A breakfast event held jointly by the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), Women’s Property Network (WPN) and the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) sponsored by Beier Group and the Durban ICC, took place at Durban’s ICC on 13 February 2019. The first-of-its-kind event was held to unite these three associations and government towards addressing transformation, land reform and other issues affecting the property industry. The three renowned property organisations collaboratively hosted the event with the main theme, “Transformation in the Property Sector Transformation – Unite KZN” aimed to accelerate transformation within the property sector and engage on the topical land reform matters. Key note speakers shared insights on land expropriation, bulk infrastructure, catalytic projects and other challenges facing the industry on a national level. Bernadette Khumalo, regional chairperson of SAPOA in KZN and CEO of Rokwil Civils said, “We wanted to break down the stereotypes and show a united front in KZN. Each association faces and deals with the same challenges and working together on common issues is better than each trying its own approach.” Queen Mjwara, KZN chairperson for WPN said, “Considering the property sector charter and its codes, we are making slow progress towards the benchmark. This breakfast was a reminder for our three organisations to prioritise and drive transformation in the property industry.” National keynote speakers were Portfolio Committee Acting Chair and ANC Whip, PJ Mnguni from Land Reform and Rural Development, and eThekwini Municipality Deputy City Manager of Economic Development, Phillip Sithole. Key topics for the Deputy City Manager included urban renewal, improving bad building practices, redressing the social housing backlog and public space management to attract investors and tourists. Sithole also mentioned that the City is committed to working with the private sector and has . . .
Digital Journal, a global digital media network, recognized Cygnet Infotech as a top Blockchain solutions provider in the Digital Art in its “Global Blockchain in Digital Art Market" report. This report is a treasured source of insightful data for business strategists. The report is a comprehensive summary of the benefits associated with the use of Blockchain technology in the ‘Digital Art Market’. Blockchain is emerging as a game-changing technology impacting the way users buy, collect or sell arts and collectibles in the digital space. It also helps patent owners secure more royalties when their artwork is used online through its functional characteristics such as transparency, immutability, security and smart contracts that facilitate decentralized digital transactions. This recognition reflects the success of Cygnet’s long-lasting client relationships that represents their commitment to providing blockchain solutions and project experiences that produce better outcomes. Cygnet partners with their clients to help them proactively discover newer possibilities with blockchain technology and help them grow their business. Cygnet have already developed blockchain-based technology solutions that can bring efficiency, agility, and innovation for your business. Some of them are: Smart contract-based marketplaces Digital signature solution Solid waste management solution Anonymous trading marketplace Integrated self-assessment solution With expertise and broader skill sets in a wide range of technologies and IT practices, Cygnet Infotech has been considered as one of the most trusted names in the IT space delivering technology solutions across 35 countries. Cygnet Infotech passionately empower lives globally with technology-enabled business solutions to elevate their client’s businesses—and to provide the best possible customer experiences. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Four years ago, Palesa Manaleng thought any chance of a career in sport was over when she suffered a cycling accident that left her paralysed from the waist down. Today the University of Johannesburg public relations student is the South African handcycling champion in the H3 category and planning a future which includes representing her country at a range of international para competitions. The 31-year-old Manaleng won the SA title at the national road championships in Pretoria this month and said she wanted to build on that achievement. "Looking ahead, I plan to represent South Africa at all major competitions, World Cups or world championships," she said. "You name it, I plan to be there and to break records." Manaleng, who is also a wheelchair track athlete, grew up in Polokwane before moving to Johannesburg, where she stayed in Ackerville. She has since moved to Westdene. She described how she went through a "roller-coaster of emotions" when her accident happened, aged 27. After her bicycle brakes failed going downhill, she crashed into the palisade fence around the UJ rugby stadium and dislocated her spine, broke two ribs, punctured a lung, fractured a shoulder and also sustained head injuries. "I was angry that it happened to me and I was sad that I may never play sport again," she said. "But I was also relieved that I had a second chance at life and, in the end, I came to the conclusion to live my life to the fullest and not to miss any opportunities." Manaleng did doubt the possibility of doing sport again, however. "I thought it was the end of my sporting career, mainly because I had never seen a differently abled person, besides Oscar Pistorius, compete in sports. "And Oscar did not use a wheelchair, so I was sure that my sporting days were over." But while doing rehabilitation at a rehab centre she saw videos of wheelchair users who took part in sport and realised it was still possible for her to compete. "Once I . . .
Africa’s Boldest Beauty Festival is showing no signs of slowing down with less than two months to go till Beauty Revolution Festival takes the Sandton scene by storm! Beauty Revolution Festival is a two-day beauty festival taking place on 6 & 7 April 2019 at Sandton Convention Centre, Johannesburg. The event will be a growth launchpad for the South African beauty community; namely make up artists, beauty startups, bloggers, insta-stars, hair stylists, hair & beauty brands and retailers. Beauty Revolution Festival in association with Foschini and YFM have just announced their star-clad lineup of South Africa’s top makeup artist influencers. The masterclass lounge is set to be one of many key features available to experience at the festival in April. Masterclasses will be taking place between 10h00 and 17h00 everyday. The masterclass lineup is set to kick off with mega beauty babe, Beezglam who has top clients in both South Africa and Dubai. The fan-proclaimed queen of brows, Kendall Aberdeen will be up next with useful techniques that are sure to blow you away. Cape Town ‘it’ babes Lindy Lin and Rushana Isaacs will follow with their loyal fanbase and vast knowledge of products. Mihlali Ndamase is no stranger to finding the perfect shade of foundation and she will be sharing her glam tips and tricks. Next on the lineup are quintessential Joburg glam girls Azraa Baker and Thameenah Saint, who know how to dress up any look with a face beat. Kandy Kane certainly fits the mould for Africa’s boldest beauty festival, her looks are nothing short of daring and will teach you exactly how to make a statement. The fabulous Lwazi Blose Cele aka Diva Cadach will complete our selection of artists as a certified makeup artist to the stars. With this lineup and more, Beauty Revolution Festival is sure to be a major highlight in your events calendar this year. You can purchase tickets to Beauty Revolution Festival via iTickets. Connect with Beauty Revolution on Instagram . . .
In July 2009 the South African Revenue Services (SARS) introduced section 12J of the Income Tax Act to encourage ordinary taxpayers to invest in small, medium and micro-sized enterprises (SMMEs). Section 12J allows taxpayers to deduct 100% of their investments into qualifying venture capital companies (VCCs) from their current tax obligations as a reward for the ongoing economic benefits that these investments are expected to deliver. The uptake of this allowance was initially slow; but has gathered pace as more section 12J compliant VCCs come to market. Thousands of taxpayers now invest via VCCs to utilise their section 12J tax allowances and curb their ever-increasing tax liabilities. “The VCC structure enables the tax administration of section 12J investments,” says Neill Hobbs, CEO at Anuva Investments. “Our role is to ensure full compliance with the tax legislation, including registering with SARS, identifying and investing in qualifying SMMEs and providing our investors with the necessary documentary support”. Each of these compliance aspects must be met by both taxpayer and VCC for the duration of the investment. The section 12J allowance is ‘paid’ to investors upfront by way of a reduced tax liability in their current tax year. For example, a taxpayer who earned R2 million in the 2018 tax year would be liable for R900,000 in taxes. If this taxpayer invested R1 million in a qualifying section 12J VCC he or she could reduce their tax liability by R450,000. SARS has plenty of terms and conditions to prevent abuse of this allowance. Principal among these are that the capital amount remains invested for at least five years and that upon exiting the investment the base for the taxpayer’s capital gain calculation is set to ‘zero’ to compensate for the initial tax benefit. It still works out as very tax efficient compensating the investor for growing the economy. The capital gains tax liability is greater than that for investments made outside of the . . .
The fourth annual FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit – hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government - will focus on innovation and non-conformity with its latest theme, ‘New Wealth Creators’. A selection of the continent’s most influential women in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership will engage on this topic at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March. “This year we want to turn the spotlight on those forward-thinking female entrepreneurs who are making a significant impact in some of the more unconventional sectors,” explained Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, and this year’s host. “These women are pioneering within industries, as well as pioneering industries themselves, tapping into previously unknown sources of income and transforming the world as we know it. Guests will get a full day and evening to hear these stories and engage with these inspiring women.” Some of the emerging industries that will be explored by these ‘New Wealth Creators’ include, among others: · Virtual and Augmented Reality · Medical Marijuana · FinTech · Biotechnology · Content Marketing · Green Energy · Drones · Mobility Technology · Gaming Platforms · Security · Agritech · Mining · Recycling Waste The panel of speakers has been carefully selected to reflect the summit’s core values. Each woman has made a significant impact on their chosen sector by achieving financial success, creating jobs, developing sustainable initiatives, displaying sound management practices – all the while retaining integrity, vision and leadership. Since its inception in 2016, the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit - hosted in association with ABSA and the IDC - has grown, with the 2019 edition set to be the biggest summit yet. There are a number of invited speakers who will be addressing an anticipated audience of some 500 leading women during keynote talks, panel . . .
SA cricket legends Allan Donald, Brett Schultz and Meyrick Pringle will attend coaching clinics for new and developing talent at next week’s Sasfin Cape Town Cricket Sixes. The event, now in its fourth year, introduced its social responsibility initiative, Hit Poverty For A Six, in 2016. “The initial aim was to bring previously disadvantaged young players to the festival for coaching and net sessions and provide transport, food and beverages. In addition, an allocation was made for two development teams in every league to be sponsored so they could join the competition. The winners of last year’s social league, The Breva Team, hailing mostly from Khayelitsha, have now been promoted to the main Castle Lager League this year, and are expected to be one of the favourites,” explains Ryan Christian, the organisation’s founder. “Every year the talent of the township players has been inspirational. These kids just need to be given opportunities that we are providing to reveal their potential and experience the thrill of succeeding on a larger stage,” he adds. Explains Donald, “The first thing that struck me was how this event got the kids and community involved. The interaction was amazing. We noticed one kid for example last year, Lucky, from Masiphumelele, who had a beautiful and seemingly natural away swinger - we hope he will continue to develop and be given the right support and coaching. He and others had a similar look to the likes of Lundi Ngini or Rabada - the potential in the Western Cape overflows - these kids just need the facilities and opportunities.” Donald continues, “I always say, you never know how good you are until you discover what your talent is. For youngsters out there, the message I have for you is that, ‘It’s not about how good you are, it’s about how good you want to be’.” Held over three days, from 22nd to 24th February at the Greenpoint Cricket Club, the Sasfin Cricket Sixes is Africa’s largest amateur cricket festival and will . . .
Recent advances in the production and manufacturing of thermoplastic pipes are not only leading to substantial financial savings, but it also making significant strides to help save the environment and reduce the environmental impact of piping systems. According to Jan Venter, CEO of the Southern African Plastic Pipe Manufacturers Association (SAPPMA), the local plastic pipes body and its international counterparts have been researching and documenting the environmental impact of plastic pipes, and compared these figures with pipes manufactured from other materials. Results from these studies have proven unequivocally that pipe systems made from thermoplastic pipes have much lower manufacturing and transportation costs, better long-term maintenance and higher recyclability than pipes made from other materials. “The dramatic increase in the size of the world’s population and the corresponding strain this places on infrastructure, has placed the focus on assessing the net impact products have on the environment. This is an aspect that is increasingly driving the global economies and have increased the demand for plastic pipes. From an environmental and economic point of view, engineers are recognising that investing in plastic pipes make sense because it allows them to do a lot more with the same amount of energy or money they would have spent on traditional materials, because as they offer a design lifespan of 100 years,” Venter says. Significant advances made in recent years have improved both the quality and strength of the raw materials that are used for the manufacturing of plastic pipes. This, combined with efforts to optimise the entire manufacturing processes of polymers (plastics) pipe, auxiliary components and the jointing for the delivery of optimised PVC and HDPE pipe systems, has ensured that plastic pipes are recognised for quite literally punching above its weight. “Piping systems are costly elements infrastructure and it is therefore . . .
Engen’s “With us you are Number One” brand promise took on a new meaning this week. This was when pump attendant Bongani Dyanti became a mini-celebrity for his customer service, which was so outstanding that one of his customers, Brian De Beer posted a story about his experience on Facebook. Engen Malmesbury owner Gey Kriek and Engen Regional Sales Operations Manager-WC, John Bailey recognised Bongani for his excellent service and presented him with a gift card on Friday, 15 February. The Facebook post has since been shared thousands of times and inspired a number of other customers who have also experienced Bongani’s charm and excellent eye for detail to join in and share their own customer service stories: “Bongani is a living example of Service Excellence and what our domestic and international tourists /visitors alike are always looking forward to as lifetime memories…. keep it up young man...thank you Brian De Beer for sharing such a positive and heart-warming experience” – Mabandla Kelengeshe “Wow I love it, that’s the spirit we need for our country to prosper, well done to both of you, keep up the good work” – Zitho Tshabiso “I did a road trip a few years ago and had the same sort of service in most areas except for major centres. It is a two-way operation you show respect for the job they are doing and they will give you good service. Don’t just say fill up whatever your fuel is and leave it at that. Your attitude gets you the service you want” – David Taylor. To read more posts and help #ShareYourLove this February visit https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=168557517443863&set=a.168557537443861&type=3&theater CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Top organic and natural distributors to distribute USDA Organic Certified cider product. February 18, 2019 -- Youthful Life, LLC has added two new distributors, UNFI and Azure Standard, for its organic product Blazing Apple Cider Vinegar. The USDA Organic Certified cider was developed by chef and fitness expert Carmel Baronoff. It is made from all-natural ingredients offering health benefits such as regulating blood sugar, aiding in healthy digestion, boosting metabolism, increasing immunity, maintaining alkaline pH levels and much more. In total, Blazing Apple Cider Vinegar provides over 500 known health benefits. Blazing Apple Cider Vinegar ingredients include citrus fruit, garlic, raw horseradish root, turmeric, jalapenos, onions, ginger and thyme. New Englanders call this tonic “Fire Cider” for its unique sweet and spicy taste. These ingredients are steeped in 100% organic apple cider vinegar for 4-6 weeks, then strained and cold pressed to maximize the nutritional value of this elixir. Bottles are available in 1 gallon, 16 ounces, 8 ounces and 1-ounce box sizes. The product is soy free, nut free, gluten free, dairy free, non-GMO and paleo. Each individual Blazing Apple Cider Vinegar ingredient offers health benefits that assist with weight loss, regulating stress, boosting immunity, lowering blood pressure, increasing energy, and ultimately helping consumers feel a sense of increased well-being and youthfulness. United Natural Foods Incorporated, or UNFI, is the largest public organic and natural distributor in the country and was founded on the mission of providing access to healthy, sustainable foods. UNFI carries over 110,000 products and has 33 distribution centers throughout the United States and Canada. With shared values like health, quality and integrity, UNFI and Youthful Life, LLC make a fitting partnership. Azure Standard is one of the largest private organic and natural distributors in the United States. The company strives to place . . .