2013 News

Another win for Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo!

9th December 2013

Another win for Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo!

22 November 2013

The Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo is delighted with another well-earned 2013 EXSA (Exhibition Association of Southern Africa) Award last night.
The Award Function was held at Johannesburg Expo Centre last night, 21 November 2013, an event rewarding top industry players for their efforts during 2013. Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo, for the sixth year in a row, was voted the Best Consumer Exhibition of the Year in the category for large exhibitions over 12 000m².
The EXSA award recognises excellence in the Exhibition Industry which includes Best Exhibition, Best Venue, Best Stand Designers, Best Suppliers, Best Organiser and other individual awards. HOMEMAKERS is proud to be part of EXSA and to compete against amazing competitors in the industry. We look forward to hosting another award-winning Gauteng HOMEMAKERS expo in February 2014.
HOMEMAKERS present four home lifestyle shows nationally in Gauteng, Cape Town, Durban and Port Elizabeth. It is South Africa's biggest home exhibition group.
Apart from exhibitions, the company also publishes two monthly home improvement magazines, HOMEMAKERSfair and renovate. HOMEMAKERS also run South Africa's largest home interest portal www.homemakersonline.co.za.

For more information visit www.homemakersonline.co.za or phone 086 111 HOME/4663.
View the 2013 Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo photo highlights or take a look at our favourite photos from the 2013 event (Facebook) and the 2013 video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fd3Gg8FsjhU
Twitter - @SAHomemakers Facebook – www.facebook.com/HOMEMAKERSonline
Pinterest - http://www.pinterest.com/sahomemakers/homemakers-expo-2013-gauteng/


Johandie Slabbert Public Relations Executive 086 111 4663 / HOME johandie@homemakers-sa.co.za

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Crazy bowling takes over KSA CT

3rd December 2013

Crazy bowling takes over KSA CT

What a fun and crazy evening – on Thursday evening KSA CT members got together for their year-end function – a night out of the fast lane and into the bowling lane. The participating teams embraced the evening with gusto showing what spirit and team work the industry is capable of.

The teams: Blum’ing Awesome, PG Vancouver maples, PG Chippies, Smokin’Grass, Smeghetti, WOMAG Flintstones, Easy Rollers, KDMaxamilion and the Frankesteins all had a great time and allowed themselves to forget the stresses and strains of the end of the year for the evening.

A huge thank you to KDMax and Easylife for sponsoring the prizes for the evening and congratulations to our winners:
Gutter Queen – Monique from the Easy Rollers
Gutter King – Steven from WOMAG Flintones
Best lady player of the evening went to – Taryn from WOMAG Flintstones
Best gentleman player of the evening went to – Grisha from WOMAG Flintstones
The team spirit award went to – The Frankesteins
The overall winners of the evening was a joint team made up of – Smokin’Grass and Smeghetti

A huge thanks to all who participated and helped make the evening such a wonderful success.


3rd December 2013


Decorex SA was awarded a Certificate of Excellence at the EXSA Awards, the “Oscars” of the exhibition industry, in Johannesburg last week, Thursday on the 21st November 2013.

“We are so proud that Decorex SA has been recognised by the judges of the EXSA Awards,” said Sian Steyn, General Manager of the Decorex SA Portfolio. “Decorex SA celebrated 20 years of serving the South African trade and consumer décor market this year and we continue to grow as the continent’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition.”

The EXSA Awards took place at the Johannesburg Expo Centre at Nasrec on the 21st November 2013. The event recognises and awards excellence in the exhibition industry for achievements during 2013.
Sian said that 2014 will be an important year for Decorex SA as it will see the official launch of 100% Design South Africa alongside Decorex Joburg in August.

“Following a recent tie up with global players Reed Exhibitions, the team behind Decorex SA will be take this exhibition to another level and we look forward to inviting our exhibitors, sponsors and visitors with us on this exciting journey,” said Sian.

In order to qualify as a finalist in the prestigious EXSA Awards, entrants have to score above 75% on the judges’ scorecards.
In nominating Decorex Joburg, the judges commented: “As always, Decorex Joburg is a good show to visit and a privilege to judge. The show maintains its consistency and high standard and the special features show creativity and a finger on the pulse of the industry.”

Another judge said Decorex Joburg was a very impressive exhibition; well thought out and executed. Referring to Decorex Joburg sustained poster and billboard ads, another judge added: “Decorex SA had a strong and well positioned visitor promotion campaign.”

Don’t miss a Decorex SA exhibition in your region next year:
Decorex Durban: 20 - 23 March 2014
Decorex Cape Town: 25 - 28 April 2014
Decorex Joburg: 6 - 10 August 2014

For more info visit: www.decorex.co.za


For more info visit: www.decorex.co.za

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Happy 21st birthday Easylife !
Happy 21st birthday Easylife !

25th November 2013

Happy 21st birthday Easylife !

South Africa’s biggest kitchen franchise group celebrated their 21st birthday last weekend. Easylife’s story begins in 1992, when Alan Lombard started production at a small factory in Fontaineblea, Johannesburg, with a friend Richard Baker. Cupboard Hardware Centre was borne. In 1993 they moved to bigger premises of 350 m² in Strijdom Park, Randburg, retaining the Fontainebleau premises as a showroom. Business must have been very good because in 1994 a second store opened up in Ferndale.

In 1995 Philip Kirby joined the company as the admin manager and the first franchise pilot store was opened in Lynwood, Pretoria.
In 1996 Alan Lombard emigrated and Gerald Haumant bought the controlling shares in the company. In 1997 the company was restructured to allow for a Franchise Network and renamed Easyfit Cupboards. A 5th Easyfit Cupboard franchise store was opened by Jacques and Tersia de Wet in 1998 in Faerie Glen, Pretoria. Several more franchises are opened in the country in the years to follow.

Easyfit Cupboards moved away from the DIY market and a name change was prompted. They became Easylife Kitchens in 2003.
After a pilot franchise store was opened in Tokai, the Cape Town Factory opened in Bellville South in 2004. John Dammerman joined the company as Marketing Director in the same year and more franchises were opened. After extensive market research was done it was clear to the team that they had to take their brand to the next level. In 2008 their new logo was launched.

Today Easylife Kitchens manufacture their products in 2 dedicated factories and supply 26 Franchisees country wide.

At a stylish Las Vegas style beach party Easylife Kitchens celebrated their 21st Birthday in Cape Town on Saturday 9 November. All the Cape franchisees and design consultants attended as well as the staff from ELK Management and Manufacturing Cape. Suppliers and friends were also invited to join in the celebration.

As part of a national 21st birthday promotion one customer from each store won R21 000 cash back on their kitchen in a lucky draw. Stacy Japhta won the consultants ‘Superdraw’ and walked away with a whopping prize of R21 000. Guests were entertained by comedian Nik Rabinowitz who had everyone in stitches. Afterwards revellers got to gambled the night away at the pop-up ELK Casino!

A great time was had by all. The KSA and the rest of the kitchen industry would like to wish the Easylife Group a very happy 21st birthday and many more to come.

Hirsch's acknowledged as 'the best'

14th November 2013

Hirsch's acknowledged as 'the best'

Hot on the heels of receiving the Daily News People’s Choice Award in KZN for Best Appliance, Best Air Con and Best Electronics store, and the Roodeport Chamber of Commerce’s Service Excellence Award comes the Pretoria News’s People’s Choice “Best of the Best” Award for the very BEST Appliance store in the northern Gauteng region.

Commented Gilbert Thies from Independent Newspapers, “Congratulations for being the winner of your category in the Pretoria News Readers’ Choice competition! Your hard work and the high standards you maintain have not gone unnoticed and readers have repaid their trust in you by nominating your business as the best. What’s more, this vindication comes from readers of Pretoria’s only English daily newspaper. This means that the canvassed opinions and views are current and also points to the consistency in loyalty to both your brand and ours by our readers.

The exciting competition sees readers selecting their favorite business over a period of six weeks, culminating in the finale, which is the publication of the Pretoria News Readers’ Choice supplement, in which the top two businesses in each category are named. Appearing in the publication therefore shows that you have what it takes to stay at the front of the pack in your category. And winning that category affirms your status as the indisputable champions in a highly contested field!

As the only English daily newspaper in Pretoria, Pretoria News is a trusted medium when it comes to eliciting readers’ views on a variety of issues affecting residents of the capital.”

Cape Construction expo provides valuable networking to KSA members
Cape Construction expo provides valuable networking to KSA members

4th November 2013

Cape Construction expo provides valuable networking to KSA members

KSA CT partnered with the Cape Construction Expo that took place at the CTICC from the 31 October till the 2 November. It was fantastic to see the membership support of this new expo and for KSA members to be leading the pack in this initiative. It shows how badly a forum is needed for networking in the construction industry between all players from industry professionals, to developers, sub-contractors and suppliers.

The show had a steady flow of visitors and all participating KSA members expressed themselves happy with the networking they were able to do. Thanks you to Quantum Leap Design and Joos Joiners for being part of the KSA pavilion and to Eclipse for their assistance with the stand. Thanks also to Lansdowne Boards, Max on Top, Salvacorp, Caesarstone, Neolith, Granite Projects and Superior Cabinet Doors for taking a gamble on this new expo.

We are all hoping the show will prove its usefulness to the industry as a whole and will be even stronger next year.

If you would like information on the 2014 show please contact Stephanie@ksa.co.za or paul.stubbs@hypenica.co.za



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Kitchen.net invites KSA to be part of their showcase

4th November 2013

Kitchen.net invites KSA to be part of their showcase

KSA industry partner kitchen.net will be showcasing themselves at the Bayside mall from the 11th - 17th November and have invited the KSA to be part of the showcase.

Kitchen.net are very excited as this is a time to promote all things kitchen, from cooking demonstrations to choosing the right provider when it comes to a new kitchen. They will repeat the exercise again a in December. This will form part of their marketing strategy for 2014 whereby they will aim to tour South Africa's shopping centers month on month interacting with the public letting them know about the web site.

A reminder that KSA members get a free listing on the site which they can expand to a full profile. Members are also invite to write for the site and provide comment and advice for visitors to the site.



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Franke launches 2 news sinks and 2 new sink mixers

29th October 2013

Franke launches 2 news sinks and 2 new sink mixers

Franke are pleased to introduce four new additions to their range.

Firstly the Genesis sink range. This range features ultra-modern crisp fluting on the drainer board which will accentuate the minimalistic inspired style of your kitchen. There are two sinks available: a double bowl (GXS621-120) and a double bowl with centre tidy (GSX671). Both sinks are supplied with 90mm basket strainer waist fittings and Spazi plumbing kits.

The two new additions in their tap range are the Cascade Professional sink mixer and the Project Line wall mounted sink mixer. The Cascade Professional offers a sleek and elegant design. It is equipped with a retractable pull out hose and has two water settings allowing for a shower rinse.

Both mixers have solid D2R Brass construction with chrome plating, ceramic disk cartridges, anti scold and smart lime cleaning aerators. They have a 12L/min flow rate, a 5 year guarantee on the body and a two year guarantee on the ceramic cartridge.

For more information contact Franke directly or your local Franke representative.


0861 372 653 or enquiry.fsa@franke.com

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28th October 2013


Surinno are very excited to introduce to you our brand new website.

The purpose behind the new site is two-fold.
1. To display our product range, colours and give detailed information
2. To display our Installer’s show-pieces and offer them the opportunity to display their offering and provide potential clients their details. In essence we are offering them a ‘web-presence’ to market their company

The website is built using the very latest programming. It is fast and easy to navigate and highly ‘visual’.
It uses ‘responsive design’ which means it will resize automatically to tablets and smart phone sizes

The website has been added to all the main search engines, and uses very advanced ‘search engine optimisation’. This means that it will show up quickly when people search online for Surinno-related products.

We have added a ‘Installers’ & ‘Retailer’ search tool that quickly finds the installer’s address and telephone details as well as an individualised ‘Google map’ with directions. All you need to do is type in a Province (State) or central town like Cape Town or Johannesburg, or street, and a list of the Installers or Retailers show up.

We have also added a ‘Subscription’ link, whereby you can enter your details and we will keep you posted on latest developments, product updates and showpieces.

If you are a Surinno Installer or Retailer, please send us your company details and good quality images in JPEG format and we will create your own company-specific page with your own gallery which you can use for your business’ promotional purposes.

We also have a ‘Latest News’ page which will be updated from time to time with relevant news on our company and the Surinno range of products.

We would love to get some feedback from you so please send us an email, or use the contact form on the new Surinno website. www.surinnosolidsurfacing.co.za

“Like” our Facebook page and stay updated with everything happening in our world!


Jolene Conradie

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KSA CT Members invite to come bowling....

25th October 2013

KSA CT Members invite to come bowling....

Attention all KSA CT members...you are invited to step out of the fast lane and enjoy a little bit of year end fun with your industry colleagues at the KSA ten pin bowling year end function.

Date: Thurs 26 November 2013
Time: 6pm
Venue:Let's go bowling - Stadium on Main, Claremont

Book for a team or as an individual. Cost R175.00 ex vat per person. This includes 2 games of bowling, a welcome drink and a pub snack basket. A cash bar will be available.

This is a great way to enjoy a little down time - bring your friends, colleagues, family or clients but put that team together.

Booking can be placed with Stephanie on capetown@ksa.co.za


Stephanie - capetown@ksa.co.za

SA Home to feature in Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

24th October 2013

SA Home to feature in Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms

Kitchens, Bedrooms and Bathrooms, the UK's foremost kitchen related magazine will be featuring a South African home in its December edition.

The digital edition will be available to download on iPad on the 8th November.

Launch of Homemakers Expo 2014

23rd October 2013

Launch of Homemakers Expo 2014

You are invited to attend the launch of Homemakers Expo 2014.

Date: 5 November 2013
Time: Any time from 8am - 2pm
Venue: Gourmet Emporium, Northgate Island
RSVP: by 29 October to cape@homemakers_sa.co.za

The expo will be taking place at the CTICC from the 4th - 7th September.



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Visit KSA members at the Cape Construction Expo

9th October 2013

Visit KSA members at the Cape Construction Expo

KSA Western Cape is a partner with the Cape Construction Expo, the new show aimed at connection people within the building and related industries.

The show will be taking place at the CTICC from 31st October till the 2nd November and will offer an unique opportunity for members of the kitchen industry to network with builders, developers, architects and interior designers.

The Cape Construction Expo is the only B2B event focussing exclusively on building and construction in the Western Cape. The forum brings together construction professionals, suppliers, government representatives and investors, offering plenty of
networking opportunities for the entire value chain.

An interactive exhibition with the latest products, tools and technologies encourages a change towards more efficient and sustainable building. A strategic and technical workshop programme offers best practise approaches as well as Western Cape-centric educational content.

Attendance is free upon pre-registration. Exhibitors and sponsors are welcome to showcase their expertise. Please visit www.cape-construction.co.za for more information

The Cape Construction Expo is a one-stop-shop networking and knowledge platform that allows the Western Cape building and construction industry to respond to changes in their environment and enhances their business opportunities. The Cape
Construction Expo creates dialogue among government, policy decision-makers and the building & construction sector. Further, it
promotes, enhances and strengthens national and regional partnerships and joint ventures.

What to expect:
• Interactive expo with speciality zones such as green building, transport, safety and recruitment
• 1500 visitors, mainly from the Western Cape area
• 75 exhibitors
• 35 free to attend workshops
• Product demonstrations
• Site visits to interesting projects and factories in the Western Cape
• Construction awards ceremony presented by Cape Business News

Meet the entire value chain and conclude months of networking interaction in just 3 days.

Who attends CCE
• Building contractors (residential, large scale, landscaping, retail, industrial)
• Architects (commercial, residential, landscape, industrial)
• Engineers (civil, consulting, construction, structural, landscape)
• Property developers and owners (commercial, residential, industrial, communal)
• Service providers (project managers, surveyors, designers, consultants)
• Government representatives (City of Cape Town, Western Cape Government)
• Investors
• Educational institutes
Products and services on display at the expo:
• Tools & equipment
• Health & Safety
• Security
• Finishes
• Green building
• Chemicals
• IT/Software
• Fire suppression and
• Glass and glazing
• Insulation and sealants
• Landscaping
• Building materials
• Green building specialists
• Security devices and
• Metal, steel, aluminium
• Plumbing and water
• Scaffolding
• Software and IT
• Swimming pools
• Windows, doors and cladding

Please visit www.cape-construction.co.za to register for free and more information or
contact us on +27 21 700 4300 or andre.huddlestone@hypenica.com


contact us on +27 21 700 4300 or andre.huddlestone@hypenica.com

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KSA product evening a huge success
KSA product evening a huge success

7th October 2013

KSA product evening a huge success

Thursday evening saw KSA CT hold its last product evening for 2013. The evening was held at Hirsch’s and hosted by Hirsch’s, Franke Kitchen Systems and Sonae Novoboard. Ninety-one members of the kitchen and associated industries joined us for the evening, a great turn out for this late in the year when everyone is so busy.

The evening was kicked off by Stephanie Forbes of the KSA who welcomed everyone and reminded KSA members to book their advertising in the forthcoming 2014 KSA brochure. She also welcome all non-KSA members who had joined the evening and asked them to give serious consideration to membership.

Allan Hirsch then told all gathered the inspiring story of how Hirsch’s was started. He encouraged kitchen companies who do not want to get involved in the purchase of appliances for their customers to make use of their rewards card. The Hirsch’s rewards card will reward kitchen companies for sending their clients to purchase from Hirsch’s.

The Franke presentation followed with Nico Claase humourously taking everyone through the Franke range of products and services and introducing their newest mixer.

The presentations were ended with Patrick Cloete introducing the new Sonae Novolam app to everyone. This unique facility will allow kitchen manufacturers and shop fitters to capture their client’s imaginations by displaying all the Novolam colours in a kitchen setting with the touch of a button and all on their smart phone. The app can be downloaded from: http://www.sonae.co.za/app.

In closing a lucky drawer was held with the most amazing prizes to be won: a boom box system, a steam cleaner,2 coffee machines, a Franke mixer and 5 copies of the latest SA Décor and Design Guide.

Guests stayed on to enjoy the good food and to network and socialise with their industry colleagues. A great evening was had by all.

Bookings open for the 2014 KSA Consumer Guide & Brochure
Bookings open for the 2014 KSA Consumer Guide & Brochure

19th September 2013

Bookings open for the 2014 KSA Consumer Guide & Brochure

We have started work on the 2014 KSA brochure. We are making some exciting changes which will make the brochure of greater value to you, the member.

This edition we are introducing a full listing of all members at the back of the brochure. This listing will be free for all members and will contain your company name, telephone number and website address. An expanded listing will also be available. This will allow members to add their logo and 45 words over and above their website and telephone details. These 45 words should be used to provide a description of your companies services and areas of expertise, as well as additional contact details if necessary. The cost of the expanded listing will be R1900.00 (excl. VAT).

As per previous editions double, full, half and quarter pages adverts are available. This year all members taking a double page spread will receive a free one year advert on the KSA website classifieds page. Members taking a full page will receive eight months advertising, those taking a half page will receive a six months free advert and members taking a quarter page will get 3 months free advertising.

The brochure is to be printed on a slightly lighter weight paper stock in 2014. This will assist the KSA to pursue greater marketing opportunities with the brochure such as insertion into other publications. The brochure will once again be distributed at shows nationally and members will of course have the option to display and distribute them in their showrooms. Copies will be posted to a database of consumer journalists and industry professionals (architects and interior designers).

Please find herewith the rate and spec sheets as well as booking forms. Please note that ALL members need to return the booking form confirming their details for their free listing.

Should you have any queries or please contact Stephanie on capetown@ksa.co.za for more information.


Stephanie - capetown@ksa.co.za

Directory of Architects - (KSA special offer)
Directory of Architects - (KSA special offer)

18th September 2013

Directory of Architects - (KSA special offer)

Dear KSA members

We are presently working on the 8th edition if the Directory of Architects for 2014. We would very much like to propose some exciting packages for all KSA members & suppliers alike:
• We invite all KSA members to register on our website so their details are listed under suppliers.
• We would like to offer a 15% discount to all members & suppliers on ALL bookings/placements as per rate-card below
• An awesome value add with any placement booked of a FREE 12 month brand profiling on our website! We do intend to generate a stream of revenue from our website next year, as we enter phase 3 of our website design, so an opportunity not to be missed!
Booking Deadline 4th October 2013
Material deadline is 24th October 2013

A full profile on Directory of Design website includes:
• Company details: name, logo, contact details and address
• Link to company’s website
• Upload of brochures, videos, photos and editorial
Please see this link as an example: http://www.directoryofdesign.co.za/dir-listing-new-ama.html
This issue will be printed in November 2013 and 4000 copies will be distributed to decision makers within the architectural/design profession in November 2013.

Please note that we print on a regular basis throughout the year for our own distribution and exhibitions like Decorex besides the set 4000 copies printed.

• Architects listed in the Directory of Architects
• Advertisers / features in the Directory of Architects
• Members of the KSA
• Members of IID
• South African Municipalities
• the Association of Consulting Engineers
• Tertiary Education Institutions

Over and above our relationship with the KSA we have also embarked on exciting relationships with the Southern African Wood and Laminate Flooring Association (SAWLFA) and the South African Institute of the Interior Design Professions (IID) – as well as our new media partnership with the Cape Construction Expo this year at the CTICC at the end of October. This is the first expo of its kind.

With a readership as extensive as ours, having enjoyed the same level of professionalism and quality for the last 7 years, you would do very well to be placed in this publication. Over 80% of our advertisers who have stayed with us from the first issue agree with us.

Kind Regards,
Michelle Reid
Reygan Media
Office: 021 422 4445
Mobile: 082 922 5347
1st Floor | Lona House | 212 B Upper Buitengracht Street | Cape Town | 8001
Fax: +27 (0)86 617 8452

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine now available on ipad

17th September 2013

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms magazine now available on ipad

Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms is the UK's leading magazine for anyone interested in design, products and trends for the three most important rooms in the home. It's now available in South Africa with an enhanced and fully optimised edition for the iPad.

In the latest issue we look at kitchens on a budget and the very latest in showerheads and range cookers as well as exclusive real home case studies from London, Edinburgh and Liverpool.
As a special introductory offer, KSA members can download the latest issue for FREE between 20th and 30th September.

"We're so pleased to now be able to share Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms with South Africa via the iPad as I know how much you value the very best in style and design," said editor Ruth Bell. "Kitchens, Bedrooms & Bathrooms has been leading the market for nearly 25 years in the UK and we're delighted to now make it available to everyone."

To download the app, where you can see all the available issues, simply search for "Kitchens Bedrooms Bathrooms" in the Apple Newsstand or, if you're looking at this on your iPad, simply follow this link -appstore.com/kitchensbedroomsandbathroomsmagazine

New Industry Partner - FIX Shack / Builders space

13th September 2013

New Industry Partner - FIX Shack / Builders space

Fix Shack, a website devoted to home building and is ready to link homeowners to all their building requirements.

Fix Shack offers far more than just an online home building resource. It’s a one‐stop portal for home
owners, DIY and décor enthusiasts to connect with reputable contractors and professionals, retail stores or building, maintenance, renovation and home improvement products. The website features the latest in home maintenance and home improvement news and trends.

The key to fixshack.co.za’s success is the quality information and easy to navigate website.

Builders Space’, is a source of extensive information and resources for building contractors, specialist contractors and tradesmen, including news, safety information, how to, training, standards, as well as administration and business tools.

There is also a job classifieds and buy/sell used euipment, tool and materials portal.
Contractors listed on Builders’ Space are exposed to anyone in South Africa searching for home building services. They will also be linked to Fix Shack, a consumer website visited by thousands of home owners each month, looking to improve their homes.


Gary or Lou-Anne Macnamara Tel : 011 454 6872

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You are invited to join Hirsch's, Franke and Sonae at the KSA product evening

10th September 2013

You are invited to join Hirsch's, Franke and Sonae at the KSA product evening

The KSA would like to invite the industry to join us for a product evening hosted by Hirsch's, Franke and Sonae.

The evening will be a great opportunity to network with other industry players while learning a little more about the three host companies.

Date: 3 October 2013
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Hirsch's

Please RSVP to capetown@ksa.co.za before 27 September 2013.



6th September 2013

Marcia Margolius features KSA article on her blog

Marcia Margolius has just added a lovely article by the KSA and featuring KSA members on her SA Décor & Design blog.

Visit it on http://www.sadecor.co.za/wordpress/the-kitchen-island-a-useful-addition-to-your-kitchen/

News from Kitchen.net

5th September 2013

News from Kitchen.net

Dear KSA members

Great news from kitchen.net, since our launch in February we have been flying. Our month on month growth in terms of site visitors has been exponential. August reached 26,353 visitors looking at a total of 253,265 pages of our website. Our social media following on Facebook has also been growing at a tremendous amount, this week we broke 14,000 Facebook likes and we are currently growing by around 400 new like every single day. We are well on our way to establishing our brand as South Africa's Largest Online Food Magazine, drawing a readership from all over the country that love food and all things relating to it.

This can only be great news for all KSA members, as we have exclusively offered you the ability to list in our kitchen design directory and send in articles and advertorials that other companies have to pay for. We would like to thank all of the KSA members that have contacted us in regards to the free marketing platform that we have offered only to KSA members.

An example of how beneficial it can be for your business to take us up on this offer can be seen below:
Sonae.co.za sent an article on their Novolam App, not long after publishing this article Google has picked it up as a result of the SEO we build into each article. If you go to google.co.za and simply enter novolam you will see the kitchen.net article in the second position on the first page (see link) http://www.google.co.za/#q=novolam. This has been consistently generating extra traffic to the Sonae website month on month.

DIRECTORY UPGRADE - We have upgraded our kitchen-design directory; this will go live once we have received a few article and updates from you guys. The upgraded directory will give you the chance to login and update your own details at any time; add descriptions, contact info, social media info, photo's, videos and more. We have also built a form so that you can add your own articles/advertorials to go in the new kitchen design news blog.

To take advantage of this completely free offer, please contact gary@kitchen.net 021 521 4500



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Redfish - KSA's new industry partner

5th September 2013

Redfish - KSA's new industry partner

The KSA are pleased to announce we have teamed up with another industry partner to bring you, the KSA member, more added benefit to your membership.

Redfish.co.za is an online site that works to team up consumers with approved tradesmen.

RedFish.co.za launched in June 2013 with the aim of bringing the home improvement industry online. With its free(to consumers), easy-to-use one-stop platform that enables customers and tradesmen to connect, RedFish fills a void in the arena of South African home improvement -- helping customers find quality, reliable tradesmen, and assisting tradesmen to find regular work.
According to Redfish co-founder Genevieve Dalrymple, the company's main objective is to facilitate jobs being done well, by people who do good work.

Central to the site's value is the tradesmen it attracts, who exemplify quality, value for money, professionalism and reliability. RedFish ensures this through checks on every registered tradesman, as well as the customer review and rating system it operates on the site.

How does it work for customers?

From major renovations to odd jobs around the home, any home improvement help can be sought out on the website. To begin their search, customer’s first register on the site for free, including as much relevant detail as possible to facilitate accurate quote responses. Interested tradesmen registered with redfish.co.za will then contact customers by e-mail to quote, which should provide a number of tradesmen from which to choose. A customer selects the best tradesman for the job based on the responses and quotes she receives as well as company information displayed on the tradesman’s professional online profile on the website. Once the job is completed, the customer will rate the tradesman's work and write a brief review, which becomes a permanent part of the tradesman’s online profile.

How does it work for tradesmen?

In order for tradesmen to respond to any job requests, they must be registered with RedFish. The more information and customer references they provide to redfish.co.za, the higher the ranking they will receive on the site. Once registered, tradesmen have the opportunity to highlight their qualities through their own online profile, which acts as a public marketing tool. In order to respond to a customer’s job request, a tradesman sends a brief message directly through the website. RedFish will then keep him informed about the job's status, and will also e-mail him other potential work opportunities.

RedFish is committed to protecting the information of all its users. As such, only the name and address of registered tradesmen will be displayed on the website.

What is on offer to KSA members?

• each member that registers will have the KSA logo displayed next to their name
• each member will have the opportunity to include their website address, contact email and blurb about their business on their profile if they register
• Presently registration if free for KSA members. A subscription will be introduced in time. Once subscriptions become applicable the cost of this will be R299 per month or R2990 for 12 months (less 2 months for KSA members)
• Members that advertise on the site will be offered free subscription for a year.

Who is behind Redfish?

The South African/European team behind Redfish was inspired by a conversation around a braai and realising they were onto something, quickly began turning the idea into a reality. With backgrounds in the home improvement industry, digital media, sales and marketing they are well-poised to bring the construction industry online and take the schlep and guesswork out of finding reliable suppliers.

To take advantage of your free listing with redfish.co.za please contact:
Genevieve Dalrymple genevieve@redfish.co.za 079 834 4798
Theunis Hanekom theunis@redfish.co.za 072 069 2219


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Homemakers CT a roaring success
Homemakers CT a roaring success

4th September 2013

Homemakers CT a roaring success

The eighteenth Cape HOMEMAKERS Expo, which took place from Thursday (29 August) to Sunday (1 September) at the CTICC, was again a roaring success, attracting more than 36 400 visitors.

KSA members once again put in a huge effort to produce stands of an excellent standard. Special mention must go to Smeg who were awarded the best KSA stand and a gold certificate by the judges and Easylife Kitchens who wowed everyone with a stunning contemporary country kitchen winning a gold certificate. It was disappointing to see so few kitchen exhibits and Easylife must to be acknowledged for their continued support of exhibitions and for representing the industry at the show so professionally.

Silver certificates also went to KSA members: Eclipse Furniture, Eurafrican, and Lansdowne Boards.

Says John Leyden, Business Development Director of HOMEMAKERS: “The 2013 Cape Homemakers Expo was again a huge success with many exhibitors reporting record sales and business leads that will keep them busy for months to come.

“The quality of the exhibits were once again of an extremely high standard. Even the typical Cape Town winter weather played its part in convincing consumers to visit an indoor event. We would like to extend a heartfelt thanks to all our exhibitors, visitors, sponsors and service providers for their contribution to the success of this year’s expo,” Leyden concluded.

For more information please contact HOMEMAKERS Cape on (021) 511 2800 or visit the website www.homemakersonline.co.za.


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Caesarstone Student Designer 2013 Competition - winners announced

4th September 2013

Caesarstone Student Designer 2013 Competition - winners announced

The prestigious Caesarstone Student Designer 2013 competition awards evening was held last week at Cape Town’s trendy Bree Street art gallery, Young Blood, on Thursday 29 August. Historically held in Johannesburg, this was the first time the event has been held in Cape Town in preparation for the World Design Capital 2014 festivities in the Mother City next year.

Jenni Button and Stefan Antoni were just some of the well-known faces spotted at the awards evening. “It was very inspiring for us to see the talent out there in our young people and fascinating to hear the judges’ breakdown of the top entries. Overall it was a wonderfully successful evening,” says Debbie Zeelie of SA Homeowner magazine.

Nine finalists and the top three designs were selected by the judging panel in mid-August after students and their lecturers responded to the 2013 brief – The Forum of Excellence. Architect, Jonathan Anstey of Jonathan Anstey Architects, conceptualised the brief for the competition, “The challenge we set for the students this year was to embrace individuals or groups who had contributed to dramatic change or progress – just like the life of Nelson Mandela had impacted us as a nation.”

Greg Wright of Greg Wright Architects was a judge and MC for this year’s competition awards evening, “This year’s competition brief was a particularly challenging one. I thought that the entries were of a very high standard and we’re always impressed as judges by what we’re offered by students.”

“A very high standard of entries is received on a yearly basis because the students and their lecturers put a tremendous amount of hard work into their submissions,” says Philip Fouché of Emporio Communications – the company that mediates the Caesarstone Student Designer competition. Only five of the top entries from each faculty are accepted for judging.

“The annual first prize of a trip to an overseas design fair is awarded to both the student and the lecturer as an acknowledgement of the role that the lecturers play in mentoring students through the conceptual development and competition entry process,” says Caesarstone South Africa’s marketing director, Trevor King.

The lecturers traditionally provide their students with careful supervision and coaching in order to draw out the depth of talent, understanding and insight that is needed to reach the top 9 finalist stage. “This competition owes a lot of its success to the dedication of the design and architecture lecturers from the various institutions around the country,” says King.

The criteria for judging a winning scheme for the student competition has always been confined to the definition of the brief. Jonathan Anstey asks, “Have they embraced the opportunity, celebrated it, and come up with novel, original ideas? Those immediately rise to the top.”

The winning concept The Heart of South Africa was designed by Leon van der Westhuizen of Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University’s Department of Architecture, with oversight from his lecturer, Donald Flint. All the judges felt a connection with the historical event that Leon selected, namely, the first human heart transplant performed by Chris Barnard.

Anstey comments on why this design won first place, “Leon embraced this excellence within the medical field by taking the concept much further than anyone else in the competition. Not only is the building a physical demonstration of the heartbeat, but he was able to employ the idea that cardio vascular health can be celebrated through exercise activities within the building in celebration of the memory of Chris Barnard.”

Second place was awarded to Londiwe Fakudze of Tshwane University of Technology, from the Department of Interior Design. Londiwe’s lecturer was Rene Kotze. Third prize went to Chris Hechter of the University of Johannesburg’s Department of Interior Design. Chris’s lecturer was Elzabe Meiring.

According to competition judge, Dorothy van’t Riet of Dorothy van’t Riet Design, it is vital that students enter competitions such as these, “It stretches students and makes them realise that there’s a larger world of architecture and a big world of interior design. They are forced to think a bit further than just their next project.”
“Competitions are also a means of getting your profile out there. You get great publicity from competitions and they are great to put onto your CV,” says Janina Masojada of designworkshop: sa, also one of the judges from this year’s panel. “I think this is the closest a student will get to designing for a client,” adds Lisa Younger, a judge from Activate Space.

This year’s awards evening wrapped up with a short presentation introducing the 2014 brief, “re_Charge!” – presented by architect and judge, Greg Wright, who zooted through the audience on an electric skateboard to literally drive home the brief.

Go to www.caesarstone.co.za to check out the 2014 brief on video and to see clips of the judging process and judges’ comments on each of the top three entries.





22nd August 2013 - Kitchen Specialists Association’s Gauteng golf day

22nd August 2013

22nd August 2013 - Kitchen Specialists Association’s Gauteng golf day

The Kitchen Specialists Association’s Gauteng golf day, an annual opportunity for members to get out of the office and into the fresh air for some fun and industry networking, took place at the Ruimsig Country Club on the 22nd August 2013.

What a fabulous day it turned out to be on the course. The players were in good spirits, the weather was superb, prize giving & dinner will be remembered ! Our MC for the evening Al Prodgers engaged all of our guests and left all light hearted! Once again we have to say thank you to all of our sponsors & players for the continued support and generous contributions. The ‘barrow of booze’ raffle was sold out – an achievement in itself. Thank you to all who supported it.

We are overwhelmed with the response to the golf day and would like to share a few comments received from the players:

“Just a little note to congratulate you on a well organised Golf Day. We certainly enjoyed the event (despite my hiccups) and everyone else also appeared to be having a good time. Well done.”

“Thank you very much for yesterday’s golf day, It was an awesome event, you and your team should be very proud of your efforts, it was a great day and I'm sure enjoyed by all. Golf is quite addictive and I have to blame you for getting me hooked!!!!”

“Congrats on a successful golf day yesterday.”

“Well done, well organized & executed”

Winners received prizes ranging from alcohol, mugs, shopping vouchers and bags to cupboards and household appliances. You can find more information such as scores and prizes on http://www.buildersspace.co.za/index.php/info/associations/kitchen-specialist-association-ksa

KSA Gauteng Golf Day .... count down has begun!!!

20th August 2013

KSA Gauteng Golf Day .... count down has begun!!!

22 August 2013 Gauteng Annual Golf day!

All set … with only 2 days to go, clear skies and what promises to be another amazing day on the golf course.

Should you still want to be part of it contact Alecia 011 781 5340 now



Decorex Joburg wraps up 20 years of exhibition excellence

20th August 2013

Decorex Joburg wraps up 20 years of exhibition excellence

Decorex Joburg took place from 7 – 11 August at Gallagher Convention Centre and celebrated its 20th anniversary in true style. With 54 891 people attending the popular décor, design and lifestyle event, many agreed that this year had been the best Decorex Joburg ever.

Decorex Joburg has continued to grow in size and authority despite increasing competition in their exhibition market. With our legacy of hosting some of the top home décor and design brands to exhibit at Decorex Joburg, this exhibition remains the most prestigious lifestyle event on Gauteng’s calendar – even attracting international visitors.
The first Decorex SA exhibition, launched 1994, attracted 26 000 visitors and played host to 144 exhibitors in just one hall. 20 years later we have over 54 000 visitors and 700 exhibitors stretched across 6 halls. Decorex SA has been a successful brand because it has not only grown with its market but gained status as the market leader within the exhibition industry. As the demands, needs and interests of consumers have changed, so too has Decorex SA.

Over the past 20 years we have developed various pavilions catering to the needs of both our exhibitors and our market. Decorex Joburg pavilions now include Kitchens and Bathrooms, District Delicious - the gourmet food and wine pavilion, a Greening pavilion featuring environmentally friendly products, Dream Rooms featuring top decorators ,designers and fabric houses, Décor Accessories and Furniture, the Craft Collective pavilion featuring the best of South Africa’s handmade design, a Global Trade Pavilion as well as an Art Gallery.

We are aware of the increasing importance that Decorex SA plays in the lives and businesses of our trade visitors. We have seen a steady growth in our South African and African trade visitor base. Decorex SA aims to add immense value to the South African décor and design community, by showcasing the latest international and local trends, hosting industry talks and conferences, and offering business networking opportunities.
We look forward to expanding and growing more sectors of the show.

The KSA Awards for the Finest Kitchen Exhibitors went to Easylife Kitchens, Franke Kitchen Systems and for the first time, because of their fantastic support of Decorex JHB 2013, the KSA acknowledged a non-KSA member, Careline Kitchens.

The KSA was also acknowledged with a longstanding exhibitor award of 15 Year +. The KSA social was well supported. Thanks must go to the following sponsors:
• Easylife Kitchens
• Eclipse
• Franke
• International Slab Slaes
• Sonae Novobord

The KSA stand had a refreshed feel, thank you to the following members for their help with the new look stand: Franke, Niemann SA and Roco Fittings, Show Cupboards and Rehau . The winner of the REHAU Vetroline Glass Roller Shutter Door Competition was: Zaynab Saleem

What to know more about the kitchen industry in the UK?

14th August 2013

What to know more about the kitchen industry in the UK?

The British Kitchen Designers Association have invited KSA members to subscribe to their industry newsletter. This is a good way to keep tabs on what is happening in the kitchen industry I the UK.

Members who are interested should follow the link below to subscribe to the newsletter.

Visit the KSA at the Homemakers Expo

13th August 2013

Visit the KSA at the Homemakers Expo

Visit the KSA at the Homemakers Expo which will be taking place at the CTICC from the 29 August - 1 September.

Don't miss this opportunity to view this fantastic show. KSA members and members of the kitchen industry can register for a trade ticket on line.

You will find the KSA on stand E31.

Italian Lifestyle offers exclusive discount on their Bugatti range to KSA members
Italian Lifestyle offers exclusive discount on their Bugatti range to KSA members

8th August 2013

Italian Lifestyle offers exclusive discount on their Bugatti range to KSA members

Italian Lifestyle recently introduced their new Bugatti range of smalls to South Africa.

After the success of their previous special offer to KSA members they are pleased to be able to offer KSA members a special 10% discount on their new Bugatti range of smalls.

For more information or to take up this offer please contact sunelle@italianlifestyle.co.za or your nearest Italian Lifestyle showroom.



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Habitat offers KSA members special on advertising rates for their kitchen feature edition

7th August 2013

Habitat offers KSA members special on advertising rates for their kitchen feature edition

Habitat Magazine would like to offer KSA members a special discount of 20% on full and half page adverts in their September/October kitchen feature edition. The discount is off their standard advertising rates. Members taking up this offer will also have an opportunity for free editorial in the feature.

If members are interested in taking up this generous opportunity they should contact Stephanie on capetown@ksa.co.za or Gary Graham of Habitat on gary.graham@telkomsa.net.



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7th August 2013

KSA CT hosts a successful HR & Health & Safety workshop

KSA Cape Town recently hosted their first Human resources and Health and Safety workshop. The workshop was hosted by Grass and run by the team from NJ Consult - and amalgamation of 4 businesses specialising in different areas of HR and Health & Safety.

The workshop allowed those attending to brainstorm and query the legal requirements specific to our industry in the areas of HR, skills development &training, recruitment and health & safety.

Those attending agreed the course was both informative and beneficial. A huge thank you to Nico and the rest of the team from NJ Consult.

If you would like to know more about the team or get their contact details please email Stephanie on capetown@ksa.co.za or nico@njconsult.co.za



Invitation to the KSA / NJ Consult HR workshop

15th July 2013

Invitation to the KSA / NJ Consult HR workshop

The KSA and NJ Consult would like to invite the industry to an HR and Health & Safety workshop.

Date: 26 July 2013
Time: 11.00am till approximately 2.00pm
Venue: Grass – Cnr Graph & Railway St, Montague Gardens

Cost: KSA members R250.00 incl vat/Non-KSA members R350.00 incl vat
Costing is for both the business owner / manager and the designated HR person to attend.

RSVP: by Fri 7 June 2013 to capetown@ksa.co.za

The workshop will cover:
-Training, Performance Management and the Department of Labour checklist
-Labour Relations
-Health & Safety : Sub-contractors – what are your responsibilities, In the factory, On site

We encourage you all to attend as this will give you a wealth of information that you would normally pay a fortune for.  Please bring your health & safety files and any queries you may have related to the subject matter.  The team
will gladly stay on after to answer any one on one questions.
Tea and coffee will be served and there will be a lucky draw.



Italian Lifestyle’s special winter offer – exclusive to KSA members
Italian Lifestyle’s special winter offer – exclusive to KSA members

20th June 2013

Italian Lifestyle’s special winter offer – exclusive to KSA members

Italian lifestyle are pleased to introduce their new pod coffee machine. They would like to make this machine along with 50 free capsules available to KSA members at a special price of R2159.00 including vat which is a discount of over 10%. Don’t miss this stunning winter special – perfect for the office or as a gift for a special someone.

For more information contact sunelle@italianlifestyle.co.za or your regional Italian Lifestyle showrooms.



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KSA CT members invite to meet the World Design Capital Team

15th June 2013

KSA CT members invite to meet the World Design Capital Team

KSA members in the Western Cape are invited to meet the World Design Capital team to learn more about this fantastic project and how kitchens can feature in the showcase.

Join the team any time from 9am - 12pm on Thursday 20th June at the WOMAG Mobelli showrooms in Paarden Eiland.

KSA, Smeg and Salvacorp host the industry at a product evening

14th June 2013

KSA, Smeg and Salvacorp host the industry at a product evening

KSA CT held their first product evening of 2013 on Wednesday 12 June. Hosted by Smeg and Salvacorp the evening was well attended by the industry with just under a hundred industry players in attendance.

The evening was kicked off by Stephanie Forbes of the KSA who stressed the importance of increased cooperation and communication between industry players to keep the kitchen industry stable and ethical. This was followed by a presentation by Louise Schoeman of Salvacorp who introduced her company and its diverse range of products which include both Samsung Radianz and Staron both of which are making huge inroads into the surfacing market.

Francesco Mainini from Smeg then gave a brief overview of Smeg and their products. This was followed by a video clip of renowned Italian architect Guido Canali explaining why he designs for Smeg and his design philosophe.

The good food and was enjoyed by all as was the opportunity to network with other industry players.

Join KSA CT at their first product evening for 2013

28th May 2013

Join KSA CT at their first product evening for 2013

The KSA would like to invite industry players to join then at their first product evening for 2013. This will be hosted by Smeg and Salvacorp.

Date: Wednesday 12 June 2013
Time: 6.00pm
Venue: Smeg - Blk 2, 2nd floor, Northgate Island, Milnerton

Please RSVP to Stephanie on capetown@ksa.co.za by 7 June 2013.

Don't miss this opportunity to learn more about our two host companies and network with your industry colleagues.



KSA joins forces with kitchen.net

24th May 2013

KSA joins forces with kitchen.net

The KSA are pleased to announce the start of a new relationship with kitchen.net

Kitchen.net is a new online magazine for all things kitchen, from kitchen design to recipes, kitchen tips to restaurants. Although the site is only 2 months old it is currently receiving 300 – 400 visits a day, over 500 subscribers so far and around 2000 Facebook fans.

Kicthen.net has been built by a company with a background in search engine optimization and have already managed to generate some very impressive google results. For the search term "outdoor kitchen design" which is a growing trend overseas and now in South Africa they are on the first page of google.

The great news for KSA members is that kitchen.net has offered the use of the kitchen design section to KSA members completely free of charge. They are inviting you to send articles/advertorials within the areas of kitchen design see http://kitchen.net/kitchen-design/ that they will post in this section, all articles can contain your company and contact details and links to your website. They have also created a section just for KSA members http://directory.kitchen.net/listings/category/ksa-members/. We encourage all members to visit the page and check their details are up to date and correct. They will be happy to make any changes or add any extra information to your profile.

Within the coming weeks they will also be launching the following:

• A business directory in which KSA members will receive a free listing.
• A gallery in which KSA members can send in their portfolio pictures for kitchen.net users to browse through. (all pictures will have your company details displayed)

A statement from Gary Willicott (Kicthen.net)
"We are ambassadors of the KSA as we associate strongly with their mission statement (to create a professional and stable trading environment in which the industry can prosper and consumers can enjoy peace-of-mind.) We are happy promote the KSA and their members to our visitors as they stand for the same value of quality and fairness that we do".

Please also see the article they have written about the KSA http://kitchen.net/the-kitchen-specialists-association/

We really hope this will be a fruitful partnership and that all members will take up yet another opportunity for free exposure. For more information visit http://www.kitchen.net or contact Gary Willicott on gary@kitchen.net.


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What is NEOLITH .... Lize Sparks explains
What is NEOLITH .... Lize Sparks explains

22nd May 2013

What is NEOLITH .... Lize Sparks explains

ISS recently launched NEOLITH to the South African kitchen industry. Lize Sparks, NEOLITH’s senior product consultant, gives us the low down on this newest addittion to the ISS range of products.

What is NEOLITH and when did it arrive in South Africa?

NEOLITH is a full-bodied porcelain, but it’s so much more than just a normal porcelain tile. We classify it as a technical porcelain, because of the fact that it’s been engineered and produced in an unusual slab format. We launched NEOLITH in Cape Town in October 2012 and in Jo’burg and Durban in March 2013.

What can you use NEOLITH for?

As the slogan says, it can literally be used everywhere. It’s ideal for interiors and exteriors. What makes NEOLITH different to a normal porcelain tile is the fact that it is full-bodied and engineered into a large slab format. NEOLITH is perfect for home interior use such as kitchen countertops, flooring, wall and door cladding, as well as bathroom surfaces or even fireplaces. In terms of commercial and outdoor uses, NEOLITH is ideal for shopfitting designs, exterior building cladding, braai areas, paving and swimming pools because of its hardwearing properties. Large corporate orders enable us to offer the customer the option of matching slab colour to corporate colours.

Why would someone choose NEOLITH over another surface material?

NEOLITH is UV stable, so the colour will never fade – this is important when you’re designing commercial buildings in particular. It’s very easy to maintain – you can use almost any household chemicals on the surface. Because NEOLITH is non-porous it won’t pick up stains and it’s scratch resistant, also able to handle very high temperatures.

What does it look like?

NEOLITH has an attractive satin-matte finish, and earthy, natural tones. Designs that incorporate the holistic use of NEOLITH can create a very streamlined, contemporary look, which is very popular with consumers.

How can I get NEOLITH in my house and office space?

When you have your design in place, you need to contact a professional who can process the material according to your requirements. As International Slab Sales (Pty) Ltd is the wholesale distributor locally, you won’t be able to buy directly from them. They will be able to supply you with some options should you need referral to a fabricator or installer.



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17th May 2013


The KSA would like to make it public that there is no link between the KSA and a company called The Affordability Group (also known as The Affordability that lasts group / Affordable Construction / Econo Kitchens / Budget Bathrooms).

Until recently this company was falsely claiming to be a KSA member. Their website now claims they deal with companies that are KSA members.

The Affordability group is NOT a KSA member and the KSA in no way endorses the company or its workmanship.

We advise the public to beware of any company trying to instill a false sence of security in their clients by falsely associating themselves with the KSA. Please always double check that the company you are talking to is a KSA member on the KSA web site.

ProQuartz now available in Kwa Zulu Natal
ProQuartz now available in Kwa Zulu Natal

15th May 2013

ProQuartz now available in Kwa Zulu Natal

Pro Quartz are pleased to announce that their product range is now available in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

ProQuartz, offers a range of premium quartz surfaces which have made significant inroads into the quartz market in Gauteng over the past three years. ProQuartz carries a lifetime residential warranty and is available in 12 exciting colours.

ProQuartz can be purchased in Kwa-Zulu Natal by contacting the following suppliers:
Tel 031 700 3291
Fax 031 700 3296
E-Mail gbc@stoneconnection.com
46 Hillclimb Road



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Caesarstone Introduces New ‘Supernatural’ Designs

14th May 2013

Caesarstone Introduces New ‘Supernatural’ Designs

Caesarstone once again holds court as they launch the exciting new additions to their Classico collection, offering new and gorgeous surface options perfect for contemporary design paradigms as well as more traditional tastes.

The Supernatural designs offer five, mesmerising, marble-like colours that will serve up the ‘best of both worlds’ – the classic appeal of marble with all of the desirable properties of Caesarstone. “The beauty of marble, the benefits of Caesarstone” is the quartz surfaces manufacturer’s tagline for 2013’s advertising campaign and encompasses the unique appeal of this year’s sensational product offerings.

Although classic and ethereal, marble is a soft and porous, natural stone, leaving it vulnerable to cracks, chips, stains and regular maintenance. Caesarstone is chip, stain and heat resistant and comes with an invaluable lifetime warranty, making it an attractive, sophisticated alternative to the classic natural stone used in home and commercial spaces.

The range was recently shown at Decorex Cape Town. The hot talking point was the use of the stone in a hand painted country kitchen. The stone had been traditionally bevelled showing that engineered stone, often seen as only suitable to the contemporary kitchen, can now move eaily into the more traditional design styles.

The Supernatural designs became available nationally on 1 April 2013 at International Slab Sales branches, nationwide.
5380 Emperadoro: Emperadoro is a rich fusion of lush, dark browns and maple-coloured veins, perfect for infusing your décor with an aura of enchantment.

5000 London Grey: Accentuate the sophisticated charm and exclusive look of your décor with London Grey’s light, silvery tones and cool charcoal lines.

5220 Dreamy Marfil: Dreamy Marfil is a delicate blend of creamy beige and gentle brown veins that evokes a sense of calm and relaxation within any interior design.

5003 Piatra Grey: Piatra Grey’s smooth slate tones and chalky-white veins exude an organic beauty that effortlessly complements any interior.

5141 Frosty Carrina: Frosty Carrina’s soft, ivory white is complemented with powdery-grey veins, bringing a fresh, natural look to your interiors.



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Congratulations to the winner of the Caesarstone Shamwari competition in CT

9th May 2013

Congratulations to the winner of the Caesarstone Shamwari competition in CT

Congratulations to Jeanell Kelly who won the coveted Caesarstone Shamwari Game Reserve lucky draw prize at Decorex Cape Town! Jeanell and her husband won two nights at the luxurious five star game reserve after entering Caesarstone’s “Best of Both Worlds” competition. They will be treated to five star treatment in every way, with flights, airport transfers, meals and game drives included in the prize.

Exhibitors and visitors alike enjoy Decorex Cape Town 2013
Exhibitors and visitors alike enjoy Decorex Cape Town 2013

6th May 2013

Exhibitors and visitors alike enjoy Decorex Cape Town 2013

Decorex Cape Town played host to over 36 000 visitors over the past weekend – proving once more that the mother city is the capital of décor and design appreciation.

Even the city’s first citizens, mayor Patricia de Lille, and Western Cape premier Helen Zille paid a visit to the show this year – both declaring how impressed they were with the décor and home innovation on display.

The focus of the show was on giving visitors ideas for turning their homes into a sanctuary – or finding their own blissful space within their home. The kitchen has to be such a place and it was fantastic to see a greater presence from the kitchen industry at the show this year with four kitchen companies exhibiting.

Decorex SA recently announced its support for World Design Capital 2014, and World Design Capital 2014 chief Alayne Reesburg was the guest speaker at the awards evening and she called on all members of the Decorex Cape Town community to embrace the World Design Capital by submitting projects for inclusion on the calendar. She also applauded the Cape Town décor community for having made it through tough recessionary times.

Congratulations to KSA members who won prizes for their stands:
- Cocomosaic / Panda Bamboo - the most eco-friendly stand
- Caesarstone – excellence award
- Niemann SA laminated boards and accessories – excellence award

Congratulations to Maik Kobald who was the winner of the Whirlpool JetChef microwave oven in the KSA Whirlpool lucky drawer.

Sian Steyn, Decorex SA General Manager of Exhibitions and Events, said that considering the tough economic environment affecting all South Africans, Decorex Cape Town 2013 had been a resounding success, with visitor numbers and wonderful comments proving once more that Cape Town was the country’s décor and design capital


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Caesarstone Kitchen Designers Competition 2013

30th April 2013

Caesarstone Kitchen Designers Competition 2013

Caesarstone are pleased to announce their 2013 kitchen designer's competition.

Caesarstone are looking for the best contemporary and classic kitchens as well as the best small budget kitchen design.

There are four chances to win R25,000. Winners will also receive exposure in House & Leisure magazine.

Rules & Conditions:
- You can submit as many kitchen designs as you wish.
- Each kitchen sumitted must feature Caesarstone materials.
- Only kitchens installed between 1 June 2012 and 31 July 2013 are eligible for judging.
- The kitchens must be properly built and installed to be considered for judging.
- Designers should submit their designs in PDF format. FIles should not exceed 8MB and should be submitted via the Caesarstone web site or posted to PO Box 425 Maitland 7404 reaching Caesarstone by 31 July 2013.
- 12 finalists will be selected by the judges in August 2013 and the winners will be voted for by the public.

Submissions - Designers should submit the following in the PDF file:
- A floor plan in high resolution PDF format
- An elevation drawing in high resolution PDF format.
- A 3D colour image in high resolution PDF format.
- Submission of professional high resolution images is optional.
- Homeowner's consent form which can be downloaded off the Caesarstone website.

For more information contact your Caesarstone consultant:
Kirsten Collins (CT South & Garden Route) 082 455 8276
Mia Neethling (CT North & Eastern Cape) 083 230 5967
Stacy-Lee Prinsloo (KZN) 082 604 5999
Malissa Barnard (JHB) 082 600 7523
Nadene Jacobs (PTA, Limpopo, Free State, Mpumalanga) 082 600 7522


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Visit the KSA at Decorex Cape Town

23rd April 2013

Visit the KSA at Decorex Cape Town

The KSA some of its members will be exhibiting at Decorex Cape Town which will be taking place at the CTICC from 24-29 April.

Don't miss this great show - a must if you are planning on a houshold revamp and don't miss the opportunity for some expert help and a guidence from the KSA if you are planning a kitchen in the near future. You will find the KSA on stand P43.

Show times are:
Thurs - Saturday: 10am - 7pm
Sunday: 10am - 6pm

We hope to see you there.

KSA Gauteng April Affiliate product evening
KSA Gauteng April Affiliate product evening

22nd April 2013

KSA Gauteng April Affiliate product evening

KSA Gauteng coordinated yet another succesful affiliate product evening earlier this month hosted by Salvacorp, Sonae Novoboard and Larson Industries.

Louise Schoemann or Salvacorp started prceeding by telling all some of the history of the company and the products they represent. Her primany presentaiton was about Staron:
• is a durable and repairable product that will last for many years with simple care.
• The internal composition is uniform and non-porous
• It is available in attractive natural textures
• is an acrylic solid surface that can be bent, curved and sculptured to various have excellent heat resistant properties compared to other countertop materials.

For more information contact:Louise Schoeman, Sales Executive , +27 79 504 1384, louise@salvocorp.co.za

Wayne Arrow of Sonae Novoboard followed and introduced everyone to the new Novolam app.The application allows you to see the visual concept of different appearances using different colours, of Sonae Novobord range. Using a selected picture from the gallery you are able to change the colour from the selection palate below. The App. Is not designed to replace sample boxes, they are still available, however allow anyone to explore the colours in a more inventive way.
The Novolam App is a free download available on the Apple iStore and at Google Android play. For more infomation contact:Wayne Arrow - Phone: +27 11 236 1400 or Wayne.Arrow@sonae.co.za.

Finally Wayne Muller introduced the newest addittion to the Larson's range - the TopLine Sliding system from Hettisch. For more information contact: Harry Popelka - Tel: 011 795 1988 or harry@larson.co.za

ProQuartz now available in Cape Town and George
ProQuartz now available in Cape Town and George

22nd April 2013

ProQuartz now available in Cape Town and George

Pro Quartz are pleased to announce that their product range is now available in both Cape Town and George.

ProQuartz, offers a range of premium quartz surfaces which have made significant inroads into the quartz market in Gauteng over the past three years. ProQuartz carries a lifetime residential warranty and is available in 12 exciting colours.

ProQuartz can be purchased in Cape Town and George by contacting the following suppliers:
Cape Town
Tel 021 551 9700
Fax 021 551 9745
E-Mail jjs@stoneconnection.com
20 Dawn Road
Montague Gardens
Cape Town

Tel 044 874 3796
Fax 044 874 3074
E-Mail dsb@stoneconnection.com
16 Ring Road
George Industrial,

For more information visit www.proquartz.co.za



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Sonae Novobord Launch the Novolam App
Sonae Novobord Launch the Novolam App

5th April 2013

Sonae Novobord Launch the Novolam App

Sonae Novobord are proud to introduce the free
Novolam App to the market, offering an interactive display of our range of melamine decors.

“Smartphone penetration in SA is growing at a rapid rate and analysts predict it will see a
significant spike over the next couple of years.
Arthur Goldstuck, MD of World Wide Worx says the current number of South African cellphone users who have smartphones is 21%, more than double what it was a year ago.

Gartner predicts smartphone penetration in SA is likely to reach 80% by 2014.”
The mobile world is booming at an alarming rate. New technologies, faster download, latest
software, smarter smart phones and tablets have consumed our lives like never before and
are proving to be useful in areas never expected. This holds true in Africa and especially in
South Africa.

Our ability to reach and therefore expose Novolam to the consumer through the entire value chain, whilst providing ourselves and our customer base with an additional sales tool was to appealing to ignore.

We at Sonae Novobord saw the benefits of an app dedicated to our Novolam range of melamine décors. Of critical importance was to ensure that we created an app that was simple in design, fun in use, whilst offering the consumer the ability to create interactive imagery.

The Novolam App is a free download available on the Apple iStore and at Google Android play.

Go forth and search for Novolam and download today!

Another great golf day for KSA CT
Another great golf day for KSA CT

26th March 2013

Another great golf day for KSA CT

KSA CT held their 5th annual golf day at the Riverclub on 20 March 2013. With lovely weather and wind not upsetting the course too much the golfers were able to have a fantastic afternoon of networking and golf.

Thanks must go to the Riverclub and the SA Golf Institute for all they did to assist us with the day. Thanks must also go to all our sponsors who assisted us by sponsoring hole and prizes:
Habitat Magazine
PG Bison
KDMax / Furnspace
Sonae Novobord
SA Décor & Design Guide
Easylife Kitchens
Maxima Software
Homemakers Expo
National Edging
Renner Wood Coatings
Throb Coffee
Spotlight Kitchens
Larson Industries
SA Golf Institute

Prize giving, as always, was alive with witty banter. Over and above the competition prizes there were 5 luck player draws sponsored by – SA Golf Institute, Furnspace and the KSA. Two lucky kitchen company draws sponsored by Maxima software were held as well as a lucky company draw sponsored by Decorex.

Congratulations to our competition winners:
Closest to the pin 3rd hole (sponsored by Spotlight kitchens & Afrifresh) - Gavin Ferencak of National Edging

Closest to the pin 4th hole (sponsored by Renner Wood Coatings) – Patrick Gardner of Gardner Interiors

Closest to the pin 7th hole (sponsored by Hirsch’s) – Ian Gerber of Grass

Closest to the pin 9th hole (sponsored by Grass and KSA) – Ian Gerber of Grass

1st place sponsored by Smeg & Hirsch’s – Sonae Novoboard / Davidsons Boards (Patrick Cloete, Jaco Gillmer, Wayne Rousseau, Marius Swart)

2nd place sponsored by National Edging & Homemakers – Mixed 4-ball (Cobus Maritz – Granite Connection, Erik Mekel – Latrueo, Arthur Clift – JA Clift Granite, Mark Tonkin – Hirsch’s)

3rd place sponsored by PG Bison – National Edging (Troy Gouldie, Craig Cullum, Gavin Ferencak, Phillip Grobler)

4th place sponsored by Womag/Thob Coffee/ Habitat – PG Bison / Illiad (Brian Jackson, Tommy Ball, Craig Samual, Neil Mulder)

5th place sponsored by KDMax – Davidsons Boards (Chris Botha, J Haige, Shane Solomons, Schalk vd Merve)

6th place sponsored by Easylife kitchens and Salvacorp – Mixed 4-ball (Christo Krause – Kitchen & Cupboard Factory, Andy Paige – Panda Bamboo, Hannes Loubser – Loubser Wood, Hick Raff – Stockhome Kitchens)

A huge thanks to all for helping to make this yet another special industry day. We hope to see everyone and more back in 2014.


8th March 2013


For those of you wondering what exactly World Design Capital 2014 will mean to you, head down to Decorex Cape Town, South Africa’s finest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition. This prestigious title will transform the way the world views South Africa’s design talent and contribution.

Decorex Cape Town takes place at the CTICC between 25 and 28 April 2013.

Decorex Cape Town 2013 in partnership with sponsors Plascon, M-Net and the Sunday Times, announces its support for Cape Town as World Design Capital in 2014, visit their stand dedicated to next year’s event at the exhibition.
Sian Steyn, General Manager of Exhibitions and Events at Decorex SA, said it is a privilege for Africa’s largest décor, design and lifestyle exhibition to showcase the work of the World Design Capital 2014 team.

“As South Africa’s most respected décor and design exhibition, it makes sense for Decorex Cape Town to support and align with the objectives of WDC2014. Decorex Cape Town now in its 15th year, has always been an inspiring and reliable source of information for both homeowners and the décor and design industry so we are delighted to be forming an alliance with the WDC2014 team.”
Steyn adds, “This is such an exciting time for South Africa as designers from all industries are encouraged to share their ideas and talents on this international platform.”

Alayne Reesberg, CEO of Cape Town Design NPC, the implementing agency for WDC2014, said Decorex Cape Town would offer loads of opportunities for creative communities, including many of the exhibitors and visitors to get involved with a programme of events and projects in 2014.
She said the aim of WDC Cape Town 2014 was to identify, nurture and promote projects that offered tangible evidence of how design could improve lives, within a uniquely South African and African context.

“Most importantly, World Design Capital means that local initiatives will get the benefit of the global spotlight during 2014. Think more media, more exposure, and a myriad of great networking possibilities.”
She added that WDC 2014 would not only impact decorators and designers in Cape Town, but throughout the country.
“WDC 2014 is designated to Cape Town, but it was always and will remain a strategic South African and African opportunity.”



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SA Decor & Design Guide special offer to KSA members - last chance to take part
SA Decor & Design Guide special offer to KSA members - last chance to take part

7th March 2013

SA Decor & Design Guide special offer to KSA members - last chance to take part

KSA's newest industry partner, SA Decor & Design Guide are pleased to offer KSA members a special offer to be part of a feature in the next edition on the KSA and it's members.

If you are intereted in being part of this feature please contact Ian Hurwitz on ian@sadecor.co.za



Easylife Kitchens' 21st birthday special
Easylife Kitchens' 21st birthday special

7th March 2013

Easylife Kitchens' 21st birthday special

Easylife Kitchens is turning twenty one years old. To celebrate they are offering an opportunity to win your share of R500 000.

For every purchase of R50 000, between 1 March 2013 and 31 October 2013, (from any one of the participating tewnty seven Easylife stores nationwide; you will be entered into a lucky draw.

You could be one of 27 lucky winners who will each get R21 000 cash back on their purchase.

For terms and conditions please visit www.easylife.co.za

Happy Birthday Easylife Kitchens.


6th March 2013


The Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo, held last week from 28 February to 3 March, opened their doors for the twentieth time to a record breaking 48 483 visitors who flocked to the Coca-Cola Dome over the 4 show days. The 600 top quality exhibitor stands included everything you need to renovate, decorate and improve your home and extremely busy show days in the jam-packed Coca-Cola Dome left our exhibitors smiling!

Says Charmaine Brough, Branch Manager and Organiser of Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo: “The popularity of HOMEMAKERS Expo after 20 years has not diminished at all. HOMEMAKERS Expo continues to bring their trade and consumer visitors the latest home trends and ideas, continuously introducing fresh home concepts and products. This is what kept the 48 483 visitors enthralled and interactive last week at the Gauteng HOMEMAKERS Expo with 600 stands giving them lots to see, research and purchase! The chance to speak to the experts and view the latest in the 5 interactive Expo features, keeps the show of 20 years vital and fresh on the home front!”

Our six designers outdid themselves with beautiful and multi-functional room sets showing visitors the full 360˚ design solutions for small spaces yet big living in the Decorator’s Challenge area, Divide & Conquer.

Visitors crowded around the Builders DIY Theatre, which pumped with celebrities and DIY experts setting the vibe to music and adding a fun aspect to the theatre experience.

The KSA held their first collaboration pavilion which brought members into close quarters while showcasing an array of products and kitchen manufacturers.

Congratulations to all award-winning exhibitors! Top accolades went to The Kitchen Studio, winner of the Overall Award for Exhibitor Excellence, for their beautiful, breath-taking and out of the box stand design presenting two kitchens spanning the central aisle of the show. Their wall of staff recognition photo gallery made quite an impact as well.

Gold Awards went to: The Kitchen Studio, Cinema Architects, Morso Fireplaces, Abacus Gardens, Easylife Kitchens, Whirlpool S.A., Floorworx Africa, Schneider Electric, Glade Inspirational Sensorium, The Plantation Shutter Company and Hisense SA.

The KSA would like to thank all members who participated in the show for putting the industry in such a good light and for showcasing the current trends in kitchen design and accessories.

For more information visit www.homemakersonline.co.za or phone 086 111 HOME/4663.


www.homemakersonline.co.za or 086 111 HOME/4663

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Easylife Kitchens acknowledge their franchisee of the year for 2012
Easylife Kitchens acknowledge their franchisee of the year for 2012

6th March 2013

Easylife Kitchens acknowledge their franchisee of the year for 2012

At a recent event Easylife kitchens presented the awards for best franchise for 2012.

Congratulations go to Easylife Fairie Glen for winning the best franchise in Gauteng and Easylife Port Elizabeth for winning the best franchise in the Cape.

Decorex KZN is round the courner

20th February 2013

Decorex KZN is round the courner

KZN’s finest décor, design and lifestyle expo themed 'bliss' promises to provide plenty of design and décor ideas and inspiration, a showcase of the latest decor trends as well as lots to buy and loads of practical know-how. Decorex Durban’s customary demo’s and how to’s promise to inspire a whole new approach to home living and a variety of trendy pop-up restaurants mean visitors are guaranteed a great day out.

Dates: 21 March 2013 – 24 March 2013

Venue: Durban exhibition centre
Times: 10:00 – 20:00
Tickets: R60 Adults R50 Pensioners & Students R10 Children U12
Trade day: Friday 22 March 2013 (registration on line)

Work shadow requested for graduates of the Carpenter's Shop

25th January 2013

Work shadow requested for graduates of the Carpenter's Shop

The KSA once again in supporting the Carpernter's shop and is looking for members of the kitchen industry to assist by offering 2-4 week work shadow placements for graduates of their carpentry course.

The people they serve as their clients include:
• People living on the streets
• Foreign nationals who are often unemployed
• Youth who have had their lives disrupted by drug and alcohol abuse
• People who have been released from prison and have nowhere to go
• Rural people who have come to the city to find work
• People currently or previously living in night shelters

The following is a list of current and planned services they provide to the unemployed people:
• Carpentry training in cabinet making and woodwork skills
• Vehicle washing, valeting and polishing skills
• Business and enterpreunial skills training
• Life skills and job readiness training and the support of the social worker for all trainees.

The clients are also seen by their social worker for assistance, advice and referrals.

A 40 bed second phase residence to assist people who have already come through first phase rehabilitation to get back on their feet, and help to reintegrate into their communities.

The Carpenter’s Shop is a Christian faith-based organisation providing a caring ministry. We try to assist the trainees in finding regular employment, in order that they may become fully functional members of society again.

If you are interested in knowing more about the project or assiting with the offer of work shadow opportunities please contact Stephanie@ksa.co.za or Dee Wills of The Carpenter's Shop on 021 461-5508.


Dee Wills - 021 461-5508

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In memory of Andrew Willis

15th January 2013

In memory of Andrew Willis

It is with sadness that the KSA and the kitchen industry bid farewell to Andrew Willis. Andrew passed away on the weekend after battling cancer.

Andrew was a director of the Eclipse Group. He joined the business with his brother to follow in their father's footsteps. After the resignation of two directors he relocated to Gauteng where be built the business beyond all expectations.

Andrew was a huge force in the kitchen industry. He was also a passionate and involved member of the KSA serving on various committees and assisting with many special projects.

Our thoughts and condolences go out to his family and his friends and colleagues at Eclipse.



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