Billabong Madibaz's Jean du Plessis was on the crest of the wave after winning the men's title at the University Sport South Africa surfing competition at Victoria Bay near George recently. The 21-year-old quantity surveying student's performance also helped the Port Elizabeth-based campus to the overall men's crown in the three-day Surfing South Africa sanctioned event, which culminated on June 27. The University of Cape Town's Daniel Wilson and Varsity College's Wade Simkiss made up the rest of the podium. Du Plessis, who grew up in East London and surfed his way to third place at the national championships as an under-16, said he was stoked with the victory. "We enjoyed some big waves, between four and six feet, and, although the competition was quite tight, it all came together for me in the final." Defending women's champion Roxy Giles, from NMMU's George campus, bested Varsity College's Nicole Pallet in the final while UCT's Jessica Lee took third. The Madibaz's success was made even sweeter when Du Plessis, teammate Dane van Greunen and Giles were selected for the Ussa national team that will participate in various international university surfing competitions. NMMU George sport manager Hugo Loubser said he was very proud of the team, especially the men who had reached all of their objectives. "Our PE campus did really well, especially after losing Josh Saunders (the team's number one) very early on. The George men's team have less experience and exceeded our expectations by beating Stellenbosch for fifth." Overall victory across the men's and women's categories went to defending champions UCT with NMMU PE second and Varsity College third. For more information, visit www.sport.nmmu.ac.za or find Madibaz4U on Facebook and Twitter. Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. More Info link: http://sport.nmmu.ac.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Full . . .
Since the beginning of 2013 we have seen the property market transition from a strong buyer’s market into a slightly more balanced market that is slowly starting to tip in the seller’s favour, says Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa. “Currently the market conditions that we are experiencing point to the fact that we are in the middle of a transition to a seller’s market,” says Goslett. “Although it has been slow, a housing market recovery is taking place in South Africa. Overall, consumer sentiment has seen marginal improvement, which plays a major role in the spending and investment patterns of the average South African. Were it not for the fear of implied policy or legislative changes, many of which could affect the real estate sector, I believe the South African housing market would be further along in its state of recovery with a steeper upward trend, much like is being experienced in the US right now. We are also still facing some remaining effects of the recession as there is still an oversupply of bank-owned properties that keep prices within certain areas regulated.” According to Goslett, while conditions are still favourable for buyers, most RE/MAX of Southern Africa estate agents working in the more densely populated metropolitan areas are reporting a dwindling number of homes available for sale. This means that properties being listed in today’s market - particularly those in the sought-after areas - are selling faster than they can be listed. “The most sought-after properties in the current market are those that offer security and lifestyles benefits. These homes are typically housed within security estates, are lock-up-and-go, traditional three-bedroom, two bathroom style homes,” he says. He adds that the strongest demand for property within metropolitan areas is in the R900 000 to R1.6 million price band. “At the moment homes within this price range are moving faster than any other property on the market. Homes that are . . .
Fibrasol Lda confirmed as Gold Sponsor for the 4th Annual Enhancing Customer Experience, Loyalty and Retention in Telecom conference 2014 Fexton Conference is delighted to announce ‘Fibrasol Lda’, Angola’s largest telecom solution provider as a Gold Sponsor of ‘4th Annual Enhancing Customer Experience, Loyalty and Retention in Telecom 2014’ scheduled on 4th-5th of August 2014 in Johannesburg, South Africa Fibrasol appears in the Angolan market to cope with the demands of the market of information and communication technologies. It’s main focus is the Development of Solutions in all the Telecom and Energy areas, with special dedication to Radio, Data Centers and Fiber Optical solutions. With a wide range of Solutions and special passion for the “Taylor Made” approach, where the Customer chooses what is really necessary, efficiently and functional, this Company´s Human Capital has a vast knowledge on the technological requirements for the solutions, which it is able to provide. Fibrasol, Lda has been developing a large number of projects and solutions in Angola, and is now ready to expand its boundaries to other African Countries. The ‘4th Enhancing Customer Experience ,Loyalty & Retention in Telecom 2014’ conference program will cover the different approaches to enhance customer retention and Customer Experience including CRM, Customer service, customer experience management, products and services, quality of services, strategic marketing, customer intelligence, profiling and segmentation etc. The conference would be a great opportunity for exchange of ideas, networking and professional development, as major telecom companies and technology giants from four continents would participate at the event Mr. Heryvelto Gambôa, Fiber Optic Project Manager at Fibrasol will be delivering a keynote session at the summit highlighting their services and some creative solutions provided by them. Delegates would also have an exclusive opportunity to interact with . . .
Entries are streaming in for Gauteng's oldest – and coldest – off-road race, the Bestmed Walkerville Mountain Bike Classic on July 13. Now in its 17th year, the race promises riders an authentic mountain biking experience that harks back to the early years of the sport, says route director Darren Herbst. "The great thing about this event is that it's almost a 'back to your roots' type of race," says Herbst. "A lot of the routes are old walking paths and cattle trails which we clean up and mould and alter a bit, so it's got that real old-school type of feel to it. "It's all about real mountain biking, not these manicured highways that many other races are creating." He says both the 30km and 60km racing options offer their own authentic challenges, such as negotiating natural bumps, divots and grassy portions. "So there are loose rocks and technical sections to deal with but it's not so technical that the average social rider can't compete." Herbst believes another reason for the race's enduring success is the healthy dose of insanity that participants exhibit. "You've got to be a bit crazy to brave the cold here at this time of year but, on the other hand, you're rewarded with riding some awesome trails across private lands that aren't open to the public at any other time." This year's route crosses more than 15 farms, with some route changes necessitated by ongoing residential development in the area, he says. "A new main road is also being built near the start/finish venue at the Walkerville Showgrounds, so we're currently cutting about 10km of all-new single-track to take riders away from that section." Herbst says riders can look forward to traversing the Eye of Africa, the area's biggest and most exclusive golf and residential estate, as well as spotting wildlife on the Stirrup Club game farm. "I think this event has a bit of everything. Obviously the climbs make it a notch or two more difficult, but it's not too crazy, just . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape put the spotlight on disability matters with the launch of the annual Wheelchair Wednesday initiative at the NMMU Indoor Sport Centre in Port Elizabeth on Wednesday. The retailer kicked off its five-week campaign with the donation of 20 wheelchairs to the Nelson Mandela Bay Association for Persons with Physical Disabilities. Speaking at the launch, SPAR Eastern Cape marketing manager Abri Swart said the initiative aimed to raise corporate sponsorship for more than a hundred wheelchairs by the end of July. Every Wednesday, representatives from the participating companies will also spend four hours in a wheelchair to better understand the accessibility challenges faced by people with disabilities on a daily basis. "We are really passionate about caring for our community and Wheelchair Wednesday, which raises awareness for people with disabilities, truly epitomizes that aspect," said Swart. "These chairs will eventually be donated to the really needy who have no other means of getting around." He said the launch event, which took place during the University Sport South Africa netball tournament, aimed to highlight the contrast between ability and disability. "As the title sponsor of the Madibaz netball club, we are assisting them in hosting the tournament, which has drawn teams from 34 universities across the country. "It's a nice synergy – allowing these young, active women an opportunity to see what the challenges are for those who aren't able to move about freely." Among the local celebrities trying out the chairs were SPAR Madibaz assistant coach Zanele Mdodana and defender Zanele Vimbela, who were selected to represent the SPAR Proteas at the Commonwealth Games later this month. Mr PE runner-up and NMMU student Francois Grobler also threw his muscle behind the event. APD executive director Brian Bezuidenhout said the organisation had started Wheelchair Wednesday three years ago, with SPAR Eastern Cape taking the . . .
Justine Krige, Senior Associate, Corporate and Commercial Practice, Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr Introduction Many couples only consider the legal implications of marriage when thinking about whether or not to enter into an antenuptial contract. Often, this is only done a few days before the wedding, and, in many instances, too late to adequately prepare. An antenuptial contract is a contract which is signed by couples about to get married, which sets out aspects of the financial effect of the marriage and which spouses can customise to suit their needs. In South African law, there are three types of marital systems: • marriage in community of property; • marriage out of community of property; • marriage out of community of property, with the accrual system. Marriage in community of property If spouses do not enter into an antenuptial contract, they are automatically married in community of property. The effect of this matrimonial property regime is as follows: • At the start of the marriage, the property of each party is combined to form a single estate. All property is shared equally. • Both spouses are liable for each other’s debts (subject to exceptions). • There is no protection in the event of insolvency of either spouse. • The consent of both spouses is required to buy, sell and mortgage certain property. • On death or divorce, all property is generally shared equally between the spouses. Marriage in community of property works on the principle of "we share everything". Marriage out of community of property If parties wish to enter into a marriage out of community of property (in other words to avoid the "we share everything" principle), they need to sign an antenuptial contract. The effect of this matrimonial property regime is as follows: • The property of both spouses remains completely separate. • Each spouse is liable for his/her own debts. • There is protection in the event of insolvency of either spouse. • The consent of . . .
by Frew Murdoch Today, South African business faces a variety of human resources-related challenges, from workforce instability and talent management strategy through to regulatory compliance needs. "Perhaps the most significant of these challenges," says Anja van Beek, HR director at Sage VIP, "lies in aligning the company's people, with the vision of its leadership and the culture of the company." In this context, what are the most important qualities that HR directors need to possess and what are the challenges they face? What are the challenges that HR directors face in SA businesses? "Today's competitive business environment means that CEOs, HR directors and other members of the executive suite are focusing - more than ever - on the retention and development of their people," says Van Beek. "This isn't just about finding people with the raw skills and talent to work for the business but also seeking, developing and retaining people with the right cultural fit and interpersonal skills to thrive in the business." Else Pule, HR manager at Eskom, believes the skills shortage is the main challenge "The first challenge faced by HR directors in South African businesses is the issue of skills. There has been a lot said about skills in South Africa yet there is no coherent view about what the issue around skills actually is. "The issue of the shortage of skills is not only a South African phenomenon; the whole world is facing a skills shortage. Getting skills from other countries is not sustainable, which means that in South Africa, we need to get to some consensus on how we interpret 'the shortage'. In this way, we will then be able to spearhead solutions that actually solve the real problem." The next challenge facing HR directors is the need to cut down on recruiting costs "The time spent writing job descriptions, repeatedly posting job advertisements and the accompanying costs, the subsequent industrial relations processes arising from . . .
Eskom Price Increase Presents Challenge for South African Businesses Enterprises and business owners urged to consider energy efficient air conditioning and lighting solutions to reduce operational expenses Johannesburg – 3 July 2014 – The National Energy Regulator of South Africa (NERSA) has confirmed that the electricity price increase for 2014/15 will be 7% from 1 July 2014. In light of the continuing rise in energy tariffs, it is becoming increasingly important for enterprises and business owners to ensure that every measure is taken in order to reduce power consumption. Michael McKechnie, Divisional Head for Digital Air Solutions at Samsung Electronics SA, says the price hike was expected following the announcement last year by NERSA to allow for an increase in electricity prices by 7% a year for five years (2013-2018). “While the increase in rates doesn’t come as a surprise, it does present yet another financial challenge for South African business owners, as they once again need to look for new ways to offset the impact of this additional cost on their profit margins,” says McKechnie. He notes that most companies tend to be within buildings and office blocks and as a result are dependent on air conditioners for ventilation as well as artificial lighting. “Air conditioners are notorious for being heavy consumers of electricity, but this is now a thing of the past, as a Digital Variable Multi (DVM) system offers an innovative, energy efficient, high performance heating and air conditioning system, which is both flexible and cost-effective. Added to this, DVM has the ability to generate hot water and also offers extensive piping length and lightweight design; making it the ideal solution for larger buildings that require a wide range of temperature-control solutions. This product's high-tech capability is combined with eco-friendly features to deliver a sustainable solution that conforms to the highest environmental standards,” says . . .
“I’ve been called a ‘networking guru’ by one of South Africa’s leading financial magazines , which made me proud, and a ‘personal brand expert’ by one of South Africa’s largest radio talk shows, which I think is cool because I may be the only former regulatory bureaucrat to also be a business author”, says Karl Smith. Ask him about business networking and you’ll get a mile-wide grin, crackling energy and a lively discussion of how networking can make every facet of career and business more engaging, fun and successful. For the very first time, he will be appearing in Harare, Zimbabwe from 1st to 2nd September 2014 to present at a national sales conference. Ask him about why business networking is so important and you’ll get a detailed response: “I think that most professionals and entrepreneurs understand at some level the wisdom of the adage, ‘It's not what you know; it's who you know and whether they know what you know’. Indeed, building the right professional relationships is critical for business and career success. Why? It’s the best professional tool for people who want to get up to speed in a new job fast, get the job done, get behind organizational initiatives, get the most from conferences and meetings, get the business, get a job, get a promotion and get ahead. And on a macro level a wider and deeper network of alliances can help companies across industries to be profitable. They can deploy their network to raise the company’s industry profile, lower its costs, boost its efficiency and differentiate itself. However they need to ask the big question: How do we make our entire portfolio of networks work for us, to give us advantage, given our strategy and the industry?” Smith is on a mission to kill the cocktail function image of networking which is often characterized by the meeting, greeting and business cards ritual. Smith says he’s been polling audiences for years on the issue of networking functions and business cards. He asks audiences: . . .
Automobiles or cars have always held special place and sentiments in every human’s heart. In this regard MotorMag plays a key role in making this dream of owning a car into reality. The concept of pre-owned cars is fast gaining momentum all over the world and with this concept, owning a car has become easier for those who cannot afford or don’t wish to buy new cars due to various reasons. MotorMag acts as a bridge for those customers who wants to sell their used cars and for consumers who wants to purchase a pre-owned car. MotorMag acts as a safe platform which provides quality service, offers a wide range of best quality used cars and customer friendly assistance to help choose customers their dream cars. Customers at MotorMag are not given any fake promises or fake assurances; every deal is done in a clear and transparent manner. MotorMag gives its customers the very convenient method of car-hunting at the comfort of their homes through their digital showroom on their web search portal. Thus car buying has become as easy as just a mouse click away. Customers can choose from a varied range of pre-owned cars of various makes and models and most importantly price range. MotorMag has its dealerships all over South Africa, thus making it convenient for customers at any location to realizetheir desire of purchasing a car. MotorMag has revolutionized the way people buy cars by making car buying a joyous process instead of time consuming process. Customers can browse through thousands of car models, depending on the manufacturer, transmission, body styles and budget. MotorMag also hosts competitions for its customers and dealers through which rewards are being awarded. For more information, visit http://www.motormag.co.za About MotorMag: MotorMag is an online web portal which gives customers easy access to thousands of pre-owned cars of various companies under one roof. Interested customers can browse through the listed cars from their comfort zone . . .