JOHANNESBURG, January 15, 2019 - Forestry South Africa (FSA) has launched the Forestry Explained recreational map, ideal for when the travel bug bites, when you need family-friendly accommodation or a quiet weekend away from the city life. The new interactive map details the myriad of activities and attractions that are found on forestry-owned land around the country. Treasures within the trees Around 30% of forestry-owned land is unplanted and a large proportion is set aside for dedicated conservation. These include vast swaths of grasslands, riverine ecosystems and indigenous forests. Besides their obvious conservation value, these areas provide ample recreational opportunities on top of what is provided by the plantation forests themselves. Whether it is trail running, hiking and mountain biking adventures you seek, or serene days spent bird watching, picnicking and taking in spectacular views, forestry-owned land has something to offer you. The Forestry Explained recreational map makes accessing these activities and attractions easy. It showcases eco-activities of forestry companies and private individuals in one user-friendly recreational guide. Its interactive nature allows people to explore what’s on offer, along with the important information for the perfect forestry day out. 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list Make 2019 the year you explore the recreational offerings of South Africa’s commercial forests. Why not see if you can complete the 2019 “Forestry Fun” bucket list below, making sure tag @forestry_explained into any shots you post on Instagram. Mpumalanga’s waterfalls – many of the famous ‘Panorama Route waterfalls’ are actually situated on forestry land owned and managed by state-owned SAFCOL, including Berlin Falls, Lisbon Falls, Mac Mac Falls and Pools, Bridal Veil Falls, Lone Creek Falls and Marie Shires. Mountain biking getaway – take a long-weekend and explore the plantations, indigenous forests and open grasslands of . . .
Johannesburg, 3 January 2019 - As the holiday season comes to a close, many of us make plans to ‘spring clean’ our lives, our cupboards, our homes and so much more. However, just as you plan to clean your personal space, de-clutter your surroundings, office managers and those responsible for the cleaning and maintenance of work spaces, should consider the benefits of using the quiet period to give the work or office environment a deep clean. 1. Downtime makes for good organisation While staff are away, there is likely to be very little disruption to the process and more importantly, to the colleagues of the company. The quiet period is the perfect time to get your ‘house in order’, as they say. During the year, when everyone is doing the grind and are too busy to side step their office space or use different bathrooms, it can be a great inconvenience to do more than the required cleaning and upkeep of the office environment. 2. Image is everything First impressions are important. In psychology it is defined as the event when one person first encounters another person, object or scene. In legal terms, a first impression is defined as a first consideration or judgement. In an interview scenario, you are being judged by your employer, however some employers simply don’t think about your judgement of their environment. An unkempt, unhygienic environment does not make for a good portrayal of the work environment and can leave any visitor to the office, with unintended and even unsuspecting forms of a negative mental image of the business. ‘Judging the book by its cover’, is not just a saying, it happens and as beings who are influenced by image, a negative appearance can greatly tarnish the image of your brand - and it does not matter who is affected because word of mouth makes for an impression by everyone with whom this information is shared. 3. Hygiene makes for a healthy work environment Absenteeism from work can be linked to many things in society . . .
https://youtu.be/-LyKaL7KLqA On 27 December 2018 whilst on a long 15 Kilometer beach run between Kleinemond and Fish River Sun, CEO of Beyond Africa The Mantis Collection - Paul Gardiner, came upon a beached Commons Dolphin. Running through a cleansing African Storm, Paul came upon the struggling beached dolphin. "The dolphin was clearly alive and I was alone on a rainy beach and, despite that, I decided to jump in and try to get him back in the water," explained Paul. "I struggled for about an hour to save this magnificent creature and propped my cellphone on the sand to capture the footage, hoping that the ending would be a triumph," said Gardiner. Being alone Gardiner was prudent in not going too deep into the water for fear of being sucked out in the rip tide. Frustratingly the dolphin kept beaching himself each time Paul floated him out, probably exhausted the dolphin kept on being swept back to shore by the waves. With darkness descending Paul had to cease his rescue attempts and leave the dolphin to the sometimes cruel forces of nature. A clearly emotional Gardiner said his goodbyes and allowed nature to take it's course. The dolphin was young and looked healthy and one always wonders why a single dolphin ends up beaching itself. The first thought is always that man has somehow contributed to the demise of our precious marine animals. Around the world, an estimated one million birds and 100 000 marine mammals and sea turtles die each year when they become trapped in plastic or eat it, perhaps mistaking it for a food. Plastic is one of biggest threats to all whales and dolphins in all the oceans of the world. "Mantis is very keen to support and get behind any Mantis Marine Activity that will highlight the fragility of our oceans, in association with our friends Rainer and Silke Schimpf from AB Marine and Expert Tours. One of the ways is via a proposed Whale Sculpture to be a receptacle of plastic waste on the beachfront. This . . .
In a recent drive to improve communications with prospective clients, Compare Car Insurance has taken the decision to implement a few changes to it's website. Whilst these updates may seem simple and obvious, they are fundamental improvements to the customer journey and will enable a caller to speak with a call operative in their preferred native language. It can be very difficult to fully engage with a client and understand their insurance needs if they are forced to speak a language that they are not 100% comfortable with. Many clients become frustrated when they are automatically forced into an initial sales funnel that attempts to determine both language and gender. It's for this reason that Compare Car Insurance has decided to better serve our customer by giving them the option of selecting in which language the call centre sales representative first speaks to them. A secondary gender selector further enables the system to select which companies are going to be the best fit. If for example you are a female, then the First For Women insurance products are a most likely fit and the quoting process is going to be tailored to suit your female profile. First For Women have invested a great deal of expertise in tailoring insurance products that are more affordable for it's clientele and Compare Car Insurance is able to streamline this initial contact process by matching clients to appropriate insurance products. Compare Car Insurance is committed to bringing you multiple quotes from only the best South African insurance companies. Expect these and other beneficial product and quoting improvement in the future. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Compare Car Insurance For You here: https://www.comparecarinsurance.co.za/contact-us/ . . .
One of the biggest salepersons around moved into South Africa recently. In Solar PV Systems we call that person; "Sir Eskom Loadshedding!" "Phone and web site enquiries have escalated somewhat since the start of loadshedding," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar. "Everyone wants to be free of Eskom and loadshedding and most are of the impression that Solar Power is the magic bullet to do that," explained Alan. The price of Solar Panels has plummeted over the last 8 years and the electricity price per unit (Kw) manufactured from a pure grid tie solar installation is now less than 70c per unit amortised over the 20 year expected life of an installation. On the other hand the price of batteries still needs to reach that tipping point before beginning to plummet. "Batteries are the next frontier in terms of lower price and higher storage capacity," says Straton. Solar PV comes in 3 'flavours: Grid Tie only (here you will still be affected by loadshedding) Grid Tie with Battery Backup, referred to as a Hybrid System (load shedding will not affect you - depending on the size of your batteries) Off Grid - Here you are on your own with no connection to the grid at all. Taking the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality as an example Straton said: A Grid Tie system for a single phase installation may only be a maximum of 5 KW in size. This is good enough for an annual average of 960 units of electricity each month (more in summer, less in winter). The pay back on such a system is around 6 to 7 years. IF the system is installed in a business then the payback is from the time of switching on as Section 12B of the Income Tax allows an immediate 100% depreciation allowance on renewable energy installation. If you do not have mission critical items then Grid Tie only is the way to go. A Hybrid System also operates under the same constraints as the Pure Grid Tie system above. In addition the conversation around batteries is that one must remember . . .
Johannesburg 05 December 2019 - At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We provide innovative solutions to help dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices. Mastering each step in every restorative procedure is essential for dental professionals to be able to provide the best possible dental care. Dentsply Sirona’s innovative solutions are proven to be both effective and efficient in helping dentists navigate even the most common procedures with greater success. Calibra® Ceram and Calibra® Universal are adhesive and self-adhesive resin cements from Dentsply Sirona, which can be used in both self-cure and dual-cure mode. They complement the light-curing resin cement Calibra® Veneer, which has been clinically proven for more than 12 years for the adhesive luting of veneers. Advanced materials enable smooth contoured surfaces with excellent shade-matching and stain-resistance. Innovative technologies make it possible to do indirect restorations in a single visit. Even though our solutions have been used to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of hundreds of millions of restorative procedures, we are committed to making them even better, ensuring dentists can continue to face each step of every procedure with confidence. Calibra® Ceram offers immediate long-term bonding that is ideal for all-ceramic crowns, CAD/CAM restorations and non-retentive preparations needing maximum strength. For a trouble-free procedure and the long-term success of the restoration, the cement used must meet these basic mechanical, biological, and handling requirements: • It must not harm the tooth or surrounding tissues. • It must allow sufficient working time to place the restoration. • It must offer viscosity and film thickness low enough to allow complete seating of the restoration. • It must quickly form a hard mass strong . . .
Johannesburg , 06 December 2019 - More than 30 years ago Dentsply Sirona brought CEREC to the market, a system which pioneered Single Visit Dentistry. CEREC has been continually developed in that time so that not only restorations, but also implant drill guides, custom implant prosthetics and even orthodontic indications are covered by the versatile system. In so doing, Dentsply Sirona set an important trend in dentistry: Treatment concepts with digital technology are now an emerging expectation amongst dental patients. CEREC not only provides many patient benefits, but also the clinical success has been demonstrated in more than 250 studies. When it comes to the use of CAD/CAM in the dental practice, the question is not whether it can be integrated into the existing workflows, but more how this can be achieved in the best possible manner. Save your patients the discomfort of a conventional impression tray and take impressions using the CEREC Omnicam, our small powder-free camera. The CEREC Omnicam allows you to take a coating-free scan of the natural tooth substance and gingiva. This saves you an extra step, reduces the learning curve and makes impression-taking more pleasant and time-saving than ever before. The CEREC Omnicam sits perfectly in the user’s hand. Thanks to the slim design and the compact camera tip, scanning posterior teeth presents no problems. Regardless of whether the patient is sitting upright or reclining, you can scan the upper and lower jaws ergonomically without having to adjust your natural working posture. In addition, the CEREC Omnicam allows you to determine the colour of the scanned teeth in the CEREC software based on your scan, and also allows you to expand your treatment spectrum to aligner treatment. This makes the CEREC Omnicam a unique multifunctional tool and offers you everything you need for your safe step into Chairside CAD/CAM. Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide . . .
Cape Town, South Africa (November 2018) - A new website is here, dedicated to those looking for special deals on tours and activities in South Africa.Special Tours provides the most comprehensive list of things to do, as well as the best prices offered. Using a simple, clear design, the website brings a South African itinerary to both locals and tourists alike. South Africa is a gem of tourist attractions, and Special Tours aim to highlight this throughout the website. Created with the purpose of being an extensive source of information on the top things to do in South Africa. The website hosts a wide range of content relating to experiences found in SA. Some of the main areas that the website will focus on are Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban, the Garden Route. With already some interesting listing like boat cruises, paragliding, Cape point tours, Table Mountain activities, helicopter rides, ziplines and safaris. The website is poised to showcase some of the best activities and experiences that South Africa has to offer and allow users to search and pick tours for the best price using the advances compassion features Activities and prices are constantly updated to give users the latest information and best experience. The website also offers helpful guides on the best way to enjoy South Africa and at great prices. Users are able to find the best things to do in each location of SA, activities are separated by area. This feature allows users to plan activities that are near to each other. It also allows visitors to SA to easily view things that they can do around their holiday destination. Details of tours and activities are stated clearly on the website, with a simple button to book each one. The option to review these activities is offered, allowing users to review and to check other reviews before booking. To learn more and use this new website to take advantage of its innovative features, please visit https://specialtours.co.za Get in . . .
While many experiences the year ending as a time filled with exciting thoughts of the upcoming holidays' others have an entirely different experience. For some, it’s filled with the dread of being exposed to the hole left by the absence of work while others are confronted with memories of lost loved one and better years. There are many things which can taint our experience of the holidays. Fortunately, all of them can be worked through or managed, and therapy helps. If you have the sense that this might apply to you, then now is the time to plan and set up the support you’ll need. First prize is to have a schedule that ensures you spend time with people who love you and who can be there for you. If this is not available, you need more, or can’t bear the thought of leaning on others; there is still time to arrange professional help. Establishing contact with a therapist is enormously helpful, even if you can’t begin sessions immediately. Merely knowing that you have started looking into a healing process or book a meeting for next year can produce enough hope and relief to carry you through. But where does one find this help? If you have access to private medical care, then you can consider approaching your GP and asking them to refer you to a counsellor or psychologist in your area. Those who don’t have such access can visit their local community clinic and ask the attending sister to please place you on the psychology waiting list or to refer you to a nearby clinic that can provide the necessary help. The very idea of approaching a doctor or sister is often so daunting that some people never take this first step. If this applies to you, you’ll be happy to know that several websites help you find the services you need. TherapyRoute.com is a good place to start. This platform includes informative articles, lists private practices as well as non-profit and community service facilities, automatically displays the services nearest to you and helps you . . .
Johannesburg , 30 November 2018 - To step into the shoes of another person can be the most challenging thing for any human being, however they will tell you that the experience is almost always a rewarding education. Such is the case in the cleaning profession, which is often times a thankless job for many, particularly in South Africa, where we are accustomed to "getting ‘help’. The cleaning industry is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion and not regulated in terms of policy, save for salaries of the workers. There is however an association, which was constituted as recently as 1987 and which is dedicated to developing and setting appropriate standards for the contract cleaning industry [http://www.ncca.co.za/]. The cleaning industry forms part of the services sector, which employs close to 71.8% of the South African population [https://goo.gl/f3L1d4] and it is a profession that allows for entry level jobs for the most low-level skilled persons. “It is for this reason that Servest has set up its Training Academy, to ensure that new recruits are trained in the do’s and don’ts, particularly ensuring that they understand that the cleaning business is not about a task, but about hygiene in spaces, and health and wellness of people, says George Ndhlovu, Operations Director of Cleaning at Servest. The fact that the training facility is in-house, enables Servest to roll out training at any given time, without the process being hampered by budgetary constraints. “We instil the understanding in our colleagues, that their work is specialised and not just a job - for example in the healthcare sector, the nature of the work is hazardous and in the hospitality environment, it is specialised. In understanding this, it gives integrity to the profession and the person undertaking the task”, he says. In addition to investing in the skills and development of colleagues, Servest’s philosophy is to continuously upgrade its equipment and technology, to that of . . .