Sanlam has partnered with Laduma Ngxokolo to take wearable tech into the financial sphere with the Mna Nam. The bangle uses a QR code that links to a Savings Wallet on the wearer’s mobile phone, allowing one to save with a wrist scan.
What if this season’s most coveted accessory is as good for your future as it is for your look? Introducing Mna Nam by Laduma – the only accessory that becomes more valuable the more you use it. Sanlam joined forces with world-renowned designer, Laduma Ngxokolo, this National Savings Month to create a signature piece that effortlessly combines fashion with function. Whether you’ve skipped your third cup of coffee for the day or just feel like rewarding yourself, you can now actively save that money instantly. For the first time, saving has become as easy as spending.
Sanlam has had widespread success from its past National Savings Month (July) social experiments – One Rand Man, One Rand Family and Conspicuous Savers – and this year the brand is shifting the focus from education to action with the Mna Nam. Conceptualised with the King James Group, Mna Nam is an exquisite, limited edition accessory that’s worn around the wrist, with an embedded QR code that links to a Savings Wallet on the wearer’s mobile phone. Marking Ngxokolo’s first foray into the world of functional fashion, it seamlessly integrates his traditionally-inspired aesthetic with smart technological capabilities – taking wearable tech to the financial sphere.
Yegs Ramiah, CEO Sanlam Brand, says, “The global trend is for wearable tech to solve real-world problems. In South Africa, this problem is the country’s poor savings culture. Mna Nam helps people prepare for a healthy financial future by making saving fashionable. The purpose-led accessory offers a one-of-a-kind campaign to shift the realm of fashion into a space for responsible saving as opposed to excessive spending.”
For Matt Ross, King James Group executive creative director, Mna Nam is an example of African ingenuity. “In Africa, we have our own set of challenges and we’re known for re-engineering technological tools to solve them. Wearable tech is very expensive and out of the reach of most – but not if you innovate on an existing platform. So, we took a widely used virtual payment app, WeChat, and flipped its primary purpose of easy spending into easy saving. Then we coupled this with an object of real beauty to be worn on the wrist and created by the country’s most forward-thinking designer, to make saving top of mind and aspirational. This is what leads to habit – a want to save.”
For Ngxokolo, functional fashion has to add value to people’s lives. “I’ve just completed my master’s in Material Futures – a course which blurs the lines between design, science and tech. In the future, designers will most probably be scientists – people who perceive opportunities for real-impact innovations that make people’s lives better. A design has to make sense and solve a problem to become iconic.”
Yegs Ramiah, CEO Sanlam Brand, agrees, “Mna Nam presents a beautiful, stylish solution that contributes towards improving South Africa’s poor savings culture. At Sanlam, we want to equip people with the tools and knowledge necessary to save for a better tomorrow. Mna Nam is an action-driven, forward-thinking campaign that’s more than just fashion.”
YouTube Music announces Smart Downloads, SA playlists
The service has introduced Smart Downloads which takes allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically.
The latest updates from YouTube Music, for subscribers of its Music Premium and Premium services, include a new feature that allows users to switch seamlessly between a song and its music video for an uninterrupted experience.
It has also introduced Smart Downloads which takes the work out of downloading music, allowing users to store and play hundreds of tunes offline, automatically. YouTube Music has also announced new playlists for South Africa.
The updates all reflect features that are popular on the global leader in music streaming, Spotify, and that have been key to its growth.
YouTube said in a statement on Friday: “Imagine listening to a new track by your favourite artist in the YouTube Music app and having the ability to seamlessly switch over to watch the music video – no pauses, no interruptions, just a simple tap that keeps the music flowing. This standout new feature from YouTube Music allows YouTube Premium and YouTube Music Premium subscribers to make a seamless transition between a song and its music video for uninterrupted listening and/or watching. Whether you’re in the mood for listening or watching (or a little of both)… it’s all here – no app switching required.”
With Smart Downloads, YouTube Music automatically saves music at night, when connected to Wi-Fi, helping subscribers to use less mobile data, enjoy a smoother updating experience and save up to 500 songs offline using Liked Songs playlist as well as other playlists and albums.
Previously, music lovers could use the Offline Mixtape feature to download up to 100 songs, specifically chosen for them based on what they listened to most on the platform. Now, with Smart Downloads, they select the number of songs they would like automatically downloaded by toggling their YouTube Music Settings. This means YouTube Music Premium subscribers with Smart Downloads enabled on their mobile devices can now access hundreds of tracks regardless of connectivity.
This feature is currently available on Android, with plans to bring it to iOS in the future.
Click here to read more about YouTube Music playlists, and find out what is inside them.
Make cars, not waste
Jaguar Land Rover is trialling an innovative recycling process which converts plastic waste into a new premium grade material that could feature on future vehicles.
It’s estimated that the amount of waste plastic is predicted to exceed 12 million tonnes globally by 2050*. Today, not all of this plastic can be recycled for use in automotive applications – especially in vehicle parts that are required to meet the most exacting safety and quality standards.
Working in conjunction with chemical company, BASF, Jaguar Land Rover is part of a pilot project called ChemCycling that upcycles domestic waste plastic, otherwise destined for landfill or incinerators, into a new high-quality material.
The waste plastic is transformed to pyrolysis oil using a thermochemical process. This secondary raw material is then fed into BASF’s production chain as a replacement for fossil resources; ultimately producing a new premium grade that replicates the high quality and performance of ‘virgin’ plastics. Importantly, it can be tempered and coloured making it the ideal sustainable solution for designing the next-generation dashboards and exterior-surfaces in Jaguar and Land Rover models.
Jaguar Land Rover and BASF are currently testing the pilot phase material in a Jaguar I-PACE prototype front-end carrier overmoulding to verify it meets the same stringent safety requirements of the existing original part.
Pending the outcome of the trials and progression in taking chemical recycling to market readiness, adoption of the new premium material would mean Jaguar Land Rover could use domestically derived recycled plastic content throughout its cars without any compromise to quality or safety performance**.
Chris Brown, Senior Sustainability Manager at Jaguar Land Rover, said: “Plastics are vital to car manufacturing and have proven benefits during their use phase, however, plastic waste remains a major global challenge. Solving this issue requires innovation and joined-up thinking between regulators, manufacturers and suppliers.
“At Jaguar Land Rover, we are proactively increasing recycled content in our products, removing single-use plastics across our operations and reducing excess waste across the product lifecycle. The collaboration with BASF is just one way in which we are advancing our commitment to operating in a circular economy.”
This is the latest example of Jaguar Land Rover’s commitment to addressing the challenge of waste plastic. The company has collaborated with Kvadrat to offer customers alternative seat options that are both luxurious and sustainable. The high-quality material, available initially on the Range Rover Velar and Range Rover Evoque, combines a durable wool blend with a technical suedecloth that is made from 53 recycled plastic bottles per vehicle.
Jaguar Land Rover has already met its 2020 target for Zero Waste to Landfill for UK operations. This includes the removal of 1.3 million m2 – equal to 187 football pitches – of plastic from its manufacturing lineside and replacing 14 million single use plastic items in business operations.
Together, these efforts are driving towards Jaguar Land Rover’s vision for Destination Zero; an ambition to make societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner. Delivered through relentless innovation to adapt its products and services to the rapidly-changing world, the company’s focus is on achieving a future of zero emissions, zero accidents and zero congestion.
** All Jaguar and Land Rover vehicles tested have achieved a Euro NCAP 5* rating.