Our rising on-and-off-road triathlon star, Mikaela Jonsson (19, Jeep Team), leaves for Europe on Tuesday 27th June to race the 2017 XTERRA France for the first time in the Professional Division. XTERRA France takes place on the 1st and 2nd July 2017 As a pro athlete, Jonsson will be swimming one loop of 1500m in the lake of Longemer, mountain biking 34km in the heart of Vogesen Mountains, and trail running 10km to finish. The Triathlon XTERRA France is the official qualifier for XTERRA World Championships 2017, which Jonsson will be aiming for. There will be more than 1000 athletes from around the globe on the start line at the 2017 edition of EXTERRA France making this a formidable racing calendar event to conquer. The XTERRA Editions have expanded globally as qualifying circuits for the World Championships taking place every October in Hawaii on Maui Island. Says Jonsson, “My major Triathlon racing focus this year is to get to Europe to race part of the European XTERRA Tour starting with EXTERRA France. It will be my first season racing as a pro and I can’t wait to give it my all. Finally, I aim to compete in the ITU World Cross Triathlon Championships in Canada on the 20th of August this year.” If you are fan of the Tour de France, XTERRA France is the place to be as the Tour de France to going to Vogesen on Tuesday 4th July at Vittel, and on Wednesday 5th July, the first stage finish is at the high altitude, La Planche des Belles Filles. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The VLCC Group is widely recognized for its Scientific Weight Loss Solutions and Therapeutic Hair & Skin treatments for the past 28 years across 12 countries in Middle East, Indian subcontinent & Asia. VLCC operates mainly through three business verticals – The Wellness Centers, the Vocational Training Institutes and the Personal Care products (manufacturer of a wide range of body and haircare products). As part of its expansion plans in Africa, VLCC is in the process of appointing franchise partners for its successful & highly profitable Health & Wellness service Centers in the region. This unique concept offers cutting-edge weight-management, beauty solutions & dermatology treatments, where the entire bouquet of wellness services are offered under one roof. VLCC has already made inroads into Africa with its first Wellness Service Center in Nairobi, Kenya in collaboration with the Kenyan-based Sameer Group. The overwhelming response has encouraged VLCC to franchise its Slimming & Beauty Centers into other parts of Africa such as Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana, Mauritius, Seychelles, Ethiopia, Nigeria and South Africa. “After the grand success of VLCC wellness service concepts in the Middle East region and Kenya, we decided to strategically expand into Africa which is the next big frontier market”, said Mr. Sanjeev Setia, Chief Business Officer of VLCC-MEA.] In this process, VLCC will be participating at the Franchise Business Festival 2017 organized by the Franchise Association of South Africa (FASA) in Kyalami Convention Centre, Gauteng, South Africa. The event will be held from 30th June – 2nd July 2017. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
KOHLER®, one of the world’s largest bathroom specialists, seamlessly fuses innovation and technology with their latest Mica Vessel range which is slim, sleek, and ultra-contemporary. Deemed as an absolute showstopper, the Kohler Mica Round or Square Vessel has the thinnest edge Kohler has ever produced in a basin. The elegant Mica Vessels emphasise Kohler’s refined sense of innovation and embodies true minimalism, becoming a quintessential centrepiece of modern and contemporary style. This piece draws its popularity thanks to its durability, made of Supramic® material for a longer lifespan and which is 1.5 times harder than standard basins, plus the DFI stain-resistant surface coating makes it easier to clean. The Kohler Mica Vessel Features: Kohler’s thinnest edge in design, at only 6mm, demonstrating true innovation in bathroom product development. Crafted with Supramic® material for durability and extended lifespan. Sealed with an invisible patented DFI coating for stain resistance, and effortless cleaning. Available in two shapes: Round with a diameter of 410 mm and Square with a diameter of 393 mm Designs specifically created for leading edge contemporary bathrooms. "Mica embodies minimalism in design - obsessive reduction and refinement, absolute attention to detail to achieve a delicate precision with the fine edge and feel of bone china. This demanded innovation in materials, manufacturing and design. The result: a ceramic that is not just thin but also 1.5 times harder than normal. Mica is beautifully simple - which like all great minimalist design makes it timeless and universal" shares Mark Bickerstaffe, Director New Product Development – Kohler EMEA and Asia-Pacific. Since 1873, Kohler has been leading the way in style, innovation and providing exceptional products and services. Kohler has firmly established itself as a global leader in bathroom and kitchen products – providing total design solutions that strike a perfect . . .
Durban, June, 20, 2017: Supplemental Oxygen, a new Trend in the World and it's Growing at an Exponential rate. Supplemental Oxygen is the next Big thing and Boost Oxygen is on the Forefront of this Wave. So what is Boost Oxygen? Boost Oxygen is 95% Pure Oxygen in a can. Gone are the days that you need a prescription to receive all the benefits that Pure Oxygen has to offer. Boost Oxygen is a light-weight, easy-to-use canisters. Boost Oxygen is used as a supplement to enhance sports performance and recovery, alleviate the effects of high altitude, remedy hangovers and fatigue as well as promote a heightened sense of personal health and well-being. 90% of the body's energy comes from oxygen. Only 10% from food and water.90% of the body's energy comes from oxygen. Only 10% from food and water.It does not provide a superficial jolt to the central nervous system like energy drinks. It gives you a healthy energy boost to help return your body and mind to equilibrium.Boost Oxygen is 95% purified oxygen (5% ambient air) whereas the purity of oxygen in the air is only 21%. Boost Oxygen is used by millions globally from pro-athletes to celebrities like Woody Harrelson, Madonna, Gwyneth Paltrow and Brits Simon Cowell, Mick Jagger, Kate Moss, Ellen and Kloé Kardashian have also been linked to enjoying a head-clearing Oxygen boost. WHY OXYGEN IN A CAN? Boost Oxygen is 95% purified oxygen (5% ambient air) that comes in light-weight, easy-to-use canisters, and is used as a supplement to enhance sports recovery, alleviate high altitude effects, remedy hangovers and fatigue, and otherwise promote a heightened sense of personal health and well-being Oxygen is more than a life sustaining element. Studies have shown that the right amount of oxygen can significantly impact mental acuity, muscle strength, blood flow, organ vitality, stress abatement and overall well-being. ALTITUDE AND AVIATION Traveling to locations with altitude heights over 5,000 feet above sea . . .
What are the most important insurance products that people should have? It is important that consumers understand that different types of insurance are designed to protect different aspects of their assets and their life. There are a number of products that should be considered, but they are all dependent on the individual and their financial situation. There is short term insurance which ranges from cover for your car, home, home contents and business insurance; which is only a requirement if the individual has any of these assets. Then there is long term insurance that provides cover for an individual for a range of risks such as illness, injury, disability and death. Each play a vital role in managing your financial future and ensuring that you and/or your family are covered for unforeseen circumstances. As South Africa’s number 1 direct life insurer, 1Life unpacks the importance and different types of long term insurance products and the importance of each in isolation, it is important however that individuals understand that these different types of policies should not be seen in isolation, and most likely a combination of products are needed. Funeral cover A funeral plan is an insurance policy that will pay out a selected amount of money, as a lump sum, to policyholders nominated beneficiary/beneficiaries. Funeral policies should allow an individual to cover a number of family members on one policy. All of whom that are covered on this policy would be referred to as lives assured and covered for a certain lump sum amount. This amount is payable in the event of the death of any of the assured lives that are covered on/by the policy. Funeral policies cover options range from R5 000 up to R100 000 (dependent on the insurer) and are there to assist you and/or your family in the event of a death, to have the funds available any cost associated with the death such as repatriation and funeral arrangements. Life insurance Life insurance is very . . .
The rapidly-growing global drone market presents a plethora of opportunities for companies to enhance their operations, or for new businesses to emerge, says Airborne Drones. With analysts putting the global market opportunities around drones at anywhere between $11 billion and $13 billion by 2020, organisations across all verticals stand to gain by harnessing the new capabilities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) deliver. Nearly three million drones will be manufactured this year alone, and the global market revenue for drones is expected to top $11.2 billion by 2020, says Gartner. Goldman Sachs Research expects businesses and civil governments to spend $13 billion on drones by 2020, putting thousands of them in the sky. Drones have gone beyond military tools and consumer toys, says Airborne Drones South Africa. In fact, the biggest demand for drones today is coming out of the commercial and government sectors. The company notes that commercial, long-range drones offer organisations the ability to map, monitor and control large and hard to navigate areas, at a lower cost than through traditional methods and with no risk to employees. The fact that you’re able to get HD aerial feeds and explore highly targeted zones using drones presents significant opportunities for a number of sectors. Airborne highlights 10 key areas where drones can offer compelling benefits: Construction efficiencies – predicted by Goldman Sachs Research to be by far the largest commercial application for drones in the short term, drones offer construction firms and developers efficient new 2D and 3D mapping methods, as well as thermal and multi-spectral imaging and real-time data for Building Information Modelling. This allows for greater efficiencies from pre-construction through to maintenance phase. Asset management – currently the most compelling drone application for multiple industry verticals is asset management and protection. Whether the assets are power lines, . . .
Is your passport travel-ready? If you’re planning on jetting off into the sunset over the coming school holidays, make sure your passport is in order. That’s the advice of Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, a Cape Town-based corporate travel service specialist. According to Konrad, many travellers are not aware of passport requirements that could turn a dream overseas holiday into a nightmare. In order to avoid complications at international destinations, refusal of entry into a country or, in some cases, deportation, it is essential that: Passports must be valid for six months after your return date At least four blank pages must be available for passport control and customs Your passport name must correlate with your travel documents – in some cases a married woman’s name change from maiden to married surname can cause complications Passports of minors must be updated and recognizable with a recent photograph Konrad notes that certain countries such as The USA, United Kingdom and The Middle East are more stringent than others and travellers should make certain that all of their travel documents comply. “With many immigration offices on high alert following terror attacks across Europe, better to be safe than sorry,” advises Konrad. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Bankmed have appointed New Media Publishing to publish Bankmed Bounce magazine. After a competitive pitch process New Media have been awarded the business and will be producing two printed magazines per annum, with a print run of over 115 000 copies, as well as ongoing digital content for Bankmed’s various digital platforms. November will be the first issue published by New Media. “The New Media team demonstrated an understanding of our scheme, our brand and our target market and we were particularly impressed with their creative pitch. We are excited to work with New Media as we expand and improve the overall content offering for our membership,” said Zubeir Shah, Senior Manager: Communications for Bankmed. “New Media’s strategy is to have the very best editorial talent creating the very best content in specialist focus areas. The addition of the well-established and extremely respected Bankmed brand to the stable bolsters our healthy lifestyle credentials and we’re delighted to be working with their team. As healthy-living becomes the new cool, we’re well positioned to develop even stronger skills and expertise in this area,” said Andrew Nunneley, Director: Content Strategy at New Media. “Our team has a wealth of health expertise and features past editors and art directors from some of South Africa’s best-known health and lifestyle magazines. This editorial and creative depth allowed us to propose a fresh content and creative approach which will differentiate Bankmed Bounce magazine from the plethora of content available to South Africans.” Bankmed has been in operation since 1914 and is a closed medical scheme serving the South African banking industry. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In simple terms, the purpose of the POPI Act is to ensure that all South African institutions conduct themselves in a responsible manner when collecting, processing, storing and disposing another entity’s personal information by holding them accountable should they abuse or compromise your personal information in any way. The POPI legislation demands that your personal information be treated as “precious goods”. Examples of “personal information” for an individual could include: Identity and/or passport number Date of birth and age Phone number/s (including mobile phone number) Email address/es Online/Instant messaging identifiers Physical address Gender, Race and Ethnic origin Photos, voice recordings, video footage (also CCTV), biometric data Marital/Relationship status and Family relations Criminal record Private correspondence Religious or philosophical beliefs including personal and political opinions Employment history and salary information Financial information Education information Physical and mental health information including medical history, blood type, details on your sex life Membership to organisations/unions Why should I, or my company, comply with POPI? POPI promotes transparency with regard to what information is collected and how it is to be disposed of. Openness increases customer trust in the organisation. Compliance demands identifying Personal Information and taking reasonable measures to protect the data. This will minimise the risk of data breaches and the associated public relations and legal ramifications for the organisation. Non-compliance with the Act could expose the Responsible Party to a penalty of a fine and / or imprisonment of up to 12 months. In certain cases, the penalty for non-compliance could be a fine and / or imprisonment of up 10 years. Does POPI really apply to my company? Here are cases where POPI does not apply. Exclusions include: Purely . . .
“Renewing the presence of the South African National Pavilion at the DRC Mining Week positions South African companies as leading players in the mining and power sectors and will allow them to enhance their presence in the region, and for new companies to increase the South African foothold in the DRC.” This is according to Eric Bruggeman, CEO of the South African Capital Equipment Export Council (SACEEC), that is bringing a strong delegation of South African suppliers to the DRC Mining Week conference and exhibition, that is taking place in Lubumbashi, in the hub of the mining province of Katanga, from 23-24 June. The SACEEC is a public/private partnership between the capital equipment industry and the South African Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) and currently services more than 140 member companies in manufacturing and allied services, representing a major proportion of the capital equipment industry in South Africa. According to Mr Bruggeman: “the DRC is potentially one of the richest mining countries in Africa. The country was the world’s fourth largest producer of industrial diamonds during the 1980s, and diamonds continue to dominate exports, accounting for nearly half of exports.” He continues: “trade relations between South Africa and the DRC are showing positive growth from a relatively low base, with bilateral trade being heavily skewed in South Africa’s favour due to limited productive capacity on the part of the DRC’s economy. In response to the extended period of globalisation, the focus has now swung to localisation and South Africa and South African companies are looking at ways to provide long-term and meaning partnerships with companies within the DRC.” He says Lubumbashi, where the DRC Mining Week is taking place, “is the second largest city in the DRC and sets the stage for a business-to-business forum of facilitated sessions and meetings with key stakeholders. The SACEEC will also be looking at establishing a business . . .