Archbishop Desmond Tutu put it best when he said, “Do your little bit of good where you are, it’s those bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” This pearl of wisdom shared by retired Anglican Bishop, internationally-respected social activist, advocate of world-peace and winner of the Nobel Peace Prize (1984), Desmond Tutu, so fittingly captures one of the Core Values underpinning Lorge’s organisational Vision. And that is ensuring that while we pioneer our industry and grow our market influence in Southern Africa, to always remember to elevate those around us. We don’t believe in procrastinating; neither in our BMS or BI projects, nor when it comes to doing “good”. We also know that is futile to wait for the perfect ‘climate’ to perform an act of charity or a worthy Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) initiative. That day may never come and there are pressing social needs in the here and now. It is important to act and play our part as even a seemingly tiny gesture can make a world of difference in someone’s life. This is precisely why Lorge Consulting Services and its management count it honour and privilege to have reached out to the New Hope School (Est. 1971), by making an incredible donation of learning material to the specialised school. The multi-cultural school situated in Ashlea Gardens, Pretoria, is a pillar of strength to the local community and a sterling example to schools, NGOs and NPOs countrywide. Empowering the future of South Africa through philanthropy As medication is intended for the sick, so too are the academically challenged or those ailing in their learning-abilities deserving of special care. New Hope School lives up to this ideal and recognises that children with cerebral palsy, dyslexia, learning and other disabilities - while requiring tremendous patience and care - are equally valuable to society and deserve quality education. What is outstanding about the school is the fact that it is established on main . . .
In the year since launching its Probiotic Serum, which contains 1 billion live probiotic microbes per milliliter, South African brand, Esse, has established itself as the leading probiotic skincare line in the world. The World Health Organization defines a probiotic as a live microbe that is beneficial to humans. Extracts of probiotics have been used extensively in skincare but the “holy grail” of incorporating live probiotics has proved elusive. This is because conventional products contain preservatives … and preservatives kill microbes. Esse has used innovative production techniques, airless glass packaging and a preservative-free formula to launch the world’s first live probiotic serum and it’s taking the world by storm. The probiotic microbes are encapsulated and suspended in an oil base, reanimating and starting to divide when they come into contact with water on the skin’s surface. The efficacy of topical probiotics has been a hot topic in science with more than 5000 literature references on the “skin microbiome” in 2015. Testing in Germany has shown that the new serum from Esse has the ability to improve skin firmness by an average of 16% in 28 days, with 100% of the 20 test subjects showing an improvement. This opens a new avenue for anti-aging research. The founder of the brand, Trevor Steyn, is emphatic about the impact of probiotics … “Genetic sequencing techniques have allowed us to view skin through a new lens.” he says, “It’s now clear that skin is an ecology … an intricate interplay between human cells and microbes. Trying to optimise skin health without considering microbes is archaic. We consider the skin microbiome in every product that we formulate.” With the cost of genetic sequencing falling rapidly, the company envisages a time where the skin microbiome could be fully characterized. Personalized probiotics could then be formulated to maximize anti-aging results. Esse focuses on the salon and spa sector and over its 15-year . . .
Improved infrastructure at the start and finish area will improve the experience for riders in the Bestmed Satellite Classic near Hartbeestpoort Dam on October 22. Photo: Photo: Supplied Providing a premium experience for the riders is at the heart of the Bestmed Satellite Classic road race and there will be tangible evidence of that this year with an improved starting and finishing area. This year's road cycling extravaganza - which includes 60km, 80km and 106km events - will take place on October 22 near Hartbeestpoort Dam in North West. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said they had invested each year in the infrastructure since moving to the new venue at Saloon Route 66 three years ago. "We have placed a lot of focus on ensuring a seamless experience for the cyclists," he said. "Specifically we have tarred a section of road to serve as the start and finish area. "This year the tarred section will measure more than 500 metres and we've also made it a metre wider to ensure the riders do not experience any hassles." With about 3 000 participants expected to enter the three events, De Villiers said they were aware of the need to try to avoid traffic congestion. "We have an agreement in place with the neighbouring farm to create more parking space so that we aren't dependent on Route 66 alone for parking. "We implemented the extra parking space last year and it really made a big difference." The ASG Events boss said the Classic had a "nicely balanced route" and provided a useful barometer of riders' form heading into a number of big races - including next month's 947 Challenge in Johannesburg - towards the end of the year. "The first half is fast and riders get plenty of free ‘Voyager Miles' if they can stick in their group," said De Villiers. "Once they hit Hekpoort 30km from the finish things change very quickly." He said the 4km climb at Hekpoort had an average gradient of 10 per cent and it was made even tougher . . .
