N2 Wild Coast Road legacy project empowers local women and communities Eastern Cape, 24 April 2018: Twelve women from the communities of Mtentu and Lusikisiki (OR Tambo and Alfred Nzo Districts), recently completed a training programme that has provided them with the skills needed to sew overalls for contractors and labourers working on the Mtentu Bridge construction project, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. The group of trainees comprised five females and one male from Mtentu in the North Bank of the bridge as well as seven females and one male from Lusikisiki in the South Bank. The group will undergo further training through a business skills programme that will take place in early June. “The plan is to set the group up into two cooperatives that will be tasked with branding protective equipment as well as sewing overalls for the contractors and Mtentu Bridge project labourers,” Contractor Training Executive, Mr. Robert Simelane of Aveng Grinaker-LTA, the main contractors for the construction of the bridge said. “We are currently setting up the site with equipment, which should be done by August. Leading up to that, we aim to deliver a training programme on business skills as we want this group to be self-sufficient when the Mtentu Bridge project concludes. Subsequent to this, they will go on site and start with the work,” he said. Iphulo Lamampondokazi Primary Cooperative, a local cooperative comprised of three beadwork trainers and two sewing trainers, was subcontracted by Aveng Grinaker-LTA to deliver the training programme. Lead trainer Buyiswa Mdontso (Sis B) said that the group was quick to learn. “For some, it was their first interaction with a sewing machine. The training covered tracksuit and overalls sewing techniques. Such training will present the trainees an opportunity to generate additional income through sewing tracksuits for local schools,” she said. SANRAL Southern Region . . .
There will be a whirlwind of activity both on and off the field when the SPAR National All Girls' Winter Sports and Cultural Festival takes place at Clarendon High in East London from April 27 to 30. In a festival which encompasses all aspects of school life, from slamming a hockey ball into the net to the art of public speaking, the weekend will be a showcase of South Africa's schoolgirl talent. While there will be keen competition, Clarendon High principal Pat Rose said the emphasis of the festival was on camaraderie, spirit and sportsmanship. "The slogan for the festival - ALL GIRLS TOGETHER - encapsulates what the weekend is all about as the girls celebrate the 19th edition and a chance to make special memories," she said. Having started as a relatively low-key All Girls' Winter Festival in Cape Town in 2000, when it was co-hosted by Rustenberg (netball) and Wynberg (hockey), the occasion has grown to include over 20 schools at times. This is the third time Clarendon will host the event after 2003, when the school celebrated its centenary, and 2011. An indication of the variety of talent which will be on display comes in the many disciplines the festival offers - hockey, netball, squash, golf, tennis, debating, public speaking, masterchef, chess, vocal ensemble, visual arts, creative writing and drama. Not only will the girls receive a chance to renew acquaintances and make new friends, they will be exposed to experts in a number of fields. For example, South African umpire Deon Nel, who attended the Rio Olympics last year, will head up the referees for the hockey section, while Clarendon old girl Zoya Mabuto, a national toastmasters winner, will give a workshop to the creative-writing girls and judge the public speaking competition. Although the emphasis is on camaraderie, there will be keen competition among the schools, with a number of teams out to defend their top-ranking status from last year. These include Oranje Girls from . . .
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 . . .
Controlled blasting on the N2 between Dutywa and Mthatha Eastern Cape, 16 April 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Wednesday, 18 April 2018 at approximately 11h00. The blast will take place at approximately 32 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. The road will be closed during the blast. The duration of the closure will be kept to as short duration as possible, but the road could be closed up to a maximum of two hours. Motorist travelling eastwards towards Mthatha may consider utilising either of the following two alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi on to the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/ Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly, motorists travelling westwards towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha and then link back to the N2 via either R408 after Ngcobo or R409 towards Tsomo. The alternative route is 60 kilometres longer and may add approximately 40 minutes to your trip between East London and Mthatha. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
One often hears the refrain from people that the mainstream media are not interested in their news. In this article MyPR will help you understand why that perception exists and lay out some methods that you could use to overcome the mainstream media's 'disinterest'. Let's define Mainstream Media: A media instance - commonly print - that has a large reach and has been in operation for many years. The perception still exists in most people's minds that any newsworthy event is not 'news' until it has appeared in print. Most people define succcesful exposure in the mainstream media as an appearance in a national newspaper, on TV or on a national radio station. Let's understand how a newsroom works: Mainstream media rely on journalists to 'go and get the story'. There is a downward pressure on newsrooms in terms of how many journalists they may employ and the overiding consideration that any Editor must entertain is the immediate profitability of his/her newspaper. Every decision that an Editor must make revolves around profitability TODAY. As there is a downward pressure on journalist headcount newsrooms find themselves under pressure to pay less which means that they get less experienced journalists and less all-round journalists. This leads to an emphasis on only covering stories that will appeal to the widest range of readers. For example, a sports journalist will therefore concerntrate only on the mainstream sports like Soccer, Rugby and Cricket and the lesser know sports like Sailing, Bowls, Netball etc. will not ever have a specialist journalist covering them. A newsdesk will assign stories to the journalst to cover and those decisions are made based on wide and popular appeal in order to sell as many newspapers as possible. Fewer journalists means a narrower emphasis on news, smaller newspapers and less money to spend on invetigative journalism. Today's journalist also has a number of 'layers' between him/her and final publication - a . . .
