A generous fuel contribution from Engen Petroleum made the spectacular SAA fly-over at the Global Citizen Mandela 100 Festival on December 2nd possible. The Engen fuelled SAA Airbus A340-600 flew over the packed FNB stadium with the message “Global Citizen – Be the legacy – Nelson Mandela Centenary 2018” written on the belly of the plane. “Engen are honoured to pay tribute to the great Nelson Mandela and are grateful to have played a small part in remembering and commemorating his great legacy on his100th year birthday,” says Engen’s Head of Transformation, Unathi Njokweni-Magida. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Former University of Johannesburg star Aphiwe Dyantyi hopes his meteoric rise to stardom will provide inspiration for young rugby players coming through the ranks to follow in his footsteps. The 24-year-old wing shot to prominence this year with a series of stunning performances for the Springboks, culminating in him being named the Breakthrough Player of the Year at the World Rugby awards gala function in Monaco last Sunday. Remarkably, just a few years ago he practically gave up rugby altogether. After making his mark with UJ in the Varsity Cup last year, Dyantyi's career has blossomed. He made his international debut this year and has scored six tries in 13 Tests. The talented player, though, has kept his feet on the ground, knowing that he needs to be an example to others. "I just want to keep on challenging myself to keep on improving and hopefully make a difference for our country," he said following the award announcement at the weekend. "But equally, I want to make an impact on someone else's life, someone who will see my story as an inspiration to do something great out there. That is my ultimate goal." He described his year as "more than a roller-coaster", a scenario he has been accustomed to dealing with during his career. After starring in the age-group ranks during his schooldays at Dale College in King William's Town, Dyantyi failed to make the grade in the open division and his interest in the game waned somewhat. His focus turned to academics when he attended UJ in 2012, but thankfully he was spotted by the varsity coaches when helping out in a "koshuis", or residence, league match. Firm guidance from then UJ U19 coach Mac Masina and first team mentor Werner Janse van Rensburg saw Dyantyi's interest in the game revived, providing the catalyst for his success at the highest level. Dyantyi has not forgotten those who helped him. "I've been truly blessed in so many ways with the people around me who have helped me in . . .
The Lounge Pillow available only at Vencasa and Tempur Showrooms, features a shredded foam interior, making it soft and supportive, designed to keep you comfortable while reading, eating and sitting upright in bed, or even on the couch. It’s overfilled shape supports the upper body, while the arms reduce shoulder strain. Priced from R 899 Vencasa, World Leaders in Sleep, know that your body, mind and soul deserve quality sleep, and provide a range of exceptional sleep solutions to ensure it. Vencasa was born from the legendary and reputable long-standing Pharmaline umbrella. Medically informed, scientifically sound and aesthetically magnificent, Vencasa brings the ultimate sleep solution to the market. Providing premium, high quality products with a range of pricing. Vencasa-Tempur showrooms have created the perfect balance, where scientific research and product development complement their understanding of the sleep industry, while incorporating genuine care for each person’s individual sleep requirements. Vencasa is proud to be the official and exclusive distributor of Tempur products, and world-famous brands such as Magniflex, Velfont, Reed Family Linen and their own Vencasa Signature Collection. “We have seen a need in the market for mattresses that are both quality and affordable. There is currently a gap between expensive sleep solutions and cheap mattresses which have a short lifespan and are counterproductive to health.” explains Greg Smart, Pharmaline, CEO. “Our drive is to fill this gap with premium products, that are priced realistically. Essentially, our value proposition is to provide the greatest sleep products at a practical price.” Vencasa brings the art of sleep to your ‘casa’, from the smallest to the most essential sensory detail. We invite you to ‘come home’ to Vencasa for the ultimate bedroom experience. Visit www.vencasa.co.za or call 0861 60 60 60 for more information or for your nearest stockist. CLICK HERE to submit . . .
Johannesburg , 30 November 2018 - To step into the shoes of another person can be the most challenging thing for any human being, however they will tell you that the experience is almost always a rewarding education. Such is the case in the cleaning profession, which is often times a thankless job for many, particularly in South Africa, where we are accustomed to "getting ‘help’. The cleaning industry is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion and not regulated in terms of policy, save for salaries of the workers. There is however an association, which was constituted as recently as 1987 and which is dedicated to developing and setting appropriate standards for the contract cleaning industry [http://www.ncca.co.za/]. The cleaning industry forms part of the services sector, which employs close to 71.8% of the South African population [https://goo.gl/f3L1d4] and it is a profession that allows for entry level jobs for the most low-level skilled persons. “It is for this reason that Servest has set up its Training Academy, to ensure that new recruits are trained in the do’s and don’ts, particularly ensuring that they understand that the cleaning business is not about a task, but about hygiene in spaces, and health and wellness of people, says George Ndhlovu, Operations Director of Cleaning at Servest. The fact that the training facility is in-house, enables Servest to roll out training at any given time, without the process being hampered by budgetary constraints. “We instil the understanding in our colleagues, that their work is specialised and not just a job - for example in the healthcare sector, the nature of the work is hazardous and in the hospitality environment, it is specialised. In understanding this, it gives integrity to the profession and the person undertaking the task”, he says. In addition to investing in the skills and development of colleagues, Servest’s philosophy is to continuously upgrade its equipment and technology, to that of . . .
GYMKHANA GRID 2018 IS HERE! Carnival City, Johannesburg - The Gymkhana GRiD World Finals will be held in South Africa tomorrow 1st December 2018 and will serve as a celebration of Gymkhana GRiD’s seventh year of competition. This year will see a unique competition format, as GRiD returns to Carnival City, Johannesburg, for the second time, after the inaugural event in 2017. Fifty international drivers will go head-to-head in two classes, with everyone set to burn rubber on a custom designed track layout Making its international debut at X Games in Los Angeles in 2013, Gymkhana GRiD is all about speed and precision. Open to all those who dare to compete against other petrol heads in their own specially modified cars. Drifting is a driving technique where the driver intentionally oversteers, with loss of traction in the rear wheels or all tires, while maintaining control and driving the car through the entirety of a corner. Car drifting is caused when the rear slip angle is greater than the front slip angle, to such an extent that often the front wheels are pointing in the opposite direction to the turn (e.g. car is turning left, wheels are pointed right or vice versa, also known as opposite lock or counter-steering). A true motorsport without rival, Gymkhana GRiD’s blends drifting, drag racing, and physical driving skill with mental agility. How to get to the track GymkhanaGrid will take place at Carnival City resort's parking lot tomorrow 1 December 2018. Carnival City Casino & Hotel; Corner Century & Elsburg Road; Brakpan; 1540; Gauteng; South Africa. Keep tabs on all of the developments in the buildup to Gymkhana GRiD 2018 via https://www.facebook.com/gymkhanagrid/ and http://www.gymkhanagrid.com/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The institution responsible for the grading, accreditation and continuous professional development of Business Advisors, business coaches, and Mentors serving Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME’s) in South Africa has signed a major deal that is destined to create inclusive entrepreneurial growth through innovation. The Institute of Business Advisors Southern Africa (IBASA) has concluded a 3-year agreement with GrowthWheel South Africa, with support from the Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA) under the South African government who signed as witnesses. GrowthWheel are renowned worldwide for providing an online framework used by Business Advisors to empower entrepreneurs and business owners to manage their businesses, grow market potential, mature their concepts and increase operational efficiencies using real-time analytical data. GrowthWheel’s groundbreaking, transformative toolbox is essentially a cloud-based platform that facilitates direct interaction between Business Advisors and clients so that companies can optimize their prospects. Research has shown that businesses grow 70% faster and are sustained for longer when connected to an accredited Business Advisor. The futuristic agreement took place on the side-lines of the 2nd South African Business Incubation Conference (SABIC) held at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park, Ekhurhuleni. The conference was called at the behest of the Minister in the Department of Small Business Development (DSBD), Ms Lindiwe Zulu. The seminal SABIC 2018 featured the who’s who from the business, development and tech industries who gathered over two days to explore and deliberate on Business Incubation under the following subthemes: • Entrepreneurial EcoSystems • Industry Trends and Innovation • Funding & Commercialisation • Digital Disruption IBASA’s Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mr Joseph Tshiwilowilo, says, “In terms of the agreement, the parties will be sharing best practices to enable the growth . . .
