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Run Walk For Life

Kim Grosset
Financial Director

Cranes Direct CC

Arlene Emmenes
Financial Manager

3rdforce Management Team
Just want to say thanks for all your help. Great system you guys got in place. Love the smooth integration between Sage Netcash and Sage Pastel Payroll & HR. We have about 250 employees and we always had a problem with checking if the bank accounts are valid or not, with Netcash the problem is sorted. This month, our pay queries have been reduced by half. Keep up the good work.
Andrea Moore
Running a business in Mozambique is difficult, but South African companies like Sage Pastel Payroll & HR’s customer care makes life easier for us.
Feedback from the 702 Small Business Awards Sponsored by Sage Pastel (Accounting & Payroll)
It is incredible to think it is coming up to a year since Hillstream was nominated as a finalist in the first 702 Small Business Awards. Reflecting back and realising you must be in the planning stages of the 2009 competition, I thought I must drop you a line to give you feedback on the impact this award has had on Hillstream.

This time last year, we were literally launching Hillstream Beverages. Then in August, after the live five-minute interview with John, our phones did not stop ringing. Firstly it was the congratulations and support from people who knew Hillstream. In-between all the hype, serious business enquiries flowed in; it was amazing.

Now, eight months down the line, when doing new business pitches, the first comment is, Wasn’t Hillstream a finalist in the 702 Small Business Competition? The power of talk radio is overwhelming.

The exposure has been fantastic and we can comfortably say we have had a substantial increase in our turnover due to the publicity Hillstream received from the competition. Needless to say, the growth has been great.

Another huge plus was being able to purchase the Sage Pastel Package at a discounted rate. We have nearly mastered the skills, and this package is saving us so much time, from stock control to invoicing.

Over and above all this, Hillstream was fortunate to collaborate with another 702 Small Business Finalist Hlangane Recyclers. Hillstream and Hlangane Recyclers are like fish in water as we secure new contracts to supply water, we are able to offer a recycling benefit, and pass the leads directly to Hlangane; likewise, they pass leads to us, where they are able to.

Surely this is the true spirit of entrepreneurship being able to help other small businesses and offer a value-added service to larger companies.

In closing, we are grateful for the experience, the new business, the growth, and new friends we have gained through this exposure.

None of this could have happened without the nominations of people who believed in Hillstream.

Thank you for allowing small business to shine. I trust you will pass this letter along to all involved, as well as the sponsors, as this award truly increased the flow of Hillstream.

Kind regards
Mrs. K. Parker from The Caring Network
Sage Evolution Payroll's software and support is fast and efficient. In addition, the support staff are very helpful and informed. Irrespective of the enquiry, the support team always resolves queries timeously. By using Sage Evolution Payroll, I save time in order to focus on other core aspects of the business. With the extra time I can now be involved in the community and other businesses and even earn additional income. It's fast, efficient, reliable cost effective and good in every way.
Jenny Fourie from Congo Wildlife Ranch
Having worked in Admin for many years, I became used to the proverbial four grey walls, no daylight, no lunch breaks, working long days far beyond normal working hours, conversing with my husband only in hurried or tired whispers before daylight and after dark, and missing my kids' most important milestones. Then Sage Pastel Payroll & HR came along and I managed to convince my previous employer that we urgently needed it. What a turn-around in quality of life!

This is my fourth employer since then and I've convinced each and every one of them to get Sage Pastel Payroll & HR if they did not already use it. So, although Admin/Accountancy/HR does not allow for much free time as such, my HR assistant and I do get to go home at five, get to enjoy the outdoors before dark, spend relaxed evenings and weekends with our families and sleep peacefully with the confidence that staff won't have errors to report when they receive their pay. And the bonus ... at year-end we know we're up to date, up to scratch and up to standard with SARS. Bliss! What do I do with my "free time"? I thank Sage Pastel Payroll & HR for giving me my life back!
Ranganathen Pillay from Workspace Africa
With the Sage Pastel Payroll & HR system it has made life so pleasant when it comes to the end of the month. All the calculations, deductions are reflected at a click of a button. The EMP 201 is ready for submission without any manual work. Monthly basic salary, PAYE, SDL and UIF deductions are recorded and is saved for your convenience. It produces ready-made payslips for our staff which we can automatically e-mail to them. This will work wonders for the end of year reconciliation with SARS. This new marvel has given me so much extra time that I can concentrate on other matters in the company. Thank you that we have such a wonderful package to alleviate our stress.
Samantha Barties from Udipa Life Centre
Sage Pastel Payroll & HR really makes life easy for all users. Prior to our company using payroll, salary advises was prepared manually. Preparing payslips and EMP201 Returns manually is very time consuming, for 27 staff members, it can take up to 2 days to complete. Instead of calculating the staff tax each month, Sage Pastel Payroll & HR automatically calculates tax for me. In addition, Sage Pastel Payroll & HR automatically generates the EMP201 file based on the salaries. Usually I only add staff overtime for the month, this takes me a few minutes, once I've done this, payroll is ready to produce the EMP201 and salary advises, what a convenience, from 2 days to less than an hour.

Recently SARS introduced e@syFile - Sage Pastel Payroll & HR was able to export my IRP501 and IRP5 files. All staff IRP5 were exported into e@syFile and I literally finished the EMP501 process within an hour on e@syFile because once the files were imported into e@syFile it was ready to use. The quick and easy use of Sage Pastel Payroll & HR leaves me with adequate time to complete processing the companies’ books. Sage Pastel products are up-to-date and aligns itself with new features of technology as soon as it's available - Updates are readily available on Sage Pastel Payroll & HR’s website for download. SAGE PASTEL PAYROLL & HR IS USER FREINDLY AND EASY TO USE.
Shaun Pendrigh from Excel4Apps
Excel4Apps is a South African software developer and Oracle partner, which also has employees operating in the US, Australia and Dubai. One of our objections was to maintain a paperless working environment and the company was also looking for a system that would automatically update the company’s payroll system as and when expenses claims were submitted to the payroll administrator, HR manager, bookkeeper and Sage Pastel Payroll & HR that is currently processing our payrolls on an outsourcing basis.

