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WINDOWS 10 – THE GOLDILOCKS VERSION OF MICROSOFT Microsoft gets it right By: Nate Ralph  Reviewed: July 28, 2015  Published on CNET  Windows 10 is the Goldilocks version of Microsoft’s venerable PC operating system — a “just right” compromise between the familiar dependability of Windows 7, and the forward-looking touchscreen vision of Windows 8. This new Windows, available as a free upgrade for existing Windows 7 and Windows 8 non-corporate users, is built from the ground up to pursue Microsoft’s vision of a unified OS that spans all devices without alienating any one platform. It’s an attempt to safeguard Microsoft’s crumbling software hegemony, assailed on all sides by Google and Apple. And it’s a vision of the future as Microsoft sees it, where a single user experience spans every piece of technology we touch. Welcome to Windows as a service. Yes, this new OS is chock-full of fresh features. To name just a few: a lean, fast Internet Explorer replacement called Edge; Microsoft’s Siri-like voice-controlled virtual assistant, Cortana; and the ability to stream real-time games to your desktop from an Xbox One in another room. (And in case you’re wondering: there is no “Windows 9” — Microsoft skipped it, going straight from 8 to 10.)   But Windows 10 is also the end of a long, awkward road that began with the release of Windows 8 in 2012, when Microsoft tried to convince a world of keyboard and mouse wielders that touchscreens were the way to go — or else. Ironically, in 2015, the PC hardware for that touchscreen future is now here — everything from 2-in-1s such as the... read more

Gas shortage frustration

Gas shortage frustration Published by : INDEPENDENT MEDIA    – July 28 2015 By Kieran Legg Cape Town – Waiting lists, strict quotas and inflated prices are preventing customers from stocking up on LP gas this winter. A major gas shortage has hit retailers and suppliers hard, but the South African Petroleum Industry Association (Sapia) said the output from the country’s refineries had not dropped.   Instead, it blamed the gas drought on increased demand rather than reduced supply. Eddlesgas’ financial director, JC Smit, said gas supplies had “dried up” since June 25. “We hear all sorts of reasons why this is happening, but none of which anyone is willing to put on paper to show me,” Smit said. The Kirstenhof company has a backlog of orders, and some customers have reported waiting as long as two weeks before new gas arrives. At least five other companies in Cape Town have also complained of being short on supplies. On online forums, users complained about arriving at stores and being restricted to buying small canisters or being placed on two-week-long waiting lists. But Sapia’s executive director, Fani Tshifularo, said that all the country’s refineries were up and running, producing the same amount of gas as they had in previous years. He said the supply was simply not enough and that, with continuing maintenance and an ageing infrastructure, the country’s gas industry was unlikely ever to satisfy consumer demand. “We just don’t have enough refineries,” he said.   June, July and August are generally the busiest months for many gas suppliers. The cold weather drives up demand. But now, Smit said, they had... read more

Melkbosstrander’s awesome community spirit pays off!

Melkbosstrander’s awesome community spirit pays off! ‘The Melkbosstranders Facebook Group was created for all those who come from, live in or just care about Melkbosstrand, Cape Town, South Africa.  The purpose of this group is to add value to community spirit of Melkbosstrand and to support each other and our children in any way we can’ said Bryan Douglas-Henry. If you do a search for this public group called MELKBOSSTRANDERS you will find a community spirit like no other. Currently standing on 4102 members the Melkbosstranders share news, recipes, informative content, jokes and local business offers and support each other. They engage in conversation about almost everything & anything and it is evident that happiness, thankfulness, sincere and very BIG hearts live & share in the beauty of this seaside village. They have a weekly photo competitions with their PHOTO OF THE WEEK and each week’s winning photo is showcased as the group’s cover photo. We also found their page rules displayed in an unusual yet very effective photo album that further showcase this beautiful seaside village. Melkbosstranders Page Rules . The Melkbosstrander’s awesome community spirit pays  off! What most certainly have drawn attention to this amazing Facebook group & community is their spirit, recently portrait on YouTube in their ‘pre-project production video clip’ promoting a Lantern-Lit Charity Beach walk that took place this past Friday 24 July 2015. (click on the link to watch this pre-promo video clip) Within in days Smile Radio 90.4 FM picked up on this amazing community project and The Melkbosstranders made local news.    What started off as an exercise to obtain CONSOL Energy saving lights that the community members could put... read more

Melkbosstrand outdid themselves with their Lantern-Lit Beach Walk

Melkbosstrand outdid themselves with their Lantern-Lit Beach Walk Melkbosstrand outdid themselves with their Lantern-Lit Beach Walk with a turnout of 252 community members facing the bitter cold. A community spirit that far exceeds one’s wildest imagination. A ‘QUICK’ post-walk clip to show the world what an amazing community we have here in Melkbosstrand, Western Cape, South Africa! We will follow through by posting the final professional video production, including interviews, soon – compliments of Paparazzi Studios & Majohi Consultants. ‘We can’t believe it was so amazing! So much more than what I ever expected! 252 people lit the beach on our Lantern-Lit Charity Beach Walk. It was a huge success despite the cold weather.’ THANK YOU MELKBOSSTRAND! Here are some comments from social media pages Anne Lee Wish I could have made it. Congrats to all that did! Karen Dreyer Vanaand is ek diep dankbaar. Wat as iets klein begin het, het ‘n gemeenskap gemobiliseer en harte oopgemaak. Laat niemand jou ooit vertel jy kan nie ‘n verskil maak of iets begin nie. My hart is vol…. Gazelle Otto Nice to see all the people walking with lanterns between 6.00 and 6.30 pm. Well done Melkbos. Bryan Douglas-Henry Thank you!!! To each and every person who supported the lantern-lit beach walk this evening. An amazing 250 people showed up. Your support for the community center was overwhelming. Christine Sounes Awesome Sharon Douglas-Henry It was brilliant to have been part of this initiative. Never before have I found myself in a kind, thoughtful and generous community as this. Melkbos rocks!! Sue Whitehead Let’s do it again when we have the Xmas lights market in DEC... read more

48 hours to Save South Africa’s Internet!

48 hours to Save South Africa’s Internet! SIGN THE PETITION (CLICK ON THE LINK) To the Film and Publication Board of South Africa: As citizens across South Africa, concerned by attempts at internet censorship and limits to our digital democracy, we reject your draft online regulation policy. We call for the regulations to be completely set aside in order to protect our internet freedoms and the human rights enshrined in our constitution. A new set of regulations threatens the very essence of our internet freedom. They want to police and crack down on our digital democracy — but we are thousands of South Africans getting this email and we have the power to bring down their barricades. But we only have 48 hours to do it. If the Film and Publication Board’s new internet regulations are implemented, they’d have the right to review and classify almost every blog, video, and personal website — even Avaaz campaigns like this one. Think apartheid-era censorship, reloaded and super-charged for an all-out assault on our digital freedoms. Public consultations end this week, and the FPB is on the back foot because their regulations have been so widely ridiculed — a massive viral response could finally pull the plug on these dangerous regulations. To make it happen, all of us need to sign and share urgently — Avaazers make 1% of the internet users in South Africa so if each of us gets just one person to sign, we can reach 2%. If each of us gets 2 people to sign, we can get to 3%, etc etc. Sign now and share on Facebook, Twitter,... read more

Melkbosstranders Lantern-Lit Beach Walk – A Pre-Project Promo Clip

Melkbosstranders Lantern-Lit Beach Walk A Pre-Project Promo Clip Production Published on Jul 19, 2015 The Melkbosstranders Lantern-Lit Charity Beach Walk on 24 July 2015 is a community project in our fight against Child Abuse. Join us in our pledge to fight Child Abuse . Read More: http://majohi.com/melkbosstranders-is… This is a pre-project promo production clip and will only be distributed to promote this project in the buildup promo this week. MUSIC:  Your the Voice , performed by SHOUT 2012 – Shout SA   Disclaimer: 1. We do not own rights to the original music and or original music video. 2, This is a community project promo video clip only. 3. It was produced to promote a community project in our fight against child abuse and is accordance to STANDARD YouTube license. *** not for commercial use in any way*** WATCH THIS SPACE AND REMEMBER TO SHARE THE INVITE FAR AND WIDE! PLEDGE YOUR SUPPORT BY GIVING SOMETHING BACK TO FIGHT CHILD ABUSE.    JOIN THE FACEBOOK PROJECT PAGE AND SPREAD THE GOOD NEWS! (CLICK HERE)   Support the Beachfront Restaurants after the walk. Ask them about the LANTERN-LIT SPECIALS on 24 July 2015   IF YOU WISH TO INQUIRE ABOUT THIS PROJECT OR GET INVOLVED IN ANY WAY CONTACT MAJOHI CONSULTANTS HERE CONTACT US     Find us on Google Plus Tweets from Reliabuild... read more

Melkbosstrand is doing it again!

Melkbosstrand is doing it again! WATCH THIS SPACE AND BECOME PART OF THE MELKBOS LEGENDARY LANTERN-LIT CHARITY BEACH WALK &  ARE PROUD TO SHOWCASE THE VARIOUS SPECIAL OFFERS RECEIVED TO DATE TO THE COMMUNITY THE MELKBOSSTRAND COMMUNITY CENTER & PROJECT ORGANISERS OF THE LANTERN-LIT BEACH WALK ON 24 JULY 2015 TO FIGHT CHILD ABUSE ‘We have many more exciting news that we will share in due cause’ said Heidi Croxford. 1. Please support our beachfront partners after the walk. 2. Please invite your friends to join us from near or far 3. Please SHARE SHARE AND SHARE SOME MORE!   On the evening of Lantern-Lit Beach Walk Bistro on Beach will offer 1O % discount on all meals to Melkbosstranders  that have participated in the Lantern-Lit Beach Walk. All they have to do is show us the Lantern that they used for the walk.Bistro on Beach also pledge a 10% donation of the total daily sales for the day of the Lantern-Lit Beach Walk               Castella Amare pledge a percentage of turnover for the whole day’s trading towards the Melkbos Community Centre for the fight against Child Abuse. The more people who support us on the day, the better the percentage would be. Participants can further enter a photo competition by taking a photo of themselves on their walk with their lanterns. Post it on  their Facebook page and the staff will select the photo that they think is the best. The winner will get a R300 Meal Voucher from Castella Amare.     On the evening of Lantern-Lit Beach Walk DAMHUIS BEACH RESTAURANT will have credit card facilities for those... read more

Melkbosstranders lantern-lit charity beach walk

Melkbosstranders lantern-lit charity beach walk What started off as an exercise to obtain CONSOL Energy saving lights that our community members could put to good use during the dreaded Eskom load shedding schedules, ended up in an amazing effort by one community member KARIN DREYER. In one month, Karen Dreyer delivered 1200 Consol Lights to the Melkbosstrand Community at cost price, after making 3 trips to Stellenbosch to fulfill the orders. “It’s awesome what the community can do when we pull together” said Karen Dreyer,   … and the Melkbosstrand Community is proof of just that. After the 3rd bulk order, the community members engaged in conversations on how they could give back to the community. These discussions on social media, specifically on the Melkbosstranders Community Facebook Page headed by Bryan Douglas-Henry, lead to the brilliant initiative of a lantern walk on the beach in aid of a selected social charity or organization. So let’s light the way and show our support by giving something back to fight CHILD ABUSE! Melkbos 4 Melkbos! Bring your lantern and your donation (food, clothing, blankets, etc.) and join the big walk and group photo of the Melkbosstranders lantern-lit charity beach walk on 24 July 2015.   Your involvement in this Community project will be greatly appreciated by those less fortunate – ABUSED CHILDREN. Invite your friends and family to participate in this community charity project. We are currently in the process to make arrangements for various added benefits to all who will be joining us and will keep you posted as we proceed. SPREAD THE WORD, INVITE YOUR FRIENDS AND FAMILY AND SUPPORT MELKBOS-4-MELKBOS LIKE NEVER BEFORE. JOIN THE FACEBOOK PROJECT PAGE AT THIS LINK  https://www.facebook.com/events/861686983878860/... read more

Communication and charisma

Communication and charisma Reliabuild | Uncategorized | Communication and Charisma POSTED BY DR BRIAN JUDE ON 6 MARCH 2014 | Communicate with Charisma! A very important base for power is charismatic power. People want to do things for you simply because you have a bearing that exudes charisma, confidence and magnetism. Communication becomes much easier when one has charisma. Can this be learned? The exciting fact is that it can. With a knowledge of what it is and how it’s projected, we can work on it to become more charismatic, and in that way, get more out the people we interact with. Clearly some people have it and some don’t. Bill Clinton has it, George W Bush does not. Nelson Mandela had it, Thabo Mbeki has far less. Charisma is that very hard to define “something” that makes people look at you and say, “That person is important.” It has nothing to do with physical size or attractiveness, but rather with the way that a person presents themselves. Environmental body language. This is all about the images and the perceptions that we create with our body adornment. Research into appearance and the effect that it has on people, shows us that the first impression that we make on others is made within the first seven  seconds. This is then cemented within the next four minutes. That is when the charisma presents itself, or not. That means that if we meet someone and they look at us and get the impression: “Pig Pen.” Then that is what will affect that relationship and the ongoing communication between us. We never get a second chance... read more

Reliabuild Performs in 2015

Reliabuild Performs in 2015 Reliabuild Performs in 2015. Created and established to offer an affordable advertising and promotional platform to traders and businesses and to provide accurate information & contact details about trusted traders direct to the home owners and consumers. If you’re looking to get a job done properly, you want to find a trader you can trust to do a good job for a fair price. Today we simply reach for our phones or laptops and search on-line. But do you know who you are calling? Can you trust them? You are looking for traders that come with references right! So where do you find these RELIABLE traders? Reliabuild Statistics shows exceptional performance in 2015! PUBLIC… Reliabuild allows you to quickly find a trades-person in your area who can be trusted to provide a high standard of work. You can view the company profiles of all trusted traders in your area who suit your job. Reviews from previous customers are also available to help you to select the ideal tradesperson. Once you’ve chosen, you can immediately contact the trader by phone or email as Reliabuild provides the contact details directly to you FREE. NO logon or registration! NO collection of data or sensitive information! NO strings attached! CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO SERACH ON HERE? Once a job has been completed by a Reliabuild Listing Client, leave a review on Reliabuild.co.za to let others know the quality of work done by the trader. This encourages a continued high standard and helps others to find tradespeople they can trust. You don’t have to leave a review, but it only... read more

The new home of Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre!

The new home of Uitsig Animal Rescue Centre! Uitsig has been very fortunate in that they have found an amazing property in Melkbosstrand with a number of private investors that contributed a portion of funds to secure the property. The farm is a 40 hectare property that is located on the R27 close to Melkbosstrand. The property is fully fenced, already has services (water, electricity and sewage) in place, plus water well points, three houses, stables and paddocks for our horses, a suitable area that we can adapt for the pigs, a sound road leading to the centre (no more getting stuck in the mud and 4X4 driving for our visitors), ample parking, a function hall, undercover nursery areas and a potential coffee shop area, and we mustn’t forget there are toilets! ‘We are getting so much more than what we ever thought we would be able to have with this property.  We all have had dreams of what our ideal rescue centre would look like and with this property we can envisage all of them and change the face of animal welfare in South Africa. We have plans to provide our animals with a wonderful and safe, more self-sustainable environment to live in until they get adopted by their forever families.’ said Willemien Viljoen from Uitsig. This amazing property will enable Uitsig to do the following: The basic infrastructure is already in place, thus we can transfer our horses and pigs across immediately and we only need to build our dog camps and catteries in the new location to transfer the rest of the animals in our care; Doggie camps with a... read more

LIST FOR FREE! Go … Reliabuild

LIST FOR FREE! Go … Reliabuild! If you have a service to offer, own a business or is a tradesman across any industry, you can list your business ABSOLUTELY FREE FOR 6 MONTHS with NO OBLIGATION when your FREE listing expires. With a guaranteed normal fixed monthly fee of R 100 only after the 6 Free months. It is our aim to give YOU a PLACE in CYBERSPACE that is reliable, affordable, effective, fast, efficient and accessible and the PUBLIC an easy to use search platform where they don’t’ have to register or log in and have direct access to the listing advertisers details direct. NO DRAMA NO! STRINGS ATTACHED! List Easy and Fast! Simply GOOGLE reliabuild.co.za Click on JOIN US, (TOP RIGHT CORNER) Enter a USERNAME (Business or Trade Name) and email address Your PASSWORD will be emailed to you in 2-5 minutes. (to the email address you provided) Then click on LIST YOUR BUSINESS and complete the easy to follow FIELDS CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO BE ON HERE? Reliabuild is a new innovative online trade directory. It is our aim to provide the public with information on reliable tradesman in their area and to list great traders who prove that there is an alternative to the ‘cowboys’. We are not in the business of data collection. We are not the expert in YOUR trade. We are simply the CRITICAL LINK between the TRADER and the USER. Reliabuild was created through a simple yet powerful vision: ‘Invest in your people (locals) and see what they can build.’ Working together to strengthen local brands has never been this... read more

Nedbank boss set to testify over ‘scam’

Nedbank boss set to testify over ‘scam’ As Published on http://www.iol.co.za/business/news/nedbank-boss-set-to-testify-over-scam-1.1874290#.VYqbL0Y3XYi Date June 22 2015 By Roy Cokayne INDEPENDENT MEDIA Nedbank chief executive Mike Brown has been subpoenaed to give evidence in court today.  Johannesburg – Nedbank chief executive Mike Brown has been subpoenaed to give evidence today at a confidential Section 417/418 inquiry in terms of the Companies Act. Brown is one of three people who have been called to testify on the liquidation and subsequent deregistration of Waterkloofspruit Projects, the developer of a 211-stand upmarket residential project known as Waterkloof Boulevard in Waterkloof Ridge in Pretoria in 2001. The others are Arno Cronje and Enver Motala. Brown was subpoenaed because he was previously head of Board of Executors bank (BOE), which was taken over by Nedbank in 2002. It is alleged that BOE placed Waterkloofspruit Projects under a winding up order because it could not pay its debts and conspired and colluded with liquidators Cronje and Motala, as well as Sterling Auctioneers to acquire, during the liquidation sale, 137 stands in Waterkloof Boulevard for a total of R100 000. This amounted to an average price of R730 a stand. There are claims that there was a R20 million offer for the stands prior to the liquidation sale and the real market value of the individual properties, of which 16 had semi completed houses, had a collective market value of more than R40m. Bond holder BOE’s property finance division was the bond holder over certain properties in the Waterkloof Boulevard project. Esme Arendse, the division executive of group communications at Nedbank, confirmed Brown had been subpoenaed to give evidence... read more

Erf 1117 also known as ‘Happy Valley’ RDP development meeting

The public turnout to the Erf 1117 (also known as ‘Happy Valley’) RDP development meeting that took place last night 22 June 2015 at Blouberg Library Hall at 19:00 took local Government and the City of Cape Town by surprise. The hall was overflowing with locals attending in huge numbers. With no standing-room left inside and hundreds more of people standing outside the turnout by local residents were overwhelming with an estimated attendance exceeding 2000 people. The city went on the record to say that they will never do low cost housing development, if they do manage to acquire the property known as Happy Valley from the present owners, the National Department of Public Works. Furthermore they went on the record saying that whatever process they enter into as far as future development goes along the Westcoast corridor they will involve the local population and home owners in the process. Let’s hope they don’t use the same involvement process or Sustainability & Viability study they used at Wolweriviera! We all know how that one went!   As sumerised by Melkbosstranders Facebook Page member Steven Paul Twine The meeting was lead by; *Willem Steenkamp – Program Planner *Councelor Benedicta van Minen – in charge of human settlements *Speaker – Dirk Smit *Gavin Coda – Dept of public works *Minister Madikizele – deputy leader of DA “Anti-land invasion”  These are the people that are meant to monitor, handle, control the squatters – check they are registered, make sure no health issues. *ERF111z belongs to national dept of public works (not city of cape town) – the CofC does not have plans to... read more

Focused Management Consultants

Focused Management Consultants By Heidi Croxford 20 June 215 Founded in March 2012, Majohi Consultants is a dynamic and innovative South African based focused management consultancy company, solely dedicated to helping clients achieve extraordinary results through business strategies, communication, creative direction and digital integration. POWER TO YOU!   Find Your Solution We provide a broad spectrum of consulting services, from vision and strategy to detailed design, from implementation and capacity building to realising and sustaining value. Creative Direction Our designs are driven to direct interest, our content created to communicate & captivate your audience and our promotional videos produced to promote. Painting Pictures are often best understood as it speaks a language everyone understands. Our creative direction gives you a way to say who you are without having to speak. Business & Strategic Management Business & Strategic management is the art, science, and craft of formulating, implementing and evaluating cross-functional decisions that will enable an organisation to achieve its long-term objectives. Technology, globalization, and constant change have made the job of leading businesses more exciting, complex, and demanding. Majohi aim to assist you with a customised “Innovation Toolkit,” to design a flexible innovation process for online integration, to adapt to, and profit from, changes in customers, competitors, or markets. Create new business models, launch new products, improve customer experience, and open new markets. Marketing & Communication With the introduction of the Internet online & social media platforms, the way in which we communicate has changed forever. Almost overnight people from all walks of life all around the world had access to informative content, the news and previously controlled information. We... read more

Breaking News on Cancer Cure

Breaking News on Cancer Cure: Scientists hail ‘new era’ for cancer treatment Monday 1 June 2015 Immunotherapy could replace chemotherapy as the standard treatment for cancer within the next five years, says report   Experts have hailed a “new era” for cancer treatments after achieving what they called “spectacular” results from trials on a new class of drugs. Immunotherapy, which harnesses the body’s immune system to attack cancerous cells, is proving so effective that in one British-led trial, more than half of patients with advanced melanoma saw tumors shrink or brought under control, researchers said. A number of trials of the drugs have been presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology’s annual conference in Chicago. Prof Roy Herbst, chief of medical oncology at Yale Cancer Centre in the US, described some of the findings as “spectacular” and said immunotherapy could replace chemotherapy as the standard treatment for cancer within the next five years, according to reports. He told reporters: “I think we are seeing a paradigm shift in the way oncology is being treated. The potential for long-term survival, effective cure, is definitely there.” Prof Peter Johnson, the director of medical oncology at Cancer Research UK, said: “The evidence suggests we are at the beginning of a whole new era for cancer treatments.” In an international trial, 945 patients with advanced melanoma were treated with the drugs ipilimumab and nivolumab. The treatments stopped cancer advancing for nearly a year in 58% of cases, with tumors stable or shrinking for an average of 11.5 months, researchers found. This was compared with 19% of cases for ipilimumab alone, with tumours... read more

Parliament, public misled on policing stats – report

Parliament, public misled on policing stats – report 2015-05-27  By Adam Wakefield, Published on News24  Johannesburg – Top government officials, including President Jacob Zuma, misconstrued data on public order policing before Parliament, according to a University of Johannesburg (UJ) report released on Wednesday. The longer UJ researchers worked on the report, the “more it became clear that senior South African Police Services [SAPS] officials and government ministers misconstrued IRIS data and in consequence misled Parliament and the public”. “This is significant because their interpretations were central to motivations for a massive increase in expenditure on public order policing,” the report states. IRIS is the police’s incident registration system, according to which there were 156 230 crowd incidents between 1997 and 2013. The research was produced by the UJ Social Change Research Unit’s Professor Peter Alexander, Dr Carin Runciman, and Boitumelo Maruping. The crowd incidents are broken down into “peaceful” and “unrest”. Peaceful ones made up around 90% of all incidents recorded, and unrest cases the remaining 10%. Alexander said crowd incidents were not necessarily protests. A high proportion of the incidents were recreational, cultural, or religious events. The way “peaceful” and “unrest” were defined was primarily determined by the character of police intervention, and unrest should not be equated with violence. In the report, three examples are cited where IRIS statistics were misused. One was on September 3 last year, when national police commissioner Riah Phiyega and Lieutenant General Elias Mawela, the divisional commissioner for public order policing, briefed Parliament’s portfolio committee. ‘Only 54% of protests were violent’ During his presentation, Mawela said: “Violent protest action escalated from 1 266... read more

Fifa corruption probe: Officials arrested in Zurich / Breaking News

Fifa corruption probe: Officials arrested in Zurich 16 minutes ago / Live via BBC NEWS YOU CAN LISTEN LIVE AS THE STORY  CONTINUES TO UNCOVERS AT THIS LINK COMPLIMENTS OF BBC NEWS Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media caption Live: Fifa news conference on arrest of football officials in Switzerland Jump media player Media player help Out of media player. Press enter to return or tab to continue. Media captionLive: Fifa news conference on arrest of football officials in Switzerland Six football officials have been arrested over corruption charges at governing Media captionLive: Fifa news conference on arrest of football officials in Switzerland Six football officials have been arrested over corruption charges at governing body Fifa and face extradition to the US, officials say. Separately, Swiss prosecutors have launched a criminal case into the 2018 and 2022 football World Cup bids. The suspects, who include a Fifa vice-president, allegedly accepted bribes worth $100m (£65m; €92m) over 20 years. Fifa members are due to vote Friday in a presidential election. Incumbent Sepp Blatter is seeking a fifth term. However, Mr Blatter is not understood to be one of those arrested. Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein of Jordan – Mr Blatter’s rival for the Fifa presidency – described the development as “a sad day for football”, but withheld from commenting further. Fifa’s Zurich headquarters has also been raided, with documents seized, Swiss prosecutors say. ‘Seeking clarification’ Those arrested include: Jeffrey Webb – head of the confederation for North and Central America and the Caribbean, Concacaf Jack Warner, former Fifa vice-president Costa Rica’s... read more

Is a phone call or a text message really worth all of that?

Is a phone call or a text message really worth all of that? By Heidi Croxford 27 may 2015 This accident in Santa Rosa over the weekend killed two people. And you know why it happened? Because the driver of the truck that hit them was apparently looking at his cellphone. And he didn’t notice that traffic in front of him had stopped. There were four people in the car that was hit, including Jay Hufford who was driving. “I could see him barreling right up on me and I was terrified.” said Hufford. Hufford’s wife Sue and his mother Sharon were in the back seat of the car. They were on Highway 12 when traffic came to a stop. The driver of the truck plowed into them at about 60 miles an hour. Both Sue and Sharon were crushed to death.Hufford says: “I had nowhere to go, and I couldn’t if I wanted to, I’m stopped.” The driver of the truck was a 30 year old man from Rhonert Park. CHP Sgt. Erik Egide says: “He was looking down at his phone. He may have been texting, that’s still being investigated.” The CHP also says he may have been high on marijuana. Sue Hufford was out celebrating her 53rd birthday. She was a teacher. She had three kids in college. Now she’s gone. And for what? What is it going to take to get people to stop looking at their cellphone or texting while driving? In 2012 more than 3000 people were killed by distracted drivers. That’s nine deaths EVERY day. And more than 400,000 people were injured by distracted drivers. That’s more than 1,100 injuries EVERY day. Is a phone call or a text message really... read more

Fund raises $345 million to help power Africa

Fund raises $345 million to help power Africa BY CHRIS SPILLANE , 2015-05-26 Pembani Remgro Infrastructure Fund, founded by two of South Africa’s richest men, has raised $345 million to invest in electricity generation, transport and logistics in Africa. The fund was established in 2012 by Johann Rupert, who has a net worth of $8.2 billion according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index, and Phuthuma Nhleko, who is the chairman of MTN Group Ltd. The fund raised $245 million and can access a further $100 million from the US government’s Overseas Private Investment Corp., Chief Executive Officer Herc van Wyk said. The fund plans to raise as much as $500 million for developing infrastructure on the continent, he said.  Power Report: Apps bringing light to Eskom’s gloom “We see interesting opportunities coming up in the infrastructure space,” van Wyk said. “The opportunity, first and foremost, is power generation.” African countries, including the two biggest economies, Nigeria and South Africa, are beset by power shortages that limit economic growth, boost the cost of doing business and disrupt production. Rupert is the chairman of investment company Remgro Ltd. and controls the world’s second-largest jewelry maker Richemont. Nhleko, who founded investment company Pembani Group, led Africa’s biggest mobile phone company MTN through it’s fastest rate of customer growth as chief executive officer, and is now chairman. The fund has partnered with Grindrod Freight Service to form GPR Leasing South Africa, which will lease rail rolling stock in Africa, and has invested in ETG, an agribusiness logistics company, it says on its website. Pembani Remgro is jointly owned by Remgro, Nhleko and the investment... read more
  Listen to the interview with Macdonald Netshitenzhe – Chief Director of Policy and Legislation – Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) The Department of Trade and Industry recently released the National Liquor Policy for public comment. The policy proposes amendments to the National Liquor Act (2003), which aim to fight alcohol abuse and tighten regulations on the illegal manufacturing and selling of alcohol. Alcohol advertising will also be affected What are your comments? https://soundcloud.com/primediabroadcasting/new-national-liquor-policy-open-for-public-comment... read more

