GoZone Water, a provider of bulk drinking water to consumers, has warned residents of communities across South Africa that incidents of the so-called "Jam Jar" water scam are on the rise. The company's John Oort says as the municipal water supply creaks under the strain of the country's burgeoning population and the flight of key technical skills to the private sector, companies supplying reverse-osmosis (RO) home water treatment systems are keen to exploit vulnerable home owners. "RO is a legitimate way to purify home drinking water. However, the downside is that it removes both impurities and beneficial minerals simultaneously. Sales representatives from the RO home water treatment companies turn this downside into a perceived plus with the jam jar test," said Mr Oort. He explained that the sales reps show the homeowner two jam jars. One is filled with normal municipal water. The other is filled with RO water treated with the company's home treatment kit. An electrical current is then passed through both jars of water. Because the RO water contains fewer beneficial minerals, there is little to conduct the electricity and it stays virtually the same colour. However, the untreated municipal water still contains many beneficial minerals which effectively conduct electricity and therefore turn the water brown. "Think of this as the difference between high-fibre, nutrient-packed healthy brown bread, and processed unhealthy white bread. Do not be persuaded that the colour change is an indication of impurities in the water," said Mr Oort. He further explained that GoZone Water is termed 'prepared water' and the company's GoZone water kiosks have already found favour with several owners of Pick 'n Pay family franchises around the country. Shoppers are able to bring any size of water container to the retail kiosks and have them filled with oxygenated water purified by a proprietary reverse-osmosis process that includes reintroducing healthy minerals to the . . .
Samsung South Africa’s new Brand Ambassadors effortlessly embody the company’s values JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – 8 August 2016 – Samsung South Africa has announced five new celebrity Brand Ambassadors who epitomise Samsung ideals and characteristics across a range of product categories. “At Samsung, excellence and innovation are key and we believe these local ambassadors embody our corporate identity in appearance, demeanour, values and voice,” says Michelle Potgieter, Director of Brand and Communications at Samsung SA. The five new Brand Ambassadors include Olympic swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, actor and TV presenter Maps Maponyane, celebrity chef Reuben Riffel, renowned Afrikaans singer and actor Bobby van Jaarsveld and former Miss South Africa and businesswoman Jo-Ann Strauss. “These Brand Ambassadors are all leaders in their respective fields and Samsung South Africa is proud to be associated with them,” says Potgieter. Samsung is specifically partnering with these five individuals because of their qualities that are embroiled in the company’s character. Each of these Brand Ambassadors are also highly respected and just as Samsung, enjoy an outstanding reputation - an ideal fit with the brand. Swimmer Cameron van der Burgh, is an exceptional athlete. He combines top performance in his sports with elegance and power and represents precision and excellence in the Samsung TV and audio-visual categories. As an Olympic gold medallist and budding businessman, Van der Burgh perfectly suits the Samsung Television and audio-visual image. “Like me, Samsung puts a lot of effort into being the best and staying ahead of competitors,” says Van den Burg. Maps Maponyane, representing pioneering style in the Samsung integrated mobility and wearables category, is an actor, presenter and entrepreneur and has been voted GQ’s Best Dressed Man and Cosmopolitan Magazine's SA’s Sexiest Man. “I’m proud to be a Samsung Brand Ambassador,” he says, “because . . .
At the turn of the century Waterkloof Glen Extension 2 was a typical leafy middle-class Pretoria East suburb with a local veterinarian and a few more than 100, mostly medium-sized, properties. Few people back then could have visualised the suburb emerging as a R10-billion bustling mixed-use development. Menlyn Maine, the largest project of its kind being undertaken within the greater Pretoria region in Tshwane Municipality, is being developed on the back of this once sleepy suburb and is now a hive of building activity and the headquarters of a growing number of leading South African corporates and businesses. “From what was once the heart of middle-class suburbia a judiciously designed, groundbreaking 315 000sqm mini-city, which effectively combines office, commercial, residential and entertainment spaces is fast emerging,” points out Retha Schutte, Pam Golding Properties’ regional executive for Pretoria. “Indeed, development within the greater Menlyn region has become so rapid that it is increasingly being referred to as ‘Pretoria’s Sandton’.” In 2006, however, the Menlyn Maine development project appeared as if it was going to disintegrate before it had even effectively begun. The initiative was becoming particularly mired in the affairs of a number of the individual members of the community, many of whom quite understandably did not wish to sell their homes, or had high expectations of what their properties were worth now that the land been earmarked for development. In a third attempt to get the multi-billion rand project off the ground, the developers approached Schutte and Pam Golding Properties for assistance with overcoming the stumbling block of bringing together, or, to put it in words of the real estate industry, ‘assembling’, all of the necessary land for a massive project that had been years in the making. “The developers asked me whether I thought Pam Golding Properties could successfully transact the purchase all of the necessary . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa– Samsung Electronics South Africa has vast experience in the development of air conditioning and has long been committed to creating cooling solutions that are both powerful and convenient, thereby ensuring optimum comfort for users. However, what many consumers are unaware of is the fact that Samsung air conditioners are equally effective at warming up a room and they can perform more efficiently than the average heater. Although South Africa is renowned for its long, warm summers, when the winter hits, the cold can really affect internal living spaces. The traditional method of dealing with the cold is to utilise a bar or fan heater, but these products tend to work best as personal heating appliances and are less effective when attempting to warm an entire room. Michael McKechnie, Director of Digital Appliances Group at Samsung Electronics SA, points out that Samsung’s air conditioners may have a reputation for being cooling appliances, but they are just as good when it comes to heating a room. “You simply cannot obtain the same amount of comfort or efficiency in heating from another source, as these appliances are designed to control the entire room’s temperature. Moreover, an air conditioner allows you to maintain your desired room temperature more effectively too,” says McKechnie. “Consumers may be concerned that an air conditioner will use more power, but even this is not necessarily the case. Our products have a built in inverter that sets the appliance to idle once the room reaches optimal temperature, switching on again only if the temperature drops below this level. A heater, on the other hand, is likely to remain on throughout the day in order to keep a room warm, so it clearly draws a lot of electricity.” He adds that another, intangible benefit of using an air conditioner for heat is that by more consistently controlling the temperature of the room, you are less likely to get ill from constant changes in . . .
A strategic decision to switch the dates of the road and mountain bike races at the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa Classic, which is hosted by Sun City in late August, has cleared the way for the feature road race to return to its original route. The 103km event, which made its debut in 1998, was forced to make use of an alternative course over the past three years to combat the increase in traffic - particularly heavy mining trucks - on the R551 from Thabazimbi. Darren Herbst of ASG Events said this has seen the size of the field remain largely static in recent years and he was confident that the new "reversed" programme would provide the impetus for further growth. The 25 and 50km mountain bike races, which are in their 10th year, will now take place on the opening day on August 20 with the road events, including the shorter 70km, on the Sunday when there is less traffic. Herbst, the route director, said he was delighted with the changes to the weekend's festival of cycling. "It will add immense value and we feel the race now has a realistic chance of drawing a field of up to 8 000 riders as in the past." Herbst also placed much importance on the mountain bike offering. "This element has grown steadily over the years and we're very pleased with that." He felt the Saturday slot would entice a lot more mountain bikers from the Gauteng area to make the trip to Sun City. Although the main race on the road was now about six kilometres shorter than last year, it would provide a similar test, said Herbst. "The difficulty is about the same, but the slightly shorter distance will make a difference." He said the event had a reputation as a flat and fast race and that its dynamics were perfect for cyclists who were easing into the second half of the season after winter. A further incentive, said Herbst, was that the Cycle4Cansa Classic is an official seeding event for the Cape Town Cycle Tour. Besides the main events, there are two children's races - . . .
South Africa has many strengths, but customer service is not generally regarded as among our stronger suits. South Africa’s largest closed medical scheme is challenging this negative national stereotype, as it breaks new ground to bring great service to its members. “Whether in restaurants, retail or the healthcare industry, there are a number of factors contributing to this less-than-favourable scenario, including lack of competition, customer apathy, lack of response to complaints and arrogance on the part of many service providers, explains Bella Mfenyana, GEMS executive of contracts and operations. “Government Employees Medical Scheme recognises that in order to improve our own track record, as well as the way South African customer service is regarded internationally, change is needed at every level of society. “Over the last year, GEMS has had a long hard look in the mirror and taken to heart some of the constructive criticism members have shared with us. Whether it has stemmed from dissatisfaction with the level of service received from our call centre, or difficulties in processing claims, we have taken cognisance of the fact that we had room for improvement.” According to Mfenyana, South African healthcare consumers have become increasingly cynical of endless service promises, and tend to disregard these until they see demonstrable action. Consumers are becoming more selective, they no longer remain loyal to service providers if service is not forthcoming. “The healthcare industry should be leading the groundswell toward better, more customer-centric service in order to ensure that the needs of medical scheme members are anticipated and exceeded at every opportunity,” she asserts. When the Government Employees Medical Scheme (GEMS) first opened its doors for business in 2006, few expected it to be the success that it turned out to be. “With the aid of a rigorous tender process and watertight contractual agreements, we have contracted . . .
July 2016 - First Car Rental's partnership with Good Fellas means its customers are covered by Good Fellas' and can use their services wherever they may be. This is just one way that First Car Rental is putting the fun back into car hire. Good Fellas' chauffeurs are permitted to drive First Car Rental vehicles without prior notification. Good Fellas is a nationwide chauffeur service that provides renters with a responsible and hassle-free alternative to driving under the influence. Good Fellas' chauffeurs meet drivers wherever they are and drive them safely home in their own vehicles so that both renter and vehicle make it home, or back to their hotel, safely, in all of South Africa's major cities - Port Elizabeth, Johannesburg, Pretoria, Nelspruit, Durban, Bloemfontein, East London, Port Elizabeth, George and Cape Town. YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/user/firstcarrental CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
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Celebrating Stories of Defying Barriers Ahead of the Olympic Games JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – July 13, 2016 - Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Worldwide Olympic Partner in the Wireless Communications Equipment category, has released ‘The Chant’, its latest film, which features South Sudanese athlete, Margret Rumat Rumar Hassan. The 400-metre runner hopes to compete under her own nation’s flag during the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, as South Sudan will be sending a team to the event for the first time ever. “‘The Chant’ is a continuation of Samsung’s support of the Olympics’ pioneering spirit, highlighting perseverance and the will to get back up again against the odds, which is ultimately what leads to meaningful progress,” explains Michelle Potgieter, Director: Corporate Marketing & Communications at Samsung South Africa. “Through ‘The Chant’, Samsung introduces the world to yet another powerful story of defying barriers. The film conveys how the Olympic Games inspire harmony and celebrate the progress of the human race, generating cultural, personal and technological connections.” ‘The Chant’ opens with Margret in the locker room where she puts in Samsung Gear IconX cord-free ear-buds, paired with her Samsung Galaxy S7 edge. As Margret walks from the locker room to the stadium, viewers are transported to a village in South Sudan where the entire nation is chanting her name to cheer her on and celebrate her journey. As Margret enters the stadium, the chanting disappears, but she remains strong and confident. Through this film, Samsung celebrates not only the individual progress of Margret, but also the development of South Sudan as this nation will participate in the Rio 2016 Olympic Games for the very first time. ‘The Chant’ ends with an inspiring message showcasing Samsung’s commitment to the Olympic Games as the “Proud Sponsor of Those who Defy Barriers”. Earlier this year, Samsung released a short documentary film, ‘A . . .
CashBag, the cash back rewards program for online shopping, recently underwent a tune up. The site in addition to having a new look, now boasts more cash saving deals, more offers from local and international partners and more cash back in the consumers pocket. In July, CashBag launched its CashBag Cash Back Button - A toolbar button that simplifies the process of activating rewards when shopping online. The plugin notifies the shopper each time they visit a CashBag partner website and shows them how much they can save by activating the reward. The CashBag Button also allows shoppers to compare cash back deals right on their Google search results page. Signing up to CashBag is free and opens up a world of money-saving potential. Every time a shopper makes an online purchase through CashBag, CashBag pays a portion of the checkout total back to the consumer in cash. “We’re trying to make it as easy as possible to earn money while you shop online, as well as ensure that consumers don’t miss out on any cash back rewards. The CashBag Button notifies you that a cash back reward is available at that particular site, they click on “activate” and continue shopping. It’s that simple, no forms to fill out or points to accumulate,” states CashBag GM, Kirsty Henderson. The company launched in 2012 with the purpose of offering cash back to it’s members for shopping online; the more they shopped the more they’d earn. While the goal hasn’t changed, the consumer has as well as the playing field. Although reward programs are not a particularly new phenomenon they are becoming increasingly popular. According to The 2016 Truth Loyalty Whitepaper there are over 100 loyalty programs in South Africa with accelerated activity in the last 3-5 years. Banks, insurance providers and many large retailers offer a variety of loyalty and rewards programs; cash back rewards, points, incentives, coupons and discounts. CashBag is not encouraging consumers to add to their daily . . .