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#Operation1K

September 24th, 2015 Posted by Competitions, Inspiration, Uncategorized 10 comments

I promised you a big reveal, and HERE IT IS!

Educating and empowering South Africans of all ages is something I’m very passionate about. Investing is another big interest of mine, but I feel there aren’t enough of us out there who understand investing, or utilise it to its full potential (maybe you think it’s too complicated or ‘is only for people with loads of money’)– and it’s to our detriment. When I was only 19 and started earning a bit of money I was encouraged to try and commit to putting at least something away every month. It all started with an investment account. Investing in shares is actually not difficult at all – it just takes a plunge – and I have gone out and found the easiest way to get a foot in the door so you can trust that doing it this was is the best start to something much greater.

As I mentioned earlier this week, I recently learned that of the 53 million South Africans, only 280 000 invest in shares on the JSE. That’s less than half a percent of South Africans. That’s terrible and maybe why we see South Africans in so much debt. It’s widely known that us South Africans aren’t among the best savers (of money) in the world, and as soon as we get cash, we find (what we think are) great ways to spend it (flashy cars, a new watch, a cool phone). Immediately. Not the best idea for our future.

Let’s change that. Let’s start a revolution. Let’s embark on a journey to drive a better culture of investment and saving in South Africa – starting with you and me! I know it sounds intimidating but there are ways to start off nice and easy with a SMALL sum of money. Imagine if you could tell your friends/family that your money grows while theirs sits in a bank and LOSES value.

Kicking off today, I’m issuing you with a challenge, where you’ll be rewarded big time (by me and by your future self).

The challenge is simple:

1) Head on over to https://www.easyequities.co.za/?affiliateid=7&affiliatekey=1uKN%2bkpYBmPcz1Yl92Yc1mFp4NHSaelNH6xC8UAuYwP8d4mK%2b%2f68dQ%3d%3d (it’s VITAL that use use THIS link as that’s the only way to know that you signed up with me)

2) Sign up for an EasyEquities account (It’ll take less than five minutes. I’ve done it!)

3) Once you’ve signed up, FICA your account (using the easy and safe submission process.)

4) Deposit your R50 to start investing (their payment system is 100% secure, so don’t be scared about inserting your payment details. I’ve done it myself and my details are safe.)

5) Once you’ve signed up, take a selfie with your confirmation email/EasyEquities profile page in the background (but be sure NOT to have your personal account details visible) and tag @EasyEquities @DaniloAcquisto #EasyInvesting.

To make life even simpler (and more visual), here are a few 2min videos to help you get the ball rolling:

- How to register an account:

- Why on earth should I start investing:

- How do I FICA?

There are LOADS more videos on their Youtube Channel

 

I promised you rewards, now what are they?

1) If you take up this challenge with me signing up with the link above (between 24 September and 27 October) you stand to win an exclusive one-on-one day out with me. My treat. We’ll head out to one of the coolest spots in your city and spend the morning or afternoon (the winner can decide) hanging out in good company, eating great food, and chatting all things fun, fulfilling, investment and awesome. Heck, we might even snap a few selfies, and there’ll be a few more surprises in store for you.

2) We’ll have some really cool spot prizes along the way between now and 27 October, where anyone who accepts this challenge and starts investing, will stand to win.

3) If you don’t win the one-on-one experience with me this time, you’ll at least have made the first move to taking your financial future into your own hands.

 

As “thanks” for joining me on this quest, I might even throw in a few more surprises along the way… *wink wink*

In the coming weeks, I’ll be with you on the investment journey and will be sharing my top investment tips and some secrets from some of SA’s biggest investors with you on social media and right here on my site.

Now all that’s left for you to do is decide: are you up for the challenge?

If so, let’s get investing! #Operation1K

 

*Featured Image Credit: @GreatGrampops

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Some Winter Fashion Trends for MEN – by Francois Louw

June 4th, 2015 Posted by Opinion Piece, Uncategorized No Comment yet

Fashion and beauty consultant Francois Louw popped in to my website to shed some pearls of fashion wisdom for the guys out there this winter. As you know my fashion journey has been long but it is something I am proud to say I work hard at. It’s never easy to know which items to buy and how to make them look great. That’s why I am so glad Francois stopped by to talk us through some trends for this year – I am clueless! Francois gives some advice:

 

A shining winter coat of amour with a bit of fur. Even I was taken aback with just how much fur – fake or otherwise – there was at the men’s show this time around. While real pelts aren’t for everyone, the easiest way to incorporate this into your wardrobe is with a (faux) shearling collar bomber jacket.

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Monochromatic look – all different shades of the same colour base - If you’re looking for an easy-to-wear trend, it’s hard to beat the coming season’s black and white pairings. The trick to getting this right: keep it almost-all black, mix up your materials (wool, leather and cotton) and invest in at least one item with a monochromatic pattern. Other monochromatic Looks: Full on white, full on black, or full on denim, take your pick. The solid-hued look is huge this winter season.

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White sneakers Rain doesn’t fall often in the Middle Eastern region, which means there won’t be fragments of mud on your shoes, which means: all the more reason to wear WHITE shoes! Complete a full on white monochrome look with a pair of white loafers. The time for coloured sneakers is over, white is all the noise now!

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Statement suits - Turns out, those checked suits from last winter were just easing us into a whole new era of bold tailoring. Pattern-wise there are no rules on what you should go for next season although stand-outs, so go for whatever feels right to you.

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Dinner jackets that you wear to a party or known as The Fancy Tuxedo Jacket: It can be printed, velvet, or embroidered, it just has to be a fancy tuxedo jacket!

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Coloured Leather Jackets: For decades, leather jackets have been THE winter trend for men. They can be worn with almost anything: suits, casual wear, or sportswear. This winter, the new leather jacket trend is: Coloured. Oxen red, royal blue, kaki, and beige, are just a few of the coloured options available this season.

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MORE ON FRANCOIS:

Francois is passionate about the beauty industry and how it can help people enhance their image and confidence.  He is a regular guest consultant on The Link SABC1, ETV- ENCA, VUZU – V-Entertainment and the SABC Afrikaans radio station RSG, Jacaranda, PowerFM and SAFM.

His voice is well known on SABC radio on many advertising campaigns and he is currently on the celebrity panel of judges on South Africa’s newest reality TV show, Fashion Guru SA which will be seen in 2015 .


Francois hosts image workshops for corporate company’s and for the private sector and specifically concentrates Hair, Make-up, styling and wardrobe workshops.

 

Follow him:

@FrancoisLouw1

https://www.facebook.com/francoislouwbeauty

http://www.francoislouw.co.za

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A MINI Adventure

April 29th, 2015 Posted by Opinion Piece, Uncategorized 1 comment

Recently I have been feeling quite overwhelmed by the opportunities that had presented themselves to me (no pun intended). Life has been a rollercoaster, work has been manic, my church work has all come to a climax, my service work has required my undivided attention and in the process I have been struggling to stay afloat. In a moment of prayer, I felt so strongly that I needed to take a break, even just for a weekend, to learn to appreciate again the many blessings that I had and to be reminded that what was going on in my life was actually such a blessing and not a curse. The sad news was that I just couldn’t find a gap anywhere in my schedule… And so I stole THE most epic adventure EVER one Friday night!!

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One Friday afternoon I called up a few friends and we decided we were going to go on an adventure for the evening. We weren’t sure where the night would take us but we sure as hell knew that we all needed a break from this very serious life we had all been living. We wanted something new, something beautiful and a chance to just be away.

 

Sure as nuts we decided to take a drive out to one of the most beautiful parts of the Cape, Noordhoek. We had no idea what we would be doing there, and so the unexpected journey began.

 

Let’s just start by saying driving that Ou Kaapse Weg road during sunset in the brand new Mini Cooper we were in, was just absolutely spectacular. That was a beautiful getaway in and of itself. We arrived at Café Roux because we knew that they always have something awesome to showcase and on this night there was a band I had never heard of called John Wizards playing. They were, for lack of better words, strange, but I so enjoyed the sound… And little did I know they actually had quite a large following!

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Here is one of their songs called Muizenberg:

This one is a live performance of Lusaka By Night:

 

Anyway, after getting into the groove at Café Roux and having a completely overpriced burger, it was time to go and explore the area. We took a quick drive down the road and spotted what seemed to be an abandoned horse show-jumping ground. The stars were out, the moon was bright so the 4 of us jumped the rail, scurried through the dark field to find swings hanging from the trees. We swung in the dark, laughed, got dizzy, fell… And it was time to sit in the open field, fall back and look at the stars in the quiet night sky. My cousin, Sven, decided this wasn’t enough after a while and so the ghost stories began to flow… We laughed, got goose bumps, stared some more at the nights sky and all its beauty appreciating Gods creation until sanity kicked in and we realised that it was time we snapped back to reality and head home before we were found trespassing. I so hope the owner of the farm doesn’t read this – Sorry Mr farmer, your swings were great!

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We all piled back into the Mini and were on our way back home over those beautiful hills. The mood in the car was almost silent as we all looked in awe of how beautiful Cape Town was. It made me realise that in the rat race I had been living, I forgot to take a step back and see that in fact, my life is about far more than the successes of my work and that for me to truly find fruit in my work it is a necessity (and not a nice-to-have) to take a break and appreciate exactly where you are NOW instead of focusing on where you always think you still need to go. With all the violence we are seeing in our news, it is hard to sometimes recognise goodness and so it is important to TAKE goodness, for if we also spread hatred and sadness, where will people experience joy from?… Thank you to Hayely, Dwight and my cousin Sven for joining me on this epically unexpected journey. I am glad I got to share some joy with you! Let’s do it again soon.

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To Mini Auto Atlantic, if it weren’t for the car you guys gave me, this adventure would never have been inspired. The car is INCREDIBLE and one day I hope to not only have the honour of driving it, but of owning it. The new Mini Cooper is such a legend – I am in love!! It has all the bells and whistles, turbo-charged engine flashy lights, epic interior and more. You can check out these cool cats here: http://www.mini-autoatlantic.co.za

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Until my next post, ciao for now…

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My Freak Finger Accident

March 13th, 2015 Posted by News, Uncategorized 6 comments

I must warn you that if you are the type of person that looks away at some of the scenes in Grey’s Anatomy, then this is NOT the blog for you – GRAPHIC IMAGES!

 

As some of you may have seen on social media, on Tuesday 10 March 2015 on a regular morning I arrived at gym with my gym trainer as I do most mornings and began my session as per normal. About half way through my session, we had finished doing bench press with free weights and I was on my first set of incline press. After my 12 reps I attempted to drop the weights at my side so I could sit up… And this is where the freak accident happened.

 

I was unaware that next to me were lying the weights from my previous set. As I let go of the 20kg weights my right ring finger got slammed between the weights I let go and the weights that were lying next to me – crushing the tip of my finger. At first it just felt like I had slammed my finger in the door. That is until I decided to look at the finger… This is what I saw:

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Gross right?! Well naturally we rushed off to hospital to have it checked out. I didn’t scream or anything but I remember clearly praying out loud and feeling ill and faint in the parking lot. After a big mistake (ending up at some dodgy hospital) my brother and his fiancé transferred me to Mediclinic in Gardens. They were INCREDIBLE – brilliant nurses and doctors.

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Later that afternoon I was admitted into surgery where the surgeon had to rebuild my nail bed, align the tip of my bone, remove my nail and re sew my nail back on as a temporary splint. It was a short 1-hour surgery and probably looks much worse than it was, but DAMN it was an ordeal. Can you believe that he put stitches through my nail to keep it in place?!

3 days later I had to go visit the surgeon again to check the wound. Check out the stitches:

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This was probably the most painful part. Looks like he did a great job, but still so gruesome!

 

Anyway, in the process I have learned how hard it is to brush your teeth with your left hand, how hard it is to wash your left armpit with your left hand, how hard driving is with 1 hand, how frustrating typing is and how impossible it is to write with my left hand.

 

I must give a big thank you to my family, my gym trainer (Dan), my surgeon and all the nurses (who all were so kind and wanted to say hello because of my days on Hectic Nine-9) and to YOU for the incredible support. I literally have been dealing with the best and felt so loved!

 

Now I’m on my 6-week road to recovery… Prayers welcome!

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MADE FOR THE MIX – J&B Met 2015

February 10th, 2015 Posted by News, Uncategorized No Comment yet

I know, I know!!! It’s been a while since I last posted and thought I would get back into the swing of things and chat about one of January’s highlights!

31st January 2015 saw some of SA’s A-list celebs and personalities come together for what proves to always be an exciting event – The J&B Met!

The J&B Met is one of the biggest horse racing events in the country and always deliver crazy, interesting and very creative fashion, not to mention the exhilarating atmosphere caused by the actual races themselves. To be honest, I have never been the biggest fan of the met because of the pressure of dressing up and greeting people who’s names I tend to forget. But nevertheless it is always a jol once you are actually there… Especially when you get treated to an awesome VIP experience.

This year’s theme, “Made For The Mix”, saw many people interpreting it in so many ways….  I opted for a classic TopMan South Africa look – compiling of a navy patterned shirt, and to add a bit of flair, I decided to go with khaki checked shorts and a sophisticated tie to match. It was way too hot to wear a jacket so I thought I would ‘mix’ it up this year ;-)…

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The day was spent mingling with some of the industries best, as well as some of my fellow management team ‘family’ members from Actorvate Relations, who travelled down to CPT for the much-anticipated event.

But not to neglect the main reason we were all brought together – the actual main horse race itself, which was won by the brilliant 4-year-old Futura, earning him a second straight victory at the group I level. Sometimes I feel sad for the horses but something in me knows that when they win they feel the pride too!

A day out at the races, eating some delicious food, seeing some old friends (and making some new) and sipping on the J&B Honey was enjoyed by everyone, me included!

A special thanks to TopMan South Africa for dressing me.

You can follow them and check out their latest fashion below:

Twitter: https://twitter.com/Topman_SA

Instagram: TOPMAN_SA

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TopshopSouthAfrica

 

Ciao for now peeps!!

 

 

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