This week the Property Poser panel deals with a case of sibling rivalry between two brothers who co-own a property, in which the one lives. The reader, who resides elsewhere, appears to be having communication issues with his brother. He has discovered that his sibling has made arrangements regarding outstanding instalments and payments at the bank and municipality without his knowledge. The reader does not, however, mention whether the arrangements entered into have any direct financial consequences for him. The siblings are, from a legal perspective, partners in respect of the ownership of the house, says Stiaan Jonker of Smith Tabata Attorneys in Port Elizabeth. “The rights and obligations of the partners would, in the absence of alternative arrangements, be equal.” Jonker says one could assume that the sibling probably pays a rental to the reader for the use of his half-share of the property. “As far as the other obligations are concerned, payments should be made by the partnership.” It would appear that the partnership has fallen behind in some aspects, hence the arrangements, says Jonker. “Partners are jointly and severally liable for the debts of the partnership and one partner arranging to make payments isn’t problematic in itself. Assuming, of course, that he didn’t represent the other without consent.” Jonker says the partner making payments on behalf of the partnership has a right of recourse against the non-paying partner to claim the portion he should have paid. “Our reader seems to feel quite strongly that his rights have been ignored by the bank and municipality. He feels that this should assist him in being released from the partnership.” According to Susan Chapman from Rawson Properties PE Platinum, the reader has not explained the internal arrangements between the partners or whether there is even a partnership agreement in place. “Of course, if there is such an agreement, this is the first place for our reader . . .
The Tentickle Bedouin Tent Company has announced that it has appointed Maverick Marquees as their new stretch tent distribution partner in Ireland. Cape Town, May 2013: Tentickle Bedouin Tents International (http://www.tentickle.com/) is a South African based stretch tent manufacturer that provides Bedouin style function and special events tents to both the tent retail and rental markets in Europe, Eastern Europe, North America, South America and Australia. Tentickle has recently expanded into the special events tent market in Ireland and have appointed the well-known local Irish tent and events company Maverick Marquees as their distributor in Ireland. At the launch of the joint Irish/South Africa tent distribution initiative at the Tentickle head offices in Cape Town, the Tentickle Managing Director Mr. Marco Slunder had this to say about the expansion of Tentickle Bedouin Tents into a new overseas market: “It is with great pleasure that I announce yet another international partnership between Tentickle here in South Africa and our new Irish distributor, Maverick Marquees. Not only will this partnership allow us access into a new special events tent market, but it will also allow Ireland the chance to experience what is undoubtedly one of the safest, stylish and most sought after special events tents in the world.” He also went on to add that, “we are particularly happy to add Maverick Marquees to our international distribution family as they are well respected in the tent rental and retail market in Ireland. We look forward to a long and prosperous business partnership in the years to come.” To contact Tentickle Bedouin Tents in South Africa please email Mr. Marci Slunder on firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively you can contact them via email or fax on: Tel: +27 21 593 6918 Tel: +27 21 593 6906 Fax: +27 21 593 6916 To contact Maverick Marquees in Ireland please go to their website at http://maverickmarquees.com/ or contact them via email on . . .
Careful and strategic approach to expansion sees franchise grow to 24 outlets National pizzeria franchise Col’Cacchio pizzeria launched six new stores last year including its first two express outlets, under the name Mio, to complement its existing network of family restaurants. Their express concept stores cater mainly to take away customers through personal collection or delivery. The successful Col’Cacchio pizzeria chain has grown strategically over the last ten years to 24 stores. There are currently nine franchises in Johannesburg, eleven in Cape Town including Franschhoek, Stellenbosch and Hermanus, one in Durban and three in Pretoria. The group has enjoyed turnover of R161-million in the last year. Launched in 1992 as a stand-alone restaurant in Cape Town run by Michael Terespolsky and Kinga Baranowska, Col’Cacchio pizzeria has become synonymous with traditional Italian food and gourmet pizzas. After operating in partnership for more than 10 years, the two entrepreneurs decided to grow their business, and identified franchising as the most suitable mechanism for the expansion in 2003. Terespolsky, who is a member of the Cape Town chapter of global business-owners’ network Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO), says Col’Cacchio pizzeria has deliberately taken a controlled approach to its roll-out and growth strategy. “We soon realised that in order to achieve our goal of expansion, we would have to create a network of strategically placed Col’Cacchio pizzeria outlets.” The first franchisees Greg and Roz Mommsen launched Col’Cacchio pizzeria in Bryanston, Johannesburg in April of that year. Terespolsky and Baranowska, along with Johannesburg-based Greg Mommsen who bought into the holding company, have been the three directors of the franchise company since inception. From the outset the partners determined that the business could fill a very specific niche in the restaurant and food market, but were cautious about expanding too aggressively, explains . . .
