Interbank Payments & Settlements Conference will look at the daily processes as well as the improvement within the interbank market. Attending this conference is your opportunity to discover and explore the latest trends, innovations, and technologies within the interbank market. Networking with leaders in the interbank industry, building new business relations and investigating forefront technology are just added benefits if you attend this knowledge filled event. Some of the companies that have registered for the conference: Payserv Zimbabwe (Pvt) Ltd, First National Bank, ABSA Capital, Standard Bank, SADC Banking Association, Digiata Technology Services, HSBC Bank to name a few. Considering that this is the first of its kind the Interbank Payments & Settlements Conference aims to bring its delegates up-to-date, with fresh and new ideas gained from further research and renowned speakers in the interbank industry. Benefit from the knowledge and insight of some of these leading experts: Tyrone Dias: Relationship Analyst - Banks & DFIs - RMB Nico Agenbag Head: Interbank Processing - Standard Bank Vickey Ganesh Head: Enterprise Payments Services - Standard Bank Adrian Hope-Bailie: Product Development Manager Stanchion Payment Solutions (Pty) Ltd. Patrick Cunningham: Executive Director: Africa, India and Middle East Regions - ATMIA John Gessau: Director Product Management - Mobile ACI Worldwide Grey Nkungula: Payment system expert - Central Bank of Lesotho Pierre Coetzee: Executive: Payments & Regulation - PASA Rishi Pillay: CEO: Funds Transfer Business Unit - Bankservafrica Dalitso Bonongwe: Principal Analyst, Authorised Foreign Exchange Dealers - Reserve Bank of Malawi Tertius Vermeulen: CEO - Trustlink Mike Scott: Managing Director - Eccentric Payment Solutions Josephat Mutepfa: Senior Executive National Payments Systems - Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe Tim Masela: Head: National Payment System Department - South African Reserve . . .
New Novel, Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse, to be at Geekfest 2014 and hosts survival weapons demonstration Journal of a South African Apocalypse will be at Geekfest on 29 November 2014. The new apocalyptic novel will be on sale in the Zombie Compound and forms part of the first South African Zombie Con. Author Lee Herrmann will also be hosting a survival weapons demonstration at 14:00 to educate and prepare all doomsayers in the event of a looming apocalypse. All horror and zombie fans are encouraged to head to the Ball and All Driving Range, Pub & Restaurant on Saturday to participate in all things zombie. Zombie Con debuts at Geekfest 2014 and boasts a zombie dress-up competition, Parade of the Dead, zombie gear as well as demonstrations to prepare the uninitiated for potential outbreaks. Journal of a South African Apocalypse author Lee Herrmann will be hosting a weapons demonstration at the event. ‘No one expects the apocalypse and chances are the average person will be caught totally off guard. We’ll be having a look and the type of weapons you can make with things around the house and some other survival tips. Think of it as Zombie Killing for Dummies,’ says Herrmann. The survival weapons demonstration starts at 14:00 in the Zombie Compound. Told from the perspective of sixteen-year-old Kon, Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is a coming of age story in a very different South Africa, and chronicles one family’s fight for survival against the walking dead. Books will be on sale for R120 and fans have the opportunity to have their copy signed by the author. Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is also available from Amazon, Kalahari, Porcupine Press and Loot as an e-book and hard copy. Also available in selected bookstores. Author: Olipa Phiri from Journal of a South African Apocalypse. More Info link: http://www.saza.co.za Twitter: Facebook: . . .
Novel of the undead, Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse, to be on sale at iconic Geekfest Geekfest 2014 is promising to be bigger and better – and Journal of a South African Apocalypse will be there in the Zombie Compound. Happening on Saturday, 29 November2014 at the Ball and All Driving Range, Pub & Restaurant, it will be a fun day for all fans of fantasy, science fiction… and zombies. Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse authored by Lee Herrmann is the chronicle of sixteen-year-old Kon’s family fight for survival against the undead on a journey to get to Robben Island, a reputed safe haven. But unlike Kon, our everyday errands includes walking, running or driving around, fascinated and looking for an environment that provides that rare experiences with the walking dead. That sucks hey! Geekfest is a must for fans of the genre and the author of Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse will be in attendance as well as speaking on zombie literature and survival at the zombie compound. Books will be on sale at R120 and can be signed by the author. We ask Herrmann to distil on the zombie captivating plot and human survival in his second novel. He says that, “quite often they are a reflection of ourselves and our fears. Plus, they’re pretty cool.’ That sounds pretty straightforward, right! But wait until you hear the whole story behind that answer. Will Kon and his family escape the horror from which they flee? There will also be demonstrations on zombie survival among other activities. Journal of a South African Zombie Apocalypse is also available from Amazon, Kalahari, Porcupine Press and Loot as an e-book and hard copy. Hard copies are available in selected bookstores. Author: Olipa Phiri from JoSAZA. More Info link: http://www.saza.co.za Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/JournalOfASouthAfricanZombieApocalypse Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: JoSAZA. Journal of a South African Apocalypse . . .
There’s vanity publishing and self-publishing and independent publishing. But what’s the difference? Thanks to the technological revolution, it’s quite easy to lay out a few pages and add a few embellishments. Many companies offer such a service. They even add a cover derived from stock computer images and print a few boxes of books for you to keep in your garage. That’s vanity publishing. Other companies talk rather grandly about international distribution, which means they put your book on Amazon, etc., and then forget about it. International self-publishing companies regularly produce books of such inferior quality that South African bookshops won’t stock them. And most will not release the open files so that authors can produce a small edition for local distribution. There are two things that matter most when authors contemplate self-publishing. QUALITY and MARKETING. PORCUPINE PRESS has a reputation for both. The quality of Porcupine books enhances their chances of being stocked by the countries major bookshops. Porcupine offers wide national and international distribution. But unless these channels are supported by ACTIVE MARKETING, not much selling will take place. This is why PORCUPINE PRESS now offers a free marketing package to every book they publish or distribute. This is Charlé de Klerk. She’s joined the Porcupine team as our marketing specialist. You can contact her on email@example.com REMEMBER: QUALITY BOOKS AND FREE INDIVIDUALISED MARKETING – THIS IS WHAT YOU GET AT PORCUPINE PRESS. WE BELIEVE IN THE BOOKS WE PUBLISH AND DISTRIBUTE. Author: Charle de Klerk from Porcupine Press. More Info link: http://www.porcupinepress.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/Porcupine_PRESS Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/PorcupinePressPage?ref=hl Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Porcupine Press. Charle de Klerk CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The northern Johannesburg suburb of Douglasdale is often confused as being a part of the neighbouring suburb of Fourways, however it is actually wedged between the suburbs of Fourways and Bryanston. Built upon the Douglasdale farm, which was first established in 1905 by Scotsman Thomas Douglas and his wife Janet Alexander, Douglasdale has developed over the years from a rural dairy farm into a popular residential node. However it is still well known for its milk and today the Douglasdale Dairy services most of the greater Gauteng region including distribution as far as the North West Province and Mpumalanga and accounts for around 1.5% of the country’s total dairy production. As a fairly established suburb, property in Douglasdale comprises a mix of old and new sectional title developments as well as some older, larger family homes. The access to a range of amenities from shops, gyms and restaurants to schools and medical facilities is what has contributed to the high demand for property in this area. “In fact,” says Russel Peach, Renprop Residential Projects Sales Manager, “Due to its ideal placement Douglasdale is now regarded as a hot investment node. Homes within Douglasdale do not usually remain on the market for long and sectional title properties are in particularly high demand, especially among those looking to rent.” He says that buy-to-live purchasers are attracted to the area due to its excellent positioning proximate to a range of amenities and entertainment centres such as Monte Casino, as well as easy access to major highways and byways along with the business nodes within the northern Johannesburg area. Investors with buy-to-let portfolios are attracted to the area as there is an exceptionally high demand for rental units. Chris Renecle, MD of Renprop points out that from an investment perspective; those who invest in rental property portfolios despite having to put down equity are enjoying solid returns due to the increase in demand . . .
While entrepreneurship presents massive opportunities to curb youth unemployment, many young entrepreneurs are ill-prepared for the realities of doing business. This is according to expert speakers set to hold entrepreneurial workshops at the upcoming Business Opportunities and Franchise (BOFE) expo, to be presented in partnership with Eskom at the Coca Cola Dome in Northgate next week. Experts in the field of business development say Generation Y’s aspiring entrepreneurs have been raised in an environment where things move quickly and gratification is instant. Therefore, many of them lack the endurance to stay in business when the going gets tough. Success doesn’t happen overnight SA’s young entrepreneurs are handicapped in that they ‘don’t have the patience gene’, says Tshepo Phakathi, Group CEO of Phakathi Holdings, whose KAELLO initiative promotes entrepreneurship and mentors thousands of young aspirant entrepreneurs. Phakathi says times have changed: where business once took around 20 years to achieve substantial success, technology now makes it possible to penetrate markets faster. However, it still takes years to achieve success, a fact that escapes too many young entrepreneurs. “Too many young entrepreneurs want it all yesterday. They see successful business people, and don’t realise what they are seeing is just the end result of years of sweat and tears. So when they launch a business and they have not achieved the expected levels of success in a year or two, they give up, or they launch a new business in a different sector.” Phakathi points out that the people who tend to make it in business in the long run are those with endurance. “What takes time in business is building credibility and contacts – there’s no substitute for time,” he says, adding: “It takes 20 years to get 20 years’ experience.” Phakathi will address workshops at BOFE on the topic ‘The 8 fundamental laws of success’. One of these, he says is the ‘law of attraction’, in which what people . . .
Contact: Alexandra Cunningham 0721998161 firstname.lastname@example.org For Immediate Release Bukhosi Nyathi: Solo Art Exhibition Johannesburg, Gauteng, 1 August to 28 August 2014 – Bukhosi Nyathi will be showing his artwork in a solo exhibition for the month of August 2014 at Boundless, a new café, bar, and community space in the Johannesburg CBD. The exhibition will be kicked off with an Exhibition Opening Reception on Friday, the 8th of August 2014, from 18h00 to 21h00 at Boundless on the 1st floor of 129 Fox Street (corner Von Brandis). Bukhosi Mzikayise Nyathi (born 1986, Bulawayo, Zimbabwe, currently residing in the Johannesburg CBD) is pursuing a career in fine art. The greatest inspirations for his work include nature, love, information, people, and socio-political issues. His work speaks volumes about the deep issues that affect us all as humans. He utilizes his artwork to express his opinions on abuses of power, religion, and even disposition of Africans. Interested parties can view the work at Boundless (129 Fox Street, corner Von Brandis, Johannesburg CBD, up the steel stairs) during their opening hours (M-Th 7am-7pm, F-Sa 7am-2am, Sun 7am-10pm), or can view a digital exhibition of the work at boundlesscity.com/bukhosinyathi.html *** Boundless City is a people-based urban development company based in the Johannesburg CBD. Boundless City works to provide opportunities to existing residents & businesses in inner-city areas undergoing redevelopment. We do this by offering space, resources, community engagement, employment and connections. *** The artist, Bukhosi Nyathi, can be reached at: FB Page: ubukhosi | Twitter: @ubukhosiart | Tumblr: ubukhosi.tumblr.com Tel: 0747438770 | Email: email@example.com Author: Alexandra Cunningham from Boundless City. More Info link: http://www.boundlesscity.com/bukhosinyathi.html Twitter: http://twitter.com/boundlesscity Facebook: . . .
“It is so worthwhile to come and see what is available in e-learning and classroom technology, it is the only way to move forward,” said Kennia Plaskitt, principal of the Willowmoore High School in Benoni during the SABC Education African EduWeek that took place in Johannesburg last week. She added: “one never has time during term and having the event at the start of the holiday enabled us to send 14 teachers from our school. We are excited about what we saw.” At an event that can only be described as lively, interactive and inspiring, more than 2436 teachers and education experts, including the Deputy Minister of Basic Education Enver Surty, attended the eighth conference and exhibition at the Sandton Convention Centre from 10-11 July. This is a 165% increase in visitors compared to last year. Some 93 leading suppliers of technology, stationery and content to the education sector created an exciting and colourful expo where visitors were encouraged to touch and try the latest classroom gadgets. International education platform Says African EduWeek event director Tanya Jackman: “this event is all about the teachers and how we can empower them to go back to their classrooms with new ideas, insight and confidence to face the daily challenges at school, whether it is about teaching skills or using e-learning tools and educational technology. As an event, African EduWeek has truly come of age - our partnership with SABC Education has taken us to the next level, reaching our target audience in the farthest corners of the country, through its radio, TV and online outreach. We are also becoming an international education platform, where various stakeholders in the industry get together to brainstorm and network.” Platinum sponsor Pearson Education’s CEO Riaan Jonck said in a radio interview that African EduWeek was: “a wonderful event attended by an enormous amount of people – it’s quite exciting to see how people are looking at education today versus the way . . .
‘Enabling teachers to teach in a classroom of the future’ Technology in education, e-learning and empowering teachers to use these in the classroom of the future will be a strong theme at the upcoming SABC Education African EduWeek in Johannesburg next week. More than 85 leading suppliers of technology, stationery and content to the education sector will showcase their offering when some 2000 teachers and education experts gather for an interactive conference and expo from 10-11 July at the Sandton Convention Centre. Entry to the expo is free and visitors can also attend free workshops on classroom technology and various other challenges that teachers face on a daily basis. For the first time the event also has an international pavilion by CEIEC (China Educational Instrument & Equipment Corporation), a major supplier of educational and scientific equipment. Access to quality education “Integrating technology into teaching and learning has the potential to enable equal access to quality education resources” says Andre Christian, Education Business Development Manager at Intel; “if we want all the children of South Africa to have access to quality education, it implies that they should have access to technology to enable this engagement.” More than 10 million students around the world are using Intel-based platforms and Intel Education Solutions to improve teaching and learning. The global technology giant is the exclusive diamond sponsor at this year’s African EduWeek. Teacher development “All the technology in the world will not improve education unless we ensure that teachers have the required content knowledge and pedagogical skills,” says Kobus van Wyk, head of e-learning at Mustek, another exhibitor at the event, “teacher development is definitely the major challenge in education at present.” His vision for this sector is closer cooperation between different stakeholders. He explains: “in order to make e-education a reality in all schools . . .
African EduWeek to showcase latest classroom technology in July “If I had had this technology when I was still in school, I would probably have become a heart surgeon,” says 22-year-old Kyle Williams, IT specialist at Edit Microsystems, who provides onsite support to the Athlone School for the Blind in Cape Town. Kyle is visually impaired and a former pupil of the school and currently assists the learners and teachers of the school to use 44 new BrailleNote Apex computers. Says Kyle: “what we are currently doing is revolutionising education and learning for those with visual impairments, making education and studying much easier. It is 99.9% similar to a laptop with a daily planner, access to email and internet. There is a media centre for radio, a scientific calculator and a built-in chat function.” The BrailleNote Apex has a braille terminal and at the school is connected to a computer screen for the teachers to follow what the learners are doing. It can also be connected to a smart phone. This technology will never replace braille The Athlone School for the Blind principal Fletcher Fisher says: “we received a big donation from the Western Cape Education Department when we received 44 braille computers for our learners. The BrailleNote Apex is very expensive but it is going to change the face of education for the visually impaired in South Africa.” He explains that learners no longer have to carry around enormous braille books and the traditional, heavy Perkins braille typewriter. With the braille computer, all the work can be uploaded electronically. He adds: “whatever the learner is typing the teacher can read on the computer monitor. This way the teacher can help the learner immediately during the lesson. “ Principal Fletcher continues: “one thing that I must emphasise, this technology will never replace braille, you need to be braille literate. Braille will never be made redundant. This technology will simply enhance the braille skills.” The . . .