Is the Apple Watch Series 3 Worth Buying? Our Fitness Editor Weighs In

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Nothing gets folks more excited than a new gadget, and today the world is all abuzz with news of Apple’s latest release: the Apple Watch Series 3 has officially arrived.

Available in two sizes, 38mm and 42mm, and gold aluminum (in addition to classic silver, space gray aluminum, stainless steel, or space black stainless steel), this new wrist bling makes major functional strides from previous versions. The most notable change is built-in cellular access that shares the same number as your iPhone, starting at $399. (There is also a version without cellular that starts at $329.) This is huge. No longer tethered to your phone, you can go off into the world (or maybe just for a run, bike ride, or errand) and leave your smartphone at home, but still be able to make calls, receive texts, use GPS, stream music through Apple Music (available later this fall), talk to Siri, and, yes, pay for that post-run cup of Starbucks. The extra convenience comes at a cost, of course—for cellular access, you’ll pay more in your current monthly cell phone bill (prices vary depending on provider).

To buy: Starting at $329;

Equally cool, Apple was able to add technology upgrades (hello, 70% faster dual-core processor, in-screen antenna, and eSIM card) into the Series 3 without noticeably altering its size. It's physically comparable to the Series 2, save for the extended back crystal, which is about as thick as two sheets of paper. Not bad. The only other visual cue that you're sporting the newer version is a red dot on the crown of the watch, which is meant to distinguish between the cellular and non-cellular versions.

Let’s talk battery life, always a big concern for consumers. The Series 3 is supposed to be able to keep on ticking all day long, and thanks to the bigger processor, it should run more efficiently too. Keep in mind, though, that this device is not intended to totally replace your smartphone (at least not yet)—it’s more for mixed-usage purposes. In other words, a hours-long gabfest with your bestie via your wrist could definitely drain the battery.

Also good: the new operating system, watchOS 4, which comes with the Series 3, is pretty cool. You’ll have access to a slew of new features, including an updated Heart Rate app (it alerts you to spikes in heart rate even when you're not working out), a new Siri watch face, upgraded Workout app with custom HIIT workout type, and more. It's also worth noting that it's possible to download the new watchOS 4 operating system on older models (I did so on my Series 2) and reap most of the upgrades.

So should you buy the Apple Watch Series 3? I just got my hands on one and I’ll be testing it for the next week. But so far, I've been impressed with how intuitive the Series 3 seems to be compared to previous versions. The upgrades to the Workout app also caught my eye (my favorite feature: when you start running, a little icon of a person runs on the screen with you). I even made my first watch-based call with a little help from Siri, and it was exciting to not have to rely on my phone.

There have been reports of issues with the cellular function on the Series 3 (some of the watches are allegedly connecting to unauthenticated wireless networks, and the company is investigating a fix). That said, if you're someone who wants to be able to go phone-free, this may be the wearable you’ve been waiting for. If that's not a major concern for you, perhaps consider the non-cellular version.

For all the runners out there, keep in mind that there's an Apple Watch Nike+ Series 3 version launching in October. So many choices, so little time.

Writer (Cape Town)

Remuneration: Negotiable depending on experience 
Location: Cape Town, Woodstock, CBD
Education level: Degree
Job level: Mid
Type: Permanent
Company: Strika Entertainment

Company description
Strika Entertainment conceptualises, produces and commercialises engaging character-based entertainment products and communications solutions, primarily in the medium of comics and animation. Our clients are diverse, ranging from the mining and fishing industry to NPOs.

Job description
We are seeking a dynamic and energetic mid-level writer to manage the scripting process from concept to completion for corporate communication and entertainment products. The writer works alongside a team of client service consultants, illustrators, designers, art directors and post- production.

The writer attends briefing sessions and occasional meetings with client to better understand the objectives of the content being produced. During brainstorm and review meetings the writer will offer creative input and record all creative direction from the team before briefing the script or edits into studio.

Scripts are reviewed and refined before production, but the writer will follow the project’s creative development throughout and continue to give input on the work being produced. The writer will be expected to provide feedback and updates to ensure that all project objectives are being adhered to.

The scope of the work varies and the writer needs to be versatile and able to work on a range of products and subject matter, including mining-related content and copywriting for social media platforms.

The position is time and creativity intensive, so only dedicated, hard-working individuals should apply.

A writing qualification is preferable but not essential and experience in creative writing or agency experience will be beneficial.

Although the position does also involve advertising-style copywriting, skills as a story writer (including story structure and character) are most utilised. Being able to condense and translate detailed factual content into an entertaining narrative through use of character, setting and engaging dialogue are the core strengths of the writer.

The writer will need to work with a variety of personalities and highly skilled personnel in all areas – from business development, through illustrators and art directors, to colourists, finishing artists and letterers. In addition the writer should be comfortable working alone when required as the scripting process will be almost entirely their responsibility.

The following attributes are essential:

  • A tertiary qualification in a related field.
  • Comfortable with a range of writing types (from story and script to copywriting)
  • A good understanding of narrative structure, character and dialogue
  • High level of visual literacy is essential
  • Able to research independently and extract core information from detailed texts
  • Good interpersonal and workshopping skills
  • Able to work well with others as well as independently
  • Meticulous attention to detail and thoroughness, including strong grammar and spelling
  • In touch with popular culture
  • Excellent general knowledge

If you are interested please mail us your CV and portfolio with a cover letter summarising your suitability for the position and what your availability is.

Should you not have heard from us within two weeks of your submission, please consider your application unsuccessful.

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Administrative Clerk (Cape Town)

Remuneration: Market related 
Location: Cape Town, Gardens
Education level: Diploma
Job level: Mid
Type: Temporary
Company: Siyabona Africa

Job description

Is administration your superpower? If you are competent at invoicing, data capture, general administration and pay attention to detail – you may be the one we want to hire!

We looking for a hardworking, accurate, deadline driven individual who will be part of the team but is also capable to work independently.

We are looking for someone with at least three years or more previous administrative experience. A mature adult that understands the importance of accuracy and responsibility. And based in Cape Town.


Administration fucntions and support

Generate payment links for clients

Request supplier invoices

Check all supplier invoices and liaise with suppliers to make any corrections needed

Check availability for consultants

Update passenger details and check accuracy of details

Generate vouchers

Switchboard support when required

Company Description

Siyabona is an established, trusted, family-owned destination management company based in Cape Town. Our years of experience in travel on the African continent, and our hands-on approach to our clients’ travel needs, has made us one of the bigger destination management companies in Africa.


Skills required:

  • Attention to detail
  • Computer literate
  • Excellent written and spoken communication skills
  • Honest, reliable and trustworthy
  • Be able to multitask and prioritise
  • Be able to take responsibility for your work
  • Team mentality
  • Be a practical problem solver – be able to think outside of your specific job
  • Analytically minded and proactive
  • Assertive
  • Punctual
  • Have great numeracy skills
  • Be sociable

Posted on 22 Sep 16:22

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PPC Analyst (Johannesburg)

Advertising and Media Recruitment Specialists

Sandra Pope
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Advertising, Marketing,
PR, Media and Digital

Jhb: 011 883 5404
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Recruiters & Career Coaches in Advertising, Marketing and Media Industries

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Travel Agents (Johannesburg South)

Job description

We are looking for a travel agent, who is passionate about traveling. You will manage travel requirements made for business or holiday and you will provide tourism related services and package tours on behalf of our suppliers. The goal is to keep our clients satisfied and loyal for future services.


  • Plan and sell transportation, accommodations, insurance and other travel services
  • Cooperate with clients to determine their needs and advise them appropriate destination, modes of transportations, travel dates, costs and accommodations
  • Provide relevant information, brochures and publications (guides, local customs, maps, regulations, events, etc.) to travelers
  • Book transportation, make hotel reservations and collect payment/fees
  • Use promotional techniques and prepare promotional materials to sell itinerary tour packages
  • Deal with occurring travel problems, complaints or refunds
  • Attend travel seminars to remain updated with tourism trends
  • Enter data into our software and maintain client files
  • Network with tour operators
  • Maintain statistical and financial records
  • Meet profit and sales targets


  • Proven work experience as a travel agent is a must
  • Fluency in English; multilingualism is a plus
  • Strong sales skills and commercial awareness
  • Must be able to sell sell sell!!
  • Ability to interact, communicate and negotiate effectively
  • Sound knowledge of domestic and international travel trends
  • Degree in Hospitality,Travel, Tourism, Business or relevant field is a plus
  • Personal travel experience will be considered an advantage
  • Confidence Confidence Confidence!! is key

Salary is negotiable depending on experience

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Please be advised that you will be contacted by Digipath Digital Recruitment within 14 days should we wish to proceed with your application. Similarly, if you are not contacted by Digipath Digital Recruitment, please accept your application as unsuccessful. Your CV will automatically be added to our database and we could be contacting you should a suitable position arise.

Posted on 22 Sep 15:31

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Wedge Salad With Shiitake “Bacon”

How to Make It

Step 1

Make dressing: Whisk together mayonnaise, buttermilk, sour cream, parsley, chives, mustard, salt, pepper, and garlic in a bowl. Cover and chill for 1 hour.

Step 2

Make “bacon” bits: Preheat oven to 375°F. Place mushroom slices, oil, and salt in a bowl; toss to coat. Arrange mushrooms in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake until well browned and beginning to get crisp, about 20 minutes. Let cool completely on baking sheet, about 20 minutes. Coarsely crumble mushrooms.

Step 3

Make salad: Place 1/2 head romaine lettuce on each of 4 plates. Drizzle each with 2 tablespoons dressing; sprinkle evenly with “bacon” bits, tomatoes, and cheese. Refrigerate remaining dressing in an airtight container for up to 1 week.

eNCA | CATCH IT LIVE: African contemporary art museum opens its doors

  • Editor’s note: This live event will be broadcast live on and is expected to start at 11am.

CAPE TOWN – The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa is set to be officially opened on Friday. 

It’s being viewed as what the Tate modern is to London, and what the Museum of Modern Art is to New York. The museum is the first major museum of contemporary art in Africa.

World renowned British architect Thomas Heatherwick transformed Cape Town’s old grain silo into the Zeitz Mocaa, a nine-storey building that’s a work of art in itself.

The original silo cylinders have been cut into massive tubular shapes, which stand at the centre of the BMW Atrium, the museum’s main atrium. 3 Local architect firms were also involved in the project.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu will be blessing proceedings at the opening.


Administrative Office Clerk

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Cape Town – Controversial businessman Nafiz Modack says the private security industry in SA has become so cut-throat and murky that making deep inroads into it has resulted in him receiving about 50 threats just this year.

And while he has vehemently denied he is an intelligence operative, as several highly placed sources insist he is, he has confirmed that he was the intended target of a shooting that happened inside Camps Bay establishment Café Caprice on April 17.

Two patrons were wounded in that incident.

“That particular day, we were supposed to have a meeting there. At the last minute, I cancelled,” Modack said.

He spoke to News24 in an exclusive interview on Thursday, in which he made startling claims about the country’s private security industry, at an establishment just outside the city centre.

At least three armed bodyguards, including bouncer Jacques Cronje, who faces cocaine possession charges in Cape Town, sat near Modack during the interview.

READ: Rival faction planted cocaine in underworld bust – claims surface

Several more were stationed outside and around the venue. Apparently, there were a total of 20 armed men.

Modack said that, for roughly two years, he had always travelled with about 20 bodyguards.

About two years ago, he said there was an apparent attempted hit on him, where a vehicle he was meant to be in was shot at in Johannesburg.

‘My life is in danger’

He said he was also working with about 30 private investigators to, among other things, to ensure his safety.

“We’re in the security business. Obviously, my life is in danger, because other people want to be doing what we’re doing, taking the clubs…

“I’ve had over 50 threats [this year]. I delete it sometimes,” he said, pointing to three cellphones.

The 37-year-old Modack has been taking over nightclub security from a more established grouping.

For a detailed breakdown on what has been happening in the underworld, see News24’s showcase Underworld Unmasked here.

This has resulted in violence around Cape Town, from March this year in particular, and more recently in Johannesburg, where on Wednesday night a bouncer boss was wounded in a shooting in Springs.

Club security is said to equal power and muscle in the underworld and is also said to be linked to the drug trade, in that some venues are viewed as crucial turf from which to peddle drugs.

Modack has insisted his grouping is against crime and drugs, but so have members of the more established grouping.

He denied any involvement in gangsterism and underworld shootings.

Violence relating to the clubs takeover has unfolded in Cape Town and Johannesburg, either when, or just after, he has been in these areas.

Modack put this down to “coincidence”.

READ: Gang bosses exploit private security loophole to ‘legally intimidate’ rivals – sources

In 2012, Specialised Protection Services, a bouncer company run by, among others, controversial businessmen Andre Naude and Mark Lifman, as well as alleged Sexy Boys gang leader Jerome Booysen, provided security to several nightclubs in Cape Town.

However, it was shut down as it was not registered with the necessary private security regulator, as required by law.

On Thursday, Modack said that – together with a businessman originally from Pakistan and Colin Booysen, the brother of Jerome Booysen – he now provided security to more than 95% of nightclubs around Cape Town.

Ironically, the interview with Modack on Thursday was conducted at the very venue, and very same table, at which this journalist interviewed Naude in January 2012.

That interview nearly mirrored Modack’s in that Naude had said that together with Lifman and Jerome Booysen – they had taken over the majority of security at nightclubs in Cape Town.

On Thursday, Modack pointed out that the interview was taking place at the same spot where underworld kingpin Cyril Beeka – who was murdered on March 21, 2011, just outside Belhar, and who he had been close to – had used to sit.

Beeka, who for years ran a dominant bouncer racket in Cape Town, had been a rumoured to work for state intelligence.

Asked if the latest club security takeover had been orchestrated by intelligence operatives, or if he was working for the state, Modack insisted this was not the case.

He denied buying information from crime intelligence officers, or selling information, which News24 established may be the case.

However, Modack would not comment on how he had got hold of “classified documents” about police generals, which he said police had illegally removed from his Plattekloof home in July.

He said he and his business associates were “helping” police to keep clubs crime and drug-free.

“Basically we’re helping the government do their work.”

Debt collection, politicians and guarding cash

Modack explained that, aside from nightclub security, he was involved in a private security company in Cape Town, three in Gauteng, as well as in debt collection for “reputable companies”, armed response, cash-in-transit security, and asset management.

He said he worked with several wealthy international clients, “foreigners and big investors”, and provided security to “people right from the top, down”.

Modack did not rule out working for politicians.

“You get a lot of government officials in business,” was all he was prepared to say about this.

However, Modack later repeatedly named a top politician’s son as someone he had “looked after” when this man had been in Cape Town.

He claimed that some rival underworld figures were in cahoots with the police and other private security providers, and were monitoring his movements.

Modack backed this up by showing News24 apparent evidence of how his movements were being tracked.

He said private security was poorly regulated and had a poor framework.

“We are straight business people. Our lives are at risk because we took security.”

Asked if he was under investigation for any crimes, Modack replied: “Maybe, maybe not.”

He said he was anti-drugs and involved in the security business simply to “clean up” clubs around SA.

The club security takeover is said to be linked to the illicit tobacco and perlemoen trade.

Modack said he was in no way involved in either. Referring to the tobacco trade, he added: “I buy my cigarettes at a shop. R55 a pack.”

Security ties and police links

Modack confirmed that:

• He was involved in the Cape Town security company The Security Group (TSG) and that, when firearms from the company were first seized by police outside a city centre strip club in April, these had been taken from men who were “protecting” him.

Modack said he had been at the strip club to take over their security, but not in a violent manner. In July, firearms from TSG were again confiscated by the Hawks. Modack said TSG, which outsourced some work, was providing security to clubs.

READ: NC top cop met underworld figure Modack

Modack was hesitant to speak about:

  • His meeting with Northern Cape police commissioner Risimati Shivuri in an upmarket hotel near the V&A Waterfront on May 4, which News24 had witnessed. Asked about this, he replied: “No comment.” Then, asked if they had met only once, as News24 had evidence to suggest they had met more than once, he said: “I can’t remember.”
  • A meeting he had with the Western Cape head of detectives Patrick Mbotho, which Mbotho previously said was about a complaint Modack had about the police. On Thursday Modack said: “No comment.”
  • His closeness to Czech convict Radovan Krejcir. “I met him many times through Cyril [Beeka],” Modack said, without going into more detail.

Build up to threats

Modack, who grew up in Cape Town gang hot spot Bonteheuwel, and dreamed of becoming a doctor “so injured people can be repaired”, told News24 that, before Beeka was assassinated in 2011, he (Modack) had been involved in the supermarket business.

His family was among the first Indian and coloured ones to have supermarkets in areas, including Hanover Park and Athlone.

They also ran petrol stations, car showrooms and dealt in properties.

But on the day that Beeka was murdered, everything changed for Modack, then 30 years old.

That day, he said, he started receiving death threats via SMS and telephone calls.

“When Cyril was assassinated, I got a message, saying: ‘You next’.”

Modack said he then started working in the security environment, much like Beeka had.

“He was a man running town alone,” he said, describing Beeka and the bouncer operation he had run in Cape Town.

‘Ordinary citizen’

Modack claimed he started taking over nightclub security in Cape Town and Johannesburg recently in order to snuff out the drug trade in venues.

Asked how he described himself, Modack first dryly joked: “If I tell you, you’re going to run out the door.”

He then referred to himself as a “security advisor”.

“I’m a normal ordinary law abiding citizen,” Modack insisted.

During the roughly two hour interview, a seemingly calm Modack drank a cup of coffee, with five sachets of sugar, as well as two energy drinks, and smoked five cigarettes.

When he left the venue on Thursday afternoon, he was escorted to a bullet-proof vehicle by three armed men.

By the time he arrived at the vehicle’s front passenger door, eight burly men milled around him, while more stood along the street.

After the vehicle drove away, some of the men stood watch, before following.