Construction Highlights for 2019

As the end of the year approaches… Wait! What? Is it that time already?

Yes, it is, before we know it’s crunch time again, Christmas décor is up at shopping malls…. while looking back at the year 2019 it was not just doom and gloom with the construction industry under immense pressure, let’s take a look at some of the construction highlights for this year.

How can I not start with the Tallest Building in Africa, situated in Sandton, almost near completion The Leonardo poses at 230m high in all it’s glory, boosting a mixed-use space with apartments, offices, landscaped gardens, a bar, and a crèche. It offers eight luxury penthouse suites topped by the three-level, 360° view.

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Sticking in the Gauteng region with some architectural flare we had the unveiling of the OR Tambo Mixed Used Development, Facilities include a fitness centre, canteen and creche. The floor area is estimated at 33 000m². The entire project is estimated at a total of R4.5 Billion. Phase 1 A is approximately R750 million.

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Another mammoth development underway is the Sandton Gate Precinct consisting of 6 phases including premium office space, convenience retail, modern residential apartments and a gym. This development also includes features such as piazzas & walkways, fibre connectivity and state of the art security. Oh and just by the way it’s a Smart Eco City development.

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Okay, I am definitely allowing Gauteng to get the better off me here let me move on to the Western Cape…

So let’s see what the Mother City has in store for us.

Harbour Arch embracing restaurants, coffee shops, cocktail bars, offices, residential apartments, and a motor dealership, levels of parking, an entertainment area & retail outlets located north-eastern gateway to the CBD.

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The Rockefeller consisting of 246 apartments and 13 storeys located smack-bang in the middle of the Cape Town.

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Moving to the shores of the East Coast we have the fabulous extension of the Durban Promenade, already an East Coast favourite amongst tourists and locals, the golden mile has been extended by 750m.

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Glorious establishments never seem to stop popping up in Umhlanga, The Radisson Blu Hotel Durban Umhlanga will have a total of 200 rooms and a range of world-class offerings including: State-of-the-art business facilities; exclusive fine-dining offerings; a large banqueting facility and other meeting rooms for 1200 people; rooftop bar and terrace; spectacular rim-flow pool deck; boutique gym; spa treatment rooms; artisanal roaster style coffee bar; and Islamic compliant facilities. There will also be a Presidential suite on the 16th floor.

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Well Ladies & Gentlemen, looking back at 2019, it has been nothing short of magnificent buildings coming up everywhere in our beautiful country despite the bad it gives us something great to look forward to.

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5G Technology: Is Africa Ready For It?

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Communication is a vital part of our everyday lives, and with the advancements in technology, we have seen it become so much easier to incorporate into our daily lives. With those advancements came the integration of other parts of our lives to these technological platforms. Our entertainment, our work, everything we hold dear, all of this data accessible on the go. We have gone from being amazed by making phone calls to another person, to nonchalantly video-chatting with other people on the other side of the globe. It just keeps getting easier. With new mobile devices coming out every other week, we realise just how these platforms have transformed. But are these platforms quick enough? Now we are more interested in how quickly we can access everything. In steps 5G Technology. What is this mysterious thing of the future?

What is 5G Technology?

5G is the latest in cellular networks, it is 5th Generation technology. Meaning that it is the successor of the 4th Generation cellular network technology(4G). Using 4G technology we get substantial speeds, allowing us to download large files, even as large as Gigabytes, in minutes. Being the next generation, we will be able to download Gigabytes of data in seconds. Check out Spectrum for more info on the more on the technologies required for 5G. There is a recognised standard for the network to have to follow for it to be considered 5G meaning that we could be looking at speeds like 2.5 GB/s(gigabytes per second which also equates to 20 gigabits per second, bits being an eighth of a byte) for downloads and 1.25 GB/s(gigabytes per second which also equates to 10 gigabits per second) for uploads. Further details can be found at Life Wire.

What is so special about 5G Technology?

