Despite the closer of Groupon in South Africa savvy entrepreneurs should capitalise the market gap left by Groupon's closure. The business model has drawn criticism. Its aim is to “redefine how small businesses attract and retain customers”‚ by offering online discounted deals. Merchants have complained that deals are often not profitable‚ and that they attract the wrong kind of customer‚ many of whom do not become repeat customers after the discounted deal‚ and do not spend money beyond what they’ve paid for the coupon. Groupon is a group-based social e-commerce buying service they have been going for about a year and making a huge impact on local business. Groupon experienced exponential growth in the coupon concept when started out, the last financial quarter showed a net loss as their business model took strain. Web-sites like Groupon were the pioneers in this new concept in retail marketing. End users sign up, and each day they get a coupon for a discount normally at 50% off the normal price, the deals focus on local business: from hair salons to health and beauty outlets to dog training lessons. This online phenomenon has sparked marketers to clone the Groupon concept and come up with a different take on the coupon deal making concept. The South African eCommerce has a value of between R6-7 billion, the eCommerce sector in South Africa is growing at a rate of more than 25% per year. “With the right marketing techniques, support and operational strategies, small eCommerce website can compete with big brands to stay relevant and get a slice of the pie,” said Nick Maritz from webs.co.za a professional e commerce development company “ The business opportunity for entrepreneurs would be to enter the market with a self owned "local deal website” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The World Psychiatric Association (WPA) and the South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) are hosting the WPA-International Congress in Cape Town, at the CTICC from 18-22 November 2016, with the theme: "Psychiatry: Integrative Care for the Community". The congress president will be Prof Dinesh Bhugra from the United Kingdom, current WPA President and the congress director will be the current SASOP President, Dr Mvuyiso Talatala. This is a ground breaking theme bringing together world renowned scientific experts, as well as young and established health leaders from around the globe. This is the first time ever a World Psychiatric Association International Congress is being held in South Africa. The conference is expected to attract over 3000 psychiatrists and other mental health professionals from around the world. With this meeting, the practice of Psychiatry internationally is set to take more decisive steps on a new course that will influence the profession for years to come. "This sounds like a very bold statement, but this is intended to be a very unique meeting," says Bernard Janse van Rensburg, President-Elect of the South African Society of Psychiatrists and co-chair of the organising committee. "We are hoping to see the forging of a strong link between society and Psychiatry and by the end of this year, we should see the basis of a new social contract involving all the different stake holders in this undertaking," he says. From the conference theme, the different components of Psychiatry's and psychiatrists' social contract will be unpacked, focusing on four different tracks including: neuroscience, psychotherapy, social involvement and the cultural-religious context of care. "There seems to be unfinished business in the psyche and national agendas of our (and other) nation(s)," says Janse van Rensburg. "We can see evidence of this in unresolved collective relations such as the recent flaring up of racial tensions in South Africa . . .
On the 1st of November, an extraordinary partnership hit South Africa. News24 is publishing a piece of Beautiful News every day: a film, photograph or article that portrays positive stories about South Africa and its people. A new story will go live every day at 16:14, which is the exact time that former president Nelson Mandela was released from Victor Verster prison on 11 February 1990. Adrian Steirn, the founder of Beautiful News, is famous for his 21 Icons project that celebrated the lives of great South Africans. Steirn says that when he was conceptualising Beautiful News he knew it had to have a home on a platform that was both proudly South African and spoke to as many South Africans as possible. “We are delighted to bring Beautiful News to life as a destination for inspiring and positive stories about South Africa and its people. Digital platforms and multimedia content have liberated our ability to communicate and enabled people to access and share their stories. I needed a platform that would honour the ethos and intent of the project which is to enrich people’s lives with a something positive, every day. Adriaan and the News24 team provide exactly that home,” Steirn said. Adriaan Basson, editor of News24, says he is very proud to be the publisher of Beautiful News, as the project is known. “It is no secret that South Africa is going through one of the most challenging periods post-1994. Bad news comes to you; you don’t have to look hard to find stories on bad governance, corruption or corporate greed. It’s much tougher to find beautiful news. South Africa is a beautiful country loved by many despite our challenges. There are plenty of good news stories out there, but you have to look for them. We simply have to tell them too. This is why we wanted to partner with Beautiful News and Mercedes-Benz South Africa on this extraordinary endeavour,” Basson explains. A third partner in bringing Beautiful News to life is Mercedes-Benz South . . .
Every year, World Hunger Month in October is an opportunity for Add Hope to highlight hunger issues in Africa and shine a spotlight on the work of the 110 beneficiary organisations it supports. This year, the challenge was set to raise R5 million and KFC announced today that this goal has been reached, with customers and staff uniting to raise R5.17 million during October. Every cent goes to feeding over 110 000 children every day in South Africa, helping them to learn, grow and thrive. “We’re so pleased to have reached our goal of raising over R5 million in October and would like to thank every person who played a part in achieving this,” says KFC Chief Marketing Officer for Africa Mike Middleton. “Hunger is a major problem in South Africa and we have to keep raising the bar so that we can reach more children who really need help. The more donations Add Hope receives, the more children we can sustainably feed.” Relying on the power of a R2 donation being added at KFC tills and contributions from KFC, Add Hope has raised over R30 million in 2016 and R263 million since inception. Middleton says the collaboration between KFC and its customers is vital in fighting hunger and the total donated to beneficiaries increases every year, with a large portion contributed by KFC. Add Hope kicked off World Hunger Month activities by taking KFC teams and media to some of the 110 organisations that partner with Add Hope, including Oosterland Youth Centre in Port Elizabeth, The Home of Hope in Cape Town, The Epworth Children’s Village in Johannesburg and St. Monica’s Child and Youth Centre in Durban. “Our teams play an important role in encouraging people to donate and it’s wonderful for them to see first-hand how the Add Hope donations are making a difference,” says Middleton. “We are proud of the impact that Add Hope has in local communities.” This year, several inspiring ‘Stories of Hope’ were created in partnership with Expresso on SABC 3, showing how Add Hope, in . . .
Cape Town, SA – 7 November 2016. An NPC website, www.mMb.gives, launched today with the aim of assisting smaller charities within SA through an online platform that celebrates birthdays. The online website, www.mMb.gives, allows users to ‘Give A Gift That Matters’ through their online platform in which you can purchase a voucher for your birthday friend to then in turn redeem/donate the voucher towards their charity of choice on the website. The site wants to do away with unnecessary birthday gifts like yet another bottle of wine or pack of bath salts that will inevitably be re-gifted again. www.mMb.gives is a true ‘champion of charities’ with the aim of helping the smaller charities who don’t have the time and budget for major advertising campaigns. Centralising charity donations allows charities to spend more time and money on delivering their important social programs. “We all have enough ‘stuff’ and don’t really need another birthday gift, so the idea of giving a gift that matters and donating to a worthy cause, is so rewarding and fulfills the growing need for our social responsibility in this country. As a country South Africans are actually very charitable, ranking 34 out of 153 countries on the World Giving index. I’d like to see us rank higher in years to come, Mmb.gives fundraising for 24 charities currently can make a big difference with the public’s support.”, says Natalie van der Walt, COO at www.mMb.gives. “We're so excited about this new partnership!”, exclaims Catherine du Toit, CEO at Bokamoso Education Trust www.mMb.gives was a natural expansion for the myMOSTbeautiful.com series of online contests after seeing the affects achieved through the myMOSTbeautiful.com charity support. www.mMb.gives allows for the extended support to further the social impact that the sister company, myMOSTbeautiful.com achieved in the past two years. The site has an existing charity portfolio of 24 local charities; aiming to expand to 80 within . . .
Payroll fraud schemes typically last about 2 years before being detected, and are twice as frequent in small businesses as in larger ones. This is according a 2016 Global Fraud Study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Most often, perpetrators hold accounting positions (21.6% of cases). Cathie Webb, a Director of the South African Payroll Association (SAPA), says employers should be wary when their payroll administrator resists being away from the office. “It may be they’re afraid that someone standing in for them will uncover irregularities and expose them.” So a payroll administrator who never takes time off, arrives early, leaves late and works over weekends may seem dedicated. But they could also be committing payroll fraud. Apart from always being at their desk, such administrators are overly protective of their records, computerised or physical. They’ll insist that the work won’t be done correctly by those who don’t know their system but will avoid training backup personnel to perform their duties. How it starts “It often begins with financial difficulties at home,” suggests Webb. “The practitioner might create and pay a falsified employee or change their own pay rate for a single run just to get out of hot water.” But when the act goes unnoticed, it becomes easier to repeat and eventually snowballs into major fraud. Why the problem exists Unfortunately, blame falls squarely on the organisation. “In most cases we’ve witnessed, the shocked employer completely trusted the payroll administrator and never audited their work,” reports Webb. “It’s an accounting function and the same checks and balances need to be enforced.” How to prevent it Employers can take several steps to short-circuit payroll fraud: Employ a certified payroll practitioners The days when payroll was a ‘fallen into’ career, one which was discovered as someone worked their way up the ranks, are rapidly disappearing. Today, payroll is one of the . . .
The South African Reward Association (SARA), the registered professional body for the reward industry, held its annual Reward Awards ceremony on 5 November 2016. The event honours Reward Professionals and teams who have designed and implemented reward and remuneration programmes and practices that made an outstanding contribution to their organisation's strategic objectives and promoted their respective organisations as “employers of choice”. “We live in a society that seeks equity and an economy that demands cost savings whilst driving performance outputs and productivity. To satisfy these demands, various ethical, compliance and strategic imperatives have evolved, making modern reward and remuneration practices a complex matter that many organisations struggle to master,” said Master Reward Specialist Peet Kruger, Chairperson of SARA’s Reward Awards and Conference Committee. “Those who excel in this critical area of business must be recognised and acknowledged appropriately, which is what the SARA Reward Awards is all about.” “The awards not only encourage Reward professionals and specialists to excel, but also promote awareness of the excellence and standards that organisations should strive for in the management of total reward,” said Kruger. The Reward Project of the Year Award consists of a 1st, 2nd and 3rd prize presented to the winning nominees. The Remuneration Report award is presented to a company for exemplary implementation of the King III governance requirements for executive remuneration. “There’s often a negative perception of executive remuneration in the media,” reported Kruger. “So it's important to recognise companies who have taken significant steps to restore public confidence.” Finally, a special President's Award honours outstanding achievement in the field of reward. The winners were: Project of the Year Award - Implementation of Leading Reward Principles and Practices 1st place: Standard Bank’s Employee Benefits and . . .
Picture vistas of the majestic Maluti Mountains, cosmos flowers as far as the eye can see, 26km of private railway track in such surrounds, with steam trains, trek oxen, tractors, vintage vehicles and airplanes, all toiling away, with you, your family and pals all having the time of your life. The Stars of Sandstone Steam and Heritage Festival is a world-class affair, paying homage to steam and transportation of yesteryear, which will again be taking place in the picturesque Eastern Free-State of South Africa from 30 March to 9 April 2017. Launched in 1999, Stars of Sandstone draws visitors from all corners of the globe at what has been described as the most diverse and amongst the most spectacular steam and heritage event in the world. To add fuel to the fire, or, steam up the fun, the organizers are hoping to launch the Sandstone’s Children’s Railway, complementing the full daily programme of festivities to ensure young and old will be entertained. One of Sandstone’s key objectives in its preservation programme is education to further realise its motto: “Preserving the best of our past for the future.” While many visitors are now seeing what only their grandparents experienced, our offspring often have no cognisance of the importance and romance of machinery of those olden – and golden – days of early transportation. Premier activities for the 2017 festival will include massive double headed Garratts hauling the one-and-a-half-hour Mountain Wanderer train through the mountains. Sandstone boasts the largest collection of 2ft narrow gauge locomotives, 30 to date supported by over 250 freight wagons, in the world, and the glittering stars lined up for the 2017 incredible festival include the NGG11 Number 52 Garratt, now nearing completion of repairs. Although the Sandstone Steam Railroad is a 2ft Narrow Gauge railway there is a large cross-section of Main Line and Industrial 3’6” engines on display. The SA Armour Museum delivers a riveting . . .
Have a day of fun with the family at Bloemendal Wine Estate on Saturday 5 November 2016 from 08h00 – 13h00 at the opening of the first YBIKE kids’ track in Cape Town. This is the second track of its kind to open in South Africa and aimed to teach children the art of balance whilst having fun. Suitable for kids aged 1 – 5 years, this outdoor track is action packed with bumps, ramps and berms purposefully built for all kids on Balance Bikes. You can watch your kids having fun as they make their way THROUGH the track and assist them around if your little ones are not confident enough to ride on their own. There are plenty of demonstration YBIKE’s to try out on the day or bring your own balance bike. The YBIKE pop up shop will also have special prices on YBIKE's on the day. Watch Dylan Wiggill testing out the new track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2NaE4XCJd8&feature=youtu.be Enjoy a coffee at the BioSport coffee shop or book a table at Bon Amis Café at Bloemendal Wine Estate and have a day of fun with the kids. Venue: Bloemendal Wine Estate, Tygerberg Valley Road, Durbanville, Cape Town Times: 08h00 – 13h00 Cost: Free entry for the day. (Thereafter R30 per child per day) Please note that only kids’ balance bikes are permitted on the track Children aged 1 – 5 years are welcome to ride on the track, under parents’ supervision Safe riding is encouraged, please bring helmets otherwise feel free to use a YBIKE helmet, which will be available on the day. For more information, contact Stephen Wiggill on 083 308 0527 or firstname.lastname@example.org YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M2NaE4XCJd8&feature=youtu.be CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The tough economic times facing the South African public are forcing many families to review their budgets as they look for ways to tighten their belts. When evaluating your family’s expenses, exactly where do you rank the importance of your family’s health? “Consider an average family going through their finances and monthly expenses – a reality many of us are facing in order to make ends meet,” says Mark Arnold, Principal Officer of Resolution Health Medical Scheme. “The rent or bond for the family home is often a non-negotiable expense. The household grocery bills might be reduced slightly by cutting back on luxury items and through choosing cheaper brands. When it comes to healthcare cover, ‘buying down’ is to be avoided because paying for quality medical scheme cover is the price of peace of mind. “Perhaps during 2016 your family only had occasion to visit a GP once or twice, and this was covered by your medical scheme in terms of your chosen benefit option. Looking at your options for 2017, at first it may seem that your family could save money by opting for a cheaper benefit option. This simplistic view, however, does not take into account what you are really paying for as a member of a medical scheme,” Arnold points out. To put this into perspective, last year’s World Health Organization and World Bank joint report Tracking Universal Health Coverage stated that in 37 countries, six percent of the population face being plunged into extreme poverty through having to pay healthcare expenses out of their pockets. According to the report, in the United States an estimated 60% of bankruptcies are attributed to spending on healthcare. This may be due to a sudden ‘catastrophic’ health event, or gradual outlay over a number of years. “Medical scheme members are essentially contributing monthly to a pool of resources, not unlike a stokvel, which are made available to cover healthcare expenditure as it arises. From year to year, you may be fortunate . . .