From Wildcard to South African winner – IDWork, a platform for people to find the perfect fit for their service provider needs, is set to take on the best startups from 65 other countries, in the global finale of the Seedstars World competition in Switzerland on 06 April 2017. The event is one of the world’s most prestigious, with prizes that include USD 500k in investment, Software-as-a-Service solutions valued at USD 90k, plus insight and training for every startup, giving them a boost towards long-term stability and success. “Since winning the South African leg of the tour, we have been busy preparing for the finale in Switzerland to ensure that IDWork is ready to take on the rest of the world,” says IDWork co-founder Arjun Khoosal. “We recently returned from the continental summit in Rwanda where we met the other African contenders and began preparations for the finale in April. The African tech scene is flourishing - these startups are going to be fierce contenders.” The Seedstars Summit 2017 will take place in Lausanne, Switzerland on 06 April and the 65 startups who qualified will battle for supremacy through competitions and presentations. It will be a gruelling seven-day process as the startups are whittled down from 65 to one, and IDWork is ready to represent South Africa and bring it home. “We were impressed with IDwork because of their early traction, strong founding team and the massive relevance of the problem they're solving - not just in their local market but across the region!" says Claudia Makadristo, Regional Manager for Africa, Seedstars Global. IDWork’s entrepreneurial co-founders Arjun Khoosal and Sayo Folawiyo may be facing a challenging start to April, but the benefits of the competition go beyond winning first place. All the startups will receive mentorship and the chance to network with some of the world’s most dynamic entrepreneurs, investors and corporate leaders. “We know that this is an opportunity for us to build our . . .
Midrand, South Africa - Louis Fourie, Managing Director of Pansmart Southern Africa - a value added distributor of Panasonic Telecommunications, CCTV and Video Conferencing devices, is proud to announce the launch of the Panasonic KX-HTS32 - an extremely powerful yet reasonably-priced Hybrid IP-PBX ready for mainstream penetration into the SME market in South Africa. “This KX-HTS32 could not have come at a better time for South Africa – a market which is dominated by smaller businesses because Entrepreneurship is encouraged and fostered. These SME’s are highly valued and provide a significant contribution to the country’s economy. The versatility of this product makes it the perfect choice for business with up to 24 users. It is extremely cost-effective, and includes everything a business would need to get maximum productivity from their employees, and provide superior customer service. From voice to video, IP camera monitoring, Public Address (PA) system, and security assistance functions” the KX-HTS32 has it all”, says Fourie. Panasonic has been delivering Telecommunications products to the market for decades, is tried and tested, and as a company continually innovates proving its commitment to being a progressive Technology vendor, and ultimately the partner of choice for the Telecommunications partner community. The Ultimate All-in-One Platform There are no extra applications or interface cards – everything you need is built into the KX-HTS32 control unit, including a Wi-Fi access point for PCs or smartphones, support for multiple SIP trunks and advanced call handling functions. The device can be combined with the Panasonic KX-HDV IP handsets and KX-NTV door station to create a complete communication and monitoring solution. Ideal for SOHO and Small Business environments Built-in Wi-Fi access point 6 SIP / 8 Analogue Trunk capacity Up to 24 extensions Caller ID, call routing, voicemail notification and auto attendant (AA) Conference call . . .
(Pretoria) – Grade 10 pupils from three of Pretoria’s historically disadvantaged high schools have relived the age of dinosaurs thanks to the interactive DinosAlive Exhibition at Forest Hill City shopping centre in Centurion. One hundred sponsored life sciences pupils from Seshegong, Olievenhoutbosch and Steve Tshwete secondary schools were among the thousands of visitors getting up close to the prehistoric creatures during the five-week expo which wraps April 17. Forest Hill City general manager Annah Moremela said the centre management team enjoyed hosting the eye-opening exhibition, which featured 25 animatronic dinosaurs that blink, move their limbs and emit lifelike sounds. The moving models include the well-known Tyrannosaurus Rex and Triceratops as well as lesser-known species such as Spinosaurus and Ankylosaurus. “For us as a mall, it perfectly captures our twin objectives of providing great family entertainment and supporting education in our community.” Moremela said the Grade 10 pupils had been specifically selected, as the history of the earth formed a core component of the life sciences syllabus. “For pupils at under-resourced schools, the expo makes learning come alive in a fun, real and interactive way, and there will be special info boards to explain concepts like the Triassic, Jurassic and Cretaceous periods. “Every info board contains a QR code linked to a We Chat application – scanning the code provides access to audio files with more info on each dinosaur.” A fossil display from the University of the Witwatersrand and a 20-minute movie about dinosaurs roaming the American national parks completed the educational experience, she said. “But aside from that, it’s an amazing adventure for the whole family – and a great way to spend the day during the school holidays.” Younger members of the family could look forward to “meeting” a baby dino, riding on a T.Rex’s back and having their faces painted like their favourite . . .
Always wanted a good reason to visit Epping? Now you have one: The highly anticipated Weylandts warehouse sale place on Friday 24th and Saturday 25th March. With up to 50% off selected furniture and homeware, you’ll want to get there early and be ready for some serious bargain hunting. This warehouse sale that happens once a year is full of bargains. If you’re looking to upgrade your living room or bedroom furniture, or even your patio, now’s the time to do so. This is a sale you won’t want to miss out on – get there early to claim your coveted pieces. The sale takes place at 3 Christian Avenue, Epping and doors open at 9am. It’s going to be epic in Epping! Details: Date: Friday 24th March 2017 (9 –5pm) Saturday 25th March 2017 (9 – 4pm) Address: Cape Town – 3 Christian Avenue, Epping 2 Browse: https://www.weylandts.co.za/epic-in-epping/ Website: weylandts.co.za Facebook: facebook.com/weylandts Instagram: @weylandtshome CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(East London) – More than 500 of East London’s poorest pupils in Duncan Village have received a boost in the form of new school shoes. The campaign is the culmination of a R200,000 national rollout by major malls in Gauteng and the Eastern Cape owned by South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, Rebosis Property Fund. Earlier in March, the Rebosis-owned Hemingways Mall, in partnership with celebrated local NGO, Sakhisizwe, handed out 532 pairs of new school shoes to five schools in the Duncan Village area. These were Nontutuzelo, Makinana, Nompumelelo, Lujiza and Masakhe primary schools. “We are honoured to be making a difference to our underprivileged pupils by gifting them with a sense of self-confidence and belonging as they walk the road to an education. The young pupils of East London are our city’s future,” said Hemingways Mall general manager Reinette van Tonder. Instilling pride among pupils would help them to succeed in often-difficult circumstances, she added. According to Rebosis group marketing manager Deborah Bailey, providing school shoes was a tangible and practical solution, giving relief to the children – many of whom cannot afford public transport and are forced to walk long distances each day. “As part of our social and ethical mandate, Rebosis Property Fund has recognised an overwhelming need to contribute positively to communities surrounding its shopping centres,” said Bailey. She said each of Rebosis’s four major malls – Forest Hill City in Centurion, Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth, and Hemingways Mall and Mdantsane City in East London – had carefully selected their beneficiary schools according to need within their respective communities. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Can you solve the mystery and escape in time? The only way to find out is to knock on one of Clue Rooms’ doors from 3 April – 25 June and experience 60min of exhilaration and mystery! Based on a very popular phenomenon, Clue Room is a fun mystery escape game, designed for groups between 4-6 people. Choose between entering the hospital or living room to discover the secrets that lie behind the scenes presented before you. Hear the door shut, the key turning, your heart rate increasing, you’re locked in and need to find the clues to get out in time. Do YOU have what it takes to escape? “Clue Room” something new and exciting, be the first to host a birthday in one of these extreme scenarios. Make your booking at Computicket to ensure you don’t miss out on an experience of a lifetime! Times: Monday 3rd April: 14:00; 16:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Remaining Mondays: Closed Tuesday - Friday: 14:00; 16:00; 18:00 & 20:00 Saturday & Sunday: 10:00; 12:00; 14:00 & 16:00 Price: R80 per person Amount of players: 4 min – 6 max Game Duration: 1 hour Find the clues – escape in time! For more information, please visit www.tygervalley.co.za or join our Facebook fan page! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Most people work hard for their money, putting it to work so that they can secure a decent future for themselves. But now the Financial Services Board (FSB) is warning South Africans that they should be particularly careful when investing in funeral policies. There are irregularities within the industry. Unfortunately when these irregularities are brought to the attention of policyholders, it is already too late and their money is never refunded. At the moment the only way to stamp out funeral policy corruption and the host of illegal practices involved with it, to adopt a ‘prevention is better than cure’ attitude. In South Africa, there are several companies under investigation, but there are likely to be others who are providing fraudulent funeral cover. Some of these, among others, are Phela Ke Phele in the North West province, Zarra Funeral Home in Limpopo, Lisakhanya Prepaid Funeral in the Eastern Cape, Noah Funerals in the Eastern Cape, Blue Rain Funeral Services in Limpopo and Olitsoe Funeral Services in Gauteng. Make Doubly Sure the Funeral Company is Registered The secret to avoiding falling for these kinds of scamsters hook, line and sinker, according to Jacky Huma of Micro Insurance Supervision department is to ask for an FSP registration certificate from the provider. This Financial Services Provider certificate should be current and valid too. Where there is any uncertainty, you can call the FSB on 012 428 8000 or 0800 20 20 87 for assistance or visit their website. You want to make absolutely sure that the company is indeed registered so that they can provide the particular services you want. Don’t make the mistake of buying funeral cover from someone who appears to be registered to sell only retirement products but they end up selling you funeral products. Get every Query Answered When you’re investing your hard-earned money, you have every right to ask as many questions as you want. Licensed providers have an . . .