Philip Buys and Theresa Ralph secured their first victories of the 2016 Nissan TrailSeeker Gauteng Series when they triumphed in the men and women’s categories respectively at Round 4, the Bundu Bash, held at Buffelsdrift MTB Park near Pretoria at the weekend. Buys (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing), a multiple Cape Epic stage winner, won the men’s race in a time of 02 hour 25 minutes 18 seconds. He was less than a minute ahead of runner-up, Jan Withaar (Redhub), with Arno du Toit (SCOTT LCB Factory Racing) rounding out the top three places another minute-and-a-half later. The 69km marathon route was a race of two halves with fairly wide open gravel roads and jeep track in the first half and then a high volume of twisty singletrack in the second half. This helped spread out the field of almost 700 riders who were faced with hot, dusty conditions. It was evident from early on that the SCOTT LCB Factory Racing team was intent on splitting up the field with Du Toit riding aggressively and taking some ambitious early starters with him off the front. Buys was able to sit in and let his rivals chase Du Toit down. But the pace proved too fast and only Withaar and Buys were able to catch and match Du Toit, the trio taking the lead within the first 20km. The early pace saw Du Toit fade slightly later on and Buys managed to shake off Withaar on the singletrack sections that he knows so well to secure his first TrailSeeker Series win of the year. “It was a lot of fun and super fast. The first half I did yesterday as part of a training ride. But that training ride ended up being 90km so my legs were hurting today,” said a content Buys afterwards. “I had to ride a smart race. I know the trails here as I ride at Buffelsdrift a lot. Local knowledge was an advantage because I knew what was coming and made my move into the lead at the right time. “Arno sacrificed himself a bit for me in the beginning. I suppose that’s what teams are for. It worked out well that we got . . .
Volvo Cars, with their unique cyclist detection system on certain models, have announced that they will be the official vehicle partners of the 2017 TransCape mountain bike race. "Volvo are the most human-centric car brand and our target market consists of progressive people who care about others and appreciate a life of adventure and simplicity," said Michelle Naudé, marketing and communications director at Volvo Cars South Africa. "Cyclists are thus very much in focus for Volvo and we have been looking for a credible partner in the cycling world." She said City Safety, Volvo's collection of supplementary safety features, included the world-first cyclist detection system. Standard on the all-new Volvo XC90 and optional on other models, the feature allows the vehicle to detect cyclists and apply preventative braking autonomously to avoid collisions or reduce the severity of impacts. "We want to team up with a partner which shares our values, and seize an opportunity to showcase how incredibly well our vehicles and safety systems fit in with a cycling lifestyle," she said. "TransCape ticks all the boxes." Naudé said that although the initial agreement with the Pretoria-based company was for one year, they were already considering extending the partnership to "two to three years". According to her, the adventurous, premium nature of the seven-day event across the Western Cape tied in with the Swedish car manufacturer's luxury ideology and their approach to making ownership less complicated. "We are looking forward to interacting with the participants. "It is a unique opportunity to get to know them and, through this networking, share our passion for our brand, demonstrate our fabulous features and show just how well we suit the mountain biking adventure lifestyle." ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said the supply of support vehicles - 12 Volvo XC90s - was key for the organisers. "Because the TransCape is a full-service . . .
Cape Town, 30 September 2016: It’s hard to face our own mortality, especially the effect it will have on those we leave behind. Not only because of the emotional void, but also the financial burdens. Local experts place the costs of a funeral between R8 000 and R40 000. Just the thought of leaving our loved ones with crippling bills is stressful and frightening. As a responsible adult you need to consider funeral cover or a funeral plan, but which one? There a hundreds, maybe thousands, of funeral policies to review and they vary wildly; Providers, monthly installment costs, clauses on health, and so on. There is a service that can help you sort through this mountain of choice and select the comprehensive quotes that suits your needs, so you don’t need to worry about what happens later - FuneralBee.The service is FREE and has already provided over 30 000 South Africans with quotes. Simply visit http://funeralbee.co.za, fill in a few personal details on the website, follow the instructions, and once you’re done, you’ll instantly receive a number of different quotes to review from different policy providers. Saving you time, energy and anxiety. FuneralBee helps you choose the best afterlife (never hash tag) – easy. If you act now there’s an added bonus: FuneralBee is giving away R25 000 in cash for you to spend now, later, or on your beautiful family in the future. Simply tell us what you’d do with the money and a panel of judges will select the best answer. To enter the FuneralBee competition simply visit http://funeralbee.co.za/competitionSo what you waiting for? Let FuneralBee make the, unpleasant planning easy, then get it out of the way so you can continue to enjoy your life to the max! #BestLife YouTube: https://youtu.be/iNvW03dPzWU CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If you think that dagga is a dangerous narcotic, then you have been duped through propaganda. Dagga is as traditional to SA as biltong, boerebeskuit and witblits. It fascinated JV Riebeeck and missionaries extolled its virtues. It grows like a weed, is medicinal in its natural form with a lower potential for harm to self and society than sugar. Supported by science (endocannabinoid system), legal in 24 USA states with 200 million US citizens having access to it as medicine (endocannabinoid system) + populations of 11 other countries. Deaths from opioid overdoses has also dropped by up to 25% in states with legal dagga. The current 'war on drugs' is a broken system. It's a war on people and does little to protect anyone from substance abuse. It's the same mentality that was used to justify enforcing the mixed marriages act, where the offender is also the victim. A perverse incentive to put people into prison. From physical prison to social prison with a subsequent criminal record. You will find plenty of peer reviewed studies, medical professionals (Joycelyn Elders, Andrew Weil, Lester Grinspoon, Deborah Malka, Sanjay Gupta, Abrams, Suzanne Sisley, Denis Petro, Ethan Russo, Uma Dhanabalan, Jeffrey Block, Bonni Goldstein, Juan Sanchez-Ramos..) who support dagga as a therapeutic plant. In SA, the Bobby Greenhash foundation PTY is supplying dagga oil to people suffering with terminal diseases. Their testimonials to the healing power of dagga is worth a read. The SA central drug authority (CDA) has also called for the decriminalization of dagga and a recent study they commissioned, concluded that dagga kills cervical cancer. Vilifying dagga and then using that stance to 'protect our children' is pointless. Rather fact based solutions (science) focusing on harm reduction through healthcare and education, as recommended by the SA substance abuse experts, S Kelley and Quintin Van Kerken. Better that control of dagga is removed from the streets and regulated . . .
Pretoria, 29 September 2016. The new CEO of SANRAL, Skhumbuzo Macozoma, is well-equipped to lead the national roads agency into a new era of growth and an expanded mandate to manage South Africa’s road infrastructure, says the Board of the South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Limited. Following Cabinet's announcement of the appointment of Mr Macozoma, Board Chairman Mr Roshan Morar says he is confident the appointment will be welcomed within the broader engineering sector, the construction industry and the investor community. "Mr Macozoma brings strong professional credentials and an impressive track record of leadership and service in the industry. SANRAL is fortunate to have found someone of his calibre and experience,” says Mr Morar. Mr Macozoma will succeed Mr Nazir Alli, the founding CEO of SANRAL as he retires this month after 18 years at the helm of the organisation. Mr Morar emphasised that the pace and direction of South Africa’s economic growth is dependent on the quality of its infrastructure. SANRAL plays a leading role in this space to ensure South Africa’s road network is well-managed and in excellent shape – Mr Macozoma is well qualified to continue the agency on this path. Mr Morar says Mr Macozoma will take over the executive leadership of an organisation that is highly regarded both locally and globally for the quality of its corporate governance and its excellence in engineering and project management. SANRAL recently received an unqualified audit report for the 13th consecutive year. SANRAL now manages a national road network of almost 22 000km in all nine provinces. It is responsible for all national roads and a growing number of provinces are requesting the agency to assume responsibility for their strategic roads. Mr Macozoma holds a BSc (Civil Engineering) and a MSc in the same field. He was the Chief Officer: Transport and Logistics of the 2010 FIFA World Cup Local Organising Committee in 2008 to 2010 and had served . . .
“East Africa is expected to deliver the strongest real GDP growth in Sub-Saharan Africa over the next decade, according to BMI Research,” says Wayne Troughton, CEO of specialist global hospitality and tourism consultancy, HTI Consulting, who have recently undertaken extensive market and feasibility studies, due diligence, finance raising and hotel operator selection assignments in several EAC countries. Greater integration, reduction of trade barriers and improved infrastructural links are expected to be the region’s key economic drivers, with the introduction of an EAC passport (proposed for January 2017) expected to facilitate trade, growth and freer movement of people. EAC countries have also implemented key projects to raise annual tourism earnings to $16 billion from $7 billion by 2020. “This indicates a positive outlook for the hospitality and tourism sector in the region, with a number of new projects and international brand entrants lined-up for the coming years,” explains Troughton. “If international companies are successful in exploiting the region’s wealth of natural resources, including oil in Kenya and Uganda and gas in Tanzania, it will also serve as a significant economic boost to these countries,” he continues. “Such resource development will compliment the diverse economic base of EAC members and will not place reliance on single commodities. This will have a significant role to play in reducing investment risk and boosting East African tourism and hotel industries,” says Troughton. Dar es Salaam In Dar es Salaam, room supply has increased consistently over the past 15 years and is currently sitting at around 2 400 rooms. Peaks occurred in 2009 when the Holiday Inn and Hilton Double Tree entered the market, as well as in 2015 when supply grew by 26%. Comments Troughton, “Brand penetration is strong with Hyatt, Best Western, Protea by Marriot, Southern Sun, Serena, Ramada and Golden Tulip also represented in the market. New hotel . . .
New service centre opens at The Grove Shopping Centre in Lynnwood, offering one-hour repair service and specialist onsite technical advice Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has announced the launch of a brand new premium service centre, operating out of the Grove Shopping Centre in Lynnwood, Pretoria. The first of its kind in Tshwane, this new service centre is designed to cater specifically to the service demands of the region. The centre is unique in that it will have technicians on site to provide a one-hour resolution service that will offer software challenges and hardware repairs. The idea, says Samsung’s Director SSA Service, Richard Chetty, is that customers that need upgrades or repairs are able to drop their device off at the service centre, spend an hour shopping at the mall and then pick up their device on the way out. “We are the only device provider that has this kind of prompt service across both software and hardware, due to our extensive infrastructure and our experienced technical staff. Moreover, thanks to a retail component, the new centre will have the ability to completely replace unrepairable devices that are still under warranty with a new product. This means that customers may purchase the latest Samsung devices here,” he says. Chetty adds that all portable Samsung products that customers carry into the centre can be repaired on site. For larger products, like home appliances and televisions, an in-home repair service is offered as a way of ensuring that clients are not inconvenienced. This means they can arrange for the technicians to come through at the date and time that suits them best. “The positive impact this new service centre will have on customers in the Pretoria area is going to be encouraging. It brings Samsung’s service offering much closer to the people of this region; in the past, if they wanted to visit a service centre, the nearest one was around 70km away, which was clearly an inconvenience. Strategically, the . . .