A new public service campaign has been launched to help make police stations the centre of their communities. ‘Operation: MyPoliceStation’ aims to encourage South Africans to proactively approach their local SAPS with offers of assistance in the form of their time, expertise, goods or services. “Not everyone can be a police reservist on the beat,” says campaign coordinator Ivan Booth. “But almost everyone can help paint a wall, plant a flowerbed, wash a police car or deliver a welcome cappuccino to our police members,” says Booth. He explains the MyPoliceStation campaign aims to remind South Africans of the valuable policing assets that exist within their communities and how they require public support to function at their best. “There are no formalities to getting involved at your local police station. Think creatively, walk in the door and offer to help out in any way that plays to your own strengths,” he says. To keep support for the country’s police stations top of mind, the MyPoliceStation campaign aims to tag short text messages onto hundreds of thousands of cellular network notifications every month. This is to encourage South Africans to visit mypolicestation.co.za and thereafter pledge their time, expertise, goods or services to their local SAPS. A crowdfunding and SMS campaign is soon to be launched by Booth to help finance the transmission of the monthly text tag messages that will remind South Africans to offer their assistance to their local police station. Examples of network notifications incorporating the MyPoliceStation call to volunteer include missed call alerts, balance notifications and Please Call Me messages. The goal is for 500 000 people each month to receive mobile text tags like this: “Meet the local heroes at MyPoliceStation.co.za to make your SAPS better! #SendMe.” The words ‘send me’ feature in a song by the late Hugh Masekela and were referenced by President Cyril Ramaphosa in his State of the Nation Address on 16 . . .
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 March 2018 In the era of communication and collaboration, noise reaches everywhere, including your bottom line. In today’s open offices, noise is the biggest distraction to getting work done. Modern work spaces promote collaboration but in increasingly crowded spaces, the sounds created by hard surfaces and fewer walls can make it hard to focus. Plantronics brings immersive headsets along with an intelligent multi-sensory experience that uses natural sounds and complementary visuals to dynamically adapt to distracting speech and ever-changing noise to keep an office in tune. Hero Solutions: Voyager 6200 UC, Voyager Focus UC, Blackwire 5200, Savi 700 For on-the-go workers, which we’re seeing more and more of, even in South Africa, noise in mobile environments makes it difficult for them, and their teammates back in the office, to hear, be heard and connect to what matters most. For this type of work style, Plantronics has products that easily connect to multiple devices and cancel out noise on both sides of the conversation. Hero Solutions: Voyager 8200 UC, Voyager 5200 UC, Voyager 6200 UC In contact centers, noise is a huge problem. With so many conversations happening at once, focus can sometimes falter, employee comfort can drop, and the security of sensitive customer information could potentially be compromised. Plantronics has purpose-built headsets designed for the Contact Center, but with hundreds – even thousands of headsets to manage, dealing with individual needs can be labor-intensive. Through SaaS, Plantronics delivers insights, simplifies headset adoption and lets IT respond to needs without interruption to the CX, all from one place. Hero Solutions: Encore Pro 500/700, Manager Pro Wherever work happens, noise stands in the way. With Plantronics’ portfolio of collaboration solutions, it doesn’t have to. For more information or sales questions, contact one of our authorized local South African . . .
Earthly twist in new vintage of Constantia Glen TWO - Constantia Glen, the picturesque boutique wine estate known for exceptional Bordeaux-style wines, has released the 2017 vintage of its flagship white with an amphora twist. The Constantia Glen TWO 2017, a meticulous blend of 68% Sauvignon Blanc and 32% Sémillon, is the latest rendition of this internationally acclaimed classic Constantia white. This vintage marks the first time that the winemaking team has experimented with an amphora element to the white blend, with a small 5% dash of the Sémillon matured in locally crafted clay amphora. These large clay vessels are hand-shaped in Hout Bay by Yogi de Beer, providing the winemaking team with a fresh approach to fermentation in the cellar. “This neutral clay vessel contributes to the texture and mouthfeel while completely respecting the characteristics of the fruit. This could be the start of more things amphora at Constantia Glen,” quips Winemaker Justin van Wyk. The Sauvignon Blanc and the rest of the Sémillon components for the 2017 vintage, were vinified separately and fermented and matured on the lees for seven months in oak barrels ranging from new to 7th fill. The result is depth and texture with just a hint of oak notable on the nose. The richness of the Sémillon in perfect balance with the Sauvignon Blanc backbone of zesty natural acidity, creates a well-rounded and harmonious blend. The Constantia Glen TWO 2017 is poised and elegant with vibrant intensity and remarkable fruit concentration. Expect delicate aromas of grapefruit, lime and white blossom to escape from the glass, while the wine’s intriguing saline quality lingers well onto the next sip. “It is wonderful to see in the final wine just how amazingly well our dryland vineyards coped without irrigation during a very dry season and that they still delivered a wine that is fresh, elegant and restrained. The acidity of the 2017 whites is remarkable and this coupled with the . . .
