Johannesburg, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce their partnership with First National Bank, who have integrated card payment systems for parking in Ghana. “This credit/debit card payment facility was initiated by FNB and draws on the technology of the new parking systems that Servest installed at Kotoka International Airport, Accra in 2016”, says Mike Clark, Director of Servest Parking. People can now use their Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards to pay for their parking at Kotoka International Airport. This is a first for Servest in Ghana and the next step in a number of innovations and new technologies Servest is planning for the parking market in Ghana and the African continent. In Ghana, Servest partners with Parking Solutions Limited. The initial reluctance from banking institutions to come on board has been put to rest as First National Bank has taken the lead in providing innovative ways to pay for parking as part of their improved customer service. The convenience of paying by credit/debit card or cashless payments for parking is increasingly adopted by parkers and no more so than at international airports, particularly for business people on the go. There is no more hassle about change, no cash in hand is needed, receipts are provided, payments are secure, and customers pay the same parking tariff with greater convenience. First National Bank saw the opportunity to extend their market and increase use of cards through Servest’s parking operations. According to Servest’s experience in the airport parking market, card payments for parking can exceed 50% of all transactions. The value of parking transactions at airports is significantly higher than at other typical retail and commercial parking facilities. This makes the payment cost per transaction more viable for banks and is a more convenient way for customers to pay for their parking. According to an article in the New York Times on 10 March 2018, “Ghana is . . .
Johannesburg, April, 11, 2018: Free up your time for what’s good in life - by Penny Ntuli, marketing director of Tetra Pak South Africa Have you ever sat down at the end of the week, and realised you just couldn’t find the time to do all the things you set out to do? Juggling work, household chores, reading and exercise all in one day can sometimes seem impossible. We all want a better quality of life so we must focus on what’s good. That consumer drive is why companies constantly look for and find ways to make peoples’ lives easier. Even something as small as a milk box can often save you time and make life convenient. It can give you drinks on the go as you zoom around trying to fit in the million and one things that need to be done. Here are 10 tips and tricks to free up your time for what’s good in life: Take a step back The first and most crucial step is to take a step back and look at what’s good in your life and what could be better. You can ask yourself what you want to do more of or what you want to change. Stepping back helps you prioritise what’s important and what’s not so you can find the time to do the things you want. Create your perfect formula for a daily routine Now it’s time to organise. Organising a list of tasks helps you achieve balance by ensuring things get done when they need to without eating up too much of your time. Daily chores can leave you exhausted and with little time to enjoy the weekend. Organising your time at the start of each week with a to-do list helps you plan to save. There are a bunch of mobile apps that can help you and many of them are free. Do a little bit everyday Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” But don’t cram too much into one day and leave yourself exhausted. Instead, do a little every day, particularly the little chores you may save up for the weekend. Start preparing a few days in advance if you're planning a dinner party, divide . . .
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced it has extended the management and reporting aspects of its cloud software solution, Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11, to include Plantronics unified communications (UC) headsets connected to mobile devices running iOS and Android. This extended reach is enabled through the Plantronics Hub mobile application. By deploying Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 and Plantronics Hub, IT managers can now see, manage and gather valuable insights from the entire line of Plantronics enterprise communications devices that are on the desktop and attach to tablets and mobile phones. “More than 53% of organizations have interest in ear-to-ear diagnostics that would enable IT leaders to manage voice performance from the user perspective, and more than 35% of companies are increasing deployment of mobile UC clients,” said Irwin Lazar, vice president and research director at Nemertes Research. “These realities make it more important than ever to ensure IT and line-of-business managers are equipped with solutions that can help them obtain analytics and actionable insights from across their company’s entire communications ecosystem." Plantronics Manager Pro is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) designed to manage Plantronics communications devices. With its easy-to-use tools, IT professionals and their managed-services partners are able to proactively manage the performance of every supported Plantronics headset across the enterprise, ensuring best user experience by accessing actionable insights. Plantronics Manager Pro is available through authorized resellers in most countries around the world. New offerings in Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 include: -The ability to see, manage and gain actionable insights from the complete line of supported Plantronics business communications devices, including all Plantronics UC headsets attached to Mac OS and Windows desktops as well Android and iOS mobile . . .
BON Hotels launches revamped BON Hotel Abuja BON Hotels launched their revamped BON Hotel Abuja at an event attended by media guests and VIPs on 20 March 2018. The hotel, which services international and high profile clientele, has recently undergone an upgrade and extension following the success of the previous 28-roomed offering. South-African based BON Hotels, who own, operate and manage hotels across the African continent, believe that they along with the owners have set a new benchmark for hotels in Nigeria. The four-star international standard BON Hotel Abuja, which was taken over by the BON Hotels group in October 2016, has completed phases 1 and 2 of a total revamp. The initial phases saw a refurbishment and redecoration of the existing rooms and bathrooms, an upgrade and revamp of all the public areas, the addition of a swimming pool, a gym and a coffee lounge. The final phase, which is still in progress, is the addition of 20 new rooms on the recently acquired property adjacent to the existing hotel. The owner and general manager in consultation with Executive Chef Chris Geldart have also upgraded their restaurant and kitchen facilities and launched a new menu, improving the already high-quality offering. As a flagship hotel for the BON Hotel Group, the owner and management are thrilled with the result of the luxury upgrade, which has been in process for 18 months. General Manager Ankia Geldart explained that it wasn’t without challenges “as a working hotel, with in-house guests, the revamp was often a challenge as the hotel needed to consider guests and mitigate any inconvenience.” The impressive upgrades were showcased to guests and media who attended the event where Ikenna Chukwueke, owner of the property, confirmed the joint commitment. “Our mutual commitment to this project speaks for itself; you simply do not achieve an average room occupancy of 90% by accident. This takes careful design, and commitment of both parties to consistently . . .
BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu opens its doors BON Hotels, a hospitality company that owns, manages and markets hotels throughout Africa, has added BON Hotel Sunshine Enugu to their Nigerian portfolio, bringing the number of properties they manage in the region up to 25 hotels across 14 cities. The opening, held on Sunday, 18 March, was attended by VIP guests, members of the press, hotel owners, stakeholders and government representatives. Conveniently located just 12 minutes from the airport and in close proximity to the city centre, the new BON Hotel Sunshine is primed for the corporate, business and leisure traveller, with facilities of an international standard. The décor is stylish and understated in line with international trends and features 92 spacious rooms, a modern gym, business centre, 2 restaurants, a sky lounge and bar as well as a poolside bar. Wi-fi is complimentary throughout the hotel. The conference centre comprises 3 meeting rooms seating up to 300 delegates and provides spacious, innovative facilities for special events and celebrations, conferences, weddings, promotions, launches, workshops or small meetings and gatherings. Director of BON Hotels International West Africa, Bernard Cassar said that the group is excited to welcome BON Hotel Sunshine to the fold. “The hotel is a great fit for us and in line with our vision for establishing a trade route circuit and central hub linking important centres and communities across the region.” He added that the hotel is to be positioned as an affordable, 4-star, international, boutique-style, full-service hotel. The group remain confident in the potential of the region and steadfast in their expansion plans, providing ongoing support to local tourism and the hospitality industry, their guests, staff, suppliers and the local community. Developing “Africa by Africans” remains front and centre of their growth strategy and commitment to Africa. In his opening address, owner Emeka Nwandu said, . . .
Johannesburg - 03/16/2018. 7 ways you can be a green hero. By Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa It seems nowadays everyone is talking about climate change and how important it is to protect the environment. But what can we actually do about it? Governments and businesses focus on long term, sustainable solutions but it’s not just their job to save the environment that we all rely on. We all live on planet Earth and it’s our job to help protect it for our children and their children. That’s why our packaging containers use only natural, renewable, and recyclable resources to help leave future generations a clean and safe environment. Businesses like ours, and governments, can make a really big impact in making the world a better place for all but it’s everyone’s mission to contribute. Here are seven small ways you can actively take part to help make a big difference: Contribute to the recycling movement Probably the easiest way to help is to recycle – it’s the commonest environment friendly action that people perform. It means you can avoid overusing valuable natural resources and start separating garbage by putting aside carton packages for recycling. Check your labels Many companies like ours try to make going green a viable option for you by using products made from natural, renewable, and recyclable resources. We let you know by marking the product packaging so that all you have to do is check the package when you’re at the supermarket. Look for the sign that it’s made from easily bio-degradable materials or to see if they originate from forests that are managed in sustainable ways that protect trees for the future. We mark this with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. It’s proof that the product you are buying is made using wood from responsible sources. Turn off your lights and taps when not in use It’s super easy – and super effective – to make sure your lights are off when you leave a . . .
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 March 2018 In the era of communication and collaboration, noise reaches everywhere, including your bottom line. In today’s open offices, noise is the biggest distraction to getting work done. Modern work spaces promote collaboration but in increasingly crowded spaces, the sounds created by hard surfaces and fewer walls can make it hard to focus. Plantronics brings immersive headsets along with an intelligent multi-sensory experience that uses natural sounds and complementary visuals to dynamically adapt to distracting speech and ever-changing noise to keep an office in tune. Hero Solutions: Voyager 6200 UC, Voyager Focus UC, Blackwire 5200, Savi 700 For on-the-go workers, which we’re seeing more and more of, even in South Africa, noise in mobile environments makes it difficult for them, and their teammates back in the office, to hear, be heard and connect to what matters most. For this type of work style, Plantronics has products that easily connect to multiple devices and cancel out noise on both sides of the conversation. Hero Solutions: Voyager 8200 UC, Voyager 5200 UC, Voyager 6200 UC In contact centers, noise is a huge problem. With so many conversations happening at once, focus can sometimes falter, employee comfort can drop, and the security of sensitive customer information could potentially be compromised. Plantronics has purpose-built headsets designed for the Contact Center, but with hundreds – even thousands of headsets to manage, dealing with individual needs can be labor-intensive. Through SaaS, Plantronics delivers insights, simplifies headset adoption and lets IT respond to needs without interruption to the CX, all from one place. Hero Solutions: Encore Pro 500/700, Manager Pro Wherever work happens, noise stands in the way. With Plantronics’ portfolio of collaboration solutions, it doesn’t have to. For more information or sales questions, contact one of our authorized local South African . . .
Satowallet is a leading digital currency multi-wallet committed to delivering a top notch wallet designed for every level of cryptocurrency trade; Satowallet is indeed easy to use. Satowallet has provided a lasting solution to the problem of having to own multiple accounts by having just one account with multiple wallets integrated, since its official Satowallet has delivered undeniable satisfaction to its users, and has recently undergone upgrade to ensure a simple, swift and secured experience. The latest upgrade was launched earlier this month with amazing features to include (but not limited to) the following; Security: Satowallet launches upgrade with top notch security with 2factor authentication integrated. This gives users 100% assurance that their digital currency is safe, in addition to this, the newly upgraded Satowallet is designed to run solely on mobile app, as the Android app is up for downloads, and the IOS will be launched in a few hours. Free transactions of coins within Users: it is no doubt that transactions on Satowallet are faster, safer, and cheaper, now there’s more with the newly upgraded Satowallet all transactions within registered users are free. Coin swap: in addition Satowallet offers its users a mouth-watering offer to swap a variety of coins, this feature permits you to exchange your Bitcoin for other supported Altcoins, vice-versa. Excellent Support: Satowallet has an excellent support team, immediate response to all tickets and mails, all feedbacks are welcome. Multiple Coins: Satowallet currently supports Bitcoin and over 50 Altcoins, making it the best choice. Having achieved the above listed, developers of this great project look out for more chances to meet international standards, giving its users an assurance that there is more to come as Satowallet is more than capable to commit to its already set goals to be the world’s finest Cryptocurrency multi-wallet; Simple Swift and Secured. CLICK HERE to submit . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa --February 2018 4% of employees agree blocking out noise increases their productivity.(1) Today, work happens everywhere — in busy open-plan offices and contact centers, at home, even coffee shops. This flexibility is great for business and people, but with it comes a new challenge: noise. Distraction caused by noise reduces productivity and well-being and, in contact centers, detracts from a positive customer experience. Studies show that it takes 23 minutes to recover from distraction(3) and over 58% of employees are distracted multiple times each day.(2) That represents a significant impact on your customers’ businesses you can easily help avert through proven noise reduction strategies and products. Managing Noise: In the Contact Center In the contact center, noise remains the biggest complaint among employees(4) and can negatively impact customer satisfaction.(3) But managing noise effectively can raise productivity,2 improve customer experiences(5) and impact the bottom line.(1) Plantronics creates technologies that manage noise to help contact centers be more effective and businesses be more successful. Let’s look at some common situations: Customer Service Representative (CSR) - Needs to handle urgent requests from customers quickly and efficiently. Key challenge: Hearing and being heard by customers. Help Desk Support - Manages intense, often lengthy, customer calls. Key challenge: Wearing headset all day (comfort, battery issues). Supervisor - Supports CSRs with call assistance and training. Key challenge: Background noise and audio quality on escalated calls. High-Level Support - Guides and supports CSRs on most challenging calls. Key challenge: Mobility within office to help with urgent situations. How do you handle these challenges within your business? Contact Center Solutions Plantronics engineers solutions that help people manage the noise around them so they can be more effective — no matter where . . .
Naijafund is a crowdfunding website aimed at Nigerians wherever they are to raise money online for anything. Anyone with a Nigerian bank account can launch a campaign on the website and share their campaign easily with the social media sharing tools available on each campaign page. The crowdfunding website is a donation-based website that operates a keep all you raise model and prohibits offering of rewards or perks in return for donations. Donations to campaigns are remitted to the campaign creators’ bank accounts without any extra action required from them. It is free to register and create a campaign and campaigns are only subjected to fees when donations are made. Naijafund crowdfunding platform has over twenty five campaign categories but popular categories include: Medical, Education and Business. In recent times, there has been a rise in fundraising campaigns in the politics category. “This is not surprising since the political campaigns for the 2019 General Elections are fast approaching” Said the CEO and Founder Amaka Osemene. With Naijafund, users on the crowdfunding platform are exposed to philanthropic individuals and organizations that they ordinarily wouldn’t have had access to. “The crowdfunding service has also been able to facilitate people in making contributions towards a common goal” said Osemene. “People have found it easier to collect contributions from family, friends, classmates and members of associations on the platform towards their annual meetings, weddings, funerals and parties regardless of participants’ geographic location”. The Naijafund android app is available for download on its website with other operating systems versions planned for future release. About Naijafund Naijafund is a crowdfunding platform that brings together fundraisers and donors to help realize dreams. The platform is Headquartered in Lagos State, Nigeria and was founded by Amaka Osemene in 2016. CLICK HERE to submit your press release . . .