Promising South African cyclist Azulde Britz will hope to put the experience she recently gained racing in Europe to good use when she competes in the World Road Championships later this month. The 17-year-old Pretoria schoolgirl has been included in the national squad for the world event which takes place in Innsbruck, Austria, from September 23 to 27. Britz, who has a role as an ambassador for South African cycling distribution company Positive Sports Solutions, returned this week from a trip to Europe where she competed in the Watersley Junior Women's Challenge in the Netherlands. "In April I rode as a guest rider for Team Rytger [a Danish outfit]," said the Cornwall Hill College matric pupil. "We stayed in contact during the year and I was invited back to guest-ride for them in the Watersley Challenge. "I have experienced some hectic racing in Europe to say the least, but it has been totally worth it. "I have learnt so much racing with the team and also the dynamics of European racing. The girls race hard, fast and aggressively. "I am beyond lucky to have experienced all of this and to be able to race with such an incredible team." Britz, who lives in Irene, said one of the key lessons she had learnt was to have self-belief - in her ability and her training. "In addition, I realised that I can be competitive in Europe and with time and more experience anything is possible. "Having raced on the continent has helped me prepare for the world champs, not just physically, but mentally as well. "The experience will be greatly beneficial at the worlds, especially as the majority of the riders used the Watersley Challenge [over three stages] as final preparation for the event in Austria, so I have an idea what to expect." Representing South Africa for the first time, Britz said she wanted to make sure she enjoyed every moment of the experience. "My goal is to give it everything I have. I would like to apply all that I have learnt . . .
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 . . .
On Friday morning 2 March 2018 the Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) evicted the 60 year-old Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) from premises they had occupied within the Port of Port Elizabeth. Effectively the club administration moved to other temporary premises whilst The Chartroom Restaurant and Pub ceased to exist. A long standing dispute over unfair rental increases led to the eviction. During 2009 ABYC laid a formal complaint with the Port Regulator over TNPA’s unfair treatment. The long standing dispute led to TNPA charging a higher rental whilst ABYC paid a lower rental. To date the TNPA have not taken ABYC to court over the disputed rental 'owing' – the rental determination is still to be heard by the Port Regulator in Durban for the 2009 complaint. In a Facebook post announcing the eviction ABYC said; "Our thanks and love to everyone who has supported us through this long and oftentimes bewildering time. Of course we are left with more questions than answers and some of us have taken this very hard. Please bear with us as we chart our way through these rocky waters, regroup and give thanks for the respite from having to ensure that we had enough money in the bank to pay our rent and other obligations." After a period of respite the members of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club voted at a SGM to auction off furniture and unneeded equipment currently in storage at various Port Elizabeth warehouses per kind favour of the Grand Hotel and Leen Mulckhuyse Construction. Closing off this 60 Year 'Chapter' in members lives will happen at the Pieter Rademeyer Complex, 6 Woodpecker Road, Cotswold on Friday 7 September from 10:00 am under the hammer of Neil Mclaggan of McLaggan's Auctioneers. YouTube: https://youtu.be/AZVGggspAtQ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on 60 Years of ABYC on Auction here: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPE Facebook: . . .
In keeping with its vision of redefining the way shipping is done, Fastvan has launched an end-to-end on-demand SaaS platform to solve the delay, middleman and paperwork problems that come with traditional shipping. There has been a growing uptick of interest in the digitalization of the logistics sector in recent times, and Fastvan is responding innovatively with the inclusion of a fully automated approach to logistics. Fastvan is the leading all in one logistics platform for enterprises, with customers in multiple countries including some of the world's best-known brands please do look at www.fastvan.com . Our highly flexible yet powerful solution enables not only Logistic companies but Enterprises/FMCG/SME’s/Retail in multiple industries to quickly streamline the way they deliver goods and services, creating both operational efficiency and the optimal experience for their entire shipping ecosystem - from single or multiple Warehouses/Retail/DC’s to the field and all the way to the customer. Fastvan open platform is simple white label SaaS based platform easy to implement, use and manage through its different modules - web-based applications for dispatch and administration with TMS and SCM functionalities, branded mobile apps for drivers, and a branded mobile and web application experience for customers. It is highly scalable and can be used to easily customize the solution to fit our customers' needs and to integrate it across their existing systems. Enterprises and logistics service providers can now modernize their delivery infrastructure in multiple countries in multiple currencies and improve their operational efficiency from the management team at HQ or DC through the in-store and warehouse/distribution center operations teams, and all the way to the drivers and end-customers. The platform also offers warehousing solutions to help optimize and manage warehouses and inventories. From staging the warehouse for pickup through scanning and printing . . .
TSHWANE – SOUTH Africa’s largest zoo, the National Zoological Garden of South Africa (NZG), on Wednesday launched a recycling pilot project aimed at job creation and addressing the massive litter problem which its thousands of annual visitors leave in their wake. Should the programme prove successful, it could also be rolled out at the Mokopane Biodiversity Centre in Limpopo. The pilot project, which was founded in conjunction with the national PET Recycling Company (PETCO) and the City of Tshwane, will be operated by the Umkariso Women in Water cooperative. The NZG’s acting manager for commercial services and business development, Marcel Singh, said five previously unemployed Tshwane residents had been trained and appointed to collect and sort the high volumes of recyclable materials generated daily by the zoo’s restaurants, curio shops, offices, research facilities, animal kitchens and veterinary hospital. “This project forms part of the NZG’s environmental management plan and recycling is just one area in which we are committed to expanding our green footprint,” said Singh, adding that this was in compliance with the National Environmental Management: Waste Act. “In implementing the waste hierarchy of reduce, re-use and recycle, we are also waging a war on littering, which is a huge problem. The NZG is currently in the concept phases of developing environmental campaigns aimed at reducing our plastic waste and educating visitors.” PETCO chief executive officer Cheri Scholtz applauded the zoo for taking a proactive stance on waste management, while providing jobs and skills development for future entrepreneurs. “The PET industry has long been committed to reducing the environmental impact of PET plastic packaging. This is another fantastic platform for us to engage with the public sector to make a meaningful difference,” said Scholtz. “Keeping waste out of landfills and leveraging the economic value of recyclable materials presents a great . . .
Dentistry and the supply of dental equipment and consumables may not be the first industry you think of when you hear the words Black Economic Empowerment. However, as with any other industry in South Africa, the development of the previously disadvantaged in dentistry is key to providing holistic health services across the country. And one man has made it mission to spread the word and level the dental playing field so that all practices are given fair and equal treatment, no matter where they are placed geographically or even economically. This man is Joseph Shai, the MOH Sales Specialist at Dentsply Sirona, SA’s leading supplier of dental equipment and consumables. One of the mandates the company has set itself to invest in growth, boosting market share and thereby contributing to the national objectives for poverty and inequality reduction through job creation, specifically in dentistry. Joseph points out some differences between dental practices in previously disadvantaged areas and those in more affluent areas. The most marked difference is that in the former, most dentists have two to three practices and no appointments - they run around from one practice to another providing the best, but hurried service to their patients. Meanwhile in the latter, there are group partnerships, with fixed appointments, better equipment and more managed practices. In addition Joseph believes that dentists in the former areas are sorely in need of more business skills, and so is intent on upskilling them and sharing his knowledge with them. “Firstly I must be a consultant to the dentists,” explains Joseph, “I must help them market their business and they must invest in marketing themselves and their services, provide quality services and also skill themselves and use quality and reputable products. “Denstply Sirona, who themselves are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care, are well placed to assist me with . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 30August 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce the appointment of Kumaran Pillay, as Sales Director of Security. Whilst being in a leadership role is nothing new to Kumaran, the lateral shift allows for greater experiential learning in a multi-faceted environment, in which Servest operates. Kumaran, who joined Servest more than five years ago as Regional Sales Manager of Cleaning, where he worked for three and a half years, was subsequently appointed National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services and served in this position for one and a half years, before his appointment to Sales Director of Security . This ‘jack of all trades’, intends to become master of it all - or at least within the context of the facilities management business. A passionate man, who believes that if the company trades his time, it has to match his values and principles; and vice versa. Kumaran, who has gained a broad spectrum of skills, believes that imparting knowledge is of benefit not only to the other person, but also yourself and ultimately, the organisation. Whilst security is new to him, as a people’s person, who makes an effort to get to know every colleague’s name, he has learned much about breaking the invisible fence. He says, “I’m a talker and I love people, so my work starts from the minute I leave home, in the way that I greet the person at the front gate, to the moment I close my eyes at night. I don’t know what it is to say a ‘quick hello’, much to the humour of my children, especially when we are out shopping because when I enter a space, I immediately see my colleague in the person cleaning the bathroom, the security guard and others. My work therefore, does not end when I leave the office - it forms part of my very existence.” In terms of his new role, he does not plan to ‘re-invent the wheel’, but instead provide training and solutions where gaps exist. Security, as he sees it, is part of a business’s risk factor and needs to . . .