6 tips for effective IT management With George ODowd

first_imgBy George O’Dowd, managing director, NoviTechnology plays a more important role in businesses today than ever before. Having an effective and reliable information technology (IT) system is crucial to the performance and success of almost every organisation. What’s more, a modern, flexible and scalable IT infrastructure enables your company to grow seamlessly and could be a decisive competitive advantage.However, IT expertise is in high demand, and in many organisations the responsibility of managing systems and choosing an IT partner rests with the finance manager or someone with little IT experience. Often thrown in at the deep end with little or no direction, this can be a daunting position and a lot of time can be spent firefighting technology issues.To help any IT manager who may find themselves in this familiar position, we have put together a number of basic principles that should underpin any IT strategy. Check out these six tips for effective IT management.– Give your employees the best tools to make their job smoother and more efficient– View IT as an investment and not a cost; be confident when seeking budget approval– Focus on reducing cyber security risk– Focus on reducing operational risk– Ensure that all aspects of your IT have clear support mechanisms in place– Chose an experienced IT partner suited to your needsGive your employees the best tools to make their job smoother and more efficient“The wireless is slow” ; “The video conferencing never seems to work when I need it.”How often have you heard phrases like these in the workplace? Far too many organisations still use outdated systems and applications across the business. This hampers productivity and is frustrating for staff. Perhaps it’s time to fundamentally address these problems so that people can do their job with confidence.As an IT manager you need to try and understand the business and how people interact with customers, suppliers and each other. Always ask if there is a better way to complete a task. Speak to people in your organisation and look for ways to make processes smoother and more reliable. This will improve both end-user satisfaction and overall business productivity.View IT as an investment and not a costAn important part of an IT manager’s role is securing investment in technology from senior management. To do this, the IT manager need to be confident in their recommendations when seeking budget approval. This involves researching and presenting detailed options for IT infrastructure upgrades with costs well budgeted for.Simply treating IT as a cost will mean that you are always firefighting issues and not experiencing the benefits of strategic investment. Convince decision makers to invest in IT by presenting a clear case for how it will enable business growth.Focus on reducing cybersecurity riskThe growing prevalence and sophistication of modern cyberattacks means that organisations of every size now face greater cyber security risk than ever before. Despite the risks, many organisations fail to implement adequate levels of security to protect their business and data. IT managers should focus on addressing areas such as: email protection; next-generation firewall, end-point protection, vulnerability patching, two-factor identification and mobile device security. It is also important to remember that security is an ongoing process that requires routine updates, maintenance and management, rather than one-off solutions.Focus on reducing operational riskIT managers should avoid exposing their business to operational risk through a dependency on unreliable systems or services. While using free or low-quality IT services may save costs in the short-term, it can also lead to long-term business and reputational damage if these systems fail and cause system outages. Investing in high-quality IT and security systems as well as regular infrastructure upgrades, will minimise the risk of system downtime and pay off for your business in the long-term.Ensure that all aspects of your IT have clear support mechanisms in placeStaying on top of a well-functioning IT environment also requires managers to ensure they have formal support processes and agreements in place that meet the needs of the business. Take the time to examine every aspect of your IT and review the service level agreements that are in place with your outsourced partners.For example, if you can’t afford to be offline for longer than a few hours, does your disaster recovery service have a recovery time objective of two or twenty-four hours? Things go wrong when you least expect. Review supports and agreements in advance and plan for the worst to avoid unpleasant surprises when an issue inevitable does occur.Chose an experienced IT partner suited to your needsEven the most well-resourced and experienced IT manager will require some support from external partners. Choosing a managed service provider is a huge decision for a company, with the right partner capable of transforming your business for the better.At Novi, we adopt a partnership approach with our customers – offering strategic advice on technology investment, always looking ahead to the next potential threat and constantly reviewing the efficiency and effectiveness of systems. The significant benefits of this approach span the entire organisation – from enhanced productivity and strengthened security to reduced costs and improved reputation.There are many elements to effective IT management, but by focusing on these basic principles, IT managers can ensure that technology enables, rather than hinders business growth. Visit Novi for further insights into how IT can transform your business.If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCockinglast_img read more

