Spring is around the corner, and with it, comes the fabulous warmth of the sun - and looking for outdoor activities. Fairlawns Boutique Hotel and Spa have monthly picnics, which are an ideal way to spend a Sunday. Lazy Days and Lawn Blankets 5-star picnics at Fairlawns Fairlawns Boutique Hotel & Spa is renowned for creating ‘five-star-fun’ and their picnics have become an annual tradition and highlight as Spring and Summer are officially ushered in, and relished in, from September to March. If you’re looking for a luxury picnic, within the ultimate urban oasis backdrop, Fairlawns is the solution for you. It is an opportunity for locals to have an urban escape from the everyday stress of city life. With close attention to detail and great service, Fairlawns has a way of making guests feel at home, and able to kick off their shoes, bask in the sun, indulge on a delicious meal and relax in style – you will truly feel like you had a weekend! The menu, designed by Executive Chef Jandri Niemand, caters to every culinary taste. It is a real feast, which is available throughout the afternoon, coupled with welcoming staff to tend to your every need. Each picnic features live music to add to the fabulous ambience of the day. The Fairlawns Lazy Days and Lawn Blankets monthly picnics are a decadent affair where the traditional picnic becomes the ultimate outdoor experience. Bring your costume, your favourite board game, magazine or book and a healthy appetite. To book call Fairlawns on 011-808 7300 or visit www.fairlawns.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
All the odds were stacked against her, but Engen service station owner Lydia Ramatisa is proof that with hard work, commitment and passion, success is indeed possible. Ramatisa, franchisee at Engen’s Orkney Convenience Centre in Klerksdorp in the North West, could easily have become yet another teenage-mother dropout. Instead, the arrival of her baby girl Rethabile 14 years ago sharpened her focus, driving her to chase her dreams. “I was in Grade 11 and suddenly I had to find work so I could feed my baby. It was a tough lesson,” Ramatisa recalls. Today she is a beneficiary of Engen’s decision to prioritise the empowerment of black women in a bid to effect positive change in South Africa. In 2012, the National Empowerment Fund set up a R50-million affordable loan facility for black entrepreneurs to acquire Engen retail dealerships. According to Unathi Njokweni-Magida, Engen’s Head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, 46% of the company’s 1 020 retail service station are now black-owned, with 10% of them women-owned. Ramatisa recalls how she got her first position with Engen as a cashier at the Uncle George Service Station in her home town of Jouberton, also in Klerksdorp, 12 years ago. She had sought a better-paying job after first working in a bakery for just R800 a month. “I used to work extra hours at the Uncle George location, just to make sure the business was running well. My main aim was to see the customers always happy with our service,” she says. That’s because while Ramatisa may not have an education beyond Grade 11, she quickly figured out that if the customers were happy, the business would thrive. “I got interested in everything about the operations of the service station, and soon began acting as a supervisor, directing, managing and helping train the staff to do their best work.” After eight years at the Jouberton location, where she rose to assistant manager, Ramatisa got the chance to run her own concern when . . .
Every Monday, from 23 July – 03 December 2018 one lucky motorist, around the country, who fills up with R400 or more, stands the chance to “Add some Happy to their Blue Monday.” Engen is giving away weekly fuel vouchers valued at R10 000 for the next 20 weeks. Congratulations to the first Blue Monday winner, Nkosinathi Ganya who received his R10,000 Engen fuel voucher on Saturday, August 03 at Engen De Grendel Motors in Bothasig, Cape Town. It is easy to enter. When customers fill up with R400 or more, they automatically receive an entry leaflet from an Engen petrol attendant with instructions on how to enter the competition. Customers need to follow the steps and keep their transaction or cashiers slip as proof of purchase. Brad Bergh, Engen’s Brands, Communication and Advertising Manager says, “As a brand, it is important for Engen to continue offering exciting and innovative promotions where we can engage and interact with our customers.” “We know that Monday’s can be a struggle, which is why we wanted to remind our customers that the only Blue in their Monday should be Engen.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
PRETORIA – 16 AUGUST 2018 – Hennie de Klerk, South Africa’s DAKAR 2018 Rookie Award champion, has confirmed that he will be competing in the gruelling DAKAR 2019, taking place from 6 – 17 January 2019 in Peru. De Klerk commented, “We didn’t think the DAKAR sand bug would bite us again, but we are excited to announce that we have committed to enter DAKAR 2019, and have started preparations in all earnest. The DAKAR 2019 will span over 5,000 kilometers and will consist of ten stages – seven which are sand and dunes. As dunes are the toughest and most challenging part of the DAKAR, it is also my favourite part, and we will be travelling to Namibia six times to practice in the sand as the Namibian desert offers very similar conditions.” He continues, “During DAKAR 2018 our strategy was to race at 80% of our capacity, as our goal was simply just to finish. It was our dream to finish in the Top 30 and so we were absolutely ecstatic to end 28th overall. For DAKAR 2019 we will aim first and foremost to complete the race, and then our objective is to improve on the 2018 results, and finish in the Top 20.” Key facts: • Hennie is a motorsport fanatic and has 5 years experience off-road racing • Winner of DAKAR 2018 Rookie Award (total of 32 Rookies entered) • 2018 marks Hennie’s 1st participation in the DAKAR as South Africa’s only privateer • Hennie is the first South African ever to win the DAKAR Rookie Award • During DAKAR 2018, Hennie started in position number 54 – a noticeable accomplishment considering it was his 1st DAKAR and he therefore didn’t have an international seeding Follow Hennie’s progress on Facebook. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Through its partnership with the Red-Lined Motoring Adventure Team, Motul is a proud contributor to the success of the South African Cross Country Series – one of Africa’s most demanding motorsports championships. Red-Lined Motoring Adventure exclusively uses Motul’s high-tech oils and lubricants to ensure that their customised V8 Nissan Navara cars can deliver exceptional performances in challenging driving conditions from the mielie fields of Bronkhorstspruit to the deserts of Botswana. With a proud history of innovation and pushing boundaries, Motul was the natural choice of oil and lubricant partner for Red-Lined Motoring Adventure. For its recent event, the Atlas Copco 400 race that took place on August 3rd and 4th (the fourth in this year’s series of six SACCS events), Red-Lined Motoring Adventure partnered with Joey Evans. Evans took on the role of celebrity navigator and read the notes for Terence Marsh, CEO of Red-Lined Motoring Adventure. The duo ended 4th in their class and 8th overall. Motul is honoured to have Joey as a part of the Red-Lined Motoring Adventure team as a well-known paralysis survivor, Dakar 2017 finisher and inspirational speaker. Joey’s incredible story of recovery from an accident that threatened to stop him ever walking again is a testament to his strength of character and determination to always go that little bit further. It’s a spirit that everyone at Motul can identify with, and an attitude that helped Joey to achieve the great results with Terence. He proved that he is just as powerful on four wheels as he is on two. “Motul is extremely proud to have had Joey Evans in the Red-Lined Motoring Adventure team for the Atlas Copco 400,” commented Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa. “He embodies the strong spirit and fearlessness of Red-Lined Motoring Adventure, and his determination to succeed against seemingly overwhelming odds is both humbling and uplifting”. Red-Lined . . .
“Today’s auto consumer is ready to buy before he or she steps onto the shop floor,” said George Mienie, AutoTrader CEO, in his presentation at the annual Dealership Master Class event. “They have already completed extensive research at home. The question we all need to be asking ourselves, then, is how to attract that already decided sale, when the internet allows total comparative shopping from the comfort of the consumer’s home?” Mienie’s answer, echoed by various industry players talking that day at Radisson BLU Hotel Gautrain on 19 June 2018, was direct. “In today’s highly competitive online marketplace, with each page crowded with competing adverts, it is trust that is the key to making a sale,” he said. “For a consumer, buying a car is a journey, not an event,” said Mienie. “Consumers are influenced by everything you do online, including the way you present yourself on third party sites. The consumer is constantly asking, ‘can I trust this dealership?’ We understand that our every action is an opportunity to connect, and foster trust.” “People looking to buy a car use 24 different touch points online, on average,” said fellow panelist Lee Manning. Manning is the founder of Armchair Marketing, an award-winning UK-based agency that offers highly targeted, online automotive advertising solutions. “Standing out as a dealer means understanding your customer, understanding that journey.” Gareth Cliff, founder of the widely popular CliffCentral and MC for the day, added that his solution to fostering consumer connection is to focus on quality, an element often lacking in today’s click-bait landscape. “Advertising has become expensive and ineffective,” said Cliff. “The best way to get in to people’s lives is to give them content they care about.” “Instead of an audience huge in number, rather have an audience high in quality,” Cliff continued. “You can create trust and feeling in so many more ways now. You don’t have to talk to a guy in a suit to get . . .
For 27-year-old Sandile Mungwe, the training and subsequent employment he has received at Cartrack has proven to be life-changing in more ways than one. Sandile has always had an aptitude for auto mechanical work, but has received limited opportunities to maximise his talents owing to prevailing socio-economic circumstances that he faced. Employed at a scrap-yard in Soweto, Sandile’s fortune’s changed when he was hired in 2016 as a cleaner at the Cartrack head office in Rosebank. Cartrack is a leading global fleet management, vehicle tracking and insurance telematics technology company. Sandile worked hard and with dedication in his new role, and his technical talent was subsequently recognised by the company when he was included in Cartrack’s technicians' training programme in October 2017. Having performed well throughout the course, Sandile was ultimately employed full-time by Cartrack, where he currently works as a technician – a significant move forward from his initial role at the company. He acknowledges how life-changing this development has been. “I am extremely grateful to have been part of the programme. It’s been a fantastic career opportunity that has given me the chance to earn a good living and upgrade my life. I am acquiring skills that are on par with the education I would have received at a technical college.” Sandile’s success is a prime example of the positive impact that Cartrack’s technicians’ training programme is creating for South Africans with obvious potential, but limited access to career opportunities. The course is designed to give participants the practical, work-related skills they need to forge long-term careers. Cartrack South Africa places about 150 trainees per year in this course, which it runs from a training centre at its head office in Rosebank, Johannesburg. Since its initial launch, the training centre has successfully upskilled almost 500 fully qualified technicians. Cartrack South Africa CEO, Andre . . .
Small plates make it BIG at Grande Provence this winter Enjoy a unique dining experience in the Franschhoek winelands with the all new small plates menu at The Restaurant at Grande Provence. The menu offers a wide range of small plate options of some of Chef Guy Bennett’s most popular dishes. Choose three of your favourite plates from grilled linefish, a warm goat cheese salad, spiced crispy squid, low & slow beef short rib, a creamy risotto with pancetta, soy braised pork, artisanal cheeses, as well as a dark chocolate fondant to hit your sweet spot. Your trio of small plates is accompanied by a tasting glass of Grande Provence wine. The small plates menu, served from 15h00 to 19h00 daily, offers locals and visitors a taste of what’s on offer at Grande Provence at great winter value. “It’s ideal for sharing and casual, informal dining in spectacular surroundings for a late lunch going on early dinner,” says Chef Guy, for whom sunny winter afternoons are the most beautiful time of the year in Franschhoek. The small plates menu also makes it easy to add a few extras such as freshly shucked oysters or dreamy desserts. Chef Guy and his team love playing with their food and change their dishes constantly by incorporating new ingredients and produce that become available as the seasons change. The Restaurant at Grande Provence is open daily for lunch and dinner. The small plates menu is available at R220 per person for 3 plates of your choice. To book your table, call Tel: (021) 876 8600 or email email@example.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The people of Somerset West can now enjoy the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Engen Quickshop, Wimpy and Corner Bakery at the recently upgraded Engen Droomers Convenience Centre. Engen Droomers Convenience Centre is located at 83 Main Road, Somerset West in the Western Cape. The upgraded site was officially opened on 27 June 2018. The service station offers customer’s quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm, with ease of access and service for heavy-duty vehicles and trucks. The owner of Engen Droomers Convenience Centre, Jorrie Jordens is extremely excited to offer customers a bouquet of convenience offerings, which all operate 24/7. “We are very proud of our association with Engen and extremely excited to partner with our convenience partners. Our customers are really looking forward to this upgraded offering,” says Jorden. “Engen Droomers Convenience Centre is well positioned, serving both passing commuters and our many regular local residents”. Says Engen’s Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Convenience and customer service remain key determinants of success in our industry”. “We wish our Jorrie Jordens and his team every success.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The news of an alliance between Volkswagen and Ford, two competitors, may come as a surprise to some. However the move makes good business sense and bodes well for the future successes of both companies. The motor industry is evolving faster than ever before – with the moves towards technologies such as electric vehicles and autonomous driving. However, the associated development costs can be substantial – and so, sometimes, it makes sense to pool resources. Of course, these two companies – two of the world’s biggest carmakers – are competitors, and this is highly unlikely to change in the near future. While they may cooperate on some projects (much like Mercedes-Benz and Nissan did in the development of their bakkies), it’s more likely that the two brands will still remain completely separate. Practically speaking, this means that in South Africa (and in the rest of the world for that matter), we will mostly likely always have two separate companies and two separate dealer networks. It will be unlikely, for instance, to find one dealer selling both Volkswagen and Ford vehicles CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .