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rietmark team November 2017
Rietmark Celebrates Our 20th Birthday Month!!

Thanks to all our readers, advertisers and the Rietmark team for
your loyal support over 20 years!! We stand by our original vision
of supporting local businesses -  because "local is lekker!"


Contact us at info@rietmark.co.za
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The Rietmark Team from left to right - Miemie, Nanette, Issi and Roelien

20 years October 2017
Celebrate Rietmark 20th Birthday with us!!

In November 1997 the first Rietmark booklets were distributed to 1100 homes in Rietondale, Riviera and Deerness. Readers and advertisers supported Rietmark from the word go - and thanks to you and the Rietmark Team we can celebrate 20 years!! To say thank you, we're running a competition in the September and October issues of Rietmark. Page through your latest Rietmark (or page through online booklets below) for full details and mail your entries to info@rietmark.co.za to qualify for the exciting prize draws!!
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20 years September 2017
Celebrate Rietmark 20th Birthday with us!!

In November 1997 the first Rietmark booklets were distributed to 1100 homes in Rietondale, Riviera and Deerness. Readers and advertisers supported Rietmark from the word go - and thanks to you and the Rietmark Team we can celebrate 20 years!! To say thank you, we're running a competition in the September and October issues of Rietmark. Page through your latest Rietmark (or page through online booklets below) for full details and mail your entries to info@rietmark.co.za to qualify for the exciting prize draws!!
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August 2017
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Dr Matrié van Niekerk

Dr Matrie van Niekerk adverteer al sedert die Rietmark se beginjare in die Moot. Vir hierdie maand se nuusbrief het sy vir ons 'n artikel geskryf oor hoe en waar om hulp te vra wanneer die lewe moeilik raak. Kontak haar gerus by 082 498 3475 - Tom Jenkinsrylaan 132, Rietondale, Pretoria
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fix a home July 2017
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Renee Marais Debt Counsellor

I have been advertising in the Rietmark every month since 2009, as it is a local advertising platform that is reliable and regular.   Advertising is part of the branding of a business and ensures that people know where to find you when needed.   Regular advertising is also important to consumers and businesses as it provides continuity and shows that you are stable and reliable.   I have tried several other platforms for advertising and find that Rietmark serves my consumers and myself the best as we understand one another.

If you are interested in requiring my services as a debt counsellor or to do a motivational talk about debt and the National Credit Act please feel free to contact me on (012) 330 0428, 078 031 4264, renee@dfx.co.za, skype:  reneemarais, Facebook:  Debt Problems Solved and twitter: ReneeNCRDC1780
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June 2017
FOKUS OP RIETMARK
20 years at your service!!

Established in 1997, Rietmark has a long track record of integrity and quality in advertising. The prime focus is to give the home and small business sector an affordable but efficient way to market their products or services in and around Pretoria. Our success speaks for itself – many of our advertisers have advertised in Rietmark for more than 10 years.

Our first magazine had a circulation of only 1100 and was distributed in Rietondale, Riviera and Deerness. Today we are distributing 80000 monthly booklets in Pretoria Moot, North and East and Centurion
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fix a home May 2017
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Nail Excellence

Hoewel Nail Excellence landwyd besigheid doen, noem hulle hulself steeds trotse Mooters - en adverteer ook al baie jare in Rietmark. Vir meer inligting oor hul produkte, dienste en kursusse, kontak Martlie by 083 258 9995 of Ronè 083 454 0866 of martlie@nailexcellence.co.za of facebook: Nail Excellence Martlie Allan
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fix a home April 2017
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Megavolt TV & Video

In September 2000, so saam met die nuwe millennium, het Megavolt TV en Video hul besigheid oopgemaak. Hul besigheid is geleë in Waverley Plaza, Hertzogstraat, Villieria, of kontak hulle by 012 332 1317 / 072 215 1709.
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fix a home March 2017
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Tuscan Projects

Tuscan Projects is a Master Builder registered construction company, with special expertise in renovating and extending of older period homes in Pretoria. They offer the full house of services - and no project is too small. Contact Penni Maxwell at pmaxwell@mweb.co.za or 082 904 1928. 
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fix a home February 2017
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Sonnheim Aftree-oord

Rietmark aims to cater for the needs of young and old, and it is great to assist Sonnheim Retirement Centre to become widely known in the community. For peace of mind and a safe well-kept retirement, contact Pastor Karima Rossouw 012 341 2370 or 084 252 3856 or karima@sonnheim.co.za. Sonnheim Retirement Centre is located in 268 Hamilton Street, Arcadia, Pretoria
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fix a home January 2017
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Fix A Home

Fix a Home adverteerder nog nie lank by Rietmark nie, maar is so tevrede met die reaksie, dat hulle nou weer vir jaar hernu het. Soos hul naam sê, kan jy hulle kontak vir enige huisopknapping - vanaf herstelwerk en onderhoud, tot professionele organisering, verf, matskoonmaak en rommel verwydering. Kontak Fix a Home se kantoor by 012 546 5639 of fixahome@telkomsa.net
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November 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Beskuitkombuis

Een van Rietmark se lojale kliente is Beskuitkombuis, wat al sedert die laat 1990's in Rietmark adverteer. Min wetende dat Rietmark hul bure sou word so 10 jaar gelede. Dus, indien jy ons kom besoek vir plasing van advertensie of ander drukwerk - maak gerus 'n draai by Beskuitkombuis langsaan vir heerlike vars gebak.
Die Beskuitkombuis is geleë op die hoek van Ben Swartstraat en 24ste Laan in Villieria, en hul telnr 012 331 5281
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October 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Die Boomgogga

Sondag 8 Oktober is Tuindag gevier, en kon al die tuiniers hul hande-arbeid geniet. Maar ook is dit nou 'n goeie tyd om tuin skoon te maak. Een van Rietmark se jarelange adverteerders is Die Boomgogga Boomslopings. Vir 15 jaar al spesialiseer hulle in boomsloping, snoei en ontworteling asook eenmalige tuin skoonmaak. Volgens Kallie is geen werk te groot of te klein nie! Kontak Kallie by 072 027 5376 of dieboomgogga@gmail.com
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September 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Taebo Fiksheidklasse
In die gees van lente fokus ons op 'n Rietmark adverteerder wat glo in 'n gesonde leefstyl. En watter beter tyd as die lente vir 'n nuwe begin! Kontak Nanette of Ilse om aan te sluit by hul gereelde Taebo Fiksheidklasse, sentraal geleë in die Moot. Nanette 083 622 4442 / nanettelouise@yahoo.com of Ilse 084 597 5235
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IP Dimensions
August 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
IP Dimension

Langtermyn advertensies werk altyd beter as kort termyn plasings. Een van ons lojale adverteerders is IP Dimension. Hulle het gevind dat gereelde aflewering verseker dat lesers hul embleem en 'slogan' onthou. Skakel gerus hul verkope span by 012 665 4123, of besoek hul webwerf by www.ipdimension.net vir meer inligting oor hul maatskappy se dienste.
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Gable Art Studio
July 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Gables Art Studio

Kom tot stilstand en ruik eers die koffie, luister na die voëls se sang, kyk intens na die wolke, die landskap, die sonsondergang - en vergeet vir 'n paar uur van alles! Met hierdie uitnodiging nooi Corné van Eck van Gables Art Studio jou om haar te kontak vir kunsklasse by 083 651 7830 of cornevaneck@gmail.com
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June 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Cakes & Things

Winter is hier, en so ook half-jaar vir Rietmark. Spring gou om te adverteer, en groei jou besigheid in die tweede helfte van 2016! Volg die voorbeeld van Helen Weigall van Cakes & Things - al vir baie jare 'n lojale Rietmark adverteerder. Met die blootstelling wat sy kry, kan sy as pensioenaris haar inkomste aanvul deur te doen waarvoor sy nog altyd lief is - om oud en jonk te verras met spesiale koeke vir alle geleenthede. Kontak Helen vir bestellings by 012 331 0944 of weigallcakes@yahoo.com
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Amanda Cool Boys


May 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Waverley Wiskunde en Wetenskap Sentrum

Hierdie maand verskuif een van ons adverteerders ons aandag na ons leerders en die komende eksamens. Dit mag al soos cliché klink, maar die jeug van vandag is die leiers, werkers en entrepreneurs van more. So enige hulp wat die kinders kan kry om hul vakke onder die knie te kry, is baie welkom. Die Waverley Wiskunde en Wetenskapsentrum bied sodanige hulp aan leerders in wiskunde, wetenskap, rekeningkunde, Afrikaans en Engels. Kontak Marina Stander by 083 259 8913 of mfstander@gmail.com

