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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

How to Use Uber Effectively - Guidelines for Your Next @Uber_RSA Ride

Hi Guys,

Uber is committed to providing a service that is seamless and efficient for both riders and drivers. Part of creating this seamless experience is providing guidance on how drivers and riders should behave and treat each other during a trip. That’s why Uber has released their updated Community Guidelines, this guide is not only a ‘how to’ for Uber driver-partners, but one for Uber riders too.

This is the first time Uber is publishing a policy explaining why riders can lose access to Uber. This is important because when drivers use Uber they do more than simply drive: they’re sharing their own car, space and time with passengers. And while most riders show drivers respect, unfortunately this is not always the case.

Uber’s updated Community Guidelines help explain what’s not OK on an Uber trip. Many of these are obvious to most of us but they should be noted - whether it’s throwing up in the backseat or leaving rubbish in the car, the below list of guidelines is one that everyone using Uber should understand - drivers and riders as well as those travelling with other riders / friends.

Respect each other

Mutual respect is key, under no circumstances should riders or drivers disrespect the other. Vehicles used on the Uber app belong to the driver-partners and they take pride in keeping their vehicles in good condition for riders to be comfortable. Riders should therefore respect the vehicle they are in and should leave the vehicle in the condition in which they found it.

Unruly behaviour such as damaging the vehicle is not tolerated. Using bad language is also not allowed. Being aggressive or discriminatory can also get a rider banned from using the app. Uber does not discriminate against gender or race and any rider that does not share the same sentiments is not welcome on the app.

How to Use Uber Effectively - Guidelines for Your Next @Uber_RSA Ride
Give riders and drivers some personal space
Although friendly conversation doesn't do any harm during a trip, respect should be upheld at all times. Both riders and drivers should give each other space and should not make each other feel uncomfortable. Uber has a ‘no sex’ rule, meaning there should be no sexual conduct between drivers and riders. That includes flirting and touching from both parties. Other physical contact such as hitting or attempting to hurt a driver is also forbidden.

To ensure anonymity and to maximise safety, Uber does not allow riders and drivers to view each other’s personal details, such as cell phone numbers, via the app. Sending an sms, calling, or visiting someone in person after a ride has been completed is not allowed. Personal space needs to be respected.

Safety first
Getting to a destination safely is a top priority. This is why drivers need to adhere to the rules of the road for example, by sticking to the speed limit, not driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and not texting while driving. Drivers should always take a break if tired.

Riders should play their part by wearing their seatbelts and not trying to cram in extra people when there aren’t enough seat belts. Riders also need to refrain from bringing alcohol or banned substances into the vehicle and should not ask a driver to go faster than the speed limit.

Children must be supervised
Those under the age of 18 can take an Uber with adult supervision, but cannot have an Uber account themselves. Parents or guardians need to accompany children at all times.

Going forward, if Uber finds that an unaccompanied minor is the account holder the account will be immediately deactivated. If Uber finds that the rider is under the age of 18 but the account holder is a third party that is over 18, Uber will remind the account holder of Uber’s policy and deactivate their profile after a second warning.

Feedback makes us all better
Giving feedback allows Uber to know what the rider is satisfied or dissatisfied about, that is why both drivers and riders should always provide feedback post a trip. When people know that they are been rated they become conscious of their behaviour and become accountable for their actions. Accidents, incorrect fair charge or arguments should be reported by simply tapping the help button in the app. There is a customer support team that is always ready to assist.

Upon learning of an infringement Uber will contact the rider to investigate. Depending on the nature of the issue the rider’s account may be placed on hold during the investigation. Should the concern involve a serious offense such as involving violence, sexual misconduct, harassment, discrimination, or illegal activity the account can be deactivated and authorities will be notified. Uber will provide any information the authorities require to assist them in their investigation.

Uber strives to create a safe and pleasant environment for both riders and driver-partners. These guidelines are important and are implemented for the benefit of all those that use Uber. Driver and riders are encouraged to familiarise themselves with the Community Guidelines here as well in various languages namely; Zulu, Xhosa and sesotho.
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What’s On Snippet @SilverstarZA #Krugersdorp @TsogoSun #July2017

Hi Guys,

Ringo – 14 July 2017
Join Afro-Pop South African music legend, Ringo, for an unforgettable night of great music at Silverstar. After 10 studio albums, two live CD/DVDs and one compilation album, as well as regularly featuring at the hottest music festivals, Ringo has firmly established his icon status in the industry. The acclaimed performer’s musical genius is expressed through his albums and live performances, experimenting with various rhythm and collaborations. Catch this soul sensation for a spectacular night with his greatest and much-loved hits. Tickets are on sale for R200 per person and are available at
What’s On Snippet @SilverstarZA #Krugersdorp @TsogoSun #July2017
3-in-1 met Casper, Schalk en Hannes – 28 July 2017
Silverstar will be bridging the generational gap with three prominent Afrikaans comedians, from different generations. Casper de Vries has been a pioneer in Afrikaans comedy on stage and on TV for three decades. Schalk Bezuidenhout is a top comedian, a successful actor and TV presenter. Hannes Brümmer is an actor and comedian known for his energetic performances and improv. Audiences can look forward to a great night of stand-up comedy and hilarious improv from three generations of comedians. Tickets are on sale for R150 per person and are available at

Barnyard Theatre
Join us for the unique theatre experience at Silverstar, with an incredible line-up of live entertainment. Patrons can catch these shows at the Barnyard Theatre this July:
  • 20th Century Countdown – The Greatest Mix Tape Playlists of Your Life, running until Sunday, 09 July 2017
  • Kids Rock the Hits, running from Friday, 07 July until Friday, 23 September 2017
  • Bobby van Jaarsveld on Saturday, 08 July 2017
  • UK vs USA Top 40, running from Wednesday, 12 July to Sunday, 20 August 2017
  • Ard Mathews on Saturday, 22 July 2017
Tickets are available from or at Silverstar Box Office.

Movies@ Silverstar

50% off Movies@ Silverstar is back for more thrilling family entertainment, offering any movie, at any time, on any day, for 50% less, until Thursday, 27 July 2017. Rewards cardholders, including new sign ups, get even bigger and better discounts:
  • Gold members get 65% off
  • Platinum members get 75% off
  • Black members get 80% off
50% discount also applicable to Pensioner’s and Children’s ticket prices.

Catch the latest blockbuster movies@ Silverstar this July:
  • Spider-Man: Home Coming – 07 July
  • War for the Planet of the Apes – 14 July
  • Captain Underpants – 21 July
Dining at Silverstar
Enjoy a variety of winter-warming food and drink offerings from a selection of restaurants and fast-food outlets at Silverstar. Whether you are looking to grab food on-the-go at Steers or Mi Vami; a family dining experience at Steak, Spur, Billy Gs; pub grub at Publicity or a romantic winter dinner date at Vigour and Verve, Colcaccios or Calistos, Silverstar offers a taste for everyone. New on the block, and certainly worth a visit, is Aarya. Owned by MasterChef SA winner, Chef Deena Naidoo, this newly opened restaurant is guaranteed to offer you a unique dining experience with a menu that appeals to every palate.

Promotions at Silverstar this July:
Ready Set Drive - From 10 July to 21 October, Silverstar will be hosting another spectacular run of the Ready Set Drive promotion, giving way a chic new set of wheels to the total value of R2.6 million! For thirteen weeks, thirteen spanking new and playful Renault Clios will be given away. To participate, players must earn points for entries by playing any Slots or Tables. This promotion is exclusive to Silverstar Rewards cardholders.
Night Out for 2 - Warm up to great and affordable entertainment at Silverstar with the Night Out for 2 package. From 28 July to 28 September 2017, couples can enjoy a scrumptious meal, an option of movie tickets or Ten Pin Bowling, drinks vouchers and more. The package is available for R250, with a saving of up to R200 – now that’s great value entertainment! Look out for updates on this fantastic offer during the month of July on , Ts and Cs apply.

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Kings & Queens of Comedy - 21 July @ Sandton Convention Centre @BluBloodSA @SandtonEvents

Hi Guys,

In medieval times, a jester was employed by a nobleman or monarch to entertain him and his guests. The heavyweights of South African comedy are by no means jesters, but they certainly do entertain… Catch the Kings & Queens of Comedy at the Sandton Convention Centre on Friday, 21 July for a show of hysterical proportions.

Shining their comical armour and sharpening their witty swords for the night, the stellar line-up of comedy giants includes Joey Rasdien (MC), Khanyisa Bunu, Krijay Govender, Mark Banks, Mpho Popps, Muthu Murugan, Ndumiso Lindi, Rob van Vuuren, Tracey-Lee Oliver, Trevor Gumbi and Tumi Morake.

Leading the pack, Joey Rasdien takes the role of MC for this royal affair. Instantly recognisable, his endearing stage persona is intellectually absurd, physically hysterical and thought-provoking.

Teacher-turned-comedienne/actress, Khanyisa Bunu is a fan favourite. She was the first woman to win the audience choice award at the Comics’ Choice Awards and has also made her mark on SA TV with roles in Scandal! and Ses’Top La.

The dynamic Krijay Govender is one of the funniest woman in South Africa. A stand-up comic, award-winning actress, playwright and director, she is a rare mix of brains, beauty and creativity.

With over 25 years in the industry, Mark Banks is one of the most respected comedians in the country. He is widely recognised for his political satire and commonplace poke at the rich and famous, nothing and no-one is sacred to Mark’s blatant humour.
Kings & Queens of Comedy - 21 July @ Sandton Convention Centre @BluBloodSA @SandtonEvents
Mpho Popps has a reputation for enthralling audiences. With a unique style all of his own, his tempting stage personality, hilarious social commentary and high-energy impersonations has had thousands of South Africans in stitches.

Known as the ‘King of Indian Comedy’, Muthu Murugan has been wowing audiences for many years. Sharp-tongued and witty, Muthu will bring some Durban flavour to Johannesburg.

Ndumiso Lindi has come a long way from Zwelitsha, a small township in the Eastern Cape. He is a brilliant young comic who is genuinely funny and his humour will appeal to fans across the demographic.

A household name in South Africa, Rob van Vuuren became a comedian by mistake while he was trying to be an actor. A natural funnyman, he has established himself as one of the most prolific players in the entertainment scene - as an actor, writer, director, dancer and producer and has earned himself a very loyal following.

Tracey-Lee Oliver is a powerhouse singer, comedian and actress. While she is no stranger to the stage, her move to musical comedy has taken her to another level.

While outspoken and sometimes controversial, Trevor Gumbi is a firm favourite in the comedy scene. His underlying charm offsets his assertive energy on stage, as he brings to the stage some politically uncomfortable issues and delivers them with hilarity.

Tumi Morake’s impressive resume includes radio host, presenter, TV show host, brand ambassador, actress and ‘Queen of Comedy’ – her unique ability to deliver all the laughs and right punches has become synonymous with what fans have come to expect from this clever, witty and hilarious comedian.

Don’t miss the Kings & Queens of Comedy, 21 July 2017 at the Pavilion at the Sandton Convention Centre. The show is rated PG16 and starts at 20h00. Tickets from R185 and are available through Computicket.

Another great production brought to you by Blu Blood. Celebrating five years of Kings & Queens of Comedy, the show started in 2012 in Johannesburg and has since grown to be one of the leading comedy brands in South Africa, promoting and showcasing local talent from around the country.

Follow Blu Blood on Twitter @BluBloodSA or visit for more information.
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Best Time to Book for Indian’s Travellers Favourite #Summer Destinations @SkyscannerIN #ttot

Hi Guys,

Leading global travel search engine, Skyscanner has analysed two years’ worth of travel search data from over 60 million monthly users to answer the one questions that always puzzles travellers: when is the best time to book flights?

A recent survey of Indian travellers revealed 72% do not know when is the best time to book flights. Skyscanner’s survey further unveiled 69% of travellers incorrectly estimate the best air fares can be found less than 12 weeks before departure, when in fact the best deals are snapped up by travellers who plan in advance. Traveller’s eyeing up Bali for their summer trip can save up to 51% on flight tickets by booking 25 weeks in advance or risk paying 27% more than the average fare when they leave booking to the last minute.

The same trend appears for air fares to Indian traveller’s favourite summer destinations, traveller’s looking to vacation in Kuala Lumpur and Bangkok can grab flights for 35% and 33% less than the average fare, respectively, when booking 24 weeks prior to departure.

Skyscanner recommends booking 24 weeks in advance for travellers venturing to Europe or the USA for their summer vacations for savings of 22% and 18%, respectively.
Best Time to Book for Indian’s Travellers Favourite #Summer Destinations @SkyscannerIN
Skyscanner also reveals the most inexpensive months to travel to visit some of Indian travellers’ favourite locations. November is the cheapest month to travel to Bangkok when flights 10% cheaper than the average fare, while visa-friendly Bali can be best enjoyed in April with a 10% saving on the average fare.

Commenting on the findings, Reshmi Roy, Senior Growth Manager, Skyscanner India said, “We hope Skyscanner’s data can provide travellers with clarity on how and when to get the best deal on flights and what to expect if booking is left to the last minute. After reviewing flight prices from the last two years, we can clearly see that it pays to plan. Booking at the right time can make a huge difference to one’s expenditure on their trip, up to 51% in some cases.”

About Skyscanner
  • Skyscanner is a leading global travel search company, providing free search of flights, hotels and car hire around the world
  • Founded in 2003, Skyscanner helps over 60 million people each month to find their travel options
  • Skyscanner is available in 30 languages
  • Skyscanner’s highly-rated free mobile app has been downloaded over 60 million times
  • Skyscanner employs over 800 staff and has 10 offices across the world: Barcelona, Beijing, Budapest, Edinburgh, Glasgow, London, Miami, Shenzhen, Singapore and Sofia
  • Skyscanner is part of the Ctrip Group
For more information, please visit and follow the Skyscanner on twitter.

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