Johannesburg, April, 11, 2018: Free up your time for what’s good in life - by Penny Ntuli, marketing director of Tetra Pak South Africa Have you ever sat down at the end of the week, and realised you just couldn’t find the time to do all the things you set out to do? Juggling work, household chores, reading and exercise all in one day can sometimes seem impossible. We all want a better quality of life so we must focus on what’s good. That consumer drive is why companies constantly look for and find ways to make peoples’ lives easier. Even something as small as a milk box can often save you time and make life convenient. It can give you drinks on the go as you zoom around trying to fit in the million and one things that need to be done. Here are 10 tips and tricks to free up your time for what’s good in life: Take a step back The first and most crucial step is to take a step back and look at what’s good in your life and what could be better. You can ask yourself what you want to do more of or what you want to change. Stepping back helps you prioritise what’s important and what’s not so you can find the time to do the things you want. Create your perfect formula for a daily routine Now it’s time to organise. Organising a list of tasks helps you achieve balance by ensuring things get done when they need to without eating up too much of your time. Daily chores can leave you exhausted and with little time to enjoy the weekend. Organising your time at the start of each week with a to-do list helps you plan to save. There are a bunch of mobile apps that can help you and many of them are free. Do a little bit everyday Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” But don’t cram too much into one day and leave yourself exhausted. Instead, do a little every day, particularly the little chores you may save up for the weekend. Start preparing a few days in advance if you're planning a dinner party, divide . . .
Eastern Cape, 11 April 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on tomorrow, Thursday, 12 April 2018 at approximately 11h00. The blast will take place at approximately 40 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. The road will be closed during the blast. The duration of the closure will be kept to as short duration as possible, but the road could be closed up to a maximum of two hours. Motorist travelling eastwards towards Mthatha may consider utilising either of the following two alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi on to the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/ Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly motorists travelling westwards towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha and then link back to the N2 via either R408 after Ngcobo or R409 towards Tsomo. The alternative route is 60 kilometres longer and may add approximately 40 minutes to your trip between East London and Mthatha. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Newly-appointed Amatola Water chief executive officer, Vuyo Zitumane, who took up office on 3 April 2017, says improving stakeholder relationships, which include employee and customer engagement, are amongst her top priorities in the short term. Zitumane, who has an impressive track-record of accomplishments in the public sector, joins the organisation at a time when its turnaround plan, endorsed by the Department of Water and Sanitation, is underway. Zitumane explains that the turnaround plan, which will be implemented over the next five years, forms the foundation for the future direction of Amatola Water and is set to enhance organisational sustainability, improve bulk water services provision and reinvent the organisation towards becoming a regional water utility in the Eastern Cape. As part of the plan, Amatola Water will focus on four key areas: Improving the water utility’s financial viability and bulk water services (primary), improving Amatola Water’s performance as an implementing agent for water infrastructure (secondary business) and reconnecting with stakeholders. Among her key priorities, Zitumane will champion research on innovative mechanisms to mitigate the acute drought and water shortage in parts of the province, enhance the utility’s internal project management capacity and capability, as well as ensure the advancement of transformation in the water sector. “Whilst we will not compromise on quality, we will be very robust when it comes to advancing transformation efforts, particularly at the consulting and contractor level.” “The newly published BBBEE regulations have to find expression in our supply chain policy in order to ensure that there is an equitable distribution of opportunities across the board,” she adds. Zitumane has hit the ground running. Already she has met with the board and staff at Amatola Water’s East London head office. These meetings are to be followed by visits to the remaining 400 employees at eight . . .
Newly appointed Amatola Water CEO, Vuyo Zitumane, says that the water utility is delighted with the outcome in the legal case of its chairperson Nokulunga Mnqeta. The case, which involved Mnqeta’s former role as CEO of the Amathole District Municipality’s Development Agency, Aspire, was concluded last week with all alleged fraud charges against her being dropped. “We welcome this outcome, particularly as it comes at a time when Amatola Water is doubling its efforts in rebuilding stakeholder trust and ensuring sound corporate governance is maintained,” explains Zitumane whose appointment at the water utility became effective on 1 April 2018. “While the allegations vilified the chairperson in her personal capacity, they also had an impact on the reputation of Amatola Water.” “It is a comfort for both the chairperson and Amatola Water to know that the matter has been concluded and will not have any further bearing while we pursue our turnaround plan,” says Zitumane. Mnqeta, was appointed by the Minister of Water and Sanitation as the chairperson of the Amatola Water Board in February 2016. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced it has extended the management and reporting aspects of its cloud software solution, Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11, to include Plantronics unified communications (UC) headsets connected to mobile devices running iOS and Android. This extended reach is enabled through the Plantronics Hub mobile application. By deploying Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 and Plantronics Hub, IT managers can now see, manage and gather valuable insights from the entire line of Plantronics enterprise communications devices that are on the desktop and attach to tablets and mobile phones. “More than 53% of organizations have interest in ear-to-ear diagnostics that would enable IT leaders to manage voice performance from the user perspective, and more than 35% of companies are increasing deployment of mobile UC clients,” said Irwin Lazar, vice president and research director at Nemertes Research. “These realities make it more important than ever to ensure IT and line-of-business managers are equipped with solutions that can help them obtain analytics and actionable insights from across their company’s entire communications ecosystem." Plantronics Manager Pro is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) designed to manage Plantronics communications devices. With its easy-to-use tools, IT professionals and their managed-services partners are able to proactively manage the performance of every supported Plantronics headset across the enterprise, ensuring best user experience by accessing actionable insights. Plantronics Manager Pro is available through authorized resellers in most countries around the world. New offerings in Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 include: -The ability to see, manage and gain actionable insights from the complete line of supported Plantronics business communications devices, including all Plantronics UC headsets attached to Mac OS and Windows desktops as well Android and iOS mobile . . .