The debt collection industry is recognized by most people as of the oldest professions and it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. This industry has overcome more challenges than any other industry, particularly as we’ve had to evolve from relatively uncertain origins. It should come as no surprise then that today it is one of the most regulated industries in the world. Over the years a lot has been about the legal, regulatory and strategic comings and goings of the debt collection industry, however very little has been said about the modern technologies and disruptive impact this is having on the traditional credit and collection industries in South Africa. Trade Conferences International – South Africa’s leading financial conference organisers – will be hosting the annual Debt Collection Conference 2017 with speaking companies such as Credit Intel, Experian, Shackleton & Mohapi Attorneys, Debt Rescue, Consumer Profile Bureau, Tshepo Mohapi Law, Octagon Business Solutions, Callforce and many more. This event aims to equip attendees with the correct knowledge and updated strategies for the debt collection industry, including information about legal and regulations impacts, customer engagement, technology affecting the industry, strategies to improve ROI, risk assessment methods and consumer credit management. This year’s event with a revamped programme offers a comprehensive and multi-faceted programme relevant to all professionals in the credit risk and debt collection industry. We invite all professionals dealing with credit risk, debt recover and collection from both the banking and non-banking industries as well as service providers to attend this high powered event. The Debt Collection Conference will take place on 6 & 7 September 2017 at Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Linden Winter Warmer invites you to take a trip around the world with your taste buds when four unique restaurants at 32, 7th Street, Linden, in association with The Corner Shop, serve you their speciality cuisine under the stars on Friday, 30 June, 18:30 at the Linden Winter Warmer. The four participating restaurants include A la Bouffe, El Jalapeno, Hashi, and Ritual Café, serving their specialities. For R250 you get a main course and a dessert from each of them – and even a welcome glass of Gluwhein. Each of the four restaurants will be collaborating to create a tasting menu for diners to sample their signature dishes. You can expect the following dishes to be served alongside each other for your dining experience. A la Bouffe Choucroute Valrhona Dark Chocolate Mousse El Jalapeno Chili Con Carne Churro & Chocolate Hashi Fusion Sushi Udon Japanese Noodle Banana & Chocolate Springroll Ritual Cafe Lamb Meatballs Fig & Port Ice-cream Meals will be served alongside each other as a tasting menu followed by desserts. Beverages will be at your own expense. The #LindenWinterWarmer affords diners an opportunity to experience four unique cuisines while supporting four local chef owned restaurants. I think it is important that Johannesburgers support the local restaurant economy. Edward Chamberlain-Bell | Lifestyle Blogger & Publicist A la Bouffe is a family run restaurant providing French Cuisine to Johannesburg, prepared by multi-award winning French Chef Patron, Romuald Denesle, using locally supplied produce. Chef Romuald Denesle has worked under Marc Chalopin at Charlot Roi des Coquillages and at Louis Grondard’s two-star Michelin Restaurant, Drouant before moving to the UK where he worked as Sous Chef at the Michelin starred restaurant Fleur de Sel, Dalhousie Castle and Senior Sous Chef at Ardeonaig Hotel on Loch Tay. He brings his French flair and experience to Johannesburg for all patrons . . .
