Johannesburg, Gauteng, 17 June 2018 – Fussell and Associates celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2018. Commenting on this milestone, Bob Fussell, Founder and Chairman of the Board said, “We are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, which has enabled us to constantly push boundaries and enter new markets to better support our clients. We have our clients and partners to thank, for the trust they have placed in Fussell and Associates, which has helped us reach half a century, which we are very proud of! Fussell and Associates is proud to announce that they have been awarded their Category II Investment license, which makes this a double celebration for the company. This gives more breadth to their offering as they can now offer specialised investment assistance, which enables us to take ownership of the process which is important for clients. The fact that Fussell and Associates has been awarded this licence, at a time when few companies qualify for such is encouraging. During its half a century in business, Fussell and Associates have a proven long-term track record of achieving superior returns for their clients. Model portfolios are built by our financial advisers, following a process of in-depth financial analysis, to match the investment needs of their clients who have a portfolio of assets. The (MD) of the company, Andrew Fussell, added, “We attribute our success to our dedication in making a positive impact on the clients we serve, our team of professionals, the industry for which we care, and the communities in which we live.” About Fussell and Associates Founded in 1968, Fussell and Associates is an independent financial planning, Asset Management, Employee Benefits Consulting, Health Care Specialist, and Short Term Insurance company that is built on a heritage of more than 50 years. Our industry knowledge is unparalleled. We have an in-depth understanding of how complex financial products work and how these products can benefit you. Our . . .
Defending champion Alexa Pienaar is ready to handle what could be a pressure-filled week when the University Sport South Africa squash tournament takes place in Port Elizabeth next month. The University of Johannesburg visual arts student will be aiming to retain the individual title, while her team will be chasing a remarkable seventh straight triumph at Nelson Mandela University from July 1 to 6. The 23-year-old won the title for the first time last year after being the 2016 runner-up and knows she will be under pressure from her rivals. "I have managed to do well at USSA every year and it is kind of expected of me to do well again," said Pienaar. "But I am aiming to look past the pressures, both from the outside and from myself, and just play how I know I can. That is what I have prepared for. "I understand the real test will come on the court and I hope it will be enough for me to potentially make the USSA team again, as well as bringing home the individual title." She added there would be plenty of incentive to succeed as student-players would be vying to make the USSA team to compete in the World University Championships in Birmingham, England, in September. Pienaar, who won the Prince Grand Prix at Parkview in Johannesburg and North West Closed tournaments in March, said she had included more solo sessions in her programme this year "as it builds the basis of skills training and helps with confidence in your shots". "I am also trying to include a more aggressive game-plan, getting onto the ball quicker and applying more pressure. "I feel I have physically reached a higher level than I ever have before and it now boils down to being able to assert my skills on court." She felt there would be equal pressure in the team competition after UJ's six title wins in a row, but was confident they could do well again after their intensive preparations. "Everyone in the team has improved from last year and we are stronger than . . .
Sex Toy Service a First for 1.7 Million Disabled South Africans Désir, SA’s Leading Adult Toy Retailer, Launches First Dedicated Service for Disabled South Africans Wednesday, 13 June 2018 CAPE TOWN More than 1.7 million South Africans live with complex disabilities, from quadriplegia, to age or accident related disability and sight impairment. These people live with a range of difficulties resulting from misconceptions related to their sexual health, something, a leading online sex toy retailer, wants to change with their online concierge service. Contrary to popular belief, disabled South Africans can and do have healthy sex lives. According to The Disability and Sexuality Project, prevailing myths and attitudes towards the sexuality of people with physical disabilities in South Africa is extensive. The most common – that disabled people are asexual, or without any sort of sex drive, this of course, is untrue, and keeps many healthy adults from enjoying a rich sex life, Dr. Wilson, a medical practitioner with specialist interest in physical rehabilitation, and chairman of the Southern African Spinal Cord Association, says that it is imperative that those with physical disability explore their sexuality… because it doesn’t just “go away”. Physically disabled South Africans face many unconventional challenges because of these persistent stigmas. Finding a romantic partner can be difficult, as can engaging in sexual activity with an existing partner. Many couples are not experiencing the full potential the right sex toy could introduce into their lives. Masturbation is also individually challenging, and for some – may be their only source of sexual expression. Désir’s referral sexologist, Catriona Boffard, says, “Sex will be different from what it is for able-bodied people. Sensations are different, response is different, and even turn-ons might be different, but it doesn’t mean that self-pleasure and pleasure from a partner can’t happen. When . . .
JBay – The JBay Winterfest event organisers are proud to announce the music lineup at the Corona Sunset Sessions, to be held at the Corona Open JBay contest site. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place over both festival weekends 5-7 July and 12-14 July, and will feature some top South African musical acts. The Corona Sunset Sessions are all complimentary, and proudly brought to you by the Corona Open JBay. There will be 12 bands or artists over the two weekends, and every one of the shows are completely free of charge. There are no tickets to be bought, no bookings to be made and no queuing for anything. Just pitch up and enjoy the vibes. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place in Pepper Street during the weekend evenings. Just make your way to the Corona Open prize-giving stage, where the bands will be setup for the evening shows. Venerated indie rock outfit Desmond and the Tutus is one of the headline acts, and they will be rocking the house on Saturday 7 July, along with Nic Preen and The World Of Birds. Friday 13 July, lucky for some, will see the hugely popular Cape Town-based rock act aKing perform, along with young and widely-liked Cape Town indie /rock band Crosscurrent, and looks like it will be a huge night. Good old rock ’n roll with a mix of dirty blues is the order of the day on the final evening of the Corona Sunset Sessions, as Jozi-based rock act Shadowclub take to the stage. One of the most celebrated local bands, Shadowclub will get the party going and will finish this year’s free Music Sessions on a high note. It’ll be busy on the final night, so pull in early. The Corona Sunset Sessions is a thank you and acknowledgement to the fans and spectators who come up every year to visit JBay and to watch the worlds’ best surfers competing at Supertubes, and to support our local contingent of surfers. This year we have Jordy Smith as well as Mikey February competing in the Corona Open JBay, as well as a yet-to-be-announced . . .
A24 7 is a renowned company that provides quality electrical and plumbing services in Johannesburg that has been in business for over a decade. 8th June 2018, JOHANNESBURG - As the housing market rises, there is need for extra services with one of the most crucial being connection to the electricity grid. These services don’t come on the cheap. And many homeowners are going to great lengths to find the cheapest services in order to save on costs. As a result, it is uncommon to find poor electrical connections which, in some cases, may lead to accidents. During the 10th anniversary celebrations, A24 CEO, Mr. Maartin Viljoen, his electrical company receives numerous calls from customers complaining about the poor electric and plumbing services they receive. It affects us deeply to know that something could have been done earlier and resources lost to electrical accidents could have been used elsewhere. Many go for shortcuts when it comes to electrical services because they think it’s expensive to hire electricians who are qualified which it is not necessarily true. Peter Jabulani, who is in the construction business is one such person. Previously, he had placed numerous calls to different service providers as he sought services that he would be satisfied with. "It has always been one complain after the other" he said. "Sometimes it is poor installations, other times it is the destruction of property during the job and other times it is substandard services" He says that he got tired of the complaints and he decided to visit our offices in person after being given a referral from one of our clients. Today, he is one of our most loyal customers and he always refers A24 7 FIX (PTY) LTD to all his colleagues and customers. We are different because we take all our customer projects personally and ensure our customers are completely satisfied. Our company is made up of dynamic and experienced electricians who always deliver quality services. We are open round . . .
House painting issues such as cracking, flaking, and blistering, are responsible for the low prices buyers are willing to pay for homes in Johannesburg. Relatively new homes are now fetching lower prices or prolonged time in the market due to poor paint jobs. JOHANNESBURG, June 8th 2018 -Most properties listed on the market at present are fetching low prices than their worth because of their appearance. Although buyers are encouraged to look into the structural build of a house first, most seem to be put off by its outward appearance. The result is they end up skipping the property or quoting a lower price than expected. According to Gashwel Sibanda, a lead painter at SMG Painters Johannesburg, this is nothing new in the market. “Many homeowners in Johannesburg contact us for a fresh coat of paint on their homes just because they couldn’t find a buyer with the previous paint on. On a closer look, we always find that the previous paint job was shoddy and made the entire home look old and unworthy of an investment.” He goes on to advise that painting is critical in the appearance of a home, but it can only bring that aesthetic value when done the right way. Mr. Sibanda says that the most common house painting problems include cracking, blistering, flaking, sagging, and peeling. In damp areas, mildew can start growing on paint. Issues such as blistering and cracking occurs when the painter doesn’t sand down the place properly before applying a coat of paint. Peeling comes about when the painter applies paint on a dirty surface while sagging occurs when too much paint is applied in a specific region without evenly distributing it. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Pretoria, June 07, 2018 - Locally owned software company BTK Software announced today the launch of the world’s first anti-poaching game for Android and Apple users namely POACHER DOWN. The initial version of this First Person Shooter (FPS) game utilizes 3 language options including Zulu and Afrikaans which is another first for international gaming. BTK Software designed the app to help curb the epidemic of poaching in Southern Africa and hopes to generate much needed international awareness and funds for this cause. BTK partnered with local anti-poaching organisation the Rhino Pride Foundation as the beneficiary of all national and international donations generated though the app. Poacher Down is an action-packed shooter game where the user needs to protect an array of animals from an ever increasing number of poachers. The user can choose from a range of weapons, guns, grenades and bullets. The game even has a slow motion action sequences for kill shots. “The idea from the beginning was to create a world class action game that is entertaining and fun to play. The more people that play the game the better. Users can help by simply clicking on a donation button in the game. We also plan on adding a couple more language options to unlock additional local and international market segments such as Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and other South African languages. Players like to hear the poachers shout, cry and make jokes in their native tongue.” said CEO Werner van der Westhuizen Although the game comes across as gruesome and graphic at times, the user can simply switch off the blood and strong language in the game’s settings menu. Another perk in the game is the use of an international leader board where users can see their ranking compared to all the other players across the globe. This is definitely an innovative approach to creating awareness for the poaching epidemic and we look forward to see what the public will make of . . .
Johannesburg, June, 6, 2018 Scott Ambler and Mark Lines talk business agility in South Africa in July IndigoCube will once more host the internationally renowned and locally popular Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, creators of the Disciplined Agile Framework, but this time with a principally business focus for the first Business Agility Conference hosted in South Africa. The duo will host a conference and present workshops for a week in July aimed chiefly at business people rather than IT people. “The conference is about business agility,” says Jaco Viljoen, the principal consultant and head of digital at IndigoCube. “It’s agile for the whole business, not just IT, so it’s for business people curious about modern practices for the digital enterprise and how that affects all divisions from HR to finance, marketing and the rest.” Scott Ambler, the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, is also the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and the founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC). Mark Lines is Managing Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, coach and co-author, with Scott Ambler, of “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”, which details their approach to DAD. “Scott and Mark compare this to a racing car,” he says. “IT is the engine but businesspeople put the agile, high performance engines into tractors and make them plough fields. Similarly, IT operations must become suitable high performance engines for the racing car chassis and drivetrain. Both must work together to be competitive in this extremely demanding world.” The two internationally renowned Canadians will be the main attraction at the conference on July 17, from 09:00 to 13:00 held in-conjunction with IBM at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. IndigoCube will provide training on Disciplined Agile (DAD) in conjunction with Scott . . .
Plantronics RIG 500 PRO Photo: Plantronics Stock Image Patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial enables Xbox One and PS4 gamers to keep hands on their controllers while changing volume. Santa Cruz, Calif. – June 5, 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced the RIG 500 PRO Series of gaming headsets, created to deliver high-fidelity audio in an ultra-lightweight design for the truly competitive gamer. RIG 500 PRO Series are the first gaming headsets to feature an exoskeleton earcup design with isolated inner acoustic chambers to reduce distortion, creating the ideal audio solution for today’s high-resolution gaming platforms. Premium 50 mm drivers deliver wide-range frequency response while dual-material ear cushions provide the combination of noise reduction and comfort competitive gamers need for long, focused sessions. In addition, the console editions come with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial, a 3.5mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers. Console gamers can now adjust volume directly from the controller without lifting their hands. PC models feature an inline volume slider. “The new RIG 500 PRO Series takes the innovative modular design of the RIG 500 to the next level,” said Gregory Morquin, Category Business Manager, Gaming Products, Plantronics. “And, it continues the impressive number of firsts we’ve brought to competitive gamers, including the first VR-focused headsets, Dolby Atmos® activation and now, the RIG Game Audio Dial for Xbox One and PS4 wireless controllers.” RIG 500 PRO Series, available in Console, PC and Esports editions, builds upon the lightweight, modular design of the original RIG 500 with performance-boosting features including: • Premium 50 mm drivers for expanded frequency response • A removable noise-canceling microphone boom and flip-to-mute feature • Removable audio cables that can be easily swapped or replaced • Snap-in . . .
The best South African chefs will be positioning themselves across the various meat theatres and Braaitology brought to you by Chad-O-Chef, ready to demonstrate, educate and satiate visitors to this year’s Fire & Feast Meat Festival presented by Crown National. This celebration of all things meat will be heating up Joburg’s Ticketpro Dome from 8 to 10 June 2018. “The South African Chefs’ Association (SA Chefs) has booked a selection of their best representatives for Fire & Feast,” said Sandra Jardim, General Manager: The Fire & Feast Meat Festival. “They will be providing really interactive demonstrations on all meat types, across the various venues at the exhibition. Visitors will gain insights into the best meat preparation techniques for poultry, beef, pork and lamb, as well as learning about different cuts and innovative recipes. This truly highlights that meat is the hero of every meal.” Chefs will be stationed at the four dedicated meat theatres, the Poultry Theatre bought to you by County Fair and Festive; Lamb & Mutton SA Theatre; the Pork Tasting Room and Sparta Beef Theatre – all of which will feature sponsored products from Chad-O-Chef and @home’s Breville, Robert Welch, Baccarat and Smeg cookware range. For some outdoor cooking action, visitors can catch chefs performing some truly gastronomic feats in the smoking hot Braaitology, sponsored by leading Gas Grill & Hybrid Braai manufacturer, Chad-O-Chef. Chefs will each prepare one appetizer-size portion using either chicken, beef, pork or lamb. One taster = R25 = one BraaiBuck. ‘Meat’ the Fire & Feast chefs Heading up the SA Chef’s team is Chef Coo Pillay, the Executive Chef at the Protea Hotel by Marriott at OR Tambo International Airport. He draws on his knowledge of agricultural processes from his roots as a KwaZulu-Natal farm boy and has cooked alongside BBC Chef Reza Mahammad, Food Network’s Jenny Morris, Top Billing’s Joanne Strauss and Eastern Mosaic’s . . .