Daily Archives: November 30, 2015

Agreement with TechExpress Expands Ergotron Product Availability in South Africa

AMERSFOORT, Netherlands, Nov. 30, 2015 /PRNewswire — Ergotron, a leader in the sit-stand movement and global provider of ergonomic work and lifestyle products, announces TechExpress, a distributor of IT equipment and logistic requirements in South Africa, is now offering Ergotron’s full line of products for the office, healthcare and education markets.

“TechExpress is a value-add distributor. We try and create niche opportunities for our customers and vendors. Ergotron as a Vendor brings a range of products that complements our existing offering,” said Colin Flatau Managing Director TechExpress. “The concepts they have brought to market allows TechExpress to be part of a new market revolution. We believe the idea of “sit-stand” will become a generic concept and we want to be part of that wave of success.”

TechExpress, known for its service excellence, offers resellers through advanced information systems, a user friendly website and 24 hours fulfillment of orders to all the major centres in South Africa.

“Tech Express brings unique distribution opportunities to Ergotron and is part of our continuing expansion of our international business,” said Michel Spruijt, Ergotron’s senior director, EMEA business unit. “With TechExpress we are well-positioned to manage Ergotron’s affordable and innovative solutions that promote healthier, more productive environments for digital life and workstyles throughout the country.”

To learn more about Ergotron and its entire line of products visit Ergotron.com or call +86 769 86018920. To learn more about Ergotron’s sit-stand initiatives visit Juststand.org. To learn more about TechExpress visit Techexpress.co.za.

About TechExpress
TechExpress was formed in 2007 after winning a tender from an international brand to provide a supply chain solution to meet a market demand for IT peripherals. Off the back of this success TechExpress have grown in the peripheral market and become a trusted supplier to a channel of more than 300 resellers.

About Ergotron
Ergotron, Inc. is a global manufacturer of leading digital display mounting, furniture, and mobility products that have been improving the human interface with digital displays for over 35 years. This history of innovation and passion for differentiation is evidenced in over 70 patents and a growing portfolio of award winning brands—OmniMount®, LearnFit™, StyleView®, TeachWell®, WorkFit™, Neo-Flex®, and ErgotronHome™—for computer monitors, notebooks, tablets, flat panel displays and TVs. Ergotron’s products incorporate patented CF lift and pivot motion technology to achieve less effort and more ergonomic motion for a healthier and more interactive user experience when viewing any digital display. Whether to enhance computing wellness or entertainment excitement, improve workplace productivity or create business process efficiencies, Ergotron’s products are positioning your digital world. Ergotron is headquartered in Saint Paul, Minnesota, with sales efforts in Phoenix, Amersfoort, London, Tokyo, and Singapore. Ergotron is a subsidiary of Nortek, Inc.(Nasdaq: NTK), a global, diversified company whose many market-leading brands deliver broad capabilities and a wide array of innovative, technology-driven products and solutions for lifestyle improvement at home and at work. Please visit www.nortekinc.com for more information.

Gauteng Government commemorates World AIDS Day, 1 Dec

The Gauteng Provincial Government will commemorate the World AIDS Day in the City of Tshwane, under the theme “Working together to end AIDS in Gauteng by 2030”. The provincial commemorations will run for a period of five days (from 30 November to 4 December 2015) at the Tshwane Events Centre.

Attached herewith is a briefing document for Gauteng World AIDS Week.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Time: 11h00 – 13h00

Venue: Tshwane Events Centre


Steve Mabona

Cell: 072 574 3860

Email: mediaenquiries@gauteng.gov.za


President Jacob Zuma: Statement to the Opening Session of the Twenty First Conference of the Parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change

Your Excellency, President Hollande,

Excellencies, Your Majesties, Your Royal Highnesses,

We thank President Hollande and his government for the excellent organisation of this significant Twenty First Conference of the Parties of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change.

Paris has become a symbol of global human solidarity following the shocking terrorist attacks.

We reiterate our deepest condolences to the government and people of France.

Our thoughts are also with all other nations that have faced tragic terror attacks in the recent past. Global unity and action against terrorism within the ambit of the United Nations is imperative and urgent.


COP 21 is of immense importance to South Africa as it builds on the historic and bold decisions that were taken at COP 17 in Durban in 2011.

Our mandate from Durban includes three critical areas: closing the ambition gap in the pre-2020 period, urgent entry into force of the Doha Amendment to the Kyoto Protocol, and the adoption of a new agreement for the post-2020 period.

Paris must deliver a legally binding agreement which is based on equity and differentiation, and which will enable ambitious implementation actions through the provision of finance, technology and capacity-building support from developed countries.

Since developing countries already experience climate change impacts, the Paris agreement cannot focus only on mitigation. A Global Goal for Adaptation must be part of the agreement.

Solidarity with developing countries that suffer loss and damage also needs to be reflected in the agreement.

We urge developed countries, given their historical responsibility, to take the lead and honour their existing commitments.

In this regard, climate finance must be scaled up significantly beyond the one hundred billion US dollar mark for the post-2020 period. Climate finance is not aid or Official Development Assistance. It is a legal obligation to support all developing countries under the UN Convention.

Should the developed nations fail to play their part, an impression will be created that the climate change crisis was caused by a few privileged nations who are not sympathetic about its impact on the majority.

South Africa has released an ambitious Intended Nationally Determined Contribution (INDC) which is in accordance with our national circumstances and priorities. These include poverty eradication, job creation, energy security and environmental protection.

The INDCs of the members of the Group of 77 plus China, which we have privilege to chair, also reflect the overriding priorities of poverty eradication and the need for sustainable development.


This historic gathering provides an opportunity to fulfil the mandate from Durban and make COP 21 a turning point in our fight against climate change.

We must succeed for the sake of future generations.

I thank you.


Minister Malusi Gigaba embarks on awareness programme, 1 Dec

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, will attend a candlelight ceremony in honour of departmental women victims of violence. The event forms part of the 16 Days of activism for no Violence on women and children.

Minister Gigaba will also engage in a door-to-door campaign in Inanda to raise awareness on the importance of early registration of birth.

Members of the media are invited as follows:

Date: Tuesday, 1 December 2015

Time: 9h00

Venue: Home Affairs Eshowe Office, 25 Osborne Street.


Thabo Mokgola

Cell: 060 962 4982

Mayihlome Tshwete

Cell: 072 869 2477


Social Development gives clarity to Minister Bathabile Dlamini’s remarks on HIV/AIDS

While addressing the opening of the 7th African Population Conference at the Saint George Hotel, Irene, Minister for Social Development, Ms Bathabile Dlamini, erroneously mentioned that the HIV prevalence rate among students attending institutions of higher learning in South Africa ‘had risen to more than 40%’.

In fact, what Minister Dlamini wanted to highlight was the 2008/09 findings of the study on sexual behaviour among students in higher education institutions conducted by the Higher Education and Training HIV/Aids programme (HEAIDS), which pointed out that when sexually active students were asked whether they had more than one sex partner in the last year, 41% said yes.

Minister Dlamini’s message was that if the spread of HIV among the youth in South Africa is not curbed, it would be difficult for the country to achieve the demographic dividend.

The HEAIDS study provides the latest data on HIV prevalence among students in the higher education sector. It found the mean prevalence of HIV among all students was 3.4%. A prevalence of 3.8% was found among students who were sexually active – lower than the national HIV prevalence rate estimate of 11.2%.

The Department of Social Development and Minister Dlamini regret the error.


Lumka Oliphant

Cell: 083 484 8067

Email: lumkao@dsd.gov.za