All too often, security features and products are installed during the building or renovation process and everyone from the contractors to the plumbers have access to the vital element in your security – the keys! Plantation Shutters® have worked closely with their lock manufacturer, and are proud to announce their exclusive new security offering that ensures that key management is nothing their customers need to concern themselves with. The new system offers the following: • The Plantation Shutters® team of installers and all contractors/building teams will use a construction key. This key will allow the locking of the product but will not activate the 5 pin locking system. • The customer will receive a sealed pack of keys on completion that are unique to their shutters. • Once all construction and installation has been completed, the customer will use their unique key which will override the construction key and “lockout” any further use of the construction key. • The unique key will also activate the 5 pin locking system – something that is unique to Plantation Shutters®. This ‘state-of-the-art’ security feature allows ease of management during the construction and installation phase, and complete peace of mind once the construction teams depart, and the customer activates their unique security key. www.plantation.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 2017 Gauteng Getaway Show, one the of country’s biggest travel, outdoor and adventure expos will take place at the Ticketpro Dome from Saturday 23 to Monday 25 September 2017 and will host a jam packed programme of events. Join professional wildlife photographer Michael Tucker and professional landscape, wildlife and nature photographer, Andrew Aveley, on 24 or 25 September 2017 for a wildlife and landscape photography workshop at the Gauteng Getaway Show. The talented Michael Tucker established BIG5 Photos, a wildlife photography institution due to his passion for teaching and sharing his knowledge of photography, while Andrew Aveley is a professional landscape, wildlife and nature photographer and specialist guide and trainer for photographic safaris. The workshop will cover various exciting components for photography aficionados, including: Wildlife photography • Understanding Exposure Basics – The reasons to get off Auto o (Shutter Speed, Aperture and ISO) o Exposure Basics • Taking control of Auto-Focus o Ensure sharp images with Auto-Focus points o Tracking moving subjects with Auto-Focus modes o Setting up Auto-Focus scenarios for different animal behaviour • Compositional Elements o Animal behaviour o Compositional rules in Wildlife Photography o When to “Break the rules” The Art of Landscape Photography • Camera , Lens and Accessories • Composition and Elements • Exposure , Histogram and “ETTR” • Shooting Modes , Shutter speeds and Focus • Sunrise , Sunset and Nocturnal landscapes • Using Filters • Simple image blending - Canon Digital Professional • Creating a Panorama • Creative Panning With tutors who are both experienced photographers, teachers and wildlife guides, you'll definitely be in good hands! Workshop Details: • Dates: 24 and 25 September 2017 • Time: 10am – 3pm • Cost: R150 per person (including free entry to the show and a 6-month digital subscription) • Venue: Gauteng Getaway Show, Ticketpro . . .
Following a successful launch of the “world’s first” Agency Credentials Award in 2016, the IAS will continue to sponsor the IAS Agency Credentials award category in this year’s Assegai Awards. The aim of the award is to recognise an agency’s credentials set – written credentials document as well as “Talking Heads” agency show reel - within the various agency discipline types e.g. creative, digital, PR, media and design in South Africa. According to Johanna McDowell, the CEO of IAS, “This award will not be judged by agency peer groups or journalists”. The panel of judges will be made up of marketers and intermediaries internationally. “We are encouraging agencies across all disciplines to enter for this award as it will give them an opportunity to showcase their agency to a large number of leading marketers on the judging panel”, says McDowell. She adds that judges will be carefully looking in the entries for those nuggets of information which set one agency apart from the others. Closing date for entries is midnight Wednesday 30 August. The IAS Agency Credentials Award falls into Section F. All details can be found on the Assegai Awards website: www.assegaiawards.co.za The Assegai Awards are hosted in association with the Direct Marketing Association of South Africa (DMASA). A DMASA Assegai Award is a mark of victory in Direct Marketing excellence. Johanna McDowell will also be a judge at this year’s awards acknowledging entries that deliver exceptional results. Since their inception, the Assegai Awards have striven to benchmark the South African Direct Marketing industry, to highlight best-in-class examples and encourage all players in the industry to work towards achieving greatness in their campaigns. The goal remains to keep raising the bar for the whole industry. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Nelson Mandela Bay innovators will benefit from computer numerical control (CNC) technology funded by an international collaboration project between various South African and European universities. The two-year knowledge exchange project, which ends in October this year, focussed on Entrepreneurship, Modernization and Innovation in South Africa (EMISHA) and was funded by the European Union’s Erasmus+ Programme. “Our involvement in the EMISHA project has enabled us to better serve our innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem, in line with global technology transfer best practice, while expanding our network of international peers for future partnerships,” said Leoné Nowell, Acting Director of Nelson Mandela University’s Innovation Office. As an EMISHA project partner, Nelson Mandela University’s Innovation Office was able to acquire the Stepcraft CNC machine – now housed at Propella Business Incubator due to their advanced manufacturing development focus - to enable innovators and incubatees in the sector to create low volume 3-D prototypes. “Propella wishes to thank the Nelson Mandela University for providing this facility that will complement our current service offering within the prototype laboratory. This four-axis machining centre will now enable us to fine-tune prototypes and produce low volume ‘soft’ modules ideally suited for running pre-production trials,” said Propella’s Senior Industrial Advisor, Grant Minnie. One of the EMISHA project goals was to enhance effective university-industry relationships with the intention of expediting the commercialisation of technologies and assisting innovators to reach the market sooner. The consortium delegates attended a workshop hosted at Propella in November 2016 and were impressed by the close working relationship between Nelson Mandela University and Propella Business Incubator. Oddný Sverrisdóttir, Project Coordinator at Sweden’s Uppsala University International Office, said they had learnt a . . .
For medical professional and avid cyclist Hendrik Theron the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Championship is a bit of a personal crusade. As a cancer survivor, he returns to the Sun City event every year to support the organisers' fundraising efforts in aid of the Cancer Association of South Africa. "I always enter the race because a part of the income goes to helping people who are sick with cancer and I see it as an opportunity to give back," said the general practitioner from Brits. He will line up alongside his two sons and one of their girlfriends for the 20th edition, which consists of 25 and 50km mountain bike events on Saturday and 70 and 103km road races on Sunday. They will join more than 5 000 other riders who are expected to line up for the road races alone, with the traditional R10 donation per entrant going to Cansa. This year, participants will also have an opportunity to challenge anyone else to match their entry fee in the form of a donation to Cansa as part of the #WeCAN campaign. Theron said he was diagnosed with malignant melanoma, the most aggressive and life-threatening form of skin cancer, in 2004. He explained the initial lesion had been excised before having sentinel lymph node biopsies done to determine whether the cancer had spread. "These were fortunately clean and I had intensive follow-ups for five years. At the moment, I just go for mole mapping at my dermatologist," said Theron, who confirmed he was in remission. Throughout his treatment, he said, cycling had acted as a balm of sorts, allowing him to keep fit and get his mind off the disease. "I continued to cycle on a regular basis. It's good for your immune system, which, with a tumour like melanoma, is very important because it's basically your immune system that has to fight the cancer. "It was also a way to escape mentally from my day-to-day work stresses." Theron said he had been well and truly bitten by the cycling bug after lining up for his first Cape . . .
Zanzibar Amber Resort, a Pennyroyal Gibraltar Ltd. Development, has appointed the Pam Golding Property group to market the luxury apartments and villas to be completed as part of the first of seven phases in the mega-development. Set to be the largest premium hospitality investment and resort in East Africa, the venture is the first ever of its kind, allowing non-Zanzibar citizens to buy property in Zanzibar. Purchasers will acquire the residential units on a 99-year leasehold basis, with an option to renew for a further 49 years. Residency is available and can be granted for three years, which is then renewable for a fee. Traversing 411ha incorporating 4km of prime Indian Ocean coastline, Zanzibar Amber Resort is a luxury tropical community that will include a vast array of options and facilities. These comprise five 5-Star hotels including Ritz Carlton and Anantara Resort, stylish apartments and villas, an Ernie Els Signature 18-hole golf course and clubhouse, gourmet underwater restaurant, a series of man-made islands and man-made off-shore reef, a luxury marina and super-yacht facility, stylish souk-style mall, dedicated private airport, tropical aqua park, equestrian centre, international school and world class medical facilities. Says Saleh Said, Managing Director of Zanzibar Amber Resort: “We are pleased to partner with the Pam Golding Property group as their reputation in the industry is one of the highest levels. Zanzibar Amber Resort will significantly change the perception of the world towards Zanzibar, strategically placing it on the map as a luxury gateway, and we believe that Pam Golding Properties will be able to help us achieve this goal.” Zanzibar offers a stable economic and political environment with growth rates of around seven percent, a stable financial sector and lucrative incentive packages to strategic investors. All foreign investors own 100 percent of their businesses and government continues to introduce measures aimed at . . .
Port Elizabeth, 18 August. The rehabilitation of the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch is set to create significant opportunities for SMMEs in Nelson Mandela Bay the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. “The implementation of road safety measures and rehabilitation of the National Route R75 Section 1, which constitutes 13 kilometres, will create work for a minimum of 37 local SMMEs between 1CE PE and 6 CE PE CIDB grading within the Nelson Mandela Bay. Local labour from within wards 11, 14, 25, 28, 30, 31, 33, 36, 41 and 52 will receive opportunities for employment and skills training,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. The procurement process for the SMMEs has already commenced. This two-year project should be completed in May 2019. “Route 75 is known as one of the major National Roads within the Eastern Cape’s interior and connects Uitenhage with Port Elizabeth. The National Route R75 is widely used by motorists travelling between Uitenhage and Port Elizabeth including pedestrians. The 37 local SMMEs will get the opportunity to participate in a development project that will boost their experience and revenue,” said Peterson. Some of these sub-contracting opportunities include, but are not limited to: the removal, relocation and/or installation of traffic signals, accommodation of traffic, road widening excavation and installation of sub-soil drains, drainage systems, and concrete linings for open drains, animal fencing, and concrete palisade and road markings. “There is also an introduction of a Sanitation and Waste Disposal and Environmental Project which will also allow SMMEs to participate,” Peterson concluded. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Interactive digital technology will breathe life into children’s drawings at teamLab’s Future Park exhibition at the V&A Waterfront’s Watershed from 23 September to 31 January. This perfect family exhibition will come to South Africa for the first time this year. The exhibition has seen more than four million children across the world play in an ever-changing digital environment while they develop their fine motor skills. The exhibition’s fun, interactive activities will captivate the imagination and introduce young ones to the wonders of technology by using scanners and sensors to make each child’s colourful drawings come to life in a digital universe. At the sketch aquarium, children can colour in fish and other water creatures, scan them and watch as they swim about with other children’s creations across a floor-to-ceiling digital screen. Children will also encounter a sketch town where they can draw a car and see it drive around in a town, a light-ball orchestra filled with large balls that change colour and music as they touch it, a colourful game of hopscotch, a town they build and digitally connect, as well as a table where little people come alive. After the Cape Town run, the exhibition will move to Johannesburg in 2018. For more information go to www.futureparksa.co.za or visit the Computicket website to buy tickets. Special family tickets are available and all activities are included in the cost. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The NutriBullet remains one of the most exciting and successful product launches of the last decade. Sales of the revolutionary device have passed the 100 000 mark locally (and are approaching 30 million worldwide) - but the people involved aren't sitting on their laurels. To the contrary, with the launch of the gorgeously-styled Baby Bullet, they're looking to make another really big splash. The Baby Bullet is another entirely unique offering; it's an easy to use, easy to clean blender that's made specifically for the preparation and storage of baby foods. The Baby Bullet has been developed to cater for the manic lifestyle associated with new parenting and for those who want only the best for their little ones. This high-quality lifestyle appliance allows the effortless creation of delicious, healthy and nutritious baby food in seconds while simplifying the storing thereof - making it the must-have accessory for new moms and dads. With the Baby Bullet it's easy to make either individual meals, or to create up to six portions at a time; each of which can be stored in sealable, date-dialed individual cups that can then be refrigerated (or frozen). With a minimum of effort, and a fair amount of fun, parents can ensure that their babies get the best possible diet, starting right after weaning. The 22-piece NutriBullet Baby Bullet set is the perfect gift for all new parents or those expecting. Ideal for little ones ranging from six months to three years old as they adjust to finger foods. The recommended retail selling price for the Baby Bullet is R1599 and it comes with a 1 year warranty. For more information and stockists, please visit www.nutribullet.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Boxes. Labels. Books. Your child’s first report card. A tissue for their first heartbreak. All made from paper; a renewable, recyclable material that is an inextricable, often invisible part of our lives. Think about it…from the moment we wake up to when we nod off with a book in hand, paper is there. In a world that strives to go paperless, very often for the wrong environmental reasons, the paper industry firmly believes that paper is making a comeback in some quarters, and that it is here to stay. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) shares the reasons why paper is good for us, our economy and our environment. 1. It’s versatile Paper is categorised into three principal types – printing and writing, packaging and tissue – and chances are that we use each kind every day. Paper in its most common form – white copy paper – could be the start of something, a blank canvas, a new project or design, your first book. A variety of printing and writing papers help to communicate and inform through news and advertising, the label on the coffee jar, the medicine box insert and the month-end supermarket specials. Paper also educates – from your child’s first reader to their last matric exam. Paper packages and protects. From our eggs, teabags and cereal, milk and juice in cartons, to medicine and cosmetics. And let’s not forget that new computer equipment for the office or your online shopping order. From the bestseller of your favourite author to a night at the movies with popcorn, a drink and a box of chocolates, paper entertains. Facial and toilet tissue, kitchen towel and baby and feminine products help to improve our lives through convenience and hygiene. 2. It’s renewable In South Africa, paper is produced from farmed trees. Some 600 million trees are grown over 762,000 hectares for the very purpose of making pulp and paper. “If it wasn’t for commercially grown trees, our indigenous forests would have been eradicated . . .