The Windmills Resort in KwaZulu-Natal was once again honoured at the prestigious African Bridal Industry Academy (ABIA) Bride’s Choice Award. The Midlands boutique hotel won the title of best coastal boutique hotel for the second consecutive year and scooped the award for best in-house wedding planner. The Windmills Resort was nominated in a further three categories and reached the finals in the wedding caterer, reception venue and first night honeymoon destination categories. General manager of The Windmills Resort, Andre Schoeman, expressed his delight with the awards. “We are extremely proud of this achievement, which is definitely the result of great team work. I wouldn’t trade my team for any other in the world! Winning the best boutique hotel award for the second year running shows great consistency in terms of the level of service excellence we have achieved. This also means that we are now eligible for the national awards, which adds even more to our reputation for dedicated service and commitment to superior service,” mentions Schoeman. The ABIA awards were established in 2008 to monitor service quality within the wedding industry. The competition is based on anonymous votes submitted by brides, who have used the services of the more than 15000 service suppliers accredited to the organisation. The Windmills Resort has been extensively renovated over the past few years. The hotel was completely refurbished and various luxury self-catering lodges have been added to their offering. The venue also offers supremely elegant wedding venues, a wedding chapel on the lake with breath-taking scenic views, state-of-the-art kitchen facilities, beautifully appointed rooms, a fine dining restaurant, coffee lounge and banqueting hall as well as superb conference facilities. For more information, visit www.thewindmills.co.za. More Info link:: http://www.thewindmills.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: Christel Liebenberg from Peridot . . .
Just1R.com, launched on 20th September, is an innovative digital platform that supports creativity by providing a platform for “people with ideas and dreams” to get noticed and garner financial support. The concept of crowd-funding appeals to founder and CEO, Patrick Walton, who says, “As an entrepreneur, film maker, writer and performing artist who has constantly struggled to get my ideas out there, and get funding, I saw an opportunity to tackle both in the social media space, and potentially see other like-minded people succeed. Not only will it benefit our community and support SME’s and small business, but it will also uplift, sustain and create awareness for our budding, creative people in South Africa, Africa and abroad”. JustR1.com follows a simple process. You must register your project to participate. Patrick comments: “We accept a number of projects within the parameters of creative and each project submitted is reviewed to ensure it matches the criteria. We will attempt to assist if the concept is not quite there, or we will notify the project owner if they do not meet the requirements”. The sites guidelines are: to make sure you have an eye-catching and clever title, followed by the details of the project, the time frame – here Patrick advises, “it’s a good idea to break your project into phases affording you timeous and achievable goals”. Following that you need to list your objectives, give a detailed, interesting description, and outline what incentives are on offer. A project can only be posted for a maximum of 6 months. The minimum contribution by a sponsor is R50. Patrick says: “What we have done is not new and has proven success abroad with larger established sites, but Africa is catching on to the crowd funding trend with the expansion of the internet and availability.” Whilst JustR1.com promises exposure online to their “crowd”, it also remains the responsibility of the project owners to communicate, update, respond and share their . . .
Fresh from the University of Johannesburg's triumph in the inaugural Varsity Football competition, Amanda Dlamini spoke about her decision to relinquish the national captain's armband and her work in the development of women's soccer. In March, the Banyana Banyana midfielder gave up the captaincy, after two years at the helm, to focus on her own game and her tertiary studies. "It was one of the toughest decisions I had to make regarding my footballing career. It's something that needed to be done for me to be content with myself, my game and my studies." Higher education was a priority, said the third-year Road Transport Management student, even for those young women carving out a career in professional sport. "Women's sport still lacks the sponsorship needed to make a good living. So should anything happen, such as a career-changing injury, one should be able to continue having a full life through your chosen field." Dlamini is currently back home in Harding, KwaZulu-Natal, while she completes a module via correspondence, and plays for Durban Ladies in the Sasol provincial league. She has already made 66 appearances for the national squad and notched up 21 goals in the process. The highlight of her tenure as captain was leading the first ever Banyana team to qualify for the Olympic Games in 2012. She hopes to still be an integral part of South Africa's plans to qualify for the 2015 Fifa Women's World Cup and their quest to win the African Women's Championship. Earlier this year, this sporting role model established the Amanda Dlamini Girls' Foundation, which aims to inspire young girls from rural areas to pursue their dreams. "As a rural girl, I know how it feels to be isolated from all sporting activities. Because I have experienced these challenges, I felt the need to go out there and motivate these young girls not to give up, no matter what." As part of the programme, Dlamini shares her footballing experiences and some of the . . .
Acclaimed jazz musician Piero Delle Monache leads a dynamic quartet as part of the Gordon Institute for Performing and Creative Arts’ Music in the City series. Supported by the Musica per Roma Foundation, the Italian Consulate in Cape Town, the Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the South African College of Music (SACM), the performance will take place in Hiddingh Hall on Wednesday 16 October at 20:00. This Music in the City concert will feature original compositions from Delle Monache’s latest project, THUNUPA. Led by Delle Monache on tenor saxophone, the ensemble comprises acclaimed musicians Giovanni Ceccarelli (piano), Tito Mangialajo Rantzer (double bass) and Alessandro Marzi (drums). Taking on a variety of roles, including saxophonist, composer, artistic director and educator, Piero Delle Monache has played on the stages of prestigious clubs and festivals such as Pescara Jazz, Young Jazz in Town, Umbria Jazz, Odio L’estate, Moody Jazz Café, Cantina Bentivoglio, Sound Jazz Club in Brussels, and Jacques Pelzer in Liege. Delle Monache is also the artistic director of Altotenore Comunicazione & Jazz, and has organised several festival and events in Italy. In 2011, he was awarded the coveted Premio Clessidra in Musica. Besides collaborating with internationally esteemed musicians such as Flavio Boltro (one of the major exponents of international contemporary jazz) and Francesco Bearzatti (recently nominated best European musician), Delle Monache leads his own ensemble with Giovanni Ceccarelli, Tito Mangialajo and Alessandro Marzi. THUNUPA is this quartet’s first album. Their African tour spans the continent from Addis Ababa to Cape Town. This Music in the City concert will take place at Hiddingh Hall, University of Cape Town (UCT) Hiddingh Campus, Orange Street, Cape Town on 16 October at 20:00 and is free. No Booking is necessary. The SACM Jazz Ensemble, directed by Professor Mike Rossi, will play a selection of jazz standards and original . . .
Municipalities across Africa are adopting new technology and ICT (Information and Communication Technology) options in their efforts to increase revenue collection. Increased revenue collection, and the management thereof, will improve the ability of the municipality to sustain and even expand service delivery to their residents and customers. Many African countries have already recognised the pivotal role that technology plays in achieving successful revenue collection. A recently launched electronic tax payment system in Tanzania has shown remarkable increases in revenue collection. Since it was launched earlier this year nearly US$3million has been collected, a 57% increase on the same period for the previous year. The new system allows tax payers to remit their payments using mobile phones. In Osun State in Nigeria, deployment of a new ICT system has enabled a 100% rise in the monthly internally generated revenue from US$1.8million to US$3.7million over the course of a year. The previous methods of payment and tax administration, which were fraught with leakages and loopholes, have been discarded and a new ICT driven revenue and taxation management system was introduced with instant results. The state now stands on much stronger financial ground which has enabled it to serve the people better. African municipal managers and town clerks from across the continent are heading to Johannesburg for the Syntell Sustainability Forum next month, to learn more about how technology can save money for their municipalities. The forum is unique in that it is uniting municipalities, utilities and road traffic authorities from across the continent to confront the massive challenges they are facing with revenue collection, management and accountability. The event will encourage all key stakeholders within the local government sector from Africa to share best practices so that pockets of excellence can be replicated. “This timely forum provides an opportunity for . . .
• Botswana leads African prosperity rankings, while Rwanda & Senegal rise into the top ten. • Index reveals a significant drop for Mali and Malawi, now ranking outside of the top ten. • Insight on Africa special report launched ahead of the global Legatum Prosperity Index™. Reform and build are the watchwords in Africa as this year’s regional Legatum Institute Prosperity Index™ rankings reveal a continent on the right path to prosperity. A new report, Insight on Africa, from the Legatum Institute shows that economic growth, improving health standards and greater foreign and domestic investment – amongst other factors – are having a positive impact on prosperity in the region. However, to continue their progress African states need to undertake further reforms, build better institutions, and improve education and infrastructure. The report ranks 38 countries in the continent based on their overall level of prosperity according to national wealth and wellbeing in eight sub-categories¹. It investigates changing demographics, safety, and corruption in the continent, as well as assessing Africa’s performance against the Millennium Development Goals. Insight on Africa will be launched at the African Leadership Network’s annual conference “The Gathering” in Mauritius, ahead of the full global Prosperity Index™ being published on the 29th October. Botswana leads the African rankings, scoring well in both the Governance and the Entrepreneurship & Opportunity sub-indices. South Africa ranks second in prosperity. Rwanda has experienced a jump from 13th to 9th in the rankings this year, with strong scores in Entrepreneurship & Opportunity, Governance, and Health. The Index reveals cause for concern for Mali, however, falling from 8th to 13th in ranking. The path to prosperity also remains long for Malawi, which has seen a huge fall from 9th to 21st this year. The full rankings for the continent are included below. Nathan Gamester, . . .
Everyone can sing, but not everyone can sing beautifully — and although this is often a matter of opinion, there is universal acknowledgement of what “sounds” right and what does not. Similarly, with the written word, there are talented writers and there are writers whose writing just doesn't “read” well. The importance of language in business When it comes to business, the rules for grammar, style and register are not infrequently inverted — novel writers have the freedom to express themselves poetically, should they elect to do so; however, with business and corporate communication, language ought to be structured strictly. The reason for this strict attention is owed directly to the objective of any business: profit. In order to make a profit, a business must acquire customers; and in order to acquire customers, a business must attract customers. An immediate and often unconscious repellent is the misuse of language rule in business. A spelling mistake or a grammatical error may indubitably cause the reader (the potential customer) not to think highly of the business. Even a plumber ought to ensure his pamphlets are checked for error. Evolution in language Copywriters often need to hold back and reassess the subject of their copy — and with grimace and breath-holding, copywriters everywhere end up using split infinitives. On this note, split infinitives are now acceptable and a lot of writers aver that it should have been acceptable long ago because of its Latin origin in which a verb doesn't split naturally, whereas in English it does — this one is still up for debate... Social media has doubtless contributed to this evolution of language in which “wanna” and “gonna” are accepted forms of communication, not to mention the disregard for other more complex intricacies of language structure. Balance in this new system Notwithstanding media's embrace of 21st Century language, there are still fine points under which businesses must never . . .
There's a daily battle between the advertising agency and the client with regard to what either party believes the prospect wants. On Camp Client The client of the advertiser knows its brand very well — it's the client's business to know the brand, products and services in depth. To a great degree, through research and sales' reports, there is a fairly good idea for what customers want. However, there is something for which the client may not have complete understanding — this is the tricky, often fickle, world of advertising and marketing. On Camp Advertiser Especially now than before, advertising has evolved into a holistic approach to prospect acquisition — with the age of social media and the necessity for engagement in order to entice prospective customers to certain products, the challenge ought not to be left in the hands of product manufacturers. Just as the skill the client has in producing quality products or services, the advertiser has special knowledge and experience with which to manage campaigns that suit and engage the prospect. The battle scene The client may typically want to punt every aspect of the product because the client feels it is essential for customers to know of its great offering — and this innocent desire to have customers know everything is understandable and plausible. However, the skill of the advertiser suggests that interest in products does not necessarily come from product-specific communication — rather, it has been found that to encourage interest is to do two things before closing in on the sale: first, the customer or potential customer needs to find interest — and this may not come from product information, but from generic communication or subtle product-specific information; and the second, to build on a brand's image by consistently evoking desire in the customer to know more of the brand. A peace treaty Advertising is both a quick solution and a long-term solution. It can very easily . . .
This week the Property Poser panel deals with a difficult mother-daughter dispute, which lies at the heart of a rather complex usufruct scenario. It appears that the mother owns a property in a small town but she is not based near her children. One of her daughters offered to build a cottage for her mother on her property so that she could be closer to them. For reasons not explained, but presumably as a form of payment, the mother transferred ownership of her own property to the daughter in exchange for a usufruct in her favour. Unfortunately, the daughter never proceeded to build the cottage for the mother, as they had agreed upon. Another daughter, who approached our experts with this query, then arranged for their mother to rather stay in a rented flat near her. The reader and another sibling then approached the offending sister in an effort to persuade her to transfer ownership of the house back to their mother but she has refused. Their mother has now apparently decided that she would rather want to bequeath the property to all her children in equal shares in the event of her death. This would not be possible in the current circumstances, says Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town. "The person entitled to the usufruct over a property does have some rights but it is certainly a limited right of ownership." Van der Merwe says a usufruct holder is entitled to the fruits of the property, in other words, the right to live there or the right to the rental, should it be rented out. "Therefore, the reader's mother certainly still has the right to live in her property, even though she doesn't own it completely." The transaction through which she granted ownership to her daughter could be questioned, says Van der Merwe. "In this case, it appears that the transaction was done on the understanding that she would be receiving a cottage to live in as quid pro quo." Since that has not materialised, she . . .
The Finals of the 2013 ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships were held at the University of Johannesburg Arts Centre last night, where R315 000 was awarded to three deserving winners, to fund their tertiary studies in the performing arts. After a gruelling week of rehearsals and a tough final round in front of a live audience, Naledi Majola, Arlin Bantam and Kamogelo Nche were chosen as recipients of the ACT | DALRO | Nedbank Performing Arts Scholarships for 2013. Having convinced the judges of their proficiency in singing, dancing and acting, Naledi, Arlin and Kamogelo will be supported in their tertiary studies, beginning in 2014. Maseda Ratshikuni, Head of Cause Marketing at Nedbank says, "We remain committed to enabling the dreams and goals of young people. Our support of the arts and cultural heritage stems from the bank’s aspirations of leading transformation and creating a community of leaders who are as highly involved in the communities as we are. We hope that the winners of the scholarships will make artistic and cultural contributions to our country." Six finalists were chosen through a country-wide audition process, and then coached by a dedicated team of professionals, before putting their best foot forward before an illustrious panel of judges, and – possibly the biggest critics of all – a live audience. With support from the Arts & Culture Trust; the Dramatic, Artistic and Literary Rights Organisation (DALRO) and Nedbank Arts Affinity, the three winners will be supported to study a performing arts course of their choice at a South African tertiary institution. They will also receive practical support beyond their studies, including representation by SA’s top talent agency Talent Etc. The event was hosted by aspiring MC Altovise Lawrence. Like the six finalists, she was also chosen from a strong pool of national contenders, and the sparkling Wits Drama Graduate also used the platform to showcase her best professional . . .