The Recognition Minute
Awards for South Africans July 21 2017, 0 Comments
May I state the obvious? We live in interesting times. As always!
The history of South Africa has given us lots to talk about. The wildness of the terrain has yielded so much to see. Diverse people live together in this colourful nation.
As South Africans, we have shown great resourcefulness in finding solutions to problems over the decades, even centuries. So, a little about our heritage of success, for which we could be forgiven for awarding ourselves a medal. No, make that a huge, silver trophy!
3 December 1967, on the tip of our African continent, Dr Chris Barnard performed the world’s first heart transplant. It was uncharted territory. A domain unexplored in humans. It was very risky since once he had removed the patients failing heart, there was no turning back. Either the recipient would never wake up or they would wake up with a functioning heart. If the heart did beat and give life, how well and for how long? There was no precedent. No one knew.
Louis Washkansky did wake up and Dr Barnard became the first ever to succeed in transplanting a human heart into another person. Kudos, trophies, medals and plenty of certificates all round. Barnard became an international celebrity and performed another ten heart transplants, one of the patients surviving for 23 years.
Another Doctor, Dr Selig Percy Amoils created a new method of cataract surgery, using his cryoprobe. He developed this method at Baragwanath Hospital and was awarded the Queen’s Award for Technological Innovation in 1975. His invention gave back sight to many, who could now enjoy their successes in the light. This put South Africa on the world’s stage of medical advancement again. His invention has since been on display in the Kensington Museum in London.
Another exceptional advancement in medical technology was the CAT scan. This was developed in Cape Town by physicist Allan Cormack and his associate Godfrey Hounsfield. It required medical and mathematical skill and innovation in order to achieve their goal: a scanner that could scan the whole body and translate the data into meaningful images. These scans were clearer than static X-Ray plates and took the medical world a leap forward in diagnostic ability.
Their work also deserved an enormous trophy and was recognized through a Nobel Prize in Physiology and Medicine.
A CAT scanner is used routinely today in the diagnosis and management of many medical conditions and allows for much better and more specific treatment.
One more South African medical invention: The Smartlock safety syringe.
The Smartlock syringe automatically retracts the needle into a sheath and locks it in place as the needle is withdrawn the patient. Therefore, no needle caps to place over used needles or a specific ‘sharps’ disposal container. This meant safety for all concerned.
Interesting times indeed. May our people continue earning awards for South Africa, whether in science or culture, sport or engineering.
In our next blog post, I will feature some other, world-renowned inventions by South Africans who deserve the gold medal of innovation and the trophy of success!
A trophy is a trophy when… April 24 2017, 0 Comments
What makes a good trophy? It is a sign of achievement. It is a means of communication. It is also a work of art. It may even be central to your brand. Both traditional and non-traditional trophies share these aspects in common. What makes them different is style. And what makes them good - it's up to you!
Traditional trophies are typically in the form of a cup or a chalice, usually silver of gold in colour if not in substance and stand proud on a base. The base may be reserved for insignia, names of winners, dates, possibly quotes and other engraving. It gives a platform on which the trophy can stand, a sort of ‘red carpet’ or it's special shoe.
It is important that a trophy has height. Height speaks of a big win, a great achievement. It is more visible. Like all good trophies, it boasts about the winner and certifies success. This is not only true for traditional trophies but for any custom-made award as well.
Some organisations choose to break with tradition and design their trophies using contemporary materials such as acrylics, crystal or aluminium. This allows for many different shapes and sizes, to break with tradition and stand out in a crowd. The corporate brand can be included in the shape or colours of the trophy, making it all the more unique.
To be different, one can have a pair of shoes bronzed and mounted with a plaque describing the purpose of the trophy. In keeping with a South African theme, animal statuettes can be beautifully incorporated, representing values such as strength, dexterity, ingenuity or speed. Or, how about a sports emblem such as a cricket ball or boxing glove?
Whatever your need, if it is in the line of trophies, there is something available for you. If not already made, you can have it designed and made with our help. Have a look at a few examples here: https://www.prestigeawards.co.za/collections/types?q=Trophies%20-%20Customised
Not much hockey and plenty of cricket! March 23 2017, 0 Comments
Well, let’s back away a little from the hockey theme to see what else is happening on the sports front, this weekend. It’s none other than Newzealand vs our boys in the third game of the test, having won one, drawn one. Saturday’s game will be the decider.
New Zealand are spending time debriefing and soul-searching as they try to prevent their season ending with a whimper following the three-day thrashing at the Basin Reserve.
Five days and a session of toe-to-toe cricket - throughout the Dunedin game and until lunch on the second day in Wellington - unraveled with alarming speed against South Africa. No wonder Kane Williamson looked bemused as he tried to explain it away in the bowels of the Basin on Saturday evening.
New Zealand - both the players and management - have been reluctant to say that the visit of South Africa would define their season. But if they do not put in a better performance at Seddon Park starting on Saturday the last few weeks will certainly influence how their 2016-17 campaign is judged.
Both cricket and hockey trophies are available now at Prestige Awards, whether for your game in the nets on the super turfs or just for some neighbourhood fun in the park.
All trophies from Prestige Awards can be customised for the occasion http://www.prestigeawards.co.za/products/hockey-player-female-miniature-award
Resin trophies are molded according to a three-dimensional design then cast. The resin is given and antique gold look, which brings with it a sense of tradition. http://www.prestigeawards.co.za/products/hockey-goal-resin-trophy
Aluminium trophies can be mounted on a smart wooden base. These trophies were designed by Prestige Awards and are unique in their class. These trophies are also customisable to reflect the name of the club, school or event. We would love to discuss with you and ideas that you have for different designs and bring them to life in our factory. http://www.prestigeawards.co.za/products/hockey-m-ring-floating-trophy-t0425
Add spirit to your hockey game with a hockey trophy from Prestige Awards.
The All-important Badge March 20 2017, 0 Comments
From the first day of life, maybe even before a child is born, a name is selected. That name will stay with that child until the day they die. It is a life-long investment that is made on their behalf.
Perhaps that is why our names are so important to us. Even if we share our name with another, somehow, when our name it called we tend to believe it is for us alone. Have you ever been in a crowd and heard your name being called?
When we meet new people, is it not our names that we use first to introduce ourselves? “Hi, I’m Jack. You are?” Or, we may simply say our name and hand over a business card. A business card is something for the other person, whether stranger or friend, that contains many details but most important of all, our name.
Names are great conversation-starters. This is why so many more people in business wear badges, more than ever before.
The cashier in the bank has a name badge pinned to her chest. The waiter wears his badge prominently, so that patrons can call for him when they need service. It is also useful to the waiter, to help the customer remember who they should tip.
In the security industry, employees need to be identified in order to differentiate them from civilians and other perpetrators of mischief. For this reason, badges are manufactured to specific specifications, unique to that organisation.
Badges are not only worn as a means of personal identity. Many forms of insignium are worn to indicate rank or level of achievement, in the form of a scroll or possibly some other shape associated with the purpose – a star, a cross or a particular logo.
At Prestige Awards, we make badges. We bring identity to the school teacher, the corporate employee and the pupil. We recognise achievement and help give you your identifiable brand so that you are addressed properly and remembered.
Badges are made to order. The badge may be pinned with a brooch pin or held onto the clothing using a strong magnet. It’s your choice. Direct your search to this link for more ideas: https://www.prestigeawards.co.za/collections/badgesWe have been recognising people since 1983. Why not ensure that you are one of them; one of us!