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Captain Kirk set to beam down to Comic Con Africa

Science fiction icon William Shatner, who played Captain Kirk in the Star Trek series and movies, will be brought to Comic Con Africa 2019 in Midrand this September.

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Trekkies and the rest of Africa are about to lose their minds Reed Exhibitions Africa and ReedPOP today announced that acclaimed Emmy Award winner, actor, author, producer, director, and singer William Shatner is appearing at Comic Con Africa in September 2019. Shatner became a cultural icon for his portrayal of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek franchise. 

Shatner’s Captain Kirk  was charismatic, moral, just and headstrong. Brave enough to save a planet under attack and charming enough to win over the most  stubborn dissenters. Kirk stubbornly took matters into his own hands, often disobeying orders, but was an inspirational leader who pushed his crew, his ship and most of all, himself, to the limits of what they could accomplish. He was also something of a womaniser, and in line withStar Trek’s fight against the status quo of the time, he featured in one of television’s first interracial kisses.

The science fiction series created by Gene Roddenberry only lasted for three seasons yet thanks in no small part to Shatner’s portray of Captain James T Kirk, the seriesdid not die. In fact, the opposite happened. The show continued to live on in syndication and became evenmore popular. Star Trek became a Saturday morning cartoon that ran during the mid-1970s, and it was resurrected in a live action film in 1979. Returning to the role of Kirk, Shatner starred in Star Trek: The Motion Picture. The film’s warm reception by film-goers showed how much affection the public has for Shatner and the series. Shatner continues to lend his star power to Pop Culture this this day, and appeared in the final season of The Big Bang Theory.

The show was also the benefactor of one of the most successful fan-organized letter-writing campaigns in TV history. 100,000 Trekkies wrote letters demanding the show to stay on air, and 200 students marched to  show their support for the franchise which was retained for a further season.  

Another of Shatner’s most successful shows was Boston Legal, where he played the character Denny Crane. Confident, crude, irreverent, and stubborn, he elicited strong feeling in whoever met him. He founded the law firm Crane, Poole & Schmidt featured in the show. He was flexible with his principles at work, but fastidious with his personal scruples. Denny was very sure of his capabilities, and stated he had won over 6,000 cases and would never lose a single one. He was a maverick, and at the time of the show he was something of liability, yet always retained his legendary status.

Before encountering all sorts of unusual aliens and challenging situations, Shatner started his career as a child performer in radio programs for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and continued to pursue his acting career while he was a student at McGill University. 

Shatner made his film debut in 1958’s The BrothersKaramazov with Yul Brynner. That same year, he returned to Broadway for a two-year run in The Secret Life of Suzie Wong and in  1959 won the Theatre World Award for his performance. After a few successful acting roles on the  big and small screen, on the 8 September, 1966 he landed the role of Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise in the Star Trek that franchise, the role that made him synonymous with all things Sci-Fi and pop culture. 

He has written a series of books chronicling his experiences playing Captain Kirk and being a part of Star Trek, and has co-written several novels set in the Star Trek universe. He has also written a series of science fiction novels called TekWar that were adapted for television.

But only a ticket to Comic Con Africa will give you the opportunity to meet the Godfather of Sci-Fi. Tickets to this must-attend pop culture festival of the year are selling out fast. Tickets will get you access to all areas, except for William Shatner’s dressing room! Follow Comic Con Africa on Facebook, @ComicConAfrica on Twitter and @comicconafrica_official on Instagram, or visit https://www.comicconafrica.co.za/en.html.

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AppDate: A security boost for schools

In his latest app round-up, SEAN BACHER features Karri, ChatBack, Charge Running, Bookings Africa and HomeChoice.

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Karri

With large amounts of cash and very little security, schools are now becoming an easy target for criminals. Numerous schools across the country have already been raided, with several serious incidents and even fatalities.

In partnership with Nedbank, Karri has introduced a mobile payment app to address this growing problem. The app enables parents to send money securely to their child’s school. Hundreds of schools countrywide are using Karri, with most now refusing to accept cash payments from parents.

The app offers a simple alternative to children bringing cash to school by allowing parents to make payments via an app on their smartphone. It is free for parents to use and there are no hidden costs or sign-up fees for the school.

Platform: Android and iOS

Expect to pay: A free download

Stockists: Visit Karri here for downloading instructions.

Visit the next page to read more about ChatBack, Charge Running, Bookings Africa and HomeChoice.

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ParkUpp is here to sell your unused parking spot

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Prop-tech startup ParkUpp is helping residents and property owners to make some extra cash from their unused parking. This is proving to be a winner for JanuWorry, the month that often brings financial stress post the December holidays for many individuals and businesses across South Africa.

ParkUpp already has over 4500 listings on its platform, predominantly in Johannesburg and Cape Town. They include The Union Castle building owned by Izandla Properties, Design Quarter on William Nicol Drive, along with other commercial and residential parking facilities.

The app has also been awarded some accolades from property industry incumbents such as the Women’s Property Network (WPN) for Young Achiever’s category and South African Institute of Black Property Professionals (SAIBPP) for Disruptor of the Year. Also headed to Silicon Valley for a two week bootcamp with Kingson Capital, a South African based Venture Capital firm.

This award winning platform not only creates extra income from empty parking spaces, it also decreases drivers’ anxiety of parking in unsafe space and also saves them a buck. In the Cape Town CBD, with over 45% cars parked on-street: paying an average of R18/hour, amounting to R2880 a month, ParkUpp users are able to save up to 50% by renting out a parking for R1500.

ParkUpp co-founder Michael Savvides says home owners or businesses often get frustrated when they find someone illegally parked in their bay. “Instead of being frustrated, list your parking during the times it is unused for people to park in your space legally. No one really wants to knock on someone’s door to ask for parking so our platform is removing that uncomfortable feeling.”

“We create trust between owners and drivers through our vetting processes. We save drivers 50% on parking costs and generate extra income for the owners and we also provide access to spaces that were previously inaccessible,” he explains.

“Our current focus is to increase occupancy rate for the listing parking bays, businesses and individuals who need parking can visit the platform to make a booking or suggest a location where you need parking,” he concludes.

As a driver, should you not find your preferred parking, email the team with suggested locations at hello@parkupp.co.za in order for them to find you safe, secure and affordable parking for you.

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