Adrian Stander and co. are renowned throughout the Pretoria and Gauteng region as a dynamic team of skilled photographers and retouchers who can provide ideal wedding photography services. Wedding Photographer Pretoria is an All-In-One photography studio based in Pretoria, that primarily offers wedding photography services to the surrounding areas in Gauteng and beyond. The team, consisting of Adrian Stander and co. is renowned throughout the Pretoria and Gauteng region as a dynamic team of skilled photographers and retouchers who can provide ideal wedding photography services. According to the lead photographer of the team, “As all-in-one photo studio we use professional photographers and retouchers that work together to provide magazine-quality designer wedding albums, that are fashionable and intimate.” Adrian further adds, “From high end to low-key, we work to your budget and give each of our clients the very best.” In the words of satisfied customers, the wedding photography service based in Pretoria offers glamour, sophistication, as well as affordably priced wedding photography. What's more, Wedding Photographer Pretoria also offers a range of other services including family portraits as well as maternity and baby shoots. The photo studio covers Pretoria North East, Montana, Central West, North West, Pretoria East, Hillcrest, Lynnwood, Pretoria South, and Centurion along with all surrounding regions of Gauteng. On occasion, Adrian is also known to travel further and offer destination photography services around South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Couples often agonise over choosing the perfect venue for their wedding. The location of the reception has an effect on every element of the big day, from the choice of suppliers to the number of guests who can attend – the pressure is on to choose something to suit everyone. Not only that, but the wedding venue says so much about you as a couple; you’ve got to pick a venue to reflect your styles and personalities. Having said that, your classic wineland or beach wedding, whilst still popular, is fast being replaced with more contemporary, individual and modern takes on this age-old tradition, seeing more and more couples opting for city weddings using innovative spaces, and cool ideas for their new-age ‘I do’s. Lucy Rangasamy, General Manager at BON Hotel Midrand, says their hotel is perfect for a big city wedding - often an issue when it comes to finding space for 300 guests, plus your mother’s friend’s cousin’s son. She adds that the hotel offering for guests extends beyond just bedrooms and amenities, with generous packages offering all sorts of add-ons like ‘the best breakfast in town’, a shuttle service, spa treatments, hair and make-up stylists, and much more. And the photo opportunities are endless - as a start the contrast between the dress and the urban location would be delicate and authentic - imagine a downtown, grungy street, a colourful, graffiti-swamped wall, modern or crumbling architecture, or an old car posed against the sidewalk as the sun sets. Better yet, if it’s bucketing down, bring out the umbrellas and pop on some Wellingtons, and really make a splash. Banqueting Manager at BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central, Dayana Kerber, says that they are getting more and more enquiries for rooftop weddings and events. “We recently hosted a function on the rooftop parking area, which was spectacular – a celebration beneath the stars on a perfect summer’s evening with the sounds of the city vibrating in the background.” From stylish and urbane . . .
As the Easter holidays approach, offices across South Africa prepare to close doors for a few days and families gear-up to hit the road. Unfortunately, holidays and long weekends are prime periods for break-ins at unguarded homes and businesses. Research suggests around 686 households and 54 businesses get broken into daily in SA – and this increases substantially during the holidays. Review security procedures and equipment before the holidays to ensure your premises – personal and professional – are safe and secure. Here are some tips to help protect your home and business while you’re away: Lock it up Valuable items are all the motivation needed to break in. During holidays, businesses should adopt a ‘clean desk policy’. Pack away laptops and other valuable equipment in a lockable store room, away from prying eyes. The same goes for homes. Take extra precaution and store valuable possessions in a safe to reduce theft risk. If your home is on the ground floor or has windows that allow outsiders a look in, make sure blinds and curtains are closed to deter thieves from peeking. The most important security tip is to ensure properties themselves are locked up properly. Access points should be locked and alarm systems set correctly. Task one individual, make sure they know the procedure ahead of time, and request confirmation when they’ve completed the lock-up and alarm activation. Back up your data Invest in cloud storage to back up data in case of theft or natural disaster while on holiday. Managed Document Services (MDS) allow businesses to track and protect important information, and can be easily implemented through Nashua. MDS also allows accessibility from any device, at any time. If there’s an emergency while you’re away and you need to check something remotely, it’s simple. Being able to access essential information can help minimise losses and impact to business continuity. Turn it off Security is more than just preventing theft. . . .
Yesterday's surfing tournament finals - the Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - was an exciting day on the beach with great surfing conditions, awesome weather and a good turn-out of surfers and spectators. Congrats to the winners - Crystal Hulett, Mikey February, Kayla Nogueira and Jake Elkington. The Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong was supported by Volkswagen, Corona, the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Yesman, Tsogo Sun, Skullcandy, El Jimador and Accelerate Sport. The second event on the 2017 WSL Africa calendar, the Buffalo City Surf Pro at Nahoon Reef in East London, runs from Saturday to Monday, 15-17 April, and features QS1,000 rated events for Men and Women and JQS1,000 rated events for Junior Men & Women. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong - Some Final Day Wrap Photos here: https://www.facebook.com/Billabong/ . . .
February, Hulett, Elkington and Noguera Take Titles at Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong The inaugural Nelson Mandela Bay Surf Pro presented by Billabong wrapped up three days of high performance surfing action on Sunday with Michael February (Kommetjie) and Crystal Hulett (St Francis Bay) taking out the Men’s and Women’s titles respectively while Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Kayla Nogueira (Durban) clinched the Junior men’s and Women’s crowns. The first internationally rated World Surf League (WSL) Qualifying Series (QS) events to be staged in Port Elizabeth enjoyed contestable but testing surf and great weather for the three days and featured 128 competitors, including South Africa’s top exponents and entrants from the USA and Australia. February demonstrated why he is country’s highest ranked QS surfer by dominating throughout the QS1,000 rated Men’s event, including the final. Surfing with unparalleled speed, power and flow, the 23 year-old Capetonian effortlessly connected long rides all the way to the beach, cruising over flat sections and performing powerful manoeuvres whenever the opportunity presented itself. Fellow QS campaigner Dylan Lightfoot (Jeffreys Bay) kept pace for the first half of the 25 minute final, but an excellent 8.67 by February late in the heat left Lightfoot, third placed Jarred Veldhuis (Kommetjie) and fourth placed Beyrick de Vries, the 2016 WSL Africa champion, all requiring 16.01 points for victory. “Super happy with that result. I haven’t won an event for a couple of years and that’s my first QS1,000 event title,” said February. “The final was tricky, the waves were really far out and you couldn’t hear what the situation was, but after I’d had two decent rides I stayed close to Dylan (Lightfoot) and Jarred (Veldhuis) and used my priority to keep them off the good ones. “It’s good to be home, pick up the maximum points available and to move up the rankings. I’m feeling positive and motivated for . . .
The National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA) has issued the following guidelines regarding the anticipated protest action on 7 April 2017. There has been a lot of speculation doing the rounds as to the rights of employees to attend the planned protest action or alternatively where employees do not wish to report for duty due to safety reasons. Since this protest action is not regulated by the Labour Relations Act the situation appears to be somewhat unclear. The granting of leave always remain the sole prerogative of the employer. However, in considering whether or not leave should be granted for the purposes of this protest action, employers must be mindful not to establish a precedent by the granting of leave, especially since employees might expect to be granted a similar privilege should they wish to participate in similar future mass action. In the absence of any arrangement to this effect with the employer, the unauthorized absence from work will trigger the ‘no work no pay’ principle and normal disciplinary procedures should apply. In order to remove all risk from the above equation, employers might consider closing their businesses for the day. In this instance employees must be remunerated for the day. Author: Gerhard Papenfus, Chief Executive of the National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA). CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
FAW, Spodoptera frugiperda, is a fast-spreading pest that has been damaging essential food crops in South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Russell IPM has responded to the demand for an effective monitoring system for FAW infestations. In February, trials were conducted in Africa in order to optimise the company’s pheromone blend targeting the devastating pest. Six different formulations of the FAW pheromone were tested in Zambia and South Africa. According to Dr Al-Zaidi, Russell IPM’s Managing Director, an effective monitoring solution has been identified. “The trial results show that the highest trap catches were achieved by Russell IPM’s four-components lure. This formulation, which is specific to the fall armyworm species currently present in Africa, showed the highest efficacy. The lure and traps are commercially available from our distributors in Africa”. The lure is compatible with Russell’s Mothcatcher trap, and can be used as part of an IPM strategy to combat the invasions in Africa. Dr Nayem Hassan, Head of Research and Development at Russell IPM, recommends the following programme of treatment: “For preventative FAW control, our microbial plant booster and soil enhancer, Recharge, can be mixed with the irrigation water and applied to the soil around the plant roots. FAW pupae will not emerge from the soil. For tackling larvae at first detection and before they bore into the stem of the host plant, farmers can alternate foliar applications of Biotrine, a microbial extract, and Antario, a synergised Bacillus thuringiensis formulation. Biotrine’s action is translaminar, so the active ingredient is absorbed only into the upper foliar surface. It targets larvae coming into contact with treated leaves, but the plant itself will show no pesticide residue.” Headquartered in Flintshire, United Kingdom, Russell IPM designs, manufactures, supplies and consults on innovative biorational solutions for pest monitoring and control in agriculture and . . .
Motorists around the country can now fill their fuel tanks without carrying cash or cards, thanks to the ingenuity of modern technology. TOTAL Bonjour and Thrupps service stations have integrated mobile payments with the Zapper app into 300 of their service stations nationwide as a fast payment solution for drivers who want a quick and easy visit. By scanning a safe and secure QR Code with their smartphone, customers at Total Bonjour can effortlessly top up their tanks without worrying about a forgotten wallet, faulty card chips or waiting for card machines to free up every time they arrive to fill up. They can simply scan, pay and go at their convenience. The new payment method also lets you pay for groceries inside their convenience stores and car washes, and for an oil change if needed; as Total’s way of making the petrol station a one-stop-shop where as many errands as possible can be completed in half the time it would usually take elsewhere. “Total is always looking for innovative ways to raise the bar on customer satisfaction. By combining our range of services with Zapper’s easy payment method, we are bringing an added level of convenience to our customer’s day. More convenience at our convenience stores and a more efficient service experience means that Total and Zapper make your trips to the garage quick and easy,” said Marisa Barnard, Retail and Convenience Programme Manager. Digital loyalty cards that reward regular patronage with discount vouchers once the spend threshold has been reached, are also available for use at selected Total Bonjour stations. These can be downloaded on the Zapper App Merchant Finder or by scanning a unique QR code inside a Total convenience store. Zapper’s high security features ensure that personal and private information is encrypted and cannot be copied or cloned for complete user safety. An added advantage of using the app is that there aren’t additional bank charges or hidden service fees. CLICK HERE . . .
Established entrepreneur and Chairman of Productivity SA Board, Mthunzi Mdwaba, has been elected as the first African Global Employer Vice-President for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) since the formation of the ILO almost 100 years ago. The ILO is the only tripartite organisation in the world, a United Nations (UN) multi-lateral agency dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities for all. In 1969, the organisation received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving peace among classes, pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical assistance to other developing nations. The ILO registers complaints against entities that are violating international rules, however, it does not impose sanctions on governments. The primary aim of the ILO is to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues. Mdwaba was elected on the 24th March 2017 at a Geneva, Switzerland meeting of the Management Board of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). The IOE is responsible for employers in over 155 countries. The IOE is the only recognised body representing the interests of employers in international social and labour policy matters. Mdwaba says “he is extremely humbled by the support he has received from colleagues who elected him on a consensus basis, and he believes the appointment will bring a lot of focus on social dialogue as a means of contributing to a better world within the African continent” This appointment has awarded Mdwaba the opportunity to oversee political matters concerning employers and business organisations on the continent. However, Mdwaba is not a novice on matters related to the ILO and he holds various positions within the ILO, including a role as the Employer spokesman for the Programme and Budget for all employers on behalf of the IOE, and as the . . .
Port Elizabeth, March, 27, 2017 - Whether you’re looking for a romantic getaway or a laid-back but vibrant location with entertainment for the whole family, Port Elizabeth is the perfect destination. It’s not only rich in award-winning wildlife destinations and some interesting museums, but also home to spectacular beaches. And it’s not known as the 'Friendly City' for nothing, as visitors will agree that people in PE are very warm, and always make you feel at home. With public holidays and the Easter weekend approaching, PE is an ideal long weekend road trip destination. Apart from the hours of sunshine visitors can expect to enjoy, here are some of the top 10 attractions in the Friendly City. 1. Addo Elephant National Park Addo Elephant National Park is the third largest national park in South Africa and is home to all of Africa’s ‘Big 7’, namely elephant, rhino, lion, buffalo, leopard, southern right whale and the great white shark. Whether for day trips, picnics, or staying over in the caravan park, this location offers visitors a memorable wildlife experience. 2. Maitland Sand Dunes If you are looking for hours of fun and a dash of adrenaline, then you’re sure to enjoy sand boarding at the Maitland Sand Dunes. The dunes are easily accessible and, while it may be a challenging trek up to the top, it’s worthwhile for the spectacular views and scenery, and the best part - sliding down. 3. The Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World With a variety of entertainment, shopping, family fun, and dining, Boardwalk Casino and Entertainment World offers every member of the family something exciting and fun to see and experience. 4. Beaches With more than 40 kilometers of golden sand along the Algoa Bay coast, Port Elizabeth is home to some of the most magnificent beaches in South Africa. King’s Beach is one of three beaches in the Friendly City to have been awarded Blue Flag Status, meaning that, in addition to its scenery and attractions, it is . . .