JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, April 26, 2018/ - shokoCAST, a global social music innovation platform, launches its social music platform that is set to be the most disruptive and innovative social music platform globally despite it having an African focus and especially in areas that have the most basic of technology infrastructure. The platform will seek to revolutionise the music, telecommunications and advertising value chains whilst benefiting musicians and music lovers everywhere. shokoCAST is a social music platform that brings about the rebirth of sound and evolution of music by converging the entire music value chain whilst bringing the artist directly to the fans. It’s a place where musicians build careers, fans find inspiration and managers discover talent! shokoCAST is a global decentralized free social music network built using Technology Innovations that are based on Multiple Interdependent Disruptions to the music industry on a hybrid quadruple layered blockchain called SHOkolah. The platform will enable the creation of music by artists and beatmakers and DJs, collaboration amongst users and sharing including the creation of 'communities with similar tastes', publishing and royalty administration; digital distribution; and consumption and monetization avenues that include downloads and streams and many new forms of revenue creation. "We are very proud to be creating such an innovative solution that is second to none and which puts shokoCAST on track to be a global player. We have undertaken a crowdfunding campaign that is open to everyone and brings tremendous benefits to the musical industry, artists in particular, and also to those who invest in notes and tokens. We invite everyone from across the continent to join us as we build a social music platform that is relevant not just to Africa, but the world," says Therry Martins, CEO and Founder of shokoCAST. "In emerging economies, higher are the hurdles you would need to jump to even consider . . .
A new, digital asset exchange – ChainEX – has been launched on the world wide web. “ChainEX is the only digital asset exchange that provides a platform for South Africans to buy, sell or trade up to 20 different digital assets - using the South African rand as the default fiat-buying currency for some.” Director Otto Lessing said ChainEX’s mission is to provide a world-class platform to benefit every South African by providing them with easy access to global crypto markets. Recent statistics, he said, indicated that SA topped the list of countries with the most Google searches for the cryptocurrency Bitcoin. Slovenia is second, followed by Austria, the Netherlands and Australia. Bitcoin is also the most searched term on Investopedia, the world’s largest financial education website. ChainEX is playing its part in meeting the world’s ever-increasing appetite for cryptocurrencies, said Lessing. “The increased interest in cryptocurrencies comes as no surprise as more and more people are looking to get involved in this exciting opportunity.” After starting 2017 at a market cap of USD17.7-billion, according to CoinMarketCap, he said the value of the cryptocurrency market surged by more than 1 200 per cent during the course of the year. However, he warned, the increased amount of interest also had a downside. “Digital asset exchanges are increasingly struggling with the massive influx of users, which results in them experiencing frustrating delays when trying to access or transact on the platforms. “ChainEX strives to alleviate this problem by providing a trading platform that is secure, user-friendly and reliable with a well-tested, highly scalable matching engine.” Plans include expanding its asset base by introducing more digital asset currencies to its trading platform, thereby providing South African users with a better experience and more exposure to the world of cryptocurrencies. “There is also a possibility to present a platform . . .
The University of Johannesburg's team did not achieve what they had set out to do, but came away from the University Sport South Africa women's sevens rugby tournament with their pride firmly intact. After several near misses in previous years, the UJ team were motivated to go all the way in Saturday's tournament at Wits in Johannesburg, but ultimately finished third in the standings. Team manager Tumi Leseke said they were proud of the squad's efforts and the determination and commitment they showed. "I feel the girls put their hearts into everything they did on Saturday and wouldn't have changed anything," she said. "Of course, it would have been amazing to finally win USSA but we left it all on the field, incurring a few injuries along the way. "The girls held their heads high and believe that their chance will come again. In the end the sport of rugby was the winner and that's all that matters." She added that the players were always hungry to do better and were still motivated for the challenges ahead. Leseke said the team's determination to succeed was personified by captain Nontobeko Ntombela's efforts in the last group match. "She made hard, crucial try-saving tackles and created many beautiful team tries, even scoring some herself. "Her leadership was tested, but she held her head up high and displayed remarkable strength that the team really needed on the day." There was recognition for UJ's efforts with the selection of Vhugala Ndou and Joy Cheptoo for the SA Students team. "After numerous injuries that would have left many unmotivated, these players put their hands up and were recognised for their efforts. "The selection of the girls is an amazing achievement and we are proud of them. "But we also recognise that rugby is a team sport and any recognition is only possible through the efforts and support of their team-mates. "Win or lose, we stand proud of our efforts and we always strive to be better." After . . .
