The world-famous Great Moscow Circus is coming to Port Elizabeth in February 2017 with an all-new, sensational, two-hour World Premiere program, featuring 19 incredible acts representing the best of the world’s greatest circus stars. Russia’s most-famous calling card, The Great Moscow Circus guarantees breath-taking, affordable, family entertainment that delivers all the thrills and fun of the circus of yesteryear, with all the skill and daring of today’s circus heroes. The Great Moscow Circus in proud association with Algoa FM opens in Port Elizabeth on 23 February 2017 at the Boardwalk it’s the city’s number one entertainment destination under a spectacular big top air-conditioned tent. The Port Elizabeth season forms part of a South African 2016/17 tour which includes shows in Johannesburg, Cape Town and Bloemfontein, where audiences can expect a nail-biting traditional European atmosphere where they are never more than 11 metres from the action. The 2016/17 tour features some of the best circus stars in the international circus world, including medal winners from Monte Carlo’s famed International Circus Festival, daredevils from Spain and Mexico, and Europe’s top circus attractions, all hand-picked by international producer and CEO of Theatre Tours International, Andrew Guild. For the past 40 years Guild has been visiting Russia, ensuring that he knows who the best acts are and where to find them. During Soviet times he made more than 250 visits to Moscow and travelled extensively throughout Russia and the Soviet states. Over the years Guild has found and toured more than 7 000 performers to South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, China, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore, and together with the Theatre Tours International team travelled the length of Russia selecting acts, negotiating contracts and organising the 2016/17 South African tour. The Great Moscow Circus will perform every possible circus favourite – the funniest clowns, the most-daring . . .
For most of us, being visually impaired means going to an optometrist and having the correct glasses prescribed. Unfortunately, thousands of people in South Africa, and millions globally, do not have access to these services due to a lack of funds or services in their areas. Despite the fact that the restoration of sight and blindness prevention strategies have been proved to be amongst the most cost-effective interventions in healthcare, according to the International Agency for the Prevention of Blindness. A joint report published in June of this year by the World Economic Forum, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, and EYElliance, states the world economy suffers a $227 billion shortfall every year due to lost productivity among adults who need glasses. According to the report 2.5 billion people are living with poor vision unnecessarily because they do not have corrective eyewear. Of these, 80% are living in developing countries. Providing affordable access to reading glasses alone would boost productivity by up to 34% and bring down levels of illiteracy, which costs the global economy $1.19 trillion a year. The effects of not having access to eye care and reading glasses are equally disruptive to children and can lead to impaired academic, sport and social performance. For this reason, a visual screening is included in the Integrated School Health Policy for children of all ages attending South African schools. The government has also implemented a mobile primary healthcare service, where mobile clinics travel to rural schools to deliver these services. At the moment, the company at the forefront of this drive is Mobile Schools Health (MSH), a subsidiary of Mobile Satellite Technologies (MST), the market leader in the provision and operation of specialised mobile vehicle solutions in South Africa. According to MST CEO, Fernando Acafrao, they create beneficial public-private partnerships between the government and sponsors such as Eskom . . .
Without a doubt, payroll is one of the most sensitive business activities. Income is extremely personal to workers because it's inherently tied to their well-being and survival. It's strange then that payroll is often thought of as a job anyone can do. Especially when one mistake could have workers up in arms. Yet organisations delegate payroll to PAs, office administrators or other staff members, to be carried out in addition to their regular duties. “Only qualified payroll administrators should be entrusted with this business-critical task, and it should be the sole activity commanding their attention,” advises Lavine Haripersad, Director at the South African Payroll Association (SAPA) and Certified Payroll Practitioner. “Small organisations with fairly static payrolls can get away with outsourcing administration or hiring an entry-level clerk,” says Haripersad. “But the larger the payroll, the greater the need for experienced administrators who function well in a high-pressured, dynamic environment.” Bigger payrolls face many challenges, such as new legislative requirements, complex deductions and withholdings, dynamic working hours and shifts, or complicated expense claims. In addition, a larger workforce means more pressure to perform, especially on payday. So what should you expect from your payroll administrators? Haripersad provides the must-have traits below. Willingness: “Yes, they must have decided on this career,” stresses Haripersad. “Anyone who hasn't won't take the special care needed to provide a professional service. Don't lump it on any available employee because they’ll see it as an extra chore. Whoever did a great job with that attitude?” Qualifications: Payroll administrators are trained to do their job very well. This doesn't just mean mastering payroll software or completing certain forms. They must also know what laws and processes to follow for any given payroll task. Experience: “It takes a lot of time and . . .
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) and the South African Senior Tour (SAST) have partnered to create a Series of unique golf events that will create regular games for senior players, while helping to protect our precious natural environment. Through a host of national and international golfing events for players over 50 years old, the EWT Senior Golf Series will generate much needed funds for the EWT, while also exposing the incredible conservation work the Trust does. “We are delighted that the game of golf, which already attracts people with a love for the outdoors, physical exercise and wide open spaces, will be the catalyst for bringing together wildlife enthusiasts around their common passions for conservation and sport,” says EWT CEO, Yolan Friedman. “We look forward to teeing off this exciting new event in the New Year and to meeting golfers from all walks of life.” Brought together by innovative sports marketing agency, Accelerate Sport, the EWT and the SAST are uniting to reach common goals through this unique new golf Series. Managing Director of Accelerate, Gary Grant, says that they noticed a gap in the golf sector and were overjoyed to find the right set of events to fill it. “The style of the event is very much an emotional fit, whereby players will be participating in two, three or four day events, and playing for a cause and awareness motive,” says Grant. “Golf courses are effectively urban sanctuaries for animals, birdlife and the environment. This coupled with the fact that the SAST have been battling to ignite a consistent tour, or set of events, while offering players a chance to earn some reasonable prize money, created an excellent partnering opportunity.” Each of the EWT Seniors Golf Series events will be tailored in a Pro-Am style, where corporates or enthusiasts can play alongside professionals. Each event will also be dedicated to an animal on the EWT endangered list. Neville Clarke of the SAST says the Series will begin . . .
Port Elizabeth, 21 November 2016 – The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced today that major N2 roadworks through urban and industrial areas in Nelson Mandela Bay has been completed. “We are pleased to announce the completion of roadworks between the Western suburbs and Coega. Traffic congestion and increased travel times has been an issue of discontent for motorists. We want to thank motorists and the public for their patience and understanding. The project is now completed,” said Mbulelo Peterson, Southern Region Manager for SANRAL. The R198 million roadworks project which began in July 2015 entailed the surfacing of a 28km dual carriageway section of the N2, Section 11, from Bramlin Interchange to Coega. The 18-month project was completed one month early. “This portion of the N2 carries high volumes of traffic. Improvements to roads bring immediate benefits to road users,” said Peterson. The road maintenance included: deep pavement repairs to around the Stanford interchange; installation of sub-surface drainage; construction of concrete lined side drains; edge clearing; crack sealing; slurry; road surfacing; installation of bridge joints; road marking and installation of road studs (reflectors); finishing the road reserve; and manufacturing of dollosse. “The expected road maintenance lifespan is between eight to ten years before any major maintenance work will be carried out on the road. Other benefits of the upgrading will result in a smoother riding surface with less wear and tear on vehicles and even reduced carbon emissions. “Good roads are a catalyst for investments. It can therefore be expected that the good road infrastructure will enhance the attractiveness of Port Elizabeth as an investment destination.” SANRAL also said it included SMME participation goals and local training to stimulate less formal sectors of the local economy and emerging enterprises. Fourteen SMMEs worked on the project. In terms of . . .
Port Elizabeth, 16 November 2016 – Afri-Save Cash and Carry hosted more than 1400 stokvel members from Nelson Mandela Bay, at its fifth annual Stokvel Day event, themed the Big Five in Uitenhage. The Afri-Save Stokvel Day aimed to uplift, empower and acknowledge the importance of the stokvel community. Guest speakers also included Nelson Mandela Bay deputy mayor Mongameli Bobani, on Saturday, 5 November. The National Stokvel Association of SA (Nasasa) revealed that collectively the stokvel economy is an estimated R49 billion in South Africa. Nationally there are more than 11,5m individual stokvel members, belonging to over 811 000 groups. “Stokvels are growing in popularity and these businesses run on a daily basis in South Africa and forms an integral part of the economic mainstream. We established our Afri-Save Stokvel Day five years ago and this is growing annually.” The Afri-Save Stokvel team which provides an administrative service, networks with stokvel members to determine their needs, and then assist by meeting these needs. STOKVEL MEMBERS GROWING: More than 1400 stokvel members attended the fifth annual Afri-Save Cash and Carry Stokvel Day in Uitenhage. “The Afri-Save Stokvel team identified what these stokvel members needed and we have then themed the event around these needs, the Big Five. We then offered these five items for free to all the stokvel members. These were free transport to and from the event; free breakfast; free lunch; and free gift bags.” Nonsipho Makula said: “I have been purchasing from Afri-Save for a long time now and always look forward to the Stokvel day.” “I am really happy they offered the free transport to and from the Stokvel day. This helped when I bought purchases and needed to go home after the event,” said Asanda Siphokazi. The day also included a tour of the store, showcasing Afri-Save’s variety of products of well over 30000 line items ranging from groceries, cosmetics, hardware, plastic ware, . . .
REMOVE ME: Mahala At a very young age Ubuko Mpotulo had to have his legs amputated following health complications, but this bright little fellow has never let this hold him back. “A few months ago, Ubuko came to RMA’s attention when his grade one teacher, Janey Stevens of College Street Primary School in East London, sent out a heartfelt plea for sponsorship of prosthetic legs for this young man,” says Nomfundo Mcilongo, General Manager: Sales & Marketing at RMA. “His teacher informed us that Ubuko runs, jumps, hops, skips and swims with his classmates, refusing to let his physical limitations hold him back from living life to the fullest. He is an inspiration to us all. “Ubuko has been using basic prosthetic limbs to enable him to be mobile. This high-spirited little boy made the best of his existing prosthesis, but most certainly fitting prosthetic limbs more appropriate to his activity level will enable him to participate in physical activities with his friends. “Today, it gives us great pleasure to provide Ubuko with a pair of new prosthetic legs, specially built for him by RMA’s prosthetics partner, Marissa Nel & Associates. His new ‘legs’, fitted with Vari-Flex Junior feet, provide an exclusive combination of comfort and dynamics. They are specially made for children who require the additional energy response. “The prosthetic feet ensure the highest levels of user confidence and security, promoting a natural gait with less fatigue and strain on the lower back. The Total Knee Junior from Össur is a smaller version of the adult model, which offers security, natural motion and walking ease. The Total Knee Junior is extremely versatile and natural for children who have a broad range of very high-level activities: walking, running, sitting, squatting, and kneeling activities,” Mcilongo adds. The prosthetic legs were presented to Ubuko by none other than South African Paralympic medallist Ernst van Dyk during a special ceremony at the . . .
GAUTENG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 NOVEMBER 2016 - Seven of the top ten paddlers who raced the elite Dragon Run in Hong Kong on Saturday 14th November were South African paddlers, showing the world that South Africans are best in breed when it comes to paddling the world’s oceans. Jeep Team athlete Hank McGregor continued his world domination, winning the Dragon Run title, thereby also earning himself enough points to claim the World Surfki Series Title uncontested. To win the Dragon Run, McGregor (38) had a neck-to-neck 23km ocean battle with the reigning ICF World Surfski Champion, Australian Cory Hill (27), but powered through the finish to secure his third win in the race’s history by a mere 18 seconds. The South African paddlers who finished in top 10 were Hank McGregor (1st), Sean Rice (3rd) and Kenny Rice (7th), Matt Bouman (4th) Dawid Mocke (5th), Jasper Mocke (8th), and Ian Black (10th). Jeep Team athlete, Barry Lewin, placed 11th. Said Hank McGregor. “I am really happy to be able to defend my title here in Hong Kong against such a top class field. It was a ding-dong battle between myself and Cory (Hill) and I was really happy to be able pull it off right at the end.” McGregor faces his final race of the year on the 26th of November in Perth Australia. Hailed as the world’s premier and biggest ocean downwind paddling race, The Perth Doctor, is Australia’s most exciting ocean paddling event from Rottnest Island to Sorrento Beach covering 27.5kms (or vice versa depending on wind conditions). SUMMARY OF RESULTS MEN 1.Hank McGregor RSA 1:32:30 2.Cory Hill AUS 1:32:48 3.Sean Rice RSA 1:34:03 4.Matt Bouman RSA 1:35:21 5.Dawid Mocké RSA 1:36:35 6.Caine Eksteen AUS 1:36:55 7.Kenny Rice RSA 1:38:16 8.Jasper Mocké RSA 1:39:47 9.Austen Kiefer USA 1:39:57 10.Ian Black RSA 1:40:19 WOMEN 1.Teneale Hatton NZL 1:52:47 2.Hayley Nixon RSA 1:53:20 3.Rachel Clark NZL 1:55:05 4.Jenna Ward RSA 1:55:08 5.Nikki Russell RSA 1:58:08 OTHER JEEP TEAM . . .
Undoubtedly USA politics has an impact on the global economy and markets, but what does this mean for South Africans in particular? Will the strong Republican win trigger a weakening in the Rand? Will interest rates hike? Will trade agreements between South Africa and the US suffer? Will Investment Companies notice an increased or decreased international interest in South Africa? A look at historical USA voting trends and the resulting impact on the South African economy may help us predict what’s to come and whether the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States of America will negatively impact our country, as is feared. Looking at historical data for the last twenty years, it is evident that the US elections do impact the value of the South African Rand, however, other factors play a part in the extremity of the trend observed. There is a noticeable spike in the Rand/Dollar exchange value in the month of November after US elections in the election year, and usually in December or January following, the Rand per US Dollar will dip below that what it was before the election. Speculating on possible reasons lead us to believe that the hype and stress about the change in leadership in the country causes investors to sell their shares, and the market stress pushes up the cost in Rand per Dollar periodically. It is, however, obvious when looking at the historical data that the current political climate in South Africa and other economic factors play a role in the general reaction to the US Election observed. For instance, in 1996, contrary to the years after and prior, there was a very small spike of only one cent on the day, and in the days that followed, a small drop in the Rand/USD exchange of a mere two cents. In the months that followed, the Rand/USD exchange rate spiked and dipped again to R4.55/USD. In the election years that followed 1996, a growing trend was observed where the value of the Rand dropped on the day of the US election and . . .
Find out how a special kind of water transformed people’s lifestyles financially and in health. Veteran performer, singer, song writer PJ Powers recently took to social media to share her experience with using Designer Water, she gave the product a raving review and credited the water in the amazing improvement of her health. In a testimonial Lea said: "Designer Water was recommended by my doctor. I used to drink water, but now I drink a lot more. I love the way it feels in my tummy. It helps me with my stomach problems and constipation. It has helped relieve my joint pain as the doctor promised. I use to get a lot of headaches and now I don’t get them anymore. I even take my 3 litres of water with me on the Gautrain to make sure I get enough. I can’t live without my water. The secret behind this world wide phenomenon is simple says Designer Water Founder, John Thompson "I realized I had a higher purpose and a responsibility to help my community. I started looking for a way to make a difference in South Africa, my home. I already owned my own alkaline water system which was recommended to me by Anthony Robbins and it had already changed my health and well-being in unmeasurable ways. The product is widely used across Asia, the US and Europe but locally there weren't any companies truly committed to promoting the product and its amazing benefits. There have been some truly incredible results and stories where it had helped people suffering with Cancer, Diabetes, Metabolic syndrome, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Parkinson’s, and Alzheimer’s to name but a few of the various illnesses where benefit has been seen by consuming this amazing water. Alkaline Ionized Water has saved me approximately R151000 over the last 4 years in medical expenses. The quality of life increase is priceless”. The Product has also transformed the life of a Franchisee who is also a mother, who stopped life in its tracks to drive down to Johannesburg in a quest to acquire the product in . . .