An upgraded integrated hybrid theatre equipped with Gauteng province’s first ARTIS pheno robot-supported angiography system for the diagnosis and treatment of a range medical conditions, including the most complex vascular cases, is now fully operational at Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg. “This is the second Siemens ARTIS pheno system to have been installed at a Netcare hospital in South Africa, the first having been installed at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town last year. The two Artis pheno systems are also the first in Africa, and among the very first in the world, keeping South Africa at the cutting edge of medical technology internationally,” says Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s hospital division. “The patient-centric ARTIS pheno system enables a wide range of diagnostic and intricate image-guided minimally invasive surgical interventions to be undertaken. It is specially designed for the modern hybrid theatre and to serve patients who suffer from multiple medical conditions and larger individuals,” adds Du Plessis. “The acquisition of this equipment is a major investment by Netcare in the quality of care we are committed to providing our patients. We regard the commissioning of this system, which we have carefully researched, as the most advanced and versatile technology of its kind available. We therefore view this as an important advancement for medicine on the continent,” he observes. Du Plessis explains that angiogram technology is a form of medical imaging used to visualise the inside of blood vessels and organs. Due to its advanced, highly practical and compact design, the multi-purpose ARTIS pheno system is ideal for use in a hybrid theatre, which is a theatre designed to enable simultaneous interventions as well as open surgery, such as that established at Netcare Sunninghill Hospital. “The equipment provides medical specialists with the highest quality three-dimensional imaging . . .
The culture of an organisation defines how it engages with its customers Johannesburg, South Africa 05 April 2018: RubiBlue, intelligent business solutions provider, has redesigned its core values to redefine business growth and enhance its business culture. The organisation underwent a lengthy process to refine these values that are now embedded within the company and fundamentally influence its mindset. “Our goal is to provide our customers with intelligent business solutions that drive business efficiencies and save them time, money and stress,” says Chris Ogden, Managing Director, RubiBlue. “When you consider how our business is built around helping our customers achieve their goals and ambitions, we felt it was important that we had a clearly mandated philosophy that ensured we could support our clients and our employees to the best of our abilities.” This commitment saw the 13-year-old company invest in creating the RubiBlue values which would ensure consistent client engagement through measurable actions and targeted service delivery. The four pillars that uphold these values are: Commitment, Lead, Efficiency and Wellbeing. These enhance the company’s core competencies of strong developmental skills and superior support services. “When we first started out, we were purely a network support and sales provider, but since then we have evolved as a company and as a service provider,” says Ogden. “We have a range of satisfied clients who have benefitted from our consultancy, solutions development and Microsoft Network skills and we have always had a strong company culture to support these skills and this vision. Now, however, we have further refined this culture and the values that define it to take our business even further.” The four core values of Commitment, Lead, Efficiency and Wellbeing form the acronym CLEW, which happens to be an integral part of any sailboat – holding the sail in place and ensuring that wind flow is accurately directed. . . .
There are several disadvantages of using regular smartphones. Although regular phones are good for mundane operations, they are not suitable for heavy-duty applications. Most smartphones tend to break if they fall from great a height. Ordinary devices are prone to damages, as they are brittle and cannot operate in rough external conditions. Rugged Mobile understands the necessity of heavy-duty handhelds. Its extensive range of rugged devices is designed with durable materials to extend unprecedented strength and support. All its rugged computers come with ultra-tough exteriors which can withstand severe shock and tough industrial circumstances. This is why rugged devices are apt for a number of industrial applications, from mining, construction to field research. Some Benefits of Rugged Handhelds Apart from high durability, rugged devices are recognised for a host of advantages. To begin with, rugged devices can function in all types of exposed working conditions, as all the products are rigorously tested according to military standards. Some of the parameters on which rugged handhelds are tested include temperature range, MIL-STD and IP rating. Due to the rugged quality of the devices, rugged handhelds are immune to ballistic shocks and extreme temperatures. Rugged devices come in various forms, as tablets, notebooks, mobile phones and handhelds, serving myriads of functions, from scanning, collecting data, crunching numbers, browsing graphics to mobile ticketing. Some devices have barcode scanning facilities and are suitable for logistical operations. Most of the rugged devices come with one or more 2500mAH batteries, allowing users to use the device for a long period of time. Products on Offer Jagged in appearance and available with easy-to-use interfaces, Rugged Mobile’s impressive range of heavy-duty products have a number of pronounced advantages over regular smart devices, which are incompetent for rough operations. Some of its key . . .
