The NMMU Madibaz played themselves back into contention in the Varsity Football tournament when they gave the University of the Free State a 4-0 drubbing in Bloemfontein on Monday night. The result put the Port Elizabeth-based team into fourth spot overall with just two games remaining in the round-robin section. Although visibly delighted with his team's performance, Madibaz head coach Graeme Harrison said their campaign was far from over. "Overall it was a fantastic performance from all the players. I'm very proud and very happy, but we still need to keep our feet on the ground. "We're not there yet and need to push hard in the last two games to secure a semi-final position." Harrison said their attacking strategy had paid off, with the Madibaz going on the offensive from the first whistle. "It was a do or die affair for us and we knew we had to get the result against Kovsies. The guys really showed what they're capable of." Striker Simamkele Thobi opened the scoring for the visitors midway through the first half to give them a 1-0 lead going into the break. "Early in the second half we really caught them napping with a second goal, which was a brilliant effort by Lukhanyo Rasmeni." In another solid tactical move, Harrison's decision to bring impact player Kieran Koert off the bench soon yielded results as Koert scored from a powerful volley in the 78th minute. "By then I thought the game should be sealed but our captain Kurt Duff put the final nail in their coffin with a successful header in the dying minutes." Duff earned the FNB Man of the Match award for his efforts, while Koert was named Samsung Super Striker. The result brings the Madibaz's tournament tally to two wins, two losses and a draw. "We're very happy that we kept a clean sheet – it was a first for us, not conceding any goals. It shows the guys were concentrating and they stuck to the plan." Going forward, Harrison said their form was still a work in . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 21, 2014 – Samsung recently announced the introduction of its new washing machine, the WW9000. This revolutionary appliance offers innovative and seamless design, combined with simple functionality. The Samsung WW9000 features stylish design with an easy-to-use interface that includes the latest in washing technology, making it more convenient to wash everyday laundry without the hassles of buttons and knobs. The interface can be operated and set using familiar interactive gestures such as swiping and sliding, or be operated via a Smartphone. Samsung believes that less is sometimes more and has given its consumers a product that encompasses this ethos. It’s smarter than you think… This is definitely true as the intuitive 5-inch colour full touch screen and enhanced smart features contribute to the overall performance. “This washer opens up a new chapter in washing machine design – allowing it to blend in with other home appliances, furnishing and fittings, making it a piece of home décor on its own,” says Matthew Thackrah, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Consumer Electronics Samsung SA. The Samsung WW9000 has been designed to fit effortlessly into any home. Its stunning features move away from the traditional washing machine and offer advanced technology like no other – it lends itself to a design that is futuristic, ultra clean and minimalistic. Even the detergent and softener trays have vanished. Instead, they’ve been replaced with a clever cartridge system, hidden behind the loading door. The washer allows you to load washing detergent for approximately a month - there is no need to dispose after every wash and when powder supplies dwindle, the washer alerts you via its onscreen display. Doing laundry is much more convenient with Samsung’s innovative and smart features. The washer comes equipped with Smart Control, which means you can now remotely control and monitor your washing using an application on your . . .
It’s Women’s Month and First Car Rental pays homage to the heroes and pioneers who shaped the world and changed the course of history. This month, First Car Rental salutes 10 brave women who fought for women’s rights, shattered stereotypes and broke barriers. We want to share the voices of the great women who have shown leadership, charisma, humility and wisdom. Here is a collection of our most favourite quotes by notable women in history. Be inspired by the quotes of these extraordinary women and have a wonderful Women’s Month! “The question isn't who is going to let me; it’s who is going to stop me.” - Ayn Rand (1905 – 1982) Russian-born American novelist, philosopher, playwright and screenwriter, Ayn Rand is best known for her novels The Fountain Head and Atlas Shrugged. She is also known for developing the philosophical school of thought she called Objectivism - the central tenets of which are that reality exists independent of consciousness and that reason is the only means of acquiring knowledge. “Define success on your own terms, achieve it by your own rules, and build a life you’re proud to live.” - Anne Sweeney (1958 - ) An American businesswoman, Anne Sweeny joined The Walt Disney Company in February 1996 as president of Disney Channel and executive vice president of Disney/ABC Cable Networks where she worked for 18 years. During her time at Disney, Anne grew the Disney Channel business into a global powerhouse and was the main brand driver of the company around the world. “Art is so wonderfully irrational, exuberantly pointless, but necessary all the same. Pointless and yet necessary, that's hard for a puritan to understand.” - Nadine Gordimer (1923 – 2014) Nadine Gordimer was a South African writer, political activist and recipient of the 1991 Nobel Prize in Literature. Gordimer is arguably the foremost chronicler of racial apartheid and the subsequent changes of democracy. Gordimer won the Booker Prize in 1974 for The Conservationist. . . .
Buffalo City families have just a few days left to enter the inaugural SPAR Family Challenge, which takes place along the East London beachfront on Saturday afternoon. Runners and walkers of all ages and fitness levels are gearing up for the 5km fun run and 10km road race, which follow a scenic route from the Beaconhurst School fields onto the streets of Beacon Bay. The longer event also includes a 2km beach section. According to SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart, organisers were expecting up to three thousand participants to join them on race day. "We're working hard to prepare for the last-minute rush of entries." Although online entries had closed, Swart said would-be participants could still enter at the registration venue at the school. "Registration will be open from Wednesday to Friday, between 10am and 4pm daily." Alternatively, he said, residents would have one last chance to enter between 8am and 10am on the morning of the race. "Running clubs and schools are also welcome to do bulk entries during this time." Swart said clear skies and mild temperatures were predicted for the day, which would present ideal running and walking conditions. "So bring your friends and family and enjoy a great afternoon of fresh air, exercise and quality time together." He said there would be cash prizes up for grabs for all category winners, with numerous lucky draws for the rest of the field. All finishers will receive medals, with special race T-shirts and goodie bags available to the first 2 500 entrants. Swart said the Loaves and Fishes Network, a local charity organisation, would be the official beneficiary of the event. "By taking part and helping others, participants will feel good inside and out." Entry forms are still available from all SPAR stores. The forms must be handed in at registration, where participants can also pay (cash only). The event kicks off with the 10km race at 1pm, with the 5km event . . .
Plans also unveiled for 147-room hotel in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania JOHANNESBURG, August 15, 2014….. In another major step forward in its ongoing African expansion initiative, the City Lodge Hotel Group through its wholly owned Kenyan subsidiary, Fairview Hotel Limited, has reached an agreement to develop a 170-room City Lodge Hotel within the upmarket Two Rivers mixed use development that is currently under construction in Nairobi, Kenya. The group, which already owns the Fairview Hotel and the Country Lodge (to be rebranded to Town Lodge) in Nairobi, has acquired the land for the new hotel on a 99-year long term lease basis and will design, develop, fund and operate the 170-key City Lodge branded hotel. The total cost is expected to be US$23 million. Construction of the hotel is expected to begin in January 2015 with completion scheduled for October 2016. The Two Rivers Mall is currently under construction and is scheduled to open in October 2015. The Two Rivers Mall, when complete, will be the largest mall in Sub-Saharan Africa (excluding South Africa). Situated in Nairobi’s diplomatic blue zone, the Two Rivers development is the brainchild of Centum, which is East Africa’s largest investment company and is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange. Spread across 40 hectares of prime land adjacent to the upmarket residential suburbs of Runda and Rosslyn Estate, it is being designed to become East Africa’s premier destination to meet, do business, live and shop within a master planned urban lifestyle environment. The Two Rivers development will, once fully developed, comprise 850,000 square metres of office, residential, retail, hotel and entertainment facilities. The building of the City Lodge Hotel will create employment during the construction phase and a number of permanent positions for staff members when the hotel opens to the public. “We are very excited about this new hotel as it signifies the confidence that we have in expanding our presence . . .
Casual Day celebrates its 20th birthday this year. The theme for 2014 is ‘Bring out the Bling’ and the colour for the year is Dazzle Blue. Put on your dancing shoes and dress up, not down, for this year’s Casual Day. Casual Day is on Friday 5 September. More than 2 million South Africans participated in Casual Day last year. For the first time ever, Hout Bay is a bona fide participant in Casual Day – get your stickers from Spar from 25 July. The proceeds of Casual Day go to ensure the sustainability of Bethesda Hout Bay Association for Persons with Disabilities, which is run by Priscilla Jansen. Priscilla is also the Deputy Chairperson of the Western Cape Association for Persons with Disabilities. The Hout Bay Harbour will also be painting the town dazzle blue on the evening of 5 September. So bring out the bling if you are going down to the market on Casual Day. Casual Day ambassador for the area, Jabulile Ngwenya, visited the harbour this week to kickstart Bethesda APD’s Casual Day campaign. Born deaf, Jabulile Ngwenya has a gift for words and language. She is a writer and communications strategist. “Our ambassadors are persons with disabilities or people who have dedicated themselves to fighting for the rights of persons with disabilities,” says project leader Celeste Vinassa. “They speak from experience and knowledge about disability. It’s called ‘self-advocacy’. They are all people who have overcome great adversity, and are now ready to help Casual Day with its evolution.” Priscilla says “We really appreciate the support we get from the Hout Bay community and challenge everyone to put the fun back into fundraising. Casual Day gives South Africans the opportunity to be creative and have fun while contributing to the betterment of society. It is community spirit in action. The funds are raised as a result of a R10 donation for a Casual Day sticker.” Author: Andrea Vinassa from TorchMedia. More Info link: http://www.casualday.co.za Twitter: . . .
When it comes to owning a home, it’s not just about making monthly bond repayments, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who points out that home maintenance is an intricate part of homeownership. “There are several benefits to owning a property such as the potential of having an asset that increases in value over the long term. There are also the personal benefits of making all the decisions when it comes what the home looks like. However, with the advantages comes the responsibility of maintaining the property to ensure that it reaches its full investment potential,” says Goslett. “Affording a property is not just about being able to meet the bond requirements, but also about being able to set aside some money for when the unexpected happens.” According to Goslett, while most major issues or damages caused by fire, flooding and natural disasters should be covered by home insurance, the general up keep and maintenance of the property is not. “Insurances policies do vary from company to company, however while most will repair a roof if it has been damaged from a fire or other disaster, they won’t cover it if it is just old and in need of repair – this will be for the homeowner’s account. A new roof can cost a lot of money and could be a huge financial burden if the homeowner has not set aside money in some kind of a contingency fund,” says Goslett. He notes that as a homeowner, it is essential to have an emergency fund to avoid incurring additional debt to pay for home maintenance and unforeseen repairs. “If possible homeowners should aim to save at least 1% of the value of the home to cover the maintenance costs for a year. So on a home valued at around R1 million, this would translate to a minimum savings of approximately R10 000 per year to cover maintenance costs and any repairs needed. If the money is not used during the year, it should be kept and added to the next year’s savings to ensure that the homeowner is covered in the event . . .
Located just 12 degrees north of the Equator at the southern end of the Windland Island in the southern Caribbean, the tropical West Indian island of Grenada has prospered for years as the ‘Spice Island.’ The island’s thriving tourist industry has contributed greatly to the stability of the island’s economy and the government has recognised the need to diversify economic activity and promote foreign investment through property development. The only way to invest in Grenada’s Citizenship By Investment Programme is through a real estate investment. “The minimum real estate investment used to be US$500 000 for a shareholding in the ownership and operation of the entire hotel along with the right to apply for one citizenship for one main applicant,” James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co - a company that specialises in investor programmes for residence and citizenship in a number of territories around the world - explains. “However, following much negotiation and heavy campaigning, the Grenadian government have agreed to drop the minimum amount that investors would need to purchase a shareholding from US$500 000 to just US$310 000.” Bowling notes that the drop to US$310 000 is expected to open up the investment opportunity to far more foreign investors, allowing them to take advantage of the many benefits that the programme offers. “Due to the fact that Grenada is a member of the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations, citizens of the country are able to travel to around 115 countries without the need of a visa. They also enjoy the added benefit of preferred access, and in some instances grants to many of the top learning institutions in the world,” says Bowling. In an effort to entice further interest and foreign currency into Grenada, the government is promoting a number of high quality developments for the Citizenship by Investment programme, such as the Port Louis Camper and Nicholsons Marina, which is set to become the most chic and desirable in the . . .
Learn from one of the world’s leading innovation companies, Philips Design in the Netherlands, about using design to boost business innovation and create competitive advantage. Philips and the Cape Craft + Design Institute are holding a free business breakfast , hosted by Ferdy Gilsing, Senior Manager Design Strategy & Innovation at Philips Design, on Thursday 21 August. Gilsing leads the development and deployment of the Design Thinking flagship programme at Philips and has extensive experience in design management and developing design in business. RSVP: firstname.lastname@example.org | Date: Thursday 21 August | Time: 8.30-11:00 | Venue: CCDI, 2nd Floor, Harrington House, 37 Barrack Street. Cost: Free. Author: Judy Bryant from Judy Bryant Communications. More Info link: http://ccdi.org.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The 3rd Annual OPEX Africa 2014 commenced today at the Hyatt Regency. The forum will witness a unique exchange of ideas on process change management, customer engagement to process centralization and business growth. This forum was opened by the event chairman, Roland Brandli, Sales Manager - SmartStream Technologies, followed by a formal introductory “Business Card Meet and Greet”, where delegates introduced themselves and exchanged business cards with their peers and know fellow participants. Wael Issa, Senior Solutions Consultant - SmartStream Technologies, demonstrated step by step process with ROI through real life examples to ensure that middle and back office operations are ready for regulatory change. The exclusive OPEX LEADERS PANEL DISCUSSION, entitled as “Metrics for Successful Business Operations”, focused on the basic yet most crucial points which forms the backbone of a good business operations model. Broadly, the panel discussion rotataed on: • Ways to narrow process gaps, lapses and bureaucracy within an organisation • How important is happier workplace for satisfied employees? • Competency development – upskilling employees for better results This panel was joined by Rob Formby, Director - Retail Operations - Allan Gray; Ahmed ibrahim, Chief Operating Officer - Arab Moltaqa for Investments; Thomas Gachie, Director - Operations - National Bank of Kenya and moderated by Roland Brandli, Sales Manager - SmartStream Technologies. Wonder Nyabereka, Chief Operating Officer - Barclays Bank (Zimbabwe), in his session titled Business Process Excellence in Financial Services enlightened the audience about the activities involved in business process for financial services, process analysis and design principles for efficiency and about the importance of delivering unparalleled customer service, reduced complexity and improved risk management through business process excellence. A case study on “The NBK Business Operational Excellence . . .