Cape Town gets ‘dry’ luxury hotel

first_img4 June 2008A new five-star hotel under construction in Cape Town, the Coral International, will target Middle Eastern visitors, offering them luxurious rooms, conferencing and prayer facilities, halaal cuisine and no alcohol on the premises.The Dubai-based Coral International Hotels, Resorts and Spas and Cii Holdings, their South African partners, will operate the Coral International, which is situated on the corner of Buitengracht and Wale Street in the city centre.In a statement last week, local real estate agency Pam Golding Properties said they had also won the exclusive mandate to market 30 out of the 140 luxurious rooms and suites – priced between R2.1-million and R5.8-million – for sectional title ownership.“The Coral International will be situated on the fringes of the historic Bo-Kaap, an area steeped in Cape Malay culture and renowned for its colourful homes and delicious cuisine,” said Pam Golding Western Cape MD Laurie Wener, adding that it was an exciting opportunity to purchase ownership in a luxury unit in an enviable location.The location is also just minutes away from the Victoria & Alfred Waterfront and Table Mountain, while it is only a short drive to the beaches of the Atlantic Seaboard, as well as the central city’s coffee shops, restaurants and craft markets.State-of-the-art facilitiesAll rooms will feature top-end amenities such as high-speed wireless broadband connectivity, plasma screen televisions and luxurious linens, and all will offer stunning views of Table Mountain.Hotel facilities will include a state-of-the-art business centre with conference and meeting facilities, a fully fitted gym and health centre, as well as a prayer room and an outdoor swimming pool.The hotel will also have three restaurants offering a range of cuisines from modern European to Arabic and African dishes, with all food will be halaal and no alcohol being served on the premises.Buyers opting for the sectionalised package will receive a sectional title deed enabling them to use their rooms for 30 days per year, with access to all hotel facilities including room service and housekeeping, including limousine pick-ups, and a 24-hour concierge and valet.For the remainder of the year, the room will be placed into the hotel rental pool, and owners will receive a share of the profits, with Cii Holdings guaranteeing a five percent return on investment after the first two years of operation, for a minimum of three years.Ideally locatedWener added that the hotel would be just a 20-minute drive away from the Cape Town International Airport, enabling it to offer high levels of service, guided by its international owners who have extensive experience in the luxury hospitality industry.“This makes it an ideal investment opportunity for those who travel frequently to Cape Town for business and leisure, or for corporate clients who host guests in the city on a regular basis,” she said.Construction is already underway, with completion expected by the end of 2009.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Sending South African greetings

first_img Each card is illustrated with a photograph or traditional symbol that is specific to the language of the card, such as a Zulu shield, Basotho hat, an African musical instrument and even South African bushveld scenes. Tshukutswane first got the idea to make greeting cards that are distinctly South African in 2005, when she realised that retailers don’t sell any greeting cards that contain messages in African languages. “I always thought it would be exciting to buy a card in my mother tongue,” says Tshukutswane. “I could send my mother a mother’s day card in Tswana and it would put a smile on her face.” Tshukutswane immediately saw a gap in the market, but without a background in graphic design or the greeting cards industry, she first wanted to make sure that her business idea was a viable one. “I read a report about the greeting cards industry that said in 2009 in South Africa the industry was worth US$50-million (R449-million), and the value projected for 2014 is $80-million (R717-million),” she says. Tshukutswane knew she had a good idea, and that greeting cards still have a place in modern society where communication using mobile phones, e-mail, Twitter and Facebook is becoming the norm. “As brilliant as technology is, we still need that human touch. We need to connect in person,” she says.Cutting, pasting and coming up with ideas Tshukutswane, who works as an IT and management consultant, bought a craft book on how to make greeting cards. She spent hours over weekends and in the evenings cutting, pasting, folding and experimenting with different types of cardboard, images, fonts, colours and designs. She spoke to people fluent in different languages about the types of messages and images that would interest them. As a sample exercise, she designed and printed 4 000 cards in English, Sotho, Zulu and Xhosa to present to retailers – but getting them interested in her business idea wasn’t easy. “Almost all of them turned us down. They told me there are too many cards in the store,” she says. Although she was disappointed, she didn’t give up. “I felt there was a need for the product and I didn’t want to let go of the idea.” She attended a small business seminar hosted by supermarket giant Pick n Pay to find out how small suppliers can access the retail market. Here she had an opportunity to tell Suzanne Ackerman-Berman, the retailer’s ethics and transformation director, about her idea. “Pick n Pay was prepared to try it out and placed a selection of cards in two key stores,” she says. Today the cards are sold in 21 stores across Gauteng, and the business has expanded to include online sales, too. “We are very grateful to Pick n Pay for the opportunity. We didn’t want hand-outs, we just wanted an opportunity to sell what we have,” she says.Preserving Africa’s languages With the cards Tshukutswane wants to promote South Africa’s diversity of languages.”We need to celebrate and preserve our indigenous languages,” she says. “With the cards we are making people conscious of other cultures.” Printing so many cards in multiple languages and themes is a logistical feat, and she works closely with designers and translators to ensure that each card is linguistically and culturally accurate. Distribution is also tricky as sales depend entirely on the geographical location of the store. Zulu cards, for example, sell better in Johannesburg than in Pretoria. This year she wants to print the English translation of the message on the back of each card. “This way the cards also serve an educational purpose to teach people about other languages,” says Tshukutswane. She has big dreams for her business; they involve expanding into other markets on the continent and building a stronger online presence. Through crowd sourcing techniques she wants to create a network of graphic designers who are willing to submit their card designs. Then, people can vote for their favourite designs and the winning entries will be printed. Designers will be paid a percentage of both online and printed card sales. “I also want to expand the business because then I can create employment,” she explains. “The dream is quite big.” Tshukutswane feels that the development of entrepreneurs is important for South Africa’s economic growth, but small business owners need access to markets. “Retailers should be willing to give opportunities to small businesses, as this is the only way to grow the economy.” First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service. 5 February 2013 South African entrepreneur Gildah Tshukutswane has turned her dream of creating greeting cards in African languages into a successful business. Her start-up, African Greetings, sells a range of colourful birthday, wedding, Christmas and thank you cards with messages in all 11 of South Africa’s official indigenous languages.last_img read more

Silver for SA cyclist at World Champs

first_img30 September 2013 “As a team, we believe he’s a major star for the future, which is why we’re investing heavily in athletes likes him. “I’m extremely happy,” Meintjes, the current South African under-23 road race and individual time trial champion, said at the finish. “This was a goal of mine all season. The race started in Montecatini Terme and finished in Firenze Mandela Forum, a sports stadium named in honour of former South African president Nelson Mandela, which made the day more special for the South African team. ‘A major talent’“We identified Louis as a major talent a few years ago and I’ve always admired his work ethic,” Team MTN-Qhubeka Team Principal Douglas Ryder said in a statement. South Africa’s Louis Meintjes raced to a silver medal in the under-23 road race at the UCI World Championships in Florence, Italy on Friday, with Matej Mohoric of Slovenia taking the gold medal. SAinfo reporter The South African World Championships team started the race with three riders, also including Meintjes’ Team MTN-Qhubeka p/b Samsung teammate Johann van Zyl and Christopher Jennings. With less riders than the other nations, the team had to rely on riding a clever race. “World champs is always a special race and I’ve been doing it three years in a row. Being an under-23 race, it should technically be a little easier than the level we’ve (Team MTN-Qhubeka) been racing at this year, so I thought I can maybe get a result. The gold medal winner pulled away on the descent to the finish, with Meintjes holding off the chasing peloton to finish three seconds behind the Slovenian. center_img “My plan was to follow wheels and wait until the last hour and see what’s left of the race. I started feeling really well as the race went on. As soon as we got on the finishing circuit, I could feel I had the legs today,” the 21-year-old Meintjies reckoned. It was contested over 173 kilometres and included seven laps on the finishing circuit. Meintjes was among the front-runners with two laps to go and then put in a major attack on the last lap to get to Mohoric. ‘Great confidence’“When I saw the route after it was launched, I had extra motivation. I went and trained on the circuit and it gave me great confidence.” “It’s great to see Louis doing so well. He’s obviously in a great team environment with top support at MTN Qhubeka. When he raced with the Toyota Cycle Lab Academy, we could see he was destined for great things,” Nic White, who oversees the running of the Toyota Cycle Lab Academy, said in a statement on the weekend. ‘Hard work paying off’“I think this is hard work paying off. I think this is going to happen for a lot of riders in Africa and South Africa. It’s just a matter of time before we see more names coming through. This is a result of what we’re trying to do with Team MTN-Qhubeka and the investment all our sponsors are putting in,” he added. “Our team manager Mark van der Merwe told me that Louis was the best rider he’d ever seen. He’s got the whole package: the right temperament, tactical sense and physical suitability. He’s also highly intelligent and conscientious, so is actually a pleasure to have in a team.” Toyota Cycle Lab AcademyMeintjes, like Tour de France champion Chris Froome, began his journey to success by spending three of his formative years with the Toyota Cycle Lab Academy, from 2009 to 2011. “We really believe in the South African and African dream. When we made it public a few years ago that we want to develop an African world champion, it was very ambitious. With the increased support from our amazing partners like MTN and Samsung, people can now see that our dreams and goals are a reality.”last_img read more

South Africa acts against xenophobia

first_img“No grievance can ever justify the cold-blooded murder of fellow human beings, the destruction of property, or the displacement of hundreds of people – including women and small children,” says President Jacob Zuma, who has set up a ministerial task team to help stop the attacks against foreign nationals in Durban and Johannesburg.President Jacob Zuma with State Security Minister David Mahlobo and MEC Willies Mchunu in Umlazi, Durban, on 18 April 2015 to address recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: The Presidency, via Flickr)Brand South Africa reporter The South African government is taking steps to bring the latest outbreak of attacks against foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng under control.President Jacob Zuma cancelled a trip to Indonesia and visited refugee camps in Durban on Saturday.Zuma is to host consultative meetings with representatives of business, labour, youth, creative industries, women, sports, social-development sector and others to discuss South Africa’s migration policy. He will also meet leaders of organisations representing asylum seekers and refugees as well as the media.Under discussion will be how society groups can work with government to promote orderly migration and good relations between citizens and other nationals, the Presidency said in a statement on Monday. This would ensure that the shameful attacks on foreign nationals would not recur in the country.“Foreign nationals have for years been successfully integrated into many communities in the country and government seeks to gain lessons from these successes,” the Presidency said.GrievancesZuma said that while he understood the grievances about the implementation of the migration policy that have been raised by some citizens, none justified the taking of human life as well as the destruction and looting of shops belonging to foreign nationals.“No grievance can ever justify the cold-blooded murder of fellow human beings, the destruction of property or the displacement of hundreds of people including women and small children.“Millions of South Africans condemn these atrocious killings and abhor xenophobia and all related intolerances. Together we must work harder to root out violence and hatred in our society,” Zuma said.Seven people were killed last week, three South Africans and four foreign nationals.Ministerial task teamZuma has established a ministerial task team to help stabilise the situation and spread the message that South Africa will not tolerate violence. The team comprises ministers from the Justice Peace Crime Prevention and Security Cluster assisted by the ministers of Small Business Development, Trade and Industry and Social Development.Refugee campsZuma, who had been scheduled to leave for Indonesia on Saturday, instead arrived in Durban for tour of two refugee camps. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa will represent South Africa in Indonesia.There were cheers when Zuma told the hundreds of refugees encamped on a sports field in the Westcliff area of Durban’s Chatsworth suburb that the government would help them to address their concerns, whether it was to stay in the country or to return home.“We are not saying to you go away as government. It is yourselves who are saying that you need to be helped to go home,” he told them.In a statement on Saturday night, Zuma urged South Africa’s religious leaders to pray for peace and friendship. He said the majority of South Africans believed in peace, unity and friendship and had nothing to do with the incidents of violence that have taken place.South Africans know “that where there are concerns and differences, these should be resolved the South African way through dialogue and not through violence and intimidation. We will work with all peace loving South Africans and foreign nationals to promote peaceful co-existence, solidarity and friendship,” he said.ArrestsIn Pretoria, Gigaba said that those involved in xenophobic attacks would be dealt with firmly: “We want to issue a stern warning to those who lend themselves to acts of public violence. We will find you and you will be dealt with to the full might of the law.”Gigaba said 307 people have so far been arrested for related acts since the attacks broke out over a week ago and they would face prosecution. He said there were “elements” who were taking advantage of the violence to plunge the country into anarchy.Gigaba sought to reassure the international community that South Africa was doing everything possible to stem the violence: “To the countries that continue to invest in South Africa, we want to reassure them that South Africa is a constitutional democracy governed by the rule of law.”We are OnePolice Minister Nathi Nhleko was in Durban on Sunday to launch the “We Are One Humanity” campaign, which aims to combat Afrophobia through celebrating diversity and embracing differences, create a new generation of Africans free of Afrophobia, and develop empathy through public education.ImbizoZulu King Goodwill Zwelithini was scheduled to hold imbizo against the attacks on foreign nationals at Durban’s Moses Mabhida stadium on Monday morning.The imbizo, which is being organised by the royal household and provincial government, is in support to government efforts to curb the violence on foreign nationals.Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.President Jacob Zuma with State Security Minister David Mahlobo and MEC Willies Mchunu in Umlazi, Durban, on 18 April 2015 to address recent attacks on foreign nationals in KwaZulu-Natal. (Image: DoC)Source news24.comWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Twitter Just Passed MySpace in Number of Status Updates

first_imgFacebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Tags:#news#social networks#web marshall kirkpatrick Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verificationcenter_img A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Related Posts Twitter made news today for announcing that it now sees an average of 50 million status messages posted each day. A sharp growth curve indicates that activity on Twitter could grow much higher in the short term future. Good old MySpace says it can’t be counted out yet, though. MySpace told me tonight that it still sees 1 billion status messages per month, divided by 30 days that’s about 33 million status messages per day. That means until just last Fall, MySpace was still bigger than Twitter. How easy is it to forget that? Twitter may be bigger now, but there are still millions upon millions of people using MySpace.Above: Quantcast’s estimates of website traffic, not including Twitter application use.I went onto MySpace tonight and found that 9 out of my 21 friends on the site had logged in within the last 30 days, many of them this week or today! It’s hard to say how many of them were just checking in to see who else had checked in, or to look for status messages that weren’t there, but they checked in none the less and tens of millions of people do post status updates to MySpace on any given day. Google even added MySpace status messages to its real-time search this week. I’ve got my MySpace account wired up with my Tweetdeck install now, so when my friends do post something I’ll be able to see it. And I can cross post things over to MySpace, too. But my resolution to use MySpace more may be short lived. I tried to go add more friends there and had a hard time finding people I knew. Or I found them, added them and then worried that they’d just think I was creepy for contacting them outside of Facebook. Maybe that’s all in my head though.So two things to consider. The old King really is no more, MySpace is officially behind Twitter now. (Liz Gannes writes today that Twitter is fast approaching Facebook as well, while acknowledging that the term status message mean something different on Facebook.) But MySpace remains a thriving place for millions of people. Will it remain that way? Development hasn’t stopped, the trend doesn’t look good, but who can really say? The only thing that can be said for sure today is: MySpace isn’t dead yet.Above: Kevin Marks skewers MySpace critics, including yours truly.last_img read more

Three soldiers killed in Kargil avalanche

first_imgThree bodies of soldiers trapped in an avalanche in Kargil’s Batalik Sector were recovered on Friday, an Army spokesman told The Hindu.Unprecedented snowfall in Jammu and Kashmir triggered multiple avalanches in the Ladakh region. Five soldiers were trapped under snow when an Army post was hit in the Batalik sector and two were rescued.last_img