Johannesburg boasts a splendidly mild climate, neither humid nor too hot. With the warmer months comes the rainy season. Rainstorms are often harsh and are accompanied by much thunder, lightning and occasional hail. This, in turn, leads to the excessive growth of grass, falling of leaves and at times the snapping of trees. In anticipation of the effects of the weather change and the peak summer season, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is going the extra mile to ensure it can deliver horticultural and conservation services in the City of Joburg. At least 52 accredited contractors have been brought on board to assist. Says Jenny Moodley, spokesperson for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “We encourage Joburg residents to visit our website www.jhbcityparks.com to view detailed weekly schedules. We also have a 24-hour emergency team which is equipped to respond to complaints relating to fallen trees. Our priority is to ensure that there is no traffic congestion or interference with power lines. Branches and stumps will be removed in the second phase of clean-up.” We trust that the measures that have been put in place will go a long way in ensuring that the City of Joburg is kept clean and well preserved. We also urge the residents to assist and play their part in keeping the city clean by supporting “A Re Sebetseng” (let’s work) campaign, which was recently launched by the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba. “The first City Of Joburg city-wide clean-up was hosted in September 2017 and was supported by councillors, ward committees and businesses across the city. Plastic bags and gloves were distributed at ‘walk-in’ centres, clinics, libraries as well as participating businesses and then collected later in the day to ensure that we have a cleaner city, “ adds Moodley. The project will continue throughout the year and it is expected to enhance the City’s R50 million investment into Pikitup for a third cleaning shift. “Please . . .
* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
University of Johannesburg coach Werner Janse van Rensburg is eyeing a fresh start when his team kick off their Varsity Cup rugby campaign with a home game against Stellenbosch on January 29. The teams last met in last year's semifinal, which Maties won. It was the second year in row that UJ lost in the last four. While there were lessons to be learned from those disappointments, Janse van Rensburg said today each year's competition started as something new because of personnel changes. "In this competition you will never have the continuity that comes with a settled squad of 30 to 35 players with whom you can work over a period of years," he said. "Players complete their degrees or drop out academically, and some are signed up by provinces due to their progress. "So there are a lot of variables to deal with. Your squad changes significantly each year." However, the UJ mentor added that they had achieved some sort of balance between experience and youth. Their squad may include nine players who have featured in two or more Varsity Cup competitions. "We probably have about 13 to 15 first-year students on our books. This is their chance to make a name for themselves," said Janse van Rensburg. "We find some guys fit in nicely from the start, but others adapt more slowly, so it really is a fresh start each year. "That is something we have become accustomed to. And everyone's in the same boat. It's a matter of taking on the challenge." Referring to the early start to the competition, he said their planning was going as well as could be expected. "You won't get it to be perfect at this stage of the year, but we are doing the best we can with the time at our disposal. "We had a training camp from January 5 to 7 and then had a match of three 20 to 25-minute periods against Wits on Monday. "Tomorrow we play Shimlas (Free State University) in Kroonstad in a match of three 30-minute periods." Having seen his side fall at the semifinal . . .
The entity mandated with the promotion of employment growth and productivity thereby contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and competitiveness, as contemplated in section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 will hold a Productivity Promotion Seminar on Application of Japanese 5s and Kaizen Concepts for Productivity Improvement on 25 January 2018. The Minister of the Department of Labour, Ms Mildred Oliphant, will deliver the keynote address. Members of the media are invited to the Productivity Promotion Seminar on Application of Japanese 5s and Kaizen Concepts for Productivity Improvement as follows: • Date: Thursday 25th January 2018 • Time: 08h30 – 13h00 • Venue: Hilton Hotel 138 Rivonia Rd, Sandown, Sandton, 2196 As an entity of the Department of Labour, Productivity SA is closely aligned with the department’s role of reducing unemployment, poverty and inequality through a set of policies and programmes developed in consultation with social partners, aimed at: • Improved economic efficiency and productivity; • Skills development and employment creation; • Sound labour relations; • Eliminating inequality and discrimination in the workplace; CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Independent Agency Search & Selection Company (IAS) will hold its first masterclass of the year on Tuesday 23rd January 2018, entitled 'What Marketers are looking for in 2018'. The masterclass will feature leading industry panellists. These include: • Alison Badenhorst - Rand Merchant Bank • Grant van Niekerk - Mondelez • Juliet Morrison - Ascendis Health • Others to be confirmed Masterclass will cover the following: • Panel Discussion • Expected outcome and views for the next 12 months and how this will impact on marketing and communication initiatives • Pressure on budgets – how CMOs are handling this • Digital vs Traditional Media and the prioritization of Content Marketing • Procurement & Marketing • Media & Production Transparency – what CMOs are seeing • How Agencies can help Date: Tuesday 23 January 2018 Time: 14:00 pm – 17:00 pm (Registration at 13.30 pm) Venue: IoD (Institute of Directors), National Office, 144 Katherine Street, Graystonridge Office Park, Sandton These Masterclasses are exclusive to subscribing agencies and their staff. All names and titles of staff members must be registered with IAS before attendance is approved. There are no costs for any subscriber to attend the IAS Masterclasses. For non-subscribers a once off cost of R3000,00 ex VAT per Agency attending will be applied. Please confirm your attendance by Tuesday 16 January 2018 to Hlamazi Mabunda firstname.lastname@example.org Should you wish to know more about becoming a subscriber to the IAS range of services to agencies, please be in contact with Johanna McDowell or Nikki Munsie on 010 594 0281 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
For a truly decadent, luxurious Valentine’s Day celebration - sneak off for a stylish and sexy rendezvous to the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa, an opulent sanctuary and one of Joburgs best kept secrets. With close attention to detail and exceptional service, Fairlawns creates an idyllic intimate atmosphere where some of the globe’s most vibrant personalities converge. Celebrate this Valentine’s Day like a celebrity, hiding in plain sight at one of the most exclusive establishments in the country. Fairlawns lends itself to romance with chic, upscale suites which are individually decorated in varying themes ranging from Eastern influence to French provincial, featuring every desired modern amenity. The hotel also caters to a variety of culinary tastes with an array of elegant dining experiences to choose from. Whether you stay for a day or two, wined and dined for an evening, or spoiled with an indulgent spa day , Fairlawns will provide an unforgettably blissful experience. If you really want to spoil someone this Valentine’s Day this is THE way to do it. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa, an award-winning five-star boutique hotel, is conveniently situated in the Sandton suburb of Morningside Manor. A short 6 km from central Sandton, and 20 km from the Johannesburg city centre, Fairlawns offers the upmarket guest a delicate mix of luxury and convenience. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa opens up a whole world of relaxation, complimented with superior service, a personal touch and always surprising guests by transporting them to a sanctuary that appeals to all six senses. A unique, exclusive, up-market oasis. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
On Sunday 14 January 2018, Johannesburg based Leukaemia survivor – Ray Funnell will set off on an epic journey to the Andes Mountains in an attempt to summit Aconcagua, the highest mountain in South America. The extreme altitude of 6,962m (22,840ft) means the ascent will be gradual and will take about 2 weeks, but if all goes well, the team will summit on Ray’s birthday – 29 January. Now 10 years post-transplant, Ray was diagnosed with Acute Myloid Leukaemia (AML) in 2006 after noticing a bruise on his arm wasn’t healing. Due to his prognosis, the best solution was to look for a stem cell donor. Fortunately for Ray, his only sibling was a perfect match and he received a stem cell transplant in the beginning of 2007. The journey since then has been very eventful, with a relapse, chemo sessions, blood transfusions and isolation wards inbetween. However, fuelled with a new lease on life, Ray lives by the motto: Never lose your dream. He has since summited Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt Elbrus in Russia and Mt Vinson in Antarctica with his son Jayson. This will be his second attempt at summiting Aconcagua, which his son managed to bravely complete on their last attempt. “The symbolic gesture of taking The Sunflower Fund banner to the summit is my way of saying THANK YOU to all blood stem cell donors,” says Ray. “I hope that the publicity from this climb will encourage family, friends and everyone living in South Africa to help save lives by committing to becoming blood stem cell donors.” Ray continued. Ray has set himself the target of raising R22 840.00 for The Sunflower Fund - R100 for every 100ft climbed. The Sunflower Fund recruits potential blood stem cell donors and raises funds to pay the R2500.00 tissue-typing test cost per donor required in the recruitment process. To support Ray in his mission, visit his cause page on Given Gain to make a donation. For more information about The Sunflower Fund or to register as a stem cell donor call 0800 121082 . . .
Join us for Food Truck Fridays, every first Friday of the month starting 2 February Enjoy an evening filled with a host of Food Trucks, crafted drinks, brand activations and live music Tickets are free and available now from Quicket Johannesburg has been blessed with beautiful sunny days and there is no better way to enjoy our city than in the scenic surroundings of our inner cities, parks and obscure locations. After a long hard week at the office, grab your friends on the first Friday of every month and head down to the culinary delights of Food Truck Fridays with the first of the 2018 lineup happening on 2 February, 2018. Come and experience the amazing culinary delights from some of the best food trucks in the business with special appearances from local craft beers, craft gin and much more, while enjoying the subtle sounds of live music from artists such as Jaryd Smith, Kyle September, Mash’d Potatoes and many more over the year. You can expect to see appearances from Snorting Boar Smoker, The Knickerbocker Ice Cream Co., Pizza Stroller, The Gatsby Station, Al’s Chuck Wagon, Coffee from Mobile Coffee Café and many more. To top if off, why not grab a draft from one of the featured craft breweries such as Darling Brew, 5 Skippas, Eish Tea, Growler Brewing Co., Copperlake, Leaky Tap Brewery, RIOT Beer, Dragon Brewing Co., Hazeldean Brewing Co., Brewhogs, Drifter Brewing Co., Soweto Gold, Red Rock Brewing Co., Garagista Beer Co., Erdinger, Salitos and a host of other beverages such as gin, rum and soft drinks for the kids. Tickets are free and online bookings are required to access the event. You can get your hands on these limited tickets now from Quicket.co.za. Event Info: Food Truck Fridays Date: Friday, 2 February (and then the first Friday every month thereafter) Venue: Venue info to be announced via the official Facebook page Gates Open 5pm Ticket Link: http://qkt.io/ULBdfx TICKET PRICES: GENERAL ADMISSION: . . .
Students skilled in everything from animation and design to web development at Vega, a brand of The Independent Institute of Education (The IIE), are stocking up on snacks and plenty of coffee in preparation for the annual 48-hour Global Game Jam, taking place on 26-28 January 2018 at Vega’s Jo’burg and Cape Town campuses. Vega Game Jam is part of Global Game Jam® (GGJ), the world’s largest event of its kind, taking place at various locations around the globe. Considered a ‘hackathon focused on game development’, the event sees some of the greatest young minds coming together to share their creativity and create unique video game experiences – in no more than 2 days. While it is compulsory for second-year Vega students to attend, the School also invites programmers, animators, artists and designers who have a keen interest in taking their first big steps into the exciting world of game development. Vega will also host a series of workshops to provide insight into some of the mechanics of the development process, including helpful how-to tips on creating the various complex components that make up a game. For more information on the Vega Game Jam and how to register you can visit the Global Game Jam site. If you’d like to find out more about The IIE BCIS Game Design and Development qualification available to study at Vega. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
https://youtu.be/EgSVGEdRxFY Before capturing ideas we all have a different ritual of thinking: some people swing their Jotter like a pendulum, others might turn it between their fingers, everyone has their own Rhythm of Writing. From: Leanne Drysdale More Info here: http://www.parkerpensa.co.za CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .