The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Productivity SA, will take the national campaign to celebrate 20 years of productivity improvement and job creation in South Africa by the Workplace Challenge Programme(WPC) to KwaZulu-Natal. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a programme of the dti and is managed by Productivity SA. The aim of the Workplace Challenge Programme is to promote productivity and competitiveness within South African companies. The campaign observes various highlights in the programme‘s 20-year tenure such as the 143 429 jobs that have been sustained by the Workplace Challenge Programme since 2015. Members of the media are invited to attend the event at a recipient company to be addressed by the Deputy Director-General of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the dti, Mr Sipho Zikode and the Chief Executive Officer of Productivity SA, Mr Mothunye Mothiba as follows: DATE : Friday 22 June 2018 TIME : 09h00 - 12h45 VENUE : Natpro Spicenet (Pty) Ltd, 17 Chelsea Avenue, Phillip Avenue The Workplace Challenge Programme is a two-year programme implemented amongst the South African companies operating in the manufacturing sector to improve their productivity and competitiveness with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of jobs. The theme of the celebrations is Ensuring Sustainability for South African Enterprises. ENDS. RSVPs and enquiries should be forwarded to Mr Maupi Monyemangene via telephone on 011 848 5397 or mobile 082 4473 232 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bongani Lukhele on 012 394 1643/079 5083 457 or BLukhele@thedti.gov.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Plastics|SA used its participation in Sustainability Week (5-7 June 2018), World Environment Day (5 June 2018) and World Oceans Day (9 June) to raise awareness about the importance of keeping plastics pollution out of the environment. Plastics|SA is the umbrella organisation representing the South African Plastics Industry and was one of the first signatories of the Declaration of the Global Plastics Associations for Solutions on Marine Litter, whereby 74 plastics associations from around the world have committed themselves to fight marine litter. “Being actively involved in this past week’s numerous environmental activities gave Plastics|SA the ideal opportunity to physically demonstrate our commitment to finding sustainable solutions that will reduce the amount of plastics litter that ends up in the environment. To achieve this, we have launched numerous projects in six key areas, namely education, research, public policy, sharing best practices, plastics recycling/recovery, and plastic pellet containment,” explains Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics|SA. SUSTAINABILITY WEEK (CSIR) Africa’s premier green economy forum, Sustainability Week, took place last week (5-7 June 2018) at the CSIR International Convention Centre in Tshwane. One of the major themes at this year’s event was the sustainable development in Africa. Plastics|SA hosted a “Beat Plastic Pollution” Workshop on the opening day of the Week, which attracted much local and international attention. “The issue of tackling plastics polluting the environment is at the top of the global agenda of the packaging industry, governments and environmentalists around the world. There is a surging momentum in global efforts to address this issue, and Plastics|SA is adding its voice to the calls for the implementation of proper waste management systems and responsible human behaviour in order to see less plastics ending up in the environment and our oceans,” Steyn said. This sentiment was . . .
Thanks to Homemation, the American brand, Polk, is now available in South Africa from select Hifi Corp, Sounds Great stores and Tafelberg Furnishers (Cape Town). Elevate your media experience with the Polk Signa Solo universal home theatre soundbar, which works with any TV! The Polk Signa Solo Soundbar delivers an immersive home theatre experience - far outperforming your TV speakers. Plus, it takes minutes to set up. Features patented SDA digital surround technology for a wider, more immersive, multi-dimensional listening experience and Polk VoiceAdjust technology for crystal clear dialogue. Built-in Bluetooth lets you stream all of your favourite music wirelessly. Polk knows sound. It's their only focus. Their intention is to always uphold the principles of a real HiFi. Great sound for everyone. Retails from R2999 Enjoying Polk’s rich, warm, lifelike sound means you get a look that embodies those same qualities. Rounded forms, natural tones, plush leathers, machined metals, resonance-free enclosures, high-performance composites, and other hand-selected speaker materials, keep inviting you back with every listen, reflecting a history rooted in mid-century American design. A Genuine Approach. The Look That Loves You Back. The Sound Masters. Homemation is the exclusive specialist South African suppliers of premium branded audiovisual and home theatre products. The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after AV and home automation technologies in the world. Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest stockist, or visit www.homemation.co.za ; Facebook ; Twitter and Instagram. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
An educational laparoscopic colorectal cancer workshop which involved live procedures to demonstrate the latest in surgical techniques, was held at Netcare Pretoria East Hospital recently. A total of 55 surgeons and interventional specialists from the private and public sectors in South Africa attended the workshop hosted by the hospital and highly experienced local laparoscopic surgeon, Dr Michael Heyns. The specialists were provided with the opportunity to participate in an interactive discussion during two live procedures. According to Dr Heyns, who has participated in a number of advanced laparoscopic training courses in Europe and locally, minimally invasive laparoscopic procedures are increasingly being used to excise and treat colorectal cancers, and new approaches and imaging technologies are continuously being introduced to assist in improving outcomes. He said the workshop, which was CPD (Continuing Professional Development) accredited, largely aimed to demonstrate how advanced new imaging and visualisation techniques and technologies assist in the diagnosis and guidance of laparoscopic colorectal procedures. It focused in particular on the clinical applications of indocyanine green (ICG) enhanced fluorescence in this type of surgery. Specialists had the opportunity to ask questions and share their knowledge and expertise during this interactive forum. “The ICG fluorescence imaging system is proving safe and adding significant value in diagnosing, planning and decision-making in colorectal laparoscopic procedures, and is increasingly being used in appropriate cases internationally. “As a result of the advantages it offers, including enhanced visualisation of blood supply, this approach may well become a standard for appropriate cases in the near future,” added Dr Heyns. Dr Heyns, who offers regular laparoscopic colorectal cancer workshops at Netcare Pretoria East Hospital for specialists across South Africa, said that such workshops . . .
It is well known that heart rhythm disorders (arrhythmias) occur in adults, but few are aware that it is a significant problem among many South African children as well. Children may be born with a heart disorder that causes electrical and functional problems in the heart and remain unaware into adulthood that they have a potentially dangerous health problem. “There needs to be much greater awareness of heart rhythm disorders and congenital heart disease, which is a common birth defect occurring in children and can cause problems with the efficient functioning of the heart,” says Dr Adele Greyling, a paediatric cardiologist who practises at Netcare Greenacres Hospital in Port Elizabeth. She was speaking during World Heart Rhythm Week, which runs from 4 to 10 June 2018. Dr Greyling, who is the only paediatric cardiologist in the country to have been specifically trained in electrophysiology ? the study of electrical problems of the heart and heart rhythm disorders – says that many children with congenital heart defects go undiagnosed and take these conditions into adulthood. She says that untreated congenital heart defects and arrhythmias may be detrimental to health and in some cases even result in heart failure. “It has been estimated that about four out of every 1 000 babies are born with inherited heart defects, which provides some idea of the extent of the challenge posed by this condition within the Eastern Cape and nationally,” adds Dr Greyling. “World Heart Rhythm Week provides a good opportunity to improve knowledge of the problem among all sectors of the population including patients, parents and primary healthcare providers. We need to equip people with the necessary knowledge to be able to identify inherited heart problems and heart rhythm disorders, and to know when and where to obtain help.” The theme of World Heart Rhythm Week 2018 is ‘Take Fainting to Heart’, as fainting can be an indication that one is suffering from a heart rhythm . . .
Black crystal knob available from Handles Inc – priced from R75 Photo: Handles Inc There is something so majestic and timeless with using black decor in your home or office - especially with door handles and kitchen and cabinet handles and knobs. Black suggests sophistication and elegance, as it's a bold and intense colour. Below is a gorgeous selection from Handles Inc which I hope you will love and share with your audience (click on the images to download in high res). Handles Inc specialise in cabinet and door handles, locks, hinges and bathroom accessories featuring exclusive global brands with on-trend styles suited for every décor theme. Their stores are renowned for being eye-candy for architects, interior designers and decorators, as they know that the smallest detail will complete the look – whether it is a corporate office, modular home or rambling mansion. Handles Inc boasts a collection of over 9000 items to inspire you. Excellence is in the attention to detail, and choosing the perfect cupboard and door handles for your home or office will be the final touch that brings your space together. Let your living reflect your purpose, your style, your essence. Visit a Handles Inc store, where their seasoned team will help you choose the items that best suit your needs. Watch how the smallest change can create the greatest transformation. For your closest branch, visit www.handlesinc.co.za or call 021-422 2322. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In celebration of the Youth Month, Maxum Digital will be hosting the first ever township based Gaming & Esports Day, powered by Ekasi Gaming.The two events will be hosted in Soweto & Ga-Rankuwa townships respectively. The objective of this Gaming & Esports day is to raise awareness on the career and entrepreneurial, opportunities by exposing the youth from the townships and rural areas to the world of gaming & Esports. The events will also provide market exposure for local game developers, studios and entrepreneurs in emerging technologies by showcasing their innovations. The first event will take place on the 22 June at EkasiLab, Soweto and 29 June, Ga-Rankuwa (YMCA Hall). The fun filled days, will also have a workshops, Esports competitions, Virtual Reality Experience and many more activities. At Maxum Digital we are committed on raising awareness on the Maxum Digital programme and opportunities that are available for learners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders, most importantly to grow the initiative to also incorporate other townships over a period of time and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in townships and historically disadvantaged areas, says. Mr. Tashveer Bodhi - Programme Manager at Maxum Digital. At Ekasi Gaming we aim to harness a competitive and professional gaming ecosystem in South Africa, by being at the forefront of driving skill development and supporting an inclusive South African Esports Ecosystem and this partnership with Maxum Digital will ensure that will get closer in building and strengthening a broad Esports & gaming community. Says. Mr. Gabriel Ramokotjo - CEO at Ekasi Gaming CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Kick off your Soccer World Cup fever with an epic shot of energy from Score Striker, the invigorating new citrus energy drink. Bursting with a juicy citrus taste, new Score Striker has a double shot of Guarana to double your power and keep you on track. It is a real game changer with a healthy dose of B-vitamins, and is taurine free for the great aftertaste that Score fans have come to love. New Score Striker is available in mega 500ml cans in leading outlets selling at around R10. In celebration of the Soccer World Cup, Score Energy Drink is hosting the Score Khaba Cup, mini 4-a-side soccer tournaments in and around Cape Town. Catch all the action from 16 June to 14 July 2018 in the following communities: Khayelitsha – 16 June Nyanga – 23 June Mfuleni – 30 June Joe Slovo (Milnerton) – 7 July Cape Town CBD (Taxi Rank & Bus Terminal) – 14 July Check out www.drinkscore.co.za for more information and keep in touch by joining the Score community on www.facebook.com/DrinkScore and follow @drinkscore on Twitter and Instagram. For more information on the Score Khaba Cup, contact Dean Teubes on Tel: (+27) 021 886 8842, Fax: 021 887 1005 or send an email to email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CRYPTO-CONSERVATION INITIATIVE TO RAISE FUNDS FOR RHINO CONSERVATION New cryptocurrency, Rhino Coin, will generate funding for rhino conservation and allow the public to contribute to safeguarding the future of South Africa’s rhino population. South Africa holds approximately 80% of the world’s rhino population; unfortunately, the rhino is currently being killed at a rate of almost three per day. Instead of roaming carefree in their natural environment, rhinos live with the constant threat of being massacred without mercy for their horn. Although the moratorium on domestic rhino horn trade was introduced in 2009, the number of rhino poached averages at around 867 rhinos per year, with more than a thousand killed per year since 2013 (excludes 2018 figures). According to Rhino Coin, a new cryptocurrency with a conscience has been launched with the purpose of generating a new untapped source of revenue to aid rhino conservation efforts. Rhino Coin’s key motivation is to save the rhino and create a steady and sustainable source of revenue for rhino conservation. Through Rhino Coin’s cryptocurrency all participants become active custodians of rhino conservation. Co-founding Rhino Coin members appeal to the public to stand together and prioritise the welfare of the rhino by participating in the initiative and to play their part in ensuring the survival of the rhino. “By tackling the problem on a local and global scale, through cutting-edge digital technology, and cryptocurrency as its vehicle for change, we hope to impact positively on the issue of dwindling numbers of rhino and empower the public to do the same,” said Alexander Wilcocks, Co-founding member of Rhino Coin. Based on a private blockchain built on Ethereum, Rhino Coin will unlock the value of ethically obtained stockpiles of rhino horn, by allowing the public to exchange one gram of rhino horn for one Rhino Coin. Horn exchanged for Rhino Coin will be subject to participants having the . . .