The adoption continues for the .africa (dotAfrica) geographic Top Level Domain (gLTD) as Africa’s biggest multi-industry website, Bizcommunity, announced the launch of its dotAfrica website. With 464 000 readers, Bizcommunity is an independently-owned media brand made in Africa for Africa. In a statement, the company said “Bizcommunity.africa domain name sends a clear message to the world that the media brand is open for African business opportunities.” Bizcommunity has spent some two decades building a reputation as the daily go-to media portal for the curation and distribution of African company news, jobs and events across 18 industries. Bizcommunity says the launch of its dotAfrica gTLD presence will “enable the knowledge and resource sharing and intra-African networking required right now.” “African business news belong to the front pages and we are thrilled that homegrown organisations like Bizcommunity are showcasing the African agenda to the world. Incredible strides are taking place on the continent and it is up to likeminded Africans to come together and tell this positive story,” said Lucky Masilela, CEO of Registry Africa administrator of dotAfrica. Africa’s new home on the worldwide web is steadily making its way into the digital landscape of leading brands like Bizcommunity, Adams & Adams, ABSA, and many others as they realise the benefits of associating themselves with the Bright Continent and its one billion consumers. The rising dotAfrica domain name is increasingly being inscribed on traditional and new media platforms across the continent. “Economies today run on creativity and original thinking just as economies yesterday ran on coal and steam. The availability of a new online space is clearly proving valuable to brands, agencies and their respective marketing campaigns, as this latest dotAfrica launch by Bizcommunity demonstrates,” says Mr Masilela. “Africa is open for business and dotAfrica is our storefront. DotAfrica is . . .
When growing up many of us were taught the golden rules when using the toilet of wiping yourself to keep clean and prevent odours as well as washing your hands afterwards to prevent the spread of bacteria. But how clean are you? Is using toilet paper enough to give you the confidence and clean that you need? Research has shown that 63% of parents don’t believe their children are ready to go to the toilet alone when they start school. Baby Soft® understands that nothing is more important than being and feeling clean. The fear of having your child ridiculed for not wiping themselves properly and causing an unpleasant odour leaves most parents terrified. That’s why Baby Soft® has developed the Baby Soft® Clean Routine. The Clean Routine is an easy to remember 5 step guide that gives parents and children a helping hand when it comes to teaching and practicing cleanliness. The Baby Soft® 5 step guide: 1. Use Baby Soft® dry toilet paper and use 3-4 sheets per wipe until the paper is clean to avoid chafing your delicate, intimate skin. 2. Only wipe from front to back, and never re-fold toilet paper to avoid coming into contact with harmful bacteria. 3. Use 1-2 sheets of Baby Soft® Moist Toilet Tissue to help you get and feel even cleaner. 4. Finish by patting dry with Baby Soft® dry toilet paper to protect your intimate area and achieve the right moisture levels. 5. Always wash your hands with soap and dry thoroughly, it’s the single best way to stop the spread of disease. While dry toilet paper can get you physically clean, taking extra precautions like using Baby Soft® Moist Toilet Tissue can help you not only feel clean but also give you that extra confidence. Baby Soft® Moist Toilet Tissue offers a fresh standard of clean that is also soothing on sensitive skin. Very importantly, Baby Soft® Moist Toilet Tissue is flushable, and is skin pH friendly, and is available in two variants: Fresh White, with a cotton fresh fragrance; and Skin Kind, which is . . .
The legendary wave at Mavericks is a notorious beast, where some of the most famous rides in history have been claimed off the Northern Californian coast. Heading to tame the infamous wave, Nic Von Rupp lined up a trip of his dreams and along the way managed to pull of a historical feat that few before him have conquered. Mavericks is a raging A-frame wave with a chunky lip that is challenging and fast, even for the world’s best big wave surfers. Famously a left, the cold-water spot can produce a rare left and it was this challenge that Nic set his sights: “On my way to Mavericks, the only thing I could think of was going left out there.. that wave has so much potential, probably the meanest, biggest paddle approachable slab around. After 3 sessions out there, I quickly saw my dream of slipping into one of these beasts diminishing. So much risk involved.. you gotta be under it, dodging 20ft sets.. seems like all the energy of the right bends into the left and dumps into edge of the ledge. You get pounded, you go to deep dark places, scraping for your life. What about trying to knife a 9.9 into a steep ledge like this. But that’s what makes it special.”- Nic Von Rupp YouTube: https://youtu.be/AQHXXw_prlA CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Automation Anywhere Expands Operations to Africa. Sriram Narayanan appointed regional director to lead operations across Africa and ROW Johannesburg, Africa - April 1, 2019 – Automation Anywhere®, the global leader in Robotic Process Automation (RPA), announced the expansion of its operations in Africa and (Rest of the World) ROW countries , with plans to open an office in Johannesburg. To lead the company’s expansion, Sriram Narayanan has been appointed Regional Sales Director and will spearhead operations in Africa and ROW to deliver value to customers, build a strong team of local talent and drive innovation. “Demand for intelligent automation continues to grow globally and we have witnessed a strong business need for our offerings in Africa, and across South Asia, the Russian Federation, Turkey and Israel, said Milan Sheth, executive vice president for IMEA, Automation Anywhere. “We welcome Sriram to bring his expertise and reputation to these geographies to help Automation Anywhere penetrate the market with our world-class intelligent RPA platform.” Sriram is a seasoned leader and brings with him more than two decades of experience working across leading brands such as Microsoft, Oracle, and Open Text. His rich background includes helping customers implement cloud technologies, Big Data, data warehousing, BPM and enterprise content management solutions. “We believe in enabling businesses with digital workers to augment and elevate how companies work in today’s dynamic marketplace. Our Intelligent Digital Worker Platform plays a key role by offering solutions that can increase productivity while enabling employees to do high value work. Africa has unlimited potential and with our innovative solutions, companies in this critical market can unlock innovation and opportunities to further accelerate growth.” mentioned Sriram Narayanan, Regional Sales Director for Africa and ROW at Automation Anywhere. Digital transformation continues to gain . . .
Hotel technology is developing in leaps and bounds across the globe with the African continent in particular gaining traction as a major force in the hospitality industry. The region’s potential continues to grow as several countries experience a boom in tourism, development and investment. Africa, however, still lags somewhat in terms of uptake of hotel technology but with the hospitality industry thriving and investors setting their sights on further tapping into this potential, developments in hotel technology in Africa will have to speed up in order to satisfy global travellers who are used to digital accommodations, to meet guest demand and to provide competitive levels of guest service and engagement. Cost With most of the technology coming from outside Africa’s borders, it makes it hard to constantly invest in this ever-changing technological landscape – not to mention fluctuating exchange rates - a major overhaul of a hotel’s existing infrastructure is also often cost-prohibitive so you have to do your homework and be selective as to what you install in your hotels. Says Ian Lumsden, Sales and Marketing Director at Ankerdata, a hospitality solutions business provider and official re-seller of protel hotel software in Africa, “It’s important that the systems you implement are easily upgradable, are interactive, can operate over many platforms and incorporate additional hotels seamlessly and inexpensively.” Guest demand There is no doubt that technology is definitely becoming more of a determining factor when guests consider a hotel. The empowering of the guest through mobility and seamless accessibility in and around the hotel is key. With the use of agile digital interfaces, hotels will be able to attend to their guests earlier, from booking airport pick-ups, upgrading rooms, early check-ins and even arranging meetings for them. The Future Hotels need to ensure that they are up to speed on their offering. Lumsden says that Ankerdata . . .
The Internet of Things takes a big leap in the water treatment industry in 2019 with the launch of Veolia Water Technologies’ new AQUAVISTA™ digital platform in Africa. This award-winning digital suite of standard and customisable water process management applications provides a rich, flexible intelligence layer that analyses, measures and benchmarks plant, process and equipment data for a whole range of functions. These include advanced analytics and diagnostics; condition monitoring; integrated asset management and benchmarking; optimisation of preventative maintenance; ensuring regulatory compliance; interactive troubleshooting; and more. This information is supplied in real time and historically to authorised plant personnel across Veolia’s secure, private and user-friendly cloud-based web portal, which can be accessed remotely and on any device. “Through our operations and maintenance services, Veolia adds value to our customers’ water treatment systems by continuously seeking to optimise processes, asset performance and reduce operational costs, including energy and chemical consumption,” explains Chris Braybrooke, General Manager: Marketing. “The AQUAVISTA™ suite delivers even further efficiency gains and plant management optimisation with powerful, intuitive and customisable algorithms and dashboards.” AQUAVISTA™ consists of three primary tools: Portal, Insight, Plant and Assist. The AQUAVISTA™ Portal is the single point of reference for all information relating to a water treatment system. This secure, 24/7 managed service simplifies and improves the convenience of plant management. It is the basis for a wide range of functions, including: • Real-time remote monitoring of equipment data • Dynamic alarm management and information for operators • Key information about service contracts and reports • Archive of all service and sales orders • Access to equipment data, such as user guides, performance documents, calibration certificates, . . .
Cape Town, March, 14, 2019: There are many barriers to mental health services throughout the world. Stigma (awkwardness at approaching doctors), limited public awareness, lack of resources, prohibitive costs, and challenges around finding the right service, and even phone number, are real. The internet has helped many by offering a private way to reach out that sidesteps the need first to overcome one's reluctance to share embarrassing and personal details with your doctor. Unsurprisingly, more and more people turn to the internet to find nearby therapists and clinics. Unfortunately, many of the directories and online resource lists available are plagued by problems. They are often managed by people outside of the mental health profession and hence are prone to misrepresenting critical aspects of the field. Others prove unreliable in that they contain outdated information or run on ancient technology that renders them difficult to navigate. TherapyRoute.com, a South African start-up, is changing this by developing a sophisticated online global platform that automatically displays your nearest therapists and other mental health service providers. The database includes clinicians and providers from all around the world. Search results are cleverly listed by distance from the visitor and are easily refined. TherapyRoute.com founder, Enzo Sinisi notes that "many people looking for services don’t know what kind of help they need. Reaching out can be confusing, and this is why we have placed a huge focus on developing an easy and relevant search that does not offer a ton of intimidating options". Results can be refined by the kind of therapist, the client group, issues treated and, perhaps most importantly, language. Communicating in your mother tongue can make therapy less daunting. The site also indicates which providers offer online services and allows users to filter results by private and non-profit facilities. According to Sinisi, "for a directory to truly . . .
Monday 11 March 2019, Australian born conservationist and docu-journalist Adrian Steirn, who has adopted South Africa as his home country, was recognised by the Queen as the 91st Commonwealth Point of Light for his outstanding service and inspirational work campaigning for conservation. Adrian is the founder of ‘Beautiful News,’ a multimedia storytelling format that uses photography and filmmaking to share the stories of ordinary people in southern Africa whose passion, dedication and commitment inspires, helps or otherwise influences the habitat, and those around them, in a positive way. Through Beautiful News, and with projects such as 21 Icons, Azerbaijan Leopard Project, Pangolin Men in Zimbabwe and the rhino poaching crisis in South Africa, Steirn has been at the forefront of pivotal content that has had a large role in stimulating action and discussion around key conservation issues. Steirn has also displayed a unique bravery, putting his life at risk to consistently defend those under threat in their own habitats and expose those who seek to use the environment for their own benefit. In 2018, Steirn received worldwide acclaim and recognition for his brave three-month undercover mission which uncovered a poaching and smuggling syndicate, linked directly to the former first lady Grace Mugabe. Steirn gathered documents, undercover videos and testimonies, which he showed to Al Jazeera's Investigative Unit. Since Steirn’s work in Zimbabwe, over 300 kilograms of illicit ivory has been seized by the authorities and a police investigation against Mugabe regime is currently underway. “To be awarded the point of light award is a great accolade and I deeply appreciate it. It really is an award that represents communities of people that have touched me over the last decade of photographing Africa and speaks back to the value of our natural world and platforms such as Beautiful News.” In 2019, Steirn intends to continue utilising his mastery of storytelling in . . .
07 March 2019. Johannesburg. Africa Communications Media Group is the first African owned, pan Africa agency and proud to be an activation partner at the Forbes Woman Africa - Leading Women Summit, taking place at the Durban ICC on International Women’s Day - Friday, 08 March 2019 We are proud and excited to be a part of such a continuously ground-breaking event that recognises, empowers and awards women for their contribution across sectors. As a women led African firm, we strive to tell compelling African stories of impact, an attribute that we share with the Forbes brand, says Group CEO, Mimi Kalinda. Though being a small consultancy, ACG works with top tier clients across Africa who are passionate about telling their stories the African way says, MD, Nonye Omotola. The Forbes Woman Africa - Leading Women Summit is a natural fit for our brand especially as we celebrate International Women’s Day. We look forward to connecting with other influential women from across Africa and showcasing our reason for being, which is developing and implementing, culturally-attuned and effective communications strategies for a complex continent. ACG premieres its TV advert from 7th March on CNBC Africa and across all its platforms. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
At present, e-business in Africa remains a challenge. It may be better than it ever has been, but the truth is that lower literacy and internet penetration levels continue to limit the growth on the continent. However, this will not remain the status quo for long, as smartphone proliferation increases, data costs decrease and usability improves. Wallets, now commonplace, are an excellent example of this', bypassing the continent's challenges around depositing, withdrawing and transferring cash, as well as buying airtime and electricity. Africa represents one of the world's finest untapped markets, pointed out by MTN's Herman Singh during a recent presentation on 'Scaling in Africa'. Unpacking the success story that is Jumia, Africa's largest online marketplace, he illustrated that the growth of the platform across the continent is comparable to, if not more impressive than, In addition, 41000 active merchants in the ecosystem offered over 6.1 million products ranging from hotels, to real estate, jobs, TV, airtime, restaurants, flights and more. He explains, "Africa's e- and m-commerce opportunity has a potential client base of 400 million internet users, and a rapidly emerging middle class expected to grow by 54% between 2020 and 2030 and decreasing data costs in some countries (43-45% decrease in the lowest data plan in both Egypt and Nigeria between 2016 and 2017." Additionally, in building out financial ecosystems - stores that offer a diversity of products or even online "malls" - Africans will no longer be limited by their location, as long as logistics and payment issues can be solved. Singh stated that Jumia has created a network of over 4000 logistics partners in order to work across the 15 countries they had been working in. And payment by cash at this stage was still commonplace, causing significant challenges. With respect to payment, enterprises on the continent are seeing the opportunity as well as global merchants now eager to be active in . . .