As South Africa gears up for peak holiday traffic volumes experienced during December, road safety is at the forefront of the minds of those who manage traffic flow and all road users. The Johannesburg Roads Agency (JRA) recently teamed up with the City of Johannesburg to host a Quality Road Markings event in support of Transport Month and to increase safety and user experience on the city’s roads. Plascon was one of three paint suppliers to demonstrate their road-marking paint products at the event which took place at Hyde Park 6th Road between Jan Smuts and First Road last month. Road marking paint is critical to ensuring road safety as it needs to be both visible and durable. The paint products showcased by Plascon and the other suppliers had to comply with the following factors required by JRA: o Paint products must include crystal glass beads with a strong capacity for absorbing, storing and emitting light. o Can glow for more than twelve hours in the dark thereby increasing safety for road users. o All the paints (pigments, masterbatches, and aggregates) are non-toxic with no radioactive additives. They must be harmless to the environment which offers a greater level of social responsibility. o Paints must be quick drying and suitable for direct application to all types of new or previously painted bituminous and concrete road surfaces. o Can be applied by brush, roller or road striping machine. o Must have good retro-reflectivity due to excellent glass bead retention. o Produce a surface with anti-skid properties thereby increasing safety when it is raining. Rolf Redelinghuys, who heads up Plascon’s road-marking paint division, highlights the importance of using specialised highly visible, durable and long lasting road-marking paints to keep traffic flowing smoothly and minimise driver distraction. “It can be applied to all suitable bitumen, asphalt and concrete road surfaces. The specialised resin technologies used in these products, . . .
University of Johannesburg soccer star Amanda Mthandi is over the moon at her selection for the national team to compete in the Africa Cup of Nations women's tournament in Ghana, starting this weekend. The 22-year-old wing will make her debut for South Africa during the event, which gets under way on Saturday. Banyana Banyana play their opening match against Nigeria on Sunday. Mthandi was on the fringe of national selection this year, being included in an expanded squad, but she failed to make the final cut for an earlier tournament. "This time I was excited to make the provisional squad for the Cup of Nations and then, when my name was read out in the final squad, I did not know how to react. "I was ecstatic but at a loss for words," said the second-year transportation management student, who lives in Kibler Park in Johannesburg. Having been rewarded with the ultimate selection, Mthandi said she was eager to make an impact at the Ghana tournament, feeling she added something new to the national squad. "I play as a wing, but I believe I have the sort of versatility in my game which can add some value. "For example, I can play as a holding striker or I can adapt to the requirements of playing up front, running onto balls in an attacking position." One of her main objectives at Afcon is to score her first goal for her country. "Obviously as a team we want to qualify for next year's World Cup, but my special aim is to net one for Banyana Banyana," said Mthandi. "I believe the experience I will gain playing at this level will help me to improve as a player." The top three teams from the Afcon tournament will qualify for the World Cup to be held in France next year. Mthandi's national selection caps off a memorable year, the highlight of which she said was winning the University Sport South Africa tournament in Port Elizabeth in July. "That was a really good week for UJ soccer, and especially for me, after I was named player of the . . .
Homemation: Home Automation Experience Centre October 2018, Kramerville Johannesburg, Homemation, the AV, home automation and theatre specialists, recently revealed their state-of-the-art Experience Centre. Guests were welcomed into the awe-inspiring, spacious Scandi-style showroom, offered drinks and enjoyed snacks from the live sushi chef. They were able to walk through the ‘home of the future’ viewing invisible speakers, drop down screens, automated blinds and even a robot vacuum cleaner. The spaces were alive with the sound of people talking excitedly about high-tech offerings and tempting DJ’ing coming from outside. The ‘home’ is completely automated, which means that using voice, or the touch of a button, lights are turned off, on or dimmed, the blinds can be adjusted, stove switched on, fireplace lit and music of choice streamed through a variety of speakers – even ones that are completely hidden in the ceiling. Walking into the lounge, the invisible Stewart Filmscreen screen and JVC projector emerge from the ceiling for an even more immersive experience. The bedroom features an LED strip light behind the bed that is motion activated when you get up to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night. The room that fascinated most, was the THX “CANNES” cinema room where guests could experience a thrilling car chase that had the hairs on the back of their necks stand upright! After the tours, the house warming bourgeoned into a real party… live sushi, premium gin and whisky bars and the ultimate DJ’s Small Paul, Roger Goode and international acclaimed Timo ODV! Founders and Joint CEOs, Nicholas Gliksman and Daniel Mclean, welcomed everyone and their pride of seeing their dream become a reality was evident as they shared the vision behind the first Home Automation Experience Centre in the country. It is a world-class experience, comparable to the US and UK markets. The scale is exciting – a mini-house fitted out with tech, home automation, . . .
SURVIVING THE FIRST THREE YEARS IN BUSINESS – TIPS Johannesburg 14 November 2018 There are many components to entrepreneurial success, but common to all successful entrepreneurs is a passion to improve what currently exists, the skill to implement the business idea, and not least, a tireless commitment to working towards the vision. “You’ll find that money is never the real driver of those who make it, but is rather the result of a passion to see their idea making a real impact on the world,” says Jenny Retief, CEO of Riversands Incubation Hub, the large-scale business incubator north of Sandton. Riversands is in its fourth year, reporting an impressive cumulative turnover of just over half a billion Rand generated by the entrepreneurs on its programme. “The first three years are the toughest in business, and as a business itself, Riversands is not immune to the challenges faced by a struggling economy. But as Jeff Bezos says, “Frugality drives innovation” and I am glad to report that we are not only surviving but are growing, and incubating increasing numbers of sustainable small businesses to feed into South Africa’s economy,” says Retief. How to survive the first three years in business - tips Be proactive: Much of the success of small-scale business is dependent on how proactive its owner is. Expect to have to create the favourable circumstances you require if they don’t exist. The successful entrepreneur is a driving force, making the important decisions on products, ways of production and services offered. Personal initiative is strongly related to business success. Good business habits: Being frugal is a good business habit, along with efficient time management, including delegating tasks to free up the entrepreneur for more important things. The survivors in business are those who are investing back into their business to grow it, and maintaining a lean operation with minimum wastage, including in human resources. Goal setting: Take . . .
Neville Alberts has been appointed as Branch Manager for Hydraulic and Automation Warehouse (HAW), Johannesburg, a Bosch Rexroth South Africa Group Company, effective 17 October 2018. “Alberts brings 17 years of inhouse experience, along with in-depth product knowledge and a passion for his career, to the position. This, among other factors, makes him the ideal candidate to lead the branch to new heights,” commented HAW General Manager Werner Joubert. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
TEDxJohannesburg has revealed a rich and diverse line up of speakers for their next event, taking place on Friday 30 November 2018, at the soon to be reopened Vodacom World, in Midrand. The theme for this, their flagship event, is Decoding Greatness. The intent is to celebrate Nelson Mandela – and others like him – in his centenary year. This event, presented in the famous TED format of powerful, multiple, single-minded talks, each three minutes to eighteen minutes in length, is hosted with the support of Global Citizen Festival, and brought to you by Vodacom World. The partnership with Global Citizen is a continent wide search for innovative young minds with ideas that could contribute to solving the world’s biggest challenges, as defined by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Those selected will form the cohort for TEDxJohannesburg's 2019 activation – an online mentorship programme running from January to December 2019, aptly titled 100Ideas100Millenials. Speaking from New York, where she is currently in residency at TED, TEDxJohannesburg licensee Kelo Kubu had this to say: “With this year’s event, we feature the tales, deeds, and works of gurus, heroes, and legends – living and past, from all walks of life, across disciplines.” Kubu went on to add, “Expect perspectives from giants in business, innovation, culture, scholarship, and sports – including visionary CEOs, legendary entrepreneurs, inspirational artists, incisive analysts, and champion performers.” Confirmed speakers include the following: 1. Jacques Celleirs – CEO of FNB 2. André Vermeulen – International expert in the neuroscience of learning 3. Sahm Venter – Journalist, author and editor of books on Ahmed Kathrada, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, and Nelson Mandela 4. Laduma Ngxokolo – Textile designer, founder of Maxhosa by Laduma 5. Tanya Accone (Bangkok, Thailand) – Senior adviser on innovation at UNICEF 6. Janine Scholefield – CSIR biophysicist, geneticist, and . . .
Intercare Northriding Medical and Dental Centre opened its doors on 5 November 2018. This newest Intercare facility is conveniently located in the Northlands Corner Shopping Centre (Cnr Witkoppen Road and New Market Street, Northriding, Randburg). It’s the 21st Intercare multi-disciplinary primary care centre, offering a wide range of healthcare services provided by general practitioners and dentists. The facility focuses on routine and chronic care as well as patient wellness. Blood tests are done on site whilst a pharmacy is located on the same premises. The Intercare Group recognises that accessibility and convenience are important for patients, and this is something that they place at the center of their care delivery model. As such, scheduled appointments and a walk-in service are available. Extended operating hours are also offered, and the facility is open on weekends and most public holidays. Intercare Northriding medical hours: Weekdays: 08:00 - 19:00 Saturdays: 08:00 - 14:00 Sundays & Public Holidays: 09:00 - 14:00 Dental Hours: Weekdays: 08:00 – 18:00 Saturdays: 08:00 – 13:00 Sundays & Public Holidays: Closed To schedule an appointment call 011 880 0999 or book online at https://www.intercare.co.za/bookings?facility=intercare-northriding. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SOUTH AFRICA, Johannesburg – Friday, 09 November 2018: Glasses will be raised at the Lilizela Tourism Award ceremony on November 17th, 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, where the best of the best within the Tourism Industry will be recognised and celebrated. The 7th Annual Lilizela Tourism Awards honours those remarkable individuals and businesses that elevate South Africa as a must-visit tourist destination. Befitting of this industry special event, the Lilizela Tourism Awards have proudly partnered with Imvula Wines, the brainchild of Siyabonga Mvula. Imvula means “rain” in Xhosa, and the label’s name was inspired by the pivotal role that rain plays in sustaining life. With the establishment of Imvula Wines two years ago, Siyabonga Mvula sought for his company to take on a life-sustaining role by providing those in rural communities with social upliftment, job creation, and financial support. It is fitting that a wine company that uplifts the community and impacts positively on tourism would share the spotlight at the prestigious Lilizela Tourism Awards. Mvula’s interest in wine flourished after numerous discussions with a knowledgeable friend, who steered him to explore and venture into the industry and then go on a small-scale winemaking course at the University of Stellenbosch. He left his job as assistant director at the Gauteng Treasury and formed Imvula Wines. Each blend of Imvula Wines is carefully selected and sourced from a wine estate located in Robertson, Western Cape. The assortment includes 2015 Shiraz Reserve, 2016 Shiraz Reserve, 2014 Premium Pinotage, 2014 Premium Shiraz, 2015 Premium Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Premium Merlot, 2016 Chardonnay, 2016 Sauvignon Blanc, 2016 Merlot, 2016 Pinotage, 2016 Shiraz, and 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon. With every bottle of wine sold, a percentage of the profits goes back to community projects such as those that provide schools with better resources and learning materials. Mvula’s long-term vision is to . . .
With the National Development Plan (NDP) estimating that SMMEs will generate a whopping 90% of the 11 million new jobs expected to be created in South Africa by 2030, the rate of established businesses currently sits at a low 2.2%, with a high unemployment rate marked at 26, 7%, remaining unchanged throughout the first quarter of 2018 as compared to the last quarter of 2017. The ‘triple challenges’ often referred to, when addressing the high levels of poverty, inequality and unemployment (non-inclusive economic growth), which have been classified as major features of many developing countries, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa; the time to actively and intentionally advance inclusive ecosystems could not have come any sooner, especially when looking at enterprise development level, which we need, in order to fast-track the development and establishment of SMMEs and entrepreneurs that can create much need jobs. The 67CEOs Foundation will host the second edition of its Global Entrepreneurship Week programme, themed “Advancing Inclusive Ecosystems”, which is free and open to the public. The organisation, which provides mentorship and impactful entrepreneurship workshops to newly-established industrialists and SMMEs in partner-ship with CEOs and seasoned entrepreneurs who volunteer their skills in service to inspire, mentor, coach and teach, will hold events as part of the Global Entrepreneurship Week from 12-16 November 2018. The annual programme will engage in impact focused entrepreneurial activities and connect SMMEs to potential collaborators, mentors, policymakers and even investors. “For us as a nation to see high-growth businesses emerge and thrive, the entrepreneurship ecosystem must be inclusive at all socio-economic levels. Public and private institutional policies and support should be designed and executed so they close historical gaps, alleviate poverty and create sustainable employments,” says Sam Apata, convener of 67CEOs Foundation. Headed . . .
Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, well known for its impressive 5-star-fun experience has extended the outdoor space of their award-winning Balinese spa by an impressive 920m2 making it the largest and most exclusive spa and wellness space in all of Johannesburg. This award-winning spa offers tranquility in a beautiful setting, complete with de-stressing water features and birdsong in the bamboo groves. When you enter into the space, you will journey through beautiful gardens with bamboo forest, a space reminiscent of Bali. The Balinese splendour include an undercover heated hydro pool, rim flow Jacuzzi, sent? bath, relaxation lounges and salas, a private dining sala for 8 guests and bar – all set in beautiful gardens. There is a couple’s treatment suite with a double spa bath and a maze with self-therapy scrubs and jets which guests can enjoy at leisure. Experience the oxygen facial, triple hydration facial or skin peel, leaving your face soft, smooth and rehydrated. Round off your treatment with a manicure, pedicure or the tan-can to get your body bronzed and poolside ready! Alternatively relax in the dining sala and enjoy sumptuous snacks and a refreshing drink without having to get out of your comfy robe. The Fairlawns Spa is the perfect spot to retreat from the daily grind and completely unwind – a true haven and urban oasis. To book call Fairlawns on 011-808 7300 or visit www.fairlawns.co.za. #fairlawnsspa #fivestarfun #urbanoasis #boutiqueliving Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, an award-winning five-star boutique hotel, is conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor, Sandton. With close attention to detail and exceptional service, Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa creates an intimate atmosphere where some of the globe’s most vibrant personalities converge. The chic, upscale suites are individually decorated in varying themes ranging from Eastern influence to French provincial, each featuring every desired modern . . .