All too often, security features and products are installed during the building or renovation process and everyone from the contractors to the plumbers have access to the vital element in your security – the keys! Plantation Shutters® have worked closely with their lock manufacturer, and are proud to announce their exclusive new security offering that ensures that key management is nothing their customers need to concern themselves with. The new system offers the following: • The Plantation Shutters® team of installers and all contractors/building teams will use a construction key. This key will allow the locking of the product but will not activate the 5 pin locking system. • The customer will receive a sealed pack of keys on completion that are unique to their shutters. • Once all construction and installation has been completed, the customer will use their unique key which will override the construction key and “lockout” any further use of the construction key. • The unique key will also activate the 5 pin locking system – something that is unique to Plantation Shutters®. This ‘state-of-the-art’ security feature allows ease of management during the construction and installation phase, and complete peace of mind once the construction teams depart, and the customer activates their unique security key. www.plantation.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Devmark Property Group, which has successfully established its name as an industry leader over the past 27 years, has appointed Neil van der Merwe as Site Manager of its new retirement village in Plettenberg Bay, The Plettenberg Manor. The development will offer 111 luxury homes, 54 assisted living suites, 24 frail care beds and a clubhouse with amenities. Van der Merwe (66) will be responsible for all site activities and sub-contractors. “I’ve been doing project and construction management on a contract basis all over South Africa and Africa for the past six years. Prior to that, I ran my own project and construction management company for around 20 years. I thoroughly enjoy the daily challenges which go with the territory and look forward to working with the Devmark team,” says Van der Merwe. He adds that he is thrilled be involved in this exclusive development. “Devmark is known for its outstanding retirement villages and The Plettenberg Manor is no exception. It will offer future owners a wonderful, relaxed lifestyle. All the homes have been designed to cater to the needs of retirees, from light switches to kitchens to bathrooms.” As part of the first phase of construction, the former Keurbooms River Hotel will be restored and refurbished to function as the estate’s clubhouse, offering residents and guests the best dining and leisure experience. Van der Merwe continues: “The clubhouse will include 54 assisted living suites, a healthcare centre including 24 frail care beds, a restaurant, coffee shop, ladies bar, beauty salon as well as convenience store. Over the course of the development the wetland on the property will be rehabilitated and will include board walks and bird hides. The site is perfect for a retirement village in that it is flat and above both the 50 and 100 year flood plain. It’s also within walking distance to the beach. What more can anyone ask for?” The development will offer six accommodation types ranging from assisted living . . .
A simple word or image can trigger a host of sounds, emotions, memories and meanings. What comes to mind when you think of Apple, Glastonbury, Netflix, Nike, PlayStation, Chanel, Alexander McQueen, Harley-Davidson, GoPro or Ray-Ban? Each word communicates different images, feelings and stories, through a simple visual cue. A brand is essentially a name, logo, or slogan that differentiates you, your services or your products from others and is often the most valuable asset of a business. The GOOGLE and APPLE brands are each estimated to be worth more than $100 billion. COKE is the second most well-known word in the world after “hello”. However, much of the potential success of your brand depends on the choices that you make at the early stages of your project or business. Here are nine tips to enhance and protect your brand. Tip 1: Choose Wisely Select the brand that will best represent you, your business, service or product. The best trademarks are easy to pronounce, stick in people’s minds and become associated with you. The nature of a brand will affect its performance in the market, with its audience, and how broadly it is protected. The best brands are made-up words (such as KODAK) or arbitrary words that are not related to the products they represent (such as APPLE for computers). Suggestive words (such as JAGUAR for cars, suggesting elegance and speed) or combination words (such as AIRBUS for airplanes) also work well. Avoid marks that are purely descriptive of your product or service (APPLE for apples or LOUD for sound speakers). And also avoid marks that could offend. Tip 2: Do a Trade Mark Search Once you have chosen a brand, scope things out to see if a similar brand or trade mark already exists to avoid problems and a costly rebrand in the future. Trademarks are territorial. So, unless a mark is really well known internationally (think NIKE or MCDONALD’S), a similar mark is only a problem if it’s already registered or used in . . .
The Sandton Hilton set the scene for an awards evening to top all others last night – after a long and vigorous process, the winners of the 6th Annual Standard Bank Rising Star Awards were announced. The awards are for young, talented employees (our future CEOs) in the 28-40 year age category and the winners are: Banking & Financial Services, sponsored By Standard Bank: Kenneth Kayser, ABSA Construction & Engineering, sponsored by ArcelorMittal SA: Tafadzwa Mukwena, Bigen Africa Energy & Environment, sponsored by Sasol: Popi Elizabeth Melato, Eskom Entrepreneur: Nonala Tose, Nonala Tose Productions ICT, sponsored by Vodacom: Zjaen Coetzee, Telkom Manufacturing, Retail & FMCG: Alicia Moodley, ArcelorMittal SA Media & Advertising, sponsored by Careers24: Asanda Sizani, Ndalo Media Mining & Minerals: Razia Adam, Sasol Mining Professional Services, sponsored by PwC: Talia Lancaster, IQ Business Service: Public & Private: Loyiso Magqi, CSIR Tourism, Leisure & Hospitality, sponsored by Hilton Worldwide: Thozama Mali, Conrad Pezula Hotel Transport, Logistics & Security, sponsored by Transnet: Christopher van der Merwe, Bollore Logistics Headline sponsor Standard Bank is a proud supporter of Rising Star, and has shown their commitment to developing young talent in their own sector through various initiatives. “We are always impressed with the young talent coming through the Rising Star programme, and we know that this year’s winners will go on to do great things,” said Standard Bank’s Global Head of Resourcing, Amelia Muller. “Every single one of these winners deserves their spot on the podium, and has worked hard to be here. Their futures are in their hands, and many opportunities now lie before them for growth, development and achievement.” Careers24 sponsored the Media and Advertising category and ICT category judge, Head of Careers24, Mark Kritzinger, had this to say about the Awards: “We . . .
