Forming the heart of the home, the kitchen is often the most utilised space and requires a purpose-driven design with quality products and appliances, all of which can be found at the KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape and Gauteng Decorex SA 2017 exhibitions, co-sponsored by Plascon and Caesarstone. Decorex SA is not only endorsed by Kitchen Specialists’ Association of South Africa (KSA) but they also welcome the leaders in the kitchen world, Franke, who will be showcasing four ‘Simplicity in Design’ Kitchen Trends-sponsored stands at the 2017 edition. Commenting on the 2017 kitchen trends that visitors can expect to see, Franke SA’s National Sales Manager, Clinton Soutter, explained: “Kitchens design continues to maximise space, which is often limited and we’re seeing the open-plan model retaining popularity. The kitchen continues to be a place where people socialise, and not just perform a task of preparing food. Designers constantly have to ensure every aspect of the design is user-friendly and functional to the individual homeowners’ needs and lifestyle.” He emphasised that, although the theme encourages simplicity, it is in no way ‘simplistic’. “There are much cleverer designs coming through with space being maximised. Every inch and item within the kitchen must have purpose. Visitors to Decorex SA will be interested in seeing the innovative adaptions to products, driven by consumer desires. Where bigger sinks are popular, people are also very water conscious so we are seeing a trend towards wider sinks which have less depth. The kitchen mixer continues to evolve with technology (such as finger touch controls) playing a big role, along with sleeker lines.” KSA is a kitchen industry and consumer association that regulates the trade, ensuring the highest standards are maintained while providing the consumer with assistance. Decorex SA is exclusively endorsed by this renowned regulatory association. Looking to 2017, Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of . . .
PIETERMARITZBURG, 21 FEBRUARY 2017 – Eight-time World Marathon Champ and Jeep Team paddler, Hank McGregor, accentuated his racing class with a sixth back-to-back win,and the overall series title in the FNB Surfski Series in Durban on 14th February 2017. After missing the first race in the 10-leg series, McGregor took a firm grasp on the men’s title with his unbeaten run since he joined the weekly events. McGregor, who has won every major river race and Surfski race in South Africa, and many titles across the world,claimed his ninth Surfski Series title just 48 hours before starting the 2017 FNB Dusi Canoe Marathon. After winning the final pre-Dusiseeding race, Campbell’s Farm to Dusi Bridge on 29 January, McGregor secured a front-row, No. 1 seed start for the 2017 Dusi. McGregor suffered a setback on Day 1, snapping his paddle at Musson’s Weir less than an hour from the start. He finished Day 1 in third with a time of 02:51:09 behind Andy Birkett (1st) and SboneloKhwela (2nd). Day 2 saw a strong finish from McGregor, crossing the line in second in 03:14:58 behind Andy Birkett (3:05:17). Enduring the toughest Dusi conditions over three days, on the final day, McGregor finished fourth place overallin an accumulated time of 09:09:29, behind Andy Birkett - 1st in 08:32:54, SboneloKhwelain 2nd in 08:56:23, and 3rdThulaniMbanjwain 09:04:28. Other Jeep Team News International Jeep Team Achievements Jeep Team athlete, Mikaela Jonsson, now a freshman at Florida Atlantic University, participated in the Conference USA Indoor Track & Field Championships on 18 and 19 February 2017. Jonsson, who ran the 800m, clocked a personal best (PB) of 2m14.79s in the heats, qualifying for the final. Jonsson improved on her PB, finishing the finals with a bronze medal in 2m14.48s. Obstacle Course Racing The weekend of the 11 – 12 February 2017 saw almost 3500 OCR warriors descend on Legends MX, Pretoria, for the first race of the 2017 Toyota Warrior Series, . . .
The annual Sanlam Top Destination Awards, in its third year running, plans to expand this year with additional entries, more guests at the awards ceremony, extravagant décor and further prolific sponsorship opportunities with the theme of Authentically African #MyHeartBeatsAfrica. The awards have been designed by Discount Traveler for one purpose and that’s to uplift the hospitality industry in South Africa by acknowledging top accommodation establishments as key industry players. Managing Director of Discount Traveler, Jonathan Pepler states that the Sanlam Top Destination Awards far exceeds our expectations, especially due to the great response we’ve received each year. “We are building a brand that will continue to show recognition to one of our country’s most influential industries and one that has a positive impact. The hospitality and tourism industry in its entirety is a driving force in our economy and to simply play a small role in this, is significant to the bigger picture.” Pepler continues, “We strive to uplift that local family business that has put blood, sweat and tears into their establishment, to show people the utmost dedication that goes into running a guest house or B&B and then on the other hand we want to show recognition to the four and five-star hotels that are doing everything right in terms of service offering and deserve an applause.” Entries are open to all accommodation establishments in South Africa and there are nine categories available to enter. Entries have been open from the 1st of February 2017 but voting will commence from the 1st of March 2017. Voting is open to the public and establishments are encouraged to get their guests to vote for them. Votes are tallied and the top establishments are then judged according to an internal set of criteria. Nominees are named and winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Thursday, 14 September 2017 which will be held at the Cape Town City Hall. Title sponsor of . . .
Unbelievably - it is almost THAT time of the year again! Every year we are building up the excitement to ... National Tekkie Tax Day! It has been the talk of the town on the SA calendar for the past four years. This year, Tekkie Tax day will be celebrated on Friday, 26 May 2017. The campaign gives you the opportunity to “bead-up your step” and show everyone else where your heart lies. It is as easy as 1 . . .2 . . .3! 1. Choose your sticker for a cause close to your heart, 2. Shoooosh up your Tekkies with their funky shoelaces, and 3. You are ready for National Tekkie Tax Day! Tekkie Tax is the funkiest, trendiest, most innovative, unique and successful national fundraising campaign for welfare organisations in SA. It started in 2013 when a few of South Africa’s biggest and most accountable welfare organisations joined forces. Since its inception, they have already raised a whopping R22 million for participating NGO’s. There are 12 National Beneficiaries and they represent more than a 1 000 local non-profit organisations. They are: Epilepsy SA, Child Welfare SA, SOS Children's Villages, CHOC, Special Olympics SA, CANSA, Imisebeyelanga Services, Meals on Wheels, VVA, NG Welfare, SAVF and Endurocad. The Project has been growing each year and Tekkie Tax thought it necessary to bring another family member on board! And this is how Happy became part of the Tekkie Tax family. . . Happy is the new Tekkie Tax Mascot with a BIG heart! He is a boisterous little character and always ready to have some fun. With such a joyous little character on board, everybody HAS TO participate in the 2017 campaign. The stickers (for a donation of R10 each) and the Tekkie Tax shoelaces (R35 per pair) are available at all ToysRUs/BabiesRUs and Clicks stores nationwide. There are also more than 280 participating non-profit organisations selling these items and together they aim to convince every South African to be part of the fun. Orders can also be placed online via the . . .
The Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) and fashion designer Laduma Ngxokolo and his partners are inviting design entrepreneurs to a one-day empowerment workshop on Saturday, 25 February 2017, from 9:30am until 6pm. By sharing design business knowledge, the initiative hopes to empower and rapidly incubate South African design entrepreneurs who have limited resources to grow their businesses. Young designers will learn to build their businesses faster and create employment opportunities for themselves and others through dialogue and exchange with one of South Africa’s most successful home-grown exports. “Laduma stunned the world with his MAXHOSA knitwear after successfully launching and establishing himself in the global fashion market despite facing a set of similar challenges that majority of our city’s aspirant creatives” said Luvuyo Bangazi, MBDA spokesperson. “Laduma’s understanding of the challenges and hurdles of start-ups in design and creative industries in general makes him an excellent mentor and coach for discussing and transferring ideas, skills and knowledge with upcoming creative and design entrepreneurs in the city. The MBDA is proud to be the host of this exciting initiative which very much complements the work we are doing in the inner city, urban rejuvenation and stimulating creativity” concluded Bangazi. Laduma’s work has been showcased at fashion shows across the world. He has received numerous achievements and won the 2015 Vogue Italia Scouting for Africa prize to showcase his collections at the Palazzo Morando Show in Milan, Italy. He was awarded the 2014 WeTransfer Scholarship to study masters in Material Futures at the Central St. Martins and graduated in 2016. Now, Laduma has made himself available to engage with 50 designers and entrepreneurs for a full day workshop that will take place across five major cities in South Africa: Port Elizabeth, Cape Town, Johannesburg, Durban and East London. The first workshop will be . . .
It’s 6:45. You’re hosting dinner at 7. You earnestly asked your partner to be home at 6, and buy cheese for the salad on their way home. You’ve tried to call them – their phone is off. You’re stuck preparing for your guests all alone and don’t know how someone could be so inconsiderate to leave you in this position. Sound familiar? The core symptoms of Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) – inattentiveness, hyperactivity and impulsivity – can often be mistaken for a disregard of a partner’s emotions, and lead to unnecessary conflict. Psychiatrist Dr Rykie Liebenberg believes the symptoms of ADHD have a ripple effect on all areas of a relationship. Learning to listen “Partners of individuals with ADHD constantly feel as if they’re not being heard because their requests aren’t fulfilled – whether it’s completing household tasks or meeting their broader emotional needs. They understand this to mean their partner doesn’t care enough and isn’t invested in the relationship,” explains Liebenberg. “In reality, it’s simply the inattentiveness that often goes hand-in-hand with ADHD.” Temper traps A quick temper and high levels of aggression can also make individuals with ADHD appear as if they’re disinvested in the relationship. Liebenberg says untreated ADHD can lead to emotional outbursts and irritability – often in traffic or busy areas like shopping malls – which can lead to arguments. “ADHD-related impulsivity can also pose major challenges for a someone living with a partner with ADHD. The partner is mistakenly seen as irresponsible and uncaring because they spend money that should be reserved for household expenses, walk out of jobs without consulting their family or engage in gambling or extra-marital relationships.” Affecting intimacy The combination of these negative symptoms of ADHD go to the core of a relationship, says Liebenberg, and ultimately affect its basic functioning – right down to intimacy. “If you’re constantly . . .
Research shows only a third of patients are familiar with personalised medicine – and only 11% have broached the topics with their doctor. Considering around 38% of patients with depression, 50% of arthritis patients, 40% of asthma patients and 43% of diabetic patients won’t react to the first treatment they’re prescribed, these statistics are concerning. Experts in the field believe the knowledge gap around personalised medicine – and reluctance of some healthcare professionals to embrace it – is halting the advancement of healthcare systems. What is personalised medicine? Personalised medicine – also known as precision medicine – is an emerging practice of medicine that uses an individual’s genetic profile to guide prevention, diagnosis and treatment of disease. One of the foundations of personalised medicine is pharmacogenomics: using genetic biomarkers that influence drug response to guide drug therapy decisions for individual patients. Historical approach The lack of knowledge around personalised medicine is largely as a result of the ‘one-dose-fits-all’ approach used to treat diseases throughout history. Medicine has traditionally revolved around ‘standards of care’ – what’s believed to be the most effective treatment for the general population. Often, this is considered to be the most reasonable treatment, but has little to do with the patient specifically. The findings from the Human Genome Project, released in 2003, gave momentum to the personalised medicine movement. The Project revealed the DNA of any two individuals is 99.9% identical. Variations in the 0.1% of a person’s DNA, it was discovered, influence the genes that code for drug-metabolising enzymes or drug transporters. This means a significant portion of the population will each metabolise medications in a unique way to another patient. Small change, big consequences A small genetic variation in genes that control drug-metabolising enzymes also contribute to adverse events . . .
Auto Agent, the maker of brilliant car dealer websites in South Africa has partnered with a leading car sales website. This partnership enables car dealers to push their vehicle stock to multiple platforms from their own dealer site. Car dealer website company Auto Agent celebrates it's sixth year of serving South African car dealerships with high quality websites. From it's outset, the goal was to optimise dealer sites for mobile audiences by providing mobile friendly navigation as standard across it's customer interfaces. Used car dealers responded positively to the Auto Agent sales platform with it's mobile friendly navigation and easy to use administration, catering for the website stock management, 3rd party advertising, promotions and staff management. Leads management that features SMS notification, email and database storage that can be output as XLS spreadsheets for later analysis. Most recently, Auto Agent has partnered with cars.co.za (and previously with olx.co.za) to facilitate a streamlined inventory upload across multiple selling platforms. This means that dealers now have 3 powerful sales platforms from which they can generate sales leads: pickacar.co.za, usedcarsforsale.co.za and the recent addition of cars.co.za. This has been one of the strengths behind the Auto Agent platform as it frees the dealer from having to manually load his vehicle stock across multiple car selling sites. Auto Agent is particularly excited to offer Cars.co.za on it's platform as they have become a major player in the online used car sales space. Back in 2011, founder Pierre Theron saw that the used car dealerships were not well served and that many home grown solutions and DIY dealer sites simply generated more admin for car dealerships. Apart from loading to the 3rd party automotive sales websites, car dealers were burdened by having to load to their own websites too, with little benefit. The Auto Agent catchphrase "load once" was coined and dealers were now . . .
Your staff are your greatest asset and add value to your organisation. Now it is time to return the favour by ensuring they are well looked after if they are injured. It is that time of year when Compensation for Occupational Injuries and Diseases (COID) policies are renewed for employers in the Class XIII industries, that is, the iron, steel, artificial limbs, galvanising, garage, metals and related industries. Remaining compliant with Rand Mutual (RMA) is the first step in ensuring staff are cared for if they are injured or contract an occupational disease. “We encourage businesses falling under RMA to submit their earnings and pay premiums for the 2017 COID policy renewal period timeously to ensure they are in compliance for the year ahead so that their employees are protected,” says Patrick Matshidze, Chief Operating Officer at RMA. “Since 2015 we have streamlined our processes to make it as simple as possible to complete renewals, including the enhancement of our convenient online portal to assist members. In addition, we are conducting a countrywide roadshow in which we are discussing the 2017 rates and assisting clients with the COID policy renewal process, including the declaration of earnings. “Once members have received their premium invoices, which will be distributed in batches from 6 February, they should make payment well before 31 March 2017, which is the final deadline for payments in order for their company to receive a Letter of Good Standing on time. It is important to note that payments usually take around three working days to reflect in RMA’s account, and renewed Letters of Good Standing cannot be issued until the payment has cleared in our bank account,” Matshidze adds. “In addition to premium payment, clients are expected to submit their actual earnings (2016 payroll costs) and estimated earnings for 2017. The declaration of actual earnings is for the period 1 March 2016 – 28 February 2017, and the estimates for 1 March 2017 – . . .
A job interview may be a nerve-wracking experience, particularly for first-time job seekers, but it need not be. Adequate preparation and a positive approach can make the difference between landing your dream job and receiving the dreaded letter of rejection. Agility Corporate is helping to equip South Africa’s youth for the highly competitive job market through sharing advice on entering the working world. Productivity expert and Agility Corporate Executive Lizette Bester offers her insights about making a positive lasting impression in a job interview. “If you have received an interview request, congratulations! This means that your job application has impressed a prospective employer enough for them to want to meet you. This is your opportunity to shine and get your foot in the door, but it requires a degree of effort and a delicate balance between confidence and humility,” says Bester. Research “Prior to the interview, read as much as you can about the company, including its website, social media pages and any mentions of the company in the media,” Bester advises. “If the industry is unfamiliar to you, get to know as much about it as possible, both the positive aspects and the challenges it faces, as well as the jargon associated with the field. This demonstrates proactivity and also conveys the impression that the candidate is already entrenched in the industry, and may require less training.” Be punctual, not nervous “This should be a no-brainer, but you should never be late for a job interview,” warns Bester. “Try to be in the area at least 30 minutes before the interview to allow time for unexpected delays and provide a few minutes to take a few deep breaths and calm your nerves prior to the interview.” For those who suffer from pre-interview anxiety, Bester offers a particularly helpful piece of advice: “If your heart is pounding, your palms are sweating and you have butterflies in your stomach, remember that these physiological . . .