Issued by: HerdBoys Marketing (PTY) Ltd. Attention: News Editors For immediate release: 7 APRIL 2014 HerdBoys has successfully completed the start-up phase of the HerdBoys Online Trading System. The first of its kind, online agri-procurement platform is now fully developed and operating in a live environment with about one hundred paying agri-input buyers and suppliers across the country. HerdBoys is also proud to introduce Agri360.co.za, a new LinkedIN type Agri-business network designed to enhance buyer and supplier relationships in a powerful networking environment that is designed to Connect Farming Communities. HerdBoys has got to where it is today with over R 6 million worth of investment and they are now looking to secure first stage or "Series A" investment funding that will: - Provide a substantial step up in their capacity to accelerate growth and deliver ground breaking returns to all their stakeholders and; -To take HerdBoys through to "Series B" funding that will enable international growth and expansion. HerdBoys is on the verge of revolutionising the way farming inputs are bought and sold and they’re really excited about what this means for farming across the globe. HerdBoys is seeking business savvy investors who can help the company get to a R20 Million "Series B" valuation in 15 months’ time. Investors are invited to join HerdBoys on a ride of a lifetime with a potential 100% return on investment over the same period. HerdBoys is in the process of putting together a dream team of game changers and thought leaders who are committed to improving efficiencies within the agricultural industry, both in South Africa and abroad. This is a unique opportunity for anyone who is looking to invest in a physically unencumbered, geographically unconstrained, agri-internet business that is fresh and innovative with a high ROI potential. The company has pulled out all the stops in its aim to find the right investors. They . . .
A top London estate agent is ploughing back his expertise gained abroad into his hometown of Port Elizabeth as Re/Max Independent's newest recruit. Born and raised in PE, Bernard Richter started his career in the property industry after a shoulder injury while playing rugby abroad forced him to find alternative employment. "I was chosen for the South African rugby college under-21 side and through this had an opportunity to play abroad." It was while playing in the United Kingdom that Richter broke his shoulder. "I had to get a job and felt I didn't want to be stuck behind a desk from nine to five. "I figured I enjoyed people, had an interest in property through my mom, who's an estate agent, and might find working as an agent to be just the right job for me," said Richter. The former Graeme College and Victoria Park High School pupil's business and marketing studies at Damelin College stood him in good stead as he started his career at the London-based Rolfe East estate agency and quickly moved through the ranks. Richter started out as a trainee sales negotiator, but progressed to senior sales negotiator within two years and was soon managing his own branch in west London. "When I started I was a real rookie but really wanted my particular office to do well. I replaced a man who had just resigned and I felt from the start that if I wanted this job, I needed to pull in some figures. "I got to work early and stayed late and my boss recognised this, started giving me incentives and praising my efforts." He said the recognition made him feel good and spurred him on to do more and more. "Over time I was given additional responsibility and responded well to pressure but always did what I said I was going to do for my clients and this seemed to be the key to my success. "If you just do what you say will, call when you say you will, keep things simple and be honest, I guess you have a winning formula and it's one I've stuck . . .
The Tekkie Tax fundraising campaign is proud to announce the recently appointed ambassador for the Children’s sector of the project. Hilda Lunderstedt joined forces with Tekkie Tax and will serve as the ambassador for the children’s sector in the 2014 Tekkie Tax project. Hilda is a successful business woman who is responsible for growing South Africa’s most successful pharmaceutical company to a 9-digit annual revenue. After the recent sale of the company Hilda now focus on investments in businesses within the Beauty and Health sectors, both in South Africa and internationally. Annelise de Jager, National Project Organiser said “it is heartwarming to see that prominent business people like Hilda, supports our work. She is skilled in so many ways and regularly travels the world. Yet her heart lies here, with the children of South Africa. And it is here, on local ground, that she is making a difference” Hilda stated that “Tekkie Tax is an organization that does amazing work throughout the country and they work hard on a daily basis to make a remarkable difference to hundreds of welfare organisations. It is an honor and privilege to be associated with them.” When asked why Hilda chose the Children sector of Tekkie Tax she replied “the sincere love that children radiate has always touched my heart. I would like to give a voice to the millions of under privileged children in South Africa. Children is the future of our country and by building on the well-being of our youth, we are building our country.” In spirit of Hilda joining the project they recently celebrated her birthday at East Rand Protective Workshop in Kempton Park. It is a centre for mentally disabled adults but although their bodies may be 40 or 50 years old, inside they are children, rarely above the age of 12. The East Rand Protective Workshop provides a permanent, healthy and creative environment for these people. It is a home where they find unconditional love, a safe environment where they . . .
The Chemical and Allied Industries’ Association (CAIA) presented the Responsible Care (RC) Process Safety Management workshop in Johannesburg and Durban to share their knowledge and experience in Process Safety in an endeavour to prevent chemical releases, explosions and fires at chemical process facilities. It is indicated that as many as 80% of serious incidents in the chemical industry are related to uncontrolled change. Rod Prior, Managing Director of SHEexcellence, illustrated the Management of Change as one element that must be considered in a Process Safety Management system. “All change has the potential to alter the risk profile of a plant or operation”, said Prior. Louise Lindeque, Responsible Care Manager at CAIA, introduced the new mandatory RC Process Safety Management Practice Standard that drives the continuous improvement of overall Process Safety performance in the chemical industry. Lindeque commented that: “An effective Process Safety Management system assists companies to reduce risk and to manage the potential safety, health and environmental implications of their activities”. Other speakers presented on topics that included a demonstration of a process safety tool - RMP*Comp - that can be used for the reliable prediction of the consequences and safe exposure distances of chemical release, fire and explosion scenarios. Francois Holtzhausen from Sasol (Pty) Ltd then provided criteria that can be used to identify “safety critical” equipment that should receive priority attention for maintenance. RC Process Safety Workshops, together with the RC Process Safety Management Practice Standard, support chemical companies in setting up internal management systems which allow their operations to be conducted in a safe and responsible manner. The workshops have contributed towards an improved understanding of Process Safety and its management, the implementation of best practice within the chemical and allied industries, and the potential . . .
Cape Town, 26 March 2014 CEOs from a cross section of industries gathered on Wednesday, 5 March at Old Mutual House in Constantia for a ground-breaking dialogue on the topic, “Business as a force for good”. The event, which was hosted by strategic HR consultancy The Fresh Group for a select group of its CEO clients, saw business leaders debate how to shape the future of enterprise, and conceptualise a new way forward which would entail a “profit plus” mindset. Keynote speaker Peter Willis, Chairman of the University of Cambridge Program for Sustainable Leadership, presented the notion of business as a force for good, and how to replace the fading dream of perpetual economic growth with a more enriching and sustainable model for enterprise. Willis emphasised that most businesses plan no more than three to five years in the future, whereas the average lifespan of our children will exceed that planning timeframe by one hundred years – hence the need for a much longer term view. Willis then facilitated a dialogue between the 20 attendees, who debated that values in business needed to shift away from the single-minded pursuit of super profits. While commercial gain will always drive business, the need for profit will need to co-exist with a new set of rules for enterprise which should include the redistribution of capital as a measure of success, and the building of trust between business and government. “Leaders need to think differently about how to plan for their future,” said Rowan Belchers, founder and CEO of The Fresh Group. “Given the world’s finite resources, business as usual is no longer a valid approach to take. It was inspiring to observe young business minds grapple with the idea of instilling a culture of profit plus sustainability in their organizations. In being open to another way forward for enterprise, and in challenging the existing status quo, they displayed plenty of courageous leadership. “Armed with a real grasp on the need for . . .
Reputation is the number one driver of value for any organisation. We have seen how easily it is tainted through irresponsible use of social media; both by the public and by organisations themselves. Green issues, ethics, sustainability and stakeholder relations all have an impact on how your reputation is perceived. The Public Relations Institute of Southern Africa (PRISA) is delighted to announce that Professor Jonathan Jansen, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of University of the Free State, will deliver a not-to-be-missed keynote address at 09:00 on Monday, June 09 where he will set the tone of the much-anticipated Annual PRISA Conference at Emperor’s Palace in Kempton Park, Johannesburg, taking place on Monday and Tuesday, June 09 and 10 2014. This year’s conference is entitled “Managing Reputation on a threatened plant – Communication : trust: Sustainability” and Jansen’s keynote opening address will focus on the opportunities created by the green economy and will address the bigger picture, issues and trends affecting your role as the anchor in ensuring the professional communication and management of reputation. Jansen’s keynote opening address will set the stage for an impressive line-up of expert speakers that address this year’s theme of managing reputation and will explore how public relations and communication professionals can contribute to the ever changing public relations and communication landscape. Concurrent practical sessions will share experiences and knowledge, as well as present best practice and practical case studies. Delegates can look forward to include: • Stakeholder interventions • Brand awareness through sponsorship • Legislation affecting social media and the use of personal data • Measurement of on-line reputation • Media progress over the past 20 years • Integrated reporting, including sustainability reporting • Connecting practitioners and academics in research projects • Redefining today’s media messaging mix For . . .
In its latest Report WMNOD 2014, TeleResearch Labs found that China and India accounted for 23.5% of the global mobile subscriptions and will account for 31% of global connections by 2014. Moreover, 40% of Indian population is still unconnected. This is further going to fuel up the future growth of mobile connections in the Indian market. Latest findings by TeleResearch Labs have brought out some of the most promising opportunities & trends for telecom players (such as MNOs, MVNOs, Vendors, App Developers, and Investors in 2014 and beyond. The time is ripe for them to quickly spot profitable business partners and collaborate with them to explore new business opportunities in this dynamic industry. The global mobile connections are now 6.7 billion and 2014-2015 can witness global mobile subscriptions outpacing the total population on the planet. But subscription growth is not reflecting into growth of revenues for network operators due to market competitiveness, higher CapEx/ OpEx, continuous price decline, and abrupt network failures as well as user accessibility components – with profit margins contracting to all time lows. Conclusively, no player in the telecoms can afford to miss out on resources, technologies, and partnerships that can add to their economy of scale. How would the Worldwide Mobile Network Operators Directory 2014 be of assistance to the Mobile Solution Providers/ Vendors, and Investors? • CXOs/ Management Contacts of mobile industry's most influential decision makers • In-depth MNO profiling & segregation with lot of details such as total no. of subscribers; market reach & penetration; services offered (GSM, GPRS, EDGE, UMTS, HSDPA, HSPA+, LTE); contact details with e-mail addresses & telephone nos. • The updated & verified information contained within the directory will save hundreds of research hours typically spent over ideal market/ management contact identification – helping you access the endless business . . .
Esteemed Property Management Specialist Explains the Ways People Can Reap Benefits from Property Investments Urbanpace, one of the leading property management companies in South Africa, has released a statement explaining how property investments should be made. The company explained that first and foremost, people should be looking for properties that are located in areas that have a good growth rate. This is in light of the fact that properties in such locations have a higher chance of increasing in value—which in turn, can mean more profits for investors in the long run. Urbanpace also intimated that aside from location, it would also be wise to look into the property market first before making any investments, as this will help decrease untoward risks, as well as ensure that potential benefits are maximized. The property specialist also suggested that it would be a good strategy to compute a particular property’s yields beforehand, in order to get an idea as to how feasible it can be. The company elaborated that investing in property is not as easy as many think. There are various factors that will need to be considered—and if a person is not equipped to handle the statistics or forecasts over a specific property or area, then he or she should hire property management companies or experts to help out. However, Urbanpace reminds people that before hiring any property specialist—they must ensure that such experts are able to comply with the needed requirements. As much as possible, property management companies must have professional section title managing agents and other similar experts to handle their clients’ properties, the research skills to make effective forecasts, and the dedication to keep their clients’ welfare intact. In the end, Urbanpace believes that property investments are indeed, excellent ways to build wealth and stability—provided however, that the needed strategies are undertaken and used, and that the proper . . .
Durban-based financial services provider The Unlimited added another record to their books when they set a new Africa record for building 1160 sandcastles in an hour today in perfect conditions (Saturday, 15 March). The epic build was achieved by a team of 832 people, comprising employees of The Unlimited, their families and friends. Sport celebrities including former Springbok Stefan Terblanche, cricketers Ethy Mbhalati and David Wiese from The Unlimited Titans and Sunfoil Dolphins player Cameron Delport and East Coast Radio DJ Makhosi Khoza also pulled their weight in the action-packed hour on Durban’s Bay of Plenty in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record. Guiness World Records is very particular in the rules around this specific record breaking event. Each sandcastles had to be 600mm (w) x 600mm (l) x 600mm (h) and include 4 turrets. In addition sandcastles have to remain standing for an hour after completion. The event was documented for Guiness World Records by filming the entire process, with the record being verified by an adjudicator from the United Kingdom. Although The Unlimited team did not crack the Guinness World Record, the international adjudicator Fortuna Burke, said this is the first time that the sandcastle record had been attempted on the African continent. She applauded The Unlimited for a well-orchestrated effort and urged them to give the current Guinness World Records title of 2230 sandcastles, set by the German town of St. Peter-Ording on 13 July, 2013 another go. At the Bay of Plenty, Fortuna Burke stated, ‘this is the very first time a Guinness World Records attempt of this kind has taken place in Africa! It’s been a great day for South Africa and very well done to Durban! The record was really well organised by The Unlimited, hundreds of families were here on the beach today and the attempt truly represents the spirit of Guinness Worlds Records’. According to Steph Bester, CEO of The Unlimited, this world record . . .
Employers and employees are urged to take note of the public holidays for 2014, in particular the group of public holidays in April that may have a significant impact on working arrangements. This is according to Faan Coetzee, Executive Consultant in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He says that Freedom Day (27 April 2014) is the only public holiday that falls on a Sunday this year. The next day, Monday (28 April 2014) becomes an additional public holiday in terms of the Public Holidays Act. Both 27 April 2014 and 28 April 2014 are thus public holidays. “Two consecutive public holidays can have a significant impact on working arrangements and shifts, especially in workplaces that run a 24/7/365 operation. Employers should consider the effect on the workplace and implement measures to address the impact on work. Employers should also consider collective agreements and Bargaining Council agreements that impact public holidays, working arrangements and shifts” he says. Coetzee notes that there is bad news for employees who are on strike on public holidays in that they are not entitled to any remuneration. “They are only entitled to be remunerated for public holidays if they "ordinarily worked" on the public holiday (see section 16 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, no 75 of 1997). As they would not ordinarily work on any day during the strike, they would not ordinarily work on a public holiday that falls in the strike period. Thus, they are not entitled to remuneration for the public holiday during the strike.” Coetzee adds, “Employers can expect requests for additional days off on Friday, 2 May 2014, Thursday, 25 September 2014, Friday, 26 September 2014 and Monday, 15 December 2014. Employers are advised to timeously make arrangements with employees who wish to take extra days off to work in those days.” On 20 February 2014, the President of the Republic of South Africa signed a proclamation declaring Wednesday, 7 May 2014, . . .