St Francis Links, St Francis Bay - St Francis College brings you the Monte Carlo Royale on Friday 23 June 2017. Book the date, because this exciting event, being held at the St Francis Links Club House, is sure to be great evening of rocking music, awesome food and a whole load of gaming fun. Gaming Events, a company from Johannesburg, will be facilitating the Roulette, Black Jack and Poker tables. Tickets cost R250 per person, and ticket price includes complimentary champagne, dinner, entrance into a lucky draw as well as ‘$500 funny money' to get the gaming evening started. Credit card facilities will be available for purchases of chips thereafter. Arrival at the event is from 19:00, and allows for an opportunity to browse our silent art auction, as well as other general auction items. Gaming tables will open at 20:00, and as dinner will be served canapé style, there is no need to book an entire table. The dress code for the evening is smart, but don't forget your dancing shoes, because there will be a dance floor and DJ set up in Jack’s Bar. For more information contact Heather White 082 292 5909 or the St Francis College on 042 294 1395 Tickets available online at qkt.io/MonteCarlo CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
For crying out loud, do we really need more mobile apps? I’ll be the first to admit that my iPhone is infiltrated with tons of apps, all categorized into neat folders. I love apps, useful apps that is, apps that serve a purpose, apps that package an experience I won’t be able to get from anything else. But does that mean everyone and anyone should be developing apps for their products, services or brand? Since launching the mobile development offering at Mashup Marketing, I have been contacted approximately 23 times from small businesses looking to develop a mobile app. I always listen attentively to their requirements and inspect their brief with a fine toothed comb but my response is always the same, “why do you want to build this app”? The response is always very similar; “because that’s what everyone’s doing right?” Here are my top reasons for scrapping your mobile app idea: Apps are expensive. Development agencies require a detailed specification document. You will need wireframes, designs, development, beta testing and not to mention budget for marketing. A mobile app for Android and iOS can cost you anything from R300k to R5 million. Unless you’re a well known retailer with an established market, you will need some serious budget for an app. Every day over 10 000 apps enter the app store. What makes yours stand out from the rest? Some games do incredibly well on the app store but if your app is to merely sell your product catalogue of 50 items then a mobile friendly eCommerce store is the way to go. If this mobile app is the primary source of sales / brand awareness then I can immediately tell you it won’t work. Apps serve value to existing customers and doubles up as a sales channel but if you are a small business without an amazing mobile friendly website, social media strategy and email strategy, an app is not going to help you. No, everyone’s not doing it. Many small businesses feel this enormous pressure to keep up with everything and . . .
Johannesburg, May 29, 2017-- Marple Skin Care is one the emerging manufacturers of premium skin care products that have been scientifically validated and formulated from natural ingredients introduces a unique Marple équilibre - Even Skin Tone for Sensitive Skin with Niacinamide for youthful skin. Marple Skin Care's new dermatological tested équilibre range has been scientifically formulated for sensitive skin. Developed for even skin care, the équilibre range has been formulated with 99% natural ingredients. Marple's products are not tested on animals, contains no parabens, no petrochemicals and no SLS. This range of products uses the holy grail of skin care, Niacinamade to treat the appearance of fine lines and improve the retention of moisture thus slowing down premature ageing. These products are perfect for use on sensitive skin. The Marple équilibre brand’s uniqueness - Even Skin Tone for sensitive Skin was formulated from natural ingredients with African indigenous oils like Mongongo and Kalahari Melon. Below are the benefits of the indigenous oils and Niacinamide to the skin: Anti Aging: In multiple clinical studies, topical application of niacinamide improved fine lines and wrinkles, skin shallowness (yellowing), hyper pigmentation, and red blotchiness, as well as elasticity. It has been shown to reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles by stimulating collagen production, as well as even out skin tone by slowing down the transfer of melanin to your skin’s epidermis. Acne Treatment: Strengthening the outer layer of skin is a major property of niacinamide. Vitamin B3 provides a fuel which strengthens cellular bonds and tightens skin. As a result of this tightening, acne has a tougher time taking root. A 2004 study in the "Journal of Cosmetic Dermatology" confirms this statement. The German researchers found the stabilization of the skin's outer layer has an anti- Inflammatory effect, which can prevent acne breakouts Rosacea . . .
JBay – The fourth edition of the popular celebrity crossover sports event - the Oakley X Over powered by Sharp – is heading back to JBay. The Oakley X Over is one of the highlights of the JBay Winterfest, and the high-profile sporting celebrities add much excitement to the festival. The Oakley X Over comprises three disciplines, and the athletes are put through their paces in their hunt for the coveted title. The golf tournament takes place at The Links Golf Course in St Francis, the mountain bike race heads off from the Fountains Mall in JBay, and the much-heralded surfing contest venue is the Lower Point in JBay. “As the anticipation builds for Oakley X Over 2017, we have the strongest field of supreme athletes to date, which includes debuts for AB De Villiers, Jean De Villiers and Schalk Burger,” said X Over founder and Oakley South Africa Sports Marketing and Events Manager Seth Hulley. “This is the fourth year of the event, and the athletes have become a close knit group of people. They are all friends, but the hunt for the Oakley X Over 2017 title is a serious matter amongst such competitive people.” Confirmed athletes for the Oakley X Over 2017: Dale Steyn, AB De Villiers, Ryan Sandes, Raynard Tissink, Ruan De Smidt, Garreth McLellan, Greg Minnaar, Lance Isaacs, Nick De Wit, Kerim Fitzgerald, Bob Skinstad, Butch James, John Smit, Jean De Villiers, Schalk Burger, Seabelo Senatla, Tonderai Chavhanga, Jordy Smith, Tom Whitaker (Australia) and radio and TV personality Ryan O’Connor. The Oakley X Over powered by Sharp kicks off on Thursday 20 July with the Mountain Bike event. The race starts at 12PM from the Fountains Mall and will consist of 15km route, finishing back at the mall. On Friday 21 July the day’s proceedings starts off with the fiercely-contested surf event at the Lower Point in JBay. The first heat will hit the water at 8am, and this discipline is always one of the highlights of the X Over. With Jordy Smith and Australian wildcard . . .
The Noordhoek Dive Festival broke all records and established itself as South Africa’s top Dive Festival Happening with 850 Dives Sold. 2017 will be the 21st Noordhoek Dive Festival since its inception in 1996. The strength of the Noordhoek Dive Festival is based on the extent of its history & coverage package including: Goal 900 Dives for the three days An outstanding safety record The objectives of the dive festival include building the national and International element of the festival, making it the “WINTER DIVE FESTIVAL” happening in Southern Africa. To build the National element allowing growth, as well as a cultural exchange programme. To involve the local community and businesses in attracting friends and relatives to the festival and to build community pride. To produce an exciting 3 day diving programme that will attract divers from all over the world to our City as well as give those participating an amazing experience - with the goal of 900 dives To create an opportunity for tourism to promote events in the Nelson Mandela Bay area The main Beneficiary of the Wildside Dive festival will be the NSRI (National Sea Rescue Institute) CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo together with the Hollard JURA & JUMA team have put in some serious work to ensure the Braamfontein Spruit is nice and clean before the race. Taking all the feedback from previous years the Hollard JURA & Hollard JUMA team, together with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, have taken steps to improve the sections of the route that were a little less than fragrant. “Our aim is to maximize the participants experience and together with Johannesburg City Parks we came up with using Effective Microbes (EM) as a water cleaning and odour busting solution to the problem. Now riders and riders can enjoy everything the route has to offer and have fresh, clean fun along the way,” explains Event Organiser Mark Castel. Ben Masalesa, Senior Training Facilitator, Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo, hails the Bokashi balls as an excellent water cleaning solution. “The balls are created from a mixture that includes bran, wheat bran, molasses and a combination of various bacteria endemic to South Africa. The balls sink to the riverbed, where they slowly release effective microbes (EM) for up to a month, improving water quality as the ‘good bacteria’ eats away the ‘bad bacteria’.” Over 1 000 EM Bokashi Balls were released into waterways along Killarney Golf Course, Wynberg, Emmarentia, Alberts Farm and Innesfree Park. Each Bokashi Ball can clean approximately 1000 cubic metres of water over its lifespan. The naturally beneficial microbes in EM act to biologically consume odour-causing toxins and break down waste and they are 100% eco-friendly. Louis Gordon, General Manager: New Business Development for Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo comments: “The Johannesburg City Parks team of Region E and Region B assisted in cleaning some of the areas that the race runs through, collecting over 150 bags of litter along the way. The team were also tasked with releasing the Effective Microbe (EM) based Bokashi Balls as part of their entry fee, . . .
Despite various investigative reports on Carte Blanche and general media exposure, private property buyers are still getting caught by non-disclosed defects. Although the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides relief to most consumers by ensuring that a seller or estate agent discloses all defects, the CPA does not apply to one-off, private sales. These sellers are still protected by the old voetstoots clause. While a quick walkthrough and a second visit to the property for a spot check of the condition of the home can help buyers sift through their options and narrow down the property they would most like to purchase, it is best to have a professional inspector undertake a thorough check and advise accordingly. Eric Bell of Inspect-a-Home, (a professional home inspection company) warned consumers against signing a disclosure before getting the property checked by an accredited inspector. He said countless buyers nationally were left with extensive repair costs after signing the documents as they gave some consumers a false sense of security. “These documents ask buyers to sign off on a number of key areas, including roofing, geyser condition, and damp problems. Unless you are a structural engineer or qualified building inspector, it is highly unlikely that you or the seller will be able to identify any latent defects. Every day throughout the country we see houses that are painted to make them look good and unsuspecting buyers are then taken to the cleaners with extensive and unexpected repair bills once they have moved in – their dream house becomes a nightmare.” He said sellers were liable for latent defects that existed at the time of the sale but, by signing a disclosure document, buyers were signing away their rights to that claim, effectively making the defects the buyer’s problem. He gave an example of a consumer who bought his home through an estate agent who tried to get him to sign a disclosure document which stated that the house, . . .
Long Beach Kommetjie put its best foot forward on the final day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong producing perfect 3 to 4 foot surf in light offshore conditions which brought a successful joint SA Surf Tour and event to an impressive conclusion. In the WSL QS1000 Pro Junior Boy’s Division, Kommetjie brothers Jake and Max Elkington finished first and second and fellow Kom locals Ford Van Jaarsvelt and Eli Beukes were third and fourth respectively. Jake Elkington retains his spot as the WSL ratings leader after his win yesterday. The JQS1,000 Pro Junior Girls title went to Sophie Bell of Salt Rock who edged Kommetjie local Summer Sutton into second place in the dying seconds of the final. Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga came third and Sarah Ingram of Constantia was fourth. The 3 A rated SA Surf Tour U16 Boys final was a triumph for Dillen Hendricks of Pellsrus near Jeffreys Bay. Surfing in the green Sea Harvest vest, the JBay goofy footer dominated the final from the beginning as he gave a commanding performance on the Long Beach lefts.Eli Beukes put up a strong fight but Hendricks had the edge and the Kommetjie local had to settle for second. Another Kommetjie surfer, York Van Jaarsveldt, was third and Durban visitor Saxton Randall came fourth. Honours in the U16 Girls Final went to the incredibly talented Kayla Nogueira. Although only just 14, Nogueira has made her mark in all contests this year. Tayla de Coning of East London came second and continued her run of success this year while local girl Summer Sutton was third and Maya Shefer Boswell was fourth. Daniel Emslie of East London earned gold with a strong win in the U14 Boys division and Luke Thompson took silver ahead of fellow Durban surfer Nate Spalding. Luke van Wyk of Constantia took fourth spot. Ceara Knight of Kommetjie celebrated a maiden SAST victory when she beat her good friends Caroline Brown of Hout Bay and Leila Steytler of Kommetjie into second and third place . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) took the junior men’s and women’s titles at the BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong in idyllic 1 to 1.3 metre waves at Long Beach in Kommetjie on Sunday. Their victories saw Elkington extend his lead at the top of the World Surf League (WLS) Africa regional junior men’s rankings while Bell moved into the No. 1 spot on the junior women’s leaderboard with four of the nine events on the 2017 calendar completed. Local surfers dominated the results with all four men’s finalists coming from Kommetjie along with two of the four women’s finalists despite a strong contingent of the country’s best 18-and-under surfers from all over the South African coastline. The men’s final was a see-saw affair with the lead changing hands numerous times. Eli Beukes started well before Ford van Jaarsveldt posted the first substantial score while the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – had slow starts as they waited for the bigger set waves. Beukes stayed busy on the inside before Max found a great righthander and posted an excellent score that he followed with a mid-range score to take the lead. In the last five minutes Van Jaarsveldt put himself into contention with an explosive ride, but with just 45 seconds remaining it was Jake who produced the title-winning score on a left that he decimated with a series of vertical backhand manoeuvres that netted an 8.67. “It’s really amazing to have a WSL event at my home break and to surf in front of your home crowd and get the win feels great,” said Jake. “Having three friends in the final that I surf with every day and are always pushing my levels was also fun. I was leading the rankings coming into this event, but now I’m one step closer to my goal of qualifying for the WSL Junior Champs in Australia at the beginning of next year.” Kommetjie resident Summer Sutton made full use of her local knowledge to dominate the women’s final, riding twice as many waves as her opponents . . .