SITA invests in 7th school computer Lab at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha - Khayelitsha, Cape Town - on the 28th of September 2018, the SITA South Africa team joined the learners and teachers at Academia Primary School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town to celebrate the opening of their new SITA ICT Lab. The Academia Primary ICT Lab is the seventh school Lab funded by SITA, the worlds leading air transport IT and communications specialist, and the first time they have invested in an ICT Lab in a primary school and in the Western Cape of South Africa. Khayelitsha is one of the poorest areas of Cape Town with 70% of the residents living in shacks and 40% being under the age of 19. Academia Primary educates 557 primary school children and attains a strong pass rate making it an appealing school within this impoverished community. For this reason SITA chose to build the 7th SITA ICT Lab here with the help of Melisizwe consulting- Computer Lab Project Managers. The state of the art ICT Lab with 40 new PC’s, a smart board and academic software was revealed to staff, learners and Cape district of education delegates alongside sponsors SAA and SITA. Suren Naidoo, Senior Manager Customer Services at SITA, addressed the gathering highlighting the importance of investing in the education of the youth to provide access to critical IT skills much needed to develop the economy of South Africa. Suren noted he hoped to see some of the learners attending the ceremony working in the aerospace sector one day. Bruce Croza, head of IT at SAA, a longtime partner and customer of SITA encouraged the learners to bring their passion and innovation to their use of the new ICT Lab as this Lab is only the start of the technological journey for these young children. Tech education will be vital to enabling the kids of Khayelitsha, and their community, to rise above their circumstances and embrace the fourth industrial revolution with confidence. Around the world, nearly . . .
The Money Pouch - Automated Stock Trading App from Richard Malpass on Vimeo. A Free Stock Trading App for South Africans The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app that for beginners and professionals that can trade stocks on auto pilot for residents of South Africa. Accounts are managed by Hudson James Investment Management. The Money Pouch's Free Wealth Management App is gaining traction in South Africa where the Rand fell over 10% in one week in August against the US Dollar and slumped to a 2-year low. The Rand may face increased pressure as the US will further raise interest rates, strengthening the US Dollar and trade wars continue. The solution for South Africans is to invest in US Dollars via The Money Pouch. Interested investors can download the app for free and start trading in USD, GBP and EUR. The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app for beginners and professional traders. The Money Pouch is an offshore wealth management app capable of trading shares of ETFs automatically on a client's behalf. The aim is to deliver, stable, consistent returns over a five to ten year horizon. There are many successful roboadvisers in the US market such as Betterment.com and Wealthfront.com, but not in South Africa. TheMoneyPouch.com is looking to become the roboadviser of choice for residents of South Africa. The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app with low cost annual management fees to help clients trade stocks on auto pilot. The Money Pouch allows residents South African expats to set up a free stock trading account. Then, the accounts are managed for clients automatically by Hudson James Investment Management via pre-programed stock trading algorithms. A spokesman for The Money Pouch commented, "The team is excited to launch GBP & EUR strategies to complement the USD strategies that are already successfully being traded. The Money Pouch is a great, low cost solution for residents of South Africa. The Money Pouch now has over . . .