Facebook user numbers for South Africa revealed. Including demographic statistics for South African Internet Users

Facebook user numbers for South Africa revealed. Including demographic statistics for South African Internet Users There are 11.8-million Facebook users in South Africa according to the latest results from World Wide Worx and Fuseware’s SA Social Media Landscape 2015 report. Though the two companies revealed this statistic in their headline findings during September 2014, they highlighted a number of additional figures in a press release issued on Monday, 3 November 2014. Among the user figures was the gender split. “Of those Facebook users whose gender is identifiable, 5,6-million males and 5,6-million females use the platform,” the companies said.   Facebook is the first high-tech service or platform in South Africa which has seen an exactly equal take-up by males and females, according to the report. Website statistics company Effective Measure, which said it performed 173,935 demographic surveys during August 2014, found that 51% of Internet users in South Africa are female. Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx, said that of the 11.8-million South African users (which is 22% of the population), 8.8-million access Facebook on their mobile phones. Mike Wronski, managing director of analytics company Fuseware, pointed out that the Facebook user base is beginning to resemble the South Africa urban population: “The highest growth in the user base is seen in three key economic hubs, namely Johannesburg (55%), Pretoria (49%) and Cape Town (44%). Interestingly, Nelspruit continues to show high growth, at 40%.” The single biggest platform for Facebook – from a phone operating system point of view – is Android, growing from 1.26-million in 2013 to 3.2-million in 2014. BlackBerry has fallen from the top position to... read more

Have faith in the South African dream

Have faith in the South African dream by Heidi Croxford 25 May 2015 Our country is an inspiration to the world and as we battle to overcome challenges we must believe in ourselves. We do have serious problems to deal with. But cynicism and depression won’t help us to resolve them. Perhaps it is time to renew the faith that so many of us used to feel in ourselves and our country. Have faith in the South African dream! People all over the world feel that our future is tied up with their own hopes for a better world. We have a real obligation to all those who struggled and still struggle, and to our children; to ensure that we build a decent society of which all of us can be proud. From the award-winning documentary, “Playing For Change: Peace Through Music”, comes “Stand By Me”, the first of many Songs Around The World produced by Playing For Change. This Ben E. King classic features musicians around the world recorded by the Playing For Change team during their travels. This song continues to remind us that music has the power to break down boundaries and overcome distances between people. This CD/DVD set highlights the passion and talent of 185 musicians from 31 different countries including South Africa! “at some point in your life you are going to need somebody to stand by... read more


MAYBE NATION BUILDING AND NOT B-BBEE COULD DELIVER ECONOMIC TRANSFORMATION Written By Tshetlhe Litheko Monday, May 18, 2015 Information from VOICES NEWS24 “…We must in action, assert our will to do so. We must in action say that there is no obstacle big enough to stop us from bringing about a new African Renaissance.”  Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela From the moment my eyes opened up to the greatness of this wonderful country I have felt blessed to call myself South African. It is also for that reason that I have remained optimistic about the country’s future and how carefully timed events may direct the country the right way. I have hesitated in the past to criticise any technocratic process with heavy time and capital investment. Also when it comes to Broad-Based Economic Empowerment (B-BBEE) there seems to be a dichotomy that would suggest any criticism means I am standing for an opposite side, and there is no middle ground. B-BBEE in its previous form and in the new format will never deliver jobs nor will it grow the South African economy. When you design the whole empowerment Act around access to opportunities, and you do not pause to consider how those opportunities are created or grown, you are in trouble. This is perhaps the biggest reason why transformation has been delayed from the masses in the population. Pause before commenting on B-BBEE below as institutionalised racism or evidence of ineptitude on the part of government. Allow me to explain the rationale behind the Act and build a case on how nation building is key to Industrial development in South Africa.... read more

Internet shaming could land you in jail

Internet shaming could land you in jail Published by : Majohi Consultants Report by: Duncan Alfreds 2015-05-21 Added information: News24 / Fin24 / Russel Luck  Video : Youtube Channel 4 Cape Town – While the rise of social media makes it easy to shame people publicly, it could place you at odds with the law, says a legal expert. “‘Shaming’ on the internet applies in many different contexts and is prohibited in many ways by SA law depending on the nature of that ‘shaming’,” technology attorney Russel Luck told Fin24. An Australian woman recently made a tearful apology for shaming a man on Facebook. She had accused him of being a child predator after he appeared to snap a picture of her young children. However, it emerged that he had been taking his first selfie in front of a Darth Vader display in a shopping mall. “In the scenario where the shaming occurred in error then the woman who made those comments could be liable to a delictual action for defamation of the man’s character,” Luck said, adding that she could very well also face civil damages. Malicious shaming However, the law takes a dim view of malicious shaming. “Where the ‘shaming’ amounts to cyber bullying (comments made about a person or to a person) which amount to harassment or hate speech), the ‘shamer’ could face civil charges in delict and / or criminal charges,” Luck explained. Under South Africa’s Protection from Harassment Act (Act No 17 of 2011), the court merely has to see face value of harassment evidence to grant the victim a protection order. “If the court... read more

Why Employers Don’t Respond to Job Applications

09 Oct, 2013 Why Employers Don’t Respond to Job Applications Written by Jennifer Parris FlexJobs Career Writer  Jennifer Parris    How often have you wondered why employers don’t respond to job applications? You read through the job posting. Twice. Your skills and work experience are a perfect match for the responsibilities of the position you’re applying for. You take the time to carefully craft  job applications that rivals any Academy Award–winning speeches. You follow the submission process down to the last detail. You hit send and you wait. And wait. But you never hear back from the company you applied for. Sadly, not responding to  job applications has become a growing trend among companies. According to a CareerBuilder survey, 25 percent of those surveyed said that they never received an acknowledgment after submitting  job applications, or worse, were not informed about the hiring manager’s decision after an interview. And to add insult to injury, a staggering 75 percent of participants claimed that they hadn’t heard back from at least one employer in the past year. Is it simply that employers are rude, or is there something bigger at play here? We decided to find out, straight from the hiring managers’ mouths. We asked them why employers don’t respond to job applications. Here’s what they had to say—anonymously, of course. Providing Feedback Has Legal and Liability Implications “I agree that it would be beneficial for a candidate to get feedback from potential employers,” said one former hiring manager. “But it is rare for someone being interviewed to receive specific feedback on how they did because of the legal implications involved and... read more

7 Surprising Productivity Tips for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs

7 Surprising Productivity Tips for Self-Employed Entrepreneurs By Heidi Croxford 19 May 2015 One of the reasons why I love entrepreneurship is that it allows people to spend more time doing what they truly love. That’s the theory, at least.  But if you let your never-ending to-do list weigh on your conscience, you may start thinking and acting in a way that lets real life slip through the cracks. This ultimately hinders your ability to be productive, because you work better when you’re happier. THE SECRET IS TO BE RESPONSIBLE FOR HOW MUCH YOU GET DONE TODAY! I recommend that you take at least one day off every week where you don’t allow yourself to even think about getting work done – then schedule that day to be jam packed with your favorite activities (i.e. hiking, jet-skiing, or spending quality time with a significant other). By dedicating time each week to doing things that you truly enjoy, it will be much easier focus on the menial aspects of your industry. REMEMBER THAT WEALTH IS A MINDSET! There’s nothing more important to your success than your commitment to working hard. But you’re not a machine (and even machines need to cool down every once and a while). It’s more productive to work effectively and efficiently for 45 minutes than it is to spin your wheels for an hour. So it’s important to perceive when your mind or body is starting to feel overloaded – and give yourself permission to recharge. REMIND YOURSELF AND THOSE AROUND YOU TO DREAM BIG! Entrepreneurs don’t just work within systems. They must create new systems. They don’t just solve problems.... read more

Goodbye, Google+: Social Network Broken Into Streams and Photos Products

Goodbye, Google+: Social Network Broken Into Streams and Photos Products March 06, 2015 Published by  Larry Kim   Google The rumors are true: Google is breaking its Streams and Photos into standalone products, to be managed under Bradley Horowitz, as he announced on Google+ earlier this week.   Horowitz didn’t specifically mention Google+ in his post, but the writing is on the wall. Considering these two products make up much of the Google+ network user experience, their separation pretty much spells the end of Google’s foray into social. Google has given a lot of clues pointing to the demise of its social network over the past 18 months, including the shelving of mandatory Google+ registration when signing up for new Google services, the death of Authorship, moving much of the Google+ team to Android when G+ godfather Vic Gundotra left the company. Even so, Google+ had continued expanding some services. For example, it wasn’t that long ago+Post ads were made available to all advertisers. Maybe Google hopes to continue using Google+ for advertising only? It seems ludicrous – without a social network, where’s the audience to make it worth it for businesses to stay? Ah, there’s the beauty of Google though; it was never just a social network. It’s primarily an advertising network, then a search engine. Sure, the social aspect of it would be a ghost town (as we’ve been proclaiming since its earliest days), but they have such reach across Search, YouTube, Gmail that it may not matter. Google+ was never getting the social engagement and activity Facebook enjoys, but their ad business is still exponentially larger and... read more

Hypenica announces the Winners of Third Annual Women in Construction Awards, Recognising Excellence in Africa.

Hypenica announces the Winners of Third Annual Women in Construction Awards, Recognising Excellence in Africa. South Africa – May 15, 2015 – Hypenica   The winners of the Women in Construction Awards, recognising excellence in Africa were announced Wednesday night, 13 May 2015. Hosted by the African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, the Sandton Convention Center, in Johannesburg, South Africa saw 300 guests from the construction, cement and concrete industry celebrate, recognise and applaud the finalists for 2015. Reliabuild’s managing partner Heidi Croxford was there to report on this prestigious event. The call for nominations for the Women in Construction Awards resulted in an influx of 42 nominations. A panel of judges, which consisted of 14 global industry experts, identified 12 finalists, representative of three different African countries. Currently in its third year, The Women in Construction Awards evolved through a need to recognize and celebrate the role of women in the construction, cement and concrete industry. The awards, which comprise of both individual and organisational categories, acknowledge the increasing important role of women in the industry. The individual categories recognise women who are pioneers in innovation within the built environment, as well as identify “New Starters” –  women under the age of 30 years – who through their efforts to date have been identified as women “to watch” as they get a foothold within the sector. The organisational awards acknowledged organisations which have stepped up and developed women’s roles through innovative training programs as well showing their commitment to developing the careers of women in the industry.   2015 WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION AWARD WINNERS INDIVIDUAL CATEGORIES Pioneer in Innovation Award:... read more

Intelligent sustaining solutions will shape the future… With the introduction of The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo 2015, the future has already begun.

Intelligent sustaining solutions will shape the future… With the introduction of The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo  2015, the future has already begun. One cannot dispute the tremendous value of innovation through technology across all fields that ultimately aims at the constant improvement to existing industry operations, supply chain management and improved systems Our future for sustainable development throughout Africa as well as to maintain and grow our economy globally is not crippled by our inability to find solutions. It simply needs to embrace integrated systems that operates seamlessly. Only solutions creating the greatest synergies will be sustainable in the long turn. When ALL systems worked together in the future we can meet the requirements of the future adequately and effeminately. In the future we will monitor ALL media flow including supply lines. Along the future we will monitor classic domains and we will network classically and intelligently and we will create synergies that makes new functions possible. We need to embrace this future by relentlessly embedding our values, brand promise, strategies & positions into the hearts of our people and carry it through with workable processes. We need to strategic and catalytic in our community support, development and education processes. When all systems can identify & meets the needs to cross over and build a solid foundation together, the development and growth prospects within the construction, roads development, infrastructure and housing projects will lay a solid foundation for tangible transformation. Intelligent sustaining solutions will shape the future… and the future has already begun. With the introduction of The African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo back in 2015, this process has... read more

Shaping the future of Africa’s cement, concrete and construction industries

Shaping the future of Africa’s cement, concrete and construction industries The African construction industry remains key to support the continents’ infrastructural development requirements; the outlook for Africa’s concrete and cement sector in particular is promising, given the strong economic outlook, long-term demographic growth and rising urbanisation, all of which is boost demand for cement and concrete. Reliabuild’s managing partner Heidi Stassen Croxford is attending the African Construction & Totally Concrete Expo from 12-15 May 2015 to report on new development plans, new products and valuable information for the construction sector as a hole in order for YOU to position your business. Preregistered visitors already exceeds 6000 from over 30 countries with 240 exhibitors across 3 exhibition halls As the industry continues to evolve so do the opportunities at Africa’s leading construction and concrete events: African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos. For 2015, African Construction and Totally Concrete Expos. are creating five unique experiences to culminate into Africa’s biggest gathering of qualified buyers and sellers for the cement, concrete and construction industry. An entire week of conferences, seminars, workshops, expos, site visits dedicated to highlighting and promoting cement, concrete and construction in Africa. The only dedicated coatings event focused on providing proactive strategies for improving the use and understanding of coatings technologies and emerging trends in the industry. Investment in road infrastructure is key to the continent’s development. This forum will focus on elements such as road design and construction, investment and maintenance With the continent now experiencing the world’s fastest economic growth and highest urbanisation rate, this much needed forum will highlight the latest technologies, thinking, approaches and strategies for building and meeting the... read more

Social media management – lessons learnt

Social media management – lessons learnt by Tori Gill Senior manager to Darlington A few weeks ago, my social media management service were recommended to another company, I’m always extremely grateful when this happens so I contacted the company the same day. It was local to Darlington, sounded exciting so we made an appointment to meet each other. The prospect of working alongside the company was exciting, they worked with some global companies and the products were unique to their target market. They knew they needed to market their products using social media and wasn’t sure how to so I set to work straight away. I setup new social media accounts, re-jigged their existing ones and went to work on engaging with their target market. Follower numbers were going up and large organisations started interacting with me (this is great for lead generation). However, after two weeks, it didn’t work out. It’s always disappointing to lose a client but the simple fact was, they didn’t understand or embrace social media. They couldn’t see the relationship between social media and sales, how interactions turn to lead generations etc and it’s very difficult to work with a company who just don’t get it. I left the ball in their court, gave them time to think about what they wanted to do but was disappointed when they didn’t get back to me. I recommended telesales staff to them, meetings took place, proposals were submitted but no further contact was made by the company. I was also removed as a LinkedIn connection which is a shame. Companies need to embrace social media and put their trust into... read more

Africa’s cement and concrete suppliers meet continent’s growing demand with ease.

Read the full media release here: Africa’s cement and concrete suppliers meet continent’s growing demand with ease. Media Release 20 April 2015 Africa’s cement and concrete suppliers meet continent’s growing demand with ease Read more on a former Women in construction awardee and the current CEO of CIMERWA Ltd, Busi Legodi’s, insight on the effect Africa’s population surge has on the continent’s construction industry.  She also covers the why it is beneficial role players in the construction industry to attendthe African Construction and Totally Concrete Expo, taking place from 12 – 14 May at the Sandton Convention Centre.  Reliabuild is a proud media partner to the African Construction Expo May 2015 For more information contact : Heidi Croxford  heidi@reliabuild.co.za Tweets by... read more

Captains of Construction to meet with industry stakeholders at Africa’s biggest construction expo.

The African Construction Week  8-13 May 2015.  Click on this link below for The Press Release issued by PPC Cement, Official sponsor to The Captains of Construction Conference to be held on 13 May 2015 Captains of Construction to meet with industry stakeholders at Africa’s biggest construction expo. Reliabuild has limited seminar tickets available to listing members, strategic partners and or our advertising clients. Don’t miss out on this elite networking & information seminar For more information, contact heidi@reliabuild.co.za      SA’s MOST TRUSTED TRADE DIRECTORY  CAN YOU AFFORD NOT TO BE ON HERE? RELIABUILD is a proud media partner to  The African Construction Week   Both Majohi Consultants and Reliabuild.co.za  operates under the flagship of Majohi Holdings (Pty) Ltd        Other seminars / conferences in the line-up AFRICAN CONCRETE CONFERENCE AFRICAN CONSTRUCTION CONFERENCE AFRICAN ROAD EVOLUTION CONFERENCE HOUSING FOR AFRICA CONFERENCE COATING FOR AFRICA CONFERENCE WOMEN IN CONSTRUCTION AWARDS FUNCTION Tweets by... read more