National Arbor Week is allocated for the planting of trees and to educate the general public on the importance of greening in the cycle of life. National Arbor Week in South Africa, which usually takes place in September, is the time of the year when all South Africans are called upon to plant an indigenous tree, as a practical and symbolic gesture of sustainable environmental management. At Servest, this forms part of a moral obligation by the CEO and his team. “Our landscaping department drives the culture of greening, how can we not practice what we preach’’, says Steve Wallbanks. Servest recently relocated to Waterfall Logistics Park in Midrand and plan to contribute towards growing more trees in the region. In honouring this commitment, South Africa’s national tree, a Yellowood (Podocarpus) tree was planted at the Servest Head Quarters (HQ) on Monday, 03 September 2018. Planting indigenous trees are important in our ecosystems, especially due to the benefits this has when it comes to water conservation. This is particularly important for our country, given the recent droughts; and our need to use water wisely to ensure our future generations have sufficient natural resources. Steve emphasises, “We understand this importance and take our commitment to creating a sustainable environment, very seriously.” In this regard, they grow their own indigenous trees on a farm outside Mpumalanga. These trees and other plants are then used to establish magnificent landscapes all over the country that allow ecosystems to thrive and create self-sustaining environments. According to documented research, over and above the ecological benefits, such as the reduction of air pollution, the benefits of urban trees include beautification, reduction of the urban heat island effect, reduction of storm water run-off, reduction of energy costs through increased shade over buildings, enhancement of property values, improved wildlife habitat, and mitigation of the overall urban . . .
Over the last 4 years, fiber internet has been spreading like wildfire in South Africa. Allowing all major suburbs access to incredibly fast internet speeds, and along with this has been a ton of different streaming services trying to capitalize on the growth. These new streaming services like Netflix are making it possible for people to watch pretty much anything they want, all their favorite shows, from any device, online. In 2018, video streaming online can now be considered as commonplace for most modern people with an internet connection. Although it has made it much easier to watch your favorite television shows, does this new wave of technology mean the end of digital television providers such as Multi-choice DSTV? This has been a long-standing debate and as Netflix continues to expand to further countries including South Africa, we are seeing the entire disruption of television as we know it right before our eyes. According to the latest findings from My Broadband, there have been more than 400,000 new subscribers on Netflix’s platform since it first arrived in South Africa in 2016. This is a big deal and I can assure you DSTV is feeling the heat from its new competitors, although they are not going to give up without a fight. In 2015 Multi-choice foresaw this new trend and made headlines by announcing its own streaming service called Showmax which is available for free to their premium users. Showmax has a lot of the latest content for its users and I enjoy watching it but, in terms of quantity, it is by no means in the same league as Netflix and will need to step up its game even further if they want to compete in 2018. Multi-Choice is announcing that in 2019 they will come out with a new type of standalone internet version of DSTV which is said to replace the satellite dish. This new service is referred to as an OTT Over-The-Top version of their current platform and by doing this they will effectively be transitioning to an entirely new online . . .
BetterCompare.co.za launches in South Africa – The New way to compare car insurance quotes InsureTech startup BetterCompare.co.za has launched to market in South Africa, offering a new way to compare top car insurance rates from different insurers. BetterCompare.co.za is the new way to compare car insurance quotes from major car insurance companies. Better Compare retrieves prices instantly for its users to see side-by-side. Users looking to save time and money, can easily compare top car insurance rates from different insurers, fast. Better Compare is an impartial and independent car insurance price comparison service. Better Compare is not an insurance broker or an insurance company, it is a free to use insurance price comparison service that helps give consumers the control to find their own insurance partner in their own time. The service uses the latest digital technology to retrieve quotes directly from the various insurers’ rating engines, helping to save shoppers a lot of time and hopefully a lot of money on their premiums each month by helping them find the best deal for their unique profile (personal, car, usage, etc.), quickly and easily without having to call around for quotes. Users can get quotes online or via the Better Compare call centre by requesting a Call Me Back on the website. “All car insurance companies price differently according to their own unique rating calculations and business model. Every shopper too has their own unique personal and car profile, that will be different to the next person. In addition, the market keeps changing, such as car values. So, no two car insurance quotes are ever likely to be the same. Therefore it is probably always better to compare at least 3 quotes.”, pointed out Derek Wilson, MD. It is free to use the service and it is also free for all insurers to market their products on the platform. The prices quoted are as you would get if you went direct to the Insurer but the whole process is made . . .
On Friday morning 2 March 2018 the Transnet Ports Authority (TNPA) evicted the 60 year-old Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) from premises they had occupied within the Port of Port Elizabeth. Effectively the club administration moved to other temporary premises whilst The Chartroom Restaurant and Pub ceased to exist. A long standing dispute over unfair rental increases led to the eviction. During 2009 ABYC laid a formal complaint with the Port Regulator over TNPA’s unfair treatment. The long standing dispute led to TNPA charging a higher rental whilst ABYC paid a lower rental. To date the TNPA have not taken ABYC to court over the disputed rental 'owing' – the rental determination is still to be heard by the Port Regulator in Durban for the 2009 complaint. In a Facebook post announcing the eviction ABYC said; "Our thanks and love to everyone who has supported us through this long and oftentimes bewildering time. Of course we are left with more questions than answers and some of us have taken this very hard. Please bear with us as we chart our way through these rocky waters, regroup and give thanks for the respite from having to ensure that we had enough money in the bank to pay our rent and other obligations." After a period of respite the members of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club voted at a SGM to auction off furniture and unneeded equipment currently in storage at various Port Elizabeth warehouses per kind favour of the Grand Hotel and Leen Mulckhuyse Construction. Closing off this 60 Year 'Chapter' in members lives will happen at the Pieter Rademeyer Complex, 6 Woodpecker Road, Cotswold on Friday 7 September from 10:00 am under the hammer of Neil Mclaggan of McLaggan's Auctioneers. YouTube: https://youtu.be/AZVGggspAtQ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on 60 Years of ABYC on Auction here: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/MyPE Facebook: . . .
In keeping with its vision of redefining the way shipping is done, Fastvan has launched an end-to-end on-demand SaaS platform to solve the delay, middleman and paperwork problems that come with traditional shipping. There has been a growing uptick of interest in the digitalization of the logistics sector in recent times, and Fastvan is responding innovatively with the inclusion of a fully automated approach to logistics. Fastvan is the leading all in one logistics platform for enterprises, with customers in multiple countries including some of the world's best-known brands please do look at www.fastvan.com . Our highly flexible yet powerful solution enables not only Logistic companies but Enterprises/FMCG/SME’s/Retail in multiple industries to quickly streamline the way they deliver goods and services, creating both operational efficiency and the optimal experience for their entire shipping ecosystem - from single or multiple Warehouses/Retail/DC’s to the field and all the way to the customer. Fastvan open platform is simple white label SaaS based platform easy to implement, use and manage through its different modules - web-based applications for dispatch and administration with TMS and SCM functionalities, branded mobile apps for drivers, and a branded mobile and web application experience for customers. It is highly scalable and can be used to easily customize the solution to fit our customers' needs and to integrate it across their existing systems. Enterprises and logistics service providers can now modernize their delivery infrastructure in multiple countries in multiple currencies and improve their operational efficiency from the management team at HQ or DC through the in-store and warehouse/distribution center operations teams, and all the way to the drivers and end-customers. The platform also offers warehousing solutions to help optimize and manage warehouses and inventories. From staging the warehouse for pickup through scanning and printing . . .
Dentistry and the supply of dental equipment and consumables may not be the first industry you think of when you hear the words Black Economic Empowerment. However, as with any other industry in South Africa, the development of the previously disadvantaged in dentistry is key to providing holistic health services across the country. And one man has made it mission to spread the word and level the dental playing field so that all practices are given fair and equal treatment, no matter where they are placed geographically or even economically. This man is Joseph Shai, the MOH Sales Specialist at Dentsply Sirona, SA’s leading supplier of dental equipment and consumables. One of the mandates the company has set itself to invest in growth, boosting market share and thereby contributing to the national objectives for poverty and inequality reduction through job creation, specifically in dentistry. Joseph points out some differences between dental practices in previously disadvantaged areas and those in more affluent areas. The most marked difference is that in the former, most dentists have two to three practices and no appointments - they run around from one practice to another providing the best, but hurried service to their patients. Meanwhile in the latter, there are group partnerships, with fixed appointments, better equipment and more managed practices. In addition Joseph believes that dentists in the former areas are sorely in need of more business skills, and so is intent on upskilling them and sharing his knowledge with them. “Firstly I must be a consultant to the dentists,” explains Joseph, “I must help them market their business and they must invest in marketing themselves and their services, provide quality services and also skill themselves and use quality and reputable products. “Denstply Sirona, who themselves are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer and faster dental care, are well placed to assist me with . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 30August 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce the appointment of Kumaran Pillay, as Sales Director of Security. Whilst being in a leadership role is nothing new to Kumaran, the lateral shift allows for greater experiential learning in a multi-faceted environment, in which Servest operates. Kumaran, who joined Servest more than five years ago as Regional Sales Manager of Cleaning, where he worked for three and a half years, was subsequently appointed National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services and served in this position for one and a half years, before his appointment to Sales Director of Security . This ‘jack of all trades’, intends to become master of it all - or at least within the context of the facilities management business. A passionate man, who believes that if the company trades his time, it has to match his values and principles; and vice versa. Kumaran, who has gained a broad spectrum of skills, believes that imparting knowledge is of benefit not only to the other person, but also yourself and ultimately, the organisation. Whilst security is new to him, as a people’s person, who makes an effort to get to know every colleague’s name, he has learned much about breaking the invisible fence. He says, “I’m a talker and I love people, so my work starts from the minute I leave home, in the way that I greet the person at the front gate, to the moment I close my eyes at night. I don’t know what it is to say a ‘quick hello’, much to the humour of my children, especially when we are out shopping because when I enter a space, I immediately see my colleague in the person cleaning the bathroom, the security guard and others. My work therefore, does not end when I leave the office - it forms part of my very existence.” In terms of his new role, he does not plan to ‘re-invent the wheel’, but instead provide training and solutions where gaps exist. Security, as he sees it, is part of a business’s risk factor and needs to . . .
This is a South African Futsal Federation (SAFF) press release to confirm and clarify the governance of the sporting code futsal. This release contains the founding information of Futsal pertaining to when it was established and why it is a sports code on its own and in its own rights. This press release also confirms that SAFF is a bona fide member of the AMF who is the world governing body of Futsal. This release includes the work SAFF has accomplished in its short existence without any funding or assistance from Sports funding or government subsidy. With this release we would like to be publicly recognised as Futsal South Africa’s governing body and ask all other Associations to relinquish their rights and ownership of the sporting code, Futsal, the term futsal and all matters of governance that are and inclusive of the Futsal Fraternity. South African Futsal Federation (SAFF) is a bona fide member of the Asociación Mundial de Futsal (AMF), the world governing body of Futsal. It was founded, on 25 July 1971 as the Federación Internacional de Fútbol de Salón (FIFUSA) in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. There are various AMF confederations and federations around the world of whom most are already recognised by their National Olympic Associations and governments. The AMF was already a part of the Pan American Games and have hosted Futsal World Cups pre-dating the FIFA Indoor soccer version. Due to a dispute between FIFA and FIFUSA over the name of fútbol, FIFUSA has registered the word fut-sal in 1985 (Madrid, Spain).Owing to the fact that the AMF is the successor of FIFUSA the word Futsal is a registered trademark owned by the AMF and its affiliate members only. "Futsal" was created in 1930 when Juan Carlos Ceriani ,a teacher in Montevideo, Uruguay, developed a version of football, indoors for recreation purposes in the YMCAs. This new sport was originally played on basketball courts until a rule book was published in September 1933. His goal was to create a . . .
Pretoria, August 26 2018 - If you are looking for a practical, aesthetical way to improve the look of your home. As well as add extra value to the price of your house, then re modernizing your old, rusted garage door can be a great place to start. Garage door installation is not only good for improving the house but also just convenient to make your life easier. After all, what’s better than being able to walk directly from your house right into your car without having to go outside and battle with the elements? Plus, when you have your own garage door, your home’s security will also improve, instead of having an open carport that makes your brand-new car visible and easily accessible to passers-by. You can have a safe, enclosed space that can be locked and protect your vehicle from harsh weather conditions. Besides the above reasons, what are some other important points for choosing to get a garage door installed by your home? There must be some other advantages besides just the aesthetic appeal, increasing the value and the security of it? Well considering the world we live in today. Many things are unpredictable and if you do not plan accordingly, it can end up costing you much more in the long run, especially in South Africa. We’ve mentioned earlier that by having a garage door your vehicle will be protected in the event of hailstorms, lightning, and tornadoes. Just that alone, keeping your beloved car protected from bumps, chips and scratches is a great benefit. Insurance companies even lower the rate of your car insurance, if your car is parked in a garage rather than outside. Again, the overall risk of something happening is much slimmer with a garage door simply because it’s harder to get pry open a garage door than it is, to break into the car. You will better at night, knowing that you do not have to be concerned about drunk drivers hitting into your car while it’s parked, or any other unforeseeable event. You might be surprised to . . .
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