[Cape Town, 19 January 2019] – Since its official launch in Q4 of 2018, NJIN Agency has prioritised the signing of specific (much-loved) South African brands and companies where the agency felt it could make a real and positive impact. By signing with the WSB Cape Cobras Cricket Team as its full-service digital marketing and technologies partner, NJIN Agency is taking strides to further position itself as the go-to agency for South African sport, music and entertainment companies. >> view NJIN Agency website “To be fair, we’ve previously enjoyed an association with the WSB Cape Cobras under the umbrella of our former parent company, so it’s not like this is 100% new,” says Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “But we’re happy that we’ve been chosen to take over and move that relationship forward . . . Following our recent partnership with The Parlotones, we’re satisfied with the way iconic and Proudly SA brands are embracing our message.” Driven Specialists. #NO.BS Community-focused with an unwavering commitment to getting the very best performances out of their team, The WSB Cape Cobras is very much a mirror image of NJIN Agency’s approach to service delivery. “The WSB Cape Cobras are proudly pedantic about who we choose to partner with,” says Brand and Sponsorships manager, David Brooke. “NJIN Agency has proven itself to be reliable and thoughtful in their approach to our digital marketing and technology requirements . . . we expect great things from our partnership going forward.” Driven Specialists. #NO.BS “We’re just super-chuffed to be able to contribute to the WSB Cape Cobras,” says NJIN Agency MD, Dennis Armstrong. “For our Cape Town-based clients and team-members the association also affords the opportunity to watch some of the world’s best players showcase their talent in what is, surely, the most beautiful cricket ground on the planet. We’re honoured to be a part of the WSB Cape Cobras family.” For more information please visit . . .
Johannesburg , 19 January 2019- December 2018 has come and gone and we find ourselves in January 2019. This however does not mean the end of the holiday period in South Africa. As such, many South Africans, as well as tourists from across the world, will be making their way to different parts of our country. Hotels are usually at full capacity during peak season and service is the order of the day, just as it is in any other part of the world where tourists flock to for their annual holiday break. During this time, hotel rooms are in high demand, all the time, for earlier check-ins. As a partner to the hospitality industry, Servest collaborates with its clients to find innovative and effective solutions to ease the pressures during the busy season. Maalikah says, “As a service delivery agent, we motivate and reward our colleagues to do their best in the time they are given, with the least amount of disruption to our clients.” At this time of year, the industry is under even more pressure than usual, and any mistake from service providers reflects negatively on the image of our client’s brands, a responsibility that Servest takes extremely seriously. As the end user, this being the hotel management, it often costs them in having to provide their guests with gratis products, food and favours, if a room is not ready on time. This inter-dependent cycle of turning over rooms, is an economic model in its own and can make or break the reputation of a locale. Having a dependable cleaning team, is therefore as important as any other component of the hotel’s offerings. This brings to mind the in-sourcing versus outsourcing debate, with the latter still being favoured, particularly in the hospitality environment, as it is much more cost effective when you do the maths with respect to HR matters, uniforms, cleaning equipment and products; as well as the daily management of the function. “We often have hotels who have in-sourced employees, request additional workers . . .
Corobrik invests in the future Corobrik’s ongoing investment in new production facilities, new technologies, new products and the architects of the future have combined to open a whole world of new possibilities in brick architecture. The 32nd Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Award, which will be announced in Johannesburg in May 2019, is one such commitment to innovation and the future of South Africa’s built environment. Ruan Jansen van Rensburg from the Tshwane University of Technology, is this year’s regional winner. In addition to his prize of R10 0000, he will go on to compete against seven other talents from tertiary institutions countrywide for the national award. Kyle Coulson, who collected a cheque worth R8 000, was placed second. Carla Schmidt, collected a third prize of R6000 while Siyanda Nkosi received R6 000 for the best use of clay masonry. Ruan Jansen van Rensburg dissertation is entitled ‘The design of an innovation farm’ – an experiential facility for Cannabis plants as an alternative resource in Eerste Fabrieke, Mamelodi. Jansen van Rensburg says the project proposes an innovation farm adjacent to the Eerste Fabrieke train station in Mamelodi. This farm is an attempt to contribute responsibly to the dilapidated socio-economic structures and provide the community with educational platforms to strengthen self-sufficiency while contributing to micro-economies in the area. The investigation deals with two core ideas and the Innovation farm mediates between them. On the one side, the project investigates Mamelodi, specifically Eerste fabrieke station and its surrounding neighbourhoods as experimental ground for this study, and on the other side, the positive attributes of Cannabis plants specifically cannabis sativa (industrial hemp), as an accessible and affordable alternative resource, predominantly as a construction material in an underdeveloped context. In second place Kyle Coulson project is titled Space Lab. It . . .
