You’ve read about, you’ve heard about it. Now it’s time to saddle up and accept the Hollard JUMA challenge for 2017. Think you’ve done and ridden it all? Think again, because the Hollard Jozi Urban Mountain Bike Adventure, taking place at Marks Park on the 28th May 2017, is NOT your average mountain bike race. This isn’t your usual rocks and roots or bushes and bergs. The Hollard JUMA is pedaling (carefully) through storm water drains and down 700-metre tunnels, navigating your way under concrete beams and rocketing your way down custom-built scaffolding. It’s only 2hr flight from the Cape and guaranteed to be even more epic than any race you’ve tried before. Breathless just reading about it? More exciting details, Braamfontein Spruit development plans and sneak peeks to be announced... In the meantime, entries open on 21st October 2016. To enter visit www.juma.co.za or come visit our stand at the Africa Cycle Fair from the 21st - 23rd October at Saints St. Stithians College. The Hollard JUMA will be running a competition to stand a chance to take home some exciting prizes and Hollard JUMA merchandise. All you have to do is enter the Hollard JUMA and take your best “I’ve just accepted the challenge!” selfie to stand a chance to win. And finally… the most difficult obstacle you need to overcome, for now, is the wait until 28th May 2017. Follow all the latest news and announcements via social media by following us on www.facebook.com/urbanmtb or on Twitter @JUMAMTB Entries open from Friday, 21st October 2016, to enter visit www.juma.co.za. Entry fees are R399 (ex VAT) for the 54km and R299 (ex VAT) for the 22km. Don’t miss your chance have the best adventure on two wheels Johannesburg has to offer. The Hollard Jozi Urban MTB Adventure is brought to by Hollard and BAM Events and Experience creators in partnership with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo. YouTube: https://youtu.be/aiHlDLU8LKE CLICK HERE to submit your press release . . .
Blades are precision made in German factory – delivered on members’ schedule What do you do if you like the shave you’re getting, but you intensely dislike the exorbitant cost of the blades? If you’re Johannesburg residents John Woollam and Chris Irwin, you start by scouring the planet for a factory that makes exceptional blades. You find one in the industrial heartland of Germany that uses high grade steel ground to exacting specifications by superb craftsmen. Then you start a business. Not a conventional business mind you – an online business that actually delivers razor blades directly to the door of South African men on their schedule. With no charge for delivery. In a nutshell, that’s how The Shave Union South Africa was born. “We both wanted the best shave possible, but felt ripped off by the high price of quality razor blades – it’s hard not to. We were determined not to compromise on quality, and because shopping for blades can be a hassle, we wanted to make it convenient for guys.” said Woollam. So what does The Shave Union actually deliver and how much does it cost? Men who sign up will receive four cartridges at a time, each made with 5 blades, for only R42.25. That’s about 40% less than other blades of comparable quality. Guys can decide if they want the blades delivered every 1, 2 or 3 months, and they can cancel anytime. Irwin adds, “You also get a free top-quality razor handle – one of those weighted, ergonomic ones that feels good in your hand. Guys will get a super close, comfortable shave for a low price and can cancel anytime. There’s a lot to like and no risk. We think the whole deal is pretty amazing.” Although razor blade delivery to men’s homes is now common elsewhere in the world, it’s new to South Africa. Will men visit The Shave Union’s website (www.ShaveUnion.co.za) and sign on? “Time will tell”, says Woollam, “We look forward to helping lots of men get a great shave at a low cost. The Shave Union is definitely an idea . . .
Johannesburg | October 2016: SovTech, a leading Johannesburg-based software development company, has entered into an agreement to invest in a new joint venture alongside TrashBack, a Zambian-based waste recycling company. The new entity, to be named BioEx Tech (Biometric Exchange Technology), is the creator and distributor of an innovative recycling management software product. The company will operate initially in both Zambia and South Africa, with an eye to expanding into nine other African countries where their clients are based, within the next 36 months. Gerald Neves, SovTech’s CEO, is enthusiastic about the prospects for BioEx Tech. “The opportunity for waste management in Africa, especially at the bottom of the pyramid, is a multi-billion dollar opportunity. We are excited about embarking on this continental journey with dedicated partners such as Kathryn Warner (Trashback Group MD) and her experienced management team.” Wastepreneurs, as they have been dubbed, are individuals who make an independent living reclaiming recyclable waste from the waste stream - predominantly from landfill sites - and selling it on to recycling companies. In South Africa it is estimated that 85,000 people make a living as wastepreneurs. Andrew McNaught, TrashBack’s Director of Business Development says that “TrashBack’s waste management software is built from the ground up with a focus on enabling and formalising the informal sector. It gives key insights into the waste and recycling value chain through interactions with informal waste collectors, waste traders and buy back centres. The platform utilises alternative value payouts, whereby cash management and cash payments that were previously risky and expensive are now traceable, safe and reliable given the use of mobile and electronic payments. The system also provides valuable market insights as information that was previously difficult to access is now collated across the value chain providing transparency at all . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) will revisit the epicentre of 1940s and 50s South African jazz and blues culture at their 19th annual ACT Awards. The Sophiatown-themed affair will honour cultural icons and newcomers while delighting invited guests with stellar entertainment. The ACT Awards, which will be held on 21 October at Sun International’s The Maslow Hotel in Sandton will bestow Lifetime Achievement Awards on six of the country’s arts and culture stalwarts, while also naming five rising stars 2016’s ImpACT Award winners. “We believe ‘remembering Sophiatown’ is a fitting backdrop to our celebration given the current winds of change blowing through our streets and moving our communities,” says Anastasia Pather, the Awards project manager. The evening will blend the past and the present with a strong female force. Live performances by the grande dame of jazz, Sibongile Khumalo will be juxtaposed with the sharp wit of the night’s hosts, all female satirical group, Thenx. While Khumalo’s unmistakable voice will help transports guests back to Msanzi’s golden era of creative consciousness, wry humour courtesy of Thenx will offer clever commentary on the current state of the country. “Hosting the Awards is an honour and we are very excited,” say the ladies from Thenx. “We think the line-up is very fitting of the theme, and it's going to be interesting to experience the mix between us as young artists and the legendary mama Sibongile Khumalo.” This year, the ImpACT Awards will honour young creatives in five categories; Visual Art, Music, Theatre, Dance and Design. All 15 finalists have achieved remarkable things in the first five years of their careers, and were brought forward by a public nomination platform. The judges, Beneficiary Relations Manager for the National Lotteries Commission, Sershan Naidoo; ACT chairperson, Melissa Goba; Dance Umbrella Director, Georgina Thomson; actress, playwright and voice coach, Motshabi Tyelele; and award-winning pianist . . .
In a clean sweep of winning work, G&G Digital took home nine awards at the 2016 New Generation Awards, held in Sunninghill, Johannesburg, on 13 October. G&G Digital, one of the fastest growing digital agencies in SA, proved their creative and innovative mettle by winning Overall Digital Agency of the Year, as well as other prestigious awards for their clients across a variety of categories. Accolades included Digital Brand of the Year, Overall Online Strategy of the Year, Excellence in Content Marketing (Bronze) and Blogging Excellence (Silver) for business solutions provider, Nashua. G&G was also richly rewarded for their Vespa v Mall of Africa Campaign, dubbed Best Online PR Campaign and Best Low Budget Campaign. Amidst formidable competition, G&G took home Best Community Engagement Award (Silver) for their work for Bayer Animal Health, as well as Blogging Excellence (Silver) to reward a unique approach to content marketing for Janssen Pharmaceutica. G&G Digital, founded by partners Michael and Desiree Gullan and based in Illovo, Johannesburg, attributes their growth to hard work, exceedingly high standards and good coffee. The flourishing agency was established eight years ago from a Seattle coffee shop. With a variety of B2B and B2C clients, G&G Digital has become synonymous with breakthrough digital campaigns that not only meet clients’ needs but also create enriching consumer experiences. Executive Creative Director, Desiree Gullan, believes the agency’s smart and gumptious approach to creating quality content was what resulted in their success at the New Generation Awards this year. “Winning awards – particularly those of the calibre of New Generation – is an affirmation we’re doing something right,” says Gullan. “It’s an honour to be recognised for beautiful and winning work in the competitive digital marketing space. We’re inspired by all the nominees and, if anything, these awards will ignite a desire to continue to . . .
Executive pay is a trigger for many media commentators and shareholder activists, but the truth is that remuneration committees (Remcos) have developed several methodologies for tackling what is a very challenging issue. Three main methodologies are used in South Africa where, in general, remuneration governance is on a par with global standards thanks to widespread adoption of the King Codes of Corporate Governance issued by the Institute of Directors in Southern Africa. Each method has its own strengths and weaknesses, and reward professionals need to understand them thoroughly in order to make the right choices—particularly as the practice of naming the consultant used by the Remco is gaining traction. It is also worth emphasising that these methodologies are not watertight categories, and reward professionals will typically use elements of more than one methodology to arrive at a recommendation. Market benchmarking This is by far the most commonly used methodology in South Africa, and has the benefit of being easy to understand and of making intuitive sense. As the name implies, its basic principle is to establish what the CEOs of companies of similar size and complexity are being paid, and to use that figure as the basis for negotiation. In this case, size is important because the job description of the CEO of an international bank will look very similar to that of the CEO of a four-store chain of hardware shops; the difficulty and impact of the respective jobs is clearly related to the relative size and influence of the two companies. Various metrics are used to establish company size, but the most common, and most reliable, are turnover or revenue; nett profit before tax; number of employees and annual salary bill. Other criteria are market capitalisation, geographic footprint and assets. Depending on the particular circumstances, there might be a case for including these last mentioned criteria, but with care. For example, the relative size . . .
