JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 March 2018 In the era of communication and collaboration, noise reaches everywhere, including your bottom line. In today’s open offices, noise is the biggest distraction to getting work done. Modern work spaces promote collaboration but in increasingly crowded spaces, the sounds created by hard surfaces and fewer walls can make it hard to focus. Plantronics brings immersive headsets along with an intelligent multi-sensory experience that uses natural sounds and complementary visuals to dynamically adapt to distracting speech and ever-changing noise to keep an office in tune. Hero Solutions: Voyager 6200 UC, Voyager Focus UC, Blackwire 5200, Savi 700 For on-the-go workers, which we’re seeing more and more of, even in South Africa, noise in mobile environments makes it difficult for them, and their teammates back in the office, to hear, be heard and connect to what matters most. For this type of work style, Plantronics has products that easily connect to multiple devices and cancel out noise on both sides of the conversation. Hero Solutions: Voyager 8200 UC, Voyager 5200 UC, Voyager 6200 UC In contact centers, noise is a huge problem. With so many conversations happening at once, focus can sometimes falter, employee comfort can drop, and the security of sensitive customer information could potentially be compromised. Plantronics has purpose-built headsets designed for the Contact Center, but with hundreds – even thousands of headsets to manage, dealing with individual needs can be labor-intensive. Through SaaS, Plantronics delivers insights, simplifies headset adoption and lets IT respond to needs without interruption to the CX, all from one place. Hero Solutions: Encore Pro 500/700, Manager Pro Wherever work happens, noise stands in the way. With Plantronics’ portfolio of collaboration solutions, it doesn’t have to. For more information or sales questions, contact one of our authorized local South African . . .
Where: Vergenoegd Löw Wine Estate When: 8 April 2018, 11h00-18h00 Tickets: R150 per person. Children under 10 enter free of charge. Bookings: https://www.webtickets.co.za/event.aspx?itemid=1474020691 Set aside the 8th of April 2018 to enjoy time with friends and family at this wonderful concert, beginning at 11h00 with opening performances by Gemma Grifiths, Grace Delahunt & Timothy Demonk kicking off at 12h00 and the headline band (GoodLuck) on stage at 16h00. The concerts will end at 18h00. Break away from the hustle of the city and spend the day with friends and family enjoying delicious wine, bubbly and food – and of course great music – all set on the idyllic green lawns of one of Stellenbosch’s oldest wine estates! A festive food market will be set up on the estate’s lawns with a variety of food options, perfectly complemented by the wines, to tantalize the taste buds. Live music by Goodluck is sure to add to the jubilant atmosphere. The dedicated children’s village will be sure to keep the little ones entertained, giving parents time to relax and enjoy the celebration. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
HEAD Bikes, who entered the South African market late last year, are further strengthening their ties with the country by using Stellenbosch as a training base for their professional outfits. Members of the HEAD Pro and Ciclo teams from Europe are currently in the Western Cape town taking advantage of the South African summer to prepare for a number of upcoming events. Among these will be the cross-country leg of the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup, which will be held on the outskirts of Stellenbosch on March 9 and 10. European marketing manager Adam Glosowic said having the riders train in South Africa made perfect sense. "Right now in the Czech Republic, Germany and Switzerland, where our riders come from, the winters are very cold so they are all looking for some warm place to do their training in the off-season," he said. "There are many trails and training opportunities near Stellenbosch, so what could be better for our winter training programme?" He added that another advantage was the time zone, which was similar to that in Europe. Making up the HEAD Pro team this year are Barbora Prudkova, Joel Roth, Nick Baumann and Eric Lüthi, the last three of whom are currently training in Stellenbosch. "They are all in Stellenbosch now for a two-week training camp," he said. "Eric and Nick will then go back to Europe, but Joel will continue his training for the World Cup race. "Barbora will come out in the last week of February and join the training camp at the beginning of March." Roth won the European cross-country team event with Switzerland last year and was runner-up in the same discipline at the U19 UCI Mountain Bike World Championships in Australia, where Prudkova took fourth place in the U23 race. The second outfit, HEAD Ciclo XC Team, will also compete in next month's World Cup event. They will be represented by Cherie Redecker, Nina Benz and Silas Graf. HEAD Bikes SA were set up last year to distribute the brand in the country . . .
Domestic Flights South Africa is preparing for a busy 2018. With South Africa being a top tourist destination in Africa and expecting many tourists next near, they are constantly expanding their offerings and have a wide variety of different services available. With the goal to provide the easiest and most cost effective way to find and book the best travel deals at the cheapest prices. Domestic Flights South Africa offers flights, car rental, bus bookings, and accommodation across South Africa. Covering all the main metros including: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth When you search for flights with Domestic Flights South Africa, you’ll get results from all the major and low-cost carriers (such as Mango, SAA, British Airways, FlySaFair and Kulula) displayed in one place so that you can compare ticket prices allowing you to book the cheapest price.. You can refine also your results by playing around with various settings such as ‘departure time’ or ‘preferred number of stops’. Once you have decided on the best flight ticket for you, book and pay online in one seamless transaction. This applies to the Car Rental and Hotel booking facilities as well. Currently, Domestic Flights South Africa offers Cheap flights listing from some of the top flight providers and airlines in the world. Some of the notable international airlines include: Arik Air Cathay Pacific Airlines Delta Airlines Ethiopian Airlines Emirates Airlines Etihad Airways Kenya Airways Qantas Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Turkish Airlines Virgin Atlantic British Airways Fly Blue Crane Also including some of South Africa top domestic carriers and airlines including; FlySafair Kulula Airlines Mango Airlines SA Airlink SA Express South African Airways Not only have they got an up to date flight section with the top airlines, but they also list a wide range of car rental services from South African car rental . . .
Cape Town, December, 7, 2017: Addiction and other self-destructive behaviours have a devastating effect on both the addict and their loved ones. Making the choice to book into a rehab facility and getting the necessary support and psychological help is paramount to long-term recovery and relapse prevention. But the treatment program chosen is just as important. Treatment for substance abuse and process-addictions is a complex matter that goes far beyond simply the abuse of drugs, alcohol, gambling and other vices. Treatment plans need to cater to the individual. There are countless rehab options available, so it is understandable to feel overwhelmed. Increasing there is a large group of professionals who support alternative recovery options to 12-Steps. When faced with the choice to opt for an alternative non-traditional program or traditional 12-Step program, what are the major benefits of opting for the newer, alternative treatment? The 12-Step Program and the Minnesota Model The 12-Step program was used in conjunction with the Minnesota Model which advocates complete abstinence from all mind-altering substances. 12-Step programs function more as peer support groups and self-help organisations. However, in a primary care facility, there are also a number of counsellors and other medical staff on hand to assist with detox and provide individualised care. Most rehabs and recovery centres use this model and for many people suffering from addiction the program has helped them enjoy a happy, productive, sober life. However, this program has had varying degrees of success, which has led to a number of patients seeking alternative treatments. One of the keystones vested in the 12-Step program postulates that alcoholism and addiction are a disease. 12-Step’s sees the dependence on drugs or alcohol as the ‘primary problem’. Non 12-Step programs sees recovery in a different light. Dependence certainly plays a major role in treating addiction but . . .
One of the highlights on the SA wine calendar, the Stellenbosch Wine Festival presented by Pick n Pay is back, and promises to be as memorable as ever. The popular event will once again be hosted at the picturesque Coetzenburg Sports Grounds from Friday, 23 to Sunday, 25 February 2018. The three-day event offers the crème de la crème of the Stellenbosch Wine Routes. Presented in a modern , family-friendly, relaxed and entertaining format, the Festival has become well-known by wine-lovers far and wide for showcasing some of the finest wines the country has to offer. This year the Festival will offer two exceptionalconsumer experiences, including a General Wine Tasting Experience and a Premium Wine Tasting Experience. The General Wine Tasting Experience offers you the opportunity to taste and purchase from a selection of the best wines from 60 wine farms. Your ticket includes a branded wine glass for tastings and a cashless card with 20 free pre-loaded tastings . The Premium Wine Tasting Experience will include award winning Wine of Origin Stellenbosch wines, seven cultivar-themed tables and a chance to meet the winemakers, a branded wine glass for tasting, cashless card with 30 free pre-loaded tastings and a complimentary Charcuterie platter per person. All attendees will have access to shaded seating areas and the Gourmet Food Lane, with live entertainment. Those with little ones will be able to drop off their kids at the Momentum Health Kiddies Area (a free check-in service where the little ones (ages 2 – 12years) will be looked after and entertained for the day). Festival goers can shop to their heart’s content as Aramex again offers a complimentary wine delivery service for all wine purchased at the Festival - free to any address in South Africa. In keeping with contemporary trends the festivalemploys a cashless system that will allow visitors to enjoy the festival with a safe and manageable event currency solution. Every stand you purchase from, . . .
With some solid preparation under their belts, Stellenbosch University are geared up to defend their title when the Varsity MTB Challenge takes place in the Western Cape on Saturday and Sunday. Starting from the Nederburg wine farm in Paarl, the two-day mountain bike event, sponsored by First National Bank, will attract a wide variety of cyclists, being open as well to alumni and members of the public. The focus will however be on the student challenge in which men's and women's teams of three each will compete for the honour of being crowned South Africa's varsity mountain bike champions. One of the star riders on the Maties team, Tristan de Lange, said they would not be resting on their laurels. "To be honest, I don't quite know at this stage who we will be up against, but we know that the competition will be strong and we are really amped for the challenge," said the BComm student. "We definitely want to defend the title as it's been on our calendar since last year and it's been a long-term goal for the team." De Lange, who comes from Windhoek in Namibia, is in his second year at Stellenbosch and is expected to play an important role in the fortunes of the team. "I don't want to say I'm the leading rider because we have a solid team all round," said the 20-year-old. "We are naturally confident we can do well again. "In the weeks running up to the race, we have put in the best quality training that we could, bearing in mind our academic commitments." De Lange said one of their focus areas was on training as many consecutive days as possible to get their bodies adjusted to the demands of a multi-day race. With the bulk of the work done, he said they would do some minor preparation in the lead-up to keep their muscles active while trying to stay fresh and focused. During the race, he said they would work together to make sure they achieved their goals. "We'll try to find a pace we are all comfortable with and make sure everyone . . .
As we approach the final event of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel, it looks like a very close finish in many of the age divisions. Surfers have been battling it out over the last three contests, and it’ll be a big push into the final event this weekend. From the super competitive U12 Boys division, all the way through to the Pro Junior divisions, there is much at stake and the competition will be fierce. In the U12 Boys, Kyra Bennie is comfortably leading the rankings from C-Jay Posthumus, with Sergio Nogueira in third place. Kyra has three wins to his name already, hoping to get a fourth in Seal Point. The U14 Boys sees Daniel Emslie in first spot on the rankings, with Mitch Du Preez and Nate Spalding duking it out for second spot, with only twenty points separating second from third spot going into the final competition. Ceara Knight leads the U14 Girl division, with Caroline Brown a close second place, and Zoe Steyn in third. There are very few points separating the top three spots in the U16 Boys, with Dellin Hendricks just five points ahead of Eli Buekes. Luke Slijpen is just behind in third place, but the final event could very easily see a change in the rankings. Kayla Nogueria, who already has three wins under the belt and goes into the event as a firm favourite, leads the U16 Girls. Tayla de Coning is currently in second place, ahead of S’nenhlanhla Makhubu U18 Pro Junior Men is a tussle between the Elkington brothers Jake and Max, with Jake leading the division going into the final event. He has a comfortable lead over Max, and Ethan Fletcher is in third. Sophie Bell leads the U18 Pro Junior Women’s division from Kayla Nogueira and Kirsty McGillivray. The winner of the Pro Junior Men as well as the Pro Junior Women will each receive a ticket to Bali courtesy of presenting sponsor All Aboard Travel. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Tight . . .
Billabong Junior Series Final Event presented by All Aboard Travel Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The final event of the Billabong Junior Series 2017 presented by All Aboard Travel will take place at Seal Point, Cape St Francis on the weekend Friday 29 Sept – Sunday 1 October. This year is the 20th year of this highly successful and nurturing Junior Series and the contest at Seal Point will actually clock in as the 59th individual event since the series started in 1997. This series – the longest running junior series in the world – has seen the likes of Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag emerge as Championship Tour surfers, and the latest graduate looks to be Mikey February from Cape Town. He is currently ranked fifth on the World Surf League’s World Qualifying Series rankings. This contest at Seal Point will be the fourth and final competition of the year, and the series champs will be crowned after the event has completed. Divisions that will be competing are: U12 Boys, U14 Boys and U14Girls, U16 Boys and U16Girls, U18 Jnr Men’s and U18 Jnr Women’s. All Aboard Travel presents the contest, and supporting sponsors are BOS, VonZipper and Zigzag Magazine. The Billabong Junior Series is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, as well as the World Surf League. The exciting four part series commenced in Port Elizabeth, headed down to Cape Town as part of the BOS Cape Crown, moved on to event three that took place as part of the Ballito Pro, and will culminate in Seal Point with the fourth and final competition. There will also be the regular VZ Airshow, with R2k first prize, and the winner of the U18 Pro Junior Men as well as the winner of the U18 Pro Junior Women will be going to Bali courtesy of All Aboard Travel. The following week, 4 – 8 October, will see the Billabong SA Junior Championships take place at Lower Point in JBay. Last year Nelson Mandela Bay clinched the coveted Freedom Cup, and will be keen to reclaim the title at this year’s . . .
Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days. Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax. “We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.” Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017. Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.” Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is . . .