07 February 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa – Thembisa Mdoda is the loved face of the popular reality series, Our Perfect Wedding, however, there is more to her than meets the eye. Thembisa Mdoda is a creative soul with three degrees under her belt (Graphic Design, Hon. Dramatic Arts, Media Studies and Journalism) adding credibility to her skills and talents as an entertainer and journalist. To showcase all her talents, Thembisa has joined well-known talent management agency, Owen S. Management. Owen S. Management specializes in representing, managing and promoting high-profiled media personalities, professional actors and skilled voice-over artists. With their vast experience in the entertainment industry, Owen S. Management is the chosen agency to take Thembisa Mdoda’s career to new levels. Thembisa Mdoda has decided to venture back into acting and where better to start than with joining an agency that not only can represent Thembisa as an actor but to also further strengthen her presence as a media personality. “I am very excited for this new journey that I am about to embark on and I feel confident because Owen S. Management understands what I want and they have the experience and the personal touch to get me there. I cannot wait for my fans to see what we work on throughout the year,” says Thembisa Mdoda. 2017 is deemed to be the year to do and be better and Thembisa Mdoda is showing that there is no time to waste by taking charge of her career. “We have a solid pool of talent we work with and we are thrilled to have Thembisa join us. We are passionate about what we do and we are passionate about our artists. I’ve had my eye on Thembisa for a while now. I respect and admire how she’s had staying power as a media personality and what excites me more is that I think she’s just getting started! We’re excited to take her career to greater heights,” concludes Owen Swanson, Managing Director and Founder of Owen S. Management. CLICK HERE to submit . . .
A job interview may be a nerve-wracking experience, particularly for first-time job seekers, but it need not be. Adequate preparation and a positive approach can make the difference between landing your dream job and receiving the dreaded letter of rejection. Agility Corporate is helping to equip South Africa’s youth for the highly competitive job market through sharing advice on entering the working world. Productivity expert and Agility Corporate Executive Lizette Bester offers her insights about making a positive lasting impression in a job interview. “If you have received an interview request, congratulations! This means that your job application has impressed a prospective employer enough for them to want to meet you. This is your opportunity to shine and get your foot in the door, but it requires a degree of effort and a delicate balance between confidence and humility,” says Bester. Research “Prior to the interview, read as much as you can about the company, including its website, social media pages and any mentions of the company in the media,” Bester advises. “If the industry is unfamiliar to you, get to know as much about it as possible, both the positive aspects and the challenges it faces, as well as the jargon associated with the field. This demonstrates proactivity and also conveys the impression that the candidate is already entrenched in the industry, and may require less training.” Be punctual, not nervous “This should be a no-brainer, but you should never be late for a job interview,” warns Bester. “Try to be in the area at least 30 minutes before the interview to allow time for unexpected delays and provide a few minutes to take a few deep breaths and calm your nerves prior to the interview.” For those who suffer from pre-interview anxiety, Bester offers a particularly helpful piece of advice: “If your heart is pounding, your palms are sweating and you have butterflies in your stomach, remember that these physiological . . .
Multinational water innovation company Crystal Lagoons’ concept and technology – that is changing the paradigm of “location, location, location” - is having a dramatic effect on the property industry worldwide. Why? Crystal Lagoons makes it possible to create crystal clear lagoons of limitless size anywhere in the world at very low construction and maintenance costs. With the ability to transform any real estate project into a beachfront paradise, these lagoons bring the lifestyle of the beach to even the most obscure destinations (the middle of deserts and populated city centres). Present on five continents with 400 projects in different stages of development in 60 countries, property developers worldwide are turning to this, the “world’s top amenity”. A Crystal Lagoon creates unprecedented demand The announcement of a residential property development through a billboard in Florida has already resulted in a waiting list of over 2,000 interested home buyers. The two signs were all the advertisement they did. Photos of other Crystal Lagoons’ projects and key messages such as “Epic Splash” and “Water This Way” raised peoples’ interest and led to sales. Something for the whole family Sales were low at the Diamante Cabo San Lucas Resort in Mexico, which was originally built with golf courses designed by Davis Love III and Tiger Woods. But demand rocketed when a Crystal Lagoon of 4-hectares was built, offering beachfront homes. With swimming, kayaking, paddle boarding and sailing available in a safe and fun environment, this amenity that the whole family can enjoy is becoming increasingly attractive for investors. Higher sales prices Crystal Lagoons has made real estate history in Dubai at the Mohammed Bin Rashid City District One project in Dubai, with prices never seen before for luxury villas that have direct access to idyllic beaches. Crystal Lagoons can be built anywhere In Sharm El Sheikh, the resort town in Egypt located in the . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – Needy pupils from Joe Slovo Primary School in Port Elizabeth’s KwaDwesi have been given a much-needed boost just in time for their new school year. Representatives of Nelson Mandela Bay’s largest shopping centre, Baywest Mall, visited the primary school early on Wednesday (January 25) to hand over R50,000 worth of new school shoes to 500 underprivileged pupils. The donation, which was coordinated by the mall’s corporate social investment partner Love Story, formed part of a larger national investment by mall owners Rebosis Property Fund. Rebosis, which is South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, has taken steps to support education countrywide by providing R200,000 worth of school shoes at the start of the new school year. Baywest Mall general manager Troy Zunckel said shoes had been purchased to fit the shoe size and gender of the pupils identified as most needy by the school and community leaders. The children also received lunchboxes from Pep Stores at Baywest Mall. “Eradicating poverty starts with giving children hope and opportunities in life,” said Zunckel. “For Baywest Mall, as part of the Rebosis group, we are committed to supporting educational initiatives as a means to promoting sustainable economic development in our region.” Joe Slovo Primary was founded in 2003 after local residents recognised the need for a school in this impoverished area. With an unemployment rate of over 80% among the school’s parents and a number of pupils being raised in child-headed households, Love Story’s Elaine Watson said many of the children were in dire need. “School shoes can have a real and positive impact on young children. Not having to walk to school barefoot can indirectly affect their school attendance and, in effect, their whole education,” said Watson. According to Rebosis marketing manager Deborah Bailey, providing school shoes is a tangible and practical solution, giving relief to the children – many . . .
News24 is launching a brand new app called News24 Edge that personalises the experience of News24’s top quality journalism. Users select their interests and with cutting-edge technology, the app brings them all the breaking news first and the lifestyle and sports stories of their choice. Interests can be selected from topics such as sports, finance, motoring, parenting, travel, food, fashion, beauty and entertainment, to name but a few. After selecting interests, the app learns what users are interested in over time, and brings more of it to their home screens. The more they read, the better News24 Edge becomes at providing the most relevant stories to them. News24 is known for breaking news first and quality content that broadens horizons with local stories and news from abroad. News24 Edge offers users information that is personalised, smart and delivered fast to their devices. News24 Edge has been designed with a beautiful and streamlined experience in mind. Clear text and crisp images make content easy to find and read while the app’s navigation takes as few taps as possible to get to a desired story. News24Edge is available for download for Apple and Android phones. iOS: https://itunes.apple.com/za/app/news24-edge/id1161811531?mt=8 Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.news24.edge CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Professional Evaluation and Research (PEAR), a South African-based media monitoring, research, and analysis organisation, is set to take the global market by storm with an innovative way of measuring the value of social media postings. Built using mathematically sound and academically proven algorithms, the tool enables individuals and brands to view, in real-time, how much an update to a social network is worth. The concept is similar to the advertising value equivalent (AVE) metric used by agencies across the world but is built on a unique methodology specifically geared for social media. This factors in such elements as reach, influence, and trust. PEAR aims to give people the ability to quickly and conveniently see the monetary value of any updates posted, irrespective of platform. “The impact social networking has had on individuals and brands the world over has been nothing short of phenomenal. Unfortunately, the biggest stumbling block for communications professionals and companies have been to understand the financial value of these engagements,” says Jaco Pienaar, Chief Knowledge Officer at PEAR. Even though many companies understand the benefits of social media, when it comes time for budget discussions, decision-makers have very little to use as motivation for increased digital spend. Traditionally, online advertising has benefited from this as the metrics for value are easily shown through AVEs while that of social media updates have been more difficult. “Justifying resources on social media campaigns have just gotten a whole lot easier thanks to PEAR. Now, an agency can reliably inform their clients how much a Tweet, Instagram post, or the like is worth when a brand is mentioned. And because the values are determined by global financial markets, users always get a true reflection of the real-time monetary value of their social media AVEs,” says Pienaar. In addition to benefitting agencies and corporate clients, the PEAR offering gives . . .
News24, in partnership with the Nelson Mandela Foundation, is proud to announce the launch of Project Rise, a new online platform dedicated to facilitating a nationwide debate on what South Africa should look like post-#FeesMustFall. For more than a year now, South Africa has been grappling with issues of free, decolonised tertiary education. While News24 continues to cover the day-to-day happenings on our campuses, the time has come for a national discussion that focuses on solutions, rather than problems. In the coming weeks and months, Project Rise will be the hub of our analysis of the #FeesMustFall movement. It will be an open forum where readers can follow and contribute to the debate beyond the news headlines. “The media are a key component when a country is in crisis and people need a voice. Project Rise is about moving South Africa forward in a productive manner by giving its citizens that voice,” says Adriaan Basson, News24 editor. “It will be a home for balanced conversations and we will start with a focus on education.” Ultimately, News24 will look for answers to the question posed by former Public Protector Advocate Thuli Madonsela at the annual Ahmed Kathrada Foundation lecture last year: What must rise? What will rise after fees have fallen? Is free higher education a possibility and at what cost? What does the university of the future look like? Says Basson: “Unemployment, inequality and poverty are our trio of enemies. If we don’t solve these problems together, we will fall. The time has come for a different discourse. We need a discussion that focuses on the future and what we want to become,” he adds. This is your opportunity to write for us if you have an idea or a solution for the future. No views are too radical – as long as they answer the question: what must rise? For correspondence and contributions contact Alet Janse van Rensburg at email@example.com. Contributions should be between 750 and 1 000 words in length and . . .
2016 Comrades Winner, Charne Bosman shares top training tips in the build up to The Music Run™ by Old Mutual Signing up to run a 5km race is the perfect way to kick-start a fitness routine. It's a rewarding and fun distance to race. For many first time runners the initial training routine can seem intimidating, but don’t worry - here is a plan to get you run-ready in no time. With The Music Run™ by Old Mutual, the Ultimate 5K Running and Music Festival, set to take place in less than a month, 2016 Comrades marathon winner and multiple South African champion, Charne Bosman, shared five tips to help make training for a 5K more manageable and fun. No excuses!: Dedication and commitment to your training routine is essential. I would suggest training three or four days a week. Start off with 3km and increase your distance by 10% with every run until you build to the race distance. H20 - your new BFF: Your body cannot function at optimal level without water, so drink plenty of it! Stay away from liquids such as milk and avoid eating just before a race or run. Show your muscles some love: Warming up: I would recommend a dynamic warm up, it activates the muscles you use during your workout so start off with a light jog, do lunges and loosen up your muscles by doing squats. Cooling down: I would suggest a slow jog again, and some light stretches to avoid the muscles from stiffening up. I would set aside 10 minutes after a run or training session. Start slower and finish stronger: This was my strategy for the Comrades last year and I definitely think the same applies for a 5km race. Start conservatively so that you run the second half of the race more effectively. Instead of burning all your fuel early, save some of that energy and finish strong, that way you gain confidence which will motivate you. I would recommend doing this not only on race day but throughout your training. Music: Music and running go hand in hand. I listen to a variety of music . . .
JOHANNESBURG—January 7, 2017—Farai Madzima today announced that eFFed Up! will hold its 2nd annual Pixel Up! User Experience (UX) and Design conference May 8 through May 10 at Cape Town’s Cavalli Wine and Stud Farm in Stellenbosch. At this year’s three-day conference, user experience and user interface designers from South Africa and around the world will learn about the latest tools and processes to create the most innovative apps and websites for customers in South Africa and the rest of the world. Pixel Up! 2017 will feature 14 inspiring and practical talks by speakers who’ve worked at Apple, Google, IDEO, Airbnb and more. Four master-grade hands-on workshops to help designers skill up in new techniques will be delivered by world renowned authors and facilitators. This year’s conference includes a notable lineup of featured speakers from the UX and design industry, including: Andy Clarke - one of the best known UK web designers (Wales) Austin Knight - Senior UX designer at Hubspot, speaker, and author (Brazil) Brad Frost - Web designer, speaker, author, and consultant (Pittsburgh) Emma Craig - UX researcher at Shopify (Canada) Kevin Hoffman - Information architect and design strategist and author (Philadelphia) Josh Clark - Designer and author (New York) Michael Sui - Senior designer at Airbnb (San Francisco) Mindy Gold - UX content strategist at Capital One (New York) Nancy Douyon - User experience lead at Google (San Francisco) Ron Bronson - User experience etrategist at Practical Starship Sebastiaan de With - ex-Apple designer (San Francisco) Dr. Tendayi Viki - Innovation consultant (UK) Val Head - Web animation expert and author (Pittsburgh) Designers and other professionals looking to learn and improve their user experience and design skills can apply for tickets via the Pixel Up! website (pixelup.co.za) now until Sunday, May 7 at 22:00 SAST. Tickets are limited to 150, last year was sold out. “South . . .
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