Financial support helps We Care centre with much-needed project (June 2014) Much-needed support from the Baywest Mall and the principal contractor on the R1.7bn development, Murray & Roberts Buildings, has helped the We Care Community Centre in Bethelsdorp towards opening a vital Wellness Day Clinic in the Northern Areas. A donation of R30,000 has been used by the We Care non-profit organisation (NPO) for crucial HIV/Aids awareness campaigns in the area, and also for the training of nurses and for medical equipment for the special day clinic. We Care CEO Ashlene Arends said the funding had gone a long way in assisting the centre. “When we formed a Senior Citizens Club, residents in the area told us that they have to wait all day at the government clinics to receive medication and to be seen by a doctor,” said Arends. “We saw a need for a wellness day clinic, and we have been slowly working towards making that a reality.” The clinic was on course to open in August, weekdays from 7am to 6pm, she said. Funding from Murray & Roberts Buildings and Baywest has also gone towards training six nurses, buying uniforms, and purchasing medical equipment such as a patient examination bed, HIV Testers and a blood pressure machine. Murray & Roberts Buildings Commercial Manager, Mark Belman, said such financial support was important for Nelson Mandela Bay NGOs. “It’s clear that this is an important need in the community and the We Care Centre has been very diligent in how it has spent the donation,” said Belman. “It’s heartening to see the positive role this centre has in the community.” Wanda Ferreira, of Murray & Roberts Buildings, oversaw the donation on behalf of Baywest and Murray & Roberts Buildings to make sure all funding are being utilise as indicated in the proposals. “For us it was important to make a real difference in the community, and helping towards the opening of this We Care Wellness Day Centre is one such need,” . . .
In the real estate business there are few that can compete with Kobie Potgieter, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Independent Properties in Nelson Mandela Bay, who was recently nominated in the Annual Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) Regional Achiever Awards in the Entrepreneur category. Port Elizabeth’s top 18 businesswomen will attend a gala dinner later this month to see who will take top honours in their respective categories. Only one woman in each of the six categories will walk away the award for their outstanding contribution and achievement in their various business sectors. The awards aim to applaud businesswomen who have made significant contributions to the economy and also to create role models for other women within the community to look up to and be empowered. While Potgieter initially never intended on becoming a real estate agent, starting her career as a Grade two teacher, she is now a top producing real estate professional who is renowned both on a national and international level, consistently placing among the top ranking residential agents in the world within the RE/MAX group, having won numerous international awards. As a proud ambassador of her hometown Port Elizabeth, she notes that the exposure gained on a national and international platform will elevate the region to levels that will attract potential investors as it is now seen as a property hot spot with ample opportunities and activity. Potgieter humbly attributes her achievements to her faith, hard work, committed agents and staff, and her wonderfully supportive family. When asked what attributes make her successful, Potgieter says:"I believe it is my passion for people and an honest desire to look after their best interests. I truly love the satisfaction of bringing a buyer to their dream home or playing a fundamental role in helping a seller move on to the next phase in their life,” she says. “Changing with the times and staying up-to-date with industry trends is also critically . . .
Located in the bustling Southern Suburb of Claremont, Wyndover Manor is an architectural, Victorian gem that was built more than 133 years ago. The story of the manor dates back to 1880 when Maria Forbes Watt acquired the grant for the land on which the manor was built. The manor was later purchased late in the 1920s by Margaret Teixeira for her large family. Once a grand estate home, Wyndover Manor slowly deteriorated over the years leaving it in a sad state of decay with part of the home demolished. However, in 1987 the property was purchased by the Abbeyfield Society, seeing the property potential as the ideal place for housing senior citizens. After spending R200 000 on the property, the society was able to restore the grand old lady to some of her former glory. The home has been well-maintained ever since, and includes all the original features that complement the scale and heritage of the house. After 27 years, the Abbeyfield Society has decided to sell the property, giving a buyer the chance to own a unique property and piece of Cape Town’s colonial history. “Wyndover Manor is more than just a home, it is a South African legacy that has been around for over a century. Very few properties have the heritage that this property has, which is what makes it a truly rare find in today’s market,” says Caron Leslie, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Property Associates, whose office is marketing the property. Peter Kratz, Sales Associate at RE/MAX Property Associates, says that the eight-bedroom home features marble fireplaces in each room, beautiful carved wooden doorways and all the trappings of a gracious home built in a bygone era. “The rooms in home are huge, each with pressed-steel ceilings and enormous sash windows. The panoramic views looking out to the garden from the upper-level rooms are unsurpassed,” adds Kratz. Currently on the market for R5.6 million, Kratz notes that the home also boasts Burmese Teak stairways, carved wood finishes and ornate plaster . . .
Purchasing a home is an exciting time for any first-time buyer - it’s a milestone and step towards owning an asset that could change the owner’s financial well-being for the rest of their lives. However, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, it is vital that buyers only take the leap towards homeownership when they are ready to do so, as it takes desire, stamina and a level of financial commitment. Goslett points out that finding the right home and navigating the sometimes complicated process of the property sales process is not the only aspect buyers will need to contend with. There is also the element of learning how to be a responsible homeowner. “Dreaming about buying a home, looking at properties online and visiting a few show houses is one thing, but it doesn’t that mean that a buyer is truly ready to become a home owner,” he says. “There are a number of factors that need to be considered both financially and emotionally before a buyer decides that purchasing a home is the right decision and they are ready to step up their game.” Goslett provides potential home buyers with a few pointers to mull over before they sign on the bottom line: Are you planning on staying in one place? “So you can buy a home for less than what you are currently paying for rent, so it seems like the better option right? Not always. Especially if the calculation hasn’t taken into account the cost of actually owning a home,” says Goslett. “Often a deposit is required, along with bond costs and attorney fees, not to mention insurance and maintenance costs. With all these factors added in, purchasing a home for a short term rarely makes financial sense. The buyer will need to hang onto the property for at least five to seven years before they will see any kind of financial return.” According to Goslett, purchasing a property should be viewed as a long term commitment and, as such, it is important that the buyer has considered their future plans and where . . .
Global heritage brand FALKE recently became proud collaborators in the 2014 World Design Capital initiative when management and staff added their hand prints to the Ukusela eKapa ceramic campaign. Celebrating four decades of proudly South African manufacturing history where heritage meets innovation, FALKE continues its involvement in promoting local design innovation and cutting-edge technology. Earlier this month, their Cape Town-based facility added their support by enthusiastically imprinting mugs for this project, while the Pretoria factory supplied the resistor cores for the project. According to CEO Brennan Sharp, joining hands with the Ukusela eKapa project was a fitting tribute to both the FALKE heritage and Cape Town’s amazing global achievement. “Our German founding company can trace its roots back to 1895 and became an internationally recognised brand for their uncompromising commitment to product quality and performance. In South Africa, we are proud champions of this legacy and have strived to maintain this reputation. The World Design Capital designation is an incredible celebration of the intrinsic artistic integrity of the Rainbow Nation and we are extremely proud of being associated with this drive.” Meaning “Drink Cape Town In”, the Ukusela eKapa campaign is the brainchild of ceramic artist Hennie Meyer and architect/artist Janine de Waal and will be rolled out to schools, tertiary education facilities, hospitals, government offices, businesses, sport events and many more public events over the next couple of months. The campaign is aimed at encouraging visitors and locals to explore the essence of the Mother City. The campaign hopes to create mass public participation in the celebration of Cape Town’s amazing global recognition. The World Design Capital distinction is awarded to cities, which recognise design as a tool for social, cultural and economic development and Cape Town will host over 460 design projects aimed at transforming . . .
Sectional title homes have become a popular choice among South African buyers due to the security and lifestyle benefits that they provide. Often sectional title units are more affordable, making them an ideal option for buyers purchasing their first property. Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that another benefit to sectional title units that has made them so appealing to a wide range of homebuyers is the fact that they generally require very little maintenance on the owner’s part. “The sectional title model has proven to be a highly popular one since it first appeared in this country and it continues to outsell freestanding homes in many regions across South Africa. Buyers are able to enjoy a low maintenance home in a secure, community environment without paying exorbitant prices. Apart from the security element of these kinds of properties, buyers often want to purchase sectional title units due to the shared costs of basic services such as water and electricity. Sharing the cost of these resources often means that sectional title owners will pay less than those living in freestanding properties,” says Goslett. Another significant factor that attracts buyers to sectional title property is the lower maintenance costs due to the fact that the owner only has to maintain their unit’s interior, while exterior maintenance is carried out by the complex’s body corporate. In addition, Goslett says that the levy payments made by sectional title owners will also normally cover any required maintenance or upgrades to the complex in the future, a factor which will contribute to the property’s appreciation in value over the long term. “It goes without saying that purchasing a sectional title unit can afford the buyer many advantages and provides them with a safe yet reasonably cost-effective home buying option. However, while there are many benefits to living in a sectional title unit, challenges could arise if the homeowner is not fully aware of . . .
James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co, discusses citizenship through investment options in Cyprus Steeped in ancient mythology, Cyprus or as it is officially known, the Republic of Cyprus, is an island country located in the Eastern Mediterranean Sea. The third largest and third most densely populated island in the Mediterranean, Cyprus is a member state of the European Union (EU). Archaeological findings on Cyprus suggest that human activity has been on the island since the tenth millennium BC and it is home to some of the world’s oldest known water wells. Originally the island was settled by Mycenaean Greeks in two waves during the second millennium BC, but due to its strategic location in the Middle East, it has been occupied by several powers such as the Assyrians, Egyptians and the Persians, from whom the island was seized by Alexander the Great during 333 BC. Cyprus was placed under British administration in 1878, however the island gained its independence from the United Kingdom and established a constitutional republic in 1960, going on to become a member of the Commonwealth the following year. In 1974, after seven years of inter-communal violence, Cyprus was divided de facto into the government-controlled two-thirds of the island in the south and occupied by the Greek Cypriots; and the remaining one-third of the island, which is administered by Turkish Cypriots. Greek and Turkish Cypriots share many customs but maintain distinct identities based on religion, language, and close ties with their respective "motherlands." Greek is predominantly spoken in the south, Turkish in the north. English is also widely spoken. The northern portion is under Turkish control and is called "The Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus" but is only recognized as legitimate by Turkey itself. The southern portion is an independent republic called the Republic of Cyprus. The Republic of Cyprus entered the EU on May 1, 2004 and adopted the Euro as its currency in . . .
