The public are now well aware that the recent 8th May national election received the lowest voter turnout since South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, with only a 66% turnout. Citizen Surveys, the leading South African marketing and social research consultancy specialising in national research studies, had estimated the lowest voter turnout scenario at 63%. This release unpacks and answers the below three important questions demanding answers following the poor voter turnout: How legitimate is the South African democracy if so many people did not vote? Do the voting age population (aged 18 and older) believe that political parties will keep the promises made during election campaigning? What role did unmotivated youth play in this low voter turnout? How legitimate is the South African democracy if so many people did not cast their ballots? The Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa (IEC) reported the voting age population at 35.9-million adults. The 2018 mid-year population estimates from StatsSA, however, estimate that there are about 37.8-million adult South Africans (aged 18 and older). Of this, approximately four in ten live in townships and three in ten live in the rural areas. Reza Omar, Strategic Research Director at Citizen Surveys, says, “Just under 17.7-million votes were cast in the election, indicating that an approximate 18.2-million South African adults abstained from the election altogether. Of these adults, just over 9.1-million didn’t register to vote and just over 9.1-million of the registered voters did not turn up at the polls. In short, only about half of adults voted in the election. I believe this level of abstention brings the legitimacy of our democracy into question.” The election results indicate that: The ANC garnered just over 10-million votes. This represents 28% of the adult population of South Africa. The DA garnered just over 3.6-million votes. This represents 10% of the adult . . .
Centurion, May 17 2019: South African producer and actor, Mari Molefe van Heerden, co-founded the Kleinkaap Short Film Festival with Reine Swart in 2016. Molefe is best known for her work on Binnelanders, 7de Laan and Villa Rosa. Swart is best known for her work on Syfy’s Z Nation and the horror, The Lullaby. Their passion for independent filmmakers are substantial and they will continue to give praise to deserved films. Both these ladies have been in the film industry for more than 10 years. Knowing the ups and downs that it entails and how important it is to support your fellow filmmakers. Molefe and Swart teamed up with British producer and actor, Coco Lloyd to produce the feature film, Heks (AKA Her Mask). Lloyd is best known for Footballers Wives and the X Factor in the UK. These three women brought well known producer and director, Andre Velts, onboard to share his excellent expertise. Velts has been involved with some of the biggest Afrikaans films such as Knysna and Jou Romeo. The cast onboard includes incredible talents such as Christopher Jafhta, Hungani Ndlovu, Stephanie Sandows, Mary-Anne Barlow with Coco Lloyd and Mari Molefe van Heerden in the principal roles. The young Director of Photography, Marius de Nysshen, did a brilliant job and has a very promising future. Heks is surprisingly enough not an Afrikaans film, but an English film. As Heks sounds like “Hex” in English, the producers decided to keep the name proudly South African and there are a few Afrikaans lines in the film. Swart was the director of Heks and it was her feature directorial debut. She has directed film festival short films such as Trypophobia, Skoonma and Eiko in Portland. Heks according to the producers can be a witch or a curse and it is up to the audience to decided what it means. This local horror with an international lead was solely filmed in Centurion at Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel. Nestled between Pretoria and Johannesburg. Producing a film . . .
16 May 2019, iStore Sandton – On Global Accessibility Awareness Day, iStore, in partnership with the company’s charitable partner Think Ahead, is excited to announce a new initiative for local Apple and Mac supporters and customers. iStore South Africa has set up an in-store process which will enable customers to financially contribute to this worthy global cause throughout the month of May. For every donation made in-store by customers when they make a purchase at any iStore in South Africa, iStore in turn will match the contributions. The funds will then be transferred to Think Ahead, who will utilise the money to purchase and donate iPads to selected Accessibility Schools. “Technology is most powerful when it empowers everyone” Chris Dodd, CEO of iStore South Africa, commented, “The purpose of Global Accessibility Awareness Day around the world is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital access and inclusion, and perhaps try to understand a bit more about people with different disabilities. Here in South Africa we would like to do our part. When products are designed to be accessible, more people can do what they love. That’s why Apple builds powerful features into every operating system and every device to help all people.” Michelle Lissoos, Managing Director at Think Ahead, added, “A device such as the iPad offers powerful built-in assistive features to complement learners’ vision, hearing, motor skills, learning and literacy. Our programme includes solutions for children with disabilities such as autism, visual impairment, deafness, cerebral palsy, motor functionality and dyslexia, and our facilitators are experts in special needs’ technology solutions; working closely with teachers and therapists, ensuring ongoing professional development and skills transfer.” For more info on Apple’s accessibly features, please visit https://www.apple.com/lae/accessibility/ INVITE: iStore and Think Ahead would like to invite members of . . .
For 93 years South Africa’s leading spread, Black Cat continues to empower future generations, a fact made clear in a new campaign from FCB Joburg highlighting – as always – that ‘the kids are alright with peanut power’. Driven by the insight that today’s children see opportunity and excitement around every corner and they need energy to help them keep up with the fast-paced 21st century world in which they live, ‘Power to the Little People’ was conceived by the strategy and creative team at FCB Joburg. It was shot over a day and a half in Thokoza Park Soweto by Bomb Films’ Teboho Mahlatsi. “This ad – part of a 360 campaign showing kids the value in Black Cat and enticing them to ask for it by name – features a group of energetic kids, with unassuming talents, playing cricket in the park. However, thanks to the boost of peanut power in Black Cat, two of them land up living the dream and wowing their mates with their sporting prowess,” said Creative Director, Greg Cameron. “Parents needed to be assured that kids are getting the necessary nutrition from Black Cat Peanut Butter, and that, with Black Cat in their lunchboxes, they have the energy to be the best they can be,” he said. The 30-second TVC can be seen here: https://youtu.be/_90GDwyyR4Q. Creative Credits: Creative Agency: FCB Joburg Group Account Director: Bronwyn Simmons Account Executive: Kholosa Madikane Chief Creative Officer: Ahmed Tilly Creative Director: Gregory Cameron Copywriter: Sandile Hamilton Art Director: Luzuko Witbooi Senior Integrated Strategist: SizweSihle Dlamini TV Producer: Mun-Ying De Lacy Production House: Bomb Films Director: Teboho Mahlatsi Post-production: The Ludus upstairs CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Whilst on a morning Whale and Dolphin Watching cruise with Port Elizabeth based AB Marine on Tuesday 14 April 2019, Marine Biologist Eirik Grønningsæter, photographed two Bottlenose Dolphins in great distress. The Boat Based Whale and Dolphin Operator had been cruising along the Port Elizabeth beachfront and had just viewed a large pod of Bottlenose off of Summerstand's Pollok Beach. The literally hundreds of dolphins ranging up and down that stretch of coast kept guests enthralled as the youngsters came closer and adults jumped for the joy of living. A little bit further out to sea towards Cape Recife a smaller pod of dolphins were ranging in circles around one particular spot. It would only be later that evening that Eirik would discover why this small pod was acting in a strange manner and not moving on to join the larger pod near Bird Rock...... Back at the Guest House biologist Eirik Grønningsæter downloaded the hundreds of photographs from the day and zoomed in to a few to see a very disturbing sight. At least two of the Bottlenose Dolphins in the pod that had been acting strangely and swimming in circles had been entangled in fishing lines and were badly injured. The assumption is that these two dolphins had become entangled in the fishing line and that the line in turn had become entangled in the reef below where the dolphins had been swimming when spotted. The panicked dolphins must then have cut into their dorsal fins in successful attempts to free themselves from the reef. In the images one can see how fishing line has cut into a large part of one dolphin's dorsal and how almost 60% of one others dorsal fin has been cut away - surely a massive fatal injury. Erik, is a Biologist and part of the film crew documenting the state of the Sardine Run with Expert-Tours and the Ocean Geographic Society, was visibly shocked to see the state of injuries to these Bottlenose Dolphins. An AB Marine spokeperson said; "If we in Port . . .
Hytec South Africa, a Bosch Rexroth South Africa company, has a branch located in Vanderbijlpark south of Johannesburg. This branch will be relocating to the Sasol Eco Industrial Park, located in Sasolburg. The branch focuses on the mining, chemical and steel industries within the Vaal Triangle area. Branch counter sales allow for quick and easy access to the wide variety of products stocked by Hytec South Africa, and the on-site workshop is proficient in quick repairs or services. However, large repairs are directed to Hytec South Africa, located in Kempton Park, which is the only Bosch Rexroth Certified Service Centre of Competence in Africa. The Free State based-branch will bring Hytec South Africa closer to key customers and therefore reduce lead times for critical products. The branch will be responsible for the design, manufacture, installation, service and repair of hydraulic and pneumatic products in the Vaal Triangle area. With the move, the Group anticipates growth for its local customer base. The team is motivated to tackle any new and exciting challenges as they seek to further improve and expand the Hytec South Africa footprint. You can find the new branch at Building 2 / Stand 26119, Oxygen & Silver street, Sasol Eco Industrial Park, Sasolburg CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As Grade 12 learners sit for their mid-year Matric examinations, the period has been reconfigured to merge the February/March supplementary exam with the May/June National Senior Certificate Exams. KST, shares five top tips on how learners can prepare for the upcoming examinations in order to achieve maximum results and urges learners to take ownership of their studies thorough effective exam preparation. 1. Committing to a study regime: It’s important to set goals from the beginning of the year; one of these goals should be in developing a realistic study timetable. It is essential to commit and stick to the timetable. Don’t be caught cramming at the last-minute preparing for an exam, start at least a week in advance. 2. Be a proactive participator in class and study groups: If you don’t ask, you won’t know and will remain disempowered. In order to learn new things, asking questions should be your key priority. Remember: there is no such thing as a stupid question; the stupid question is the one that remains unanswered. Be inquisitive and curious about your subjects, you will learn and understand so much more than what is in the textbook. 3. Use technology and social media wisely: There are educational chat groups available on the internet, broadcast (TV and radio programmes) and on social media platforms such as WhatsApp. Be careful not to use these sources simply for casual pleasure, balance your usage on these platforms and monitor the amount of time you spend on them. 4. Sleep: You need at least seven or eight hours of sleep a night to function. Tests and exams are designed to be thought provoking; this will demand a high span of concentration. If you are sleep-deprived, you will battle to remember your revision notes or work. 5. Use all the resources at your disposal: Resources go beyond the library, computer labs and equipment. Your educator is an incredible resource that you need to take advantage of. Don’t be intimidated by your educator, feel . . .
2019 is well underway, and Cheap Nigeria Flights is gaining traction. A flight aggregator tailored toward Nigerian travellers, the start-up is making a name for itself in the African travel community. The site’s easy to use service and extensive flight options are attracting attention not only in Nigeria but across the African continent and beyond. Cheap Nigeria Flights strives to provide the best and most affordable flight options to African travellers while keeping the process as simple and streamlined as possible. While the site is tailored specifically to Nigerians, it offers flight paths all around the globe. It compares flights from most major international airlines, as well as local Nigerian airlines including Arik Air, Azman Air, Air Peace, and Dana Air, amongst others. The simple user interface allows users to search for flights using several simple search parameters. The results page compares flight options from all partner airlines and allows users to further customise their search with a series of filters. The platform offers flights to and from most notable Nigerian Airports, as well as between the vast majority of major destinations worldwide. This has made the site an incredibly strong option for Nigerians seeking affordable aeroplane travel both within their county and internationally. Cheap Nigeria Flights is currently offering affordable flights with most of the top airlines and flight providers in the world. Some of the notable international flight carriers include: Africa World Airlines Virgin Atlantic British Airways KLM South African Airways Air France Lufthansa Ethiopian Airlines Kenya Airways Emirates Airlines Etihad Airways Delta Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Fly Blue Crane Some of the notable Nigerian airlines include: Arik Air Azman Air Dana Air Air Peace Cheap Nigeria Flights offers flight paths to and from all corners of the globe. With a clear focus . . .
Ricoh SA awarded DocuWare Diamond Club membership for fifth consecutive year Ricoh SA has, for the fifth consecutive year, been awarded membership of DocuWare’s EMEA Diamond Club. Membership is reserved for the top 10 resellers in the region. “We are continuing to explore the opportunity in helping businesses, particularly SMBs, in the South African market to digitalise their processes,” says Jurgen de Jongh, head of National Office Services in Ricoh SA’s Enterprise Services Group. “Document management services are helping enterprises of all sizes to bridge the gap between hardware and software that enables technologies such as cloud, data analytics, machine learning, and more.” Ricoh SA was awarded membership for its commitment to providing DocuWare solutions and services in Southern Africa. De Jongh says 80% of these solutions are currently on premise with 20% being in the cloud. “Demand for cloud-based solutions is definitely increasing but, while telecommunications and networking infrastructure in South Africa has improved extensively in the past three years, there are certain geographies where access may hinder adoption.” He says that Ricoh SA’s success with customer adoption of DocuWare solutions hinges on, among other elements, the close relationship the companies have formed in the region and the enhanced services and extensive support that encourages. “David Malan, the regional sales director for DocuWare Africa, is a former Ricoh SA employee,” says de Jongh. “Besides the close global co-operation of our two companies and all the benefits that bond provides, we also have an excellent local working relationship that allows us to maximise the benefits we are able to deliver to customers.” De Jongh adds that, while Ricoh SA lives the values of the company based on what it calls The Ricoh Way, being love your neighbor, love your country, love your work, DocuWare’s values gel perfectly and are also captured in the local business’ . . .
Veolia Water Technologies South Africa has been awarded the contract to design, manufacture, supply, deliver, install, commission and put into service a new pump station in Boksburg, Ekurhuleni. The pump station, which will become ‘Engine Room 3’ at the Boksburg plant once complete, will supplement the existing pumping station’s water capacity by approximately 600 ML/day, increasing the plant’s daily capacity to 1 100 ML. Awarded the contract via tender, work on the project commenced on 7 January 2019 with the design phase expected to begin and complete in the first half of 2019. The scope of work includes all mechanical and electrical equipment and parts, including design, procurement, installation and commissioning. Minor civil works outside the main pump station building also form part of Veolia’s project responsibilities and include concrete valve chambers and underground pipework for the cross connection pipeline, the fire water pipe network and the domestic service water system. The manufacturing and procurement phase, expected to take 17 months, is scheduled to begin in June 2019 and run to November 2020. Installation will begin in February 2021 and completion by October that year. Commissioning and operation will follow with project conclusion, expected by early January 2022.. “We will be importing specialised instrumentation and electrical equipment from Germany and the USA,” says Chris Braybrooke, General Manager: Marketing, Veolia Water Technologies. “This equipment pertains to specific brands not manufactured in South Africa, although they will all be sourced via local companies.” He adds that the MV motors, pipes, valves, electrical and telecom cables will be locally produced, and will meet the stipulated minimum threshold for local production content. All civil requirements will be subcontracted to a third party, as will various other activities, to ensure that Veolia complies with the South African government’s Preferential Procurement . . .