Kirstie Hogg

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Wedding flowers by season in South Africa

beautiful bride with flowers

Choose the perfect wedding flowers for your wedding day

The flowers you choose for your wedding day can enhance your wedding immensely. There are so many uses for flowers at a wedding. A few popular uses include: bouquets, boutonnieres, flower girl petals, petals for throwing over the newly weds after the ceremony, ceremony and reception decor, table centerpieces and more…


3 Quick and easy hangover remedies

Hangover remedies

Do you need a great hangover remedy?

Pour another drink!

You don’t have to endure another bad hangover ever again. We’ve got your back!

Here are 3 great remedies that will ease the pain of a lousy hangover.

Hangover remedy number 1 of 3: Sprite

What’s your go-to hangover drink? If you’re drinking Sparletta Crème Soda for your hangovers, you’re wasting your time! Chinese scientists say that Sprite is the best drink for hangovers!

They believe that many of the horrible hangover symptoms, such as nausea and headaches,  are caused by the process your body has to go through to break down the alcohol.


When you drink alcohol, your liver releases alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH). ADH is an enzyme that breaks down the ethanol in alcohol into a chemical called acetaldehyde. This causes less alcohol to enter your bloodstream. The acetaldehyde is then broken down into another chemical called acetate by an enzyme called aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH). This causes hangover symptoms.

Chinese researchers examined 57 beverages. From herbal teas to fizzy drinks.They examined how the different drinks affect ADH and ALDH. They discovered that Sprite helped break down the alcohol faster and, therefore, it sped up the duration of hangovers.

Hangover remedy number 2 of 3: Easy homemade banana milkshake

homemade banana milkshake

Make a homemade banana milkshake out of the following ingredients:

  • Bananas – Bananas are easy to digest and rich in minerals, such as magnesium and potassium, and electrolytes, which excessive alcohol consumption depletes.
  • Milk – Milk rehydrates and soothes your digestive system.
  • Honey – Honey will build up your blood sugar levels so that you don’t feel weakness and fatigue. It may also help your body metabolise the alcohol faster.

These 3 ingredients together can help ease the effects of a hangover.

Homemade banana milkshake recipe


  • 1 banana
  • 2 teaspoons honey
  • 250 ml milk


  1. Blend all ingredients together.
  2. Pour into a glass.
  3. Enjoy! – As easy as that.

Hangover remedy number 3 of 3: Reishi mushroom

medicinal mushroomsMake use of nature’s magic hangover cure, reishi mushroom. Reishi benefits extend beyond hangovers. It has been used in ancient Chinese medicine for centuries. And, thanks to scientific research, we now know that the medicinal mushroom has powerful health and anti-ageing benefits. It contains powerful antioxidants and properties that improve oxygen utilisation and liver functions, while reducing inflammation.

Not sure where to find reishi? Try the Sfera Hangover Remedy. The remedy contains reishi along with other powerful ingredients flush out toxins, support your liver and boost your immune system.

Let us know if you’ve tried any of these hangover remedies!

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What is call centre outsourcing?

call centre outsourcing

Lately, more and more businesses have been outsourcing their business functions. Why? To help them:

  1. Achieve their business goals
  2. Have time to work on other aspects of their business

Have you ever outsourced any of your business processes? If not, you’re probably wondering what its all about.

When choosing a business process outsourcing (BPO) company, it’s important to understand:

Read below to gain some insight on what it is and how it can benefit your business.

Understanding call centre outsourcing

A BPO is a third-party company that handles your non-core business functions. Such services are quite common for all businesses, whether small or big. It is especially common for businesses that want to outsource business functions such as document collection, HR, or their customer service line.

There are many reasons why the BPO industry has been gaining popularity over the years. BPOs allow businesses to focus their time and effort on important aspects of their business. And, at the same time, run effectively. BPOs are trained, therefore, your know that your customers will receive excellent services – services that your employees might not be able to provide.

BPOs handle all sorts of processes and tasks that your staff might not be able to get around to doing. Thus, outsourcing processes, such as your call centre, can add so much value to your business. It is important that your call centre is up to standard as it can have an immense impact on your business and the likelihood of customers choosing to use or buy your product.

Now let’s talk about the advantages of outsourcing your call centre.

Advantages of outsourcing

You will have experts working for you

A great thing about outsourcing your call centre is that you will have expert call agents working for your business. It’s crucial for every business to have experts working for them to ensure that the work being delivered is of great standards.

Not having expert staff will impact your business and your customers and competitors won’t take your business seriously.  Expert staff will offer quality assurance to you as the business owner and to your customers on a day to day basis.

It increases productivity

Having an outsourcing partner is a great way to increase productivity. Your employees will have enough time to work on more because a large amount of work is given to the BPO.

Often, we don’t realise how much work it is to run a call centre service. You have to ensure you answer and handle all calls professionally and give the customer the information or help they need.

Handling calls and queries can take up the whole day which will affect the amount of work your staff can actually do. And answering customer queries is very important and can’t be put on hold. Having it outsourced allows your staff to put their full focus on their primary responsibility, thus improving productivity in the business environment.

Your business will make money

The best advantage of outsourcing your call centre is that your business will save money while making money. The bottom line is: outsourcing is cost-effective.

This is especially great for small businesses who want to save money. By saving money on non-core business functions, your business can put time, money and energy into bigger business priorities. As much as these non-core business activities seem small, they often require large amounts of money. Either they need money for office space, equipment or the latest technology and software.

These amounts can add up and be more than you anticipated in the beginning. If you were also considering expanding your business, you will have the time to do that. Once you outsource your call centre, you can focus on expanding your business because you will have the funds to do so and the time to make sure everything goes according to plan.

Customer satisfaction

Making sure your customers are satisfied is very important for any business, regardless of size. Without customer satisfaction, your business will suffer. Customers hate not being taken seriously or when their complaints seem to be ignored. With all the busyness that we deal with every day, a customer’s complaint might fall between the cracks.

This is why employees doing their day-to-day jobs as well as attending to customer queries can cause issues.  When you have a call centre, customer satisfaction is guaranteed because your customers will have a contact line with trained call centre agents who are available whenever they need them.

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6 South African inventions we’re proud of

South African inventions

Awesome South African inventions

South Africans have a lot to be proud of. We’re home to a lot of inventions that are known and used internationally.

Here are just a few of the many awesome South African inventions we LOVE:

Rooibos tea

Rooibos TeaRooibos tea originated in the Cederberg region of South Africa. Many, many years ago the Khoisan harvested its leaves from the Aspalathus Linearis plant. The leaves were valued for their herbal remedies. Thereafter, Carl Humberg rediscovered the leaves in 1772. In 1904, Benjamin Ginsberg began marketing Rooibos  as “mountain Tea”.

Today Rooibos tea is internationally known for its many health benefits and great taste.

The CAT Scan

The CAT ScanThe famous CT or CAT scan was invented by Allan MacLeod Cor in 1963. The amazing invention took the the first detailed picture of a living brain 1971. How amazing?


South Africa wineAbraham Izak Perold created a grape variety called Pinotage in South Africa in 1925.  Kanonkop Pinotage was appointed the Best Red Wine at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London in 1991! Today, Pinotage has its very own day: International Pinotage Day, which is celebrated on 11 October.

First online ticket

ticketsPercy Tucker founded the world’s first successful reservation services, Computicket. In 1971, the system was deployed nationally. It took at least 10 years for other countries to introduce similar systems. Well done, Percy!

First prepaid service

prepaid serviceVodacom became the first network to introduce prepaid mobile phones in 1996. This made it possible to debit accounts in real time and has led to a huge increase in use.


mohairSouth Africa is the world’s biggest producer and exporter of mohair, which is the fleece of the angora goats. It is one of the world’s most beautiful, sustainable and natural fibres. Mohair is also called “the diamond fibre”.

Do you know of any other cool inventions? Comment below!

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