Designed to excite all the senses, Decorex Joburg – presented by Plascon – has organised a tasteful mix of leading chefs and on-trend eateries set to feature in beautifully-styled settings. Taking place at the Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August, this delicious #rhythmoflife exhibition is set to be a real foodie haven. The Gourmet Cooking Theatre Some of South Africa’s best chefs will demonstrate some unique meals using the latest kitchen appliances, in a gorgeous kitchen installation curated by Riverwoods, with surfaces by Stonehenge and appliances by Hisense. There will be hour-long demonstrations by a host of culinary masters taking place throughout the show. Chef Coo Pillay, Executive Chef of Protea Hotel by Marriott OR Tambo and Vice-Chairman of the SA Chefs Gauteng Committee will get things going with easy-to-emulate meals that cater to taste and budget. Chef Coo has partnered with Tiger Brands and Unilever Food Solutions for four inspired demonstrations. “We will prepare a homemade burger served on a bread bun made from King Korn sorghum powder – all of which is uniquely South African,” said Chef Coo. “I see myself as a very ‘rustic-style’ chef and I love fusing different styles of cooking and flavours onto a plate.” Fans of the popular cooking contest, My Kitchen Rules SA, are in for a treat as Season 2 contestant, Donald Chipumha, will be putting his culinary skills on display. “I will discuss the best ways to handle ingredients while demonstrating practical cooking – quick, easy and tasty meals,” said Donald. “I’m a home-cook and I like to be practical and conscious about what I cook. I prefer simple, robust flavours without overcomplicating things. I will be preparing my signature dish – Herb-Crusted Lamb Chops with Charred Sweetcorn Salad.” Young cooking sensation, social media influencer and author of the blog ‘Cooking with Luyanda’, Luyanda Mafanya will impress audiences with her culinary expertise at her debut Decorex . . .
Veteran PR consultant Ivan Booth has released a new book aimed at providing prospective publicists with illuminating information about the industry. Current PRs, too, will benefit from unique career insights spread over 29 chapters described by one reviewer as ‘so readable, so practical and so enjoyable.’ “The Publicist’s Playbook” is no staid textbook littered with endless definitions of public relations from obscure organisations. “The phrase ‘reputation management’ does not appear in the book because it is focused on tangible, operational tactics that can immediately be employed by PR practitioners at the media coalface,” explains Booth. “This is good advice that has helped me consistently generate real exposure for my clients over 21 years while so many of my PR peers have fallen by the wayside, victims of their inability to walk the talk,” says Booth. “Times are tough and clients want plenty of positive coverage, week after week, not lofty PR strategies that cost them a fortune and deliver very little in the way of actual news coverage and credible social media exposure. Available on Amazon.com in both Kindle and Paperback Editions, ‘The Publicist’s Playbook’ is described as ‘transcending media relations, social platforms and content creation’ with valuable operational nuggets that pepper the book throughout. From PR’s overwhelming need for speed in the age of the continuous news cycle - (‘Speed is what really impresses clients these days. They just want something from you, in their inbox, now. If you can push out two notches above mediocre, twice as fast, you've won’) to the need to develop an internal hard-drive (‘Excellent general knowledge means being able to receive a brief and settling down in front of your keyboard to start writing while your colleagues are wasting time surfing the web searching for an angle, a quote or some opening statistic’), Booth dishes out what he’s learnt over two decades thick and fast. Fortunately, there’s plenty of . . .
Smile 90.4FM, The Mother City’s fastest growing radio station, will be continuing our unique tribute of Nelson Mandela, on the 18 July, when 67 buskers play 67 minutes of music in honour of Tata Madiba at 67 locations around Cape Town. Local buskers will be taking to the streets at 12h00, on Mandela Day, and can be identified by a Smile 90.4FM poster and bucket for collecting loose change and will include recipients of last year’s donation, Bridgeville Primary. Thanks to last year’s event, Bridgeville Primary now has a fully functioning music department. “A year ago, were equipped with a drum set and loads of enthusiasm. That was it. Anything more seemed like a pipe dream due to the prevailing economic situation. Thanks to this Smile 90.4FM initiative, all our dreams became a reality. We are truly grateful for the kick-start. Now it's all about maintaining momentum” said Head of Music at Bridgeville Primary, Rashid Benefeldt. Nelson Mandela once said “Music is a great blessing. It has the power to elevate and liberate us. It sets people free to dream. It can unite us to sing with one voice. Such is the value of music.” With that in mind, Smile 90.4FM Programming Content Manager, Justine Kemlo, stated that “We couldn’t have thought of a better way to pay homage to Madiba’s legacy than through the performance of music. Last year we asked our listeners to do exactly that, and they jumped on board whole heartedly. The initiative was such a positive success that we’ve decided to do it again!” If you are wanting to be a part of the magic, each musician is able to register on the Smile 90.4FM website. Buskers will receive a Smile 90.4FM Making Music for Madiba certificate, signboard and busking bucket. All money collected during the 67 minutes of busking will be donated towards music development for underprivileged children. For more information on the Making Music for Madiba, tune into Smile 90.4FM or visit www.smile904.fm. You can also follow the action . . .
Imagnary House is a boutique publishing house for children’s books and young-adult literature in South Africa. They are focused on building a larger market for local African children's and young-adult authors and illustrators, by both igniting the local readership and engaging with international readers, rights’ and literary agents. As of 1 July 2018, Imagnary House has opened their submissions and are looking to build up their publication list for the next 2 years. Submissions close on 31 July 2018 at midnight. What are they looking for? Their priority this year is to find teen or young-adult fantasy, science-fiction, and alternative history novels. They are also looking for children's chapter books and picture books that are sophisticated, fun and imaginative. However, they are not looking for educational, didactic, or moral-focused stories, definitely leaning towards manuscripts that are diverse and can travel across different cultures and countries. Imagnary House will consider submissions in the following genres: • Children’s picture books (junior-grade) • Children’s chapter books (middle-grade) • Teen science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels • Young-adult science-fiction, fantasy, or alternative-reality novels Writers and illustrators can submit their work on Imagnary House’s submissions page: https://imagnaryhouse.com/pages/submissions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
PDT wins Hypervsn™ partner status and rights to bring 3D holographic technology to South Africa. [Johannesburg, 04 July 2018] – Hypervsn™ (by Kino-mo) is a cutting-edge visual solution for creating, managing and displaying unique 3D video content with holographic effect. “Hypervsn™ is a cutting-edge visual solution for creating, managing and displaying unique 3D video content,” says Cornel van Lingen, PDT CEO. “We are always looking at new technologies and solutions that deliver that “wow” factor in terms of campaign capabilities, usability and practical applications. Partnering with Kino-mo is a logical (and exciting) step forward, helping us deliver on our brand promise to support client ambitions through cutting-edge innovations.” About Kino-mo’s Hypervsn™ solution Kino-mo is an award-winning British company developing hi-tech visual solutions. The company is backed by Sir Richard Branson and Mark Cuban, with its Hypervsn™ solution receiving an array of awards including Top 3 British Innovations of the Year. Over and above the obvious benefits to businesses in the retail and entertainment industries, Kino-mo’s Hypervsn™ technology offers practical applications for Education, Healthcare, Manufacturing, and Automotive industries. The company was named among World’s 10 Most Impressive Technologies by Mashable and USA Today. PDTs Partner Status In order to qualify as a Hypervsn™ partner, PDT had to provide evidence of proven ability to deliver on a host of technical and operational competencies. “Kino-mo is strongly committed to launch Hypervsn™ technology and grow its footprint in South Africa,” says Kino-mo Co-founder, Art Stavenka. “We are thrilled that PDT will be bringing their profound experience and leadership to our global partnership network.” Commenting on the partnership, PDT Hypervsn™ Product Owner, John Paul Higgins said; “Over our 15 plus years’ existence we have seen many technologies come and go, we believe Kino-mo is . . .
New and vibrant voice sets hope to the downtrodden emergence of the South African Jazz Hip-hop music Scene. All over the world, music has been considered as a cultural activity whose medium is sound organized in time which is performed with a vast range of instruments and vocal techniques ranging from singing to dancing and exploring all means in the entertainment of the mind of individuals. The South African Jazz hip-hop genre has seen a lot of revolutions since the turn of the millennium. This is hardly surprising given a germane role this genre of music has played in the upbringing of many South African citizens. The youths have finally come to the realization that Jazz hip-hop music is meant to spread to the streets, the hood and the hearts of every individual in the society. Such realization has led to the rise of artists like King Chabz, a Hip-hop Rap musician that perfectly embodies the truth about entertainments has no restrictions. With a childhood as rough as it could get, King Chabz had the perfect excuse to turn out like most others but got addicted to the entertainment of young and old was his saving grace. His love and passion for music has a certain street vibe about it. We done did it, the spiritually uplifting track from the artist is scheduled to be released on the 23 of March and the widely anticipated track is produced by Zwelibanzi will be Released by WeDoneDidIT records, a South African based record label. King Chabz, a South African artist would love to share his inspiring story with people who may be going through rough and challenging times struggling to realize their full potentials in the South African Entertainment Industry, seeking to give them hopes to push on. The new single is available for download on iTunes, Tidal, Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music, Google Play ,Deezer King Chabz Booking: email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Keeping media lists up to date is a major challenge in the PR industry, especially with the increasing number of publications, broadcast stations and online sites available today. To secure media coverage, PR teams need to target the right media titles and reach out to new media. In response to this need, online media database Target Media Directory has added the details of over 500 publications, radio and TV stations, websites and blogs to its extensive database – this year alone. “It’s very difficult for PR agencies to have up-to-date media lists because the media landscape is always changing,” explains Marina Kruger, media manager at Target Media Directory. “Online media directories are the new media lists. They’re constantly updated so they’re always current”. Target Media Directory’s online media database contains in-depth information about each media title – including reach, audience, circulation, advertising rates and the topics and industries covered. The dedicated team behind the directory constantly updates the database, giving the PR industry access to the latest information about every media title. Kruger explains that online media databases like Target Media Directory also offer the best way to find new media to reach out to, because the database is constantly expanding. “We expect the directory to grow as our reach expands into Africa, which will give PR teams access to more information when they create their media lists.” Strengthening media relationships A vital part of getting your press release published is understanding the needs and requirements of the media you connect with. “The better you understand the media that you reach out to, the better your relationship with their journalists and editors will be,” says Kruger. “Once you know exactly which industries a publication or station covers, as well as the audience they are targeting, you’ll be able to tailor your press release to suit them – and increase your chances of . . .
In this Flux Trends presentation, we explore the intersection of (human) consumer mindsets, exponential AI technology and unpack the resulting opportunities and threats to the status quo. This presentation is designed for marketers, advertisers, HR managers and entrepreneurs – in short anyone who is interested in the near future of the human race, and how machines and AI are set to change the way we live and work together. JHB Open Session information: Transhumanism – How to train your cyborg to join your workforce by Bronwyn Williams – Johannesburg Time: 16h30 (Registration opens at 16h00) Date: Wednesday, 1st August 2018 Cost: R378.00 per person A student rate of R278.00will be offered to students with a valid student card. Price includes the 1% increase in VAT as of 1 April from 14% to 15% Venue: Protea Hotel by Marriott Johannesburg Wanderers Address: Corner, Rudd Road, and, Corlett Dr,, Illovo, Johannesburg, Gauteng, 2196, South Africa Presented by Bronwyn Williams CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Romney Park development on Cape Town’s in-demand Atlantic seaboard a great investment option Cape Town, 19 June 2018 – A new sectional-title development on the lower slopes of Signal Hill in Green Point is currently in its selling stage. Romney Park Luxury Apartments, formerly a five-star all-suite hotel that was voted South Africa’s best six years running, features 26 north-facing apartments – all with sea views – starting from R3 090 000. Sectional-title property promises investors competitive purchase prices, solid year-on-year yields, sustainable capital growth and easy liquidity, making it one of the most reliable and efficient medium- to long-term investment options. Certain neighbourhoods across South Africa have demonstrated a particularly healthy environment for sectional-title investors, including Sandton and Sandhurst in Johannesburg and Cape Town’s southern suburbs and Atlantic seaboard. In Green Point, where the average sectional-title sale price rocketed from R2,8 million in 2016 to over R3,4 million this year, demand for apartments as primary dwellings or investment properties has increased substantially. Sectional-title property makes business sense The Atlantic Seaboard has averaged 6-7% year-on-year yield for investors over the last year. Demand for rental property in Cape Town has driven up average rental rates over the last decade and shows no signs of letting up, holding promise of even stronger investment yields in years to come. Average price growth in this Cape Town neighbourhood has also shown little signs of slackening off. In the last five years the Atlantic Seaboard has seen average prices increase by 134%, offering investors enticing returns. One of the most appealing factors of such high-demand property is the extreme liquidity they hold. Sectional-title properties often offer a far easier and quicker selling experience. Freehold homes in South Africa are generally priced higher than sectional-title property with . . .
His creations are as bold and interesting as his personality, and this year, the award-winning interior designer and patron of Decorex Joburg, Stephen Falcke, will be drawing on his experience within the industry to curate a masterpiece space. Featuring at the 25th Decorex Joburg, presented by Plascon, Falcke’s design will form an intricate part of this incredible décor, design and lifestyle exhibition taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August. “I’ve been a part of Decorex since its inception and it is truly an honoured position to be patron of this incredible exhibition,” enthused Falcke. “To have all these amazing designs and different people that make up our interesting trade family, all under one roof, is really such an exciting experience, and I look forward to it every year.” Falcke has an illustrious career spanning various continents. Graduating from the Chelsea School of Art in London, he worked for the famed English decorator, David Hicks, before returning to South Africa where he collaborated with Lionel Levin before establishing his own design organisation. His unharnessed talent has launched him across the globe with his work featuring on the covers of various international magazines including America’s Architectural Digest, French and Italian Vogue as well as French Ella. Recognition of his design skill was sealed when he received the Andrew Martin Designer of the World Award, also known as ‘the Oscars of the design world’. However, one of his annual industry highlights is crafting something new for Decorex Joburg. And, for the 2018 edition, Falcke will be welcoming visitors into ‘The World of Design – Stephen’s Way’. “To celebrate this milestone at Decorex Joburg, I’m looking back over my career and all my creations for Decorex to formulate a truly inspired installation,” he explained. “Visitors will be taken on a journey through time through a visualisation of my ideas and thoughts on interiors and trends, from 25 . . .