Winter is the season of seeking contentment, whether in front of a roaring log-fire, snuggled up in bed with a mug of hot chocolate and a good movie, or standing outside in a shaft of sunshine on your mid-morning break.
Wherever you may find it, here’s wishing you warmth, as we bring you another edition of The Comet, your guide to the world of BrightRock and beyond.
In this issue, we shine the spotlight on how to teach your children the value of financial savvy, as our financial guru, Maya Fisher-French, shares her experiences of the difference between needs and wants.
We also bring you a little-known tale of a chance meeting between Nelson Mandela and a former Vietcong general, that helped to shift South Africa’s economic policy in the early years of our young democracy. And we give you the gift of music too, in the form of a 10-song playlist of the very best in South African music.
We hope you enjoy this edition, and please feel free to join us on our social media channels, Twitter at @BrightRockZA, Facebook on www.facebook.com/BrightRockZA, and at our bright and breezy online portal, http://changeexchange.brightrock.co.za.
It’s Autumn, that interlude between seasons, when nature takes a deep breath, and huffs and puffs the leaves from the trees.
It’s a time of golden hues and mellow reflection, a pause for thought before winter takes over the shift and tightens its icy grip.
For now, we bid you the warmest of welcomes to this edition of The Comet, your online guide to what’s new at BrightRock and beyond.
At BrightRock, we Love Change: the way it shapes our lives, ushers in the new, and creates opportunities.
So join us as we take a look at the way the Information Age is setting the pace for an exciting “Second Renaissance” of human ingenuity; as we explain how Your State of Mind affects Your State of Money; as we show you how to solve your online password problems for once and for all; and much more.
To start with, some bright tidings: we’re very pleased to tell you that The Comet was judged Best Electronic Newsletter of 2015 at the annual awards of the South African Publication Forum, an industry platform for promoting and improving corporate publications.
We’re honoured by this acknowledgement. To you, our Comet community, thank you for reading!
In this issue, we bring you news of three bold new product enhancements from BrightRock, as we celebrate the landmark achievement of R100-billion in cover in force.
You’ll also find a handy guide to earning extra cash, a report on a new revolution in expatriate rocking habits, a how-to on streaming music on your phone and computer, and more.
Happy reading, and please join us on our social media channels, Twitter at @BrightRockZA, Facebook on www.facebook.com/BrightRockZA, and at our bright and breezy online portal, http://changeexchange.brightrock.co.za.
To use the lovely Americanism, it’s Fall, a time to take stock and reflect, in the fiery glow of the leaves that drift with the wind and carpet the ground for kids of all ages to play in.
Soon, that crispness in the air will clamp into an icy bite, and these mellow days will just be a memory of change and transition.
So settle back and take it easy with this edition of The Comet, your guide to the world of BrightRock and beyond.
We bring you advice on making the most of your money, tales of homecoming and graduation, a look at the smartest apps for your smartphone, and more. Enjoy, and stay warm!
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That yesterday vision of a distant tomorrow turned out to be not very much like today. We have no hoverboards, no jet-mobiles, no self-lacing sneakers, no holographic billboards, no Litter Bugs (friendly little robotic trashcans that follow you round).
And yet, the real 2015, left to its own devices, turned out just fine. We have smartphones, the Internet, social media, dashcams, and working prototypes of self-driving cars that are much more practical than the hovering variety.
So what will the world look like, 30 years from now? Never mind the technology. It’s the humanity that counts, and that’s where we really have a chance to change things for the better.
Thanks for hopping aboard this edition of The Comet. Now let tomorrow begin!
Aside from these tales, this issue also brings you handy tips on managing your budget, an especially crucial skill at this time of year, as well as a Q&A with one of South Africa’s favourite stage and screen actors, Frank Opperman.
We also offer you eye-opening insights into the way the world of work is changing, and a handy guide to the technology you need to power up and switch on when the lights go out.
If you’re going away, by wheels or plane or sleigh, travel safely and have fun. If you’re staying at home, here’s wishing you just as much of a happy, relaxing holiday at home.
From all of us at BrightRock, to all of you, enjoy the festive season, and have a bright and prosperous New Year!
That’s the thing about change – it never stops moving, never slows down. The momentum can be dizzying, all the more so in a year that saw no shortage of hard news on the local and global fronts.
That’s why we’re inviting you to press Pause for a moment, and unwind with this issue of The Comet, bringing you news and views from the world of BrightRock and beyond.
Thank you, and enjoy!
It’s a new season, the season of change and reawakening, when the scent of jasmine fills the air, the desert blooms with rainbow blossoms, and fields of fynbos hug the mountain. But there’s more to Spring than hay fever, so put a Spring in your step and join us as we take a look at the art of money-savvy parenting, the inside secret of BrightRock’s number-crunching technology, the latest in in-car technology, how to think like Albert Einstein, and more. Stay Bright, Love Change, and enjoy!
Hello, and a very warm welcome in the heart of winter, to this edition of your BrightRock vehicle for news, views, information and enlightenment from our world and beyond.
In this icy season, the spotlight shines on the quadrennial celebration of the Beautiful Game of football, this time putting Brazil at the centre of the global stage.
Was it only four years ago that we were the World Cup welcomers? That spirit of noisy bonhomie bonded our nation, and we still feel the glow today.
In this issue, we introduce to you to our own correspondent on the footballing scene, and we also focus on the secrets of financial freedom and the need to be a big dreamer in life and in business.
Keep warm, stay bright, and enjoy!
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We’re very pleased to bid you a Bright and Rocking welcome to our first newsletter, bringing you news, views, and useful information from the world of BrightRock and beyond.
Our goal is to enlighten you, keep you up to date on trends and developments, make life insurance easier to understand, and even brighten your day in the process. Take it easy, and feel free to share your own news and views with us on Twitter, @BrightRockZA, on Facebook, and at our bright and breezy online portal, the Change Exchange.