[Johannesburg, Gauteng, 28/11/2018] - PrepaidWealth.com, a South African FinTech Startup, is officially launching a web-based platform for either accumulating discounts in CASH or realizing instant discounts when data or airtime is purchased from the platform. There are two types of accounts that can be opened on PrepaidWealth.com for free; namely, a Group Account or an Individual account. A Group Account accumulates cash for members of the group whereas an Individual account provides instant discounts. A Group Account is ideal for structured groups such as stokvels, friends, families, residential complexes, work departments, WhatsApp groups, etc. The bigger the group, the faster cash accumulates because more people will be accumulating cash when they spend on data and airtime. Members of a group account spend on data/airtime separately according to their personal needs. However, the discounts accumulate collectively. The accumulated cash can be withdrawn from PrepaidWealth.com once the money is more than R200. An Individual Account offers data and airtime at a discount and therefore makes it ideal for a person who wants to sell airtime and data. It is also ideal for a person who wants instant discounts. An individual who wishes to accumulate cash, instead of getting instant discounts, can simply register for a group account and never invite anyone to join the group. The discounts provided vary from 1.5% to 9.5% and therefore one can assume an average discount rate of 5%. The discount rate is used to accumulate cash for a group account. It is also used to offer discounts for an individual account. The data and airtime provided on PrepaidWealth.com is from all mobile service providers; namely, Vodacom, MTN, CellC, Telkom, Virgin Mobile. The platform also provides prepaid electricity services as well as services from Mozambique Vodacom and Econet Mobile. “The Platform is targeted at everyone who buys data or airtime. Stokvels and other formal groups . . .
Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), a Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, has expanded its hose crimper offering with the addition of the Uniflex UG32 grease crimper to its range. With orders ready for delivery in December 2018, the UG32 launch was preceded with the arrival of UG20 grease crimper, which was on display at the NAMPO 2018 exhibition. Both of these crimpers are manufactured specifically for the southern African market by Uniflex-Hydraulik GmbH in Germany. The UG20 grease crimper, which weighs 160 kg, is designed to crimp four-wire hoses from ¼ inch (6.35 mm) to 1. ¼ inch (32 mm) and the 200 kg UG32 is tailored to crimp from ¼ inch (6.35 mm) to 2 inch (51 mm) four-wire hoses. Each crimper comes standard with a quick-die-change tool, facilitating easier changes of the crimpers’ die sets, which is a significant contributor to mass hose production. “We previously supplied crimpers to our clients from opposition companies,” explains Neville Alberts, Johannesburg Branch Manager, HAW, “but due to product demand and our Group’s role in the fluid power market, the decision to supply a crimper that is unique to HAW was made.” Being a German-manufactured product, the associated quality and reliability are a given, and both units are more cost-effective than those offered by competitors. “Another advantage of this unique range,” Alberts points out, “is the fact that our quick-die-change tool is included in the unit price. There is already large demand for these crimpers, as evidenced by the interest shown at NAMPO 2018 held from 12 to 14 September and the number of enquiries subsequently received. Now, with the Group’s drive into Africa, we feel that this demand will increase substantially.” 10 units of each crimper arrived in early December and are available to clients immediately. However, crimpers outside of this stockholding are ordered from Germany and require a four- to six-week delivery period. HAW also supplies greaseless crimpers . . .
On 10 November 2018, AYANA Resort & Spa in Bali, Indonesia was the venue of the prestigious 12th anniversary of the World Luxury Hotel Awards. Over 360 guests flew in from around the world to attend the event, which awarded the world’s finest hotels for their luxury offerings and exceptional service delivery. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa won the award for the Most Romantic Luxury Hotel on the African Continent, adding to their already impressive collection of accolades. The World Luxury Hotel Awards is a recognised global organisation providing luxury hotels with recognition for their world class facilities and service excellence. These awards are the pinnacle of achievement in the luxury hotel industry, offering international recognition as voted by guests, travellers and industry players alike. Over 300 000 international travellers vote each year to select the winners. This auspicious award is a proud addition to Fairlawns’ 2017 World Luxury Awards including World Luxury Restaurant Award, Luxury Spa Hotel – Country Winner and Luxury Boutique Hotel, Regional Winner; South Africa. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is a star in all aspects; food, beverages, accommodation, spa, service, decor and guest experience! For boutique living Fairlawns is second to none, offering opulent luxury for the discerning traveller, local and international alike. Discreet service and pure escapism ensure a truly romantic experience to spoil that someone special and escape from it all. Chic, luxurious accommodation, a tranquil and indulgent spa and the very best cuisine and fine dining add to the romantic experience. Fairlawns is a hidden oasis and gem within bustling Johannesburg offering 41 special destinations and spaces in one venue which is the ideal escape for couples! Experiencing all that Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa has to offer will leave no doubt as to why it has been named the Most Romantic Luxury Hotel on the African Continent! Choosing . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .