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Solidum: Mayon eruption may not be over - Rappler


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Solidum: Mayon eruption may not be over
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MAYON VOLCANO. Mayon spews a giant ash column that reached up to 5 kilometers high on Monday, January 22. Photo by Marga Deona/Rappler. MANILA, Philippines – During the Pre-Disaster Risk Assessment (PDRA) conducted by the National Disaster Risk ...
Mount Mayon volcano alert raised after ash and lava spills outCNN
Philippine volcano explodes, villagers flee back to sheltersCTV News
PRC warns public in Albay re adverse effect of volcanic ash on human health ecologyBusiness Mirror
Malaya -AccuWeather.com -BBC News -Newsweek
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Federal government workers begin shutdown as US Senate vote looms

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers began shutting down operations on Monday with the US government closed and the Senate prepared to try again to restore funding, if only temporarily, and resolve a dispute over immigration.

Federal government workers begin shutdown as US Senate vote looms

Hundreds of thousands of federal workers began shutting down operations on Monday with the US government closed and the Senate prepared to try again to restore funding, if only temporarily, and resolve a dispute over immigration.

#WalangPasok: Enero 23, Martes

Kanselado ang pasok sa mga sumusunod na lugar sa Martes, Enero 23, dahil sa patuloy na aktibidad ng Bulkang Mayon.

Duterte to former prof Joma: Magkita tayo, sampalin kita

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday threatened to slap his former professor and Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairperson Jose Maria Sison if their paths crossed.

Duterte to former prof Joma: Magkita tayo, sampalin kita

President Rodrigo Duterte on Monday threatened to slap his former professor and Communist Party of the Philippines founding chairperson Jose Maria Sison if their paths crossed.

Roque belittles Joma's influence on youth - Manila Bulletin


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Roque belittles Joma's influence on youth
Manila Bulletin
Malacañang downplayed Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) founder Jose Maria Sison's call for the youth to hold mass protests against President Duterte, saying the President's former professor is not important. Sison was calling the youth to ...
Duterte threatens to slap Sison if they meetRappler
Roque: I hope Joma has enough grandkids to heed his call for protestsGMA News
Joma Sison calls for mass protests vs DuterteInquirer.net

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What's inside Keng's cyber libel complaint vs Rappler - Rappler


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What's inside Keng's cyber libel complaint vs Rappler
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CYBER LIBEL. Rappler CEO Maria Ressa and lawyers discuss the complaint of cyber libel with the camp of Wilfredo Keng and the NBI cybercrime division. Photo by Rupert Ambil/Rappler. MANILA, Philippines – Businessman Wilfredo Keng filed a cyber libel ...
NBI gives Rappler's Maria Ressa, two others 10 days to comment on cyberlibel complaintGMA News
Philippine news website Rappler says 2012 cyber libel claims are 'political in nature'South China Morning Post
Rappler CEO Ressa appears before NBI for cybercime probePhilippine Star
InterAksyon -CNN Philippines -Coconuts
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Alvarez: Roque, two solons shoo-ins in PDP-Laban Senate slate

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday confirmed the candidacy of presidential spokesperson Harry Roque and two other incumbent congressmen as senators under the banner of the ruling party PDP-Laban in the 2019 midterm elections.

Alvarez: Roque, two solons shoo-ins in PDP-Laban Senate slate

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday confirmed the candidacy of presidential spokesperson Harry Roque and two other incumbent congressmen as senators under the banner of the ruling party PDP-Laban in the 2019 midterm elections.

Ex-Navy chief Mercado ready to face Senate probe on P15.7-B frigate project

Former Navy Flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado on Monday expressed his readiness to attend the Senate inquiry on the 15.7-billion Navy's frigate acquisition project (FAP).

Ex-Navy chief Mercado ready to face Senate probe on P15.7-B frigate project

Former Navy Flag-officer-in-command Vice Admiral Ronald Joseph Mercado on Monday expressed his readiness to attend the Senate inquiry on the 15.7-billion Navy's frigate acquisition project (FAP).

Alvarez says he’s not pushing to become Prime Minister in a federal gov’t

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday said he will not be pushing to become Prime Minister if the proposed federal charter is approved.

Alvarez says he’s not pushing to become Prime Minister in a federal gov’t

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday said he will not be pushing to become Prime Minister if the proposed federal charter is approved.

Villarin to return UST alumni award in protest of Mocha Uson's - Rappler


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Villarin to return UST alumni award in protest of Mocha Uson's
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THOMASIAN. Akbayan Representative Tom Villarin (right) says UST alumni can serve the public well with our without recognition. Rappler file photo. MANILA, Philippines – A congressman who was honored by the University of Santo Tomas Alumni Association ...
UST on Mocha's award: Recognition from USTAAI not from usInquirer.net
UST student paper calls for resignation of Alumni officialsGMA News
De Leon: 'Why?': Netizens baffled over Asec's UST alumni awardSun.Star
Philippine Star -Manila Bulletin -CNN Philippines -ABS-CBN News
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Alvarez on Cha-cha: No need to wait for Senate - Philippine Star


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Alvarez on Cha-cha: No need to wait for Senate
Philippine Star
House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday said that there need not wait for the Senate to start on the constitutional amendments since the Constitution does not dictate the need for a joint assembly for the two houses. File photo. MANILA, Philippines ...
Holding the fortInquirer.net
Cabaero: When it's not a jokeSun.Star
'Economic Cha-cha not enough to end PHL woes'Business Mirror
CNN Philippines -Manila Bulletin -InterAksyon -Rappler
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Joel Villanueva hurt by UST alumni association’s statement on Mocha’s award

Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday said he would have thought twice whether to accept the award given by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Alumni Association had he known that Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson was also a recipient.

Joel Villanueva hurt by UST alumni association’s statement on Mocha’s award

Senator Joel Villanueva on Monday said he would have thought twice whether to accept the award given by the University of Santo Tomas (UST) Alumni Association had he known that Assistant Secretary Mocha Uson was also a recipient.

Pulis, patay sa riding in tandem sa Maynila; nadamay na kagawad, sugatan

Patay ang isang pulis matapos barilin sa harap ng isang bakery sa Maynila ng mga salaring sakay ng motorsiklo. Ang kausap ng biktima na barangay kagawad, binaril din.

Pulis, patay sa riding in tandem sa Maynila; nadamay na kagawad, sugatan

Patay ang isang pulis matapos barilin sa harap ng isang bakery sa Maynila ng mga salaring sakay ng motorsiklo. Ang kausap ng biktima na barangay kagawad, binaril din.

Alvarez accuses Kiko of ‘delaying’ Cha-cha in Senate

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday accused Senator Francis Pangilinan of 'delaying' the process of charter change in the Senate.

Alvarez accuses Kiko of ‘delaying’ Cha-cha in Senate

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday accused Senator Francis Pangilinan of 'delaying' the process of charter change in the Senate.

Measles outbreak declared in Davao City

The Davao City Health Office on Monday declared a measles outbreak in the city due to the rise in the number of people infected by the viral disease from November 2017 to January 2018.

Measles outbreak declared in Davao City

The Davao City Health Office on Monday declared a measles outbreak in the city due to the rise in the number of people infected by the viral disease from November 2017 to January 2018.

Over 500 Mayon evacuees found to have respiratory infection

Some evacuees have been diagnosed with respiratory infection believed to be caused by the ashes spewed by the restive Mayon Volcano in Albay province, GMA News' Tina Panganiban-Perez reported on 24 Oras on Monday.

Over 500 Mayon evacuees found to have respiratory infection

Some evacuees have been diagnosed with respiratory infection believed to be caused by the ashes spewed by the restive Mayon Volcano in Albay province, GMA News' Tina Panganiban-Perez reported on 24 Oras on Monday.

SWS: Over 12 percent went hungry in 2017, lowest since 2004

"This gives an average hunger rate of 12.3 percent for all quarters of 2017, one point below the 13.3 percent in 2016. This is the lowest annual average hunger rate since 11.8 percent in 2004, due to the near record-low 9.5 percent in June 2017," SWS said.

SWS: Over 12 percent went hungry in 2017, lowest since 2004

"This gives an average hunger rate of 12.3 percent for all quarters of 2017, one point below the 13.3 percent in 2016. This is the lowest annual average hunger rate since 11.8 percent in 2004, due to the near record-low 9.5 percent in June 2017," SWS said.

Away ng magkapatid dahil sa nawalang gagamba, nauwi sa trahedya

Nauwi sa trahediya ang away ng magkapatid na lalaki sa Cagayan de Oro City matapos humantong sa pananaksak at pagkasawi ng isa ang kanilang pagtatalo na nag-ugat sa nawalang gagamba.

Away ng magkapatid dahil sa nawalang gagamba, nauwi sa trahedya

Nauwi sa trahediya ang away ng magkapatid na lalaki sa Cagayan de Oro City matapos humantong sa pananaksak at pagkasawi ng isa ang kanilang pagtatalo na nag-ugat sa nawalang gagamba.

House OKs bill seeking full ban on hazing

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking a total of ban on hazing as part of initiation rites of fraternities, sororities and other organizations.

House OKs bill seeking full ban on hazing

The House of Representatives on Monday approved on third and final reading a measure seeking a total of ban on hazing as part of initiation rites of fraternities, sororities and other organizations.

NU grads rule sanitary engineer licensure exam

The Professional Regulation Commission (PRC) announced Monday that 50 examinees passed the Sanitary Engineer Licensure Examination this month.

EU lauds Senate approval of EU-PH Partnership Cooperation Agreement

MANILA - The European Union (EU) on Monday welcomed the Senate's concurrence in the ratification of the Framework Agreement on Partnership and Cooperation Between the Philippines and the European Union (PCA).

Ang kuwento sa likod ng pananaksak ni misis sa mister niyang lulong sa online games

Naging laman ng mga balita kamakailan ang pananaksak umano ng isang misis sa kaniyang mister sa Davao City dahil sa labis na paglalaro ng lalaki ng computer games. Inalam ng programang "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho" ang kuwento sa likod ng insidente at tinalakay ang posibleng panibagong mental health problem na "gaming disorder."

Ang kuwento sa likod ng pananaksak ni misis sa mister niyang lulong sa online games

Naging laman ng mga balita kamakailan ang pananaksak umano ng isang misis sa kaniyang mister sa Davao City dahil sa labis na paglalaro ng lalaki ng computer games. Inalam ng programang "Kapuso Mo, Jessica Soho" ang kuwento sa likod ng insidente at tinalakay ang posibleng panibagong mental health problem na "gaming disorder."

Alvarez: No public funds used in my 60th birthday celeb

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday denied that public funds were used for the celebration of his 60th birthday in Tagum City two weeks ago.

Alvarez: No public funds used in my 60th birthday celeb

Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez on Monday denied that public funds were used for the celebration of his 60th birthday in Tagum City two weeks ago.

Alvarez says House has started amending charter sans Senate

The House of Representatives has already started amending the Constitution without the Senate, Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said.

4 killed in 5-hour clash against suspected NPAs

COTABATO - Three suspected communist rebels and a member of the Citizen Armed Forces Geographical Unit (CAFGU) died in a 5-hour firefight in Makilala town around Monday midnight.

'China was right': Roque says PH has no sovereignty over Benham Rise

MANILA - The Philippines has sovereign rights, but not sovereignty over Benham Rise. This was clarified by Presidential spokesman Harry Roque after a May 2017 statement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry that the Philippine government cannot claim Benham Rise as its own territory was shared many times on social media.

Atio received 'mild paddle' blows, says Aegis Jvris fratman

Aegis Jvris fratman Marc Anthony Ventura described as "mild" the paddle blows received by fraternity neophyte and alleged hazing victim Horacio “Atio” Castillo III, who died after initiation rites last September 17.

Senate OKs treaties with EU, Sweden, Germany - GMA News


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Senate OKs treaties with EU, Sweden, Germany
GMA News
The Senate on Monday unanimously concurred in the ratification of three treaties covering the Philippines' partnership and cooperation agreement with the European Union (EU). With 20 affirmative votes, the Senate also concurred in the social security ...
Senate approves PH treaties with EU, Sweden, GermanyRappler
EU-PHL ties get boost with Senate OK of PCABusiness Mirror
EU lauds Senate approval of EU-PH Partnership Cooperation AgreementABS-CBN News

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Suspects in slay of Italian missionary face murder raps

MANILA - The National Bureau of Investigation Region 12 has filed a complaint for murder against two military officials and several other individuals in connection with the killing of Italian missionary and activist priest Fr. Fausto “Fr. Pops” Tentorio in Arakan, North Cotabato in 2011.

Rwanda grants 90-day visa-free entry to Filipinos

MANILA - Filipinos have been granted visa-free entry to the central African country of Rwanda, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) on Monday said.

Former Czech envoy to testify on MRT-3 case

The Sandiganbayan Special 3rd Division has allowed the testimony of former Czech Ambassador to the Philippines Josef Rychtar and Inekon Group Chief Executive Officer Josef Husek in the on-going case of former MRT-3 General Manager Al Vitangcol.

Atio's family downplays 'contradiction' between witness, medico-legal - Rappler


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Atio's family downplays 'contradiction' between witness, medico-legal
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WITNESS. Aegis Juris fraternity member Marc Anthony Ventura answers clarificatory questions of the DOJ panel on his tell-all affidavit in the Atio Castillo hazing case. Photo by Lian Buan/Rappler. MANILA, Philippines – The family of slain freshman law ...
DOJ wraps up probe into Atio's deadly hazing caseLuxora Leader

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Lalaking gumagawa ng baril sa Ilocos Norte, arestado

Balik-kulungan ang magsasakang si Jimmy Salvacion matapos makuhanan ng iba’t-ibang kalibre ng baril sa kaniyang tahanan sa Barangay Ar-Arusip sa Badoc, Ilocos Norte Lunes ng umaga.

UST Alumni Assoc president dumepensa sa parangal kay Mocha Uson

May pahaging din ang pangulo ng UST Alumni Association sa aniya'y nakaraan ni Mocha Uson bilang isang "sexy star."

Debt Therapy: Expert Solutions for your Financial Predicament

Debt Therapy, a leading debt counselling company in South Africa, is registered with the National Credit Regulator – they are committed to handling your financial disputes with the utmost of care, helping you to attain financial freedom. Their competent solutions willinsulate you from credit providers and debt collectors, allowing you to manage your debts efficiently.Conveniently for you, Debt Therapy has affiliations with multiple credit providers, which enables themtomake negotiations on behalf of their clients. Consequently, they can lower the rates of interests, helping you manage your debts efficiently.

If your financial status is perplexing you, it’s time to seek expert help. Debt Therapy can shoulder your financial burdens, providing for assistance to come out of your financial impasse. Small or hefty, many of us are scuffling with debt issues. Do not put off your debt issues as minor complications; negligence can make your problems escalate into severe financial burdens. Debt Therapy is a non-profit counselling agency consisting of a team of expert professionals who treat every client as unique individuals, catering to their respective requirements, in a most capable and effective manner.

  • Debt Counselling

Debt Counselling is a competent solution that helps you manage your debts efficiently. Debt counselling services devise expert solutions to manage your debts strategically, allowing you to spare an adequate amount to pay off your immediate expenses. The counsellors evaluate all your credentials and relevant documents such as figures of your loans, bonds, H.P. agreements, credit cards, etc. to strategise how to adjustwith the policies of the credit providers.

  • Debt Consolidation

Debt consolidation involves refinancing of debts; the process of debt consolidation utilisesone loan to remit all your other loans. Debt Therapy’s team of counsellors will assist you in figuring out how to treat your financial concerns with debt consolidation loans.

If you want to access their services, all you need to do is open the official website of Debt Therapy and fill out the online application to fix an appointment.You can riffle through their website to read about their deals, and insight into their services.

For more information about Debt Therapy, visit their official website https://debt-therapy.co.za/.

  • About Debt Therapy

Debt Therapy is a renowned debt counselling agency that enables you to devise a budget that allows you to pay off your debts without further inconvenience. They are a team of professional debt counsellors with valuable experience. They will analyse your financial concerns to recommend strategies that cover your individual requirements.

Contact:
Unit 9, 1st Floor, Time Business Park
37 Blaauwberg Road, Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Phone: 086-11-11-863

SANCA WESTERN CAPE: Leading Service Provider in the Field of Abuse Prevention & Treatment

SANCA WESTERN CAPE is the leading service provider in the field of abuse, prevention and treatment. They are well-known for providing specialised services like abuse prevention, out-patient treatment, capacity building and training and related corporate services by a multi-disciplinary team. Based in Western Cape, their main objective is to provide substance abuse prevention and treatment services by applying and reinforcing healthy behaviour and lifestyle changes.

Their actions are divided into three levels. They are illustrated below:

Primary Prevention:
It is very crucial to take necessary actions to prevent unpleasant occurrences related to abuse. This positive and active prevention initiative primarily focuses on spreading awareness among people through various awareness programmes and development services. Their awareness programmes mainly focus on the devastating and shattering effects of abuse while emphasising on the necessity of a healthy and positive lifestyle. They also offer training and build capacity services to strengthen the prevention programmes through proper implementation under the observation of professional staff.

Secondary Prevention:
Secondary Prevention is an important initiative as it basically focuses on high risks groups like youth and abused women including persons abused in the workplace. The secondary prevention programmes include several educational initiatives and life skill training programmes to mitigate the effects of the abuses. Like other drug rehab centres in Cape Town, they are constantly working to fulfil their goals.

Tertiary Prevention:
This measurement is taken to guide those who have already faced abuse problems. These programmes include a comprehensive assessment service and proper assistance to out-patients and in-patients as well as people who faced abuses.  Like the drug rehabilitation centres in Cape Town or in other cities, they are constantly working for the welfare of abused people.

They also organise various programmes to spread awareness among people. Their programmes include:

1. Prevention Programmes – Their prevention training programmes include:

  • POPPETS: – POPPETS (programme of Primary Prevention: Education through Stories) basically aims to spread awareness among pre-school kids through puppetry and storytelling programmes.
  • Youth Programme: – The prime objective of Youth Programme is to spread awareness among youth so that a drug-free environment can be created.
  • FASD Programme: FASD or Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder Awareness Programme generally aims to spread awareness among pregnant women against excessive alcohol use and its effects on the foetus.

2. Out-Patient Programme: SANCA’s Out-Patient Programme basically targets to spread awareness among the teenagers against the abuse-related alcohol, dagga, Methamphetamine(Tik) and Heroine.

3. Corporate Services: Their Corporate Services basically aims to spread awareness among employees who are subjected to face abuses in their workplace.

To know more about their services and programmes please visit their website http://sancawc.co.za/

About:
SANCA WESTERN CAPE based in Cape Town is a leading service provider in the field of abuse prevention and treatment. They organise various awareness programmes to spread awareness among school kids, pregnant women, youths, employees and encourages them to live a healthy and positive life.

Contact:
18 Karoo Street, Bellville, Western Cape
7530, South Africa
Tel: (021) 945 4080
sanca@sancawc.co.za

GetSavvi Health: A Friend Indeed

Accidents, injuries, ailments or deterioration of health, none of these can be foreseen. Every family knows how it feels when an emergency arises regarding health issues. But sometimes the expenses become hefty and burden us with lifetime loans from the bank for these cases. Health insurance company, GetSavvi Health has made it their purpose to provide quality services at an affordable rate to the citizens of South Africa.

GetSavvi Health has sectioned their services into three types of plans. They are as follows:

  • Primary Care Plan: This plan provides several services including unlimited doctors’ visits, basic and emergency dentistry, black-and-white X-rays, HIV and STI tests and acute and chronic medications. They provide professional and experienced advisors regarding medical advice in an emergency, assessing everyday symptoms, crucial medical knowledge, the database of various drugs, poisoning database, health guidance, managing stress, counselling of trauma, etc. The NetCare 911 Emergency services are available 24/7 where skilled technicians assess the clients’ emergency and dispatch air or road support immediately, whichever is appropriate. They also support families with funeral costs and the customer hotline is always ready for assisting HIV, trauma and assault counselling.
  • Primary Care Plan+ :This plan includes benefits like unlimited physician visits and consultations, basic and emergency dentistry, x-rays, blood tests, chronic and acute medication and many more services already included in the Primary Care Plan. The plus benefit added to this plan is the Hospital plan. The casualty benefit here allows out-patient hospital treatment in an emergency for injuries sustained in accident. In-patients get hospital treatment in an emergency for stabilisation in a private or public emergency unit. They also provide personal accident benefits.

Get Care Plan: This plan can be seen as the summation of both the Primary Care and Primary care plus aiming to serve the clients with better hospital facilities and lowered costs.

To know more about the company and its services, please visit: https://www.getsavvi.co.za/

 About the Company
GetSavvi Health is a leading South Africa based health insurance provider aiming, with various propitious plans, to reduce the burden incurred from medical expenses on an average South African or the state institutions and create an affordable and efficient medical environment.

Contact:
27 Willie van Schoor Ave, Tygervalley,
Bellville, Cape Town, 7530, South Africa
Tel: 0861 18 9202
talktous@getsavvi.co.za

Castaway Components: Helping your daily chores

In our fast moving life we do not have time for minute things that are actually the building blocks of our existence. We only realise their importance when they are lost, damaged or unavailable in urgent situations. Castaway Components is one such company that has dedicated its efforts, innovations, planning and experience to take care of such complexities that we are highly likely to face in our lifetime.

Due to their quality of products and other services they have a competitive edge over other zinc die casting companies and manufacturers. Their range of products covers fashion, hardware and promotional industries that are the basic building blocks of these industries. The following are the various kinds of products that they specialise in:

  • Clothing section- This section includes clothing buckles, brooches, toggles, pullers, dog tags, d-rings, o-rings, clothing trims and buttons.
  • Shoes- They make rivets, shoe buckles and shoe trims too.
  • Furniture, hardware and door fittings- Name plates, escutcheons/keyholes, hinges, knobs, drop handles, pull handles, lever handles, sliding and cramone boltsare among their expertise.
  • Promotional works- Here they strive to produce classy products like name plates, wine glass charms, medals, bottle stops, badges, promotional buckles, golf tools, bottle openers and key rings.
  • Light fixtures and castings- They also make chandeliers and cater to making medical fittings, shop fittings and pet accessories.

Among this vast array of products some can be stated as essentials of both human livelihood and the company as well. Shoes have always been the ultimate game changer in the fashion industry and who does not want to own a good-looking pair. These shoes have two important components that enhance the overall finesse i.e., shoe buckles and rivets of various shapes and sizes. The company uses advanced technology to produce high quality, custom buckles and rivets to cater the fashion lovers. Not only shoe but belt buckles are one of the best works of the company and are offered in a wide variety for people of choose from. These custom-made buckles come in various shapes and sizes, for example, square, oval, round and interlocking.

Customers are catered with a huge platter of personalised key rings and bottle openers that also draw attention and can act as a style statement. Whether it is educational institutes or any other industries that need to present prizes or medals, they can choose from a vast array of personalised and custom medals that will make a mark.

To know more about the specialisations and services of the company, access http://castawaycomponents.co.za/

 
About the Company
Operational in theWestern Cape, Castaway Components is a leading company that specialises in zinc spin casting and pressure die casting while supplying superior products to allof South Africa.

Contact:
38A Silverstone Road, Killarney Gardens
Cape Town, 7441, South Africa
Tel no.:  021-555-1022
alan@castawaycomponents.co.za

Optima International: A holistic experience for you

Logistics, delivery, export and import are some aspects of life that can make a huge difference in the make and break of a business or the whole nation for that matter. Large cargos, freights and shipments are exported and imported all over the world daily.

Optima International is one such company that can be termed as a one-stop solution for all freight management requirements altogether. They have become a leading international freight forwarder that is based in the fast-evolving nation, South Africa. There are various logistics companies in Cape Town which assist clients with various forwarding services which are compartmentalised and not wholesome. This is a family-run company that seeks to cater with quality and attention to every requirement of their clients, whether big or small. They offer tailor-made services that suit every personalised query.

The varied palettes of services include:

  • Sea, air and road freight forwarding
  • Local and international customs clearing
  • Good customs relations with expert advice and guidance on tariff headings, import/export permits, ITAC requirements
  • Strong African presence with direct access to market opportunities
  • Forex, insurance and legal partnering along with quality procurement and product sourcing partnerships.
  • Worldwide partnership options and cross trade business opportunities.
  • Personalised and full circle of services to meet all individualistic requirements
  • Competitive costs and charges for all services from one point only.
  • Warehousing, delivery and distribution of cargo, be it local or international.

What makes them the right partner among other competitions is their dedication to serving all kinds of purposes dictated by the customer. They also provide staff training, indent monitoring, procurement, and last but not the least, in-house outsourced freight control; custom system designing that allows flexible and personalised implementation. In-house conceptualisation incurs no extra charge for the customer.

Optima International allows all facilities that can ease up the clients’ tension regarding their shipments, air/road freight or cargos with tracking facilities by maintaining transparency. Customers can check arrival/departure times, delivery times, status, container numbers, quantity, due amount to the supplier, export/import reports and many more.

For a fully holistic experience and freedom of dictating service requirements, this company has proved to be superior to other traditional freight management agents.

To know more about the services, please log on to http://www.optimainternational.co.za

About the company

With their headquarters in South Africa, Optima International is a principal company offering full freight management services to their customers. Owned by David and Mandy Longo, the company aims to be attentive and thorough about every minute details and queries of their clients to provide personalized assistance to every individual.

Contact Info:
26 Frere Avenue, Flamingo Vlei
7441, South Africa

Tel: +27 21 5578080
Fax: 086 551 7968
mandy@optimainternational.co.za

The “Cool” Company: Pholaco

Production and manufacturing of building materials, systems and components can be polluting, costly and thermally inefficient. Pholaco has been defying all the odds and negative views regarding this area through their bespoke, energy efficient and cost-effective products. The company draws its name from the isiXhosa language where “phola” means “cool”. With almost a decade of experience in this sector of business, they have become a leading name for the kinds of products they provide to their customers.

Green Building Solutions
Pholaco’s Green building solution is an environment-friendly initiative to produce energy efficient products that conform to South African energy efficiency code in the field of building materials and components production.

The following solutions belong to this area:

  • Thermal Panel Construction
  • Light-weight steel frame construction
  • Cellulose light-weight cement construction
  • Light-weight steel frame suspended floors

Products and Manufacturing
All products that come along with the associated services are certified, licensed and checked for manufacturing defects. Let us consider the array of products that they deal with:

  • Foundation Slabs
  • Envelope wall solutions
  • Internal wall solutions
  • Ceiling solutions
  • Roof solutions
  • Gutter solutions
  • Window and door solutions
  • Fire retardant solutions
  • Building kits
  • Hard steel fabrication

The other area where Pholaco provides tough competition to its rivals is the manufacturing of certain products. They are:

  • Off-site construction plant
  • EPS Laminating Plant
  • Roll Former manufacturing
  • Building equipment
  • Eco-friendly Expanded polystyrene

Services
The vast assortments of services that Pholaco provides are:

  • Provide consultation and engineering of building system from scratch to completion
  • They provide design detailing
  • They offer diagrammatic technical detailing and a building method statement
  • They supply building materials, distribute the materials and manage building projects
  • They design, manufacture and provide maintenance of roll formers
  • They excel in manufacturing building components and training of building systems
  • They deal with sales and marketing of manufacturing equipment
  • Building quantity estimation, surveying and presentation of case studies for alternative building technologies are some extra services
  • They also provide feasibility study of equipment

To know more about the institution, please log on to http://www.pholacogroup.co.za

About Pholaco
Pholaco is a South Africa based building construction products and components manufacturer operational from 2008 and specialises in Expanded Polystyrene Mega Blocks production.  They produce thermally efficient NBR 100400 XA products conforming to the energy efficient code of South Africa.

Contact:
Neil Hare Rd, Atlantis Industrial
Cape Town, 7349, South Africa
Tel: 021 5772601
Fax: 086 563 4052
Email: ask@pholaco.com

Products and Achievements of Banks R &L Hiring

Banks R &L Hiring is a renowned name in the industry that provides event equipment and décor accessories for hire. Banks R & L Hiring operate from modern premises located in Paarden Eiland in Cape Town. The company is well-equipped to provide strategic support and supply structures for events and functions across the wide spectrum of the equipment hiring industry. This has been achieved on account of the company’s complete dedication towards quality and customer satisfaction. The staff of the company are highly professional and some of them boast of having experiences of over 35 years.

Categories of products and services offered by the Banks R & L Hiring
The sales consultants of the company are proficient and experienced enough to advise and offer the best services to the clients. With their unique and elegant products, the blank canvas of any room can turn into a spectacular sight. Its exclusive collection of equipment incorporates thematic and modern pieces into events.

The following product catalogue of the company highlights the extensive range of equipment that can be hired for other social events like wedding parties or corporate events.

  1. Décor accessories which include the following:
  • Board and easel
  • 3 tier Candelabra black
  • Carpet runner
  • Carpet coir
  • Dance floor
  • Freestanding screen
  • Lectern
  • Industrial fan
  • Gazebo walls
  • Picket fence
  • String of lights
  1. Glassware
  2. Furniture
  3. Cutlery and crockery
  4. Gas and electrical
  5. Serving gear
  6. Marquees
  7. Stainless steel
  8. Wood and basket ware
  9. Ovenware
  10. Plinth and plinth bills
  11. Bowl and platter service

For more information, refer to the company’s website at http://banksrl.co.za

About the Company
Banks R & L Hiring is one of the most renowned event equipment hiring companies in Cape Town, with more than 75 years of experience. It was formed by the merger of Hiring Supply Banks and R & L Hiring. Hiring Supply Banks had been a household name in the industry for over 75 years whereas R & L, formed in 1990, had succeeded in garnering a significant niche market through the quality of its service and level of its commitment towards customer satisfaction. This merger brought rationalisation of both marquees and hiring stock items as well as fostered a sense of commitment to quality, service and efficiency. The cumulative, diverse and complementary skills of the two individual companies brought about the best results in terms of customer loyalty and a customer base growth.

Contact Us:
31 Section Street
Paarden Eiland 7405

(021) 510 – 7011
(021) 510 – 7061
info@banksrl.com