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12”:Miami,The KC Mega Mix[NM] (Ariola)

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101 IN 1 SPORTS PARTY MEGAMIX ( WII )

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Wesgro invests in Sage CRM with eMarketing

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Wesgro, the official destination marketing, investment and trade promotion agency for the Western Cape has invested in Sage CRM with eMarketing, the preferred vendor is AWCape, an official supplier of Sage CRM solutions.

This investment follows the successful implementation of Sage 300 ERP with Procurement eWorkflow at Wesgro. “We have experienced exceptional growth in the last year and Sage CRM, with full eMarketing functionality, was the next step to support this growth,” says Ian Blackie, Chief Financial Officer of Wesgro.

“AWCape’s ability to deliver on time and within budget, together with their high levels of support, gave us the confidence to embark on this major CRM and eMarketing project. Further to this, they have a successful track-record with our company and have the ability to deliver solutions that will support Wesgro’s changing and challenging business processes,” says Blackie.

“Our ability to effectively project-manage major implementations through our formal structures of Services Management, supported by a Customer Support System hosted on SharePoint, provides our customers with peace of mind,” says Henry Hattingh Chief Executive Officer at AWCape.

Wesgro effectively keeps a firm finger on the pulse of business and tourism in the Western Cape region, being the first point of contact for foreign buyers, local exporters and investors who wish to take advantage of the unlimited business potential in the region. One of the critical success factors in the brief to AWCape, was a need to fully capitalise on the marketing opportunities that arise and to successfully manage these opportunities to ensure efficient business growth in the Western Cape. “Successful retention of business opportunities and follow-through to ensure 100% completion was high on our agenda as previous attempts to install CRM systems were not successful,” said Blackie.

AWCape embarked on the project to install Sage CRM with opportunity workflow for seven divisions in Wesgro. Sage CRM will also be integrated with Wesgro’s website and Sage’s Swiftpage will be utilised to launch and manage marketing campaigns. “Full integration of the CRM system to the ERP system was a key requirement, and this is one area where Sage CRM and Sage 300 ERP work extremely well together,” commented Hattingh.

“Sage CRM is a powerful, easy-to-use customer relationship management solution that integrates directly with Sage 300 ERP. It is designed to improve business relationships with every interaction and uses industry-leading technology to facilitate efficient information exchange between an organisation and its customers. It further integrates with other business applications through an intuitive Web services interface and therefore businesses are no longer limited by incompatible applications,” says Keith Fenner, senior vice president for sales at Sage ERP Africa and Middle East.

Wesgro’s CRM implementation and development is expected to be completed by the end of 2013.

Need For Speed Rivals

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Join the Need for Speed Rivals “King of the Streets” bracket challenge

What if the car you use to break the laws of the roads as a racer could switch to the black and white? That is the question that the Need for Speed™ Rivals team is asking with the “King of the Streets” Bracket Challenge. Vote for the one and only car in Need for Speed™ Rivals that will cross-over from racer to cop or cop to racer making it playable by both sides. Gamers can choose from among eight road warriors – the Ford Mustang Shelby GT500, Ford GT, Porsche Cayman S, Dodge Charger SRT8, Mercedes SLS AMG Black Series, Pagani Huayra, Lexus LFA and Aston Martin Vanquish. Join the challenge here: http://www.facebook.com/needforspeed.*

This is your chance to add to the unique gameplay and progression you’ll experience as both a cop and racer with one car that will embody the ultimate rivalry.

In Need for Speed Rivals, it’s all about the heat of competition in the legendary rivalry between cops and racers. Gamers play as either a cop or racer, where each side of the law has its own set of high stakes challenges, rewards and consequences. As a racer, the goal is to become infamous for taking risks behind the wheel and capturing your most intense escapes on video for the world to see. The more cops players evade, the more Speed Points they collect, enabling them to unlock new cars, personalization options and evasion tech. Keep raising the stakes race after race to become an ever-more valuable target to the cops – but risk losing it all if busted. As a cop, players work together as part of a team in pursuit of racers, earning prominence and rising in the ranks of the Police Force withevery bust, unlocking unique cop cars and more powerful pursuit tech.

Need for Speed Rivals will be available in South Africa on November 22, 2013 on the Xbox 360® videogame and entertainment system from Microsoft, PlayStation®3 computer entertainment system, and PC via Origin™. Need for Speed Rivals will also be available for the Xbox One, the all-in-one games and entertainment system from Microsoft, and PlayStation 4 later this year.

To view the first Need for Speed Rivals teaser trailer, please visit www.needforspeed.com. To join the conversation on Need for Speed Rivals, please visit http://www.facebook.com/needforspeed, follow us on Twitter® at www.twitter.com/needforspeed and #NFSRivals, or sign up for the official Need for Speed newsletter. Press assets for Need for Speed Rivals are available at http://info.ea.com.

Multiple benefits to mitigating money laundering risks

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Whether it’s via real estate deals, ‘fixed’ gambling, poor record keeping at a Bureaux de Change, double or inflated invoicing in a company or transferring money to an unknown party regularly for a commission, money laundering is as serious an issue in South Africa as it is in the rest of the world.

To understand the global magnitude of money laundering it is important to consider the results of a study conducted by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to determine the size of illegal funds generated by organised crime and to investigate how much of this is laundered. According to the UNODC, criminals laundered about 2.7% of global GDP (or US$ 1.6 trillion) in 2009 alone.[1]

In South Africa specifically, corruption on a grand scale and the lack of transparency make money laundering in its various forms a profitable business and this is only exacerbated by the ease with which foreign criminals can enter the country.

South Africa has taken great strides to set up a variety of different legislations and acts to tackle money launderings’ growing threat to business and the government. This includes establishing the Financial Intelligence Centre in February 2002 under the FIC Act No. 38 of 2001, to help combat the threat posed by money laundering and to identify the proceeds of certain unlawful activities.

However, the challenge is the ability to accurately and quickly identify when money laundering is occurring, who is responsible, and what methods they are using to get their ‘dirty money’ into the banking and business systems without being identified.

Unlike fraud, which is basically stealing money that belongs to someone else, money laundering is the process of legitimising illegally gained funds via ostensibly legal methods. And while money laundering is rightfully associated with crime syndicates, terrorism and drug trafficking, it is often innocent companies and people that are caught in a web of complexity as unwitting accomplices in these transactions.

“The problem with money laundering activities in organisations is that the individual transactions in the process are generally perfectly ordinary and legal, making identifying the crime difficult, costly and time consuming,” says Hedley Hurwitz, MD of Magix Security. “Successful anti-money-laundering (AML) solutions must therefore focus on the context and behaviour surrounding these activities instead of individual transactions”

To identify the context for money laundering, Hurwitz says organisations need to look beyond the “what” of transactions, to the “how” and under what conditions they are conducted. This can only be achieved if user and system activities are monitored in real-time; slicing and dicing ‘valid’ transactions ‘after the fact’ to look for anomalies is likely to identify only a small percentage of the misdemeanours.

For example, an insider in a financial organisation’s IT department amends a customer’s mobile phone number on the database to reflect a launderer’s mobile number. This lasts just long enough for the launderer to transfer ill-gained profits into the account, approve the addition of a beneficiary, and release the funds before the number is changed back to the original. The transaction of itself is not suspicious and won’t appear on any exception reports unless the customer queries it, although he will not have suffered any material loss. It is only if all activity related to this account is recorded, and related back to the transaction, will there be any chance of prevention and detection.

“AML is an area that does not belong to IT, except in so far as to supply the infrastructure and access to information,” says Hurwitz. “Due to the high confidentiality requirements of the data under scrutiny, only the risk and compliance staff should have access to the data, and then only to the data they need.

“Moreover, one source of data is not enough. Investigators need to access internal information combined with external data from law enforcement agencies and the Internet to round out their knowledge of money laundering syndicates and methodologies.”

The start of any effective AML strategy is a high-level risk assessment of a company. Once done, the organisation needs to implement a proactive AML strategy of identifying potential money laundering activities in as close to real time as possible.
The way to accomplish this is by creating alerts that flag a series of activities as suspicious based on their context and behaviour. For example, if a clerk continually provides refunds greater than an average amount, it could indicate that there is a problem.

“AML is part of corporations’ regulatory compliance requirements, but it is possible to only put on a veneer of compliance and still get a stamp of approval,” states Hurwitz. “This is very short sighted, however, as proactive AML not only saves the company from the embarrassment of being implicated in a scandal, it serves to reduce losses, cuts the time spent on problem resolution, and minimises the unrecoverable cost of facilitating AML practices.”

A Tale of Two Cities: Building A Global Business Model

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Digital production agency’s international outsource model serves as a benchmark for local business

With the rapid advance of Internet technology and increasing smartphone penetration, ‘digital’ is fast becoming the buzzword in South African business circles. And as enterprises clamour to own a piece of the mobile and social media space, digital agencies are quickly springing forth to meet growing demands. But will local agencies remain sustainable once supply begins to outweigh demand in South Africa? According to Nick Durrant, Managing Director of Bluegrass Digital, one of the country’s original and most acclaimed digital production agencies, the key to on-going success lies in diversification.

“We’ve always taken a more global approach to business,” explains Durrant, who, along with his brother James, oversees Bluegrass Digital’s operations in both South Africa and the UK. “South African businesses understandably tend to keep their interests local, but with the rest of the world still recovering in the wake of recent recession, there are plentiful opportunities for local enterprises abroad.”

Established in 1996, Bluegrass Digital has successfully applied an inter-continental outsourced business model for almost two decades, servicing international clients out of its production hub in Cape Town. Whilst the company has worked extensively with locally based creative agencies to deliver cutting-edge digital solutions, the majority of its work has been generated beyond local borders.

“Approximately 72% of our business comes from clients based in the UK,” says Durrant. “There’s far less weariness from European clients these days about doing business in South Africa, and given the favourable exchange rate, as well as the high level of service delivery increasingly associated with local agencies, enterprises are now more open to the possibility of outsourcing digital production work to South Africa.”

Durrant lived in the UK for 15 years prior to setting up Bluegrass Digital in the mid-90’s, and consequently the British market seemed like a natural expansion point for the company, which opened the doors to its London office at the outset of the ‘dot com’ boom in 1999. And whilst experience abroad undoubtedly eased the transition into what is a fairly established market, Durrant believes that there is plenty of potential for local businesses offering superior service and eyeing out European expansion prospects.

“The key to establishing a presence in global markets lies in the creation of key channel partnerships,” explains Durrant. “We are essentially an agency for agencies, and offer our services as a value add for companies abroad without digital production capacity. If local enterprises work strategically to create relationships on the ground in other countries, they can quickly begin to diversify their interests and generate income in foreign currency.”

Whilst conquering markets like the UK might seem like a daunting prospect, particularly for small businesses with limited resources, there is no shortage of diversification opportunities closer to home. South Africa serves as a key strategic gateway to the rest of Africa, and with demand for digital services in countries like Nigeria, Ghana and Kenya currently at an all-time high, local agencies now have a real opportunity to establish themselves in these burgeoning markets.

“We’ve begun to apply the same outsourced business model to African markets, and have already enjoyed a lot of success, particularly in Nigeria,” says Durrant, who has worked on projects for major brands like Dettol and Standard Bank via a Nigerian-based communications company. “Conducting business in Africa can be fraught with cultural complexities, which makes it all the more important to have a trusted partner on the ground that can help to navigate the various roadblocks that inevitably emerge when expanding into new territories.”

With a lack of service delivery on the ground and a growing demand for world-class digital production services, many agencies in key West and East African countries are now looking abroad to meet their clients’ growing needs. Bluegrass Digital is currently working with the Silicon Cape initiative to set up a trade mission to Ghana for companies in the ICT and advertising industries, set to take place in August. The aim of the mission is to help small businesses to establish key strategic relationships in this West African territory, which has demonstrated significant digital growth over the past few years.

“Lucrative opportunities exist for local companies looking to expand their interests into Africa, and our aim is to assist them where possible in establishing key strategic relationships with agencies on the ground,” says Durrant. “With technological infrastructure rapidly improving in Africa, local agencies can now easily work with trusted partners in these territories without actually requiring any form of physical presence, making expansion a far more realistic prospect for a wider variety of businesses.”

Eastern and Southern Cape receive new internet service – even in remote areas

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This week, Vox Telecom will be launching a new satellite broadband service in the Eastern and Southern Cape – and it will bring connectivity to the most remote areas of these provinces.

The service, known as YahClick, makes use of Ka-Band satellite technology, which allows for the transmission of high-speed internet at low prices. As the service doesn’t make use of fixed lines, any user can access it – even in remote areas. Thousands of South Africans around of the country are already making use of the service.

“The Eastern and Southern Cape can benefit from this connection in a number of ways,” says Jacques Visser, Vox Telecom’s YahClick Project Manager. “It is fast enough to give users access to services they might not have been able to use previously – telephone calls that don’t rely on fixed or lines or GSM signal, Skype and, of course, critical services such as e-learning or e-health can be deployed to assist under-resourced schools or hospitals. YahClick is also a perfect solution for homes and businesses in towns and cities where ADSL and GSM is not reliable.”

The installation requires a satellite dish and a router – comparable to a DStv installation – and is extremely cost effective. Vox Telecom has trained installers across the country to ensure that customers have access to reliable technical support and fast installations.

YahClick can also be bundled with some of Vox Telecom’s other products, including the Vox Supafone, which will give the customer access to both voice-prioritised calls and data.

The official launch takes place at the end of the week in Grahamstown and will be attended by the Head of Agri Eastern Cape, Ernest Pringle, as well as farmers from around the provinces. Algoa FM will be broadcasting live from the event.

YahClick is available through all Vox Telecom and @lantic channels. For more information visit www.yahclick.co.za/.

WD Green hard drives win best choice award at Computex Taipei 2013

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Cool and Quiet Drives Awarded for Their Innovative Energy-saving Technologies, Wide Market Acceptance and High Capacity to Meet Today’s Data Growth

WD, a Western Digital (NASDAQ: WDC) company and world leader in storage and connected-life products, today announced that its WD Green desktop 3.5-inch hard drives have been awarded the COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013 Best Choice Award in the Green ICT category.

The Best Choice Award is a technology-industry recognition of distinctive products, judged on functionality, innovation and market potential. This year the judging panel, comprised of government officials, professors, experts and journalists, received more than 400 entries.

Employing the company’s WD GreenPower Technology, WD Green hard drives were the industry’s first drives to significantly reduce power consumption when compared to standard hard drives, and have been widely accepted globally, with more than 125 million units shipped since their introduction in 2008. In addition to consuming less power, the purpose-built drives’ power-saving technologies result in cooler and quieter operation. Available in capacities up to 3 TB, the WD Green family is designed and manufactured with lead-free, conflict-free and halogen-free materials.

“We are honored by the recognition COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013 is giving the WD Green drives,” said Matt Rutledge, vice president of WD’s client computing business unit. “Our customers have embraced WD Green drives for their efficiencies and cool and quiet attributes, which are a primary criteria for certain applications. From working closely with our customers, we understand their needs for purpose-built storage technologies, whether they deliver high performance or network capability, or low power consumption, like WD Green drives.”

WD Green desktop hard drives will be exhibited at the Best Choice Award display area at COMPUTEX TAIPEI 2013. WD will showcase its full product portfolio, latest storage technologies and software solutions addressing thin-and-light mobile devices, cloud datacenter computing and products for the connected lifestyle at booth number L0810 in the World Trade Center Nangang Exhibition Hall.

Double You & K.C. – Why / Megamix – CD

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Der Aprés Ski Nonstop Mega-Mix – VARIOUS [2x CD]

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