(Pretoria) – A sluggish economy has not deterred Centurion residents from shopping up a storm at Forest Hill City ahead of the Easter holidays, with 40 shoppers collectively winning R100,000 in the process. This is thanks to a pre-Easter R100,000 Spend & Win campaign launched recently by the Centurion shopping destination in a bid to excite shoppers ahead of the holidays. "We wanted to do something really big and exciting for Centurion shoppers, and nothing excites more than cash – especially at this time of year," said Rebosis Property Fund group marketing manager Deborah Bailey. Rebosis, South Africa’s largest black-owned JSE-listed property group, owns Forest Hill City. "We have very loyal patrons, which is why we wanted to run a campaign which gave back to them and said 'thank you' for shopping with us." The campaign runs over 10 weeks, with the four winners picked weekly each netting their share of a R100,000 total prize money pool. Over the duration of the campaign, 40 winners will be chosen, each winning R2,500. The competition forms the basis of a major marketing drive by the centre to create brand awareness. To be eligible for the weekly draws, shoppers must spend R250 or more at any shop, fast food outlet or restaurant in Forest Hill City. The final draw takes place on April 27. Prizes are awarded in the form of Forest Hill City gift cards. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
South Africa has a higher than average rate of overtime fraud owing to limited prevention and detection systems, and a workforce which has become dependent on the financial advantage it offers them. Every year another story revealing extensive overtime fraud hits the media, exposing how easy it is for employees to defraud companies. In February 2017, 283 employees were implicated in the Merafong municipality for committing fraud estimated to be valued at millions of Rands. Overtime fraud is a lot more prevalent than we want to believe. The challenge is that most companies tend to not take the case further than a rap over the knuckles - dismissing the person and making them another company’s problem. The right thing to do is charge them and ensure they get a criminal record. Alongside a clearly defined policy around overtime fraud, or theft of any kind, the threat of criminal action will go a long way towards making anyone think twice before they lie about the hours they’ve worked. It isn’t, however, the only step that must be taken towards effective prevention. Measures of prevention Employees need to realise that overtime fraud can be as little as claiming one or two extra hours a month, not just 200. A lot of people don’t see those little hours here and there as fraud. It is. And it should net them a criminal record. Organisations must educate employees on overtime hours, what constitutes fraud, and what will happen should they be caught committing it. Then, they need to invest in systems which can mitigate fraud overall. One such solution would be to implement an automated clocking-in system. It isn’t infallible, but it does allow for improved control over hours spent working versus hours put down on billing. Another option is to implement controls within payroll, making it the last line of defence. The business must put its overtime policy into play from the start and it must ensure that it is strictly adhered to. It also needs to comply with . . .
Weylandts Spaces, the interior design division of Weylandts, South Africa’s leading furniture and décor retailer, and Blok, an urban property developer, have formed a unique partnership for the launch of Blok’s Bantry Bay development, TWELVEONV. More specifically the 3-story penthouse that occupies the building’s top floors. TWELVEONV is the jewel in Cape Town-based Blok’s urban development crown. Located on Victoria Road, the ocean-inspired structure shimmers with energy. From every angle the building is exceptional, elevating the aesthetic appeal of an already beautiful neighbourhood. Unit 5A is the triple-story penthouse with unobstructed views of the mountain behind, ocean in front, and Bantry Bay in between. The apartment boasts three bedrooms, 3.5 bathrooms, an expansive 500sqm of total interior and exterior space and private pool, and every specification completed to the high standard that Blok has become known for. This breathtaking penthouse demanded exceptional finishing, and thus was born the partnership between Blok and Weylandts Spaces to furnish this amazing home. Weylandts Spaces was established to conceive and create bespoke interiors that reflect the personal vision of their clients. Chris Weylandt heads up the department himself, and he and the team not only curated iconic pieces of furniture that Weylandts is known for, but also created a range of bespoke pieces specifically for the TWELVEONV penthouse. This approach is inline with other ranges that Anna Weylandt (Chris’s daughter) is developing for the brand to harness the growing trend of downsizing from larger homes to more compact urban units. Although they may be smaller in size, the luxury and comfort that all Weylandts’ product is known for, remains. “Our aim was to carefully select pieces from our existing ranges that would appeal directly to the Blok customer, carefully considering materials, colours and textures” explains Chris. He continues “However, where there were . . .
We all know the truth: meetings can go on and on. And it’s not uncommon for everyone in the room to be wondering the same thing: why am I even here? With the rise of collaborative workspaces, meetings now fill more hours in the workday than ever before – yet most employees consider them a waste of time. According to Forbes, people spend six to eight hours a week in meetings – while 69% feel meetings aren’t actually productive. Here are new ways to run effective, efficient meetings that will leave your employees feeling energised and excited: Kick the chair Stand-up meetings, also known as daily scrums, have become a core ritual of highly effective teams around the globe. They’re quick daily meetings kept between five and fifteen minutes long. Participants stand as a reminder to keep the meeting short and to-the-point. Team members take turns speaking, sometimes passing around an item that gives them the power to speak. Each member reviews progress since the last meeting, anticipated work and any challenges on projects – taking the opportunity to ask for help or collaborate. Table-less meetings Instead of meeting around a table, simply put the required number of chairs in a circle with nothing in the middle. Seating people in a circle signals everyone is equal. It’s democratic, unlike the traditional meeting table, where the most senior member sits at the head. This allows free flow of ideas and communication. These meetings allow attendees to move around if they want, instead of being stationary. It increases participation – staying sedentary behind a table means employees slump and hide throughout the meeting, reply to emails or check social media. Banish the boardroom Most employees resent having to sit in one place for a long period of time. As a result, they get antsy, tune out and end up not contributing or engaging as much – making meeting times longer. Sometimes when a meeting has multiple action items and decisions to be made, it’s best . . .
The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) is pleased to welcome Chembridge Additives as new members. This specialist distributor of plastic additives is based in Pretoria, and began its operations in 2008 as the appointed agent for Lanxess Germany GmbH and Tanatex Chemicals GmbH - servicing a multitude of industries. “We provide plastics additives, phosphorus, specialty chemicals such as organic and inorganic colorants and surfactants to a very wide range of industrial sectors. Our focus is on the supply of high-quality additives and finishing chemicals for the plastic industry. These products improve the processability of ingredients and the properties of the end products. Our product portfolio includes flame retardants, plasticisers, bonding agents, blowing agents, and colourants. We distribute to all customers, big or small, in any quantity required throughout Southern Africa from our network of warehouses in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town,” explains Deon Steenkamp, owner of Chembridge Additives. Commenting on their motivation for joining SAVA, Steenkamp says that the Chembridge products and business philosophy align strongly with SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC). “We heard about SAVA and the excellent work they are doing through our customers. We wanted to be associated with such a strong industry body that is committed to representing its members’ interests in the Southern Africa region by creating consumer confidence within the industry and by actively developing and sustaining markets for PVC. We are very excited about the prospects SAVA membership will afford our business and look forward to the networking opportunities with other members, which would most definitely have a positive impact on our business,” he said. “SAVA is dependent on the backing and participation of its members, and we applaud Chembridge Additives for making the public commitment to sustainable practices by joining our ranks. By steadily growing our . . .
This year, the need for radical transformation has been highlighted by government, in order to address the country’s vision for an inclusive economy and non-racial, non-sexist society. Transformation and empowerment are part of South Africa’s reality and are necessary if we are truly to address the legacy left by apartheid. The new B-BBEE Codes are part of government’s latest attempts to make sure that transformation of our economy happens in a meaningful yet expedited manner - but, to transform effectively, businesses need clarity of action. Here are three pointers for practical and beneficial transformation: 1. Integrated strategy development and implementation The first step is identifying the approach you want to take to accelerate transformation in your organisation. ‘Transformation’ means different things to different companies - as the leader of a company, you need to decide what it means for yours: organisational restructuring, new products or services, a breadth of diversity (race, age, gender and backgrounds), etc. - and how these aims can best be realised. Vivian Reddy, Founder & Chairman of the Edison Power Group, a catalyst in addressing some of South Africa’s biggest socio-economic problems, created a transformation strategy that has proven a success for more than 2 000 employees. Reddy will deliver a presentation at the 2017 Top Empowerment Conference on the strategic roadmap to transformation success. 2. Innovation and technology A company’s ability to adapt to new technologies is a powerful modus operandi for organisational success and employee growth. In this digital age, emerging technology not only provides value to these organisations but to their customers and stakeholders by extension. Information Technology continues to transform all aspects of both our private and business lives. Investing and training your employees in advanced technology will equip them with the skills and ability to compete on a national or global . . .
Tyson Properties is spreading its wings to Richards Bay – one of South Africa’s fastest growing cities. Regis Usaiwevhu and Linah Marijeni, who opened the new branch in the Richards Bay CBD this month, confirmed that the city that has built up around Africa’s deepest port and one of just two national Special Economic Zones in KwaZulu-Natal was attracting a stream of young professionals. The end result is a strong and growing property market. “Richards Bay is home to the Richards Bay Coal Terminal (the world’s largest coal exporter) fertilizer manufacturer Foskor, Richards Bay Minerals which mines iron ore, titanium oxide and zircon, SAPPI, Mondi, Hillside which is the biggest aluminium smelter in the Southern Hemisphere and Bell Equipment, amongst others. The support industries that supply these big corporates are numerous and a hub for employment creation. The service industry is also buoyant with serious growth potential,” explains Usaiwevhu who is the managing partner. As a finance executive with over 15 years’ experience working at senior and strategic levels in industry and commerce across KwaZulu-Natal, he has done the due diligence and meticulously explored the prospects. “I have a special interest in real estate and property development and it has always been my aspiration to take up entrepreneurial opportunities in these fields,” he explains. He quotes Statistics SA’s census figures which show that the population within the entire Umhlatuze Municipality (under which Richards Bay falls) has grown by 11% between the 2011 Census (334 000 people) and the 2016 Community Survey (371 000). “Richards Bay has immense growth potential and is constantly innovating. There are a number of turnkey projects that are being considered or are being implemented as we speak,” he continues. These include the establishment of an aluminium hub which is expected to attract downstream industries that will beneficiate aluminium and also iron, steel, and . . .
Four leading designers will be envisioning the Canvex ‘Conscious Environment’ theme in the form of home-style installations at this year’s Décor District featured at Decorex Durban from 18 to 21 March. Wisty Raleigh Interiors, Redesign Interiors, Even Flow Resources and Mi Africa will be participating in this environmentally responsible feature, sponsored by Canvex, a product of Expand a Sign. Dedicated to environmental sustainability as well as the social upliftment of local communities, Expand a Sign has partnered with Uzwelo in support of the Uzwelo Bags. Each bag – made with waste material – is uniquely crafted by KwaZulu-Natal women living in impoverished areas. The proceeds then go back into the community, feeding and educating the families of these talented individuals. “We want to bring this element of social responsibility through environmental sustainability into the designs of the Décor District,” explained Kirsty Fonzari, Canvex Marketing Manager. “Each designer is encouraged to use locally sourced products, one of which is our locally woven Canvex wall canvas. This same wall canvas will then be recycled into Uzwelo Bags following the show, once again giving back to the community.” Commenting on their involvement with Decorex Durban, Fonzari said the province’s premier décor, design and lifestyle exhibition was the perfect platform to showcase Canvex customised wall canvas and its ease of use. “We are excited to take this opportunity to interact directly with top interior designers and architects in the industry,” she said. Drawing inspiration from the rejuvenating trends of 2017, with a nod towards the Decorex ‘Make your space your living dream’ theme, designers have been given creative space to unearth their inner vision in whichever room they select. Berea-based Wisty Raleigh of Wisty Raleigh Interiors will be combining her philosophy of comfort with style to the environmentally-conscious theme. Her lounge setting installation . . .
SANRAL Southern Region appoints first research associate Port Elizabeth, 13 March 2017: The recent addition to the staff complement at the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) is a doctoral candidate who also volunteers as a maths and science and homework club mentor. Keith Nare, a PhD candidate at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) is pursuing his doctorate in physical and polymer chemistry and was appointed the research associate at SANRAL’s materials lab in Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape. Nare’s relationship with SANRAL started while still working as a visiting student at the SANRAL Training Academy for Candidate Engineers since last year. He officially joined the lab on January 10, this year. Education plays a very important role in Nare’s life. He volunteers with Masifunde Learner Development at Walmer High School in Walmer. “I am a homework club mentor as well as a Mathematics and Science tutor. Honestly I love teaching it is a response to an outer call from within to give back to the community especially where there is need for me it brings joy to see other young people grow and get to realise that their birthplace shouldn’t determine their future. The future of the country is in the hands of the youth and how far they are willing to spread the ripple effect of extended responsibility for community development in the spirit of Ubuntu,” said Nare. He encourages high school learners and other tertiary students to continue studying. “Perseverance, humility and the willingness to go the extra mile will make a big difference. I encourage them to get mentors that can help them grow. Always remember that it takes a village to raise a child so everyone in your path is important you must be willing to learn and grow for it is in those lessons that you become a better you.” When he has free time he enjoys playing tennis and go on nature walks. He became aware of the research associate position during his interactions . . .
Life Masters’ CEO, Tony Dovale, recently announced the launch of his Revolutionary Workplace High Performance (HPO) System to help managers and leaders develop staff and optimise teamwork, trust, leadership effectiveness, and organisational culture. Dovale said, “The CLEARx HPO Framework is based upon 40 years of development and refining to create #FutureFit people and deliberately developmental High-Performance workplaces that support People, Planet & Profits.” The new Revolutionary Workplace High Performance Organisation (HPO) framework, and REAL team building action learning process, Team-Flow-Grow, enhances Psychological Capital, reduces racism and conflicts, and empowers LIMITLESS leadership on every level, to deliver exponential results. The proven CLEARx 6 pillar HPO Framework promises to help people, teams and leaders to increase their culture, performance and productivity, whilst supporting People, Planet and Profits. The Revolutionary Workplace is the outcome of extensive research and hundreds of hours of hands on refinement in the workplace, helping companies to become Deliberately Developmental Organisations #DDO’s. Tony Dovale has spent more than 4 decades in research, development and REAL team building transformation facilitation, in order to create an efficient and advanced solution, that address the needs and concerns of companies, when it comes to optimizing their human element, productivity and performance. Life Masters is releasing the Revolutionary Workplace High Performance System globally, and making their Conscious Deliberately Developmental philosophy and approach available to coaches, consultants and leaders globally. “The Revolutionary Workplace system is a people, team and leadership building process designed to support and optimise the entire organisation, with a focus on ensuring support for the new Circular Economy; that empowers and supports the big three; people, planet the profit. “Dovale says. Considering . . .