Newly released data ranks the most in demand domestic and international flight routes which originated at several ACSA Airports including: O.R. Tambo International Airport, Cape Town International Airport, King Shaka International Airport and more. The rankings are based on an analysis of more than 800 000 individual trips booked on Travelstart.co.za since the start of 2017. Top 5 International Destinations 2018 Harare (Zimbabwe) London (UK) Windhoek (Namibia) Mauritius New York City (U.S.A.) For the first time, Harare tops the list of most popular international destinations for flights originating in South Africa in 2018. While the top spots were always held by London (2014 and 2017) and Windhoek (2015 and 2016), Harare’s breakout growth this year may be a result of the changing political climate in Zimbabwe. London remains an important tourism and business air route for South Africans and has seen increased capacity with British Airways, Virgin Atlantic and SAA offering direct flights between Heathrow Airport and South Africa. From October 2018, BA will launch direct flights between Durban and London marking the first time three of South Africa’s largest airports are served with non-stop connections to Heathrow at the same time. Despite being a long-haul destination (16 hours one way from Johannesburg), New York City has become a top five contender for the first time in 2018 moving past Dubai which is operated by Emirates direct from Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban daily. Top 5 Domestic Destinations 2018 Cape Town Johannesburg (O.R. Tambo Airport) Durban Johannesburg (Lanseria Airport) Port Elizabeth Since 2014, there has been little movement in the domestic category with Cape Town, Johannesburg and Durban maintaining their first, second and third place rankings respectively for the past 4 years. In 2017, George Airport (GRJ) exited the top 10 domestic destinations list after appearing consecutively in 2015 . . .
JOHANNESBURG — Today, there are so many things that create anxiety in people’s lives and courage is essential in dealing with this anxiety and overcoming day-to-day challenges that range from the most basic to the most complex. It is therefore thrilling that Jehovah’s Witnesses will be holding a three -day convention with the theme: “Be Courageous!” This year’s convention will show how we can develop this essential attribute in accordance to what the Bible tells us, apply it practically in our lives and note its benefits in helping us hold a bright outlook for the future. Starting from Friday September 7th - 9th 2018, the Witnesses will be hosting this free event at the FNB Stadium/ Soccer City in Johannesburg in what is expected to be the largest 3- day conference to be held in South Africa. The Soccer City convention will be held simultaneously in 3 languages being English, isiZulu and Sesotho. An estimated 70 000 people are expected to attend. A few weeks later, on September 28th – 30th 2018, separate sessions in Setswana, Shona, Tsonga, Sepedi, Xhosa, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Chinese (Mandarin) and Italian will be held at the Johannesburg Expo Centre otherwise known as Nasrec. The other notable convention will be the Sign Language Convention to be held on August 31st –September 2nd 2018 at the Midrand Assembly Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Country- View, Midrand. The Midrand Assembly Hall will also be the venue for the Venda language convention on the weekend of September 7th – September 9th, Chichewa on September 14th- September 16th and French on the weekend of September 21st- September 23rd 2018. As they have in years past, the Witnesses will distribute a special invitation to the public welcoming them to attend the programme. The dates and locations for each convention as well as the programme schedule can be found on the Witnesses’ official website www.jw.org/en/jehovahs-witnesses/conventions. There is no admission fee and no collection . . .
14 AUGUST, 2018. Johannesburg, South Africa – MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA) Managing Partner Mansur Nuruddin has authored a new book entitled: “Get Money: A Practical Guide to Capital Raising for African Companies and Entrepreneurs”. This book codifies the author’s last seven years on the front-lines in Africa assisting African companies and entrepreneurs in raising capital. As the Managing Partner of MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA), the author has helped African companies and entrepreneurs raise hundreds of millions of dollars. From a hydro-power plant in the Democratic Republic of the Congo to a leasing company in South Africa to a dairy processing plant in Zimbabwe to relatively large banks in Nigeria and Ghana, MNCAA has assisted a wide-array of companies in a multitude of industries raise capital in some of the most difficult jurisdictions on the African Continent. Based on this experience, this guide (1) outlines the types of financing available to African entrepreneurs and explains where and when these types of capital may be accessible, (2) outlines the process for raising capital – including a discussion of the documentation required and suggestions for drafting this documentation and (3) provides a brief discussion on Term Sheets (including a sample Term Sheet) and some advice on negotiating Term Sheets. This guide also lists six tips to assist African entrepreneurs in the capital raising process. This guide ends with a case study of a successful capital raise, which reinforces the importance of and demonstrates many of the tips listed herein. Finally, the Appendices include several on-going funding briefs outlining funding available from funding sources with which MNCAA works. Purchase Options: Paperback: https://www.amazon.com/dp/1720902313?ref_=pe_870760_150889320 Kindle Version. MNCapital Africa Advisors (MNCAA) is an African focused financial advisory firm offering corporate advisory, capital raising and market entry services. . . .
This August Afrika Tikkun is calling on all South Africans who enjoy a challenge - and enjoy cycling - to make a difference by joining the Tikkun Eagles for the 22nd edition of the Telkom 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg in November. If you're a cycling enthusiast and were already contemplating doing the race, no matter where you are in the country, you can join the Tikkun Eagles and make sure that your entry fee and race participation goes well beyond cycling on the day. Non-profit organisation, Afrika Tikkun works with partners in underprivileged areas of Joburg and Cape Town to develop youth holistically from 'cradle to career', including nutrition and family support programmes for the benefit of entire communities. To date, the lives of over 230,000 youth across the country have been positively affected by their efforts; and by cycling the 2018 Telkom 947 Challenge as a Tikkun Eagle you will be part of their good work. Afrika Tikkun Group Executive of Partnerships and Marketing, Onyi Nwaneri says, “We work across the areas of education, nutrition, health care and family support because they are all interlinked in the development of a little person. You can’t teach a hungry child. You can’t expect a child in crisis at home to do well at school. You can’t expect a child being abused – physically or mentally – to be able to focus. You can’t assume that a child with disabilities in any form will perform the same as a child without, and you need to equip the families of those children properly too. Taking care of a child’s physical, mental and emotional wellbeing will ensure that they become productive citizens, but they need support from benefactors and individuals like us in order to survive, to learn, to shine, to hope and to dream. Joining the Tikkun Eagles team is just one way in which you can get involved and make a difference. There is still so much to achieve, and we can all help!” Afrika Tikkun and its many partners believe that when we invest . . .
Charlotte, NC, Aug 15, 2018 -- Craig Richardville published an article in the Information Technology Academy Journal, Published monthly by Healthcare Business Insights- discussing voice- based patient engagement. Carolinas Healthcare System (now called Atrium) began studying Amazon's business and how they are productive and successful, and examining ways CHS can increase their results. As part of this study, opportunities to better engage and interact with patients as consumers was also studied. This focus let to studying Amazon Alexa's use of voice communication. "As we were transitioning healthcare into consumerism and becoming more of a digital vertical, part of what we were looking at were opportunities where we could differentiate ourselves from other," Craig Richardville explained. "When voice started to become accessible, the next logical step was to look at how we can move voice into the workflow or the offerings that we have for our consumers and our teammates. Being the market leader, we looked to see how we could utilize Alexa to assist our consumers with very minimal disruption. Our goal is to make our services extremely easy." CHS wanted to start utilizing Amazon Alexa by transferring over the voice functionalities. After a patient enables the "Carolinas Healthcare" app on their Amazon Alexa, they can vocally ask the device for information about the nearest urgent care and hospital locations, as well as the approximate wait times for those locations. Next steps include migrating the Amazon Alexa functionalities over to the Google Home Platform. "We are also considering ways a patient can use the voice functionality to reserve a spot at urgent care, read a doctor's note, or pay a bill," Says Craig Richardville. Richardville encourages other organizations to think ahead and use artificial intelligence to help improve patient care. For more information, go to Healthcare Business Insights Magazine and also . . .
A strong commitment to an extensive fitness programme has seen the University of Johannesburg team deliver a promising start to the Varsity Football season. After three rounds UJ are sporting an unbeaten record with two wins and a draw, placing them in second place on the log, two points behind early pace-setters North-West University. The team registered a significant 2-1 win over Johannesburg rivals Wits on Thursday and UJ soccer manager Joel Kgokong said much of their success was down to their conditioning. "We have got off to a good start and that's what we were aiming for," he said. "Much of this can be put down to the programme we have in place under one of sports scientists - Sereeta Miles - who has managed the fitness of the players very well." He said an indication of this came in the University Sport South Africa tournament, from which they emerged with all their players' fitness intact "Maintaining fitness is one of the challenges we have had," added Kgokong. "You don't normally compete in a tournament [such as USSA] where you play seven matches in five days and avoid injuries. "But that's what we have managed to achieve and Sereeta has been able to get the players to peak fitness for the next tournament - Varsity Football. "So that is definitely one of the reasons why we have been able to perform better." In addition to that, Kgokong said there was a strong sense of urgency in the camp that this was their chance to take the title. "We are tired of making the semifinals and sometimes losing in the final [UJ were runners-up in 2016], so there is a real focus on trying to win the tournament this year. "We have several players with a fair amount of experience because they have been part of Varsity Football since 2014. "They form the core of the team and understand the dynamics of Varsity Football and what we need to do to make sure we are in with a chance of winning." Even though they were among the early . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you in Kwa Zulu Natal South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Pietermartizburg, Ladysmith and Newcastle. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Allan Hodgson and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the African Enterprise Conference, Pietermaritzburg on Monday 20 August 2018, the Royal Hotel, Ladysmith on . . .
Dentsply Sirona, the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental products and technologies brings their innovations to a town close to you. South Africa’s leading dental consumables and equipment supplier, Dentsply Sirona, is proud to bring dental innovations that you can rely on into the practices of Middleburg, Ermelo and Piet Retief. This is in line with their brand promise of empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care. The company is well-known for enabling dentists across the country to deliver the best possible dental care to their patients, as well as providing top line dental equipment such as top of the line CAD/CAMs, CBCTs and Treatment Centres ( Made In Germany). They also ensure that dental practitioners have access to world-class Endodontics, Restorative and Preventative materials. The company will be showcasing the ground breaking CEREC technology and will host a master class to educate practitioners on how to use it, as well as introducing WaveOne ©Gold family, another leading dental care system providing a single-file reciprocating technique for shaping root canals. On the back of this, Dentsply Sirona will also introduce its new direct sales platform, which will provide dentists with the opportunity to maximise on the spend of their practice by tailoring personalised product offers and bundles and unlock rewards. The Dentsply Sirona Regional Team, led by Berenice Muller and the local Dentsply Sirona representatives will also be present to introduce and provide assistance on using the company’s new sales platform. Dentsply Sirona is committed to innovation and education, and to investing in the local dentistry field by growing the industry and making both dentists and patients aware of the benefits of good oral hygiene. The Dentsply Sirona team will be at the Southern Sun The Ridge on Monday 13 August 2018, the Izimbali Lodge on Tuesday, 14 August 2018 and Welgekozen Country Lodge on . . .
Empowering women in the technology industry needs more than just 31 days a year Johannesburg, South Africa 08 August 2018: RubiBlue, intelligent business solutions provider, has implemented a strategic growth and expansion policy for 2018 that’s focused on empowering women and building a culture of inclusion. The company’s goal to increase its staff complement by 45% has paid attention to the value that women bring to the technology industry and to the company’s dynamic culture. “We believe that diversity is key to a successful company,” says Chris Ogden, CEO, RubiBlue. “At RubiBlue, we have a really vibrant culture that’s supported and driven by the women that lead our business units and the face of our company. We don’t believe that gender dictates how passionate a person is about technology and our staff are all incredibly driven and motivated in this industry.” For RubiBlue, Women’s Month isn’t just 31 days of recognising the value women add to the industry. It’s about a consistent investment into their potential and recognising their ability to lead, transform and inspire. “Women add remarkable insights and perspectives to the business, introducing fresh ways of thinking and looking at problems or challenges,” says Ogden. “They also demonstrate superb leadership skills and lead their teams with compassion. Skills and talent aren’t defined by gender and we long since recognised that women are pivotal to our long-term growth and to creating a strong internal culture of warmth, consideration and support.” RubiBlue’s staff complement is steadily increasing month on month and continues to showcase how an investment into talent, rather than gender, delivers long-term results. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Polyflor SA used the glamorous setting of the Melrose Arch Gallery in Sandton, Johannesburg, as the backdrop to their launch of Palettone PUR – Polyflor’s new range of spectacularly colourful, homogenous flooring collection. “We were inspired by this range’s beautiful palette of colours and felt that an artistic, colourful environment such as an art gallery would be the ideal setting to introduce this new range of floors to our customers, sales staff and the media,” says Tandy Coleman, CEO of Polyflor SA. According to Tandy, Polyflor has spent the past 4 years delving into the psychology, philosophy and trends of colour in every aspect of our world. The psychology of colour and the new and different ways in which complimentary and contrasting colours are being used where we live, work and play, have resulted in in-depth studies aimed at determining the effects of colour and how to use them, which colours stimulate thinking and concentration, which are soothing and restful and if colours help inspire thinking or create a feeling of wellbeing. In choosing colours for Palettone, the Polyflor product design team started with 200 colours. However, taking all their research into account and focussing on the colours that stem from nature, they settled on 7 colour palettes comprising a total of 50 different shades – including classic neutrals, soothing pastels and daring brights. Each Palettone design is made up of a solid colour base and complementary toned highlights. The collection includes shades designed to inspire commercial project with their aptly named titles such as Lunar Landscape, Festival Field, Faded Denim, Sugar Candy, Cayenne Heat and China Clay. Explains Tandy: “This floor is truly suitable for use in any area of design - from healthcare to education, retail to commercial. Designed for contemporary interior design schemes in commercial, leisure, retail, education, healthcare and office projects, the durable Palettone sheet vinyl flooring . . .