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 . . .
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 . . .
https://vimeo.com/263979762 EMPRESS AKUA REDEFINING REGGAE MUSIC WITH HER NEW MUSIC VIDEO RELEASE TITLED GWANN (DUTTY BABYLON) Reggae music has proven over the years to be a music genre of freedom and revelation of heartfelt messages. To this end, it is difficult for musicians to perform the genre of music without flaws. 2018 has however produced one of the most influential reggae musician who has redefined the music genre with her message packed songs. Notable among her songs is the new release titled Gwaan (Dutty Babylon). Lots of reggae fans have clamored for a flawless music with positive messages to depict the culture of the genre of music and Empress Akua has been revealed to be the answer to the yearnings of teaming audience of reggae music. Listening to the new release is an eye opener as the messages are clear, direct and healing to the soul. The music video is shot in a natural scene revealing the love for growth of nature packed in the song. The video resolution further shows the readiness of Empress Akua and her producer to improve the present situation of reggae music genre. In less than a few days of release of the video, it has received thousands of views on YouTube and the positive reviews received on Empress Akua’s Facebook page is highly tremendous and commendable. In the words of Aziza Young, she says that the music video is “Positive, intelligent and uplifting, this is what we need…” other viewers of the song have also testified to the fact that Empress Akua and her producer have done a very good job on the new release. Some have clamored for more of such successful music from Empress, while others have signified that Empress Akua is their number one reggae musician of the moment. Without doubt, Empress Akua has made the times of reggae lovers with her new release. This is a definite clarion call to further lovers to take good time to view and listen to the song Gwaan (Dutty Babylon) as the musician seems to be a promising star in . . .
If music, food and fun with friends and family is how you love to spend your Sundays, then grab your tickets now for Music at Makaranga which takes place on May 6th! Bring your picnic blankets and enjoy an afternoon filled with great views and the folky sounds of headliner, South African favourite, Matthew Mole as well as other popular local musicians from 12 noon. Matthew Mole is a born and bred Capetonian, but regularly plays his charismatic sets for Durban audiences. Known for his songs, “Take Yours, I’ll Take Mine; “Autumn”; “Holding on”; “Run”; “Inside Out” and more, Mole has taken the South African music industry by storm and has hoards of fans singing along. This family-friendly event costs only R140 per person and tickets are available at Webtickets. Children under the age of 8 years old are free. For those who need refreshment whilst enjoying the melodies, there will be fully stocked bars with all your favourite drinks, a wide range of some of SA's best wines, beers, a Gin & Tonic Garden as well food which is made available from the restaurant onsite Makaranga Garden Lodge. Due to the nature of the event, all concert goers must note that no food or beverages, camping chairs or umbrellas are permitted, however picnic blankets and cushions are more than welcome! Picnic baskets may also be pre-booked through the Makaranga Deli by ordering with them directly. A park and ride service is also available for concert goers on a first come, first served basis. Gates open from 12:00 until 17:00. T’s & C’s apply. For more information contact Big Nite Out on 031 512 5000 or follow the Facebook events page https://www.facebook.com/events/911944602311666/ Alcohol not for sale to persons under the age of 18. Drink responsibly. Picnic baskets orders to be directed to https://www.makaranga.com/thedeli/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Right of reply to defamatory article headlined Abuses in Our Places of Worship The Board of the Universal Church of the Kingdom of God is outraged by the content of the article written by Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute, headlined: Abuses in Our Places of Worship, published in MyPR.co.za on 9 April 2018. It has also appeared under the headline: If you want to make money in Africa, start a religion, on http://www.sabreakingnews.co.za and https://www.webmail.co.za on 10 April 2018. The article is defamatory and contains unsubstantiated content which has damaged the reputation of the Universal Church and its members. Had the author sought input or verification from the Universal Church as a responsible journalist, they would have responded to his questions and distanced themselves from the unsubstantiated content. The resulting article would then likely have been fair, balanced and accurate. It fails to uphold any of these requirements. It should be noted that the Universal Church appeared before the CRL Commission in November 2015 and was complimented by the Commission on its stringent procedures and policies and the manner in which the organisation conducts itself. In the article published on MyPR.co.za, Devan Moonsamy, CEO of the ICHAF Training Institute, wrote: The highly controversial Universal Church has been banned in some countries, but is still widely popular in South Africa. This is an unprofessional and unfounded statement. There is no reference or source cited as to where this information was obtained and therefore no method to verify it. In any event, the Board of the Universal Church refutes the allegation of having been banned in the strongest possible terms. In countries where the Universal Church has been investigated, it has been found that the allegations levelled against it were unfounded and that the Universal Church had complied with all legal and Governmental requirements. It is interesting that this is not . . .
Johannesburg, April, 11, 2018: Free up your time for what’s good in life - by Penny Ntuli, marketing director of Tetra Pak South Africa Have you ever sat down at the end of the week, and realised you just couldn’t find the time to do all the things you set out to do? Juggling work, household chores, reading and exercise all in one day can sometimes seem impossible. We all want a better quality of life so we must focus on what’s good. That consumer drive is why companies constantly look for and find ways to make peoples’ lives easier. Even something as small as a milk box can often save you time and make life convenient. It can give you drinks on the go as you zoom around trying to fit in the million and one things that need to be done. Here are 10 tips and tricks to free up your time for what’s good in life: Take a step back The first and most crucial step is to take a step back and look at what’s good in your life and what could be better. You can ask yourself what you want to do more of or what you want to change. Stepping back helps you prioritise what’s important and what’s not so you can find the time to do the things you want. Create your perfect formula for a daily routine Now it’s time to organise. Organising a list of tasks helps you achieve balance by ensuring things get done when they need to without eating up too much of your time. Daily chores can leave you exhausted and with little time to enjoy the weekend. Organising your time at the start of each week with a to-do list helps you plan to save. There are a bunch of mobile apps that can help you and many of them are free. Do a little bit everyday Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” But don’t cram too much into one day and leave yourself exhausted. Instead, do a little every day, particularly the little chores you may save up for the weekend. Start preparing a few days in advance if you're planning a dinner party, divide . . .
KZN’s most-loved décor event, the ECR House & Garden Show, is embracing a fresh perspective with the 2018 theme “Home is Where the Heart is” which runs from 29 June to 8 July at the Durban Exhibition Centre. Home is Where the Heart is focused on redefining the concept of a home by showcasing timeless trends, functionality, with convenient comfort aimed at styling a distinctive space best suited to its unique inhabitants – the family. Families, couples, housemates, and singletons can look forward to inspiring trends from well-known brands, new features for the whole family, and exciting pop-up exhibitions. This year’s ECR House & Garden Show will include: • The latest trends in gardening products plants and accessories at Green Fingers • Parents have peace of mind leaving their children in the Melissa & Doug Play Space while they explore the show • Genevieve Motley, from popular kids’ décor brand Olly Polly, along with other local suppliers, will be curating a beautiful interior space for children blending comfort, style and practicality • Local talent will be brought to the forefront in the much-loved Home Grown Design Fair showcasing the latest products by crafters and local design studios. Popping up from 29 June – 1 July • Discover Durban Design brings together a collection of the best in local product furniture and fashion design. Curated by a local stylist Discover Durban Design is a celebration of the ever-growing creative community. • Back by popular demand is the Travel and Adventure Show; highlighting the sights, attractions and delights of KZN and surrounds from 5 – 8 July • The popular Foodie Fair has doubled in size to take you on a mouth-watering adventure with the finest local cuisine, flavours, foodie products and wine tasting • Those hankering for a tipple with a twist, can look forward to discovering great new flavours at the Garden Gin Bar and a selection of Craft Beer stations • Gaming fans and cosplayers can look . . .
South Africa, 09 April 2018 - Durban girl and aspiring leader Kuhlekonke Ntuli is leading the pack as a strong contender on a national TV show, One Day Leader, on SABC 1. A top six contestant, Ntuli beat over 6000 of her peers to secure a spot on the show which develops young leaders by having them tackle and debate real issues facing South African society today, and boasts a viewership of over two million. Born and bred in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Ntuli is passionate about women empowerment, social development and leadership. She encourages leaders to love people in order to be effective in the work they undertake. “If leaders want to serve people, they need to learn how to love people first,” says Ntuli. She also challenges women to embrace each other in order to build effective relationships and impact society. No stranger to leadership, Ntuli was awarded honours for exceptional leadership at Pinetown Girls High School in matric and is former SRC President of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus, where she is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Housing. Since being on One Day Leader, Ntuli has been a strong contender, leading the viewer scoreboard for four weeks in a row and the overall scoreboard for two weeks in a row, with just four weeks left before the end of the show when the winner will be announced. If the scoreboards, her performance on the show thus far and the support she’s amassed on social media are anything to go by, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say Ntuli could bring home the win. One Day Leader airs every Thursday at 9 PM on SABC 1. To keep up with the conversation on Twitter, search #OneDayLeader6 or follow Kuhlekonke at @WatuNtuli. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced it has extended the management and reporting aspects of its cloud software solution, Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11, to include Plantronics unified communications (UC) headsets connected to mobile devices running iOS and Android. This extended reach is enabled through the Plantronics Hub mobile application. By deploying Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 and Plantronics Hub, IT managers can now see, manage and gather valuable insights from the entire line of Plantronics enterprise communications devices that are on the desktop and attach to tablets and mobile phones. “More than 53% of organizations have interest in ear-to-ear diagnostics that would enable IT leaders to manage voice performance from the user perspective, and more than 35% of companies are increasing deployment of mobile UC clients,” said Irwin Lazar, vice president and research director at Nemertes Research. “These realities make it more important than ever to ensure IT and line-of-business managers are equipped with solutions that can help them obtain analytics and actionable insights from across their company’s entire communications ecosystem." Plantronics Manager Pro is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) designed to manage Plantronics communications devices. With its easy-to-use tools, IT professionals and their managed-services partners are able to proactively manage the performance of every supported Plantronics headset across the enterprise, ensuring best user experience by accessing actionable insights. Plantronics Manager Pro is available through authorized resellers in most countries around the world. New offerings in Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 include: -The ability to see, manage and gain actionable insights from the complete line of supported Plantronics business communications devices, including all Plantronics UC headsets attached to Mac OS and Windows desktops as well Android and iOS mobile . . .
South Africa, March 24th, 2018 - A new loan product that could change the way you borrow money. Traditionally, if you wanted a loan you would have to walk into a high street bank, complete reams of paperwork and wait weeks for the money to hit your account. However, now online loan companies like Wonga are offering quicker solutions which allow consumers to take back control of their finances. There are many reasons you might need a personal loan, however you may find that searching for one with the right repayment period proves difficult. Wonga traditionally offer payday loans, which you pay back usually within a month. This is ideal if you have a sudden, quick bill or payment to process, but not if you want a bit longer to repay. Other loan companies might offer personal loans that last several years – you can get 3, 5 or even 10 year personal loans. This, on the other end of the spectrum, means you are saddled with this debt for much longer. What customers often want is something in between. This consumer need resulted in the creation of the Wonga personal loan which lasts up to 6 months. First time customers can receive anything up to R4000 which is paid back monthly in 6 equal installments. You can use Wonga’s website slider to decide how much you can borrow and for how long, offering 100% transparency for customers – something which Wonga pride themselves on. The 6 month personal loan provides the flexibility of longer term credit without the long term commitment required by other lenders. For instance, nedbank.co.za offers R4000 loans for a minimum of 12 months which results in a total repayment of R6261. Longer loan terms are perfect for some customers, but for some this is the type of long term commitment some borrowers aren’t looking for. If you want to repay the loan sooner, Wonga operates a policy that encourages early repayment on loans to help customers avoid paying too much interest. This is in an effort to help consumers . . .