• 2017 FIA World Rallycross Drivers' Champion Johan Kristoffersson wins the All-Wheel Drive Category, ahead of Petter Solberg and Andreas Bakkerud. • Luke Woodham wins fourth consecutive Gymkhana GRiD Rear-Wheel Drive title, beating UK drivers Adam Elder and Danny Cross. The inaugural #AutoCIRCUS powered by AutoTrader hosted the tyre slaying, record breaking Gymkhana GRiD for the first time on African soil this past weekend. The two-day #AutoCIRCUS festival boasted competitive racing by twenty-three international drivers, thirty local drivers; a 40-strong exhibition that included action features like the XDL stunt bikes, drift trike rides, skake and BMX rodeos; remote controlled buggy racing as well as car displays from hot rods to stance cars. The incredible All-Wheel Drive podium featured 2017 FIA World Rallycross Champion Johan Kristoffersson, multiple FIA World Champion Petter Solberg and World RX star Andreas Bakkerud. In the Rear-Wheel drive class Luke Woodham shrugged off technical problems to become the series most successful rear-wheel drive pilot, with four consecutive wins to his name. Woodham was pushed all the way to the line by fellow racers travelling all the way from the UK, Adam Elder and Danny Cross. Local RWD drivers who were expected to finish well were Jason Webb, Otto Graven and Paolo Gouveia, while the South African hopes in the AWD category involve Wayne Hay, Carl van As and Rob Inglis. Otto Graven triumphed in the RWD category making it in to the semi finals before he sadly faced engine problems, and had to forfeit his place. Three million viewers globally locked in to the livestream to witness racing, tyre-smoke, flames and precision driving on an unprecedented scale. The smoking rubber on the blacktop of the #AutoCIRCUS festival powered by AutoTrader are now the lasting reminders of what went down over an intense three days of horsepower filled mayhem. This is what the winners had to say: Luke Woodham – 1st place . . .
The 5th edition of the Technical Manual compiled and published by SAPPMA (Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association) has just been released. Jan Venter, Chief Executive Officer of SAPPMA, states that this publication is a valuable tool aimed at assisting designers and the end-users of plastic pipes in producing pipelines that will last for a very long time. “It is now eleven years since SAPPMA started publishing an independent, technical manual on the manufacturing of plastic pipes and we believe the 2017-2018 edition is yet another big step forward – both in terms of accuracy and ease of use of this handbook. It offers information, guidance and best in class technical information on how to select the right material, produce accurate designs and choose the correct installation procedures,” Venter says. Although plastic pipe materials have widely been used for more than sixty years, SAPPMA is of the opinion that it is still somewhat of an unknown in certain circles. It is of particular concern to the association that engineering students do not seem to get adequate teaching about the ins and outs of selecting the right plastic material, completing an accurate design and ensuring the correct installation procedure is followed. “The purpose of publishing the SAPPMA Technical Manual is not to replace other publications and codes on the subject. Instead, our hope is that it will serve as a basic, user-friendly guide throughout the various steps of design,” Venter explains. He highlights that the information contained in the manual is objective and free of any commercial influence (SAPPMA is a registered non-profit organization). “The importance of plastic pipe systems in the infrastructure of a country cannot be over-emphasized. This is underlined by the fact that well over half of all the pipelines worldwide used for water, sewage and gas distribution are constructed with plastic pipe. Pipe designs must be carried out by properly qualified . . .
South Africans must embrace the entrepreneurial culture because the old days of jobs waiting for them after graduation are long gone. The country’s economic future depends instead on the quality of its entrepreneurs, in whose hands most future jobs – and income generation – will lie. That was the warning sounded by Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Engen’s head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, as the company prepares to host the 2017 finals of its acclaimed Pitch & Polish initiative. A passionate Njokweni-Magida said the programme, of which Engen has been the title sponsor for the past six years, has already helped approximately 10 000 South Africans realise their entrepreneurial ambitions. “Many of these people have been running small businesses for years, with no idea of how to grow them further. Others have great ideas but lack the confidence and the business savvy necessary to present them to the banks or possible investors and persuade someone to back them financially. “This is where Pitch & Polish steps in, running nine workshops across the country annually to teach them what they need to know,” she explains. Although Engen awards life-changing prizes to the entrepreneurs placed in the top three each year, thousands of other participants also benefit from the expert presentations. “It’s an amazing learning experience for everyone who attends, and their many success stories are proof they leave with a new mindset, a new vision for their businesses, and the advice necessary to help turn their plans into reality,” says Njokweni-Magida. While Engen Pitch & Polish is a B.E.E. initiative in the company’s Enterprise Development portfolio, she is adamant its involvement is no political marketing ploy, but Engen’s contribution to making a difference to the communities where it does its business. “Poverty and unemployment is rife in South Africa. With unemployment at 37%, the government and private sector cannot provide much . . .
Port Elizabeth, November, 22, 2017 - Mandela Day may have come and gone, but that doesn’t mean you can’t continue to volunteer your time throughout the year. According to research by Carnegie Mellon University, Volunteering is Good For Your Health. Results have shown that those who had volunteered a minimum of 200 hours within one year were less likely to develop high blood pressure than those who didn’t, possibly because volunteering increased physical activity. So if you’re looking to volunteer on a regular basis, but don’t know where to start looking or what’s out there, here is a list of organisations in and around Port Elizabeth, written in collaboration with Hippo.co.za. Lake Farm Centre Lake Farm Centre is a care home for 90 mentally impaired adults. The centre was founded in 1959, and the residents contribute to the upkeep and general running of the facility. This permanent home is situated just outside PE in the nature-filled area of Kragga Kamma. The centre welcomes volunteers to help with a number of activities from fundraising, to help in the onsite coffee shop, to occupational workshops, and helping organise events such as the Christmas Fair. Animal Welfare Society PE The Animal Welfare Society of PE is a shelter for lost, unwanted or abandoned animals, from cats, dogs and horses, to donkeys, cattle and birds. The facility rehabilitates the animals and, once ready, puts them up for adoption. The facility also provides 24-hour veterinary services. Located in Walmer, the facility is always in need of volunteers to walk dogs and provide love and attention to the cats in their cattery. Volunteers can also raise money by participating in a sports event like a cycle or running race. Love Story This organisation focuses on providing much needed empowerment projects, educational programmes and food schemes to the underprivileged within PE. Founded in 2012, Love Story provides a number of ways to uplift the communities in PE that do . . .
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Undoubtedly, the high rate of vehicle theft in South Africa is a cause for concern. Understanding the patterns at play, and acting accordingly, is essential if one is to be effective and proactive, and avoid becoming another vehicle crime statistic. Cartrack South Africa, a global leader in fleet management, stolen vehicle recovery and insurance telematics, with tracking technology installed in more than 500,000 commercial and private vehicles across the country, is able to offer fascinating insights into the trends and patterns of vehicle theft in South Africa. “The trends change over time,” says Andre Ittmann, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Cartrack South Africa. “They are a response to commercial and social patterns, as well as to evolving policing methods. However, there is definitely a key set of trends at play that every South African should bear in mind.” Here are a few insights to help road users keep their vehicles safe. Watch out for weekends Ittmann notes that there tends be a significant increase in vehicle theft over weekends. “This trend can be mainly attributed to the fact that there are more vehicles out in public places on weekends. More stationary vehicles result in more opportunities for theft, which means that more active criminals are in operation. As such, extra caution is always warranted on weekends.” January and November are key months Cartrack’s data indicates that there are particularly high volumes of theft in January and November - 13% increase compared to other months. “There is often strong demand for stolen car parts at these times of year, which results in an increase in the number of stolen vehicles. Motorists should keep their eyes peeled at these times,” says Ittmann. Gauteng leads – for obvious (statistical) reasons Gauteng is the province most affected by vehicle theft. A significant percentage of vehicles are stolen in Pretoria, with a clear spike in truck theft on the East Rand, and an . . .
When different departments within a manufacturing business operate independently, it makes it difficult to share relevant information, which makes it easier to get blindsided by competitors with a smarter game plan. The SAP Business One Manufacturing software solution has been tailored specifically for small to medium sized businesses within this highly competitive industry. Light manufacturing, make-to-order (MTO), engineer to order (ETO), mixed-mode, and assembly focused businesses can all get ahead of the game with an integrated mid-market Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. “It is ideal for companies which engage primarily in light manufacturing or lack the internal capacity for advanced manufacturing systems. It is easy to configure with existing applications and has room for customisation.” says Craig Johnston, Marketing Manager at Bluekey Seidor. The package includes standard SAP Business One features as well as specific manufacturing features such as: • Lot, batch and serial control • project cost tracking • labour management • multi-level bill of materials • forecasting • multi-warehouse management capability • extensive item master management The system will assist businesses in streamlining their entire manufacturing process, from production scheduling through to purchasing and logistics. It is designed to help manage material requirements planning (MRP) for multi-level production processes, create resource planning scenarios to forecast demand and generate automatic replenishment orders to prevent material shortages. Contrary to paper-based picking systems, stock can be scanned out and the information is quickly passed through to other departments for required checks, reducing the risk of human error, which protects margins. This reduces the time needed for manual stock revaluation. The ability to track inventory levels in real-time means that inventory is optimised, which gives companies the advantage to reduce . . .
Sappi delivers robust full year and 4th quarter results based on strong growth from the dissolving wood pulp and specialty packaging businesses Financial summary for the quarter and full year: • EBITDA excluding special items: o For the quarter US$221 million (2016 US$209 million) o For the year US$785 million (2016 US$739 million) • EPS excluding special items: o For the quarter 19 US cents (2016 18 US cents) o For the year 64 US cents (2016 57 US cents) • Profit for the period: o For the quarter US$102 million (2016 US$112 million) o For the year US$338 million (2016 US$319 million) • Net debt US$1,322 million, down US$86 million year-on-year • Dividend of 15 US cents declared (2016 11 US cents) Sappi Chief Executive Officer Steve Binnie, commenting on the group’s performance, said: “Sappi has delivered another strong set of results with profits up 6% year-on-year. I am very pleased with the growth of the dissolving wood pulp (DWP) and speciality packaging businesses. Furthermore our initiatives to reduce variable costs and the benefits of lower interest charges were able to help mitigate higher paper pulp prices and a stronger Rand/Dollar exchange rate during the reporting period. “Capital expenditure in 2018 is expected to increase to US$450 million as we continue the conversions in both Europe and North America, complete the Saiccor and Ngodwana debottlenecking and start the upgrade of the Saiccor wood-yard. The increase in expansionary capital spending during 2018 is focused on higher margin growth segments including dissolving wood pulp and speciality packaging. This will position us for stronger profitability from 2019 onwards.” The periods under review: Demand for DWP was robust, growing at double-digits throughout the year. We shifted more production capacity to speciality packaging during the year. The European business experienced a good final quarter, with expanded sales volumes and price increases helping to . . .
New partnership yields immediate results with impactful mobile awareness campaign for Coke Studio Pan-African mobile intelligence and digital media provider, Digitata Insights has extended its footprint on the continent by appointing management consulting firm Ntare Insights as its preferred partner in Rwanda. The two companies wasted no time in establishing their presence in the market, successfully implementing a local mobile awareness campaign for Coke Studio in the country. Having concluded a successful mobile marketing campaign for a South African-based multinational cellular services provider in Rwanda using its innovative MeMe measurable mobile advertising technology solution, Digitata Insights, a subsidiary of Digitata Limited, part of 4Sights Holdings, a JSE AltX-listed diversified holding company, required a strategic local partner to expand its reach in the region and leverage the company's previous success to drive new business. “Following extensive research and our on-going work in the region, Ntare Insights was a name that kept coming up in discussions,” explains Henk Swanepoel, chief marketing officer of Digitata Insights. “Following our initial meetings and discussions, we were extremely impressed with the team. Their understanding of the application of technology in general and mobile in particular, in delivering impactful business solutions was evident from the outset.” Kigali-based Ntare Insights delivers trusted strategy, policy and business advisory services for government, businesses and industries, including small and medium enterprises (SMEs), and non-government organisations (NGOs) and civil society. “Our philosophy is to understand the needs, issues and opportunities for our clients in order to provide high-impact and sustainable solutions, particularly in the areas of strategy development, private sector development, SME incubation, regional integration and trade, value chain development, and export growth,” explains Jack . . .
Having previously won the Mother of Hard Enduro in 2012 at the tender age of 16, and again in 2014, Wade Young (Sherco Liqui Moly Racing) came back with purpose and conquered the mountains of Lesotho by winning the 50th edition of the Motul Roof of Africa on Saturday 18 November. Having lead from the start, the South African put on a solid charge in the final climb to pull away from fellow South African Travis Teasdale (Brother Leadertread KTM) who came in just over 10 minutes behind the leader. “We’ve had a good few days and I’m happy with the strategy we chose for this race which was to set a strong pace early on and manage the gaps from the front,” Young said. Second place went to Travis Teasdale who watched a chance for victory disappear within sight of the finish, “I pushed hard and enjoyed riding with Wade, but in the end he got a time advantage when I battled up Soldiers Way. The bike dropped off a ledge and I had to pick it up letting him get away.” The first rider home from the large International contingent who had entered this year’s event, was Graham Jarvis (Rockstar Husqvarna) who said the fast, flowing pace of the race didn't work in his favour this year. He made up good time on the technical passes to catch up to the leaders but had to settle for third place. On Soldiers Pass Jarvis managed to pull away from Blake Gutzeit (Bidvest bLU cRU Yamaha) who was hot on his heels for most of the day. After just missing the podium in fourth place Blake Gutzeit said, “I am happy with my result. Today I got to ride with the Silent Assassin (Jarvis) and I learned a lot.” In fifth place was Alfredo Gomez (Red Bull KTM) who mentioned a sore wrist making it difficult for him to hold onto the handle bars and was also caught out by the fast pace of this year’s event. His sister, Sandra Gomez (Pepson Plastics Husqvarna), placed 30th overall and tasted victory in the unofficial ladies battle between her and Kirsten Landman, placing 39th. Landman . . .