Johannesburg, Gauteng, 17 June 2018 – Fussell and Associates celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2018. Commenting on this milestone, Bob Fussell, Founder and Chairman of the Board said, “We are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, which has enabled us to constantly push boundaries and enter new markets to better support our clients. We have our clients and partners to thank, for the trust they have placed in Fussell and Associates, which has helped us reach half a century, which we are very proud of! Fussell and Associates is proud to announce that they have been awarded their Category II Investment license, which makes this a double celebration for the company. This gives more breadth to their offering as they can now offer specialised investment assistance, which enables us to take ownership of the process which is important for clients. The fact that Fussell and Associates has been awarded this licence, at a time when few companies qualify for such is encouraging. During its half a century in business, Fussell and Associates have a proven long-term track record of achieving superior returns for their clients. Model portfolios are built by our financial advisers, following a process of in-depth financial analysis, to match the investment needs of their clients who have a portfolio of assets. The (MD) of the company, Andrew Fussell, added, “We attribute our success to our dedication in making a positive impact on the clients we serve, our team of professionals, the industry for which we care, and the communities in which we live.” About Fussell and Associates Founded in 1968, Fussell and Associates is an independent financial planning, Asset Management, Employee Benefits Consulting, Health Care Specialist, and Short Term Insurance company that is built on a heritage of more than 50 years. Our industry knowledge is unparalleled. We have an in-depth understanding of how complex financial products work and how these products can benefit you. Our . . .
Sex Toy Service a First for 1.7 Million Disabled South Africans Désir, SA’s Leading Adult Toy Retailer, Launches First Dedicated Service for Disabled South Africans Wednesday, 13 June 2018 CAPE TOWN More than 1.7 million South Africans live with complex disabilities, from quadriplegia, to age or accident related disability and sight impairment. These people live with a range of difficulties resulting from misconceptions related to their sexual health, something, a leading online sex toy retailer, wants to change with their online concierge service. Contrary to popular belief, disabled South Africans can and do have healthy sex lives. According to The Disability and Sexuality Project, prevailing myths and attitudes towards the sexuality of people with physical disabilities in South Africa is extensive. The most common – that disabled people are asexual, or without any sort of sex drive, this of course, is untrue, and keeps many healthy adults from enjoying a rich sex life, Dr. Wilson, a medical practitioner with specialist interest in physical rehabilitation, and chairman of the Southern African Spinal Cord Association, says that it is imperative that those with physical disability explore their sexuality… because it doesn’t just “go away”. Physically disabled South Africans face many unconventional challenges because of these persistent stigmas. Finding a romantic partner can be difficult, as can engaging in sexual activity with an existing partner. Many couples are not experiencing the full potential the right sex toy could introduce into their lives. Masturbation is also individually challenging, and for some – may be their only source of sexual expression. Désir’s referral sexologist, Catriona Boffard, says, “Sex will be different from what it is for able-bodied people. Sensations are different, response is different, and even turn-ons might be different, but it doesn’t mean that self-pleasure and pleasure from a partner can’t happen. When . . .
JBay – The JBay Winterfest event organisers are proud to announce the music lineup at the Corona Sunset Sessions, to be held at the Corona Open JBay contest site. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place over both festival weekends 5-7 July and 12-14 July, and will feature some top South African musical acts. The Corona Sunset Sessions are all complimentary, and proudly brought to you by the Corona Open JBay. There will be 12 bands or artists over the two weekends, and every one of the shows are completely free of charge. There are no tickets to be bought, no bookings to be made and no queuing for anything. Just pitch up and enjoy the vibes. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place in Pepper Street during the weekend evenings. Just make your way to the Corona Open prize-giving stage, where the bands will be setup for the evening shows. Venerated indie rock outfit Desmond and the Tutus is one of the headline acts, and they will be rocking the house on Saturday 7 July, along with Nic Preen and The World Of Birds. Friday 13 July, lucky for some, will see the hugely popular Cape Town-based rock act aKing perform, along with young and widely-liked Cape Town indie /rock band Crosscurrent, and looks like it will be a huge night. Good old rock ’n roll with a mix of dirty blues is the order of the day on the final evening of the Corona Sunset Sessions, as Jozi-based rock act Shadowclub take to the stage. One of the most celebrated local bands, Shadowclub will get the party going and will finish this year’s free Music Sessions on a high note. It’ll be busy on the final night, so pull in early. The Corona Sunset Sessions is a thank you and acknowledgement to the fans and spectators who come up every year to visit JBay and to watch the worlds’ best surfers competing at Supertubes, and to support our local contingent of surfers. This year we have Jordy Smith as well as Mikey February competing in the Corona Open JBay, as well as a yet-to-be-announced . . .
