Autumn. That golden season that’s had poets and songwriters wax lyrical for centuries. It’s a time when our world goes warm and toasty and summer brights make way for reds and amber and orange hues. It’s a time when it seems almost as if nature is holding its breath, waiting peacefully for whatever comes next. As do we. We start thinking about getting our homes comfortable and warm before the chill of winter sets in. We start spending more time indoors as our days end just a little bit sooner. And it’s in autumn, especially, that the many benefits of shutters from Plantation Shutters® are underscored. Because they not only offer you privacy and security, they also welcome in the sunshine and then, as the evening turns chilly, keep the warmth from escaping again. They also offer great thermal insulation keeping the warm air inside when the outdoor temperature drops. Plantation Shutters specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of superior quality, custom-designed Timber, Aluminium and Security Plantation Shutters that give insulation from the cold by adding an extra layer of warmth and protection from the elements during the colder months. Mind you, they do the same in summer when they minimise the need for expensive air-conditioning, while adding visual appeal and beauty to your home. And, should you live in an area that gets really windy, rest assured the shutters are rigid and won’t rattle in the breeze, while still allowing light and air to flow freely when you choose to open them. Offering an unparalleled lead time of 21 working days, with a five-year guarantee on the timber shutters and 10 and 12 years on the aluminium and security shutters, Plantation Shutters know exactly how to keep you warm and cosy in the cold months, and cool and refreshed when it’s hot outside. So, why not add something special to your home this autumn and make the most of this golden time? www.plantation.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
How are job seekers actually feeling about their chances of securing a new role, landing a pay rise or learning new skills? How positive do they feel about the economic situation? This is what we set out to discover with our Job Confidence Index, a global measure of how optimistic job applicants are about the current employment market. The Michael Page Job Confidence Index is a quarterly barometer that measures the perception of candidates about their job situation and the labour market. The data is collected on voluntary basis from candidates who applied for a job offer or submitted their CV on Michael Page. For the complete job market survey, please click here or see attached and below. Key highlights: - While 56% of respondents are not optimistic about the current job market and economic situation, 66% believe there will be an improvement in the next 6 months - Top 3 aspects of their job that respondents are most satisfied with include their current sector/industry, level of responsibility and work-life balance - Respondents trust recruitment firms, professional networking platforms and personal networking as the best 3 ways to search for jobs, with 70% of respondents sharing that less than 3 months is required to find a new job - More than 50% of our respondents are looking for a new job because they want their responsibilities to broaden and think that their current role isn’t offering opportunities for further development ”In order to retain employees in their current job, it is important for companies to chart out a clear career path for each employee.” advices Paul Newman, Associate Director, Michael Page, South Africa. Michael Page South Africa Operating Director Lars Fischer adds, “The South African labour market has been unpredictable. Moreover, salaries and bonuses have tended to follow a consistent pattern over the past 5 years with steady increases to reflect inflationary pressures.” A more detailed breakup of salary benchmarks can be . . .
Tricorp Hearn Construction, one of California's leading commercial General Contractors, has reached a merger accord with American Colonial Capital, LLC (ACC), a private equity real estate firm, ran by Shahvand Aryana. Palm Desert, CA, April 16, 2019 -- Tricorp Hearn Construction, one of California's leading commercial General Contractors, has reached a merger accord with American Colonial Capital, LLC (ACC), a private equity real estate firm, ran by Shahvand Aryana As negotiations progress for Tricorp Hearn to merge with ACC, a 60 day quiet period has begun. Further information will be released at the end of the quiet period. Shahvand Aryana said, "We are very excited about our relationship with Tricorp Hearn, we feel they are the best fit due to their general contracting and construction management experience in many of the same markets in which we participate." One of California's leading construction companies, Tricorp Hearn Construction combines diverse expertise from four partners Tony Moayed, Steve Hunter, Ken Cohen and Dave Bruss. The owners bring experience in all phases of pre-construction and construction management. The company has vast experience in both public and private projects serving a wide array of industries and market sectors including hospitality, multi-family, medical, education, government, winery, industrial, and retail. For further information, please visit www.tricorphearn.com. American Colonial Capital, LLC is a private equity real estate firm located in Palm Desert, California, created by Shahvand Aryana. The company invests in and develops real properties for its own account. Shahvand Aryana also participates in joint ventures and provides strategic advice to clients on complex real estate transactions through its affiliates, sponsors and advisors. For further information, please visit www.accfund.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The official Cape Town launch of SA INC’s “spreading the good news campaign” was held at the Citadel in Claremont on April, 12th. Attended by delegates representing some of South Africa’s leading brands, the event was opened by Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA) board member and outgoing Woolworths chairman, Simon Susman. SA INC, a partnership between BLSA, Brand South Africa and Regency Global is changing conversations in South Africa by highlighting and celebrating the country’s success and achievements. The SA INC campaign is the brainchild of filmmaker and executive producer, Shani Kay, who is passionate about activating South Africa's potential. “When we share the positive news from our remarkable country, we will begin realising that there is so much we can be proud of.” Susman concurred and spoke about his personal drive to honour and celebrate the important contribution and opportunity as an elder to “first learn, then earn and finally return wisdom and time to society”. Richard Kyle, founder of Regency Global, proclaimed that what had started as an inspirational campaign was fast becoming a movement for change. To join the conversation and help share the good news about South Africa, visit https://regency.global/sa-inc SA INC is a 20 part TV series and multimedia campaign documenting the stories of innovative, inclusive, purpose driven businesses in South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Business Performance Improvement (BPI) is an internationally recognised way of boosting organisational growth, a much-needed service in South Africa. This is the opinion of Stephen Dewa, Performance Improvement Competency Lead at SkX Protiviti, who sees the need for implementation of BPI at state-owned enterprises (SOEs), corporates and medium-size companies. SkX Protiviti is a black-owned advisory and consulting firm in South Africa and a member firm of Protiviti International, a global consulting firm with 70 offices in 20 countries. BPI is a practice of measuring the output of a particular business process or procedure, then modifying the process or procedure to increase the output, or efficiency or effectiveness of the process or procedure. It is also about unlocking potential opportunities that can enable and enhance performance. “Our BPI services provide unique expertise to assist our clients to remain competitive by process reengineering, redesigning and improving their business processes and procedures, thereby improving business performance. This includes process improvements, integrating risk considerations into performance management activities and reducing working capital. Implementing these processes results in improvements to cash flow, control and optimisation of costs and risk management,” states Dewa. “The implementation of BPI services at SOEs and private organisations could be the answer to mitigating some of their current problems. BPI services would enable the organisations to streamline their processes and leverage technology to achieve effective change management, a vital requirement if South African organisations are to regain lost ground and produce urgently needed economic growth.” Avoid wasteful, fruitless expenditure “Our SkX Protiviti team goes into a SOE, company or organisation, does the research and then recommends performance improvements, costs optimisation, revenue enhancement and an integrated approach. This . . .
Historically a fishing and boat-making community, the small town of Macassar in Cape Town is branching out to farming. The Cape Agency for Sustainable Integrated Development in Rural Areas contacted Kwikspace about providing alternative building solutions that are prefabricated and modular for these emerging farmers. The emerging farmers of Macassar farm vegetables in tunnels and needed office space as well as a vegetable processing area. With Kwikspace’s innovative products for any sector requirement, they had the solution – two double-wide modular units. Each unit is 15 m in length by 7 m in width. Kwikspace is a specialist relocatable building manufacturer in South Africa. Their modular construction double-wide structures can be used for industrial, residential and commercial applications. They provide the ideal space without the costs of building fixed premises, providing a significant saving for either long-term or short-term applications. All electrical fittings like lights, light switches, plug sockets and required cabling come standard with each Kwikspace office. With over 50 years’ experience in manufacturing modular buildings, Kwikspace is Africa’s largest manufacturer. They offer exceptional service, fast delivery and an extensive product offering of both standard and non-standard products. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Top level speaker panel for annual debt collection get together With a top level speaker panel representing the main role players in the debt collection arena, this years’ Debt Collection South Africa Conference, promises yet again to be one of the highlights on the event calendar for debt collection and credit professionals. The conference hosted by Trade Conferences International (TCI), will be held on the 22 & 23 May at Indaba Hotel, Fourways, Johannesburg. Speakers from companies such as FutureSoft, Emerge, Registered Communication, Consumer Profile Bureau, Ninzi-Connect Software , Debt Rescue, DebitCloud, SAS SA and many more will address delegates on the latest opportunities and challenges facing the industry. From the regulatory side the Council for Debt Collectors of South Africa, Micro Finance SA and the Credit Ombudsman will also share the speaker podium. The conference features an updated programme, giving prospective delegates a new view on factors impacting on the debt collection environment such as technology, AI, debt collection strategies, data management, legal frameworks and new regulations for the debt collection industry. Ryno van Ellewee – MD of Trade Conferences International – said this event has in the last three years attracted over 350 attendees and exhibitors from the service provider side. “Our experience as organisers in dealing with the credit industry for more than 15 years, puts us in a position to fully understand the needs of the industry”. Apart from debt and credit professionals sharing their know-how, experiences and insights with delegates, attending will also create an excellent opportunity for networking. Van Ellewee said personnel from banks, credit providers, debt collection agencies, call centres and service providers will benefit by attending. With last year’s event a big success, we once again invite all professionals dealing with debt collection to join us - Trade Conferences . . .
The top 10 Bokeh Emerging Creative Talent finalists were announced at the glamourous “Bokeh on Tour” events in Johannesburg and Durban on the 10 and 13 April 2019 respectively. Over 40 film entries were received from aspirant South African film creatives under the theme “The City Superhero”. The top 10 will go on to compete for the grand prize of R50 000 which will be announced at the sixth edition of the prestigious Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival later this year. Johannesburg Event The Johannesburg event took place at The Melrose Gallery in Melrose Arch against the backdrop of the current exhibition; “Out of the Furnace” by Willie Bester and Wolf Werdigier. Also on display was the stunning new Mercedes-Benz CLS 53 Copper Edition and a live shoot of body art painted models by photographer Steve Casting in partnership with Fujifilm. Fujifilm were on hand to loan guests Fuji’s new XT3 Camera systems to shoot with during the evening. One-man-band-maverick Lonesome Dave Ferguson entertained guests while Segafredo kept those in attendance well fed with a delectable spread of Italian antipasto and gelato. The night also saw the launch of Savanna’s new alcohol-free variant. The Best Dressed Male and Female were awarded to Peta Eggierth-Symes and Jarred Doyle. Peta’s prize included flights and accommodation to the week-long Bokeh Festival in Cape Town in July, as well as the use of a new Mercedes-Benz model vehicle for the duration of the stay. Nthabeleng Phora from the Gauteng Film Commission (GFC) announced the five Gauteng finalists and spoke about the GFC partnership going forward with Bokeh. This year Bokeh also welcomes additional partners; Fitch and Leeds, Skyy Vodka and Pongracz as well as new hair partner Sebastian Professional Hair Products. Durban Event The second “Bokeh on Tour” event took place took place at the IBV International Bank Vaults at the Gateway Shopping Centre in Umhlanga. The fountain in . . .
Collins Property, a fourth-generation property development company based in Durban, have commenced construction on what will become Somerset West’s most exclusive lifestyle estate. Mzuri Estate, with a total contract value of close to R900m will incorporate an initial product offering including 68 single-residential homes, 32 townhouses and 136 apartments. Having been through a lengthy municipal process with the key focus on aligning the requirements of local government with the vision of the developer, the development team has confirmed that all approvals are now firmly in place. Collins are in a position to move forward positively with the construction process and there will be no further delays. Leading industry property development firm Lazercor Developments have been appointed as development managers for the estate and headed up the groundbreaking ceremony in Somerset West this week. Lazercor are property leaders in innovation and sustainable solutions and have been hand selected for their experience in similar large residential estate developments as well as their extensive knowledge of the Somerset West area. The newly approved and updated site development plan for Mzuri Estate offers one of the last properties with uncluttered views over the False Bay and fantastic value to purchasers in a property market where value is hard to come by. Located in Bizweni Avenue, the estate boasts an all-inclusive lifestyle offering with a firm focus on contemporary, eco-friendly design, innovative technologies, indigenous landscaping, paired with state-of-the-art connectivity and security. According to Lazercor’s lead project manager Alister Human, Lazercor adds value for all stakeholders by offering clients an effective and efficient service of the highest quality. “Our comprehensive understanding of strategy and vision coupled with years of industry experience, allow Lazercor to successfully manage an entire project such as Mzuri by integrating all the . . .
Kwikspace is Africa’s largest manufacturer of prefabricated, modular buildings that provide alternative building solutions for any accommodation requirement across industries, applications and locations. Kwikspace was approached by a long-standing client for a solution that could be used as guard houses on a Namibian mine. For this project, Kwikspace provided five non-standard mobile modular buildings with specified electric and paint works. These are being used as guard houses at various look out points within the mining operation. Quicker than conventional building techniques, Kwikspace’s alternative building technologies are ‘Kwik to Deliver, Kwik to Setup’. Implemented as prefabricated, pre-assembled buildings, Kwikspace solutions are delivered to sites throughout Africa, quickly and cost-effectively. Kwikspace is renowned for its efficiency and for the quality of their products, which are manufactured according to ISO 9001:2008 and OSHAS 18001:2007 standards and have a minimum life of 20 years. “We offer a great product and exceptional service”, says Mico Botha – Kwikspace Regional Manager, Cape Town. Prefabricated to client-specific requirements, Kwikspace delivers within 2 to 4 weeks. Set-up of modular buildings can occur simultaneously with the site and foundation work, meaning projects can be completed 30% to 50% sooner than traditional construction. Modular buildings can be disassembled and can be relocated or refurbished for new use, reducing the demand for raw materials and minimising capital expenditure to create a building to meet the new need. Kwikspace delivers cost effective, flexible, quality-assured mobile building solutions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .