Way Forward with MTN Self Service

MTN is one of Africa’s telecommunications network providers. It has once again been recognised as the best mobile network in South Africa, according to the latest Mobile Network Quality Report by MyBroadband.

The MTN mobile network has improved its services over the years. Subscribers are able to do more without being dependent on call centre assists. Below is a list of    basic USSD codes for MTN subscribers

  1. For the Master Menu dial *141*0#, it’s a free service.
  2. For Balance Enquiry dial 141#, it’s a free service.
  3. To Buy MTN products dial *141*2#, it’s a free service.
  4. For MTN Me2U services dial *141*3#, it’s also a Free service
  5. To Change Price Plan dial *141*4#, it’s a Free service
  6. To Manage your MTN services, dial *141*5#, it’s a Free
  7. For MTN Loyalty services dial *141*9#, it’s a Free service
  8. For MTN Eazi Recharge services *141*10# Free
  9. For Mobile Money services  *120*668#, its a Free service for MTN Subscribers
  10. For CallBack services dial *121*(number)# , it’s a Free service
  11. For ExtraTime services dial *141*2# then select option 7, however, this requires a subscriber to have been with MTN for over three months before borrowing airtime from this mobile network.

MTN customers are already enjoying the benefits of the company’s new vision and even though MTN hiked prices in July, they seem to be limiting the number of customers calling in at the call centre.

Where to Grab the Best Grub in the Mother City

Cape Town is one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, and this shows not only through the different nationalities of people who call the city their home  but through the vast array of restaurants serving up cuisine from every corner of the globe.

Are you planning a holiday to Cape Town really soon? You can think about where you want to eat before you go, as there are so many restaurants to choose from, and you may need a plan in order to fit all of them in.

We have put together a short list of three different cuisines, giving you an idea of where you may want to book a table:

Eastern Food Bazaar – Cape Town

An authentic Cape Town experience awaits at our buzzing canteen-style eatery. From Turkish kebabs to Cape-style biryanis, creamy North Indian curries and real tandoor dishes, the whole spice spectrum from Bombay to the Bo-Kaap is covered and deliciously so behind several counters.

Andalousse Moroccan Cuisine – Woodstock

Best Moroccan restaurant in town! – See 56 traveller reviews, 104 candid photos, and great deals for Woodstock, South Africa. If you are craving something different and/or have a taste for Moroccan food then don’t miss this place. The food was absolutely wonderful. We started with Moroccan Mint tea. It came with some traditional cookies which were made in house and tasted so good.

Rootis Cape Malay Restaurant

Rooti’s Cape Malay Restaurant is a very popular dining venue at the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town. They offer dishes that a full of flavour and are prepared in the traditional Cape Malay fashion. During the summer you can sit outside and enjoy some of their most popular dishes: rootis, denningvleis, smoorsnoek and koeksisters. Rooti’s is fully Halaal. In keeping with Cape Malay customs, the cuisine is halal and no alcohol is served. The surprise about the dishes is that signature curries are much milder than recipes from south-east Asia

Medical Health Care in South Africa

Medical health in South Africa is one of the main issues that we have to face on a day to day bases as South Africans. Public hospitals and clinics are overwhelmingly full while private medical care is skyrocketing expensive.  Around 80% of South Africans use public healthcare, while other people take out private health insurance schemes, which range from basic emergency service cover to full medical plans. The benefits of medical aid can be best appreciated when you need it most. However, you need to understand what your medical aid cover offers. Trust me, understanding medical aid benefits can be tricky at times.

Understanding Medical Aid Benefits

  • Day to Day Benefits is the day to day medical care provided to you and your family by a medical practitioner. These benefits usually include GP visits, specialist services, basic radiology, pathology, allied health services, physiotherapy, occupational therapy.
  • Hospital Benefits is the hospitalisation medical care provided to you and your family. This includes hospital stay, nurse’s services, medically necessary medications, X-rays, supplies, appliances, and equipment the hospital provides

With private healthcare you can either have a hospital cover that has day to day benefits or a hospital cover. It’s very important that you understand your plan and what it provides

What an Itchy Scalp Means & How to Get Rid of It Naturally

itchy scalp South Africa

An itchy scalp is often the result of a number of conditions and contributing lifestyle factors, it’s the most uncomfortable things one can ever experience and it’s also a sign you have an underlying scalp condition. Dealing with an itchy scalp is something no girl wants to deal with, it can come out of nowhere and can really spoil your day.

