How to interview right and prevent issues in the future
Passive aggressive notes left on the fridge. Constant mess in the common areas. Music blaring at all hours of the morning. Sharing your home with others can be stressful enough, but even more so when you end up with the housemate from hell.
Lamudi Kenya Managing Director said:
“When looking for a new roommate, asking the right questions can go a long way to keeping the peace at home. Interviewing the applicants face-to-face allows you to review their body language and get a better sense of what they would be like to live with.”
To help renters find their ideal future flatmate, global property portal Lamudi provides a list of five key questions to ask candidates who are interviewing for a room.
Where have you lived for the past five years?
Your aim here is to get as much information as possible about the applicant’s rental history. You want to find out whether they are a stable tenant and have a tendency to stay in one place for the long term. Be wary of people who have lived in several locations within a short period.
Why are you moving out of your current place?
Asking questions along these lines will help you gauge whether the applicant is a responsible tenant or not. Do they have to move on because the owners have decided to sell? Totally reasonable. But do they admit to leaving because of a conflict with a current roommate? Then alarm bells should be sounding straight away.
What is your current schedule like?
Living with someone whose schedule matches your own is a matter of personal preference. Perhaps you want your new housemate to become a good friend as well, which means having your schedules in sync could be ideal. At the same time, a night-owl could be disruptive to a morning person’s routine, so finding out these details will help you make a final decision.
What do you think is the best way to divide up the cleaning at home?
The cleaning roster is a common source of contention between housemates. Ask a practical question about household chores to gauge how they would approach this.
Do you currently have a partner?
This is another common cause of problems within share houses. What you really want to know here is how often their partner will be visiting – and whether you are comfortable with having them around that often – so follow up with a question along those lines.
Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 800,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.
Parinaz Firozi Managing Director, Jumia Kenya said,
“We are delighted that our customers can now pick up items they order on Jumia from selected Post offices across the country, this is a new direction in providing a stress-free, safe and convenient shopping experience.”
Customers can select the option to pick-up products from a Post office closest to them during the checkout process, the product(s) will be dispatched to the selected office and customers can pay for the items via cash through Postapay or Mpesa during pick up.
Postmaster General/Chief Executive Officer Dr. Enock Kinara said,
“We are happy to be part of this revolutionary shopping experience and assure all customers who come to pick Jumia shipments quality service, they can also access other services that Posta Kenya offers.”
Jumia hopes to tap more customers through the partnership with Postal Corporation of Kenya by bringing the services closer to them through it vast network of Post offices countrywide. The move will also boost E-commerce uptake in the country which is growing by double digits.
New campaign to bolster company focus and strategy
Bharti Airtel Africa, a leading telecommunications service provider with operations in 20 countries across Africa and Asia, has today announced Yaya Touré as the new African face for its upcoming continental campaign.
Airtel’s partnership with the Ivory Coast’s captain and Manchester City’s midfield will launch the brand’s “It’s Now” campaign which seeks to nurture and grow talent in Africa through various consumer touchpoints such as sports, lifestyle and music while providing customers with access to connectivity and technological solutions that will enable them explore opportunities around them.
Airtel Africa Chief Executive Officer, Christian de Faria, said that the campaign reiterates the company’s commitment to support the youth in Africa as well as drive economic growth by unlocking people’s potential.
Mr. de Faria said:
“We are excited to be signing the pact with Mr. Touré who is respected in Africa and beyond. As the first player to win African Player of the Year four consecutive times, Touré is an inspiration to everyone working to achieve their potential and striving to be their best every day,”
Speaking on his partnership with Airtel Africa, Mr. Touré said,
“Throughout my career I have been fortunate to have a great deal of success on the field. However, I know that the strongest performances come only when you commit 100 percent to the task at hand and display the strength and mettle to give it your all. “It’s Now” is a campaign that is close to my heart as it calls on Africans to embrace the opportunities around them to better their lives. I am glad to be working with Airtel, with its wide reach within Africa, in order to inspire many people.”
The partnership will see Mr. Touré support Airtel’s corporate social responsibility particularly in youth empowerment for development.
Having entered the African market in 2010, Airtel Africa has steadily increased its customer base in Africa to reach over 70 million people. Airtel currently has Africa’s widest 3G footprint across 17 countries, coupled with the widest mobile commerce footprint in Africa with Airtel Money.
