WHEN 24-year-old chartered accountant Jan Scannell hatched a plan to highlight the beauty of South Africa while uniting men and women around a fire, he never anticipated the amount of traction his campaign would achieve. Twelve years on, with books and a popular kykNET TV show to his name, Scannell – who is better known to the TV-viewing and recipe book loving public as Jan Braai – ascribes the success of the National Braai Tour to South Africans’ love of uniting around a barbeque, braai or shisa nyama. As the country’s braai master-in-chief stopped off in Port Elizabeth recently, winding up the final leg of this year’s tour with 40 teams comprising about 200 participants in tow, he reflected on the past 12 years. THE BRAAI ‘ELECTION’: “For me this is similar to what politicians do before an election. For me, the election is September 24 every year,” he said. “When you vote for what I stand for, it means you’re making a fire and you’re getting together around that fire with friends and family on September 24 every year. “I always wanted to tour the country, make some noise and get a bit of gees (spirit) going before Braai Day.” With no plans to end the tour run, Scannell said he planned to keep entries at a “manageable” 40 teams. “For me it’s not about the physical size. Last year we had 60 teams, but logistically, visiting heritage sites and museums – you just can’t fit 80 vehicles into a small parking lot. So we brought it back to 40 teams this year.” Scannell, who hails from Sea Point and obtained his honours degree in accounting from the University of Stellenbosch, said the Braai Tour teams were goodwill “disciples”. “The point of the Braai Tour is to create disciples for this message [of uniting around a fire and celebrating South Africa]. We have 200 people from all walks of life from all around South Africa on this tour, and they will head home to spread this message.” BRAAIING – A QUINTESSENTIALLY SOUTH AFRICAN . . .
Who knows better than South Africans about the power of sport to draw a nation together? From the 1995 Rugby World Cup, to the recent support for Team SA at the Rio 2016 Olympics, these moments are our finest hours, when we stand united. There are a host of events that contribute to nation building in our country, and it is time that they were recognized for their contributions to our society and to our economy. With this in mind, we call for nominations in various categories for the upcoming Sports and Events Tourism Awards: Best International Event that contributes to tourism growth Best Domestic Event that contributes to tourism growth Best Event Improving the Brand Profile of the Destination Best Event Leaving a Development Legacy Best Emerging Township Event Contributing to local Economic Development Best Event City or Province Event owners, Host Cities & Sponsors may nominate events by submitting impact assessment reports along with supporting documentation of their events through the SETE Awards online submission forms at http://www.thebereed.co.za/sportsandevents/sports-and-events-tourism-awards/ An Evaluation Panel made up of event tourism experts and national government institutions will adjudicate each submission and shortlist the nominees that will be invited to the Awards Dinner to be held on the 26th October 2016 in the City of Tshwane. The deadline for nominations and submissions is 7 October 2016 The Awards are an initiative of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange (SETE), a highly effective global business-to-business platform now in its sixth year. Organised by Thebe Reed Exhibitions, the intention of SETE is to position South africa as a Sports and Events Tourism Destination. “We strongly believe that sports & events have a significant importance in the development of our country,” says Sugen Pillay, Commercial Director at Thebe Reed Exhibitions and the Programme Director for the Sports and Events . . .
Pam Golding Properties’ Pretoria region will be marketing some 500 residential apartments and penthouses that are earmarked for development in Menlyn Maine, the company has announced. It will also be moving its Pretoria head office to Menlyn Maine this month. “Menlyn Maine is emerging as a prestigious new business centre and the address of choice in Pretoria, and we felt that this impressive development was also a location befitting the Pam Golding Properties brand,” comments Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties Regional Executive, Pretoria region. “We regard it as logical step for us to make our new home in South Africa’s first green city and within the ‘Sandton of Pretoria’. We are consequently moving our local headquarters to the development, and will be operational in our new home on 21 September 2016, where we will have a superbly equipped office overlooking Central Square. “Our move demonstrates just how much confidence we have in the future of Menlyn Maine, which in our view points the way to the future of urban design in South Africa,” adds Schutte. “Pam Golding Properties shares a number of synergies with the developers of Menlyn Maine, including a strong brand, green agenda and a shared history, and we are exceptionally proud to be involved in the marketing the impressive residential component of this development.” Schutte says that the state-of-the-art apartment block is to be developed as part of the second phase of construction at Menlyn Maine and will be completed in 2018. “We are going to launch the residential development in October 2016, and will be selling the units off-plan. “Investors will have an opportunity to reserve a unit before the launch in October for a R50 000 deposit. This deposit will be fully refundable if a sale agreement is not signed within seven days after the launch. This is no risk opportunity to secure the very best units within this prestigious development,” adds Schutte. “There is a great need for . . .
Participants in the Bestmed Satellite Classic will be able to sample any of three "courses" dished up by organisers when it takes place near Hartbeespoort Dam in the North West Province on October 22. Last year, ASG Events added a more palatable 60km option to the traditional 106km and 80km fare and the decision paid off handsomely, said chief executive officer Wynand de Villiers. He said the shortest of the three distances was extremely well received and he anticipated it would continue to grow. De Villiers said that while the two feature races presented plenty of challenges for riders, the latest addition provided something for those who found themselves "slightly undercooked" after the winter hiatus. "It takes place on a beautiful road surface and offers a wonderful alternative to the other two races. It's undulating, but by no means a difficult ride." One of the major incentives of competing in the Satellite Classic, said De Villiers, was that it doubled as a premier seeding event for both the Cape Town Cycle Tour and the 947 Cycle Challenge in Johannesburg. He said the race, which is easily accessible from the West Rand, was also the only event that presented two seeding distances. And, with it taking place roughly a month before Gauteng's premier one-day race, he said it offered participants other benefits as well. "It has turned out to be a nice barometer of their form heading into the 947." ASG Events were again hoping for strong support from the public as they strived to boost the coffers of the Cancer Association of South Africa (Cansa), said De Villiers. "The Satellite Classic attracts 3 500 riders annually and with 2 000 entries already received, we're slightly up compared to the same time last year. "It is vitally important to get as many participants as possible because R10 of every entry goes to Cansa." CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kenya’s economy has been growing consistently at the rate of 5.1% over the past 10 years. Inspite of this fact, power sector of the country is facing several hindrances in fulfilling the power generation needs which in turn is impacting the country’s economy and investing opportunities for other countries. To understand the challenges and prospects in power sector of Kenya, Bricsa Consulting in association with Kenya Renewable Energy Association, Alliance for Rural Electrification, East Africa Venture Capital Association and Green Africa Foundation are hosting: Power Tech Africa 2017 Conference, at Villa Rosa Kempinski in Nairobi, Kenya on 30th-31st January 2017. Julius Korir, Principal Secretary of State Department of Industry and Enterprise Development at the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Co-operatives will join the prestigious speaker panel at the conference. Robert Pavel Oimeke, Director of Renewable Energy representing the Energy Regulatory Commission, Zulandi Van Der Westhuizen, Deputy Director Scenarios and Resources from World Energy Council and Jonathan Lodompui, Director of Enablers and Macro Directorate at Kenya Vision 2030 will update the attendees on the latest development on power technologies in Africa . Identifying the effects on African economies due to the current scenario and an insight of the Institutional framework of the power sector will be some of the key topics open to discussion. In addition, the role of FDI policies in operating the power system in eastern African region, along with Solar Energy v/s Wind Energy as renewable source of energy will be explored. Discussion on the above topic will not only help in better understanding of the power sector in the sub-Saharan region, it will also provide the best platform to the solution providers who can showcase their products and services at the conference. It will also interest all the stake holders who are willing to invest in the power sector of Africa as the market industry is . . .
International speaker and trusted business advisor opens up his famous 'Whiteboard Sessions' for emerging Speakers, Coaches and Trainers in the South African market. Robin Pullen, Trusted Adviser, Master Trainer and International Professional Public Speaker introduces his famous 'Whiteboard Sessions' to aspiring and emerging speakers, coaches and trainers. Previously only available to his private clients and students of the Information Product Academy, the 90 minute strategic ideation conversation conducted face-to-face, will help delegates develop a road map of action and provide clarity and confidence to succeed. As a consummate speaker, coach and trainer Mr Pullen understands that entrepreneurs in the professional development arena are never short of ideas. Often to the extent that they find themselves stuck in overwhelm, not knowing what to do next. They hesitate in their uncertainty trying desperately to identify which of their many ideas have the most value. Trapped in the anxiety of too many choices they continue to frustrate themselves with inaction. Until now. Robin Pullen's famous 'Whiteboard Sessions' promises relief from this pain. Described as the ultimate guide to finding "Your Best Next Step", the Whiteboard Sessions provide a process to discover the order of connections of ideas. Taking into account a person's passions and purpose, Robin Pullen will help the delegate identify the patterns of value, spot the links between their ideas and create a structure that they can work with to realize that value. Cheryl Reum, seasoned entrepreneur and property specialist had this to say "Robin is great in his ability to ferret out the stumbling blocks. (This is) a quick effective method to assist in moving for forward. Highly recommended." With a personalized map in hand speakers, coaching and trainers walk away from their 'Whiteboard Session' with the confidence of a clear understanding their most valuable next steps. Today emerging coaches and . . .
Pretoria, South Africa – 09/09/2016 – Pixel8 is a comprehensive online digital solutions marketplace offering bespoke products or services for quick and affordable company branding, as it should be. Through hard work and dedication, Pixel8 has officially opened its platform to those who have an interest in developing and strengthening their brand, as well as those individuals who have branding services to offer. By offering in-demand online products such as graphics and design elements, promotional videos, digital marketing services, as well as SEO-friendly website content, just to name a few, Pixel8 extends its marketplace to offer quality products to a wide variety of individuals who not only want to improve their return investment, but individuals who have quality products to offer by selling them directly on the website. The full range of products offered include: Office interior digital mock-up Sales/landing pages for your website Flyer/brochure designs SEO-friendly website copy Professional product labeling designs Professional business documentation templates WordPress blogs for a business website SEO-friendly articles Social media marketing services Website banner ads Unique email marketing services Infographics for your business website Website banner designs Creative branding mascots Unique email signatures Professional logo designs Unique business card designs Web design and development Learning management systems (LMS) Maintenance and updates on WordPress websites Website conversions into an Android App Promotional videos Animated logo reveals Professional animated videos Accurate data entry Custom QR codes for your business Fun online gifts such as e-card designs and custom t-shirt designs Celebrating the success of the website launch, Pixel8 is excited to see what the future holds for online branding and company collaborations – offering affordable, fast, and . . .
On-The-Ground Activations in Rio Highlight Meaningful Innovation and Accessibility for Everyone JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 7 September, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Worldwide Partner of the International Paralympic Committee (IPC) in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, announced its global Rio 2016 Paralympic Games campaign. This is a continuation of the brand’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games programme, which celebrates how meaningful progress comes from daring to defy barriers. The campaign kicks off with the announcement of several on-the-ground activations, including the transformation of Samsung Galaxy Studios in Rio, the Samsung Paralympic Blogger programme, official application and the Whang Youn Dai Award. “The Paralympic Games is a global movement that inspires and celebrates the spirit of perseverance and the human challenge,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director: Brand & Communications at Samsung South Africa. “Samsung strives to create breakthrough mobile technologies that help make the digital world more accessible for those with disabilities. We hope our Rio 2016 Paralympic Games campaign will help spark a global conversation around seeing ability over disability and enable everyone to participate in the Paralympic movement.” Accessible Experiences at Samsung Galaxy Studios In the lead-up to the Paralympic Games, Samsung has revamped its Galaxy Studios in Rio, including its flagship studio in Olympic Park. The revamp includes several accessibility features, ensuring all consumers, athletes and fans are able to take part in a variety of interactive experiences. Wheelchair accessible ramps and lifts enable visitors to reach the Gear VR 4D Experience Zone, where they will experience exhilarating Olympic Sports, roller coaster rides and kayaking through water rapids via Samsung Gear VR, paired with Galaxy mobile devices. Samsung also offers unique, hands-on opportunities for visitors to experience how Samsung . . .
Pretoria is rapidly attaining a new maturity as the decentralisation of the city centre accelerates and growth nodes such as Menlyn, which is increasingly being dubbed ‘Pretoria’s Sandton’, comes into its own. The immense R10-billion Menlyn Maine precinct starts to come online with the launch of its Central Square this month. “The City of Tshwane has for long identified a need for additional, new growth and business centres that could provide relief for the overburdened infrastructure of the city centre, while broadening the development of the region,” says Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties’ regional executive for Pretoria. “Now, with properly designed mixed-use mini-cities such as Menlyn Maine increasingly coming on stream, and the opening of the development’s impressive 60 000sqm Central Square scheduled for 21 September 2016, this imperative is finally being realised and in the process Pretoria is reaching an exciting new stage in its development cycle.” “Menlyn Maine is an immense 315 000sqm purpose-designed green mini-city, which effectively combines office, commercial, residential and entertainment spaces. It is not only the largest project of its kind within the Tshwane municipal region but one of the most ambitious projects of its kind in Southern Africa. The developers of Menlyn Maine have partnered with the international Clinton Climate Initiative and the precinct is one of only 17 green cities that will be built in various countries and the only one in Africa. “The precinct is already emerging as a prestigious new business centre and the address of choice in Pretoria. We truly believe that this development stands alone and that it is set to change how people throughout the region will work, live and play.” Thys Greeff of Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings says that the recently opened Central Square forms the focal point of the Menlyn Maine precinct. It will include a Virgin Classic Club, a 240-room 4-Star hotel by The Capital Group and . . .
Thembinkosi Matshimane of Ga-Rankuwa near Pretoria suffers from arthrogryposis, a severe muscle disorder. Thembi, as he is affectionately known, has for quite some time needed a new wheelchair to get around a little easier. However, the necessary funds were not available. All of this changed on Thembi’s eleventh birthday, when the Netcare Foundation surprised him with the gift of a custom-built wheelchair. Louisa Hobson, who has taken care of Thembinkosi — whose name means ‘Trust in God’ — since he was abandoned by his mother just 12 days after his birth, says that the young boy is absolutely delighted with his birthday gift. “Due to his condition, Thembi cannot move his limbs and consequently is not able to care of himself. The wheelchair is already making a major difference to his life, having been especially designed to properly support his back and limbs,” adds Hobson, a pensioner who runs Charlene’s Place of Safety, a childcare facility in Ga-Rankuwa. “Thembi has had his previous wheelchair since he was three years old and had completely outgrown it. The lack of proper support was obviously not good for his posture and spine, and his new chair will assist to help correct these problems,” says Hobson. “It has been a major problem trying to secure Thembi a new wheelchair. In the past, we managed to raise funds for corrective operations that he required, but it has proved difficult to find the necessary backing for the wheelchair. Then, just as I was losing hope, the Netcare Foundation stepped forward and offered to assist.” The Netcare Foundation ordered a wheelchair for Thembi from Shonaquip, which designed and custom built it to provide Thembi with maximum support and comfort. Mande Toubkin, general manager emergency, trauma, transplant and CSI, as well as a director of the Netcare Foundation, says that the chair will need to be upgraded as Thembi grows, and the Foundation has committed to ensuring that this will be done, so that Thembi’s . . .