This week the TrepEdu brand launched the first of its products, the Start Up to Stars book. This book is the first of a series of books that will profile start up businesses in South Africa with the aim of inspiring other entrepreneurs. The book tells a story of eight South African start ups and captures some strategic moves they had to make in order to overcome the challenging survival phase. The stories are told through the voice of author, Sibusiso Nkosi, in a heartfelt manner and capture’s the uneasy road these start ups had to travel. This book features the story of Wandile, a young lady who experienced rape twice and turned her experiences into a business that motivates others to believe in themselves. It also features the story of Tracy Ray Gore, an upcoming Cape Town designer who started her business with only five rands. The story of Sabelo who looked beyond his poor background after struggling to find a sustainable job and started a cleaning services company is also featured in the book. You can also read the stories of the owners of Summertime, Your Name Here Productions, ShiftApps, LIA Network and Lisanele investments. Their inspirational stories look at the risks they took to build these brands. The book is developed in a CliqueBuk format, a concept by a digital content development and dissemination corporation called Ukondla under its Deegypro products. It is the first CliqueBuk produced by the company since it developed the concept in March 2013. The CliqueBuk format can be read on any computer with a web browser since the viewing of such books takes place on the web browser, however internet connection is not required to read the book. This format provides pleasurable viewing and quick navigation of the book. This partnership with Ukondla will see TrepEdu releasing a few more series of Start Up 2 Stars books and resource CDs that are aimed at providing helpful content to entrepreneurs in South Africa. TrepEdu first came onto the . . .
Call to restaurants to submit their details for SA’s top restaurant guide SA’s most trusted restaurant guide, the annual Eat Out magazine, is re-vamping its 2014 issue and is giving all restaurants the opportunity to put their hands up to be considered for the issue. Restaurants must simply submit an easy-to-complete form at no cost, by 30 June 2013. "We’re taking Eat Out to a new level and giving every restaurant the chance to earn their place in the ‘Eat Out 500’ – a power list of great restaurants across South Africa. We want everyone to have a chance to be considered, says Anelde Greeff, Content Director for Eat Out. Restaurants who submit themselves to be part of the Eat Out 500 will be scored on a variety of criteria by a panel of 50 of South Africa’s top food/restaurant industry experts. The criteria include food (menu composition, seasonality, presentation, wine etc.), service and ambience. The 500 restaurants with the highest aggregate scores will appear in the 16th annual issue of the Eat Out magazine, which will go on sale in November 2013. Download the form (www.eatout.co.za/uploads/documents/EatOut_Restaurant-submission-form_2013.pdf ) or complete the form online (www.myjotform.com/EatOut/restaurant). For more information, visit www.eatout.co.za or email firstname.lastname@example.org. For more updates, like Eat Out on Facebook www.facebook.com/EatOutMag and follow @eat_out on Twitter. URL: http://www.myjotform.com/EatOut/restaurant Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Stefanie Elliott from MANGO-OMC. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this article: [l2g] Images: [/l2g] . . .
The Shukuma-NMMU squad will be aiming to add a second victory to their name when they host the Bestmed University Sport South Africa cycling championships in Port Elizabeth next week. The event starts with the mountain bike discipline on Tuesday, June 25, followed by the three-day road tour from Wednesday. Although not the defending champions – that honour belongs to the University of Pretoria – the local team set a winning precedent when they last hosted the championships five years ago. Team captain Wesley Augustyn, who was part of 2008's victorious squad, said their main focus would be on winning the overall team classification. "But an individual overall win will also be in the back of the riders' minds," he admitted. "I would say that we are probably stronger as a team than we were in 2008, but the competition has become tougher and more pro riders are competing." The outfit comprises Augustyn, danger men Gerrit Nel and Marinus Prinsloo, as well as Waldo Gronum, Phillip Erasmus and Henno Cronje. The team will be without the services of Sean Bos, who broke his collarbone in a crash during a training camp in Franschhoek last week. Augustyn said Nel, who hails from Graaff-Reinet, was on his best form again after battling heart problems over the past few years. "He is ready and fit. Gerrit is a very good all-round rider with a high pain threshold and the ability to outperform his rivals when it counts most. "He also has a big influence on the team as he brings a lot of experience from racing as a youngster in Belgium." Fellow all-rounder Prinsloo would provide the second prong of their attack, said Augustyn. "Marinus is on top form after competing at the SA track champs in Cape Town a month ago. He has the leg speed for those fast stages and sprint finishes. "He can also climb very well and plays an important role in ensuring that we don't lose time on the hills and in the time-trials." As the oldest tour rider, 24-year-old . . .
Telmap, an Intel company, has upgraded its personal navigation app, Telmap Navigator, especially designed for South Africa, free of charge to the end user, and with strong appeal to local advertisers. The latest version of Telmap Navigator turns your Android, Apple or BlackBerry smartphone into a personal guide, with voice guided real time GPS-based navigation and features including tips for travel, dining options and money-saving vouchers. Through its native advertising capabilities, this revamped app delivers assured and measurable return on investment for advertisers. The click through rates Telmap Navigator has enabled advertisers through the previous version of the app ranged between 6% and 8%. These are projected to increase significantly given the enhanced exposure in the new version. Advertisers can choose to position or promote their brand in several compelling ways: · The brand can be depicted via a hi-resolution spinning 3D icon while the user is en route. The user can then click on this icon, retrieve additional information and of course navigate directly to the advertiser's place of business. · The brand can be positioned on the app homescreen in the form of a clickable widget. · The brand can be promoted in users' sponsored search results. · Banners triggered by relevant keywords and even through branded location detail screens. · Another innovative feature allows car manufacturers to feature a car model of theirs on the homescreen and even allow the user to navigate with that car in full 3D with navigation voices associated with that brand. In South Africa alone, Telmap boasts over 800,000 users, with over 65,000 new users joining every month. Gilad Goldshtein, Telmap Director and South Africa’s Country Manager says, “Telmap Navigator is a compelling app for advertisers since it’s used by people who are out and about. Its real-time location-based nature means advertisers can engage people when they are in the vicinity . . .
Changes in the way businesses operate have been fundamentally altered since the 2008 downturn, and these changes have set trends that have become a permanent fixture of how businesses are being structured moving into the future. As businesses become ever more focused on their core activities in order to survive, along with increases in costs, competition, fraud and complexity, many have moved to a model of utilising outsourced services to effectively manage their non-core business functions. “It is clear the impact of the compliance and administration burden on business in South Africa is neutralising the entrepreneurial flair of a very important element of South Africa’s economy. Running your business should be fun with the focus on growing your business while spending as much time with your customers as possible,” says Louis Jordaan – Managing Director for ‘the cfo shop’, an outsourced finance and business support services company. Recently a dynamic new service has emerged that allows companies to hire seasoned executives on a part-time basis instead of hiring a full-time employee, thereby reducing the administrative and regulatory burden and allowing entrepreneurs to focus on their core objectives. This gives large and small business’s the ability to “rent” a seasoned Chief Financial Officer or other Business Support Executive as an alternative to hiring a full-time employee that otherwise would require a significant annual salary compounded with the requirement for large bonuses and other perks. “Cost plays a large factor in smaller businesses not having the financial expertise and mentorship they require in order to ensure more effective financial management. For many of these, having a dedicated and often costly CFO simply doesn’t fit into the budget, meaning many companies try to ‘wing it’ with their own, often inadequate, knowledge of business financial functioning. Utilising an ‘outsourced’ CFO allows companies to benefit from the services without . . .
In 2013, the Festival is proud to introduce a new Jazz Festival venue - the Standard Bank Jazz & Blues Cafe at the Lowlander, St. Andrew’s College. The venue will offer a great jazz show at 21.30, with a 23.30 Jazz Jam session or late-night blues gig where audiences can catch musicians letting off steam and butting musical heads late into the night, every night. The opening act features a collaboration between some of the hippest young jazz musicians in the country: Neil Engel (trumpet), Nduduzo Makhathini (piano), Romy Brauteseth (bass), Ayanda Sikade (drums). Cape Town saxophonist Dan Shout has just released his second album, fresh from a stint of international touring in Johnny Clegg’s band. He appears with Gorm Helfjord (guitar), Romy Brauteseth (bass), and Jonno Sweetman (drums). An exciting young funk band from Amsterdam - Bruut! – features Maarten Hogenhuis (sax), Folkert Oosterbeeck (Hammond organ), Thomas Rolff (bass), Felix Schlarmann (drums). Lee Thomson is an innovative young trumpeter from Cape Town who plays in a wide variety of musical styles. He takes to the stage with Nduduzo Makhathini (piano), Gorm Helfjord (guitar), Nick Williams (bass), Lloyd Martin (drums). From Rhini, Grahamstown, comes Imbaula - a band in the genuine South African jazz tradition - Julius Moyake (sax), Moses Kade (trombone), Lee Gary Sias (guitar), Leslie Demaary (guitar), Michael Smith (bass), Ben Dlukulu (drums). Four jazz lecturers from Rhodes University form a quartet under saxophonist Rick van Heerden. He is joined by Nishlyn Ramanna (piano), Kingsley Buitendag (bass), and Steve Ellis (drums). The Lowlander will also provide a home to nightly Jazz Jams, or Late-night Blues with Robin Auld, Albert Frost & Friends, at 23.30; and is bound to play host to a multitude of spontaneous surprises. The 39th edition of the National Arts Festival, Grahamstown will take place from 27 June to 7 July 2013. For more information check . . .
CommuniGate Systems’ cPanel Adaptor gives Cloud Hosting Providers a game changer for the industry; technology enables VPS (Virtual Private Server) hosting to go head-to-head with the telecom carrier marketplace. 19 June 2013, Johannesburg, South Africa - CommuniGate Systems, the leader in secure, super-efficient, web and mobile Unified Messaging technology announces the availability of the 3rd generation of their open-source cPanel Adaptor kit for CommuniGate Pro. The new release delivers the first in the industry "IP Centrex for VPS providers". With this technology, Web Hosting companies can deliver IP PBX services to any size business, all within the Virtualized cPanel management system. IP Centrex has traditionally been a system for carriers and SIP Trunk solution providers due to the complexity and telecom requirements for setup and delivery of services. "IP Centrex Services" has become a vital part of the evolution to move complex IT services out of the IT closet, to a “centralized” location in the Cloud. VPS hosting providers can now provide valuable services with IP Centrex, in a simple to manage and easy to understand package that runs right inside the Virtualized environment, not requiring any dedicated servers or disruption. The cPanel Adapter is a totally open source project, managed, maintained, and developed by a community of VPS hosting providers around the globe. The project is hosted at the Google Code site and VPS Hosting companies are encouraged to join and contribute to advance the technology for their own requirements and customer demands. Features for the IP Centrex system included in the 3.0 release include: • Setup of phone extensions • Creation and management of Queues i.e. "support department" or "sales team" • Certified for SNOM IP Phones with HD Voice • Encryption for secure calls • IPv6 support • Pronto! HTML5 Webmail with WebRTC support for HD Voice calls • Secure Instant Messaging and Chat rooms • Email and Calendar . . .
A reader has approached our Property Poser experts with a query regarding outstanding repairs on a property he has been renting for over a year. The reader writes that he and his wife took occupation in May last year, at which time the landlord undertook to complete certain repairs within three weeks. More than a year later, there are still problems that need to be repaired. Among them are damages to the roof and ceiling caused by a major leak following heavy rains in November. The reader reports that the landlord's insurer paid the associated claim but that the landlord failed to make the necessary repairs, despite undertaking to complete them by December. Earlier this year, a leak in the main bedroom was handled, on the landlord's advice, by placing a bucket beneath it. The leak had been there from the inception of the lease but a few coats of paint had obscured it. To make matters worse, there is apparently also a damp problem in the second bedroom. The reader would like to know if he can withhold rental or what other remedies he has at his disposal. The Rental Housing Act applies in the current situation, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties Helderberg in Cape Town. "The Act provides that the landlord and tenant should jointly inspect the property before occupation." Van der Merwe says the purpose of this is to identify and determine the extent of any aspects requiring repair or to ensure that any defects are listed in an annexure to the lease, so that the tenant is not later accused of causing the damage. "Our reader and the landlord seem to have carried out such an inspection but the landlord appears to have reneged on his undertaking to carry out the identified repairs." Although the reader has not mentioned whether there is a written lease in place, the Act makes provision for certain aspects of the parties' relationship to be put in writing in the agreement, says Van der Merwe. "The Act also provides that the . . .
Kathleen Rice, Director, Technology, Media and Telecommunications Practice, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr The Protection from Harassment Act affords the victims of harassment an effective remedy against harassment. If you are a victim of harassment, you may approach the magistrates' courts in terms of this Act to obtain a protection order against any person who is harassing you. A person who breaches a protection order may be criminally charged and, if found guilty, held liable to a fine or imprisonment. 1 WHAT IS HARASSMENT ? Harassment is any conduct (whether it be direct or indirect) that the perpetrator knows or ought to know will cause mental, psychological, physical or economic harm or inspires the reasonable belief on the part of the victim and that harm will be caused to a person (referred to in the Act as the "complainant") or any member of the family or household of the complainant or any other person in a close relationship with the complainant. The Act refers to any member of the family, household of the complainant or any person in a close relationship with the complainant as a "related person". Harassment includes: • unreasonably following, watching, pursuing or accosting a person (or related person) or loitering outside of or near a building or place where a person (or related person) resides, works, carries on business, studies or happens to be • unreasonable verbal, electronic or other communication (regardless of whether or not conversation ensues) • unreasonable sending or delivery of letters, telegrams, packages, faxes, email to a person (or related person) • sexual harassment Bullying (including cyber bullying) is a form of harassment covered by the Act. 2 WHAT IS A PROTECTION ORDER? A protection order is a court order granted by the magistrates' court prohibiting the perpetrator from engaging in or attempting to engage in harassment or enlisting the help of another person to do so. A protection order may contain a list of specific acts . . .
Nine of South Africa's top universities will gather in Port Elizabeth next week when the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University hosts the national student cycling championships. The University Sports South Africa event, presented by Bestmed, starts on June 25 with the mountain bike events and the opening stage of the three-day road tour. The reigning champion men's and women's teams, from the University of Pretoria and the Potchefstroom campus of North-West University respectively, will return to defend their titles against some of the country's top up-and-coming talent. According to NMMU's cycling manager Theresa Le Roux, this will be only the second time that the university has hosted the event. The last occasion was in 2008, when the host institution also walked away with the overall honours. Spearheading the Shukuma-NMMU attack this year will be former national downhill racer and team captain Wesley Augustyn, who is also the brother of international pro John-Lee. Gerrit Nel, Marinus Prinsloo, Waldo Gronum, Phillip Erasmus, Henno Cronje, Sean Bos and Matthew Hayter complete the local line-up. "The top rider at the champs this year will definitely be Timo Cooper from the Cape Peninsula University of Technology, who is currently one of the top mountain bike racers in South Africa," said Le Roux. Cooper, who races for a pro outfit, finished third overall at last weekend's RE:CM Knysna 200 alongside his German team-mate Nico Pfitzenmaier. Le Roux said the road programme would kick off at 9am on the Wednesday morning with an 84.4km stage for the men and 62.2km for the women from Altona Primary School. This would be followed at 2pm by a 10km time-trial opposite the back entrance of the university on Marine Drive. "Thursday morning it's a 120km stage for the men and 90km for the women, starting at 9am on our South Campus." The racing finishes on Friday with a 2.4km hill climb on the corner of Seaview and Link Roads in the morning and a . . .