31 August, 2016 – The majority of South Africans are thankful to note that winter is finally coming to an end and that they can once again get ready to unpack their shorts and sandals. Samsung Electronics South Africa shares this sentiment and has therefore decided to offer consumers a chance to get into the spirit of summer. The company is launching its ‘Kick Start Your Summer’ competition on the 1st of September 2016. Scheduled to run until 30th September 2016; the initiative will see 15 lucky winners win the trip of a lifetime to the beautiful islands of the Maldives. “Entering the competition is quite easy”, says Michael McKechnie, Director of Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA. “Consumers simply need to purchase any qualifying Samsung air conditioning product through a recognised retailer, send the unique product serial number to the competition hotline via SMS and wait to see if they are one of the lucky names drawn at the end of the competition. Winners will be drawn on 14 October 2016 and proof of purchase, as well as the serial number will be required to validate wins” he explains. Once validated, the customer will receive an SMS with a winning pin code and the concierge service number to call to book their trips to the island. “The good news for customers is that this is just the first of a number of exciting promotions planned by Samsung over the course of the coming months,” McKechnie adds. “While a number of Samsung products qualify as entry to the competition, the start of the summer season is an ideal time to consider buying an air-conditioner. What better way to kick start your summer than by purchasing a product that could set you up with a dream ticket to the Indian Ocean paradise of the Maldives? So, if you are in the market for an air-conditioner this summer, then look no further than Samsung’s beautifully . . .
Samsung Electronics South Africa announced the launch of the Digital Variable Multi (DVM S) Eco 14 HP, a new side discharge variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioner that is engineered to deliver a single outdoor unit solution for apartments and office buildings. The improved performance of the Samsung DVM S Eco 14 HP ensures that it meets the increasing market need for a specialised single outdoor unit to reduce the cost of previous multiple loading and sub-duct installation in multi-room buildings. The innovative design of the DVM S Eco 14 HP features a robust Inverter Scroll Compressor and corrugate fin, which improves heating performance by 20 percent and increases air flow by 10 percent compared to standard side discharge VRF units. "Research and development (R&D), as well as design, play key roles in how we develop our products as we're always focused on delivering cutting-edge technology and ensuring the products we deliver are highly efficient," said Michael McKechnie, Director Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA. "The DVM S Eco 14 HP delivers unbeatable performance among the side discharge VRF units and does so with the greatest energy efficiency, as well as the best use of space, with its unique compact design." Single Solution for Multi-room Buildings The increased horse power of the DVM S Eco (maximum 14 HP) means that only one single outdoor unit is needed to manage the air conditioning requirements for an apartment or office building, in place of multiple costly units. All areas of the building are covered as the new unit also provides an extended piping length of up to 160 meters and an installation height of up to 50 meters. The width of the new DVM S Eco 14 HP is less than one meter (940 mm), maximising capacity and using space more efficiently, while the four-way piping enables convenient installation. Greater Energy Efficiency The design of the Inverter Scroll Compressor in the DVM S Eco 14 HP has . . .
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 . . .