Marc van Jaarsveldt, consultant for The Surveillance Factory, a video surveillance system-integrator, says that despite the exciting features of today’s video surveillance cameras, poor solution design and poor camera placement compromises the end result and renders most cameras of little or no security value. He says that this ultimately results in a camera-system that may fail to solve security challenges on a site. “There is a clear lack of risk-analysis skills and the ability to design a solution that offers to maximise security value. What clients need today is a detailed site-audit and a resulting solution that solves security challenges and enhances the client’s awareness of their security environment,” explains van Jaarsveldt. He says that traditionally, video surveillance systems have been poorly designed and are still compromised despite the plethora of advanced features that cameras now have: “Todays IP cameras can take advantage of some incredible features that they now offer: ultra-high resolution, advanced WDR (wide dynamic range), built in analytics and edge storage. But the design methodology used often does not make the best use of these features and fails to deliver on a security level.” Citing an example, van Jaarsveldt says that The Surveillance Factory has seen many camera solutions constructed using what is referred to as a “general-overview” camera: “These cameras are chosen to provide a wide or broad overview of a large area giving the sense that this area is adequately surveilled, but in reality, they offer nothing more than a bird’s-eye or panoramic view with no specific intention to manage risk within that area. If there is an incident of any kind, there is often no forensic value contained within the video footage because the overview is too wide and the camera, despite the fact that it may be a high resolution camera, is not performing a specific function by viewing an identified target.” He says that in nearly all cases the . . .
17 February, 2016 - Bridgit Miller-Pautz, has been appointed Human Resources Manager for Four Seasons Hotel The Westcliff Johannesburg from February 2016. In this position, Bridgit Miller-Pautz will lead, in a new market for Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts, the continued strategic development of Four Seasons globally acclaimed employer culture. A key focus for Four Seasons, will be to continue its talent acquisition, as well as employees and management professional development. After recruiting over 300 new local employees and managers for the relaunch of the new hotel, Four Seasons continues its strategic positioning in the South African market in preparation for future brand expansion in the region. A South African national, Bridgit Miller-Pautz, started her career in hospitality recruitment and went on to join Red Carnation Hotel South Africa as a Human Resources and Training Manager for six years. In 2000 she joined the Twelve Apostles Hotel and Spa as the National Human Resource and Training Manager for eight years. In 2008 she was appointed Human Resources Manager at Kerzner International for the opening of One & Only Cape Town, where she was later appointed Executive Manager, Human Resources. More recently, Bridgit has undertaken HR consulting roles across various industry sectors in Johannesburg. Commenting on Bridgit’s appointment, Sebastien CARRE, a 14 years Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts veteran, highlights: “Four Seasons’ long established global reputation as an employer of choice relies on the strategic importance of our focus on Human Resources”. Four Seasons Hotels & Resorts is continually recognized in FORTUNE magazine’s “100 Best Companies to Work For”. The group is only one of 12 global organizations to have achieved this distinction 18 years in a row since the list’s inception in 1998. He adds, “Our very distinctive company culture provides us with a very strong competitive advantage at the top tier of the luxury hotel . . .
Presented in partnership with the Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ) “these free public engagements are linked to the upcoming conference” says Anastasia Pather, Project Manager for the 2016 instalment. “The idea behind these conversations is for the series to create a bridge linking conversations that emerged from the previous conferences and to set in motion discourse around interdisciplinarity, unpacking and previewing creative intersections in an intimate and interactive setting,” she explains. Creatives in Conversation offer platforms for creatives to be introduced to the content that the upcoming Conference Programme will explore (16 & 17 March). Interdisciplinarity is normally framed within an academic framework and the free series will start unpacking the fusion of academic disciplines that have evolved into this movement. #creativeintersections aims to extend the scope of this adoptive thinking approach outside of academic confines and to stimulate thought around how interdisciplinary practice finds its way into the local environment, identifiable through working spaces, individuals and organisation. Furthermore it also aims to explore the potential this kind of thinking holds for the creative industries. Family Ties: In this introspection, artist-entrepreneur duo, Roger and Paul Ballen and artist-scientist duo Mariapaola and Trevor McGurk, look at how creativity can disrupt the everyday around the dinner table. During this conversation they will be exploring the value of shared knowledge, unlikely intersections and collaborations, and will reflect on some of their most exciting projects impacted by their family ties. This session kicks off the series and will be start promptly at 18:00 on 24 February 2016 at the FADA Gallery on the Bunting Road Campus. The Multi-hyphenator: In this segment entrepreneur, philanthropist, social commentator and community builder, Shaka Sisulu, and multidisciplinary artist, . . .
