10 vehicle safety tips for your festive season trip

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With the festive season around the corner, it’s a time to take that much-needed break and reflect on the year’s up’s and down’s and spend time creating memories with those nearest and dearest! FASA member AAAS has given us some tips to make sure your vehicle is safe and ready for that holiday trip – whether you’re heading for the bush, a scenic retreat in the mountains, or a blissful beach holiday at the coast.

“Millions of South African motorists will take to the highways to get to their favourite holiday destinations this festive season. A holiday is intended to be a time for relaxation and enjoyment, but the difference between pleasure and a dreadful holiday often depends on whether you take the time to prepare your vehicle for the trip. Many common vehicle problems can be picked up by inspecting your vehicle, listening for strange noises, noticing unusual odours or even sensing a difference in the way a vehicle drives;” says Hugo Grobler, National Franchise Manager at Auto Care Diagnostics, (ACD).

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Minimum wage law comes into effect on January 1st 2019

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Good news for the 6-million workers that currently earn below R3 700 a month but a challenge to the businesses out there struggling to retain staff in an economic environment of rising costs, the new Minimum Wage Act signed by President Cyril Ramaphosa last week will see the minimum hourly rate for workers set at R20 – effective on 1 January 2019.

The new law allows for the annual adjustment of the minimum wage by a still-to-be-appointed commission, which will be required to conduct a review of the said wage within 18 months of the commencement of the act. It has also been factored in that those employers who are unable to pay the minimum wage due to business constraints may apply for an exemption.

Economists, whilst welcoming the move are concerned that the law may lead to more job cuts as businesses find they are not able to meet the increased labour costs which will only add to the already high unemployment rate of more than twenty seven percent (27%). Treasury, in its initial response to the proposed law, which was first proposed by Nedlac and in the works since 2015, warned that if the move was implemented recklessly, could not only affect jobs but the economy in the long term

Three other bills were also signed into law: the Labour Laws Amendment Bill, amendments to the Basic Conditions of Employment Act, and the Labour Relations Amendment Bill.

How popular are fast food outlets in shopping centres?

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A survey by Broll Property Intel’s Retail Snapshot for Quarter 3:2018 showed that whilst the year-on-year growth of South Africa’s food and beverage industry slowed to 0.1% as at July 2018, with restaurants and coffee shops experiencing a year-on-year decline of 1.6%, takeaway and fast food outlets experienced the highest year-on-year growth of 2.8%.

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Did you get bargains from the Black Friday Bonanza?

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Black Friday a huge shopping day in the United States for many years but just in its infancy in South Africa, the Black Friday retail phenomenon has had mixed reviews. Promoted on the back of a tight economy, with consumers still having to factor in the increase in VAT to 15%,  petrol hikes and the hiking of the repo rate by 25-basis points to 6.75 percent the day before, the event didn’t put a dampener on the enthusiasm of shoppers to find those fantastic bargains ahead of the festive season. Retailers also pulled out all the stops to attract shoppers, both online and to bricks and mortar stores, to spend their hard-earned cash ahead of the traditional festive season.

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Shopping malls address parking fees

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Are we finally going to be able to shop at the big malls without being charged exorbitant parking fees? Well, one of the property groups has confirmed that it will scrap parking fees at some shopping centres next year.

Redefine Properties, which owns Centurion Mall, Maponya Mall, Southcoast Mall, Benmore Centre, Blue Route Mall, Riverside Mall, Kenilworth Centre and Wonderboom Junction, in a report by Business Insider, will scrap parking fees at some shopping centres and have a capped parking fee of R5 everywhere else.

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