Johannesburg, 21 February 2019 - World Information Architecture Day began in 2012 to celebrate the anniversary of the 1998 publication of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web—also known as “The Polar Bear Book,” and the bible for UX professionals. Now in its eight year, World IA Day has grown to 59 cities around the world, including Warsaw, Tehran, Johannesburg and Buenos Aires. World Information Architecture Day is dedicated to the empowerment of local leaders. The celebrations inspire the global growth of information architecture as a community of practice and encourages the diverse thinkers in the celebrations. World IA Day is jointly produced by a network of global, regional, and local volunteers with support from the Information Architecture Institute. “World IA Day brings local professionals together to learn through high-quality speakers, panels, and interactive sessions that examine the many ways IA principles can be used to solve problems in business, civic, and personal contexts,” says Mike Lewis founder of Origin Interactive. This year's theme is Design for Difference: As designers, we are responsible for creating worlds of experiences, environments, services, and systems that impact millions of people – with lasting impacts. While we don’t have a Hippocratic Oath, it’s important for us to follow a similar goal to “do good” and “do not harm.” It is our responsibility as IAs to consider the consequences and impact our design decisions have on humanity and society as a whole. Research is a foundational step in the design process. It ensures that we understand and account for diverse user needs within communities, both in our own domains and globally. Mike encourages and values independent thinking in his team members and this is why the full team from Origin will be attending World IA Day at the UJ campus. According to Mike some of the main questions he will be looking for answers to are “What is this difference that we’re . . .
High 5 for StreetSmart SA Top 5 - StreetSmart partners keep making a difference to the lives of vulnerable children, R5 at a time. In addition to the 101 restaurants throughout South Africa where patrons can make a voluntary R5 donation added to their bill, guests at an increasing number of wine tasting rooms, B&B’s, guest houses and hotels are now able to make a contribution. All funds raised support organisations working with street children within the area where the establishments are located putting the money donated to work where it is needed most in the local community. StreetSmart SA is a conduit fundraising organisation that partners with restaurants, accommodation establishments and wine tasting rooms, to receive donations from diners and guests to support their own locally based beneficiary organisations. In this way locally run programmes that prevent the vulnerable from becoming street children, and help those already on the streets through reintegration back into schools or families, can be funded. Last year, StreetSmart restaurants and their diners raised over R1,7 million nationally. The Top 5 Contributing restaurants were: GOLD Restaurant (Cape Town), raising R113,224, La Mouette (Cape Town), who raised R84,500, Moyo @ Kirstenbosch (Cape Town) who raised R56,765, Stacked Diner (Cape Town) who raised R52,660 and Chatters Bistro (Knysna), who raised R46,940. “GOLD Restaurant supports StreetSmart as we truly believe in the work that they do and have done for the past 14 years. The organisations that benefit from our donations have a direct impact in our community. Our staff are fully committed to engaging with our guests on why we support StreetSmart and this often results in our wonderful guests contributing more than R5 at a time. Our thanks go to our guests for their generous contributions,” says Cindy Muller, MD of GOLD Restaurant, the top achieving StreetSmart restaurant in 2018. StreetSmart acknowledge their Top 20 contributors . . .
The esteemed speaker line-up for this year’s FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit (#LWS2019KZN) will include former Chairperson of the African Union Commission and South Africa’s Minister in the Presidency responsible for Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. She will form part of an extensive speaker panel, focusing on the summit’s 2019 theme, ‘New Wealth Creators’, taking place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March. “With the province of KwaZulu-Natal hosting the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit for the first time, it’s right that one if its most impactful daughters – the Hon. Minister and pan Africanist Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma – should be part of this empowering event,” said Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of Forbes Africa and Forbes Woman Africa and this year’s host. “Throughout her life, she has taken on so many roles that have served to extend the advantages of African women and she continues to do so today in her position as MP. As an anti-apartheid activist, government representative and chairperson of the African Union Commission, Dr Dlamini-Zuma has advanced the position of women in Africa, paving the way for others to achieve where they previously couldn’t. We are honoured to welcome her as a speaker on this year’s panel.” A life of public service After obtaining a BSc Degree in Zoology and Botany from the University of Zululand in 1971, Dlamini-Zuma went on to receive her MB ChB from the University of Bristol in the United Kingdom in 1978, and a Diploma in Tropical Child Health from the School of Tropical Medicine in Liverpool, 1986. She worked extensively throughout the medical field, both at home and abroad, during which time she founded the Health Refugee Trust (HEART) and the Health and Development Organisation, while also serving as a member of the Steering Committee of the National Aids Co-ordinating Committee of South Africa in 1992 - among many . . .
While companies compete for headspace in a noisy and crowded environment, thought leadership as a tried and trusted PR tactic is coming into its own in the South African media space. Louise Hunt from Durban-based communications agency, Hunt PR, says the rise of thought leadership demonstrates how content marketing and PR are drawing ever closer together. As a linchpin between traditional and contemporary exposure, well-researched, useful and credible thought leadership articles should be an essential part of the modern PR plan. The line between traditional and contemporary content sharing is becoming more and more blurred as companies work harder to create relevant content not only to be shared with the media but across their owned media platforms as well. If people are following you or connected to you online, it means they value your thoughts and input. Thought leadership is a great way to capitalise on this relationship as it allows a business the chance to put out editorially relevant and content-rich articles that are simultaneously useful to your online community and publishable in the media across all channels. Hunt warns though that the story must count. “A thought leadership piece is not a press release,” she emphasises, “it’s a tactic that requires finding a strong angle, researching topical or trending issues and pairing the findings with a client’s intellectual property. This is intended to draw out information that can be shared with a predetermined target audience who will, in turn, find the content compelling and valuable to their business or appealing to their intellect.” With media often looking for unique and newsworthy publishable content, the content possibilities and benefits of thought leadership articles are numerous and varied. Hunt says, ‘‘If your piece is credible and backed by a strong industry leader then you are likely to gain significant traction and third-party endorsement from the press. Traction could extend further as . . .
Africa’s Boldest Beauty Festival is showing no signs of slowing down with less than two months to go till Beauty Revolution Festival takes the Sandton scene by storm! Beauty Revolution Festival is a two-day beauty festival taking place on 6 & 7 April 2019 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The event will be a growth launchpad for the South African beauty community; namely make up artists, beauty startups, bloggers, insta-stars, hair stylists, hair & beauty brands and retailers. Beauty Revolution Festival in association with Foschini and YFM have just announced their star-clad lineup of South Africa’s top makeup artist influencers. The masterclass lounge is set to be one of many key features available to experience at the festival in April. Masterclasses will be taking place between 10h00 and 17h00 everyday. The masterclass lineup is set to kick off with mega beauty babe, Beezglam who has top clients in both South Africa and Dubai. The fan-proclaimed queen of brows, Kendall Aberdeen will be up next with useful techniques that are sure to blow you away. Cape Town ‘it’ babes Lindy Lin and Rushana Isaacs will follow with their loyal fanbase and vast knowledge of products. Mihlali Ndamase is no stranger to finding the perfect shade of foundation and she will be sharing her glam tips and tricks. Next on the lineup are quintessential Joburg glam girls Azraa Baker and Thameenah Saint, who know how to dress up any look with a face beat. Kandy Kane certainly fits the mould for Africa’s boldest beauty festival, her looks are nothing short of daring and will teach you exactly how to make a statement. The fabulous Lwazi Blose Cele aka Diva Cadach will complete our selection of artists as a certified makeup artist to the stars. With this lineup and more, Beauty Revolution Festival is sure to be a major highlight in your events calendar this year. You can purchase tickets to Beauty Revolution Festival via iTickets. Connect with Beauty Revolution on Instagram . . .
The fourth annual FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit – hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government - will focus on innovation and non-conformity with its latest theme, ‘New Wealth Creators’. A selection of the continent’s most influential women in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership will engage on this topic at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March. “This year we want to turn the spotlight on those forward-thinking female entrepreneurs who are making a significant impact in some of the more unconventional sectors,” explained Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, and this year’s host. “These women are pioneering within industries, as well as pioneering industries themselves, tapping into previously unknown sources of income and transforming the world as we know it. Guests will get a full day and evening to hear these stories and engage with these inspiring women.” Some of the emerging industries that will be explored by these ‘New Wealth Creators’ include, among others: · Virtual and Augmented Reality · Medical Marijuana · FinTech · Biotechnology · Content Marketing · Green Energy · Drones · Mobility Technology · Gaming Platforms · Security · Agritech · Mining · Recycling Waste The panel of speakers has been carefully selected to reflect the summit’s core values. Each woman has made a significant impact on their chosen sector by achieving financial success, creating jobs, developing sustainable initiatives, displaying sound management practices – all the while retaining integrity, vision and leadership. Since its inception in 2016, the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit - hosted in association with ABSA and the IDC - has grown, with the 2019 edition set to be the biggest summit yet. There are a number of invited speakers who will be addressing an anticipated audience of some 500 leading women during keynote talks, panel . . .
Press Room is a leading boutique public relations agency and showroom with over 14 years specialising in fashion and lifestyle PR. So, it seems fitting that they would land the Cape Union Mart Leisure Brand account- overseeing the PR for Old Khaki, Poetry and Tread+Miller. “We are absolutely thrilled to be working with fashion brands of this calibre” says Lorraine Maisel, MD of Styling Concepts and Press Room PR Agencies. Old Khaki is a relaxed lifestyle brand, comprising of leisurewear, footwear and accessories. Old Khaki is about selecting clothing that allows the individual to express a personal sense of style. Quality clothing - well-made and durable and doesn’t need to make a statement – it’s unrestricted. Poetry appeals to sophisticated women who want beautiful clothing, footwear, accessories, bath and body, confectionery and homeware. In an age of mass-production and commercialisation, Poetry has become a destination for well-read and well-travelled women who long for clothes that aren’t found on the shelves of stores everywhere. Tread+Miller offers footwear and accessories for the urban man, as well as a curated collection of ladies’ footwear. This is truly a unique offering for the South African male shopper, a footwear destination dedicated to the style-focused man. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Former Miss South Africa and Miss Universe, Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, will form part of this year’s notable speaker line-up at the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit, hosted by the KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. Nel-Peters survived a violent carjacking in 2017, emerging unharmed after using a self-defence technique she’d learnt on a course. Spurred by this experience, she launched her Unbreakable campaign which aims to educate and empower women to be prepared, both mentally and physically, in the event of an attack. She will be speaking at the fourth annual FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit, hosted in association with the IDC, taking place on International Women’s Day – Friday, 8 March – at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 7am to 4pm. She will be joined by the likes of international celebrity and philanthropist, Naomi Campbell, as well as leading businesswomen, Basani Maluleke, CEO of African Bank and Nozipho Sithole, CEO at Transnet Port Terminals, among many others. In addition to the daytime networking, attendees to the summit are invited to the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Awards’ gala dinner celebrating who have made a remarkable impact in the business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership categories. The gala dinner will take place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre from 6.30pm. For more information, visit www.leadingwomensummit.co.za or follow @LWSummit on various social media platforms (#LWS2019KZN). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 2019 FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit welcomes top CEOs from government and the private sector to participate in this year’s panel discussion entitled ‘The Future Economy: How CEOs Can Lead Value Creation’. The discussion forms part of an extensive summit programme – taking place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March – that is set to welcome influential women in the business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership space. “The panel discussion is always a highly-anticipated segment of the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit,” said Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, and this year’s host. “It affords women, with a wealth of experience and insight, the opportunity to share their views on how to impact society and the economy while engaging with others on ways to make this possible. This year’s panel is certain to bring varying perceptions on how CEOs are able to lead value creation.” Basani Maluleke, CEO of African Bank; Grace Harding, CEO of Ocean Basket and Nozipho Sithole, CEO at Transnet Port Terminals will lead the 2019 panel discussion, which will seek to answer various economy-related questions, including: • As leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution addressing inequalities and inclusion, how do you create global shared value? • What do you see as the new wealth creators of the future? • How would you diversify into these sectors, and how has the definition of the words 'wealth' and 'value' themselves changed over the years? GETTING TO KNOW THE PANELLISTS: After qualifying as an attorney at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, Basani Maluleke joined the corporate finance team at FirstRand Bank, RMB. In this role, she assisted in pioneering the structuring and implementation of BEE ownership transactions for JSE-listed companies. She subsequently joined the FNB Division as the Head of Private Clients and, in 2018, she became the first black . . .
Setting the benchmark in décor, design and lifestyle exhibitions, Decorex Durban – running at Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March 2019 – will once again provide the trade industry with inspirational products and design offerings that speak to the local market - with a trade-focused day on Friday, 22 March 2019. “The exhibitors at Decorex Durban have really embraced this year’s theme, ‘Designing for Africa - feels like home’ and will be demonstrating the immense impact the continent, and our local role players, are having on the décor and design industry,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “Visitors will be exposed to a really innovative range of products that are designed to work well within the local market, with a strong focus on local manufacture and locally-sourced materials.” Here are the top 5 reasons trade delegates should visit Decorex Durban: 1. Connect with industry leaders It’s anticipated that more than 21 000 visitors will walk through the doors of the Durban Convention Centre over the 4-day exhibition – approximately a quarter of whom are trade visitors with 37% of these attendees holding sole purchasing power. Among the attendees will be leading designers, entrepreneurs, retailers, industry innovators and key decision makers all ready to engage directly with trade professionals. This is a unique platform for productive networking that serves to create long-term business opportunities. 2. Source quality products Across 9 000sqm of gross exhibition space, Decorex Durban 2019 will welcome more than 200+ exhibitors showcasing an expansive new range of lifestyle products and services suited to the architecture, design, furniture, property and retail industries. Because Decorex Durban prioritises quality when it comes to its exhibitions, some 50% of the visitors are known to attend solely as a way to identify and source new products. 3. Take in key features As a leader in décor, design and . . .