Taking it Easy at Tongabezi

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Have you been to this gem at the Victoria Falls?
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There are some amazing hotels in Southern Africa, but if you want to experience something truly exceptional, then the Tongabezi Lodge at Victoria Falls is a great place to start.

A romantic hideaway on the banks of the Zambezi River, Tongabezi Lodge combines exquisite African décor with an exclusive ambience, so you can enjoy life’s little luxuries while enjoying the splendour of Victoria Falls.

The perfect ‘Honeymoon’ location and the perfect destination for special birthdays and anniversaries, Tongabezi is a little piece of paradise that is just waiting to be discovered, so head on down to Zambia, and take it easy at Tongabezi…

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goTenna wants to keep you connected when there is no WiFi or cell service

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The Click n Compare Team love innovation, especially when it makes our lives easier. Let’s hope goTenna becomes available in South Africa too.

Deepak verma

goTenna, the Bluetooth connected mini radio tower, looks to keep you in touch with friends and family when there is no WiFi or cell connection for your Android device.
July 18, 2014 at 12:20PM
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Essential winter road safety tips

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As the icy winter tightens its grip on South Africa, you need to make sure you take the right precautions and maintain your car. Follow these tips to ensure your safety and the safety of others on the road. 

Windscreen
Make sure the rubber has not corroded in your windscreen wipers ahead of the rainy weather. If you’re in areas of South Africa that experience a dry winter, you should refrain from pouring boiling water on icy windscreens. Apply some cold or lukewarm water to remove ice, you can also try using your defog on the inside of your car. 

Tyres
Between wet weather and dry icy weather, you need to always make sure your tyres have good tread to ensure grip on the road. Keep your tyres properly pumped and your wheels aligned. Being prepared and maintaining your tyres on a regular basis can extend the life of your tyres. 

Headlights
Early mornings and late afternoons shrouded in darkness make it even more important to switch your headlights on early. Statistically, dark coloured cars are more likely to have accidents, which makes it more imperative that if you drive a dark car, you need to turn your lights on early. Make sure your headlights are always in working condition. 

Useful links
How to defog your windscreen: http://bit.ly/1mQXrbc
How the colour of your car affects your car insurance: http://bit.ly/1mf0YnN 

You should always make sure you have the best car insurance you can afford, it can save you from financial burdens if you lose control on the icy roads. 

6 factors in choosing a new car

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As the second biggest investment you’ll make during your lifetime, buying a car needs to be a well thought out plan. Other than the obvious factor of price, we have a useful list that you should consider in choosing a car.

Consider a few things before you buy a new car.

Insurance
Although car insurance is not mandatory in South Africa, it’s best to have at least the most basic form of car insurance to protect other drivers and yourself from financial liability.

The general rule of thumb is the higher the price of your car, the higher the insurance premium because it costs more to repair or replace it. Insuring newer cars compared to older cars at their market value is also usually higher. Other factors influence your insurance premium include:

-type of car
-type of engine capacity
-year of car’s manufacture
-age of car driver or owner
-driving experience, premiums are lower for drivers with more experience
-where your car is stored, on the street or in a garage

You can snap up a great cheap car insurance quote from Click n Compare.

Prioritise Safety Equipment and Adds Ons
You should have a checklist ranked in importance for essentials such as air bags, seat belts, anti-lock brake systems and more. You can also add a few extras lower on the list like a sunroof or fog lights.

You can look at adding body kits as well but seeing as they come in packages from the dealers, you should truly weigh up whether you will actually utilize each feature.

Incentives and Rewards
Dealerships often offer incentives or rewards for buying with a low finance rate. Be aware that to qualify for these low financing rates, you need to maintain a good credit score. Keep an eye out for festive offers such as Christmas offers where body kits and other additional extras may be on promotion.

Resale Value
If you buy a new car every 5 to 10 years, you should definitely consider the resale value of your car seeing a new car depreciates by around 60% of the original purchase price after five years. You should also note that the resale of a hybrid car would be higher, however the purchase price of a hybrid car is always higher than a petrol or diesel car. Many factors affect your resale value, they include:

-brand of the car
-history of reliability
-mileage
-current fuel efficiency
-age of your car in years
-level of wear and tear
-any add-ons used for aesthetics or performance
-whether you do a direct private sale or go through a used-car dealership

Fuel Efficiency
This refers to how much petrol or diesel (in litres) your car consumers per 100km. South Africa and the world has faced recent instability, which has affected the price of fuel. Finding a fuel-efficient car has become a necessity and as a result, more people are turning towards hybrids. Hybrid cars are able to minimize the amount of petrol consumed compared to regular petrol and diesel cars.

