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Tips to save on funeral insurance

More often, consumers who are in financial predicaments are quick to turn to their bank statements to review the viability of grudge purchases like insurance, as a quick solution to free up cash to cover debt obligations.
“Although we encourage consumers to regularly review their policies, they should be careful not to make rash decisions under pressure, that would potentially place them in a far worse financial position when disaster strikes,” says Lee Bromfield, CEO of FNB Life.
“A more practical approach is to assess whether the premium you are paying matches your insurance needs and value promised by the provider,” he adds.
Bromfield shares a few tips of how consumers can save on their funeral insurance premiums.
• Don’t cancel your policy – this is a common mistake that ends up costing consumers more in the long run.
Cancelling your funeral policy when times are tough could leave you and your loved ones financially stranded in the unfortunate event of death, forcing you to take on further debt commitments.
• Combine policies – having more than one funeral policy with multiple insurers makes the premiums more expensive. You can save a lot of money in administration costs by combining your policies using one insurer.
Before switching over to your preferred insurer, check their policy waiting period for natural and unnatural death to ensure that you aren’t left without cover for the first three to six months.
• Shop around – if you don’t shop around and scrutinise the cover and benefits offered by your insurer, you could be paying a higher premium unnecessarily.
• Paying your policies on time - insurers usually collect premiums on a set date at the end of the month, if there is no money in your account; your insurers may collect double the following month.
Not only are you at risk of lapsing your policy if there are no funds in your account for two consecutive months, but you may also incur additional charges from your bank if debit orders are not honoured.
Furthermore, you will be required to complete a six month waiting period for natural death when taking out a new policy, while still paying your premiums in full.
It is also critical to inform beneficiaries about the policy or your insurer when beneficiary contact details change as this may result in benefits being unclaimed, if your insurer is unable to track down your loved ones when you pass away.
“If your beneficiaries are not aware of the cover and you have not updated their details on the policy, you are wasting your premiums,” concludes Bromfield.

 

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Blue Sky Trends

“Many students will create their own employment once they have completed their studies, whether it be as a bookkeeper or a beautician, so it makes sense to get an early start on getting theoretical business knowledge and practical business skills,” says Kerry Damons of Boston City Campus & Business College.

“The Minister of Small Business Development is putting things into place that will make it easier and more attractive for young people to create their own businesses,” Damons explains. “For example, the Department of Small Business Development is working hard to reduce the red tape involved in registering and legalising a business. It is also looking for practical ways of overcoming the lack of access to finance, which is a big factor for most would-be entrepreneurs. Despite current challenges, we have seen many of our graduates use their skills and ambition to set up successful services and businesses. ”
Furthermore, the Department of Small Business Development launched a Mass Youth Enterprise Creation Programme (MYECP). This aims at creating opportunities for youth-owned SMMEs and cooperatives by committing government departments to earmark 30% of their procurement spend towards growing youth-owned businesses.

“This could mean a serious headstart for a small business,” comments Damons. “Imagine the possibilities: you can for instance study travel & tourism at Boston and then open your own travel agency that handles government travel arrangements. With hard work, there is a great chance that you can build a solid, profitable small business that way.”
Boston has inspired many students, including Lebogang Mogagabe, originally from Soweto. The 23 year old completed his matric in 2013 and then enrolled at Boston. Currently studying 3rd year of his BCom Management Marketing, he is pursuing a career in Integrated Marketing. The Boston BCom has inspired Mogagabe to get a business started. Passionate about business, Mogagabe aims to be a top entrepreneur.

“The Boston degree has equipped me with invaluable life skills pertaining to business, marketing and finance,” says Mogagabe. “Boston has been pivotal in providing me with the entrepreneurial business acumen I require to succeed in business. I have gained so much as a person. I am so grateful for the opportunity to apply my knowledge into the practical business forum”. At present Lebogang is involved as a working partner with Shery Clein in an exciting new joint venture: Blue Sky Trends (Pty) Ltd. This business promotes and markets authentic accessories to retailers worldwide. “We source original components and natural materials to make up creative fashion accessories. All the designs are handmade by locals right here in Jozi in South Africa, giving others a chance to earn from the own entrepreneurial skills”.

Our vision is to enrich the everyday lives of South African entrepreneurs by encouraging local manufacturing and global trade, we see them fulfilling their dreams and aspirations.At the same time, we’re sharing in the rich culture and creativity of South Africa’s talented crafters. Lebogang is aware that his contribution towards the success in Blue Sky Trends is very significant and challenging. He intends establishing an empowerment project to create employment and job opportunities for our fellow South Africans as well as endorse South African products.

My advice is…. “There is no perfect time!.”. So get started on your goals now!

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Accolades for City of Joburg’s council chamber

The multimillion-rand City of Johannesburg’s Council Chamber – the city’s newest landmark – is a gift that keeps on giving.
The 38m tall calabash-shaped circular glass building has been winning awards even before it opened its doors in time for Johannesburg Executive Mayor Herman Mashaba’s maiden State of the City Address on May 3.

The state-of-the-art chamber, situated in the Metro Centre in Braamfontein, has recently been showered with two prestigious awards – at home and abroad.
Early in June it was recognised by the International Property Awards for the Africa and Arab Region. The honour will be officially bestowed on it at the region’s awards-giving ceremony in Dubai on September 7.

Also in June, the iconic building scooped the prestigious innovation award at the South African Property Owners Association’s Innovative Excellence in Property Development Convention.
This was no mean feat considering the green building, developed by the Johannesburg Property Council (JPC), was up against strong competition such as the Destiny Conference Centre in Kempton Park, Isivivana Centre in Cape Town, Menlyn Learning Hub in Pretoria and the Waterfall Public Transport Facility in Midrand, Johannesburg.

“June has truly been a momentous month for the JPC to be awarded prizes both nationally and internationally for the council chamber,” said Helen Botes, Chief Executive Officer of the JPC, which manages the City’s multi-billion property portfolio, of which the chamber is part.

The accolades are a fitting tribute for the chamber, which embodies the fundamental principles of democracy, transparency and accountability. Last year, the Green Building Council of SA gave the chamber a five-star rating, the first to be awarded to a municipality building in the country.
On top of the calabash sits an 11m gold light tower that reflects the history of the City of Gold. Tons of glass, recycled steel and concrete all have a pride of place in this building.
Its bespoke elements include totem artefacts which dot the chamber to crown its uniqueness. The chamber has 80 seats more than is currently required to cater for future expansion. More than 500 jobs were created during its construction phase.

 

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Let’s use Mandela Day to intensify fight against poverty

President Jacob Zuma calls upon South Africans to use Mandela Day on 18 July to take forward the fight against poverty.
The Nelson Mandela International Day marked in honour of the world icon and late President Nelson Mandela, will this year observed under the theme #ActionAgainstPoverty. President Zuma added that the collaboration of various stakeholders to fight and alleviate poverty in the country has been commendable and called on the sectors of society to continue working with Government, in amongst others to fight poverty, inequality and unemployment as to improve the living conditions of especially the poor and the working class in the country.

“Too many of our people live in poverty in spite of progress that government is making in fighting poverty, inequality and unemployment. As guided by the National Development Plan’s vision for rural revitalisation, inclusive economic growth and poverty reduction, we must work together to intensify poverty alleviation programmes and initiatives to ensure that our people receive basic human needs, especially food production to ensure access food. The people of South Africa are also encouraged to be actively involved in various initiatives that would change their lives and uplift their communities out of poverty,” said President Zuma.

The President encourages all to promote food gardens for households, support for cooperatives, SMMEs and other initiatives that will help alleviate poverty and improve the quality of life.
Government runs effective poverty alleviation programmes such as the Expanded Public Works Programme (EPWP), which has since 2014, created more than two million work opportunities towards the attainment of the target of six million work opportunities by the end of March 2019.

Of the work opportunities created, more than a million have been taken up by the youth. During 2015/2016, more than 61 000 work opportunities were created through environmental programmes such as Working for Water, Working for Wetlands, Working on Fire and Working for Ecosystems. More than 60% of the beneficiaries were young people. Other initiatives such as the National Youth Science Corps (NARYSEC); Community Works Programme (CWP), SMME’s support and financing will be intensified to address unemployment.

“We believe that South Africans and young people in particular have greater opportunities to change our environment and communities for better, help us grow our economy and contribute each and on their own to the prosperous country that Tata Madiba lived and died for. The youth must be inspired and groomed to be agents of change in fighting for freedom from poverty, inequality and unemployment,” said President Zuma. Government is also now through the social grants reaching close to 17 million people, mainly older persons and children.

“In honour of Madiba, South Africans are encouraged to engage in meaningful and constructive community work by dedicating themselves to improve the lives of poor people and uplift the lives of those in need, to build a united and more caring society for a better life. Let us individually and collectively continue to make a difference in addressing the most pressing challenges of poverty, inequality and unemployment,” said President Zuma.

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MMC Phalatse visits temporary shelter

MMC for Health and Social Development in the City of Johannesburg Clr Dr Mpho Phalatse was at the Temporary Shelter to help The Rivers Foundation to distribute relief aid to the Cape York residents who were moved to Wembly after the Mnyamandawo building burnt last week claiming 7 lives, leaving many homeless.

The Foundation was established in 2006 with a heart to help people, it is registered with a speci c aim of addressing the unique challenges faced by children, youth,unemployed and unskilled individuals in South African communities.

The Foundation exists to be a helping hand to disadvantaged families and strives to strengthen communities through feeding schemes, coaching and mentoring, skills training and enterprise development.

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A lifetime achievement award for Ramaphosa

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa was recently awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by Sandton based Regenesys Business School.
According to Alexandra Smit-Stachowski of Regenesys Business School. He was awarded this Lifetime Achievement Award for his remarkable business success, as he possesses exemplary leadership qualities, makes an outstanding contribution to socio-economic development and lives a life of high moral and ethical standards.

Regenesys Chairman Dr Marko Saravanja presented the award to Deputy President Ramaphosa for his longevity and his contribution towards leadership, development and his vision for a better world.
“I consider him to be one of fathers of the nation, next to (former President) Mandela,” said Dr Saravanja, “He contributed significantly to the birth of South Africa and was involved in the negotiations when the country was on the brink of civil war. He used his talents, skills and diplomacy to negotiate a peaceful democracy”.
Dr Saravanja continued, “I also respect him because of his leadership in both the public and business sector – he is a role model to most people.”

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It’s a good time to build a career in the travel and tourism industry

One billion people are waiting for an opportunity to travel, says United Nations Secretary-General. Tourism is a one of the fastest growing industries in South Africa, as it includes opportunities for homemakers as well as corporate professionals alike.

What is all the fuss about?
Between January and July, more than a million (1 371 049) overseas visitors arrived on our shores. That is 221 796 (or 19.3 percent) more people than last year’s January-to-July period, according to Statistics SA.

“Despite complaints about a slow economy, tourism is one of the sectors of the economy that keeps growing,” comments Linda Greenberg of Boston City Campus & Business College, an award-winning private higher education institution which has been delivering quality education for over 25 years at its 40 plus support centres nationwide.

“For all South Africans this is great news because it means more job opportunities for both entry level and experienced tourism professionals.” Greenberg believes the tourism campaign is very valuable in creating awareness of the beauty of South Africa to would-be tourists while at the same time highlighting the importance of tourism to the economy.
“A campaign on tourism gives job seekers of all ages and backgrounds an opportunity to do some research about the industry and see where they can possibly fit in.”

According to the UN, reaching universal accessibility in tourism is a shared responsibility of all parties involved in the tourism value chain, as well as a business opportunity for companies and destinations.
“Everyone should be able to access leisure and tourism services on an equal basis. Yet 1 billion people around the world living with disability, along with young children, seniors and persons with other access requirements, still face obstacles in accessing fundamentals of travel such as efficient transportation and public services, and a physical environment that is easy to navigate. Even with modern technologies, those with visual, hearing, mobility or cognitive impairments are being left behind in many tourism destinations,” said United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon in his official message last year.

Boston’s Greenberg believes that tourism in SA will grow even bigger if local companies and destinations fully embrace the concept of universal accessibility.”
People in South Africa are renowned for their hospitality and warmth.
Opportunities for B and B’s in our own homes offer everyone a way to earn some money, especially when large world sports tours and such are taking place.

Hotels should also start offering additional services to people with special needs, the same way they already cater for specific groups of tourists, for instance business travellers (conferencing facilities) and families (baby-sitting).
“Seeing the United Nations speaks of one billion tourists that still need to enter the market, it means that future possibilities are truly exciting,” she says.
“By all accounts, it seems to be a good time to enter the travel and tourism industry and to build a long-term career in it.”
To enter the industry, she points out, you need to get a good qualification and practical experience in fields such as travel and tourism operations, reservations and front of house, event planning, event management, hospitality management, and hotel and catering.
“We at Boston offer various study options in these fields,” she says.
“What makes our tourism training stand out is the fact that we focus on getting students work ready in a short space of time.
“We are dedicated to assisting students in mastering the different areas of tourism so they are able walk into a job the moment they complete their studies by us. And the wonderful thing is that we have built such a good reputation over the years that travel and tourism companies come to us for student CVs when they need to recruit new staff.”

For more information, contact Boston on 011 551-2000, e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.,
visit www.boston.co.za, or Facebook.

A wide range of study opportunities are available and you can select from a degree, various diploma and higher certificates, or short learning programmes in travel and tourism, IT, management, HR, accounting, marketing and more.
Visit the Department of Tourism at
www.tourism.gov.za
for more on tourism in South Africa.

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Rea Vaya and Metrobus fares to go up on July 1

From Saturday July 1 commuters who use the City of Johannesburg’s two bus passenger services – the Rea Vaya Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system and Metrobus – will pay more for their rides.
The City’s Mayoral Committee on Transport, after consultation with all stakeholders, including the Commuter Forum, approved a 6% fare increase for Rea Vaya and a 6.2% fare hike for Metrobus for the 2017-2018 financial year.
Between them, Metrobus and Rea Vaya transport almost 100 000 commuters across Johannesburg a day.
The increases are in line with the Consumer Price Index (CPI), the City’s pro-poor budget and other market-related cash fares.
Commuters – including adults, pensioners and scholars – who use multiple trip coupons or tags are urged to take advantage of the 25% discounts on offer.
For Metrobus users, this means that cash commuters will pay R10.80, up from R10.20, for a single trip.
According to the bus company, monthly trips will cost:
 Between R421.20 and R1 053.00 (for 52 trips);
 Between R356.40 and R 891.00 (for 44 trips);
 Between R113.40 and R283.50 (for 14 trips);
 Between R97.20 and R243.00 (for 12 trips); and
 Between R81.00 and R202.5 (for 10 trips).
Scholars in uniform will pay R7.80 cash, up from R7.20, for a single trip, while 130 trips for the term will cost R760.50. Forty-four trips will cost R257.50 and 10 trips R58.50.
Learners will get a 25% discount for multiple trip coupons. Fares for children aged between three and 12 will range from R7.80 to R18.80.
Pensioners will pay R185.00 for 200 trips valid for a year irrespective of the number of zones travelled. They also get a 50% discount on multi-journey trips if they travel during off peak time – that is between 8am and 2pm.
Normal adult fares will apply if the pensioners travel during peak times.
Commuters with disabilities will pay R371.00 for 100 trips valid for six months irrespective of the number of zones travelled. They will get a 50% discount on multi-journey trips.
Smartcards will be sold for R64.00.
Private bus hire and contracts will be increased by 7%. Metrobus hires out 38 buses to schools, hospitals and private companies.
Rea Vaya fares will go up by 80c – from R6.20 to R7.00 – for the shortest trip, while the furthest point fare increases by 40c – from R14.10 to R14.50.
A single trip card will now cost 40c more at R15.00
Smartcards will be sold for R28.00 at Thokoza Park, Indingilizi, Orlando Stadium, Diepkloof, the Kingsway campus of the University of Johannesburg, Park Station, Johannesburg Art Gallery and Carlton Eastbound stations.
The penalty fee has increased to R14.50 and the inspector fare evasion penalty to R25.00.
Almost 80% of Metrobus and Rea Vaya commuters use coupons.
As a result those who buy coupons or Smartcard for multiple trips enjoy a discount, which makes them far cheaper than cash fares.
For more information commuters can call 0860 562 874 or (011) 403 4300 for both companies or go to
www.mbus.co.za or www.reavaya.org.za.

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Microbreweries – Craft beer is art

Craft beer brewing has evolved from being a home-brewing hobby to a precise and complex process, aimed at delighting craft beer lovers who have become enthusiasts of this new era of beer where there are more distinguished tastes on offer in the market. As a supplier of gases, which is vital to the brewing process, Air Products has been playing an important role to support microbreweries in creating craft beers suited for this local, expanding and trendy craft beer market.


Words such as hops, vessel, malt and fermentation comes to mind, but it is much more complex than simply adding certain ingredients together and hoping for the best taste once the ‘beer’ has matured. Craft beer brewing has become a form of art and the use of the correct gases, at the correct time, in the correct quantities are vital in ensuring the best outcome. Air Products supplies gases such as oxygen, carbon dioxide and nitrogen to a number of microbrewies in Gauteng.

Craft beer is an art – a brewer is able to create unique beer by producing small quantities which delivers strong flavours. The ingredients used by microbrewers are different to those used by large, commercial brewers. The introduction of craft beers to South African beer drinkers has created a new excitement in the marketplace as there is now a wide range of tastes available and beer drinkers are no longer restricted to the same brands and styles which have been available over the last few years.

Air Products’ Freshline Product Manager Nelisiwe ‘Neli’ Dlamini explains the use of Freshline oxygen in craft beer brewing: “Brewing craft beer is an intricate process and it is important to ensure a secure supply of oxygen to the brewery – malt and hops, water, yeast and oxygen is required for the fermentation process and without the oxygen, the entire process and ultimately the quality of the beer is affected.
Air Products has formed a strong relationship with a number of microbreweries in Gauteng and is proud to be associated with their growth in market share in the last two years. For breweries such as Drayman’s Brewery, Mad Giant and Ubuntu Kraal Brewery it is of extreme importance to ensure that gases are available during specific parts of the brewing process, as delays or interruptions as a result of a lack of oxygen and other ingredients will have an impact on the final product.

According to Chief Beer Officer at Ubuntu Kraal Brewery, Ndumiso Madlala, Air Products has been a part of their operations from the beginning when the brewery was being commissioned. On the role of Air Products in their operations, Madlala states: “It is important for us to ensure that our product is available to our customers at all times. With the assistance of Air Products, we can ensure that our beer is available to our Soweto Gold lovers through the focus on prompt delivery and efficient customer service”.

“As a chemical engineer and a beer lover myself, quality is of the essence, whether it be the clarity or taste of the beer. Through Air Products’ commitment to ensure a supply of product when we need it for our delicate brewing processes, we can pride ourselves in the quality and availability of our blends as the market demands, especially in the light of the fact that we also sell our beer at the brewery” says Eben Uys from Mad Giant.
Dlamini concludes: “We are fortunate to form part of the growth of the craft beer market. With the knowledge, skills and insight of brewers such as Kallmeyer, Madlala and Uys, the growth of craft beer is inevitable. There is no question – Air Products will be supplying the product needed by the brewers to continue to brew quality craft beer”.

Mad Giant brings together science and an immense love of beer – the brand’s co-founder, Eben Uys, is a thirtysomething chemical engineer whose thorough understanding of froth has made its way into scientific journals. The craft brewery is located in the 1 Fox Precinct, a collection of restored warehouses in Johannesburg’s historic Ferreirasdorp district. The spectacular downtown craft brewery consists of Mad Giant brewery’s shed that is very easy to find – it has a huge retro-style sign on its roof and a spacious beer garden that stretches around the building.

Inside the space.

Striding behind the bar is a giant metallic Mad Giant sculpture, and there’s also a small shop selling Mad Giant-branded glassware and bottles of beer.
The brewery also shares space with the exciting Urbanologi restaurant known for its unique Asian-inspired gourmet tapas.

Declaration: The Inner City Gazette editor visited The craft brewery as a guest of Air Products South Africa (Pty) Limited manufactures, supplies and distributes a diverse portfolio of atmospheric gases, specialty gases, performance materials, equipment and services to the Southern African region.
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Minister visits mnyamandawo

Police Minister Fikile Mbalula recently visited Cape York building a abandoned and hijacked building in the johannesburg CBD at the Cnr of Jeppe and Nugget Sheet.

The police minister got a first-hand view of some of Johannesburg’s hi-jacked buildings and illegal settlements. While he was on the prowl for criminal activity, he acknowledged those living in these buildings, need a hand up.
Mbalula said his office will meet with Johannesburg Mayor Herman Mashaba to discuss solutions. He says while he sympathises with people who live in these spaces, it’s often also home to crime dens. “I came from there, I mean… it is bad. It’s terrible and we need to do something, and we are going to do something about it,” he told media.

“The general has spoken about Cape York building several times, we need to speak to the City of Johannesburg.” Cape York building is owned by Jamal Ibrahim, an Ethiopian businessman whose interests are in the property business, according to municipal records he purchased the building in 2014 for an estimated R9.2 million. Ibrahim has always insisted his intention was to turn it into a profitable residential and retail space. However, he said his charge had been stalled by the ‘non-assistance’ of the South African government in the matter. Speaking during the Ministers visit, Station Commander for the Johannesburg Central Cluster police, Brigadier Ivan Perumal said a crime-combating operation on the building was necessary.
“Cape York is responsible for a number of robberies that have been taking place within the vicinity. Our intelligence is telling us that criminals seek refuge inside this building after committing robberies,” said Perumal. “An operation was arranged from early on in the morning, during which time we managed to get four cases of dealing in drugs and one for stolen property.”

The City of Johannesburg’s Group Forensic and Investigations Services spokesperson, Lucky Sindane said onus was on the City to assist owners of abandoned buildings in taking back their properties. In addition, he said one of the City’s key priorities is an urban revitalisation in the inner city.
“Engagements with various stakeholders in terms of investing the inner city is an ongoing process. To the owners whose buildings have been hijacked, we ask that they give us the necessary details, and in conjunction with other stakeholders, we will assist them in winning back their buildings,” said Sindane. The Minister urged the inner city community to join hands with police to fight the scourge of crime and thanked property owners who have invested heavily in high tech technologies to keep the Inner city residents safe he acknowledged them as partners in the fight against crime. — @Moses_Moyo

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