Author Matthew J Opdyke has teamed up with Narrator Allison Taylor and released a new audiobook, PATHWAY TO THE STARS: PART 1, VESHA CELESTE. Now available on Audible. Omaha, NE, May 19, 2019 -- FTB Pathway Publications is proud to announce that Sci-Fi & Fantasy Author Matthew J Opdyke has combined efforts with Narrator Allison Taylor and released the first audiobook in the space opera booklet series, Pathway to the Stars! "As she drifted into her dreams, there was Sky, her dream angel, heralding her along, engaging in heroic acts of daring-do, and letting her know, 'Your dreams are yours to pursue, they are beautiful, and you can't let anyone slow you down.' " ~ Sky to Vesha Celeste Vesha Celeste journeys with Yesha Alevtina and her dream-angel, Sky, following a long life of high hopes, dreams, and professional achievements in astronomy and astrophysics. We explore Vesha's life and learn more about Yesha as she shows and teaches her about biopods, spaceports, and tech cities that are hidden, cloaked with invisibility, and located solar-system-wide! Discover the Virtual Universe and learn about Eliza Williams, who founded Pathway! A beautiful team dedicates their lives to recruiting and working with various characters pivotal to the enigmatic and hope-giving story to develop all of Eliza's advances and designs. Appreciate the charm and vibrancy of enthusiasm toward the sciences and innovations of many great individuals endeavoring to put well-being first toward goals to journey to the vast regions of space. There is a lot for Vesha to learn about Pathway's quest to save the Universe, one crucial step at a time. Enjoy Vesha's lifelong pursuits as we begin this journey throughout our Solar System! This audiobook is now available on Audible. Audible: https://adbl.co/2weOffT This giant Space Opera Series will attract readers with a creative mind and a passion for looking at the world with a new vision of improving our environment, increasing our . . .
CANVEX customised wall canvas transforms interior walls into branding statements, billboards, huge artworks or creative backdrops. Already a firm favourite for designers, CANVEX is ideal for your office, hotels, retail stores, restaurants and homes. Transform any design or image into wall fabric that won’t shrink or move with weather change. Quick and easy to install, CANVEX by Expand a Sign is robust, long-lasting, and made from non-toxic ink and recyclable materials and locally produced. No weathering, no waste, just intensive colour and detail wherever you want it, whenever you need it. It is available in a width of 1.8m and can be as long as your space requires. It can also be relocated if you move. Bridget Ward of Accelerated Education Enterprises says, “The Canvex murals have added an innovative solution to our in office branding. We really like the fact that the product can be custom sized, enabling us to brand wall to floor in any area.” If you’re ready create your own canvas wallpaper for corporate or residential use, visit www.canvex.co.za or call 0860 744 688. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Let’s face it, it’s a big world out there... Isn’t wearing local uber cool right now? Even more so if you’re trying to update your street-style looks. Whether you’re going for an ethnic fashion style or a rocker chic style, Nava Apparel at Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay has got you covered. Nava Apparel is known for their leather range: from boots, caps and tees to backpacks and laptop bags. They craft and customise products to suit your personal taste with their interchangeable patterns, selection of leathers, fabrics and materials. Inspired by individual beauty, meticulous attention to detail and ecological sustainability. In true essence of the brand, when buying from Nava Apparel, you’ll not only support economically fair and environmentally sustainable products, but also local charities and environmental projects in and around South Africa. Bay Harbour Market has got the streets talking. Fresh, stylish and modern. Regretfully no pets allowed at the market. For more information about the traders and what they have to offer, please do visit Bay Harbour Market on http://bayharbour.co.za/ and follow them on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/bayharbour , Twitter- https://twitter.com/bayharbourmkt and Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/bayharbourmarket/. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The new head winemaker at Distell is Andrea Freeborough. Cellar-master at Nederburg since 2015, she will be leaving her position at the Paarl winery at the end of May to take up her new role in overseeing the production of South Africa’s largest wine portfolio. Distell’s diverse and globally traded range extends from premium brands such as Nederburg, Durbanville Hills, Fleur du Cap and Alto (which, amongst others, now form part of Distell’s new premium wine company, Libertas Vineyards & Estates), all the way through to more mainstream offerings such as 4thStreet, Two Oceans and Drostdy Hof. “Andrea will be carefully looking after our wine brands from a top-line perspective, managing all aspects of winemaking by working hand-in-hand with our talented winemakers and viticulturists,” says Johan Venter, who heads up Distell’s Centre of Excellence: Intrinsic, and to whom she will be reporting in her new role. “With her impressive qualifications, excellent sensorial instinct, and close to two decades of successful winemaking experience under the belt, Andrea has certainly proven her ability to lead top-performing teams, to innovate and experiment, and to simultaneously create specialty wines and those aimed at broad appeal. “This makes her ideally placed for the role of Distell head winemaker. We are confident that with Andrea’s solid track record in running a cellar, making wine, and dealing with a multitude of people, processes and departments, she will provide outstanding direction and inspiration to our wine brands.” Armed with BSc Hons degrees in viticulture and oenology from the University of Stellenbosch, Freeborough’s working life began as an assistant winemaker at Neethlingshof in Stellenbosch. Less than three years later she was appointed a fully-fledged winemaker, working under Nederburg cellar-master Razvan Macici, producing the whites. Obviously with great proficiency, because four-and-a-half years later, still in her very early 30s, she . . .
Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been awarded the contract to design, manufacture, supply, deliver, install, commission and put into service a new pump station in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. The pump station, which will become ‘Engine Room 3’ at the Boksburg plant once complete, will supplement the existing pumping station’s water capacity by approximately 600 ML/day, increasing the plant’s daily capacity to 1 100 ML. Awarded the contract via tender, work on the project commenced on 7 January 2019 with the design phase expected to begin and complete in the first half of 2019. The scope of work includes all mechanical and electrical equipment and parts, including design, procurement, installation and commissioning. Minor civil works outside the main pump station building also form part of Veolia’s project responsibilities and include concrete valve chambers and underground pipework for the cross connection pipeline, the fire water pipe network and the domestic service water system. The manufacturing and procurement phase, expected to take 17 months, is scheduled to begin in June 2019 and run to November 2020. Installation will begin in February 2021 and completion by October that year. Commissioning and operation will follow with project conclusion, expected by early January 2022.. “We will be importing specialised instrumentation and electrical equipment from Germany and the USA,” says Chris Braybrooke, General Manager: Marketing, Veolia Water Technologies. “This equipment pertains to specific brands not manufactured in South Africa, although they will all be sourced via local companies.” He adds that the MV motors, pipes, valves, electrical and telecom cables will be locally produced, and will meet the stipulated minimum threshold for local production content. All civil requirements will be subcontracted to a third party, as will various other activities, to ensure that Veolia complies with the South African government’s Preferential Procurement . . .
Originally launched in 2016, AVK Southern Africa’s training academy has now certified over 700 engineers, distributors and students in South Africa’s only ECSA-accredited valves training courses. The two-day training courses consist of two Training Modules, the Valves Fundamentals Course and the Advanced Valves Course, which each contribute 2 CPD points, and is hosted at AVK Southern Africa’s purpose-built Academy in Alberton, Johannesburg. The most holistic and intensive course of its kind in the country, it covers everything from valve testing; installation, operation and maintenance; and manufacturing methodology to applied theories of fluid pressure, fluid flow and field applications. The course material is applicable to the complete range of industries, from water and wastewater treatment and distribution to mining, power generation and oil and gas. The Academy includes a wide variety of sample valves, as well as an innovative flow lab that provides a hands-on demonstration of valve performance in a water circuit. Training can also be conducted at customers’ premises, and has been conducted as far north as Zambia. For more information on upcoming training courses, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Traditionally, risk management practice centres around portraying and communicating potential negative events in any given environment or organisation. However, this approach does not take into account the potential opportunities that the organisation could take advantage of. Though the risk is defined as an uncertain future event or condition that could result in a negative or positive outcome, businesses that focus on the former rather than the latter fail to maximise on key opportunities to achieve both short- and long-term business objectives. According to Leon Soko, a Business Analyst and Advisor at CURA Software Solutions, the aggressive pursuit of opportunities is just as important as the traditional approach to risk management. “The traditional approach to risk management is reactive - focusing on the potential for what could go wrong and how to mitigate the impact of these events. While it is important to accept, mitigate, transfer or eliminate risks through a traditional risk management approach, companies should adopt a positive approach and also pursue opportunities for growth that arise from business operations.” It is important to note that not all opportunities are worth pursuing. An essential tool to aid in the decision-making process of whether or not to pursue an opportunity is a Cost-Benefit Analysis. An analysis compares the cost of pursuing an opportunity to the potential benefits that could be gained. If the benefits outweigh the costs the opportunity should be aggressively pursued by the organisation. Jessica Knight, a Strategic Manager at CURA Software Solutions, says, “An aggressive approach is necessary because opportunities are temporary. This does not mean that companies should be reckless in their pursuit of opportunity, for fear that it may pass them by. Aggressive opportunity management is only worthwhile if it aligns to business objectives or enables progress toward the vision of the organisation. A cost-benefit analysis is . . .
South Africa’s leading home appliance repair and maintenance brand is poised for spectacular growth thanks to the success of two pro-business processes introduced by local lawmakers. The firm used both the Department of Trade and Industry’s ‘business rescue’ legislation and the SARS Section 12J tax incentive scheme to shake off recent trading difficulties and emerge revitalised, ready to create jobs and contribute meaningfully to the broader economy. MasterCare, established in 1974, ran into trouble three years after its 2009 acquisition of EarlyBird Services from Ellerines Holdings. The firm faced a perfect storm of post-acquisition challenges including overstated revenue estimates, old and underutilised infrastructure and unprofitable stores. As cash flow dried up management was left with one of two choices – either close doors and go into liquidation or enter into a business rescue arrangement to see whether the business could be saved. Management opted for the latter and Neill Hobbs of Hobbs Sinclair was appointed as the business rescue practitioner in 2012. “Hobbs and his team looked at every aspect of the business and realised its vital role in the domestic home appliance repair industry,” says Wesley Rabie, current CEO of MasterCare. “They optimised the business model and created a ‘leaner and meaner’ operating infrastructure to deliver sustainable growth”. He credited Hobbs Sinclair with creating the space necessary for the management team to focus on the business plan rather than obsessing over day-to-day operational issues. The only missing ingredients at this point were a clear strategy and capital – enter Anuva Investments, a section 12J-compliant Venture Capital Company (VCC) which acquired a majority share in MasterCare in 2015. The combination of business ‘smarts’ and ‘fresh’ capital put MasterCare on a totally different business trajectory. “Capital is one thing,” says Rabie. “But we benefited from the business acumen of Neill Hobbs as well . . .
We all love a good competition so, if you need to rejuvenate your team at your next conference, why not add some fun team building activities? Not only do these activities add a fun element to any conference, but they bring out the creativity in your team. We recently chatted to Royal Palm general manager, Simon Bailey, who commented - “As a city-based hotel and due to our location, we are uniquely positioned to compile a host of team building activities for our conferencing clients that really flip the traditional conference vibe on its head.” Located directly across from Gateway Theatre of Shopping in the heart of the Umhlanga New Town Centre, Royal Palm’s location allows for some of the following team building activities: 1. An Amazing Race: This race-around, action packed team building activity can be really great for larger groups as they select a team member to complete the task at hand to secure their next clue. Given Royal Palm Hotel’s location, this can easily be activated on foot with activities such as wave riding, bowling, arcade games and shopping to name just a few. 2. Be the chef: Whether you like cooking or have zero skills in the kitchen, teams of three or four find themselves on the4 chopping block. They have to prepare one of course of the courses for a meal for their colleagues. Under the watchful eye of executive chef, Guy Gorrie, and embracing their wine knowledge, “be the chef,” includes selecting an appropriate wine to accompany the dish. 3. Room Escape: This amazingly fun activity and will find team locked in a room where they will have to solve a number of clues within a set period of time to unlock the door. They will need to use all of their intellectual and lateral thinking to make it out before the clock runs out. 4. Green team building: Given the hotel’s proximity to the beach, your team can take part in a beach clean-up, helping to remove some the debris that constantly washes up on our beautiful beaches. Not only will . . .
If you work in an open-plan office or co-working space, you no doubt vent to friends and family about the annoying habits you wish your office mates didn’t do. Or perhaps you’re the perpetrator, but you aren’t even aware of it. David Seinker, founder and CEO of popular co-working space, The Business Exchange, shares his tips on what not to do in shared spaces… plus a couple of things you should do. Don’t assume that everyone is there for a good time One of the highlights of being a member of a co-working spaces is that there is an opportunity to mingle and potentially make friends. Many co-working spaces market the fact that there’s an office bar, a foosball table, some bean bags to kick back on, etc. And yes, these things are great and they seem cool and make for a great time at the office. But it’s important to keep in mind that almost everyone in that space is hustling and working hard to make a living and grow their business. Don’t join a space assuming that they are all there to shoot the breeze. At The Business Exchange especially, members are more serious and aren’t all that interested in socialising during working hours. Don’t spam fellow members It’s very exciting to be part of a new community, especially one with like-minded people, so you may feel the urge to spam your fellow members with emails about what you do and questions about what they do. Any good co-working space will have regular networking sessions where you can get to know your peers. Use these as your catch-up sessions or even have some quick chats during your coffee breaks, but don’t spam their inboxes unless you have previously chatted to them about it. Don’t be messy It’s great to feel independent and as though you are working on your own, but you still have to be aware of the fact that you are sharing the space with other people. Leaving your workstation in a state and coffee mugs on your desk for days on end will deter people from wanting to work near you. Also, . . .