Midrand, South Africa - Louis Fourie, Managing Director of Pansmart Southern Africa - a value added distributor of Panasonic Telecommunications, CCTV and Video Conferencing devices, is proud to announce the launch of the Panasonic KX-HTS32 - an extremely powerful yet reasonably-priced Hybrid IP-PBX ready for mainstream penetration into the SME market in South Africa. “This KX-HTS32 could not have come at a better time for South Africa – a market which is dominated by smaller businesses because Entrepreneurship is encouraged and fostered. These SME’s are highly valued and provide a significant contribution to the country’s economy. The versatility of this product makes it the perfect choice for business with up to 24 users. It is extremely cost-effective, and includes everything a business would need to get maximum productivity from their employees, and provide superior customer service. From voice to video, IP camera monitoring, Public Address (PA) system, and security assistance functions” the KX-HTS32 has it all”, says Fourie. Panasonic has been delivering Telecommunications products to the market for decades, is tried and tested, and as a company continually innovates proving its commitment to being a progressive Technology vendor, and ultimately the partner of choice for the Telecommunications partner community. The Ultimate All-in-One Platform There are no extra applications or interface cards – everything you need is built into the KX-HTS32 control unit, including a Wi-Fi access point for PCs or smartphones, support for multiple SIP trunks and advanced call handling functions. The device can be combined with the Panasonic KX-HDV IP handsets and KX-NTV door station to create a complete communication and monitoring solution. Ideal for SOHO and Small Business environments Built-in Wi-Fi access point 6 SIP / 8 Analogue Trunk capacity Up to 24 extensions Caller ID, call routing, voicemail notification and auto attendant (AA) Conference call . . .
Galway, Ireland – 23 March 2017: South African people are taking to the internet in greater numbers than ever before to gain workplace skills, according to new figures released by Alison. The organization, which is one of South Africa’s largest free e-learning providers, revealed that a small majority (57%) of its users in 2016 were female, and that the site is most popular in Gauteng, the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Mike Feerick, Founder and CEO of Alison, said: “South Africa has been quick to take up online learning. The feedback we’re getting from learners here suggests that they value the flexibility and breadth of subjects we can offer. It’s not a surprise to us that the majority of our South African learners are women; this reflects a pattern we have seen in other parts of the world.” According to newly released figures for 2016, the most popular courses including Touch Typing Training, Diploma in Project Management, Human Resources and Business Management & Entrepreneurship. Other top courses South African learners took included Web Design, Workplace Health and Safety, Psychology and Customer Service. Eric Corbett, Course Publishing Manager at Alison, said: “Increasingly, we’re seeing learners turn to us for skills that are vital to the workplace but don’t tend to receive much focus in schools – South Africa is no different. The range of free courses we’re offering is set to grow dramatically over the next 12 months, and we expect to grow our learner-base in South Africa in tandem with this. “We would encourage students, jobseekers and workers who want to upskill to consider how a course might help them achieve their goals.” Alison will celebrate its 10th birthday next month. The site currently boasts almost 10 million individual learners studying hundreds of courses. WHAT THEY SAY What our South African learners say about Alison: “There are so many great options that I am excited about. I’ve just completed the Microsoft . . .
Most people work hard for their money, putting it to work so that they can secure a decent future for themselves. But now the Financial Services Board (FSB) is warning South Africans that they should be particularly careful when investing in funeral policies. There are irregularities within the industry. Unfortunately when these irregularities are brought to the attention of policyholders, it is already too late and their money is never refunded. At the moment the only way to stamp out funeral policy corruption and the host of illegal practices involved with it, to adopt a ‘prevention is better than cure’ attitude. In South Africa, there are several companies under investigation, but there are likely to be others who are providing fraudulent funeral cover. Some of these, among others, are Phela Ke Phele in the North West province, Zarra Funeral Home in Limpopo, Lisakhanya Prepaid Funeral in the Eastern Cape, Noah Funerals in the Eastern Cape, Blue Rain Funeral Services in Limpopo and Olitsoe Funeral Services in Gauteng. Make Doubly Sure the Funeral Company is Registered The secret to avoiding falling for these kinds of scamsters hook, line and sinker, according to Jacky Huma of Micro Insurance Supervision department is to ask for an FSP registration certificate from the provider. This Financial Services Provider certificate should be current and valid too. Where there is any uncertainty, you can call the FSB on 012 428 8000 or 0800 20 20 87 for assistance or visit their website. You want to make absolutely sure that the company is indeed registered so that they can provide the particular services you want. Don’t make the mistake of buying funeral cover from someone who appears to be registered to sell only retirement products but they end up selling you funeral products. Get every Query Answered When you’re investing your hard-earned money, you have every right to ask as many questions as you want. Licensed providers have an . . .
Emergency Locksmith Services in South Africa It is very difficult nowadays to find a reliable emergency locksmith, we know how frustrating it can be to wait hours for a locksmith to arrive on time leaving you without access to your car or home. In this post, as well as our attached infographic you will find information on what you need from your Locksmith in South Africa. Do not be another fool to be taken advantage of, if you use our tips your emergency locksmith situation will improve tenfold. #1 - RELIABILITY I have been part of many a locksmithing company and sometimes there is traffic sometimes there are just no locksmiths available, however, a little secret when dealing with locksmiths is to say the line "I am in need of an EMERGENCY LOCKSMITH urgently" and then insert your reason for needing a locksmith. What this does is tell the locksmith you are dealing with that they are in danger of losing your business to someone who can respond to their call quicker and in time. Reliability is the number one thing us locksmiths pride ourselves in and if we cannot attend to your emergency need in a respectable fashion our reputation goes to the dogs. #2 - EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE One in six locksmiths in South Africa are unlicensed and unregistered, they, however, continue to operate and do work for unknowing clients. Replacing locks, doors or gates can be a costly expense especially when you put the wellbeing of your property in the hands of someone looking to make a quick buck. I have seen many wooden doors destroyed and many steel gates unsafe after an untrained locksmith has been there, a good locksmith will either tell you beforehand that damage to the property might occur or offer to pay for the damage caused by their service. #3 - SECURITY An emergency locksmith should leave you in better shape than when they first meet you, all locksmiths involved in the emergency service should also be experts in the field of household and business . . .
Pretoria, 10 March 2017: Leading animal health industry company, Bupo Animal Health today announced that it has made a donation to a long serving landscaping services supplier, Reckson Makaringi of T-Rex Gardening Services . The donation, a set of brand new Ryobi landscaping equipment i.e a Trimtec lawnmower, Petrol chain saw, line trimmer and a bush cutter was made in lieu of Bupo Animal Health’s commitment to invest in the community. The donation is instrumental in developing T-Rex Gardening Service’s service offering and skill set, all the while taking care of the environment that we all are a part of. From the Ceo’s office, Ms. Antonieta Bupo added, “Our organization depends on our community, and without the help of local vendors like T-Rex Gardening Services, we would not be able to provide our services and products in a clean and safe environment and thus it is only right that we support them back.” Since 2014, Mr. Makaringi has been instrumental in the preparation and maintenance of our garden areas. These and the general spaces around our factory have to be kept highly sanitary at all conditions and this is no small feat. We have spearheaded other initiatives in the past, supporting schools as Mamelodi High School in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Silverton Primary School in 2016 as well as Meyerspark Primary School in 2017. The group CEO, Mr. Oscar Bupo believes that education is fundamental and should be supported at all costs. We are invested in the development of our community and employees and will continue to do so. To learn more about Bupo Animal Health, its corporate philanthropy initiatives, please visit www.bupoanimalhealth.com Headquartered in Pretoria, Bupo Animal Health is an international South African company that manufactures, imports and distributes veterinary and pharmaceutical products as well as feed additives since 1988. Focusing on service, value chain and efficacy of our products, we aspire to be your preferred partner in Animal Health . . .
Tintswalo Safari Lodge in the private Manyeleti Game Reserve has launched a brand-new spa, exclusively for guests staying at the lodge. Named ‘Bush Willow Spa’, after its namesake tree that grows in abundance in the reserve, the new wellness facility has been completely rebuilt and presents a haven for those in search of complete relaxation amidst the soothing sounds and invigorating scents of the African wilderness. The Bush Willow Spa is a luxurious bushveld retreat, with large windows and doorways opening onto a wooden deck, surrounded by nature only. The spa’s philosophy centers around the traditional healing power of trees – and with more than 336 species, including some Baobabs that are estimated to be over 4,000 years old, the Kruger region presents a veritable Garden of Eden. Many trees and shrubs have medicinal properties that have been used for hundreds of years by African communities – and are still being utilised by traditional healers today to treat a variety of disorders. Surrounded by the natural power of trees of the wilderness, spa visitors will walk away from their treatments with mind, body and spirit restored and rejuvenated. The spa comprises two single treatment rooms – separated by a sliding door, these can also be turned into a dual treatment room for couples. A Hydrobath, located on a wooden deck out in the open bush, makes for a unique spa experience, allowing guests to become one with nature. The two-seater bath offers a wonderfully romantic treatment for couples and is best enjoyed as a signature ‘Hydrotherapy Session’ (R300 per person), or as an added extra for Honeymooners booked in for a spa lunch on the deck. Based on the ancient knowledge that water has healing and cleansing benefits, the jet bath works on stimulating circulation and lymphatic flow, while also helping the body to detox. The 20-minute session is a great addition to any of the spa’s body treatments - especially used in conjunction with African bath salts and . . .
The JSE listed Fortress Income Fund has officially launched the Louwlardia Logistics Park, a R650 million A Grade logistics facility that is under development alongside the N1 in Centurion. Speaking at the launch, executive director Andrew Teixeira said that Louwlardia was part of the 1 million sqm of warehousing that is due to be developed by Fortress over the next five years. This equates to a combined investment of an estimated R8 billion in South Africa’s logistics sector during that period. Fortress Income Fund has become a powerhouse in the South African property industry since listing in 2009. Innovative asset management and a diverse property portfolio has seen the fund showing positive growth every year. The fund focuses on development of prime logistic warehousing, retail centres and strategic offshore investments. Fortress owns 336 investment properties valued at R28,7-billion at the end of December 2016 and has one of the largest logistics property development pipelines in South Africa. Louwlardia, which will see approximately 90 000 sqm of warehousing developed on the 16,7 hectare site, is expected to be completed within the next 24 months. The first phase, which comprises a 21 785 sqm warehouse with 1 843 sqm offices, is complete and ready for occupancy. It has already drawn a great deal of interest from prospective blue chip tenants. National leasing manager, Grant Lewington, said that Louwlardia was an example of the Grade A logistics facilities that the fund is developing in three major nodes - Gauteng, Cape Town and Durban. The Fortress Income Fund’s portfolio is strongly weighted towards logistics facilities located in prime locations. These are let to corporate tenants on long leases. The focus on logistics is due to ever increasing demand for these sorts of facilities from companies operating in a highly competitive economy that is driven by imports, primarily through Africa’s busiest container port, Durban. South . . .
Being diagnosed with cancer is a daunting experience and most patients appreciate all the support they can get to deal with the challenges of diagnosis and treatment. It is for this reason that the cancer support group, Hold my Hand, has been established at Netcare Clinton Hospital in Alberton, Johannesburg. The manager of the oncology centre at Netcare Clinton Hospital, Pogiso Tlholoe, says that in addition to appropriate medical treatment, social and emotional support can greatly assist patients in dealing with the disease and its treatment. “Netcare Clinton Hospital is therefore pleased to partner with support groups such as Hold my Hand, an outstanding initiative which was started at the hospital by cancer survivor, Claire McLoughlin. Through various means, including counselling, the organisation aims to ensure that oncology patients do not feel alone and unsupported,” notes Tlholoe. According to Tlholoe, 4 February was World Cancer Day and the hospital’s oncology centre, together with Hold my Hand and the Cancer Angels Network, commemorated it through a special function held at the facility recently. “The aim of World Cancer Day is to make the public more aware of, and educate them on the scourge of cancer and the causes, signs, symptoms and treatment of all forms of the disease. The early detection and treatment of cancer saves lives, so this is a most worthy cause and one that is fully supported by Netcare Clinton Hospital. “Hold my Hand is a support group for cancer patients by cancer patients, and was established at the hospital to mark World Cancer Day a year ago on 16 February 2016,” explains Tlholoe. “We therefore took the opportunity to commemorate both World Cancer Day and the establishment of this important support group, which has already touched the lives of many oncology patients.” “Claire McLoughlin was a patient at the hospital and felt that there was a great need for a support group for both newly-diagnosed cancer patients as well as those . . .
If you have ever had the privilege of attending a ‘Sounds of Celebration’ concert, you will be left in no doubt as to the powerful influence music has on the process of bonding people together. In what has become a much anticipated annual event, young performers from all walks of life inspire audiences as they take to the stage and enact a true portrayal of social cohesion. For the fourth consecutive year, Education Africa and Sydenham Shul showcases some of the best young musical talent Johannesburg has to offer. This exuberant offering seamlessly blends different musical styles, instruments and performers in a joyful celebration that is truly South African. In the process of acknowledging and celebrating unique talents and heritages, Sounds of Celebration IV achieves unity. This year, the aim of the project is further underlined by the concert’s theme: Unity through sport; One Team. One Goal. The project was originally conceptualised by Education Africa’s CEO James Urdang and musical director Joan Lithgow. Together they approached Sydenham Shul to partner with them in an effort to reach out to disadvantaged communities and uplift their youth through the establishment of marimba hubs. These would provide training for both teachers and learners by making available safe spaces for creative expression. Between 2013 and 2016, the Sounds of Celebration project opened 3 Marimba Hubs - at Ithute, in Alexandra, the Zama Montessori School, in Daveyton and the Boys and Girls Club of Protea Glen. These musical centres serve not just their host schools but also benefit neighbouring learning centres in the surrounding areas. King David Senior Primary School, Linksfield, so inspired by their participation and partnership with their sister school Ithute, opened their own marimba hub in 2014 and since then, collaborative partnerships have formed between their learners and young musicians from the John Wesley Centre, Etwatwa. The two groups performed together at the . . .
You're invited to join The Daughters of Africa in our bid to support and celebrate the most revolutionary but yet seldom heard voices of our generation: Hers. On 3rd of March, we set the world alight in the most exquisite fashion: as if it were the roaring 20’s. Arrive before 19:20 at 46 Belgrave road in Bryanston in your most lavish 1920’s outfit for a tasteful dinner, the most glamorous fashion show and charitable dress auctions, a few beautiful performances with a finale by the Queen Robyn Brophy and the guaranteed opportunity to raise money for bursaries and change a life. For more information about the proceeds and how to purchase tickets which begin at R250, email: email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .