Johannesburg, Friday, 26 January 2018, the year started on a high note for Preshanthan Pillay, who was appointed as General Manager, Servest Catering (Business and Industry). Preshanthan holds an Advanced International Diploma in Professional Cookery (City & Guilds) and has over two decades of experience in the food industry. Preshanthan joined Servest SA in 2016 where he headed the kitchen for one of their clients, and then moved to becoming Servest’s National Executive Chef in August 2017. Preshanthan, at the tender age of eight, decided that he wants to make a difference in the lives of people, and the best way for him to achieve his dream, was to become a chef. After completing his training with various hotels and a year in the United States, Preshanthan worked in almost every sector of hospitality, from running kitchens in prisons, to 5-star hotels and casinos. Having worked his way up that ladder, in his new role as General Manager, Servest Catering Preshanthan says, managing a business division for him is the same as running a kitchen that serves up the best meals, “it requires concise planning, preparation in the form of hands on implementation and finally, ensuring that the meals you serve, make for a culinary explosion of taste” Preshanthan believes good food means good relationships and good performance, “the test is in the proverbial pudding”, he jokes. This is why he sees the provision of food and meals for corporates, institutions and business operations as providing more than just a canteen. It’s about quality of food and quality of service. Servest believes in empowerment of its people and clients, with whom they work hand in hand to create innovative menu ideas that encompass the essence of their brands and seamlessly integrates their budget with wellness goals. Servest’s chefs are passionate about bringing farm fresh, seasonal produce straight to the tables, showcasing the beauty and taste of natural flavours. In the same way . . .
If all your company’s data was wiped out today, could you cope? It’s a fact that crime and theft in South Africa are putting businesses’ resiliency at risk daily. This is in combination with natural disasters such as flooding or fire, and global cyber-attacks such as ransomware. Yet, few businesses are truly prepared for an unforeseen disaster which could wipe out their essential data. Too often, companies’ backup systems are ineffective in the face of disaster, especially if the backups are on-premise or not automated. Other challenges include capacity limitations, network issues and bandwidth constraints, and the maintenance of backup systems. The rise of cloud computing has presented a solution to these challenges, and off-site Backups-as-a-Service (BaaS) and Disaster Recovery-as-a-Service (DRaaS) offer a variety of benefits. Services such as Cloud Backup by DataKeepers offer a more affordable, secure alternative to traditional backups, with easy deployment, friendly tech support, and scalability. Cloud Backup is based on three tiers: Backup: This may seem obvious, but having reliable backups is the very first step in preparing for any disaster. For larger backups and slower Internet connections, you can send a drive with your data to DataKeepers to upload for you as an initial seed. Backups thereafter will only be incremental on the data that has changed, saving you bandwidth and upload time. Continuity: If disaster should strike, Cloud Backup’s unique ‘Spin Up In The Cloud’ feature allows you to spin up a virtual instance of your device and continue working over a remote session while replacing your failed hardware. For quick access, your data is easily accessible via a web console for download or instant restore to a different device. Restore & Recovery: Restore your data directly from the cloud to your new platform or have DataKeepers deliver replacement hardware with your data just as it was. Large-scale recovery can also . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 26 January, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has added a range of the most popular industrial automation devices from Pro-face to its extensive portfolio of HMI (Human Machine Interface) products, including 10 touch-displays from the GP4100 series and two touch-PLCs from the LT4000M series. The Pro-face Connect system delivers an Industry 4.0 IIoT (Industrial Internet of Things) network topology that enables remote access to factories and machinery. The system provides engineers or technical maintenance staff with the ability to securely access the local network of a factory or production environment and control HMI devices, PLCs or motor drives, as well as many other network-connected devices such as cameras, servers or even PC applications. Users can therefore control or monitor machinery, collect data or perform system maintenance remotely from anywhere in the world via the Internet with a PC, tablet or smartphone. This can save costs by either eliminating the travelling time and expenses for technicians or shortening production downtime with quick remote intervention in machine operations. Designed for high efficiency, the user-friendly Pro-face GP4100 HMI series of colour touch-screen TFT-LCD displays offers a large range of connectivity with a wide range of industrial controllers. This initial launch of Pro-face products available from RS includes 10 touch-screen displays with screen sizes ranging from 3.5 inches up to 12.1 inches. Extensive connectivity options include Ethernet, RS422C, RS485, SD Card, and Mini-B and Type A USB 2.0 interfaces and ports. Also available from RS are two touch-PLCs from the Pro-face LT4000M series. These are compact all-in-one units that provide integrated IOs and can be installed in a 22mm hole for easy panel mounting. For easy troubleshooting, the devices allow the display unit or the control unit to be . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa, 25 January, 2018 - RS Components (RS), the trading brand of Electrocomponents plc (LSE:ECM), the global distributor for engineers, has signed a distribution agreement with Cressall, a leading UK-based maker of resistive products, enabling industrial customers around the world to purchase the manufacturer’s products directly from RS. The range includes a wide selection of resistors for applications such as dynamic braking and motor control, as well as a range of portable load bank products. The resistor range comprises a comprehensive selection of compact IP20-rated devices together with a choice of accessories that enable both purchase and installation costs to be kept low. Units in the range feature stable high-temperature resistance alloy to deliver reliability, as well as being rated for repetitive duties and high short-term overloads. Cressall’s resistors are suitable for deployment in a multitude of industrial applications and can handle dynamic braking, motor starting and stopping, equipment discharge, current limiting and test loads. The ZC range of resistors features a versatile selection of adjustable resistor elements that are ideal for both continuous and high-energy short-time duties. Manufactured from an edge-wound strip of stainless steel supported on ceramic insulators, the ZC coils offer an adjustable solution for medium current applications. Available in two different lengths and seven different resistance windings, the ZC coils provide a modular resistor solution that is ideal for motor-control or load-testing applications. In addition, the devices are supplied with mounting feet and adjustable tapping clamps to enable easy selection of resistance values. The HP resistor element range is suitable for those applications requiring high power in a small space. The resistor elements produce virtually no audible noise when subject to high frequency AC or chopped DC applications, and their open wire-wound construction . . .
Domestic Flights South Africa is preparing for a busy 2018. With South Africa being a top tourist destination in Africa and expecting many tourists next near, they are constantly expanding their offerings and have a wide variety of different services available. With the goal to provide the easiest and most cost effective way to find and book the best travel deals at the cheapest prices. Domestic Flights South Africa offers flights, car rental, bus bookings, and accommodation across South Africa. Covering all the main metros including: Cape Town, Durban, Johannesburg, Cape Town, East London and Port Elizabeth When you search for flights with Domestic Flights South Africa, you’ll get results from all the major and low-cost carriers (such as Mango, SAA, British Airways, FlySaFair and Kulula) displayed in one place so that you can compare ticket prices allowing you to book the cheapest price.. You can refine also your results by playing around with various settings such as ‘departure time’ or ‘preferred number of stops’. Once you have decided on the best flight ticket for you, book and pay online in one seamless transaction. This applies to the Car Rental and Hotel booking facilities as well. Currently, Domestic Flights South Africa offers Cheap flights listing from some of the top flight providers and airlines in the world. Some of the notable international airlines include: Arik Air Cathay Pacific Airlines Delta Airlines Ethiopian Airlines Emirates Airlines Etihad Airways Kenya Airways Qantas Airlines Qatar Airways Singapore Airlines Turkish Airlines Virgin Atlantic British Airways Fly Blue Crane Also including some of South Africa top domestic carriers and airlines including; FlySafair Kulula Airlines Mango Airlines SA Airlink SA Express South African Airways Not only have they got an up to date flight section with the top airlines, but they also list a wide range of car rental services from South African car rental . . .
Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (Pty) Ltd (SRSA), manufacturer of the popular Dunlop tyre brand, is a finalist in two categories of the 5th Annual South African Premier Business Awards, which will be held in Johannesburg on 30 January 2018 under the theme ‘rewarding business excellence’. The categories are Investor of the Year and Enterprise Development Programme of the Year. “This is a great honour for our business and testament to the hard work we have been putting into programmes that benefit not only our company, but also our clients and communities within the region. We pride ourselves in being a well-rounded corporate citizen and believe that platforms such as this give us an opportunity to demonstrate this. We are looking forward to the main event later in January,” said SRSA CEO Riaz Haffejee. The company’s Enterprise Development initiatives have included the successful and impactful Dunlop Container initiative, developed to formalise the informal township tyre trade business. This has created employment opportunities and driven entrepreneurship in a sector previously unavailable to these business owners, with safety at the core of the programme SRSA is also progressing with its multi-billion-rand investment into its Ladysmith manufacturing plant. The investment is aimed at upgrading and modernising the plant’s capacity, increasing the output of high-quality passenger and sport utility vehicle (SUV) tyres and introducing and manufacturing truck and bus tyres. The South African Premier Business Awards aim to recognise business excellence and honour enterprises that promote the spirit of success and innovation as well as job creation, good business ethics and quality. The Awards are hosted by the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Proudly South African and Brand South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Paying attention to detail will be a key element for the University of Johannesburg cricket team when they join seven other sides in the Varsity Cricket tournament in Potchefstroom next week. Starting on January 29, South Africa's leading varsity teams will test themselves in the annual Twenty20 competition to decide the student champions in cricket's most hectic format. UJ coach Dumisa Makalima said this week the squad had been hard at work since the beginning of the season, but he acknowledged that the 20-overs format was the most difficult version of cricket to prepare for. "Because the game moves at such a fast pace, it is not easy to plan everything down to the last detail," the former provincial player said. "I do believe any of the eight teams have the ability to compete for the title and the side that pay the best attention to details are likely to come through in the end. "The key to success in this sort of tournament is to stay calm under pressure and to win the small battles that will transpire throughout the 40 overs." Makalima said UJ had an equal chance of being title contenders, pointing out their work ethic and the fact that they had just emerged from a Twenty20 competition in Johannesburg. "The boys have trained really hard from the beginning of the season and we have done a lot of work focused on what is needed at the Varsity week. "Besides gaining much knowledge from watching T20 cricket on TV, we have been involved in a T20 competition in which we did very well and did a lot of simulation of what will face us in Potchefstroom. "So everything seems to be on track at this stage." The tournament will again be spiced up by the Power Play Plus rule. It gives a team double the number of runs they score during an over of their choice and allows the batting side to select the bowler they would like to face. And for every wicket they lose during that over, the batting side lose five runs. Makalima said the power play . . .
Technological advancements and innovation in the remittances arena has led to major developments and enhancements in money transfer processes, and guarantees an ever-evolving playground for all operators in the field. This has impacted on cross-border payments, and reports state that remittances are increasingly on the rise; the market is ripe for continued innovation and opportunities for formidability. The need for faster, cheaper and more efficient ways of transferring money from one country to another, by mostly migrants, remains a top priority while ensuring best practice and adherence to regulatory matters. Trade Conferences International’s fourth instalment of the Cross-Border Remittances and Money Transfers Conference seeks to equip players in the field with the stratagems and insights for contending with international players in the industry. This signature TCI event will update delegates on trends, challenges and technologies within in the market in 2018 and beyond, whilst reinforcing competencies in facing challenges and economic opportunities. Project Manager, Jason Joseph, said that speakers are representative of major players in the industry, "Topics to be addressed by the Cross-Border Remittances and Money Transfers high-powered speaking panel will underline the latest news and how it will impact on industry players." Joseph said the programme will cover insights into mobile money, technological innovation, financial crime and remittances, compliance, remittance integration and regulation, making this is a must-attend event. TCI looks forward to hosting professional dealing with remittances, money transfers, anti-money laundering, compliance, international payments, treasury, regulation and trade to attend this highly informative event. The event will take place on 14 & 15 March 2018 at the Indaba Hotel, Johannesburg. The conference will place emphasis on broadening the reach of Southern African remittances and money . . .
On the morning of the 15th of January 2018, Flying Fish took to the streets of Johannesburg with hundreds of scuba divers to add some flavour with #JoziDivers to what was internationally recognized as the bluest Monday of 2018. Streets of Johannesburg were abuzz as hundreds of unbranded scuba divers were seen going about their everyday normal adulating routines, in taxi ranks, bank queues, coffee shops and the Gautrain, pulling all kinds of playful tricks for surprised onlookers. The stunt was well received as social and traditional media trended with the #JoziDivers tag. Onlookers were kept wondering what was going as they were desperatlye figuring out what the commotion and frenzy caused by the divers was all about. The aim of this scuba diver invasion was a teaser to the launch of Flying Fish’s new TV commercial; where the brand encourages South Africans to brew out the seriousness of their everyday mundane adulting habits, and brew in some play. Post the #JoziDivers public stunt which alluded to the TVC’s storyline, the commercial was launched in the evening; featuring a scuba diver named Joey who is busy doing his mundane job - totally bored with his adulting situation. We then see Joey being saved form his boredom by a playful yellow submarine called THE FLYING FISH. The TV advert that was launched this past Monday is currently on high rotation on various TV channels across South Africa CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
"Don’t fight a social media wave that you can ride," says Anne Dolinschek, Head of Consumer PR, Conversations Group @AnneDoli @Conversations_G The hashtag #JoziDivers started trending on Twitter quite early morning on Monday, 15 January, with 5FM getting in on the hype. If you’re not in the industry, you might have been fooled to think that all this was a complete coincidence and that Roger Goode found this interesting enough to talk about to over a million listeners all on their daily commute. But, in reality this was a very well organised PR stunt/activation. #JoziDivers was an activation which saw people around Jozi going about their daily morning routines in flippers and wetsuits, and others "swimming" in various water features. Later during said day it was revealed that it was an activation by alcohol brand Flying Fish who was taking the mundane out of our Monday. At first, I thought it was a great stunt. I’d never before heard of Jozi Divers and they must have a huge budget to get so man influencers, a national radio station and the likes of eNCA involved. Who are they? I started doing research and realised they were a diving company in Jozi, but what baffled me was the fact that their social media was shocking, it had no bio or link to their website and they weren’t active on social media for over two years. How can a brand launch such an engaging campaign if they didn’t have their ducks in a row? At this point, I tweeted some advice to them, because it was quite embarrassing. It soon became clear that the campaign was not linked to Jozi Divers in any way. This was even more embarrassing for whoever came up with the campaign idea as it looked like very little research was done beforehand. The owner of Jozi Divers was enraged and went on a Twitter rage, to say the least. From a PR point of view As a PR professional, I didn’t understand Jozi Diver’s outrage because all I saw was a fantastic opportunity for them to hijack the hashtag and create . . .