(Centurion) – Top-performing pupils from disadvantaged high schools in Pretoria were recognised for their various academic, sporting and leadership achievements during the third annual Olieven Academic Awards on Saturday. Hosted for the first time by Forest Hill City Shopping Centre, the annual initiative is designed to reward and encourage the educational successes of pupils in the underprivileged Olievenhoutbosch community. The awards ceremony marked the culmination of a year-long programme run by the non-profit Goat Foundation, which focused on mathematics, science and leadership activities by actively involving school-going youngsters in debates, green events and leadership conferences. According to one of the organisers, Duncan Mufamadi, the initiative recognised pupils who had overcome the obstacles of their backgrounds to perform excellently and also motivated them to work hard in the coming years to achieve better results. “On an ongoing basis, the OAA aims to improve the matric pass rate at high schools in Olievenhoutbosch and source bursaries, learnerships and scholarships for deserving pupils,” said Mufamadi. This year, top achievers selected by their schools took home a combined 100 FET scholarships awarded by iCollege, each worth R32 400. Books and tuition fees are included in the 12-month scholarship, with winners given the opportunity to enrol for courses including events management, marketing, accounting and human resources. Students who have performed well at the end of their year-long courses will either be placed into a job, or qualify for another scholarship to study a diploma course of their choice at iCollege. Commenting after the event, Forest Hill City marketing manager Annah Moremela said: “By hosting this initiative we are empowering our children which, in turn, means we are empowering our communities. “Forest Hill City’s corporate social investment remains steadfast in supporting education initiatives, as this is . . .
CROWD FUND SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST CARBON FIBER ACOUSTIC GUITAR Johannesburg, 10/30/2017 - Proudly South African made carbon fiber acoustic guitar, one of very few companies in the world in a rapidly growing global sector. Needs a successful crowd funding campaign to initiate the start up phase and secure orders for the first production run. It is hosted on gogetfunding and the campaign ends on the 2nd of November at midnight a short campaign duration was chosen in order to generate a sense of urgency and call to action. The intention is to raise funds for the campaign which is held in South Africa, to reach the goal we need as much local as well as international support as possible. Bringing the company to life, we want to implement a social responsibility upon the business. By giving the entirety of proceeds generated from every 10th instrument manufactured to a partnered, legitimate social welfare organization as a way of thanking the crowd funding Heroes and their generosity in bringing this concept to life. There has been a successful crowd funding campaign in the past (July 2016) which brought a carbon fiber instrument to market in the USA, it reached its goal in 1 day from excellent PR. https://gogetfunding.com/petzerguitars/ Please help spread the word. Chad Petzer Unit 5, 57 Long Street Kempton Park 1619 Gauteng, South Africa +27644068001 email@example.com FB - @petzerguitars Twitter - @PetzerGuitars IG - @chadelz Photo: Kyle Quintao Designer, builder holding product guitar Photo: Kyle Quintao YouTube: https://youtu.be/r6xArp2CT6Y CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on HELP CROWD FUND SOUTH AFRICA'S FIRST CARBON FIBER ACOUSTIC GUITAR here: https://gogetfunding.com/petzerguitars/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/PetzerGuitars?s=09 Facebook: https://m.facebook.com/petzerguitars . . .
Bidvest Car Rental will be a major driving force behind the Tshwane Classic road cycling event that will see more than 4 000 participants race through the heart of Pretoria on November 5. With a big entry for the event - which includes the 98km feature race, two supporting races and full road closure - the offering is tipped to elevate it to one of the country's major city races in the years ahead. In an agreement struck earlier this year, Bidvest Car Rental came on board as vehicle partners to ASG Events, one of the most important logistical components for an event on the move. ASG operations manager Darren Herbst said the arrangement would play a big role in the smooth handling of the race. "We will have 15 cars from Bidvest Car Rental on the road to assist with the logistics and to act as support vehicles and lead cars." He said a further 27 motor bikes would be deployed by the Bestmed Road Rangers, with whom they had a long-standing relationship. "Seven will act as guides for the leaders of each category, while the remainder will be used by safety marshals to guarantee the security of the riders." Bidvest Car Rental sales and marketing executive Gaynor von Loggenburg said there were plans in place to ensure cyclists would benefit further from the deal. "We have specialised rates for all cycling events, while part of our agreement is a direct link from the ASG website to ours," she said. By linking up with high-profile events such as the Tshwane Classic, they felt they could build their brand and identity, she added. "As car rental is a very competitive market, we feel that sponsoring ASG Events differentiates us. Our partnership allows us to gain access to the cyclists, who need to rent cars." Van Loggenburg said that by connecting with cyclists, the arrangement also had a positive impact in their leisure rentals. "Cycling is a sport that goes on throughout the year and this ensures we receive business consistently on the . . .
In this digital age, we are all faced with the same reality at one point or another. That reality being, our reliance of having an online presence. Whether our online presence is used for fun, business, communication, research or reviews, we have all realised the many benefits the internet has to offer. The internet has also paved the way for the modern-day writer, the “Blogger”. A blogger is defined as a person who keeps a Web log “blog” who publishes a regular record of their thoughts, opinions, or experiences which is shared on the internet for people to read. The rise in the popularity of blogs comes from the credibility one gets from reading personal and relatable accounts of events, occurrences and fads resulting in a wealth of information relevant to the reader. Readers are now looking to blogs to stay on top of the latest tech updates, hippest new restaurants, trendiest fashion tips and so much more. Although one of the most rewarding investments one can make, making travel related decisions, can be rather stressful. This has been eliminated by the presence of Travel Bloggers who give a first-hand recollection of their travel tips, experiences, downfalls and adventures along their journey. The Travel Blogger is here to inspire and educate readers. Share Your Story. Start A Travel Blog. We asked some of South Africa’s Top Travel Bloggers to give us some advice on How to Become a Travel Blogger, these are some of their top tips on getting started: Di Brown – The Roaming Giraffe: Be prepared to work really hard for very little reward in the beginning. It takes time and effort to build a brand and an audience. Focus on what you are good at and learn new skills if required. Invest your time, money and effort into your blog if you are serious about it. Ryan Enslin – My Lime Boots: Above and beyond absolutely everything, I say authenticity, authenticity, authenticity. You have to write stories that mean something to you, on one level or . . .
[Johannesburg, Thursday, 26 October] – Synonymous with the great outdoors and “living the braai life”, the CADAC brand has been entrenched in South African society since its launch in 1948. Through its new partnership with marketing and technology agency, Interface Digital, CADAC is looking to reaffirm its status as South Africans’ #1 braai-time companion. “We set about looking for an agency that not only had the desired capabilities and credentials to deliver on our mandate but, most importantly, we wanted to find a partner that understood our business and what it stands for,” says Elena Forno-Nash, Managing Director of CADAC International. “From our first meeting to subsequent initial campaigns, the Interface Digital team has consistently proven their ability to clearly understand our market, our customers and our culture . . . in essence they have quickly become an integral part of our company showing their passion in living the braai life with conviction, reflected in the campaigns that we have launched and run with already”. Interface Digital is a Google Premier Partner agency and has been on the forefront of the South African digital marketing and technology industry for over 22 years. “Like all agencies in our space it has not always been smooth sailing to get where we are today,” says MD, Dennis Armstrong. “Past mistakes were made and learnt from, helping us build a company that prides itself on finding the essence of our clients’ problems and then responding to it with verve and a commitment to deliver top quality work.” Interface Digital won the CADAC account in July 2017 with social media campaigns first aimed at National Braai Day and now Halloween. Initial success has been significant, with campaigns outperforming engagement targets by over 200%. “Great (smart) marketing principles have not changed,” says Armstrong. “At the core it’s still about talking to the right people, at the right time, with the right message to help them move . . .
With cycling an integral part of their culture, the Danish embassy in Pretoria have thrown their weight behind next week's Tshwane Classic, with 50 of their members set to compete in the various races. Shaping up as one of the country's major road events, with more than 4 000 cyclists having already entered, the feature race in Pretoria will be over 98km, starting and finishing at the Voortrekker Monument. Organisers ASG Events have joined hands with the Tshwane Municipality to arrange total road closure for the main event as well as for the 60km and 20km supporting distances. The involvement of the Danish embassy will add an international flavour to the event and Kristoffer Moller, a sector adviser in the smart and sustainable cities section, said it was an easy choice for them. "In Denmark, cycling is integrated into our way of life," he said. "It's the way we go to work, it's the way we go to school and children of three or four years already learn how to cycle. "It's very sustainable, good for your health and has lots of other benefits." Being an avid cyclist, Moller, who is married to a South African, has ridden in events such as the Bestmed Jock Classic and 947 Cycle Challenge. He said when they saw Pretoria was on the racing scene in the form of the Tshwane Classic they had no hesitation in becoming involved. "We realised here is an aligned agenda so let's all chip in and make it a success," added Moller. "It is also a way for the embassy to pay something back to the city where it's located. "All the embassies are here and we want to be part of city life, and not just be expats who come in and out every two years. This sort of involvement is very important to us." Through the Danish ambassador, he said they had reached out to other embassies to support the event too. Moller said their entry had created much spirit among the staff members who would be competing, while it gave them an opportunity to again work with the Mamelodi . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 October 2017 – KaChing, the innovative ticketless way to pay for your parking, announced today that they are expanding their footprint of retail parking sites. Customers at the Mall of Africa will be able to pay for their parking using KaChing as of Thursday 26th October 2017. KaChing uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking so much more convenient. "KaChing offers all people who park a massively more convenient way to pay for your parking. You no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets.” Says Mike Clark, Business Development Executive of KaChing. KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payment to securely pay for their parking. In addition to ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing first launched on a commercial pilot basis in 2016, and is available at Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres in Johannesburg to mention only a few of the growing list of properties offering ticketless and cashless parking solutions Clark goes to say “We are also proud of the fact that in the past year, there have been zero car thefts from KaChing users. Our technology significantly improves your vehicle’s security while you park. The pre-paid option is also proving a winner with 60% of our users paying through pre-paid.” Signing up for KaChing is easy and effortless; you can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. All you need to do is register with your vehicle number plate, load your pre-paid account, or choose the credit card option. It is a simple drive IN drive OUT experience. The number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit automatically pick you . . .
• First firewall to offer complete identification of unknown application traffic by using information directly from the endpoint • First network application control that automatically identifies, classifies and controls custom, evasive and generic web applications • New hardware for modular connectivity and deployment South Africa, PRETORIA Oct. 24, 2017 - Sophos (LSE: SOPH), a global leader in network and endpoint security, today announced the latest version of its next-generation Sophos XG Firewall that delivers a breakthrough in network traffic visibility. Using Synchronized Security to obtain information from the endpoint, XG Firewall can identify, classify and allow the control of all previously unknown applications active on the network, such as those which don’t have signatures or are using generic HTTP or HTTPS connections. Synchronized App Control on XG Firewall is an industry first and can reduce the security risks associated with unidentified traffic by allowing administrators to see exactly what is on their network. Rob Ayoub, research director, IDC Security Products commented “The latest version of the Sophos XG Firewall represents a significant improvement in network application visibility, especially in regards to unknown applications. It’s an innovative solution to an industry-wide problem that has been getting increasingly challenging over time.” Synchronized App Control will automatically associate discovered applications with appropriate categories where possible and adminsistrators can assign unknown apps to categories that will block or prioritize them as desired. Interactive application reporting provides deep insight into daily traffic activity. “In a recent study, IT professionals admitted that about 60 percent of network traffic is unknown, and the security risks associated with this tops their list of concerns,” commented Dan Schiappa, senior vice president and general manager of Enduser and Network Security Groups at Sophos. . . .
PRETORIA – Intercare is proud to be a top three finalist of the 2016/2017 Ask Afrika Orange Index® customer service benchmark, as measured in the Private Hospitals Industry. The Ask Afrika Orange Index® is the largest and most widely referenced service excellence benchmark in South Africa. It was launched in 2001, and has a tracking history of service in South Africa for the past 16 years. “This nomination is a wonderful affirmation that our efforts to always put our patients first are paying off,” said Dr Hendrik Hanekom, CEO of Intercare. “Creating a great healthcare experience altogether has always been our vision.” Intercare Day Hospitals offer an alternative to acute care facilities for surgeries not requiring an overnight hospital stay. “This highlights Intercare’s desire to always provide innovative value-based healthcare solutions,” he added. At Intercare, surgical services prioritize patient safety and comfort, utilizing the latest techniques and technology. This approach accelerates the healing process by getting patients home and back into comfortable surroundings, as quickly as possible. Intercare’s Sub-Acute and Rehabilitation Hospitals focuses on the treatment and rehabilitation of patients who have a determined treatment plan and do not require any intensive diagnostic or invasive procedures. An outcomes based approach is followed and a multi-disciplinary team is appointed for each patient to ensure maximum recovery and functionality. To demonstrate a commitment to service excellence, Intercare Medical & Dental Centers offer longer operating hours during the week and are open on weekends and public holidays, making it more accessible and convenient for families and working professionals. A variety of healthcare services are available under one roof - saving the patient time, money and effort. The winners of the Ask Afrika Orange Index®, will be announced at the awards ceremony which will take place at The Venue, Melrose Arch on . . .
(Centurion) – As South Africa struggles with its political leadership crisis, a youth-oriented initiative has been working quietly to cultivate the leadership skills that will allow the next generation to step into the breach. The “Learners Today, Leaders Forever” conference, which took place on Saturday (October 21), saw a gathering of 150 high school pupils from Grade 7 to 12 in public and private institutions across Gauteng, including Mamelodi, Cosmo City, Olievenhoutbosch and Pretoria. Hosted this year by the Forest Hill City mall in Centurion, the conference has impacted more than 800 pupils since its inception in 2015. According to provincial organiser and teacher Mathibedi Medupe, the aim of the conference was to uplift high school leadership and to enhance the collective leadership skills within their schools’ learner representative councils, although pupils do not need to be part of a council to attend. “I started this initiative two years ago because I saw the leadership crisis our country is faced with and I said to myself: ‘It all starts in the schools.’ Learners who attend the conference get to implement the leadership skills in their everyday life and with other peers at school,” said Medupe, adding that some of the previous participants had gone on to become SRC leaders in their respective universities. “It is crucial that we nurture young leaders in such a way that they will turn out to be leaders of great character and integrity, and that they will serve the people and fully understand others. They need to be prepared for the real world that is loaded with negativity, greed, racism, sexism, politics and immorality.” He said the programme was designed in such a way that pupils learned more about themselves and the issues of importance to their communities, and also helped them to develop their leadership potential and values by getting involved in public and community service. A line-up of guest speakers presented on a variety of . . .