JOHANNESBURG, South Africa– Samsung Electronics South Africa has vast experience in the development of air conditioning and has long been committed to creating cooling solutions that are both powerful and convenient, thereby ensuring optimum comfort for users. However, what many consumers are unaware of is the fact that Samsung air conditioners are equally effective at warming up a room and they can perform more efficiently than the average heater. Although South Africa is renowned for its long, warm summers, when the winter hits, the cold can really affect internal living spaces. The traditional method of dealing with the cold is to utilise a bar or fan heater, but these products tend to work best as personal heating appliances and are less effective when attempting to warm an entire room. Michael McKechnie, Director of Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA, points out that Samsung’s air conditioners may have a reputation for being cooling appliances, but they are just as good when it comes to heating a room. “You simply cannot obtain the same amount of comfort or efficiency in heating from another source, as these appliances are designed to control the entire room’s temperature. Moreover, an air conditioner allows you to maintain your desired room temperature more effectively too,” says McKechnie. “Consumers may be concerned that an air conditioner will use more power, but even this is not necessarily the case. Our products have a built in inverter that sets the appliance to idle once the room reaches optimal temperature, switching on again only if the temperature drops below this level. A heater, on the other hand, is likely to remain on throughout the day in order to keep a room warm, so it clearly draws a lot of electricity.” He adds that another, intangible benefit of using an air conditioner for heat is that by more consistently controlling the temperature of the room, you are less likely to get ill from constant changes in . . .
Tweak your TV settings to ensure an optimised and immersive sports encounter JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 28 July, 2016 – With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games due to take place between the 6th and 21st of August 2016, even the most passing of sports fans will likely find themselves glued to their TVs at some point, supporting the various South African athletes participating. With SuperSport promising six dedicated HD channels, as well as a 24-hour Olympic news channel, watching the biggest sporting event in the world is certainly going to be an entertaining experience. So why not make sure you watch it in the clearest and most vivid manner possible, by optimising your TV to suit the nature of the programme you are viewing? This, of course, is sometimes easier said than done, but it is of vital importance, since even the best TV on the market, if incorrectly setup, may well look worse than a mediocre TV that is properly adjusted. “Since sport broadcasting often happens during the day, watching these in real time means the sun will often be shining through your windows, creating an obscuring reflection. Therefore, to view your chosen event properly, you must compensate for this by adjusting the picture to a brighter setting,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director at Samsung South Africa. Thackrah points out that simply turning up the brightness won't necessarily help. He explains that this setting actually has more to do with the black contrast set-up of the TV. “Thus, setting the brightness too high may result in black colours within the visuals appearing as grey, which could reduce the depth of the picture.” “To fix this, you will have to increase the contrast – sometimes called ‘picture’ - which controls the white level. However, this too should not simply be increased. Ideally, you want to take your time and find a scene with a bright, white image contained in it and then adjust the contrast to the point where the white object is bright, but . . .
A new SPAR retail outlet opened its doors in Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape on Tuesday, with the first customers welcomed by fanfare and opening specials. Partners Jill and Guy White, assisted by SPAR Eastern Cape's director of retail operations Mike de st Pern, cut the ribbon late morning to signal the official start of business for SPAR Oak Cottage. Unperturbed by the icy morning, a group of customers excitedly queued outside the store on African Street to make sure they were first to sample the new offering. "We wanted to give our Grahamstown customers a great shopping experience," said White, who also owned the KWIKSPAR that used to be on the premises. "We've been trying to get a nice big SPAR in Grahamstown for the past nine years. We outgrew the old one quickly." White said the development of the new SPAR had taken a year and half, but she was thrilled with the result. "We've created a theatre here; there's a lot on offer in addition to the usual groceries." The new shop features a pizza oven, fresh burgers made on demand, pancakes, a smoothie bar and a Bean Tree Café for coffee lovers. White said SPAR Oak Cottage - which opened just in time for the National Arts Festival from June 30 to July 10 - would serve the community 24 hours per day, seven days a week. For a taste of history, she encouraged visitors to pop by and see the facade of the 1820 settlers house that was preserved within the store. "To protect the heritage site on which the store was built, we designed the smoothie bar around it." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In support of World Hunger Day on 28 May, KFC urged customers to Double Up their Add Hope donations and double the difference it makes to the plight of the millions of South African children who go to bed hungry every night. Our customers generously responded by doubling up their R2 donations, donating over R1 million towards the fight against hunger over the two week Add Hope Double Up campaign. “The Add Hope Double Up campaign was an opportunity to increase awareness of the prevalence of hunger in South Africa and to illustrate the impact it will have on our country’s future if we don’t do something about it,” says Thabisa Mkhwanazi, KFC South Africa Marketing Director. “The success of Add Hope shows that South Africans want to get involved and that if we all pull together, even the smallest contribution can have a major impact.“ Add Hope has raised over R300 million in funds to secure the future of South Africa by helping children learn, grow and thrive through providing them with a nutritious meal, every day. Add Hope makes sure that over 100 000 children receive nutritious meals every month, with the help of 110 beneficiary partners around the country. The collaboration between KFC, its beneficiaries and its customers is vital in fighting hunger and the total donated to these beneficiary organisations increases every year. As part of this Double Up campaign, and in support of World Hunger Day, a number of prominent South Africans visited Add Hope beneficiary organisations to get a first-hand experience of the incredible impact the donations have on young lives. Actress Hlubi Mboya visited Afrika Tikkun in Diepsloot, Gauteng. “These children have my heart. Food, education and shelter are basic human rights. It’s powerful to see the impact that Add Hope has on places like Afrika Tikkun and on these young lives and it is a blessing that places like these are open to the vulnerable. I was completely blown away by all the facilities, and the energy, positive and . . .
Ubique Auctioneers of South Africa are looking to go nationwide and even international with new online timed auctions of exclusive properties. Auctions are a great way for individuals and investors to get great deals on exclusive items. Increasingly auctions are now taking bids online as well as in person, the increasing popularity of this format has led to online exclusive auctions from some of the world’s biggest auctioneers. South Africa’s Ubique Auctioneers is the latest to introduce this format, with unique timed and live online auctions available to bidders worldwide. Ubique will be launching their new format with five impressive properties to bid on this 11th to 15th of April 2016. The first of the property auctions offers an impressive 671-hectares (1658 acres) of prime game reserve, which forms part of the core Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. On this site, many rock formations can be found resulting from a meteorite which hit the earth two billion years ago. The Rondekop Game Farm has an abundance of game, including 3 Giraffes, 138 different species of birds and no less than 72 species of indigenous trees. The second and third lots are more traditional properties, offering sea views as breath-taking vistas in Kleinmond, South Africa. The fourth lot is a beautiful development property 500m from Kleinmond lagoon, which also offers an unrestricted sea view, while the fifth lot offers a modern vacation home situated in the Parys Gold and Country Estate and is sure to attract a few investors. A spokesperson for Ubique Auctioneers explained, “We are excited to be able to offer these amazing properties exclusively online through our new timed auction format. This enables individuals to place a bid at any time before the deadline, just like they might on eBay, in order to secure the very best deal possible on these amazing opportunities. Our new Ubique Online website will feature some of the very best lots we have available to test the strength of . . .
Number one bestselling author, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has released the never-before-told story, The True Origin of HIV & Aids: Secret Revealed. Re-Released February 16, 2016 and available for purchase from Amazon. Having been the subject of contentious debate for decades, Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu has uncovered what has puzzled scientists from around the world since Aids came to light in the 1980s. Readers should prepare to be shocked by the revelations made in this 154 paged non-fiction medical mystery. Over 34 million people in the world are living with HIV and AIDS, with 15 thousand new infections every day and an estimated 17 million AIDS orphans. With this book we can begin to better understand where the suffering began. Dr Mulalo Nemavhandu explains, “We owe the millions of those who died, those living with HIV or AIDS and those that will be infected in the future, the truth and nothing but the truth.” “Aids is no longer a disease, it’s a human rights issue” ~ Nelson Mandela YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRf7oj8Z2bc CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify road users of travel delays on the N2 between Grahamstown and Fish River. A stop-and-go section will be implemented between Km 75 and Km 80 as off 9 February 2016 in the interest of road user safety and the safety of workers. The planned removal date is 18 March 2016, before the Easter weekend. Motorists can expect a delay of approximately 30 minutes. Motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly and be cautious when making use of the road. We ask that motorists comply with the directions of safety personnel. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused, says SANRAL Southern Region Regional Manager, Mr Simon Peterson. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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A contemporary look at the historical seems to dominate the 2013 series of Visual Art Exhibitions presented at the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown. In her new solo exhibition titled The purple shall govern, Standard Bank Young Artist for Visual Art Mary Sibande draws inspiration from a specific incident in South Africa’s history where, in the late 1980s, people were marching for equality in Cape Town. During the march, the police sprayed everyone with a water cannon laced with purple dye to enable them to identify and arrest anti-apartheid protestors. This act motivated Mary’s interest in the roles that colour played in the history of this country. Colour remains a predominant factor in our social interactions and it continues to play a dominant role in our percept ions of one another as South Africans. In Sibande’s view it is like a monster that we are all too familiar with. On a personal level, this new work comes full circle as Mary connects it back to her very first exhibition, where she displayed a figure - that represented her – in purple attire. The purple shall govern presents the next chapter, in which Sibande speaks of her own aspirations, desires, fears and anxieties of being a woman. The concept of rebirth, where she refers to the idea of transitioning from the person you were before into a new or different idea of yourself – death and rebirth – is extensively explored. For the first time, the photographs of anti-apartheid photographers, Benny Gool, Zubeida Vallie and Adil Bradlow, who, as young photographers and friends, were to be found with their cameras documenting apartheid South Africa, is brought together in a group exhibition entitled Martyrs, Saints and Sellouts; which attempts to facilitate creative thinking between the lines of emancipation, liberty and freedom. Their impressive collections show us now, some nineteen years after the first democratic elections in South Africa, a vivid narrative of violence, loss and injuries, the . . .
The South African Post Office has announced the sponsorship of the Student Theatre Festival at Grahamstown’s National Arts Festival running from 28 June to 8 July 2012. Over the years the Student Theatre Festival has developed into an indispensable part of the National Arts Festival programme and has become renowned for showcasing South Africa’s next generation of performing artists. As part of the sponsorship the SA Post Office, in partnership with the Student Theatre Festival, will provide 16 tertiary institutions from across the country with the opportunity to take part in the Festival. The sponsorship investment covers travel, meals, accommodation, miscellaneous items, and production expenses for the total of 160 students. The institutions have been invited to present a production in Grahamstown in any South African language and use a multiplicity of artistic expressions or genres in the creation of their work. On 6 July 2012 an awards ceremony will take place to recognise the most outstanding and exceptional of these productions. The institution that presents the most acclaimed production in the opinion of the Student Theatre Advisors will be awarded a budget to create a theatre-in-education production based on the theme of philately. The content for the production will be designed in conjunction with subject matter experts from the South African Post Office. The winning production will be invited to present their production on the Fringe programme at the 2013 National Arts Festival. “We jumped at the opportunity to be part of the South Africa’s largest and most diverse annual arts celebration,” said van Johan van Wyk, senior manager of philatelic services for the SA Post Office. The arts industry faces continued challenges when it comes to assisting emerging professionals to become productive in the arts economy. Through the sponsorship the SA Post Office aims to achieve a greater national prominence for the performing arts industry as a . . .