Johannesburg, South Africa, 24 May, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has just updated its mini-PLC range from highly innovative controller manufacturer Barth Elektronik. The new product introductions, for which RS is the exclusive global distributor, include three new mini-PLCs, a new parameter programmer and a touchscreen display. The three new mini-PLCs are based on a 32-bit ARM® Cortex® processor, which offers a significant step change in performance. Programming is via the established miCon-L software, as well as allowing open source C-programming with the KEIL® µVision software suite. All PLCs exhibit 10 I/O and a CAN interface that allows communication with external devices. The STG-800 offers three 0 to 30 VDC analogue inputs with a 12-bit ADC, a 25 KHz-input event counter, a 40 µs-input pulse and frequency counter, four solid-state power outputs (up to 1.5 A) and a 16-bit 1 Hz to 25 kHz power PWM output. The STG-810 model adds an IrDA (Infrared) comms port, for communication with the new PG-65 parameter programmer. Finally, the STG-820 offers the same as the STG-810, but offers analogue output instead of PWM. The mini-PLCs provide hardware-oriented microcontroller programming at the lowest current consumption in a small form factor and are ideal for a range of applications including: industrial and building automation, automotive and maritime technology, technical education/university, and large electrical goods. All three PLCs come with connectors and are complemented by open source templates, the miCon-L software suite and manuals and sample programs, which can all be downloaded. The new PG-65 parameter programmer can be connected via CANbus or IrDA to the PLCs and can be used to activate or deactivate programs or upload new parameters to easily adjust I/O settings without the need for a computer. Its 2.4 inch 240 x 320 colour touchscreen display, rugged . . .
New Gear 360 and Gear VR with Controller Elevate the Galaxy Experience We take a closer look at these new additions to Samsung’s expanding VR ecosystem, designed to make immersive 360-degree content more accessible and enjoyable JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 23 May, 2017 – Samsung’s Gear 360 places the keys to creating immersive, 360-degree content in users’ hands, offering a new and engaging means to capture their most memorable moments. “The camera’s latest edition is equipped with new features and a refined design to make sharing those moments even easier, adding further depth to viewers’ immersion with impeccable 4K video,” says Craige Fleischer, Director Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. “Likewise, the new Gear VR with Controller allows for enhanced virtual reality experiences and easier interaction.” Gear 360: 4K-Capable and Made for Sharing The Gear 360 lets users record 360-degree videos that place viewers at the heart of the action, capturing a complete picture of the recorded experience as well as all the emotion, excitement and beauty that made it memorable. Such vivid detail is possible thanks to the Gear 360’s best-in-class cameras, which feature dual 8.4-megapixel fisheye lenses that support 15-megapixel images and, for the first time, immersive 360-degree 4K videos. The bright F2.2 lenses provide crisp detail even in low-light conditions, allowing users to create high-resolution content regardless of the time of day. In order to help creators put their best content forward, the new Gear 360 comes equipped with a variety of shooting modes and editing tools and makes it possible to effortlessly convert 360-degree videos into standard formats for easy-to-share content,” says Fleischer. The camera also supports high-quality, 360-degree live broadcasting*. When synced with a compatible smartphone or computer** via Wi-Fi or a USB cable, the device enables users to easily upload content to stay connected no matter where they are. . . .
Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading provider of open architecture security and public safety solutions, will be highlighting solutions that can help address the challenges presented by the changing nature of cyber threats and hazards in sub-Saharan Africa during its participation at its first Securex, Africa’s leading security and fire exhibition. Taking place from 30 May to 1 June 2017, at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Genetec looks forward to sharing how the company effectively protects the everyday. Taking strategic and timely moves to expand its market leading presence in sub-Saharan Africa, Genetec recognises the significance of the market. In Hall 2, Stand D05, Genetec will present its latest open-architecture, unified IP security solutions. During the three-day event, Genetec will provide a concentrated focus on security and analytics solutions for key industry verticals like government, retail, transportation, and oil & gas. Genetec will bring its well-trained team to demonstrate that it has the best security solutions to meet the needs of the growing market, and help address the specific needs and demands for flexible, reliable and future-proof security solutions. “Genetec’s participation at our first Securex demonstrates our eagerness to realise potential opportunities in the African market and to increase awareness on the level of commitment we exert in protecting organisations and their security systems, people, data and assets,” says Brent Cary, regional sales manager, Genetec. “At the event, we will present our wide range of solutions that provide the highest level of ‘cybersecurity’ and ‘hardening’ measures against cyber hacking and internal employee authorisation and authentication. These advanced solutions can play a significant role in the efforts to deal with the changing nature of cyber threats and hazards.” Genetec will showcase its decision support system, Mission Control—a set of solutions that can provide organisations . . .
Why Do Men in Government Outnumber Women? An In-Depth Look at the Stats on Female Political Figures Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 May 2017 - The Battle of the Sexes is an age-old war that doesn’t seem to tire out, and it’s as prevalent in governments across the globe as it is in the business world. South Africa isn’t the only country where men outnumber women in government, and it appears that women across the world are all fighting their way up the political ladder, according to Adzuna.co.za Adzuna, a job aggregator which lists over 100,000 jobs in South Africa on one website, looked at over 3,000 government or public sector related jobs online. With an average salary of over R696, 080, many of these jobs seemed far more directly worded to male employees. In order for female political figures to overcome the labyrinth of gender inequality in government, they must face the typical gender stereotypes and trump them. Men are regarded as agentic, assertive, and the ones who usually take charge. Women, on the other hand, are still seen as communal people who care, are friendly, and take care of families. The problem is this: People have this idea that political leaders have to be more agentic than communal. And while there might be a slow and steady change on the horizon, it’s happening at a pace that won’t allow women to take up political positions of importance for at least the next 500 years, according to one source. Quick Facts on Women in Parliament Today Compared to the stats in 1995, there has been a slow but steady rise in the number of female parliamentarians, based on a UN Women study done in June 2016. Rwanda is the country that has the most female parliamentarians in the world, with women dominating 63.8% of the cabinet. India has a law in which one-third of a village’s council has to be reserved for women, which in turn leads to more women being elected into government. The global average of women in parliament stands at . . .
Lights, sounds and never before seen imagery usher in the Samsung Galaxy S8 JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 22 May, 2017 – Samsung South Africa celebrated the local launch of its latest flagship smartphone range, the Galaxy S8 and S8+, early May this year. In true Samsung style, the company went all out by illuminating the famous Nelson Mandela Square in Sandton with immersive displays reflective of the powerful visual experiences the device’s Infinity Display provides. “We lit it up the entire square in dramatic deep-sea imagery and riveting 3D projections, all in line with the iconic and dazzling Galaxy S8’s Infinity Display. A screen without any borders, bumps or angles – just uninterrupted glass,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa. The imagery of the whale was lit up across the square, floating from building to building, diving beyond the limits of all of them bringing the device’s infinity display’s versatility to mind amongst all who witnessed the show. Accompanying the immersive lighting show and adding to the entertainment were the sounds from local artists - Chanda Munki and Liquideep. However, the star of the show was of course the Galaxy S8. Handsets were on show for the square’s packed audience to ogle and Samsung representatives were on hand to demonstrate the phone’s capabilities. “As we have proven time and time again, Samsung’s innovative technology inspires the future and through our creativity and diversity we enrich the lives of our customers. This has again been made clear with our latest S-Series device,’’ Fleischer concludes. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Promise kept: Stellar growth, prestigious account wins and new data offering Coming off the back of its 32% growth per annum for the last five years, and 34% in the past 12 months, as well as a successful B-BBEE deal that took its rating from Level 5 to Level 2, Johannesburg-based Promise Group has announced its new full-service data offering and acquisition of several more prestigious clients seeking the diversified and innovative solutions Promise delivers. “Our goal since inception 12 years ago has always been to innovate and offer a range of services that best serves each client,” says James Moffatt, Promise CEO. “The most recent client to join our stable of well-known brands is Rand Merchant Bank (RMB), a financial powerhouse that we are very proud to be servicing in a through-the-line capacity across its entire portfolio.” Preceding RMB at the start of the last financial year was Edcon Specialty, the division that houses Edgars Active, CNA, Boardmans, Red Square and Edcon Cellular; as well as its international brands portfolio that comprises iconic brands like Calvin Klein and Lipsy, Moffatt says. Promise was also successful in its through-the-line pitch for Castle Lager, and has secured responsibility for the entire digital marketing portfolio for long-standing client, AfriSam. Says Verushen Reddy, Director, Strategy & Innovation: “To continue innovating and charting new paths in our business, we have introduced a full-service data offering to assist clients to unlock the potential of their data, for both planning and ongoing optimisation. We believe this is a unique offering in the independent agency space.” Reddy adds that working with clients’ data to improve marketing and advertising while identifying opportunities for alternative revenue streams and business improvement is a key growth area for Promise, and one that is attracting interest from existing and potential clients. “This approach towards the generation of insights and . . .
Flavour-infused lamb, pork and beef dishes will be skilfully prepared and cooked by some of South Africa’s leading chefs in the various kitchen zones featuring at The Fire & Feast Butcher’s Festival, presented by Crown National, taking place at Johannesburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 26 to 28 May. Throughout the three-day festival of meat, seven chefs will keep audiences captivated with their entertaining talks and practical demonstrations in The Lamb and Mutton SA Kitchen, The Pork 360 Kitchen, The Beef Zone and The Blue Ribbon Sandwich Square Theatre. Every tasty meal prepared in these kitchen zones will be cooked on Chad-O-Chef products, showcasing the incredible range of this leading gas braai. “Visitors to this year’s festival will be treated to interesting yet simple ways to create new recipes using various cuts of lamb, beef and pork – including the increasingly popular offal cuts - all over an open flame,” explained the kitchen zone co-ordinator and renowned South African chef, Arnold Tanzer. “The recipes have been specifically chosen for a range of cooking abilities, all requiring minimal preparation.” The Pork 360 Kitchen Frikkadels, pork fillets, pork roast, pork belly, shanks, pork rashers and thai curry are some of the appetizing dishes that will emanate from this kitchen with chefs, Richard Rust, Sizwe Cebekhulu and Kabelo Segone bringing the heat. British-born Richard Rust comes with years of culinary experience in both England – where he cooked for many celebrities, including the British royal family – and South Africa, where he has worked extensively with local celebrity chefs as well as taking the role of Woolworths Regional Taste Chef Manager. Rust; who also runs his catering company, Gourmet Gurus; is passionate about using local produce for classic meals prepared with a modern twist. After a decade in the industry ‘Chef Sizwe’ Cebekhulu knows his way around a kitchen. He is currently working as the Advisory Chef for Nestle . . .
Johannesburg, 22 May 2017- Twelve female engineering graduates and two female BCom marketing and economics graduates are among the 15 graduates that will be joining Barloworld Equipment’s 2017-2019 Graduate Development Programme. The 24-month work integrated programme was launched in January 2016 with the aim of developing and nurturing the company’s future leaders. Francis Graham, Barloworld Equipment’s Divisional Executive Director HR, said he is delighted to welcome the 15 new graduates to this year’s programme. “Last year eight of the 10 graduates who joined the programme were women, so to have an opportunity to develop another eight women to take up leadership roles in our organisation is an honour and privilege,” he said. Diversity and inclusion is a key focus of Barloworld Equipment’s HR strategy. That diversity includes gender diversity. “We are committed to increasing the number of female leaders and employees in our company to 40% of our workforce by 2020 and to growing the number of female engineers and artisans in our ranks. The Graduate Development Programme is one of several initiatives we have created at Barloworld Equipment to achieve just that,” he said. The two-year programme exposes the graduates to all the company’s key operational areas, giving them an in-depth understanding of the workings of each business unit. This ensures that when they take up a leadership position in the company they understand the overall business and how the units work together. The programme comprises work rotation, technical training, personal development and mentorship. Each graduate is assigned an engineer as a mentor, who provides expert advice and guidance as they gain organisational knowledge and learn about Barloworld Equipment’s operations, processes, policies and cultures. “The aim of the programme is to train and develop graduates to meet our specific leadership needs and build the future leaders and specialists that will take our . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
JOHANNESBURG, MAY 2017: Teljoy is excited to announce the launch of an in-home appliance and electronic repair service, independent of their current rental business. Teljoy Easyfix offers a convenient way to get your appliances and electronics repaired using genuine quality parts. The service is available across Gauteng, as well as Cape Town, Durban, Bloemfontein and Port Elizabeth. The service includes repairs to all major kitchen appliances and electronics, cellphones (including cracked screens), tablets and laptops. Chris Mostert, Teljoy Easyfix Manager says that the company is looking forward to extending their repair and maintenance offering to existing Teljoy customers and the general public. “Teljoy Easyfix is not only convenient, but it also provides home owners peace of mind that the people entering your homes are safe, reliable and professional. We collect and deliver the unit back to you and all repairs come with a 6 month guarantee. In addition, you do not need to be an existing Teljoy customer to benefit from Teljoy Easyfix, as we offer a cash service”. Teljoy, founded by Theo Rutstein in 1969, is notably known as the first company to supply TV sets commercially in South Africa, and today offers rent-to-own, a unique offering for South Africans to get the things they want - from home appliances to electronics, baby goods, furniture and more - without being locked into lengthy credit agreements. Call 011 357 5566 for an obligation-free quote. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .