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 . . .
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 . . .
Get Ready For The St Francis Bay Oktoberfest 2017. Join us for the 2nd annual St Francis Bay Oktoberfest on 14 October 2017. Set in our beautiful seaside village, this is an Oktoberfest experience not to be missed. Last year we had so much fun dancing late into the night, and this year promises to be another party of note. Get into the spirit of things and dress up! Book your ticket asap as numbers are limited. Sample a range of top quality craft beers from St Francis Brewing Company, Poison City Brewing and more! Expect live music, DJ’s, a vast selection of quality craft beer, gin bars, traditional German food, market vendors, surfboard giveaways, dancing and a whole world of fun! Tickets here - R150 per person - https://www.quicket.co.za/events/29561-st-francis-bay-oktoberfest/#/ This event, set up by parents of the St Francis College to bring some fun and an element of school fund-raising into St Francis Bay in a traditionally quiet month, has become a highlight on the St Francis Calendar, for both St Francis residents and homeowners from surrounding areas. This year initial sales show much interest from outlying areas, with our neighbours who are keen to come over the Kromme River and have a look-see at what cool events we have in St Francis Bay. The Oktoberfest will once again be presented by St Francis College, and the parents are working hard in order to grow this festival, to make it a highlight event in the Kouga region. In addition to the Beerfest and party, this year there will be a water sport event - Water Polo In The Canals - run by our local open water swim club and Liquid Lines swimming facility based in Cape St Francis. This is the next step in our vision to bring a complete “lifestyle festival” to our village. To support the Oktoberfest and the St Francis College, the St Francis Surf Factory has donated two ‘grom’ boards towards the fundraising. Raffle tickets are R50 each, and the two winners will each with a custom-ordered . . .
Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days. Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax. “We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.” Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017. Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.” Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
Union High became the first team to qualify for the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge provincial finals when they won the PE North tournament in Graaff-Reinet on Friday. The hosts were the only unbeaten team on the day and clinched their berth in the main finals to be played at Woodridge on August 12 when they beat Kingswood 1-0 in the tournament decider. The finalists were the top two sides on the log after the round-robin matches were completed. Union High director of hockey Geowynne Gamiet, who organised the PE North tournament, said they were delighted with the final result, having gone into the competition believing they could do well. "We had a match a few weeks ago against DSG, who won last year's PE North tournament, and managed to beat them, which gave us an idea that we could do well." Gamiet said he believed the current group of Union High players - who drew their first match against Kingswood on Friday - were one of the strongest teams they had fielded in the last six to seven years. He pointed out that their defence had been the key to their success as they did not concede a goal during the regional tournament, while scoring 15 themselves. Kingswood were also unbeaten during Friday's round-robin matches, drawing two of their six matches, but just could not hold out against Union High in the final. Gamiet said the competition continued to play an essential role in raising the profile of girls' hockey. "This is the best thing to have been introduced to schoolgirls' hockey," he said. "You can definitely see that the standard of play has improved since the inaugural tournament last year in Grahamstown and it is clear that schools are approaching their hockey far more seriously. "The girls have great fun at each of the days and it is the only hockey competition I know of where teams play in a tournament and have a chance to qualify for a provincial final." The SPAR Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge also places an . . .
Seven schools will have the common objective of becoming the first team to be crowned regional champions of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge that starts at Union High in Graaff-Reinet on Friday. One of five events in the Eastern and Southern Cape, the Port Elizabeth North tournament will kick off proceedings as hundreds of schoolgirls look forward to the second year of the challenge. Introduced to the region last year, national tournament director Les Galloway said it had been "extremely successful" and they were looking to build on the momentum from 2016. She said several new schools had already been drawn into the fold. "It was a new concept last year, but now some schools have had a whiff of what it is all about and there is huge excitement for this year's tournaments. "More schools are wanting to get involved and it's all about spreading the game of girls' hockey and promoting the SPAR brand." The challenge was held in KwaZulu-Natal for the seventh time this year and also takes place in the Western Cape. Galloway said this year they had gone further afield, adding tournaments in the Free State and Gauteng. "This all bodes well for SPAR as the sponsors, while the young ladies are benefiting from the concept too." Hosts DSG won the inaugural PE North tournament in Grahamstown last year and will be back to defend their title in Graaff-Reinet. They will come up against Union High and Volkskool from Graaff-Reinet, Gill College from Somerset East, Kingswood and Victoria Girls from Grahamstown and Brandwag of Uitenhage. The Eastern Cape Challenge will take a break after the opening event due to the school holidays. The provincial finals, won by Collegiate Girls' High School from PE last year, will be played at Woodridge on August 12. The remaining regional tournaments will take place on the following dates: May 14 - East London North at Queenstown Girls' High in Queenstown May 21 - East London Coastal at . . .
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 . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .