Applied Process Technology Projects: Client Attraction, Business Development and Sales consulting, mentoring and strategy development with small to medium companies ,to develop an inhouse system for the development of a constant flow of new business in an organised,predictable and consistent sales funnel.
Empowering women in the technology industry needs more than just 31 days a year
Johannesburg, South Africa 08 August 2018: RubiBlue, intelligent business solutions provider, has implemented a strategic growth and expansion policy for 2018 that’s focused on empowering women and building a culture of inclusion. The company’s goal to increase its staff complement by 45% has paid attention to the value that women bring to the technology industry and to the company’s dynamic culture.
“We believe that diversity is key to a successful company,” says Chris Ogden, CEO, RubiBlue. “At RubiBlue, we have a really vibrant culture that’s supported and driven by the women that lead our business units and the face of our company. We don’t believe that gender dictates how passionate a person is about technology and our staff are all incredibly driven and motivated in this industry.”
For RubiBlue, Women’s Month isn’t just 31 days of recognising the value women add to the industry. It’s about a consistent investment into their potential and recognising their ability to lead, transform and inspire.
“Women add remarkable insights and perspectives to the business, introducing fresh ways of thinking and looking at problems or challenges,” says Ogden. “They also demonstrate superb leadership skills and lead their teams with compassion. Skills and talent aren’t defined by gender and we long since recognised that women are pivotal to our long-term growth and to creating a strong internal culture of warmth, consideration and support.”
RubiBlue’s staff complement is steadily increasing month on month and continues to showcase how an investment into talent, rather than gender, delivers long-term results.
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With Spring fast approaching, visitors to Decorex Joburg – presented by Plascon – will get the chance to find modern landscaping solutions to revitalise their gardens at the innovative EGO Garden of the Future, brought to you by Smith Power Equipment. This unique installation forms part of the 25th #rhythmoflife exhibition programme, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 8 to 12 August.
“We want people to have a fresh start this Spring, and the best way to do that is by adopting cleaner, greener energy. We want home-owners to enjoy bringing new life to their gardens after the harsh Joburg winter and that’s why we’ve introduced a smarter new way to power through gardening and landscaping tasks,” explained Jarryd McDonald, CMO of Smith Power Equipment, distributors of EGO in South Africa. “The new EGO Power range, which will feature at Decorex Joburg, is a completely new brand that we believe will revolutionise the garden and landscaping market.”
One of the most appealing attributes of Ego Power+ machinery is that because its fully battery powered, there is far less noise than conventional petrol equipment. A report issued by the World Health Organisation (WHO) highlighted noise pollution as environmental pollution as well as ‘a threat to public health’. It stated that: “Noise causes or contributes to not only annoyance and sleep disturbance but also heart attacks, learning disabilities and tinnitus.”
“The environmental and health impact of noise pollution is prompting many residential estates, business parks, schools, urban residences and health care facilities to seek a noiseless landscaping solution as a way to mitigate this danger,” says Mark Chittenden, General Manager of Ego Power+ South Africa. For the past decade, EGO Power has been researching, developing and perfecting their industry POWER+ machinery which uses ground-breaking technology in its design and function. This includes silent technology that still exhibits the power and performance of petrol-run technology.
In addition to the noiseless benefits of EGO Power’s cutting-edge green technology, owners will save on fuel-related costs or the hazard of having to store highly-flammable liquids. This – added to the lower maintenance costs – results in long-term financial savings overall. Each item has been carefully designed and engineered by this global organisation which is renowned for delivering professional quality. Ego Power has essentially changed the nature of lawn and garden equipment forever.
Visitors can expect to see demonstrations of EGO Power’s range of self-powered mowers, push mowers, handheld blowers, string trimmers, chainsaws, hedge trimmers and many other landscape-enhancing equipment. The 56V arc lithium designed battery delivers a new level of performance, offering dependable power and the fastest possible re-charge. The batteries are also interchangeable with the entire range of products.
All the EGO Power products are comfortable to use, with impressive run times and fast recharge, giving the consumer the ultimate in convenience. Smith Power Equipment is proud to be the importer and distributer of this powerful brand following a very successful national launch.
Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director: Design, Lifestyle and Retail Exhibitions, said EGO Power’s green technology perfectly complemented the Decorex ethos of sustainability. “Decorex is committed to environmentally-sustainable practices and we are promoting these through innovative products and services that will showcase prominently at this year’s exhibition. Visitors to the Garden of the Future feature will find ground-breaking landscaping technology that is easy to use and beneficial for the both the consumer and environment.”
Alongside the EGO Garden of the Future, brought to you by Smith Power Equipment, there will also be a host of new features in celebration of the milestone event. These include:
Rhythm Eatery + Bar by Seatworks
She Shed Project
Franke Kitchen Trend Project
Design and Textile Elements
Lighting Elements – brought to you by K-Light
Natural Elements – brought to you by Neolith
The Tasting Room Wine Bar furnished by Yard Seventeen
#withlovefromdecorex Feature brought to you by @home
The ISCA Bathroom Trends Project
Plascon Concept Stand and Mono Colour Café
Win a Kitchen Competition by Curves & Bevels
Design House Brought to You by Builders
SA Craft Collective
The Coffee Cup by Illy
@home Trend Home presented by Decorex
Terrazzo Diner + Bar
Thru the Chair Project
Witness these unmissable #rhythmoflife décor, design and lifestyle features at the 25th edition of Decorex Joburg. Visitors to Decorex Joburg will have access to all the exhibition features as well as the collocated exhibitions – the International Sourcing Fair and 100% Design South Africa. Decorex Joburg has further enhanced the visitor experience with the introduction of Necta, a mobile app that consolidates all event information including exhibitor details, specials and competitions. Download the Necta app now, available on all Android or iOS devices, to discover all the products and services on offer at the exhibition.
8 – 12 August 2018
10am – 6pm daily
Gallagher Convention Centre
Public holiday: Thursday 9 August
Trade-focused days: 8 and 10 August
Ticket Prices: Adults – R 120
Student/Pensioners – R 100
Kids U12 – R20
Trade – R 100
Exhibitor – R 100
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Announcement: Definitive Technology – Superior Speakers and Soundbars have arrived in South Africa – explore sound that endures!
Definitive Technology is a world-class leader in sound, based in Maryland, USA where some of the best audio engineers and sound technicians in the country create innovation that never rests. It is where they create the audio’s future, with total focus—a place where new ideas have a home and a platform to continue perfecting our definition of precision sound.
The story begins with an audiophile legend, who decided that the home cinema experience demanded a high-end speaker that captured a million-dollar unmatched sound, engineered to revolutionise the entire audio landscape. This obsession for entertainment and precision sound is what allowed him to surround himself with other like-minded individuals — engineers, designers, and classically trained musicians — who also were compelled to create speakers fashioned for detailed, full-range audio. As a result of these combined efforts running parallel with the digital audio revolution of the early 1990s, Definitive Technology was born and quickly rose to prominence as the number one premium speaker brand in the USA.
From concept to creation, the finished product is a confluence of intellect, resourcefulness and real obsession. This healthy obsession with sound requires a high level of intelligence to create forms that are as pleasing to the eye as they are to ear. Every detail serves a higher purpose of sophistication and precision.
• Bipolar – Huge, Lifelike Soundstage
o Key drivers positioned on the front and rear panels of the loudspeaker radiate sound in two directions, maximising the soundstage while maintaining a precise centre image so the sweet spot is wherever you are listening.
• Tripolar – Huge Soundstage from a Small Size
o Key drivers placed on the front and side panels of the loudspeaker radiate sound in three directions for a wider soundstage and more lifelike listening experience.
• Integrated Powered Sub – Deep Bass for True Full-Range Sound
o Integrated powered subwoofers provide deep bass and explosive detail that perfectly blends with the speaker’s midrange and high frequencies for spectacular sound quality without the need to add a separate subwoofer in the room.
• Balanced Double Surround System – More Precise Sound at All Volumes
o Inner and outer rubber surrounds for greater excursion and lower distortion from the entire driver cone.
• Intelligent Bass Control – Smoother Blending from Low to Mid-Range
o A patent pending digital signal processor (DSP) that lets you modulate deep bass up or down in level without sacrificing exceptionally clean mid-range tonal balance.
• Pure Aluminium – Produces Pure, Accurate Sound
o A highly versatile metal we engineer into many of our products that is revered for its light weight, electrical conductivity and resistance to any type of corrosion.
• Range Includes:
o Home Audio
o Architectural Audio
o Sound Bars
Next-gen audio integration supported by cutting-edge research and implementation. Advanced speaker materials refined to perfection. A look that inspires every time you listen.
In the end, bringing Definitive Technology into your home is the intelligent choice. State-of-the-art sound!
Homemation is the exclusive specialist South African suppliers of premium branded audiovisual and home theatre products. The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after AV and home automation technologies in the world.
Call Homemation on 011-781 8887 for your nearest stockist, or visit www.homemation.co.za ; Facebook ; Twitter and Instagram.
Axigen leads the communication and collaboration offering provided by Ozone’s stable of IT solutions
Johannesburg, South Africa, 14 May 2018: Ozone Information Technology Solutions is one of South Africa’s leading distributors of the Axigen email communication and collaboration product portfolio. This intelligent and secure solution provides the full benefits of email communication and collaboration on a powerful mail server designed specifically to meet demanding business requirements. Axigen is fast, secure, scalable and customisable and includes an impressive bouquet of features and capabilities.
“Axigen is designed to provide the business with fast and secure email communication while ensuring effective space management and 24/7 technical support,” says Henk Olivier, Managing Director, Ozone Information Technology Solutions. “Available on both Windows and Linux operating systems, Axigen is comprehensive, easy to set up and customise and, perhaps most importantly, significantly reduces the admin burden.”
Axigen SmartProcessing and AxigenGrowSecure ensure fast and effective email communication and space management while ClamAV and SpamAssassin deliver additional email protection. Using Axigen, the business can synchronise email, contacts and calendars – wirelessly. It is also assured of both local and remote access – from native connectivity with Microsoft Outlook, to Ajax WebMail and POP/IMAP clients, Axigen provides email access across multiple platforms and services.
“Axigen includes multi-layer security and antivirus and antispam protection, much needed tools in the current cybercrime environment,” says Olivier. “It also has a variety of automated features that ensure backup, archiving, sync and other essential administrative tasks. It is a professional and reliable solution for any organisation looking to revitalise its email and communication systems without high overheads or barriers to entry. Simple to use and install, it offers an extensive set of tools to organisations of all sizes.”
To find out more about Ozone Information Technology and how it can work with your business to create intelligent technology, visit www.ozone.co.za, call +27 10 591 5588, or email email@example.com.
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2 schools specialising in nuclear technology launched in Atteridgeville: Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi says the department plans to open 25 specialisation schools in the province.
Activists against proposed CT budget to march to Parliament on Wednesday: Demands include, stopping the installation of water management devices, reducing level 6B water tariffs and scrapping all arrears and incorrect bills.
‘Cash-strapped SAA urgently needs fresh cash boost to keep going’: CEO Vuyani Jarana told MPs that of the R10 billion cash injection SAA was given last year, R7.6 billion went to repay loans and R2,4 billion was used for operating costs.
Mineral Resources to appeal ruling on black ownership threshold: The High Court in Pretoria ruled in favour of a Chamber of Mines’ challenge to a government regulation which specified that a black ownership target of 26% must be maintained.
EFF throws weight behind Saftu march: The red berets say they stand in solidarity with the trade union federation and are urging workers to join the industrial action.
Parliament passes bill to regulate e-hailing services: Transport Minister Blade Nzimande says the National Land Transport Amendment Bill will help to better respond to challenges facing the public transport industry.
Maxhosa’s Laduma on Zara design knock-offs: It’s shocking & lacks integrity: A post on social media raised eyebrows as it showed a range of socks being sold at Zara with one of the distinct patterns Maxhosa has come to be known for.
Inquiry told SABC spent about R700K on travel, lodging for ex-board, officials: DA MP Phumzile van Damme says the money needs to be recovered from those who snubbed the ad hoc committee tasked with the inquiry.
Abrahams slams AfriForum over Malema private prosecution bid: NDPP Shaun Abrahams says AfriForum is misinforming the public and has no reason to privately prosecute Julius Malema.
News from Africa:
GFI Software launches GFI Unlimited, transforming the SMB channel landscape with a growing GFI network security and communications portfolio that’s available for a single fee
Johannesburg, South Africa, 05 April 2018: Ozone Information Technology Solutions is the local distributor of GFI Software’s new GFI Unlimited solution, a game-changing subscription model that provides small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) with access to all the network security and communications software they need to power their business and all at one flat subscription rate. This innovative approach helps GFI channel partners become irreplaceable technology allies to their customers while growing their own businesses with a consistent and predictable revenue stream.
“Tight budgets, complex vendor landscapes and fierce market competition put the SMB under intense pressure,” says Henk Oliver, Managing Director, Ozone Information Technology Solutions. “They need technology to run their businesses more effectively. This is where GFI Unlimited comes in – it is an extensive catalogue of software products that are readily available for a flat fee.”
GFI Unlimited’s single, low-cost subscription unlocks access to the entire GFI Unlimited software portfolio. Today, this includes more than a dozen full-featured, powerful network security and communications solutions, proven by thousands of users all over the world – with more products being added all the time.
“SMBs are faced with an ever-growing list of challenges in today’s environment, from staying on top of security threats and compliance requirements like GDPR to meeting their ever-changing communication needs,” said Johannes Kamleitner, senior vice president and chief revenue officer at GFI Software. “With GFI Unlimited, our trusted partners can help SMBs rapidly expand and simplify their IT to better thrive in the ever-changing IT landscape while also growing successful businesses of their own.”
GFI Unlimited is available now through Ozone Information Technology Solutions and currently includes: GFI OneGuard, GFI OneConnect, GFI LanGuard, GFI WebMonitor, GFI Archiver, GFI MailEssentials, GFI FaxMaker, GFI EndPointSecurity, GFI EventsManager, Kerio Connect, Kerio Control and Kerio Operator. Pricing starts at R290 (exchange rate dependent) per user for a one-year subscription, including technical support for all products. Further information is available at http://ozone.co.za/products/gfi-software.
Multibillion-rand opportunity for water technology: A NEW study has showed that the manufacturing and supply of water-related technologies and services have the potential to grow into a multibillion-rand industry in the Western Cape. Economic opportunities MEC Alan Winde confirmed that the 2018 water market related intelligence report (MIR) prepared by GreenCape had established that the drought and an uncertain supply
Two sentenced to life in prison for rape: TWO Mangaung men were on Friday sentenced to life in prison for the rape of a 21-year-old woman. Police spokesperson Sgt Ikobeng Hlubi said the men, Teboho Nhole, 27, and Lebohang Mokhethi, 25, in October, 6, 2015 entered a home where the then 21-year-old woman was visiting his cousin at Kgotsong Location in Bloemfontein. They
Armed robbers in court: SEVEN suspects, including two women arrested in connection with armed robbery, will reappear in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court tomorrow. The suspects, Klaas Telekoane, 28, Lebogang Modise, 33, Abram Monyane, 21, Tlalane Monyane, 25, Dibuseng Moseme, 24, Joeph Thibedi, 26 and Moeketsi Tlhomokonae, 25, appeared briefly in the Welkom Magistrate’s Court last week Tuesday. The case
Brics Summit focus: THE University of the Free State (UFS) researchers will represent the institution at the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) Summit in May. The 10th annual Brics Summit will be held in Johannesburg, Gauteng. Dr Thulisile Mphambukeli, leader of the UFS research team alongside Dr Victor Okorie from the department of urban and
Magashule to unveil Winnie Mandela tribute wall at Luthuli House: ANC secretary general Ace Magashule will on Monday unveil Mama Winnie Madikizela Mandela Tribute Wall at Luthuli House, Johannesburg. The ANC said this is part of the ongoing ten-day mourning period. “The Tribute Wall will be another interactive platform in honor and celebration of Mama Winnie’s iconic life of Selflessness, Courage and Patriotism. “The platform
News from Africa:
An upgraded integrated hybrid theatre equipped with Gauteng province’s first ARTIS pheno robot-supported angiography system for the diagnosis and treatment of a range medical conditions, including the most complex vascular cases, is now fully operational at Netcare Sunninghill Hospital in Johannesburg.
“This is the second Siemens ARTIS pheno system to have been installed at a Netcare hospital in South Africa, the first having been installed at Netcare Christiaan Barnard Memorial Hospital in Cape Town last year. The two Artis pheno systems are also the first in Africa, and among the very first in the world, keeping South Africa at the cutting edge of medical technology internationally,” says Jacques du Plessis, managing director of Netcare’s hospital division.
“The patient-centric ARTIS pheno system enables a wide range of diagnostic and intricate image-guided minimally invasive surgical interventions to be undertaken. It is specially designed for the modern hybrid theatre and to serve patients who suffer from multiple medical conditions and larger individuals,” adds Du Plessis.
“The acquisition of this equipment is a major investment by Netcare in the quality of care we are committed to providing our patients. We regard the commissioning of this system, which we have carefully researched, as the most advanced and versatile technology of its kind available. We therefore view this as an important advancement for medicine on the continent,” he observes.
Du Plessis explains that angiogram technology is a form of medical imaging used to visualise the inside of blood vessels and organs. Due to its advanced, highly practical and compact design, the multi-purpose ARTIS pheno system is ideal for use in a hybrid theatre, which is a theatre designed to enable simultaneous interventions as well as open surgery, such as that established at Netcare Sunninghill Hospital.
“The equipment provides medical specialists with the highest quality three-dimensional imaging of any part of the human body. This can be used to more accurately diagnose and assess conditions, as well as to precisely guide a range of different types of endovascular, cardiac and other treatment interventions,” he notes.
According to Du Plessis, vascular surgeons are currently exclusively using, and being trained in the ARTIS pheno technology at the two Netcare hospitals, however, it can be used in all fields of medicine including cardiology, urology, orthopaedics, neurology and trauma, among others. The vascular surgeons who practise at and will be using the new system at Netcare Sunninghill Hospital include Dr Pradeep Mistry, Dr Dirk le Roux and Prof Lewis Levien.
“The acquisition of this equipment has not only generated a great deal of interest from our vascular surgeons, but also among the other interventional specialists who practise at the two hospitals where it has been installed. We have, for example, had interventional cardiologists express an interest in using it to assist them with minimally invasive heart valve replacement. We look forward to expanding its use into other fields of medicine,” observes Du Plessis.
Dr Mistry says the ARTIS pheno system enables endovascular and cardiovascular surgeons at the hospital to visualise and treat even the very smallest diseased vessels and anatomy with a great degree of precision. It also allows interventions to be accurately planned and performed via tiny incisions in the skin, thereby avoiding the larger surgical incisions that are used in traditional open surgery.
“These minimally invasive interventions, as they are known, mean that patients tend to suffer less post-surgery discomfort and are able to get back on their feet much more quickly. They are also safer to use in more vulnerable patients whose health is severely compromised for one or more reasons. These kinds of procedures are becoming increasingly popular among patients and referring doctors both locally and around the world,” notes Dr Mistry.
“With a growing aging population in South Africa, there has been an increased demand in recent years for the treatment of highly complicated endovascular and cardiovascular cases, which may involve patients who are not only highly vulnerable from a health perspective, but who also often suffer from a number of simultaneous, or co-morbid, health conditions. This technology, which can be fitted with a complete range of optional software applications, is ideal for the treatment of such patients,” he adds.
Dr Mistry says the new system has already assisted the team at the hospital to perform some highly intricate endovascular procedures to treat problems and diseases impacting the blood vessels, such as aneurysms, which is when a weakened section of blood vessel ‘balloons’, and threatens to burst.
“Using this state-of-the-art angiography system we are able to overlay angiographic studies with CT [computed tomography] scans to provide a highly accurate pre-procedure assessment of even the most complex of cases. We are able to fully customise our planning to align with the condition of each individual patient prior to undertaking the endovascular procedure.
“In addition, the technology and its software provides us with a great deal of intraoperative guidance for the specific procedure we are undertaking, and provides us with many more therapy options and possibilities,” observes Dr Mistry.
The angiography device can scan up to 15 percent faster than other such systems, which meaningfully reduces radiation exposure to both the patients and the treatment team, according to Dr Mistry. The shortened scan times also reduce patient exposure to the contrast agent that is used.
Netcare Sunninghill Hospital general manager, Pieter Louw, says that the facility’s upgraded hybrid theatre with its improved design and world-class technologies such as the ARTIS pheno system, makes the best possible tools available to its surgeons, and interventional specialists.
Louw says that the upgraded hybrid theatre is likely to encourage the referral of more patients from South Africa and the African continent to Netcare Sunninghill Hospital cardiovascular centre.
“The technology and facilities on offer at the new theatre will assist in further improving the hospital’s already outstanding treatment outcomes in cardiovascular surgery and other fields, and will also assist in reducing the length of hospital stays,” he concludes.
When Centurion-based Optometrist Melanie Peyper was looking for a way to differentiate herself from her competitors, she found the solution in ZEISS’ VISUSCREEN 500 and VISUPHOR 500.
Peyper, who is the first Optometrist to use the new technology, says she needed to elevate her business above the competition and attract more customers. “I wanted eye-testing equipment that would set me apart. I tested various brands, but none of them were as user-friendly as the ZEISS VISUSCREEN 500 and VISUPHOR 500.
“In addition, I evaluated my patients’ responses to the equipment. When I used the ZEISS products, they were immediately aware I was using new technology and commented on how much better the experience was for them,” adds Peyper.
ZEISS Vision Commercial Manager Vesta Slabbert says the ZEISS VISUSCREEN 500 and VISUPHOR 500 offer practitioners ultimate vision correction, a superior viewing experience and highly satisfied patients.
“The system is operated via a touch screen, with an optional medical grade panel PC or an iPad, allowing users to select patients from a daily worklist or simply start the refraction. It also allows for uploading of pre-sets from ZEISS autorefractors and lensmeters or accessing input from a patient database; as well as choosing from a wide range of optotypes and the preconfiguring of a preferred test workflow,” she explains.
Peyper is enthusiastic about how the technology improves the eye-testing experience for her patients and herself. “Patients often feel daunted at the prospect of having their eyes tested, especially the younger generation. They are also accustomed to the convenience that technology offers them. Using my new ZEISS equipment has made the experience for patients more seamless and it can even be fun for the younger ones.”
She says the layout of the testing programme has made her life a lot easier. “It rules out human error and I no longer need my computer in my consulting room as everything is done via my iPad and the information is stored online. There is no paperwork because lenses can immediately be ordered online.”
Peyper believes immense R&D has gone into perfecting the ZEISS technology. “ZEISS really is several steps ahead of the its competitors. Everything about the product has been designed with precision and user-friendly operability in mind. It has been a great investment for my practice.”