Farming and agricultural enterprises derive invaluable benefits from close monitoring of weather patterns and regular forecasts. Weather data is vital to effective planning and correct calculation of agricultural profits. BVG provides the latest real time weather data for South Africa. The reports cover rain, wind, hail, humidity and air pressure among other factors. Through ongoing research and development, plus a constant improving of systems, BVG ensures that farmers are supplied with the latest weather data. The effect of weather data gathering and dissemination filters through to impact on other services offered by BVG including commodity trading South Africa, hedging South Africa, as well as all the shares traded on the JSE. There have been notable advances in weather data collection and the general climate science. Weather stations can now constantly churn out weather updates through newsroom reports on a monthly, weekly, daily and even hourly basis. These reports can also be downloaded on the BVG site. Such developments enable us to tailor climate and weather information to the specific needs of the users. BVG also offers hedging funds management services through its BVG Hedge Funds management company. This fund specialises in trading equity and agricultural derivatives on the JSE and aims to achieve optimal returns by investing in listed derivatives. Investors are called upon to make use of our SAFFEX online trading tool. Through this tool we give you direct market access to the whole of the South African Futures Exchange (SAFEX) as well as information on other products and shares traded on the JSE. BVG Commodities (Pty) Ltd Pretoria, South Africa specializes in trading agricultural and financial futures. Our team of professionals will provide assistance with Hedge Fund Management, Energy derivatives and the most up-to-date weather service. We continually develop new programs and services to ensure that our clients derive maximum benefits from our . . .
Former national time-trial champion James Perry showed his natural flair when he launched a solo attack with kilometres to go to take an unchallenged victory at the Emperors Palace Classic in Johannesburg on Sunday. The 34-year-old Team Abantu rider claimed his maiden win in the 102km feature race, which passed by OR Tambo International Airport, in 2:17:55. Calvin Beneke (Team EuropcarSA) and defending champion David Maree (Team Abantu) finished more than 30 seconds back in second and third respectively. Perry said the racing started at a furious pace, with Team Abantu putting two of its riders - Reynard Butler and Myles van Musschenbroek - into the first break of the day. "This put Team Bonitas under pressure and we let them chase for about 50 kilometres. "I noticed that they were starting to tire just before the break was caught, so I told my team to start the attack." This resulted in a select group of about 15 riders going clear with about 30km to go and chasing down the two leaders, Van Musschenbroek and James Fourie (Team EuropcarSA). "Just before we caught them, with about 12 kilometres to go, I launched my final attack and nobody was able to follow me," said Perry. "So I managed to ride solo to the finish due to the efforts of my team." He said they had originally planned a sprint finish for teammate Nolan Hoffman - who had won the points jersey in the Bestmed Tour de Boland and Mzansi Tour in recent weeks - but mechanicals had put paid to this strategy. "I had the best legs on the day, so the weight fell on my shoulders." Perry rode himself into form during last week's Mzansi Tour and also took the Wilro 100 Lions Cycle Challenge earlier this month. In the women's race, Lise Olivier (Time Freight-Velo Life) held her nerve to win a small bunch sprint to the line. Olivier - who was runner-up in the Tour de Boland after winning the final stage - crossed the line in 2:47:40, one second ahead of Anriette Schoeman (Africa . . .
The new R1.7 billion Bay West Shopping Mall, which is due to open its doors in March 2015, could have a massive impact on the property buying trends in Port Elizabeth’s western suburbs. This is the opinion of Kobie Potgieter and Di Allan, Broker/Owners of the recently opened RE/MAX Independent Properties franchise in Brymore. The office is the third franchise in the RE/MAX Independent stable, with the other two offices based in Lorraine and Walmer. “Currently under construction, the new mall will compare to the likes of Canal Walk and Century City in Cape Town or Gateway in Durban. Once opened the mega shopping facility will drive traffic to the area and more people will want to purchase in the region to be closer to the shopping mecca. The Bay West Mall development also includes residential nodes, office parks, schools, a hospital, lifestyle centre and a hotel component and is envisaged to be completed within the next 15 years,” says Potgieter. “We could see this development driving demand for property in Port Elizabeth, particularly in the western suburbs. Due to the opening of the new Bay West Mall, the current cul-de-sac at the end of Walker Drive will be opened and lead onto the N2 highway. This will open a new corridor to the extreme western suburbs of Rowallan Park and Bridgemeade.” Allan notes that due to the mix of suburbs in the region, the property market in area is very diverse and caters to buyers from all walks of life. “We have a range of suburbs from middle to upper class to elite, all within proximity to one another. The area caters for all tastes, lifestyles and budgets. All of suburbs are within a few minutes’ drive from one another - traffic volumes are significantly less than those in bigger cities meaning everything is within a short driving distance,” says Allan. “Brymore and the western suburbs also have a multitude of schools such as Lorraine Primary School, Kabega Park Primary School, Sunridge Park Primary School, Saint Marks Junior . . .
Just as tough economic times have had their impact on the housing market and those looking to own property, it has also affected many tenants and landlords within the residential rental market, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that while some landlords may have tenants who are no longer able to pay their monthly rent, tenants are still protected by the Prevention of Illegal Eviction from Unlawful Occupation of Land Act, No. 19 of 1998, also known as the PIE Act. This act applies to the occupation of premises which constitute a dwelling, which in other words means a residential property. The purpose of the Act is to ensure that tenants are protected from any unlawful evictions. This however does not mean that they can’t be evicted; it simply means that the correct procedures must be followed by the landlord or managing agent. “It is important for any landlord or investor with a rental portfolio to familiarise themselves with the PIE Act and the various procedures it lays out for lawfully dealing with delinquent tenants. Although the act was created with the tenant’s protection in mind, it does not discriminate against landlords. It merely ensures that the eviction process is followed in the correct manner according to legislation and that tenants are treated with respect,” says Goslett. According to the PIE Act, in order to lawfully evict a tenant, landlords will have to adhere to the following process: Belinda Lewis, Property Law Director at STBB Smith Tabata Buchanan Boyes Attorneys, says that if by failing to pay the agreed rental amount, the tenant has breached the lease agreement and the initial step would be for the landlord to send notice to the tenant informing him of such breach, referring specifically to the breach clause stated in the agreement. “It is for this reason that landlords must ensure that their lease agreements meet all legal criteria and include the necessary clauses providing them with protection. The . . .
With a R50 000 prize purse, luxury accommodation and challenging three-day route, organisers of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek have signalled their intent to elevate it among the top mountain bike stage races in the country. According to race director Brad Jackson, the Eastern Cape event - which takes place near Addo on the outskirts of Port Elizabeth from May 30 - had what it took to rival the best of the established stage races. "By offering increased prize money we're hoping to entice some of the top riders to experience the race while it's still a young event." But, said Jackson, the organisers' emphasis would be on delivering a quality experience for the whole field. "Although we would like to see some big names in the race, it's certainly not only for pros." He said the sponsors and organisers had invested heavily in exceeding riders' expectations and that the exclusive field would be limited to 150 two-person teams to ensure a comfortable experience. "All riders who enter this year will get first option for an entry next year, and we believe that 2015 is going to sell out fast once word gets out of what's on offer." Jackson said Hayterdale Trails, which formed the highlight of the final stage, already offered some of the best mountain bike trails in the country, having hosted the national cross-country and downhill championships. "We've also invested months of labour and expense to build another two stages that will be worthy of a stage race of this calibre. "We didn't simply look for existing roads and tracks but have gone in with an experienced team of trail builders and constructed kilometres of new single-track." The spectacular trails now traverse a number of pristine private farms, the world-renowned Addo Elephant National Park and ox wagon trails over the historic Zuurberg Pass. At the end of a hard day's riding, he said, participants could look forward to relaxing in comfort. The Zuurberg Mountain Village would be the . . .
In order to truly determine whether a property is a good value-for-money purchase, a buyer will need to know the elements that contribute to a property’s worth. In today’s real estate market there is much more to a home’s worth than simply the price the buyer paid for it. There are certain aspects that a homebuyer should consider, such as the property’s location and the micro market surrounding the particular sale transaction. Researching these elements will assist a homebuyer in choosing the right property and seeing a good return on their investment over long term, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. He notes that if a homebuyer researches the market and has a good understanding of the various details that are involved in a property sale, along with knowing their own personal and financial requirements with regards to the purchase; they will have a far better chance of finding a home that offers good value for money. “Determining the type of property you are looking for, the price bracket and criteria that the property must have will make the process of finding the right property for easier,” says Goslett. “The services of a reputable real estate professional could be invaluable in assisting a buyer with assessing their needs and narrowing down the search. An agent with working knowledge of a specific area will be able to provide the buyer with data, statistics and any other information they may require to make an informed decision. They will also be able to provide guidance with regards to the current market in the area and projecting whether the home is a worthwhile purchase based on its asking price, perceived market value and the cost.” The right price The price of a home is regarded as what the property is worth today in the current market. However, Goslett says that very often sellers overprice their property due to emotional attachment and it does not necessarily mean that the asking price is a true reflection of the home’s . . .
MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS TO TAKE OVER MARGATE FOR THE 6TH AFRICA BIKE WEEK Africa Bike Week 2014, the largest free motorcycle rally in South Africa, is taking place for the 6th consecutive year, from Thursday 1 May to Sunday 4 May, in Margate, KwaZulu-Natal. Thousands enthusiasts are attracted to the event every year to enjoy an array of exciting activities for the whole family. Margate completely transforms into a motorcycle friendly town for the four days and one can expect to see thousands of people and bikes on beach road during the weekend. Activities include everything from a ‘Jump Start’- where one of Harley’s iconic and powerful motorcycles is placed on a stand for anyone to get the feeling of riding a Harley® without worrying about balance- to the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy for those interested to learn how to ride. Free demo rides will also be available for riders who want to try out one of the newest Harley-Davidson models, and a Ride In Bike Show will allow anyone to register their customised bike in the competition. One of the main attractions of Africa Bike Week is the Mass Ride which will again take place on Sunday morning, where thousands of bikes are expected to ride a 34 km circular route. Visitors can also expect to see Harley-Davidson dealers, exhibition tents, 2014 Harley-Davidson models, family entertainment and an Aftermarket Village. A great entertainment line-up will also keep you rocking well into the night. Some of the performers who will take to the stage during the weekend include Dozi, Nova Rise, Madison Band and DJ Fistaz to name a few. Harley-Davidson has again partnered with Hibiscus Coast Municipality, UGU Municipality and South Coast Tourism and sponsors Jack Daniels, Carling Black Label, Jeep and Shelly Centre to make Africa Bike Week possible. The event attracts anyone with a passion for freedom and motorcycles and is free to attend. For more information you can visit www.africabikeweek.co.za or follow the . . .
Taste Holdings this morning announced that it has signed an exclusive 30 year master licence agreement to develop the international Domino’s Pizza brand, initially in seven Southern African countries, including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Zambia and Malawi will follow on the fulfilment of certain conditions. Domino’s Pizza is considered the world's leading pizza delivery brand in both store numbers and unit sales, and has over 10,800 outlets in more than 70 countries. The brand will form part of the growing Taste Holdings stable and will become the group’s leading pizza franchise offering as Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s franchisees will be given the opportunity and assistance to convert to Domino’s Pizza. CEO of Taste Holdings and founder of Scooters Pizza, Carlo Gonzaga, says that the both Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s are based on similar principles and operating standards to Domino’s Pizza and that the entry of a leading global pizza brand was a logical next step in the evolution of the South African pizza market. Scooters Pizza pioneered the "39 minutes or it's free" delivery promise in South Africa and it is this culture of on-time-delivery within Scooters that makes the conversion to the world's leading pizza delivery brand such a good fit. "Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s have been providing pizza lovers across South Africa with their favourite Italian takeaway for more than two decades, and with the conversion to Domino's Pizza that is not going to change. If anything, things are only going to get better from here on out as customers will now have access to the world’s largest and most established pizza delivery brand, one that is synonymous with outstanding quality products, friendly service and unbeatable delivery standards." Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognised world leader in pizza delivery, with more than 1 million pizzas being delivered daily worldwide, a figure that is set to . . .
As more and more areas experience inventory shortages, demand for property is expected to continue rising. This, coupled with the fact that many areas have seen a positive price growth over the last few years, could be swinging the property market in the seller’s favour. Although the market conditions are slowly giving the seller the advantage, Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that there are still a few key elements that they will need to adhere to in order to ensure that their property is sold for the best possible price, within the shortest period of time. “While fewer properties on the market make it a much more competitive environment for buyers and we could soon see seller’s in a far better position during negotiations, this doesn’t mean that sellers sit back and wait. When it comes to getting the optimum result from the property sale, sellers still need to apply some basic but vital principles to the property sale process to achieve the best possible outcome,” says Goslett. Goslett offers sellers his top five tips to help them achieve the best result when selling their home: Research your agent options According to Goslett, many sellers often make the mistake of choosing the agent the offers them the lowest commission rate or the highest price for their home. While these elements are a consideration, they should not be the only factors that the decision is based on and can actually negatively weigh on the transaction in the long run. “It is advisable to choose an agent that has experience in the specific area in which the property is situated. Another aspect to take into consideration is the agent’s company. Is it a well-known, reputable brand with the support of a large network? It is also vital that the agent presents the seller with a market plan providing the seller with steps as to how they plan to get the property sold,” says Goslett. Don’t forget the small print It is very important that sellers are fully aware about . . .
09 April 2014, Durban, South Africa - XtraSpace is proud to announce the launch of XtraSpace Flexi-Office – intelligent workspaces which offer small and medium sized businesses, a turnkey business solution, without the commitment to a lengthy lease. Whilst XtraSpace has had offices attached to its storage facilities for some time, these spaces are now being upgraded to a superb new standard. In addition, standalone facilities are due to open in Durban, Melrose Arch and other key metro areas. The latest facilities can be seen at XtraSpace Bellville, where Clients can rent standalone lock-up offices that offer companies privacy and confidentiality. A glass encased meeting room also creates a professional impression for Team and Board meetings. The business services offered, in conjunction with technical partner The IT Company will include: • Free uncapped wireless broadband Internet with speeds up to 10MB • Off-site backup storage of critical data at a dedicated Data Storage facility in the Wynberg, Sandton facility • Computer and server rentals • Domain registration, email and website hosting • VOIP, PABX Services David Van Gool of The IT Company, comments that businesses secure in the knowledge that complex IT requirements are available on demand, tend to grow faster, as they can focus on their core business without distraction. For Clients who need flexible office space and a place to store their inventory, files or equipment, then the combination of offices and storage provides a real TURNKEY solution. XtraSpace also have an in-house courier service, Parceljet so all logistics requirements can be catered for. XtraSpace opened their first facility in 2007. They are one of the largest national operators in SA now, with over 120,000m/2 of storage space let out to their Customers. XtraSpace continues to grow their property portfolio by being a consolidator in the highly fragmented self-storage industry, by offering affordable, accessible and . . .