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Nurturers, care-givers, protectors and friends, Mothers are the masters of juggling, multi-tasking and sacrifice, and what better way to show your appreciation than giving them the gift of serenity.

The SPA at Sandton Sun focuses on holistic wellbeing, restoration and calm. Your mom will tune out the sound of the city as trained therapists awaken her tired muscles, refresh her stressed skin, beautify her body and slow any signs of ageing.

Mother’s Day specials valid for the month of May include the 90-minute Mother’s Day Pamper at R1 150 per person, which includes a Glow Boost facial, Fusion massage and Mother’s Day gift. There’s also the Bespoke package, consisting of a 30-minute back massage, 30-minute foot massage and 30-minute Indian head massage for R1 080. The third, ultra-luxurious option is the Revive package, which consists of two-and-a-half hours of indulgent pampering including a Radiance facial, Fusion massage with self-heating mask as well as a manicure and polish, for only R1 400. The May specials are part of the SPA’s calendar of monthly special promotions, offering exceptional treatment packages designed to pamper and restore.

Signature massages, spa collection packages along with a full menu of beautifying and restoring treatments for the entire body have been created by the SPA, combining African natural ingredients and global therapies from Bali to Sweden.

Each of the eight treatment rooms are quiet spaces of calm. Guests are encouraged to turn off distracting devices and invited to choose their preferred music or background ambient sounds. Treatment rooms include private shower areas and spa attire is provided. For a shared Mother’s Day experience, the couple’s treatment room offers a wonderful opportunity to bond over a massage.

To finish off Mom’s well-deserved pampering, treat her to a sumptuous brunch, lunch or a glass of bubbles at San Deck, which offers a selection of signature South African dishes and a vast range of bespoke cocktails, fine wines, craft beer, gin, whisky and rum and more. The Mother’s Day lunch at San will be a decadent affair, with live entertainment, a mouth-watering lunch and a gift for Mom. Lunch starts at 13:00 and is priced at R450 per adult and R225 per child under 12. Children under five eat for free. Bookings are essential.

For more information go to https://www.tsogosun.com/sandton-sun-hotel or to book an appointment at the SPA, call +27 11 780 5500 or email spa@sandtonsun.com. The SPA is situated at the end of the Sandton City Diamond Walk on the mezzanine level above the Sandton Sun reception. The SPA is open Monday to Sunday from 08h00 to 21h00.

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This year you can escape the cold South African winter with your family and friends and head north to set sail on an MSC Cruises’ cruise to explore new destinations and share memorable moments. With a tempting array of incredible destinations and inspiring itineraries, all while sailing in comfort on one of the Company’s modern and elegant ships, MSC Cruises offers guests unique onboard experiences, a tempting choice of dining options, award-winning* facilities and activities for families and children of all ages, as well as luxurious pampering and wellness.

For the Northern Hemisphere summer, MSC Cruises’ guests can choose from over 420 itineraries in some of the most popular and on-trend destinations. Highlights include:

WESTERN MEDITERRANEAN

The Company’s brand-new flagship, MSC Bellissima, along with five other MSC Cruises’ ships – MSC Seaview, MSC Divina, MSC Fantasia, MSC Poesia and MSC Preziosa – will be sailing in the Western Mediterranean.

MSC Cruises will provide guests with an unparalleled choice of 130 sailings in this stunning region, offering embarkation in many different ports. There is also a variety of cruise itineraries, ranging from three to 12 nights in length.

Guests booking MSC Seaview can explore seven different locations in seven nights across three countries. Destination highlights include the beautiful French town of Cannes, the bustling Spanish city Barcelona and Italy’s Civitavecchia for trips to historic Rome.

Another highlight is a 12-night cruise on board MSC Poesia, calling at Casablanca, Morocco and Tenerife in the Canary Islands.

EASTERN MEDITERRANEAN

In the Eastern Mediterranean, MSC Cruises is increasing its capacity to offer a choice of five ships and over 130 sailings. Cruises in the Eastern Mediterranean are really something special; guests will experience some of the most unique islands in the world, with glistening blue water and diverse landscapes that will leave a lasting impression.

Departing from iconic Venice, Italy – the perfect location to stay a night before or after a cruise – guests can select from the best options of week-long cruises offered by MSC Magnifica, MSC Musica, MSC Sinfonia, MSC Opera and MSC Lirica. These ships call at some of the most spectacular destinations, including the enchanting island of Santorini, Greece, and the historic ports of Split and Dubrovnik in Croatia, among others.

MSC Lirica is also deployed in the region, offering a range of itineraries. Firstly, there are brand new three- and four-night short cruises from Venice, with destinations including Bari, Italy; Koper, Slovenia; Naples, Italy; and Sarande, Albania. This is perfect for first-time cruisers or those looking for a short getaway. Also new this year are 12-night cruises, which include two days in Haifa, Israel to explore the famous mountainside gardens during the day, and experience local bars and restaurants (and even a touch of nightlife) in the evening. Guests can also discover the islands of Cyprus, Rhodes and Mykonos during this extended cruise.

NORTHERN EUROPE

Guests wishing to escape to Northern Europe can do so on one of four ships offering a number of breathtaking itineraries across the Fjords, Baltic capitals or even Greenland and Iceland.

MSC Cruises offer a range of cruises – from seven to 21 nights in length – to some amazing locations, each departing from either Kiel, Warnemunde or Hamburg:

  • Seven-night cruises to the Norwegian Fjords and Baltic capitals aboard the ship for all seasons, MSC Meraviglia, and MSC Poesia. Longer 11-night cruises are also available on MSC Poesia.
  • MSC Preziosa is offering a range of cruises to destinations that include Iceland, the Norwegian Fjords, Southampton for London and Rotterdam, Netherlands.
  • Guests wishing to explore the region for longer can book onboard MSC Orchestra for a range of 10-, 11-, 12- and 21-night cruises from Hamburg, Germany. Guests on this longer cruise will also be treated to 11 destinations, including Qaqortoq in Greenland.

CARRIBBEAN

For something a little more tropical, guests can opt for a fly-and-cruise or cruise-only holiday to the Caribbean:

  • Brand new for 2019, guests can embark in Miami, USA for seven- and 14-night cruises to western Caribbean destinations – including Havana, Cuba for two days – on board MSC Armonia. This itinerary is truly something special, with enough time to explore much of the intriguing island by day and by night.
  • Sail aboard MSC Seaside, the ship that follows the sun around the Eastern or Western Caribbean, which stops off at some of the most-loved Caribbean destinations during a seven- or 14-night cruise. The ship has the largest amount of outdoor space of any MSC Cruises’ ship, and is a must for sun-lovers.

ASIA

In September and October, MSC Splendida will be offering two unique Asia cruises for international guests, each departing from Yokohama, Japan:

  • Leaving on 14September, this week-long cruise treats guests to five destinations across Japan and Korea. First stop is the vibrant and bustling city of Yokohama before moving on to Kanazawa, capital of Japan’s Ishikawa region. South Korea is the next stop for the beach-lined city of Busan and then finally Kagoshima, Japan, with the ship then returning to Yokohama.
  • Departing on 18 October, this five-night cruise calls at Nagasaki, Japan and Busan, South Korea before guests disembark in Tianjin, China to wander the streets or head to the nearby capital, Beijing.
For more information and to book a summer 2019 cruise visit www.msccruises.co.za
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To celebrate their 20th birthday, NetFlorist is inviting South Africans from all walks of life to share stories of people who have gone the extra mile to make the world a better and kinder place. The campaign starts April 1st 2019, and people are encouraged to participate with acts of goodwill during the first 20 days of April. South Africa’s sender of smiles wants to remind people to recognise the positive around them and surprise someone nice with something special.

Caught up in the stress of everyday life, we often forget to thank acquaintances, strangers, friends, colleagues and sometimes even family for making our life a little easier, safer or just plain nicer. We have instances where we need people and they show up such as the car guard that escorted you to your car in the rain under his umbrella, the gentleman in the Polo that stopped to help you with your flat tyre, or the lady that let you go first in the Checkers queue because you were in a hurry.

