Home service providers your friends trust: new website launched today Ledula.com helps users find plumbers/electricians/landscapers their friends would recommend 13/03/2013 Johannesburg, South Africa – New website, Ledula.com, has officially launched today, helping users to find trustworthy service providers to work on their home and garden. Although the website has been live since April 2012, the newly-renovated site has been released today, offering an improved design and several new features. Users can now find the plumbers, interior designers and gardeners that their friends have used before – in an easy-to-use online sphere. “Why home service providers your friends trust?” asks Cape Town-based Ledula Sales Partner, Gavin Welsh. “It’s simple – you know you can trust the recommendations you get from your friends, because they’ll give you an honest opinion.” A report published by The Nielsen Company in April 2012 concludes that 92% of global online consumers trust recommendations from people they know. So Ledula argues that your friends are the best way to find builders, painters or handymen you can trust. How exactly does Ledula put this concept into practice? The site connects with Facebook to show users the list of all the home service providers their friends have used and rated, so they are able to choose a provider who is recommended by someone they trust. Users can also see the star-rating that their friends have given a provider, as well the comment they gave on their service. Of course, users are also able to load their own providers onto the site, and are even able to share their details with a friend who needs them – via email, SMS or Facebook. Ledula is currently the only existing site that uses friends’ recommendations to help users find home service providers. It differs from alternatives like typical listing sites and the phonebook (both on and offline) which list the details of providers but usually fail to tell users what their service . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT), in partnership with the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, is pleased to announce an increase in the value of their Performing Arts Scholarships for local aspirant performers. These scholarships are awarded to ambitious youngsters keen to embark on a career in the performing arts, through an annual country-wide competition. Through this generous injection of funds from the sponsors, an additional scholarship will be awarded from 2013; providing a substantial boost to the Performing Arts Scholarships Programme and increasing the total value of the scholarships awarded by more than R100,000. Maseda Ratshikuni, Head: Cause Marketing at Nedbank says they are delighted to be part of this initiative yet again. “Nedbank has a proud history of supporting the arts, through our Arts Affinity programme which has contributed nearly R15 million in support of more than 700 arts, culture and heritage projects countrywide. We are highly involved in the communities we serve. Our support of the ACT Scholarships Programme demonstrates our commitment to the development, promotion and preservation of the arts in our country.” he says. Since the inception of the programme in 2009, six scholarships to the value of more than R600,000 have been awarded. Steve Norman won the inaugural Scholarship and is currently in his final year of Theatre and Performance studies at the University of Cape Town (UCT). In 2010 Zola Myeza from KwaZulu-Natal walked away with a Scholarship and is also enrolled at UCT. In 2011 two Scholarships were awarded – Nomagugu Gumede from KwaZulu-Natal enrolled at Howard College; and Tankiso Mamabolo from the Eastern Cape is now in her second year of study at UCT. Chantel Evans and Amanda Kunene each won a R105,000 Scholarship in 2012, and are enrolled at Tswhane University of Technology’s Musical Theatre Department and at Howard College respectively. Three scholarships . . .
LogicSMS a Wireless Application Service provider in South Africa provides the cheapest and quickest way of reaching the market with premium rated solution. Many consumers are frustrated at the slow speed it takes to launch a premium sms service. LogicSMS has sped this up and offers keyword based shortcodes within minutes after paying a small annual fee. "We understand the frustration our clients have in waiting for a shortcodes on the networks and have also realised that many premium sms based application never reach market because of the high price associated with such projects" explained Yitzi Lipschitz Managing Director of LogicSMS. "We provide very high payouts and only charge an annual fee of R240 excluding Vat, our aim is to ensure that price senditive applications do in fact reach the market" adds Lipschitz. Another exciting feature of LogicSMS is the fact that we offer a unique cash flow solution to our customers. While many of our competitors require that customers pay for the return SMS (and switching fee) upfront. They then only payout the customers revenue share 3-4 months later. LogicSMS does not charge for the return SMS instead it is deducted off the future payout. To illustrate this a customer offering a competition based service who receives 20 000 message per month would normally have to pay for 20 000 return sms messages per month for 3 months. Thus requiring an outlay of R15 000 - R20 000, before receiving a cent from the WASP. LogicSMS mitigates this risk by not charging the customer directly for the return SMS. Rather LogicSMS recovers its cost from its share of the payout. LogicSMS is a registered WASP and has been in operation since 2001 For further details visit www.logicsms.co.za URL: http://www.logicsms.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Yitzi Lipschitz from LogicSMS. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Samsung Electronics have recently taken ownership of the branding rights of one of the tallest buildings in the City of Cape Town – This site was previously known as the “Shell” Building when it was first built in 1976 and Samsung is only the 3rd brand in almost 40 years to grace this iconic location. “We have spent almost 18 months planning and implementing this project and worked very closely with both SAMSUNG and their agency Starcom/Mediavest” says Simon Wall of Tractor Outdoor “Samsung were looking to entrench their market dominance in Africa and the fact that Cape Town is one of the most visited cities on the continent meant that this site was the perfect platform for them. We are extremely pleased with the result. The site itself has been manufactured with the most environmentally friendly products we could source for a site of this nature; using an aluminium structure clad with a flex-face, cromadek sides and backing – utilizing energy efficient LEDS we have ensured that power consumption has been kept to an absolute minimum, drawing on only 12 amps per side”. SAMSUNG contracted the services of leading and innovative Cape Town-based corporate signage manufacturer Craftsigns to manufacture and install its artwork to its exacting standards. All four sides have been branded with SAMSUNG’S iconic branding and it is the most dominant sign in the CBD of Cape Town –visible from every angle in the city. “This placement opportunity is certainly another way that we as Samsung once again demonstrate our local and global leadership position as a top 10 global brand. Of course the demonstration of this leadership in an iconic city is significant for us as we strive to lead and remain at the top of the consumer electronics market. We will continue to market our brand strategically and investigate valuable outdoor opportunities to remain top of mind” says Michelle Potgieter, Head of corporate marketing and communications at Samsung South Africa. URL: . . .
The second edition of the Green Kalahari Canoe Marathon will feature a high profile field including some of the top paddling talent in the country. The three-day stage race over 99 kilometres from Upington to Augrabies in the Northern Cape takes place from 21 – 23 March and carries an impressive prize purse of R170 000. Fierce competition can be expected from the elite line-up of top performing male paddlers including last year’s K2 winners Lance King and Heinrich Schloms, 2013 Dusi podium finisher and winner of The Unlimited Non-Stop Dusi Sbonele Zongi, previous Dusi winner Thulani Mbanjwa and Berg veterans Pierre –Andre Rabe and Louw Van Riet. With Simon van Gysen and Jasper Mocke also confirming their entries this weekend, the race will be sporting one of the strongest K1 fields in the country. World surfski champions Dawid and Nicci Mocke will also be part of the action. The ladies’ race will see Robyn Kime in top form after her resounding victory in The Unlimited Dusi battling it out with Olympian Michele Eray. Race organisers are still awaiting confirmation whether marathon and river paddler Hillary Pitchford will make it to the starting line in Upington. Young paddlers are also eager to make their mark on the race with Dusi Duke Martin Dreyer entering ten members of his Change a Life Academy. Dreyer has invested a lot of time in training paddlers from the Valley of a 1000 Hills in rural KwaZulu Natal and the youngsters are slowly making their marks in paddling circles. They will be joined by development teams from Paarl and Stellenbosch in the Western Cape. In association with presenting partners Northern Cape Tourism Authority and Orange River Wine Cellars, race organisers are hoping to build on the success of the inaugural race in 2012. “Paddlers were absolutely overwhelmed by the incredible beauty of the Green Kalahari region and the mighty Orange River as well as the warm-hearted hospitality of local communities. The participants from last . . .
Longridge Wine Estate celebrated all things grape during a harvest celebration in traditional style. Hosted in conjunction with Ligia De Coito of The Wine Desk, the fun-filled day was attended by an eclectic group of wine lovers from across the globe. The day kicked off in perfect weather conditions as guests made their way into the vineyards in picking bins pulled by a tractor. As the sun peeked over the Helderberg mountain, the eager pickers descended on the Shiraz block to hand-pick their grapes. An accordion player added to the festive atmosphere as visitors were overawed by the panoramic views sweeping across the lush vineyards towards False Bay and Table Mountain. As the heat started to rise, it was time to retired to the cellar for a cellar tour hosted cellar master Jasper Raats. In the cool barrel hall, Raats explained the Longridge philosophy to winemaking and the farm’s ongoing conversion to organic and bio-dynamic winemaking practises. Fortified by freshly poured must and fabulous traditional caramelised onion and gruyere tarts created by chef Bruce von Pressentin from Longridge Restaurant with its trademark country cuisine, it was time for everyone to get their hands – and feet – dirty by stomping their own grapes. According to Jasper Raats, the harvest celebration is a perfect opportunity to gain insight into the life and heartbeat of a working wine farm. “Although we are exposed to the harvesting process on a daily basis during the season, it is a great way of exposing consumers to the complexity and intricacies behind winemaking. Everybody has loads of fun, but I also think that they leave with a newfound respect for the process and the people who make it happen. It is amazing to see the transformation from grape to wine in such a hands-on manner,” explains Raats. Guests then retired to a long table set underneath the verandah to enjoy a traditional harvest lunch featuring the farm’s elegantly crafted wines as well as freshly baked . . .
BOKKIE INVITES YOU TO JOIN HIM at the BLITZBOKKE OPEN TRAINING SESSION Bokkie, South Africa’s favourite mascot, will be supporting our Blitzbokke players at their open training session at the University of the Western Cape on Thursday 14 March 2013 on the main field. You are invited to join Bokkie from 15:30 – 17:30 and support the Sevens players at their practice session before they leave for Tokyo this Saturday. Follow Bokkie on twitter @bokkiemascot. URL: Twitter: @bokkiemascot Facebook: YouTube: Author: Carol Vosloo from Tag Rugby . Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za . . .
Mobile app for new platform gives access to a catalogue of the best wines in South Africa and to all Top12Wines competition rankings Cape Town, South Africa – Top12Wines has announced the immediate availability of its Top12Wines application for BlackBerry® 10 smartphones. The application is now available for download on BlackBerry® World™. The Top12Wines application provides a vast catalogue of the best South African wines along with the results of weekly Top12Wines tastings, and current rankings in 30 categories. Wines are displayed per category such as varietals and blends and can be classified by their rank in the Top12Wines competition. Wine lovers who want to participate in the wine tastings and ranking series have access to purchase in-App tickets for the tasting events organised in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Paris. More cities will be available soon. “We are proud to have been chosen by BlackBerry as one of the apps featured at the launch of the new BlackBerry® 10 platform,” said Frederic Dasse, founder of Top12Wines. “This application will broaden the Top12wines community and will allow everyone to look at the rankings, tasting results and book tastings at any time through their brand new BlackBerry® Z10 smartphone”. An update of the application, which is expected in March, will integrate in-app purchases of any wine bottle participating in the Top12Wines competition. “We are very excited about our application as it demonstrates the powerful capabilities of the new BlackBerry 10 platform”, says Gidon Judes, Managing Director of Cytrus Technology, that company that developed the application. “The integration of the BlackBerry 10 Top12Wines application with the www.top12winesstore.com e-commerce store will offer a rich user experience by bringing more convenience and extending access for nomadic consumers.” For more information on the Top12wines application, visit: http://appworld.blackberry.com/webstore/content/22019908/ About . . .
Bedouin Tents Manufacturer Tentickle South Africa have announced that they will be providing shelter from the inclement weather at Cape Town’s Love & Light electronic music experience. Cape Town, March 2013: Tentickle Bedouin Tents South Africa (http://www.tentickle.co.za/) has announced that it will be providing some of its Bedouin Stretch Fabric Tents to provide shelter from the inclement weather for the Love & Light electronic music experience that will be taking place in the Mother City (9th – 10th March 2013). This initiative is part of a campaign to introduce more South Africans to the versatility of an all-weather stretch fabric tent and is the brainchild of Tentickle Managing Director Marco Slunder. Mr Slunder had this to say about the initiative: “It was the music scene in both South Africa and Europe that inspired me to build not only Tentickle as a company, but also our much beloved Bedouin tents. This is why we have chosen a number of the best music and cultural festivals in the country to not only introduce our tents to even more fans, but also to help give something back to the world that first started me dreaming”. He further went on to add that “all of our tents are perfect for the ever changing weather in Cape Town. They are warm and try in bad weather and cool and provide shelter in the heat. So why not stop by and take a look and experience the comfort and shelter of a Tentickle Bedouin Tent and the Love and Light Festival?” Mr Slunder also went on to remind people that attend the Love & Light Music Experience that the current textile tent fabrics used by Tentickle have undergone some of the worlds most stringent Fire Retardant tests and are currently being certified and tested in Germany (B1), Spain (M2), Portugal (M2), UK (BS 7837:1996) and Australia (AS 1530.2-1993). This makes them some of the safest stretch fabric tents in the world and are perfectly suited to music, festival and party environments. Tentickle Bedouin . . .
The BioFire Fireplaces assessment teams that are sent out to potential clients houses in Johannesburg and Cape Town have put out a record number of fireplace quotes during February 2013. March, 2013 Cape Town: BioFire fireplaces South Africa (http://www.biofire-fireplaces.co.za/) has announced that its assessment teams in Johannesburg and Cape Town have visited, made recommendations and quoted a record number of potential clients for the month of February 2013. BioFire fireplaces has two specialist assessment teams, one in Cape Town and one in Johannesburg, that are sent out to assist clients that have approached BioFire about building a BioFire fireplace. These teams consist of qualified fireplace builders and a specialist BioFire assessor that will not only makes building suggestions and help with the final quote, but will also do a structural assessment to insure that when a client decided to build, only the best possible personalised BioFire fireplace is built for that individual project. For the month of February 2013 they not only assessed, but also quoted over 400 potential BioFire clients in suburbs such as Constantia, Durbanville and Camps Bay in Cape Town and Four Ways, Sandton and Houghton in Johannesburg. Alex Wörz, the Sales & Customer Service Manager for Gauteng and the BioFire South Africa spokesperson, had this to say about his winning fireplace assessment teams: “BioFire South Africa has always believed in hiring the right person for the job and the dedication and commitment of our assessment teams is testimony to this fact. Each individual assessment and fireplace quote is undertaken on an individual basis and the structural and design assessment can take some time to complete. This means that they have put in that extra time and even walked that extra mile to ensure that all of our potential clients have been visited and their building needs assessed. I would personally like to thank them for this selfless commitment to our clients . . .