We were introduced to the Sage Pastel Payroll ESS (Employee Self Service) module, which captures all of the required information for each expense claim at source. Our employees simply log on to ESS individually and submit their expense claims online to me for approval, after which they are forwarded for processing and automatically updated on the payroll system. ESS keeps everyone in the loop, is accurate and saves time.

A nice touch is that the ESS software also allowed us to brand our claim forms with our own corporate identity.

Our employees can make on-line applications for leave, salary advances, travel claims, loans, sponsorships, bursaries or other financial assistance, making payroll administration a breeze for us and the Sage Pastel Payroll Outsourcing Division.
Clayton Ray from Crayve Presentations
“For every minute spent in organising, an hour is earned" - Anon. Sage Pastel Payroll & HR is so well organised and efficient, that we've earned ourselves hours in time saved on our payroll function. For a small business, time management is crucial and having Sage Pastel Payroll & HR on our side, means that we can allocate our precious time on other business areas. Thank you Sage Pastel Payroll & HR for being our business partner and helping us to grow!
Jaco Maree from VICI Financial Solutions
As the MD and FD of a group of companies, I used to calculate all salaries manually on MS Excel each month, prepare the payslips, then reconcile all salaries to Sage Pastel Accounting. This used to consume a lot of time and energy each month. In addition, my employees were very upset due to the delays. After the installation of the easy to use Sage Pastel Payroll & HR system, I have more time available to properly capture payroll runs and by the click of a button I can now print payslips. I am happy, my staff is happy, and I can focus on securing new business for the company with the rest of my team, with friendly call centre support when required. Our productivity and profits increased due to the effectiveness of Sage Pastel Payroll & HR. Thank you Sage Pastel Payroll and HR, we are committed for life!
Vanessa Agenbag from Pam Golding Properties
They say "time is money" and "money makes the world go round". Sage Pastel Payroll & HR gives me the time to make "my world" go round with ease. Those extra hours are what make life worth living, as you can focus on what is important in your life, whether it be family, travelling or just enjoying a lazy day in the sun. Thank you Sage Pastel Payroll & HR for giving me what money can't buy – TIME.
Charlotte Raats from Knysna Electronics
Dis die heel beste ding wat met my kon gebeur! En wat alles nog meer wonderlik maak is almal se behulpsaamheid by Sage Pastel Payroll & HR Hulplyn! Ek het nog nooit sulke vriendelike en GOED ingeligte mense by Hulplyne teegekom nie. Ek werk vir my man, so met die ekstra tyd op hande, kan ek bietjie meer uitglip en winkels toe gaan, wat mens eintlik verdien, maar NOOIT regtig kans voor kry nie! Verder het ek baaaaaaaaaaaie meer tyd om ekstra syfers, grafieke ensovoorts vir hom op te stel, en sodoende te help om die besigheid meer effektief en tot sy volle kapasiteit te bestuur! “Who needs RED BULL? If Sage Pastel Payroll & HR gives you wings!!!!” Baie dankie Sage Pastel, julle rock!
Payroll Outsourcing Services The Answer says National Paint Supplier from Marouns Auto Paint Centre
Marouns Auto Paint Centre, a national automotive paint specialist headquartered in Troyeville, Johannesburg, with branches in Vereeniging, Benoni, Cape Town, Durban and Pretoria, has realised significant benefits from outsourcing it’s company payrolls to Sage Pastel Payroll & HR.

Formed in 1984 the group now employs almost 400 people and has seven payrolls. Financial director Craig Wilkinson said a decision was taken just over two years ago to outsource the payroll function to Sage Pastel Payroll & HR’s Outsourcing Division.

“Doing the seven different payrolls in-house and overseeing the process became a major mission. Staff trained to do the job would leave and we’d be back to square one having to train a new person with no guarantee of continuity,” said Wilkinson.

“The frequently changing company, tax and employment legislation was another factor that led us to seriously consider the outsourcing option. After an evaluation, we decided that it made sound business sense to outsource the entire payroll function.”

Marouns hasn’t looked back since, and Wilkinson says the payroll ‘headache’ has gone away because the outsourcing service ensures that the various returns required by legislation are done accurately and submitted on time.

“There are absolutely no regrets about having made this choice; the Sage Pastel Payroll Outsourcing service saves us valuable executive input, ensures that all of our branch operations meet their legal obligations and that all employees receive the correct remuneration on time.”

Carol Piek, who administers the Marouns payroll, received an official note of thanks from Marouns, praising her for accuracy, efficiency and a dependable on-time service.

Sage Pastel Payroll & HR managing director Grant Lloyd added that the Outsourcing function in the business had made remarkable strides in delivering outstanding customer service, had become a highly dependable and “mission-critical” extension to many client businesses remuneration functions, and, represented a world-class Payroll outsourcing alternative to in-house solutions. “Our Outsourcing team is more growth-enabled and customer-focused than ever before.”
Good Feedback from a Bureau (Outsourcing) customer: Jewellery Council of South Africa
I just wanted to let you know how wonderful Carol Piek has been since you guys took over our account. Apart from the fact that our CEO rightly has to pay more tax (which makes him less excited about your service!), everything has gone really well. Carol has been a breath of fresh air and we really appreciate her attention and her brilliant customer service. Here’s hoping that the ensuing months are as good as the first couple.
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