Johannesburg, Gauteng, 14 May 2018, KaChing, the ticketless parking app is fast becoming a preferred payment method for parking. Just over seven months ago, KaChing was launched at the Mall of Africa, which follows its pilot launch at a few smaller malls, such as Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres. The system uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking much easier. This ticketless, cashless parking app is being installed at all 22 Netcare hospitals across the country. This will really add value to the hospitals, which serves as more than just a healthcare facility, it will also greatly assist in lessening the time it takes to park during emergencies. The drive in drive out experience uses number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit, which automatically picks up customer details and opens the boom; customers don’t even need to stop, which not only saves on time, but comes at no extra cost to the driver. It also provides for the safety of the driver, particularly at night or in big parking lots where security guards are not always close at hand. This, the first such parking technology in more than a decade makes your parking experience, a non-event - you no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets. KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payments to securely pay for their parking. In addition to the ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing currently do in excess of 1500 parking instances, per day. Other property management companies that have also come on board with this technology include GrowthPoint, Investec, Attacq, Resilient and Pareto. Whether you are stopping off to make . . .
Johannesburg, Wednesday, 18 April 2018 - Servest is pleased to announce their partnership with First National Bank, who have integrated card payment systems for parking in Ghana. “This credit/debit card payment facility was initiated by FNB and draws on the technology of the new parking systems that Servest installed at Kotoka International Airport, Accra in 2016”, says Mike Clark, Director of Servest Parking. People can now use their Visa or Mastercard credit or debit cards to pay for their parking at Kotoka International Airport. This is a first for Servest in Ghana and the next step in a number of innovations and new technologies Servest is planning for the parking market in Ghana and the African continent. In Ghana, Servest partners with Parking Solutions Limited. The initial reluctance from banking institutions to come on board has been put to rest as First National Bank has taken the lead in providing innovative ways to pay for parking as part of their improved customer service. The convenience of paying by credit/debit card or cashless payments for parking is increasingly adopted by parkers and no more so than at international airports, particularly for business people on the go. There is no more hassle about change, no cash in hand is needed, receipts are provided, payments are secure, and customers pay the same parking tariff with greater convenience. First National Bank saw the opportunity to extend their market and increase use of cards through Servest’s parking operations. According to Servest’s experience in the airport parking market, card payments for parking can exceed 50% of all transactions. The value of parking transactions at airports is significantly higher than at other typical retail and commercial parking facilities. This makes the payment cost per transaction more viable for banks and is a more convenient way for customers to pay for their parking. According to an article in the New York Times on 10 March 2018, “Ghana is . . .
Port Elizabeth, 5 March 2018: A new crop of civil engineering graduates joined the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd’s (SANRAL) Training Excellence Academy (TEA) in Port Elizabeth. Two of the seven candidates have already worked on-site on SANRAL projects in the Western and Northern Regions but will now spend time at the TEA honing their design skills. The remaining five, recent university graduates, will start their training in the SANRAL materials testing laboratory. This laboratory enables SANRAL to test the properties of construction materials used in road maintenance activities as well as in the development and upgrading of the provinces national roads. “While the candidates all graduated from university this is where they will complete their practical skills training and then be able to register as fully-fledged professionals with the Engineering Council of South Africa. At the TEA the candidates get the opportunity to participate in a structured training programme under the supervision of experienced professional civil engineers,” said Ivan Ellis, TEA mentor and professional civil engineer. Shakeel Chicktay, originally from Cape Town, graduated from the University of Cape Town in 2015 with his BSc Engineering Civil degree. His interest in civil engineering started when he was in high school. Before joining the TEA Chicktay joined SANRAL in 2016 as a candidate engineer and worked on-site as an assistant resident engineer in Malmesbury, working on the N7 road upgrade project. “If I didn’t get the bursary I would have had to make use of study loans to pay for my studies. The financial stability of having a bursary has allowed me to focus on my studies and not worry about getting a second job,” Chicktay said. Once he has completed his training in the design aspects of projects he will train in the SANRAL laboratory. Morena Moloi, a former SANRAL bursary and scholarship recipient, joined SANRAL as a junior site engineer from February . . .
Getting around South Africa by plane just became a whole lot easier. Awarding-winning airline FlySafair and Zapper, the rewarding mobile payment company have joined forces to make booking flights as pleasant as possible. Travellers can now use the Zapper app to pay for FlySafair tickets online, as well as at the airline’s web kiosk and sales desk at OR Tambo International Airport. This time-saving and frictionless payment option eliminates the need for passengers to complete mandatory payment information fields. Customers simply select the option to pay with Zapper, scan a QR code on their computer screen with their smartphone and confirm the amount due. Fast, safe and hassle free. Customers booking tickets via mobile devices enjoy the same ease and convenience. Zapper’s deep-linking technology allows them to tap the generated QR code to confirm payment. In this way passengers experience simplified payment journeys, resulting in an enhanced FlySafair experience long before they even get on board. “By introducing Zapper as an additional payment method, we provide our customers more options and greater flexibility. Zapper is a good fit in driving FlySafair’s strategy to become the most innovative airline in the country - driven by leading edge technology trends and seamless user behaviour,” said Eswee Vorster, FlySafair’s Head of IT & Innovation. As the first air carrier to pilot Zapper payments within the global aviation industry, FlySafair has propelled customer service in air travel to the next level. Another achievement since being voted most on-time airline in the world by air travel intelligence specialist, OAG for the second year in a row. With this successful entrance into the air travel market, Zapper has once again extended its footprint beyond the hospitality, retail, bills and donations sectors. The company is now one step closer to becoming the preferred payment and digital marketing solution for businesses and brands across all . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 26 October 2017 – KaChing, the innovative ticketless way to pay for your parking, announced today that they are expanding their footprint of retail parking sites. Customers at the Mall of Africa will be able to pay for their parking using KaChing as of Thursday 26th October 2017. KaChing uses automatic number plate recognition cameras and smartphone app technology to make paying for parking so much more convenient. "KaChing offers all people who park a massively more convenient way to pay for your parking. You no longer need to take a parking ticket, you don’t need cash, there are no queues to pay, and you have no hassle with change or lost tickets.” Says Mike Clark, Business Development Executive of KaChing. KaChing allows parking customers to use flexible payment options such as pre-pay, top up or credit card payment to securely pay for their parking. In addition to ease of payment, the app also gives customers the security to track their parking activity online, and the option to connect multiple vehicles to one account. KaChing first launched on a commercial pilot basis in 2016, and is available at Melrose Arch, Thrupps and Morningside Shopping Centres in Johannesburg to mention only a few of the growing list of properties offering ticketless and cashless parking solutions Clark goes to say “We are also proud of the fact that in the past year, there have been zero car thefts from KaChing users. Our technology significantly improves your vehicle’s security while you park. The pre-paid option is also proving a winner with 60% of our users paying through pre-paid.” Signing up for KaChing is easy and effortless; you can download the app from the Apple App Store or Google Play. All you need to do is register with your vehicle number plate, load your pre-paid account, or choose the credit card option. It is a simple drive IN drive OUT experience. The number plate recognition cameras at each entry and exit automatically pick you . . .
R61 Road upgrade valued at R550 million completed Eastern Cape, 25 October 2017: A major work activity stream of the R61 mega road infrastructure project in the Eastern Cape, has been completed, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. The R550-million Mthatha Sprigg Street to Ngqeleni road infrastructure development and safety programme is also part of a master plan for tourism and other long-term mega projects in the Eastern Cape. The project commenced on 16 September 2013 and was completed on 8 September 2017. The project consisted of the construction of a new 7.3 km dual carriageway between Mthatha and the turn off to Ngqeleni. The east bound carriageway was newly constructed, while the west bound carriageway entailed an upgrade of existing road infrastructure. As a result of the new carriageway six new bridges, one each over the Mthatha River, the Corana River, Sidwadweni River on Bernard Schultz Drive, an agricultural overpass bridge at Ngqeleni Turn-off, and two new interchange bridges at the Ngqeleni Turn-off. Two large agricultural underpass culverts were also constructed. “The R61 Mthatha Sprigg Street to Ngqeleni Turn-off project is one of several projects, each with different starting and completion dates in a mega road infrastructure development and safety programme for the R61 which commenced in 2011, and which will be completed by 2020,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region manager. The plan is to improve the safety of the road users and pedestrians through the closing of unsafe intersections, a new interchange at Ngqeleni turn-off and the construction of formalised and channelised intersections. This is also an integrated road safety programme which aims to decrease the road hazards which may lead to accidents and motor vehicle accident (MVA) related deaths. Many accidents on the R61 between Mthatha and Ngqeleni involve motorists hitting stray animals. Between December 2014 and January . . .
The people of Kaalfontein are set to reap the benefits from the 24-hour services and new taxi rank on offer at the all new Engen Kaalfontein Convenience Centre. Despite being operational for the past six months, the site was officially opened by the Gauteng MEC of Transport, Mr Ismail Vadi on the 19th October, 2017. Engen Kaalfontein Convenience Centre is located on the corner of Angelfish and Archerfish Drive in Midrand and offers customer’s quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm. The site also offers a diverse range convenience services including an Engen Quickshop, Corner Bakery, Barcelos and multi-branded ATM machines – including Capitec, ABSA, FNB & Standard Bank. As the new owner of Engen Kaalfontein Convenience Centre, Sanjay Govind is extremely excited to offer the Kaalfontein community 24-hour convenience alongside a new R5-million taxi rank which can serve approximately 260 travelling taxis. “I wanted to give something back to the community and as my new site is situated along a transport node, I built a new taxi rank, which I donated to the local Ivory Park Taxi Association (IPTA),” says Govind. Says Seelan Naidoo, Engen Head of Retail: “Engen Kaalfontein Convenience Centre is doing incredibly well. It opened to the public in April this year and is already performing above its monthly volume targets, which is impressive.” Adds Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Convenience and customer service remain key determinants of success in our industry. That is why our forecourt staff all receive extensive customer training. “We wish our new dealer Sanjay Govind and his business partner Charles Maphelela and their team every success.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Port Elizabeth, 17 October 2017 – The R49 million periodic road maintenance project on the R63 between Adelaide and Fort Beaufort in the Amathole District Municipality, Eastern Cape has been completed, the South African National Roads Authority (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL) announced today. Prior to the upgrade the existing surface was showing signs of chip loss as well as localised surface and base failures. “We are pleased to announce a durable, waterproof, skid resistant and all-weather road surface for motorists and safer conditions for pedestrians,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. Major works on this project included base, rut and surface repairs, sealing of cracks, sealing the surface with a new bituminous double seal along the rural section and an asphalt overlay through the Adelaide Town portion, replacing damaged fencing, and new road marking and studs. As part of the community development part of the project, which reserved work packages for SMMEs on lower CIDB gradings, SANRAL also repaired kerbs and sidewalks, and constructed pedestrian walkways in Adelaide while the road agency constructed safe layby areas near the entrance of Fort Beaufort for vendors operating in the informal economy. “Until the upgrade of this section of the R63, pedestrians were forced to make use of the surface road shoulder. Now, they have been provided with walkways which separates vulnerable roads users from the motorised traffic. “A lack of proper periodic resurfacing would have resulted in the asset requiring expensive and premature rehabilitation. Our resurfacing programme will prohibit the ingress of moisture into pavement layers and as a result the life of this asset will be preserved,” Peterson said. During the project, SANRAL empowered and developed individuals from local communities through 12 training and skills development workshops with a combined value of R256 441,68. The workshops included construction skills such as brick paving, . . .
The people of Somerset West will benefit from the 24-hour services on offer at the all new Engen Helderberg Convenience Centre, which opened on 5 October 2017. Engen Helderberg Convenience Centre is located on the corner of Sir Lowry Road and Schapenberg Road in Somerset West and offers customers quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm, as well as a diverse range convenience services including an Engen Quickshop, Corner Bakery, Nedbank and Standard Bank ATM’s and E-fuel facilities. Dealers Geoffrey Abrahams and Antonio Ribeiro point out that Engen Helderberg Convenience Centre is situated in a very convenient location in Somerset West’s new developing residential suburb. “Our site has been long in the planning and we are delighted to finally open our doors. We are very proud to be a part of the Engen family which not only has the largest number of forecourts nationally but has been voted the most popular petroleum brand for the past 7 consecutive years*,” say Abrahams and Ribeiro. The new site has created 31 new jobs, with 95% of the staff drawn from the local surrounding areas. “We are committed to the community in which we do business and are planning to get involved more from a social investment perspective and see how we can contribute and give back to the community,” pledge Abrahams and Ribeiro. As part of the opening celebrations on 5 October, customers enjoyed a number of special deals as well as give-aways and spot prizes. Says Seelan Naidoo, Engen Head of Retail: “We wish dealers Geoffrey Abrahams and Antonio Ribeiro every success with their new site and know that their commitment will ensure that Engen delivers on our brand promise, with us you are Number One. “By developing leading edge products and offering convenience services that resonate in the hearts of our customers, Engen is constantly looking for new ways to remain relevant and ensure that we retain our market leading position,” adds . . .
Nestled in the scenic Cape Winelands, Engen Ceres Retail Centre, is celebrating its 10th anniversary on 1 September 2017. The service station, which is located along Route 62 in the Witzenberg area, has always remained true to its customer centric roots. “What makes us special is our personalised service,” says the dealer at Engen Ceres Retail Centre, Natu Bhawan. “Being situated in a small town we are privileged to have a personal relationship with most of our customers and the regulars from out of town. We strive to do our utmost best for each and every customer that passes through our town.” To mark the milestone and celebrate ten years of loyal service, Bhawan says 1 September is all about thanking his customers. “We are giving away a 57cm Weber Braai to one lucky customer. Customers who spend more than R50 can enter our competition by writing their details on their till slip and placing it into the entry box. We’re also giving away R500 vouchers to five lucky customers and will give away spot instant prizes throughout the day,” says Bhawan. Bhawan says being part of the Engen brand has been a privilege because of what it means to customers. “We offer consistent quality and ensure that our customers always feel that they are Number One. “We want to thank our many loyal customers in the Ceres, Wolseley, Tulbagh and surrounding areas for their ongoing support over the years, some of whom have been coming here for 10 years,” adds Bhawan. Seelan Naidoo, Engen General Manager: Retail, extended hearty congratulations to the Engen Ceres Retail Centre team and also thanked the company’s loyal customers. “When our customers visit any Engen forecourt, our promise is to provide great customer service, exciting convenience partnerships, and fuels that offer both performance and economy,” says Naidoo. “While Engen continues to have the largest service station footprint in South Africa, our constant innovation and focus on customer service places . . .