Party Monster Movies to Empower 300 girl child youths. Johannesburg, 17th October, 2016: Party Monster Movies (PMM) has signed a contract with Party phreaks to give away 50% royalties of the pop band’s latest hit single “miss Braamfontein” to 300 lucky voluntary participants who will play as extras in the official music video of the pop song. The concept of the music video follows an artistic display of a street performing band that plays for gratuities but instead, only ends up getting girls’ contact details, the pop culture concept and story line will enable the visual director to have all 300 faces appear in the 5min:40sec music video, a love story in the mix, and a serene tell of a 21st century popstar lifestyle in a better and futuristic Braamfontein. The company has also appointed one of it’s own, model and socialite Lauren Steenkamt as brand ambassador of the Miss Braamfontein youth empowerment project. Through the filming of this music video, PMM is set to create several revenue streams for the project to ensure high earnings for all the involved participants, this includes; income generated through YouTube PPC ads and views, TV and Radio airplay royalties, project branding such as miss Braamfontein calendar, clothing brands, mp3 sales and downloads through online music stores and streaming services such as iTunes, Amazon, Spotify etc. PMM will also use this platform to advertise other brands such as car brands, schools, alcohol brands, clothing lines, shopping malls, websites, apps and more. The development objective of the youth empowerment project is to create a revenue stream for each participant to own 0.16666% royalty share of the pop band’s song and also to engage the participants in progressive social activities that will inevitably help reduce juvenile delinquency within the youth group, project workshops are on the 22nd and 29th of October at the Bannister Hotel in Braamfontein and the filming of the video is set to begin in . . .
IN the fiercely competitive South African retail sector, mall developers are upping the ante to include a high-tech, interactive shopping environment in a bid to lure shoppers to their centres for longer. This is one of the strongest indications that technology – specifically Internet access – is in fact facilitating bricks and mortar retail development, rather than hampering it through the rise of online shopping platforms, according to leading national developers Abacus Asset Management. In addition to acclaim for several malls in its portfolio*, Abacus recently scooped the top honours for its mixed-use retail development in Johannesburg, Dainfern Square, at the SA Council of Shopping Centres’ (SACSC) annual Retail Design and Development Awards**. The company says that although the days of building new mega malls are numbered, there is a rise in demand for “mixed-use destination retail developments”, ranging between 15 000m² and 25 000m², which cater to high living standards measure (LSM) shoppers. DIGITAL DRIVE: With online shopping in South Africa accounting for just 1% of total retail spend, landlords are incorporating a greater digital experience than ever before into new retail developments, according to Abacus managing director Gavin Blows. “At first free Wi-Fi was the limit to which developers were willing to spend on digital platforms in their centres, but now multiple platforms are emerging in new developments,” said Blows. This included high-tech features such as a central digital management system which governed a mall’s website, mobile app, Wi-Fi offering and linked to Bluetooth location beacons throughout the centre, he said. “This allows the mall’s management and marketing team to have a coordinated, meaningful engagement with their shoppers,” he said. “The enhanced experience also has a positive effect on shoppers’ dwell times, which in turn increases turnover for the mall.” CASE STUDY: To this end, the company introduced a . . .
The line-up for Aspire Art Auction’s inaugural sale on 31 October 2016 at The Park on 7 in Hyde Park, Johannesburg includes an extraordinary selection of art with wide appeal. Works range from JH Pierneef’s breathtaking Karoo near Hofmeyer, painted in 1930 probably while traveling to gather visual documentation for the new Park Station panel commission, to Dan Halter’s ultraviolet light, Pefection, inspired by an embroidered scatter cushion depicting a cheerful scene and the word ‘pefection’ (without the letter r), a reflection on the “state of denial or ignorance at play in the Zimbabwe political landscape,” according to Andrew Lamprecht, art academic and curator. Top works by Irma Stern and Alexis Preller will enhance any serious collection. Stern’s Malay Girl, painted in 1946 after a second sojourn in Zanzibar, shows one of the treasured woven raffia mats she included in her Zanzibar book and exhibitions to evoke the island that so inspired her. The painting’s great appeal results from Stern’s ability to empathise with her sitter, gaining sufficient trust to capture the young girl in an unguarded moment. What is conveyed is the loveliness of youth – her intelligence, confidence and curiosity. Alexis Preller’s painting, Profile Figures (Mirrored Image) of 1968, was so highly regarded that it was selected by the artist and Dr. Albert Werth, the then-director of the newly built Pretoria Art Museum, to be prominently displayed on Preller’s acclaimed retrospective of 1972. Its installation at the front entrance, to be seen directly on entering the exhibition, is keenly remembered by art historian and artist, Professor Karel Nel, whose authoritative catalogue text provides unique insights into this rare work. Good quality works at modest prices can also be found amongst the pages of Aspire’s highly sought-after catalogue which features sumptuous images accompanied by texts from many of South Africa’s most respected art historians, art critics and cultural . . .
The first annual Southern African Freedom Convention (SAFreeCon) will be held at the Free Market Foundation this weekend on the 15th and 16th of October. It promises an impressive array of speakers who will be discussing the state of liberty in Africa and how we can improve civil and economic freedom. The event is free but pre-registration is advised. This can be done at the following link: Event Page The event will be held at: 170 Curzon Rd, Sandton, 2191, Johannesburg, South Africa. Everyone is welcome to attend the talks and enter into discussions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .