Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo together with the Hollard JURA & JUMA team have put in some serious work to ensure the Braamfontein Spruit is nice and clean before the race. Taking all the feedback from previous years the Hollard JURA & Hollard JUMA team, together with Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo, have taken steps to improve the sections of the route that were a little less than fragrant. “Our aim is to maximize the participants experience and together with Johannesburg City Parks we came up with using Effective Microbes (EM) as a water cleaning and odour busting solution to the problem. Now riders and riders can enjoy everything the route has to offer and have fresh, clean fun along the way,” explains Event Organiser Mark Castel. Ben Masalesa, Senior Training Facilitator, Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo, hails the Bokashi balls as an excellent water cleaning solution. “The balls are created from a mixture that includes bran, wheat bran, molasses and a combination of various bacteria endemic to South Africa. The balls sink to the riverbed, where they slowly release effective microbes (EM) for up to a month, improving water quality as the ‘good bacteria’ eats away the ‘bad bacteria’.” Over 1 000 EM Bokashi Balls were released into waterways along Killarney Golf Course, Wynberg, Emmarentia, Alberts Farm and Innesfree Park. Each Bokashi Ball can clean approximately 1000 cubic metres of water over its lifespan. The naturally beneficial microbes in EM act to biologically consume odour-causing toxins and break down waste and they are 100% eco-friendly. Louis Gordon, General Manager: New Business Development for Johannesburg City Parks & Zoo comments: “The Johannesburg City Parks team of Region E and Region B assisted in cleaning some of the areas that the race runs through, collecting over 150 bags of litter along the way. The team were also tasked with releasing the Effective Microbe (EM) based Bokashi Balls as part of their entry fee, . . .
Despite various investigative reports on Carte Blanche and general media exposure, private property buyers are still getting caught by non-disclosed defects. Although the Consumer Protection Act (CPA) provides relief to most consumers by ensuring that a seller or estate agent discloses all defects, the CPA does not apply to one-off, private sales. These sellers are still protected by the old voetstoots clause. While a quick walkthrough and a second visit to the property for a spot check of the condition of the home can help buyers sift through their options and narrow down the property they would most like to purchase, it is best to have a professional inspector undertake a thorough check and advise accordingly. Eric Bell of Inspect-a-Home, (a professional home inspection company) warned consumers against signing a disclosure before getting the property checked by an accredited inspector. He said countless buyers nationally were left with extensive repair costs after signing the documents as they gave some consumers a false sense of security. “These documents ask buyers to sign off on a number of key areas, including roofing, geyser condition, and damp problems. Unless you are a structural engineer or qualified building inspector, it is highly unlikely that you or the seller will be able to identify any latent defects. Every day throughout the country we see houses that are painted to make them look good and unsuspecting buyers are then taken to the cleaners with extensive and unexpected repair bills once they have moved in – their dream house becomes a nightmare.” He said sellers were liable for latent defects that existed at the time of the sale but, by signing a disclosure document, buyers were signing away their rights to that claim, effectively making the defects the buyer’s problem. He gave an example of a consumer who bought his home through an estate agent who tried to get him to sign a disclosure document which stated that the house, . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
• Bosch continues to empower the next generation of Africans to invent their future through an innovative outreach initiative. • More learners to be exposed to the world of robotics. 17 May 2017, Johannesburg, South Africa – Bosch a leading global supplier of technology and services in the fields of Mobility Solutions, Industrial Technology, Consumer Goods, and Energy & Building Technology, is set to continue empowering young learners by exposing them to the world of robotics in anticipation for the 4th industrial revolution and the future. This is part of Bosch’s commitment to furthering education and skills building in Africa. To honour this commitment, specifically in South Africa, Bosch will continue to sponsor the dedicated robotics lab at the Deutsche Schule Pretoria (DSP, German International School). The lab was officially inaugurated two years ago, in the presence of his Excellency, Mr. Walter Lindner, German Ambassador to South Africa and Dr. Markus Thill, President, Bosch Region Africa. “The DSP has shown forward thinking by integrating robotics into its curriculum. In previous years successful robotics teams presented South Africa at the World Robot Olympiad, both nationally and internationally. Bosch is honoured to continue support for the DSP’s robotics lab which further benefits outreach communities,” said Dr. Markus Thill. The unique sponsorship agreement makes it possible for the robotics programme to be available to a wider circle of learners in the Pretoria area outside the DSP community. Additional schools that will benefit from the 2017 outreach initiative include: Pula Difate Primary School, Koos Matle Primary School, Sikhanyisile Primary School, Nantes Primary School and Norridge Primary School. The recent inclusion of identified outreach schools is just in time as the learners prepare for 2017 Gauteng Explorer Competition which is scheduled to take place in August 2017. “We are very pleased to make robotics . . .
On Saturday, 13 May 2017, live music, fine food and tequila on tap will all come together under one sombrero at the Tequila & Mexican Food Festival. Hosted by Arcade Empire at the ultra-chic Royal Elephant Hotel in Centurion, this year’s colourful celebration of Speedy Gonzales’ homeland is set to be spicier than a jalapeno pepper. Patrons will be able to sample some of the tastiest Mexican food, and wash it all down with a variety of tequila based drinks and ales from two bars and the beer gardens. Festival goers will also get the opportunity to ride the mechanical bull on site and catch rock royalty, Karen Zoid, Desmond and the Tutus and other legends set the stage alight with the biggest hits of their careers. If the that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, the onsite payment technology undoubtedly will. To ensure that everyone has fun without worrying if they have enough cash on them, or if their bank card will work, most of the vendors on site will be accepting payments with Zapper. Zapper is a mobile payment app that allows users to simply scan a safe and secure QR code when trying to make a purchase. It’s fast, easy and can be downloaded free from the app stores of Windows, Apple and Android phones. First-time users will also receive R25 off their first transaction as Zapper’s way of welcoming them to the scan, pay, go lifestyle. Representatives from Zapper will also be at the festival hosting a fun dice game with loads of other free vouchers up for grabs. These can be used to knock a few bucks off a meal or bar tab on the day, so that you can party for way less than expected! Doors open at 11am with the party lasting until 7pm. Grab your poncho and your amigos and be part of this amazing event. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Although Kesa Molotsane sped to an impressive maiden victory in the 10km SPAR Women's Challenge, there were winners galore as thousands braved the cool conditions in Port Elizabeth today. The Bloemfontein-based KPMG runner was delighted with her victory and said she knew that they could not let Nedbank's Irvette van Zyl, who hails from Pretoria, open up too big a gap when she led the pack at the halfway mark. "Irvette was flying so I felt we had to do something before it was too late," said the new champion, who admitted she nearly miscalculated her pace in the closing stages. "I thought we were closer to the finish when I went past Irvette at the 8km mark. "I opened up then but suddenly realised we still had two kilometres to go, not just one, so I almost shot myself in the foot. But I managed to hang on and am pleased with the way it worked out." She won in 33:13, followed just eight seconds later by Van Zyl. Mapaseka Makhanya from Olifantsfontein in Gauteng was third in 33:40. Spurred on by local artist Gino Fabbri, thousands of women took to the start of the 10km and 5km events in what is the Eastern Cape's biggest road race. Among them was South African roadrunning legend Sonja Laxton, who finished a remarkable 91st Women's Challenge. The 68-year-old from Melrose in Johannesburg showed she has lost none of her competitive edge when she completed the 10km race in just under 50 minutes. "Running keeps me out of mischief," she said. "SPAR do a lot for us with these races because they are so well organised. The distances are right, the atmosphere is great and it is almost like a mini national champs - but instead there are six of them." Her thoughts were echoed by van Zyl, who said road running would be "far worse off" without the retailer's efforts. "These races are really important for women's running in South Africa and they have made us all better competitors. I can see the times are much faster this year and the runners are . . .
Cape Town, 3 May 2017: The continuing popularity of centrally-located hotel accommodation has prompted a refurbishment of Protea Hotel by Marriott® Pretoria Centurion that will be welcomed by guests, returning and new. An increasing demand for quality accommodation in the region for both business and leisure travellers ensures that the need for hotels to provide excellent facilities is fulfilled in order to remain ahead of the game in a competitive industry. Protea Hotel by Marriott® Pretoria Centurion’s refurbishment will address many guest-facing elements in all standard rooms, including case goods, the provision of new curtains and blackout curtains, portraits, soft touches and furnishings; lighting will be enhanced and plugs upgraded to match the needs of the busy business traveller, all of which represent a significant, multi-million-rand investment on the part of the owners in providing sophisticated rooms for clients. According to Danny Bryer, the Area Director Sales for Protea Hotels by Marriott, “In a node of increasing significance such as Centurion, all effort must be made to build on what is already successful, consistently adding value so that visitors will enjoy the hospitality they’ve come to expect on an ongoing basis. This part of Pretoria has always been a sought-after suburb for both business and residential reasons, being conveniently situated, close to commercial and lifestyle centres.” “This hotel has many aspects of charm to it; it’s a favourite with our many regular visitors who enjoy its close proximity to many places of interest for leisure activities and to the commercial district. With that in mind, we’re conscious of the need to refresh what’s on offer to build onto a successful foundation so that we can welcome even more guests to enjoy what’s on offer,” comments Etienne Potgieter, General Manager of Protea Hotel by Marriott Pretoria Centurion. To minimise disruptions to regular guests, the renovation process will be . . .
Both public and private property managers and owners have an affordable place to turn should they run into waterproofing related issues large or small in the Pretoria area. Waterproofing Pretoria takes pride in the quality of their guaranteed work and will go the extra mile to keep customers satisfied from the smallest job to the largest. Pretoria, April, 13, 2017 -Experts agree, when it comes to getting waterproofing work done, quality is absolutely king, followed by an affordable price tag. The extended Pretoria, South Africa area is no exception, a place where quality waterproofing is in significant demand due to the realities of the environment. Waterproofing Pretoria is an online based firm who have stepped up to help in a very real way, delivering a combination of premium services, friendly customer support, and very attractive prices. It's not a surprise they are steadily rising in popularity. “This is not just a job, but our passion,” commented a spokesperson from the company. “We Provide waterproofing and roofing repair and installs across Gauteng in South Africa, and we put everything into making sure we exceed even the highest expectations.' Potential clients are encouraged to contact the company should they need to discuss their requirements and get a transparent and reliable quote for their project. Early feedback has been very positive across the board. Michael S, from Pretoria, gave the company a five-star review, “We needed our roof waterproofed recently, and Waterproofing Pretoria took care of the job at a reasonable price, delivering tremendous quality work. We highly recommend them.” For more information be sure to visit: http://www.waterproofing-pretoria.com/about/ YouTube: https://youtu.be/pJCeBLMVOW8 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. More Info on Waterproofing Pretoria Celebrates Success Delivering Roofing Services Across Pretoria at Discount Prices here: . . .
Adrian Stander and co. are renowned throughout the Pretoria and Gauteng region as a dynamic team of skilled photographers and retouchers who can provide ideal wedding photography services. Wedding Photographer Pretoria is an All-In-One photography studio based in Pretoria, that primarily offers wedding photography services to the surrounding areas in Gauteng and beyond. The team, consisting of Adrian Stander and co. is renowned throughout the Pretoria and Gauteng region as a dynamic team of skilled photographers and retouchers who can provide ideal wedding photography services. According to the lead photographer of the team, “As all-in-one photo studio we use professional photographers and retouchers that work together to provide magazine-quality designer wedding albums, that are fashionable and intimate.” Adrian further adds, “From high end to low-key, we work to your budget and give each of our clients the very best.” In the words of satisfied customers, the wedding photography service based in Pretoria offers glamour, sophistication, as well as affordably priced wedding photography. What's more, Wedding Photographer Pretoria also offers a range of other services including family portraits as well as maternity and baby shoots. The photo studio covers Pretoria North East, Montana, Central West, North West, Pretoria East, Hillcrest, Lynnwood, Pretoria South, and Centurion along with all surrounding regions of Gauteng. On occasion, Adrian is also known to travel further and offer destination photography services around South Africa. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Couples often agonise over choosing the perfect venue for their wedding. The location of the reception has an effect on every element of the big day, from the choice of suppliers to the number of guests who can attend – the pressure is on to choose something to suit everyone. Not only that, but the wedding venue says so much about you as a couple; you’ve got to pick a venue to reflect your styles and personalities. Having said that, your classic wineland or beach wedding, whilst still popular, is fast being replaced with more contemporary, individual and modern takes on this age-old tradition, seeing more and more couples opting for city weddings using innovative spaces, and cool ideas for their new-age ‘I do’s. Lucy Rangasamy, General Manager at BON Hotel Midrand, says their hotel is perfect for a big city wedding - often an issue when it comes to finding space for 300 guests, plus your mother’s friend’s cousin’s son. She adds that the hotel offering for guests extends beyond just bedrooms and amenities, with generous packages offering all sorts of add-ons like ‘the best breakfast in town’, a shuttle service, spa treatments, hair and make-up stylists, and much more. And the photo opportunities are endless - as a start the contrast between the dress and the urban location would be delicate and authentic - imagine a downtown, grungy street, a colourful, graffiti-swamped wall, modern or crumbling architecture, or an old car posed against the sidewalk as the sun sets. Better yet, if it’s bucketing down, bring out the umbrellas and pop on some Wellingtons, and really make a splash. Banqueting Manager at BON Hotel Bloemfontein Central, Dayana Kerber, says that they are getting more and more enquiries for rooftop weddings and events. “We recently hosted a function on the rooftop parking area, which was spectacular – a celebration beneath the stars on a perfect summer’s evening with the sounds of the city vibrating in the background.” From stylish and urbane . . .