The culinary team at The Plettenberg, proudly announces a line-up of culinary feasts to enjoy up until September, whether a resident or guest visiting the beautiful Garden Route this winter season. Mother’s Day Champagne Breakfast at The Plettenberg - R200 per person. Celebrate your special Mum with a Champagne breakfast on 13 May for just R200 per person, which includes a full continental breakfast with fresh baked pastries, fresh fruit selection, cereals, muesli, yoghurt, cold cuts and cheese, fruit juices and smoothies. In addition to the above you may choose a hot breakfast from the à la carte menu. A glass of Champagne and a Bloody Mary Bar are included. Mother’s Day Champagne Breakfast is available on Sunday 13 May from 07h30 to 10h30. It’s Burger & Beer Monday at The Plettenberg - Enjoy 2 PlettenBurgers and 2 Fraser's Folly Craft Beers for just R300 per couple! 180 g homemade patty with heaps of cheddar cheese, caramelised onions and hand cut potato chips. Choose between a Fraser's Folly Pale Ale or Fraser's Folly Pilsner to enjoy with your burger. Valid every Monday from 16 April until 30 September for Lunch and Dinner. Terms and conditions apply. Fraser’s Folly is a small micro craft beer brewery located in the Strandveld on one of South Africa’s most southern wine estates Wednesday is Curry Night at The Plettenberg - Enjoy dinner for only R200 per couple for 2 mouth-watering curries served with fragrant rice, poppadum, dhanja chutney, sambals and raita. Choose from 3 curries - a traditional South African curry, an exotic curry from a country of the Chefs choice or a vegetarian curry. The selection of curries will change on a weekly basis. There will be a spicy hot curry and two milder curries. Valid every Wednesday from 18 April to 30 September for Dinner. Terms and conditions apply. It’s Fish & Chips Friday at The Plettenberg - R250 for 2 Fish & Chips and 2 glasses of Hartenberg Alchemy White Wine per couple. What could be more . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Devmark Property Group’s brand new retirement village in Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg Manor, broke ground this week to start building the second phase of at least 30 houses before the end of this year. The development will offer residents eight accommodation types ranging from apartments to three-bedroom exclusive homes designed in the Cape vernacular style, juxtaposing the Cape South Coast’s rural charm with sophisticated modern functionality and open plan living. Says Hein Ehlers, CEO of Devmark Property Group: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the development on the estate. The first residents are starting to move in and the Gatehouse and Entrance Road were completed end November last year.” Erik Steyl, MD of Devmark Construction, adds: “We’d like to wish the construction team in Plett all the best with the months of hard work ahead. The Plettenberg Manor is Devmark’s eighth retirement village in 28 years. We’re building other people’s future today!” As part of the construction, the former Keurbooms River Hotel will be restored and refurbished to function as the estate’s clubhouse, offering residents and guests the best dining and leisure experience. Ehlers continues: “The clubhouse will include a restaurant, coffee shop, ladies bar, beauty salon, a convenience store, assisted living suites as well as a healthcare centre including a 24 bed frail care centre. For the young at heart, the vitality wing of the clubhouse will offer numerous exciting options to stay fit and happily entertained with a fully equipped gym and swimming pool.” Accommodation types include the Blue Crane, Grey Heron and Egret Luxury Homes, the Kingfisher and Sandpiper Cottages as well as apartments, selling between R1 450 million to R3 825 million. The newly launched Penguin and Cormorant Luxury Cottages offer prospective buyers an even wider choice with two bedroom and two bathroom units selling from R2 345 million. Ehlers is very enthusiastic about the The Plettenberg . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
South Africa, 09 April 2018 - Durban girl and aspiring leader Kuhlekonke Ntuli is leading the pack as a strong contender on a national TV show, One Day Leader, on SABC 1. A top six contestant, Ntuli beat over 6000 of her peers to secure a spot on the show which develops young leaders by having them tackle and debate real issues facing South African society today, and boasts a viewership of over two million. Born and bred in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Ntuli is passionate about women empowerment, social development and leadership. She encourages leaders to love people in order to be effective in the work they undertake. “If leaders want to serve people, they need to learn how to love people first,” says Ntuli. She also challenges women to embrace each other in order to build effective relationships and impact society. No stranger to leadership, Ntuli was awarded honours for exceptional leadership at Pinetown Girls High School in matric and is former SRC President of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus, where she is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Housing. Since being on One Day Leader, Ntuli has been a strong contender, leading the viewer scoreboard for four weeks in a row and the overall scoreboard for two weeks in a row, with just four weeks left before the end of the show when the winner will be announced. If the scoreboards, her performance on the show thus far and the support she’s amassed on social media are anything to go by, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say Ntuli could bring home the win. One Day Leader airs every Thursday at 9 PM on SABC 1. To keep up with the conversation on Twitter, search #OneDayLeader6 or follow Kuhlekonke at @WatuNtuli. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) has broken its ties with Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) following the announcement of the organisation’s captive wildlife criteria. “We feel that the recently introduced FTT captive wildlife criteria are not strict enough, they are open to interpretation, and don’t sufficiently address the interest of captive wildlife,” says Tony Blignaut (CEO SAASA). “However, we are fully committed to continue following the other FTT principals in our business model, as we believe these represent best practice in the industry.” The four SAASA wildlife sanctuaries (Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Jukani and Monkeyland KZN) put the welfare and the needs of their animals above all else and believe that they have an intrinsic right to be treated respectfully. Hence, they have always prescribed to a complete hands-off rule when it comes to their sanctuaries and have adopted a “no grey areas” policy. “It’s the grey areas where the disagreement lies. FTT based their captive wildlife criteria mostly on the widely accepted ABTA Animal Welfare Guidelines. However, the latter still allow for some human-wildlife interaction and feeding of wildlife, as long as a thorough risk assessment has been undertaken,” explains Blignaut. Blignaut furthers that SAASA would like to see the FTT certification standard for captive wildlife to be made more stringent and adopt the Dutch ANVR Addendum of Unacceptable Practices Regarding Animals in Tourism. “The ANVR have taken a firm stance against for example walking with any big cats, as well as using birds of prey for display and falconry, where birds are tethered.” “We don’t allow any hands-on interaction in any of our sanctuaries, regardless whether we deal with lions, lemurs or budgies,” says Lara Mostert, Marketing Manager for SAASA. “We do understand the need for businesses to be financially viable in order to look after those same animals in a sustainable manner. However, every business needs to . . .
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 . . .
South Africa, March 24th, 2018 - A new loan product that could change the way you borrow money. Traditionally, if you wanted a loan you would have to walk into a high street bank, complete reams of paperwork and wait weeks for the money to hit your account. However, now online loan companies like Wonga are offering quicker solutions which allow consumers to take back control of their finances. There are many reasons you might need a personal loan, however you may find that searching for one with the right repayment period proves difficult. Wonga traditionally offer payday loans, which you pay back usually within a month. This is ideal if you have a sudden, quick bill or payment to process, but not if you want a bit longer to repay. Other loan companies might offer personal loans that last several years – you can get 3, 5 or even 10 year personal loans. This, on the other end of the spectrum, means you are saddled with this debt for much longer. What customers often want is something in between. This consumer need resulted in the creation of the Wonga personal loan which lasts up to 6 months. First time customers can receive anything up to R4000 which is paid back monthly in 6 equal installments. You can use Wonga’s website slider to decide how much you can borrow and for how long, offering 100% transparency for customers – something which Wonga pride themselves on. The 6 month personal loan provides the flexibility of longer term credit without the long term commitment required by other lenders. For instance, nedbank.co.za offers R4000 loans for a minimum of 12 months which results in a total repayment of R6261. Longer loan terms are perfect for some customers, but for some this is the type of long term commitment some borrowers aren’t looking for. If you want to repay the loan sooner, Wonga operates a policy that encourages early repayment on loans to help customers avoid paying too much interest. This is in an effort to help consumers . . .