With just less than a week to go, last-minute entries are streaming in for The Herald VW Cycle Tour, which rolls out across Nelson Mandela Bay on the first weekend in February. The Herald's chief marketing officer Justin Peel said there had been a definite upswing in interest as people returned to work, bolstered by their new year's resolutions to get fit. "The entries have definitely increased rapidly after the holidays and we are expecting a flurry of interest before the January 20 cut-off date." Peel advised prospective participants to take advantage of the pre-registration period, as late entries would incur an additional 50 per cent penalty fee. "So it's best to get online and submit your entry right now." He said a limited number of printed entry forms were also available at most cycle shops in Nelson Mandela Bay. "However, entries for the Ultimate Quest will only be accepted via the website." This "super-category", which was introduced last year, rewards the best rider on aggregate across both the 80km Extreme mountain bike challenge and 106km Classic road race. Peel said the category was open to male and female participants, with the top man and woman receiving a cash prize of R5000 each. He said the weekend festival of cycling offered a range of distances - in both the road and mountain bike disciplines - to suit riders of all ages and fitness levels. On the Saturday, the Addo Polo Club plays host to the mountain bike events, while the kiddies' and family road races take place at Hobie Beach in Port Elizabeth. The cycle tour comes to a close the following day with the signature road races from the beachfront. "If you have already registered and completed your payment, you can check the website to see if you are listed under 'registered athletes'," said Peel. "If your name does not appear there, you may query it with the race office. But it can take up to 48 hours from registration to listing, so don't panic if you . . .
The FNB Madibaz clipped the wings of the SWD Eagles with a 25-15 win in a pre-season friendly rugby match at Outeniqua Park in George on Tuesday evening. The Port Elizabeth-based team ran in five tries to the provincial side's three in a fast-paced game that formed a key component of the squad's Varsity Cup preparations. New head coach David Maidza expressed his satisfaction with the result but said there were still a few tactical issues that needed to be addressed. "Overall it was a good exercise for us and I think the boys did well. The most pleasing thing that came out of the match was the energy and togetherness that was shown on the field." After leading 10-5 at the break, the visitors took control of the game in the second half. "The ball was being moved around quite a bit by both teams, there was good intensity and I thought we did pretty well when we had ball in hand," said Maidza. "But I think we still need a bit of work when it comes to our defensive play." The win is the second in as many weeks for the NMMU team, after trouncing local rugby club Spring Rose 68-0. Although the victory had boosted confidence levels, Maidza said the main objective had been to give all members of the 30-man squad game time. "As these are warm-up games we're treating them as such, making sure that we're getting our systems and structures right and that the players understand what we're looking for from a coaching perspective." He said his men would now turn their attentions to the crucial home game against the Free State Cheetahs next Tuesday evening. "Next week's Super Rugby set-up is exactly what we need to test our players under intense pressure." Maidza said the Cheetahs were well known for their brand of rugby, which combined a running game with sheer physicality. "Every warm-up game is critical because you have to look at every player in the squad and see if they will fit in come the competition." Of course, the better the . . .
Cape Town utility event to gather more than 5000 power professionals Africa’s leading utility and energy professionals and projects are to be honoured at the annual African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa that is taking place in Cape Town from 13-14 May this year. Designed to celebrate the African triumphs and successes of the industry throughout 2013, the industry will be able to nominate candidates for nine award categories, ranging from Utility Executive of the Year to the Best Rural Electrification Project. The awards evening, attended by some 500 leading executives from across the power, water, renewable energy, finance and investment spheres, is a long overdue addition to what is the largest utility gathering of its kind on the continent. African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa is attended by more than 5000 power and water professionals from more than 30 African countries and 70 worldwide. African utility industry celebrating its heroes “These are exciting and sometimes pioneering times for the utility industry and we feel honoured to be able to recognise utilities, utility leaders, companies and individuals who are making an enormous difference in the development of the energy landscape in Africa”, says Russell Hughes, African Utility Week and Clean Power Africa event director. He continues: ”this is the African utility industry celebrating its heroes and success stories. It is for the industry and by the industry. We invite all power professionals on the continent to send us their nominations and we look forward to sharing their triumphs with their peers. Together we will highlight those companies and executives who have been responsible for pioneering new frontiers, pushing boundaries, for inspiring others and for achieving growth for Africa.” The African Utility Week Awards categories include: • Best African IPP agreement • Most successful African off grid project • Successful policy implementation Award • Best Rural . . .
The Property Poser experts were recently asked for their guidance on the tax benefits of becoming a non-resident in the eyes of the South African Revenue Service. A reader explains that she owns a property that, until now, has been her primary residence. She does not however mention what will happen to the property when she leaves the country – whether it will be rented out or not. Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town, says South Africa uses a residence-based tax system. "This means that residents are, subject to certain exclusions, taxed on their worldwide income, regardless of where it was earned." By contrast, says Van der Merwe, non-residents are taxed on their income from a South African source. "Foreign taxes that are proved to be payable to a foreign government may generally be credited against the local tax payable on foreign income." Van der Merwe says you are considered to be ordinarily resident in South Africa if it is the country to which you will naturally and as a matter of course return after being away. "If the person is not ordinarily resident, or does not meet the requirements of the physical presence test, that person will be viewed as a non-resident." The physical presence test determines that you must be in SA for a pre-determined period or periods, says Van der Merwe. "You must be present for more than 91 days in total during the year of assessment, as well as 91 days in total during each of the preceding five years of assessment." Alternatively, you must be resident for a period exceeding 915 days in total during those five preceding years of assessment, says Van der Merwe. Grant Hill of Miller Bosman Le Roux Attorneys in Somerset West says the reader has not indicated why she may no longer be resident in South Africa. "The rules are, however, of no use if the property will be generating rental income because the income will clearly have its source in SA and will be taxed . . .
Jawitz Properties and Coral Beach Estate announce plans to give a free home to one of the buyers of an Ocean Home at the Coral Beach Estate in East London. East London, South Africa, December 2013: Coral Beach Estate (http://coralbeachestate.co.za/) and Jawitz Properties have announced a new promotional initiative that will see one lucky property investor winning a free seaside home. With 89 Ocean Homes available to purchase in the first phase of development of the Coral Beach Estate, all homeowners will stand a 1 in 89 chance of winning their dream home free of charge. This will be done in conjunction with the developer NuDevco, who on transfer of the final home will have an onsite lucky draw and handover a free home to the winner. The prize will take the form of the equivalent cash value of the home purchased and can be used to pay off the entire individual property investment. The Ocean Homes encompass 2 bedroom homes with single garage starting from R1 250 000, 3 bedroom single garage homes from R1 350 000 and triple storey double garage homes from R1 595 000. For more information or to book a property viewing please contact Gary Claven on: Phone: +27 (0)71 683 4349 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Coral Beach Estate is situated in Winterstrand, just south of the city of East London in the Eastern Cape region of South Africa. The area itself is part of the Cove Rock Nature reserve and boasts pristine beaches, warm Indian Ocean water and a secure seaside estate lifestyle. __________________________________________________________________ This press release was submitted on behalf of Coral Beach and Jawitz Properties (http://www.jawitz.co.za/) by Gary Claven and Donovan Grey. Author: Justin Atkins from Coral Beach Estate. No of Images Uploaded: None More Info link: http://coralbeachestate.co.za/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/CB_EastLondon Facebook: . . .
Coral Beach Estate is contributing to the ever improving growth in the East London property market thanks its pricing structure that offers homeowners 2014 homes at 2008 prices. East London, South Africa, January 2014: Coral Beach Estate (http://coralbeachestate.co.za/) and Jawitz Properties are two of the big contributors to the improving property market in East London according to Gary Claven, who helps head up the sales and promotions team at Coral Beach Estate. Gary had this to say about the current housing and property market situation in East London: “Between 2009 and 2011 East London homeowners saw the value of their homes drop to some of the lowest levels recorded in years. This was thanks to a worldwide recessionary period that played havoc on the emerging markets of South Africa and Africa in general. However, thanks to property developments such as Coral Beach the confidence in East London’s property market is returning and we are starting to see an annualised property value increase of around 15 percent.” He further went on to say that: “There is now a big demand for properties in East London in the R1 million to R1.5 million bracket, which thanks to Coral Beach Estates aggressive pricing structure enables buyers to enjoy high value 2014 homes at lower 2008 cost structures. This is not only helping to usher in a much faster than anticipated growth period in the East London property market, but it is also helping to benefit the local Winterstrand community. In fact, with record sales figures of R25 million for Coral Beach Estate in November 2013 alone, the numbers literally talk for themselves.” For more information on Coral Beach sales, or to book a personal estate or property viewing, please contact Gary Claven or Donovan Grey on: Call Gary Claven: +27 (0)71 683 4349 Email: email@example.com Call Donovan Grey: +27 (0)82 871 7161 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Coral Beach Estate is situated in Winterstrand, . . .
After the global economic crisis, banks and other financial institutions in Africa are striving hard to improve their business turnaround by implementing new strategies, investing in latest technologies, training staff, enhancing customer experience and thus maintaining a substantial customer following by bringing efficiency to processes and operations. Operational excellence provides a direct channel to improve shareholder value, where thoughts and actions are perfectly positioned to deliver transformational results. In the changing times, operational excellence acts as a strategic differentiator and positions the bank as an execution leader in balancing service quality and effectiveness with cost of delivery by alignment and optimization of processes, technology and partnerships. The major limitations faced by every bank and financial institution in the world are improving processes, implementing change, delivering quality service, enhancing customer experience and achieving business efficiency cost effectively. Achieving operational excellence would only be effective when all such limitations are eliminated and all functions in the organization operates with optimized processes efficiency. Customer expectations are constantly changing in the banking sector. Banks must rise to higher levels in order to sustain the changing market conditions, and herein lies the importance of the attempt to achieve excellence in operations in banking and other financial institutions. The 3rd Edition of OPEX in Financial Services - Africa on 23 - 24 April 2014, Johannesburg - South Africa, will provide a platform for COOs, CIOs and Heads of financial operations to determine the importance of operational excellence across all banking processes. This two day forum will see top financial decision makers from the continent, discuss the future of fiscal operations by brainstorming best practices and opportunities to achieve operational excellence in Africa. An event . . .
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 3 January 2013 | Durban, South Africa Visit www.mrmotivatorfredfelton.blogspot.com for contact details, review copies, photos & author bio. YOUR POCKET GUIDE TO TWITTER The easy guide to help you Tweet Fred Felton, Author of the pocket book guide 101 Tips For Twitter is helping people to learn about Twitter. He has a new book out full of tips and techniques on how to Tweet. This book is not only for people but also for companies and brands. Full of skills and best practices and useful links the book also features advice from some of the top minds in Social Media. Felton has also provided some useful links and useful hashtags that people use on Twitter. This book will have you Tweeting in no time like a pro. Readers of his book have expressed great enthusiasm about this book. “With all the content out there, it is a hunt to find books of value & with genuine purpose…look no more!’’ - Jodene Shaer – Social Media Publicist Fred Felton is fascinated with social media and all aspects of Twitter. He is the Creative Director of Falconscove – Durban-proud online media agency, focused on content development, public relations and organizational communication. He is the curator of the list of over 100 Social Media Influencers in South Africa. He is a MC, Keynote Speaker, Blogger, Copywriter, Communications Strategist and helps clients navigate the world of Twitter. His book 101 Tips For Twitter is a handy guide to help you with your journey into Twitter. Read more at www.mrmotivatorfredfelton.blogspot.com You can find him on Twitter @fredfelton #101TipsForTwitter -ENDS- Media Enquiries and Interview Requests: Fred Felton, email email@example.com , phone 076-977-5788, twitter @fredfelton Author: Fred Felton from Falconscove. No of Images Uploaded: Two More Info link: http://www.mrmotivatorfredfelton.blogspot.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/fredfelton Facebook: . . .
Fringe productions wanting to take part in the 2014 edition of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown, are reminded that just one week remains until applications close, on Friday 17 January. The Festival will take place from 3 to 13 July 2014. The National Arts Festival Fringe is unique in South Africa in that no selection criteria are applied – participation in the Fringe is open to everyone. The Fringe has mushroomed in size since its inception in 1979 when a diminutive 10 events comprised the Fringe – it now consistently boasts over 350 events across all the arts genres. Disciplines include children’s theatre, film, comedy, drama, physical theatre, dance, cabaret, visual art, performance poetry, music theatre, and the full scope of music genres. “The 2014 edition of the Festival promises to be a particularly exciting one, with the 40th anniversary of the Festival coinciding with our country marking 20 years of democracy. As always, we’re looking forward to programming a diverse selection of productions, and we’re on hand to help with any queries that artists might have before the closing date,” Fringe Manager Zee Nweba said. Application for the 2014 Fringe can be submitted, via the Festival’s website – www.nationalartsfestival.co.za. Interested artists, performers, directors and producers can also request application forms and information booklets from the Fringe Office by email - firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone – 046 603 1103, or fax – 086 233 2119. The deadline for registration is Friday 17 January 2014. The National Arts Festival is sponsored by Standard Bank, The National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, The Department of Arts and Culture, The Eastern Cape Government, The National Arts Council, City Press and M Net. About the National Arts Festival: The National Arts Festival, now in its 40th year, has proved its sustainability and has grown to be one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. Its objectives are to deliver . . .
The International 505 Dinghy Class Association has held a World Championships every year since 1956 and on only three occasions were they sailed in Africa - all three in Durban, South Africa in: 1979 when Americans Steve Taylor and David Penfield won; in 1994 when Australians Chris & Darren Nicholson won and in 2000 when Swedes Krister Bergstrom and Thomas Moss were crowned World Champions. The 2015 505 World Championships hosted by the Algoa Bay Yacht Club and the South African 505 Class Association will be sailed in Port Elizabeth, South Africa from 23 March to 3 April 2015. The Worlds Regatta will be preceded by a pre-worlds regatta comprising of six races over three days, with a minimum of three races to make a regatta. This will also serve as the 2015 South African National Championships. The 2015 505 World Championships will comprise nine scheduled races held over seven days. There will be no more than two races scheduled per day. Three races are required to constitute a championship series. Only one race will be sailed on the final day unless at the start of the final day's racing only one race has been completed. The racing program will allow for three days of racing followed by a rest day and then three further days of racing. Two races will be scheduled for the first day, and one race for the second race day. Further race days will alternate between two races and one race each alternate day. Based on previous World Championships organisers are expecting a minimum of 70 teams from all over the world. Previous world champions have come from these countries: Australia, Denmark, France, Germany, Sweden, United Kingdom, United States of America. Will 2015 see an African Champion? Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: Two More Info link: http://505worlds2015.com/ Twitter: http://twitter.com/ABYCpe Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: ABYC. You can also use the embed code . . .