Johannesburg, May, 02, 2018 Tetra Pak to develop paper straws for its portion-size carton packages: Tetra Pak aims to launch a paper straw suitable for its portion-sized carton packages before the end of the year, as part of a broader programme to help address the issue of plastic straw waste. Straws play an integral role for portion packages that must be consumed on-the-go but they are also a part of the plastics waste problem. Tetra Pak has been working to encourage consumers to push straws back in the pack once they have consumed the contents so they can be collected along with the rest of the package. Now work is under way to develop a paper straw that is suitable for use on its portion-size carton packages. “It sounds simple enough,” says Charles Brand, Executive VP, Product Management & Commercial Operations, “but in reality there are a number of significant challenges to producing a paper straw with the required properties.” “That said, our development team is confident they can find a solution, and that we’ll have a paper straw alternative ready to launch by the end of the year.” Tetra Pak packages are, on average, 75% paperboard. Paper straws would be another important step towards the company’s long-term ambition of offering a completely renewable portfolio. ABOUT TETRA PAK Tetra Pak is the world's leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with our customers and suppliers, we provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 160 countries. With over 24,000 employees around the world, we believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Our motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™," reflects our vision to make food safe and available, everywhere. More information about Tetra Pak www.tetrapak.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tetra Pak to . . .
Music lovers will enjoy dual EQ modes, exceptional comfort and hands-free convenience Johannesburg, South Africa – 1 May 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, recently announced its Plantronics BackBeat GO 600 Series: wireless, over-the-ear immersive headphones featuring unique capabilities for people who put music first, at an economical price point. To ensure music lovers can create the listening experience they prefer, BackBeat GO 600 comes equipped with dual equalization (EQ) modes, to allow the listener to easily alternate between ‘Bass Boost’ and ‘Balanced’ EQ. Balanced EQ mode is Plantronics’ signature sound, which is tuned to be the most accurate possible representation of the source audio across all genres of music. Listeners can move between modes with a single push of a button – a feature not typically found on headphones in this price range. BackBeat GO 600 is slim and lightweight with an over-ear design and soft memory foam ear cushions that provide the ideal balance of comfort and isolation resulting in deep, rich sound with minimal distraction. “Our core expertise in headphones, wireless and premium experiences make Plantronics uniquely qualified to give music lovers the best possible immersive stereo experience at an affordable price point,” said Greg Miller, director of portfolio business management, Personal Solutions, Plantronics. “Plantronics’ baseline standard in all of our products is to provide superior audio, consistent with that found in our premium products.” Additional BackBeat GO 600 Series features and benefits include: • A rechargeable battery that delivers up to 18 hours of wireless listening time on a single charge. • Remaining connected at up to 33 ft/10 m from Bluetooth® compatible smartphones and tablets. • Ear cups that fold flat for easy storage and transport; ensuring comfort when worn around the neck. • A carrying pouch, a USB cable for charging and an audio cable . . .
Upon learning about the recent Rabies outbreak in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Ballito resident, Mark Taylor (40) has shared his story in hopes to empower and educate others about the devastating disease. In November 2012, Mark was on his way from Pietermaritzburg to Durban when he noticed a dog in the middle of the highway that appeared to have been hit by a car and was severely injured. As Mark approached the dog, he noticed its head raise slightly and the animal appeared to still be alive. Waiting for the traffic to clear, Mark rushed to the dog’s aid in hopes to rehabilitate the poor creature. “Being an animal lover I decided to stop and try and rescue the dog and against my better judgment laid him in the backseat of my car. As I bent over to pick up the dog it jumped up and bit me on the side of my face to form a cut about 10cm long from my ear down to my jawbone. The dog then ran away until I managed to catch it and take it to a nearby vet” – Mark recalls. When Mark arrived at the vet, the doctor voiced his concern that the dog might have rabies on account of the canine’s erratic behaviour. As a precautionary measure the vet tended to Mark’s open wound and sent him to a near by hospital to get Rabies Prophylaxis Injections, despite the dog’s saliva samples testing negative for the disease. The vet recommended that the unclaimed dog be put down due to its extensive injuries and arranged that portions of the dog’s brain be tested in the lab. More comprehensive tests revealed days later that the dog had indeed contracted the deadly disease and Mark was notified to seek further treatment. “The experience weighed heavily on me psychologically and still today I struggle to wrap my head around the " What If’s". I was lucky. Many others have not been so fortunate. A concerning fact about Rabies, is that once you have contracted the disease it is fatal. There is no hope for a cure. Even more alarming is t he fact that rabies can manifest inside the human body . . .
The number of women riders countrywide continues to grow, largely thanks to organisation’s such as the Durban-originated all-female biker crew, ShredBettys. This impassioned group of women will be engaging with audiences at this year’s South Coast Bike Fest™, sponsored by UGU South Coast Tourism and Tourism KZN, taking place at Margate from 27 to 30 April. What started out as a group of women bikers looking to create some waves in a traditionally male-dominated sport has grown into a dominant force within the biking arena with ShredBettys officially establishing itself in 2013. Today there are more than 400 members nationwide and it is considered the foremost social media avenue for South African women’s off-road racing. “We realised that we needed an established organisation that represented the voice and concerns of South African women within the motorsport’s industry,” explained Nicole Salt of ShredBettys. “We have worked hard to make a place for ourselves and representation at an event such as the South Coast Bike Fest™ goes a long way to create awareness about our role in motorsports.” ShredBettys feature numerous riders across various media platforms, disseminate information relating to health and exercise, organise monthly competitions and sponsored partnerships, and garner feedback from the riding community. One of ShredBetty’s prominent members returning to the South Coast Bike Fest™ is Durban’s Lanza van der Mescht who is hard enduro fanatic. Starting on her first bike - a Yamaha 750 road bike – Lanza got completely hooked on motorsports and, when she tried a dirt bike seven years back, she found her perfect fit. She currently rides a KTM 250 Freeride and has competed in a number of sporting events - the WFO Hard Enduro’s where she’s won the ladies’ championship two years in a row, as well as the KZN X-Country Series where she’s placed both first and second consecutively. “Competing in a male-dominated sport is always challenging,” she . . .
Things are set to get heated at the 2018 South Coast Bike Fest™, sponsored by UGU South Coast Tourism and Tourism KZN, taking place from 27 to 30 April, as some of the country’s best bikers head to Margate for some high-octane motorcycle action in the Full Throttle Staging Arena. Running from 10am to 4pm on Monday, 30 April at the Extreme Experiential Zone, the SOUTHERN AFRICA ENDUROX SERIES proudly hosted by Powasol Events promises audiences non-stop EXTREME biking thrills as experienced bikers master the obstacle-laden course in the hopes of taking the R10 000 Gold Prize. “Last year’s South Coast EnduroX was the first beach-setting contest of its kind in South Africa and the unbelievable track really put riders to the test, giving spectators a real show to watch,” said Managing Director of Powasol SA, Commentator and Event Director, Klint Mills. “This year’s SOUTH COAST ENDUROX at the South Coast Bike Fest™ - under the auspices of Motorsport South Africa - promises to be an even more electric experience. The riders will race laps in a prescribed timed format – similar to that of Europe – all of which is new to the Southern Africa EnduroX Series format. It’s going to be a really incredible event for the visitors and our riders.” This year will see bikers competing in six classes – Pro, Expert, Hobby, 85 Pro Mini, 65 Junior Mini and the Micro Mini’s for ages four to six. Some big-name riders competing for the Gold First prize will be Wade Young (Sherco Factory Rider), Kyle Flanagan (Proudly Bidvest Yamaha and current World Indoor Junior Champion contender), Travis Teasdale (Beta Factory Racing), Matt Barnes (KTM Durban), Altus de Wet (Roost KTM), Blake Gutzeit (2017 World Indoor EnduroX Champion) and Piwe Zulu (Herbalife Nutrition bLU cRU Yamaha Racing Team). The youngest rider taking to the track in the Micro Mini’s class is recently-turned-five-year-old, Cody Greger, of Drummond, KwaZulu-Natal. Riding since the tender age of only 18 months, little Cody . . .
The celebration of KwaZulu-Natal’s cultural diversity and encouragement of social cohesion are important elements of the annual South Coast Bike Fest™, sponsored by UGU South Coast Tourism and Tourism KZN, running from 27 to 30 April at the seaside town of Margate. The introduction of the dynamic Bollywood programme on Monday, 30 April works into this cultural celebration, bringing the entertaining festival to a close on a particularly high note. Starting at 11am, children are invited to participate in the fun and vivid Colour Fes at the Budweiser Main Beach Stage. Inspired by the traditional Hindu festival of Holi, children will get the chance to throw colourful powdered paint - resulting in a fun, messy array of colour. This vibrant beachside activity will take place on the sand – away from all non-participating festival-goers – and participants are encouraged to wear white clothing for maximum effect. The festival will then take a musical turn as renowned South African musician, Milano Singh, takes to the stage at 1pm for a dynamic one-hour, high-energy set. Famed KwaZulu-Natal radio DJ, Deon Govender, will then prove why he has such a big influence on the local club scene as keeps the momentum upbeat from 3pm to 4pm. His enthusiasm and larger-than-life personality make this a not-to-be-missed gig. This enticing line-up includes entertainment in the form of traditional Indian dancers who at be performing throughout the day. Festival-goers will also get a taste of local Indian culture through one of the many food outlets serving authentic cuisine and, for a touch of decorative body art, there will be henna tattooists at the show ready to make their mark. In addition to this captivating programme, visitors to the South Coast Bike Fest™ will also get the chance to visit eight festival-themed bars, a corporate dealership deck as well as 22 onsite clubs, pubs and restaurants catering to all interests and tastes. There is also full line-up of more than 30 . . .
The coastal town of Amanzimtoti on the KwaZulu-Natal Upper South Coast will once again be kilted out in tartan as the popular South Coast Highland Gathering returns to Hutchison Park on Saturday, 28 April from 8am to 5pm. Organised by the Amanzimtoti Lions and supported by Sapphire Coast Tourism, this year’s family-friendly festival fundraiser welcomes international judge, Paul Brown, to adjudicate the 30 pipe bands performing on the day. “We are extremely excited to have Paul Brown join us at the 2018 Highland Gathering,” said Amanzimtoti Lions member, Carol Botha. “Paul is an established pipe band performer with experience at world championship-level and his wealth of expertise really demonstrates the level of talent set to feature this year.” Brown, 44, has been playing pipe band drums since the age of seven, starting his career with Ballingry School pipe band under the leadership of Pipe Major, Bob Shepherd MBE. Brown – a resident of Fife, Scotland – went on to win numerous championship titles before progressing to the ranks of Grade 1, aged 13, with the world-famous Dysart & Dundonald Pipe Band. He continued to perform throughout his career – winning 13 major Grade 1 drumming titles including a Grade 1 World Championship and ‘Champion of Champions’ title - while also passing on his artistic insights to the many students who studied under him. Brown is the only Grade 1 drummer in history to hold six Grade 1 All Ireland drumming titles, outside of Ireland. Brown is currently a qualified Royal Scottish Pipe Band Association Drumming adjudicator, tutor and assessor for the Piping & Drumming Qualification’s Board. This year will see him join a group of adjudicators for the Grade 1 World Championship Qualification heats. Alongside the 30 performing pipe bands that Brown will be adjudicating at this year’s Highland Gathering, will be some 100 dancers from across the country performing the entrancing Highland Dancing as well as shows by the . . .
Johannesburg, April, 19, 2018 - We are well into the age of technology, living an always-on, always-connected lifestyle. But just as we still have bicycles among motor vehicles and pencils in our pen holder, paper will always be close to our computers and smart phones. With Earth Day on 22 April and World Book Day on 23 April, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is highlighting the importance of paper in our lives and environment, and calling on us to put down our phones and pick up a book. Imagine a world without paper Can you think about what that would mean? Think about your bedside table, the doctor’s waiting room or your handbag. There would be no books, magazines and to-do lists on the back of old envelopes. Open your kitchen cupboard – there would be no paper packaging nor labels, no kitchen towel, no milk and juice cartons. A world without paper would also mean no toilet paper or tissues. If you’re a teacher, look around your classroom. Take note of everything that is there from posters to artwork and assessments; egg boxes and cereal boxes waiting to be transformed into something creative; tissue boxes too. These would not be there if it were not for paper. Paper serves many needs Paper is essential, and often hidden in plain sight. It cleans, wipes and mops up spills. It protects goods on their journey from A to B, from cornflakes to computers. It preserves our words and memories when we print photos, write a birthday card or proudly display our child’s first stick man painting for all to see. It conveys and communicates. Paper is tactile and stimulates our senses. The act of turning pages and taking in the words without the distraction of pop-ads and fake news cannot be undervalued. Paper is better for our brains too Researchers and neuroscientists are discovering that our brains prefer paper. We are able to navigate the content more easily. We understand and remember things better if we . . .
One often hears the refrain from people that the mainstream media are not interested in their news. In this article MyPR will help you understand why that perception exists and lay out some methods that you could use to overcome the mainstream media's 'disinterest'. Let's define Mainstream Media: A media instance - commonly print - that has a large reach and has been in operation for many years. The perception still exists in most people's minds that any newsworthy event is not 'news' until it has appeared in print. Most people define succcesful exposure in the mainstream media as an appearance in a national newspaper, on TV or on a national radio station. Let's understand how a newsroom works: Mainstream media rely on journalists to 'go and get the story'. There is a downward pressure on newsrooms in terms of how many journalists they may employ and the overiding consideration that any Editor must entertain is the immediate profitability of his/her newspaper. Every decision that an Editor must make revolves around profitability TODAY. As there is a downward pressure on journalist headcount newsrooms find themselves under pressure to pay less which means that they get less experienced journalists and less all-round journalists. This leads to an emphasis on only covering stories that will appeal to the widest range of readers. For example, a sports journalist will therefore concerntrate only on the mainstream sports like Soccer, Rugby and Cricket and the lesser know sports like Sailing, Bowls, Netball etc. will not ever have a specialist journalist covering them. A newsdesk will assign stories to the journalst to cover and those decisions are made based on wide and popular appeal in order to sell as many newspapers as possible. Fewer journalists means a narrower emphasis on news, smaller newspapers and less money to spend on invetigative journalism. Today's journalist also has a number of 'layers' between him/her and final publication - a . . .
One of the biking community’s most notable traits is its dedication to charity drives and this will form a central focus at this year’s South Coast Bike Fest™, taking place at Margate from 27 to 30 April. Bikers will congregate on Sunday, 29 April at St Michael’s Beach for the Mayoral Mass Charity Parade in support of the non-profit organisation, 1 Million School Shoes. This is a national shoe collection campaign, started in September 2016, which aims to donate 1 Million School Shoes to children in disadvantaged communities as a way to empower these schoolgoers and support them on their educational journey. This year the campaign is focusing on collecting 100 000 shoes, which will go towards the larger 1 Million initiative, in celebration of ‘100 years of Madiba’. The NGO works closely with local charities and authorities to identify beneficiaries within the region of the donations. For the Mayoral Mass Charity Parade, all participating bikers and pillions are urged to bring a new pair of school shoes for donation, which the 1 Million School Shoes organisation will then collect and distribute at a later stage. Cash donations will also be welcome on the day. Roleta Lebelo of the 1 Million School Shoes NGO said: “We are excited to be working with South Coast Bike Fest™ on this great campaign. The biking community is always receptive to charitable causes and we look forward to a successful partnership.” Ray Nkonyeni Municipality’s Mayor Cynthia Mqwebu said they were excited to be supporting such a worthwhile initiative. “For many children in rural communities, getting to and from school is an arduous process which involves long walks over difficult terrain. This is a big ask of our young people who are seeking an education, and to do this without shoes is just unbearable. We hope that, through this fundraising rally, we can make the lives of our local children easier and instil some well-deserved dignity.” Bikers will meet at St Michael’s Beach car . . .