In celebration of the Youth Month, Maxum Digital will be hosting the first ever township based Gaming & Esports Day, powered by Ekasi Gaming. The two events will be hosted in Soweto & Ga-Rankuwa townships respectively. The objective of this Gaming & Esports day is to raise awareness on the career and entrepreneurial, opportunities by exposing the youth from the townships and rural areas to the world of gaming & Esports. The events will also provide market exposure for local game developers, studios and entrepreneurs in emerging technologies by showcasing their innovations. The first event will take place on the 22 June at EkasiLab, Soweto and 29 June, Ga-Rankuwa (YMCA Hall). The fun filled days, will also have a workshops, Esports competitions, Virtual Reality Experience and many more activities. At Maxum Digital we are committed on raising awareness on the Maxum Digital programme and opportunities that are available for learners, entrepreneurs and stakeholders, most importantly to grow the initiative to also incorporate other townships over a period of time and stimulate innovation and entrepreneurship in townships and historically disadvantaged areas, says. Mr. Tashveer Bodhi - Programme Manager at Maxum Digital. At Ekasi Gaming we aim to harness a competitive and professional gaming ecosystem in South Africa, by being at the forefront of driving skill development and supporting an inclusive South African Esports Ecosystem and this partnership with Maxum Digital will ensure that will get closer in building and strengthening a broad Esports & gaming community. Says. Mr. Gabriel Ramokotjo - CEO at Ekasi Gaming. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Now in its fifth year, TruckX – South Africa’s all-encompassing, interactive event for the commercial transport industry – has moved things up a gear. With a new headline sponsor, new industry partnerships and new events in parallel, TruckX 2018 is set to surpass the record-breaking support it received last year. The event takes place on July 11 and 12 at the Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit, Midrand. “In line with our vision of creating an industry event that gives visitors an interactive, hands-on, practical experience, a full-blown exhibition and outside events were added to TruckX last year,” explains John Thomson, the exhibition organiser. “To enable this, TruckX moved from Sandton Convention Centre to Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. This really worked! TruckX had its highest number of visitors ever – over 2 100 people.” Thomson expects to increase attendance at this year’s show by 50%, since support from the industry for the new format has been extremely encouraging. “There is a crying need for a conference and exhibition of this calibre,” says Japie Burger Transport Manager at ZZ2, a farming conglomerate operating with 104 trucks. Norman Pillay, managing director of Jesslyn Carriers, agrees: “The expo showcased how technology in the transport industry is changing rapidly and evolving with the times. TruckX is an excellent opportunity to get updates of events and to stay ahead of industry developments.” Shell takes Headline Sponsorship: Global energy group Shell has taken headline sponsorship for this year’s event. Commenting on this exciting news, Bongani Motloung – Sales Manager of Shell South Africa, says: “We believe that TruckX and FleetX are invaluable industry events. Shell South Africa is proud and delighted to have been afforded the opportunity to be one of the headline sponsors for 2018.” Fiat Chrysler Automobiles Partners with FleetX’s Speed in a Suit Competition This year, Fiat Chrysler Automobiles also makes its début at FleetX, the . . .
Johannesburg, June 8: BESA Leadership Academy was thrilled to join forces with the prestigious Eye of Africa Golf and Residential Estate to host its very first golf day on 8 June. The event – which featured 25 four-balls – was an exciting occasion, not just because it gave prospective parents and learners an opportunity to meet BESA’s dynamic staff and learn more about the school, its unique culture and forward-thinking approach, but also because experienced and beginner golfers alike had a chance to test their skills on a course that is fast becoming one of the most sought after in Johannesburg. Says Clint Preddy, Managing Partner at BESA Leadership Academy, “We were thrilled to work with Eye of Africa to host this exciting event and raise in excess of R30,000 for a new aircon system for our auditorium. Since the estate is but a stone’s throw from our school, it was an obvious partner of choice as we set out to share our learning philosophy with a wider audience. Eye of Africa also shares our outlook on the importance of a healthy, active lifestyle, and incorporating such activities as part of family time. We were pleased to see facilities like their new MTB trail which promote this, as we believe it is central to raising young people who are physically, emotionally and mentally equipped to face the challenges of the future.” Established in 2010 with just 45 learners, BESA Leadership Academy now accommodates 150 students in grades 8 to 12. The school is known for its personalised approach to education, with every staff member engaging to bring out the best in learners so that they can grow, develop and excel. The development of leadership skills and problem- solving abilities is central to the school’s philosophy and, although academic achievement is, of course, critical, the school aims to provide a holistic education that equips children to follow their dreams. With this in mind, there is strong emphasis on helping children develop empathy and respect . . .
