The dti brings Workplace Challenge Programme 20-year celebration to Gauteng The Deputy Director General: Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation Division at the Department of Trade and Industry (thedti), Mr Sipho Zikode and Productivity SA CEO, Mr Mothunye Mothiba will take the campaign to commemorate 20 years of productivity improvement by the Workplace Challenge Programme to the people of Gauteng at an event to be held on Thursday, 27th September 2018, from 9h00 to 13h00 in Centurion, Gauteng. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a 24 month programme implemented in South African enterprises to improve the productivity of the companies thereby ensuring sustainability of jobs. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a programme of the dti and is managed Productivity SA. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31(1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity, thus contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and economic efficiency. Members of the media are invited to the event as follows Event Details: Date: Thursday, 27 September 2018 Time: 09:00 – 13:00 Venue: Icon Industrial Park, 311 Barolong St, Sunderland Ridge Ind, Centurion CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CAPE TOWN, After four years of grueling work and tireless fund-raising, the Eyethu Skatepark, a Rotary Hout Bay Initiative supported by Eyethu Volunteers, will officially break-ground by the end of October this year. The organisations’ co-founder and Head Design Architect, Lawden Holmes, received the green light from the CoCT Planning and Building Development Management Department just over a week ago and since then it has been all systems go to try get the skatepark built by the end of the year. “The entire team has been working so hard over the last four years, and this year has been particularly tough. So when we heard the news that we could start the build we were thrilled”, says Keith Bull, Rotary Hout Bay Club president. “We’re also lucky to have Amandla Construction on board to provide all of the ground clearing, levelling, initial ground testing and core construction for free. This is invaluable and proves how committed the entire community is to this project. MICA Hardware Hout Bay have also generously promised to provide all building material at cost price, a massive value to a project of this size.” The Eyethu Skatepark project started four years when our community leader, MJ Johnson posted on Facebook the need for a community skatepark in the area. Rotary Hout Bay were at the time looking for a new project to support, and heeded the community call for a safe space for skaters in the community to call home. The support from the local and greater community has been staggering. Vicki Scheffel, Eyethu Skatepark project co-ordinator says, “the response we’ve had from the public has been staggering, from our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and a golf day, we raised over R270 000. All of the Rotary Clubs have come to the party and supported this project, with our own Hout Bay Rotary club donating R100 000 to the project. Every person who has assisted in donating money, time and consumables to this project is to thank. It’s really been a team effort, . . .
Interwaste and the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum celebrated the successful completion and graduation of 16 underprivileged Olifantsfontein/Tembisan students, selected to form part of NQF Level 1 – 4 training in Waste Management, at Interwaste’s world-class FG Landfill facility in Midrand. Says Rajes Pillay, Human Resources Director at Interwaste: “If we consider that 50% of entrepreneurs in South Africa are youth – with female entrepreneurs making up 47% of the pool – then there really is a great opportunity to drive real skills to those people that will one day be our leaders of tomorrow. In fact, skills development and training form a critical pillar to South Africa’s continued improvement in GDP and in alleviating poverty within the country.” “With an increasing unemployment rate locally – training and development is becoming ever more important where corporate South Africa have a fundamental role to play in encouraging and facilitating skills development, giving South Africans the confidence to rise beyond their current situations, skill up and become solid contributing members of society and we believe that projects such as this are key to this change.” These learners – who form part of the Siyangena Environmental Stakeholder Forum – underwent an accredited Waste Management NQF Level 1 to 4 course at Interwaste’s FG Landfill facility in Midrand. The aim of this course was to transfer critical waste management skills to the youth, women in particular, in order to give them not only a qualification that they can use to improve their lives and form part of the formal working community but, very importantly, that they too could drive awareness within the community around waste management and the role we all play in effective waste management. The course was hosted by Interwaste and facilitated by Kobus Meyer from the Institute of Waste Management, covering a period of 8 days, over 4 months. Course content included the following areas: NQF . . .
South Africans currently get multiple bills, deal with several service providers and may have a number of monthly debit orders coming off their accounts. Globally, customers have become accustomed to converged offerings through one provider for all their connectivity and entertainment services, all on one plan and bill. Now, South Africans can join the international trend, by signing up for MediaPlay, a revolutionary new, first-to-market solution from Cell C. MediaPlay empowers consumers to plan and budget for their connectivity and entertainment needs through one contract. This transformation contract gives customers all access connectivity and entertainment in one plan. MediaPlay allows customers to connect with the world and with friends and family PLUS keep up with their favourite movies, series, sports, news and music – all through one simple and affordable plan. Launched this week, MediaPlay allows customers to get access to • Voice and SMS; • Data; • Subscription to the entertainment platform, black with free streaming “MediaPlay simplifies our customers’ lives by bringing them an all in one communications and entertainment solution through great value plans, whether on mobile, high speed fixed 4G or Fibre,” says Cell C Chief Commercial Officer, Junaid Munshi. Customers no longer have to have the hassle of paying multiple subscriptions for on-demand entertainment, home Internet and mobile connectivity. Instead, Cell C’s MediaPlay suite of products allows customers to get all of this in one simple package. Consumers have the option to connect through one of three formats: MediaPlay Fibre, MediaPlay LTE or MediaPlay Mobile with various plans to suit their budgets. Customers will be able to purchase their MediaPlay plans directly from www.mediaplay.co.za with just a couple of clicks. On the site, customers will find an interactive educational video and a tour of exactly what MediaPlay is all about, what it offers and how to get it. Customers . . .
A number of successes during its seven-year existence have underlined the value of the Madibaz Football Club's outreach programme with township schools. Having started in 2011 with Phakamisa High, the club linked hands with Zwide school Ndzondelelo High in 2014 and the sustainability of the arrangement is a firm step in the right direction. Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy said they had initiated the project to create a permanent form of development, rather than the one-off tournaments and clinics they had previously arranged. In the most recent evidence of the programme's success, Ndzondelelo won the U19 provincial final of the Kay Motsepe Cup and will represent the Eastern Cape in the national finals of the competition next month. Ndzondelelo coach Asanda Gomba said this outcome, in addition to league successes in the U16 and U18 age-groups, was a direct result of the association between the Nelson Mandela University club and the school. "This programme has helped the [Ndzondelelo] team to achieve in school tournaments and their participation in the Pefa [Port Elizabeth Football Association] leagues makes it much easier for our coaches," he said. "The rhythm of the players' performances never stops. We take time to prepare the boys during the Pefa leagues and have achieved much success against clubs who essentially draw their players from all over the city." Besides the Kay Motsepe success, Gomba said their teams won the Pefa U16 league and Knockout competition in 2016 and 2017. The U18s are in the Knockout final this year. "In the U18 league, our biggest rivals are Chippa United, an academy team selected from the best players in the city. "I am extremely proud of our achievements because the team have also twice qualified to play in the Engen U17 regional tournament." Ndzondelelo teacher Dumisa Thys, who has been intimately involved with the project since the start, said becoming the Kay Motsepe U19 Eastern Cape champions . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
Ahead of its much-anticipated 100th issue in early 2019, New Media-owned décor, design and architecture brand VISI has been awarded the A’Design Award for Best Design Media. Announced by the A’Design Award team in Italy, the Best Design Media Award is a special recognition granted to leading design publications, which are nominated by designers, artists and architects from across the globe. “This is a highly acclaimed award, which we are extremely proud of,” says Sumien Brink, VISI’s Editor-in-Chief. “What makes it particularly powerful is that the award came as a result of recognition by many of our very talented peers from around the world. We feel truly honoured,” she adds. Differing from the A’Design Award, where entries are peer reviewed and awarded by a grand jury panel, in the case of the Best Design Media Award, recipients are selected by laureates of the A’Design Award who indicate a list of prominent design publications they follow, wish to be featured in and adore. The Best Design Media status is granted once to each publication to acknowledge their role and support in the creation of a better world, and a heightened appreciation and understanding of good design that leads to the creation of better products and services. Says New Media’s Managing Director Aileen Lamb, “VISI is one of our iconic brands and has always been celebrated locally for its distinctive design and high production value. It’s wonderful to have it recognised globally, within such esteemed design circles.” Despite the downward trend in consumer titles, VISI magazine continues to grow. As per the Q2 2018 ABC figures, VISI’s total circulation increased by 10% quarter-on-quarter and an unprecedented 15% year-on-year. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Raising conscious and responsible children The opposite of depression, misery, addictions and negative behavioural choices is purpose, connection, acknowledgement and a healthy sense of independence. Imagine if we could teach these valuable life skills to our children, from a very young age and within our home environments! Cindy Glass, Director and Co-founder of Step Up Education Centres says that the good news is that you can, and indeed, you should, and it can be done through the teaching of responsibility within your home! Cindy highlights the following benefits of teaching a healthy sense of responsibility in children. • It helps children believe that they are capable and worthy. • It engenders feelings of achievement and upliftment. • It increases independence, which is a wonderful and necessary life-gift. • It helps increase confidence and leadership skills. • It teaches children the skills that they will need to live more successful adult lives. • It encourages self-awareness, self-regulation, motivation, empathy and social skills. This will also include self-care. Cindy goes on to say “It is important to note that responsibilities within the home need to be age appropriate. Younger children can be tasked with helping to make their own beds, putting dirty clothes in the wash-basket, packing away toys, brushing their own teeth and hair and other simple-to-do tasks. Older children and teenagers can and should make their own beds and keep their personal space in order. In addition, they can be tasked with helping with cooking, washing dishes, making their own school lunches and doing their own homework.” There is a fine line between insisting, nagging and fighting with our children to become more responsible and helping them to embrace the process of learning from the experiences of becoming more responsible within their homes. Cindy gives the following do’s and don’ts to consider” consider: • Don’t expect or insist upon perfection. . . .
Drakenstein Local Tourism Association used the recently held Cape Wine 2018 to showcase the proud heritage and award-winning wines of the Paarl and Wellington regions. With 352 producers attending this year’s event, Cape Wine is considered to be the flagship business showcase of the South African wine industry and is presented by Wines of South Africa every three years. The DLTA hosted a special evening for sommeliers, restaurant owners, wine merchants and marketers from around the globe with ten participating winemakers at the Centre for the Book in Cape Town. Celebrity chef Mynhardt Joubert conceptualized an impressive ten-course food and wine pairing that emphasized the culinary history and unique taste of terroir of the region. According to Annelize Stroebel, general manager of the tourism association, Cape Wine presented an incredible opportunity for Paarl and Wellington to feature their unique wine offerings. “Paarl is the second oldest wine route in South Africa and we definitely wanted to focus on our impressive winemaking heritage. The imposing venue was perfectly suited to our theme and chef Mynhardt’s unique twists on South African culinary favourites paired perfectly with the best wines of the region absolutely wowed the guests.” Wineries included Boland Cellar, Doolhof, Diemersfontein, Landskroon, Linton Park, Painted Wolf Wines, Pearl Mountain Wines, Perdeberg Group, Rhebokskloof Wine Estate and Ridgeback. Each winery had the opportunity to present a selection of their wines before one wine was paired with a specific course. The delectable menu started with traditional mosbolletjie and kaiing bread served with nastergal (belladonna) and lavender, a Wamakersvallei strawberry and beetroot salad and a waterblommetjie (indigenous pond lilly) soup served with home cured acorn fed pancetta from Wellington with micro herbs and olive oil. Then guests could sample a Cape favourite snoek (local fish) and sweet potatoes before enjoying some true Malay . . .
On the 16 August 2018, Bianca Ackhurst (22) was transferred to the South Rand Rehabilitation Centre in The Hill, Johannesburg to continue her fight against Guillain-Barré Disease, an extremely rare autoimmune disorder that left her paralyzed at the beginning of July. “Bianca’s condition is improving daily and she is at the point where she can sit with little to no assistance and can stand unassisted for about 3 seconds at a time. She remains positive despite dealing with this soul destroying illness ” – says Bianca’s father, Jeffrey Ackhurst Bianca currently does about 3 hours of physical, speech and occupational therapy a day. While she is making progress, doctors suggest her recovery could take up to 6 months. “When I took my first step with my walker, I reminded myself, that you have to keep fighting when you get knocked down. I am determined to get better and get my life back” – says Bianca Ackhurst Bianca’s treatment has been made possible through generous contributions to her campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. The campaign went live on the 6th of July, shortly after Bianca’s diagnosis and has thus far raised over R108 065.41 with contributions from 165 donors. “We would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has contributed to Bianca’s BackaBuddy fund and for the kindness and compassion we received as a family. Your thoughts and prayers have been a pillar of strength for us during a very difficult time” Says Jeffrey Bianca’s ongoing medical treatment is estimated to cost a further R200 000. Support Bianca’s crowdfunding campaign on BackaBuddy by donating here: https://www.backabuddy.co.za/bianca-treatment-guillain-barre Watch a video of Bianca walking here: https://youtu.be/adATfU5yiZ4 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .