Two suspected card-cloning syndicate fraudsters arrested

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Police believe that they are close to cracking a card-cloning syndicate operating after two suspected fraudsters in Rustenburg were arrested. The arrest was came after Police were alerted about a suspicious-looking African female who allegedly planned to purchase groceries at Pick ‘n Pay by using a cloned card.

The suspect was searched and found in possession of twenty cloned cards. Further investigation by the Police led to the arrest of the second suspect at one of the local filling stations near Waterfall Mall. The Nigerian national, believed to be mastermind behind the gang was found with receipts for the items bought in various retail shops using the same modus operandi.

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How can I best protect my home and car during a hailstorm?

 

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Extreme weather is a major cause of damage to property, with insurance claims of more than R1-billion racked up in the past year alone. For much of the Highveld in particular, extreme weather generally means violent thunderstorms and hailstorms which can lay waste to houses and cars in mere minutes. When the weather threatens, the best you can do is to avoid the worst of it where possible – and be prepared if you can’t stay out of its way.

As the summer months and their storms approach, MiWay offers tips to minimise damage to your home and vehicles.

When driving

The best protection for your car is under cover. Unfortunately, due to the unpredictable nature of hailstorms, getting out of their way isn’t always possible. If caught, stay calm and look for cover. This could be a covered car park, a petrol station or a bridge. But be careful when pulling over; don’t put yourself or others at risk by making a mad dash for shelter.

Useful tip: Don't park under trees as there is a danger of falling branches and debris.

If there’s no shelter close by, pull over onto the side of the road if it is safe to do so. Hail causes more damage to moving vehicles. You also don’t want to be driving in poor visibility or on slick roads.

Useful tip:  Keep your radio on and follow weather updates closely in summer to reduce the risk of being caught in heavy rains and storms.  

Your home

  • Make sure your home is ready for the rainy season. Clear gutters of leaves, twigs and any other debris regularly. Hail takes time to melt and an overflowing gutter could lead to a leaking roof and further damage. Clogged gutters also cause rainwater to pool, and that water will find its way into your house (particularly with older buildings).
  • Check the downpipes – make sure rainwater has somewhere to go. Large pools of water may harm your home’s foundations.
  • Make sure large trees around your house are trimmed and check for dead and dying branches that could break or fall down in a storm.

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During thunderstorms

  • Electricity follows wiring, so don’t use landline telephones, computers or other electrical devices during a thunderstorm.
  • Avoid taking a bath or shower and avoid any another water (pools and dams) for that matter, as water conducts electricity and you could be electrocuted.
  • Lightning can cause power surges, which can harm home electronic devices. Unplug appliances such as computers, WiFi modems and television sets.

Prevention is always better than cure, and MiWay assists clients by warning them of approaching hailstorms via SMS. This notification system, powered by AfricaWeather.com, advises clients to move their cars under cover or make the necessary arrangements to protect their vehicle.

MiWay have also harnessed email and SMSes to proactively assist clients that have been affected by hail storms in identified areas. This communication includes an online link specific to each client and event, which clients can use to fast-track their hail damage claims and avoid call centre queues.

However, despite your best precautions, thunderstorms and hail can get the better of you. If you suffer damage, be sure to call your insurance company as soon as you can to lodge a claim.

For more information on car and home insurance, visit www.miway.co.za

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MiWay Insurance Limited (‘MiWay’) is a direct, short-term insurance company, offering customers a range of short-term insurance products including motor, household and homeowners insurance as well as add-on products such as warranty cover and liability cover. MiWay's shareholder is Santam, a blue-chip JSE-listed company.

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Cross Country Racing Success with General Grabber MT

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  • General Grabber MT excels in tough racing conditions in Parys
  • Multiple champions Nel and Pieterse won the race and set fastest lap time
  • Exceptional braking, handling and cornering from superb Grabber MT

PORT ELIZABETH, South Africa, 13 November 2014 - The General Grabber MT has proved its performance as one of the best heavy-duty mud-terrain 4x4 tyres on the South African market, but it can now also boast success in the adrenaline-fuelled cross country racing scene.

Equipped with General Grabber MT tyres, multiple champions Giel Nel and navigator Ferdie Pieterse won the latest round of the Africa-Offroad Racing Club's regional championship, run under the auspices of World of Motorsport South Africa (WOMZA).

The Sasol Off-Road Motorsport Challenge, held in the Free State town of Parys, saw the duo start in 26th place out of 30 competitors due to it being their first time competing in the WOMZA series. They normally compete in the Northern Regions Championship run by Motorsport South Africa, campaigning their Class P Special Vehicle, powered by a Toyota 4,0-litre V6 engine.

Although the race was only 165 km long, it covered very rocky and harsh terrain that pushed the team, the vehicle and the new tyres to the limit.

"It was a great event and we thoroughly enjoyed the route," says navigator Ferdie Pieterse. "We passed a number of competitors on the first lap and thereafter had a clean run. Going into the last lap we were vying for the lead with two other vehicles, and we pushed a little bit harder to secure the win and the fastest lap of the race.

"Switching to the General Grabber MT has been amazing. They are much wider than the tyres we used previously, and this has contributed to much better braking performance.  Grip out of the corners has also vastly improved. The car turned and handled very well on the new Grabber MTs, especially considering that the race featured an incredibly twisty route that normally favours narrow front tyres."

According to Pieterse, the tyres also showed very little sign of wear, despite the arduous terrain. This reinforces the Grabber's proven reputation for exceptional durability.

While this was their first event in the Africa-Offroad Racing series, reigning 2013 Class P and overall Regional Special Vehicles champion Nel is currently lying second in class and third overall in the MSA Northern Regions standings.

Nel started racing in 1993, competing in rallying and off-road (now known as cross country) racing, but soon focused on the latter in the special vehicle category, which caters for spaceframe vehicles.

He secured the regional championship titles from 1993 to 1995, and followed this up with the national Class B titles in 2000, 2001 and 2003 when he was also crowned the overall national champion. Between 2010 and 2013 he claimed one overall and three Class P championships.

For this season he partnered up with Pieterse as navigator, who is currently placed second in class and overall for the navigators championship.

Pieterse also has a long pedigree in motorsport, including competing in motorcycle circuit racing and karting. He moved into the navigating role in off-road racing and claimed three national titles  (1987, 1989 and 1990) in the local championship, as well as runner-up placings in 1986 and 1987 in the Sun International Off-Road series.

Pieterse starting racing again three years ago, but this time in the driver's seat in a Class P Raceco. The vehicle is being completely rebuilt this year, thus opening the opportunity for him to navigate alongside Nel.

Together Nel, and Pieterse have scored five podium finishes so far in 2014. The season wraps up at the end of November on the Atlas Copco Gold 450 on Gauteng's West Rand.

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Final six for The Insurance Apprentice revealed

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“A man is but the product of His thoughts. What he thinks, He becomes.”

Mahatma Gandhi

FAnews, a magazine and online publication focussing on the South African insurance and financial services industry launched The Insurance Apprentice, the first ever reality type series the South African insurance industry has ever seen, in July, similar to the UK Broker Apprentice.

We shared this great initiative with you in August which is all about human capital development, portraying the industry as an exciting one and giving young people a chance to learn and develop. The deadline for applications was the end of September, after which we have gone through quite a process to choose the best six apprentices.

With 117 applications received for The Insurance Apprentice, more than its UK counterpart, panel members invited 21 applicants to participate in a fun session that had them playing three strategic, yet thought provoking games in order to mark their spot in the final six of The Insurance Apprentice.

Who does not like to beat an opponent in a game situation by out-smarting them? Is it not gratifying when a planned strategy works to perfection and produces the winning play? Working together with a group, as well as individually to reach a strategic game goal can be rewarding.

The competition got stiffer in the second round of the selection process as the applicants required greater imaginative leaps than others, yet all three games had the common goal of being enjoyable at an individual as well as a group level. The games presented interesting insights to the individual’s thought processes, competitive natures and personalities.

Having been through the second round of the selection process the panellists have chosen the final six applicants they have earmarked as the best possible candidates for The Insurance Apprentice. The six industry representatives are Aaron Mrabalala, Azhar Said, Matthew George, Mopedi Melato, Roxanne Moodley and Walter Ngobene.

With the final six participants rounded up for The Insurance Apprentice the panellist are getting ready for the intense five day learning experience in which these six apprentices will be given the chance to showcase their skills through a variety of tasks within the market such as underwriting, broking and claims management in order to test their industry knowledge, resourcefulness and determination, that will ultimately be judged by an expert panel, which will include the industry’s very own ‘Donald Trump’.

The filming of The Insurance Industry will happen over five days in January 2015 where the six contestants will be rated according to their performance on each task. The unique video series which, will be hosted at the FNB Conference Training Centre, will enable viewers to watch and follow the journey to the crowning of The Insurance Apprentice winner.

The series will be aired early 2015 via the FAnews and The Insurance Apprentice websites, and the winner will become the first South African Insurance Apprentice who will walk away with a fantastic prize of a trip to Lloyds of London, sponsored by Lloyds of London.

The official sponsors of the first Insurance Apprentice series are Alexander Forbes, AON, Aquarius Underwriting Managers (AUM), Europ Assistance, FNB Insurance, Fulcrum, Hollard, the Insurance Institute of South Africa (IISA), Innovation Group, Inseta, Lloyds of London, Marsh South Africa, Milpark, MUA, Mutual & Federal, Norton Rose Fulbright, PWV Insurance Brokers and Stalker Hutchison Admiral (SHA).

An insurance career can offer stability, variety, challenges, rewards, above average potential for advancement and the opportunity for students to take their career where they want to go. The educating part is aimed at young industry people who are still finding their way in the industry, it is aimed at students studying insurance and it is aimed at a wider audience outside the industry – educating them about the complexities we have in our industry.

To keep up to date with The Insurance Apprentice we invite you to like The Insurance Apprentice Facebook page here https://www.facebook.com/theinsuranceapprentice and follow The Insurance Apprentice on Twitter here: https://twitter.com/TheInsApp.

‘Follow the journey’ and stay abreast of the latest news and happenings of The Insurance Apprentice by signing up for the newsletter here.

Towards a more secure home: Keep your domestic staff safe

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Domestic staff are often home alone for hours a day while the rest of the household is away at work and at school. For this reason, it is important to empower them with knowledge to ensure their safety and so they know what to do in an emergency.

Even before they get to work, there are precautions domestic staff can practice to enhance their safety as they commute. These practices should extend to the time that they are on duty:

  •  Domestic staff at adjacent and opposite properties should get to know each other and, where possible, walk from and to public transport together. It is also a good idea to exchange cellphone numbers so that they can easily alert one another of suspicious people or vehicles.
  • It's important to always keep security gates and doors locked. Workers might not hear an intruder over the noise of a vacuum cleaner or know that someone has entered the house while they are in the back yard. The alarm system must always be armed when they leave the house, even if only for a few minutes.
  • Anyone who arrives at the gate or door should not automatically be let inside. If there is any uncertainty about the individual's identity, ask for proof that they are who they claim to be and while the visitor waits outside, the domestic worker should contact their employer or the company the visitor says they work for.
  • Teach domestic staff how to arm and disarm the alarm system; they should ideally have their own code and password. Have a list of emergency contact numbers - including your cellphone number - stuck on or near the phone. These numbers should also be saved to cellphone memory.
  • Clearly state the steps your domestic worker needs to take in the event of an emergency (medical, fire, criminal incident).
  • Discuss any safety concerns or security issues you are aware of with your domestic staff.

By discussing safety with your domestic employees and introducing clear, easy to follow procedures, you can ensure their wellbeing and improve the security of your household – while simultaneously making it more difficult for criminals to ply their trade.

For more information on home and content insurance, visit www.miway.co.za

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Five arrested after business robbery in KwaDukuza

No Comments »Written on November 17th, 2014 by
Categories: Business

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In the early hours of Sunday morning, a joint operation held by KwaDukuza police assisted by the Durban Flying Squad, Tracker unit and a security company led to the arrest of five suspects a few hours after a business robbery was reported. Police followed up on information which led them to a house at Reservoir Hills where they found the five suspects. A safe, computer and electronic appliances suspected to be taken during a business robbery at KwaDukuza were recovered. All five suspects aged between 30 and 40 years or ages are due to appear in the KwaDukuza Magistrates’ Court soon facing charges of armed robbery.

In the early hours of this morning two security guards were on duty at business premises when they were approached by a group of suspects. It is alleged that the suspects held the security guards up and removed a safe, computer and electronic appliances. The suspects also stole two vehicles from the premises before they fled the scene. Later one of the vehicles, a truck, was found abandoned at Shakaville area near KwaDukuza. The second vehicle was later found abandoned at Clermont area near KwaDabeka. A case of business robbery was opened at the Kwadukuza police station for further investigation. KwaDukuza police immediately mobilized their members and other units to look for the suspects which led to the arrests.

The KwaZulu-Natal Provincial Commissioner, Lieutenant General Mmamonnye Ngobeni praised KwaDukuza SAPS for their swift response. "With Festive Season operations in full swing criminals can expect to feel the heat in KZN. Will ensure that lives of criminals in KZN will be miserable this festive season," she said.

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Have you considered the cost of that last round?! Do not drink alcohol before you drive!

No Comments »Written on November 14th, 2014 by
Categories: Car Insurance, Life, Medical

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Drinking and driving remains a serious problem in South Africa – especially during the December holiday season…students are out celebrating their independence, companies are having their end of year parties and employees are taking the opportunity to ‘let their hair down’ after a hard year. 

According to Andrew Le Roux, CE of Old Mutual iWYZE, it is frightening how many South African drivers still risk taking to the road after having a few drinks.

“We all know that it’s not a good idea to drink and drive, but when you’re out having a good time it’s easy to lose track of how much you’ve had to drink,” Le Roux says. “You might think you’re fine, but if you’ve had more than two beers or a single glass of wine, you may test over the legal limit, depending on the period of time that has passed since your last drink and your weight.”

Think before you have ‘one for the road’

“It’s obviously best not to drink and drive at all,” says Le Roux “and if you do have a drink, arrange transport home or have a designated driver. If you don’t, it could cost you:

Your driver’s license.  If you are caught drinking and driving you risk being arrested, with possible prosecution which could result in you losing your driver’s license.  You could even end up with a permanent criminal record if prosecuted and this, in turn, could have implications on future employment.

Your freedom.  You will be taken to jail if you are caught drinking and driving – and even if you don’t serve a jail sentence, it will have a major impact on your life.  You may lose your job, struggle to obtain credit and be limited to where you can travel due to your criminal record. ..

Your life or that of someone else.  Worst of all, by drinking and driving you could kill or permanently disable yourself, a member of your family or other innocent people if you are involved in an accident.

“Plus, if you injure yourself or someone else whilst driving under the influence of alcohol and not over the legal limit, neither your insurance company nor the Road Accident Fund will pay your claim or assist you financially, as they have a zero tolerance policy when it comes to drink driving.” Andrew Le Roux continues.

It’s better to be safe than sorry

“If you are going to drink, even if it’s just one drink, then you shouldn’t drive at all. Rather arrange for a lift home than have to live with your conscience and the financial loss of an alcohol-related car accident.” Le Roux concludes.

Be WISE – don’t drink and drive!

Old Mutual iWYZE launched the iDriveWYZE initiative in June 2012 to educate and inform the public about the dangers and impact of drunk driving. Together with their partners, who include Breathalysers.co.za and Drive Dry, they establish stands at local events around the country to raise awareness amongst the attendees about the implications of drinking and driving.

Visitors to the iWYZE stands are provided with educational material and encouraged to take a free breathalyser test to check their alcohol levels during and before leaving the event.  In addition, they sell disposable breathalysers to attendees who want to be able to test themselves in the future and the funds are donated to SADD and the Pebbles Project.

Between January and August 2014, iWYZE breathalysed 11 476 individuals at 52 events around the country, and raised awareness in many more about the dangers of drinking and driving.

To find out more about how iDriveWYZE educates and saves lives, visit www.iDriveWYZE.co.za, join them on Facebook at iDriveWYZE, or follow them on Twitter @iDriveWYZE

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Ford Boldly Redefines the SUV with Smart, Rugged and Refined New Ford Everest

No Comments »Written on November 13th, 2014 by
Categories: Car Insurance, Vehicle

Ford Everest

  • The new Ford Everest seamlessly blends rugged off-road capability with exceptional ride quality and dynamic handling, delivering a versatile vehicle that surpasses what consumers have come to expect from an SUV
  • With a chiseled and sculptural design, Ford's latest seven-seat off-road SUV features a body-on-frame construction, intelligent four-wheel drive and an advanced Terrain Management System to help drivers navigate challenging terrain with ease and confidence
  • Together with an advanced suspension that offers exceptional ride comfort and agile handling, the new Ford Everest's spacious, modern interior with high-quality craftsmanship delivers a comfortable ride for up to seven passengers
  • Advanced features, including Adaptive Cruise Control, SYNC 2 and segment-first Curve Control, Lane Keeping Aid and Blind Spot Information System with Cross Traffic Alert, make the new Ford Everest one of the smartest SUVs in its segment
  • The new Ford Everest can be equipped with one of three powerful engines with excellent fuel efficiency -  the latest generation of Ford's 2.0L EcoBoost petrol engine or one of two updated Ford Duratorq TDCi diesel engines - mated to robust six-speed automatic or manual transmissions for exceptional capability

BEIJING, China, November 13, 2014 - Taking a bold step to redefine the SUV market in Asia Pacific and beyond, Ford today unveiled the new Ford Everest, a technologically advanced, stunningly capable and refined seven-seat SUV that will be launched in 2015. In Asia Pacific, the Ford Everest will be available in nine markets: China, Australia, New Zealand, India, and markets across the ASEAN region. Ford will also introduce the rugged SUV to Sub-Saharan Africa and South Africa in 2015.

"The new Ford Everest is an exceptionally versatile vehicle, equally prepared for the everyday commute as it is for the most extreme off-road terrain," said Dave Schoch, president, Ford Asia Pacific. "The Everest's unique blend of tough capability and exceptional comfort is going to resonate with drivers across Asia Pacific and around the world."

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With a rugged, sculptural design that reflects its unshakeable toughness and technological prowess, the new Ford Everest blends strength, smart features and style to bring consumers a tough and versatile SUV with true off-road capability. In addition to surprising and delighting fans of rugged off-road SUVs, the new Ford Everest embodies Ford's fun-to-drive DNA to deliver rewarding and dynamic on-road handling, offering no compromises on refinement and comfort.

"The Ford Everest will help to expand our product footprint in the region with a tough and refined vehicle that enables drivers, their families, friends and colleagues to go anywhere comfortably - whether on urban roads or far off the beaten track," said Trevor Worthington, vice president, Product Development, Ford Asia Pacific. "From the EcoSport to the Everest, our SUV portfolio in Asia Pacific offers something for everyone."

Led by Ford's Asia Pacific design and product development teams, and making use of Ford's global SUV expertise, the new Ford Everest builds on the reputation of the current Ford Everest, which is praised for its durability and versatility. The new Ford Everest will be available in both rear-wheel drive and four-wheel drive variants depending on specific market demand.

"The new Ford Everest represents an epic commitment on the part of the Ford Motor Company to meet and exceed high customer expectations," said Worthington. "From the very beginning we set aggressive targets, and with the Ford Everest we have truly raised the bar for this type of vehicle in design and capability, with advanced technologies for a smarter, safer and more capable vehicle at a very attractive price."

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Balancing rugged off-road and refined on-road capability

The new Ford Everest was designed from the ground up with the durability to take on the most inhospitable environments. One of the toughest SUVs in its segment, the Ford Everest has a true body-on-frame design, assuring the torsional strength required for challenging terrains. Together with an intelligent four-wheel drive system, an active transfer case with Torque on Demand, Terrain Management System, and best-in-class ground clearance of 225 mm and water-wading capability of 800 mm, the Ford Everest helps drivers navigate difficult terrain with ease.

For ultimate capability, the advanced Terrain Management System gives drivers four preset settings - Normal, Snow/Gravel/Grass, Sand and Rock- that alter the vehicle's throttle response, transmission, intelligent four-wheel drive system and traction control to confidently tackle any situation. For extreme off-road environments, drivers can manually lock the transfer case in low-range four-wheel drive mode for increased control.

These impressive off-road credentials are paired to a new level of ride quality and dynamic handling beyond what consumers have come to expect in a rugged SUV. Thanks to its coil spring front and rear suspension and a Watt's linkage on the rear axle, the new Ford Everest provides a comfortable, stable ride with agile and predictable handling on the road, keeping the promise of Ford's fun-to-drive DNA.

Advanced technology for a smarter, safer drive

Ingeniously packaged with "up for it" functionality enabling extraordinary journeys, the new Ford Everest is one of the most technologically advanced off-road SUVs ever made, and builds on Ford's global expertise in the utility segment.

The latest generation of Ford's in-car connectivity solution, SYNC 2, lets drivers use natural voice commands to control the car's entertainment system, climate controls and connected mobile devices more easily than ever before. SYNC 2 also boasts an 8-inch touchscreen with color-coded corners for easy menu navigation.

The new Ford Everest also offers a number of segment-first technologies, including Curve Control, designed to help drivers maintain control when approaching turns too quickly; Lane Departure Warning and Lane Keeping Aid, two technologies that help prevent drivers from unintentionally drifting out of a lane; and Blind Spot Information System (BLIS) with Cross Traffic Alert, which informs drivers when there is a vehicle in their blind spot while driving or when preparing to reverse out of parking spots.

The vehicle also offers other advanced features, including Adaptive Cruise Control, Forward Alert with Collision Mitigation, Roll Stability Control and an Electronic Stability Program that works with traction control to help the driver stay in control. To reduce parking anxiety, Active Park Assist enables drivers to parallel park hands-free, requiring only accelerating, shifting and braking from the driver.

In addition to advanced active safety systems, a strong passenger cage built using high-strength materials like boron steel, and passive safety features, including seven airbags, help to keep occupants safe in the event of a collision.

Power and efficiency to go further

The incredible capabilities of the new Ford Everest are made possible by one of three petrol and diesel engines, mated to durable and efficient six-speed automatic or manual transmissions. While availability differs across markets, all three engines deliver uncompromised power and torque with excellent fuel efficiency:

  • A new 2.0-liter four-cylinder twin-scroll EcoBoost petrol engine will debut in Asia Pacific in the Ford Everest, offering excellent torque, power and refinement combined with projected best-in-class fuel economy and carbon dioxide emissions
  • For maximum power and torque for heavy-duty towing, Ford is offering the latest generation of its globally proven 3.2-liter Duratorq five-cylinder TDCi diesel engine, with upgrades including an updated exhaust gas recirculation system to boost efficiency
  • For maximum fuel economy without compromising performance, Ford is also offering the latest generation of the 2.2-liter Duratorq four-cylinder TDCi diesel

"This engine line-up demonstrates Ford's commitment to offering the power of choice to customers in different markets with different needs and preferences," said Worthington. "We've selected the engine technologies from Ford's global powertrain range that deliver the best combination of performance and efficiency to meet and exceed the demanding requirements of SUV customers."

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Smart and functional design        

The new Ford Everest stands apart with a bold, sculptural design that communicates its impressive capabilities and advanced smart features, while the robust front end with signature LED daytime running lights and wide stance make for a powerful presence on the road. The chiseled and technical design is also highly efficient - extensive aerodynamic testing led to an exterior that seamlessly melds form and function.

The new Ford Everest's bold exterior presence is paired with a modern interior that makes use of refined materials and emphasizes horizontal lines to create a comfortable, harmonious environment for up to seven adult occupants. Interior features balance ride comfort with ultimate practicality, including a large moon roof, a convenient powered liftgate, more than 30 cleverly designed stowage spaces, multiple power outlets in the first and second rows, and flexible seating and cargo arrangements - including fold-flat second- and third-row seating - to achieve a perfect balance between passenger demands and packing efficiency.

To ensure exceptional cabin quietness, Ford equipped the new Ford Everest with Active Noise Cancellation technology in addition to optimizing cabin sealing and sound absorbing materials throughout the vehicle.

Similar to the systems used in noise-cancelling headphones, Active Noise Cancellation uses three strategically placed microphones inside the cabin to detect and measure sounds. A smart control module instantaneously generates opposing sound waves, which are then fed through the Everest's audio system to cancel out unpleasant noises. The result is a quiet interior that lets the driver comfortably speak with third row passengers without shouting.

"With its safe and smart features, a refined interior and incredible on-road and off-road capabilities, the new Ford Everest sets a new standard in the medium SUV segment and represents a compelling addition to our global lineup of SUVs in Asia Pacific," said Worthington. "Taking advantage of our global design and development expertise, and our proud heritage in the utility segment, we've created a vehicle that goes far beyond customer expectations."

The new Ford Everest will be manufactured at AutoAlliance Thailand in Rayong, Thailand, for ASEAN markets. In China, the new Ford Everest will be manufactured by Ford's Jiangling Motors Corp (JMC) joint venture at the JMC Xiaolan Plant in Nanchang, China, and distributed through JMC's Ford-brand network of dealers.

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How can I protect my home’s thatch roof from fire hazards?

CaptureWith its charming aesthetic appeal combined with great insulation properties, the thatched roof has formed an integral component of the South African architectural landscape since the arrival of the first settlers in the Cape. But, as beautiful as a thatched roof is, it can also be a fire hazard if appropriate safety measures are not observed.

Common ignition sources for thatch fires include electrical faults, hot chimneys passing through thatch, lightning and power surges. On rare occasions, embers from open flames such as bonfires or braais can be blown onto highly combustible materials, such as dry trees, wood piles - or a thatched roof.

By following this handy guide of simple yet essential practices, you can get the most from your roof without facing any undue risks.

 

Lightning protection

All houses with thatch roofs must have lightning conductors installed to protect them from lightning strikes which can cause a fire. The conductor must be SABS Code of Practice compliant. If the house is very high or large, the lightning conductor in turn has to be suitably high to provide a cone which covers the entire roof. This requirement can be addressed by installing two masts, or even installing a mast on a chimney. For single masts, the roof must fall within a 45 degree angle from the highest point of the mast downwards. You should also make sure that the 45 degree cone is at least one metre above the roof of the building.

Fire retardants

The thatch should be treated with a fire retardant. There are various retardant chemicals available that can be applied to thatch by immer­sion; typically, the application of fire retardant is done during routine professional maintenance which is required for a thatched roof. In new houses, a fire resistant layer should be installed inside the thatch as the roof is installed.

Drencher water systems

One of the best measures for preventing fires from spreading between thatched roofs is the installation of a drencher water system at the highest part of the roof. A dedicated drencher water system cascades water over and down all the exposed thatch in the event of a fire. While this may not save the property when a fire starts, it can prevent the spread of fire from one roof to another (which occurred in the 2012 Cape St. Francis fire) to minimise the risk of destruction to multiple properties.

Other precautions

Standard safety measures which should be observed wherever possible with a thatched roof include:

  • An adequate water supply should be nearby (together with a long hosepipe);
  • Fire extinguishers should be kept (and checked annually);
  • Ensure chimneys comply with applicable safety regulations;
  • Avoid the potential for electrical faults by being vigilant and conducting regular maintenance.

Lapas

Lapas are often built close to boundary walls and can endanger neighbours, especially in windy conditions. Keep the area around the lapa clear of anything that might be a potential fire hazard.

Properties with thatched roofs are more prone to fire than other buildings. Despite the heightened risk, thatched houses are insurable, but it is advisable that owners of these homes or buildings take specific measures to reduce risk to improve their ability to source affordable insurance solutions.

For a no obligation home insurance quote from MiWay visit www.miway.co.za

 

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Ferrari: Finali Mondiali from 3 to 6 December in Abu Dhabi

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Maranello 7 November - From 3 to 6 December, Abu Dhabi's spectacular Yas Marina circuit will host the 2014 Finali Mondiali Ferrari, which therefore takes place outside Europe for the first time. The event features four days of excitement and spectacle, of the sort that only Ferrari can provide, aimed at all fans of the Prancing Horse.

The key ingredients of the Finali Mondiali weekend are sport, passion and racing, as well as the unbeatable show put on by the historic Formula 1 cars. It brings down the curtain on the racing year with the final races of the three Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli series, Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific and the grand finale on Saturday, which will feature a record number of 458 Challenge cars fighting it out for the title of World Champion.

 Apart from the racing, the main highlight is the appearance of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team, who will put on demonstration runs, with pit stops, burnouts and starts on the Yas Marina circuit.  Also on track, the Ferrari GT cars that took part in the most prestigious GT championships, running the 458 GTE, the current FIA WEC championship winning car that was also victorious in the 2014 Le Mans 24 Hours, in the hands of  Gimmi Bruni, Toni Vilander and Giancarlo Fisichella.

The weekend also features a display of some amazing Ferrari classic cars that have beaten all world records in the most important car auctions. On top of that, there will be a spectacular parade around the 5.554 km of the Abu Dhabi circuit featuring no less than 200 Ferrari cars, as well as the exclusive cars that make up the XX, 599XX and FXX programmes, cars created for the track and run by a very select group of owners.

There will be a host of other activities taking place in the paddock and other areas around the track, as well as something specifically for the kids. And of course, nearby, there are the attractions of the nearby Ferrari World, the first theme park dedicated to the Maranello marque, with all its rides, including the adrenalin rush of the Formula Rossa rollercoaster. Plenty of Prancing Horse fun for the whole family.                         

You can register early at www.Ferrari.com in the special section and download tickets directly to attend every day free of charge.

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