The dti brings Workplace Challenge Programme 20-year celebration to Gauteng The Deputy Director General: Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation Division at the Department of Trade and Industry (thedti), Mr Sipho Zikode and Productivity SA CEO, Mr Mothunye Mothiba will take the campaign to commemorate 20 years of productivity improvement by the Workplace Challenge Programme to the people of Gauteng at an event to be held on Thursday, 27th September 2018, from 9h00 to 13h00 in Centurion, Gauteng. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a 24 month programme implemented in South African enterprises to improve the productivity of the companies thereby ensuring sustainability of jobs. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a programme of the dti and is managed Productivity SA. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31(1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity, thus contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and economic efficiency. Members of the media are invited to the event as follows Event Details: Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018 Time: 09:00 – 13:00 Venue: Icon Industrial Park, 311 Barolong St, Sunderland Ridge Ind, Centurion CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Interwaste and the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum celebrated the successful completion and graduation of 16 underprivileged Olifantsfontein/Tembisan students, selected to form part of NQF Level 1 – 4 training in Waste Management, at Interwaste’s world-class FG Landfill facility in Midrand. Says Rajes Pillay, Human Resources Director at Interwaste: “If we consider that 50% of entrepreneurs in South Africa are youth – with female entrepreneurs making up 47% of the pool – then there really is a great opportunity to drive real skills to those people that will one day be our leaders of tomorrow. In fact, skills development and training form a critical pillar to South Africa’s continued improvement in GDP and in alleviating poverty within the country.” “With an increasing unemployment rate locally – training and development is becoming ever more important where corporate South Africa have a fundamental role to play in encouraging and facilitating skills development, giving South Africans the confidence to rise beyond their current situations, skill up and become solid contributing members of society and we believe that projects such as this are key to this change.” These learners – who form part of the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum – underwent an accredited Waste Management NQF Level 1 to 4 course at Interwaste’s FG Landfill facility in Midrand. The aim of this course was to transfer critical waste management skills to the youth, women in particular, in order to give them not only a qualification that they can use to improve their lives and form part of the formal working community but, very importantly, that they too could drive awareness within the community around waste management and the role we all play in effective waste management. The course was hosted by Interwaste and facilitated by Kobus Meyer from the Institute of Waste Management, covering a period of 8 days, over 4 months. Course content included the following areas: NQF . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
On the 16 August 2018, Bianca Ackhurst (22) was transferred to the South Rand Rehabilitation Centre in The Hill, Johannesburg to continue her fight against Guillain-Barré Disease, an extremely rare autoimmune disorder that left her paralyzed at the beginning of July. “Bianca’s condition is improving daily and she is at the point where she can sit with little to no assistance and can stand unassisted for about 3 seconds at a time. She remains positive despite dealing with this soul destroying illness ” – says Bianca’s father, Jeffrey Ackhurst Bianca currently does about 3 hours of physical, speech and occupational therapy a day. While she is making progress, doctors suggest her recovery could take up to 6 months. “When I took my first step with my walker, I reminded myself, that you have to keep fighting when you get knocked down. I am determined to get better and get my life back” – says Bianca Ackhurst Bianca’s treatment has been made possible through generous contributions to her campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. The campaign went live on the 6th of July, shortly after Bianca’s diagnosis and has thus far raised over R108 065.41 with contributions from 165 donors. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to Bianca’s BackaBuddy fund and for the kindness and compassion we received as a family. Your thoughts and prayers have been a pillar of strength for us during a very difficult time” Says Jeffrey Bianca’s ongoing medical treatment is estimated to cost a further R200 000. Support Bianca’s crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy by donating here: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/bianca-treatment-guillain-barre Watch a video of Bianca walking here: https://youtu.be/adATfU5yiZ4 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
To celebrate Women’s Month, The Foschini Group set out to highlight the natural beauty of women through a fun and interactive digital activation at Sandton City Mall. Experiential activations agency, Living Masks, tasked Moving Tactics, South Africa’s leading digital signage solutions company, with the job of providing a solution that would attract shoppers’ attentions and encourage participation and interaction. There also had to be a way that mall-goers could quickly and easily share the interactive digital activation experience via social media. The concept, developed by Living Masks magic-maker, Zelia Michaels Shangase, saw Moving Tactics’ Digital Impact division design and manufacture a custom-made mirror that would give women the opportunity of seeing their reflection on a specially treated glass panel that was concealing a 55-inch touchscreen. Combing these two elements in a custom-made housing, together with a DSLR camera and a wide-angled GoPro camera, we were able to create an experience for the ladies where they could see a full-length image of themselves in the mirror as well as a scaled-down version in the digital display. “We used software designed and developed by the Moving Tactics Digital Impact team so that shoppers could take photos of themselves and then share them via various social media platforms. The GoPro camera was used to record photographic stills in the time-lapse function so that the entire campaign could be viewed in a high-speed replay,” says Andy Higginbotham, Creative Director at Moving Tactics Digital Impact. According to Shangase, “Working on this campaign with Foschini has been an extremely fulfilling experience. The activation brought to life an amazing concept but more so a message that all women should have affirmed daily, which is ‘I AM PERFECT’. The interactive mirror that Moving Tactics developed was central to the interactive digital activation combining two winning elements, selfies and social media! What it . . .
After a few years on the catwalks of South Africa and Europe, Helen Johns (Atlantic Seaboard/ City Bowl) found herself in the Mother City to complete a university degree. In between lectures and socialising in the city, she and a friend started a small clothing company on Greenmarket Square. Once her entrepreneurial spirit got a taste of the opportunities out there, there was no looking back - she co-founded The Source, a wholesale homeware imports’ company, and created an events’ company within an advertising agency. This eventually became Mint Productions & Destinations, an expert events’ company operating across Africa. Finally, Helen decided that merely leading by example was not enough to uplift and empower women in the real world, which is how the Women’s Lifestyle Expo was born. What better way to celebrate empowered women than bringing to South Africa its first Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The Women’s Lifestyle Expo is about female empowerment and promotion of the extraordinary skill and talent found in every industry across the country,” explained Helen. “Women are masters at the art of multitasking, which is why the Women’s Lifestyle Expo has put together a diverse array of presenters and inspiring feminine experiences to be relished over one weekend.” Join her at the Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018), which will take place at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza from Saturday, 29 to Sunday, 30 September. It promises to be a weekend to remember. Tickets are available at www.itickets.co.za. For more information about the #WLE2018, visit www.womenslifestyleexpo.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Sit down to an intimate High Tea with some of South Africa’s most dynamic, impressive and influential women at this year’s Woman’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018). Guests will be treated to a sumptuous tea while hearing how these phenomenal women managed to achieve their success; balancing demanding careers and motherhood and still managing to embrace their femininity. This sumptuous networking opportunity – brought to you by FMI – will be taking place on Saturday, 29 September from 2pm to 4pm at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza Ballroom. “We are living in an incredible age where women are emerging from the shadows and finally being recognised as the powerful, world-changing individuals they have always been in their industries,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The Women’s Lifestyle Expo High Tea will give you an opportunity to feed your inner goddess in a space that is energising and empowering and where women from all walks of life will get to interact, engage with and learn from some truly inspiring women.” Imagine the setting: a sophisticated and elegant High Tea where guests will sip champagne and gin cocktails and enjoy gourmet fare prepared by #WLE2018 official food partner, OPEN Food Group. The culinary team has fashioned a mouth-watering menu of on-trend delicacies, the likes of which you have never seen before and likely to prove irresistible. Tomato infused profiteroles filled with a salmon and dill mousse; gorgonzola mousse with walnuts and poached pear; and key lime tarts are just a few of the gourmet eats to expect on the day. Guests will be able to enjoy one-on-one interactions and engage in relaxed discussions with the speakers and each guest will leave with a complimentary goodie bag so that they can continue their pampering experience at home. The #WLE2018 High Tea will feature a panel of multi-talented, dynamic women who will share their thoughts and experiences on their road to ‘Redefining Success’. They’ll take you on . . .
Affordable housing, mixed use development projects and the impact of new technology and the Internet of Things on the commercial, industrial and residential landscape are just some of the topics of discussion on the future of the South African property sector at the upcoming African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit that returns to Sandton from 11-12 October. Some 200 property professionals are expected to attend this award-winning real estate event. Programme highlights and speakers at the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit include: • Panel discussion: The Affordable Housing Conundrum: How do we make affordable housing more attractive to investors? - Panellist: Harold Spies, CEO, Similan Properties, a property development company specialising in the development of security estates with homes and apartments for the emerging middle class market in Mbombela, Gauteng and PE: “While investors are looking at yield, developers have to evaluate yield drivers. To me, the answer is in the layered approach of addressing product concept, quality, management and constant evaluation. It’s not a single thing, but a combination of the detail. When we dare to challenge the norm and strive for affordable luxury, design neighbourhoods and build communities, we have to pause at answering to experience design.” • Panel discussion: Integrated Urban Development: Investigating successful mixed use development projects with case studies: What makes these projects successful and how can we continue their sustainability. - Panellist: Brendan Falkson, Director of Rosslyn Hub, a 100-ha mixed use development at the centre of the Tshwane Auto City, in Rosslyn. The Tshwane Auto City, is Africa’s first multi-OEM auto city, based on successful auto cities in Germany, Japan and China: “The more role players that can buy into the ‘big vision’ of a project at an early stage, the more chance that this project will not only succeed, but thrive. Integrated urban . . .
With entries and spectators increasing year on year, The Grand Walkerville Stofskop is proving to be one of the most popular events among motorcycle enthusiasts and curious visitors alike. Held at the Walkerville Show Grounds in Johannesburg, the oval dirt track event with the pay line “In Dust we Trust”, drew large crowds on Saturday 15 September with entries booked to capacity in advance. Stofskop is all about adrenaline and taking part, with a funky, super-relaxed vibe thanks to slightly crazy competitors and their wacky riding gear and this year’s event did not disappoint. One of Saturday’s highlights included Mercia Jansen, Motul’s Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa, being one on the fastest riders in her class, the Inappropriate Road Bike class. “We had huge fun at the event on Saturday and it was wonderful to see the motorcycle community come together and enjoy themselves so much. On the whole, Motul believes in making motorcycling more accessible, and Stofskop is exactly the sort of event that creates interest in the motorsports that everyone at Motul is so committed to,” Mercia stated, commenting on the brand’s partnership with the event. Other highlights included the attendance of the Vesperados Scooter Club who arrived in their droves on Vespa scooters and put on a great display of fearless riding on the oval. Spectator favourites included the speedway sidecar exhibition ride with the two person rigs reaching speeds of 90km per hour…. with no brakes! There was a heart-stopping moment when one of the sidecars rolled mid-corner but no-one was hurt and the incident just added to the excitement of the day. “The exhibition laps allow spectators to see the speed of the sidecars up close and admire the skill of the both the rider and passenger controlling the outfit,” explained Chris Shelvey, event organiser. Speaking of the event he said, “It was great to see families, young motorcycle enthusiasts and Stofskoppers- men and women who . . .
The University of Johannesburg women's team plan to continue an impressive run of results in student competitions when they mount a challenge for the Varsity Football title this week. In July the team won the University Sport South Africa week in Port Elizabeth and they were runners-up in last year's Varsity Football tournament. Although she will not be playing when the 2018 edition starts in Potchefstroom on Thursday, UJ captain Thato Letsoso said the team were motivated to maintain their good form. Letsoso, who lives in Auckland Park, Johannesburg, is with the South African team that are competing in the Cosafa Cup in Port Elizabeth and will miss the varsity event. She said she was disappointed not to be there but backed the team to do well, saying they would be focusing on one game at a time. "I think it is important not to look too far ahead when it comes to tournaments such as this," said Letsoso. "We must just take baby steps and concentrate on each match as it happens. "If we can focus on the now, then we can worry about the play-off matches later." She added that their biggest challenge would be to handle the fatigue generated by the intense nature of the competition. The eight teams will be divided into two pools and will play three round-robin matches on Thursday and Friday. This will be followed by the cross-pool matches on Saturday. "There is a lot of action in a concentrated period so it is important to manage the players over the three days," added Letsoso. "But there is great unity in the side and our sisterhood often pulls us through. "We stick together as a team and are always ready to handle the tough situations. Also, our technical team put in a great amount of work." She said the Varsity Football tournament remained an important vehicle for the women's game. "It gives us a national platform for scouts to assess the players and provides a number of sponsorship opportunities." She felt the University of . . .