They say that “the cars we drive, say a lot about us” – Alexandra Paul Identify with the car of your dreams at the third annual Mall of the South Father’s Day Motor and Gadgets Show from the 11th to the 17th of June 2018. Feast your eyes on an array of vehicles on display including the number one SUV brand in China, Haval with their Haval H2 City M/T, the all Mercedes-Benz X-Class, the Mercedes-Benz GTR, Jeep Grand Cherokee, the all new Hyundai i120, the Alfa Romeo Giulia Quadrifoglio, the Honda Pajero Sport, gimmicks galore and so much more. An exciting addition to this year’s event is the in-mall competition where shoppers stand a chance to win their share of R300 000. The prizes include the Haval H2 City M/T as the first prize sponsored by Haval Johannesburg South valued at R249 900, second prize: an Eye of Africa Golf membership valued at R20 000 or and third prize an Exquisite Drone LS-126W valued at R3500 from Gadgets. Mall of the South Centre Manager, Hester Smith, said, “We would like to thank Haval Johannesburg South, Eye of Africa Signature Golf Estate and Gadgets for their generous contribution towards the campaign and we look forward to future endeavours with them”. To qualify for the competition, shoppers need to spend R250 or more at any Mall of the South store from the 11th of June to the 13th of August, complete the entry form, attach their till slip and drop it in the entry boxes provided. Terms and conditions apply. The top ten finalists will be randomly selected on the 15th of August and must be present at the live draw, which is scheduled to take place on the 23rd of August. Each finalist will be offered a key and will have an opportunity to unlock the car door. The finalists that unlocks the door, wins the Haval H2 City M/T. The Eye of Africa Golf membership and Exquisite Drone LS-126W will be randomly selected from the remaining finalists. So, if you are motor enthusiast, an outdoor fanatic or in the market for a new . . .
Johannesburg, June, 6, 2018 Scott Ambler and Mark Lines talk business agility in South Africa in July IndigoCube will once more host the internationally renowned and locally popular Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, creators of the Disciplined Agile Framework, but this time with a principally business focus for the first Business Agility Conference hosted in South Africa. The duo will host a conference and present workshops for a week in July aimed chiefly at business people rather than IT people. “The conference is about business agility,” says Jaco Viljoen, the principal consultant and head of digital at IndigoCube. “It’s agile for the whole business, not just IT, so it’s for business people curious about modern practices for the digital enterprise and how that affects all divisions from HR to finance, marketing and the rest.” Scott Ambler, the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, is also the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and the founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC). Mark Lines is Managing Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, coach and co-author, with Scott Ambler, of “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”, which details their approach to DAD. “Scott and Mark compare this to a racing car,” he says. “IT is the engine but businesspeople put the agile, high performance engines into tractors and make them plough fields. Similarly, IT operations must become suitable high performance engines for the racing car chassis and drivetrain. Both must work together to be competitive in this extremely demanding world.” The two internationally renowned Canadians will be the main attraction at the conference on July 17, from 09:00 to 13:00 held in-conjunction with IBM at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. IndigoCube will provide training on Disciplined Agile (DAD) in conjunction with Scott . . .
Plantronics RIG 500 PRO Photo: Plantronics Stock Image Patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial enables Xbox One and PS4 gamers to keep hands on their controllers while changing volume. Santa Cruz, Calif. – June 5, 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced the RIG 500 PRO Series of gaming headsets, created to deliver high-fidelity audio in an ultra-lightweight design for the truly competitive gamer. RIG 500 PRO Series are the first gaming headsets to feature an exoskeleton earcup design with isolated inner acoustic chambers to reduce distortion, creating the ideal audio solution for today’s high-resolution gaming platforms. Premium 50 mm drivers deliver wide-range frequency response while dual-material ear cushions provide the combination of noise reduction and comfort competitive gamers need for long, focused sessions. In addition, the console editions come with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial, a 3.5mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers. Console gamers can now adjust volume directly from the controller without lifting their hands. PC models feature an inline volume slider. “The new RIG 500 PRO Series takes the innovative modular design of the RIG 500 to the next level,” said Gregory Morquin, Category Business Manager, Gaming Products, Plantronics. “And, it continues the impressive number of firsts we’ve brought to competitive gamers, including the first VR-focused headsets, Dolby Atmos® activation and now, the RIG Game Audio Dial for Xbox One and PS4 wireless controllers.” RIG 500 PRO Series, available in Console, PC and Esports editions, builds upon the lightweight, modular design of the original RIG 500 with performance-boosting features including: • Premium 50 mm drivers for expanded frequency response • A removable noise-canceling microphone boom and flip-to-mute feature • Removable audio cables that can be easily swapped or replaced • Snap-in . . .
Optimisation Resolve Engineering Pty Ltd is a business management system (BMS) and software develoment organisation which opened its offices 2015,with the vision to assist South African companies to organically grow through implementation of BMS such as ISO9001:2015 and ISO50001, with a division solely focusing on Software Engineerig developing administrative softwares and productivity softwares like payroll systems, performance management systems, Human Resource systems just to name a few. Wayleaves and Permits CC signed a deal with Optimisation Resolve Engineering Pty Ltd (ORE) in 2017, to develop a wayleave application system which in South Africa is the first to be developed that is web based, allows the clients who has applied for the wayleave to see the progress from the day they have placed an application to the day it is approved by service providers in that municipality. This serves as a flagship project that ORE has managed to successfully complete 2 months prior its project deadline and has seen growth in the Wayleaves and Permits CC clients and reduced turn around time. Zwelethu Bindaza CEO of Wayleaves and Permits states "ORE came to our organisation to transform how we do things, we are saving a lot from print paper, we are onboarding more clients, the transparency we have on the system has encouraged our existing client to refer other organisation due to the quality of service we are offering our clients". This is the biggest achievement for ORE as an organisation to be able to improve its own internal processes, procedures and policies to reduce the turnaround time for its clients say Maria Bukwana Key Accounts Manager. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Following 17 years of providing the greater Joburg jazz-loving community with stellar monthly performances, the Birchwood Hotel and OR Tambo Conference Centre will celebrate its 17th anniversary this month by welcoming renowned Afro Jazz musician, Oliver Mtukudzi, to the lead the line-up at the Birchwood Comes Alive Jazz Evening, in association with the City of Ekurhuleni, on Friday 8 June. Known as the “grandmaster of traditional Zimbabwean Pop” and having just released his 67th album, Oliver Mtukudzi, will be headline the evening with his deep voice and lyrical masterpieces that reflect everyday struggles. “Every month, we are faced with the challenge of selecting our line-up from an ocean of African talent. It is so wonderful to see how the local music scene is rapidly growing, forming new genres and sounds that are both familiar and modern. We want to keep showcasing local storytellers and talent that inspires our nation to pursue their dreams and conquer any challenge,” says Jazzman Mahlakgane, Director of The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre. Supporting Mtukudzi are The Afro Tenors, offering a fusion of African tradition and European Opera. Representing South Africa at various international events, the three tenors Agos Moahi, Given Mabena and Lucky Sibandan have shared the stage with a variety of local and international headliners. Passionate about showcasing diversity, the group merges their love of Opera with sounds reminiscent of local culture. Upcoming Afro Pop songstress, Naledi Brown, will open the evening, just after releasing her debut album, Buyel’ekhaya. Having started her career as a backing vocalist, she has come a long way in releasing her solo album fifteen years later. Spicing up the evening with some humour are comedians Elton Mduduzi and Simphiwe Shembe, who will be joining resident MC Hector Motivator on the Birchwood Hotel stage. “We welcome Gauteng’s Jazz-fans to join us in celebrating local talent, meeting . . .
Cape Town, South Africa: Caveau, the comprehensive software platform and service designed to simplify financial transactions and protect personal and financial data, has announced it’s partnering with Grindrod Travel to reduce its risks of GDPR and PCI-DSS. As one of the most established and respected travel management companies providing corporate and leisure related travel and conferencing services in South Africa, it was imperative to find a solution for safely handling credit cards and personal information of its a broad range of clients. With multiple deadlines for meeting compliance security standards for account and personal data protection looming, Caveau was able to quickly assess the travel management company’s challenges and deliver customized solutions for addressing their unique requirements. The addition of Grindrod Travel to Caveau’s client roster emphasizes the pressing need for flexible and affordable support dealing with compliance regulation worldwide. Says Gregg Scott-Brown Caveau Managing Director, South Africa based in Cape Town, “We’re excited to be working with Grindrod Travel and other hotels, agencies and a broad range of travel-related businesses in South Africa to decrease dangers and liabilities associated with GDPR and PCI-DSS.” According to Grindrod Travel Divisional Executive, Su Moller, being a single division of a large logistics company with its own IT department presented a variety of complexities in finding a solution. “The technology providers I approached to help us insisted on performing a vulnerability scan of the Travel Division, which was difficult to accomplish without including the entire organization. Time was ticking and we had to move fast. When we were referred to Caveau, their team got right to work on developing a secure vault to store our client’s credit card and personal details,” says Moller. Says Brian Dass, Caveau CSO, “Grindrod Travel’s large client database and the sheer volume of daily . . .
On Tuesday 15 May 2018, Fibroids Treatment clinic in partnership with The White Dress Project, a non-profit organisation that sets to raise awareness about Fibroids and urge women to seek help hosted an educational experience to drive awareness on the impact that fibroids has on millions of South African women. This flagship initiative which brought together experts and women in one room aimed to allow women to reclaim their voice in speaking about this prevalent condition. Studies show that in South Africa alone, 4 out of 10 women have fibroids. And 80% of women are at risk of developing fibroids from their reproductive age to the age of 50. Head of Fibroids Treatment Clinic, Dr Gary Sudwarts says; “ As a doctor treating women with fibroids, I realised that the biggest problem many of our woman face is not knowing that they have fibroids and they are certainly not aware of the treatment options available to them. They suffer in silence experiencing symptoms such as pelvic pain, constipation, frequent urinating, pain during intercourse, infertility and heavy bleeding.” White Dress Project was launched to support women living with Fibroids because women who have fibroids avoid wearing a white dress because of heavy menstrual bleeding. “ The White Dress Project is a tremendous opportunity to support women suffering from fibroids. They need to know that they have the right to be able to choose what to wear without fear of being embarrassed by a medical condition.” Dr Gary Suwarts says He continues to say “This event was a platform to encourages women to share their experiences, discuss treatment options and to know that they are not alone. Women can finally imagine a life without Fibroids, a life in which they are not constantly tired or have a big pelvic mass. Where they can have children and have the energy to care for their families.” The event was attended by some of Mzansi’s faves including, actress and model Jay Anstey, plus size model & . . .