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Comparison start-up shows way to highest interest

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A new, independent price comparison website now allows savers to compare interest rate options online to ensure they get the highest interest, based on their individual requirements.

Over 16 million South Africans have cash in savings accounts, but according to the latest SA Reserve Bank statistics about 42% of this sits in low interest accounts that offer interest rates as low as 1% at Postbank and as high as 10% on a five year fixed deposit at Capitec. A new, independent price comparison website allows savers to compare options online to ensure they get the highest interest, based on their individual requirements.

MyTreasury.co.za offers an efficient way to find the best savings account that offers you the highest interest rate in just a few clicks.  The optimiser service is free and provides options based on a few simple questions.

If you wanted to get the best possible returns on the money you have in the bank, it has been virtually impossible to determine which savings account best matches your requirements. Until now, it has not been easy to find bank rate data, never mind comparing different rates across multiple banks and products. Trying to find the best rate for your specific profile and savings preferences is even more complex and time-consuming.

Efficient saving can make a massive difference to your wealth. Moving your cash from a call account that offers returns of 3% to a long term fixed deposit with an interest rate of 10% for example, would effectively double your wealth over ten years!

The MyTreasury.co.za algorithm searches 670 different rates at eight deposit taking institutions (Standard Bank, Absa, Nedbank, FNB, Investec, Capitec, Postbank, Bidvest) to find you the best product. These options are constantly expanding. Clients can specify liquidity ranging from one day to five years and amounts from R1000 to R50 million.

My Treasury was founded by partners Michael Kransdorff, Simon Shear and Daniel Rubenstein. As an economist, Kransdorff saw a need to demystify saving and wanted to make it easier for the man on the street to access the best rates.

“Savings accounts are a great starting point for encouraging smarter wealth management. Just about everyone with an income has a bank account, and by encouraging people to see their ordinary bank accounts as tools for actively growing wealth, we hope to make South Africans more excited about saving. It doesn’t cost you anything to get higher returns on your cash, but you need to know where to look,” says Kransdorff.

In seconds, My Treasury’s proprietary algorithm matches savers to the account that offers them the best returns for their savings needs. It is easy to use and the optimiser asks just a few questions to connect you to relevant, highest interest savings options that meet your needs. My Treasury considers your personal profile, such as your age, to determine whether you are eligible for a preferential rate,” adds Kransdorff.

He says that in periods of uncertainty, it’s especially important to grow wealth wisely. “In the current economic climate, you can’t afford to leave your money sitting idly. With the My Treasury Optimiser, there’s a much more intelligent way to save.”

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Load-shedding leads
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South Africans are searching in the dark, according to the latest Google Search trends.

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With more 1 million search queries generated in the space of 76 hours, load-shedding was by far the top trending search on Google South Africa this week.

Valentine’s Day came a distant second.

After news emerged last Sunday of the impending stage 3 load shedding, South Africans had generated more than 1-million load-shedding search queries by the time Tuesday came around:

  • “Loadshedding schedule” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Eskom load shedding” – generated more than 100k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding Cape Town” – generated more than 50k searches on Sunday
  • “Load shedding schedule” – generated more than 400k on Monday
  • “Load shedding Johannesburg” – generated more than 20k searches on Monday
  • Load shedding schedule” generated more than 200k search queries on Tuesday

Leading up to Valentine’s Day, South Africans generated close to 300k search queries related to the romantic festival, including searches for quotes and gift ideas:

  • “Valentines Day” generated more than 100k search queries on Thursday
  • “Happy Valentines Day Images” and “Valentines Day Images” generated more than 10k search queries each on Thursday, with “Happy Valentines Day 2019” generating more than 20k search queries on Wednesday
  • “Valentines Day Specials 2019” generated more than 5k search queries on Thursday
  • “Love quotes” generated more than 5k search queries on Thursday
  • “Valentines Day quotes” generated more than 100k search queries and “Valentine messages” generated more than 50 000 search queries on Wednesday

Search trends information is gleaned from data collated by Google based on what South Africans have been searching for and asking Google. Google processes more than 40 000 search queries every second. This translates to more than a billion searches per day and 1.2 trillion searches per year worldwide. Live Google search trends data is available at https://www.google.co.za/trends/hottrends#pn=p40

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Thanks to the growing popularity of video-on-demand services, there’s a new opportunity to help kickstart the careers of local filmmakers.

Numerous Hollywood blockbusters (District 9Tomb Raider 2018, and The Avengers: Age of Ultron to name a few) have featured substantial shoots in Johannesburg and Cape Town. While providing great opportunities for SA’s production talent, aspiring writers and directors don’t get the same benefit.

So where can local creatives showcase their work? Broadcast TV isn’t a natural home for unknown short films, and while self-publishing platforms are readily available hosting options, it’s tough to get noticed and get traffic when competing with videos from across the planet.

But with the emergence of video-on-demand services into the mainstream, there’s now a solution. The African film school AFDA has teamed up with the streaming service Showmax to give local talent a much larger platform than ever before. From 18 February, eighteen of the best recent short films made by AFDA students from their Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth campuses will be live on Showmax. Drama, documentary, fantasy, and animation are all represented, in pieces running from under eight minutes to almost half-an-hour long. The full list of movies is included below.

Teresa Passchier, CEO of AFDA, said: “AFDA, Africa’s number-one school for the Creative Economy, is proud to kickstart this exciting and meaningful journey with Showmax and AFDA students, ensuring emerging young African filmmakers’ voices are heard and given a platform. It’s ground-breaking to share young, local, culturally relevant content on the same platform as Hollywood blockbusters. I am certain that this unique initiative will serve to boost and develop the African film industry and the careers of many young South African and African students alike.”

Included in the short films coming to Showmax are the award winners Junior and O-PunchaJunior, directed by Bert Dijkstra, picked up the Audience Award in the Made in South Africa Competition at the shnit Worldwide Shortfilmfestival Awards 2017. O-Puncha, directed by Adam Hansen, won two awards at the 5th annual Eldorado Film Festival: Best Student Made Short, and Best Editing – Alexander La Cock.

Another celebrated film is Sicela Amanzi directed by Mlu Godola, which talks to the subject of water shortage. The film’s heroine Zoleka is a mild-mannered young woman forced to go to extreme lengths when a small community’s only source of water unexpectedly collapses. The power of films like this is they shine a light on critical topical issues in new ways.

Speaking about working with the film school, Candice Fangueiro, Head of Content for Showmax, said: “There’s immense depth of filmmaking talent in Africa and it’s a privilege to be able to give that talent a home and a platform. Showmax is becoming part of the fabric of film and TV production in Africa, and importantly we’re doing this as a partner rather than just as a consumer. This is a key competitive advantage of being local and something we aim to continue to work on.”

AFDA is an Academy Award-winning institution, founded in 1994, and the first and only African film school to win an Oscar – for the Best Foreign Student film in 2006, the postgraduate film Elalini, directed by Tristan Holmes.

The full list of AFDA short films coming to Showmax is as follows:

Film titleDirectorGenre
Lullaby from the CryptKeenan Lott & Raven DavidsAnimation
Ko Ga CherenyaneSibonokuhle MyatazaDocumentary
IzilwaneKyllian RouxDrama
MallemeuleJaco Van BoschDrama
Canal StreetBrodie MuirheadDrama
On the FenceWarrick BewsDrama
The Righteous FewLindo LangaDrama
Hlogoma PeakLuke AhrensDrama
Frozen FlameCameron HeathmanAnimation
WolfBrett van DortFantasy
The Walk HomeSisanda DyantyiDrama
BearWesley RoodtDrama
JuniorBert DijkstraDrama
O-PunchaAdam HansenDrama
UmngenoSiphosethu NdungeDrama
DoreenLuvuyo Equiano NyawoseDrama
ForeverLindo LangaMusical
Sicela AmanziMlu GodolaDrama

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