Award-winning South African lighting design company, willowlamp, scooped another international award at the inaugural darc awards / decorative 2017 gala event held in London on 18 May 2017. The company’s bespoke designs created for Hotel Crown Towers in Perth, Australia, took second place in the category for The Best Use of Decorative Lighting in a Hotel Project. willowlamp was commissioned by Australian-based architects Bates Smart to design a series of four chandeliers for The Waiting Room of the Crown Towers Perth. The custom pieces, based on their popular Mandala No. 1 design, were crafted in their studio in Salt River, Cape Town, and unveiled at the hotel in December 2016. The darc awards / decorative was created by international lighting magazines mondo*arc and darc to celebrate decorative lighting design projects and products. Using a peer-to-peer voting system, winners were chosen by the international design community who were invited to vote for their favourite projects and products on a specially designed website. The awards received more than 200 entries from 30 countries. “The commission for Crown Towers was the largest-ever custom design that we have created to date and we are honoured to be acknowledged by members of the global design community for this project,” says Adam Hoets, willowlamp’s Creative Director and Founder. “We are also excited to see the darc awards / decorative focusing purely on decorative lighting design and look forward to many more years of the competition.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
23 May 2017: Visit Sweden, Sweden’s official tourism board, has partnered with Airbnb to turn the entire country into an Airbnb listing. And the best part is - you don’t have to officially book accommodation because all publicly owned land is entirely free and accessible to everyone! Every lake is your infinity pool, every mountaintop your granite terrace, every meadow becomes a garden and every forest a pantry filled with mushrooms and berries. Feel free to take a morning jog or bike ride across open fields or trek through challenging mountain terrain. Should you want an upgrade, you do not need to ask anyone, just find the best location that suits you and your mood. “This is made possible thanks to a Swedish right guaranteed by the constitution - freedom to roam. This right enables the Swedish people to experience nature and enjoy the beautiful Swedish wildlife. In Sweden we have everything from high mountains to deep forests, from beautiful archipelagos to quiet meadows. Now, together with Airbnb, we welcome everyone to Sweden and, through freedom to roam, they can share our wonderful nature”, says Jenny Kaiser, USA Country Manager at Visit Sweden. Freedom to roam allows everyone and anyone to be free amidst Swedish nature with the right to access, walk, cycle or camp on any land. Only private gardens and lands under cultivation are an exception to the rule. The idea of free nature accessible to anyone is in the DNA of every Swede, but with great freedom comes responsibility. The general rule for spending time in nature is “do not disturb, do not destroy” – just like in any other home. “We are very excited to welcome Sweden on Airbnb for everyone to explore. This partnership is a first of its kind collaboration between a tourism board and Airbnb. It is designed to promote Sweden as a destination through the power of the Airbnb community which is perfectly placed to showcase the many extraordinary locations to stay throughout the country.” says James . . .
Samsung brings the 360 Twitter experience to SA with Twitter’s new 360 video offering JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 23 May, 2017 – Samsung and Twitter, two of the most innovative global brands have partnered with Ad Dynamo, to bring a first to the South African market. Samsung will be giving South Africans a 360 degree video journey around South Africa providing their users with a fully immersive experience. “In order to demonstrate how users can experience a view that is wider than before, we have teamed up with Twitter, through our relationship with Ad Dynamo, offering consumers the opportunity to experience true 360 degree video. Similar to the recently launched Galaxy S8 with Infinity Display, 360 degree video on Twitter challenges the norm,” says Craige Fleischer, Director of Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa. According to the South African Social Media Landscape 2017 Report*, there are around 7.7 million Twitter users in the country and Samsung is now offering this massive market the opportunity to look at some of the country’s most famous South African landmarks in 360 degrees. “Twitter is where people go to see what’s happening . We quickly understood the importance of 360 degree video for Samsung South Africa, and saw a natural fit for one of the most innovative Twitter channels in South Africa. Together, both brands are setting an example of what is possible with 360 degree video, by adding a local flavour,” says Matthew Banner, Global Account Lead at Ad Dynamo. Due to their sheer magnitude and beauty, Samsung chose iconic South African landmarks. Of those landmarks, Muizenberg, the Umhlanga Lighthouse, the Johannesburg CBD, Nelson Mandela Bridge, Table Mountain and the Union Buildings were selected to be best experienced in 360 degrees. The viewer should be able to experience these landscapes and iconic landmarks from every angle possible. Fleischer explains that 360 degree content is the perfect way to showcase Samsung’s mobile . . .
Pennyroyal Gibraltar Limited has announced The Ritz-Carlton Zanzibar as the second hotel franchise to join the mega-development, Zanzibar Amber Resort. The intimate signing ceremony with Marriot International took place in Dubai on Wednesday, 26 April 2017 and is to debut a 90 room all-villa hotel due to open in 2021. The hotel will undoubtedly be an experience on its own, bringing The Ritz-Carlton’s unwavering brand to Zanzibar with contemporary designed villas appointed across the Indian Ocean, including over water villas each with a private pool. This hotel will have its own culinary experience with four restaurants and bars showcasing the distinctive brand and their chefs with curated dining and unparalleled escapades. A tranquil spa with eight private suites together with alfresco treatments, will be available for the well-being of the guests, as well as an outdoor pool, health club, beach club and kids club facilities. For more corporate or leisure and personalised events, intimate meeting rooms will accompany the hotel. Five world-leading international hotels are planned for Zanzibar Amber Resort and The Ritz-Carlton is an impressive addition to the 5-star luxury tropical community, with Anantara Zanzibar to be the first to open in 2020. Blending prestigious hospitality establishments with world-class lifestyle facilities, the resort will encompass the first Signature Golf Course in East Africa, designed by Ernie Els, a deep-water marina, aqua park, international polo club and super yacht facilities. “We have been very selective in our partnerships with international hospitality brands and believe Marriot International and The Ritz-Carlton will add increasing value to the resort,” explains Saleh Said, Director of Zanzibar Amber Resort. “The core goal is to boost tourism in Zanzibar and eradicate poverty but in order to do that we need to build a tourist destination that is renowned globally. Aligning with well-established brands that already have . . .
RCS industry initiative was formed in 2007 by a group of industry promoters. In 2008 the GSM Association officially became the project ‘home’ of RCS and an RCS steering committee was established by the organisation. Fast-forward 7 years and Google first announced the launch of RCS (Rich Communication Service) last year, having signed agreements with numerous operators and mobile device manufactures. This year it is focusing on brands and businesses, launching an Early Access Program, which will allow businesses to learn and build the technology. RCS offers businesses an upgraded alternative to traditional SMS messaging. In the past 12 months, since Google launched an initiative to establish universal profile based on RCS, more carriers have gotten on board. In Google’s latest RCS newsletter, they stated that ‘RCS momentum is getting noticed… with many more carriers launching later this year’. RCS is part of the new Advanced Messaging standard designed to greatly improve messaging functionality that comes installed on mobile devices. Along with SMS messaging, RCS will allow for higher quality picture messaging, group chats, location sharing, and video calls. RCS is looking to go beyond the capabilities seen in many of today’s messaging apps. Unlike SMS, new technologies can be integrated with contact apps to see who else supports the service. What this means for business is that you can now use SMS messaging as a more interactive tool to engage with your customers. 3 primary goals: Use better contact lists that included more detailed contact information, real-time contact availability and read receipts. Build a better messaging system that enables extras such as instant chat, emojis and sharing data. Support enhanced calls with features like video calling and data sharing in real time. Why RCS for business: RCS supports multiple message formats, allowing businesses to send not just text but videos, animations, and images an all in one . . .
Long Beach Kommetjie put its best foot forward on the final day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong producing perfect 3 to 4 foot surf in light offshore conditions which brought a successful joint SA Surf Tour and event to an impressive conclusion. In the WSL QS1000 Pro Junior Boy’s Division, Kommetjie brothers Jake and Max Elkington finished first and second and fellow Kom locals Ford Van Jaarsvelt and Eli Beukes were third and fourth respectively. Jake Elkington retains his spot as the WSL ratings leader after his win yesterday. The JQS1,000 Pro Junior Girls title went to Sophie Bell of Salt Rock who edged Kommetjie local Summer Sutton into second place in the dying seconds of the final. Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga came third and Sarah Ingram of Constantia was fourth. The 3 A rated SA Surf Tour U16 Boys final was a triumph for Dillen Hendricks of Pellsrus near Jeffreys Bay. Surfing in the green Sea Harvest vest, the JBay goofy footer dominated the final from the beginning as he gave a commanding performance on the Long Beach lefts.Eli Beukes put up a strong fight but Hendricks had the edge and the Kommetjie local had to settle for second. Another Kommetjie surfer, York Van Jaarsveldt, was third and Durban visitor Saxton Randall came fourth. Honours in the U16 Girls Final went to the incredibly talented Kayla Nogueira. Although only just 14, Nogueira has made her mark in all contests this year. Tayla de Coning of East London came second and continued her run of success this year while local girl Summer Sutton was third and Maya Shefer Boswell was fourth. Daniel Emslie of East London earned gold with a strong win in the U14 Boys division and Luke Thompson took silver ahead of fellow Durban surfer Nate Spalding. Luke van Wyk of Constantia took fourth spot. Ceara Knight of Kommetjie celebrated a maiden SAST victory when she beat her good friends Caroline Brown of Hout Bay and Leila Steytler of Kommetjie into second and third place . . .
The 1st annual Africa Communications Week (ACW) will take place between May 22 and May 26 2017. In partnership with the World Communication Forum Association, it aims to convene communications leaders from various backgrounds across the world, to ensure the most authoritative and comprehensive metrics to assess the role of communications in Africa’s development. Powered by a virtual international team of multi-talented communications professionals who share a vision for transformative change in Africa through strategic communications, Africa Communications Week’s key objective is to encourage and engage communicators across the board to critically assess how the communication industry impacts Africa’s development. ACW is open to all communicators with an expertise/interest in Africa, from African countries and across the globe. "Along with other fields such as economics, agriculture and technology, communications now has the opportunity to position itself and demonstrate its relevance as a real management discipline that contributes significantly to Africa’s socio-economic rise. And this is a collective effort that the industry should lead”, explains co-founder Annie Mutamba. Africa Communications Week is supported by an advisory board of seasoned communications professionals passionate about changing Africa’s narrative. They include: Wynne Musabayana, Head of Communications, Africa Union Yana Dubeykovskaya, President World Communication Forum Association Moky Makura, Country Representative South Africa, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Mimi Kalinda, MD Africa Communication Group Khalid Baddou, Head of Communication Africa, Western Union Thierry Hot, Founder, Rebranding Africa Forum Tidiane Dioh, Fonctionnaire International & Media specialist Each year around Africa Day, a series of conferences and events will be organized by communications practitioners and organizations in Africa and across the world. “It's time to . . .
DESERT ROSE I love you honey, to the moon and back… The world is large and your choice of honeymoon destinations is endless but with its magnificent location, accessibility and affordability you would be remiss not to consider Namibia for your honeymoon or wedding ceremony, where red desert dunes, rugged mountains and a beguiling ocean meet to offer an exceptional experience. Head of regional & domestic operations and marketing for Namibia, Africa and the Middle East at Namibian Tourism, Nicolae Tambrescu, says he has noticed an upward trend in travel to Namibia for honeymooners. “Namibia is a special destination for honeymoon travel, offering unique products and services at the sea, in the desert, around wild life, culture, historic attractions and in a setup of infinite landscapes and horizons - for all types of budgets, and for a wide range of preferences: quiet, nature, or fun and adventure, as per the travellers’ choice”. From late May to November the weather is ideal and whether you choose to spend your honeymoon doing absolutely nothing but enjoying the extraordinary scenery and starlit dinners for two on the dunes, or choose to take part in the many action-packed activities on offer from balloon safaris to game drives and sand boarding, Namibia is certainly an enticing honeymoon alternative. Better yet, you could also work several destinations into your trip - Etosha, Damaraland, the Skeleton Coast, Namib Desert, Kaokoland and Swakopmund – each promising something different, something for everyone. Tambrescu’s top honeymoon destinations: The Little Ongava Wolwedans Dunes Lodge Sossusvlei Desert Lodge Luderitz Nest Hotel Serra Cafema Villa Mushara Onguma The Fort Damaraland Camp Namibia Wildlife Resorts BON Hotel Swakopmund Group Operations Director at BON Hotels, Charl van Wyk, says that BON Hotel Swakopmund is fast become a popular honeymoon destination. “Due to our close proximity to all that the . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) took the junior men’s and women’s titles at the BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong in idyllic 1 to 1.3 metre waves at Long Beach in Kommetjie on Sunday. Their victories saw Elkington extend his lead at the top of the World Surf League (WLS) Africa regional junior men’s rankings while Bell moved into the No. 1 spot on the junior women’s leaderboard with four of the nine events on the 2017 calendar completed. Local surfers dominated the results with all four men’s finalists coming from Kommetjie along with two of the four women’s finalists despite a strong contingent of the country’s best 18-and-under surfers from all over the South African coastline. The men’s final was a see-saw affair with the lead changing hands numerous times. Eli Beukes started well before Ford van Jaarsveldt posted the first substantial score while the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – had slow starts as they waited for the bigger set waves. Beukes stayed busy on the inside before Max found a great righthander and posted an excellent score that he followed with a mid-range score to take the lead. In the last five minutes Van Jaarsveldt put himself into contention with an explosive ride, but with just 45 seconds remaining it was Jake who produced the title-winning score on a left that he decimated with a series of vertical backhand manoeuvres that netted an 8.67. “It’s really amazing to have a WSL event at my home break and to surf in front of your home crowd and get the win feels great,” said Jake. “Having three friends in the final that I surf with every day and are always pushing my levels was also fun. I was leading the rankings coming into this event, but now I’m one step closer to my goal of qualifying for the WSL Junior Champs in Australia at the beginning of next year.” Kommetjie resident Summer Sutton made full use of her local knowledge to dominate the women’s final, riding twice as many waves as her opponents . . .