The first two yachts in one of the planet’s toughest endurance challenges, the Clipper 2017-18 Round the World Yacht Race, arrived into Cape Town’s Victoria and Alfred Waterfront overnight with a total of 4 South Africans aboard the leading vessels. The unique race, which has stopped in Cape Town eight times previously, is crewed by ordinary people and amateur sailors. 40 per cent of crew have no previous sailing experience and the organisers provide full training as part of the experience. The skippers are the only professional people on board. The second stage of the race from Punta del Este, Uruguay, to Cape Town was won by Greenings with Dare To Lead, skippered by Dale Smyth from Fish Hoek, coming in just 17 minutes and 45 seconds later. The Clipper 2017-18 Race fleet has covered over 10,000 of the race’s 40,000 nautical mile route since Race Start in Liverpool on 20 August. Smyth said: “This is the highlight of my race for sure – coming home, seeing my kids and my wife and just being in my city. To give Andy Woodruff (the Interim Greenings Skipper) his due, we tried all sorts but he just had that little bit of pace on us. After 3500 nautical miles, he was around 3 miles ahead so we are talking very small margin. That’s the nature of this game.” Also onboard Dare To Lead was Nqoba Mswazi, 25, from Durban. Nqoba first competed in the Clipper Race in the 2013-14 race and went on to gain his Yachtmaster Ocean under the instruction of his now Skipper Dale Smyth. A member of the Sapinda Rainbow Foundation, which aims to provide life-changing opportunities to under privileged South African youths, Nqoba goal is to use his experiences and qualifications to pursue a career in sailing. The stage-winning Greenings team featured two South Africans. Andy Sutherland (48) from Johannesburg and crew member, Janette Potgieter (35) a Corporate Investigator who was born in Pretoria. 40,000 nautical miles long and lasting eleven months, the Clipper Race was . . .
TotalSend clients can now market to current and potential customers using SMS, email and chat and immediately receive payments over the same platforms. “Marketing and Finance seldom see eye-to-eye. With transactional marketing solutions, they become two sides of the same coin for the first time,” said Tracy Surkont, Managing Director of TotalSend. The company is South Africa’s leading email, SMS and payments specialist with the unique ability to offer clients digital messaging solutions complemented by transactional SMS and email. “We turn consumer intent into rands and cents faster than anyone else,” says Surkont. TotalSend’s unified web applications also offer clients a single dashboard view of their transactional marketing campaigns. Volume reporting, delivery details, segmented cost reports and opt-out request logging enable clients to tweak campaigns in realtime for better results. For clients eager to test new markets, TotalSend can deliver SMS messages globally while still integrating payment functionality. “SMS, email and chats with easy payment links embedded in the message eliminates the need for EFTs by customers,” explains Surkont. Security is of paramount concern for TotalSend with the company implementing no less than five proven ways to combat potential threats. These include secure SMS transmission over SSL, configurable IP whitelisting to lock down system access to trusted IPs only, the ability to configure access profiles for different types of system users, strong passwords that expire after 30 days and cannot be reused within 12 months and audit logs that can be searched into the event of a security audit. TotalSend’s electronic communications and e-payments solutions are finding growing favour within the banking, marketing, financial services and retail industries. These organisations appreciate the cost-savings made possible through TotalSend’s Least Cost Routing technology. Consumers, too, appreciate the simplicity of . . .
Southern Africa - October 19, 2017: Carton packaging for dairy, juice, and food is the healthy, sustainable option that meets the modern lifestyle needs of busy people. Carton packs protect food that families need for healthy, happy, well-developed lives as it makes its way from farms to their tables and consumption on the go. Carton packs are also good for the environment, since they’re made from renewable wood fibre resources overseen to be responsibly managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and they’re 100% recyclable right here in South Africa. Most importantly, they’re made to be convenient for busy people on the go because they’re light, portable, and are easily resealed. They also don’t need to be kept chilled before opening – normally one of the biggest hassles with healthy, fresh food and drink mums tote for kids or pack into school lunch bags. “Carton packs offer three main benefits,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa. “They protect healthy and nutritious food, they’re sustainable and environmentally friendly, and they’re convenient for busy, modern lifestyles.” Tetra Pak pioneered the technology that makes this possible over decades based on global experiences. It has culminated in innovative carton that keeps food and drink such as milk and juice fresh for at least six months without any preservatives and without having to refrigerate it. Tetra Pak carton packs are predominantly made from paperboard, a renewable resource that reduces environmental impact. And it produces biodegradable plastic, used for caps and protective coatings, derived from sugarcane. “Our cartons help to ensure food is preserved and can be transported conveniently from farms to tables – without preservatives,” says Ntuli. “And they help our customers carry cartons on the go. No spillage, no fuss.” People benefit from the convenience of the small portion sizes, no need to refrigerate before opening, ability to . . .
This October saw Smile 90.4FM partnering with South Africa's largest financial services group to bring The City of Cape Town the Standard Bank Business Breakfast 2017 at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Key note speakers Anant Singh, Dion Chang and Nick Mallett kept guests captivated with their stories of inspiration and motivation - challenging attendees to ask themselves “What’s Your Next?” as well as giving them insight into what their next is. Anant Singh, a recognised South Africa’s pre-eminent film producer, who has produced more than 80 films since 1984 spoke about his journey and challenges, during the apartheid years, which led him to film and where he is today. When asked, during the Q&A session, what was the highlight of his career, Singh mentioned that being granted the film rights to Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom was an honour. Singh related how he did this by communicating through writing letters to Mandela while he was in prison. South African trend analyst Dion Chan explained how the job world was changing with the creation of machines and robots. Chan discussed how upskilling and training within all sectors needed to be done in order to stay proactive rather than reactive. “It is vital that we identify unexpected business opportunities within shifting trends, as to ensure that global trends have relevance when translated for South African businesses” said Chan. When asked “what is your next?” Chan explained how he wanted to travel through Vietnam doing a taste tour, where he tastes all the local cuisines of each location. Tri-Nations-winning former Springbok and Italian coach Nick Mallett; discussed the future of South African rugby, how the game of rugby has changed over the years and what potential it holds. “We, as a nation, need to be loyal supporters not only in the successful times, but also in the hard times” said Mallett. Mallett also went on to highlight the need for South African Rugby bosses . . .
Tsogo Sun’s new dual-brand 19-storey hotel in the Mother City’s flourishing and vibrant City Bowl celebrated its opening on 28 September with the Director General of Tourism, Mr Victor Tharage, delivering the keynote address, along with speeches by Executive Mayor Patricia de Lille and Premier Helen Zille, and many other local dignitaries and celebrities in attendance. The R700-million development incorporates two economy hotels, the select service SunSquare Cape Town City Bowl (https://www.tsogosun.com/sunsquare-cape-town-city-bowl) with 202 bedrooms and StayEasy Cape Town City Bowl (https://www.tsogosun.com/stayeasy-cape-town-city-bowl) with 302 bedrooms, and represents Tsogo Sun’s continued commitment to the city of Cape Town, bringing the total number of rooms operated by the group in the city centre to over 2 000, spread across six hotels. In addition to the two new hotels, Tsogo Sun’s other hotels in the greater Cape Town area include Southern Sun The Cullinan, Southern Sun Waterfront, Southern Sun Cape Sun, Garden Court Nelson Mandela Boulevard, SunSquare Cape Town Gardens, Southern Sun Newlands, StayEasy Century City, and three SUN1 properties. In addition, the Tsogo Sun Group owns the Westin at the CTICC, Radisson Blu Waterfront and Protea Victoria Junction through its controlling investment in the Hospitality Property Fund. Jacques Booysen, Group CEO of Tsogo Sun, says, “Cape Town has become a globally-competitive business and leisure destination – and tourism to the city is growing. Just last year, according to Cape Town Tourism, over half a million visitors arrived in Cape Town by air, representing an 8% year on year increase. Of these visitors, close on 84 500 were international visitors, which was a strong 29% increase on the previous year. The numbers say it all – and we were convinced that the City Bowl would be an excellent location for a major investment, particularly as this is the first large-scale new build in the Cape Town city centre for . . .
Polyflor SA recently assisted Cape Town-based Noero Architects with an installation of a 624 m² floor at Wynberg Girls’ High School (WGHS) as part of an innovative expansion project at the school. Founded in 1884, this beautiful and historic school is situated in the shadows of Table Mountain has once again proven why it is renowned for offering excellent facilities and its ability to embrace change. We need to grow… but where to? According to Uno Pereira of Noero Architects, the school needed to add additional classrooms in order to meet the demands of a growing school. Previously, they were told that the only way to build eight new classrooms was to add an extra floor onto the two side existing banks of classrooms. This, however, would obliterate the view of the Table Mountain range from the courtyard and paralyze the use of eight classrooms below the new classrooms during construction, creating havoc with the school’s timetable. Noero Architects suggested an alternative to this option. After much deliberation, they presented a novel solution by creating a “street” between existing classrooms and the new ones on either side of the court that allowed for the adding of two new wings of four classrooms. Each wing was placed to either side of the court at ground level. Classrooms for the future “The school’s headmaster, Shirley Harding, wanted us to start imagining what the classroom of the future would be like. To this end, she allowed us to hold a series of workshops with the teachers and students to understand how the classroom environment and teaching methods have changed and what new possibilities await us as we embrace new technologies and rethink how learning can happen in these new spaces,” Uno explains. The newly built classrooms were covered with earth for environmental and climatic reasons – resulting in a new inclined planted courtyard and which offers even better views of the mountain range. The increased size of the courtyard and the . . .
Entries are still open for the second Torpedo SwimRun, which takes place on 19 November in Cape Town. Extreme open water and ice swimmer Ryan Stramrood has entered the race with fellow extreme swimmer Mark de Klerk as his teammate. Ryan has never worn a wetsuit for open water swimming before, and he does not own a pair of running shoes, but has decided to step far out of his comfort zone to take up the challenge. The Torpedo SwimRun is a two-person team race where teams swim and run together from start to finish across Cape Town’s most iconic beaches and bays, with Llandudno, Oudekraal, Camps Bay and Clifton forming part of the 16km route. Based on the popular overseas format, SwimRun attracts athletes from all spectrums of the sporting community, from surfers to trail runners, triathletes to paddlers – athletes with one common thread – the love of being in nature and challenging their bodies. SwimRun will see these athletes compete against each other over terrain that is both foreign and familiar to them, with short beach-to-beach swims and bursts of running, scrambling and rock-hopping. Ryan is a well-recognized inspirational speaker, and spends significant time pushing all his audiences to remove themselves from anything that resembles a comfort zone. The mental process and toughness needed to overcome and greatly extend time in extreme cold water conditions will inform his training, but when it comes to Torpedo SwimRun, Ryan considers himself a novice: “Torpedo SwimRun is a great opportunity to do just what I say – to my push personal boundaries and go into territory unfamiliar to me. I have never run an official race before, and participating wearing a wetsuit and running shoes will certainly be a whole new ballgame for me and my teammate Mark. With only five weeks left before the race, we are getting stuck into learning how to run and experimenting with swimming in a wetsuit and shoes! I am not used to competing with anyone but myself, so this race . . .
The present ‘puritan’ approach to defeating the health risks posed by tobacco smoking should be abandoned by anti-smoking lobbyists and regulators in favour of a pragmatic approach which recognises that alternatives like vaping are up to 95% less harmful, and have the potential to meaningfully reduce the toll on the health of tobacco smokers around the globe. So says Prof Daniel Malan – an ex-smoker and director of the Stellenbosch University-based Centre for Corporate Governance in Africa, in a report entitled ‘Where there’s no smoke, is there still fire? ethical aspects of tobacco harm reduction, published by the Africa Harm Reduction Alliance (AHRA). The report suggests that reducing the harm inherent in smoking should be recognised as a strategy in the fight against the well-documented health risks faced by smokers. Tobacco smoking, says the report, still takes up to five million lives globally every year, and sees government earnings by taxes dwarfed by the US $ 1.0 trillion loss to global economies through premature death of workers, lost production and costs of healthcare. Against these facts must be measured the debatable success of international bids like the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC), that was launched by the World Health Organisation in 2005. Legally binding on 180 countries and focusing on the production, sale, distribution, advertising and taxation of tobacco the FCTC, in addition to other measures, should see the incidence of smoking reduce globally from 22.1% in 2010 to 18.95 in 2025 - a reduction of only 3.5% (according to the WHO). “The simple concept of reducing harm can make a contribution to a much more comprehensive approach to tobacco control. Including both scientific and legal components, the objective is simply to reduce the potential harm by decreasing the risks attached to using tobacco or nicotine. Cigarette substitutes such as vaping and smokeless tobacco are examples,” says Prof Malan. Confusing the . . .
RentMyRide is economically and socially empowering locals across the country by being South Africa's first peer to peer car sharing platform, making it accessible and manageable for everyone. To draw a comparison, they are the Airbnb for cars. Today’s fast paced life creates an aversion to queues, laborious paper work and leaves us wanting more convenience, a hassle free experience and speedy, professional service. RentMyRide has created this by allowing you to rent your local’s car! RMR gives vehicle owners the opportunity to use their car as a low touch small business with return on investment, they offer a cheaper rate and deposit than the conventional car rental companies. Background screening takes place prior to confirmation and with R10 million liability cover, there is complete peace of mind. The pioneers behind this concept and brainchild are none other than the South African and Dutch team, CEO, Peter Puren and Managing Director, Sebastian Brokmann and Frank van Driel. They are turning this startup into a national success. Peter worked for AVIS car rental in the UK and managed Bidvest car rental which allowed him to cultivate a wealth of knowledge and experience and gave him the opportunity to offer this innovative service since 2014. Sebastian is an impact entrepreneur from the Netherlands, who founded Fruitful Office NL which he managed to grow towards a market leading company, serving fresh fruit to over 100 000 residents weekly and now implementing the same success here in South Africa. Sebastian believes that the RMR platform facilitates entrepreneurial spirit in Africa. Frank van Driel, an internet entrepreneur from the Netherlands, was one of the founders of Budget Energie – specialists in renewable energy, reaching a turnover of 400 million euro. This trio, with such a diverse set of skills and experience is quickly making a name for themselves in the startup realm. RentMyRide as a growing sector has filled a gap in the market, . . .
In the current difficult economic climate, it’s courageous for an entrepreneur to launch a new business. R-Squared Digital supports South African entrepreneurs and producers, and has assisted one such startup in their crowdfunding initiative to finance their launch. The idea for Sugarbird gin came about because the Sugardbird team believe in working towards creating things that don't just exist to be what they are at face value. They believe in the creative innovation of humanity, the incredible ventures that are born when people connect on common ground (often over an easy drink) and in the rewards of hustling to make your dreams come to life. But making dreams come to life is no easy feat as any entrepreneur will tell you, and so with the gin movement on the rise and desire to empower entrepreneurs in SA (especially the underrepresented women and previously disadvantaged), the team poured their passions together and crafted the vision for Sugarbird Fynbos Gin, a great SA gin with true entrepreneurial spirit. R-Squared Digital, a personalized Influencer Marketing agency, was approached by Rob Heyns from Sugarbird Gin, with a vision to creating a digital influencer marketing campaign which would focus on the crowdfunding required to start this visionary company up. R-Squared Digital supports proudly South African enterprises. The R-Squared team approached a number of social media and digital influencers, including: Darryn van der Walt FoodiewhippedSA Stefan Gouws Tales of a Mermaid (Natalie Roos) Glamfoodie Lipglossgirl NosyRosy ILoveFoodies Merentia van der Vent Poor Man’s Caviar (Garth Breytenbach) and CapeTownInsider Visit the influencer pages to access your 15% discount on your bottle of Sugarbird Gin. With a combined direct reach of 755,000 followers across blogs, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, these influencers were able to contribute to the start-up funding required to launch Sugarbird into the South African market. R-Squared . . .