Four local kitchen designers have been tasked with incorporating the ‘Simplicity in Design’ theme while creating a user-friendly space for the home at this year’s Decorex Cape Town Franke Kitchen Design Project running from 27 to 30 April. This popular kitchen feature – endorsed by The Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) – will see leading Western Cape kitchen designers; Hollywood Kitchens, Unique Kitchens and Gardner Interior Concepts, crafting aspirational kitchen models using quality products supplied by Franke SA. “It’s always exciting to see what interesting designs emanate from the Western Cape,” said Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter. “After months of preparation, they are given prime space to interpret this year’s hottest trends, maximising on the area provided with a functional, yet enchanting kitchen feature.” Besides centring the installation around the ‘Simplicity in Design’ theme with the inclusion of the latest Franke products, each designer is given creative space to craft an eye-catching yet practical kitchen which will be critically judged by representatives from both Franke SA and KSA on various criteria. These include overall appeal, utilisation of space, kitchen flow, user-friendliness and quality of materials used. Once the final decision has been made, the winner will be awarded an incredible R10 000 worth of Franke SA products as well as invaluable ongoing support following the event. “There are so many exciting developments in design and products within the kitchen industry and it is always interesting to see how these are incorporated by various experts in the field,” said Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of KSA. “The kitchen is central to every home which is why Franke Kitchen Design Project is such an integral feature of the Decorex SA events. It’s always a privilege to be involved in this feature which brings so many of our KSA members together for meaningful exchange.” Winner of the 2016 Decorex Cape Town . . .
The Treasure Chest Wine Show has been a resounding success in Durban, Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Pretoria and continues to inspire the people of South Africa. And now, the Treasure Chest, a Proudly South African endorsed wine collective will introduce the crème of South Africa’s most exciting black owned wine brands to The South Coast Bike Festival which takes place from April 27 – 30 in Margate on the KwaZulu Natal South Coast. This group of self-made winepreneurs, collectively possess over 125 years’ experience, 12 of whom are powerful and visionary women on the rise. Pathfinders to transformation in this 360-year-old wine agricultural sector, where less than 2% of the industry is black-owned, the Treasure Chest collective is certainly a force to be reckoned with. Their perseverance, determination and strong desire to work collectively to penetrate the untransformed wine industry and be more active in the retail mainstream of the South African economy is a prime example, for entrepreneurs who are struggling to enter other industries in South Africa. Treasure Chest Wines are world-class by any means, having been the first South African Wine on American Airways, on the shelves of leading retailers, winners of numerous international awards and now exporting collectively to over 25 countries, the future looks bright for the pioneering wine brands. A TRUE TREASURE OF PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN WINES Aptly called “Treasure Chest”, the brand speaks to the inherent value of the unique array of flavours, aromas and blends, including over a hundred varietals that are some of South Africa’s best-kept secrets. Each wine carries a unique South African essence and story, personal to its creator, developer and owner. Treasure Chest wines includes award winning and internationally sought after varietals and vintages from more than 11 different wine regions in the Western Cape, each with its unique nose and taste characteristics. The brand collectively encapsulates a perfect . . .
When running becomes more than just running, it takes on a life once never imagined. This is the ‘normal’ for those who run for others, where finishing is more important than winning, and never more is this true for 32-year-old Mrs South Africa Semi-Finalist 2017, Nicole Capper, who recently completed the Old Mutual 2 Oceans Marathon for NPO Rare Diseases SA. A Johannesburg pharmacist, and a mom to four-year-old Josh Capper, Nicole Capper welcomed daughter, Tatum, into the world two years ago. Baby Tatum was soon diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF), a life-limiting genetic disease affecting the lungs and digestive tract, throwing Nicole’s busy lifestyle into turmoil, never to be the same again. Nicole met Kelly du Plessis, founder of Rare Diseases SA (Rarediseases.co.za). whose son was born with an extremely rare combination of diseases. Kelly had scoured the world to find just a few other kids that had the same condition. Kelly then founded Rare Diseases SA (Rarediseases.co.za), to raise awareness for rare diseases and advocates for patient rights. In some instances, it requires fighting legal battles to save these children’s lives. Rare Diseases SA has been extremely effective at creating awareness and saving lives. It was then that Nicole joined Rare Diseases SA, (Rarediseases.co.za), fighting for something bigger and more important than her own life. Not one to sit and accept a troubled hand, Nicole Capper says that every day is a conscious choice to focus on the possibilities. Says Nicole Capper, “I chose to run the Old Mutual 2 Oceans Marathon for Rare Disease SA because I have been forced to face a very uncertain future, and am only strong when I choose to focus on something, someone, stronger than I am, Tatum Sloane Capper, and others in a similar predicament. If Tatum can fight this disease every day, then I can do the once-thought impossible and run a marathon for her and others. This is my life and I will not waste another minute of it.” CLICK HERE . . .
Laureus Sport for Good Foundation South Africa is extending its reach even further by expanding their geographical footprint to include the Northern Cape and North West regions. The organisation are calling on all sport development projects in these areas to APPPLY! For more information and to download the guidelines and application form, refer to: www.laureus.co.za/expression-of-interest Who should apply? • Sport for development organisations in the Northern Cape and North West regions. • An organisation whose clear mission is to tackle a particular social issue(s) relevant to a clearly identified group and/ or their community • An organisation that uses sport as a tool to achieve that mission in some way • A program that is unique, innovative, creative and dynamic. Project Funding Criteria • The Foundation’s funds are to be used to support and fund the actual project activities, not infrastructure. • Laureus Sport for Good projects must demonstrate how they are using sport as a conduit for bringing about a measurable social change or impact. • Each project should create measurements to track their impact on the identified social issue. • Future funding is subject to the project being evaluated annually based on the objectives set out in their original application. • The project should not be an event, they need to ideally carry out year - round activities. • The project should have NPO/PBO/NGO status or should produce proof of an application in process. • The project should be already operating between 1 and 2 years. Impact areas supported by Laureus Sport For Good Foundation: • Good Health and Wellbeing - enhancing wellbeing/encouraging healthy behaviour change • Quality Education - increased access to and completion of education • Gender Equality - promoting equality, empowerment and safety • Reduced inequalities - Reduce inequality within and among countries • Sustainable Cities and communities - Make cities inclusive, safe, . . .
Employee engagement is a buzz word. Everybody knows it. However, few people know that employee engagement means money. Research shows that companies in the US with engaged employees can outperform those without by up to 202% and have 6% higher net profit margins. And although such South African statistics are lacking, they are sure to look very similar. Unfortunately, the same research shows that only 29% of the American workforce is engaged – and this is without the added stress of economic uncertainty. Today, as South Africa faces an uphill battle out of junk status and faces the impact of the downgrade on business and budgets, employee engagement is at risk and businesses must find ways to address it. “When people are unhappy or insecure or worried, engagement drops immediately,” explains Teryl Schroenn, Chief Executive Officer, Accsys. “Any change plays a role on engagement. A look at the ANC right now – the impact of recent events has left it a disengaged party. In business, the same thing happens – people get nervous, they disengage and they worry about their jobs.” Maintaining employee engagement in complex economic times is an ongoing process, not an event. It has never been more important to have open lines of communication, to build relationships and to ensure employees feel safe. It is a tight rope to walk, especially if the business has been affected and retrenchments are in the pipeline. An active role “Economic difficulty usually translates to corporate belt tightening and employees know it,” says Schroenn. “It is vital that communication is honest and that management works behind the scenes to mitigate the risk as much as they can. It is hard to get the balance right, but it is vital for the long-term success of the business.” Often a dramatic announcement such as South Africa’s plummet to junk, sees people run in different directions, panicking in their attempt to protect themselves and their futures. It’s a fair response, but in the . . .
This year, SAIPA proudly celebrates 35 years of distinguished achievement. The Institute’s contributions not only to the accounting profession, but to economic growth and social upliftment in South Africa, positions it as a guardian of integrity and a catalyst for change. We are enormously proud of the initiatives we have recently undertaken in this regard: Economic empowerment and education SAIPA has, from its inception, supported the empowerment of all social groups in the accounting industry. Currently, our campaigns and roadshows actively promote the profession as a career of choice. We’re also passionate about the growth and transformation of the profession and this is one of our strategic objectives. Empowerment is built on education and we pride ourselves on our two programmes, which include our annual National Accounting Olympiad that has been running for more than 10 years and has recently been extended to reach a bigger audience, with the inclusion of Grade 11 learners, as well as Grade 12s. This enables us to uncover more bright young minds in the country. In addition, our Project Achiever initiative - a joint effort by SAIPA and the Finance and Accounting Services Sector Education and Training Authority (FASSET) - brings about transformation in the accounting field by means of assisting black candidates who meet our qualifying criteria by funding their further studies with SAIPA. Whether it’s carrying out missions across the continent to strengthen accounting practices, or improving our Continuous Professional Development (CPD) programmes, SAIPA is driven by an unrelenting energy for growth. Business rescue and contribution to legislation Late last year, SAIPA became one of two professional bodies accredited to regulate members who practice business rescue. The Companies Act allows for business rescue - the rehabilitation of financially distressed organisations. With this accreditation, we can provide our members with support and . . .
By participating in B2B meetings at the renowned South African international trade fair, SMEs in the water & power utility sector can benefit from EU support. This opportunity will help them expand their businesses abroad. The next Business Beyond Borders business connections event will take place in Cape Town (South Africa) at African Utility Week (AUW), a leading water and power utility trade fair, in May 2017. Business Beyond Borders (BBB) is a European Commission initiative to help EU businesses, in particular Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and Clusters, operate internationally with the ultimate goal of increasing economic growth within and outside Europe. A series of business connections events are being organised to bring together SMEs and representatives from relevant clusters, with potential trading partners from Europe and abroad with the aim of assisting businesses to access new international markets. After a first successful business connections session at the Genera fair, which took place in the beginning of March in Madrid, BBB turns its attention to the biggest trade fair on the African continent. Hosting thousands of visitors each other, AUW is known for a strong representation of EU companies at the event, hosting national pavilions for Denmark, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Belgium and Czech Republic. Welcoming the upcoming BBB event, Commissioner Karmenu Vella said “By helping EU green SMEs operate internationally and by promoting green partnerships in target sectors, this Business Beyond Borders (BBB) business connections event at African Utility Week will help preserve our natural resources, promote clean energy and drive growth through a circular economy.” Thanks to the large network of partners and support entities, a unique package is being made available to businesses across the world in the water and power utility sector wishing to take part in AUW as members of the Business Beyond Borders delegation: . . .
Schools in the cities of Johannesburg, Midrand, Pretoria, Cape Town, Durban and Richards Bay have again been invited to participate in the Ronnie Recycler school’s competition for 2017. Schools in each city will be eligible to win prizes to the value of R20 000*. The competition is organised annually by Mpact Recycling. The purpose of this competition is to raise awareness of the environmental benefits and importance of paper recycling. It instils lifelong positive habits amongst young learners who participate. This year’s competition, which officially launched on the 1st February and runs until the end of September is open to nursery schools, primary schools and high schools in each city. Through Mpact’s Ronnie Recycler programme 169,000 learners were reached last year, compared to 143,000 learners in 2015. Mpact’s friendly Ronnie Recycler mascot visits schools across the country educating learners on the importance of recycling, which encourages them to recycle and to participate in the annual recycling schools competition. Donna Noble, Mpact Recycling communications manager, says: “To win our fantastic prizes, your school must collect more paper than any other school in your area. The minimum entry requirement is a collection of ten tonnes over the eight-month period – just over 1 tonne per month.” All types of paper based packaging is recyclable in the schools competition – paper, newspaper, magazines, cereal and egg boxes, old school books, junk mail, wrapping paper, cardboard boxes, shredded paper, toilet roll holders, envelopes, telephone directories and most recently, all your milk and juice cartons! Prizes for the top schools are: R10,000* as the 1st Prize; R5,000* for the 2nd Prize; and R3,000* for the third position. Additional prizes include R1,000 for the ‘Green Ambassador’ and R1,000 for the ‘Green Student’. “To win, all you have to do is encourage your family, friends and fellow students to recycle their paper by filling their bags . . .
The main market, both in urban and rural communities, is predominantly influenced by communal perspectives entrenched in meaningful conversations, powerful storytelling, personal experiences and word-of-mouth interactions. These perceptions build interchangeable relationships that can shape positive brand sentiments, and influence consumers’ product choices, purchasing decisions and consumption patterns at the base of the pyramid (BoP). Word-of-mouth As a large percentage of this market segment has limited access to social media and digital communication platforms, they rely heavily on product referrals from trusted community leaders. Family members and close friends are highly influential when selecting which brands to purchase and they can be convinced at any point in the marketing funnel to switch their buying patterns. Through face-to-face interactions, marketers can reach this audience on a more personal level and create word-of-mouth referrals. This positions brands at the forefront by gaining a large share of voice and is invaluable because low-income consumers tend to prefer products they perceive as industry leaders. Stokvels The stokvel acts as a saving society in which money is collectively pooled in agreed amounts among members belonging to the same investment basket. It represents a market place in which all purchases are made under great scrutiny by opinion leaders who have the buying power and influence to sway the purchasing choices of a larger group of consumers. Premium brands are purchased in bulk from wholesalers and significant savings are made as customers receive more goods for their cash than purchasing directly from retailers in their individual capacity. This method has a very effective way of ensuring that BoPs are getting bang for their buck and that their hard-earned cash is buying them quality and quantity at the best possible price. Price sensitivity Lower-income earners are extremely price sensitive due to their . . .
Local South African sculptor, Hubert Barichievy will be launching his latest range of “Pop-Busts” on the 4th of May 2017 (First Thursday) at 91 Loop Street, Cape Town. Great art starts with a desire to express feeling, a story or an idea and that is exactly what can be found in Hubert Barichievy’s “Pop Bust” sculptures. Hubert’s passion for storytelling through art manifests itself in these incredible polyurethane elastomer busts of famous pop culture heroes. Each one of them representing a struggle, a talent or a part of history. These busts are not the only genius works that Hubert has created. Hubert’s background in sculpture started when he was commissioned by ZA News to turn South African satirist, Jonathan Shapiro’s political caricatures in to three dimensional puppets for one of their famous online skits. Shortly after this successful venture, he started applying his knowledge and skills to his own creations. Hubert’s quirkiness and incredible artistic range was clearly demonstrated during his commission work for Fox P2. Hubert was tasked with creating portrait busts out of cheddar cheese as part of a marketing campaign for Parmalat. It was then that Hubert realised not only his talent for sculpture but his passion for it. The first of Hubert’s busts were created a few years ago. The initial three muses were all highly acclaimed and instantly recognisable artists themselves; namely Frida Kahlo, Andy Warhol and Salvador Dali. Subsequently the series has been extended to incorporate other significant people of the 20th and 21st century such as Desmond Tutu, Banksy, Marilyn Monroe and Albert Einstein. The series includes 25 pop culture icons which will be on display and for sale on the 4 May 2017 at 91 Loop Street, Cape Town. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .