Bolt launches Web App to make e-hailing services more accessible

Bolt Web App includes similar safety features to the mobile app, including sharing all of the driver and car details with passengers before the driver arrives, so that passengers can verify the driver’s identity before they get into a car. It’s also possible for passengers to share trip details with a trusted friend or family member, who can keep track of their journey.

Using the web-based app is easy: users head to the Bolt web-based application page and enter their phone number to receive a One-Time-PIN (OTP) to authorise their ride request. Once verified, they select their pick-up location and ride destination then choose the Bolt category they would like to use. When the trip is complete, the ride can be paid for in cash. Riders can still rate their trip and driver for their completed ride.

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Living life in colour with Sherri Andreas, BIC Soleil Brand Ambassador

BIC Soleil has announced their first-ever brand ambassadors, the three young women who have been selected will be tasked with motivating young women and helping them find their inner shine.

The three women are,Tumi Matela (25), who hails from Centurion, Pretoria, who says her purpose is to be a beacon of hope, to inspire change and encourage people to redefine and embrace their power. Amanda Nchukana, a 24-year-old Capetonian, saw the competition as a platform to guide others on the road to self-love, self-acceptance, and living a life of self-empowerment. Sherri Andreas (30), also from Cape Town, wants to teach young girls the importance of discovering and embracing their uniqueness, which will ultimately lead to a life of happiness.

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Don’t ignore the warning signs of financial stress, especially before the holiday season

Don’t ignore the warning signs of financial stress, especially before the holiday season

An uncertain economy, already high levels of personal debt and the desire to reward oneself in December after a brutal year mean many South Africans either have money problems or may have in the near future.

Benay Sager, chief operating officer at DebtBusters, the country’s largest debt counsellor, says if you recognise the signs of financial stress and act quickly you leave yourself more options to get out of debt or get help to restructure what you owe.

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Fashion-crazy SA needs a deliberate strategy to grow textile sector

The 12-month youth development initiative will empower 60 business-minded township youth from Mabopane (Gauteng), Umlazi (KwaZulu-Natal), and Gugulethu (Western Cape) with knowledge and skills in the fashion and the textiles sector.

“The programme targets specific areas for the simple reason that we can leverage existing networks that we have created, which makes things easier for us when the time comes for us to make placements for experiential learning (internships),” says Dichabe.

He says there are plenty of opportunities in the domestic and the export market.

“There is a big demand for products made in South Africa. We are simply letting the opportunities slip away,” laments Dichabe.

“We also need a legislative framework that supports the industry to avoid foreign dominance of our textile industry.”

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Surviving road trips with kids in tow

Cabin fever is real, folks. With Level 1 of our lockdown now well underway, many families will be chomping at the bit to get back on the road, especially as the holiday season fast approaches. But after months spent cooped up indoors at home, the last thing you’re probably looking for is any additional drama en route, when all you need is relaxation and fun.

“Many families are expected to take to the roads this holiday, rather than the skies, even as travel restrictions continue to be lifted. Road trips certainly offer a bit more flexibility, because with all the disruptions of this year they can still be planned at the last minute or cancelled easily. Road trips also reduce contact with other travellers and allow families to have a rewarding experience together, often at a lower cost,” says Riaz Haffejee, CEO of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa, manufacturer of the iconic Dunlop tyres (Dunlop).

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Delivering on the true intention of Skills Development

Amanda’s appointment not only confirmed her new skills and improved employability, it also unlocked five bonus points for absorption for her learnership sponsor. This win-win for both the sponsor as well as the learner delivers on the true intention of B-BBEE Skills Development.

“The learnership at EduPower prepared me for the position I’m in today but I realise there is so much more I need to learn. I am currently doing an NQF Level 5 in Generic Management as well as a facilitation course,” says Amanda.

“My goal is to train new learners when they join EduPower. I have been given such an incredible opportunity here and I want to share this with our recruits by playing a role in developing their skills so that when they finish, they have everything they need to start building their careers.”

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CONSUMERS ARE URGED TO SAVE THIS FESTIVE SEASON

With the COVID-19 pandemic having caused untold economic hardship, consumers are urged to tighten their belts this festive season and into the New Year.

The holidays may be the most wonderful time of the year, but they’re also the most expensive, says Ithala SOC limited, a 100-percent owned subsidiary of Ithala Development Finance Corporation and a pioneer in banking the unbanked in KwaZulu-Natal.

“Many people find themselves short of money at the beginning of January due to overspending in December. There are ways to avoid the dreaded New Year financial hangover and it is simple: save, save save,” said Dr Thulani Vilakazi, CEO of Ithala SOC Limited.

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What you need to know about your insurance cover in a rapidly changing world

The insurance landscape, and consumer needs, are evolving rapidly – which means the industry needs to become more transparent for insurers and customers alike to provide the best cover and support, especially in times of financial constraint. “Even as customers come to expect and demand this, it’s critical for you to take care to evaluate and ensure you have the right cover in place for what’s important to you,” says Rudolf Britz, Chief Actuary at Momentum Short-term Insurance cluster.

