Daily Archives: February 2, 2016

Deputy Minister of Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania Visited the Largest Gold Mine in Busowla

GETIA, Tanzania, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire — Dr. Medard, the Deputy Minister of Ministry of Energy and Minerals of Tanzania, made a visit to the largest gold mine in Busolwa.

The project is located in Geita and undertaken by Shandong Xinhai Mining Technology & Equipment Inc.

The Deputy Minister fully affirmed Xinhai Company’s ability for production process management and congratulated the owner of the mine, Barak Ezekiel, who made great contributions on solving the problems of employment and increasing government revenue through paying royalties and various taxes. In addition, Dr. Medard asked the mine owner to strictly conform to the government regulations and concentrate on environmental protection.

For the full release please click here: http://www.xinhaimining.com/en/news_text_7_131.html

Fran Luckin Joins Grey Africa As Chief Creative Officer

World-class talent bolsters Grey’s team in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Feb. 1, 2016 / PRNewswire — Paul Jackson, Group Managing Director of Grey Africa today announced that Fran Luckin would join Grey Africa and take the reigns as the company’s Chief Creative Officer.

Fran Luckin, Chief Creative Officer, Grey South Africa.

Photo – http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20160201/328014

Fran will oversee Grey Africa’s creative product and will work closely with Grey Africa’s Executive Creative Director, Glenn Jeffery and Creative Directors Francois Du Preez and Charlene Olivier.

“I’ve always admired Fran’s work as well as her rare ability to transition from the traditional world to the new world of integrated communications so heavily reliant on digital channels and technology to tell brand stories that people can connect with. Fran has helped lift numerous local and international brands to new heights at a number of leading global network agencies.”

“What makes Fran one of the all-time great creatives is not just the long list of awards won, or the many famous campaigns that have made it into popular culture – but rather that she was always prepared to venture out into the creative wilderness, to break loose of the expected and the ability to transcend traditional big ideas into truly integrated campaigns,” Paul Jackson said. “At Grey we believe in both Famous and Effective. Fran is a rare breed that has both the creative vision and the business acumen to help build a powerful creative business. She also recently completed her MBA – not many Chief Creative Officers can say that,” adds Paul.

Fran Luckin: Bio

Fran was named as one of the top ten most influential people in South African advertising in The Annual – South Africa’s most authoritative compendium of the advertising, media, marketing and branding industry and she has judged at every major marquee award festival, most of which she’s been awarded at herself: Cannes Lions Film Jury, Cannes Outdoor Jury, Clio Awards and D&AD and has also sat on the judging panel for the Apex Awards – South Africa’s version of the Effie Awards.

Fran’s career spans just on two decades that have seen her work with advertising legends like John Hunt and Gerry Human. She’s grown from a copywriter at The Jupiter Drawing Room in 1997 – to Creative Director in 2000. She joined Ogilvy Johannesburg in 2003 and became Executive Creative Director of the agency in 2008. That year saw Ogilvy Johannesburg take the top spot at Cannes Lions, followed by another number one as the top agency in Ogilvy Worldwide also at Cannes in 2009. This was followed, in 2010, by South Africa’s first Film Gold Lion in 11 years and an appointment to the 15 member Ogilvy Worldwide Creative Council. This success started a myriad of local awards for Ogilvy – which included number one agency at the Loeries in 2007, 2008 and 2009 as well as number one agency at the Apex Awards from 2008 to 2011.

Fran has spent the past two years as Executive Creative Director at digital agency Quirk, honing her digital story-telling skills, and continues as an executive committee member of South Africa’s Creative Circle.

Grey Africa’s Performance

Grey re-entered the South African market as Grey Africa after acquiring a majority stake in the Volcano Group in the same year it won the 2014 AdAge International Small Agency of the year award. In 2015 the Grey Group won the AdWeek and Euro Effies agency of the year as well as multiple Global wins at Cannes which amounted to a total of 113 Cannes Lions including: 21 Gold, 36 Silver and 48 Bronze. This translated into wins for 20 categories and four Grand Prix awards.

“This is one of the many reasons we need to keep adding firepower to our local South African team – we need to maintain the momentum of our global offices in producing Famously Effective work that remains relevant long after a campaign has concluded,” adds Grey Africa ECD, Glenn Jeffrey.

About Grey

Grey is the advertising network of Grey Group, which is led by James R. Heekin III, Chairman and CEO. Grey Group ranks among the largest global communications companies.  Its parent company is WPP (NASDAQ: WPPGY). Under the banner of “Grey Famously Effective Since 1917,” the agency serves a blue-chip roster of many of the world’s best known companies: Procter & Gamble, GlaxoSmithKline, Diageo, Kellogg’s, Pfizer, Canon, 3M, NFL, Boehringer Ingelheim, Marriott Hotels & Resorts, Nestlé, Papa John’s and T.J. Maxx. Grey was named ADWEEK’s “Global Agency of the Year” for 2015.

For more information, visit www.GREY.com/southafrica , www.GREY.com  and www.GREY.co.uk

About WPP

WPP is the world’s largest communications services group with billings of US$76 billion and revenues of US$19 billion. Through its operating companies, the Group provides a comprehensive range of advertising and marketing services including advertising & media investment management; data investment management; public relations & public affairs; branding & identity; healthcare communications; direct, digital, promotion & relationship marketing and specialist communications. The company employs over 188,000 people (including associates and investments) in over 3,000 offices across 112 countries. For more information, visit www.wpp.com. WPP was named Holding Company of the Year at the 2015 Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity for the fifth year running. WPP was also named, for the fourth consecutive year, the World’s Most Effective Holding Company in the 2015 Effie Effectiveness Index, which recognizes the effectiveness of marketing communications.

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Acumatica Expands Their Cloud and Mobility ERP Platform Further in Africa

The cloud ERP provider continues to grow its customer base with a unique offering that enables businesses of all sizes to “Involve Everyone, Anywhere, On Any Device” across Africa and the rest of the world.

SINGAPORE, Feb. 2, 2016 /PRNewswire — Acumatica, a leader in the Cloud ERP market embarked on revolutionizing the industry with its newest version of cloud based ERP platform. With an expansive network of local and regional independent solutions providers’ offerings built or fully integrated on Acumatica’s global platform, the company offers the most comprehensive local solutions built for a wide variety of verticals, real time business intelligence and analytics.

In addition to the suite of powerful tools and customizable options that Acumatica is known for, the latest Acumatica platform and ERP suite offers access via any web browser and mobile apps for iOS and Android. Acumatica enables users to maintain full control and ownership of their data and resource scalability as it can be deployed on any cloud environment with no cloud vendor and data lock in.

“With over 90% of new applications built for the Cloud, it is a strong advantage for our partners and customers that Acumatica’s offerings can be deployed on any public, private or hybrid cloud. The growing size and complexity of enterprises in Africa, alongside ever improving internet broadband quality and availability makes cloud-based business management platforms viable solutions for businesses in Africa,” says Acumatica’s President of International Operations, Laurent Dedenis.  “Acumatica is the only Cloud business solutions that gives organizations the power to future-proof their ERP and business.” Customers across the globe, including Africa, have already benefitted from this powerful platform.

“Acumatica makes a lot of sense for us. Beyond the robust, secure, affordable and highly customizable cloud-based platform for our market, they are committed to supporting partners and customers in the region. This is the reason why Acumatica is arguably the fastest-growing cloud-based Enterprise Resource Planning platform in Africa,” says Elsante Mnzava, Founder of Mkenga Group Limited, Acumatica’s latest reseller in Africa. “We will be reaching out to light manufacturing prospects in markets such as Nigeria, Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Ghana and Ethiopia to illustrate the cost saving and revenue enhancement fundamentals of Acumatica’s cloud-based business management platform.”

About Acumatica

Acumatica is fastest growing provider of cloud business management software that empowers businesses of all sizes to unlock their potential and drive growth. Built on the world’s best cloud and mobile technology and a unique customer-centric licensing model, Acumatica delivers a suite of fully integrated business management applications, such as Financials, Distribution, CRM, and Project Accounting, on a robust and flexible platform. In an interconnected world, Acumatica enables customers to take full control of their businesses, to play to their organizations’ unique strengths, and to support their clients by following them anywhere on any device. Find out more on www.acumatica.com.

About Mkenga Group Limited

Mkenga Group Limited is a Tanzania-registered holding company that owns several business entities t focused on harnessing information technology to drive revenue enhancing and cost savings efficiencies in the B2C and B2B market spaces across East and South Africa. Through its BiasharaWorks subsidiary, Mkenga drives the implementations of cloud-based business management solutions which support they three key pillars of any enterprise: People, Processes and Technology. Fine out more on www.biasharaworks.com.


By Vanessa Poonah

JOHANNESBURG, South African meat producers say an increase in the price of red meat is inevitable as the on-going drought in parts of the country has forced some farmers to reduce livestock numbers.

The Swartland and West Coast regions of the country have been particularly hard hit by the poor grain harvests and shortage of animal feed while farmers who are not so badly affected are doing their bit to lend a helping hand.

A shortage of high quality feed, as a result of severe drought across parts of the country, could trigger a bigger crisis. With farmers forced to decrease their livestock numbers, meat prices are set to climb.

In order to help ease the burden, farmers are working together to donate animal feed to those in need.

Farmer Michiel Smuts says :”Besides the fact that you must sell or slaughter your stock you must decrease in size, and even when the drought has passed it will take years — three or four years — to get your stock up again, so it’s not just about losing livestock. It affects and sets back your whole operation.”

The Agri-Western Cape initiative will see 100 tons of fodder donated and transported to various struggling farms in the province.

Western Cape Province Member of the Executive Council (MEC) for Agriculture Alan Winde says:” The effect of the drought is that food prices will increase. It will also affect seasonal farm workers who depend on their wages to put food on the table. “

Meanwhile, in Northern Cape Province, more than 60 tonnes of feed have been distributed to small farmers. Coupled with a five-million-ton maize shortage in 2016, consumers can expect to dig deeper into their pockets.


Department rejects report on break-in at Minister’s house

The Department of Social Development has disputed a media report on the alleged break-in at the residence of Minister Bathabile Dlamini.

According to the news article carried by various Independent Media platforms over the weekend, the Minister’s official residence in Pretoria was broken into last week.

“We wish to put it on record that the allegation of a break-in at Minister Dlamini’s residence in Pretoria is unfounded and untrue. None of Minister Dlamini’s official residences were broken into last week,” the department said in a statement.

The department said the media statement about not reaching the Minister’s spokesperson, Lumka Oliphant, for comment is also untrue.

“In fact, Oliphant was contacted telephonically by Solly Maphumulo, a reporter from Independent Media, with questions about the alleged break-in. This conversation did not reach its conclusion because of cell phone reception problems. Maphumulo promised to call Oliphant back to get facts on the matter but she did not.”