We’ve all heard horror stories about plumbing and generally, you will only appreciate good plumbing once you are experiencing issues with your plumbing. The best way to try and eliminate any plumbing issues is to make sure that you chose a reputable plumber. Below are a few tips from Candice Gomes, Sales Director, Project Channel, Grohe Dawn Water Technology to note when choosing a plumber: Reputable plumbers will be registered with the Plumbing Industries Regulation Board (PIRB). This will allow the plumber to issue a Certificate of Compliance for work completed – which provides you, the customer, with recourse if things go wrong. The plumber needs to show his/her PIRB card as proof. There is a website and and app on the PIRB website to check the number for integrity purposes. https://pirb.co.za/pirb-member-search/ you can contact the PIRB on 0861 PIRB Plumber (0861 747 2758). Additionally, reputable plumbers will also register with the Institute of Plumbing (IOPSA). While this is voluntary this gives consumers additional peace of mind, as this ensures that work completed is inspected by the PIRB inspectorate. Non-compliant work that is not corrected leads to deregistration of the respective installer. There are various contacts available per region which can be found on the following website: http://www.iopsa.org.za/ Ask if the plumber has insurance. This is to ensure that in the event of possible incidents the plumber will be liable and the consumer protected. Insurance that the respective plumber should have should include public liability, defective workmanship as well as product liability. Check if the company has references – if they are credible this should be no problem. Also check their website for additional information and information about current work that they are busy with. Also good to refer to again are the following websites: http://www.iopsa.org.za/ and https://pirb.co.za/pirb-member-search/ Ask friends or family who has recently . . .
South African consumers have another arrow in their customer relationship quiver following the launch of mobile chat by Archer Digital. The company’s IMIChatBot is designed to put customer frustration on hold by eliminating the need for lengthy telephone conversations with endless streams of customer care agents. The Cloud-based application was purpose-built to enable contact centres to offer their clients live two-way conversations via text or social media. Most importantly in a multi-device world, these customer care conversations can take place across SMS, Facebook Messenger, Twitter, the worldwide web and email. IMIChatBot works brilliantly from both desktop and mobile platforms. IMIChatBot can significantly boost client satisfaction with a brand by boosting its online availability through instant support. “Chat-based CRM reaches users in their comfort zones without them needing to find the time or location to place yesteryear’s voice call. This is personalised support with proven results,” says Jennifer Venter, HOD - Financial Services of Archer Digital. ChatBots are considered to be one of the pivotal new focus areas for marketers with over 100 000 active chatbots now online globally. Archer Digital is a leading global provider of mobile engagement solutions and has been operating in South Africa since 2006 where it is an active member of the country's Wireless Application Service Providers' Association (WASPA) and Direct Marketing Association. The company has long recognised the power of chat in CRM (Customer Relationship Management). Archer OTT is a trailblazing white label chat solution that boasts all the usual features of current market-leading Over The Top (OTT) chat solutions, while adding a commercial element to deepen brand engagement. Archer Digital’s messaging platforms capture every message sent or received by customers. This includes the content of the message itself and all the associated delivery and receipt information. This . . .
Sparkfox – extraordinary design, engineering, and functionality sparkfox peripherals Cape Town, August 11, 2017– With the rapid growth of the gaming community and gaming technology, Syntech decided to venture out and grow their gaming range. Introducing Sparkfox, industry leaders in gaming accessories. The Sparkfox range offers accessories for PS3, PS4, XBOX One and Nintendo Switch, bringing you epic designed controllers (both wired and wireless), changing docks for controllers, controller grips as well as arcade controllers (for all those Tekken and arcade games). Furthermore, Sparkfox has another range called MadCatz, specialising in Gaming controllers, mice, keyboards and Gamepads. Their designs go beyond and above, with epic graphics and styling of products. Sparkfox was formed in 2010 by a group of professional gamers who wanted to create innovative, as well as top class products that really enhanced one’s gaming experience. Sparkfox is industry leaders in providing peripherals, specialising in PS4, XBOX One and Nintendo Switch. Sparkfox is a large company with over 500 employees, supplying a multitude of gaming categories. Their products are all uniquely designed, displaying the products unique quality and persona. Innovation is key to the success of Sparkfox, creating products for Gamers Who Play to Win! SOME OF THE SPARKFOX PRODUCTS: Sparkfox Arcade controller –Calling all arcade gaming fans, Syntech has heard your call and will be introducing the Sparkfox arcade fight stick controller. The Sparkfox Arcade controller has the perfect arcade controller layout, with a Vewlix style containing 8 buttons and a fighting stick. Enjoy all your favourite arcade fighting games such as Tekken and mortal combat. Go old school!Sparkfox arcade controller Sparkfox Race Wheel – Are you the next Valtteri Bottas or Lewis Hamilton? Do you love the thrill of the race? The Sparkfox Racing wheel is the perfect accessory for your Nintendo Switch. Effortlessly . . .
100% Design South Africa opened yesterday, Wednesday 9 August, at the Gallagher Convention Centre. It is the largest curated exhibition platform for sourcing high-end contemporary design in Africa and the Weylandts father-daughter design duo unveiled Convivium by Chris and Anna Weylandt in collaboration with Caesarstone. Using three of Caesarstone’s new products; Moorland Fog, Montblanc and Rugged Concrete they showcase how diverse the products are. The Convivium range consists of the Luna Drinks Cabinet and the Caesar, Mark Anthony and Cleopatra side tables, which take the art of hosting to new levels of sophistication. Convivium is a feast of texture, a coming together of Caesarstone’s versatility and the bold, contemporary lines that characterise Weylandts’ unique style. This range contrasts the simple, slick contours with the classic, marblelesque texture of Caesarstone, raw wood and confident steel. Don’t miss your chance to see this design spectacular. Tickets are R120 for adults, R100 for students/pensioners and R20 for children under 12 and are available from TicketPro. Website: weylandts.co.za Facebook: facebook.com/Weylandts Instagram: @weylandtshome CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
October 16 is World Spine Day; a day that Vencasa takes very seriously. Back pain is no stranger to many, and it can have a major effect on everyday common tasks; like sitting and walking, bending and reaching, exercising and even when relaxing. Back pain can contribute to poor sleep, and your mattress could be causing your back pain! Your mattress and pillow play vital roles in the health of your back and rejuvenation of your body. Inferior and worn mattresses don't provide the much-needed support for your back and can have devastating long-term effects on your back and general health, too. A pillow that is too hard, too soft, or the wrong size and shape can exacerbate the problem. Vencasa can help you to find a solution to suit your healthy sleep needs. They offer mattresses and pillows such as Tempur, and their own bespoke premium Vencasa-Sealy range that is both luxurious and affordable. You spend 30% of your day in bed; make sure that you have the right mattress and pillow supporting your body in its natural position, allowing it to rest well from the day’s activities, every night. Here are some tips that could help you to choose the right mattress for you: Go to a specialist, where the store provides a calm, bedroom-like atmosphere, with ample space and freedom for you to experience the mattresses by lying on them for a good 15 minutes each Try before you buy and don’t be shy! Lie on the mattress, move around, really experience it. This is an important decision. Expert and qualified advice should be on-hand from sales personnel who listen to your needs and advise accordingly. Professional customer care and after sales service should also be taken into consideration as your sleep health is fundamental to your overall wellbeing. Protect your back at home, work and leisure with regular sensible moderate exercise, good posture, and the best possible sleep. Vencasa has partnered with global and local experts to create the Vencasa . . .
Along with its beauty, culture and charm, Stellenbosch is best known for its superior wines and has long been promoting itself as a premium wine growing area, especially for Cabernet. As a region it celebrates the most wine awards per capita when compared to the rest of South Africa, and with over 150 wineries producing premium fruits of the vine, producers recognised the need for a Claret/Bordeaux shaped bottle that indicated the wine’s origins. It was agreed that the bottle must make a bold statement that distinguishes the unparalleled quality of the region’s wine, and so producers collaborated with Consol Glass, the largest glass packaging manufacturer in Sub-Saharan Africa, to develop a bottle to fit the brief. According to Consol Key Account Manager: Wine, Shane Dean, Consol regularly works with customers to deliver bespoke world-class glass packaging solutions. “In this case we needed a bottle that would support the promotion of both the region and Cabernet – which is widely recognised as the “King” of grape varietals.” Adding to this Dean says the bottle design that ultimately was approved, meets all the requirements of a premium wine – likening it to a fine cultivar. “The new bottle reflects the masculine status of the wine in both its weight and stature, but not wanting to be overly ostentatious, we have kept it under 1kg. “A lot of research went into the potential development of a logo or graphic symbol to indicate that the wine was from the region, but in the end it was agreed that the bottle should simply carry ‘STELLENBOSCH’ exclusive of any other embellishments,” says Dean. “Stellenbosch therefore stands proudly embossed on the front of the bottle, clearly denoting the wine’s origins.” Originally established in 1971, Stellenbosch was the first wine region in South Africa to launch a wine route, which over the years has grown significantly to become the largest in South Africa. “It makes sense that the historical region has its own bottle . . .
They see me rollin, they hatin’ – We all know this song, made famous by the rapper Chamillionaire…. Well you could soon be the envy of all your friends, as you belt out this tune, with the windows down, in your very own CUSTOMISED Jeep Wrangler! Winning a Jeep is about to become a reality for one lucky South African, as Cadbury launches its “Join The Joyride” competition! The Cadbury Join the Joy Ride competition will run from the 01st August until the 31st October 2017, offering consumers the chance to win their very own CUSTOMISED Jeep Wrangler, plus daily and weekly prizes that include cash, instant airtime and data. To enter, simply purchase any two of the participating Cadbury chocolate bars from a range of your favourite brands, including Lunch Bar (46g), Lunch Bar Dream (46g), P.S. Milk Chocolate (46g), P.S. Caramilk (46g), 5Star (48,5g). To complete the entry, dial *120*607080# and follow the prompts to wrap up your entry and we will take care of the rest. Keep your till slip for a chance to win cash prizes and the BIG prize, as this will be used to verify your entry. USSD costs 20c per 20 seconds. T’s and C’s apply*. Back by popular demand, Cadbury’s Wrapper Flapper will also be travelling to Pretoria and Port Elizabeth in August and September 2017. All it takes to qualify for entry into the amazing Wrapper Flapper is one of the promotion’s qualifying Cadbury chocolate bars. Once inside, the Wrapper Flapper will live up to its name by creating a mini whirlwind filled with wrappers, some of which hold unique codes. With only a handful of seconds on the clock, speed will be rewarded – and catching one of the special wrappers will result in winning instant cash or airtime. Cadbury’s Wrapper Flapper will be stopping at Wonderpark Shopping Centre, Main Court between the 09th to the 13th August from 09h00 t0 17h00 and then making its way to Greenacres Shopping Centre, Food Court from the 21st to the 25th September 2017. “The uniqueness of . . .
Home Automation can be a daunting concept as there are many misconceptions around the process. We often aren't sure where to begin - below is some guidance on the common myths around automating your home - brought to you by Homemation - the home automation specialists. Today, it can be retrofitted into an older home and easily included in a new build or renovation. The secret - a secure and stable local network ! It’s far too expensive Home automation can be very affordable by starting with one or a few rooms or concentrating on specific features only, such as lighting or music or security. The price is largely dependent on your budget and needs. Today, technology has improved and pricing has reduced. Home automation should also be viewed together with your home as an investment which adds a lot of value to your lifestyle. Providing a cost estimate isn’t straightforward though - it’s kind of like asking how much does a car cost? The Control4 4Sight annual subscription required is around R2 590.00. Over and above this, the starting point would require a Control4 controller. The controllers start from R9 590.00 and depending on the scope of the project and the devices you intend on integrating with, the bigger the controller and additional controllers would be required. Control4 is software that connects your home’s automated products together, through a LAN environment – so you’d need to include high speed internet into the budget. Lighting within the home can be done from around R2000 per lighting circuit. You will also need to take into consideration the installation costs and this should only be done by a certified Control4 integrator. Installation is too much work As with all electrical installations, there will be work done inside your house. But it doesn’t have to be sledgehammers at walls and cable chasing. Control4’s wireless technologies make it much easier to retrofit homes. It’s intimidating and too complicated to use In the . . .
The 2017 East Coast Radio House & Garden Show was bigger and better than ever – and the numbers prove it. They came, they saw, they housed, they gardened! This year’s ECR House & Garden Show exceeded all expectations – and economic indicators, enjoying a whopping 7.5% year-on-year growth. Now in its 37th year, the exhibition achieved this remarkable feat despite a show stopping power failure and another that delayed trading. This year’s show saw more than 480 exhibitors (an increase of 180 on 2016) filling up the entire Durban Exhibition Centre, alongside a larger Homegrown Design Fair, the new dedicated Foodie Fair, and 10 days of the KZN Travel & Adventure Show (which ran for only a weekend last year) sponsored by Tourism KZN. Visitors were wowed by features like The Apartment – a small-space living display nestled in an up-cycled 12metre shipping container; the H+G Makers Space – offering creative activities for all ages; The Golden Delight Chefs Theatre – a host of celebrity chefs cooked up a storm, the KAPOW Designer Café presented by Dulux – where KZN’s top interior designers and decorators collaborated to create a mix of trend-focused room settings; and the Uber Haus – a fully automated home comprising a lounge, dining room and open-plan kitchen. One very lucky visitor won a R100 000 bathroom makeover from Classic Luxury Tiles & Bathrooms. Aside from generating entertainment and happiness for thousands of visitors, the event is estimated to have generated over R100-million in business to the province. The ECR House & Garden Show will return on 30 June – 8 July 2018. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
This week, as part of its #MegYourDay campaign, Vodacom will launch the first episode of “Baking with Ous Thandi” on its YouTube channel. “Baking with Ous Thandi” is an eight-part 2:30min YouTube baking show featuring some of Mzansi’s top celebrity influencers including Kay Sibiya, Jimmy Tau, Mpho Maboi, Johnny Craddle, Mihlali Ndamase and Major League DJ’s to mention a few. Each week Ous Thandi will give our celebrity influencers tips on easy to make baking treats that they can share with their fans using a secret ‘RED’ ingredient. The YouTube show is an extension of Vodacom’s ground breaking promotional campaign #MegYourDay which offers its 37 million prepaid, hybrid and contract customers access of up to 1GB in free daily data to use on a variety of sports, lifestyle, gaming and social media platforms. The campaign launched at the end of June and will run till the 30th September. For recipes log on to the Vodacom Now blog - http://now.vodacom.co.za/ Below is the breakdown of each episode: Episode 1 - 30 July: Actor Kay Sibiya-Flapjacks with a red surprise Episode 2 - 6 August: Lifestyle blogger Mihlali Ndamase-Runway ready red Candy apple Episode 3 - 13 August: Sports Analyst Jimmy Tau- Laduma Waffles with Red Syrup Episode 4 - 20 August: Major League DJs-Red velvet cupcakes with a spin Episode 5 -27 August: Actress Jay Anstey-Vegan scones Episode 6 - 03 September: Musician Johnny Cradle-Trumpet Crumpets Episode 7- 10 September: YouTuber Theodora Lee- Red and White Cake Pops Episode 8 – 17 September: Sports presenter Mpho Maboi- Simply Redical Pancakes with Million Sparkles CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .