African Directory Services (ADS) has sponsored the Durban Beach Shelter with a free website. ADS designed a brand new website and logo for the non-profit organization. The Durban Beach Shelter was established in 1998 by Mr. Deen Mohamed. The primary focus of the shelter is to enhance the lives of the underprivileged and destitute through a variety of programs therefore assisting them in becoming independent and sustainable as well as giving them access to education and social welfare. The question that ADS was faced with is, what do you give an organization that’s in dire need of funding? A website of course! Shane Hiralall a Director at African Directory Services said, “We’re living in a 'tech-era' where everything is online, instant and millions of people turn to the internet as the first source for information. The only way that people know an organization exists is if they are listed online. If it's not found on the net, chances are that many people are not knowledgeable about it and as a result of that, are not likely to donate to your cause.” As the costs of basic necessities continue to rise, the expense of developing and maintaining a website is a luxury for Charity Organizations. This is why African Directory Services took the decision to develop and host a brand new website for the Durban Beach Shelter. ADS has exceptional web design and hosting services and as a company we are thrilled that we could assist the Durban Beach Shelter. We encourage you to donate to their worthy cause. Take a look at the Durban Beach Shelter website and let us know what you think! http://www.dbnbeachshelter.com/ URL: http://corporate.adslive.com/index.php/blog Twitter: https://twitter.com/myadslive Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/myadslive YouTube: Author: Kirsten Abboy from African Directory Services. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
The BedKing Bed and Mattress Company have again increased their product range to include some of South Africa’s top bedroom brands. Cape Town, June 2013: The BedKing (http://www.bedking.co.za/) Bed and Mattress Company has announced a further increase in their product range to include iconic South African bedroom brands such as Comfort Solutions, Majestic, Serta and Simmons. Most of these brand names were already familiar to customers in The BedKing Stores, but now thanks to the growth in bed and mattress sales in Cape Town and Johannesburg, BedKing has been able to secure even better prices to ensure that they stay the cheapest bed and mattress retail option in South Africa. Mr Mervyn Ewertse, founder and current MD of BedKing South Africa had this to say about the latest bed brand and pricing deals available in BedKing stores: “When I opened the first BedKing store doors more than a decade ago it was with the idea that I would always provide my customers with the best quality beds and mattresses at the best prices. We as a company have not only managed to do this time and time again, but have made the best priced guarantee pledge a part of our everyday company culture. I invite you all to come and see for yourself why BedKing offers the best everyday prices for beds in South Africa, I promise you that you will not be disappointed.” For more about the best bed and mattress prices in BedKing stores, or to find out more about the current BedKing bed and mattress specials, please go to the Specials page (http://www.bedking.co.za/specials.php) on the BedKing website. The BedKing bed and mattress company has stores in Gauteng and the Western Cape in South Africa. They are currently one of the biggest sellers of bed, mattress and bedroom products in the country and have distribution warehouses in Johannesburg and Cape Town. Online bed and mattress orders can be placed via their website or telesales office on 0860 25 35 45. END Press release submitted . . .
An integrated African rail network interconnected with the continent's ports, roads and waterways is essential for Africa's development. The ‘Dream of African Railway Renaissance‘ includes regional integration, improvement of logistics, an investment plan to recover decades of underinvestment, a corridor approach and a cross-border management. Africa needs a fair competition of transport modes, based on a level play-field. A survey conducted by The Economist stated, South Africa ranked 34 out of 192 countries for infrastructure and 12th for its rail network. Keeping up with the current growth in Africa, the 2nd Annual African Railway Summit this year will focus on micro managing infrastructure planning and financing, railway concessioning and operation, energy efficiency, multi-modality, freight and passenger transport, urban transport, as well as safety and security. The summit will be held on 5 - 6 November at Johannesburg. Last year the summit supported by Transnet was characterized by high level presentations and panel discussions with key experts from Africa and other continents, it provided a holistic purview on the rail developments in the regions . In terms of longest rail networks South Africa ranked 11th in 2012/13. The railway network from Tema to Paga in Ghana which is 1500km in length and is being reconstructed and the Tangier-Casablanca High-Speed Rail Line in Morocco, the first high-speed rail line in Africa that is scheduled to be completed in 2015 will be a part of the ongoing regional projects to be discussed in the summit. International perspective on railways will enhance the attendees knowledge on the converging trends and challenges in the urban transport and mobility in Africa. Sustainability for African network rail will be taken up in a panel discussion where the participants can learn about the social, economic & environmental aspects from the railway industry experts. The forum is opened to all policy makers & government . . .
27 JUNE 2013 The third installment of the annual health and women focused event, She Walks - Charity Walk, roars into life in Mamelodi, Pretoria, on 29 June 2013 much larger and healthier. She walks is education drive about our health social issues. Encouraging active healthy lifestyle, standing against abuse of alcohol during pregnancy and encouraging the youth to stay active and refrain from drugs. Participants will take part in a 6km walk starting at the Central Sport Ground in Mamelodi West on Kubone Drive, to finish at Rethabile Sport Grounds in Mamelodi East (Tsomo Street). Organized and managed by Blossom Beauty Foundation (BBF), a Johannesburg non-profit organization, the national initiative has grown rapidly in popularity in just under a year of its existence. A not-to-miss for action minded and health conscious personalities, this year’s edition rides on the success of two well attended previous events - the inaugural edition and the second event, both held last year. Says Tam de Vries, Blossom Beauty Foundation founder: “This is our national walk, No one should miss it. We are bringing it to Mamelodi for the first time starting from 10am to 2pm the same day.” We encourage every walkers give minimum donation of R20 – which goes towards giving health to the younger generation. De Vries explained that the Pretoria event will give back to one high school in Mamelodi West - any sport kit of their choice and the hospice in Mamelodi East. Though She Walks is themed and styled for women, participation is open to everyone in support of women and the youth. Walking for She Walks – it’s for a good cause and invited are groups such as schools, youth organizations, athletics clubs, cultural and sporting bodies, development NGOs, private companies, media and other organizations. Readiness: Walkers will find ready a clear and well marked route. A hydration plan powered by Coca Cola for participants includes drinks and water provided at starting . . .
Team Bonitas professional Willie Smit put in a dominating performance to claim the first two stages and the yellow jersey on day one of the Bestmed USSA student road cycling championships in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. Smit, from the University of Pretoria, opened his account with a split-second victory in the 83km road stage (2:07:25) in the morning and went on to notch up another credit in the 15km individual time-trial (21:49.46) later in the day. "My main goal was the time-trial," said the 20-year-old. "Winning the road race was just a bonus. The team did a great job and it wouldn't have been possible without them." The first stage culminated in a dramatic bunch sprint to the finish at Altona Primary in the Greenbushes area, with Smit just nosing ahead of runner-up Waldo Gronum (Shukuma-NMMU) and third-placed Martin Scheppel (University of Johannesburg). In the afternoon, Smit judged the windy conditions along Marine Drive well to put almost a minute into team-mate Kevin Patten, who took second in 22:55.28. Local rider Gronum rounded out the day's podium in 23:18.54. "There was a headwind going out, so I was planning to ride out as hard as possible to make up more time," said Smit, who logged the fastest-ever time-trial at the Tour of Mauritius last year. "I think a lot of people thought they should save their energy on the way out and then go back faster but the pace on the return leg was just too high." The second-year law student, who finished third overall last year, said he was feeling confident that Tuks could take the team competition for a second year in a row. "It's up to the other guys to race us. We'll just control the race and see what happens." In the women's tour, the University of Cape Town's Kelley Hess soloed to victory on stage one and finished second on stage two to take a convincing overall lead. The American post-doctoral fellow in astronomy put in an attack on the first lap of the 62km road race for an . . .
The Unlimited Child has partnered with Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), to roll out their CSI (corporate social investment) in Kwa-Zulu Natal. ABI will invest over R1 million with The Unlimited Child, a Hillcrest based Non-profit Organisation, over the next two years which will directly impact the lives of over 1 000 children in more than 20 crèches. Tshidi Ramogase, ABI’s Corporate Affairs Director, said that it is part of the company’s philosophy that ABI gives back to the communities within which it operates. “Early Childhood Development is one of the main areas for the ABI CSI Programme, and we have decided to start this roll out in Umlazi, Inanda and Ntuzuma/KwaMashu. We approached The Unlimited Child to roll out this project as this organisation offers a sustainable approach to ECD.” said Tshidi. ABI, the soft drink division of South African Breweries and the biggest of The Coca-Cola Company bottler in Africa, identified The Unlimited Child as the best Early Childhood Development model as their deliverables provide immediate impact on the lives of young children. The Unlimited Child achieves this by supplying the crèches with educational toys specifically designed to develop cognitive and fine motor skills in pre-school children. At the same time, crèche caregivers are trained to ensure they know how to maximise the use of the toys and create stimulating learning environments. What sets The Unlimited Child apart is that the organisation performs regular, on-going evaluation and monitoring of the crèches and caregivers to ensure that the equipment is used properly. Thus, the initial scope of the project has expanded to emphasise long term sustainability, empowerment and life-long learning. “It is very important to us that the caregivers remain trained and the toy kits remain with the crèches. So even when the 2 year contract is over, and the 1 050 children have run through the facilities every year, the following year more kids will be able to . . .
The Property Poser experts this week assist a reader with a query regarding the concept of half-shares in an agricultural property he recently purchased. The property, which includes a dwelling, consists of a number of different holdings or parcels of land combined under a single title deed. The reader's question relates specifically to the description of one of the parcels, which is described as constituting a "half-share". On inspection of the transfer documentation, the half-share became evident. It seems that he thought he was purchasing a certain number of hectares and is now concerned about how the half-share aspect will affect this. Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties Helderberg in Cape Town says it appears that this was the first time the reader learned of the shared ownership of the one parcel. "Being agricultural, the land is measured in hectares. Considering that one hectare is equal to 10 000 square metres, it quickly becomes evident that small differences in the number of hectares add up to large tracts of land." Van der Merwe says it would be useful for the reader to read a copy of the agreement of sale. "The description of the land sold and purchased should coincide with the description of the land described in the transfer documentation." More importantly, the amount of land attached to each parcel should be the same as the amount of land the seller and the purchaser agreed upon, says Van der Merwe. "The half-share reference would typically refer to an already divided parcel but where the holding description itself hasn't been altered to reflect that one portion has been separated from the adjoining piece." Van der Merwe says, unless otherwise agreed, it would be a nonsensical arrangement to have a half-share in one of the parcels of land. "It would give rise to major issues between the joint owners, even though in this instance it wouldn't typically constitute an undivided half-share as one encounters when . . .
Over a period of three days the 5th Annual Retail Banking Africa will gather experts from the retail banking fraternity to discuss on the current trends in the sector brainstorming policies and procedures Johannesburg, 25 June 2013: As Africa’s key challenges in retail banking lie within delivering secured banking services, creating loyalty programs, exploring new opportunities for client service and serving the diversified population of the region; the 5th Retail Banking Africa 2013 will articulate an industrial roadmap with emphasis on mobile financial services, means of electronic payments, venturing with external financial institutions for tapping new avenues, financial investing in non-banking sectors. Over a period of three days this forum will gather experts from the retail banking fraternity to discuss on the current trends in the sector brainstorming policies and procedures, embedding a responsible banking culture, exploring opportunities to deliver financial inclusion providing the correct opportunity to learn about the best industry practises and develop strategies for a brighter future in African Retail Banking sector. The forum was inaugrated with an opening speech from the chairman, Jean Rey, Managing Director - Independent Director & Financial Advisor at Forex For Africa, followed by the keynote speech delivered by Rajal Vaidya, Consumer Banking Director of Barclays Africa. This keynote entitled as "The Role of Retail Banking in Sustaining Pan-African Economic Growth”, elaborated on the macro economics and dynamics of the African Banking Environment. The Regulatory Panel moderated by Jean Rey addressed how effective the current retail banking regulations are in adapting to a business transformation. Mohammed Iqbal Belath, Second Deputy Governor of Bank of Mauritius and Graham Prior, Manager: Financial Surveillance - FirstRand Group Treasury featured in this session, entitled as "Complying with Retail Banking Policies & . . .
Trade Conferences International (TCI) brings to you its 4th Biannual Loyalty and Rewards Conference Cape Town 2013. Attend this event and learn about the latest trends, technologies and innovations in the loyalty and rewards environment. Your attendance at this event will give you the opportunity to explore up-to-date developments in loyalty and rewards programmes. Issues to be addressed includes; reasons why building customer loyalty is important; convergence in the South African loyalty market; next generation loyalty programmes; how to build customer insights; case studies of branded loyalty and rewards programmes; how Omni channel marketing influences loyalty and rewards and many more. Speaker Companies include: WOW Marketing Services, Ikineo, Keystone Consulting, NXT Digital Innovation, Participlan Group Facilitation, Werksman Advisory Services, Digital Planet, Ipsos Loyalty, Truth, Mobilitrix, Innervation Value Added Services, University of Cape Town, NetFlorist, Token Group, World Wide Creative, Demographica. Reasons to attend: HEAR - from experts that represent the industry's top companies DISCUSS - the latest innovations in the loyalty and rewards arena NETWORK - with a wide range of representatives from across the loyalty and rewards sphere ANALYSE - up-to-date global trends and new advances driving loyalty and rewards programmes EXAMINE - case studies on how some industry leaders got it right DEBATE - about the future of payments in the SADC region Trade Conferences International’s Marketing Coordinator, Sian Wirth, said “Loyalty programmes are vital tools to engage and retain customers and these are essential strategies to implement that will build long term relationships.” To register contact the project manager Lisa Nathanson: email@example.com or contact TCI on: 011 803 1559. For information about the conference log onto www.tci-sa.co.za. Follow our twitter handle @tcisa and keep up to date with the latest conference news and . . .
Exhibition: SIMON STONE | A Retrospective Exhibition Artist: Simon Stone Venue: Standard Bank Gallery Dates: 10 July – 14 September 2013 SIMON STONE | A Retrospective Exhibition,the first comprehensive review of the career of one of South Africa’s foremost artists, Simon Stone, opens on 10 July at the Standard Bank Gallery. Jointly organised by the Stellenbosch Modern and Contemporary Art Gallery (SMAC) and the Standard Bank Gallery, the exhibition spans 35 years of Stone’s work, from 1978 – 2013, and includes a selection of his most definitive paintings. Over a prolific career, Stone has built an impressive reputation as a painter. This exhibition identifies him as unique amongst other South African painters. Best described as a lyrical and narrative Neo-Expressionist, Stone is renowned for his various stylistic approaches, such as natural realism and symbolic collage. He juxtaposes different genres (portraiture, landscapes, cityscapes, seascapes, nudes, still-lifes and domestic interiors) in paintings constructed around multiple images that provide vivid and poetic accounts of his own personal journey. Flashbacks to the troubled history of South Africa are interspersed with evocations of fabled works of art, legendary cities, beautiful women, and memories of the Cape, Johannesburg, as well as small towns and the lonely highways and byways of his beloved Karoo. He creates a semi-Surrealist, alternative world that is beautifully painted and layered with complex meanings, recurring motifs, personal metaphysics and a strange sense of the mundane. Stone&rsquo ;s paintings have been described as “unashamedly traditional – with a twist”. The location of this exhibition in Johannesburg is particularly significant as in 1980, when Stone and his wife Giovanna Biallo Stone relocated there, he gained a reputation for his grittily evocative paintings of the city. This earned him the nickname of “the inner city poet” of Johannesburg. This exhibition is . . .