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SWEET DEAL KEEPS CANE GROWERS AND SUGAR INDUSTRY AFLOAT

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To alleviate the effects of the drought and ensure sustainable throughput of the mill, Ithala provided a R15 million debt facility to Gledhow for on-lending to growers supplying sugar cane to the company.

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Robert Livhoyi opens his first Cash Convertors stores in Musina

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There’s an exciting new business on the block at Musina Mall in Musina, Limpopo. Robert Livhoyi, well-known in the town for his religious and sporting activities, has opened Musina’s first Cash Converters store.

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YOUTH MAKING INROADS TO A BRIGHTER FUTURE

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“With Youth Month upon us, this should serve as a constant reminder of the plight of youth and the moral obligation we have as ordinary citizens and corporates to help elevate marginalised communities.”

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Corporate & educational institutions benefit with new Apple deployments 

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Apple has introduced two new deployment programmes likely to be music to your IT Manager’s ears: The Device Enrollment Programme (DEP) offers companies a fast, streamlined way of deploying corporate-owned Mac or iOS devices, while the Volume Purchase Programme (VPP) allows companies or educational institutions to volume-purchase and distribute apps required for work purposes. 

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YOUTH DEVELOPMENT ESSENTIALS; MOULDING EMPLOYABLE GRADUATES 

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Further Education and Training (FET) should strive to achieve three goals: making graduates employable; creating a diverse workforce; and meeting the needs of the country’s economy. The 2017 Youth Day theme is; “The year of OR Tambo: Advancing Youth Economic Empowerment”. The goals of FET and the theme for the celebration of youth could not be more perfectly aligned. 

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Why are SA’s banks facilitating climate change? 

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Four of South Africa’s biggest banks appear to have no problem with funding new projects that will fuel climate change. They also do not seem to be concerned about the fact that climate change will place these very projects at risk. These banks are also funding new coal despite the fact that they have all made public commitments on climate change.

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2017 PETCO Awards celebrate the champions behind PET recycling in South Africa

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The extraordinary contributions to PET (Polyethylene Terephthalate) recycling in South Africa during the course of 2016 by 10 individuals and companies were celebrated at an awards ceremony as part of the PETCO Annual General Meeting, which was held on 07 June at the Radisson Blu Sandton Hotel in Johannesburg. 

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THE VALUE OF FARM AND ANTI-POACHING SECURITY 

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From poached rhinos to killing for subsistence, and criminal farm attacks, the agricultural, wildlife ranching and tourism industries face an onslaught of incursions. 

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Fibre's the best thing for the suburb since the lightbulb, says Otel

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High-speed fibre optic broadband access is the most promising suburban development since electricity. "Fibre's the best thing since lightbulbs began lighting up homes," says Rad Jankovic, CEO of independent telecommunications provider, Otel.

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WHY WiFi AS A SERVICE IS THE FUTURE OF BUSINESS, RETAIL AND MARKETING

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WaaS is a high speed WiFi solution that is fully managed using cloud based management systems for connectivity, as well as the configuration of the WiFi network. WaaS is supplied on a subscription basis, and is considered the future of connectivity tech. 

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EXCELLENCE IN TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT REWARDED 

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The Institute of People Development (IPD), which offers Learning & Development and Management training, was recognised as the Best Education Management Company in Gauteng, while also scooping an Award for Excellence in Training and Development Services.

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MEA MARKETS: SUSTAINABILITY IN MANUFACTURING 

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Local green cleaning product manufacturer, Green Worx Cleaning Solutions, proved its eco-friendly approach. As such it was awarded as the Most Sustainable Cleaning Product Manufacturer 2017. “Green Worx Cleaning Solutions is South Africa’s leading developer and manufacturer of green cleaning products that are kind to people and the environment.”

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HONOUR THOSE THAT STRIVE TO STOP POACHERS IN THEIR TRACKS - AWARD NOMINATIONS ARE OPEN 

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Since 2012, the Rhino Conservation Awards have been held annually, honouring those that put themselves between Africa’s rhinos and those who seek their destruction. 

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RURAL KZN SCHOOLS BEAM AT GENEROSITY OF ITHALA

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The spirit of ubuntu came alive when members of Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s Corporate Social Investment team visited eight rural schools in Nongoma, Ulundi, Kwadukuza, Ixopo, Ndumo, Isithebe, Madadeni and Mandeni to deliver school uniforms.

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Time is Money - Stop wasting it on futile meetings

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According to a survey of time use conducted by Stats SA, South Africans spend roughly 121 minutes per day participating in meetings, which amounts to over 10 hours a week – a quarter of the average 40 hour work week. 

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LANCEWOOD® the Big Cheese at SA Cheese Festival

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Sandringham farm in Stellenbosch set the scene for this year’s South African Cheese Festival, where LANCEWOOD®, the number one cream cheese brand in SA*, took top honours for the best stand in the commercial cheese category. 

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DEPTH, DISPERSAL, DEVELOPMENT AND DRIVE: THE 4D’S OF AGRI-TECH IN THE 21ST CENTURY

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According to Jane Thomson, Managing Director of Softworx (an Infor partner), the key to ensuring sustainable production is an efficient and reliable value chain. “To achieve efficiency in the agricultural value chain, the four Ds of agri-tech must be implemented; depth, dispersed operations, development, and drive.” 

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#PowerOfSport: Radebe Wants Leeds UTD Back In Premier League

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Leeds United club legend Lucas Radebe will travel to the UK to support his former team if they reach the playoffs in the Championship with an opportunity to regain a place in the Premier League, where he says they belong.

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MY BUSINESS INDABA ROADSHOW TO EMPOWER YOUTH, WOMEN, SMMES

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Ithala Development Finance Corporation is embarking on a province-wide roadshow incorporating its three flagship programmes – Inkunz’isematholeni Youth in Business Competition, Siyasebenza SMME workshops and Imbokodo Iyazenzela Women in Business.

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Fair Trade Tourism welcome’s Hotel Verde, Africa’s Greenest Hotel at WTM Africa

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Hotel Verde, situated at the Cape Town International Airport has just been certified by Fair Trade Tourism at the annual World Travel Market Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa.

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All woman cancer policy puts more women first

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According to the American Cancer Society, cancer deaths among women are set to rise to 60% by 2030. This is a frightening statistic and thought, one which reiterates the importance of women having adequate dread disease cover in place.

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PARTNERING FOR END-TO-END, HIGH TECH WiFi AS A SERVICE

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WiFi is no longer just a conduit to connect to the internet. If used properly, it is a connection to the world, and all of the opportunities it holds. As the South African business IT landscape moves away from outdated 20th century tech, the increased focus is placed on the Internet of Things (IoT).

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Thebe makes a bid for the Auction industry

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Thebe Investment Corporation has announced that it has closed on the acquisition of a majority stake in Clear Asset (Pty) Ltd – a move that creates a leading black owned online auction house.

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Suunto partners with SkyRun

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2017 will be the 21st running of the legendary SkyRun presented by Salomon, and in true SkyRun fashion, leading premium sports watch Suunto has partnered with the team to help take the race to new heights.

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Finalists announced for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards

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A community-based camp located in remote Namibia, two backpackers and a mountain bike tour in the Greater Mapungubwe Transfrontier Area are among the organisations selected as finalists for the 2017 African Responsible Tourism Awards (sponsored by Wesgro and organised by Better Tourism Africa).

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Hisense becomes Official Sponsor of 2018 FIFA World Cup

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On 6 April 2017, in a joint press conference held with FIFA, Hisense announced its status as an official sponsor of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, becoming the first-ever Chinese consumer electronics brand to sponsor the tournament.

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SMME SKILLS DEVELOPMENT AND MENTORSHIP EMPOWERS RURAL WOMEN

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As part of a collaboration between Ithala Development Finance Corporation and the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa (BWSA), the Top 20 nominees in the “Imbokodo Iyazenzela” Women in SMMEs Awards 2016 were hosted at a business skills development workshop in Durban this week.

 

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Cape Town’s Urbian kickstarts innovation and ideas sharing with DisruptHR

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Faced with a world of work that is fast paced, ever changing and increasingly dominated by nimble startups and scale-ups, business leaders are under pressure to change their internal playbooks.

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Trademark owners to snap up .africa domains

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FromTuesday, 4 April 2017, trademark owners can secure dotAfrica (.africa) domain names matching their registered trademarks before the new dotAfrica generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) is launched to the public in July.

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ITHALA CELEBRATES TOP BUSINESS ACHIEVERS

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The annual Business Achiever Awards hosted by Ithala Development Finance Corporation recognises and celebrates business achievements and excellence at a time when economic inclusivity is high on government’s development agenda.

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Plastic bottle recycled tonnage grown by 822% since 2005

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PETCO, the organization responsible for fulfilling the South African PET plastic industry’s role of Extended Producer Responsibility, is proud to announce their 2016 recycling figures which indicate an increase in their annual PET recycling rate from 52% of post-consumer bottle PET in 2015 to 55% in 2016, exceeding their expected target for the second consecutive year.

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Singularity University Launches Second Global Impact Challenge (GIC) in Southern Africa

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Singularity University (SU), a global community with a mission to educate, inspire, and empower leaders to apply exponential technologies to address humanity's greatest challenges, is collaborating with Man Made Media to launch a Global Impact Challenge (GIC) in Southern Africa.

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The Cream of the Tech Crop 

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Jane Thomson of Softworx – an Infor partner - examines how the right technology can mean the difference between profit and loss in the dairy industry.

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Adopting new approaches within recruitment

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As a business owner of a boutique growing global headhunting agency, the one thing I am constantly scared of is the one thing I make a conscious effort never to ignore. I call it the three C’s. Change, Courage, Culture.

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Cape Town-based start-up selected for Silicon Valley Plug and Play Accelerator Programme

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Cape Town-based start-up, Hepstar, has been selected to participate in the world’s largest start-up accelerator programme. Plug and Play is the most active investment organisation in Silicon Valley, with portfolio companies including PayPal, Dropbox and Skytree.

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New acquisition boosts Energy Partners Steam and Combustion offering

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Energy Partners, a leading supplier of energy solutions in South Africa and part of the PSG group of companies has announced its acquisition of refurbished coal, oil and gas-fired packaged steam boiler suppliers, Dryden Combustion.

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Coughing Up to Cut Down?

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In his recently delivered Budget Speech, Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said that the anticipated 20% tax on sweetened sugar beverages (SSBs) will be implemented later this year once details are finalised and the legislation is passed.

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New South African solution streamlines how brands track social media

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Brands are increasingly in the spotlight on social media and therefore it is important for businesses to be able to track conversations and mentions about their brands. 

Understanding this, Newsclip has launched an integrated social media tracking solution, which includes Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. 

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CFG sustainability efforts bear fruit

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The sustainability efforts of one of the largest employers in the area, Ceres Fruit Growers, is bearing fruit saving the environment and the bottom line in the process.

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The Impact of Technology Upon Business 

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By Thomas Oosthuizen, Global Consulting Director, London at Acceleration

There has been a seismic shift in the global political landscape. From Donald Trump in the US and his challenges, to globalisation, to Brexit and its implications for the EU, to growth challenges in emerging markets, to socio-political instability and the rise of radical terrorism in many regions of the world.

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Sponsorship win-win: Nashua’s Rugby Skills Project brings innovation to schools and SA rugby 

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Sponsorship works well when the big creative idea connects with the audience emotionally and it develops relationships with customers. At the end of 2016, an inspired collaboration between Brand inc and ShadowBall led to the Nashua Rugby Skills Project (NRSP) being born. It’s a sponsorship that ticks all the right boxes, developing both South African rugby and human beings through sport. 

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Techsys Digital awarded strategic Diageo project

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To enable effective eCRM, Diageo South Africa has partnered with industry expert Techsys Digital across Captain Morgan, Smirnoff, J&B and Johnnie Walker. 

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Why sustainable business still matters

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Forbes’ list of 2016’s most sustainable companies has highlighted the fact that sustainability still matters. The reality is that, while we live, work, and rely on planet earth, we need to look after the limited resources that remain. 

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Sanlam launches pay-as-you-go accident cover app

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South Africans and tourists visiting this country can now purchase instant accident cover on demand via their smart phones, thanks to a new app by Sanlam.

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Applications for Africa's largest business incubator still open

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Since the inception of the Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) Entrepreneurship Programme in 2015, 48 South African entrepreneurs have been tallied amongst the best and brightest minds in business, by Africa’s largest business incubator.

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Underprivileged young athletes get their chance to shine in Monaco rugby tournament 

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South Africa has no shortage of talented young rugby players – and a partnership between the South African Rugby Legends Association (SARLA), The Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation and Cell C is making it possible for a group of young budding rugby stars to experience the thrill of an international tournament. 

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Pepkor Africa appoints new managing director

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Pepkor Africa announces that Garth Napier has been appointed Managing Director of Pepkor Africa, reporting to the Pepkor Africa Group MD, Leon Lourens.

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ITHALA OPTIMISTIC ABOUT KZN’S ECONOMIC PROSPECTS

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Ithala Development Finance Corporation, KZN’s provincial development agency, remains optimistic that private sector investment will be key to beating the odds and stimulating growth this year. The predicted GDP growth for 2017 is forecast at 1.0 percent.

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When tradition meets the future 

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The South African drink, Mageu, receives boost to safety, shelf life and appeal through packaging upgrade.

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Announcing a new version of the best-selling and most recognisable performance chair of all time, the New Aeron® Chair from Herman Miller

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Global design manufacturer Herman Miller, Inc. has unveiled a new Aeron chair that is now available in South Africa exclusively through long-term local distributor All Office. The Aeron chair first launched in 1994 and was unlike any chair the world had ever seen. Instead of a padded throne, designers Bill Stumpf and Don Chadwick did away with foam and fabric to create a true machine for sitting. 

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Tips when looking for office space

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Finding a workspace that leads to productivity is crucial for entrepreneurs and small businesses, but this can sometimes be very difficult. “People often choose an office based on how nice it looks, but then a few weeks into occupation they realise it doesn’t work for their business. Knowing what questions to ask upfront is important,” says Greg Beadle, Founder of The Bureaux, Cape Town’s leading flexible workspace provider.

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Sustainable business is a good business

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The threat of global resource management is growing. While the milestones of the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the Paris Agreement, which South Africa has adopted along with support for the Common African Position (CAP), help raise awareness of the challenges ahead, there is a growing need for businesses to play a leading role. 

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Tsogo Sun appoints General Manager of new Cape Town hotel complex

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“Dynamite comes in small packages” is definitely characteristic of Chandreshwar Singh, the newly appointed General Manager of Tsogo Sun’s hotel complex in the Cape Town city centre. Raised in Umtata in the Eastern Cape, Singh is well suited and in a perfect place in his career to take on the challenge of opening and leading the team of the dual hotel complex set to open in September 2017.

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Tips when buying a new car

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You’re in the market for a new car and you’re spoilt for choice. You don’t know quite where to start or what to be looking out for. MD for Nissan Group of Africa, Mike Whitfield, pulls over to share tips on what to consider. 

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Teachers test their chess skills in fun tournament

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In a fun and informal chess tournament to thank teachers for their valuable contribution to the Tsogo Sun Moves for Life Chess programme, 85 teachers from five primary schools in the Diepsloot area pitted their skills against each other in a series of friendly games and quizzes at Montecasino, which sponsors the programme in the area.

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Sar Proteas Team Announced For Netball Quad Series

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Netball South Africa (NSA) announced their SPAR Protea team to take on Australia and England in the upcoming Quad Series to be staged in Durban.

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Sustainability in building design is key at 30th Corobrik Architectural Student of the Year Awards

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Sustainable building demands architectural design that aims to minimise negative environmental impacts through efficiency and balance in the use of materials, energy and development space. It is a mindful approach to energy and ecological conservation in the creation of the built environment. 

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Class Of 2016 Urged To Opt For Vocational Training

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The resurgence of violent #FeesMustFall protests in 2016, following the Minister of Higher Education’s announcement of an 8% university fee increase for 2017, has created concern amongst matriculants about their studies next year. Tony Keal, Group Skills Facilitator, at the Master Builders Association of the Western Cape (MBAWC), suggests that they further their education through vocational training. 

 

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Hollywood star Kal Penn wins MasterChef and donates prize money to UN Agency for Palestinian refugees

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The Palestine solidarity and human rights organisation BDS South Africa welcomes and celebrates the winning by Hollywood actor Kal Penn of the recent MasterChef celebrity showdown. We warmly salute Penn for choosing to donate his prize money to the UN's agency for Palestinian refugees, UNRWA. (Click here to watch video)

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Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery Shares Tips on how to Get Your Lawn Ready for the Summer

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With summer upon us, South Africans are enjoying family braais in the garden, or lazing around the pool in the blazing sun. The Izinyoni Indigenous Nursery has great advice on how to get the perfect rolling green lawns for the summer months. The nursery which stocks a variety of indigenous plants and fertilizers, aims to help avid local gardeners by sharing some gardening tips.

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Durban’s People’s Park Unlocked in Unique Skate Competition

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Local Dlamini Dlamini skates his heart out at Red Bull Unlocked skateboarding contest, edging out Moses Adams and Brandon Valjalo to take the title.

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PROFIT MARGINS RISE AND ITHALA GETS ITS THIRD CLEAN AUDIT

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Ithala Development Finance Corporation (IDFC) - a catalyst for SMME development in KwaZulu-Natal and deliverer of hope for historically disadvantaged communities - is on a growth trajectory following the release of its annual financial results.

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ITHALA SPREADS THE LOVE TO UNDERPRIVILEGED COMMUNITIES

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Ithala Development Finance Corporation took time out this week to visit the Lower Umfolozi Regional War Memorial Hospital in Empangeni, north of Durban, and Prince Mshiyeni memorial hospital in Umlazi, south of Durban, to play Santa and delivered toys to little patients

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YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS SHINE AT THE 2016 INKUNZ’ISEMATHOLENI YOUTH IN BUSINESS AWARDS

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Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s 2016 Inkunz’isematholeni Youth in Business competition recently drew to a close after the evaluation of all business concepts that were submitted.  “Think Innovation, Think Green” was the theme for this year’s competition and the submissions varied within the engineering, IT and science sectors.

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CONNECTIVITY NOT ASSURED WITHOUT A DUAL-MEDIUM FIBRE APPROACH

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The universal adage that time is money has never been more accurate. In the current ultra-modern age, where technology is driven by daily innovation, any business seeking success simply cannot afford to be offline, or fall behind with its information technology infrastructure. 

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Soccer Laduma is now the biggest circulating weekly newspaper in South Africa

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Soccer Laduma has overtaken The Sunday Times as the most widely circulated weekly newspaper in the country. This is according to the latest circulation figures from the Audit Bureau of Circulations of South Africa (ABC), which reflect that Soccer Laduma has grown its circulation by 5.8%.

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STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP WITH LOCAL MUNICIPALITIES A BOON FOR SMMES

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A strategic partnership between Ithala Development Finance Corporation and local municipalities in KwaZulu-Natal will enable business owners to thrive and remain profitable.

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Zoona wins Top Award at Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship

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Zoona, an African mobile payments business that helps communities thrive, by enabling emerging entrepreneurs to provide much needed financial services in their communities, last Friday accepted an award for Social Entrepreneurship at the Africa Awards for Entrepreneurship (AAE).  

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Sanlam’s new TVC reveals the Wealthsmiths™ in all of us

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Since introducing South Africa (and the world) to the Wealthsmiths™ positioning in 2014, the Sanlam brand has captured people’s hearts and minds through a series of advertising campaigns. The stories told through Super Boy, global legend Muhammed Ali and homegrown icon Sipho “Hotstix” Mabuse brought to life what it means to be a Wealthsmith™.  

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CHOOSING THE RIGHT PARTNER WILL DETERMINE YOUR SUCCESS

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If the age-old adage that “Life is a journey, not a destination” is anything to go by, then the people we encounter along the way and the experiences to which we are exposed, will profoundly impact our personal and professional accomplishments.  Such is the conviction of Ithala Development Finance Corporation whose overall strategy is underpinned by strategic relationships with business, government and the community-at-large to create a sustainable environment.

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WESSA hosts international environmental education event in South Africa

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This week WESSA (the Wildlife and Environment Society of South Africa) played host to the 2016 international FEE Eco-Schools conference – also known as the National Operators’ Meeting (NOM) – in Johannesburg.  

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Newsclip gets into the Movember Movement 

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This November, Newsclip has pledged its support to the global ‘mo-movement’ that is Movember.

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Celebrating the educators that shape SA’s future leaders

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To celebrate National Teachers’ Month, Pick n Pay School Club spent time interviewing and profiling the educators (who are often under-celebrated) who go the extra mile for their learners, in and out of the school environment. 

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FNB W2W announces Stage Three route 

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The action of the 2016 FNB Wines2Whales (W2W) Mountain Bike (MTB) Events will close off with a third and final stage that will start at the Oak Valley Wine Estate (Elgin-Grabouw), take mountain bikers on a memorable 69km journey before finishing at the Onrus Caravan Park within sight of the famous whales of Hermanus!

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A first ever in eye health in Africa

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Today marked a major milestone in eye health in Africa! International not for profit Orbis launched a ground-breaking programme in eye health training that will create a group of leaders who will turn the tide on blindness and visual impairment in Africa.

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Selecting the cream of the crop for your organisation

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Regine le Roux, MD at Reputation Matters, says that human capital is a vital element when establishing and building on a positive reputation for your organisation. 

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NBA AND KWESÉ SPORTS TO PROVIDE MOST EXPANSIVE ONLINE COVERAGE EVER TO FANS IN SUB-SAHARAN AFRICA 

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The National Basketball Association (NBA) and Kwesé Sports, a division of Econet Media, announced the launch of www.nba.com/africa, the NBA’s new official online destination in sub-Saharan Africa.

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FMI’s innovative cancer cover that includes breast reconstruction surgery

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Local KZN mother of three, Mandy Cremer, has been confirmed as a guest speaker at an upcoming FMI hosted “Breakkie for Boobies” event to share her story about how she (like so many others) was about to sign up for critical illness cover when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. 

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MINISTER DAVIES AND MEC ZIKALALA TO LAUNCH FIRST PHASE OF ISITHEBE INDUSTRIAL PARK REVITALISATION IN MANDENI, KWAZULU-NATAL

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The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies and KwaZulu-Natal MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA), Mr Sihle Zikalala will launch the first phase of the Isithebe Industrial Park revitalisation in Mandeni, KwaZulu-Natal on Tuesday, 4 October 2016.

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The new and improved Target Media Directory

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Target  Media Directory has an updated look and improved functionality. 

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amaSocial now monitors Instagram 

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amaSocial has broadened its scope to encompass the social network that businesses cannot afford to ignore – Instagram. 

amaSocial is a social media monitoring tool designed to optimise implementation, performance and measurement of your social media strategy. 

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Creators of local wealth honoured by Ithala 

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Amidst the stifling plight of township and rural business women, the tradition of recognising ordinary women on a public platform for their outstanding contribution to the economy and local communities is like a breath of fresh air. The 2016 Imbokodo Iyazenzela Women in SMME Awards hosted by Ithala Development Finance Corporation in Durban on 27 August 2016, paid tribute to three exceptional women who have defied all odds to take centre stage as KwaZulu-Natal’s local heroes.

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First International Sourcing Fair scheduled for September 2017

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The first edition of the International Sourcing Fair (ISF) – reaching African markets in home, hospitality, office and retail – will take place at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa, from 13 to 15 September 2017.

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Top Tips for Mental Performance from Tom Dawson Squibb

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The mind is a powerful tool.  Like a muscle it can be trained and strengthened, but the difficulty comes in knowing exactly how to do this. Tom Dawson Squibb, a leader in the field of mental coaching and a panelist at the 2016 Powerade Performance Academies, understands this better than most.

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Embury courses address SA’s PE teacher skills shortage

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In the past, Physical Education (PE) might not have been the most engaging subject, underpinned by the fact that it was removed from the South African curriculum in 1994. Reintroduced in 2013 as part of the new national CAPS (Curriculum and Assessment Policy Statement) curriculum, PE had to be reimagined, driven by the priority of establishing a lifelong love of movement among learners.

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ITHALA'S INDUSTRIAL ESTATES A LIFELINE FOR COMMUNITIES

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Several local and surrounding communities across KwaZulu-Natal are highly dependent on the existence of purpose-built industrial estates for employment, income and an improved lifestyle.  This was revealed by a socio-economic trend assessment of Ithala Development Finance Corporation’s industrial properties and comes in the wake of current economic pressures.

 

 

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WOMEN AT THE CENTRE OF ITHALA'S GROWTH STRATEGY

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Success is inevitable when stronger female participation is encouraged across all levels of an organisation and where men and women are given equal opportunity to achieve their full potential.

An organisation that is seriously backing the advancement of women in the corporate and small business sector is Ithala Development Finance Corporation, KwaZulu-Natal’s provincial development agency.

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DEMO Africa 2016 Conference is coming to Johannesburg this August

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Millions of rands in venture capital and angel investment funding is accessible to South African start-ups and entrepreneurs with new products that are ready to take to market, thanks to the new Demo Africa platform.

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Entrepreneurial wisdom to be shared at Cape Town SMME Opportunity Roadshow

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Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) from the Western Cape are invited to register for free and attend the penultimate SMME Opportunity Roadshow, which takes place from 08:00 to 17:00 on Tuesday, 6 September 2016 at the Cape Town International Convention Centre (ICC).

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Creating Smiles Since 2000

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Newsclip joined Smile Foundation at Charlotte Maxeke Johannesburg Academic Hospital on Wednesday, 10 August 2016, to learn more about the difference a smile can make.

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Tsogo Sun boosts entrepreneurs in Cape Town

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Tsogo Sun is broadening its far-reaching policies for entrepreneur development with Supplier Showcases in major centres that are aimed at providing market and development access to small, medium and micro enterprises.

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Adclip relaunches as the ultimate ad tracking tool 

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We are excited to announce the recent relaunch of Adclip, a fully automated ad monitoring service which accurately and seamlessly tracks your ads, as well as those of your competitors, in over 2400 print and digital publications.   

Designed to give clients the flexibility to manage, categorise, and showcase your advertising campaigns, Adclip puts you in complete control of your ad tracking. 

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Why it’s important to always have access to information

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When was the last time that leaving the office actually meant you’d stopped working for the day? Probably too long to remember. That’s because working after hours and on weekends is becoming increasingly common.

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Summer parties are made in winter

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Get ready to Shimmy Shimmy. After a successful, jam-packed past summer season, South Africa’s premiere lifestyle destination Shimmy Beach Club, will close for refashioning from 29 July - 29 August 2016.

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SCC hosts SAPOA’s 50th anniversary convention

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The South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA) celebrated its 50th Anniversary Convention & property Exhibition in style at the Sandton Convention Centre from 21-23 June, bringing together the most influential national and international property professionals. The organisation also celebrated 50 years of serving the commercial property industry.

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Mythos launches bespoke restaurant: Nostimo comes to Waterfall Estate

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This week, family-run eatery Mythos launches its brand new bespoke restaurant in Waterfall Estate, combining its popular contemporary Greek cuisine with a family-friendly focus, making it the ideal venue for a quick weekday bite or a leisurely Sunday lunch with the whole family.

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Equal pay claims require objectively justifiable reasons

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Organisations need to consider more equitable remuneration policies and practices to reduce and eliminate situations where employees may be paid different salaries for doing work that is contended to be the same, similar or of equal value.

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Telkom customers to receive superior e-learning service

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Telkom announced it will offer Telkom e-Education, a new value-added e-learning service at no charge to existing and new mobile and fixed post-paid customers.

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Darling Brew introduces Africa’s First Carbon Neutral Beer

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Darling Brew in South Africa has launched the first carbon neutral beer in Africa, Blood Serpent.

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Ambassador to give update on the much anticipated Somalia polls

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Members of the media are invited to the ambassadorial forum on the preparations for elections in the Federal Republic of Somalia.The seminar, which is organised by the embassy of the Federal Government of the Somali Republic in collaboration with the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC), will take place at the HSRC Pretoria on Wednesday, 27 July.

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Breastfeeding is key to sustainable development

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As we observe World Breastfeeding Week from 01 - 07 August, we recognise that increased breastfeeding has positive effects on the development of our entire society. Breastfeeding is a critical foundation for the 17 Sustainable Development Goals adopted by the UN General Assembly in September 2015. These goals are intended to end poverty and to fight inequality and injustice, to ensure that no individual is left behind, and to direct world-wide development onto a sustainable path.

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Development at Izinga gathers momentum

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Izinga, the upmarket residential development to the north of Durban's vibrant Umhlanga commercial and retail centre, is forging ahead with strong sales and a new Izinga Park Community Centre that is due to open this September. 

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Discovering the Organic Roots of Reliance Compost

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There really isn’t a buzzier word than organic at the moment. Fortunately, it relates to a movement that extends further than food trends, it’s a way of life that is seeing people truly question what they put in their bodies, be it their eggs, meat or vegetables. 

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The Sport of Kings becomes more accessible

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While the sport of polo is older than recorded history, we know that its origins are in the inspirational relationship between humans and horses. This special bond and the unique blending of athletic talents between horse and rider have helped polo evolve into “The Sport of Kings”.

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Testing the human spirit in the survival experiment Alone 2 on History

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Alone 2, one of the boldest and most candid survival experiments ever attempted for television and the ultimate test of the human spirit, is currently airing on HISTORY® (DStv 186), on Wednesdays at 20:30. 

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A fresh approach to rubber

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Redefining how rubber tyres can be transformed after their initial use has opened new doors for Durban-based carpet manufacturer Van Dyck Carpets, aiming to implement the well-renowned blue ocean strategy business approach, to launch an innovative paving brick and paver product.

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Recharge your car battery knowledge

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How well do you understand the powerhouse under your hood? Modern car batteries may be maintenance-free, but there are still important need-to-know facts and checks that can prevent battery damage and keep it running at its best.

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PUMA ambassadors set sights on Totalsports Women’s Race Johannesburg and Cape Town

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PUMA ambassadors, Lebogang Phalula and Yolande Maclean will celebrate National Women’s Day at the Totalsports Women’s Race in Johannesburg on Tuesday, 09 August 2016, while Lebo Phalula will fly the PUMA flag at the Totalsports Women’s Race in Cape Town on the same day.

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It’s Time to Vote! i-Pay Nominated for African FinTech Awards

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South Africans are getting ready to cast their votes in the municipal elections on 3 August 2016. However, political parties won’t be the only ones campaigning during the coming months; coinciding with the municipal elections are the prestigious 2016 African FinTech Awards, where South Africa’s leading financial technology companies will be vying for a position in the prestigious African Fintech Awards Top 100.

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Sales team in turbulent water? Time to get onto Saleboat

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Sales teams have been measuring success in a retroactive fashion since sales teams were formed. Because of the mobile nature of the sales profession, it has been difficult to track, understand, better, and expand sales operations without an extended focus on average performances, and how those add up to targets.

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How outstanding customer service can take your business to the next level

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Although the customer isn’t always right they do have the power to make or break a reputation, and good customer service forms the basis of a successful business to consumer organisation. It has become increasingly important for businesses to focus 70% of their efforts on building great service and 30% on boasting about it.

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Gearing up for busy Spur Schools MTB League weekend

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With seven events scheduled across seven regions this weekend, the Spur Schools Mountain Bike League is setting the tone for another busy term of racing as riders try to secure a spot in the national finals in October.

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FranklinCovey SA hosts South Africa’s first ‘The Speed of Trust’ conference

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FranklinCovey South Africa, experts in performance improvement and helping organisations achieve results that require a change in human behaviour will host international Trust expert Stephen M.R. Covey’s ‘The Speed of Trust’ conference to be held on 26 October 2016 at the Gallagher Convention Centre in Midrand.

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CHIETA in partnership with WITS University to nurture future scientists and researchers

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The WITS Research Assistantship Program (RAP) is a 100% CHIETA funded endeavour that supports and encourages 1st, 2nd and 3rdyear students to pursue Chemistry as their stream of study.

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InvestSA, Wesgro and GreenCape partnership wins UNCTAD Investment Promotion Award

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InvestSA, Wesgro and GreenCape received the UNCTAD Investment Promotion Award on Monday in recognition of their success in attracting investment into the green economy for South Africa.

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Managing a better landlord-tenant relationship

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Leasing office space should be a hassle-free experience, and a great relationship between tenant and landlord will go a long way to enabling this. Regular communication and being proactive can help keep both parties happy.

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Institute for Timber Construction to exhibit at Interbuild Africa 2016

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The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, is set to attend Wood World, Interbuild Africa 2016, which takes place from 17-20 August at Expo Centre Nasrec in Johannesburg.

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AWM360 will add value to SA’s first HR Tech Fest Conference & Exhibition

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Leading HR and HCM specialist services provider AWM360 has confirmed its participation in the South African leg of the HR Tech Fest 2016, a global initiative and forum for HR industry stakeholders to network, explore technologies and discuss best practices.

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Unlocking travel insurance sales in Africa

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Until recently, travel agents in Africa booking trips for their clients through Amadeus were faced with a limited travel insurance offer.  Knowing that travel insurance is a must-have requirement for visa obtainment in many countries, this was a real drawback for travel agency customers in Africa looking for a one-stop travel-shop and peace of mind.

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Online in Africa; Ghana

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Ghana, like many African countries, has a rich and unique entertainment industry. From comedy to music and fashion, movies to soapies, the Ghanaian entertainment landscape is vast. Through websites and blogs, millions of people have access to the latest entertainment news from across the country. 

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3 cloud security considerations for every call centre

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With any IT infrastructure within a contact centre comes risk. And while this risk should not paralyse operations, it should be investigated carefully and practically to find the safest and most appropriate solution.

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Swisatec announces a new addition to the Blue Rock Village; Africa first green village in Cape Town South Africa

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Swisatec, architects and project managers of Blue Rock Village, Africa’s first green village, today announced a new multimillion-rand addition to the village, the Santa Luzia Lifestyle centre and the 5-star Blue Rock Hotel and Conferencing centre.

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Keeping great company

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aha Hotels & Lodges, the property management business of Tourvest’s Accommodation and Activities division, is proud to announce the latest addition, Urban Hotel Khatu, to its growing portfolio.

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Corobrik receives award for 40-year sponsorship of KZN architectural journal

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Leading clay brick manufacturers, Corobrik, were presented with a special award at the WeDesign 2016 conference organised by the South African Institute of Architects KwaZulu-Natal (SAIA KZN) at the Durban City Hall on 8 July.

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A legendary South African rusk brand…revived! 

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Ouma Rusks, approaching its 77th year as the most beloved rusk brand in South Africa, has recently made some new and exciting changes to its iconic product line. 

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Compliant self-labelling systems for the PHARMA industry

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The pharmaceutical industry is governed by strict rules and regulations which extend to the way in which pharmaceutical products are labelled. As this sector comes under increased regulatory scrutiny, pharmaceutical labelling professionals take great care when choosing their equipment to ensure that it is fully compliant with the requirements of the relevant national authorities and legislation.

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Motlatsi Sesing wins the 2016 Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon

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The Momentum Cape Times Knysna Forest Marathon 2016 was held in perfect conditions on Saturday 9 July 2016.

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#BuyaBusiness Expo & Small Business Expo

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#BuyaBusiness Expo and the Small Business Expo connects entrepreneurs and investors who are looking to grow, diversify or enter into business ownership.

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 Big bicycle prizes up for grabs from Team Giant-Alpecin

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Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo, co-sponsors of Team Giant-Alpecin currently racing in the Tour de France, is offering South Africans the chance to win one of three Giant bicycles valued at R33 000 each.

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Stuart Marais and Andrea Steyn dominate The Momentum Health Oatwell DualX in Knysna

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The penultimate event of the BIG5 Sport Challenge, The Momentum Health Oatwell DualX powered by PeptoPro, took place today at the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival with Stuart Marais and Andrea Steyn clocking the fastest times in the overall and BIG5 Sport Challenge men’s and ladies races.

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BREXIT saw the entry of Data Visualisation into the mainstream

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BREXIT caught the attention of everyone around the world, but for some it was for a very different reason – instead of the usual written reports, it was interactive visualisations that helped spell out the consequences for the EU and people of the United Kingdom. 

 

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The US extends its leading position in PwC's Global Top 100 companies ranking

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•    The UK keeps its third position in PwC’s Global Top 100 companies ranking post Brexit vote
•    The US extends its leading position in PwC’s Global Top 100 companies ranking while Europe continues to decline
•    The total market capitalisation of the Global Top 100 showed a significant decrease for the first time since post-crisis levels, falling by $668bn (4%)

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The Hantam Meat Festival is back for a 26th year

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Calvinia is well known for its sheep farms and excitement is building for the yearly meat festival, taking place on Friday, 26 August and Saturday, 27 August.

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Confronting money transfer rip offs help migrants in SA send more money home

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South Africa’s exorbitant cross-border remittance (money transfer) costs are robbing migrant workers of huge amounts of their hard-earned money meant to improve the lives and livelihoods of their families back at home.

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Cutting through the connectivity and value added services noise

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How can the business cut through the noise to find the best providers of connectivity, network and cloud services without wasting time, money and patience, asks Ralph Berndt, Director, Sales at Syrex.

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Empowerdex analysis shows South Africa's deep sea trawling industry is 62.36% black owned

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More than 60% of South Africa’s most valuable commercial fishery, the deep-sea trawling industry, is black-owned. This is one of the key findings of a study that has just been completed by the independent economic empowerment verification and research agency, Empowerdex. 

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Bevan Manson surprise Big 5 Sport Challenge winner in Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim

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The second event of the popular BIG5 Sport Challenge, the Dragons Featherbed Lagoon Mile Swim took place today at the 33rd annual Pick n Pay Knysna Oyster Festival. 

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Qantas is the first Australian airline to launch on SnapChat!

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Qantas goes live on snapchat as the first Australian airline to launch on SnapChat. The popular mobile app allows you to send videos and pictures with captions.

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Better price and leasing flexibility in commercial property sector

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In his 2016 State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma stated that we as a country need to empower SMMEs (small, medium and micro enterprises) to accelerate their growth. “Access to high-quality innovative business support can dramatically improve the success rate of new ventures,” he said.

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How smart skills development for your employees earns financial rebates

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Every SA business with a payroll over R500 000 is obliged by law to pay 1% of their total annual employee remuneration to SARS each year as the Skills Development Levy (SDL).  But only 20% of the SDL actually stays in SARS’ coffers, because they pay 80% of the levy over to the industry Sector Education and Training Authority (SETA) relevant to each payee.  

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The benefits of pre-fabricated timber roof trusses

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The Institute for Timber Construction (ITC-SA), South Africa’s professional body and regulator of the engineered timber structure industry, offers insight into the benefits of pre-fabricated roof trusses and how to prevent costly and potentially dangerous situations arising from having a non-compliant, site-manufactured roof installed by an erector that is not ITC-SA accredited.   

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The darker side of cough medication

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Cough syrup, once thought of as the go-to medication for mothers of coughing kids, has come under the spotlight recently for its potentially harmful – and even fatal – effects. New research, compounded by opinions from key medical health professionals, has revealed the risky ingredients ubiquitous in the majority of over-the-counter cough syrups can pose a serious health risk.

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Curing those achy breaky backs

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The age-old tradition of going to school with a backpack or a briefcase could most notably be something of the past. It is obvious that technology is evolving, and most of all it is aimed at making human life more comfortable. 

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Ideal course conditions for this year’s Selborne Classic golf competition

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Golfers can look forward to another spectacular tournament as the annual Selborne Classic, co-sponsored by Halfway Toyota Scottburgh, takes place from Friday 5 to Sunday 7 August at Selborne Golf Estate in Pennington on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast.

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Five reasons to invest offshore today

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“Should I invest offshore?” is a question many are grappling with today. The prospect of buying shares in less familiar companies on international stock exchanges and in foreign currency often creates doubt in the minds of investors.

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Avoid falling into the under-insurance trap

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About 1 in 3 South Africans with home contents insurance are under-insured.  This has serious financial consequences for consumers.

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South Africa does have a savings culture 

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Depending on the statistics you read, there are between 8 and 11 million South Africans that save between R25 and R50 billion into Stokvels every year. Regardless of the numbers, it is a powerful and popular form of savings that has largely replaced the need for formal financial services for many, many years. It has been the saving grace of many South Africans’ livelihoods, says Alexander Forsyth-Thompson, head of Stokvel Investments at Investment Solutions.

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Entrepreneurs and youth a key focus for Rotary

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Rotary International’s District 9350, which comprises of the Western Cape, Namibia and Angola, has a new District Governor (DG). Rotarian Ian Pursch takes over from current DG, Geraldine Nicol, whose year term comes to an end at the end of June 2016.

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Attacq and Sanlam announce Waterfall joint venture development

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Attacq and Sanlam Properties are pleased to announce the signing of a significant strategic property joint venture for further light industrial commercial and retail development in Waterfall - South Africa’s rapidly developing new city north of Johannesburg.

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SANParks Kudu Green School Initiative opens for 2016

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South African National Parks (SANParks) opened the annual Kudu Green School Initiative (KGSI) Programme on 27 June 2016 in Marakele National Park.

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SAMCO Grows With Pragma's Support

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The South African Maintenance Company (SAMCO), a young and energetic company which provides general maintenance service to the petroleum industry via Pragma South Africa, has grown from only two to a workforce of ten employees, servicing three regions across South Africa, including Gauteng, the Western and Eastern Cape.

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Disadvantaged young KZN cricketers excel at 9th Sunfoil Township Tournament

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The closing ceremony of the 2016 Sunfoil Township Cricket Development Tournament held at Hilton College from 28 June to 2 July saw the eagerly awaited announcement of the 72 best players who have been selected for the six teams making up the elite Sunfoil Development squad. 

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Air Mauritius continues to develop the Chinese market

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Air Mauritius will launch a direct flight to a fifth destination in China, namely Guangzhou, on 12 July 2016. The national airline thus continues its development of the Chinese market, which has recorded a growth rate of 77 percent since the start of operations to this market.

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Beat the winter blues with Lanzerac’s cheese and wine pairings

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What better way to beat the winter blues than spending the day at the picturesque Lanzerac Wine Estate whilst indulging in a decadent wine and cheese pairing. Winner of the KLINK Award for the Best Deli on a Wine Farm, visitors to the historic estate during the month of July can sample a selection of the finest cheeses which have been carefully paired with wines from the Premium range. 

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Save 3 lives by talking about umbilical cord stem cell storage 

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The ‘Save 3 Lives’ campaign gives South African families facing serious illnesses the chance to explore stem cell treatment - even if they can't afford it. It's a game changing concept that needs your voice. 

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Captain Carrot on the trail

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My Road Less Travelled is proud to announce their next trail run in the popular Rabbit Series, at yet another beautiful venue. 

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SAP Skills for Africa comes to Cape Town

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SAP Africa has officially introduced Cape Town to its latest chapter in the company’s Skills for Africa skills development and job creation initiative. This chapter of the programme involves local SAP customers and partners including; Accenture, Shoprite, Pick n Pay, Zimele Technologies, Consnet, UCS and the City of Cape Town who all share the same mission of promoting economic growth to develop a platform for sustainable job creation in the region. 

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Sandton Sun's refurb adds new level of elegance to Sandton landmark 

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The final touch and crowning glory of Sandton Sun’s R210 million refurbishment was recently completed when the 6-week installation of a spectacular R1.5million chandelier, which now provides a spectacular and dramatic focal point of the hotel interior.

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 A SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT IN SA ‘S COMPETITIVENESS 

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 A SLIGHT IMPROVEMENT IN SA ‘S COMPETITIVENESS 

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SOUTH AFRICAN START-UP MAKES MORE CONNECTIONS ‘THAN A CEMENT MIXER FULL OF LEGO’ AT WEB SUMMIT

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CAPE TOWN, November 25, 2015 (Eventerprise.com) – One year old tech start-up, Eventerprise, is making tsunami-style waves across the start-up industry and proving that it doesn’t matter where you’re from, as long as you have the right team, the best technology and, above all, one heck of a smart plan.

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City of Tshwane to host the 5th Edition of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange

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City of Tshwane will be the Host City of the 5th Edition of the Sports and Events Tourism Exchange taking place on the 28th - 29th October 2015 at the Protea Hotel Fire & Ice! Menlyn.

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Supermarket Fridges Become More Energy Efficient Thanks to Formula One Aerodynamics

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Williams Advanced Engineering, the division of Williams that commercialises Formula One derived technology and knowhow, has collaborated with UK start-up Aerofoil

Energy to develop a new aerodynamic device that can significantly reduce the energy consumed by refrigerators in supermarkets and convenience stores. 

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Newsclip helps you keep an eye on competitors

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How does your brand’s media coverage fare in comparison to your competitors’? Not sure? Newsclip has you covered with their reengineered competitor analysis offering on Gate5. Thanks to the media monitoring mavens, now you can easily determine your position and strategically use it to your advantage.

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Newsclip’s Africa media portfolio keeps on growing

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Newsclip continues to increase their reach in Africa, growing their Africa media portfolio rapidly. They have recently added 10 new print publications and 27 websites to their media list.

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Builders Warehouse opens in Secunda!

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The 36th Builders Warehouse store opened its doors in Secunda on Thursday, 28 May 2015.

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Builders Warehouse and Plascon proud to be Global Award Winners for In-store Display

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Builders Warehouse and Plascon proud to be Global Award Winners for In-store Display

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Newsclip is committed to a greener future

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Newsclip continues to see the benefits of their solar-powered, energy-efficient Johannesburg-based Head Office. Believing in the power of a greener economy, Newsclip was one of the first companies in Gauteng to undertake a solar project of this magnitude, and are one of the top 10 solar powered companies in South Africa.

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