Innovative Mensa gift pack unfolds as a nifty ice bucket Mensa, the ultimate book club wine taking storytelling to the next level through digital innovation, has come up with a novel gift pack for the festive season that doubles up as a nifty ice bucket. The gift pack literally unfolds into a cooler making it ideal as a fun stocking filler or as a centre piece for sharing at the Christmas table. All you need to do is add the ice. Launched earlier this year as the first South African wine supported by an augmented reality (AR) wine app, Mensa has already been lauded for innovative design and packaging at the 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition (IWSC) Design & Media Awards in London. The gift pack is available exclusively at Checkers stores countrywide at a festive price of R74.99. You will also find it at the Overhex Winery & Bistro if you are passing through Worcester over the holidays. The Mensa label on the bottle comes to life as a book revealing the full story of the wine when scanned using the Mensa Wine App on a smartphone. Mensa also sports the convenient Amorim Helix closure that can be twisted open and resealed by hand. For more information visit www.mensawines.com, or follow MensaWine on Facebook and Instagram, and @mensa_wine on Twitter. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CURA Software Wins Da Vinci TT100 Award for Excellence in Management of Innovation CURA Software Solutions was honoured with the Da Vinci Award for Excellence in Management of Innovation in the Small Business Category at the 2018 Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovations Awards Ceremony held on Wednesday 14 November 2018. The Management of Innovation Award acknowledges how well an organisation capitalises on the ideation process to develop an innovative product, service, process or system and, in turn, how well the business commercialises and implements such innovations. This award is centred around the development, implementation and monitoring of innovative technology strategy within an organisation. Companies are evaluated their ability to maintain a competitive advantage through their incorporation of emerging, pacing, key and base technologies. Key focus is on their improvement of quality and productivity, higher flexibility, cost leadership and new market exploitation. CURA also secured a spot as small enterprise finalists in the Management of Technology, Management of Systems and Overall Excellence categories. Alex Roberts, CURA Software’s Regional Director of Sales and Operations, says, “We are extremely proud that CURA has been recognised for being on the cutting edge of managing Innovation, Technology and Systems. The Small Business Category is extremely competitive, and we were compared to a wide variety of other companies from industries such as mining, water management and ICT companies. CURA has won a TT100 Award for two years consecutively, and the fact that we are expanding the number of areas in which we are placing as finalists really does show that we are moving onward and upwards.” About the Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovations Awards The Da Vinci TT100 Business Innovation Awards Programme is South Africa’s foremost business Awards programme. TT100 has been recognising innovation and technological prowess in South African companies for . . .
New FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, to accelerate digital transformation strategies for greater productivity through simplification of complex processes in industrial businesses Rockwell Automation and PTC have launched FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, a software suite that enables companies to optimise their industrial operations and enhance productivity by providing decision-makers with improved data and insights. The new suite delivers complete visibility of operations and systems status from one source of information inside the organisation. The collaborative offering is the first to integrate technologies from both companies following the strategic partnership announcement in June. FactoryTalk InnovationSuite, powered by PTC, improves connectivity to operational technology (OT) devices on the plant floor, natively supporting the rapid, scalable, and secure connection of the most commonly used industrial equipment. Combined with data from information technology (IT) applications and systems, decision makers can now gain a complete digital representation of their industrial equipment, lines, and facilities from anywhere in the enterprise. “Our offering is unique in its ability to improve how companies capitalise on the IIoT by combining expertise from industry, technology, and plant-floor professionals,” said John Genovesi, incoming senior vice president, Enterprise Accounts & Software, Rockwell Automation. “Now we’re bringing innovative solutions from PTC together with leading analytics and Manufacturing Operations Management (MOM) from Rockwell Automation for a differentiated industry solution.” “We’re moving the needle on how leading-edge technology is applied in industrial environments,” said Catherine Knicker, Head of Strategic Alliances, PTC. “Manufacturers have seen digital technology rapidly change, but their execution continues to follow practices established for the legacy business. This bundled offering will . . .
Storytelling was an age-old tradition which inculcated moral values, enhanced vocabulary, improved memory, etc. Unfortunately, it became a humdrum when technology stepped in! Though gadgets are a tool to boost motor skills and cognitive skills, they can still have a negative impact on the character of the child. And in situations like these, moral stories for kids are a blessing. They are not only entertaining, but they also impart some valuable life lessons. Moral story books are one of the most practical platforms to impart education. They are tranquil, captivate children’s attention and alongside bestow valuable lessons of life. A study conducted by “Kang Lee and team” have inferred that some moral story books prominently affect the behaviourial pattern of a child. They also interweave the magic of honesty among children. Furthermore it has been proved by a study conducted by the “Ontario Institute for Studies in Education” (OISE) at the University of Toronto that realistic and genuine characters had a greater impact on kids, thus helping them to learn better. The books that are relatable to these children, leave a footprint on their moral ethics. Amidst this, moral stories also help children to elevate their self-esteem and take responsibility for their own learning and behaviour. Not just this, but it also helps them to look at the quality of life they wish to opt for themselves. The importance and effects of moral stories in a child’s life is manifold. Right from making children resilient to adversities, exposure to value driven books supresses bad influence, promotes helpful behaviour and even strengthens parent-child relationship. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Former champion Hanco Kachelhoffer knows his competitive edge will kick in when he bids for another title at the Sanlam Investments MTB Invitational in the Western Cape this weekend. The two-day mountain-bike race takes place from the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, Cape Town, on Saturday and Sunday, covering stages of 40km and 39.8km. Riding for Team ASG, the 33-year-old Kachelhoffer will link up with Somerset West's Etnard Louw for the fifth edition of the event, with their sights firmly set on a podium spot. He won the race with Pieter Seyffert in 2016 and is looking forward to his partnership with Louw. "I have said to Etnard we have to do at least one race a year and this is a cool one to do," he said. "He is riding at a really decent level and we are good friends, having ridden together in winning the Storms River Traverse in 2016." Even though he has retired from professional racing, the Paarl-based rider said he had always enjoyed the Sanlam MTB and knew he and Louw would be up for the challenge. "There is always an expectation to achieve something in any race you enter and we are definitely targeting a spot on the podium this weekend," said Kachelhoffer. He added that the race was a special occasion, with plenty of variety in the tracks and "a nice vibe during the weekend". "I feel this two-day event is a really good format and being based at the Meerendal Wine Estate it is in a very nice location. "Areas such as Meerendal and Bloemendal do have some big mountains, so there is a good test from that aspect, but there is also plenty of single-track. "The trails are awesome but fairly challenging and it will mean you have to keep your concentration up." Kachelhoffer, who will be riding in the Liberty TransCape from George to Franschhoek next year, said it was a matter of finding a balance over the two stages of the Sanlam MTB, presented by ASG Events. "You don't want to expend too much energy on the opening stage . . .
Seminar to discuss the Future of Work in 4th Industrial Revolution The Vice President for the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) for International Labour Organisation (ILO) and Global Spokesman for Employers, Mr Mthunzi Mdwaba, will deliver the keynote address at “The Future of Work in the 4th Industrial Revolution” seminar to be held at the University of the Western Cape (UWC), Bellville on 20 November 2018. The Productivity SA Board chairman, Mdwaba, will be returning from Geneva, Switzerland after attending the Fourth Meeting of the Global Commission on the Future of Work of the International Labour Organisation (ILO) alongside South African President Cyril Ramaphosa and the Minister of Labour (DoL) Ms Mildred Oliphant in Geneva, Switzerland this week. The Global Commission on the Future of Work was set up by the ILO in 2017 and is tasked with assessing the rapid transformation taking place in the world of work, identifying the key challenges and what must be done to make the future of work better and fairer. The work of the Global Commission aligns with the South African government‘s focus on the creation of decent and sustainable jobs, and efforts to ensure young South Africans have the skills necessary to thrive in the changing workplace. Members of the media are invited to attend the event as follows: Date: 20th November 2018 Time: 13:00 - 16:30 Venue: UWC Library Auditorium CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Thursday 6 December 2018, 6-9PM at SOFACOMPANY.COM GRAND SHOWROOM, 72 HUDSON STREET, DE WATERKANT, CAPE TOWN. PICHA Stock in collaboration with Fujifilm SA, Cameraland Cape Town, BLQ, Ground Art Caffe and sofacompany.com will launch the Future Focus Exhibition on December’s First Thursdays. This photographic exhibition aims to provide African photographers with a platform to prove that local creatives are more than capable of producing work worthy of global attention. AFROFUTURISM: A movement in literature, music, art, etc., featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of black history and culture. Launching on the last First Thursdays of 2018, the Cape Town event will feature interpretations of the “Afrofuturism” concept by photographers from across the continent. The final selection of images has been curated by Daron Bandeira, Ghana-based art director and founder of the contemporary creative platform, Afrobougee. Guests will also be able to enjoy a panel discussion with prominent local creatives as well as an Afrofuturism-inspired open shoot where photographers have the opportunity to shoot with a live model. All work will remain on display and for sale at sofacompany.com's Grand Showroom until 17 January 2019. Identical exhibitions will launch in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana in partnership with Quality Frames Kenya and Signature Lifestyle later this year. IT'S TIME FOR AFRICA TO LEAD THE VISUAL NARRATIVE. PICHA provides image buyers with access to royalty-free stock photography of Africa and custom content creation services that help them tell authentic visual stories and connect with their audiences. We work closely with local photographers to empower creatives across our continent by showing them how they can earn a living from their art. The brand is driven by visual content that showcases a contemporary side of Africa and people of the African diaspora. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
Excitement is building for the second SPAR River Paddle Challenge which takes place in the Swartkops River estuary on November 24. This, the second edition of the event, is expected to draw entrants from a broad spectrum of the paddling community, with organisers Zsports Events having arranged a variety of events from 11am. The event will take place at Dufour Park on the Swartkops River. It caters for paddlers from U12s to the 65-plus category and includes singles, doubles, triples and stand-up paddling. The entry fee is R100 per paddler. Entries received on the day will be charged an additional R30. Organiser Mike Zoetmulder, of Zsports, said the success of last year's event provided plenty of reasons to continue the concept as it was one of the major fundraisers for the Zwartkops Conservancy. An environmental organisation, the Zwartkops Conservancy works constantly to maintain the eco-system of the river and its surrounds to ensure the survival of flora and fauna. "It is such a magnificent river in the greater scheme of things that it needs to be looked after," said Zoetmulder. "The river is fine for paddling, but we need to have ongoing awareness of the necessity to keep it clean." Zoetmulder added that the race was unique in that it took place in an estuary. "It won't work at low tide, so we do this when the tide is high, enabling us to create narrow canals through the mud flats for the paddlers. "This is not done regularly in these sorts of events and that is what makes it exciting for the competitors." SPAR Eastern Cape sponsorship and events manager Alan Stapleton said their close relationship with the Zwartkops Conservancy made it an easy decision to throw their weight behind the Challenge. "Being involved in events such as these shows our support for the work they do in the area," he said. "The Paddle Challenge also talks to our commitment to healthy lifestyles and happy family time." With their head office based in . . .
University of Johannesburg soccer star Amanda Mthandi is over the moon at her selection for the national team to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations women's tournament in Ghana, starting this weekend. The 22-year-old wing will make her debut for South Africa during the event, which gets under way on Saturday. Banyana Banyana play their opening match against Nigeria on Sunday. Mthandi was on the fringe of national selection this year, being included in an expanded squad, but she failed to make the final cut for an earlier tournament. "This time I was excited to make the provisional squad for the Cup of Nations and then, when my name was read out in the final squad, I did not know how to react. "I was ecstatic but at a loss for words," said the second-year transportation management student, who lives in Kibler Park in Johannesburg. Having been rewarded with the ultimate selection, Mthandi said she was eager to make an impact at the Ghana tournament, feeling she added something new to the national squad. "I play as a wing, but I believe I have the sort of versatility in my game which can add some value. "For example, I can play as a holding striker or I can adapt to the requirements of playing up front, running onto balls in an attacking position." One of her main objectives at Afcon is to score her first goal for her country. "Obviously as a team we want to qualify for next year's World Cup, but my special aim is to net one for Banyana Banyana," said Mthandi. "I believe the experience I will gain playing at this level will help me to improve as a player." The top three teams from the Afcon tournament will qualify for the World Cup to be held in France next year. Mthandi's national selection caps off a memorable year, the highlight of which she said was winning the University Sport South Africa tournament in Port Elizabeth in July. "That was a really good week for UJ soccer, and especially for me, after I was named player of the . . .
With the City of Cape Town relaxing the water restrictions slightly to level 5*, both locals and visitors can breathe a sigh of relief and look at spending the hot summer in a pool. Located within a few metres of the well-known Sea Point promenade, the iconic Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Cape Town has been recognized for its unforgettable hospitality. Make this summer more memorable, by experiencing all the hotel has to offer. Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel is opening its arms to the public in celebration of relaxed water restrictions and is making its pool deck facilities open to the public. So come and make a splash while the hotel staff caters to your refreshment needs. This summer, guests can enjoy local flavours at the #add restaurant and pool bar with the hotel offering delicious summer burger specials that are available on Fridays and Sundays! Every Friday, guests can enjoy a 150g Beef Burger topped with onion, tomato, and avocado and deep-fried onion rings accompanied by potato or sweet potato fries and a CBC beer for only R120 per person. Each Sunday the hotel will be offering a Trio of Burgers and a cocktail special at R115 per person. The Trio consists of an Ostrich, Chicken and Steak Burger all with seasonal julienne pickled vegetables, deep-fried onion rings and freshly sliced avocado. Both special offers include full access to the Radisson Blu Le Vendome swimming pool and outdoor bar - perfect for the upcoming hot days! For more information, contact the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, call +27 (0) 21 826 5100. For more details, visit: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-levendome-capetown. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .