Pretoria, June 07, 2018 - Locally owned software company BTK Software announced today the launch of the world’s first anti-poaching game for Android and Apple users namely POACHER DOWN. The initial version of this First Person Shooter (FPS) game utilizes 3 language options including Zulu and Afrikaans which is another first for international gaming. BTK Software designed the app to help curb the epidemic of poaching in Southern Africa and hopes to generate much needed international awareness and funds for this cause. BTK partnered with local anti-poaching organisation the Rhino Pride Foundation as the beneficiary of all national and international donations generated though the app. Poacher Down is an action-packed shooter game where the user needs to protect an array of animals from an ever increasing number of poachers. The user can choose from a range of weapons, guns, grenades and bullets. The game even has a slow motion action sequences for kill shots. “The idea from the beginning was to create a world class action game that is entertaining and fun to play. The more people that play the game the better. Users can help by simply clicking on a donation button in the game. We also plan on adding a couple more language options to unlock additional local and international market segments such as Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and other South African languages. Players like to hear the poachers shout, cry and make jokes in their native tongue.” said CEO Werner van der Westhuizen Although the game comes across as gruesome and graphic at times, the user can simply switch off the blood and strong language in the game’s settings menu. Another perk in the game is the use of an international leader board where users can see their ranking compared to all the other players across the globe. This is definitely an innovative approach to creating awareness for the poaching epidemic and we look forward to see what the public will make of . . .
The Madibaz men's football team will be targeting promotion to the top section when the University Sport South Africa (USSA) tournament takes place in Port Elizabeth next month. Hosted by Nelson Mandela University from July 2 to 7, the cream of South Africa's men and women varsity footballers will be in action on the various campus fields. Competing in the B section, Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy said the PE side, who won the title in 2011, had promotion to the A section as their main focus. "Section B consists of four groups of three teams each, which means that Madibaz will have to progress to the knockout stage to have a chance of promotion. "If they are able to achieve that, they will have a good chance of going up because three teams will be promoted and three teams will be relegated." He said the women's team would be seeking a top-10 finish in the A section, having previously produced their best performance in 2010 when they came sixth. As part of the organising committee, Tommy said they were preparing for a huge invasion during the week, with nearly 1 500 players and officials in PE for the tournament. "This is the biggest football tournament to be played in this region and will generate great investment for the city through accommodation and hospitality expenditure. "From a football perspective it will provide the public with an opportunity to witness all the country's top university teams during the week. "We encourage potential students and schoolchildren to come to see the action, which could act as a source of motivation for them to consider their tertiary studying prospects." From a logistics viewpoint, Tommy said a total of 64 teams would be in the city for the week. "The A sections in both the men's and women's tournaments will comprise 20 teams, while there will be 12 teams in each of the men's and women's B sections. "The top eight in the men's A section will qualify for the Varsity Cup . . .
Johannesburg, June, 6, 2018 Scott Ambler and Mark Lines talk business agility in South Africa in July IndigoCube will once more host the internationally renowned and locally popular Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, creators of the Disciplined Agile Framework, but this time with a principally business focus for the first Business Agility Conference hosted in South Africa. The duo will host a conference and present workshops for a week in July aimed chiefly at business people rather than IT people. “The conference is about business agility,” says Jaco Viljoen, the principal consultant and head of digital at IndigoCube. “It’s agile for the whole business, not just IT, so it’s for business people curious about modern practices for the digital enterprise and how that affects all divisions from HR to finance, marketing and the rest.” Scott Ambler, the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, is also the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and the founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC). Mark Lines is Managing Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, coach and co-author, with Scott Ambler, of “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”, which details their approach to DAD. “Scott and Mark compare this to a racing car,” he says. “IT is the engine but businesspeople put the agile, high performance engines into tractors and make them plough fields. Similarly, IT operations must become suitable high performance engines for the racing car chassis and drivetrain. Both must work together to be competitive in this extremely demanding world.” The two internationally renowned Canadians will be the main attraction at the conference on July 17, from 09:00 to 13:00 held in-conjunction with IBM at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. IndigoCube will provide training on Disciplined Agile (DAD) in conjunction with Scott . . .
Plantronics RIG 500 PRO Photo: Plantronics Stock Image Patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial enables Xbox One and PS4 gamers to keep hands on their controllers while changing volume. Santa Cruz, Calif. – June 5, 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced the RIG 500 PRO Series of gaming headsets, created to deliver high-fidelity audio in an ultra-lightweight design for the truly competitive gamer. RIG 500 PRO Series are the first gaming headsets to feature an exoskeleton earcup design with isolated inner acoustic chambers to reduce distortion, creating the ideal audio solution for today’s high-resolution gaming platforms. Premium 50 mm drivers deliver wide-range frequency response while dual-material ear cushions provide the combination of noise reduction and comfort competitive gamers need for long, focused sessions. In addition, the console editions come with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial, a 3.5mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers. Console gamers can now adjust volume directly from the controller without lifting their hands. PC models feature an inline volume slider. “The new RIG 500 PRO Series takes the innovative modular design of the RIG 500 to the next level,” said Gregory Morquin, Category Business Manager, Gaming Products, Plantronics. “And, it continues the impressive number of firsts we’ve brought to competitive gamers, including the first VR-focused headsets, Dolby Atmos® activation and now, the RIG Game Audio Dial for Xbox One and PS4 wireless controllers.” RIG 500 PRO Series, available in Console, PC and Esports editions, builds upon the lightweight, modular design of the original RIG 500 with performance-boosting features including: • Premium 50 mm drivers for expanded frequency response • A removable noise-canceling microphone boom and flip-to-mute feature • Removable audio cables that can be easily swapped or replaced • Snap-in . . .
The South African International Maritime Institute (SAIMI) has announced the appointment of Soraya Artman to steer its operational side, as it seeks to strengthen partnerships within the South African maritime sector and beyond. Previously the senior manager of finance for the Nelson Mandela University Business School, Artman brings a wealth of experience in finance and corporate governance within a research-driven organisation to her new role as director of operations. “One of SAIMI’s overarching aims is to be a national institute which is recognised nationally and internationally. To achieve this, we need to partner with all universities, colleges and private training providers who have an interest in maritime affairs,” Artman said. “This will help South Africa pursue its national interest in growing maritime economic participation. We also need to grow and enhance SAIMI’s education and training portfolio and services to the maritime industry.” Headquartered in Port Elizabeth, SAIMI was established through funding support from the National Skills Fund, to coordinate the development and implementation of a national skills development plan for the maritime sector. It also provides a link between industry and training and academic institutions to ensure that education and training programmes meet the needs of the maritime sector. Artman said her role would be to implement and improve processes to ensure efficient operations within SAIMI to facilitate its founding purpose. “The goal is to ensure that SAIMI remains both visible and accessible. As such we will be reaching out to all stakeholders with whom SAIMI could have mutually beneficial collaborations and partnerships,” she said. “I envision SAIMI as an institute that supports a world-class culture of business growth and responsiveness to the market, which promotes learning, that is at the forefront of knowledge generation in the sector and that provides an environment for employee growth, . . .
The NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run took place this weekend, and adventure seekers looking to explore the Addo/Zuurberg region enjoyed perfect conditions for the inaugural event. A full field of runners stood on the start line of the exclusive three-day trail run and enjoyed the hand-picked route designed to challenge any runner, with some serious climbs, single tracks and hard-core routes. Speaking about the route, race director Siska van der Bijl remarked: “The route and what we are able to share with athletes is magical, and we’re delighted that everyone enjoyed the region’s trails. This time of year is ideal for stage racing, and we’re delighted the weather played its part in the event’s success.” Support sponsor Merrell, and accommodation sponsor Zuurberg Mountain Inn helped race organisers create a comfortable race village for competitors to unwind after a full day on the trails. Van der Bijl adds, “We’re proud to add a luxurious twist to our events and give our guests a memorable experience.” The NFB Great Zuurberg Trail Run 2019 entries open on July 1st, 2019. Visit www.gztrun.co.za or follow us on Facebook and Instagram, @GZTRun, to find out more and enter. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Magnetic Storm has appointed Lourens Venter as General Manager; a strategic position which will drive growth, performance and innovation across all parts of the business. A specialist in strategic operations with an analytical approach to leadership, Lourens joins Magnetic Storm with over 13 years’ experience working across operations management, client service and finance. He joins Magnetic Storm to support CEO Glenn van Eck and director Jane Stevenson and will lead the management of day to day functions of the popular creative events and technical solutions provider. Known for its professional event management, AV, sound, lighting and infrastructure expertise in both hire and installations, Lourens will drive growth across private and public sectors. He will also utilise partnerships to promote innovation and offer strategic advice across internal business units. “Louren’s experience combined with his core background in operations and customer service is a unique blend and gives us a substantial boost as Magnetic Storm continues to drive innovation and superior delivery for clients across South Africa. His knowledge is incredibly valuable, and his experience will prove a key asset to us," comments Magnetic Storm CEO Glenn van Eck. Lourens Venter, Magnetic Storm general manager, adds: "Untapped areas have the potential to be an anchor to drive performance and growth. Magnetic Storm continues to inspire and embrace innovation, and it’s something I’m excited to be part of. Through its culture, relationships and its creative and technical approach, I am confident that Magnetic Storm will continue as a market leader making a tangible difference to our clients and audiences. The company values its people, embraces diversity and champions innovation, and I am very excited about what we can achieve together.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
David Masterson was named the player of the year when the Madibaz Cricket Club annual awards function was held at Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth last week. The talented young batsman had an outstanding season for the club, scoring consistently throughout the summer. This resulted in him reaching an aggregate of 547 runs at an average of 68.37 during the season, culminating in him being chosen for the Warriors Academy team. Madibaz Sport Cricket manager Sipho Sibande said Masterson contributed to the club off the field as well. "He serves on the club executive committee as vice-chairman," he said. "Thanks to his batting he played an instrumental part in ensuring that Madibaz reached the final of the University Sport South Africa tournament in October last year. "He was also part of the Varsity Cricket squad, where Madibaz finished fifth." Masterson said he knew there were areas in which he could improve his game. "I feel that I did not have a good Varsity Cricket week, although I think I did receive some good balls and was unlucky at times," he said. "However, I need to work on the short ball when facing quicker bowling. "I have already changed something from then to now, which feels as if it is helping me a lot." Mieke de Ridder was named the ladies' player of the season after being the leading run-scorer for the team. "Her contributions to the team saw the club reach the final of the NMB Women's T20 Mayoral Cup, where they lost against Old Grey," said Sibande. "She has brought in some experience and energy that have galvanized the ladies' team." Fast bowler Solomzi Nqweni received the prestigious chairman's award for his contributions to the club both on and off the field. "He has always conducted himself in a professional and exemplary manner," said Sibande. "His man-of-the-match performances at the USSA tournament and Varsity Cricket week are an indication of his dedication and commitment to the . . .
The University of Johannesburg squash team are hard at work preparing for the University Sport South Africa tournament in July, where they are eager to maintain a remarkable run of success. Last year, the UJ squad won the team title for the sixth time in a row and with the nucleus of that squad available again this year they should be a tough team to beat when the tournament takes place in Port Elizabeth. Third-year student Kyle Maree, who has been one of the mainstays of the side, said their preparations were well on track for the tournament, having started in January. "The team initially focused mostly on track work, doing 400m sprints, but also adding some court work with drills and conditioned games," he said. "When we draw closer to a big tournament we focus on short-burst exercises to build on the speed you need for the game." He said he knew, despite their success, that they would face some tough challenges in the event as a number of varsities had attracted good, young players. "But we will just be focused on producing our best for UJ at USSA and hopefully that will be enough to get us over the line." Maree added that they had maintained good continuity from last year's squad, including 2017 individual champions Blessing Muhwati and Alexa Pienaar. "We have lost Ian Sturgeon, who was the men's No 4, as he has graduated but Calvin Spencer will now take his place. "In the women's squad last year Ana Chemaly was injured, but has fortunately made a comeback and that will be a boost for the team." Maree felt their preparations for the tournament would reduce the pressure and they would focus only on doing their best. "I do believe that if we play our best and keep our nerves at bay then we will be in the mix to win again. "Everyone has been really supportive and proud of what we have achieved. Winning again will be a bonus." The UJ star, who was named the university's student-athlete of the year in 2016 for his sporting and . . .
York High won their third title in a row when they defeated close rivals Outeniqua High in the South Western Districts final of the SPAR Eastern Cape Schoolgirls Hockey Challenge in George on Saturday. The defending champions won 2-0 in a repeat of last year's title decider and they have again earned the right to represent the region in the provincial finals to be played on August 11. These take place at Woodridge, just outside Port Elizabeth, and will see the five regional winners playing off to decide the year's overall winners. The other qualifiers are Kingswood (PE Inland), Alexander Road (PE Coastal), Hudson Park (East London Coastal) and Kingsridge (East London Inland). Despite winning the title the previous two years, York coach Erica Combrink said before the tournament they knew there would be plenty of pressure on them. With the games in this competition being played on a shortened format over 20 minutes, matches are contested at a high intensity. Combrink said their strategy would be to try to score goals early in the match to transfer the pressure to their opponents. Event organiser Peter Wilson said it had been another thrilling day of schoolgirls hockey, with as much excitement off the field as on it. "The vibe at York High was outstanding, even from 7.30 in the morning," he said. "These schools really embrace this competition with everything they have and that's really good to see." He added that the hockey was of a high standard, with plenty of competition throughout the day. "The thing with the shortened format of 20 minutes a match is that the whole competition is unpredictable because anyone can win. "It's a bit like sevens rugby and if you can score a goal early on, then you are in the driving seat." SPAR EC sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said they were thrilled with the support the tournament received from the South Western Districts schools. "From an organisational point of view this was one . . .