With an active online shopping population of over 18 million racking up sales of R37.1 billion in 2017, South Africa’s e-commerce sector is on a massive upward trajectory.Proudly South African is looking to grow its members’ share of this burgeoning market and has launched its own online shopping site. Unambiguously Proudly South African, the site is populated exclusively with locally made goods and products, differentiating itself significantly from other sites and making a buy local choice simple for consumers.Together with RSAMade, Proudly South African have created an e-shopping site www.rsamade.co.za where anyone can make made in South Africa choices easily in the knowledge that every single item for sale on the site is made locally. Proudly South African vets and verifies local content and quality and that all the vendor companies adhere to labour and environmental legislation which is all part of the terms of Proudly South African membership.Said Eustace Mashimbye, CEO of Proudly South African, “We had been looking for some time at establishing a commercial site for our members, and RSA Made’s existing platform and content were a great match making it logical to extend their offering exclusively to Proudly South African members. It is important now that we are in the age of the 4th industrial revolution to tap into digital shopping habits and to ensure that more locally grown, produced and manufactured goods are available to local consumers. We know that China supplies US$15.5 billion of imports to this country and much of that is found on online shopping sites. Www.rsamade.co.za can claim to be the only truly local online shopping site for consumers. Of course, it is not restricted to SA only and we will be delighted if there is uptake from international shoppers!.”RSA Made’s CEO Karamba Jabbie added, “We feel that we have found a perfect partner in Proudly South African – our platform already concentrated exclusively on items made here in South Africa, and so it made complete sense to us to join together with the country’s buy local advocacy campaign, whose member companies are already quality controlled for sale on the platform. We are so excited to see the online shopping site being populated slowly but surely. We will take our time to ensure that all products are beautifully represented to provide consumers with a truly Proudly South African online shopping experience but users can subscribe to the site to receive regular notifications as new products and special offers come online, so we are encouraging everyone to register on the site.”The launch of the site also holds great importance for the growth and development of the country’s digital economy and push towards increased re-industrialisation and consumption of locally made products. Minister in the dti, Dr Rob Davies commented on the launch of the site and said, “Reindustrialization is a priority to growing job opportunities in the country and the accessibility of locally made products especially in this era where more and more consumers are buying their products on online platforms, this is a much needed solution. We also have to recognize changing employment patterns and the potential this sector has in creating new employment sources. Technology has the capacity to generate many new skilled jobs, and we must look at the commercialisation of innovations such as online shopping platforms. E-commerce represents a great opportunity and I am delighted that Proudly South African has seized the day and has created a site where increased localisation is the only goal.”The site works on the same basis as any other online shopping store, with a simple product selection and check out sequence, with door to door delivery within 48 hours within our borders. In addition, the site has a fully functioning ticketing system and local events are encouraged to use this platform for their online ticket sales.www.rsamade.co.za is the first site of its kind in South Africa, a platform created not just to assist small, medium and even large local businesses to sell more, but it was also built using only South African suppliers and service providers.For a Proudly South African online shopping experience visit www.rsamade.co.za
Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts Amazon Web Services announced several updates to its Virtual Private Cloud service today. The VPC service lets customers create a slice of private, isolated space within the AWS cloud that is only available through a VPN connection. Today, AWS announced several updates to the service, including a wizard for easier VPC creation, improved access controls and the ability to access VPC resources without a VPN connection.AWS has been seen as a developer-centric, rather than an enterprise, or cloud solution due to its limited support and lack of management options. New management tools like the ones announced today, and CloudFormation, along with the platform-as-a-service offering Elastic Beanstalk, may help turn this situation around. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… A new VPC Wizard to streamline the setup process for a new VPC.Full control of network topology including subnets and routing.Access controls at the subnet and instance level, including rules for outbound traffic.Internet access via an Internet Gateway.Elastic IP Addresses for EC2 instances within a VPC.Support for Network Address Translation (NAT).Option to create a VPC that does not have a VPN connection.The blog goes into more detail about the features. klint finley According to the Amazon Web Services blog, the new features include: Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Tags:#cloud#Cloud Providers
It “levels the playing field,” utility saysThe debate had a familiar ring; a utility spokesman argued the surcharge would prevent customers without solar or wind systems from subsidizing those who do.“It levels the playing field where one customer was subsidizing another,” a spokesman for one utility told The Oklahoman. “This neither unfairly advantages or disadvantages a class of customers.”This is essentially the same argument that utilities around the country have made as distributed energy grows more common and customers buy less electricity.Arizona regulators approved a surcharge of 70 cents per kilowatt of capacity that took effect at the start of the year, and Maine’s largest electric utility, Central Maine Power Company, also has proposed a surcharge. That plan is still under review by the state’s Public Utilities Commission.But in Vermont, the state legislature recently passed a measure that will allow more homeowners to get paid for the electricity they generate on their residential solar and wind systems. And UtilityDive.com reports that utilities around the country have lost as many as ten of these surcharge debates. Oklahoma residents who install small wind turbines or photovoltaic panels will be paying a new surcharge beginning in 2015, thanks to a bill that zipped through the state legislature and was headed to Governor Mary Fallin for a signature. UtilityDive.com called the measure “the first complete defeat for solar advocates” in their efforts to prevent electric utilities from recouping money they claim they’re losing to distributed generation (DG).The bill allows electric utilities to create a new class of ratepayers, those with solar or wind systems, but the amount of the surcharge has yet to be determined by regulators. It is to be in place by the end of next year and will affect only new installations, not those already in place. Nor will it affect customers who get their power from cooperatives that are not regulated by the Oklahoma Corporation Commission.There were only five votes against the bill in the House of Representatives and no debate when it passed on April 14. The Senate had already approved it. The Republican governor is expected to sign the bill.In a familiar split, Oklahoma Gas and Electric Company and Public Service Company of Oklahoma lined up in favor of the bill while renewable energy advocates and environmentalists opposed it.
Wimbledon champion Garbine Muguruza tamed Kirsten Flipkens 7-5, 6-2 to reach the third round of the Rogers Cup on a blockbuster Wednesday at the Canadian hardcourt event with eight of the world’s top 10 in action.Muguruza, the world number four, led the day-long parade of top seeds onto court and needed 85 minutes to dispatch the Belgian qualifier before turning the stadium over to newly-minted Czech world number one Karolina Pliskova who will play her first match as the top-ranked player against Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova.Despite an unthreatening world ranking of 82, Flipkens represented a tricky first test for Muguruza with the Spaniard holding only a slight 3-2 edge in their head-to-head meetings.Both players were making their third appearance at the Canadian event with Flipkens having found more success after advancing to the third round in 2013. Muguruza had managed just one match win in her two previous visits.”It (first set) was tough, Kirsten is such a talented player…I’m very happy that I finally did it,” said Muguruza in a courtside interview. “I tried to reduce the mistakes I made in the first set and I was a little more lucky there, I just wanted it so much.”Muguruza was tested during an uneven opening and served for the first set at 5-4 before double faulting to hand Flipkens a break.The world number four hit back with a break of her own and then held serve to clinch the opening set, despite 30 unforced errors.Muguruza looked much more like the player who dropped only one set on her way to the Wimbledon title after that and collected the early break in the second set to take control of the contest.advertisementAmerican teenager Catherine Bellis continued her brilliant form on the North American hardcourts by taking down eighth seeded Russian Svetlana Kuznetsova 6-4 7-5 to reach the third round.The 18-year-old arrived in Toronto after reaching the semi-finals last week at Stanford.
Congratulations to the award winners at the 2014 State of Origin Series. Men’s Open Game 1 – NSW (10) def QLD (7)Game 2 – QLD (9) def NSW (6)Game 3 – NSW (3) def QLD (1)Player of the Series – Sam Brisby (NSW)Women’s OpenGame 1 – NSW (6) def QLD (5)Game 2 – QLD (8) def NSW (3)Game 3 – NSW (5) def QLD (3)Player of the Series – Louise Winchester (NSW)Mixed Open Game 1 – QLD (9) def NSW (8)Game 2 – NSW (10) def QLD (9)Game 3 – QLD (9) def NSW (8)Female Player of the Series – Justine Johnstone (NSW)Male Player of Series – Tim Glazebrook (QLD)Men’s 20’s Game 1 – QLD (6) def NSW (5)Game 2 – NSW (8) def QLD (7)Game 3 – QLD (6) def NSW (5)Player of the Series – Cormac Hoch (QLD)Women’s 20’s Game 1 – NSW (4) def QLD (3)Game 2 – QLD (8) def NSW (7)Game 3 – QLD (4) def NSW (3)Player of the Series – Ash Kearney (QLD)Men’s 30’s Game 1 – QLD (9) def NSW (4)Game 2 – NSW (3) def QLD (2)Game 3 – NSW (5) def QLD (3)Player of the Series – Manu Wakely (NSW)Women’s 30’s Game 1 – NSW (8) def QLD (6)Game 2 – NSW (6) def QLD (0)Game 3 – NSW (6) def QLD (0)Player of the Series – Belinda Grech (NSW)Men’s 35’s Game 1 – NSW (8) def QLD (5)Game 2 – NSW (9) def QLD (5)Game 3 – NSW (3) def QLD (0)Player of the Series – Dean Wilbow (NSW)Women’s 35’s Game 1 – QLD (7) def NSW (6)Game 2 – NSW (3) def QLD (2)Game 3 – QLD (3) def NSW (2)Player of the Series – Tracy Upton (QLD)Men’s 40’s Game 1 – NSW (8) def QLD (6)Game 2 – QLD (9) def NSW (7)Game 3 – NSW (6) def QLD (2)Player of the Series – Tony Eltakchi (NSW)Women’s 40’sGame 1 – QLD (6) def NSW (1)Game 2 – QLD (2) def NSW (1)Game 3 – NSW (3) def QLD (2)Player of the Series – Jennine Gyemore (QLD)Men’s 45’s Game 1 – NSW (5) def QLD (2)Game 2 – QLD (3) def NSW (2)Game 3 – NSW (3) def QLD (2)Player of the Series – Derek Duguid (NSW)Men’s 50’s Game 1 – NSW (4) def QLD (2)Game 2 – NSW (4) def QLD (2)Game 3 – NSW (4) def QLD (3)Player of the Series – Mark Hearnden (NSW)Men’s 55’s (Invitational)Game 1 – NSW (6) def QLD (3)Game 2 – QLD (3) def NSW (1)Game 3 – QLD (4) def NSW (2)Player of the Series – Terry Harrison (QLD)Congratulations to New South Wales who retained the State of Origin shield winning eight divisions to five. Related LinksSOO Award Winners