The Life's Way - A Lifestyle and Technology Blog By Aashish Rai 

Friday, 26 August 2016

Tumi Morake’s blood now runs Blu @Tumi_Morake @BluBloodSA #SouthAfrica

Hi Guys, 
South Africa’s “First Lady of Comedy”, Tumi Morake, has taken to social media to announce the news that she is now under new management.

“With growth comes reinvention and new ventures! I’m excited to be a part of the Blu Blood family,” says Tumi.

The comedienne has signed on with talent and event management company, Blu Blood, who will take on the exclusive management of her career. “We are so pleased to welcome Tumi to the family. We have her best interests at heart and we are excited for what the future holds for her,” says Blu Blood’s CEO, Shaaista Osman.

With a career spanning over 10 years and with numerous nominations and awards under her belt, Tumi Morake continues to be a formidable force in the industry – a fact proven by her most recent win of Best Comedian at the 2016 YOU Spectacular Awards. Since beginning her comedy career in smoky clubs in 2006, she has steadily grown into one of SA’s most sought after comedians.

Tumi has managed to keep a firm footing as one of a handful of successful female comedians on the corporate and commercial scene. Her edgy and unpredictable brand of comedy has wowed audiences around the globe. She has shared the stage with the likes of David Kau, Marc Lottering, Barry Hilton and Chris Forrest and has earned her place as headliner in comedy festivals such as the Kings and Queens of Comedy. She’s bold, she’s sassy and you simply cannot ignore her! Some highlights of her career include being the first woman to host Comedy Central presents on African soil and ticking off a bucket list item – taking her one-woman show to the famed Edinburgh Festival in Scotland in 2013.
Tumi Morake’s blood now runs Blu @Tumi_Morake @BluBloodSA #SouthAfrica

Tumi Morake is a “jane-of-all-trades”. Beyond her comedy, Morake has been the face of major campaigns with Vodacom and Kelloggs. As a producer, her work has been nominated in various categories at the South African Film and Television Awards, which she also hosted in 2013 and 2014. She also hosted the prestigious SAMA Awards (Night 1) in 2012 and 2013.

Morake has also had some critical recognition thrown her way. From being named one of The Free State Province’s Icons, to the Entertainer of the Year at the 2012 Speakers of Note Award. The Tarantino of comedy, Tumi’s crowning glories have been her nominations for coveted Comic of The Year at the 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 Comic’s Choice Awards. She is a recipient of the Mboko Women In The Arts Award for Excellence in Comedy 2013. 2015 saw her nominated in the Glamour Woman Of The Year Awards. She was recently voted You Spectacular Favourite Comedian.

Morake’s continental claim to fame began as the host of The Big Brother Hot Room, a comical round up of Big Brother Africa. She also spent two seasons on the judging panel of etv’s She’s The One. Her star continued to rise as host of the ever trending Our Perfect Wedding for a record 3 seasons after a public demand for her return.

Tumi Morake in true multitasking woman style, has channeled her comedy into writing, acting and producing. She will have her cake and eat it, and even have seconds, because she can.

Blu Blood is run by power couple, Osman and Shaaista Osman, who have combined their expertise, experience and enthusiasm as the two pillars of this lifestyle and management brand. With a select and specialised team, Blu Blood’s personalised service is key and paramount to business success. Blu Blood is known for their professional event management work which includes events for Bollywood Indian Cinema, music industry promotions through South Africa and Africa, facilitated the UNICEF Child Friendly Space at the 2010 FIFA World Cup fan fest sites, been marketing consultants for Childone Johannesburg Centre and have worked on major events with large companies including Nedbank, Telkom, Chats Cellular, Sun International and Peermont.

Blu Blood has crossed paths and collaborated with many renowned artists such as Azhar Usman, Russell Peters, Joey Rasdien, Conrad Koch, Loyiso Gola and Nik Rabinowitz. Their festival and event experience includes Hollywood actor and comedian, Orlando Jones’, Stand Up and Laugh with Orlando, the Broadway production, Mystic India, Riaad Moosa’s Best of and Doctor’s Orderstours, Kings and Queens of Comedy and several others. They have toured with Bollywood sensations Sonu Nigam, Atif Aslam, Shrey Goshal and the international debut show of Arijit Singh. Blu Blood is also the exclusive management for Riaad Moosa and Simmi Areff.

Follow Tumi on Twitter (@tumi_morake) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/Tumi-Morake-95458788109/#). For bookings, email info@blublood.com

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@Lenovo_Africa Grows In #Smartphone Market Despite Industry Decline #Quarter Results

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Lenovo Group (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) announced results for its first fiscal quarter ended June 30, 2016. Quarterly revenue was US$10.1 billion, a six percent decrease year-over-year (or four percent decrease in constant currency). Quarter-to-quarter, this represented a 10 percent increase. First quarter pre-tax income increased 297 percent year-over-year to US$206 million. Net income increased 64 percent year-over-year to US$173 million. Lenovo’s first quarter financial performance occurred during a period when the core markets saw either slow growth or year-over-year industry declines: PCs were down 4.1 percent and tablet shipments fell 11.1 percent, while server industry shipments were essentially flat with smartphone markets growing 0.7 percent. At the same time, the RMB continued its depreciation, capping overall growth potential during the quarter. 

@Lenovo_Africa Grows In #Smartphone Market #FY Results
“Although the macro-economy and our industries remain challenging, causing a decline in our revenue, we significantly improved our profit year-on-year through innovative products and strong execution. Our PC business delivered strong profits and our smartphone business stabilized compared to last quarter,” said Yuanqing Yang, Chairman and CEO of Lenovo. “Going forward, in PCs we will focus on high growth segments and leverage industry consolidation to resume growth. In smartphones, we will leverage innovative, differentiated products and continue to shift to higher price bands to drive growth and turn around this business. In data centers, we will continue to expand in hyperconverged technology, and improve profitability in the hyperscale business.”

The Company’s gross profit for the first fiscal quarter decreased 7 percent year-over-year to US$1.5 billion, with gross margin at 15.3 percent. Operating PTI for the quarter increased 97 percent year-over-year to US$281 million. Basic earnings per share for the first fiscal quarter was 1.57 US cents, or 12.19 HK cents. Net debt as of June 30, 2016, totaled US$1.2 billion.

Business Group Overview
In the PC and Smart Device Business Group, or PCSD, which includes PCs and tablets, Lenovo’s quarterly sales were US$7 billion, down seven percent year-over-year. Pre-tax income was US$370 million, an increase of 2.4 percent year-over-year. Pre-tax income margin was strong at 5.3 percent, improving 0.5 points year-over-year, aided by good margins in China and increased profitability of the Latin America and Brazil PC businesses. Lenovo remained #1 worldwide for the 13th consecutive quarter with 21.1 percent market share, with gains in every geography except EMEA. It shipped 13.2 million PCs in the quarter, a 2.3 percent decline, which represented a 1.8 point premium to the overall market, which saw a 4.1 percent decline. The tablet business was profitable with a double-digit growth premium to market. Lenovo continues to make steady progress towards its goal of achieving 30 percent worldwide PC market share.

In the Mobile Business Group, or MBG, which includes products from Motorola and Lenovo-branded mobile phones, Lenovo quarterly sales were US$1.7 billion, down 6 percent year-over-year, but nearly flat in constant currency. MBG’s total pre-tax loss was US$206 million, with a pre-tax profit margin of negative 12.1 percent. The transition to higher priced products drove pre-tax profit margin up 2.9 points year-over-year.

In mainstream price bands, MBG is streamlining costs and expenses, while at the high end it is focusing on innovation. Overall, the group is strengthening its cohesiveness and building a more consistent culture within its global team. With the enhanced product portfolio that includes Moto Z and Moto Mods and further expanding channels in China, the Mobile business is making steady progress.

In the Data Center Business Group, or DCG, which includes servers, storage, software and services sold under both the Lenovo ThinkServer and the System x brands, sales were US$1.1 billion, up 1 percent. DCG's reported PTI – which included non-cash, M&A-related accounting charges – was negative US$64 million with a pre-tax profit margin of negative 5.9 percent. DCG continues to face stiff challenges in mature markets, but it strengthened its #1 market share position in China, increasing revenue 14 percent year-over-year, driven by growth in the hyperscale business. DCG’s global accounts sales group, which services Fortune 500 clients, saw a 45 percent year-over-year increase in revenue, driven by a significant increase in customers who had not previously purchased from Lenovo.

DCG will deploy strategic investments in sales force capabilities, marketing, channel programs and portfolio partners to drive future growth opportunities, while improving its financial footing with better cost competitiveness and an increased attach rate of storage, networking, services and options.

Geographic Overview
In China, consolidated sales in the first fiscal quarter, declined 9.8 percent year-over-year to US$2.9 billion, accounting for 28.4 percent of the Company’s worldwide sales. Pre-tax profit margins were flat at 4.8 percent amidst softening PC demand. The mobile business is successfully shifting the portfolio to higher price bands and improving user experiences, while the successful launch of the ZUK Z2 model received good initial market feedback. China data center revenues grew at 14 percent year-over-year – a premium to the market – supported by growth from hyperscale and contributions from the new partnership approach.

In the Asia Pacific region, Lenovo achieved sales of US$1.7 billion, or 16.7 percent of Lenovo’s worldwide sales, while pre-tax profit margins were down 1.2 points to 1 percent, mainly due to contraction in the Japan PC market and the impact of currency fluctuation. The Asia Pacific business saw continued PC market share gains, up 0.4 points to reach 16.4 percent. The mobile business outgrew the market in key countries, including India and Indonesia, while the data center group continues to work on improving profitability. New leadership and business management systems in the data center business delivered stable revenues.

Lenovo in Europe, Middle East & Africa had consolidated sales in the first quarter of US$2.5 billion, a year-over-year decline of 7.3 percent driven by a mix of operational and macroeconomic challenges. EMEA accounted for 24.5 percent of Lenovo’s total worldwide sales. Pre-tax profit margin was negative 2 percent, a decrease of 3.5 points year-over-year. In PCs, the Company took action to improve channel inventory to address challenging conditions and return to future growth. Mobile saw traction over the previous quarter as a result of new products coming to market. The data center business remained challenging with a year-over-year revenue and margin decline.

In the Americas, Lenovo saw consolidated sales decline 6.6 percent year-over-year to approximately US$3 billion in the first quarter, driven by the product transition in the mobile business. This represented 30.4 percent of Lenovo’s total worldwide sales. PC market share was up 1.4 points year-over-year to 14.4 percent, driven by strong growth in North America and improvement in Latin America, especially Brazil. Mobile shipments declined in North America due to product transition, but stabilized in Latin America. The data center business worked on building the right sales model, while strong competition put pressure on the business.
* see IDC data 2Q 2016

Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) is a $45 billion global Fortune 500 company and a leader in providing innovative consumer, commercial, and enterprise technology. Our portfolio of high-quality, secure products and services covers PCs (including the legendary Think and multimode YOGA brands), workstations, servers, storage, smart TVs and a family of mobile products like smartphones (including the Motorola brand), tablets and apps. Join on LinkedIn, follow on Facebook or Twitter (@Lenovo) or visit at www.lenovo.com.

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Celebrating the Top #Women #WineMakers @Cybercellar

Hi Guys,

Women winemakers are without doubt making major strides in producing some of the best wines in the country. From making the news headlines to clinching top awards and recognition for their wines internationally, our women winemakers are standing tall next to their male counterparts. CyberCellar.com have compiled a list of some of their favourite female winemakers to watch:

Andrea Mullineux - Mullineux Family Vineyards (Cape Winemakers Guild Member) 
Andrea, also a member of the Cape Winemakers Guild, moved from the US to South Africa in 2004 from the famous Napa Valley. Born and bred in San Francisco, Andrea had studied Viticulture and Oenology at UC Davis and gained all of her experience at Cakebread, Viader and El Molino wineries. She began her South African journey with six months at Waterford Estate. It was during a trip to Chateauneuf that she met her husband, Chris, at a wine festival in Champagne. Her passion for South Africa, Chris and being in the cellar brought her back to the country and Mullineux Family wines was born in the Swartland. Andrea focuses specifically on dry farmed Mediterranean varieties and insists on it being produced as naturally and classically as possible. She is passionate about harvest and aims to one day win the Pichon Longeville Comtesse Laland trophy.

Rianie Strydom - Haskell Vineyards (Cape Winemakers Guild Member)
Rianie, a member of the esteemed Cape Winemakers Guild, has travelled extensively through Europe, America and Australia to soak in as many foreign processes as she could. A graduate from the University of Stellenbosch, she began her career working in Burgundy in 1996, followed by moving to St Emilion, Bordeaux, in 1998. After ten years as the winemaker at Morgenhof Estate, Rianie took up the mantle of General Manager and winemaker at Haskell and Dombeya Wines in 2004. Rianie combines her love for science and nature in her winemaking and pours her passion into making distinctive, elegant wines that are totally unforgettable but yet still affordable. She has judged various wine shows and is passionate about improving South African wine.

Ntsiki Biyela - Stellekaya Wines
Ntsiki, the first black female winemaker in South Africa, entered the wine industry by chance. Before earning her scholarship at the University of Stellenbosch and making the move to Cape Town to study Oenology, she had never tasted wine. Nevertheless, she excelled and settled at Stellekaya in 2004 as the resident winemaker. After her first production, she took a bottle back home to show her grandmother who wasn’t too impressed by the taste of it, but was incredibly proud of her granddaughter who was clearly making major leaps and bounds in the industry. Stellekaya, a small boutique winery, has received various international awards thanks to Ntsiki’s genius. She has won the Landbouweekblad Woman Winemaker of the Year and currently judges various wine competitions. She has just come back from the US where she was a part of an African Women Entrepreneurship Programme. Her next step is establishing herself as an independent winemaker.

Marelise Nieman - Momento Wines
Marelise started her illustrious career in 2007 at Beaumont Wines in Bot River as the estate’s assistant winemaker. During these years, she spent a lot of time travelling and completing internships abroad in Burgundy (France), Priorat (Spain), Duro (Portugal) and Rhône (France). In 2011, she started her own label called Momento. Marelise searches for the perfect fruit and method combination, uses a gentle hands-off approach to the making of her wine and injects as much passion as she can muster into the creation of her passion. She is passionate about the uniqueness of the South African soils and vines, and trying out new and different methods of winemaking, such as open concrete tanks, whole bunches and natural yeasts.

Erica Obermeyer - Graham Beck 
Entrenched in a childhood belief of doing whatever you do to the best of your ability, Erica has led Graham Beck into award-winning status on more than occasion. Her first harvest in fact, which she claims to be her pride and joy, produced the Pheasants Run Sauvignon Blanc in 2005. This wine remains to be the only one featured in the Wine Magazines Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 Awards since 2007. Her Ad Honorem earned a five-star Platter rating as well as landed her the title of the Landbouweekblad South African Woman Winemaker of the Year in 2008. She began her career in 1999 at Kleine Zalze, where she worked for five years with trips to France, America and Australia. She joined Graham Beck in 2005, a few days before harvest and took over the terroir insisting on getting to know it like the back of her hand. She describes her style as elegant, earthy yet touched with finesse. She makes use of the old world elegance of wine making and delicately pairs it with new world fruit, styles and sunshine.

For more information, visit www.cybercellar.com
 
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Kick Start Your #Running Journey @Uber_RSA @NikeRunningZA #WeRunJoburg #NRCjoburg

Hi Guys,

Get ready to explore the city and unlock your running journey. Uber and Nike+ Run Club (NRC) know that every athlete needs support to unlock their potential and are here to help with pacers on demand!

On 27 August 2016, from 08:00 - 13:00, Nike+ Run Club Pacer on Demand will offer personalised training sessions to runners in Jozi. Remember if you have a body, you are an athlete, so lace-up, skill-up and get the know-how from the experts.

Simply enter the Uber promo code RUNJOBURG in order to reveal the unique NRC PACER view and request pacers on demand. If successful, two Nike+ Run Club Pacers will arrive ready to enable you with a personalised running session coupled with the right technology. Runners will have the opportunity to trial a pair of Nike running shoes to further amplify the running experience, which will be tailored to each person’s ability level.

Runners should be prepared to warm up with running-specific, dynamic stretching before they take off for a two or three kilometer run. Runners keep alert, because you could be one of the lucky new runners to get a special Nike guest.
Kick Start Your #Running Journey @Uber_RSA @NikeRunningZA #WeRunJoburg #NRCjoburg
READY TO RUN?
  • Open your Uber app and enter the code RUNJOBURG in the ‘Promotions’ tab.
  • From 8:00AM - 13:00PM on Saturday, 27 August 2016, slide across to the NRC PACER view.
  • Ensure that you are in a Nike+ Run Club Pacer zone (see details below) and request a ride as normal.
  • If successful, Nike+ Run Club Pacers will arrive at your doorstep ready to provide a free, personalised running session.
  • Your short run will end at your starting location.
  • To ensure that you connect with a Nike+ Run Club Pacer, please check below before making your request.
  • Demand will be very high, so please check back if your first request is unsuccessful.
  • Sessions are FREE
Kick Start Your #Running Journey @Uber_RSA @NikeRunningZA #WeRunJoburg #NRCjoburg
Uber’s mission is to help people get a ride at the push of a button - everywhere and for everyone. We started in 2009 to solve a simple problem - how do you get a ride at the touch of a button? Six years and over two billion trips later, we’ve started tackling an even greater challenge: reducing congestion and pollution in our cities by getting more people into fewer cars. The Uber network is now available in over 475 cities in over 75 countries spanning 6 continents. To request a ride, users must download the free application for Android, iPhone, Blackberry 7, or register for Uber at www.uber.com/go. For questions visit www.uber.com

Nike+ Run Club brings together the best of our Nike+ Running and Nike+ Training Club digital services, live experiences and expert coaching and pacers to serve all athletes. Nike+ Run Club is one of the many Nike+ membership benefits and offers weekly running and training sessions to inspire athletes, from beginner to marathoner, to run their first, most fun, fastest and fittest mile with the support of Nike coaches, trainers and pacers. www.nike.com/joburg

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Wednesday, 24 August 2016

#Jozi International Comedy Festival Returns @JICF #DeclareTheFunny #JICF

Hi Guys,

After a historic and groundbreaking inaugural installment in 2015, the Annual Johannesburg International Comedy Festival returns for its second take, taking the funny back to the inner city precincts of Braamfontein and Newtown from Friday 4th – Sunday 6th November 2016 in what is set to be another comedy extravaganza!

The biggest independent international comedy festival in Africa will bring together over 50 local, continental and international comedians, performing in 13 shows across 6 venues in a 3 day spectacle.

Once again, very different shows will feature a diverse spectrum of comedians providing a unique multi-sensory comedy experience of an international standard across the festival.
“Local favorites will perform alongside some of the most talented comedians on the continent, as well as across the globe right here in the City of Gold!” says Festival Founder and Director, Takunda Bimha, “which is a manner we chose to celebrate local and continental talent on equal footing and weighting with international talent. We hope to continue in this vein and become Africa’s proud representative on the international comedy circuit."

“The vision is to create a comedy festival in the truest sense,” adds Bimha, “by creating a platform that will contribute to the continued growth and development of standup comedy both locally and on the continent, whilst enhancing the appreciation for standup comedy as an art form.”

All the shows at the 2nd Annual Johannesburg International Comedy Festival will be hosted by local comedians. And, the vibrant inner city district will create an atmosphere that allows people to explore and enjoy their city beyond the comedy.

The list of shows as well as their host’s reads as follows:-

Stand Up Africa
The funniest comedians from across the length and breadth of the African continent. 6 comedians from 6 different countries, celebrating the very best standup comedy found in Africa today. Hosted by Tumi Morake

League of Nations
Speaking the universal language of laughter! This show knows no borders or boundaries! Featuring 6 international comedians in one rocking set, a truly unique UN comedy experience! Hosted by Joey Rasdien

Fire In The Hole
Warning: Many holy cows were injured in the making of this show! There is fire in the hole and no prisoners will be taken! No holds barred! Not for the faint hearted, this show will leave you feeling like the altar boy that got into the communion wine! No under 21’s! Hosted by John Vlismas

Vernac Attack
You know that joke that you just can’t tell in English! Well…. ALL the jokes in this show are told in their mother tongue. Featuring some of the best comedians performing ‘vernac comedy’ in South Africa today! Hosted by Tips Shampoonaiza

Live From Constitutional Hill
Funny is funny and the ladies are killing it out there! Celebrating trailblazing female talent both locally and internationally in one of the most iconic venues in the city! We celebrate our freedom by bringing an art form that pays tribute to our emancipation on the very grounds of the old Women’s jail. Hosted by Celeste Ntuli

Downtown Comedy Jam
We are taking it to the streets! This show features 6 of the foremost urban comedy acts performing in South Africa today. You ain’t got street cred if you miss this one night only, stellar lineup tearing up the inner city! Hosted by Donovan Goliath

Comedy For Change
Be the change you want to see in the world! This lineup of socially conscious comedians shed light on issues affecting our world today. This is comedy with a message in its debut showing at the festival this year. Hosted by Conrad Koch & Chester Missing

Late Nite Show
This is where we Jazz it up… No seriously, Comedy and jazz! The last show of every night features an array of comedians from all the other shows and they perform with a live jazz band on stage. Hosted by Tats Nkonzo

The second year of the festival promises to be exhilarating feast of comedy and if the tagline for this year’s campaign which is #DeclareTheFunny is anything to go by, it’s one not to be missed.

Tickets for the Johannesburg International Comedy Festival can be purchased at www.ticketpros.co.za with a variety of ticketing options. For more information and updates, log on to www.jicf.co.za, like www.facebook.com/JICF.SA/, follow @JICF and #JICF on twitter and Instagram.

To view the #JICF2015 video click https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aZUFVHGsSoo
 
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Escape The Ordinary @MontecasinoZA #AudiA1Sportback #AudiTT #Jozi @TsogoSun

Hi Guys,

Bid Winter farewell in style and stand the chance to win your share of over R5-million in cars and cash from 15 August to 27 November this year, as Montecasino invites you to Escape The Ordinary.

Throughout the run of the promotion – which commenced on 15 August with the final taking place on the 27th of November - Escape The Ordinary participants stand a chance to walk away with over R840 000 in cash! As if that wasn’t enough reason to get down to Montecasino to try your luck, every month one lucky Black Rewards cardholder will win a slinky Audi A4, while a Gold or Platinum Rewards cardholder will drive away in an Audi A1 Sportback. But that’s not all…Montecasino is also offering loyal cardholders one extra opportunity to win big with monthly bonus draws which will see more lucky winners escaping the ordinary and winning the keys to their very own Audi TT.
Escape The Ordinary @MontecasinoZA #AudiA1Sportback #AudiTT
Escape The Ordinary entrants simply have to be a Rewards cardholder and play Slots or Tables using their card to earn points for draw entries.

Be sure to join the action - if you are not a Montecasino Rewards cardholder, now is the time to sign up so as not to miss out. To become a Rewards cardholder and to view the full details of Escape The Ordinary, simply visit montecasino.co.za. Join on Facebook at www.facebook.com/montecasino or follow on Twitter at @MontecasinoZA.

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Like a Rolling Stone @VilebrequinSA #Fashion #Swimwear

Hi Guys, 

Vilebrequin joins the Rolling Stones in marking a half-century of hedonism, boundary pushing and absolute freedom.

As the Exhibitionism retrospective prepares to take centre stage, Vilebrequin Studio cranks up the volume with a tribute collection celebrating the group’s greatest hits.

For the first time ever, an international exhibit offers unique insight into the magic of the Stones, starting on their home turf at London’s prestigious Saatchi Gallery from April.
Tshirt Like a Rolling Stone @VilebrequinSA #Fashion #Swimwear
While the exhibit strips back the music, Vilebrequin strips down to reveal a line of swim shorts and beachwear for men. A limited edition Moorea – the classic house cut – and a flat-belted Merise are the opening acts. Can’t get no satisfaction? Take the high-voltage tee for a spin.

After starting out in London in the mid-sixties, the Stones shot to fame when they unveiled their iconic 1971 Tongue and Lips cover designed by John Pasche. 
Like a Rolling Stone @VilebrequinSA #Fashion #Swimwear
The Rolling Stones spent the following summer at the Villa Nellcôte in Villefranche-sur-Mer, a few kilometers from St-Tropez. The Riviera dolce vita was to be the inspiration behind their unforgettable Exile on Main Street.

That very same year, Mick tied the knot with Bianca at St-Tropez town hall. A wave of glamour and insouciance washed over the idyllic fishing port, ushering in an oh-so-Stones blend of nonchalant chic that would lead Fred Prysquel to design the first ever Vilebrequin swimsuit. Fast-forward a few decades, and the Stones have lost none of their impetus, a lasting cultural impact celebrated by Vilebrequin’s new tribute collection.

The line is already available in the Saatchi Gallery boutique since April 2016, then in Vilebrequin stores globally and on www.vilebrequin.com since July 2016. Check it out!
 
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Sunday, 21 August 2016

@SamsungSA Welcomes New #BrandAmbassadors Across Product Categories

Hi Guys,

Samsung South Africa has announced five new celebrity Brand Ambassadors who epitomise Samsung ideals and characteristics across a range of product categories.

“At Samsung, excellence and innovation are key and we believe these local ambassadors embody our corporate identity in appearance, demeanour, values and voice,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director of Brand and Communications at Samsung SA.

The five new Brand Ambassadors include Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, actor and TV presenter Maps Maponyane, celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, renowned Afrikaans singer and actor Bobby van Jaarsveld and former Miss South Africa and businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss. “These Brand Ambassadors are all leaders in their respective fields and Samsung South Africa is proud to be associated with them,” says Potgieter. 
Samsung is specifically partnering with these five individuals because of their qualities that are embroiled in the company’s character. Each of these Brand Ambassadors are also highly respected and just as Samsung, enjoy an outstanding reputation - an ideal fit with the brand.

Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, is an exceptional athlete. He combines top performance in his sports with elegance and power and represents precision and excellence in the Samsung TV and audio-visual categories. As an Olympic gold medallist and budding businessman, Van der Burgh perfectly suits the Samsung Television and audio-visual image. “Like me, Samsung puts a lot of effort into being the best and staying ahead of competitors,” says Van den Burg.

Maps Maponyane, representing pioneering style in the Samsung integrated mobility and wearables category, is an actor, presenter and entrepreneur and has been voted GQ’s Best Dressed Man and Cosmopolitan Magazine's SA’s Sexiest Man. “I’m proud to be a Samsung Brand Ambassador,” he says, “because Samsung is all about engineering excellence and style.”

Award-winning celebrity chef and restaurateur Reuben Riffel, has an incredible talent and a genuine passion for food. Being a chef keeps him constantly on the go in the kitchen, managing his restaurants and consistently pushing the boundaries of possibility in his field. These qualities ad his relentless innovation and sense of discovery makes Riffel the ideal person to represent Samsung’s cooking appliances category. “Samsung constantly surprises and delights with quality and originality that raises the bar in the consumer technology space. In my book they are leaders in this market,” Riffel says.

Bobby van Jaarsveld, representing innovation and creativity in the Samsung integrated mobility and wearables category, is known as a dynamic, creative singer, songwriter and actor. He says: “Samsung believes in technology that supports creativity on the go and enables work and play easily and reliably, something I, as a musician, is always in need of.”

Jo-Ann Strauss, epitomising multi-functionality and sophistication in the Samsung Business-to-Business (B2B) category, is a businesswoman, model, former Miss South Africa, a mother as well as a champion for children’s rights. Her ability to successfully manage various vocations and projects effortlessly sets her firmly in place to represent the Samsung B2B business unit. “I’m proud to be a Samsung ambassador, because Samsung offers businesses solutions that not only makes these organisations more productive and successful, but also holds children’s rights and socio-economic development through its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) projects close to its heart,” she says.

Samsung stands for innovation, excellence and the freedom to work smarter, live better and create a greener tomorrow. Our new local ambassadors exemplify these core values. We are a global and local leader in Consumer Electronics and Mobile Products and in our constant pursuit to lead, we are helping to make this possible for our customers,” concludes Potgieter.

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Orlando Pirates Learning Centre @AcerAfrica host Queens Park Ranger Football Club

Hi Guys,

Since the announcement of the Orlando Pirates Football Club and Queens Park Rangers (London) Exchange Programme in October 2015, 4 young students (2 per club) from each club were selected to travel to each other’s country and be a part of the daily lives of the club and fellow students they came to visit. The aim of the exchange programme was to engage them in a challenge exploring what modern day football clubs mean to communities and the impact of clubs on their local areas. The partnership between the clubs is as a result of Acer’s involvement in Education at both centres, courtesy of Microsoft. Students from the Orlando Learning Centre powered by Acer and QPR exchanged ideas whilst completing activities together using technology and video calling facilities at each centre. Through these activities the students got to know more about each other and each other’s country and culture particularly with regards to football before their trip.

Acer Africa and Orlando Pirates Learning Centre recently hosted the selected students from Queens Park Rangers Football Club and gave them a unique trip of Johannesburg/Gauteng - the students were taken on a tour of some of Johannesburg’s famous sights and attractions that included the Lion and Rhino Park, Gold Reef City as well as experiencing the day in the life of a student in and around the Orlando/Soweto area – experiencing a range of cultural, sporting and educational activities that culminated in to a once in a lifetime experience. The week concluded when the learners were afforded a once in a lifetime opportunity of attending an Orlando Pirates soccer game at the Orlando Stadium – something totally unique to South Africa.

The Orlando Pirates Learning Centre was opened in October 2012 and focusses on curriculum-aligned activities in Maths, ICT and English while providing learners with an opportunity to become computer literate and familiarise themselves with the latest technological innovations to prepare themselves for the work environment. The centre, situated at the club’s home ground, Orlando Stadium, has two hi-tech classrooms boasting the latest in software, courtesy of Microsoft, to help learners achieve their targets and become confident, contributing members of society.

QPR in the Community Trust has a proven track record in working within the local community providing opportunities based on the main broad objectives of Health, Education, Social Inclusion and Participation, tackling National issues at a local level. The QPR Study Centre is a purpose built classroom located within the unique setting of the Loftus Road Stadium in London. Since the centre’s opening in 1998 over 5000 local youngsters and adults have been assisted, and in addition to the education programmes delivered from the Centre, QPR also offers a range of outreach education work. 
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@SamsungSA #MixedTalents Competition #Winners Beat the Dragon’s Den

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Samsung Electronics South Africa is proud to announce that three exceptional young entrepreneurs have triumphed in the company’s Launching People - Mixed Talents competition. Ten finalists undertook a ‘Dragon’s Den’ style grilling at the hands of six judges, to determine the winners, who received funding as well as other business support tools and services.

After undergoing a series of pitching their various concepts to the judges - Michelle Potgieter, Director for Brand and Communications at Samsung South Africa; Lisa Illingworth, Entrepreneurial Host and Journalist at Hot 91.9 FM; Ian Wright, Founder of METIME; GG van Rooyen, Deputy Editor of Entrepreneur Magazine; Fahmeeda Cassim-Surtee, Director of DStv Sales and Marketing; as well as Garth Gaffley, Owner of Garth Gaffley Consulting and Mixed Talents – three winners were ultimately chosen.

