Friday, March 22, 2013

Top 10 Energy Saving Tips From Eskom

 Below are the top 10 energy saving tips from Eskom
  • Your dishwasher – Fill your dishwasher completely before operation. Partial loads waste electricity and water.
  • Your refrigerator – Do not overload your fridge, excessive products in your fridge will lower the quality of food and use more electricity-as much as 10-20% more for each extra product.
  • Your electric stove- Bring food to the boil quickly on the “high” setting, then turn the heat down to simmer and finish cooking
  • Your microwave - Defrost your food in the refrigerator overnight instead of the microwave oven: it is more economical.
  • Your small kitchen appliances – using these appliances instead of the stove can save energy. Toasters, electric grills, slow cookers and electric coffee pots usually require less energy than the stove when used correctly. Use an electric kettle to boil water, not a sauce pan or a microwave
  • Your lights – with the correct lighting you will save energy, money and eye strain by lighting your home properly. The wattage of a bulb is not a measure of the amount of light it gives, but rather the energy it uses. For instance, a 100watt bulb gives 50% more light than four 25 watt bulbs. Fluorescent lights give five times the light and last up to 10 times as long as ordinary bulbs.
  • Your Air conditioning – set your air conditioning unit to re-circulate cool air instead of drawing in warmer outside air. Protect the outdoor cooling units from the sun. Place them on the South or shady side of your house.
  • Your Washing machine – the automatic washing machine uses the same amount of electricity for a full load as it consumes for a single item. Save dirty clothes until a full load has accumulated.
  • Your iron consumes as much energy as ten 100 watt light bulbs.  Iron low temperature garments first to reduce warm up time, iron large batches of clothing at one time to avoid wasting energy reheating the iron several times.
  • Your geyser – to optimize electricity efficiency, geysers should be located as close as possible to the points where hot water is being used, insulated hot water pipes maintain their temperature at constant levels and prevent heat loss.
  • By taking a shower a instead of a bath you can save water
  • Do not set your thermostat to high a recommended 50-60 degrees
Read Article on how to further save on electricity.

Leon Hailstones
Green Store (40 Essex Terrace Westville)


Monday, March 18, 2013

Famous Last Words

Due to the circumstances surrounding the bizarre death of the former Toronto based lawyer, the name Garry Hoy has become synonymous with the term "famous last words".

Mr Hoy will always be remembered for his renowned party trick which was launching himself up against the "unbreakable" glass windows in the boardroom of the law firm where in life he was employed.

While attending a reception for new articling students, Hoy plunged 24 stories into the courtyard below confirming a notion most of us have always subscribed to. If an item is supposedly unbreakable, it doesn't mean it won't break, what it suggests is that it may take a bit longer. As a well-educated postgraduate and a former professional engineer you would have expected Hoy to know this.

According to co-workers, he would often do this stunt to impress visitors but would normally bounce harmlessly off the glass. His fatal plunge occurred during his second performance of the day.

Information Source:

Ernest Roper
Membership Services Manager


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Market to a Target Audience

Our area offices in Durban, Midlands, South Coast and Zululand all host a member meeting every second month and members are invited to attend. This is a fantastic opportunity to market the services of your company or your products to a target audience.

Our Health and Safety department provides a fantastic forum meeting every second month where members are informed of new legislation and any other pertinent information regarding OHS.

Every meeting enjoys the benefit of hearing not only from our own Health and Safety professionals but from other people who are also highly respected in the industry. If you have products or services specifically aimed at Health and Safety practitioners and would like an avenue with which to market them, this represents a great opportunity for you.

For more information, contact me on 031 266 7070 and let's chat.


Tanya Leeuw
Market Dept


Monday, March 4, 2013

Wear and Tear

South African Revenue Services (SARS) allows a business to write off the cost of assets purchased for business purposes over a number of years against taxable income. This allowance is referred to as wear and tear.

The number of years allowed to write off assets is contained in Interpretation Note 47 issued by SARS. It’s a long list and covers a myriad of assets but some certainly had me scratching my head:

Adding machines - 6 years
Adding machines went out of vogue about 30 years ago. Perhaps there’s still a thriving market in Springbok?

Bumping flaking - 4 years
Huh??? Hmmmmmm...

Cheque writing machines -6 years
What’s a cheque?

Guillotines - 6 years
Is it legal to guillotine staff in South Africa? (A few candidates do come to mind...)

Mobile caravans - 5 years
I thought all caravans were mobile

Motorised chain saws - 4 years
I thought all chain saws were motorised

Musical instruments - 5 years
Writing off a Stradivari violin will sort out your taxable income for the next 5 years

Shakers - 4 years
We have a couple of movers and shakers where I work

Typewriters - 6 years
I read that some Japanese company made the world’s last typewriter the other day.

It’s really difficult to find anything remotely funny about tax so I hope SARS never modernize their list so that in 2025 someone will be trying to figure out what an adding machine is.

By the way, the acquisition of “small” items at a cost of less than R7 000 per item may be written off in full during the year of acquisition.
Greg Beykirch
Financial Director