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or satisfying a need in your organisation by raising money from a large number of people who each contribute a relatively small amount to your cause. It is a non-traditional fundraising model that doesn’t rely on big corporate sponsorships or big government bailouts. Crowdfunding is growing rapidly in South Africa, giving non-profit organisations an opportunity to diversify their income through harnessing the collective power of the crowd. A report conducted by the University of Cambridge estimated total crowdfunding activity in Africa to reach over R1.7 Billion in 2018, by 2025, this figure is expected to reach over R30 Billion by 2025. Although over R59.71 million has been raised on BackaBuddy for various causes, our most successful charities, The Smile Foundation and Rainbows and Smiles for example, will tell you that crowdfunding is not for the faint-hearted. If you understand that crowdfunding requires a lot of effort, mining of your networks and isn't a quick fix for your organisation, then you’re in the right mindset for a successful campaign! Before you set up a crowdfunding campaign your organization needs to consider the following: 1. Do you have the necessary resources to run a crowdfunding campaign? 2. Do you have realistic expectations? 3. Are you able to identify a tangible need in your organisation to crowdfund for? 4. Do you have access to a crowd? 5. Do you have a driver for the campaign? 1. Do you have the resources? For a successful crowdfunding campaign you need access to a couple practical tools such as a Computer or Smartphone with an Internet connection. If you are unable to connect and engage with potential donors, it will be difficult to secure funding online. Do you have social capital? Have you created social media accounts for your organisation? Do you have a mailing list or database of your supporters? Do you have shareable content to empower your . . .
Cape Winemakers Guild Protégés uncork their potential Valuable experience, decisiveness and an intense love for sparkling wine stand out for Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé, Sydney Mello, as the greatest gifts of his 3-year mentorship experience. Sydney is one of 24 oenology and viticulture graduates to have come through the ranks of the Cape Winemakers Guild Protégé Programme. This highly regarded programme helps aspirant winemakers and viticulturists unlock their potential through skills development initiatives which are made possible by the support of major sponsors such as Amorim Cork. Since 2015, Amorim has supported the Protégé Programme with donations totalling more than R320 000. “As a partner of the wine industry, Amorim Cork shares the Cape Winemakers Guild’s commitment to excellence – not only in wine, but also in the quality of human capital. By committing to the Protégé Programme, Amorim aims to contribute towards the development of skilled and dedicated individuals who may otherwise not have had the opportunity to partake in an industry in which we feel they could make valuable contributions,” says Joaquim Sá, Managing Director of Amorim Cork South Africa. While growing up in Mahwelereng in Limpopo, Sydney’s curiosity about the intricacies of winemaking motivated him to make the journey to the Cape Winelands. After graduating from Elsenburg Agricultural College in Stellenbosch, he enrolled in the Protégé Programme and has never looked back. “The Protégé Programme has provided me with a place of learning from the most brilliant minds in the wine industry. Not only do I see it as preparation for becoming a winemaker, but also as practical experience in making important decisions in my future career,” says Sydney, who is spending his final year in the Programme alongside Etienne le Riche, one of the founder members of the Cape Winemakers Guild. Thanks to substantial support from sponsors, as well as funds raised by Guild members . . .
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We all know about Mustang Sally; all she wanted to do was ride, Sally, ride. Well, it seems the same can be said of South Africans in their quest to buy their perfect car! According to AutoTrader’s CEO George Mienie, South Africans are willing to travel quite some distances to find the car they want. “We have analysed the ‘distance range’ setting on AutoTrader and we have made some interesting findings. For instance, the most popular search radius is 100 km. However, lots of buyers are willing to search nationally (1 500 km radius),” he reveals. Buyers in the Western Cape are especially happy to ride, Sally, ride – incredibly, a whopping 50% of all searches using the national radius hail from the Western Cape. While Capetonians are lacking in water, they and their provincial counterparts, certainly aren’t lacking in style or good taste – an incredible 62% of national Porsche searches hail from the Western Cape. Potential buyers of Volkswagen are the most passionate about acquiring the ideal car; these vehicles top the rank in the 1 500 km search range. Toyota customers are the second most ardent, followed by BMW. “This is interesting, because BMW is the most searched-for make on AutoTrader. Somehow, Volkswagen and Toyota customers are more determined; they’re literally willing to go the extra mile to find their dream wheels,” comments Mienie. The AutoTrader CEO reveals that the various provinces have specific brand preferences for cars they are willing to travel nationally for. “Western Cape residents favour Volkswagen, followed by BMW and Toyota. In KwaZulu-Natal, Volkswagen is a firm favourite, followed by BMW and Ford. In Gauteng, the Toyota brand reigns supreme, followed by Volkswagen and BMW” Mienie reports. The analysis was conducted on the top 10 most searched-for makes on AutoTrader during 2017, namely BMW, Volkswagen, Toyota, Mercedes-Benz, Audi, Ford, Land Rover, Nissan, Hyundai and Porsche. Mienie says the AutoTrader findings are . . .
GAUTENG, PRETORIA, - Toyota #Warrior3, powered by Reebok, is coming to Tierpoort Adventure Farm in Tierpoort, situated just outside Pretoria East, so if you want to get out and enjoy the outdoors while getting a serious workout in, it may be high time you look into signing up for an obstacle course race. This full, two-day event, happening on the 17th and 18th March 2018, will have the three traditional Warrior distances: 15km Black Ops with 35 Obstacles, 10km Commando with 22 Obstacles, 5km Rookie with 15 Obstacles, plus Reebok sprint races over the 2 days - individual sprint race on Saturday and team sprints on the Sunday. This venue is a trail runner’s dream. The hilly and technical terrain will take warriors over some of the best trails that Gauteng has to offer, but if you are like most of us and don’t really enjoy running, the appeal of obstacle course racing, to most, is that you hardly notice you're running, because you're more focused on dealing with intense, oftentimes military-inspired obstacles that will challenge your mind and body. Every race at Warrior is all about having a good time with your friends and making your weekend fun and active. Mud Monster, Eliminator, Terminator, Intimidator and Maze are just a few of the names given to obstacles at this family-friendly event, which gives anyone and everyone the chance to experience the thrill of Obstacle Course Racing, the fastest growing sports code in the country. Some of the highlights over the weekend include a brand-new Tower of Rage; it’s tall and scary. The much-loved Mud Monster will now be the all-new Mud Mile – the clue is in the name. The short, sharp Reebok Sprint Races, which are really exciting to watch but very tough to do, will be a little longer at 250m with 10 obstacles, a few of which will be natural. This is considered to be the best sprint course yet by the organisers. There will be two kids races on Saturday and on Sunday. WarriorRic will start the kids off under . . .
Many South Africans believe that land grabs will only directly impact those whose land is expropriated if land grabs without compensation become commonplace. According to Frank Knight, CEO of Debtsource, a specialist credit management company, the impact of the such land grabs will be far deeper and more damaging to our economy than many appreciate. “One of the contributing reasons why Africa has been slow to step out of poverty is because property rights have not been respected across many parts of the continent,” says Knight. He explains that African property owners, such as small farmers that own subsistence-living land in Africa, are unable to use their property in obtaining loans, as lending institutions are not able to rely on property as collateral for such loans. “The effect of this is that the farmer is unable to leverage his land, thus keeping him in the cycle of subsistence farming. Instead, if the farmer was able to access that capital, small businesses could spring up which would create employment and wealth,” Knight continues Knight further contends that if property rights are not respected, or if they are discriminately respected, lenders will not extend loans against this. “A right which is discriminately applied is no right at all,” he says. He continues by stating that the most commonly-used example of this problem in sub-Saharan Africa, is Zimbabwe, where banks and financial institutions had long since given up providing loans to budding entrepreneurs using their properties as security, thanks to government policies in that country that undermined such ownership. “Most small businesses that require start-up funding or early stage financing are required to provide security for such loans from banks and other financiers, without which such businesses will not easily get off the ground or will falter early on,” explains Knight. He states that in many cases, properties that have been paid off over a period of many years are offered to . . .
Unseating his prime competitor to become South Africa’s number one LPG market leader makes Easigas-Reatile Gaz chairman Simphiwe Mehlomakulu extremely proud. But arguably more proud are his partners at Engen, who Mehlomakulu credits with helping position his black-owned and managed company as a key player in southern Africa’s energy sector. Engen calls the former emergent black entrepreneur – and 2017 winner of the Exceptional Entrepreneur Category at EY Southern Africa’s World Entrepreneur Awards - one of their “biggest business success stories”. Now their partnership, forged in 2010 and expanded to take in Easigas five years later, aims to change the face of gas provision for the country’s poor. Mehlomakulu started Reatile Gaz in 2006 with just three staff members, by 2010 there were 11, and by the time of the merger an impressive 90 people. In the past six years he has grown profitability 14 times, and boosted eightfold his sales volumes of Liquid Petroleum Gas. Since the merger with Easigas, they have also built six depots around South Africa – two each in Cape Town and Gauteng, and one each in Port Elizabeth and Durban and currently employ 200 people. Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Engen’s head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, says this “growth and sustainability of black entrepreneurs is what will ultimately turn our economy around, ensure equitable profit sharing, and help lift people out of poverty.” Engen, she adds, continues to build similarly successful partnerships across the spectrum. “When Reatile Gaz creates so many new jobs, it’s also important to remember that it’s about so much more than only job creation at face value. Each breadwinner is supporting an average five other people. If you look at it like that, then you begin to see how that kind of job creation is good for our entire country.” Mehlomakulu says Engen’s crucial role in his success story included that the partnership afforded his small, emerging company . . .