Cranes and aerial platforms are indispensable when doing works of community or industrial significance such as digging ponds, lifting heavy parts, shifting heavyweight goods etc. Most cranes are massive structures which can pose great risks if not procured from trusted sources. So, utmost care must be exercised while choosing the manufacturer of an industrial crane. In this context, one is compelled to introduce readers to Smith Capital, a leading crane, aerial lift platform, and drill rig manufacturer in South Africa. They have the incredible distinction of being the one and only platform manufacturing firm in the whole wide continent of Africa. And it does not stop there; they are also officially the largest makers of truck-mounted cherry pickers, on the same continent. Apart from manufacturing products which are ISO and SABS certified, the firm also bills them at a much lower price than similar goods which are imported from outside of the country. They do custom-built designing and delivering as per demand. Also, the high priority that they attach to client satisfaction, makes them stringently adherent to the specifications stipulated by their clients. In aerial platforms, their specialty is the Superlift Aerial Platform range, which has won awards and accolades for the unbeatable reach, flexibility and mobility of its platforms. Some of the global brands that are included in this range are: Bronto Skylift, Terex Utilities, Oil and Steel etc. The first one is a height master, the second is famous for its insulation, and the third is famed for its height, reach and utility for small carriers. They supply to leading utility supplier firms such as Eskom. In cranes, Smith Capital is known for their ‘CLASSIC’ line of truck-mounted cranes and cherry-pickers. These come in all sizes imaginable: small, medium and large. A lot of these are equipped with the PM Power Tronic Compact mechanism. Their drilling rigs are of mainly three varieties: Post and . . .
In its continuous effort to create a meaningful representation of South Africa’s ICT skills landscape, the Joburg Centre for Software Engineering (JCSE) at Wits University has launched its 2016 ICT Skills Survey. The 7th edition of the survey will aim to provide an outline of the current skills priorities and gaps in the South African ICT sector. The report is scheduled for release in May 2016. Adrian Schofield, Manager, Applied Research Unit, JCSE, says the previous editions of the survey were widely used by researchers and decision-makers seeking to understand the dynamics of talent supply: “The survey assisted in understanding the extremely complex environment of ICT extending from technology support to enterprise architecture, from data capture to cloud computing, from digital design to broadcasting.” Schofield says the 6th edition of the survey found that the state of the South African economy is depressing the demand for ICT skills as the sector’s clients cut back expenditures: “Although we have seen a global recession in the last few years, demand in Europe and the United States for ICT skills appears to be increasing or holding steady. South Africa is falling behind its peers in Africa (such as Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt) who are putting greater emphasis on the contribution that technology plays in economic growth.” He says that the JCSE continues to express its concern at the lack of improvement in South Africa’s basic education for the majority of pupils as well as the levels of transformation: “Exposure to, and familiarity with, ICT for all learners is essential to equip them to adapt the modern tools to their daily lives.” Trends in technology adoption place increasing emphasis on ICT sectors such as cloud; big data/analytics; mobile; security and the “Internet of Things”. Schofield says the ranking of the top five priority areas remained unchanged in 2014 from the previous survey. In descending order, they were Software as a Service/Cloud . . .
The SA U21 men's hockey side that took part in the recent Junior World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe. Photo: Photo: Stephen Halle A contingent of University of Johannesburg hockey players returned from Namibia last month, excited with the experience gained from helping South Africa qualify for the Junior World Cup. UJ fielded four players – Carmen Smith, Cheneal Raubenheimer, Kristen Paton and Marizen Marais – in the women's U21 team, which won the tournament by defeating Zimbabwe in the final. This enabled them to qualify for the World Cup to be played in Santiago, Chile, from November 23 to December 4. The men's team – which included UJ's Kyle Lion-Cachet, Tyson Dlungwana, Ryan Crowe, Stephan Halle and Amkelwe Letuka – qualified after finishing runners-up to Egypt in the African qualifier. The men's World Cup takes place in India from December 1 to 11. Besides the players, others closely involved with UJ hockey contributed to the success of the South African teams. Garreth Ewing was the men's head coach, Christy McCrorie the women's video analyst and hockey manager Elize le Roux attended as a technical official. In addition, UJ alumnus Patrick Tshutshani coached the SA women's team. Le Roux said the tournament had been an excellent learning experience for the players. "My personal view is that the UJ players did very well and were all excited to be representing their country. I believe we can be proud of their contributions. "The exposure and experience they gained was very good and although the competition perhaps was not as strong when compared to facing European teams, the African tournaments are never easy. "As an institution, we could not be prouder of the efforts our hockey members put into the qualifier and I think everyone learnt from the experience." The U21 SA members now face an important period when they take part in the senior men's and women's interprovincial tournaments in Randburg from April 24 to 30. The national sides will compete as . . .
