For the second consecutive year, the Tintswalo Atlantic lodge in Hout Bay will host a special ‘Phoenix Charity Dinner’, in commemoration of the devastating Western Cape fires of 2015, which also claimed the original lodge. The event will take place on Wednesday, 3 May 2017, at 18:00 (PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE). The evening is set to commence with drinks and a spectacular dinner with live musical entertainment, followed by a fundraising auction during which guests will be able to bid on exciting auction items while contributing to a worthy cause – this year in support of Thula Thula Hout Bay. This local disaster relief organisation was founded in 2015 to address a need for centralised, community-oriented collections and distributions. Composed of a group of local residents, the non-governmental organisation proactively prepares for disaster relief in partnership with residents, retailers and businesses. Thula Thula also seeks to educate the public in order to prevent or control fires. Funds raised at the Phoenix Charity Dinner will be used to employ trainers to educate young people about the best course of action during fire threats, in an effort to help reduce fire disasters affecting local homes. Lisa Goosen, CEO of Tintswalo Atlantic says Tintswalo holds this cause very close to its heart, and would like to contribute to a group that is helping those suffering a similar, and often worse, loss to the one experienced by the lodge. Tickets are available at R1,200 per person, and tables of 10 will receive a special rate of R10,000 per table. To make a night of it, dinner guests are also encouraged to book one of the hotel’s luxury Suites at R10,780 per couple, which includes the charity dinner, as well as breakfast the following morning. The Phoenix Charity Dinner will be co-hosted by event sponsors, Little Black Book, Julie Killias Events, and Shakierah Abrahams. For further information and to book tickets and overnight stays, please call: Tel 021 . . .
Using superior design techniques and quality products, the Decorex SA Trend House will give visitors real-world examples of how the 2017 trends can be transformed into a #livingdream home. To be Featured at the Durban show from 18 to 21 March, the design of the Trend House will artfully connect this year’s inspiring trends with the Decorex SA ‘Make your space your living dream’ theme. “It has been such an inspiring experience carefully analysing each revitalising trend and bringing it to life in various spaces,” explained Anita Bloom, Creative Director: Decorex SA. “The Trend House will be a true representation of the nurturing calm that underscores 2017 with a move away from self-involved technological obsession to a more naturally-inspired, soothing sense that really rejuvenates the body and soul. And, in order to achieve this, we will be using only the best range of South African furnishings and décor, kindly sponsored by a number of exhibitors.” The full installation will be a tangible representation of what’s on offer at the @home stores – including furniture, décor, bar accessories, soft textiles and art - with visitors able to meander through the Trend House, gaining inspiring ideas for the translation of these products in their own #livingdream space. “Decorex is a wonderful platform for professionals in the industry, trendsetters, as well as homeowners who are perhaps upgrading their homes or looking for new ideas and inspiration,” Renee New, Head of Divisional Operations and Commercial: TFG Jewellery and @home. “The Decorex brand comes with authority and credibility, known for always being ‘on point’ with the latest looks. This resonates with the @home brand as we strive to offer our customers a credible value offer of beautifully crafted and ‘curated’ settings, inspired by global trends but accessible to the South African market. Decorex inspires and this is exactly what we want our customers to feel when they visit our stores and engage . . .
