More than 35 of South Africa and the world’s top experts on issues relating to plastic piping, water infrastructure and engineering will be presenting at this year’s PIPES XI Conference – an annual event hosted by the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA). This year’s event will be unlike any other event the association has ever hosted and promises to be an unforgettable experience. “We are extremely privileged to be hosting our conference this year in conjunction with the Plastic Pipe Conference Association (PPCA). It will be a two-day event taking place on the 4th and 5th of September 2017 at Emperor’s Palace Convention Centre, conveniently located close to the OR Tambo Airport in Gauteng. In addition to the line-up of top national and international speakers we would normally have at our conference, this year’s PIPES XI also see at least 10 of the best papers which were presented at PIPES XVIII in Berlin last year, delivered to our local audience,” says Jan Venter, CEO of SAPPMA. Every two years, the PPCA plays host to the world’s biggest international pipe conference which takes place either in Europe or the USA. Venter explains that it is the first time in history that their spin-off conference, which is organised every alternate year, will be coming to South Africa. “The excitement over the event is tremendous. We have already sold an impressive amount of tickets and are hoping to have more than 300 delegates attending both days,” Venter says. As an added incentive, SAPPMA is offering an early bird booking discount of 10 % for all bookings and payments made online (www.pipesxiconference.co.za) before the 31st of May 2017. Topics that will be covered at this year’s event are varied, ranging from raw materials and additives to the life cycle and material design of plastic pipes. Installations, applications and rehabilitations as well as standards, testing and certification, and various case studies will also be . . .
(Centurion) – Rebosis Property Fund is gearing up for growth in one of South Africa’s fastest growing retail markets, Centurion, by capitalising on its local retail property portfolio. Opened three years ago, Rebosis’s regional mall Forest Hill City has attracted a growing shopper base as Centurion continues to demonstrate some of the highest retail, residential and office growth rates in the country, comparable with Sandton to the south and Menlyn to the north. Driving Forest Hill City’s growth strategy is newly appointed general manager Lionel van Lis, who has more than 20 years’ experience in the retail, hospitality and entertainment sector. “With everything that Rebosis has planned, it is absolutely the right time for me to take the helm here,” said Van Lis. “Forest Hill City is in an excellent position, not only in terms of planned internal developments but also the housing and infrastructure that is being developed around it. The only way is up.” He described his new charge as a one-stop regional destination focusing on entertainment, food, banking and retail. “My job is to make sure that we are successful in terms of leveraging what we already have and that we are well-positioned to take advantage of future growth.” While a deluge of mall developments has dealt many Gauteng retail centres a serious blow, Rebosis malls have remained dominant in their respective locations, occupying prime positions along major access routes to maximise foot traffic from passing commuters. The 75 000m2 Forest Hill City is one such example, located on the corner of the R55 and N14 highway in Monavani, and serving a large area that connects Midrand, north of Johannesburg, with Centurion and Pretoria. Born and raised in Pretoria, 44-year-old Van Lis has first-hand knowledge of the local market and has witnessed the rapid growth of Centurion, now part of the Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, since 1994. Today this thriving business and residential . . .
Award-winning South African lighting design company, willowlamp, scooped another international award at the inaugural darc awards / decorative 2017 gala event held in London on 18 May 2017. The company’s bespoke designs created for Hotel Crown Towers in Perth, Australia, took second place in the category for The Best Use of Decorative Lighting in a Hotel Project. willowlamp was commissioned by Australian-based architects Bates Smart to design a series of four chandeliers for The Waiting Room of the Crown Towers Perth. The custom pieces, based on their popular Mandala No. 1 design, were crafted in their studio in Salt River, Cape Town, and unveiled at the hotel in December 2016. The darc awards / decorative was created by international lighting magazines mondo*arc and darc to celebrate decorative lighting design projects and products. Using a peer-to-peer voting system, winners were chosen by the international design community who were invited to vote for their favourite projects and products on a specially designed website. The awards received more than 200 entries from 30 countries. “The commission for Crown Towers was the largest-ever custom design that we have created to date and we are honoured to be acknowledged by members of the global design community for this project,” says Adam Hoets, willowlamp’s Creative Director and Founder. “We are also excited to see the darc awards / decorative focusing purely on decorative lighting design and look forward to many more years of the competition.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
(Mthatha) – MTHATHA’S largest shopping centre, BT Ngebs City, has begun the countdown to its second birthday on June 25 with the launch of a two-month competition that will see one lucky shopper walking away with a kitchen makeover to the value of R25 000. In May and June, shoppers who visit any of the mall’s shops, restaurants or fast food outlets, and spend more than R300, will be eligible for the grand prize draw. BT Ngebs City general manager Lolo Sabisa said the shopping centre had earned its place in the Mthatha community over the past two years by adding quality of life and understanding the needs of local shoppers. “As a major regional mall, we serve not only our Mthatha residents but also the people living in the surrounding rural areas, who come into town to do their big shopping. We aim to bring them the kind of variety and quality that is usually only available in big cities.” Since 2015, shoppers have had access to over 100 big-brand clothing, grocery, homeware and other retail stores plus a wide variety of food outlets. The opening of Motion Fitness Health Club this year has rounded out BT Ngebs City’s complete lifestyle offering. Sabisa said the centre was pleased to mark its two-year milestone by giving away a prize that represented good value and good times for its shoppers. “A birthday is a time for celebrating with family and friends – and food is always an important part of any celebration. That’s why we’ve cooked up this prize of a kitchen makeover, so that the winner can enjoy sharing a meal with their loved ones every day.” Continuing the food theme, Sabisa said no birthday would be complete without cake and that the centre management team would be cutting “the biggest birthday cake Mthatha has ever seen” and sharing it with shoppers at the grand prize draw. He said this would take place at 1pm on Sunday, June 25, in the Woolworths Court. “Three finalists will be drawn but only one of them will be the lucky one to . . .
Why Do Men in Government Outnumber Women? An In-Depth Look at the Stats on Female Political Figures Johannesburg, South Africa, 12 May 2017 - The Battle of the Sexes is an age-old war that doesn’t seem to tire out, and it’s as prevalent in governments across the globe as it is in the business world. South Africa isn’t the only country where men outnumber women in government, and it appears that women across the world are all fighting their way up the political ladder, according to Adzuna.co.za Adzuna, a job aggregator which lists over 100,000 jobs in South Africa on one website, looked at over 3,000 government or public sector related jobs online. With an average salary of over R696, 080, many of these jobs seemed far more directly worded to male employees. In order for female political figures to overcome the labyrinth of gender inequality in government, they must face the typical gender stereotypes and trump them. Men are regarded as agentic, assertive, and the ones who usually take charge. Women, on the other hand, are still seen as communal people who care, are friendly, and take care of families. The problem is this: People have this idea that political leaders have to be more agentic than communal. And while there might be a slow and steady change on the horizon, it’s happening at a pace that won’t allow women to take up political positions of importance for at least the next 500 years, according to one source. Quick Facts on Women in Parliament Today Compared to the stats in 1995, there has been a slow but steady rise in the number of female parliamentarians, based on a UN Women study done in June 2016. Rwanda is the country that has the most female parliamentarians in the world, with women dominating 63.8% of the cabinet. India has a law in which one-third of a village’s council has to be reserved for women, which in turn leads to more women being elected into government. The global average of women in parliament stands at . . .
Most organisations that are moving from manual to digital payroll solutions do so to improve efficiencies, extract richer business insights and manage systems more tightly. Digital can transform access and capability, introducing new layers of information that can be used to enhance business processes and decision making. Unfortunately, in many cases these tools are forced into customised boxes that won’t deliver as effectively as they would if left alone. What to do when you want to customise your digital payroll system? “Start at the end,” says Teryl Schroenn, Chief Executive Officer, Accsys. “The first thing the business must do before customising a basic payroll solution is to ask what they want from it after it is done. Many companies who automate cling to manual processes because they are comfortable with them and know that they deliver results. However, when it comes to digital, these processes do not necessarily translate into efficiency.” A basic payroll solution is defined as one that’s simple, off-the-shelf and designed with only a few customisation elements to allow for specific processes to take place. If a business tries to wedge all the manual processes and rules that they are currently following into this solution, the result will be as confusing and complex as the one they had before they started. The answer is simple – don’t customise, analyse. Establish the rules “Manual systems have usually evolved to make meeting organisational requirements as effective and risk-free as possible, but they are complicated as a result,” says Schroenn. “To avoid moving this complexity from one platform to another, look at each process and ask if it adds value. Establish its practical relevance and make sure it supports the results the business wants.” Once all the processes have been stripped down, the business will have a clearer view as to which need to be integrated into the digital solution. Most basic payroll packages automate common . . .
AS the Eastern Cape’s largest shopping and entertainment centre, Baywest Mall, marks its second birthday this month (May 21), its performance for owners Rebosis Property Fund suggests consumer appetites for super-regional malls are far from waning. According to Rebosis Property Fund group marketing manager Deborah Bailey, the flagship mall for South Africa’s largest black-owned, listed property fund is living up to its tagline, “the pulse of the Bay”. Growth indicators for the mall include: Consistent foot traffic year-on-year (seven million visitors in 2016) Total sales growth year-on-year over a comparable period of 16.0% Mall trading density (sales per m²) growth of 14.3% year-on-year over a comparable period, and Spend per head growth of 21% year-on-year over a comparable period “Our data shows Baywest has been embraced by the region, with almost seven million visitors through our doors in 2016,” said Bailey, adding that the super-regional mall attracted not only residents of Nelson Mandela Bay (Port Elizabeth, Uitenhage and Despatch), but also brought out-of-towners into the city from as far afield as Plettenberg Bay and Grahamstown. The mall is celebrating its two-year milestone with R20,000 in prize giveaways to shoppers over the course of its birthday weekend. “These out-of-town shoppers would previously have visited the city intermittently, but now the mall provides a unique shopping and entertainment destination to warrant them travelling more frequently. Furthermore, once these visitors arrive in the Bay, they don’t just stop in at the mall but also conduct business elsewhere in the city, meaning that other businesses benefit from our presence,” said Bailey. “On the whole, with a 91% occupancy rate by gross leasable area (GLA) – up from the 85% when we opened in 2015 – Baywest Mall is in a healthy state given the fact that it is just two years old and part of a larger precinct which is still in its developmental stage, and . . .
Polyflor SA is proud to welcome Sipho Zwane as a new sales consultant based at its Gauteng head office. Zwane grew up in Orlando West, Soweto and attended both his primary and secondary school in Eldorado Park. He completed his Bachelor of Business Administration at CIDA City Campus, majoring in Marketing Strategy and Human Resources. “I have a vibrant personality and enjoy rewarding challenges. I’m like a seed that grows remarkably well in the right soil. For this reason, I’m very excited about my new position, the new environment and the new team. There is a positive and vibrant energy at Polyflor, and it is great to be part of a group of flooring specialists that share the same values regarding customer service and excellence”, Sipho divulged. Prior to joining the Polyflor team, Sipho was employed as a sales consultant for Barloworld Equipment in Polokwane. In his new position, Sipho says he will be responsible for establishing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships with clients in order to achieve and exceed targets - for both Polyflor and the client. Contact details for Sipho Zwane: Email: Sipho@polyflor.co.za Landline: 011 609 3500 Cell no: 0828874667 Web address: www.polyflor.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Small and medium enterprises are seen as the catalyst for the South African economy. Providing them the support allows the enterprises to improve their businesses and grants them the opportunity to service their customers more effectively. Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa has invested R162 000 in equipment to assist 50 Informal traders in the City of Mbombela. The company aims to support growth in the local economy through empowering the already licensed traders in commuter hot spots by providing them with equipment to assist in driving growth for the hawkers and informal traders in the Nelspruit area. Silindile Buthelezi, District Manager in Mpumalanga said, “The Initiative is to create sustainable small businesses by empowering local hawkers and street vendors through the investment of equipment, training and supply solutions”. The solution will ensure constant income stream for the traders by improving the sustainability & cash flow of the hawkers and street vendors. The high quality equipment is purposefully designed to enable the merchandise and sale of multiple categories, therefore, maximising the trader’s ability to improve their revenue. Further to the equipment investment, the traders will be provided with training on general business principles like model stock and cash handling through the company’s Grow my Business training. The Training programme is a one day session which is fully funded by CCBSA and covers various aspects of running a successful business such as: Creating a profitable business (including aspects such as stock and stock control) Planning Budgeting Marketing a business Personal vs. business finances Leaving a legacy Buthelezi concluded by saying that CCBSA recognises the role played by communities and in particular the role of the small enterprise on our journey towards economic growth. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
While house price growth in Gauteng has shown tentative signs of recovery in the last 12 months, the residential property market in the greater Midrand region has, in terms of demand, steadily continued its upward trajectory on the back of rapid development in the area. “As many commuters will have noticed, new businesses and office headquarters are constantly springing up along the N1 freeway,” says Rupert Finnemore who heads up Pam Golding Properties Gauteng region. “It’s part of a remarkable process that is seeing Johannesburg and Pretoria merging into one vast mega-city and Midrand is right in the middle of this. With the land between the two cities being developed relentlessly, we are likely to continue seeing ongoing demand for property in Midrand for commercial, retail and residential use into the foreseeable future.” “As well as offering investors a range of property options, catering from the first-time buyer through to the upper-end investor, homes in the region tend to be more affordable than, for example, in the northern suburbs of Johannesburg, and are perceived to offer good value. In addition to offering a good standard living, Midrand supports a highly diverse residential property market with something for everyone.” Nadia Moosa, Pam Golding Properties Midrand manager agrees, noting that an apartment in the Midrand area can still be acquired for R650 000, while at the top end of the market an exclusive seven bedroom mansion in Beaulieu is currently being marketed by Pam Golding Properties for R39 million. “There are popular exclusive estates in the area such as Waterfall, Kyalami Estates and Saddle Brooke, suburbs such as Vorna Valley and Noordwyk in which well-priced freehold family homes are on offer, small holdings, numerous townhouse complexes in Noordwyk and Sagewood, and an increasing number of sectional title apartments,” she adds. According to Moosa, an added attraction of Midrand is that it is centrally situated between . . .