The growing shortage of quality high-rise accommodation within the Pretoria region is being met with the coming on stream of a number of impressive Menlyn residential developments catering to a variety of different needs and requirements. These include substantial projects such as Capital Menlyn Maine apartment and conferencing hotel, which will open on 1 May, and The Regency, an upmarket apartment development due for completion later this year. “With Pretoria being the seat of the executive branch of government in South Africa, and a significant business centre, it attracts diplomats, embassy, trade mission staff as well as businessmen and women from around the country and the world,” says Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties regional executive, Pretoria. “It is therefore pleasing to note that such residential developments are now coming to fruition within the Menlyn node. These will contribute greatly to meeting the ever-growing need for accommodation and both long and short term rentals in the region.” According to Schutte, The Capital is a 200-room upmarket apartment and conferencing hotel, while The Regency is a 227-apartment development, which is currently under construction and is expected to be completed at the end of 2017. “The realisation of these developments is exciting for the Pretoria region and a coming of age for Menlyn in particular, which is rapidly emerging into a most impressive mixed-use urban space. “The Capital, where a standard room will be charged at R1 600 a night or R16 000 per week, will no doubt attract visiting business people, executives and diplomats who require a luxury short-term rental which enables them to work, meet, commute, socialise, shop and live in a single, comfortable location with all the necessary amenities at hand,” she points out. Schutte says that one- and two-bedroomed apartments at The Regency, can be purchased from between R1 159 200 and R2 511 600, offering buyers a range of attractive . . .
Cape Town, March, 7, 2017. Life admin is the buzz word of the year, and it’s a perfect fit for all those little daily details that everybody has to do, but hates doing – buying electricity, taking out insurance, providing adequate health care cover and so on. However, in a move set to bring millions to the shores of Cape Town, Merchants in partnership with iSelect, will be easing the life admin burden of thousands of Australians with the signing of a five-year business deal between the two southern hemisphere companies. Established in 2000, iSelect started as a health insurance comparison website, but has recently diversified its product offering and is now selling additional services such as car and life insurance, home loans, electricity and broadband. This has resulted in significant growth for iSelect, however their challenge was to find enough talent to manage the growing rate of customer queries – a somewhat difficult task in Australia where the unemployment rate is low. “For most companies, offshoring a contact centre is about bringing costs down and efficiencies up. However for iSelect, the offshore move was to enable it to effectively grow the business, while still providing top quality service to its already established client base,” explains Darren Arnold, Strategy Director at Merchants. “They needed a skilled and educated sales force that could deliver high quality telephonic sales driven by a desire to always get it right – no matter what ‘it’ may be. The products that iSelect sell are needed, but not items people would spend hours choosing. Their customers want to get what they need as quickly as possible so that they can go on with their daily lives.” With Merchants partnering with iSelect to manage the contact centre in Cape Town, their customers can experience the best in skills and technology to deliver this aspect of life admin correctly and with minimum interruption to their day or night. In addition, all iSelect consultants are . . .
South African entrepreneurs across all sectors have the opportunity to share their views and make their voices heard in the country’s largest entrepreneurial survey, The State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa 2017 - The Entrepreneur's View. The survey comes as high unemployment and poor growth remain among the most pressing issues facing the economy today. Conducted by Seed Academy and now in its third year, the survey continues to enjoy success as the biggest and most widely referenced survey of its kind. In 2017 the survey expands its scope and focus from start-ups to all entrepreneurs in order to gain an accurate picture of the state of entrepreneurship directly from entrepreneurs themselves. “Entrepreneurship is often mentioned as an antidote to South Africa’s economic woes. Through this survey we want to pinpoint exactly how much or how little things have progressed over the last two years,” says Donna Rachelson, Group CEO Seed Engine. The newly expanded survey is open to all entrepreneurs irrespective of business size, age or revenue and aims to create a basis for real dialogue in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. “In what is no doubt a difficult economic environment, the time is ripe to take a closer look at whether entrepreneurs are getting the support they really need to grow their businesses into sustainable and successful enterprises,” she adds. The online survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, following which participants have the chance to be part of exclusive one-on-one mentoring sessions with some of South Africa’s leading entrepreneurial lights. Just some of the sessions include ‘Swimming with a Shark’ featuring Gil Oved, Co-founder of The Creative Counsel, SA’s biggest activations agency, ‘Dreaming Beeg’ with Miles Khubeka, Founder of the Vuyo’s restaurant brand, and ‘Getting that entrepreneurial feeling’, led by Ian Fuhr, Founder of the Sorbet Group, with more sessions to be announced in the coming weeks. This year’s survey . . .
7 March 2017: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) welcomes the support given to the N2 Wild Coast project by Eastern Cape Premier Phumulo Masualle during his 2017 State of the Province Address. The Premier’s endorsement is another green light for the road which is at the core of one of the 18 strategic integrated projects designed to rejuvenate South Africa’s infrastructure landscape, says Vusi Mona, the spokesperson of the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL). “SANRAL welcomes the province’s backing for this project that also enjoys overwhelming support from local communities. Its mention in the State of the Province Address suggests it is regarded as strategic in the province’s development agenda,” says Mona. Construction is expected to commence within the next six months and the project is planned to be completed by 2021. The upgrading of the N2 Wild Coast Road will help to unlock the potential of the Eastern Cape economy and contribute significantly to job-creating sectors such as eco-tourism, agro-processing and light manufacturing. Mona says the upgraded road that stretches from East London to the KwaZulu-Natal border will enable the Eastern Cape to reach its economic development targets. The 410km upgrade will save road users up to three hours of driving time between East London and Durban. “A world-class freeway is critical to the successful implementation of the Provincial Development Strategy. There is a strong emphasis on tourism, agriculture and the oceans economy. These sectors require a reliable road network to attract new investment,” he says. Impoverished communities along the Pondoland Coast will benefit through increased access to local towns, faster travel times and lower transportation costs. A survey conducted by the HSRC in 205 showed 99% support for the project among the local population. Mona says planning for the road was accompanied by a comprehensive environmental impact assessment . . .
Employees who are paid efficiently, accurately and on time are productive and profitable, which is why payroll administration is a high-return investment for every organisation. “But payroll administration needn't be expensive,” says Lavine Haripersad, Director at the South African Payroll Association (SAPA). “By taking some sensible steps, organisations can reduce inefficiencies and save money in the long run.” Although some new organisations might manage their payroll using a combination of paper forms and spreadsheets, this translates into wasting money on unnecessary labour costs, double-checking input and calculations, or correcting errors. “Invest in specialised payroll software that does all the background work for you. It seems pricey, but it pays dividends in speed, accuracy and compliance,” says Haripersad. The cost of legislative penalties and fines resulting from non-compliant payrolls could impact a company hugely as infringements are not tolerated by legislatively authorities. How confident are you therefor that your systems and processes have fully incorporated legislative obligations? Go for quality Haripersad warns against utilising freeware or open source systems in order to save money. “Inevitability, you will suffer from the lack of support, while viruses will also take their toll. Always choose a well-known package. You'll realise savings through ongoing development and professional support.” Companies are also advised to use software to its maximum effect by configuring the latest tax tables and other rates, which will allow for calculations that once took hours to complete, to be done in minutes. In addition, any available templates, business rules or automated procedures, like approval processes, escalations, alerts or automatic report transmission should be used. Says Haripersad: “Check your package's capabilities with your payroll software consultant, and stay abreast of the improvements that software providers continuously . . .
Bouchard Finlayson is inviting entries for the 2017 Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Art Award as part of the Hermanus FynArts Festival. The Tollman family, owners of Bouchard Finlayson, has long been great supporters of the arts in South Africa and is sponsoring this competition for the fourth consecutive year. Artists are invited to submit their entries, in tondo format (circular – at a maximum of 60cm in diameter) under this year’s theme ‘Reflections’. The works of about 40 finalists will form the Tollman Bouchard Finlayson Barrel Head Exhibition that will be exhibited in the Hemel-en-Aarde wine estate cellar, where they will also be available for sale for the duration of the Hermanus FynArts festival (9 – 18 June 2016). The competition closes on 19 May 2017. Judges will include Stefan Hundt, curator of the Sanlam Art Collection; Michael Godby, Professor Emeritus of History of Art, UCT; and Lien Botha, artist, writer and curator. The winner will receive a cash prize of R20 000, followed by a second prize of R10 000, and two merit prizes of R5 000 each. Further details and competition entry forms are available on www.hermanusfynarts.co.za @BouchFinlayson @FiveStarPRZA Established in 1989 in the temperate Hemel-en-Aarde Valley on 125 hectares (312 acres) of Walker Bay's prime viticultural land, Bouchard Finlayson Vineyard and Winery is a small cellar dedicated to the quality production of Pinot noir, Chardonnay and Sauvignon blanc. Ever since releasing their first vintages, the name Bouchard Finlayson has been internationally synonymous with excellence. Today, owned by the Red Carnation Hotels’ Tollman family and under the leadership of Victoria Tollman, founder Peter Finlayson and winemaker Chris Albrecht, 22 hectares (54 acres) of the estate are currently under vine with 50% devoted to the varietal for which Peter is most acclaimed – Pinot noir. Other cultivars under production include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese, as well as a handful under . . .
Port Elizabeth, 06 March 2017 – South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) today announced the appointment of Asithandile Ben-Mazwi as a Southern Region Supply Chain Officer. Ben-Mazwi will be responsible for managing all departmental Supply Chain Management (SCM) processes and reviewing and monitoring compliance on SCM matters in the region. She will also develop and engineer standard operating procedures with regards to SCM as well as develop and implement controls for contract management, among other things. Ben-Mazwi has a diploma in Public Procurement and Supply Chain Management from Unisa and is a member of the prestigious Charted Institute of Procurement and Supply – an International body representing purchasing and Supply Chain professionals. Commenting on her appointment, SANRAL Southern Region’s Regional Manager, Mbulelo Peterson said, "SANRAL Southern Region is fortunate to have Ms. Ben-Mazwi join our team as she has extensive knowledge in Supply Chain Management.” “Before joining the Southern Region she was an Assistant Manager (demand) and later acting Supply Chain Manager in the Department of Roads and Public Works Chris Hani Region, which is experience that would add value to SANRAL” Peterson said. Ben-Mazwi’s career kick-started in 2005 shortly after completion of her Cost and Management Accounting Diploma at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) and the start of her in-service training at a catering company in East London. She then worked for companies including Clicks Head Office, Total SA, and VODACOM (Pty) LTD where she filled the roles of an accounts and creditors reconciliation clerk. In 2007 she joined the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (PRASA) as a Senior Administration Officer, and in 2008 was promoted to Assistant Manager (acquisition), a role she filled until 2011. “My position at the Department of Roads and Public Works made me realize my passion for roads and transport. The position I . . .
The Property Buyer Show, a first of its kind exhibition taking place in April at the Cape Town International Convention Centre, has attracted big names as sponsors giving first-time home buyers and property investors a comprehensive understanding of everything involved in purchasing a property. “We are very proud to announce that some of the biggest names in the property industry have partnered as sponsors for the show,” says Richard Stubbs, Event Director at Spintelligent, Clarion Events. “These include First National Bank, Pam Golding Properties, Standard Bank, Nedbank, Private Property and property developers Balwin Properties to mention a few.” First National Bank is sponsoring the Finance Zone. “At the Property Buyer Show we will be showcasing our digital solution called nav» Home which is available online and on the FNB APP. This platform aims to help customers navigate through the home buying and selling journey with ease – from free instant value estimates, instant pre-approvals, property for sale searches, monthly repayment and qualifying loan amount calculators to name a few. In addition, our home loan consultants and Private Bankers will be available at the stand to engage with customers about the various funding options irrespective whether you are a first time home buyer or multiple property investment buyers,” says nav›› Chief Imagineer (CEO), Jolandé Duvenage. Pam Golding Properties, who are sponsoring the Property Investor Theatre, offer a full spectrum of property services for first-time buyers as well as the property investor looking to diversify their portfolio, says Pam Golding Properties National General Manager and Cape Regional Head, Richard Day. This expo affords PGP the opportunity to engage directly with buyers and investors in an innovative space, to provide information and guidance on all aspects of selling, buying or renting property, and to highlight new developments. “While the digital environment means that information is . . .
Leading South African black owned multi-disciplinary engineering consultancy GIBB, has announced the appointment of two new non-executive directors to the board of directors of GIBB Holdings, Mrs. Magomola and Mr. Ondego, a Kenyan citizen. Mrs. Magomola holds an LLB Degree from the University of Witwatersrand and a BSc. degree from the City University of New York. She is an established businesswoman with more than three decades as a business executive and later as director of a number of companies including Industrial Development Corporation (IDC), Transnet and Reebok South Africa. She is also a gender activist and transformation leader, whose work in women’s empowerment spans over 30 years. Mr. Ondego has over 40 years’ experience in logistics, transport, trade economics and infrastructure development. He has managed and led Kenya Ports Authority, Mackenzie Maritime and most recently Rift Valley Railways 2300 kilometres rail network covering Kenya and Uganda in East Africa. In retirement, he accepts selected invitations for short term consultancy in the Transport and Maritime Industry and he is currently an advisor to a developer who is participating in the massive urban renewal and redevelopment of old dilapidated estates within Nairobi and Mombasa. GIBB Group CEO, Richard Vries says, “It is a great pleasure to have both Mrs. Magomola and Mr. Ondego join the board,” he adds “The addition of the two board members will enhance governance and intensify the commercial experience in the board whilst also assisting the Group to strengthen and extend its network across Africa.” Asked for comments, Mrs. Magomola said “I look forward to working with these talented, focused and committed professionals under the abled and visionary leadership of GCEO Richard Vries. I trust that my experience will add value to an already successful firm.” Mr. Ondego stated that “We live in a continent that urgently requires acceleration of infrastructure development and GIBB has a . . .
Should you belong to a professional association? If you want to get ahead in your career, the answer is “yes,” according to Bianca Filmalter, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Office Professionals of South Africa (OPSA). “Association membership has incredible benefits for ambitious, career-oriented businesspeople,” Filmalter said. Solving Career Concerns Filmalter believes that belonging to an association can help members in a variety of ways. “As the saying goes, ‘No man is an island,’” she said. “Business people do not thrive when they are isolated from colleagues. Regular interaction leads to learning, personal growth and career progression.” Filmalter noted that the following career concerns can often be resolved through association membership: Stuck in Limbo: Is your career making little or no progress? Interacting with others in your profession could be the answer. “An association might offer workshops on how to advance in your career,” Filmalter said. “Or, it may be time to seek a new employer. You can make connections through association functions that could lead to a better position with a different company.” No One to Ask: If you are self-employed, or a part of a small department at your workplace, there may be times when you would like to know the opinion of others in your position. “Your employer or clients look to you as an expert in your field,” Filmalter said, “but there are times when even an expert can use some good advice. Many associations have online message boards where members can ask each other questions or discuss various important topics.” Reinventing the Wheel: Are you ever frustrated with ineffective or convoluted processes in your workplace? With time and patience, you might come up with an easier way – but why reinvent the wheel? By talking with peers in an association, you can learn about solutions that others in your industry have already discovered. “An association can provide educational opportunities . . .