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Tuesday, 17 October 2017

@SiemensHomeSA Introduces stepFlame® Technology #SiemensHome #stepFlame

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Many people in South Africa use gas cooktops as they are more reliable than electricity sources when compared. Gas offers immediate heat, less wasted heat, even heat distribution, is unaffected by power cuts, has cheaper operating costs, is cleaner and more environmentally friendly. However, the largest drawback when it comes to gas is the fact that temperature cannot be selected precisely. This causes frustration as one constantly has to monitor the heat while cooking.
@SiemensHomeSA Introduces stepFlame® Technology #SiemensHome #stepFlame
Recently Siemens launched a new range of gas cooktops using patented stepFlame® technology that regulates the gas output with precision. Known for their German engineering, revolutionary technology and innovation, this new range of cooktops allow users to select a desired power level. stepFlame® technology allows the user to select from 9 different flame levels to precisely adjust the flame height, giving the user consistent and repeatable results with every use. Visual flame control is no longer necessary and simmering is possible. Expect one thing from a cooktop more than anything: uncompromising performance. Users don’t have to wait longer to enjoy perfectly cooked meals, the new gas cooktops offer an enhanced performance range for impressive dishes – regardless of how many portions they cook. 
@SiemensHomeSA Introduces stepFlame® Technology #SiemensHome #stepFlame
How does it work?
The innovative and patented valve technology regulates the gas output precisely and noticeably from level 1 to 9. This new technology offers a range of benefits:
  • Convenient handling
  • Timesaving
  • Cast iron pan supports maintain their attractive appearance
  • Quick and easy cleaning with lowest power efforts, dishwasher-proofness as the pan supports can be simply be put in the dishwasher for cleaning
“Nine different hit levels thanks to stepFlame® technology. You never have to turn around again to see how high the flame is. All the guess work comes to an end thanks to stepFlame®. With this innovation, you always have complete control over the heat under your pans. Thus, your dishes are delightful and your guests happy. During the development of new technologies, our experts are always looking for the best combination between usability and comfort. In the design of our new hotplates you will find both so that you can amaze your guests. The Siemens gas cooktops set new standards from all angles and provide more space for creative cooking”, said Lisa Greenwood, Siemens Communication Manager.
@SiemensHomeSA Introduces stepFlame® Technology #SiemensHome #stepFlame
Availability
The 90cm Ceramic Gas stepFlame® technology hobs will arrive in South Africa towards the end of September 2017 while the 60cm will arrive towards the beginning of October 2017. The 90cm Stainless Steel Gas stepFlame® technology hobs will also arrive towards the end of September 2017 and the 60cm will arrive towards the end of 2017. Costing for these gas cooktops are available on request.
@SiemensHomeSA Introduces stepFlame® Technology #SiemensHome #stepFlame
Siemens Home Appliances is the brand that provides its customers with a captivating product experience - a brand for the unexpected and exhilarating new opportunities in life. This brand contributes to the metropolitan lifestyle with architectural aesthetics and timeless design. In terms of technology, the brand’s focus on connectivity and flexibility has enabled them to become the world-wide market leader in innovation. For more information about how Siemens can help you to bring recipes to life through innovation and technology, feel free to visit their website; https://www.siemens.com/za/en/home.html.

For more information about the Siemens stepFlame® you can visit their website, http://www.siemens-home.bsh-group.com/uk/stepflame.

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Paddington Dances With The Duchess Of Cambridge Before Coming to #SouthAfrica @SterEnt #Paddington2SA

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The life-size Paddington bear, who recently charmed the Duchess of Cambridge, will be visiting South Africa at the end of this month to promote the upcoming Paddington 2 movie which will be hitting the South African big screens on December 1, 2017.
Paddington Dances With The Duchess Of Cambridge Before Coming to #SouthAfrica @SterEnt #Paddington2SA
Images Courtesy of MailOnline / AFP Getty Images
Yesterday, Paddington was spotted at Paddington station in London dancing with Kate, Duchess of Cambridge who is expecting her third child with Prince William. Paddington left the Royal family laughing and dancing with his presence. The royals, along with the cast and crew of Paddington 2 film, joined children on charity train ride. Read the full article here
Paddington Dances With The Duchess Of Cambridge Before Coming to #SouthAfrica @SterEnt #Paddington2SA
Images Courtesy of MailOnline / AFP Getty Images
For further information on Paddington 2, including official trailers, please visit www.facebook.com/sterkinekorentertainment or follow on Twitter at @SterEnt, using #Paddington2SA
 
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#DisneyCookabout Nominated for 2017 International Emmy Kids Awards #DisneyAfrica

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Disney Africa and Penguin Films are proud to share that Disney Cookabout has been nominated for an International Emmy® Kids Award in the category of Best Non-Scripted Entertainment, following the announcement by the International Academy of Television Arts & Sciences at Mipcom.

Disney Cookabout also received the 2016 SAFTA award for Best Children’s Programme following the first season’s run on SABC 2 and Disney Channel (DStv Channel 303) last year. The second season of the proudly South African series currently airs each Saturday and Sunday at 09:25 CAT on Disney Channel.

Disney Cookabout joins 28 nominees in 7 categories, from 16 countries for this year’s awards, which will be presented at MipTV in Cannes, France on Tuesday 10 April, 2018.

Produced by Penguin Films for Walt Disney Television, Disney Cookabout is a comedic adventure game-show that uses food preparation, cooking and outdoor exploration to showcase local ingredients and a fun-filled approach to healthy eating.
Mtunzi, Jemma, Kirsten, Yoyama, Luyolo, Avesh #DisneyCookabout
Mtunzi, Jemma, Kirsten, Yoyama, Luyolo, Avesh
Christine Service, Senior Vice President and Country Manager of The Walt Disney Company Africa comments: “We are thrilled that Disney Cookabout has been acknowledged by the Academy at this year’s International Emmy® Kids Awards. Season 1 garnered an amazing response from viewers and with Season 2, we hope to further encourage them to create Cookabout’s array of exciting, locally-inspired recipes in their own kitchens with their families.”

Since 2006, Disney has been committed to helping families make healthier choices, using its stories and characters to make healthy living simple and fun. Since then, Disney has been looking at the different ways it can support families to live more healthily. This includes introducing robust nutritional guidelines for food and drinks as well as their advertising and offering content that positively focuses on healthier lifestyles such as the Disney Healthy Living Website (www.disneyhealthyliving.co.za), Aim High on Disney XD (2011 – 2014) and Disney Cookabout.

Roberta Durrant from Penguin Films, the creative producer of Disney Cookabout comments: “It is always so rewarding working with the youth on any production and we are very grateful to the excellent cast and crew that have worked tirelessly to make this show the success that it is.”

Season 2’s 18 episodes features some of the best of South Africa’s locally-farmed, wholesome produce, giving a fascinating insight into the food children are used to seeing only in supermarkets and on their dinner plates. Each episode presents the cooktestants and viewers with a brand new theme and location to discover local and international delicacies, cultures and, of course, delicious recipes. From traditional Xhosa cuisine, spicy Indian dishes, Japanese sushi to fresh organic vegetables, olives and nuts, the sumptuous food is matched only by the breath-taking landscape.

Disney Cookabout takes viewers on a fascinating and entertaining adventure across the country. A dash of exploration added to a large cup of humour, sprinkled with brain-tingling facts and stirred with tasty recipes, Disney Cookabout plates up every Saturday and Sunday at 09:25 on Disney Channel (DStv Channel 303). Connect: www.disneycookabout.co.za Social: #DisneyCookabout
 
To find out more about all things TWDCA, fans and families can connect via: Disney’s dedicated website (www.disney.co.za), Mobisite (disneyafrica.mobi), Facebook (www.facebook.com/DisneyinAfrica, www.facebook.com/DisneyJuniorAfrica, www.facebook.com/MarvelAfrica, www.facebook.com/StarWarsAfrica), Disney Healthy Living: www.disneyhealthyliving.co.za), Disney Baby Africa (baby.disneyafrica.com) and Youtube (Disney Channel Africa: www.youtube.com/user/disneychannelza, Disney XD Africa: www.youtube.com/user/disneyxdza). 

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Arbour Café and Courtyard Opens for Dinner With New Menus @ArbourCafe #ArbourDelicious

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Arbour Café and Courtyard has just released a series of new menus just in time for summer. The contents boast fresh, wholesome and seasonal ingredients that stay true to Arbour’s unique and popular style.
Chicken fillets with a light creamy white wine, sun dried tomato, spinach & feta sauce
Chicken fillets with a light creamy white wine, sun dried tomato, spinach & feta sauce
Duck confit, orange, fennel, celery, lentils & pomegranate salad
Duck confit, orange, fennel, celery, lentils & pomegranate salad
The new dinner menu is now available every Wednesday to Saturday evening, to be enjoyed in the Parisian style courtyard that makes Arbour so well-loved. There are also brand new take home menus that customers can pre order and collect. They consist of canapés, starters, main courses and sumptuous desserts that are made fresh.
Cucumber Soup
Cucumber Soup

Lamb cutlets with a minted roast tomato sauce & crumbled feta
Lamb cutlets with a minted roast tomato sauce & crumbled feta
The menus all focus on seasonal ingredients tailor-made to suit tastes, religious affiliations and numbers.
Fancy a crepe
Fancy a crepe
The recipes are planned using only fresh, seasonal ingredients; nothing is made in bulk and there are no additives, processed sauces, or preservatives. The French-inspired food is honest and hearty and designed to bring the flavours of Arbour Café into your home.
Pan seared salmon with a citrus & black sesame seed crust with creamed avocado
Pan seared salmon with a citrus & black sesame seed crust with creamed avocado
It really is bespoke catering at its best.
Apple and salted caramel galette
Apple and salted caramel galette
The French-inspired café is dog friendly and is equipped with free Wi-Fi.
Duck with 5 spiced cherry sauce
Duck with 5 spiced cherry sauce
The venue is available for functions and pop ups.

For bookings please call 011 788 4111 or email larry@arbourcafe.co.za
 
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Saturday, 14 October 2017

@ADATAtechnology Launches the XPG SX6000 PCIe Gen3x2 M.2 2280 SSD #SouthAfrica

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ADATA Technology, a leading manufacturer of high performance DRAM modules and NAND Flash products, today launched the XPG SX6000 SSD. The product represents a bold move to provide PCI Express storage performance for nearly the same price to end users as that of traditional 2.5” SATA SSD. The SX6000 uses the compact M.2 form factor and reaches 1000MB/s read and 800MB/s write, easily doubling SATA SSD throughput without a relative increase in price. This is part of an ADATA focus on high speed, compact M.2 drives aimed at gamers, overclockers, and PC DIY enthusiasts. The SX6000 meets NVMe 1.2 specs and offers up to 1TB capacity, all at an approachable entry-level alongside its more premium stablemates the SX7000, SX8000, and SX9000.

Twice the speed without a need to spend significantly more

The leading advantage of the SX6000 is embodied in its superb cost-performance ratio. Using 3D TLC NAND, a Realtek controller, NVMe 1.2 technology, and a PCIe Gen3x2 interface, it reaches 1000MB/s read and 800MB/s write. Compared to a typical 500MB/s by 400MB/s on SATA III SSDs, this means doubled performance for less than 10% more spend in same-capacity comparisons. Increasingly, motherboards ship with two and four M.2 slots, up from a single slot on select boards just two years ago. Therefore, PCIe M.2 SSDs are expected to become more normative and the SX6000 encourages this trend as an affordable high speed alternative that works great as an OS drive and mass storage.
@ADATAtechnology Launches the XPG SX6000 PCIe Gen3x2 M.2 2280 SSD #SouthAfrica
The perfect upgrade or alternative in multiple capacity options
ADATA produces the SX6000 in 128GB, 256GB, 512GB, and 1TB. Once more, each model is less than 10% costlier than a same-capacity SATA III SSD. For PC users looking at tangible performance enhancements, the SX6000 makes complete sense as a SATA III successor.

Feature rich and designed for long-term use

The SX6000 incorporates the usual range of performance and longevity-enhancing features shared by all ADATA and XPG SSDs. Wear leveling, DRAM Cache, and SLC Caching all ensure better load distribution and sustained peak performance even when handling large tasks such as moving AAA game titles or rendering video. While other PCIe M.2 SSDs may be faster, the SX6000 easily surpasses SATA SSDs and of course leaves hard drives far behind, being ten times faster than the quickest mechanical solution.

Local Pricing

SX6000 SSD: Available in Q1 2018 / Pinnacle Micro, TVR Distribution
  • 128G: R1,049
  • 256G: R1,749
  • 512G: RR3,149
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@PlaybookHub Comes Out To “Play” At A Campus Near You! #JoinPlayBook

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Playbook, a web platform that solves the procurement process, is a first of its kind tool that looks at making sure South African creatives and artists “play by the book” and have a smooth process when it comes to their bookings. Launched in August 2017, Playbook is already making its presence felt in-and-around the country with the likes of photographers, graphic designers, makeup artists, solo performers, bands, dancers- as well as well-known SA personalities- joining the portfolio already.

Playbook ensures a fast, reliable and clear communication between both the artist and the booking agent to ensure that both parties enjoy a seamless and successful business relationship.

“We have the likes of popular house DJ Euphonik, comedian Trevor Gumbi, Goodluck and actress Kriya Gangiah, who have signed up and become part of the Playbook family. This is only the start and the results have shown that the intensive 2 years we spent researching and perfecting the product is really paying off,” commented Playbook founder Rudi Pienaar.
@PlaybookHub Comes Out To “Play” At A Campus Near You! #JoinPlayBook
From September, Playbook will be in and around South Africa educating people young creatives about this great offer that gives them a chance to showcase their skills to potential booking agents. Playbook will be activating at a campus near you - starting in Durban on Wednesday 6 September. 3 cities, prizes galore- what’s not to love?

Follow Playbook on Facebook, Twitter , and Instagram to find out when Playbook will be at your nearest campus or follow the hashtag #JoinPlaybook to join in the conversation and spread the word. Till then, join in the #JoinPlayBook conversation on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/playbook.hub, Twitter https://twitter.com/PlaybookHub, and Instagram https://www.instagram.com/playbookhub/. The platform is available at www.playbookhub.com

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Departing Director Plays His Final Hand @SilverstarZA #ShaneCollinson

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Silverstar has become a glittering landmark on the Krugersdorp landscape and this is thanks to the passion of Director of Operations and Complex General Manager, Shane Collinson and the dedicated team of people he has brought together throughout his tenure. After 28 years of unbroken service in the South African gaming and hospitality sector – two decades of which have been with Tsogo Sun - Collinson will play his final hand as he retires from the industry he has served with such dedication.