Die Waverley Wiskunde en Wetenskapsentrum is begin in 1990 met 2 onderwysers naamlik Chris Cronje ( BSC B Ed) en sy dogter Marina Stander ( BA HOD) . Lesings word aangebied in klein groepies van nie meer as 6 leerlinge nie. Sommige leerling kom individueel as dit nodig is of as die ouers dit so verkies.  Marina is ook opgelei om aanlegtoetse af te neem, sowel as beroepskeusetoetse. Hierdie is veral nuttig vir ouers om te verstaan watter vakke nodig is vir verdere studies asook hoe toelating tot die universiteit werk
 
Ons bied ook elke jaar n winterskool aan vir die graad 12 leerders in Wiskunde. Hierdie jaar se datum is 27 Junie tot 30 Junie. Hierdie sessies duur die hele oggend, en eksamenvraestelle word uitgewerk. Hierdie is baie belangrike voorbereiding vir die rekordeksamen. 

Ons as onderwysers glo dat hierdie vakke belangrik is, en probeer ons bes om die klasse so aan te bied dat die leerders sommer weer moed skep, en dan self harder aan die vakke oefen.

Amanda Cool Boys April 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Xcel Removals

Vanaf Rietmark se beginjare, sedert 1997, werk ons saam met entrepreneurs om hul besighede te groei en uit te bou deur effektiewe bemarking. As jy regtig 'n droom het om jou eie besigheid te begin - sit skouer aan die wiel. Dis harde werk en soms laat nagte maar oor lang termyn bou jy iets van waarde. Hierdie maand se fokus is op 'n relatief nuwe maar reeds suksesvolle en groeiende besigheid, Xcel Removals en Xcel Plumbing & Electrical. Kontak Samantha by 072 2276 372 (Removals) of Marchelle by 072 342 3311 (Plumbing & Electrical)
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Amanda Cool Boys Maart 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Skuldberader Reneé Marais

Saam met die land se begroting, is die verband getrek tussen die begroting van die land, en jou persoonlike of besigheid se begroting. Die belangrikheid van spaar, maar veral ook om binne mens vermoë te leef en skuld te verminder of te vermy, is beklemtoon. Maar as skuld reeds houvas op jou begin kry, is hulp daar. Kontak gerus vir Reneé Marais, 'n skuldberader wat lank reeds in Rietmark adverteer, by 012 330 0428 / 078 031 4264 of e-pos renee@dfx.co.za.
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Amanda Cool Boys Februarie 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Appliance Repairs @ Your Home

The motto of Rietmark is "local is lekker", and we strongly believe that all of us should strive to support local businesses. This will lead to prosperous businesses, healthier neighbourhoods and friendlier cities. This month we focus on Appliance Repairs @ Your Home, which was started about 10 to 11 years ago. They pride themselves on their motto of trustworthiness and honesty. Read their story below, and contact Paul at 071 263 6744 for all your appliance repairs, in the comfort of your own home!
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Amanda Cool Boys Januarie 2016
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER:
Cool Boys

Ons gaan vanjaar voort met die fokus op ons Rietmark adverteerders, en hierdie jaar skop ons af met Cool Boys. Vir herstelwerk aan huishoudelike toestelle, asook installering van lugversorgers en voertuig verkoelers, kontak Cool Boys gerus by 012 327 8200 / 082 892 3076 / 079 495 3905. Hul perseel is geleë op h/v Buitenkant- en Souterstraat, Pretoria-Wes.
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rudolph BRI construction November 2015
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER
BRI Construction/Grasdakke

En so gebeur dit weer... die jaar snel ten einde, en die Desember vakansie is om die draai. Die Rietmark Span is nog hard aan die werk, om te sorg dat beide Desember en Januarie se boekies betyds afgelewer word. Let asseblief op na Januarie se vervroegde afsnydatum - Vrydag 27 November, om in te pas by drukkers se skedules oor Desember.
Moontlik bly julle met Jan-Tuisbly se karretjie, maar wil 'n slag jou lapa, braai- of swembadarea regruk. Of omskep jou motorhuis in 'n woonstel om uit te verhuur vir ekstra inkomste in die nuwe jaar. Kontak vir BRI Construction vandag nog vir gratis kwotasies! Skakel Rudolph by 083 612 0705 of besoek www.briconstruction.co.za of op facebook
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October 2015
FOKUS OP RIETMARK - November is our 19th Birthday!!

This month we’re working on the November Rietmark booklets. And November for us means the celebration of our 19th birthday! A few years ago, I’ve written a blog about the very first beginnings of Rietmark, and called it the Rietmark Story. Why don't you become part of our success story? Contact us today and start advertising in our 19th Anniversary booklets in November! 
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September 2015
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER - Johnny's Auto Clinic
, John Haniotakis
Spring is in the air, and Pretoria has been blessed with the first rains of the season. Rietmark also feel blessed by the quality of businesses advertising in Rietmark, many who is making a living from corner shops and home offices. To show our appreciation, Rietmark News shared some of our advertiser's stories over the past months. See more in previous newsletters on our website.
This month John Haniotakis from Johnny's Auto Clinic is telling us more about the development of his business over the years. For vehicle repairs and check-ups, contact John at 082 576 2131
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August 2015
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER -
Pianomaster, Johan Viljoen
The first Rietmark edition of 1100 booklets was posted in November 1997, in the suburbs Rietondale, Riviera and Deerness. Johan of Pianomaster was one of the first advertisers to contact Rietmark to find out more. 18 years later he is still advertising with us! If you need any services on your piano like tuning, repairs, moving, restoring the outside cabinets or if you want a new or second hand piano, an electronic digital piano or any advise on above matters, please contact Piano Master at 083 447 1051 or at the office at 012 752 4550. www.pianomaster.co.za
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July 2015
EXCITING NEWS FROM RIETMARK!!
After 18 years with the same basic layout, Rietmark is doing a total make-over, from August onwards. Ad sizes will be bigger, and all the artwork is revamped, to make Rietmark visually new and interesting. The Rietmark team can't wait to receive the first August booklets from the printers!

The Rietmark success story lies in the reliable monthly distribution of 80 000 printed booklets in Pretoria and Centurion, on time every time. Together with the printed booklet's make-over, we're going to get more interactive with our website and Facebook page, adding even more value to the basic Rietmark package.

Advertisers already get a wider audience with our digital booklets, with many potential clients paging online through the monthly editions. From August info such as markets, theaters and what to do in and around Pretoria will also be available on our website. Visit us at www.rietmark.co.za and remember to like the Rietmark Page on Facebook!
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June 2015
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER
- Stoelriempies
Rietmark stap al 'n lang pad saam met Andre de Jonge, een van die eerste adverteerders in die Rietmark se Moot-boekie. Stoelriempies is 'n eenmansaak wat bedryf word deur Andre, 'n ten volle gekwalifiseerde leerlooier. Hy spesialiseer in die span van banke en stoele en het die afgelope 23 jaar al ongeveer 8000 stoele en 600 banke gespan! Jy kan dus gerus wees as jy jou kosbare meubelstukke aan Andre toevertrou. Kontak Andre by 076 142 6492 of leer.riempies@gmail.com
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Michelle Chidrawi - Silver Stars Construction May 2015
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER
- Silver Stars Construction
Michelle Chidrawi het al diep spore getrap in die kaste- en konstruksiebedryf. Sy adverteer reeds sedert die vroeë 2000's in Rietmark, eers as Closets & Stuff en later as Silver Stars Construction. Michelle is bekend daarvoor dat sy die fynere behoeftes verstaan wanneer dit by die beplanning van jou droomhuis of interior kom. Kontak Michelle by 082 560 4942 of michid@iafrica.com of besoek haar webwerf by www.silverstars1.yolasite.com
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Kobie from Art-On-Clothing April 2015
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER
- Art-On-Clothing
Wat 'n voorreg om so lang pad te kon loop met Kobie van Art-on-Clothing, asook haar dogter Nanette. Die tweede Rietmark boekie was pas op straat einde 1997, toe ek vir Kobie en Nanette ontmoet het.  Nanette het deeltyds as agent begin werk by Rietmark, maar toe Nanette later ook begin werk as grafiese ontwerper by Rietmark, het Kobie suksesvol op haar eie voortgegaan met Art-On-Clothing.  Kontak Kobie Geldenhuys vir enige aand-, trou- en dagdrag, by 012-333-2916 / 082-469-2391 / geldenhuys.kobie@gmail.com. Hieronder vertel Kobie haar storie.
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March 2015
FOKUS OP RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER
- Jeanelle Granite
Ons gee graag erkenning aan ons lojale Rietmark adverteerders. Hierdie maand gesels ons met Arno en Anel Visser, twee innoverende entrepreneurs van Jeanelle Granite in East Lynne. Benodig jy graniet, of iemand om jou graniet te sny? Kontak Anel by 012 524 3990 / 012 808 1122 / anel@jeanelle.co.za
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Helena van der Nest

