Samsung Electronics South Africa announced the launch of the Digital Variable Multi (DVM S) Eco 14 HP, a new side discharge variable refrigerant flow (VRF) air conditioner that is engineered to deliver a single outdoor unit solution for apartments and office buildings. The improved performance of the Samsung DVM S Eco 14 HP ensures that it meets the increasing market need for a specialised single outdoor unit to reduce the cost of previous multiple loading and sub-duct installation in multi-room buildings. The innovative design of the DVM S Eco 14 HP features a robust Inverter Scroll Compressor and corrugate fin, which improves heating performance by 20 percent and increases air flow by 10 percent compared to standard side discharge VRF units. "Research and development (R&D), as well as design, play key roles in how we develop our products as we're always focused on delivering cutting-edge technology and ensuring the products we deliver are highly efficient," said Michael McKechnie, Director Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA. "The DVM S Eco 14 HP delivers unbeatable performance among the side discharge VRF units and does so with the greatest energy efficiency, as well as the best use of space, with its unique compact design." Single Solution for Multi-room Buildings The increased horse power of the DVM S Eco (maximum 14 HP) means that only one single outdoor unit is needed to manage the air conditioning requirements for an apartment or office building, in place of multiple costly units. All areas of the building are covered as the new unit also provides an extended piping length of up to 160 meters and an installation height of up to 50 meters. The width of the new DVM S Eco 14 HP is less than one meter (940 mm), maximising capacity and using space more efficiently, while the four-way piping enables convenient installation. Greater Energy Efficiency The design of the Inverter Scroll Compressor in the DVM S Eco 14 HP has . . .
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., the number one TV manufacturer worldwide for the past 10 years, recently unveiled its spectacular new line-up of SUHD TVs, ushering in a new decade of global TV leadership. Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs offer unparalleled picture quality with Quantum dot display, the world’s first bezel-less curved design. The TVs are beautiful from every angle and offer the smartest user experience, making it easy for consumers to access all their entertainment content in one place. In addition, the full 2016 SUHD TV lineup comes with IoT hub technology which allows the TV itself to control the entire smart home system. “Our new SUHD TVs represent our singular focus on innovation that matters most to consumers, by providing the very best picture quality for the home,” said Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics at Samsung Electronics South Africa. “In 2016, we’re going beyond anything we’ve done before to offer a remarkable synergy of design, engineering and craftsmanship.” Samsung SUHD TV with Quantum dot display: Unbeatable Picture Quality Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs feature the world’s only cadmium-free, 10-bit Quantum dot display, offering remarkable true-to-life picture quality, with stunning brightness, exceptional contrast and the most lifelike colours ever offered by Samsung. According to a recent consumer survey in the US*, the vast majority of consumers watches TV with light in the room (86 percent on a typical weekday, 85 percent on weekends) and only a small share say they watch in complete darkness (14 percent on weekdays and 15 percent on weekends). Samsung designed its new SUHD TVs to deliver the optimum viewing experience, regardless of the lighting environment. This year, all of the Samsung SUHD TVs will feature the ability to provide a premium high dynamic range (HDR) experience, with 1,000 nit HDR minimum for a higher level of contrast between light and dark images. New Ultra Black . . .
“Despite a decreasing trend in the last weeks, the outbreak in Angola remains of high concern to us. The vaccination coverage is still far from reaching 100 per cent and we have persistent local transmission in the capital, report of infections in new districts and the spread of the outbreak to neighbouring countries. It is a race against time,” said Secretary General of Angola Red Cross, Mr Valter Quifica. In a report published on 26 July 2016, the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies noted that while numbers of yellow fever cases confirmed in Angola were beginning to decline, the expected September rains could hamper efforts to containing the disease. According to a June update from the World Health Organisation as of 10 June, had been reported in all the 18 provinces of Angola. Vaccination programmes have been ongoing, with mass vaccination campaigns now planned for Cuando Cubango, Cunene and Namibe provinces, bordering Namibia and Zambia. “The evolution of the epidemiological situation in Angola is concerning and needs to be closely monitored,” continues the WHO report. “Based on experiences from previous similar events, it is expected that additional cases will be reported. The reports of yellow fever imported cases in China, DRC, and Kenya demonstrate the threat that this outbreak constitutes to the entire world... There is an urgent need to continue strengthening the quality of the response in Angola and to enhance preparedness in neighbouring countries.” In a 16 July update to their travel notice, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) put the number of Angolan yellow fever confirmed or suspected cases at “at least 3 552 … including 355 deaths”. The CDC confirmed that all travelers to the country older than nine months are required by the Angolan government to be vaccinated. The CDC advises visitors to Angola to make arrangements with a yellow fever vaccine provider “well in advance of travel” due to a worldwide . . .
September this year marks exactly 15 years since trombone maestro, Jonas Gwangwa first performed at the Birchwood Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening in Boksburg. This Heritage month, Jonas and the Birchwood Hotel will be collaborating once again, to pay tribute to the conception of the Jazz Evening, on Friday, 9 September at Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre. “Jonas has been asked to perform at the Jazz Evening many times over the years and he has always heeded to our call. We also believe in a culture of honouring our greats of music and hence have decided to celebrate our heritage with Jonas and honour his musical talent,” says Jazzman Mahlakgane, the Director of Birchwood Hotel and founder of the Birchwood Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz evenings. Jonas will be joined by the Mahotella Queens, a South African female group who have been known for their energetic dancing and harmonies since 1964. Emerging group, Watching Over Africa, will be returning to the stage to support the legends of the SA music industry and comedians, Siya-Seya and Kingdrigo, will have you laughing the night away with their comical tales of true African living. The Birchwood Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Evening has become the metropolitan’s flagship event and, every month, a new line-up of artists are selected to provide a proudly South African theme. “Every month, we develop new relationships with musicians who perform at our jazz evening and, over time, we have developed a brand heritage,” says Mahlakgane. “We are preparing for a true South African Heritage experience of both music and food, our patrons can gear themselves up for an evening of Ekurhuleni Heritage potpourri,” says Thoko Phuthi from Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality. As always, the evening will be hosted by resident MC, Hector Motivator, and guests will be able to enjoy a three course buffet meal, with many great prizes from DSTV, The Sowetan, The Soweto Hotel, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan . . .
PRETORIA EAST, HAZELDEAN VALLEY, 23nd August 2016 – This past weekend, the 20th and 21st of August, saw Round 5 of the Jeep Warrior Series kick off on a cold fresh morning, fast becoming a hot and gruelling race for the approximately 4 000 athletes competing at Hazeldean Valley’s Cowhouse Market venue in Pretoria East. Jeep Team’s fit-and-fast Black Ops Elite athletes, Thomas van Tonder, Carina Marx, JJ Deysel and Joshua Masundi, knew it was going to be brutal when eyeing up the usual suspects on the start line. All of South Africa’s top OCR athletes were present, looking buff and tough. It was going to be war to the end. The Black Ops Elite course presented 30 obstacles over a 20km trail, each challenging either your mental or physical limits in the longest Warrior Black Ops Elite race to date. The terrain was fairly flat giving hardened runners the edge between obstacles. After fighting it out for over 90 minutes, Jeep Team OCR star and Jeep Warrior series leader, Thomas van Tonder, succumbed to second place in a time of 01h40, a few minutes behind eventual race winner, 39-year-old Claude Eksteen (Ex-World Triathlete), who returned to the series and claimed top spot in 01h37. Louis Smit came 3rd in 01h43. Jeep Team’s JJ Deysel and Joshua Masudi took seventh and eleventh places respectively. The Jeep Warrior brand radiates quality and equality as you are judged only on your mettle to compete and finish. All genders race together over the same course, giving a fresh take on women helping men, and vice versa, over and out of mud pits and the like. Jeep Team’s top female OCR athlete, Corina Marx, put in an impressive fight against the top women OCR athletes in the country. Marx eventually finished 3rd in 02h33, climbing two positions from Jeep Warrior Race 4 in Ballito, where she placed fifth thanks to a hamstring injury. The highly efficient Hanneke Dannhauser took top spot in 02h19 with super-strong Trish Bahlmann in second in a time of . . .
