Originally launched in 2016, AVK Southern Africa’s training academy has now certified over 700 engineers, distributors and students in South Africa’s only ECSA-accredited valves training courses. The two-day training courses consist of two Training Modules, the Valves Fundamentals Course and the Advanced Valves Course, which each contribute 2 CPD points, and is hosted at AVK Southern Africa’s purpose-built Academy in Alberton, Johannesburg. The most holistic and intensive course of its kind in the country, it covers everything from valve testing; installation, operation and maintenance; and manufacturing methodology to applied theories of fluid pressure, fluid flow and field applications. The course material is applicable to the complete range of industries, from water and wastewater treatment and distribution to mining, power generation and oil and gas. The Academy includes a wide variety of sample valves, as well as an innovative flow lab that provides a hands-on demonstration of valve performance in a water circuit. Training can also be conducted at customers’ premises, and has been conducted as far north as Zambia. For more information on upcoming training courses, contact email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Unmatched in potential; Mediatech is an experience which visitors immerse themselves in, leaving invigorated and inspired by the possibility of opportunity and a fast forward glimpse into the future. Registration for Mediatech Africa 2019 is now open and delegates can sign up at no cost by completing the online registration form (https://bit.ly/2uxLaXq.) before 12 July. For those who miss the pre-registration cut off there is onsite registration – an option which costs R100. Local and international industry authorities will be showcasing the tech trends driving progress in the world of media and entertainment and the 2019 expo is the ideal platform to keep step with the changes that have transpired over the last two years. The highly specialised biannual B2B trade show attracts buyers, top decision makers and influential visitors and combines the latest technology with live demonstrations, presentation zones and special events and it’s the ideal forum for networking. Add to this the show specials coupled with the event’s unparalleled entertainment value and there are more than 10 good reasons to be at the 10th edition of Mediatech Africa. According to the organisers, the visitor count achieved two years ago exceeded 7 500 delegates and there’s no reason to believe this year will be any different. The event will once again be at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg and will run from 19 – 21 July. Speaking about the 2019 event, Exhibition Director Simon Robinson says, “The tech deployed by the media and entertainment industry is profoundly progressive with a significant aggregate of development in motion since the last Mediatech. This growth is proportional to the excellence potential of the industry. This year visitors should be prepared for more creativity, inspiration, and innovation than ever before. Mediatech Africa will offer a glimpse into the future - where technology is driving disruption and distinction.” Familiar show highlights returning in 2019 . . .
A dedicated work ethic allied to massive support from varsity structures has seen the University of Johannesburg women's rugby players start to make a major impact on the sport. The squad, who are currently touring France, have a number of national players in their ranks, with several others on the fringe of recognition at the highest level. Team manager Tumi Leseke said many aspects had contributed to the growth of rugby at UJ, not least of them the commitment of the players and the array of support staff in place to ensure all their needs are met. "The university has played a huge role in the system we have put in place," said Leseke. "We have access to biokinetics staff as well as physios in order to aid recovery processes when players get injured. "We also pride ourselves in creating and enhancing pure athletes with the help of our sports science department, notably the team's own sports scientist Liphiwe Nxasana. "She goes above and beyond for the girls, creating workout programmes that not only enhance the players' performances but which set them apart from the rest. "Liphiwe works hand in hand with each athlete to bring out the best in everyone and the team is richer for it." Leseke also highlighted the role play played by coach Mbuyiselo Siqebengu, who has experience of sevens rugby at the highest level. She added that the system worked because of the backing of all the relevant university departments. "Our success is not a fluke but a representation of the hard work we put in, day in and day out. "It is testament to the fact that when you put your full support behind a women's team they will show you results." Besides the international players who have come through their ranks, Leseke said women's rugby had grown across the board. "In 2013 we could barely field a team of 15 and had a total of five women in the gym programme as well as having only four girls in the provincial set-up. "The only tournament we could . . .
