Last weekend saw Robyn Owen (Jeep Team/Best4Sports) competing in the infamous Hout Bay Trail Challenge, one of the toughest trail runs in the Western Cape. Starting and finishing at the Hout Bay Yacht Club, the 41km race, with a total massive climb of 2622m, circumnavigates the mountains surrounding Hout Bay, taking runners through pristine forests and rocky mountain trails. The marked route is broken into 3 legs with check points at Suikerbossie Restaurant and Constantia Nek. Leg 1, from Hout Bay Harbour to Suikerbossie, covered around 15km and includes a climb up Karbonkelberg. Leg 2 travelled 15km with a total elevation gain of 1066m, traversing the back of Table Mountain from Suikerbossie to Constantia Nek. Leg 3, from Constantia Nek to the finish at Hout Bay Harbour, is considered the easiest leg covering 11km with an elevation gain of 540m. Owen finished 2nd in a time of 05:22:08, behind the winner, South African Long-Distance Trail Champ, Meg Mackenzie in a time of 04:43:22, and 3rd place went to Julie Huckle in 06:00:10. Results – 40km Hout Bay Trail Challenge Men Kane Reilly 03:59:34 Kevin Spratley 04:50:53 Lucas Adams 05:05:54 Women Meg Mackenzie 04:43:22 Robyn Owen 05:22:08 Julie Huckle 06:00:10 Last weekend, Jeep Team mountain biker Pierre Smith won the Spectrum Vaal River MTB Race in the south of Gauteng. Smith finished the flat and fast 65km marathon race in 02:21:48, claiming top spot on the podium. Second place went to Johan de Villiers, who finished 3 minutes behind Smith; and rounding off the podium was Louis Harmse in 02:27:49. Starting and finishing at Stonehaven on Vaal, the route offered 75% single track with a mixture of jeep track and dirt road. Says Smith following the race, “I had a lot of fun racing my bike in my hometown race today. It’s always special to race so close to home, and to top it off with an overall win is even better. It is also nice to see the young talent growing . . .
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 . . .
Tetra Pak’s annual Milk for Change campaign to raise awareness of the nutritional benefits of long life milk and donate portions of long life milk to children in underprivileged communities in partnership with non-profit Feed SA has already exceeded expectations as the campaign heads into its final 10 days. Milk for Change has already reached an audience of 5,66 million South Africans and delivered 140 000 servings as the push via the SMS line (“Milk for Change” to 40380) and i-Pay (via milkforchange.co.za) reaches its climax. “We raised 35 000 litres of long life milk,” says Liesl Gruber, marketing director at Tetra Pak South Africa. “And this campaign has already shown me that South Africans are a can-do nation. While the world and our own country are beset by technology-driven business disruption and economic uncertainty, ordinary people are getting on with looking after one another where it matters. We’re proud to be playing a role in making a better future a reality for all South Africans, starting with the children.” Milk for Change announced its intermediate success at an event in Alexandra to hand over collected milk to Feed SA on August 8, 2017. Genevieve Nathan, director of FEED SA, says: “As a non-profit, we cannot survive without the help of communities and corporates that help us get the tens of thousands of rands per month we need to give our kids the most important meal of the day – breakfast. We know that children cannot achieve their full academic potential, the key to their future success, without a nutritional, balanced breakfast, the most important meal of the day, which is why #MilkForChange resonates so strongly with our own vision. It is not easy growing up in Alexandra or being one of the nine million South Africans who don’t get the food they need each day, but with the long life milk from the #MilkForChange campaign we can make sure it’s not quite so hard.” Tetra Pak South Africa MD, John Strömblad, says: “Milk for Change is . . .
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 . . .
SA MD Arshad Abba promoted to Global Vice-President of consulting powerhouse Global management consulting specialist the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) Canback is targeting Africa for future growth as it expands its presence and makes key appointments in the region. The company recently promoted its South African MD, Arshad Abba, to one of 2 Vice-Presidents of its holding company EIU Canback Inc., responsible for Africa Canback, which is North America’s fastest growing consulting firm, now has core offices in Johannesburg, Boston, Chicago, London, Dubai, Shanghai, Beijing and Singapore, and satellite offices in Tokyo, Mexico City, São Paulo and Jakarta. Canback has worked on the ground in 82 countries since its founding in 2005, helping clients draw reliable, fact-based conclusions through data-driven analysis. The elite management consulting and related services firm’s new drive is to deliver cutting edge management science, predictive analytics, and consumer market knowledge to more African companies as it entrenches its position in Sub-Saharan Africa Canback’s aim of being “managerially relevant-analytically robust” is central to what they do. EIU Canback was acquired by the Economist Intelligence Unit in 2015. As part of the Economist Group, they share the same principles of independence and intellectual rigour. “We are committing a lot more resources to South Africa with a view to expanding across the region and will be making more senior appointments in coming months. We are excited about potential in the fast-moving consumer goods, retail, financial services, telecommunications and public-sector areas,” says Abba. With certain multinational consulting companies recently caught up in a storm following leaked emails over state capture in SA, Abba says it is important to create the highest possible levels of accountability when undertaking consulting in any market – but especially in emerging markets where higher reliance is placed on . . .
Two of South Africa’s top Ultra-Trail athletes, Christiaan Greyling (Jeep Team/Salomon/Garmin) and Robyn Owen (Jeep Team/Best4Sports) competed in the special Merrell Whale of Trail Challenge in De Hoop Nature Reserve on the Southern Cape coast, and didn’t disappoint. The iconic Whale Trail hiking route is offered as a challenge to trail runners capable of completing the five-day, 53km trail in a single day. Between the 123 competitor-start and the finish at Koppie Alleen awaited a tough and technical race of rocky ridges, varied single-track, fast downhills, coastal paths and sandy beaches. In the men’s race, Greyling crossed the finish line in 05:06:37, just under 17 minutes behind race winner and tough-to-beat, Rory Scheffer, who finished in 04:49:46. Third place went to AJ Calitz in a time of 05:07:42. All three runners broke the existing record of 05:39.00. Says Greyling, “A great run in De Hoop at the Merrell Whale of Trail. What an awesome event! It exceeded expectations in all aspects - the best display of whale acrobatics along a lekker route. Hats off to Rory Scheffer who had a world-class run to claim 1st position! I spent time running with AJ Calitz and was so happy to share the podium with him.” In the women’s race, Owen claimed a 3rd place finish in 06:10:29. The race was won by the young Ultra-Trail Champion, Nicolette Griffioen, in a record-time of 05:37:51, breaking the record by 30 minutes along with 2nd placed Landie Greyling in 05:41:43 who also completed the race within the record time. The previous women’s record was 06h08. Says Owen, “The last 20km hurt! The tough competition pushed me to run hard and the finish-line feeling was real! I finished 3rd female, a good way behind Nicolette and Landie, and just ahead of Marie-Zanne de Kock. The beautiful, varied route gave a quick overview of a vast natural area that begs to be explored more thoroughly – the sunrise on a hilltop with vultures soaring past just out of arms reach and . . .
South Africa, July 24, 2017 – Rentorr is a dynamic online platform that brings together property owners, real estate players, vendors, people who want to rent a home, etc, in one space. It offers solutions that completely align with the realities of the 21st century. People can let, rent, carry out repairs, list a property, connect with thousands of homes without leaving the comfort of their home. It is a virtual world that takes away the complexity of manually searching for the things that will make you enjoy an ideal property experience. The platform serves the home owner by allowing him to screen, collect his rent and manage his property through this robust framework. Also, individuals who are interested in renting a home can choose from the thousands of options spread on the platform. Every area in South Africa is optimally covered by this top range website. Professionals such as Plumbers, electricians, carpenters, etc, can also be gotten through this system. You do not need to go through a rigorous process to handle anything that pertains to your property. RENTORR has made it possible to serve your needs as soon as you sign up in less than 10 seconds. It helps you save time, money and resource while delivering great value to every player in the South African property market. The powerful effects that anyone can enjoy through the unique range of service that this company gives are unparalleled. According to the CEO, he stated that ‘’Our vision is to build a company that does not just recognize the needs of the customers but thrives to work with systems to surpass our customers’ expectations.’’ He said that the company would keep delivering exceptional service due to their unique ability to feel the pulse of the market. The company is set to launch other amazing features on its channel that will completely revamp the way people operate in the property market. In view of the excitement that this platform is currently generating, there is an ongoing plan to . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 20 July 2017 – Servest recognises that small businesses are vital contributors to the health of the economy and to diversity of opportunity in our society. Small businesses boost productivity, increases competition and innovation; create employment and prosperity, and revitalises communities. Youth unemployment having risen in the first quarter puts South Africa’s youth unemployment rates are now at a chronic stage. The latest figures show that about 52% of South Africans between 15 and 34 were unemployed in the fourth quarter of 2016. Servest recognised that it has the perfect tool within their structure to make a difference and impact positively on the youth unemployment pandemic. This tool is enterprise development. Economic growth is critical to addressing unemployment, gender equality, health and other poverty-related issues worldwide. Enterprise development (ED) is an important tool and essential element to economic growth. In an article entitled Enterprise Development Made Easy by Raizcorp in 2011, they define enterprise development as investing time, knowledge and capital to help Small and Medium Enterprises establish, expand or improve businesses including empowering modest income-generating informal activities to grow and contribute to the local economy. In 2014, Servest established a Trust Fund and Non Profit Organisation, the Lesipho Trust which seeks to provide opportunities and Economic advancement to qualifying black South Africans, enterprises and communities thereby enabling them to become self-reliant and sustainable. It links enterprises to markets and to being preferred suppliers to Servest and Servest clients. Employees of Servest are actively involved in the development of beneficiaries in which they spend some of their time assisting the beneficiaries with training, development, coaching and mentoring. Through the Lesipho Trust there is an opportunity to establish black youth owned businesses . . .
Music-recognition app Shazam has teamed up with Nedbank to give South Africans a different perspective on the currency in their pockets. Music-recognition app Shazam has teamed up with Nedbank to give South Africans a different perspective on the currency in their pockets. The financial organisation's latest #SeeMoneyDifferently campaign is combining Shazam's smart visual recognition technology with storytelling and history in order to help South African users see money through different eyes. Storytelling with Shazam Based on the idea that the majority of South Africans will have a mobile phone and some cash in their pocket (cash usage is at 52.8% in the country), the Shazam-based application allows users to uncover financial inspiration by placing any note in front of their phone camera. When the app recognises the note and its denomination, it connects users to inspiring stories grown from that precise amount of money. From soccer stars and opera singers, to business moguls, every amazing journey and incredible achievement starts somewhere – and needs just a little investment to get the ball rolling. A R10 note may look like a stick of gum or a bottle of water to the everyday South African, but the #SeeMoneyDifferently campaign demonstrates clearly that from little things big things can grow. Why #SeeMoneyDifferently? But what goal lurks behind the push for South Africans to look at money in a different way? According to Shazam's South African representative Hannes Prinsloo, the project was all about “educating people that if they manage their money well it can make a real difference in their lives”. “South Africans have long struggled with the money-saving mentality. Our country has just entered a technical recession, we are seeing an increase in defaults in debt repayments, taxes have increased, and we need more small businesses to bolster the economy for us all.” A united front And it's not just Nedbank and Shazam who are working . . .
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 . . .