Aquila Private Game Reserve has been honoured to be awarded the prestigious Imvelo Economic Large Impact award. The Lilizela Imvelo Awards recognise and celebrate tourism and hospitality businesses that practice exemplary responsible, sustainable and fair business practices. Imvelo means ‘nature’ in South Africa’s Nguni languages. The Award identifies and rewards tourism and hospitality businesses that make measurable, persistent contributions to responsible, sustainable and fair tourism, setting an example to other tourism business both in South Africa and around the world. Aquila Private Game Reserve focuses most of its social upliftment, job creation, skills development, sustainable charity programmes and empowerment efforts in the previously “doomed” and forgotten town of Touws River which is situated 12kms from Aquila, where Aquila’s workforce resides. The town was built around a railway servicing plant that closed down in the 1980s, leaving 97% unemployment amongst the approximately 12 000 previously disadvantaged residents. 14 years ago, Searl Derman (the owner and founder of Aquila) noticed starving residents cutting rotten, maggot infested meat from a 3 week old horse carcass, and he made it his personal goal to resurrect the town. At that stage, the biggest seller in the local supermarket was “pets mince”, and it was not uncommon to see mothers holding their babies, standing outside their shacks to catch the first rays of sunlight, trying to stay warm. Aquila had to get involved! We are proud to say that over the past 14 years, Aquila has paid an exceptional amount in salaries, which has empowered the locals and created flourishing primary, secondary and tertiary small businesses. Aquila is the largest employer in the area with approximately 280 permanent staff members. Over 400 staff (including temporary staff) have been on our monthly payroll. As one person feeds approximately 9 people in the community, approximately 30% of Touws River . . .
It cannot be emphasised often enough that the correct pricing of a property is critical to its success in selling for the best price in the shortest time. “Those properties which are not correctly priced are known to sit on the market for anywhere between four to six months and often end up selling for less than what the seller had asked for anyway,” says Debbie Justus-Ferns, manager of Renprop Residential Resales. However there are also many other factors for sellers to consider when putting their home on the market. Justus-Ferns says that sellers have a lot to take into consideration in today’s market in order to perfectly pitch their price and ensure a successful sale within a short time frame. Justus-Ferns outlines six key areas for sellers to focus on: 1. Sole mandates are the best way to sell Sole mandates with a reputable and professional real estate agent or company are the best way to secure a sale in the current market conditions. “Sellers often think that the more agents working on selling their home, the more buyers they will be able to attract. This is not often the case, as the buyer pool is only so big. A sole mandate allows for one agent to focus more time and marketing resources on selling the property, which minimises the logistical hassles of dealing with a number of agents.” 2. The quality of the offer counts It’s not only the price that counts when sellers receive an offer on their property, but also the terms and conditions attached to the offer as well as the quality of the buyer. “The first offer sellers get is more often than not the best one. Sellers must also remember that the banks are more risk averse, meaning that they need to see the value in the property. This is why correct pricing is so essential. Cash offers, although few and far between, and clean offers with no terms and conditions are by far the best.” 3. Don’t test the market Serious buyers are looking for serious sellers, so don’t test the market. “Sellers who . . .
Renowned and distinguished funk, jazz, blues and R&B musician Fred Wesley is set to bring his unique form of highly entertaining music to Johannesburg audiences. The American trombonist, who began his career playing for Ike and Tina Turner, is also a respected arranger and composer, author, musicologist and educator. Fred Wesley worked with James Brown from 1968-1957 as music director, arranger, trombonist and a primary composer, making him the world’s funkiest trombone player. He is a veteran of the Count Basie Orchestra, having also worked with an illustrious variety of artists such as Ray Charles, Van Morrison, Usher, Pancho Sanchez, the SOS Band and Cameo. He also performs with his close friends Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis. Rap star Nas and Pop sensation Janet Jackson are among the scored of artists who have sampled Wesley’s work Fred Wesley is the Bandleader of the New JBs – taken from his direction of the JBs – showcasing his unparalleled ability to bring musicians together to create magic for the pleasure of music lovers in Johannesburg, at The Wits Great Hall on ______. There are only 380 seats available, so book now! Concert details Event: Fred Wesley Quartet Date: ____________ Venue: Wits University Great Hall Artists: Fred Wesley Time: ____________ Tickets: R120 at Computicket Contact Details For event details, contact _________________ For media queries, media accreditation, interview request, access to high res pics etc please contact JT Comms email@example.com (011) 788 7631/2 Issued by JT Communication solutions Author: Sinethemba Dywili from JT Comms. Twitter: @jtcomms Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: JT Comms. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa –October,10 2014 – Stifling heat and humid nights at home go hand-in-hand with summer, bringing with them weariness, headaches and sleepless nights. Yet there are ways to stay cool and comfortable as temperatures start rising. Michael McKechnie, Divisional Head for Digital Air Solutions at Samsung Electronics SA, says “The secret to having a healthy, climate controlled environment at home is to consider the latest air-conditioning technology, ensuring the most comfortable room temperature.” McKechnie provides the following insight to ensure a cool and relaxing season: Use an air-conditioning system Thanks to advances in technology and design, it’s easy to install systems that offer both heating and cooling, allowing for benefits all year round. Samsung’s range of Triangle air-conditioners regulates air temperature for all seasons, it is energy efficient and the AR9000 range comes with built in Wi-Fi. This permits you to remotely create the perfect temperature by being able to switch it on 30 minutes before you get home from a hot and stuffy day. “The Digital Inverter ensures that the home is kept at the right temperature without drawing excessive energy,” says McKechnie. “Our systems use bigger blades with wider inlets, which expel air further and regulate room temperature more efficiently.” Cut the costs Many people associate air-conditioning solutions with high electricity bills, when in fact, they are one of the most energy efficient means of residential cooling or heating. Samsung’s Triangle range of air-conditioners includes an inverter which ensures that the system only runs at the required speed and energy consumption is kept to a minimum. Manage allergies Summer is characterised by hay fever and allergies and investing in an air purifier system can help to relieve these symptoms When purchasing an air-conditioning system, keep this in mind and look for built-in features that help release the discomfort . . .
Aquila Private Game Reserve has been honoured to be awarded the prestigious Imvelo Economic Large Impact award The Lilizela Imvelo Awards recognise and celebrate tourism and hospitality businesses that practice exemplary responsible, sustainable and fair business practices. Imvelo means ‘nature’ in South Africa’s Nguni languages. The Award identifies and rewards tourism and hospitality businesses that make measurable, persistent contributions to responsible, sustainable and fair tourism, setting an example to other tourism business both in South Africa and around the world. Aquila Private Game Reserve focuses most of its social upliftment, job creation, skills development, sustainable charity programmes and empowerment efforts in the previously “doomed” and forgotten town of Touws River which is situated 12kms from Aquila, where Aquila’s workforce resides. The town was built around a railway servicing plant that closed down in the 1980s, leaving 97% unemployment amongst the approximately 12 000 previously disadvantaged residents. 14 years ago, Searl Derman (the owner and founder of Aquila) noticed starving residents cutting rotten, maggot infested meat from a 3 week old horse carcass, and he made it his personal goal to resurrect the town. At that stage, the biggest seller in the local supermarket was “pets mince”, and it was not uncommon to see mothers holding their babies, standing outside their shacks to catch the first rays of sunlight, trying to stay warm. Aquila had to get involved! We are proud to say that over the past 14 years, Aquila has paid an exceptional amount in salaries, which has empowered the locals and created flourishing primary, secondary and tertiary small businesses. Aquila is the largest employer in the area with approximately 280 permanent staff members. Over 400 staff (including temporary staff) have been on our monthly payroll. As one person feeds approximately 9 people in the community, approximately 30% of Touws River . . .
Savvy business and leisure travellers want to make sure they have two passports so that they can make the most of the benefits that dual citizenship provides. This is according to James Bowling, CEO of Monarch&Co, a company specialising in residency and citizenship by investment programmes around the world. “Dual nationals who have more than one passport say that having a choice of which passport to use can be extremely beneficial when travelling, especially when it comes to overcoming visa restrictions and entry requirements.” According to statistics, it is estimated that only around 1% of the world’s population have two or more passports, making dual citizenship an exclusive privilege. While in the past it was only possible for people to attain dual citizenship through their ancestry or emigration, many countries have now made it possible for applicants to gain citizenship or residency through various investment programmes. “These residency and citizenship by investment programmes provide an avenue for investors with no links to any countries outside of South Africa to gain residency or citizenship through either a business investment or the purchase of residential property,” explains Bowling. Currently there are several countries offering such programmes such as St Kitts & Nevis, Grenada, Mauritius, Malta, the USA, Portugal, the UK and Cyprus. The primary advantage to dual citizenship is the ability to travel to and stay in a far wider range of countries with fewer visa requirements and restrictions,” says Bowling. “South Africans typically find travelling abroad difficult due to some of the onerous visa requirements they have to meet. Visa applications are both costly and time consuming, sometimes taking weeks or even months to be processed.” South Africans needing to travel abroad urgently are subjected to paying premiums to fast-track their visa applications in order to be accepted in the foreign country without any hassles. Bowling has gone . . .
As South Africa slowly heals from its racially charged and turbulent past, our hope and potential as a nation rests with our youth. 20 and Free is a documentary series that explores the generation born into a democratic South Africa, along with their views on our history, education, politics and moving forward as a nation. Come Monday, 13 October 2014 at 10pm, eight “Born Frees” take centre stage as they revisit South Africa’s history and give their opinions on its future. We followed them as they explored the heritage sites that commemorate those who died in the struggle and remember the events that led to their freedom. With the likes of Vice Chancellor of WITS University, Prof. Adam Habib, the Department of Basic Education and Professor Jonathan Jansen - Rector of the University of the Free State, we open up episode 2 with a discussion on the current education system in South Africa. We meet up and coming Valentino Thabang, born into poverty yet making a name for herself from the University of the Free State and other “Born Frees” making the most of the education they are receiving. The first democratic vote in South Africa is a day edged in the hearts of all South Africans who witnessed the first free and fair elections in our country. The process of voting in a democratic country is one that many young people are starting to learn about. Is this right still taken as seriously as it was by those who died for our newfound freedom? We find out more about this in episode 3 by visiting schools all over the country as they vote for their ideal party. The fourth and final episode unravels as we unpack prying issues of the modern-day 20-year-old. We look into sexual health, teenage pregnancy, crime, identity and unemployment and explore the progress being made in each of these areas. Don’t miss 20 and Free every Monday starting on 13th October at 9pm only on SABC 1, Mzansi Fo Sho. Author: Roxanne Harris from X CON Films cc. Images: For high res . . .
Join Social By The Sea as they host a social media evening in Durban in October. Date: 15 October 2014 Time: 6pm for 6h30pm. Venue: IT Varsity, 8th Floor, Sage Life House, 21 Joe Slovo Street (Old Name - Field Street), Durban Speakers include: Emma Sadleir on Social Media and the Law, Mike Wronski will be sharing the latest Social Media Stats. There are more speakers lined up and your host will be Nazareen Ebrahim. Your MC for the evening will be Fred Felton. Bookings: www.socialbythesea.blogspot.com Author: Fred Felton from Social By The Sea. More Info link: http://www.socialbythesea.blogspot.com Twitter: https://twitter.com/socialbythesea Facebook: https://facebook.com/SocialByTheSea Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact: Social By The Sea. Mike Wronski CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
First Car Rental is excited to announce that it has expanded its African operations by opening a new business unit in Tanzania’s largest city, Dar es Salaam, as well as an operational presence in Arusha, Mwansa and Zanzibar. The new business unit forms part of First Car Rental’s car hire partnership with Moustafa H. Khataw, the CEO of Uniglobe Skylink Travel, previously a network partner to Avis and now the brand new but still the market leader: First Car Rental Tanzania. Says Mr Khataw, “We are witnessing an increase in flight frequency, new airlines and more hotels opening up in many parts of the country, which is a good indicator of economic growth, therefore it makes sense to partner with a well-managed and growing car rental enterprise such as First Car Rental. "Their systems expertise and functionality and operational efficiencies are better suited to our fast-paced and growing industry. "Their managing team are all decision-makers within their departments so there is no lag. It is fantastic and I look forward to a long beneficial relationship.” First Car Rental Tanzania has a good selection of 4x4 vehicles, which are popular in the country, plus a handful of budget and passenger vans. They also offer a full range of car hire services, including short and long-term car rental, direct transfers and chauffeur drive packages. The Tanzania branch is located within the five-star Hyatt Regency Hotel building in the heart of Dar es Salaam with superb views of the city’s harbour and Indian Ocean. There is also a branch presence at Dar es Salaam’s Julius Nyerere International Airport, ensuring visitors to Tanzania have easy access to First Car Rental. The latest expansion into Africa adds to First Car Rental’s existing business units, namely Mauritius, Malta and Turkey. Bruce Barritt, Managing Director at First Car Rental, comments - “We are very excited to be adding a First Car Rental business unit in Tanzania, which is a growing East African . . .
The SPAR NMMU Madibaz brought their netball season to an anticlimactic close as they quietly exited the Varsity Netball tournament in Johannesburg on Monday night. The Madibaz lost their last game of the round-robin section against Pukke (63-37) but had beaten hosts the University of Johannesburg (50-25) the previous day to finish a respectable fifth in the overall standings. The final fixtures reflect the up-and-down nature of the Madibaz campaign, with the team from Port Elizabeth ending the competition on three wins and four losses. Madibaz head coach Dumisani Chauke said her relatively young and inexperienced squad had done well and she was pleased with their performance in the high-level competition. "The standard was set very high by the team that made it to the semi-finals last year. Most of those senior players, myself included, were not part of the team this year. "We may not have achieved a top-four finish this year but we have a different 'tick', so to speak." Chauke said her players had worked hard throughout the season in anticipation of the tough televised tournament. "These young girls are always willing to learn and grow in the sport and it is encouraging to know that as a coach. It can only get better!" With 294 goals for and 295 goals against them, the Madibaz demonstrated a good balance between attack and defence on the court. Proteas player Zanele Vimbela anchored the defence while multiple FNB Player of the Match Bavuyise Matyumza was consistently accurate on goal. "Our defence always do well but we will need to improve in our shooting circle. Although we've done well, we can always do better." Chauke said she was looking forward to an even greater season next year. "I am proud of each and every one of my girls!" She said they had already qualified for the third edition of the competition with a top-eight finish at the University Sport South Africa tournament earlier this year. "So viewers will be seeing . . .