The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) released a media statement on Saturday 17 February 2018 stating that the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) must move out of premises that the nearly 60 year-old club occupies within the Port of Port Elizabeth. The dispute centres around rental, non-payment of rental, assessment of rental far beyond the financial means of ABYC as a voluntary body and irregular rental increases. As in all disputes of this nature the cold hard facts are really around two issues: Who is the landlord? Who has the most money? The answers to both above are: TNPA Any realist will tell you that the person who 'owns' the land and has bottomless coffers will win any legal fight. Now this is where it gets interesting as the ABYC took the complaint over TNPA's unfair treatment to the Port Regulator for a decision rather than turning to the courts. The Port Regulator operates as the Ombudsman for TNPA and has ruled in the past on TNPA's irregular increase on Port Tarrifs, forcing the TNPA to back down and reduce tariffs on more than a few occasions. The path to getting a hearing in front of the Port Regulator has been beset with delaying tactics from the TNPA - the most severe of which being an eviction order accelerated after the ABYC won the first round in front of the Port Regulator. TNPA has been summonsed to appear in the Port Elizabeth, High Court on Friday 23 February at 9:30 am. ABYC first brought the complaint to the attention of the Port Regulator in November 2009. Delaying tactics, legal manouvering and actions like TNPA 'losing' the recorded minutes of the first pre-hearing all contributed to the wearing down of the then Executive Committees. A new Exco in 2014 made the decision to tackle this problem head on and find a solution as the continued friction between ABYC and TNPA was not a happy state of affairs. The continued friction between the parties contributed negatively to TNPA's stature as a caring . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 20 February 2018 – Just days after the new President of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in, international business confidence shows growth as Servest, the international facilities management provider, announced its acquisition in the Aktrion Group. Aktrion is a specialist company in the provision of bespoke manufacturing support services. The acquisition now sees the Servest Group’s annual turnover increase to, in excess of R16.40 billion globally and adds to the diversification of the company’s business strategy. Servest’s interest in Aktrion stems from the higher value-added and specialist services that the provider offers. The acquisition enhances Servest’s global reach, building on the joint venture with Atalian and its stake in technology business Getronics. “The transaction will enable Servest to play a leading role in the global manufacturing market, enabling further development of integrated solutions in printing, automotive, food and transport sectors”, says Servest South Africa’s CEO, Steve Wallbanks. “And importantly, it will allow us to grow our employee base and develop much needed scarce skills in the engineering sector”, he adds. Servest prides itself on its transparent, innovative and partnership approach. It self-delivers value-for-money bespoke solutions to clients across all sectors, including retail, leisure, public, healthcare, education, commercial, construction, transport and logistics. Servest offers specialist services which can be bundled or integrated to suit clients’ needs. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Business Confidence Grows in SA here: http://www.servest.co.za . . .
Off the back of 6 sold out live events, and after successfully hosting the biggest #Cryptocurrency event ever held in South Africa, the Matt Brown Show is holding a one-time exclusive learning and networking event in Johannesburg on Wednesday, 7 March (6pm - 8pm) we'll be launching a deep dive series into alternative cryptocurrencies. The interest around cryptocurrencies, with Bitcoin being the most famous, has continued to capture headlines worldwide whilst regulators around the world are still struggling to formulate a plan to deal with it. The Matt Brown Show #cryptokungfu is kicking off its first edition of a deep dive series will be looking at the bitcoin family of coins, what makes the coins different, their utility and the opportunities for traders and investors. The Matt Brown Show has built a listenership and captive audience in over 100 countries around the world. #CryptoJHB was the first podcast event to trend in the #1 hashtag position on Twitter in the history of South African media. The Matt Brown Show Johannesburg event taking place on Wednesday, 7 March 2018 from 18:00pm to 20:00pm, now being hosted at the Mesh Club in Rosebank will tap into THREE of the world’s leading experts for this first edition of a deep dive series focused masterclass. https://www.quicket.co.za/events/39626-cryptokungfu-the-matt-brown-show-the-deep-dive-series-part-1-the-bitcoin-family/#/ The Masterclass will feature Tone Vays (via video conference) and Adam Meister from the United States, both regarded as world’s leading Bitcoin experts. Lorien Gamaroff, founder/CEO of Bankymoon, blockchain and cryptocurrency consultant will provide the local market perspective as a South African. The masterclass has been engineered to provide a more focussed and intimate discussion on the landscape, which is one of the reasons the event was moved to the mesh club. To provide a more exclusive and engaging atmosphere for the attendees. Matt Brown says, “these 3 experts . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 19 February 2018 – Servest is pleased to announce that they have been awarded a significant pest control contract for Spar’s Western Cape Distribution centre in Philippi. The SPAR Group Ltd operates six distribution centres and one Build it distribution centre, supplying goods and services to over 1 000 SPAR stores across Southern Africa. “Servest is delighted to be associated with such an iconic brand”, says Kumaran Pillay, National Sales and Marketing Director, Office Services. He adds, “Servest does not apply a spray and pray approach, our trained sales consultants provide tailor made, pest management solutions to suit your needs”. This approach greatly match Spar’s own regional personality, as they offer consumers products that are unique to their local store, encouraging retailers to take full advantage of sourcing specific goods from local traders. Spar’s goal is to provide their customers with unwavering quality of the highest standards, complemented by excellent and personalised service in a warm and inviting, community environment; and their ‘Double Your Money Back Quality Guarantee’ on all SPAR Brand products, including fresh produce, make the assurance of safe pest-control solutions, that much more important. Servest has a dedicated Cape Town Regional office who will provide Spar with the necessary support. Servest currently employs over 4,500 people in the Cape Town area and this contract supports further growth in job creation of thousands of entry level, semi-skilled, supervisory and management positions across the city. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Servest Bags More Business Growth here: http://www.servest.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/FriedTomatoCo . . .
Johannesburg, South Africa --February 2018 4% of employees agree blocking out noise increases their productivity.(1) Today, work happens everywhere — in busy open-plan offices and contact centers, at home, even coffee shops. This flexibility is great for business and people, but with it comes a new challenge: noise. Distraction caused by noise reduces productivity and well-being and, in contact centers, detracts from a positive customer experience. Studies show that it takes 23 minutes to recover from distraction(3) and over 58% of employees are distracted multiple times each day.(2) That represents a significant impact on your customers’ businesses you can easily help avert through proven noise reduction strategies and products. Managing Noise: In the Contact Center In the contact center, noise remains the biggest complaint among employees(4) and can negatively impact customer satisfaction.(3) But managing noise effectively can raise productivity,2 improve customer experiences(5) and impact the bottom line.(1) Plantronics creates technologies that manage noise to help contact centers be more effective and businesses be more successful. Let’s look at some common situations: Customer Service Representative (CSR) - Needs to handle urgent requests from customers quickly and efficiently. Key challenge: Hearing and being heard by customers. Help Desk Support - Manages intense, often lengthy, customer calls. Key challenge: Wearing headset all day (comfort, battery issues). Supervisor - Supports CSRs with call assistance and training. Key challenge: Background noise and audio quality on escalated calls. High-Level Support - Guides and supports CSRs on most challenging calls. Key challenge: Mobility within office to help with urgent situations. How do you handle these challenges within your business? Contact Center Solutions Plantronics engineers solutions that help people manage the noise around them so they can be more effective — no matter where . . .
Art by Santiago Ribeiro on display at Times Square in New York heads to Coimbra, Portugal By FIN Staff / 5 February 2018 NEW YORK – Following the multimedia exhibition of Santiago Ribeiro’s art in Times Square, it will now head to the ‘International Surrealism Now’ exhibition in Coimbra, Portugal, having also been featured in Paris at the “Osmosis-Kiraméki Transfigured!” event along with cultural icons and renowned artists. Portuguese surrealist painter Santiago Ribeiro has been featured since July 2017 at the Thomson Reuters and Nasdaq OMX Group at Times Square in New York City, and will remain highlighted throughout 2018. “As usual, every time, I do something different and innovative and the idea of ??exhibiting in Times Square, New York, shows how media and new technologies are a modern way to divulge our art.” – Santiago Ribeiro. Born in Coimbra, Portugal, Ribeiro attended art classes at Escola Avelar Brotero and the Escola Superior de l’Education in Coimbra. He has organized and participated in numerous individual and collective art exhibitions in Portugal and abroad. Ribeiro’s work has been featured at the U.S. Embassy in Lisbon, in the Portuguese American Journal, in Digital Meets Culture, Pressenza France, MetroNews.ru, Pravda in Portuguese, The Herald News, Associated Press and many other publications. His work will be shown daily at different intervals throughout the year. Based on dreams and visions, Ribeiro’s metaphorical surreal imagery surprises, breaks and triggers mixed feelings. His paintings have been described as, “complex compositions illustrating profound concerns about modern society and its individual and collective behavior.” Its sponsors include the Bissaya Barreto Foundation, Câmara de Coimbra and the North American MagicCraftsman studio. His work is represented in several private collections as well as in the contemporary art collection of the Machado de Castro National Museum and at the Bissaya Barreto . . .
The Matt Brown Show, in association with CNBC Africa and social trading platform, Etoro, flew the wildly successful cryptocurrency trader, Luke Martin, AKA Venture Coinist, from the United States to take part in the show’s sixth live (and sold-out) cryptocurrency podcast. The Matt Brown Show has built a listenership and captive audience in over 100 countries around the world. #CryptoJHB was the first podcast event to trend in the #1 hashtag position on Twitter in the history of South African media. CNBC Africa broadcasted a section of The Matt Brown Show, through their programme #CryptoTrader, Hosted by Ran Neu-Ner. The Matt Brown Show tapped into Martins’ deep insight into the cryptocurrency landscape and interrogated issues such as the move from Bitcoin to alternative cryptocurrency (altcoins), the Initial Coin Offering (ICO) frenzy, how he makes his investment decisions and anonymity coins. Matt Brown says Martin is known for his uncanny ability to read the cryptocurrency market. “Luke has more than 100,000 followers on Twitter. I strongly advise anyone who is serious about cryptocurrency trading to follow him if they are not doing so already.” Discussing the move from Bitcoin to altcoin, Martin said investor psychology is an important consideration, especially the psychology of people getting into crypto trading late. “Various coins that have been hailed as ‘the next Bitcoin’ attract investors looking for a cheaper coin that will allow them to earn a higher multiple.” Martin says while the ICO frenzy – where some tokens launch at 50 or 100 times their money – might be a bubble, it might not necessarily be a bad thing. “Good things can emerge from it. The massive fundraising is going to back projects that will disrupt other industries. Of course, we will continue to see corrections of 30%, 40%, 50% or even greater. After all, we’re dealing with a hyper-volatile asset here.” Looking at the bigger picture, Martin believes the total market cap is . . .
GAUTENG, MIDRAND- Attracting close to three thousand athletes, and a couple thousand onlookers, the 2018 season opener of the hugely popular obstacle course racing (OCR) series, the Toyota WARRIOR Series, powered by Reebok, was off to the perfect start this past weekend at Riversands Country Farm in Johannesburg. The OCR Toyota WARRIOR series is designed for adventure seekers from all walks of life, and, with no barrier to entry, makes obstacle course racing (OCR) accessible to anyone with a pair of trainers, t-shirt and shorts. Course designer, Jono Hart, says Toyota WARRIOR 2018 will be the best year yet for OCR. “I build these courses to allow ordinary people to start somewhere and build themselves into who they want to be. None of the obstacles are easy but they are all manageable depending on your fitness level. Black Ops is an absolute monster. These men and women are at the top of their game.” With three categories on offer, Rookie, Commando, and Black Ops, the Toyota WARRIOR races have something for everyone who wish to have fun and challenge themselves across world-class obstacles. The Rookie, the shortest and easiest race, is all about fun and comradery - a wonderful opportunity to have real fun with your friends and colleagues. For those seeking a greater challenge, the Commando offers a greater test of physical and mental ability. The most difficult challenge is the Black Ops - the ultimate test of endurance, speed, strength and agility. The main event of the day was Black Ops Elite. This tough course incorporates 35 obstacles over roughly 15 kilometres of trail. These athletes are either climbing, traversing, carrying or gripping from start to finish. It is intense and only the super-fit and trained make it to the end. Winner and ranked 2nd in OCR South Africa, Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team SA) won the men’s race; the Women 2017 Series winner and #1 ranked female in OCR, Trish Eksteen (AOT) won the women’s race. Trish Eksteen came 4th . . .
Excitement as Global Startup Grind Chapter is established in Port Elizabeth Startup and entrepreneurial businesses are characterised by high energy, high hopes and high expectations. Port Elizabeth offers many advantages to these businesses - central location, institutional and private support, easy and quick accessibility within the city, a can-do mindset and friendly people willing to freely share insider knowledge and advice. Start up businesses in Port Elizabeth have access to many different flavours of entrepreneurial support to assist them to go from Startup to global player. What is lacking however is a forum in which these entrepreneurs can gather to share their experiences, network and learn from each other. Filling that gap is Startup Grind Port Elizabeth which is a chapter of the global start-up community, Startup Grind. Represented on over 115 countries and in over 300 cities, Startup Grind has hosted more than a million entrepreneurs at regular Fireside Chats and events. Startup Grind has been running in South Africa since 2013. The format of the monthly meetups starts with an hour-long networking, helping like minded individuals to connect with each other, followed by a 45-minute fireside chat where a successful entrepreneur is interviewed to tell their business journey and any success (and failure) stories that formed part of it. The questions are structured in a way to inspire the entrepreneurs in the room on how they managed to make their business a success. A 15-minute Q&A session, during which the audience can informally interview the main guest, is followed by another networking opportunity to solidify relationships that have been established. Port Elizabeth Startup Grind Director, Alan Straton says; "Startup grind is a natural progression for myself coming from a background of tirelessly promoting Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay business and business excellence through various online publications such as . . .
Johannesburg, Friday, 26 January 2018, the year started on a high note for Preshanthan Pillay, who was appointed as General Manager, Servest Catering (Business and Industry). Preshanthan holds an Advanced International Diploma in Professional Cookery (City & Guilds) and has over two decades of experience in the food industry. Preshanthan joined Servest SA in 2016 where he headed the kitchen for one of their clients, and then moved to becoming Servest’s National Executive Chef in August 2017. Preshanthan, at the tender age of eight, decided that he wants to make a difference in the lives of people, and the best way for him to achieve his dream, was to become a chef. After completing his training with various hotels and a year in the United States, Preshanthan worked in almost every sector of hospitality, from running kitchens in prisons, to 5-star hotels and casinos. Having worked his way up that ladder, in his new role as General Manager, Servest Catering Preshanthan says, managing a business division for him is the same as running a kitchen that serves up the best meals, “it requires concise planning, preparation in the form of hands on implementation and finally, ensuring that the meals you serve, make for a culinary explosion of taste” Preshanthan believes good food means good relationships and good performance, “the test is in the proverbial pudding”, he jokes. This is why he sees the provision of food and meals for corporates, institutions and business operations as providing more than just a canteen. It’s about quality of food and quality of service. Servest believes in empowerment of its people and clients, with whom they work hand in hand to create innovative menu ideas that encompass the essence of their brands and seamlessly integrates their budget with wellness goals. Servest’s chefs are passionate about bringing farm fresh, seasonal produce straight to the tables, showcasing the beauty and taste of natural flavours. In the same way . . .