Top Tips for Keeping Your Money Safe this Festive Season The festive season is here. Unfortunately, statistics show that the good ‘vibes’ of the festive season can often be counterbalanced by increased levels of crime. So, when you’re on the move, how do you keep your hard-earned cash safe? Glen Jordan, Director of Financial Services Provider IMB, has simple, useful, and effective tips for safeguarding what you earn. “We all feel the urge to spend over the festive season, but how do we ensure that the money we make goes to the right people? By keeping to these eight easy-to-remember principles, you can protect yourself and your earnings from opportunists.” 1. Don’t Carry Cash Cash is no longer king. By keeping large quantities of notes on your person, you become an easy target for thieves and pickpockets. Keep just enough on you to pay for small items and safe-guard against unforeseen circumstances. 2. Get a card Carry your cash on a card. That way your money is safe and protected by the pin you select. “At IMB, clients can open an account, even if they don’t have a South African ID document. This is perfect because it means you no longer have to carry cash,” Jordan says. Financial service providers like IMB also provide services which help you access your money anytime, no matter where in the world you are. 3. Keep Your Information Secret Don’t ever write your PIN down on a piece of paper. By doing this, you put yourself at risk. And before you know it, someone else could be spending the money you earned. Keep it secret, keep it safe. 4. Be Vigilant “This time of year is always busy and vibrant, and scammers exploit this,” warns Jordan. “Be careful in busy areas such as malls and bus-stations, as the steady traffic of people creates confusion and easy getaway routes. Don’t let anyone assist you at an ATM, offer to carry your luggage or buy your ticket for you, as these are often just tricks used to make off with your money.” By . . .
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The recent World First Interclub Dinghy Sailing Regatta which took place from 26 to 28 April 2014 and contested on Port Elizabeth's North End Lake was won by the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Of the 38 competitors that sailed in the three day regatta ABYC fielded 26 sailors, Redhouse Yacht Club 9 and Rhodes Sailing Club 3. The three days dished up some interesting and varied conditions ranging from 30 knots South West to 6 knot North West and a 8 knot South Easter on the kidney shaped inner city lake that witnessed it's first organised regatta in the shadow of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium ever. The lake is surrounded by the stadium and the suburb of Sydenham to the east, industry to the west and north and presents some ideal sailing conditions with most races taking around forty minutes to complete. The regatta headquarters were at the EP Powerboat Club who extended a most gracious hand of friendship and hospitality to the sailors, coaches and spectators for the three days of hard and tactical sailing on this 'virgin' venue. Laying of the courses were not challenging at all for Race Officer, Ronnie Baer who had come prepared with lots of chain and even more anchor rope should unexpected deep holes be encountered. Launching and retrieval were accomplished by using a temporary slipway built specifically for the regatta. Three final races were sailed on Monday in light winds that clocked from North West to Northerly. The first race of the day was shortened for all three fleets. A 20 minute wait for the breeze to shift to the North and the course was quickly and efficiently relaid so that he last two races could be sailed. The regatta favoured the lighter Laser, Sprog, Finn and Dolphin sailors with full rig who, managed to power along without much discomfort in the flat conditions. In the Junior fleet, Chad Bilsbury (ABYC) performed the best out of all sailors with 6 bullets from the 7 races - his second in the first race spoiling and almost perfect . . .