In today’s competitive real estate market, utilising the right agent for the job can assist sellers in getting ahead of the game and standing out in the crowd. This is according to Justus Brandt, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Sunset Coast, situated in St Helena Bay. “A seller who wants to get the best results from the sale of their home needs to select an agent that can provide the best services. This is why a recognised, established brand should be used in marketing one`s property, preferably by way of an exclusive mandate. Through this mandate option, the seller may request that another specific agency be invited to co-market their property under the management of the listing agency,” says Brandt. According to Brandt, interviewing agents is an important part of the selection process. This will allow the seller the opportunity to see how the agent presents themselves. He notes that during the interview a seller will be able to determine the agent’s level of integrity, standing within the local community and whether or not they are knowledgeable about the property market. He says that a seller should enquire about the agent’s experience along with the experience and positioning of the brand in the market. This is where the brand of the agency plays a vital role, especially with regard to national and international exposure. An international agency with set regulations and procedures should be the preferred marketer. “Currently there are various start-up real estate agencies that claim to provide their client with international exposure; however not all have the required resources. They may have a referral association with an overseas realtor, although this is normally limited to a specific area or possibly a country,” says Brandt. He notes that a key element when selecting an agent is their track record. “Working with an agent that has a proven track record is essential because it shows that the agent can get the job done in today’s real estate environment. . . .
Keeping in focus the importance of health, safety, security and environment in industry within a fast growing economy, the HSSE Angola Conference launched today at the Talatona Convention Hotel in Luanda. Officially Supported by state company Sonangol E.P., this is the first conference initiative by Fleming Gulf in the region. Chairing the conference and guiding the sessions today is Telmo dos Santos, Member of Council at the Angolan Association of Occupational Health and Safety (AASO). Santos will be speaking about hand injury prevention and hazardous awareness in the Oil & Gas sector later today. Leading the first presentation was Daniela Matos, Group Director Health Safety Environment at Sonangol E.P. Matos spoke on how safety is about the people and behaviour is the challenge. Where Matos highlights that Behaviour Based Safety (BBS) is not a substitution rather it is an implementation in creating a pro-active safety culture while experts Caroline Passuello and Roberto Bazil from DNV-GL addressed the practical issues involved in such an implementation. Passuello and Bazil shared insights about the matter that included the need for a strong theoretical framework and an active change management as an essential element to support a cultural improvement. The conference also witnessed Christine Oosthuizen of Aon South Africa (Pty) Ltd. and Dr. Alberto Marques Valente speak on health management services alongside Vitor Santos, Country Chief Executive at Bureau Veritas, address on HSE Roads in Angola. Typa Iyambo of Ministry of Mines & Energy Republic of Namibia and Anders de Lichtenberg of Maersk Drilling make up the rest of the speaker panel. A closing panel discussion will discuss the proactive efforts for creating a culture of security addressing security prioritisation tactics and security awareness. The final day of the HSSE Angola Conference will comprise of Interactive Workshops tackling different aspects of health, safety and environment. . . .
Significant announcements were made this week for the much awaited 4th Global Health & Safety Forum which is scheduled on 09 - 11 September 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa. Vic van Vuuren, Director -International Labour Organization; Mongezi Veti, General manager HSEC - Exxaro; Alwyn Spies, Behavior Safety Manager - Sasol; Alfred Chinbuah, HSLP Manager - Newmont and Alfred Chimutanda, Group Health, Safety and Environment Manager - RioZim were announced as speakers at this forum. The 4th Global H&S Forum in Mining will share a platform with industry leaders to summon the roles of people, technology and systems in enhancing safety programs to build or improve the culture of safety in an mining organisations. Some of the topics to be covered at the conference include 'Working on an effective legislative framework and its compliance';'Promoting a Proactive Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment Culture during Decision Making' ; 'Studying current trends and control mechanisms to reduce fall of ground accidents' and 'Driving preventive and control measures for some occupational hazards in mining' A miner's world is a dangerous place whether they operate underground or deal with equipment above the ground. Hazards, accidents, diseases and disorders cause tremendous emotional strain to miners and huge financial losses to mine owners. In the wake of recent mine explosions in Soma, Turkey where more than 300 miners lost their lives, this conference will provide a platform for professionals to learn what global mining giants are doing to safeguard their human assets by building a safety culture. Author: Sanjay Swamy from Fleming Gulf. More Info link: http://energy.fleminggulf.com/global-hs-forum-in-mining CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co, discusses differences between citizenship and residency programmes, and highlights the benefits of both Many people are looking to hedge their lifestyles by applying for a second residency or citizenship. Countries across the globe, from Malta and Portugal to Mauritius and even the USA, are offering residency and citizenship programmes through which foreigners can buy a citizenship or residency in that country, either through real estate investment or business investment. James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co - a market leader in facilitating residence, property and investment options in hand-picked territories around the globe – points out that the type of investors who are attracted to these programmes are those who either want to move to another country immediately or reserve the potential to move at very short notice. “One of the greatest advantages of investing into a residency or citizenship programme is that applicants don't have to emigrate to enjoy the lifestyle and financial benefits, and can receive citizenship in as little as three months” Bowling explains. Other advantages include the travel benefits offered by some of the destinations. “Many of our clients incur huge travel inconveniences when travelling abroad owing to the conditions set on them by virtue of the passport that they carry. Visa applications are both costly and time consuming and generally an irritating nuisance. Through residency and citizenship programmes, investors can gain travel benefits through obtaining another residence or citizenship that has fewer travel restrictions and visa requirements.” Bowling also points out that by gaining a second residence or citizenship, investors are also able to enjoy huge tax breaks. “The extent of these benefits would depend on the new jurisdiction’s offering and incentives as well as where the client makes their primary tax residence. The purposes of this planning could be either personal or . . .
Chris Pflueger, Regional Vice President of Franchise Sales at RE/MAX LLC talks about the US property market and how it compares to South Africa This month, Regional Vice President of Franchise Sales at RE/MAX LLC, Chris Pflueger, visited South Africa to share some of his knowledge with the Broker/Owners of RE/MAX of Southern Africa - the leading RE/MAX region outside of North America. When asked about emerging trends in the US property market, Pflueger says that there is currently a decrease in property sales in the US, which is due to a lack of inventory. “At the moment, demand for property in the US is vastly outweighing supply as people are apprehensive about moving. Many homeowners in the US have mortgages with very low interest rates, in some cases just over 2%. With the current rate above the 4% mark, homeowners are reluctant to let go of their home and highly favourable low rate. This has resulted in far less properties making their way onto the market,” he says. Pflueger notes that the shortage of available properties on the market has led to an increase in building activity in the US. “The building of homes has had to increase in order to keep up with the growing demand for housing. In addition, the tax benefits and incentives that were once there for buyers purchasing existing homes are now falling away, so more and more buyers are opting for newly built homes,” he says. “Unlike here in South Africa where I believe finance can be hard to acquire, finance in the US is relatively easy to obtain and interest rates are highly competitive, which has brought first-time buyers flocking to the market. While there has been moderate growth in house prices in the US, prices are affordable, which has also assisted many buyers to get into the market for the first time.” He adds that much like the property market in South Africa, US homes that are within the affordable price range are moving quickly. “While we have seen a huge uptake in the luxury property . . .
Dynamic young presenters are invited to audition to MC the Finals of the 2014 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Scholarships Awards. After a countrywide series of auditions due to take place in June, the sixth annual ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships will culminate in a Final performance, allowing the six finalists the opportunity to showcase their acting, dancing and singing abilities to a live audience and an independent panel of judges. Performed in the format of a variety show, the showcase of their talents needs to be brought together by a charismatic presenter into a seamless performance for the audience and judges to enjoy. The finalists will be competing to win one of three performing arts scholarships, with a combined value of R315 000. The event, hosted by UJ Arts & Culture at the University of Johannesburg, will take place on 13 October 2014. “Deciding to audition means that you have already completed the most daunting step,” says Altovise Lawrence, host of the 2013 Scholarship Awards Finals. “Being awarded the chance to be the ACT Scholarship Awards MC for 2013 was the opportunity for me to push myself to the limit. It was a gift and I was given a chance to showcase my talent on one of the biggest stages in my career thus far. The most important lessons that I walked away with was that it requires a team to see a vision through - that I do not have all the answers and that as people, it really makes a difference when we listen more.” “The ability to captivate an audience and take them through a journey that keeps them engaged is increasingly becoming a highly sought skill and career path. As a bank for all, Nedbank is committed to providing such opportunities to young and talented people who want to make their dreams happen” explains Maseda Ratshikuni, Head: Nedbank Cause Marketing. “We have been so impressed with previous MCs of the Scholarship Awards, that they have been approached to take on further work for Nedbank and other . . .
Cape Town’s original place of trade – the historic 17th century Castle on the Foreshore– will shortly be a place of entrepreneurship and trading once again. However, instead of wares such as vegetables and livestock, the products on sale from 5-8 June will be exquisite handmade goods from 110 craft producers and designer makers. The Cape Craft & Design Institute (CCDI) has teamed up with Kamers for this huge retail pop-up event, part of the World Design Capital 2014 programme (#265). The CCDI was established in 2001 to promote and grow the Western Cape craft and design sector. Kamers is known for its country-wide retail events that feature handmade products, delicious food and wine and live music. “As one of the WDC2014 projects, Kamers & CCDI (Trading at the Castle) has a distinct focus on innovation.There will be an amazing range of great products on offer,” said Doreen Hendricks, CCDI Market Support Coordinator: Domestic & Local Markets. “This event will also support product development, help establish new brands in the marketplace, and assist longer-term job creation.” The handmade goods are produced from materials such as clay, textiles, wood, beads and wool, and range from exquisite jewellery and homeware to stationery and garden products. Of the 110 exhibitors taking part in Kamers & CCDI (Trading at the Castle), 70 applied directly to Kamers and another 40 were selected by the CCDI from about 55 applicants. The CCDI participants have further honed their costing, pricing and selling skills at two workshops, plus enjoying one-on-one sessions with a professional stylist. Producers will set up their stands on three interior levels of the historic building, an ideal creative space to display goods, sell and interact. The event should not only attract the general public, but also retail buyers, who will be keen to discover new products and make fresh connections. Date: 5-8 June Venue: Castle of Good Hope, Buitenkant Street, . . .
In an era where mobile is fast becoming the medium of choice for marketing campaigns, a Durban Wireless Application Service Provider (WASP) has taken a giant leap forward by launching a specialised mobile digital agency division. Always Active Mobile, a division of holding company Always Active Technologies, launched in January 2014 and has seen great success through enabling companies, agencies and brands to embrace mobile campaigns as a successful and measurable marketing medium. This niche digital agency, with a significantly South African flavour, focuses on creating and implementing highly effective mobile marketing campaigns using ubiquitous mobile technologies that are relevant to the South African market and audience, which has unique needs as a developing country. In South Africa, where smartphone penetration sits at approximately 38% and the sending and receiving of “Please Call Me” (PCM) messages is still the most popular cellphone activity, mobile marketing campaigns cannot be solely geared towards smart phone users. Always Active Mobile took note of this, and has committed, through its new division, to help brands engage in a relevant, easy way with lower LSM groups B and C, using mobile technologies that are both familiar and effective. When asked why Always Active Technologies has chosen to create a specialised division that focuses on creating mobile marketing campaigns, CEO Loet de Swart commented: “It would be nice to share a story of a great epiphany, but it was a rapid progression and in some ways it was there before we realised it. With all the mobile technology we have, we naturally started consulting and running campaigns for our clients and it evolved from there.” But, starting a new agency isn’t easy, especially in an economically tense and competitive environment. In chatting to their Business Development Manager, Alan Haarhoff, he had this to say: “It’s not easy as full service digital agencies are prolific - this . . .
CLIVE Taverner (62) has been invited to the 2014 World Clay Target Championships to be held in Italy in August. Taverner is well known as “the voice” of the Tavcor Motor Group and his marketing related successes, but this time will be jetting off to represent South Africa in the World Clay Target Championships. When asked what sort of skill set is required to compete on this level, Taverner responded by saying that, “shooting clays which travel at over 120 kilometres per hour and at distances of up to 75 metres, requires quick reflexes and sound hand-eye coordination.” He is one of the three members of the Protea team, including Dave Cohen and Orazio Cremona from Gauteng North Province and has previously represented South Africa in Dayton Ohio 10 years ago in the United States, and in Cauzabon in France, at the European Championships in 2009. Taverner was a league Rugby player for the Crusaders in PE and ran for the Achilles Athletic club. He started shooting clay targets late in life at the age of 47 after rugby and running injuries eventually caught up with him.He is a member and former chairman of the Port Elizabeth clay target club, situated near St. Albans just outside PE and is one of the oldest persons in South Africa to obtain his National Colours for clay target shooting. He explained that, “the sudden arrival of a dominant left eye and being right handed has meant that I have had to close my left eye to be able to continue competing in the sport. This has put me in difficult situations when the targets fly out to the left –I suppose this comes with age.” Despite the challenge, Taverner who has been employed in the family business for the past 43 years added that, “people used to retire from their jobs at the age of 55 not so long ago – this goes to prove that there is no age limit to achieving the highest levels in sport or business.” He is married to wife, Susan and has 6 children, including two sets of twins. Susan is a former Protea track . . .
Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, discusses electrical compliance. With a change in legislation in May 2009, it has since become compulsory for sellers to be in possession of and provide the buyer with a valid Electrical Certificate of Compliance or ECOC. Essentially the document certifies that all of the electrical work and any additional installations have been vetted and comply with the regulations stipulated by the South African National Standards. Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that before the current legislative change was made, ECOC documents never expired and could simply be transferred from one owner to another without limitation, provided no changes were made to the electrical installation. The seller could provide the new owner with the very same electrical certificate that was given to them when they purchased the property, regardless of the time period that had lapsed. “However,” says Goslett, “the current legalisation stipulates that the ECOC is only valid for a period of two years. If the seller has an ECOC that is older than this, or any electrical alterations have occurred during the two year period, the seller will be required to obtain a new ECOC by enlisting the services of a certified electrician. During the sale process of the home the original compliance certificate will be requested by the conveyancing attorney before the registration of the property takes place. It will then be presented to the new owner of the property to retain, as the owner is required by law to present the certificate to an inspector on request.” Goslett notes that aside from it being a legislative requirement, there are two reasons why having a valid ECOC is important for homeowners to have. “The first reason is that the certificate should prove that the electrical work and any further installations are up to code and safe for the home’s occupants. The second reason is that from an insurance perspective, if a property . . .