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BIC provides teachers in South Africa with educational solutions to write the future of education

BIC Stationery explores the realities facing South African teachers and offers assistance for improved learning

Stemming from BIC’s commitment to improve learning conditions for students worldwide, and its continued contribution to education in South Africa, the company conducted a nation-wide study which aimed to identify the key challenges and opportunities faced by educators in the country. The study aimed to collate challenges faced by teachers in South Africa to consequently provide solutions that would help them perform in the important role that they play in children’s lives, and to help contribute towards enhancing the education field in the country.


The study was conducted by BIC, in partnership with Big Mama’s Famous Truth Shop, a private research studies laboratory focused on human research techniques.


The study revealed three main findings that were consistent for teachers across South Africa:

  1. Teachers play multiple roles in a child’s life.
  2. Teachers in South Africa are hungry for higher quality curricula and thought-provoking content.
  3. Teachers are expected to perform many additional duties that erode the time they could be dedicating to children, and they are quite simply overloaded.


Study findings at depth 

  1. The multi-role teacher: Education is a fundamental driver of personal, national, and global development, making teachers arguably the greatest influencers in society. They give children purpose, set them up for success, and inspire in them a drive to do well and succeed in life.


According to the study conducted, good teachers are passionate about the children they teach, and describe fulfilment as being able to truly connect and unlock children’s diverse potential.


The study found that South African teachers all shared the same overwhelming sentiments of quite simply being overloaded and under-valued.  They often play the role of social worker as well as fill up the gap created by parents. Insights revealed that parents are a source of pressure with their demands and expectations, while often leaving a void as they are too busy or ill-equipped to give their children the quality of attention they need today.


  1. Lack of resources: The study revealed that the gulf between “have and have not” kids is widening, and the pandemic has shone a spotlight on inequality and inefficiency in the state education system. The difference in resources, numbers of children per teacher, and even basic stationery needs in state schools is alarming. Semi-funded (Q5) schools also struggle with resources given the numbers they are expected to cope with.


The current state Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) and educational resources, considered to be bland and uninspiring, is felt to deepen the divide further where teachers end up picking up the pressure of bringing it to life and building lessons with higher quality content, using classroom tools like posters and print media, to inspire and stimulate the minds of the children they teach.


The study found that teachers are hungry for higher quality, brighter and more engaging teaching tools and resources. They are self-taught content creators, who are persistent in overcoming the many challenges that they are faced with. They continuously seek out inspirational platforms with useful worksheets, inspiring videos, and ways of making their lessons more engaging and exciting.


  1. Teaching in a pandemic: The Covid-19 pandemic has added fuel to the pressure cooker in so many ways. Teachers are the unsung heroes of this time as many have worked right through lockdowns, adapting, learning new technologies and developing remote learning content. According to the study, lockdown has forced teachers to move to digital teaching methods overnight. The study also revealed that mobile data is still the biggest divide as it’s expensive in South Africa.


Teachers have shared the sentiment that online learning has been a huge challenge with schools being behind technologically which resulted in a lack of preparation for the ‘new situation’. Teachers have had to get far more creative, and the need to keep up the marks, despite the massive data and technological divide, was a major source of stress.  For the most part, teachers were following the Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement (CAPS) but adding to it to ensure efficient and creative learning techniques.


Teachers faced challenges when returning to schools, where they have had to deal with the challenges of teaching and policing social distancing and other hygiene protocols at the same time as alleviating learner’s anxiety.


According to the study, going back to school after the lockdown has resulted in stress amongst children due to all the rules and fears associated with the COVID-19 virus. They will be obliged to wear masks, and no one can touch or hug. It will take kids a long time before they get out of their shell and get their personalities back amidst huge groups of people.


The study also revealed positive findings, as the pandemic and lockdown has allowed teachers to work together more than ever before. This was mostly a result of accelerated personal growth and skills development. Similarly, the smaller classroom sizes allowed for more individual attention.


The Solution

To help address some of the teachers’ needs identified in the study, BIC has launched a BIC Stationery Teachers Group on Facebook, which is accessible to all teachers and educators across South Africa, where they will be able to communicate, ideate, share experiences and best practices, as well as exchange tools and resources.


Commenting on the occasion, Kutlwano Tshetlhane, Marketing Manager for BIC Stationery, Southern Africa, said: “We are ecstatic about offering the new platform, BIC® Stationery Teachers Group, to help teachers across the country to start their journey towards more efficient and innovative teaching techniques, learning from and supporting one another. As a brand that is committed to improving education in communities we operate in, we are proud to support teachers across South Africa through a platform that would provide them with the tools and the inspiration they need to help build the future’s generation.”


Expressing her delight, Wendy Cochrane, Big Mama’s founder, said: “Our mission for the study was to understand teachers’ diverse perspectives on challenges in a post-covid education system, and to identify opportunities where BIC can offer solutions.  The need for high quality, locally relevant content and teaching materials for South African teachers is clear, highlighting the inequality gap between state and private schools that have more access to internet-based resources. This research helped generate ideas for the development of a practical and exciting digital resources platform that bridges these divides.”


BIC has always been a dominant player in supporting the youth and contributing towards the education field in communities it operates in. Education is part of BIC’s DNA and the company has long advocated for and worked to improve lives through education. Through BIC’s initiative, ‘Writing the Future Together’, the company is committed to supporting communities and improving the learning conditions of 250 million children globally by 2025. To date, BIC South Africa has played an instrumental role in the classroom and beyond, with its range of stationery products, including crayons and other coloring tools, Tipp-Ex, highlighters, pencils and pens of all descriptions.


Teachers are invited to take another step in the ongoing journey of elevating education and improving learning conditions for students in South Africa by joining the community here:




About BIC


BIC has been operating in South Africa for more than 58 years covering over 18 countries in Africa with subsidiaries in Zambia, Malawi and Mozambique. BIC stationery offers a large portfolio of writing instruments, a BIC Kids range including wax crayons, coloring pencils, felt pens, and Tipp-Ex correction products to name just a few. BIC offers pocket lighters, utility lighters, firelighters and we have a BIC shavers range for men and women.


BIC has a long history in South Africa. Everything began in 1958 when BIC acquired Biro Swan Ltd, a UK company with activities in the so-called “sterling zone” of which South Africa was part of. Beginning in the 70’s, BIC launched BIC pocket lighters and BIC shavers, supported by memorable advertising. For more information about BIC, visit:


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From disco doggos to power ballad puppers – Spotify digs into what’s music to a doggo’s ears this International Dog Day

International dog day

Every doggo is different – from laid-back Labradors to cheeky chihuahuas – but the one thing that unites puppers and their humans is the unconditional love they share every day, that can be made even stronger through the power of listening. Ahead of International Dog Day (August 26th), Spotify has dug into the ways that dog owners across the world use music and audio to entertain and relax their doggos and puppers.


Over 5 million pet owners have visited Spotify for Pets since it launched in early 2020, so disco-loving dogs (as well as cats, hamsters, birds and iguanas) can get their paws a tippy tapping – with the pets playlists proving most popular with listeners from the US, UK, Germany, Canada, Australia, Mexico, Spain, Brazil, Netherlands and Poland. 


In fact, a survey of just under 4,000 dog owners globally1 showed that one in five dog owners (20%) currently play their dog music during the day to keep them company, with a further one in four (23%) saying that listening to music helps to keep their dog relaxed. 


And a tip for those owners whose pupper or doggo struggles to be the goodest boi: 15% of dog owners say that listening to music helps their dog to be better behaved in general. In fact, nearly one in five dog owners (18%) plays their dog an average of at least an hour of music per day– with a lucky 6% of dogs having more than 12 hours of music a week played to them by their owners!


Gen Z are one age group leading the way in pampering doggies with music. One in 10 Gen Z dog owners (10%) has created a playlist especially for their dog, with another one in 10 (11%) believing that their dog has similar music taste to them. 


Meanwhile My Dog’s Favourite Podcast, created in partnership with animal experts and features a mix of soothing music, dog-directed speech and original sound design to provide comfort for dogs and to help them both during and beyond lockdown, has been streamed over half a million times. Most popular with female listeners (c.60% of streams) and 28-34 year olds (a third of streams), the top ten countries tuning in globally are the UK, US, Australia, Ireland, Canada, Netherlands, New Zealand, Costa Rica, Spain and Mexico. When looking at listeners across Europe, the top ten countries are the UK, Ireland, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, Belgium, Denmark, Sweden, France and Switzerland.


With millions of user-generated dog playlists on Spotify, pop songs are the most popular music genre for dogs with artists such as Olivia Rodrigo and Lil Nas X setting tails wagging, with other fun furry facts including: 


·         Dog Days Are Over, the 2009 feel-good track by UK artist Florence + The Machine, is the most popular song added to user-generated dog playlists on Spotify, followed by hit-maker Olivia Rodrigo’s good 4 u.

·         Other top canine-titled songs appearing on user-generated dog playlists on Spotify including Beggin’ by Måneskin, Black Dog – Remaster by Led Zeppelin and Who Let The Dogs Out by The Baha Men.


Top 5 songs added to user-generated dog playlists on Spotify globally during 2021


1.       Florence + The Machine – Dog Days Are Over

2.       Olivia Rodrigo – good 4 u

3.       Olivia Rodrigo – drivers license

4.       Lil Nas X – MONTERO (Call Me by Your Name)

5.       Doja Cat – Kiss Me More (feat. SZA)



1 All figures, unless otherwise stated, are from YouGov Plc.  Total sample size was 11383 adults of which 3759 are dog owners. Fieldwork was undertaken between 11th – 22nd August 2021.  The survey was carried out online. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all COUNTRY adults (aged 18+).

2 As estimated amount per day based on 18% of respondents saying they play music for 6 hours or more per week.


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The Masked Dancer UK kicks off the new and exclusive line-up on BBC Brit

What does a Zip, Rubber Chicken, Beetroot and Viper all have in common? Well, if you tune into BBC Brit (DStv channel 120) to watch The Masked Dancer UK from Sunday 8 August at 7PM, the answer will quickly become apparent – they all have some spectacular dance moves!
Hosted by English actor Joel Dommett, The Masked Dancer UK forms part of BBC Brit’s new and exciting line-up of shows, which promises to have ‘A Brit of something for everyone’.

The popular show format, built off the international success of The Masked Singer, sees 12 UK
celebrity contestants – dressed, from head to toe, in elaborate costumes, which reflect their alter egos – perform impressive dance routines in front of a star panel.The panel includes South African born professional dancer and Strictly Come Dancing title holder (2019 and 2020), Oti Mabuse as well as British presenter, Jonathan Ross, British comedian Mo Gilligan and tv presenter, Davina McCall.While attempting to impress the judges with their dancing skills, the masked celebrities share clues to their hidden identities. At the end of each episode, the panel must vote on the best performances to decide who goes through to the next round, while trying to guess their true identities, which are only revealed upon elimination.When asked why South African audiences would enjoy the show, Oti Mabuse said “It’s a brilliant
entertainment show and it’s for the whole family. I know South Africans love dancing and this is a dance show that will shock their mind… and there is a South African on the panel!Every moment was a positive one filled with love and light. I laughed so much and had the time of my life and I’m
sure South African audiences who tune in, will experience this too.”Get a sneak peek into the fun new dance show format that is The Masked Dancer –’s a Brit of great entertainment coming to BBC Brit over the next couple of months.With lots of exciting, shared viewing experiences providing the perfect opportunity to snuggle up on the couch together and enjoy.From Wed, 18 August at 20:00, Michael McIntyre will be spinning on to BBC Brit in The
Wheel – a truly revolutionary, feel-good new game show which features huge stars and big
laughs!Each episode follows three contestants as they hope to answer their way to a
fortune, guided by seven celebrity experts. The first episode includes celebrity experts;Countdown’s Susie Dent; singer Jason Donovan; TV presenter Dermot O’Leary; Spice Girl Mel B; fashion expert Gok Wan; showbiz journalist Richard Arnold and TV personality Joey Essex.Coming later this year:The Graham Norton Show returns, and Graham will use his trademark Norton comedic style
to lull his guests and audience into a false sense of security. Each episode is filled to the brimwith chat, comedy, celebrity gossip and so much more, with just enough risqué́ material to
make some viewers cringe with delight.Graham wraps up each episode with some of the best contemporary music acts on the scene the ideal way to end with a bang!Strictly Come Dancing, the multi award-winning dance competition, will be back with its
uplifting mix of joy, warmth and sparkle! With a new bunch of celebrity partners for the
professional dancers to teach – including South Africa’s Oti Mabuse, Johannes Radebe and
Cameron Lombard – who will have enough rhythm, passion and fancy footwork to win this
year’s most desired prize?Petrol heads can once again look forward to BBC Brit’s fast-paced and stunt-filled popular
motor show, Top Gear. In the automotive TV series, Freddie Flintoff, Chris Harris and Paddy
McGuinness hit the road again in a series of challenges designed to push them and their cars
to the limit.Keep updated on all the exciting shows on BBC Brit by visiting or follow @BBCBritAfrica on Facebook.

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Burt’s Bees® Tinted Lip Balms

Burt’s Bees® Tinted Lip Balms

For just a hint of colour and 8 hours of moisture. The Botanical Waxes in this softly tinted balm will take your lips to lovely in one pretty swipe.

Where care meets colour. Burt’s Bees 100% Natural Tinted Lip Balms offer a hint of colour that cares for your lips! These lip balms provide modern and wearable sheer coverage with a delicate pear flavour in a variety of pretty hues. Moisture-rich ingredients, such as Shea Butter and Vitamin E, helps reveal smooth, healthy-looking lips.  Choose from six floral-inspired shades.Key Ingredients:

  • Beeswax
  • Shea Butter

Key Claims:

  • Sheer coverage leaves a hint of tint
  • Provides 8-hour moisturisation
  • Cares for lips with naturally hydrating ingredients
  • 100% Natural

Burt’s Bees® Tinted Lip Balm is available through Takealot and DisChem.

Burt’s Bees® Tinted Lip Balm is Priced from R 99.

Join the buzz on Instagram and Facebook : @BurtsBeesZA.

Burt’s ­Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing.

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Award winning Michi Range extends to include Integrated Amplifiers

Michi adds the X3 and X5 Integrated Amplifiers each delivering the range’s hallmark of reference quality performance and exceptional value.

The Michi brand, distributed exclusively by Homemation in South Africa, have added the Michi X3 Integrated Amplifier and Michi X5 Integrated Amplifier to its portfolio of amplifiers. Michi is a flagship series of products built on the history and heritage of the legendary Rotel brand. 
Michi has already successfully created a new category in the high-end audio market by producing quality products – for sound quality, design elegance and build. Officially recognised by the P5 Preamplifier and S5 Stereo Amplifier winning the 2020 – 2021 EISA Award for HIGH-END PRE/POWER AMPLIFIER.
The Michi X3 and X5 build upon the established Michi formula of offering the best-in-class audio engineering, via the exhaustive, critical evaluation of every circuit, signal path and component in combination with the in-house development of key technologies and components.
“We are very excited about the introduction of the X3 and X5 Michi amplifiers” said Daren Orth, Chief Technology Officer of Rotel. “The X3 and X5 are a natural extension of the ground-breaking work we have achieved with the relaunch of the Michi brand. These Integrated Amplifiers represent the best of Rotel and represent nearly six decades of engineering excellence, with products manufactured to the highest quality standards and offered with unsurpassed value.”

Michi X5 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
The Michi X5 Integrated Amplifier is Performance Redefined packaged in an exquisite industrial design. The X5 Integrated Amplifier is fully featured, supporting an array of 14 source inputs including Analog, Digital, XLR, PC-USB with DSD 2X decoding plus MQA rendering, Bluetooth with apt-X and AAC high quality wireless streaming. Digital to analog conversion utilizes an AKM 32 bit, 768KHz DAC achieving meticulous accuracy and timing of the audio. The X5 closely follows the architecture of the existing Michi P5/S5 pre/power combination and is similarly powered by dual in-house manufactured oversized toroidal transformers, allowing the X5 to deliver 600 Watts of output power into 4 ohms and 350 Watts to 8 ohm loads with near limitless, controlled, bass energy. Isolation of the power supplied to all sensitive circuits also eliminates unwanted noise and distortion, further refining the audio signature. The front panel graphic display provides easy access to all setup options using the included custom designed signature Michi remote control.

Retail: R 145 990

Michi X3 Stereo Integrated Amplifier
Delivers uncompromised audio performance conveniently packaged in an elegant industrial design. The X3 Integrated Amplifier delivers 350 Watts of robust power into 4 ohms and 200 Watts to 8 ohm loads, driven by a high-efficiency, oversized in-house manufactured toroidal transformer feeding independent analog, digital and power amplifier voltage regulator circuits for optimal power isolation. The X3 architecture is all about continuous, high-quality performance with all circuits designed to optimize the signal path to each of the 13 source inputs, including XLR, Analog, Digital, PC-USB, Bluetooth apt-X wireless streaming and a Moving Magnet Phono Stage. Utilizing direct-path circuit topology, the X3 further isolates sensitive audio signals and processing from the high current amplification stage lowering the noise floor and delivering an improved sound field. The X3 high resolution screen ensures quick setup of all features and multiple user-selectable configuration options of the run-time display.  RS232 and Ethernet connectivity provide integration with all popular control systems.

Retail: R 105 990

Michi products, available through the Homemation distribution network, are engineered and built to the highest quality standards in a dedicated Michi factory in the Rotel manufacturing facility.
The X3 and X5 proudly continue the legacy of nearly 60 years of audio engineering and design experience assuring both models proudly wear the Michi name.

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Cape Town International Kite Festival 2021

kite festival
Cape Town Kite Festival 2021

It is said that imagination is the highest kite one can fly, so this October Cape Mental Health invites you to riseagainst the wind and join us at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival.

From 2 to 31 October, bold kites all over the world will soar skywards to show that #EveryoneDeservesToFly.

Cape Mental Health’s annual flagship event is going hybrid for its 27th edition, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The goal is to raise over R100 000,00 to enable this hard-working non-profit organisation to continue providing essential free mental healthcare services and ensuring that everyone, regardless of who
they are or where they live, can enjoy equality in mental health access and care in an unequal world.

According to Dr Ingrid Daniels, CEO of Cape Mental Health and President of the World Federation for Mental
Health, “Mental health is regarded as the third highest burden of disease in South Africa, but remains the
most neglected aspect of health care, competing with other medical conditions including the health costs of the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine roll-out. Naturally, this underinvestment in mental health has a
significant impact on access to mental health in poor and under-resourced communities and rural areas.

We call for equality in mental health care – our people deserve nothing less.”

Flying against the winds of adversity, this year’s interactive event combines real-life open-air kite-flying with online kite-making workshops, competitions and videos.
Join kiters all over the globe and fly your kite at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival, anywhere and anytime between 2 and 31 October.

Share your photos, videos and messages of encouragement, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest, and feature on the official CTKiteFest social feeds.

Access all CTKiteFest online content including a variety of kite-making workshops and interviews with our kiting friends from all over the world and find out why they fly in support of Cape Mental Health.

Get inspired by the magic of soaring kites with activities for the little ones, or let your imagination fly high with our creative innovation competition!
The Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival promises to be an uplifting mix of magical, carefree

In South Africa, October is on the cusp of summer and an ideal time to get outdoors, fly a kite, laugh and enjoy a sense of play and freedom.

Hold onto your kite line and let go of anxiety, stress and – most importantly – help raise awareness and funds for Cape Mental Health, because #EveryoneDeservesToFly.


People all over the world will be flying their kites at the Hybrid 27th Cape Town International Kite Festival between 2 and 31 October.

Cape Mental Health invites you to view kites at Dolphin Beach on 10 October (World Mental Health Day), and at Zandvlei Nature Reserve on 23 October 2021.

Gather family, friends or colleagues, wear green and plan a ‘flash fly ’to enjoy time together in the fresh air at a safe, social distance while giving hope and raising funds for Cape Mental Health.

Let the organisers know when and where you will be flying if you’d like them to share your pop-up on social media.

Contact @CTKiteFest on social media or email

Remember to share your photos,videos and messages of hope on social media, tagging #EveryoneDeservesToFly and @CTKiteFest to feature on
the official CTKiteFest social feeds.


The Cape Town International Kite Festival is the oldest kiting event in Africa and has been proudly hosted by Cape Mental Health since 1994, to raise funds and promote mental wellness.

It is traditionally one of the biggest kite festivals on the African continent and attracts professional kiters from around the world who fund their way to Cape Town insupport of Cape Mental Health (unlike other international festivals where the kiters ’travel is usually sponsored by the organisers).

For moreinformation on the Hybrid 27th Cape Town
International Kite Festival, please visit:

Twitter: @CTKiteFest
Instagram: @CTKiteFest

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Burt’s Bees Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream

Burt’s Bees

Pamper yourself with restoring nail care and a burst of fresh lemon scent when you reach for this cuticle cream. Made to nourish dry, brittle nails as it moisturizes and soften cuticles. Gently massage cream into cuticles after washing hands and as needed.

• Moisturizes and softens cuticles with Sweet Almond Oil and Cocoa Seed Butter

• Nourishes brittle nails with Vitamin E and Sunflower Oil

• Refreshing lemon scent

• 100% natural

Key Ingredients:

• Sweet Almond Oil

• Lemon Oil

• Vitamin E

• Beeswax

No Sulfates, No Parabens, No Phthalates, No Petrochemicals

Burt’s Bees® Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is available through Takealot and DisChem.

Burt’s Bees® Lemon Butter Cuticle Cream is Priced from R 125.

Join the buzz on Instagram and Facebook : @BurtsBeesZA.

Burt’s ­Bees® has been offering distinctive earth-friendly, natural health and beauty care products for 30 years. From a beekeeper’s backyard in Maine to the leading edge of natural, Burt’s Bees knows natural body care solutions from head-to-toe and operates with The Greater Good™ top of mind. No parabens, phthalates, petrolatum or SLS and no animal testing. 

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The best Father’s Day with Fujifilm

This Father’s Day, give dad the best gift – awesome memories with Fujifilm.


With Father’s Day fast approaching, the scramble for that perfect gift is inevitable. How about this year treating your dad to something truly special – the gift of memories?

With Fujifilm’s range of Instax instant cameras and printers, and the excellent X-series of mirrorless cameras, there’s something for the casual snapping dad or the more dedicated ‘painters of light’.

To make things a bit easier, here are a few of our top choices for Father’s Day.

Instax Mini 40

The Mini 40 might be the latest in the Instax line-up, but its retro good-looks give it that old-school film camera appeal. It also contains the newest features, including improvements to Automatic Exposure as well as Selfie Mode (in case other members of the family might want to borrow the camera).

Perfect for special occasions and family holidays, the Instax Mini 40 retails for a suggested R1 399.


Instax Share SP-3

If your dad is one of those who has beautiful photos on his smartphone but never gets round to printing them, then the Instax Share SP-3 instant printer is ideal. Download the app and soon he’ll be printing beautiful square-sized instant photos from the SP-3 to treasure as physical keepsakes and not just digital copies.

The Instax Share SP-3 also connects wirelessly to Fujifilm X-series cameras and is available in black or white for a recommended R2 999. 


Fujifilm Print A Photie app

Maybe more traditional prints are more to your dad’s liking, so why not spoil him then with some special family photos this year? The Fujifilm Print A Photie app allows you to select your favourite shots of dad from the comfort of your home and send them to order from your closest photo print shop. Your photos get printed and will be ready and waiting for you in-store, or for delivery if you so choose.

The Print A Photie app is available for free both for iOS and Android devices.

Fujifilm X-S10

Don’t let the X-S10’s diminutive size fool you, behind this is one of Fujifilm’s most powerful mirrorless cameras. Not only does it offer Fujifilm’s incredible colour science to provide beautiful straight-out-of-camera photos, but also the 26.1 MP X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor – as found on the flagship X-T4. Moreover, with in-body image stabilisation, your dad will receive pin-sharp images in almost all light conditions.

The Fujifilm X-S10 retails for recommended R24 999 alongside an 18-55mm lens.

Fujifilm X100V

The Fujifilm X100V is perfect for the dad that simply wants a pick-up-and-go camera that can go anywhere. Often described as the ideal travel camera, the X100V reminds of rangefinder cameras of old. However, inside this weather-resistant body you’ll find the X-Trans CMOS 4 sensor, great low-light performance and enhanced face and eye detection.

With its fixed 23mm f2.0 lens, the Fujifilm X100V retails for a suggested R23 999.

Fujifilm KF 8x42H binoculars

Fujifilm recently introduced its binocular range to South Africa, with the KF series perfect for dads who spend a lot of time in the bush. The KF 8x42H is not only ideal for game drives but also makes for excellent birding binoculars due to the small size and 8x magnification.

With bright and sharp optics, the Fujifilm KF 8x42H binoculars are available for R3 999.


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Gift Dad the best Father’s day gift- DENON HOME 3D SOUND BAR

Denon Adds Premium 3D Sound Bar to its Denon Home
Hi-Res Multiroom Speaker Ecosystem

Photo credit: Homemation

The New Denon Home Sound Bar 550 Features Dolby Atmos, DTS:X, Alexa, and HEOS Built-in to Create Stunning 3D Cinema Experiences from a Compact Sound Bar Design.

Denon®, the world’s leading manufacturer of premium home entertainment and personal audio products, introduced the Denon Home Sound Bar 550, a high-performance, compact sound bar that adds superior TV audio to the Denon Home family of products. With the ability to deliver Dolby Atmos and DTS:X 3D surround sound from a six-driver array, the sound bar makes movies, TV and music sound huge.

Listeners can also stream high-resolution music from their favourite music services or local music libraries directly to the sound bar leveraging HEOS Built-in. Additionally, listeners who already invested in the HEOS ecosystem, including other Denon Home products, can add the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 as a separate wireless zone without pulling a single wire.

The Sound Bar 550 can be used as a standalone sound bar or expanded with other wireless Denon Home speakers, including the Denon Home 150, 250 and 350, which can all be implemented as rear-channel surrounds.

Like every Denon the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 is built to deliver best-in-class audio quality. With advanced acoustic hardware, expertly tuned digital signal processing and premium drivers, this sound bar offers everything a home entertainment enthusiast needs for great 3D surround sound without taking up too much space under the TV. Thanks to Dolby Atmos and DTS:X processing along with 4K video compatibility, the Sound Bar 550 creates a lifelike 3D cinematic experience.
With its built-in microphones the Denon Home Sound Bar 550 functions as an Alexa controller, like an Echo or Dot, conveniently and discreetly adding Alexa capability to your living room. Use voice commands to control the sound bar’s volume, select inputs, and choose audio modes (Music, Movie, Pure). For added convenience, the sound bar’s control panel lights up automatically as an outstretched hand approaches, enabling easy fingertip control of key features like volume adjustment, play/pause, muting Alexa, and the ability to skip or restart songs without using the app or remote controller. Furthermore, the remote controller and HEOS app are equipped with three Quick Select buttons. With Quick Select you can store your preferred source with listening modes or Internet radio stations to enjoy them whenever you want with a single button press.
The Denon Home Sound Bar 550 is easy to set up and can be controlled with the included remote and most TV remotes, the HEOS app, the on-board illuminated control panel, or Alexa voice commands, allowing you to manage the bar however you want for whatever situation you’re in. With eARC connectivity (enhanced Audio Return Channel), the Sound Bar 550 can deliver superior sound quality via a single HDMI connection to the TV.
The sound bar is also compatible with Apple AirPlay 2 to easily stream from Apple devices. To ensure effortless integration with popular smart home ecosystems, the Sound Bar 550 is the first Denon sound bar to include onboard software drivers for Control4, Crestron, URC, Elan, and more.
In addition to the new Sound Bar 550, the existing Denon Home lineup is comprised of three wireless multiroom speakers, each expertly tuned by Denon’s sound masters to provide optimized, balanced performance while blending seamlessly into any décor. All Denon Home models, including the Sound Bar 550 provide effortless access to streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, Amazon Music HD, TIDAL and more, as well as high-resolution files stored on phones or network via Wi-Fi, AirPlay 2, or Bluetooth.
This functionality gives users access to millions of songs, including thousands of high-resolution digital audio tracks all effortlessly controlled from a single app. Listeners can play different music in each room or group all HEOS Built-in and Denon Home devices together to stream the same music in Party Mode throughout the home or office. The built-in microphones of the Denon Home Wireless Speakers to support Alexa voice assistant can be enabled via a firmware update in February 2021. The microphones will not be enabled without explicit user permission.

Homemation is a specialist supplier of premium branded audiovisual, home automation and home theatre products. The brands in their stable offer some of the most advanced and sought-after home automation, AV and sound technology in the world. Homemation has the exclusive distribution, in Africa, of global leading brands such as Control4, Klipsch, Definitive Technology, Denon, Klipsch, Monitor Audio, Polk Audio, Steinway Lyngdorf, Stewart Filmscreen, SVS, Lutron, Roksan, Michi and Araknis.


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Squish Launches New 200ml Bigger Pouch for Toddlers

Photo credit: Rhodes Squish

For Growing Kids with Growing Appetites

South Africa’s, well-loved, convenient baby food brand, Squish has launched an SA first, a new larger 200ml pouch size especially for toddlers and their growing appetites.

The new, bigger 200ml pouch range sees the popular baby and toddler food brand extending its existing range of ready-to-eat 100% fruit and veg and yoghurt purees and pressed juices, giving parents another reason to love the 100% goodness and convenience of Squish.

The range includes three yoghurt flavours and three 100% fruit puree flavours packaged in the convenient new, bigger 200ml pouch.

“We have created this larger pouch size with our consumers in mind, providing a new, innovative solution for babies and toddlers with growing appetites,” says Tamara Patel, Brand Manager for Squish at RFG. “The bigger Squish 200ml pouch is perfectly sized for growing kids, in a convenient format that parents want, in a size they want.”

Patel explains that the latest extension to the Squish product range came after identifying the opportunity to introduce a larger pack-size, “The 200ml Squish range has been developed for parents who have grown to love Squish during their baby’s weaning journey, but are looking for a larger meal for their babies and toddlers as they grow older.”

“Like all our Squish products, the utmost care has been taken to ensure that we offer our consumers the best product possible,” she adds. “We do not compromise on quality ingredients, there are no preservatives, colourants, flavourants or starch, and we fully control our supply chain, meaning we can control the quality of raw materials from the fields, right through to the end product.”

She says, “Our Squish puree range is made from 100% fruit and vegetables, and is preservative, colourant and flavourant free with no added starch. Our 100% fruit and veg puree with yoghurt range is made with double cream yoghurt, not yoghurt powder, which offers us a notable point of difference.”

“With our new bigger pouches, parents can rest assured they are offering their children the same goodness and great taste they have come to rely on from the Squish 110ml range,” she adds. “We understand that parents want the best for their children, but they are often pressed for time. With the extension of this larger pack size, they can feel confident in the knowledge that they are not compromising on the quality of ingredients for baby through to toddler.”

“Over the past few years, we have seen a switch in consumer behaviour from jars to pouches. The pouch format offers a safe, hygienic and convenient offering,” Patel explains. “We saw the need to provide a larger pack to parents of older babies and toddlers. Where they would have previously purchased two pouches per meal for their growing little ones, the 200ml pouch is an all-in-one meal for an older baby, or the perfect lunchbox snack for a toddler”.

The Squish range now comprises a wide range of purees in 110ml and 200ml pouches, and a 100% fruit and veg pressed juice range ensuring that parents find a range of convenient, quality products to help them on their weaning journey, from starting solids right through to toddlers and beyond.

The products are available nationwide at top-end retail, wholesale and specialist chains – find Squish in the baby food section.

Photo credit: Rhodes Squish

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