Red and scratchy eyes, episodes of excess tearing followed by stinging, dry eyes and even blurred vision – many people experience the symptoms of dry eyes, especially in winter. The go-to-treatment for dry eyes is typically teardrops. However, instead of simply treating the symptoms of dry eyes, Zelda van Coller, an Optometrist and the owner of Dynamic Vision Zelda van Coller Optometrists, says it’s best to get to the root cause. “Teardrops certainly offer relief from the symptoms of dry eyes. But, it can’t cure dry eyes and can by no means be considered the most effective treatment. Dry eyes, or ocular surface disease, that is left untreated can lead to chronic inflammation. “It is always prudent, for the benefit of long term eye health, to find the cause of dry eyes. This is especially true for anyone who has been suffering with dry eye symptoms for some time. An underlying condition known as Meibomian gland dysfunction is now recognized as a significant factor in many cases of dry eye syndrome. Another cause of dry eye is aqueous deficiency when the lacrimal glands don’t produce enough watery fluid to moisten the eyes. Other common causes of dry eye is ocular allergies and auto-immune diseases. These conditions can be treated effectively,” says van Coller. She has always had a keen interest in dry eye syndrome and did post graduate studies on the subject. She frequently attends workshops and lectures on dry eyes to stay up to date with the latest developments, and continues to work closely with eye specialists to treat dry eyes. At her practice, Dynamic Vision Zelda van Coller Optometrists in Alberton, she has a topographer and specialized software to conduct comprehensive dry eye tests. These non-invasive tests can test the water-oil balance in the eyes to get to the cause of dry eye syndrome. We are able to examine the tear-film chemistry, volume and stability in much detail. We closely look at the Meibomian glands to determine if they are healthy . . .
Music Stars Come Together To Beam The Light This Project marks the coming together of iconic musicians who have joined forces and share a stage for the development of the music sector and shine the light on the much needed aspects of mentorship. Multiple Award winning Guitarist and producer Kunle Ayo and his friends have dedicated their time and act of goodwill to embark on a series of benefit concerts as they raise funds for the sustainability of the Beam the Light Intensive Development program for instrumentalists . The inaugural concert is on the 25th May 2018, in spite of a wild beast schedule associated with their statuses. The list of his friends reads like the “Who is Who” of the African musical heavy hitters – Ringo Madlingozi, Oliver Mtukudzi, Hlengiwe Mhlaba, Lebo Sekgobela and a few surprises. “There is a brain drain of experienced and talented African musicians, and that robs the continent’s young an opportunity to be groomed properly by their idols,” says Kunle. “As an experienced African musician spending more time overseas, recording in the studio, managing media and administrative work, one loses the opportunity to give back to the community. Sometimes even losing touch with the challenges facing the continent.” Kunle realized this conundrum when he was on tour discussing the challenges bedeviling the continent. “I realized we talk about these things all the time and do little about them – especially education. It is then that I decided to call on my friends to shed a light as to how we could be a solution,” says the enterprising live performer. The solution didn’t come all at once but Kunle knew that he could start with what he already had – his musical experience and skills, recording studio, strong network of friends and an open heart. So the dream of discovering, nurturing and supporting emerging musicians began earnestly. This will be actualized as we embarked on the 1st phase of the program - The Audition phase that will be . . .
This years’ EOH Connect conference, Fast Data: Business at the Speed of Thought focuses on data at the centre of the digital revolution. This year’s event will offer attendees the chance to experience some remarkable guest speakers. Vinny Lingham, a ‘shark’ on the South African edition of the global Shark Tank TV-franchise is the international keynote speaker of the event. Lingham is also one of South Africa’s major technology entrepreneur exports to Silicon Valley and will be flanked during the day by other top speakers including the inspiring and critically acclaimed global adventurer, Hein Wagner and Simone Zanetti, the founder of Allos South Africa. “Our line-up this year is designed to challenge conventional views about the future of data and technology. We are confident that our guests will be thinking very differently about what they can achieve for their businesses by the end of the conference,” says CEO of EOH’s ICT business, Rob Godlonton. Keynote speaker, Vinny Lingham, is regularly ranked in the top-5 most influential FinTech, Blockchain, and crypto sphere ‘insiders’ on the planet. Known as one of South Africa’s most famous technology entrepreneurs, he is nicknamed the ‘Bitcoin Oracle’ for his accurate forecasts of movements in the cryptocurrency’s price. Frequently writing on topics relating to the decentralisation of the financial industry and the sovereignty of the consumer, Lingham never fails to ‘disrupt’ when sharing his controversial views on the future relationship of the banking and technology industries. Opening about his view on The New Financial Revolution and Why Tokens are Eating the World, Lingham has famously argued that, “Blockchain technologies are changing the way the world functions and tokens appear to be yet another killer app... If we’re able to move land registry & title deeds, identity, commodities and stocks to the blockchain, we will succeed in making the world far more efficient and secure.” Most . . .
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 . . .
There are few cities in the world like Johannesburg. It may not have the mountain or the big five roaming about but this vibrant urban jungle is constantly evolving and creating new adventures and attractions to entertain residents and tourists alike. A particularly unique attraction is the growing adventure sports scene. Gauteng has invested heavily in positioning itself as an attractive sports tourism destination with world-class infrastructure and a comprehensive sports offering. Johannesburg itself is home to many sporting events, but few capture the soul of the city like the Hollard JUMA & Hollard JURA. The Hollard JUMA and Hollard JURA are cycling and trail running events that tantalisingly combine the urban and natural elements to form a unique perspective on Johannesburg. These events bring their own urban spin on the adventure sports narrative giving runners and cyclists a glimpse of Johannesburg's hidden treasures. One of those hidden treasures is what lies beyond the city lights and high-rise buildings - an extensive green belt and the natural and man-made waterways forming the heartbeat of this concrete jungle. Russell Willis, Event Organiser gives some insight into what these events have to offer locals and travellers, “If you’re into adventure sports like trail running and mountain biking these events are a once in a lifetime experience. Participants get to explore places in Johannesburg you’d never imagined were there. From a secret Waterfall in Melville to the giant open-air storm water drains decorated in graffiti. There are no other events quite like this in the world, so it’s definitely something worth travelling for.” Johannesburg competes on a continental and global scale, constantly having to innovate and push forward onto new frontiers to remain a pioneer on the continent. That same gritty determination is necessary during these events. Coming out on top will require competitors to push themselves as they compete, not only . . .
World’s fastest growing influencer marketing platform focuses on building a strong local team to deliver targeted services to the South African market (Johannesburg, South Africa) April 09, 2018 - indaHash, the global technology platform that connects more than 600,000 digital influencers has committed to expanding its South African footprint by investing in strong local talent. The team brings unparalleled strategic value and influencer marketing expertise to the South African market having already delivered successful campaigns for well-known global and local brands such as Coca-Cola, Telkom, Sony Mobile, Shell and Magnum. “We believe it is key for us to develop a highly skilled local development team that specialises in influencer marketing and allows us to drive the business in a positive direction,” says Federico Dedeu, indaHash Business Development Leader, EMEA. Federico Dedeu is an experienced manager with more than 18 years of experience in the disciplines of marketing and advertising. He’s held senior roles at some of South Africa’s most prominent organisations, such as Wunderman and Mediacom, and has taken the lead on accounts for brands such as Coca-Cola and Standard Bank. Led by Federico, the new team comprises Hayley Wessels and Faheem Ahmed as the new Business Development Managers - both bringing extensive experience to the business. The company will also be welcoming additional new members over the next few months to meet the exponentially growing demand for indaHash’s services. Faheem Ahmed has more than 12 years of experience in the advertising and media industry and with more than four years of hands-on influencer marketing expertise. He understands the South African landscape and has significant expertise in campaign execution and client management. Hayley Wessels has more than eight years’ experience in the digital media industry with an extensive network of marketers, media buyers and brands. She understands how to deliver on the . . .
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 . . .