In the spirit of celebrating our rich cultural history during Heritage Month and Heritage Day, which falls on the 24th of September we have put together 24 reasons you know you are a proudly South African Portuguese. 1. You love your Cozido à Portuguesa in winter. After all, it’s the king of Portuguese meals. 2. You add garlic, olive oil and onion to every dish you make. 3. You buy your seafood from the local Fish Centres. 4. There is always some bacalhau in your home (salted cod). 5. Chouriço and Linguiça sausages are in everything. 6. Your family started off in the south of Johannesburg. In fact, you still have relatives living there. 7. The Lusito Land Festival is a favourite annual event for you to connect with friends and family. 8. Avó calls you neto. 9. Avó constantly says you are too thin and need to eat more. 10. There are crocheted doilies on every available space in your grandmother and tia’s houses. 11. Children are celebrated, rather than told they should be ‘seen and not heard’. 12. Roger De Sá, the former footballer and coach is a household name. 13. You have at least 6 Uncle Manny’s on both sides of the family. 14. Nothing is better than a buttered papo-seco. 15. Your Sundays consist of church, and big family lunches at your Tia’s. 16. Braais have sardinhas, frango and chouriço. 17. Your parents anticipate that you marry your first long-term boyfriend or girlfriend. 18. You can’t help but get on the dance floor when you hear Portuguese music. 19. You tell people you are Portuguese and they think you can play soccer like CR7. 20. You got sick of mowing the grass every week, so you just paved the entire lawn. 21. You understand Portuguese but can’t speak it. 22. You have relatives who aren’t really your relatives. 23. You were pinched under the arm by your mom in church. 24. Your family dog understands Portuguese. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On the evening of Thursday, 20 September 2018, the Sanlam Top Destination awards ceremony was held at The Bay Hotel where 34 accommodation establishments walked away with the winning title of ‘Sanlam Top Destination Award’ in their respective categories and star gradings. It was an incredible evening showing recognition to the local entrepreneurs who make the South African tourism industry as great as it is. In conjunction with title sponsor, Sanlam, Discount Traveler South Africa pulled out all the stops to ensure a special evening themed #MyHeartBeatsAfrica. Guests were serenaded by the sounds of Ricky Botsis as they sipped on welcome drinks from Ayama Wines, Disaronno, Woodford Reserve, Lakeside Breweries, Carabao, Happy Culture Kombucha, and Sir Fruit, as FoxBox pampered guests with express manicures and Bianca Hamilton-Brown offered hair touch-ups, ensuring that everyone looked their best. The Master of Ceremonies were radio and TV personalities, Tracey Lange and Mamohau Seseane of KFM. The pair were dressed in show-stopping gowns by King of Couture, Jacques Lagrange and Project Runway's Stephen van Eeden. The pair offered a captivating dynamic, keeping proceedings light. Guests enjoyed a delectable three-course meal, perfectly paired with Ayama Baboon’s Petite Sirah 2017 for the starter and Ayama Baboon’s Cheek Viognier 2017 with mains. Guests were treated to magical dance performances by Tulu Entertainment and music by Danielle Bitton, adding an African Elegance to the proceedings. The Sanlam Top Destination Awards awarded the finest selection from 13 400 establishments entered for this year’s awards, treating them to an array of exquisite giveaways throughout the evening. The awards commenced with a draw for four uniquely crafted David Green timepieces valued at R 4 000 each, a Jekyll & Hide travel bag valued at R 9 500 and one lucky establishment walked away with a Romatex bedding and linen set. Gift bags included goodies from FoxBox, . . .
In response to increasing unemployment rates in South Africa, Engen are running various campaigns to recruit candidates for learnerships, which are based on business and industry needs. To date, Engen has trained over 500 artisans and professional drivers, who are now licensed to trade in various fields. Engen invites interested people to email their CV’s to Learnerships@engenoil.com and to check for available learnership opportunities on the company web site. (www.engen.co.za). South Africa has an unemployment rate of approximately 27%, yet at the same time, the country has a shortage of suitably qualified people. In an effort to help address this anomaly, Engen offers a variety of learnerships in technical fields to help educate and upskill school leavers and unemployed youth. A learnership is a work-based learning programme where classroom studies at a college or training centre are combined with practical on-the-job experience. Research shows that we learn far better, when we practice what we have been taught in the classroom in a real workplace environment. Engen aligns its learnership recruitment to its business needs. Those who complete their learnerships are often employed by the company or within the broader petroleum industry. “In this way, the introduction of learnerships is making a good contribution towards solving the skills shortage in the industry,” says Mmalenyalo Galane, Skills Development Facilitator at Engen. “By physically performing tasks in the workplace that are learned in the classroom, you can put into action what you have learned and also what you did not understand. This allows you to ask the trainer to explain that part of the lesson again until you fully understand it.” Galane says the learnerships offered by Engen form part of a nationally recognised qualification and are directly linked to an occupation. “A learnership does not only teach skills for a particular job when you complete your training, it also . . .
