Richelieu virtual racing game raises chequered flag

22 views October 30th, 2014 By Dianne Bayley

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Richelieu brandy has created a virtual racing game to bring the thrilling experience of a race closer to South Africans who love motorsport.

Intended for quick entertainment, the Richelieu Le Concourse Experience game can be played on mobile phones, tablets and desktop computers and consists of a racing car which has to be scrolled or swiped down the page towards the finish line as fast as possible.   When the user crosses the finish line they are given their lap time, and can either try again to better their lap time or share their score on Twitter or Facebook.

“The brief was to create an experience that brings to life Richelieu’s motorsport credentials in a fun and intuitive manner,” said Richelieu Marketing Manager Jeremy Thompson. “The game is intended for some quick entertainment and to share with friends – inviting them to compete to see if they can beat your score.”

User Experience Director Ron de Stadler from digital agency Liquorice said that the biggest challenge was creating an experience that was consistent across multiple devices while at the same time playing to the strengths of each device.

SA Online Presence is ZADNA’s Business

42 views October 28th, 2014 By Nomfundo

It was a glamorous yet intimate night at the Da Vinci Hotel in Sandton City recently as members of the media were treated to a dinner with none other than the CEO of Za Domain Name Authority (Zadna), Mr Vika Mpisane. The well-spoken gent, clad in a black suit, took his guests through the internet industry trends both locally and globally!

But first,  let us unpack what Zadna is and why the entity essential for the internet industry?

Established as a statutory entity in accordance with the Electronic Communications and Transactions Act 25 of 2002, the ZA Domain Name Authority (ZADNA) is one of the entities that fall under the ambit of the South African Department of Telecommunications and Postal Services (DTPS). ZADNA is the regulator and manager of .ZA – South Africa’s Internet namespace - and regulates registries (that is, the entities operating 2nd level domain (SLD) databases such as ac.zaco.zagov.za and org.za) and registrars (the internet service providers that registers domain names or website addresses in the SLDs on their clients’ behalf). Currently .za is the biggest namespace in Africa with around 980 000 names registered in the SLDs.

In regulating .za, the Act requires ZADNA to comply with international domain name best practices, and that is why in 2012 it launched the ZA Central Registry (ZACR). The ZACR already provides a centralised operational platform for SLDs, and already operates co.zanet.zaorg.za and web.za. This best-practice operational facility is also home to dotAfrica and the newly launched dotCapeTown, dotDurban and dotJoburg top level domains.

ZADNA also develops policy, set standards and publish guidelines and policies on the administration and management of the .ZA namespace. Its policies ensure that registries and registrars adhere to fair business practices and protect consumer interests ranging from service affordability to privacy issues. This responsibility also sees ZADNA participating in key internet development and governace fora internationally, including ICANN and Internet Governance Forum. The ECT Act also requires ZADNA to provide policy advice to the Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services on matters relating to the internet domain name system.

The education and awareness responsibility that is fast becoming key priority for ZADNA. In a country with around 50 million people and with a fast internet penetration rate (around 50% of the population have internet access), more needs to be done to educate South Africans about the virtues, opportunities and challenges the internet presents. ZADNA’s focus is in promoting usage of .za website and domain names, and this is because .za identifies South African websites. If a URL or email address ends with “.za”, you know you are in South Africa’s internet space. ZADNA is working to rally South Africans behind .za so that every South African online carries and promotes South Africa’s namespace.

ZADNA appreciates that choice, reliability, security and integrity of .za namespace is key if the public is to have confidence that their online presence under .za is secure and reliable. Several activities are aimed towards this goal. Amongst others, the ZACR project was launched to ensure that the .za infrastructure is robust, reliable and secure. The ZACR domain name fees remain one of the most affordable worldwide – an important ingredient in providing internet access to all. Then there is the .za Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) regulations which, since 2007, have worked successfully to resolve domain name disputes and to eliminate cybers-quatting.

ZADNA recently re-launched net.za and web.za – 2 SLDs that have not been accepting new registrations for years. The re-launch provides South Africans with alternatives to co.za, so that if names are not available in co.za (which is the biggest SLD with around 950 000 names already), people can still secure them in net.za or web.za.

Realising that educating South Africans about the internet requires several players, ZADNA is now embarking on different partnerships with the media, internet bodies, business and government. These partnerships will help ZADNA interact better with the public, and get the public to know that they can always call on ZADNA for issues relating to online presence.

For further information on ZADNA visit www.zadna.org.za.

Summer’s here - mielie bread and braai time!

2,709 views October 27th, 2014 By Dianne Bayley

Also known  in other parts of the world as “corn bread”, this makes a delicious accompaniment to a braai (barbeque) or even grilled chops and salad.

Ingredientscheesymieliebread
480g self raising flour (+/- 3tsp BP in 480g flour)
50 ml sugar
Salt
30 ml cooking oil
2 eggs
200ml milk
1 tin (410g) cream-style sweet corn
100g strong cheese, grated
Grated onion
Chopped parsley

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War Horse thunders into South African theatres

47 views October 25th, 2014 By Jacqui Thompson
War Horse showing in Johannesburg and Cape Town only

War Horse showing in Johannesburg and Cape Town only

By Jacqui Thompson

War Horse the international phenomenon  is finally home. It has been seen by over 5 million people worldwide and if you’ve ever tried to get a ticket while travelling abroad, you know how difficult that is even though the show has been running for seven years.

Zoo Lake Bowling Club: Great food, great people

52 views October 21st, 2014 By Dianne Bayley

zoo-lake-bowling-club-cheerBy Dianne Bayley

The old Zoo Lake Bowling Club is an institution in Johannesburg. Some of South Africa’s top bowlers have played on their greens, which still look in pristine condition - but the players now don’t wear whites or shoes and enjoy a beer while they’re playing!

Threatened with closure for some time now, the club is still serving the local community the way it always has . . . and many of the people who enjoy it are trying to ensure the club is allowed to continue to operate. I want to add my voice to those who are calling for the Zoo Lake Bowling Club to stay as it is - and my reasons are many.

Firstly, it’s one of the few places in Johannesburg you can go to and enjoy among the cheapest and best “home cooking” in the country. Bangers and mash - two pork sausages, fluffy mashed potatoes and peas - R32. No, really - and it’s enough food for two meals. Pork chop, chips and a veggie, also R32. A complete roast dinner on a Sunday (like Grandma used to make) - R65.

These are prices Johannesburg hasn’t seen in twenty years. The food tastes fabulous and the service is excellent. I went there recently with 29 other family members. Booked a table and had James as our server. Nobody could believe how quickly we got served (we all ordered different things) and how efficient the staff were. Everyone - from 14 up to 80-something - had a wonderful meal and a fun-filled day. So much so that we stayed there from midday to 7pm.

Here’s another reason we don’t want to lose the club: We make friends every time we go there. Last Sunday, the crowd comprised people from all over Africa, Ireland, Greece, Italy, England and probably more. Those were just the people we spoke to! There are families, young couples, elderly people, regulars, teenagers meeting their friends and the entire financial spectrum of Johannesburg. It’s a snapshot of Joburgers across the board.

Johannesburg: The City of Gold - and more

2,555 views October 11th, 2014 By Dianne Bayley

By Dianne Bayley

It’s the city those who don’t live here thinks is “bland and boring” - but Egoli, the City of Gold, is far more than just a business hub. Johannesburg is a vibrant and bustling city, with a melting pot of cultures that offer both locals and visitors a kaleidoscope of entertainment and learning. Here are some facts you may find interesting about the city called Johannesburg . . .

The Fairest Cape: Far from the madding crowd

1,038 views October 10th, 2014 By Jen Stern

By Jennifer Stern

I’ve always thought those people who say you need a holiday to recover from one are just being silly. But now I see what they’re getting at. As a travel writer, of course, I’m often away – sometimes staying at stunning places – but I rarely go on holiday. And the last couple of days weren’t really a holiday, either. I was actually doing a story but – and this is a big but – I was not alone. Again that travel writer thing – I’m often in lovely places but, firstly, I’m working and, secondly, I usually travel on my own. So, when I got an invite to check out the accommodation at De Hoop, I asked if I could take a few friends. And the reply was, “Of course. Enjoy yourself.”

Summer delights: Tomato and basil bruschetta

101 views October 6th, 2014 By Dianne Bayley

It’s pronounced “brusketta” – and it’s even easier to make it than say it! It’s one of the most delicious things you can serve up to the kids after school, or have with sundowners on a warm summer evening. Not only does it taste of Italy, it’s not expensive to make – and it’s very filling.

Ingredientscitysearch-bruschetta

  • 1 French-style baguette or similar Italian bread
  • 1/4 cup (60 ml) olive oil
  • 6-7 ripe plum tomatoes
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1 tsp salt, more or less to taste
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper, more or less to taste

Method

  • The “true foodies” like to peel their tomatoes by popping them into boiling water first. We like them with their glowing, healthy skins on – just wash them and chop then into small squares.
  • Place the tomato into a medium-sized bowl, add the minced garlic, 1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil and the balsamic vinegar.
  • Cut the baguette into 1cm thick slices and brush one side of each slice with olive oil using a pastry brush.
  • Place the slices olive oil-side down on a baking sheet or roasting pan and pop it under the grill to lightly toast the bread.
  • Place the toasted bread slices olive-oil side up on a serving plate, and scoop the tomato mix onto each piece. Serve immediately.

If you’re not serving immediately, serve the tomato mix separately from the toast to avoid sogginess. Enjoy your crisp, fresh bruschetta – and share! Italian food is for sharing! Feel free to add fresh avo, a bit of mozzarella - or anything else your family enjoys to pump up the taste.

SUNDAY SOCIAL TO LAUNCH FOR PROGRESSIVE THINKERS WHO VALUE THEIR NET-WORTH

123 views September 25th, 2014 By admin

Leadership 2020, an educational, social entrepreneurship driven movement led by DJ Sbu ‘Sbusiso’ Leope is about to launch a sub brand to its events bouquet called Sunday Circle.

The company formed in 2013 has been involved with a host of large scale leadership seminars and events featuring top international brand names such as Richard Branson, Robert Kiosaki, Robin Sharma to name a few. Most recently Leadership 2020 held a 4-day Mega-Fest sponsored by Ekurhuleni Municipality that saw the likes of home grown business tycoon Robert Gumede, the charismatic David Molapo.  Canadian JT Foxx, and Oprah Winfrey’s business partner Stedman Graham and more on the same stage.

Leadership 2020 CEO Nicolas Regisford said “Sunday Circle is designed for the progressive thinkers in Johannesburg who enjoy being around like-minded people strategizing on the next move in their business or personal career growth. It’s a space where egos are left at the door and members of the audience are compelled to help each other grow.”

At the first Sunday Circle event on 7th September, a young Durban based motivational speaker and author was awarded an all-expenses paid trip to Ireland to represent Leadership 2020 at ONE YOUNG WORLD SUMMIT and auctioned 4 of his self-published books for R1000 as well as picking up a clothing sponsorship from SIMONI clothing brand.

Regisford went on to say “The energy in the room is electric and people just feel compelled to give, which is a beautiful thing. Leope who is executive chairman of Leadership 2020 mentioned that “Education is critical and we can never stop learning. We have created Sunday Circle to speak to the continuously hungry go-getters who value a challenging, up market, quality experience to help sharpen their minds and of course increase their contacts. The whole idea of this is to introduce a network that increases the net-worth of each individual plugged in.”

Each Sunday Circle event features a headline/keynote speaker, poetry, comedy and LIVE music performances. The venue for Sunday Circle is Cantare Supper Club at Monte Casino. Leadership 2020 have 6 remaining events until the end of 2014 happening on the last and first Sunday of each month kicking off with a media launch on Sunday 28th September 2014. The follow on events will be 5th & 26th October 2nd & 30th November, 7th December 2014

Tickets are on sale in advance to the public, corporates and companies as well as individuals are welcome. Visit www.sundaycircle.co.za for more information, and a look at pictures from previous events as well as to book tickets for upcoming events.

Exclusive Books’ budget-busting weapon

254 views September 18th, 2014 By Jacqui Thompson

By Jacqui Thompson

Exclusive Books is a very well-known and popular chain of over 40 book stores in South Africa with a branch in Botswana. Being a bit of a bibliophile, I think I have been to every store but recently had the pleasure of popping in for a quick three hour shopping spree at Constantia Village shopping centre and met someone who could easily be the best Exclusive Books employee ever.

Alison is an extraordinary young woman who works at this CapeTown branch. Not only is she proactive in coming forward to offer her help instead of waiting for a customer to start rubber-necking but she has an even wider interest in books than I have.  I admit there are certain genres that I just don’t do.  Alison seems to read them all.

She chatted knowledgeably about all the new releases which included biographies and sports books, the fabulous selection of World War 1 books because of the 100 years commemoration, South African authors, the Classics, the latest coffee table books as well as chic lit.