The simple truth is that not all property purchases are equal. While one property investment could become the cornerstone to wealth creation, another could lead to financial ruin. What is the difference between the two? According to Adrian Goslett, Regional Director and CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, in order to ensure success and make the most out of their property purchase, buyers need to be well-informed, savvy and make the correct buying decisions from the start. He notes that decisions made during the purchasing process will have a massive bearing on the potential return on the buyer’s investment. Goslett says that merely purchasing a home at fair market value doesn’t guarantee that the buyer will see healthy returns over the long term. He points out that there are certain golden principles for any property acquisition that buyers would be wise to follow: Research and ask questions Before making any decisions a buyer needs to establish whether they are purchasing the property as a home to live in or merely for investment purposes, as this will change the way the buyer approaches the purchase. “If the home is bought with the intention of being the buyer’s primary residence, the decision making process will be far more emotionally guided. The buyer will look at aspects of the property and the surrounding area that appeal to them personally. However, if the property is for investment purposes it will be more important to research what will appeal to possible tenants in the area and who the tenants might be,” advises Goslett. He notes that while a buyer will be able to find a great deal of information online regarding the area, the estate or complex, nothing can replace checking out the location in person. “Take the time to drive around the area and walk the streets. Consider what the traffic is like and who your potential neighbours could be, as well as the facilities and amenities in the area. A real estate professional with working experience . . .
College Africa Group is going to provide a series of press releases over the next four weeks illustrating the benefits and reasons you and your Organisation should be empowering their employees to Discover their Potential. I have personally been using Microsoft Office the since the early days in the 1990’s and facilitating since 2005. I subscribe to many sites and continually learn new uses for features and how to integrate them. It is a never ending learning process. A large proportion of employers and employee seem to believe that attending Microsoft Office 2013 courses is a waste of time and money. I will be dispelling these myths during this series of press releases and encourage you the reader to share your experiences with College Africa Group. The reasons shall be aimed at Excel training as it is the most complex of the Microsoft Office 2013 suite. These reasons and benefits are not in any specific order: I am not in the Finance Department why should I worry about learning advanced Excel features?No matter which department you work in and/or what position you occupy in that section, you are the CEO for the employees subordinate to you and they require guidance from you.You will be required to create budgets for the section. Having the ability to create fantastic spreadsheets and efficient Excel budget will greatly enhance your standing the Company and improve your chances for promotion. I only enter information into a pre-designed spreadsheet that is protected.If you want to get ahead in the Organisation or look for a better opportunity elsewhere, one of the first questions asked at the interview is. are you a good Excel user? They will then subject you to an Excel proficiency exam. Your CV will look better. Management and Recruiters are always on the lookout for hot keywords. If they see “Microsoft Excel training” listed on your CV, they may be more likely to grant you an interview. Your resume should include a section for skills and . . .
Buying a laptop is getting relatively more difficult, taking the different types available to choose from into account, there are desktop replacements, 2-in-1s, gaming, portable workstations the list is endless. Laptops are not made the same and it is critical to choose one that caters for your needs. Are you aware of the different types of laptops and what makes them the best kind and most suitable to your needs? Let’s start by defining a few and touch on which key components you should look out for when purchasing a laptop. Desktop Replacements These laptops can provide the same capabilities that a desktop computer does with a similar performance level. Desktop replacements are also bulkier and larger than standard laptops. Their components are more powerful, but with a shorter battery life. They are often used as desktop alternatives with some using desktop components for improved performance. When shopping for one, look for a powerful processor like the Intel Core Processor i7. The overall performance of a laptop is affected by memory power. So, look for a high speed RAM with nothing less than 4 GB. Check out the Dell Xps 15" Touch Screen Laptop 2-in-1s 2-in-1s combine the features of laptops and tablets. You get those with screens that can be totally detached from the keyboard base and function as a standalone touchscreen tablet. Others have screens that can be flipped back or swiveled to be used as a tablet. The screen and keyboard never detach but you can use it like a tablet because it has a touchscreen. 2-in-1’s have two built-in batteries for the tablet and docked keyboard base which give both portions better battery life. The detachable screen functions as a proper tablet even without the keyboard base. You don’t need to carry both a laptop and tablet on work trips. Check out the HP Spectre 13 x360 and the Lenovo ThinkPad Yoga 260 Gaming The primary aspects of a gaming laptop are the operating system (OS), graphics card, processor . . .
July 6, 2016: e² YOUNG ENGINEERS PRETORIA CENTRAL announces that it will be under new management, as of 1 July 2016. The company indicated that its edutainment program (education and entertainment) will be assisting children, age 4 and up, with the help of specialized Lego® brick kits and K’NeX to enhance the learning of STEM subjects. (Science, technology, Engineering and Mathematics.) This provides a hands-on practical application of what is learnt, making these difficult subject, a lot of fun and much easier to understand. It also assists children in developing critical problem solving skills, fine motor skills, interpersonal relationships, leadership and more. “We have developed special programs and workshops suited to children at both ends of the learning spectrum, from gifted children to those with learning disabilities. Unlike traditional teaching methods, our use of stories, experiments and demonstrations ensures that all children joining our enrichment programs will learn while they have fun. In fact, they’ll have so much fun they may not even realize they’re learning. e² Young Engineers enrichment programs are recognized worldwide. In 2011, we were awarded the title of ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Youth Business International (YBI), a network of international not-for-profit organizations which is overseen by HRH Prince Charles, who is the organization’s president. The award took note of the positive effect that the company’s work has achieved, and is still achieving, and for our business performance and worldwide financial potential.” [i] We offer weekly classes and holiday programs in Pretoria Central AND Pretoria North. We are also looking for young, vibrant people to be employed as instructors, to grow the business. By Rachael Martins CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
From login in to policy in under 10 minutes! Short term insurer, Infiniti Insurance today announced the launch of the pioneering Infiniti Online – a secure online insurance platform, offering clients the autonomy to manage their personal and business insurance requirements however and whenever they choose. “We developed this online platform to offer new customers an alternative to the traditional means of buying insurance. They can now manage their portfolios on their own, in their own time. This is innovative and advances the traditional direct insurance market in South Africa,” says Sharon Paterson, CEO of Infiniti Insurance. The entire on-boarding process is completed online – from choosing the appropriate cover, to monthly debits and claims. The Infiniti Online platform is user friendly, easy to navigate and everything is clearly explained in language that is easily understood. Together with itemised costing, this makes the registration and securing of cover, simple and completely transparent. Paterson goes on to say, “Based on our market research we believe that more and more people are looking for customised insurance solutions, both in terms of personal and business insurance. They are confident, independent, tech-savvy people seeking the convenience of managing their short term insurance however and whenever it suits them, without having to speak to a call centre – this is what Infiniti Online offers.” Paterson confirms that the level of security on the platform complies with both South African and international standards. The operating system is Markit Systems, a tried and tested UK based system. Private login details also ensure client profiles are safe and secure. “Infiniti Insurance has been in operation for 10 years and we are excited about the launch of our new online platform which will give tech-savvy customers independence when it comes to handling their insurance needs. We look forward to meeting the needs of this market and . . .
New service centre opens at The Grove Shopping Centre in Lynnwood, offering one-hour repair service and specialist onsite technical advice JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 06 July, 2016 – Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. has announced the launch of a brand new premium service centre, operating out of the Grove Shopping Centre in Lynnwood, Pretoria. The first of its kind in Tshwane, this new service centre is designed to cater specifically to the service demands of the region. The centre is unique in that it will have technicians on site to provide a one-hour resolution service that will offer software challenges and hardware repairs. The idea, says Samsung’s Director SSA Service, Richard Chetty, is that customers that need upgrades or repairs are able to drop their device off at the service centre, spend an hour shopping at the mall and then pick up their device on the way out. “We are the only device provider that has this kind of prompt service across both software and hardware, due to our extensive infrastructure and our experienced technical staff. Moreover, thanks to a retail component, the new centre will have the ability to completely replace unrepairable devices that are still under warranty with a new product. This means that customers may purchase the latest Samsung devices here,” he says. Chetty adds that all portable Samsung products that customers carry into the centre can be repaired on site. For larger products, like home appliances and televisions, an in-home repair service is offered as a way of ensuring that clients are not inconvenienced. This means they can arrange for the technicians to come through at the date and time that suits them best. “The positive impact this new service centre will have on customers in the Pretoria area is going to be encouraging. It brings Samsung’s service offering much closer to the people of this region; in the past, if they wanted to visit a service centre, the nearest one was around 70km away, which was . . .
Do you remember when you got your first personal laptop? You probably opted for a stylish one because of its look and feel or what was popular among your peers at the time. Most of the time, all we went for in a first buy is the ability to play videos, games and music. Other people only needed a personal laptop for Microsoft software applications such as Word, PowerPoint and Excel. Wasn’t that one of the advantages of having a personal laptop in tertiary anyway? To ensure computing-life didn’t end when the Internet Centre on campus closed. Choosing a small business laptop is a different ball game. One needs to consider their small business needs, employee size and budget too. The kind of features a laptop has then comes into play. Memory, the level of security the laptop offers, battery life, you a name it. The good old days of hardly using a laptop unless you are close to a charging station automatically vanished. If the need to work arises, regardless of where you are, one should be able to get right to it. Making good battery life for a business laptop a necessity in this case. The “OS” Operating System: What platform are you familiar with and comfortable using? Is it Windows, Mac OS X or Chrome OS? Most laptops come with one of the three operating systems. You can install any of these operating systems on normal laptops. However, the Mac OS X tends to be problematic because of its motherboard configuration. The last thing you need in order to run a productive business is to purchase a laptop with an operating system you or your employees can’t use. A variety of laptop makes and models come with Windows thus it’s the most flexible OS of the three. You would want to go for Windows because of its touchscreen feature which Mac OS X does not provide in any of its models. Or find its vast array of its desktop productivity, graphic, video and development software programs as a bonus. Windows 10 also makes it possible to switch between tablet and desktop . . .
Dear Mr Olivier It is with great disappointment to note the Senior Pastor's diabolical statements on race. This is the danger of zeal without knowledge, of you wanting to make social comments, but are ignorant of the history of the very country you purport to be a citizen of. Mr Andre, before you get up on the pulpit and make ignorant statements regarding black people, go and read about the Land Act of 1913, read about how black people where dispossessed of their land, engineering the poverty of millions of blacks, taxation that was deliberately enforced to drive people out of their homes in order to create cheap labour for the mines. When you want to talk about hard work,talk about the millions of black people who catch taxis everyday at 4am in the morning to be at work for 8am, spending 4hrs commuting and 60% of the salaries on transport. You do not deserve the position you're in, you're not a worthy representative of God, who made it clear neither Greek nor Jew. Out of the abundance of your heart, you have spewed your bile that is divisive and offensive. Do the honorable thing and resign, you're no representative of Jesus! When Jesus offended, it was always to challenge the religious order of the day (For the law was given through Moses, Grace and Truth came with Jesus Christ),to usher in His Kingdom. You would do well to go back to basics and read your bible and less fanning these racists fires that seem to be raging out of control in our beloved South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
As a leading online payment service provider, PayFast offers merchants the ability to receive funds via a variety of payment methods including credit cards, debit cards, Instant EFT and mobicred. Xero has fast become a leader in the online accounting arena with a particular focus on small businesses. The significant growth of e-commerce and strong SME market in South Africa, makes Xero a natural fit to add to PayFast’s extensive list of over 70 integrated platforms. Customer centric businesses are the name of the game, and technology is offering more ways to create a positive customer experience. It is no surprise that businesses are looking for more ways to streamline their systems and offer more convenience to customers. Connecting PayFast and Xero does just that by allowing a “pay now” link to be included on any invoice. Customers can immediately settle invoices creating a quick and seamless experience. Small businesses get paid faster with the added benefit of no longer needing to manually reconcile invoice payments. “Xero is one of the leading cloud based accounting platforms used by hundreds of thousands of small businesses around the world. We wanted to make it even more useful for South African businesses, by providing local payment options. Through integrating our great services, Xero and PayFast now provide a best of breed and locally relevant accounting, invoicing and payment solution for small businesses in South Africa” says Jonathan Smit, Founder and Managing Director of PayFast. “Having freshly launched in South Africa we’re thrilled to now welcome PayFast - an innovative local business, to our growing ecosystem of third party tools," comments Gary Turner, Xero MD EMEA."South African small businesses will have access to an easy and secure payments processing service that is seamlessly integrated within their accounting software.” With the recent official launch of Xero in South Africa, PayFast is looking forward to a partnership . . .
Attendees of the annual SAPICS conference, which took place at Sun City from 12 – 14 June 2016, benefitted from the debut launch of Strato IT Group’s innovative digital proof of delivery business application, StratoPOD. This cost effective mobile business application is designed specifically to improve delivery processes for logistics enterprises and their customers. Cassie Lessing, MD, Strato IT Group says the company was extremely excited about showcasing its mobile business application and how it provides a ROI from the very first delivery: “StratoPOD is designed on an innovative, digital platform and provides a single, connected system that simplifies and digitises delivery. It is a unique locally developed application and we are confident that it will assist many logistics businesses to simplify their delivery processes, while also reducing risk and saving costs.” This cloud-based mobile business application facilitates digitisation of delivery documentation including digitally signed proof of delivery and is easily integrated to back-office systems. STRATOpod has already been purchased by one of South Africa’s leading automotive brands and the ROI has been immediate. It is compatible with most recognized mobile devices and operating systems and can be operated in real-time or in off-line mode. Lessing says the system is extremely easy to use and the drivers that utilise it experience numerous benefits of a paperless, streamlined process: “Drivers can scan product off the delivery vehicle to eliminate delivery failures, capture the consignee signature at point of delivery, and quickly identify over, short or damaged goods (with photographic evidence) to immediately initiate a claims process.” StratoPOD is aimed at logistics businesses and their customers that use paper-based delivery systems. It can be easily customised to accommodate customer specific requirements and currently have configured solutions for transportation of packages, palletised . . .