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 . . .
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 . . .
The Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship at Sun City will celebrate its 21st anniversary this year with an attractive incentive for participants who enter before March 2. As the organisers strive to deliver a memorable experience when the weekend festival takes place on August 25 and 26, those who beat the early-bird deadline next month will receive a 15% discount. Announcing that entries were open, event organiser Mauritz Meyer said they were again looking forward to a weekend filled with cycling activities as they continued their association with the Cancer Association of South Africa. "This is one of the longest-running events on the South African calendar and we are again aiming to make a significant contribution to Cansa," said Meyer. "We have raised R4-million for the organisation over the years and obviously we are keen to support this very worthwhile cause." The organisers have introduced one minor change this time, hosting the event a week later than in previous years. "This prevents a clash with the annual Marikana memorial activities," said Meyer. "It means cyclists will be able to get to Sun City without having to worry about using alternative routes this year." He added that they would be sticking with the race routes they had used for the last two years. "The road-race route is fast and flat and has received only favourable feedback following the change to the traditional route in 2016." The feature race on the Sunday will cover a distance of 103km and will again be a premier seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. For road cyclists there is also the 70km race on the Sunday, while the mountain bike events, which present 25km- and 50km-route options, fill the Saturday slot over the weekend festival. Meyer said they encouraged families to enjoy a weekend at one of South Africa's iconic holiday resorts. "Join us for a fun-filled, action-packed weekend with loads of prizes up for grabs," he said. "You can gain free . . .
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 . . .
Domestic Flights South Africa is preparing for a busy 2018. With South Africa being a top tourist destination in Africa and expecting many tourists next near, they are constantly expanding their offerings and have a wide variety of different services available. With the goal to provide the easiest and most cost effective way to find and book the best travel deals at the cheapest prices. Domestic Flights South Africa offers flights, car rental, bus bookings, and accommodation across South Africa. Covering all the main metros including: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth When you search for flights with Domestic Flights South Africa, you’ll get results from all the major and low-cost carriers (such as Mango, SAA, British Airways, FlySaFair and Kulula) displayed in one place so that you can compare ticket prices allowing you to book the cheapest price.. You can refine also your results by playing around with various settings such as ‘departure time’ or ‘preferred number of stops’. Once you have decided on the best flight ticket for you, book and pay online in one seamless transaction. This applies to the Car Rental and Hotel booking facilities as well. Currently, Domestic Flights South Africa offers Cheap flights listing from some of the top flight providers and airlines in the world. Some of the notable international airlines include: Arik Air Cathay Pacific Airlines Delta Airlines Ethiopian Airlines Emirates Airlines Etihad Airways Kenya Airways Qantas Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Turkish Airlines Virgin Atlantic British Airways Fly Blue Crane Also including some of South Africa top domestic carriers and airlines including; FlySafair Kulula Airlines Mango Airlines SA Airlink SA Express South African Airways Not only have they got an up to date flight section with the top airlines, but they also list a wide range of car rental services from South African car rental . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
The recent donation of 500 packs of the reusable sanitary towel, Subz Pants and Pads, to high school pupils at Marikana Combined School in Marikana, the mining town based in North West province, will make a profound difference to these young women. Sponsored by ChromTech, a chrome beneficiation company which operates in the area, the 500 packs consist of nine pads and three accompanying cotton panties, which will last the recipient three to five years if cared for correctly. “ChromTech is committed to uplifting the communities in which it operates which is why this particular school was chosen,” explained Stephen Baird, financial manager of ChromTech. “With our team made up of engineers, we originally considered reviewing upgrades and or additions to necessary school infrastructure, but I was alerted to the need for sanitary towels in disadvantaged communities after hearing a radio discussion on the topic.” Stephen Baird and staff started researching the issue and were astounded to discover the impact a lack of sanitary towels was having on the lives of young women. From hygiene-related problems to school absenteeism, the lack of such a fundamental item needed by every female was crippling. For many young women, an entire week of school was forfeited monthly, detrimentally affecting their educational opportunities. “Although this is not something we’d considered before, when we realised the impact the lack of such a basic item could have on a girl’s future, we felt this was the cause to support,” explained Stephen Baird. “We wanted to assist as many high school girls as possible for the duration of their schooling career, but disposable sanitary towels are prohibitively expensive and storage space would prove a problem.” This is when ChromTech discovered Subz Pants and Pads, an incredibly durable, reusable sanitary pad and accompanying clip-on panty that is both financially and environmentally beneficial. Developed, designed and manufactured by . . .
Minor changes to the route of the Bestmed Satellite Championship could turn the racing on its head and make for an exciting and unpredictable finish on Saturday. The road cycling classic, which previously started at Saloon Route 66, has moved to Maropeng and, as a result, changes have been made to the 110km and 84km courses. Although the routes remain largely intact, the order of the major climbs has been switched around. In previous editions, participants faced the notorious Hekpoort ascent 30km from the end and then had to crest Poeierbult in the run-in to the finish. They will now take on the smaller of the two first before reaching the base of Hekpoort with around 10km to go. Once over the top of the 4km monster, it is largely downhill to the finish. Defending champion Willie Smit, who soloed to victory last year after ditching his competition on Hekpoort, said the changes would likely make for a very different race. "The change of route will change the dynamic of the race," said the national rider who recently signed for Swiss WordTour team Katusha-Alpecin for the 2018 season. He said the action would likely start far sooner, with the sprinters and slower climbers looking to get away in the earlier breakaways. "I think they will try to get away long before Hekpoort because they'll know once they get to that climb they have no chance of getting over first if they're with the climbers." The RoadCover star said the field would tackle the final climb with tired legs and he foresaw that it would be make or break for many of the favourites. "It's going to be very interesting from the start and to predict anything for this race will be very difficult," said the 24-year-old from Nelspruit who has won 16 races at home and in Europe this season. With some of South Africa's biggest names on the start list, including Bestmed Tour of Good Hope winner Kent Main (Dimension Data) and runner-up Myles van Musschenbroek (ProTouch), Smit said they . . .
A route which suits cyclists of all levels should ensure that the Bestmed Satellite Championship, which takes place next month, remains a prominent race on the South African road classics calendar. The event, which takes place near the Hartbeestpoort Dam in North West on October 14, provides offerings of 106km, 80km and 60km. Entries close on October 2. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said the race "was all about the route". "It has become such a popular route, with a wonderful and forgiving road surface all the way," said De Villiers, who is fresh from staging the three-day Jock Tour on some of the country's most unforgiving roads in Mpumalanga over the weekend. "The first 70km are always nice and quick as they present mostly flat roads with a few undulations." However, he added that it was not plain sailing all the way to the finish because of the Hekpoort climb that presented a proper challenge in the latter stages. "Of course, the nature of the race changes somewhat when you hit the base of Hekpoort, which is a signature ascent in South African road cycling. "After the 4km climb it remains undulating to the end," said De Villiers, but he warned riders about the infamous Poeierbult that lay in waiting around 10km before the end. "It's a relatively short climb, but it will again test the legs." Besides the quiet and cycling-friendly roads, De Villiers said there were a number of other key elements attached to the Bestmed Satellite Championship. "It's a seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour, which adds to the credibility of the entire offering," he said. "Furthermore, it is perfectly positioned in the lead-up to events such as the Tshwane Classic (November 5) and 974 Cycle Challenge (November 19)." He said participants would use the Satellite race either as a final long ride to prepare for the November classics or as a barometer to gauge their fitness. De Villiers felt another big plus for the event was the . . .