[Johannesburg, Gauteng, 28/11/2018] - PrepaidWealth.com, a South African FinTech Startup, is officially launching a web-based platform for either accumulating discounts in CASH or realizing instant discounts when data or airtime is purchased from the platform. There are two types of accounts that can be opened on PrepaidWealth.com for free; namely, a Group Account or an Individual account. A Group Account accumulates cash for members of the group whereas an Individual account provides instant discounts. A Group Account is ideal for structured groups such as stokvels, friends, families, residential complexes, work departments, WhatsApp groups, etc. The bigger the group, the faster cash accumulates because more people will be accumulating cash when they spend on data and airtime. Members of a group account spend on data/airtime separately according to their personal needs. However, the discounts accumulate collectively. The accumulated cash can be withdrawn from PrepaidWealth.com once the money is more than R200. An Individual Account offers data and airtime at a discount and therefore makes it ideal for a person who wants to sell airtime and data. It is also ideal for a person who wants instant discounts. An individual who wishes to accumulate cash, instead of getting instant discounts, can simply register for a group account and never invite anyone to join the group. The discounts provided vary from 1.5% to 9.5% and therefore one can assume an average discount rate of 5%. The discount rate is used to accumulate cash for a group account. It is also used to offer discounts for an individual account. The data and airtime provided on PrepaidWealth.com is from all mobile service providers; namely, Vodacom, MTN, CellC, Telkom, Virgin Mobile. The platform also provides prepaid electricity services as well as services from Mozambique Vodacom and Econet Mobile. “The Platform is targeted at everyone who buys data or airtime. Stokvels and other formal groups . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .
The cleaning industry has the potential for extraordinary growth - an opinion by Mahlatholle Masha, Financial Director, Servest Cleaning Division Johannesburg, 23 November 2018 - As an industry, which is estimated to be worth around R6 - 10 billion, the cleaning business is one that has the most extraordinary potential for growth. The nature of the work is such, that it requires only low level skills and this seems to give the impression that it is an easy business to establish. It is therefore no wonder that there are a multitude of start-ups emerging in the industry. However, Mahlatholle Masha, Financial Director of Servest’s Cleaning division, cautions against this notion of it being an easy business, because with it comes industry standards, compliance matters, health and safety issues and not least, the responsibility of running a business. The latter coming with its own challenges, with regard to human resources and its associated matters. Despite the challenges, the cleaning sector’s growth potential stems from large organisations wanting to focus their efforts on their core business and therefore outsource their cleaning services to cleaning companies. These cleaning companies are expected to not only be fully equipped to fulfil the tasks, but to do so within the bounds of compliance, such as the use of environmentally friendly products and using equipment that reduces water wastage, or entirely eliminating the use of water. Technology and innovation hereby plays an important role in the continued growth and development in the cleaning industry, to the benefit of its clients. We see cleaning companies having to currently provide customised and unique solutions to clients, in order to differentiate themselves. However, in the near future, it will also have to provide sustainability reports, to ensure that the cleaning methods and its associated products do not adversely affect the environment. These specialised products and services are . . .
Posting your thoughts, pictures and video on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like can be gratifying. BUT, unless you are right there when it is posted it can be somewhat difficult to find a particular post, image or video a day or week later. Reason: Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not have the best or most intuitive search facilities around and concentrate on the 'latest' postings rather than the 'best'. At the end of the day the best way to find anything is via a search engine such as Google and that is the reason why finding that elusive video on YouTube is a little easier. SEO Tip for YouTube Vloggers and content producers: Make sure that you make use of the description box under your video to describe your content and use words that people will use to search for your content. The normal way for people to get their content noticed after posting is: Share to all other social media networks Post on all sites under your control Use email to further the reach Pay for adverts Rinse and Repeat The holy grail for longevity and to make content easier to find is to ensure that it can also be found on the Search Engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Duck Duck Go and the like. One way is to submit video or live content to a site such as AlgoaLive. Of course getting that content to be found and linked to from authorative web sites is the Holy Grail of Search Engine Optimisation. Why? Search Engines ensure that any piece of content has longevity and can be found for years after being posted. Quality video costs money and the people paying want a return on investment. One of the ways to broaden your reach and get the search engines to notice you is by having your content featured on a web site that has Domain Authority with the search engines. Domain Authority is a combination of the following: Age of the Domain - the younger the less authority Links - The number of links . . .
Giving service level agreements perspective, an opinion article by Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist - Corporate at Servest Johannesburg, 31 October 2018 - In yesteryear, a man's (person's) word was sacred and could be relied on, as it was based upon the honour of the parties for its fulfilment, rather than being in any way enforceable. The act of shaking hands and what is called, a ‘gentleman's agreement’, was a way of sealing a deal, without cumbersome paperwork or a formal contract. Today though, service level agreements are at the heart of a relationship, as they set out the (agreed) criteria for the product, or the quality of service you want to achieve. It usually deals with measurement of activities or services. In legal terms, they are worth the paper it is written on, but we all know that a perfect execution is not a realistic measure of an activity. In getting to a point where a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is more personable, negotiation of it involves a compromise between two or more parties. In the case of a client-service provider relationship, the client’s ideal list of needs should be offset against the service provider’s ability to prioritise these, in terms of what is realistically achievable. A balance needs to be effected, so that the desired levels of performance can be achieved. Despite the agreement, conversely, this ‘meeting of the minds’ often impede innovation, in the form of better solutions, to meet requirements or existing needs. Facilities management in southern Africa is largely managed by procurement, which usually determines the ultimate benefits, for the least amount of money. Whilst this is the natural order of business, you should not impose restrictions on the service provider that are so tight, that they inhibit the development of a creative and effective working partnership. Imposing punitive service level agreements often have service providers operating within the boundaries of the . . .
A hundred ways in a 100 days - Thabo Phokane, Servest’s newly appointed Group Chief Financial Officer talks about the company’s progress within South Africa’s current economy Johannesburg 31 October 2018 - In the one hundred days of holding office in his new position, Thabo Phokane has had his days cut out for him, in more ways than he imagined. It is no easy task to oversee the finances of such a big organisation that has a strong African footprint. During his time in office, he oversaw the sale of the UK business, which follows RMB Corvest’s partnership with the Servest Group. “While it is said that Servest aims to become a top investor in Africa, it made sense for us to exit the UK, as the country builds towards its autonomy, known as Brexit ”, says Phokane. During his first 100 days, Thabo strengthened relations with the shareholders, consolidated and restructured the finance teams, met with internal stakeholders, took over the Mergers and Acquisitions portfolio and navigated the waters of streamlining the overall business. Thabo, together with the senior management team, was also tasked with managing the streamlining of the entire SA operation, to position it favourably for future growth and sustainability. In so doing, collaboration within Servest’s various business divisions was enhanced and a group-wide shared services model was strengthened. Thabo says, “according to Statistics SA, South Africa has entered a recession, with the economy contracting by 0.7% quarter-on-quarter.”When this happens, companies react in different ways, for us, it meant trimming the fat off our overhead structure. This ensured that the business remains competitive, especially in this tough economic environment, where customers are in turn looking for good quality service at the best possible rates. However, all is not doom and gloom. As we are already in a recession, add to that the effects of drought in the Western Cape, together with the job shortages in the country, . . .
The sea is a vast area and, unlike in traditional land based game parks, is not fenced off in any way - marine life has free and unfettered access to the vastness of the ocean and humans are not able to see through the water to witness the sea life teeming below. When one searches for animals in a game park the surest way to find them is at a water hole or, when searching for predators, at the source of food. In the sea, things are slightly different: The entire sea is a 'water hole' The food source is a long chain normally near reefs but subject to 'invisible' currents. With reference to the image above, consider the following: The Agulhas Current flows down the East Coast of Africa to the geographic Southernmost tip of Africa - Cape Agulhas - a rocky headland and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. As the Agulhas current passes Algoa Bay off of Port Elizabeth it veers South and the first of the significant counter currents occurs. The Agulhas Bank South of the tip of Africa shows a large area of shallower and warmer water. The large area is the 'entry point' for Whales traveling North from the Arctic and 'funnels' these predators North East towards Algoa Bay and beyond. Migrating marine animals such as Whales come past our coastline to mate and feed so it makes sense that they will be best spotted in a warm/ish place where their potential mates are, combine that with a food source and the chances of spotting these creatures are very high. The Agulhas current after veering South will get small fish and nutrients in its grip and, when the Agulhas counter current veers back into the Southern Coastline, including Algoa Bay, it will bring this food source close to land. The Sardine Run Season - January to August - is proof that the prevailing winds of South West and West are at work bringing the Agulhas Current and valuable nutrients, close to the shore. So, what ideal conditions does . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YaAzLYljzU Johannesburg, 23 October 2018– In the months leading up to their launch towards the end of September, NJIN Agency strategically targeted and partnered with South African brands complementary to its own thinking and philosophy. Iconic South African rock band, The Parlotones, is one of the agency’s new signings. >> view website “This year the Parlotones are celebrating two decades of doing things differently and making their own way in the South African music industry,” says NJIN Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “We identify with that spirit and, of course – it’s damn cool to work with people that appreciate the value of production and the power of brand, while remaining in tune with the greatest asset of them all, the paying fan.” Dragonflies and Astronauts “We’ve been looking for a partner that shares our passions and desire for a little theatre in everything we do,” says Kahn Morbee, The Parlotones co-founder and lead-singer. “In NJIN Agency we found a group of people with just the right mix of skills, experience and crazy to help move our brand forward.” The Parlotones Digital Takeover (as NJIN refers to it) includes a mix of traditional, new media and creative services – stretching through to exciting future campaigns featuring Augmented and Virtual Reality. “It’s our hope and our goal to work with NJIN to create amazing experiences for our fans,” says Morbee. “It’s a great asset to have these guys help introduce new technologies and opportunities to our world.” Local is (Beautiful and Magical) NJIN Agency and The Parlotones are working on several new projects that, also, include collaboration with other iconic South African brands. “We love working with great local companies that are looking to be ‘Proudly South African’ through actions, not simply just labels or associations,” says Faber. “This partnership with The Parlotones provides us with an opportunity to do what we love and create . . .
Johannesburg , 23 October 2018 - “A successful man, is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” [David Brinkley]. There can be no truer a saying, than this, for a young entrepreneur or start-up company and in the case of describing the work of Servest’s Enterprise Development Program that operates through the Lesipho Trust, this could not be more apt, in creating economic opportunities for its recipients. The Lesipho Trust is a fund and non-profit organisation (NGO), that seeks to provide opportunities and economic assistance to qualifying black South African’s and their businesses. The Lesipho Trust partners with communities and black businesses to create meaningful social change in areas of society, where the Trust operates. It assists companies in advancing their business and also provides them with the opportunity to become Servest preferred suppliers, thus ensuring that they remain sustainable entities. Naledi Kgoadi who owns Bophele & Ditiro Trading, a facilities management company, says, “the Trust has assisted us a great deal, we have acquired machinery that is going to help us grow and enable us to increase our revenues, by reducing our operating costs.” Each year the Lesipho Trusts sets a target for new intakes who fit the qualifying criteria, these include; the business must be in operation for a period of 1 - 2 years the business must earn less than R50 million It must be 100% black owned or black women owned it must be a registered business This past year, Thape Media, who consists of a husband and wife team, who combined their skills in the film industry, saw the fruits of their labour come to life, through the assistance of The Lesipho Trust. They currently produce two productions for TV, ‘Gospel Unplugged’ and ‘Fix my love’, as well as producing all Servest’s multi-media requirements. Through this relationship, they also have opportunities to collaborate and partner with Servest’s . . .
The Electrical Contractor's Association for South Africa (ECA SA) showcased Port Elizabeth based Building Automation firm, BA Systems, in their October 2018 Magazine, Electrical Contractor. BA Systems scooped the ECA SA Presidential Award as the Best Contributor to Energy Efficiency following their project at the Product Testing Institute in the Coega IDZ, Port Elizabeth. This R4 Million project saw Building Automation Systems facilitate the installation of the building management system, and help the facility attain a 5 Star Green Star compliance rating. Green Star is a voluntary rating system for building projects, and is used to encourage the implementation of new and emerging technology, and to encourage a more environmentally friendly approach to designing and developing buildings. The Design phase of the Product Testing Institute building attained a 6 Star rating. The Product Testing Institute has been fitted with a modern building management system, which allows for cost efficient, environmentally friendly, automated management of the lighting, air-conditioning and blinds within the facility. Through the clever use of C-Bus and StruxureWare systems, Building Automation Systems was able to reduce power consumption by ensuring that lights and air-conditioners are not left on needlessly when an area is unoccupied. With the use of sensors located throughout the building that provide feedback to the building management system, it is possible for the building management and maintenance employees to monitor and keep track of the water, electricity and gas consumption, along with the amount of Solar Power generated. This information provides valuable insight into the cost of running and maintaining the facility. A record of environmental conditions is also maintained, with the current and previous day’s weather conditions being shown on the system monitor. The environmental factors will over time reveal the peak periods for Solar PV production, . . .