CAPE TOWN – AMID mounting pressure on major retailers and brand owners to be more environmentally-minded, one of the country’s leading food packaging producers have become the first in the PET thermoform plastics sector to join voluntary national Extended Producer Responsibility body the PET Recycling Company (PETCO). The move signals a changing sentiment among producers amid a tidal wave of pressure from government and civil society for retailers and brand owners – as well as their suppliers – to account for the end-use of products and packaging by ensuring they can be recycled either into their original form or used in alternative markets. RPC Astrapak Thermopac has become the first in the PET thermoform plastics sector – responsible for products such as lightweight sandwich and fruit trays, which account for just under 20% of PET products nationwide – to sign on with PETCO, which until now has been supported primarily by the PET bottle sector. “PETCO has been engaging the PET thermoform sector since our incorporation in 2004,” said PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz. “This is a welcome move so that together we can find sustainable solutions for these [thermoform] products going forward.” Although thermoform products are not currently recycled in South Africa – a trend mirrored globally due to their complex make-up – the move by RPC Astrapak Thermopac indicates a shift in producer sentiment towards proactively seeking solutions to ensure the sustainability of their products and minimising any environmental impact. GROWING PRESSURE ON PRODUCERS According to Professor Linda Godfrey, a researcher with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and PETCO board member, “RPC Astrapak Thermopac joining the PETCO voluntary Extended Producer Responsibility [EPR] scheme is the next step towards fulfilling their responsibilities”. “There is growing pressure being exerted on producers and brand owners globally, by governments and civil society, to take . . .
Cape Town, Getting your foot on the property ladder isn’t easy for first-time buyers. Lack of affordability, appropriately sized stock and suitable locations are all barriers to entry, with many people having to stay in the rental market due to these challenges. Dawie Swart, CEO of asset-management company Investicore, recognised these obstacles. “For a long time, the first-time home-buyer market in Cape Town hasn’t been easy to penetrate, and I wanted to change that,” he says. The Pinnacle building in the heart of Cape Town, a recent Investicore purchase, will offer 239 well-priced apartments, with 48 already sold off-plan in the first two months. Advantages of micro-living “The concept behind micro-living is creating a neighbourhood within the building, and at The Pinnacle, we’ve done just that,” says Swart. In this micro-community where like-minded individuals live together in fully integrated social spaces, there’s a rooftop swimming pool, on-site restaurants and retail, wifi with hot desks, and meeting rooms. Security is top-of-mind for most South Africans, and The Pinnacle’s lock-up-and-go apartments are complemented by 24/7 security. “The Pinnacle is creating a work-play-live lifestyle that speaks to the millennial, they are seeking a place to live that is close to work and has all the necessary conveniences, be it to get a bite to eat or entertaining friends on the rooftop,” says Emanuel Germanis, managing director of Evolution Properties, which has the sole-mandate to sell The Pinnacle. The designer apartments are the work of Grant Gillis, renowned international interior designer and CEO of Delta International Design Studio. They all feature the comforts of modern living coupled with innovative spaces that move and adapt to their inhabitants’ needs. Mutable furniture transforms into smart storage units. “Electricity and water usage is something that Capetonians need to be aware of, and we considered these factors in the design and . . .
Cape Town, South Africa, 20 November 2018 - IMImobile SA, part of IMImobile PLC - a leading global cloud communications software and solutions provider - has joined Google’s Early Access Program for RCS (Rich Communication Services) business messaging offering in Africa. RCS will allow millions of businesses in Africa to make use of more interactive messaging features such as branding and business verification, suggested reply buttons, rich card carousels and end-to-end payments. IMImobile PLC, who joined the Google’s Early Access Program for RCS Business Messaging in 2017 will be working through its African operations, IMImobile SA, based in Johannesburg to offer RCS business messaging to the wider African continent. For Google, working with mobile messaging specialists, like IMImobile SA, helps with the roll out of RCS business messaging across Africa, a continent with more than one billion people. Devon Meerholz, Chief Creative & Operations Officer at IMImobile SA commented: “We are very excited to offer RCS Business Messaging to our African customer base. RCS is a natural evolution of the traditional SMS communication and allows enterprises to significantly enhance mission critical communication, notifications and alerts. As a leading provider of two-way messaging solutions, processing 42 billion messages annually, we expect a massive acceleration and growth of RCS in 2019, and our enterprise customers will benefit from having access to RCS Business Messaging through IMImobile SA.” According to recent Mobile Squared report, 63% of brands and businesses have already factored RCS into their future marketing and service communication activities. For IMImobile SA, RCS adds another promising communication channel to the evolving messaging ecosystem (alongside SMS, Facebook Messenger, Twitter DM, WeChat and more) which can significantly enhance customer experience, service and interaction. Over the next month, IMImobile SA will drive awareness for RCS . . .
