DOES YOUR PITCH REFLECT YOUR VALUES? Now in its ninth year, ENGEN Pitch & Polish, in partnership with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank and Raizcorp, is a national entrepreneurial workshop and competition programme that – so far – has helped over 10 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. “The ENGEN Pitch & Polish initiative invites entrepreneurs and aspiring entrepreneurs to participate in a full day workshop and competition, to build their businesses on firm foundations and values” urges Unathi Njokweni-Magida, the Head of Transformation & Stakeholder Engagement at Engen Petroleum Ltd. “At Engen Petroleum, we continue to be a firm partner as this gives budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to pitch and present their business or idea, to an audience, where the feedback loop creates an empowering learning environment. Engen believes growing and nurturing business skills for emerging entrepreneurs in South Africa will boost employment, improve education levels and help alleviate poverty. To accomplish this, we are proud to step up and support these future stars, to help propel them forward and become flourishing future employers,” explains Unathi. As the 2018 workshops begin, below is some advice on the importance of values when crafting the perfect pitch. It is highly unlikely that someone will invest in your business if your values do not align with theirs. As a real example, a billionaire once turned down the opportunity to invest in a rave business just as the rave scene was about to explode. Despite the lure of vast profits, the billionaire knew that raves attracted drug dealers and that large amounts of drugs were being peddled. This was completely contrary to his system of values and he declined to invest. The need for aligned values also holds true from the perspective of the investee. If, after pitching to an investor, you discover that she has shares in a textile factory in the East that makes . . .
Johannesburg, 1st Aug 2018 – With the rainy season upon us, residents and businesses are bound to experience all manner of water damage – both minor and major, depending on the severity of the rains and quality of a structure. Whether one is staring at wind destruction or flooding, the best chance of property restoration is usually realized by entering the structure as early as possible to salvage whatever can be saved. The longer a property stays submerged in water, the more the extent of the damage. Unfortunately, in certain cases, residents are forced to wait for as long as an entire week before it is safe to enter a structure. Even then, you will still need an expert to go in first and analyse the situation. When going into the property, you are advised to; Wear protective clothing Discard food that have come in contact with the water Remove and dry any upholstery Air out the structure Get in touch with water clean-up, restoration, and mold mitigation and remediation specialist to check and give a report on the extent of moisture content. One of the best ways to avoid extensive water damage is to prepare your property for the rainy season way before it starts raining. Start by clearing the gutters and drainage system to ensure the water flows away freely. Next would be to watch out for leakage signs and have any cracks fixed professionally. Any electrical issues must be looked into immediately and be sure to get an expert to inspect your basement. Dry Wall Johannesburg are readily available to offer any professional help. “it is always good to be safe than sorry,” says Pervious Moyo, the company owner. “We have helped a very big number of property owners safeguard their structures before the rains, and also provided quality restoration as far as dry wall partitioning and suspended ceiling replacement goes.” Find out more information on preparing your house for the winter by visiting www.drywalljohannesburg.com. CLICK HERE to . . .
With increased crime rates in South Africa, one solution that is helping many residents is street lighting. Flash Freeze & Flush Enterprises (Pty) Ltd specializes in this and their experts offer durable yet affordable solutions. Johannesburg, 31st July 2018- Darkness tends to hide a lot of evil and more crimes including muggings are reported at night. Research also indicates that even though only 40% of people drive at night, there are higher numbers of accidents at night and this can largely be attributed to lack of visibility at the time. As a company, we help solve this problem by installing quality electrical appliances, both at home and out in the streets. This helps prevent constant power failures that consequently result to streets being unsafe. We also provide street light maintenance services and thanks to the latest technology, we do install alert systems that help notify whoever is concerned, when a bulb needs changing. This is very beneficial as it helps to ensure that the streets are lit all the time. We also believe that this results to less accidents at night. Another piece of technology that we use to make streets safer is the use of LED smart lights; these are not only cheaper than halogen but they are also better. These bulbs ensure that the security system is getting enough power all the time. In addition, these modern street lights are highly reliable since they have wireless transmission, which manages light and electricity well. This low cost, high quality service has encouraged the city of Johannesburg to install more lights on the streets and in general, that has contributed towards making the environment safer and friendlier to the public. Our highly experienced electricians also offer advice on how to improve the quality of security lighting for our customers. In this line, we have motion sensors and environmental monitoring technologies which customers can choose to have installed as it helps to increase visibility round the . . .
Getting your electrical connections ready for winter doesn’t have to be such a tall order. Not when the leading electricians in Johannesburg are only a phone call away. Johannesburg Electrician take pride in being a pioneer organization that offers high quality and durable electrical solutions to their clients. JOHANNESBURG, June 29, 2018 – Winter is one of the harshest seasons in a year, and it is synonymous with numerous risks and losses in homes and business premises. Several systems get affected by the severe weather condition. However, the most significant one would be the electrical connections. People are always advised to put measures in place to safeguard against any possible outcomes. Here in Gauteng, Johannesburg Electrician, one of the most notable electrical contractors in the region have outlined several electrical preparation tips for winter to help you pull through unscathed. Number one is to ensure none of your electrical wires are hanging too close to trees because the trees can get very heavy with snow and this excess weight could end up damaging the wires. While still outside, have a look at your electrical boxes and see to it that they are shielded from getting too wet. Get a surge protector installed to prevent fires during the winter period and avoid overloading the electrical systems. Be sure to shop around for a backup generator because despite all the preparations, the main power line could always fail. The best way to go about everything would be to have a certified electrician do a thorough inspection of the entire wiring connection. They will provide better assessment of the situation and come up with quality solutions that will last for long. “Helping home owners and businesses prepare for winter is something we have been doing for more than 15 years,” said Mr. Ngwenya, the master electrician. “Therefore, you can bet we know how to get the job done efficiently and on schedule.” Judging by the reviews from previews . . .
Nothing about South African décor 2018 says minimal, the style is bold, exciting, and daring at the same time. Those clean colours and smooth walls are now in the past; a wide variety of designs, textures, and colour combinations have now emerged with grey being the new black in décor. Johannesburg: The old trend of white walls and single monotones is now out and South Africans are embracing elegant and stylish colours that complement one another. People have realized that it is the delicate colours that are more beautiful when creating a living space. What is popular nowadays is what older generations would approve of. When it comes to furniture people are going for unfinished pieces, it’s not uncommon that you walk into a house and find a cut piece of tree trunk that has been customized to match other pieces in the house. In terms of shapes, rounder shapes are the preference of the day. Indoor plants have been in for a long time and they are still in this year. They bring freshness in the home and the great thing about them is that you can always choose the species that you love. Brass and concrete planters that have modern shapes and designs are now the preferred choices. This year, some of the aspects that most people check before making colour decisions, include the amount of natural light a room receives and the direction the light comes from. Grey, being a colour that is in between, has proved to be quite popular as it’s neither bright nor dull. Moreover, people have devised different ways of incorporating it in rooms from sofa colours, seat covers, pillows to even floor rugs. The preferred art and patterns for decoration and decor are big, abstract and inspired by nature; these can range from plants, trees to even hand patterns. Textures and textiles have also become diverse and there is so much to choose from this year. For instance, smooth interior walls are being replaced with bare stone wall on one, two or all sides. In addition, the new . . .
From a company that only had about 34 employees over three years ago and now employing 200 people to an artist who has intertwined the modern with the old to create versatile art, this was the fair at display during the Workplace Challenge Programme 20 –year celebration held in East London, Arcadia over the weekend. The event aimed to commemorate 20 years of productivity improvement by the dti (Trade and Industry) ‘s Workplace Challenge Programme. Various companies who are beneficiaries of the Workplace Challenge Programme, provided testimony on how the programme assisted them grow their productivity. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a 24 month programme implemented in South African enterprises to improve the productivity of the companies thereby ensuring sustainability of jobs. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a programme of the dti and is managed Productivity SA. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31(1) of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as a juristic person with a mandate to promote employment growth and productivity, thus contributing to South Africa’s socio-economic development and economic efficiency. Delivering the keynote address at the event, the Eastern Cape MEC for Economic Development, Tourism & Environmental Affairs, Mr Oscar Mabuyane, says the country “needs to focus on empowering real entrepreneurs and said over time the Tender System must be phased out and be replaced with a more feasible model”. Mabuyane lauded companies that improved their productivity through implementing the Workplace Challenge Programme. The Workplace Challenge Programme serves as one of government’s interventions to improve the productivity of South African companies to enable the enterprises to fortify their competitiveness and contribute to economic growth in the country. Since 1998, the programme has helped more than 400 companies, employing more than 70 000 people. The Workplace Challenge Programme improves productivity and . . .
Black Suppliers are at the forefront of training and equipping South Africa’s emerging contractors with the skills needed to build their own sustainable businesses The construction industry in South Africa is fickle. It’s cyclical at best, which means that contractors need to keep up with trends for their businesses to be sustainable. This does not only apply to big construction companies, but also to emerging and self-employed contractors. Black Suppliers is a proudly South African company that does just that – assisting emerging contractors gain skills. It was founded by Gerald Ndlovu to help emerging and self-employed contractors, mainly based in townships and semi-urban areas to gain skills, keep up with industry trends and build a network to grow their businesses at absolutely no cost to the contractors themselves. “There are massive opportunities for emerging contractors since the inception of the Construction Industry Charter,” says Ndlovu. “This Charter states that any primary construction company appointed to a job has to put 30% of the budget aside to hire locally-based emerging contractors and skilled labour in the community where the job is taking place.” At the moment the biggest opportunities for these contractors are in the private property sector; and the maintenance and renovating of already completed buildings. To ensure that emerging contractors are equipped with the right skills, Black Suppliers partners with large construction companies and suppliers within the industry to craft customised training programmes. In addition to completing accredited training programmes, these contractors are also put through an incubation process where they gain basic business skills, start to build networks and are exposed to the market. “We make sure that every contractor leaving our programmes has a job lined up and is introduced to appropriate established contractors needing skilled and vetted sub-contractors,” commented Ndlovu. If you are an . . .
The fifth Bokeh South African International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival presented by Savanna Loco, is set to dazzle and inspire at the upcoming red carpet awards taking place from the 20 - 29 September in both Johannesburg and Cape Town. The local and international judges for this year’s awards include amongst others; world renowned fashion photographers/cinematographers; Rankin and Kristian Schmidt, celebrity stylists and fashionistas; Tracy-Lee Rosslind and Chrisna de Bruyn, J’Something of Mi Casa, Tuna Yilmaz from the Istanbul Fashion Film Festival, Katrina Olson Mottahead from the Canadian Fashion Film Festival and trend researcher analyst Nicola Cooper. From a record entry of over 700 film submissions 130 will be carefully selected by the Bokeh judges. The official selections for 2018 will be revealed on 1st August at a press event in Johannesburg and the approximately 50 nominated films will be revealed at a press event in Durban on 4th August. This year has seen Bokeh get behind the creative processes of teams from both Johannesburg and Cape Town in the Billy Preston Emerging Creative Talent Award category, with the winning team being awarded R50 000 to further advance their film careers as well as uniquely designed trophies by innovative homeware designer Carrol Boyes. “Savanna Loco are once again delighted to be the presenting partner of the Bokeh South Africa International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival and excited to be aligned with this visually creative and stimulating world. As both Bokeh and Savanna Loco continue to cement our marks in fashion, film and design, so do the opportunities increase as to how we can activate and create amazing experiences with our target audience.” Marsh Barends, Savanna RSA Brand Activation Manager. “Mercedes-Benz is proud to once again be a sponsor of this prestigious and unique event. Over the years the Bokeh South Africa International Lifestyle & Fashion Film Festival has set the . . .
There are certainly advantages to paying cash for your investment property. However, Pieter Piek of Just Property Invest suggests an intriguing alternative “The advantages of an outright cash purchase are certainly appealing,” says Piek. “You will not be paying interest on a loan and if you are disciplined, that money can be invested into a tax-free account, and you will own the property ‘outright’.” But, he notes, there are disadvantages if you plough all your capital into one asset, leaving little to invest for emergencies. And if the purchase price for the property drops, you have no gearing protection. “When investigating the best investment opportunity for cash buyers, I always advise them to consider the advantages of purchasing two units with 50% bonds instead of one with cash,” says Piek. He illustrates his point with this example: “If you find two properties where you pay R1-million and realise a nett rental of R8 000 on each, you get a nett yield of 9,6%. With a 50% bond on both you are just R2 000 “worse off” than if you had purchased one unit with cash. But now you have two properties.” “When bonding both properties at 50% (500k), your combined monthly repayments will be approximately R10 000. The rental income of R16 000 delivers you a surplus of R6 000pm and a return of 7,2% on your initial R1-million investment,” says Piek, adding: “Where it gets interesting is when you sell the property.” Say the properties grow at 8% per year over a five-year period. Each property is then worth R 1 469 328. This gives you equity of R 2 938 656. Your outstanding bond will be R898 024. Removing this and your initial investment of R1 000 000, leaves you with R 1 040 632. “Had you bought one unit outright, It would also be worth R1 469 328, less your R1-million investment, and you have R469 328. You can get double the return, and this after just five years,” says Piek. Let’s look at the same hypothetical example over 10 years: One property will . . .
25 July 2018 – THE COMMUNITY CHEST Winter Woolly Drive is doing their annual Intersection Collection this Friday, 27 July 2018. The public are invited to open their hearts and support this great initiative by donating at three major intersection in the Metro. A team from Round Table PE West and Caltex Centenary will be collecting at the corner of Willow Road and Circular Drive (Lorraine), Caltex EC Marketer, Community Chest and Med 24 will be joined by Mr. PE Ubermann and his team at the corner of Cape Road and William Moffett (Newton Park), Atlas will be doing their collection at the corner of M4 and Walmer Boulevard (Summerstrand) and the Caltex Toby’s Motors team will be at the 8th Avenue and Main Road intersection in Walmer from 06:30 till 08:30. The Community Chest Winter Woolly Drive and their partners have already reached out to a number of individuals and community partners during the last few weeks, says Community Chest EC PRO, Colette Theron.” Caltex Eastern Cape Marketer (CECM), who has been fuelling this project for more than 6 years also provides easily accessible and safe drop off point at all their participating Caltex Service Station throughout the Eastern Cape. “We are pleased to be able to add a smile to a young child or bring warmth and sustenance to the many less fortunate people in the Eastern Cape. The CECM philosophy is to add value not only as the local fuel provider, but to support, uplift and care about the Eastern Cape communities around us. We support projects that aim to produce well-rounded people who will contribute to the local economy and are very proud to be part of this incredible initiative.” said CECM CEO Clive Berlyn. The public are reminded that they can still drop off warm clothing and blankets at participating Caltex Service Stations till the end of August. Donations can also be delivered to the Community Chest offices, at 126 2nd Ave, Newton Park or collection can be arranged by calling Colette on 041 . . .