uShaka Marine World – home to the seventh largest aquarium in the world and the largest one in the southern hemisphere - has won the Best Visitor Experience Award at the Lilizela Awards. This is the third time that this premier tourist attraction on Durban’s iconic Golden Mile, has snapped up a prestigious Lilizela Award. The first one was in 2015 and the second in 2017. CEO of uShaka Marine World, Dr Stella Khumalo, said that a third Lilizela Award in 2018 was testament to the power of edutainment and the fact that more and more tourists were supporting a local hospitality industry that was underpinned by a strong conservation message as was the case with uShaka Marine World. “It is also evidence that we are able to provide a quality, value for money offering that remains fresh and relevant since opening to the public in April 2004. Since then, more than 10 million local and international tourists have visited uShaka Marine World,” she said. Launched in May 2013, the KZN Lilizela Tourism Awards recognise and reward the best of the best in South Africa’s tourism sector. The name is derived from the Zulu word ‘’Lilizela’’ which means celebrating and praising by ululating when someone has done well. These awards are an initiative of the National Department of Tourism and delivered by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. A total of 1385 entries across the various categories was received this year. The awards were judged according to guest votes (80 percent) and those of a panel of judges (20 percent) as well as each business’s TripAdvisor rating. uShaka Marine World’s marine attractions include Sea World where underground viewing galleries extend 500 meters through a series of four superbly designed old ship wrecks. Every tank is designed to represent the natural habitat of its inhabitants whilst also telling a story that reflects the uShaka’s Phantom Ship theme. It is one of a very few Aquariums in the world to display Silvertip . . .
Furniturespot, an online platform for locally made furniture, inspires consumers to beat the recession by buying local... such as with their locally sourced and produced Cohesive Roots furniture collection, by up and coming young furniture designer, Glorinah Mabaso. Gorgeous Geometrics from Furniturespot – the new Cohesive Roots Collection Furniturespot is constantly seeking like-minded exciting collaborations to create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces made just for you. Furniturespot is proud to release the Cohesive Roots Collection. An eclectic collaboration between Fabric Bank, a bespoke South African digital fabric printing house, and Glorinah Mabaso, a young talented fabric designer. Neutral palettes, bold geometric patterns and careful use of clean lines sums up these fabric designs by Glorinah. The tribal prints and modern furnishings introduces us to her vision of Africa. Taking us back to her rural roots of Limpopo. Glorinah: “The combination of tribal patterns and forward-looking furnishings, creates a beautiful balance symbolising where I come from and where I am now”. This furniture range has a local flair to it and is distinctly African with a modern infusion of lush velvet. The bold and unique prints make each piece elegant and a distinctive master piece. Glorinah's core mission is to redefine the African design style by introducing the vision of her Africa to the world. Furniturespot is proud to share this message through this furniture collection. The Cohesive Roots Collection consists of a platform bed with a headboard, ottoman and occasional chair. They are available in different soft velvet fabrics, perfect matched with the tribal fabric and golden legs to give it a luxurious finishing touch. Those are just a few of the highlights, to see the full range visit Furniturespot.co.za – a trailblazer in the home décor and interior industries of South Africa. Made-to-order furniture with a simple online process – Made just for you. For . . .