Rental landscape in South Africa is tricky. It’s even more complex when it comes to individual locations like Cape Town. However, there’s no need to worry. We have compiled an overview of rental trends in Cape Town in 2018 so that you can make an informed decision regarding renting a place: Key Findings When you consider all the rentals, the rent hovers around R 15000. Of all the ads, 28.3% are for furnished apartments. In terms of average rent for furnished vs. unfurnished apartments, there is hardly a difference of R 1000 for 1 bedroom apartments but there is a difference of R 7000 when it comes to 3 bedroom apartments. The average rent for the pet-friendly apartment is around R 1000 more compared to not-so-pet-friendly apartments. Originally published on: https://medium.com/rentuncle/all-you-need-to-know-about-cape-town-rental-property-trends-2018-9bb2981437e9 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Polish team of Piotr Brzozka and Mariusz Kozak made the most of their trip to South Africa when they finished top of the podium in the Sanlam Investments MTB Invitational in the Western Cape today. The fifth edition of the two-stage mountain-bike race, presented by ASG Events, took place from the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, Cape Town, with the second day covering a distance of just under 40km. After taking a comfortable 10-minute lead after the first stage yesterday, the JBG2 CryoSpace1 team had to fight off an early attack today before crossing the line in 1:46:53 for an overall time of 3:30:51. This placed them well ahead of Casper Pretorius and Tristan Nortje (Eden Young Guns), whose second stage of 1:55:30 gave them an overall time of 3:48:32. In third place were the second Polish team of Jacek Brzozka and Wojciech Halejak (JBG2 CryoSpace2) in 4:00:48. Piotr Brzozka said the stage had followed a similar pattern to the opening day. "There was a really hard attack early on but we were able to defend that and at the first climb [about 5km into the stage] we managed to get a gap. "From there we just tried to extend our lead whenever we could and were able to control the tempo of the race." A former professional cross-country cyclist, Brzozka competed in the 2012 Olympic Games and is in South Africa on a business trip. He said he and Kozak, who live near each other in the south of Poland, had decided to take the opportunity to do some races in the country. Although he had ridden in KwaZulu-Natal previously, Brzozka said this was his first visit to the Western Cape and he had been blown away by the experience. "There are so many great single-tracks and a variety of trails so this region is really perfect," he added. "It was a memorable experience for us, especially with the weather being so good and considering it is two degrees in Poland right now with lots of rain. "I will recommend coming to this region for . . .
Former champion Hanco Kachelhoffer knows his competitive edge will kick in when he bids for another title at the Sanlam Investments MTB Invitational in the Western Cape this weekend. The two-day mountain-bike race takes place from the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville, Cape Town, on Saturday and Sunday, covering stages of 40km and 39.8km. Riding for Team ASG, the 33-year-old Kachelhoffer will link up with Somerset West's Etnard Louw for the fifth edition of the event, with their sights firmly set on a podium spot. He won the race with Pieter Seyffert in 2016 and is looking forward to his partnership with Louw. "I have said to Etnard we have to do at least one race a year and this is a cool one to do," he said. "He is riding at a really decent level and we are good friends, having ridden together in winning the Storms River Traverse in 2016." Even though he has retired from professional racing, the Paarl-based rider said he had always enjoyed the Sanlam MTB and knew he and Louw would be up for the challenge. "There is always an expectation to achieve something in any race you enter and we are definitely targeting a spot on the podium this weekend," said Kachelhoffer. He added that the race was a special occasion, with plenty of variety in the tracks and "a nice vibe during the weekend". "I feel this two-day event is a really good format and being based at the Meerendal Wine Estate it is in a very nice location. "Areas such as Meerendal and Bloemendal do have some big mountains, so there is a good test from that aspect, but there is also plenty of single-track. "The trails are awesome but fairly challenging and it will mean you have to keep your concentration up." Kachelhoffer, who will be riding in the Liberty TransCape from George to Franschhoek next year, said it was a matter of finding a balance over the two stages of the Sanlam MTB, presented by ASG Events. "You don't want to expend too much energy on the opening stage . . .
Thursday 6 December 2018, 6-9PM at SOFACOMPANY.COM GRAND SHOWROOM, 72 HUDSON STREET, DE WATERKANT, CAPE TOWN. PICHA Stock in collaboration with Fujifilm SA, Cameraland Cape Town, BLQ, Ground Art Caffe and sofacompany.com will launch the Future Focus Exhibition on December’s First Thursdays. This photographic exhibition aims to provide African photographers with a platform to prove that local creatives are more than capable of producing work worthy of global attention. AFROFUTURISM: A movement in literature, music, art, etc., featuring futuristic or science fiction themes which incorporate elements of black history and culture. Launching on the last First Thursdays of 2018, the Cape Town event will feature interpretations of the “Afrofuturism” concept by photographers from across the continent. The final selection of images has been curated by Daron Bandeira, Ghana-based art director and founder of the contemporary creative platform, Afrobougee. Guests will also be able to enjoy a panel discussion with prominent local creatives as well as an Afrofuturism-inspired open shoot where photographers have the opportunity to shoot with a live model. All work will remain on display and for sale at sofacompany.com's Grand Showroom until 17 January 2019. Identical exhibitions will launch in Nairobi, Kenya and Accra, Ghana in partnership with Quality Frames Kenya and Signature Lifestyle later this year. IT'S TIME FOR AFRICA TO LEAD THE VISUAL NARRATIVE. PICHA provides image buyers with access to royalty-free stock photography of Africa and custom content creation services that help them tell authentic visual stories and connect with their audiences. We work closely with local photographers to empower creatives across our continent by showing them how they can earn a living from their art. The brand is driven by visual content that showcases a contemporary side of Africa and people of the African diaspora. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
With the City of Cape Town relaxing the water restrictions slightly to level 5*, both locals and visitors can breathe a sigh of relief and look at spending the hot summer in a pool. Located within a few metres of the well-known Sea Point promenade, the iconic Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Cape Town has been recognized for its unforgettable hospitality. Make this summer more memorable, by experiencing all the hotel has to offer. Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel is opening its arms to the public in celebration of relaxed water restrictions and is making its pool deck facilities open to the public. So come and make a splash while the hotel staff caters to your refreshment needs. This summer, guests can enjoy local flavours at the #add restaurant and pool bar with the hotel offering delicious summer burger specials that are available on Fridays and Sundays! Every Friday, guests can enjoy a 150g Beef Burger topped with onion, tomato, and avocado and deep-fried onion rings accompanied by potato or sweet potato fries and a CBC beer for only R120 per person. Each Sunday the hotel will be offering a Trio of Burgers and a cocktail special at R115 per person. The Trio consists of an Ostrich, Chicken and Steak Burger all with seasonal julienne pickled vegetables, deep-fried onion rings and freshly sliced avocado. Both special offers include full access to the Radisson Blu Le Vendome swimming pool and outdoor bar - perfect for the upcoming hot days! For more information, contact the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel, call +27 (0) 21 826 5100. For more details, visit: https://www.radissonblu.com/en/hotel-levendome-capetown. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Whether you’re in Cape Town for your #summerholidays from upcountry or enjoying a #staycation, head to the beautiful Boland town of Paarl for a spectacular summer holiday. Located within easy driving distance from Cape Town, this rural region is the perfect summer destination with a laid-back atmosphere, stunning scenery, fantastic food and wine and activities to suit the whole family. The arrival of summer means it is time to head outdoors and enjoy the magnificence of the Cape winelands. Picnics, al fresco dining, outdoor performances and events all ensure that visitors enjoy a memorable summer season. If you want to stay active during your holidays, there are several premier golf courses, MTB and hiking trails, kayaking, quad biking, fishing, horse-riding and even croc cage diving on the adventure menu. The Winelands Meander (http://www.winelandsmeander.org.za) is a convenient way of exploring the region with different routes to pick from highlighting specific places of interest and activities. In Paarl, you have six available routes, including the 8-Mile Route that explores exciting places of interest such as the iconic Language Monument, wineries, shops and restaurants along the Paarl Main Road – at 12,8km officially the longest in the country. The Gentleman’s Meander takes in golf courses, a polo estate, restaurants and top wineries as well as the statue of former President Nelson Mandela. Other routes will introduce visitors to destinations in Suid-Agter Paarl such as Fairview, Spice Route, Landskroon and the Alpaca Loom or alternatively to the Voor Perdeberg region with its award-winning wineries such as Windmeul and Perdeberg. Venture towards Simondium on the Simonsberg-Paarl route and discover gems such as Babylonstoren, Simonsvlei and Le Bonheur Reptile Adventures. Travel along the Dutoitskloof Meander and discover off-the-beaten track and historic wine estates with fabulous restaurants and outdoor activities. Paarl is the third oldest town in . . .
LeoSat at AfricaCom 2018 - New low earth orbit satellite constellation providing the first backbone in space specifically designed for global business AfricaCom - Stand A114, Hall 4 LeoSat Highlights: • Unique global data network using inter-satellite links to provide an MPLS network in space • Optical backbone in space 1.5 times faster than terrestrial fiber • Extremely-low latency and ultra-secure network • Combining the speed of fiber with the reach of satellite Cape Town, 13th November 2018–LeoSat Enterprises, which is launching a constellation of up to 108 low-earth-orbit communications satellites that will provide the fastest, most secure and widest coverage data network in the world, is participating for the first time at #AfricaCom2018 in Cape Town. Ronald van der Breggen, CCO of LeoSat will be outlining LeoSat’s game-changing system – a key enabler of the digital economy - offering many advantages for data communications. Global networks are already carrying more than 1 Zeta Byte of traffic globally and this is forecast to grow exponentially. This increasing demand to move large quantities of data quickly and securely around the world is fast outpacing the infrastructure needed to carry it. LeoSat’s unique new network has been designed to solve essential communications and connectivity issues and provide new opportunities for business sectors such as telecommunications, multi-national enterprise, oil & gas, maritime and government services. The key attributes of LeoSat can be used for a number of applications, for example, to give banks secured networks with their foreign offices, provide enormous uploading bandwidth for oil & gas and mining exploration, provide the only native 4G and 5G satellite backhaul to the cellular industry and allow Internet access to passengers on cruise ships. LeoSat will not only provide a competitive advantage in existing satellite services markets, it will help to expand these markets by enabling new . . .