Johannesburg - 03/16/2018. 7 ways you can be a green hero. By Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa It seems nowadays everyone is talking about climate change and how important it is to protect the environment. But what can we actually do about it? Governments and businesses focus on long term, sustainable solutions but it’s not just their job to save the environment that we all rely on. We all live on planet Earth and it’s our job to help protect it for our children and their children. That’s why our packaging containers use only natural, renewable, and recyclable resources to help leave future generations a clean and safe environment. Businesses like ours, and governments, can make a really big impact in making the world a better place for all but it’s everyone’s mission to contribute. Here are seven small ways you can actively take part to help make a big difference: Contribute to the recycling movement Probably the easiest way to help is to recycle – it’s the commonest environment friendly action that people perform. It means you can avoid overusing valuable natural resources and start separating garbage by putting aside carton packages for recycling. Check your labels Many companies like ours try to make going green a viable option for you by using products made from natural, renewable, and recyclable resources. We let you know by marking the product packaging so that all you have to do is check the package when you’re at the supermarket. Look for the sign that it’s made from easily bio-degradable materials or to see if they originate from forests that are managed in sustainable ways that protect trees for the future. We mark this with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. It’s proof that the product you are buying is made using wood from responsible sources. Turn off your lights and taps when not in use It’s super easy – and super effective – to make sure your lights are off when you leave a . . .
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 March 2018 In the era of communication and collaboration, noise reaches everywhere, including your bottom line. In today’s open offices, noise is the biggest distraction to getting work done. Modern work spaces promote collaboration but in increasingly crowded spaces, the sounds created by hard surfaces and fewer walls can make it hard to focus. Plantronics brings immersive headsets along with an intelligent multi-sensory experience that uses natural sounds and complementary visuals to dynamically adapt to distracting speech and ever-changing noise to keep an office in tune. Hero Solutions: Voyager 6200 UC, Voyager Focus UC, Blackwire 5200, Savi 700 For on-the-go workers, which we’re seeing more and more of, even in South Africa, noise in mobile environments makes it difficult for them, and their teammates back in the office, to hear, be heard and connect to what matters most. For this type of work style, Plantronics has products that easily connect to multiple devices and cancel out noise on both sides of the conversation. Hero Solutions: Voyager 8200 UC, Voyager 5200 UC, Voyager 6200 UC In contact centers, noise is a huge problem. With so many conversations happening at once, focus can sometimes falter, employee comfort can drop, and the security of sensitive customer information could potentially be compromised. Plantronics has purpose-built headsets designed for the Contact Center, but with hundreds – even thousands of headsets to manage, dealing with individual needs can be labor-intensive. Through SaaS, Plantronics delivers insights, simplifies headset adoption and lets IT respond to needs without interruption to the CX, all from one place. Hero Solutions: Encore Pro 500/700, Manager Pro Wherever work happens, noise stands in the way. With Plantronics’ portfolio of collaboration solutions, it doesn’t have to. For more information or sales questions, contact one of our authorized local South African . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa --February 2018 4% of employees agree blocking out noise increases their productivity.(1) 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(3) and over 58% of employees are distracted multiple times each day.(2) That represents a significant impact on your customers’ businesses you can easily help avert through proven noise reduction strategies and products. Managing Noise: In the Contact Center In the contact center, noise remains the biggest complaint among employees(4) and can negatively impact customer satisfaction.(3) But managing noise effectively can raise productivity,2 improve customer experiences(5) and impact the bottom line.(1) Plantronics creates technologies that manage noise to help contact centers be more effective and businesses be more successful. Let’s look at some common situations: Customer Service Representative (CSR) - Needs to handle urgent requests from customers quickly and efficiently. Key challenge: Hearing and being heard by customers. Help Desk Support - Manages intense, often lengthy, customer calls. Key challenge: Wearing headset all day (comfort, battery issues). Supervisor - Supports CSRs with call assistance and training. Key challenge: Background noise and audio quality on escalated calls. High-Level Support - Guides and supports CSRs on most challenging calls. Key challenge: Mobility within office to help with urgent situations. How do you handle these challenges within your business? Contact Center Solutions Plantronics engineers solutions that help people manage the noise around them so they can be more effective — no matter where . . .
08 February 2018 – MORE than 800 runners are expected to compete in the annual Caltex Border Masters Half Marathon taking place this Sunday, 11 February 2018. Now in its 41st year, the race promises to be highly contested in all five categories. “The course is fast, and we expect much excitement in all categories – especially the younger category where the winning title is up for grabs in the absence of Lusapho April who take the honours in 2016 and 2017” said Border Masters Athletics Association’s John Oatley. Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer is once again sponsoring the Border Masters Half Marathon, open to runners age 35 years and older, which starts from Winterstrand winding through the harbour, along the esplanade - ending at the Buffalo Club, East London. CECM chief executive Clive Berlyn, himself an avid runner and previous participant, said the company was proud of its long-standing association with the event. “We came on board as naming sponsors 3 years ago and must commend Border Masters Athletics Association on their professionalism and dedication – it is no easy task growing event entries with 10 to 15% year on year especially in this tough economic climate” Berlyn noted. Into the 35-39 age group for the first time are Andrea Ranger (Old Boys) and Hanlie Botha (Born2run) both of whom regularly show many a younger runner, including the men, a clean pair of heels. In the other women’s age groups those to watch include Karen Davis (40-44), Debbie Gee and a resurgent Sharon Wood both in the 50-54 category Much is also expected from the 2017 Border Masters awardees Makhaya Masumpa (50-54) and Pastor Madlavana (40-44) both out of the Born2run stable. Pastor has posted two excellent overall race 2nd places in recent outings but should still look over his shoulder for the determined Nedbank AC stalwart Doran Fritz. In the 45-49 group perhaps Desmond Witbooi (Born2run) 6th overall at the recent Gonubie Coastal Challenge is a podium contender, . . .
Domestic Flights South Africa is preparing for a busy 2018. With South Africa being a top tourist destination in Africa and expecting many tourists next near, they are constantly expanding their offerings and have a wide variety of different services available. With the goal to provide the easiest and most cost effective way to find and book the best travel deals at the cheapest prices. Domestic Flights South Africa offers flights, car rental, bus bookings, and accommodation across South Africa. Covering all the main metros including: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth When you search for flights with Domestic Flights South Africa, you’ll get results from all the major and low-cost carriers (such as Mango, SAA, British Airways, FlySaFair and Kulula) displayed in one place so that you can compare ticket prices allowing you to book the cheapest price.. You can refine also your results by playing around with various settings such as ‘departure time’ or ‘preferred number of stops’. Once you have decided on the best flight ticket for you, book and pay online in one seamless transaction. This applies to the Car Rental and Hotel booking facilities as well. Currently, Domestic Flights South Africa offers Cheap flights listing from some of the top flight providers and airlines in the world. Some of the notable international airlines include: Arik Air Cathay Pacific Airlines Delta Airlines Ethiopian Airlines Emirates Airlines Etihad Airways Kenya Airways Qantas Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Turkish Airlines Virgin Atlantic British Airways Fly Blue Crane Also including some of South Africa top domestic carriers and airlines including; FlySafair Kulula Airlines Mango Airlines SA Airlink SA Express South African Airways Not only have they got an up to date flight section with the top airlines, but they also list a wide range of car rental services from South African car rental . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
East London's festive season kicked off with a bang when the Daily Dispatch Summer Fun Run, supported by SPAR Eastern Cape, was held in excellent weather on Sunday. After hosting the Family Challenge for several years in the city, SPAR EC decided to throw their weight behind the highly popular Summer Fun Run, which has been part of the local holiday programme for nearly four decades. About 2 000 runners descended on Orient Beach on East London's Esplanade to join in the fun on a day that had something for everyone. A variety of race options ranging from 8km to 4km were available, plus a wheelchair event over 4km. SPAR EC sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said they had been thrilled with the response, describing the event as "just what the doctor ordered". "This really was a beautiful event and something I am sure we can grow as we work together with all those involved," he said. "From the pre-race buzz to the drum majorettes, Border Bulldogs taking part and Algoa FM Afternoon Drive programme keeping everyone informed, it was a great start to the holiday period." While Stapleton paid tribute to the winners of the various events, he acknowledged that the day was all about having fun. "The winners won and the runners-up were happily disappointed, but this was all about providing the East London people with a chance to go out and enjoy themselves through healthy exercise," he said. "We feel it is important to stay engaged with the community and this is a perfect vehicle for us." A key element of the fun run is to raise awareness of people with physical disabilities and to generate funds for the Association for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability (ARPD), which is based in East London. Stapleton said he was happy to report that they were able to donate R15 000 to ARPD. "There were many people in wheelchairs and people with prosthetics who took part in the race. It was amazing to have them involved with the run and . . .
Keen to maintain their engagement with the East London community, SPAR Eastern Cape have thrown their support behind the Daily Dispatch Summer Fun Run later this month. This event, taking place at the beachfront on November 26, has been part of the East London social calendar for almost four decades and will offer 4km and 8km distances to runners and walkers of all abilities. It's an ideal event to kick off the festive season and SPAR EC sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said the family ethos of the occasion was a perfect fit for them. "We ran the Family Challenge in the past and following the continued success of the Women's Challenge in Port Elizabeth, we felt there was a call to remain involved with the East London community," he said. "This is a great opportunity for us to back an event which has been in place for 39 years and one that occupies a permanent date on the festive programme." He said the Summer Fun Run, which has been held in various formats over the years, ticked all the boxes for them. "It's a great welcome to the summer season; a fun event which is suitable for the whole family. Besides the races, there will be lots of fun events, lucky draws, music and cheerleaders." A further connection SPAR EC have with the Summer Fun Run is that the event has the Association for the Rehabilitation of Persons with Disability (ARPD) as its beneficiary. Stapleton said this tied in with the annual Wheelchair Wednesday campaign, which they supported in collaboration with the Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities (Eastern Cape) in PE during August. "This CSI initiative, which raises awareness of the difficulties people with disabilities face, is extremely important to the SPAR family and we are excited to continue that support through the ARPD in East London. "The Summer Fun Run was the first event in East London which welcomed strollers and wheelchairs, and the organisers donate R10 of each entry fee to . . .
(Mdantsane) – Through sheer hard work and determination, Mdantsane has built a proud reputation of being South Africa’s boxing mecca – and now, thanks to a new initiative, more young pugilists have the chance of being thrust into the spotlight. Over the years, the urban township, 15 kilometres from East London, has spawned numerous national and international boxing champions, including former IBF super bantamweight champion Vuyani “The Beast” Bungu and retired IBF world bantamweight champion Welcome Ncita. Hoping to build on that status, and possibly uncover future superstars, Mdantsane City Shopping Centre is hosting a boxing competition which takes place on Saturday, October 21, and concludes with the finals on October 28. According to organisers, the tournament has already generated immense interest among boxing clubs in Mdantsane, and even further afield in Buffalo City. “The contest contributes towards sports development in South Africa, which is a vital aspect in instilling discipline amongst the youth,” said Mdantsane City marketing manager Wendy Zitha. “Most importantly, it drives youngsters away from a life of crime. The upliftment of the standard of living in our community really matters to us,” said Zitha. The competition is open to all boxing clubs, schools and sports lovers, who stand a chance of winning prizes, including medals and trophies worth R10 000, sponsored by Mdantsane City. In each of the age groups – juniors, youth and senior amateurs – there will be gold medals for the winner and silver for the runner-up. There are also miniature trophies for the best bout, male and female. Each bout will consist of three rounds, lasting three minutes for seniors and two minutes for junior and youth boxers. The club that collects the most points becomes the overall winner across all age groups. Spectators are welcome at the event, which is free to the public and takes place in the mall parking lot opposite Entrance 1. The . . .
Well known South African artist Petra Stiglingh, will be hosting a brief art exhibition in Port Elizabeth in support of the recently established Joy of Hearing, a local non-profit company benefiting cochlear implant recipients and other hearing disabled in the Eastern Cape. The exhibition, which is being hosted at the Paxton Hotel includes works of Isabella Le Roux, Anton Pienaar, Natasha Barnes, Paul Munro, Rene Snyman, Frans Claerhout, Otto Klar and Este Mostert. A gala evening will take place on Thursday evening, from 6pm, with the artwork open to viewing for the general public on Friday, October 13. Stiglingh, who is now based in Jeffreys Bay, was born in Bloemfontein and studied art at Bloemfontein Teacher’s College, while at the same time also doing extra courses with Michael Edwards. She received further tutelage from the experienced Titia Ballot and George Boys. In her later years she attended various workshops with well-known artist-Dale Elliot and most recently she went to America to study under Master-artist, Daniel Gerhardz. Last year she again returned to America to do the advanced course with Gerhardz. Stiglingh’s work is a mixture of different art forms, but could mostly be described as “contemporary-impressionistic”. Over the past 31 years, Stiglingh has exhibited her work throughout South Africa, Namibia and Canada in numerous combined exhibitions as well as at various solo exhibitions including one in Johannesburg, at Alice Art Gallery, (1995) and twice in Birmingham – at the world trade show. Stiglingh also has a permanent exhibition at her Art Gallery in the Fountains Mall in Jeffreys Bay. For the past twelve years she has also offered art workshops all over the country, helping novice and professional artists alike in expanding their vision and techniques in oil- and acrylic painting. Proceeds from the sale of paintings will be donated to Joy of Hearing. One of Stighligh’s artworks will also be up for auction at the . . .