Seventy reasons to enjoy Roodeberg in 2019 Roodeberg, the legendary red blend that has been bringing friends together the world over since 1949, celebrates its 70th anniversary this year. A true South African original that has stood the test of time, Roodeberg is the heart and soul of memorable get-togethers in the company of good friends. There are big plans afoot for 2019 so keep your eyes peeled and hop on board to celebrate Roodeberg’s 70th milestone year with upcoming new wine launches, promotions and events. Roodeberg’s rich heritage and colourful tapestry of wine folklore, has seen this signature red evolve from the master’s original blend to an accessible, contemporary classic in step with ever changing tastes and lifestyles. Launched in 1949, Roodeberg is the brainchild of Dr Charles Niehaus, a legendary pioneer of the South African wine industry, who developed new red blends at KWV in the early 40s. Roodeberg soon became one of the country’s biggest export wine brands and although it was not readily available in the local market until 2004, it enjoyed iconic status in the hearts and minds of South Africans. From the onset, every bottle of Roodeberg had a story to tell. At the time, locals could only obtain Roodeberg through a wine farming acquaintance with a KWV quota. It is said that bartering sought-after test match tickets, biltong and the like in return for a bottle or two was a common occurrence. For many Roodeberg still conjures up fond memories of people, places and occasions, and of sharing special life-changing moments with family and friends, often with rare vintages squirreled away. Dr Niehaus retired in 1971 leaving and indelible mark on the world of wine. Today, Louwritz Louw follows the string of fine winemakers who have borne the torch Dr Niehaus first lit, proudly continuing the Roodeberg tradition. Catch all the action of Roodeberg’s 70th anniversary year by joining the Roodeberg community on Facebook or follow . . .
Sebastian Berinato – New General Manager at The Marine The Marine hotel, in Hermanus, a member of The Liz McGrath Collection, has appointed Sebastian Berinato as the new General Manager, as of January 2019. He is an award-winning hotelier, who has over forty years ‘experience within the hospitality industry. He has an American Hotel and Motel Association Diploma, completed at The Carlton Hotel, in 1980. The early part of his career was spent among several Southern Sun properties in South Africa, for an accumulated 30 years. He was headhunted by The Arabella Sheraton in 2001 to manage the opening of the Arabella Sheraton, Starwood Luxury Collection Hotel in Hermanus. The crowning moment of his career is the MAIA resort, in the Seychelles, being awarded “Resort of the Year” in 2017. He also received “Hotel of the Year” awards in both 1995 and 2007 respectively and finally received “General Manager of the Year” in 2015. The key to his success as a General Manager is his passion for the hospitality industry, his strong character, and his love for operations. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
BOOST CREATIVE SOLUTIONS in association with Safetech is proud to present BOOST INDUSTRIAL THEATRE – a tool for effective and interactive communication in industry endorsed by Dr Brett Williams (owner of SAFETECH and leading authority on Occupational Health and Safety in South Africa). The working world is in constant flux – from increased diversity of employees (language, culture, background, experience levels); to a regular upgrading of product/service offerings to keep up with changing market needs. Change Management is a minefield in industry, where complex relationship dynamics and corporate politics can often obstruct the effective communication of changes. Employees are often resistant to the traditional one-way communication model which is imposed on them by management. They often view management as “them” as opposed to “us”, and are suspicious of intentions. These conditions create a need for a more objective, interactive, diverse, meaningful and “worker-friendly” method of communicating valuable information to employees. Research indicates that there are direct correlations between the level of engagement with employees and organisational performance indicators. …Enter BOOST INDUSTRIAL THEATRE! "Industrial Theatre as organisational development methodology can assist organisations in translating a system of shared understanding and thus impact directly on organisational culture. Culture impacts directly on THE WAY in which things are done in an organisation and therefore Industrial Theatre can impact behaviour in organisations sustainably. Industrial Theatre influences assumptions, attitudes, beliefs, mindsets and frames of reference, and creates an understanding of all these elements and the way in which these elements impact on the learning, behaviour and personal growth of the individual. In this way industrial Theatre brings about an understanding of complex (business) issues and is a very effective way of educating, mobilising and . . .
Johannesburg, 3 January 2019 - As the holiday season comes to a close, many of us make plans to ‘spring clean’ our lives, our cupboards, our homes and so much more. However, just as you plan to clean your personal space, de-clutter your surroundings, office managers and those responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of work spaces, should consider the benefits of using the quiet period to give the work or office environment a deep clean. 1. Downtime makes for good organisation While staff are away, there is likely to be very little disruption to the process and more importantly, to the colleagues of the company. The quiet period is the perfect time to get your ‘house in order’, as they say. During the year, when everyone is doing the grind and are too busy to side step their office space or use different bathrooms, it can be a great inconvenience to do more than the required cleaning and upkeep of the office environment. 2. Image is everything First impressions are important. In psychology it is defined as the event when one person first encounters another person, object or scene. In legal terms, a first impression is defined as a first consideration or judgement. In an interview scenario, you are being judged by your employer, however some employers simply don’t think about your judgement of their environment. An unkempt, unhygienic environment does not make for a good portrayal of the work environment and can leave any visitor to the office, with unintended and even unsuspecting forms of a negative mental image of the business. ‘Judging the book by its cover’, is not just a saying, it happens and as beings who are influenced by image, a negative appearance can greatly tarnish the image of your brand - and it does not matter who is affected because word of mouth makes for an impression by everyone with whom this information is shared. 3. Hygiene makes for a healthy work environment Absenteeism from work can be linked to many things in society . . .
Xpediator (AIM: XPD), a leading provider of e-commerce and freight management services across the UK and Europe, is pleased to announce that online consumer marketplace Flubit.com has chosen EshopWedrop, Xpediator’s eCommerce delivery solution, for recommended status to manage their customers’ international cross border deliveries. Braintree, Essex, United Kingdom., December 21, 2018 -- Xpediator (AIM: XPD), a leading provider of e-commerce and freight management services across the UK and Europe, is pleased to announce that online consumer marketplace Flubit.com has chosen EshopWedrop, Xpediator’s eCommerce delivery solution, for recommended status to manage their customers’ international cross border deliveries. Launched in 2012, Flubit.com is the largest UK-owned digital marketplace, hosting a catalogue of over 70 million consumer products. In July 2018, the prominent blockchain technology group, MonetaryUnit, acquired Flubit.com for an undisclosed sum. Since then, Flubit.com has sought to expand beyond the UK into new markets. Through the agreement with Flubit.com, EshopWedrop will be listed as the recommended cross-border delivery service for international customers on the Flubit.com platform. EshopWedrop will begin by providing international delivery solutions for Flubit.com’s clients into Albania, Belarus, Bulgaria, Cyprus, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania and the USA. Visitors to the website from outside the UK are invited to select which of these countries they are from, before being prompted to register for a free EshopWedrop account through which purchased goods will be delivered. EshopWedrop is a B2C offering that overlays existing B2B groupage service lines run by Xpediator’s freight forwarding division, Delamode. The service enables consumers in Europe, as well as the USA, to make online purchases from Flubit.com and have their goods delivered quickly and at a price acceptable to consumers. CEO of Flubit.com, Bertie Stephens . . .
Sound Select is a renowned online sound store in South Africa that has simplified the process of buying sound equipment. With the aim to cater to the varying needs of sound engineers, producers, DJs and music enthusiasts, they have a vast catalogue of products. The platform stocks a host of musical instruments like microphones, DJ gear and other accessories to ensure that their customers can browse an entire range of equipment at a single place. Sound Select has established itself as the leading supplier of sound and lighting equipment, owing to their competitive pricing and excellent customer service. The company never compromises with quality and stocks equipment from the best brands like Pioneer, JBL, HK audio, Yamaha, Gemini etc. They even provide a year’s warranty on all their products. Products Sold by Sound Select The premium store features an extensive line of sound and lighting equipment like: 1. Pre-Sound Equipment: All varieties of speakers, amplifiers, subwoofers, mixers and PA systems are available at the portal. They also stock concert sound equipment, cables, stands and other accessories. 2. DJ Gear – Sound Select stocks all equipment for enthusiastic DJs including controllers, mixers, turntables, headphones, flight cases, sample pads and laptop stands. 3. Microphones – One can find all types of microphones at sound select like vocal mics, wireless systems, instrument mics, in-ear monitors, video mics, recording and USB mics etc. 4. Lighting and Event Equipment – Serving as a one-stop shop, they also stock all varieties of lights like LED bars and rails, lasers, moving heads, controllers etc. For adding to your event, you can also buy smoke, bubble, confetti or flame machines from them. 5. Musical Instruments – One can find all kinds of musical instruments like guitars and other string instruments, percussion instruments like drums, keyboards and orchestral instruments at the online store. 6. Recording Equipment – You can find . . .
Land ‘Reform’ Ends Badly Without Intensive Training and Meticulous Planning. By Devan Moonsamy CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Will it work or will we be worse off? The financial exclusion is a global problem with over 1 billion having no access to formal financial systems. But what does ‘formal financial system exclusion’ mean exactly? If people are choosing to hide their money under the mattress rather than bank it, it is perhaps understandable. Many governments have used socialist arguments to seize control of banks. This never goes well, and people lose their savings and investments. The banks are then very poorly run, bank staff are laid off or don’t get paid, and the institution ends up closing, at least to public access. This is likely the way forward for South Africa in the long term since the government has taken serious steps to end private ownership of land. Recent developments may seem like a benign concession intended to help the poor, but history has shown over the past 200 and more years that these government policies always leave the poor in a worse off position. Government officials’ greed knows no bounds in such situations. Access to citizens’ banking system is a massive risk, and it is inevitably next on the agenda once land expropriation has been perpetrated. The people of Russia and other Slavic nations, and many African nations struggle to this day because of these exact types of policies. Recently, Venezuela has tried to warn South Africans not to proceed with land expropriation because it leads to economic hardships, but politicians are about to get access to our land, and there seems to be nothing we can do to stop them. If they can change our Constitution once in this way, we can expect that politicians with divisive agendas will continue to do so, and we are on a road to losing more of our hard-won rights. International community has tried to warn us but politicians are deaf In 2009, Venezuela began what South Africa . . .