Action and fun down at Willard beach for day two of the Billabong Junior Series in Ballito Durban. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Billabong Junior Series Ballito - Images From Day Two Of Competition. here: http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za . . .
Willard Beach, Ballito, 29 June 2017: Many of the country’s top ranked junior surfers tumbled out of contention on Day 2 of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel as the inconsistent, peaky head-high waves at Willard Beach in Ballito played havoc with their heat strategies, leading to major upsets. A total of six of the top eight WSL Africa ranked junior men were eliminated from the event on Wednesday while only one of the top 10 junior women has reached the last four. Both the defending event champions, Adin Masencamp (Strand) and Zoe McDougall (HAW), slipped through to the final day of competition after finishing second in their respective quarterfinal heats today. And they face the same opponents who relegated them to runner-up berths in the one-on-one format for the semi-finals. Masencamp produced a great comeback to grab second spot from Luke Malherbe (East London) with a ride that connected all the way to the beach in the dying seconds of their heat. He will be up against red hot Brazilian Samuel Pupo who has posted the highest scores in the event so far with his huge range of high risk aerial manoeuvres. The other junior men’s semi will see current No 8 ranked Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay) get the chance to force his way into contention for a spot in the four man squad to represent the Africa region at the World Surf League (WSL) World Junior Championships in Australia in January if he can get past former SA U16 champion Ethan Fletcher. Fletcher eliminated rankings leader and fellow Kommetjie resident Jake Elkington to earn a place in the semis for the first time this year. “This break can be difficult and the tide was quite high so there weren’t a lot of waves coming though. I made one or two mistakes and didn’t get the waves I needed but I’ve learnt from what happened in that heat and will work on making sure it doesn’t happen again,” Elkington explained. “After three wins I’ll still stay at the top of the rankings . . .
Au pairing has evolved into a full-blown career in South Africa, in response to a consistent increase in the demand for qualified childcare professionals. “With the growth in the South African middle class, and the increasing number of households where both parents work full-time or where there is only one parent, many people are seeking out the services of au pairs to take care of their children, from babies and toddlers to high school learners,” says Nomawabo May, Team Leader: Student Advisor Department at Oxbridge Academy. She says that although there has always been a demand for babysitters and nannies, the difference now is that people seek out dedicated au pairs for their children, demand a minimum level of competence and qualification, and are prepared to pay accordingly. Additionally, professional au pairs often make it clear in their CVs that the field is not a side-job or an additional income generator, but a dedicated career choice. “Au pairing can be a very satisfying career, and can provide a good, sustainable income,” notes May. She says the increase in demand for qualified au pairs has led to the growth of an entire supporting industry, with au pair placement services and online support systems, and even apps, blossoming across the country. Although salaries vary depending on qualifications, experience, the specific placement, and working hours, an au pair working 8 hours, Monday to Friday, can expect a salary in the region of R13 000. Regular hourly rates are around R80 per hour during the day, and around R160 per hour for overnight care, while driving duties are remunerated at about R110 per hour. If tutoring is provided, the au pair is remunerated at about R155 per hour. May says that enrolment figures at Oxbridge Academy, which caters to 20 000 students annually and is one of South Africa’s fastest-growing distance learning institutions, have shown a consistent increase in people seeking au pair training and Educare . . .
Crystal Lagoons, a multinational water-innovation company, specialises in creating crystal-clear lagoons in partnership with property developers, bringing the idyllic lifestyle of the beach anywhere in the world. Crystal Lagoons was a silver sponsor of the East African Property Investment Summit in April this year, and is currently in discussion with both public and private partners in Nigeria and Ghana. The company, whose technology is patented in 190 countries, is currently involved in 600 projects in 60 countries in various stages of negotiation and completion, and has started a real estate revolution around the world by enabling the creation and of unlimited sized bodies of crystal clear water at very low construction and maintenance costs. Regional Director for sub-Saharan Africa, Alastair Sinclair, said that the company is excited to expand their presence in Africa, and that they are currently focusing on the West African region. “Strong economic development make for many promising property markets across Africa. For example, rapid population growth and urbanisation in countries like Ghana suggest demand for property and more broadly, a market with increasing potential for sustained economic growth. Growth in population comes with its own set of challenges. In order to facilitate growth while still maintaining quality of life for the population, recreational facilities - such as those that Crystal Lagoons’ technology enables – are vital.” Ghana’s economy is expected to grow by over 7% in 2017, thanks to factors such as industrial growth and growing public and private investment, including infrastructure. UN Habitat forecasts that the population of Ghana’s capital city, Accra, will grow from 2,5 million in 2011 to roughly 4,2 million by 2025. Accra was listed on British Airways’ “Hot List 2015” and foreign investors have begun taking notice of the country’s real estate sector. The increasing demand for urban space will force developers to think more . . .
Mauritius, June 2017 - LUX* Resorts & Hotels rethinks and redefines luxury around the themes of joy, happiness and time devoted to long cherished holidays, with creative agency BETC Paris, and launches its new 2017 advertising campaign. The theme of the advertising campaign is Smile All The Stay, as LUX*’s goal is for guests to enjoy some genuine joie de vivre by keeping in mind that the simplest acts of generosity, connection and guestcare can offer the biggest rewards. It all starts with reconnecting to the moments that mean the most to its guests, and help them making the time to fully experience its magic. Six advertisements represent the fun, dynamic and unexpected atmosphere and lifestyle of LUX* Resorts & Hotels. A bold, stylish, global campaign running in publications such as Condé Nast Traveller, Tatler, Harper’s Bazaar, Monocle, FT How to Spend It, GQ and Vanity Fair, the images convey the simple, fun, light-hearted holiday moments that characterise a LUX* holiday. Complemented by social media initiatives on Facebook, Twitter, WeChat, Weibo and Instagram, the campaign reinforces the brand’s worldwide positioning and mission of helping people celebrate life and vision of making each matter. Through this, it is communicated that guests will ‘Smile all the Stay’. The LUX* brand was founded in 2011 and now that it’s established itself as a sophisticated, innovative five-star brand, the intention was to engage with consumers in a more playful tongue-in-cheek way. “This campaign simulates the joy, happiness and smile of a stress-free LUX* holiday. This creative approach enables us to flaunt the values that create our brand’s DNA, while helping guest celebrate life and enjoy the reasons to go LUX*,” says Julian Hagger, Chief Sales & Marketing Officer at LUX* Resorts & Hotels. The essence of the LUX* brand, communicated through this new advertising campaign is showcased by being fun, light hearted and surprising; eschewing luxury . . .
PrideTV, Africa's only LGBT video-on-demand (VOD) channel, is highlighting four winter warmers as temperatures drop during the Southern Hemisphere’s cold season. The highlighted movies are all designed to raise the mercury and include the ‘Flight of the Cardinal’, ‘Vampire Boys’, ‘Leather’ and ‘Make the Yuletide Gay’. Flight of the Cardinal is set in a timber lodge located in the desolate Smoky Mountains, Vampire Boys stays true to that genre where the warmth of daylight fears to tread, Leather is about getting up to no good in a cosy Catskill Mountains cottage, and Make the Yuletide Gay - you’ve guessed it - pays homage to the sights and sounds of a typically frosty Northern Hemisphere Christmas. “Our expanding movie library contains award-winning video content that is eminently watchable at any time of the year. Africa’s LGBT community and their supporters will, however, find our four highlighted winter warmers particularly apt this time of year,” says Joanne Raphael Katz, PrideTV spokesperson. PrideTV became Africa's first LBGT streaming channel following its launch last year. "PrideTV is fully embracing its role as Africa's flagship LGBT entertainment channel by offering the widest LGBT content while also offering support for issues that affect the LGBT community such as last month's International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia that it helped publicise." Anyone can join PrideTV's community regardless of their location. PrideTV's premium video entertainment offering costs the equivalent of just R79 a month (or R790 for 12 months with 2 months free) and viewers subscribe by visiting www.prideTV.co.za. International viewers can pay via credit card in their local currency. No specialised hardware beyond the viewer's usual Internet access device is required to access PrideTV. The service can be viewed on smart televisions, desktop computers, laptops, tablets or mobile phones using either iOS or Android operating . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard - Images From Day One Of Competition Ballito, Durban. 28 June 2017, Willard Beach - Some more incredible images of day one of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel. All images ©Ryan Janssens CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard - Images From Day One Of Competition here: http://www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za . . .
Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel- Top Seeds Dominate Opening Round Contenders Fight Back with Upsets in Round 2 The top seeds dominated the opening round of the Billabong Junior Series presented by All Aboard Travel at Willard Beach in Ballito on Tuesday, racking up great scores in the punchy, early morning beach break conditions. But the contenders fought back as the onshore wind and an incoming tide brought an element of luck to wave selection resulting in several of favourites for the titles being eliminated from the World Surf League (WSL) JQS1,000 men’s and women’s events. WSL Africa junior men’s rankings leader Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) maintained his challenge for a fourth title this year by winning both his encounters, combining excellent manoeuvres with savvy wave choices to advance to the last eight and another keeper result in the chase for the coveted Billabong Junior Series U18 men’s title. Defending event champion Adin Masencamp (Strand) is also through to the semifinals after back-to-back heat wins. The current rankings No. 2 will come up against Brazilian whizz-kid Samuel Pupo who was the day’s standout performer. Hailing from Maresias, a beach town between Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro that is not unlike Ballito, Pupo displayed all his aerial skills in his opening clash, flying high above the lip to record scores of 8.33 and 9.33 for the highest heat total of the day, 17,66 out of 20. Others to safely negotiate their way through two rounds included brothers Joshe and Angelo Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Ethan Fletcher (Kommetjie) and East London’s Bryce du Preez and Luke Malherbe Defending junior women’s champ Zoe McDougall (HAW) was on fire in her first heat, seamlessly linking powerful turns together as she charged to the highest scores of the JQS1,000 women’s event. McDougall then had to dig deep to hang on to second place in Round 2, finishing behind local standout Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) who made . . .
A little guide in the form of a infographic to display the power of marketing trends. How a simple figget spinner can bring the toy industry to its knees. How its social influence becomes a self sustaining advertisement in the form of social media and peer pressure. Its immunity to negative feedback and the $500,000,00 crushing effect on anything that was considered a fad before. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Two young scientists working in South Africa, both of whom were participants in the Novartis and University of Basel Next Generation Scientist programme, have been awarded the honour of being invited to attend the 67th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting (#LiNo17). Once a year, about 30 Nobel Laureates convene at Lindau, Bavaria, to meet the next generation of leading scientists, including 400-500 undergraduates, PhD students, and post-doctoral researchers. This year’s meeting is dedicated to chemistry. This rare opportunity to gain insights from the world’s leading scientists is hotly contested by young scientists from around the world. South African Madichaba Phuti Chelopo, who recently completed her PhD while working at the Encapsulation and Delivery research group at the CSIR in Pretoria, and Kenyan-born Mathew Njoroge, a post-doctoral fellow at the UCT Drug Discovery and Development Centre, were selected from among hundreds of applicants to attend this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting for chemistry. The event will be staged at Lake Constance from 25 – 30 June. The two have also been invited to meet their former mentors from the Next Generation Scientist programme at the Novartis Research & Development headquarters in Switzerland for discussions on their research career progress. Colin Pillai, Head: Global Scientific Capabilities at Novartis who is responsible for the Next Generation Scientist programme, says Novartis is delighted that its programme participants have been awarded this opportunity. “Novartis had the opportunity to write recommendations for young scientists to be considered to attend this event, and it is reassuring that our African nominees were selected during the competitive process,” says Pillai. The Next Generation Scientist programme, which was launched in 2011, benefits around 20 international Masters, PhD and post-doctoral students from low and middle income countries every year. The programme is jointly run with the . . .