Johannesburg, South Africa, 29 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of two new series of high-performance electrolytic capacitors manufactured by Panasonic. Offering excellent characteristics for a wide variety of applications, the V-TC and V-TCU series of aluminium electrolytic capacitors are specialised miniaturised components offering ripple current and high capacitance. The V-TC and V-TCU series are based on the proven V-TP series from Panasonic, but benefit from 1.2 to 1.5 times higher ripple current capabilities at +125°C. In addition, the V-TCU parts also offer 1.2 to 2.2 times larger capacitance values, ranging from 220 up to 680µF, while also downsizing by one aluminium-can size, for example from G to F size or from F to D8. The surface-mount capacitors feature a footprint ranging from 6.3 x 7.7mm up to 10 x 10.2mm, and typical lifetimes of 2000 hours for smaller can sizes and 3000 hours for larger devices. The HL series electric double layer capacitors (EDLC) are radial components that come in a variety of capacitances ranging from 2.5F to 100F. The components are ideal for applications that require large discharge currents including backup power supplies for servers and storage devices, auxiliary power supplies for solar-powered products such as street lighting, and driver-assist applications for actuators in a variety of markets. The HL series capacitors offer low resistance combined with guaranteed long life over a wide temperature range from –40°C to +65°C. They are wound radial-lead devices, which can achieve far greater capacitance compared to aluminium electrolytic capacitors – by a factor of up to 1000 times more. They also deliver superior charge/discharge performance compared with secondary batteries, offering rapid charge and discharge over more than 500,000 cycles, as well as offering exceptional ageing characteristics . . .
With the hard-hitting winter weather and fires in the Western Cape, and cold temperatures creeping in around the country as winter fully sets in, having adequate insurance cover is essential. Insuring your assets such as your car and property via an insurance adviser can really go a long way in helping you get the right cover for your specific needs. An adviser also helps you to reduce your time and admin, should you need to claim or make any cover adjustments. But how do you go about choosing the right one? Below are some guidelines to follow. “Often this type of choice will start with a recommendation from a friend or family member, or perhaps you saw or heard an advert. These options can be for a specific adviser or advisory firm,” says Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution at PSG Insure. “The right first step is actually to select the right advisory firm, and then the right adviser who is based there.” 1 - Play detective Once you have found a few options of firms to consider, look at their various websites for a full view of the offering available. Investigate further by viewing their social media feeds and searching for them online – determining if there are any public complaints posted about them, or any FAIS Ombudsman issues hanging in the balance. “You really need to get a sense of who they are, how they are perceived and how they operate,” Visser says. Once you have narrowed this down further, you can look at the various advisers who work at your preferred advisory firm. Considerations that might help you choose would be looking at their track records and qualifications. “If you are not just looking to insure your personal property – perhaps you are also a business owner - you will have more specialised insurance requirements, and you will need an adviser who is equipped and experienced to assist,” he adds. 2 - The full picture Ideally, your adviser will be supported by administrative staff and other advisers. This gives you peace . . .
Polyflor SA was honoured for their contribution to increasing the recycling of PVC in South Africa by being awarded the “Innovation in Recycling” award at the Southern African Vinyls Association’s (SAVA) Vinyls SA 2017 conference held in Johannesburg recently. Polyflor was the first company in South Africa to launch an official recycling programme specifically aimed at the local vinyl flooring industry at the end of last year. To date, the company has managed to divert more than 6 tonnes of vinyl floor off-cuts generated during the installation process from landfill. This material is sent to recyclers who use it for manufacturing traffic cones, rubber boots and sheeting. “Innovation involves the deliberate application of information, imagination and initiative in deriving greater or different values from resources, and includes all processes by which new ideas are generated and converted into useful products,” said Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA during the awards ceremony. “The main criteria for this award was that the recipient had to present a recycling initiative that has not been introduced to the South African market before, but will in the long run also contribute greatly to an increase in the recycling of post-consumer PVC waste. For this reason, we felt it fitting to honour Polyflor for their Vinyl Floor recycling initiative, as well as Adcock Ingram Critical Care for their efforts to encourage PVC Recycling in the Healthcare Environment,” Delanie explained. All of SAVA’s members are signatories to the PSC - a long-term, voluntary and self-administered initiative by the PVC industry that includes the setting of realistic timeframes for the delivery of key undertakings in production, the responsible use of additives and a sustainable recycling programme to ensure a vibrant and sustainable vinyls industry. These commitments bind signatories to deliver on specific outcomes. The result of the PSC is a networking relationship between government, . . .
BON Hotels announced the signing of its 12th hotel in Nigeria, further increasing the company’s presence and footprint in West Africa and making the group the largest hotel management company in Nigeria, with additional opportunities still in play. Together with acquisitions in East Africa – in Uganda and Ethiopia - and continued growth prospects throughout the continent to add to their South African and Namibian portfolio, including the doubling in size of the 5-star boutique hotel BON Hotel Abuja to 60 bedrooms, which is about to commence, and the current upgrades and refurbishments under way at their existing hotels, Director of BON Hotels International West Africa (BHIWA) Bernard Cassar says the group remains committed to moving onwards and upwards and continuing its growth trajectory in the region. The two new hotels currently under construction are being built to international standards and specifications with the latest technology and facilities. BON Hotel Lekki, situated on the Lekki Peninsula, Victoria Island, is due to open in June 2018 and will provide a 4-star, international, 45-room hotel catering to the corporate and business market. The second acquisition is BON Hotel Elvis Wuse2, a 4-star, 85-roomed, luxury hotel located in the heart of Abuja, primed for the business traveller, due to open later this year. CEO of BON Hotels Guy Stehlik says that within a short space of time the group has become a number one player in Nigeria, which just reiterates their belief in and commitment to the region. He adds that BON Hotels’ success has been made possible largely by the experienced staff in place and the considerable time and energy the group has engaged in skills development and transformation in Nigeria. “The reality is that we have gone from having no presence in the area to becoming the largest operator, based on hotels, in less than 12 months, which demonstrates our primary strength at identifying and managing hotels under difficult . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 27 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has increased the range of products it stocks from Schneider Electric’s Harmony range – the most comprehensive range of switches, pushbuttons, and pilot lights on the market for OEMs, panel builders, and system integrators. The new additions – which comprise robust and ergonomic push buttons, switches and pilot lights, indicators, timers, sockets and potentiometers – will allow panel designers to incorporate additional functionality and flexibility into their electrical panels, which, in turn, will give operators additional capabilities and visual indicators. Thanks to a unique shake-proof system, low-power signals and low-power switching, the Harmony range is well suited to demanding industrial environments and explosive/dust-laden atmospheres and can withstand the harshest operating conditions, including those seen in the textile, wood and paper, automotive, packaging, food and beverage, marine, mining, water, and oil and gas industries. Delivering high reliability, service life and performance coupled to lower maintenance and increased operator safety, the range also offers quick and simple installation thanks to a self-holding function when mounting, the ability to stack contact modules, and reliable and friction-locked fastening with just one screw. A wide range of accessories is also available that is compatible with the entire Harmony range. New products in the range, now available from RS, include: Flush-mounting kits, which provide an innovative design to improve the look and feel of new and existing control panels; Potentiometers for drive-speed control or to make basic setting adjustments; Three-phase voltage Indicators, which highlight the presence of three phases with or without neutral for the main power supply 360?440 VAC; USB and RJ45 ports for simple and effective . . .
Practical, welcoming kitchen designs which touch on 2017’s style trends will guide the four local kitchen organisations in this year’s Decorex Joburg Franke Kitchen Design Project featuring at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. Themed ‘Simplicity in Design’, each of the kitchen installations will showcase a range of Franke SA’s leading kitchen appliances with the overall assessment of the final piece performed by representatives from Franke SA. The kitchen designs will be critiqued on a number of elements including overall appeal, utilisation of space, kitchen flow, user-friendliness and quality of materials used. Once the final decision has been made, the winner will be awarded R10 000 worth of Franke SA products as well as invaluable ongoing support following the event. “Judging the Decorex Joburg Franke Kitchen Design Project is always an extremely enlightening, as well as challenging task, because the calibre of participants is always so high,” explained Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter. “To succeed in the kitchen industry in a city like Joburg, business owners must have a real understanding of what the market wants; keep up-to-date on all the latest designs and trends coming through as well as having the ability to tailor a kitchen to the needs of the individual while making it an appealing space aesthetically and functionally. I’m looking forward to seeing the vision of each contestant come to life.” This year will see Eurofit Kitchens and Cupboards, Unique Kitchens, Micah Kitchens, and Universal Kitchens and Granite bringing their individual style to the installation. Returning to the competition is the Decorex Joburg 2016 Franke Kitchen Design Project co-winner, Eurofit Kitchens and Cupboards. Established almost 20 years ago, the Szabo family-run business has cemented itself as a leading manufacturer of bespoke cabinetry and designer furniture. “We are delighted to be invited by Franke SA to exhibit this . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – With the agricultural sector shedding 44 000 jobs nationwide in the first quarter of this year alone, farming communities in the Eastern Cape are under increasing pressure to create sustainable livelihoods for their residents. Amid the pared down farming units focused on food security, Agri Eastern Cape members have become innovative in battling the spiralling unemployment rate in their communities. According to Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern, high rural unemployment rates in the province are often alleviated only by seasonal industry jobs such as fruit picking and sheapshearing. “Our rural communities are often faced with a range of socio-economic problems, such as alcohol and substance abuse, family issues and crime. Many of our members are working hard to assist the unemployed by building small businesses and other creative enterprises in addition to their farming activities.” In Cradock, cattle farmer’s wife Tracey Michau started up her Boerseep soap-making business earlier this year as a way of putting the discarded beef tallow by-product to good use. Now her start-up is giving the local community a hand up. “I discovered the old family recipe about a year ago and once I started making the soap, I realised there was a whole community of women that would benefit immensely from employment,” said Michau. Although the product is still in its infancy, Michau said her research indicated that there was a market for it, with existing distribution points at farm stalls and online organic stores. She is currently training a member of the community in the entire production process, who in turn will be able to transfer those skills as the team grows. Michau’s intention is to secure employment for the women who assist with the sorting and classing of mohair after the farm’s angora goats are shorn twice a year. “The soap takes three weeks to cure and we are currently producing around 700 bars per month. Besides creating . . .
Cape Town – June 26 2017 - Datatex, the leader in innovative telephony software solutions, recently announced the official release of a fully re-engineered version of AMETHYST, its exceedingly popular, industry leading, web-based telephone call recording system and quality management software. “The original AMETHYST which we developed 15 years ago, remains without question, a really solid software solution, but the reality is that there are only so many upgrades you can do – especially in a 15 year time frame.” says Datatex CEO, Johan Landman. “Technology and needs have changed quite dramatically and we recognised that the time had come to essentially start afresh and create a completely new version of our software. The new version, AMETHYST2, builds on the already powerful capabilities of the original AMETHYST, while making sure that we fully capitalise on the capabilities that more modern technology offers.” Re-designed from scratch. More features, improved functionality. In 2015, Datatex embarked upon re-creating AMETHYST from the ground up. After two years of careful planning, programming and rigorous testing by their own team of programmers - the result is a more modern, flexible Call Recording and Quality Management platform. “For example, we’re now offering unlimited supervisor licences which are free, while we’ve built in functions that allow for extensive group structures and access control. The way that the original AMETHYST had been developed was somewhat more restrictive. We’re now able to accommodate much more of what we know our clients need.” says Landman. So with AMETHYST2, companies and users alike can look forward to a wide range of incredible new features that improve workflow and overall management. Company decision makers in particular, will be pleased with key operational improvements which include the fact that AMETHYST2 is now a 64bit application. This allows for greater processing speeds. The software also provides for . . .
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Paarl landscapers DDS Projects have walked off with an unprecedented six awards at the prestigious annual South African Landscaping Institute (SALI) Awards of Excellence, including the trophy award for the Best Environmental Landscape Work. The awards continue to encourage emerging trends in landscaping, including sustainability and ecological aesthetics. According to owner Danie Steenkamp, the awards are definitely a feather in their cap. “It is especially important for us to be recognised for ecologically friendly work that also carries a strong indigenous and water-wise component. The SALI Awards are considered to be the pinnacle in our industry and we are delighted to have so many projects acknowledged by an industry body.” The trophy was awarded for a veld garden established by DDS Projects in Robertson in 2015. The almost 1-hectare project involved blending the landscaping into the natural environment surrounding the private residence utilising species naturally found in the endemic renosterveld. Large plantings of indigenous grasses create a seamless transition between the natural setting and man-made structures. The grasses also then form the biome for the veld to further seed and reinstate the original natural renosterveld over time. In addition, local stone and compacted earth was laid for permeable walkways flowing through the landscape. According to the SALI judging panel DDS Projects managed to effortlessly achieve the brief of the client, which was to rehabilitate the surrounding veld into the garden. “In an area of the Little Karoo that is renowned for its poor soil and huge variations in climatic conditions these obstacles have been overcome by the correct use of plants and their suitability for the site.” Three other projects received double gold, gold and merit awards for category wins and in the Water Wise rankings. The Robertson Veld Garden project took the honours in the Environmental Landscape Work category, while the Vrede & . . .