Thankers can share these stories using the hashtag #20daysofnice on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram, and together with NetFlorist, they will make the world a little more positive, one thank you gift at a time.

At least 20 of the nice people behind these stories will receive a gift from NetFlorist on behalf of the post to say a simple ‘thank you’ because random acts of kindness should not go unnoticed. Hopefully this campaign of positivity will remind South Africans that a little bit of gratitude and niceness go a long way to making our country, and the world, a better, happier place.
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Today on GoTrend we’re bring you some handy information on an item that’s a big part of our lives, but seemingly we forget just how important they are! Good quality car batteries have an impressive lifespan of up to five years, but we never think about them or their health until one day our car doesn’t start!

Battery Centre is one of South Africa’s leading battery franchises in South Africa, and the Battery Centre name is synonymous with outstanding service that motorists can rely upon wherever they travel. There are more than 120 Battery Centre outlets across the length and breadth of the country, from Polokwane to Cape Town and Springbok to Durban.

We’ve got some important tips that you might need to consider when replacing your battery :

  • Your starter motor is experiencing slow or interrupted turnover.
  • Your instrument panel battery light indicates battery discharge for extended periods after the engine is running.
  • Your battery seems to lose power quickly in cold or extended starts.
  • Your headlights dim at idle.

A battery that is about to fail will often give little or no warning. If you suspect that your battery is failing, have it tested or replaced as soon as possible at your local Battery Centre.

Many people also prefer the assurance of a brand-new battery when replacing it and are not willing to risk the potential damage that can be caused by a faulty refurbished battery. If you’re considering a refurbished car battery, keep in mind that these batteries can malfunction at any time and require more frequent battery repairs and expenses than anticipated. 

In order to keep your car battery healthy and extend its lifespan, the battery specialists recommend getting a free battery check twice a year at any Battery Centre.To safely dispose of your old car battery and to get a discount on a new battery, visit a Battery Centre near you. However, if you’re in need of a new one then we’ve got a super competition for you today! Battery Centre wants to giveaway a brand new Raylite battery to one of our GoTrend readers. In order to enter, all you need to do is like their Facebook Page HERE and enter your details down below, easy peasy! [contact-form]
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Huawei has finally taken the wraps off its new flagship smartphones – the P30 and P30 Pro – at an event at the Paris Convention Center.

The first things you’ll notice on the P30 and P30 Pro (as well as the P30 Lite which was not announced at the Paris event, but will be coming to South Africa) are the beautiful new gradient colours – Amber Sunrise, Breathing Crystal, Aurora, Black and Pearl White – and the Dewdrop display notch.

While it might come across as an evolutionary and not a revolutionary update, the new P30 series comes packed with pretty much everything but the kitchen sink. These devices feature the innovative Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor, an optical SuperZoom Lens, a new Huawei Time of Flight (ToF) Camera, and enhanced optical and AI image stabilisation technology.

Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer BG, said, “the Huawei P30 Series is a fundamental breakthrough after decades of digital camera technology development; it will rewrite the rules and reshape everyone’s perception of mobile photography. Innovations such as the Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor and SuperZoom Lens allow us to push the envelope of both photography and videography—a frontier long overdue for disruption. The Huawei P30 Series will set the pace for the next generation of smartphones by empowering people to capture the true beauty of the world around them through a device that fits in the palm of their hands.”

Huawei’s P20 and Mate series set the benchmark for smartphone photography in 2018 but the company is looking to best that with their new camera setup. Achieving a record-high overall DxOMark score of 112, the P30 Pro is equipped with a new Leica Quad Camera System, including a 40MP main camera with the Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor, a 20MP ultra-wide angle camera, an 8MP telephoto camera, the Huawei ToF Camera and a 32MP front camera.

The new 1/1.7-inch HUAWEI SuperSpectrum Sensor looks at light in a fundamentally new way thanks to the new RYYB Huawei SuperSpectrum Sensor which is a change from the traditional RGGB setup used by other smartphones. By replacing green pixels with yellow pixels more light is brought in and you get a maximum ISO rating of 409,600 on the Huawei P30 Pro and 204,800 on the Huawei P30. This fundamental shift in sensor technology, combined with Huawei AIS, OIS, and the Huawei P30 Pro’s f/1.6 wide aperture, delivers extraordinary photography and videography experiences across a wide range of scenarios and lighting conditions—including extreme low light—producing images with enhanced detail, colour and clarity.

The new SuperZoom Lens unlocks a superior level of zoom photography in a slim-line design. Thanks to a new periscope design, the SuperZoom Lens supports high fidelity magnification of 5 times optical zoom, 10 times hybrid zoom and whopping 50 times digital zoom. The periscope lens has a prism element in the telephoto camera which bends light at a 90-degree angle to maximise focal length while minimizing camera height, without disrupting device design.

Unique to the P30 Pro is a Huawei ToF Camera that captures depth-of-field information to deliver accurate image segmentation. Precise distance measurement allows for the simulation of multiple levels of bokeh. The Super Portrait feature captures even the smallest details, such as individual strands of hair. It combines depth information and proprietary algorithms to produce outstanding images with defocused backgrounds and highlights the subject of the image in any scenario.

One of my favourite new camera features is the new AI HDR+ which allows the front and rear cameras to combine multiple photos taken in quick succession to eliminate overexposed and backlit images. Essentially AI will map out the entire picture and adjust exposure and settings throughout the image to bring you a more detailed, more balanced image with less noise and less over-exposed areas.

When it comes to video, Huawei says that the P30 Series will usher in a new era of studio-grade videography. The SuperSpectrum Sensor enables spectacular low-light video capture so night scenes will appear bright and highly detailed, while the AIS and OIS support stabilisation for all video capture settings and will result in a perfectly steady shot. I’m very curious to see how Huawei’s video stabilisation will fare against the anti-shake video stabilisation technology that Samsung has in its S10 series. Huawei’s SuperZoom Lens will allow for crisp close-ups, while the AI Video Editor enables users to add background music and special effects to their videos.

Huawei’s new Dual-View Video is interesting because it can capture two perspectives of the same scene at the same time by using multiple cameras simultaneously. The P30 Series provides a full view of a scene while also capturing a close-up of a subject, unleashing new and exciting possibilities for video.

A Heritage of Stunning Design

Huawei says that the P30 series derives inspiration from nature and technology and was created with a nine-layer nano-optical colour finish and is inspired by the unique color palette and pristine look of salt flats. The 6.47-inch Huawei P30 Pro and 6.1-inch Huawei P30 are available in the five colours mentioned at the start of this article, however not all the colours might be available in South Africa. The near bezel-less front glass houses an In-Screen Optical Fingerprint sensor and does away with the 3D facial mapping that Huawei included in the Mate 20 Pro. The HuaweiUAWEI P30 Pro also features Huawei Acoustic Display Technology that enables it to deliver high-quality audio through a sound emitting display which means that while your calls are less likely to be overheard by passers-by, you also lose the dual-speaker setup found on the Mate 20 Pro.

The P30 series might be evolutionary but it’s still innovative, and that’s at the core of Huawei’s DNA. The P30 and  P30 Pro are packed with industry-leading features that set them apart in power, performance and efficiency and make them the first worthy competitors to the Samsung Galaxy S10 and S10+ :

  • The Huawei P30 Series is powered by the 7nm Kirin 980 processor, which delivers ultimate performance, top-class efficiency and faster image recognition through its Dual-NPU AI processing power.
  • The P30 Series features an Extendable Read-Only File System (EROFS) that improves system responsiveness. The latest EMUI 9.1 also supports Huawei Share OneHop for seamless file sharing between Huawei smartphones and Huawei laptops.
  • The P30 Pro features a 4200mAh battery (typical value) and 40W Huawei SuperCharge that charges a device from zero to 70 percent in 30 minutes, keeping the device powered for more than a full day of intensive work.
  • The Huawei P30 Pro features Huawei SuperCool technology to improve thermal performance, keeping the phone cool even during heavy use.
  • The HUAWEI P30 Series is equipped with a suite of advanced wireless communications capabilities supporting Dual SIM and Dual VoLTE connectivity.

Huawei also launched the HUAWEI WATCH GT Active Edition and Elegant Edition, outdoor smartwatches featuring ultra-long battery life; HUAWEI FreeLace wireless earphones, which support HUAWEI HiPair for easy pairing and fast charging; and HUAWEI X GENTLEMONSTER EYEWEAR, new smart glasses co-designed with renowned eyewear designer GENTLE MONSTER.

Pricing and Availability

The new HUAWEI P30 and HUAWEI P30 Pro are immediately available globally with pricing information as follows:

Model

Version

Price (Tax Included)

HUAWEI P30 Pro

8GB RAM + 128GB ROM

EUR 999

8GB RAM + 256GB ROM

EUR 1,099

8GB RAM + 512GB ROM

EUR 1,249

HUAWEI P30

6GB RAM + 128GB ROM

EUR 799

Local pricing has not yet been confirmed by Huawei, however, Cellucity currently has the devices on pre-order on its site:

Insanely cheap pricing on the new @HuaweiZA #P30 series from @Cellucity.
P30 Lite – R5 499
P30 – R11 499
P30 Pro – R15 999

That means that Huawei’s Pro version comes in at approximately the same price as Samsung’s S10e but with more features and higher specs.#RewriteTheRules https://t.co/gbThcX40GR

— Brendon Petersen (@BrendonInCT) March 26, 2019

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Huawei Consumer Business Group South Africa (CBG) proudly announced today that the Mate 20 Pro has been voted Product of the Year 2019 in a survey of 4000 households by Nielsen. The Mate Series including the Mate 20 Pro won in the ‘Smartphone Category’ for 2019.

The Huawei Mate 20 Pro has been recognised for its powerful performance, outstanding camera system, long battery life, innovative charging solutions and striking design. The Huawei Mate 20 Series comes with innovative DNA and most importantly, groundbreaking technologies that bring consumers the ultimate user experience.

“We are very excited about the award and have no doubt that the Mate 20 pro will continue to exceed expectations and ensure that Huawei is all about giving the consumer the best innovation in terms of smartphone technology”, said Likun Zhao, the VP of Huawei Consumer Business Group Southern Africa.

CEO of Product of the Year South Africa, Preetesh Sewraj, added, “We are excited to see the Huawei Mate series being recognised by South African’s for its innovation. It truly is a remarkable device that has been lauded in the press and now consumers have also validated the opinion of key industry experts.”

Product of the Year has enjoyed success for over 30 years and one every continent on the planet with one key goal- to champion the rights of consumers to get the best in product innovation. The organisation was started in France by Christian Le Bret and has since grown to encompass developed markets, including the US, U.K, Italy and Australia, as well as developing markets, such as India and South Africa.
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When flying and exploring glamorous locations like London, we decided to explore Virgin Atlantic as a great flying option. Since this was the first time choosing the airline, we decided to take note and give you all the info on flying with the legendary service!

First off we have to spill by saying that Virgin Atlantic now have a double daily service, meaning that they have 2 flights every day from Johannesburg to London Heathrow, that’s around 376,000 seats a year! The additional daily flight will depart London Heathrow at 16:45 and land into Johannesburg at 05:40 local time. The service will be the first Heathrow flight to land each morning making it perfect for business travellers or those with onward connections to the rest of South Africa and greater Africa. The return flight will leave Johannesburg at 22:20 landing back into Heathrow at 07:30. The route has been timed to enable customers to easily connect onto flights with Virgin Atlantic and Delta to over 200 US destinations, including Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Now that you’ve got the little snippet of the exciting extra flights that they offer we can jump right into the glam of it all! Flying to London is always a treat, but we decided to take you along with us on the trip from start to finish, along with giving you some important points that you can use to book your next flight. We’d say you need to come prepared, but VA just makes it super easy with their options, so we’ll just say “show up” and get ready for luxurious travel from boarding to landing at your destination.

Virgin Atlantic announced the launch of three new ways to fly economy as part of a multi-million pound investment in the cabin for the 21st century traveller. Recognising that one size doesn’t fit all, Virgin Atlantic has introduced ‘economy delight, ‘economy classic’ and ‘economy light’ tickets. The three new ways to fly will allow customers to choose the product that suits their budget and travel style – but never compromise on inclusive food and drink, unrivalled service, and inflight entertainment. Investing in additional economy delight seats – At a time when most airlines are packing seats onto planes, Virgin Atlantic is investing in extra leg room. The airline is retrofitting its fleet to provide up to 36 economy delight seats on every flight – offering customers an even comfier journey with spacious 34 inch legroom.

3 economy options:

Virgin Atlantic has introduced its’ biggest change in over a decade – introducing three new ways to fly Economy:

  • Economy delight is the leading economy product of any UK airline – 34 inch leg room, priority check in and boarding, seat allocation and maximum Flying Club points.
  • Economy classic is the service that our customers already know and love – we’ve listened to their feedback and now it includes seat allocation which is great for families and couples.
  • Economy light will always offer the lowest fares – price conscious passengers can travel with hand baggage only on the UK’s leading airline at the most affordable price.

Virgin Atlantic offers the UK’s leading economy cabin – they’ve investing over £300 million in putting the customer at the heart of everything they do:

  • At a time when other airlines are packing seats on they’re adding extra leg room – offering up to 36 Economy Delight seats on each flight
  • Investing in faster Wi-Fi connections through Gogo, offering USB power at every seat, and extending the range of IFE on board
  • We’re taking being famous for food to new heights with a series of onboard partnerships – Eric Lanlard is the first to launch with a bespoke afternoon tea across all cabins

At Virgin Atlantic’s Clubhouses, they welcome Upper Class passengers and Flying Club Gold members. What’s even better is that you’re allowed to bring a guest to the Clubhouse just as long as they’re travelling on the same flight. Upon arriving at Heathrow’s Virgin Atlantic clubhouse, we were really excited at just how exclusive it was! With all the usual comforts of the lounge, the VA Clubhouse includes way more than you’d expect! A carefully curated menu in each clubhouse ensures that you’ll be fine dining whilst you wait. Beverages are also available while you take advantage of many other exclusive offers such as: a hair/nail salon, movie theatre, games room, spa and showers!

We love these features as there’s no need to rush to the airport anymore, Just arrive and get comfortable before your flight with any one of the amenities, it honestly makes life that much easier!

Booking your flight with Virgin Atlantic has never been more exciting, cheaper and more exclusive. Over the past couple of months they’ve taken their already fantastic service and pushed it to a whole new level. Get your flight booked today, wherever you may want to get off too by visiting https://www.virginatlantic.com!
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YouTube has announced the launch of YouTube Music in South Africa. YouTube Music is a new music streaming service that offers music videos, official albums, singles, remixes, live performances, covers and hard-to-find music you can only get on YouTube.

While fans can enjoy the new ad-supported version of YouTube Music for free, YouTube has also announced YouTube Music Premium, a paid membership that gives you background listening, downloads and an ad-free experience for R59.99 a month. For a limited time, music fans can get three months of YouTube Music Premium free here – you’ll pay R59.99 per month after, or R89.99 per month for a Family Plan.

YouTube Music offers a number of features music lovers will really enjoy, says Google SA Head of Marketing Asha Patel: “A home screen that dynamically adapts to provide recommendations based on what you’ve played before, where you are and what you’re doing. Thousands of playlists across any genre, mood or activity. The hottest new music. And, no internet? No problem. Get YouTube Music Premium to listen ad-free, in the background and on-the-go with downloads.  Plus, your Offline Mixtape automatically downloads songs you love just in case you forgot to.

“With the Smart Search feature on YouTube Music,” she adds, “music lovers can find any song, even if they can’t remember what it’s called.”

Users can search for descriptions, lyrics and even emojis to find the tracks they want to listen to. Smart Search is available in most languages, including indigenous South African languages such as isiZulu and isiXhosa.

“Music lovers will no longer miss out on their favourite tracks simply because they forgot the titles,” Patel says.

“Google Play Music subscribers will automatically receive access to YouTube Music Premium at their current price,” she adds. “Nothing is changing with Google Play Music – you’ll still be able to access all of your purchased music, uploads and playlists in Google Play Music just like always.”

The new YouTube Music app is available to download from the Play Store and App Store today or users can check out the web player at music.youtube.com and sign up for YouTube Premium at youtube.com/premium.
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Standard Bank’s Group Vehicle and Asset Finance division has launched a brand new Wholesale Finance Proposition that will offer original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), distributors and their dealer networks a single partner providing comprehensive vehicle and asset finance capabilities across the African continent. “We have strategically identified this key component of the automotive and commercial value chain as a missing link, and the Bank has invested in people, technology and the business to close this gap quickly,” said Simphiwe Nghona, Group Head of Vehicle and Asset Finance at Standard Bank.

The Wholesale Finance offering provides clients with a solution to cash flow constraints across the entire supply-demand ecosystem by enabling them to finance everything from floorplan inventory, specialised equipment, diagnostic tools, dealer management systems and parts. It also offers the ability to simultaneously access trade finance capabilities while stock and other inventory can be collateralised by other moveable assets, offering a unique differentiation to the African vehicle and asset finance market.

“Wholesale Finance is specifically designed to help our clients grow their businesses across the continent through a flexible way of financing their assets across the entire automotive and commercial ecosystem,” said Ravi Naicker, Head of Wholesale Finance at Standard Bank. “Given our vast geographical footprint across Africa this is a unique opportunity for both local and internationally based OEMs and distributors as well as their dealer networks, looking to grow their own presence across the continent.”

Standard Bank plans to roll out the Wholesale Finance proposition in as many as four African markets in 2019 and up to five more in 2020. It also plans to expand its capabilities and offering during the course of the rollout in order to tailor it to the specific needs of its clients operating across the continent.

Standard Bank’s new Wholesale Finance offering will boast the following features:

  • An online self-service system which offers simple management of client facilities
  • Fully outsourced asset verification services with capabilities that include geolocation technologies
  • Co-investment in digital links that integrates the Bank with the OEM and dealer systems
  • Ability to finance a variety of moveable assets
  • Competitive and tailored rates and fees
  • Close relationships through a dedicated team of specialists to regularly review and evaluate a client’s requirements
  • Extensive reporting and management information capabilities

In deciding which systems to implement, it was essential to select systems and partners who had extensive experience in the global wholesale market. The Bank decided to partner with Apak as their finance system provider. Apak have provided leading global software solutions to the banking and Wholesale Finance sectors for over three decades. Now deployed in over 29 countries worldwide with over 80 live installations, Apak has the largest global network for business and technical expertise in Wholesale Finance. Together, they have designed Wholesale Finance to ensure it can flawlessly integrate systems and processes across different geographies, therefore simplifying workflow and minimizing the cost of entry into new markets. This ensures that all the capabilities that exist in South Africa, will be replicated across the continent including digital links, manufacturer and dealer portals, access to the various product sets within Wholesale Finance and local currency finance for each country.

“The Wholesale Finance solution allows us to do just that and seamlessly rounds off our Group Vehicle and Asset financing proposition to OEMS, their dealer networks and other partners.” said Nghona. Ravi Naicker concluded that “Our higher purpose is to facilitate growth and expansion on the continent and we invite the leaders of industry to co-create the future of this amazing home, we call Africa.”

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Chilling Adventures of Sabrina re-imagines the origin and adventures of Sabrina the Teenage Witch as a dark coming-of-age story that traffics in horror, the occult and, of course, witchcraft. 

Part 2 finds Sabrina exploring her darker side, curious to learn more about her heritage, while struggling to maintain her friendships in the mortal world. Romantically, Sabrina is caught in an unholy love triangle with between sexy warlock Nicholas Scratch and salt-of-the-Earth mortal Harvey Kinkle. Meanwhile, The Dark Lord, Madame Satan, and Father Blackwood continue to conjure chaos in the Spellman household and the town of Greendale. And they aren’t the only ones trying to raise hell. Everything is in question…relationships, identity, true intentions…when the devil’s work is at hand.

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