eCommerce is set to increase in popularity and buy-in consumers in South Africa in 2017. This is due to a number of supporting trends of greater variety offered by online shopping sites, the evolution of eCommerce websites offer Android and ISO shopping app's. South African consumers are increasingly turning to compare e-commerce shops when looking for, and purchase a variety of items. 26% of respondents of a recent survey do their first online purchase in June 2015 - a massive recent survey compared to the total number of new online shopping for the period July 2015 - June 2016 (14%). "According to Kevin Tucker, founder of Price Check" The use of mobile devices - such as the smartphones is an important consideration for online retailers in terms of ensuring mobile-friendly online display settings, in presenting the development of mobile applications and the introduction of new payment options. While the majority of the mobile online shopping transactions tend to take place on desktops, shopping programs that are easy and convenient to use on mobile devices is likely to increase in popularity in South Africa this year. In today's app-centric world, research suggests that customers prefer using the mobile web as a place to shop when compared to eCommerce apps. This means that having a high-performing, responsive site is just as important as investing in an app. This data also suggests that: 31% of consumers prefer shopping on the mobile web against the use of a smartphone app. 52% of mobile phone retail turnover is expected to come from the Web in 2017. 62% of smartphone shoppers use to find their mobile for products in online store. 47% of shoppers say they have a mobile website directly against 21% who say they use app a dealer in online shopping. The majority of online retailers under-utilise their chance to sell through a responsive eCommerce website. The big advantage now is that the latest App Technology has the ability to . . .
The Southern African Vinyls Association (SAVA) is pleased to welcome Chembridge Additives as new members. This specialist distributor of plastic additives is based in Pretoria, and began its operations in 2008 as the appointed agent for Lanxess Germany GmbH and Tanatex Chemicals GmbH - servicing a multitude of industries. “We provide plastics additives, phosphorus, specialty chemicals such as organic and inorganic colorants and surfactants to a very wide range of industrial sectors. Our focus is on the supply of high-quality additives and finishing chemicals for the plastic industry. These products improve the processability of ingredients and the properties of the end products. Our product portfolio includes flame retardants, plasticisers, bonding agents, blowing agents, and colourants. We distribute to all customers, big or small, in any quantity required throughout Southern Africa from our network of warehouses in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town,” explains Deon Steenkamp, owner of Chembridge Additives. Commenting on their motivation for joining SAVA, Steenkamp says that the Chembridge products and business philosophy align strongly with SAVA’s Product Stewardship Commitment (PSC). “We heard about SAVA and the excellent work they are doing through our customers. We wanted to be associated with such a strong industry body that is committed to representing its members’ interests in the Southern Africa region by creating consumer confidence within the industry and by actively developing and sustaining markets for PVC. We are very excited about the prospects SAVA membership will afford our business and look forward to the networking opportunities with other members, which would most definitely have a positive impact on our business,” he said. “SAVA is dependent on the backing and participation of its members, and we applaud Chembridge Additives for making the public commitment to sustainable practices by joining our ranks. By steadily growing our . . .
Pretoria, 10 March 2017: Leading animal health industry company, Bupo Animal Health today announced that it has made a donation to a long serving landscaping services supplier, Reckson Makaringi of T-Rex Gardening Services . The donation, a set of brand new Ryobi landscaping equipment i.e a Trimtec lawnmower, Petrol chain saw, line trimmer and a bush cutter was made in lieu of Bupo Animal Health’s commitment to invest in the community. The donation is instrumental in developing T-Rex Gardening Service’s service offering and skill set, all the while taking care of the environment that we all are a part of. From the Ceo’s office, Ms. Antonieta Bupo added, “Our organization depends on our community, and without the help of local vendors like T-Rex Gardening Services, we would not be able to provide our services and products in a clean and safe environment and thus it is only right that we support them back.” Since 2014, Mr. Makaringi has been instrumental in the preparation and maintenance of our garden areas. These and the general spaces around our factory have to be kept highly sanitary at all conditions and this is no small feat. We have spearheaded other initiatives in the past, supporting schools as Mamelodi High School in 2015, 2016 and 2017, Silverton Primary School in 2016 as well as Meyerspark Primary School in 2017. The group CEO, Mr. Oscar Bupo believes that education is fundamental and should be supported at all costs. We are invested in the development of our community and employees and will continue to do so. To learn more about Bupo Animal Health, its corporate philanthropy initiatives, please visit www.bupoanimalhealth.com Headquartered in Pretoria, Bupo Animal Health is an international South African company that manufactures, imports and distributes veterinary and pharmaceutical products as well as feed additives since 1988. Focusing on service, value chain and efficacy of our products, we aspire to be your preferred partner in Animal Health . . .
The growing shortage of quality high-rise accommodation within the Pretoria region is being met with the coming on stream of a number of impressive Menlyn residential developments catering to a variety of different needs and requirements. These include substantial projects such as Capital Menlyn Maine apartment and conferencing hotel, which will open on 1 May, and The Regency, an upmarket apartment development due for completion later this year. “With Pretoria being the seat of the executive branch of government in South Africa, and a significant business centre, it attracts diplomats, embassy, trade mission staff as well as businessmen and women from around the country and the world,” says Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties regional executive, Pretoria. “It is therefore pleasing to note that such residential developments are now coming to fruition within the Menlyn node. These will contribute greatly to meeting the ever-growing need for accommodation and both long and short term rentals in the region.” According to Schutte, The Capital is a 200-room upmarket apartment and conferencing hotel, while The Regency is a 227-apartment development, which is currently under construction and is expected to be completed at the end of 2017. “The realisation of these developments is exciting for the Pretoria region and a coming of age for Menlyn in particular, which is rapidly emerging into a most impressive mixed-use urban space. “The Capital, where a standard room will be charged at R1 600 a night or R16 000 per week, will no doubt attract visiting business people, executives and diplomats who require a luxury short-term rental which enables them to work, meet, commute, socialise, shop and live in a single, comfortable location with all the necessary amenities at hand,” she points out. Schutte says that one- and two-bedroomed apartments at The Regency, can be purchased from between R1 159 200 and R2 511 600, offering buyers a range of attractive . . .
Cape Town, March, 7, 2017. Life admin is the buzz word of the year, and it’s a perfect fit for all those little daily details that everybody has to do, but hates doing – buying electricity, taking out insurance, providing adequate health care cover and so on. However, in a move set to bring millions to the shores of Cape Town, Merchants in partnership with iSelect, will be easing the life admin burden of thousands of Australians with the signing of a five-year business deal between the two southern hemisphere companies. Established in 2000, iSelect started as a health insurance comparison website, but has recently diversified its product offering and is now selling additional services such as car and life insurance, home loans, electricity and broadband. This has resulted in significant growth for iSelect, however their challenge was to find enough talent to manage the growing rate of customer queries – a somewhat difficult task in Australia where the unemployment rate is low. “For most companies, offshoring a contact centre is about bringing costs down and efficiencies up. However for iSelect, the offshore move was to enable it to effectively grow the business, while still providing top quality service to its already established client base,” explains Darren Arnold, Strategy Director at Merchants. “They needed a skilled and educated sales force that could deliver high quality telephonic sales driven by a desire to always get it right – no matter what ‘it’ may be. The products that iSelect sell are needed, but not items people would spend hours choosing. Their customers want to get what they need as quickly as possible so that they can go on with their daily lives.” With Merchants partnering with iSelect to manage the contact centre in Cape Town, their customers can experience the best in skills and technology to deliver this aspect of life admin correctly and with minimum interruption to their day or night. In addition, all iSelect consultants are . . .
South African entrepreneurs across all sectors have the opportunity to share their views and make their voices heard in the country’s largest entrepreneurial survey, The State of Entrepreneurship in South Africa 2017 - The Entrepreneur's View. The survey comes as high unemployment and poor growth remain among the most pressing issues facing the economy today. Conducted by Seed Academy and now in its third year, the survey continues to enjoy success as the biggest and most widely referenced survey of its kind. In 2017 the survey expands its scope and focus from start-ups to all entrepreneurs in order to gain an accurate picture of the state of entrepreneurship directly from entrepreneurs themselves. “Entrepreneurship is often mentioned as an antidote to South Africa’s economic woes. Through this survey we want to pinpoint exactly how much or how little things have progressed over the last two years,” says Donna Rachelson, Group CEO Seed Engine. The newly expanded survey is open to all entrepreneurs irrespective of business size, age or revenue and aims to create a basis for real dialogue in the entrepreneurial ecosystem. “In what is no doubt a difficult economic environment, the time is ripe to take a closer look at whether entrepreneurs are getting the support they really need to grow their businesses into sustainable and successful enterprises,” she adds. The online survey takes less than 10 minutes to complete, following which participants have the chance to be part of exclusive one-on-one mentoring sessions with some of South Africa’s leading entrepreneurial lights. Just some of the sessions include ‘Swimming with a Shark’ featuring Gil Oved, Co-founder of The Creative Counsel, SA’s biggest activations agency, ‘Dreaming Beeg’ with Miles Khubeka, Founder of the Vuyo’s restaurant brand, and ‘Getting that entrepreneurial feeling’, led by Ian Fuhr, Founder of the Sorbet Group, with more sessions to be announced in the coming weeks. This year’s survey . . .
The Capital Hotel Group, touted as South Africa’s fastest growing hotel group, with 10 properties in their portfolio, recently took the decision to change their data management and Point of Sale (POS) systems provider, in line with their growth plan and subsequent need for updated and advanced tools to complement their development. Enter, Ankerdata, who supply protel hotel software for hotel operators and owners in Southern Africa, and is the partner of choice to over 14 000 hotels in 70 countries. Commenting on the reasons behind the groups decision to go with the protel MPE hotel software solution from Ankerdata, CEO and founder of The Capital Hotel Group, Marc Wachsberger says, “This is our 5th system since we started in 2008 – over the years our needs have changed so it was necessary to find partners that could compliment those changes and our subsequent growth trajectory.” He found that there were marked limitations to the initial systems they employed and coupled with a lack of innovation and exorbitant fees, led them to take the decision to find a company that could overcome all those shortfalls, and in this instance, not only flexible, professional and on trend with the latest technology, but also open to tailor-made solutions. The protel MPE hotel software solution is hosted by an IT Cloud which delivers Cloud technology and local ownership bringing with it significant savings. Directors, Eben Marais and Ian Lumsden from Ankerdata, say, “You have one system which is able to manage multiple properties - protel MPE hotel software can transform a global hotel chain into a single unit. All connected hotels access the same information from a central database in real time.” Marc adds that the main reason for appointing Ankerdata was firstly to save money, “We feel that we are dealing with a company that is a bit more entrepreneurial, that have an understanding of the reality that we are an up-and-coming hotel group who might need a bit of development, . . .
Should you belong to a professional association? If you want to get ahead in your career, the answer is “yes,” according to Bianca Filmalter, Chief Executive Officer of the Association for Office Professionals of South Africa (OPSA). “Association membership has incredible benefits for ambitious, career-oriented businesspeople,” Filmalter said. Solving Career Concerns Filmalter believes that belonging to an association can help members in a variety of ways. “As the saying goes, ‘No man is an island,’” she said. “Business people do not thrive when they are isolated from colleagues. Regular interaction leads to learning, personal growth and career progression.” Filmalter noted that the following career concerns can often be resolved through association membership: Stuck in Limbo: Is your career making little or no progress? Interacting with others in your profession could be the answer. “An association might offer workshops on how to advance in your career,” Filmalter said. “Or, it may be time to seek a new employer. You can make connections through association functions that could lead to a better position with a different company.” No One to Ask: If you are self-employed, or a part of a small department at your workplace, there may be times when you would like to know the opinion of others in your position. “Your employer or clients look to you as an expert in your field,” Filmalter said, “but there are times when even an expert can use some good advice. Many associations have online message boards where members can ask each other questions or discuss various important topics.” Reinventing the Wheel: Are you ever frustrated with ineffective or convoluted processes in your workplace? With time and patience, you might come up with an easier way – but why reinvent the wheel? By talking with peers in an association, you can learn about solutions that others in your industry have already discovered. “An association can provide educational opportunities . . .
You’re feeling ill. You visit the doctor, pick up a script and head to the pharmacy to collect your meds. The person in front of you in the queue just came from the doctor too. And they have the same script. Once you’ve both taken your medication, you’ll feel an equal improvement, right? Wrong. Due to slight genetic variations in your DNA, you might metabolise and process the medication you’re taking differently to the person in front you. The ingredients in the pills you’re taking might stay in your body for three hours longer. They may have much more serious side effects. Or they may have no effect whatsoever. You’d probably never know – except you’d never feel quite right, and could have chronic side effects while taking the medication. But you should learn to live with the side effects, right? Wrong again, fortunately. Most patients put up with frustrating side effects, simply because they think they have to. But with a little more knowledge of their DNA, they could be working with their doctor to find a tailored solution with far higher likelihood of working. And to a large extent, leaving ineffective meds and unwanted side effects behind,. Distinct DNA difference Molecular biologist and founder of DNAlysis Biotechnology, Dr Daniel Meyersfeld, believes most South Africans simply aren’t aware of the various ways their unique DNA affects metabolism of medication. “Many patients don’t respond to the first drug they’re prescribed in the course of treatment. A trial and error approach is frustrating and expensive, so why not use genetic information to streamline the process?” says Meyersfeld. “By conducting a simple genetic test, patients and doctors can now work towards enhancing the safety and efficacy of their treatment and avoiding unpleasant side effects.” Warfarin – the way forward Meyersfeld speaks specifically of Warfarin as a stellar example of prescription that should be tailored to the individual. Warfarin is the anticoagulant of choice . . .
Centurion, Gauteng, 28 February 2017 – Representatives from Nexia SAB&T and Indyebo, announced today that the two companies will be merging effective 1 March 2017. The business will continue to trade under the Nexia SAB&T brand, to emphasise its ties to the 10th largest international network in the sector, Nexia International. Nexia SAB&T is a top ten audit, accounting and consulting professional services provider, with a history that dates back to the birth of democracy in South Africa, having been founded in 1994. Nexia SAB&T has always strived to reflect the demographics of the country in its ownership structure, while providing a service to its clients that is inspired by a vision to be “Closer to you!” Indyebo is a progressive Black female owned firm that offers assurance, advisory and consulting services and has an outstanding reputation for quality, excellence and integrity. The merger has come about as a natural development out of several projects undertaken by Nexia SAB&T and Indyebo jointly. Nexia SAB&T has long identified Indyebo as a candidate for its enterprise development initiatives and as such shared a long and mutually beneficial shared relationship with Indyebo over the years. With the other Black owned assurance provider firms in the market having experienced growth in the past years, this merger will see Nexia SAB&T solidifying its position among South Africa’s top ten audit firms as well as, as one of the premier Black empowerment firms. Nexia SAB&T is truly a multi-disciplinary professional service provider, with a wide range of services and accreditations in the audit, accounting and consulting fields. These include JSE accreditation for the conduct of audits of listed entities, a national footprint with offices in each of South Africa’s nine provinces and experience in the private and public sector at all levels. Bashier Adam, CEO and founder of Nexia SAB&T explained the new direction of the . . .