Samsung South Africa’s new Brand Ambassadors effortlessly embody the company’s values JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 8 August 2016 – Samsung South Africa has announced five new celebrity Brand Ambassadors who epitomise Samsung ideals and characteristics across a range of product categories. “At Samsung, excellence and innovation are key and we believe these local ambassadors embody our corporate identity in appearance, demeanour, values and voice,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director of Brand and Communications at Samsung SA. The five new Brand Ambassadors include Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, actor and TV presenter Maps Maponyane, celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, renowned Afrikaans singer and actor Bobby van Jaarsveld and former Miss South Africa and businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss. “These Brand Ambassadors are all leaders in their respective fields and Samsung South Africa is proud to be associated with them,” says Potgieter. Samsung is specifically partnering with these five individuals because of their qualities that are embroiled in the company’s character. Each of these Brand Ambassadors are also highly respected and just as Samsung, enjoy an outstanding reputation - an ideal fit with the brand. Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, is an exceptional athlete. He combines top performance in his sports with elegance and power and represents precision and excellence in the Samsung TV and audio-visual categories. As an Olympic gold medallist and budding businessman, Van der Burgh perfectly suits the Samsung Television and audio-visual image. “Like me, Samsung puts a lot of effort into being the best and staying ahead of competitors,” says Van den Burg. Maps Maponyane, representing pioneering style in the Samsung integrated mobility and wearables category, is an actor, presenter and entrepreneur and has been voted GQ’s Best Dressed Man and Cosmopolitan Magazine's SA’s Sexiest Man. “I’m proud to be a Samsung Brand Ambassador,” he says, “because . . .
JOHANNESBURG, 05 August 2016 – This weekend saw the Jeep Team Obstacle Course super stars, Thomas Van Tonder and Carina Marx take 1st place in their categories respectively in the Battlerush Winter Charge at the Jozi X Adventure Centre on 31 July 2016. Jeep Team’s Joshua Masudi took 7th place. The Battlerush Winter Charge is considered to be the ultimate obstacle course race, as it is designed by athletes for athletes. It took place over 10km consisting of 36 obstacles built in and around the Jozi X Adventure Centre, the PWC Bike Park and around St. Peter’s College. The obstacles were given names such as the Sternum checker, Irish table, Blades of walls, Traverse walls, Big walls, Peg board, Rope climb, Up container and Down container. With just 25 seconds between 1st and 3rd place in the Elite Men’s category, Thomas Van Tonder’s race was brutish and tight as he fought hard against well-known OCR athletes, Bradley Claase, Louis Smit and Greg Avierinos. Van Tonder, having upped his training regime over the past couple of months, eventually took top podium in 50m13s with Claase in 2nd in 50m25s, and 3rd going to Louis Smit in 53m38s. Fourth place went to Greg Avierinos in 58m05. Jeep Team’s OCR women’s superstar, Carina Marx, has slowly climbed the ladder of success over the past year whilst being under the Jeep Team OCR banner. Her progress has been remarkable – a true test of a champion is to take defeat in hand and work it over until it is victorious. From the start of the Battlerush, Marx made her presence known and dug deep to the end against the toughest of OCR elite competitors, even creating minutes between her and Hanneke Dannhauser and Sabrina Daolio. Carina won the battle to 1st place in the Elite Women’s category in a time of 01h07m30s, with Sabrina Daolio 2nd in 01h10m48s, and Hanneke Dannhauser in 3rd place with 01h12m35s. Jeep Team’s Joshua Masudi, came in the top 10 at a solid 7th place, in a time of . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa– Samsung Electronics South Africa has vast experience in the development of air conditioning and has long been committed to creating cooling solutions that are both powerful and convenient, thereby ensuring optimum comfort for users. However, what many consumers are unaware of is the fact that Samsung air conditioners are equally effective at warming up a room and they can perform more efficiently than the average heater. Although South Africa is renowned for its long, warm summers, when the winter hits, the cold can really affect internal living spaces. The traditional method of dealing with the cold is to utilise a bar or fan heater, but these products tend to work best as personal heating appliances and are less effective when attempting to warm an entire room. Michael McKechnie, Director of Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA, points out that Samsung’s air conditioners may have a reputation for being cooling appliances, but they are just as good when it comes to heating a room. “You simply cannot obtain the same amount of comfort or efficiency in heating from another source, as these appliances are designed to control the entire room’s temperature. Moreover, an air conditioner allows you to maintain your desired room temperature more effectively too,” says McKechnie. “Consumers may be concerned that an air conditioner will use more power, but even this is not necessarily the case. Our products have a built in inverter that sets the appliance to idle once the room reaches optimal temperature, switching on again only if the temperature drops below this level. A heater, on the other hand, is likely to remain on throughout the day in order to keep a room warm, so it clearly draws a lot of electricity.” He adds that another, intangible benefit of using an air conditioner for heat is that by more consistently controlling the temperature of the room, you are less likely to get ill from constant changes in . . .
Tweak your TV settings to ensure an optimised and immersive sports encounter JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 28 July, 2016 – With the Rio 2016 Olympic Games due to take place between the 6th and 21st of August 2016, even the most passing of sports fans will likely find themselves glued to their TVs at some point, supporting the various South African athletes participating. With SuperSport promising six dedicated HD channels, as well as a 24-hour Olympic news channel, watching the biggest sporting event in the world is certainly going to be an entertaining experience. So why not make sure you watch it in the clearest and most vivid manner possible, by optimising your TV to suit the nature of the programme you are viewing? This, of course, is sometimes easier said than done, but it is of vital importance, since even the best TV on the market, if incorrectly setup, may well look worse than a mediocre TV that is properly adjusted. “Since sport broadcasting often happens during the day, watching these in real time means the sun will often be shining through your windows, creating an obscuring reflection. Therefore, to view your chosen event properly, you must compensate for this by adjusting the picture to a brighter setting,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director at Samsung South Africa. Thackrah points out that simply turning up the brightness won't necessarily help. He explains that this setting actually has more to do with the black contrast set-up of the TV. “Thus, setting the brightness too high may result in black colours within the visuals appearing as grey, which could reduce the depth of the picture.” “To fix this, you will have to increase the contrast – sometimes called ‘picture’ - which controls the white level. However, this too should not simply be increased. Ideally, you want to take your time and find a scene with a bright, white image contained in it and then adjust the contrast to the point where the white object is bright, but . . .
KWAZULU-NATAL, 26 JULY 2016 - The weekend saw Jeep Team Multisport athletes, Michael Lord, winning gold in the Standard Bank Duo and Trail Challenge in Boschendal, and Mikaela Jonsson (19) winning her first Olympic Distance Triathlon at the Tinman Tri-series in Durban. On Saturday, 23 July 2016, Michael Lord competed in the Standard Bank Duo Challenge – the Duo Challenge Long, which consisted of a 25 km MTB and a 10 km trail run. During the bike leg, he had a quick start and managed to break away from the rest of the field with fellow competitor, Andrew Houston. Completing the bike leg together, Lord was then able to put some distance between him and Houston during the run, finishing in a winning time of 02h04m26s. Says Lord of his weekend win: “The two of us rode the whole of the bike course together. I have never ridden Boschendal before. There are some absolutely stunning trails and awesome little nooks and areas on route. At one stage we were riding just below the cliff faces with huge views of the whole of the Franschoek Valley. I definitely want to ride here again. We finished the bike together and then I managed to get away on the run. Super fun race, thanks Andrew.” The TinMan Tri-series took place in Durban at the Suncoast Sundeck on Sunday, 24 July. The TinMan Triathlon is a fast-paced, action-packed Triathlon and Running event. From the 4 different races offered, junior triathlon superstar, Mikaela Jonsson, competed in the tough, highly contested Ultra Tri Challenge - the Olympic Distance Triathlon - a 1km swim, a 30km cycle and a 10km run. Despite only being back in training for 3 weeks, Jonsson’s performance was impressive in all 3 stages, coming out of the water in a close 3rd in 13m27s, she gave it everything in the cycle leg, finishing in a close 2nd in 59m21s, and again ran hard to finish 2nd in 43m46s, winning in an overall time of 01h58m34, ahead of 2nd placed Teneal Featherby in 01h58s42, and 3rd placed Hayley Mee in . . .
Following the success of the Joyous 20 Tour in five provinces, MTN Joyous Celebration is heading to the city of eThekwini, for a pulsating two nights of praise and worship. On Friday, 29 July and Saturday, 30 July, Durban will be taken on a spiritual musical experience at the Durban ICC Arena, where the internationally acclaimed gospel sensation will take to the stage performing favourite hits such as ‘O setshabelo’ and ‘Ngiphephili’, to name a few. “This has been a remarkable tour for MTN Joyous Celebration and as the brand behind this hugely successful gospel music ensemble, we cannot wait to get to Durban and reward all our loyal customers and MTN Joyous Celebration fans alike through our unique activations”, commented MTN Chief Consumer Officer, Larry Annetts. For two decades, MTN Joyous Celebration has formed an integral part of South African households, captivating the hearts of millions of fans with its unique cross-genre infused gospel sounds, signature dance moves, melodic harmonies and show stopping garments. “As with all our productions, Joyous 20 is all about creating an experience while giving people their money’s worth by consistently providing a world class production. eThekwini will undoubtedly be treated to a spiritually enriched musical weekend”, concluded Founder, Lindelani Mkhize. Fans can purchase their tickets to the two-day concert taking place on Friday, 29 July and Saturday, 30 July at the Durban ICC Arena at Computicket from R200. Join the conversation on the MTN Joyous Celebration social platforms; Facebook: My Joyous Celebration and Twitter: @JoyousSA Tour Date Durban, ICC Arena Friday, 29 July 2016 at 19:30 PM and Saturday, 30 July 2016 at 19:30 PM CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
DHL Express, PricewaterhouseCoopers, Philip Barnard from GIBB, Candice Booysen from Argility, and Vuma Reputation Management are some of the trailblazers in HR, who have been recognised at the Future of HR Summit and Awards in association with Careers24. These individuals and organisations have implemented strategies and practices that deliver a direct impact on business performance and brought about innovations that set new standards for the HR industry. “In the working world, you have to keep up with the pace of change, and there are many factors that drive change. Technology and innovation will reshape the working world and this affects people greatly. The Future of HR cares about people and cares about making a difference in the HR industry. The time for HR professionals has come!” – Shirley Zinn, the celebrated HR specialist. Through communication, employee engagement and benefits, wellness programmes, planning, learning, development, and training, Rand Water has demonstrated excellence in caring as well as retaining talented employees. The organisation has demonstrated its unique and outstanding position as an employer in South Africa, therefore winning the Employer of Choice in a Public Sector Organisation category, sponsored by Public Sector Manager. Marc Privett, Head of Careers24 said, “It’s been a privilege to be part of this event. The quality of the content of the summit has been world class, and the awards entries of the 2016 Future of iHR is a clear indication that the Future of HR is on the right track.” For Entelect Software, who's focus is really aimed at education, walking away as the winners of the Best HR Industry using Technology award, gives extra emphasis to the great initiatives they are involved in. They have great relationships with the country’s top universities where they guest lecture, sponsor specific courses, and offer bursaries to under privileged students via The Entelect Foundation. “Education is a big focus for . . .
13 JULY 2016, PIETERMARITZBURG - Aintree Lodge Pietermaritzburg is hosting a comeback of the sell-out concert; A Tribute To Elvis, on Friday 22 July at 7pm. Andrea Giglio, Elvis Impersonator (That’s The Way It Was), will be performing some great numbers such as Are you lonesome tonight, It’s now or never and The wonder of you plus other songs from music legends such as Neil Diamond, Chuck Berry, Roy Orbison, Tom Jones, Frank Sinatra and many more. Aintree Lodge is a wheelchair and differently abled friendly venue and offers secure parking on the premises. Tickets are R100 per person. There will be a cash bar available, you can order your own food platter before the night or bring your own platter. To book your seat/table or for more information please contact Sue or Hennie on (033)-386 7956 or (076)-158 9881, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.aintreelodge.co.za. Venue: Aintree Lodge Bed & Breakfast Address: 31 Alice Grange Road, Scottsville, Pietermaritzburg, 3201 Event Date: 22 July 2016 Event Time: 19h00 (7pm) Contact Numbers: 033-386 7956, 076-158 9881 Contact Email: email@example.com YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VM2fmxxmO9U CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
KWAZULU-NATAL, BALLITO, 19th JULY 2016 – This weekend, 16-17 July, saw the Jeep Warrior series Race 4 of 8 take place in KwaZulu-Natal at Sugar Rush Park in Ballito, with over 3500 competitors all racing to get the opportunity to drive off in a brand new Jeep until the next Jeep Warrior event, should they hit the top spot on the podium in the Black Ops Elite category. Sugar Rush Park saw some unusual rain prior to the race, making many of the obstacles slippery and immensely challenging, physically and mentally, but the Jeep OCR Team, Thomas Van Tonder, Jay Jay Deysel, Joshua Masudi, Carina Marx and Hlubi Mboya, faced up to the challenge and excelled. In the Black Ops Elite Men’s Race, Jeep Team star racer, Thomas van Tonder, took top spot on the podium with a time of 01h40, over 30 minutes ahead of his biggest rival, KeyHealth Nevarest team racer, Greg Avierinos, in a time of 02h11, with fellow Jeep Team racer, Jay Jay Deysel, in 3rd place in 02h13, rounding off the Jeep Team’s solid achievements in the top elite race. Jeep Team’s Joshua Masudi, also raced in Black Ops Elites, but cramped half way ending his race for podium. Women’s Black Ops Elites, who compete over the same course as the men’s Black Ops Elites, had Jeep Team’s up-and-coming OCR star, Carina Marx, competing and nursing an injury, but achieving a respectable 5th place overall in a time of 02h29. Jeep Team’s celebrity competitor, Hlubi Mboya, competed in the Commando Elite Women’s Race, and says of her race, “This was one of the hardest Warrior Races I have ever competed in. It took me two hours but I refused to give up my band and be disqualified, even when it meant trying to complete an obstacle over and over again.” Mboya’s inspiring tenacity saw her just short of a Top 10 place in the Commando Elites. The Jeep Team will be competing in Jeep Warrior Race 5, which takes place from 20 - 21 August 2016 at Hazeldean Valley in Pretoria. RESULTS BLACK OPS ELITE - MEN 1. THOMAS . . .
15 JULY 2016, DURBAN – This weekend, get to the KZN North Coast for Round 4 of South Africa’s biggest obstacle course race, the Jeep Warrior Series, which is taking place at Sugar Rush Park in Ballito from 16 – 17 July 2016. This will be the second year that Sugar Rush is hosting a Jeep Warrior OCR. Sugar Rush is a beautiful venue set on a sugar cane estate, and the perfect place to host a spectator-friendly Jeep Warrior Race due to the nearby forest, single track, wide open spaces, and lots of jeep track to play on. Says Jonathan Hart, Advendurance event organiser and Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “Warriors taking part in Race 4 in Ballito this weekend will be able to look forward to slightly warmer weather than Gauteng’s Warrior OCR. The team has been working flat out over the last few weeks to build an exhilarating course complete with new obstacles that will be unveiled on race day. Sugar Rush is an awesome venue, especially for spectators. There’s lots of wide open space and the sun is almost always shining in this part of South Africa. Bring on the weekend!” Participants can look forward to a day of climbing, crawling, hanging and jumping as they attempt to take on some of the Gauteng favourites, which have been tweaked here and there, such as the 6m high Mamba obstacle that involves climbing to the top then sliding down half way then free-falling the rest of the way. The even-higher Tower of Rage is not for the faint-hearted. Participants climb all the way to the top of this monster and then jump into a large dam of water. Not forgetting the old favourite, Xtreme Monkey, which is a sequence of monkey bars in different sizes and positions involving massive upper body strength and quick thinking. The Pit is another favourite brought over from Gauteng, with a little tweak, and consists of a large hole in the ground surrounded by a mud mound with ropes hanging into the pit. Participant have to drag themselves out from the mud pit and over . . .