February 2015
RIETMARK ADVERTEERDER SEDERT 1998!!
Rietmark se eerste uitgawe, met 'n beskeie oplaag van 1100 boekies, is gedurende November 1997 gepos in Rietondale, Riviera en Deerness. Van daar die naam Rietmark! Ons gee graag erkenning aan adverteerders wat al sedert die beginjare van Rietmark by ons adverteer. Hieronder is Helena van der Nest se storie. Wil jy weer kreatief raak in 2015? Kontak gerus vir Helena by 084 860 1610
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January 2015
HOW TO ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS IN 2015
The time has arrived. It is the new year and time to set those desired goals for 2015. To lose that extra 10 kilos or to increase your list of clients by 10 percent — high achievers set goals. But did you reach your goals in 2014? If you did or did not, do you know why? We have all discovered that setting goals is the easy part. However, keeping the motivation and desire to attain those goals can be elusive.

Adherence to your goals is the glue that never seems to stick. Read more about five easy steps to develop a program so that you will attain your goals for 2015
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November 2014
TAKE ACTION NOW FOR A SUCCESSFUL YEAR-END AND 2015! 
You're reading the November issue of Rietmark News, which means December is your last chance to advertise your year-end and Christmas specials. Also take note of our deadline for January 2015 - contact us before 29 November to advertise back-to-school and new year specials. Take a fresh look at your Rietmark advert - change your heading, simplify your wording or put in a striking new image. Perhaps you should take a slightly bigger ad, if your current ad is too cluttered. Enlarge your ad and make use of some white space, to stand out on the page. Drop us an e-mail for ad changes, or contact your agent to discuss your needs!
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October 2014
WHAT'S HAPPENING AT THE POST OFFICE?
The latest news from the Post Office is confirmation for us that street delivery is the best long term option for Rietmark deliveries. The current strike started on the 18th August - six weeks later there is apparently no end in sight. The Post Office said on Friday afternoon "the Tshwane Mail Centre is unfortunately not accessible and remains closed".

Other impacted areas were described as follows: "Operations were back to normal at the Durban Mail Centre. Witspos Mail Centre is operating at roughly 40% capacity. Germiston Mail Centre was also operational, but again not at full capacity. Operations in Cape Town have resumed but again, the Mail Centre is not yet working at full capacity."

If you've missed last month's newsletter regarding the strike and changes to Rietmark distribution, click here
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September 2014
SMALL THINGS MATTERS IN SMALL BUSINESSES
From time to time Rietmark receives complaints from our readers, about poor service from one of our advertisers. Although we long ago learned that there is always two sides to a story, it may be worthwhile to list some of the customer’s typical experiences, and learn from other’s mistakes. It's true - small things matters in every business, not only small business! <Read more>
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!!! NEWS FLASH !!!  CHANGES TO RIETMARK DISTRIBUTION
Advertisers may remember that Rietmark changed most of it's distribution to street delivery, due to a Post Office strike in 2013. The latest strike started on Monday 18th of August 2014, and it is still unclear when the strike will end. According to a senior source in the Post Office, even if the strike ends tomorrow, there will still be a backlog of 2 weeks.

It's decision-time!
Due to the repeated strikes, which seems to happen more frequently every year, Rietmark decided that we're going to do only street delivery from September 2014. As always, street delivery will be done at single homes and approachable street front businesses only (no flats, duplexes, security complexes, etc.)<Read more>

August 2014
5 BIGGEST CHALLENGES FACING YOUR SMALL BUSINESS
Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. There are many standard challenges that face every business whether they are large or small. These include things like hiring the right people, building a brand and so on. However, there are some that are unique to small businesses – ones most large companies have grown out of long ago. We’ll look at the 5 biggest challenges in this article. <Read more>

July 2014
'TIS THE SEASON TO PAY TAXES
It’s time to file your tax return again and the South African Revenue Service (SARS) has changed its system to allow only registered tax practitioners to file on behalf of another person. If you make use of a tax practitioner, that person must be registered with SARS and also fall under the jurisdiction of a controlling body. If they are not registered, they will be able to fill your return out for you but you would have to file it. <Read more>

June 2014
REACH OUT WITH RIETMARK THIS WINTER
Welcome to the latest Rietmark News. We're already in mid-winter, with the longest night around the corner. We challenge you to spread some of your entrepreneurial  energy and make a difference in your community. Rietmark promotes many Outreach opportunities every month - pick up your phone and ask how you can assist. Click here for contact details of some of these worthy organisations, all in need of all the help they can get. Thanks in advance and enjoy Pretoria's fantastic winter weather (at least most of the time!)
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May 2014
Winter is here - a time for reflection and to get your business ready for spring. Just as in nature, every business has different seasons. Times of prosperity, as well as some nail biting periods. Thinking about different seasons, take a while to consider five core kinds of customers, and what they are expecting from you. And if you've lost touch with some of your older customers - get creative and wow them back into your business. < Read more > about what your customers really, really want
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April 2014
April is with us again - with holidays, hot-cross buns, long weekends and feelings of no work and more play! However, Rietmark is still burning the midnight oil to publish your favourite advertising booklet - the next distribution of Rietmark will take place during week of 5 - 9 May. Remember to contact us now if you want to advertise your specials for Mother's Day on Sunday 11th of May. If you go on holiday, or take a break during one of the long weekends, please drive safely and come back home rested and revitalised for the new term.
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March 2014
Since the beginning of March Pretoria and Centurion has been blessed with showers (and floods) of rain, that currently feels as if it will never stop. Wonderful for our gardens, dams and groundwater. But really a struggle to post the March Rietmark booklets. Although we managed to post 50 000 booklets last week, the other half had to stand over till this week. At the moment we are packing the balance of 30 000 booklets in plastic bags - so expect them at your home in the next day or two. Please be patient, we're doing everything we can to deliver the March booklets undamaged and dry in your post-box
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February 2014
Small business owners will have to tighten their belts as the Reserve Bank has hiked the repo rate by 50 basis points to 5.5%. In addition, a steep petrol price increase was announced in February. Gill Marcus, governor of the Reserve Bank, announced the first increase in five-and-a-half years on concerns that the inflation outlook had deteriorated dramatically with the rand weakening. Marcus said inflation was expected to breach the upper end of the target range (3%-6%) in the second quarter of 2014, reaching a peak of 6.6% in the fourth quarter.

To help you survive in tough economic times, we have collected 10 clever ways to save money in your small business. < Read more >
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January 2014
All of us at Rietmark would like to wish you all the best for 2014! May you find new direction and a sense of purpose in your business. If your New Year's resolution is to grow your business, do make sure you've thought about HOW and WHY.  Here are five possible reality checks, with follow-up questions.
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November 2013
It's nearly halfway through November and the end of year is around the corner. Many of us are tired, irritated and over-worked, sometimes taking it out on fellow workers, our suppliers and even our customers. Customer service is a culture that begins and ends with everyone in your business, throughout the year. Also, you should not only pay attention to what you say, but also to how you say it. Here is some of the most damaging phrases you or one of your staff members can say to a customer
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October 2013
New credit amnesty for consumers
On 5 September 2013, the South African Cabinet released a statement confirming its approval of credit amnesty. According to the statement, the “credit amnesty seeks to address the issue of access to credit to those South Africans that can afford credit. These are consumers who may have paid their debts in full and are in a position to afford credit but whose access is currently impeded by negative credit information on their record.” If all goes according to plan, it would appear the credit amnesty may be implemented by the end of this year. However, according to Renee Marais, a Debt Counsellor and regular Rietmark advertiser, credit amnesty might not be such a good idea. <Read more>
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September 2013
Risk Management for Small Businesses
Spring is here and for some that means new beginnings. For other it means revamping your business. But all of us are faced with specific risks, which should be expected and managed as good as possible. Most of us started our businesses with stars in our eyes and hope in our hearts that our business is going to survive any storm. Unfortunately the risks and challenges some of us business owners had to face, resulted in slow or no growth and even the failure of our businesses. Starting and operating in a small business environment has it’s own sets of risks. Be aware of these when starting out, but also continuously throughout the life cycle and growth of your business <Read more>
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August 2013
Be visible for your clients
Rietmark is committed to make your business more visible. In this newsletter we focus on various ways we can help you to grow your business! With our new wide format printer Rietmark is now able to offer even more services in-house, saving you time and money
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July 2013
Eight ways to save time
Welcome back to everyone that went away on a winter holiday. At Rietmark we're getting ready for a bumper second half of the year, with more advertisers in our booklets and exciting developments in our Copy Shop. If you are also gearing up for spring, chances are that you feel overwhelmed by lengthy to-do lists. You know the feeling: things to be done at home, things to be done at work, rushing between the two and a sense of never quite being on top of it all. So how can you free up some time in your hectic days? <Read more>
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June 2013
Six ways to keep your data safe
Winter is finally here, and with so many clients seemingly in a semi-permanent state of hibernation, you may have more time on your hands.  Use this extra time wisely! One thing that often stays behind in the busy times, is the the regular backup of your business data and images. Here's six ways to backup your data - most of them easy and DIY. For more involved backups you may need the help of an IT assistant. <Read more>
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May 2013
Why would you choose to be an entrepreneur?
Most of the readers of our newsletter are entrepreneurs, or aspiring to be one. Some have made their mark in big business, others work from home, a small shop or office, or even their cars. But what is an entrepreneur, and why would anyone take this route - which is not always the easiest way to earn your living. What are the payoffs? < Read more >
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April 2013
5 Good reasons to advertise in Rietmark
Rietmark is no fly-by-night advertising booklet. We've been there for home and small/medium sized businesses over the last 16 years
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March 2013
Na al die hittegolwe van Februarie, is daar met die koms van Maart welkome koeler lug. Hopelik gee die herfstyd besigheidseienaars nuwe entoesiasme om te fokus op groei van hul besighede. Hierdie maand haal ek graag aan uit Emerging Stars se artikel oor Raymond Ackerman van Pick a Pay - in die artikel word ses maniere genoem om sukses te behaal in jou besigheid ...
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February 2013
If you've spent any time considering the options for advertising your home or small business, you will realise there are quite a few options. Some may be well out of your budget for now, but what about the rest. How do you choose the way to get the most value for your money and to get noticed in your local community? ...
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January 2013
At the beginning of another new year, many of us would like to see changes in our society. However, you may think that problems are so big or complex that nothing can change. Don't think: "I am one single person, what can I do?" That is despondency; that is pessimism. Instead, whatever you can do, do it. Step by step ...
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November 2012
November 1997... 15 years ago the first Rietmark booklets appeared in the post boxes of Rietondale, Riviera and Deerness. From the start our slogan was "local is lekke" and our inspiration the local neighbourhood businesses and service providers. 
November 2012... at the end of another year, and after 15 years with Rietmark, it gives us double the reason to reflect on times gone by and the way forward. What did we accomplish, and what we didn't get around to doing.
Where do you find your inspiration for 2013? Read more>>
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October 2012
While the majority of businesses are subject to the standard corporate tax rate (currently 28%), very few business owners realise that there are two dispensations,available only to small businesses, which entail a number of tax concessions. Two tax breaks for small businesses have been introduced for the dual purposes of expanding the small business sector by offering tax relief, and expanding the “tax net” to increase the number of business complying with tax law and contributing to the fiscus. Read more>>
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September 2012
Most of you might have heard that 7 September was Small Business Friday. Since one of Rietmark main missions is the marketing and growth of home and small businesses, we were curious what is was all about. After doing some research, we saw that the spirit of Small Business Friday fits Rietmark like a glove. We believe that all of us should support small businesses with our heart, feet and purse. And not only one day in a year, but every day! Read more>>
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August 2012
Enjoy the latest Rietmark News, for your monthly dose of tit-bits from Rietmark, the recipe of the month and tips for your business. Although Woman's day was already celebrated on the 9th of August, I would like to share this little poem about women - and one fatal flaw of most women. Read more>>
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July 2012
We hope that those of you that went on holiday, had safe and memorable trips with  friends and family. Hopefully this newsletter will assist in getting you in the right business frame of mind to tackle the second half of the year! Planning, management and organisational skills are essential for your business to succeed. These are 5 of the best business skills you can't do without Read more >>
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June 2012
Winter is upon us, and in nature trees are bare and animals are hibernating. Although us business owners cannot hibernate through winter, the cold winter nights can be an ideal time to relax in front of the fireplace. Sit back with a mug of coffee or hot chocolate and think about what lies ahead - what you want for yourself and your business - and afford yourself the luxury of dreaming about the future - to dream and to think big - to think out of the box! ...
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May 2012
Sunday 13 May is Mother's Day and all of us at Rietmark would like to salute our working moms. Whether you work outside the home, at home, or run your own business, makes no difference. We know that your children always stays close to your hearts, and whatever choices you've made, was an attempt to do the best for you and your family. We dedicate this Rietmark News to you! ...
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April 2012
Hope you had a lovely and relaxing Easter weekend. I was fortunate enough to spend some time in the foothills of the magical Drakensberg... I've spend four days searching for beauty, solitude, silence, clear water, blue skies, friendship, family time, flowers... and found it all. Back at the ranch though, all of us have to cope with rising fuel, food and electricity prices. Reneé Marais sent us some useful tips about surviving the high cost of living ...
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Maart 2012
Die vroeë tekens van herfs is in die lug. Heelwat besighede is nog besig met  jaareinde, die jaarlikse vereistes van SARS en hul besighede wat steeds volstoom aan die gang moet bly. Dis nie altyd maklik nie, maar die gebruik van 'n professionele boekhoupakket kan alles aansienlik vereenvoudig. As jou besigheid se boekhouding nog bestaan uit strokies in 'n boks, kontak gerus 'n boekhouer om jou by te staan in die oorskakeling na 'n meer formele boekhoustelsel ...
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February 2012
This month we chatted with Barend of Arcadia Framers. advertising non-stop since the Rietmark's first issue in 1997. Retaining customers is one of the key parts of any business. Here's how to make sure your customers keep coming back for more. The most important thing in your business is your customers ...
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January 2012
At Rietmark we are thankful and excited about our 15th year since our establishment in 1997. Starting with a circulation of only 1100 booklets in Rietondale and Riviera, Rietmark currently prints 80 000 booklets per month and has indeed grown into adulthood. Read more about 5 sensible ways to better sell your own products or services ...
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November 2011
Nog 'n jaar is amper verby - dis byna weer Kersfees en Nuwejaar! Ek hoop dat jy, as jy terugkyk na die afgelope jaar, groei kan sien in jou besigheid. Soms vergeet 'n mens hoe ver mens gekom het in een jaar - so dink bietjie terug aan November 2010. Waar was jou besigheid toe, hoe is die stand van sake tans, maar die belangrikste - waar wil jy wees in November 2012 ...
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October 2011
Sometimes you may wonder why should you bother to advertise your business? Or when advertising, what should you be advertising? Read more about how to invest in the future growth of your business, and call Rietmark today ...
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September 2011
Spring is my favorite time of year. Where I live in Rietondale, numerous gardens are filled with clivias - now in full bloom. The fragrance of jasmine wafts through my window and I can't wait for the first summer rains and the purple Jacaranda blooms of October. Now it's time to bring the spring into your business as well ...
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August 2011
Welcome to our August newsletter - the month of celebrating women!  Learn three valuable business lessons from Esteé Lauder, in 1998 the only woman on Time magazine's list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century.  We also chat with one of our regular advertisers, Iaan van Niekerk of Skitterblink Cleaning Services - his motto is to be every woman's personal assistant in her own home ...
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July 2011
So in die middel van die winter, bring Rietmark jou weer op hoogte van alles en nog wat by Rietmark. Lees gerus oor ons skuif na Netcash met 'n paar opwindende ontwikkelings. Ons gesels ook met een van ons getroue adverteerders, Hannes Buys van Vortex Cleaning Services. Leer bietjie meer oor die mens agter die advertensie ...
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June 2011
Buite val die winterreën - dit voel soos in die Kaap! In die huis probeer ons almal warm bly met kaggelvure, komberse en warm drankies. Maar diegene wat hul besighede tuis bedryf, moet ook veral oplet na die atmosfeer binne en buite jou tuis-besigheid of kantoor. Kliënte is die belangrikste deel van jou besigheid, en hulle moet jou dienste met vertroue kan gebruik ...
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May 2011
April-maand met sy vele vakansiedae is eindelik verby...dis nou weer tyd vir AKSIE in jou besigheid! Pretorianers is weer tuis en gereed om alles by die huis en tuin weer reg te ruk. Dus, adverteer NOU in Rietmark - lesers trek Rietmark graag nader vir alles van huis en tuin, gesondheid deur die winter, lekker eetplekke, goeie vermaak en vele meer. Onthou, as jy nie adverteer nie, gaan niemand van JOU besigheid weet nie ...
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April 2011
Rietmark versprei 80 000 boekies per maand in Pretoria Moot, Noord, Oos en Centurion. Hetsy dit in jou posbus by die huis gegooi word en of jy dit by jou Poskantoor posbus afhaal, Rietmark is elke maand op dieselfde tyd op dieselfde plek daar. As jy na al die jare nog nie by Rietmark adverteer nie - dis NOU die tyd. Vra gerus ons huidige adverteerders - daar is nie 'n beter advertensie medium as Rietmark nie ...
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