South Africa, Cape Town, September 2018; DOGON GROUP PROPERTIES have broken all their previous rental records for high-end holiday lets in Cape Town with a staggering single rental of just under R1 million for four nights on the Atlantic Seaboard. The booking, which required two luxury homes in Clifton (in one of the most expensive residential streets in South Africa) to accommodate the full group of international group of business people , cost a total of R960 000. Denise Dogon, CEO of Dogon Group Properties explains that the two villa’s achieved rentals of R130 000 and R110 000 respectively per night in winter which is low season. “This is the highest short term rental that DG has ever achieved for a four night stay.” “These Clifton properties are nestled against the slopes of Lion’s Head, in one of the most prime positions in the country, with uninterrupted coastal views and pristine natural landscape. In addition to an almost unsurpassed location, the two properties are truly the epitome of luxury and top-end quality and style,” says Dogon. Dogon is no stranger to record-breaking property deals, having secured the sale of a Bantry Bay home to a German buyer in 2016 for R290 million. The Dogon team also recently secured a long term rental in the Cape for an impressive R360 000 per month. General upswing in holiday rentals Dogon Group Properties have confirmed that they have been receiving a lot of enquiries and bookings for the upcoming festive holiday season, with the Atlantic Seaboard still being the preferred areas, and also fetching the highest rentals. “Constantia has also become a popular area for holiday lets, especially with families from the UK. Most booking enquires average between R20 000 and R30 000 per day.” “In the recent past some of our high profile clients have included celebrities such as Kate Moss and Chinese Billionaire Jack Ma.” “There seems to be a real positive energy and resurgence in holiday rentals this year. . . .
Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival debuts in the Mother City at The Lookout, V&A Waterfront – Saturday, 6 October 2018 from 11:00 – 20:00 Fitch & Leedes, the superb range of authentic mixers preferred by most master distillers, takes a bow as the title sponsor of the first Fitch & Leedes Gin & Tonic Festival to hit Cape Town. This much anticipated festival brings a wide selection of local craft gins and premium international brands to one unique contemporary location at The Lookout in the V&A Waterfront on Saturday, 6 October 2018. This perfectly located venue will come alive with artisanal food stalls serving a variety of gourmet street food, live music from local artists and top notch G&Ts prepared by expert mixologists. As title sponsor of the festival, Fitch & Leedes prides itself as the understudy to greatness, accentuating the botanical character and subtle notes in hand crafted gins. Understanding the time and effort put into perfecting a premium gin, Fitch & Leedes tonics are made for the utmost purity in terms of quality and taste to ensure the best representation of what was intended by the master distiller. Fitch & Leedes will be supplying the tonics for all the G&T’s at the festival. Keep an eye out for exciting new tonic twists. “Our partnership with the Gin and Tonic Festival has been such a wonderful experience in Durban that bringing it to Cape Town was a must. At Fitch & Leedes, it is our philosophy that the hard work and skill of the distiller should be amplified and celebrated. This is why it is great to see our mixers paired with all the signature gins on offer at the festival,” explains Brand Manager James Shaw. The Fitch & Leedes range comprises nine timeless classics: Indian Tonic, Pink Tonic and Craft Cola – all available in regular and sugar free; Club Soda; Ginger Ale; Bitter Lemon and Bitter Lemon Lite; Peach Lemonade; Lemonade; and Spicy Ginger Beer. Brought to the . . .
Johannesburg , 21 September 2018 - Servest has conducted its first annual Facilities Management (FM) survey to assess the market, with the purpose of understanding the services sector needs of their clients and the South African market as whole. The survey was conducted in association with specialist research firm, Knowledge Executive. The survey provides in-depth analyses of the Facilities Management sector in South Africa and forecasts outsourcing growth, investment priorities, service provider criteria and client satisfaction levels. The 2018-2019 Facilities Management Market Analysis Survey: South Africa, confirms that the facilities management sector in South Africa has hundreds (if not thousands) of multi-player service providers and contractors with diverse skills sets, expertise and resources, offering integrated, bundled and singular FM services. The overall FM market share attempts to validate the market size of the sector, while providing an indication of market share across 17 key service lines. The results reflect the multi-faceted scale and scope of the industry, with service providers that may be dominant in some service lines, giving way to ascendant contractors in other service areas. The report shows that the year ahead will witness definitive growth in FM outsourcing, with many respondents to the survey indicating that they would outsource service lines, mainly in Hygiene services (44%), Cleaning (38%), Catering (28%) and Integrated Facilities Management (26%). Forecast growth in Integrated Facilities Management shows great promise, with a predicted increase of 36.89% in the next 12 months. Data for the survey was obtained via quantitative interviews with 213 FM end-users and clients representing 12 vertical industries over an eight-week period, between May and June 2018. For the full report, please click on the link: https://www.servest.co.za/news-and-media/research/ The intent behind conducting this research goes further . . .
Cape Town, South Africa – The highly esteemed EFC athlete Sibusiso Mdoko was attacked in a vicious car-jacking attempt in the Cape Town suburb of Dunoon on Sunday, 02 September. Mdoko was set upon by multiple assailants with knives and broken bottles. They attempted to steal his car and gain his bank account information. Mdoko lost consciousness during the attack. Mdoko was transported to hospital where Constantia Insurance Group, official partner to the EFC organisation, have agreed to assist with Mdoko’s medical costs. Although injured with multiple stab wounds, Mdoko is in a stable condition. “We were shocked to hear the news,” said EFC president Cairo Howarth. “Sibusiso has competed with us for many years, he is a courageous athlete and role model to many. He had also just begun a new career as an electrician, a double blow to an already horrendous situation.” Howarth went on to thank Constantia Insurance Group who have kindly assisted Mdoko with his medical costs, despite their partnership agreement being tied to in-competition injury only. “As soon as we heard we contacted Constantia and explained the situation,” said Howarth. “Constantia didn’t hesitate, making funds available to assist Sibusiso.” Mdoko has undergone several scans which have revealed no permanent internal damage, although a potentially severed tendon in his hand will receive further assessment and treatment tomorrow, 6 September. “We are extremely glad to be able to assist such a remarkable man and athlete,” said Constantia Insurance Group CEO Volker von Widdern. “We wish him an excellent recovery, and are monitoring the situation.” Mdoko recently qualified as an electrician, and is currently working in an intern capacity to gain experience. His injuries have stalled both those aspirations and his continuing career as an athlete. Friends have created a BackABuddy campaign, where those that would like to assist can make a contribution toward helping Sibusiso as he . . .
In 2015, Henly Kumwenda (30) and the Kingfisher-Sekanawo team from Malawi, set out to develop an arid piece of land near Lumemo into a camping site to empower the local community. The community of Lumemo currently faces a number of challenges. Many students are forced to learn under trees due to the lack of infrastructure. Those who are fortunate to have a classroom face over crowdfunding and aren't afforded basic necessities such as desks and chairs. “Many young girls are entering marriages as young as 13 and a lot of the young men work in tobacco farms as child laborers. With our volunteer programs we hope to address these key issues to allow these 460 students an opportunity to reach their full potential” – says Kumwenda Henly adds that a lack of education also makes these students vulnerable to their environment. “In the rainy season, a number of individuals are affected with cholera due to the lack of education around boiling water before consumption that poses a huge health risk.” – says Kumwenda Hoping to develop the Kingfisher campsite in Thekelo, Henly set up a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy, to appeal to donors locally and abroad for support. Funds raised will be used to build 2 bathrooms, 3 sleeping rooms and a communal kitchen area for volunteers and is estimated to cost approximately R250 000. “My vision is that this piece of land will not only be a camping site, but a space where volunteers from all over the world can come to Malawi and invest time into developing and improving our vibrant local community through their efforts. We will also welcome holiday makers for a small fee, which will contribute to paying school fees of orphaned children in our village” says Kumwenda The campaign went live on the 19 November 2015 and has thus far raised R 193 643.50 with contributions from over 103 donors. It hass taken nearly 3 years to fund the project, which still needs approximately R60 000 to . . .
Impoverished communities face many challenges and shoes should not be one of them. The Public Relations Department at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has launched Restoring Soles 2 Souls, a Non-Profit Organisation. Restoring Soles 2 Souls has created Happy Feet, a campaign which seeks to break the cycle of poverty by collecting and redistributing pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes to the impoverished communities in and around Cape Town. All donated shoes will go towards Oscar Mpetha High School’s matric class of 2018 on the 21st of September. The campaign will be supplying 60 pairs of shoes within this month as the matriculants are starting their new adventure of adulthood. This is a small step that changes lives, and will ensure that the youth of Cape Town will feel more confident, comfortable and special in their future endeavours. As you know, every sole has a story and with the #HappyFeet campaign we encourage every donator to write a short personal message of their favourite memory with their donated shoes. Project Manager, Marni Venter says “We know that most people have unwanted shoes at home, and would love to impact lives with the gift of shoes by donating them to the cause of Restoring Soles 2 Souls”. It feels good to make a difference, so be the hero for children in need by helping our future leaders take a step in the right direction! For more information go to restoringsoles2souls.com or call (021) 123 4567. Find them on Twitter and instagram @RestoringSole2Souls or Facebook.com/restoringsoles2souls CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Cape Town, September 19th: On September 22nd a live auction will be held offering a wide variety of material for stamp collectors and philatelists. Among the items on offer are some unique and rare stamps as well as exceptional postal history items. Among the rarities is a unique block of stamps of the Republic of South Africa. It is described as follows: Lot 190: First RSA Definitives – 1972-74 issue on Phosphor paper (perf 12½) R1 Strelizia cylinder 553-555B block of 6, bottom pair with ORANGE OMITTED (including cyl no 554), middle pair with ORANGE PARTIALLY OMITTED, all in superb UM condition, a MOST SPECTACULAR and RARE ERROR (SG 325a, SACC 337a) catalogue value is R1 million, excluding any premium for the positional piece, which is probably unique! It is estimated to sell at R150,000 to R200,000. Besides this amazing piece, there are a number of other scarce items on offer to interest both the novice and the specialist collector. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Carne SA champions rare vintage wines A well-aged steak is at its best when enjoyed with a well-matured red wine and at Carne SA, Chef-proprietor Giorgio Nava takes great pride in serving his guests some of the finest South African and Italian wines. Offering wine lovers even more value at his dedicated Cape Town eatery in Keerom Street, Nava has introduced a special Vintage Collection of well-known flagship wines optimally aged and cellared to be enjoyed at their prime. Well-priced to buck the recession, these rare vintages are affordable and the perfect choice with Carne’s wide selection of prime cuts. The oldest wines in the Carne Vintage Collection are the ultra-elegant 2001 and 2003 Morgenster Estate Bordeaux reds. A variety of Neethlingshof wines including their Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinotage, Malbec and Merlot ranging in age from eight to 11 years, are remarkably affordable for this level of wine enjoyment. Other cellar gems worth exploring are Le Bonheur Prima 2008 and Radford Dale Black Rock 2009 among the blends. Older Plaisir de Merle and Alto wines are also well represented. If you don’t mind spending a little more, the Avondale Samara 2009 Shiraz and Bouchard Finlayson Galpin Peak 2012 Pinot Noir are yours for the taking. The Carne Vintage Collection includes some mature white wines such as Cape of Good Hope 2011 Chardonnay and 2013 Chenin Blanc, and a vibrant 2014 Cartology Chenin Blanc/Semillon by Alheit Vineyards. Nava who pioneered a new approach to meat with the opening of Carne SA in 2008, is a master of letting the meat do the talking, from his specialist steaks the more adventurous, unfamiliar cuts. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 - Fear of the dentist is known as odontophobia, dentophobia, or more casually as dental anxiety. As dental professionals, and not mental health professionals, our focus isn’t as much on why people are afraid of the dentist, but instead on what we can do for those who are, so that they can receive compassionate and effective treatment. It is important to remember that some studies estimate up to 75% of dental patients experience mild to severe dental fear. So it’s actually more likely for a person to be uncomfortable with the idea of being in a dentist’s chair than not. At Dentsply Sirona, we are focused on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, faster dental care. We work with dentists to envision what‘s possible and provide innovative solutions to achieve it. Education and support help move each procedure forward, ensuring the benefits of our innovations are realised. Everything we do is about helping dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, for the benefit of their patients and practices – today and for years to come. Imagine that you could now receive all the treatment you require in a single visit with the best results possible in modern dentistry? Dentsply Sirona ‘s CEREC makes exactly this possible. Dentsply Sirona have been driving CAD/CAM innovation for over 30 years, pioneering digital solutions that have changed dentistry for the better. CEREC enables dental professionals to provide you the patient with restorations, including inlays, on lays, crowns, bridges and veneers, in a single visit. Our solutions also enable them to take digital impressions and produce surgical guides and other apparatus needed for better, safer, and faster implants and orthodontics. Cerec stands for a quick and pleasant treatment with no impression tray, no annoying temporary prostheses and only one anaesthetic injection. A win-win situation: You receive the highest standards and get the best . . .
Johannesburg, 18 September 2018 – Dentsply Sirona the world’s largest manufacturer of professional dental solutions recently appointed Berenice Muller as the National Sales Manager -Consumables Division. Dentsply Sirona South Africa’s trusted brands have empowered dental professionals, in both practices and laboratories, to provide better, safer, and faster care in all dental disciplines for over 100 years. Dentsply Sirona started direct sales to their customers in South Africa as of 01 July 2018 and in her new position Berenice is leading the roll out of the new direct sales model to market and says “ We as the Dentsply Sirona Consumables Team are excited to expand our relationship with our customers and continue helping them deliver great dental care to patients .We are committed to working together with our customers on a personal level to provide a seamless consumer experience with significant cost benefits for their dental practices”. Berenice and her team of 15 staff – 10 Consumable Representatives and 5 Tele Sales Team members will offer customers a better solution and a one- stop-shop for all their dental consumable needs. Customers can now leverage entire practice volumes to receive as yet unseen commercial value through bespoke offers and deals on the Made-in-Bensheim/Germany CAD/CAMs, CBCTs ,TREATMENT CENTERs and the full portfolio of ENDODONTICS, RESTORATIVE AND PREVENTIVE MATERIALS from Dentsply Sirona. For more information regarding special product offers go to www.dentsplysirona.com/en-za Dentsply Sirona South Africa focuses on empowering dental professionals to provide better, safer, and more efficient dental care. We work with dental professionals to envision what could be possible, then provide innovative solutions to achieve it. Education and support helps us move each innovation forward, ensuring that the benefits are realised by everyone. Everything we do is about helping dental professionals deliver the best possible dental care, . . .