Just in time for National Heritage Day on 24 September, Drakenstein Local Tourism Association has introduced a mobile application that combines the proud heritage of the region with the latest state-of-the-art technology. The Visit Paarl and Visit Wellington apps are easy to navigate and visitors can download it onto their mobiles to get a quick and accessible way of finding the best places to see and things to do in this beautiful region. Both apps feature the latest news and events in Paarl and Wellington as well as maps, accommodation facilities, restaurants, attractions, wineries and other services available. According to Annelize Stroebel from the DLTA, these apps are completely on target with the theme for National Tourism Month, which is kicked off with the UN World Tourism Organisation’s World Tourism Day on 27 September 2018. “South Africa is mirroring the global theme of tourism and the digital transformation, so it is extremely apt for Drakenstein to focus on digital applications within our local tourism industry. We live in an increasingly digitally-driven society and have to look at ways of communicating our destinations on these platforms. It is a uncomplicated, user-friendly reference to tourism products in this area and will definitely assist visitors to explore our towns and surrounds,” mentions Stroebel. Stroebel also encourage local residents to make the most of Tourism Month by becoming visitors in their own towns. “As locals, we rarely take the time to enjoy the touristy aspects of our home towns. We often overlook the incredible offerings Paarl and Wellington have to offer and I hope that Tourism Month will inspire our communities to go out and explore the magnificence of our area and become true ambassadors for the Drakenstein region.” The Visit Paarl and Visit Wellington apps are available for download in your app store for free. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The integration of cybersecurity into every aspect of an organisation’s business activities is crucial, as it actively guards and protects the mission, vision, objectives and profits of the organisation. However, many companies see cybersecurity as a dark hole into which money is thrown without yielding any tangible benefits, thus reviewing its implementation as separate to the business objectives. Alternatively, they believe that implementing security applications, tools and services will mitigate all cyber risk exposure. This constricted view can lead to disappointment, as data compromises can still happen despite tools, solutions and services meant to defend, protect and secure these enterprises. What is required is a balance between these views, as misalignment to business objectives can either result in overprotecting IT assets, leading to waste of resources, or under-protecting these assets, exposing the organisation to cyber threats and vulnerabilities. Cybersecurity is one of the key pillars in Enterprise Risk Management, which comprises of governance, risk management, compliance and security. This quadrant guides the cybersecurity in organisations and for it to succeed, the organisation’s strategic planning must guide it. Cybersecurity begins at the ‘software factory’, thus underlining the need to select reputable service providers at the base stage. It then moves to ‘information security’; the responsibility of senior management and key business stakeholders; if the organisation is to be competitive, remain profitable and continue to innovate. Evolution of systems Digital ecosystems have evolved, and IT systems continue to come with new challenges, as respective technologies change both software and hardware. The adoption of cloud services, IoT (Internet of Things) and IoX (Internet of anything), portable and mobile computing is now the norm. Soon, virtual reality, artificial intelligence, neurological systems, high-speed data and . . .
South Africans currently get multiple bills, deal with several service providers and may have a number of monthly debit orders coming off their accounts. Globally, customers have become accustomed to converged offerings through one provider for all their connectivity and entertainment services, all on one plan and bill. Now, South Africans can join the international trend, by signing up for MediaPlay, a revolutionary new, first-to-market solution from Cell C. MediaPlay empowers consumers to plan and budget for their connectivity and entertainment needs through one contract. This transformation contract gives customers all access connectivity and entertainment in one plan. MediaPlay allows customers to connect with the world and with friends and family PLUS keep up with their favourite movies, series, sports, news and music – all through one simple and affordable plan. Launched this week, MediaPlay allows customers to get access to • Voice and SMS; • Data; • Subscription to the entertainment platform, black with free streaming “MediaPlay simplifies our customers’ lives by bringing them an all in one communications and entertainment solution through great value plans, whether on mobile, high speed fixed 4G or Fibre,” says Cell C Chief Commercial Officer, Junaid Munshi. Customers no longer have to have the hassle of paying multiple subscriptions for on-demand entertainment, home Internet and mobile connectivity. Instead, Cell C’s MediaPlay suite of products allows customers to get all of this in one simple package. Consumers have the option to connect through one of three formats: MediaPlay Fibre, MediaPlay LTE or MediaPlay Mobile with various plans to suit their budgets. Customers will be able to purchase their MediaPlay plans directly from www.mediaplay.co.za with just a couple of clicks. On the site, customers will find an interactive educational video and a tour of exactly what MediaPlay is all about, what it offers and how to get it. Customers . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
De-coding Stereotypical Thinking - Ole! Media Group working to narrow the gender gap in Media IT It’s 2018 and global research reports that gender bias still lurks within the work place – no shock there. However, because women are used to “doing it for themselves”, there are those intrepid females among us who stand up and say enough is enough and change the status quo. That was the case at Ole! Media Group when two young women joined the ranks and are now proving that transformation is underway in the tech space, within the media sector specifically, and provoked the launch of a campaign, the company hopes will encourage more organisations to follow suit. More than 10 years ago, when Luane Swart began her journey as part of the working class, all of her female classmates opted for jobs in teaching, beauty and early childhood development. It was a time when venturing into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) were largely unfamiliar paths for South African women to pursue, and it was this very reason that drew Luane into the tech space. She recalls boasting to her parents as a little girl – saying that she’d be a boss with a briefcase one day. Never imagining that her briefcase would eventually turn into a backpack for her coding laptop. “I took an aptitude test to determine my career path and the results suggested that I become an Accountant. At that time, a college visiting my school, gave a tech presentation and I was wowed by the idea of becoming a Developer.” That presentation would be the push for Luane to pursue a career in tech and software development, where she began her studies as one of only six women in a class of 100 students. Where transformation begins – breaking down stereotypical thinking In an age where information is freely available, Luane says that the reason why few women occupy roles in the tech space is because schools do not provide enough education that encourages women to apply. She remembers a day where . . .
To celebrate Women’s Month, The Foschini Group set out to highlight the natural beauty of women through a fun and interactive digital activation at Sandton City Mall. Experiential activations agency, Living Masks, tasked Moving Tactics, South Africa’s leading digital signage solutions company, with the job of providing a solution that would attract shoppers’ attentions and encourage participation and interaction. There also had to be a way that mall-goers could quickly and easily share the interactive digital activation experience via social media. The concept, developed by Living Masks magic-maker, Zelia Michaels Shangase, saw Moving Tactics’ Digital Impact division design and manufacture a custom-made mirror that would give women the opportunity of seeing their reflection on a specially treated glass panel that was concealing a 55-inch touchscreen. Combing these two elements in a custom-made housing, together with a DSLR camera and a wide-angled GoPro camera, we were able to create an experience for the ladies where they could see a full-length image of themselves in the mirror as well as a scaled-down version in the digital display. “We used software designed and developed by the Moving Tactics Digital Impact team so that shoppers could take photos of themselves and then share them via various social media platforms. The GoPro camera was used to record photographic stills in the time-lapse function so that the entire campaign could be viewed in a high-speed replay,” says Andy Higginbotham, Creative Director at Moving Tactics Digital Impact. According to Shangase, “Working on this campaign with Foschini has been an extremely fulfilling experience. The activation brought to life an amazing concept but more so a message that all women should have affirmed daily, which is ‘I AM PERFECT’. The interactive mirror that Moving Tactics developed was central to the interactive digital activation combining two winning elements, selfies and social media! What it . . .
Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 - Fear of the dentist is known as odontophobia, dentophobia, or more casually as dental anxiety. As dental professionals, and not mental health professionals, our focus isn’t as much on why people are afraid of the dentist, but instead on what we can do for those who are, so that they can receive compassionate and effective treatment. It is important to remember that some studies estimate up to 75% of dental patients experience mild to severe dental fear. So it’s actually more likely for a person to be uncomfortable with the idea of being in a dentist’s chair than not. At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We work with dentists to envision what‘s possible and provide innovative solutions to achieve it. Education and support help move each procedure forward, ensuring the benefits of our innovations are realised. Everything we do is about helping dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices – today and for years to come. Imagine that you could now receive all the treatment you require in a single visit with the best results possible in modern dentistry? Dentsply Sirona ‘s CEREC makes exactly this possible. Dentsply Sirona have been driving CAD/CAM innovation for over 30 years, pioneering digital solutions that have changed dentistry for the better. CEREC enables dental professionals to provide you the patient with restorations, including inlays, on lays, crowns, bridges and veneers, in a single visit. Our solutions also enable them to take digital impressions and produce surgical guides and other apparatus needed for better, safer, and faster implants and orthodontics. Cerec stands for a quick and pleasant treatment with no impression tray, no annoying temporary prostheses and only one anaesthetic injection. A win-win situation: You receive the highest standards and get the best . . .
A colourful ‘Mardi Gras’ to herald Africa’s digital heroes in 2018 London, 13 September 2018 – The annual AfricaCom Awards will once again celebrate success and innovation this year, by recognising the achievements of the best companies, solutions, products and personalities improving connectivity and driving Africa through the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Supported by Founding Awards Sponsor, PCCW Global, the awards will be held on 14 November at The Lookout in Granger Bay, Cape Town. With ‘Mardi Gras’ as the theme for this year’s celebrations (it is also AfricaCom’s 21st birthday), the event promises to be an unforgettable night of music, entertainment and celebration. PPCW Global confirmed their involvement saying: “PPCW Global is delighted to sponsor the AfricaCom Awards which recognise the sterling works performed by companies and personalities that are developing solutions and products to improve connectivity that will drive Africa into the fourth industrial revolution. Good luck to all who enter.“ In line with all the new focus areas for AfricaCom 2018 – Artificial Intelligence (AI) and enterprise digital transformation among them - the organisers have created some exciting new categories to celebrate the best and brightest innovators across tech and telecoms in Africa. This year the AfricaCom Awards cover nine categories: • Best Network Improvement • Delivering Excellence in Customer Experience • Fintech Innovation Award • Most Innovative use of AI Technology (new for 2018) • Most Innovative Service • Changing Lives Award • Best Sustainable Power Solution (new for 2018) • IoT Product or Service of the Year • Best Innovation in Digital Entertainment Would be winners can enter the awards here. Entries close on 5 October, so for your chance to be recognised - enter today! AfricaCom Enterprise CXO of the Year Awards Also new in 2018, is the AfricaCom Enterprise CXO of the Year Award which recognises the outstanding achievements . . .
Tower light accommodates seven modules in same stack for ease of use and selection Rockwell Automation has introduced the Allen-Bradley ControlTower 856T 70 mm Tower Light system to market. This new system incorporates brighter LED illumination and a broad offering of visual and sound technologies, all in a 70 mm diameter housing. The ControlTower 856T is capable of accommodating up to seven modules in the same stack, offering users the ability to monitor more machine and process conditions in a single device. This new modular design allows the ControlTower 856T system to meet the widest range of signalling applications with a reduced number of components. “Our new tower light helps engineers achieve faster time to market due to the reduced number of components they need to select,” said Adrian van Wyk, Business Manager – Power and Components (Southern & Sub-Saharan Africa) Rockwell Automation, Sub-Saharan Africa. “Users may also see a lower total cost of ownership due to the scalable visual and audible options, and the ability to monitor more machine conditions with a single tower light.” The tower light features push-in terminal blocks in the base and internal DIP switches inside the light and sound modules that enable engineers to easily configure operation modes. Engineers can choose from a range of sounds that helps alert operators on a machine’s status or condition. These sound options include multi-tone piezoelectric and multi-tone transducer technologies. The ControlTower 856T system also includes non-stackable, beacon-shaped light modules for applications that require a low profile signalling device but want to use the same mounting infrastructure of the tower light. The IP66/67-rated system can be used in tough environmental conditions and in an extended operating temperature (up to 70° C). To meet global requirements, the system is available in 24V AC/DC and 120/240V AC. The product line is available as separate components or as a . . .
Niche Integrated Solutions, a South African Black woman owned ICT emerging company is delighted to have launched TechXAfrica 2018 on Friday, 14 September at Monte Casino La Toscana after months of preparation. This is a first for South Africa, an ICT masterclass event, masterminded by women in technology driving ICT disruption in Africa. TechX Africa is an impressive opportunity to experience next generation thinking and philosophy fueled by woman in Tech, transporting you into the era of Purposeful Cost and Market disruption. It brings the local top ICT companies and world leaders in ICT, together with local small and emerging ICT entrepreneurs as well as women in technology to create a vehicle that allows ICT talent to be ported across Africa. The value the bigger companies bring to sme is in their partnerships that fosters technology and skills transfer through supply chain inclusion, local implementations and local support. TechXAfrica was created to address some of the main challenges faced by entrepreneurs: These are amongst the top 5 challenges faced by African entrepreneurs: • Attracting customers; • Maintaining profitability; • Increasing revenue; • Uncertainty over economic conditions; • Securing financing for expansion. Attracting customers was pointed out by events Key speaker, the CEO of Technology Innovation Agency South Africa, Mr. Barlow Manilal. He said that even though entrepreneurs are creating world class amazing solutions, it is still a major challenge for them to market their solutions and therefore fail within their sales strategy. It is thus imperative that we as a South African sme ourselves try to help other smme to gain visibility and sales traction not only within South Africa but the rest of Africa as well, hence TechXAfrica being the catalyst to bring everyone under one roof and to be able to port a combination of talents throughout Africa Other opportunities that the event creates is the networking of local ICT . . .