Cape Town, South Africa (September 2018) - Nic Haralambous - entrepreneur, author, speaker and stylish sock icon - has done it again. The businessman behind startups such as Motribe, ForeFront Africa and the popular fashion brand Nic Harry, has released his debut book, Do.Fail.Learn.Repeat. and it is exactly what you need to read if you are looking for an honest, open look at the life of an entrepreneur. From the age of 16, Nic has been exercising his entrepreneurial skills. Starting with building web-based products and moving on to creating full-sized companies in the tech world. He has built businesses from the ground up and seen many of them succeed, but he’s also seen a number of them fail. After graduating from Rhodes University, Nic tried to make his way up the corporate ladder but soon found that working on his own passions and interests was what he really wanted to be doing. So, that’s what he pursued. Founding multiple startups until he found his current brainchild, Nic Harry. The funky sock brand has taken South African men’s fashion by storm, and recently added a range of underwear and T-shirts as well. All products are made with soft bamboo fibres, allowing for comfort, style and variety for guys who want variety in their wardrobes. Now, Nic has written and released a business biography, in which he outlines his business successes and failures, as well as the lessons he learnt along the way. In the book, he gives an accurate and truthful account of how he got to where he is today. He opens up about failing and shares how he got back up after each failed attempt. The book came out in July 2018 and has hit all major bookstore shelves. It is also available on his website. Online buyers will receive a signed copy and can add a pair of Nic Harry socks, that match the book’s cover, to their carts as well. Nic is also available to be booked for talks, where he shares his experience and knowledge with like-minded . . .
Gymkhana GRiD World Finals to be held in South Africa on 1st December 2018 Celebrating Gymkhana GRiD’s seventh year of competition Totally unique competition format as GRiD returns to Carnival City, Johannesburg, for the second time, after the inaugural event in 2017 50 international drivers go head to head in two classes, set to burn rubber on a custom designed track layout One of Motorsport’s most unique competitions – attracting a full grid of elite international drivers is set to hold its world final in South Africa this year. That’s right; Gymkhana GRiD is back, and returning to Carnival City Johannesburg, at the end of the 2018 competition season. This not only means a one-of a kind racing spectacle will be going live on December 1st, but also, for all except two drivers, there’s a chance for redemption and a second shot at the coveted GRiD podium. For the series seventh year of tyre slaying, GRiD returns to the vast Carnival City Resort complex, with a faster, and more technical track layout – offering a fresh set of challenges to test man and machine to the absolute edge of their performance. Last year the Savannah of shred and a Braai of burnouts witnessed reigning FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson (All-Wheel Drive) and four-time Gymkhana GRiD rear-wheel drive class champion Luke Woodham steal the show in the final battles, leaving the rest of the field in their dust. Now the scene is set for a sequel of epic proportions. Luke Woodham explains: “It gets harder and harder every year. There are some big names coming over to South Africa, and I want to put up a good fight for the title again. Certainly I never expected to win it two times in a row, let alone three or four times in succession. But by all means I’m coming back in better shape than before – faster, and stronger. There’s a lot of pressure for sure – most of which I put on myself, but mainly I’m just excited now to get there and drive at GRiD again. It’s the . . .
Champions Decided at Billabong Junior Series in Cape St Francis this Weekend Event: Billabong Junior Series Status: WSL JQS 1,000 rated events for U18 Boys & Girls, SAST events for U16 & U14 Boys & Girls, and U12 Boys & Girls. Venue: Seal Point, Cape St Francis, Eastern Cape Dates: September 28 – 30. Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The best junior surfers in the country are arriving in Seal Point for the final event in the 2018 Billabong Junior Series. The surf forecast for the contest has signs that it might be an epic weekend of surfing at the ever-consistent Seal Point, with plenty of swell around for the competitors to display their top surfing skills to the judges. This event is possibly one of the most crucial junior surfing tournaments of the year, with much at stake for the competitors. Firstly there are the stand-alone event results, with surfers wanting to win this contest for points and prize money. Leading on from this, there are the Billabong Junior Series winners. Two event results count for these winners – from both the Billabong Junior Series Ballito and Seal Point events. This event will also crown the World Surf League (WSL) Africa Junior champions, which will also lead on to the qualification for the WSL World Junior Championships, including the top four men and top two women surfers who will compete in the World Junior Championships in Taiwan in December 2018. It promises to be an action-packed and dramatic weekend of surfing. The WSL Africa Men’s Junior Tour is currently being led by Luke Slijpen, with Eli Beukes and Max Elkington hot on his heels, and Dillon Hendricks and Bryce Du Preez not far behind. Slijpen has had an excellent competitive year and has a healthy lead in this division, with Beukes more than one thousand points behind him. In the WSL Africa Women’s Junior Tour rankings, Kai Woolf is out in front with a comfortable lead over second ranked Zoe Steyn, with Sophie Bell in third place going in . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 – Dentsply Sirona the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental solutions recently appointed Berenice Muller as the National Sales Manager -Consumables Division. Dentsply Sirona South Africa’s trusted brands have empowered dental professionals, in both practices and laboratories, to provide better, safer, and faster care in all dental disciplines for over 100 years. Dentsply Sirona started direct sales to their customers in South Africa as of 01 July 2018 and in her new position Berenice is leading the roll out of the new direct sales model to market and says “ We as the Dentsply Sirona Consumables Team are excited to expand our relationship with our customers and continue helping them deliver great dental care to patients .We are committed to working together with our customers on a personal level to provide a seamless consumer experience with significant cost benefits for their dental practices”. Berenice and her team of 15 staff – 10 Consumable Representatives and 5 Tele Sales Team members will offer customers a better solution and a one- stop-shop for all their dental consumable needs. Customers can now leverage entire practice volumes to receive as yet unseen commercial value through bespoke offers and deals on the Made-in-Bensheim/Germany CAD/CAMs, CBCTs ,TREATMENT CENTERs and the full portfolio of ENDODONTICS, RESTORATIVE AND PREVENTIVE MATERIALS from Dentsply Sirona. For more information regarding special product offers go to www.dentsplysirona.com/en-za Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, and more efficient dental care. We work with dental professionals to envision what could be possible, then provide innovative solutions to achieve it. Education and support helps us move each innovation forward, ensuring that the benefits are realised by everyone. Everything we do is about helping dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, . . .
The Plettenberg Hotel in Plettenberg Bay offers unparalleled sites for whale-watching and invites visitors to enjoy unforgettable whale-watching experiences and learn more about these majestic sea animals. Visitors to the hotel are afforded the experience of watching whales from the comfort of their hotel rooms in the sea-facing suites. Around 100 Southern Right Whales migrate to South African shores from the Antarctic to give birth and mate along the southern coast. This happens between June and November every year. The hotel is situated on a rocky headland in Plettenberg Bay along the famous Garden Route and is a haven for Southern Right, Humpback and Bryde’s whales. It’s important to note that excursions restrict viewing distances and time spent with each animal so that there is minimal interference and the whale is not disturbed. That being said, if you’re lucky, you can enjoy a spectacular display of breaching, tail and flipper slapping, sailing and spy hopping. “It is important that we take steps to ensure the health and well-being of these creatures that grace our shores” says Jacqui Elliott, CEO of The Collection by Liz McGrath. “Not only do they bring joy to those who love whale-watching, but they are critical to the environment and need to be conserved.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
National Arbor Week is allocated for the planting of trees and to educate the general public on the importance of greening in the cycle of life. National Arbor Week in South Africa, which usually takes place in September, is the time of the year when all South Africans are called upon to plant an indigenous tree, as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. At Servest, this forms part of a moral obligation by the CEO and his team. “Our landscaping department drives the culture of greening, how can we not practice what we preach’’, says Steve Wallbanks. Servest recently relocated to Waterfall Logistics Park in Midrand and plan to contribute towards growing more trees in the region. In honouring this commitment, South Africa’s national tree, a Yellowood (Podocarpus) tree was planted at the Servest Head Quarters (HQ) on Monday, 03 September 2018. Planting indigenous trees are important in our ecosystems, especially due to the benefits this has when it comes to water conservation. This is particularly important for our country, given the recent droughts; and our need to use water wisely to ensure our future generations have sufficient natural resources. Steve emphasises, “We understand this importance and take our commitment to creating a sustainable environment, very seriously.” In this regard, they grow their own indigenous trees on a farm outside Mpumalanga. These trees and other plants are then used to establish magnificent landscapes all over the country that allow ecosystems to thrive and create self-sustaining environments. According to documented research, over and above the ecological benefits, such as the reduction of air pollution, the benefits of urban trees include beautification, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of storm water run-off, reduction of energy costs through increased shade over buildings, enhancement of property values, improved wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the overall urban . . .
Over the last 4 years, fiber internet has been spreading like wildfire in South Africa. Allowing all major suburbs access to incredibly fast internet speeds, and along with this has been a ton of different streaming services trying to capitalize on the growth. These new streaming services like Netflix are making it possible for people to watch pretty much anything they want, all their favorite shows, from any device, online. In 2018, video streaming online can now be considered as commonplace for most modern people with an internet connection. Although it has made it much easier to watch your favorite television shows, does this new wave of technology mean the end of digital television providers such as Multi-choice DSTV? This has been a long-standing debate and as Netflix continues to expand to further countries including South Africa, we are seeing the entire disruption of television as we know it right before our eyes. According to the latest findings from My Broadband, there have been more than 400,000 new subscribers on Netflix’s platform since it first arrived in South Africa in 2016. This is a big deal and I can assure you DSTV is feeling the heat from its new competitors, although they are not going to give up without a fight. In 2015 Multi-choice foresaw this new trend and made headlines by announcing its own streaming service called Showmax which is available for free to their premium users. Showmax has a lot of the latest content for its users and I enjoy watching it but, in terms of quantity, it is by no means in the same league as Netflix and will need to step up its game even further if they want to compete in 2018. Multi-Choice is announcing that in 2019 they will come out with a new type of standalone internet version of DSTV which is said to replace the satellite dish. This new service is referred to as an OTT Over-The-Top version of their current platform and by doing this they will effectively be transitioning to an entirely new online . . .
BetterCompare.co.za launches in South Africa – The New way to compare car insurance quotes InsureTech startup BetterCompare.co.za has launched to market in South Africa, offering a new way to compare top car insurance rates from different insurers. BetterCompare.co.za is the new way to compare car insurance quotes from major car insurance companies. Better Compare retrieves prices instantly for its users to see side-by-side. Users looking to save time and money, can easily compare top car insurance rates from different insurers, fast. Better Compare is an impartial and independent car insurance price comparison service. Better Compare is not an insurance broker or an insurance company, it is a free to use insurance price comparison service that helps give consumers the control to find their own insurance partner in their own time. The service uses the latest digital technology to retrieve quotes directly from the various insurers’ rating engines, helping to save shoppers a lot of time and hopefully a lot of money on their premiums each month by helping them find the best deal for their unique profile (personal, car, usage, etc.), quickly and easily without having to call around for quotes. Users can get quotes online or via the Better Compare call centre by requesting a Call Me Back on the website. “All car insurance companies price differently according to their own unique rating calculations and business model. Every shopper too has their own unique personal and car profile, that will be different to the next person. In addition, the market keeps changing, such as car values. So, no two car insurance quotes are ever likely to be the same. Therefore it is probably always better to compare at least 3 quotes.”, pointed out Derek Wilson, MD. It is free to use the service and it is also free for all insurers to market their products on the platform. The prices quoted are as you would get if you went direct to the Insurer but the whole process is made . . .
Johannesburg, September 2018 - The highly anticipated Red Bull Box Cart Race is a global event for amateur drivers racing homemade soapbox crafts that are non-motorized and designed and built into outrageous, human-powered dream machines to compete against the clock in a downhill race. On the 16th of September 2018, South Africa's most innovative teams will race each other down the twists and turns of Sandton Drive in Johannesburg. Hoping to place their names in the history books, are Team War Rig, powered by Skullcandy. The Skullcandy War Rig Team is comprised of four South African sports champions, all with fight in their blood and a common goal, to win the Red Bull Box Cart race and feel the GLORY. For this momentous race, the War Rig is inspired by MAD MAX, a kick-butt battle-waging machine, designed to look fierce and animalistic, as it tears across the streets with all the ferocity of Furiosa, and driven by a cool crew of misfits, each possessing an extraordinary set of skills: • Team Captain and Driver: Brian Capper (Enduro Motorbike Athlete) • Co-Driver: Kerim Fritzgerald (Motor X Athlete) • Pit Crew: Martin van Staden (EFC Fighter Athlete) • Pit Crew: Courtnaé Paul (Beat Girl, Breakdancer, DJ) Team captain and driver, Brian Capper, is a committed, focused racer. Capper is an eleven-time South African Supermoto Champion and master of the Trials Bike. After retiring from Supermoto, Capper started racing on four wheels, off-road, for the Polaris and Imperial/Regent Insurance factory team – culminating his career with winning the Donaldson Cross Country Motor Racing Championship. Capper’s Co-driver, Kerim Fritzgerald, is often considered the “usual suspect” - a fiercely competitive racer always in the mix for a podium finish. Fritzgerald started motocross racing at the tender age of 4 and has since gone on to claim numerous National MX Titles, as well as two top-ten finishes in the Canadian MX2 East National Championship. Pit Crew . . .