(South Africa, November 2017) Kahvé Road, premium coffee and patisserie specialist have officially launched their online store at http://www.kahveroad.com/shop/. You can now order your favourite Kahvé Road coffee capsules or certified specialty grade coffee beans from the comfort of your own home, and have them delivered straight to your door. Kahvé Road launched their coffee capsule range in September and boasts an impressive selection of signature blends aimed at indulging various coffee palates. Offering five distinct signature blends made with 100% Arabica Specialty Grade Coffee which is ethically sourced and of the highest possible quality. With five varieties to choose from, whether you are looking for something bold, rich or subtle, you are bound to find a blend you love. For the ardent coffee aficionado there’s Babylon, a rich dark roast blend which is fast becoming a client favourite, or the popular house blend, Petra. If you’re in the mood for something lighter, try the Machu Pichu, a delicious light blend filled with natural notes of melon and orange, and a smooth aftertaste. Opt for Troy if you prefer a decaf option. For tea lovers there’s Chan Chan, Kahvé Road’s spiced red rooibos tea, perfect for a rooibos latte. The capsule variants are available in boxes of 10 and retail for R90 each, whilst the coffee beans range start from R85. Capsule variety packs (featuring five boxes) are sold for R450 and all orders over R450 will have free delivery. Shop the Kahvé Road coffee range at http://www.kahveroad.com/shop/ For more info about the Kahvé Road experience, visit the website http://kahveroad.com/ • Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/KahveRoad/ • Twitter: https://twitter.com/KahveRoad • Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/kahveroad/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Oude Molen Eco Village Jazz Festival The second Oude Molen Eco-Village Jazz Festival is delivered by the Yes We Can Sport & Jazz and Foundation. This is arranged to raise funds for the Foundation that is operational in the sport & cultural (particularly jazz) arenas with a focus on the youth and making a positive impact on their lives. This festival also serves as a platform to showcase the multitude of jazz talent in the Cape. The festival will take place from 11am till 7pm on the 25th & 26th November 2017. A portion of the Festival profits is set aside to be donated to the Oude Molen Eco-Village Tenants Association and the Yes We Can Sport & Jazz Foundation to continue with their community beneficiation projects. Local school jazz bands as well as up and coming artists/bands will also be featured per day in order to provide them with the necessary exposure. The line up of the artists performing will be: Sammy Webber; Allou April; Don Vino; NZ; Butler Connection Band; Vuvu Khumalo; Steenberg High Jazz Band; Dominique Domingo; Downtown Band; Tumsmart; Dumama Duo; SignatureSA; Ruby Truter (2017 Grandwest Open Mike winner); Latheem Gabriel, Kirya Kuti Project; Hassan Addas Project There will be an exclusive after-party inside the hall, at the end of the first day of the festival. This year there will also be a kid’s play area, so patrons are more than welcome to bring their kids and make it a family outing. Patrons are welcome to braai at the braai areas. Tickets range from R150 for a general day pass to R800 for a VIP weekend pass. Kids 12 & under come in for free. Pre-sold tickets are available and VIP entrance is limited. Contact Shane Solomons on 074 056 9440 or Rory Dreyer on 074 484 2088 for tickets. Yes We Can Sport & Jazz Foundation Website: http://www.yeswecansportandjazz.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 17 November 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is among the first in the world to stock the newly launched FLIR ONE® Pro thermal-imaging system for mobile devices. With increased sensor resolution of 160x120, innovative VividIR™ processing for greater image sharpness, and new features added to the user-interface app, this third generation of the FLIR ONE family delivers even better value for professional and DIY users. The app can load captured thermal images directly to the smartphone’s camera roll, to simplify sharing with colleagues or posting to social channels. The new FLIR ONE Pro retains many features that made its predecessors so successful, including MSX technology that combines thermal images with edge details from the smartphone’s colour camera for greater clarity and easier interpretation. It also features the innovative adjustable OneFit connector, which simplifies attaching the module even when the mobile device is in a protective case. Typical applications include use by tradespeople, to pinpoint problems that are difficult to see, such as energy loss, sources of water damage, or hidden electrical faults. It is also great for troubleshooting automotive issues, analysing electronic circuits like power supplies or inverters, or examining industrial machinery. Robust construction allows the module to survive general work-site wear and tear, including being dropped from heights up to 1.8 metres. “FLIR ONE Pro delivers a massive leap forward in the field of thermal imagery,” said Marco Nibioli, Sales Manager EMEA, FLIR Systems. “It delivers improved image quality and an improved user experience at an affordable price, bringing the benefits of high-quality thermal imaging within the reach of individuals and small businesses.” Fabien Fournier, Senior Global Category Manager for Test and Measurement at RS, added, “RS is ready to . . .
In a landscape of ever-increasing healthcare costs across both the public and private sectors, and in the context of an environment where consumers are struggling to keep up with medical aid contributions (exacerbated by annual increases), any effort to mitigate private sector healthcare costs should be applauded and encouraged. So with this in mind, consider the following: Window of opportunity: 13% of surgical procedures are undertaken in day clinics, while the potential is closer to 70%, as per global norms. With a per-minute rate of approximately R100 as opposed to the R150 across acute facilities, the cost-per-event in day clinics is significantly more economical than the same procedure performed in an acute hospital. (Interestingly, the number of procedures performed on an outpatient basis in the USA now exceeds those done on an in-patient basis, in acute hospitals). Forced shift to public healthcare: Consumers who are no longer able to maintain medical aid premiums will be forced to access public healthcare which is already stretched and under-resourced, and where demand far outstrips budget and accessibility. Medical aid premiums have been growing at above-inflation rates for the last decade or more. Last year saw double digit increases way above the Consumer Price Index, often accompanied by benefit cuts. These increases are placing growing burdens on those who are fortunate enough to have medical aid but, at a broader level, they are putting private health care further and further out of reach of the masses. It may be argued that spiralling medical aid costs are contributing to the perpetuation of our divided society. There can be little doubt that the proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) scheme and continued attempts to regulate the private health care industry are, in part, driven by the growing unaffordability of private health care. Day hospital presence: Medical funders are actively requesting the footprint of day hospitals to be . . .
South African Filmmaker Invents New Documentary Storytelling Medium with 3D Technology 3D-Printed Art Installation, “WATERTIGHT”, Debuts This Week at Prestigious IDFA DocLab Amsterdam, Netherlands – (November 16, 2017) – WATERTIGHT is a 3D-scanned and 3D-printed specimen collection of New York City habitats and the individuals that reside alone within them. Created by South African filmmaker Caitlin Robinson and Israeli artist Ziv Schneider, the collection premieres this week at the International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam - DocLab Competition for Immersive Non-Fiction. Today, more than a third of New Yorkers live alone. This is the only documented period in human history that housing infrastructure has supported multitudes of single occupant households – and the phenomenon is growing exponentially in cities all around the world. To tell this story, the collaborators pioneered a new form of documentary that uses present-day bleeding edge technology to continue the natural history tradition of specimen archiving. From 2015 to 2017, backed by a grant from Google, Robinson and Schneider embarked on an archaeological expedition in the USA, using a depth sensor to discover and preserve the manifestations of present-day living alone. The final exhibit, called WATERTIGHT, is an incomplete archive of this recent development in human ecology. Peek into these 3D printed miniatures to explore a transient reality captured in a plastic fossil, the size of your palm. The captured depth sensor data was converted into physical replicas. A computational process, called “watertight”, uses the internal structure of the apartment to extrapolate an external shape that is suitable for 3D printing. This results in seemingly organic artifacts that represent a subjective reality as seen through the eyes of an algorithm. WATERTIGHT will be on display from Thursday 16 to Sunday 26 November at the Flemish Arts Center De Brakke Grond (Nes 45). Website: . . .
Cape Town, November 2017: The Public institution mandated to promote and ensure biodiversity conservation in the Western Cape, CapeNature has made positive progress over the 2016/2017 financial year despite growing concerns over climate change. Some concerns in the local media surfaced after the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) World Heritage Outlook 2 – an update of the 2014 IUCN World Heritage Outlook report was released this month. The report indicates that, globally, the number of natural World Heritage sites threatened by climate change has grown from 35 to 62 in just three years and that in particular, certain conservation authorities mandated to manage part of the Cape Floral Kingdom Protected Area World Heritage Site in South Africa face major challenges. The report also reveals that the management of natural World Heritage sites internationally has dropped in quality and effectiveness since 2014, notably due to insufficient funding. Fewer than half of the sites are currently being managed to good standards. Here in the Western Cape, CapeNature’s stance analysis in the soon to be released Provincial State of Biodiversity Report 2017 is that the biggest immediate threat is in fact habitat lost by agriculture and transforming land for development. Climate change and degradation of habitat by aliens is a concern but at the moment, few species have been shown to be directly impacted by climate change (Widdringtonia cederbergensis). The state of the organisation’s priority areas for biodiversity conservation is not only focused on Critical Biodiversity Areas where there has been shown to be hectares lost but also areas not lost yet in an unprotected natural state. These are being lost in spite of our regulatory safety net, considered forward planning for the expansion of the protected area estate, private stewardship or benign neglect. Thus a major loss to biodiversity conservation and ecosystem service delivery. However, the . . .
The recent data breach where a wide range of sensitive information was revealed to be available on millions of South African consumers should be a wake-up call to businesses. This is according to Frank Knight, CEO of credit management company Debtsource, who says all South African businesses, regardless of size, must be more vigilant about any documentation, print or electronic, containing financial or personal information. “It is more lucrative for criminals to target businesses, rather than individuals, when it comes to perpetrating identity theft scams as the pay-off in a commercial environment is significantly higher as normal lines of trade credit are usually much more than those granted in a consumer environment. These facts have not been lost on local fraudsters,” he says. Globally this is a growing phenomenon and experts are calling identity theft “an absolute epidemic”. On the local front the problem is no less severe with an increase in the number of commercial identity theft cases reported. In some instances the value of goods lost an amount to hundreds of thousands of rands and commercial credit grantors need to become more vigilant in preventing this fraud. But what is identity theft? Like personal identity theft, it occurs when a thief uses a business’ line of credit to fraudulently open offices or merchant accounts. If business identity theft goes on too long without detection, it can be difficult to recover, and a business could potentially go bankrupt. In many ways commercial identity theft is easier than that of consumer credit. In commercial or trade credit there is no single specific document that has to be presented when applying for credit – such as an ID book. Registration papers in the case of a registered entity are also easily falsified, especially seeing that the majority of applications processed electronically. Knight explains that with the proliferation of information available on companies, a potential fraudster can . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 16 November, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced availability of the new DYMO LabelWriter Wireless, which comes with built-in Wi-Fi to enable cable-free label printing. While the printer is suitable for typical general applications in the office, asset tracking, inventory, mailing and shipping and retail, especially with its ability to print barcodes, it is also ideal for use in industrial applications, including labelling shelves, warehousing, chemical storage, floor markers and equipment inventory. The LabelWriter Wireless is capable of printing on a wide selection of label tapes used by the existing DYMO LabelWriter printer series. Importantly for industrial applications, the printer can use the existing long-lasting DYMO LW Durable labels, which use an industrial-strength adhesive that is able to stick securely to challenging surfaces such as metal tread plate, textured PVC, wood and glass. The labels also have a rugged protective coating that prevents peeling and abrasion caused by moisture and solvents, as well as industrial oils and cleaners. In addition to tolerating UV light, the moisture-resistant design can handle damp conditions and up to 85% humidity, as well as withstanding a range of temperatures from as low as –18°C and up to +50°C. The LabelWriter Wireless is available in black or white, and can print labels directly from Apple Macs, PCs, smartphones and tablets via its built-in Wi-Fi and can easily be added to a network for sharing. The Dymo LabelWriter Wireless printer is now available from RS. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
GAUTENG, MULDERDRIFT – Johannesburg local and South Africa’s top OCR competitor, Thomas van Tonder, takes a clean sweep of all twelve Beast Challenge Obstacle Course races in 2017, after taking the final gold medal at 12th Beast Elite OCR race over the weekend. The meet, which took place on Saturday, 11 November 2017, saw 140 athletes descended upon The Wedge 4x4 Trail in Muldersdrift for the final Beast Challenge obstacle course races (OCR) of the year. Along with 31 other competitors, Van Tonder took on the day’s toughest elite race - the 12km, 50-obstacle Savage Beast Race. Van Tonder once again showed why he is nicknamed ‘#BeastMode’, becoming the sole winner of all twelve 2017’s Savage Beast OCR races. Van Tonder finished his race in 01:13:00, just over 10 minutes ahead of the second-placed Bradley Classe in 01:23:51. Third place went to Vaughan Proctor in a time of 01:36:00. Says van Tonder following his clean sweep at The Beast, “What a blessing. Taking home 12 of 12 of The Beast series. Another amazing day at the OCR office.” This family-friendly event offers 3 distinct levels of entry; the Tame Beast, a fun short course suitable for beginners; the Wild Beast, an intermediate race for fitter, more competitive athletes; and the Savage Beast, an elite, gruelling test of physical fitness, strength and mental ability, suitable for serious athletes. In the women’s elite race, over the exact same course as the men’s elite, Sam Gilchrist took the win in 01:39:18, Cindy Wills claimed silver in a time of 01:40:32, while Sam Ryder rounded off the podium in 01:46:34. Says Max Cluer, owner of Jeep Team South Africa, “Thomas is a machine who is utterly motivated to be the best he can be. This humble man is loved by all that meet him, even his fiercest competitors. We are extremely proud of him and his national and international achievements this year.” Results Savage Beast - Men 1. Thomas van Tonder 01:13:00 2. Bradley Claase 01:23:51 3. . . .
Eastern Cape, 15 November 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Tuesday, 21 November 2017 at approximately 12 noon. The blast will take place at the Qunu Quarry. The Quarry is situated approximately 1km from the N2 on the Elliotdale Road. The Elliotdale turnoff is 46.6km from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. “The road will not be closed during the blast, but motorist are asked to use caution when making use of the road,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .