The kick-off on the 18 June 2015 of The 2015 African Solar Drive is the start of a Sub-Saharan adventure which sees Ilanga II, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Energy Movement’s solar powered electric car, cross the border into Namibia and Botswana.|The kick-off on the 18 June 2015 of The 2015 African Solar Drive is the start of a Sub-Saharan adventure which sees Ilanga II, the University of Johannesburg (UJ) Energy Movement’s solar powered electric car, cross the border into Namibia and Botswana.
Aside from the adventure of the drive, an important focus of The 2015 African Solar Drive is to raise awareness and promote green technology. By showcasing Ilanga II and hosting public lectures, the UJ Energy Movement aims to educate schools, researchers and people that are interested in pursuing a career in the fields of science and engineering, specifically relating to alternative energy. The lectures will be taking place in Kimberley, Upington, Windhoek and Gaborone.
During the 4 160 km educational road trip, engineering students will also be collecting and analyzing data to optimise the performance of the vehicle.
Mechanical Engineering Science lecturer and the UJ Energy Movement Programme Manager, Nickey Janse van Rensburg says “The UJ Energy Movement programme was established in 2010 to help promote skills development, energy conservation and sustainability through technology innovation. We are really excited to be taking Ilanga II on its longest trip yet and introducing the programme to our neighbours across Africa.”
Spectators can look forward to seeing Ilanga II along the route and at specific pit stops; the solar powered electric car was awarded the Technology and Innovation Award at the 2014 Sasol Solar Challenge and is one of the most advanced solar powered vehicles produced by UJ students and industry partners to date.
Team and Technology Manger of the Energy Movement programme, Warren Hunter, explains that there are a lot of logistical arrangements behind The 2015 African Solar Drive. “A team of engineers and academics has been involved in the technical planning of this twelve day road trip to make sure operations run as smoothly as possible. We are also happy to announce that Mitsubishi is the official transport partner of the ground patrol team.”
The 2015 African Solar Drive route and lecture dates are as follows:
· Tuesday, 09 June: Johannesburg (Public Lecture and launch of African Solar Drive)
· Thursday, 18 June: UJ Solar Lab – Kimberley (Public Lecture)
· Friday, 19 June: Kimberley – Upington (Public Lecture)
· Saturday, 20 June: Upington) – Hakskeen Pan – Rietfontein Border Control – Keetmans Hoop
· Sunday, 21 June: Keetmanshoop – Mariental – Rehoboth
· Monday, 22 June: Rehoboth – Windhoek (Public Lecture)
· Tuesday, 23 June: Windhoek– Swakopmund – Walvis Bay
· Wednesday, 24 June: Walvis Bay – Swakopmund
· Thursday, 25 June: Swakopmund – Windhoek – Buitepos
· Friday, 26 June: Buitepos – Kang
· Saturday, 27 June: Kang – Sekoma – Kanye – Gabarone
· Sunday, 28 June: Gaborone Day (Public Lecture)
· Monday, 29 June: Gaborone – UJ Solar Lab
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Cross-channel chat launched
Clickatell has launched a cross-channel live chat service, Touch Go, that transforms omni-channel customer care.
It enables live chat across a company’s website as well as social platforms (Twitter and Facebook) and mobile apps, bringing customer care and engagement into a single business platform.
“Today’s consumers expect to engage with your brand on the digital channel of their choosing,” says Deon van Heerden, Clickatell Engage CEO and Group CFO. “They want to message your business and instantly have queries resolved, find the information and services they are looking for, without the need for a voice call. Clickatell’s Touch Go makes that happen with the right level of capabilities for businesses of all sizes.”
Businesses can start using Touch Go immediately, with a free Starter option. Touch Go requires no credit card for sign-up and is fully featured with a simple setup process. It offers customisable branding, a unified chat desk business application as well as reports and analytics.
As the business scales up its digital customer care, it can opt-in for the Touch Enterprise offering. Touch Enterprise is designed for scaling up customer care efforts through advanced capabilities including AI driven virtual agents, sentiment analysis, automated workflows, enterprise integrations and in-channel mini-applications.
“Customer care has become a defining factor for sustained business success ” says Nirmal Nair, Clickatell Engage EVP Product & Marketing. “In an ever-increasing mobile native world, customers often choose to interact digitally, but they also expect to be able to reach a human immediately, should they need. Monitoring multiple channels and providing immediate action becomes challenging with siloed deployments. Touch’s unified solution allows businesses of all sizes to provide the customer delight in a simple modular approach.”
SA gamers for eWorld Cup
VS Gaming has crowned the winners of the Xbox One and Playstation 4 EA Sports FIFA tournament that saw 1 024 players compete for the right to contest the FIFA eWorld Cup playoffs later this year.
After two grand finals this weekend, Shiaan Rubeer and 16 year old Thabo Moloi were victorious on Xbox One and Playstation 4 respectively. Each player won R400 000 as the first prize on each platform.
“This was an historic moment for efootball in South Africa,” said Wanda Mkhize, spokesperson for VS Gaming. “Through this tournament South African players have now been given the international spotlight that they deserve. This is what it means for VS Gaming – to open new doors of possibility for our players and thereby grow our communities.”
VS Gaming was given the rights to host a FIFA eWorld Cup Qualifier in March after signing an agreement with EA Sports.
“We are proud of what we have been able to achieve this weekend,” said Mkhize. “Over a thousand players competed to take on the worlds best and two of our South Africans will be able to compete on the world stage as a result. We are excited to see what the future holds for this sector.”
The top four players across each platform were:
First place: Shiaan Rugbeer
Second place: Irshaad Mahomed
Third place: Abu Akhalwaya
Fourth place: Khalid Fakie
First place: Thabo Mike Moloi
Second place: Zuhair Ebrahim
Third place: Ziyadh Caasim
Fourth place: Mohammed Fiaz Mahomed
About the VS Gaming Cup
- 1,024 players took part in the tournament
- There were 512 players on Xbox One
- There were 512 players on Playstation 4
- The total prize pool for this year is over R1,5 million with the winner on each platform receiving R400, 000. The breakdown is as follows:
|XBOX WINNERS||PS4 WINNERS||PRIZE POOL||TOTAL|
|1st Place||1st Place||R400 000||R800 000|
|2nd Place||2nd Place||R150 000||R300 000|
|3rd Place||3rd Place||R75 000||R150 000|
|4st Place||4st Place||R30 000||R60 000|
|5th–8th Place||5th–8th Place||R15 000||R120 000|
|9th–16th Place||9th–16th Place||R5 000||R80 000|
|R755 000||R1 510 000|