A new, digital asset exchange – ChainEX – has been launched on the world wide web. “ChainEX is the only digital asset exchange that provides a platform for South Africans to buy, sell or trade up to 20 different digital assets - using the South African rand as the default fiat-buying currency for some.” Director Otto Lessing said ChainEX’s mission is to provide a world-class platform to benefit every South African by providing them with easy access to global crypto markets. Recent statistics, he said, indicated that SA topped the list of countries with the most Google searches for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Slovenia is second, followed by Austria, the Netherlands and Australia. Bitcoin is also the most searched term on Investopedia, the world’s largest financial education website. ChainEX is playing its part in meeting the world’s ever-increasing appetite for cryptocurrencies, said Lessing. “The increased interest in cryptocurrencies comes as no surprise as more and more people are looking to get involved in this exciting opportunity.” After starting 2017 at a market cap of USD17.7-billion, according to CoinMarketCap, he said the value of the cryptocurrency market surged by more than 1 200 per cent during the course of the year. However, he warned, the increased amount of interest also had a downside. “Digital asset exchanges are increasingly struggling with the massive influx of users, which results in them experiencing frustrating delays when trying to access or transact on the platforms. “ChainEX strives to alleviate this problem by providing a trading platform that is secure, user-friendly and reliable with a well-tested, highly scalable matching engine.” Plans include expanding its asset base by introducing more digital asset currencies to its trading platform, thereby providing South African users with a better experience and more exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies. “There is also a possibility to present a platform . . .
Attune to the rising trends, Decorex Cape Town has welcomed the increasingly popular move to DIY within the décor industry with the feature of the Builders DIY Theatre. Gardening and home décor will be presented by three of the country’s leading DIY experts through engaging demonstrations taking place at Decorex Cape Town – sponsored by Plascon – taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May. “The concept of DIY used to be reserved for dedicated hobbyists with woodworking or welding experience,” explained Andre Steyn Marketing and Innovations Director of Builders. “Through Builders DIY, we want to display exactly how accessible DIY is for anyone with an interest. It’s just about using the right tools, the right materials and getting some professional input to get going.” Presenting at this year’s Builders DIY Theatre will be the Tanya Visser, Elle Franco and Ryan Paulsen. Green-fingered guru, Tanya Visser, will lay the groundwork for visitors looking to get their hands dirty with some great gardening inspiration. She emphasised the dominance of the ‘growing your own’ trend which has gained significant momentum and interest this year. “We’re delighted this trend is expanding and I definitely think it’s one that won’t go away anytime soon,” she said. “Another element at the top of my mind is water - the scarcity has really made us all think, not once but twice, how we can save it.” Visser will outline some very user-friendly tips on how to save this diminishing resource, one of which is ‘mulching’. She will feature main gardening projects at the Builders DIY Theatre this year, including step-by-step guidance on sowing seeds that are sure to germinate, as well as how to make more of what gardeners already have. Elle Franco’s strong background in DIY makes her well-placed to share take-home tips and interesting projects. “As a DIY presenter I pay close attention to design and décor trends of the year as DIY . . .
Pholaco started out as a large-scale manufacturer of Expanded Polystyrene (EPS) mega blocks in 2008. The company has grown to provide various alternatives to the traditional methods of constructing a building. At the outset, green building may seem to be a holistic concept, but Pholaco takes care that all the stages of construction are environment friendly. Thermal Panel Construction: Being lightweight, it saves up on transport costs and requires less people to handle the objects. Applying thermal panel construction prevents the overall system from being exposed to water. The storage procedure of the products also becomes easier. Aluzinc skin ensures the durability of the product while kit construction allows for easy assemble and disassemble process. Lightweight Steel Frame Construction: Firstly, lightweight steel frame ensures durability and longevity of a building. Compared to the double skin plastered brick wall construction process, light steel frame reduces the weight by at least 10%. Moreover, this green product is also 100% recyclable and reduces 80% carbon footprint. Light steel frames provided by Pholaco for construction purposes are known to have thermal and acoustic properties. Cellulose Lightweight Cement Construction: This process includes the use of lightweight form work that has been derived from light Gauge Steel. Cellulose lightweight cement construction actually improves the structural strength of a building and complies with the eco standards. Moreover, compared to the traditional building methodologies it is much faster. Products offered by Pholaco Foundation slabs: A strong foundation is essential for every building according to the technicians. All the types of foundation are offered by the company—strip footing, pad and peer, stab on ground, and conventional reinforced raft and a waffle raft. The Pholaco team will advise on one of these foundation types depending on the ground conditions. Roof solutions: From designing . . .
Synonymous with ground-breaking concepts in décor, design and lifestyle elements, Decorex Cape Town has managed to keep ahead of the field by constantly introducing innovative features and showcasing the best of South Africa’s décor artists. This year, Decorex Cape Town will be celebrating its 20th year of décor excellence. “For 2018 we have planned really strong, décor-focused shows which maintain the high calibre of craftsmanship for which Decorex is renowned,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Decorex SA. “We are always re-inventing, re-investing and changing to suit the constantly evolving décor industry and all its associated trends. It is important for us to know exactly what is happening on a global level from a décor viewpoint, as well as within the exhibition space. We have always worked hard to remain ahead of the game in South Africa, establishing ourselves as leaders in both the décor and exhibition fields and a large part of this is ensuring sound return-on-investment to our exhibitors. This is ultimately achieved by researching pre and post-exhibitions to analyse what our visitors want and what our exhibitors need.” At the Start 1999 saw the launch of the Decorex brand within the Mother City with the introduction of Decorex Cape Town at Spier Wine Estate, with just 69 Exhibitors and 15 000 visitors. This date marked the official introduction of ‘Decorex Cape Town’, although the city had already been a ‘design hub’ for the past five years, with many designers emanating from the region. With limited exhibition venues available at the time, the stunning Spier Wine Estate – complete with an elegant marquee – seemed the ideal solution. The exhibition was established as a more intimate version of its Joburg counterpart, drawing on the city’s vibrant energy and refined taste. Themed ‘A Blend of the Best’, there was a strong ‘feng shui’ element the worked throughout the 1999 design trends with beige and white colours set alongside . . .
The LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza exhibition at Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA) forms part of the institution’s Curatorial Lab focus on LGBTQI+ issues and rights. Exhibition name: LGBTQI+ Banele Khoza Curator Sakhisizwe Gcina, AKO Foundation Assistant Curator of Special Projects, Curatorial Lab, Zeitz MOCAA Run dates: Thursday 12 April 2018 – Sunday 16 September 2018 Venue: Curatorial Lab, Level 1, Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa (Zeitz MOCAA), Silo District, South Arm Road, V&A Waterfront Cost: R180 pp webtickets.co.za or at the door Contact: Zeitz MOCAA on 087 350 4777 or firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, April, 19, 2018 - We are well into the age of technology, living an always-on, always-connected lifestyle. But just as we still have bicycles among motor vehicles and pencils in our pen holder, paper will always be close to our computers and smart phones. With Earth Day on 22 April and World Book Day on 23 April, the Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) is highlighting the importance of paper in our lives and environment, and calling on us to put down our phones and pick up a book. Imagine a world without paper Can you think about what that would mean? Think about your bedside table, the doctor’s waiting room or your handbag. There would be no books, magazines and to-do lists on the back of old envelopes. Open your kitchen cupboard – there would be no paper packaging nor labels, no kitchen towel, no milk and juice cartons. A world without paper would also mean no toilet paper or tissues. If you’re a teacher, look around your classroom. Take note of everything that is there from posters to artwork and assessments; egg boxes and cereal boxes waiting to be transformed into something creative; tissue boxes too. These would not be there if it were not for paper. Paper serves many needs Paper is essential, and often hidden in plain sight. It cleans, wipes and mops up spills. It protects goods on their journey from A to B, from cornflakes to computers. It preserves our words and memories when we print photos, write a birthday card or proudly display our child’s first stick man painting for all to see. It conveys and communicates. Paper is tactile and stimulates our senses. The act of turning pages and taking in the words without the distraction of pop-ads and fake news cannot be undervalued. Paper is better for our brains too Researchers and neuroscientists are discovering that our brains prefer paper. We are able to navigate the content more easily. We understand and remember things better if we . . .
Three of South Africa’s young and trendy influencers will be unleashing their incredible talent at this year’s ISCA Bathroom Trends Project – one of the latest new features at Decorex Cape Town, sponsored by Plascon. This on-trend bathroom installation forms part of an extensive features’ line-up all taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May. “This is going to be an incredibly innovative feature that will give visitors great insights into how the bathroom can take a more inspired role within the home,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Decorex SA. “We felt there was a need for a bathroom focus and the ISCA Bathroom Trends Project will give designers the opportunity to transform simple, domestic bathrooms into a multi-functional space using the latest furniture, accessories and fixtures available. This will also give visitors the chance to engage with some of the bathroom industry’s latest water-saving technologies, something that will be taking centre stage at Decorex Cape Town during the current water crisis.” Sponsored by ISCA - South Africa’s go-to brand for kitchen and bathroom fittings – this project will feature two on-trend bathroom settings. The first will be curated by season 4 winners of the SABC3 Win-a-Home competition, Abiah ‘Abiahsuperstar’ Mahlase and Bradley Muttitt, while renowned Lovilee blogger, Karen Kelly AKA KaRi, will be taking on the second bathroom setting. The design trio has been selected as ISCA influencers and will give Decorex visitors a unique insight into the latest 2018 interior trends. “We are excited to be featuring at Decorex Cape Town this year,” said John Westermeyer, Chief Marketing Officer, LIXIL Africa. “This is the perfect platform to share ISCA’s latest interior trends and tap couture, allowing visitors to engage with the influencers to get inspiration to do it themselves at home. It’s a great opportunity to show people how they can live beautifully and . . .
Leading the green revolution in gardening and landscaping, EGO Power will be launching its completely energy-efficient product range to the South African market at this year’s Decorex Cape Town, taking place at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May. The Garden of the Future, brought to you be EGO Power, is an innovative feature that forms part of this year’s extensive #rhythmoflife programme running at Decorex Cape Town, sponsored by Plascon. “The world is changing, fast. Our whole society is moving away from fossil fuels and adopting cleaner, greener energy. It’s why we believe it’s time for a new, smarter way to power through gardening and landscaping tasks,” explained Jarryd McDonald, CMO of Smith Power Equipment, distributors of EGO in South Africa. “Decorex Cape Town is the perfect platform to engage with people in residential and commercial markets directly which is why we’ve decided to launch the impressive new EGO Power range at the exhibition. It is a completely new brand that we believe will revolutionise the garden and landscaping market.” For the past decade, EGO Power has been researching, developing and perfecting their industry POWER+ machinery which uses ground-breaking technology in its design and function. This incredible range of cordless outdoor power equipment will be on display at the Garden of the Future, with experts available to explain how they exhibit the power and performance of petrol-run technology without any of the noise, fuss and fumes. Visitors can expect to see demonstrations of EGO Power’s range of self-powered mowers, push mowers, handheld blowers, string trimmers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers and many other landscape-enhancing equipment, all powered using cutting-edge green technology. The arc lithium designed battery delivers a new level of performance, offering dependable power and the fastest possible re-charge. “All the EGO Power products are comfortable to use, with impressive run . . .
Setting itself apart as a leading exhibition, Decorex Cape Town – sponsored by Plascon - showcases the latest #rhythmoflife décor trends in unique and inventive features, offering visitors the chance to engage with all the products through effective home-style simulations. The @home Trend Home presented by Decorex is one of the most innovative home-space features forming part of this enlightening exhibition, running at the Cape Town International Convention Centre from 27 April to 1 May. For this particular home installation, Creative Director of Decorex, Anita Bloom and her inspired team have collaborated with leading suppliers, selecting on-trend pieces of designer furniture and décor pieces from the @home homeware store and @homelivingspace. Sugarplum Interiors will be designing the bathroom space while HH Joinery and Carpentry - in collaboration with Stone Henge -will bring the open-plan kitchen space to life, set to feature the latest colour range of stone from Caesarstone. The finishing touch on the @home Trend Home patio will be provided by Hertex Fabrics. “Decorating a home can be quite an overwhelming experience,” explained Bloom. “It’s often difficult to imagine how a décor or furniture piece could work, or how to combine various elements without physically seeing them in the space. This year’s @home Trend Home will give visitors a really unique experience, incorporating some of our favourite trends in a gorgeous setting that will definitely leave individuals inspired.” The 2018 @home Trend Home presented by Decorex will centre on the dominant Hygge trend, expressing pure simplicity. “The @home trend home is all about minimalism and really embraces the quality of life,” explained Bloom. “It’s a space that makes you feel like curling up on the couch with a good book.” There will be large-scale wall art in the bedroom which is visually inspiring, creates a depth of space, and brings colour and life to the room. This is coupled with wooden room . . .
Johannesburg, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce their partnership with First National Bank, who have integrated card payment systems for parking in Ghana. “This credit/debit card payment facility was initiated by FNB and draws on the technology of the new parking systems that Servest installed at Kotoka International Airport, Accra in 2016”, says Mike Clark, Director of Servest Parking. People can now use their Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards to pay for their parking at Kotoka International Airport. This is a first for Servest in Ghana and the next step in a number of innovations and new technologies Servest is planning for the parking market in Ghana and the African continent. In Ghana, Servest partners with Parking Solutions Limited. The initial reluctance from banking institutions to come on board has been put to rest as First National Bank has taken the lead in providing innovative ways to pay for parking as part of their improved customer service. The convenience of paying by credit/debit card or cashless payments for parking is increasingly adopted by parkers and no more so than at international airports, particularly for business people on the go. There is no more hassle about change, no cash in hand is needed, receipts are provided, payments are secure, and customers pay the same parking tariff with greater convenience. First National Bank saw the opportunity to extend their market and increase use of cards through Servest’s parking operations. According to Servest’s experience in the airport parking market, card payments for parking can exceed 50% of all transactions. The value of parking transactions at airports is significantly higher than at other typical retail and commercial parking facilities. This makes the payment cost per transaction more viable for banks and is a more convenient way for customers to pay for their parking. According to an article in the New York Times on 10 March 2018, “Ghana is . . .