Ronnie Recycler (Mpact Recycling celebrity mascot) says that by recycling our milk and juice cartons, we prevent them from becoming waste and give them a new life. This is a big deal because by doing so we also get to protect our natural resources, and reduce the dangers of litter on our environment, as well as health problems linked to air and land pollution. What exactly is ‘waste’? Waste is anything that we throw away or get rid of, and it doesn’t get re-used. That waste can lie around as litter on the ground, or it eventually gets collected and dumped in what is called a ‘landfill’, where it could remain forever. Companies like Mpact Recycling collect and separate that waste material, so that it can then be sent to the appropriate Mpact mill where it is made into new reels of paper and eventually new packaging products. That is a lot better than letting it remain as litter. How can you help? If your school runs a recycling programme, look out for our green Ronnie bank and deposit as much as possible of your recyclables - including paper packaging, and your milk and juice cartons. Just make sure the carton is empty of all its contents and flattened before you dispose it for recycling. When these banks are filled up, Mpact Recycling collects the recyclables and often you can even get to meet Ronnie Recycler himself on one of his many school visits around the country, where he encourages recycling among the youth. Get your school signed up onto the Ronnie Recycler programme – if they are not recycling already. This way you can play your part in saving the environment, by disposing of these, and all other recyclable paper products, in your nearest Ronnie bank at a church or community centre plus they will raise much needed funds through your donation. Alternatively, you can participate through Mpact Recycling’s kerbside collection service which is provided at no cost to households and has been running for over twenty years. Instead of . . .
Author: Professor Rashied Small, Education, Training and Membership Executive, South African Institute of Professional Accountants (SAIPA) The local accountancy industry has gained 271 new professional accountants, following the South African Institute of Professional Accountants’ (SAIPA’s) professional evaluation (PE) exam that was written in May by 363 qualifying candidates, of which 235 or almost 65% were black. Out of the black candidates, 163 passed, which equates to just over 69%. This translates to a 75% overall pass rate, this year the focus shifted to assessing the competence and business knowledge rather than the technical knowledge. Three of the national top ten candidates were participants in SAIPA’s competency-based training programme called Project Achiever, while seven were SAIPA trainees: Smith Cheryl Midrand Pieterse Crushaan Cape Town Joubert Janus Pretoria Bear Gerda Leone Midrand Govender Minolen Midrand Afonso Hilda Midrand Peens Sannelie North West Treiber Bianca Cape Town Khan Khatija Durban De Bod Verna Cape Town The quality and competence of the candidates should be revered, as they demonstrated the ability of providing simple, but technically sound solutions for integrated and complex business scenarios. Congratulations to the successful candidates, and for those who did not, I want to emphasise that the lessons you have learnt form part of the road to success. Transformation Project Achiever is considered to be at the root of the increase in the pass rate of the professional evaluation exam. Geared towards advancing transformation in the professional accounting industry, the programme is a joint initiative by SAIPA and the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (Fasset). The programme yield four candidates in the top 10 for the May 2017 exam, including the 2nd best candidates To date, four groups have attended the Project Achiever program, totaling 577 . . .
Finally, there’s a fast, admin-free solution to donate to your favourite charity and make a difference in the world. It’s called Zapper for Donations. This modern donation channel allows charities and NPOs to make use of innovative QR code technology to accept financial contributions from their sponsors through mobile payments. Donors simply scan their preferred charity’s QR code with their smartphone using the Zapper app, choose from a selection of pre-set amounts, or enter an amount that they would like to donate, and confirm the payment. The process is quick, easy and immediate. There are no lengthy information fields and no exchange of personal information or banking details. Everything is processed through the app for complete donor convenience. Zapper also offers the option to set recurring monthly donations. By offering this easier donation platform, charities can increase their conversion ratios, as the channel catalyses feelings of goodwill into financial pledges faster. Zapper’s highly functional QR codes can also be used in a variety of different advertising spaces that grab public attention with zero effort, including posters, flyers, television, e-mailers, formal invitations, websites, t-shirts and social media posts – making instant donations not only possible, but likely. It also lets charities track the effectiveness and success of their campaigns, information that can be used to implement more targeted strategies in the future. Zapper for Donations has no set up costs and allows charities to engage with their sponsors by sending direct correspondence to them through the app. This includes messages of gratitude, information on upcoming fundraisers and events, and updates on how their donations have helped to make a difference in their world. For more information on how Zapper for Donations works go to www.zapper.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Durban, June, 20, 2017: Supplemental Oxygen, a new Trend in the World and it's Growing at an Exponential rate. Supplemental Oxygen is the next Big thing and Boost Oxygen is on the Forefront of this Wave. So what is Boost Oxygen? Boost Oxygen is 95% Pure Oxygen in a can. Gone are the days that you need a prescription to receive all the benefits that Pure Oxygen has to offer. Boost Oxygen is a light-weight, easy-to-use canisters. Boost Oxygen is used as a supplement to enhance sports performance and recovery, alleviate the effects of high altitude, remedy hangovers and fatigue as well as promote a heightened sense of personal health and well-being. 90% of the body's energy comes from oxygen. Only 10% from food and water.90% of the body's energy comes from oxygen. Only 10% from food and water.It does not provide a superficial jolt to the central nervous system like energy drinks. It gives you a healthy energy boost to help return your body and mind to equilibrium.Boost Oxygen is 95% purified oxygen (5% ambient air) whereas the purity of oxygen in the air is only 21%. Boost Oxygen is used by millions globally from pro-athletes to celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brits Simon Cowell, Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, Ellen and Kloé Kardashian have also been linked to enjoying a head-clearing Oxygen boost. WHY OXYGEN IN A CAN? Boost Oxygen is 95% purified oxygen (5% ambient air) that comes in light-weight, easy-to-use canisters, and is used as a supplement to enhance sports recovery, alleviate high altitude effects, remedy hangovers and fatigue, and otherwise promote a heightened sense of personal health and well-being Oxygen is more than a life sustaining element. Studies have shown that the right amount of oxygen can significantly impact mental acuity, muscle strength, blood flow, organ vitality, stress abatement and overall well-being. ALTITUDE AND AVIATION Traveling to locations with altitude heights over 5,000 feet above sea . . .
It’s official: digital advertising has overtaken TV advertising revenue (IAB Internet Advertising Revenue Report, 2016). As a medium, digital advertising has grown at super-sonic speed. Here’s what the latest statistics reveal: Meet ‘Digital Audio’. For the first time (ever), Digital Audio has its own category and includes online radio stations, music streaming services and podcasts – on desktop and mobile. The sector is expected to grow and should be given serious credence as a new advertising medium for savvy marketers looking to field new ground. Shop, bank, drive, talk. The four industries with the biggest internet ad revenues have kept their ground. In order of spend: retail, financial services, automotive and telecommunications. In Africa particularly, these sectors are unlikely to change in the near future. And I predict financial services and telecommunications – and offerings that incorporate both – are poised to grow. Social is still for sale. Social media advertising revenue was around $16bn in 2016, compared with $10.9bn in 2015. However you slice it, that’s impressive growth. Like the USA, advertising on social media in South Africa isn’t going anywhere – but the platforms available to marketers are growing in number and the methods we adopt are becoming increasingly automated. Unfortunately, with the increase in numbers of ads comes the inevitable advertising avoidance by consumers. Users’ attention is becoming prized real estate, which means content needs to be smarter, more innovative and more engaging than ever before. Video in the palm of your hand. Digital video continues to dominate with a rise of 53% in 2016, which was largely expected. Interestingly, digital video on mobile rose by an impressive 145% from 2015. Multimedia is on a meteoric rise in the context of digital advertising and content marketing. If you were waiting for a sign to start creating engaging video for your brand, consider this a 145% fool-proof signal . . .
Immediate hospital care is often needed following surgery or a major medical incident such as a heart attack or a stroke. But at some point, the patient could be forced to leave the hospital. The main reason is the cost. Charges can be staggeringly high – with the most expensive type of care being in an intensive care unit. This comes in at R13 000 to R15 000 per day. Even an extended stay in a general ward will amount to quite a bit. “Depending on the type of medical aid plan in place, a medical aid will cover the bulk of the costs. But it will stop paying once doctors’ reports about the patient indicate that a lesser level of care is needed,” says Elize Porter, Managing Director of Unique Health, which offers a range of services in the health care industry. So where do patients then go for assistance until they are fully recovered? The patient’s family may have to take care of them at home or find an alternative way of providing care. Staying with family can be very comforting, but it may be impractical and place the family under pressure. If the family members work, they may need to take leave, and residential homes may need to be fitted with specialist care equipment like grab bars and bath seats. “Step-down facilities may be the best solution in many cases,” says Arthur Case, Chief Executive Officer of the Evergreen Group, which develops lifestyle village accommodation for the retired community. “A facility of this sort provides nursing services for people whose condition requires a lower level of care than a hospital provides. This type of care centre may be a stand-alone facility, linked to a hospital, or situated within a retirement home environment, such as at the new Evergreen Lifestyle Care Centre in Muizenberg, Cape Town.” It’s got the backing of Porter, who emphasises the cost factor with this type of facility. “Whereas hospital care at the most basic level starts at about R2 500 per day, the costs of step-down care are a lot less, . . .
By 2020, there will be one million unfilled coding jobs due to lack of education. The Digital age has changed the environment we live in. Coding has become the universal language of this era, in the future not learning this skill will make navigating the working world as challenging and alienate non-coders, as coding will be a required skill even outside of the technological industry. Safety In Numbers – Why you should learn coding Learning coding will empower students to seek high paying jobs in the Financial, Manufacturing and Healthcare sectors which will become the most reliant on coding in the future. Learning coding assists individuals in building problem skills, using coding principals, coders can break problems into smaller segments to tackle them more efficiently. Coding is a universal language which builds an engineering mindset, sharpens mathematical abilities and teaches students the algorisms that exist in our environment. This discipline also inspires creativity and flexibility. Four climbers attempt to break a world record and raise funds for Non-profit coding organization Code4Change Many will know of The Seven Summits climb, which refers to the ultimate achievement in mountaineering – to reach the top of the highest mountain on each of the seven continents. More recently, the idea of the 9 Summits were born – referring to the highest peak in each of the nine provinces of South Africa. Not only were people now climbing the highest mountain in each of the nine provinces, but they were doing it in record times. The current team record for completing the 9 Summits in SA is 4 days, 18 hours and 38 minutes. In July 2017, four South Africans will attempt to set a new team record for the fastest time to complete the 9 Summits in South Africa. The team will comprise of the following people of Adrian Saffy: (Attorney by profession, Adventure racer by nature), Alex Harris (Professional mountaineer, adventurer and Seven Summits climber), . . .
The annual Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament will take place on Tuesday, 18 July 2017 from 12h00 to 16h00 at the Fives Futbol, Century City, Cape Town. Corporates line up for the 4th Mandela Day Have a Ball Charity Soccer Tournament, hosted by Adverb. It’s time to boot up again for the 4th edition of Adverb’s Mandela Day Have a Ball charity soccer tournament taking place at Fives Futbol, Century City on Mandela Day, Tuesday, 18 July 2017 from 12h00 in support of the children from My Dunoon. Forty children from the project will team up with members of the participating corporate teams in a 5-a-side round-robin soccer tournament. This day of giving will be topped off with a handout of takkies, soccer balls, beanies and bags to each child - purchased with the funds donated by corporate sponsors and suppliers, who are: Adverb, Ankerdata, BON Hotels, Concept Lounge, Diesel Digital, Fives Futbol, Gemini Solutions, Hobbs Sinclair, Innovation Projects, IOL, OneFM, Orlichem, Pyrad International, Sir Juice. Participants and spectators can look forward to a fun day of football, food, refreshments, laughter and happiness, a live broadcast from OneFM, with a few surprises in store including celebrity appearances. All the players will receive a medal and there are great give-aways throughout the day for best save, biggest smile, team spirit, sportsmanship and ball skills. If you are interested in entering a corporate team, please contact Ashleigh@adverb.co.za - or just pop by and cheer from the sidelines. Order of the day is to HAVE A BALL! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Sk8 for Gr8 and Imagnary House are adding colour to the future of South African youth, and you can help. On the 17th of June 2017, Sk8 for Gr8 is collaborating with Imagnary House to bring the ‘Add Colour’ campaign to life. The ‘Add Colour’ campaign is about encouraging design thinking and entrepreneurial skills in South African youth by using the arts. Having partnered with the City of Cape Town, this campaign will begin in Atlantis with a collaborative mural, being created by Liebet Jooste of ‘Liebetland: A Colouring Book’ (published by Imagnary House). Jooste will create a mural outline inspired by both the children in Atlantis and her imaginative world of Liebetland, where anything is possible, in an effort to uplift both the area and the youth’s knowledge about illustration and design. The children themselves will be the ones who add colour and make it come alive. Sk8 for Gr8 will also be tutoring the children in design thinking and encouraging them to use this opportunity to broaden their horizons and consider a wider career path. Where you can help: For the mural in Atlantis, there are a few items that are needed in support. To purchase these supplies, the ‘Add Colour’ collaboration is running a crowdfunding campaign. In particular, money is getting raised for these items: Black and colour wall paint Paintbrushes Stationary packs Colouring-in books (Liebetland: A Colouring Book) This where you come in. If you’d like to help support the ‘Add Colour’ crowdfunding campaign, click through on the link provided. For each child to be given a colouring-in book and stationary pack, 50 books need to be bought in aid of the campaign. Please join the ‘Add Colour’ collaboration and the City of Cape Town in celebrating the bright future ahead of our local South African youth. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
After successfully hosting its debut Brrrrew Event in May, Barley and Biltong Emporium and Cape Brewing Company (CBC) will again collaborate to host the second event in the winter series on Friday 30 June. The June event’s line-up starts with a welcome drink and exclusive CBC brewery tour plus a meet-and-greet with brew master, Wolfgang Koedel. This will follow with a seat nearby Barley and Biltong Emporium's newly-revamped wood fire area. Guests will be served chef Philip Pretorius' carefully curated four-course dinner menu with different CBC beers to taste at each serving. Live entertainment by local music artist, Richard Brokensha will add an extra warm touch to the atmosphere. Additional drinks and kiddies menu are available at restaurant prices. BRRREW EVENT DETAILS: Venue: Barley and Biltong Emporium and CBC brewery at the Spice Route Destination, Suid-Agter Paarl Road, Paarl Date: Friday 30 June Time: 18h30 to 22h00 Tickets: R295 per person (includes welcome drink, brewery tour, four-course meal and beer pairing). Bookings are limited and can be made at 021 863 5200 or firstname.lastname@example.org For updates on upcoming Brrrrrew Events, follow Spice Route Destination and CBCs... Facebook: www.facebook.com/SpiceRoutePaarl https://www.facebook.com/CapeBrewingCo Twitter: https://twitter.com/SpiceRoutePaarl https://twitter.com/CapeBrewingCo Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/spiceroutepaarl/ https://www.instagram.com/CapeBrewingCo/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .