GETTING YOUR START-UP PAST THE 2-YEAR MARK. The importance of risk management for small businesses and entrepreneurs - Alex Roberts, Regional Director – Sales & Operations at Cura Software Solutions Starting a business is a risky business. According to Standard Bank, about 50% of all start-up businesses in South Africa fail within 24 months. By the 10-year mark, the number of successful start-ups dwindles to 9%. Why is this number so low? Forbes reports that 90% of startups don’t fail due to the competitive environment; they ‘self-destruct’ as a result of their own poor decision-making. Even the few start-ups that do succeed are likely to encounter several potentially destructive experiences during their lifespan - the difference is how they deal with these potential problems. So, how do successful start-ups survive and thrive? Although there’s no ‘magic formula’ for a start-up’s success, being proactive and prepared for any eventuality and having effective risk management strategies in place from the start is a step in the right direction. Conversely, failing to manage risks may prevent start-ups from achieving their objectives, and ultimately lead to an increased need for risk-based ‘fire-fighting’, loss of competitive advantage or even closure. Despite its importance, strategic risk management is too often overlooked by small business managers - some feel that it is a domain reserved for larger, more established businesses, but this couldn’t be further from the truth. Particularly as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, the uncertainty, velocity and vast scope of this new era poses serious risks - and creates significant opportunities - for businesses of today. In an age of innovation, disruptive start-ups have the potential to overshadow well-established companies that are no longer able to dominate on quality, speed, or price. To remain relevant and competitive, businesses of all sizes need to be agile, willing to constantly reinvent how . . .
World Kidney Day takes place on Sunday, March 14th and is a global awareness campaign aimed at raising awareness of the importance of our kidneys. All across the globe, hundreds of healthy lifestyle events are due to take place to highlight this and why we need to live healthy lives to take care of them. Already, 850 MILLION PEOPLE WORLDWIDE are believed to suffer from various kidney diseases. Chronic kidney diseases (CKD) cause at least 2.4 million deaths per year and are now the sixth fastest growing cause of death globally. Acute kidney injury (AKI), an important driver of CKD, affects over 13 million people worldwide and 85% of these cases are found in low and middle-income countries (LMICs). Around 1.7 people are estimated to die annually because of AKI. Moreover, CKD and AKI are important contributors to increased morbidity and mortality from other diseases and risk factors including cardiovascular disease, diabetes, hypertension, obesity as well as infections such as HIV, malaria, tuberculosis and hepatitis. Furthermore, CKD and AKI in children not only lead to substantial morbidity and mortality during childhood but also result in medical issues as our children grow into adulthood. This year, uShaka Marine World’s contribution to raising awareness will be hosting this year’s special on Saturday March 30th in partnership with health event organisers Mabliza, the SA Kidney Association and Durdoc Hospital’s Renal department. The walk is only 3km and will start at Arena 5 and end at Arena 1 at uShaka Marine World. Entrance to the walk is free. Other activities that will be taking place on the day will be blood pressure & glucose testing, kidney function screenings, a blood drive and a nutrition educational. So, join the movement, support World Kidney Day and take care of your heath. For more information, contact uShaka Marine World on 0313288000. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
ULT.X And A FULL PODIUM SWEEP IN BMX Sun City - It was another incredible BMX event last weekend, with ULT.X taking place at the Sun City Resort. Monster Energy's Pat Casey, Kevin Peraza, Ben Wallace, Alex Coleborn and Mike Varga were all in town and certainly hungry to win in this event, up against a huge line-up of riders from almost every continent. The super fun and tight setup at Sun City definitely pushed all the riders to think out of the box, with a lot of emphasis put on catching transition as smooth as possible, without putting in too much pedal exertion in between the ramps. Our boys made light work of it, resulting in a full Monster Energy podium sweep from Pat Casey, Bryce Tryon and Kevin Peraza. Mike Varga and Ben Wallace wasted no time kitting up to lock in some big lines on the park. Wallace, blasting his signature cranked lookbacks and downside whips, as well as some new Can-Can 360 variations, impressing spectators and competitors alike. Fresh off a 2nd Place finish at The Night Harvest in Cape Town, Varga braved the 35+ degree heat and put in some solid runs, packed with his magical bag of tricks, like stretched Superman whips and tons of crazy looking spins and under flip transfers, ending him just off the podium in a the 4th Place spot. "This was my first trip to South Africa and I absolutely loved it here,” said Varga. “Both contests I rode at had amazing vibes and you'll definitely see me coming back in the future!” The nicest guy with the biggest smile in BMX, always doing the wildest tricks with the biggest smile on his face, Kevin Peraza definitely brought the most original lines to the contest this year. From 270-downside whip drop-ins, nose-bonk combos for days. Not forgetting those crowd-pleasing Superman seat-grabs and 360 whips, to tables. Kevin is the man, and it was great to have him back in South Africa after missing the contest last year. “I’m humbled to end up on the podium next to Pat and Bryce,” said . . .
The World Happiness Report, which ranks countries by their happiness levels, placed South Africa at 104 out of 156 countries in 2018, and at 106 in 2019. While there are many factors contributing to a country’s happiness score, it is worth considering how corporate employers in South Africa can contribute to the happiness of our employees, and the communities in which we operate. For WSP in Africa, the focus has been on creating and sustaining a purposeful workplace for our people. As engineers and scientists, our work affects the communities in which we deliver projects by its very nature. Whether designing a bridge that enables communities to travel safely across a river, or a water management plan for an industrial operation to ensure its sustainability; our work affects African communities every day. This may seem like enough to ensure that people at WSP have a sense of purpose and meaning and are therefore happy. But we are not immune to the negative effects of stress, financial pressure, long hours, fatigue and many other factors that can lead to unhappiness in the workplace. The theme for the UN’s International Day of Happiness this year is ‘Happier together’ – a theme we find rather fitting at WSP. Creating a purposeful organisation, for us, means striving to help our people stay resilient under these pressures by creating a supportive community both in our daily work, and outside of it. Living up to our guiding principles is key to achieving this sense of belonging - and adding to our people’s overall happiness. Fostering collaboration A core value at WSP, enabling collaboration amongst our people is an important driver in creating happiness together. Our Professional Growth Network – PiGeoN – is one such initiative. PiGeoN provides our young professionals with a platform from which to share knowledge, network outside of their discipline streams, and learn from more senior engineers and scientists. Its success lies in its organic nature – . . .
On this Human Rights Day on 21 March 2019, the Adopt-a-School Foundation (AAS), a partner entity of Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation (CRF), draws attention to the rights of children to quality education. It is estimated that one fifth of children are orphaned and vulnerable, and at least 64.5% of children live in low-income households and are impacted on by the cycle of poverty. Children also experience food insecurity, struggle to access basic educational resources and services such as sanitation and water, and are exposed to high levels of violence. ~South African Human Rights Commission. While everyone has the right to basic education in South Africa, the fulfillment of this right is challenged by poor standards, factors of social and economic inequality, and exclusion. Through a holistic, inclusive model called Whole School Development, Adopt-a-School Foundation aims to ensure the rights of children through education and address the academic, infrastructural, social and security environments in adopted schools such that they are conducive to teaching and learning. AAS implements this inclusive model at 497 schools across the country. “As a result of this holistic approach we are able to meaningfully address the obstacles that stand in the way of quality education provision. Children’s needs and rights are critical to observe and and require great accountability,” said Steven Lebere, AAS Executive Director. “The prevalence of school-based violence and sexual abuse is also concerning. It impacts the vision of safe, fun learning spaces that schools are meant to be,”Lebere continued. In account of these circumstances, Cyril Ramaphosa Foundation with the implementation support of Adopt-a-School has since September 2017 piloted the Thari Programme in Botshabelo in the Free State and in Diepsloot, Gauteng. The programme is aimed at providing psychosocial support services and safe spaces at schools for vulnerable children, youth and women. It empowers schools . . .
As a woman, who has had a life-long struggle to have a voice or freedom of choice to live what is called a normal life and also as a spiritualist, I find the topic of Human Rights Day very interesting. Since the 18th century we have gone through four industrial revolutions, the first revolution was steam powered factories, the second revolution was the use of science in mass production, third revolution was digitisation and computer and now we are passing through fourth revolution, the artificial intelligence and genome editing. Science and technology are advancing at an astronomical speed breaking through many solid laws of Newtonian physics and others, yet many are still struggling to accept the fact that we, as human’s, are all equal and all have the same rights. According to Professor Michio Kaku, a physicist and the co-founder of String Theory, soon enough our decedents will not only have biological perfection but also digital immortality, fusion power will be utilised, brain net will replace internet, brain chips can send and receive not only information but also memory and emotions which will have a great impact on the future of our health care industry. Alzheimer’s patients can receive and download lost memories and depressed patients can download positive empowering emotions that can help them live a better life and perhaps saving many from committing suicide. Perhaps we will be able to make planet Mars our second home and traveling to the moon for your honeymoon will be a norm. With all these great scientific and technological advancements one would imagine that we would have also moved beyond our social, cultural and religious prejudices and evolved into more unified loving and abundant societies. So whilst technology is moving forward; are we as human beings also moving forward? Are we evolving beyond our restrictive believes, cultural, social, religious, structures and limitations? Will there be any revolution for human consciousness? Or we . . .
After claiming his spot for AKA's Megacy Over Everything Concert In Cape Town, You can the say the Rap moguel is well on his way to making his mark in the Music Industry. Local rapper AL-timit born in the Mother City, whose real name is Lonwabo Mnyungula is without a doubt making a noise through his Music. In just under one year he has performed alongside big names such as Shane Eagle, YoungstaCpt, AKA, and Areece. The rapper has also released 2 music videos , 2 body of works, and has featured one of the best artists in South Africa. The young artist has been working hard in the booth and you can expect his EP eKapa Vol 2 mid May 2019. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Homesmart SA has introduced a new range of modern toggle switches for those interested in home decor lighting. Their toggle light switches make flipping a switch more satisfying than ever. Their light switches are designed to be easy on the hands and give homes a classy, retro modern appeal. Don’t let your rooms get you down and start living a fuller life! Ditch the switch that has been a neglected eyesore and change to a toggle switch that not only feels easy on the hand but also adds a classic vintage look to the home. South Africa trusts Homesmart SA for their ingenuity to turn mundane everyday items into products that are not only a source of convenience but are also unique, distinctive & elegant. There is no better place to start than with an item we use countless times a day. Homesmart SA sets the industry standard for quality, high performing home decor lighting products. Their line of toggle switches feature a variety of wall mounting options available with a full array of choice. Designed to outperform other lights and toggle switches on the market, Homesmart SA’s lights and light switches are specifically known to be top of the range when it comes to longevity, aesthetics, finishing, quality, and variety. Their toggle switch range are all CCCs, CE, GB/16915,1 and RoHS2 compliant.Customers get to choose from the Bastille, Classic Vintage and Houdini ranges. The panels are stainless steel and come in a selection of choices like pearl gold, deep bronze, black, grey and white. All colours are provided in 1,2,3 and 4 gang light switches and come with a wall box. These toggle switches can withstand currents up to 10 AMPS and voltages between 220 to 250. Homesmart SA offers free courier delivery, dispatched within 24 Hours. Secure credit card checkout with PayFast with an EFT option. About Homesmart Homesmart SA is known for their decor lights and light switches. They have been serving the South African market with dedication and aim to . . .
To highlight the success of the bilateral relations between Japan and South Africa, the Japanese Embassy to South Africa hosted a media tour to illustrate work done by the various Japanese stakeholders in developing South Africa. “The aim was to take members of the media to the Komatsu Campus in Germiston - one of Japan’s biggest engineering multinational corporations and have them see how the partnership between the two countries has mutual benefits. The second leg of the tour was to visit the Pink Drive Mobile Clinic in Randburg,” Spokesperson for the Embassy of Japan, Taro Sawada says. The Komatsu Campus is the head office of the company in Africa. Occupying 300 000 square metres, it is a parts distribution centre, equipment workshop and technical training hub for the manufacturing firm. “This R985 million investment was one of the first realisations of the commitments announced at the Presidential Investment Conference and is a significant contribution to the efforts of increasing skills development and facing the challenge of unemployment in South Africa,” Sawada says. Another project sponsored by the Japanese Embassy, the Pink Drive mobile mammography clinic is a specialised clinic that provides screening services to aid in the early detection of cancer, with a focus on breast and cervical cancer, as well as basic infant services. “The mobile clinic is equipped with medical devices provided by FUJIFILM and was sponsored by the Embassy of Japan as part of the Grant Assistance for Grassroots and Human Security Projects (GGP) programme in order to allow those who do not have medical aid to be screened,” Sawada says. Pink Drive strives for the empowerment of women by providing the means for women to take control of their healthcare and their own bodies. “We thought it would be fitting to include the Pink Drive on our tour in light of the 5th World Assembly for Women (WAW) being held in Tokyo on the 23rd and 24th of this month. Empowering women . . .
Daily, many battles are fought out of sight. These battles are fought by unknown heroes who offer their time and effort to help preserve the life and dignity of others. So often they are reliant on donations which never seem to be sufficient. These battles are an ongoing effort to alleviate poverty, saving the planet and all live that depends on it. Like some other organisations, WebScripto recognise the role these NGO’s play in our society. As a mean of recognizing these organisations and its people’s sacrifices, WebScripto is offering a pro bono website of up to 5 pages every quarter of the year to qualifying organisations who may benefit from having a website that may assist them in reaching out to the public and to accept online donations. We have provided pro bono websites to a number of institutions as part of our Social Responsibility Program. Interested registered NGO’s or registered charities are requested to contact WebScripto at firstname.lastname@example.org. Applicants need to indicate their registration number, their registered business address and the charity goals of their organisations. WebScripto will, based on the submissions and the above criteria decide on an organisation to furnish with a website. WebScripto will advise on the most cost effective domain registration and website hosting plan as this will not form part of the pro bono website CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .