Devmark Property Group’s brand new retirement village in Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg Manor, broke ground this week to start building the second phase of at least 30 houses before the end of this year. The development will offer residents eight accommodation types ranging from apartments to three-bedroom exclusive homes designed in the Cape vernacular style, juxtaposing the Cape South Coast’s rural charm with sophisticated modern functionality and open plan living. Says Hein Ehlers, CEO of Devmark Property Group: “We’re absolutely thrilled with the development on the estate. The first residents are starting to move in and the Gatehouse and Entrance Road were completed end November last year.” Erik Steyl, MD of Devmark Construction, adds: “We’d like to wish the construction team in Plett all the best with the months of hard work ahead. The Plettenberg Manor is Devmark’s eighth retirement village in 28 years. We’re building other people’s future today!” As part of the construction, the former Keurbooms River Hotel will be restored and refurbished to function as the estate’s clubhouse, offering residents and guests the best dining and leisure experience. Ehlers continues: “The clubhouse will include a restaurant, coffee shop, ladies bar, beauty salon, a convenience store, assisted living suites as well as a healthcare centre including a 24 bed frail care centre. For the young at heart, the vitality wing of the clubhouse will offer numerous exciting options to stay fit and happily entertained with a fully equipped gym and swimming pool.” Accommodation types include the Blue Crane, Grey Heron and Egret Luxury Homes, the Kingfisher and Sandpiper Cottages as well as apartments, selling between R1 450 million to R3 825 million. The newly launched Penguin and Cormorant Luxury Cottages offer prospective buyers an even wider choice with two bedroom and two bathroom units selling from R2 345 million. Ehlers is very enthusiastic about the The Plettenberg . . .
One often hears the refrain from people that the mainstream media are not interested in their news. In this article MyPR will help you understand why that perception exists and lay out some methods that you could use to overcome the mainstream media's 'disinterest'. Let's define Mainstream Media: A media instance - commonly print - that has a large reach and has been in operation for many years. The perception still exists in most people's minds that any newsworthy event is not 'news' until it has appeared in print. Most people define succcesful exposure in the mainstream media as an appearance in a national newspaper, on TV or on a national radio station. Let's understand how a newsroom works: Mainstream media rely on journalists to 'go and get the story'. There is a downward pressure on newsrooms in terms of how many journalists they may employ and the overiding consideration that any Editor must entertain is the immediate profitability of his/her newspaper. Every decision that an Editor must make revolves around profitability TODAY. As there is a downward pressure on journalist headcount newsrooms find themselves under pressure to pay less which means that they get less experienced journalists and less all-round journalists. This leads to an emphasis on only covering stories that will appeal to the widest range of readers. For example, a sports journalist will therefore concerntrate only on the mainstream sports like Soccer, Rugby and Cricket and the lesser know sports like Sailing, Bowls, Netball etc. will not ever have a specialist journalist covering them. A newsdesk will assign stories to the journalst to cover and those decisions are made based on wide and popular appeal in order to sell as many newspapers as possible. Fewer journalists means a narrower emphasis on news, smaller newspapers and less money to spend on invetigative journalism. Today's journalist also has a number of 'layers' between him/her and final publication - a . . .
Johannesburg, April, 11, 2018: Free up your time for what’s good in life - by Penny Ntuli, marketing director of Tetra Pak South Africa Have you ever sat down at the end of the week, and realised you just couldn’t find the time to do all the things you set out to do? Juggling work, household chores, reading and exercise all in one day can sometimes seem impossible. We all want a better quality of life so we must focus on what’s good. That consumer drive is why companies constantly look for and find ways to make peoples’ lives easier. Even something as small as a milk box can often save you time and make life convenient. It can give you drinks on the go as you zoom around trying to fit in the million and one things that need to be done. Here are 10 tips and tricks to free up your time for what’s good in life: Take a step back The first and most crucial step is to take a step back and look at what’s good in your life and what could be better. You can ask yourself what you want to do more of or what you want to change. Stepping back helps you prioritise what’s important and what’s not so you can find the time to do the things you want. Create your perfect formula for a daily routine Now it’s time to organise. Organising a list of tasks helps you achieve balance by ensuring things get done when they need to without eating up too much of your time. Daily chores can leave you exhausted and with little time to enjoy the weekend. Organising your time at the start of each week with a to-do list helps you plan to save. There are a bunch of mobile apps that can help you and many of them are free. Do a little bit everyday Benjamin Franklin once said, “Don't put off until tomorrow what you can do today.” But don’t cram too much into one day and leave yourself exhausted. Instead, do a little every day, particularly the little chores you may save up for the weekend. Start preparing a few days in advance if you're planning a dinner party, divide . . .
South Africa, 09 April 2018 - Durban girl and aspiring leader Kuhlekonke Ntuli is leading the pack as a strong contender on a national TV show, One Day Leader, on SABC 1. A top six contestant, Ntuli beat over 6000 of her peers to secure a spot on the show which develops young leaders by having them tackle and debate real issues facing South African society today, and boasts a viewership of over two million. Born and bred in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, Ntuli is passionate about women empowerment, social development and leadership. She encourages leaders to love people in order to be effective in the work they undertake. “If leaders want to serve people, they need to learn how to love people first,” says Ntuli. She also challenges women to embrace each other in order to build effective relationships and impact society. No stranger to leadership, Ntuli was awarded honours for exceptional leadership at Pinetown Girls High School in matric and is former SRC President of the University of KwaZulu-Natal’s Howard College campus, where she is currently studying towards a Master’s degree in Housing. Since being on One Day Leader, Ntuli has been a strong contender, leading the viewer scoreboard for four weeks in a row and the overall scoreboard for two weeks in a row, with just four weeks left before the end of the show when the winner will be announced. If the scoreboards, her performance on the show thus far and the support she’s amassed on social media are anything to go by, it wouldn’t be far-fetched to say Ntuli could bring home the win. One Day Leader airs every Thursday at 9 PM on SABC 1. To keep up with the conversation on Twitter, search #OneDayLeader6 or follow Kuhlekonke at @WatuNtuli. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The South African Animal Sanctuary Alliance (SAASA) has broken its ties with Fair Trade Tourism (FTT) following the announcement of the organisation’s captive wildlife criteria. “We feel that the recently introduced FTT captive wildlife criteria are not strict enough, they are open to interpretation, and don’t sufficiently address the interest of captive wildlife,” says Tony Blignaut (CEO SAASA). “However, we are fully committed to continue following the other FTT principals in our business model, as we believe these represent best practice in the industry.” The four SAASA wildlife sanctuaries (Monkeyland, Birds of Eden, Jukani and Monkeyland KZN) put the welfare and the needs of their animals above all else and believe that they have an intrinsic right to be treated respectfully. Hence, they have always prescribed to a complete hands-off rule when it comes to their sanctuaries and have adopted a “no grey areas” policy. “It’s the grey areas where the disagreement lies. FTT based their captive wildlife criteria mostly on the widely accepted ABTA Animal Welfare Guidelines. However, the latter still allow for some human-wildlife interaction and feeding of wildlife, as long as a thorough risk assessment has been undertaken,” explains Blignaut. Blignaut furthers that SAASA would like to see the FTT certification standard for captive wildlife to be made more stringent and adopt the Dutch ANVR Addendum of Unacceptable Practices Regarding Animals in Tourism. “The ANVR have taken a firm stance against for example walking with any big cats, as well as using birds of prey for display and falconry, where birds are tethered.” “We don’t allow any hands-on interaction in any of our sanctuaries, regardless whether we deal with lions, lemurs or budgies,” says Lara Mostert, Marketing Manager for SAASA. “We do understand the need for businesses to be financially viable in order to look after those same animals in a sustainable manner. However, every business needs to . . .
Plantronics (NYSE: PLT) an audio pioneer and communications technology leader, today announced it has extended the management and reporting aspects of its cloud software solution, Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11, to include Plantronics unified communications (UC) headsets connected to mobile devices running iOS and Android. This extended reach is enabled through the Plantronics Hub mobile application. By deploying Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 and Plantronics Hub, IT managers can now see, manage and gather valuable insights from the entire line of Plantronics enterprise communications devices that are on the desktop and attach to tablets and mobile phones. “More than 53% of organizations have interest in ear-to-ear diagnostics that would enable IT leaders to manage voice performance from the user perspective, and more than 35% of companies are increasing deployment of mobile UC clients,” said Irwin Lazar, vice president and research director at Nemertes Research. “These realities make it more important than ever to ensure IT and line-of-business managers are equipped with solutions that can help them obtain analytics and actionable insights from across their company’s entire communications ecosystem." Plantronics Manager Pro is Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) designed to manage Plantronics communications devices. With its easy-to-use tools, IT professionals and their managed-services partners are able to proactively manage the performance of every supported Plantronics headset across the enterprise, ensuring best user experience by accessing actionable insights. Plantronics Manager Pro is available through authorized resellers in most countries around the world. New offerings in Plantronics Manager Pro v3.11 include: -The ability to see, manage and gain actionable insights from the complete line of supported Plantronics business communications devices, including all Plantronics UC headsets attached to Mac OS and Windows desktops as well Android and iOS mobile . . .
South Africa, March 24th, 2018 - A new loan product that could change the way you borrow money. Traditionally, if you wanted a loan you would have to walk into a high street bank, complete reams of paperwork and wait weeks for the money to hit your account. However, now online loan companies like Wonga are offering quicker solutions which allow consumers to take back control of their finances. There are many reasons you might need a personal loan, however you may find that searching for one with the right repayment period proves difficult. Wonga traditionally offer payday loans, which you pay back usually within a month. This is ideal if you have a sudden, quick bill or payment to process, but not if you want a bit longer to repay. Other loan companies might offer personal loans that last several years – you can get 3, 5 or even 10 year personal loans. This, on the other end of the spectrum, means you are saddled with this debt for much longer. What customers often want is something in between. This consumer need resulted in the creation of the Wonga personal loan which lasts up to 6 months. First time customers can receive anything up to R4000 which is paid back monthly in 6 equal installments. You can use Wonga’s website slider to decide how much you can borrow and for how long, offering 100% transparency for customers – something which Wonga pride themselves on. The 6 month personal loan provides the flexibility of longer term credit without the long term commitment required by other lenders. For instance, nedbank.co.za offers R4000 loans for a minimum of 12 months which results in a total repayment of R6261. Longer loan terms are perfect for some customers, but for some this is the type of long term commitment some borrowers aren’t looking for. If you want to repay the loan sooner, Wonga operates a policy that encourages early repayment on loans to help customers avoid paying too much interest. This is in an effort to help consumers . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 22 March 2018, Servest are in the process of testing new battery operated landscaping equipment. These include leaf blowers, brush cutters, hedgers, trimmers and pruners, which are all battery operated. “Servest Landscaping and Turf are on par with international best practices in improving productivity, sustainability, and the assurance of aligning business practices to that of international standards”, says, Andre Ferreira, Sales and Marketing Director at Servest. The client, where Servest are currently testing this equipment, is amazed with the low noise levels of the blowers. This was tested outside the boardroom where a meeting was in progress without the participants even knowing that garden machinery was in use. According to an article in BizCommunity, ‘noise is a natural consequence of whatever we do. It forms part of our everyday lives and, we often just tolerate it. Nevertheless, noise has the capacity to cause conflict between those who are generating it and those who are victims of it. However, noise nuisance is a totally different animal and includes operating machinery, or power tools that cause a noise nuisance, among other things’. According to the case of Laskey and Another v Showzone CC and Others (5988/06)  ZAWCHC 50;  4 All SA 1162 (C) (30 October 2006) there are two different kinds of noise, namely, disturbing noise and noise nuisance. A disturbing noise is objective and is defined as a scientifically measurable noise level, and generally compared to the existing ambient noise level. A noise nuisance is a subjective measure, and is defined as any noise that disturbs or impairs, or may disturb or impair the convenience or peace of any person’. [parts of excerpts extracted from https://goo.gl/YbtHVB], Ferreira adds that “the benefits of the battery operated machines include low noise levels, no fuel costs, maintenance costs and long term cost savings. We believe these factors are a value-added . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quo7pKaJqOo Do you want to complete your matric through N3 studies? A technical Matric is one of the best ways to complete your senior certificate if you are out of school. Are you one of the following: Do you want to complete your Matric through N3 studies Do you have incomplete Matric from your old syllabus Do you want to complete Matric in the shortest time possible Are you working but you still want to complete your Matric This guide will help you find options in completing your matric at the shortest time possible. From: Confident Nkwazi More Info here: https://ekurhulenitech.co.za/technical-matric-n3 CLICK HERE to submit a Video Press Release to MyPR. . . .
Matric certificate has never been so important when one considers today’s job challenges. The demand for a Senior certificate has even seen very low skilled jobs such as house maids, gardening jobs and general labour jobs requiring one to have a matric certificate or at least a proof that they did Grade 12. This article serves to provide most of the people who are out of school with a solution which they might consider if they want to complete their matric. This free PDF download or ebook provides detailed information on how one can obtain Technical Matric easy, faster and save them money depending on their individual situations. Read more about Technical matric below and how you can obtain this free ebook. What is Technical Matric N3 Senior Certificate Technical Matric commonly known as N3 Matric is a Department of Higher Education and Technology (DHET) qualification accredited by the regulatory body Umalusi as an equivalent to a National Senior Certificate. Technical Matric has an NQF level Level 4 according to South African Qualifications Framework (SAQA) same as the normal Senior Certificate. The Department of Higher Education and Technology has allowed this Senior Certificate to be offered in colleges. This has helped those who left school without a Matric certificate to still complete their Senior Certificate.Personal information of the student hidden for privacy purposes to obtain Technical Matric. How to obtain Technical Matric The qualification is obtained by completing four (4) N3 Technical subjects and adding Business English and Sake Afrikaans languages. The two languages are compulsory for anyone who wants to complete Technical Matric. The good news is there are no major requirements needed for one to study Technical Matric. However there is one condition that affects majority of people. For you to complete the Senior Certificate you need to pass two languages: Sake Afrikaans and Business English. Also Technical Matric in general . . .