South African cyclists are poised to add a significant element of style to their riding in 2019 with the premium Spanish brand of Luck shoes available in the country through Positive Sports Solutions. The deal with the Spanish company was finalised in October and the first consignment of their wide range of shoes arrived in South Africa just after mid-December. Positive Sports Solutions product and technical manager David Pieterse said there had been much interest from customers in the Luck models. "Due to the wide range of colours that are available we have had a high demand because cyclists always have a preference to match their shoe colours with their kit or bike colours," he said. "Besides that, cyclists also like to personalise their shoes and the availability of this option is an important element for our customers." Pieterse added, however, that it was not just the colour variety which made Luck shoes popular among cyclists. "Our target market covers cyclists at all levels and we have shoes which are applicable from a budget level to the high-end users," he said. "In addition, the range of shoes covers the disciplines of mountain-biking and road cycling, as well as options for triathlon road and mountain-biking." He said the flagship models in the Luck range were the Ator road shoe and the Avatar mountain-biking shoe. "These shoes incorporate all the latest technology to produce the best possible product, while the good news for customers is that they come at an affordable price." Pieterse said cyclists could go to the company's website (www.positivesportssolutions.co.za) to view the options or models available. "They can choose their model and add the design and colours they would like. "We have the shoes in stock in all levels and those we need to order specially will be here within two weeks. They are also available in retail outlets." In the past 15 months, Positive Sports Solutions has negotiated a number of . . .
Since the NutriBullet launched in SA a little over 5 years ago, it has grown into a household name, transformed eating patterns and become the appliance of choice for a healthy lifestyle. Worldwide sales have surpassed the 40 million mark, making it the best-selling global kitchen appliance in recent times. With its patented blade design and unique cyclonic action, the revolutionary NutriBullet nutrition extractor breaks down even the toughest ingredients like carrots, nuts and ice into their most digestible, nutrition-enhancing state. Being a nutrition extractor or super blender, there is no part of the fruit or vegetable that gets lost – notably including the pulp. The NutriBullet is incredibly easy to use and clean, and will transform your daily diet and your health. Currently the NutriBullet family consists of the 600W (available in various colours with pink being the latest), Pro, RX, Baby Bullet, Veggie Bullet and the recently launched NutriBullet Select. For more information on NutriBullet and to place an order, including free delivery to your door, visit www.nutribullet.co.za or call 0861 777 997. Also available from leading appliance retailers. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Sebastian Berinato – New General Manager at The Marine The Marine hotel, in Hermanus, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, has appointed Sebastian Berinato as the new General Manager, as of January 2019. He is an award-winning hotelier, who has over forty years ‘experience within the hospitality industry. He has an American Hotel and Motel Association Diploma, completed at The Carlton Hotel, in 1980. The early part of his career was spent among several Southern Sun properties in South Africa, for an accumulated 30 years. He was headhunted by The Arabella Sheraton in 2001 to manage the opening of the Arabella Sheraton, Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in Hermanus. The crowning moment of his career is the MAIA resort, in the Seychelles, being awarded “Resort of the Year” in 2017. He also received “Hotel of the Year” awards in both 1995 and 2007 respectively and finally received “General Manager of the Year” in 2015. The key to his success as a General Manager is his passion for the hospitality industry, his strong character, and his love for operations. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, 16 January 2019 – It’s the New Year and with it, comes new thinking, new promises and a renewed commitment to getting into shape. However, while New Year resolutions burn brightly at the beginning of the year, it is often hard to stay the course as real life sets in and we find ourselves back into the same old habits of yesteryear. Once sure fire way to maintain the desire to do something about your health and to get into shape and up those fitness levels, that is both fun and stimulating, is dance. Jazzart Dance in particular. The Jazzart Dance Company, based in Cape Town, has created a series of exciting evening dance classes - for the whole family, all shapes and sizes and fitness levels - to tune up the groove. The award-winning contemporary dance company is on a mission to help South Africans get fit as well as providing a safe space for people to express their inner most emotions – all through movement. Dance may be a scary thought for self-doubting beginners, but Jazzart’s welcoming approach to a physical workout provides a safe space for exploration. “When we say we welcome everybody we mean just that” says Ananda Fuchs, Jazzart dance teacher, who together with Sifiso Kweyama, the artistic director has been teaching beginners and those with a bit of experience for some years. Fuchs believes dance to be an incredible discipline that can be learned at any age. “We take it easy (to start with), almost anyone can benefit from one or two classes a week” she adds. The dance classes are not only about trimming down, it is about changed lives – enhancing health and athleticism while using a rewarding system that satisfies both one’s interior and exterior world. The professional teachers utilize the fluidity of choreography to enable one to capitalise on beautiful movement, and this focused exercise can “invigorate the dancer’s energies and interrogate their inner connections,” interjects Kweyama. Male and female school-going dancers, adults . . .
JOHANNESBURG, January 15, 2019 - Forestry South Africa (FSA) has launched the Forestry Explained recreational map, ideal for when the travel bug bites, when you need family-friendly accommodation or a quiet weekend away from the city life. The new interactive map details the myriad of activities and attractions that are found on forestry-owned land around the country. Treasures within the trees Around 30% of forestry-owned land is unplanted and a large proportion is set aside for dedicated conservation. These include vast swaths of grasslands, riverine ecosystems and indigenous forests. Besides their obvious conservation value, these areas provide ample recreational opportunities on top of what is provided by the plantation forests themselves. Whether it is trail running, hiking and mountain biking adventures you seek, or serene days spent bird watching, picnicking and taking in spectacular views, forestry-owned land has something to offer you. The Forestry Explained recreational map makes accessing these activities and attractions easy. It showcases eco-activities of forestry companies and private individuals in one user-friendly recreational guide. Its interactive nature allows people to explore what’s on offer, along with the important information for the perfect forestry day out. 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list Make 2019 the year you explore the recreational offerings of South Africa’s commercial forests. Why not see if you can complete the 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list below, making sure tag @forestry_explained into any shots you post on Instagram. Mpumalanga’s waterfalls – many of the famous ‘Panorama Route waterfalls’ are actually situated on forestry land owned and managed by state-owned SAFCOL, including Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Pools, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Marie Shires. Mountain biking getaway – take a long-weekend and explore the plantations, indigenous forests and open grasslands of . . .
For small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) wanting to keep overheads in check during another challenging fiscal year for SA, VoIP is king of the cost savers. VoIP, or Voice over Internet Protocol, is unique amongst cost-cutting measures in that it delivers business efficiencies on top of tremendous telecoms cost savings of some 45%. Web conferencing expenses, for example, drop by 30% following VoIP system implementation, according to one survey of CIOs. “With South Africa experiencing a technical recession in 2018 and GDP growth expected to remain less than impressive in 2019, it’s going to be belt-tightening time well into the foreseeable future,” says Evan Matthee, CFO (Chief Financial Officer) of Tier One telco, ICTGlobe. Belt-tightening for the SME could mean letting underperforming staff go, cutting back on non-core services or moving to more reasonably-priced premises. All of these measures could adversely impact productivity. Implementing VoIP voice and data systems over traditional copper wire technology, however, will slash operating costs while boosting SME productivity in unforeseen ways. Every second counts for the small business owner. Stopping and starting critical business tasks throughout the day to check voicemail, for example, results in an unforgivable 40 percent reduction in SME productivity, according to ITToolbox.com. VoIP systems are renowned for their ability to deliver unparalleled multitasking through unified messaging. Start-ups need to be especially careful in lean times as they have not yet progressed to the next stage in the business lifecycle. SMEs are fragile, hence the need for incubation, and they should be especially wary of onerous telecoms equipment commitments. VoIP systems like 3CX from ICTGlobe are the absolute gold standard in VoIP PBX systems and boast outstanding security features and a plethora of value-added services to match their solid reputation. This cloud-based PBX system completely negates the . . .
By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute The first term of school this year has not gotten off to the best start for some children and their parents. At Laerskool Schweizer-Reneke in North West Province, a teacher has been suspended over racial segregation of children in a class. A photo was sent to parents by WhatsApp by the teacher which clearly shows a large group of white children seated together, and a few black children separated from the group at another desk. That’s a red flag, and a political protest was held outside the school. But is this what people so quickly assume it to be? A number of explanations have surfaced. Firstly, this is simply the work of a racist teacher showing preference to the white children. Schweizer-Reneke is a town said to have deep racial divisions, and some say the teacher was even doing the right thing because of these tensions and because integration takes time. Secondly, that the black children were new at the school and could not speak Afrikaans or English. Why this was in fact necessary was not made clear by the school. One reason could be that the children required a different teaching intervention which the teacher planned to give them in a small group setting. Separating learners according to needs in this way is a common practice and seems to make sense. However, it is strange that the children who are said to need special attention are placed at the back of the class in the corner. Was it necessary to make them feel even more excluded in this way? It just doesn’t add up. MEC Sello Lehari who went in to address the situation has rejected this excuse and is investigating further. Thirdly, it has been said that the children were allowed to sit where they wanted, and so the seating arrangements were their choice. This last reason is somewhat plausible because we do all tend towards ‘birds of a feather’ habits, and perhaps more so for young children in such a setting. But it would still seem . . .
Trade Conferences International, the preferred conference organiser for the Southern African major banks, IT and financial service providers, will be hosting the first third party risk conference in South Africa. The Third Party Risk Management 2019 Conference will be taking place on 19 – 20 March 2019 at Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg. This two days conference will be addressed by more than 15 industry experts, tacking the following The third party risk management landscape in Southern Africa Managing risk and instituting best practice due diligence principles Setting up a third party risk management framework Impact of technology and data on third party risk For the brochure with full programme contact Portia Dhlamini, Project Manager, on email@example.com or 011 803 1553 Professionals dealing with the following will highly benefit from attending this conference; sourcing * vendor management * procurement * compliance* KYS/KYC * regulation * innovation *reporting * financial crime * monitoring & control * risk management * cyber security *identity management * legal affairs* fraud * auditing *forensics * information technology * data management * financial regulation and supervision * financial surveillance * assurance * transactional monitoring * treasury * shared services * cyber security * contract management * supply chain CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Helping your child make the most of repeating a Grade When babies are learning to walk, they fall (or fail) many times over. Babies need to repeat the process (of learning to walk) over and over again, until they get it right and are able to move on to greater movement such as running, jumping and skipping. According to Cindy Glass, Owner and Founder of Step Up Education Centres, “These ‘failures’ are normal and natural processes in the act of learning to walk. In fact, they are expected and hailed as signs of effort and future success!” She adds that as we grow older, our fear of failing and falling down tends to slow our progress and in some cases, even stop it altogether. “Children who ‘fail’ a grade, for example, often feel humiliated, ashamed, embarrassed and depressed. Their self-worth plummets and they often find it difficult to accept the fact that they will not be moving up to a new grade with their classmates." Parents, too, struggle with a ‘failed’ grade as, so often, they see it as an indictment on their parenting. “And yet, if you think about it, ‘failing’ a grade is not all that different to trying to walk for the first time. Some skills need more time and attention to master and not all children learn at the same rate or even in the same way.” If your child is repeating a grade in 2019, Cindy gives you some tips to help him/her in understanding and embracing the gift of being given this opportunity to learn more effectively: 1. There is no such thing as failing a grade. It is time to speak a different language. Your child has not yet mastered the building blocks needed to move on to a new grade. He/she is being given an opportunity to REPEAT a grade in order to master these important skills. 2. Address the elephant in the room through open and honest communication. Speak to your child about them having to repeat the grade. Find out how they feel and what they will need from you in order to move forward with a positive outlook. . . .
Parker’s Comedy Night, Montecasino – 13 February 2019. Over one third of the South African population comprises of children and millions of them do not have access to the basic right of quality education. Love-a-School campaign is one of the fundraising events by the Adopt-a-School Foundation created to be a positive force, in changing the future of education in South Africa. On the 13th of February 2019 the Foundation will be hosting the Love-a-School comedy night at Parker’s Comedy and Jive, Montecasino from the 18:00 till late, tickets are already available on Quicket at R200 per person. We will update the line-up on Quicket closer to the time, keep an eye on our social media pages for competitions and more information about this initiative. Raffles and prizes will be up for grabs on the night, purchase your ticket now by visiting https://www.quicket.co.za/events/64055-love-a-school-fundraiser/#/ . The aim of this fundraising campaign is to create awareness around the work of the Foundation and to cultivate a love of education and giving back to the communities we operate in across South Africa. We look forward to connecting and hosting you at the Parker's Comedy and Jive. From humble beginnings, the Foundation has grown exponentially. With four hundred and nighty eight schools spanning the entire country, making a sustainable difference in the lives of hundreds of thousands of learners, their families and their communities. Through a holistic, inclusive model called Whole School Development, the Foundation addresses the academic, infrastructural, social welfare and leadership environments in adopted schools, to ensure that the schools are conducive to teaching and learning. Through this holistic approach, the Foundation is able to address most obstacles that stand in the way of providing quality education. Schools supported by the Foundation are the least resourced and most marginalised schools in the country, but as long as there is a passion and a . . .