TradeCorp Chemicals Trading (Pty) Ltd recently signed the Responsible Care (RC) Public Commitment in Johannesburg, thereby providing their employees and the public with evidence that the continuous improvement of safety, health and environmental performance is highly prioritised. The guiding principles of the RC initiative go beyond the manufacture of chemicals to include the safe use and handling of products along the value chain. Commitment to the RC Initiative is important to a company such as TradeCorp Chemicals Trading (Pty) Ltd, who supplies and distributes a wide variety of industrial chemicals and raw materials used in fertilisers, to clients across Southern Africa. Louise Lindeque, Responsible Care Manager of the Chemical & Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) commented that “By adopting the RC Guiding Principles and committing to the implementation of the RC Management Practice Standards, the company can contribute to sustainable development, which not only benefits safety, health, environmental and social performance, but also contributes to the growing level of commitment to the initiative in South Africa.” “TradeCorp actively supports the principles of Responsible Care. In particular, we work to promote an open exchange of information and experience with stakeholders”, says Steve Sackett, CEO of TradeCorp Chemicals Trading (Pty) Ltd. One hundred and sixty-three companies are signatories to the RC initiative in South Africa, which shows that the initiative is more than a set of principles and declarations. Through the sharing of information and a rigorous system of checklists, performance indicators and verification procedures, it enables the industry to demonstrate its improvements over the years and to develop policies for further improvement. Responsible Care helps the chemical industry gain the trust of the public and to operate safely and sustainably, with due care for safety, health and the environment. Contact Louise Lindeque on 011 . . .
In today’s age the rate of technological advancement seems to be travelling at break-neck speed, with modern-day consumers capable of accessing masses of information instantaneously with a single click of a button. Technology has become a vital part of our everyday lives, allowing us to communicate with people from across the globe without having to leave the comfort of our homes. It has changed the way people interact with one another and it continues to change the way we live. According to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, devices such as smartphones and tablets have become essential tools in today’s fast-paced, competitive business environment. However, the business world is not the only place that has seen the benefits of the massive computing power available in this modern age. Technological advancement is providing homeowners with more efficient means of taking care of their home and freeing them up for other things such as education, career advancement or hobbies. He notes that the concept of a fully automated home has been around for some time; however it is only in the last five years that there has been a more rapid growth in this kind of technology, largely due to the development of faster wireless networking. Goslett says that another factor that has pushed this technology forward is that more and more homeowners are looking for ways to decrease the cost of their utility and home energy bills, so are looking for devices that are automated or can be controlled via a wireless connection. “Currently many international companies have poured masses of resources into developing internet-connected devices and are launching them within the public domain. These include items from a digital toothbrush that is able to connect to the home’s wireless network and analyses the user’s brushing habits, to a door that sends the homeowner a text message to alert them if the door has been unlocked,” says Goslett. “There is currently a wide variety . . .
First-time buyers are often considered to be one of the pillars in a strong home-buying market. However, current market dynamics could be prolonging first-time buyers from taking the leap towards homeownership. External factors have played an intricate role in market over the last six months with consumers having experienced an interest rate hike, fuel prices reaching record levels, along with food and utility prices going up. The higher cost of living makes buying a property seem a lot harder in the current market. However, despite all of this, surveys suggest that many first-time buyers are still holding onto their dreams of owning a home, and are eager to get their foot into the property market as soon as possible. “Although the factors mentioned above may delay first-time buyers from purchasing a property, it has not deterred them from wanting to own property as millions of consumers that are currently renting say that they aspire to homeownership,” says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “In fact,” he says, “recent reports from leading mortgage origination group Betterbond, state that almost half of the home loan applications they have received over the past year have been from first-time buyers, with the average age of the applicants being around 34 years old.” He points out that data such as this proves that many consumers want to purchase a home, but they are doing so a lot later than some of the past generations and are having to work harder to do so. “People believe in homeownership and see it as one of life’s key milestones, however factors such as the expected further interest rate hikes, rising home prices, high personal debt levels and deposit requirements by financial institutions, have kept some buyers out of the market for longer than expected. Another factor is that property owners are remaining in their homes for longer, which has led to inventory shortages and possibly less entry-level properties available on the market. . . .
When it comes to selling a property for the best possible price within a reasonable time frame, a professional, fully qualified real estate agent working for a reputable agency can make all the difference, says Glen Quirk, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Beyond 2000, whose office services Krugersdorp and surrounding areas. “A real estate professional with in-depth market knowledge, resources and the ability to value a property at its true market value can be an invaluable asset to a seller, especially if the agent has specific experience in the area in which the property is located,” says Quirk. “Agents who have been working in the area for some time will have knowledge of their target audience and understand what methods to use in order to best communicate to them and gain maximum exposure for the property. Using the right marketing approach that is geared specifically to the right target market will ensure that the home is sold in the shortest period of time for the best possible price.” Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, agrees saying that selecting the right agent for the job is a crucial part of a property sales transaction. The question however, is how does a seller know how to choose the right agent? “More stringent legislation within the real estate industry means that sellers can be assured there will be a certain level of professionalism across the board. However, it is still highly important that the seller works with an agent who they trust and feel comfortable communicating with. The estate agent and the seller must be able to communicate effectively and both understand each other’s perspective,” says Goslett. “It is always advisable to find an agent who works in the area where the home is situated, and to rather choose to work with a brand that is well known and highly regarded in the industry.” RE/MAX Beyond 2000 sales associate, Morne Prinsloo, who works predominately in the Little Falls, Wilgeheuwel, Honeydew and surrounding areas, . . .
While finding a reliable remover is always a headache, Fourways Movers offers great solutions in the form of speedy delivery, committed service and competitive rates. Whether customers are looking for moving companies in Centurion or removal services in or around Gauteng, all searches end with Fourways Movers. Fourways Movers takes care to ensure that there is no compromise in the quality of service offered by the firm. Therefore, only trained professionals are employed by Fourways Movers for moving customer belongings from a source destination. These trained staffs guarantee that all the goods will reach the final destination in the same condition as they were when they were picked up. Thus, Fourways Movers is one of the few companies that can give the biggest players in their industry of South Africa fierce competition! The client centric approach of the company makes it possible to maintain a high client retention rate. They offer flat 25% rebate on its usual service charge when a client hires two furniture delivery vehicles at a time for moving belongings. Prompt delivery of all the urgent parcels and packages and deadline oriented service of Fourways Movers aims at keeping the clients tension free. In addition, the company maintains a rigorous quality control procedure to assure that the clients get service worth their invested money. Hence, only those vehicles are used for removable services that are in active roadworthy conditions. Each of the vehicles is pre-checked every morning before departure to confirm that they are capable of transporting goods. Furthermore, the transportable goods are covered with thick blankets to prevent their vulnerability to damage during the journey. Fourways Movers is always ready to assist new clients with free quotations on removal services. To know more, click at www.fourwaysmovers.co.za About Fourways Movers Located in South Africa, Fourways Movers is one of the reliable removal companies that offer speedy . . .
“Stopping advertising to save money is like stopping your watch to save time.” - Henry Ford. While advertisements are the integral tools for reaching out to potential clients, but still small businesses suffer with inadequacies of funds. Lack of capital for investing in elaborate advertisements makes companies incapable of entering into the potential customer market. Good news is that ever since its launch, Alive Advertising is one of the preferred of outdoor advertising companies in South Africa that has consistently offered most economical advertising services. The high quality services of Alive Advertising have made it speedily expand its network across South Africa. Today, the company is treated as one the reliable advertising and billboard companies in South Africa with extensive network across Gauteng, KwaZulu Natal, Eastern, Northern and Western Cape including Limpopo and Mpumalanga. The company has successfully installed over fifty billboards in different locations of South Africa within sixteen years of its launch. This has helped the client companies receive more than 3.5 million captured views for their advertisements. Thus, Alive Advertising banks heavily upon the faith of clients today as the major catalyst for its rapid success. Mention needs to be made of the outstanding quality of products that have made Alive Advertising win an edge over its competitors. The strategic positioning of the billboards at the intersections of the traffic light control centres, large traffic areas and other prime locations of South Africa have helped Alive Advertising in gaining optimum attention of the potential audience. The high-resolution LED screens of the electronic billboards of the company are specially equipped to screen videos, animations, static graphics and stationary texts. Thus, these high impact advertisements boost sales promotion and brand awareness processes. This is the reason why client companies consider Alive Advertising as their most . . .
One of the reliable firms that have gained prominence as a trustworthy interior company in Johannesburg is Blue Line Design. Even since its launch, the company has become the most desired service provider for clients who look for deadline oriented and tailor-made interior designing solutions. Blue Line Design is thus counted among the pioneer providers of high quality interior designers in Johannesburg. There is no second opinion to it that there was practically no looking back for the company post its launch in 1990. The vital aspects that makes the clients retain their loyalty towards Blue Line Design are a variety of services that it offers and the client friendly attitude. The commercial interiors designers at Blue Line Design ensure that whether it is refurbishment, or complete renovation, or provision of additional office space, or office designing consultation, or new building fit outs, the clients will get everything under one roof. Even more appreciable is that the company prioritizes client satisfaction above everything else. Thus, individual attention is given to each of the clients in order to understand their specific requirements. Blue Line Design also ensures that the entire interior designing project that ranges from the initial designing phase and ends with the final stage of project completion will be effectively managed by its team of experts. The satisfied clients report that they enjoy tension free service when they choose Blue Line Design over other competitors. Besides high quality services, the company also guarantees dedicated assistance to every client. It is welcoming for clients that the highly competent in-house staffs handle issues efficiently that arise from landlords, contractors and suppliers when they approach Blue Line Design for commercial interior designing services. To know more, kindly check the official link of Blue Line Design http://www.bluelinedesign.co.za About Blue Line Design Established in 1990, Blue Line . . .
The picturesque surroundings make it easy to understand why the Algarve, the southernmost region of mainland Portugal, has been a popular hotspot for family holidaymakers for some years, with the majority of visitors to the region preferring to stay close to Faro. The historic fishing port of Sagres, Europe’s most south-westerly harbour town, was far less of a feature until 2010 with the opening of the Martinhal Beach Resort and Hotel. Located on a crescent stretch of the unspoilt western Algarve coast, the resort is positioned within the protected Costa Vicentina Natural Park. Known as one of the finest luxury family resorts in Europe, Martinhal is a blend between exclusive extravagance and all that the countryside of the quaint coastal region has to offer. James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co in Johannesburg, a market leader in facilitating residence, property and investment options, says that investors who purchase property within the resort will be able to apply for a Portugal Residence Programme or Golden Residence Permit (ARI), provided they meet the requirements. This will allow them the benefits of being a part of the European Union without any obligation to permanently reside in the country. Any acquisition of real estate with a minimum value of EURO500 000 affords investors the right to qualify for the residence permit and enjoy the lifestyle that the Algarve coast affords. He notes that thanks to the protected status of the Costa Vicentina Natural Park, no further development will take place along this stretch of coast, which means the area will maintain its exclusivity as a forgotten corner of the Mediterranean. The stylish, contemporary architecture of Martinhal has been designed sensitively to complement the organic personality of the resort, blending effortlessly into the indigenous landscape. The 38-room, luxury hotel features three restaurants, five pool areas, a spa and gym, tennis courts and a seven-a-side football pitch. While the . . .
BON Hotels, a Cape Town-based company that owns, manages and markets hotels, took on ownership and management of Riviera on Vaal Hotel & Country Club, in Gauteng. BON Hotels’ CEO, Guy Stehlik says he is excited at the prospect of extending the company’s footprint into the area as part of their expansion plan, and this is merely the beginning of their journey into other regions. The hotel will be re-named, BON Hotel Riviera on Vaal, and it will be “business-as-usual” but with some minor refurbishments to the facilities. Comments Stehlik, “We look forward to waking her up to her former glory, with a more modern look and feel and a particular focus on providing excellent service to clients, suppliers and most of all, the guests!” Having committed to a long-term lease, Guy Stehlik has assigned his task team to immediately implement the BON Hotels’ operating systems and processes. A dedicated sales team will be assigned to promote the property to the various markets working closely with the marketing team. For many, Riviera on Vaal brings back wonderful memories and is surrounded by great sentiment. The 91-room, 5-floor hotel is a converted farmhouse from the 1800’s situated on a bend of the scenic Vaal River. Location is a key decisive factor in the BON evaluation process - Riviera on Vaal is a 45 minute drive from Johannesburg and is well suited to corporate and conference markets, as well as families and leisure travellers, who are looking for a venue that has extensive facilities. The BON Hotels team will assess and evaluate immediate refurbishment needs, with a focus on upgrading conference facilities and technology. Currently, three restaurants and a floating restaurant give guests the opportunity to choose from a range of menus, also catering to the four conference venues that accommodate up to 200 people. The Riviera on Vaal Country Club is an 18-hole golf course, with a clubhouse steeped in history. The course has been highly recommended by . . .
While the town motto in Sedgefield may be ‘where the tortoise sets the pace’, it seems that real estate market in the area never got the message. Chris van der Merwe, Broker/Owner of RE/MAX Lakes, which services Sedgefield and the surrounding areas, says that Sedgefield central is set to be a hot investment node during this year as more and more buyers take advantage of the area’s value-for-money home prices. Located along the Garden Route between George and Knysna, the coastal town’s prime position along with its large, older homes that are selling for below R1 million, have made it a sought-after area among buyers from all walks of life. “Sedgefield was originally farmland and despite years of development it has still somehow managed to maintain that rustic, laid-back feel. This has greatly added to the area’s appeal and made it popular among property buyers and holidaymakers alike. The area is perfect for people who want to escape the fast-paced cosmopolitan areas and enjoy a more sedate lifestyle where quality overshadows quantity,” says van der Merwe. He notes that while there is a small percentage of properties in the area have been bought as buy-to-let investments or holiday homes, the majority of the property sales transactions are buyers purchasing their primary residence. “Due to the economic climate we have experienced over the last few years, only around 20% of our market is holiday homes, while most sales are to buyers who purchase a permanent residence. Many buyers purchase homes in Sedgefield because they want to retire here, while others want a better quality of life for themselves and their children,” says van der Merwe. He adds that there is a mixture of buyers moving to the area with a variety of criteria. While some are looking for homes that are fully renovated and ready to move in to immediately, other buyers are looking for homes that they can renovate themselves or build onto at a later stage. According to Lightstone, a property . . .