The Ekasi Tech Fest and Gaming Expo is set to take place in Soweto from the 18-20 October 2018, at Dlamini Multipurpose Centre. The event’s name has been shortened to Ekasi Tech Fest but it still seems packed with stuff to see and do, especially if you’re a fan of eSports. For the first time the event will host Soweto’s first eSports, Counter Strike Global Offensive Exhibition Match, between Ekasi eSports Vs Goliath Gaming, on the 20th October 2018. The event will also host Soweto eSports Community Cup Finals for FIFA and Tekken 7 Finals. Where a FIFA & Tekken Gauteng Province Champion will be crowned. Over the course of three days, the festival will host a number of platforms including the Gauteng Gaming Community Cup Final, interactive Panel Discussions and Exhibitions. The event will provide Indie Game Developers with the opportunity to present their games and stand a chance to get incubated by Maxum Digital. Founded by the Soweto based i-Village Foundation, the eKasi Tech Fest has the key objective to bridge the digital divide and enable township communities to participate in the 4th Industrial Revolution to ensure sustainable development. Entrepreneurs, students, gamers and the general public are invited to come and be exposed to the latest technology developments, at no cost. Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities are available on request. EVENT DETAILS: When is eKasi Tech Fest? 18 to 20 October 2018 Where? Dlamini Multi- purpose Centre, Soweto Tickets? Entry is free! Website: www.e-kasifest.co.za Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/eKasiTechFest Twitter: https://twitter.com/eKasiTechFest Sponsorship and Exhibition opportunities are available on request. For further enquiries, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org / email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The University of Johannesburg team have their sights set on making the top four when the inaugural Varsity Basketball tournament gets under way at Wits in Johannesburg from Friday. The competition will take place in its entirety at the Wits University Sports Hall, with the opening weekend of matches being played from October 5 to 7. It will be completed the following weekend, with the final set to round off the event on October 14. UJ basketball manager Anton van Rooyen said there was a strong feeling of anticipation in the camp as they looked ahead to the historic tournament. "We have been waiting so long for this to happen. Now that it is finally here we are very excited about making the most of this opportunity," he said. "The exposure we will receive from a tournament such as this is good for the players. "For many years, the University Sport South Africa was the highlight, but now there is another competition comprising the top eight teams. That is a big thing for university basketball." Van Rooyen said their priority would be to make the top four teams after the round-robin phase of the event. "If we are able to do that then we will just take it game by game. We have always been in the top three sides in university tournaments and we want to push on from there. "Wits and Vaal University of Technology are usually the main contenders for the varsity titles, but we are looking forward to challenging them this time." He added that the extra preparation they had undergone earlier this month would stand them in good stead during the tournament. "We have also done a lot of gym work to ensure we are able to adapt to the strenuous demands of playing a number of matches in a concentrated period." Basing their strength on their fitness, speed and power, Van Rooyen said they would be focusing on a concerted team effort to make an impression. "All our players are important to our cause and we believe that even if the team does change . . .
Engen Driver Wellness once again brings health to the front seat for truck drivers by providing them with free health screenings. As part of National Transport month, Engen officially launched the annual programme on 1 October. Running for its seventh year, Engen Driver Wellness will reach 19 sites in four provinces during October. Truck drivers in Gauteng were invited to receive free health screenings at Highveld 1 Stop Kempton Park on October 4th and at the Engen Vaal 1 Stop on October 5th. Mobile clinics were set up at selected Engen Truck Stops and retail service stations. The screenings are conducted by qualified nurses and councillors and include blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, BMI (Body Mass Index) and HIV/AIDS tests. The drivers also receive free meals, caps and water bottles after each assessment. Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay says the main aim of this initiative is to improve health through awareness. “Education helps to remind drivers why their health is important and how life choices affect their well-being. Ultimately, this increases their health, safety and productivity.” A clear indication that this intervention is making a difference is the marked increase in the number of individuals using the services. In 2017, 3 217 drivers took advantage of the voluntary health screenings of which 44% were found to have some form of concern. Abnormalities included being over-weight or obese, which accounted for 20% of drivers; 3.5% tested high for glucose levels and cholesterol. Five per cent of drivers tested high for blood pressure and 3% screened tested positive for TB. Drivers who tested positive for HIV totalled 6.7%. Adds Hamdulay: “As testing is voluntary, the incremental acceptance of health management as a path to longevity and wellbeing are important indicators that health empowerment is gaining traction. Given the long and lonely hours long haul drivers spend on the road and the . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 3 October 2018 Mall of the South hosted their second annual Kids & Teens of the south fashion event on Saturday, the 29th of September 2018 to showcase a variety of fashion flair. The Kids & Teens of the south fashion event by emcee Gert “G” Boshoff and the audience was entertained by the electrifying sound of Phoenix with Andy Klee on vocals, Femi Koya on the saxophone and Ashley Lineker on the electronic violin. The celebrity judges who adjudicated the event included: Former Miss India South Africa and first runner-up in Miss India World, Denise Dass Bhikha, model Manlie Wagner, head booker and G3 models scout Shadi Letoaba, Evercomm Heads of sales and marketing Samantha Naidoo and multiple pageant judge Professor Deon van Wyk. Entries were open to girls in the following categories: three-to-five; six-to-eight; nine-to-twelve and 13 to 17. Over 1000 entries were received and ten finalists were selected in each category. We are pleased to announce the 2018 Kids & Teens of the south winners: Olwethu Mhlongo (three-to-five category), Lereese Wright (six-to-eight category), Mogau Ramalia (nine-to-twelve category) and Ashleigh Teen (13-to-17 category). The Kids & Teens of the south fashion event received over R165 000 worth of sponsorships, including a weekend away to Sun City for the top four winners valued over R20, 000; and a fun-filled beach getaway to Thailand for a family of four valued at R40, 000, compliments of Flight Centre and Mall of the South. Delmaine Greaver Flight Centre Mall of the South Branch Manager randomly selected a name from the top four winners and soon-to-be jetsetter Lereese was selected randomly and won a family holiday to Thailand. A huge thank you goes to all the dedicated sponsors, including: @home living space, 21 Jump Street, Ackermans, Al Capone, American Swiss Jewellers, Bad Girl, Bargain Books, C Calderhead Photography, Cajees Time Zone, Cadies, Col’cacchio, Cotton on, . . .
Joburg has a new online presence following the recent launch of Visit.Joburg by Joburg Tourism. From ‘things to do’, to ‘planning your trip’, and ‘getting around’; the Visit.Joburg information portal helps streamline the visitor’s trip to Africa’s economic hub in useful and practical ways. Joburg’s pay-off line of ‘Visit. Work. Play’ features prominently on the site that encourages travelers to experience the full spectrum of sights and sounds the metropolis has to offer. The bespoke Visit.Joburg platform, which also features an app, runs on a single database to help digitise the city’s Visitor Information Centres. Both the website and app provide up-to-the-minute tourism information as well as support for important city stakeholders such as business and leisure travelers, SMMEs, NGOs, non-profits and industry associations. “Visit.Joburg perfectly positions our special city as a leading business tourism destination that offers the ability to conclude commercial objectives quickly and conveniently before the business traveler sets out to explore our many unique leisure experiences,” says Lucky Masilela, CEO of the ZA Central Registry (ZACR) NPC. “We are thrilled that it is a perfect use of the .joburg (‘dotJoburg’) namespace and we encourage SA’s other leading cities of Durban and Cape Town to consider similar platforms,” adds Mr Masilela. Joburg has always been an innovator and the Visit.Joburg website is mobile friendly, recognising that the majority of people worldwide access the web using mobile devices. “Competition between leading world cities is becoming more intense and international destinations need to innovate to remain top of mind. Joburg Tourism is making us proud with the launch of Visit.Joburg and it couldn’t have come sooner,” he said. The dotJoburg namespace is the exclusive home for individuals and organisations who identify with the City of Johannesburg. By uniquely differentiating ‘Joburg’ from other existing domain . . .
The renowned burns unit at Netcare Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg, which was the first private facility of its kind to be established in South Africa and saves the lives of scores of serious burn patients every year, is this year commemorating its 10th anniversary. “The doctors and staff members at Netcare Milpark Hospital emergency department’s dedicated burns unit have brought hope and healing to many individuals from our country and from the African continent who have suffered major burns over the past decade,” affirms Mande Toubkin, Netcare’s general manager emergency, trauma, transplant and corporate social investment. According to Toubkin, more than 600 patients with major, or priority 1, burns have been treated at the burns unit over the last seven years, an average of nearly 90 such patients a year. “The facility has achieved outstanding outcomes in these patients, many of whom would have been considered untreatable in the past,” she adds. “If one considers that priority 1 burns are by their definition life threatening, and they unquestionably constitute one of the most complex and demanding areas of medicine, the significant achievements of the Netcare Milpark Hospital burns unit over the last 10 years becomes all too evident. It is therefore not surprising that the facility is today widely considered a leader in the treatment of severe burns cases in Africa,” she observes. “Netcare would like to take the opportunity to thank the multidisciplinary team who have served the company and their patients with such dedication and professionalism over the years. They deserve our acknowledgement and thanks.” Toubkin notes that priority 1 burns are among the most severe traumatic injuries that people can suffer, requiring prompt and highly specialised medical intervention to ensure the best possible outcomes in terms of survival, recovery and future quality of life. “Severely burned patients are therefore best cared for at a dedicated treatment . . .
iStore and Think Ahead present Excellence in Education Awards 2018 Johannesburg, 2 October 2018 — iStore and Think Ahead Education Solutions are proud to present the prestigious, Excellence in Education Awards 2018 – recognising and celebrating creativity and innovation in education. The awards – which has become a significant annual event in education across the country – celebrate excellence in bringing learning to life and aims to lead students to critical thinking, innovation and collaboration. The Excellence in Education Awards 2018 rewards the innovators in this educational evolution, and over the past 10 years, thousands of entries from a multitude of schools have been received as technology continues to play a bigger role than ever before. Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, commented, “Education needs to change to meet the demands of the world in which we work, live and learn. We need to ensure we develop skills such as creativity, critical problem solving and collaboration. The Excellence in Education Awards promotes and celebrates this critical educational shift.” Chris Dodd, CEO of iStore, added, “Technology integration in schools is important to us and through initiatives like Excellence in Education, we are able to help school practitioners design and implement the best possible education experiences for teachers and students”. The iStore sponsored Excellence in Education Awards 2018 will be held on 25 October 2018 at The Venue in Melrose Arch. Bookings can be done here. About iStore iStore is an Apple Premium Reseller (APR) which is a dedicated hub for Apple products and accessories. With 25 stores conveniently situated across the continent, iStore is the largest APR in Africa. iStore aims to maximise customer value offerings by providing an authentic Apple experience and extensive range of connected devices, as well as exclusive services such as in-store complimentary training, technical support, and technical . . .
While the barriers to workplace equality are steadily being worn away, it is still an uphill challenge for many women trying to succeed across the career spectrum. This year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo (#WLE2018) – brought to you be FMI – is proud to feature a number of high-profile women who have managed to achieve in their respective fields, despite working in traditionally male-dominated industries. “While great strides have been made in creating equal opportunities for South African women in the workplace, there is still so much that needs to be achieved,” said Helen Johns, co-founder of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo. “The only way to increase the pace is for women to support women, particularly those seeking leadership roles. This is at the heart of the Women’s Lifestyle Expo, and we are so proud to welcome these inspired career leaders to the event.” These economic and social trailblazers – many of whom will be sharing their stories at #WLE2018 at Joburg’s Montecasino Piazza from 29 to 30 September – have imparted some of their wisdom to inspire other women seeking career success. Here are 16 Tips to Succeed in Male-Dominated Industries – from women who have proved it can be done. Jean Chawapiwa, founder and MD of Win Win Solutions 4 Africa; and Country Director for WEConnect International in South Africa, is breaking boundaries in the mining sector. Her top 4 tips for career success, are: 1. Understand the politics of the company. You should always have a strategy to break through and get champions and influencers on your side. 2. Be well informed in your sector and share information. It’s beneficial to be seen to be a person who shares information. 3. Remember that respect is earned, so earn it and give it to those who deserve it. 4. Don’t see being a woman as a weakness, because if you do, then others will too. Nonku Ntshona, CEO of Nonku Ntshona & Associates Quantity Surveyors LTD, and an award-winning entrepreneur, knows how to build . . .