Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) basics taught to develop young minds 28 May 2018 – CENTURION, SOUTH AFRICA – e² Young Engineers, a company that provides educational enrichment programmes with an engaging, hands-on learning platform for children, today announces that the company has opened it’s a franchise in Nelson Mandela Bay. The Bricks Challenge programme is aimed at children aged 7 to 8 years, and aims to impart theoretical and applied knowledge in the fields of Science, Technology, Mechanical Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Neuroscientists studies shows that our minds absorb new information through sensory integration. Feelings and sensations are critical in our thinking patterns and feelings draw our attention and give meaning to our memories which are based on pleasant or unpleasant experiences. Complex thinking processes are encouraged by challenges and discouraged by negative emotions, such as fear and pressure. e² Young Engineers’ approach provides a fun and interactive learning experience, installing positive memories and ensuring a positive connection is made with learning. In addition to educational benefits the e² Young Engineers programmes also contribute to Early Childhood Development – the programmes prepare children for the unknown future by developing their: • Interest and love for STEM • Independent, critical and creative thinking skills • Sense of curiosity • Problem solving skills • Team work capabilities • Self-confidence and a sense of self-efficacy • Computer orientation e² Young Engineers provide an engaging, hands-on learning platform. Each session starts with a theory lesson, focusing on a specific principle or concept, followed by a practical building phase where the children build a specific model using K’nex® or Lego® blocks, which practically illustrates the theory and demonstrates the scientific principles in a fun and accessible fashion; combining experiments that form scientific . . .
Following their consistent success on the field, Nelson Mandela University could not be better placed to help evolve football within the Nelson Mandela Metro. Its football club, aptly named Madibaz FC, has developed an unrivalled platform to grow a diverse student player base academically and socially that creates value for society through the sport. The students demonstrated this once again with an incredible track record in the SAB NMB Regional League, having clinched the title last weekend. Club president Glenton de Kock said "football within Nelson Mandela Metro is now at a fascinating and critical stage of development". "With the growth of clubs in the semi-professional leagues (SAB and ABC Motsepe), the most obvious missing representation is in the National First Division," said De Kock. "As Madibaz Football Club, we see unprecedented growth opportunities in both the development of football as an industry within the entertainment and service sector of our metro, as well as its inspirational role in bringing people of all ages together with a shared passion." He added that Madibaz FC had long been dedicated to creating opportunities that facilitate positive developments in football. "With its unique socio-economic business model and distinct successes, Madibaz Sport drives a systematic approach to building a platform for football knowledge, player development, academy programmes and commercial partnerships that will benefit the university and the city's football industry on multiple levels," said De Kock. "We hope our recent success will act as a catalyst for more investment, creating a prime opportunity for furthering the contribution of football to the regional and national football family." Winning the NMB SAB regional league back to back must be seen in the context of the overall Madibaz Football strategic plan that is directed at changing the public and institutional perception around university football, said Sport Manager Mark . . .
Cape Town, South Africa: Caveau, the comprehensive software platform and service designed to simplify financial transactions and protect personal and financial data, has announced it’s partnering with Grindrod Travel to reduce its risks of GDPR and PCI-DSS. As one of the most established and respected travel management companies providing corporate and leisure related travel and conferencing services in South Africa, it was imperative to find a solution for safely handling credit cards and personal information of its a broad range of clients. With multiple deadlines for meeting compliance security standards for account and personal data protection looming, Caveau was able to quickly assess the travel management company’s challenges and deliver customized solutions for addressing their unique requirements. The addition of Grindrod Travel to Caveau’s client roster emphasizes the pressing need for flexible and affordable support dealing with compliance regulation worldwide. Says Gregg Scott-Brown Caveau Managing Director, South Africa based in Cape Town, “We’re excited to be working with Grindrod Travel and other hotels, agencies and a broad range of travel-related businesses in South Africa to decrease dangers and liabilities associated with GDPR and PCI-DSS.” According to Grindrod Travel Divisional Executive, Su Moller, being a single division of a large logistics company with its own IT department presented a variety of complexities in finding a solution. “The technology providers I approached to help us insisted on performing a vulnerability scan of the Travel Division, which was difficult to accomplish without including the entire organization. Time was ticking and we had to move fast. When we were referred to Caveau, their team got right to work on developing a secure vault to store our client’s credit card and personal details,” says Moller. Says Brian Dass, Caveau CSO, “Grindrod Travel’s large client database and the sheer volume of daily . . .
