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Rush reaches 1000 mark

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Within just three months of its launch, the Rush app-based courier service has pnotched up more than 1000 successful deliveries. Powered by WeChat, Rush promises “to fundamentally disrupt the courier industry in South Africa”.

Rush’s success is based on the simple principle of enabling customers to book a courier in real-time using a smart phone. This removes the hassle of having to stand in queues to post parcels, being locked into courier contracts that are not meeting expectations, and eliminates the usual exorbitant rates to send a parcel.

By aggregating numerous couriers onto the Rush platform, the company is able to offer customers a range of services and costs, through its Pronto, Same Day, Overnight or Budget delivery offerings.

The couriers represented on Rush at present are The Courier Guy, Courier IT, Skynet and Globeflight, with newcomer Road Trip Courier and industry giant RTT being the most recent couriers to join Rush.

Road Trip recently launched its courier division and will provide the Pronto service for Rush that offers delivery within the major SA metropolitan centres within 90 minutes, at a heavily reduced rate.

“Rush lives up to its motto of ‘your courier, your choice’, by offering customers the convenience of being able to choose their courier by service, by price, delivery time and even reputation,” says CEO Glenn Whittaker. “Simply download WeChat from the iOS or Android app store, follow the Rush official account and use the app to book, pay for and track deliveries.”

Whittaker says that Rush expects even greater uptake of the service as more customers become aware of WeChat Wallet.

The impact of Rush’s ever growing offering of couriers benefits customers by offering more options to suit their needs, as well as bolstering Rush’s capability to deliver any parcel to any destination in South Africa.

Matthew Slater, co-owner of Road Trip, says: “When we decided to launch our courier service, we discovered that the existing Rush services had a tendency to avoid the immediate ‘pick up and deliver side’ of the business. This offered us a niche where we could effectively plug in and use our existing infrastructure. By partnering with Rush, we are able to instantly deliver to an extended customer base that is actively seeking the kind of courier services we provide.”

Says Whittaker, “Small businesses in particular are finding our delivery services to be ideal. After all, the economy is slowing down and money is inevitably tight, so an increasing number of SMEs are embracing the courier services we offer in terms of price and choice. In fact, since our entire value proposition is built on saving our customers time and money, we are offering new clients up to R150 off their first delivery, provided they download WeChat and use Rush.”

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Win a Poster Heater with Gadget and Takealot.com

This winter Gadget and Takealot.com are giving away three Poster Heaters, which look like posters but become heaters when you plug them in.

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Three Gadget readers will each win a unit, valued at R550 each. To enter, follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter and tell us on the @GadgetZA account how many Watts the heater consumes.

What’s the big deal about these heaters? Many of us are struggling to keep the balance between soaring electricity costs and the need to keep warm this winter.

However, the recently launched Poster Heater by EasyHeat and distributed in South Africa by Takealot.com is not only one of the most cost effective electric heaters currently on the market, it is also easy to setup and use.

As the name indicates, it is a poster similar to one you would hang on a wall. But, plug it in and it turns into a 300 Watt heater. The Poster Heater isn’t designed to heat hallways or large rooms, but rather smaller ones like a bedroom or a baby’s nursery or a dressing room.

It uses radiant heating, which means that it heats up in a couple of minutes and the heat is directed at the objects or people around it, quickly taking the chill out of the air and providing a comfortable ambient temperature.

The other advantage of radiant heating is that it doesn’t dry out the air like infrared or gas heaters. Users also don’t have to worry about their children or pets getting too close to it because, even though it gets hot, it can be touched.

To enter the competition follow the steps below:

Competition entry details:

1. Follow @GadgetZA and @Takealot on Twitter. (We will ONLY be accepting entires via Twitter, so please don’t enter through the comments section of this article.)

2. Tell us on Twitter, via @GadgetZA, mentioning @Takealot in your posting, how many Watts the Poster Heater consumes.

cleardot.gif3. The competition closes on 31 July 2018.

4. Winners will be notified via Twitter on 1 August and Takealot.com will be in touch to organise delivery.

5. The competition is only open to South African residents.

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Deezer to host Hotstix’s Mandela tribute playlist

Deezer is celebrating Nelson Mandela on the centenary of his birthday by hosting a tribute playlist created by music legend Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse.  

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Mabuse, a legendary figure in African music, first rose to prominence in the 1970s with his band Harari and later developed a name for himself as a solo artist. One of his best known songs was the global hit BurnOut in the 1980s.

The playlist takes the listener on a captivating musical journey through the life of Nelson Mandela.  It was compiled by Mabuse, who consulted with Mandela’s family and friends to ensure that the music would be relevant and accurate. The playlist also features commentary by Mabuse, which was recorded in his Soweto home.  

“I have tried to tell the story of the music that Madiba loved,” says Mabuse. “The Playlist excludes the time in prison obviously, as Madiba would not have had exposure to music in that time.  We have focused on the music we know he loved before and after that period. This recording was really an emotional journey for me, but an incredible opportunity to document these memories.”

The playlist features the music the young Mandela loved, such as The Manhattan Brothers, Solomon Linda, Brenda Fassie and Miriam Makeba.  It includes struggle songs from Chicco, Johnny Clegg, Hugh Masekela and Yvonne Chaka Chaka.  The playlist also includes Mandela by Zahara, one of the younger artists who caught Madiba’s ear.

Mabuse also offers stories of his own songs, such as Shikisha, a song greatly beloved by the former President.

“I was delighted to share my thoughts and hope the listeners enjoyed the musical journey,” says Mabuse. “Madiba did enjoy music immensely and we all have a purpose wherever we are in the world to celebrate culture and to learn from different cultures and music forms and styles.”

This playlist was inspired by the Nelson Mandela 100 campaign, calling on corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversation and action.

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