The concept of ‘planting indigenous’ has been around for quite some time but many homeowners find making the move to a completely indigenous garden somewhat daunting. And while there might be some effort required initially, the results are incredibly worthwhile. South African landscaper and botanist, Elsa Pooley, forms part of the dynamic, green-fingered team at Renishaw Hills. They have been tasked with transforming the previously cultivated land at Renishaw Hills on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast into an indigenous haven. The mature lifestyle estate is situated within the ecologically-diverse Mpambanyoni Conservation Development which, for the past 150 years, has been cultivated for sugar cane. Pooley and a team of conservationists are working tirelessly to return the area to its original coastal forest and wetlands state while establishing unique, indigenous gardens for each home on the estate. “There are many misconceptions surrounding indigenous gardens, and sourcing indigenous plants is often quite difficult,” explained Elsa Pooley. “With a little bit of guidance, creating your own indigenous garden is easily done.” Here are Elsa Pooley’s top five reasons to plant indigenous: 1. Water-wise Often people only consider planting indigenous during droughts but then this falls away when rains return. Indigenous plants are much hardier and require less water than their exotic counterparts. They do require some water but are much better adapted to local conditions. 2. Attracts birds and wildlife Indigenous plants will attract butterflies, birds and a variety of wildlife to the garden. Even in winter, we’re seeing so many butterflies around. Using a variety of plants ensures a range of wildlife will be attracted to your garden. 3. Aesthetics There is a misperception that indigenous plants aren’t colourful or pretty, and look too wild. This really isn’t true. With careful planning, one can find indigenous plants that bloom or fruit in every . . .
The Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong, is set to #LiveTheLegacy this year with some of the best South African musical acts performing at The Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM, and Crush Nightclub After Dark Parties. The 50th edition of this popular holiday festival, supported by KwaDukuza Municipality, will take place at KwaDukuza from 21 June to 1 July. Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM The best musical entertainment will rock Salt Rock Beach on Thursday, 28 and Friday, 29 June at the Ballito Pro Free Music Concerts Powered by 5FM. On Thursday, 28 June, 5FM’s own Kid Fonque and Kyle Cassim will generate their influential sounds alongside one of the country’s best rappers, Okmalumkoolkat. The uMlazi-born superstar is a renowned trendsetter in the musical industry, creating ‘new age’ kwaito with plans for more gqom sounds in his music. Hip hop’s foremost female DJ – and now music producer - MS Cosmo, will also take to the stage to perform some of her hottest tracks, ‘Connect’ and ‘Ay Baby’. This Soweto-born DJ will not disappoint. The programme just gets hotter with the announcement of the Thursday concert’s headline act, internationally-respected dance duo, Black Motion. Tshwane’s own Robert Mahosana (DJ Murda) and Thabo 'Smol' Mabogwane are the men behind Black Motion, and they’re excited to bring their trademark mix of live percussion, kwaito and house to the Ballito stage. The best beats continue on Friday, 29 June, as South African indie rock band, December Streets, wow the Ballito audiences with some of their hits, including ‘My Name’, ‘Got that Feeling’ and ‘Thief’. The unique, energised sound of acoustic duo, The Kickstands, will captivate the audience as Rudi Greyvenstein and Gary Nixon display some truly raw talent, performing hits such as ‘Hold On’ and ‘Back to Paradise’. The sounds of the influential record producer and performer, Sketchy Bongo, will add to this musical feast with Gauteng’s electronic/dance . . .
“Opportunities for Kaizen in Africa – Now and in Future” The New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) Agency and the Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA), in partnership with Productivity SA under the auspices of the Pan-Africa Productivity Association (PAPA), will be hosting the captioned 3 days Conference from 2nd to 4th of July. More than 100 of practitioners of Kaizen will be gathering from Africa, Asia and Latin America. The Conference will also integrate site visits to various companies including TOYOTA, “the mother of KAIZEN”. *The Kaizen Initiative, launched in August 2017, is a joint outcome of the 35th NEPAD Heads of State and Government Orientation Committee (HSGOC), held in July 2016 in Rwanda, and the Japanese Government’s Sixth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD VI), held in August 2016 in Kenya. INVITATION TO PLENARY SESSION AND PRESS CONFERENCE: Date: 2 July 2018 Time: 8:45 – 10:15 Plenary Session 10:15 – 10:45 Press Conference Speakers: Representative from the Province of Kwa-Zulu Natal Representative from Ministry of Labor Representative of NEPAD Ambassador of Japan Vice President of JICA Venue: Aha Gateway Hotel – Umhlanga, KwaZulu-Natal RSVP NOT REQUIRED FOR THIS DAY Invitation to Key note presentation by TOYOTA and Factory visits: Date & Time: 3 July 2018 Time: 9:00 – 10:30 Key note Presentation by Mr. Kyogo Onoue, General Manager, Operations Management Department, Toyota Motor Corporation, Japan 11:00 – 15:00 Factory visits including Toyota South Africa Motors RSVP BY: 20 JUNE 2018, 15:00 (ONLY 10 SEATS AVAILABLE) For reservation and queries, please contact the JICA South Africa Office at 012-3464493, specifically: 1. Ms Brigette Kgaphola, Communications Officer, BrigetteKgaphola-SO@jica.go.jp; or 2. Mr Mpho Pekane, Programme Officer, MphoPekane.SO@jica.go.jp. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Although Nokwazi Thabethe will admit to harbouring a few nerves on her first day as a facilitator for Project Dignity – the NPO extension of Subz Pants and Pads – after a few moments spent addressing the schoolgirls, she knew she had found her calling. “I was working in customer care at a contact centre and when I heard about the position as a facilitator for Subz, and I decided to go for it,” said the dynamic uMlazi resident. “I’ve been working with Subz since February and this is my Energade! I love talking about these issues and being out there with the kids.” Project Dignity has been distributing environmentally-friendly, reusable packs of Subz sanitary pads and accompanying panties to various schools for years. Founded by Sue Barnes, creator of Subz Pants and Pads, the NPO (Project Dignity) also uses the activation as a platform to address the schoolgirls on topics such as menstruation and body changes. Drawing on her extensive experience as a former outreach facilitator at Childline KZN, Nokwazi has really taken to her role as the Zulu facilitator for Subz, engaging with the girls and sharing useful insights. “I discuss various topics with the girls, explaining to them the changes to expect. I also tell them they shouldn’t be scared, but rather that it’s something to be happy about. Most of these girls are not able to afford sanitary wear and their reaction inspires and motivates me to make a difference all the time. I love being able to share with them, see them laugh and smile and give them hope… that really does it for me!” Nokwazi’s youthful energy, shared background and ability to communicate with schoolchildren on their level allows her to quickly build a rapport with these young girls, many of whom have nowhere else to turn when it comes to discussing such pertinent topics. “I share my personal experiences so that they feel comfortable and know that it’s normal to have these changes,” she explained. “I do the talks in English and isiZulu . . .
Johannesburg, June, 6, 2018 Scott Ambler and Mark Lines talk business agility in South Africa in July IndigoCube will once more host the internationally renowned and locally popular Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, creators of the Disciplined Agile Framework, but this time with a principally business focus for the first Business Agility Conference hosted in South Africa. The duo will host a conference and present workshops for a week in July aimed chiefly at business people rather than IT people. “The conference is about business agility,” says Jaco Viljoen, the principal consultant and head of digital at IndigoCube. “It’s agile for the whole business, not just IT, so it’s for business people curious about modern practices for the digital enterprise and how that affects all divisions from HR to finance, marketing and the rest.” Scott Ambler, the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, is also the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and the founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC). Mark Lines is Managing Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, coach and co-author, with Scott Ambler, of “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”, which details their approach to DAD. “Scott and Mark compare this to a racing car,” he says. “IT is the engine but businesspeople put the agile, high performance engines into tractors and make them plough fields. Similarly, IT operations must become suitable high performance engines for the racing car chassis and drivetrain. Both must work together to be competitive in this extremely demanding world.” The two internationally renowned Canadians will be the main attraction at the conference on July 17, from 09:00 to 13:00 held in-conjunction with IBM at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. IndigoCube will provide training on Disciplined Agile (DAD) in conjunction with Scott . . .
Plantronics RIG 500 PRO Photo: Plantronics Stock Image Patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial enables Xbox One and PS4 gamers to keep hands on their controllers while changing volume. Santa Cruz, Calif. – June 5, 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced the RIG 500 PRO Series of gaming headsets, created to deliver high-fidelity audio in an ultra-lightweight design for the truly competitive gamer. RIG 500 PRO Series are the first gaming headsets to feature an exoskeleton earcup design with isolated inner acoustic chambers to reduce distortion, creating the ideal audio solution for today’s high-resolution gaming platforms. Premium 50 mm drivers deliver wide-range frequency response while dual-material ear cushions provide the combination of noise reduction and comfort competitive gamers need for long, focused sessions. In addition, the console editions come with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial, a 3.5mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers. Console gamers can now adjust volume directly from the controller without lifting their hands. PC models feature an inline volume slider. “The new RIG 500 PRO Series takes the innovative modular design of the RIG 500 to the next level,” said Gregory Morquin, Category Business Manager, Gaming Products, Plantronics. “And, it continues the impressive number of firsts we’ve brought to competitive gamers, including the first VR-focused headsets, Dolby Atmos® activation and now, the RIG Game Audio Dial for Xbox One and PS4 wireless controllers.” RIG 500 PRO Series, available in Console, PC and Esports editions, builds upon the lightweight, modular design of the original RIG 500 with performance-boosting features including: • Premium 50 mm drivers for expanded frequency response • A removable noise-canceling microphone boom and flip-to-mute feature • Removable audio cables that can be easily swapped or replaced • Snap-in . . .
Bold steps are being taken globally to change the dialogue around menstruation with the #menstruationmatters and #nomorelimits campaigns gaining traction. Locally, performance marketing agency, Performics, will be building on this momentum with the #Donate4Dignity campaign which encourages the support of local NPO, Project Dignity. Both Project Dignity and its umbrella company, Subz Pants and Pads, were founded by Sue Barnes as a way to manufacture and distribute environmentally-friendly, cost-effective, reusable sanitary pads to disadvantaged schoolgirls nationwide. The aims of Project Dignity resonated with the team from Performics, who were looking to create a pro bono digital media campaign in support of such a cause. “We are really inspired by the work they are doing at Project Dignity and felt this was the perfect NPO to promote through a driven, online campaign,” explained Xand Venturas of Performics. “We came up with the ‘For Woman. Period’ concept with the idea to encourage discussion around menstruation, raise awareness about the impact a lack of sanitary wear has on young women’s lives and, ultimately, encourage donations towards Project Dignity.” The first phase of the two-month #donate4dignity campaign – launched at the beginning of June - is to create awareness and start a conversation around menstruation. To introduce the campaign to the public using some humour, four pairs of people were interviewed about periods, starting with some light-hearted questions. “We wanted to attract people to the campaign initially, and humour is a great way to do this,” explained Xand. “The questions get a bit more serious as the interview progresses to show the impact periods have on women, and to highlight how little many of us know about the issues faced by those without funds to buy sanitary pads.” For two weeks, the videos will be uploaded onto the Project Dignity social media sites, alongside useful infographics and powerful stories around periods, . . .
Plastics|SA hereby cordially invites all media (in particular KZN-based media) to attend the launch of the Umhlanga Litter Boom on Saturday, 9 June 2018 in celebration of World Ocean Day. The event will begin at 09:00 with a clean-up of the Umhlanga Lagoon, followed by the boom launch at 10:00 and a shark dissection at 11:00 at the Millenium Stage on the main beach. For more information, visit the uMhlanga UIP website. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 50th edition of The Ballito Pro, presented by Billabong, will get the adrenaline pumping with the hottest line-up of extreme sports’ action, all taking place at KwaDukuza from 21 June to 1 July. The collaborative efforts of KwaDukuza Municipality and The Ballito Pro have resulted in an incredible beachside festival that gives the region a chance to show off its natural beauty. The event has grown year-on-year, with holidaymakers getting the chance to take full advantage of our warm, coastal winters as well as a two-week programme of festivities suited to all ages. Collette Bundy, event organiser, said: “We are really going all out for the #LiveTheLegacy festival to mark the milestone instalment of the world’s longest running professional surfing contest. We’ve secured some of the best sports’ stars to perform incredible stunts and are also welcoming The Ballito Downwind, a surfski series, to The Ballito Pro roster which makes for a truly fun spectator event.” Some of the extreme sporting action festival-goers can check out and try out are: Monster Activations – Willard Beach from 28 June to 1 July • The Monster Cash-Up presented by Zigzag This year Monster and Zigzag are coming to the party again and will be rewarding the free surfing that takes place before and after the contest with cold, hard cash. With up to R20 000 to give away throughout the week, Zigzag will be scouting the most explosive surfers and manoeuvres outside of the contest heats, and award the best wave ridden before and after the contest runs. Monster and Zigzag will be giving away R2 000, along with a Groundswell Surf Store voucher, per session to the best wave surfed during the free surf session. • The Monster Expression Session presented by Zigzag The Monster Expression Session presented by Zigzag will once again grab the attention of all the beachgoers on final’s day. Set to go down just before the main event finals - with R30 000 up for grabs - this heat is bound to . . .
The annual Paddle Out for Sharks (POFS) and World Ocean’s Day (WOD) events will culminate in the 2018 Shark Weekend – a full programme of talks, clean ups, surfing competitions and beach activities geared towards marine conservation running at Scottburgh from 8 to 10 June. Shark Weekend has a number of interactive activities planned suited to the whole family. The full programme starts at Scottburgh Beach at 3pm on Friday, 8 June with a ‘Healthy Ocean’s Talk’ and beach clean-up. The conservation celebration continues on Saturday, 9 June from 8am with a Paddle Out for Sharks ceremony at Scottburgh Beach and Backline. There will be a number of beachside activities including a treasure hunt, sand shark art, snorkelling lessons, as well as adaptive surfing demonstrations and surfing competitions. Throughout the weekend, Scottburgh’s Premier Resort Cutty Sark will play host to a number of Shark Weekend activities including Aliwal Shoal’s Shark Photo Exhibition, the Mares Dive Gear Exhibition as well as Conservation Talks and Videos. In addition to the generous venue donation, Premier Resort Cutty Sark is running a weekend special room rate of R350 per person, per night. “The 7th Paddle Out for Sharks, in conjunction with Word Ocean’s Day on 8 June, gives us a chance to highlight the impact of human actions and how we can positively turn the tide for shark conservation and good health of our oceans,” said Shark Weekend organiser, marine biologist, shark researcher and member of Shark Angels, Jess Escobar. “For me, the annual Paddle Out for Sharks celebration has become an opportunity for all different ocean-users to stand together and show their support for shark and ocean conservation. It is reaching more and more people every year, converting the misguided fear around sharks into a respect and willingness to protect them. I am so happy and excited to see such a great support for our sharks and ocean conservation in our area.” Paddle Out for Sharks started . . .