A Lucky Roll of the Dice
In the 1980’s, Collinson was working at Telkom as a technician but he was always drawn to what he describes as the “glitz and glamour” of the Wild Coast Sun. His life would soon take an unexpected turn, when he took a gamble and applied for a job at his favourite entertainment destination. Luck was on his side because thanks to the international technical training he had received, Collinson was hired immediately as a Leaf Technician for the slot machines.
Departing Director Plays His Final Hand @SilverstarZA #ShaneCollinson
Shane Collinson
At the Top of his Game
Some three decades later Collinson has reached the top of his game and he is bidding a bittersweet farewell to Silverstar, which he describes as one of the most beautiful casino properties he has had the privilege of leading. Charged with the full redelevopment and turn-around strategy of Silverstar six years ago, Collinson has taken Silverstar and his team of employees from strength-to-strength, and he leaves the gaming and entertainment complex in excellent shape for untold successes in the future.

While he may be leaving, it is clear that Collinson’s passion for Silverstar remains as strong as ever before and he says, “Silverstar has one of the most amazing cultures, particularly when it comes to its members of staff. The guests that come through the doors are truly unique in that they are perhaps the most respectful and down-to-earth people I have ever had the privilege of working with. What is more, the geographic location of the complex, nestled in the valley of a mountain, makes Silverstar a truly beautiful destination.”

A Passion for People
Throughout his tenure, Collinson’s star has shone as brightly as the entertainment complex he has managed. Known for giving back to the community and the people he leads, Collinson champions corporate social responsibility in its truest sense. “It may be difficult to face the harsh realities of life head-on, but it is through the upliftment of people that we can make a difference, no matter how small. At the end of the day it is much better to give than to take in life,” says Collinson.

This desire to be mindful of those less fortunate has also helped in the exceptional turn-around in corporate culture that Colinson has achieved during his time at Silverstar. “Tsogo Sun believes whole-heartedly in the importance of people, which is why strategic programmes are in place at Silverstar to ensure culture is continually and measurably improved upon. This has always been top-of-mind and I am extremely proud of what we have achieved in this regard at Silverstar.”
Departing Director Plays His Final Hand @SilverstarZA #ShaneCollinson
Shane Collinson
Star Leadership
Collinson’s most memorable moment was watching 400 000 stars fall from the ceiling at the grand opening of Silverstar, which had taken months of hard work to refurbish. The employees whose lives he has touched throughout his tenure, will no doubt remember the incredible gift Collinson has for leading from the front with humility, passion, dignity and true inspiration.
 
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Curtain Call for the Royalty Soapie Awards @SoapieAwards #RSA2018

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After two years of refinement, the glitz, glamour and excitement of the Royalty Soapie Awards (RSAs) will be returning in 2018, and all soap operas shown in South Africa and their production companies are invited to enter. Taking place on March 17th at the Durban International Convention Centre, the new and improved event promises to honour the soap opera industry on a night that will never be forgotten.

As before, the event that celebrates the achievements of the South African soap opera sector will continue to honour all role-players in the industry including writers, actors, producers, set designers, technicians and more. Soapie viewers are of course a vital voice and they too will get a chance to express their views when they vote in the all-important Most Popular Soapie of the Year category.
Mapaseka Koetle - Nyokong and Motlatsi Mafatshe
Mapaseka Koetle - Nyokong and Motlatsi Mafatshe
Next year, several new and exciting developments will take the RSAs to the next level. One example of this is the establishment of the Royalty Soapie Foundation (RSF), which will be the social responsibility beneficiary for the ceremony going forward. The RSF will seek to assist young South Africans from marginalised communities and rural areas, as well as other designated groups such as the disabled, to gain access to education and skills specifically in the film and television sector.

“We are excited to be back and the awards event promises to deliver more shimmer and shine than ever before! With the launch of the RSF, the RSAs have been given new meaning because the effects of the show now extend way beyond one incredible night, and will translate into a year-long social responsibility programme,” says Royalty Soapie Awards Chief Executive Officer, Winnie Ntshaba.

“By doing this, the RSAs will also help to stimulate conversation and reflection on pressing socio-economic issues pertinent to the industry,” Ntshaba concludes. To watch a special video message from Ntshaba, click here.
Nomzamo Mbatha and Mampho Brescia (Red Carpet)
Nomzamo Mbatha and Mampho Brescia (Red Carpet)
Entries into these exciting industry awards open on October 12th to all soap operas shown on South African television screens between August 1st 2016 and August 30th 2017. Entries close November 30th 2017 and production companies can consult the RSA rule book, outlining the thorough processes for fair and inclusive participation in the event. Included in this resource will be comprehensive information on eligibility, entry, adjudication, awarding and other relevant details which can be found on the redesigned RSA website, www.royaltysa.com.

The Royalty Soapie Awards not only recognises accomplishments in the local television sector and honours the stars of the genre, but it also seeks to promote creativity, quality and excellence in South African soapie productions. It is cause for great celebration that the Awards are returning in 2018 to give the industry the credit it truly deserves.

For more information on the Royalty Soapie Awards, visit www.royaltysa.com Find on Facebook, @SoapieAwards, on Twitter, @SoapieAwards and on Instagram, @RoyaltySoapieAwards. Join the conversation at #RSA2018.
 
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15th Annual #rAgeExpo2017 Reveals An Industry Of Momentous Growth @rAgeExpo #aGalaxyofGeek

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A rollercoaster decade-and-a-half culminated in the celebration of #15yearsofawesome at 2017’s really Awesome gaming expo (rAge), which took place between 6 October and 8 October. It revealed an industry that is not only thriving, but is here to stay.

Despite adverse weather conditions, the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg saw 35,845 visitors going full-geek over the weekend, with over 130 exhibitors hosting the finest in gaming, technology and gadgets.

“I was a little concerned when looking at the weather conditions before the show, but our fans proved their dedication by showing up in droves to support the expo,” says Michael James, Senior Project Manager for rAge.
15th Annual #rAgeExpo2017 Reveals An Industry Of Momentous Growth @rAgeExpo #aGalaxyofGeek
An undisputed highlight of the year, the 15th rAge celebrated its growth and success with VS Gaming as the headline sponsor and OMEN by HP sponsoring the NAG LAN. The event was bigger and better than ever before (a fact reflected in the record-breaking attendance), with the weekend featuring competitions, esports tournaments, exhibitions and – of course – an array of geeky paraphernalia. Uniting gaming and popular culture, rAge is also proud to have hosted everyone from the most dedicated of gamers to the most casual of fans.

The NAG LAN was equally exciting, with over 2,000 gamers burning through bandwidth at a record rate. Our internet partner, MWEB, reported a massive 130TB was downloaded at an average rate of 5.6 gigabits per second, with a peak of nearly 8 gigabits per second. MWEB, along with Intel on server duty and Aruba on network duty, made this year’s NAG LAN one of the best in recent memory.
15th Annual #rAgeExpo2017 Reveals An Industry Of Momentous Growth @rAgeExpo #aGalaxyofGeek
“We saw 527 media accredited over the weekend and 45 one-on-one media interviews conducted. The social engine behind rAge is unmatched, with thousands of social posts hitting social media sites over the weekend as everyone excitedly posted pictures, video and stories of their experience at the show,“ commented Michael.

With massive prizes won over the course of the weekend, some of the best games in the industry revealed and launched, the top gadgets and products on display, as well as a unique platform developed for South African cosplay and game development, rAge continues to be a pioneer in creating a fun, interactive and inclusive environment.
15th Annual #rAgeExpo2017 Reveals An Industry Of Momentous Growth @rAgeExpo #aGalaxyofGeek
Michael says: “I’m very happy with the turnout, the variety of exhibitions this year and the amazing things that are happening in esports. There are three things that make rAge exceptional each year: the exhibitors, my incredible, dedicated “nothing is a problem” team and of course, the visitors to the show. The rAge team is already discussing everything that needs tweaking based on feedback from exhibitors and visitors, and thinking about what we’ll be doing for rAge 2018. This is largely driven by many of the newer exhibitors asking questions about more space, and how they can expand their offering next year. I want to say thank you to everyone who makes rAge possible. The future of this expo is bright.”

#agalaxyofgeek has earned itself a permanent space in the universe. Don’t miss out on the 2018 rAge expo, which will take place from 5-7 October.

For more information visit www.rageexpo.co.za
 
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Wednesday, 11 October 2017

The Importance of #SocialMedia Screening @FamaHire

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With the increased importance of social media in social life, it is only reasonable that social media presence plays a greater role in the hiring process. The analysis of the social media accounts of applicants allows a greater level of filtering than has ever before been possible. Using social media screening, companies have the ability to weed out candidates that would reflect poorly on the company's brand and reputation.

A social media background check allows a company to identify red flags in candidates before they are hired and even before an interview takes place. Instances in social media of crime, bigotry, and violence are warning signs that can be used to disqualify applicants early in the process. This is a process that keeps the company a safe place to work and increases the value of each hire.

It is critical to the brand of a company that employees have a social media presence that not only does not reflect poorly on the company but creates positive brand awareness. Employees not only represent themselves on social media, but also the company, even when using personal accounts. It is increasingly important to screen candidates on their ability to present themselves, and thus the company, well on social media, as well as a general lack of anti-social behavior.

The Importance of Social Media Screening #SocialMedia

It is also crucial that recruiters understand the risks inherent in utilizing information found on social media for screening applicants. Choosing not to hire someone on the grounds of race, sex, sexual orientation, age, or religious beliefs can lead to discrimination suits that would cost a company vast amounts of money in damages. Ensuring that hiring is done on the basis strictly of merit is the caveat of social media screening.

Social media analysis can be used to determine whether or not an applicant would fit with the company's values. Employees functions as much as ambassadors for the company as anything else in the information age. The company will be judged for the presence of its employees on social media. Therefore, it is crucial to screen the applicants well for social media statements that are contrary to the company's values.

Using an automated social media analysis system like Fama can be useful to mitigate the resources needed to investigate the background of applicants and also prevent allegations of discrimination. An automated system allows the easy screening of a pool of applicants in a far shorter time than a manual investigation would. This is more relevant than ever with the entry of the millennial generation into the workforce, that often have literally thousands of social media posts, making a social media check sometimes impossible to accomplish to any meaningful depth without use of automated analysis tools. As social media becomes more prolific and the intensity with which it is used increases, performing social media background checks becomes simultaneously more and more important and more and more difficult.

It has become a necessity for companies to screen applicants on the basis of their social media presence. Doing so has the ability to weed out applicants that display anti-social behaviors such as violence, bigotry, and crime. Greater screening of applicants on the basis of their social media background and how they represent themselves and will represent the company as employees creates a better work environment.

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@TsogoSun Rewards Card Delivers A World of Benefits #TsogoGamingRewards #GottaLuvTsogoSun

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The ability to escape to great experiences is being provided at a fraction of the cost to members of Tsogo Sun’s user-friendly and accessible Rewards Cardholders programme. With benefits and discounts across a variety of entertainment, food & beverage, and accommodation options at Tsogo Sun’s 14 entertainment destinations and over 100 hotels, there’s every reason to sign up and start being rewarded.

Tsogo Sun’s Rewards Programme is tailor-made to suit both hotel and gaming guests. Tsogo Gaming Rewards (TGR®) allows casino customers to make the most of the time spent with at its entertainment destinations by providing tangible benefits to extend their playtime in the casino. Tsogo Hotel Rewards (THR®) offers hotel guests benefits to enjoy across the extensive hotel portfolio and other destinations.
@TsogoSun Rewards Card Delivers A World of Benefits #TsogoGamingRewards
Tsogo Sun Rewards
Membership of the Gaming Rewards programme entitles cardholders to a variety of benefits, including instant discounts of between 30% and 50% at Tsogo Sun’s six Movies@ cinemas across the country, discounted entry at Gold Reef City Theme Park and the Montecasino Bird Gardens, between 10 and 20% discount at a variety of restaurants and bars across the group, and discounts on accommodation and select local and international shows and events. Different discounts apply to the three cardholder tiers – Gold, Platinum, and Black – and cardholders can increase their Rewards status levels with fun on the gaming floor, earning points by playing slots or tables – but the entry level discounts on Gold cards apply regardless of gaming activity.
Tsogo Sun Rewards -  Katlego Mohaoduba handing over her Tsogo Sun rewards card for more benefits
Tsogo Sun Rewards -  Katlego Mohaoduba handing over her Tsogo Sun rewards card for more benefits
The Rewards card is offered free of charge to anyone over the age of 18. Guests, even casual day visitors, can simply obtain their cards at the Guest Relations desk with an ID book, driver’s licence, or passport – and a wonderful world of savings is unlocked.
Tsogo Sun Rewards - Phuti Khomo having fun with her Tsogo Sun rewards card
Tsogo Sun Rewards - Phuti Khomo having fun with her Tsogo Sun rewards card
Says Noëleen Bruton, Group Director of Marketing for Tsogo Sun, “The best programmes are those that give great value to you as an individual just for being a member. Joining a rewards programme should be easy and hassle free and most importantly transparent so that you know exactly what you're signing up to. It's all about what's in it for you, so look out for savings that will spare your pocket as well as benefits that are not only tangible but also experiential, ensuring you, your family and friends can benefit from your membership.

“Our focus at Tsogo Sun is on giving our guests the opportunity to escape to great experiences, and our Rewards programme allows us to reward our cardholders with benefits that make their experiences more accessible and affordable. We’re constantly assessing the special offers and variety of discounts we offer our cardholders to make sure that every visit offers something really rewarding.”
Tsogo Sun Rewards – Shaun Carter, Liesl De Bruin, El Broide winning the benefits of Tsogo Sun Rewards card
Tsogo Sun Rewards – Shaun Carter, Liesl De Bruin, El Broide winning the benefits of Tsogo Sun Rewards card
For more information on Tsogo Sun Rewards, visit https://www.tsogosun.com/tsogo-sun-rewards-programme.

Tsogo Sun has a portfolio of over 100 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa and the Seychelles. For more details, visit https://www.tsogosun.com, follow on Twitter @TsogoSun or like on Facebook /TsogoSun.

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Martin Bester’s #Kissing Experience - Is Kissing for Every Culture? @JacarandaFM

Hi Friends,

A kiss, a smooch, a soentjie or whatever you call it – some cultures either embrace or loathe this act of affection. Martin Bester went on a kissing prank at the Jacaranda FM studios today and amongst those pranked were The Late Show host, Carla Mackenzie and Liesl Laurie, Saturday Breakfast Show host (former Miss South Africa and World 2015) who gave Martin a run for his money and smooched him right back!

For many, kissing comes with one’s culture and Carla shares the same sentiments. She’s a lover at heart and quite generous with hugs to close friends and colleagues – when it comes to family, she also prefers an endearing kiss. In South Africa, grandparents and other close relatives embrace one another with kisses on the lips to show their affection.

Check out Martin’s ‘soen-groet’ prank here

According to some cultures, kissing on the lips is reserved for people who are romantically involved or shared between close relatives.
Martin Bester’s #Kissing Experience - Is Kissing for Every Culture?
Here are some interesting kissing global facts:
  • The first on-screen kiss was shot in 1896 by the Edison Company. Titled The May Irwin-John C. Rice Kiss, the film was 30 seconds long and consisted entirely of a man and a woman kissing close up.
  • French kissing involves 34 facial muscles. A pucker kiss involves only two
  • The Romans created three categories of kissing: (1) Osculum, a kiss on the cheek, (2) Basium, a kiss on the lips, and (3) Savolium, a deep kiss.
  • Kissing may have originated when mothers orally passed chewed solid food to their infants during weaning.
  • Kissing at the conclusion of a wedding ceremony can be traced to ancient Roman tradition where a kiss was used to sign contract.
For more fun updates, tune into the Breakfast Show on weekdays from 06:00 – 09:00. Alternatively, follow the Breakfast Show’s Facebook page for all the fun and laughter. Jacaranda FM, 94.2 – bringing you more music you love!
 
About Jacaranda FM
Jacaranda FM is the biggest Independent radio station in Gauteng. Recently awarded Best Commercial Radio Station of the Year (2015) in the Liberty Radio Awards, Jacaranda FM boasts an exclusive listenership of 41% of its listening population. Earlier this year the station launched a brand-new value proposition - "More Music You Love" - which promises to uphold the station's commitment to playing more music than any other radio station, and providing an array of musical entertainment through concerts, sporting and social events.
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Tando Smiles His Way to National Dealer Champ Victory @TsogoSun @MontecasioZA #GottaLuvMonte

Hi Friends,

“Share your smile with the world. It's a symbol of friendship and peace.” Christie Brinkley

Tsogo Sun’s 2017 Dealer of the Year, Tando Guzana from Montecasino, says there’s great power in a smile – a genuine one from the heart. He’s convinced that his smile helped him make it to the top in the group’s annual National Dealer Championship.

This is the second consecutive year that Montecasino has taken top honours in the hotly contested Championship. Last year, Montecasino tables dealer, Lwazi Valela, won the coveted title.

The finals were held at Montecasino on 27 September, with 18 finalists from the group’s 14 casinos around the country (one each from the smaller casinos and two each from the major casinos – Silverstar, Gold Reef City, Montecasino and Suncoast) pitting their knowledge, dealing skills, customer service standards, and more, against each other in a series of tough challenges that followed unit semi-finals. According to Glenn Joseph, COO of Tsogo Sun Gaming, the 18 represented 1.2% of the total number of dealers employed by Tsogo Sun, making it a significant achievement to be selected as a finalist.
Nadia Postma (Montecasino Tables Secretary) handing trophy to Tando Guzana Dealer Champion of the year 2017.
Nadia Postma (Montecasino Tables Secretary) handing trophy to Tando Guzana Dealer Champion of the year 2017
The judges, represented by management from each unit, assessed technical skills and other aspects of the dealing cycle in American Roulette and Blackjack trials, and the top five were selected. They were given the same question and time to prepare their answers. At the awards dinner, the top five presented their answers on stage to a panel of judges, and answered an additional unprepared question.

First place was awarded to Tando, who won R10 000 and a Vodacom phone valued at R6 000; second place went to Cheszine Muller from Suncoast, who won R5,000 and a R3 000 Vodacom phone; third prize was won by Boniwe Khumalo, also from Montecasino, who received R3 000 and a R3 000 Vodacom phone; and fourth and fifth places went to, Mbuso Dube (Suncoast), and Given Motaung (Hemingways), who each won R1 000.

Tando is elated at what he considers a significant achievement in his life. He grew up in the Eastern Cape and after matriculating, he started studying office management and soon realised it wasn’t for him. “I knew I couldn’t survive working behind a desk. I need to work with people – that’s my passion.” In 2008 he applied to GrandWest Casino in Cape Town to be a trainee dealer – and his career in gaming was launched. In 2014 he resigned with the aim of joining a cruise ship, but instead accepted a job at Montecasino and came to Johannesburg. “It was the best decision,” he says. “I joined Montecasino on 1 September 2015 and in two years I’ve grown a lot in my skills and abilities. It’s the best place for recognition, training, and growth.”

He considers that his win can be partly attributed to his smile and his attitude. “All the finalists know how to deal very well. It was more about who we are. I decided to tackle all the challenges as if it were a normal day at work. I am always smiling, relaxed and friendly with the guests because I believe my smile is a key that can unlock their hearts. I engage in game-related conversation, and I try to make them feel special and happy. It works. Sometimes I see people looking around to choose a table and then when they see me smiling at them, they come to my table. I love working with people, interacting with them, and doing what I can to make their experience memorable.”

Building up to the final showdown was nerve-wracking, says Tando. But then when he was on stage, he felt he “owned it”. He was calm and relaxed and spoke from the heart.

He has big plans for his cash prize. He wants to spoil his 4-year-old son, Khayome. “My brother will bring my son here from the Eastern Cape and the first thing I will do with them is take them tenpin bowling. Then we will have a fun and exciting few days together – it’s like a dream come true!”
Tsogo Sun’s 2017 Dealer of the Year, Tando Guzana from Montecasino
Tsogo Sun’s 2017 Dealer of the Year, Tando Guzana from Montecasino
Joseph congratulated Tando and the other prize-winners on their achievements. “This is an important annual competition in the group as it recognises the significant contribution that our dealers make in customer service, it gives them an opportunity to show off their skills to their colleagues, and it helps to entrench best practices in our casinos. Well done to all the contestants – we’re proud of the standards you are setting on our gaming floors.”

Says General Manager of Montecasino, Mike Page, “We pride ourselves on delivering on Tsogo Sun’s vision of creating great experiences, and our well-trained, motivated and passionate staff ensure that we are able to fulfil this promise. Congratulations to Tando and Boniwe, who are shining examples of the Tsogo Sun values of Teamwork, Service, Opportunity, Growth and Ownership.”

Tsogo Sun has a portfolio of over 100 hotels and 14 casino and entertainment destinations throughout South Africa, Africa and the Seychelles. For more details, visit https://www.tsogosun.com, follow on Twitter @TsogoSun or like on Facebook /TsogoSun. 

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A Memoir - This Month Last Year - Oct 2016 www.thelifesway.com #TheLifesWay

Hi Friends,

October is the month when the country welcomes the Summer season and Jacaranda trees are on the full bloom too. October sets the stage for a lot of local events from rAge Expo to Photo and Film Expo. I really look forward to October because it's also the time when we Indians celebrate the biggest Hindu festival of light called Deepawali. There are a series of little to big celebrations during this time as we meet all out family members and friends and wish for their prosperity and success.

1. @Hasbro Launches #SouthAfrica's Own Monopoly Mzansi #MonopolyMzansi - http://www.thelifesway.com/2016/10/hasbro-launches-southafricas-own.html - Hasbro launched the Monopoly game in South Africa with it's own Mzansi Edition. The launch event was a race between several teams in Maboneng Precinct followed up by a party at Hard Rock Cafe in Nelson Mandela Square, Sandton. My daughter really loves the game and plays it till today. 

2. @HuaweiZA Jumps To Number 72 @Interbrand Best Global Brands Report #BGB2016 - http://www.thelifesway.com/2016/10/huaweiza-jumps-to-number-72-interbrand.html - Huawei has the fastest rise in terms of ratings with the rise in it's P and Mate series smartphones. They are innovative and devices have a lot of features. Mate 10 is going to be launched on 16th October 2017 so looking forward to the same and hoping for the best in terms of Artificial Intelligence on the phone. 

3. Africa's Largest #Photographic Event Starts 27-30 Oct @PhotoFilmExpo #Jozi - http://www.thelifesway.com/2016/10/africas-largest-photographic-event.html - Photo and Film Expo is one of the biggest events as photography is the biggest passion amongst any kind of person starting from a children to a teenager to any adults. Though the smartphone has made the creative reach wide amongst the whole world but still people want to carry the regular DSLR, mirrorless to enhance their photography skills further. The event is full of exclusive classes, sessions and equipments on sale. Looking forward to this year's Photo and Film Expo too. 

A Memoir - This Month Last Year - Oct 2016 www.thelifesway.com #TheLifesWay #PhotoYatra Aashish Raih Rai
4. #Johannesburg #rAgeExpo2016 Sees Record-Breaking Attendance @rAgeExpo - http://www.thelifesway.com/2016/10/johannesburg-rageexpo2016-sees-record.html - rAge stands for Really AWESOME Gaming Expo and every new year beats the previous year's expo in terms of size and games. I have attended the same 4th year this time since my 4 years in this country South Africa. This year I got some great deals on several products. 

5. An Epic #MonteMadness Is About To Begin @MonteCasinoZA @OpelSA #OpelAdam - http://www.thelifesway.com/2016/10/an-epic-montemadness-is-about-to-begin.html - It was an awesome event where 31 cars were being driven from the dealership to the MonteCasino and then it will be given away to the lucky players at Casino floor. I really loved the little Opel Adam for it's feature. 

I am looking forward to what great things October 2017 has in store for me and I am thankful to Universe for bringing me everything I need and want. I have thought to finish all the pending tasks in the last quarter of the calendar year from all the devices bought to review that needs to be done on The Life's Way. The Life's Way will celebrate its 5 year anniversary so I am really looking forward to creating some big opportunities in the times to come.

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