The orange army will be out in force at the University of Johannesburg Stadium on Monday as thousands of fans get behind their team in the FNB Varsity Cup rugby semi-finals. UJ may have ended second on the log, but their win over log leaders Maties in the final round earlier this week has provided the perfect platform for them to launch a bid for the title. The Johannesburg students face tough Potchefstroom rivals Pukke in the first of the two playoff matches, beginning at 4.30pm. In the other semi, Maties host northern challengers Tukkies in Stellenbosch. A position in the semi-finals was not guaranteed for UJ going into Monday's final playoff round, but they produced a solid performance against an under-strength Maties team for a 42-16 win. This enabled them to pip Pukke by one point in the final standings, securing what could be a critical home semi-final. While pleased to be playing on familiar territory, UJ coach Werner Janse van Rensburg is not taking anything for granted. "It is great for us to be back at home and the home support is crucial, but in a semi-final in a tournament like this no matter where you play you have to be at your best to win." Earlier in the season, the teams faced off in Potchefstroom, with UJ winning 36-31, a margin which indicates what a tough challenge they will face to secure a berth in the final. Janse van Rensburg said it was important for them to move on from their win over Maties to focus on the next challenge. "Every week presents a new challenge and this competition has shown that what happened the previous Monday doesn't mean anything the next Monday," he said. "We know they will come out with all guns blazing as they have a good record in semi-finals, so we expect our toughest challenge so far in the competition. But we will be up for it." Focusing on the basics and employing a positive approach would be the keys to success, the coach said. "Playing each moment on the field one at a . . .
What is the reason you don’t feel amazing right now? Is it because you are you tired a lot of the time? Stressed out? Are you overweight? Moody? Battling to get enough sleep? It really doesn’t have to be this way. One of the world’s leading nutritional experts, Patrick Holford, will be presenting in-depth health seminars in Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, Durban and Johannesburg between 9 and 12 May. He will show you a simple way to get 100% motivated to reclaim your energy, shift that weight for good, reduce stress and feel better than you have in years. From the seminar, you will find out how to: Eat a wide range of delicious foods and still lose weight Regain your energy and zest for life Improve your mood and mental alertness Increase your resilience to stress Break free from anxiety and poor sleep Dramatically decrease your risk for diabetes, heart disease and cancer Don't miss this unique opportunity to meet Patrick and his team of zest4life coaches who will help you to find your motivation again, transform your life and take control of your health. Bookings online at https://www.quicket.co.za/events/?search=Patrick%20Holford. For further information, visit http://www.holforddirect.co.za/patrick-holfords-feel-amazing-right-now-tour/. YouTube: https://youtu.be/IeIqZ81jCQs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
International corporates seek to rent residential properties for their employees “While many South African consumers have started to feel the economic pinch in recent months, the demand for accommodation in the greater Johannesburg area has continued unabated, and this has ensured that the residential rental property market in much of the region has remained robust. The letting market in certain centres also continues to be stimulated by multi-national corporates seeking upmarket homes for their employees.” So says Rupert Finnemore, the regional head of Pam Golding Properties in Gauteng. According to Finnemore, Johannesburg, the economic powerhouse of South Africa, is continuing to attract visitors from all over the world, as well as multinational companies seeking to create a presence for themselves on the continent. He points out that the executives and representatives of these companies require suitable, upmarket accommodation while working in the country. “Over the last 10 years there has been an increasing demand from corporates from all over the world to rent residential properties for their employees and their families in Johannesburg, Sandton and the northern suburbs. Many of these organisations rent homes on behalf of their staff, while others provide a rental allowance which enables their executives to find their own accommodation.” “Whatever the case, there is little doubt that the demand from corporates and their employees is assisting to drive the upmarket segment of the rental property in certain desirable suburbs of Johannesburg, and investors have been able to take advantage of the excellent buy-to-rent opportunities that have been available in such areas.” According to Finnemore, corporate rental clients of Pam Golding Properties are from leading companies from a range of sectors. The corporates are for the most part multinational companies that in some cases are seeking to accommodate hundreds of employees. Jason Shaw, manager of . . .
Thousands of SA women silently suffering the devastating symptoms of untreated uterine fibroids Interventional radiologist Dr Gary Sudwarts has set himself the goal of raising awareness of the debilitating women’s health condition of uterine fibroids, which he believes warrants much greater attention and awareness than it currently receives. Dr Sudwarts, who practises at Netcare Park Lane Hospital in Johannesburg, as well as UCT Private Academic Hospital in Cape Town, has actively worked to bring non-invasive healthcare treatment alternatives to the large number of South African women whose lives have been negatively impacted by uterine fibroids. Dr Sudwarts and radiologist Dr Maja Wojno will be presenting a free lecture at a public workshop for women on uterine fibroids. During the workshop, the latest technological advances in the treatment of uterine fibroids will be shared. The doctors will also explain the micro-invasive technique of uterine fibroid embolisation, (UFE), which offers a highly effective treatment alternative for women who have developed fibroids. The hour-long lecture will be hosted on Thursday, 7 April 2016, at 18h00 for 18h30 at Hazeldene Hall, 22 Ridge Road, Johannesburg. Free and secure parking as well as refreshments will be on offer. “I find it disconcerting that in today’s times so many South African women are still silently suffering the devastating symptoms of untreated uterine fibroids,” says Dr Sudwarts. “It is also concerning that so many thousands of women in our country, some relatively young, are faced with the prospect of a hysterectomy because of the condition.” “Nowadays more and more effective treatment options are becoming available for women with severe uterine fibroids, and it is important that they be made aware of the alternatives that are now available to them,” he says. “Essentially, when symptomatic therapy fails, there are three main surgical options available to treat fibroids and the choice of . . .
“The Earth has everything for our need, but not for our greed” The above much-cited adage is known to all and sundry. Human greed has decimated forests, made certain species of animals extinct, and now excess consumption is threatening the reserves of non-renewable energy sources such as coal, petroleum and diesel. Not to mention the fact that the aforementioned fuels are the biggest culprits when it comes to polluting the environment and escalating the process of Global Warming. In these conditions, there is an urgent need to shift our dependence on renewable sources of energy such as bio-fuel and solar power. And this is the principle that Solar Ya Africa believes in. It is a firm that deals in solar-power-enabled gadgets such as solar geysers, solar-panelled water savers and similarly designed plumbing circuit systems. Each of these is built with solar panels attached to them which absorbs sunlight and converts it into mechanical energy, which in turn makes these machines work. Under geysers, the models on offer are: KF 302, 300 J and 180 J. The first two have a suitability of 4-6 people, while the last has a range of 1-4. The colourbonds of all three are tagged as “optional”, and warranty ranges from 5-10 years. Q-factors are 37.59, 35.53 and 37.59 MJ respectively. There are numerous advantages to using a solar water heater: Saving money on electric bill. The use of electricity would be halved, and it would contribute to lesser pollution in the environment. There’s a 50 percent reduction in the means of traditional energy. Adding a solar unit to the home would increase its value. Overall, solar geyser supplier Solar Ya Africa strives to give out the message that solar energy would be the best option to substitute fossil fuel. According to studies, Africa receives about 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, and the country receives solar radiation that is twice the size of Europe. And therefore, this immense bounty of Nature should be . . .
It is now widely accepted in the residential property sector that interest rate levels set by banks on mortgage loans are likely to rise by 75 basis points before the end of this year (2016) with the result that most mortgage loan borrowers will be paying 11% - or more - on their mortgages. Jacques du Toit, Economist and Strategist for the ABSA Home Loan division, has recently predicted that this will “dampen levels of activity in the housing and mortgage markets” — and he went on to say that nominal house price growth will probably slow from +/- 6% last year to around 5% this year. John Smyth, CEO of Multi-Net Mortgages, has commented that although many spokespeople for the property sector have gone on record “regretting” the likely rise in rates, history has shown that housing can continue to sell fairly steadily at interest rates considerably higher than 11%. “In 1988 and 2002 when for some time rates were around 15% sales continued to be satisfactory. It was only when they went above 18% that the market began to under-perform. One is forced to conclude that the country’s macro-economic outlook is the real determining factor in house sales. So long as people are being employed and earning annual increases and bonuses they continue to buy homes and to appreciate the wisdom of this sort of investment.” “Regrettably”, said Smyth,” reports now indicate that in an increasing number of cases SA consumers are experiencing financial strain and quite frequently starting to fall behind on debt payments. This, it appears, is likely to lead to slower sales on all fronts—including housing. However, I do not believe we are in a crisis situation: as I have said often before, the slow- down in the market will not in my view be too serious because, as those of us at the coal face can testify, there is a strong desire in a growing number of our people at ALL income levels to become home owners and many will find ways of doing this.” “Those who determinedly make . . .
BON Hotels, a South African-based hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, have expanded on their CSR initiatives with the introduction of BONangels, a platform that will complement the group’s existing CSR initiatives and facilitate additional charity drives, events and campaigns at all their properties, driving staff involvement at all levels, in support of the community and those in need. “This strategy is in keeping with our ethos of Good people. Good thinking. Good feeling. BONangels aims to take care of the communities that service our hotels, establish a society of guests and staff who want to give back – it’s a platform that allows us all to do something good for others less fortunate,” says Guy Stehlik, CEO of BON Hotels. A community of carers who speak, support and embody the goodwill of BON Hotels will represent BONangels. The objectives include: adopting programs and strategies that contribute to communities, conserving environments, reducing social problems, education, combining the efforts of staff at all levels, encouraging participation and engagement on social media platforms, promoting guest engagement and participation, growing a community of ‘angels’. The first campaign to be rolled out at all properties is a shoe drive encouraging guests, staff and members of the community to drop off their new, used or unwanted shoes, all of which will be donated to local schools, orphanages or charities in the area. “We are excited about this campaign and look forward to creating #milesofsmiles,” says Dominic Ndlovu, General Manager at BON Hotel Midrand. Stehlik is confident that together, the group and all who get involved can make a difference to the community, the environment and those in need. “So go on, be an angel and join our network of good people!” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .