City Lodge Hotel Group has announced that two of its General Managers (GMs) were recently announced as being among the 55 finalists in South Africa’s 2014 Rising Star Awards within the Tourism and Hospitality category! Abia Rakoma, GM at Road Lodge Carnival City, and Marvin Theron, GM at Road Lodge Rustenburg, will now undergo a vigorous judging process before winners are announced at an awards ceremony to take place on Monday, 28 July. The Rising Star Awards The Rising Star Awards are held every year and were established in order to recognise and celebrate young business people under the age of 40 who have great talent and deliver above and beyond expectations. In the words of CEB’s SHL Talent Measurement Solutions, “A Rising Star is an individual who displays promising potential and pursues every opportunity to achieve great heights.” Hundreds of entries are received every year – 310 were received this year alone – but only five finalists are selected for each of the 11 business sector categories. Laura Barker, MD of BlackBark Productions (organiser of the Rising Star programme), says that the Rising Star programme is far more than just an awards ceremony; "The programme will establish a living community of young South African talent that will be developed, mentored and provided with necessary platforms for development and communication. This will enable them to become role models, opinion leaders and the inspiration for other future South African talent.” Marvin Theron Marvin first gained experience in the hospitality industry when he joined the City Lodge Hotel Group in July 2009 as a Front Office Coordinator at the Courtyard Hotel in Sandton, aftergraduating with a higher diploma in Hospitality Management from The International Hotel School. In February 2010 he was promoted to Junior Assistant GM. Last year his name was put forward for the Management Development Programme offered by City Lodge Hotel Group and while engaged in the programme . . .
South Africa’s first ever National Frozen Yoghurt Day (#NFYD) will take place on Saturday 26 July and Wakaberry will be celebrating in true #wakastyle. To commemorate the occasion the first 200 Wakafans through each store’s doors on #NFYD will receive a special limited edition Wakaberry spoon. These spoons will become collector’s items and will change each year. All customers will also have the opportunity to play for their bowl of froyo in-store through a unique Wakaberry app, which allows customers to spin a digital Waka wheel. Wakafans could win discounts or even a free bowl. The spinning wheel will also give away exclusive spots in a competition to win a year’s supply of free froyo! Wakaberry will also be rolling out two brand new flavours. A fun and light hearted Pink Lemonade and a darker more luscious Black Cherry. National Frozen Yoghurt Day will be celebrated in all 36 Wakaberry stores nationwide on Saturday 26 July. Wakabery introduced the pay-per-weight, self-serve frozen yoghurt concept to South Africa in 2011. Their brand has become synonymous with their 100% real, traditionally fermented yoghurt, which is available in over 50 flavours. Their famous toppings bars offer something for everyone from sweets to fresh fruit to flavoured syrups. For more information about #NFYD Wakafans can go to www.wakaberry.co.za, Facebook (facebook.com/wakaberryfroyo), Twitter (@Wakaberry) or Instagram (@Wakaberry). Issued by Firestarter on behalf of Wakaberry. For more information please contact Genevieve Cutts on 082 546 4043 or firstname.lastname@example.org Author: Genevieve Cutts from . More Info link: http://www.wakaberry.co.za Twitter: @Wakaberry Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: . Wakaberry frozen yoghurt Photo: Wakaberry Wakaberry National Frozen Yoghurt Day Photo: Wakaberry CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
No, not another 2014 FIFA World Cup surprise, but a valid question. As one of the major sponsors of this global event, was the return on investment received what Adidas was expecting as one of the official sponsors, after having spent huge amounts of money? Speculation is rife that FIFA's World Cup partners pay a hefty price for the privilege to be so closely affiliated with the event – apparently $1.5 billion revenues are taken to be associated as some form of World Cup Sponsor. Gauteng-based media monitoring company, ROi, who has been reporting to the South African media on World Cup statistics during the event, generated an insightful study that contains the editorial mention of these brands in relation to this event. “It is surprising how little editorial coverage there is from each of the sponsors given the massive fee there is to be associated with this world event,” says ROi Managing Director, Tonya Khoury. “I do recognise that media publicity is not the only benefit a company like Adidas will get from such a sponsorship, but I was surprised that it was so low.” The study, which does not include logo exposure or advertising in relation to the brands, focused on media mention of the various brands on millions of global social networks and 60,000 global online newspapers. “As could be expected Adidas was the most exposed brand in the editorial space. With almost one third of the coverage against other sponsors, Adidas’ #allin campaign was a massive success,” says Khoury. Another factor for the sponsor’s success is “largely attributed to the fact that Adidas was the main sponsor of the two teams playing in the final. They are also the sponsor of arguably the best football player in the tournament, Lionel Messi. To add to this 46 goals have been scored by players wearing the adizero F50, including three of the World Cup’s top scorers: James Rodriguez of Colombia, Thomas Muller of Germany and then of course Messi. “The official soccer ball has . . .
Not all property purchases are equal. This is according to Adrian Goslett, CEO of RE/MAX of Southern Africa, who says that while the emerging market conditions have created opportunities in today’s real estate sector, buyers need to be savvy and make the correct buying decisions if they want to get the most out of their property purchase in the future. He notes that buying a property at fair market value doesn’t guarantee that healthy returns will be realised over the long term. While an emerging market phase is an excellent time to invest in property, Goslett points out that there are certain golden rules for any property acquisition that buyers would be wise to follow: 1. Do your research and ask questions “The first question that buyers need to ask themselves is why they are buying the property. Is it for them to live in or is it an investment property? This changes the game and how they might view a property,” says Goslett. “If the property is for the buyer to live in, the purchase will be more emotionally guided and the things that will be important are the features and amenities that appeal to the buyer. 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.” He adds that the internet is a valuable source of information and can be used to gain a wealth of knowledge with regard to the area, the estate or complex. “However,” says Goslett, “nothing replaces checking out the location yourself. Ask your agent for a comparative market analysis and drive around, walk the streets, see what the traffic is like, and who your potential neighbours could be and what facilities and amenities are on offer nearby.” 2. Small differences can make a big impact Often buyers underestimate the importance of location and just how much subtle differences between two areas can impact on the property price. “It is vital that buyers understand why property . . .
The Private Banking and Wealth Management Conference will take place on 17 & 18 September 2014, at Focus Rooms in Sunninghill, Johannesburg. The two day event will focus on addressing key issues regarding the current landscape of private banking and wealth management and what the future holds for the professionals working in this industry. The conference also seeks to uncover the latest trends influencing the private banking environment and the importance of sufficient client service to gain and maintain customer relationships. By hosting the conference, Trade Conferences International aims to highlight how the growth in high net worth individuals has resulted in a drastic change in customer needs and preferences, this has put pressure on bank managers in the private banking division to dramatically improve and personalise their services to meet the needs of individual customers. The conference will bring together practitioners in private banking / asset and wealth management to discuss and debate new trends and issues in the market. This may result in innovating current strategies or developing new and improved ones. Topics are divided into the following six categories: ? Landscape of private banking and moving forward ? Wealth and investment management to maintain a competitive advantage ? Asset management – operating, maintaining and upgrading assets cost effectively ? Keeping up with the trends and innovations in private banking ? Safeguarding banks through improved risk and compliance frameworks ? Serving clients and creating value The target audience will include: Private bankers, wealth managers, investment managers, asset managers, financial advisors, portfolio managers, private banking managers, independent wealth managers, investment banking specialists, wealth relationship managers, investment banking associates, wealth control analysts, relationship managers, client service associates, risk and compliance managers and financial . . .
Iziko Museums of South Africa will host an exhibition entitled: Impressions of Rorke’s Drift - The Jumuna Collection at the Iziko South African National Gallery (ISANG) from 23 July until 2 November 2014. This exhibition has been made possible by sponsorship from the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund and is curated by Thembinkosi Goniwe. The exhibition includes over 100 works (comprising mainly prints) from 17 artists, who studied at the renowned Evangelical Lutheran Church Art and Craft Centre (known as Rorke’s Drift) in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. In conversation with those of the Jumuna Collection are artworks drawn from ISANG’s Permanent Collection. The centre operated for a mere 20 years (1962—1982), but had a major impact on South African contemporary art. Some of the country’s most influential artists emerged from Rorke’s Drift, including Sam Nhlengethwa, Pat Mautloa, John Muafangejo, Kay Hassan, Dumisani Mabaso, Bongiwe Dhlomo, Azaria Mbatha, Paul Sibisi, Lionel Davis and Sandile Zulu, among others. No complete archive of the phenomenal output of the centre’s artists exists outside of this collection, making it invaluable to the art world. The Jumuna family have been collecting artworks virtually since the start of the centre in 1962. The exhibition is drawn entirely from the Jumuna family’s private collection. Impressions of Rorke’s Drift offers the chance to see a substantial body of work characterising the Rorke’s Drift legacy, with a view to stimulating discussion on the impact and importance that printing has had on South African art. “As we celebrate 20 years of democracy, showcasing our artistic and cultural heritage is an important narrative to share. Museums play a key role in development through education and democratisation, while also serving as witnesses of the past; and are guardians of humanity’s treasures for future generations of not only this country, but the world. South Africans from all walks of life have a . . .
Centurion, GP – 14 July 2014 -- Nubia Soul an independent celebrating the opening of her entertainment company "House Of Nubia Soul" by hosting an event at Renegade Junction in Randburg on 26 July 2014. Nubia Soul a Singer, writer and poet takes her career as an independent artist to new heights. She has opened her own company to create herself platforms that will propel her career forward in the Music Industry. The Company Name is called "House Of Nubia Soul"; Her company will cater for Artist Management, Magazine Production, Video Production and Event Management/Organizing, focusing on entertainment industry. On 26 July 2014 Nubia Soul has planned to celebrate her new company by organizing an event at Renegade Junction that will include herself performing live and accompanied by several live performing artists as well as DJ's on the decks. The Event name is called "The Experience". In all her future upcoming events Nubia Soul is planning to give those who attend the show the experience of live music. Event: House Of Nubia Soul Experience Date: 26 July 2014 Time: 6PM until late Venue: Renegade Junction Dawn Street Mosteyn Park Randburg 2125 For more information contact event organizer Ben Sidu on the following details: Cell: 078 331 1630 Email: email@example.com Author: Ben Sidu from House Of Nubia Soul. More Info link: http://www.nubiasoul.com/ events/house-of-nubia-soul-the-experience/ Twitter: @Nubia_Soul Facebook: http://facebook.com/nubiasoul Images: For high res version/s of Two image/s please contact: House Of Nubia Soul. Nubia Soul Photo: KK Photography House Of Nubia Soul Event Photo: KK Photography & Fine As Design CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa – July 15, 2014 – Refrigerators are a long-term purchase yet unlike many other major home appliances, often the decision is one that consumers make without fully comparing the benefits between the options that are available. According to Rajan Gungiah, Business Leader for Digital Appliances at Samsung Electronics SA, the modern refrigerator should address a family’s unique needs. “In recent years, the traditional refrigerator has been reinvented and is now far more than a convenient home appliance pushed into a corner. These now make a home décor statement, incorporating a wide variety of smart features and trendy designs.” “Which particular model works best often comes down to size, style, budget and energy efficiency. Start by assessing what is needed before committing to a purchase. Don’t base the decision solely on the exterior design of a refrigerator. Instead, consider the family’s shopping, eating and cleaning habits to ensure the best choice.” “Samsung creates innovative refrigerators through its understanding of human behaviour and develops new ways to make everyday life extraordinary. We offer a diverse range of options which fit perfectly in the various life stages of consumers, from single households to families,” says Gungiah. He highlights the following “need to know” tips to consider when buying and using a refrigerator: Choose an intelligent design Seek out smart design features such as high-efficiency LED lighting, which illuminates everything in your fridge and freezer compartments, in order to easily identify the food you need. It utilises 10 times less heat than regular light bulbs, leaving food unaffected by temperature swings and incorporates power-saving, eco-technology that consumes 20 times less power than conventional light bulbs, while lasting twice as long, saving you money. If one has small children, a stain- and fingerprint-resistant metallic or stainless finish may be more suitable. It is . . .
DF Malan High School got off to a great start to the 2014 Spur School Mountain Bike League and accumulated an impressive 384 points at the first Western Cape league race of the 2014 season hosted recently at Willowbridge to put them top of the log. Attendance figures were up 35% on last year with a total of 365 riders taking to track for the first event of the season. Parel Vallei High School is sitting in a close second with 371 points, with Paul Roos Gimnasium in third position overall, but comfortably leading the boys’ category with 339 points followed by Montana High School in fourth with a total of 326 points. Primary schools making their mark in the Nipper’s and Sprog’s races hosted as part of the league meetings, were Kenridge Primary School with a total of 251 points followed by Totius Primary School with 242 points and Kinetic in third with 116 points. In a tight sub-junior boy’s race it was Michard Meets of Parel Vallei High School who finished first with Calla De Vos of Paul Roos Gimnasium second and Daniel Van der Walt of Kenridge Primary in third place. Andrew Sparks of Reddam House won the youth men 16 division with Matthew Keyser of Parel Vallei in second place and Edward Boshoff of Montana in third. The yougth men 15 was won by Johann Trotzky of Montana with Rossouw Bekker of Paul Roos Gimnasium second and Joshua De Freitas of Parel Vallei High School in third position. The sub-junior girls’ was won by Sonique Louw of D F Malan High School followed by Juarnett West of Montana second and Carla Hollander of Kenridge Primary School in third place. Allison Mortonof Westerford High finished first in the youth women category, followed by Petra Lategan of BBloemhof second and Jessi Nixon of Fishhoek High School in third place. In a tightly contested youth women’s race it was Marga Janse van Rensburg of Montana who took first place with Mire Herbst of Durbanville High School second, Lieze Van Heerden of Parel Vallei third and Sune Van Zyl . . .
If wine tasting, house music and fabulous food sounds like a divine date, then you are in for a treat because TOPS at SPAR are taking you on a date to remember as they confirm that thirteen of South Africa’s leading wineries, all pioneers in wine excellence, will be showcasing their premium wines at the inaugural boutique TOPS at SPAR KwaMASHU Wine & Lifestyle Festival, happening on the 25 and 26 July 2014 at the K-CAP Ekhaya Multi Arts Centre in KwaMASHU, Durban. These leading estates and producers exhibiting include Meerlust, Simonsig, Haute Cabriere, Rietvallei, Rupert & Rothschild, Ernie Els Wines, De Grendel Wines and La Motte alongside iconic household names such as Cederberg, Robertson Winery and Leopard’s Leap. Durban Tourism and the KZN Film Commission have been instrumental in the launch of this festival. The festival media launch happening on Mandela Day at the venue will see media and VIPs unveil a special project undertaken to beautify the area near the venue, and especially created to inspire the children, which attend the primary school some metres away. Phillip Sithole, Head of Durban Tourism, proudly states that The City of Durban is looking forward to the prestigious TOPS at SPAR KwaMASHU Wine and Lifestyle Festival to be held for the first time in our city. “The Festival creates the perfect platform to celebrate the cosmopolitan lifestyle of Durban and we are pleased that at the same time our vibrant culture and ekasi lifestyle of our townships, will be reflected and experienced during the 2 day Festival in KwaMashu. We acknowledge that events of this nature also uplift our local communities and we value the training programmes associated with this event. We look forward to a successful event in the heart of our energy driven townships and we look forward to our locals being exposed to the art and lifestyle of wine which South Africa is famous for and plays an important role in promoting tourism.” Bringing the heartbeat to . . .