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Contents My Office Magazine is the official magazine of the Southern African Association for Stationery, Home and Office Products. It is read by over 25 000 buyers and sellers of stationery and office products each month. PUBLISHER Rob Mathews - Kathy Gibson - EDITOR Leigh Richter - SUB-EDITOR Kathy Gibson - ASSOCIATE EDITOR AND MARKETING Wendy Dancer - EXECUTIVE SALES MANAGER Kim Kotze - NATIONAL OFFICE

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10 | INDUSTRY NEWS Industry-related news and trade business announcements 36 | ECO NEWS A green sustainability update


06 | THE POWER OF A COMPLIMENT Aki Kalliatakis looks at how few understand the true value of a few kind words 14 | HOW TO SELL: WHITEBOARDS AND PROJECTORS Whiteboards and projectors are key for presenting and conveying information 24 | WHITEBOARD ACCESSORIES Markers, erasers and whiteboard cleaning solutions 28 | ARTS AND CRAFTS The art of stained glass is not as difficult as it may seem

Design and Layout: Vanessa Bentley


New Membership: Rachel Skink Reception: Ruth Montsho


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14 12 | ONLINE SCHOOLS: A LEARNING CURVE We look at the advantages of online learning 23 | WIN THIS Win a Tower hamper 31 | COUNTING THE COST Offset fuel price hikes with these tips 32 | LIGHTING SOLUTIONS Lighting is an important aspect of any workspace 47 | THE REAL STUFF Move past the marketing fluff with Theo Denton of Denton Office Solutions


30 | MOTHER’S DAY Anna Jarvis: the mother of Mother’s Day


04 | YOU WON’T INHABIT THE OFFICE OF THE FUTURE The future is not arriving as quickly as one might expect, says Brian Holmes 05 | LIFTING YOUR GAZE South African companies need to look to the future, says Anton Herbst 08 | LABOUR LAW: LATE WARNINGS EXCUSE LATE EMPLOYEES Dr Ivan Israelstam looks at written and verbal warnings in the workplace 09 | CALLING IN A CONSULTANT How do you know when you need a consultant? Gavin Moffat investigates

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s South Africa heads inexorably towards winter, we bring a little brightness into your life by examining the positive and negative effects lighting can have in the office space. Lighting can have a significant impact on the well-being of employees, and it is vital that the workplace adequately caters for this. We speak to industry experts about different types of lighting, including energy-efficient bulbs and LEDs, and we look at the function of lighting in different areas of the workspace. See page 32 for more details.

their bit by not only saving but also gifting light to those who do without. Our Crime Alert on page 38 deals with the theft of light in the form of illegal power connections, and looks at the impact it has on both community safety and the economy. This month, our How to Sell on page 14 focuses on the staples of any good presentation: the projector and the whiteboard. The different types and their various uses are important to know when selling solutions to your customers. Our Stationery feature on page 24 covers all the accessories you will need to keep your whiteboards in perfect working order. And finally, on page 30 we look at the history and significance of the annual Mother’s Day celebration.

As many as 600-million people across the African continent live without access to electricity. In South Africa, approximately 11% of households have no power, resulting in people having to use dangerous methods of lighting in order to complete housework and homework. Open fires inside dwellings are not only a fire hazard but they also create high levels of indoor air pollution. In homes with poor ventilation, indoor smoke can be 100 times higher than acceptable levels for small particles. Often, small soot particles penetrate deep into the lungs, resulting in a greater incidence of diseases such as pneumonia. In keeping with the theme of light, our Eco News (page 36) takes a look at some of the ways in which businesses in South Africa are doing


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A very happy Mother’s Day from all of us here at My Office. Until next month

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Meet our team In last month’s issue of My Office, we mentioned that some exciting changes were afoot. This month we introduce you to the new-look My Office team: some familiar faces and some fresh ones too. We’d love to hear from you. Do you like the new look and feel? What topics do you think should be covered in My Office? Let us know by sending an e-mail to

Leigh Richter Editor

Ruth Montsho Receptionist

r Wendy Danceand or Associate edit ager an m ng ti marke

Vanessa Bentley

Design and layout

Rachel Skink

New membership

Kim Kotze

s manager Executive sale

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You won’t inhabit the office of the future


ur offices will change. In future we’ll visit the stationer to buy staplers, rulers and drones. More than just drones; we’ll also buy holograms, virtual reality goggles, augmented reality whatsits, smart desks, shrewd clothing and astute offices.

Perhaps I can pick up a quick-witted desk for Kakar, our new intern, who seems a little dim. Also, his name sounds a remarkably like the annoying call of the hadeda that’s taken to nicking my dogs’ food in the morning. When I first came across bright people suggesting that our offices would, in future, contain drones and holograms I was amused. It would be great to buzz Michelle with a drone as she ticked through her to-do list. It could also prove useful for retrieving espresso from the machine on the far side of the office. Imagine the morale boost that would bring. My mind continued along this train of thought and before long we were hosting Friday afternoon drone wars as the pub opened, paintball cannons firing, betting a tequila dance our favourite drone would win, being harassed by a bookie who looks suspiciously like Jabba the Hutt … my plan required some tinkering.


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None of what I imagined led to what technology has always promised: more productivity. There’s a story on the Internet by some guy gabbing on about a cotton gin and how it allowed a man to do in a day what previously took a woman two months. Clearly absolute drivel. I prefer the steam engine analogy. Or the water wheel before it. Or the plain old wheel before that. Or nagging before that. Technology has always been a productivity booster or it has been summarily ditched. Think of the machinegun: it revolutionised our ability to win wars. Intercontinental ballistic missiles took that a step further. Tequila turns entire pubs full of ugly people into supermodels. None of these technologies have been retired. So how will drones, holograms, augmented reality, virtual reality, savvy desks, perceptive staplers and brainy rulers make us more productive? I feel that I’m already a talented deadline dodger so perhaps these augmented office colleagues will take me to the next level: superseding deadlines altogether. Being paid by the word may make that a tricky proposition though. Apparently drones may actually deliver coffee to our offices. They have already proved highly effective at combatting rhino poachers, but not all of us get to work in a bushveld office. Autonomous vehicles send a shiver down my spine. As a committed petrolhead nothing frightens me more than the possibility I may not be able to gobble up a road on the bike at faster than 200kmph or dodge

acacia trees and anthills on the off-road bike. Holograms will, apparently, make it possible for us to work in collaboration with other people without actually having to smell them. Smell is one of the final techno-sensory frontiers. It remains impossible to transmit smell digitally. Other advanced technologies that may activate productivity in the future include embedded chips. That whole Internet of Things (IoT) is nothing compared with implanting a processor inside your head. Apparently we may use them to control equipment just by thinking about it. We’ll actually become part of the IoT. I will admit that the thought of infecting some company’s big data plot to upsell, cross sell, increase wallet share and achieve fiscal advances of plague-like proportions appeals to my sense of mischief. But surely all of this techno-wizardry is beyond the scope of my lifetime. Apparently not. Today’s tech wizards expect this stuff to start appearing in our offices as soon as 2020. That’s just five years away. I have sometimes found though, as an irregular reader of Popular Mechanics, that the maestros occasionally get it wrong. I think that I need not worry about how to cope with a Jabba the Hutt bookie and office drone war shenanigans. Because all of this future office nonsense will come to nought. Particularly in the next five years. I believe this because, unlike many other countries that have achieved progress that boggles the mind, South Africa went from electricity to candles.


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Lifting our gaze


olumes have been written about the lacklustre performance of the South African economy and, until we have significant structural change, the growth prospects remain subdued. The consequences of slow economic growth are felt throughout society, but in business it has turned our gaze to the here and now. Our focus is on survival, and our discussions centre on words like efficiency and productivity.

There is nothing wrong with an intense focus on operational costs and optimising our businesses, and in times of low sales growth it is critical for sustainability. It does, however, increasingly turn our gaze to our own feet as we look internally for this month’s profits or this year’s budget. The fact that many businesses survive in times like this is a clear indication of how inefficient and unproductive businesses

become when times are good – and just how much unnecessary cost we accumulate when the market grows and our business grow with it. In this mode we all strive for greater economies of scale and greater standardisation of processes and, in an effort to reach this, more and more companies merge or are acquired. In the process we become more vanilla, with very little to differentiate us from our competitors. Price plays an increasingly important role when customers decide where they want to buy because we all look and act the same. As the saying goes: “If you always do what you always did, you will always get what you always got.” Now overlay this with the unprecedented change we face, both in scope and in speed. As humans we are not very good at predicting what the future holds, and if we are standing on the flat part of an exponential curve it might even look as if we can continue to do what we have always done. We suddenly become the recipients of change rather than being the change agents and the innovators. Customers

are asking us for more customisation and yet we bring more commoditised products – they want exotic flavoured ice-cream with sprinkles and syrup, and we offer vanilla. And they have all the power now because technology is making it possible for them. The challenge to become relevant again requires us to expand our time horizons for the business beyond this quarter and this year. We need to analyse the environment we are operating in and see what future changes will affect our sustainability. It will require the leaders of businesses to once again project an exciting vision of the future and to have the change management skills to lead their people to it. It will require the talent of the youth and wisdom of the old, and all of us would have to strive for excellence to lift us from this suffocating mediocrity. We can also not do it alone and in our silos – we will have to collaborate internally and externally like we have never done before. It all starts with us lifting our gaze from the here and looking to the future and the possible.


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The power of a compliment


Few understand the true value of a few kind words

ne of the most neglected skills in both business and customer care is paying a compliment – be it to employees, colleagues, customers, children or spouses. We should never neglect to do so because it has such a powerful effect on people. Who of you reading this doesn’t like receiving a compliment? Perhaps only the most cynical 1% of the world’s population.

I know why we tend not to do enough complimenting. We often think that people will assume we want something, especially when it comes out of the blue. Sometimes we are aware that it may cause offence or be seen as sexual harassment. Occasionally we may judge positive behaviour or actions as pretty trivial compared to where we are in our lives – even though for the receiver it was quite a challenge. Often we are just too busy to remember. But paying people compliments is one of the most important ways of improving people’s output. It encourages desirable behaviour and leads to better performance. It creates warmth and breaks down barriers – or at least breaks the ice between strangers. It displays how kind and generous you are, and it boosts individual self-esteem and team morale. In a business context, research reported by Emily Murray proves that paying compliments can be just as powerful as cash rewards. But when it comes to customers, paying compliments helps them to re-inforce what a great choice they made choosing your business, and encourages them to buy more, more often, and bring their friends.


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It makes them feel more intelligent, and more willing to share their opinions with you and their connections. One of the biggest benefits is that it creates an obligation to repay the compliment in some way – often with more than the original act. But it’s easy for studies to look good on paper. It’s real-life examples such as these that bring compliments to life. At one SPAR branch near Harrismith, a little old lady who always struggles with her money broke her walking stick in the store. This was exactly what the manager had been looking for to show his caring, and he immediately bought an expensive and sturdy brand new walking stick for her, telling her she was one of his favourite customers. She was grateful – and months later told her big-deal son who had come to visit for Christmas about her experiences at the store. The son came in to thank the manager for taking care of his mother, and spent more than R10 000 in one morning to stock up on groceries for his family. In a classic experiment recorded by Perdue University, two psychology students spent time every Wednesday for a few years paying compliments to passers-by. They would say simple things to students like “I love your T-shirt” and “I wish I had hair like yours”. When they saw staff from the university they would say things like “thanks for all the hard work you do here” and “I loved your lecture last week”. There was tremendous positive impact. People smiled a lot more at each other, and felt better about themselves and others every Wednesday. The students moving between lectures would actually re-route themselves between classes just so that they could hear the compliments. Lecturers reported less negativity and more compliance. And it doesn’t even have to be live: A young high school student, Jeremiah Anthony, decided to use Twitter and created

a Twitter handle @WestHighBros where he could tweet positive messages and compliments about his school, friends and classmates. After encountering a story about bullies torturing their victims via social media, Anthony decided to strike back by creating a Twitter account for which the sole purpose was spreading positivity to his classmates. He decided he had to change the message. So far, there have been 4 642 tweets, (including 106 photos and videos) and there are 5 079 followers from everyone involved with the school. Messages are sent to people who are having a bad day and need a pick-me-up, and to show encouragement and a small act of kindness to people experiencing challenges. They use the platform to share inspiring quotations and to motivate people to do better. They send messages to staff that have gone out of their way to support the students. Students are happier. Teachers are happier. The world is a better place. In a world where, if the media is to be believed, humanity is in a downward spiral that is so fast that we aren’t sure where to begin – or how to get back to a world that evokes feelings of happiness and safety instead of shock and sadness – it is a near certainty that the best way to fight negativity is with positive messages and kindness. For every adverse and hostile act that is committed, there are many acts of kindness that are possible – and may go unnoticed. We are the only ones able to change the world we live in, one compliment at a time; one act of kindness at a time. I’m sure many of you think I am naïve, but please try it just once today. Just give someone important one small compliment, and highlight one small or wonderful thing that was done by someone. This magazine has thousands of readers. Imagine the impact that it would have on your world. And then tomorrow, do just one more.


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Late warnings excuse late employees


ost late-coming problems experienced by employers are due to the employer’s own fault. Both the principles of sound management and the Labour Relations Act (LRA) require that employers use firm, swift, fair and graduated disciplinary measures to deal with latecoming and other employee misconduct before dismissing the offenders.

In other words, every employer faced with late-coming should start giving warnings as soon as the problem arises, and give a series of more and more serious warnings where the late-coming is repeated. After the employee has received a series of warnings followed by a final warning and the employee comes late again, the employer should convene a formal disciplinary hearing. The hearing should decide whether the employee is indeed guilty of the most recent alleged latecoming and whether dismissal or some other corrective measure is appropriate. The employer should not: • Turn a blind eye to repeated acts of late-coming; • Give warnings and then fail to act on them; and • When the employer finally loses patience, lose their cool and fire the employee. In the case of NCP versus SACWU (1998, 6 BALR 769) the employee


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was a locomotive driver who arrived late on a number of occasions. He eventually received a final warning for lateness. Thereafter he was again, on several occasions, very late (by many hours). Despite this, he was only mildly reprimanded or warned, or not disciplined at all. Later, he was late yet again and was dismissed. The arbitrator found the dismissal to be unfair. It appears that the reasons for this startling decision were: • The employee had initially not been strongly disciplined for lateness after having received a final warning. This led the employee to believe that the final warning had no effect; • Under these circumstances it was wrong to fire the employee who had been led to believe, by the employer’s inconsistent and confusing conduct, that lateness and repeated late-coming were not serious offences; • The employer had abdicated its duty to take appropriate corrective steps in respect of the employee’s latecoming problem; and • The employer had therefore waived its right to dismiss the employee. Unless there are compelling mitigating circumstances, the next logical step after issuing a final warning is normally dismissal – but employers are too scared to take this final step because they have heard of employees winning cases at the CCMA in similar cases. For example, in the case of Transwerk versus SATAWU (2000, 8 BALR 993), the employee had received a final warning for late coming. He arrived late

for work again and was dismissed on the grounds of his final warning. The arbitrator found the dismissal to be too harsh and re-instated the employee. This means that, even if an employee has already received a final warning, the employer may still not be entitled to dismiss him for being absent again depending on the circumstances of the case. However, the LRA does not state under which circumstances it is acceptable to dismiss employees who repeat offences after receiving final warnings. These conflicting case decisions place employers in a quandary. On the one hand, if they do not dismiss latecomers who have received final warnings they could lose their right to dismiss them at a later stage. On the other hand, if they do dismiss latecomers after having issued a final warning, the arbitrator might find this to be too harsh. Employers often lose CCMA cases because they are fearful of these contradictory legal decisions. That is, because the employer cannot trust the system they try to circumvent it by, for example, coercing the employee to leave instead of holding a disciplinary hearing. While employers will be excused for feeling despondent due to the legal cards being stacked against them, they cannot allow this to derail them from following due process. Instead they should: • Receive training so as to be able to understand the vagaries and dangers of the law; and • Contact a reputable labour law expert as soon as problems with misconduct arise.


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Calling in a consultant How do you know when you need the services of a consultant?


hen you hit a wall with your business – be it a shortage of resources, a lack of ideas, or issues with staff and customers – what do you do? Do you soldier on? Look for solutions internally? Have you thought of going the route of an outside consultant?

A number of people I have met over the years decry consultants and the “millions they cost for the little value they produce”. I must say that in my experience (as a consultant) there are great stories … and then there are horrendous stories of profligate waste and ineffectual individuals, combined with 110-slide PowerPoint presentations that have little to do with either the actual problem or an actionable solution. As in every situation there are a great number of truths. Notwithstanding the few grim consulting outcomes that I have witnessed, I have generally seen the beneficial side of using an outsourcedsolutions approach. Sometimes you really don’t have the answer – or worse, you don’t even know the correct question. So how do you know when you need to look elsewhere for a solution? Most

often it’s when you reach the point of exhaustion, or the point of having exhausted all other options. Or maybe we should refer to that as the very last point at which you should be looking for help. It would be wiser to be in touch with your business in such a way that you are able to notice when issues are arising that you’re not sorting out in an efficient way. That’s what a consultant should do. They should look at your challenges and give you actionable suggestions as to what can be done to decrease costs, improve profits or invigorate your company with new business models or innovations. What should a consultant bring to the party? Well firstly, how about something you don’t already have or know? They should have some understanding of your industry – although on occasion industry outsiders have been known to solve large problems merely because they don’t carry industry baggage. You may be experiencing sudden growth and need more hands on deck. Consultants can be used to augment your team by adding a much needed short-term warm body to get the job done. They should be able to get to grips with your vision and challenges in a relatively short space of time, and be able to immerse themselves in potential solutions to these challenges. Remember their output will only ever be as good as your

input, so you need to invest a good deal of time to improve your outcome. They should have knowledge of what best practice means across a number of industries so that they have a check-point for how your company does things. Brain power is a must for most businesses, but sometimes your organisation just doesn’t have any more and you need to scale-up your mental computing power. Depending on the circumstance, its probably more cost effective to lease brain power than it is to employ it. It’s like upping the number of processors you are renting from Amazon Web Services on a moment’s notice, and then scaling down when they are no longer needed. Brain power on demand. A wider skill set is also important in a consultant. They should have worked across a number of organisations in the same sector as your business, and be able to bring that skill set into play for you. Finally, a fresh perspective is required. Sometimes that’s all that’s needed. Someone who can walk in and ask what may seem to be silly questions because they have a perspective that is different from yours. I have been doing consulting in some form or other for over 20 years, and the good I have seen outweighs the bad. Consultants are generally worth engaging with.


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industry news

Obituary: Charlie Gough Farewell to a legend

On 3 April 2015 Charlie Gough, the Highlands Park Captain of the legendary 1966 soccer team, passed away in Cape Town at the age of 75. Charlie arrived from Glasgow in 1964 to play for Highlands, having made a name for himself at Charlton Athletic F.C. He was instantly recognised by Highlands as a leader, and was appointed captain of what was unquestionably the best South African team ever assembled. He was recognised as an exceptionally reliable, hardworking player who led by example and raised the standard of the game to levels the South African soccer world had never seen. In those days, South African soccer was semi-professional. In 1968, Charlie

joined Avalon Stationers which was bought by Waltons soon thereafter. For 25 years, Charlie led the Transvaal sales team and played a strategic role in Waltons ultimately being recognised by the JSE as a top-listed SA company for two consecutive years. He maintained the position of sales director until 1993 when he left Waltons to start his own business, Online Stationers. On 7 April, friends and colleagues gathered in Johannesburg to pay tribute to Charlie and to commiserate with his two sons, Richard and Jamie, and his ex-wife Janet. Story after story was told about Charlie: his tough, uncompromising

attitude; his relentless discipline; his lovely dry humour; his competitive nature; and his years as a paratrooper in the British armed forces. In the work place, Charlie was demanding, but was fair and highly ethical. He loved his long daily walks and maintained his exceptionally strong physique until the day he passed. He was quiet, until he played his bagpipes, but had a phenomenal presence about him that will never be forgotten. He profoundly influenced the lives of so many, including myself, and will be sorely missed. Our sincere condolences to Lisa, Richard, Jamie, Nina and Janet. Rest in peace, Charlie. – Eugene Kleynhans

Pyrotec maximises uptime with new 350kw generator Load-shedding has become a constant reality in South Africa. In order to mitigate the effects of an unreliable power supply, Pyrotec has made the decision to purchase a standby generator which will be installed by the end April 2015. “Our goal is to ensure that business goes on as usual and that we continue to meet our customers’ expected delivery dates, no matter what happens. “After engaging a consultant to advise us, we have selected a John Deere driven generator due to its high level of reliability


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and CSA tested safety credentials. It also has an easily serviceable motor, which drives a 350kw alternator. “With this new generator, we will be able to keep the whole plant and office running during power cuts, including the night shift,” explains Pyrotec works manager Robbie Doidge. While planning for blackouts is vitally important in the industry, we are also mindful about the way we use power when load-shedding is not in effect. At Pyrotec, we believe that South African businesses should work together to minimise the huge demand for electricity that is currently being placed on our struggling national power grid. To this end, Pyrotec has numerous energy efficiency initiatives in place to cut our overall power consumption. We have converted the entire factory lighting to energy saving electronic technology and all our office lights are operated on zone switches. Additionally, our outside flood lighting has been converted to power efficient and long-lasting LED lighting. With these measures in place, Pyrotec is well prepared for the energy constraints that are yet to come. We are also part of the long-term solution – which is to change the way that we consume electricity in this country. Vol 99 - May 2015

industry news Panasonic stages SA comeback Panasonic has relaunched its brand in South Africa at an event held at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg. The company will offer a range of consumer and enterprise products in South Africa, including TVs, home theatre systems, home audio systems, portable audio systems and cameras, home appliances such as washing machines, fridges and beauty care products; and a full range of businessto-business equipment and air conditioners. Panasonic’s new tagline, “you deserve better”, is specific to the South African market. The company plans to spend $5-million (about R60-million) per year on marketing alone as it seeks to use South Africa as a launch pad for its strategic expansion into the rest of Africa. Daizo Ito, regional head of Panasonic for India, South Asia, Middle East and Africa, says: “Attention to detail and refined Japanese craftsmanship are inherent in all Panasonic products, from easy-to-use consumer products such as our range of audio-visual systems, cameras, home appliances, to reliable and precise business solutions including air conditioning units.” In the consumer space, Panasonic will not offer experience stores as their competitors do; instead, they will focus on discount stores (such as Game and Marko), chains (such as Shoprite) and independent dealers (to offer top-end goods). In the business-to-business space, Panasonic plans to use partners to expand their market share. “South Africa has the priority at the moment, but the next targets for Panasonic will be Nigeria and Egypt,” Ito says. Source: IT-Online

Our own Wendy Dancer was the winner of a Panasonic Lumix TZ55 camera

Walmart forges ahead with turnaround plan Walmart shareholders should brace themselves for some heavy spending in the next 18 to 24 months as the company invests in inventory management, in-store pick-up infrastructure for online orders, pricing on its private label lines and salary hikes for its previously-beleaguered workforce. This is in order to grow

market share and improve sales: the big drivers for its turnaround plan. Although shares declined 3,2% on the day the news broke about the wage increases, analysts believe that investments in wages and training are going to put Walmart stores on a better footing in the long run. Source:

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IT focus

A learning curve There are a number of advantages to online learning


ll around the globe there are increasing numbers of people who wish to further their education but don’t have the time or money to dedicate to a course at a traditional learning institution.

comments. Participants can also create groups and share notes with each other, which facilitates community learning.

their opinions before speaking, whereas the conversation may have moved on in a more traditional setting.

Greater variety


Because online schools are not based in a physical building, they are often able to offer a wide variety of short-course and degree programmes. There may be courses available online that only a select few institutions in the country have on offer.

According to a 2013 report by the Babson Survey Research Group, 1,6-million students were enrolled in at least one online class in 2002, compared to 6,7-million in 2011. In 2002, only about 72% of the surveyed schools offered some form of online learning, but that number has steadily increased to nearly 87% in 2012. Since then, the creation of fully online degree programmes have become a priority for education institutions around the world. There are a number of advantages when it comes to online education:

Time savings

Course instructors are often more approachable in the online setting and, as a result, students feel more comfortable talking with their teachers through online chats, e-mails and group discussions rather than face-to-face. Online correspondence erases the problem of making appointments in office hours, which is often inconvenient.

Flexibility Online courses offer a great degree of flexibility. Students can access their course at any time, from anywhere with an Internet connection. This makes it ideal for parents, working students and full-time professionals, who can attend classes no matter what their work schedule. Those enrolled in the course only need a PC and connectivity.

Accessibility Online courses are easily accessible at any time, and students can easily review lectures, discussions, explanations and


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Time is of the essence in any business environment. People who work full-time often can’t afford to attend rigidly-structured on-campus courses. Night classes pose their own set of problems for professionals who are parents or who have other commitments. One of the benefits of online education is that students do not have to sit for long periods of time during work hours. Instead, lessons can be paused when needed, and notes read at a time that suits them. This gives students adequate time to absorb the course material. Studies have found online learners tend to spend more time on tasks than students in on-campus, face-to-face environments.

Approachability Studies have found that online courses appear less intimidating to students than the traditional bricks-and-mortar classroom setting. This is especially true for people who have not been a student for a long time and are “out of practice”. Student interaction is boosted by online interactions where everyone has a voice and can share ideas. Students are also able to consider

Cost-efficacy By participating in an online course, students are able to save money by eliminating costs such as transportation or babysitting. Aside from this, students often don’t have to purchase expensive textbooks. Course material is generally posted online, in partnership with e-libraries and other digital publishers. E-textbooks offer substantial savings for students.


Did you know? offers short courses in arts and design, business and management, entrepreneurship, finance, hospitality and events, law, marketing, real estate, systems and technology, talent management (HR) and writing. The University of South Africa (Unisa) offers a number of distance learning courses that can be accessed online. Visit for more. edX offers short courses and modules from prestigious universities such as Stanford, Harvard and MIT. Visit www. to find out more. Vol 99 - May 2015

IT-ONLINE Up-to-the-minute IT news and features

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Perfect presentation Whiteboards, interactive whiteboards and projectors are key for presenting and conveying information

Whiteboards Whiteboards – also known as dry-erase boards – are made of hard plastic with a clear topcoat writing surface, bonded to a thin backing material. They are ideal for use in environments where chalk dust could prove to be an issue, such as in an area with sensitive electrical equipment.

Surface type Different whiteboard surfaces are designed for different uses, and it is important to ensure your customer chooses the right one for their needs. The less porous the whiteboard surface is, the better the performance will be. Melamine whiteboards are the cheapest type of board and will inevitably stain. Although daily cleanings will prolong the life of melamine boards, this surface will not last very long as it is highly porous. Melamine boards are meant for light usage, such as in a home or home office. Porcelain whiteboards are higher quality and therefore less porous than melamine. They are most commonly found in classroom settings. Porcelain whiteboards vary significantly in quality because there are so many different ways to manufacture porcelain. A


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glossy board will have fewer surface pores than a board with a matte finish, and therefore will last longer without staining. Hardcoat laminate is completely nonporous and does not allow marker ink to penetrate the surface. This means the boards do not need to be cleaned often to prevent staining. The downside of a hardcoat laminate surface is that it is more susceptible to scratching, so it should be cleaned with a soft microfibre cloth.

Did you know? Staining occurs if marker residue is left on the board without daily cleanings. Many whiteboard surfaces retain marker pigments which penetrate the surface of the board and never come clean. This leaves behind a discoloured look known as “ghosting”, creating an unsightly whiteboard with remnants of writing from the past. This can make it difficult for people to read what is on the board. Vol 99 - May 2015

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how to sell Lifespan All whiteboards have a limited lifespan – in fact, many whiteboards are replaced within five years simply due to staining. When selling a whiteboard to a customer, it is important to take maintenance and replacement into account. While high-quality whiteboards cost more up front, they last a lot longer. The lifespan of one porcelain-surfaced whiteboard is approximately six times that of a melamine-surfaced board.

Size and mounting Two key factors for your customers to consider with regards to the whiteboard are size and mounting. When choosing a whiteboard, they will need to measure the wall space available, and be sure to note the dimensions of the board. They will also need to consider the type of mounting hardware included with the board. Some whiteboards allow for both vertical and horizontal mounting.

Tip Always recommend your customer buy a whiteboard with a surface type that is a level up from the type they think they will need. Once the board is mounted and accessible, there is a good chance it will be used more often than originally estimated.

Form versus function When selling whiteboards to your customers, it is important to get some idea of where it will be placed. Whiteboards can be aesthetically pleasing as well as useful. Whiteboards with magnetic surfaces make great presentation boards, and allow the whiteboard to double as a bulletin board for hanging of charts and images. Other whiteboards come with predrawn markings on them, such as grid patterns, planners or calendars. This is ideal for scheduling teams and drawing graphs. Whiteboards are also available with different types of frames, such as wood or graphite, to match office decor.

Other key features for your customers to consider: • Durability – the durability of interactive whiteboards is variable. It is wise to choose one that can withstand punctures, permanent marker or water. • Warranty – a longer warranty is better for your customers. • Dry-erase friendly – some IWBs have a surface you can write on with dry-erase markers. • Video conferencing capabilities – IWBs can be used for video conferencing. • Handwriting recognition – some IWBs come with handwriting and shape recognition.

Projection types and throw There are two types of interactive whiteboards: front projection and rear projection. Front projection whiteboards use a projector that is situated in front of the whiteboard surface. This can cast a shadow if the presenter is standing in front of the board. A rear projection whiteboard does not cast shadows because the projector is positioned behind the whiteboard surface. This is better for the presenter, as they do not have to face the projector light when addressing an audience. In terms of distance, there are two types your clients must consider: a standard projector or a short throw. A standard projector is a unit that mounts further back into the room (such as on the ceiling or on a desk). A shortthrow projector mounts directly above

the whiteboard, projecting from a short distance. Because it is close to the projection surface, shadowing is eliminated.

Technology types There is a wide variety of interactive whiteboard technology available, allowing for integration of interactive elements such as touch technology, writing instruments and lasers. Different technology types will be more or less appropriate for your customers. A whiteboard that contains a resistive membrane has a surface that consists of two panels of resistive materials separated by a space. The space creates a membrane that is touch-sensitive, responding to the pressure of a finger gesture or stylus pen movement. This technology is cost-effective but not very durable, as the surface is easily marked or damaged. IWBs that use ultrasonic technologies are designed with ultrasonic transmitters and receivers at each corner of the whiteboard. Signals are transmitted and any gestures on the edges of the whiteboard create ultrasonic waves that are detected by the transmitters. The waves are subdued when the surface of the whiteboard is pressed, and information is communicated by the ultrasonic receiver to the controller. Electromagnetic whiteboards have a hard surface backed with a grid of electronic wires that interact with the coil on a stylus pen. The coil helps the grid wires to identify the X and Y co-ordinates on the pen. This type of technology

Interactive whiteboards An interactive whiteboard (IWB) consists of a smart display screen that is connected to a computer and projector via a USB port, and allows for viewing, input and collaboration by multiple users.


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is not suitable for touch gestures, as configuration is incapable of sensing touch gestures and pointing devices. An infrared whiteboard uses infrared optical technology which tracks the touch gestures or stylus pen movements on the surface. When the whiteboard surface is pressed, information is processed by the on-board software. A laser scanner whiteboard uses laser light which is distributed near the edges of the whiteboard. The laser scanners are located on the frame of the whiteboard and integrate with a felt stylus pen which reflects the laser light back on the frame to track movement. A digital interactive whiteboard requires a digital pen equipped with infrared cameras. When the digital pen is used on the whiteboard surface, the pattern of the pen movements is accurately tracked, allowing for pinpoint accuracy.

Screen size The size of your customer’s audience will determine what size screen they will need to consider. For small gatherings of between two and 10 people, screens should be 50 inches diagonally. For 10 to 25 people, the screen should be in the 60-inch to 80inch range. For an audience of 50 or


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more, the large 80- to 105-inch screens are needed.

Resolution Screen resolution is also a key selling point. A high resolution (like 1080p or 4K) is more expensive and is only really necessary for demanding applications that require the utmost clarity. Interactive LCD or LED screens are best for a highresolution application. Screens are usually available in regular format (known as XGA) or widescreen (known as WXGA). Widescreen formats will cost slightly more, but they are becoming widely available. It is a good idea for your customers to match the interactive whiteboard resolution to that of their computers. This will ensure optimal picture quality.

Connectivity and compatibility The way an interactive whiteboard connects to the Internet and other devices is of paramount importance for your customers. Many whiteboards are connected through cables, usually via a USB port. Wireless connectivity, where no physical connection is present between the whiteboard and the Internet or other device, means more mobility and less clutter for customers. Many interactive whiteboards are

Bluetooth compatible. Some IWBs are both iOS and Android compatible, allowing your customer to use the whiteboard from an app on their smartphone. Direct, wireless printing from the whiteboard is another key feature.

Mobility, adjustability and versatility The ability to move and adjust an interactive whiteboard is another selling point. Some IWBs can be placed on a rolling stand and moved from room to room. The type of cart needed will depend on the type of project your customer has. A standard unit needs a stand that holds only the board, but a short-throw projector needs a cart that holds both the board and projector. The ability to adjust the height of the IWB is a feature that customers may require. This can be done by adjusting a wall mount or a rolling stand. The number of people that will be using the IWB at any one time must be taken into consideration. Some IWB screens are dual touch or multi touch, meaning that more than one person can use the whiteboard at the same time. Another useful feature is multi-force input, where the board senses how hard the user is pressing and adjusts the line thickness accordingly. Vol 99 - May 2015

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Projectors are primarily used in office and educational settings as a means to share information. There are a number of factors that your client will need to consider to choose a projector with the right features and performance to best suit their needs.

Another important question to ask your customers is how often the projector will need to be moved from one venue to another. Projectors come in many different shapes and sizes, ranging from those small and light enough to fit in the palm of your hand to those that are suitable for permanent installation only. It is important to let your customers know that an increase in portability can mean a decrease in projection quality.

Media type The very first thing to do is to ask your customer what the projector will be used for. There are basically four kinds of images that can be shown on a projector: data; video; photos; and games. Although any projector can show any kind of image, it is important to choose one based on what your customer will use most. Projectors are generally sold as business projectors (for data, such as presentations, spreadsheets and PDFs) or home entertainment projectors (for photos and video files such as movies). A growing number of projectors are sold as gameplaying devices, which require some of the capabilities needed for data images and some needed for videos.

Resolution, screen format and throw The resolution your customer will use most often should determine the projector’s native resolution (that is, the number of physical pixels in the projector’s display). Projectors can scale images up or down to their native resolutions, but they lose image quality in the process. SVGA (800 by 600 pixels) will suffice for data, but for video 1080p is necessary to project the best image. For video and games a widescreen format will be a must for your customers.

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how to sell Native widescreen resolutions have become common even for data. Finally, you will need to ask your client whether or not they will need a shortthrow projector. Throw is the ability to cast an image at a certain distance from the screen. A short-throw projector will allow users to throw a large image in a tight space, which minimises the risk of people getting in front of the projector and blocking part of the image. Most projectors can throw a 1,8m-wide image from 3,5m to 4,5m away; most shortthrow projectors need 0,9m to 1,8m; and ultra-short-throw projectors need only a few centimetres. On the opposite end of the spectrum, long-throw projectors are ideal for large conference rooms and small auditoriums.

Brightness and contrast The level of brightness your customer will need hinges on what they will use the projector for. Brightness is measured in lumens, or the amount of light emitted by an object per second. For a home theatre projector to be used in a dark room, 1 000 to 1 200 lumens will provide a large, bright image. In this instance, a 2 000-lumen projector may be too bright and hard on the eyes. For a portable data projector your customer plans to use in well-lit locations, 2 000 to 3 000 lumens will suffice. Generally speaking, the larger and lighter the room, the greater the brightness the user will need. Small, incremental changes in lumens


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aren’t usually significant. For the user to perceive twice the amount of brightness, twice the number of lumens must exist. Contrast ratio is the ratio between the brightness of the brightest and darkest areas a projector can produce. A higher contrast ratio will mean more vibrant, eye-catching colours, with greater detail showing in dark areas on the screen.

Connectivity The way in which the projector interacts with other equipment will be important to your customers. Most projectors offer an analogue or VGA (video graphics array) connector, allowing connection to a computer or video equipment. An HDMI (high-definition multimedia interface) connection is preferable for adigital connection, as it preserves quality and mitigates issues such as jitter. Some projectors are now adding mobile highdefinition link (MHL)-enabled HDMI ports, allowing projection from Android devices. Most newer-model projectors offer WiFi connectivity via a wireless dongle that fits in a USB port.

Imaging technologies Today’s projectors are based on one of four imaging technologies: digital light processing (DLP), liquid crystal display (LCD), liquid crystal on silicon (LCOS) and laser raster. DLP technology is usually used in inexpensive projectors. It projects primary colours sequentially rather

than simultaneously, which often leads to a rainbow effect. Light areas on the screen break up into little rainbows when viewers shift their gaze or something moves on-screen. LCD projectors don’t suffer from the rainbow effect, but they tend to be bigger and heavier for equivalent projectors. Standard-sized LCOS projectors offer the best-quality images, but they tend to be bigger and heavier than DLP or LCD projectors, and therefore more expensive. Laser raster projectors are uncommon, but one advantage of using a laser is that the image doesn’t need focusing.

Audio Projectors that are needed for videos and audio clips will require built-in audio. In general, highly portable projectors have poor audio quality. The larger the machine, the better the built-in audio usually is. If your customer needs a highly portable device, they should consider using a separate sound system.

3D One of the newest features available on projectors today is 3D. However, due to the fact that a variety of 3D schemes are available, just because a projector is 3D-ready doesn’t mean it will work with the 3D source you want to use. If the customer wants to use a projector for 3D content, you will need to ascertain that it will work with the specific 3D image source they plan to use.


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Whiteboard accessories Despite the changing times, markers, erasers and white board cleaning solutions still feature prominently in many businesses


ry-erase markers are also known as white board markers or nonpermanent markers. They are made using erasable ink, for use on a slick, non-porous writing surface such as whiteboards and overhead projectors.

The ink in a dry-erase marker is made from colour pigments, a chemical solvent and a polymer (or “release agent�). The kind of polymer that is used determines whether the marker is permanent or non-permanent. Dry-erase markers use an oily silicone polymer which makes the ink slippery, preventing it from coming into direct contact with a surface. The solvent in the marker (usually an alcohol) helps the ink to dry quickly. The ink attaches to the surface rather than being absorbed by it.


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They are often used by children because the marks they make are easy to clean and the ink is non-toxic. Before using dry-erase markers, it is a good idea to test them on the surface you want to mark. Some surfaces don’t erase well, and the marker will leave permanent or semi-permanent marks behind. Wet-wipe or wet-erase markers are similar to dry-erase markers but use a quick-drying liquid paste as their medium. The markings are semipermanent as the base is not alcoholic in nature, and will not be wiped away by a whiteboard eraser. The pastebased medium is less likely to cause an allergic reaction. These markers are usually made of water, resin and titanium dioxide. Wet-wipe markers are often used to draw a template, especially in school classrooms or on calendars. Dry-erase markers are then usually applied on top of the wet-wipe marker, and erased without touching the wet-wipe marks.

Uses for wet-wipe markers include overhead projector transparencies, tablets at restaurants, office calendars, signboards, whiteboards, writing on mirrors, chalkboards, plastics, ceramics, glass windows and other non-porous surfaces. They are available in an assortment of colours, and can then be cleaned off non-porous surfaces with a damp cloth.

Whiteboard erasers Whiteboard erasers are used in schools and offices all around the world. When choosing a whiteboard eraser, it is important to take note of the following characteristics. Vol 99 - May 2015

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Size and grip is important when choosing a whiteboard eraser. Consider who will be using it the most. The eraser should conform to the shape of the hand, otherwise users risk dropping it or straining their fingers with ink. Some models are designed especially for smaller hands. A variety of shapes exist to make erasing easier. There is even a whiteboard eraser glove available. Erasers are available in a range of different colours and fabrics. This is useful when it comes to organising stationery, especially in learning environments. Choosing the type of duster that your whiteboard eraser is fitted with will not only benefit your whiteboard, but your health too. Traditionally, the duster part of a whiteboard eraser is made of felt. Those with allergies and asthma should consider using microfibre dusters, as these trap dust and tend to be hypoallergenic. Washable dusters ensure that there is as little ink dust being released into the air as possible, as cleaner dusters tend to retain dust better. Whiteboard eraser holders make having one within reach easy. While most come equipped with their own holder, it is also possible to buy them separately. Magnetic holders are popular as they can be placed anywhere on the board.

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stationery feature Whiteboard cleaning solutions Whiteboards are popular in schools, offices and in homes. They are a convenient replacement for chalkboards and bulletin boards. What’s more, they are very easy to clean and maintain. There are dozens of commercial cleaning products available for use on whiteboards. Most contain bleach or alcohol, which erase ink and other stains. Clean the board thoroughly with a formulated board cleaner by simply spraying the surface with the cleaner and wiping with a clean soft cloth. It is suggested that the board be periodically cleaned. Many whiteboard solutions actually re-condition the surface of the whiteboard, meaning that it is easier to wipe clean with just a dry cloth between full cleanings. Ultimately this means that you will use less cleaner. Look out for whiteboard cleaners that are non-toxic and biodegradable. You can get them scented, or completely scent-free. Whiteboard cleaning wipes are also available. They are usually made of three-ply material and are premoistened with a cleaning solution. They are often non-toxic and safe to use on skin. In order to reduce the amount of time spent cleaning whiteboards, consider these helpful tips that will decrease the wear and tear on your board: • Erase frequently – don’t wait days before erasing large amounts of writing. Instead, erase notes as soon as you are done with them. Also, when erasing a whiteboard, don’t just clean off the areas with the markings. Rather, clean the entire board thoroughly after each use. If ink is left on the board for several days, the ink will set and it may be difficult to erase. • Soap and water – rather than wait until your dry erase board full of leftover markings, consider cleaning it with mild soap and water on a weekly basis. Dip a sponge into a mixture of soapy water and gently scrub the board. Dry with a soft towel. • Never use coins or other hard, sharp objects to scratch off stubborn marks from a whiteboard. Doing so will damage the surface of the whiteboard and decrease your writing space.

Some unusual uses for dry-erase markers 1. Label frozen foods – use a dry-erase marker to write the date and contents on the lid of storage containers you want to put in the freezer. 2. Make notes on your bathroom mirror – the bathroom mirror is usually one of the first things you see in the morning, so it’s a great place to write reminders or jot down quick notes. Dry-erase markers write beautifully on glass. 3. Make a dry-erase card – cover an index card with clear packing tape to create a pocketsized whiteboard. Brainstorm on the go, erase, and use it again. 4. Mind mapping – place a sheet of paper in a plastic file sleeve and write on it over and over again. The paper can contain templates for mind-mapping or brainstorming. 5. Label file drawers or shelves – file drawers and shelves with smooth finishes, such as metal or Formica, can be labelled with dryerase markers and re-labelled with ease. 6. Learn while you shower – if you have a glass shower, you can write lists of words or other information you want to learn on the outside and read it while you bathe. 7. Mark the next service date inside your car’s windscreen – use a fine-tip dry-erase marker to write a reminder in an out-of-direct-sight corner of your windscreen. 8. Write on your desk – get a glass or acrylic desk pad (you may have to put a sheet of poster board underneath if your desk isn’t light-coloured) and write notes, to-do lists, phone numbers, or anything else directly on the top of your desk. As you finish tasks, simply wipe them away. Source -



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industry events

Diarise this A list of industry-specific events and exhibitions to mark on your calendar

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SOUTHERN AFRICAN SOLAR ENERGY CONFERENCE KRUGER NATIONAL PARK, NELSPRUIT, SOUTH AFRICA The Southern African Solar Energy Coference is organised by the University of Pretoria and will cover areas like fluid mechanics, heat transfer, thermodynamics, heat exchangers, fluids, nanofluids, materials, weather, resources, solar irradiance and luminance, and solar storage systems, solar physics, solar applications and policy.

AFRICAN UTILITY WEEK FORUM CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA African Utility Week Forum highlights different aspects of the African utilities sector. Attendees will get the opportunity to meet industry leaders and share their business. The conference will focus on topics such as metering, billing, renewable energy, water, industry and investment, the smart grid and waste management. An exhibit will showcase the latest products and services.

SECUREX GALLAGHER CONVENTION CENTRE, JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA Securex is Africa’s leading security and fire exhibition for industry professionals. This one-stop exhibition offers visitors the unrivalled opportunity to interact with exhibitors eager to showcase their products and services. Visit for more information.

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COMMERCIAL AND DIGITAL PRINT EXHIBITION BLOEMFONTEIN SHOWGROUNDS, BLOEMFONTEIN, SOUTH AFRICA This event will showcase the entire digital printing process, from sheetfed A3 machines to commercial litho and digital printers, finishing equipment, software, and media and consumables in the printing and publishing, paper and paper products industries.

MARKETING INDABA CAPE TOWN INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION CENTRE, CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA This event aims to inspire and assist the marketing and communication industry. The conference promises to inform both the professional marketer as well as those keen to get fresh ideas on marketing their products and services. Delegates will get the opportunity to listen to more than 16 industry leaders and speakers covering most aspects of the marketing discipline.

SA INDUSTRY & TECHNOLOGY FAIR GALLAGHER CONVENTION CENTRE, MIDRAND, SOUTH AFRICA This international trade show will make the leading experts related to industrial houses aware of the latest and advanced techniques. Professional and technical experts will have the ability to improve and enhance their knowledge by attending this expo.

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Through the pretty glass Vlad G / The Sainte-Chapelle in Paris

The art of stained glass is not as difficult or intimidating as it may seem


tained glass refers to coloured glass and the works created from it. Once the preserve of significant buildings like churches, stained glass is now something that crafters of all ages can all enjoy. Traditionally made in flat panels to use in window panes, modern stained glass techniques allow for 3D sculpture.

Tools Although stained glass-making requires a special set of tools, it is easier than it seems. There are a few essentials to get you started: Glass – there are different types of glass available to use when making stained glass. These include textured and streaky glass.


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Glass cutter – available in variety of styles, including wheel cutters and pistol grip, glass cutters often come with an oil reservoir in the handle for improved cutting. Cutting oil – this lubricant will aid with scoring the glass, prolonging the glass cutter’s life. Pliers – there are two types of pliers used in stained glass. Grozer pliers are designed for breaking glass and trimming little edges. Running pliers are used to snap long cuts in the glass. Standard household pliers are not suitable for stained glass work. Copper foil or lead came – lead came is a channel used to hold pieces of glass together. Copper foil has an adhesive on one side to hold the glass pieces together. Copper foil can be silver backed, in order to match the solder. Soldering iron – this needs to be one designed for stained glass. They come with a variety of tips, ranging from wide to narrow.

Solder – this is a mixture of tin and lead. A higher tin content has a lower melting point and will flow more quickly, with a more silvery finish. Lead-free solder is also available. Flux – this is used to assist the solder to flow between the copper-taped pieces. It is available in liquid or gel form. For the best results, brush every copper-foiled surface with flux before soldering. Grinder – an electric glass grinder will help smooth sharp edges and work the glass into shapes that are otherwise difficult to cut. If you do not have a grinder, a carborundum stone can be used to file any edges. Safety glasses – this is to prevent flecks of glass from entering the eyes when cutting or grinding. Safety gloves – these well help prevent cuts when working with glass. Lightbox – this will help you to transfer your design from paper to the glass. Alternatively, cut the pattern out of paper and trace it on to the glass. Vol 99 - May 2015

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Design The first step in creating a stained glass piece is to choose a design. It is important that the design is both practical for the size of the piece of glass you have and suitable for your skill level. The next step is to trace the outline of the chosen design on to the glass. The best way to do this is to use a lightbox or tracing paper. Trace the pattern on to the glass using an ordinary black marker. Using a piece of graph paper will help you to scale the drawing accurately. If you have a lot of similar pieces, it helps to number them so you remember where each piece goes. Once you have traced your pattern onto the glass, use a ruler to align your glass cutter correctly. Start scoring at the edge of the glass and score in a single movement all the way across the line you want to cut. Don’t stop and start the score in the middle of a piece of glass, as the glass will always break all the way across. By scoring the glass you control where that break happens. If you are using a textured glass, remember to create the score on the smooth side. You can break your glass along the scored line by snapping it apart with your hands, or you can use your running pliers. Line up the middle of the pliers with the line you are trying to break and squeeze gently. You can also use the handle of your glass cutters to help fracture the glass. Do so by tapping gently

on the score line. Curved lines are trickier to cut, and sometimes the glass breaks in its own direction. Score the curve from one edge to the other, following the line of your curve. Use pliers to break the glass along the score line. Keep your curves gentle, and you should have no problem. If you do have to cut deeper curves, make a series of shallow curves and use your grinder to deepen the curve. Once you have cut out the pieces, you need to put them back on the pattern to see if any corrective lines are needed. Take the individual pieces to the grinding wheel and gently grind away rough edges and fine-tune the shapes. Cleaning up the edges will ensure that the pieces of glass fit together. Once all the pieces have been smoothed, build a simple frame around them to keep the pattern in place. Now you can foil all the pieces. This is easy but very time-consuming; however, the more time you spend on foiling your pieces, the better the final soldered result will be. Choose the correct thickness of foil for the job, peel the protective backing off, centre your glass on the tape and press it securely along all the cut edges. Press the foiled edges firmly. Use something stiff to ensure that the tape is very securely adhered and even. To tack solder the pieces in place, apply dots of flux to desired areas, and melt a small blob of solder on top. Once all of the pieces are tacked

together, you can “tin” the seams by applying a thin, flat amount of solder to all of the seams, completely coating all of the copper foil. Use bead soldering (which involves making a small ball of lead solder and then placing it on the joint) to create an aesthetically pleasing finish. Finally, clean your piece well with a mild detergent or glass cleaner, and display in a well-lit environment.


The art of stained glass is approximately 1 000 years old. Many window pieces have survived largely intact since the late Middle Ages in areas like Western Europe. Stained glass is described as “illuminated wall decoration”, and was used primarily as a way to control light.

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Anna Jarvis: the mother of Mother’s Day Although celebrated annually across the globe, not many are aware of the history of Mother’s Day


other’s Day is currently celebrated across 46 countries on a Sunday in the month of March or May.

Although the concept of honouring the mother goes as far back as the ancient Greeks and Romans, and, more recently, Mothering Sunday in the United Kingdom (observed on the fourth Sunday after Lent, to celebrate and honour the Virgin Mary), Mother’s Day as we know it is less than 100 years old. Millions of people across the globe take the day as an opportunity to honour their mothers, and thank them for their efforts in giving them life, raising them and supporting them. Anna Jarvis is recognised by many as the founder of Mother’s Day in the United States. Although she never married and was not a mother herself, she worked hard to see that the day was instituted. Jarvis was inspired to fight for a day honouring mothers by her own mother, Anna Marie Reeves Jarvis. An activist and social worker, Anna Marie often expressed her desire that someday someone should honour all mothers, living and dead, and pay tribute to the contributions made by them. As a loving daughter, Jarvis never forgot her mother’s words and, when she died in 1905, Jarvis resolved to fulfil her wishes. She was spurred on by the growing blasé attitude towards mothers in America.


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To commemorate the death of her mother, Jarvis had 500 white carnations delivered to St Andrew’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Grafton, West Virginia – the church where her mother taught Sunday school for over 20 years – and requested that each mother in the congregation receive one. They were Anna Marie’s favourite flowers, and Jarvis felt that they symbolised a mother’s pure love. The following year, the church repeated the event and it became a tradition.

The colour of carnations According to Jarvis: “The white carnation is preferred because it may be thought to typify some of the virtues of motherhood; ... whiteness stands for purity; its lasting qualities, faithfulness; its fragrance, love; its wide field of growth, charity; its form, beauty ...” In modern times, white carnations are considered a symbol of remembrance, while red and pink carnations are to honour those mothers who are still living.

cards are common. Mother’s Day has become widely commercialised, and businesses such as stationers and florists see increased revenues around the day.


Did you know? Some historians attribute the advent of Mother’s Day to Julia Ward Howe. She was an activist, writer and poet who became famous for the Civil War song, Battle Hymn of the Republic. She suggested that 2 June should be an annual celebration of mothers. She wrote an impassioned appeal to women, urging them to rise up against war in her Mother’s Day Proclamation, which was written in Boston in 1870. She also initiated a Mothers’ Peace Day observance on the second Sunday in June in Boston, and held the meeting for a number of years. She tirelessly championed the cause of an official celebration of Mothers Day and the declaration of an official holiday on the day.

Don’t forget! This year Mother’s Day falls on 10 May.

Later she and her supporters wrote letters to people in positions of power, lobbying for the official declaration of a Mother’s Day holiday. Their hard work paid off. By 1911, Mother’s Day was celebrated in almost every state in the Union, and on 8 May 1914 President Woodrow Wilson signed a Joint Resolution designating the second Sunday in May as Mother’s Day. Today, Mother’s Day is celebrated in a number of countries, including the US, UK, India, Denmark, Finland, Italy, Turkey, Australia, Mexico, Canada, China, Japan, Belgium and South Africa. It has become hugely popular, and gifts of flowers and Vol 99 - May 2015


Counting the cost


Top tips to help businesses offset fuel price hikes


he steady increase in the fuel price in South Africa means that logistics transport costs for companies continue to skyrocket. These on-going increases will put pressure on companies – particularly those that make a lot of deliveries or customer visits – to find cheaper ways of doing business.

For any business to remain competitive, the effects of increased fuel costs need to be off-set – and the best way to save between 10% to 25% on logistics costs is to ensure efficiency. Here are six tips for those looking to reduce their logistic costs immediately, and negate a substantial portion of the fuel price increase:

Examine your network In order to apply smarter strategy, it’s critical to periodically engage in a network modelling exercise. This process enables companies to determine the most efficient way of doing business. Factors to examine include: determining the best possible geographic location for warehouses; comparing supply chain costs; determining the impact on transport costs when using company’s vehicles for inter-warehouse transfers; and comparing the supply chain CO2 footprint.

used. This is achieved by combining data from each vehicle’s tracking device and comparing it to the routes generated by the route optimisation tool. Essentially, the system enables you to see on a map and Gantt chart where your vehicle is versus where it should be.

Automate processes Whilst automating processes doesn’t directly decrease fuel costs, it does remove inefficiencies which results in cost and time-savings. For example, most delivery processes are manual, which wastes time. But, by integrating data from a company’s ordering system with a driver’s smartphone, acceptance of goods can be automated and an electronic proof of delivery sent immediately, enabling invoicing to take place that much faster. By automating these basic business processes – of which invoicing is just one example – companies can get more from their resources like their people and their trucks.

Integrate systems and reporting A company’s reporting is typically based

on data from a single system and, in cases where a company combines data from multiple systems, this is typically done manually – and often inefficiently. By integrating systems, companies can transfer data seamlessly, enabling more effective reporting that gives complete visibility of the entire supply chain in realtime. The outcome of this integration is knowledge, such as the profitability of routes or the root cause of overtime, which can lead to savings.

Mobile technology With the price of hardware and cellular communication decreasing, mobile technology can now be used as an effective, cheaper alternative to provide a company with functionality such as GPS navigation, process flow management and electronic proof of delivery. The typical savings when effectively adopting the above tips are between 10% and 25%, and most of these solutions can be implemented quickly. This leads to quick wins for companies.


Optimise routes


The simplest way to ensure route optimisation is to make sure that the least number of vehicles drive the least amount of kilometres. This can be achieved by feeding data – what needs to be delivered, to where and by when – into a system that generates the shortest possible routes. These smart tools are available for both SMEs and larger companies, and ensure that the load is spread evenly across available delivery days.

Ensure proper execution Armed with a set of efficient routes, next a company needs to ensure they’re being

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Get the green light


co-friendly or LED lighting is very energy efficient when compared to traditional lighting methods. This is because it uses less energy to produce similar light output. The lifespan of an LED bulb is up to 10 times longer than that of a traditional bulb.

The only prerequisites required for moving to an eco-friendly lighting solution is to make sure that the electrical properties are the same. Ensure that base type (bayonet or screw in), required light output (in terms of wattage), the colour temperature and the transformer requirements are the same for the replacement energy-efficient bulbs. The wattage of LED bulbs vary, and depend largely on lamp size, application and technology used. When looking to replace old bulbs with LED bulbs, a conversion table applies. A 13W to 15W LED bulb is equivalent to an old 60W bulb, and 23W to 30W is equivalent to an old 100W bulb. Energy-efficient bulbs are usually available in two colours: warm white and cool (incandescent) white. Some ranges have a spectrum of warmer and cooler whites.


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LED lighting is so energy efficient because it uses less energy and can be powered by other energy sources, such as solar, and can also be dimmable, depending on the switch used. LED bubs are not yet at the stage of replacing fluorescent strip lighting. However, some manufacturers offer LED luminaires (complete electric light units) that are able to meet strip light requirements. LEDS are therefore not suitable for all requirements. The price differential between energy efficient bulbs and normal bulbs depends on many factors. This includes the lifetime of the said LED bulb, light output, colour rendering properties and so on. The pricing of LED lamps is coming down as their prevalence increases. There is currently no regulation for LED lamps (such as SABS), but for LED luminaires an LOA is required. There is currently no standard in place for the disposal of LED bulbs. Companies such as Woolworths and Pick n Pay have collection bins for spent LED bulbs. Rolling out eco-friendly lighting solutions will translate into significant cost- and energy savings. LED products offer you peace of mind, reducing the frequency with which you replace bulbs. Vol 99 - May 2015


Light up your life

Taking the time to implement the optimal office lighting system helps create a workplace that influences mood, boosts vitality, promotes wellbeing and improves performance. Light has a profound effect on how we feel, and plays a vital role in creating a healthy workplace. Daylight controls natural biorhythms, influences moods and creates a sense of wellbeing. But daylight alone is not sufficient: in most offices, artificial light is also needed to produce the right light levels. Inadequate lighting can result in eye strain, fatigue and poor performance, particularly in roles involving problem solving and concentration.

Reception areas The office reception is the place to impress the visitors who will make decisions about your company based on their initial reaction. It goes without saying that the atmosphere should be welcoming, but it should also reflect the way business is done. Lighting can help set the mood perfectly – from fun and funky to cool and corporate, enhancing the expectations of clients and customers. It also creates the right welcome for staff. From the moment visitors walk into reception, you can create appeal with attractive, dynamic lighting. This can include dramatic, vibrant schemes that reflect corporate colours, as well as soft ambience lighting designed to soothe the senses.

Meeting rooms Lighting has an impact on people’s moods. Tailor the lighting to suit the agenda, and meeting rooms become far more effective spaces. Light can create excitement or provide an air of concentration. No two meetings are ever the same, so lighting in meeting rooms should be designed for maximum flexibility and visual comfort. A high output with no glare works best for collaborative sessions that need to stay productive.

Open plan offices Open plan offices are dynamic spaces where people need to carry out a wide variety of different tasks. Lighting can create a comfortable ambience by combining functional lighting with inspiring effects. Individual controls and the light itself can be personalised at each desk. Lighting that’s tailored to individual tasks helps staff to work more effectively during the day. Informal presentations are best delivered in a softer ambience that relaxes and calms. LEDs can create a crisp, sparkling and warm white light that will energise the whole room. Alcove lighting allows you to adjust the lighting to suit the mood.

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Desk lighting


he desk is the place where most work is done, and adequate lighting is paramount for productivity and comfort. Desk lamps use warm white light to make this possible.

When choosing a desk lamp for your workspace, chose one that faithfully renders colours as if in natural daylight. This will allow you to get truly immersed as you work. It is also important to ensure that the is designed to allow you to focus light when and where you need it with precision. Adjustable luminare heads and a 40° beam angle will ensure that light reaches every corner of your work space, and you are able to direct it exactly where you want it with fewer shadows. Also look for on/off switches that are ergonomically positioned and within easy reach. Some lamps even come with an infrared sensor which turns the light off when it’s not in use, to avoid unnecessary energy use and extend lamp life. Linda Trim, Sales and Marketing director at Giant Leap Workspace


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Linda Trim, Sales and Marketing director at Giant Leap Workspace Specialists Specialists, says: “Lighting plays a vital part in office design. If your workspace does not have windows or proper lighting, it will negatively impact both productivity and employee well-being. Workplace surroundings have a definite effect on employee well-being. “Employees are attracted and feel better in well-designed offices. Providing natural light and views of the outdoors to employees is a fundamental design principle which Giant Leap practise. “Clients are using more glass to allow natural light to flow through, and are very cognisant about lighting, especially energy efficient solutions. We want to reduce eyestrain and improve worker comfort. Lighting allows employees

individual control over their workstations and how they like to work. “Not only does it look great, but it allows a company to invest in their people without having to invest more into their building. “A key feature, the optional integrated lighting, provides light where employees need it to overcome one of the biggest complaints in modern offices – poor lighting. If you work in an office setting, think about talking to your employer about improving lighting conditions.” Here are some tips for proper desk lighting: • Bright lighting overhead should be kept to a minimum. Use a combination of indirect lights and task lights for an optimum lighting solution. Vol 99 - May 2015

lighting solutions •

If you have a desk lamp, make sure it is 40cm above the desk’s surface. Whether your light is wallmounted or sitting on the desk, the 40cm rule stands. Try to avoid glare from overhead lights and windows by strategically positioning your computer screen. It’s best for windows to be to the side of your monitor (rather than to the front or back). For those with wall-mounted shelves directly above the desk,

the best way to provide proper illumination is to install a task light on the underside of the shelf. This will evenly light up the surface and will eliminate eyestrain from harsh overhead lighting. Consider choosing xenon task lights for your desk lighting. They’re dimmable, so you can choose the exact light level you need at any given time. A wall-mounted reading light (40cm above the desk) is another option.


Top tips to prevent eyestrain •

Blink – because people looking at computer screens or smartphones typically blink two to three times less than normal, make a conscious effort to blink and avoid dry eye. Look down – your computer screen must be about 10cm below eye level and 70cm from your face. Take a break – take five-minute minibreaks throughout your day to boost productivity. Use the 20-20-20 rule – continual focusing on a computer screen means your eye can “lock up”. Follow the 20-20-20 rule: for every 20 minutes spent staring at a screen, look away at a distant object (20 feet or six metres away) for at least 20 seconds.

eco news

Giving the gift of light



hilips is inviting the South African public to partner with its recently launched Gift of Light campaign, as it moves to enrich the lives of others living on the African continent and support the much-needed development of the region.

The Gift of Light initiative enables the general public to light up the lives of families living without access to electricity, through a contribution of any amount towards a product from a range of Philips innovations specifically developed to create a safer and healthier household for semi-urban and

rural communities. “Philips would like to encourage all South Africans to partner with us in 2015 in our Gift of Light initiative by providing one of our innovations to people who lack basic infrastructure. Even a very small contribution by an individual or a corporate can make a meaningful difference by improving the lives of others in southern and eastern Africa,” says Christoph Castellaz, head of Strategy and New Business Development, Philips Africa. The Philips Foundation (a registered charity created to help enable lasting social change in disadvantaged communities) has committed to matching donations up to a total value of €50 000 to ensure an even greater

impact on these remote communities in Africa. “We aim to improve the lives of 3-billion people a year by 2025, and the Gift of Light initiative brings us a step closer to achieving this goal. By partnering with local NGOs, like Afrika Tikkun (in South Africa), we are ensuring that our innovative products make a difference in the lives of those who need it most,” says Castellaz. A simple solar lamp or a fan-driven cook stove can provide a family living off-grid with more family time and study time, and reduce the health risks of indoor cooking. Philips’ innovative solar lighting solutions provide communities the ability to stay active and economically viable after sunset, whilst the Philips fan-driven cook stove delivers a healthy, environmentally-friendly and fuel-efficient manner to prepare meals.


Would you like to help make a difference? If you or your company is interested in participating in the Gift of Light initiative, log on to to browse the gifting options and provide sustainable solutions to those that need them most.


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eco news Tshwane wins Earth Hour challenge



On Saturday 28 March, people were encouraged to turn off lights for Earth Hour to raise awareness about climate change. According to World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF), a panel of international experts was impressed by Tshwane’s Sustainability Unit. The Green Buildings by-law (the only one in the country), along with energy-efficient municipal buildings, bus rapid transport, construction of bicycle lanes, introduction of lowcarbon vehicles and greener fuel for the municipal fleet, impressed judges. Also noted was the city’s fitting of energy-saving bulbs for street lights, solar water heating, the Food and Energy Centre, and air quality monitoring stations. WWF-SA CEO, Morné du Plessis, lauded Tshwane for its commitment to emissions-reduction. “The city’s green building by-law reflects strong policy leadership, as do the impressive actions the city has taken to improve energy efficiency in its municipal buildings.” Tshwane mayor Kgosientso Ramokgopa says there was no other option but to switch to a low-carbon, resource-efficient and climate-resilient city. “I am humbled by the panel’s decision to select Tshwane as the South African Earth Hour Capital. It is indeed encouraging to see that our efforts are being recognised and I take this as motivation for us to further enhance our current sustainability efforts.” To celebrate, the municipality hosted a race in which teams of Tshwane University of Technology students, WWF and municipal officials had to navigate the city using public transport and nonmotorised transport, competing for the lowest carbon footprint. It is not over for the City of Johannesburg and Nelson Mandela Bay though, as they still get a chance to join Tshwane and 41 other international cities vying for the global title to be announced in Seoul, South Korea, in April. The three metros will be competing against cities such as Paris, Vancouver, Seattle and Rio de Janeiro. Source:

Kinetic walkways light up rural villages Clean tech company Pavegen has installed six people-powered kinetic energy tiles in the middle of a corridor in SNCF’s Innovation & Research office in Paris in order to illuminate the corridor’s LED strip lighting. Now, they are going slightly bigger by placing a 68-tile walkway in Sandton City shopping mall in Johannesburg, as part of Samsung’s What If I Can campaign. The kinetic energy system not only powers an interactive data screen, displaying realtime footfall data and providing an immediate visual payback, but the energy collected will be used to provide deprived communities in South Africa with lighting, heating and basic everyday amenities. It’s a great location: Sandton City’s main passage receives a monthly footfall rate of over 2-million footsteps, allowing the shopping centre to generate an enormous amount of power. The scheme is supported by Samsung, who is committed to boosting its green credentials, both through product manufacturing and community initiatives. The company’s What If I Can campaign focuses on shifting ideals and mind-sets towards a more optimistic, proactive way of thinking.

By providing shoppers with the means to generate renewable energy through a simple act of movement, it is hoped that the campaign will emphasise the fact that one person can impact the lives of others. Ntutule Tshenye, director of Public Affairs and Corporate Citizenship at Samsung Electronics Africa, says: “We feel that a consumer-facing campaign such as ‘What If I Can’ is both complementary and even gives credit to our innovate solutions such as Solar Powered Internet Schools and Solar Powered Digital Villages. Both initiatives work to empower people by delivering revolutionary solutions designed to overcome local challenges and take communities into the future, impacting the lives of people around the world.” CEO and founder of Pavegen, Laurence Kemball-Cook, says: “Whenever someone takes a step on our tiles, it’s enough energy to light a bulb for a few seconds. This movement, multiplied by the thousands that walk through Sandton City on a daily basis, can definitely change the future of energy generation within our smart cities – as well as energy usage within developing areas of the world.” Source:


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crime alert

Illegal power connections


Illegal power connections are dangerous – and they put strain on the national grid


• n illegal power connection is defined as one where a person makes a connection to Eskom’s electrical grid without Eskom’s permission.

This includes connecting to a minisubstation, someone else’s meter or a neighbour’s electricity board. Illegal connections are made by running a cable from an Eskom pylon to a home, office or unsanctioned distribution point. “We have identified that the biggest contributors to electrical accidents, injuries and fatalities in South Africa are contact with low-hanging, unsafe connections; vandalism; illegal power connections; and cable theft,” says Eskom Corporate Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) operational manager Alex Stramrood. Many businesses and residential are connected illegally – often in informal settlements where service delivery is a problem. Residents commenting on the recent death of Bafana Mtshali, a 13-year-old from Shallcross, Durban, said that no one sold paraffin nearby and candles were too dangerous to use – and therefore many relied on illegal electrical connections to supply power to their homes.


“Not only is this dangerous for the individual making the connection, but it also puts the rest of the community at risk,” says Stramrood. Illegal connections are dangerous for several reasons; the most common of which is the lack of safety features associated with the connections. When electrical connections are made by amateurs, the cables often lack protective insulation and are not suspended at a safe overhead height. People and animals often touch the wires accidentally, resulting in electrocution. In addition, these illegal connections also represent a portion of Eskom’s so-called “non-technical losses”. These also include non-payment, fraud, pre-paid electricity vouchers from stolen vending machines, and illegal electrification schemes. According to electricity expert and director of EE Publishers Chris Yelland, approximately 32% of all electricity delivered by City Power Johannesburg is lost to theft and non-payment. Given Eskom’s current crisis, curbing nontechnical losses would have a significant impact on the need for load-shedding. Eskom believes that the only way to truly eradicate electricity theft is through a co-ordinated effort between the electricity supplier and communities. The power parastatal educates the public on the safe use of electricity, as well as

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Protect your children by ensuring that they: Avoid playing near power lines or substations; Do not fly kites near power lines; Do not try to retrieve a kite that is stuck in a power line; Never climb trees or other structures near power lines; and Report any illegal connection immediately, and avoid playing in the area.

informing them on the risks associated with the practice of illegal connections. This is done through initiatives such as Operation Khanyisa and National Electricity Safety Week, which runs from 11 to 17 August. During National Electricity Safety Week, the country’s power utility educates communities about the basics of safe electricity usage and the risks of electricity theft, including meter tampering, bypassing and illegal connections.


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Report unsafe electricity connections by phoning 08600 37566 or 0800 112 722. Illegal connections can also be reported anonymously by sending a detailed SMS to Primedia Crime Line at 32211, at the cost of R1 per SMS. Tip-offs can also be submitted online at Visit for more information.


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product showcase

ANTI-GLARE & PRIVACY FILTERS Whether you are battling with glossy LCD screen glare of worrying about prying eyes staring at your confidential financial data, 3M screen filters have the solution for you. Both the Anti-Glare and Privacy filters come in a variety of screen sizes for any type of notebook or desktop display. the filters are very eassy to apply with bubble free application, can be reapplied multiple times and it doubles as a screen protector, protecting your display from dirt and scratches. the filter adhesive is optically clear, which means it will not affect your display clarity, and it comes with a convenient storage folder. To clean the product, simply use the enclosed cloth with water.

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BOSTIK FINE ‘N WIDE SCHOOL GLUE BOSTIK FINE & WIDE SCHOOL GLUE is a dual tip applicator in one ergonomic design. This clear drying stationery glue is perfect for art and crafts, school projects and scrapbooking. The fine applicator flows in a clear line which is ideal for intricate work, while the wide applicator provides a smooth, even coverage on large areas. It is non-toxic, washable and safe to use on photos, paper and cardboards. So versatile it can even be used as a temporary hold for fabric!

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LEGAL STATIONERY Hortors Stationery - All legal registers, forms, diaries etc LETTER TRAYS Krost Office Products


MARKERS BIC South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Permanent Markers, Highlighters, whiteboard Freedom Stationery - Marlin Interstat Agencies - Edding Max Frank - Artline , Maxi, Uni Parrot Products - White board, permanent and OHP markers. Wide range of highlighters Penflex - White board, flipchart, permanent markers, highlighters Pentel (Pty) Ltd. - Maxiflo, white board marker and paint marker Power Stationery - Powerstar


O OFFICE ERGONOMICS Rexel Office Products - Kensington copyholders, risers, footrests, Rexel range of electric staplers and punches which reduces chances of RSI (repetitive strain injury) OFFICE FURNITURE IXAXA Office Furniture - Office furniture (Desks and Chairs) from reception to CEO’S office

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Introducing the new line of Fusion Laminators

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OVERHEAD PROJECTION AND ACCESSORIES Kolok - Penguin Transparencies Max Frank - Artline Parrot Products - Data Projectors, OHPs, screens and rear projection film Penflex - Penflex Overhead projector pens Rexel Office Products - NOBO

Rexel Office Products - Rexel HB & Derwent Staedtler SA (Pty) Ltd - Tradition, Wopex, Technical, Clutch Pencils and lead PENCIL LEADS BIC South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Criterium 0.5mm leads Freedom Stationery - Marlin Max Frank - Uni Pentel S.A (Pty) Ltd - Ain lead, standard lead - various grades

P PACKAGING Merpak Envelopes - Postsafe packaging range PAPER AND BOARD Antalis South Africa - Office paper and packaging solutions CTP Stationery - DONAU A4 poster boards Empire Toy & Stationery - Butterfly paper Freedom Stationery Grafton/Star Kolok Unlimited - Geha (paper media), EPSON, HP, CANON, Nor Paper Palm Stationery Manufacturers - Cubes and board Paper World Handmade Paper, Embossed Paper, Specialty Papers, Scented Paper Board, Paper Products Peters Papers - Rotatrim, Typek and Smart Copy Power Stationery - Powerstar RBE - Papersmart Rexel Office Products - Prima Paper & Board TRIBE - TRIBE Inkjet Paper and Film PAPER FOLDING MACHINES Maynards Office Technology - IDEAL Shredders & Guillotines – SA Distributors PENCILS BIC South Africa (Pty) Ltd - BIC Evolution Graphite, BIC Matic Clutch ,Velocity Clutch, Atlantis Clutch, BU4 Clutch Freedom Stationery - Marlin / Edo Max Frank - Uni Palm Stationery Manufacturers Pentel S.A (Pty) Ltd - Hotshot, Mechanical Pencil, Techniclick Pencil. Power Stationery - Powerstar

PENCIL SHARPENERS Freedom Stationery Palm Stationery Manufacturers Power Stationery - Powerstar PENS BIC South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Clic, Crystal, Orange and Prismo Freedom Stationery - Marlin and Edo Max Frank - Artline, Maxi, Uni Palm Stationery Manufacturers Penflex - Penflex ballpoints and rollerballs Pentel S.A (Pty) Ltd - Superb Ballpoint, Energel Pen Power Stationery - Powerstar Staedtler SA (Pty) Ltd - Ball point, Fineliner, Gel and Pigment liner pens PEN CARBON BOOKS Freedom Stationery - Marlin Power Stationery - Powerstar RBE - NCR Business Books PERSONAL STATIONERY CTP Stationery - Home office and personal filing system, diaries Grafton/Star PLANNING BOARDS AND ACCESSORIES Parrot Products - Range of year planners, term planners, maps and in/out boards. custom printed boards designed to specification. Rexel Office Products - NOBO planners

PRINTING Olivetti Imports - Distributors of Multifunctional Printers / Copiers Star Stationers and Printers Kolok - Epson, Lexmark (Hardware), Hp Printers, Oki (Hardware) PRINTER CONSUMABLES Impression Management - Prinart, Logic, Q-Ink, Sanchi, Oliser and ATIKMP - For computer consumables. Ink Spot Suppliers - Suppliers of all brands of inkjet and LaserJet cartridges Kolok - EPSON (inkjet, large format etc), LEXMARK, HP, Brother (Toners and Inks), Oki (Toners, inks and Ribbons), Tally Genicom (Ribbons), Seikosha (Ribbons), Panasonic (Toners and Ribbons), Kyocera (Toners), Printronix (Ribbons), IBM (Ribbons), Ricoh (Toners), Fujitsu (Ribbons) Nor Paper PaperGeni Royce Imaging Industries - Remanufacturers and suppliers of inkjet and laser cartridges Technical Systems Engineering - Suppliers of quality compatible cartridges and bulk inks for Epson, Canon, Lexmark, HP and Samsung


PUNCHES AND PERFORATORS Freedom Stationery - Marlin Krost Office Products Parrot Products - Parrot range of punches Power Stationery - Powerstar Rexel Office Products - Rexel

R RUBBER STAMPS Max Frank - Schachihata X Stampers Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co. - Trodat RUBBER STAMP MANUFACTURING EQUIPMENT Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co - AZ Liquid polymer, TROTEC laser engraver, flash system

POINT OF SALE PRINTER ROLLS PaperGeni Rotunda Fusion 3100L

Fusion 5000L

Fusion 5100L

SOURCE PRODUCTS HERE RULERS Freedom Stationery - Marlin Palm Stationery Manufacturers Power Stationery - Powerstar Penflex - PENFLEX rulers

Nikki Distributors - Nikki shredders Parrot Products - Parrot range of value shredders Rexel Office Products - Rexel range Maynards Office Technology - IDEAL Shredders & Guillotines – SA Distributors



SCHOLASTIC SUPPLIES BSC Stationery Sales - Treeline CTP Stationery Empire Toy & Stationery - Butterfly Flip File - Flip File display books A5, A4, A2, A3 Freedom Stationery - Marlin and Edo Gordon’s Productions - contact paper woodgrain, marble, pattern designs. Magic cover back to school clear and coloured self adhesive paper. (4M rolls, A4 and lever arch). Plastic coated brownkraft rolls and pre-cut polythene covers. Grafton Paper Products Impala Vuwa Stationery Manufacturers Max Frank - Artline, Maxi, Uni Palm Stationery Manufacturers Parrot Products - chalk boards/slates Power Stationery - Powerstar Pyrotec - Tower Adhesive Book Cover 45cm x 2m SCISSORS AND CUTTERS Freedom Stationery - Marlin Palm Stationery Manufacturers Power Stationery - Powerstar Rexel Office Products

SPIKE FILES Grip Binders

SHREDDERS AND ACCESSORIES AZ Trading - DSB, Kobra, Roto, Repairs to all makes D.O.S - Kobra Kolok - GEHA entry level and high-end shredders

STAMPS, STAMP PADS AND INKS Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co - Trodat, pre-inked stamps, stamp and fingerprint pads

STAPLING MACHINES AND STAPLES Freedom Stationery - Marlin Interstat Agencies - Genmes Krost Office Products Parrot Products - Parrot range of staplers Rexel Office Products - Rexel range

STENCILS Freedom Stationery

TABLET AND ACCESSORIES D.O.S - Clarys, iStay TAPES Freedom Stationery Palm Stationery Manufacturers

TELEX ROLLS AND TELETEX PAPER Rotunda THERMAL ROLLS Rotunda TONERS AND CARTRIDGES KMP - Computer consumables Kolok - PENGUIN (Inkjets and Laser toners), EPSON, LEXMARK, HP. PaperGeni TOP RETRIEVAL FILING Optiplan a div of Waltons - Paper based top retrieval filing systems Specialised Filing Systems - Total Solution and more Tidy Files - Complete onsite and offsite filing solutions TOYS, HOBBIES AND GAMES Freedom Stationery Pyrotec - Toby Tower Stickers and Activities TRANSFER LETTERING AND SIGNS Parrot Products - Vinyl lettering

STORAGE SYSTEMS CTP Stationery - Archiving Systems Suspension Files Kolok - VERBATIM (hard drives, USB sticks etc), HP Rexel Office Products - Storage boxes Specialised Filing Systems - Filing



TELECOMMUNICATIONS Nikki Distributors - Siemens office phones

STATIONERY SUNDRIES - SCHOLASTIC CTP Stationery - DONAU Scissors and cutting knives Freedom Stationery - Marlin, Edo and Unifile Palm Stationery Manufacturers - New Wave Power Stationery - Powerstar

SCRAPBOOKING Rexel Office Products - Trimmers and guillotines Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co - Making memories, Clearsnap, Marvy, Ranger, Bazzill, Carl

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SLATES Freedom Stationery - Marlin Parrot Products - Whiteboard and chalk board

Tidy Files - Filing solutions

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TRANSPARENCIES Kolok - Penguin transparencies for inkjet and laser OEM, Penguin and HP Transparencies Rexel Office Products - NOBO range

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CONTACT DETAILS HERE African Filing Systems 011 614 9445


011 624 8000

Box 86173, City Deep, 2049


021 521 2400

Box 36964, Chempet, 7442


086 540 6892


0866 101 185


021 521 2402/3

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Kemtek Imaging Systems - Cape

Pentel S.A (Pty) Ltd


011 688 6000

Box 6893, Johannesburg, 2000


021 521 9600

Box 181, Cape Town, 8000


011 474 1427/8

Box 202, Crown Mines, 2025


011 688 6162


021 551 5032


011 474 5563

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Cape Town (

021 959 9600


021 959 9640

Box 19231, Tygerberg, 7505

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Durban (

031 714 4000


031 700 9253

Box 284, Umhlanga, 4320

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Pretoria (

012 379 0060


012 379 0052

Box 4013, Pretoria, 0001

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Bloemfontein (

051 447 8681


051 447 6765

Box 1795, Bloemfontein, 9300

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Port Elizabeth (

041 486 2020


041 486 2219

Box 9088, Estadeal, 6012

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Pietermaritzburg (

033 386 2078


033 386 2078

Box 1425, Pietermaritzburg, 3200

Antalis South Africa (Pty) Ltd - Botswana (

00267 391 2139


00267 397 5459

Box 1705, Gaborone

AZ Trading

Kemtek Imaging Systems - KZN

Peters Papers


031 700 9363

Box 15685, Westmead, 3608


011 677 9000


031 700 9369


011 622 6646

Kemtek Imaging Systems - PE

Powerhouse Dictation


041 582 5222

Box 15685, Westmead, 3608


011 887 1056


041 582 5224


086 555 3833

Kemtek Imaging Systems - PTA

Power Stationery


012 804 1410

PO Box 816, Silverton, 0127


032 533 4003

Box 1305, Verulam, 4340


012 804 4286


032 533 3254

Press Products


021 709 0190

Box 183, Steenberg, 7947


011 493 6332


021 709 0199


011 499 1019

Kolok Unlimited - Head Office



011 248 0300

Box 4151, Johannesburg, 2000


021 787 9600

PvtBag X1, Capricorn Square, 7948


011 248 0381


021 787 9791

Kolok Unlimited - Cape Town

RBE Stationery Manufacturers (Pty) Limited


021 597 2700

Box 6385, Roggebaai, 8012


011 793 7321


021 297 2799


011 793 7348

Reboni Furniture Group

Kolok Unlimited - Durban (

031 570 4900

Box 4206, Riverhorse Valley East, 4017


086 173 2664


031 569 6880


086 627 7737

Redfern Print Services - Cape Town

Kolok Unlimited Polokwane


086 111 4407


015 298 8795

Box 862, Ladanna, 0704


021 552 9680

Box 403, Milnerton, 7435


011 792 9732


015 298 8315


021 552 9681

BIC South Africa (Pty) Ltd

Kolok Unlimited - Port Elizabeth

Redfern Print Services - Durban


011 474 0181

PO BOX 43144, Industria, 2042


041 406 9900

Box 3163, North End, 6056


031 205 9598


011 474 6068

16 Maraisburg Road, Industria, 2042


041 406 9920


031 205 7092

BSC Stationery Sales

Redfern Print Services - Johannesburg

Kolok Unlimited - Namibia


011 086 2940

Box 278, Brakpan, 1540


00264 (61)370500

Box 40797, Ausspannplatz, Namibia


011 837 4119

Box 1445, Crown Mines, 2025


011 420 3322


00264 (61)370525


011 837 8917

CTP Stationery

Kolok Unlimited - Nelspruit

Rexel Office Products


011 226 5600

Box 43501, Industria, 2042


013 758 2233

Box 4338, White River, 1240


011 226 3300


011 474 9242


013 758 2235


011 837 2781

D.O.S (Denton Office Solutions)

Kolok Unlimited - Bloemfontein



086 000 7468


051 433 1876

PvtBag X01, Brandhof, Bloemfontein


021 552 5135

Box 189, Maitland, 7404


086 237 4614


051 433 2451


021 551 3070

Empire Toy & Stationery

Kolok Unlimited - Botswana

Royce Imaging Industries


011 614 2243

Box 261524, Excom, 2023


00267 393 2669

PvtBag B0226, Bontleng, Gaborone


011 792 9530


011 614 3075


00267 317 0762


011 792 9480

Flip File

Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co - Head Office

Krost Office Products


021 638 3105

Box 2190, Clareinch, 7740


011 626 2067

Box 75401, Gardenview, 2047


011 262 1400

Box 931, Wendywood, 2144


021 633 6942


011 626 2912


011 262 1414

Freedom Stationery - Johannesburg

Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co - Cape Town



011 314 0953/4

Box 6459, Halfway House, 1685


031 465 3992

P O Box 41259, Rossburgh, 4072


021 448 7008

Box 931, Wendywood, 2144


011 314 0957


031 465 1669


021 448 7014

Freedom Stationery - Cape Town

Rubber Stamp & Engraving Co - Durban

Max Frank


021 557 9152/3

36-38 Silverstone Rd Killarney Gardens


011 921 1811

Box 200, Isando, 1600


083 377 4109

Box 931, Wendywood, 2144


021 557 9155


011 921 1569


031 266 1082

Freedom Stationery KZN (Head Office) (

032 459 2820

Box 478, Mandini, 4490


032 459 3255

Freedom Stationery - East London

Maynards - Olympus Audio S.A / Olivetti Distributors (

0860 00 1922

South African Diaries


021 442 2340

Box 4862, Cape Town, 8000


021 442 2341

Staedtler SA (Pty) Ltd

Merpak Envelopes


043 731 2422

Box 14111 West Bank 5218


011 719 7700


011 579 1600


043 731 2421


011 885 3174


011 608 3497

Global Bag And Sportswear Manufactures

Specialised Filing Systems

Narayan Wholesaler


031 305 6507

P.O Box 18586, Dalbridge, 4014


083 444 0959


031 301 6553  


011 869 7243

Global Envelopes


011 477 0640


011 477 3528

Star Stationers and Printers

New Era Office cc


031 465 5544


011 334 2013

Box 10383, Lenasia, 1821


031 569 1061


031 465 5634


011 334 7358


031 569 1094

Gordon’s Productions

Technical Systems Engineering

Nikki - Cape Town


031 705 8713

Suite 69, PvtBag X4, Kloof, 3640


0860 006731


011 708 2304

Box 1532, Northriding, 2162


031 705 8714


0800 204868


011 708 1799

Grafton/Star Paper Products

Tidy Files

Nikki - Durban

011 943 4210


011 262 0777

Box 550, Bergvlei, 2012


0860 006731



011 262 0780


0800 204868


Grip Binders (

011 421 1300

Nikki - Johannesburg

Hortors Stationery


011 837 8045 011 837 7442


0860 006731



0800 204868

Tower (Division of Pyrotec) - Cape Town


011 620 4800

Box 1020, Johannesburg, 2000

Nikki - Pretoria


021 787 9600


086 612 4663


0860 006731


021 787 9791


0800 204868

Tower (Division of Pyrotec) - Johannesburg

Impala Vuwa Stationery Manufacturers (

036 634 1535

Box 389, Ladysmith, 3370

Nor Paper


036 634 1890


011 011 3900


011 011 4099

Ink Spot Suppliers (

011 854 3013


011 852 3013

Optiplan a division of Waltons

Interstat Agencies - Durban

011 611 1820

59 Lepus Rd, Crown Mines, 2025


011 611 1834

Tower (Division of Pyrotec) Durban (

031 701 0192

Box 594, Pinetown, 3600


011 620 4000

Pencil Park, Croxley Close, Herriotdale


031 701 1285


086 681 8256

Tribe (

011 314 4746 (Jhb)

Box 6280, Halfway House, 1685

021 386 4261 (Cpt)

031 569 6550

Box 201707, Durban North, 4016

Palm Stationery


031 569 6559


031 507 7051



031 507 7053



021 551 9555

Box 36696, Chempet, 7442



021 557 5456


011 011 3900


011 011 4099

Interstat Agencies - Port Elizabeth (

041 453 2558

Box 27693, Greenacres, 6057

Paper World


041 453 8504


012 250 1477/8


012 250 0322

IXAXA Office Furniture (

011 392 3628

14 Isando Road Isando

Parrot Products


011 607 7600


011 615 2502

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Interstat Agencies - Cape Town



Kemtek Imaging Systems



011 226 5600

Box 43501, Industria, 2042


011 474 9242

Vol 99 - May 2015

the real stuff

The real stuff Not marketing fluff Theo Denton, GM at Denton Office Solutions (D.O.S) What’s the highlight of your working career? There are so many, but the one that stands out would be coming into the office every day, hearing and seeing just how happy everyone that works for Denton Office Solutions is, and knowing that they enjoy what they do

What’s your favourite movie? Gladiator, or on the fun side most movies with Adam Sandler

If you could change one thing about your industry, what would it be? I would want the industry to be more open to new ideas. After working in various industries, I have seen that this industry is often opposed to anything new

Do you have a hobby? Cycling, MMA, swimming, motor sports (watching) and squash

What do you like best about the office products industry? Training new staff or dealers and seeing their faces when they find out just how much goes into knowing what a shredder, binder or laminator is

Do you have any pets? Two dogs and a cat

Where did you grow up? All around the world, but most of my life was spent in Johannesburg and Grahamstown

What was your first car? A green Mazda Etude 1.6



Describe yourself in three words? Adventurous, ambitious, honest

What music did you listen to in the car this morning? I had 5 FM on the radio, so whatever was playing


What’s your greatest personal achievement? I have been able to travel all over the world for work and fun, resulting in me visiting all seven continents

What’s your favourite meal? A good steak or pizza wins most times



What was your first CD? I really cannot remember What’s your favourite gadget? My tablet

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