Top Tips for doing Business in Asia in 2020 and beyond

first_imgDon’t be blinkered by China By Siddharth ShankarAsia is an increasingly important market for British business. It’s predicted that its share of global GDP will increase to 35% by 2030 – which is equivalent to Europe and the United States’ share combined. Furthermore, it’s estimated that by the end of the next decade seven of the world’s top ten economies are likely to be in Asia.British businesses are already benefitting from the growing market for British goods in the region. Last year was a record-breaking year for British exports. UK firms sold more goods overseas in the 2018/2019 financial year than at any other time since records began – worth a total of £639.9 billion. This was in part helped by a significant uplift in exports to Asia.Exports to Taiwan increased by 40% in the last financial year, to India by 19% and to Thailand by 17%. Nowhere is the demand for UK exports growing faster than in Asian countries.However, doing business there can be a daunting prospect due to the cultural and language barriers to surmount and distances involved. Here are some top tips to help smooth the way.Don’t treat Asia as one homogenous market Top Tips for doing Business in Asia in 2020 and beyond Know what’s on trend China holds huge potential for British products but if businesses direct all their focus on China they miss out on the myriad opportunities across the rest of Asia. India, Taiwan and Thailand are the fastest-growing markets for British goods in Asia and offer increasingly lucrative opportunities for growth.Siddharth Shankar is a leading expert in trading with Asia and CEO of Tails Trading, an innovative new solution helping UK SMEs to export their goods to Asia. Visit www.tailstrading.com to find out more.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homecenter_img Asia is made up of fifty different countries, categorised as five major markets – namely China, the Indian Subcontinent, ASEAN countries, the Middle-east (GCC) and East Asia.Each has it’s own very specific cultures and customs, demands, risks and legal systems. Never make the mistake of treating the region as one homogenous market. This has led to many a business coming unstuck. For example if you’re launching a product in China, Western branding is appealing but in India, Western products must be given an ‘Indian touch’ to be successful – making it generally easier to launch a product in China than in India.Location is paramountMany businesses, when exporting to Asia for the first time, make the mistake of automatically launching a product in the capital city. Be warned, this is not always the best policy. Pick the city you launch in carefully, based on thorough research, no assumptions.For instance, if launching a fashion brand in India it may be prudent not to launch in a city that is politically sensitive or more traditional in its customs. Instead, pick a more commercial, modern city that is likely to be more open to a Western brand.Local knowledge is essentialWithout in-depth knowledge of local customs and traditions it can be very easy to make cultural mistakes. Even the smallest details in a product can make the difference between success and failure.Take hats, for example. You might have huge success selling a blue baseball hat in China, but try and sell a green version and it will likely end in failure. Why? Because in Chinese folklore, if a man wears a green hat it means his wife is cheating on him – never a good look! Make sure you enlist a strong, trustworthy team on the ground to avoid making simple mistakes. It’s crucial to do your research into the emerging trends in the region before you embark on a costly launch. These are the products tipped to be in high demand next:Pharmaceutical-related skin care products and make-up brands that are good for your skinBeer is already huge in Asia but wine, gin and rum are set to be hot on its heels – especially amongst the younger generationsHome appliances are an area Asian households are spending a greater chunk of their budget on – the newer, fancier and more efficient the design the betterAsian consumers are increasingly on the look our for healthier, conveniently packaged foods, offering greater nutritional benefits. If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking Asia, businlast_img read more

Will regulators and compliance drive tokenisation of assets in 2019

first_imgThere are a number of organisations trying to convince investors of the merits of Tokenising different assets classes, on the basis that once it is possible to buy a fraction/share in a property or piece of art or a car etc, it will enable smaller investors to participate and create a pool of liquidity.While this sounds very plausible in practice, illiquid assets such as art, property and classic cars tend to be the preserve of the very wealthy or institutional investors. These asset classes usually have little day to day liquidity, as these more sophisticated investors tend to buy and hold for the longer term. However, the jury is still out since by tokenising these illiquid assets, it will instead lead to other people actively buying and selling on a daily basis!!!The Real Estate Investment Trusts (REITs) market started in the USA in September 1960, as a way of encouraging investors to participate in buying property in the USA. This REITs model has been subsequently copied by many other countries around the world.The statistics below show it is estimated that 80 million people are exposed to USA REITs, which is valued to be over $3 trillionin size, with the majority REITs being quoted on a regulated stock exchange.Source:www.reit.com/data-research/data/reits-numbersIt is possible to buy a USA REIT at a discount of its asset value and, indeed, at the end of 2018, the discount of the median RIET was as large as 18%.Therefore, one has to question if there are potentially 80 million investors exposed to over $3 trillion of assets, which one can buy at a potential discount of 18% – how will tokenisation help?The other popular mis-nomer has been how Initial Coin Offerings (ICOs) and the tokens they created will democratise capital. To put this a different way, ICOs offered the promise to enable smaller investors to have access to smaller exciting tech start-ups. These have historically been the preserve of wealthy-sophisticated investors and institutions, like Venture Capital and Private Equity Funds.In 2017 Naga, a German publicly quoted company, epitomised this by raising over $50 million from 63,000people. Unfortunately, apart from a handful of tokens, there is relatively little liquidity in the secondary markets and exchanges for many of the organisations that have issued a token.According to Coinmarketcap.com, there are less than 100 tokens that had a volume of more than $1million, after which the volumes fall dramatically to a few thousand over most 24-hour periods. But this really ought not to be a surprise, as there are relatively few investors who buy even quoted smaller companies. In the UK, there are 481 companies on the Alternative Investment Market (AiM), that have a capitalisation of between £2+ million, but less than £100 million, and another 272 companies listed on the main London market valued under £100 million.Just in the UK, we can see there is plenty of choice for investors but unfortunately it is almost impossible for even these publicly-quoted companies to raise fresh capital. There are multiple reasons for this – lack of information about these smaller companies, difficulty in valuing the company, few tangible assets being owned and lack of institutional interest etc. Often there is no liquidity to buy and sell these quoted smaller company shares. How familiar are these reasons cited as to why there are a lack of investors for tokens in the secondary market?UK smaller companies have out-performed the FTSE 100 index –  in the 10 years to 6 November 2018, the FTSE Small Cap ex IT index has risen 266%, compared to a 140% increase for the FTSE 100. So, surely investors would be flocking to this asset class? Therefore, why will tokenising equities mean that these investments do any better??This backdrop has not stopped The London Stock Exchange (LSE) from embracing tokenisation of equities and, in April 2019, it actually allowed a company called 20/30 to list its “tokens”on the LSE exchange- why? Strangely, this could be due to regulation and compliance pressure as, by tokenising/digitising a share/bond etc, it is possible to build-in greater controls from a compliance standpoint.For example, an international mutual fund will have a maximum it is allowed to invest in the USA, say 10%, but the fund manager may go to buy another share and not realise that this will take the fund over the 10% limit. This results in a compliance breach which ought to be reported internally, and then potentially to the FCA. Alternatively, let us assume you are a high-risk investor and your portfolio manager decides to buy a low-risk investment, again causing a potential deviation from your portfolio strategy and the need for more compliance reporting.These types of breaches are common, costly and time-consuming and totally avoidable if pre-trade checks have been automatically carried out prior to, not after, a trade is executed. These checks are not easy to carry out in today’s largely analogue manual systems, but eminently possible using automatic machine-run checks if a security is digitised.Also, the amount of income payable to an investor can be calculated, based on the number of minutes the investor has held a share, bond or property. This is opposed to being paid the distribution, based on the investor owning the asset on the day that the share, bond or property makes its dividend, coupon or rent payment!As compliance pays an increasingly important role in the financial services sector, and the constant need to be seen to be “treating customers fairly”, will we see quoted companies like Apple, Facebook, Microsoft, Shell, BMW Tesco being asked to create a digital/tokenised version of their shares?This rather ironic state of affairs, where regulation drives the adoption of Crypto, is juxtaposed to the current situation where institutions shy away from tokens as they are seen to be akin to investing in the “wild west”, and concerns about the wrath of compliance officers abounds……. Will regulators and compliance drive tokenisation of assets in 2019?last_img read more

OSSM Cloud Solutions boosts Walsh Graphics revenues by 15

first_imgOSSM Cloud Solutions, the cloud ERP software provider, has announced that it has implemented an Oracle NetSuite ERP solution for Walsh Graphics. The deal, valued at €85,000, will simplify Walsh Graphics’ sales, stock, accounts, and e-commerce processes, enabling the company to realise its future growth plan and boosting revenues by 15% in the first year.Located in Little Island, Cork, and with showrooms in Dublin, Walsh Graphics is the leading supplier of digital and signage materials in Ireland. Having been in business for 25 years, the family-run company has evolved from a start-up based in the family’s garage to a €5 million company.Walsh Graphics plans to grow the business by 20% year on year over the coming 3 years. However, the organisation’s outdated and cumbersome sales, stock, and accounts systems were negatively impacting staff productivity and efficiency levels.For example, the sales teams’ lack of visibility of sales history and stock information created a significant volume of unnecessary and time-consuming phone and email communications with the office-based administration staff.  With the opening of Walsh Graphic’s Dublin office, the requirement for a system that serves two locations and enables a growing sales team to work remotely became vital.OSSM Cloud Solutions was selected to implement the Oracle NetSuite ERP solution which integrates all sales orders, stock management and accounts data into one cloud-based system. The new solution provides both the office-based administration and the remote sales teams with real-time sales and stock information.Since the solution was implemented, the time the sales team spends on administration and liaising with the office-based team has been reduced by 50%. As a result of the streamlined sales process and freedom of the office-based team to focus on growing the business, there has been a 15% increase in sales and Walsh Graphics forecasts a 7% increase in gross profit in the next financial quarter.Michael Walsh, founder, and managing director said: “OSSM Cloud’s solution is providing our sales team with real-time access to customer orders, stock levels and a platform to manage their pipeline, allowing them to be proactive instead of reactive. These capabilities are enabling us to focus on scaling the business and achieving our growth plans.“We are continuing to work with the OSSM Cloud team to mould the solution to our needs and to eke out further operating efficiencies. Our website is hugely important to our overall sales and the capability to include customer relationship management and marketing elements was a key factor in our decision to choose the NetSuite solution. It is reassuring for the whole team to know we have an easy-to-use system in place that can scale to our needs and futureproof our business.”Ray Ryan, CEO, OSSM Cloud Solutions, said: “Operating out of two separate locations and with a third of employees working remotely means that Walsh Graphics needed a centralised system to manage their business. A cloud platform that could digitally transform the business and also scale as the company grows was the obvious choice for them. We are delighted to see the results that they have already experienced in a short space of time and we’re excited about helping them leverage further capabilities of NetSuite ERP to achieve continued growth and success.”last_img read more

Plastic waste found 2125 metres down in Irish waters

first_imgPlastic waste found 2125 metres down in Irish waters If you would like to have your company featured in the Irish Tech News Business Showcase, get in contact with us at Simon@IrishTechNews.ie or on Twitter: @SimonCocking Study finds plastics at bottom of deep submarine canyon.It is no secret that the world’s oceans are swimming with plastic debris —but the reach of human plastic waste is as deep as 2125m, even 320km offshore, a UCC-led expedition has revealed.Scientists from University College Cork (UCC) in Ireland have discovered plastic at the bottom of a deep submarine canyon at 2125m water depth while investigating cold-water coral habitats.UCC’s Marine Geology Research group has been investigating cold-water coral habitats in the Porcupine Bank Canyon, some 320 km due west of Dingle, on a research expedition led by UCC’s Dr Aaron Lim on board the Marine Institute’s RV Celtic Explorer.The group has recovered eight novel monitoring stations called ‘landers’ worth €450,000, deployed between 2500m water depth and 700m water depth by the Marine Institute’s Remotely Operated Vehicle (ROV)Holland 1 earlier this summer.The monitoring stations record the speed, temperatures and direction of the currents around these habitats as well as trapping samples of the food, sediments and microplastics being deposited around the corals to understand conditions down there and how the corals are coping with changing oceans.The researchers found plastic in the bottom of the canyon — deep enough that you could stack ten Eiffel Towers inside — at 2125m water depth. The reach of human plastic waste is down this deep, even 320km offshore.“It’s always sad to see plastic rubbish in these otherwise pristine habitats. It quite incredible that our plastic waste can get this far out and so deep in the oceans,” said UCC Professor Andy Wheeler, who has pioneered research on cold-water coral mound offshore Ireland over the past 20 years.“I don’t think people think about this when that dump their rubbish. We’re also trying to see if microplastics are being fed to the corals from above. We’ve just got the samples, let’s hope we’re wrong.”The Porcupine Bank Canyon, which is deep enough that you could stack ten Eiffel Towers inside, is teeming with a whole range of cold-water coral habitats, just on Ireland’s doorstep, according to Dr Lim.“The environment is much more dynamic than we thought, with two of the monitoring stations knocked over by the currents; food supply for the coral is variable but the corals are doing OK. Some of these habitats have existed for millions of years and have grown so large they resemble hills made of coral, called coral mounds.This is the first time 8 of these monitoring stations have been deployed and collected using the ROV Holland 1. It will provide scientists with an insight into the processes affecting these habitats, the food they are eating and the amount of microplastics impacting on them.Ireland hosts cold-water coral reefs in the cold, dark ocean at water depths of 600m to 1000m along our continental margin. “Not only is this expedition vital for understanding these habitats and our impact upon them, but it also acts as a baseline to start monitoring how our deep-water habitats here are changing,” added Dr Lim.The team has a research agenda which will see them return to the canyon and other habitats alike for a number of years to monitor the changes in the environment around these habitats. The monitoring stations will be brought back to UCC for detailed analyses.“It’s great that Ireland now has the technological capacity to undertake surveys in the deep seas and answer questions not just for Ireland but also vital to understand our planet’s health,” commented Paddy O’Driscoll, ROV Holland I superintendent.This research survey is carried out with the support of the Marine Institute, funded under the Marine Research Programme 2014-2020 by the Irish Government. The research is being funded by Science Foundation Ireland, Geological Survey Ireland and University College Cork.More information about Irish Tech News and the Business ShowcaseFYI the ROI for you is => We now get over 1.5 million monthly views, and up to 900k monthly unique visitors, from over 160 countries. We have over 860,000 relevant followers on Twitter on our various accounts & were recently described as Ireland’s leading online tech news site and Ireland’s answer to TechCrunch, so we can offer you a good audience!Since introducing desktop notifications a short time ago, which notify readers directly in their browser of new articles being published, over 16000 people have now signed up to receive them ensuring they are instantly kept up to date on all our latest content. Desktop notifications offer a unique method of serving content directly to verified readers and bypass the issue of content getting lost in people’s crowded news feeds.Drop us a line if you want to be featured, guest post, suggest a possible interview, or just let us know what you would like to see more of in our future articles. We’re always open to new and interesting suggestions for informative and different articles. Contact us, by email, twitter or whatever social media works for you.Homelast_img read more

60000 expected to travel through Cork Airport this August Bank Holiday weekend

first_imgOver 60,000 passengers are expected to travel through Cork Airport, Ireland’s fastest-growing and most punctual airport, this August Bank Holiday weekend. Passenger numbers are up 7% over the same period last year, with this Sunday to be the busiest day for both departures and arrivals.Managing Director at Cork Airport, Niall MacCarthy said: “We are delighted to see such strong numbers travel through Cork Airport this August Bank Holiday weekend, continuing the Airport’s growth trajectory as Ireland’s fastest-growing airport.“There are eight new routes added to our summer schedule at Cork Airport this year — Dubrovnik, Nice, Lisbon, Naples, Poznan, Budapest, Malta and London Luton — and over 50 routes are currently on offer from Cork Airport to the UK and Continental Europe. These routes, along with daily long-haul connectivity through major European hub airports, ensure Munster holidaymakers have some fantastic destination options this coming weekend, and for the remainder of the 2019 summer holiday season, which runs right up to the October Bank Holiday Weekend.”Free flights giveaway competitions by Cork Airport!As part of Cork Airport’s Bank Holiday Weekend festivities, free flights will be up for grabs as part of Douglas Court Shopping Centre’s ‘Spin and Win’ promotion this Friday (August 2). This is the final of five free flights giveaway competitions by Cork Airport, which took place across Munster promoting the Airport’s increased connectivity and passenger traffic. Cork Airport is in its fourth consecutive year of growth, with passenger numbers to grow to 2.6 million this year, up 10% year-to-date compared to 2018.Passengers travelling this weekend are advised to arrive at least 90 minutes prior to their flight and go directly to the security screening area once they have checked in.There are changes to Cork Airport’s internal road layout, which includes a new set-down lane. Drivers can set-down for up to 15 minutes free on the forecourt before tariffs apply. For best long term parking prices, pre-booking is advised in advance at www.corkairport.com/parking.To download a copy of Cork Airport’s 2019 Summer Schedule brochure, visit corkairport.com.last_img read more

Suspected case of Swine flu in Ladysmith

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite There is a suspected case of the H1N1 virus at a Ladysmith Hospital.A child has been admitted to hospital with flu like symptoms and initial fears are that the child shows signs of swine flu.This story will be update as soon as we know more.For more information on swine flu and it’s symptoms click HERE.For the latest news visit our webpage or follow us on Facebook and Twitter.last_img

22 years in jail for rape of 74yearold woman

first_imgFor those who have not been following the story, on the day of the brutal attack (February 14, 2014), a young man visited the Moolman farmstead with the intention of hiring a truck to move machinery. He could not be helped because the farmer was not at home. Mrs Moolman phoned her husband and gave the telephone to the man. After the telephonic conversation, the man agreed to return the following day.However, before leaving, he asked the farmer’s wife for some food and she gave him some. After a short time, the family dog started barking inside the house. Realising something was wrong, she contacted Elandslaagte police. Minutes later, she was attacked by the man. She attempted to fight him off, even though he was holding her at knife-point and saying, “I’ll kill you”.He pressed her down on the bed and raped her. Shortly afterwards, the young man raped her again. And just when she thought the ordeal was over, he pulled her to the living room, demanding money and weapons.The elderly woman then decided to make a desperate bid for freedom. She managed to escape from her attacker and run to a neighbour’s farm. The farmer (neighbour) came to her assistance and immediately activated his Secure SA alarm.Dog Unit (K9) officers and Sharaj Ambulance Services rushed to the farm. By then, her husband had left the work he was doing and also rushed to his wife’s aid. The 74-year-old woman was rushed to a local hospital.The next day, police investigating the attack made a breakthrough when community members came forward with information about the attacker. He was arrested and positively identified by the victim. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite 20-year-old brutal rapist and robber Nkosingiphile Nkosi stood before Ladysmith Magistrate Visagie yesterday morning (Monday) for sentencing.Nkosi previously appeared in the Regional Court on March 5, where he was found guilty of raping 74-year-old Mrs Moolman on February 14 last year. He was also found guilty of housebreaking with intention to rape and robbery with aggravating circumstances.Showing no signs of remorse, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison. This after the State produced strong evidence linking the accused to three of the four charges he faced.In a packed courtroom, Magistrate Visagie said that rapists and robbers are on top of the ladder when it comes to heinous crime, especially seeing that the old and weak are being targeted by these criminals, and they will face severe sentencing in court.At the time of the robbery and rape, Nkosi was 20 years old and a school-going pupil in Grade 9.Speaking to the Ladysmith Gazette in an exclusive interview, the Moolman family thanked all the people (of all races) who supported them throughout the ordeal and the trial.last_img read more

Easter joy at Ezakheni Plaza

first_imgEzakheni Plaza held an “Early Egg-Citing Easter Promotion” recently.Refreshments and cosmetics were sponsored for the children by Liquor City, King Pie, Xclusive Beauty and Jet.There were smiles all around as plenty of gifts were handed out. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsitelast_img

Petrol price to increase at midnight

first_imgWebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Motorists should fill up their tanks today if they want to save a bit extra at the pumps before the petrol price increase takes effect on Wednesday, March 4.  The price of petrol will go up by 96c a litre and diesel by 74c, while paraffin will go up by 73c.According to the Energy Department, the main reason for the fuel price hike is the average increase in the price of crude oil, as well as the Rand/Dollar exchange rate.So drive on down to your nearest petrol station tonight and fill up before the clock strikes midnight, otherwise you’ll have to pay a bit more for your ‘gas’.last_img read more

Jewellery stolen in housebreaking scam

first_imgOn Thursday, she tried to call one of the women to discuss the serving, only to find that her cell-phone was on voice mail. The woman had told Shireen that she works for the Department of Labour. However, on calling the department, she was informed that they do not have such a person working for them. Shireen even made calls to the municipality to see if they had a contact number for this person, as the woman said they had booked the Town Hall for the function. No bookings had been made for that day. On Saturday night, Shireen went to look for a bangle for her granddaughter, Salma, in her jewellery drawer, only to find that the drawer was completely cleaned out. In the wake of the theft, Shireen’s niece in Queenstown told her the very same thing happened to her aunt there. “It’s the same people, as they asked for the same menu and used the same car. The very same thing happened to somebody in Azaadville, Krugersdorp, as well, according to my niece,” says Shireen. It seems that the scam artists target caterers and home industrialists. No case has been opened as yet. WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite WebsiteWebsiteWebsite Shireen Vorajee and her family were targeted by a housebreaking scam on Wednesday last week. It was about 5.30pm when five black women and one man arrived at her home in Dromedaris Street, saying they had been referred to her by a neighbour to do catering. “All of them were very well dressed and drove a Nissan X-Trail with Gauteng (GP) registration plates,” explains Shireen. She invited them into her house and they asked if they could be seated at the dining room table. At this time, the man was speaking to Shireen’s son, Imthiaz, outside on the verandah, telling him that the house was very beautiful and they wanted to buy it. One of the women was speaking to Shireen’s husband, Hassan, about his stroke, and two others said they wanted to use the bathroom. Shireen discussed the menu and exchanged phone numbers with the group. last_img read more