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Joburg City Parks wins two international awards

Congratulations to Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo for scooping two awards at this year’s Cannes Lions Festival in France.
The Cannes Lion Festival, honours the best creative work of the year across the spectrum of branded communication in the world, and was held on the 24th of June 2017.
The winning advertisements were part of the Zoo’s series of advertisements entitled “Frog, Snake, Bat and Bird”.
The first bronze award was for the Outdoor – Billboard and Street Posters-category, and the second award was for the Outdoor (Public Sector Campaign)-category.
This is a remarkable achievement proving that JCPZ and the City of
Johannesburg can compete with the best in the world.
The department of Community Development, which oversees the entity, is delighted with this achievement as it contributes to one of the City’s priorities of providing services with pride to the people of Joburg.
Well done to the management and entire team of JCPZ. You have put
Joburg as one of the destinations of choice through this achievement.
Furthermore, two of the JCPZ parks were recently crowned with four awards for “benchmark and highest industry standard.
The two parks – Boston Park and the upgraded Westdene Park – both received two awards, at the annual award ceremony of the South African Landscapers Institute (SALI) where the best in the landscaping construction industry is announced.
The landscaping company that was responsible for the construction of these two parks was Tswellapele.
The awards were:
• SALI Gold Award for Specialised Landscape Construction for
Bosmont Park
• SALI Gold Award for Design by Others for Bosmont Park
• SALI Gold Award for the Specialised Landscape design for
Westdene Dam Upgrade
• SALI Silver Award for Environmental and Water Wise landscaping at Westdene Dam.
Well done to all and continue to #ServeWithPride.

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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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