On Friday 26th April the Oliver Transformation and Empowerment Awards announced their 2013 winners. The black tie event at the Sandton Convention Centre was attended by the who’s who of South Africa’s private and public sectors including Xolani Qubeke, Chief Executive Officer of the Black Business Council and Advocate Thuli Madonsela, the Public Protector, who were the keynote speakers. Over the past eleven years the Oliver Empowerment and Transformation Awards has celebrated South Africa's black economic empowerment champions. Recognised as the country’s most influential empowerment awards ceremony, The Oliver Awards celebrate companies and individuals in the public and private sectors that are excelling in job creation, entrepreneurship and enterprise development. The 10 winners of 12th Annual Oliver Empowerment Awards are: 1. Africa’s Transformation Award sponsored by G4S: PricewaterhouseCoopers 2. The Skills Development Award sponsored by Transnet Foundation: Volkswagen Group South Africa (Pty) Ltd 3. The SME Award sponsored by Rena Business Solutions: Indigo Kulani Group (Pty) Ltd 4. The Socially Responsible Investment Award: Netcare Limited 5. The Supplier Development Award: Woolworths Holdings Limited 6. The Entrepreneur Award: Allon Raiz from Raizcorp Enterprise Development 7. The Female Business Personality Award: Nosizwe Nokwe-Macamo from Petro SA 8. The Male Business Personality Award: Mteto Nyati from Microsoft SA (Pty) Ltd 9. The Public Sector Executive Award: Linda Makuleni from South African Weather Service 10. The Young Achiever Award: Kate Moodley from Discovery Consulting Services The Oliver Awards also announced a new award - the Legend of Empowerment – Lifetime Achievement Award. This year the Legend of Empowerment awards went to 10 high profile South Africans, prominent in business and politics. These were Dr Mathews Phosa, Commander Tsietsi Mokhele, Dr Mamphela Ramphele, Tokyo Sexwale, Dr Rob Davies, Adv Thuli Madonsela, . . .
LabourNet Payroll & HRIS Solutions recently announced the launch of PSIberLite, a system designed to put a new spin on the original, tried-and-tested, cloud-based payroll solution pioneered by PSIber a decade ago. Combining the ease-of-use of a logical interface with the convenience of basic payroll functionality, PSIberLite enables Small to Medium-sized Enterprises (SME) to perform complicated tasks with ease. As one of the most essential functions of any business operation, payroll processing can often be complicated and challenging, especially for smaller businesses where no actual payroll department or limited payroll expertise exists. PSIberLite is a proudly South African payroll system that offers new payroll users control and simplicity, harnessing the full power of cloud technology backed by the support of highly skilled LabourNet staff. PSIberLite is now on offer to new and existing LabourNet clients. On registration, clients will receive 2 months of live payroll processing free of charge, allowing users to experience all the valuable features of the payroll system beforehand. The system is designed to simplify basic payroll tasks for SME’s, offering more convenience with instant access to the tools and services needed to run a modern payroll department from virtually anywhere. The system offers a complete range of payroll functionality for up to 50 employees, including payslips, automatic statutory payment calculations, reporting capabilities, and more. In addition, PSIberLite is hosted online, which makes implementation hassle-free – all that is needed is an internet connection to get started. As such specialised software or incessant computer upgrades are never needed. What sets PSIberLite apart from other online payroll processing systems, however, is not just the practical functionality or ease-of-use of a logical interface – it’s the ability to easily upgrade to the more comprehensive PSIberWORKS system to cater for growing businesses . . .
We all know What we want, but the true question that needs answering is when! Asking 'When?' can be radically transformational and may just unlock your future in a powerfully positive way. When are we going to stop blaming others and start believing in ourselves? When are we going to stop feeding fear and start nourishing faith? When are we going to stop getting to give and start giving to get? To attend a motivational breakfast talk by Glen McQuirk, founder of MAP4LIFE, on April 27, Contact: Charmain Betts at 084 5166 440 or Debbie Hubsch at 021 975 5409. The venue is Balmoral Lodge in Bellville and the cost is R200. URL: http://www.hippocommunications.com Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
One of the biggest challenges facing the Eastern Cape is its extremely high unemployment rate. It currently stands at just less than 30%. For youths between the age of 15 and 19 the percentage is much higher – a staggering 50%. The local government is working with businesses across the province to try work out ways to bring those percentages down. JobsEasternCape.com a local job portal for the Eastern Cape aims to help business owners and recruiters to get access to the unemployed skilled and unskilled workers through its website and social media platforms. The portal offers a free service to employers who can then go ahead and post their vacancies free of charge and have the applicants send their CV’s directly to their email inbox. All jobs posted to the website are then shared onto the sites social media outlets. Job seekers also have the opportunity to create a profile and submit a CV both electronically and as an attachment. This increases the job seekers chances of being employed as some recruiters prefer to browse through CV’s online rather than bring to the attention of the public the fact that their client is hiring. Registered users have a great opportunity to register for job alerts so that they are notified immediately when a job is posted matching their CV. The new website will focus its content on education, skills and career advice. Although in its infancy any providers who wish to share content can do so by emailing the editor for guidelines or by contacting the editor through its Facebook Fan Page. JobsEasternCape.com will help educate the youth on advice for job seekers and collect information from recruiters on what seekers could be doing to improve their chances of being employed. Often job seekers find that they apply in vain for work and never hear anything back on the progress of their applications. Through the introduction of the portal we wish to address these issues along with any others raised by frustrated users. A problem . . .
Badly managed workplace stress costs the South African economy billions of Rands each year. It debilitates management and employees alike. Dr Anthony Costandius, Counselling Psychologist, points out that nurturing the emotional strength of people within the company, i.e. utilising effective psychological principles, also found in well-functioning families - can help management and staff to endure and thrive. This gives the company the best chance to survive current and future economic challenges. Stress in the workplace, a universally documented phenomenon, is exacerbated by the current extended global financial crisis. Survivors of cut-backs, retrenchments and corporate restructuring now need to do more with less, whilst still being required to meet the same targets as before. Office and home have become inextricably intertwined, providing little opportunity to recharge. People at risk means that the company is at risk. The impact on the emotional and physical wellbeing of staff is clear. Increased absenteeism caused by chronic headaches, gastric problems, depression, anxiety, strokes and heart attacks, low morale and reduced job satisfaction have become the order of the day. For companies who now have to survive with a reduced and over-taxed workforce, this is very worrying. The above situation can only change if more effective strategies are found to manage and nurture emotional strength in the workplace. Dr Costandius states: "We need to identify people at risk, offer helpful and appropriate interventions and create an environment where people feel safe to say 'I need help!' without the fear of being victimised or given a poor performance review." There is a solution. Dr Costandius believes that, by utilising stress reduction and coping strategies found in well-functioning families, management efficacy and the employer environment can be improved significantly. He adds that, while many of today’s managers have the functional and technical skills to . . .
The commenting period for the Proposed Listed Atmospheric Emission Activities Amendments (Amendments), published by the Department of Environmental Affairs in November last year, ended on 11 April 2013 and will now be followed by public hearings starting on or around 16 April 2013. “The Amendments contain a list of activities that result in atmospheric emission and which have or may have a significant detrimental effect on the environment; including health, social conditions, economic conditions, ecological conditions or cultural heritage,” explains Sandra Gore, Director in the Environmental practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. “The Proposed Atmospheric Emissions Activities Amendments have already attracted substantial criticism. This includes that, despite South Africa's ambient air quality falling short of World Health Organisation benchmarks, the proposed amendments relax certain air quality standards, which will create health risks. This appears to be in contrast to government's commitment to addressing air pollution,” Gore explains. “Industries, however, argue that emission standards are too stringent and South Africa should not be measured against industrialised countries' standards, where industries can afford to implement expensive air pollution abatement technology (often equating to millions of Rands). “The problem is exacerbated by South African industries remaining highly reliant on relatively old facilities, with short remaining lifespans. It is often unfeasible to upgrade facilities to comply with the air emission regulatory framework, which has rapidly evolved over the last decade,” she says. Gore explains that industry in South Africa is a significant employment source for poor and unskilled labourers. Faced with too stringent air emissions limits and costly abatement technology required in air emission licences, companies could be forced to close down or reduce employee numbers, diminishing socio-economic benefits arising from their . . .
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