Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Help Adds4trees remedy the destruction of our trees

We don't need to tell you that the world is at the point of no return and evidence of climate change is everywhere. All hope is not lost though, as nature has gifted us with the most versatile and important of natural assets... trees.

One of the greatest contributors to the excess carbon we have in the atmosphere is deforestation: the destruction of our rainforests. Trees serve a critically important function in nature by removing carbon from the atmosphere and storing it as cellulose in their trunk, branches, leaves and roots while releasing oxygen back into the air. The more trees we plant, the less carbon in our atmosphere and the less global warming will take place...it's a simple formula.

Kids planting

Ads4Trees.com is a service aimed at helping remedy the destruction of our trees by creating a socially beneficial, meaningful, valuable service that facilitates and aids reforestation on a global scale while creating employment and opportunities for myriad entrepreneurs. While the online search and pay-per-click industry is dominated by Google, we believe that the value proposition of Ads4Trees and the quality of our service is compelling enough to allow us to achieve our goals...to plant 50 million trees within 5 years.

So what is Ads4Trees.com? Well, Ads4Trees.com is a fully-featured, web and mobile enabled, search engine and pay-per-click ad network with a number of very unique and important differences which set it apart from everything else in the market.

Not only are you assured of the very best search results (our search results are powered by both Google and Bing) but, our servers are also run on 100% green, renewable energy.

More importantly, for every 500 searches which you conduct on our search engine, we will plant 1 tree on your behalf as part of our unwaivering commitment to global reforestation.

Ads4Trees.com is aiming to plant 50 million trees within the next 5 years, while at the same time creating at least 5000 sustainable jobs and empowering thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners the world over.

Our mission is to create a happy place where business imperatives like profit and marketing can comfortably co-exist with sustainability and environmental responsibility.

Trees are being destroyed

For every R1000 (+- $USD120) which an advertiser spends in our pay-per-click ad network, we will plant 16 trees on that business' behalf. Ads4Trees uses over 70% of its revenue to benefit the environment, educate the various markets in which we operate and to drive change in market behaviour. To achieve success, we need YOUR HELP.

Barren land
If you care about the environment and believe that the world is worth saving, please could you help us by doing the following:
  • Make Ads4trees.com your default search engine and use it regularly (click the "Search Plugin" link at the top of the page and follow the instructions).
  • Make Ads4trees.com your browser's homepage.
  • Like the Ads4trees.com page on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
  • Tweet about us, blog about us, tell somebody about us, talk about us and help us get as much public exposure as you possibly can.
  • Bookmark http://m.ads4trees.com on your mobile phone for easy mobile access.
  • Add Ads4Trees.com search to your site.
  • Publish Ads4Trees.com ads on your blog/website and make money while helping save the environment.
  • Advertise on Ads4Trees.com
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Tuesday, November 22, 2011

It's the final countdown for the Class of 2011

Ntombikayise Tshabangu
More than 600 000 matric pupils across South Africa are presently buried in their books studying for their final examinations. For some, who started studying at the last minute, it is a very stressful time, but for those who started preparing well in advance, it is much easier.

One learner who did her homework well, is 18-year old Pretoria matriculant, Ntombikayise Tshabangu. For her, it is an honour to be in matric after all the years of hard work and studying late into the night. She said sitting for examinations is an indication that she has finally reached a major milestone in her life. 

It’s an honour

"It's amazing how time flies. Not so long ago I was in pre-school, but today this is me sitting for my matric examinations, so there's nothing more I can say other than that I am indeed honoured," she said.

"It has been a fun year even though it was difficult, but I managed to overcome the challenges and learned from them. I really enjoyed it as this is my very last year in high school."

Like Ntombikayise, most other matrics have had hurdles to overcome during their final school year. These included having too much to do and too little time, which was stressful, she said.

Leisure activities

However, Ntombikayise believes that it's important to make time for leisure activities and develop other talents such as sport.

"I managed to balance my school work and netball and still passed. Playing for the school's first netball team really made me proud; getting a bronze medal for being one of the best players just added the cherry on top," she said. Eyeing a dream career as an Information Technology (IT) specialist, Ntombikayise plans to further her studies in this field.

"I am extremely lucky because I come from a very supportive family. They put my education first and understand that I need to be focused and dedicated. I urge other families to do same."


Asked what advice she would give future matriculants, Ntombikayise said those writing examinations must not try to study everything in one night.

"Your brain cannot take in all the information at once; rather study a little bit each and every day. You can study with a friend, or join an after-school homework club for help from a teacher or a friend from the same class."

"Many young people think studying is 'lame' or 'boring'. But it can be fun. You can make up a board game to make studying fun and easy, or you can just type up your notes if it makes it easier to read. Do as much as possible to make sure you know the material, but make time to relax in-between," Ntombikayise said.

Time management

"Matric is not as difficult as one would think; it just requires a lot of studying, concentrating in class and good time management," quips Ntombikayise.

The final exams started on 17 October and the last papers will be written on 1 December. The results will be made public on 7 January 2012.

It's the holidays again!

Take a break, Take a Sho't Left 
It’s that time of the year again. If you are planning that well deserved and probably long overdue holiday, do not look too far – South Africa has everything that one needs this holiday season.

This is where the South African Tourism’s Sho’t Left Campaign comes in.

Sho’t Left, a streetwise term coined by mini bus taxi passengers and drivers, has been adopted by South African Tourism. It was launched as our domestic travel campaign in 2004. Six years later, the term has come to mean a short trip or quick getaway.

The South African Tourism is the national tourism agency responsible for marketing South Africa as a destination internationally and domestically.
Regional Director of South Africa Tourism, Mr Phumi Dlomo says:  “While our job as South African Tourism is to market the country to South Africans, it is still important that they ensure that our people are able to easily book an affordable holiday in the country,” he says.
“There is interest from South Africans in travelling their country and they are already travelling in one form or another. South Africans realise the fun to be had travelling Mzansi and they want in on the action. Sho’t Left helps in making it more affordable and accessible,” he continues. “What we also try to do and is what South Africans need is to provide them with information on where to go and what activities are enjoyable. They also really appreciate the travel deals as they ensure they travel the country with-out having to spend the same amount of money as international travellers.
The Tourism Growth Strategy aims to make tourism the leading economic sector in South Africa, and so promote sustainable economic and social empowerment of all South Africans. South Africa is marketed as an integral part of Africa and particularly the subcontinent of southern Africa.

To accomplish these goals, South African Tourism commits to meaningfully contribute to the government’s objectives of increased gross domestic product growth, sustainable job creation and redistribution and transformation through: increasing tourist volume; increasing the geographic spread, length of stay and tourist spend of all visitors; improving seasonality arrivals patterns; and working to transform the industry so that historically disadvantaged South Africans may benefit from the sector.

The long-term objective of South African Tourism’s domestic strategy, through the Sho’t Left campaign, is to create a culture of travel amongst South africans. Short-term object is to get South Africans to take shorter breaks in Mzansi more often,” he says. 

When you travel in South Africa, you create jobs for fellow South Africans, invest in our economy and nationally growth, as well as support a vibrant South African industry that’s rapidly becoming a benchmark for international excellence.
Mr Phumi Dlomo admits that there have been challenges.The market is still emerging and there is a huge opportunity to grow holiday travel. Getting South Africans to spend on a holiday versus purchasing a new accessory, be it a TV, a new mobile phone is the biggest challenge.
“Another challenge is ensuring that South Africans understand that when travelling to a different province to see friends and family they need to engage in tourist behaviour (i.e. participating in lesiure activities and visiting leisure attractions,” he says. 
South African Tourism celebrated the Tourism Month, September with a focus being on the Freestate – “the heart of Mzansi”.

The Sho’t Left experiences include: bus retreats, coastal getaways, city breaks, mountain escapes, countryside meanders, day trips, cultural discoveries as well as sport, adventure and events.

When calling the Sho’t Left call centre, a lady explained that; “Travel packages are broken down into nine provinces. The Backpacking Package is suitable for youngsters who usually travel with their packs on their backs, not looking for luxury accommodation and usually staying in chalets.

“The budget package is for those looking to stay for affordable two to three star accommodation within their means.  The family package is family-friendly, tailor-made for families with children. Then we have luxury, which are you five-star and boutique hotels, self catering and affordable packages – which are usually anything between one to three stars accommodation,” said the lady, who was reluctant to be named.

The new Sho't Left campaign – Tell us More – launched in March this year features a selection of seven of Mzansi’s hottest and most relevant trendsetters. The main aim of this new campaign is to show South Africans that travelling the country is quite fun. It is then the job of Sho't Left and the tourism industry as a whole to ensure that travelling the country is in fact accessible and affordable. This campaign has gotten Sho't Lefters excited, evidenced by the increase in social media activity on Sho’t Left platforms.
Mr Phumi concludes that it is enriching, surprising, delightful, fun and easy to travel locally. “It also introduces you to new ideas, new people and new places.” He says.

For more information on domestic travel and tours, more packages and experiences that one can have right here at home, visit: www.southafrica.net/shotleft.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Love for no Reason

Love for No Reason by Marci Shimoff

Rating: 5/5

Reviewer: Refilwe Thobega

If there’s one thing that can cure the world of hate, racism, poverty, sickness, crime, violence, abuse, greed and corruption, the list is endless. That one cure would not be music or sport, it would be “love”.

In her book Love for no Reason, Marci Shimoff – a celebrated transformational leader and a number one New York Times bestselling author – shares the Seven Steps to Creating a Life of Unconditional Love.
As living beings, we are created to receive and give love.

 I once heard that there are only two forces in life: fear and love. We do something because we either love it or we are afraid (of something) – if we don’t do it. A student studies because she either loves her subject or she is afraid that if he/she doesn’t, she will fail. We go to work every day because we either love what we do or that we are afraid if we don’t, we will starve.

Whatever that one does, let the force behind be “love” and not “fear”.  Because as I imagine, the reward will be greater as it will have a lasting effect.

Love for No Reason is “dedicated to those who hear the call of their heart to live in unconditional love”.  Loving oneself is something that we take for granted. And what the author “prescribes” for that is love, sweet love – which usually comes from within. 

With this book, may you be reminded of what the love and its ripple effect can bring into your life. This book is a love guru that comes in a form of a book. It is very well crafted. I definitely give it a “yes”.