Fifteen solid years of commercialising mobile marketing solutions that tap into the vast business potential of 600 million cellular users has seen InTarget Mobile Advertising join an exclusive club of the Top 25 African & Middle Eastern Mobile Ad Networks. Thalamus, the administrator of the world's biggest ad vendor database, has included South Africa-headquartered InTarget in its most recent list of the twenty five mobile marketing firms that matter in Africa and the Middle East. Led by Group CEO Lazarus Muchenje; a continent-wide mobile pioneer, financier and businessman; InTarget is today a trusted provider of mobile marketing and advertising solutions with a 33-country African and Middle East footprint. "Every leader at InTarget has a career history of never compromising on providing the best available mobile services to African and Middle Eastern consumers. We all share the thinking that these two historically neglected continents deserve the best the mobile world has to offer. We've joined the Top 25 list by consistently delivering on our commitment to quality," said Mr Muchenje. The company is clearly onto a good thing after spending the last decade and a half focusing on two challenging, yet profitable, continents. According to research firm eMarketer, the mobile advertising market in the Middle East and Africa (MENA) will grow to $3B in 2016 With over 50 000 ad partners and counting, Thalamus houses the most comprehensive dataset of ad partner capabilities, contacts, marketing collateral, ad specs, network data, and marketer reviews for vendors across the globe. Media buying teams representing 90% of the AdAge top digital agencies list, as well as global brands, use Thalamus to source, evaluate and connect with participating ad partners to meet their digital advertising goals. InTarget is a mobile advertising firm able to offer clients unparalleled flexibility thanks largely to its in-house WASP (wireless application service provider) . . .
It was mission accomplished for Team Telkom's Nolan Hoffman as he took the honours in an exciting sprint finish in the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Road Classic at Sun City today. The 31-year-old professional from the West Rand in Johannesburg timed his finishing burst perfectly with about 80m to go to edge out Team Luso's Calvin Beneke and RoadCover's Bradley Potgieter in 2:18:13. In what the former Franschhoek resident described as a dream scenario, a small breakaway formed in the early stages of the 103km feature race in which all the pro teams were represented. "The racing in the first 10km was pretty aggressive and the breakaway group formed about five kilometres later," said Hoffman. "HB Kruger and I were there for Telkom and as I was the fastest out of the group it made sense for us to drive it. "Within about 10km the gap went out to three minutes and then to seven. Once we got that lead the guys in the big group behind sort of gave up." Hoffman said he knew he had to time his sprint perfectly coming into the finish. "HB was pulling for me and I knew I had to wait to take the sprint as late as possible. "I think Bradley got a bit nervous and he jumped first with about 250 metres to go. It was into a headwind and if you have been in a breakaway the whole race you will blow up if don't time it correctly. "I got on to his wheel and with about 80 metres to go I jumped past him to take the win." The former Cape Town Cycle Tour champion said he was "really happy" with the outcome, not having had much success in the Sun City race in recent years. "It's one of my favourite races and to get a win here is fantastic. "It puts the confidence up and I'm so happy for the team. The boys rode perfectly and it's always nice to reward them with a win." Hoffman said with the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Road Classic falling at the back-end of winter and therefore affecting training, it was often a nervous race. He also got married this year which, he said, . . .
The Arts and Culture Trust (ACT) have completed the final leg of their Scholarships Programme auditions. And, the Witbank, Polokwane, Pretoria and Johannesburg-based hopefuls who auditioned have ensured that selecting the finalists for the Programme won’t be an easy task. Since 2009, ACT has been supporting arts students through this Programme. The only difference this year is that there are more Scholarships on offer to Grade 12 scholars and first and second year university students than ever before. Supported by the National Lotteries Commission (NLC), the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Organisation (DALRO) and the Nedbank Arts Affinity, the 2016 Scholarships Programme will change the lives of dramatic arts, singing, dance and musical theatre scholars and students with scholarships to the value of R800 000. This funding will be split; with R279 000 going towards the winning Grade 12 participants, and the balance being awarded to first and second year performing arts students. This final round of auditions kicked off in Witbank. “It is with much thanks and appreciation to the Kwaguqa Arts Initiative that ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs and I hosted the auditions on the cold and windy morning of 22 July at the Witbank Civic Theatre,” says Programmes Coordinator, Rahiem Whisgary. “The theatre, with its wooden wall panelling and dark carpeted floors, is reminiscent of the seventies, and looked as though it must have been the place to be in its day. It felt a treat to conduct the regional auditions for the ACT Scholarships Programme in this five hundred-seat theatre, complete with proscenium stage and orchestra pit.” Whisgary continues; “We were greeted by eager participants and their parents, raring to get the auditions underway. The group we saw was small, comprising four Grade 12 performers, but we were delighted to see that the participants were so well prepared!” From Witbank, Jacobs and Whisgary made their way to Polokwane where they hosted auditions at the . . .
The South African Payroll Association (SAPA) says that the proposed amendments to the Magistrates’ Court Act 32 of 1944, aimed at curbing unconstitutional practices relating to garnishee orders, are to be welcomed. The Association has urged Parliament to press ahead with tabling the bill now that the local government elections are complete. “The new bill is by and large an excellent piece of legislation that corrects some of the glaring faults in the existing law, which have greatly prejudiced large numbers of vulnerable workers,” says Nicolette Nicholson, director at SAPA. “Because the current Magistrates Act sets no cap on garnishee orders, and the Basic Conditions of Employment Act cap personal deductions only, employees can find themselves with no pay to take home, clearly something that is not sustainable either for the individual or the company.” Proposed Amendments In terms of the proposed amendments, says Nicholson, a maximum of 25 percent of a person’s salary will be able to be garnished—it’s not clear yet whether of gross or nett salary. Under the new bill, garnishee orders will have to be filed in the court whose jurisdiction covers the area where the debtor resides. Whereas the present law allows garnishee orders to be issued by any magistrate’s court, making it easy for companies to approach courts anywhere in the country that are known to grant orders easily—or, indeed, where they may have a corrupt relationship with a specific court official. The new bill also tightens up on the issuing process to force magistrates to investigate thoroughly the debtor’s financial position in order to ensure orders are just and equitable. Furthermore, the new bill gives employers the responsibility of ensuring that salary deductions are made timeously (or risk becoming liable for any interest on arrears), and of stopping deductions when the amount stipulated in the judgement is paid in full. “These are all very good moves to protect employees,” . . .
15 August 2016, PRETORIA – This weekend, get to Pretoria East for Round 5 of South Africa’s biggest obstacle course race, the Jeep Warrior Series, which is taking place at the historic Hazeldean Valley Farm in Pretoria East from 20-21st August 2016. This will be the first year that the historic Pretoria East Farm is hosting a Jeep Warrior OCR. Hazeldean Valley was once the home of South Africa’s biggest Ayrshire herd and today, the old farm buildings - dating back to the 1940s - provide the perfect farmyard atmosphere to host the spectator-friendly Jeep Warrior Race on the banks of the Pienaars River, East of Pretoria with bushveld scenery ideal for the gruelling challenge. Says Jonathan Hart, Advendurance event organiser and Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “Warriors taking part in Race 5 in Pretoria East this weekend will be able to enjoy the start of the summer season. The team has been working flat out over the last few weeks to build an exhilarating course, which will be unveiled to athletes on race day. Hazeldean Valley is an inspiring venue for spectators and athletes, offering a farmyard atmosphere on the doorstep of the city. There’s lots of bushveld and the historic venue is on the banks of the Pienaars River, offering a diverse obstacle course for competitors. Bring on the weekend!” Participants can look forward to a day of climbing, crawling, hanging and jumping as they attempt to tackle some of the course favourites, designed to challenge the Black Ops athletes. Competition in the pro-level Black Ops Elite race is fierce heading into Race 5. Black Ops Elite presents the toughest of courses, set over 15 - 20 km with 30 obstacles, and matching world OCR standards. Currently, Jeep Team’s Thomas van Tonder tops the men’s Black Ops Elite Leaderboard, with 14 873 points, after winning Race 1, placing 2nd in Race 2, finishing 5th in Race 3 and 1st in race 4. With 13 844 points, Michael Joubert is 2nd Male, followed by Greg Avierinos with . . .