Netcare bursary for two doctors to be trained as Specialist Emergency Physicians: The field of emergency medicine, and particularly its practice in rural South Africa, will receive a boost this year with the training of two additional registrars in emergency medicine (EM), who will be deployed to the North West Department of Health after completion of their specialist training. “Two doctors, Dr Senzeni Kente and Dr Shivani Pillay, received bursaries from the Netcare Foundation to study further and qualify as specialists in EM to the benefit of the people in North West Province,” explains Mande Toubkin, Netcare’s general manager emergency, trauma, transplant and corporate social investment. “The two candidates will study through the University of the Witwatersrand’s Emergency Medicine Department, in partnership with the North West Province’s Department of Health.” North West MEC for Health, Dr Magome Masike welcomed the launch of the Emergency Medicine Registrar Programme as a step in the right direction in view of emergency medicine continuing to evolve. He expressed his belief that the programme would contribute to the success of the National Development Plan (NDP). “Key to the success will be the partnerships between government, the private sector and civil society, working together towards common objectives,” said Dr Masike. Dr Masike added that he always felt it would have far reaching benefit for the citizens in the North West province – both rural and urban, out-of-hospital and in-hospital, single and multiple patients transported by road or air ambulances – if the discipline of emergency medicine is established and developed. Drs Kente and Pillay will join the University of the Witwatersrand’s (Wits) Emergency Medicine registrar academic rotation to gain experience in both public and private sector hospitals. This addition to the Wits EM circuit will result in the first placements of EM registrars at the emergency departments of Netcare . . .
On a mission to “rule the roost”, leading flame grilled chicken brand – Galito’s – tasked Graffiti with rebranding the chain’s delivery vehicles and store signage. With over 20 vehicles – varying in size, shape, model and make – Galito’s needed a partner that could adapt the supplied design across all the various platforms, and in so doing, ensure a uniform brand roll out nationally, simultaneously. Using only natural ingredients in their marinade, and positioned as the healthiest flame grilled chicken on the market, informed the designs, which put a big focus on the “flames” in “flame grilled”. All the printing, including the matt black finish on the Galito’s CEO’s Chev Lumina, were printed on the state of the art EFI Vutek GS525OLXr printer which Graffiti acquired at the end of 2015. The only one of its kind in South Africa and on the continent, the investment into the flagship printer has opened up many new revenue streams for Graffiti. The quicker turnaround times provided by the new printer are also making certain sharper deadlines are met by the Group and according to Graffiti director Darren Kirby, ink drying times have been significantly reduced with the new printer. “This is tripling our capacity; it’s also how we were able to meet the tight lead-times on this particular job, which has built up credit with this client.” Kirby adds that when it comes to vehicle branding, Graffiti runs the largest application department in Africa. “Before purchasing the new printer we could push up to 1 000 vehicles through the factory each month; volumes that correlated with our experience in fleet branding and our operational efficiencies. Now depending on the complexity of the design and application involved, we are able to improve turnaround times, produce better quality prints and a wider print media offering – all of which speaks to our output quality and range of services.” The new printer boasts 10 colours, including white channels. They are all cured with . . .
During the ‘Month of Love’, in celebration of Valentine’s Day, Eastgate Shopping Centre will be running a fabulous online competition with great prizes for shoppers. During February, shoppers stand a chance to win fabulous prizes in the Eastgate Valen-tine’s Competition. All shoppers need to do is simply follow Eastgate Shopping Centre on Facebook and to ‘enter’ by completing the following sentence: ‘The nicest Valentine’s Day gift I ever received was….’ Terms and Conditions apply. With Eastgate’s dedicated and supportive Tenants, shoppers stand a chance to win one of the following prizes: Clicks fragrances and treats, a Dermalogica hamper, a Forever New voucher, Happy Me bubble teas and cookies, a Milady’s voucher, a Simply Asia dinner voucher, The Body Shop hampers and The Original Mister Biltong hampers. Eastgate Shopping Centre will be giving away two prizes per week to entrants. Keep up with Eastgate Shopping Centre’s latest news, stylish trends, promotions and events on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, Eastgate TV and www.eastgateshops.com. For more information, contact the Marketing Department on 011 479 6000. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The physiological effects of being in love explained: There is more to love than a warm and fuzzy feeling. As various hormones are released at different stages of attraction and love, this is accompanied a range of feel-good physiological effects that can have numerous benefits for your health. “When we feel attraction and love towards someone, there really is ‘chemistry’ at work; brain chemistry that is,” pharmacologist and director of product development at Agility Global Health Systems [Africa], administrators to Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health), Dr Jacques Snyman says. The stages of love “The hormones that are released at various stages of courtship and love act as a system of positive reinforcement; rewarding us for finding a potential mate. This makes sense in terms of evolution, because it encourages procreation of the human species. Experts from various disciplines have tried to understand quite how this process works.” “Biological anthropologist Dr Helen Fisher, of Rutgers University in the United States, for example, has written about the neurotransmitters associated with the three phases she identified in the formation of romantic attachment,” Dr Snyman notes. ‘Love’ at first sight The initial phase of ardour is accompanied by a rush a of testosterone and oestrogen hormones; which are present in both men and women1. This often has the result of boosting the libido, and is sometimes accompanied by weight loss. “This suggests that there could be some biological basis for the old expression that someone is ‘pining’ or ‘love sick’,” he explains. Love struck This stage of courtship is a time when attraction to a special someone has firmly taken root and our brains tend to ascribe “special meaning” to the object of our desire2. “This phase is often accompanied by feelings of euphoria and exhilaration, as well as making us feel more energetic as we seek to compete for the attention of the person we are attracted . . .
