University of Johannesburg rugby captain Adriaan Bester said a concerted team effort was behind their first win in the Varsity Cup tournament this year after they defeated Wits at the UJ Stadium on Monday. In a typically full-blooded Johannesburg derby, the UJ outfit continued their dominance over their city rivals in the competition, defeating them for the fifth time in a row. However, the victory was not easily achieved and the result was still in the balance with five minutes to go before two late UJ tries transformed a 23-16 lead into a 39-16 result. The second of those tries, scored by flank Bester, was worth seven points. As is normal with a derby game, the UJ skipper said the action was fast and furious. "It was a great team effort which brought us this win because there's something about these games that adds a little more to the equation," he said. "They always seem to be a little bit faster, with more intensity and the contacts are a bit harder. "But I must really praise the team for the work they put in and now we just have to keep working hard for the rest of the season." The UJ team has experienced a tough start to the season, suffering four losses in a row, including an agonising 27-26 defeat at the hands of Central University of Technology. Bester said the win over their Wits rivals "was massive for the club". "We are a fairly young side and are building to get back to the top," he said. "But this is a tough competition where there are no excuses and we'll just keeping working hard. "After this win we will go back to the drawing board for next week, focus on our processes and prepare for the next task ahead of us." It will be one of their toughest challenges of the season as they now face the high-riding Maties in Stellenbosch on Monday, the only unbeaten team in the competition. UJ No 9 Jack Hart, who controlled much of the play from the base of the scrum, said their victory was due to fine play by the . . .
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 . . .
[Johannesburg, 27 September 2018] – NJIN Agency opens its doors in Johannesburg and Cape Town, offering through the line capabilities with digital, data, strategy and technology at its core. >> view website “The marketing industry as a whole has a problem, it’s a ‘BS’ problem,” says Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “Companies are tired of agencies making (often unrealistic) promises and the inevitable mismatched counter-performance. With NJIN we are looking to create an agency that simply does what it says – at a fair rate, in an open, honest and transparent fashion.” “Driven specialists. Proven Expertise. No BS.” The NJIN Agency management team spent a year analysing shortcomings in traditional agency models, drawing from individual experience, seasoned consultants and open discussions with partners (and key clients) to craft a simple, yet challenging, brand promise. “We are well aware that, in time, our thinking may prove naïve or overly optimistic but we believe this is the right path for our clients, our shareholders and our teams,” says Faber. “We’ve recruited smartly to answer market requirements for creative, data, technology and strategy to reside in one ecosystem . . . the trick, of course, is to ensure these enhanced capabilities deliver value to all our stakeholders.” Listen. Think. Deliver NJIN Agency has a deep understanding of how tough it is for marketers to get the budgets (and buy-in) they need to get their companies moving in the right direction. More than most, the agency’s management team consists of people that have spent much of their time “client side” and are they well aware of the pressures on marketing to show real, tangible, returns. “We are dealing with people’s careers here – way beyond just ‘running campaigns’,” says NJIN Agency MD, Dennis Armstrong. “Our focus is on the creation of amazing user experiences that yield solid campaign or project results. We are working hard to deliver an efficient and agile . . .
BetterCompare.co.za launches in South Africa – The New way to compare car insurance quotes InsureTech startup BetterCompare.co.za has launched to market in South Africa, offering a new way to compare top car insurance rates from different insurers. BetterCompare.co.za is the new way to compare car insurance quotes from major car insurance companies. Better Compare retrieves prices instantly for its users to see side-by-side. Users looking to save time and money, can easily compare top car insurance rates from different insurers, fast. Better Compare is an impartial and independent car insurance price comparison service. Better Compare is not an insurance broker or an insurance company, it is a free to use insurance price comparison service that helps give consumers the control to find their own insurance partner in their own time. The service uses the latest digital technology to retrieve quotes directly from the various insurers’ rating engines, helping to save shoppers a lot of time and hopefully a lot of money on their premiums each month by helping them find the best deal for their unique profile (personal, car, usage, etc.), quickly and easily without having to call around for quotes. Users can get quotes online or via the Better Compare call centre by requesting a Call Me Back on the website. “All car insurance companies price differently according to their own unique rating calculations and business model. Every shopper too has their own unique personal and car profile, that will be different to the next person. In addition, the market keeps changing, such as car values. So, no two car insurance quotes are ever likely to be the same. Therefore it is probably always better to compare at least 3 quotes.”, pointed out Derek Wilson, MD. It is free to use the service and it is also free for all insurers to market their products on the platform. The prices quoted are as you would get if you went direct to the Insurer but the whole process is made . . .
