National Arbor Week is allocated for the planting of trees and to educate the general public on the importance of greening in the cycle of life. National Arbor Week in South Africa, which usually takes place in September, is the time of the year when all South Africans are called upon to plant an indigenous tree, as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. At Servest, this forms part of a moral obligation by the CEO and his team. “Our landscaping department drives the culture of greening, how can we not practice what we preach’’, says Steve Wallbanks. Servest recently relocated to Waterfall Logistics Park in Midrand and plan to contribute towards growing more trees in the region. In honouring this commitment, South Africa’s national tree, a Yellowood (Podocarpus) tree was planted at the Servest Head Quarters (HQ) on Monday, 03 September 2018. Planting indigenous trees are important in our ecosystems, especially due to the benefits this has when it comes to water conservation. This is particularly important for our country, given the recent droughts; and our need to use water wisely to ensure our future generations have sufficient natural resources. Steve emphasises, “We understand this importance and take our commitment to creating a sustainable environment, very seriously.” In this regard, they grow their own indigenous trees on a farm outside Mpumalanga. These trees and other plants are then used to establish magnificent landscapes all over the country that allow ecosystems to thrive and create self-sustaining environments. According to documented research, over and above the ecological benefits, such as the reduction of air pollution, the benefits of urban trees include beautification, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of storm water run-off, reduction of energy costs through increased shade over buildings, enhancement of property values, improved wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the overall urban . . .
Over the last 4 years, fiber internet has been spreading like wildfire in South Africa. Allowing all major suburbs access to incredibly fast internet speeds, and along with this has been a ton of different streaming services trying to capitalize on the growth. These new streaming services like Netflix are making it possible for people to watch pretty much anything they want, all their favorite shows, from any device, online. In 2018, video streaming online can now be considered as commonplace for most modern people with an internet connection. Although it has made it much easier to watch your favorite television shows, does this new wave of technology mean the end of digital television providers such as Multi-choice DSTV? This has been a long-standing debate and as Netflix continues to expand to further countries including South Africa, we are seeing the entire disruption of television as we know it right before our eyes. According to the latest findings from My Broadband, there have been more than 400,000 new subscribers on Netflix’s platform since it first arrived in South Africa in 2016. This is a big deal and I can assure you DSTV is feeling the heat from its new competitors, although they are not going to give up without a fight. In 2015 Multi-choice foresaw this new trend and made headlines by announcing its own streaming service called Showmax which is available for free to their premium users. Showmax has a lot of the latest content for its users and I enjoy watching it but, in terms of quantity, it is by no means in the same league as Netflix and will need to step up its game even further if they want to compete in 2018. Multi-Choice is announcing that in 2019 they will come out with a new type of standalone internet version of DSTV which is said to replace the satellite dish. This new service is referred to as an OTT Over-The-Top version of their current platform and by doing this they will effectively be transitioning to an entirely new online . . .
A young girl has a far greater chance of being raped in South Africa, than learning to read. This horrific statistic brings home the reality of the country’s violent crime, specifically against females, and it’s time for every woman to act. This is why Mark Grobbelaar, founder of Women INpowerment (WIP) will be on hand to get you ‘boxing smart’ at this year’s Women’s Lifestyle Expo – brought to you by FMI - taking place at Montecasino Piazza on 29 and 30 September. After the rape and attempted murder of Alison Botha in 1994, her close friend, Mark Grobbelaar, was driven to make a difference…and so he developed WIP: “South Africa is the rape capital of the world with one woman raped every 20 seconds. Women need to get INpowered so that they don’t become yet another victim,” said Mark Grobbelaar. “WIP is an extremely simple yet remarkably effective self-INpowerment system that has been designed specifically for women.” Mark has outlined his top 5 rules for self-INpowerment: 1. Be prepared Every woman I’ve ever spoken to, when asked the question, ‘What would you do if you thought you were going to get raped or murdered?’ has either said: ‘I don’t know’, or ‘I think…’. As a woman, you need to learn to immobilise a man even twice your size before finding yourself in that situation. Be prepared. 2. Never underestimate anyone Just because a man – or woman – might seem physically less dominant than yourself, it’s important not to assume you will have the upper hand. We also often feel a social responsibility to take a more lenient approach with strangers, rather than risk a socially awkward situation. If you don’t feel comfortable, get out of that situation. 3. Trust your instincts Everyone has ‘the gift of fear’ and women tend to have quite an acute sixth sense for danger. Although you can’t live your life completely paranoid, you can err on the side of caution. If a situation or individual gives you an uneasy feeling, take yourself out of that . . .
Providing opportunities for promising South African cyclists is one of the key elements of Positive Sports Solutions' business philosophy - and teenager Aaron Heyneke is the latest to be brought on board. Besides providing a range of premium cycling products to the southern African region, the SA distribution company helps talented youngsters in the country reach their potential as top-class cyclists. This approach is behind the recent decision to name the 16-year-old mountain-biker as one of the company's ambassadors. The Grade 10 pupil from Jeppe High School in Johannesburg has made his mark in the cycling discipline with a string of successes in the last two years, including winning the Emperors Classic MTB event in the U16 category in 2017 and 2018. He is also unbeaten in the Gauteng Youth 16 Spur Series for his school this year. Spokesman for Positive Sports Solutions David Pieterse said Heyneke represented the sort of potential they wanted to help develop. "Aaron is riding a top-of-the-range MTB Trenton V HEAD bicycle and we see great value in having him as part of our set-up," he said. "Besides providing exposure for the HEAD brand, this is an opportunity to support our young riders to become the best they can be. "It emphasises our support for SA cyclists and a desire to grow the sport in the country." He added that Heyneke was a perfect example of what they were trying to achieve. "We looked at Aaron for some time and he showed true potential. He does not have a coach as yet and never really had a proper bike set-up until a couple of weeks ago. "Despite that he has been very successful so far and we believe we can help him grow as a cyclist." A passionate cyclist since he first rode "with side-wheels" at the age of two, Heyneke is delighted with the support he will receive from Positive Sports Solutions over the next year. The contract ends on August 31, 2019. "I'm very proud that out of thousands of riders Positive . . .
Come run, walk, wheel or stroll at the Nappy Run™ 5km fun run at the Johannesburg Zoo on International Children’s Day, 3 November 2018. The annual campaign is focused on raising awareness of the conditions children with disabilities live under, the challenges they face, as well as their rights which are violated on multiple levels. The campaign also serves to raise funds to buy nappies for children with disabilities – an essential health item that this already-vulnerable and marginalised group often sadly goes without. Join us in reaching our 2018 goal to raise money for at least 50 000 nappies to supply to children with disabilities, around the country. The race starts at 07:30 (registration opens at 06:30), and tickets can be purchased from the Nappy Run website (R60 for children and R100 for adults). The event is organised by the National Council of and for Persons with Disabilities. For more information about the Nappy Run™ fun run, or to make a donation, visit www.nappyrun.org.za, or find them on Facebook - @Nappyrun.sa | Instagram - @Nappyrun.sa |Twitter - @NappyRun. Alternatively, email: email@example.com. • What: Nappy Run™ 5km fun run • When: 3 November 2018 at 07:30 (registration opens at 06h30) • Where: Johannesburg Zoo [Jan Smuts Ave & Upper Park Dr, Parkview, Johannesburg, 2193] • How much: Adults - R100 | Children - R60 (tickets include zoo entry and a goodie bag) • Buy tickets here: http://www.nappyrun.org.za/events/nappy-run-2018/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The University of Johannesburg will be looking to press home their advantage in the final round of the Varsity Football tournament as they target a home semifinal. This is the view of one of their star players from this year's campaign, Mokete Mogaila, who received the Samsung moment of brilliance award for the second successive week on Thursday. The 23-year-old, who can operate on the left or right wing, played another key role as UJ extended their unbeaten streak to six matches with a 1-1 draw against University of Western Cape in Bellville, Cape Town, last week. Their run of success means they have secured a berth in the top four, with one round remaining, but Mogaila said they still wanted to finish the job by clinching a home semifinal. UJ finish off the league phase of their programme with another away fixture when they take on North-West University in Mafikeng on Thursday. A victory or a draw in that game will ensure they end in the top two. "Securing a home semifinal will be a massive achievement for us," said Mogaila. "We understand that there is a bit of pressure due to the expectations of the home fans, but the advantages of playing on familiar turf outweigh this. "At home you know the conditions and you know what to expect, so it is much more beneficial to be at home than away." The UJ star, who is in residence at the Auckland Park campus, said he was pleased with his performances this season. "At the moment everything is working out well and I'm hoping for the best in my career," said Mogaila, who is studying mathematical science. "I would like to play professionally and earn a place in one of the PSL teams. "In the long-term I have the Bafana Bafana squad as a goal because I really would love to represent my country." In the meantime, he stressed he was enjoying his football with the UJ team and had been working well with his teammates this season. "We really look forward to playing and we are just taking it one . . .
Columba Leadership, South Africa’s foremost youth development enterprise, is hosting their annual Youth Connection Conference, at the Wits Education Campus in Johannesburg. The event, themed “Think Difference”, intends to bring inspired young leaders together to forge connections and ignite a culture of solution-finding to create a movement of positive social change. This year, 272 learners and 69 educators from 38 schools across Gauteng and the Free State, will come together to showcase the solutions they have engineered to solve the social challenges faced within their communities. The event forms part of national roadshow that aims to create a generation of ethical leaders for youth enterprise, employment and social good. Members of the media are invited to learn about these successful home-grown solutions and to be inspired by our country’s future leaders. Event details Date: Saturday 08 September 2018 Time: 10:00 - 15:30pm Venue: 27 St Andrews Rd, Parktown, Johannesburg CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“We need [women] role models who are going to break the mould.” Carly Simon Montecasino’s woman-rich environment has always strongly encouraged career growth, with many of the property’s departments and two of the three hotels run by women. Caroline Naidu, Tables Manager at Montecasino (https://www.tsogosun.com/ontecasino) with a team of 500 people, has risen through the ranks and is a powerful role model to other women in her team and on the property. Naidu says she considers that “the opportunity to mentor and develop a number of people who’ve subsequently achieved great successes in their roles” to be a major achievement in her work life. She grew up in Newcastle in KwaZulu-Natal and joined the local Monte Vista Casino as a croupier straight from high school almost 20 years ago, intending to earn money for her tertiary education, but she was captivated by the casino world – and she remains so today. Naidu quickly has moved around among South African casinos, steadily moving up the ladder. From Dealer, she became Supervisor, Pit Boss, Duty Manager, Assistant Tables Manager, and then Tables Manager. She worked at Montecasino briefly in 2000 as a Dealer, at Emerald Casino in Vanderbijlpark, Suncoast in Durban for about 11 years until 2013, Golden Horse in Pietermaritzburg, Silverstar in Krugersdorp in for two years, and was appointed to her present position at Montecasino in 2017. All in all, she has spent 16 years of her career at Tsogo Sun casinos and says she will always be impressed by and grateful for the excellent training and support the group has given her over the years. Naidu is thriving in the Montecasino environment, describing her current role as the pinnacle of her career in gaming, and everything she has aspired to achieve for many years. Her own personal achievement is certainly a reality for Naidu, but her goals are far wider and extend to all the members of her large team, supporting, guiding, encouraging, and training them to an . . .
Johannesburg, September 2018: Some of South Africa’s leading sportspeople swapped their rugby and cricket balls for golf clubs this weekend as they battled it out against members of the media and Team Steyn City to see who would take home the Eagle Trophy after the Steyn City Challenge. This is the fourth time the luxurious Steyn City Golf Club has hosted the golf challenge, which sees four teams (Team Rugby, Team Cricket, Team Media and Team Steyn City) pitting their talents on the greens. Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe Plumari headed Team Steyn City, while Team Media – which included SuperSport presenter Richard Maspero, Sunday Times sports writer Liam del Carme, Simon Hill of Hot 91.9fm, Robbie Kruse of 5fm and Kyknet, OG Molefe eNCA sports presenter and President of the OG Molefe Foundation, Ben Karpinski, head of sport at Cliff Central – was captained by SuperSport’s Louis Hattingh. The presence of former Springboks added an undeniable touch of excitement to proceedings: Divan Serfontein, Breyton Paulse, Toks van der Linde, Ray Mordt and Danie Gerber were led by Naas Botha. Meanwhile, the Proteas were represented by Team Cricket, with Quinton De Kock and AB de Villiers under the guidance of captain Albie Morkel. Unlike previous years, where the tournament’s action took place over two days, this year’s format followed a shot gun start, making for even greater tension and excitement. All teams lived up to the challenge, showing great spirit and fine form. After a great day’s golfing, and some excellent dining before each tee-off at Steyn City’s acclaimed Nineteen (XIX) Restaurant, the prizegiving got underway, with Team Media with 478 overall points being named winner of this year’s Eagle Trophy with Team Steyn City in second place, just three points behind the winning team with 475 points, Team Cricket third place with 448 overall points and Team Rugby in fourth position with 457 overall points. All who participated agreed that it was a . . .
Johannesburg, September 2018: Steyn City rolled out the red carpet for South Africa’s leading ladies at the launch of the 7% Tribe, an initiative to facilitate female advancement, on Friday 31 August. The event was attended by some of South Africa’s most prominent women in all spheres, from media to industry, science and business. Included in their number were 40 VIP honourees, nominated by the 7% Tribe, which paid tribute to the determination, perseverance and success. They included scientist Professor Glenda, Gray, CEO/President of the South African Medical Council (who was named one of Time magazine’s 100 most influential people in the world in 2017); Faith Khanyile, CEO and director at WDB Investment Holdings; and Johanna Mukoki, co-founder of Travel with Flair. Also in attendance were high profile women like media mogul Basetsana Khumalo; Metro FM afternoon drive time presenter Masechaba Ndlovu; Tabea Kabinde, managing director of We Find Talent and Chairperson of the Commission for Employment Equity; and environmental activist and former Miss Earth, Catherine Constantinides. In her keynote speech, Tammy Menton, founder of the 7% Tribe and Group Head of Marketing and Events at Steyn City, implored the exclusively female audience to hire fellow women, mentor them and help them grow into the type of women others aspire to be. Inviting the 350-strong audience to #jointhetribe, Menton announced that the @7PercentTribe will create an online platform to facilitate networking between like-minded women. The movement is hosting its first speed-dating mentoring session in October. The evening’s entertainment included a panel discussion, hosted by Ndlovu, focusing on the challenges affecting women in the workplace and debating various solutions. Ndlovu also gave a touching tribute to her mentor, Metro FM Station Manager, Sibongile Mtyali, who was present at the event. The initiative has gained the support of several media channels, including Metro FM, . . .