GAUTENG, JOHANNESBURG – It’s the end of an era as Jeep ends its 16-year sponsorship of one of South Africa’s most successful Sport & Wellness Teams, Jeep Team South Africa, founded by Max Cluer Sports Marketing cc (MCSMcc) in 2001. The teams title sponsorship began with Jeep Apparel through Musgrave Agencies, which was then taken over by Jeep vehicles through Jeep South Africa, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles (FCA). Jeep Team South Africa (JTSA) has been massively successful over the years in identifying, producing and shaping over 300 young South African athletes into world class athletes across select nonconventional sporting disciplines. The core focus of Jeep Team has always been in educating athletes on sporting etiquette, managing stress, applying high ethical standards, and teaching self-brand-building acumen in order for each individual to reach their highest potential possible. JTSA also provided a solid support structure and comradery to its team members. Says Max Cluer, "16 years is a long time to see a sporting property stick to one brand. Jeep has been an incredible and loyal partner and a good fit for the team and we are incredibly proud of our association with them and grateful for their vision, support and trust in us. I would like to take this opportunity to thank each and every athlete who has represented the team and for making it the success that it is today. Their friendship and achievements will always remain a proud memory.” Over the years, the Jeep Team portfolio grew and consolidated into one of the most successful teams of its kind in South Africa, producing local, national and world champions across the sporting codes of Adventure Racing, Mountain Biking, Downhill MTB, BMX, Surfski, River Kayaking, Multisport, Extreme Sport, and, more recently, Trail Running and Obstacle Course Racing (OCR), which were included into the 2015 portfolio. In 2014, Jeep Team shifted its focus to manage only Junior, u/23 and Elite categories . . .
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced it has extended the management and reporting aspects of its cloud software solution, Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11, to include Plantronics unified communications (UC) headsets connected to mobile devices running iOS and Android. This extended reach is enabled through the Plantronics Hub mobile application. By deploying Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 and Plantronics Hub, IT managers can now see, manage and gather valuable insights from the entire line of Plantronics enterprise communications devices that are on the desktop and attach to tablets and mobile phones. “More than 53% of organizations have interest in ear-to-ear diagnostics that would enable IT leaders to manage voice performance from the user perspective, and more than 35% of companies are increasing deployment of mobile UC clients,” said Irwin Lazar, vice president and research director at Nemertes Research. “These realities make it more important than ever to ensure IT and line-of-business managers are equipped with solutions that can help them obtain analytics and actionable insights from across their company’s entire communications ecosystem." Plantronics Manager Pro is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) designed to manage Plantronics communications devices. With its easy-to-use tools, IT professionals and their managed-services partners are able to proactively manage the performance of every supported Plantronics headset across the enterprise, ensuring best user experience by accessing actionable insights. Plantronics Manager Pro is available through authorized resellers in most countries around the world. New offerings in Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 include: -The ability to see, manage and gain actionable insights from the complete line of supported Plantronics business communications devices, including all Plantronics UC headsets attached to Mac OS and Windows desktops as well Android and iOS mobile . . .
When Centurion-based Optometrist Melanie Peyper was looking for a way to differentiate herself from her competitors, she found the solution in ZEISS’ VISUSCREEN 500 and VISUPHOR 500. Peyper, who is the first Optometrist to use the new technology, says she needed to elevate her business above the competition and attract more customers. “I wanted eye-testing equipment that would set me apart. I tested various brands, but none of them were as user-friendly as the ZEISS VISUSCREEN 500 and VISUPHOR 500. “In addition, I evaluated my patients’ responses to the equipment. When I used the ZEISS products, they were immediately aware I was using new technology and commented on how much better the experience was for them,” adds Peyper. ZEISS Vision Commercial Manager Vesta Slabbert says the ZEISS VISUSCREEN 500 and VISUPHOR 500 offer practitioners ultimate vision correction, a superior viewing experience and highly satisfied patients. “The system is operated via a touch screen, with an optional medical grade panel PC or an iPad, allowing users to select patients from a daily worklist or simply start the refraction. It also allows for uploading of pre-sets from ZEISS autorefractors and lensmeters or accessing input from a patient database; as well as choosing from a wide range of optotypes and the preconfiguring of a preferred test workflow,” she explains. Peyper is enthusiastic about how the technology improves the eye-testing experience for her patients and herself. “Patients often feel daunted at the prospect of having their eyes tested, especially the younger generation. They are also accustomed to the convenience that technology offers them. Using my new ZEISS equipment has made the experience for patients more seamless and it can even be fun for the younger ones.” She says the layout of the testing programme has made her life a lot easier. “It rules out human error and I no longer need my computer in my consulting room as everything is done via my iPad . . .
Metro FM Music Award winners and sibling duo, the Jaziel Brothers, will be headlining an evening of talented performances on Friday, 6 April at the Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening. Joining them on the Birchwood Hotel stage is multiple award-winning songstress, Selmor Mtukudzi and Idols 2017 top 3 contestant Bothlale Phora. Johannesburg-based, RnB-Pop fusion duo, the Jaziel Brothers are not only known for their outstanding performances but also their work in producing award-winning albums and singles for local artists’ Lesego, Kelly Khumalo, Garth Taylor, Jub Jub and Malini. Adamant to set their own genre of music, and inspired by the likes of Boyz to Men, these brothers aim to push the boundaries of well-known genres to create sounds that are full of energy. Also taking to the stage is Zimbabwean solo musician and actress, Selmor Mtukudzi, who is well-known all over the African continent for her upbeat, dance songs that are about social commentary and daily challenges people face. Daughter to Afro-Jazz artist, Oliver Mtukudzi, and wife to vocalist and guitarist, Tendai Manatsa, with whom she shares two albums, Mtukudzi has won numerous awards in Zimbabwe, America and has been nominated in Nigeria and the UK. Opening the evening is Idols season 13 contestant, Bothlale Phora, who was a fulltime musician before working his way up to the top three in the competition. Since then he’s shared a stage with Lira and Robby Malinga, and is set to release his latest Afro-Pop single “Mama Ka Nozi No Thando” soon. An evening of entertainment would not be complete without resident MC Hector Motivator and, to add to the fun, local comedians’ Thulani “TinyTools” Ntlabati and Thabang ER take to the stage to present their take on everyday experiences and observations in their unique humorous way. Get ready for an exciting line-up of sensational performances, hysterical local references and a delicious three-course meal. Starting at 8pm sharp, tickets are R450 per . . .
Having taught for 31 years at a public high school in Potchefstroom, Harmen Wijnberg is not only an authority on educating teenagers, he also appreciates the importance of health and wellbeing when it comes to keeping up with his young learners and living life to the fullest. “Last year, I noticed that I wasn’t feeling well. I kept on working but I was tired every day and I didn’t know what was going on. At the time I was feeling worried because my wife had been ill, and at first I thought I was simply experiencing the effects of stress,” 57-year-old Harmen recalls. “I struggled to walk far and found myself gasping for breath at the slightest exertion. I tried using an asthma pump, but this did not relieve the problem.” When he went to the doctor, Harmen was shocked to learn that a problem with his heart had been identified and he was referred to a top cardiologist in Johannesburg. “When you or your partner are faced with a health problem, there are so many things going through your mind. The last thing you should be worried about is whether you can afford the treatment that could save your life,” he says. “Fortunately, I am a member of the Government Employees Medical Scheme [GEMS], and the Scheme covered the bulk of the healthcare expenses, both for myself and for my wife’s treatment. “ Harmen underwent a number of tests and was diagnosed with a heart rhythm disturbance, which the cardiologist was able to treat using a minimally invasive procedure, most of which was funded by the Scheme. “While I was in hospital for my heart, they also tested my breathing overnight during sleep. I was astonished when the results showed that I actually stopped breathing 40 times during the night – and I was completely unaware that this was happening to me every night.” Harmen was diagnosed with a condition known as obstructive sleep apnoea, whereby the individual’s sleep is repeatedly disrupted as their airway becomes blocked. “My wife had mentioned that . . .
Now is the time to reform, stabilise and revitalise State-Owned Entities Our vision is that by 2030 state institutions are well-run and effectively coordinated, managed by professionals committed to the public good and capable of delivering consistently high-quality services, and working for economic growth and reduced poverty and inequality. In June 2015 Topco Media hosted the successful inaugural Vision 2030 Summit, with the continued support of then Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, who has been involved in this initiative for three consecutive years. This year, Topco Media will be hosting the fourth Vision 2030 Summit on 20 and 21 June, at Emperors Palace, Johannesburg. “The aim of the Vision 2030 Summit is to provide a platform for members of the Presidency, key government dignitaries and private sector leaders, to share insights, engage and discuss the vision for the National Development Plan. It highlights key aspects around Vision 2030 and how key organisations and individuals can contribute to make it a reality,” says Ryland Fisher, Editorial Director at Topco Media. The reformation of State-owned Entities was one of the key themes in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s maiden State of the Nation Address, and the good governance thereof is essential in responding to South Africa’s economic growth and development changes, as well as diversifying revenue streams in order to strengthen our economy. In light of that, ABSA is sponsoring this topical breakaway session entitled, "State-owned Entities: Catalysts for Economic Reformation" at the 2018 Vision 2030 Summit. “While each state-owned entity arguably faces a unique set of circumstances related to the need for restructuring; revitalisation or efficiencies in governance, healthy SOEs continue to be essential drivers of economic development and growth in a country. Mr Pravin Gordhan, as Minister of Public Enterprises, offers hope in this regard with the strategic, sweeping changes planned for . . .
The Digitisation and Cyber Security Conference 2018 will feature an exciting discussion panel by vibrant experts who will be tackling strategies, challenges, developments and trends affecting the banking industry on 16 & 17 May 2018 at the Indaba Hotel in Fourways, Johannesburg. Trade Conferences International is proud to be hosting this very important and relevant conference during the mist of this global phenomenal of cyber-attacks which are affecting major and small financial services.Topics to be addressed include navigating the cybersecurity regulatory landscape, digital security is the new epi-centre in modern banking systems, cybersecurity maturity in the digital age, cyber security and resilience in your digital transformation journey, targeted attacks and the rise of Malware, and the impact of cryptocurrencies on financial services & security to name a few. Meet your exclusive high-level speaker panel: • Bernard Ford, CEO, One Channel • Lucien Pierce, Partner, PPM Attorneys • Ursula Fikelepi, Consultant, PPM Attorneys • Francis Cronje, Managing Director, FrancisCronje • Manny Corregedor, Chief Operating Officer, Telspace Systems • Charl Ueckermann, Chief Executive Officer, AVeS Security Solutions • Godfrey Kutumela, Solutions Architect, Curve Technology • Candice Sutherland, Business Development Underwriter, iTOO Special Risks • Shepard Mphambela, Senior Managing Consultant, IBM • Ravin Sanjith, Programme Director, Opus Research • Anthony Olivier, Managing Director, Performanta Consulting • Phillip Nicklos, Principal System Architect, Authlogics • Luigi D'Amico, Business Unit Executive, EOH Digital Platoon • Kris Budnik, Cyber Africa leader, PwC • Willie Victor, Senior Incident Response Investigator, MWR InfoSecurity Some themes to be covered: • Overview of cybercrime and digital banking in South Africa • Cybersecurity maturity in the digital age • Development in combating cybercrime • Trends and future of cybersecurity . . .