Health and happiness are intrinsically connected to a sense of safety within one’s surroundings which is why secure living is one of the primary objectives for the developers of Renishaw Hills. Situated just outside Scottburgh on the enchanting KwaZulu-Natal South Coast, this mature lifestyle development is offering residents a safe haven within the tranquil Mpambanyoni Conservation Development overlooking ocean and forest. Construction of Phase 2 has already begun at Renishaw Hills, with many of the units already sold as investors learn about the many advantages the development offers, such as the heightened security features throughout. “We want the residents of Renishaw Hills to fully experience the laidback lifestyle so associated with the South Coast,” said Phillip Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments, a subsidiary of the Crookes Brothers group. “Two of the estate’s biggest drawcards are its outstanding natural beauty and year-round comfortable climate. To really appreciate this relaxed, outdoor life we have installed every necessary security feature in an understated manner.” To meet this high security level, Renishaw Hills has appointed IDME Consulting for the installation of the electric fencing, access control system and the CCTV perimeter camera solution for the entire estate. Michelle Kramer, owner and CEO of IDME Consulting, said Renishaw Hills has the benefit of learning from both the mistakes and successes of other high security estates countrywide. “With the advancement of modern technology, Renishaw Hills has access to the most updated, high-end sophisticated equipment and integration from the outset,” said Kramer. “This, in conjunction with strong management, the correct calibre of staffing and strict operating procedures, enables Renishaw Hills to offer a holistic, proactive security solution to ensure that residents and visitors are safe and secure within the estate.” The gated estate consists of an . . .
For the past three years, the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel has participated in Mandela Day by supporting Tembisa Child Welfare. In 2017, it will be following in the footsteps of South Africa’s icon and statesman Nelson Mandela by continuing its relationship with the charity, and expanding its contribution to the Soweto Animal Rescue and Advisory Centre (SARAC). This year’s Linen for Hope drive, in partnership with Sealed Air, suppliers of packaging solutions, will see Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel collecting much-needed linen for the children’s home. Sealed Air will donate six sewing machines worth R16 000 to the charity, and Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel will donate linen worth over R21 000. Tembisa Child Welfare has a sewing room with qualified seamstresses to produce whatever linen the home requires, and to sell it to the broader community for further income. The children from the home also learn to use the sewing machines, which is a useful skill for them to have later in life. “One of our promises is, ‘We genuinely care,” which for us, doesn’t stop at the care we extend to our guests, but is also expressed by our management and staff caring for our communities,” says Elna Velthuysen, the human resources manager at the Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel. “Our staff love to participate in the project, and attend all the events and give of their time.” The hotel will donate linen to the charity on an ongoing basis, adding to its quarterly Soap for Hope initiative, which was launched last year, also in partnership with Sealed Air, to provide soap to the community. Velthuysen says that she and her team have committed to Tembisa Child Welfare over the past three years as they believe that building a strong relationship with a preferred charity allows them to make a significant and sustainable difference over time. The organisation caters to the needs of lost, abandoned and abused children who have no place else to go. The commitment to SARAC this year is an . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 16 July 2017 – Servest announced leading healthcare and pharmaceutical retailer Clicks has awarded Servest the contract to clean an additional 40 stores in the Western Cape. This award means that Servest will now provide cleaning services to every one of Clicks’ 500 stores in South Africa. Servest has successfully partnered with Clicks for the last two years, with the original mobilisation seeing Servest activate services across 417 stores in 14 days. Steve Wallbanks, Servest CEO, believes that the Servest partnership approach and advanced cleaning practices have been critical factors in this award and that it has further reinforced Servest's position as a leader in the retail cleaning environment. "The recent opening of our dedicated Cape Town Regional office will also provide Clicks with the necessary support to manage a contract of such a scale" said Steve. Servest currently employ over 4,500 people in the Cape Town area and planned expansion would see this double in the next 3-5 years, creating thousands of entry level, semi-skilled, supervisory and management positions across the city. Adding the 40 stores to the Clicks contract will result in 40 new positions being created in the Western Cape, the first of many as committed by management in May 2017. Following a landmark black economic empowerment deal with investment Holding company Kagiso Tiso Holdings, Servest is the largest, majority black-owned facilities management company on the African continent. The company has a significant presence in Africa and the United Kingdom with multicurrency earnings. Servest’s African operations are headquartered in Johannesburg and have a footprint in 10 African countries. The Group employs 50,000 staff; has over 20 000 sites; our services, which include integrated facilities management, cleaning, parking, catering, hygiene, office services and landscaping, touch the working lives of thousands of people employed by eminent . . .
Phafane Reshoketse is the lucky winner of R150,000 bursary from Inyatsi Construction towards her university education for her compelling essay titled, “rethinking education to change the world around you.’’ “Like Nelson Mandela, Inyatsi Construction is a firm believer in education being the most powerful weapon that one can use to change the world,’ says Group CEO, Tommy Strydom. We Congratulate Phafane! The Inyatsi bursary competition ran on Kaya FM attracting a bursary of R150,000 towards funding university studies. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Following its inclusion in the Gautrain route in 2011, infrastructure upgrades in the area, as well as considerable private and public sector investment, Rosebank has undergone a complete transformation. “Rosebank, which has become a favoured destination of Johannesburg residents for its vibrant mixed-use commercial, retail, entertainment and residential hub, has developed at a tremendous pace in recent years and is today undoubtedly one of Johannesburg’s fastest growing and most fashionable places to be,” points out Rupert Finnemore, Pam Golding Properties Gauteng regional head. “Identified as a priority Johannesburg development zone, it has been estimated that a substantial R7 billion has been invested in the centre by the private sector in recent years. Recent developments include upgrades to such landmarks such as the Rosebank Mall, The Zone, The Galleria, where a R600 million mixed-use development is underway, and Netcare Rosebank Hospital,” points out Finnemore. “Redefine Properties is an example of a developer that has made significant investments in Rosebank, indicating high levels of confidence in the area. This leading developer is currently working on a number of large projects in the area which include, among others, a R712 million Rosebank Link Office, as well the iconic Park Central residential development, which is currently under construction.” Finnemore says that the Standard Bank building completed in late 2013 represents a R2.5-billion investment in the region and is staffed by some 3 000 employees. “The upshot of all of this development is that Rosebank has become a model mixed-use centre which points to the future of city design within Johannesburg. Today’s Rosebank is tree-lined and vibrant with a rich, cosmopolitan culture. The precinct itself has been redesigned to be pedestrian-friendly with maximum access to public transport,” he notes. “The growth of Rosebank appears to go against the grain of the current sluggish . . .
From a hidden space seen only by household staff in years gone by, the kitchen has become a central feature within the home. Food preparation and enjoyment are just a part of its many uses with the open-plan kitchens forming a space for jovial interaction rather than monotonous chores. One organisation with a profound understanding of the kitchen space and its history is the Kitchen Specialists Association (KSA) which will be featuring at this year’s Decorex Joburg, taking place at Gallagher Convention Centre from 9 to 13 August. KSA has been serving the South African kitchen industry and consumer for just under three decades. “Today’s kitchens are the hub of the home and tend towards furniture installations rather than practical cabinetry,” explained Stephanie Forbes, National Manager of KSA. “Over the decades, trends and styles have shaped the kitchen’s development and we can still see many of those influences today.” Kitchen styles from 1930s to today 1930s – During this era, the kitchen moved away from being a hovel to become an integrated part of the home. For the first time, the kitchen was more than just a place to prepare and cook food but rather a functioning and accessible part of the house. This period also saw the introduction of breakfast bars - some even folding out of cupboards - as well as the use of colour. Paint - and the invention of Bakelite - allowed homeowners to bring their kitchens to life with splashes of colour. 1940s – World War Two halted the trend of kitchen design, understandably, as resources and man-power were directed towards the war effort. This forced hiatus, however, created a design vacuum which gave impetus to the burst of creativity that followed. 1950s – Kitchen developments happened rapidly during the 50s with the arrival of the fully-fitted kitchen recognisable in today’s homes. Despite their meagre proportions, kitchens became a place of expression with brighter colours such as ‘bubble-gum’ shades of pink . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 10 July 2017 – BelServest has partnered with Servest Camp Management Services, a highly experienced provider of camp management services for mining, construction and energy projects in southern Africa. We are proud to have been awarded a three year contract by Debswana for their Jwaneng Diamond Mine Camp. Servest Camp Management specialises in remote site projects providing a camp or village which really has to be a home away from home. The underlining philosophy is that every person who lives in these villages should be at home there. This guides the creation of comfortable and homely environments to which people are happy to return after a hard day’s work. BelServest will employ around 180 personnel, and with a future planned camp upgrade and expansion project, it is anticipated that this will grow to around 210 personnel within the next 18 months. A comprehensive project to upgrade the accommodation, and dining, kitchen and recreation facilities of the Jwaneng Mine residents ‘village started in November 2016 and will be completed by August 2019. BelServest employs one expatriate regional manager responsible for the area, and the balance of personnel are all Motswana nationals. The camp has been operated for the past 4 1/2 years under the Servest Botswana banner and now under BelServest. BelServest Facilities Management Botswana is a full-service facilities management company, with a unique offering. For some of our clients we provide focused corporate advisory and business intelligence services; for others the all-encompassing management of a complete facility. Majority owned by a Motswana citizens group, BelServest FM has in-depth local knowledge and insight, with service delivery bolstered by our association with the Servest Group and its multinational track record. BelServest FM is 51% owned by a Motswana citizen group and 49% by Servest Multiservice Group Botswana. Through this partnership, our clients benefit . . .
A wave of BEE fronting schemes is causing ‘collateral damage’ among genuinely empowered black businesses, says Gestalt, a leading BEE consultancy. Two types of black business fall victim to fronting cynicism, according to Gestalt Group CEO Deon Oberholzer. The first is the small scale start-up led by a black entrepreneur, using his/her skills and capital to build a business. The second is the mid-scale business with genuine 51% or more ownership by a black proprietor in partnership with white associates. Oberholzer explains: “Government is to be saluted for simplifying BEE processes for micro-enterprises. A black sole proprietor with an annual turnover of less than R10 million simply has to swear an affidavit to this effect to obtain exempt status and a Level 1 ranking or Level 2, if black ownership is between 51% and 100%. “It’s quick and easy. Perhaps too quick and easy. The temptation for white business to put sham ownership structures together has resulted in a wave of businesses all claiming exemption with no structural oversight. This creates credibility issues for legitimate players in this space. “Black partners in bigger enterprises face similar problems. They may run a genuine partnership and legitimately own a 51% stake. However, so many structures now create the appearance of black majority ownership that it is difficult to decide if you are dealing with true or sham empowerment.” Black owners are becoming increasingly frustrated by the situation. “They are honest contributors to empowerment,” notes Oberholzer, “but face growing scepticism; so much so, they believe the onus is on them to provide an extra layer of assurance around their status. “We therefore see demand for an intermediate form of BEE recognition – more formal than an affidavit but less costly and time-consuming than full accreditation.” Supply chain distribution is one area where widespread fronting is suspected, says Oberholzer. This has become a concern for . . .
eCommerce business marketplace, XAfricaMart.com launched in Johannesburg today, 11 July 2017. The online service offers companies with products that businesses need on an ongoing basis, the ability to build its brand, promote its products and sell online to businesses nationally. “Businesses marketing and selling products such as office equipment, stationery, consumables, catering equipment, tools, hardware, cleaning products, supplies, computer hardware and software, security goods and more, now have access to a fully-hosted eCommerce Marketplace where they can set up and host an online shop. Sellers only pay a low 1.2% sales success fee. The site is set to change the face of online business in the country,” says Stephen Oehley, XAfricaMart.com’s CEO. Launching to small and growing businesses, XAfricaMart.com offers sellers and their customers a trade secure payment platform that mitigates online trading risks and non-delivery. Order payments are simply made to the PASA-approved TradeSafe escrow trust account. The customer takes delivery, inspects the merchandise, accepts it online, and payment is immediately made to the seller. A safe and fuss-free transaction for both sides. “XAfricaMart.com is not only a new B2B marketplace, but it is also a sales and distribution channel on steroids. Sellers registering on the site, receive a number of benefits that usually come at a premium. These include automated sales leads, automated invoicing and financial reporting as well as national delivery backup support, free product catalogue displays, the ability to configure packaging and price packs by minimum order quantities. “We are excited to offer a place for those owners of small businesses the opportunity to sell their goods online without the usual restrictive costs involved to set up shop online,” says Oehley. All small and growing businesses are invited to register on XAfricaMart.com as soon as possible so as to start reaping the benefits that this . . .
Advertising on community radio can be more profitable for your business Radio Today offers targeted and affordable advertising solutions for any business Economists say that you have to spend money to make money, but smaller businesses cannot justify extending their marketing efforts in a shrinking economy. Bill Gates might spend his last dollar on PR, but unless you're Bill gates that might not be a consideration. The solution is not to spend more but to get more value for your money. Community radio stations can offer more your business value for money because their listenership is smaller and niched. Community radio stations can also produce very effective advertising campaigns at a fraction of the cost of commercial broadcasters so that the sole business can advertise alongside the national corporates. Television might be the gold standard for big budgets advertisers, but community radio is the sweet spot for for any size business looking to engage customers on a local level. Five Quick Reasons To Advertise on Community Radio: You're supporting local. Everybody respects that. Radio travels from home to work, in transit and online. It takes minutes to record a radio commercial - and it's theatre of the mind! Radio travels through home, work, transit and retail. It's cheaper, targeted, and can deliver results overnight. If you are a Johannesburg based business, or a business that want to target the Johannesburg market, Radio Today is community radio station that broadcasts to the discerning listener in the greater Johannesburg area. The listenership lies mostly in the A and B income groups (LSM 7-10) and command highly influential positions in society. You can advertise your business on Radio Today to their 60,000 PLUS listeners from as little as R100 to R30,000 / month. Additionally, they offer a wide range of packages and sponsorship opportunities so that you get heard by the people who make a difference in the . . .