Acclaimed writer and director Lara Foot’s award-winning play, The Inconvenience of Wings, brings bipolar disorder and friendships into the spotlight, now on at the Market Theatre Following its sold-out success at the National Arts Festival and the Baxter Theatre Centre last year, Lara Foot’s award-winning latest play, The Inconvenience of Wings, makes its Johannesburg premiere at the Market Theatre until 16 July, on Tuesdays to Sundays. Earlier this year the play received the coveted Fleur du Cap awards for Best Director (Foot), Best Actor (Andrew Buckland) and Best Actress (Jennifer Steyn). Foot, the 2016 National Arts Festival Featured Artist and a former Standard Bank Young Artist for Theatre winner, has assembled a stellar cast and creative team comprising Jennifer Steyn, Andrew Buckland and Mncedisi Shabangu. Set in a landscape of memory and dreams, The Inconvenience of Wings, tackles the issues of friendship, dysfunction, addiction and angels. Sara (Steyn) has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder; she is compulsive, alive and hates women who know how to make cupcakes. Paul (Buckland), her husband, is on a mission to find a cure for her afflictions and Professor James (Shabangu) quietly tries to save Paul from the inconvenience of his wings. The play is, at its heart, a love story, which make for compelling viewing with burning contemporary themes such as bi-polar disorder and compulsion and its devastating effect on the family. It cuts close to the bone for anyone who has suffered mental illness themselves, or has lived with someone who is afflicted. The media and audiences raved about the production. John Maytham from Cape Talk gave it a glowing thumbs up, saying, “If there is a better piece of theatre at the Festival, please lead me to it … It is a piece that no serious theatre lover should miss … Be there, and tot up the number of awards for which it will be nominated, most of which it will win. It's that good.” Steve Kretzmann from . . .
Mauritius, June 2017 - LUX* Resorts & Hotels rethinks and redefines luxury around the themes of joy, happiness and time devoted to long cherished holidays, with creative agency BETC Paris, and launches its new 2017 advertising campaign. The theme of the advertising campaign is Smile All The Stay, as LUX*’s goal is for guests to enjoy some genuine joie de vivre by keeping in mind that the simplest acts of generosity, connection and guestcare can offer the biggest rewards. It all starts with reconnecting to the moments that mean the most to its guests, and help them making the time to fully experience its magic. Six advertisements represent the fun, dynamic and unexpected atmosphere and lifestyle of LUX* Resorts & Hotels. A bold, stylish, global campaign running in publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar, Monocle, FT How to Spend It, GQ and Vanity Fair, the images convey the simple, fun, light-hearted holiday moments that characterise a LUX* holiday. Complemented by social media initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Weibo and Instagram, the campaign reinforces the brand’s worldwide positioning and mission of helping people celebrate life and vision of making each matter. Through this, it is communicated that guests will ‘Smile all the Stay’. The LUX* brand was founded in 2011 and now that it’s established itself as a sophisticated, innovative five-star brand, the intention was to engage with consumers in a more playful tongue-in-cheek way. “This campaign simulates the joy, happiness and smile of a stress-free LUX* holiday. This creative approach enables us to flaunt the values that create our brand’s DNA, while helping guest celebrate life and enjoy the reasons to go LUX*,” says Julian Hagger, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at LUX* Resorts & Hotels. The essence of the LUX* brand, communicated through this new advertising campaign is showcased by being fun, light hearted and surprising; eschewing luxury . . .
Vibescout, an innovative start-up that provides event listings and city guides, is now listing movies showing on 690 screens in 94 cinemas across South Africa. Vibescout is now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa and continues to take the country’s entertainment scene to new heights. Cape Town, South Africa, July 5, 2017 – Co-founded in 2015 by brothers’ Paul and Jonathan Myburgh, Vibescout’s vision is to provide an easy-to-use platform used to smartly curate the best things to do near you. This is done through event listings, comprehensive go-to guides and now, movie listings. The idea behind Vibescout was first born when Paul was travelling in Saigon, Vietnam in January 2014. After visiting all the regular tourist destinations, he scoured the hostel notice boards for more unique things to do and began to wonder how he could get better insight into truly local events and activities. After realizing there was definitely a void that needed to be filled in this space, Paul brought the idea back home to South Africa later that year and soon began work on Vibescout’s first version. Vibescout officially launched out of beta and started providing event listing in October 2016; by April 2017 they reached over 100 000 users for the month! As of 27 June 2017, Vibescout became the largest movie aggregator in South Africa, listing movies showing on 688 screens in 94 cinemas throughout the country. “It took roughly 6 weeks to get a MVP release and from it we have had amazing user feedback. We are currently getting nearly 10 000 users weekly using our movie section to find the latest movies and locate cinemas around them. We didn't realize it at the time and such a goal wasn't even on our radar, but we are now officially the largest movie aggregator in South Africa.” JONATHAN MYBURGH, CO-FOUNDER OF VIBESCOUT Connect with or contact with us: Jonathan Myburgh - . . .
Accsys – People Management Solutions Big data, analytics, business intelligence – these terms define a trend that has found its way into almost every business conversation. They also define the era of data and the need to harness the possibilities it presents. Everybody wants to know what the data is telling them, but few understand how to eke out any real benefits. It is time to relook how data is being managed. “Unfortunately, many companies that have access to big data as well as deep levels of internal information are not gaining the maximum advantage,” says Teryl Schroenn, Chief Executive Officer, Accsys. “There is still a very high percentage of business that is using data reactively as opposed to proactively, and this is impacting on its effectiveness. Analytics should help your business grow by providing in-depth, actionable insights into clients, employees and business processes.” A blend of payroll data, human resources (HR) data, and time and attendance data can create an insightful and holistic view of the organisation. The data from these three platforms can identify trends in employee behaviour, localise levels of client engagement and fine-tune business process or service. Digging into the data “With reactive data, you don’t get the depth you need,” says Schroenn. “A proactive, comparative analysis will pick up trends and behaviours which could be either an issue or an advantage, vastly improving the organisation’s decision-making abilities.” Capturing the tics and shifts in data can identify if one grouping of employees happens to service one set of clients with more efficacy. It can uncover that a specific blend of individuals is far more likely to eke out value from a specific customer, and how one department always has the highest sick leave due to an issue with management. Each of these insights can have a transformative impact. A painful process “If you know what your pain points are, you can fix them. You can turn . . .
Clariant is committed to creating value for all of its stakeholders by manufacturing sustainable products without compromising on innovation and performance. Clariant’s EcoTain® products are economically attractive, offering high cost efficiency through less waste generation and greater recycling opportunities and more efficient processes. Johannesburg, June 27, 2017 - Clariant, a world leader in specialty chemicals aims to be a front runner when it comes to raising the bar on environmental and social performance, and moving its business forward while capitalizing on new sustainable opportunities. As the cost of raw materials has increased, the industry is under increasing pressure to find ways of using fewer raw materials and less energy. With this, the chemical giant places the EcoTain® label only on products that have been certified with these four sustainable attributes: Sustainable Design, Responsible Process, Safe & Efficient Use and Eco-Integration. “Clariant views sustainability as an opportunity to create value as well as reduce impacts. This approach to sustainable innovation is driven by the company's commitment to protect human, environmental and ecological health without compromising on performance and efficiency. The EcoTain® label assures customers of sustainability at the product level,” states Ravi Chetty, Clariant Southern Africa Head of Country ESHA & Systems Management. Currently, there are more than 140 of Clariant's products across the companies four business areas: Care Chemicals, Catalysis, Natural Resources and Plastics & Coatings that have been awarded the EcoTain® label. As one of the world’s leading specialty chemical companies, Clariant not only contributes to value creation with innovative and sustainable solutions for customers from many industries. Through its production facilities, Clariant present solutions that address societal challenges, prioritize occupational safety, employs a comprehensive set of . . .
The Northcliff area of Johannesburg has long been a favourite place for people to live, having been inhabited for thousands of years. Today, however, the suburb of Northcliff is one of the city’s most sought after residential areas. “Many of Johannesburg’s up and coming residents aspire to one day live in this established, lush suburb, which is perhaps best known for its large properties and gardens, many of which offer exquisite views of the city from the Northcliff Ridge, says Jason Shaw, manager of the Pam Golding Properties Northcliff office. “Not only is the suburb one of the most scenic neighbourhoods of Johannesburg, it is also centrally situated being just minutes from major road routes and the entire north. Residents of Northcliff find that they have easy access to the entire city and every amenity they could possibly need. It is not for nothing that this suburb is one of the most prestigious and sought after within the greater Johannesburg region,” adds Shaw. “While Northcliff is considered middle- to upper- market suburb, residential property in the area offers investors superb value,” he observes. “Homes in the Northcliff area have remained in demand even during times when the economy is sluggish, and residential properties have historically held their values well. Shaw says that although 2016 was a slow year for the suburb, and indeed the greater Johannesburg region, residential property research company Lightstone reports that the median price of freehold residential property in Northcliff increased by close on 15 percent between 2013 and 2017. “Pam Golding Properties Northcliff has enjoyed a solid first quarter in 2017, which points to strong confidence in the area during the first half of 2017.” Range of properties The sizes of the homes in Northcliff vary substantially; a three-bedroom sectional title townhouse may be marketed in the area from R1.2 million while a large prestigious freehold home can fetch up to R18 million or . . .
Greenpeace Africa is on a mission to bring a little sunshine to the community of Diepsloot, Johannesburg. They noticed that in parts of this area access to electricity and to public lighting is a daily struggle. They would like to remedy this by installing 8 solar streetlights around the Diepsloot Early Childhood Development Centre. By doing this they aim to create a safe haven for children when the streets get dark. In this mainly unlit area, they will be a glowing example of how solar energy can positively transform South Africa,and help create safer streets. Greenpeace Africa has turned to crowdfunding in order to raise the R100 000.00 they need to make this project a reality. Crowdfunding is an online method of fundraising that works by reaching out to people across the globe. For this campaign Greenpeace Africa have chosen to run their campaign through Thundafund.com, a rewards-based crowdfunding platform. Rewards-based crowdfunding one of three main crowdfunding methods, and works on the principle that the backers (people who give the money) recieve some incentive (a reward) for their money. This rewards is provided by the project creator (Greenpeace Africa). How will the donations help? The Philile Foundation, Greenpeace Africa, Enerlogy and Schneider Electric partnered to design the project. They will provide technical expertise, trainings and community information around the project. But that is not enough. They have estimated that the total cost of the project will amount to R100,000, including: buying six solar streetlights (two are donated by Schneider Electric), installing them around the Diepsloot ECD centre, and the maintenance cost for 20 years. Your donation will cover those costs. Be a part by supporting today. The journey to a bright future starts with renewable energy. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A staggering one billion people, out of a total global population of 7.5 billion, will be using VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol) to communicate with each other by the end of 2017. That’s according to Juniper Research figures quoted by local independent telecoms provider, Otel, which offers carrier-grade VoIP services over 250 000 km of fibre. “When 1 out of every 7 people alive today is using a single technology to talk to each other, that’s huge. The potential for greater cooperation is tremendous,” says Otel CEO, Rad Jankovic. The fact that VoIP services provide clients, large and small, access to feature rich managed IP telephony solutions and can also be delivered on top of fibre links are sometimes more then 50% cheaper than fixed-line voice rates have been some of the biggest selling point for the technology in this age of digital migration. Mr Jankovic elaborates on VoIP’s winning features below: VoIP is cheaper than it has ever been because interconnection rates between telecoms networks plummeted several years ago. The average savings businesses see after switching to VoIP range anywhere from 30% to 75%. That’s according to Telzio, Inc. Otel’s own experience locally indicates businesses will see savings of up to 45%. The Internet makes it easy to develop feature-rich VoIP applications that can be used by anyone, without any external equipment necessary. Being able to use an employee’s usual IT hardware to make voice calls enhances productivity and reduces the cost of maintaining additional telecoms equipment. There is an abundance of feature rich IP systems available that offer full Unified Communications (UC) benefits to smaller and larger enterprises, thus taking them into the new age of managed, unified, digital communication. VoIP’s voice quality is rapidly becoming better than mobile and fixed line. This is because the rollout of high-speed local data networks continues unabated. For example, one new national LTE-A network is . . .