Batteries are core to a car’s functioning, but there are still many misconceptions about how to properly care for them – or how they operate. From jumpstarting to recharging, Battery Centre debunks common myths about car batteries. Keep these fast facts in mind to prevent potentially dangerous and inconvenient situations. Myth: A battery should last for a certain amount of time. Fact: Battery structure is compromised over time as acid causes decay, so their ‘life’ isn’t always precise. It depends on a number of factors like proper installation, climate, how often the car is used and whether the battery and car are maintained properly. Battery Centre specialists can properly check, service and recharge vehicle batteries, increasing battery life and reliability. Myth: Batteries last longer in warm climates. Fact: Warm climates deteriorate car batteries due to water loss, heat distortion and increased corrosion. If you’re in a warm climate, contact Battery Centre to check your battery is in a full state of charge. Battery Centre stocks robust batteries that are more resistant to water loss, to ensure your battery lasts as long as possible. Myth: A battery light means a flat battery. Fact: Drivers assume the battery light means the battery is flat. In reality, it means there’s a problem with the car’s charging system and the car is running on battery power alone. If you keep driving, the car will eventually break down – and it could damage your car’s electrical system. Myth: Driving a car after a jump start will recharge the battery. Fact: Many people are guilty of this error. In fact, no amount of driving will fully recharge a dead battery – not even idling the engine. The only way to restore a battery is with a battery charger. You’ll also prevent wear, tear and save on fuel by using a charger to restore the battery to its maximum charge. After a jump start, it’s advisable to visit your nearest Battery Centre to get it checked and charged by . . .
If you’re guilty of setting aside just enough for your car’s debit order and the requisite two to three tanks of petrol every month, you’re not alone. Most people keep car payments to a minimum. As long as it’s not making a strange noise and getting you from A to B, it’s fine, right? Maybe not. There are additional considerations for your monthly car budget that, if worked in ahead of time, can prevent a last-minute cash haemorrhage when something goes wrong. Roadside assist It’s one thing to be stuck on the side of the road, with the sound of your meeting or social gathering whooshing by, before a kind-hearted friend comes to get you. It’s quite another to come to a grinding halt in a dangerous area, which puts you at risk of hijacking or theft. Or on the highway, with cars approaching at speed. Working a roadside assistance payment into your monthly budget provides invaluable resources in an emergency – and you’ll be endlessly thankful you made it a priority. Many insurance providers offer roadside assist as an additional service – find one who does and opt for the extra. Alternatively, an AA membership will give you the relief of knowing you’ll get support quickly when you need it, for as little as R85 per month for the Essential Option. Tyres The expense of tyres doesn’t seem like a priority month-to-month – and then poses a formidable financial inconvenience when you have to replace them. Why not set up a monthly debit order and start a small savings bundle for tyres? The amount can be adjusted according to the price of your car’s tyres. By the time you have to replace your tyres again, you won’t have to deal with a harsh blow that throws out your monthly budget. Battery The battery is the heart of your car’s engine. Without it, your car won’t start and most of the controls will be rendered useless. Your battery should be replaced about every three years – or more frequently if necessary. A quality battery, like Raylite, costs between R1000 and . . .
Did you know that elephants, humans and Neanderthals are the only known animals to participate in death rituals? They also demonstrate humour, compassion, cooperation, self-awareness, joy and of course, grief. Did you also know that their complex language is endangered along with the species? This is why the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust (DSWT) has created a campaign which allows people to send a message to their friends and family in the Elephant Language. For the first time, human words and emotions can be translated into elephant calls which signal similar emotions or intentions. www.helloinelephant.com The Hello in Elephant campaign has been developed in partnership with ElephantVoices, using its founder and esteemed conservationist Dr Joyce Poole’s research into elephant communication and behaviour, which has been conducted over her 40-year career, working with and studying elephants. Elephants have one of the richest repertoires of communication and are amongst the most emotionally sophisticated animals on the planet. By inputting a phrase by voice, text or emoji at www.helloinelephant.com, people will get to see a video of an elephant communicating the same greeting or emotion back to them in elephant speak. The video can be immediately shared with friends via Facebook, WhatsApp and Twitter to help raise awareness of the elephants’ plight. A short film about the campaign is available: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pToJ8kxRX9c&feature=youtu.be A short film about the DSWT is available here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PkP8Fwi-X5Q&feature=youtu.be Joyce Poole, founder of ElephantVoices says: "Elephants are awe-inspiring and every moment in their company brings one joy. Unlocking their rich emotive communication and gaining deeper insight into their world is fascinating. Yet, elephants and their habitats are under assault, and we urgently need to change hearts and minds.” Angela Sheldrick, Chief Executive of the David . . .
Schools in the cities of Johannesburg, Midrand, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Richards Bay have again been invited to participate in the Ronnie Recycler school’s competition for 2017. Schools in each city will be eligible to win prizes to the value of R20 000*. The competition is organised annually by Mpact Recycling. The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of the environmental benefits and importance of paper recycling. It instils lifelong positive habits amongst young learners who participate. This year’s competition, which officially launched on the 1st February and runs until the end of September is open to nursery schools, primary schools and high schools in each city. Through Mpact’s Ronnie Recycler programme 169,000 learners were reached last year, compared to 143,000 learners in 2015. Mpact’s friendly Ronnie Recycler mascot visits schools across the country educating learners on the importance of recycling, which encourages them to recycle and to participate in the annual recycling schools competition. Donna Noble, Mpact Recycling communications manager, says: “To win our fantastic prizes, your school must collect more paper than any other school in your area. The minimum entry requirement is a collection of ten tonnes over the ten-month period – equating to 1 tonne per month.” All types of paper based packaging is recyclable in the schools competition – paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal and egg boxes, old school books, junk mail, wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, shredded paper, toilet roll holders, envelopes, telephone directories and most recently, all your milk and juice cartons! Prizes for the top schools are: R10,000* as the 1st Prize; R5,000* for the 2nd Prize; and R3,000* for the third position. Additional prizes include R1,000 for the ‘Green Ambassador’ and R1,000 for the ‘Green Student’. “To win, all you have to do is encourage your family, friends and fellow students to recycle their paper by filling their bags . . .
Bioremedial sewage treatment solutions are like probiotics for septic tanks and help revive and restore these systems resulting in much less odour. That’s according to Ian Wright, CEO of organic air, water and sewage treatment firm, Biozone. “Our natural sewage reclamation solutions reduce the frequency of septic tank pump-outs and extend the life of these systems. This is very useful for businesses and homeowners waiting for municipal waterborne sewage,” says Mr Wright. Septic tanks remain popular in South Africa due to the limited availability of waterborne sewage in many areas. In addition, municipalities billing homeowners separately for water and waterborne sewage means most of us are effectively paying twice over for the same water. This has led to homeowners investigating alternatives to municipal sewage systems. Biozone Manufacturing has been supplying turnkey packaged sewage treatment plants for over a decade. “Septic tanks remain an excellent, cost effective sewage option for domestic users, provided they are properly designed and well maintained. There’s a definite market for septic tanks and Biozone’s bioremedial sewage treatment solutions add to the attractiveness of these systems,” says Mr Wright. Biozone’s bioremediation products use unique formulas of aerobic and anaerobic bacteria to enhance the natural process of degrading organic wastes in their basic elements. “Naturally-occurring organisms in our products work with nature to reduce the organic matter and inorganic compounds in septic tanks. The result is a reduction in ammonia levels and the resulting strong odors. Improved clarity, a reduction in bottom sludge and decreased algae growth all lead to a less smelly and better looking septic tank,” Mr Wright says. Bioremediation is the natural process of using microorganisms to reduce and degrade organic wastes, soluble inorganic compounds, suspended organic matter, settled organic solids and organic sludge. “It is a sustainable and . . .
https://youtu.be/YgqF0JIAc1U If you want to purchase Bitcoin as an investment and you want to join the BitClub Network Company, so that BitClub can mine Bitcoin on your behalf to grow a stable and increasing investment for you, please join BitClub for free at http://bitclub.network/clydethorburn. Once you join, you will be set up with a free lead account and receive follow up emails detailing how you can create a Bitcoin investment account with The BitClub Network. For any answers to questions contact Clyde Thorburn at http://clyde-thorburn-seo-specialist-johannesburg.strikingly.com/#contact-clyde-thorburn. Bitcoin was the first and it is currently the most valuable Blockchain asset. However, there are many Blockchain assets available today and the BitClub Network management team believe that there will be hundreds if not thousands of valuable Blockchain tokens/assets that will materialise in the future. This is why the management of the BitClub Network decided to expand their digital currencies to include Ethereum, Ethereum Classic, DASH, Monero and Zcash and perform all necessary mining for these crypto currencies. These crypto currency coins are now available through the BitClub Network's latest GPU Mining Pool that you can purchase, once you become a member. Each GPU machine is capable of mining dozens of coins and BitClub will continue to add more options as they become profitable to mine and create a solid investment for all members of the BitClub Network. Each share in this pool will have a mining life and will be mined for two thousand days and those members who purchase these shares will and do have full control over which coins to mine. The BitClub Network has also created its own Digital Currency known as called ClubCoin. Members can learn more about ClubCoin on the BitClub Network website. The future of Blockchain technology has arrived and with BitClub Network every single person in the world has the opportunity to acquire and accumulate these . . .
The ratio of voice-based to data-based communication still leans heavily towards voice. That’s according to Otel Communications which highlighted the fact that businesses have to invest in state-of-the-art voice services that will further their commercial objectives. “The lion’s share of commercial communication still takes place by people actually talking to each other. This is followed very far behind by email, SMS and other forms of written communication,” said Rad Jankovic, CEO of Otel Communications. A positive implication for resellers like IT companies and computer retailers wanting to diversity their revenue streams is that they can make attractive margins on hosted and on-site IP-based voice services with Otel’s turnkey reseller platform. For the head of the independent teleco and fibre provider, nothing provides as good a voice experience as IP-based fibre. In addition, a major benefit of IP systems is the dramatic reduction in support time. “About 90% of issues can be resolved through a managed router,” explains Mr Jankovic. “Voice solutions powered by fibre optic cable are the only way to go in a local business environment characterised by copper cable theft and shoddy service. Hosted and on-site IP-based voice takes the disinterested customer service individual at the end of the line totally out of the picture. We automate, we don’t frustrate,” adds Mr Jankovic. A further benefit of Otel’s hosted and on-site voice platforms is that Service Level Agreements (SLAs) can be customised for each client, depending on their unique requirements. “Nothing is set in stone,” says Mr Jankovic, “We strive to ensure a customer service experience that personalises response times, configurations, redundancy, and more.” Otel began its corporate life more than a decade ago as an alternative telecoms provider specialising in VoIP. Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP) is a communications solution where voice travels across the same network and in the . . .
Term 3 is over! Parents, learners and teachers are looking forward to some much-needed time-out! Alarm clocks, packed lunches, homework, and school-day routines are put aside for a few days, or so they should be! Unfortunately, for so many parents and learners, Term 3 brings with it the less-anticipated school report and in so many cases, ensuing panic! After all, there is only one term left of the year and many parents feel that the October holiday should be used to focus on school work. Cindy Glass, ex-teacher and Co-founder of education franchise, Step Up Education Centres strongly disagrees! “Whether your child is in Grade 1 or Grade 12, whether your child is struggling or an achiever, I highly recommend that schoolwork take a vacation with your family this October!” Cindy says. She explains why below… 1. Our kids are under so much pressure Let’s look at the pressures of modern schooling: Learners are bombarded, non-stop, with tasks, assignments, homework, tests and exams. On top of this, they have sporting and other cultural activities which keep them busy-often until late into the afternoons and even on weekends. Grade 12 learners have had the added pressure of trial exams. It is just go, go go with no time for rest! 2. Our kids are exhausted It is so easy to fall into the ‘need-to-do-more, need-to-work-harder’ trap at this time of the year. It is a trap because the idea of adding more pressure, more stress and more work to learners who are already exhausted is completely counter-productive. In fact, in my experience, it could even lead to a disastrous fourth term! 3. Our kids are burnt out Consider the symptoms of burn-out in children: unusual aggression, tearfulness, fatigue, anxiety, panic attacks, apathy, rebelliousness, depression, low self-esteem, recurring infections and illnesses, impaired concentration and anti-social behaviours. Our children are not Duracell bunnies whose batteries can be replaced whenever they run out of . . .
Billabong Junior Series Final Event presented by All Aboard Travel Seal Point, Cape St Francis – The final event of the Billabong Junior Series 2017 presented by All Aboard Travel will take place at Seal Point, Cape St Francis on the weekend Friday 29 Sept – Sunday 1 October. This year is the 20th year of this highly successful and nurturing Junior Series and the contest at Seal Point will actually clock in as the 59th individual event since the series started in 1997. This series – the longest running junior series in the world – has seen the likes of Jordy Smith and Bianca Buitendag emerge as Championship Tour surfers, and the latest graduate looks to be Mikey February from Cape Town. He is currently ranked fifth on the World Surf League’s World Qualifying Series rankings. This contest at Seal Point will be the fourth and final competition of the year, and the series champs will be crowned after the event has completed. Divisions that will be competing are: U12 Boys, U14 Boys and U14Girls, U16 Boys and U16Girls, U18 Jnr Men’s and U18 Jnr Women’s. All Aboard Travel presents the contest, and supporting sponsors are BOS, VonZipper and Zigzag Magazine. The Billabong Junior Series is sanctioned by Surfing South Africa, as well as the World Surf League. The exciting four part series commenced in Port Elizabeth, headed down to Cape Town as part of the BOS Cape Crown, moved on to event three that took place as part of the Ballito Pro, and will culminate in Seal Point with the fourth and final competition. There will also be the regular VZ Airshow, with R2k first prize, and the winner of the U18 Pro Junior Men as well as the winner of the U18 Pro Junior Women will be going to Bali courtesy of All Aboard Travel. The following week, 4 – 8 October, will see the Billabong SA Junior Championships take place at Lower Point in JBay. Last year Nelson Mandela Bay clinched the coveted Freedom Cup, and will be keen to reclaim the title at this year’s . . .
Lionel Smit, in collaboration with .M Contemporary Sydney, presents the solo exhibition EMERGE. Smit explores the emergence of identity that is constructed through a process of layering and fragmentation on the canvas. His portraits transpire a hybrid identity evoked by emotion through swaths of colour that assemble the portraits and figures in his works. The exhibition runs from 1 to 20 September 2017, showcasing his portraiture, sculpture and silkscreens. Lionel is representative of South African contemporary art and talent abroad. He currently has public sculptures exhibited as part of group exhibition Influx 2017 Outdoor in Providence, Rhodes Island, United States. This is part of The Avenue Concept consecutive public art exhibitions realised by the Cynthia Reeves gallery. Exposed 2017, is a group show with internationally renowned sculptors, including Smit's work, curated by Rachel Moore, Director and Curator and Stephanie Walker, Assistant Curator at the Helen Day Art Center in Vermont, United States. Smit’s work has also been featured locally and internationally in prestigious galleries, art fairs and public spaces. These include a solo exhibition at the Didrichsen Art Museum in Helsinki, Everard Read in London and Art Miami; his monumental sculpture Morphous was featured in Union Square, New York City during 2016 and 2017. For more information, visit https://www.lionelsmit.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .