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Cameraphone – convenience store – guard with shotgun
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I’m not quite sure how I feel about this shot. It’s an awful photo of a security guard in a convenience store, carrying a pump action shotgun, presumably to ward off criminals.
On the one hand, I’m quite glad he was there, but on the other, I feel quite freaked out that the crime situation is such that it warrants this…
Lion Park, Gauteng
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The Lion Park was first established in November 1966 by the world famous Chipperfields Circus. It is conveniently situated in the middle of the Gauteng-Tshwane complex and the climate is typical of the Highveld and thus ideal for indigenous Highveld fauna. Hence, most of the indigenous animals that are seen at the Lion Park are quite at home.
The Lion Park is neither a game reserve nor a zoo. It has been split into two areas – one area for the herbivores such as zebra, giraffe, and various plains antelope and other grass-eating animals, and the other area for the carnivores. The herbivores roam freely around the area and visitors are able to view the animals at close proximity at any time.
Jewellery store owner shoots at robbers during Pretoria shopping mall heist: Chaos erupted at Grove Mall in Pretoria East when a group of about five to seven suspects robbed a jewellery store and got away with several valuable items.
Repeat offenders sentenced to a collective 125 years: The Tembisa Magistrate’s Court has sentenced three men to lengthy terms of imprisonment for their involvement in hijacking-related crimes, Ivory Park.
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Sandton, Gauteng, 13 September 2017 – Heritage Day is a time for celebrating our different cultures and what makes us unique and uniquely South African. Central City Comics (The newest comic book superstore to satisfy your geeky gifts and goodies needs) is creating a weekend of activities to embrace this.
Central City Comics is hosting a weekend of Heritage Day events at their store in Sandton on the 23rd and 24th of September. The weekend will kick off on the Saturday with a live write event by Abigail Godsell, South African, wonderful woman and author of Idea War who has been recognized both locally and internationally for her writing talents.
What is a live write? Well…. It gives the attendees a chance to watch as a story is made in front of them, and they can change and shape the story as it’s being crafted. Abi Godsell will put her writing mouth weher her money is and spin sentences in front of a live audience whose reactions, suggestions, protests and praise will pull the story into new directions and make it into a co-created thing of many voices.
The live write will begin at 11am and run until 1pm on the Saturday, however the whole weekend will be filled with discounts, specials on all South African stock as well as a pop n shop (where every person who comes in store can pop a balloon for prizes, discounts and more). It’s a weekend meant to share and showcase South African stock including comics, books and geek items and clothing.
“Being a geek is part of who we are and our time reading comics or watching the Marvel movies has shaped us. We want to celebrate that part of our heritage and there are so many South Africans creating amazing things within the geek community, that we want to share and grow their businesses by showcasing their work. We don’t think enough people know that they can get geek items that are made by South Africans.” – Stephen Lewis, Co-owner of Central City Comics.
Central City wants to celebrate the fandoms and community that shaped them and give a chance to SA based creators to show that their items are of a world class quality and deserve to be celebrated, supported and form a part of a new heritage for new fans.
When: 23 and 24 September 2017
Where: Unit 6, Sandton Commercial Village, Cnr 7th & Marlboro Dr Sandton
Time: 10am – 3pm
Live Write: Saturday the 23rd of September 2017 11am – 1pm.
Johannesburg, 18 September 2017– On September 1, Luxity – South Africa’s largest source of pre-owned, authenticated luxury – opened the doors of its first flagship store. The new Luxity store has found its home in the buzzing city of Johannesburg in a prime location within Melrose Arch.
On September 14, Luxity has presented the new store to selected media, VIPs, and guests. Special guests included members of the Veloce Supercar Society who showcased an Audi R8, a Nissan GTI, a Porsche 911 as well as a Ferrari F1 – each combined with a matching handbag from Luxity’s current range of pre-owned luxury items.
The event captured the essence of Luxity and brought a feeling of luxury and style to Melrose Arch. The Luxity store itself features wood and concrete tones and an overall modern and clean look with the purpose of showcasing the items from their best side. Style-conscious customers will find their heart’s desires at Luxity with a range of handbags, shoes, sunglasses, scarves and other accessories from the world’s most coveted brands such as CHANEL, Louis Vuitton, Hermès, Gucci, Prada and many more.
“Luxity’s online boutique at www.luxity.co.za has already enjoyed enormous success. With this new flagship store we will be able to offer even more affordable luxury to our large following of fashionistas”, stated Luke Calitz, Director of Luxity.
Billionaire Couture showed off their new collection during a lavish event on Friday 18 August – Sandton, Johannesburg.
The place to have been last Friday night was the Billionaire Couture store in the Diamond Walk in Sandton city. Discussions around good quality fashion and stylish menswear were on everybody’s lips as Billionaire Couture showcased their latest collection to hit their South African store. Attention to detail and good quality material with excellent tailoring was easy to see upon studying each garment.
The Billionaire Couture store was opened two years ago and it is the only of its sort in the country. The exclusivity the brand offers to its client is exactly what makes the loyal customers come back for more. Billionaire Couture has a sophisticated style for the stylish gentleman who stands out from the crowd without trying too hard.
What makes Billionaire is different from other luxury fashion brands is that it offers its clients the ultimate luxury experience. From the attention to detail by the floor staff to refreshments in their one of a kind VIP room where you can make your purchase decision over a glass off bubbly or something else that tickles your fancy. Not to mention the wide range of items on offer: from jeans, shirts, suits, shoes, jackets, cufflinks, sunglasses to a belt buckle made to fit the specific belt you select.
The event was attended by VIP guests such as Jenny Andrew, Chris Jaftha, Alan Foley, and Benny Masekwameng who enjoyed the evening and celebrated what luxury fashion is all about. You don’t have to be a fashion expert to see why Billionaire Couture is the ultimate luxury brand and is an easy choice for the classy gentleman.
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M.Idris Hardware Store is one of the fastest growing hardware stores in Johannesburg South Africa. M.Idris Hardware Store is privately owned and patronised by a large team of retailers who are passionate about the success of their business; product and services in everything they do, providing a full support system in training, marketing, merchandise and store development.
A digital customer experience revolution will rejuvenate bricks-and-mortar retailing, but stores must start on the back foot
The retail model of the future will be a radically different experience from today, largely driven by the changing shopping demands of the younger hyper-connected consumer. Bricks-and-mortar retailing will remain to be a very significant part in retail, however the lines between channels will erode at the benefit of both the customer and the business. Advances in technology will significantly improve the relationships between retailers and customers, much the way analytics is already doing to online shopping.
Real opportunity lies in responding to this change, focusing on delivering a truly integrated and seamless omni-channel experience. The future of retail is an exciting one, and over the next few years we expect to see a number of key developments taking place in stores around the globe:
The emergence of the smart personal shopper
Online retail will continue to exist for customers who want to buy a specific product and have it delivered to their home. But those who enter a store do so to learn, to view and feel items and to speak to a person. As the physical environment of a store changes, communication barriers between customers and employees such as counters will be removed, enabling staff to provide a more personalised experience.
Mobile technology will revolutionise the sales process and experience. Tomorrow’s retail staff will be unleashed from the sale counter, and given the equipment to connect with customers across the entire store, offering a more consultative approach. In fashion retail for example, assistants will be able to show customers a range of outfits and styles a particular item could work with.
With a real time view of stock and availability, they will be far more capable of closing sales, only recommending items that are both in stock and in size, whilst offering further choice and reducing wait time for shoppers.
The rise of immersive engagement
Walking past a store, a customer’s phone buzzes, offering them to try on the same pair of jeans they saved in their online basket a few days ago. Enticing them in, as they’ve already shopped online, for today only they will get an additional 10% off all purchases.
Location-aware technology will identify customers’ mobile devices, enabling upsell and cross-sell offers based not just on what they’re viewing, but also what they’ve purchased before. As customers roam the store, engagement programmes will link with in-store beacons to dynamically offer up suggestions at various points along the store path.
Here, the loyalty programme and the new found freedom of the retail assistant will combine and, with a shared purchase history, the best retailers will enable assistants to make personal style recommendations, based on customer preference and items they may already own.
Experiences will extend loyalty beyond purchases too, offering experience enhancements such as VIP parking spots when customers approach retail stores, and recognising regular customers on entry.
The end of cash and plastic
Part of matching the new connected consumers’ expectations will be delivering a seamless, frictionless payment experience, removing any barriers slowing down the speed of a retail sale. Eliminating queues from stores, roaming staff, now empowered by mobile technology will be able to transact with customers in seconds, as shoppers keep focus on the purchase experience rather than the cost.
One of the most important factors to consumers, payment security requires additional compliance with higher security standards, ensuring consumers are protected from fraudulent activity and avoiding the irreparable reputational damage and financial costs associated with a breach in payment security for the retailer.
This adoption of mobile, digital payments will further enable retailers to offer things like on-demand delivery options, where products can be delivered straight to the customer’s home or even car.
For retail businesses, this will also likely lead to higher revenues. Just as the shift from cash to plastic showed consumers are willing to spend more when not parting with cash, so too will sales be further strengthened by further dissociation from the traditional bank instrument – the card.
The road to the future
These hyper-connected consumers already in the marketplace have a rapidly growing share of spending power. This always-on generation demand things like fast internet access and a more seamless, digital experience they’re already getting from other services.
While new innovations are being tested and tried in today’s market, much of this development is stifled by existing and fragmented existing IT infrastructure, negatively impacting the customer experience, and slowing the consumer adoption of new technologies that could help drive the retail business forward.
Because of this, retailers are already starting on the back foot. To build a successful platform for innovation across multiple channels, they must ensure the technological needs of today’s customers are fully met, otherwise they face being left in the dust. Focus on enriching the customer experience immediately, and set the stage for rapid innovation in the coming years.
By Pieter Engelbrecht, regional manager for Sub-Saharan Africa at Aruba Networks
About Aruba Networks, an HP company
Aruba Networks, an HP company, is a leading provider of next-generation network access solutions for the mobile enterprise. The company designs and delivers Mobility-Defined Networks that empower IT departments and #GenMobile, a new generation of tech-savvy users who rely on their mobile devices for every aspect of work and personal communication. To create a mobility experience that #GenMobile and IT can rely upon, Aruba Mobility-Defined Networks automate infrastructure-wide performance optimisation and trigger security actions that used to require manual IT intervention. The results are dramatically improved productivity and lower operational costs.
To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com.
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Author: Seipati Moloi from WE Communications.
More Info link: http://www.arubanetworks.com/
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On 03 December 2015, the Billionaire Italian Couture store officially opened it’s doors to the South African public at the Sandton City’s Diamond Walk.
This is the style manifesto of Billionaire Italian Couture, the luxury menswear brand established by Flavio Briatore in 2005 in partnership with Italian business company PERCASSI. The brand takes a precise challenge and brings the superior quality and attention to detail of couture to its ready-to-wear clothing and accessories lines. Staying loyal to standards that have distinguished the Made in Italy trademark, every piece in Billionaire’s collection is carefully crafted by Italian artisans, each of whom is an expert in his individual field; from the supplest exotic leathers to the finest Italian silks and cottons, to its wide range of prestigious cufflinks and buckles, Billionaire makes luxury its premise.
Dandy-beat, Futurism and Space
Juxtaposing the past and future, the FW15 collection projects the iconic elements of Billionaire Italian Couture into a new perspective. Transcending seasonal fashion, Billionaire becomes the classic of tomorrow.
For FW 15, Billionaire redefines the identity of the contemporary man, who refuses to be categorized and relishes clothes and accessories that are luxurious but not bound by conventionalism. Drawing inspiration from the 1960s, the brand explores and reinvents the iconoclastic spirit of a decade of radical transformation, and a style of life very distant from the formalities of the past. The London music scene, the beat culture, the space age, the audacious fashion futurism, these key themes are reinterpreted in typical flair, by using luxurious materials and incorporating superior details that are the result of the constant quest for the best of the best.
The materials used for the collection were extensively sourced and researched to give a futuristic feel. The colour scheme incorporates black and blue (symbolic of outer space and elegance), silver and gold (luxury and vanguard), theatrical red and pure white as refined neutral colours.
-The futuristic Dandy
Brocade and silk create a unique dimension of style with exclusive prints and textures that are evocative of the collection mood. In particular the astrolabe, forerunner of man’s conquest of space and time, is dramatically featured in the silk shirt & jacket twin-set. The key evening look of the modern dandy is the gold brocade blazer in precious reptile skin worn over a t-shirt adorned with stylised space-helmet theme and with metallic gold slip-ons .The opulent wide-lapel beaver coat adds an extra touch of 1960s glamour.
– Street looks
The biker jacket, the fitted blazer with leather lapel and piping, eponymous of 1960s mod and beat music bands are unexpected ingredients to which Billionaire adds its luxury signature stamp by adding a zipped cardigan with supple sunbeam snake detailing.
Nothing is too precious for the Billionaire man. The “jewel” hooded bombers in 70% baby cashmere and 30% mink, are fully lined in the softest French-bred orylag. Futurism inspires the three-dimensional patterns of these iconic pieces, echoed in the designs of the lighter knitwear. These pieces are casual lux with all the comfort and class that the finest materials can afford.
Comfort and elegance are the key features of Billionaire jeans. The themes of the collection – “Dandy-beat”,“Futurism” and “Space Helmet” – reoccur in the embroidered crests that embellish the back pockets and reiterated on the prints and embroideries of the t-shirts.
The black flocking on the blue down jacket is inspired by the brush strokes of futuristic 1960s paintings. The optical-effect sunbeam bomber with matching accessories is also keenly influenced by Futurism. The key exotic skin piece this season is the crocodile bomber in the three-dimensional geometrical pattern.
In keeping with the brand’s heritage, the Futuristic Dandy wears slim pants and tweed blazers. Natural tones are seen in oversize checks but also sophisticated herringbone and black and white pied-de-poule jackets and coats.
Prints, embroideries, colours, precious skins and details are the individual and intermixable fil rouges of the collection. From head to foot, each look is coordinated with accessories and shoes.
Author: Koketso Phala from Dreamcatcher Multimedia.
More Info link: http://www.billionairecouture.com/collections/
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