With the hard-hitting winter weather and fires in the Western Cape, and cold temperatures creeping in around the country as winter fully sets in, having adequate insurance cover is essential. Insuring your assets such as your car and property via an insurance adviser can really go a long way in helping you get the right cover for your specific needs. An adviser also helps you to reduce your time and admin, should you need to claim or make any cover adjustments. But how do you go about choosing the right one? Below are some guidelines to follow. “Often this type of choice will start with a recommendation from a friend or family member, or perhaps you saw or heard an advert. These options can be for a specific adviser or advisory firm,” says Bertus Visser, Chief Executive of Distribution at PSG Insure. “The right first step is actually to select the right advisory firm, and then the right adviser who is based there.” 1 - Play detective Once you have found a few options of firms to consider, look at their various websites for a full view of the offering available. Investigate further by viewing their social media feeds and searching for them online – determining if there are any public complaints posted about them, or any FAIS Ombudsman issues hanging in the balance. “You really need to get a sense of who they are, how they are perceived and how they operate,” Visser says. Once you have narrowed this down further, you can look at the various advisers who work at your preferred advisory firm. Considerations that might help you choose would be looking at their track records and qualifications. “If you are not just looking to insure your personal property – perhaps you are also a business owner - you will have more specialised insurance requirements, and you will need an adviser who is equipped and experienced to assist,” he adds. 2 - The full picture Ideally, your adviser will be supported by administrative staff and other advisers. This gives you peace . . .
Here at MyPR we have taken a long hard look at our page structure and menu and... changed it! We have removed some of the clutter from the menu, leaving the three main header links to show exactly what MyPR is all about: Press Release submission Free content for publishers and journalists to showcase your press releases About All the other pages are there but under sub menus. The aim is to enable you to cut through the clutter and get to exactly where you want with the minimum of fuss. Obviously the forever free MyPR Press Release option is still there. Even more obviously we would love for you to give our FEATURED Press or Video Release options a go - this is something that we know extends the reach of your article in a really magical way that we call the "Infinite Incantatem Searchus Extrodinarious Optimus" spell. We have added one more payment option for you - via Credit Card using 2Checkout.com. As at today's date FEATURED Press Releases cost $5.00 via Paypal or R75.00 via 2Checkout.com. Savvy SEO experts will tell you that it is a bargain. Savvy marketers will tell you that it is a bargain for the reach that this guarantees you. Newsclip.co.za will show you that the amount paid is a pittance in comparison to the accumulated AVE that you will get. Some more about FEATURED Press Releases: FEATURED press releases guarantee greater exposure here, on our Partner Sites and their associated Social Media Accounts – increasing your reach at least ten fold. FEATURED press releases may upload up to FOUR images and insert hyperlinks in the body for greater SEO benefits and to allow readers to easily click through to the companies or products mentioned. FEATURED press releases also allow for a YouTube video to showcase the company or product. FEATURED press releases appear in the home page slider and randomly under every other press release published on MyPR. FEATURED press releases appear at the top of our daily . . .
Paarl landscapers DDS Projects have walked off with an unprecedented six awards at the prestigious annual South African Landscaping Institute (SALI) Awards of Excellence, including the trophy award for the Best Environmental Landscape Work. The awards continue to encourage emerging trends in landscaping, including sustainability and ecological aesthetics. According to owner Danie Steenkamp, the awards are definitely a feather in their cap. “It is especially important for us to be recognised for ecologically friendly work that also carries a strong indigenous and water-wise component. The SALI Awards are considered to be the pinnacle in our industry and we are delighted to have so many projects acknowledged by an industry body.” The trophy was awarded for a veld garden established by DDS Projects in Robertson in 2015. The almost 1-hectare project involved blending the landscaping into the natural environment surrounding the private residence utilising species naturally found in the endemic renosterveld. Large plantings of indigenous grasses create a seamless transition between the natural setting and man-made structures. The grasses also then form the biome for the veld to further seed and reinstate the original natural renosterveld over time. In addition, local stone and compacted earth was laid for permeable walkways flowing through the landscape. According to the SALI judging panel DDS Projects managed to effortlessly achieve the brief of the client, which was to rehabilitate the surrounding veld into the garden. “In an area of the Little Karoo that is renowned for its poor soil and huge variations in climatic conditions these obstacles have been overcome by the correct use of plants and their suitability for the site.” Three other projects received double gold, gold and merit awards for category wins and in the Water Wise rankings. The Robertson Veld Garden project took the honours in the Environmental Landscape Work category, while the Vrede & . . .
Escape the winter blues this season and head for the beautiful Paarl region in Drakenstein. Fabulous food, fine wines and warm hospitality await visitors for a perfect winter breakaway. Paarl has something special planned during the winter months to entice guests on a culinary journey that showcases the unique flavours of the region. Various restaurants and wine farms are offering tantalising food and wine pairings and special wine tastings. This is also the ideal time for wine lovers to stock up for winter with producers offering amazing wine deals and special promotions. Menu options range from traditional, country-style breakfasts, cheese and charcuterie platters, Karoo platters and gourmet burgers to sumptuous Sunday buffet lunches. Think winter warmers such as hearty soups, lamb shanks, pork belly, slow-braised beef short ribs and Cape Malay chicken curries paired with fantastic local wines. If the weather permits, visitors can still venture outside to enjoy a picnic and the beautiful scenery. Try something different and embark on a brandy journey, an artisanal chocolate pairing, enjoy a 4-course meal paired with CBC beers or attend a cooking demonstration with a renowned local chef. Explore the magic of winemaking with a wine blending experience or visit a real farmers’ market with incredible, fresh local produce. Paarl is definitely a family-friendly destination with special kids’ entertainment, activities and menus offered at many venues. Youngsters enjoy customised tastings, while the grown-ups sample some of Paarl’s award-winning wines. If you’re planning a weekend break, book the special winter packages at some of the conveniently located accommodation facilities such as the magnificent Grande Roche Hotel winter offer, which includes accommodation, 3-course dinner and breakfast or Diamant Estate. Even special celebrations are catered for with an authentic Italian feast for 14 people in the home of a genuine Venetian chef. Participants . . .
Who says living is just for the summer? With Cape Country Routes’ (CCR) activity and accommodation establishments’ entertaining must do's on popular travel routes (all within three hours’ drive from Cape Town), there is little reason to avoid filling your winter activity checklist. Ideal for the entire family and a bunch of friends, the following Cape Winelands and Route 62 recommendations, courtesy of CCR, can help beat the winter chill: Stellenbosch: Make the mid-year worth your while with a Winelands getaway that meets luxury and adventure in the middle. Boasting several decades of rich heritage, Stellenbosch has always been a favourite must-see destination. Immersed in oak tree laden streets, the historic town beams with an excitement that can't easily be overlooked. • Spa therapy, anyone? Another great Cape Winelands option to bat the mid-year slump can include a spa retreat and long overdue mini holiday at Evergreen Manor and Spa. Aside from luxury guesthouse accommodation and warm hospitality, its in-house spa’s popular beauty treatments are enough to help anyone recharge and retake on the rest of the year with renewed vigour. • Stay central: Eendracht Hotel and Apartments is nestled in the oldest part of the town, and within walking distance of more than 60 bistros, restaurants and boutique stores. The elegant hotel is the perfect hideaway from the everyday hustle and bustle while still in proximity to central Stellenbosch. With only 12 luxury en-suite rooms, the quaint hotel offers true South African hospitality and comfort. • Be a tourist in your country: Guests popping in to town on the day, or those already staying at Eendracht Hotel and Evergreen Manor can add to their stay with an outdoor Winelands excursion with Adventure Shop Activities. Adventure Shop is an owner-run tourism business specialising in adventure tours and activities, safaris and Overland travel. Located within walking distance from the CCR accommodation entities in town, . . .
There is no better cure for the winter blues than enjoying great South African red wines. And if you want to try one of the country’s best Cape Bordeaux blends, look no further than the Longridge Ekliptika. This week, this sublime red blend from cellar master Jasper Raats scored 91 points in the 2017 Cape Bordeaux Red Blend Report, which placed it amongst the top scoring wines in this category. Key findings in the report included the fact that Bordeaux blends (or Cape Clarets as preferred by Longridge cellar master Jasper Raats) have become a fundamental part of the South African fine wine scene. The wines included in the report were tasted blind by a panel chaired by Christian Eedes and scored on a 100-point scale. The 2014 Ekliptika, which is crafted from Cabernet Franc, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, was matured in a combination of new and mature French oak for a period of 24 months and was described in the panel’s tasting noted as “red and black fruit, some leafiness plus plenty of attractive oak character. Juicy and fresh – great depth of fruit with relatively soft tannins.” The Ekliptika forms part of the Longridge ultra-premium range and was named after the phenomenon in which the earth, stars and moon align in their orbit with sun. According to Jasper Raats, both the name and the label illustrate the biodynamic way of farming that has become synonymous with the Longridge winemaking philosophy. According to Jasper Raats, the wine is a true reflection of its Helderberg terroir. “The Ekliptika is really true to its roots and delivers a great expression of fruit that are very terroir specific. It is great that this was picked up and acknowledged by the panel.” The same vintage also impressed highly acclaimed international wine critic Tim Atkin, who awarded it 94 points in his 2016 SA Report, while scoring 92 points in the Robert Parker Wine Advocate last month. The Ekliptika retails for about R480 and is available from the Longridge tasting . . .
(South Africa, May 2017) The Chris Burger Petro Jackson Players’ Fund, a charity that supports rugby players who have sustained catastrophic head, neck or spinal cord injuries is proud to announce that they will be hosting the inaugural ‘Ride 4 Rugby’ mountain bike experience in Caledon in the Western Cape from 8 to 10 October 2017. This unique two day stage ride will see a number of SA's most recognisable rugby legends hitting the trails in an effort to raise funds for Rugby’s Caring Hands and is a great opportunity for cycling and rugby enthusiasts to ride alongside them. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A maximum of 60 people will enjoy a rare treat at our intimate Mountain View venue at Franschhoek Cellars on Sunday 25 June 2017 Think wine, relaxed and comfortable seating, a fireplace and a view to die for - a perfect setting for one of South Africa’s genuine talents. Two decades of dazzling and energetic performances have been rewarded with a SAMA (South African Music Award) for this accomplished guitarist, singer and songwriter. Besides touring with Simple Minds and REM and supported the Rolling Stones, Albert Frost has recorded with the who’s who of South African talent including Arno Carstens, Koos Kombuis, Chris Chameleon, Blues Broers and many others. He has performed with every major artist in South Africa, and with international artists like Ali Faka Toure and Finley Quaye. Book tickets here http://bit.ly/FHKAlbertFrost Seating is unreserved. Join us for lunch at The Franschhoek Cellar before the show (not included in ticket price) and then amble down to the gorgeously intimate Mountain View for the show (starts at 3pm) Call the restaurant on 021 876 2086. View the delicious menu here http://thefranschhoekcellar.co.za/our-food CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
June 16, Youth Day, marks a significant moment in South Africa’s socio-political history. Yet Youth Day 2017 is set to become significant in other ways, as the local wine industry celebrates the first ever release of Vermentino with a landmark auction, held digitally and in real time, in aid of youth development. The inaugural auction will make available a limited edition of only 1500 litres of Vermentino. These comprise the first bottles of this type of wine ever produced in the country. Vermentino is a light-skinned wine grape that makes for a medium-full-bodied wine. It is common in Italy and widely grown in Sardinia. The introduction of Vermentino into South Africa, from a Sardinian clone, is the brainchild of Ayama, the wine farm steered by Attilio and Michela Dalpiaz, an Italian couple who fell in love with the Western Cape and relocated to South Africa 14 years ago. Under their careful direction, Ayama has become a strong export brand that is much loved in Europe, Asia and the States, where it is distributed widely. While Ayama has consistently produced excellent wines, primarily Chenin and Pinotage, the Dalpiazs were not content to let it rest there. They wanted to do something that would set them apart from other wine farms in the Cape; that would connect their new homeland with the culture and traditions of Italy; and which would launch the Ayama brand to the South African market, where, as yet, it has not been widely marketed. To this end, Attilio and Michela invited Italian agronomist Augusto Fabbro to come out to South Africa in 2007 to study their terroir - Ayama lies on the lower slopes of Perdeberg Mountain - to see which variety would be best suited to their land. The climate of the Voor Paardeberg region is particularly suited to Mediterranean style wines and thus Vermentino was identified as the most likely candidate. There followed six years of import permissions, quarantine approvals and propagation before the very first Vermentino . . .
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