The Electrical Contractor's Association for South Africa (ECA SA) showcased Port Elizabeth based Building Automation firm, BA Systems, in their October 2018 Magazine, Electrical Contractor. BA Systems scooped the ECA SA Presidential Award as the Best Contributor to Energy Efficiency following their project at the Product Testing Institute in the Coega IDZ, Port Elizabeth. This R4 Million project saw Building Automation Systems facilitate the installation of the building management system, and help the facility attain a 5 Star Green Star compliance rating. Green Star is a voluntary rating system for building projects, and is used to encourage the implementation of new and emerging technology, and to encourage a more environmentally friendly approach to designing and developing buildings. The Design phase of the Product Testing Institute building attained a 6 Star rating. The Product Testing Institute has been fitted with a modern building management system, which allows for cost efficient, environmentally friendly, automated management of the lighting, air-conditioning and blinds within the facility. Through the clever use of C-Bus and StruxureWare systems, Building Automation Systems was able to reduce power consumption by ensuring that lights and air-conditioners are not left on needlessly when an area is unoccupied. With the use of sensors located throughout the building that provide feedback to the building management system, it is possible for the building management and maintenance employees to monitor and keep track of the water, electricity and gas consumption, along with the amount of Solar Power generated. This information provides valuable insight into the cost of running and maintaining the facility. A record of environmental conditions is also maintained, with the current and previous day’s weather conditions being shown on the system monitor. The environmental factors will over time reveal the peak periods for Solar PV production, . . .
The Money Pouch - Automated Stock Trading App from Richard Malpass on Vimeo. A Free Stock Trading App for South Africans The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app that for beginners and professionals that can trade stocks on auto pilot for residents of South Africa. Accounts are managed by Hudson James Investment Management. The Money Pouch's Free Wealth Management App is gaining traction in South Africa where the Rand fell over 10% in one week in August against the US Dollar and slumped to a 2-year low. The Rand may face increased pressure as the US will further raise interest rates, strengthening the US Dollar and trade wars continue. The solution for South Africans is to invest in US Dollars via The Money Pouch. Interested investors can download the app for free and start trading in USD, GBP and EUR. The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app for beginners and professional traders. The Money Pouch is an offshore wealth management app capable of trading shares of ETFs automatically on a client's behalf. The aim is to deliver, stable, consistent returns over a five to ten year horizon. There are many successful roboadvisers in the US market such as Betterment.com and Wealthfront.com, but not in South Africa. TheMoneyPouch.com is looking to become the roboadviser of choice for residents of South Africa. The Money Pouch is a free stock trading app with low cost annual management fees to help clients trade stocks on auto pilot. The Money Pouch allows residents South African expats to set up a free stock trading account. Then, the accounts are managed for clients automatically by Hudson James Investment Management via pre-programed stock trading algorithms. A spokesman for The Money Pouch commented, "The team is excited to launch GBP & EUR strategies to complement the USD strategies that are already successfully being traded. The Money Pouch is a great, low cost solution for residents of South Africa. The Money Pouch now has over . . .
Final Day Of The Billabong Junior Series presented by BOS – All The Results. 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 – Breezy onshore conditions and a slight surge in swell greeted competitors on the final day of competition at the Billabong Junior Series Finale, and the first heat of the day – the U12 Girls Final was sent straight out. Gabi Herbst was the surfer of the morning with a few incredible rides in the mixed up conditions, including an 8.0 ride for the title. Sarah Scott was the runner up. Kai Hall was the champion in the U12 Boys final, banking one huge score for two critical turns on a big set wave for a score of 9.33 and an unassailable lead, closely followed by Joel Fowles who surfed impressively on his backhand. The U14 Girls division was a slow heat, with low scores and at the end of the heat it was Aimee Du Preez who emerged as the winner, with Olivia Winter in second place. Luke Thompson caught 11 waves in his Final heat to defeat James Ribbink in what was an exciting and fast U14 Boys heat. Thompson’s strategy of hard and fast surfing, catch anything that moves proved to be the winning formula, with Ribbink Daniel Emslie and Brad Scott filling up the minor slots. As the tide dropped out and the onshore waves continued to pour through relentlessly, the U16 Girls headed out for their final, and it was an action-packed exchange, with three of the girls on their backhand and one on her forehand. Zoe Steyn emerged victorious with a safe win against her counterparts, with Kayla Nogueira, Ceara Knight and Caroline Brown in second, third and fourth respectively. The U16 Boys was another final dogged by few sets and low scores, with Tide-Lee Ireland snagging the win from York Van Jaarsveldt with a . . .
Tsogo Sun’s The Ridge is excited to announce that Amanda Black and Bucie will be performing for the first time ever at The Venue. Amanda Black took part in three seasons of Idols South Africa, but became a fan favourite during season 11, when she made it to the top seven. With a view to pursuing her music career, she moved to Johannesburg in 2016 and was approached by Ambitiouz Entertainment, which offered her a recording contract. On 11 November 2016, she released her long-anticipated debut album, Amazulu. Less than a month after its release, the album sold over 31,000 copies, leading the Recording Industry of South Africa to certify it Platinum. In 2018, Amanda parted ways with Ambitiouz Entertainment, and joined a new team to help grow her brand. She is now working on new projects, including a partnership with the South African National Blood Services to raise awareness for blood donations. Bucie, dubbed the ‘Princess of House Music’, is known for lending her powerful voice to Black Coffee’s hit, Superman. The name Bucie came about after a series of deliberations, because the industry already had a number of Busis. The plan was to come up with an exciting and powerful stage name that best described her. The funked up Bucie was the perfect name that matched her rock star mentality, and the rest, as they say, is history. She has since gone on to affirm her position as one of the best South African House vocalists. “This show is guaranteed to have guests dancing in their seats, and talking about it for days to come. We are ecstatic to be hosting these two incredible artists and local favourite – G2G for the very first time, and to offer guests the best in home-grown entertainment,” says The Ridge Marketing Manager, Marina Coetzee. To ensure you don’t miss out on an evening of awesome music, get your tickets from The Ridge Computicket or any Computicket outlet at a cost of R180 per person. Rewards members can enjoy a 10% discount. Upcoming events that . . .
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 . . .
Sep 26, 2018 -- The Artist Jeryl Bright, has released his debut single entitled "FIGHT," written and produced by Jeryl Bright and co with David Lee Spradley. Bright, who was a vocalist and trombonist with the platinum selling funk group Cameo, has partnered with Kobalt Music Group to distribute his independent label (Bizcuit Records) products. FIGHT, also comes with a bonus track, "When hearts Cry" and is the first release from his forthcoming album title "Nostalgia." Fight touches on Bright finding his inner strength to continue on with the struggles that comes with everyday life, trusting in self and never giving up on your beliefs, sticking to his roots in commercial music, the track is funky and suggest there's always hope, featuring a rap segment from rapper "Playa T." Grammy winner and longtime acquaintance Alan Abrahams, producer of more than 80 hit albums with the likes of Hall & Oates, Joan Baez, Tavares and many others call the fresh sound of Fight a funky gem. You can check it out here; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTyWdDhPxsc Released in over 200 territories, Available today for downloads at all major online digital stores and radio outlets. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
[Johannesburg, 27 September 2018] – NJIN Agency opens its doors in Johannesburg and Cape Town, offering through the line capabilities with digital, data, strategy and technology at its core. >> view website “The marketing industry as a whole has a problem, it’s a ‘BS’ problem,” says Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “Companies are tired of agencies making (often unrealistic) promises and the inevitable mismatched counter-performance. With NJIN we are looking to create an agency that simply does what it says – at a fair rate, in an open, honest and transparent fashion.” “Driven specialists. Proven Expertise. No BS.” The NJIN Agency management team spent a year analysing shortcomings in traditional agency models, drawing from individual experience, seasoned consultants and open discussions with partners (and key clients) to craft a simple, yet challenging, brand promise. “We are well aware that, in time, our thinking may prove naïve or overly optimistic but we believe this is the right path for our clients, our shareholders and our teams,” says Faber. “We’ve recruited smartly to answer market requirements for creative, data, technology and strategy to reside in one ecosystem . . . the trick, of course, is to ensure these enhanced capabilities deliver value to all our stakeholders.” Listen. Think. Deliver NJIN Agency has a deep understanding of how tough it is for marketers to get the budgets (and buy-in) they need to get their companies moving in the right direction. More than most, the agency’s management team consists of people that have spent much of their time “client side” and are they well aware of the pressures on marketing to show real, tangible, returns. “We are dealing with people’s careers here – way beyond just ‘running campaigns’,” says NJIN Agency MD, Dennis Armstrong. “Our focus is on the creation of amazing user experiences that yield solid campaign or project results. We are working hard to deliver an efficient and agile . . .
Health & safety principles, more than just a document - Servest’s Lucky Ncayiyana takes SHEQ to a whole new level Johannesburg, 27 September 2018 - The forthcoming World quality day, which is acknowledged annually, is about the quality management of organisations putting in place competent systems, to ensure that the activity of the said organisation consistently delivers on its promises to customers and stakeholders. It is an assurance framework to help organisations understand operational risk and an improvement framework, to mitigate it and improve on its current operations. [Parts sourced from: https://goo.gl/5UdY4N] At Servest, (SHEQ) quality management is a non-negotiable imperative, in delivering the work the company does for their clients; and in sustaining its own reputation as an integrated services company. SHEQ management is applied across the broad spectrum of Servest’s services, including security, cleaning, parking, catering, hygiene, office services and landscaping. SHEQ management, is a technical field that applies to several disciplines for compliance and continued improvement of occupational Safety, Health, Environment and Quality factors that impact any organisation. Lucky Ncayiyana is the SHEQ Manager for Servest’s Landscaping and Turf division and his role entails providing strategic leadership and direction to all colleagues, which extends beyond the Landscaping division, such as the driving support in SHEQ programs and initiatives throughout the wider organisation. In Landscaping specifically however, safety is a critical component, as the equipment is technically complex and often entails a high risk in handling it. This means assessing inherent risks to these high-tech machines, as well as controlling the exposure of hazardous substances to colleagues, while keeping landscapes (whether these be golf courses, stadiums, or gardens to name a few) at their best. Among the many initiatives in the division, Lucky is also . . .
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 . . .