Pretoria, South Africa – 19 November 2018 – Across the globe, today marks World Toilet Day – an official United Nations international observance day to inspire action to tackle the global sanitation crisis. Worldwide, it is estimated that 4.5 billion people live without safely managed sanitation. This is according to UN-Water, who is driving the international campaign. The organisation further states that access to a safe functioning toilet has a positive impact on public health, human dignity, and personal safety, and goes on to explain that there are nowhere near enough safe toilets in the world. World Toilet Day was set up to encourage people to think about the issues in a new way. Lemon Trees is proud to be doing their bit to help. Pieter Jamneck, Managing Director at Lemon Trees, commented, “We recognise that people want to have clean sanitation facilities that do not have a bad smell, and are serviced and cleaned regularly. We are extremely proud of our biggest selling point – regular service intervals of each toilet and unit that happen on time and without fail. We do not skip or skimp on these services and that is why our customers keep coming back to us.” Environmentally friendly Cleaning and servicing toilets and portable sanitation units cannot be done without the use of chemicals, but Lemon Trees pride themselves on using chemicals that are biodegradable and are not harmful to people or the environment. The company uses products that are completely free of formaldehyde and can give customers peace of mind that the sanitation services do not cause harm to the environment. Mr Jamneck explains, “The chemicals that we use are not the cheapest on the market, but they do not contain carcinogenic substances that are usually found in the products used elsewhere in the portable sanitation industry. Although there are no set of standards to govern the industry here in South Africa, Lemon Trees support International standards. We are proud members of the . . .
PRETORIA, Gauteng, November 17, 2018 – A new Web-Traffic Creation Project announced today that it is raising funds via a rewards crowdfunding campaign on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding. The fundraising project is called the Pay It Forward Web-Traffic Creation Project, running to develop more web-traffic generation products. The business set out to raise R100,000 on Jumpstarter Crowdfunding to finish development to produce and publish within three months, the next batch of its web-traffic generation properties that is going to change the web-traffic generation market in South Africa. The Web-Traffic Creation Project was set up in July 2018 and published the first of its two original products, the web property called dronearus.com on 20 July 2018. The first batch of projects has enjoyed early traction, with dronesarus.com raking in some multiple Google search top spots within three months. The second product started bringing in customers in under two months. This is when the idea of the Pay It Forward Web-Traffic Creation Project was born. The Pay It Forward Web-Traffic Creation Project was designed to spread the fortunes of early web-traffic and sales, focussed on helping a spectrum of business owners, from individual entrepreneurs and start-up businesses, up to big business in most markets. Responding to the market gap created by the difficulty experienced by most businesses to be found easily by their target market on Google, the Web-Traffic Creation Project sprang into action to bring about an effective way to help all businesses in need, especially in South Africa, to also experience similar success. “All businesses who give out their website name to customers that they get in touch with, can of course be easily found on Google by those specific customers, and indeed anyone else who comes across that business’ website name. However, this limits any business being found by the majority of its potential customers i.e. all the rest of its potential customers who are . . .
Posting your thoughts, pictures and video on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like can be gratifying. BUT, unless you are right there when it is posted it can be somewhat difficult to find a particular post, image or video a day or week later. Reason: Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not have the best or most intuitive search facilities around and concentrate on the 'latest' postings rather than the 'best'. At the end of the day the best way to find anything is via a search engine such as Google and that is the reason why finding that elusive video on YouTube is a little easier. SEO Tip for YouTube Vloggers and content producers: Make sure that you make use of the description box under your video to describe your content and use words that people will use to search for your content. The normal way for people to get their content noticed after posting is: Share to all other social media networks Post on all sites under your control Use email to further the reach Pay for adverts Rinse and Repeat The holy grail for longevity and to make content easier to find is to ensure that it can also be found on the Search Engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Duck Duck Go and the like. One way is to submit video or live content to a site such as AlgoaLive. Of course getting that content to be found and linked to from authorative web sites is the Holy Grail of Search Engine Optimisation. Why? Search Engines ensure that any piece of content has longevity and can be found for years after being posted. Quality video costs money and the people paying want a return on investment. One of the ways to broaden your reach and get the search engines to notice you is by having your content featured on a web site that has Domain Authority with the search engines. Domain Authority is a combination of the following: Age of the Domain - the younger the less authority Links - The number of links . . .
Giving service level agreements perspective, an opinion article by Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist - Corporate at Servest Johannesburg, 31 October 2018 - In yesteryear, a man's (person's) word was sacred and could be relied on, as it was based upon the honour of the parties for its fulfilment, rather than being in any way enforceable. The act of shaking hands and what is called, a ‘gentleman's agreement’, was a way of sealing a deal, without cumbersome paperwork or a formal contract. Today though, service level agreements are at the heart of a relationship, as they set out the (agreed) criteria for the product, or the quality of service you want to achieve. It usually deals with measurement of activities or services. In legal terms, they are worth the paper it is written on, but we all know that a perfect execution is not a realistic measure of an activity. In getting to a point where a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is more personable, negotiation of it involves a compromise between two or more parties. In the case of a client-service provider relationship, the client’s ideal list of needs should be offset against the service provider’s ability to prioritise these, in terms of what is realistically achievable. A balance needs to be effected, so that the desired levels of performance can be achieved. Despite the agreement, conversely, this ‘meeting of the minds’ often impede innovation, in the form of better solutions, to meet requirements or existing needs. Facilities management in southern Africa is largely managed by procurement, which usually determines the ultimate benefits, for the least amount of money. Whilst this is the natural order of business, you should not impose restrictions on the service provider that are so tight, that they inhibit the development of a creative and effective working partnership. Imposing punitive service level agreements often have service providers operating within the boundaries of the . . .
A hundred ways in a 100 days - Thabo Phokane, Servest’s newly appointed Group Chief Financial Officer talks about the company’s progress within South Africa’s current economy Johannesburg 31 October 2018 - In the one hundred days of holding office in his new position, Thabo Phokane has had his days cut out for him, in more ways than he imagined. It is no easy task to oversee the finances of such a big organisation that has a strong African footprint. During his time in office, he oversaw the sale of the UK business, which follows RMB Corvest’s partnership with the Servest Group. “While it is said that Servest aims to become a top investor in Africa, it made sense for us to exit the UK, as the country builds towards its autonomy, known as Brexit ”, says Phokane. During his first 100 days, Thabo strengthened relations with the shareholders, consolidated and restructured the finance teams, met with internal stakeholders, took over the Mergers and Acquisitions portfolio and navigated the waters of streamlining the overall business. Thabo, together with the senior management team, was also tasked with managing the streamlining of the entire SA operation, to position it favourably for future growth and sustainability. In so doing, collaboration within Servest’s various business divisions was enhanced and a group-wide shared services model was strengthened. Thabo says, “according to Statistics SA, South Africa has entered a recession, with the economy contracting by 0.7% quarter-on-quarter.”When this happens, companies react in different ways, for us, it meant trimming the fat off our overhead structure. This ensured that the business remains competitive, especially in this tough economic environment, where customers are in turn looking for good quality service at the best possible rates. However, all is not doom and gloom. As we are already in a recession, add to that the effects of drought in the Western Cape, together with the job shortages in the country, . . .
When a new business is experiencing growth, there comes a time where every business owner has to consider investing in the further education and training of their staff. A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. When you see your revenues beginning to stagnate, the first thing you need to do is analyze where you can optimize your current systems and more often than not, your employees are where the biggest improvements can be made. There is a variety of reasons for this, most commonly, as you begin to grow, new responsibilities are placed on your staff, as well as the need for more advanced operations and systems to be put in place. There may also be an increase in workload which can add additional stress to the work environment. If not addressed correctly, this can lead to an array of unnecessary challenges for your business. Such as projects not getting completed on time and costly mistakes that could have been avoided had your employees known the correct actions to take or had the right risk management procedures in place. The best way to prevent this from happening is by investing into the further education of your employees. Not only is it extremely beneficial from an ROI perspective, but corporate training also has significant tax benefits for businesses in South Africa. It has been proven time and again that sending your staff for specialized training can be the single biggest return on investment that you can make in your business. By utilizing a corporate training company, you can help them to become more effective, more productive and also teach your staff to look at specific challenges from a new perspective. Instead of losing valuable employees, you can rather help them to develop their skills and learn as your business grows. Here are some of the following courses which can help your employees become better: Conflict management and negotiation skills: Learning how to deal with conflict is not only important in the . . .
The sea is a vast area and, unlike in traditional land based game parks, is not fenced off in any way - marine life has free and unfettered access to the vastness of the ocean and humans are not able to see through the water to witness the sea life teeming below. When one searches for animals in a game park the surest way to find them is at a water hole or, when searching for predators, at the source of food. In the sea, things are slightly different: The entire sea is a 'water hole' The food source is a long chain normally near reefs but subject to 'invisible' currents. With reference to the image above, consider the following: The Agulhas Current flows down the East Coast of Africa to the geographic Southernmost tip of Africa - Cape Agulhas - a rocky headland and the beginning of the dividing line between the Atlantic and Indian Oceans. As the Agulhas current passes Algoa Bay off of Port Elizabeth it veers South and the first of the significant counter currents occurs. The Agulhas Bank South of the tip of Africa shows a large area of shallower and warmer water. The large area is the 'entry point' for Whales traveling North from the Arctic and 'funnels' these predators North East towards Algoa Bay and beyond. Migrating marine animals such as Whales come past our coastline to mate and feed so it makes sense that they will be best spotted in a warm/ish place where their potential mates are, combine that with a food source and the chances of spotting these creatures are very high. The Agulhas current after veering South will get small fish and nutrients in its grip and, when the Agulhas counter current veers back into the Southern Coastline, including Algoa Bay, it will bring this food source close to land. The Sardine Run Season - January to August - is proof that the prevailing winds of South West and West are at work bringing the Agulhas Current and valuable nutrients, close to the shore. So, what ideal conditions does . . .
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5YaAzLYljzU Johannesburg, 23 October 2018– In the months leading up to their launch towards the end of September, NJIN Agency strategically targeted and partnered with South African brands complementary to its own thinking and philosophy. Iconic South African rock band, The Parlotones, is one of the agency’s new signings. >> view website “This year the Parlotones are celebrating two decades of doing things differently and making their own way in the South African music industry,” says NJIN Head of Agency, Brandon Faber. “We identify with that spirit and, of course – it’s damn cool to work with people that appreciate the value of production and the power of brand, while remaining in tune with the greatest asset of them all, the paying fan.” Dragonflies and Astronauts “We’ve been looking for a partner that shares our passions and desire for a little theatre in everything we do,” says Kahn Morbee, The Parlotones co-founder and lead-singer. “In NJIN Agency we found a group of people with just the right mix of skills, experience and crazy to help move our brand forward.” The Parlotones Digital Takeover (as NJIN refers to it) includes a mix of traditional, new media and creative services – stretching through to exciting future campaigns featuring Augmented and Virtual Reality. “It’s our hope and our goal to work with NJIN to create amazing experiences for our fans,” says Morbee. “It’s a great asset to have these guys help introduce new technologies and opportunities to our world.” Local is (Beautiful and Magical) NJIN Agency and The Parlotones are working on several new projects that, also, include collaboration with other iconic South African brands. “We love working with great local companies that are looking to be ‘Proudly South African’ through actions, not simply just labels or associations,” says Faber. “This partnership with The Parlotones provides us with an opportunity to do what we love and create . . .
Johannesburg , 23 October 2018 - “A successful man, is one who can lay a firm foundation with the bricks others have thrown at him” [David Brinkley]. There can be no truer a saying, than this, for a young entrepreneur or start-up company and in the case of describing the work of Servest’s Enterprise Development Program that operates through the Lesipho Trust, this could not be more apt, in creating economic opportunities for its recipients. The Lesipho Trust is a fund and non-profit organisation (NGO), that seeks to provide opportunities and economic assistance to qualifying black South African’s and their businesses. The Lesipho Trust partners with communities and black businesses to create meaningful social change in areas of society, where the Trust operates. It assists companies in advancing their business and also provides them with the opportunity to become Servest preferred suppliers, thus ensuring that they remain sustainable entities. Naledi Kgoadi who owns Bophele & Ditiro Trading, a facilities management company, says, “the Trust has assisted us a great deal, we have acquired machinery that is going to help us grow and enable us to increase our revenues, by reducing our operating costs.” Each year the Lesipho Trusts sets a target for new intakes who fit the qualifying criteria, these include; the business must be in operation for a period of 1 - 2 years the business must earn less than R50 million It must be 100% black owned or black women owned it must be a registered business This past year, Thape Media, who consists of a husband and wife team, who combined their skills in the film industry, saw the fruits of their labour come to life, through the assistance of The Lesipho Trust. They currently produce two productions for TV, ‘Gospel Unplugged’ and ‘Fix my love’, as well as producing all Servest’s multi-media requirements. Through this relationship, they also have opportunities to collaborate and partner with Servest’s . . .
To keep your home, its occupants, and other valuables inside the house safe, it is imperative that you invest in top quality security. RB Locksmiths Pretoria are readily available to help with your lock issues, and overall security maintenance for homes and businesses. They are very good when it comes to burglar-proofing properties. PRETORIA, October 18, 2018 – It goes without saying that the security of a property is a key consideration for homeowners and businesses in Pretoria. What with the number of household break-ins being on a steady rise each passing day. The statistics indicate that most of the burglars take advantage of loopholes in security to execute the robbery. It could be a lack of CCTV cameras around the compound, use of outdated lock systems, or being away from home for long. Our certified security experts believe every individual must put measures in place to prevent and minimize burglary cases in the region – whether you are at home or out of town. To start with, think like a burglar when assessing the efficiency of your security system. Lock the door and try getting back into the house without the use of keys, apply force on the doors to see if they will budge, and look around for tools a robber might use to try and enter your property. Fix any shortcomings immediately to avoid any risks. All access points must be secured appropriately, starting from the perimeter fence, to the windows and doors. If you can afford a barbed wire or electric fencing, the better for your cause. Windows on the other hand should be fitted with burglar bars while your doors need at least two locking mechanism. Mr Gerrie Botha, a master locksmith and owner of RB Locksmiths Pretoria noted that the security of South Africans was a collective responsibility. “For there to be a reduction in robbery cases, all of us have to be ready to play our part.” He went on to highlight the benefits of installing various security measures like alarms, security lighting, and . . .