Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has introduced a new series of AC/DC coil compatible contactors from Schneider Electric. Schneider has upgraded its TeSys D range with the TeSys D Green range that features lower energy consumption and AC/DC coils, meaning every coil can be energised with either AC or DC current. Making it easy for customers to upgrade and gain the improved energy efficiencies, the new range is backward compatible with all current TeSys D accessories and support products and offers consistent low-energy contactors that handle 9 to 80A, and cover control voltages from 24 to 500V AC or DC. Designed to take up less space in machines and electrical cabinets, the range offers a number of advantages. For example, low control current leads to lower energy consumption with a reduced coil power of just 0.5W at 24V DC, making a major contribution to the energy efficiency of a machine. In addition, a special contactor product that handles 40 to 65A and can connect directly to PLC control, as the device can be driven by a common 24V DC / 500mA static output, means that a relay interface is no longer required. Meeting the SEMI F47 standard, the range offers higher resistance to voltage surges and grid disruptions to provider higher uptime. The contactors also offer reduced contact bounce as the devices retain the same high resistance to shock and vibration as the TeSys D range. Other advantages include a constant closing and opening time, regardless of voltage fluctuation, delivering reliable repetitive actuation. Also, when maintenance is required one TeSys D Green can replace many standard contactors. The Schneider Electric TeSys D Green is now available from RS. Further information on plant maintenance solutions available from RS can be found here: http://smarturl.it/plant-maintenance. CLICK HERE to submit your . . .
Innovation house RubiBlue has launched Data Sight. A new company to address the need for emerging market data and its analysis as brands, corporations and start-ups look to enter Africa and connect with the 1.1 billion people on the continent who will account for one-fifth of the world’s population by 2025. “Africa has its own nuances, and its complex cultures within its different countries hold a myriad of challenges for established businesses and start-ups looking to enter its new markets,” says RubiBlue MD and founder of Data Sight. “If you don’t understand consumers in the territory you’re entering, you’re setting yourself up to fail.” With over ten years working in Africa and enabling financial institutions to access rural markets and give access to financial security for millions of Africans, RubiBlue is well positioned to aggregate and process vast amounts of consumer data in this sector. “There are currently 293.8 million smartphone users across the continent,” adds Ogden. “And according to research firm Ovum, the smartphone penetration rate will grow at 52.9% year-on-year. It’s these smartphone users we will use to collect data from and create a picture of Africa’s consumers.” Data Sight subscribers will be surveyed and rewarded with data or airtime vouchers upon completion of question sets, as well as many other partnered value-added service (VAS) providers across Africa. “Creating and owning its data, and the ability to carry out surveys on demand from a uniquely dynamic platform, Data Sight will partner with organisations and entrepreneurs to furnish them with the insight they need,” adds Ogden. “Most businesses don’t have access or the expertise to collect and analyse vast amounts of data. Which is where our experience and expertise adds value.” To find out more, speak to the RubiBlue team on 011 326 37 94 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Brilliant designer showcase at the Durban Exhibition Centre this July The 2017 ECR House & Garden Show introduces a fresh partnership with KAPOW, the design and décor industry’s independent networking organization. Headed by Interior designers Jennifer Jones and Caron Mitchell, KAPOW aims to tackle the misconception that interior design and decorating is not accessible to the everyday home owner. Your line up of interior design inspiration heading to this year’s ECR House & Garden Show. (l-r) Owen Reeves, Lee Booy, Nicky Fraser, Wisty Raleigh, Jennifer Jones, Hayley Larson, Cairey Baxter-Bruce, Phillipa Courtenay Central to the project at this year’s ECR House & Garden Show is the KAPOW Designer Café presented by Dulux, where invited decorators and interior designers each partner with fabric houses to create seven different cameo stands. Visitors will be inspired by KAPOW designers’ interpretation of the latest trends, alongside daily talks and launches of the season’s current fabric ranges. “The idea that designers cost the home owner more than retail shopping is a myth,” said Jennifer Jones, interior designer and KAPOW committee chairperson. “By offering direct access to top designers, we’ll be connecting show visitors with extensive international and local products, not to mention the invaluable advice and input that a designer offers.” Paint supply powerhouse Dulux are the presenting sponsor behind the KAPOW Designer Café, with their key trend colours creating the featured designers’ chief palette. Paint supply powerhouse Dulux are the presenting sponsor behind the KAPOW Designer Café, with their key trend colours creating the featured designers’ chief palette. “Collaborating with the KAPOW Designer Café affords Dulux the opportunity to showcase our versatile colour trends and offer expert advice on how to select the right colours and make a décor statement, living up to our mission of Adding Colour to People’s LivesTM” said . . .
St Mary’s Foundation fosters the holistic development of students Female participation in sport advances gender equality and the empowerment of women and girls. St Mary’s School Waverley recognises the physical, emotional, social and educational benefits of sport that continue into adulthood. However, many young children are excluded from the opportunity to play sport due to lack of resources or access to quality sport programs. Overcoming hurdles Panashe Sithole and Sasha Dikotla are champions in the making through St Mary’s Foundation scholarships. These scholarships have afforded the girls the opportunity to not only receive a world-class education but also top-class sport training allowing them to develop in all aspects of life – beyond the impact on physical well-being. Empowered to succeed Studies show women’s participation in sport is an important social and economic empowerment tool. Through sport, women acquire social skills, develop a sense of identity and access new opportunities to become more engaged in school and community life. Sport also serves to improve and drive academic excellence and critical skills necessary for success in the workplace. Research shows 94% of female senior executives played sport – suggesting a strong correlation between success in sport and in careers later in life. Building champions Sport also promotes psychological wellbeing through self-esteem and confidence building. It reduces stress, anxiety and loneliness. This is particularly important as rates of depression among women are almost double those of men in both developed and developing countries. Children who participate in sport receive praise and encouragement from coaches, parents and team members, which helps to build self-confidence. They also learn to trust in their abilities, accept criticism and grow. From barriers to benefits The two passionate scholarship recipients at St Mary’s Waverley believe women aren’t given enough credit . . .
Author: Professor Rashied Small, Education, Training and Membership Executive, South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) The local accountancy industry has gained 271 new professional accountants, following the South African Institute of Professional Accountants’ (SAIPA’s) professional evaluation (PE) exam that was written in May by 363 qualifying candidates, of which 235 or almost 65% were black. Out of the black candidates, 163 passed, which equates to just over 69%. This translates to a 75% overall pass rate, this year the focus shifted to assessing the competence and business knowledge rather than the technical knowledge. Three of the national top ten candidates were participants in SAIPA’s competency-based training programme called Project Achiever, while seven were SAIPA trainees: Smith Cheryl Midrand Pieterse Crushaan Cape Town Joubert Janus Pretoria Bear Gerda Leone Midrand Govender Minolen Midrand Afonso Hilda Midrand Peens Sannelie North West Treiber Bianca Cape Town Khan Khatija Durban De Bod Verna Cape Town The quality and competence of the candidates should be revered, as they demonstrated the ability of providing simple, but technically sound solutions for integrated and complex business scenarios. Congratulations to the successful candidates, and for those who did not, I want to emphasise that the lessons you have learnt form part of the road to success. Transformation Project Achiever is considered to be at the root of the increase in the pass rate of the professional evaluation exam. Geared towards advancing transformation in the professional accounting industry, the programme is a joint initiative by SAIPA and the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Fasset). The programme yield four candidates in the top 10 for the May 2017 exam, including the 2nd best candidates To date, four groups have attended the Project Achiever program, totaling 577 . . .
On Tuesday 27 June, CFOs, academic leaders and executives, including auditor-general, Kimi Makwetu, and CEO of SA Institute for Business Accountants (and IAFEI Area President for Africa), Nicolaas van Wyk, will gather under one roof to discuss issues surrounding the Municipal Finance Management Act (MFMA) 2015-16. In addition to a detailed assessment of the municipal audit outcomes, ethical issues pertaining to accountability in SAs democracy, and the responsibility of academic institutions to curate local government outcomes, will be placed under the microscope. Backed by a panel of select CFOs and academic leaders (including UNISA vice chancellor, Prof Mandla Makhanya), circumstances that currently impact the growth of a just and economically strong SA (aptly a month away from commemorating one of the country’s most iconic politicians and freedom leaders on Mandela Day - 18 July), will be brought into focus. Coordinated by UNISA, in partnership with the AGSA and SAIBA, next week’s discussion will carry considerable merit for public deliberation. MFMA Public Lecture Details: Date: Tuesday 27 June Time: 17h30 for 18h00 Venue: Sasol Auditorium 1, UNISA Graduate School of Business Leadership, c/o Janadel and Alexandra Avenues, Midrand Cost: free Bookings are limited. Please RSVP by Monday 26 June to email@example.com or 011 652 0343. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 2017: Rami Sassen has been appointed as the new CEO of Teljoy, a household name that many South African’s have come to know and trust. Sassen takes over from Rob Katzen, who remains a director and shareholder of the company. Teljoy, founded by Theo Rutstein in 1969, is notably known as the first company to supply TV sets commercially in South Africa. And today, offers rent-to-own, a unique offering for South African’s to get the things they want, from home appliances to electronics and more, without being locked into lengthy credit agreements. Sassen brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He is a qualified CA who was employed by SA Taxi a 100% owned subsidiary of Transaction Capital. He was previously the CEO of Taximart, Head of Sales of SA Taxi and was most recently responsible for the Procurement, Fraud and Compliance departments for SA Taxi Protect. “I am very excited to be with the Teljoy Group. I believe the experience I have gained in finance, sales, marketing and advertising, insurance and procurement will add value to Teljoy. I am grateful to be at the helm of a company that has grown in strength for over 47 years now,” said Sassen. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Organisers of the one-day Bestmed Jock Classic and three-day Bestmed Jock Tour road races have split the events to accommodate riders who wish to take part in both. ASG Events' operations manager Darren Herbst confirmed that the Jock Classic would take place on July 15 while the tour was pencilled in for September 15 to 17. Both events, which are presented by Rudy Project, will once again be centred around the Lowveld town of Mbombela in Mpumalanga. The Jock Classic, South Africa's second oldest race after the Cape Town Cycle Tour and an official seeding event for the latter, will be contested over three tough stages totalling 150km with 2 900m of vertical ascent. The first stage will take the peloton from Nelspruit to White River over a distance of 42km, with the second covering 45km to Sabie via Spitskop. The final stage will be contested over 63km to Nelspruit via Long Tom Pass. "We haven't changed the route, as it has become an institution," said Herbst, "but there have been improvements with roads being resurfaced and additional support measures being added." He said the Jock Classic was "not your normal one-day race". "It's a lot further and it offers cyclists looking for something different a unique experience." Although the response to this year's race had been overwhelming, Herbst said entries would be taken until midnight today. The Bestmed Jock Tour would be limited to a field of 500, which included team and solo entries, he said. It was not a challenge for the average rider, he warned, as it was the first race in the country to mirror its stages on those found in the European Grand Tours. "There is no tougher three-day challenge on a road bike anywhere else on the African continent," he said of the 313km event that took in a daunting 7 200m of vertical ascent. It opens with an innocuous-sounding 27km time-trial between Nelspruit and Kaapsehoop, but the course rises an intimidating 1 200m. The second stage is . . .
Having ended fifth in both the men's and women's divisions last year, the University of Johannesburg hockey teams will target a strong start in the annual University Sport South Africa tournament next week. Jointly hosted by UJ and Wits, it will be held in Johannesburg from June 28 to July 2. The Ussa event is slightly earlier this year to compensate for the Hockey World League tournament that will be hosted by South Africa from July 8 to 23 at Wits, among other venues. UJ hockey manager Elize le Roux acknowledged that the Ussa tournament was always a testing one as the teams jockeyed for the top positions in their pools on the first three days. "The pool stages are really tough as you need to step on the park in good form from the start because one loss can count you out. You have to try to end first or second in your pool to qualify for the semifinals. "Some universities think it would be better if you first had quarterfinals, but others say that would just be giving top teams another bite at the cherry if you don't perform well on the first three days. "So the format is a bit tricky, but that makes it interesting and worth the challenge." UJ have been a strong force in South African varsity hockey, but Le Roux said they would be looking no further than a place in the top four initially and then taking it step by step. "We always aim for the top four as a starting point and once the pool fixtures are done, we can then focus on the play-off matches. We take it a game at a time and we always try to assess our opposition's strength to see where we can match and better them." Le Roux said the Ussa tournament played an important role in their plans as it provided a yardstick to measure themselves against other institutions and created chances for younger players to make an impact. "We are in a rebuilding phase with both the men's and women's teams, with the women gearing up for next year and the men looking ahead at 2019," she . . .
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