Investing In Industrial Development Zones

Industrial development zones, or IDZs, are a growing phenomenon in many countries of the world. With plenty of vacant land newly zoned for industrial use, for those looking at investing in industrial property they are attractive prospects. Let’s look at them in more detail.What exactly are Industrial development zones?
In South Africa, IDZs are an initiative by the Department of Trade and Industry to encourage economic growth by attracting foreign investment. They are located in specially chosen geographical areas that have good access to a major port or airport and aim to boost exports and jobs in these areas by attracting new industries. South Africa has several operational IDZ’s and a few more proposed ones with approval imminent.Why are industrial development zones worth investing in?
Because they are aimed at attracting major foreign investors, IDZs are designed with world-class infrastructure, good transport and services and plenty of support industries all designed to feed off each other.There are sizeable areas of vacant land available in new industrial development zones with opportunities to develop it to your exact requirements.There are excellent facilities for any export-driven business, including customs facilities, and because the government is promoting internationally competitive manufacture and exports, there may well be incentives that make the location even more attractive.Looking at the proposed IDZ at Saldanha Bay in South Africa as an example, we find that major investment in new public transport systems linking it with Cape Town are part of the overall plan. Energy requirements are planned in detail, the new infrastructure backing up conventional energy supplies with a significant investment in renewable energies, so that the IDZ will be self-sufficient once it is fully operational. The port facilities which are already of a high standard will be extended, so that all the industries located there will have good access to shipping for exports and imports, and the sectors of industry proposed for this industrial development zone are complementary to each other, providing a sustainable model of development for the future.There are several other industrial development zones within South Africa that are already operating successfully: The East London IDZ was the first in 2003 and this model has been shown to work effectively, attracting both foreign investment and providing local investors with world-class opportunities of developing new industry. The benefits spread out into the wider local community boosting economy and providing employment in many of the smaller service industries.There is no better time to invest in industrial property within South Africa’s new IDZs.

Automotive Insurance Assurance

To protect yourself from loss in the event of an accident you must purchase insurance. In the automotive realm this is an easy thing to do but there are a lot of options that you need to consider first so that you can get the most for your money.You are bombarded everyday with advertisements from insurance companies on television, radio, magazines, and newspapers, not to mention the unasked for envelopes in your mailbox from insurance companies who know nothing about you offering to save you up to $497 dollars per year on your auto insurance.Let’s look at some interesting insurance history first. In an ancient treasure called the Code of Hammurabi we find that in Babylon around 1780 B.C. that if a merchant ships cargo was lost, traders were protected from financial responsibility in exchange for 20 percent of the cargo’s value.The first car insurance policy was written in England around 1895. The first car insurance policy in the United States was written in 1898. In the year 1927, Massachusetts became the first state to require mandatory automobile insurance. All fifty states now require automobile insurance but it is up to each state to determine the minimum amounts of required coverage.Coverage- Certain coverage may be costing you more money than you need to pay. An example would be carrying physical damage coverage on a vehicle with a low value. Another example would be having double coverage when a health insurance policy is in force. Find a knowledgeable insurance agent to guide you in making these decisions. Always get more than one quote. Get a second and maybe even a third estimate.The vehicle that you drive is generally the second most expensive investment that you have purchased and it should be protected by an insurance policy just as you have protected your home against damage. Did you know that it is a good idea to get an insurance quote prior to purchasing a vehicle as some fall into a higher risk category.
Adding additional vehicles on the same policy can help to reduce your rates with a multi car discount. The amount of miles that you put on a vehicle in a year has a direct impact on how much your insurance premium will be. MileMeter Insurance Company, based in Dallas Texas, sells insurance per mile and has over 100 pending patent claims.There are some insurance discounts available to good drivers that year after year do not turn in any claims. These discounts are issued as a result of having a good driving record with a certain minimum amount of driving experience. A good student discount can help younger drivers with a discounted premium. Some things that cannot be controlled, such as age and sex, can impact prices also. Discounts for seniors can be attained by taking and graduating defensive driving classes.

Home Based Business Tips – Time Management Controls

We are so taxed on time, it always seems so difficult to get things done. Would you be able to get more done if you had a system to give you more time? Let’s see how I can help you.First, recognize all the reactive things in your busy life that take up so much time. They make it difficult to get the really important things done.There are four things that can typically derail your day.EMAIL AND INTERNETYou probably check your messages first thing in the morning, right? You probably look for any leads or sales. You get a YouTube link from a friend, then you watch it, and maybe watch another video that pops up. Then you see an invitation, a newsletter, a blog, then a customer service problem, or an opportunity, and you continue to surf through the internet.Once you handle something in your inbox, you likely go back and look at it again and handle something else. You get in a continuous loop and don’t get anything done. Pretty soon, it’s lunch time.PHONE CALLSThese are similar to emails. You never know what actions are going to come out of each one, or what problem you might encounter, or how long each one will take. Again, you are not getting anything done that you want to get done.PEOPLEDo people come into your office just to chat? Sometimes they are looking to be productive, sometimes not. Or if you work at home, do you get interruptions from your spouse, kids, or neighbours?You are once again pulled away from proactive productivity.FLASH THOUGHTSWhat crazy random thoughts flood your brain all day long? What things are you trying to remember to do? It could be errands, or booking your next golf game, or calling a prospect. A single thought can take you down a hole, and then another hole, and another. For sure you are not getting anything done.THE SOLUTIONHere’s a little routine to help you focus on getting priority tasks done.1. Book a Time – mark a specific time frame in your calendar and stick to it. Try a 90 minute block so you can focus and be productive.2. Location, location – Have a place where you can work that’s comfortable, and uncluttered.3. Objective: You’ve got to have a goal for the time you have allotted. What do you want to accomplish in that 90 minutes?4. Remove Distractions: Have nothing in your way so you can get things done. No phone, email or people.BE PROACTIVEBy eliminating several of the distractions and habits that put us in reactive mode, and following a focused routine, you will be amazed at how much you can accomplish. Everyday, try to set aside some time for your really high priority projects. Be proactive and you’ll get more important things done. They will ultimately bring more results to your business.