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Saturday, 29 February 2020

@SamsungSA Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2019 Results #DoBiggerThings

Hi Friends,

Samsung has reported financial results for the fourth quarter ended December 31, 2019 and the fiscal year 2019. The Company posted R737.87 billion in consolidated quarterly revenue and R88.22 billion in quarterly operating profit.

For 2019, Samsung reported 2.839 trillion in revenue and R342.19 billion in operating profit.

Fourth quarter profit dropped from a year earlier due to the continued fall in memory chip prices and weakness in display panels. Improving demand for memory used in servers and mobile products, as well as solid sales of flagship smartphones, helped ease the decline in overall earnings.

The Memory Business reported a year-on-year decline in profit as DRAM prices continued its downward trend despite rising shipments. However, earnings increased from the previous quarter, underpinned by increasing demand from data centers and other major applications as well as cost reduction. The logic chip business posted a YoY profit growth on demand for high-resolution image sensors and HPC (high performance computing) chips.

The Display Panel Business suffered weak demand for some premium mobile screens and saw widened losses from the large panel business.

Quarterly earnings improved significantly for the Mobile Business in annual terms, thanks to solid sales of flagship Galaxy smartphones and lineup changes to improve profitability for mass-market models. Profit fell from the previous quarter, however, due to the fading effect from a new flagship product launch.

The Consumer Electronics Business also reported a YoY increase in earnings, led by growing sales of premium products including QLED TVs and new appliance offerings.

In the first quarter of 2020, the Company expects weak sales from seasonality in memory chips, OLED and consumer electronics.

The seasonal effects will likely limit profits in the Memory Business while the outlook is also negative for the Display Panel Business due to slowing demand.

First quarter profit from the Mobile Business is seen steady quarter-on-quarter, as new flagship and foldable models will improve sales but incur additional marketing costs.

Looking ahead to 2020, Samsung expects improvements in overall business performance but also sees continued uncertainties in the global business environment.

Memory market conditions will likely improve gradually thanks to increasing demand from data center companies and 5G smartphone adoption. However, the actual pace of 5G expansion and its effects on DRAM content remain to be seen. The Company expects inventory to return to levels seen in previous years within the first half of this year and will focus on transitioning to the next-generation chip production; 1Z-nm DRAM process and 6th-generation V-NAND.

The System LSI Business will offer differentiated 5G System-on-Chip products and high-resolution sensors. The Foundry Business plans to expand production from the 5nm and 7nm EUV (extreme ultraviolet lithography) processes while working on developing next-generation 3nm GAA (gate-all-around) technology. In Displays, Samsung will prioritise on responding to growing adoption of OLED and folding screens.

The Mobile Business aims to improve profits by expanding sales of premium models, such as the enhanced 5G lineup and new foldable devices. The Network Business will focus on addressing the global 5G market as its Korean business is set to shrink following last year’s nationwide 5G adoption.

In the Consumer Electronics Division, the Company will seek to increase sales of QLED 8K TVs and launch new premium appliances such as Bespoke and new lifestyle models.

Samsung Electronics’ capital expenditure in 2019 totaled at R331.47 billion, including R278.48 billion spent on semiconductors and R27.10 billion on displays. In 2020, the Company will be flexible in capex execution to meet changing demand from markets, while continuing investment in infrastructure and mid- to long- term business opportunities.
@SamsungSA Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2019 Results
Weakness Looms After Semiconductor Demand Rises in Fourth Quarter
The Semiconductor businesses posted R206.89 billion in consolidated revenue and R42.51 billion in operating profit in the fourth quarter. The Memory Business saw solid market demand in the fourth quarter, led by growing demand from server customers. Demand for major applications like those related to 5G network expansions also contributed to gains. On a quarterly basis, earnings improved on cost reduction from process migration and increased sales of differentiated products.

The Company also exceeded its shipment volume guidance for the fourth quarter on proactive responses to demand for all applications.

In the case of DRAM, server demand increased primarily centered on high-density products as datacenters, as well as customers in China boosted orders as a result of new CPU adoption. For mobile, the growing sophistication of mid-to-high end smartphones drove up content per handset in addition to positives linked to 5G network expansions. For PC, negative issues like a CPU shortage were offset by an increase in set-builds at OEM customers, keeping purchasing demand solid.

For NAND, demand was higher than expected thanks to new smartphone launches generating orders for high density models. Increased demand for SSD from server applications also helped performance.

In the first quarter of 2020, overall DRAM demand is seen softening on seasonal effects, although some purchases for mobile and server applications will remain relatively solid. The Company aims to reinforce its cost competitiveness by expanding node migration to 1Y-nm-scale products and utilising its flexible product mix to respond to demand for high density products.

Also in the January-March period, NAND prices are expected to keep rising mainly on server demand as the market stabilises. To boost profitability and competitiveness, the Company plans to accelerate the migration process to 6th generation V-NAND in the first half of 2020.

In 2020 on a whole, server demand for DRAM is seen solid on the back of increased investments by data centers. For mobile, the pace of 5G expansion and its effects should be monitored closely but the Company sees demand picking up around mass-market models as major manufacturers expand their 5G smartphone lineups. Construction of 5G networks in China will also drive demand for consumer products this year.

In the case of NAND, server SSD demand from data centers is expected to continue growing this year while the expansion of 5G networks may reinforce the high-density memory demand for mobile devices. The Company also expects new demand from applications such as gaming and automotive.

Meanwhile, earnings for the System LSI Business declined on-quarter as the peak season for mobile handsets faded. In the first quarter of 2020, the Company plans to maximise shipments of major components like APs, image sensors and DDIs adopted by Samsung’s major customers for new flagship smartphones.

In 2020, the System LSI Business plans to expand its 5G chip business by promoting one-chip solutions for mass-market devices. Demand for image sensors is seen rising in 2020 on intensifying competition for better camera specs.

Lastly, the Foundry business saw solid results in the fourth quarter on 5G chips and high-resolution image sensors. Earnings were also helped by demand for HPC chips from Chinese customers. This year, revenue growth is expected to climb and reach double-digits on mass production of 8nm computing chips and demand for 5G related chips.

In 2020, the Company plans on completing the product design for the 4nm process and a number of 5nm-based product designs in order to diversify its customer base and expand applications using Samsung products.

As Earnings Suffer, Display Business to Focus on Securing Profitability
The Display Panel Business posted R99.19 billion in consolidated revenue and R2.71 billion in operating profit for the fourth quarter. Overall display earnings decreased QoQ due to weak performance across the business.

Mobile display earnings saw profit decline because of a higher cost burden caused by lower fab utilisation amid weaker demand for some premium products. Large displays suffered a bigger loss from a continued decline in LCD panel prices.

Looking ahead to the first quarter of 2020, Samsung expects a further drop in mobile displays earnings due to weak demand from some customers. The Company will strive to enhance profitability by offering more panels with distinct designs, expanding its IT product customer base and strengthening price competitiveness.

Large displays are likely to stay in the red owing to stagnant sales amid weak seasonal effects.

In 2020, for the mobile display business, demand for OLED screens is forecast to grow with wider adoption of 5G smartphones despite intensified competition. The Company will make efforts to expand sales and boost utilisation with a broader customer base and stronger product competitiveness. Especially, Samsung will seek to actively address demand for new applications such as foldable devices and other IT products.

For large displays, weak earnings are likely to continue this year as panel oversupply persists and conversion efforts for next-generation QD-Display production incur costs. The Company will focus on securing profitability by expanding sales of value-added products such as ultra-large and 8K TV panels and premium monitor panels.

Mobile To Focus On New Flagship and Foldable Models
The IT & Mobile Communications Division (IM) posted R307.44 billion in consolidated revenue and R31.05 billion in operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2019.

While overall demand for smartphones and tablets increased QoQ as a result of year-end seasonality, revenue for the Mobile Business decreased QoQ as the effect from new flagship model launches faded. However, the profit drop was capped by effective use of marketing expenses for the holiday season and as the profitability of major smartphones including the Galaxy A series held steady.

Looking ahead to the first quarter, weak demand is seen for smartphones and tablets due to low seasonal demand. In these circumstances, Samsung expects smartphone revenue to rise on improved product mix with the launch of new flagship models and foldable smartphones. However, operating profits are expected to remain flat due to higher marketing expenses used to boost flagship smartphone sales.

For the whole of 2020, while demand for 5G smartphones is expected to increase, market competition is also forecast to intensify as manufacturers increasingly adopt high performance components including APs, memory and cameras. In response, the Company plans to differentiate its premium smartphones by expanding 5G adoption and introducing new designs for foldable products.

Furthermore, Samsung will expand its 5G product portfolio and strengthen product competitiveness of mass-market smartphones by quickly adopting innovative technology based on market needs. With these efforts, the Company aims to improve earnings YoY by expanding sales of premium smartphones and enhancing the competitiveness of its mid- to low-end lineup.

As for the Network Business, while total revenue in the fourth quarter decreased QoQ as 5G network adoption in South Korea was concentrated in the first half, 5G revenue increased in overseas markets, including the United States and Japan. For 2020, although 5G business in the domestic market is expected to decline YoY, Samsung will expand 5G network solutions in overseas markets by solidifying its core competencies and increasing cooperation with major business partners.

Premium TVs and Appliances Shine in Fourth Quarter; Risks Mixed Ahead
The Consumer Electronics Division, comprised of the Visual Display and Digital Appliances businesses, recorded R156.61 billion in consolidated revenue and R9.981 billion in operating profit for the fourth quarter of 2019.

In the fourth quarter, earnings for the Visual Display Business improved both QoQ and YoY on the back of successful promotion efforts during the year-end peak season. Sales of QLED TVs and TVs with 75-inches-and-above screens were especially notable, showcasing an improved product mix for the Company.

In particular, QLED TV sales in the fourth quarter exceeded twice the amount sold in the same period a year ago.

However, the Company forecasts market demand in the first quarter to decline QoQ following the year-end peak season, and also YoY due to weaker demand in developed markets.

In 2020 on a whole, the global TV market faces geopolitical risks, but global TV demand is expected to climb thanks to sports events like the UEFA European Football Championship and the Summer Olympic Games.

For the Digital Appliance Business in the fourth quarter, earnings rose on increased demand in emerging markets including India. Revenue and profit both improved YoY as sales of premium products like the Bespoke refrigerator and large dryers grew.

Samsung plans to continue launching new lifestyle digital appliances and premium products to seek growth in the first quarter. For the whole year, the Company sees uncertainties from global economic sluggishness but will aim to offset risks through the expansion of its premium lineup and more B2B opportunities.

※ Consolidated Sales and Operating Profit by Segment based on K-IFRS (2017~2019) – (Table)
@SamsungSA Announces Fourth Quarter and FY 2019 Results
Note 1: Sales for each business include intersegment sales
Note 2: CE (Consumer Electronics), IM (IT & Mobile Communications), DS (Device Solutions), DP (Display Panel)
Note 3: Information on annual earnings is stated according to the business divisions as of 2019

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@WrestleMania Goes #Hollywood #WrestleMania

Hi Friends,

Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. and WWE® (NYSE: WWE) are proud to announce that SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park in Los Angeles will host WWE’s pop-culture extravaganza, WrestleMania, on Sunday, March 28, 2021.

“There is nothing quite like WrestleMania Week,” said Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. “It is a one-of-a-kind event that provides an economic boost to the region — and fans from around the world will find a city that is ready to host them and welcomes the spectacle.” 

“The city of Inglewood is thrilled to say that WrestleMania will add to the growing number of national and internationally followed events that will be hosted in our city over the next eight years,” said Inglewood Mayor James T. Butts Jr. “WrestleMania brings excitement and is followed by almost every age demographic. With the scheduling of this marquee event, we can say without contradiction, the only thing that has changed in Inglewood is…everything.”
@WrestleMania Goes #Hollywood #WrestleMania
“WrestleMania is one of the world’s most-watched events, and we are proud to welcome WWE to the Inglewood community,” said Jason Gannon, Managing Director, SoFi Stadium and Hollywood Park. “WWE’s commitment to the community is consistent with our mission to provide a lasting positive impact in the community. We look forward to making a difference with WWE.”

“On behalf of everyone at WWE, we are excited to bring WrestleMania back to Los Angeles,” said Vince McMahon, WWE Chairman & CEO. “WrestleMania will set the bar for future sports and entertainment events held at SoFi Stadium as we add this facility to the list of iconic venues that have hosted our pop-culture extravaganza.” 

WrestleMania is more than just a one-day event; it’s a week-long celebration. In addition to WrestleMania 37, other events include Friday Night SmackDown®, NXT® TakeOver™ and Monday Night Raw® at Staples Center, WrestleMania Axxess, WWE’s interactive fan festival at the Los Angeles Convention Center, as well as the 2021 WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. WWE will also host more than a dozen community outreach events, including hospital visits and Be a STAR® bullying prevention rallies, designed to give back to the local region.

Over the past 13 years, WrestleMania has generated more than $1.3 billion in cumulative economic impact for the cities that have hosted the event. This year, WrestleMania 36 takes place Sunday, April 5 from Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay and streams live around the world on WWE Network.

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David Higgs Brings Real Flavor to @WindhoekBeer_SA #NamibQuest2020

Hi Friends,

Organizers of the 2020 Windhoek Light Namib Quest have announced that renowned chef and restaurateur David Higgs will be participating in this years’ race. Besides, Higgs has been onboarded to curate the food experience for all riders through the six stages of the race.

The Windhoek Light Namib Quest is an exclusive mountain bike stage race starting in Windhoek and ending in Swakopmund, taking place from 24-29 May 2020. The six stages of the race take participating riders on a once in a lifetime journey through the Namib desert. An accomplished rider, Higgs is looking forward to both the challenge of the race and bringing true Namibian flavor to the food experience for all in attendance. “My food journey started in Namibia, fishing in Swakopmund, so it is incredible to be able to bring my passion for food and mountain biking together to deliver a great experience for the riders. We are working together to ensure that the wonderful authenticity and hospitality of the people of Namibia shines through. Over and above that, I am just really excited at the opportunity to ride through such exquisite terrain!”
David Higgs Brings Real Namibian Flavor to 2020 Windhoek Light #NamibQuest @WindhoekBeer_SA
Senior brand manager at Namibia Breweries Limited (NBL), Claudia Opperman, expressed her delight at Higgs’ decision to partner with the Windhoek Light Namib Quest. “We are excited to bring David on board as a rider and partner to the food experience. We know that he brings with him an equal passion for both elements and his addition adds great value to the rider experience at this years’ event. We only have a few team entries still available until we reach our limit of 80 riders and are confident that this years’ edition of the Windhoek Light Namib Quest is sure to be the best one yet.”

The 2020 Windhoek Light Namib Quest can be entered at

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The Increasing Importance of #DataProtection in Today’s Digital Economy @VeritasTechLLC

Hi Friends, 

By Jasmit Sagoo, Senior Director, Head of Technology UK&I at Veritas Technologies

What businesses want from the cloud is changing. Pure cloud adopters fear vendor lock-in and are increasingly seeking to spread risk by embracing multiple cloud providers. In fact, our own research found that more than half (58%) of companies that currently use one cloud provider plan to expand their portfolio across multiple cloud platforms. Multi-cloud is more than just a buzzword within the IT industry: a vendor-agnostic approach can help to minimize costs and give organizations the freedom to deliver the best and most responsive customer experiences.

Meanwhile, those running a hybrid cloud model have the option of operating their most critical workloads on-premises and using cloud platforms for data that feeds customer-facing applications.

To hedge their bets, some companies choose to implement a hybrid and multi-cloud approach, an approach that is growing in popularity. Organizations are increasingly using on-premises sites as well as a multitude of cloud environments to ensure they have the best service outcomes whatever the circumstances.

Trouble in paradise
As they continue their migration to the cloud, organizations have come to realize that different workloads are better suited to certain IT environments. When used strategically, these environments deliver a combination of greater speed, flexibility, agility, security, and savings.

A multi-cloud strategy has all the agility and scalability of the cloud without depending on a single provider. It gives businesses the ability to move workloads to other clouds in the event of a disaster. A hybrid approach, meanwhile, allows an organization to reduce unexpected cloud costs and customize certain applications further than what’s possible in the cloud.

However, if organizations aren’t careful this greater flexibility comes at a price. Hybrid and multi-cloud environments can become extremely complex: an application may have its tiers residing on multiple different clouds or physical data centers. This complexity only increases with the number of environments and applications businesses have. A highly complex and fragmented data environment is difficult to monitor and control, providing many points for failure and intrusion.

