Johannesburg 09 March 2018 - ZUI, an independent fashion retailer with stores in Johannesburg and Tshwane launched their autumn 2018 collection in store and nationally online. The ZUI Autumn 2018 collection explores trends that reflect individual style including rich winter hues, buckle detailing, For women, sheer ruffle adorned blouses, wrap dresses; velvet and silk are set against denim jackets, skirts and trousers. Track tops are no longer confined to the stadium – they’re the new closet staple and paired with a pair of jeans, provides a relaxed look. “We are proud to launch our autumn campaign, it represents who our brand is and shows how fashion is vehicle for self-expression,” says, Shiraz Tayob CEO and Founder of ZUI. “We aimed to portray a wide array of influences that would appeal to our client base. The ZUI Group also announces the launch of the new ZUI e-commerce platform; live from 12 March 2018 it will be available on zui.co.za. The highly customised and localised e-commerce platform is a major step forward in ZUI’s digital strategy. The product offering available on the new zui.co.za website will cater to individual markets, giving customers the freedom to shop anytime and anywhere. The ZUI Autumn 2018 Collection launches in store on Friday, 02 March 2018 and online and will be available in stores globally on Thursday, July 27, 2017. About ZUI ZUI is a boutique fashion brand founded in 2009 that delivers high-quality fashion and ready-to-wear collections that are premium, yet accessible. ZUI ticks all the fashion boxes when it comes to a core collection, tailored dresses and boardroom classics. ZUI is quality driven, trendy, yet classical clothing for women providing the woman style at affordable prices. For more information and the ecommerce platform go to www.zui.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Zui Autumn 2018 Launch here: http://www.zui.co.za . . .
If you were going to make an effort for the Oscars, this Sunday’s one should probably be it - their 90th anniversary. West Pack Lifestyle will help you set the scene. But first, popcorn! In the true spirit of Oscar night, what's the moves without popcorn, right? There's nothing cheaper, or more fun, so create a DIY popcorn bar of different flavours. The most affordable way to serve them without compromising on your fun movie night feel is in old-school brown paper packets (R23.90 for 50 Brown Paper Packets S08) and stock up on popcorn sprinkles (available in 150g packets, R14.90 each from your nearest West Pack store in flavours like sour cream and chives, fruit and chutney, butter and cheese). Cajun Popcorn: Combine a pinch each of salt, pepper, ground cumin, garlic powder, dried basil, dried thyme, paprika and cayenne pepper, and add to melted butter. Place air-popped corn in large bowl and toss in seasoning mixture to coat Parmesan Popcorn: Combine equal quantities grated Parmesan cheese and melted butter with a dash each of Italian herbs and salt. Pour over warm air-popped corn and toss to coat. Cinnamon Popcorn: Place 8 cups air-popped corn in a baking pan. In a small bowl, mix 1 lightly beaten egg white, ½ cup (125ml) sugar, 1 tsp (5ml) cinnamon and pinch of salt. Add to popcorn and bake in preheated 150°C oven, 20 minutes. If you're thinking plain popcorn, we'll let you off the hook, but only if you dress it up with fun popcorn themed buckets! The final (starry) touches An Oscars party wouldn't be complete with stars! This recipe for star shaped chips could be used for anything really - just pop into your nearest West Pack store to choose from a variety of star shaped cookie cutters (from R22.90 to R64.90). Unleash your crafty DIY side with these Starry Sparkles - perfect for decorating your tables, menus or faces - sure your brain is already ticking over with a few ideas (R24.90 for 8 mini bottles). Find your nearest West Pack . . .
The 2018 season for the PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING team kicked off with the devastating news that star rider, Brett Swanepoel, had crashed at a cross country event earlier this month. The severe extent of his injuries meant that the multi-disciplined athlete would be side-lined for a large majority of what looked to be his most promising season yet. The heavy atmosphere hanging over the Husqvarna camp has finally lifted, however, as the hope of a new rider arrives - and just in time for the start of the National Cross Country season. Meet Taki Bogiages, the man who has answered the call to step in for Swanepoel and stand tall for the PEPSON PLASTICS HUSQVARNA RACING team. The Pretoria based rider, who races with the #222 number plate, admits to looking up to Swanepoel as a role model for many years, who ironically races with the #111 number plate: “He’s been one of the idols in my riding career since the 2013 Roof of Africa, and I’ve been privileged enough to race against him in the OR3 class in the National Cross Country series. We’ve often seen each other over the past few years, and always have a good laugh before and after a race,” he said. To add the irony of the story, it was Bogiages who witnessed Swanepoel’s devastating accident. Instead of grabbing the opportunity to potentially win the race, Bogiages got off his bike to support his friend. Describing the event he said: “Brett was in the lead, and I suddenly saw his bike go tumbling out of the corner of my eye. When I got to him, I saw the severity of the crash and immediately called for help. I tried to keep him calm and control the bleeding.” Just over a week later, Bogiages got the call from Husqvarna asking for his full commitment to both the OR2 class of the National Cross Country season and E2 class of the National Enduro season. Husqvarna South Africa's brand manager Fred Fensham comments, "With our current OR1 champ and E2 Enduro hopeful out it has been a scramble . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 February 2018 – As leaders in the world of facilities management, Servest rely on the use of water as a key resource to deliver their core services, these include, Cleaning, Landscaping, Catering, Office Plants and Hygiene. “It was therefore an imperative for Servest to consider the conservation of water as a vital resource that is leaning towards almost becoming a scarcity – this is certainly the case in Cape Town at the moment” says, Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist. One of Servest’s main policies and strategy is to approach environmental sustainability through innovation. One example of this is their Office Plants Division, who has modified their interior plants operation. “We have changed the types of plants in the working environment, by replacing all plants that require a high water intake with harder, sustainable, water wise plants. These plants require less than one litre of water every 6-8 weeks, and if the environmental conditions are applicable, some plants only require water once every 3 months”, says Kumuran Pillay, National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services. It could be argued that office plants are not important, however the need for plants in offices is greater now than before. It positively affects the atmospheric conditions in the work environment of businesses. Plants remove harmful, volatile compounds (VOCs), such as formaldehyde and benzene from the air by as much as 70% in a 24 hour period and plants convert this into oxygen and water too, for the plants’ own nutritional needs. Plants eliminate carbon monoxide from indoor areas, the absence of which certainly impact human attention, concentration and the overall health of people. Indoor plants also stabilise humidity by 30-60%, creating a more comfortable and healthy work environment, benefitting office workers’ general well-being in many ways, such as minimising throat dryness, preventing headaches, dry skin and fatigue, . . .
Does Transnet once again want to make the NPA the laughing stock of the city? Port of Port Elizabeth's answer to threat from the city and it's citizens around the Manganese Ore pollution On Saturday 17 February at 12:58 the TNPA released a press statement on the “impending eviction of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club” - a Port of Port Elizabeth based sailing club that has been in existence for close on 60 years providing sail training, regattas and safe haven for local and international sailors along with access to what has been described as the best sailing waters along the African Coast. ABYC has been attempting to get the TNPA in front of the Port Regulator since 2009 when the club submitted a complaint over an unfair 61% rental increase. On Friday morning 23 February 2018 the TNPA have been summonsed to appear in court to answer the ABYC's Notice of Motion interdicting the TNPA from issuing a Warrant of Eviction. ABYC will be asking the honourable court to rule that ABYC be entitled to continue occupying the premises pending a determination by the Port Regulator on 20 March 2018. On 23 August 2017, before High Court proceedings, the TNPA - represented by TNPA Legal Officer, Justin Uren, Advocate Ntsepe, Attorney Nash Vandayar and Port Manager, Rajesh Dana - and ABYC - represented by Attorney Gerald Friedman, Advocate Albert Beyleveld, ABYC President Sean Wiseman and ABYC Commodore Alan Straton - agreed that until such time as a new tenant had been allocated the premises occupied by ABYC, pursuant to a lawful tender, ABYC could remain in occupation and would be afforded two months notice to vacate if ABYC were unsuccessful in tendering. It would appear that the TNPA's representatives at the time have suffered amnesia over this agreement and could have been devious in their handling of the matter. Despite being asked in numerous forms and by numerous persons the TNPA has remained silent on whether a tender has been awarded. On 16 February 2018 . . .
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) released a media statement on Saturday 17 February 2018 stating that the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) must move out of premises that the nearly 60 year-old club occupies within the Port of Port Elizabeth. The dispute centres around rental, non-payment of rental, assessment of rental far beyond the financial means of ABYC as a voluntary body and irregular rental increases. As in all disputes of this nature the cold hard facts are really around two issues: Who is the landlord? Who has the most money? The answers to both above are: TNPA Any realist will tell you that the person who 'owns' the land and has bottomless coffers will win any legal fight. Now this is where it gets interesting as the ABYC took the complaint over TNPA's unfair treatment to the Port Regulator for a decision rather than turning to the courts. The Port Regulator operates as the Ombudsman for TNPA and has ruled in the past on TNPA's irregular increase on Port Tarrifs, forcing the TNPA to back down and reduce tariffs on more than a few occasions. The path to getting a hearing in front of the Port Regulator has been beset with delaying tactics from the TNPA - the most severe of which being an eviction order accelerated after the ABYC won the first round in front of the Port Regulator. TNPA has been summonsed to appear in the Port Elizabeth, High Court on Friday 23 February at 9:30 am. ABYC first brought the complaint to the attention of the Port Regulator in November 2009. Delaying tactics, legal manouvering and actions like TNPA 'losing' the recorded minutes of the first pre-hearing all contributed to the wearing down of the then Executive Committees. A new Exco in 2014 made the decision to tackle this problem head on and find a solution as the continued friction between ABYC and TNPA was not a happy state of affairs. The continued friction between the parties contributed negatively to TNPA's stature as a caring . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 20 February 2018 – Just days after the new President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in, international business confidence shows growth as Servest, the international facilities management provider, announced its acquisition in the Aktrion Group. Aktrion is a specialist company in the provision of bespoke manufacturing support services. The acquisition now sees the Servest Group’s annual turnover increase to, in excess of R16.40 billion globally and adds to the diversification of the company’s business strategy. Servest’s interest in Aktrion stems from the higher value-added and specialist services that the provider offers. The acquisition enhances Servest’s global reach, building on the joint venture with Atalian and its stake in technology business Getronics. “The transaction will enable Servest to play a leading role in the global manufacturing market, enabling further development of integrated solutions in printing, automotive, food and transport sectors”, says Servest South Africa’s CEO, Steve Wallbanks. “And importantly, it will allow us to grow our employee base and develop much needed scarce skills in the engineering sector”, he adds. Servest prides itself on its transparent, innovative and partnership approach. It self-delivers value-for-money bespoke solutions to clients across all sectors, including retail, leisure, public, healthcare, education, commercial, construction, transport and logistics. Servest offers specialist services which can be bundled or integrated to suit clients’ needs. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Business Confidence Grows in SA here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
Off the back of 6 sold out live events, and after successfully hosting the biggest #Cryptocurrency event ever held in South Africa, the Matt Brown Show is holding a one-time exclusive learning and networking event in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 7 March (6pm - 8pm) we'll be launching a deep dive series into alternative cryptocurrencies. The interest around cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin being the most famous, has continued to capture headlines worldwide whilst regulators around the world are still struggling to formulate a plan to deal with it. The Matt Brown Show #cryptokungfu is kicking off its first edition of a deep dive series will be looking at the bitcoin family of coins, what makes the coins different, their utility and the opportunities for traders and investors. The Matt Brown Show has built a listenership and captive audience in over 100 countries around the world. #CryptoJHB was the first podcast event to trend in the #1 hashtag position on Twitter in the history of South African media. The Matt Brown Show Johannesburg event taking place on Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm, now being hosted at the Mesh Club in Rosebank will tap into THREE of the world’s leading experts for this first edition of a deep dive series focused masterclass. https://www.quicket.co.za/events/39626-cryptokungfu-the-matt-brown-show-the-deep-dive-series-part-1-the-bitcoin-family/#/ The Masterclass will feature Tone Vays (via video conference) and Adam Meister from the United States, both regarded as world’s leading Bitcoin experts. Lorien Gamaroff, founder/CEO of Bankymoon, blockchain and cryptocurrency consultant will provide the local market perspective as a South African. The masterclass has been engineered to provide a more focussed and intimate discussion on the landscape, which is one of the reasons the event was moved to the mesh club. To provide a more exclusive and engaging atmosphere for the attendees. Matt Brown says, “these 3 experts . . .
The Matt Brown Show, in association with CNBC Africa and social trading platform, Etoro, flew the wildly successful cryptocurrency trader, Luke Martin, AKA Venture Coinist, from the United States to take part in the show’s sixth live (and sold-out) cryptocurrency podcast. The Matt Brown Show has built a listenership and captive audience in over 100 countries around the world. #CryptoJHB was the first podcast event to trend in the #1 hashtag position on Twitter in the history of South African media. CNBC Africa broadcasted a section of The Matt Brown Show, through their programme #CryptoTrader, Hosted by Ran Neu-Ner. The Matt Brown Show tapped into Martins’ deep insight into the cryptocurrency landscape and interrogated issues such as the move from Bitcoin to alternative cryptocurrency (altcoins), the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) frenzy, how he makes his investment decisions and anonymity coins. Matt Brown says Martin is known for his uncanny ability to read the cryptocurrency market. “Luke has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. I strongly advise anyone who is serious about cryptocurrency trading to follow him if they are not doing so already.” Discussing the move from Bitcoin to altcoin, Martin said investor psychology is an important consideration, especially the psychology of people getting into crypto trading late. “Various coins that have been hailed as ‘the next Bitcoin’ attract investors looking for a cheaper coin that will allow them to earn a higher multiple.” Martin says while the ICO frenzy – where some tokens launch at 50 or 100 times their money – might be a bubble, it might not necessarily be a bad thing. “Good things can emerge from it. The massive fundraising is going to back projects that will disrupt other industries. Of course, we will continue to see corrections of 30%, 40%, 50% or even greater. After all, we’re dealing with a hyper-volatile asset here.” Looking at the bigger picture, Martin believes the total market cap is . . .
GAUTENG, MIDRAND- Attracting close to three thousand athletes, and a couple thousand onlookers, the 2018 season opener of the hugely popular obstacle course racing (OCR) series, the Toyota WARRIOR Series, powered by Reebok, was off to the perfect start this past weekend at Riversands Country Farm in Johannesburg. The OCR Toyota WARRIOR series is designed for adventure seekers from all walks of life, and, with no barrier to entry, makes obstacle course racing (OCR) accessible to anyone with a pair of trainers, t-shirt and shorts. Course designer, Jono Hart, says Toyota WARRIOR 2018 will be the best year yet for OCR. “I build these courses to allow ordinary people to start somewhere and build themselves into who they want to be. None of the obstacles are easy but they are all manageable depending on your fitness level. Black Ops is an absolute monster. These men and women are at the top of their game.” With three categories on offer, Rookie, Commando, and Black Ops, the Toyota WARRIOR races have something for everyone who wish to have fun and challenge themselves across world-class obstacles. The Rookie, the shortest and easiest race, is all about fun and comradery - a wonderful opportunity to have real fun with your friends and colleagues. For those seeking a greater challenge, the Commando offers a greater test of physical and mental ability. The most difficult challenge is the Black Ops - the ultimate test of endurance, speed, strength and agility. The main event of the day was Black Ops Elite. This tough course incorporates 35 obstacles over roughly 15 kilometres of trail. These athletes are either climbing, traversing, carrying or gripping from start to finish. It is intense and only the super-fit and trained make it to the end. Winner and ranked 2nd in OCR South Africa, Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team SA) won the men’s race; the Women 2017 Series winner and #1 ranked female in OCR, Trish Eksteen (AOT) won the women’s race. Trish Eksteen came 4th . . .