GaySA Radio is proud to announce that it will be the 2016 broadcast sponsor for Pretoria LGBTI Pride to be held on 1 October 2016. GaySA Radio is the new LGBTI voice in South Africa, broadcasting online at http://gaysaradio.ndstream.net. It started broadcasting in October of 2015 and added presenters and content from February 2016. Currently in test phase, the station is growing by leaps and bounds. It currently has more than 30 volunteer staff, broadcasting from its studio in Pretoria. Pretoria LGBTI Pride is celebrating its fourth year and is becoming one of the premier pride events on the South African Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Intersex (LGBTI) events calendar. From its modest inception a few years ago, this event has grown in size and last year attracted in the region of 7,000 participants to the annual event held in Centurion. The theme for Pretoria LGBTI Pride 2016 is Raise Your Flag and during the parade GaySA Radio will formally raise its flag as the only LGBTI broadcaster not only in South Africa, but also on the continent of Africa. As part of its sponsorship of this event, valued at R 250,000, GaySA Radio will present a weekly feature on Pretoria LGBTI Pride during the daily Eggs and Sausage Show. It will run advertising for the Pride event and all its pre-pride activities. Various people involved in the organisation of the event will be interviewed on a regular basis, as well as providing listeners with updates and news concerning Pretoria LGBTI Pride. This will happen via the online station, as well as on the GaySA Radio website and all its social media platforms. The GaySA Radio Team will host a live broadcast during the Pride event day and will have a float in the parade, as well as handing out promotional material to people attending the event. Hendrik Baird, the Operations Manager of GaySA Radio, says they are excited to take part in an event of this nature. “GaySA Radio wants to partner with successful LGBTI events of this nature . . .
Job availability in South Africa is on the rise at the start of 2016, according to the latest research from job search site Adzuna. Jobseekers should head to cities like Johannesburg, Cape Town Metro and Tshwane where there are more vacancies open to prospective candidates. Chatsworth is officially the hardest place in South Africa to find work, with the fewest available vacancies, with Zululand currently offering the lowest average advertised salaries. The top 50 cities in South Africa were ranked by comparing the job vacancies in Adzuna’s comprehensive search index of over 110,000 live jobs and advertised salaries in each city in April 2016. Adzuna also analysed the distribution of job titles and categories to determine which jobs are in hottest demand in each city or province. Best cities to find a job - Johannesburg, Cape Town (Metro) and Tshwane top the list of easiest places to find a job in the country. No surprises, although many mining areas in the northern parts of South Africa are especially interesting as the salaries proportionate to the amount of jobs available are much higher than general. The North-West Province, for example, won the rank of first for the highest salary average, pushed up by mining salaries on a lower base than the more populated areas. Worst cities to find a job – Chatsworth and Kuruman (Ga-Segonyana district) are the hardest areas in SA to find a job with just 11 vacancies currently being advertised, closely followed by Lichtenberg, Faerie Glen, Meyerton and Blouberg (Limpopo) to round out the worst 6 areas. Unsurprisingly, availability for jobs in the capital Tshawne is booming with 6,191 roles available. Employers are loosening the purse strings - Average salaries in a number of cities are rising, which may reflect a deeper need to attract rarer skills, as well as line up with the current inflation figures. South Africans saw a 6% rise in salaries offered for the same positions over the first quarter of . . .
Because International Day Against Homophobia is earmarked for 17 May, GaySA Radio has decided to raise awareness about homophobia during the whole month of May. Homophobia is the hatred or irrational fear of lesbian women, gay men, and bisexual, transgender and intersex persons - sometimes leading to acts of violence and expressions of hostility. Homophobia is not confined to any one segment of society and can be found in people from all walks of life. State sponsored homophobia has been described as Africa’s new apartheid and has become a red herring, a distraction, to divert attention from the failing democratic culture among so many weak democracies across the continent. South African laws are progressive on issues of sex and sexuality and South Africa was the first country in the world to put a constitutional ban on discrimination by any individual or institution, private or public, on the basis of sexual orientation. It is common knowledge that South Africans are still remarkably conservative when it comes to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) issues and persons. Institutionalised homophobia is an everyday occurrence in police stations and Home Affairs offices. The rape and murder of lesbians and the brutal attacks on gay men are a shocking reality. Being openly gay in the corporate section can endanger a person’s career prospects. In some rural communities, homosexuality is seen as unnatural, warranting interpretation from traditional healers. The basis of all homophobia is ignorance, fear and hatred. The way to overcome homophobia and start bridging the gap between the laws of the country and people’s homophobic attitudes, is through a series of actions that society has to take on an individual basis. One has to get to know an LGBTI person and understand that their sexuality is not always a choice. The only real choice an LGBTI person has is whether they will accept who they are or live a lie. So much homophobia is . . .
The Mecer NMMU-Madibaz cricketers are aiming to turn a few near misses into a return to the winners' podium at the Momentum national club championship in Pretoria from tomorrow. The Eastern Province champions have a proud record in the tournament, which they won for the first time in 1992. Since the merger in 2005, they have emerged victorious in the 2009 and 2011 editions, while finishing runners-up on two occasions. They will be attending the event for the eighth consecutive time. There will be no easy route to Wednesday's final, though, as they have been placed in what can be termed the "pool of death". Their section includes multiple former winners UJ and Tuks as well as a strong unit from Kempton Park Cricket Club. KwaZulu-Natal's Crusaders, who won last year's tournament when they defeated Maties by one wicket on the Duckworth-Lewis method, will be back to defend their crown. Madibaz captain Eddie Moore said they were not looking too far ahead and would strive to focus on their own performances during the tournament. "We want to take it day by day and not focus too much on other teams and what they do. "If we can consistently play our brand of cricket and treat each team with the respect they deserve, I'm sure we will get the results we want." The Madibaz have been dealt a blow with the unavailability of Warriors fast bowler Sisanda Magala, but Moore was not overly concerned about his absence. "Besides Sisanda, we're at full strength and all 13 players in the squad can win us games." He said Shaakir Abrahams, Matthew Christensen and Stefan Tait were in particularly good form. Moore, himself, has experience at franchise level, while fast bowler Anrich Nortje proved his worth when he bowled the Warriors to a Sunfoil Series victory over the Knights last month. The Madibaz have a new coach in Corbyn Dolley and Moore said their preparation had gone well. "I've enjoyed our new coach's energy and ideas, and the way he went . . .
Organizing courier, removal and domestic delivery services is fraught with time-consuming headaches, as you flounder with phone calls and copious quotes. What if there was a service available where you could state your needs in a couple of clicks and wait for the quotes to come to you? Introducing FastVan. Launched already in South Africa and available Nationwide, FASTVAN is an exciting labor-saving app, which allows users to gather instant quotes, compare prices and book courier, local delivery and removal services tailored to their needs at the touch of just a few buttons. The new app is available to download from Google Play and Play Store, for iOS and Android devices (with a desktop version launching in July 2016) has been designed to save users time, money and effort, while helping couriers and removal companies to reach a new customer base. In allowing users to specify the exact details of the items that they want transported – size, shape, weight for couriers, a furniture inventory for removal – and where they wish the goods to be moved from and to, the app lets potential service providers create bespoke quotes. The customers can then compare services and accept or reject the quotes accordingly. With the ability to book multiple orders and track all deliveries as they go along, from collection to drop-off, FastVan keeps customers in control, while an in-app rating system allows customers to shape the quality of the service with honest feedback, keeping standards high. Working with ewallet, the app ensures all payments are made safely and digitally, with no need for physical money to change hands at the point of collection – this means the customers are protected from undisclosed fees, and the service providers need not carry money around with them. ewallet also allows customers to add funds directly to their FastVan account for instant payment and imposes no transaction charges, and with instant access available, users can easily stay in control . . .
Small and medium enterprises have much to gain from holistic solutions The economy of any area and its community’s health directly influence each other. Given the fact that this province’s unemployment rate increased 3.9% year-on-year1, the onus is on every company in Limpopo to grow their business’s wealth and employees’ health, thereby swelling the prosperity of the region. This is because employers contribute to the wellbeing of the community through providing employment, according to behavioural psychologist Dr Jacqui Joubert, Director of Agility Channel. “Where a company’s competitiveness and profitability is threatened, job security is jeopardised and this can have significant fallout for the socio-economic health of communities with an increased likelihood of social ills, such as crime and substance abuse.” “A second contributing factor is that small and medium enterprises feel the burden of employees on sick leave, or who are not giving their all, more acutely than large corporations do and this can have significant consequences for a company’s bottom line. Conversely, employees who feel valued and engaged tend not only to have better productivity levels, but frequently demonstrate a more proactive and innovative approach to their work, which can have untold benefits for their employers and the community as a whole. In order to remain competitive smaller businesses, which contribute significantly to employment in the region, must maintain a dedicated, inspired and productive workforce. With ever-increasing competition, however, employers are seeking solutions to keep their businesses sustainable. “When we look at some of the main factors affecting the productivity of individual workers, themes of ill health and poor management of chronic disease; substance abuse and emotional problems, including financial stress, are recurrent problems. Another key aspect often stems from employees feeling undervalued, and they may – either consciously or . . .
Ubique Auctioneers of South Africa are looking to go nationwide and even international with new online timed auctions of exclusive properties. Auctions are a great way for individuals and investors to get great deals on exclusive items. Increasingly auctions are now taking bids online as well as in person, the increasing popularity of this format has led to online exclusive auctions from some of the world’s biggest auctioneers. South Africa’s Ubique Auctioneers is the latest to introduce this format, with unique timed and live online auctions available to bidders worldwide. Ubique will be launching their new format with five impressive properties to bid on this 11th to 15th of April 2016. The first of the property auctions offers an impressive 671-hectares (1658 acres) of prime game reserve, which forms part of the core Vredefort Dome World Heritage Site. On this site, many rock formations can be found resulting from a meteorite which hit the earth two billion years ago. The Rondekop Game Farm has an abundance of game, including 3 Giraffes, 138 different species of birds and no less than 72 species of indigenous trees. The second and third lots are more traditional properties, offering sea views as breath-taking vistas in Kleinmond, South Africa. The fourth lot is a beautiful development property 500m from Kleinmond lagoon, which also offers an unrestricted sea view, while the fifth lot offers a modern vacation home situated in the Parys Gold and Country Estate and is sure to attract a few investors. A spokesperson for Ubique Auctioneers explained, “We are excited to be able to offer these amazing properties exclusively online through our new timed auction format. This enables individuals to place a bid at any time before the deadline, just like they might on eBay, in order to secure the very best deal possible on these amazing opportunities. Our new Ubique Online website will feature some of the very best lots we have available to test the strength of . . .
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 4 April 2016 – Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa (FMCSA) remains a brand on the move, consistently growing its local sales and export volumes while the overall market comes under increasing pressure. Ford sold a total of 6 807 vehicles and exported a record 5 086 Rangers in March 2016, its highest figures yet for the year. *This is in stark contrast to the prevailing market trends which, according to the figures released by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (NAAMSA), saw the aggregate new vehicle sales in March 2016 fall by 14% to 47 631 units compared to March last year. Similarly, total export volumes dropped by 18.5% to 27 714 units for the month. “Customers in South Africa continue to want the utility, flexibility and performance of the Ford Ranger, and the utility offered by our entire SUV ranger. Despite market headwinds, the attributes of the entire Ford line-up continue to appeal to consumers. At Ford South Africa, we are committed to continuing to bring vehicles and technologies that our customers want and value. Stay tuned for some important news about a new vehicle tomorrow,” says Neale Hill, Ford Motor Company of Southern Africa Director of Marketing, Sales and Service. “Ford secured its highest overall sales for the year,” Hill states. “We’re also delighted that Ford was once again the second best-selling brand overall and through the dealer channel, signalling strong consumer confidence and the sustainability of our dealer network.” The new Ranger topped the 3 000 sales mark once again, as the latest model makes further inroads into the competitive light commercial vehicle segment. Demand continues growing from Ford’s export markets too, with an export volume of 5 086 units for the Ranger. Ford’s Figo had a superb month, notching up 1 180 sales and the Fiesta with 676 up 55% year-to-date. The EcoSport compact SUV maintained its segment leadership with 902 units sold in . . .
PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, April 5, 2016 – Ford Motor Company is investing R2.5-billion ($170 million US dollars) to expand operations in South Africa at its Silverton Assembly Plant in Pretoria, South Africa, to produce the all-new Ford Everest, along with the new Ford Ranger that was launched at the end of last year. This investment will create approximately 1 200 new jobs at Ford South Africa and within the South African supplier network. “Our customers love the capability and utility offered by the all-new Ford Everest,” said Jim Farley, Ford executive vice president and president of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “By producing the Everest in South Africa, we will be able to make it more readily available, and in a greater variety of models, for customers throughout Sub-Saharan Africa. “The R2.5-billion investment reaffirms the importance of these markets as part of our growth strategy across the Middle East and Africa,” Farley added. “It further reinforces South Africa’s position as a strategic export base for Ford Motor Company.” The Silverton facility joins AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong; Ford’s Chennai plant in India (where it is sold as the Endeavor) and the JMC Xiaolan Plant in Nanchang, China, as production hubs for the Everest. Initial production at Silverton of the Everest will commence in the third quarter of 2016, with the first units expected to come to market in the fourth quarter. South African-produced models will be sold locally and exported to markets across Sub-Saharan Africa. Part of this investment has been directed towards the production of the new Ranger, which is already running at maximum capacity at the Silverton Assembly Plant – with domestic sales and export demand at an all-time high. The Silverton Assembly Plant features state-of-the-art automation utilising Ford's global manufacturing processes, and will be equipped to produce 10 000 Everest’s per annum. “The all-new Everest has been extremely well received since . . .
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