Pretoria, June 07, 2018 - Locally owned software company BTK Software announced today the launch of the world’s first anti-poaching game for Android and Apple users namely POACHER DOWN. The initial version of this First Person Shooter (FPS) game utilizes 3 language options including Zulu and Afrikaans which is another first for international gaming. BTK Software designed the app to help curb the epidemic of poaching in Southern Africa and hopes to generate much needed international awareness and funds for this cause. BTK partnered with local anti-poaching organisation the Rhino Pride Foundation as the beneficiary of all national and international donations generated though the app. Poacher Down is an action-packed shooter game where the user needs to protect an array of animals from an ever increasing number of poachers. The user can choose from a range of weapons, guns, grenades and bullets. The game even has a slow motion action sequences for kill shots. “The idea from the beginning was to create a world class action game that is entertaining and fun to play. The more people that play the game the better. Users can help by simply clicking on a donation button in the game. We also plan on adding a couple more language options to unlock additional local and international market segments such as Mandarin, Russian, Portuguese, Spanish and other South African languages. Players like to hear the poachers shout, cry and make jokes in their native tongue.” said CEO Werner van der Westhuizen Although the game comes across as gruesome and graphic at times, the user can simply switch off the blood and strong language in the game’s settings menu. Another perk in the game is the use of an international leader board where users can see their ranking compared to all the other players across the globe. This is definitely an innovative approach to creating awareness for the poaching epidemic and we look forward to see what the public will make of . . .
Johannesburg, June, 6, 2018 Scott Ambler and Mark Lines talk business agility in South Africa in July IndigoCube will once more host the internationally renowned and locally popular Scott Ambler and Mark Lines, creators of the Disciplined Agile Framework, but this time with a principally business focus for the first Business Agility Conference hosted in South Africa. The duo will host a conference and present workshops for a week in July aimed chiefly at business people rather than IT people. “The conference is about business agility,” says Jaco Viljoen, the principal consultant and head of digital at IndigoCube. “It’s agile for the whole business, not just IT, so it’s for business people curious about modern practices for the digital enterprise and how that affects all divisions from HR to finance, marketing and the rest.” Scott Ambler, the Senior Consulting Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, is also the founder of the Agile Modeling (AM), Agile Data (AD), and Enterprise Unified Process (EUP) methodologies and the founding Member of the Disciplined Agile Consortium (DAC). Mark Lines is Managing Partner of Scott Ambler + Associates, coach and co-author, with Scott Ambler, of “Disciplined Agile Delivery: A Practitioner’s Guide to Agile Software Delivery in the Enterprise”, which details their approach to DAD. “Scott and Mark compare this to a racing car,” he says. “IT is the engine but businesspeople put the agile, high performance engines into tractors and make them plough fields. Similarly, IT operations must become suitable high performance engines for the racing car chassis and drivetrain. Both must work together to be competitive in this extremely demanding world.” The two internationally renowned Canadians will be the main attraction at the conference on July 17, from 09:00 to 13:00 held in-conjunction with IBM at the Fairlawns Boutique Hotel. IndigoCube will provide training on Disciplined Agile (DAD) in conjunction with Scott . . .
Plantronics RIG 500 PRO Photo: Plantronics Stock Image Patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial enables Xbox One and PS4 gamers to keep hands on their controllers while changing volume. Santa Cruz, Calif. – June 5, 2018 – Plantronics (NYSE: PLT), an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced the RIG 500 PRO Series of gaming headsets, created to deliver high-fidelity audio in an ultra-lightweight design for the truly competitive gamer. RIG 500 PRO Series are the first gaming headsets to feature an exoskeleton earcup design with isolated inner acoustic chambers to reduce distortion, creating the ideal audio solution for today’s high-resolution gaming platforms. Premium 50 mm drivers deliver wide-range frequency response while dual-material ear cushions provide the combination of noise reduction and comfort competitive gamers need for long, focused sessions. In addition, the console editions come with the patent-pending RIG Game Audio Dial, a 3.5mm connector with integrated volume control for wireless game controllers. Console gamers can now adjust volume directly from the controller without lifting their hands. PC models feature an inline volume slider. “The new RIG 500 PRO Series takes the innovative modular design of the RIG 500 to the next level,” said Gregory Morquin, Category Business Manager, Gaming Products, Plantronics. “And, it continues the impressive number of firsts we’ve brought to competitive gamers, including the first VR-focused headsets, Dolby Atmos® activation and now, the RIG Game Audio Dial for Xbox One and PS4 wireless controllers.” RIG 500 PRO Series, available in Console, PC and Esports editions, builds upon the lightweight, modular design of the original RIG 500 with performance-boosting features including: • Premium 50 mm drivers for expanded frequency response • A removable noise-canceling microphone boom and flip-to-mute feature • Removable audio cables that can be easily swapped or replaced • Snap-in . . .
June 2018 - The Plettenberg, part of The Liz McGrath Collection, the flagship property along the Garden Route, will partner with Plettenberg Bay Tourism to host the upcoming Plett Arts Festival starting on 25 June until 9 July, 2018. At The Plettenberg, on 25 June, at 11:00 to 16:00, Strauss & Co will hold an art valuation day for anyone who would like to have their private art work valuated followed by an art talk in the evening with wines and canapés. The art valuation is R100 donation (optional) to the Sabrina Love foundation and wine and canapé art talk is R 150.00 per person. The Milkwood Gallery and the Vernissage Re-Constructed exhibition will launch on 26 and 27 June and on the evening of Thursday 28 June The Plettenberg Hotel’s Arts Festival opening night will be hosted by Dijonne Du Preez of Gallop Hill Gallery, featuring artists Jimmy Law, Elsire Roos and Elize Bezuidenhout. Join us for an incredible evening of art, complimentary wine and canapés from 18:00 to 20:00. All the art works will be on display throughout the Arts festival for anyone to pop in and enjoy the work. Accommodation Package includes - 3 nights at the Plettenberg, on a b&b basis from Thursday 28 June – Sunday 1 July, entry to the art evening hosted by featured artists, a four course dinner with Steenberg Wine Estate, and an optional two day Wine course R3, 655 per person sharing for 3 nights. Wine course is an optional extra. Plett Tourism will also host the Cape Wine Academy workshop on viticulture and wine tasting at The Plettenberg where people can do the CWA Prelim Wine Course over two days - 29 and 30 June for 3 hours daily, plus 1 extra hour on Saturday for the exam. The course is the Cape Wine Academy course and costs R1, 800 per person and the course is led by Francois Ferreira and Conrad Louw. There is also an ‘art meander’ taking place every Wednesday through the Main Road for guests and visitors to enjoy. Accommodation bookings via the website . . .