Long hitting Mumias golfer Dismas Indiza is the proud winner of the third leg of KCB Pro-Am Golf Tour that ended at par 70 Nyanza Golf Club in Kisumu yesterday.
Indiza fired two under par 70 in the fourth round for a total of 273(68, 66, 71, 68) gross which saw him crowned the leg’s champion yesterday afternoon.
Indiza was awarded Sh170, 000 for the feat from the total Sh1 million prize money that was on offer for the 12 players who made the cut on Wednesday.
This is the second time Indiza is emerging top in the series this season having won the opening leg at Nairobi Royal in February.
“I had a bad start in the leg on Tuesday. Things failed to work out. But I kept the faith and turned the leader board on the second day. I have not looked back since then,”Indiza noted with glee.
Indiza had four birdies in first nine (holes one, five, six and nine) and two (holes 11, 15) in the back nine. He was boosted with an Eagle in the tenth. Despite the win, Indiza blamed the rough greens for his misfiring in the putts.
Royal Nairobi golfer David Wakhu emerged runners up with 277(74,65,69,69) gross to pocket Sh117,000.He was closely followed by Thika’s Simon Ngige who carded 279 gross after recording 69,69,70,71 in the four rounds that commence on Tuesday.
Ngige admitted he struggled with the greens following a wrist injury he incurred the other week.
“The greens were bumpy and course very dry. There was no easy ride on the dry fairways,” noted Ngige who pocketed Sh 102,000 for his third place position.
Day one leader Rizwan Charania of Windsor Hotel and Country Club ended the contest in fourth place with280 gross.
“I lacked great play in the front nine but was better in the back nine today (yesterday). I have not been playing serious golf since Kenya Open in April,” noted Charania, who had three birdies in the last five holes.
A golf clinic was held yesterday afternoon at the course ahead of the corporate amateur golf that tees off at the venue this morning.
The KCB Golf Tour series has so far been to Royal and Thika SC. The fourth round of the tour will be held at Nakuru Golf Club from July 7-19 at Nakuru Golf Club.
KCB Group sponsored the top four Pros of the KCB Pro-Am tour series to play in the South Africa’s Sunshine tour. Last year, the bank sponsored four Pros including Indiza from Mumias Golf Club, Wangai from Sigona Golf Club, David Wakhu from Royal Nairobi Golf Club and David Odhiambo from Nyanza Golf Club.
The KCB Pro Am Nyanza Golf Tour final results
- Dismas Indiza 273(68, 66, 71, 68)
- David Wakhu 277(74, 65, 69, 69)
- Simon Ngugi 279(69, 69, 70, 71)
- Rizwan Charania 280(67, 73, 71, 69)
- Boniface Simwa 283(69, 72, 72, 70)
- Erick Ooko 286(76, 70, 73, 67)
- Brian Njoroge 287(68, 74, 73, 72)
- Frank Matilo 290(68, 72, 74, 76)
- Nelson Mudanyi 291(72, 65, 79, 75)
- J.W. Karanja 291(71, 70, 76, 74)
- David Opati 295(71, 73, 73, 78)
- C.J .Wangai 293(71, 70, 74, 78)
Arusha, the fourth biggest town in Tanzania offers more than a conducive, almost predictable climate; it is the safari capital of northern Tanzania, and acts as the gateway to Mt Meru and Kilimambogo, expeditions to Arusha and Tarangire National Parks, wild safaris in Serengeti as well as experiencing Lake Manyara and the enchanting Maasai culture. The town, originally built in the 1900s as a German garrison has since grown to catch up with other popular Tanzanian cities, and now hosts the East Africa Community Headquarters as well as the United Nations International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda.
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Apart from serving as a gateway to most of northern Tanzania’s tourism circuit, Arusha in itself is a multi-faceted city with every contradiction that comes with a rising urban center. The architecture depicts a somehow balanced mélange of colonial, western and local that seem to have long reached a non-written consensus on co-existence. The people are warm and friendly, and whatever the town lacks in infrastructure, it does compensate in its camaraderie and welcoming weather.
Hiking Mount Meru
Mount Meru is Africa’s fifth highest mountain at 4,565 meters and renown for charming views and postcard photography for those bold enough to scale the volcanic rocks to the summit. Geography explains the mystique of the intriguing horseshoe shape as stemming from a massive eruption thousands of years ago, leaving a crater in the middle of the once Kilimanjaro-sized giant. This hike can take 3-4 days depending on one’s fitness and ability to acclimatize.
Arusha National Park
Arusha National Park is one of the smaller parks in Tanzania, good or bad thing? I’d say it’s an advantage for the Safari enthusiast with limited time and big heart for game! The one-day trip makes for a hustle-free rendezvous with buffaloes, elephants, primates, and many more. Bird watchers will be entertained as well. The topography is just as rewarding with a thick tropical forest, ice-cold turquoise lakes and the popular Ngurdoto crater, all making beautiful picnic sites.
Shanga Shangaa – Africa House
This is the ultimate, stop, shop and snack hot spot in Arusha. The name is a fair translation to mean ‘amazing necklace’ an item no shopper will leave Shanga Shangaa without. This fantastic place was set up to help people with special abilities earn a living as well as morally support each other. Every product is made of recycled materials, glass, beads and stones giving birth to an authentic and exquisite collection. There’s a café that serves delicious local and Swahili cuisine, you can also wine and dine on the lovely lawns forming a perfect way for a leisurely spent afternoon.
From Chinese dumplings to Swahili mahamri and Italian Pizzas, Arusha does not disappoint. Most of the restaurants are centrally located in the business district with just a few locations in the residential. Njiro road as well as Moshono area are popular for night clubs, but as an experienced club hopper, the locals know best; make friends, and test the cues!
The Tanzanite Experience is a must-go zone for best cut stones and some extensive crash-course on the precious pebble. The shop by Maasai Women Development Organization (MWEDO) is great for high quality beadwork. Kase on Boma road has good maps and books on National Parks and Heritage, for the self-caterer, Soko Kuu will do great favors to your kitchen!
Whether on a budget-conscious trip, or seeking luxury on the slopes of Mighty Mount Kilimanjaro, Arusha has great considerations for your ledger books! Log on to Jovago-Arusha-Hotels for all your accommodation needs.
Arusha’s clock tower is believed to mark the midpoint between Cairo and Cape Town-there is a huge deal of disputing bar talk as well as Geographical evidence. Not to worry though, this vibe keeps the locals going, and the region happy to take directions from one of Africa’s most popular clock tower!
Safety: Whether in London, Libreville, Amsterdam or Arusha, being street smart is critical for every newbie. Walk confidently, avoid unnecessary crowds, negotiate like a native and don’t display expensive jewelry, cameras and accessories downtown. You’ll be fine.
Money: Tanzanian Shilling, All International Credit Card (Visa, MasterCard) are accepted in the ATM.
Exchange Rate: http://www.xe.com/currency/tzs-tanzanian-shilling
Country Code: +255
Main Airport: Arusha is served by two main airports; Kilimanjaro International Airport and Arusha Municipal Airport. The former has a good number of international flights, while the latter is mostly domestic.
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Developers and the government are partnering to come up with satellite cities that will help decongest the capital city, Nairobi. The recent trend of satellite cities in real estate improves investment on amenities in the area and people do not have to rely on the capital city but venture into other cities in the country.
The recent mini-city coming up in Limuru, Kiambu County is Tilisi. The plan was started two years ago in preparation for vision 2030. The project will cover 400 acres and is projected to turn the area into a world class residential and commercial area.
Lamudi Kenya Managing Director Dan Karua said:
“Satellite cities are mainly started due to demand from business developers in a certain area hoping they will solve aspects like urbanization and create modern cities that will complement the development of the country. The towns outside Nairobi are growing very fast and turning them into satellite cities is just one of the solutions for development.”
Konza city and Tatu city are also coming up and will help with spreading the population in different areas in the country. Tilisi will touch on all the pillars of Kiambu County by constructing educational institutions, residential blocks, playgrounds, a police post, business blocks and a medical centre. All these ensure that the area is a one-stop-shop for day- to -day activities. This project will also boost the real estate market in the area as people working here will be looking for housing, this means more investment opportunities especially for residential properties.
We have some big projects coming up in the area that have started creating the change that is expected. Malls like Two-Rivers, Riviera and Village Market are attracting international brands and the middle class to upper class in the area. This is just to pave way for mini-cities like Tilisi
People in Kiambu County are looking for affordable yet beautiful housing that can fulfill the basic needs like security, water and convenience. Developers will now have a chance to provide this type of housing. It is expected that 70 percent of the population in Kenya is expected to live in urban areas like Kiambu by 2050.
Launched in 2013, Lamudi is a global property portal focusing exclusively on emerging markets. The fast-growing platform is currently available in 32 countries in Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America, with more than 900,000 real estate listings across its global network. The leading real estate marketplace offers sellers, buyers, landlords and renters a secure and easy-to-use platform to find or list properties online.
56-year-old Ameenah Gurib-Fakim has just been made president of Mauritius – the biologist who gave the TED Talk “Humble plants that hide surprising secrets” — was sworn in last Sunday as the sixth president of Mauritius, a small island off the coast of Africa, about 500 miles past Madagascar. Gurib-Fakim was appointed to the position by Mauritius’ parliament, and is the country’s first female president. And as she tells the TED Blog: The whole thing comes as a shock.
Take a look at her accomplishments.
The TED Blog spoke to Gurib-Fakim about how she became an accidental president — and how she’ll approach the presidency differently, as both a woman and a biologist.
What sparked your interest in politics?
If I tell you the story, you won’t believe it. Last year, the outgoing government wanted to change the constitution, to give the outgoing prime minister more powers. In reaction to this, the opposition party said, “We don’t want any constitutional change. And we are going to propose a woman president.”
When they asked me, I said,
“I don’t see myself as a politician. I’m not going to play that game.” The post of the president is not an executive one here, but it’s a lot of responsibility. They said, “We just want you to be there. You don’t have to campaign; we will do all the work.” So I said, “Okay. Let’s go for it.” I thought, in my small mind, they were going to lose anyway; this was a case of David against Goliath. But lo and behold, they won. It was a landslide. This all happened when I came back from TEDGlobal. So there I was.
When the party won, the current president claimed his mandate through 2017. So I thought, “Well, I’ve still got time to get prepared.” Then he resigned last Friday, on May 29. That’s the story of how I got pushed into the limelight of the presidency.
Did you know that the current president would be resigning?
I had no idea. I started hearing echoes last Thursday, and on Friday he signed his resignation. My party said, “We will need to appoint you very quickly.”
Fortunately, here president is a constitutional post — you are the guardian of the constitution. You are also commander in chief — we don’t have an army, but we do have a paramilitary. Then within the role, there is enough space for you to do other things.
I want to drive think-tanks on science and technology. Since TEDGlobal, we opened BioPark Mauritius, the first technology park in this part of the world. We have quite a few clusters and institutions in operation now — but there is potential for a lot more. Another area I want to focus is on the environment. Climate change is a big concern for us — it can be felt in terms of the seasons, and we’re seeing very strong, violent storms. A strong voice needs to be heard. Sustainable development has everything to do with our identity of being Mauritian and of being a biodiversity hotspot.
Of course, we have to pay good attention to education. And my party is focused on getting the economy right — because they know that with the economy comes employment, and with that comes social welfare. We have free healthcare and free education.
As a biologist, do you bring a different vantage point to the role of president?
I think not just as a biologist, but as a woman biologist. I’ve gone through the glass ceiling, and that’s an important message to send to young women and girls. Increasingly, young people are leaving the sciences, so I hope to be a role model to promote the learning of science, to make it interesting and sexy. I want to tell people, “Yes, it’s possible if you are a woman.”
So it feels significant to be the first female president?
Oh yes, it’s very big — for Mauritius and for the continent. In Africa, there aren’t many women at the helm of countries. The same is true globally. It’s really making history.
In Mauritius, we live in a very patriarchal society. I was lucky when I was a young girl, because my father had no objection to his daughter getting an education. When I was young, education wasn’t free, so this was not the case for many girls. Girls got more and more access to schools after 1976, and yet women who are professionals still suffer from what I call the leaky-pipe syndrome. A lot of girls come in to the schools, but by the time we look out the other side of the tube, there’s hardly any left. We need to see how this can be capped. [My appointment] has a lot of symbolism attached to it. That’s one of the reasons why I think it’s just so wow-ing.
Earlier, you mentioned the Mauritian identity. How would you describe that?
The Mauritian identity is constantly being built and rebuilt, because we come from so many parts of the world. We are a people of Indian, African, Chinese and European origin. People think along ethnic lines, and tend to only remember they’re Mauritian on Independence Day, on March 12, when people rally round the flag and national anthem. The next day, they have forgotten about it. So this is something that needs to be constructed systematically.
Mauritius has some very good practices. We’re a country with no natural resources, and yet we have a good per-capita income, one of the highest in Africa. We have a mix of people, and we’ve developed a rich social fabric which has stayed generally strong. All these practices, we should be exporting to the world. I think this has not been done properly over the last few years.
Of course, we have a unique biodiversity. That can be turned into economic opportunity with sustainable development.
How do you anticipate that being president will change your everyday life?
I’ve been traveling quite a bit, and this will clip my wings. My family is also discussing whether to move. For the past five months, they’ve been getting used to the idea [of me as president]. Once my name was mentioned and the party won, we realized it was going to happen at some point.
What are you most excited about — and nervous for — with being sworn in?
It’s daunting. It’s a huge responsibility. Something that requires a lot of psychological preparation, which I’m trying to get. I’m a scientist, so I’m used to saying things as I see them. As president, [I] need to be much more diplomatic. I have to be careful and go in with kid gloves.
Just like any retail consumer, the best offer takes the buyer’s attention before other factors are considered. The trick is to get the most value at the least cost possible. This concept can be a direct dealing all quoted in the buying price, or go deeper into or get more intricate with transport costs, storage, packaging costs included amongst others. It’s not any different when buying accommodation online; as travel experts from Jovago.com explain, a wise traveler leverages on seasons, times and the experience of his or her predecessors!
Your Options; Create Price Alerts
Like any other savvy online shopper, you must actively seek and give in to the luring temptations of the Best Offer! This, you can only get if and when you are ready to do the extra search. The best part of the deal is that you do not necessarily have to click on every possible link for the best price; simply create alerts with different hotel price compare sites and key in daily or weekly results for the period you are most likely to travel.
Ignore Reviews at Own Peril!
In this volatile market, where every stay, dinner and ride must be instagrammable to qualify for likes and shares, every traveler must appreciate the role of online reviews. This goes to say that you must tread cautiously where a previous guest has left non-palatable comments/reviews for a particular hotel, and which seem to have received unbiased support. Reviews also come in handy when choosing tour guides, potters and other service providers that you may need during our stay. Check out sites such as Trust Pilot, Trip Advisor among others before you click on “pay”
Bang on the Magic Hour!
The trouble with last minute bookings is that, you will and have to settle for what is available. Elizabeth Mbugua, Head of Customer Service at Jovago.com recommends booking hotels in the early a.m hours. This, she explains is based on the likelihood that there will be more available rooms, at lower rates (remember the law of demand and supply) hence better options for your preference.
Look for Value-adds
At first you may not feel the impact of value-adds on your travel budget, until you add one to one and realize just how hefty the billings in fine print can add up to. Be keen on any given catalogue on hotel’s website, and if anything is unclear contact the hotel or the OTA for clarification. For instance, does the hotel provide airport pick-ups? Is the Wi-Fi connection reliable or do you need to come up with own data plan, what about laundry? Pressing and ironing? Phone bills? Seek to find out what costs the hotel is bearing, and what will be squeezed through your pigeon hole! You might be surprised to find that the cheapest deal, is actually not that cheap.
Time is Money…Book Low Season for High Tides
While travelling in summer time, holiday season, school vacations and long weekends seems to be the trend, you are not the only one who have picked on the cue. Hotel owners as well as OTAs will most definitely respond to the demand by hiking the once attractive offer to an exclusive and simply unattainable dream! Act a bit sly, and place and pay your high season bookings when the tides are low and celebrate it like The Star during the all-star high season.
Dodge, Hide, And Run Away From Cancellation Fees!
They say all is well, that ends well. So imagine you are all set for your weekend-long snorkeling, sun and sand spell in the charms of Watamu, only for your favorite brother to announce the birth of your first niece and a much needed nanny/sitter thereby. The first person you need to call as the cute news settle in is your OTA or hotel with a very genuine “change of plans, book me in for the coming weekend” this much covers you from incurring hefty cancellation fees, if you had paid before check in. Always state the need to move forward your check-in dates as opposed to indefinitely cancelling booking, where possible.
Military Precision, with Check ins and Check out Date
Simply means that you must have your flight itinerary on your fingertips, and especially where the hours run into a different time zone. This will help you avoid circumstances where you pay for a first night only to check-in two hours into the second day!
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