Despite a PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) report this month pointing towards an ailing South African construction industry, a few developers, such as Johannesburg-based Krisp Properties, have astounded investors by defying the trend. Krisp’s portfolio has been boosted in 2013 by the increased interest in Johannesburg’s planned OR Tambo Aerotropolis, with high profile companies such as Michelin SA moving its headquarters to Krisp’s state-of-the-art R500-million Clearwater Office Park across the road from the aerotropolis. Meanwhile, the implementation of e-tolls in Johannesburg has seen the company’s planned 9,000m² neighbourhood shopping centre and 114 residential unit development along the R55 (12 hectares of land called Olievenhoutbos Ext 47) – a popular new alternate route for motorists avoiding e-tolling – substantially gain in value. Krisp Properties executive director Jordan Mann said the company had fared very well despite the challenging economic conditions highlighted in the recent PwC SA Construction Survey, and was looking forward to even better growth in 2014. “We have found that there is increasing demand for top-class developments whose location has been carefully plotted and which have cutting-edge design and finishes,” said Mann. Michelin SA moved its 120-strong staff compliment into the new AAA-grade purpose-built headquarters at Clearwater Office Park earlier this month. The new headquarters was convenient for staff, said Michelin, because of the lifestyle amenities such as a restaurant, gym and tennis courts available at the office park. But the proximity to the aerotropolis was also a major draw card, it said. It joined other tenants at the 20,000m² (GLA) office park, including Discovery Health, Old Mutual, ABSA Bank and Imperial Air Cargo. Given the demand, Mann said the company was already planning a third phase: 28,000m² of additional office space set for development in the second half of next year. In Cape Town, Krisp’s 5,000m² . . .
Developers of the R1.7-billion Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth are preparing for a bumper 2014, with work to start next month (January) on laying the double-storey centre’s 7.5 million bricks. The development, undertaken by Billion Group and Abacus Asset Management, officially launched with an on-site party last month. It is on track to open its doors in March 2015. Given the rain in the Bay in recent weeks, the 600 workers on site will be labouring for an extra week, shutting down on December 20 instead of with the rest of the industry today (13th). From January 6 when work resumes on site, the pace will pick up substantially, according to Baywest MD Gavin Blows. By mid-2014, about 2,000 workers – from carpenters to bricklayers – will be feverishly working on site. Basil Read, which has been awarded the tender for developing a R300-million road network around the mall by the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL), is also set to start work in January. The network includes building an offramp from the N2 freeway to the mall and connecting Walker Drive in Sherwood with Old Cape Road in Rowallan Park. Already principal contactor Murray & Roberts has commenced with laying the concrete slabs which form the base of the mall. When complete, about 60,000m³ of concrete will have been thrown. Come February, work on the mall’s roof will commence, with 65,000m² of roof sheeting in total. About 5,000 tons of reinforcing steel will be used on the centre, and a further 1,000 tons of structural steel. Come October 2014, work on the final stages of the mall will be underway. The landscaping is scheduled to start by the end of that month, while the 250 shops will start being fitted. The mall will boast about 3.5km of shop fronts and a mammoth 35km of electrical cabling. “Everyone has done a remarkable job on getting the mall started this year,” said Blows. “They deserve a good break, because next year will be non-stop. “We are extremely excited to be able to bring what . . .
In honour of the memory and legacy of former President Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (1918 – 2013), Iziko Museums of South Africa will close the following museums on Sunday, 15 December 2013: • South African Museum (including the Planetarium) • South African National Gallery • Michaelis Collection at the Old Town House • Koopmans de-Wet House • Rust en Vreugd • Groot Constantia • Slave Lodge • Bo-Kaap Museum • Bertram House • Maritime Centre • William Fehr Collection at the Castle of Good Hope Our Council and staff join the people of South Africa and world in sending our condolences and words of comfort to the family and friends of Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela. Our museums will be open and *free (excluding the Castle and Planetarium) on Reconciliation Day, 16 December 2013. Author: Melody Kleinsmith from Iziko Museums of South Africa. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://www.iziko.org.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/Iziko_Museums Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/IzikoMuseums Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Iziko Museums of South Africa. You can also use the embed code provided. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Hailing from Barcelona and celebrating its 21st year, Sonar is a pioneering advanced music and new media festival with unique content and a format that combines the best local and international electronic music acts with interactive technology exhibits and new media showcases. Sonar has been constantly on the pulse of the current electronic music landscape and delivers experimentations with music’s newest trends, presenting fused collaborations between established artists and emerging talent. Since 2002, Sonar has hosted more than 50 festivals in all corners of the globe, all imbued with the festival’s philosophy of physical spaces and unique environments hosting a balanced mix of the best talent from the international and local music scene. Award-winning agency, Seed Experiences, will bring Sonar to South Africa on an annual basis, with the inaugural event scheduled for 16 December 2014 at the iconic Good Hope Centre in Cape Town. Cape Town’s recent accolade of World Design Capital 2014 makes it the natural city of choice for Sonar’s South African stop and, along with Barcelona, Tokyo, Reykjavik and Mexico, will make up the quintuplet of cities to host Sonar in 2014. Cape Town’s instalment will comprise an explosive mix of South Africa’s top electronic acts, headlined by one or two of the biggest international names. Ventura Barba, COO of Advanced Music, the company behind Sonar, comments, “Now part of Sonar, Cape Town joins a global music network, cementing its place in Electronic Music Culture (EMC). One of Sonar’s philosophies is to discover talent in new markets and give the artist or DJ the opportunity to perform at one of the global Sonar events. We’re looking forward to scouting South Africa’s acts and giving fresh talent the opportunity to perform at Sonar around the world.” Brian Little, managing director of Seed Experiences, explains the process behind the launch, “In order to ensure that the tour stays true to the essence of the Sonar brand, the . . .
Reputable Printing Company Explains How Their Services Can Help Businesses Label Ales, a well-respected printing company and barcode labels supplier in South Africa, has announced the release of its latest services. According to the company, these new advancements are meant to make their services even better – which in turn, can result in more efficient label printing services for interested parties. Label Ales explained that with the use of new and more advanced equipment, they are now able to offer unique and more reliable printing services to current and prospective clients – ultimately leading to more benefits for those who seek their help. The company added that although they are mainly focused on serving businesses – they are always willing and able to provide thermal printers and other printing essentials to non-businesses who signify their need for assistance. Label Ales is a supplier of high-quality printers. The company also offers thermal label barcode printer rentals. With its services, the company explained that clients are able to gain access to high-quality and advanced printers – the features of which include: thermal transfer that makes use of direct thermal technology, high speed printing (approximately 4 inches per second), parallel and serial interfaces – and other features. When asked about why people should go to them instead of their competitors, Label Ales explained that in all its services – they always make it a point to engage in printing trials and extensive research, in order to ensure that the proper thermal transfer ribbons and details are used for specific label types. Accordingly, they believe that this will make their outputs a whole lot better. Examples of these label types include but are not limited to the following: dairy film, semi-gloss, and polyprop – and many other options. As a final note, Label Ales reminds people that printing will always have a big effect on their business endeavours, whatever . . .
Relocation Specialist Elaborates on the Necessary Details that Moving Companies Must Provide to Clients Fourways Movers, one of the renowned moving companies in Gauteng and other areas, has come out with a statement explaining the essential details that people should take note of when relocating. According to the company, relocation is not an easy feat. Being so, it is imperative that prospective movers in Randburg, Johannesburg and other locations are able to find ways of making things more effective. Fourways movers explained that before the actual moving date – movers must have already taken care of the necessary particulars, as it will help make things easier. Accordingly, the company mentioned that even small details such as packing tapes, boxes and other often neglected items can affect the efficiency of the relocation in a big way. Another aspect that people (who plan to move) must remember is, says the company, is the trucks that will be used during the actual relocation date, says the company. Fourways movers explained that before any moving truck is hired or rented – there must already be an accurate accounting and measurement of the goods to be delivered and moved. According to the company, this will limit the chances of having to unnecessarily spend on additional transportation costs – which in turn, will reduce the risks entailing such undertaking. When asked how they handled their relocation services (as one of the more popular mini movers in Johannesburg and other areas) – Fourways movers said that planning has and will always be part of their services. The company said that this “adherence” to planning is in light of their belief that relocating should be as detailed as possible, and all the necessary aspects – from packaging, labeling, to the trucks used – should be efficiently studied and researched beforehand. Accordingly, the company intimated that this is a tradition and style that they intend to continue. About Fourways . . .
The Minister of Sport & Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, recently announced; "In honouring the mourning period of Madiba, all our sports competitions that have been scheduled for 15 December will be cancelled to honour and mourn the death of Tata. Teams will also wear the black band and sing the national anthem and dedicate coming games in honour of Mandela." Accordingly there will be no competitive sailing at the Algoa Bay Yacht club on Sunday 15 December 2013. In recognition of the late former President, the Chartroom Restaurant at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club will also be closed on Sunday. The club will be open to members and their guests who wish to gather in fellowship to watch on the big screen the funeral proceedings in Qunu that will take place from from 9:00 am to 12:00 midday. Members and guests will be able to continue sharing their remembrances after the proceedings at a traditional braai. ABYC Commodore, Sean Wiseman, said; "We view Sunday as an appropriate day to gather as a club to commemorate the late Nelson Mandela. Madiba viewed sport as a medium which has the power to inspire and unite people. The life and name of this great man touched our club and Nelson Mandela Bay in many positive ways. Our annual prestige sailing regatta is tangible proof of the legend of Nelson Mandela as in 2004 we saw the biggest fleet ever to sail offshore in Port Elizabeth with a total of 98 boats sailing in the Nelson Mandela Bay Isuzu week which was sponsored by the Nelson Mandela Bay Metropole and GMSA." The club and restaurant will be open on Monday the Day of Reconciliation. A percentage of takings from both Sunday and Monday will be donated to an appropriate children's charity and ABYC extend an invite to clubs and restaurants to do the same in honour of the late Dr Nelson Rolihlala Mandela. Author: Alan Straton from ABYC. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://abyc.co.za Twitter: http://twitter.com/ABYCpe Facebook: Images: For high . . .
Swimmer’s Ear – It’s not safe in the water Swimmer’s ear is where the tube between the outer ear and eardrum (external ear canal) becomes inflamed due to water damage. The medical term is otitis externa. Swimmer’s ear often occurs after repeated exposure to water. Just one drop of water can cause immense discomfort and irritation. Water in the ear contributes to the weakening of the ears natural wax defence. The result? Painful, swollen ears that hurt like mad and put a dampener on holiday fun. Symptoms include: • ear pain, which can range from moderate to severe • a discharge of liquid or pus from the ear • some degree of temporary hearing loss Usually only one ear is affected. The good news, with treatment, these symptoms should clear up within two-to-three days. (We don’t want to scare you but, in some cases the symptoms can persist for several months, which is known as chronic otitis externa. Rest assured, the long-term symptoms tend to be much milder.) What causes Swimmers Ear? Repeated exposure to water can clear earwax out of the external ear canal, making it very itchy. If you try to scratch inside your ear, the sensitive skin of the canal can break down, allowing an infection to take place. Water in the ear also creates a moist environment, which encourages bacteria to grow. Other causes include: • a spot developing inside the ear • a fungal infection • something directly irritating the ear canal, such as a hearing aid or an ear plug What are my chances of getting it? Quite high actually. Around 1 in 10 will be affected at some point and more over the summer months. Prevention SwimSeal is the only product available that acts as a natural barrier to water. Two or three drops every couple of hours as necessary is all it takes to prevent Swimmers ear. It’s a must have addition for the summer holidays. You don’t go in the sun without sunscreen, we recommend you don’t go in the water without . . .
THE CAPE'S LEADING PROFESSIONAL CAREER AND TRAINING EXPO IS BACK. CTEX Career and Training Expo 22-23 January 2014 Good Hope Centre Free entry The Cape's biggest student gathering , CTEX attracted nearly 5,000 visitors to the expo held in July 2013. CTEX brings many different Industries together with a rapidly growing portfolio of exhibitors, including: Private Companies, Government Departments and Agencies, SETAs, Recruitment Agencies and Consultants, Universities, Technikons, Bursary Agents and Providers, and Private and Public FET Colleges. We provide a platform for all these stakeholders to showcase their products, services and available opportunities. This event is open to the general public, school learners, university students and graduates, unemployed persons and those seeking better career opportunities and anyone interested in employment, training and education, entrepreneurship and career development. Be part of the Cape's biggest student gathering, CTEX To book your stand, e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org Call Jerome on 076 991 8508 Venue - Good Hope Centre Cape Town ( C/O Christian Barnard and Sir Lowry Road) Date: 22 January 2014 to 23 January 2014 Time: 09:00 AM - 04:30 PM Location: Good Hope Centre, Sir Lowry Rd, Cape Town Cost: Free entry Contact: Jerome Company name: CTEX Telephone number: 076 991 8508 Author: Jerome Izaaks from CTEX EXHIBITIONS. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: http://www.ctex.co.za Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: CTEX EXHIBITIONS. You can also use the embed code provided. Submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Following the success of the inaugural Kowie River Mile in Port Alfred last year, SPAR Eastern Cape has announced that it will dive in as title sponsor of the event on December 29. The retailer will wrap up its 20th anniversary celebrations in the province by expanding its footprint in open-water swimming. According to SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart, the event perfectly complemented the group's long-standing sponsorship of South Africa's oldest open-water event, the Redhouse River Mile. The latter race, which is now known as the SPAR River Mile, has found a new home on the Sundays River just outside Port Elizabeth, while the retailer assists with anti-pollution efforts in the Swartkops River. "Based on the success of that race, we were looking to expand our sponsorship in the region and the Kowie River Mile proved to be the perfect opportunity," said Swart. He said the race "ticked all the boxes" in terms of promoting healthy living and family-oriented fun in aid of a good cause. "We would love it to become an annual highlight on the Sunshine Coast calendar." With the annual influx of holidaymakers to the seaside town, over 500 swimmers are expected to take part this year. This is more than twice the number for the 2012 event, which was won by Olympic open-water swimmer Jessica Roux. Swart said proceeds from the entry fees would go to the local Sunshine Coast Hospice, which offers home-based care for terminally ill people throughout the Ndlambe municipal area. The organisation currently serves over 300 patients from Kleinemonde to Alexandria, with palliative care provided at Settlers Hospital in Grahamstown where necessary. Hospice fundraiser Karen Long said they were delighted to have SPAR on board as it was becoming increasingly difficult to raise funds for the organisation. "With the inaugural race last year, we did the best we could with the money we had. "When we saw the interest from far and wide, we knew . . .