Leading South African Payment Gateway, Setcom Payment Solutions, today announced their partnership with innovative e-commerce solution provider, Digital Planet. This partnership will enable Setcom to introduce a wider range of e-commerce services to their existing portfolio of online credit card processing, SID Instant EFT and mobile payment solutions. “We feel that Digital Planet’s services would be of great value to our client base, as they have a proven track record in terms of optimising efficiencies across the entire e-commerce value chain. We look forward to collaborating with Digital Planet to provide our clients with holistic e-commerce solutions that will have a positive impact on their business performance,” said Setcom CEO, Kumalan Naidoo. Digital Planet has been assisting some of South Africa’s biggest businesses and brands for over 15 years by enabling e-commerce efficiencies and helping their clients realise e-commerce goals. Running a successful e-commerce business can be very challenging, as it requires efficiencies in a number of areas, such as website design and development, payment integration, digital marketing, fulfilment, customer service and logistics. This is where Digital Planet’s expertise can help improve and streamline competencies across the board. “Digital Planet continually strives to add value to our clients, and working with Setcom has allowed us to offer more flexibility to our clients when it comes to online payments. This is very important to us because secure payment methods are one of the most important consideration factors for online shoppers in South Africa,” added Cassie van Wyk, Head of E-commerce at Digital Planet. Setcom facilitates secure credit card and SID Instant EFT transactions across multiple channels, making them a one-stop payment solution partner. Setcom’s payment infrastructure paired with Digital Planet’s e-commerce expertise will surely make for a winning combination for years to come. About . . .
The City of Johannesburg will play host to the 4th Enhancing Customer Experience, Loyalty & Retention in Telecom Summit this year; delegates from 29 countries will converge at the Radisson Blu Hotel Sandton on the 4th & 5th August 2014 to network and discuss their companies responses to the current trends in telecom consumers. Summit is officially endorsed &Supported by 4G African Broadband Forum & WAPA This event is expected to bring together Telecom leaders from more than 50 Operators, and Customer Experience Directors and Customer Care Directors across multiple sectors, to exchange ideas, forge new partnerships and address problems and challenges faced by companies in retaining customers. Delegates will also share working, practical solutions implemented in their companies. Conference organizer says, The African Telco market is fast moving and competitive. It is common knowledge that it is more cost-effective to retain existing customers than acquire new ones, so customer loyalty is crucial for any company’s in Africa. 4th Annual Enhancing Customer Experience, Loyalty and Retention in Telecom shall deliver comprehensive advice on how to prevent customer churn, improve your customer experience and increase your customer’s life cycle. With industry veterans from Telkom SA, MTN Group , Vodacom , Orange Group, Safaricom, Net One Cellular Private Limited, African Broadband Forum, WAPA, Uganda Telecom, orating at the summit, over 70 telecom professionals will gain insights to changing trends in customer behaviour, loyalty dynamics and retention methodologies that will help providers sustain their growth in in saturated environment. Media Contact Jennifer John Marketing Jennifer.firstname.lastname@example.org Ph: +91 474 2 799 766 Author: Jennifer John from Fexton Ventures. More Info link: http://telco.fextons.com/ Twitter: Fexton Ventures Facebook: Fexton Ventures CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
CitySlicker, the longest running daily deal brand in South Africa celebrated its 3rd birthday with a variety of competitions and promotions to reward its loyal subscribers nationally. This information was communicated via effective social media channels including Facebook and Twitter. In order to celebrate, CitySlicker offered Superdeals on the 3rd day of each week at 3pm for 30 minutes each in the month of April. At this time, a popular deal was discounted by up to 75% for a limited time period only. Subscribers were also awarded credit to be used on the site by sharing CitySlicker’s Facebook page at a specific time. This promotion created excitement for CitySlickers Merchants, the deal itself and the subscribers. Since the launch of the online site in April 2011, CitySlicker has developed into a premium lifestyle daily deal brand that has become one of the biggest in South Africa. The company is working with over 1400 merchants and has completed over 4000 promotions. CitySlicker opened originally in Cape Town and grew exponentially to become a national brand by including promotions run in Johannesburg. CitySlicker is a privately held company with staff operating in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Focusing on top ranking restaurants, spas, 4 and 5 star getaways and experiences with merchants that include Orion Hotels, Ocean Basket and Indaba Hotel, CitySlicker searches for the quintessential deals across South Africa, packages these offerings and informs their subscribers daily via email. CitySlicker has grown exponentially in the industry with added marketing services including Effective Marketing, “The digital marketing agency” which specialises in Google advertising, Email campaigns, database management and growth and website creation. CitySlicker offers its merchants the best quality service in order to establish a working relationship worth maintaining for both parties involved. “Celebrating CitySlickers 3rd birthday would certainly not be possible without . . .