The relationship between the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) and certification bodies such as the South African Technical Auditing Service (SATAS) and the Productivity Engineering Services and Consultants (PESC) continues to grow from strength to strength as these associations are increasingly supportive of each other’s efforts to ensure that only top quality plastic pipes and pipe fittings, that meet the international standards set by System Administration, Networking, and Security Institute (SANS) bear the SAPPMA logo of quality. “The purpose of SAPPMA is to create consumer confidence within the Plastic Pipe Industry and to promote the production and the use of high quality plastic pipes and pipes systems that meet the quality standards as stipulated by SANS or ISO. It would therefore be impossible for us to do our job without the involvement and support of organisations such as the SATAS and PESC who play a vital role in the sampling and testing of the products we send to them,” explains Jan Venter, Chief Executive Officer of SAPPMA. In an effort to clearly differentiate SAPPMA members from non-members, the plastic pipes body announced earlier this year that it would be increasing the intensity, and in some cases also the frequency, of factory audits. During these announced or unannounced visits by a SAPPMA quality inspector, pipe samples are taken and sent away for independent testing. Tests include checking for recycled content, internal pressure test, stress crack resistance, resistance to Rapid Crack Propagation, Melt Flow Index (MFI) etc. It is one of the prerequisites to being a SAPPMA member to allow these factory visits and for independent testing to be done on their products. Only members who are in compliance and whose products meet the SANS standard, are allowed to bear the SAPPMA mark or quality. SATAS operates as an independent Product Certification Body. It obtained accreditation to certify manufacturers to . . .
After a five-year hiatus, the ninth annual ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme returned to eMalahleni on Saturday, 29 September 2018. Beyond a shadow of a doubt, the entrepreneurs who attended are serious about business, education and betterment. This year saw more and more attendees travelling from different cities for a second chance to learn and to pitch in hopes of being chosen as a contestant. Since its inception, this national entrepreneurial workshop and competition – hosted in partnership with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank, Raizcorp and Caxton Local Media – has helped over 11 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. Karin Prinsloo, Terminal Manager from Engen Petroleum Ltd, shared her impressions, “This programme is inspiring. It is crucial that entrepreneurs focus on the sustainability of their businesses and learn to run their business, or it will run them.” The day’s winning formula began with Justin Cohen, best-selling author and international speaker, explaining the truth about motivation and the value of delivering a polished pitch. The workshop aims to teach participants how to develop a well-rounded and investor-ready pitch. The interactive nature of the event ensures that everyone participates by asking questions and practising on each other. In this way, all benefit, as the facilitator and attendees offer guidance, advice and direction to help shape the pitches. For example, through the pitch of Jenna Bowker, who came in second place with her eco-friendly pest-control business, the delegates saw a well-rounded and strong pitch which stated upfront the business offering, the target market, and her background. Including a clear definition of the problem and how the service solves that problem was a key learning from Jenna’s pitch. Siphiwe Mahlangu, who has a stainless-steel manufacturing business, developed a stronger pitch over the course of the day by including a more specific target market . . .
(Cape Town, 6 October 2018) Jennifer Hugé will leave her position as Front of House Manager of La Colombe to pursue a new restaurant venture in Cape Town’s CBD, set to open in the coming weeks. Hugé originally joined the La Colombe team as a waitress under Franck Dangereux, quickly moving into a relief maître d’ position, and subsequently front-of-house manager. Over the years she has become an iconic part of La Colombe, managing to tutor many inductees to the group, including current Head sommelier Joseph Dhafana. Says Proprietor Chef of La Colombe, Scot Kirton, “We have been privileged to have Jennifer with us for the last decade, as she has been an instrumental part of driving La Colombe to become what it is today. She will be sorely missed, and our entire team wishes her all the very best in her new venture.” Frequent diners at La Colombe will know Hugé not only for her warm and welcoming presence but incisive attention to detail - which earned her the inaugural 2016 Eat Out John Psillos Award for Outstanding Contribution to Service – and also for her spectacular food and wine pairings, which complemented the iconic cuisine, delivering an exceptional, holistic dining experience. During her time at La Colombe, Hugé has been an integral part of the team that has made a number of local and international awards possible, including TripAdvisor’s Best Restaurant in Africa in 2016, runner up in the 2015 Eat Out Awards and featuring in the top 100 of the World’s Best Restaurant Awards 2017. www.lacolombe.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
2nd Angel Summit unveiled in Cape Town Cape Town, 26 September 2018 – The second Angel Summit South Africa will take place in Cape Town on Saturday 21st October 2018. Billed as ‘a platform for Divine Guidance to speak, a day of vibrant energy, unconditional love and joy!’, the event is set to welcome more than one hundred men and women who think beyond convention as well as those seeking healing and spirit guidance from masters in the field. Founded by leading healer and Angel conversationalist, Michelle Vooght in 2017, the Angel Summit is a place to feel lifted, revitalised and in harmony with oneself and the world around them. Sharing some of this energy, Michelle will introduce attendees to the Archangel realm and impart messages of healing. One of the most burning questions human beings have had since the dawn of time, is “What happens to me when I die?”. To shed some light on this question, the Angel Summit will welcome author and clairvoyant, Lourens Coetzer. Lourens has quite a clientele – many of whom consult him from abroad – and after years of study on the topic, Lourens will now help participants at the Angel Summit understand this complex subject. Natalia Baker is described as ‘warm, witty and wise’ and is no stranger to the Angel Summit, joining the panel of speakers for the second year. Specialising in self-empowerment and healing she also has a direct link to ascended masters and will reveal some insights as to what the future holds for the African continent. Understanding that life is not all roses and that there are times when it is out of kilter, where dis-ease manifests, Shamanic Healer Claire Creighton, will assist members of the audience in identifying unhealthy practices and then how to bring wholeness back to their lives. If 2017 is anything to go by, the full-panel session at the end of the day, will bring it all together with some exciting messages channelled for specific members of the audience. It’s perhaps in this . . .
At just 27 years of age, Boldwin Barlow has been appointed as the new Executive Chef at the luxurious Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel in Sea Point, Cape Town. Inspired by both French traditions and the local cuisine of his home region, Barlow’s style shows a passion for bold innovation and a penchant for creative fusion. Hailing from the West Coast of South Africa, Barlow draws his inspiration from traditional Cape-style dishes and seafood, which he then fuses with French elements. A passion for learning coupled with a keen sense of adventure drives Barlow to develop exciting new dishes. “When it comes to ingredients, it is important to think rather than just throw various elements onto the plate,” he comments. Barlow places a particular emphasis on detail and enjoys fish for its diversity and versatility. “There is so much you can do with seafood and it can make for a truly mind-blowing food experience.” His flair for seafood marries well with the Atlantic Seaboard location of the Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel. His fine eye for detail matches the polished setting, with its sophisticated décor and upscale facilities including restaurants, a lounge and rooftop swimming pool. “Radisson Blu Le Vendome Hotel is about elegance,” says Barlow. “The customers we serve are those with a vulnerable taste bud – an adventurous type that enjoys the finer details.” Barlow’s interest in becoming a chef piqued at a young age; though his idols include celebrity chefs like Gordon Ramsay and Jamie Oliver, Barlow learnt a great deal from his mother and close family members, who are caterers. “In the end, they were the real source of my inspiration,” he comments. Before joining the Radisson Hotel Group, Barlow worked in hotel properties across Cape Town including the Ambassador Hotel and Lord Charles Hotel, as well as the seaside restaurant Sotano and Hartenberg Wine Estate. After joining the Radisson Hotel Group in 2016, Barlow rose rapidly through the ranks from . . .
The Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA) has announced the appointment of Ian Venter, who will be replacing Willem Liebenberg as the body’s Technical Manager with effect from 1 November 2018. Ian is well known and highly regarded in the industry as an HDPE Product Specialist in polyethylene pressure and gravity pipe systems. As a Polymer technologist, he also had the privilege heading up PVC pressure and gravity pipe manufacturing plants. He holds a Higher Qualification in Tertiary Polymer Technology and worked for Marley Pipe Systems in Pretoria for the past 6 years. He has also served on SAPPMA’s Technical Committee since its inception in 2004. “We are seeing exciting new developments taking place in the plastic pipe industry worldwide. However, the importance of maintaining manufacturing, production and installation standards continues to be of crucial importance as the demands being placed on infrastructure continue to grow. For this reason, SAPPMA is very excited about Ian joining us on a full-time basis. He is undoubtedly one of the top experts in all aspects of plastic piping systems and will be able to make a significant contribution to the plastic pipe industry through his understanding of the technical requirements and specifications of the plastic pipes and fittings as well as the proper fitment of it,” says SAPPMA Chairman, Jan Venter. Whilst Ian will primarily be responsible for marketing the SAPPMA brand to an external, technical audience, his knowledge of the industry and ability to offer advice on day to day industry challenges, will be of unparalleled value to SAPPMA and IFPA members. Commenting on his new appointment, Ian says that he looks forward to a new chapter in his career. “This is an ideal opportunity for me to plough back and transfer the skills and know how that I have gained over the past 20 years, working for top national and international manufacturing companies. It is of utmost importance to . . .
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Real Estate has proven over and over that it is the best Investment you can make, says Jako le Roux of Just Property’s Investment division. Understanding when, where and how to invest is the key to building a strong property portfolio and becoming financially independent, says Le Roux. “Savvy investors buy properties, hold on to them, and sell them off once they have gained value. This can either be done by selling off a portion of the portfolio or the entire portfolio. The important factor that needs to be taken into consideration here is time.” When to Invest “Your property will never be cheaper than it is today. Determining when to buy is easy – the answer is now; yesterday would be even better if that were possible,” says Le Roux. He asserts that, regardless of where you are in the world, the value of the property is on a steady climb. “This promotes the concept of capital growth: today you buy for less, tomorrow you sell for more, and the longer you hold on to your property, the greater your capital growth. As a long-term investment, it makes sense to start building a property portfolio as early in life as possible. Start small but start strong.” Where to invest “This is a question that is frequently asked and with good reason. The old adage – location, location, location – still holds true. Buying an investment property in a good location is going to mean a higher occupancy rate, higher growth, and a better chance of reselling.” But what is a good area? Le Roux emphasises the significance of capital growth in property investment and advises investors to study the market and always be on the lookout for areas that are expanding in terms of population, local economy and infrastructure. How to Invest First-time investors would be wise to consult a property investment company, or consultants that specialise in property investments, says Le Roux. “Real estate is often perceived to be a cutthroat business and one that is not for the faint of heart. . . .
It is a well-known fact that more than 25% of new employees decide to stay with or quit an organization in the first week of their stint. Employee training is very important for the organization, and delivering an effective induction training program to new employees who join the company should be its first priority. Successful induction courses are your chance to show new employees what makes your company tick and pave the way for an easy, enjoyable, and productive integration. The good news is that online induction can help you do just that, in a cost-effective, accessible package. The main purpose of induction training is to integrate new employees into the company and make them understand the systems and procedures followed by the organization. Let’s check the benefits of an online induction training. 1. Reduce operation costs Expect to see savings by bringing your induction training online. You won’t need other employees’ involvement to guide new starters through the process a targeted online solution will do the work for you. As a company you will no longer need resources associated with inductions such as room space, printed material, and facilitators as the training will be available on desktop computers even mobile devices 2. Deliver a clear, consistent message. Face-to-face delivery opens itself to inconsistent messaging and relies greatly on the tone of the facilitator. Delivering induction training online gives an opportunity to create the best impression, consistently. 3. Put your learners in control. It’s proven that adult learners like to take training into their own hands. Online induction training allows ease of access for learners on day one, or before. Learners can work through content at their own pace, repeat parts as necessary, and take as long as they need to complete the training. 4. Achieve 100% compliance. An Online induction will enable you to track employee compliance without a paper trail. Online tracking . . .
The Council of International Investigators (CII) was founded 63 years ago in October 1955 by a group of respected private investigators in Chicago, Illinois. Their objective was to create a close knit organization whose members could be trusted to professionally undertake investigatory matters in their respective local areas. An emphasis on professionalism and ethical behaviour were endorsed as key operational measures. As the exemplary reputation of this professional group became known due to its high standards of integrity, ethics, and mutual trust, other investigators sought membership. The original group expanded the membership and areas of worldwide coverage through careful selective screening of applicants. The CII is now recognised as, arguably, the foremost and most prestigious investigations organisation worldwide. CII membership is restricted to individuals and not corporations and is highly regarded as it confers, on individual member s selected for certified membership status, participation in a well-established , professionally managed organisation with a global footprint and with proven impeccable and uniform credentials in the investigations industry. Applicants for certified membership require to be endorsed by a serving CII member, to undergo an international background due diligence audit, have a minimum of 5 years specifically relevant experience and to have owned or managed an investigations business for a minimum of 3 years. The adoption of and strict adherence to the CII Code of Ethics, By-Laws and Rules and Regulations has received universal approval by public law enforcement agencies, legislatures and public officials. It also assures CII clients of the highest professional standards in the pursuit of their interests both locally and, through referrals, internationally. CII membership currently includes over 400 certified members of 12 Regional offices in 66 countries on 6 continents with the international HQ in Seattle USA. . . .