Kyle Dodds’ Cognition Online, which has developed an application designed for the tutoring industry and enables tutors, parents and students connect was the first winner announced. They were followed by Neo Hutiri’s Technovera Lockers, a smart locker designed to enable chronic patients to obtain their medicines securely, without having to wait in queues. The final winner was a mobile child safety seat designed by Trenton Carr.
@SamsungSA #MixedTalents Competition #Winners Beat the Dragon’s Den
According to Potgieter, the Mixed Talents initiative was born of a desire to have a positive impact on the high youth unemployment rate in the country.

“The Mixed Talents competition and Ideas Bank tool were designed to provide entrepreneurial youngsters with a forum to adequately express their ideas. Part of the global Samsung Launching People initiative, Mixed Talents offers local South African millennials a platform through which they can turn their entrepreneurial ideas into a reality. The ultimate goal is to make a real impact in youth unemployment in South Africa,” she says.

The three winners will each receive R50 000 in start-up capital, as well as access to over R 300 000 worth of invaluable business support tools from Samsung’s partners. This includes serviced office space for each organisation through Work Central and world-class coaching through Winning Edge.

“This is the second time we have created a platform for three entrepreneurs to take their business ideas to the next level through the Mixed Talents competition and the strength of the entries was even greater than during the previous wave. It is really exciting to see just how talented young South African minds are and how many unique ideas they have. It is important that corporates get behind start-ups like these and we would like to encourage other organisations to get actively involved in developing this type of entrepreneurship.”

According to Potgieter, the biggest take away from tonight for other young thought leaders is that if you have a vision, follow it through with passion and make it come true. To South African millennials, she adds that they have to follow their dreams and the Ideas Bank is still available to them as a tool to do so. “This is a means to help you launch your business and make your particular dream come true,” concludes Potgieter.

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Saturday, 13 August 2016

@MontecasinoZA Launches #SlotsFactor Tournament With Massive #Cash Prize @TsogoSun

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For the fourth time the popular Slots Factor tournament has launched at Montecasino. This major tournament will run across Tsogo Sun’s 14 casinos for eight weeks from 18 July, with a total prize package of R1.8-million in cash, with a guaranteed first prize of R1-million in cash.

“Our annual Slots Factor always creates an exciting buzz on our gaming floor,” says Glenn Joseph, Montecasino GM.

Daily Slots Factor heats will run on the casino floor until 11 September. The unit finals will be hosted on 17 September with the unit winners competing in the group-wide finals at Gold Reef City Casino on 30 September and 1 October.

The tournament is designed to appeal to everyone, with a cash buy-in of just R100. The proceeds from the buy-ins across the group, goes into the prize pot, which means that as the number of buy-ins increases, so too does the pot. In 2015 the tournament attracted a total of 3004 buy-ins at Montecasino alone, and the final total payout over the course of the exciting eight-week tournament was over R3-million in cash.
Slots Factor 2015 - winner - Rajendheran Naidoo @MontecasinoZA
Slots Factor 2015 - winner - Rajendheran Naidoo
Kamal Parbhoo, Slots Manager at Montecasino, says, “With the stakes rising as the buy-in to the tournament grows, so does the fun and anticipation for hundreds of hopeful and quick-fingered players who regularly enjoy Montecasino’s vast array of almost 2 000 slot machines.” He adds that the slot machines are extremely popular and the Slots Factor tournament adds a whole new dimension of excitement for participants as absolutely anyone can win the big top prizes.

Packaged buy-ins are again a feature of the tournament, and include R200 for two tournament entries and R50 in FreePlay, and R500 for five tournament entries and R150 in FreePlay, valid for the day of play only. Heat times will be three minutes for each of the qualifying heats and five minutes for the unit finals and group finals.

Added features are that the participant obtaining the highest score from a single buy-in at each casino over the eight-week period will qualify for the grand finals at Gold Reef City Casino without having to play off in the individual casino finals, and that FreePlay prizes are being awarded to Slots Factor top daily credit earners.

The top placed slots finalists from each casino will receive complimentary travel to and accommodation at Gold Reef City Casino to compete for the big R1-million prize over the weekend of 30 September and 1 October.

For more information go to www.montecasino.co.za, join them on Facebook at www.facebook.com/montecasino or follow on Twitter at @MontecasinoZA.

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@TelkomZA Customers to Receive Superior e-learning Service @ExtramarksEdu

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Telkom announced it will offer Telkom e-Education, a new value-added e-learning service at no charge to existing and new mobile and fixed post-paid customers.

The online service, provided by Extramarks, is the most structured and interactive of its kind currently in the marketplace. It covers English, Life Science, Physical Science, Natural Science and Maths from Grade R to matric and is structured into multimedia-rich ‘Learn’, ‘Practice’ and ‘Test’ modules.

The Extramarks’ offering is aligned to the official school curriculum in South Africa, and offers live chat functionality for additional assistance. The learners also benefit from other services such as daily study schedule, group study, progress tracking and mentor-guided learning.

“We are very pleased to be partnering with Extramarks to offer this service to our customers. This collaboration shows that we are committed to providing quality products which are easy to use and give extra value to customers,” said Attila Vitai, CEO of Telkom Retail.
@TelkomZA Customers to Receive Superior e-learning Service @ExtramarksEdu
“Today’s generation of learners have a natural flair for technology devices such as tablets. It is time we transform their digital instincts into providing anytime-anywhere access to quality education. Our collaboration with Telkom will help us achieve this objective,” said Tanay Kulshreshtha, Country Head of Extramarks South Africa.

Qualifying customers will receive an SMS with a voucher number and a link to the Extramarks website. They will have to register on the Extramarks website in order to access education content, and can use their Telkom data to do so.

Extramarks is a new-age digital learning solutions company that provides the best of pedagogy and technology to create an engaging and child-centric teaching-learning environment in classrooms and at home. It offers 360o education support to learners and teachers of Grades R to 12 through CAPS-aligned digital learning solutions. These learning solutions are used by schools for day-to-day classroom teaching and the learners use them at home after school hours in self-learning mode.

Keeping pace with today’s globalisation and technological changes in education, Extramarks empowers young learners to step up with the latest technology and have anytime-anywhere access to quality learning. Globally, Extramarks has become extremely popular with over 8 000 schools and 9.1 million learners adopting its digital learning solutions in South Africa, India, South East Asia and the Middle East. For more information, visit: www.extramarks.co.za
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Friday, 12 August 2016

If ‘Gandhi’ Was Made In #2016 @ZeeClassic #Movies #Remakes

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With its proposition of 'Woh Zamaana Kare Deewana', Zee Classic is India's only Hindi movie channel that endeavors to recreate the magic of iconic classics and new age cinema by showcasing not just the films that shaped Indian cinema but also acquaint viewers with the creative talent who were a part of that timeless era. In order to mark the occasion of India’s 70th year of independence, Zee Classic premieres One of the most iconic films of all times, Gandhi (1982) was produced and directed by Richard Attenborough and written by John Briley. Starring Ben Kingsley, Rohini Hattangadi, Edward Fox, Roshan Seth, amongst others. The story is that of an Indian lawyer who returned from racially segregated South Africa to drive the British out of his home country through successive acts of non-violent protest. The portrayal of how simplicity and the power collectivism can throw over a whole British empire bringing them to their knees.

As Zee Classic gears up to premiere ‘Gandhi', this Saturday, on 13th August at 8 PM in ‘India’s Finest Films’ and on Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM, we wonder who would be a part of this classic if it was to be re-made in 2016!
@ZeeClassic Gandhi #Movie #Thelifesway #photoyatra
Director
1982 : Sir Richard Attenborough had the ability and talent to accommodate a person’s entire lifespan in a couple of hours. He did a phenomenal job right from the research to bringing alive the legacy of the father of our nation on big screen.
2016: Ashutosh Gowarikar known for his love for historical films and bringing lost eras to life with Lagaan, Jodha Akbar and Swadesh, is undoubtedly our choice to direct this film today.
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Mahatma Gandhi
1982: Ben Kingsley played the role of Mahatma Gandhi in the movie.
2016: Mr. Perfectionist Aamir Khan is the man for the job. Known for his chameleon skills to adapt to various roles and characters combined with his attention to detail, Aamir Khan should play the role of our beloved Baapu.
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Kasturba Gandhi
1982: Rohini Hoattangadi, beautifully portrayed Kasturba Gandhi, wife of Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi.
2016: Kajol, one of India’s most acclaimed actresses can easily pull off the role of Baa.
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General Dyer
1982: Edward Fox is etched in our minds as the dreadful and shrewd General Dyer who was hated by all for his infamous Jallianwala Bagh massacre.
2016: Tom Alter with his international looks and versatile talent can be General Dyer in ‘Gandhi’.
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Jawahar Lal Nehru
1982: Roshan Seth played the role of Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru to perfection.
2016: The Nawab of Bollywood, Saif Ali Khan wins hands down with his charming royal looks.
 
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Sardar Patel
1982: Saeed Jaffery pulled off the role of The Iron Man of India, Sardar Patel flawlessly.
2016: Paresh Rawal’s known for his diverse character roles makes him our choice to play the part.
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Mohammad Ali Jinnah
1982: Alyque Padamsee brought to life an important historic figure, Mohammad Ali Jinnah, popularly known as the father of Pakistan in history
2016: Irrfan Khan, a global Indian will surely cut ice in this role.
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Lord Mountbatten
1982: Peter Harlowe played the part with the sternness of a bureaucrat and an attitude on his face.
2016: The suave, Rajat Kapoor has our vote to play the last viceroy of the British Indian Empire.

I am sure when you will see the movie on the television on these dates, you will certainly feel that these are some of the right choices that can help us recreate Gandhi in 2016. If you find someone more interesting to play the other roles, do comment and let's relive that era once again! Whether it was 1982 or 2016, the story of the man who brought India independence needs to be told and needs to be heard! And we are celebrating our 70th Independence Day right on 15 August 2016 this year.

Tune-in to Zee Classic to watch Richard Attenborough directed ‘Gandhi’ on this Saturday, 13th August at 8 PM and Monday, 15th August at 9:30 AM. Follow Zee Classic on twitter and facebook.
 
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Mythos Launches Bespoke #Restaurant: #Nostimo Waterfall Estate #Johannesburg

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Family-run eatery Mythos launches its brand new bespoke restaurant in Waterfall Estate, combining its popular contemporary Greek cuisine with a family-friendly focus, making it the ideal venue for a quick weekday bite or a leisurely Sunday lunch with the whole family.
Mythos Launches Bespoke #Restaurant: #Nostimo Waterfall Estate #Johannesburg

Nostimo, meaning “tasty” in Greek, has something for everyone - a strong family focus with features that include a pottery studio, nature-themed kids play area complete with an organic playground. In addition to its exclusive Mediterranean recipes, Nostimo will be serving freshly baked artisanal bread, piping hot pizza fresh from their new wood burning oven and a variety of luxury, homemade ice creams.
Mythos Launches Bespoke #Restaurant: #Nostimo #Johannesburg

The contemporary, barn-style structure overlooks the latest Keith Kirsten venture, the Waterfall Wilds Nursery. Quality is paramount, evidenced in the development of the children’s area. While visiting the restaurant, children can be entertained on the organic playground facility, which has been designed to solely incorporate natural materials.
Mythos Launches #Restaurant: #Nostimo Waterfall Estate #Johannesburg

“In conceiving Nostimo, we’ve taken the best of Mythos and added additional elements to create a unique dining experience in an exceptional contemporary setting. Design-wise it speaks to the sophisticated diner but is equally welcoming for families or a romantic interlude,” says George Kutra, owner of Mythos. “Uppermost for us is to ensure that the Greek passion for life, beauty and food, which is so central to our culture, is strongly reflected in the Mythos brand, and we know that customers will experience all this and more at Nostimo.”

Mythos #Restaurant: #Nostimo Waterfall Estate #Johannesburg

You can find Nostimo at Waterfall Wilds on the corner of Maxwell Drive and Country Estate Drive. For more information call 011 517 2349. 

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#BeoVision14 Picture Perfect HD TV @BangOlufsenSA #LikeNoOneElse #Craftsmanship

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Televisions do not come more beautiful than this. The delicately crafted oak wood lamellas on the front create a warm organic contrast to the dark cool glass panel and the square aluminium frame that encloses all sounds and visions with clean precision. The new 4K Ultra HD TV honours the iconic design tradition and craftsmanship of Bang and Olufsen. BeoVision 14 presents a timeless elegance that matches its supreme sound, perfect picture and advanced connectivity options.

Anti-reflection glass and optimized images
BeoVison 14 comes with a 40- or 55-inch LED-based LCD screen with anti-reflection front glass, which dampens disturbing reflections with more than 98%. Furthermore, the TV includes sophisticated technologies to ensure optimum image and sound, whether you are watching films, listening to music or playing games.
@BangOlufsenSA #Beovision14 Television #Thelifesway #Photoyatra
Powerful sound and delicate craftsmanship
The construction of the ultra-thin oak wood lamellas that cover the three-way custom build speaker of BeoVision 14 requires extraordinary precision work that stretches the limits of the material and only the finest flawless oak will do. The warm wooden ambience of the speaker cover draws upon acoustic learnings from the iconic BeoLab 18 loudspeaker that displays similar oak lamellas.

Easy access to your most loved content
BeoVision 14 is powered by the Android TVÔ platform, which provides fast, and easy access to an endless amount of web based content and exciting apps for entertainment, news and gaming.

The integrated Google Cast technology enables streaming of movies, photos and music straight from the mobile phone or tablet at the touch of a single button. BeoVision 14 also handles new formats such as HEVC, which allows streaming of 4K content directly from online sources.

One-touch BeoLink Multiroom
BeoVision 14 will of course integrate seamlessly with all the other BeoLink Multiroom products from Bang and Olufsen.

Simultaneously with the launch of BeoVision 14 Bang and Olufsen introduces a new version of the iconic BeoRemote One. The new BeoRemote One Bluetooth presents a button layout that includes four MyButtons that allows to take a snapshot of a setting and then revert to the exact same at the touch of just one button.
@BangOlufsenSA #Beovision14 Setup #Thelifesway #Photoyatra

Enjoy BeoVision 14 – any way you want it
The new iconic TV from Bang and Olufsen offers total freedom in terms of placement options. Choose a motorised floor stand for intelligent adjustability using only the remote control, hang the TV on the wall like a work of art – left or right hinged, or place it casually leaned back on a fixed easel stand.As an alternative to oak lamellas, cloth fronts are available in multiple colours to customise the appearance of BeoVision 14 to your interior décor.

BeoVision 14 will be available in Bang and Olufsen stores from end September at the below recommended retail prices – excluding a motorised stand, easel or wall bracket.

BeoVision 14, 40” w/oak Lamella and Easel stand: R 145 000, 00
BeoVision 14, 55” w/oak Lamella and Easel stand: R 199 900, 00 


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@ZeeTVAfrica Miss India South Africa Kwa-Zulu Natal 2016 #Durban

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This past weekend Durban was set alight with colour, music, dance and drama at the Zee TV Miss India South Africa KZN 2016 pageant which was held on Saturday Evening, the 30th of July, at Sastri College in Berea, Durban, South Africa.

This event was spectacular as the 10 promising contestants showed of their smarts and talents in an effort to win the crown.

Kwa-Zulu Natal certainly showed us why there will be stiff competition come the national finals, Zee TV Miss India South Africa 2016 in December at Gold Reef City, Johannesburg, South Africa.

We saw the beautiful reigning queen Miss Krsna Priya Dasa render her 2015 title to the lovely Suvina Mahadaw – Zee TV Miss India South Africa ZN 2016, a 25-year-old Durban resident who has completed her degree in Psychology, Drama and Finance and is currently the CFO for a chain of various nationally recognised restaurants. 

The Wonderful Miss Aishwarya Bedessy graciously took the title of 1st princess. Aishwarya is a 21-year-old Environmental Studies student who has a passion for the arts.
@ZeeTVAfrica Miss India South Africa Kwa-Zulu Natal 2016
Last but not least, The Vibrant Miss Alisha Authberhari took the 2nd Princess title. Alisha is a trained classical dancer, 22 years old and lives in Durban.

Zee TV Africa wishes these three gorgeous girls all the best for the National Final in December.

“Zee TV Africa is elated to have been part of this prestigious pageant that helps to inspire and give young Indian women in our communities a voice and platform to reach their dreams.” – says Harish Goyal, Zee TV Africa CEO

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South Africa’s oldest #eCommerce Site Is 18 years Young @Cybercellar #Wine

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Cybercellar.com, the oldest eCommerce company in South Africa, is officially of legal drinking age as it celebrates its 18th birthday. Founded in 1998 by Fiona Phillips, the company has established itself as the spirited leader in online alcohol sales in the country. By developing close connections with the wine industry, and surrounding themselves with wine experts, the company has taken dominance of the online wine retail industry by offering a unique experience to the customer and by bringing happy hour right to their door.
Cybercellar.com #Wine #Thelifesway #Photoyatra
Cybercellar.com started making its presence felt in South Africa around the same time that the internet started gaining momentum. David Muller, current MD, bought the business over in 2012 along with Silvertree Investment Holdings and began building up the company from its base. He has always claimed that “You don’t choose the wine industry, the wine industry chooses you,” and he took this belief straight into the core of the business.

David’s vision was to move the company past the usual tradition that included purchasing a case of wine online and having it delivered to the address listed. His vision forced him to ask himself the essential question “How would I buy wine online?” and his answers led him to rerouting the strategy of the company. He insisted that customers were more interested in having their alcohol needs fulfilled instantaneously and moved to create a situation where customer could:
  • Buy mixed cases instead of 6 bottles of the same wine
  • Have a quicker and more efficient delivery time
  • Receive better prices and get great deals on wines
  • Have a generally better experience with the company and feel personally looked after
It was for this reason that Cybercellar.com introduced the non-wine products to the site. It began with craft beer and whiskeys in February 2015, opened up to accessories in July 2015 and eventually started including all non-wine alcohols and mixers by November of the same year. Suddenly the customer could order their full alcohol list online and have it delivered straight to their door. Whether it be for the rugby game happening over the weekend, a dinner party, or the monthly shop; customers were now spending more time on the site, picking and choosing from the great deals offered to them on their favourite beers, wines, spirits and accessories .

Gavin Forsyth, Chief Marketing Officer of Cybercellar, has had a strong background in the eCommerce industry and has built his career around ensuring the online customer keeps coming back for more. No longer is online shopping merely just a luxury, it is now becoming a part of daily life. He states that “A key challenge for eCommerce sites is not only competing for wallet share with other eCommerce sites, but the traditional brick & mortar store too”.
Cybercellar.com #Thelifesway #Photoyatra #Services
According to Gavin the success of Cybercellar lies in the effortlessness of buying online and having your product delivered. This, together with the fact that the site offers great deals, monthly specials and unique wines that one cannot easily find in your local shop. The site also features great investment wines and absolute ‘must haves’ like the Meerlust Rubicon and Vin De Constance from Klein Constantia, which is a simple click away and within a few days, you can be the proud new owner of these legendary wines. For more information on Cybercellar.com, follow them on twitter and facebook.
 
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