Cape Town, 30 September 2016: It’s hard to face our own mortality, especially the effect it will have on those we leave behind. Not only because of the emotional void, but also the financial burdens. Local experts place the costs of a funeral between R8 000 and R40 000. Just the thought of leaving our loved ones with crippling bills is stressful and frightening. As a responsible adult you need to consider funeral cover or a funeral plan, but which one? There a hundreds, maybe thousands, of funeral policies to review and they vary wildly; Providers, monthly installment costs, clauses on health, and so on. There is a service that can help you sort through this mountain of choice and select the comprehensive quotes that suits your needs, so you don’t need to worry about what happens later - FuneralBee.The service is FREE and has already provided over 30 000 South Africans with quotes. Simply visit http://funeralbee.co.za, fill in a few personal details on the website, follow the instructions, and once you’re done, you’ll instantly receive a number of different quotes to review from different policy providers. Saving you time, energy and anxiety. FuneralBee helps you choose the best afterlife (never hash tag) – easy. If you act now there’s an added bonus: FuneralBee is giving away R25 000 in cash for you to spend now, later, or on your beautiful family in the future. Simply tell us what you’d do with the money and a panel of judges will select the best answer. To enter the FuneralBee competition simply visit http://funeralbee.co.za/competitionSo what you waiting for? Let FuneralBee make the, unpleasant planning easy, then get it out of the way so you can continue to enjoy your life to the max! #BestLife YouTube: https://youtu.be/iNvW03dPzWU CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .
Samsung has expanded the accessibility and usability of the Smart UX Centre SDK Samsung Electronics South Africa’s Printing Solutions has released the V.1.5.0 update for its Smart User Experience (UX) Centre Software Development Kit (SDK), adding new features including mobile compatibility to its versatile software tools. Samsung’s Smart UX Centre SDK debuted in 2015. It is an open interface for the Android-based Smart UX. The kit provides a comprehensive suite of features and tools that enables app developers to integrate a wide range of printer functions into an easy-to-use user interface (UI). With the new update, Samsung has expanded the accessibility and usability of the Smart UX Centre SDK, bringing it to smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices. “Samsung Electronics is an innovator in the printing business, enhancing the smart office environment with its printing solutions. We are pleased to present the next phase of the smart office by bringing mobile technology to our Smart UX Centre SDK for our multi-functional printers,” said Mike van Lier, Director of Enterprise Business Division at Samsung Electronics South Africa. Along with mobile support, the new Smart UX Centre update offers card reader support. This new feature allows multi-function printers (MFPs) to check on the availability of human interface device (HID) card reader devices and provides information for authentication. The new software update comes with a style guideline for the Smart UX Centre, enabling developers to gain better access to Samsung’s design resources when creating applications. In addition, counter and proxy network information have also been updated. Samsung’s Smart UX Centre is an Android-based touchscreen control panel for Samsung’s MFP printers, including the MultiXpress and ProXpress series. The UX Centre enables users to copy, scan and print, using applications and widgets. “The Smart UX Centre SDK mobile version expands the range of Android-based . . .
Samsung to unlock future-proof mobile enterprise strategies for CIOs Samsung Electronics South Africa will reveal the mobile enterprise strategies which corporations should adopt, when it addresses leading Chief information Officers (CIOs) at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016 later this month. Paulo Ferreira, Director of Enterprise Mobility at Samsung Electronics South Africa says, “There are still levels of confusion and misconceptions regarding enterprise mobility and security within South African Enterprises. The future-proof enterprise is a mobile-enabled one.” With the compound annual growth rate for mobile devices purchased for enterprise usage exceeding that of consumer, enterprise mobility strategies cannot be ignored. “The CIO must move to devise the right versatile and dynamic enterprise mobile strategy to meet current employee demands. They need to address how new categories like wearables fit into their device management and mobile security architecture and how to deal with the blurring lines between Internet of Things (IoT) and mobile,” Ferreira notes. Ferreira will address a solutions provider session on Tuesday 27 September from 3.00- 3.45pm in Room 1.60r at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016. Ferreira will unpack the future of enterprise mobility, the misconceptions and highlight Samsung’s Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) platforms and mobile enterprise security solutions. He will also take a closer look at the role of EMM platforms in helping businesses gain a competitive edge and fulfil their digital business solutions ambitions. The Gartner Symposium/ITxpo Africa 2016 that will take place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (CTICC) from 26-28 September is an event that gives CIOs and Senior IT Executives the opportunity to identify and explore technologies that could be solutions for their specific organisation and industry’s needs. As a top-class business technology solutions provider, Samsung will also be showcasing . . .
Business and Arts South Africa and British Council Connect ZA have launched an extensive research and development initiative ahead of the establishment of a fully-fledged, Pan-African Creative Markets Growth Hub. The R&D initiative is being spearheaded by lead researcher Kim Sanssoucie, working alongside UK-based creative and cultural strategists and researchers. The aim of this phase is to answer key questions and objectives around the development and implementation of the hub, which in turn will build and strengthen the creative industries in South Africa and across several countries in Africa. UK-based researchers Ellen O’Hara and Dr Ceri Gorton are collaborating with BASA and British Council Connect ZA in designing a research framework to benefit the questions and objectives around the development and sustainability of the hub. The framework is also informing the Pan African collaborations that form part of the vision of the Creative Markets Growth Hub. In pursuit of this, members of the BASA project team are currently in Malawi, with trips to Zambia and Zimbabwe scheduled in October and November. “Working alongside researchers from the UK is a significant collaboration as we foster ongoing connections between SA and the UK in building cultural knowledge exchange for both countries,” comments Sanssoucie. ”Extending our research into the rest of Africa to gain insights and data around our African creative and cultural industries is also important, and that we ensure it responds to the actual and not perceived needs of the art sectors in Africa at large.” The September Malawian trip includes a Creative Markets Growth Workshop as well as focus groups with artists, creatives, arts organisations and producers in the creative and cultural industries in Malawi. These form part of the Day of Ideas programme at the inaugural Lake of Stars in Chintheche – a festival that promotes Malawian arts and tourism through international interaction and . . .
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“East Africa is expected to deliver the strongest real GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade, according to BMI Research,” says Wayne Troughton, CEO of specialist global hospitality and tourism consultancy, HTI Consulting, who have recently undertaken extensive market and feasibility studies, due diligence, finance raising and hotel operator selection assignments in several EAC countries. Greater integration, reduction of trade barriers and improved infrastructural links are expected to be the region’s key economic drivers, with the introduction of an EAC passport (proposed for January 2017) expected to facilitate trade, growth and freer movement of people. EAC countries have also implemented key projects to raise annual tourism earnings to $16 billion from $7 billion by 2020. “This indicates a positive outlook for the hospitality and tourism sector in the region, with a number of new projects and international brand entrants lined-up for the coming years,” explains Troughton. “If international companies are successful in exploiting the region’s wealth of natural resources, including oil in Kenya and Uganda and gas in Tanzania, it will also serve as a significant economic boost to these countries,” he continues. “Such resource development will compliment the diverse economic base of EAC members and will not place reliance on single commodities. This will have a significant role to play in reducing investment risk and boosting East African tourism and hotel industries,” says Troughton. Dar es Salaam In Dar es Salaam, room supply has increased consistently over the past 15 years and is currently sitting at around 2 400 rooms. Peaks occurred in 2009 when the Holiday Inn and Hilton Double Tree entered the market, as well as in 2015 when supply grew by 26%. Comments Troughton, “Brand penetration is strong with Hyatt, Best Western, Protea by Marriot, Southern Sun, Serena, Ramada and Golden Tulip also represented in the market. New hotel . . .
The 8th Annual Retail Banking and Fintech Africa Forum commenced yesterday gathering banking and technology leaders to hold a constructive dialogue on the future of African retail banking and the need for innovation to fuel economic growth. 29th September 2016, Johannesburg : 8th Annual Retail Banking and FinTech Africa Forum kicked off yesterday at the Hayatt Regency, Johannesburg – Republic of South Africa which witnessed global banking and technology leaders come together and hold a dialogue on the future of retail banking in Africa and driving innovation in banking technology. The forum was inaugurated by the opening remarks from the chair - Bevereley Hunkin, Strategic Risk and Governance Solutions Head – FNB and Jean R Rey, Chairman and Independent Director - Atria-Africa Fund Manager, followed by a session where Bevereley Hunkin elaborated on managing risk and driving innovation to boost competitiveness of the banking industry. “How To Build a Great Retail Banking System”, was the main focus for Vimal Kumar, Chief Sales & Distribution Officer - Barclays Africa Group Limited. The CEO & Founders CONFAB, brainstormed on The Pan-African Banking Strategy and was joined by Funeka Montjane, Chief Executive- Personal and Business Banking South Africa at Standard Bank, Dr. Lance Mambondiani, CEO at Steward Bank, Timothy Nuy, Deputy CEO at MyBucks and Brett Magrath, Co-Founder of Zoona. Josef Langerman, Global Head – Engineering Transformation at Standard Bank, enlighted the audience with different aspects of Managing Disruption with Cultural Intelligence. With special focus on innovation, technology and financial inclusion, Digital Disruption in Banking, the event witnessed stellar presentations by Yolande Steyn, Head of Innovation - First National Bank, Priya Thakoor - Head of online banking at Barclays and Andrew Mugari – Head of e-banking and card services at ZB Financial Holdings) An exclusive session on “SMEs Lending” was witnessed where – . . .
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JOHANNESBURG 28 SEPTEMBER 2016 – After this weekend’s Jeep Warrior Black Ops Elite win and 3rd place at Race 6 in Nelspruit, Jeep Team’s Thomas van Tonder and Jay Jay Deysel are ready for the OCR World Championships in October 2016 in Canada. OCR Team South Africa will be amongst the world’s finest athletes when the toughest and strongest athletes from across the globe fight it out at the third OCR World Championships from 14-16 October 2016 at the Blue Mountain Resort, Toronto in Ontario, Canada. From the 116 South African qualifiers across all three elite categories namely Rookie Elite, Commando Elite and Black Ops Elite, South Africa has selected a ‘BIG SIX’ South African Black Ops Elite Team including Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team), Bradley Claase, and Jay Jay Deysel (Jeep Team) for Men; and Hanneke Dannhauser, Carina Marx (Jeep Team) and Sabrina Daolio for Women. To have qualified for OCR World Champs, athletes need to have achieved a Jeep Warrior Top 20 finish in an Elite category in their gender, or an Impi Challenge Top 20 finish in the Elite division in their gender. Said Thomas van Tonder: “It has been a gruelling season in order to qualify for the championships and I am thrilled to be part of Team OCR South Africa. I have worked hard and have pushed myself to the limits and hope my efforts pay off. How I fare against other contenders is yet to be seen. My training regime has focused mostly on building endurance, specifically my upper body in order to improve my grip on the rope obstacles.” Van Tonder, over in the past 12 months, has achieved three wins, six 2nd places, and one 5th place. Marx, over the same period, has achieved four 2nd places, four 3rd places and two 5th places. Neither will know how they truly compare against the rest of the world until they are neck deep in mud in Ontario. Said Carina Marx, “I am looking forward to seeing what I can do on the world stage. I have chosen to compete in the Elite Race so that I can go up . . .