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What we learned about Instagram from local Social Media guru Christine Meintjes

October 15, 2018
What we learned about Instagram from local Social Media guru Christine Meintjes

Whatever you are, be a GOOD one • Abraham Lincoln The first thing you should know about Christine Meintjes is she REALLY knows her stuff. In 2007 she founded Christine Meintjes Photography. Fast forward a few years and she has shot over 350 weddings, travelled to more than 10 different countries for shoots and is considered to be one of THE best photographers on the continent being one of only five Premium Ambassadors for Nikon Southern Africa. Amongst being a photographer, Christine Meintjes is also a top style influencer, specialist content creator and Social Media expert. Christine successfully built South Africa’s first…

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Introducing The New Nippy Volvo XC40

September 7, 2018
Introducing The New (not-so-little) Volvo XC40

Meet the NEW Volvo XC40 The small SUV that’s big on innovation. Expressive design, ingenious storage and smart technology. Volvo’s latest offering is built for city life. With OFS Smart Repair being a PROUD Volvo partner and the ONLY Approved Volvo Auto Body Repair centre in the Free State and Northern Cape, we could not wait to test drive the latest addition to the Volvo Family. AND NOW The Volvo XC40 is available in South Africa in a T3 guise, priced at less than R500,000. And the new powertrain is the first three-cylinder engine in the company’s 91-year history. The…

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The most popular car colours in South Africa

July 13, 2018
The most popular car colours in South Africa • Yellow 2018 VW Polo

Autotrader has released a new report on which car colours South African motorists most search for. The report follows an analysis of millions of searches on AutoTrader that used the colour filter (from March 2017 to March 2018), and considers both used and new cars. So, which car colours rule the popularity roost in South Africa? White The report found that South African drivers favour white for their cars, with 55% of searches being for a white vehicle. Silver and Black Silver and black were named as the second and third most popular car colours in South Africa, with fourth…

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These are the best family cars in South Africa

June 21, 2018
These are the best family cars in South Africa • Land Rover Discovery 2018

From compact yet spacious hatches, to high-end luxury 4x4s, South Africans have a range of top family cars to choose from, says AutoTrader. The online automotive classifieds advertising website noted that selecting the right car for you will obviously depend on your family requirements. Therefore AutoTrader suggested considering the following points when shopping for family cars, starting with the number of occupants, both two and four-legged. Body style – you may have a passion for SUVs, for instance. Storage areas – from cup holders to the luggage capacity. Safety features – always important when transporting your loved ones. Economy – if…

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8 Nippy Family Cars you can buy for less than R200,000 in South Africa

May 10, 2018
8 Nippy Family Cars you can buy for less than R200,000 in South Africa

In the market for a new family ride? Not too big. Light on fuel. 4 doors with a boot. Something nippy? Data published by financial services company Wesbank shows that the average spent on financing a NEW vehicle in South Africa is around R300,000. Its data also showed that the average amount financed for a USED car with the lender over the past 12 months was R203,284. Wesbank finances more than double the number of used cars when compared to new cars, and while the allure of a bargain in the second hand market for a more high spec model is logical,…

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The World Car of the Year winners 2018

April 9, 2018
The World Car of the Year winners 2018 - Volvo XC60

The winners of the World Car of the Year Awards 2018 have been announced at the New York Auto Show. The Volvo XC60 was announced as the overall winner from an initial entry list of 34 vehicles from all over the world – with the Range Rover Velar and Mazda CX‐5 named as runners-up. To be eligible for the overall World Car of the Year award, the candidates must have been available for sale on at least two continents from 1 January 2017 – 31 May 2018. This year, vehicles were selected and voted on by an international jury panel comprised of…

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The 5 most popular car brands in South Africa right now

March 6, 2018
The 5 most popular car brands in South Africa right now • Toyota Corolla 2018

Naamsa (National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of SA) has released its latest vehicle sales and exports report, with over 92,124 vehicles sold in the first two months of 2018. In an analysis of the data, Absa said that this amounts to a 6.6% decrease when compared to the 98,587 vehicles sold in the first two months of 2017. Of these cars sold, Absa said that: 84% were sold by dealers to the public 9.7% went to the rental industry 2.6% were sold to government and 3.7% were sold to corporates. TOP 5 most popular car brands sold in South Africa Of the…

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8 of the most anticipated cars coming to South Africa in 2018

February 6, 2018
Jaguar E-pace • 8 of the most anticipated cars coming to South Africa in 2018

I’ve always been asked, ‘What is my favourite car?’ and I’ve always said ‘The next one.’   Carroll Shelby According to a December 2017 report by Wesbank, demand and stocks for used vehicles is slowly drying up across South Africa, leaving motorists to search for new models at a bargain. WesBank’s data showed that the current replacement cycle for new cars is at 44 months. The ageing carpark means consumers are ready to replace their vehicles before service and warranty plans lapse. These consumers also want new cars that bring a promise of reliability as well as fuel-efficient technologies. For these…

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Our favourite Top Tips for better cellphone photos

November 15, 2017
Top Tips for taking better cellphone photos • FJ Potgieter Eye Poetry Photography

With Social media becoming a major marketing strategy for businesses, creating content is a number one priority for marketing managers and taking good quality photos with a Smartphone, whether it be for your social feed or blog, is a very in demand skill. Every month here at Hello Smart Blog we get to collaborate with one of the BEST photographers in the business, FJ Potgieter of Eye Poetry Photography. Being the topnotch cool guy that he is, we knew FJ wouldn’t mind if we picked his super talented brain on the very important subject of how to up our Social-media-photo game and…

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The best and worst cars for part prices in South Africa

October 5, 2017
The best and worst cars for part prices in South Africa • Toyota Fotuner

Renowned motor journalist, Malcolm Kinsey, has released his Kinsey report for 2017 – detailing how much it costs to service and repair a car in South Africa. Kinsey stated that the local motor industry is currently facing a “crisis” with manufacturers withdrawing from the country, old established brands no longer being imported and many dealer networks are negotiating for new vehicles to replace their old products. “One of the early brands to exodus the country was Citroen. Peugeot SA decided to concentrate on the Peugeot range and stop importing the sister vehicles. Peugeot then acquired the Vauxhall and Opel brands…

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