Addressing the current landscape of water and energy projects all over the subcontinent, African Utility Week and POWERGEN Africa, in collaboration with the Department of Energy, is proud to announce the confirmation of the South African Minister of Energy, Honourable Jeff Radebe, who will form part of the stellar line up at the opening Ministry address on 14 May at the CTICC in Cape Town. The minister also opened this flagship industry gathering last year. The new co-location of POWERGEN Africa at the 19th edition of the event from 14-16 May will add an expanded focus on generation, including renewables, off grid, fossil fuels and nuclear, while still concentrating on transmission, distribution, metering, new technologies including storage, mini grids, micro grids, IOT and ICT systems, as well as water. Along with multiple side events and numerous networking functions the event boasts a five track strategic conference with over 300 expert speakers. An extensive Knowledge Hub programme that is CPD accredited and free to attend, offers hands-on presentations taking place in defined spaces on the exhibition floor. These discuss practical, day-to-day technical topics, best practices and product solutions that businesses, large power users and utilities can implement in their daily operations. Other keynote speakers confirmed so far are: - Dr Mark Swilling, Programme Coordinator of the Sustainable Development Programme in the School of Public Leadership; the Academic Director of the Sustainability Institute; and the Co-Director of the Stellenbosch Centre for Complex Systems in Transition. - Prof Anton Eberhard, who the directs Managing Infrastructure Investment Reform Regulation In Africa (MIRA) at the Graduate School of Business at the University of Cape Town. He is also chairing a team appointed by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to advise on turning Eskom around and restructuring the power sector. Following the keynote session, conference . . .
Thobile Shange, Sales Executive, KZN, BON Hotels Thobile Shange has been appointed Sales Executive for BON Hotels based in KZN to oversee market growth, market penetration and development of the brand in the region. Armed with a Diploma in Travel & Tourism and an innate passion, dedication and enthusiasm for the hospitality industry, Thobile brings a commitment to her work that is engaging and inspiring. Having started her career as a travel agent, she states that moving into sales was a turning point in her life, as if a light went on! She believes that everyone should make the world their University, to make a serious commitment never to stop learning, and that success is measured by how much work and energy you put in, every day! Thobile’s ambition makes her an ideal candidate for the job and we are sure she is going to do remarkable things for BON Hotels. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Up until recently, Visa and Mastercard had a negative crypto stance, banning crypto purchases and then reclassifying the way Bitcoin and other cryptocurrency purchases are processed on their networks. As a result, a few international exchanges have since been accepting Credit and Debit card crypto purchases. AltCoinTrader, a first in South Africa to follow international trends, now also accepts card payments for crypto purchases. AltCoinTrader one of South Africa’s leading cryptocurrency exchanges - established in 2015, boasts having the most cryptocurrencies on their portfolio that can be bought with fiat directly, now also have the option using Debit or Credit card purchases. Currently AltCoinTrader has nineteen coins, with more additions to be included in 2019. Richard de Sousa, Partner at AltCoinTrader says, “As the cryptocurrency market evolves and matures it is imperative to accommodate customers in various ways, as more people are entering the market. Ease of use-and-convenience allows the customer a seamless purchasing experience.” Over the last few years, crypto exchanges that allow traders direct trading facilities such as Credit card usage have grown in popularity. The main reason why Credit card acceptability in exchanges is important is the fast and streamlined trading process. As the market also is grappling from the Visa/Mastercard ban, the issuance of direct Debit Crypto-cards by both processors are slowly again in roll-out phase in various continents. Visa and Mastercard have since expressed their openness to continue offering processing services to crypto-card issuers. The companies has been strict in dealing with rule-breakers, as demonstrated by the ban that left thousands of customers without cards when a direct card issuer like Wavecrest was blocked. Even so, companies are exploring new partnerships and issuers that do operate within the processors frameworks. Customers can now pay using their smartphones in a faster and more . . .
(Johannesburg, February 2019) Finding your feet in a new year can be both an exciting and daunting experience, not forgetting the overwhelming feeling of starting over. You may be rushing to buy the missing items from your toddler’s stationery list, starting a new job or excited about your last year of varsity. A new start is often a learning curve with many tears, spills and smears along the way, which is why Kleenex® is here to help you kick off the year with a little gentle comfort. The Kleenex® range is perfect for when those unexpected moments creep up at the worst possible times; the runny noses, make up smudges, paper cuts and those unnecessary juice spills. These are moments you may not need but Kleenex® provides you an everyday essential to carry on with your day. With the trusted quality that you expect from Kleenex®, the range is designed to fit into your everyday moments by bringing in a touch that transforms you. The Kleenex® Everyday 2 ply tissue is perfectly designed for that everyday sniff, sneeze and quick spills while the Kleenex® Original 3 ply tissue is luxurious and strong. Kleenex® Expressions 3 ply range see an array of bright and exciting colours and patterns designed to fit in anywhere in your home. The Original and Expressions 3 ply range is also designed with a touch of cotton for extra softness. The range comes with pocket tissues that fit perfectly in your handbag, your child’s shirt pocket or even laptop bag. So while you are going about your day whenever you spot a sniffle, a tear or a little mishap don’t panic, go about your day knowing that Kleenex® has you covered. The Kleenex® range can be found in all major retailers nationwide RSP from R23.99 For more information on the Kleenex® range, competition or daily tips follow us on Facebook at Kleenex® South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
NEW APPOINTMENT: Shaun Boyd, Sales Executive, STO Market, BON Hotels Shaun Boyd has been appointed Sales Executive for the STO market at BON Hotels – to oversee market growth and brand development in the sector. From his first position as a receptionist, Shaun’s go-getter attitude ensured a rapid trajectory through the ranks - his vast experience and successes in the hospitality space bear testament to that. He is confident yet respectful in his approach to clients, ever aware of the potential value they can bring to the business. Shaun is a team player, extremely self-motivated and ever up for a challenge – coupled with his personable nature and innovative approach to sales and the many #good relationships he has built in the industry, this makes him an excellent candidate for the position. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Discover complimentary mystery tastes at Catharina’s Restaurant. Discover unexpected tastes and let Steenberg Executive Chef, Kerry Kilpin, take you on a mystery tour of exotic flavours and ingredients to excite your palate at Catharina’s Restaurant. Known for her love of adding a touch of Asian flair to her food, Chef Kerry has stepped up her sense of adventure a notch or two by delighting Catharina’s lunch and dinner guests with complimentary mystery tastes. Expect bursts of citrus flavours from the orient such as kalamansi or yuzu; or experience how Chef Kerry spices things up with unusual Middle Eastern and North African elements such as sumac, ras el hanout and zataar. Other unfamiliar tastes waiting to be discovered on a visit to Catharina’s include samphire, a succulent marine vegetable; the berry-like superfood, sea buckthorn; or the indigenous South African num num, also known as the Natal plum. These enticing surprises in the form of a complimentary cocktail on arrival, an amuse bouche or truffle will change weekly until the end of April. Catharina’s also offers an array of fabulous cocktails to be enjoyed at the bar, on the tranquil terrace, or at your table. Serving two cocktails for the price of one between 16h00 and 18h00, it’s the perfect spot for after work cocktail hour. Think trendy Aperol spritz, strawberry or pineapple daiquiri, bubbly cocktails, or the signature Catharina’s side car with an elderflower twirl to name a few. The daiquiri and side car are also available as virgin cocktails. As Steenberg executive chef, Kerry is at the helm of the two signature eateries on this landmark Constantia farm, appealing to all tastes from contemporary dining at Catharina’s Restaurant to bistro-style fare and tapas at the popular Bistro Sixteen82. Since taking over the reins at Catharina’s in December last year, Chef Kerry has added her personal touch to a host of new summer dishes on the à la carte menu. She describes her food as “contemporary . . .
The Love Hormone & The D.O. Effect Oxytocin. Now there’s a thing. A powerful human hormone that caps as a neurotransmitter in the brain. It’s arguably the most popular of hormones in the neighbourhood, because it triples up as the bonding hormone, the trust hormone and the security hormone that keeps your relationship pretty much on the V.I.P list. The question is: does your business do the same? Digital Oxytocin, or fondly dubbed as The D.O Effect, is an instant user experience that benchmarks the initial bonding stage between consumer and brand. Just like the “love hormone” of the brain, Digital Oxytocin is the chemistry responsible for attracting your audience, exciting your audience and making your audience stick around for more. When it comes to designing websites, an ‘exceptional digital experience’ should be Number 1 on your strategy list. Getting your D.O levels correct in business, has everything to do with amplifying the user journey online, and focussing on human behaviour as the brand goal towards delivering a compelling brand-consumer relationship. The D.O Effect is a guaranteed game changer, and can be divided into 5 superior impact touch points that will help you land the ‘love’, first time round. # 1: Know What They Want: Intuitive design is real my friends. Knowing what your audience wants before they do is not a skill, it’s a design strategy - and it could save your bottom line. Intuitive design is quite simply, a matter of meeting your online customer’s needs seamlessly, without an interrupted experience. The idea of answering all your customer’s questions before they ask, is D.O gold. Ask yourself: what is the task and can my customer complete it effectively? # 2: Don’t Make Them Work for It: If you’re running a ‘bookings’ business, for example, and your objective is to sell as many tickets online in a short space of time, make it easy. Simple = Satisfaction. You’ll want to tell your user what to buy, what it looks like, why . . .
The Film and Publication Board (FPB) believes South Africa’s Wireless Application Service Providers’ Association (WASPA) is a key partner in the country’s fight to protect citizens from the scourge of harmful content online. This emerged from a recent workshop collaboration between the FPB and WASPA aimed primarily at improving the skills of the WASPA personnel at the sharp edge of the fight against child pornography and other illegal content that cannot be marketed via mobile telephones. FPB attendees included representatives of the classification board’s Child Protection Unit, amongst others, while WASPA’s media content testers were accompanied by the Association’s General Manager and compliance staff. WASPA’s compliance department is mandated to monitor the local WASP industry in an independent, objective and transparent manner. Any conduct by members that is not in compliance with the WASPA Code of Conduct is documented, reported and escalated for immediate remedial action. This ensures that consumers are protected at all times and that mobile content and services in South Africa are provided in line with the required provisions of the WASPA industry Code. “Our training workshop with WASPA was the latest in a series of ongoing collaborations between the FPB and industry in the fight against harmful and illegal content that has the potential to damage the social fabric of this country,” said FPB spokesperson, Mrs Lynette Kamineth. According to WASPA General Manager, Ilonka Badenhorst: “It’s a badge of honour for WASPA to be so highly regarded by a government organisation with such a vital mandate. The FPB does a sterling job, with few resources, when it comes to protecting society’s most vulnerable members from harmful content.” The workshop featured presentations on the case law around restricted content versus adult content, the challenges around content takedown and ensuring compliance, child developmental stages and the classification of . . .
EKASI TECH FEST LAUNCHES R 10 000 ESPORTS TOURNAMENT 28 - 29 June 2019, Soweto Theatre, Soweto The biggest township tech & gaming expo announced today the first prize esports tournament in Soweto. The event, which kicks off on 28 June at Soweto Theatre, will feature a R10,000 prize pool. The inaugural tournament will feature popular esports titles on the agenda such as FIFA, Tekken, CS: GO, amongst others, as well as giveaways, arcade corner and exhibitions. “We are thrilled to launch our official Esports tournament with great partners such as EKasi Esports and AOC South Africa,” said Mpho Tladi, i-Village (COO) and member of the EKasi Tech Fest Organizing committee “The Esports community is incredibly unique. With this tournament, we hope to create an experience unlike any other.” “in keeping with our mission, we have designed this event to be accessible to everyone and creating a tournament structure that is more inclusive.” Said Gabriel Ramokotjo, CEO & Co-Founder EKasi Esports, “for many people this will be a first and being able to educate more people on the scale of the Esports industry is fantastic” “We are really excited to be a main sponsor at the Ekasi Tech Fest Esports Tournament this year. Our vision is to grow and educate the gaming community in South Africa. Working with Ekasi ESport really allows us to open the doors to many who are interested in entering the gaming arena.” Said Chris Barnes, AOC Country Manager, South Africa” The Ekasi Tech Fest Esports Tournament Registration details will open on the 4th of March 2019, through the event website. About Ekasi Tech Fest & Gaming Expo The e-Kasi Tech Fest is an initiative by the Innovation Village Foundation NPC, based in Soweto. Developed in response to the need for the establishment of a platform that will serve to harness the power of diverse thinking, talent and skills and to identify, develop and connect those inventors doing that of which no other has thought . . .
A breakfast event held jointly by the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), Women’s Property Network (WPN) and the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) sponsored by Beier Group and the Durban ICC, took place at Durban’s ICC on 13 February 2019. The first-of-its-kind event was held to unite these three associations and government towards addressing transformation, land reform and other issues affecting the property industry. The three renowned property organisations collaboratively hosted the event with the main theme, “Transformation in the Property Sector Transformation – Unite KZN” aimed to accelerate transformation within the property sector and engage on the topical land reform matters. Key note speakers shared insights on land expropriation, bulk infrastructure, catalytic projects and other challenges facing the industry on a national level. Bernadette Khumalo, regional chairperson of SAPOA in KZN and CEO of Rokwil Civils said, “We wanted to break down the stereotypes and show a united front in KZN. Each association faces and deals with the same challenges and working together on common issues is better than each trying its own approach.” Queen Mjwara, KZN chairperson for WPN said, “Considering the property sector charter and its codes, we are making slow progress towards the benchmark. This breakfast was a reminder for our three organisations to prioritise and drive transformation in the property industry.” National keynote speakers were Portfolio Committee Acting Chair and ANC Whip, PJ Mnguni from Land Reform and Rural Development, and eThekwini Municipality Deputy City Manager of Economic Development, Phillip Sithole. Key topics for the Deputy City Manager included urban renewal, improving bad building practices, redressing the social housing backlog and public space management to attract investors and tourists. Sithole also mentioned that the City is committed to working with the private sector and has . . .