• Clariant Southern Africa is devoted to creating value with innovative and sustainable solutions for customers • Clariant is committed to a sustainable and ethical way of doing business • The world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, Clariant is No.2 in the Europe index and top 4th sustainable chemical sector company in the Dow Jones Sustainability Index (DJSI) Johannesburg, Friday 20th October 2017 - According to the Global Reporting Initiative, an international NGO producing the most widely used standards for sustainability reporting, 93 percent of the world’s 250 largest companies report on their sustainability performance. While currently most companies still publish these voluntary reports as separate supplements to their annual financial reports, there is an emerging trend among businesses to switch to “integrated reporting”. Chemical companies around the globe are increasingly coming to recognize not just the costs, but also the opportunities of steering their business towards greater overall sustainability – creating solid long-term value for themselves and their stakeholders across the entire triple bottom line. As one of the world’s leading specialty chemicals companies, sustainability is a prerequisite for Clariant’s growth in the long term. While financial performance is important, Clariant believes it can only have true and lasting value when achieved in harmony with the world – the planet we live on and the people the company works with or who expect a better life from what the company does. By deeply ingraining sustainability issues throughout its corporate reporting suite, the company strives to communicate openly and transparently with all stakeholders. “Clariant Southern Africa is committed to creating value for its stakeholders by addressing global trends and tailoring them to suit the challenges presented in the South African economy to provide sustainable and innovative products and solutions while maintaining high levels of . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 20 October, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, is making available the Pioneer Kit development platform for the PSoC® 6 MCU from Cypress Semiconductor Corp. PSoC 6 is purpose-built for the IoT with an ultra-low-power, flexible architecture and integrated security features required for next-generation IoT devices. The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit (CY8CKIT-062-BLE) has a PSoC 63 device on-board, with Bluetooth 5 ready to go, creating a powerful launchpad for developing IoT devices. Cypress’ 512 Mb Quad-SPI NOR Flash memory and EZ-PD™ CCG3 USB Type-C controller with power delivery are also available on-board. Smart power options are provided too, with support for a rechargeable LiPo battery and a supercapacitor that can be used as back-up power. Users can also refine the user interface for their new applications by taking advantage of the on-board capacitive-sensing buttons, sliders and proximity sensor based on Cypress’ CapSense® technology, and the 2.7-inch E-ink display shield (CY8CKIT-028-EPD) included in the pack. This board plugs into the platform’s Arduino UNO v3 shield headers, which simplify additional functional expansion leveraging the extensive Arduino ecosystem. The PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit contains everything users need to get their applications up and running, including essential software. There is a comprehensive software development kit (SDK) containing header files, start-up code and fully integrated middleware, called the Peripheral Driver Library (PDL). The PDL helps quickly take control of the flexible peripherals of PSoC 6 MCUs. The new PSoC 6 MCU will also soon be available from RS, for customers to implement their projects developed using the PSoC 6 BLE Pioneer Kit. The PSoC 6 architecture integrates a 150 MHz ARM® Cortex®-M4 core and 100 MHz Cortex-M0+ to allow compute tasks to be assigned efficiently for optimum performance and . . .
South Africa’s leading tourism businesses were celebrated and recognised for their contributions to the country’s global destination competitiveness, at the recent 2017 Lilizela Tourism Gauteng Awards Ceremony held at Freedom Park in Pretoria. Conferencing giant, The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, was selected as one of the three provincial winners in the Meetings, Exhibitions and Special Events Category. “We are delighted to have been recognised as a major player within Gauteng’s booming business tourism sector,” says Greg Hoffmann, Birchwood Hotel’s Marketing Manager. Established in 2013, the Lilizela Tourism Awards are an initiative of the National Department of Tourism and South African Tourism. The awards aim to emphasise and encourage the role tourism businesses play in employment creation, foreign exchange, growth for other sectors of the economy and entrepreneurship development. “Situated 10km from OR Tambo International Airport, we pride ourselves on our contribution to the growth and perceptions of SA’s Business Tourism Sector; making this achievement extremely validating for the Birchwood family,” says Hoffmann. Open to public vote, the Lilizela Tourism Awards represent the opinions, experiences and ratings of consumers; providing valuable feedback for establishments, as well as provincial and national sectors on how to improve tourism industry ratings in the future. “We’d like to thank all those who took the time to rate their meetings, exhibitions and special events experiences with us. Your support is invaluable and we hope to be your venue of choice for many years to come,” says Hoffmann. For more information about The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre, call (011) 897 0000 or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Alexa Pienaar hit the ball out of the court with a stellar season and was duly rewarded when named sportswoman of the year at the University of Johannesburg's Sports Gala awards function recently. The humble squash star, who racked up a long list of achievements, said the award she received at the Johannesburg Country Club was completely unexpected and undoubtedly one of her highlights of the year. "I was awarded third place for sportswoman of the year last year, but I never expected to be awarded sportswoman of the year," said Pienaar, who also received the student-athlete award for excelling in sport and academics. "It has been a fantastic year and it is great for us athletes to get recognition for our efforts. We do not always realise that people do notice what we do so it is very rewarding getting an award of this nature." The third-year fine art student reached new heights when she was crowned University Sport South Africa champion while helping UJ to the overall title for the sixth year in a row in July. She also made it into the SA National Championships and SA Open semi-finals, which took place in Johannesburg in June and July. "I feel that this year has been my lucky year," said Pienaar, who lives in residence at the university. "I have been lucky enough to win the Hyundai Award (for up-and-coming squash stars) for 2017, which includes a full sponsorship with Hyundai, and now this. It is by far my best year in terms of achievements." The road to success had not been a smooth one, she said. Balancing her studies and squash was her greatest challenge and she admitted there had been many late nights. "I spent my nights doing class work while spending as much time as I could on court. I just worked harder and kept pushing myself," said the 23-year-old, who attended Outeniqua Primary in George and Menlo Park High in Pretoria. "Our teachers encouraged us to do every sport that the school offered. I ended up playing socially for a few . . .
Southern Africa - October 19, 2017: Carton packaging for dairy, juice, and food is the healthy, sustainable option that meets the modern lifestyle needs of busy people. Carton packs protect food that families need for healthy, happy, well-developed lives as it makes its way from farms to their tables and consumption on the go. Carton packs are also good for the environment, since they’re made from renewable wood fibre resources overseen to be responsibly managed by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC), and they’re 100% recyclable right here in South Africa. Most importantly, they’re made to be convenient for busy people on the go because they’re light, portable, and are easily resealed. They also don’t need to be kept chilled before opening – normally one of the biggest hassles with healthy, fresh food and drink mums tote for kids or pack into school lunch bags. “Carton packs offer three main benefits,” says Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa. “They protect healthy and nutritious food, they’re sustainable and environmentally friendly, and they’re convenient for busy, modern lifestyles.” Tetra Pak pioneered the technology that makes this possible over decades based on global experiences. It has culminated in innovative carton that keeps food and drink such as milk and juice fresh for at least six months without any preservatives and without having to refrigerate it. Tetra Pak carton packs are predominantly made from paperboard, a renewable resource that reduces environmental impact. And it produces biodegradable plastic, used for caps and protective coatings, derived from sugarcane. “Our cartons help to ensure food is preserved and can be transported conveniently from farms to tables – without preservatives,” says Ntuli. “And they help our customers carry cartons on the go. No spillage, no fuss.” People benefit from the convenience of the small portion sizes, no need to refrigerate before opening, ability to . . .
University of Johannesburg hockey star Tyson Dlungwana has some long-term goals on his mind, but his immediate priority will be to confirm his prowess when he competes in the Africa Cup from Sunday. The 20-year-old midfielder, who has nine tests under his belt, is a member of the South African senior squad who will be defending their title at the continental tournament in Ismailia, Egypt. Having worked to improve his game in several areas, he said it was a massive honour to be chosen for his country. "Being recognised at the highest level is actually pretty cool, because it gives you the feeling of knowing that the hard work has paid off," said Dlungwana, who was named the age category sportsman of the year at the UJ Sports Gala awards function last week. The second-year education student, who grew up in Maritzburg but now is in residence at UJ, said he had focused on a number of specific areas to ensure he grew as a player. "Firstly, my one-on-one defensive work has improved as this was a weakness at one stage. "Secondly, I have been working on my long-ball distribution, something I had ignored by not learning the basics at a young age. However, I am confident in that area so it's safe to say I have it waxed now." Focusing on always being stronger and quicker than his opponent, the UJ star said he would need those qualities at the Africa Cup. "Going to any country on this continent will always have its challenges, but ultimately the biggest test for us will be beating hosts Egypt," he said. "We will need to show the character to do to them what they did to us when they beat us (2-1) in the World League semi-finals in Johannesburg this year." Dlungwana wants to take his national representation to another level when the next Olympics roll around in 2020. "My biggest goal ever since I started playing this sport seriously has been to represent South Africa at the Olympics in Tokyo," he said. "Every year I feel I am a step closer, but . . .
(Johannesburg) – Property entrepreneur Sisa Ngebulana, who created a multi-billion rand development company and listed the only black-owned property fund in South Africa, has been named one of Africa’s top business leaders by respected international magazine, CEO Today. The prestigious accolade comes as Ngebulana – who hails from the Eastern Cape – hands over the reins of the property fund he started in 2010, Rebosis, whose assets he grew six-fold from R3,6-billion to R21-billion. Andile Mazwai, a former chief executive officer of the investment group Barnard Jacobs Mellet, is now Rebosis CEO. However, Ngebulana remains non-executive deputy chairman at the property fund. The CEO Today awards team opened up the voting process in July this year and spent months looking for Africa’s top businessmen and women to honour in their special Africa Awards edition, which features Ngebulana on the cover. A spokesperson for the magazine said: “The Africa Awards edition is dedicated to recognising strong and innovative leadership amongst business leaders operating in Africa, across all key business sectors and industries. “These awards recognise and celebrate outstanding leadership, superb strategic thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.” In a statement, CEO Today announced that its research department had spent “the past several months carefully researching and identifying some of the most hard-working, ambitious and forward-thinking CEOs in Africa today.” The special edition profiled senior businessmen and women in 13 countries who have been instrumental in achieving their companies’ desired aims and driving their business forward. Editor-in-chief Mark Palmer commented: “It is vital for every business striving for success to have a leader whose diligence, innovative thinking and ingenuity inspire their team to demonstrate the same qualities and achieve excellence. “We are happy that all of the individuals listed within the CEO Today Africa Awards are . . .
Powerade Hosts Exclusive Performance Academy for High School Coaches Powerade are continuing their endeavour of supporting, motivating and inspiring South African athletes to reach the pinnacle in performance through the Powerade Performance Academy. The Powerade Performance Academy focuses on South African High School coaches, recognising their role as primary influencers of the next generation of South Africa’s sporting heroes. The continued evolution of sports performance includes state-of-the-art training programs, executed through high level coaching methodologies. To ensure that our athletes are equipped with the mindset to persevere through some of their toughest sporting moments, Powerade have teamed up with renowned sporting and mental coaching professionals as well as performance experts, to bring the Performance Academy to Johannesburg. Former South African cricket coach and player, Paddy Upton, will lead the programme as the Ambassador of the Powerade Performance Academy. Upton has been on both ends of the spectrum – having experienced the pressure of being a coach and being coached. As a former Performance Director of the South African cricket team from 2011 to 2014, Upton is perfectly positioned as this year’s Powerade Performance Academy Ambassador. “Powerade is thrilled to be at the forefront of inspiring coaches to motivate their athletes. Performance is something that resonates with Powerade, and we believe in creating platforms where coaches can receive the best advice and coaching tips to take back to their athletes,” says Sapna Naran, Powerade Brand Manager. Paddy will be joined by Referee Talent Development Coach, Craig Joubert, Head of Performance Sport and Medical for Team Dimension Data, Dr Carol Austin, and Robin Banks, a world renowned motivational speaker and expert on aspects of Mind Power and Personal Mastery. “I’m delighted to be a part of the Powerade Performance Academy. I strongly believe that modern-day . . .
After 19-years of operation, Macdonald Holdings has announced that it will be closing Bambanani Pipes and Fittings, its pipe manufacturing and coating division. The decision comes after 24 months of irregular project work and sustained losses which have been unavoidable in the current market, despite every effort made to revitalise the business. General Manager, Mr. Chris o’ Neill says, “Unfortunately the business has relied on the public sector’s manufacturing and maintenance spend and as this has begun shrinking so has the ability to keep the doors open and profitable. It is never an easy decision when people’s livelihoods are at stake, which is why we have taken every step possible, despite two years of losses, to look at positive solutions for the business. Sadly though, none of these has resulted in a marked turnaround and as such the shareholders have decided to call an end to the business.” Bambanani was formed in 1998 by a management buy-out of the ex-Hall Longmore operation that was based in Luipaardsvlei, Krugersdorp. In 2008 Bambanani became a member of the Macdonald Group of Companies and is a 100% BEE owned company with a level 1 BBBEE scorecard. It seems though, that despite these positives including a massive investment in a new facility and the very real consensus from clients of a brilliant product, that another once successful business is taking the brunt of a market downturn. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A very successful 2017 Gauteng Getaway Show, in association with Mahindra, was held at the TicketPro Dome in Johannesburg over the Heritage Day Weekend. Nearly 20 000 people were enthralled with the great mix of outdoor-, travel- and adventure-related products and activities on offer. Here is a summary of the fun events of the weekend, to inspire you to put next year’s Cape Getaway Show or the Gauteng Getaway Show on your bucket list: 1.The sheer range of things to see and do can be overwhelming, but the crowds did not seem to struggle to find which activities suited them best, as there is something for everyone. 2. People found inspiration for their perfect holiday, and information about some of the fantastic destinations we have in Southern Africa. A few select international destinations featured, with Indonesian dancers giving visitors a taste for what is on offer in the Indonesian Islands. 3. Games, competitions and giveaways kept people of all ages on their toes, and children and adults alike enjoyed activities like the climbing wall, the mechanical bull and lazer shooting in the Adventure Zone, sponsored by Toyota. 4. There was also lots to learn, such as at the African Snake Bite Awareness stand, where up-close and personal encounters with snakes and scorpians explained the risks and gave tips about how to handle encounters with a wide range of creatures. 5. Also popular with children and adults alike was taking an exhilirating ride in the monster truck! 6. The Volley ball was a hit, both with spectators watching display matches and members of the public taking their turn to show their skills. 7. Plenty of live entertainment meant that people could relax and enjoy the atmosphere while building up their energy with tasty food and drink options, in order to start another round of walking about and finding more to do and see. 8. The very popular photography workshops were sold out, with top tips for wildlife and landscape photography . . .