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Multinational optical and optoelectronic technology company, ZEISS South Africa, granted bursaries to two brilliant young South African students, Loretta Magagula and Sthembile Mbotwe, this year to assist them in completing their doctoral studies.

ZEISS Strategic Project Manager, Vani Naidoo says the two beneficiaries were selected for their outstanding work in physiology and biomedical sciences. “Sthembile and Loretta both belong to research teams doing ground-breaking work in their respective fields. They are rising science stars and we are delighted to be sponsoring their studies. After all, we have a vested interest in encouraging the next generation of scientists.”

Magagula’s is pursuing a Phd in Medical Biochemistry at the University of Cape Town within the Biomedical Translational Research Initiative (BTRI). Her project focuses on identifying and visualising specific breast and colorectal cancer-causing mutations within the South African population in a field that is almost entirely populated by Eurocentric data.

She was awarded a ZEISS bursary in 2017 to assist with her doctoral studies. “I have used ZEISS equipment throughout my post-graduate studies at the University of Pretoria (UP) and UCT.

“French-American painter, sculptor, chess player and writer, Marcel Duchamp, once described artmaking as “making the invisible visible”. My only goal as an aspiring cellular biologist is to do the same. This has been realised by using powerful microscope created by ZEISS to visualise discrete and stochastic transcriptional events at nanometre range. I look forward to uncovering more of the invisible as I progress through my career,” adds Magagula. Continue reading

Our oceans are more than just a place to go for some time out from a busy lifestyle; about 97 percent of the Earth’s water can be found in our oceans* and they’re home to roughly 15% of the earth’s species**.

According to the World Economic Forum, 32% of plastic packaging produced annually worldwide is left to flow into our oceans***. We all know this isn’t right… so let’s do something about it.

“Taking care of our environment is simple, really. If each household implements and follows a recycling programme, we’re already halfway there,” says Mandy Naudé, CEO of Polyco – a non-profit industry body formed by a group of responsible polyolefin packaging producers with the aim of increasing the polyolefin packaging recycling rate.

We need to accept that we cannot live without plastic in our world, but it is how packaging is designed and what consumers do with it once it has been used that makes the difference. By separating your household waste into recyclables and non-recyclables, you’ll play a major part in preventing plastic from ending up in the ocean, or accumulating in landfills.

Recycling in your own home can be easy and fun, and Polyco is determined to show all South Africans how to get started. Alongside the queen of DIY, SuzelleDIY, Polyco has produced an educational, interactive online video. Continue reading

With years of hard work and the exhilaration of graduation behind them, the real effort now starts for new graduates, to get their foot in the door of the world of work. With SA’s high unemployment rate and many candidates competing for limited opportunities, the job search can be a daunting task.

But two education experts say that with the right approach, a search can result in success sooner rather than later.

“There are a number of things you need to consider when launching your job search to ensure that you stand a better chance,” says Sifiso Mnisi, Head of Programme: Faculty of Humanities at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest private higher education provider.

Consideration 1: Change your mindset and get positive

“Looking for a job is a fulltime job on its own,” says Mnisi.

“Therefore, to start on a positive note, tell yourself that you already have a job. This step requires you to position yourself socially, chronologically, and professionally so that you can start thinking like an employed person.”

Mnisi advises graduates to be patient but consistent. Continue reading


Discovery has appointed integrated communications agency MetropolitanRepublic as its agency of record across its South African operation. This decision comes after years of the financial services company had been using a multiple-agency model to drive its marketing operations.

MetropolitanRepublic CEO, Alison Deeb, says the appointment is a great honour for the agency. “We did not win the account in the traditional way. Discovery hadn’t worked with a dedicated agency for many years, but rather chose to partner with a few agencies on their respective brands.”

In October 2016, MetropolitanRepublic was invited to pitch on a Discovery project, along with three other agencies. “After a number of iterations, we were awarded the Discovery broadcast sponsorship campaigns for the English Premier League and Sky Sports sponsorship” adds Deeb.

MetropolitanRepublic shot the commercials in Italy and Johannesburg, which featured Discovery Vitality brand ambassador, Olympic athlete and football fan, Wayde van Niekerk. It charted his journey from toddler to global superstar, showing how he has always harboured a deep love for the beautiful game, and in particular, the English Premier League. Continue reading

Klerksdorp’s Christo Rossouw has escaped the noose and has been named the winner of Cell C’s thrilling reality show Hangman walking away with R1-million prize money.

The 35-year-old impressed the judges and viewers with his innovative mosquito repellent lamp and beat off strong challenges from the remaining two finalists – Bonex Mwakikunga with his diabetes breathalyser and Claire Reid, inventor of Reel Gardening, a pre-fertilised, pre-spaced colour-coded seed tape.

Thanks to the TV series, Rossouw also has a distribution deal with Fever Tree who will be testing his products in the market in three big supermarket chains, and believes the potential for his product is endless.

Says an elated Rossouw: “I always focus on social innovations when entering competitions. There is a huge need to provide the underprivileged with affordable and effective solutions to problems that they are facing. One of the biggest issues in the world that poor people face is malaria. Mosquito-borne diseases are responsible for close to a million deaths annually, infecting around a billion people every year. I was looking to design a product that would be more effective and more affordable than products already on the market. Something that would act as a social innovation, but also have market potential.  My mosquito diffuser is three times cheaper than the cheapest electric heater on the market. It does not use additional electricity to work and is compatible with refills from all major brands. Continue reading

Following the recent announcement of the engagement between Prince Harry and Hollywood actress Meghan Markle, royal fans will be thrilled to learn that ITV Choice (DStv 123) will screen an exclusive documentary on the couple on Thursday, February 15 at 20:00.

Through a collection of first-hand accounts by those who really know the couple, this revealing hour-long film tells the story of how a home-grown Hollywood girl became the first all-American princess and what impact she will have on the changing image of the British monarchy.

The special will also look ahead to their marriage; what will the wedding be like? How will Meghan and Harry’s lives change? What will Meghan have to sacrifice, or will she refuse to compromise?

At a time when the young royals are more popular and public than ever before, a very different princess is about to enter the fray. Prince Harry & Meghan: Truly, Madly, Deeply explores the past, present and future of Harry and Meghan: a landmark moment in the history of the British monarchy which the audience will be fascinated to learn more about.

Die grootste sokkie-geleentheid van die jaar, Super Sokkie, kom wéér na Carnival City se Big Top Arena in Johannesburg – vir ’n derde keer.

Op Sondag, 31 Desember, kom kunstenaars soos, Kurt Darren, Liezel Pieters, Refentse, Snotkop en Nádine byeen om die nuwe jaar in te sokkie. Liedjies soos Cool soos Koos Kombuis, Kaptein, Anoret, Kaapse Draai en vele meer gaan sorg vir heerlike dansoomblikke.

Jou gunsteling sokkie-liedjies is nou letterlik ook aan die punte van jou vingers met die JOOX-musiekstroom app. Luister regstreeks na musiek of laai jou keuses af om weer én weer daarna te luister. Laai die app gratis in die Google Playstore of iOS Store af.

“Ek het so drie jaar gelede begin sien hoe die lekker dansplekke begin verdwyn en toe besluit ek om ’n platform te skep waar die kunstenaars ’n kans kry om voor ’n gehoor wat honger is vir dansmusiek, op te tree – op ’n groot skaal!” vertel Kurt Darren, organiseerder van Super Sokkie.

Super Sokkie is ’n konserttoer wat aangebied word reg oor Suid-Afrika en selfs op die water. Dié geleentheid spog selfs met ’n wêreldrekord. In 2016 het ongeveer 1180 paartjies gelyktydig by die GrandWest se Grand Arena gesokkie op die maat van Kurt Darren, Juanita du Plessis en Die Campbells se musiek. Continue reading

unnamed (3Cristiano Ronaldo has once again been recognized as the best player in the game. In celebration of his continued achievements, Nike has presented him with special Mercurial Superfly CR7 Quinto Triunfo boots.

As with his previous award-themed boots, gold is prominently featured. Unlike previous boots, “CR7” appears on the heel counter, but not on the medial side. This creates room for additional placement of the very special Swoosh adorning both sides. Within the Swoosh and visible with movement, the years of his previous and current awards appear: 2008, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017. The treatment used to create this effect is a first for Nike. The boots also feature Nike’s most premium sole plate.

Ronaldo will wear them on pitch and one thousand, individually numbered, Quinto Triunfo boots will be available December 14.

Kwa-Zulu Natal born songstress, Zethembiso “Zethe” Mdletshe, has won the coveted #VodacomNXTLVL season one title.

The 24-year old Music graduate came first during the season finale on Wednesday night after struggling to impress judges for the first 9 weeks of the show.

Zethe walked away with a R1 million worth of prizes. This includes R100k in cash, a car worth R300k, a Public Relations deal worth R250k, a studio session to finish off her single, a music video for her single, clothing, access to an entertainment lawyer, adoption into the Rocka stable as an ambassador and her own range of music accessories, and of course, her EP.

The season finale was a LIVE show hosted at the Vodacom DOME in Midrand, Johannesburg. In attendance were celebrities, journalists, fans, friends and families of the contestants.

Zethe, who lost her father just over a week ago says because of all the low scores she was getting from the judges throughout the show, she didn’t expect to win. She was just continuing with the show with the right energy because of her love for music and because viewers of the show have been showing her love.
“I’m still pinching myself. I did not expect to win at all. This has really made me the most grateful person. The way South Africa has really supported me is insane,” said Zethe.

“More than anything, throughout the show, I believed in myself and my craft as tough as it was to keep going. Now I believe even more that if you stay true to who you are, things always work out,” she added.

Zethe believes this is the beginning of her journey as a musician.

“Euphonik and myself will soon be releasing a single we’ve been working on for some time. This will be released around the same time I release my finale single and music video. From there I will begin working on my EP. Yoh! I have so many things planned for 2018. It’s really going to be an amazing year,” said Zethe.

“We had embarked on this journey to encourage and empower young talent to follow their dreams, and find South Africa’s next big music superstar. The mentors have done their job, the public has voted. We found our superstar,” says Vodacom NXT LVL Marketing Manager Deidre Lodwig.

“Night Shoppers naturally gravitate towards complimentary champagne and can be quite protective about their purchases. Yes, you can wave at them but please do not attempt to approach their shopping bags — they will defend them.”

Don’t miss the Weylandts Moonlight Shopping Experience.

With 15% off everything at the Weylandts Moonlight Sale, it’s the perfect excuse to get out and do some night shopping. 6 December from 5pm at Weylandts nationwide.

Date: Wednesday, 6 December

Time: 5pm to 9pm

Location: Weylandts stores nationwide

Complimentary drinks and snacks will be on offer.

Durbanville, Green Point, Sandton City, Fourways, Brooklyn, Knysna, Kramerville, Nelspruit and Umhlanga.

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