TotalSend clients can now market to current and potential customers using SMS, email and chat and immediately receive payments over the same platforms. “Marketing and Finance seldom see eye-to-eye. With transactional marketing solutions, they become two sides of the same coin for the first time,” said Tracy Surkont, Managing Director of TotalSend. The company is South Africa’s leading email, SMS and payments specialist with the unique ability to offer clients digital messaging solutions complemented by transactional SMS and email. “We turn consumer intent into rands and cents faster than anyone else,” says Surkont. TotalSend’s unified web applications also offer clients a single dashboard view of their transactional marketing campaigns. Volume reporting, delivery details, segmented cost reports and opt-out request logging enable clients to tweak campaigns in realtime for better results. For clients eager to test new markets, TotalSend can deliver SMS messages globally while still integrating payment functionality. “SMS, email and chats with easy payment links embedded in the message eliminates the need for EFTs by customers,” explains Surkont. Security is of paramount concern for TotalSend with the company implementing no less than five proven ways to combat potential threats. These include secure SMS transmission over SSL, configurable IP whitelisting to lock down system access to trusted IPs only, the ability to configure access profiles for different types of system users, strong passwords that expire after 30 days and cannot be reused within 12 months and audit logs that can be searched into the event of a security audit. TotalSend’s electronic communications and e-payments solutions are finding growing favour within the banking, marketing, financial services and retail industries. These organisations appreciate the cost-savings made possible through TotalSend’s Least Cost Routing technology. Consumers, too, appreciate the simplicity of . . .
Alexa Pienaar hit the ball out of the court with a stellar season and was duly rewarded when named sportswoman of the year at the University of Johannesburg's Sports Gala awards function recently. The humble squash star, who racked up a long list of achievements, said the award she received at the Johannesburg Country Club was completely unexpected and undoubtedly one of her highlights of the year. "I was awarded third place for sportswoman of the year last year, but I never expected to be awarded sportswoman of the year," said Pienaar, who also received the student-athlete award for excelling in sport and academics. "It has been a fantastic year and it is great for us athletes to get recognition for our efforts. We do not always realise that people do notice what we do so it is very rewarding getting an award of this nature." The third-year fine art student reached new heights when she was crowned University Sport South Africa champion while helping UJ to the overall title for the sixth year in a row in July. She also made it into the SA National Championships and SA Open semi-finals, which took place in Johannesburg in June and July. "I feel that this year has been my lucky year," said Pienaar, who lives in residence at the university. "I have been lucky enough to win the Hyundai Award (for up-and-coming squash stars) for 2017, which includes a full sponsorship with Hyundai, and now this. It is by far my best year in terms of achievements." The road to success had not been a smooth one, she said. Balancing her studies and squash was her greatest challenge and she admitted there had been many late nights. "I spent my nights doing class work while spending as much time as I could on court. I just worked harder and kept pushing myself," said the 23-year-old, who attended Outeniqua Primary in George and Menlo Park High in Pretoria. "Our teachers encouraged us to do every sport that the school offered. I ended up playing socially for a few . . .
Heart FM is set to host one of the biggest music festivals in the Western Cape on 10 February 2018 at the Newlands Cricket Stadium. The Heart Cape Town Music Festival will see 22 top South African acts on one stage including hip hop superstar AKA and the legendary Mango Groove to name but a few. The family friendly event aims to attract a diverse audience with music spanning across genre’s to appeal to both the young and young at heart. Heart FM Managing Director Renee Redelinghuys explains. “Putting on this multi-million rand event for the people of Cape Town is our way of saying thank you for making us the biggest radio station in the Western Cape*.” Festival Directors Denver Apollus and Marlo Paulse are confident that the Heart Cape Town Music Festival will be an event second to none. Apollus adds, “We are mindful of the challenges previous concerts at Newlands Cricket Ground has faced and we are applying a different model in the site layout for the event. Asked about the event, Paulse believes it is something unique to offer Heart FM’s listeners. “Apart from the affordability we see the Heart Cape Town Music Festival as an opportunity to bring Cape Town to life all on one stage.” Confirmed artists to perform on the day include: Jimmy Nevis, Youngsta CPT, Mark Alex, Prime Circle, Craig Lucas, AKA, Casper Nyovest, Sketchy Bongo, Tresor, Dr Victor and the Rasta Rebels, Mango Groove, Die Heuwels Fantasties, Nasty C, Emo Adams, Sasha Lee, Alistair Izobell , Salome, Kurt Darren, Chad Saaiman, Jarrad Ricketts and Airborne. Tickets for the event are priced between R70 and R150 and can be purchased via computicket. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Southern Africa - October 19, 2017: Carton packaging for dairy, juice, and food is the healthy, sustainable option that meets the modern lifestyle needs of busy people. Carton packs protect food that families need for healthy, happy, well-developed lives as it makes its way from farms to their tables and consumption on the go. Carton packs are also good for the environment, since they’re made from renewable wood fibre resources overseen to be responsibly managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and they’re 100% recyclable right here in South Africa. Most importantly, they’re made to be convenient for busy people on the go because they’re light, portable, and are easily resealed. They also don’t need to be kept chilled before opening – normally one of the biggest hassles with healthy, fresh food and drink mums tote for kids or pack into school lunch bags. “Carton packs offer three main benefits,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa. “They protect healthy and nutritious food, they’re sustainable and environmentally friendly, and they’re convenient for busy, modern lifestyles.” Tetra Pak pioneered the technology that makes this possible over decades based on global experiences. It has culminated in innovative carton that keeps food and drink such as milk and juice fresh for at least six months without any preservatives and without having to refrigerate it. Tetra Pak carton packs are predominantly made from paperboard, a renewable resource that reduces environmental impact. And it produces biodegradable plastic, used for caps and protective coatings, derived from sugarcane. “Our cartons help to ensure food is preserved and can be transported conveniently from farms to tables – without preservatives,” says Ntuli. “And they help our customers carry cartons on the go. No spillage, no fuss.” People benefit from the convenience of the small portion sizes, no need to refrigerate before opening, ability to . . .
The South African Sevens team, current HSBC World Rugby Sevens Series champions, will face Scotland, winners of the 2017 HSBC London Sevens tournament, in the final match on Day One of the Assupol International Sevens Tournament in Stellenbosch next Saturday. This exciting tournament, which will also see African powerhouses Kenya and Uganda in action, will take place on Saturday, 28 and Sunday, 29 October at the Markotter Stadium in Stellenbosch. The fixtures for the tournament has been announced and spectators can look forward to some highly entertaining rugby action. Apart from the four World Series contestants, England Academy, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Mauritius will also play in the event, which forms part of Assupol’s vision of growing the game by hosting high calibre tournaments like this one. South Africa, Kenya, Uganda and Zimbabwe will represent Africa in the Rugby World Cup Sevens that will take place next year July in San Francisco, while Uganda won the recent African Championships and will also participate in the World Series tournaments in Dubai and Cape Town in December. The Assupol International Sevens Tournament will also feature a U17 international section, where the SA u17 team, coached by Marius Schoeman, Argentina, Namibia, Western Province, SA All Stars, Boland and SWD will participate. The Youth Olympics will take place in Buenos Aires in October next year and the international youth teams are using this tournament as part of their lead-up to that. Some of the best schoolboy talent in the country will be on display for the SA side. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In a bid to ensure the green effect is high on their priority list, organisers of the Tshwane Classic have joined forces with South Africa's largest paper recycler for the road race in Pretoria on November 5. Mpact Recycling, who form part of the Johannesburg-based paper and plastic packaging business Mpact Limited, will be throwing their support behind next month's cycling festival in the capital. Mpact business development officer Roland Thompson said they came on board after discussions with race spokesman Mauritz Meyer, who is working on the event with ASG Events. "We want to use this opportunity to create awareness of our ability to recycle paper cups used in the race," said Thompson, who added this was the only cycling race in which they were involved. "In addition we wish to engage with the consumers of Tshwane, who are part of our household collection programme." He said the company annually recycled 450 000 tonnes of paper, which is the equivalent of filling 552 Olympic swimming pools. "All this paper is used in the manufacture of recycle-based paper and packaging, which reduces the reliance on virgin fibre," said Thompson. "We seek to divert material from landfill, create jobs and ensure a sustainable packaging and recycling industry." Mpact will be providing receptacles at all water points and Thompson said they encouraged cyclists to do their best to deposit their cups into the bins. "We wish the cyclists a safe race and encourage them to maintain hydration," he added. ASG Events operations manager Darren Herbst said they needed to comply with certain regulations in hosting races of this nature. "The main issue is that we have to make sure that the areas surrounding the water points are all cleaned up after the cyclists have been through," he said. "For this we employ a team of workers from the local community to assist us in clearing the debris." He added that they were also required to use environmentally friendly . . .
PORT ELIZABETH – Leading risk solutions company Metro Security Services has appointed innovative brand strategists Design@Bay to fast-track its development as a leading integrated risk solutions provider in the Eastern Cape and nationally. The M Holdings group of companies, best known for its highly visible Metro Security Services division, recently consolidated its assets under one visionary brand to unlock integrated service value for its customers and to establish a strong platform for future growth. Design@Bay is shaping an impressive new group identity that will incorporate the company’s existing and additionally acquired subsidiary offerings – smart technology security services, vehicle tracking, fencing, and cleaning – with risk solutions at its core. Design@Bay owner and managing director Dipti Varghese said the agency had been tasked with steering M Holdings’ integrated brand strategy and business development, as well as its PR, media communications, digital and social media content. The creative team behind widely recognized brand identities, such as the Coega Development Corporation, East London IDZ and various Higher Education institutions, is well placed to boost M Holdings on its trajectory of growth. “One of our first tasks is to craft a compelling holding brand identity from which to propel M Holdings and fast-track its expansion ambitions. We aim to enhance the group’s existing reputation of credibility and generate awareness and trust in its capacity to take care of private and commercial clients’ entire facilities risk requirements,” Varghese said. The partnership will position M Holdings with a streamlined brand that reflects its integrated and strategic business offering in the critical risk solution market. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
University of Johannesburg hockey star Tyson Dlungwana has some long-term goals on his mind, but his immediate priority will be to confirm his prowess when he competes in the Africa Cup from Sunday. The 20-year-old midfielder, who has nine tests under his belt, is a member of the South African senior squad who will be defending their title at the continental tournament in Ismailia, Egypt. Having worked to improve his game in several areas, he said it was a massive honour to be chosen for his country. "Being recognised at the highest level is actually pretty cool, because it gives you the feeling of knowing that the hard work has paid off," said Dlungwana, who was named the age category sportsman of the year at the UJ Sports Gala awards function last week. The second-year education student, who grew up in Maritzburg but now is in residence at UJ, said he had focused on a number of specific areas to ensure he grew as a player. "Firstly, my one-on-one defensive work has improved as this was a weakness at one stage. "Secondly, I have been working on my long-ball distribution, something I had ignored by not learning the basics at a young age. However, I am confident in that area so it's safe to say I have it waxed now." Focusing on always being stronger and quicker than his opponent, the UJ star said he would need those qualities at the Africa Cup. "Going to any country on this continent will always have its challenges, but ultimately the biggest test for us will be beating hosts Egypt," he said. "We will need to show the character to do to them what they did to us when they beat us (2-1) in the World League semi-finals in Johannesburg this year." Dlungwana wants to take his national representation to another level when the next Olympics roll around in 2020. "My biggest goal ever since I started playing this sport seriously has been to represent South Africa at the Olympics in Tokyo," he said. "Every year I feel I am a step closer, but . . .
Thousands of prospective home owners and investors as well as real estate and infrastructure professionals will descend on the Sandton Convention Centre from next week Tuesday for the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit and the Property Buyer Show. The Honourable Herman Mashaba, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, will deliver the keynote address during the opening session of the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit on Wednesday, 25 October at 09h00. The award-winning two-day event will gather leading built environment and property professionals, architects, project developers, investors, town planners, and city and municipal managers from all over the continent to focus on “Developing Future African Cities”. Other notable speakers include: - Brett Herron: Mayoral Committee member for Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) - Jack van der Merwe, CEO, Gautrain Management Agency - Henk Boogertman, Architectural Director: Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings - Jodi Allemeier, Programme Lead: Western Cape Economic Development Partnership - Kecia Rust, Executive Director and Founder: Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa - Douglas Cohen, Executive Manager for Planning and Strategy: Johannesburg Development Agency - Simon Ardonceau, Head of Strategic Consulting: JLL Sub-Saharan Africa Property Buyer Show “In good times and bad, investment in tangible real estate has proven a sound option on almost any measure, being regarded as having higher risk and return than bonds but lower than equities,” says Sandra Gordon, Pam Golding Properties senior research and market analyst, who will address The Property Buyer Show, also taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 27-29 October 2017. The Property Buyer Show is aimed at first-time residential property buyers or real estate investors. The innovative exhibition layout is designed to walk buyers through the property buying process with . . .
“My only regret in life is that I did not drink more Champagne.” John Maynard Keynes Find something to celebrate and go bubbly – it’s Champagne Day on Friday 20 October at Tsogo Sun (https://www.tsogosun.com) and everyone’s invited to #CelebrateWonderful! The #ChampagneDay offer (https://www.tsogosun.com/m/offers/champagne-day) is available at many Tsogo Sun hotels, starting at 11am and ending at midnight on 20 October. Special prices have been negotiated to make the prospect of spending the afternoon of #ChampagneDay enjoying bubbly even more attractive, and the variety of offers include Krone Night Nectar Rose MCC or a Krone Night Nectar Demi Sec MCC, each at R160 per bottle and a ‘buy one get one bottle free’ offer exclusively on the day on both. Moët & Chandon Champagne Brut Imperial will be available at R535 per bottle, and Veuve Clicquot Champagne Yellow Label Brut at R630 per bottle. Participating #ChampagneDay Tsogo Sun venues include: • Gauteng: Sandton Sun, Southern Sun Hyde Park Sandton, Palazzo Montecasino, Southern Sun Montecasino, InterContinental Johannesburg Sandton Towers, Garden Court Sandton City, Holiday Inn Sandton - Rivonia Road and SunSquare Montecasino. • Western Cape: The newly opened SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl, Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Cape Sun and Southern Sun Waterfront. • KwaZulu-Natal: Beverly Hills, Southern Sun Elangeni & Maharani, and Suncoast Towers. Miguel Chan, Tsogo Sun’s Group Sommelier, says, “Champagne is a celebratory treat – and Tsogo Sun is transforming the 20th of October into a special occasion day, a day for tasting the most delicious champagne at great prices, a day when just the joy of living can be celebrated in style. And although this is a special day for celebrating champagne, there’s no reason not to enjoy it all year round, with the exceptional pricing at selected Tsogo Sun properties – prices lower than you’ll find them at any hotel or restaurant in South . . .