You’ve heard it before: bookstores are shrinking; magazine sales are plummeting. E-readers and video are more prolific and accessible than ice in the freezer. The important question is, why? It’s not as simple as ‘digital is everything’. There’s a second element at play that’s at the core of the unthinkably rapid digital movement: people absorb information better as multimedia. Generation Zs are the driving force behind the adoption of information beyond the physical page. It seems they’re onto something: studies confirm that learning in visuals allows us to retain information better. Not only is the information retained better, it’s absorbed quicker in the first place. Experts predict the human eye can register up to 36 000 visual messages in just an hour, and that visuals are processed sixty times faster in the brain than text. #NewSchool So while doomsday preppers criticise the reduction in paper and adoption of visual information processing, Generation Zs are likely learning quicker and more effectively than generations before them. In light of this trend, it makes sense that classrooms and learning environments are being reimagined to facilitate visual learning. It’s not only individual device-driven learning that’s taking over – it’s the reinvention of communal learning equipment too. Digital, interactive whiteboards are the new kid in the classroom, being rolled out by schools looking to future-proof their learning environments. Keep ‘em engaged These interactive devices are the educational solution to the most commonly asked question by school management: how do we relate to Generation Z and keep them actively interested in what they’re learning? Luckily for those having to play catch-up quickly, digital whiteboards were made to keep learners engaged. The combined sound, video and text formats possible when teaching with interactive whiteboards is a unique cocktail of multimedia that enhances cognitive stimulation. Studies reflect the . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 20 June 2017 – Servest is Africa’s leading Integrated Facilities Management Company specialising in facilities management, delivering services to exacting standards whilst using the integrated services model to maximise efficiency, minimising disruptions and reducing costs. Servest welcomes Xolani Zuma as its new Managing Director to lead Integrated Solutions in South Africa and Africa. Xolani brings extensive knowledge of the Facilities Management Industry and will help expand Servest’s presence in this advancing market. “Xolani is joining the Servest South Africa team during an exciting time of business growth, his experience will continue to lead the business towards reaching its goals.” said Steve Wallbanks - Group CEO of Servest South Africa The 38 year-old has more than a decade of experience in the facilities management space, he most recently served as the Regional Head (Vice President) of the Corporate Real Estate Solutions Division of Barclays Africa\Absa, responsible for the Western Region footprint. He has also led and enhanced operations in organisations like Shell South Africa, Metropolitan Health and The Freedom Park in Pretoria to name a few. Xolani’s diligent work in an industry that is not more than 15 years old in South Africa has gotten him much notice and he has recently been appointed to serve on the South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) as Director and Board Member. “I am excited to be joining the team and feel honoured to be granted an opportunity to soar this proven brand in this evolving market. I am passionate about Facilities Management and believe that Servest is well positioned to be a market leader in Integrated Facilities Management, my task is going to be ensuring that we deliver results, add value and contribute to the Servest Group goals” Says Xolani Zuma. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) hosted a successful Vinyls SA Conference at the Hilton Hotel in Sandton last week. Delegates representing the leaders of the local PVC industry, the media and other interested parties attended the presentations by international and local experts that centred around issues relating to the manufacture, use and recycling of PVC. “Like any other industry, the vinyls is facing various challenges that it needs to address from an environmental, health and business point of view in an ever-evolving arena. We are taking our responsibility towards sustainability seriously and are constantly reviewing our Product Stewardship Commitment to ensure that we stay abreast of developments and are proud of the progress our industry has made! The timing of this year’s event was therefore critical and we are grateful that it was so well attended,” says Delanie Bezuidenhout, CEO of SAVA. Local and international experts share the stage The Vinyl SA 2017 conference was the second international conference hosted by SAVA and built on the success of its first event that took place in 2014. Global speakers who presented papers and answered questions raised by delegates included Peter Willis, owner of “Conversations that Count”, who delivered the key-note address, Ian Lilja of the Vinyl Council of Australia (VCA), who delivered an update on the VCA Product Stewardship Programme and Dr Brigitte Dero, General Manager of the European Council for Vinyl Manufacturers and VinylsPlus, who provided an expert overview of the European Regulatory and Policy Context. Local experts such as Gerhard Kuhn, Senior Economist at the IDC, Renier Snyman of DPI Plastics, Tandy Coleman of Polyflor SA and Mike Smart of Genesis Consulting provided insights into local challenges, opportunities and developments impacting the PVC industry. Industry Awards recognise contributions to PVC growth, development Another highlight of the conference, was the SAVA . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 19 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE: ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced the availability of new flexible LED strips and accessories from Osram. The LINEARlight FLEX range features a series of coloured LED strips that are flexible and can be cut to fit custom lighting installations, making them especially suitable for use in architecturally integrated applications as well as being suitable for outdoor use. The range includes LED strip lights that are ideal for architectural integration such as being placed on walls or under coves or around other complex contours. They can also be used on handrails or to provide illumination in information signage, advertising hoardings or in display cabinets. Providing a smooth diffuse illumination solution that is ideal for use where light needs to flow around architectural features, custom lighting solutions can be easily created as the LINEARlight FLEX strip modules are flexible and feature easy cut points to support design freedom. Delivering diffused light lines without visible spots, the strips are available in long operational lengths, with a single power feed for lengths up to 6m. The modules also offer extra-strong self-adhesive backside for easy mounting. Constructed from high-performance silicone, the LED strips provide IP67 protection and resistance to UV light sources, according to ISO 4892-2 - Method A, and resistance to salt mist, according to IEC 60068-2-52 severity 1. As well as a wide range of LED colours – including white LED strips with colour temperature options from 2700K to 6500K, red, green and blue LED-strip products – the LINEARlight FLEX range also includes LED drivers, controllers, dimmers and mounting accessories. The Osram LINEARlight FLEX range now available from RS. More information on these products, and other lighting solutions from RS, can be found here: . . .
Our country is well-known for its sunshine. Joburg, in particular, offers one of the best climates, the summer days are warm and the winter days are crisp and clear. Winter is upon us, the temperate has dropped, but it shouldn't keep you from enjoying the outdoors in the city of Joburg this winter. Says Jenny Moodley, Spokesperson of Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “We recently launched a new campaign called “Welcome Outside”. The aim is to invite Joburg’s residents into green open spaces. These areas have been developed and maintained for everyone’s enjoyment.” The winter weather – often cold with very little sunshine - may make even the most “outdoorsy” people want to stay indoors. But, we all know the importance and benefits of being outdoors. So, to encourage you to enjoy the outdoors during the cold winter months, we’ve put together the below tips: 1. Do your exercise outside. Whether it’s a walk or a jog, as long as you wear layers of clothing and protect your skin, you can definitely exercise outside. Looking for a great location? Visit the James and Ethel Gray Park on Atholl Oaklands Road. This park is home to an assortment of feathered residents. The Sandspruit River flows through its 36 hectares, creating an attractive, tranquil atmosphere. Alternatively, visit Golden Harvest Park. Located on First Avenue, Northgate, this park is immaculate and features rolling walks around a dam and indigenous bushveld. The scenic park is a secret treasure about which many are unaware. 2. Watch wildlife. You may have heard it before, but there is no better time to enjoy animal life than in winter. The bushes thin out and lose colour, improving visibility considerably. Visit the Rietfontein Nature Reserve with your partner or family. It is the home of the FreeMe Wildlife Rehabilitation Centre, boasts a circular walking trail that is well maintained and is the perfect spot to sight the myriad of birds here. If you’re based in Roodepoort, Kloofendal, a . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 15 June, 2017 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has announced the availability of the Arduino CTC 101 Education Kit, which is a complete e-learning platform enabling young students to learn the fundamentals of electronics, programming and mechatronics. The CTC 101 kit has been designed for teachers and other instructors working in education and is specially tailored for the 13 to 17 age group at secondary schools. Each kit includes enough electronic components for a class of 24 students and a teacher. Today, Arduino is one of the most popular open-source electronics platforms. Initiated in 2005, the Arduino project targeted the development of low-cost and easy-to-use hardware and software that could be used by non-engineers or simply anyone new to electronics that was interested in creating digital electronic projects. Building upon this foundation, the Arduino Education programme was set up to empower educators with the necessary hardware and software tools to create a more hands-on and innovative learning experience. As a major element of the initiative, the CTC, or Creative Technologies in the Classroom, is Arduino’s one-of-a-kind STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) programme for upper secondary education. The CTC enables the introduction of students to the fundamentals of programming, electronics and mechatronics through a series of well-documented projects and easy-to-assemble experiments. Training for the programme is available online and through a combination of recorded lectures, support materials and Q&A forums, via Arduino. Specifically, the CTC 101 kit supports programming and mechatronics with five themed modules and offers more than 25 hands-on experiments. All the parts in the kit are completely reusable, thereby enabling experiments to be reconfigured in endless combinations and further developed for . . .
What:The Last Male Standing Rhino Cup When: June 17 and 18, 2017 Where: Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy (Home of the last male Northern White Rhino) Contacts: Kenya - Rob Stevenson - email@example.com or +254 (0) 707 407 221, Australia - Nathan Dale - Nathan.firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 (0) 400 101 020 Cricketers from across the globe will join the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Nairobi’s Obuya Academy for a two day LMS Cricket tournament in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife conservation areas to raise awareness of the plight of the near extinct Northern White Rhino. The event organisers are hoping to raise more than $1million Kenyan Shillings from this year’s tournament to support Ol Pejeta and The East Africa Cricket & Education Foundation, which helps transforms the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young Africans through sport and education. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Last Male Standing here: http://www.lastmanstands.com/last-male-standing-rhino-cup-media-alert Twitter: https://twitter.com/lastmanstands Facebook: https://facebook.com/LastManStands . . .
Johannesburg – 13 June 2017: Former Miss South African, now businesswoman, Joan Ramagoshi Madibeng, is delighted to announce the 7th Women: The Real Architects of Society gala dinner which will take place in Johannesburg on Saturday 19 August 2017. Birthed in 2010, the gala dinner has continued to recognise and celebrate active South African women and has provided a networking platform for women to connect and forge strategic partnerships. Yet this year the organisation has decided to expand their horizons and tackle difficult and sensitive issues regarding the treatment of South African women in a safe, informative and supportive environment. The 7th annual gala dinner aims to recognise outstanding achievements by women in numerous fields, the gala dinner will embrace conversations and networking opportunities. South Africa has one of the highest incidences of domestic violence in the world. Sadly, domestic violence is the most common and widespread human rights abuse in South Africa. Despite many successes in empowering women, numerous issues still exist in all areas of life, ranging from the cultural, political to the economic. Gender equality is rightly seen as crucial to sustainable development, yet the interconnections between environmental sustainability and women’s empowerment have often been overlooked in practice. Gender bias is still deeply embedded in cultures, economies, political and social institutions around the world. Women and girls face unacceptable levels of discrimination and abuse, which is not only wrong, but also prevents them from playing a full part in society and decision making. Gender equality furthers the cause of child survival and development for all of society, so the importance of women’s rights and gender equality should not be underestimated which are one of the issues that the 2017 gala dinner hopes to address. In 2016 the gala dinner presented the inaugural Women: The Real Women of Architects Awards which honoured . . .
How much do South African’s love beer? A LOT!!! So, we bring you the first ever International Beer Day Music Festival held right here on South African soil. International Beer Day Music Festival, will be happening on Saturday 5 August 2017, at the beautiful Cradle Moon Lakeside Game Lodge in Muldersdrift. The best local and loved breweries from around the country. Festival goers will get to taste hops from Darling Brew, The Brew Bus (an old VW van converted into a moving tap) will serve 5 Skippas, Eish Tea and Growler Brewing Co., Leaky Tap Brewery, RIOT Beer, Dragon Brewing Co., Hazeldean Brewing Co., Brewhogs, Drifter Brewing Co. and Garagista Beer Co. Not only Beer but also the funkiest food trucks around; Snorting Boar Smoker, The Knickerbocker Ice Cream Co., Pizza Stroller, The Gatsby Station, Al’s Chuck Wagon and Coffee from Mobile Coffee Café. Entertainment will be taken care of by some of the country’s most popular band’s, including SAMA winners GOODLUCK, Ross Jack, Crash Car Burn, The Kiffness (SAMA23 nominees), Monark, Keystate and Jaryd Smith. The International Beer Day Music Festival will be a day of beer, food, music and friends. Tickets are available from Quicket.co.za now starting at R100.00. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 June, 2017 - RS Components SA, the global distributor for engineers, will be at the Mining & Technical Exhibition (MTE) Kathu on 22 June 2017 at the Kathu Perde Klub, showcasing a range of plant maintenance solutions designed to help companies with planned and emergency maintenance requirements. The Mining & Technical Exhibition (MTE) Kathu is hosting its 11th show this year at the Kathu Perde Klub situated in Kathu meaning the "town under the trees" and is known as the iron ore capital of the Northern Cape Province due to the mining activity from some of the largest open-cast iron ore mining operations in the world. RS Components offers a wide range of tools and equipment, to support planned and emergency maintenance needs. Key product areas for plant maintenance include tools, consumables, chemicals, cables and cable management, test and measurement, HVAC systems, lighting and a range of automation and control products including sensors and machine guarding. The RS Pro range will also be on exhibit at the MTE Kathu show, offering customers a combination of quality, performance and value. All products are backed by the RS Seal of Approval, representing leading industry standards for audit, inspection, test and certification. Further information on the RS Pro range can be found by visiting www.rspro.com Visit the RS Components stand at MTE Kathu on 22 June 2017 from 13:00 to 17:00 at the Kathu Perde Klub. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .