#1 Clean Your Phone

The one item that is attached to your hand the most probably collects and carries the most germs and contaminates out of everything else we have mentioned on this list. Your phone is used everywhere you go. Placed on many different counters (probably dirty) and also handled by family and friends when you have a hilarious meme you need to share. Disinfect it daily!

clean phone with youtube app open on the screen

#2 Your Taps

In all your bathrooms and in your kitchen, be sure to clean and disinfect your taps. This is a plumbing piece that everyone touches, be it guests of household members. Think of how many times the taps are touched to wash hands, get some water or clean fresh produce. Clean these handles daily to avoid spreading any germs.

#3 Clean Light Switches

Another frequently touched part of your home are light switches. This feature is usually forgotten when you're on a cleaning spree and is unfortunately one of the culprits when it comes to spreading infectious illnesses. When cleaning your home, always make sure you wipe down the light switches, too.

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#4 Microwave Keypad

During the lockdown, we'll be doing a lot of snacking and eating. Sadly, this is what boredom does! But, what you don't realise is how many times that microwave keypad it touched with dirty or germ-covered fingers. Don't forget to clean this part of the kitchen appliance when you're giving it a scrub.

#5 Fridge Door

Another well-touched spot that slips our mind during disinfecting and cleaning is the fridge. Every time someone grabs a bite to eat, needs a drink or mindlessly raids the fridge for something to snack on, the fridge handle or door is touched. Ensure you clean the handle and the entire surface of the fridge door/s.

clean fridge door open with food inside

#6 Your Car's Interior

We may not be driving anywhere anytime soon, but since you touched the steering wheel after your lockdown prep grocery run, it needs to be wiped down, stat! Same with your gear lever, handbrake, door handles, boot handle, dashboard, radio buttons and indicator stick. Basically, just give your car a complete clean.

#7 Clean Remotes

We will be doing a lot of series binge watching during the lockdown (here's a few throwback series to watch), so those remotes need to be wiped down with sanitising cleaning agents regularly. This also includes your car and garage remotes.

remote on wooden table in front of tv

#8 All Of Your Keys

We all handle keys on a daily basis to get in and out of the house, lock our cars and open locked cabinets and storage units. Clean and disinfect your keys often, too. Just to be safe!

#9 Drawer & Door Handles

Drawer and door handles need to be cleaned and wiped down daily as they're used just as often as our phones. We're all at home walking from room to room, opening one door after the other. And we're constantly touching door and drawer handles along the way.

door handle steel on a wooden door

#10 Rub Down Your Couches

We cough and sneeze into our hands and/or flexed shoulders, then proceed to place these appendages on the arms of couches while watching our favourite movies and shows without taking a second thought of what we're doing. Just spray some disinfectant on a cloth and wipe down the couch to kill off any germs.

For more information, at-home entertainment and health tips during the COVID-19 outbreak and 21-day national lockdown, click here.

All The Car Apps You Need To Get Around Town

We all know that Joburg taxi drivers are impatient, funny at times and an overall fun sport to have when driving. Although not always pleasant, we've come to accept that they are part of our lives. And without them, many people who use public transport wouldn't be able to get around the city. And with these apps, you'll also be driving around like a taxi driver, and may even find yourself featured on #TaxiChronicles.

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Waze

Waze is an app that is free on both Android and iOS. Its main function is to inform you about traffic on the roads, making sure you get around the city as quickly and as effectively as possible. We all know just how tiring it is to come back from work and drive in heavy Joburg traffic, but this app helps you avoid congestion and get home safely. Other functions include informing you about accidents, traffic congestion, malfunctioning robots, police presence, alternative route suggestions and syncing you and a friend's arrival times to meetup points.

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Google Maps

Google Maps has made it possible for most of us to get around. Whether you're walking or driving, this app easily directs you to your destination. And to help you avoid using your phone while driving, you can get in-car navigation and go around the city like a pro.

Torque Pro

Most of us can't afford to deal with car problems, but the least we can do is be prepared for these issues. Which is why getting this app is so important. Torque Pro reduces the element of surprise and reports any faults your car may have before it's too late. It conducts a car performance and diagnosis on any problems your car may have.

Find My Car

Have you ever lost your car in a parking lot at a mall? We definitely have, and it is incredibly frustrating. But with this app, you can find your car without any hassles. Find My Car helps you find your car by using GPS location services and Internet connectivity, automatically saving your parking location.

Discovery Insure App

With the Discovery Insure app and tag device, Discovery Insure clients get real-time feedback on their driving, among other innovative features. All you need to do is enable smartphone DQ-Track, which incorporates the Discovery Insure app and tag device. Get this app now, because every good driver deserves to earn fuel rewards.

Do you know of any other apps for drivers? Let us know about them in the comments section below!

What Is It?

The Stables Village Market will be hosting a Car Boot Sale. Here, you will experience the feel of the country lifestyle without having to leave the city. This is the perfect place to enjoy a relaxing meal with family, sit back and relax. Literally taking old stables and converting it into a set of charming stalls and stores, the diversity has grown one stable at a time, providing shoppers and market lovers authenticity and uniqueness perfect for everyone, including your furry companions.

One man's junk is another man's treasure, after all. This is your opportunity to search for your gems, to declutter or to discover a bargain. Don't miss it!

When Is It?

Sunday, 31 March 2019 at 10:00 - 15:00.

Where Is It?

The Stables Village Market, 3rd Street, Chartwell (off Cedar Road, Broadacres), Chartwell, Johannesburg.

How Much Is It?

Entry is FREE.

For More Information

For more information about this event, visit the Stables Village Market on Facebook.

From driverless cars to jalopies running on 9V batteries, the world of transport is quickly becoming the biggest 'consumer' of advanced computers. And with the Internet of Things rapidly disrupting life as we know it, the world is looking quite sci-fi. At the forefront of the self-driving cars is Waymo, a company started by Google that fledged into an independent, self-driving technology company. According to Forbes magazine, in an August 2018 article, it is worth$175 billion before even launching a single vehicle but where would self-driving cars play-off in South Africa?

Self Driving Car

Innovation Group South Africa's 2016 Automotive Future Now Report provides a qualitative analysis of automotive trends, forecasts and insight into the future of the car in South Africa. According to this report, Africa is the globe’s 'last market'. It’s where small businesses can grow, and with such unlimited expansion, there is more than enough room for facilitative policy and business that will allow driverless cars to roam the streets.

The report points out that the up-and-coming generation (that’s you and me and anyone born post-1990) views transportation as an integral part of digital technology. That means we’re unlikely to differentiate from the two once digital technology and transportation successfully fuse. We’ve already seen the impact of Uber on South Africa.

Vehicle sales in the country are booming, and the report says people are becoming more concerned about service, quality, and support than just the brand name. That means that cars like Hyundai are becoming 'healthier' buying options compared to the German bigwigs (that means Audi, BMW and WaBenzi). This makes self-driving car manufacturers eager to get involved. However, it must be noted that this report was published before South Africa's sovereign credit rating was downgraded to junk status, which saw General Motors announce that they will be taking their business elsewhere.

While the odds may be in our favour with regard to a growing market, there are a couple of obstacles. According to the Vaal University of Technology, there are 30 million daily Internet users in South Africa as opposed to 319 million in the USA. We first need to bring this service to the masses to truly see the self-driving car take off here. The more our tech, and access to it, develops, the sooner we'll be kicking back and letting the machine do the driving.

By Shawn Greyling

What are your thoughts on the self-driving car? Let us know in the comments section below. Share this on social media and make a journo's day.

 

From driverless cars to jalopies running on 9V batteries, the world of transport is quickly becoming the biggest 'consumer' of advanced computers. And with the Internet of Things rapidly disrupting life as we know it, the world is looking quite sci-fi. At the forefront of the self-driving cars is Waymo, a company started by Google that fledged into an independent, self-driving technology company. According to Forbes magazine, in an August 2018 article, it is worth$175 billion before even launching a single vehicle but where would self-driving cars play-off in South Africa?

Self Driving Car

Innovation Group South Africa's 2016 Automotive Future Now Report provides a qualitative analysis of automotive trends, forecasts and insight into the future of the car in South Africa. According to this report, Africa is the globe’s 'last market'. It’s where small businesses can grow, and with such unlimited expansion, there is more than enough room for facilitative policy and business that will allow driverless cars to roam the streets.

The report points out that the up-and-coming generation (that’s you and me and anyone born post-1990) views transportation as an integral part of digital technology. That means we’re unlikely to differentiate from the two once digital technology and transportation successfully fuse. We’ve already seen the impact of Uber on South Africa.

Vehicle sales in the country are booming, and the report says people are becoming more concerned about service, quality, and support than just the brand name. That means that cars like Hyundai are becoming 'healthier' buying options compared to the German bigwigs (that means Audi, BMW and WaBenzi). This makes self-driving car manufacturers eager to get involved. However, it must be noted that this report was published before South Africa's sovereign credit rating was downgraded to junk status, which saw General Motors announce that they will be taking their business elsewhere.

While the odds may be in our favour with regard to a growing market, there are a couple of obstacles. According to the Vaal University of Technology, there are 30 million daily Internet users in South Africa as opposed to 319 million in the USA. We first need to bring this service to the masses to truly see the self-driving car take off here. The more our tech, and access to it, develops, the sooner we'll be kicking back and letting the machine do the driving.

By Shawn Greyling

What are your thoughts on the self-driving car? Let us know in the comments section below. Share this on social media and make a journo's day.

Credit: IBV Super Cars

According to NAAMSA (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa), Porsche sold more than 200 cars in 2016, making it the most popular luxury car manufacturer in South Africa. This comes as no surprise as these days it seems as if everyone and their dog is driving a 911 Turbo. In all honesty, its quite a beauty from some of the older 1973s to the latest. Porsche has the sophistication that every class man or woman is looking to have on their name.

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From the stats, it is clear that the sales of luxury cars are going up – and Sandton is where they come out to play. If you feel like going luxury car watching (which should become a valid pastime, such as birdwatching) then we strongly suggest you grab yourself a seat on a pavement in front of the uber-classy night club, Taboo. On any night of the week you can see pretty people climbing in and out of kitted Range Rovers, polished Lamborghinis and drop-topped Jaguars (of which there were more than 110 sold in 2016).

But where do these cars come from? Sure, there are the official dealerships that sprinkle every second boulevard in Sandton, but then there are the specialist retailers that import and sell these beasts on consignment. The two biggest players in this industry would be Pharoah Auto Investments and Investment Cars. See, the thing about these fast and fancy cars is that they are quite similar to wine pressed from good grapes: the longer they age, the more valuable they become. These companies offer structured turnkey sales experiences, trade-in appraisal, finance arrangements, roadworthy, licensing and warranty solutions on a personalised level. Instead of having to visit four or five luxury dealers who only stock the cars the emblem on their door promotes, these "investment" dealers offer a wide variety of cars to choose from.

We found this pretty cool video on YouTube where a bunch of sports car owners go on a run through Sandton with their beautiful beasts. This video says power, exclusive and performance - indulge.

What Was It?

This one is for all you car fanatics out there! Get down to Brakpan and experience a car show like no other! Plus you can also partake in the super car, funny car and super bike 1/4 mile racing challenge. Here you get to view some amazing cars and take part in competitions too. There will also be tons of entertainment for the little ones, food stall markets and so much more - so be sure to join in!

Where Was It?

Nitro Raceway (Brakpan Airfield), Johannesburg

When Was It?

Sunday, 4 December 2016 at 08:00 - 17:00

How Much Was It?

Kids Under 12 Entry Ticket - R40

General Entry Ticket - R95 online

For more information, click here!

Have attended the event? If yes, Comment down below how your experience was!

What Is It?

Gather the family for a Sunday afternoon that will keep everyone entertained. Here visitors get to check out a Car Auction, visit the flea market, relax at the Beer Garden and enjoy some live entertainment. Plus, there’s amazing helicopter rides.

Where Is It?

Expo Centre, Nasrec, Johannesburg

When Is It?

Sunday, 4 December 2016

How Much Is It?

Tickets are R 40 - R 60 per person and are available online.

 

The AA will be your guardian angel while you’re travelling, whether it be along your usual route to the office, while you're driving your family around to their appointments and extramural activities, or even when taking the long journey down to the coast for that well-deserved holiday.

Be Safe And Become An AA Member 

Did you know that AA Membership covers YOU… and not just your car? This means that you are entitled to use your AA Membership benefits even when travelling as a passenger in someone else’s car... how awesome is that? For only R169 per month, you will get all of the benefits the AA has to offer, to ensure your safety while travelling.

Get Trusted Roadside Assistance From The AA

Choose the AA Advantage Plus Membership for the most comprehensive roadside assistance. Benefits include:

• Unlimited roadside assistance entitlements and breakdown towing that gives you unlimited FREE kilometres per tow, saving you even more!

• On-the-spot repairs covering out of fuel assistance, flat tyre change, jump starts and mobile battery replacements.

• AA Stand By You roadside security.

• Overnight accommodation that covers you and four passengers, or alternative transport as well as vehicle repatriation.

• Cover for your family for even less… SAVE 40% on AA Membership for your spouse and dependents under the age of 25.

• FREE accident or attempted theft towing and overnight storage.

• Long distance towing benefits to cover you on your holiday trips.

They're Available 24/7

The AA’s 24-hour Emergency Call Centre is available whenever you need it. AA Members also get FREE AA Mayday Emergency Medical Rescue Service that covers you, your partner, and children aged under 26 years for any medical emergency, nationwide. Join the AA now for over 50 benefits with your AA Membership, and the very best in roadside assistance.

For More Information

For more about the AA or their AA Membership click here, call them on 0861 000 234, or visit an AA Accredited Sales Agent in your area.

*Prices and information correct at time of publishing.

Baby

Going into the hospital to have my baby was the most terrifying experience. I had no idea what to expect, and because I had never stayed over in a hospital before, and I was even more uncertain about what lay in store.

I remember packing my hospital bag in the first trimester. My hubby thought I was crazy, but the OCD in me just couldn’t comprehend not being absolutely ready for when the big day came. And then the big day did come, and I realised that 90 per cent of what I had packed was completely irrelevant. So, if you’re about to have a baby, to save you the stress, I’ve put together a list of essential vs non-essential items to pack in your baby bag.

Essentials for mom:

Essentials for baby:

Most hospitals tend to provide everything you need for your baby in the form of nappies, lotions, medicine and cream.* Check with your hospital beforehand, and if they do provide the above, then don’t waste your time bringing your own. Rather, pack:

My time in the maternity ward was one of the highlights of having a baby. Those four days, surrounded by staff, family, friends and my newborn were absolutely wonderful. Use that time to relax and embrace your new role of motherhood as much as possible!

*Please note that I have based this list on what an average private Hospital provides, and not a Government one.

By Kate Kearney

What is a party bus?

Party buses come in all shapes and sizes. Some are colourful and ideal for a booze cruise out in the country. Others are more bling, blacked-out and resemble something from a music video. There are many reasons to hire one of these beauties – from a rugby game pick-up and drop-off service, to bachelor’s parties and birthdays. Anyone can think of a reason to party on a bus with friends. Below are a few services that you may want to consider when hiring a party bus.

Partyboat

Don’t be fooled by the name, Partyboat hires out buses as well as boats on at Hartebeespoort Dam (a good idea if you want something more tranquil). Partyboat offers two different services to meet your needs. The first is a truck which is converted to offer the ultimate party experience, with top-class trimmings, a bar and luxurious interior. This is the bus you want to hire if you are organising a big-budget corporate cruise. They call this the ‘Horse and Trailer’. This option will set you back R9,500 for an eight-hour cruise within the JHB/Pretoria area.

Another option from Partyboat is a ‘Booze Cruiser’ they call the ‘Purple Party Bus’. This beast can hold 60 people per trip and is a basic, more rugged service particularly designed with one thing in mind – Party! The Double Decker will cost you R11,500 for an eight-hour cruise. While, it costs more than the luxury cruise, it holds double the amount of people. Please note that the Double Decker doesn’t feature a fully stocked cash bar like the ‘Horse and Trailer’ does, you have to bring your own cooler boxes. But, then again, this does help make the trip come in under budget.

Details: [email protected]

Party bus

Funky Rides

Funky Rides is a reputable limousine and party bus hire company based in Roodepoort. Their fleet includes a Hummer H3 Limo, a Chrysler Grand Voyager limo and a VW Beetle party limousine! The "Beetle Bug Limo" seats 8 passengers comfortably. Get the party started with the state of the art entertainment system, which includes neon and laser lighting. If you are looking for something a little more spacious, go for the Hummer H3 limo option. This beast features double gull wing doors, with 12 seats and huge entertainment value. This vehicle is the only one of its kind in South Africa, so you know you are getting something really special here.

For a quote on either the Beetle Bug Limo or the Hummer H3, visit Funky Rides' website.

Details: 082 442 0750 / 082 334 0865 | [email protected]

Beetle Bug

Limo Party Bus JHB

One of the most well known party bus and limousine hire companies in Joburg is Limo Party Bus. Based in Germiston, they have a wide variety of vehicles to choose from for your next big night out. Take your pick from limo party buses, stretch limos and chauffeured sedans. They even have themed party buses, including a 30 seater single decker Moulin Rogue Bus. Complete with glamorous stage lighting and burlesque diner decor, this bus is perfect for Bachelorette parties, birthdays or dress-up shindigs.

Visit Limo Party Bus' website to inquire about hire prices.

Details: 087 550 4995 | [email protected]

Limo Party Bus

Whichever party bus you choose, it can only end in fun. So, get cracking on finding an excuse to book one soon!