To the excitement of food lovers all across the country, the 30 nominees for the highly anticipated 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards have just been announced: http://www.eatout.co.za/article/30-nominees-2018/ The nominees, in alphabetical order, are: Camphors at Vergelegen The Chefs’ Table (Umhlanga) Chefs Warehouse & Canteen Chefs Warehouse at Beau Constantia Chefs Warehouse at Maison DW Eleven-13 Fermier Restaurant Foliage Foxcroft Greenhouse at The Cellars-Hohenort Indochine Jardine Restaurant Jordan Restaurant La Colombe Le Coin Français La Mouette La Petite Colombe La Tête Marble Nobu at One&Only Overture The Pot Luck Club The Restaurant at Waterkloof Restaurant Mosaic at The Orient The Shortmarket Club Springfontein Eats The Test Kitchen Thali The Werf Restaurant at Boschendal Wolfgat The nominated restaurants were determined by the scores of a panel of anonymous judges, convened by Margot Janse, who dined around the country. “A fantastic field of nominees has come out of this year’s judging, with some newcomers and old favourites making up a list that truly represents the best of the best in South African dining today,” says Margot. “As always, these nominees have been nominated for their achievements in excellent dining, innovative menus, ambience and service excellence.” The judging criteria can be viewed at http://www.eatout.co.za/award/2018-eat-out-mercedes-benz-restaurant-awards/#awardjudging The Top 10 restaurants will be revealed on Sunday 18 November 2018 at the awards ceremony at GrandWest in Cape Town, following the countdown from positions 20 to 11. Says Eat Out Editor Linda Scarborough: “The announcement of the 30 nominees is an absolute highlight on our calendar. This year, we are pleased to see five new names featuring in the top 30 in South Africa, and we look forward to counting down to the restaurant of the year on 18 November.” Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of . . .
Melissa Cumming has been announced as the new Managing Director of SA Florist. Founded in 2014 and backed by four Dragons from Dragons Den South Africa, SA Florist is a trusted South African online marketplace for customers and corporate clients alike. “I’m thrilled to be a part of SA Florist. They have achieved great results over the last few years and I look forward to working with the dynamic team to grow the business even further”, says Cumming. Melissa has over a decade of local and international experience in Business Development, eCommerce, Client Service, Marketing and Brand & Product management. Matt Surkont, investor and shareholder in SA Florist says, “Melissa’s wealth of experience will serve the business well, I look forward to seeing her guiding hand shape the company’s future.” Her impressive portfolio of experience includes, most recently, eCommerce Business Development Management at The Foschini Group, as well as managing Blue-Chip local and international clients such as Sanlam, FNB, Coca Cola, SAB, McLaren, RBS and Land Rover. “We are busy shaping a new strategic direction for the company and have some exciting plans on the horizon. For over 4 years, SA Florist has connected corporate and online customers to local artisans and has always been known for its commitment to the upliftment of local businesses. It’s so inspiring to be a part of this conscious, heart-based business, and I look forward to expanding on this philosophy with the team” concludes Melissa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa is a country buzzing with interesting and delicious places to eat – almost too many to choose from! So where do locals go for their favourite everyday meals? Favourite eateries in the Western Cape, Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal were revealed at the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries celebrations in Johannesburg and Cape Town on 16 and 18 October respectively. After a year-long voting period and adjudication process, the top eateries in each category were, in conjunction with scoring from professional Eat Out critics, determined by public ratings received via the Eat Out app and website (eatout.co.za). 2018 is the fourth year that Eat Out, together with Mercedes-Benz, has invited the public to help select South Africa’s favourite everyday restaurants via the star rating system on the website and Eat Out’s new, exciting app – both of which are easy to navigate. “These awards never fail to excite us, as we find out which restaurants inspire the most devotion amongst its fans,” says Linda Scarborough, editor of Eat Out. “This year the easy-to-use Eat Out app made reviewing that much easier, so we could garner public opinion on as many South African restaurants as possible. We love reading about users’ dining experiences, and look to their star ratings to determine the shortlist. Our professional critics also review each eligible restaurant to determine the final winners in a 50-50 composite score.” The 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Best Everyday Eateries winners and highly commended restaurants announced at the Cape Town event on 18 October are: Western Cape Best Asian-Inspired Eatery Winner – SHIO (winner of this award for the second consecutive year) Highly commended – Active Sushi on Hudson Street Best Bistro Winner – Avontuur Estate Highly commended – Skotnes Best Burger Eatery Highly commended – Jerry's Burger Bar in Blouberg Best Coffee Shop Winner – Pajamas & Jam Eatery Highly commended – Boston Coffee Best . . .
Today many grandparents are not quite sure how to ask their adult children about spending more quality time with their grandchildren. “For most American grandparents, child care is only an occasional responsibility. Our survey on family support in graying societies found that among U.S. grandparents who have helped with child care in the past 12 months, nearly three-in-four (72%) said they did so only occasionally. About one-in-five (22%) said they provided child care regularly.” - Pew Research Center What exactly fuels this GRAND sense of entitlement? “Many grandparents simply wish to share their life lessons and wisdom without constantly getting a defensive reaction from the very kids they cut their parenting teeth on so to speak,” says Kay Ziplow, co-founder of GrandparentsLink.com “We want our adult kids to trust us with their kids…who happen to be our grandchildren. After all, we raised them, and now, we can even do a better job with their kids!” says Leslie Zinberg, co-founder of GrandparentsLink.com If you are a 50+ year young grandparent, you are likely looking to re-discover yourself and live your life to its fullest. The easiest way to experience this new self discovery is through an online community designed just for you. On October 23, 24 and 25 grandparents around the country can join grandparentslink.com co -founders Leslie Zinberg & Kay Ziplow and parenting author and expert Susan Stiffelman, MFT for a new free learning series on GRAND Parenting. Join Susan, Leslie, Kay and an exceptional team of experts and discover: • How to set boundaries without hurting feelings • How to offer help that lightens the load of adult children • How to create loving in-law relationships • How to handle criticism • How to stay in touch from far away • How to address issues of alienation • How to create a peaceful multi-generational household • Advice for grandparents raising grandkids • How to help children cope with . . .
CRITICAL ACCLAIM FOR LONGRIDGE WINES Longridge Wine Estate continues to impress international and local wine critics with stellar scores in the recently released South Africa 2018 Special Report by master of wine Tim Atkin and Christian Eedes’ Prescient Chardonnay Report. The Atkin Report is widely considered as the definitive overview of the South African wine industry and the 2016 Longridge Clos du Ciel Chardonnay was named one of Atkin’s Wines of the Year with a score of 95. Atkin proclaimed it to be one of the Cape’s foremost Chardonnays with “old vine concentration that is underpinned by notes of fynbos, citrus and fresh bread leading to a long, balanced finish”. This incredible score follows in the footsteps of the 2016 Ou Steen Chenin Blanc, which also received 95 points from Atkins last year. This exceptional Chardonnay is produced exclusively from a historic one-hectare block, which was originally planted by the legendary John Platter in 1987. Rooted in decomposed granite soil, it is set high against the slopes of the Helderberg. For additional complexity, the block was planted with nine different clones and is grown organically without the use of herbicides and pesticides. Atkin also included another ten wines from the Longridge cellar in the seventh edition of his South African report with the following scores: Longridge Ekliptika 2015 (94), Longridge Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 (93), Longridge Misterie 2015 (93), Longridge Chenin Blanc 2016 (92), Longridge Pinotage 2017 (92), Longridge MCC Brut NV (92), Longridge MCC Brut Rosé NV (92), Longridge Organic Chardonnay 2017 (91), The Emily 2017 (90) and the Longridge Merlot 2016 (89). The Longridge Chardonnay 2017 also scored an impressive 93 points in the eighth annual Prescient Chardonnay Report with the Longridge Chardonnay 2016 awarded 91 points. The Chardonnay Report, sponsored by multinational financial services company Prescient, received 117 entries from 81 producers. These were tasted . . .
https://youtu.be/PXI9i953F7Y If you want to purchase Bitcoin as an investment and you want to join the BitClub Network Company, so that BitClub can mine Bitcoin and other Crypto Currency on your behalf to grow a stable and increasing investment for you, please join BitClub for free at https://bitclub.io/clydethorburn. Once you join, you will be set up with a free lead account and receive follow up emails detailing how you can create a Bitcoin investment account with The BitClub Network. You can also join Markethive which is a Social Network for Entrepreneurs at https://markethive.com to promote your own business as well. For any answers to questions contact Clyde Thorburn at http://clyde-thorburn-seo-specialist-johannesburg.strikingly.com/#contact-clyde-thorburn. Author : My Dirty Little Bitcoin Secrets PDF EBook by Ofir Beigel Ad sets are a similar concept to ad groups in Adwords. The main commonality is that all ads in an ad set will show the same ad, exactly like all keywords in an ad group will show the same ad. It’s good to name your ad set in a descriptive manner according to your targeting options. For example, I’d name this ad set 25-34 M US BIT. That way I know this ad set is dealing with 25-34 year old males who live in the US and are interested in Bitcoin. Under “advanced options” you can also decide on setting your bids manually and not letting FB decide for you. If you are not familiar with PPC marketing I’d suggest leaving this on “get more clicks at the best price”. Otherwise, you can employ your own bidding strategies. The next step in setting up your campaign involves creating your actual ads. The main aspect in creating your FB ad will be its image. That’s why it’s advised to choose at least 3-4 images to begin with and test them against each other. Remember that the purpose of the image is the “A” from AIDA - to grab your prospect’s attention. So make sure it’s something that the target audience you defined in the previous step can relate . . .
South African field athlete Ischke Senekal and karate ace Gcobani Maxama walked away with the top accolades at the Madibaz Sport gala awards evening in Port Elizabeth last night. The function was held at Nelson Mandela University's Madibaz Indoor Sports Centre, where Senekal and Maxama were deserving recipients of the Sportswoman and Sportsman of the Year awards respectively after excelling in their respective fields over the past 12 months. In the team category, the SPAR Madibaz netball outfit won the Team of the Year award after an outstanding 2018 which culminated in them narrowly missing out on a place in the final of the Varsity Netball tournament. Maxama received further recognition for his contribution to karate at the university by being named the Student Coach of the Year. He was also voted the Student Sport Personality of the Year. This award involved a poll on the Madibaz Facebook page, where students had to vote for their favourite personality. The top three nominees were Maxama, Senekal and netball star Nobubele Phuza. Maxama's achievements in karate reached a peak when he participated in the All Africa Championships in Cape Town in July. The event acts as a selection tournament for the world championships in Japan, which are held every four years. Maxama took first place at the Cape Town event, making him a frontrunner to captain the African team at the world tournament in Japan next year. He already has experience of competing in Japan when he took on some of the best fighters in the world in the all-Japanese weight category tournament this year, losing in the third round. At the University Sport South Africa week in July he dominated the competition by winning gold in kata, semi contact, full contact and team kata. He was named the best overall participant at USSA. Senekal had one of the best years in her career with the Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club, winning a slew of gold medals at various meetings. The star field . . .
TECH GURU’S IN THE MAKING Business is tough, when you’re in a competitive industry it’s even harder. But, the duo behind Matshaya Media is determined to push through to become marketing and tech giants. Sibulele (25) and Ntomboxolo (24) are determined, young entrepreneurs, bursting with innovative ideas and a commitment to their vision. Matshaya Media is a marketing and IT company based in East London launched in February 2018. We sat down with Sibulele and Ntomboxolo to discuss their journey as entrepreneurs and where the two are headed. ROAD LESS TRAVELLED The decision to resign and leave a constant salary was not an easy one for IT graduate Sibulele. He knowingly took a risk to venture into business even though he had the responsibility of his daughter. He has always been passionate about entrepreneurship, but, like most of us, when he graduated from his IT diploma, at CTI in 2015 he had to look for work. After getting a job at Vodacom as a technician his excited was short-lived when he did the math. He jokingly remembers calculating how much the store made in a day, “In one day, the store can make enough to pay for rent and our salaries, and the other 29 days are just profit”. So, he challenged himself and started his first business venture with his brother, Code Black Studios which focused on coding and animation. He tried for a second job at Silulo Technologies, where he met his business partner, Ntomboxolo, and East London raised young woman who was also a graduate of the same institution. In his work as the café manager, he started helping entrepreneurs and he realized he could do this on his own. As fate would have it, they were both two dreamers ready to start something big. Ntomboxolo says she wants their business to be a beacon of hope so that other people can see that you do not have to old and established to make your dreams come true. HURDLES ALONG THE ROAD Sibulele says by no means does he romanticize entrepreneurship, it’s hard . . .
Schools are not only expected to give learners a good academic foundation, they are under increasing pressure to ensure their learners get regular exercise and eat healthily. This is to counterbalance the lifestyle choices made by many families in a technology-driven world where young people are glued to their screens and fast-food is an easier choice for parents who live demanding lives. Of course, it should not only fall to schools to get children to adopt good habits, but it does help if they learn about healthier regimens in the classroom and on the playground. It also helps if tuck-shops offer healthier food and learners are educated about the benefits of eating healthily. South Africa instituted School Health Week a few years ago to highlight various health issues at local schools and roll out basic health screening to learners at schools in areas identified as priority health districts. This year, School Health Week, which runs from 15 to 19 October, has been embraced by several schools throughout the country. One of these schools, Lusito School for the differently-abled, has established a holistic health programme to promote mental, physical and emotional learner wellbeing. “We believe in maintaining balance in all aspects of our learners’ lives and our numerous activities are aimed at lifting their spirits, moving their bodies and stimulating their minds,” says principal, Deolinda Molina. Lusito School learners benefit from a host of co-curricular activities such as speech therapy, physiotherapy, reflexology, hydrotherapy, pottery, baking and music. “Many of these activities are aimed at getting them to move their bodies and express themselves. It is especially important for learners confined to wheelchairs to move and keep their musculature strong,” adds Molina. Diet is another aspect of learner health that Lusito School takes seriously. “We provide our learners with a balanced meal every day, which includes a protein, a carbohydrate . . .
https://youtu.be/PXI9i953F7Y If you want to purchase Bitcoin as an investment and you want to join the BitClub Network Company, so that BitClub can mine Bitcoin and other Crypto Currency on your behalf to grow a stable and increasing investment for you, please join BitClub for free at https://bitclub.io/clydethorburn. Once you join, you will be set up with a free lead account and receive follow up emails detailing how you can create a Bitcoin investment account with The BitClub Network. You can also join Markethive which is a Social Network for Entrepreneurs at https://markethive.com to promote your own business as well. For any answers to questions contact Clyde Thorburn at http://clyde-thorburn-seo-specialist-johannesburg.strikingly.com/#contact-clyde-thorburn. Author : My Dirty Little Bitcoin Secrets PDF EBook by Ofir Beigel In order to open an account you can visit the FB ads homepage and click on “create ad”. Once inside you’ll have a lot of different campaign options to choose from. For the purpose of this book we’ll deal only with sending people to your website (the first option) and the second option “Increase conversions on your website”. The only difference between the two is that the latter will use a conversion pixel to make sure people actually took the action you wanted them to take on your site. Since I am a big fan of tracking and testing everything, I’ll go ahead and choose the second option. At this point you’ll be instructed to enter the URL of the webpage which confirms your conversion. So if my conversion is a newsletter sign up, I’ll enter the “thanks for subscribing” URL. Afterwards you’ll need to choose what type of conversion you’re tracking. This is just for organizational purposes and doesn’t have much effect later on. Once finished just give a name to your conversion (e.g. “newsletter subscription”) and click “create pixel”. You will then need to choose if you’ll add the conversion pixel to the page or a send the instructions on . . .