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Spend responsibly on Black Friday

The key is planning, if you fail to plan then you plan to fail. By now you should have started pinning and listing and bookmarking all of the products and brands you plan to score with big savings.

Be honest with yourself when you assess the cost of your extravagant purchase. If you are paying for it with credit, how long will it take you to settle it, what is the interest value and is the saving still significant.

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GCI launches financial literacy campaign to promote intergenerational wealth creation

Intergenerational wealth-creation and investment company Global Change Investors (GCI) is officially launching its financial literacy campaign online at 15:00 on Tuesday 24 November. The guest speaker at the launch will be former Statistician-General Dr. Pali Lehola. The campaign is targeted at youth and adults due to the high demand for financial literacy. It aims to instil an urgency to mitigate against financial risk whilst enabling those cooperating in various stokvel initiatives to appreciate the power of numbers in changing the socio-economic landscape and financial profile of our rural and township communities.

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BLACK FRIDAY AND THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Holiday shopping has always brought the year’s best deals, and many shoppers are looking forward to Black Friday specials. However, COVID-19 has cast a dark cloud on the bargains-seeking event, which has gone online.

Since many retailers consider Black Friday to be crucial to their businesses annual performance, investors look at Black Friday sale numbers as a way to estimate the overall health of the entire retail industry.

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Preventing false alarms assists with keeping you safe

Responding to alarm activations is a task all security companies take very seriously, but due to the sheer volume of alarm calls, effectively responding can be difficult. This is especially troubling because so many alarm activations are false alarms. Reducing false alarms will result in better service. Since false alarms are so prevalent, response times are not always ideal. In order to help us we urge home owners to assist with minimising false alarms.

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Struggling consumers need better information about their options

National Debt Counsellors’ Association launches consumer information drive

Debt counselling is an effective way of helping South Africans who are struggling with debt, but a lack of understanding about the process, misinformation and concerns about being stigmatised mean some consumers don’t seek help or leave it too late.

To address the problem the National Debt Counsellors’ Association (NDCA), which counts among its members most of the largest debt counselling companies in South Africa, is embarking on a campaign to better inform the public about debt counselling, challenge the misperceptions and create an understanding that if you’re in financial difficulty, getting help is the responsible thing to do.

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Learnerships that create opportunities

Work hard. Make the most of every opportunity. Always have a positive attitude. These are the three attributes that are positioning 21-year old Ashleigh Phillips as an inspiring role model for many of South Africa’s youth. Not only has Ashleigh successfully completed two learnership qualifications, she has used the skills and work experience to land a full-time role with a successful IT business.

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HOW TO STAY POSITIVE AND FIND WORK – EVEN IN THE POST-COVID19 WORLD

Founder & CEO of Lulaway Holdings, Jake Willis, observes positive indicators of growth in the labour market: “We are seeing an uptick in requests for staff across the industry, in preparation for the holiday season, as well as a general feeling of confidence in the market and the need to add staff to operate optimally”.

Willis says that job seekers should not feel despondent, but rather should explore what opportunities are available. He suggests the following three courses of action for anyone looking for work:

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Keeping cool this summer

Air-conditioning offers a refreshing escape from the summer heat, but settling on a temperature to maintain in your home may require a delicate balance between your family’s comfort preferences and your financial bottom line. Simply put – the lower you set your air-conditioner in summer, the higher your energy bills will be. However, if you work through some of the variables you can settle on a temperature that keeps you comfortable, and saves you money.

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Educo Academy’s innovative Learn & Earn Program opens up to all South Africans.

Educo Academy has opened up an online Learn and Earn Program (data free) for all South African’s over the age of 18.  With the unemployment figures being so disastrous, Educo Academy have put together this course where students can make money whilst studying.  Educo Academy has partnered with industry-leading companies that are like minded and want to make a difference to our people.

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Marlene Powell – helping business owners to cement a blueprint in place for a successful 2021

Since the start of the pandemic, business coach and award winning ActionCOACH (she won the Global ActionMAN award for Africa this year) Marlene Powell has been a pillar of strength to her clients and to entrepreneurs and SMME owners around the country. She holds free weekly workshops for entrepreneurs in conjunction with Margaret Hirsch and has set up a successful networking forum BizCAFE B2B on the third Friday of every month.

Recently she held a free workshop for established business owners to help get them on track for 2021.  Said Marlene “I want to ensure that 2021 is a successful year for business owners  through the aftershock that COVID has had on the economy. If a successful and strategic Blueprint is put in place before the start of each new year, business owners could look at it as painting the year ahead by numbers in a business sense. By putting together a solid quarterly strategic plan, it can be established which team members in the business are the ones to leverage through to take 2021 by the horns.”

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Win the Race to Fill Your Space – Top Tips on How Landlords Can Up

As a landlord, the layout of your building has a large impact on your occupancy rate. And higher occupancy rates that are stable over a longer period are what determines a healthy bottom line. Spaces need interior fitting plans that are functional, flexible and above all, safe for all your tenants.

In many ways, running a building is like running a business and you need to constantly monitor how your decisions and tenant fit-out’s will affect the other tenants to make sound, holistic decisions to ensure the longevity of the building, its efficacy and its functionality as a whole.

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SOUTH AFRICA’S FIRST PAY-AS-YOU-GO INSURANCE COVER FOR LONG-DISTANCE, PUBLIC TRANSPORT COMMUTERS

Voooma journey insurance cover is South Africa’s first ever on demand cover for long-distance journeys by public transport. This cover offers protection to people who journey the length and breadth of the country, often without any form of insurance protection in the unfortunate event of an accident.

The introduction of this product is a result of an innovative collaboration between Old Mutual Group and a technology company within the Different Life Group. Voooma journey insurance cover is underwritten by Old Mutual Alternative Risk Transfer Limited.

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Safeguard sensitive data before disposal

Most businesses struggle to manage IT assets effectively because they do not have a clear picture of the assets they have deployed. Consequently, they probably pay unnecessary insurance and other charges due to inaccurate IT asset inventory data.

“It doesn’t have to create a strain on limited resource as many are still working from home. ITAD service providers can efficiently erasure data while and offering value for most redundant equipment,” he concludes.

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Summer safety tips for parents

The Child Gauge Report 2019 suggests that more than 8,000 children die every year as a result of injuries. About 5,000 of these are accidental or unintentional, with leading causes being road traffic injuries, burns and drownings. Globally, it is estimated that one million families lose a child to a preventable injury every year.

“Reducing the number of preventable accidents is therefore a healthcare priority that should be observed by all parents and caregivers, especially during the summer months,” says Karbanee.

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Building South Africa’s future | Plascon Professional 4-in-1 Textured Coat is a hardworking multitasker

The new Plascon Professional 4-in-1 Textured Coat is just such an innovation. Developed specifically for the low-cost and affordable housing sector, it’s a versatile, flexible and high-quality paint designed to combat a host of building challenges while delivering a professional finish.

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Data breaches becoming more common

These publicly known breaches are only the tip of the iceberg. Cyber criminals are successfully infiltrating and taking down systems on a daily basis. Until businesses take proper action, one can expect a continued increase of successful attacks.

Many small business assume they are too small to be attacked, but the truth is – businesses of all sizes are targets. A cyberattack on an SME will often have a devastating effect and possibly mean the end for them. More and more SME’s are targeted because they are often easier to access because little or no attention is given to cyber security.

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MATRICS: DON’T DELAY – GET YOUR HIGHER EDUCATION APPLICATIONS OUT OF THE WAY

With about 30 days left before the start of the 2020 Matric exams, the focus of Grade 12s is now firmly on the final preparation for this important milestone. But they should also take some time to finalise their Higher Education plans for next year, as the clock is ticking on closing dates for applications.

“Matrics cannot wait until they receive their results – currently scheduled for release on February 23 next year – before applying, as this will most likely mean they miss out on a space at their institution and for their qualification of choice as deadlines at many institutions are still in place,” says Peter Kriel, General Manager at The Independent Institute of Education, SA’s largest and most accredited private higher education institution.

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MISS SA PAGEANT 2020 LIVE SHOW TO FEATURE TOP ARTISTS

Miss South Africa Pageant
Saturday, October 24, 17h00
M-Net (DStv Channel 101) & Mzansi Magic (DStv Channel 161)
Catch all the action and excitement live from the Table Bay Hotel as 10 of the country’s most talented and beautiful women do battle to be crowned Miss South Africa 2020. Performers at the glittering show will include Mi Casa, Sho Madjozi, Ami Faku, El-Sun Musician and Jimmy Nevis with host Nomzamo Mbatha.
 
The Top 10 Miss SA finalists who come from around the country are Aphelele Mbiyo, Busisiwe Mmotla, Chantelle Pretorius, Jordan van der Vyver, Karishma Ramdev, Lebogang Mahlangu, Melissa Nayimuli, Natasha Joubert, Shudufhadzo Musida and Thato Mosehle.

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IPAF 2021 – OPEN CALL FOR PROPOSALS

IPAF curates the festival in such a way that it embodies a rich diversity of local and international artists. The vastly different art pieces created will animate and personify the bustling streets of Salt River. Public art positively influences the way we engage with our environment in times where modern life and technology affects our attention-span and ability to be present.

HOW TO APPLY:

Read up more about IPAF 2021 and submit your portfolio applications here.
Deadline

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Top tips to prepare your home for the rainy season

Prepping your home for the rainy season is important,” says Louis Hay, head of Product & Actuarial at Standard Insurance Limited. “Your checks should run from top to bottom and include your roof, ceiling walls, floors and if you have one, your basement. It’s also wise to be 100 percent certain of what your insurance policy does and does not cover to avoid any nasty surprises.”

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