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The biggest event on Proudly South African's calendar, the annual Proudly South African Buy Local Summit & Expo will take place on the 14th and 15th of March 2018 at the Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. Extending over two days for the second year running, the Proudly SA Buy Local Summit & Expo has grown into its 7th edition in 2018 from a standard conference and modest-sized exhibition of local bushiness into an important local procurement forum diarised by corporate supply chain decision makers, policy makers, entrepreneurs, SMME's and government officials.
South African President Jacob Zuma summoned cabinet ministers to a meeting in Cape Town on Tuesday, eNCA television reported, as pressure builds on the embattled 75-year-old leader to quit. FILE PHOTO: President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses parliament in Cape Town, South Africa, November 2, 2017.
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Attracting new business is an ongoing pursuit for successful communication agencies around the globe, and the Independent Agency Search and Selection Company (IAS) is unveiling secrets to success from a local and international perspective.
For six consecutive weeks from Wednesday 24 January 2018, the IAS will run its “winning new business” course for agencies – aimed at equipping communication agencies with the skills and guidance required for advertising, media, public relations, design and digital agencies to overcome the challenges associated with winning new business.
“The IAS course features six standard sessions over the six week period and is open to both IAS subscribers and non-subscribers. To ensure personal attention and engagement, a maximum of ten (10) delegates will be accommodated,” says Johanna McDowell, Managing Director at the IAS.
The course is facilitated by Johanna McDowell, whose background includes being on both the agency and the client side of the fence. Johanna is ideally placed to offer commentary and direction on marketing and advertising in both the South African and international contexts.
An “entrepreneur at heart in a power suit”, McDowell has built her career in marketing and advertising since 1974, starting her career in marketing in the UK, Johanna moved into the world of advertising for the following 15 years – both in the UK and South Africa – culminating in being appointed CEO of Grey Phillips advertising agency in 1989.
She understands the industry from the inside: She built Integrated Communications, a public relations-driven marketing communications company that went from zero base in 1991 to an R8 million fee turnover by December 2004.
“Experiential training that includes role playing and group work will form part of learning how to approach – and win – new business in a perfect blend of knowledge that will serve all types of agencies in the communication industry,” continues Johanna.
Who will benefit from this course?
• Agency staff who have at least three years’ experience in an advertising agency, public relations agency, digital, design or media agency
• Agency management, including client service, strategy planning, media and creative staff
• Individuals involved in any new business pitching processes, new business managers and directors
What you need to know:
• Time: 8.30 am to 9.30 am
• Venue: IAS Offices & Training Room – Le Val, North Building, 45 Jan Smuts Avenue, Cnr. The Valley Road, Westcliff, Johannesburg.
• Investment per delegate
• R 7500 ex VAT – IAS subscribers
• R 12 500 ex VAT – non-subscribers
Agencies are advised to book their seats as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Bookings and & Payment deadline 11 January 2018.
Bookings and contact details:
For bookings and more information, please contact Hlamazi Mabunda on (010) 594 0281 or Hlamazi@agencyselection.co.za
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SA car sales dashboard: Another positive month for local auto market: For the fourth consecutive month, new vehicle sales recorded gains with 50 322 new cars sold in South Africa, reports Naamsa.
Rock climbers rescue dog trapped on West Rand cliff: A dog that was trapped on a high ledge in the Kings Kloof area near Krugersdorp has been rescued after being spotted by mountain climbers.
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SAPPMA’s (Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association) PIPES XI Conference that took place at Emperors Palace in Gauteng this past week (4-5 September 2017) has set the bar high for the future of South Africa’s water infrastructure and engineering professionals.
More than 300 delegates from around South Africa were treated to two days of in-depth and world-class presentations delivered by 18 international and 17 local experts on issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering courtesy of the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA) who sponsored the best speakers of the recent PIPES XVIII conference in Berlin last year, to present in South Africa in a spin-off conference.
According to the PPCA’s Zoran Davidovski, they have had six spin-off conferences around the world since the first one was hosted in Beijing in 2009. “Just as connections are vital in the pipe industry, so too are the connections made between people and professionals in this field, and for this reason we are pleased to see the South African industry so well represented as this year’s conference,” he said, stressing the importance of attending and hosting international conferences.
“Survival needs invention, and the best way to be inspired and to learn is by allowing yourself to be educated and your mind stretched by learning from your local and international peers”.
Highlights of the conference included a keynote address by guest speaker and well-known economist, Dr Roelof Botha, who looked into his proverbial crystal ball to predict whether or not the state capture will force the South African economy into a recession. Botha offered a closer look at the socio-political landscape of the country and how this would impact the local economy and the plastic pipe industry specifically.
“The next 18 months will be turbulent, but this doesn’t mean there won’t be opportunities for growth. What we are currently experiencing in our country is a deepening of a democracy. It is important for us to invest in skills transfer, public-private partnerships and to restore the functionality of our leadership. With effective leadership, smart policies and team work, there can still be a bright future for South Africa,” Botha encouraged.
Other speakers who presented include Tony Radoszewski (PPI in the USA) who presented on “Manufacturing and Infrastructure in the Age of Trump”, Bruce Hollands (PVC Pipe Association in the USA) on “Life cycle assessment of PVC water and sewer pipe and a comparative sustainability analysis of pipe materials”, and Dr Andreas Frank (Polymer Competence Centre in Austria) on “Lifetime prediction of PE100 pipes based on slow crack growth resistance,” to name but a few.
When asked what they thought of this year’s PIPES XI conference and whether or not it had benefitted them to attend, the delegates were very outspoken and full of praise for the level of expertise of the presenters.
“This was a high quality conference with excellent networking opportunities,” said Charl Fourie, Technical Manager at Chemsystems.
“It was a great platform for learning and interacting with my South African and international peers. I was very impressed,” said Neo Mekgoe, Marketing Assistant at Safripol.
“I will definitely attend SAPPMA’s PIPES conferences in future. I highly recommend it to anyone! I really enjoyed the last two days and learned a lot,” said Werner van Huysteen, Sales Manager at Alprene Plastic Products.
“It was amazing to have these world leaders who are considered to be the guru’s in the field on South African turf and presenting to us. Attending their presentations at international conferences is almost an economic impossibility for South Africans, but having these calibre of speakers here and at such an affordable rate was an opportunity that nobody should have missed,” said George Dilliyannis, Technical Support Engineer at Safripol.
SAPPMA CEO Jan Venter said the PIPES XI conference once again highlighted the importance of pipes and pipelines in civilization and infrastructure. “Water distribution, waste disposal, irrigation and telecommunications all rely on pipelines to function. An extensive network of reliable water and sewage pipelines are essential for establishment and growth of civilization. Although we find ourselves operating in a tough business climate and the economic recovery has not been what we hoped it would be, the importance of what we are do remains undiminished. We take a long term view on these things, and will continue to fight for maintaining the standards and integrity of the plastic pipes being manufactured and installed locally,” Venter said.
Davidovski concluded the conference by saying that it is clear that South Africa faces many challenges and resistance to change. However, technology it is encouraging to see that despite this, the technology employed in the manufacturing of plastic pipes is increasing both the quality and the quantity of drinking water to the country and its people.
“Much of the presentations delivered at this conference centred around sustainability and invention. It is important to remember that these are never cast in concrete… We look forward to seeing what will come out of SAPPMA’s PIPES XII Conference next year, and will continue to keep a watchful and expectant eye on the South African plastic pipe industry which has proved itself to be tenacious, committed to excellence and passionate about raising standards,” Davidovski said.
A ccess to treatment will be now be made easier for People Living With HIV/AIDS as they will soon be able to collect their medicine at shopping malls thanks to the introduction of special ATM machines. The machines, or rather pharmacy dispensing units, are equipped to dispense medication and are set to be rolled out at Gauteng malls in South Africa.
An ANC backbencher branded South African President Jacob Zuma a disgrace on Tuesday, adding one of his own MPs to the long list of detractors of all colours and political stripes who want an end to his eight scandal-plagued years in office. FILE PHOTO: South Africa's President Jacob Zuma looks on as he officially opens the African National Congress 5th National Policy Conference at the Nasrec Expo Centre in Soweto, South Africa, June 30, 2017.
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With 22 000sqm of exhibition space across seven halls dedicated to the best in décor, design and lifestyle products and services, Decorex Joburg – running from 9 to 13 August at Gallagher Convention Centre – is the ideal trade platform for industry professionals.
“The magnitude of Decorex Joburg as well as the incredible range of lifestyle products on offer, all in one location, makes this one of the leading trade exhibitions countrywide,” said Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director: Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions. “The event is designed to accommodate those in the trade industry with a really worthwhile platform for active engagement and lucrative networking opportunities with the best local and international exhibitors.”
Co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone, Decorex Joburg offers visitors seven, well laid-out halls which provide direct access to exhibitors in a variety of categories including kitchen and appliances; bathroom and tiling; outdoor living; plan and build; home, décor and furniture as well as art, wine and design. Here, trade professionals will get to engage with leading designers, entrepreneurs, retailers and innovators with products and services specifically directed towards key decision-makers in the trade industry.
Further trade opportunities are in abundance at the 100% Design South Africa exhibition, collocated with Decorex Joburg. Positioned as a key trade event for the hospitality, retail, commercial and industrial sectors, buyers will also be able to source everything related to office décor and design with the introduction of the Inspired Workspace sector.
To create a suitable trade-friendly environment, organisers have allocated two dedicated trade days on Thursday 10 and Friday 11 August for 100% Design South Africa, with approved trade professionals granted complimentary access to this exhibition, as well as Decorex Joburg. There is also complimentary VIP parking for these days, provided approved pre-registration is completed online ahead of the event.
“Decorex Joburg really is an unmissable exhibition for anyone in the décor, design and trade industry looking to source quality items, network with industry professionals, learn about the latest industry developments and locate reliable suppliers all in one convenient location,” said Cullingworth. “It’s worth taking advantage of the complimentary trade access and we encourage pre-registration to secure this unique offer.”
Pre-registration for trade is available at www.decorex.co.za. Click here to register to attend. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org