The integration of cybersecurity into every aspect of an organisation’s business activities is crucial, as it actively guards and protects the mission, vision, objectives and profits of the organisation. However, many companies see cybersecurity as a dark hole into which money is thrown without yielding any tangible benefits, thus reviewing its implementation as separate to the business objectives. Alternatively, they believe that implementing security applications, tools and services will mitigate all cyber risk exposure. This constricted view can lead to disappointment, as data compromises can still happen despite tools, solutions and services meant to defend, protect and secure these enterprises. What is required is a balance between these views, as misalignment to business objectives can either result in overprotecting IT assets, leading to waste of resources, or under-protecting these assets, exposing the organisation to cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity is one of the key pillars in Enterprise Risk Management, which comprises of governance, risk management, compliance and security. This quadrant guides the cybersecurity in organisations and for it to succeed, the organisation’s strategic planning must guide it. Cybersecurity begins at the ‘software factory’, thus underlining the need to select reputable service providers at the base stage. It then moves to ‘information security’; the responsibility of senior management and key business stakeholders; if the organisation is to be competitive, remain profitable and continue to innovate. Evolution of systems Digital ecosystems have evolved, and IT systems continue to come with new challenges, as respective technologies change both software and hardware. The adoption of cloud services, IoT (Internet of Things) and IoX (Internet of anything), portable and mobile computing is now the norm. Soon, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, neurological systems, high-speed data and . . .
THABANG DOES IT AGAIN AT 4 PEAKS Despite coming into the race with injuries and 8 weeks of on-again off-again training, Thabang Madiba has taken podium position at the 2018 Trappers Bloemfontein 4 Peaks Mountain Challenge presented by Bloemfontein Courant and realised his goal of setting a new course record! He now holds the title for both the “forward” and “reverse” routes of the race. “4 Peaks is always the toughest race on the calendar. I went into the race not feeling the greatest after having injuries and not being able to train consistently – so this result is amazing,” exclaims Thabang. “I said earlier this month that one of my goals was to set a new course record for this route and I am really thrilled to have been able to do that today!” Thabang took first place in a time of 2hrs39min56sec, with Simon Tshabalala hot on his heels in 2nd place in 2hrs39min57sec and Sampie Makoekoe in 3rd place in 3hrs01min54sec. The ladies race was won by last year’s reverse champion, Trude Carstens, in a time of 4hrs09min01sec, with Tara-Lea van Zyl in second place in a time of 4hrs09min02sec and Caryn Phipson taking 3rd place in a time of 4hrs21min08sec. “What an honour to not only be back at this amazing, but super tough race, but to take the title again!” says Trude Carstens. “The race went really well, I suffered a little bit in the last 8km which is when Tara-Lea caught up with me, but I was able to dig deep and pip her at the line!” Great weather conditions ensured all athletes had a great run on the mountain. “We are delighted to have had such an exciting race between our top two men and ladies,” says race organiser Mike de Haast of Pure Adventures. “All in all it’s been a fantastic day out – we couldn’t have asked for more!” Dubbed as the toughest 24km trail race in South Africa with a vertical accent of over 1800m, the race takes place on the picturesque Moolmanshoek Private Game Reserve. The terrain is definitely not for the faint of heart and . . .
South Africans currently get multiple bills, deal with several service providers and may have a number of monthly debit orders coming off their accounts. Globally, customers have become accustomed to converged offerings through one provider for all their connectivity and entertainment services, all on one plan and bill. Now, South Africans can join the international trend, by signing up for MediaPlay, a revolutionary new, first-to-market solution from Cell C. MediaPlay empowers consumers to plan and budget for their connectivity and entertainment needs through one contract. This transformation contract gives customers all access connectivity and entertainment in one plan. MediaPlay allows customers to connect with the world and with friends and family PLUS keep up with their favourite movies, series, sports, news and music – all through one simple and affordable plan. Launched this week, MediaPlay allows customers to get access to • Voice and SMS; • Data; • Subscription to the entertainment platform, black with free streaming “MediaPlay simplifies our customers’ lives by bringing them an all in one communications and entertainment solution through great value plans, whether on mobile, high speed fixed 4G or Fibre,” says Cell C Chief Commercial Officer, Junaid Munshi. Customers no longer have to have the hassle of paying multiple subscriptions for on-demand entertainment, home Internet and mobile connectivity. Instead, Cell C’s MediaPlay suite of products allows customers to get all of this in one simple package. Consumers have the option to connect through one of three formats: MediaPlay Fibre, MediaPlay LTE or MediaPlay Mobile with various plans to suit their budgets. Customers will be able to purchase their MediaPlay plans directly from www.mediaplay.co.za with just a couple of clicks. On the site, customers will find an interactive educational video and a tour of exactly what MediaPlay is all about, what it offers and how to get it. Customers . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .