[Johannesburg, Gauteng, 28/11/2018] - PrepaidWealth.com, a South African FinTech Startup, is officially launching a web-based platform for either accumulating discounts in CASH or realizing instant discounts when data or airtime is purchased from the platform. There are two types of accounts that can be opened on PrepaidWealth.com for free; namely, a Group Account or an Individual account. A Group Account accumulates cash for members of the group whereas an Individual account provides instant discounts. A Group Account is ideal for structured groups such as stokvels, friends, families, residential complexes, work departments, WhatsApp groups, etc. The bigger the group, the faster cash accumulates because more people will be accumulating cash when they spend on data and airtime. Members of a group account spend on data/airtime separately according to their personal needs. However, the discounts accumulate collectively. The accumulated cash can be withdrawn from PrepaidWealth.com once the money is more than R200. An Individual Account offers data and airtime at a discount and therefore makes it ideal for a person who wants to sell airtime and data. It is also ideal for a person who wants instant discounts. An individual who wishes to accumulate cash, instead of getting instant discounts, can simply register for a group account and never invite anyone to join the group. The discounts provided vary from 1.5% to 9.5% and therefore one can assume an average discount rate of 5%. The discount rate is used to accumulate cash for a group account. It is also used to offer discounts for an individual account. The data and airtime provided on PrepaidWealth.com is from all mobile service providers; namely, Vodacom, MTN, CellC, Telkom, Virgin Mobile. The platform also provides prepaid electricity services as well as services from Mozambique Vodacom and Econet Mobile. “The Platform is targeted at everyone who buys data or airtime. Stokvels and other formal groups . . .
Cape Town Carols at Kirstenbosch will be taking place from Thursday 13 to Sunday 16 December. The event is proudly hosted by the Rotary Club of Kirstenbosch and sponsored by Pick n Pay. Thanks to the addition of pop-up Christmas themed-stalls, where visitors can browse the very best of Pick n Pay’s 2018 Christmas range, including everything from fun, festive headgear and stockings, to stockings-fillers, tree decorations and more. But be sure to get there early – stalls open at 6pm and close when carols start at 19:45pm. Pre-order a perfect picnic for two and there’s also a special picnic just for kids (see ordering details below). There will be two coffee stations at the venue serving a selection of coffees and hot beverages, in addition to hot dogs, mince pies, cupcakes, crisps and chocolates, mini candy canes, biltong, doughnuts and water. Please note that wine will NOT be on sale at the event, you’re welcome to bring your own. EVENT DETAILS: Address: Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden, Rhodes Drive, Newlands, Cape Town, 7735 Tickets are available from www.webtickets.co.za and at all Pick n Pay stores nationwide. • Thurs: Adults R 110 | Scholars R 85 | Children R 25 • Fri – Sun: Adults R 125 | Scholars R 90 | Children R 30 Tickets include a glowstick and a song sheet. Event times • Gates open at 18h00: Please ensure you arrive early to secure your place and browse our new Christmas-themed pop-up stalls. • Carols starts at approximately 19h45 and are finished by 21h30 at the very latest. Picnic details and orders • Adult picnic for two @ R 195 - Whole baguette, cheese selection, hummus, pepper dew dip, Parma ham, crisps, brownies and water. • Kiddies picnic for one @ R 45 - PnP juice, PnP puffs, Christmas choc mallow and a hot dog voucher redeemable at the event. Please note your picnic will be ready for collection at the PnP food stand at Entrance 3 at the venue. Pre-order your picnic from Webtickets at . . .
November 2018, De Waterkant, Cape Town, Vencasa, The World Leaders in Sleep, held the official and exclusive opening event, unveiling their brand-new store in the urban renewal Media Quarter in De Waterkant. Vencasa, the only home of Tempur, Micro-Tech and Magniflex to name a few, opened their new flagship store in true style. Guests were welcomed into the awe-inspiring, spacious Scandi-style store with a glass of bubble and delectable afternoon snacks. The store was alive with the sound of people talking excitedly about the wide range of mattresses, pillows and accessories. The depth in the variety of choices, range of price-points and premium quality offering longevity, were most commented on. The value of investing in quality sleeping solutions, is indisputable. Greg Smart, CEO of Pharmaline, greeted guests, thanked them for coming and spoke proudly about the new store and their journey to create a space for the world’s best sleep brands. Vencasa has partnered with global and local experts to bring a wide range to the South African market. The Showroom showcases mattresses, headboards, bases and frames, side tables, lamps, occasional furniture, ottomans, linen, pillows and luxurious bedroom accessories, with several price points to accommodate their wide clientele. Vencasa is made for people looking for a high quality, yet affordable range of products, and the store reflects that. “We have seen a need in the market for mattresses that are both quality and affordable. There is currently a gap between expensive sleep solutions and cheap mattresses, the latter having a short lifespan and counterproductive to health.” explains Greg. “Our drive is to fill this gap with premium products, that are priced realistically, with mattresses starting from R 12 999 upwards. Essentially, our value proposition is to provide the greatest sleep products at a practical price. We source the best products worldwide, the best technology to cater to the diverse needs of sleep . . .
Savour summer for longer at Constantia Glen Take advantage of extended summer opening hours and indulge in fine cool climate wines and delicious taste partners at Constantia Glen, the picturesque boutique wine estate in South Africa’s oldest wine growing region. The Constantia Glen tasting room is open daily from 10h00 until 20h00 for the festive season starting on 7 December. As the addition to their perfect foil for balmy sunny days, tender kudu carpaccio, seared tuna niçoise, and creamy burrata mozzarella caprese have made a comeback at the Constantia Glen tasting room in popular selection of generous platters and cracking Flammkuchen. These moreish summer specialities pair perfectly with Constantia Glen’s fine selection of wines. Framed by majestic mountain views, the tranquil Constantia Glen setting is the ideal backdrop for a sensory summer indulgence, whether you prefer to kick start your day with a vivacious Cap Classique breakfast, enjoy a laid back lunch or watch the sun set over outstretched vineyards. The burrata caprese and seared tuna niçoise are available at R180 each, while the cost of the kudu carpaccio is R125. There is a wide selection of wine tasting options to find you ideal summer favourite. All wines are available by the bottle and can be purchased by the glass from R60. Known for exceptional cool climate Bordeaux-style red and white wines, Constantia Glen’s dryland vineyards are farmed without any irrigation. The tasting room is open seven days a week from 10h00 till 20h00 from 7 December 2018 until mid-January 2019. Booking via http://www.constantiaglen.com is highly recommended. The tasting room will be closed on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day. Look out for the Constantia Glen signs towards the top of Constantia Main Road. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
ASG, owner and importer of some of the world's best cycling brands, has joined forces with South Africa's leading online retailer, Takealot.com, to elevate the Tour of Good Hope to an international level. Starting with the country's premier road cycling tour, which takes place in the Cape Winelands from March 4 to 8 next year, the two industry leaders are committed to building a product that can match similar international races. ASG Group chief executive Heinrich Dannhauser said they had a wonderful opportunity to transform the Tour of Good Hope into an event that would generate an even bigger international focus. "As the country's premier road tour, it has attracted an international field in the past and will continue to do so," he said after today's announcement. "Our vision is to work with Takealot, as well as Cycling South Africa, to achieve our objective of establishing South Africa's equivalent of the Tour Down Under in Australia. "We lack an international tour and, with our cyclists making big strides on the international scene over the past few years, the timing couldn't be better." SA's Daryl Impey won the overall title at the Tour Down Under this year and Dannhauser felt that a high-quality Tour of Good Hope would provide a similar opportunity for locally-based cyclists to make their mark. He believed the Tour of Good Hope was well positioned to capitalise on the partnership, which would see Takealot come on board as title sponsor. "It already occupies an exclusive slot on the calendar. The week before the Cape Town Cycle Tour is perfect." Given the date, he said, it would be easy for South African and international riders who were already heading to the Western Cape to add the race to their calendars. "The unique thing about the Tour of Good Hope is that it allows amateurs to race in teams behind the professionals, with all the excitement and world-class organisation that such a race brings. "And there are some amazing . . .
H2O Today Global Water Story opens at the Iziko South African Museum on show from 29 November 2018 Water is the most vital resource for life on Earth; no living thing exists without it. Iziko Museums of South Africa will open a new exhibition, H2O Today, at the Iziko South African Museum on the 29th November 2018. The exhibition, organised by the Smithsonian Institution Travelling Exhibition Service (SITES), examines the diversity and challenges of water sources worldwide and promotes conversation, creativity and innovation through art, science and technology. H2O Today is part of the Smithsonian’s #ThinkWater Initiative to raise awareness of water as a critical resource for life. Using immersive content, interactive activities, and digital media, this international exhibition – supplemented with Iziko curated African content and collections objects – brings a global conversation at a critical time within the Western Cape context, having recently experienced the worst water crisis in living memory. H2O Today dives into what it means to live on a planet where 71 percent of the surface is covered in water, of which less than three percent is drinkable. The exhibition highlights water’s criticality in daily life worldwide through water power, industry, agriculture and home use. It explores the science of water from the hydrological cycle, weather and climate to its physical power as an architect and sculptor of landscape. The exhibition showcases global examples and striking imagery augmented with audiovisual material that tells the story of Earth as the water planet, water as our home, ways that water shapes culture, rising tides and sea level rise, and innovative solutions to some of the planet’s greatest water challenges. The US Consul General to Cape Town, Ms Virginia Blaser had first-hand experience of the extraordinary challenge the City and its residents faced during the height of the recent drought. She said: “I am proud that the American people . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .
Medical Aid is an online platform that aims to offer its users a convenient way to view and compare South Africa’s best medical schemes at a single place. The platform helps users to find the medical scheme that satisfies their budget and healthcare needs in the best way possible, by accessing important information about various schemes from different providers and comparing them altogether. Medical Aid presents the opportunity to select and buy medical schemes from South Africa’s most renowned brands within a few minutes. They also extend guidance and provide valuable advice to the users who cannot reach a decision. The Health Covers Provided by Medical Aid are: 1. Keyhealth Medical Scheme – One of the most renowned healthcare brands in South Africa, Keyhealth Medical Scheme is administered by PPS Healthcare. The medical scheme is known for its transparency, guaranteeing value for money to their members. Their cover is distributed in five main packages that complement their motto: ‘simple, but effective’. They also offer smart health cover options that are aimed at offering pure medical benefits. 2. Discovery Health Medical Scheme – Covering over 2.7 million beneficiaries, Discovery Health has emerged as South Africa’s largest open medical scheme. With a current market share above 50%, they aim to deliver the best health care options to their members, contributing to a healthier society. To cater to the unique health and budget requirements of all, they offer 23 different options with private hospital cover. The wellness programme run by them, Vitality, encourages healthy choices and offers them rewards for it. 3. FedHealth Medical Scheme –Founded in 1936, FedHealth perceives its members as a part of its family. The preferred healthcare partner to thousands of families, it offers a vast option range, delivering something for each member. Administered by Medscheme, they aim to offer complete support and fulfil all the needs of their customers. 4. . . .
The cleaning industry has the potential for extraordinary growth - an opinion by Mahlatholle Masha, Financial Director, Servest Cleaning Division Johannesburg, 23 November 2018 - As an industry, which is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion, the cleaning business is one that has the most extraordinary potential for growth. The nature of the work is such, that it requires only low level skills and this seems to give the impression that it is an easy business to establish. It is therefore no wonder that there are a multitude of start-ups emerging in the industry. However, Mahlatholle Masha, Financial Director of Servest’s Cleaning division, cautions against this notion of it being an easy business, because with it comes industry standards, compliance matters, health and safety issues and not least, the responsibility of running a business. The latter coming with its own challenges, with regard to human resources and its associated matters. Despite the challenges, the cleaning sector’s growth potential stems from large organisations wanting to focus their efforts on their core business and therefore outsource their cleaning services to cleaning companies. These cleaning companies are expected to not only be fully equipped to fulfil the tasks, but to do so within the bounds of compliance, such as the use of environmentally friendly products and using equipment that reduces water wastage, or entirely eliminating the use of water. Technology and innovation hereby plays an important role in the continued growth and development in the cleaning industry, to the benefit of its clients. We see cleaning companies having to currently provide customised and unique solutions to clients, in order to differentiate themselves. However, in the near future, it will also have to provide sustainability reports, to ensure that the cleaning methods and its associated products do not adversely affect the environment. These specialised products and services are . . .
A joint collaboration between Seadog Sport, Plastics|SA and DPI Plastics has led to the creation of a new retrieval project aimed at reducing the amount of plastics sticks and straws found on the beaches of South Africa. According to John Kieser, Sustainability Manager at Plastics|SA, plastic sticks such as those typically used for earbuds, sucker/lollypops and straws, continue to be one of the biggest pollutants on our country's urban beaches. “We’ve had great success with removing discarded fishing line from beaches with our Fishing Line Bins which are made from PVC pipes donated by DPI Plastics. These bins were installed at beaches along South Africa's coastline and encourage anglers to properly discard their fishing line instead of leaving it on the beach where it could entangle birds and sea life. Building on the success of this project, close to 400 ‘lolly bins’ (made from PVC pipe off-cuts that were again donated by DPI Plastics) are being installed at selected Blue Flag beaches as well as other coastal areas throughout South Africa,” Kieser says. The white lolly bins are easily visible and the black and brightly coloured labels highlight their usage. According to Kieser, members of the public are urged to help pick up any of these sticks they see lying on the beaches and throw them into the bins. “These sticks are made from High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) and Polypropylene (PP), polymers which are both recycled in South Africa. If enough of these sticks are collected, they can be used to create a wide range of different products, such as non-food grade packaging, rope, toys, piping, recycling bins and other household items,” he explains. “Seadog Sport is a company with community interests close to our heart, and we work closely with charities and organisations to improve lives through surfing rehabilitation and marine conservation activities. Reducing plastic waste on our beaches and in oceans is a major focus for us and we are excited about . . .