17 May 2019 is World Baking Day! It was originally created to spread the joy of baking all around the world! There are so many ways to celebrate the day and GLAD is here to help you every step of the way. Baked goods show you care! It is a wonderful way to share some quality time with the kids and family, get everyone involved and let their creative sides show, with pretty cake décor, colourful icing and even edible glitter! Make a double batch and get more smiles! While you are having fun, why not do something truly special to spread the joy of baking? Share your freshly baked treats with those less fortunate or in need of a little love – cupcakes for an orphanage, or some biscuits for a home for the aged. These gestures could mean more than you will ever know and make someone feel truly special, including you! With so many uses, GLAD is a wonderful kitchen companion, brilliant for baking and exceptional for storage. Make sure GLAD helps you in your baking endeavours this World Baking Day, remember these items on your shopping list: Your number one baking buddy, GLAD Bake & Cooking Paper with 20% better non-stick performance. A non-stick baking (and cooking paper) that eliminates the need to grease baking trays or pans. Less mess less fuss. It withstands temperatures of up to 230°C making it ideal for use in both microwave and convection ovens. Perfect for packing your baked treats for delivery, try Glad Press ‘n Seal, a versatile food storage wrap that combines many benefits of wraps, foils, and food storage bags or containers. While other wraps cling, GLAD Press’n Seal® wrap seals to surfaces including plastic, paper, wood, metal, Styrofoam® containers and glass. Use GLAD Zip Seal bags, to separate and portion ingredients for the kids so that baking is that much easier for them, so you can give them each their own baking kit! These are also great for making packs of cookies and treats to share or store for later. Celebrate World Baking Day – . . .
The topic of graduate and youth unemployment in South Africa has been discussed ad nauseam, but with President Cyril Ramaphosa stating youth unemployment as the greatest challenge to social development in South Africa and, as the jobless rate for youth with tertiary qualifications rises above 20%, “how to” go about entering the job market deserves a lot more attention. Three human resources and recruitment specialists - Dr Nceba Ndzwayiba (Transformation Director Netcare), Cindy Norcott (motivational speaker, business coach and CEO of the award-winning recruitment agency Pro Appointments) and Andrea van den Berg (National Career Centre Manager The IIE’s Varsity College) agree that networking is an effective way for graduates to secure employment. Many job seekers are employed not through traditional channels, but because of referrals or recommendations by family or friends or by attending networking events. The greater the graduate’s network and ability to use it, the higher his or her chances of entering the job market. "Networking is critical because it exposes one to a broader network of contacts, thus giving one greater exposure to an audience which may impact one’s career positively. Once you start networking, you'll find that it creates a ripple effect thereby expanding your network and increasing possibilities for opportunities. It also broadens your knowledge, exposes you to critical career enhancing information, and allows you the opportunity to tap into an experienced audience that can offer psychosocial support and industry specific insight," says Dr Ndzwayiba. “A strong network increases one’s employment options considerably,” agrees van den Berg, Who has extensive experience in the recruitment and training and development industry. “48% of the 2018 cohort of employed IIE graduates who secured their first position after completing their qualifications with The IIE’s Varsity College did so through a friend, family, personal contact or through . . .
Leaf Botanicals (Pty) Ltd has been awarded a license from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to cultivate medical cannabis in South Africa and export to the global market. Leaf Botanicals is a proudly South African company with a mission to cultivate a variety of high quality organic medical cannabis strains at affordable prices for the local market as well as exporting to other countries where medical cannabis is legally recognised. CEO Johannes van der Colff, is an established world leader with his Organic production of Grapes, Raisins and Pecan Nuts. Van der Colff was awarded the Agri SA/Toyota SA Young Farmer of the Year award in 2011 and was part of the MEGA Farmers program of 2016. His expert knowledge of organic farming allows for superior product production that is grown without the use of chemicals or pesticides. Situated in the Northern Cape, Leaf Botanicals has been working closely with Sahpra to create a fully compliant facility that conforms to strict South African and international standards and regulations. Adding to this an offtake agreement has been signed with Agrotiva Ltd which is a fully licensed cannabis producer in Canada approved by Health Canada. This will allow Leaf Botanical’s access to the Canadian medical cannabis market and will provide additional export opportunities for South Africa. Leaf Botanicals is honoured to be awarded this cannabis cultivation license and considers it a privilege and responsibility to lead South Africa in this sustainable new industry. For further information please contact Johannes van der Colff on email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SICK Automation has launched another global innovation: the first safety laser scanner certified to IEC 62998 for use in outdoor applications. The outdoorScan3 allows automated guided vehicle systems to navigate through outdoor industrial environments. With its innovative outdoor safeHDDM® scanning technology, outdoorScan3 works safely and reliably whatever the weather, closing the gap in the automation of industrial processes. Safety laser scanners enable humans and machines to work together safely in industrial environments by reliably protecting stationary and mobile applications. With the outdoorScan3, certified safety sensor technology can be reliably used outside of production halls for the first time. This opens up huge potential for automating and increasing the efficiency of intralogistics production processes – and brings the vision of a self-managed value chain in the spirit of Industry 4.0 one step closer to reality. Unique functionality in all weather conditions The outdoorScan3 is characterised by an exceptional ruggedness when subjected to sunlight, rain, snow, and fog. Outdoor safeHDDM® scanning technology means the laser scanner can work without errors when exposed to sunlight with an illumination intensity of up to 40 000 lux. The intelligent software algorithm of the outdoorScan3 detects rain and snow, easily filtering out these environmental influences – rain, for example, up to a precipitation intensity of 10 mm/h. Even in fog with a meteorological visual range of up to 50 m, the range at which aircraft are grounded, the outdoorScan3 detects all obstacles with total reliability. Automated processes outdoors Automated guided vehicle systems facilitate a flexible and productive material flow and will be a key technology in the automation concepts of the future. But currently these systems can only be used in a working environment that is shared by humans and machines. With the outdoorScan3, automated guided vehicle systems will be able . . .
South Africa’s leading home appliance repair and maintenance brand is poised for spectacular growth thanks to the success of two pro-business processes introduced by local lawmakers. The firm used both the Department of Trade and Industry’s ‘business rescue’ legislation and the SARS Section 12J tax incentive scheme to shake off recent trading difficulties and emerge revitalised, ready to create jobs and contribute meaningfully to the broader economy. MasterCare, established in 1974, ran into trouble three years after its 2009 acquisition of EarlyBird Services from Ellerines Holdings. The firm faced a perfect storm of post-acquisition challenges including overstated revenue estimates, old and underutilised infrastructure and unprofitable stores. As cash flow dried up management was left with one of two choices – either close doors and go into liquidation or enter into a business rescue arrangement to see whether the business could be saved. Management opted for the latter and Neill Hobbs of Hobbs Sinclair was appointed as the business rescue practitioner in 2012. “Hobbs and his team looked at every aspect of the business and realised its vital role in the domestic home appliance repair industry,” says Wesley Rabie, current CEO of MasterCare. “They optimised the business model and created a ‘leaner and meaner’ operating infrastructure to deliver sustainable growth”. He credited Hobbs Sinclair with creating the space necessary for the management team to focus on the business plan rather than obsessing over day-to-day operational issues. The only missing ingredients at this point were a clear strategy and capital – enter Anuva Investments, a section 12J-compliant Venture Capital Company (VCC) which acquired a majority share in MasterCare in 2015. The combination of business ‘smarts’ and ‘fresh’ capital put MasterCare on a totally different business trajectory. “Capital is one thing,” says Rabie. “But we benefited from the business acumen of Neill Hobbs as well . . .
South African teachers with a special interest in the application of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in the educational environment have until this Monday, 13 May to enter the 2019 ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Competition. That’s according to the administrator of the country’s longest-running national ICT in education awards, the nonprofit Digital Education Institute (DEI), which also says this year’s competition entries have been ‘diverse in subject matter and outstanding in quality’. “Led by a vanguard of inspirational teachers, schools are rightly claiming their place as ICT incubators in South African society. The entries received since March clearly show that state-of-the-art teaching has established a beachhead in education and this influence is now growing,” says Milford Malunga, project manager at DEI. Once the final registration date has passed this coming Monday, teachers will have until 28 June 2019 to submit their competition entries which must demonstrate cutting-edge ICT thinking with regards to lesson plans. More information: www.ispasuperteachers.co.za. The overarching aim of the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Competition is for local educators to showcase their prowess in using technology to enhance classroom teaching and learning. ICTs are bringing a new age of education to South Africa. A new era of Open Education Resources (OERs) is dawning to supplement the use of textbooks as learning resources in the classroom. This worldwide OER movement is rooted in the human right to access high-quality education. The prestigious ISPA SuperTeacher Competition is funded by South Africa’s Internet Service Providers’ Association (ISPA) while The Mighty Pen Education Magazine (www.themightypen.co.za) is the education media partner for the competition. Held every year since 2001, the ISPA SuperTeacher of the Year Awards have emerged as a much-anticipated fixture of the annual iWeek Internet industry conference and . . .
If you work in an open-plan office or co-working space, you no doubt vent to friends and family about the annoying habits you wish your office mates didn’t do. Or perhaps you’re the perpetrator, but you aren’t even aware of it. David Seinker, founder and CEO of popular co-working space, The Business Exchange, shares his tips on what not to do in shared spaces… plus a couple of things you should do. Don’t assume that everyone is there for a good time One of the highlights of being a member of a co-working spaces is that there is an opportunity to mingle and potentially make friends. Many co-working spaces market the fact that there’s an office bar, a foosball table, some bean bags to kick back on, etc. And yes, these things are great and they seem cool and make for a great time at the office. But it’s important to keep in mind that almost everyone in that space is hustling and working hard to make a living and grow their business. Don’t join a space assuming that they are all there to shoot the breeze. At The Business Exchange especially, members are more serious and aren’t all that interested in socialising during working hours. Don’t spam fellow members It’s very exciting to be part of a new community, especially one with like-minded people, so you may feel the urge to spam your fellow members with emails about what you do and questions about what they do. Any good co-working space will have regular networking sessions where you can get to know your peers. Use these as your catch-up sessions or even have some quick chats during your coffee breaks, but don’t spam their inboxes unless you have previously chatted to them about it. Don’t be messy It’s great to feel independent and as though you are working on your own, but you still have to be aware of the fact that you are sharing the space with other people. Leaving your workstation in a state and coffee mugs on your desk for days on end will deter people from wanting to work near you. Also, . . .
Taka Automotive, a market leader in networked key management solutions, has established a physical presence and commenced operation in South Africa, following a year of market research. The new Traka Automotive team has already initiated conversations with car dealerships across South Africa, as well as marketing activities in the form of sponsoring the NADA Dealer Development Programme. As Traka Africa, the company already provides its asset management solutions to the mining and petrochemical industries and elsewhere, and following success in this market it has been a natural progression to enter the retail dealership market. It already has a market leadership in this market among UK and USA automotive dealerships. Explaining its niche and entry to the local market, Traka Automotive director Paul Smith says: “Millions of key and vehicle movements take place globally every day, and we offer the opportunity to manage these more efficiently. From our own studies, a typical dealership will misplace or lose up to ten sets of keys a year at a cost of around R3,000/set. As a result of our provable cost benefit, we have seen rapid uptake of network key management solutions in the US and UK over the last decade. We are pleased to be able to offer South Africa-based dealerships the best key management solutions in the world.” Traka Automotive is specifically designed from the ground up for automotive dealerships, having been configured around the processes used daily in dealerships. It is flexible and scalable so as to cater for everything from small, single-site dealerships to multiple, large locations, enabling them to focus on their core activity of selling more cars rather than chasing car keys, and improving after sales service. “It is a valuable new tool for efficiency in motor dealerships, and especially seamlessly integrates with existing systems. You’ll always know exactly who has which key, when it was removed and when it has been returned. You can . . .
Communications between industrial control devices have minimal protection today. This leaves them vulnerable to threats like malicious tampering and incidental system changes that can stop production or injure workers. New solutions from Rockwell Automation deliver built-in security based on globally accepted security standards to protect control-level communications and overall system integrity. “As the world’s leading company focused on combining industrial automation with digital technology, we’re uniquely positioned to help close security gaps in connected operations,” said Christo Buys, Business Manager – Control Systems, Rockwell Automation. “Our new offerings with built-in security deliver the industry’s best available protection of control-level traffic. This can give users confidence that the integrity of their systems and their device-to-device communications are protected from day one.” The Allen-Bradley ControlLogix EtherNet/IP communication module is among the first industrial devices to use the CIP Security protocol from ODVA. The protocol helps make sure only authorised devices are connected in industrial operations. It also helps prevent tampering or interference with communications between those devices. CIP Security is the first industrial automation protocol to support transport layer security (TLS), the most proven security standard available. In addition, the newly enhanced Allen-Bradley ControlLogix 5580 controller is the world’s first controller to be certified compliant with today’s most robust control system security standard, IEC 62443-4-2. The standard defines the technical security requirements for industrial automation and control system components. This certification builds on the 2018 certification of the Rockwell Automation Security Development Lifecycle (SDL) to the IEC 62443-4-1 standard. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Theo Erlangsen Wins 2019 SA Downhill Mountain Biking National Championships. Afriski, Lesotho – Theo Erlangsen is the two times SA Downhill Mountain Biking Champion, after taking this year's win on the weekend. The National Championships took place during Round Two of the SA National Cup Series, and a very happy Erlangsen banked his second SA Downhill Champion title in a row. The event took place at Afriski, Lesotho, and it was chilly at times, with a fresh wind blowing down the mountainside. Afriski is located at high altitude, and this added to the fresh conditions. Great for racing however, as Erlangsen can attest to with his win. He was first to cross the finish line with a time of 02:14.22, beating more established guys like Johan Potgieter (02:16.81) and Stefan Garlicki (02:17.21), who took second and third place respectively. "It was a challenge competing at Afriski, as it is 3222 meters above sea level," said a stoked Erlangsen on his win. "Even a walk up a flight of stairs is super tiring with such little oxygen, so you have to be really efficient with your energy, and not waste any of it." It was a fairly difficult track to traverse as well. "The track freezes overnight, so in the morning it's still pretty wet even though it hasn't rained," said Erlangsen. "We had been waiting for it to dry for our practice days, and going at about eleven in the morning, but on the competition day we raced quite early in the morning, so it was still a bit damp. It was hard to tell how grippy it was going to be, so we just had to feel our way down." Erlangsen was a very thankful two-time winner. "The first year is obviously really hard to get a win as the proverbial underdog," said Erlangsen on last year's victory. "It seems however that getting a second win is possibly harder, as you now have a target on your back, and everyone is watching you. I was a bit nervous, but that all turned out well." The Europen racing season is about to open, and Erlangsen . . .