On the Dot have announced their appointment as Mr Price Home and Sheet Street’s e-commerce logistics and distribution partner. With retailers expecting increased trade from online sales this Christmas, e-tail fulfilment specialists On the Dot believes that the same attributes that have made them so successful in media logistics, have placed the company in an ideal position to play a role in shaping e-commerce fulfilment in South Africa. On the Dot already handles e-tail fulfilment for Mr Price’s clothing range. Ryno Bekker, On the Dot’s General Manager for Contract Logistics, says that over the last 12 years On the Dot’s e-commerce division has built an extensive national distribution channel with the fastest response times. “We focussed on developing real-time communications systems which is critical to managing the e-tail fulfilment experience. The other key aspect of an effective e-tailer is the relationship between the retailer and their logistics manager to ensure that the different systems are flawlessly integrated. This is something we’re proud to have gotten right,” says Bekker. According to World Wide Worx: Online Retail in SA 2011/2012, e-tail sales in South Africa is still relatively small compared to ordinary retail sales, but the growth rate in this sector is substantially higher. E-commerce sales has shown a year on year growth of 30% over the last five years. “Better and more effective technology has made it so much easier for the busy consumer to fulfill their need for instant gratification in a comfortable, user-friendly and safe environment. The demand for quick and easy transactions and short delivery times will be the main factor in differentiating between e-tailers,” adds Bekker. “From an e-retailers perspective, faster delivery has real benefits such as increased market share, reduced price-sensitivity and lower inventory costs.” More Info link:: http://www.onthedot.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Amelia de . . .
The Property Poser panel has been inundated with queries from former tenants whose rental deposits have been unlawfully withheld by their landlords. This week, a reader writes that she vacated a rental property just over two months ago and was told by her landlord that she would have to wait 30 days before her deposit was repaid. She was also informed that she would receive only the original amount paid, without any accrued interest. The reader says she is still waiting for her deposit to be repaid and would like to know whether the landlord's actions are legal and what the window period for the repayment should be. According to Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town, the Rental Housing Act sets out the general obligation on the landlord regarding the deposit. "The Act states that the landlord will accept the deposit from the tenant and hold it in an interest-bearing account for the benefit of the tenant, to be refunded with interest at the termination of the lease." Van der Merwe says the main purpose of the deposit is to provide the landlord with some comfort that, should the tenant damage the rental property, he will have access to funds to make good the damage. "The Act requires the landlord and tenant to jointly inspect the premises at the termination of the lease to determine the extent of any damage." If there is any damage to the property, the balance of the deposit is to be refunded within 14 days of completion of the repairs and the tenant is entitled to see the receipts setting out the costs, says Van der Merwe. The reader does not mention any inspection or repairs, therefore it seems likely that there were no such problems, says Grant Hill of Miller Bosman Le Roux Attorneys in Somerset West. "In such an instance, the deposit plus interest must be repaid within seven days of the lease having expired." Thus, the tenant should not be forced to wait 30 days for the return of her deposit, says . . .
A reader has asked the Property Poser panel to help resolve a boundary wall dispute between her and her neighbour. She explains that a vibracrete wall, which is in perfect condition, separates their properties from each other. In addition, the reader has had a fully compliant electric fence installed above the wall. Recently, the neighbour approached her with the idea of taking down the existing wall and replacing it with a brick version. His reason for doing so is that he plans to build carports and other structures up to and against the proposed wall. The reader's concern is that she has spent a considerable amount of money affixing the electric fence to the existing wall. If she agrees to the new wall, she would want her neighbour to provide an undertaking that he would see to it that the electric fence is properly reattached and fully compliant with electrical regulations. There were apparently a number of electrical "leaks" emanating from the neighbour's side, which the reader fixed at her cost. Her only other stipulation is that her side of the new wall be plastered and smoothed off, so that she would just have to see to the painting thereof. The reader is worried that her neighbour would be able to proceed with breaking down the wall despite not giving him her consent. She would like to know what would happen to her electric fence if he refuses to restore the fitment. According to Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town, the adjoining neighbours would generally own a wall dividing their two properties in half shares. "Unless it's clearly on one side or the other, the wall would thus be jointly owned and one neighbour can't simply do with it as he or she wishes." Van der Merwe says this would typically extend to physical changes that affect the other neighbour, such as lowering, raising or removing the whole wall or parts of it. "Painting is generally accepted as this falls under maintenance of the . . .
Legendary South African news anchor Riaan Cruywagen says he believes in the new MyEdit app as a media product. The new smartphone and tablet content aggregation app by Media24 is now available as a free download from the Apple and Android app stores. The app gives you news and stories tailored to your personal interests, making for a more personal way to read your favourite South African magazines and newspapers. "MyEdit encourages people to read more and be better informed," says Cruywagen. "These days people are pressed for time and tend to go increasingly digital, and this app will give them easy and instant access to their preferred reading matter. "It really simplifies my life quite considerably, because I have most of the reading material that interests me at my fingertips, no matter where I am," says Cruywagen. The content found on MyEdit is aggregated into 20 categories – such as news, sport and entertainment – from over 40 of South Africa's most popular newspapers, websites and magazines including YOU, Huisgenoot and Finweek. "MyEdit puts the power in your hands," says Nerisa Coetzee, Head of Digital Product and Brand at Media24 Magazines: Digital. "The app is about putting you in charge; it's about allowing you to create your own online platform where you decide what you want to read when you want to read it. Essentially you become the editor-in-charge of your own online platform," says Coetzee. "The response to the app should be overwhelmingly positive," says Cruywagen. "The app is user friendly and, because it can be used on tablets and smartphones, people will be delighted to have access to a variety of magazine and newspaper content as well as other websites," concludes Cruywagen. Go to www.myedit.me or download MyEdit from the Apple App Store or via Google Play. More Info link:: http://www.myedit.me Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullstopcom YouTube: Author: Coetzee . . .
Socialite and television personality Khanyi Mbau says keeping up to date with the latest in fashion has never been easier than with the free-to-download MyEdit app for Apple and Android devices. The new content aggregation app from Media24 allows for a more personalised reading experience – giving you only the content you really want to read when you want to read it. "MyEdit is pure genius. It's quicker and cheaper for me to get all of my magazines in one simple-to-use app," says Mbau. "And don't forget that it's a great space saver with no more magazines scattered around your house." Mbau says fashion plays a very important part in her life. "I need to stay on top of the latest fashion trends and with MyEdit it's so simple to do just that. With access to more than 30 top-selling South African magazines on the app it's now easier than ever to instantly get my fashion fix." MyEdit allows users to explore the content that is interesting to them. The app is specifically designed to make your life easier so you will find stories categorised according to your needs, instantly grabbing your attention. "Everything is going digital," says Nerisa Coetzee, Head of Digital Product and Brand at Media24 Magazines: Digital. "It's the way of the future and especially convenient for the person constantly on the move, the person who doesn't have the time to go to the shops to get their favourite magazines." According to Mbau, it is a step in the right direction. "I support the move to digital. It allows me to still enjoy my favourite magazine titles and live a more sustainable lifestyle." Go to www.myedit.me or download MyEdit from the Apple App Store or via Google Play. More Info link:: http://www.myedit.me Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullstopcom YouTube: Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One For high res . . .
MyEdit, the new content aggregation app from Media24, tailors the best stories from South Africa's top publications to readers' interests and is now available as a free download from the Apple and Android app stores. "The content offering includes more than 30 top-selling South African magazines including YOU, Huisgenoot, DRUM, tvplus, Fairlady, Sarie, Men's Health, Women's Health, Finweek, Move!, KickOff, Go!, Kuier and many more," says Sieraaj Ahmed, Head of Content for MyEdit. "Users will also be able to read carefully selected content from the best local blogs and websites as well as articles from Media24 newspapers such as Beeld, Die Burger and Volksblad. "We expect to have English Media24 newspapers including City Press, Daily Sun and The Witness on board soon." According to Robert Kaden, Project Manager: Digital Content for MyEdit, there are currently 20 content categories, which cover everything from news to celebrities, parenting, sport and farming. "No matter what your particular interests, you'll find stories categorised according to your needs – ensuring they grab your attention in MyEdit." If a reader finds an interesting story inside MyEdit but is unable to finish it at that moment, it is easy to bookmark for reading at a more convenient time, says Kaden. "Any story found in MyEdit can be saved to the user's personalised 'Read Later' category, which can be found at the bottom of the app's index. "Additionally, all MyEdit stories can, with just a few taps, be shared with whoever the reader wants to share them with. A link can be emailed to friends, sent via SMS or posted to the reader's Facebook or Twitter account." What makes the MyEdit experience even more fun for the reader is discovering interesting stories that he or she has never read before, says Ahmed. "While working on the app over the past few months, our content team repeatedly had this experience and could often be heard exclaiming, 'Wow, I had no idea this feed . . .
MyEdit, the new content aggregation app from Media24, is now available from the Apple and Android app stores. It is free to download on iPhone and iPad as well as Android phones and tablets (including Samsung's range). MyEdit tailors content from South Africa's top publications to match readers' interests. "The media landscape has undergone a complete overhaul over the past few years," says Willem Breytenbach, General Manager of Media24 Magazines: Digital. "The consumer's needs and wants have to be met instantaneously. Due to the mass adoption of mobile devices people are now demanding instant access to their favourite things. "This is how the idea for MyEdit was born. The vision is to simplify the reading experience in an innovative and accessible manner. "Basically, MyEdit allows you to read what you want, when you want it." The content on MyEdit is aggregated into 20 categories, including news, sport, fashion and entertainment. It is gleaned from more than 40 of SA's most popular magazines, newspapers and websites, such as YOU, DRUM, Fairlady, tvplus, Men's Health, Finweek, Go!, Move! and True Love. "MyEdit allows each user to explore only the content that interests them," says Daniël Malherbe, Head of Business Innovation for Media24 Magazines: Digital. "The experience becomes even more personalised when the user reads, likes, dislikes, shares or comments on the articles. Simply put, the more you use MyEdit the smarter it becomes at showing you stories that would interest you." In addition to stories from top magazines, newspapers and carefully selected SA bloggers, users can also contribute to the app by uploading pictures and even their favourite recipes. "The inclusion of the 'User Contributed' section was very important because we know how people love interacting with their apps. The aim is to create a MyEdit community that emphasises sharing and discussion around two of our favourite things: food and photographs," says . . .
MyEdit, the new smartphone and tablet app launched by Media24 this month, gives users news and stories tailored to their personal interests, and is a great new way to read their favourite South African magazines and newspapers. "Installing MyEdit is extremely easy and hassle-free," says Eckardt Kasselman, MyEdit's frontend developer. "And it's free to download! All you have to do is go to the Android or Apple app stores, search for 'MyEdit', click 'Download' and follow the prompts. "Alternatively, you can visit the myedit.me website and click on the link to your app store. The website is very user friendly and a breeze to navigate – so you should have no problem finding what you need." Once the app has been downloaded, readers register as new users – either manually or through Facebook – and then select their favourite interests from 20 categories ranging from news and sport to fashion and food. Once they have picked their categories, they will have access to thousands of stories from over 40 of South Africa's top magazines, newspapers and blogs, says Kasselman. "A selection of top-notch content from some of SA's most popular publications will be made available for free on the app, with premium content available on subscription." Subscribers can choose between five affordable MyEdit bundles, which give them access to premium news and stories from their favourite magazines, newspapers, blogs and websites. They can also choose to sign up to individual feeds from these sources. "Bundles are so convenient because they allow you to choose what content you want," says Roann Louw, Project Manager: Visual Innovation for MyEdit. "In this way you can ensure that you read only what you're interested in." MyEdit's premium-content bundle options: • The Light Bundle gives users access to premium content from any two feeds of their choice for only R15.99 per month. • The Compact Bundle gives users access to premium content from any five feeds of . . .
A reader asks the Property Poser experts whether he can take his landlord to task over repairs that have been left undone since he moved in four years ago. Although no joint inspection was carried out when the tenant and his wife first took occupation, the reader says he inspected the flat on his own and compiled a list of problems. This document was duly presented to the landlord. He signed it and undertook to repair the identified problem areas but did not live up to his word. The reader reports that there has been a seemingly endless debate between himself and the landlord regarding the electrical wiring, parquet flooring and geyser. The geyser burst approximately one year into the lease and, possibly in an effort to save money, the landlord had an unqualified person install the replacement geyser. A mildew problem has since arisen, ostensibly due to some fault during the installation process. The wiring also seems to be faulty as the geyser does not appear to be linked to its own circuit and can thus not be switched off independently. A new addition to the reader's family, in the form of twin daughters, has again highlighted the problems with the parquet flooring. The tiles are loose and come out when walked on, thus posing a danger to his little girls. The tenant would like to know whether he would be able to carry out the repairs himself and present the proof of expenditure to the landlord so that he may be reimbursed. His assertion is that the repairs are not strictly maintenance but rather constitute the repairs that should have been effected at the time of occupation. The reader does not mention whether there is a lease agreement in place between himself and the landlord, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "If there is, our reader should examine the provisions of the agreement carefully to determine if any provision is relevant to the situation and could assist him." Van der Merwe . . .
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