As a central defender with a penchant for attack, Samuel Connelly has emerged as an influential player for the Madibaz football team this season. Last week, with the competition not yet completed, Madibaz wrapped up the Nelson Mandela Bay SAB Regional League title for the second straight year, giving them another chance to chase promotion to the ABC Motsepe league. It has been another well-orchestrated team effort in which 20-year-old Connelly's consistency as a player and his dedication in training have stood out. "In Samuel we have a modern-day centre back who consistently turns defence into attack and has a really bright future," said Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy of the second-year public administration student. The 20-year-old, himself, was over the moon with the team's success this season. "Wow! It's an incredible feeling," he said. "It's like when you're hungry, and you order four wings, but they give you six - that's the exhilaration I felt when we won the SAB league. "To do it two years in a row is definitely something to tick off on the bucket list, but we know that the hard work begins now." Connelly was referring to their bid for promotion to the ABC Motsepe League, the play-offs for which take place next month. He feels the experience from last year, when they missed out on promotion, will stand them in good stead. "We have a great bond in the team and we are hungry to learn more. For me, the team is full of role models. "Most of us experienced the play-offs last year and we know what to expect and how to conquer this challenge. I have full confidence that we will qualify for ABC Motsepe this year." Having grown up in Schauderville in Port Elizabeth's northern areas, Connelly attended Abraham Levy Primary before matriculating from Cillie High in 2016, where he was the head boy. He said he started playing soccer at the age of seven and joined Hotspurs when he was 11. "I still remember how I would train . . .
International Retail Solutions Company Expands Retail Marketing Service Capability by Investing in South African Below-the-Line Agency Elevator Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 May 2018 - International retail solutions company Smollan, recently announced the acquisition of a majority stake in leading South African below-the-line agency, Elevator. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Smollan’s retail marketing service capabilities, as they are now able to tap into Elevator’s experiential, activation, digital and employee engagement expertise. Elevator was formed off the back of a merger between established BTL agencies Stretch and Point Blank in January 2017. The merged entity has enjoyed significant growth over the past year and now boasts a 50+ staff headcount with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban; with a blue-chip client list that includes Cell C, Lipton Ice Tea, Chevron, Pernod Ricard and Standard Bank. “Smollan have an incredible reputation, both from a business and values perspective. While we’ve had a number of interested parties over the years, with Smollan it became clear that there were commercial synergies and an unmistakable cultural alignment that will lay the foundation for an unparalleled offering of impactful data driven experiences,” said Mike Silver, CEO, Elevator. “While we’ve just completed our first merged year as Elevator, we are very excited about the next chapter and being part of the Smollan Group, both in South Africa and internationally.” “We are extremely proud of this acquisition,” said Michael Smollan, Growth & Innovation Officer, Smollan. “Elevator, together with the other Smollan assets start to form the basis of a very powerful offering which will further enhance our capability in this area of our strategy. We have felt a great connection with the team and the business through the process and look very forward to what the two businesses can unlock together.” About . . .
Madibaz star Kyle de Beer will be aiming to take his form from the recent PE Open into the World University Golf Championship which starts in the Philippines today. The 19-year-old KPMG Madibaz club member is part of a three-man South African team competing in the world event in Lubao from today until Saturday. Last week, the promising young player won the PE Open at the Port Elizabeth Golf Club for the first time, sharing the trophy with former Nelson Mandela University teammate Hando Brophy when the play-off was halted due to poor light. De Beer said the victory was a big confidence-booster for him. "I have been putting in a lot of hard work lately and I'm glad it's showing some signs of paying off," he said. After shooting 70 and 68 in the PE Open, De Beer became involved in a play-off with Brophy and Naldo Claassen. "In the second round I had reached eight under par before finishing disappointingly with a double on 17 [par-three] and a par down 18 [par five] to join the play-off," he said. "Hando and I progressed after the first play-off hole and halved with birdies in the dark on the second hole to share the trophy." The second-year Madibaz human movement science student said he felt his game had improved in the last year. "I feel that a change I made to my putting at the beginning of the year has helped me become a more solid putter, which I never was before. "I have also worked a lot on my chipping, which was my biggest weakness previously." As he continues to develop his game, De Beer said he felt he would need to improve his wedge-play and chipping to move to the next level. "My goals for this year are to break the 10-under-par mark in a tournament, which I haven't achieved yet, and to win two national events. His focus now, though, is on the World University Golf Championship in the Philippines, where he will be up against the best student golfers in the world. This is his second tournament overseas, having . . .
