Esteemed Property Management Specialist Explains the Ways People Can Reap Benefits from Property Investments Urbanpace, one of the leading property management companies in South Africa, has released a statement explaining how property investments should be made. The company explained that first and foremost, people should be looking for properties that are located in areas that have a good growth rate. This is in light of the fact that properties in such locations have a higher chance of increasing in value—which in turn, can mean more profits for investors in the long run. Urbanpace also intimated that aside from location, it would also be wise to look into the property market first before making any investments, as this will help decrease untoward risks, as well as ensure that potential benefits are maximized. The property specialist also suggested that it would be a good strategy to compute a particular property’s yields beforehand, in order to get an idea as to how feasible it can be. The company elaborated that investing in property is not as easy as many think. There are various factors that will need to be considered—and if a person is not equipped to handle the statistics or forecasts over a specific property or area, then he or she should hire property management companies or experts to help out. However, Urbanpace reminds people that before hiring any property specialist—they must ensure that such experts are able to comply with the needed requirements. As much as possible, property management companies must have professional section title managing agents and other similar experts to handle their clients’ properties, the research skills to make effective forecasts, and the dedication to keep their clients’ welfare intact. In the end, Urbanpace believes that property investments are indeed, excellent ways to build wealth and stability—provided however, that the needed strategies are undertaken and used, and that the proper . . .
High-jumper Morita Botha will be aiming to raise the bar for the Madibaz team when she competes against the country's best in the first Varsity Athletics meeting at the NMMU Stadium in Port Elizabeth on Friday night. Botha will be one of 27 track and field stars that will represent the university in the prestigious four-part national series, which will be televised live on SuperSport. The 21-year-old, who also took part in the inaugural competition last year, said she had her sights set on medalling in front of her home crowd. "This competition is on my turf so I'll stand to benefit because I'm used to jumping in the windy conditions." Botha said her major goal for the overall competition would be to clear a mark of 1.70m. The first-year arts student appears to be on track after jumping 1.65m at the opening meet of EPA Track and Field League in February. The result was just two centimetres shy of her personal best, which she set in Durban in 2011. "It was the first competition of the year and I worked really hard because I knew I needed to start preparing for Varsity Athletics and SA champs." Botha said the provincial meet had been the perfect opportunity to build on the successes of last season and that she had qualified for the junior national championships in the process. The former KwaZulu-Natal resident said she would use Varsity Athletics to push herself to new heights in a bid to make the senior national champs again. "I like the fast-paced nature of the competition. It forces us to train harder and keep up with the standards." Botha said she was expecting strong opposition from the likes of NWU-Pukke and the University of Johannesburg. Athletes from eight leading universities will compete in the two-hour track and field programme at the South Campus in Summerstrand. The event kicks off with the curtain-raiser relay races at 5.30pm and finishes at 8pm. The series continues at North-West University in Potchefstroom on . . .
Durban-based financial services provider The Unlimited added another record to their books when they set a new Africa record for building 1160 sandcastles in an hour today in perfect conditions (Saturday, 15 March). The epic build was achieved by a team of 832 people, comprising employees of The Unlimited, their families and friends. Sport celebrities including former Springbok Stefan Terblanche, cricketers Ethy Mbhalati and David Wiese from The Unlimited Titans and Sunfoil Dolphins player Cameron Delport and East Coast Radio DJ Makhosi Khoza also pulled their weight in the action-packed hour on Durban’s Bay of Plenty in an attempt to set a new Guinness World Record. Guiness World Records is very particular in the rules around this specific record breaking event. Each sandcastles had to be 600mm (w) x 600mm (l) x 600mm (h) and include 4 turrets. In addition sandcastles have to remain standing for an hour after completion. The event was documented for Guiness World Records by filming the entire process, with the record being verified by an adjudicator from the United Kingdom. Although The Unlimited team did not crack the Guinness World Record, the international adjudicator Fortuna Burke, said this is the first time that the sandcastle record had been attempted on the African continent. She applauded The Unlimited for a well-orchestrated effort and urged them to give the current Guinness World Records title of 2230 sandcastles, set by the German town of St. Peter-Ording on 13 July, 2013 another go. At the Bay of Plenty, Fortuna Burke stated, ‘this is the very first time a Guinness World Records attempt of this kind has taken place in Africa! It’s been a great day for South Africa and very well done to Durban! The record was really well organised by The Unlimited, hundreds of families were here on the beach today and the attempt truly represents the spirit of Guinness Worlds Records’. According to Steph Bester, CEO of The Unlimited, this world record . . .
The Gauteng awards breakfast for Casual Day, billed as “Breakfast with the Stars”, was a glittering affair. Casual Day celebrated raising the R23.5 million that was raised nationally in 2013 in style. The organisations and NGOs that raised the most in sticker donations for this fundraising project for persons with disabilities, were honoured for their selfless efforts. “This is an incredible achievement, considering the funds are raised R10 sticker at a time. This event brings tribute and thanks the thousands of volunteers that help us raise the funds,” says project leader Celeste Vinassa. This year Casual Day celebrates its 20th anniversary and will be pulling out all the stops with its Bring out the Bling theme, which gives participants the opportunity to dress up, not down, on Casual Day. Casual Day is a highlight on the calendar of the employees of many South African companies and invites all companies, government departments, public benefit organisations, schools, churches and individuals to join in the fun. On this day employers permit their employees to let their hair down, to dress in the theme and organise fun events in the workplace or do good works in their communities. It is an example of community spirit in action and unites all South Africans to create awareness of persons living with disabilities. The top organisations that raised the most donations in Gauteng are: Alma School in Pretoria, The Gateway Society on the West Rand, Gauteng Provincial Association for Persons with Disabilities in City West (with branches in Sebokeng, Tembisa, Orange Farm, Tshwane and Ormonde), Con Amore School in Kempton Park, National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in SA in Edenvale, Sunshine Centre Association in Craighall and Germiston, Eureka School in Vereeniging, Deaf Federation of SA in Richmond, Johannesburg, Casa Do Sol School in Linden, Johannesburg and the Association for Persons with Disabilities, Greater Johannesburg in Westcliff. The funds . . .
Employers and employees are urged to take note of the public holidays for 2014, in particular the group of public holidays in April that may have a significant impact on working arrangements. This is according to Faan Coetzee, Executive Consultant in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. He says that Freedom Day (27 April 2014) is the only public holiday that falls on a Sunday this year. The next day, Monday (28 April 2014) becomes an additional public holiday in terms of the Public Holidays Act. Both 27 April 2014 and 28 April 2014 are thus public holidays. “Two consecutive public holidays can have a significant impact on working arrangements and shifts, especially in workplaces that run a 24/7/365 operation. Employers should consider the effect on the workplace and implement measures to address the impact on work. Employers should also consider collective agreements and Bargaining Council agreements that impact public holidays, working arrangements and shifts” he says. Coetzee notes that there is bad news for employees who are on strike on public holidays in that they are not entitled to any remuneration. “They are only entitled to be remunerated for public holidays if they "ordinarily worked" on the public holiday (see section 16 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, no 75 of 1997). As they would not ordinarily work on any day during the strike, they would not ordinarily work on a public holiday that falls in the strike period. Thus, they are not entitled to remuneration for the public holiday during the strike.” Coetzee adds, “Employers can expect requests for additional days off on Friday, 2 May 2014, Thursday, 25 September 2014, Friday, 26 September 2014 and Monday, 15 December 2014. Employers are advised to timeously make arrangements with employees who wish to take extra days off to work in those days.” On 20 February 2014, the President of the Republic of South Africa signed a proclamation declaring Wednesday, 7 May 2014, . . .
University of Johannesburg sport science manager and hockey coach Robin van Ginkel played a vital role in guiding the Delhi Waveriders to the Hockey India League (HIL) title. The recently completed HIL is based on cricket's hugely successful Indian Premier League (IPL). "Hockey players around the world are auctioned off to Indian teams to compete against each other on an international platform," said Van Ginkel, who was part of the conditioning staff. "Six teams compete in the competition, each from a different region in India with their own individuality." Van Ginkel was part of the Delhi Waveriders, which was based in New Delhi and owned by the Wave Group. "The league was structured with all teams playing five home games and five away games in a round-robin format. Once pools had concluded, a semi-final and final were played in Ranchi. "The final was between the Jaypee Punjab Warriors and us." After finishing on three goals apiece in a competitive final, the Delhi Waveriders won the title in a shootout. Van Ginkel's main responsibility was to monitor player recovery and conditioning. "The games were monitored live with the use of the Zephyr heart rate system." With this system, he could monitor player recovery and ensure that the most suitable player took to the field at exactly the right moment and play with optimum intensity throughout the competition. "The experience in India was life-changing. I was privileged to work among the world's top hockey coaches and players. "The travelling was a challenge for many of the teams but worth the victory in the end." Although his involvement in the HIL was a feather in his cap, it also gave him knowledge and new skills he could plough back into UJ Sport. "These international experiences increase knowledge which is brought back to the university and shared to assist sport science development and overall growth of our codes." Among other roles, Van Ginkel coaches the university's women's . . .
The Association for Persons with Disabilities KZN (APD KZN) raised the most in sticker donations in KZN during last year’s Casual Day camping. A whopping R23,5 million rand was raised nationally last year by Casual Day, the fundraising project that has seen the South African public open its hearts to persons with disabilities for almost two decades. This year Casual Day celebrates its 20th anniversary and will be pulling out all the stops with its Bring on the Bling theme, which was recently announced at the project’s annual awards ceremony in Durban. The award for raising R313 130 was collected by Provincial Director of APD KZN, Cheryl Naidoo. Casual Day is the flagship project of the National Council for Persons with Physical Disabilities in South Africa (NCPPDSA), which this year celebrates 75 years of service to the community of persons with disabilities. Over past two decades Casual Day has helped the NCPPDSA fulfill its mandate of creating a barrier-free, fully accessible and inclusive society for all, raising almost R195 million. The highlight of the morning was a rousing talk by wheelchair tennis superstar Lucas Sithole, who lost both his legs and most of his right arm when he fell under a train aged 12, only to become the first South African to win a title at the US Open. Sithole was there to cheer on the organisations and individuals that raised the most donations for Casual Day in KZN – and to provide inspiration at the event, billed as “Breakfast with the Stars”. He spoke from the heart on his triumph over adversity saying, “If you can wake up in the morning with dreams you can either get up and go for your dreams or carry on sleeping.” Long-time Casual Day ambassador and award-winning star of stage and screen, Terence Bridgett, welcomed guests and introduced the programme of events. He said had been involved with Casual Day for 14 years and confirmed his commitment “for a lifetime” Attendees were delighted by his performance of a song to the . . .
Adding to their growing collection of accolades, Hotel Verde, coined as ‘Africa’s greenest hotel’, has been awarded the INTERNORGA Trendsetter Award at a ceremony held last night at the official opening of the INTERNORGA Trade Show in Hamburg. This annual award goes to a company that demonstrates with “great intuition, innovation, courage and passion how business practices and sustainable management can work together for optimal results.” For example, the criteria included the use of sustainable technologies which conserve resources and energy, use of raw materials from ecological production and fair trade, a high degree of transparency in manufacturing methods, and outstanding socially responsible actions. Hotel Verde ticked all the boxes, outshining over 100 contenders from hotels, restaurants, caterers, institutional caterers to bakeries worldwide. With a strong focus on true sustainability, and analysis of the various effects of a company in the industry, Hotel Verde has been acknowledged as the trendsetter in their sector, establishing the highest standards for the sustainability of their own products and the company, thus raising the standards for the entire sector. Various factors were considered through the selection process, including: • Energy, water and material efficient operation • Forward looking technologies to promote sustainable development • Food from ecological or sustainable production • Smart recycling solutions • Innovations with practical relevance • Socially responsible action • Exemplary sustainability concepts and tools Hotel Verde owner, Mario Delicio who was delighted to accept the award commented, “The significance of the Trendsetter Award is that it exemplifies what we stand for. We have always said that we may hold the title of Africa’s greenest hotel, but we hope that won’t be for long. Hotel Verde is strategically placed to play a key role in the future of green building and sustainability in South Africa, and the . . .
FNB NMMU will be looking to secure their semifinal berth in the FNB Varsity Cup rugby tournament when they take to the field against the FNB Shimlas in Bloemfontein on Monday night. With four wins and two losses under their belts, the Madibaz will aim to finish the round-robin part of the competition on a high note. "For us this is where our knockout stages begin and our performance needs to be of the highest quality for us to progress," said head coach David Maidza. "Our approach will not differ from when we started the competition." Maidza said team management had made just three changes to the side that claimed a rain-soaked 19-9 win over defending champions FNB Tuks in Pretoria this week. "Monday night's performance and result was a step in the right direction and I'm pleased with the fight the players showed against Tuks. "The boys have certainly been buoyed by the result but they're also fully aware of what has happened earlier in the competition when we did not focus for the next game." He said ever-dependable eighthman Timothy Agaba would rejoin the starting line-up with Marcel Groenewald moving back into familiar territory on the right flank. "Louis Fourie shifts onto the bench to cover the locks, while Stefan Willemse puts on the number four jersey." Maidza said his Port Elizabeth-based outfit was well aware of the quality and depth in the Free State side, which featured players such as Lions lock Franco van der Merwe and Griquas fullback Gouws Prinsloo. "We will respect Shimlas but will ensure that we are clinical in what we do on the field and that we control as much of the game as possible – with ball in hand or without." The Madibaz were eliminated in last year's play-offs with a one-point loss to FNB Maties. "We are excited to know that we have the backing of the university and thank everyone who is behind the team throughout this beautiful city of ours," said Maidza. Visit www.sport.nmmu.ac.za or find Madibaz4U . . .
Non-profit community organisations will have an opportunity to raise funds for their institution simply by attending the action-packed Varsity Athletics meeting at the NMMU Stadium in Port Elizabeth on March 21. Madibaz athletics manager Nellis Bothma said schools, clubs, churches and charities would receive a R10 contribution for every spectator who attended the first instalment of the national four-meet series on their behalf. "It's a fantastic initiative that allows the community to see some of the country's most exciting athletes in action, while giving their own sports development funds a welcome boost." The two-hour event – which showcases the best student athletes from the top eight universities in South Africa – starts at 5.30pm and will be televised live on SuperSport. Bothma said qualifying groups should register before Thursday, March 20, to receive their allocated number of free barcoded tickets. "All their spectators have to do is fill in their name, cellphone number and e-mail address on the back of the ticket to gain entry into the stadium. "For every person who presents one of these tickets at the gate before 6.30pm, Varsity Athletics will make the promised contribution to the relevant group's development fund." He said organisers were expecting a capacity crowd at the 10 000-seater stadium on the South Campus in Summerstrand. Olympic pole-vaulter Okkert Brits will be the official flag bearer, while local entertainer Donna Africa will deliver her rendition of the national anthem. "This is the first time that NMMU is hosting a Varsity Athletics event, so we really want to make a splash." The remaining track and field meets will take place at North-West University in Potchefstroom (April 14), Stellenbosch University (April 21) and the University of Pretoria (April 28). Bothma said free advance tickets would also be available to individual members of the public via the Varsity Sports Facebook page and website. "All . . .