Businesses risk fragmenting their data management strategies and toolsets if they don’t utilize solutions that can operate in hybrid environments, resulting in numerous overlapping and contradictory policies. Without a unified approach to data management and protection, businesses may find inconsistencies in not only the tools they use but also in their data retention policies, encryptions of data and most importantly, recovery of their data in critical situations.

Many cloud service providers (CSPs) offer data protection services in a bid to become more competitive and to capitalize on growing awareness around data protection. However, coverage differs drastically between providers when what organizations need is consistent, reliable and comprehensive protection across all environments. In short, companies can’t rely solely on their CSP to keep their data safe.

It’s worth remembering that data protection regulations like GDPR place responsibility for data loss on the organization, not its cloud provider. Those that fall foul of the regulator face the prospect of considerable fines, reputational damage and the risk of shrinking market share. The only solution is for companies to take responsibility for their own data protection. A critical part of this is having a strong, well-defined data backup plan in place.
The Increasing Importance of #DataProtection in Today’s Digital Economy @VeritasTechLLC
Preventing data downtime
A multi-cloud strategy can help spread the risk when it comes to downtime – if an application environment goes offline, it can be switched or failed over to run in another environment. The challenge always occurs should multiple complex applications go offline. How would businesses recover their mission-critical services within the agreed SLA? Organizations need to plan on implementing both application and data availability but also application and data resiliency. The nirvana would be to have it completely automated.

Organizations must also contend with ransomware. Once the malware infects their system, it spreads like a virus. Ransomware can surge across a company’s network, knocking out any onsite data centers one minute and blocking access to their private cloud the next. If a ransomware attack can’t be contained, it rarely matters how many different environments you run. 

A multi-cloud approach may be more flexible and efficient than relying on a single cloud, but its many moving parts can make security and governance difficult. To resolve this, organizations need a backup plan. Backing up the most crucial data and services ensures that any business interruption, whether it’s caused by a server outage or ransomware attack, won’t stop a business in its tracks or incur massive costs while they wait for systems to come back online.

The first step in delivering a strong backup plan is visibility. Organizations cannot protect what they cannot see. When data is visible it is easier to protect under a single, consistent set of policies, so investment in tools that link together disparate data environments and the infrastructure that supports it is vital for success.

The next consideration must be around simplification. Designing and implementing a data backup plan for every environment is time-consuming, counter-productive and inefficient. Every time a company’s policies change, they’ll have to be implemented individually for each environment at considerable cost. Businesses should seek a platform that can simplify and automate this process, rolling out consistent policies across their entire application and data estate.

When it comes to data, organizations cannot afford to take any risks. It needs to be managed and protected against loss and malware. The need for consistent and superior governance, protection and resilience across all environments at all times is essential. Something made even more challenging given today’s highly complex, hybrid and multi-cloud environments.

However, adopting a unified data services platform that ensures businesses have full visibility into what data they have, where it’s located, whether it’s being protected, as well as how valuable or risky it is, helps maintain critical business services, regulatory compliance, and improved customer experiences.

It can help keep data and applications highly available and always protected, with insights that can create operational efficiencies and new opportunities, delivering real peace of mind. In today’s digital age, being prepared for worst-case scenarios and having full confidence that your most valuable digital assets won’t be compromised, is priceless.

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Friday, 28 February 2020

#Homemation - NEW @KlipschAudio T5 - Sport and Neckband #Earphones

Hi Friends,

True Comfort. True Performance. True Independence.

Klipsch uses the same advanced acoustic engineering in their earphones as they do in their floor standing speakers, resulting in pure performance and the embodiment of legendary Klipsch sound. 

RRP: R 1 999.
Available through the Homemation distribution network.

The NEW Klipsch T5 Sport, now available in South Africa, thanks to the exclusive distributor, Homemation, is the latest innovative, high acoustic performance sports earphones.
#Homemation - NEW @KlipschAudio T5 - Sport and Neckband #Earphones
Ideal for the active person, as they provide unrivaled comfort, boast a long-lasting battery, and legendary sound clarity. 

  • Patented Comfort Oval Ear Tips.
  • Full Bass, Miniature Dynamic Drivers.
  • 10-Hour Battery Life.
  • The integrated microphone automatically enhances voice clarity and actively reduces environmental noise.
  • Bluetooth 5 and multi-point pairing, so you can pair two devices at once.
  • Advanced Three-Button Remote.
  • Cable Management for Dual Wear – two options for wear — down and loose or tighten the cord for a secure, unobtrusive fit.
  • Comply™ Comfort TS-100 Tips Included.
  • Sweat / Water Resistant.
  • Klipsch Connect App. 
The NEW Klipsch T5 True Neckband Earphones are now available in South Africa, thanks to the exclusive distributor, Homemation.
#Homemation - NEW @KlipschAudio T5 - Sport and Neckband #Earphones
A day in your busy life demands the best earphones on the market. The Klipsch T5 Neckband Earphones combine legendary acoustic technology, extra-comfortable ear tips, and luxury materials to create a pair of earphones you won't want to take off.

  • Patented Oval Ear Tips.
  • Form Meets Function as crafted with high-quality materials such as hand-stitched edge-treated leather which are designed to age and not wear out.
  • Full Bass Miniature Dynamic Drivers 15-Hour Battery Life.
  • The integrated dual-microphones automatically enhances voice clarity and actively reduces environmental noise.
  • Built-In Neck Vibration to notify you of incoming calls.
  • Bluetooth 5 and multi-point pairing, so you can pair two devices at once.
  • Advanced Three-Button Remote.
  • Sweat / Water Resistant.
  • Klipsch Connect App. 
RRP: R 2 399.
Available through the Homemation distribution network. 

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products. The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world. Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Definitive Technology, Denon, Heos, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron and Roksan. 
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Life As I am Learning It In Hospitality By Arnold Tanzer @Hostex_ #Hostex2020 Ambassador

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Life as I am learning it in hospitality By Arnold Tanzer, Hostex 2020 ambassador, Chef, and Owner of Food on the Move, catering for the film & TV industry

Arnold’s 31-year career in hospitality is a treasury of experiences, passions, life lessons, teaching, and endless anecdotes. Brought to you by Hostex 2020, here he shares different stages of his journey, with lessons learned along the way to inspire and guide young chefs of today.

I started my career in hospitality on 14 September 1989 because I was hungry. I was in Holland escaping army duty in South Africa and the only job I could get was as a kitchen porter, just a fancy word for dishwasher. I was given some sexy rubber boots, an apron, and pointed in the direction of the pot wash.

That was where my foray into cooking began. I helped out with the unpopular jobs such as peeling onions and dicing potatoes and was soon moved within the company to a fine-dining restaurant as a demi chef and placed in an apprentice system. Three years later I wrote my final exam and qualified.
Life As I am Learning It In Hospitality By Arnold Tanzer @Hostex_ #Hostex2020 Ambassador
I then spread my wings and joined Holland America Cruise Lines as chef tournant, which meant relief cheffing on any of the ships where there was a need, which was how I became Michael Douglas’s personal chef while he was shooting a movie.

I returned to South Africa and became head chef at Londolozi, which was a Relais & Chateaux property, and then traveled across the continent, training local chefs at the expanding group’s new properties.

In the early 2000s, I was the owner of a delicatessen – a café and purveyor of fine locally produced food in Johannesburg – and I became involved in the SA Chefs Association, on the board as a director and for eight years as vice-president. In my early 30s, I was elected to the WorldChefs board, still to date the youngest-ever elected director.

The deli was followed by Food on the Move, which started about 18 years ago as a consultancy, evolved into a bespoke catering company, and is now firmly entrenched in the film and TV industry.
Life As I am Learning It In Hospitality By Arnold Tanzer @Hostex_ #Hostex2020 Ambassador
  • My school years. I had no interest in the dogmatic, overbearing government school system, and I didn’t excel academically. I learned to buckle down and get through phases in life that you don’t enjoy – they will pass – and stand up for my beliefs and rage against the ‘machine’.
  • My pot wash year. Any work is better than no work, and any opportunity offered must be grabbed with both hands. It has become the way I live – listen to the opportunity, if it suits you, go for it. Also, the scullery is still where you will find me if I am super-stressed and need to be on my own for a while. The work is mind-clearing.
  • The ships. Glamour is an illusion and it takes a well-oiled disciplined ‘army’ of hard-working people to create the comfort that people pay for.
  • My time across Africa. The continent is full of opportunities and beautiful smiley people who are keen to learn, contribute, and live a meaningful life. No business can operate without buy-in from the community.
  • The delicatessen. Retail is probably the toughest sector of our economy. As a small business owner, the competition is fierce, you’re always on the back foot, you’re required to sacrifice a lot, from personal time to hard-earned cash, and the public can be ruthless in their judgment and expectations.
  • Being an employer. This is one of the most thankless and also one of the most rewarding tasks there is, and commitment is paramount. Be patient with yourself and with your team – people grow at different rates and have different goals and expectations. It’s how you fit the team together and motivate each individual’s growth that determines success.
  • Overall. I have learned to harness my self-doubt to propel my skills in my business. Are we serving the right food? Are we delivering the service expectations? What can I learn from the young pastry chef or the hip barista who is part of my team? I don’t need to know it all, but I must have an interest and guide the talent within my team.
  • I have also become more patient. It always works itself out in the end, and generally what frustrates you today will have no consequence in your life in six months – so choose your battles.
  • Favorite quote: “There’s a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” Leonard Cohen
My biggest work-life highlight is changing people’s lives. Young people who have worked for me have gained a skill, bettered their lives economically and with life skills, and have gone on to change other people's lives. I now see them training young chefs and upskilling the pot wash with cooking skills, driving lessons and computer knowledge.

Final tips
  • Put your head down and graft
  • Be curious
  • Be strong – acknowledge your weaknesses, you can overcome them
  • Be patient – with yourself, others and your career path
  • Phone your mother often 
Join Arnold Tanzer at Hostex 2020 where he will be presenting more valuable learnings from a multifaceted career in hospitality – Between the dream and the dirty dishes – at IndustryLIVE! on Tuesday 3 March at 12 noon. For more information on Hostex 2020, visit .

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@GreyJHB Announces Devashnie Singh As Their #ChiefPeopleOfficer #Congratulations

Hi Friends, 

Grey Advertising Africa has announced the appointment of Devashnie Singh as their Chief People Officer for its South African operations, effective 1 February 2020.

Devashnie is an HR professional with extensive experience in the Media, Advertising and Telecoms industries and most recently held the position of Human Capital Executive at Primedia Broadcasting; before that, she was the Group HR Manager for TBWA SA and its agencies.

Devashnie’s career in Human Capital started 15 years ago in the telecoms industry, and she has grown into leadership roles that recognize her great qualities and dedication to the discipline and people. She has been at the forefront of implementing complex human capital projects, fit for purpose learning opportunities and transformation.

“I am excited and humbled to join such a dynamic leader in the marketplace whose foundation is grounded in its people. I take my inspiration from the creativity of such a vibrant industry and its diverse, talented people. I will thrive on my interpersonal skills to connect with other Grey and WPP companies and the people who are the center of our success,” said Devashnie.
@GreyJHB Announces Devashnie Singh As Their #ChiefPeopleOfficer #Congratulations
“Grey Advertising Africa has experienced rapid growth in the past few years, attracting the industry’s best talent and a growing number of blue-chip brands. Our business has always been about our people and our culture. With our recent growth, it is more important than ever before to have someone of Devashnie’s experience on the team to continue to attract, nurture, and retain world-class talent at Grey. We are immensely excited to have Devashnie join our executive team,” said Paul Jackson, Grey Advertising Africa’s CEO.

In her position as Chief People Officer, Devashnie will bring together her passion for HR strategy and execution, as well as organizational design, talent management, and transformation. Devashnie aims to give Grey Advertising Africa a real competitive edge by attracting and retaining the best talent in the industry. She will work closely with her HR colleagues in the Grey Global network and the WPP Group companies in South Africa.

About Grey
Grey is the advertising network of Grey Group, which ranks among the largest global communications companies. Its parent company is WPP (NYSE: WPP). Under the banner of "Grey Famously Effective Since 1917", the agency serves a blue-chip roster of many of the world's best-known companies: Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Kellogg's, Pfizer, Canon, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Nestlé, Lindt, Applebee's, and T.J. Maxx. In recent years, Grey has been named ADWEEK'S "Global Agency of the Year" twice, ADVERTISING AGE's "Agency of the Year" and CAMPAIGN magazine's "Global Network of the Year" in recognition of its creative and business performance (

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@News24 Launches #TheSponsorsofBrave Campaign with Adcock Ingram OTC

Hi Friends, 

News24 in partnership with Adcock Ingram OTC is spearheading a campaign looking for the ordinary South African healthcare providers including pharmacists, nurses and doctors doing extraordinary work in their communities. The campaign aims to celebrate these unsung heroes of brave, professionals who walk the extra mile attending to the medical and healthcare needs in their communities making a real impact.
@News24 Launches #TheSponsorsofBrave Campaign with Adcock Ingram OTC
The Sponsors of Brave is calling on all South Africans to nominate their local pharmacists, nurses or doctors so that their stories can be told. News24 readers are encouraged to go to to submit their nomination and to stand a chance to win R5,000. The Sponsors of Brave campaign will feature 12 phenomenal stories on the heroes of healthcare. Guest judges for the campaign include Health24 Editor Bevan Lakay, Carte Blanche presenter Derek Watts, Expresso presenter Jeannie D and Managing Editor for’s Brand Studio, Andrea Firth. One primary healthcare worker will win an educational grant to attend an international medical conference, as well as R25,000 towards their chosen charity.
@News24 Launches #TheSponsorsofBrave Campaign with Adcock Ingram OTC
“At a time when South Africans are yearning for stories on real people making a real difference in their communities, this is the perfect platform to inspire and celebrate these unsung heroes” says Bevan Lakay, Editor of Health24.

“If bravery was a sport, South Africans have an opportunity of being World Champions through the vast number of primary healthcare workers in this country making a real difference. This campaign provides a platform to honour these brave heroes”, says Sudier Ramparsad, MD of Adcock Ingram OTC Division.
@News24 Launches #TheSponsorsofBrave Campaign with Adcock Ingram OTC
Andrea Firth, Managing Editor of Brand Studio at adds “We are extremely excited about this campaign, as South Africa’s leading digital news brand we have the opportunity and the reach to share these often untold stories of extraordinary kindness”.

For more information on how to nominate your local community pharmacist, nurse or healthcare worker go to

Adcock Ingram OTC (over the counter medicines) is a leading and proudly South African healthcare company providing quality products to improve the health and lives of the communities they serve.

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An Interactive, Cultural Culinary Journey Through Africa! @GoldReefCitySA #LoveGRC

Hi Friends,

Gold Reef City (, SA’s most loved local entertainment spot, is excited to introduce you to Shujaa ( This adventurous food connoisseur traveled through Africa with one mission: to find the most unique and tasty dishes in North, West, East, Central and Southern Africa! Join Shujaa on her journey every Wednesday to Sunday until Thursday, 30 April as she brings her incredible culinary discoveries to the table, along with the stories behind the discoveries. 
An Interactive, Cultural Culinary Journey Through Africa! @GoldReefCitySA #LoveGRC
Shujaa, which means warrior in Swahili, and her chef will be serving up a taste of Africa which will include six extraordinary courses and five unique experiences – all packaged into a journey that your taste buds won’t soon forget! You can expect to indulge in a theatrical sensory production of spices, colors, history, sounds, beauty and all the wonders of Africa for only R950 per person. Says Shujaa, “I have been traveling the world and discovered that there are treasures and tastes of Africa that are not known to you. That’s why I decided to venture through Africa to bring you some of the most delicious traditional food from around our continent. Join me, on my unforgettable journey through Africa! I promise to engage all your senses through this delightful taste journey of African Cuisine!”
An Interactive, Cultural Culinary Journey Through Africa! @GoldReefCitySA #LoveGRC
Get to the Bullion Room at 19h00 to meet Shujaa and experience A Taste of Africa. Seats are limited so make sure you have booked before it’s too late.
An Interactive, Cultural Culinary Journey Through Africa! @GoldReefCitySA #LoveGRC
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An Interactive, Cultural Culinary Journey Through Africa! @GoldReefCitySA #LoveGRC
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A New Concept For @FlightCentreRSA @CruiseAboutRSA #TravelExpo20 28Feb-1Mar2020

Hi Friends,

Planning your next holiday has never been easier. Unlike previous years when the Travel Expo was held at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, Flight Centre Travel Group’s tenth annual Travel Expo is popping up nationwide with deals available at all 121 Flight Centre and Cruiseabout stores across the country. 

In response to requests by customers to make deals more accessible to all South Africans and not just those living in Johannesburg, “we’ve inspired a new Travel Expo concept to make it easier for them to benefit from over 500 unbeatable deals in-store or book flights online”, says Andrew Stark, Flight Centre Travel Group Managing Director, Middle East, and Africa. 

“We’ve had a number of enquiries regarding tickets for the Travel Expo and we’d like to reiterate that the Expo will not be taking place at one venue only, as at the Ticketpro Dome in previous years. Instead, all the Travel Expo deals will now be available at every Flight Centre and Cruiseabout store across the country. This means there is no admission fee or the need to book tickets. Simply walk into your nearest store on the Expo weekend and get chatting to your local Flight Centre expert”, says Stark. 
A New Concept For @FlightCentreRSA @CruiseAboutRSA #TravelExpo20 28Feb-1Mar2020
This year’s highly charged event will run for three days, from 28 February to 01 March 2020, and matches travel enthusiasts with over 500 exclusive deals that are only accessible at Flight Centre and Cruiseabout stores. Flight deals will be available online on the Flight Centre website

Flight Centre has secured deals from top travel brands which include: Beachcomber, On The Go Tours, Club Med, MSC, Top Deck, Trafalgar, Emirates, Air Mauritius, Air France, KLM, Kulula, Mango and Qantas, amongst many others. 

Flight Centre has confirmed prizes on offer like international beach holidays to Bali or Thailand, a Mediterranean cruise, airline tickets, local holiday and luggage sets. “We always strive to do better and give bigger”, says Sue Garrett, Flight Centre Travel Group General Manager, Marketing and Product. 

Follow Flight Centre and Cruiseabout on social media and listen to your favorite radio stations (947, Jacaranda, Hot 91.9FM, Kfm, and East Coast Radio) for competition details. 

For more details on the Travel Expo, visit and follow on social media using the hashtag #TravelExpo20.

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The #GalaxyZFlip Is A Massive Hit In South Africa @SamsungMobileSA

Hi Friends, 

After capturing the imagination of the world, the Galaxy Z Flip has proven to be an instant best-seller with South Africans. Global sales opened on the 21st of February 2020 and South African performance echoed the same day SOLD OUT success seen in the United States of America, United Kingdom, South Korea, and many other markets. With limited stock available many flocked to selected malls across the country to be amongst the first people in the world to get their hands on the revolutionary device. The first batch released has already SOLD OUT in most stores over the past weekend.

Samsung South Africa is pleased to announce that the second batch will be available on the 28 February 2020.

To showcase the cutting-edge technology, Samsung South Africa had set up purpose-built Galaxy Z Flip Studios in Sandton City, Canal Walk, and Gateway shopping centers and Vodacom World. First arrival devices were available with an exclusive launch gift of Galaxy Buds+ valued at R2,999*. Samsung will continue with the Galaxy Z Flip studio and is committed to rewarding the many new Galaxy Z Flip fans, who want to take advantage of the second batch to be released this coming Friday.

“This is a device that bends the laws of physics with its bold, stylish design. It’s, therefore, no surprise that so many South Africans have seized the opportunity to be some of the lucky few to own it. For those who aren’t afraid to make a statement, the Galaxy Z Flip is an opportunity to experience the world in a whole new way. We look forward to hearing from new Galaxy Z Flip customers over the next few weeks, “ said Justin Hume, Director: Integrated Mobility at Samsung South Africa.

The Galaxy Z Flip is priced at R29 999* and is available in Mirror Purple and Mirror Black. All Galaxy Z Flip customers will receive a FREE Samsung Care+ service plan that will cover 1 free screen replacement over 12 months**. If you need more peace of mind you will be able to purchase the Samsung Care+ Premium plan that will offer accidental damage cover for 2 repairs over 24 months at a price of R999 (Normally R2999*). A repair fee of R1999* will apply to each repair. The Care+ offer must be activated within 30 days from your device purchase**.
The #GalaxyZFlip Is A Massive Hit In South Africa @SamsungMobileSA #Smartphones
With Galaxy Z Flip’s unique foldable design and user experience, Samsung has redefined what a mobile device can be, and what it enables consumers to do.

Fashion Meets Technology
Galaxy Z Flip’s compact, stylish design is created for those who see technology as a way to express themselves. And all of the innovations that go into Galaxy Z Flip ensure they can do so. Here are three reasons to love this premium, one-of-a-kind device:

The style that Fits in Your Pocket – Designed for ultimate portability, Galaxy Z Flip folds into the size of a wallet, so you can easily fit it in your pocket or bag. When closed, it is a stylish, compact palm-sized device. When opened, its screen size nearly doubles to reveal a stunning 6.7-inch display. With its stylish color palette, sleek rounded corners and forward fold that closes with a satisfying snap, Galaxy Z Flip is sure to turn heads.

Hands-Free Selfie – When Galaxy Z Flip unfolds, it can stay open at virtually any angle, unlocking opportunities for selfies that show more of the world around you and expressive video chats with Google Duo – all hands-free.

Game-Changing Camera – Galaxy Z Flip literally stands on its own so that you can capture more, on-the-go, from timed group shots to vivid nighttime content. You can create unique content for your social media feeds from the best angle, hands-free – no tripod needed. Capture stunning Night Hyperlapse videos or vivid low light shots with Night mode – no flash needed. Just open your device and place it on a table. When closed, quickly capture one-handed high-quality selfies using the rear camera without unfolding. You can also enjoy a seamless video recording with a 16:9 ratio that’s perfect for uploads to social media platforms.

As a Galaxy device, Galaxy Z Flip brings the Galaxy ecosystem into its brand-new foldable experience. It boasts flagship-level performance and features across camera, display, battery, security as well as premium services like Samsung Health, Samsung Pay, Samsung Knox and more.

*Recommended Resale Price
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Flex mode compatibility comes with native Camera, Gallery (image and video viewer), AOD and Google Duo first, and will be available with more native and 3rd party apps in the near future.
Flex mode compatibility with YouTube will be available in the near future with Android Support Library

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Thursday, 27 February 2020

Step Into The South African #WINEderland @TheWineShowZA

Hi Friends,

South Africa’s largest and most loved traveling ‘try-and-buy’ wine show – the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show – is back, opening the door to a taste of what the Winelands has to offer. Its 14-year legacy continues with seven spectacular events that showcase the most sought-after and enjoyed wines throughout South Africa. It’s time to breathe!
The Olive Brook range from the SPAR Sommeliers Selection
The Olive Brook range from the SPAR Sommeliers Selection
Says Andrew Douglas, Owner and Producer of The Wine Show, “We invite our guests to step into the South African Winelands: to experience the beautiful landscapes, drink in the rich aromas, meet the colorful characters, and most of all, indulge in our globally celebrated wines.”
TOPS at SPAR Wine Show_TOPS stand at the Durban show
TOPS at SPAR Wine Show_TOPS stand at the Durban show
The WINEderland Tour kicks off in Durban from 7 to 9 May, followed by Johannesburg from 4 to 6 June, Cape Town from 9 to 11 July, Port Elizabeth from 30 July to 1 August, Pretoria from 1 to 3 October, East London from 5 to 7 November, and ending off in Nelspruit from 26 to 28 November.
Wines to try and buy at the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show
Wines to try and buy at the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show
Mark Robinson, The SPAR Group Liquor Manager, says, “With its refreshed identity and renewed enthusiasm for bringing you a taste of what the Winelands has to offer you are guaranteed a quality wine experience! Following the success of the 2019 show, The SPAR Group will be expanding its presence to include a food element, which we’ll be launching at the Durban event.”
Variety and choice under one roof at the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show
Variety and choice under one roof at the TOPS at SPAR Wine Show
Each event takes place over three days and promises to satisfy every wine-lovers palate. The show’s much-loved attractions such as the interactive wine theatres show specials, and free sip-n-ship service is all returning, plus there are more fresh new reasons why you should clear your calendar for this epic event. This year, the show has an extensive brand refresh that delivers all the excitement of stepping into the Winelands.
TOPS at SPAR Wine Show team - Andrew Douglas, Debbie Combrink and Shon Kumar
TOPS at SPAR Wine Show team - Andrew Douglas, Debbie Combrink and Shon Kumar
Keep an eye out on for ticket sales going live in your area.

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#DisneyXD MARCH 2020 Showcase @DisneyXD #DisneyAfrica

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Season premiere episodes 
Weekdays from Monday 2nd to Friday 13th March at 16:00 
The Green family is back for more fun in the Big City this month, as premiere episodes of Big City Greens season two air on weekdays from Monday 2nd to Friday 13th March at 16:00 on Disney XD. 

Cricket, Tilly, Bill, and Gramma continue to go on epic journeys through the city and into the hearts of their neighbors as the series returns to the channel. In the first of these episodes, Reckoning Ball, Chip Whistler returns to take revenge on the Greens but is forced to apologize. 

Premiere episodes of Big City Greens air on weekdays from Monday 2nd to Friday 13th March at 16:00. 
#DisneyXD MARCH 2020 Showcase @DisneyXD #DisneyAfrica
Premiere episodes 
Weekdays from 16th to 20th March at 16:30 
Delightful show DuckTales returns to Disney XD this month, with premiere episodes on weekdays from Monday 16th to Friday 20th March at 16:30. 

Della Duck's been stuck on the moon, surviving untold danger; will she be able to get back to Huey, Dewey, and Louie? The answer may be the Duck family’s greatest adventure yet! In the first of these episodes, Timephoon!, the family must find the cause of the mysterious storm that’s sending historical figures crashing through the mansion. 

Premiere episodes of DuckTales air on weekdays from Monday 16th to Friday 20th March at 16:30 on Disney XD. 

Premiere episodes 
Saturdays throughout March at 06:30 
The Force is still with us! Premiere episodes of Star Wars Resistance continue throughout March, on Saturdays at 06:30. 

After saving the residents of the Colossus from the First Order, Kaz and friends find themselves facing dangers across the galaxy. In the episode entitled The Mutiny (Saturday 7th March at 06:30) Kragan buys a secret weapon to capture the Colossus and take it over. When Synara discovers this plan she tries to warn Kaz and crew, but it may be too late! 

Premiere episodes of Star Wars Resistance air throughout March, on Saturdays at 06:30, on Disney XD. 

Programming event 
Weekdays from 23rd March from 08:00 
Disney XD celebrates the school holidays as Phineas and Ferb are joined by various animated friends for their Toon Festival, on weekdays from 23rd March from 08:00 to 16:00. 

This fun-filled entertainment event contains batches of four episodes of Phineas and Ferb, interspersed with double episodes of Big City Greens and Super Strikas. 

Join Phineas and Ferb for their Toon Festival, on weekdays from 23rd March from 08:00 to 16:00. 

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