Because 5G is substantially faster than its predecessor it is definitely worth taking a look at as it makes real-world uses incredibly exciting. It can enhance the usability of existing technologies and perhaps even open doors to newer ones at the same time. Considering that the speeds, capacity and latency(which is the delay) of such a connection has potential to be, it would alter the way we perceive the internet as a whole, giving light to endless possibility. Such improvements could aid in the experience in self-driving cars, virtual reality simulations, air traffic control, movie downloads, and many other uses that would require downloading large files.

Does anyone have as yet in Africa?

At the moment there are a few places in Africa that have access to 5G technology. Vodacom has launched Africa’s first commercial 5G services as of August of 2018 in Lesotho. Other companies also have taken to 5G, such as MTN; having launched a customer trial in Midrand back in November 2018. South African company Rain offers a 5G for home service to Johannesburg and Tshwane. Although Rain is currently the only one of these companies with the necessary licensing that will allow for the use of the newer 5G spectrum (IOL).

Changes needed to be made to support 5G?

As great as the prospects are for this technology, there are some issues that companies looking to implement this technology, may face. The more technical stuff aside, there would need to be newer towers, or at least upgrades to the older towers so that they can support the 5G spectrum. And there would need to be widely available devices that can support this technology. Here’s a list of 5G supported devices from Gihosoft. For these to be put into place, even before all of these changes are even plausible, there would need to be the discussion of whether or not the spectrum necessary for the network, is even available. For more detail on what spectrum is as it relates to communication networks check out GSMA.

Is Africa ready for 5G?

As great as this technology seems, is it really something that could be implemented in Africa? Yes and no. It has already been implemented in certain areas. Which certainly gives us hope that it is possible, and given the right location, plausible. But there already exists technology that is available in Africa that has barely been used to its fullest. 4G being 5G’s predecessor, is yet to be fully realised across the continent, with some places still using 2G (IT Web). Considering that there are places that can support the newer technology, there are also places that cannot. Although we are playing catch up, I do believe that once the older generations are more widely utilised, for all that it is and all that it is worth, then there should certainly be more backing of this technology. But until then, implementing it in smaller proportions, at least as is feasible, is the best way forward.

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10 Best Android Apps for 2019


Trello is a simple and flexible tool that enhances productivity and collaboration. It can easily be used in different contexts, from tracking your aspirations, day-to-day work and those pesky to-do lists, to being used as a project management tool to manage your team’s projects and provide a mechanism for effective communication and collaboration between team members.

The building blocks of Trello are Boards, which are built up of Cards and are arranged into Lists as you see fit. Kanban boards are easy to create in Trello and most boards I have worked with have been based on them.

You can also form Teams, which perfect for setting up an environment for a project team or department to work in. Trello provides Power-Ups that extend the app with add-ons and integrations with external apps.

The Android version gives you all this in a compact, easy to use App. It comes with two widgets for your home screen! that allows you to add cards on the fly, perfect for when inspiration hits you and you are away from your desk!


Slack is an instant-messaging application that is immensely popular in the Software Industry. It provides all the functionality you would expect from any messaging application, with several twists and great features. One simple but helpful feature is the ability to seamlessly upload files in chat from a device or Google. Users can be tagged in messages and there is a built-in markdown language for formatting messages too.

Slack has Channels, which are similar to chatrooms, that can be linked to integrations with external applications. Each integration provides a set of commands that allow users to run tasks in an external app from a Channel. This is very useful when you are performing tasks based on a Channel discussion. I regularly use the Trello integration to add new Cards based on feedback and discussions in Project related Channels and assign them to team members.

G Suite

G Suite is actually a range of apps, but they seamlessly integrate to form a single app experience! If you have ever used Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendars, Google Docs or Sheets, you have used G Suite.

These android apps give you the power to work anywhere, anytime, and are versatile. Furthermore, many third-party applications provide integrations with G Suite products, so you can access them from third-party apps without interruption.


Basecamp is a project management and team communication tool that centralises access to tasks, documents, schedules and discussions amongst members of project teams. Without centralisation, information is often scattered across different sources and finding it becomes difficult and chaotic.

Basecamp allows provides To-Do Lists, Message Boards, Schedules, Document Storage, Group Chats and a feature called Check-Ins, which are an effective way of getting feedback on progress/status from team members on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

Microsoft OneDrive

This is the android version of Microsoft’s ubiquitous Office suite. It offers the same benefits as the G Suite range, such as easy access to documents and easy integration into third-party applications.


Asana is yet another project management tool. It provides different views of a Project, such as a List view which lists all tasks, or a Board view (a Kanban board) that groups tasks into lists for each available status. Each task can be assigned a team member, due date, status and priority.


Skype is an application that offers video and voice call capabilities as well as instant messaging and is great for connecting with friends, family, colleagues and customers alike.


The Evernote app allows you to capture and organise notes into virtual collections called notebooks using your android device. Like the other apps listed in this post, Evernote is great for personal and business use.

Tiny Scanner

This app turns your android device into a mobile scanning machine and is ideal for individuals or businesses alike without access to a scanning machine. It can convert a scanned document into an image or PDF document and gives you the option to upload them to a cloud storage service of your choice.

Google Calendar

This app integrates well with your Android device, giving you all the functionality of the web-based version in a more convenient format and the power to make the most of every day.

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Black Friday: Your Ultimate Guide

Black Friday

Two words synonymous with buzzwords like deals, sales, countdown and ads to name a few. Have you already started receiving deal sign-up notifications, some which offer early access and even opportunities to win vouchers? Black Friday officially signals the start of the holiday shopping season globally.

Traditionally the day after Thanksgiving in the USA, Black Friday, falls on the 29th of November 2019 and will no doubt be characterized by the same midnight-alarm-setting, queue-camping, quick grabbing, elbowing and epic statistics like those that came before.

Let’s not forget Black Friday’s equally anticipated partner Cyber Monday; for those of us who prefer using their quick clicking skills over physical queuing stamina. I, myself fall into the record-breaking eCommerce category no matter the day.

Black Friday: Your Ultimate Guide

  1. Research is key: don’t be caught by ‘fake’ specials and don’t lose out on possible bigger savings
  2. Make your list (and check it twice): this will prevent unnecessary purchases while also ensuring you tick off all your items.
  3. Hydrate and Nourish: You need to be in tip-top shape if you want to gain that edge
  4. Plan and Prioritize: optimal route planning will save you time and money.
  5. Budget: remember those oh-so-exciting monthly expenses don’t magically disappear
  6. Bonus: Sign up to all the Black Friday Alert emails
To obtain Black Friday’s ever-elusive specials shoppers will go to (sometimes fatal) extremes as illustrated in Black Friday Death and Injury Count. Use Your Ultimate Black Friday Guide and don’t become a statistic.

Want some visuals? Click below for Black Friday by numbers as published by Black Friday Global.

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Tallest Buildings in South Africa

Tall, Taller, Tallest… The 5 tallest buildings in South Africa.

South Africa is one of the most structurally and economically developed nations on the African continent.

Let’s have a look at the top 5 tallest buildings in South Africa.

Interesting Facts:

1. The Leonardo is a 55 Floor mixed-use property development reaching 234m.

Its completion in 2019 has made it South Africa’s tallest building, taking over from the Carlton Centre which was the tallest building since 1973. The development will include street-level shops as well as an above-ground podium, where a swimming pool, restaurant and several other facilities will be located. The tower portion of the development will be built above this 4 level podium. An alternative name for the development was 75 on Maude. However, it will only hold that title for a short duration, as Kenya has plans to build the tallest building in Africa within the next three years.

2. The Carlton Centre is a skyscraper and shopping centre located in downtown Johannesburg and reaches 223m and 50 floors.

The Carlton Centre was designed by the US architectural firm Skidmore, Owings and Merrill. Anglo American Properties began construction in the late 1960s by demolishing the old Carlton Hotel and the closing roads to form a city superblock. Excavations for the Carlton began in January 1967 and took two years to complete. Although occupation of the Centre began in 1971, construction was not finally completed until 1974. The building officially opened in 1973 at a total cost of over R88 million

3. The Ponte City Apartments is a skyscraper in Berea, Johannesburg.

It was built in 1975 and is 173m and 55m, making it the tallest residential skyscraper in Africa. The 55-story building is cylindrical, with an open centre allowing additional light into the apartments. The centre space is known as “the core” and rises above an uneven rock floor. When built, Ponte City was seen as an extremely desirable address due to its views over all of Johannesburg and its surroundings. The neon sign on top of the building is the largest sign in the southern hemisphere and advertised for the Coca-Cola Company prior to 2000. It currently advertises the South African mobile phone company Vodacom.


4. The Marble Towers is a skyscraper in the CBD of Johannesburg.

Built-in 1973 and is 152m and 32 storeys tall. The structure is made out of a mixture of concrete and marble and has an eight-storey parking garage attached. The building was originally known as the Sanlam Centre. It is located on the corner of Jeppe and Von Wielligh Streets.


5. The South African Reserve Bank Building is a 38 storey skyscraper in Pretoria.

It was built in 1988 and is 38 storeys tall. The structure is made of concrete and glass and was the first flush glazed glass tower block in the Southern Hemisphere.





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Essential Tips on Pest Control in Construction

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The best way to treat pests is prevention before construction, rather than managing a problem that arises after your building has been standing a while when prevailing conditions could result in an open invitation to pests. This may pose the threat of them making a home within your building, or neighbouring buildings. The damage that little critters cause, without one even being aware there is a problem, is substantial. Infestations can prove more costly to eradicate than preventative solutions. There are ways and means to avoid the unwanted attention of pests throughout the construction process, but the bottom line is to build pest control into your construction plans as early as possible.

See below for a 4 step strategy for successful pest control.

1. To establish the best pest prevention methods it will be vital to establish the following:
What kinds of pests pose threats in the area of the site and how high risk do they pose (types and numbers)
What routes might pests use to enter the building
How the building is constructed (to avoid high humidity, accumulation of water, or contact between timber and soil)
What materials are being used in construction such as timber and other permeable building materials, opting rather for impermeable materials such as brick, stone, concrete, and steel

2. Assess the risk of pests in the site location:
Monitoring – To assess types and numbers. Monitoring could be in the form of traps, inspections, and sampling or visual counts to assess the patterns of pests in the area. Monitoring can be done continuously through all stages of construction and as a management tool post-construction
Water Sources – What nearby water sources are there such as ponds and lakes which could pose a threat as pests will locate their nests close to water sources.
Grading – If your property is not appropriately levelled or graded, water may pool in areas of the site, attracting termites, mosquitoes, and other pests.

3. Formulate an adequate plan to prevent and manage pests:
The plan should not be an isolated pest control method but rather a combination of a number of control methods based on various factors and the information obtained through the above assessments, together with ongoing monitoring and reports.

Control methods to remove pests include:
Pest trapping
Heat/cold treatment
Physical removal
Pesticide application – a chemical treatment helps to form a protective barrier against later infestations
Control methods to avoid the influx or return of unwanted pests:
Training of construction workers, and the staff who will later occupy the building in the importance of sanitation and pesticide safety. Unhygienic practices and conditions will encourage the inhabitation or re-inhabitation of pests.
Inspection of all building materials that enter the site during construction
Reducing debris and clutter around buildings, the removal of litter and overgrown vegetation, and keeping planting away from the perimeter of the building will all discourage pests from settling
Sealing areas where pests enter the building
Installing traps, pest barriers and repellents
Maintaining clean dining and food storage areas

4. Documenting pest control actions is helpful in the evaluation of the success of your plan:
Record of each pest control method, including pesticide applications
Evidence that non-chemical control methods were considered and implemented where possible, due to the toxicity levels of pesticides.
Recommendations for preventing future pest infestations

Finally, to ensure continued pest prevention and control, it is advisable to work with a pest management professional on a regular basis and to keep your prevention and management plan relevant and current. Why not search the Leads 2 Business Directory for Pest Control and Management service providers?

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Cycreek Pest Control

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Incredible Bridge Structures throughout the World

Researching bridges, who knew it could be this interesting, here are three bridges that caught my attention. A bridge is not just a from of infrastructure for the use of transport, but they turn into historical landmarks within the cities and countries they are built in.

Here are some landmarks:

The longest bridge in the world is known as Danyang – Kunshan Grand Bridge, construction on this bridge started in 2006 and the bridge was opened on 30 June 2011. Employing 10,000 workers, and built at a cost of about $8.5 million. This bridge stretches a length of 165 kilometres over the waters in China, part of the Beijing-Shanghai High-Speed Railway. The bridge averages about 100 feet (31 meters) off the ground. This bridge type is called Viaduct.

The longest bridge in South Africa was built in March 1879, there were no details logged as to how long it took to build the bridge. This bridge is situated the Orange River, connecting the Eastern Cape and Free State, situated just outside the towns. The arched D.H. Steyn Bridge (also known as Hennie Steyn Bridge) is 1,152 km long and 51,5 meter high over water levels. This bridge is not only accessible for vehicles, but also has railway access.

The most visited bridge in South Africa is the Nelson Mandela bridge located in Johannesburg. This bridge took a budget of R102-120 million to build. The construction took place over 42 railway lines without disturbing any traffic, there are no logs as to when the construction actually started, but the bridge was completed in 2003. This bridge ranges in length of 284m and 27m high.

A bridge project that is currently taking place in Africa is known as the Bahir Dar Abay Bridge in Ethiopia.

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Five of the most common reasons why people hate Shopping Malls

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Five of the most common reasons why people hate Shopping Malls


  1. Location – Is very important when deciding where to develop a shopping centre as consumers are drawn to the convenience and do not want to drive for miles to do their shopping and its situation must be in a safe location whereby consumers are safe travelling there. Consumers will avoid areas where there are a lot of vagrants entering malls.
  2. Parking – Not being able to find parking is anyone’s worst nightmare, consumers need to be able to find parking easily and have enough parking spaces allocated for special needs e.g. moms and tots and disabled parking. If security booms are installed they need to be in proper working order and there must be an emergency contact number should there be a problem with the pay machines.
  3. Security – Everyone wants to know they are safe when they are shopping, security in and around the shopping centres is very important, people will not shop in centres where there is ‘high crime’. Installation of good quality cameras throughout the centre and all ATMs are a must as these help police catch criminals and deter criminals. Centres must employ security companies to patrol all areas.
  4. Crowds – People don’t like to shop where there are crowds just hanging around.  Mall Management needs to make sure that the security keeps people moving and that people do not just go to the mall to stand around, as this is generally when crime happens.
  5. Toilets – Ablution facilities should always be kept clean and safe, there should always be security posted near the toilets to ensure customers’ safety. Clean toilets that have good baby changing facilities and disabled toilets are always a drawcard to malls as everyone wants to use clean toilets and hygienic facilities.

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Why Insurance is vital for the Building Industry

Why Insurance is vital for the Building Industry

Did you know that 3% of construction workers sustain a work-related injury each year? – and these stats are just the ones that actually get reported?

In 2015/2016 a total of 43 workers were fatally injured in the construction sector!

You shouldn’t cut corners with any type of insurance but when it comes down to construction insurance, you really can’t afford to make mistakes.

When you have been awarded a contract, before you start on site you need ask yourself the following questions:

  • What if something happens?
  • Do you have enough money to cover for any loss or injury?
  • Will you be able to sustain your business if you have a huge outlay?

Being in the construction industry is a very risky business, it is unpredictable with regards to weather, machinery and the foundation you are working on.

Size doesn’t matter – Some people may think that only large national firms need construction insurance, but even if you are a small company, accidents do occur. Being careless with a blow torch could result in an accidental fire that causes hundreds of thousands of rands damage and you need to be covered.
Larger companies would be able to possibly absorb the loss of income but small companies more than likely need assistance.

If you do not have cover, some customers may not select you to do the work, as it is too much of a risk for them to use your company. They would rather use a company that is covered by insurance. So by being covered may give you more opportunities.

So in closing, if you are not covered for insurance, big or small, get covered!


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Is Insurance really necessary?

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Is Insurance really necessary?

Is Insurance really necessary

The simple and straight forward answer is – Yes.
Some of you may ask why? The answer to this is also pretty simple – Life is unpredictable.

Below are a few examples of some of the basic, if not most important insurance policies you may need in your personal capacity and for construction/business.

Personal Insurance
The 5 basic insurance policies that everyone should have, although not everyone can afford all of the below, it is a good idea to have them, look at it this way – the cost of insurance is relatively cheap well at least far less than the cost of not having it if something goes wrong.

• Health Insurance
• Car Insurance
• Homeowner’s or Renter’s Insurance
• Life Insurance
• Disability Insurance (Long and short term)

Construction Insurance

Uwe Putlitz, CEO of the Joint Building Contracts Committee, says “generally five types of insurable risks generally apply to all construction projects:

Contract Works Insurance (CWI): This deals with the whole works during the construction period including plant and materials, work by specialist contractors, and additional professional fees where damage to the works occurs. Such a policy must be extended to include possible damage to existing buildings during alterations and additions and/or to include adjoining structures;
Supplementary Insurance (SI): Deals with expense or loss caused by events outside the normal control of the parties, including civil commotion, riots, strike action etc. not included in the CWI policy. SI can be obtained from the South African Special Risks Insurance Association (SASRIA) in South Africa, or the Namibian Special Risks Insurance Association (NASRIA) in Namibia. Supplementary to the CWI, SI is not available to the public and needs to be arranged by a broker;
Public Liability Insurance (PLI): Provides indemnity in the event of a death or injury to any person and or accidental loss or physical damage to tangible property;
Removal of Lateral Support Insurance (RLSI): This applies where the execution of the works may cause weakening or damage or interference with the support of land or property on site or adjacent to the site and the consequences thereof; and
Other Insurances (OI): This applies to cover risks in transit of goods imported from overseas specifically for installation in a project.”

The concept of insurance is straightforward but the actual selection of appropriate policies for specific contracts is not.
“That is why it is important to deal only with a broker experienced in construction industry insurance matters: this type of cover is not a do-it-yourself activity and, if dealt with improperly, all claims will be rejected. The insurance must be carefully considered to include and list all identified risks including the location of the works, the type of structure, the method of construction and where existing structures or other site conditions may be at risk,” he explains.

Business Insurance:

From the day anyone starts a business, you are exposed to risks. Before the first employee is hired, a business is at risk. This is why it is so important to have the right insurance policies. A lawsuit or catastrophic event could cripple a small business before it has a chance to get off the ground.
Fortunately, businesses have access to a wide range of insurance types to protect them against these possibilities. Here are some insurance types that a business should have in place as soon as possible.

Professional liability insurance:
Professional liability insurance, also known as errors and omissions (E&O) insurance, covers a business against negligence claims due to harm that results from mistakes or failure to perform.

Property insurance:
Whether a business owns or leases its space, property insurance is a must.

Workers’ compensation insurance:
Once the first employee has been hired, workers’ compensation insurance should be added to a business’s insurance policy.

Home-based businesses:
Many professionals begin their small businesses in their own homes. Unfortunately, homeowner’s policies don’t cover home-based businesses, ask your insurer for additional insurance to cover your equipment and inventory in the event of a problem.

Product liability insurance:
If your business manufactures products for sale on the general market, product liability insurance is a must.

Vehicle insurance:
If company vehicles will be used, those vehicles should be fully insured to protect businesses against liability if an accident should occur.

Business interruption insurance:
If a disaster or catastrophic event does occur, a business’s operations will likely be interrupted.

So to end, you can see how necessary having insurance actually is.
You may not want to pay the monthly instalments but you will grateful you did if something ever happens (let’s hope that nothing that requires a claim happens).

Please ensure that you have enough insurance policies in place to cover any event that could affect the running of your business or your life and make sure you or anyone affected is covered.

For Insurance cover or enquiries please contact:
Brad Hutton


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