Here are five ways to deal with an itchy scalp

  1. Washing your hair often is one of the best ways of dealing with an itchy scalp
  2. Using apple cider vinegar on your hair also helps
  3. Keeping your hair moisturized with coconut oil and liquid paraffin helps
  4. Using banking powder paste on your hair for dandruff and cuts
  5. Using aloe vera gel on your hair also eliminates itchiness

A burning and itching scalp can result from any number of inflammatory skin conditions, such as dandruff, fungal infection, psoriasis or eczema. Therefore, take it easy on of hats or wigs as much as possible; overdoing it can cause a lack of oxygen to the scalp and cause a variety of scalp problems.

Plan Your Valentine’s Romantic Getaway Early With These 5 Travel Tips

Currently thinking of a special anniversary surprise for your wife? When planning a getaway, think of it as a once-in-a-lifetime memory with her. However, creating an itinerary, travelling an unknown place and clinging to a budget, resulting for you and your partner’s romance taking a back seat to practicality. But regardless of the struggles of travelling,  it’s not that really problematic to find a little flirtation on the road.

You don’t really need to allow weeks organizing the perfect trip or hiring a foreign hotel staff to leave rose petals on your bed. You can definitely spice up your romance with on the budget and unique ways to add some excitement to your vacation.

Stay Away From Large Crowds

There are numerous popular romantic places that are not really romantic as they are in movies, pictures, and even on your imaginations. For instance, is the great Eiffel Tower that many couples have on their bucket list. In reality, you wouldn’t really see a movie or jewelry commercial that portrays its main characters to wait in line for 45 minutes before paying 12 euros per person to ride a congested elevator to the top, or someone bending on one knee holding a diamond ring at the foot of the monument in the middle of hundreds of noisy, aggressive tourists taking photos of each other as the fake to hold the tower with their hands.

But if you and your partner don’t mind that, then France’s popular building is worth the visit. But if you feel that the two of you would like a private moment away from the long queue and expensive entrance fees, you can try strolling around the historic Montmartre neighbourhood and head over to one of the cafes for a relaxing cafe au lait and a crepe. If you hate massive crowds then do some research so you’ll get ready for whatever you can expect from your trip before undertaking a romantic excursion to a well-known tourist site. For a more personal experience together, find some of the not-so-famous museums and places or you can arrange a low-season of early-morning weekday visits to spots that normally draw crowds.

Organize a Romantic Arrival at the Hotel

If you really want to impress your partner and surprise her even more, you can set arrangements with a local hotel to have the room prepared for your arrival. You can have flower petals scattered on the bed in the shape of a heart. You can hire performers to play a piece of romantic music and have some champagne with your love. Hotels can take care of this, so need to worry about it!

Create a Home Away From Home

Most of the time, this is more romantic than staying in a luxurious, expensive hotel room where you have to tip the staff or keep your valuables in a safe. You can opt for self-catering housings instead, which comes with cottage-style accommodations, and vacation rentals, that normally have kitchens and living areas that tend to be cheaper than inns or hotels. This type of stay is very romantic since it stirs up a cosy, close and intimate retreat in an unfamiliar destination. After enjoying a long day of sightseeing, you can return to your short-term residence and cook your own meals and loosen up and have some bottle of local wine on the balcony with your partner. Instead of using the cash to go to that pricey hotel bar, you can save it for buying fresh ingredients at local markets and prepare your own special recipe.

Opt for Family-Friendly Resort

The factors that come with most family resorts and cruises are meals with huge sea animals, gigantic waterslides and hundreds of kids running around, tend to restrain adult’s romance time. However, if you’re a parent and have your kids with you, then this might be more suitable for you all. There are many family-friendly vacations that provide unique, affordable opportunities for you and your spouse to have a valuable one-on-one time: systematic childcare programs and activity centres. You and your partner will not only benefit from this romantic getaway, but your children will also.

There are plenty of cruise lines such as Princess Disney, Royal Caribbean, Carnival and Cunard, and many more that offers cheap kids’ programs where professional childcare staff look after children while parents can relax at the spa or dine out. Rates for these kinds of group childcare more affordable than hiring private babysitting services. You won’t get any feeling of guilt-free, kid-free romance because your children will surely enjoy a blast on their vacation with entertaining programs and enriching destination activities such as surfing lessons or nature walks.

Simply Enjoy Each Other’s Company

Although seeing famous tourist sites and take pictures the whole day is totally great and can be really tiring, nothing compares in taking the time to stay in and enjoy your peaceful time together. The best suggestion we can give you here is to book a romantic couple massage for you and your wife. With all those walking during the day, go ahead and lay side by side and have a light conversation.

With that being said, you don’t really have to waste all of your money just to give the most perfect romantic getaway for your wife. A simple yet meaningful romantic trip that you both can enjoy is enough to show her how special she is to you. Make sure that you let her know in advance so she knows if she needs to take time off work and she is free to go. You may plan everything at least a month early so nothing goes wrong complicated.

The Importance Of An Seo Audit For Your Website

Why Is It Important To Get An Seo Audit For Your Website?

An SEO audit is an evaluation of how optimised your website is for search engines and is a key first step in search engine optimisation. A website audit will look at crucial points such as bounce rates, page views, time on site, and much more in-depth insights. These are key areas that need to be enhanced to guarantee better search engine indexing.

COMMON ERRORS WHICH AN SEO AUDIT WILL REVEAL: 
404 Page Not Found

One of the most common errors you can come across while browsing the Internet is a 404 or Page Not Found error. This error often occurs when you follow a broken link or if you type in a website address that doesn’t exist.

Broken Images and Missing Alt Tags

Let’s start with alt tags (which stands for alternative tags), they are important to Google image search. Although search engines have become pretty clever, alt tags help them understand what images are about. In other words, alt tags provide textual descriptions of images, which makes it possible for search engines to categorize them.

Broken images cause the same issues as broken links. Broken links are dead ends for users and search engines, and they can cause search engines to downgrade your website because they create a poor user experience. A broken image is usually an icon that looks like a photograph or a piece of paper that’s been ripped in half. An image could be broken for any number of reasons.

NON-SECURE WEBSITES 

The image above will give you a good indication of what a non-secure and a secure website address look like. If you still have a website that is not secure, it is highly recommended to change the website from HTTP to HTTPS. HTTPS is essential for ensuring a safe and secure experience for users. Google considers site security to be a ranking signal and will favour websites with HTTPS.

Slow Loading Website

Page speed is an important ranking factor, more importantly, page speed helps visitors through a better user experience, which leads to an increase in conversions (when a visitor completes a desired action on your website). Having a slow running website is a nightmare because it can deter potential customers from buying through your site or restrict readers from viewing your articles and information. Google has confirmed that website speed is a ranking factor – they expect pages to load in 2 seconds or less, as an optimal benchmark.

Duplicate Content

Duplicate content is content that appears on the Internet in more than one place. It often lives on a different URL and sometimes even on a different domain/website. For instance, your website could be available on both www and non-www or HTTP and HTTPS — or both at the same time, the horror!

No XML Sitemap

A sitemap, or more specifically, an XML sitemap, is like a road map or a table of contents for all of the important pages, posts, and images on your website. Having an XML sitemap will tell Google, and other search engines, which pages are on your website – so they can know to include them in their search results. Without this, the search engine will not be able to crawl your website effectively.

Not Mobile Friendly

When we talk about mobile-friendly websites, we mean that a website looks and functions great on any mobile device, like a smartphone or a tablet. About 91% of mobile users say access to content is critical. That means many may consider leaving a site if they’re unable to find what they’re looking for.  A mobile-friendly website should be sized and coded for easy interaction on any mobile device.

Low Word Count

The amount of words on the pages of your website is referred to as “Word count”, this is a complicated SEO metric because, on one hand, there is no minimum word count for a page. On the other, Google is known to rank content with more depth higher, and longer content is one indicator of depth, especially if you avoid fluff. The content on your website needs to include a broad range of subjects around a given focus topic to make it more valuable to readers.

Temporary Redirects

Redirection is an excellent way to let search engines know when a page has moved so that you don’t lose any page authority (rank on search engine result pages (SERP). However, there is a big difference between permanent (301) and temporary (302) redirects in terms of SEO. A 302 redirect can cause search engines to continue to index an outdated page while ignoring the page you are redirecting it to. That is why if the change is permanent, it’s worth implementing a permanent redirect.

If you are under the impression that you can simply ignore fixing these errors on your website, guess again, eventually, your website will drop off the SERP (Search Engine Results Pages) and before you know it, you will have a website with low traffic and no conversions.

The good news is, your traffic and conversions can and will increase by taking care of the various errors on your website to assure better rankings and ultimately that is why it is important to acquire a proper SEO Audit for your website.

Choose Happiness This Year

It’s a new year and a good time to start with new things. Over the years I have learned that life is too short, so you need to spend it with people who make you laugh and make you feel loved. Being happy is a serious business, it’s more than just a state of mind as many researcher would say.  Happiness is the greatest life blessing, when you are happy every other thing your life fall in place. In this new year, finding true happiness with self would be a good place to start. Happiness lengthens our lives, an emerging research shows that being happier doesn’t just make you feel better — it actually brings a host of potential health benefits, like it improves severe long-term health conditions, relieves stress and much more.

How To Find True Happiness

Inner Peace

Mother Teresa once said “true peace begins with a smile”, which I find to be true, inner peace is real freedom and it leads to true happiness. However, the journey toward inner peace begins with the most overlooked treasure of all, and that is you. It all begins with you.

Forgiveness

Forgiveness is not something you do for the other person, forgiveness is something you do for yourself, therefore, it will benefit you to forgive people even when they don’t apologise and not because they you are stupid or they deserve it but because you value your peace.

Positive Mindset

A positive mind is the first step to happiness. Life has its ups and downs but they come and go because nothing is meant to be permanent. Having a positive mental attitude, it takes choices and if you choose to remain positive, then the happier you will become. Remember that continually focusing on the negative can hinder the ability to find the positive and live a happy life.

You don’t need to conduct a major life overhaul to be happy in 2019. Small changes to your daily routine can go a long way. Every life experience holds a blessing, lesson, or reason to celebrate. The goal is to find it but don’t lose yourself in the process. The objective of all this is to have a happy life.

Cape Town – Pre Wedding Party Ideas For The Bride and Groom

Getting married is a very special and exciting event, one you may have planned for and dreamt about for a long time. Surely, you already know that before the big day, you need to get through the pre-wedding parties for both partners. So before we get to the nitty-gritty of the wedding day plans, let us help you plan your pre-wedding parties in Cape Town, for both the bride and the bridegroom.

The Bachelor & Bachelorette Parties in Cape Town

Bachelor Party or a Bachelorette Party is meant for the groom and the bride to spend some time with their best friends and celebrate their last day of being single and possibly do fun and unforgettable activities

Bachelorette Party in Cape Town

Lingerie Shower – Cape Town

A lingerie shower is an enjoyable and a unique twist on a traditional bridal shower. It is a very simple event that can be held at someone house over lunch or dinner. The exciting part about it is choosing a lingerie appropriate menu, which could be a huge challenge for the maid of honor.

HintHunt – Cape Town

If you are a looking for a fun-filled and adventurous activity for your bachelorette party then a HintHunt is the way to go. This fun game will surely keep everyone entertained. HintHunt Cape Town is the original live escape game at the Old Biscuit Mill in Woodstock and at the V&A Waterfront.

Bachelor Party in Cape Town

Wine Tasting – Cape Town

Wine tasting is a great way to celebrate a bachelor party in Cape Town. It is a fun and laid back activity that will give you enough time to reflect on where you’ve been as friends and where you are headed. There’s beautiful wine estate in Franschhoek called the Rickety Bridge Wine Estate that also has a 4-Star accommodation on premises that you can enjoy with a group of close friends.

Strip Club – Cape Town

Mavericks Revue Bar the finest strip club that Cape Town has to offer. A Cape Town bachelor party is not complete if you don’t seal it with a night out at Mavericks Gentlemen’s club. There are beautiful and exotic ladies ready to show a good time. Every best man worth who throw the best bachelor party in Cape Town knows that Mavericks Gentlemen’s Club is place to go.

South African Made Ranger Raptor specs for Europe revealed

Although several markets are expecting the Ford Ranger in 2019, the Ranger Raptor remains the talk of the town. An almost mini edition of the revered F-150 Ford Raptor, the Ranger Raptor is believed to be a more accessible version of the monster pick-up. Both Asia and Europe are expecting the release early next year. Asian specifications were long revealed through the European market’s specs have just been unveiled.

The Ford Ranger Raptor is available in diesel only and is set to have a whopping horsepower output of 210. We can expect 500 Nm of torque from the vehicle which is expected to cause a stir among bakkie lovers worldwide. There have been reports of a significant towing capacity of around 2500kg for the Ranger Raptor, proving that the vehicle is every bit as strong as it looks. At a figure of 28cm, the Raptor far surpasses the ground clearance of the regular Ford Ranger. The strong steel bash plate is 2cm thick; making sure the truck is ready for a great degree of high-speed, high-endurance duty. The Ford Ranger Raptor is also notably wider than the standard Ranger, with an extra 15cm for added stability.

On the tech side, the Ford Ranger Raptor has an exceptional terrain management system (hooray for Baja mode), ensuring the truck is ready for off-road pretty much all the time. The most standout feature is, of course, the sheer build of the vehicle. Fashioned on the F-150, the Ford Ranger Raptor is a vision. Its road presence is bound to have people excited. The launch color, Lightning Blue has been a visually stimulating lead, though we personally can’t wait to see this bad boy in Red.

The vehicle, which is the first of its kind manufactured in South Africa, is not scheduled for sale in the African market just yet. Ford Ranger enthusiasts can hope for the best as the market for pickup trucks strengthen in the region. Just last year the Ford Ranger was not only the second most purchased bakkie, but it was also the second most purchased vehicle in South Africa for 2017. The demand for vehicles of this caliber is expected to rise, making the likes of the Ford Ranger Raptor a fitting upgrade for the bakkie drivers among us.

Mini Makeover for Mazda’s CX-5 Line-up

A makeover may be a bit of a stretch but the popular Mazda SUV is set for a new entry in the middle of the range. A 2.0 Individual 4-wheel drive model is joining the local CX-5 family, bringing the line-up to an impressive 8 variants for the South African market. There is more on offer with this derivative, giving interested buyers an affordable option with a better spec package. In addition to the new entry, the existing 2.5l petrol engine CX5 Individual model is fitted with all-wheel-drive though this is accompanied with a price jump of around R40 000.

Mazda has seen considerable levels of growth over the past few years, particularly since its marriage with Ford ended in 2014. Investing in the domestic market after regaining its distribution rights for Southern Africa was the first step towards changing the South African view of Mazda. Since then the company has seen an increase in popularity and the sales figures are there to show for it. During the 2017-2018 fiscal year, the company reflected its highest recorded vehicle sales since its independence. The likes of the CX-5 and Mazda 3 have been flagged as the biggest sellers, contributing to atleast half of the sales volume. The increasing demand for Sport Utility Vehicles means the CX-5 is probably going to be a smooth sailor for a while. Its striking design, competent mechanics and affordability set it apart from others in its class. The CX-5 is a gem that keeps increasing in value.

The Mazda CX-5 is available in three different trims, each with their own variations in terms of transmission and engine type. The entry level Active, mid-range Dynamic and range topping Individual make up the local range. The new entry may not be the top of the range vehicle but it is decked out with the luxury expected of an Individual derivative SUV. Standard features are plentiful across Individual models, offering a power tailgate, power adjustable front seats, Blind Spot Monitoring, Lane Departure Warning and an impressive Bose 10 speaker sound system. These features are accompanied by the extensive range of standard CX-5 inclusions. Think cruise control, keyless start, a awesome infotainment system and auto headlights.

The Mazda CX-5 range includes 6-speed gearboxes in either manual or automatic. In terms of power, the figures stay the same. The naturally aspirated 2-l petrol engine produces around 121kW of power and 213Nm units of torque. Its 2.5l equivalent is slightly superior with 143kW of power and 258Nm of torque. The most torque is provided from the turbo-diesel engine however, which at 2.2l provides 140kW of power and a whopping 450Nm of torque.

Mazda’s CX-5 has already proved itself in our market and we imagine the range newbie be no exception to this.