Daily Archives: July 9, 2018

Mangalis Hotel Group adopte les solutions majeures de Reservations, ...

Les solutions offertes par TravelClik permettent à Mangalis Hotel Group, de maximiser ses revenus et assurer son expansion régionale

NEW YORK, le 9 Juillet 2018 /PRNewswire/ — TravelClick, l’un des principaux fournisseurs mondiaux de solutions  de gestion de données pour le secteur de l’hôtellerie,  a annoncé aujourd’hui que Mangalis Hotel Group, groupe hôtelier d’origine africaine aux marques dynamiques et innovantes sous les noms de Noom Hotels, Seen Hotels et Yaas Hotels, a sélectionné ses solutions primées de réservation  iHotelier®, Web et Media,  pour générer plus de revenus et maximiser les réservations directes dans ses unités et poursuivre son expansion rapide à travers l’Afrique.

Les solutions de réservation flexibles et intégrées de TravelClick permettent à Mangalis Hotel Group d’offrir des outils de tarification, de développer des offres personnalisées et de planifier des réservations, quel que soit le canal utilisé par le client pour réserver une chambre.

Afin d’attirer de nouveaux clients et fidéliser les actuels, le groupe Mangalis utilise la solution Media and Web Solutions de TravelClick pour mieux cibler et maximiser les réservations tout en maximisant la visibilité et la conversion sur les différents sites des enseignes du groupe. Le groupe Mangalis tirera également parti de TravelClick pour être représenté sur tous les systèmes de GDS (Global Distribution System), afin de stimuler la demande sur les principaux canaux de réservations d’hôtels.

“L’innovation étant au cœur de notre modèle économique, il est essentiel que notre fournisseur de solutions de réservation, médias et web puisse nous offrir la flexibilité dont nous avons besoin, pour répondre aux exigences particulières des voyageurs régionaux et internationaux en Afrique ” a déclaré Olivier Jacquin, DG de Mangalis Hotel Group. “TravelClick répond à nos exigences en offrant une solution plug & play/ one stop shop  et également une expérience client unique, ce qui est extrêmement important pour nous. Grâce à TravelClick, nous sommes en mesure de capturer les bons clients au bon moment et au bon tarif – en veillant à toujours optimiser nos revenus par chambre disponible (RevPAR) et notre taux d’occupation.”

“TravelClick  permet  ainsi à Mangalis Hotel Group de contrôler l’ensemble de l’expérience de réservation du client, depuis la première rencontre en ligne, jusqu’au moment de son arrivée à l’établissement et de ainsi les fidéliser pour un retour dans le futur.,a ajouté Jan Tissera, Président International de TravelClick. ” Nous sommes particulièrement ravis de ce partenariat qui accentue notre développement en Afrique, une région d´envergure importante pour nous.   Pour son expansion à travers le continent, Mangalis Hotel Group sera en mesure de tirer pleinement parti des capacités intrinsèques de TravelClick, pour fournir des offres uniques et une tarification qui corresponde à des offres créatives, que les clients un peu partout dans le monde attendent.”

À propos de TravelClick : TravelClick propose des solutions innovantes basées sur le Cloud et sur la gestion dynamique de données pour les hôtels du monde entier, afin de maximiser leurs revenus. TravelClick permet à plus de 50 000 hôteliers de prendre de meilleures décisions de gestion et de connaître, acquérir, convertir et retenir des clients. La suite de solutions interconnectées de la société comprend la veille sur les données (Business intelligence), le moteur de réservation, les médias, le Web et la vidéo ainsi que la gestion des hôtes. En sa qualité de partenaire de confiance, avec plus de 30 ans d’expérience dans le secteur de l’hôtellerie, TravelClick est présent dans 176 pays avec des experts locaux dans 39 pays, et 14 bureaux à : New York, Atlanta, Barcelone, Bucarest, Chicago, Dallas, Dubaï, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Orlando, Ottawa, Paris, Shanghai et Singapour.

La société offre également à ses clients hôteliers un accès à un réseau mondial de plus de 600 partenaires du secteur du voyage. Suivez TravelClick sur Facebook, Twitter et LinkedIn.

Mangalis Hotel Group a été créé en 2012 avec l’objectif de développer et de gérer de nouvelles  marques africaines dynamiques et innovantes    Noom Hotels (haut de gamme),  Seen Hotels (milieu de gamme) et Yaas Hotels (Lifestyle économique). Filiale de la holding Africaine Teyliom Group, son objectif est d’être parmi les plus grands groupes hôteliers africains actifs sur le continent, tout en étant la référence incontestée de l’industrie en termes de produits, d’innovation, de qualité de service et le portefeuille actuel du Groupe comprend 15 hôtels dans 10 pays africains dont 3 en opération à Abidjan, Dakar et Conakry totalisant ainsi son offre à plus de 2300 chambres dans différents segments de marché d’ici à 2021.

Suivez Mangalis Hotel Group sur Facebook, Twitter et LinkedIn.

Mangalis Hotel Group Adopts TravelClick’s Leading Reservations, Web ...

TravelClick Offerings Enable Mangalis to Maximize Revenue during Rapid Expansion Across Africa

NEW YORK, July 9, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — TravelClick, a leading global provider of data and revenue-generating solutions for hoteliers, today announced that Mangalis Hotel Group, the African-born hospitality group with its dynamic innovative brands Noom Hotels, Seen Hotels and Yaas Hotels, has selected TravelClick’s award-winning Reservations (iHotelier®), Web and Media Solutions to drive more revenue and maximize direct bookings as Mangalis continues its rapid expansion across Africa.

TravelClick’s flexible, integrated Reservations Solutions enable Mangalis Hotel Group to price rooms, develop personalized offers and book guests – irrespective of what device or channel the guest uses to engage the hotel. To acquire new guests, Mangalis uses TravelClick’s Media and Web Solutions to target and reach guests when they are most likely to book and push them to new, highly engaging, conversion-oriented websites. These websites have been designed to advance their hotels’ brands and increase their online revenue. Mangalis will also leverage TravelClick for representation on all Global Distribution Systems to drive demand among additional traveler segments.

“With innovation at the heart of our business model, it was essential that our reservations, media and web solutions provider could offer us the true flexibility that we need to meet the unique requirements of today’s guests in Africa,” said Olivier Jacquin, CEO, Mangalis Hotel Group. “TravelClick not only met and exceeded our requirements, but TravelClick also provides a singular guest experience, which is extremely important for us. Using TravelClick, we are able to capture the right guests at the right time at the right room rate – always ensuring that we are optimizing our revenue per available room (RevPAR) and occupancy.”

“TravelClick allows Mangalis Hotel Group to control the entire guest booking experience, from the moment that a guest is first encountered online to the time that the guest arrives at the property to when the guest departs and hopefully returns,” added Jan Tissera, President, International, TravelClick. “We are excited about this partnership as it marks our continued expansion in Africa, a key growth region for us.  As Mangalis Hotel Group expands across the continent, it will be able to take full advantage of all of TravelClick’s inherent capabilities to provide unique offers and pricing that match the creativity that guests everywhere have come to expect.”

About TravelClick
TravelClick offers innovative, cloud-based and data-driven solutions for hotels around the globe to maximize revenue. TravelClick enables over 50,000 hoteliers to drive better business decisions and know, acquire, convert and retain guests. The Company’s interconnected suite of solutions includes Business Intelligence, Reservations & Booking Engine, Media, Web & Video and Guest Management. As a trusted hotel partner with more than 30 years of industry experience, TravelClick operates in 176 countries, with local experts in 39 countries and 14 offices in New York, Atlanta, Barcelona, Bucharest, Chicago, Dallas, Dubai, Hong Kong, Melbourne, Orlando, Ottawa, Paris, Shanghai and Singapore. The Company also provides its hotel customers with access to a global network of over 600 travel-focused partners. Follow TravelClick on FacebookTwitter and LinkedIn.

About Mangalis Hotel Group
Mangalis Hotel Group was established in 2012 with the objective of developing and managing new and exciting African hospitality brands and service standards: Noom Hotels (Upscale), Seen Hotels (Midscale) and Yaas Hotels (Lifestyle Economy). As part of the African Holding Teyliom Group, its objective is to be among the largest African hospitality groups active in the continent, while being the industry undisputed benchmark in terms of products, innovation, quality of service and healthy growth. Currently, the Group´s pipeline includes 15 hotels in 10 African countries summing up to 2,300 rooms in different market segments. Follow Mangalis Hotel Group on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

NSFAS Must Recoup Monies Erroneously Paid to Graduates – ...

Parliament� The Chairperson of the Portfolio Committee on Higher Education and Training, Ms Connie September, has expressed shock at media reports that students still got student aid funding after they have graduated.

This is outrageous and unacceptable thievery. Given the challenges that the system has, it is inexplicable how graduates would boast about receiving money from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS), Ms September said.

The committee needs an update briefing as to how this kind of recklessness with tax-payers’ money occurs. we will ask both NSFAS and the Walter Sisulu University to clarify this incident, and assure taxpayers that their monies are not being squandered, she said.

Weekend media reports indicated that students who have graduated were still recipients of the NSFAS funding. Ms September said this was an indication that systems of consultants tasked with distributing the funds must be in line with NSFAS’s, universities’ and the Department of Higher Education’s systems.

NSFAS should not just be about transferring large sums of money to third parties for distribution. It should be possible that on any given day, from any system, one is able to draw personal data, academic progress, as well as the financial assistance about beneficiaries, she said.

She called on universities to regularly avail details of their graduate students, and see if they could assist with identifying those who may have benefitted after graduation.

It is advisable that all the stakeholders concerned must investigate this and that all monies that had been erroneously paid to graduates should be returned to the system, she said.

Ms September said the committee will also ask for a progress report on the R14 million payment made to Ms Mani. We appeal to students, as future leaders, to be honourable and not take money that does not belong to them. Corruption is bad even if you are a student. All these incorrectly made payments must be recovered, she said.

Source: Parliament of the Republic of South Africa

2018 SAB League National Championships head to Ethekwini

As the football community gears up for the culmination of South Africa’s largest and most successful grassroots football development league, Kwa-Zulu Natal is ready to play host to the much-anticipated SAB League U21 National Championships.

The tournament will be played at the King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi from the 17thto the 22ndof July 2018.

The SAB League National Championship pits the provincial champions as well as a university select side against one another in a display of the finest grassroots football the country has on offer.

Having established itself as a hub for the identification of players in South Africa, players such as the 2017/18 footballer of the season � Percy Tau and the youngest player of the season, Siphesihle Ndlovu are both products of the SAB League.

In addition to playing the SAB League for a number of years, the 21-year-old Ndlovu was part of the 2016 group of students who underwent a week-long training to gain an Administrators’ accreditation.

Ndlovu was in attendance at the launch of the National Championships at the Moses Mabidha, and shared his journey in the SAB League and how it shaped him into the player he is.

I can never emphasize just how impactful the SAB League has been in my life. Growing up, a huge amount of importance has been placed on development in South Africa, it was rare to have initiatives which focus on other aspects of the game, said the Maritzburg United marksman.

I consider myself fortunate to have been able to interact with the sport differently through the administration course. The course has given me a deeper understanding of the sport and I applaud both SAB and SAFA for giving young players like myself an opportunity beyond what takes place on the football pitch.

Ndlovu’s words were echoed by one of South Africa’s most influential young coaches, Rhulani Mokwena who expressed his delight at football programmes which also equip all stakeholders for life outside of football.

It is impressive that the SAB League is not just about the development of players and develops across the football structures. To sit here as a coach, in a panel made up of administrators, players, match officials who have all been developed under the same programme demonstrates just how well structured and advanced the SAB League is, said Mokwena.

I have coached some exceptional players under the SAB League and with the ongoing innovation taking place, it is impossible to measure the huge impact the SAB League has on our football.

AB-InBev’s BetterWorldProject Manager, Kalashni Narainsamy expressed the brand’s delight at the success of the 2017/2018 SAB League season.

This has been an exceptional year for the SAB League and it is exciting to have the National Championships in a football loving city like Durban. This season has proven the effectiveness of our proud partnership with SAFA of over two decades. The season began with the Kit handovers in all 52 regions, changing the lives of over 30 000 players nationwide, added Narainsamy.

The journey continued as we held Skills Camps for Coaches and Match officials in the beginning of the year, while the ongoing league fixtures culminated into the upcoming National Championships.

Last year’s Championship was nothing short of action, as Gauteng province beat the 2016 champions � USSA. It was during the 2017 U21 National Championships were the then 21-year old Yusuf Bunting bagged a first team contract with Soweto Giants, Kaizer Chiefs following an outstanding performance from the pacey player.

SAFA Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Mumble further encouraged the players to use the platform to their full advantage.

It is through the SAB League that we have future Bafana Bafana stars like Siphesihle Ndlovu and I would like to encourage the players and coaches alike, to use this once in a lifetime opportunity to their full advantage in hopes of adding competent individuals to our football structures, said Mumble.

Source: South African Football Association

2018 SAB League National Championships head to Ethekwini

As the football community gears up for the culmination of South Africa’s largest and most successful grassroots football development league, Kwa-Zulu Natal is ready to play host to the much-anticipated SAB League U21 National Championships.

The tournament will be played at the King Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi from the 17thto the 22ndof July 2018.

The SAB League National Championship pits the provincial champions as well as a university select side against one another in a display of the finest grassroots football the country has on offer.

Having established itself as a hub for the identification of players in South Africa, players such as the 2017/18 footballer of the season � Percy Tau and the youngest player of the season, Siphesihle Ndlovu are both products of the SAB League.

In addition to playing the SAB League for a number of years, the 21-year-old Ndlovu was part of the 2016 group of students who underwent a week-long training to gain an Administrators’ accreditation.

Ndlovu was in attendance at the launch of the National Championships at the Moses Mabidha, and shared his journey in the SAB League and how it shaped him into the player he is.

I can never emphasize just how impactful the SAB League has been in my life. Growing up, a huge amount of importance has been placed on development in South Africa, it was rare to have initiatives which focus on other aspects of the game, said the Maritzburg United marksman.

I consider myself fortunate to have been able to interact with the sport differently through the administration course. The course has given me a deeper understanding of the sport and I applaud both SAB and SAFA for giving young players like myself an opportunity beyond what takes place on the football pitch.

Ndlovu’s words were echoed by one of South Africa’s most influential young coaches, Rhulani Mokwena who expressed his delight at football programmes which also equip all stakeholders for life outside of football.

It is impressive that the SAB League is not just about the development of players and develops across the football structures. To sit here as a coach, in a panel made up of administrators, players, match officials who have all been developed under the same programme demonstrates just how well structured and advanced the SAB League is, said Mokwena.

I have coached some exceptional players under the SAB League and with the ongoing innovation taking place, it is impossible to measure the huge impact the SAB League has on our football.

AB-InBev’s BetterWorldProject Manager, Kalashni Narainsamy expressed the brand’s delight at the success of the 2017/2018 SAB League season.

This has been an exceptional year for the SAB League and it is exciting to have the National Championships in a football loving city like Durban. This season has proven the effectiveness of our proud partnership with SAFA of over two decades. The season began with the Kit handovers in all 52 regions, changing the lives of over 30 000 players nationwide, added Narainsamy.

The journey continued as we held Skills Camps for Coaches and Match officials in the beginning of the year, while the ongoing league fixtures culminated into the upcoming National Championships.

Last year’s Championship was nothing short of action, as Gauteng province beat the 2016 champions � USSA. It was during the 2017 U21 National Championships were the then 21-year old Yusuf Bunting bagged a first team contract with Soweto Giants, Kaizer Chiefs following an outstanding performance from the pacey player.

SAFA Chief Executive Officer, Dennis Mumble further encouraged the players to use the platform to their full advantage.

It is through the SAB League that we have future Bafana Bafana stars like Siphesihle Ndlovu and I would like to encourage the players and coaches alike, to use this once in a lifetime opportunity to their full advantage in hopes of adding competent individuals to our football structures, said Mumble.

Source: South African Football Association

MCKINSEY WILL RETURN ONE BILLION RAND PAID TO IT BY SOUTH AFRICAN ...

International consultaning firm McKinsey has reached an agreement with South Africa’s State-owned power utility Eskom to return one billion Rand (about 74.2 million US dollars) paid to it by Eskom under the latter’s Turnaround Programme, says the power utility.

On Friday, the utility finalised a settlement agreement with McKinsey for the return of the money. This is a significant milestone for the Board as we seek to fulfil what we see as our non-negotiable mandate to root out financial mismanagement and malfeasance as a critical foundation to restoring transparent and effective governance, said Eskom Chairman Jabu Mabuza in a statement.

Since the appointment of the current board of Eskom early this year, its focus has been on, among other issues, addressing governance-related matters with urgency.

Eskom said while the process had taken longer than what would have been ideal, it was of importance that it ensured that an appropriate and transparent legal process was followed.

Eskom Group Chief Executive Officer Phakamani Hadebe said he was pleased that positive results were obtained in the matter. We are equally appreciative of the support and co-operation we have received from McKinsey and the Asset Forfeiture Unit,” he added.

“This for us further demonstrates that we are serious about consequence management and achieving a renewed culture of accountability and good governance which is key to our sustained success.”

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK

How China’s Chickens are Going to Lay a Billion Eggs a Day

Behind a row of sealed red incubator doors in a new facility in northern China, about 400,000 chicks are hatched every day, part of the rapidly modernizing supply chain in China’s $37 billion egg industry, the world’s biggest.

As China overhauls production of everything from pork to milk and vegetables, farmers raising hens for eggs are also shifting from backyards to factory farms, where modern standardized processes are expected to raise quality and safety.

That’s an important step in a country where melamine-tainted eggs and eggs with high antibiotic residues have featured in a series of food safety scandals in recent years. It is also spurring demand for higher priced branded eggs over those sold loose in fresh produce markets.

“These days if you’re a small farmer, your eggs won’t get into the supermarkets,” said Yuan Song, analyst with China-America Commodity Data Analytics.

Tough new regulations on treating manure and reducing the environmental impact from farms have also pushed many small farmers out.

Most egg producers now have between 20,000 and 50,000 hens, said Yuan, a significant change even from two years ago. The remainder with less than 10,000 birds are likely to be shut down soon as local governments favor larger producers that can be more easily scrutinized.

High-tech hatchery

Those rapid changes are driving investments like the 150 million yuan ($22.60 million) hatchery in Handan, about 400km (250 miles) southwest of Beijing.

The highly automated plant, owned by a joint venture between China’s Huayu Agricultural Science and Technology Co. Ltd. and EW Group’s genetics business Hy-Line International, is the world’s biggest hatchery of layer chicks, or birds raised to produce eggs rather than meat.

By producing 200,000 females a day, or around 60 million layers a year (one day a week is for cleaning), it can meet demand from larger farms who want to buy day-old-chicks in one batch, said Jonathan Cade, president of Hy-Line International, based in West Des Moines, Iowa.

“That’s the best way to start off with good biosecurity,” he said. When the birds on one farm are the same age, they are less likely to spread disease.

Imported, latest-generation equipment helps speed up the throughput of the hatchery. An automatic grading machine, which can handle 60,000 eggs an hour, sorts eggs into two acceptable sizes before they enter incubators � uniform eggs produce similar sized chicks that will have the same feeding ability.

Most egg producers now have between 20,000 and 50,000 hens, said Yuan, a significant change even from two years ago. The remainder with less than 10,000 birds are likely to be shut down soon as local governments favor larger producers that can be more easily scrutinized.

High-tech hatchery

Those rapid changes are driving investments like the 150 million yuan ($22.60 million) hatchery in Handan, about 400km (250 miles) southwest of Beijing.

The highly automated plant, owned by a joint venture between China’s Huayu Agricultural Science and Technology Co. Ltd. and EW Group’s genetics business Hy-Line International, is the world’s biggest hatchery of layer chicks, or birds raised to produce eggs rather than meat.

By producing 200,000 females a day, or around 60 million layers a year (one day a week is for cleaning), it can meet demand from larger farms who want to buy day-old-chicks in one batch, said Jonathan Cade, president of Hy-Line International, based in West Des Moines, Iowa.

“That’s the best way to start off with good biosecurity,” he said. When the birds on one farm are the same age, they are less likely to spread disease.

Imported, latest-generation equipment helps speed up the throughput of the hatchery. An automatic grading machine, which can handle 60,000 eggs an hour, sorts eggs into two acceptable sizes before they enter incubators � uniform eggs produce similar sized chicks that will have the same feeding ability.

Although that has created new opportunities for large players to expand after others were forced to exit, the impact of a disease outbreak on intensive operations is significantly higher.

Huayu itself has recently suffered from outbreaks, with high rates of poultry disease Mycoplasma synoviae (MS) in China’s breeding flocks last year, said Wang. The disease can reduce egg production in layers.

Wang said biosecurity is the major advantage in the new hatchery, which uses advanced ventilation and environmental controls to keep new chicks healthy.

“When you enter the hatchery, you wouldn’t know you’re in a hatchery,” he said, referring to the smell typical in older facilities.

Disinfection is used at every step along the chain and workers follow strict procedures on hygiene, he added.

A safe environment with very high standards of biosecurity is important in raising chicks, said Wang.

With such pressures on production, improving animal welfare is unsurprisingly not a priority, said Jeff Zhou, China representative for Compassion in World Farming (CIWF), a nonprofit.

China has no animal welfare regulations, although some companies have begun voluntarily to phase out the painful beak-trimming practice, including Huayu rival Ningxia Xiaoming Farming and Animal Husbandry Co. Ltd.

Xiaoming is also supplying male chicks from its hatcheries to local farmers to rear for meat in free-range environments, according to CIWF. Huayu sells its male chicks as food for snakes, which are farmed in China for traditional medicine.

Source: Voice of America