Press release

Say YES to Effective BEE

BEE Novation, one of South Africa`s leading transformation consultancies, will be hosting a series of national one day seminars dealing with the latest developments in transformative BEE and the benefits of implementation of the YES initiative. This is the only event that will feature YES and the DTI, supported by Izwilethu.

What is YES?

The Y.E.S initiative encourages corporates to create employment opportunities for unemployed black youth by incentivizing the private sector to participate through rewarding companies with higher BBBEE scorecard levels if they meet the targets.

The Benefits of Y.E.S

  • Increase your BEE scorecard by up to two levels by implementing YES.
  • Meet and listen to the opinion creators and decision makers in charge of YES, DTI and BEE to understand the best approaches to implementing BEE and transformation initiatives across the South African landscape, through the YES programme
  • Free labour in your business or NPO if you have Y.E.S beneficiaries placed with your company.
  • Meet and interact with key players and executives in BEE and transformation initiatives including verification agencies, consultants, BEE/transformation managers and engage the DTI with technical questions on implementation of Y.E.S.
  • Understand the link between Employment Equity, the BCE (Basic Conditions of Employment) Act and Y.E.S participants.
  • Learn how best to align and structure your Y.E.S beneficiary spend and at the same time improve your procurement points in the process.
  • Understand how Y.E.S implementation partners and enhances government and business collaboration.
  • Contribute to increased economic growth, investment, social and political stability and the reduction of our country`s unemployment rate.
  • Position your company ahead of the competition through the implementation of Y.E.S.
  • Have your questions on BEE answered by experts in the field of transformation.

The Seminars Details

Johannesburg

  • Monday 19th November 2018
  • 1pm – 4pm
  • Houghton Golf Club.

Durban 

  • Friday 23rd November 2018
  • 9am-12pm
  • Gold Business Club (next to the Presidential Suite), Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Cape Town

  • Wednesday 28th November 2018
  • 9am-12pm
  • Cape Chamber of Commerce & Industry.

Tickets to this ground breaking seminar cost R1,500 per person excluding VAT.  To book go to:  http://beenovation.co.za/events/

Speakers and Q&A sessions will include:

Press release

Celebrating 30 Years of Inspiring Hope

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Ever since its inception in 1988, the Reach for a Dream Foundation has been doing amazing work by providing hope to children fighting life-threatening illnesses, by fulfilling their dreams.

Children have the innate ability to live in colour so to speak and to live each day to the very fullest. Encouraging them to dream their biggest dreams inspires a sense of strength, hope and courage.

Reach for a Dream touches the lives of over 45 000 children and their families a year. The 2018 campaign is well underway and the Reach for a Dream team is all set to impact lives like they have been doing for the past 3 decades, but they can’t do it without your generosity and support. 2018 will see this NPO celebrate 30 years of inspiring hope by making dreams come true, so you can expect this year’s Slipper Day campaign to be one for the books.

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What can you do with R10?

Now take a moment to consider what you can do with R10. Well, pretty much nothing, but your R10 can make a difference to the the dreams of these life-threatened children come true. So head over to your nearest Pick n Pay or Wimpy and purchase your wristband for just R10. Support #SlipperDay2018 in the coolest and most fun way ever by wearing your slippers all day on the 11th of May 2018 and don’t forget to pop into a Wimpy to get your free coffee.

Want to get more involved?

  • Get your local schools and businesses to participate in Slipper Day 2018
  • Bulk wristbands can be bought directly from the Reach for a Dream Foundation info@reachforadream.org.za
  • Buy your slippers from Reach for a Dream
  • You can make a donation
  • Donate a mere R30 to celebrate 30 years of making dreams come true
  • Become a volunteer
  • Donate your voyager miles
  • There are so many other ways to get involved

Jonathan Boynton-Lee summed it up pretty much when he said, “The only thing we can control is the amount of love you choose to give without expecting anything in return.”

Namritha, Melanie, Johathan and I grabbed the opportunity to take a photo with 18-year-old Kamo. This young man beat the odds after spending more than 2.5 years in a coma due to a brain tumour. Kamo now wishes to inspire hope by sharing his story.

I urge you to get involved and support this amazing initiative and the outstanding work that Reach for a Dream does. They are indeed “the closest thing to angels”.

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The Bra Guru

I recently attended the launch of the Pretoria branch of The Bra Guru which is currently in its 4th year running.  Their flagship store is located in Hyde Park and due to the high  demand, Managing Director Taryn Palacios has opened a second store in Pretoria. 

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MD of The Bra Guru, Tamryn and I are both in agreement that “there is nothing a good bra can’t sort out”.

One of my huge issues as a result of my weight loss is most definitely my breasts. Our breasts are made up of primarily fatty tissue and when we lose weight, your body burns excess fat for energy. This is turn causes the stretched skin to sag over many areas of your body, including your breasts. One of the best tried and true methods to tighten any area of the body is to improve muscle tone. Your chest is controlled by the pectoral muscles. Exercises that target this group should pull in tissue and help firm up your breasts,  If however that doesn’t work for you or going the more invasive and permanent way of a “boob job” isn’t for you, keep in mind that it all starts with owning one good bra in your perfect fit.

Our breasts go through several changes in our lifetimes as it is a vital part of our reproduction. First before birth, again at puberty, and later during the child-bearing years. Changes also happen to the breasts during the menstrual cycle and when a woman reaches menopause.

Research has shown that more than 80% of women wear the incorrect bra size so it is important to get properly measured by a professional. While there are many stores that offer a bra fitting service, The Bra Guru happens to be a bra fitting specialist that educates you whilst helping you determine your perfect fit.  Finding the perfect bra involves more than just finding the correct size.  It involves finding a style that is best suited for the shape of your breast.  Breasts are unique, so one style unfortunately does not fit all. A proper-fitting bra tends to ensure that clothes fit better, posture improves, and in the event of back and shoulder pain, this is diminished.  The  goal is to not only achieve better lift and separation, but also to gain more confidence while being comfortable.  As we all already know, there is nothing more uncomfortable than a poorly fitting bra.

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Your bra collection should include these basic colours
The Bra Guru stocks imported bras that have been designed by an Aeronautical Engineer which is of special interest to me seeing as I am an Aircraft Engineer.  It really puts things into perspective, as I can understand the in-depth testing involved in each bra design.

How Should Your Perfect Bra Fit?

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Did you know?

  • A good bra should last you a year
  • You don’t need an underwire bra for good support
  • The straps serve the purpose of just holding the material of the bra up
  • There are no-slip devices to keep your straps in place
  • You shouldn’t use softener when washing your bras
  • The back strap gives the most support
  • The cup gives our breasts shape
  • A medium to high impact sports bra is essential when participating in physical activities
  • Your bra size can fluctuate between brands
  • You can protect your bras by using lingerie wash bags or by hand washing
  • You could be wearing the wrong size bra

Why Shop at The Bra Guru?

Well, The Bra Guru has something to cater for your every need and occasion. Their range includes bras up to a size K and they stock the following styles:-

  • T-shirt bras
  • Plunge
  • Balconette
  • Lacy
  • Strapless
  • Sports
  • No wire
  • Sleep
  • Maternity
  • Accessories
  • Swimwear

While at the launch I used the opportunity to get myself measured by the gorgeous Tamryn herself.  My fitting was professionally conducted in a comfortable and relaxed environment.  I’m extremely glad that I got measured, else I would have probably continued walking around in bras that are too big for me.  The fitting was also extremely informative and I learnt so much about bras in general.

I’m totally in love with this lacy number which is super sexy and I must say that the fabric felt exquisite.

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Their sports bra is another favourite of mine and the design is amazing.  The microfiber lining is a definite win for me.  Having had the opportunity to examine each of the bras in the range, I must tell you that the designs and quality are impressive.  The launch  has made me realise that I need to start investing in good quality bras.

I highly recommend that you give The Bra Guru a call and schedule a no obligation fitting to determine your perfect fit.  Who knows, maybe you will find the perfect bra at the same time.