“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 . . .
(Oyster Bay) – In celebration of Global Wind Day today [June 15], Kouga Wind Farm has engaged youngsters in the St Francis Bay community to educate them about the significance of harnessing wind power. South Africa is the largest wind power producer on the continent, generating 1.5 gigawatts of electricity per year and benefiting local communities through job creation and social investment, according to the South African Wind Energy Association (Sawea). In the Eastern Cape, Kouga Wind Farm contributes 80 megawatts, or enough energy to power 50 000 average size homes, to the national grid annually with a forecast socio-economic development (SED) spend of R800 million over its 20-year contract lifespan. As part of its Global Wind Day activities, the wind farm continued with one of its core SED focus areas, that of supporting educational initiatives in its local communities, which have previously included the rebuilding of fire-ravaged Nkqubela Crèche in KwaNomzamo outside Humansdorp last year. To mark the international awareness day, wind farm representatives visited Sea Vista Primary School, which serves an underprivileged community in neighbouring St Francis Bay. Here Kouga Wind Farm Community Liaison Officer Trevor Arosi shared with pupils the importance of wind energy as a renewable and sustainable resource. “It’s incredibly important for us to plant the seed of awareness in young minds. We need to educate the youth on the value of wind energy and to teach them about harnessing the power of this abundant natural resource, which is freely available to use for our daily energy needs,” said Arosi. After the information session, it was the turn of the 36 Grade 7 pupils to harness the power of wind, and their imaginations, in building models of wind-driven objects. The judges awarded category prizes for the best teamwork, best planning and most creativity shown, with an overall winning team chosen that ranked highest in all three. The winning . . .
Janine Binneman is known for producing a wide variety of bold and unique jewellery, and with Father’s Day just around the corner, Janine has put together a selection of great gifting options fit for a king. The popular local jeweler’s Father’s Day selection includes stylish cufflinks, custom made name rings and fashionable bracelets for the modern day dad. Hand crafted with love, specially for Father's Day, the Black and Copper bracelet (R899) can be customised with Dad's name or a name of a loved one. Whilst the Silver Screw in clasp, brown leather bracelet (R1390) is the perfect statement piece for the modern day dad. Remind dad why he's your #1 this Father's Day because he deserves the best! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Waiting to receive your child’s school report can be much like waiting to see if you have won the lotto! If you are already aware that your child is struggling at school, you may be preparing yourself for a no-win, while hoping that your fears will not materialise! In so many cases, the report card is feared and the anticipation of perceived failure is a source of extreme anxiety and stress for the parent and the learner. Cindy Glass, ex-teacher and Owner of after-school remediation franchise, Step Up Education Centres offers the following tips to parents on how to deal with a disappointing report: Take a deep breath: Panic will open doors to actions that you may regret later. Remember, whether your child shows it or not, he is most likely going to be fearful, embarrassed or ashamed. Some learners may be gearing to defend themselves by crying foul, blaming teachers or others and behaving badly. In that moment, it simply is what it is. The fact that a problem exists has been made clear. An angry or emotionally negative response will not change the results. There is only ONE thing that you can do and that is to seek positive solutions. Take the report card seriously: Academic results give you powerful clues as to how your child is coping at school. Poor results are often an indication of a greater problem and all results need to be taken seriously. As people, we aim at achieving what we believe we deserve and what we believe we deserve is based entirely on the sense of self-value and self-esteem. Learners who have poor self-esteem and low self-confidence tend to spiral downward when it comes to academics. Every child cares about his ability to achieve success – whether he is willing to admit this to himself and others or not! Struggling learners inevitably ‘bash’ themselves. This inescapably damages their sense of self-worth. Poor academic results require intervention, not punishment. Punishment simply reinforces the child’s negative self-worth and is . . .
What:The Last Male Standing Rhino Cup When: June 17 and 18, 2017 Where: Ol Pejeta Wildlife Conservancy (Home of the last male Northern White Rhino) Contacts: Kenya - Rob Stevenson - email@example.com or +254 (0) 707 407 221, Australia - Nathan Dale - Nathan.firstname.lastname@example.org or +61 (0) 400 101 020 Cricketers from across the globe will join the Maasai Cricket Warriors and Nairobi’s Obuya Academy for a two day LMS Cricket tournament in one of Africa’s greatest wildlife conservation areas to raise awareness of the plight of the near extinct Northern White Rhino. The event organisers are hoping to raise more than $1million Kenyan Shillings from this year’s tournament to support Ol Pejeta and The East Africa Cricket & Education Foundation, which helps transforms the lives of thousands of disadvantaged young Africans through sport and education. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Last Male Standing here: http://www.lastmanstands.com/last-male-standing-rhino-cup-media-alert Twitter: https://twitter.com/lastmanstands Facebook: https://facebook.com/LastManStands . . .
Current Blue Bulls loose forward and Komani-local, Roelof Smit (24), got the opportunity of a lifetime when he was called up to make an appearance for the Springbok squad in the starting line-up against the Barbarians in the November tests. “I felt humbled and honoured to be there. The green and gold jersey is everything to me,” says a proud Smit. As a young player who is still working his way up the SA Rugby professional scene, Smit knows what it takes to start a career in the game at school level and to continually work to secure his place in the national squad. The Hoërskool Waterkloof old-boy originally made his debut for the Blue Bulls in 2014 at the age of 21 after having been sent by The Blue Bulls Company on the Investec International Rugby Academy’s Advanced Players’ Course – an opportunity for schoolboy rugby players to learn from former and current, international and local, players and coaches. “I can’t remember a day I didn’t want to become a professional rugby player. I have no words describing my first cap. All I knew is that I wanted more,” says Smit. Smit attributes much of his success on the field to what he learnt at the academy. Former All Blacks player, commentator and coach at the academy, Murray Mexted, stands out in Smit’s mind for having taught him about one of the key elements to becoming a professional player – mental toughness. “Mental toughness for me was the key in going to the next level; you can beat someone purely at being mentally stronger. Murray taught me vital skills such as visualising what you are going to do next and, most importantly, the definition of mental toughness - the ability to perform at my maximum, every time,” fondly reflects Smit. During his time at the academy, Smit was able to learn from the rugby icons that were involved in mentoring and teaching various technical and practical aspects of the game. Interacting with these rugby greats has provided him, he believes, the leg up needed to hone . . .
GROHE wins five Red Dot Awards 2017 GROHE received five of the most sought-after design awards for its Blue Home water system, shower toilet Sensia Arena, bathroom faucet Lineare and kitchen faucet lines Concetto Professional and Essence Professional.The Red Dot Award is known as one of the most coveted awards honoring exceptional design performance. GROHEs recognition bring the total number of Red Dot Awards 2017 for LIXIL Corporation, a global sanitary ware market leader which includes premium brands such as GROHE, to six. The international design competition Red Dot is held by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany and appraises the best products of the year: Designers and manufacturers from all over the globe submit their products and a jury of 40 specialised experts evaluates those products by their degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility. In 2017 more than 5,500 products have been submitted from 54 countries around the world. GROHE presented its exceptional variety of products with intelligent solutions in modern designs for bathroom and kitchen. As the worldwide leading provider of sanitary fittings, GROHE successfully proved its leading market position by receiving five sought-after Red Dot Awards for GROHEs water system Blue Home, GROHEs shower toilet Sensia Arena, GROHEs bathroom faucet Lineare and GROHEs kitchen faucet lines Concetto Professional and Essence Professional. As a private water source for ultimate taste and enjoyment, GROHE's innovative and ecologically friendly Blue Home water system supplies filtered and chilled water with three selectable carbonation levels straight out of a kitchen faucet. Superseding the need for industrialised mineral water, it cuts drinking water costs by at least 50 percent and reduces carbon emissions by 61 percent compared to bottled water. Offering ultimate hygiene and comfort manufactured in Japan but designed in and primarily for the European . . .
PrideTV, Africa's only LGBT video-on-demand (VOD) channel, has released its first LGBT 'Most Watched Movie List' that tracks the top streaming content amongst the continent's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender community. "PrideTV's Most Watched Movie List provides insight into the type of content that scores top marks amongst LGBT people. It further helps promote understanding of the community by casting light on the issues that matter to them. Knowing what strikes a chord with someone is an opener to connecting with them," explains Joanne Raphael Katz, spokesperson for PrideTV. Top of the VOD pops is 'The Wishmakers' (Gay), 'Mary Marie' (Lesbian), 'Dog Tags' (Bisexual), 'Bob's New Suit' (Transgender) and 'Leather' (LGBT overall). The Wishmakers is about that most eternal of themes across all communities - finding love in the big city; Mary Marie is about sisterly love overcoming a beloved mother's passing; Dog Tags examines affection between a straight man and a gay friend; Bob's New Suit is about falling for a get-rich-quick-scheme as a way to provide for a young family; and Leather is about reuniting with a childhood friend. "What's most interesting about the most watched movies on PrideTV is that the themes deal with the deep-seated issues of being human - they're stories that are familiar to all of us, no matter our sexual orientation," says Ms Raphael Katz. 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 . . .
Children travelling to and from school will be safer in several communities adjacent to the N4 highway. This is because the safety of children on roads around schools is at the heart of Bakwena’s Safe to School project. Bakwena’s Charmaine van Wyk says the Safe to School pilot project is just one of many community corporate social investment (CSI) projects initiated by Bakwena within communities along its toll routes. “With the Safe to School project, we are committed to ensuring the safety of children in the Bapong, Modderspruit and Majakaneng communities, which are located adjacent to the N4.” Amongst its objectives, the Safe to School project intends to reduce the speed of vehicles on roads around the schools; improve the safety of children crossing roads near to schools; encourage children who walk or cycle to school to use safe routes; improve the safety around school entrances so that children can be dropped off and picked up safely; and improve the safety of children being driven to school. Van Wyk says in addition to making life safer for the children, Bakwena aims to create general awareness on the importance of road safety. “The first phase of the project – which includes training of the project staff, sharing the project concept with schools, training of Disaster Team and Road Safety Officers using Global Road Safety Partnership (GRSP) Safe to School Safe to Home, and data collection will be complete by end of June 2017. Phase 2 of the project will commence after the July School holidays, with education activities for learners and the community as well as enforcement activities and infrastructure provision and maintenance. Van Wyk says a Steering Committee comprising school and community members as well as other stakeholders was established on 10 May. “Once the data collection is complete, community workshops will be held to share the information and get feedback from the communities with a view to drafting a business plan. “This is . . .
Planes had taken over as the preferred mode of travelling. Not any more, we are going back to cars. Although a lot of people still use air transport less and less people are still confident with this mode of transport. The last couple years have been very rough on the flying industry. One of the attractions that is drawing people to motoring is the driving experience itself. Going for hundreds of kilometers enjoying the changes in scenery and landscape is proving very popular. The convenience of travelling at your own time is another plus to motoring. Unlike with airplanes where delays and overbooking are now the order of the day. The disappearance of planes and the terrorist attacks are all contributing negatively to the dilemma. There are a lot of people who are now horrified at the thought of flying. Not because of physiological disorders but the bad ordeals that occur to passengers. Just recently a video of man being dragged of a United Airplanes passenger went viral. The man in the video is protesting as he is carried off the plane. Other passengers are also visibly protesting as the man is literary lifted by the arms and legs off the plane. The bloodied man tried to run back in but failed. Then you begin to wonder whether it is worth paying less to get your face bloodied as you are being re-accommodated. That is what CEO of the Airline called the act in his apology. An apology that has been repeated over and over again. Taking a relaxing drive at your own pace starts to look like better option. Despite the time that is taken and the extra expenses incurred you will not be forcibly relocated. When you have to fly use that free time wisely. For more information on informative news visit http://www.amadaxmagazine.co.za and stay updated CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .