Monday, December 22, 2014

dnata Newrest spreads Christmas cheer in Johannesburg


Earlier this month, Oliver’s House, a non-profit organization operating in Benoni on the East Rand, Johannesburg, celebrated a Graduation Party for the pre-school children as well as the 2014 Christmas Party.
dnata Newrest donated food, desserts, beverages, party packs and toys and clothes for the children.

Oliver’s House was founded in April 2001 as a soup kitchen in the Benoni CBD. In August of the same year the group formed a partnership with Nomthandazo Children’s Care Centre in the Zenzele informal settlement in Daveyton. In 2004 Olivier’s House purchased the old Benoni Home Affairs building re-located. That same year it opened the education and computer training center at offices on
 Woburn Avenue. 

In 2006 Olivier’s House took the first step towards creating a socially self-sustaining project (Oliver’s Village) when they purchased 11 acres of property in Putfontein, next to the Zenzele informal settlement. Today Olivier’s House manage five social projects.

"dnata Newrest is proud to be associated with Oliver’s House and to support in any possible," said a release from the catering company.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Panasonic Wi-Fi aboard Ebola emergency A340

Panasonic Avionics has pitched in with critical communications for a high-tech flying hospital used to transport Ebola patients from Africa to overseas care facilities.

An A340-300 aircraft, which is chartered from Lufthansa German Airlines by the German Foreign office, has been converted into a hospital. The aircraft is outfitted with isolation chambers for patients diagnosed as suffering from the disease.


The A340 is equipped with Panasonic's eXConnect system, offering the on-board crew and medical staff direct Internet access and email services for essential air-to-ground communications during the emergency flights.

"Since the founding of Panasonic, our company has been committed to using technology to improve peoples' lives. We are very excited to support this humanitarian cause and believe our global communication technology will enable medical professionals to more effectively care for patients,” said Panasonic Avionics CEO Paul Margis.

The flights will be operated by volunteer pilots and flight attendants and will be available for any country which needs to transport Ebola patients.

The aircraft is due to be available for its missions starting this month.