When asked what my motivation is for participating in extreme desert running events since 2010, my answer is two-fold. Yes, there is the personal challenge and satisfaction of completing these races. But the main reason for my participation is to raise money, support and awareness for NGOs and social causes at the forefront of addressing Africa’s development challenges. I have been involved with various African and international NGOs and development organisations for the past 25 years, both professionally and through my desert running efforts, and it is therefore not too difficult to find the correlation between the challenges associated with making the world a better place, and completing a multi-stage desert foot race in some of the harshest environments on the planet. My next desert race is the six-day, 250km Fire and Ice Ultra from 27 August - 1 September 2018 in Iceland. This will be my tenth international desert race, and if successful, I will become the first African, and one of only a small group of people, to complete a multi-stage desert race on all seven continents. Beyond achieving a special running milestone, the period before and during the race is also another opportunity to do something special in support of African NGOs making a difference in society. I am dedicating my participation in the Fire and Ice Ultra to the African NGO sector in general. It is an opportunity to celebrate NGOs’ unique contributions across the continent, generate support and awareness for their work, and reflect on the state of the sector. During the final 50 days leading up to the race (9 July - 27 August 2018), I’m implementing the #NGOs4Africa Campaign which consists of the following components: Publishing profiles of 50 African NGOs that I have admired, supported or worked with over the years; Publishing 15 guest articles by NGO leaders and experts about critical challenges and opportunities facing NGOs in Africa; Publishing 10 articles about . . .
In an epic weekend of paddling, eight-times World Marathon Champion Hank McGregor (Jeep Team/Euro Steel) and S2 partner, Lee Furby claimed a double victory, winning the KZN north coast’s 2017 Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge and claiming the South African Doubles Surfski title. It was a busy weekend for McGregor, who also won Race 3 of the Euro Steel McGregor Paddle Series at Camps Drift in Pietermaritzburg on the Friday night. Despite freezing weather conditions, the event attracted 179 paddlers of all abilities. The race broke records in terms of development paddlers – over 70 young paddlers from various academies in KZN attended the race. Following his victory on the Friday, McGregor set off to the KZN north coast to defend his title at the two-day Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge with S2 partner, Lee Furby. The two-day stage race saw paddlers take on a 32km out-and-back route from the Durban Underwater Club on Saturday, and a 32km paddle from Zinkwazi to Salt Rock on the Sunday. McGregor and Furby dominated from the start, winning the first stage with a 20-second lead. Seasoned paddlers, McGregor and Furby finished the first stage in 02:03:44.47, with Steve Woods and Luke Nisbet second in 02:04:04.05, and in third were Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in 02:04:18.78. Going into Stage 2 with a solid advantage, McGregor and Furby needed to maintain their strong paddling prowess but Woods and Nisbet still forced a sprint for the finish, with McGregor and Furby beating Steve Woods and Luke Nisbet to the line, claiming consecutive stage wins. The winning duo finished the second stage in 02:14:44.03, just ahead of Woods and Nisbet, who finished in 02:15:06.43. Third place again went to Gene Prato and Bailey de Fondaumiere in a time of 02:15:57.70 “I am really stoked to take the win at the Gara Dolphin Coast Challenge and the SA Double Surfski Champs with my partner Lee Furby – it was his first national title win. We had to dig deep on Sunday to get to . . .