Cape Town- One Of The Most Beautiful Cities In The World!!

Cape Town is one of the most beautiful cities in the world. A city of incredible natural beauty. With a cultural heritage,  the city is nestled between the ocean and the mountain, with a national park at it's heart.

Cape Town, also known as the Mother City, is also a must-visit destination for 2016 as it secured the top spot on the prestigious New York Times’ list of 52 places to visit in 2014, ahead of destinations such as Los Angeles, the Vatican and the Seychelles. The city’s integrated public transport network, a legacy from the 2010 FIFA World Cup, is a fantastic new resource for organisers as it enables easy access to major sporting venues and tourism attractions. The city’s regional economic growth is driven by tourism, finance, infrastructure, food and wine, logistics and creative industries. Cape Town has a diverse culture and over 10 languages are spoken.

The very famous and beautiful "Robben Island" is a stone throw away, where the great "Nelson Mandela" and other well known people were kept as prisoners. One can get to the Island with a boat from the well designed and beautiful "Waterfront".

The city also has a well supporting infrastructure including four universities, broadband infrastructure, a Sports Science Institute, world-class hospitals and medical facilities and a host of accommodation solutions from hotels to hostels. Cape Town is a value-for-money destination, an innovative city – with an interesting mix of art galleries and boutiques. The city was ranked third globally in the 2012-2013 Innovation Cities Index ahead of Kiev, Cairo, Johannesburg and Casablanca.

the Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway – also known as the “Boomslang” (tree snake) Walkway  in the Enchanted Forest at the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Garden; and two new running routes (a gentle 2.2 km and a pleasant 5 km) at the V&A Waterfront.

Cape Town also continues to rake in a number of top awards. Accolades include being crowned the World Wide Fund for Nature’s Global Earth Hour City Capital for 2014, being nominated for 2014. Cape Town was named the number three city in Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2014 Top Cities list. The World Travel Awards placed Cape Town top of the log as Africa’s Leading Destination in 2013. Cape Town was first in the 2013 Condé Nast Traveller Readers’ Choice Awards Top 10 Cities in Africa and the Middle East, and was ranked 11th in the Top 25 Cities in the World.

One of the main attractions is the "Garden Routes", this is incredibly awesome, clean and landscaping beautiful.

Newlands- Home of the WP and "Stormers" rugby team. An international rugby stadium, which also host the best rugby nations in the world. Proud to be a "Stormer Supporter".

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7 Tips For Motivating Your Team (Even When The Going Gets Tough)

“ When people are crystal clear about the most important priorities of the organization and team they work with, and prioritize their work around those top priorities, not only are they many times more productive, they discover they have the time they need to have a whole life.” 

Stephen Covey'

You can spend months defining your team’s core values, articulating your Mission and Vision, and fashioning a flexible, up-to-the-minute strategy — but your whole tower will crumble if your team members don’t feel motivated enough to execute rapidly and consistently.

If their collective attitude boils down to “Who cares?” then you’ve lost the game before you’ve even begun.

If that’s true, then who’s at fault?

Well, you can blame your team if you like. You can even punish them for being unmotivated — a dangerous form of self-sabotage that will most likely force you farther toward failure. Or you can decide to shoulder the responsibility and work to engage your team and rev their motivational engines.


7 Tips For Motivating Your Team (Even When The Going Gets Tough)

The Lowdown
“Individual commitment to a group effort — that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.” So said legendary football coach Vince Lombardi, who had plenty of experience with both commitment and motivation.

The son of a second-generation Italian-American butcher whose business prospered during the Great Depression, Lombardi grew up with daily exposure to the type of commitment required not just to survive but to thrive during hard times. He later earned a football scholarship to Fordham University, where he picked up the skills necessary to excel as a coach at West Point, and later with the New York Giants, Green Bay Packers, and Washington Redskins.

What can you do to inspire your team to the Lombardi level of commitment? Start by showing them you believe in them; you are going to hold them to a higher standard, because you have confidence they can achieve it.

Try these tips, especially when the going gets tough:


1. Make sure everyone understands the big picture
If your team isn’t already familiar with the organization’s main goals, then lay them out in plain language.

Show them where they fit within the organizational structure, and why their work moves everyone toward those goals. Make them feel valued, so they’ll have reason to engage with and “own” their jobs.

2. Give them what they need
If team members lack the right tools or training, they may not feel capable of or confident about doing the tasks you’ve assigned them. Whether they need training, a new computer, a smartphone, or a better printer, make it happen, so they can move forward with confidence.

If they express a need for something to help them be more productive, and you fail to provide or approve it, they soon will stop coming to you with improvement ideas.

3. Plan carefully
Because long-term strategies rarely survive their first brushes with reality, you’ll need to collaborate with your team on how to best achieve them, because they probably know best. Review the plans and get everyone involved in how to proceed.

Give them active, important roles in building those plans, as well as controlling deadlines, scheduling, project management, and scope creep.

4. Establish performance goals
Provide reasonable objectives to shoot for, both as individuals and as a team, but make everyone stretch a little to reach them.

The goals can take the form of quotas, profit margins, commissions, projects completed early and under budget, or whatever else matters to your company or team.

5. Provide tracking metrics
Along the way, show them how they’re doing.

If the team realizes they’re they front-runners in a company-wide sales race, for example, they may work extra hard to stay there; or if they’re in second place, they may redouble their efforts to take first.

Consider it a report card for the team, one that may inspire them to kick it into high gear.

6. Be there for them
Lead from the front, ready to smooth the path and provide anything they need to in order to execute.

During a crunch time or crisis, roll up your sleeves, and work side-by-side with them until everything’s back to normal.

7. Celebrate successes
When something goes right, even something small, make sure your team knows you appreciate their efforts.

Public pats on the back are cheap, and in some cases, just as effective as cash. You can also provide treats for the break room, or take everyone to lunch when things go well.

 Flávio Rodrigues Vieira Flávio Rodrigues Vieira
Analista de negócios / Business Analyst • Mainland 3

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