Spintelligent, the multi-AAXO-award-winning Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser, had a strong first half of 2017 with all of four of its flagship events: African Utility Week, Agritech Expo Zambia, DRC Mining Week and Eduweek, pulling off record results and an exciting new Property Buyer Show drawing large crowds. Spintelligent MD David Ashdown says "Exhibition and conference revenues are up year-on-year and attendee numbers are growing exponentially. The demand for face-to-face events as a platform to share knowledge and facilitate trade is increasing and proven to provide African buyers and sellers an improved ROI over traditional marketing medium." “Winning four major AAXO event industry awards at the beginning of 2017 was immensely rewarding but it has also inspired us to work even harder and not rest on our laurels and the results to date speak for themselves,” says Spintelligent MD David Ashdown. He adds: “I am very proud of my team for their effort and commitment and am confident that the rest of the year will be as fulfilling and successful.” Education: Most recently, the 11th edition of Eduweek took place at the Gallagher Estate in Johannesburg from 12-13 July and gathered 3,738 attendees over two days, 90 expert speakers and 161 exhibitors. Mining: DRC Mining Week in Lubumbashi, DRC in June showed an astounding 67% growth with 2,691 attendees from 32 countries over three days with 131 exhibitors. Power & Energy: In May, Cape Town’s CTICC once again hosted African Utility Week and this year also did not disappoint. The 17th edition of the event welcomed 7,477 attendees from 91 countries who attended the three-day event – this was up from 6,445 attendees last year. The expo featured more than 300 exhibitors from 11 different countries and 284 expert speakers and 66 utilities from 20 African countries were represented. Agriculture: Agritech Expo Zambia in Chisamba in April featured a record number of more than . . .
Instant Property is a new commercial real estate platform, transforming the way that the industry engages with properties, tenants and brokers. Using innovative technology and data analysis, the platform provides a seamless and stress-free solution to the challenges around sourcing, renting and managing commercial property. “Instant Property has been tailored to suit the specific requirements of each type of user – landlord, tenant and broker,” says Instant Property Director, Wayne Berger. “It is the first solution of its kind in South Africa with advanced features and capabilities and a broad portfolio of properties that span the country.” The platform grants landlords free access to list vacancies and promote them to an impressive network of specialist brokers and tenants. From November 2017, landlords will also be able to list properties for sale or auction and buy properties online. “It’s a fast and easy system to use and it is ideal for quick leads on commercial and industrial properties,” says Joshua Pelkowitz, Executive, WH Properties. Tenants can use the seamless search function to locate and compare more than eight million metres squared of business space, and get in touch with specialist brokers who can escort them to the property and provide them with expert support. Tenants have plenty of search options without the stress or the price tag, and landlords find tenants who fit their requirements so they can earn back on their investments. For the broker, Instant Property gives them access to a branded brokerage tenant management system and vacancy mailing solution which allows them to service tenants in seconds. "The vacancy mailing system has totally transformed the speed at which I search for property stock and allows me more time to engage with my clients to secure the best property solution for them. After over a decade in the commercial industry, Instant Property is a breath of fresh air and game changer like no other,” says Bonolo . . .
8 August 2017, Johannesburg South Africa: International facilities management provider Servest has partnered with Bottega InvestCo, in the acquisition of integrated ICT services company Getronics The transaction, which is supported by Investec, will enable Servest to play a leading role in the workplace technology market and provide a seamless FM and mobile technology offering to its growing client base and comes at a time when workplace management is increasingly focused on digital transformation through the development of smart buildings and the Internet of Things. With operations in 22 countries and covering more than 100, Getronics provides a complete portfolio of integrated ICT services including solutions focused on Workspace Management, Managed Cloud, UC & C, Network and Applications, for large corporates and the public sector. It has in-depth experience in application and solutions development and provides FM-specific products in the corporate, healthcare, and transport sectors among others. In addition, Getronics has five global multi-language service centres that will initially support Servest’s expansion across Europe and Asia, and ultimately to Servest clients in South Africa and Sun Saharan Africa by providing help desk solutions which offer insight on customer satisfaction, churn rates, service issues, and contractor performance, integrating different communication technologies such as instant messaging, chat, telephone and email. This will enable Servest to reduce help desk demand, expand contact service hours and improve service delivery time. “This transaction will allow Servest to lead the way in bringing smart building technology and the Internet of Things to our FM customers globally. While other FM companies have formed partnerships with ICT providers, the Getronics acquisition will ensure that our joint offering to our customers is seamless,” said Rob Legge, Group CEO at Servest. Nana Baffour, who led the transaction on . . .
A South African businessman and entrepreneur, Mthunzi Mdwaba, has broken barriers to be become the first black person to be appointed as the global spokesman for employers at the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). The IOE is the largest private sector organisation representing the interests of federations in 158 countries. Mdwaba was confirmed as the global Spokesman for Employers in the International Labour Organisation (ILO). Mdwaba was elected at a Geneva, Switzerland meeting of the Management Board of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE) The ILO is the only tripartite organisation in the world, a United Nations (UN) multi-lateral agency dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards, social protection and work opportunities for all. In 1969, the organisation received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving peace among classes, pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical assistance to other developing nations. Earlier this year Mdwaba was also appointed as the first black Vice-President, IOE for the ILO since the formation of the ILO almost 100 years ago. With an illustrious career, Mdwaba is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of TZoro IBC, Chairman of the University of the Western Cape Boards, Chairman of Productivity SA Board and B20 Co-Chairman for the Task Force on Employment & Education globally. Mdwaba says he is “extremely honoured and humbled by the confidence shown to me by business people and employers from all corners of the world to represent South African interests at this level”. “This is also testimony to the rise and influence Africa has in international matters”, said Mdwaba. Born in the rural village of Coville – Herschel in the Eastern Cape, Mdwaba studied at the University of Witwatersrand in the mid-80s where he enrolled for a BA (Bachelor of Arts) majoring in African Politics and Industrial Sociology and LLB. Mdwaba diversified his academic career . . .
Port Elizabeth, Eastern Cape, 07 August 2017 – Servest announced the opening of their new regional office at 13 Sidon Road, North End, Port Elizabeth Servest, Africa's leading Integrated Facilities Management Company is clearly signalling their commitment to the growth of the business in Port Elizabeth and the region. They have moved from their Port Elizabeth, Cape Road office into much bigger premises in Sidon Road, North End. Servest plan on investing into Port Elizabeth to grow their service offering across all their divisions. Paul Middleton, Managing Director, Servest Cleaning says “I am a resident of Port Elizabeth and am very passionate and proud of being part of the community. We have excellent committed colleagues in our office that are passionate about service delivery and we look forward to the future Port Elizabeth has to offer the local community and the potential we have to partner with businesses that operate in the Eastern Cape.” Servest is committed to inclusive growth with a major focus on developing local suppliers. The opening of the new Servest office will provide positive benefits related to economic and employment opportunities in the region. In a statement on the opening of the new regional office, Servest Chief Executive Officer Steve Wall banks said: "The new facility will enable us to integrate all of Servest’s service lines in one building. This move is a key element in our drive to strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of Servest’s operations and service delivery to our customers." Servest is excited to expand their operations in Port Elizabeth and the Eastern Cape; Alex Berndl, Director of Sales for Coastal Regions and recently appointed Director of the South African Facilities Management Association (SAFMA) when asked about the move to the new building commented “Servest is committed to the growth of our Port Elizabeth business and look forward to many successful years of serving our regional . . .
(Port Alfred) – Middelburg farmer Stefan Erasmus is the new face of Eastern Cape agriculture after winning the Agri South Africa Young Farmer of the Year regional title during the Agri EC annual congress on Thursday evening. The 33-year-old walked away with R15,000 in prize money from title sponsor Toyota SA and a place in the finals of the national Agri SA competition later this year. Erasmus beat regional finalists Justin Kingwill (Sneeuberg Agricultural Association), Riaan Strydom (Langkloof Agricultural Association) and Russell Heger (Kwelega-Gonubie Agricultural Association) to claim the provincial title. According to the judging panel, Erasmus, who is also secretary of his local Nooitgedacht Farmers Union, stood out because of his willingness to embrace new technologies as part of his management philosophy and his forward-thinking approach to farming as well as his community involvement. Erasmus is the third generation to farm Merino sheep and Bonsmara cattle on the family farm Beskuitfontein, taking over the reins from his father in 2015 after working in partnership with him for several years. As an extensive stock farmer in the Karoo, he said drought was a constant risk factor, which necessitated a long-term view of farming. “The entire enterprise can quickly become unsustainable when a two-year drought turns into a three-year one. All other risk factors pale in comparison,” he said. To counter this, Erasmus, who studied industrial engineering at Stellenbosch University, introduced several key initiatives, such as an intensive lambing system, more efficient irrigation of planted pastures, the breeding of replacement rams and the expansion of the existing livestock-watering network. “The way to mitigate risk is to optimise every hectare, every ewe and every litre,” he said. He said winning the award was an unexpected honour and his mission would be to share his learnings with other farmers. “I feel it’s important, when you do . . .