The Results Are In… Snupit recently conducted a survey with small business owners who are listed on the platform. The survey’s goal was to better understand how professionals and business owners feel about the experiences and challenges they face doing business in South Africa. The company had recently participated in the 2019 Business Show in Johannesburg where Snupit met with many users and recorded their testimonials. According to Snupit’s Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder, Avinash Samlall, the survey is another step to get a better understanding of its users. Talking about the survey Mr. Samlall said, “At Snupit we like to keep a finger on the market’s pulse. An intimate understanding of the Pros using our service is what helps us continually improve and grow. We’re always learning how to make things easier and more efficient for our users.” Following are some of the key findings of the survey: • Snupit is considered an effective marketing strategy. Due to limited funds, small business owners focus on strategies that can produce tangible results. • 72% of respondents used word of mouth and referrals by customers. • 45% of respondents said they have a website. • 28% were using Facebook. • 18% used bulk emails to own list. • 12% used Search Engine Optimization / Search Engine Marketing. • 10% used flyers. • 8% used street pole and furniture advertising. • For small business owners, marketing was more of a time investment than a financial investment. Most respondents did the marketing themselves. • 92% of the businesses who invested in technology in 2018 reported that their investment in technology was already profitable. • More than 50% of respondents felt that if they had more time and resources, they would like to focus on improving their business strategy and business management. • The survey also revealed that technology had a strong impact on their business in 2018. And that they would like to adopt digital . . .
Financial Services Provider, Talksure, recently gained institutional accreditation by INSETA and is now preparing to provide accredited short courses as well as learnerships. After an extensive development journey that lasted over a year, Talksure can now offer the Short term insurance NQF 4 qualification, in addition to other existing courses such as soft skills courses, product training and work readiness programmes. “The accreditation speaks to our commitment to learning and providing quality education to our people. This, for us, is important. It allows us to provide our people with meaningful, NQF aligned qualifications which they themselves might have not been able to achieve due to social or financial constraints,” said Magdalene Chetty, Head of Learning and Development at Talksure. For an industry that is often not seen as a long term career, Chetty believes that being able to offer staff qualifications and skills will allow Talksure’s to offer its people real career growth options. “People want to grow and be developed. Once you have invested in your people, they know that you place value in them. Investing in our people will enable them to get up to speed with the requirements of the industry, resulting in improvements in employee morale and productivity, and their will to excel at what they do,” she added. One of the company’s values is Continuous Learning and this influenced the decision to keep training and learning at the forefront of its value-proposition. Talksure’s approach has and will always be to make it easy for all its people, to gain the skills that they require to work and develop within the insurance industry. “We want people to know that with us, you are not just a number. There is a commitment to grow you, to show you that there is a career for you with the Talksure family,” said Chetty CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
If you’ve ever read Blue Ocean Strategy by W. Chan Kim and Renee Mauborgone, you know that a sure way to win in business is to find an underserviced niche and capitalise on that. Easy right? Not so much. Jacqueline Raw, Owner and Founder of Ycagel, a marketing consultancy argues that the majority of businesses offer similar products and services to everyone else playing in their market. So how then do you stand out? How do you effectively position ourselves against a plethora of competitors? Strategy 1: Start with you ‘why’ In the words of leadership guru, Simon Sinek, Jacqui believes that you need to “Start with your WHY.” “Understanding your ‘why’ in business means that you’re able to position against other players in a way that is truly unique to you. It’s a difficult process, trying to articulate effectively why it is that you do what you do BUT once you to crack it, you’re never really competing against anyone anymore. Your businesses ‘why’ becomes your USP and your competitive advantage,” she explains. So how do you discover your ‘Why’? Jacqui offers the following tips: Understand the problem you trying to solve: Start off by trying to understand the problem you’re trying to solve in the market and why it’s so important to you. Ask yourself why you’re doing what you’re doing: And then ask yourself the same question again and again and again and again! Soon, your fundamental ‘why’ will start to surface. Make sure that you can sum up your why in two sentences or less – work hard at it. The clearer you are about your why, the easier it will be for the market to understand it. Strategy 2: Sprinkle added value into your offering According to Jacqui, the second and equally important strategy in differentiating, is creating an offering around your product or service. “This is magic-sauce stuff right here. If you’re selling a generic product, ask yourself what value-added services you can build into your product to create an irresistible . . .
Autumn. That golden season that’s had poets and songwriters wax lyrical for centuries. It’s a time when our world goes warm and toasty and summer brights make way for reds and amber and orange hues. It’s a time when it seems almost as if nature is holding its breath, waiting peacefully for whatever comes next. As do we. We start thinking about getting our homes comfortable and warm before the chill of winter sets in. We start spending more time indoors as our days end just a little bit sooner. And it’s in autumn, especially, that the many benefits of shutters from Plantation Shutters® are underscored. Because they not only offer you privacy and security, they also welcome in the sunshine and then, as the evening turns chilly, keep the warmth from escaping again. They also offer great thermal insulation keeping the warm air inside when the outdoor temperature drops. Plantation Shutters specialise in the design, manufacture and installation of superior quality, custom-designed Timber, Aluminium and Security Plantation Shutters that give insulation from the cold by adding an extra layer of warmth and protection from the elements during the colder months. Mind you, they do the same in summer when they minimise the need for expensive air-conditioning, while adding visual appeal and beauty to your home. And, should you live in an area that gets really windy, rest assured the shutters are rigid and won’t rattle in the breeze, while still allowing light and air to flow freely when you choose to open them. Offering an unparalleled lead time of 21 working days, with a five-year guarantee on the timber shutters and 10 and 12 years on the aluminium and security shutters, Plantation Shutters know exactly how to keep you warm and cosy in the cold months, and cool and refreshed when it’s hot outside. So, why not add something special to your home this autumn and make the most of this golden time? www.plantation.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
Kwikspace was approached by the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, a longstanding client, to assist with modular units as part of a facilities improvement project. Kwikspace is Africa’s largest manufacturer of prefab and modular buildings that provides prefabricated, modular solutions for any accommodation requirement across industries and locations. CPUT is the only university of Technology in the Western Cape, and the largest university in the province. It required extra space to accommodate lectures and Kwikspace provided two non-standard Kwikspan units to be used as lecture halls for the Bellville campus. Kwikspace is renowned for its efficiency and for the quality of their products, which are manufactured according to ISO 9001:2008 and OSHAS 18001:2007 standards and have a minimum life of 20 years. Quicker than conventional building techniques, Kwikspace’s alternative building technologies are ‘Kwik to Deliver, Kwik to Setup’. Implemented as prefabricated, pre-assembled buildings, Kwikspace solutions are cost-effective and fit perfectly with CPUT’s ethos of being “efficient, sustainable and environmentally conscious.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Veolia Water Technologies South Africa supplied a 10 m3/hour package plant to treat the boiler feed water at a natural gas-fired combined cycle power plant in Tanzania. The company was contracted by the OEM responsible for the supply and installation of heat recovery boilers, steam turbines and other associated equipment. “Correctly treating the water cycle within the boiler system is critical to ensure the boilers provide optimum performance over their service life in order to increase plant efficiency,” explains Kgomotso Khomo, Project Engineer, Veolia Water Technologies South Africa. “Improper treatment of boiler feed water can result in overheating, failure to produce hot water or steam, a drop in the boiler flow rate, an overall loss of efficiency and component damage.” Supplied as a prefabricated package solution, the plant was assembled at Veolia’s Water Techno Packages Division in Sebenza, Johannesburg, in just 12 weeks. Veolia’s modular plants provide plug-and-play water treatment for operations with inadequate access to bulk water and wastewater treatment, or those requiring more specialised water treatment standards, with a quick turnaround time. Coagulation, flocculation, lamella clarification, sand filtration, disinfection and reverse osmosis are all standard processes in these off-the-shelf plants, while this specific boiler water applications required an additional Activated Carbon Filter in the pre-treatment phase to protect the RO membranes. Pre-assembled and Factory Acceptance Tested at Veolia’s Engineered Systems Division, these plants comply with SANS and WHO quality levels. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Spreading the good news is at the heart of SA INC., a new 20-part series set to air on local TV channels with the objective of changing the narrative in South Africa to highlight and celebrate the country’s successes and achievements. Running intermittently from this month for most of 2019 on eTV, SABC 2 and Business Day TV, the multimedia campaign is the brainchild of South African filmmaker Shani Kay, who has had significant success showcasing the concept of profit-with-purpose. A passionate storyteller and resolute advocate of equality for all, Kay graduated cum laude from the University of Cape Town’s Graduate School of Business before producing the precursor to SA INC. Time for Global Action comprised more than 120 stories spanning 35 countries, but made Kay realise it was time to turn her attention back to her home country, to focus on doing everything possible to change the current “doom and gloom” conversation, shifting mindsets one at a time. “I really want to help South Africa step closer towards its true potential. By sharing these stories about the role of business in the strategic delivery of global goals to positively impact the lives of real people, we can shift negative attitudes, focusing instead on the moving stories that inspire us all,” Kay said. “When we share the positive news from our remarkable country, we will begin realising that there is so much of which we can be proud.” Founded in 2018, SA INC. – or SA Inclusive – is a partnership between Business Leadership South Africa (BLSA), Brand South Africa, and brand curation specialists Regency Global. The project has already attracted the support of 50 of South Africa’s leading companies eager to work with Kay to rewrite views about corporate South Africa and the ways in which it contributes to inclusive social development and sustainable economic growth. Among the companies are big names such as ABSA, ACWA, Anglo American, Coronation, DBSA, Dimension Data, Engen, . . .
We’re all familiar with pension funds, medical aid contributions, subsidised gym memberships and other employee benefits… but how many employees - and indeed, employers - know that employers can provide their employees with tax-exempt contributions to their families’ education? It’s no secret that many South African parents struggle to afford school and tertiary education fees. Now, there’s something that the private sector can do about it. Companies can reduce their employees’ educational expenses through an innovative form of tax relief utilising Section 10(1)(q) of the Income Tax Act. What is Section 10(1)(q)? Section 10(1)(q) is a little understood and underutilised piece of national legislation introduced by the government in the early 2000s. It is based on an employer-dependent employee value proposition whereby an employer, if they pay for an employees’, or the relatives of an employees’, school and/or tertiary education fees, can grant a bursary to the employee – and the employee pays no tax for this benefit. The direct impact of this legislation is that employees who have this benefit have funds available for school fees – AND they enjoy the tax exemption. The bursary can be used for a relative of the employee (such as their child) or for their own – or continuous – education. Good as this sounds, those companies that are aware of the benefits of Section 10(1)(q) often shy away from its implementation due to the onerous administration required. What are the conditions and limitations? The following requirements have to be met in order for a bursary or scholarship to qualify for this exemption: The exemption will only apply if the employee’s annual remuneration does not exceed R600,000. The scholarship or bursary must be a bona fide scholarship or bursary. The student or learner must study at a recognised educational or research institution. For school studies or a qualification from a National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 1 . . .
Cotarde travel skin care brand teams up with Albea Travel Designer to create the most eco-friendly and 100% biodegradable amenity kits for the global airline industry with the aim to reduce carbon footprint and environmental damage associated with travel. Miami, Florida, United States., April 6, 2019 -- Award-winning travel skincare brand Cotarde has formed a partnership with the largest beauty packaging company in the world, Albéa, and its amenity kit division to lead the way in bringing a new eco-conscious approach to onboard amenity kits used by the global airline industry. With the aim to enhance the global passengers experience onboard, AlbeaXCotarde team has tied-up its efforts in creating performance-driven skin care onboard to meet the needs of those with most environment-conscious mindset. The new offering has just been presented to the global travel industry visitors at the World Travel Catering & Onboard Services Expo in Hamburg Messe, Germany (2-4 April 2019). “We are thrilled to announce this new partnership as part of our efforts to elevate the travel experience worldwide. We are the first skincare brand entirely dedicated to travelers, and as such we want to deliver the most eco-friendly, biodegradable products with negative carbon footprint.” said Danuta Dudek-Pellon, PhD, MSc, Cotarde Co-Founder. “It’s particularly important today when we all feel the impact of long-haul travels on our planet. We want all travelers to know there is a better, healthier alternative to what they usually take with them and find onboard. Teaming up with the largest beauty packaging maker in the world with years of experience in amenity kits, allows us to reach out to the global travel community which is a great move forward for our startup.” With each product tested by pilots and frequent travelers, Cotarde is introducing a new size range of its flagship travel skincare suitable for amenity kits – DayDream Mousse Cream and Face with a View Concentrated . . .
The prestigious Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival is offering the chance for aspirant creative talents to win a whopping R50 000 through their Emerging Creative Talent competition. Year on year this unique festival has grown in stature, recognition and initiatives, with an increasing emphasis on enabling young local creatives through fringe events such as workshops, mentoring programmes and of course recognition and prises through the prestigious awards events and the Emerging Creative Talent competition. The sixth edition of the festival, in partnership with the Gauteng Film Commission, invites all South African creative students to create a team and submit their short film pitch/treatment to Bokeh FFF by the 7 April 2019, and stand the chance to be one of the 10 lucky teams to be selected to create an award winning fashion film. Those 10 films will then be screened on a worldwide stage at the upcoming 2019 Bokeh South African International Lifestyle and Fashion Film Festival, with the winning film being awarded the main prize on the night. The directors will also be given the opportunity to present their films at the festival’s directors’ workshop and viewings in Cape Town. Says, Bokeh Founder Adrian Lazarus: “We are excited to offer this life changing opportunity to the unbelievable talent that we have in this country and we’re keen to see how they interpret this year’s theme, which is - The City Super Hero.” Film students and new creative graduates who would like to enter will need to select a creative collaborative dream team in the following disciplines; fashion, film/video, copy writing, make up, hair-styling, editing and special effects, production, acting and modelling. The top 10 teams will be announced on the 10 April and be assisted by Bokeh FFF to create a fashion film masterpiece. So young creatives and recent graduates what you waiting for? It’s time to get your creative juices flowing and create . . .