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Kievits Kroon Country Estate Offers Seamless Conferencing

Escape to Kievits Kroon, a beautiful, tranquil country estate, known for its luxury accommodation, superb facilities, immaculate gardens, gourmet dining and wellness spa.

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If you are looking to book a conference, board meeting, strategy, training or brainstorming session, Kievits Kroon Country Estate just outside Pretoria offers superb facilities and service to ensure your event is seamless and memorable.

The estate is recognised as one of the top conferencing venues in Pretoria and Gauteng and was recently nominated one of Africa’s Leading Meetings and Conference Hotels.

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Kievits Kroon’s state-of-the-art conference facilities, fully equipped Business Centre, delicious cuisine and professional support personnel will make your company conference a slick, impeccable, successful event.

Conference packages

Conference packages are tailored to suit the organisation’s individual requirements and include:

  • A dedicated conference host assigned to your conference, offering a highly personalised service.
  • Standard audio-visual equipment including a flip chart, white board, stationery and data projector.
  • Wireless internet – complimentary Wi-Fi in the Conference Centre and throughout the estate
  • Quality drinking water which is purified and bottled on site.
  • A wide range of specialised technical equipment can be supplied on request.

For events which run longer than a day, the estate offers luxurious en-suite accommodation in 142 elegant rooms and a wellness spa which will assist delegates to feel relaxed and rejuvenated.

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Dining options

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A versatile range of dining options, tailored to your group’s requirements, are offered in indoor and outdoor venues. A variety of menu-types include buffet, set menu or signature dining experiences.

Keep your conference fresh with themed banquets, outdoor braais, pool bar functions or private dinners. Vegetarian, Halaal or Kosher menus are available. Snack menus change daily and include delicious options such as smoothies, granola glasses, mini hamburgers and homemade pies.

Conference facilities

Conference-room

Kievits Kroon’s dedicated Conference Centre has a magnificent wood-panelled 16-seater Executive Boardroom suite, 12 conference rooms, and a fully equipped Business Centre.

The fully equipped Business Centre, located on the ground floor of the Conference Centre, is open daily from 07h00 – 22h00. With three computer stations, it provides complimentary Wi-Fi, as well as printing and faxing services.

The estate’s chapel was recently converted into a beautiful conference venue, now known as the Old Chapel, with a ground floor conference room, Boschendal and four breakaway meeting rooms.

De Kasteel is the functions hall at Kievits Kroon, generally used to host gala dinners and banquets, AGMs and other major events. However, it easily transforms into a corporate set-up, accommodating up to 350 guests for a cocktail function or 300 people seated cinema-style for a conference.

Technical support services, such as three-phase power, dimmable lights, drop-down screens and a built-in sound system, will help to give your event a special ambiance. Additional AV equipment is available on site.

There is ample parking next to the venue and a choice of tea break settings (under the trees or around the fountain).

At Kievits Kroon you can also combine conferencing with some pamper time in the Winelands Spa for 10 or more delegates.

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Easter promotion

Enjoy a peaceful, stress-free break from conventional conferencing this Easter and conference in the countryside. Kievits Kroon’s special Easter conferencing promotion offers:

  • Room upgrades for your delegates at no extra cost (subject to availability)
  • Menu of your choice when booking a private dinner menu
  • Free exclusive venue hire (subject to availability)
  • Upgrade to signature restaurant Granita for small groups
  • Easter turndown surprise

The offer is valid for any overnight conference package booked between 18 and 31 March.

For more information about conferencing at Kievits Kroon, visit www.kievitskroon.co.za, call 0860 5438487, or email reservations@kievitskroon.co.za.

Award-winning Kievits Kroon is a 16-hectare country estate just 10 minutes from Pretoria and 45 minutes from Sandton. Recently awarded Best Luxury Country Hotel in South Africa, it is known for its luxury accommodation, superb conferencing facilities, gourmet dining and wellness spa. Acknowledged as “The Winelands in Gauteng” because of its Cape Dutch-style architecture, Kievits Kroon boasts 142 elegant rooms, two restaurants, elegant bars, an outdoor swimming pool and heated thermal pool, and a wellness spa with outstanding thermae facilities.

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Enhance Your Entrepreneurial Flair With An Online Postgraduate Diploma From The University Of Pretoria

The Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria, a leader in business management education, will be offering an Online Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship for the 2018 academic year with some seminars to enrich your action learning experience.

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The Department of Business Management at the University of Pretoria, a leader in business management education, will be offering an Online Postgraduate Diploma in Entrepreneurship for the 2018 academic year with some seminars to enrich your action learning experience.

The programme content focuses on the start-up processes, creativity and opportunity recognition, business planning and marketing as well as financial management. Furthermore, the programme emphasises entrepreneurial growth and small business policy development with relevance to the enabling environment.

Who should enrol?

The programme is designed for pre-, nascent and start-up entrepreneurs who want to attain an advanced degree in entrepreneurship. It is also intended for individuals who work in an entrepreneurial environment and are involved with small business policy development. Although many students in the programme have academic credentials in entrepreneurship or business management, the programme is also appropriate if your education and/or experience may be in other disciplines (e.g. engineering or medicine).

Admission requirements

A relevant bachelor’s degree.

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Additional programme information

The duration of the course is one year. The language of tuition is English and the course will be presented in two blocks by means of the blended learning method (70% online and 30% contact sessions). Students need continuous access to the internet to complete the course.

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Overview of modules for Block A

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Overview of modules for Block B

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Win A Business Makeover With Retail Capital To The Value Of R250 000

Retail Capital is giving SMEs an opportunity to win a makeover to build their brand with an investment of R250,000.

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Retail Capital is giving SMEs an opportunity to win a makeover to build their brand with an investment of R250,000. During the summer campaign, SMEs are encouraged to share the vision of how they would like to see their business grow, and led by a team of experts, Retail Capital will work with the winning SME to help make their vision come true.

While South Africa’s economy is not faring well, Retail Capital CEO Karl Westvig remains optimistic about the country’s retail and hospitality sectors. “We are seeing some green shoots, with an increase in turnover in these sectors – starting from the end of September. Economic conditions remain very tough, but businesses seem to be trading well into October and we’re hoping this continues into the festive season trading.”

According to recent statistics from Statistics South Africa (Stats SA), South Africa’s retail sales rose by 5.5% year-on-year in August 2017, following a downwardly revised 1.6% gain in the previous month and above market expectations of 2.3%. It is the biggest gain in retail trade since August of 2012.

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“I do believe that these sectors will see an improvement during the summer season. But, key to this will be for small business owners to ensure that they have the right amount of stock, adequate cash flow, as well as other systems in place to meet the ever-changing needs of customers,” says Westvig.

For many small businesses, however, continually adapting to market changes requires cash injections that they don’t often have.

The prize includes the following:

  • Business plan/consulting
  • Marketing strategy
  • Design and branding
  • Website and social Media and,
  • R50k capital to gear your business.

Westvig explains that the summer campaign tagline ‘Your Vision. Our Belief’ really speaks to why Retail Capital first opened its doors. “Our goal is to see the potential of small businesses and to work with them in making these become a reality.”

He adds that the idea is not to simply help one business during the campaign either. Westvig points out that one of the biggest challenges that small businesses face in the sluggish economy is enough foot traffic through their doors. “Generally, the main hurdle in creating brand awareness and projecting credibility of their establishments boils down to establishing a strong online presence.”

“One of the first ways that South Africans identify a business or service provider that they want to work with is over social media – even in a country where the digital divide has traditionally separated the technological haves from the have-nots,” he says.

He explains that companies that don’t have a social media presence are running the risk of being overlooked entirely. “They may attract customers in their own community with signage or word of mouth, but to grow a business, they need to expand their reach – and that’s where social media comes in.”

But, the reality is that resource and time constraints mean that for many SMEs, social media is not prioritised. “Unfortunately for the average small business owner, they don’t have the time or expertise to get connected.”

Understanding the importance of having an online presence, Retail Capital has also committed to developing the digital presence of all campaign entrants. This would include setting up each entrant’s digital presence on platforms such as Google, Facebook, Twitter, Tripadvisor, Zomato and any others that may be relevant to their specific market or industry.

“As a partner to many SMEs in South Africa, we are continually looking at new and innovative ways to help provide them with the much-needed support in order for them to realise their visions. SMEs need to be supported with initiatives like targeted education and training, supportive legislation, and funding opportunities that collectively help them grow our national economy,” says Westvig.

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“More than R1.25 billion has been extended to a range of businesses including food trucks, hair salons, restaurants, spas and franchised retail stores. Many of these businesses have not been able to raise funding in any other way, other than to go to unscrupulous lenders,”says Karl Westvig, the CEO Retail Capital, a company that provides working capital with the help of innovative lending technology.

“We have also estimated that for every R160 000 we lend, we create a new job. This means that 625 jobs have been created purely by enabling small businesses to get the funding they need for working capital requirements or expansion opportunities.”

Retail Capital’s system, which enables it to advance funding to small businesses, based on real time information on credit card transactions, is providing a new funding alternative to entrepreneurs who have previously been turned away by banks. Because it is able to get actual sales information, it can approve funding immediately, and allow for flexible repayment options based on sales cycles of the particular businesses it is funding.

“This creates significant opportunity for small business owners to focus on their business and grow volumes or look for expansion opportunities rather than spend their time frantically trying to repay debt or keep the business alive after debt repayments have eaten away at any cash reserves they might have had.”

Retail Capital funding is repaid by it taking a percentage of a business’s recorded credit or debit card sales, with repayments fluctuating in line with their business cycle. This has the effect of ensuring that it isn’t overburdened with debt.

“In the past six years since starting the business, small businesses have had the benefit of R1 billion in funding they would have been unable to get through traditional channels,”says Westvig.

Against the backdrop of recessionary conditions in South Africa, Retail Capital’s client information reveals growth in informal sector turnover across a number of industries.

“We believe that growth in the informal sector is outstripping that of the formal sector,”says Westvig.

As a large proportion of the businesses it funds are women- and black-owned, there is evidence that entrepreneurs who have previously been excluded from access to finance are now enjoying success now that their access to finance problem has been solved.

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