Castle launch #BraBrigade to galvanise men around the Pink Drive cause Johannesburg - Castle Lager, the official team sponsor of the Proteas, is launching the first ever #BraBrigade in support of the Pink Day, taking place at the 4th Momentum ODI between South Africa and England at Bidvest Wanderers on Friday. The Pink Day ODI is held annually in support of Pink Drive and is an opportunity for fans of the Castle Proteas to come together in support of a cause greater than themselves. The #BraBrigade is a movement initiated by Castle Lager that lives across all social media platforms, which calls on all South African men to take a stand in support of the Pink Drive. Its aim is to provide them with the platform to join the conversation and encourage them to drive breast cancer awareness among the most important women in their lives. The movement will also be brought to life at the Pink Day ODI, as a literal #BraBrigade takes their seats to cheer on the Proteas. “Castle will once again be making a post-match donation to the wonderful Pink Day ODI initiative, but this year we wanted to go beyond this and really get behind the cause of beating breast cancer in a big way. We are calling on all South Africans to come together and join the #BraBrigade and show their support for the Pink Drive’s cause,” Commented South African Breweries’ Sponsorship Manager Errol Madlala. Castle Lager have enlisted members of the Proteas ODI squad, as well as South African cricket’s new unofficial fan club, AB’s Babies, as the first members of the #BraBrigade. Cricket South Africa’s Chief Executive Officer, Haroon Lorgat, is not at all surprised and is encouraged by Castle’s involvement in the day. “As a longstanding partner of Cricket South Africa, we are immensely pleased to have Castle Lager’s backing of such a worthy initiative and we are confident that their association with the Pink Day ODI will do a great deal in building awareness around the Pink Drive and their . . .
The Department of Arts and Culture’s national South African Cultural Observatory is announcing its first annual national workshop which is being held in Johannesburg on 19 February 2016. The South African Cultural Observatory is a national research centre hosted by a grouping of universities comprising Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, Rhodes University and University of Fort Hare. In terms of Mzansi Golden Economy strategy the Cultural Observatory is the informative ‘nerve centre’ that will provide not only the strategic vision, but also the organizing principle to develop cultural indicators appropriate to the South African context and collection of statistics based on the sector needs. The Observatory examines the nature, trends and impact of the cultural and creative industries in South Africa. "The creative economy comprises one of the fastest growing and dynamic sectors of the world economy," says Prof Haines, the CEO of the Cultural Observatory. Informed by the UNESCO framework for Cultural Statistics, the SA Cultural Observatory aims to stimulate debate and enhance the exchange of knowledge in the sector through publications and reports, workshops, seminars, and, conferences coupled with high impact research outputs pertaining to the industry. In essence the SA Cultural Observatory develops and supports the collection and analysis of data, influences policy, shares insight and builds on the intellectual capacity gained across the arts, culture and heritage sector. It works across the breadth of all cultural domains, including the arts, heritage, tourism, museums, libraries, archives and creative industries. It will also support information networks through collaborative research projects. The Cultural Observatory is a long-awaited and vital initiative in the cultural landscape of our society. The evidence and data collected and analysed will assist in assessing where the competiveness, job creating and income generating potential of . . .
FNB UJ ground out a hard-fought victory against the NMMU-Madibaz in the first round of the FNB Varsity Cup at the UJ Stadium in Johannesburg on Monday evening. “Even though the opposition defended well, we held on and fought to get a result,” said UJ coach Werner Janse van Rensburg. He said the rain certainly had a massive influence on the match. “The conditions made it challenging in terms of our original strategy, but, ultimately, I am pleased with the win. “The suspension because of the rain was obviously something that we are not used to, but I thought we attacked quite well in general.” Following a successful pre-season training programme, he said the squad showed a lot of character this early in the tournament. “Our kicking game was good and the win was a great team effort. “Going forward, we would like to get more reward for our attacks. We need to keep possession a bit longer.” UJ will have all to play for when they take on last year’s losing finalists, NWU-Pukke, in a televised second-round match. “It will be a big day for us, but we’ve beaten them before,” said Janse van Rensburg. “We know we have to be at our best but that is no different as this competition demands the best from us each week.” Visit www.uj.co.za, follow @UJ_Sport or find UJ Sport on Facebook. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .