Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced it has extended the management and reporting aspects of its cloud software solution, Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11, to include Plantronics unified communications (UC) headsets connected to mobile devices running iOS and Android. This extended reach is enabled through the Plantronics Hub mobile application. By deploying Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 and Plantronics Hub, IT managers can now see, manage and gather valuable insights from the entire line of Plantronics enterprise communications devices that are on the desktop and attach to tablets and mobile phones. “More than 53% of organizations have interest in ear-to-ear diagnostics that would enable IT leaders to manage voice performance from the user perspective, and more than 35% of companies are increasing deployment of mobile UC clients,” said Irwin Lazar, vice president and research director at Nemertes Research. “These realities make it more important than ever to ensure IT and line-of-business managers are equipped with solutions that can help them obtain analytics and actionable insights from across their company’s entire communications ecosystem." Plantronics Manager Pro is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) designed to manage Plantronics communications devices. With its easy-to-use tools, IT professionals and their managed-services partners are able to proactively manage the performance of every supported Plantronics headset across the enterprise, ensuring best user experience by accessing actionable insights. Plantronics Manager Pro is available through authorized resellers in most countries around the world. New offerings in Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 include: -The ability to see, manage and gain actionable insights from the complete line of supported Plantronics business communications devices, including all Plantronics UC headsets attached to Mac OS and Windows desktops as well Android and iOS mobile . . .
Grande Provence rolls out the red carpet on Mother’s Day, Sunday, 13 May 2018 Let Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate treat your mom like a queen with a masterly crafted meal, gorgeous wines, or for the ultimate spoil, a luxurious weekend getaway in Franschhoek on Mother’s Day, Sunday, 13 May, In honour of his own mom, Executive Chef Guy Bennett has created a delicious three course lunch and dinner menu at R400 per person that includes a glass of bubbly and a special gift for mom. All moms visiting Grande Provence on Mother’s Day will be treated to a complimentary Angels Tears Le Chocolat Pinotage and chocolate pairing. Moms will love the bubbly and oyster tasting at R130 per person or the heavenly Angels Tears and nougat tasting. If your mom feels a little peckish during the wine tasting, an artisanal platter of bread, cheese, preserves, charcuterie, olives, nuts and seasonal fruit at R320 is perfect for sharing. Create memorable moments and wrap your mom in country-style luxury, by taking advantage of the special Mother’s Day weekend rates at the elegant Grande Provence Owner’s Cottage. The rate per room ranges from R3 300 – R6 000 per night including breakfast, lunch and a wine tasting. For more information, visit www.grandeprovence.co.za. Bookings can be made by calling Tel: 021 876 8600 or e-mail email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
How to make money from writing songs - Masterclass with David Alexander CEO of Sheer Publishing Africa Areas that will be focused on include: • So you wrote a song and it’s now on the radio – how do you get paid? • How do you get the song onto a TV programme or a film or even better – a commercial? • How much does that pay? • How long does it take for the money to arrive in your account? What happens if it lands up on the Internet? • Who is supposed to look after all of these things for you as a writer? Come and hear David Alexander explain the workings of the music publishing business and how you need to protect yourself in a world where the digitisation of everything is leading to a reduction in earnings for songwriters all over the world. David will be available to answer any questions you may have about the music publishing business – including how you could get your song onto the next Black Panther Date: Saturday, 7 April 2018 Venue: Paul Bothner Music Claremont Time: 10:30am to 12:30am Cost: R50.00 for tickets purchased online or R70.00 at the door Enquiries: 021 674 4030 - Paul Bothner Music Claremont CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Retirement - spend your time doing the things you love but have never had the time to do before. Retirement signals the beginning of a new lifestyle - a new adventure, but before you throw caution to the wind there are some important factors to consider, like whether you are financially ready to pursue the life that you envision for yourself, are you adequately insured, do you want to downsize or in fact move at all, is health an issue or are you just planning to spend more time in your garden? Whether you're retiring tomorrow or in 10 years, it's time to get on the right track for a happy retirement. If you’re close to retiring or even thinking about it, take some time out to ponder how your days will look once your working life is over. A place to call home Throughout your entire life, where you live has a big impact on your lifestyle, and this is especially true of your retirement years. Many retirees choose to downsize their homes to save on costs, or a popular option these days is to move to a retirement village – the important thing is to find a good fit. Craig Scott, CEO of Langebaan Country Estate and developer of The Village at Langebaan Country Estate, says that there are many lifestyle benefits for over 55s who opt to move into retirement villages as the homes and facilities have been designed with retirees in mind and are located within thriving communities of like-minded people. Rands and sense Successful financial planning for retirement can be tricky, as it’s hard to know how much you’ll need to enjoy the lifestyle you want. It’s a good idea to speak to a financial advisor early on, as they can guide you and help put together a plan of action. Scott adds, “More and more over 55s are choosing to downsize and live in a retirement community, as this leaves less money tied up in the home, and more available to enjoy life now.” He cautions that one should be sure to check contracts carefully, to ask questions and be . . .
THE Cape West Coast with its bracing ocean, windswept beaches, endless views and dramatic sunsets is the perfect destination, summer or winter. In the colder months there are few things more alluring than huddling up next to a fire and feasting on sumptuous food. Abalone House, a five-star boutique hotel in the picture-perfect fisherman’s village of Paternoster, one and a half hours’ drive from Cape Town, is the ideal place to recharge this winter. Boasting a fantastic winter spa special in conjunction with the Healing Earth Spa on the premises, visitors will be pampered from start to finish: accommodation, meals and a spa voucher to the value of R500, are included. Upon entering the Healing Earth spa, visitors are immediately transported to a serene space… whitewashed floors and wooden loungers echo the seaside setting, while Nguni hides and boldly patterned scatter cushions add an eclectic African touch. Treatment rooms are calm, quiet and wonderfully cosy. After such a blissful treat, the options are vast: relax in your luxurious suite, enjoy a gentle stroll on the beach, or simply relax by the fire or on the roof deck on a clear day. Pre-book the heated Jacuzzi to enjoy sunsets or choose a movie from the DVD-library for a night in. Other in-room features include a coffee-machine, complimentary sherry, underfloor heating, iPod docking station and a romantic turn down every night. There are three wonderful packages for guests to choose from at Abalone House this winter, valid from 1 May 2018 – 31 August 2018. This wonderful experience includes canapés and a glass of sparkling wine upon arrival, two nights’ accommodation in a Standard Superior Room at the 5-star Abalone House boutique hotel, a spa voucher to the value of R500 per person at the Healing Earth spa, a daily breakfast, and a 3-course dinner at the highly-acclaimed Reuben’s. Guests pay only R5,995.00 for the 2-night stay for 2 adults sharing. Should guests wish for a bit more luxury and . . .
South Africa, Cape Town, February 2018; FIRST DIAMONDS, Cape Town’s leading diamond merchant and bespoke jewellery studio, is thrilled to announce the introduction of the exclusive Lily Collection to its portfolio of exquisite diamond and Tanzanite jewellery creations. From the gentle rounded edges of the Lily Cut® to the clean edges of the Orchidea Cut®, the Lily Collection is inspired by the delicate perfection and intricate precision of the botanical world. With world-class cuts, flawless stones and inspired settings, this remarkable new range has immediately raised the bar for luxury diamond jewellery design in Africa. “These are all exclusive patented cuts, and we are the only diamond studio in South Africa to offer these unique diamond creations,” says Heidi Wahl, Brand and Marketing Manager for First Diamonds. Before the master diamond cutters and goldsmiths get to work, the process of creating each exceptional piece in the Lily Collection begins with sourcing superior quality diamonds, with only the very finest stones meeting the exacting standards of flawless clarity and colour. “All diamonds are rare, but these stones are truly on another level. The quality of the diamonds is simply superb,” adds Wahl, adding that the painstaking process of cutting, polishing and setting means “extremely limited numbers of each piece in the Collection are produced.” With fewer than a dozen unique designs in the Lily Collection, meticulous attention to detail has gone into crafting each and every necklace, ring or pair of elegant earrings. Most designs in the Collection are centred on a signature stone supported by a galaxy of smaller gems. While these large diamonds dazzle with their faultless clarity and eye-catching cut, the smaller gems are no less impressive thanks to the inspired designs. A key element of the Lily Collection designs is the interplay between gold and stone. The range of pieces in the Collection have been crafted to include a . . .
New Italian Experience 6-course menu at 95 at Parks 95 at Parks in Constantia have made a few tweaks to their 6-course Italian Experience with some delicious new dishes on offer at the same exceptional value. Some of the new gems you won’t find on the regular 95 at Parks à la carte menu include Carpaccio di Polpo - delicate slivers of poached octopus drizzled in a parsley infused vinaigrette, and a beautifully textured semolina gnocchi with blue cheese. Meat lovers won’t want to miss La Bistecca Carne, grilled spider steak with béarnaise sauce and thinly cut fries. Expertly cut from the hip of a cow, it’s the most tender and flavourful steak of all. The spider steak is usually only served at Carne on Kloof, Chef-Proprietor Giorgio Nava’s acclaimed meat restaurant in Cape Town’s viby Kloof Street precinct. The 95 at Parks Italian Experience offers excellent value at just R330 per person for two starters, two pastas, a main and a dessert and is available daily for lunch and dinner. Now there is no excuse for not embracing the Italian way of life when it comes to food from antipasti, primi piatti, secondi right through to dolci. This generous Italian Experience changes monthly with options between fish and meat dishes amongst the starters and mains. If you are looking for real Italian food made from the best quality produce for an intimate dinner or light lunch with friends, 95 at Parks has it all. It is one of the few Constantia eateries open on a Monday. Known for his uncompromising quality and Milanese flair, Chef Giorgio has been wowing Capetonians with his authentic north Italian fare for the past 15 years. 95 at Parks is situated at 114 Constantia Main Road and is open for lunch and dinner from Monday to Saturday with secure parking on the premises. For bookings call Tel: 021-7610247 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Calling all kids - carers of our planet! On 23 March the West Coast National Park launched their recycle programme – The Swap Shop, which aims to create environmental awareness by instilling the 3 Rs – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle – amongst the children in the Langebaan community. The Swap Shop is a local project where the West Coast National Park is encouraging the children of the Langebaan community to get involved and do their bit for the environment. They ask all kids to gather all recyclable materials and bring them to The Swap Shop in exchange for tokens. Once enough tokens are collected, they can swap them out for an item of their choice in The Swap Shop. Calling all kids- carers of our planet! The Swap Shop Langebaan Country Estate (LCE) has partnered with SANparks in aid of The Swop Shop and have donated a container, racks, stationery and a signature board to the value of over R50 000. Craig Scott, CEO of Langebaan Country Estate, says that “Langebaan Country Estate is delighted to be part of The Swop Shop project and looks forward to working with SANparks. It is important to create awareness about the impact of pollution in our town, parks and seas and keep them clean for future generations. I also feel his project has great synergy with the project we launched 6 months ago where LCE employs 2 staff members to clean up the roads and public spaces within Sea View Park.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Top Franschhoek chefs team up for StreetSmart fundraiser - Foliage Restaurant, Franschhoek, Monday, 7 May 2018 Three top Franschhoek chefs are putting on their super hero aprons in aid of the region’s most vulnerable children at a fabulous StreetSmart luncheon on Monday, 7 May 2018. Chefs Chris Erasmus, Darren Badenhorst and Neil Jewel are joining forces for this not-to-be-missed 3-course fund-raiser at Foliage Restaurant. StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the social integration and upliftment of street children, will utilise the proceeds in support of affiliated NGO’s working with children in Franschhoek. Chef-proprietor of Foliage, Chris Erasmus enjoys wide acclaim for his unique cooking style from home-grown vegetables and foraged wild ingredients. Darren Badenhorst, chef de cuisine and owner of Le Coin Français, creates “art on a plate” that leads guests through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations inspired by nostalgic food memories. Head chef at Bread & Wine on Môreson Farm for the past 18 years, Neil Jewel is famous for his masterly crafted charcuterie and delicious, uncomplicated food. Tickets for the StreetSmart luncheon are available at R595 per person online at www.foliage.co.za, or contact Lee-Ann at the restaurant on Tel: 021 876 2328 or email: email@example.com. The price includes wine pairings, but excludes other beverages and a service charge. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The social upliftment of the communities living around the Engen Klawer 1Stop is close to the heart of owner Don Theart. Engen Klawer 1Stop is located on the N7 approximately 25km south of Vanrhynsdorp in the northern reaches of the Western Cape. Believing it is crucial to give back to the community in which he operates, Theart has chosen to focus his efforts on education. “When we heard that Smurfie pre-primary and the two primary schools in our area, Nieuwoudt and Klawer were short on basic supplies, we collected and handed over large packs of printing paper, colouring in books, play activities and other goodies from our Quickshop and toys from the Wimpy,” says Theart. This is also not the first time Engen Klawer 1Stop have assisted the local community. In 2017, Theart and his team sponsored a number of ad hoc school sports such as rugby, netball, athletics and karate with both fuel donations and financial contributions for sports gear. Another issue close to Theart’s heart is water conservation and the drive for drought relief. “Engen Klawer and our customers are strong supporters of Burre Burger’s drought aid project which is wholly funded by the public and businesses to provide assistance to drought stricken areas. We have a large donations box on our forecourt where our customers can help support this drive,” says Theart. Theart recently met with the principals from both Nieuwoudt and Klawer primary schools to find out what their pressing needs were. “We have got some exciting plans in the works for later this year which we hope will go a long way in uplifting the community of Klawer,” adds Theart. Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay says the company views its responsibility to society as being as important as its responsibility towards its shareholders and employees. “As Engen, we are conscious of our need to build and maintain a credible profile as a responsible corporate citizen. We are therefore . . .