Organisers of the Madibaz MTB XCO Series, which has enjoyed rapid growth since 2016, are preparing for another bumper year when the first of four events takes place in George on Sunday. George campus sports manager Hugo Loubser said the series, now entering its third year, had developed into a highly successful product, with the landscape at the Nelson Mandela University venue ideal for races of this nature. A wide range of riders, from nippers to grandmasters, are gearing up to tackle the Whip Snake route, situated on the George campus, starting from 8.30am. "Given the conditions, it wasn't difficult marrying the whole concept of mountain-biking and the George campus, so we have definitely ticked that box," said Loubser. "Besides that, the routes have been developed in such a way as to promote our long-term idea of hosting more mountain-biking events. "In developing the routes we have always looked at what we can add to improve the experience for the riders and the level of participation." Loubser added that the structures around mountain-biking in the region were sound, with a lot of work being done at junior-school level. "Mountain-biking is an official sport code at many schools in the George area and as soon as you have that the whole profile of the sport is lifted." He said they were delighted that top South African mountain-bikers such as Matthys Beukes and Robyn de Groot had competed previously and been impressed with "what we offered". In a boost for Sunday's event, race director Jan Venter confirmed that De Groot and German Sabine Spitz, riding for Ascendis Health, would be competing in the elite women's category. "They will definitely raise the quality in the field," he said of the team who came second overall in last month's Cape Epic. He added that the series would follow the same format as in previous years after achieving much success. "This is the format we need for cross-country events and there will again be log . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
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 . . .
When it comes to Solar Systems the consumer always had two choices: Grid Tie only which had to shut down during load shedding and failure of the grid Hybrid incorporating (mainly) battery back up which would seamlessly provide power to the home in the event of a grid failure. Obviously the difference between the two is in the cost of installation and the running cost over the life of a system with straight grid tie winning the cost race hands down. Almost all residential solar power grid tie inverters are designed to shut down for safety and technical reasons in case of the grid powering down. Now when one reads about Solar 2.0 one experiences an 'Aha' moment - surely the solution cannot be that simple? Essentially Solar 2.0 is being touted as an 'in-between' solution between hybrid and grid tie as Solar 2.0 will function even when the grid goes down - but still only in sunlight hours with the option of adding battery power. The ideal Solar 2.0 system will offer a seamless transition between grid tied and off-grid whilst also offering a battery system as a 'plug and play' option. Another win for solar system owners will be the ability of any Solar 2.0 Inverter to be able to be swopped out for 'old technology'. When it comes to Solar Energy production the progression has been rapid. Initially inverters received DC power from a string of solar panels and the production rate was directly tied to the performance of the lowest solar panel in the string (think of the weakest link in a chain to understand the concept). The next advance was to increase the number of strings that an inverter could handle so as to minimise the possiblity of one solar panel adversely affecting the production. What affects the production of any string of solar panels are things like shadows, birds, leaves etc on the panels over the course of the day. So, a solution was needed to further increase the number of 'strings' available so that the 'weakest link' . . .