Johannesburg, October: Steyn City is proud to launch its #PledgeAPair campaign, inviting residents, contractors and community members to become a #SoleMate. The initiative forms part of this year’s Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot festivities. Now in its seventh year, Delivering Happiness to Diepsloot is Steyn City’s flagship charity drive: every year, the staff and contractors of Steyn City, accompanied by celebrities and the media, pack a convoy of trucks full of schoolbags containing toys, stationery and snacks to be distributed amongst the children of neighbouring Diepsloot. Steyn City Properties CEO Giuseppe Plumari explains that the project has always been dear to his heart. “It’s a joy to be able to help Diepsloot’s children celebrate the festive season, especially since so many of their family members work at our lifestyle resort. We have always committed to being good neighbours, and are looking at ways to encourage other property developers in the area to do so, too.” He adds that Steyn City has decided to focus on collecting new school shoes for donation this year because of the enormous number of learners who go without this basic necessity. “Every day, thousands of children walk to school barefoot, rain or shine. Come the winter months, this poses a significant challenge to their health” he notes. With this in mind, Steyn City is aiming to donate 13 000 pairs of shoes to Diepsloot’s primary school learners. As an added bonus, each pair of these shoes is manufactured locally and packaged in a bag made by a Durban-based women’s empowerment group, Uzwelo. In this way, #PledgeAPair is also contributing to job generation and skills development in South Africa. Plumari says that he is delighted that The Star has come on board as a major supporter of the project. Says Kgomotso Kgatle, Independent Media’s marketing and brand manager for Gauteng, “The Star is very proud to partner Steyn City on this very important ‘Delivering Happiness to . . .
2018 has been a volatile year on many fronts, however the property market at Arabella Country Estate in Kleinmond, Western Cape, is showing no signs of slowing down any time soon. Since the beginning of 2018, home sales in the estate have reached over R100 million. “Demand for properties within the estate have soared this year, with more than 20 homes being sold in 2018 already,” says estate manager, Dirk Uys. The Overberg has become a dream destination for many families, as it offers a lifestyle and sense of security not available in many other areas in South Africa. The estate has become one of the first in the area to offer full fibre optic access throughout the Estate ensuring high-speed Internet connectivity to all home owners. “Many people moving onto the Estate are doing so to escape the growing stresses and congestion of city life,” says Uys. “We are located just 110km from Cape Town and with the increasing trend towards mobile/home offices and home-based businesses, Arabella has become an attractive alternative, The fibre optic access now gives residents high speed connectivity to be able to work efficiently from home.” Although known worldwide for their exceptional golf course, Arabella Country Estate, also supports a myriad of other outdoor lifestyle activities right on their doorsteps, including mountain biking, trail running, non-motorised water sports on the famous Bot River Lagoon, walking and bird watching. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The largest single increase on the price of fuel was implemented at midnight, where motorists are now paying 99 cents more per litre for 93 octane, R1 more for 95 octane and R1.24 more per litre of diesel – with further increases still on the cards before the end of the year. These increases have tipped the price of fuel to the highest it has been in decades. Currently, the fuel price in South Africa has risen by over 9% in the last year and 66% over the last 10-years. Moreover, fuel spend makes up nearly 30% of total spending in the motor trade industry every month – and motorists are spending more on fuel than new cars. As any analyst or economist will confirm, the rising fuel price has a direct knock-on impact on the cost of goods and services, and thereby a trickledown effect on the cost of living in South Africa. In these tough economic times, motorists are feeling the pinch and with continuous increases on the cost per litre of fuel, there is little relief being forecasted. Understandably, this leaves motorists looking for new ways to save money and manage their monthly budgets. One possible solution is to pay more attention to their vehicle tracking device as these solutions can help motorists adopt smarter, safer and more efficient driving behaviours to curb fuel expenditure and put more money back into their pockets. Vehicle tracking and stolen vehicle recovery technology has evolved over the years and can vary from basic vehicle tracking to advanced telematics and personal safety solutions. The device captures information about the vehicle’s movements and how it is being driven. This type of data includes harsh braking, harsh acceleration, harsh cornering and speeding, amongst others. These solutions make it possible for motorists to receive alerts about their driving behaviour as well as the fuel consumption pattern in line with these. One of the big secrets behind saving on fuel spend is to manage driving behaviour. Motorists can make use of . . .
As part of The Hytec Group’s commitment to education and social upliftment in South Africa, Hytec has partnered with the Mandela Libraries Project for the fifth time to supply a fully stocked and containerised library for the Papong Primary School in the Limpopo Province. Hytec gives back to the communities they operate in. By empowering the children of Burgersdorp, Limpopo and encouraging early learning literacy, this creates a strong vision of an educated nation. Hytec’s R290 000 donation covered a 12x3 meter converted, insulated container with shelving, doors, windows and security. Hytec stocked the library with 2 500 books, 200 of which are early readers in the local languages of the province, chairs, floor mats and posters. The ribbon-cutting ceremony on the 25th July 2018 was a strong community affair with the Head Master Mr Maroga of Papong Primary School, the school’s governing body, and principals from four other local schools attending. “As the schools in the area are so rural, they rely on each other for assistance and support - even in celebrations”, says Jackie Coutts, Director of Projects for Participate for Good NPC. Hytec local representatives Anita Douglas and Nick van Deventer, Hytec Regional Manager Ralph Palphramand, Mandela Bangle’s Robert Coutts and Hytec’s Mike Harrison helped to make the library hand-over programme an extraordinary celebration. Mike Harrison, Hytec General Manager, commented that: ‘Education is a key pillar for success in Africa and Hytec is extremely proud to sponsor this library. By investing in local communities and specifically children we create a better future and broaden the horizons of young minds far beyond the local community.” He said that this container library means that local children are no longer just exposed to what they see locally – “now it can expand to what they read globally. It allows them to see the world in a more encouraging way.” The library brings much needed hope, educational support . . .
It’s very sad when a family member passes away. People are in shock and want to spend time mourning, but we also need to deal with so many practical issues. We spent some time researching and spoke to Sonja Smith of Sonja Smith Funeral Group to find out what you need to do when a family member dies. 1. Identify the deceased This can be done at the hospital or mortuary by a family member or person who knew the deceased well. They’ll need the identifier’s ID or passport, as well as the ID or passport of the deceased. If the death occurs at home and a doctor is willing to issue a death notice the identification can take place at home and the doctor will complete the required forms, otherwise identification will take place at a mortuary. 2. Tell family members Tell your close friends and family of the passing. You can find comfort in your family, and you can also decide who will complete what tasks including sitting with the deceased if required, appointing a funeral director and asking religious leaders for guidance on the burial preparations and service. 3. Appoint a funeral director It is recommended that you use a funeral director who is affiliated with a recognised Funeral Association within the Federation of Funeral Professionals in South Africa. Your funeral director will assist with most of the details and guide you through the funeral. If your loved one held strong religious beliefs, make sure you select a funeral director who is familiar with their beliefs and religion. 4. Get a notice of death and a death certificate and make copies A notice of death gives details of the person who passed away and the cause of death. A notice of death can be issued by a medical practitioner, and some traditional leaders and South African police service members. Your funeral director may also be able to assist. If the death is due to natural causes, the notice of death can be issued immediately by the hospital, or by the GP or emergency medical services if . . .
“There is a lack of active citizenship in our country. We see negative and violent acts taking place all the time, but not many positive actions in communities. Through empowering and motivating the next generation of active citizens, we can change the culture and values of our country’s citizens for a better South Africa,” explains Amanda Blankfield-Koseff, Founder and CEO of non-profit organisation, Empowervate Trust. This conviction is what drives Blankfield-Koseff, who founded The Youth Citizens Action Programme (Y-CAP) while working at another NPO in 2009. She then moved to a new entity, Empowervate Trust, in 2013 - in partnership with the Department of Basic Education, Deutsche Bank South Africa Foundation and DSV Mounties. She says school children are the next generation of leaders and active citizens. “I believe we need to start developing a culture of servant leadership and positive values while instilling social entrepreneurship skills from a young age if we want to create a better future for South Africa.” She says that South Africa’s youth want to be change agents, but often do not have the tools, guidance or platform to do it. “We use a Y-CAP Toolkit, which is a project management and values guide, as well as workshops to impart skills to young learners and give them a platform to showcase the impactful and sustainable projects they create on the programme at district, provincial and national level.” In 2015, over 360 mainly rural, township and former Model C schools took part in the programme and in 2018, 754 schools in the country’s nine provinces participated. Blankfield-Koseff’s efforts have not gone unnoticed. She was one of the Mail & Guardian’s “200 Young People to Take to Lunch” in 2015, was a finalist in the Jewish Achiever’s Award’s Europcar Women in Leadership category in 2017, and in 2018 was selected as one the 200 Leaders: Africa for the Obama Foundation Fellowship out of 10,000 applications in 44 African . . .
Local artists, art students, schools and members of the public are invited to submit original artworks on the theme ‘Remembering You’ for an online art exhibition launched to mark World Alzheimer’s Day. “World Alzheimer’s Day is commemorated on 21 September, and to mark this important day and in an effort to sustain awareness of the impact of Alzheimer’s and dementia on individuals, families and society, Livewell Villages has launched an online art exhibition,” says Ivan Oosthuizen, chief executive officer of dementia care facility, Livewell Villages. “The ephemeral nature of memory is highlighted daily in our work with people living with dementia, the umbrella term for a group of conditions, including Alzheimer’s disease, which are characterised by symptoms such as progressive cognitive decline and memory loss.” “We have therefore decided to set up an online art exhibition that seeks to inspire people to reflect on the essence of memory and trying to capture thoughts and emotions around this abstract concept through artistic expression.” The theme ‘Remembering You’ is open to many different interpretations and also invites artists, be they amateur or professional, to evoke memories of a loved one who may be affected by dementia and find a way of preserving the memory of the person that is distinct from the progressive effects of their condition. The exhibition is open to a wide variety of mediums, from paintings and drawings to poetry and prose, and may include sketches, pottery, collage, photographs, film, music and any other form of expression the artist chooses. The very first collection to be uploaded to the online exhibition is made up of photographs of pottery creations made by residents from Livewell Villages. Pottery is one of a multitude of enjoyable activities on offer at the dementia care facility, to aid cognitive and sensory stimulation. To submit an artwork or to view the online exhibition, please visit . . .
Health & safety principles, more than just a document - Servest’s Lucky Ncayiyana takes SHEQ to a whole new level Johannesburg, 27 September 2018 - The forthcoming World quality day, which is acknowledged annually, is about the quality management of organisations putting in place competent systems, to ensure that the activity of the said organisation consistently delivers on its promises to customers and stakeholders. It is an assurance framework to help organisations understand operational risk and an improvement framework, to mitigate it and improve on its current operations. [Parts sourced from: https://goo.gl/5UdY4N] At Servest, (SHEQ) quality management is a non-negotiable imperative, in delivering the work the company does for their clients; and in sustaining its own reputation as an integrated services company. SHEQ management is applied across the broad spectrum of Servest’s services, including security, cleaning, parking, catering, hygiene, office services and landscaping. SHEQ management, is a technical field that applies to several disciplines for compliance and continued improvement of occupational Safety, Health, Environment and Quality factors that impact any organisation. Lucky Ncayiyana is the SHEQ Manager for Servest’s Landscaping and Turf division and his role entails providing strategic leadership and direction to all colleagues, which extends beyond the Landscaping division, such as the driving support in SHEQ programs and initiatives throughout the wider organisation. In Landscaping specifically however, safety is a critical component, as the equipment is technically complex and often entails a high risk in handling it. This means assessing inherent risks to these high-tech machines, as well as controlling the exposure of hazardous substances to colleagues, while keeping landscapes (whether these be golf courses, stadiums, or gardens to name a few) at their best. Among the many initiatives in the division, Lucky is also . . .
CAPE TOWN, After four years of grueling work and tireless fund-raising, the Eyethu Skatepark, a Rotary Hout Bay Initiative supported by Eyethu Volunteers, will officially break-ground by the end of October this year. The organisations’ co-founder and Head Design Architect, Lawden Holmes, received the green light from the CoCT Planning and Building Development Management Department just over a week ago and since then it has been all systems go to try get the skatepark built by the end of the year. “The entire team has been working so hard over the last four years, and this year has been particularly tough. So when we heard the news that we could start the build we were thrilled”, says Keith Bull, Rotary Hout Bay Club president. “We’re also lucky to have Amandla Construction on board to provide all of the ground clearing, levelling, initial ground testing and core construction for free. This is invaluable and proves how committed the entire community is to this project. MICA Hardware Hout Bay have also generously promised to provide all building material at cost price, a massive value to a project of this size.” The Eyethu Skatepark project started four years when our community leader, MJ Johnson posted on Facebook the need for a community skatepark in the area. Rotary Hout Bay were at the time looking for a new project to support, and heeded the community call for a safe space for skaters in the community to call home. The support from the local and greater community has been staggering. Vicki Scheffel, Eyethu Skatepark project co-ordinator says, “the response we’ve had from the public has been staggering, from our Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and a golf day, we raised over R270 000. All of the Rotary Clubs have come to the party and supported this project, with our own Hout Bay Rotary club donating R100 000 to the project. Every person who has assisted in donating money, time and consumables to this project is to thank. It’s really been a team effort, . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .