PORT ELIZABETH – Leading risk solutions company Metro Security Services has appointed innovative brand strategists Design@Bay to fast-track its development as a leading integrated risk solutions provider in the Eastern Cape and nationally. The M Holdings group of companies, best known for its highly visible Metro Security Services division, recently consolidated its assets under one visionary brand to unlock integrated service value for its customers and to establish a strong platform for future growth. Design@Bay is shaping an impressive new group identity that will incorporate the company’s existing and additionally acquired subsidiary offerings – smart technology security services, vehicle tracking, fencing, and cleaning – with risk solutions at its core. Design@Bay owner and managing director Dipti Varghese said the agency had been tasked with steering M Holdings’ integrated brand strategy and business development, as well as its PR, media communications, digital and social media content. The creative team behind widely recognized brand identities, such as the Coega Development Corporation, East London IDZ and various Higher Education institutions, is well placed to boost M Holdings on its trajectory of growth. “One of our first tasks is to craft a compelling holding brand identity from which to propel M Holdings and fast-track its expansion ambitions. We aim to enhance the group’s existing reputation of credibility and generate awareness and trust in its capacity to take care of private and commercial clients’ entire facilities risk requirements,” Varghese said. The partnership will position M Holdings with a streamlined brand that reflects its integrated and strategic business offering in the critical risk solution market. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Thousands of prospective home owners and investors as well as real estate and infrastructure professionals will descend on the Sandton Convention Centre from next week Tuesday for the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit and the Property Buyer Show. The Honourable Herman Mashaba, the Executive Mayor of the City of Johannesburg, will deliver the keynote address during the opening session of the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit on Wednesday, 25 October at 09h00. The award-winning two-day event will gather leading built environment and property professionals, architects, project developers, investors, town planners, and city and municipal managers from all over the continent to focus on “Developing Future African Cities”. Other notable speakers include: - Brett Herron: Mayoral Committee member for Cape Town’s Transport and Urban Development Authority (TDA) - Jack van der Merwe, CEO, Gautrain Management Agency - Henk Boogertman, Architectural Director: Menlyn Maine Investment Holdings - Jodi Allemeier, Programme Lead: Western Cape Economic Development Partnership - Kecia Rust, Executive Director and Founder: Centre for Affordable Housing Finance in Africa - Douglas Cohen, Executive Manager for Planning and Strategy: Johannesburg Development Agency - Simon Ardonceau, Head of Strategic Consulting: JLL Sub-Saharan Africa Property Buyer Show “In good times and bad, investment in tangible real estate has proven a sound option on almost any measure, being regarded as having higher risk and return than bonds but lower than equities,” says Sandra Gordon, Pam Golding Properties senior research and market analyst, who will address The Property Buyer Show, also taking place at the Sandton Convention Centre from 27-29 October 2017. The Property Buyer Show is aimed at first-time residential property buyers or real estate investors. The innovative exhibition layout is designed to walk buyers through the property buying process with . . .
(Johannesburg) – Property entrepreneur Sisa Ngebulana, who created a multi-billion rand development company and listed the only black-owned property fund in South Africa, has been named one of Africa’s top business leaders by respected international magazine, CEO Today. The prestigious accolade comes as Ngebulana – who hails from the Eastern Cape – hands over the reins of the property fund he started in 2010, Rebosis, whose assets he grew six-fold from R3,6-billion to R21-billion. Andile Mazwai, a former chief executive officer of the investment group Barnard Jacobs Mellet, is now Rebosis CEO. However, Ngebulana remains non-executive deputy chairman at the property fund. The CEO Today awards team opened up the voting process in July this year and spent months looking for Africa’s top businessmen and women to honour in their special Africa Awards edition, which features Ngebulana on the cover. A spokesperson for the magazine said: “The Africa Awards edition is dedicated to recognising strong and innovative leadership amongst business leaders operating in Africa, across all key business sectors and industries. “These awards recognise and celebrate outstanding leadership, superb strategic thinking and entrepreneurial spirit.” In a statement, CEO Today announced that its research department had spent “the past several months carefully researching and identifying some of the most hard-working, ambitious and forward-thinking CEOs in Africa today.” The special edition profiled senior businessmen and women in 13 countries who have been instrumental in achieving their companies’ desired aims and driving their business forward. Editor-in-chief Mark Palmer commented: “It is vital for every business striving for success to have a leader whose diligence, innovative thinking and ingenuity inspire their team to demonstrate the same qualities and achieve excellence. “We are happy that all of the individuals listed within the CEO Today Africa Awards are . . .
This October saw Smile 90.4FM partnering with South Africa's largest financial services group to bring The City of Cape Town the Standard Bank Business Breakfast 2017 at the Cape Town Convention Centre. Key note speakers Anant Singh, Dion Chang and Nick Mallett kept guests captivated with their stories of inspiration and motivation - challenging attendees to ask themselves “What’s Your Next?” as well as giving them insight into what their next is. Anant Singh, a recognised South Africa’s pre-eminent film producer, who has produced more than 80 films since 1984 spoke about his journey and challenges, during the apartheid years, which led him to film and where he is today. When asked, during the Q&A session, what was the highlight of his career, Singh mentioned that being granted the film rights to Nelson Mandela’s autobiography, The Long Walk to Freedom was an honour. Singh related how he did this by communicating through writing letters to Mandela while he was in prison. South African trend analyst Dion Chan explained how the job world was changing with the creation of machines and robots. Chan discussed how upskilling and training within all sectors needed to be done in order to stay proactive rather than reactive. “It is vital that we identify unexpected business opportunities within shifting trends, as to ensure that global trends have relevance when translated for South African businesses” said Chan. When asked “what is your next?” Chan explained how he wanted to travel through Vietnam doing a taste tour, where he tastes all the local cuisines of each location. Tri-Nations-winning former Springbok and Italian coach Nick Mallett; discussed the future of South African rugby, how the game of rugby has changed over the years and what potential it holds. “We, as a nation, need to be loyal supporters not only in the successful times, but also in the hard times” said Mallett. Mallett also went on to highlight the need for South African Rugby bosses . . .
Centrespread GREY, one of Nigeria’s renowned marketing communications agencies, has added to its award cabinet after bagging the ICONIC Brand Agency of the Decade Award at the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Brand Awards. The honour which came in the Customer Services Excellence Category, attests to the agency’s professionalism and numerous achievements in the Nigerian marketing communications industry for over three decades. The coveted Nigeria Brand Awards, in its seventh edition, is an annual event designed to honour outstanding achievements and innovation in the marketing communications space. At this year’s edition, awards were given in about twenty-five categories across different market segments. Chairman Award Committee, Mike Samson in his address said the 2017 edition of the Nigeria Brand Awards was geared towards encouraging greater innovation and customer service excellence in the private and public sector. Speaking on the award, Managing Director Centrespread GREY, Mrs. Tola Obi said the laurel is an acknowledgement of the agency’s track record in client service and business management. “The award is a testament to the fact that in our over three decades’ journey as an agency, we pride ourselves in co-creating with the client to identify what matters most in order to offer bespoke solutions to address the business needs and achieve the desired return on investment for our clients,” she said. Centrespread GREY commenced its operation in the Nigerian market in1982 and has over the years, built up a formidable reputation as one of the country’s most successful marketing communications entities. It recently signed an affiliation with GREY Communications Network in April 2017. The agreement grants the Nigerian agency access to global tools and resources from the GREY network. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Clariant a world leading company in specialty chemicals recently announced their first half (H1) 2017 results. Most important to note for the South African market were the following: • Sales in Europe grew by 5 % and in the Middle East & Africa by 16 % in local currency. • Most regions achieved very good sales growth. Asia, the Middle East & Africa and Europe rose with double-digit growth rates while North America was flat. • The strong sales improvement resulted from accelerated demand in Asia, Europe as well as in the Middle East & Africa. • The second quarter 2017 sales in the Catalysis Business Area jumped by 20 % in local currency as well as in Swiss francs. The growth was driven by recovering demand in Asia and in the Middle East & Africa and additionally the full consolidation of Süd-Chemie India Pvt Ltd. • Functional Minerals reflected continued good sales growth in local currency, primarily supported by the edible oil purification and foundry business. The sales performance in the different regions remained solid. The Middle East & Africa in particular reported strong growth. Further information on the results can be found at https://www.clariant.com/en/Investors/Latest-Results CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The Gentle Reminders Club –a new online community reputational justice platform that aims to resolve B2B payment disputes with its innovative rating system and public registry. Public Eye! The Sharp, shiny edge of an executioner’s axe has today been replaced by a one-star rating or an angry-faced emoji. On the Internet, justice is dealt with swiftly and almost with as much potency as a Court Order. Equally menacing it can, if used effectively, be lethal to a company’s reputation. Officially launched today, The Gentle Reminders Club (Gentle Reminders). Gentle Reminders is an online platform that seeks to encourage ethical business behaviour when it comes to settling invoices on time, contributing to building a brand’s reputation capital. While the site has a public registry that names bad and slow payers and those that need formal intervention, it also (more importantly) reflects those that are prompt and a pleasure to work with. The rating system uses emoji to denote whether a customer is happy, sad, or just plain mad and the aim is to generate as many smiley faces and thumbs up as it can – a highly effective visual tool, in always on world. Gentle Reminders is the brainchild of a group of South African entrepreneurs, and small businesses fed-up with delivering their services and dealing with clients who abscond from payment – for whatever made-up reason they choose to use. The Beta platform was launched in September and has already racked up an impressive 942 companies that have subscribed to the free site. While 80% of those are based in South Africa, 10% are located in the United Kingdom and a further 10% elsewhere on the European continent. Seems that paying on time, is a global problem. “The court of public opinion is not a new phenomenon, says Scott Cundill, whose company Majestic3 is the tech partner behind the platform, “but, in formally collating a ‘payment rating’ system through a reputational justice platform, we are looking to help people . . .
Mobile payment and loyalty rewards company Zapper has partnered with MRP Foundation, the CSR division of the Mr Price Group. This will enable the Non-Profit Organisation to now accept mobile donations through QR code technology. With the Ride for MRP Foundation fast approaching on December 3-4, the Foundation and its partners are running a competition to win a new Nissan Micra Active as part of their R1 million fundraising initiative. The Ride for MRP Foundation is a 606km ride from Johannesburg to Durban, featuring 50 brave cyclists and Springbok Rugby Legend John Smit. To enter the competition, individuals simply scan the QR code with the Zapper app from their smartphone and donate R20 to the cause. Entrants may increase their chances of driving off with the prize by increasing the donation value. Each dividend of R20 donated counts as one additional entry. For the month of October MRP Money account holders can find the competition QR code on their printed and emailed bill statements. The QR code can also be found on the MRP Foundation website, as well as the MRP Foundation and Zapper South Africa Facebook pages. The donation journey is easy, safe and immediate with everything processed through the app for complete convenience. All funds raised are channelled into the MRP Foundation’s education and skills development programmes that empower South African youth from low income communities to unlock their full potential and build brighter futures. The competition runs from 15 September until 6 December 2017, and is subject to terms and conditions. For more information go to http://www.mrpfoundation.org/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Business Woman of the Year 2017 winners and 2018 Presidency announced. CENTURION, GAUTENG, September 22 – The SACBW Annual Awards Evening was held at Leriba Hotel & Spa on 16 September 2017, celebrating women and announcing the winners of the SACBW Business Woman of the Year Competition 2017 & the Presidency for 2018. The SACBW encourages women to stand up and be proud of their triumphs and footprint left for others to follow and joined together in celebrating these achievements. Guest speaker Ilze Alberts from Bella Vida shared inspiring words on knowing your worth and believing in yourself. The Business Women of the Year competition is part of the SACBW’s commitment to see women succeed and fulfil the promise of uplifting and recognizing women for their outstanding accomplishment in business. The competition was open to all members of the SACBW. The 2018 Presidency share the vision of mentorship, education and encouragement for women to excel in life and business. The South African Council for Business Woman is an inclusive, dynamic, vibrant and powerful agent of change for economic growth in the South African Business Environment. The focus is to grow women, so they can grow businesses & communities. It is a non-profit organisation affiliated to the SBi (previously AHi). For more information please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In the current difficult economic climate, it’s courageous for an entrepreneur to launch a new business. R-Squared Digital supports South African entrepreneurs and producers, and has assisted one such startup in their crowdfunding initiative to finance their launch. The idea for Sugarbird gin came about because the Sugardbird team believe in working towards creating things that don't just exist to be what they are at face value. They believe in the creative innovation of humanity, the incredible ventures that are born when people connect on common ground (often over an easy drink) and in the rewards of hustling to make your dreams come to life. But making dreams come to life is no easy feat as any entrepreneur will tell you, and so with the gin movement on the rise and desire to empower entrepreneurs in SA (especially the underrepresented women and previously disadvantaged), the team poured their passions together and crafted the vision for Sugarbird Fynbos Gin, a great SA gin with true entrepreneurial spirit. R-Squared Digital, a personalized Influencer Marketing agency, was approached by Rob Heyns from Sugarbird Gin, with a vision to creating a digital influencer marketing campaign which would focus on the crowdfunding required to start this visionary company up. R-Squared Digital supports proudly South African enterprises. The R-Squared team approached a number of social media and digital influencers, including: Darryn van der Walt FoodiewhippedSA Stefan Gouws Tales of a Mermaid (Natalie Roos) Glamfoodie Lipglossgirl NosyRosy ILoveFoodies Merentia van der Vent Poor Man’s Caviar (Garth Breytenbach) and CapeTownInsider Visit the influencer pages to access your 15% discount on your bottle of Sugarbird Gin. With a combined direct reach of 755,000 followers across blogs, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter, these influencers were able to contribute to the start-up funding required to launch Sugarbird into the South African market. R-Squared . . .