MARCH 2017 - A SUSTAINABLE BENGUELA Current ecosystem is the lifeblood of the ‘Ocean Economy’ on South Africa’s West Coast – supporting fisheries, tourism and recreation, and thousands of jobs. Like any living system it needs regular health check-ups, and the best way to do this will be examined in Cape Town this week (22 and 23 March, 2017). Scientists, government officials, business and civil society representatives will consider linkages between the diverse “ecosystem services” provided by the ocean and coastal environment, and how best to measure and monitor both their economic value and environmental health. The workshop forms part of a project by the Benguela Current Convention (BCC) to strengthen the ability of member states – Namibia, Angola and South Africa – to monitor the health of the Benguela Current ecosystem in their own countries, as well as implementing an integrated approach to sustainable ecosystem management across national boundaries. The workshop will also aim to identify gaps in current monitoring activities and data, capacity and resource needs, and how to resolve potential conflicting uses in future. “This is vital to maintaining the sustainability of the economic and social benefits to the people who rely on the ecosystem. For South Africa, this is particularly important, given the focus on developing the maritime economy through Operation Phakisa, which has earmarked a number of diverse projects for the West Coast,” project leader Dr Samantha Petersen said. The productive waters of the Benguela Current support the largest portion of South Africa’s commercial fisheries, with increasing activity in small-scale fishing and aquaculture. The West Coast is also a hub of off-shore oil and gas exploration, a focus area for redevelopment of small harbours and coastal tourism, and home to the Saldanha Bay Industrial Development Zone. It also has a number of significant conservation areas, provides shelter for migratory bird . . .
2017 sees Business and Arts South Africa (NPC) celebrate twenty years of arts business partnerships, with an invigorated focus on growth, research, connectivity and celebration that confirms the organisation’s standing as a leader on the African continent. Conceived in 1997 as a partnership between several South African corporates and the now Department of Arts and Culture (DAC), BASA has evolved over the past two decades to include a wide spread of different stakeholders including 126 business members, the creative sector, organisations within the Southern African region, and a growing slate of project-specific partners. “This is a year of celebration and we’re thrilled to be able to acknowledge those organisations and individuals who have played an integral part in our evolving and changing organisation,” comments BASA CEO, Michelle Constant. “Our vision has always been to elevate the importance of the arts in society, and we are fully focused on that as we prepare for the journey forward.” One of the elements of the year-long celebration is the 20th Annual BASA Awards, in partnership with Hollard. “Our annual awards are always a highlight on the arts calendar – providing a reason to celebrate excellence in business and arts partnerships over the preceding year,” says Andre Le Roux, newly-elected BASA chairman. “This year, however, we will also use the occasion to celebrate all those who have contributed to the growth and success of BASA over the past two decades – our dedicated board members, our founding CEO, Nicola Danby, and Chair Mary Slack, and the pioneering businesses and art organisations that were there from the very beginning. The awards this year will also reveal insights into our strategy for the next five years and so provide a glimpse into BASA’s future.” Celebrating and acknowledging the support of the Department of Arts and Culture will form an important element of a landmark year, which will see BASA focus on four key areas - . . .
Absa is currently running its annual #ConquerAsOne campaign, recognizing outstanding moments of perseverance at the 2017 Absa Cape Epic and have already selected 3 winning moments since the start of the 2017 race. You can follow the rest of the journey as the race unfolds and can connect via social media using #ConquerAsOne Prologue - Freddy Meyer and Neil Fourie What started off as a smooth ride through the 26km of the Absa Cape Epic Prologue, soon took a turn for the worse when Absa Pride riders, Freddy Meyer and Neil Fourie started to experience technical difficulties during the Hoogekraal climb. "Neil's freehub broke, so we had to take turns to push and run up the mountain. We did that for quite some time, until we got about 6km from the finish," Freddy explained. To make matters worse, Neil is taller than Freddy, so each time they swapped bikes in order to let the person who was running, ride again, the seat had to be adjusted. "We were very worried that we were going to miss the cut-off time, but after a while, we eventually found out that cut-off time is 3 hours, which is a bit longer than we initially thought. We could finally relax and complete the last few kilometers with less stress." According to Freddy this experience has helped Neil and him truly understand what it means to Conquer As One, and as a result, they are our #ConquerAsOne moment for the 2017 Prologue. On a seperate note Absa would like to wish Joel Stransky well after his unfortunate accident today, "On behalf of the entire Absa team, we also want to wish Joel a speedy recovery after his unfortunate fall during the Prologue today," added David Wingfield, Absa's Head of Marketing. Stage 1 - Sabine Spitz and Robyn de Groot With temperatures of higher than 35 degrees pushing the riders to their limits and a total climb of 2300 metres - almost twice the height of Table Mountain – it was a tough day at the office for most of the 2017 Absa Cape Epic riders in The 101 km long . . .