Cape Town, South Africa: Caveau, the comprehensive software platform and service designed to simplify financial transactions and protect personal and financial data, has announced it’s partnering with Grindrod Travel to reduce its risks of GDPR and PCI-DSS. As one of the most established and respected travel management companies providing corporate and leisure related travel and conferencing services in South Africa, it was imperative to find a solution for safely handling credit cards and personal information of its a broad range of clients. With multiple deadlines for meeting compliance security standards for account and personal data protection looming, Caveau was able to quickly assess the travel management company’s challenges and deliver customized solutions for addressing their unique requirements. The addition of Grindrod Travel to Caveau’s client roster emphasizes the pressing need for flexible and affordable support dealing with compliance regulation worldwide. Says Gregg Scott-Brown Caveau Managing Director, South Africa based in Cape Town, “We’re excited to be working with Grindrod Travel and other hotels, agencies and a broad range of travel-related businesses in South Africa to decrease dangers and liabilities associated with GDPR and PCI-DSS.” According to Grindrod Travel Divisional Executive, Su Moller, being a single division of a large logistics company with its own IT department presented a variety of complexities in finding a solution. “The technology providers I approached to help us insisted on performing a vulnerability scan of the Travel Division, which was difficult to accomplish without including the entire organization. Time was ticking and we had to move fast. When we were referred to Caveau, their team got right to work on developing a secure vault to store our client’s credit card and personal details,” says Moller. Says Brian Dass, Caveau CSO, “Grindrod Travel’s large client database and the sheer volume of daily . . .
International Retail Solutions Company Expands Retail Marketing Service Capability by Investing in South African Below-the-Line Agency Elevator Johannesburg, South Africa, 22 May 2018 - International retail solutions company Smollan, recently announced the acquisition of a majority stake in leading South African below-the-line agency, Elevator. The acquisition will significantly strengthen Smollan’s retail marketing service capabilities, as they are now able to tap into Elevator’s experiential, activation, digital and employee engagement expertise. Elevator was formed off the back of a merger between established BTL agencies Stretch and Point Blank in January 2017. The merged entity has enjoyed significant growth over the past year and now boasts a 50+ staff headcount with offices in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Durban; with a blue-chip client list that includes Cell C, Lipton Ice Tea, Chevron, Pernod Ricard and Standard Bank. “Smollan have an incredible reputation, both from a business and values perspective. While we’ve had a number of interested parties over the years, with Smollan it became clear that there were commercial synergies and an unmistakable cultural alignment that will lay the foundation for an unparalleled offering of impactful data driven experiences,” said Mike Silver, CEO, Elevator. “While we’ve just completed our first merged year as Elevator, we are very excited about the next chapter and being part of the Smollan Group, both in South Africa and internationally.” “We are extremely proud of this acquisition,” said Michael Smollan, Growth & Innovation Officer, Smollan. “Elevator, together with the other Smollan assets start to form the basis of a very powerful offering which will further enhance our capability in this area of our strategy. We have felt a great connection with the team and the business through the process and look very forward to what the two businesses can unlock together.” About . . .
Johannesburg, May 15th 2018: South Africans moving to Canada as Investors under the New Quebec Investor Program with increased requirements in 2018 Many South Africa wealthy Business owners and High Net Worth Employed Managers have discoved a very discreet solution for moving to Canada without all the restrictions of age, education and language proficiency requirements. The number of applicants has increased by 25% each year since 2010,but still with very small numbers compared to other countries that saw massive demand for Canadian Investor Immigration under the Quebec Investor Program. The influx maybe in part due to VIP business immigration, the largest Canadian investor immigration law partnership between immigration consultants, lawyers and Quebec financial intermediaries for the Quebec Investor Program providing immigration services. The Quebec Investor Program of 2018 which will start in September is drawing a lot of attention from potential investors from all of South Africa interested in immigrating to Canada for its security, quality of life, Low Business Taxes, best access to Free Trade Agreements Worldwide and much more. Over the last few years, more than 200 South Africans have moved to Canada as Quebec Investor Selected Immigrant. It is expected that with the new requirement such as having a Net worth of 2.0M Canadian or 18M ZAR, demand from South Africans will not decrease as the program gets out .. no age limit is the key factor. Over the span of the last few years, Canada has welcomed the highest levels of immigrants in more than 100 years, this is a huge indication that the new policies established by the Government and the favorable condition for immigrants to settle in Canada are having the right impact. Economists believe that the increase of interest from the investors has increased tremendously this year after introduction of The Quebec Immigrant Investor Program (QIIP) 2018, which is the only Canadian Business Immigration Program that . . .