Having a property management company on board can largely increase the potential and asset value of any property, provided of course that the right management company is selected for the job, says Chris Renecle, Managing Director of Renprop, a multifaceted property company whose property management division manages and maintains property assets on behalf of institutional and private investors in both the commercial and residential property sectors. He notes that it is extremely important that the management of commercial or residential property assets is handled by a management company with the right knowledge, experience and qualified individuals to be able meet the owner’s objectives - regardless of whether it is an apartment complex or commercial office space. Renecle says that to ensure an asset is managed correctly, choosing a property management company is a decision that should be given some serious consideration and due diligence. “Not all management companies are created equal,” he says. “Just as there are a wide variety of properties, there are different kinds of management companies that have more experience dealing with certain kinds of assets, be it commercial or residential.” According to Renecle, due to the fact that management of real estate can often be a complex matter, it is important to work with a management company that specialises in the kind of property that needs to be managed. However, there are a number of companies that have the capability to handle more than one category as they will have different divisions with experienced individuals who are able to do so,” he says. Renprop Management’s distinction is that it offers an end-to-end property solution. This division manages the facility and contractors, collects the levies, manages the administration and then rents out and sells property assets like no other. “We got into property management as we became tired of other management companies managing our own assets poorly. We have . . .
KwaMashu-born South African actress and star of the legendary Sarafina, Leleti Khumalo, popular comedian, David Kau, top executives from the KZN Film Commission, Durban Tourism and Gagasi FM, and a large gathering of KwaMashu residents, gave their colourful stamp of approval of the vision of the TOPS at SPAR KwaMashu Wine & Lifestyle Festival on KwaMashu Hill on Mandela Day, 18 July. Honouring the legacy of Madiba’s spirit of “giving back” on Mandela Day, festival organisers invited a wide range of stakeholders and media to stamp their handprints on KwaMashu Hill, with signatures and messages of hope on the walls of the once-derelict buildings in KwaMashu, in a signal of what is to come in the years ahead. Says Sharon Cooper, festival co-ordinator: “The vision of the TOPS at SPAR KwaMashu Wine & Lifestyle Festival is to unite Durban’s passion to shine a light on the creative talent in KwaMashu; creative talent spans the art of wine, film, music, art and dance, and we’re really excited to bring the Art of Wine to this creative city.” The collaborative artwork painted for free by a team of talented Durban artists transformed two derelict buildings on KwaMashu Hill into inspirational portraits of the legends of KwaMashu, bringing hope and inspiration to the community. The portrait of Khumalo and one of the late Henry Cele, star of Shaka Zulu, are the start of a project geared towards highlighting the many famous South Africans born in this vibrant and undiscovered city. Khumalo has starred in films such as Sarafina, Hotel Rwanda and Yesterday, but may be better known to some as Busi in Generations. She has inspired thousands of girls to dream of a better future and was awarded the status of one of the 100 Top Class South Africans by City Press in 2013. Commenting on the unveiling of her portrait, Khumalo said, “It is incredible to be honoured around the world, but there’s nothing more special than being honoured on your home turf.” Major . . .
Port Elizabeth Businesswomen's Association (BWA) members boosted their Sanitary Sistas campaign on Mandela Day and set a new record by packing 8 600 sanitary pads (almost 2 000 more than their initial goal of 6 700) in 67 minutes. Their mission? To help keep menstruating school girls in class. Underprivileged girls may miss up to a third of their school year because they cannot afford proper monthly sanitary protection. Education - as Madiba emphasized - is a critical ticket to a better future and the BWA wants to make sure that the women of tomorrow do not miss a day of schooling unnecessarily. The Sanitary Sistas campaign was started in Port Elizabeth and has been adopted by BWA branches all over the country, restoring basic dignity and good menstrual health to thousands of young girls. The donated towels must be repacked into plain packs to prevent them being stolen from the girls and resold. Author: Mary-Jane Botha from MJ Botha. More Info link: http://bwasa.co.za Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: MJ Botha. Pictured from left, amongst a mountain of sanitary towels, are BWA volunteers Jackie Kennedy, Cheryl Clayton, Julie Oates, Lucia Mtshake, Zena King and Antonette Hamman, with Genna Wakefield in front. Photo: Samantha Bowers Pictured amongst the BWA volunteers who packed thousands of sanitary towels for underprivileged schools are, in front Jackie Kennedy, left, and Susan Simpson, and, back from left, chairperson Michelle Brown, Genna Wakefield and Zena King. Photo: MJ Botha CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Impactful Evolution of the Television Transformative designs and technology ensures for a fully integrated experience JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – July 18, 2014 – The television has become a staple of the home since it was first introduced commercially, with more than 10.5 million households in South Africa owning one.* The last few years have seen some major developments in its evolution, with the introduction of transformative designs and technology, meaning the device now offers a fully integrated experience. The box itself dates back to 1831 when the application that would make it possible to transmit images electronically was invented. However, while the term first came into use in 1900 it took 28 years before the first set was sold commercially. Below is an overview of how this popular device has changed over the decades. TV screen evolution A key feature in the evolution of the TV is the screen itself. Towards the end of the nineties the Cathode Ray Tube began to be replaced by innovations such as Digital Light Processing, Liquid Crystal on Silicon, and Plasma Display Panel. Previously used in computer monitors, Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) meant that bigger screens were suddenly accessible to more consumers and by 2007 they were the best-selling TVs in the world. “During the 1900s and the 2000s Samsung began to invest heavily in research and development and this culture of innovation resulted in the introduction of the world’s largest LCD television at 30 inches,” says Ansgar Pabst, Business Lead for TV/AV, Samsung Electronics SA. The introduction of Light Emitting Display (LED) and Organic Light Emitting Display (OLED) drastically improved screen quality, while today Plasma and LED is gradually giving way to UHD resolution. Samsung entered the Korean market with its first television, the P3202, in 1978 and started exporting millions of televisions by the early 1980s. Samsung also developed the first series of digital . . .
