World Kids Colouring Competition

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This Sunday, 6 May is World Kids Colouring Day! Join Staedtler at Greenstone, Clearwater Mall, Cresta, Maponya Mall and Centurion Mall on Sunday between 9am and 5pm.









After taking more than 100 online exams as well as a  practical three-day exam in Japan, Yunus Docrat, a branch technician at Bidvest company, Konica Minolta South Africa, is the fourth South African to receive the highest certification of Konica Minolta Business Technologies’ professional education, the Diploma in Color, joining the expert rank of a total of only seven Asia Pacific achievers of this qualification.

The sought-after qualification has been described as second to none in its design and scope in the entire printing market. It provides its receivers with the competencies to meet the digital world’s demand for reliable services and expert consultancy in standardised results and colour output.

More than 100 online exams have to be taken to reach certification level, such as Outward Associate, Professional, Expert Colour, Master of Colour and an additional Expert level. Once these exams are completed, the candidate is invited to Japan for the practical three-day exam. To the future applicants of the Color Diploma, Docrat has these encouraging words: ‘Study well, be prepared and know everything from the DTP applications to the Fiery Controller.’

Docrat, a production supervisor with five years experience in desktop publishing, is also the first branch technician to qualify and says that studying towards the diploma has changed both his view of- and previous experience of working with colour.

‘I have gained a great deal of knowledge and expert skills during my time preparing for the diploma. The result is that customers will benefit from highly consistent print quality and clearly defined quality standards through sophisticated colour manipulation. In addition, issues that would ordinarily have taken me a few days to troubleshoot can now be resolved in just a few minutes, allowing customers’ downtime to be at a minimum, thus not affecting their workload output,’ said Docrat.

‘The qualification has already helped me through some tricky colour situations. I have also been able to transfer some of the knowledge gained to the customer by showing them the correct workflows within their environments, allowing them to achieve their correct outputs more quickly and efficiently.’

‘We are immensely proud of Yunus and now with four Diploma in Colour recipients on board, South Africa is taking the lead in the colour expert rankings in the Asia Pacific region. Our clients embracing digital colour printing can thus be confident that they are dealing with the leaders in colour technology,’ said Alan Griffith, Konica Minolta South Africa MD.

Article courtesy of Africa Print.

From September to December 2011, Waltons and Mondi ran a promotion raising R55 000 for seven charities across Gauteng. The charities included Little Eden, Safe and Sound Learning Association, Nkosi’s Haven, Ulusaba Pride ‘n Purpose, Lochvaal Umfuleni Welfare, St John’s Care Centre and Lourie Youth Centre. For every box of Rotatrim bought during the promotional period, 20c was donated to the funds for donation. Wish lists were submitted by each charity items including food, baby formula, a washing machine, stationery items, computers, projectors and toiletries were bought for the organisations. Representatives from various Waltons branches visited the organisations to do the handover and were taken on a tours of the home to show how they are run, what activities take place and were introduced to the residents, learners and staff. 

The Muslim Refugee Association of South Africa (MRASA), a non-profit organisation (NPO) uplifting refugees and locals through religious, social, moral and academic means, has raised R15 000 worth of stationery in their Back to School Campaign. The campaign was started following a frequent request from refugee parents who could not afford stationery for their children once school begins each year. Some of the stationery items distributed include books, pens, pencils and bags. According to Wagogo Ramadhan, director for MRASA, the Back to School campaign has played a big role in changing the lives of many families because now parents don’t have to worry about the stationery of their children. They look for families struggling to sustain themselves through representatives at schools in various areas and distribute the available stationery to them. “With many requests from under-privileged families both refugees and local, we appeal to members of the stationery industry to assist with donating stationery to our organisation and using MRASA as a vehicle to do such work,” he says.

Twelve schools across Gauteng and the Kliptown Youth Program, a non-profit organisation, without books or a library, received a moveable library coutesy of a donation of R40 000 by shop-sa and seven of its’ members. The members who made the donation included Kolok, Rexel, Mondi, Beswick, ACT, Office National and Waltons. One of the schools which benefitted from this initiative include Wisani Primary school in Pimville, Soweto. Denis Creighton, chairperson for the Soweto Youth and Developments Project, says he would like to thank shop-sa on behalf of all the schools. “Wisani Primary School caters for grades R to seven and had no library or any books until this intervention. We received the books arranged through the Travelling Bookshop’s Masixhasane foundation thanks to the association’s donation,” he says. He says the principal, deputy principal and staff, as well as the children were very excited about the new library. “As a result of the association’s donation, the Gauteng Education Department has also agreed to send a supply of library books to all participating schools so the donation has been multiplied,” says Creighton.

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