Imagine Racing offers ro ensure that celebrities have the inside track on horse racing. The Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile and the R3 Million Ready to Run Cup take place at Turffontein Racecourse on the 2nd of November 2013. With just over two weeks to go, the excitement is building for one of the biggest race days on the Highveld Horse Racing calendar. The Charity Mile sees each horse represented by a well known personality who is also representing a charity. While the names of some of this year’s celebrities are being kept under wraps, well known faces include radio personality Bailey Schneider and Super Sport presenter and passionate racing enthusiast, Neil Andrews. Also rumoured to be on the list for this year is Olympic Gold Medalist, Ryk Neethling. In this worthy showcase of horse racing for a good cause, a total of R550, 000 will be given away to the 16 participating charities. The charity of the winning horse gets R100, 000 with each following represented charity receiving a relative portion of the total. Even the 16th placed charity receives R20, 000, so no organisation is left out. This makes for a very exciting race day and the celebrities and charities relish the thrill of shouting home their horse, and hoping to see it cross the line first. While horse racing is the ultimate sporting thrill, to those not familiar with the sport, it can seem complex and confusing. Imagine Racing is offering Horse Racing 101 background to anyone who wishes to know more about the ins and outs and ensure that they come to the races fully prepared! The R 3 Million Ready to Run Cup is the second feature race on the day, with entries restricted to qualifying graduates of the Ready to Run Sale 2012. The Final Field and draws will be announced on Tuesday the 29th of October. Unlike other races which pay down to the 5th place, this race pays to the 10th placed horse, and with the first place prize of R1.5 Million, acceptance into the race is highly anticipated . . .
According to a recent Discovery Insure survey, Port Elizabeth drivers are the best in South Africa. The motor insurance survey, which analysed the driving behaviour of more than 10 000 motorists over two years, showed that PE drivers beat Capetonians and Johannesburgers in terms of good behaviour. The study looked at aspects such as harsh braking, sharp cornering, acceleration, speeding, accidents and late night driving. Older drivers ranked better than their younger counterparts, with the 60 plus age group outperforming drivers aged 18 to 25. Women proved that they are still safer drivers than men; their lower risk profile means they often qualify for lower motor vehicle insurance premiums. Recent studies show that the majority of road accidents in the country are caused by reckless driving and ignoring the rules of the road. With motor vehicle accidents costing the South African economy more than R300-billion a year, it pays to create awareness of and correct bad driving habits. Unfortunately, the high incidence of road accidents means that it is absolutely essential for motorists to have comprehensive car insurance. So, although Port Elizabeth drivers come out tops countrywide, a bumper bashing may be unavoidable. Chat to one of PWM Financial Management's short-term insurance consultants about the best motor vehicle insurance option for you. The original survey review is available at: http://www.insurancechat.co.za/2013-10/scientific-driving-behaviour-measurement-finds-port-elizabeth-is-home-to-south-africa%E2%80%99s-best-drivers/. More Info link:: http://www.pwmfb.co.za Twitter: https://twitter.com/fullstop Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/fullstopcom YouTube: Author: Coetzee Gouws from Full Stop Communications. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Minister of Labour, Mildred Olifant, announced on 15th October 2013 that she had directed the Director General to commence a review of the minimum wages and conditions of employment in the contract cleaning industry and the domestic worker sector. “Both these sectors of the economy are subject to sectoral determinations issued in terms of section 51 of the Basic Conditions of Employment Act. The sectoral determinations establish, amongst others, minimum wages applicable to employees working in the applicable sectors,” says Johan Botes, Director in the Employment Practice at Cliffe Dekker Hofmeyr. Botes explains that employees in areas that are not covered by sectoral determinations do not benefit from a minimum statutory wage. Wages (and other terms and conditions of employment) in respect of these employees are determined individually, between the employee and employer, or through collective bargaining, between trade unions and employers. “Collective bargaining has in recent years broken down in a number of industries, resulting in industrial action and often even violence. The minimum wages set through the sectoral determinations (and subject to increase following the review announced by the Minister) could assist in reducing the level of conflict in certain sectors. However, statutory minimum conditions of employment also limit employers' operational flexibility and add to the perception of labour market rigidity,” he says. “Achieving a balance between workers' need for increased remuneration and employer's desire for greater flexibility to changing market conditions is critically important. Employers, in particular, should thus heed the call by the Minister to make written representations on the proposed review of wages and minimum conditions of employment in these two sectors. Submissions should be forwarded to the Director: Employment Standards Directorate in the Department of Labour. The final date for submissions is 60 days from publication . . .
Running your own business can be stressful and therefore business insurance cover is essential for peace of mind, says Port Elizabeth financial planner Pieter Willem Moolman. Business insurance may seem like an unnecessary expenditure but many small business owners only realise its value when they need to claim. You simply can't afford to be without it. The right cover for you will depend on the nature of your business. Although you do not need to invest in every possible product that is on the market, there are a few key areas that you need to cover. An experienced short-term insurance broker will be able to assist you with a risk assessment to ensure that you have business cover when and where you need it. A comprehensive insurance package should protect both your physical assets and human capital. In this article, we will highlight the key aspects of physical cover (with more on human capital to follow): 1. Property insurance – Your buildings, stock and equipment should be covered for storm, fire and flood damage, as well as criminal acts like theft and vandalism. 2. Auto insurance – This is essential if your business is based on the transport and delivery of goods or makes extensive use of sales representatives. 3. Business interruption insurance – This ensures that your operating costs, including salaries, can be paid in the event of a disaster that interrupts daily operations and results in a loss of earnings. 4. General liability insurance – This covers any damage or loss suffered by a third party while on your business premises. It can include product liability cover, professional liability, defective workmanship and off-site cover if you work on your client's premises. 5. Credit insurance – If you have big start-up loans or if defaulting debtors could cripple your business, credit insurance is something to consider. 6. Email and internet insurance – Online platforms have created new arenas for liabilities and losses, such as . . .
The National Arts Festival last night named an unprecedented eight young South Africans winners of the prestigious Standard Bank Young Artist Award, bringing to 125 the total number who have been honoured since Standard Bank began sponsoring the Awards three decades ago. The Award is made annually to young South African artists who are either on the threshold of national acclaim, or whose artistic excellence has enabled them to make international breakthroughs. “Celebrating excellence, innovation and a refined technical skill and artistry rests at the heart of the Standard Bank Young Artist Awards. Each of this year’s winners represent the vibrancy and sophistication with which South Africa’s artistic and cultural legacy continues to be enriched” said Festival Artistic Director, Ismail Mahomed. The Awards include, for the first time since inception, a prize shared by siblings in a single category, with photographers Hasan and Husain Essop being named joint Visual Art winners. The brothers have been collaborating since their graduation from the Michaelis School of Fine Arts at the University of Cape Town, and will stage a new joint exhibition in Grahamstown next year. “It is also only the sixth time since the start of the awards that a prize has been given in the ‘Film’ category, and we are delighted that we can include that on our roster of winners together with our newest award category for ‘Performance Art’, which was instituted last year,” Mahomed said. “Quite often we have had to present a smaller, refined list of winners – this time we wanted a full slate, covering all the key genr es celebrated by the National Arts Festival in anticipation of our double anniversary celebrations in 2014.” Next year, apart from being the 30th year Standard Bank have sponsored the Award, the Festival will celebrate its 40th anniversary. The winners of the 2014 Standard Bank Young Artist Awards are: Jahmil XT Qubeka for Film Nicola Elliott for Dance Kyle Shepherd . . .
SA’s BIGGEST AND MOST POPULAR YOUTH FESTIVAL ADDS ANOTHER BIG INTERNATIONAL NAME TO THE LINE-UP The 4U RAGE FESTIVAL has secured sought-after Dutch DJ sensation, R3hab, to perform at this year’s biggest youth festival in South Africa. Best known for his work alongside Lady Gaga, Bob Sinclair, Calvin Harris and Lil’ Wayne, R3hab will tear up the decks at the 2013 installment of the annual festival, taking place in Umhlanga and Ballito. Thousands of party-goers will not only get to experience the sounds of R3hab, but an international line-up never seen before in South Africa. Featuring some of the biggest names in electronic dance music, 4U RAGE FESTIVAL PASSPORT holders will also party to Danny Avila (Spain), Madeon (France), Borgore (Israel), Tube & Berger (Germany), Bakermat (Netherlands), Hannah Wants (UK) and Stimming (Germany). Complimenting the massive international line-up will be local heroes Goldfish, DJ Fresh, Pascal & Pearce, GoodLuck, Jack Parow and many more. The 4U RAGE FESTIVAL PASSPORTS are almost sold out so be sure to get yours to gain access to the biggest and best parties this holiday season. Cross your calendars off from the 28th of November right through to the 7th of December because your 4U RAGE FESTIVAL PASSPORT will be put to good use attending over five premium venues in Umhlanga and Ballito, equipped with the best in production elements, party vibes and entertainers. And we’re not done yet – stay close to the 4U RAGE FESTIVAL Facebook page for even more exclusive announcements around the biggest youth festival in South Africa. Remember, the only way to get in on the action is to have an official 4U RAGE FESTIVAL PASSPORT – available only at www.ragefestival.co.za now! 4U RAGE FESTIVAL is proudly sponsored by Vodacom 4U and BlackBerry. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ragefestivalsa Twitter: @ggrage #Rage2013 More Info link:: http://www.ragefestival.co.za Twitter: Facebook: YouTube: Author: . . .
The Property Poser panel has been asked to assist a reader whose complex has instituted a "no pets" policy, which is negatively affecting the sale of her property. The reader owns a sectional title unit, which she vacated some time ago and recently put on the market. She explains that the body corporate has recently decided to disallow any new pets in the complex, as there are currently too many of them. This decision has had a negative impact on three potential sales as the interested buyers quickly lose interest when they hear that pets are not allowed in the complex. The reader has spoken to the chairman of the body corporate who advised that they have erected a sign outside the complex advising of the new policy. She even approached the managing agents but to no avail. She now asks what else she can possibly do as the new stance regarding pets has a direct negative impact on her due to the difficulty in finding a buyer. According to Schalk van der Merwe from Rawson Properties in Somerset West, Cape Town, the general rule is that an owner shall not be entitled to keep a pet in his section without the written consent of the trustees. "The trustees should consider the individual circumstances and merits of each application to keep a pet. This considered consent might be subject to certain conditions." Should the owner breach these conditions, the given consent may be withdrawn, says Van der Merwe. "Most importantly, the consent should not be withheld unreasonably." Van der Merwe says the ownership of a section allows the owner certain rights generally enjoyed by property owners. "However, ownership of a section may be, and is generally, limited by certain rules." A general and total exclusion of pets negates this aspect of ownership and makes no provision for an application to keep a pet to be considered on its own merits, says Van der Merwe. Grant Hill of Miller Bosman Le Roux Attorneys in Somerset West says the total . . .
Press Release April 2013 Beauty Call: FAIRLADY Looks for 2013 'Best of Beauty' Entrants FAIRLADY'S quest for the most nourishing hand cream, the glossiest lipstick and the most intoxicating fragrance is on once again. The call for entries to FAIRLADY's 2013 Best of Beauty Awards, to be presided over by a judging panel of beauty boffins and sensational celebrity judges – grooming guru Thulane Hadebe and local TV personality Jo-Ann Strauss – has been announced. "Thulane and Jo-Ann will judge the Men’s and Fragrance Categories respectively. They add that extra sparkle of glamour that’s such a big part of beauty to the mix. Of course, since they’re so much in the public eye themselves, they also bring their own in-depth beauty and skin-care know-how to our prestigious panel,’ says FAIRLADY editor Suzy Brokensha. Now in its third year, the Awards serve a valuable function to consumers, who face an ever increasing assortment of beauty products from which to choose, says Brokensha. "With so many products making so many big promises, consumers really rely on the testing we do for them, because they know it’s both stringent and honest. Our readers are happy to spend money on products they know will deliver on their promises, but – like all of us – they want to know for sure that they’re making the right choice. That’s where FAIRLADY Best of Beauty comes in: they view our list of award-winning beauty products in the same way as they would view personal advice from a highly trusted beauty consultant." Last year, several new categories joined the beauty round-up, adding Best Beauty Blogger, Best Newcomer Product, Best Iconic Product and Best Nail Product to the mix. Top winners included optiphi 2 in 1 Facial Cleanser, Moisture Control Light, which won the title of Best SA Product, Estée Lauder Advanced Night Repair which was named Most Iconic Product and beauty blogger Victoria Tatham for her blog www.kissblushandtell.com. The 15 categories in this year's . . .
Performance management, execution and delivery are crucial moments for any organisation, says Helene Vermaak, clinical psychologist and co-founder of The Human Edge. Crucial moments are periods when you experience inappropriate behaviour and if you do the right thing in these moments, it will significantly impact on your results and relationships. Conversations during these moments are sensitive, emotionally charged and risky. Unfortunately, many tend to shy away from having conversations at these times because they are emotionally unpleasant and difficult. But if you don’t have these crucial conversations, you could risk irreparably damaging your organisation… There are two types of crucial moments that we all face – either in our organisations or personal lives: 1. Moments of disagreement: The question we ask ourselves during these is: “Am I going to speak up and speak out because I know that if I don’t speak out I will act out?” 2. Moment of disappointment: During these moments, you need to ask: “How do I deal with those moments of disappointment?” You need to identify these crucial moments because, nine times out of ten, there is a crucial conversation that you need to have when these moments occur. How do you handle crucial conversations in your organisation? There are two ways people handle crucial conversations. They resort to ‘violence’ or ‘silence’: • Violence can be: - Controlling behaviour, - Labelling, i.e. where we put certain labels on people and try to manipulate them through these labels, - Verbal attacks, and - Physical attacks (in extreme cases). • Silence is when you clam up and don’t interact with the person you’re having a problem with. To ensure a successful outcome in a communication situation, all participants in the conversation need to get to a place where they feel safe to let their guard down. In other words, everyone needs to have the same goals in mind for the interaction. It is crucial for everyone to be on the . . .
If you live in Port Elizabeth and have not given the consequences of dying without a will – known as intestate – much thought, here's why you should be speaking to someone at PWM Financial Management. An estimated 86% of South Africans die without leaving a will or any kind of estate planning for their loved ones after their deaths. Although anyone over the age of 16 is free to make a will expressing their wishes, very few do. The law makes provision for this situation under the Intestate Succession Act, which lays down the standard rules on how your estate will devolve. Contrary to popular belief, your assets will not be claimed by the state if you do not leave a will. However, if you do not want your estate to devolve according to the Act, you need to have a will stipulating your exact wishes. The rules of intestate succession provide for, among others, the following scenarios: • If you are married without children, your spouse will inherit your whole estate. • If you are married with children, your spouse and children will jointly inherit your estate. • If you have children but no spouse, your children will get everything. • If you are single with no children and both your parents are still alive, they will inherit your estate in equal shares. • If you have one surviving parent and siblings, your parent will inherit half your estate and your siblings the other. • If you have one surviving parent but no siblings, your parent will get the whole estate. • If you have no parents, your siblings will inherit your estate in equal shares. • If you have no immediate family, your nearest blood relation will inherit your estate. • Only if you have no living relatives will the proceeds of your estate devolve to the state. If you are ready to draft a will to avoid intestate succession, talk to an estate planning expert at PWM Financial Management in Port Elizabeth. This article was written from information available on . . .