https://youtu.be/-LyKaL7KLqA On 27 December 2018 whilst on a long 15 Kilometer beach run between Kleinemond and Fish River Sun, CEO of Beyond Africa The Mantis Collection - Paul Gardiner, came upon a beached Commons Dolphin. Running through a cleansing African Storm, Paul came upon the struggling beached dolphin. "The dolphin was clearly alive and I was alone on a rainy beach and, despite that, I decided to jump in and try to get him back in the water," explained Paul. "I struggled for about an hour to save this magnificent creature and propped my cellphone on the sand to capture the footage, hoping that the ending would be a triumph," said Gardiner. Being alone Gardiner was prudent in not going too deep into the water for fear of being sucked out in the rip tide. Frustratingly the dolphin kept beaching himself each time Paul floated him out, probably exhausted the dolphin kept on being swept back to shore by the waves. With darkness descending Paul had to cease his rescue attempts and leave the dolphin to the sometimes cruel forces of nature. A clearly emotional Gardiner said his goodbyes and allowed nature to take it's course. The dolphin was young and looked healthy and one always wonders why a single dolphin ends up beaching itself. The first thought is always that man has somehow contributed to the demise of our precious marine animals. Around the world, an estimated one million birds and 100 000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it, perhaps mistaking it for a food. Plastic is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins in all the oceans of the world. "Mantis is very keen to support and get behind any Mantis Marine Activity that will highlight the fragility of our oceans, in association with our friends Rainer and Silke Schimpf from AB Marine and Expert Tours. One of the ways is via a proposed Whale Sculpture to be a receptacle of plastic waste on the beachfront. This . . .
DarkFEST Episode III - Return of the Send Vuurberg Farm, Stellenbosch - We’re calling on you to join the action as DarkFEST announces its return to South Africa for the third episode of pure freeride mountain biking mayhem. All set to hit Stellenbosch in February 2019, DarkFEST is an action-packed event, with huge sends, brutal slams and massive hits with the best crew in MTB. Fronted by bossman Same Reynolds and his legendary build team consisting of Belgian trail building specialist Nico Vink and all-round Austrian powerhouse Clemens Kaudela, all have one common goal, to go bigger than ever before, if that's even possible. The year of 2019 is set to be kicked off in high gear, with some gnarly new additions planned to this already mammoth course. Sam and the boys will begin remodelling the Vuurberg farm in early January to prepare for the arrival of the invited riders and the insanity that’s sure to follow. DarkFEST dates will run through the first week of February 2019 with more public days and additional viewing sessions throughout. If you can make it out to Stellenbosch to witness the shred, bookmark the 8th and 9th of February in your calendars. The public days at DarkFEST don't disappoint either, if you want to get a taste of the excitement. "We're inviting some of the worlds best riders again, many returning faces from last year and maybe a couple other legends as well," - Sam Reynolds. The full list of riders is to be announced soon. For now we can confirm: Sam Reynolds (GB) Adolf Silva (ES) Ethan Nell (USA) Tom Vam Steenbergen (CAN) Brendan Faiclough (GB) Theo Erlangson (ZA) "We always want to make it bigger and better and it was already pretty damn big and pretty damn good last year, so it's going to be a real challenge to make something better than that. We are totally up for it and I know I've got the two guys for the job!" Sam Reynolds. So there you have it, the 2019 edition of DarkFEST is locked and loaded and . . .
Cape Town, December 15, 2018 – The internet has really changed how people do business around the world. Its efficiency and convenience are beneficial to almost every industry. The pay TV sector being one of them. Gone are the days when homeowners and businesses relied on TV aerials for transmission of signals in order to watch favourite television shows, movies, and sports. The internet has redefined television viewing across the globe. Unfortunately, here in Africa, it would be a while before everybody gets to enjoy benefits of pay TV. That is because for one to be connected to the service they need internet connectivity, which isn’t available in many areas around the continent. According to statistics, only 35% of Africa’s population had access to the internet by the end of 2017. The percentage is distributed unevenly between the countries, with the more developed states like South Africa, Kenya, Nigeria and Senegal having more than half of their population connected to the internet. The connectivity is mainly focused around urban areas where wired infrastructures are already in place, hence making the set-up process easy and cost-effective. Mr. Clinton Francis, the owner of Supersat DStv Installation Cape Town, noted that there is a growing demand for diversification of content which is made possible by the availability of pay tv. “MultiChoice is doing a very good job with its pay tv service called Showmax. They provide clients with many hours of both local and international content which they can view comfortably from their televisions, personal computers, smartphone, or tablet – provided they are logged in and there is internet access.” As more pay TV solutions are gearing to take over the market, and local content producers like “Nollywood” in Nigeria working tirelessly to produce quality movies and series, the entire industry will grow faster once internet connectivity reaches more areas in a couple of years. “After working in the industry for . . .
Next year's Takealot Tour of Good Hope has broadened its appeal with the addition of a race for solo cyclists. The five-day road tour takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8 and will now offer a pro-elite tour, an amateur tour with a team focus and the new solo race. All three events will include a general classification for individual riders. Fritz Pienaar, of race organisers ASG Events, said the solo option was added in response to a call from riders who did not feel the need to ride as part of a team. "There was a lot of interest from riders who have participated in the past as individuals to keep a solo section," said Pienaar. "They were not so keen to ride in a team event and did not want to be forced to join one. "So there is a market there for guys who want to ride solo and that led to our decision to rethink the entry options." He felt it would add value to the event and tied in with an approach of being inclusive. "There will be a new dynamic with this move and I think it speaks to us trying to get everybody involved in what is a fantastic stage race. "We didn't want anyone to be disadvantaged and, by offering a solo race, it means anyone can still be part of the stage race vibe." Pienaar said the pro-elite race, which boasts UCI status for the first time, would be run under the governing body's regulations while the rules for the amateur team event would remain unchanged. "The only new development in terms of the entries is that you can now enter as an individual." He added that the king of the mountains and sprint competitions would apply only to the pro-elite and amateur team events. "This means much of the focus will remain on these races, but we are happy to have satisfied the demand for those who want to ride as individuals." The amateur race for teams will comprise open men, women, junior, mixed and veteran sections while the solo event will cater for men, women and veterans (over-30). Pienaar . . .
In a recent drive to improve communications with prospective clients, Compare Car Insurance has taken the decision to implement a few changes to it's website. Whilst these updates may seem simple and obvious, they are fundamental improvements to the customer journey and will enable a caller to speak with a call operative in their preferred native language. It can be very difficult to fully engage with a client and understand their insurance needs if they are forced to speak a language that they are not 100% comfortable with. Many clients become frustrated when they are automatically forced into an initial sales funnel that attempts to determine both language and gender. It's for this reason that Compare Car Insurance has decided to better serve our customer by giving them the option of selecting in which language the call centre sales representative first speaks to them. A secondary gender selector further enables the system to select which companies are going to be the best fit. If for example you are a female, then the First For Women insurance products are a most likely fit and the quoting process is going to be tailored to suit your female profile. First For Women have invested a great deal of expertise in tailoring insurance products that are more affordable for it's clientele and Compare Car Insurance is able to streamline this initial contact process by matching clients to appropriate insurance products. Compare Car Insurance is committed to bringing you multiple quotes from only the best South African insurance companies. Expect these and other beneficial product and quoting improvement in the future. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Compare Car Insurance For You here: https://www.comparecarinsurance.co.za/contact-us/ . . .
3rd Steenberg winemaker inducted into the Cape Winemakers Guild Winemaking prowess knows no bounds at Steenberg Vineyards with the news that JD Pretorius has become the third Steenberg winemaker to be inducted into the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild. Pretorius who has enjoyed a successful career making world class wines at Steenberg spanning 10 years, joins the ranks of this respected league of masters in the art of winemaking alongside his predecessors, John Loubser and Nicky Versveld. During their tenure as Steenberg cellar masters, Loubser and Versveld, produced numerous wines from the Steenberg stable for the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild(CWG) Auction, the annual showcase of South African wine achievement. Versveld who became a Guild member in 1999 after joining Steenberg in 1995, focused on Steenberg Merlot for his auction wines. Loubser who succeeded Versveld as cellar master in 2001, became a Guild member in 2005. His CWG auction wines were primarily Sauvignon Blanc, Steenberg’s cornerstone variety, and Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blends. He also produced a Nebbiolo for the auction from Steenberg vines. Both Versveld and Loubser now produce wines under their own labels for the CWG auction. Pretorius who completes his last vintage at Steenberg in 2019 before joining Warwick in Stellenbosch as cellar master in May, has had a phenomenal year. In addition to his second Platter’s 5-Star wine and Best Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc of the Year for Steenberg The Black Swan, he won the Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. His many notable accomplishments include a 94/100 rating from Tim Atkin for five consecutive years for Steenberg’s flagship Magna Carta. In 2014 Pretorius won the coveted title of Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year for the Steenberg Merlot 2012. “JD has been a valuable asset to Steenberg and his membership of the Cape Winemakers Guild is the crowning achievement of his decade long commitment to . . .
One of the biggest salepersons around moved into South Africa recently. In Solar PV Systems we call that person; "Sir Eskom Loadshedding!" "Phone and web site enquiries have escalated somewhat since the start of loadshedding," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar. "Everyone wants to be free of Eskom and loadshedding and most are of the impression that Solar Power is the magic bullet to do that," explained Alan. The price of Solar Panels has plummeted over the last 8 years and the electricity price per unit (Kw) manufactured from a pure grid tie solar installation is now less than 70c per unit amortised over the 20 year expected life of an installation. On the other hand the price of batteries still needs to reach that tipping point before beginning to plummet. "Batteries are the next frontier in terms of lower price and higher storage capacity," says Straton. Solar PV comes in 3 'flavours: Grid Tie only (here you will still be affected by loadshedding) Grid Tie with Battery Backup, referred to as a Hybrid System (load shedding will not affect you - depending on the size of your batteries) Off Grid - Here you are on your own with no connection to the grid at all. Taking the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as an example Straton said: A Grid Tie system for a single phase installation may only be a maximum of 5 KW in size. This is good enough for an annual average of 960 units of electricity each month (more in summer, less in winter). The pay back on such a system is around 6 to 7 years. IF the system is installed in a business then the payback is from the time of switching on as Section 12B of the Income Tax allows an immediate 100% depreciation allowance on renewable energy installation. If you do not have mission critical items then Grid Tie only is the way to go. A Hybrid System also operates under the same constraints as the Pure Grid Tie system above. In addition the conversation around batteries is that one must remember . . .
10 December 2018, Cape Town, South Africa - Global fashion retailer, LC Waikiki opened their first store in the Western Cape at Tyger Valley Shopping Centre on Saturday 08 December 2018. LC Waikiki offers on-trend, well-priced clothing for all occasions for women, men and children with the brand philosophy of “Everyone deserves to dress well”. The Tyger Valley store is the third LC Waikiki store in South Africa, following the Menlyn Park and Sandton City branches that opened earlier this year. With the South African stores now open; the retailer is operating in 43 countries with over 900 stores worldwide. MC’ed by local celebrity, Liezel van der Westhuizen, the VIP store opening event on Saturday 8 December showcased the versatile variety of clothing LC Waikiki has to offer South Africans through a fashion show designed by Mary Reynolds of SA Fashion Week fame. Featuring international and local models, with cameo’s by Katlego Maboe and Roxy Louw, the versatility of the range was showcased as models moved from morning to evening outfits and everything in between. The 2018 Spring- Summer collection is a modern twist on classics and includes a range of themes from Luxe Utility, Casual Friday, Shiney Sport and 90’s Glam, to Retro Marine and Into the Wild themes with wildlife prints and earthy tones as well as Nature Calls featuring flower and butterfly motifs. The children’s collection is colourful and vibrant with hues of pink, lilac and blue. To introduce the clothing to all Tyger Valley shoppers, a 20% discount for all purchases was given to shoppers for the opening weekend (8th and 9th December). “LC Waikiki brings affordable on trend clothing to a very competitive retail market, including weekly specials from LC Waikiki’s exclusive designers. Globally LC Waikiki sells approximately 436 million garments per year employing 42, 000 employees in the more than 900 stores.” said Ye?im Mis, LC Waikiki Sub Saharan Country Manager. “We’re opening two more . . .
Johannesburg 05 December 2019 - At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We provide innovative solutions to help dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices. Mastering each step in every restorative procedure is essential for dental professionals to be able to provide the best possible dental care. Dentsply Sirona’s innovative solutions are proven to be both effective and efficient in helping dentists navigate even the most common procedures with greater success. Calibra® Ceram and Calibra® Universal are adhesive and self-adhesive resin cements from Dentsply Sirona, which can be used in both self-cure and dual-cure mode. They complement the light-curing resin cement Calibra® Veneer, which has been clinically proven for more than 12 years for the adhesive luting of veneers. Advanced materials enable smooth contoured surfaces with excellent shade-matching and stain-resistance. Innovative technologies make it possible to do indirect restorations in a single visit. Even though our solutions have been used to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of hundreds of millions of restorative procedures, we are committed to making them even better, ensuring dentists can continue to face each step of every procedure with confidence. Calibra® Ceram offers immediate long-term bonding that is ideal for all-ceramic crowns, CAD/CAM restorations and non-retentive preparations needing maximum strength. For a trouble-free procedure and the long-term success of the restoration, the cement used must meet these basic mechanical, biological, and handling requirements: • It must not harm the tooth or surrounding tissues. • It must allow sufficient working time to place the restoration. • It must offer viscosity and film thickness low enough to allow complete seating of the restoration. • It must quickly form a hard mass strong . . .
Johannesburg , 06 December 2019 - More than 30 years ago Dentsply Sirona brought CEREC to the market, a system which pioneered Single Visit Dentistry. CEREC has been continually developed in that time so that not only restorations, but also implant drill guides, custom implant prosthetics and even orthodontic indications are covered by the versatile system. In so doing, Dentsply Sirona set an important trend in dentistry: Treatment concepts with digital technology are now an emerging expectation amongst dental patients. CEREC not only provides many patient benefits, but also the clinical success has been demonstrated in more than 250 studies. When it comes to the use of CAD/CAM in the dental practice, the question is not whether it can be integrated into the existing workflows, but more how this can be achieved in the best possible manner. Save your patients the discomfort of a conventional impression tray and take impressions using the CEREC Omnicam, our small powder-free camera. The CEREC Omnicam allows you to take a coating-free scan of the natural tooth substance and gingiva. This saves you an extra step, reduces the learning curve and makes impression-taking more pleasant and time-saving than ever before. The CEREC Omnicam sits perfectly in the user’s hand. Thanks to the slim design and the compact camera tip, scanning posterior teeth presents no problems. Regardless of whether the patient is sitting upright or reclining, you can scan the upper and lower jaws ergonomically without having to adjust your natural working posture. In addition, the CEREC Omnicam allows you to determine the colour of the scanned teeth in the CEREC software based on your scan, and also allows you to expand your treatment spectrum to aligner treatment. This makes the CEREC Omnicam a unique multifunctional tool and offers you everything you need for your safe step into Chairside CAD/CAM. Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide . . .