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Taking care of your brain is just as important as taking care of your portfolio.

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Just as you should prudently grow your financial nest egg, you must also invest in your health to ensure a secure retirement. Arguably, the organ most in need of a solid long-term investment is your brain. And you can take specific steps to help your brain age well.

According to the medical profession, certain activities can help increase the power, clarity and subtlety of the brain and the mind. “Engaging in any of them is for your brain what going to the gym is for your body – a healthy workout that releases and expands our mental potential,” says Gene D. Cohen, US physician and author of the book The Mature Mind: The Positive Power of the Aging Brain.

Exercise your brain.

Like every other part of your body, your brain needs regular exercise to stay healthy. Experience can modify brain structure at every stage of life. Challenging activities can cause new braincells to grow or make existing brain cells form new connections, which helps the brain to function better.

“Choose something appealing and challenging, something you’ll have to work at,” Cohen says. “Just as with physical exercise, you want to work up a mental sweat.”A 2003 study published in the New England Journal of Medicine found that the most effective activities for preventing cognitive decline are dancing, playing board games, playing a musical instrument, doing crossword puzzles and reading, in that order.

The more frequently you participate in these activities, the greater the benefits to your health. Knitting, doing odd jobs, gardening and travelling have also been found to reduce the risk of dementia.

Stay socially active.

Having networks of family and friends is associated with better mental and physical health and lower death rates. But staying active doesn’t have to imply a full social calendar.

Sitting down to a nice meal, accompanied by several companions and a stimulating discussion while music plays in the background, just might be the ticket to better brain health,according to clinical neuro physiologist Paul Nussbaum. “Just having one family meal per day is like a prescription for the brain,” he says.

Leisure activities that combine physical,mental and social elements may be most likely to prevent dementia, according to research presented at the Alzheimer’s Association Ninth International Conference on Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Disorders.

The Alzheimer’s Association’s “Maintain Your Brain” campaign recommends that you be social by conversing, volunteering, joining a club or taking a class.

Manage stress.

Chronic stress damages your immune system and makes your body less able to fight disease. It also releases hormones that can be beneficial in the short term, but damage your brain if they are constantly present. So take a deep breath, relax, and find some permanent ways to simplify your life.

You can further boost your immune system and your mental health by becoming good at something. “Older persons who pursue activities in which they experience a sense of control and mastery are healthier both physically and mentally than those who do not,” Cohen says. His ideas for possible activities: play a musical instrument, take up embroidery,become computer literate or learn a new language.

Maintain overall body health.

Eat a diet rich in fruits, vegetables,antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids. Squeeze exercise into your day; even short bursts like taking the stairs and parking further away from your destination can help, but at least 30 minutes of exercise per day is preferable.

Even walking every day reduces the incidence of dementia, says Nussbaum. He recommends wearing a pedometer throughout your day and trying to take at least 10 000 steps each day. Moderate alcohol consumption may prevent memory loss, but that’s not a reason to start drinking if you don’t already.

The Mayo Clinic in the US defines moderate drinking as one drink a day for women and everyone over age 65, and two drinks for men under age 65. Also, don’t smoke. Memory loss is only one example of a long list of health problems that accompany smoking.

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Travel At The Touch Of A Button

The revolutionary Travelit app has been developed for the global marketplace to meet your business travel needs.

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Travelit has launched an easy-to-use mobile app that simplifies the trip approval process, provides a full trip itinerary and assists in management of travel expenses.

“The app is designed in South Africa, for the African and global marketplace,” says Wayne Muirhead Chief Sales Officer at Travelit. “We have developed the app locally with our own developers, and opted not to use a white labelling solution.”

The app interface enables the requirements of travellers, approvers, users, as well as finance and procurement role players to be met so each trip is seamlessly planned and executed.

Stress-free financial administration

“Expense management is an integral part of the complete travel cost; businesses want to understand their complete travel bill,” says Wayne. This is why the app incorporates features that facilitate:

  • Capturing of photographs of receipts real-time
  • Immediate allocation of expenses to the correct description
  • Uploading expenses for workflow approval
  • Attachment of an expense to a travel trip, or generating a non-travel related expense.

Simplified trip approval process

In addition, approvers’ features enable simple visibility into the trip’s cost and details:

  • Approval of booking requests
  • Trip confirmation once trip has been successfully approved
  • Managing alerts — approval notifications, pre-trip notification as well as travel notifications
  • Out of office activation for approvers.

Related: How Travelit Makes Travelling Affordable For Small Businesses

Trip management made easy

With Travelit’s new app, travellers have the ability to update, create new profiles directly from their phones and update and store all their information, including:

  • Updating of profile details
  • Personal information
  • Visas, passports, meal types, seating preferences
  • Loyalty programmes.

As a traveller, when you are travelling, you require information, updates and access to your travel documentation in real time. The Trip Manager function provides you with this through the following functions:

  • View current, pending and past trips
  • Trip itinerary information
  • View trips that are awaiting approval
  • View supplier vouchers
  • Locate properties via the Map option
  • Boarding passes are available
  • Real-time alerts to travellers.

Related: Save Up To 25% On Your Travel Costs

Happy travels

“We have done a soft launch with the app and offered it to strategic users and clients within our ecosystem,” says Wayne. These corporates have enjoyed the functions within the app, such as:

  • Real time information for the traveller (itineraries, vouchers, boarding passes)
  • Approval notifications and the approval capability
  • Notifications
  • Contact information for the consultants after-hours, and assistance
  • Access to the traveller profile to ensure their data is updated and correct
  • Check-in to the airline.

The Travelit app is available in the Google Play Store and iOS Store. Travelit will make monthly app releases by offering users ongoing functionality and features.

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Access To The Best In Travel Excellence

As a global company, business travel plays an important part in Hatch’s successful operation. Yolandi Coertze, facilities manager at Hatch, explains how switching to Travelit changed the way they travelled forever — for the better.

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Multinational engineering consultancy, Hatch requires a travel partner that provides easy access to its regional and international offices for meetings, conferences and client engagements. This is why Hatch chose Travelit, and has since experienced reliable and consistently superior service, says Yolandi Coertze, facilities manager.

“Travelit allows us to have the flexibility in terms of work sharing with global offices and makes it possible for us to attend to our client requirements in a professional and efficient manner.”

Here’s how partnering with Travelit has helped Hatch soar as a market leader.

What have Hatch’s biggest business travel challenges 
been to date?

Our biggest challenge has been to provide our travellers with an easy booking solution that gives them the best options available at a glance, in line with our travel policy for their travel arrangements, without taking up valuable time when booking their travel. In addition, managing cost against convenience and ease of travel is an ongoing challenge.

Why did you start using Travelit?

We were in the market for an online booking solution. Travelit made an impressive proposal by building the system around our specific needs and requirements. They incorporated our travel policy guidelines, while offering us an easy-to-use booking system which decreased our monthly expenditure. The platform also allows us to manage our travel more effectively.

Related: How Travelit Makes Travelling Affordable For Small Businesses

How has Travelit made doing business easier?

We have seen a big change in travel behaviour and travellers are more aware of unnecessary costs that can be avoided when booking travel. Travel booking time (once travel bookers became used to the system) has also decreased, which allows travel bookers to utilise the extra time 
more efficiently.

What benefits have you experienced as a Travelit client?

We have seen a big decrease in our missed savings, which means that our travellers are booking in line with our travel policy by utilising the parameters that have been set up in Travelit. Our contracts with certain suppliers are also maintained on the Travelit platform, which allows us to utilise the lowest rate to keep in line with our travel policy. The ease of booking online at any time when travel is required is an additional benefit. We have reduced our paperwork by being online, and uploading data into our accounting system has made the process simple and efficient.

Why would you recommend Travelit to other businesses?

Travelit is efficient in terms of booking travel, cost-effective and allows for flexibility where required.

What makes Travelit the best in the market?

  • Multi-leg international routings
  • Travel behaviour reports
  • Alternative solution to bill-backs
  • Tracked booking patterns
  • Accommodation feedback solution
  • Comprehensive fare calculator.

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Beyond Business Class

RwandAir, the national carrier of the Republic of Rwanda, is reputed for its excellent on-time performance, customer service and safety – and it has one of the youngest fleets on the African continent.

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RwandAir has just celebrated yet another big milestone as the airline continues to expand its network. “Our aim is to provide to our customers seamless and better connections on the continent and beyond. Abuja and Cape Town come in as a boost to the different economies in terms of tourism and trade on one hand and enhance bilateral partnership between our countries on the other,” beams Chance Ndagano, previous CEO of RwandAir.

RwandAir, an IATA member, recently renewed its IOSA certification and has been ISAGO and EASA certified. With a fleet of twelve aircraft, including two wide-body Airbus A330 acquired last year, the airline currently reaches out to 26 destinations across East, Central, West and Southern Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Asia.

Related: ‘Shark Tank’ Investors Reveal Top 5 Tips To Make Your Business Famous

Rapid African advancement

Launched in December 2002 as RwandAir Express, RwandAir is among the continent’s the fastest-growing airlines, despite its recent entry into the market. Since its first flight took off, RwandAir has boasted unsurpassed, safe and reliable service, operating from the city of Kigali.

The Rwandan airline aims to connect Rwanda with the world and vice versa. This goal is being achieved through its network that currently covers a number of cities throughout Africa, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. RwandAir’s most popular flight routes include flights from Johannesburg to Dubai, London and Mumbai.

A year of successes

Recently, RwandAir started flights from Kigali to Mumbai, London (Gatwick) and Brussels as well as Dakar from its new hub in Cotonou. The airline also introduced flights to Abidjan, Libreville and Brazzaville from its Cotonou hub. In May 2017 the airline started flying direct from Cape Town to Harare.

This year the airline will be introducing new routes to Addis, Tel Aviv, China and New York.

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