Warranty and Maintenance Plan
Experiencing car trouble such as breaking down can be a very costly event that can run into the thousands of rand. However, by having your warranty in place, you can avoid the costly fees. Most new cars come with a 3 year or 60 000km or 5 year or 100 000km warranty plan. If you are looking to for a used car, you should opt for one with the balance of the warranty in tact. Take note of what is included in the warranty as some expensive components may be excluded.

You should also look for a car that has a comprehensive maintenance plan, whether it is a new car or a used car, you should find a car with a dealership approved maintenance plan. By having perfect records of maintenance from the car brand’s dealership, you can also increase the resale value because it has been documented as being well looked after.

This article has been adapted from Iris Lee’s article, view the original here: http://bit.ly/1vETP1r

10 Quirky Facts About France You Probably Don’t Know About

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Some interesting French quirks from the British perspective, from a buzzing Tuesday night to saying “bonjour” to strangers, this gives some insight into the Franco way of life.

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1. There is tax for owning a telly.

In the Tax Declaration there’s a special field where you have to put a tick in a box if you don’t own one. Otherwise, pay extra cash.

2. Everything is closed on May, the 1st: The Labor Day

By everything, I mean literally EVERYTHING, even boulangeries and small corner shops that work at Christmas and on Sunday evening.

In regional cities like Lyon or Besancon – there’s no public transport working on May, 1st. In Paris 80% of regular lines have a day off too.

Do not plan any travels and better stay home.

3. Double taxation for renting an apartment.

You pay it directly to the city budget and it goes for various improvements like new parks, trams, flowers etc. So does, your landlord – for owning a second item of real estate and leasing…

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5 need to know tips to get the right home loan

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You can buy your dream home but there are a few things you need to do before you apply including preparing the legal documents, saving for the down payment and more.

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Buying your dream home can soon become a reality, especially with some thoughtful planning.

1. Save for the down payment
You should create a monthly budget to put money aside to save up for your home’s down payment.

2. Check your credit card
Get a copy of your credit report, you can obtain one free credit report per year from your bank, according to South African law. You may need to improve your credit score to be more attractive to home loan lenders.

3. Prepare your legal documents
You will usually have to provide various financial documents such as your last two pay cheques, your recent tax returns, and your current bank statement, and more.

4. Use a mortgage calculator
You can work out exactly how much you can afford while taking into account the down payment, interest rates, and more. Try this bond calculator.

5. Consult a broker
Apply with Click n Compare and our broker will help you through the whole process. You can apply for an affordable home loan: http://www.clickncompare.co.za/money/home-loans

©Diane Moalem for Click n Compare

6 expert tips to boost your Internet security

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Are you doing enough to protect your personal information online? Follow these six easy expert tips to boost your Internet security. We seek some expert advice on how to boost your Internet security.

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1. Make sure you have a great anti-virus to protect your computer from malware and hackers. You can try the household names of Norton, Mcafee, or the free yet reliable anti-virus, AVG.

2. Try Microsoft’s password checker to make sure your password is full proof to hackers. By simply checking whether your password is strong enough, you can protect your valuable and personal information from being hacked. Note, never share your passwords with anyone.
Go to https://www.microsoft.com/security/pc-security/password-checker.aspx

3. Avoid Internet phishing, these scams trick you into giving over your banking details and your personal details. We often encounter these emails, which claim to be from a reputable source such as your bank, which ask you to verify your details online. Your bank and no other websites should ever ask you for your banking details through an email, you should report this email as spam.
For more information on phishing, go to http://www.computerhope.com/jargon/p/phishing.htm

4. Split your emails with one email address for work, one for social, and one for personal to keep your financial information safe. Not only with this help you declutter your daily emails, it protects your personal information by preventing easy access for hackers through social emails.

5. Upgrade your Internet browser from Internet Explorer to Google Chrome, it’s faster and more secure. You can download Google Chrome for free, and it comes with a variety of useful plugins that can improve your surfing experience.

6. Install a site adviser to check each site is safe before you click on it. If you are browsing through search results, each website will have either a green, orange, or red symbol next to it representing that the site is either safe, possible unsafe, or dangerous. This can help you steer clear of phishing websites.

Make sure you are using a fast and reliable Internet connection, you can easily compare and save on the best capped and uncapped broadband deals in South Africa.

©Diane Moalem for Click n Compare