Many communities in Cape Town continue to live under threat of gangsterism, drugs and alcohol abuse and even primary school children are not exempt from risk. For many, reality is simply a fight for survival and education remains the only antidote. This is where The Unlimited Child, an early childhood development programme, has stepped in and is helping to create a future for tens of thousands of children by laying a solid foundation before these kids reach the age of seven. The immense lack of early childhood development (ECD) throughout South Africa has always been a pressing concern and was the reason for establishing The Unlimited Child. According to Steph Bester, chairman of The Unlimited Child, serious intervention is needed to put the spotlight on the massive socio-economic impact this can have for future generations. “The state of early childhood development in South Africa is shocking and it’s estimated that there are more than 6-million preschool children in this country who receive little or no proper stimulation. This will directly affect their motor skills, cognitive and emotional development and the lack of stimulation makes these children extremely vulnerable,” explains Bester. “Statistics from a recently released audit by the Department of Social Development have shown that 91% of the 20 000 ECD centres audited countrywide did not follow a proper curriculum and 40% did not have sufficient support material. The Unlimited Child is a successful, proven model in KwaZulu-Natal that plays a critical role in changing these statistics and we are currently building a wider network to roll this out nationally,” says Bester. The Unlimited Child programme is easily replicable and focuses on a structured programme for preschool children as well as the ongoing training needs of their caregivers. It provides an integrated, rapid impact programme by supplying crèches in disadvantaged communities with educational toys specifically designed to develop the . . .
Hiking is one of the best ways to reconnect and appreciate the beauty of nature. South Africa has some of the finest hiking trails in the world, where the opportunities for adventure are endless. Whether you prefer to hike along rivers or tread up mountains, this country has the perfect trail for hikers of all levels of skill and for all ranges of interest. First Car Rental has put together a list of Top 10 Hiking Trails in South Africa where you can discover the unparalleled natural beauty of our nation. 1. Otter Trail - Garden Route, Western Cape The Otter Trail is considered one of the best for serious hikers. The 42km-long hiking trail that begins at the Garden Route National Park's Storms River rest camp and ends at Nature’s Valley takes you through the Tsitsikamma Forest and along the Garden Route’s rugged coastline, hugging the Indian Ocean. Along the way, hikers will be able to view the Skilderkrans quartz outcrop - a great place for spotting dolphins and whales in the ocean below; the Bloukrans Estuary; and one can even spot the famous Cape Clawless Otter which can be found around the lowland areas of the forest.The hike takes about 5 days and although this is not the most difficult hike in the country it does require a fair level of fitness. There are beautiful rest camps with spectacular views along the trail. First Car Rental has car rental branches conveniently located across the Western Cape to help you get to your hiking trail with ease. 2. Diamond Coast Hiking Trail, Northern Cape The 50km long, 3-day hike along the Diamond Coast takes hikers deep into a pristine area that was formerly closed to the public due to mining activity. The hike, jointly managed by De Beers and the Namaqua National Park, takes hikers from Koingnaas to Kleinzee along a predominantly coastal terrain with gorgeous windswept sand dunes. Hikers get to explore the old diamond mines and visit the local diamond museum. You will be amazed by the variety of rocks and . . .
Street parades, a birthday celebration, a dazzling array of international performers from over 40 countries, and over 2800 performances in eleven days all contributed to a record 225 538 attendees at the National Arts Festival in Grahamstown this year. Releasing attendance figures this morning, Festival CEO Tony Lankester paid tribute to the artists whose work “filled our stages and the hearts of our audience” during the annual event. “This was a special year for us for a variety of reasons, and we wanted to mark 2014 as one of the best Festivals ever. I think we achieved that,” he said. Attendance at the event grew by 6.5% over 2013, and the new figure represents 21.4% growth over a rolling 5-year period. “Last year we began looking at our numbers over a period of time rather than a year by year basis,” Lankester said. “This gives us a better idea of audience trends over five years, and can be more informative than snapshots of a moment in time.” The biggest growth this year came from sales on the Main programme, attributable largely to an expanded programme aimed to commemorate the Festival’s 40th birthday, and from attendance at a greatly increased number of free performances and activities aimed at the broader Grahamstown community. “Ticket sales, in rand terms, also hit a new high, breaking R7m for the first time. This puts more money into the pockets of performers than ever before,” Lankester said. While Lankester said it was difficult to single out specific productions from the vast programme, he noted the high number of performances on the Main that were completely sold out. “What is encouraging about these is the diversity of productions selling out individual performances – from Dance (Cargo: Precious and Nile) to Theatre (Ubu and the Truth Commission, Kwela Bafana and Macbeth:slapeloos), Music (The Muffinz, Strings of Mali, Lira, Hugh Masekela and the Gala Concert) and also including film, jazz, some lectures and performance art. The . . .
As forewarned by Reserve Bank Governor, Gill Marcus, the interest rate has been increased by a further 25 basis points bringing it up to 9.25%. The increase comes at a time when consumers are already facing increasing living costs and is likely to place more financial pressure on potential homebuyers who are eager to get into the market, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “Many cash-strapped South African consumers are already dealing with high debt levels, so increasing the rates will only make things more difficult for the remainder of 2014. If possible, those who can should try and reduce their debt levels as much as possible before the expected further rate increases kick in later this year. Especially consumers who are planning to purchase property and need to show the banks required levels of affordability,” advises Goslett. “The monetary policy committee (MPC) has reiterated that we are currently in a rising interest rate cycle so consumers can expect the rate to see further increases. However, this does not mean that the rate will increase every meeting or by the same margin each time.” He notes that while consumer sentiment in the property market has seen growth over the past few years, future rate increases will delay many potential homebuyers from taking the leap. “Although homeownership is a goal for many South Africans, the increasing cost of obtaining finance will make it extremely hard for those who have not taken the provisions to prepare for purchasing a property. This doesn’t mean that consumers will let go of their homeownership dreams, it simply means that those wanting to buy a home will have to take the necessary steps now to ensure their goal can be reached in the future. Their focus will need to be decreasing debt levels and increasing savings,” Goslett concludes. Author: Wesley Barnard from Squared Communications. More Info link: http://remax.co.za Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: . . .
South Africa’s first ever National Frozen Yoghurt Day (#NFYD) will take place on Saturday 26 July and Wakaberry will be celebrating in true #wakastyle. To commemorate the occasion the first 200 Wakafans through each store’s doors on #NFYD will receive a special limited edition Wakaberry spoon. These spoons will become collector’s items and will change each year. All customers will also have the opportunity to play for their bowl of froyo in-store through a unique Wakaberry app, which allows customers to spin a digital Waka wheel. Wakafans could win discounts or even a free bowl. The spinning wheel will also give away exclusive spots in a competition to win a year’s supply of free froyo! Wakaberry will also be rolling out two brand new flavours. A fun and light hearted Pink Lemonade and a darker more luscious Black Cherry. National Frozen Yoghurt Day will be celebrated in all 36 Wakaberry stores nationwide on Saturday 26 July. Wakabery introduced the pay-per-weight, self-serve frozen yoghurt concept to South Africa in 2011. Their brand has become synonymous with their 100% real, traditionally fermented yoghurt, which is available in over 50 flavours. Their famous toppings bars offer something for everyone from sweets to fresh fruit to flavoured syrups. For more information about #NFYD Wakafans can go to www.wakaberry.co.za, Facebook (facebook.com/wakaberryfroyo), Twitter (@Wakaberry) or Instagram (@Wakaberry). Issued by Firestarter on behalf of Wakaberry. For more information please contact Genevieve Cutts on 082 546 4043 or email@example.com Author: Genevieve Cutts from . More Info link: http://www.wakaberry.co.za Twitter: @Wakaberry Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: . Wakaberry frozen yoghurt Photo: Wakaberry Wakaberry National Frozen Yoghurt Day Photo: Wakaberry CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Not all property purchases are equal. This is according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who says that while the emerging market conditions have created opportunities in today’s real estate sector, buyers need to be savvy and make the correct buying decisions if they want to get the most out of their property purchase in the future. He notes that buying a property at fair market value doesn’t guarantee that healthy returns will be realised over the long term. While an emerging market phase is an excellent time to invest in property, Goslett points out that there are certain golden rules for any property acquisition that buyers would be wise to follow: 1. Do your research and ask questions “The first question that buyers need to ask themselves is why they are buying the property. Is it for them to live in or is it an investment property? This changes the game and how they might view a property,” says Goslett. “If the property is for the buyer to live in, the purchase will be more emotionally guided and the things that will be important are the features and amenities that appeal to the buyer. However, if the property is for investment purposes it will be more important to research what will appeal to possible tenants in the area and who the tenants might be.” He adds that the internet is a valuable source of information and can be used to gain a wealth of knowledge with regard to the area, the estate or complex. “However,” says Goslett, “nothing replaces checking out the location yourself. Ask your agent for a comparative market analysis and drive around, walk the streets, see what the traffic is like, and who your potential neighbours could be and what facilities and amenities are on offer nearby.” 2. Small differences can make a big impact Often buyers underestimate the importance of location and just how much subtle differences between two areas can impact on the property price. “It is vital that buyers understand why property . . .