MOTORCYCLE ENTHUSIASTS TO TAKE OVER MARGATE FOR THE 6TH AFRICA BIKE WEEK Africa Bike Week 2014, the largest free motorcycle rally in South Africa, is taking place for the 6th consecutive year, from Thursday 1 May to Sunday 4 May, in Margate, KwaZulu-Natal. Thousands enthusiasts are attracted to the event every year to enjoy an array of exciting activities for the whole family. Margate completely transforms into a motorcycle friendly town for the four days and one can expect to see thousands of people and bikes on beach road during the weekend. Activities include everything from a ‘Jump Start’- where one of Harley’s iconic and powerful motorcycles is placed on a stand for anyone to get the feeling of riding a Harley® without worrying about balance- to the Harley-Davidson Riding Academy for those interested to learn how to ride. Free demo rides will also be available for riders who want to try out one of the newest Harley-Davidson models, and a Ride In Bike Show will allow anyone to register their customised bike in the competition. One of the main attractions of Africa Bike Week is the Mass Ride which will again take place on Sunday morning, where thousands of bikes are expected to ride a 34 km circular route. Visitors can also expect to see Harley-Davidson dealers, exhibition tents, 2014 Harley-Davidson models, family entertainment and an Aftermarket Village. A great entertainment line-up will also keep you rocking well into the night. Some of the performers who will take to the stage during the weekend include Dozi, Nova Rise, Madison Band and DJ Fistaz to name a few. Harley-Davidson has again partnered with Hibiscus Coast Municipality, UGU Municipality and South Coast Tourism and sponsors Jack Daniels, Carling Black Label, Jeep and Shelly Centre to make Africa Bike Week possible. The event attracts anyone with a passion for freedom and motorcycles and is free to attend. For more information you can visit www.africabikeweek.co.za or follow the . . .
Taste Holdings this morning announced that it has signed an exclusive 30 year master licence agreement to develop the international Domino’s Pizza brand, initially in seven Southern African countries, including South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Zambia and Malawi will follow on the fulfilment of certain conditions. Domino’s Pizza is considered the world's leading pizza delivery brand in both store numbers and unit sales, and has over 10,800 outlets in more than 70 countries. The brand will form part of the growing Taste Holdings stable and will become the group’s leading pizza franchise offering as Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s franchisees will be given the opportunity and assistance to convert to Domino’s Pizza. CEO of Taste Holdings and founder of Scooters Pizza, Carlo Gonzaga, says that the both Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s are based on similar principles and operating standards to Domino’s Pizza and that the entry of a leading global pizza brand was a logical next step in the evolution of the South African pizza market. Scooters Pizza pioneered the "39 minutes or it's free" delivery promise in South Africa and it is this culture of on-time-delivery within Scooters that makes the conversion to the world's leading pizza delivery brand such a good fit. "Scooters Pizza and St Elmo’s have been providing pizza lovers across South Africa with their favourite Italian takeaway for more than two decades, and with the conversion to Domino's Pizza that is not going to change. If anything, things are only going to get better from here on out as customers will now have access to the world’s largest and most established pizza delivery brand, one that is synonymous with outstanding quality products, friendly service and unbeatable delivery standards." Founded in 1960, Domino's Pizza is the recognised world leader in pizza delivery, with more than 1 million pizzas being delivered daily worldwide, a figure that is set to . . .
As more and more areas experience inventory shortages, demand for property is expected to continue rising. This, coupled with the fact that many areas have seen a positive price growth over the last few years, could be swinging the property market in the seller’s favour. Although the market conditions are slowly giving the seller the advantage, Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, says that there are still a few key elements that they will need to adhere to in order to ensure that their property is sold for the best possible price, within the shortest period of time. “While fewer properties on the market make it a much more competitive environment for buyers and we could soon see seller’s in a far better position during negotiations, this doesn’t mean that sellers sit back and wait. When it comes to getting the optimum result from the property sale, sellers still need to apply some basic but vital principles to the property sale process to achieve the best possible outcome,” says Goslett. Goslett offers sellers his top five tips to help them achieve the best result when selling their home: Research your agent options According to Goslett, many sellers often make the mistake of choosing the agent the offers them the lowest commission rate or the highest price for their home. While these elements are a consideration, they should not be the only factors that the decision is based on and can actually negatively weigh on the transaction in the long run. “It is advisable to choose an agent that has experience in the specific area in which the property is situated. Another aspect to take into consideration is the agent’s company. Is it a well-known, reputable brand with the support of a large network? It is also vital that the agent presents the seller with a market plan providing the seller with steps as to how they plan to get the property sold,” says Goslett. Don’t forget the small print It is very important that sellers are fully aware about . . .
09 April 2014, Durban, South Africa - XtraSpace is proud to announce the launch of XtraSpace Flexi-Office – intelligent workspaces which offer small and medium sized businesses, a turnkey business solution, without the commitment to a lengthy lease. Whilst XtraSpace has had offices attached to its storage facilities for some time, these spaces are now being upgraded to a superb new standard. In addition, standalone facilities are due to open in Durban, Melrose Arch and other key metro areas. The latest facilities can be seen at XtraSpace Bellville, where Clients can rent standalone lock-up offices that offer companies privacy and confidentiality. A glass encased meeting room also creates a professional impression for Team and Board meetings. The business services offered, in conjunction with technical partner The IT Company will include: • Free uncapped wireless broadband Internet with speeds up to 10MB • Off-site backup storage of critical data at a dedicated Data Storage facility in the Wynberg, Sandton facility • Computer and server rentals • Domain registration, email and website hosting • VOIP, PABX Services David Van Gool of The IT Company, comments that businesses secure in the knowledge that complex IT requirements are available on demand, tend to grow faster, as they can focus on their core business without distraction. For Clients who need flexible office space and a place to store their inventory, files or equipment, then the combination of offices and storage provides a real TURNKEY solution. XtraSpace also have an in-house courier service, Parceljet so all logistics requirements can be catered for. XtraSpace opened their first facility in 2007. They are one of the largest national operators in SA now, with over 120,000m/2 of storage space let out to their Customers. XtraSpace continues to grow their property portfolio by being a consolidator in the highly fragmented self-storage industry, by offering affordable, accessible and . . .
A beneficiary of a deceased estate has approached the Property Poser panel with concerns about what seems to be an excessive amount being charged for the transfer of an undivided half-share of a property. The reader has been quoted a "fee" of R50 000 for a property valued at R850 000. In the event of death, the executor of the deceased's estate needs to deal with all assets owned by the deceased, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "It doesn't matter whether he was the sole owner or joint owner along with another individual who may still be alive at the time." Van der Merwe says the liquidation and distribution account needs to reflect all assets and liabilities at the time of death. "It also forms a part of the executor's duties to ensure that all assets are transferred to the new owners according to the provisions of the deceased's will." For certain types of assets there are formal avenues to be followed to ensure such a transfer of ownership, says Van der Merwe. "Fixed property would be a good example of this. A conveyancing attorney needs to process this transfer and it needs to be lodged with the relevant Deeds Office." Van der Merwe says the transfer of property carries various costs, such as transfer duty and attorneys' fees. "Transfer duty is a form of tax on the transfer of ownership of fixed property." It is calculated based on the value of the property and works on a sliding scale, says Van der Merwe. "The transfer of fixed property in a deceased estate is exempt from transfer duty, regardless of who the beneficiary may be." According to Grant Hill of Miller Bosman Le Roux Attorneys in Somerset West, the attorneys' fees are charged in terms of a tariff that is published and updated from time to time. "These fees are also charged based on the value of the property in question." Hill says the current table of costs indicate that the fees in question should be in the region . . .
While the internet and online retail websites have become a continuously evolving fundamental part of many tech savvy consumers, there are elements of dealing with a real estate professional face-to-face that simply can’t be replaced, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. Goslett points out that although the internet age has brought about many changes in the way that real estate business is conducted – like the fact that more than 90% of homebuyers use a property search portal as their initial step towards homeownership - a large majority of those consumers will still seek the professional services of a real estate agent during the property buying process. “Consumers are confident that the internet will help them narrow down their property search fairly quickly given the vast amount of information that they are able to access within a short period of time. Many homebuyers appreciate that online resources have simplified the process of finding their perfect home. However, while homebuyers are looking for information regarding property and searching for homes online, they will still consult with a real estate agent to supplement and refine their search. The prospect of buying property online has increased; however, estate agents are still very much an essential part of the process. Online real estate search tools have not taken business away from agents, but have instead offered them another perform in which to better their service to their clients,” says Goslett. He notes that most agents, if not all, have adapted to the shift in consumer behaviour with regard to the internet and have become more involved with increasing their online presence and adding to the services that they provide to their clients. “The real estate industry has moved with the times and agencies have spent time and resources developing web technology. The majority of real estate agents have also invested in technology such as smartphones and tablets to ensure that they . . .
The hippest happening to kick off the weekend is Friday at Freddie's at the Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, back in the swing from this Friday 24 January until the end of March. This is just the place to meet your friends and spend the sundowner hours from 4 to 7pm enjoying the start of leisure time. Live music adds to the lazy feel with solo singer/guitarist Vaughn Ceasar, accompanied once a month by percussionist Daniel Bloem. Add in a sparkling pool, a 1litre carafe of deliciously tempting cocktails (try their signature Apple Mojitos!) and delicious tapas - all the ingredients you need to make the end of the week a new beginning! The cool outdoor venue around the pool the hotel is intimate and accessible, or head into the elegant bar where comfort and conviviality is the theme. Fridays at Freddies is from 4 to 7pm Freddie’s is open every day from 11am. Venue: Bantry Bay Suite Hotel, 8 Alexandra Road, Bantry Bay Telephone: 021 434 8448 Author: Jessica Miller from Hippo Communictions. No of Images Uploaded: Three More Info link: Twitter: Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of Three image/s please contact: Hippo Communictions. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Madibaz judo star Matthew Chase was included in the South African student team after claiming two gold medals at the Ussa championships at NMMU's Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth over the weekend. Chase, who won gold in the U/60kg and U/66kg divisions, led his team to their first overall title in the annual competition contested by the country's top six tertiary institutions. The Madibaz's medal tally of 16, which also included four silvers and 10 bronzes, saw them finish ahead of Tuks and Maties after two days of intense competition. Chase, who was named the most promising male athlete, said the event was one of the major ones on the calendar and featured the top judokas in the country. "I am very happy with my results," said the 20-year-old, who had trained twice daily in the lead-up to the tournament. "To keep my sports bursary, I need to perform at my best." The first-year electrical engineering student is no stranger to success after placing third at the African Junior Championships in 2013 and 2014. According to NMMU martial arts manager Bernard Petersen, the Madibaz's success could be attributed to "a collective effort" and the hosts duly received the most spirited team award. Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 082 575 7991 041 368 4992 email@example.com www.fullstop.co.za Media enquiries: Anica van Wyk firstname.lastname@example.org 079 875 4299 On behalf of: NMMU Sport Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. No of Images Uploaded: One More Info link: http://sport.nmmu.ac.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Full Stop Communications. Madibaz's Matthew Chase has secured a place in the South African student team after winning two gold medals at the Ussa championships at NMMU's Missionvale Campus in Port Elizabeth over the weekend. Photo: Supplied CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
All documents have been signed and the property has been sold – now what? In the process of selling a property, a vital aspect that the seller needs to consider is selecting the right attorney for the job. This is according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who adds that choosing the right attorney with specific experience in the transferring of property can expedite the process and make sure that it happens within the shortest possible time. “During the transfer and registration process it is common practise that three different conveyancers are used, namely the bond attorney, the bond cancellation attorney and lastly the transferring attorney,” Goslett explains. “Each of the attorneys has a specific role that they will play in the process. For example, the bond attorney acts on behalf of the bank or financial institution that is providing the finance to the purchaser. Once the buyer has been approved for finance, the bond attorney is responsible for registering the bond in the buyer’s name.” He adds that the role of a bond cancellation attorney is to cancel the bond of the current bondholder on the property. The buyer’s financial provider will issue a guarantee for the outstanding bond amount. Once this has happened, the bond cancellation attorney will proceed to cancel the current bond on the property, which is in the seller’s name. In most cases, the financial institution will appoint the bond and cancellation attorneys; however it is normally the seller that is able to nominate the transferring attorney. The transferring attorney will handle the final stage and co-ordinate the simultaneous lodgement of the deeds for transferring the property from the seller’s name into the buyer’s name. In some occasions it is possible to nominate the transferring attorney to act in the capacity of one of the other roles as well, which will further speed up the process. “It is rare that there will be too many issues with the transfer process and it . . .
Characterised by lush green vegetation, panoramic views, beaches and waterfalls, the Caribbean island of Grenada, fondly known as the ‘Spice Isle’, is situated north of the Equator at the southern end of the Windward Islands and is fast becoming a hot investment destination due to its Citizenship by Investment programme. While Grenadian Citizenship by Investment has existed since the mid 1990’s when the country first started an economic citizenship programme, legislation was recently amended by the Grenadian Parliament to reflect a clearer focus on the programme in order to preserve the prestige, honour and value of Grenadian citizenship through a legal protocol. “This clearer focus has resulted in applications only being extended by invitation, with each applicant, their family and business partners subject to individual approval by the Grenadian Government,” says James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co International, a company that specialises in investor programmes for residence and citizenship in a number of territories around the world. Bowling explains that the Grenada Citizenship by Investment programme is aimed at creating access to foreign direct investment for the country, but as the newest of its kind in the world, offers investors a range of benefits too. “One of the most attractive benefits of this programme lies in the fact that Grenada is a member of the United Nations and the Commonwealth of Nations, which means that its citizens are able to travel to approximately 115 countries worldwide visa-free and also enjoy preferred access – and in some cases grants – to many top schools and universities,” says Bowling. Aside from this, the application process is relatively hassle-free and the processing of applications with the inclusion of dependent children below 26 years of age takes up to just three months. There are also no physical residency requirements in Grenada, no requirement to travel to Grenada during the application process and no interview, . . .