Johannesburg, March 6th, 2019 - In a world where change is happening in an exponential way, businesses need to think differently if they are to deliver value for their clients – and this is particularly relevant in the financial intermediary space. This exponential change brings new levels of complexity and uncertainty but also creates an opportunity for Intermediaries to help their clients navigate this changing world. Equally, banks, asset managers and product providers need to adapt, in order to assist intermediaries to deliver a first-class service to their clients. With this imperative in mind, Investec for Intermediaries was launched, bringing dedicated relationships, an integrated digital platform and client-focused solutions together under a single Specialist Bank offering and enabling intermediaries to do what they do best: advise their clients and help them to deliver on their goals. Speaking at the launch of Investec for Intermediaries, a new dedicated business unit within Specialist Bank, guest speaker and technology expert, Willem van der Post, explained how exponential change is affecting our lives on every level. “Because new technologies can find better ways of doing things, change happens in an exponential way,” he says. “Unfortunately, humans understand change in an incremental, linear way. The challenge is for us to think exponentially about change.”??It’s a challenge Investec for Intermediaries is rising to. “At Investec, we have always prided ourselves on the level of service and expertise we provide to clients and these stay,” says René Grobler, head of Investec for Intermediaries. “As the business and our partnership with intermediaries has evolved so has the need to offer these in a holistic way that is integrated and seamless for our intermediary clients. This means we don’t compromise on the product solutions and trusted relationships that we have offered in the past but rather enhance our offering to deliver these in an efficient and . . .
There was non-stop fun and a celebration of water safety when the mightiest of water “mites” tackled the uShaka Mighty Kids Obstacle Challenge at Wet ‘n Wild on Sunday, March 3rd. On this beautiful day beside the Indian Ocean, uShaka Marine World was transformed into a water wonderland of splashes and squeals as the Addington Primary School’s water babies tried out their new water skills. The contestants taking part in the Mighty Kids Finale included youngsters who took part in the uShaka Marine World CSI programme, “Swimanathi”, a swimming programme educating the little ones regarding water safety between 26 January and 2 March this year. This CSI initiative, a partnership between uShaka Marine World, the Princess Charlene Foundation, Tsogo Sun, GeoChem, Lifesaving SA and the eThekwini Department of Sport & Recreation, set out to teach 150 children from uShaka Marine World’s neighbouring Addington Primary School, that fun and water safety go hand in hand. These learners, who come from disadvantaged communities, now know that they can enjoy themselves safely and confidently from the Swimanathi programme. Each child that participated in the Mighty Kid event received a certificate and a medal to take home to show off what they’d achieved to family and friends. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
To truly appreciate the latest décor trends and styles, visitors to Decorex Durban will be treated to a wide range of foodie features to ensure all senses are completely satisfied. Taking place at the Durban Exhibition Centre from 21 to 24 March, Decorex Durban has announced a mouth-watering line-up of food demonstrations, beautifully-curated dining stations and a number of taste-enhancing bars that have been worked into this year’s style trends. “Food and art are inextricably linked which is why Decorex Durban has always featured leading gourmet specialists from across the province in settings that reflect the character of the food,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “The Decorex Durban menu will cater for many different tastes and there will be a notable inclusion of African flavours this year as chefs and food experts blend in the Decorex theme, ‘Designing for Africa - feels like home’.” Gourmet Cooking Theatre A definite special on the Decorex Durban food feature is the Gourmet Cooking Theatre where KwaZulu-Natal’s culinary elite share industry insights and must-try recipes during fun demonstrations. The Gourmet Cooking Theatre will feature the all-new Cooking for Africa element where the aromatic flavours of the African continent are set to explode in this innovative space. First on the menu is the chef from Valeo Whole Foods, a trendy café located within the upbeat Durban North health shop – Health on Broadway. Their inspiring range of meat-alternative meals and sugar, dairy, gluten and cruelty-free desserts have seen them attract international clientele, including Bryan Adams. Their superfood recipes offer healthy options – that don’t sacrifice any of the flavour - for the discerning foodie. The culinary sister act from Chilli Chocolate Chefs - Zainab and Faatimah Paruk – will whet the appetites with their distinctive cuisine which is playful, comforting but, above all, supremely delicious. Taking a creative . . .
Louis Jr Tshakoane's Forex Book Now a Best-Seller! Photo: Louis Jr Tshakoane's Forex Book Now a Best-Seller! World renowned Prophetic Forex Trader Louis Jr Tshakoane has officially crossed R2+ Million in revenue and sales from his latest book Forex Millionaire in 365 Days by God's Grace. The book has sold well due to the massive loyal African following he has gathered over the past 5 years. With 2000+ pre-ordered and copies sold online before the book launch he has struck the needs of many aspiring forex traders around the world. With over 1 Million social media followers on Facebook and Instagram he has also started a free prophetic forex signals telegram channel with over 5000 subscribers. Where he provides forex signals for free to those young people who cant afford to pay for the expensive premium signals on the market.He has stated that his book is the most expensive yet best selling Forex Book of All-Times thus far. "A product of history in the making". The book costs $75USD yet many people still keep ordering it despite its steep price tag. One may love to know whats the secret behind the success of his first written book which can be found at www.forexmillionaires.com . "I have noticed that there is a gap in the market for quality forex mentorship" says Louis. "I discovered that many people attend expensive training courses yet walk away dissatisfied and still confused on the deep secrets surrounding Forex Trading. After being mentored by Master Forex Trader Dr. Phd. Shepherd Bushiri and growing many personal FOREX trading accounts from $500 USD to thousands, hundreds of thousands and even millions of dollars. I began to envision putting this method into a formulae that I could share with my followers to alleviate poverty on the African continent. The moment I announced the launch date for the book the orders began flooding in from every direction". "Young People in Africa are just obsessed with FOREX" say Louis... The whole book is full of . . .
ActionCoach, the world’s number 1 business coaching franchise will be hosting a sponsored Business Seminar on Tuesday 12 March at M&B Foods (Phoenix Industrial Park) to assist business owners in growing their business. There are no costs involved but seats are limited. “Whether you are an optometrist, dentist, engineer or own any type of business, this seminar will give you the tools and knowledge required to grow your business. If you are tired of simply surviving in business and are ready to take more cash, win more deals, dramatically improve your profit and get your business back on track, then register to attend before seats are taken,” said Bevlen Sudhu, ActionCOACH Evolve Franchise Owner and Business Coach. It’s unfortunate that most business owners end up being driven by their businesses rather than the other way around. In fact, instead of directing their business, they simply have a job. Here’s another shocking statistic: less than one in every 100 business owners will ever create the wealth, lifestyle or level of success they are after. The seminar will equip attendees with knowledge about understanding the difference between working ON verse IN your business, how to move beyond the 'glass ceiling' and grow as a leader, how to expand vision and grow your business profits and how to create a commercial profitable enterprise that works without you. Bevlen added, “Your business is either growing or it’s dying. In business, just as in life, you can’t stand still. You’re either getting ahead and growing or you’re in a downward terminal spiral. Just look at the statistics, which indicate most of all new businesses will fail within the first three years. The key to long-term survival is to focus on the direction you want your business to move in, and then to gather momentum to begin the journey. There simply is no alternative if you’re serious about remaining in business and that is exactly what I would like to assist local businesses .” To . . .
Her message of inclusivity in development and calls for effective service delivery will resonate with many of the attendees to this year’s FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit – hosted by KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Government. Bogolo J Kenewendo, Botswana’s Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, will join the speaker programme alongside influencers in business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership at the fourth annual summit, taking place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March. Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, and this year’s host, said one of the summit’s aims was to represent the enormous impact young women are having on the continent. “The overwhelmingly positive social media reaction to the announcement of the honourable Bogolo J Kenewendo’s appointment as Botswana’s youngest cabinet minister so perfectly depicts the need for strong, young African women to be assuming these roles in leadership,” explained Renuka. “She has already achieved so much and her message to the summit’s attendees is greatly anticipated.” Getting to know Bogolo J Kenewendo Kenewendo achieved an MSc in International Economics from the University of Sussex in the United Kingdom through the Chevening Scholarship. She went on to partner at leading consultancy, Econsult Botswana, a working locally and within other southern African countries. She later joined the Ministry of Trade in Ghana as a trade economist. She has been a frequent commentator on the economics of Botswana and Southern Africa through her contributions to many academic papers; on-air through her radio show entitled ‘The Multiplier Effect’; and in print through her newspaper column called ‘Game Theory’. In 2016, she was appointed the Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry in Botswana, serving cabinet as a minister, and parliament as a specially elected member. At the age of 30, she was the country’s . . .
If there’s one thing the recent Oscar awards’ ceremony showed us, it’s that fashion isn’t just about what you wear. Fashion sends a message. Fashion reflects our personalities. And fashion unites us. “Fashion has always played an important role historically, from the opulent clothing of the Victorian era to the roaring 20s, and beyond! The material, colours and textures tell us so much about the time period as well as the people wearing the outfits,” explained Sian Cullingworth, Portfolio Director at Reed Exhibitions. “Interestingly, the elements that influence fashion trends are often related to those that influence the trends in décor. These two creative worlds are very much intertwined – and we are excited to showcase this at the 2019 Decorex exhibitions!” Always setting the bar for creative expression, Decorex SA has introduced an unconventional, funky feature to the 2019 exhibition programme. Students from INSCAPE – the fashion and design institution – have formulated a unique fashion show that will show you exactly how fashion and design merge when it comes to trends. INSCAPE will also share their fashion insights, alongside South Africa’s top design influencers, at the innovative Instudio Trend Theatre by ABSA. An evolving relationship Thulare Matlaba, Global Brand Manager at INSCAPE, has given some insights into how fashion and décor have grown closer over the years. “In the last 20 to 30 years, fashion has largely influenced décor,” he explained. “However, with retro being trendy, fashion has borrowed some of its styling cues from décor. These days, it’s hard to pick which came first because they influence each other and are both influenced by external factors such as culture, music, history, technology and politics - although I’d say fashion is probably the earliest adopter.” Matlaba cited the Louis Vuitton clutch bags as an excellent example of designs that deliberately interpreted art deco style: “Artistic movements also influence . . .
Saved from a life-threating condition by an advanced in-utero keyhole blood transfusion procedure at 25 weeks while still in his mother’s womb, baby Mihle Biyela’s parents were overjoyed last week to take their healthy and bouncing son home from Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital in Durban, where he was born on 12 February this year. Mihle’s parents, Mr Phiwayinkosi Biyela and Mrs Ntombenhle Biyela, say that they regard their little boy as a “miracle baby”, as they had been warned that the foetus suffered from a life-threatening condition known as hydrops fetalis, which was characterised by a fluid build-up around the heart, lungs and other locations, and was unlikely to survive. Fortunately, Mrs Biyela sought a second opinion from gynaecologist and obstetrician, Dr Bongani Mazibuko who practises at Netcare St Augustine’s Hospital, after it was recommended that her pregnancy be terminated. Dr Mazibuko in turn contacted foetal specialist, Dr Ismael Bhorat, KwaZulu-Natal’s only foetal specialist in private practice, for assistance and they commenced investigations into what was causing the condition. The diagnosis of the foetal anaemia was made using advanced sonographic and Doppler techniques investigating the peak flow velocity in an artery in the brain. “Hydrops fetalis can be caused by a variety of different underlying conditions, which can result in a myriad of potential complications. The prognosis for the foetus is dependent on establishing the exact cause and then treating it early and appropriately. Without this, the condition is almost invariably fatal for the foetus,” says Dr Bhorat. Dr Bhorat, who practises at Netcare uMhlanga Hospital, led the team who performed a life-saving in-utero keyhole blood transfusion procedure called an IUT (intrauterine blood transfusion), when the foetus was only 25 weeks. Grateful for their little survivor, the Biyela family decided to name the baby “Mihle Imisebenzi kaNkulunkulu”, which translates from Zulu as . . .
At present, e-business in Africa remains a challenge. It may be better than it ever has been, but the truth is that lower literacy and internet penetration levels continue to limit the growth on the continent. However, this will not remain the status quo for long, as smartphone proliferation increases, data costs decrease and usability improves. Wallets, now commonplace, are an excellent example of this', bypassing the continent's challenges around depositing, withdrawing and transferring cash, as well as buying airtime and electricity. Africa represents one of the world's finest untapped markets, pointed out by MTN's Herman Singh during a recent presentation on 'Scaling in Africa'. Unpacking the success story that is Jumia, Africa's largest online marketplace, he illustrated that the growth of the platform across the continent is comparable to, if not more impressive than, In addition, 41000 active merchants in the ecosystem offered over 6.1 million products ranging from hotels, to real estate, jobs, TV, airtime, restaurants, flights and more. He explains, "Africa's e- and m-commerce opportunity has a potential client base of 400 million internet users, and a rapidly emerging middle class expected to grow by 54% between 2020 and 2030 and decreasing data costs in some countries (43-45% decrease in the lowest data plan in both Egypt and Nigeria between 2016 and 2017." Additionally, in building out financial ecosystems - stores that offer a diversity of products or even online "malls" - Africans will no longer be limited by their location, as long as logistics and payment issues can be solved. Singh stated that Jumia has created a network of over 4000 logistics partners in order to work across the 15 countries they had been working in. And payment by cash at this stage was still commonplace, causing significant challenges. With respect to payment, enterprises on the continent are seeing the opportunity as well as global merchants now eager to be active in . . .
There is a growing trend to shake off the shackles of consumerist living by choosing a minimalist lifestyle, and one of the biggest changes to consider is your home. Renishaw Hills, a mature lifestyle village on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, is embracing this minimalist ideal where downsizing and hassle-free living allow you to retire stress-free. “So often we overcomplicate our lives by seeking to accumulate unnecessary items, micro-managing every aspect of our day-to-day living when all we’re doing is causing unending stress,” explained Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments. “When it comes to the retirement years, we believe in simplifying life. It’s about eliminating stress for all our residents by effortlessly managing all aspects of estate living and making the transition to Renishaw Hills as easy as possible.” Here is how Renishaw Hills promotes this hassle-free lifestyle: 1. Save money and relinquish responsibilities Large, freestanding homes generally result in a much higher cost of living. Home and garden maintenance, security, internet access, insurance…each amount eventually adds up to a lot. At Renishaw Hills, the monthly levy is inclusive of all these costs and, without the responsibility of payments and administration falling on your shoulders, you’re unburdened to live a stress-free existence. 2. Simplify your life Where downscaling was once considered a negative, the reality is that de-cluttering your life is beneficial physically, as well as mentally. Globally-renowned tidying expert, Marie Kondo, and her minimalist approach to living has highlighted the incredible joy that can be experienced when clearing out our homes of unnecessary items. After a process of going through items and deciding what you truly need, you will be left with a newfound appreciation for the items you have, with less concern about cleaning and maintenance. The residents at Renishaw Hills have expressed great happiness at the . . .