Cape Town – 10 July 2017 : The drought has obliterated what was once your beautiful, lush lawn and water is becoming increasingly scarce, so you’ve finally decided to take the plunge and install artificial lawn. You’re not alone, which is why the Artificial Lawn Industry is booming country-wide. But as with any booming industry, you’ll find the professionals and then many companies that hop on the bandwagon and generally offer an inferior product and service. “The Artificial Lawn Industry in South Africa is at this time, entirely self-regulated” says Marten Govender, MD of Perfect Grass, based in Cape Town and with a new branch, recently opened in Gauteng. “This poses a whole host of potential concerns for the consumer, most of which they are entirely unaware of”. Water savings, low maintenance, hygiene – these and more are the benefits cited by artificial grass companies everywhere. But the dangers of artificial grass and how to recognise a good quality product, are topics that are rarely discussed. A quick Google search will reveal countless discussions around the health concerns surrounding artificial grass. When it comes to grass quality and installation, you’ll mostly be directed to solving issues yourself when you decide to go the DIY route. So how do you make a truly informed decision? Marten shares a few candid insights with us, which consumers really need to know. Accreditations – insist on them Although there is no standards authority, or regulatory body for artificial grass in South Africa, consumers have the right to ask a potential installer, whether or not they’re an accredited installer for the products they are selling. Govender explains: “Artificial grass is generally imported into the country from Europe, China or alternately bought locally. The top manufacturers in the field, offer full guarantees on their product, and so they provide in-depth training to installers. South African grass importers and manufacturers, in . . .
The AGA name has long been synonymous with good food and fine living and the AGA Cookshop, featuring cookware and accessories, draws heavily on these values. A boiling kettle is synonymous with the warmth and hospitality of an AGA kitchen. Their kettles are designed for maximum performance with a thick solid base which ensures a quick boiling time. The kettle features an insulated easy grip handle, and is available in several colours. Recognised as the world's best cooking appliance, the AGA oven commands a level of adulation more often associated with the glitz of Hollywood fame -- and generates similar devotion. It's deemed the number one luxury appliance brand and revered as one of the top three design icons of the century. It's the kitchen centrepiece of Celebrities, Professional Chefs and Homeowners across the globe. AGA represents a lifestyle, one that owners embrace and share fervently with others. For more information visit www.agaliving.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Weylandts are proud to have launched the first Timothy Oulton Gallery in Africa, exclusive to their Fourways Johannesburg store, on 29 June 2017. The dedicated 85 sqm gallery is exclusively branded and furnished with Timothy Oulton pieces. The British furniture company is renowned for its luxury & dramatic collections including handcrafted leather furniture, unique lighting pieces and bold home accessorises – an excellent fit for the Weylandts brand. This is the first store-within-a-store concept Weylandts has introduced. Chris Weylandt holds Timothy Oulton and his design values in high regard. “This is an exciting addition to the Weylandts offering. I have been a fan of the Timothy Oulton range for many years, and am delighted to enhance their presence within our stores with a dedicated showroom in Fourways. The synergy between the two brands has been instrumental in making this decision - we share the same ideals in furniture being of the highest quality, bold, and timeless, and an unrelenting drive to deliver a world class customer experience in-store. I think the Johannesburg market is ready for something different, this is definitely it!” As well as having access to the full range via the Weylandts store, the collection you can expect to see in the gallery includes elegant chairs, such as the Mimi Quilt dining chair which reinvents a classic 1940s French piece, richly clad in quilted hand-softened leather for a modern, textured look. Dining room tables, such as the Glacier Dining Table, with its ice cold smooth appearance that contrasts with its charred remains of rugged timber, bringing together elements of fire and ice. Beautiful vintage-inspired Lighting designs in aged metal, crystal and glass, and spectacular Mirrors, made from reclaimed wood, leather, metal and glass. The opening of the Johannesburg gallery marks the next step in Timothy Oulton’s careful expansion. From New York to New Delhi and in the grandeur of Harrods in London, . . .
Change comes in many forms. New Africa Developments’ construction of an A-grade, 35,000m2 regional mall in Dwarsloop (north-east Mpumalanga) will see 33,000* households comprising more than 100,000 people from the Dwarsloop community live closer to a contemporary shopping destination than ever before. With the first phase of some 25,000m2 scheduled to open in October of this year, a radical change to the region’s shopping patterns is imminent. New Africa Developments’ CEO Japie van Niekerk passion for the project is infectious: “This development will drastically change the shopping behaviour of the Dwarsloop community and its surrounds. The market is severely underserviced, and this brand-new mall will fill the daily shopping needs of the bulk of the surrounding residents, for whom the closest alternative is more than 6km away and inconveniently situated atop a mountain." Van Niekerk continues: “The perception that the mall will only be serviced by the neighbouring communities and not impact the broader region is grossly inaccurate, as the substantial Dwarsloop community of more than 100,000 people is presently serviced by the limited Bushbuckridge retail offering, and thus the Dwarsloop Mall will have a substantial impact on shopping behaviour throughout the region.” Situated on the arterial R40 between Hazyview and Hoedspruit at the major Thulamahashe intersection, this green fields development is very prominent and has good access for the approximately 400,000* residents of Acornhoek, Dwarsloop and Bushbuckridge, in addition to a large percentage of Thulamahashe locals. Dwarsloop Mall will boast more than 50 stores, anchored by Shoprite & Spar together with a selection of national fashion retailers and restaurants. Committed tenants include Mr Price, Markham, Total Sports, Ackermans, Clicks, Sportscene, Roman’s Pizza, Debonairs, Exact, Cross Trainer and many more. The much anticipated R40 ring-road has been budgeted for by the local government in the . . .
With colder days here, our fashion sense changes and we turn to a lot of layering and bundling up. Janine Binneman offers her top 5 best tips on how to style and wear your favourite jewellery pieces in winter: Earrings the bigger the better! We can still see them in winter when we all covered up, especially dangly earrings. Long necklaces to wear with cardigans and jerseys to see past our scarves and have fun layering them. Think big, because we tend to wear more dull colours in winter, a colorful bold jewellery piece, add to your stacking rings some colour with our birthstones or Jelly gem rings. Don’t wear everything you own at one time, or you may look like a Christmas tree. Tassels, tassels, tassels to the bring in colour, frivolity, movement and summer happiness. Add a bit of colour to your winter wardrobe with a Janine Binneman Jewellery, Druzy Bracelet for R300 or her beautiful Moonstone Drops earrings for R780. Professional jeweler and gemologist, Janine Binneman creates exquisite one-of-a-kind precious stone pieces, from engagement rings to occasion jewellery and classic must-haves for men and women. For more info contact the office on 021 715 6178 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for any and all enquiries. Watch their social media stream for constant updates: CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Do Celebrate Friendships! Friday the 30th of June is International Friendship Day and the perfect opportunity to embrace friendships. True friendship lights up life in many wonderful ways. Celebrate it with vivacious mascots of legendary moments to wear every day. When you look at them, you’ll be reminded of all the fun you’ve shared and the new adventures still to come. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
JOHANNESBURG, JUNE 2017: Rami Sassen has been appointed as the new CEO of Teljoy, a household name that many South African’s have come to know and trust. Sassen takes over from Rob Katzen, who remains a director and shareholder of the company. Teljoy, founded by Theo Rutstein in 1969, is notably known as the first company to supply TV sets commercially in South Africa. And today, offers rent-to-own, a unique offering for South African’s to get the things they want, from home appliances to electronics and more, without being locked into lengthy credit agreements. Sassen brings a wealth of experience to his new position. He is a qualified CA who was employed by SA Taxi a 100% owned subsidiary of Transaction Capital. He was previously the CEO of Taximart, Head of Sales of SA Taxi and was most recently responsible for the Procurement, Fraud and Compliance departments for SA Taxi Protect. “I am very excited to be with the Teljoy Group. I believe the experience I have gained in finance, sales, marketing and advertising, insurance and procurement will add value to Teljoy. I am grateful to be at the helm of a company that has grown in strength for over 47 years now,” said Sassen. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Janine Binneman is known for producing a wide variety of bold and unique jewellery, and with Father’s Day just around the corner, Janine has put together a selection of great gifting options fit for a king. The popular local jeweler’s Father’s Day selection includes stylish cufflinks, custom made name rings and fashionable bracelets for the modern day dad. Hand crafted with love, specially for Father's Day, the Black and Copper bracelet (R899) can be customised with Dad's name or a name of a loved one. Whilst the Silver Screw in clasp, brown leather bracelet (R1390) is the perfect statement piece for the modern day dad. Remind dad why he's your #1 this Father's Day because he deserves the best! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
There is no better cure for the winter blues than enjoying great South African red wines. And if you want to try one of the country’s best Cape Bordeaux blends, look no further than the Longridge Ekliptika. This week, this sublime red blend from cellar master Jasper Raats scored 91 points in the 2017 Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report, which placed it amongst the top scoring wines in this category. Key findings in the report included the fact that Bordeaux blends (or Cape Clarets as preferred by Longridge cellar master Jasper Raats) have become a fundamental part of the South African fine wine scene. The wines included in the report were tasted blind by a panel chaired by Christian Eedes and scored on a 100-point scale. The 2014 Ekliptika, which is crafted from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, was matured in a combination of new and mature French oak for a period of 24 months and was described in the panel’s tasting noted as “red and black fruit, some leafiness plus plenty of attractive oak character. Juicy and fresh – great depth of fruit with relatively soft tannins.” The Ekliptika forms part of the Longridge ultra-premium range and was named after the phenomenon in which the earth, stars and moon align in their orbit with sun. According to Jasper Raats, both the name and the label illustrate the biodynamic way of farming that has become synonymous with the Longridge winemaking philosophy. According to Jasper Raats, the wine is a true reflection of its Helderberg terroir. “The Ekliptika is really true to its roots and delivers a great expression of fruit that are very terroir specific. It is great that this was picked up and acknowledged by the panel.” The same vintage also impressed highly acclaimed international wine critic Tim Atkin, who awarded it 94 points in his 2016 SA Report, while scoring 92 points in the Robert Parker Wine Advocate last month. The Ekliptika retails for about R480 and is available from the Longridge tasting . . .
GROHE wins five Red Dot Awards 2017 GROHE received five of the most sought-after design awards for its Blue Home water system, shower toilet Sensia Arena, bathroom faucet Lineare and kitchen faucet lines Concetto Professional and Essence Professional.The Red Dot Award is known as one of the most coveted awards honoring exceptional design performance. GROHEs recognition bring the total number of Red Dot Awards 2017 for LIXIL Corporation, a global sanitary ware market leader which includes premium brands such as GROHE, to six. The international design competition Red Dot is held by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Germany and appraises the best products of the year: Designers and manufacturers from all over the globe submit their products and a jury of 40 specialised experts evaluates those products by their degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability and ecological compatibility. In 2017 more than 5,500 products have been submitted from 54 countries around the world. GROHE presented its exceptional variety of products with intelligent solutions in modern designs for bathroom and kitchen. As the worldwide leading provider of sanitary fittings, GROHE successfully proved its leading market position by receiving five sought-after Red Dot Awards for GROHEs water system Blue Home, GROHEs shower toilet Sensia Arena, GROHEs bathroom faucet Lineare and GROHEs kitchen faucet lines Concetto Professional and Essence Professional. As a private water source for ultimate taste and enjoyment, GROHE's innovative and ecologically friendly Blue Home water system supplies filtered and chilled water with three selectable carbonation levels straight out of a kitchen faucet. Superseding the need for industrialised mineral water, it cuts drinking water costs by at least 50 percent and reduces carbon emissions by 61 percent compared to bottled water. Offering ultimate hygiene and comfort manufactured in Japan but designed in and primarily for the European . . .