Park Square follows global trends

South Africa is following the trends of various technologically-advanced companies including Google and Apple, which over decades have reaped profitable benefits from ‘future-forward’ work environments. Park Square, located on Durban’s upmarket Umhlanga ridge is one example of this environment which invites unlimited productivity and social connectivity. The needs of workers who value flexibility and convenience with technological advances at the tips of their fingers, will be catered for within a green working environment. The scheduled opening of Park Square in November this year will see the unveiling of Nedport’s R1…

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I am emigrating, what happens to my unsecured debt?

I am emigrating, what happens to my unsecured debt (credit cards, personal loan)? Can I still do a financial emigration with debt in place?    You can emigrate and not pay your short-term/unsecured debt.  When you emigrate, the country you are emigrating to will not do a credit check on the country you were initially a citizen of and check if you have settled your debt. However, there is a moral and ethical obligation for yourself as a citizen of a country to do the right thing and settle your…

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Fin24.com | London introduces ‘world first’ contactless payments for buskers

Busker Charlotte Campbell in London trialling the contactless card reader in what organisers say is a world first. (iZettle/PA) London – London is introducing a contactless payment scheme for buskers in what organisers said would be a world first, Mayor Sadiq Khan said on Sunday as he unveiled a partnership with tech company iZettle. Under the “Busk in London” programme, street musicians in the British capital will be able to accept non-cash payments with contactless cards, wearable technology and chip and pin. “Now, more Londoners will be able to show…

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Vodacom says it has a WASP-blocking option – Too bad its employees don’t know anything about it

At the start of May, MyBroadband investigated Vodacom’s WASP-blocking option – which the operator previously stated customers could enable by completing a form. When visiting a Vodacom store and asking for the required form, however, we were informed there was no option to block WASP subscriptions on Vodacom SIMs. Speaking to an agent through Vodacom’s customer care line yielded the same result. A Vodacom spokesperson responded by stating it had stopped the process where customers were required to complete a form to block WASPs. Instead, it said customers could block WASP…

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Fin24.com | Hackers loot R300 000 from Goliath and Goliath: ‘I’m petrified’, says CEO

Cape Town – Comedy and entertainment agency Goliath and Goliath suffered a loss of more than R300 000 in what appears to be a phishing scam. The hackers are seemingly intercepting invoices and then changing banking details. The money paid over to the hackers range between R60 000 and R130 000. The PR Bailiff, which is a subsidiary of Goliath and Goliath, has also been targeted with it losing R20 000. Goliath and Goliath’s CEO Kate Goliath told Fin24 she was alerted to the scam in April when a client…

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Why I use a Mac computer, but an Android phone

When people see my MacBook, they assume that I have an iPhone. With Apple’s ecosystem so tightly integrated, why wouldn’t they? However, I have used an Android smartphone since the launch of the HTC Desire in 2010 – and a MacBook laptop as my work machine since 2011. While iPhones and non-Mac laptops are fine devices, I will never go back to Windows or Linux on my work PC, or switch to iPhone. That’s not to say it hasn’t been tempting, but there are many small things which when added…

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Fin24.com | Fed-up Spanish cities are bursting Airbnb’s bubble

Madrid – Spain may be one of the world’s top tourist destinations, but many people in its biggest cities have grown exasperated with Airbnb-style rentals. And now, their city councils are taking action. Airbnb and other peer-to-peer rental websites have for years been credited with enabling lovers of travel and culture to find new ways to explore foreign lands. However, complaints have abounded in Spain that greedy landlords are throwing out long-term tenants in order to cash in on the tourist flow, and that the short-term leases are pushing up…

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Fin24.com | IDC appoints new auditors after dumping KPMG

Cape Town – The Industrial Development Corporation of South Africa (IDC) announced the appointment of new external auditors. This follows the decision taken by its annual general meeting not to reappoint KPMG, which had previously audited the IDC, it stated in a notification sent out by the JSE.   “[Th]e IDC appointed SizweNtsalubaGobodo Inc (SNG) and Ngubane & Company (Ngubane) as joint auditors for the financial statements ended 31 March 2018.” It added that the decision was made after an open tender procurement process. KPMG suffered a server blow for…

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Movie prices in South Africa – Ster-Kinekor vs Nu Metro

Nu Metro and Ster-Kinekor have implemented their annual price adjustments. Ster-Kinekor’s increases reached as high as 9.8%, although the majority of its adjustments were below the 5.3% inflation rate for 2017. Nu Metro hiked the prices of Scene VIP tickets for 3D and 2D shows by 22% and 40% at most cinema complexes – with the price of 2D and 3D shows now the same. Woodlands cinema was the exception, where 3D Scene VIP tickets increased by 8.7% and 2D tickets increased by 10%. To see how the companies’ prices…

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Diesel cars are finished – EU

Consumers may do as much as regulators to propel the car sector into the electricity-powered age foreseen by Tesla Inc., according to the European Union’s industrial-policy chief. European Commissioner Elzbieta Bienkowska said the EU has had a “breakthrough moment” since Germany-based Volkswagen AG admitted in 2015 that it fitted diesel engines with software to cheat U.S. checks on smog-causing discharges of nitrogen oxides. This deeply affected “the emotions in society toward emissions and cleaner cars,” she said. “Diesel cars are finished,” Bienkowska said in a May 24 interview in her…

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