Forming the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the most utilised space and requires a purpose-driven design with quality products and appliances, all of which can be found at the KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng Decorex SA 2017 exhibitions, co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone. Decorex SA is not only endorsed by Kitchen Specialists’ Association of South Africa (KSA) but they also welcome the leaders in the kitchen world, Franke, who will be showcasing four ‘Simplicity in Design’ Kitchen Trends-sponsored stands at the 2017 edition. Commenting on the 2017 kitchen trends that visitors can expect to see, Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter, explained: “Kitchens design continues to maximise space, which is often limited and we’re seeing the open-plan model retaining popularity. The kitchen continues to be a place where people socialise, and not just perform a task of preparing food. Designers constantly have to ensure every aspect of the design is user-friendly and functional to the individual homeowners’ needs and lifestyle.” He emphasised that, although the theme encourages simplicity, it is in no way ‘simplistic’. “There are much cleverer designs coming through with space being maximised. Every inch and item within the kitchen must have purpose. Visitors to Decorex SA will be interested in seeing the innovative adaptions to products, driven by consumer desires. Where bigger sinks are popular, people are also very water conscious so we are seeing a trend towards wider sinks which have less depth. The kitchen mixer continues to evolve with technology (such as finger touch controls) playing a big role, along with sleeker lines.” KSA is a kitchen industry and consumer association that regulates the trade, ensuring the highest standards are maintained while providing the consumer with assistance. Decorex SA is exclusively endorsed by this renowned regulatory association. Looking to 2017, Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of . . .
Auto Agent, the maker of brilliant car dealer websites in South Africa has partnered with a leading car sales website. This partnership enables car dealers to push their vehicle stock to multiple platforms from their own dealer site. Car dealer website company Auto Agent celebrates it's sixth year of serving South African car dealerships with high quality websites. From it's outset, the goal was to optimise dealer sites for mobile audiences by providing mobile friendly navigation as standard across it's customer interfaces. Used car dealers responded positively to the Auto Agent sales platform with it's mobile friendly navigation and easy to use administration, catering for the website stock management, 3rd party advertising, promotions and staff management. Leads management that features SMS notification, email and database storage that can be output as XLS spreadsheets for later analysis. Most recently, Auto Agent has partnered with cars.co.za (and previously with olx.co.za) to facilitate a streamlined inventory upload across multiple selling platforms. This means that dealers now have 3 powerful sales platforms from which they can generate sales leads: pickacar.co.za, usedcarsforsale.co.za and the recent addition of cars.co.za. This has been one of the strengths behind the Auto Agent platform as it frees the dealer from having to manually load his vehicle stock across multiple car selling sites. Auto Agent is particularly excited to offer Cars.co.za on it's platform as they have become a major player in the online used car sales space. Back in 2011, founder Pierre Theron saw that the used car dealerships were not well served and that many home grown solutions and DIY dealer sites simply generated more admin for car dealerships. Apart from loading to the 3rd party automotive sales websites, car dealers were burdened by having to load to their own websites too, with little benefit. The Auto Agent catchphrase "load once" was coined and dealers were now . . .
When the iconic Dodge Challenger arrived on the scene for the first time in 1970 it was heralded as a major player in the world of muscle cars by motoring enthusiasts. At the time of its release it was a direct competitor to the Ford Mustang and Chevrolet Camaro. The Challenger though was larger, far more luxurious and more akin to the Mercury Cougar. Ultimately however what sets this car apart from its rivals of old in this day and age is its rarity. Low production numbers means these beauties are few and far between, making it a prestigious collector’s car. Durban based company, AMCAR Imports have their hands on a Dodge Challenger exclusive, the first ever replica of the 1970 Dodge Challenger Dynacorn body. Dynacorn are officially licensed to the world’s biggest muscle car manufacturers which adds an authentic stamp to AMCAR’s project. In addition the car will be installed with a brand new, 2016 Hellcat Hemi V8 engine directly from Chrysler USA. The experience folk at AMCAR who specialise in importing and restoring American muscle cars are now standing by to customise this 1970 classic to a lucky purchaser. AMCAR CEO, Craig Buck says the beauty of this project is that the buyer will receive an exact replica of the 1970 Dodge Challenger with the car technology of today. “What this means is that we will sell the car with the old school look, original components but with modern and state of the art specifications,” Buck said. Buck who is hugely experienced in the industry says AMCAR borrows their approach from popular American car modification mogul, Chip Foose who pioneered the art of restoration and modification: Restomod. “The thinking behind this is that we want to give our customers the best of both worlds,” Buck explains. “We mix old and new technology for performance and reliability. This car will be fitted with a modern steering system. The latest in breaking technology, upmarket suspension and bigger tyres. The brand new . . .
The Bridge on the N4 that crosses the Groot Marico River has been damaged due to recent storms in the region during December. Liam Clarke commercial manager of Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire, operator of the N1N4 toll route, explains that one side of the bridge is damaged. For safety reasons, traffic restrictions on the bridge were introduced from 8am Friday, 13 January 2017. These temporary restrictions will continue until further notice. “Bakwena has implemented a manual stop/go system. Vehicles will be able to use only the one side of the bridge that isn’t damaged. This is to enable Bakwena to assess the full extent of the damage. Only then can we establish what further action is required and how long remedial work may take. We are confident the bridge is in no immediate danger to road users. Restricting traffic to one side of the bridge will reduce the amount of traffic and wear and tear on the bridge per hour. This is in interest of the safety of road users,” says Clarke. This option was determined as the most effective by Bakwena’s team of engineers. They also considered the alternative of completely closing the bridge. “However, closing the bridge altogether would have meant a 36km detour for motorists. “We call on motorists to exercise caution and restraint while we assess the damage. A more detailed announcement will be made as soon as the extent of the damage and works required is evaluated,” concludes Clarke. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Barloworld Equipment Southern Africa has unveiled a state-of-the-art robotic system that has modernised the way the refurbishment of track shoes for Caterpillar bulldozers is done. The robot has effectively replaced the manually driven and monotonous process of refurbishing the track shoes with an automated, end-to-end mechanism that requires little human involvement. The technological advancement in refurbishing track shoes will significantly reduce refurbishment costs for clients, improve product quality, and cut the turnaround time it takes to rebuild track shoes, thereby generating financial benefits for customers through reducing downtime. “Before the robot was introduced, it took five days for two people to manually refurbish the tracks for a D11 bulldozer. The robot does the same work in 20 hours, with one operator. “There are many competitors in the market that provide the same service. It’s very important for us to be faster and more price-competitive than our competitors,” said Sean Walsh, senior general manager at Barloworld Equipment. People now do 5% of what they used to do manually, reducing exposure to heat and potential injuries, as the robot does the welding and also handles materials (steel bars) used to refurbish bulldozer track shoes. Now the Barloworld Equipment operators can focus on the more complex tasks they are trained for. Currently the robot refurbishes track shoes for D9, D10 and D11 Caterpillar bulldozers. In future, it will have the capacity to refurbish track shoes for D7 and D8 Caterpillar bulldozers. “We can repair track shoes and the track links, enabling our customers to get a second life on their machines. When the machines are parked due to inactivity or breakdowns, our customers lose money. The short turnaround time will reduce downtime for our customers to enable them to make money,” said Burger. How does the robot work? The robot, nicknamed “Tokolosie”, has two arms. The first arm (the gripper) . . .
Value retailer Ackermans is a Bronze Sponsor for Chris Bertish’s world-recording breaking transatlantic Stand Up Paddle (SUP) crossing from Morocco to the United States of America. The Guinness SUP World Record holder and adventurer is undertaking this never-done-before crossing to raise funds for three local child-focused charities. “We are supporting Chris Bertish in this crossing attempt that will bring value to children’s lives through providing food, life-changing surgeries and building schools.” says Hanifa Jassiem, CSI spokesperson at Ackermans. “We believe that the SUP Crossing will generate the awareness we need for global communities to come together and contribute towards building a better future for our children.” Bertish set off from Morocco this week (6 December) to paddle across 7 500 km of open-ocean on a custom-made six meter stand up paddle board/craft to reach the United States of America in March or April 2017. The charities that will benefit from the Transatlantic SUP Crossing initiative are: The Lunchbox Fund; a non-profit organization that focuses on fostering education via nutrition and providing a daily meal for orphaned and at-risk school children in township and rural areas across South Africa, Operation Smile South Africa, which provides free surgeries to repair cleft lip, cleft palate and other facial deformities for children and adults throughout Southern and Central Africa and Signature of Hope, trusted, verified and approved NPO to build numerous small schools in areas where there’s a lack of money and facilities for education in and around the South Africa. “The Sup Crossing is far more than just an adventure, it’s a multi layered project that seeks to change the lives of millions in Africa and South Africa, leaving a lasting legacy”, says Chris Bertish. “The project has taken me more than 5 years to bring to life.” To donate towards the Sup Crossing initiative, go to: • Thundafund: . . .
SA Taxi today announced that it has secured R300-million in funding from Futuregrowth Asset Management, which will be used to provide financing to the company's Zebra Cabs owner-driver scheme. SA Taxi, South Africa’s largest financier of minibus taxis, acquired Zebra Cabs metered taxis in 2015 as the certified developmental credit provider sought to expand its business activities into relevant adjacent markets. Mark Herskovits, SA Taxi Capital Markets Director, explains that after 10 years in the minibus taxi industry, the company has been looking for opportunities to leverage its unique business model and underlying operational efficiencies, and determined that the point-to-point metered taxi industry offered the ideal synergies to scale effectively. “We have developed a business model tailored to the unique characteristics of an industry often perceived as higher risk,” explains Herskovits, who elaborates that SA Taxi considers credit extension to owner-drivers, or operators, as a small business loan rather than a personal loan. “This differentiates us from the vanilla financing options offered through banks, which focus mainly on the creditworthiness of the individual. This often precludes these previously disadvantaged individuals from accessing the finance needed to build a profitable small business.” And with key similarities between the factors driving the need for finance in the mini bus and metered taxi industries, SA Taxi believes this is a natural extension of the business and therefore an ideal area for growth. “These two sectors don't compete directly which makes it an ideal bolt-on business,” says Herskovits. SA Taxi will now leverage the company's vertically integrated and successful minibus taxi business model to revive the floundering metered taxi cab industry. “In South Africa, the industry is a characterised by an old, poorly maintained fleet of vehicles and a lack of trust and transparency in pricing. We therefore feel that there . . .
Bakwena Platinum Corridor Concessionaire and Wheel Well, a charity which aims to reduce child fatalities through car accidents, have over the past 2 years collaborated to raise awareness of road safety when children are passengers in a car. The ‘Car Seats for Kids’ campaign is aimed at collecting as many used car seats as possible in order to refurbish them and, for a minimal donation they are offered to less fortunate families. Child seats are beyond the means of many families. “A good seat starts at R1200 and the sky is the limit thereafter,” says Peggy Mars, founder of Wheel Well. Charmaine van Wyk, spokesperson for Bakwena, says: “The immediate objective of this campaign is to educate car owners on the hazards transporting unrestrained children, as well as to assist families who cannot afford to buy appropriate car seats.” Mars explains that according to the Road Traffic Act children under the age of three, infants by definition, must be in the appropriate and correctly certified car seat. Children over three and under 14 years or 1.5 m tall must be in a car seat, appropriate and certified, if one is available. If no car seat is available, the child must sit on a seat with a seat belt and if no seat with a seatbelt is available, the child must sit at the back of the vehicle. With this in mind, there are four types of car seats available, each of which addresses the specific developmental needs of the infant/child at that stage. “Infant seats (Group 0 and 0+) are for babies from birth to nine or 13kg and are always rear facing. Toddler seats (Group 1) are for children from 9kg onwards, or 18kg, and can be rear or forward facing. Full back booster seats (Group 2) are for use by children that have outgrown the toddler seat in length and weight. A child must be at least four years old to use a seat like this. The full back booster seat does not have a harness, so drivers must position the adult seat belt correctly across the smaller body of the . . .