First-time exhibitors Jack's Bagels will treat visitors to a wide array of delicious delicacies at the SPAR Goodnight Market in the Tramways building in Port Elizabeth on Thursday. The newly established trendy deli, situated at the Bloomingdales Lifestyle Village and Nursery in Main Road, Walmer, is already a hot favourite among locals. "Jack's Bagels is the first of its kind in PE. We specialise in bagels and artisanal breads that are inspired by the excitement of the New York bagel culture," said co-owner J-Lee Human. "We have created our own South African/American style bagel that has been a winner so far." Human, who owns the bakery and deli with husband John, added that they were very excited to be part of the Goodnight Market on Thursday. "This will be our very first market and we know it won't be our last. We think it's such a one-of-a-kind event that showcases what the city has to offer, especially small businesses. They are just as hungry as you are to try unique products." Visitors to the market can look forward to a variety of bagels with mouth-watering and flavoursome filling combinations that, according to Human, are "out of this ‘hole' entire world". "Our most successful product is the bagel itself, made with sesame or poppy seeds, or our personal favourite, the chocolate chip. "Other than that they're great with some of our famous fillings, such as the chicken, honey and mustard with freshly sliced avocado and the fillet steak, which is a winner too." By exhibiting at the market, Human said they hoped to expose people to the South African bagel culture and to introduce them to some of their unique flavours to delight their taste buds. Apart from Jack's Bagels, the Portuguese-inspired oBRIGAdo will introduce their small Brazilian delicacies and treats to the market. The PE-based company specialises in brigadeiros (or briga for short), which are handmade Brazilian toffee-like truffles - a true delight for anyone with a . . .
Monday, 14 May 2018 – A recent report published by Statistics South Africa on jobs data for the last quarter of 2017, shows that the Western Cape created the most jobs in the last quarter of any province, at 92 000 jobs. [Source: parts extracted from https://goo.gl/yscCsq ]. Servest could not be more pleased to have contributed towards this number, it being 0.83% across the board of its service offerings. Although it reads marginally as a percentage, it should be viewed within the larger context of the provincial economy, which makes the actual number of jobs created by one company, rather significant. “Since launching the Servest head office and increasing our dedicated team in Cape Town on all levels, traction within the province has definitely increased – and this is only the beginning, says Steve Wallbanks, Servest’s CEO. Servest Cleaning division recently won the PMR diamond award for Cleaning Companies, who are doing the most in their sectors over the past 12 months, to stimulate the economic growth and development of the Western Cape Province. This is in line with the company’s commitment to doubling its 4000+ jobs in the Western Cape, almost a year ago. On 02 May 2017 Servest celebrated the opening of their new regional headquarters in Cape Town, at which time they were already employing over 4500 people. At the time, the company’s Group Head of Marketing,Farhaana Mohidien said “the Cape Town economy is growing rapidly and Servest is proud to be an active contributor to the growth in the region.” “We anticipated that our expansion would see the number of jobs double at an exponential level over the next 3 – 5 years and less than a year later, we are proud to report that we have contributed 0.83% to the overall job market in the Western Cape and 19% in respect of our company’s contribution that we envisioned at the time. We believe that we are on track to achieving the 4000 number of jobs over the next 5 years”, concludes Mohidien. Servest . . .
Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists donation drives animal sterilisations within the local community. Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 10 April 2018- Mastertons Coffee and Tea Specialists, Port Elizabeth’s original coffee roastery has recently donated over R17 000 to Animal Welfare Society Port Elizabeth. (AWS PE). This donation was collected through sales of hessian coffee bags and will assist AWS PE in its goal to lower shelter intake numbers and prevent animal cruelty and neglect through spaying or neutering. This donation is the biggest to date from Mastertons to AWS PE and is credited to the support received from coffee lovers across Nelson Mandela Bay who purchase hessian bags from the coffee roastery. Green coffee beans are transported in these hessian bags from coffee growing countries around the world and can be reused for various purposes due to their sturdy nature. “Many pets from disadvantaged backgrounds will benefit from the donation”, says AWS PE Fundraiser Cynthea van Rhijn. AWS PE runs a bi-weekly clinic in Walmer Township that assists with primary health care and assessing animals that need sterilisation. Pets that need to be sterilised are booked in to be operated on by the AWS PE Veterinarian. According to AWS PE, just one unneutered male and one unspayed female can over a 6-year period result in offspring of about 67 000 dogs. The Mastertons donation will assist to curb the epidemic of uncontrolled breeding. The Mastertons donation will assist in curbing the epidemic of uncontrolled breeding. Mastertons Company Director Ryler Masterton assisted AWS PE’s field workers at a recent clinic and befriended local Walmer township resident Trevor Hoyi. Hoyi’s dogs will benefit from the Mastertons donation and have been selected to be sterilised by AWS PE. “We are pleased to be able to assist”, said Masterton, “and we are positive the donation will help AWSPE to continue offering these vital services in the community.” CLICK HERE . . .
Roadworks on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch Eastern Cape, 11 May 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that roadworks is scheduled to take place on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch from Monday, 14 May 2018 to Friday, 18 May 2018. The planned traffic accommodation is as follows: • The right-hand side lane between Spondo Road and Johnson will be closed when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch. • The left-hand side lane between Perseverance Road and Ralo Road will be closed when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch. • The right-hand side lane between Johnson Road and Spondo Road will be closed when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth. Once work is completed the left lane will be closed on Wednesday, 16 May 2018. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .