Does Transnet once again want to make the NPA the laughing stock of the city? Port of Port Elizabeth's answer to threat from the city and it's citizens around the Manganese Ore pollution On Saturday 17 February at 12:58 the TNPA released a press statement on the “impending eviction of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club” - a Port of Port Elizabeth based sailing club that has been in existence for close on 60 years providing sail training, regattas and safe haven for local and international sailors along with access to what has been described as the best sailing waters along the African Coast. ABYC has been attempting to get the TNPA in front of the Port Regulator since 2009 when the club submitted a complaint over an unfair 61% rental increase. On Friday morning 23 February 2018 the TNPA have been summonsed to appear in court to answer the ABYC's Notice of Motion interdicting the TNPA from issuing a Warrant of Eviction. ABYC will be asking the honourable court to rule that ABYC be entitled to continue occupying the premises pending a determination by the Port Regulator on 20 March 2018. On 23 August 2017, before High Court proceedings, the TNPA - represented by TNPA Legal Officer, Justin Uren, Advocate Ntsepe, Attorney Nash Vandayar and Port Manager, Rajesh Dana - and ABYC - represented by Attorney Gerald Friedman, Advocate Albert Beyleveld, ABYC President Sean Wiseman and ABYC Commodore Alan Straton - agreed that until such time as a new tenant had been allocated the premises occupied by ABYC, pursuant to a lawful tender, ABYC could remain in occupation and would be afforded two months notice to vacate if ABYC were unsuccessful in tendering. It would appear that the TNPA's representatives at the time have suffered amnesia over this agreement and could have been devious in their handling of the matter. Despite being asked in numerous forms and by numerous persons the TNPA has remained silent on whether a tender has been awarded. On 16 February 2018 . . .
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) released a media statement on Saturday 17 February 2018 stating that the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) must move out of premises that the nearly 60 year-old club occupies within the Port of Port Elizabeth. The dispute centres around rental, non-payment of rental, assessment of rental far beyond the financial means of ABYC as a voluntary body and irregular rental increases. As in all disputes of this nature the cold hard facts are really around two issues: Who is the landlord? Who has the most money? The answers to both above are: TNPA Any realist will tell you that the person who 'owns' the land and has bottomless coffers will win any legal fight. Now this is where it gets interesting as the ABYC took the complaint over TNPA's unfair treatment to the Port Regulator for a decision rather than turning to the courts. The Port Regulator operates as the Ombudsman for TNPA and has ruled in the past on TNPA's irregular increase on Port Tarrifs, forcing the TNPA to back down and reduce tariffs on more than a few occasions. The path to getting a hearing in front of the Port Regulator has been beset with delaying tactics from the TNPA - the most severe of which being an eviction order accelerated after the ABYC won the first round in front of the Port Regulator. TNPA has been summonsed to appear in the Port Elizabeth, High Court on Friday 23 February at 9:30 am. ABYC first brought the complaint to the attention of the Port Regulator in November 2009. Delaying tactics, legal manouvering and actions like TNPA 'losing' the recorded minutes of the first pre-hearing all contributed to the wearing down of the then Executive Committees. A new Exco in 2014 made the decision to tackle this problem head on and find a solution as the continued friction between ABYC and TNPA was not a happy state of affairs. The continued friction between the parties contributed negatively to TNPA's stature as a caring . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 20 February 2018 – Just days after the new President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in, international business confidence shows growth as Servest, the international facilities management provider, announced its acquisition in the Aktrion Group. Aktrion is a specialist company in the provision of bespoke manufacturing support services. The acquisition now sees the Servest Group’s annual turnover increase to, in excess of R16.40 billion globally and adds to the diversification of the company’s business strategy. Servest’s interest in Aktrion stems from the higher value-added and specialist services that the provider offers. The acquisition enhances Servest’s global reach, building on the joint venture with Atalian and its stake in technology business Getronics. “The transaction will enable Servest to play a leading role in the global manufacturing market, enabling further development of integrated solutions in printing, automotive, food and transport sectors”, says Servest South Africa’s CEO, Steve Wallbanks. “And importantly, it will allow us to grow our employee base and develop much needed scarce skills in the engineering sector”, he adds. Servest prides itself on its transparent, innovative and partnership approach. It self-delivers value-for-money bespoke solutions to clients across all sectors, including retail, leisure, public, healthcare, education, commercial, construction, transport and logistics. Servest offers specialist services which can be bundled or integrated to suit clients’ needs. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Business Confidence Grows in SA here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
Off the back of 6 sold out live events, and after successfully hosting the biggest #Cryptocurrency event ever held in South Africa, the Matt Brown Show is holding a one-time exclusive learning and networking event in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 7 March (6pm - 8pm) we'll be launching a deep dive series into alternative cryptocurrencies. The interest around cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin being the most famous, has continued to capture headlines worldwide whilst regulators around the world are still struggling to formulate a plan to deal with it. The Matt Brown Show #cryptokungfu is kicking off its first edition of a deep dive series will be looking at the bitcoin family of coins, what makes the coins different, their utility and the opportunities for traders and investors. The Matt Brown Show has built a listenership and captive audience in over 100 countries around the world. #CryptoJHB was the first podcast event to trend in the #1 hashtag position on Twitter in the history of South African media. The Matt Brown Show Johannesburg event taking place on Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm, now being hosted at the Mesh Club in Rosebank will tap into THREE of the world’s leading experts for this first edition of a deep dive series focused masterclass. https://www.quicket.co.za/events/39626-cryptokungfu-the-matt-brown-show-the-deep-dive-series-part-1-the-bitcoin-family/#/ The Masterclass will feature Tone Vays (via video conference) and Adam Meister from the United States, both regarded as world’s leading Bitcoin experts. Lorien Gamaroff, founder/CEO of Bankymoon, blockchain and cryptocurrency consultant will provide the local market perspective as a South African. The masterclass has been engineered to provide a more focussed and intimate discussion on the landscape, which is one of the reasons the event was moved to the mesh club. To provide a more exclusive and engaging atmosphere for the attendees. Matt Brown says, “these 3 experts . . .
The Matt Brown Show, in association with CNBC Africa and social trading platform, Etoro, flew the wildly successful cryptocurrency trader, Luke Martin, AKA Venture Coinist, from the United States to take part in the show’s sixth live (and sold-out) cryptocurrency podcast. The Matt Brown Show has built a listenership and captive audience in over 100 countries around the world. #CryptoJHB was the first podcast event to trend in the #1 hashtag position on Twitter in the history of South African media. CNBC Africa broadcasted a section of The Matt Brown Show, through their programme #CryptoTrader, Hosted by Ran Neu-Ner. The Matt Brown Show tapped into Martins’ deep insight into the cryptocurrency landscape and interrogated issues such as the move from Bitcoin to alternative cryptocurrency (altcoins), the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) frenzy, how he makes his investment decisions and anonymity coins. Matt Brown says Martin is known for his uncanny ability to read the cryptocurrency market. “Luke has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. I strongly advise anyone who is serious about cryptocurrency trading to follow him if they are not doing so already.” Discussing the move from Bitcoin to altcoin, Martin said investor psychology is an important consideration, especially the psychology of people getting into crypto trading late. “Various coins that have been hailed as ‘the next Bitcoin’ attract investors looking for a cheaper coin that will allow them to earn a higher multiple.” Martin says while the ICO frenzy – where some tokens launch at 50 or 100 times their money – might be a bubble, it might not necessarily be a bad thing. “Good things can emerge from it. The massive fundraising is going to back projects that will disrupt other industries. Of course, we will continue to see corrections of 30%, 40%, 50% or even greater. After all, we’re dealing with a hyper-volatile asset here.” Looking at the bigger picture, Martin believes the total market cap is . . .
GAUTENG, MIDRAND- Attracting close to three thousand athletes, and a couple thousand onlookers, the 2018 season opener of the hugely popular obstacle course racing (OCR) series, the Toyota WARRIOR Series, powered by Reebok, was off to the perfect start this past weekend at Riversands Country Farm in Johannesburg. The OCR Toyota WARRIOR series is designed for adventure seekers from all walks of life, and, with no barrier to entry, makes obstacle course racing (OCR) accessible to anyone with a pair of trainers, t-shirt and shorts. Course designer, Jono Hart, says Toyota WARRIOR 2018 will be the best year yet for OCR. “I build these courses to allow ordinary people to start somewhere and build themselves into who they want to be. None of the obstacles are easy but they are all manageable depending on your fitness level. Black Ops is an absolute monster. These men and women are at the top of their game.” With three categories on offer, Rookie, Commando, and Black Ops, the Toyota WARRIOR races have something for everyone who wish to have fun and challenge themselves across world-class obstacles. The Rookie, the shortest and easiest race, is all about fun and comradery - a wonderful opportunity to have real fun with your friends and colleagues. For those seeking a greater challenge, the Commando offers a greater test of physical and mental ability. The most difficult challenge is the Black Ops - the ultimate test of endurance, speed, strength and agility. The main event of the day was Black Ops Elite. This tough course incorporates 35 obstacles over roughly 15 kilometres of trail. These athletes are either climbing, traversing, carrying or gripping from start to finish. It is intense and only the super-fit and trained make it to the end. Winner and ranked 2nd in OCR South Africa, Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team SA) won the men’s race; the Women 2017 Series winner and #1 ranked female in OCR, Trish Eksteen (AOT) won the women’s race. Trish Eksteen came 4th . . .
Excitement as Global Startup Grind Chapter is established in Port Elizabeth Startup and entrepreneurial businesses are characterised by high energy, high hopes and high expectations. Port Elizabeth offers many advantages to these businesses - central location, institutional and private support, easy and quick accessibility within the city, a can-do mindset and friendly people willing to freely share insider knowledge and advice. Start up businesses in Port Elizabeth have access to many different flavours of entrepreneurial support to assist them to go from Startup to global player. What is lacking however is a forum in which these entrepreneurs can gather to share their experiences, network and learn from each other. Filling that gap is Startup Grind Port Elizabeth which is a chapter of the global start-up community, Startup Grind. Represented on over 115 countries and in over 300 cities, Startup Grind has hosted more than a million entrepreneurs at regular Fireside Chats and events. Startup Grind has been running in South Africa since 2013. The format of the monthly meetups starts with an hour-long networking, helping like minded individuals to connect with each other, followed by a 45-minute fireside chat where a successful entrepreneur is interviewed to tell their business journey and any success (and failure) stories that formed part of it. The questions are structured in a way to inspire the entrepreneurs in the room on how they managed to make their business a success. A 15-minute Q&A session, during which the audience can informally interview the main guest, is followed by another networking opportunity to solidify relationships that have been established. Port Elizabeth Startup Grind Director, Alan Straton says; "Startup grind is a natural progression for myself coming from a background of tirelessly promoting Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay business and business excellence through various online publications such as . . .
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 . . .
25 January 2018 – PRETORIA – ITSI, the pioneering e-learning provider which enhances and simplifies the teaching and learning experience for both students and educators, is proud to announce that they have partnered with iSchoolAfrica and Jacaranda FM to provide Ntsha Peu Primary School in Soshanguve with an iPad lab and facilitation. iSchoolAfrica in partnership with JacarandaFM began their outreach programme at the end of 2017 in an effort to bring digital technologies to disadvantaged communities. The general public was asked through a Jacaranda FM Angels drive to donate their old iPads at Jacaranda’s studio in Midrand. These iPads are refurbished and donated to unprivileged schools to start an iPad lab. The project encompasses more than just an iPad lab consisting of iPads, headphones, software, covers, charging station and more, it also entails in-depth teacher training and support from the iSchoolAfrica team. To enable iSchoolAfrica to effectively drive this initiative, corporate sponsorship is needed and for their roll-out to Ntsha-Peu Primary School, ITSI came on-board to financially assist their efforts. ITSI’s patented solution solves some of the biggest 21st century challenges in education and training, by making learning visible, removing fragmentation, bridging the gap between traditional and cutting-edge teaching through researched-based practices and enabling learning anywhere, anytime. Foundation phase learners at Ntsha-Peu Primary will benefit from the content provided by iSchoolAfrica through a host of various iPad apps as well as content supplied by ITSI and some of its prominent publishing partners such as Pearson Publishing and Cambridge University Press. Dr Lieb Liebenberg, CEO at ITSI, commented, “We are delighted to be part of this initiative. Only through joint efforts can we make a difference in the lives of young children. Our e-reader application enables access to a variety of e-books – for both the curriculum prescribed books, . . .