Cape Town – Eat Out has announced a new title sponsor and a brand new venue for South Africa’s most prestigious restaurant awards, promising a super-charged event for food lovers this November. Says Aileen Lamb, General Manager of Eat Out: “We are thrilled to announce that Mercedes-Benz South Africa (MBSA) has decided to join us this year as the title sponsor for the Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards. We value our new partnership with this world-class brand and look forward to hosting the most impressive awards event yet.” The restaurant awards, which acknowledge South Africa’s top chefs and restaurants, will be held on Sunday 16 November 2014 at Thunder City at the Cape Town International Airport. The larger venue has been chosen to meet the consistently growing demand for tickets and to allow for even more innovation in terms of staging the event. The 2013 awards accommodated 500 guests, but this year’s new venue will allow for even more industry players, celebrities and members of the public to attend. The stylish affair, comparable to the Oscars of the food industry, is renowned for its multiple-course dinner showcase, prepared by award-winning chefs and paired with the country’s best wines. Says Claudia Walters, Marketing Communications Manager for Mercedes-Benz Cars South Africa: “We are very excited to be involved with South Africa’s top restaurant awards in this powerful partnership with Eat Out. Mercedes-Benz is both an aspirational and inspirational brand. The concept of recognising the industry’s best talent aligns perfectly with the Mercedes-Benz’s brand value of constantly striving and reaching the pinnacle of excellence.” Tickets will be available via Webtickets. Bookings open on 20 August 2014. For enquiries, contact Julie Potgieter at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit www.eatout.co.za for more information, follow @Eat_Out on Twitter and like the Eat Out facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/EatOutMag. Issued by MANGO-OMC on . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – August 25, 2014 – Samsung Electronics South Africa announces the availability of its Core Printing Solutions (BCPS) for small and medium sized businesses (SMBs). This server-less solution assists customers in saving IT costs, increase productivity, boosts security and support document automation. “SMBs need customisable workflow in order to meet their specific document-handling needs, while maintaining high security and productivity. These organisations typically lack the resources of enterprise businesses, so an easy to manage solution that fits within their budgets is essential. Samsung Business Core™ Printing Solutions provide offerings that create a seamless workflow experience and include the following benefits: heightened productivity, cost-efficiency, security and simplified maintenance tailored for the small to medium business,” says Mike van Lier, Divisional Head of the Enterprise Business Team (EBT) at Samsung Electronics SA. According to van Lier the Business Core Printing Solutions were developed specifically to support SMBs in collaboration with Samsung Global Software Centers in the U.S., India, Korea and Russia. They are perfectly suited for the finance, communications, public sector and manufacturing industries where there is high demand for productivity and security. “We first launched our A3 multifunction printers for the SMB market in 2012 and our latest product offering will further enhance the ability for SMBs to streamline operations, drive greater efficiencies and lower total cost of ownership,” says van Lier. “In business environments, where there is no IT manager or separate IT budget, the need to ensure easy installation and operation without a server is paramount. Our latest offering incorporates automated printing solutions that work synergistically, enabling SMBs to manage, print and share documents with greater efficiency and agility. Further to this, it is easy to deploy and to manage, whilst at . . .
The last thing that tenants want when looking to find a rental home is to fall victim to fraud, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who warns that rental scam incidences are becoming more common. “Unfortunately there is a criminal element that is taking advantage of prospective tenants who are involved in the rental-hunting process. Tenants are often emotionally driven when it comes to looking for their ideal rental home, which could make them vulnerable to the advances of possible fraudulent activity. Enthusiastic about the prospect of finding a new home, eager tenants might be more trusting and susceptible to rental scams,” says Goslett. “There is also the factor of time. Tenants, who have a limited time frame in which to find a home due to relocation for work or possible personal issues, could be more desperate to find a place to stay and not be as cautious in their approach.” How do rental scams work? Goslett says that essentially what happens is a scammer will try and get money from a potential tenant for a rental property that they are not in a legal position to offer for rental. The rental property could either be real or fictitious, with the scammer possibly a landlord or merely impersonating the landlord or rental agent. Once the unsuspecting tenant has transferred the agreed upon rental and deposit, the scammer disappears. According to Goslett, vigilant tenants can lower their chances of becoming rental scam victims by keeping the following in mind when looking for a property: “As a general rule, keep your guard up and never assume that because the property was found on a reputable online search portal that you can’t fall victim to scammers who are posing as landlords or rental agents, who manage to get their listings on the site,” advises Goslett. “If at any stage of the process you feel there is something wrong, the whole thing is rushed with unwarranted sales pressure or seems too good to be true – walk away.” He . . .
Recently tabled in the National Assembly, the proposed Rental Housing Amendment Bill could bring about some significant changes in the rental market for both tenants and landlords, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “One of the major changes that the bill puts forward is that all lease agreements will have to be reduced to writing, which the advocates of the bill say will assist in protecting both parties. The onus will fall onto the landlord to ensure that a written agreement is drawn up,” says Goslett. “Preceding the proposed bill, the Rental Housing Act of 1999 did not stipulate that the lease agreement had to be a written document unless the tenant requested it and many lease agreements were entered into with only a verbal agreement.” He notes that if the bill is passed, the written lease agreement will become a binding legal document that would be enforceable in a housing tribunal or a court of law. According to Goslett, this would require the establishment of rental housing tribunes across the country in all provinces, along with rental housing information offices in each municipality. “One of the principle objectives of the proposed bill is to do away with tenants being asked to pay additional costs that have not been previously stipulated within the rental agreement. The bill will require that a tenant is liable for the amount of the rental, along with any other additional charges agreed upon in the lease upon the due date, however for costs other than those agreed upon, the tenant is only liable upon proof of factual expenditure by the landlord,” explains Goslett. As per the proposal, Goslett says that tenants will also have the right to request a written receipt from the landlord for all payments received by the landlord from the tenant. The receipts must include a date, an address with street number or description of the property they relate to, as well as an indication of whether the payment was for rental, arrears, . . .
When searching for a responsible and effective way to keep your pets clean, probiotics might not immediately come to mind. We mainly associate these clever, beneficial bacteria with human health, but new research and product development has taught us otherwise. Probio, a South African producer of probiotic based chemical alternatives, has developed two products that use probiotic technology to control odours and clean animals without the potentially harmful side effects caused by chemical-based soaps and shampoos. The Probio Pet Care range consists of two versatile products: Coat Care and Pet Odour Away. These products introduce probiotic microbes onto your pet’s coat and skin, neutralizing odours and contributing to dermatological health as well as overall cleanliness. Alastair Burns, a partner at Probio, confirms that ‘these products don’t only clean your pet’s coat, they promote future cleanliness, making your pet cleaner for longer’. This is possible because of the lasting effects of probiotic technology. The animal or area being treated is populated by good bacteria, which defend and protect against harmful germs. Coat Care can be used daily as an alternative to shampooing or bathing, and its gentle herbal fragrance and transparent colouring make it pleasant and safe to use on your pet. It also requires no rinsing, and is a quick and convenient alternative to bathing. This product will boost the sheen and luster of your pet’s coat, making it fragrant and soft to the touch. Pet Odour Away neutralizes almost all pet associated odours, completely removing any unpleasant smells related to indoor accidents, litter boxes, sleeping areas and wet fur. It also combats pet stains and can be used in almost any pet related accident. When used in conjunction with Coat Care, this product will ensure that both you and your pet are always healthy and happy. These products are made with purified water, SCD Probiotic Microbes and natural herbal extracts, which . . .
Dream Team SA’s Kwaito star Magesh recently shot the video for his new track “The Hit Man” at ENVY Lounge Sandton. The video in which him (displaying his black tie sleekness) and a bevy of South African beauties sip, puff and party the night away is already airing on SABC and on Channel O. This infectious dance floor banger is an eclectic concoction of funk and dance fused with the Magesh’s effortless Kwaito/Guz delivery! Simply put nobody does it quiet like Magesh and this is evident on this new banger! Click on the link below to view then let us know what you think ;) http://envyloungesandton.wordpress.com/2014/08/22/magesh-shoots-his-latest-video-the-hit-man-at-the-most-envied-venue-in-africa/ Author: Tendai Rukwava from ENVY Lounge. More Info link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ER0FMVHCsf4 Twitter: https://twitter.com/EnvyLounge_ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Envy-Lounge-Prive/110887872402170 Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: ENVY Lounge. Magesh YouTube: http://youtu.be/ER0FMVHCsf4 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Probio, a South African developer and producer of probiotic based chemical alternatives, has added three new products to their versatile Household Range – Floor Clean, Kitchen Clean and Bathroom Clean. These products combine powerful probiotic technology with natural herbal extracts, leaving your home safe, clean and fragrant These spray-and-wipe products are easy and convenient to use, as well as being extremely effective and environmentally friendly. They contain no hazardous ingredients and cause absolutely no harm to humans, animals or plants. Probio uses a special, natural formula which makes their products semi-translucent and colorless, ensuring that no staining or tinting occurs while you clean. The products are fragranced with natural herbal extracts, which have their own health benefits and therapeutic qualities, filling your home with soothing scents like lemon, rose and citrus. Kitchen Clean, Bathroom Clean and Floor Clean are currently available from local retailers including selected SUPER SPARs nationwide. A full list of retailers is available on the Probio website (www.probio.co.za). The Probio online store provides convenient access to their full range of products. Floor Clean, Bathroom Clean and Kitchen Clean are new additions to the existing six products in the household range; Drain Clean, Odour Away+, Mould Away Septic Clean, Braai Clean and Proklean All Purpose Cleaner. They are all-natural and biodegradable, containing powerful, living microbes which, like all Probio products, harness the incredible benefits of probiotics. Probio’s microbes break down organic matter more thoroughly and efficiently than traditional chemicals, eradicating even residual or deep-seated dirt. Kitchen Clean, Bathroom Clean and Floor Clean are excellent at removing stains and any other stubborn marks. Not only do they sanitize your home quickly and effectively, they also promote ongoing cleanliness by introducing ‘good’ bacteria into your home and . . .
AlexanderSmith Photography specialises in capturing the beautiful moments of a wedding or engagement through creative photography. Portrait photography services are also provided. Weddings are very special and important days in one’s life. To capture the beautiful and precious moments that go down memory lane as unforgettable moments, wedding photography plays an important role in this regard. At AlexanderSmith Photography, wedding photography is given a new dimension with creative wedding photography. Detailed focus is given to every fleeting moment of emotion and minute detailing are given special importance in the photography as these are the aspects that differentiates a wedding day from any other normal day. Creative photojournalism is all about capturing the behind-the-scenes moments which makes the photos come alive as they are taken off-guard which captures the genuine emotions and feelings of the bride and groom. The “Shot between the Shots” is what AlexanderSmith Photography pays heed to where the unposed moments come to life with true feelings which are being captured - which is priceless. AlexanderSmith Photography also gives its valuable inputs in the form of creative directions which makes a normal wedding, a memorable creative wedding – offering the best creative nuptials that the clients can think of. The wedding photography packages of AlexanderSmith Photography include 8 hours of shooting on the wedding day which generally begins 3 hours prior to the wedding ceremony to capture all the special unforgettable moments. Post production of the images are done carefully (between 700 and 1100mm) and supplied to the clients on discs. This package is called the Gold Package and is priced at R18, 500. Next is the Platinum Package where30 page leather bound album is offered to the client which includes images 200x200mm and is priced at R20, 500. The last of the packages offered is called Diamond Package where images measuring 400x300mm are offered . . .
The Knysna area continues to see strong demand for property within secure lifestyle estates, especially among buyers who have moved to the area from other parts of the country, says RE/MAX Coastal’s, Chris van der Merwe, property specialist within in the Pezula Golf Estate and Pezula Private Estate. RE/MAX Coastal operates within Knysna and the surrounding areas, and are the preferred suppliers to the above estates with an office operating from the Pezula Clubhouse. “Situated in the heart of the Garden Route, which is widely considered to be one of the most beautiful regions in the country, it is easy to see why so many buyers are choosing this as the area they want to live in,” says van der Merwe. “Aside from the area’s aesthetic appeal, a large number of the buyers are also pointing to safety as a major determining factor for choosing to live in Knysna, as it is viewed as a safe and secure environment in which to raise children or retire.” Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that for many home buyers in this country, security has become one of the most crucial influencing factors when deciding which home to purchase and in which area to purchase. “For this reason, properties with top-end security features that are located with security estates often fetch a higher price than other types of properties and generally have a greater return on investment over the long term. The security of a home and its location directly affect the perceived value of that property,” he says. According to van der Merwe, currently the two most sought after security estates in the area are, Pezula Golf Estate and Pezula Private Estate. “Due to its ideal positioning with breath-taking views of the ocean, we have seen an especially high demand for properties located within the Pezula Golf Estate. Another reason that the estate has experienced strong demand from buyers is the fact that it offers excellent value for money when compared to other golf estates along . . .
By making its decorative coatings lead free, low VOC and eco-kind and producing the most groundbreaking green products on the market, Kansai Plascon has successfully advanced the industry conversation beyond the need to remove lead in paint. Instead, the company focuses on “eco-vating” for the future… Each year Plascon launches new products and improvements that add to its existing arsenal of green solutions. A leading environmental approach that incorporates accredited international environmental management systems, continues to place the company at the forefront of the African coatings industry. Great strides have been taken in the areas of technological research and development into green coatings, continuing Plascon’s 125-year long history of leading quality assurance, superb formulation and trusted performance. So when it comes to talking about coatings and the environment, Plascon can confidently shift the conversation forward. To date Plascon’s green coatings triumphs include: • Plascon Natural Deck Coating, a complete natural solution for treating wood, introduced to the market in 2013 • Lead-free formulations for all its decorative paints since 1998 • Low VOC, Eco-kind decorative coatings and colourant systems • Plascon RemovALL – a completely eco-friendly paint remover • Full support for the National Department of Health’s drive to regulate the lead content in paint • Abiding by the Code of Conduct as published by the industry regulator, The South African Paint Manufacturer’s Association (SAPMA) • Plascon Professional Evolution, South Africa’s first entirely green paint system with zero emission status These are just a few examples that demonstrate Plascon’s commitment to a cleaner, greener world. You see, Green is not just a colour for us. Plascon broke new ground in the coatings industry with the introduction of Plascon Professional Evolution. The range not only meets all the needs of a green product, but also goes beyond any further . . .