13 May 2019, Johannesburg, South Africa – Think Ahead, the Apple solution expert in education, is excited to announce that the annual iPad Education Summit is taking place from 13 – 14 May 2019. The annual Think Ahead iPad summit is a unique learning experience that brings together educators, sharing tested integration strategies. Local and international thought leaders facilitate practical workshops, inspirational keynotes and challenging dialogues. Over 200 educators from South Africa as well as neighbouring countries spend 2 days together, featuring international keynote speakers, Sari Lantto, Head Teacher from Finland and Rachel Smith, Foreign Languages Teacher, Isle of Man. The theme for this year’s summit is #EveryoneCanCreate. According to the World Economic Forum, creativity will be the most important and in-demand skill for employees by 2020. The summit aims to give practical solutions and experiences on how creativity can be incorporated into every aspect of teaching and learning. Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, commented, “The summit is really a highlight of the education calendar - bringing together educators who want to inspire and empower and maximise the potential of every student. This year’s focus on the iPad as a tool for creativity in the classroom promises exciting debate and outcomes.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kwikspace recently assisted over 230 learners further their education with its scholarship programme. Through the scholarship grant, in association with SANCHAA, these learners have achieved SETA-accredited Further Education and Training Certificates NQF Level IV in Project Management and Business Administration. Established in 2016, the grant aims to assist those who have a Grade 10 or higher, but did not complete matric and are looking to further their studies. Learners benefitting from the grant, aged between 19 and 30, committed to 10 lecture days a month, for a year. “Course material extends beyond the lecture sessions,” explains Kevin Moodley of Kwikspace. “Tasks are also allocated to the learners and must be completed via research and self-study. Once the course is complete, learners are accredited with 128 credits for the Project Management certificate and 120 credits for the Business Administration Services certificate. Those learners who were unable to complete the qualification for whatever reason will retain the credits earned per module, enabling them to complete the full qualification in the near future.” The sponsorship caters for 300 learners per year. “This educational grant has really changed the lives of many young South Africans, especially those who had not passed matric and did not therefore have an opportunity to further their studies,” says Moodley. “Now 231 learners of 300 enrolled have completed an NQF Level IV qualification, giving them a second chance in life. Initiatives like this could help further others companies’ agendas of educating and uplifting the youth. It is a way of encouraging other businesses to fund these initiatives as many young people need this kind of support.” The graduation ceremony for the Class of 2017, held on 9 March 2019 in Finetown, Grasmere, was attended by the 231 learners and their guests, Kwikspace (main sponsor) and the various stakeholders consisting of the Services SETA, KYP (Kliptown Youth . . .
Traditionally, risk management practice centres around portraying and communicating potential negative events in any given environment or organisation. However, this approach does not take into account the potential opportunities that the organisation could take advantage of. Though the risk is defined as an uncertain future event or condition that could result in a negative or positive outcome, businesses that focus on the former rather than the latter fail to maximise on key opportunities to achieve both short- and long-term business objectives. According to Leon Soko, a Business Analyst and Advisor at CURA Software Solutions, the aggressive pursuit of opportunities is just as important as the traditional approach to risk management. “The traditional approach to risk management is reactive - focusing on the potential for what could go wrong and how to mitigate the impact of these events. While it is important to accept, mitigate, transfer or eliminate risks through a traditional risk management approach, companies should adopt a positive approach and also pursue opportunities for growth that arise from business operations.” It is important to note that not all opportunities are worth pursuing. An essential tool to aid in the decision-making process of whether or not to pursue an opportunity is a Cost-Benefit Analysis. An analysis compares the cost of pursuing an opportunity to the potential benefits that could be gained. If the benefits outweigh the costs the opportunity should be aggressively pursued by the organisation. Jessica Knight, a Strategic Manager at CURA Software Solutions, says, “An aggressive approach is necessary because opportunities are temporary. This does not mean that companies should be reckless in their pursuit of opportunity, for fear that it may pass them by. Aggressive opportunity management is only worthwhile if it aligns to business objectives or enables progress toward the vision of the organisation. A cost-benefit analysis is . . .
South Africa is experiencing an energy crisis that requires the public and private sectors, along with households to work together. Fundamental to this is embracing innovative technology that provides more efficient ways of managing the country’s energy. “With the number of connected devices expected to top more than 75 billion worldwide by 2025, the Internet of Things (IoT) can be considered an important tool in reaching this goal. Already, connected devices can be used to deliver smart energy that sees a more optimal use of resources,” says Riaan Graham, sales director for Ruckus Networks, sub-Saharan Africa. This approach relies on a smart grid of connected sensors pointing to areas where energy is wasted. In turn, the supply to these points can be allocated to higher priority areas resulting in a better use of resources. Aiding this drive towards connected devices is government pushing towards the establishment of smart cities. These cities require a technological infrastructure built around various sensors connected to the internet to not only generate data, but control things as diverse as traffic lights, street lamps, and other electrical devices. “These smart cities enable lighting to be automatically switched off when not needed. Sensors on the connected devices will detect when people are on the street and turn it off or on accordingly. What might seem like a novelty, can make a massive difference in reducing energy waste,” he says. According to Kate Stubbs, director of business development and marketing at Interwaste, IoT is just part of how technology can be used to create a more efficient environment. “South Africa produces an average 108 million tonnes of waste annually. Of this, only 10 percent is recycled. There is significant potential to use this waste and convert it to energy. This is more than just the traditional way of viewing recycling. Instead, it is using technology to extract value out of waste through initiatives like . . .
University of Johannesburg student-athlete Yane van der Merwe continued to shine in her young career when she set a new U20 javelin record at the South African championships in Germiston last month. The 19-year-old para field athlete competes in the F44 class and threw the javelin a distance of 26.56 metres to claim the gold medal. She added a bronze in the shot put mixed competition and is now looking forward to competing in the World Para Athletics Junior Championships in Switzerland from August 1 to 4. Born with a club foot which severely limits her movement, Van der Merwe grew up in Trichardt in Mpumalanga but now lives on campus in Auckland Park. She is in her first year of a BA sports development degree. Her interest in athletics was sparked by a conversation with a friend, with whom she trained. "After she told my mother and me about it, we did some research and I began competing in para athletics towards the end of 2016," said Van der Merwe. "The class F44 means that you have a joint below the knee that does not function properly. "For me it is my right ankle as I have only a minimum degree of function, meaning I cannot move my ankle in any way." She immediately revealed her potential by winning the U18 girls javelin event at the national champs in Port Elizabeth in 2017 and since then has gone on to win a string of medals. The highlight of her career, she said, came at the International Wheelchair and Amputee Sports Federation World Games in 2017 in Portugal. "I came home with a gold medal for javelin and a bronze medal for shot put, so that has been my biggest achievement so far." This year she has confirmed her standing in South African athletics, winning gold medals at the SA championships for the physically disabled in the javelin, shot put and discus events in Stellenbosch. In the world para athletics rankings, Van der Merwe is ranked second in the javelin, third in the shot put and fifth in the discus. She said . . .
(Johannesburg April 2019) Contrary to popular belief, it doesn’t have to be cold outside to catch a cold, a summer cold is not a thing of the past. Similar to a winter cold, you will experience sneezing, runny nose, a fever and congestion among other symptoms. With the heat it becomes unbearable, soon you will be looking out at a perfectly sunny garden with a box of tissues in your hand. With the unbearable heat from a scorching sunny day or winter night, there is nothing worse than using a rough tissue when wiping your nose, leaving your nose dry and flakey. This is why Kleenex® have redesigned their Calendula range to include protective BalmCareTM as part of the new Kleenex® Balsam experience. The new Kleenex® Balsam tissues include extracts of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Calendula, giving you the superior soothing experience for the toughest colds. The Balsam tissue is part of the Kleenex® 3 Ply range. They are available in pocket size for convenient access and in a box for everyday use in the office and at home. The tissues are designed to leave behind a micro-fine layer of calendula, a balm which soothes the nose and helps prevent it from becoming sore and red, ideal for when you have a cold or hay fever. “You can now enjoy the pleasures of not worrying about a dry and flakey nose around your friends and family knowing that Kleenex® has your toughest colds covered. With Balsam infused tissues available make sure you have your Kleenex® tissues wherever you go,” says Li-Anne Hide, Family Care Marketing Manager from Kimberly Clark. By having a mixture of Aloe Vera, Vitamin E and Calendula, infused in the Balsam pack it doesn’t allow for the burning sensation, it soothes your skin and leaving you at your positive best. Kleenex® Balsam tissues are available from all leading retailers and pharmacies at a recommended selling price of R24.99. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
University of Johannesburg coach Tsoanelo Pholo says their narrow win over Wits yesterday will provide a massive boost for the team in the second leg of the Varsity Hockey women's tournament this weekend. In winning a tense Johannesburg derby 2-1 in their final game in Cape Town, the UJ outfit have placed themselves in fifth position on the log and they are still in with a chance of qualifying for the semifinals. The second leg takes place at North-West University in Potchefstroom from Friday to Sunday, followed by a round of play-off matches on Monday. Pholo said they would need to get off to a good start in their opening match in Potch against University of Cape Town. "The win over Wits gave us a huge psychological lift, but we have a big match against UCT on Friday," she said. "They had a great run on their home turf and it will be interesting to see how they perform at high altitude. "We need to maintain our momentum because this weekend will decide the semifinalists, so everybody will be gunning for that." In winning two of their four matches in Cape Town, UJ were only outplayed by the quality Stellenbosch outfit, losing 7-0. Their opening match against Free State went to a penalty shootout, which UJ narrowly lost 6-5, while they defeated defending champions UP-Tuks 4-3. Pholo said she was encouraged by the way the players fought back each time after suffering a loss. "Of course there is plenty of room for improvement, but what I am proud about is the way we were able to bounce back from those defeats. "To beat the defending champs was a major boost for us mentally and we were able to show the same sort of resilience in beating Wits. "The girls are very happy at this stage, if somewhat tired after four games in four days. "They really executed well against Wits and worked hard on defence. I was delighted with the maturity they showed and it was a massive three points to take into this weekend." After Friday's game . . .