Desmond and the Tutus with Short Straw- 23 March 2014 Formed in December 2005, Desmond & The Tutus plays an infectiously awesome blend of Rock 'n Roll and Indie Kwela Pop. Energetic, tongue in cheek songs and a frantic live show make Desmond & The Tutus an unforgettable act. With a string of charted singles and number 1 hits-, The Tutus have played soldout shows all over the globe, including Japan, France, Sweden and the UK. They have shared the stage with International acts, The Drums, Clap Your Hands Say Yeah and Two Door Cinema Club. They continue to play packed venues and headline festivals all around South Africa. Shortstraw Winner of MK Award for Best Indie in 2013 - Shortstraw are undoubtedly making waves on the national indie music scene in a big way. With their simple melodies and catchy rhythms and often unexpectedly brilliant lyrics, the band has taken pleasure in rocking the most prominent live music venues and clubs in the country and is well known for getting the crowd dancing! The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17:30 until 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. For further information please call 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or http://dogreatthings.co.za/music/kirstenbosch/kirstenboschconcert-programme/ Book online:www.webtickets.co.za (ticket prices vary )Adults: R 90.00, Youth( 6-21 yrs) with ID: R 65.00 and Bot Soc members with card: R 80.00 Follow the music: Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG or #OMKBRocks Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communications. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A torrential downpour did little to dampen FNB NMMU's spirits, as they rallied to a much-needed 18-12 win over FNB Wits in the fifth round of the FNB Varsity Cup in Johannesburg on Monday night. The Madibaz kept their hopes in the national tournament alive with a last-gasp try in slippery and wet conditions. "It wasn't the prettiest of games," said head coach David Maidza. "Weather conditions were pretty atrocious but we're happy to come away with a win." Despite a number of handling errors, Maidza said his side had turned in a gutsy performance and he was pleased with the effort shown under difficult circumstances. "That's what you want from a coaching perspective, for the players to try their level best and give it their all. And that's what we did." However, he said there was definite room for improvement in terms of accuracy when they had ball in hand. "We turned over too many balls. We need to work on our passing and ball carriage and tick those boxes for the coming week." But, said Maidza, the win was a welcome result after two losses on the trot to FNB UCT and FNB NWU-Pukke. "The bottom line is we did the job and we look forward to the next game now." The Port Elizabeth-based team face defending champions FNB Tuks in their penultimate game of the round-robin section of the tournament. "We're in a precarious situation at the moment and we have to play catch-up rugby," said Maidza. "There's a big job to be done still. It's critical that we go to Pretoria with the right mindset and that we play to the best of our ability - a win is critical." Should they achieve this aim, only the Shimlas stand between Madibaz and their semi-final ambitions. "Both games are vital. We have to do the job in this one first and make sure that we get the necessary points." With a number of teams delivering unexpected performances and predicted outcomes failing to materialise, Maidza said the tournament was far from over. "It's critical . . .
Perspectives on training for South Africa’s construction sector An allocation of about R1tn has been for the Strategic Infrastructure Projects (SIPs) in South Africa - which includes the building of roads, schools, universities, harbours, power stations and other key infrastructure projects. The lack of skills and adequate training in the building and construction industry, however, is going to hinder development of these ambitious infrastructure projects and will certainly increase implementation costs. South Africa has experienced a shortage of about 50,000 artisans in the past few years. At the same time, the construction of mega projects has made the challenges for the industry even more demanding and complex. One of the building and construction industry’s greatest battles is the development and production of professionals that have the necessary skills. So far, South Africa’s construction sector has been largely trying to close this gap through importing skills. Decade of the Artisan to promote the construction sector to South Africa’s youth The importing of skills is hardly sustainable in the long-term; therefore, Government is trying to find an “in house” solution to closing the skills gap. Earlier this year, the Department of Higher Education and Training has, therefore, launched the “Decade of the Artisan” programme; a campaign that promotes artisanship as career of choice to young South Africans. The National Development Plan requires 30 000 new artisans per year in order to meet its objectives for the country’s infrastructure development. The fact that South Africa currently produces less than half of this required number shows how ambitious this project is. Continuous professional development is key Building a solid foundation of young artisans is, without doubt, very important for South Africa’s long-term success. However, equally crucial is the professional development of existing construction professionals. In the age of mega . . .
Best-selling Fotolia mobile image of 2014 will win R37 500, and successful entries until the end of April 2014 will be rewarded Cape Town, March 5th, 2014 - Fotolia, Europe’s leading Stock Agency, today announced a global contest which will award a prize of R37 500 for the best-selling Instant Collection image of 2014 taken using an iPhone. In addition, every image accepted for the Instant Collection will instantly earn R7.50 the end of April. Now everybody has a chance to sell their smartphone images, regardless of technical ability or expensive equipment. The Instant Collection features images catering to a specific, more spontaneous, and in-the-moment look. Contributions to the Instant Collection can be made exclusively via the iOS app “Fotolia Instant”, available to download from the Apple App Store for free. An Android version of the Instant App is already in Beta-mode and will be released soon. Android users will then be able to participate in a separate contest, which will also give R37 500 for the best-selling Instant Collection image taken using an Android phone. “Four months ago, we launched the Fotolia Instant Collection for Smartphone images,” says Fotolia’s CEO and co-founder, Oleg Tscheltzoff. ”Today, the app has been downloaded nearly 20,000 times and the Instant Collection consists of more than 10,000 curated images. What started as an iPhoneography experiment has far exceeded our expectations. At Fotolia, we know the big breakthrough in smartphone snaps is coming, and we’re ready for it. We already have 1 million global buyers paying for professional images, but those same buyers are crying out for spontaneous, raw, real-world images. That’s why smartphone images sell at Fotolia and it becomes a serious opportunity for talented smartphone photographers.” Fotolia Instant’s Art Director, Morgan David de Lossy, explains further: “Images in the Instant Collection are different from regular stock photos, they are impulsive and more edgy, and we . . .
The fifth installment of the Cape Town Folk n Acoustic Music Festival is taking place at Kirstenbosch on the 16 of March 2014. This concert features an incredible line-up of South African folk and acoustic artists. The evening is set to be an experience of the finest musical storytelling from the personal journeys of Arno Carstens, Laurie Levine, Josie Field, Tony Cox, Albert Frost, Natasha Meister ,Gerald Clark, Guy Collins, Luna Paige, Inge Beckmann, Joshua Grierson, Manouche,, Beatenberg Jeremy Olivier, Ezra Lingeveldt and Michael Lowman. [Please note that this event starts at 17h00] The Old Mutual Summer Sunset Concerts take place at Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden (Rhodes Avenue, Newlands, Cape Town) on Sundays from 17:30 until 19:00. Gates open at 16:00. For further information please call 021 799 8783/8620 or visit the website www.sanbi.org or http://dogreatthings.co.za/music/kirstenbosch/kirstenboschconcert-programme/ Book online:www.webtickets.co.za (ticket prices vary ) Adults: R 90.00, Youth ( 6-21 yrs) with ID: R 65.00 and Bot Soc members wit card: R 80.00 Follow the music: Facebook: Old Mutual Kirstenbosch Summer Sunset Concerts Twitter: @KirstenboschNBG or #OMKBRocks Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communications. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://dogreatthings.co.za/music/kirstenbosch/kirstenboschconcert-programme/ Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Hippo Communications. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
HP Shop Online recently underwent a complete site facelift. With a 47% YOY increase in sales and 37% more visitors to the website within 2 months, as well as a doubling of conversation rates, the website upgrade has been a tremendous success. This begs the question, why did HP Shop achieve such incredible results? As usual, it’s not just one thing but rather a range of features that has made their site more customer friendly. The new site boasts an easier and faster checkout, with a one page checkout process as well as a guest checkout option so that customers are no longer forced to register in order to make a purchase. The categories have been restructured to improve navigation, and there is an ink and toner matching function which will help customers find the correct ink for their printer without having to search around. HP Shop have also started a blog with which to connect to customers in a more informal environment about innovations in the IT industry and about the latest technology trends, not just in South Africa but around the world. Constant change is the only constant in e-commerce. In a fast moving industry it is vital to be able to keep up with the changes in both technology and design. If a website stagnates the impact will not be immediate; rather it will show slow growth when the market is accelerating or slowly decline over time. One of the biggest challenges for an e-commerce store is finding the resources to upgrade the site while keeping it running at the same time. This is true of many modern e-commerce sites; once they are built the innovation stops. “We worked closely with our e-commerce provider, Digital Planet, in order to get the most out of revamping the site” says Stacey Le Grange, marketing manager of HP Shop Online. Everyone thinks e-commerce is simple”, says Cassie van Wyk, head of e-commerce at Digital Planet. “There are so many facets that need to be co-ordinated and so many diverse skills, that it’s difficult for many . . .
Contact centres are not steered to effectively integrate channels such as: voice, email, sms, fax, social media, video, internet, instant messaging, web chat, remote assist, self-service and kiosks in order to reach optimum performance levels in the industry. The Multi-Channel Contact Centre Optimisation Conference 2014 will be held on 14 -15 May 2014 in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. Join expert speakers such as: -Tilly Davies,– Call Centre HUB -Ugestra Alwar,– Vodacom -Marilyn Howard,– BMH Technology Solutions -Jed Hewson,– 1Stream -Kay Vittee,– Quest -Taryn Fivaz,– Call Force -Graham McLeod,– Nashua Communications -Larry O’Sullivan,– RMB Private Bank Network with peers and professionals who are within the industry, as they unpack the necessity of optimising the multi-channel environment. Discover how optimising the multi-channel environment of a contact centre and how this will affect customer relations improving and assist operational costs to be reduced. Emerging technologies and channels have become essential for contact centres to keep abreast of crucial advancements in order to achieve operational excellence. Attending this conference offers you the opportunity to gain an in-depth understanding of how you can take your contact centre to greater heights. Call now and reserve your seat in the early bird booking or rather book 3 or more delegates and receive a discounted group booking rate. The agenda focuses on how to optimise a multi-channel contact centre, how to improve customer experience through enhanced channel integration, and will take a look as to what could be expected in future. Email project manager, Roche Artz for conference details and registrations-email email@example.com or call 011 803 1553 to speak to Linda Kruger for exhibition and sponsorship opportunities. For media and marketing deals, call Sian Wirth to arrange a suitable marketing plan for your organisation. Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences . . .
With claims management, being central and significantly important to the functioning of insurance companies, service providers and intermediaries, Trade Conferences International’s Insurance Claims Management Conference 2014, taking place on the 15 & 16 April, will probe the outlook for the future of all stakeholders affected by claims management processes. Addressing concerns arising in the foreseeable claims landscape, pertinent advancements in insurance claims management, and expected challenges and opportunities that insurance claims management professional can expect in 2014 and beyond, get equipped on the advancements in the claims management industry. Covering innovations and evolutions in the processes of claims management, technological developments, prosperous customer relations to ensure stability and success. The expert speaker panel that will be discussing the know how’s in the industry consist of representations from prestigious companies such as Mutual & Federal, Discovery Life Legal, Marsh Risk Consulting Africa, One Law, KPMG, AIG and ESNS Contact Centre Consulting, to name a few. To register now, with discountable group booking rates available, contact the project manager, Jason Joseph for details on 011 803 1553 or email Jason@tci-sa.co.za. For sponsorship and exhibition details, contact Linda Kruger who will assist in giving your organisation a boost in the competitive industry race. Author: Sian Wirth from Trade Conferences International. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.tci-sa.co.za/events/insurance-claims-management-conference-2014/ Twitter: www.twitter.co/tcisa Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Trade Conferences International. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Over R1,48-billion has been paid out to beneficiaries in the Eastern Cape since the National Lotteries Board (NLB) started distributing funds in 2002. In the 2013 financial year the province received R154 million in grants to a wide range of organisations, according to NLB spokesperson Sershan Naidoo. Speaking at a media briefing in the NLB’s new offices in East London, Naidoo said the province had received on average nearly 18% of the R2 billion a year the board has to distribute. This is the fourth-highest percentage after Gauteng, Western Cape and KwaZulu/Natal. Around 253 million Lotto tickets were bought in the Eastern Cape during 2013, according to NLB chief executive officer Charlotte Mampane. The province has had 34 Lotto millionaires since 2002. Sectors which qualify for funding include Arts, Culture and National Heritage, Sport and Recreation, Charities, and Miscellaneous. Some of the biggest beneficiaries in the Eastern Cape include the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown (R50 million since 2002), the Afrikaanse Christelike Vroue Vereniging (ACVV) in Port Elizabeth (6,7 million since 2002), The Port Elizabeth Opera House (R4,4 million), Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (R4,4 million), Mthatha Child and Family Welfare Society (R2,7 million), Nazareth House Port Elizabeth (R3,2 million), and the Knysna/Sedgefield Hospice (R3,2 million). “We are particularly proud to be associated with the launch of the first record label in the province,” said Mampane. ECAVC Records was launched in the Miriam Makeba Centre for the Performing Arts in East London, which was also financed by a National Lotteries Board grant. Numerous smaller organisations received grants ranging from R40 000, according to Naidoo. Mampane says the NLB sends teams into the field to ensure that the funds are being properly spent. She told the audience of over one thousand provincial beneficiaries and potential beneficiaries that the NLB had received “sad” reports of . . .
Our checklist of car rental do's and don'ts will ensure your car hire experience with First Car Rental is always a good one. What to do when hiring a car: Choose the right vehicle for your needs Are you heading off the beaten track or sticking to the city? Will you have lots of luggage and travel buddies or are you travelling alone? These are just some of the questions you should ask yourself when selecting the right car for your needs. Always read the car rental company’s terms & conditions before hiring a car Yes, we know they’re wordy, but when you agree to a car rental it is on these T&C’s that the car hire contract is based. Reading the small print will ensure you’ll always know where you stand when hiring a car. Remember – you can’t ever challenge a clause because you didn’t know it was there. Inspect your hire car before getting in the driving seat At First Car Rental we conduct a pre-hire car inspection with the customer before they set off on their journey. During these checks minor car faults such as a small scratch on the bodywork are noted in writing. But it’s always a wise move to take your own photos of the vehicle whilst the check is being conducted. Be scrupulous – take photos of the tyres, the windscreen, the bodywork and the interior. This will ensure that if any dispute is raised when you return the hire car you’ll have cold hard facts to fall back on. What not to do when hiring a car: Don’t wait until the last minute to book your car Booking as early as possible will mean you’ll have a much greater selection of vehicles to choose from. At First Car Rental we offer a wide range of options so finding the right car with us is easy – choose from budget-friendly, executive and passenger-carrying vehicles. Don’t fill up the hire car with fuel before returning it At First Car Rental we fill your vehicle right to the brim before you drive off in it. But we don’t require you to do the same when you return it. When a . . .