Staunch South African cycling sponsors Bestmed will honour one of the sport's legendary figures when the Bestmed Phil Liggett Tribute Ride takes place from November 24 to 26. The Tribute Ride will see a group of 15 cyclists ride 160km a day from Pretoria to Hoedspruit, where the British television commentator, known as the Voice of Cycling, has a country lodge. ASG Events chief executive Wynand de Villiers said the ride had been initiated by Bestmed marketing and sales chief Chris Luyt after a discussion they had in July. "Chris is a big fan of Phil and he was keen to do something to acknowledge him so this ride has been put together." Besides representatives from a few companies, members of the ASG-Bestmed women's and veterans' teams will join the ride. A former amateur cyclist, Liggett, now 73, was offered a contract to turn professional in 1967. Instead, he decided his future lay in journalism and he has forged a career which has seen him become the world's premier cycling commentator. Reacting to Bestmed's idea to pay tribute to him, Liggett, who has strong connections with South Africa, said it was a "bit of a shock really, but an honour indeed". Normally an enthusiastic cyclist who annually clocks up more than 3 000km in the saddle, Liggett said he had not been as active this year. "I have to be honest that in this Olympic year travel has dominated over my cycling. "I'm way behind my usual kilometres so I will ride this week, but I suspect not a lot. The will is there, but the training is not! I will do what I can." Like the swallows, Liggett said he always arrived in South Africa at the end of the European season to spend the summer at his lodge in Hoedspruit. His love affair with the country, he said, started in 1990 when he was invited to attend the Cape Town Cycle Tour. "I fell in love with Africa then and lived in Gordon's Bay for more than 10 years. "I always wanted to buy land for the animals to enjoy and that . . .
Software has disrupted many industry sectors, from travel to insurance, and from retail to real estate. In each case, we were informed excitedly that the new technology would side-line humans. And yet estate agents, insurance brokers and even brick-and-mortar retail stores all still continue to grow. More accurately, those that have embraced the new technology have gone on to flourish. When it comes to quantity surveying we are seeing something like the same dynamic unfolding. An added element is that the profession is poorly understood by other players in the public and private sectors. Too often, quantity surveyors are seen simply as providers of Bills of Quantities and drafters of tender documents. In reality, a quantity surveyor has a much broader and more valuable role to play, especially in these days of mega-projects, strict regulation and, of course, unremitting cost pressure. It is true that intelligent software can help automate and improve some of the more routine elements of the quantity surveyor’s job, such as measurement and the collation of documents. But to see the role of the software in this light only, or even to see it to some extent replacing a quantity surveyor, is to miss the point entirely. Rather, the software should be seen as providing quantity surveyors with the space to provide the services that have, over time, come to define their real contribution to any project. This contribution includes the ability to determine the viability of a project from the outset, or to see the project holistically, in order to assist the owner to balance the architect’s vision with the realities of meeting cost targets that will ensure that planned returns are realized. This contribution continues, not only during the actual construction phase but throughout the entire life cycle of the building. I always think of the quantity surveyor’s role as one of creating a value proposition that extends from the design phase, through the construction . . .
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 . . .
A winning partnership … Danone, the global leader in the yoghurt industry and Disney are launching a new range of yoghurts. This exclusive range features the popular Disney Frozen and Spider-Man characters and aims to promote healthy dietary habits to children by combining fun and good nutrition in one tasty product. The power of YOGHURT As a parent, we always look for something that is convenient to serve, tasty for kids with the added bonus of being packed with healthy benefits, then yoghurt is the perfect solution! Yoghurt is a unique food, because it’s made with a combination of milk and live cultures. It has been proven that these live cultures assist in creating a healthy gut and a better digestive environment. In addition to calcium and protein, naturally coming from milk, we have boosted the Danone Disney range with a source of Vitamins B12 and D, essential nutrients needed by growing children every day. The South African Food Based Dietary Guidelines recognises dairy products as being an essential part of a balanced diet and recommends that milk, maas or yoghurt should be eaten every day. “Yoghurt is an ideal snack option. Every kilojoule is packed with nutrients that are needed by your body every day. In addition to that, Danone Disney yoghurt contains no artificial sweeteners or colourants that makes this product even more appealing!” says Marlinie Kotiah, Science and Health Manager at Danone. The perfect solution to feed your kids: combine FUN & HEALTH! Danone and Disney have the same objective of focusing and influencing kids’ healthy dietary habits. “We all know that sometimes kids can be fussy eaters, but we believe that when good and tasty food becomes fun, the issue is solved” says Julieah Muthama, Marketing Director of Danone. The Danone Disney range is the perfect business case proving how companies can come up with innovative ways to reinvent their product offering and contribute to the health of their . . .
Since the National Business Awards was launched by Topco Media in 2002, it has brought together hundreds of innovative private- and public-sector organisations and individuals every year - the National Business Awards finalists. Also present have been top government decision-makers, iconic CEOs and business experts. The Awards draw together hundreds of thought-leaders in the same venue to celebrate South Africa’s most inspiring top performers. The positive energy of such a unique gathering is infectious. This year sees the first ancillary National Business Conference taking place, in advance of the evening Awards. Topco Director, Karla Fletcher, explains the thinking behind it, “As a positivity-driven organisation, we realise that our responsibility is more than one of showcasing and awarding business excellence. We have a responsibility - and the networking capacity - to foster the sharing of business insight and wisdom; to provide a platform for economic leaders to share their secrets to success and their game-changing ideas”. The Conference, held on 17th November, saw renowned businessman and politician, Dr Mathews Phosa, give a keynote address on “Rising through the obstacles”. He was joined by a distinguished line-up of top speakers including Greg Solomon, Jannie Venter, Asher Bohbot, Shirley Zinn and Lance Fanaroff . It also incorporated a Fast Track Networking (FTN) session, where delegates met to engage new partnerships and growth opportunities. This session was sponsored by one of the fastest-growing and most innovative organisations in SA, the Development Bank of Southern Africa. DBSA is instrumental in helping the Southern African region to become more integrated, energy-efficient and prosperous, and Topco was honoured to have their participation in the Conference. To find out more about the National Business Conference, email firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also follow @SABizAwards for the latest CLICK HERE to submit your press . . .
GAUTENG, PRETORIA, NOVEMBER 2016 - This weekend, the Legends MX Adventure Park in the east of Pretoria is set to explode in a nail-biting finale for the 2016 Jeep Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, taking place from 19-20th November 2016. Open to all shapes and sizes, and all levels of fitness, the Jeep Warrior Series is led by the Jeep brand, powered by Reebok, and only has one requirement for competitors - pushing personal limits as you pit yourself against mud, water, bridges, slides, ladders, climbing nets, monkey ropes and all sorts of challenging terrain and obstacles. This will be the first time that Legends MX plays host to Jeep Warrior OCR. Ideally located on a working farm with maize, cattle and indigenous wildlife, the venue boasts an extensive network of mountain biking, walking and running trails, providing the ideal backdrop and atmosphere for the Jeep Warrior season finale. Competition in the super-tough Black Ops and Black Ops Elite race is fierce and presents the toughest of courses, set over 15 - 20 km with up to 30 obstacles, matching world OCR standards. It is the most challenging category, combining both Rookie and Commando obstacles with the addition of grip-strength endurance obstacles involving gripping your own body weight and dragging heavy objects for set distances. The series ranking by SASeeding takes your top five race results of the eight Jeep Warrior races in the series. In the womens Black Ops Elite category, Hanneke Dannhauser is top of the log with a full 20 000 points (5 wins/5 races) with Trish Bahlmann on 18 082 points, Carina Marx with 14 980 points and Dominique D' Oliveira on 14 529 points. Currently, Thomas Van Tonder leads the men with near-perfect score of 19 699 points, followed by Greg Avierinos with 16 450 points and Bradley Classe with 16 447 points. It will be a nail-biting race to the finish for the athletes competing for the title of Jeep Warrior 2016 series winner. A less challenging . . .
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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 . . .
Stanley Maake is proud to announce the release of his much-anticipated book Say I do God’s way with the subtitle “Remain obedient before, during and after the marriage.” The eBook is now available on Mbokodo eShop from the 17th November 2016. The release of the book is on the 30th of November 2016 and available at selected bookstores. Author Stanley Maake in the first instance takes the reader on a journey through relationship from initiation step to a marriage, which remains obedient to God model of marriage. He provides guid-ance on how to lead a fruitful marriage life which is pleasing to God throughout marriage different stages in this relationship guidebook. The book opens a window into marriage especially for those who never got married before. It af-fords them a feel of the going-ins of marriage when it is done God’s way compared to the world’s way. The author begins by giving a position of God on marriage as it is written in the Bible. Based on the Biblical teachings, the book provides guidance on how to remain obedient whilst finding a partner. It also provides answers on how to successfully deal with challenges within marriage, as well as how to redeem yourself after a failed marriage. A marriage is about building permanent families for the purpose of meeting humankind need for companionship, procreation and worshiping God. It is not about status or material things or about serving individual interests. Say I do God’s way attempts to restore marriage back to the very purpose God the architecture of the institution created it for. This relationship and marriage guide is written in a simplistic style for easy reading. Say I do God’s way tackles topical issues which includes courting to lobola (bride price), loneli-ness in marriage, fellowship for success, sexual intimacy, marriage killer and fixing broken rela-tions. It guides couples using scripture on how to build marriages that will stand the test of time. Written by a Theology student, . . .
Sandstone Estates in the Eastern Free-State received the 2016 Business of the Year Gold Winner Award for Tourism at the annual ROCCI/FNB Business Awards during a glittering gala event held at Silverstar Casino on 5 November 2016. ROCCI, the Roodepoort Chamber of Commerce & Industry, and FNB, First National Bank, seek to identify and acknowledge businesses country wide which have achieved success and embody the spirit of enterprise. The Business Awards reflect 30 years of unsurpassed growth in a highly competitive industry. “We are honoured and immensely proud of this award. It serves as further inspiration for our committed team to not only continue creating jobs and business success going forward but to preserve the best of our past for the future,” says Mike Myers, director of the established farming estate, who represented Sandstone Estates at the awards ceremony. The Sandstone directors first got wind of their nomination for the coveted award in early September this year during a meeting with their banker, FNB, when Mohammed Cassim, Segment Head of FNB, informed them that FNB had put Sandstone’s name forward as a nominee. Sandstone was subsequently invited to deliver a presentation on 26 September 2016 to a panel of judges, including representatives from FNB, SAICA (South African Institute of Chartered Accountants, the Chief Adjudicator), Business Partners and BEBE’s Events’ Ellen Oosthuizen. Ninety-seven companies were nominated in 20 categories, which included: Large Corporations and Listed Companies, Medium Size Businesses, SME’s, Most Promising Young Entrepreneur, and Tourism. The Keynote Speaker on the evening was Nicolina Di Santolo, former President of the Italian Chamber of Commerce and the Guest Speakers were Michelle Geraghty, FNB Regional Head for Gauteng South West; and Jeremy Lang, Regional General Manager of Business Partners Limited. This prestigious award comes at a time during which the Sandstone team is preparing for . . .