In a world that frequently sees past people whose bodies don't look or work like theirs, entrepreneurship offers persons with disabilities a liberating option. In particular because unemployment runs at a frightening 80%, running one’s own business provides vital life supporting employment, as well as the dignity and affirmation that comes with transcending the label of "disability". In the last three years, the SAB Foundation Tholoana Enterprise Programme has provided an unusual chance for a handful of South African entrepreneurs with disabilities to reimagine their entrepreneurial careers. Since the programme’s inception in 2015, a number of entrepreneurs with various forms of impairment have participated, alongside their non-disabled colleagues. "We specifically invite entrepreneurs with disabilities to participate," says Bridgit Evans, Director of the SAB Foundation. "We want them to have an experience that is not defined by their disability yet still recognises the particular challenges they face." All participants gain business skills from the workshops which are consolidated with follow up support from mentors, e-learning, group learning and telephone support. Additionally, as business owners put systems into place that enhance their sustainability and success, they are helped to gain access to markets and funding opportunities. “Participants are selected for their business ability, rather than their physical disability,” says Evans. “They are supported in overcoming the substantial challenges they face while carving out a space for themselves in the world of work.” The first intake in 2015 saw the inclusion of Nthabiseng Molongoana, who runs Lentha's Lodge, a guesthouse in Bloemfontein catering for guests in wheelchairs. Six months into the programme, she shared her reflections: "I have never felt more confident. I have the tools to succeed. Never before had I complied with all the basic legal requirements (SARS, annual returns, UIF, COIDA . . .
AQRate KZN (Pty) Ltd, a SANAS-accredited B-BBEE Verification Agency and one of the best agencies in KwaZulu-Natal, is expanding its operations by taking on the rest of South Africa under a new name. As of 04 June 2018, AQRate KZN will be operating independently under the name, “1st Verification Networx”. 1st Verification Networx would like to assure all its current and potential clients that the name change and rebranding, while exciting, is ultimately an aesthetic makeover for a Verification agency that has been in the business for more than 14 years. The current KZN team, including its shareholders, have developed one of the most credible reputations in the industry for ethically and technically sound verifications and will continue to retain and grow this reputation under the 1st Verification Networx brand. “Operating independently under 1st Verification Networx means that we can offer our services to both the public and private sector in all geographic areas of South Africa (and beyond!!!).,” says Linda Ngcobo, MD of 1st Verification Networx . Chris van Wyk, CEO of AQRate Holdings reflects: “We have worked together with Linda and her team since 2004. It is wonderful to see the growth that our companies have experienced as a part of our brand over the years and we wish 1st Verification Networx all the best for this exciting new chapter!” Ngcobo adds: “We have formed valuable client and industry relationships under the AQRate brand and we wish the group every success for the future. Our re-branding and amicable departure from the group is in line with some technological innovative processes we are currently developing to operate as an independent verification agency”. 1st Verification Networx will remain a SANAS-accredited verification agency and deliver the credible service offering our clients are accustomed to. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Local family restaurant Frederick & Son will move out of their open plan walk-through restaurant to spoil visitors with their famous boerewors rolls and burgers at the SPAR Goodnight Market in the Tramways Building, Port Elizabeth, on June 21. The popular Baakens Valley eatery, brainchild of Freddy and Anna Heydenrych, is well known for its "burgers and beers", "two-for-one burger nights", "Friday's at Freddy's", and "experimental burgers". "We began selling our gourmet boeries at the Valley Market back in 2015. The reason we started was to follow our passion for good food and good meat in particular," said Freddy. The Heydenrych family have a long history in meat dating back to 1905 when Freddy's great grandfather started his meat business, slaughtering cattle under a tree in Jansenville. "Since then the family have been passionate about meat, owned several butcheries and gained a reputation, especially for our well-known biltong stop in Jansenville." The family's famous boerewors recipe is handwritten and dates back to 1905 when the original Johan Frederick created it. Freddy said they started with the boerewors at the market, which proved to be popular and they found something they loved doing. Soon they added burgers, and in December 2016 they took the risk to go full-time and opened their burger bar in the valley. "People continue to enjoy our boeries, but we have come to be known for our burgers. We produce all of our own boerie and patties and customers really appreciate the quality and the fact that we only use pure, fresh ingredients." Freddy felt that people who had an appreciation for the goodness of real food and supporting local were probably their biggest target market. "Our vision is to support local suppliers and build a sustainable food chain, so anyone who really buys into these values would be our market. "We get a lot of good feedback, especially from people who are able to recognise the difference in our meat . . .
3 Fantastic Speakers this Saturday at Paul Bothners Claremont 1) The Business of Music with Thabiet Allie (COO) from Joox Music • How Joox works for YOU the South African Artist • How does the platform work and how do you engage with the platform 2) Talking about Media (magazines and daily press) with Jason Curtis • Moment of truth: What’s your unique selling point and is it truly marketable? • Moment of action: Where do you go to tell people that? Does traditional media have a place in your future? • Moment of growth: How to attract and build your own audiences and communities 3) Social Media with Candice Mills from Socialbuzz SA • Establishing your brand - treating your social media assets as business assets • Choosing your platforms • Tips on content • The importance of engaging with your fan base • When & how to use hashtags • Tools to help you manage your profiles more easily. There will be plenty of time for Q&A’s at the end of each session. Date: Saturday, 23 June 2018 Venue: Paul Bothner Music Claremont Time: 10h30 to 12h45 Cost: R50.00 for tickets purchased online or R70.00 at the door Enquiries: 021 674 4030 - Paul Bothner Music Claremont CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
By Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute ‘We used to look up to you!’ Student responds to KPMG’s disgraced partners Students want auditing professionals to speak to them directly on the issues ‘This is very serious in more ways than people will realise at first,’ says Issie, a young third-year student at NMMU in George, Western Cape. ‘You have let down the youth as well. It affects how we will be viewed in our jobs one day.’ Over the past few years, South African students (and indeed students worldwide) have shown just how fed up they are with their elders. The handling of responsibility and of funds have been major points of contention. It seems big private sector players can really let students down where it most hurts too. Initially, KPMG had to take disciplinary action for certain partners’ failure to declare financial interests. Shortly after this news broke, major clients, including Parliament, other government bodies, and Barclays Africa, cancelled contracts with the company. Meanwhile, that infamous name – Gupta – has also crawled out the woodwork, overseas KPMG shareholders are up in arms, and the company apparently isn’t sure whether it will continue to service the SA market in future. KPMG has thus begun a review of work completed over the last year and a half to identify the extent of the problem and they have promised to address everything. The big auditing group is seeking reform and ‘to put quality and integrity at the heart of the firm’ again. We wish KPMG the best of luck with that, and for the sake of those innocent parties (particularly other auditors and the broader public which KPMG directly and indirectly serves in many ways) it had better be done right and soon. What is the full extent of the damage caused by those who refuse to follow ethics codes in auditing? Some have said that there is also a certain arrogance and bad attitude about some in the auditing field, as though they believe their feet don’t touch . . .
It was a high stakes contest with some of the country’s best riding talent competing across an international-level course at Shongweni Club from 12 to 17 June. Anne-Marie Esslinger put on a spectacular show in the main title class riding and Alzu Oregon to win the 1.5m Nissan FEI World Cup Qualifier – her third World Cup Qualifier. “It was such a stunning event and it’s always that much better when you win!” said an elated Esslinger, two-time winner of the SA Showjumping Derby and co-owner of Burlington Stables in Gauteng. “The show was very well attended and the 6-bar event was as popular as ever. There was a really just a high standard of riding across the event.” She and Alzu Oregon placed third in the same event last year and took the 2016 World Cup Qualifier at Kyalami Park. Riding Alessio, Esslinger won her first World Cup Qualifier at Kyalami Park the previous year. Esslinger has extensive experience across the equestrian field – she’s an EQASA (Equestrian Qualification Authority of South Africa) Level 3 Coach and an International Coach belonging to IGEQ (International Group of Equestrian Qualification). She is also an F.E.I Level 3 Course Designer and a National Panel Equitation Judge. “This was an incredible six days of quality showjumping and family fun,” said Mike Whitfield, Managing Director of Nissan SA. “We’d like to extend our congratulations to all the winners and competitors who displayed such talent, as well as to the organisers for putting on another successful festival. Nissan is proud to be associated with this high-level event that represents our commitment to community initiatives and sporting activities.” There were a number of competitive events across the six-day competition which forms the third of five elite events that make up the South African leg of the World Cup Jumping qualifiers. These included the 1.15 Filtec Pony Riders Championship and 1.50m Nissan Riders Grand Prix Tour and; the popular Nissan 6-bar event (for . . .
South Africa must change her mind set about medical care and hospitalisation Medical aid premiums increase exponentially annually, rendering medical aid membership less affordable for an ever increasing number of South Africans. The private healthcare system in South Africa is at risk of becoming unsustainable if medical aid costs continue on this trajectory. To feed private healthcare members into the dysfunctional government health care system, is unrealistic, probably unethical. We need to rethink our medical care practices and options to suit the South African private healthcare market. Much can be learnt from international best practices. Medical cost drivers push medical aid tariffs. Doctors charge more, hospitals charge more and medical aid premiums increase. We seldom stop to think where increases come from and how they can be prevented or managed. Information empowers. It is time to find out what works well in other countries. How do they manage doctors’ fees? How do they curb hospitalisation costs? What can we learn from them? Internationally, in first-world countries, 70 – 80% of all surgical procedures are performed in day hospitals, which translates to an average saving of approximately 20% compared to having the same procedures in acute hospitals. Why only 10 – 14% in South Africa? If you have never considered a day hospital for minor procedures, now is the time to be educated about its advantages. A day hospital has the same excellent medical practitioners, state-of-the-art theatres, drugs, beds and cutting edge equipment as an acute hospital. Many procedures can be safely performed in a day hospital. The fact that the same procedure is significantly cheaper at a day hospital, is only one aspect of the array of advantages of opting for a day hospital. Thinking that the medical aid pays in any case is certainly not a responsible attitude; all increases in medical expenses are most certainly passed on to the consumer in the form of increased . . .
EduWeek Africa, the largest and most recognised live education event in Sub-Saharan Africa, hosted its annual awards ceremony on 15 June 2018 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg. The theme of the exhibition was ‘Education 4.0 for Industry 4.0’, which addressed education’s response to increased automation and data exchange in most industries. EduWeek Africa celebrated all the innovators and service providers that are bridging the gap between education today, and the education of the future at the Education Industry Awards, in key partnership with Pearson South Africa. Herewith a list of the categories of the nominated suppliers and/or distributors of the year, and an indication of the winners in each category: 1. Basic Education 1.1 Impaq 1.2 Snapplify 1.3 Edit Microsystems 1.4 Dr. Lynn Bowie (PhD Mathematics), Maths Coordinator at OLICO Maths Education, receiving the award on behalf of OLICO Maths Education (Category winner). 1.5 Smart Choice 2. TVET & Higher Education 2.1 Mutonji Mayanda, Didactic Solutions Engineer at FESTO (left) and Dr Nader Imani, Executive Vice President Global Education at FESTO (right), receiving the award on behalf of FESTO (Category winner). 2.2 Snapplify 2.3 Christiani GmbH 2.4 Fundi 3. Early Childhood Development 3.1 Edit Microsystems 3.3 Moves for Life 3.3 Missing Link 3.4 Marisa van der Merwe, Mini Chess Founder and CEO, receiving the award on behalf of Mini Chess (Category winner). 3.5 Impaq 4 Inclusive Education 4.1 Sensory Solutions 4.2 Pieter Labuschagne, Managing Director at Edit Microsystems, receiving the award on behalf of Edit Microsystems (Category winner). 4.3 EXOLab 5 ICT 5.1 Parrot Products 5.2 RS Components 5.3 Veative 5.4 Xander (Category winner) 5.5 Edit Microsystems 6 Innovation Award 6.1 Book for Every Child Foundation 6.2 James Green, Head of Global Business Development at Scanning Pens (left) and Pieter Labuschagne, Managing Director at Edit Microsystems (right), . . .
The concept of ‘planting indigenous’ has been around for quite some time but many homeowners find making the move to a completely indigenous garden somewhat daunting. And while there might be some effort required initially, the results are incredibly worthwhile. South African landscaper and botanist, Elsa Pooley, forms part of the dynamic, green-fingered team at Renishaw Hills. They have been tasked with transforming the previously cultivated land at Renishaw Hills on the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast into an indigenous haven. The mature lifestyle estate is situated within the ecologically-diverse Mpambanyoni Conservation Development which, for the past 150 years, has been cultivated for sugar cane. Pooley and a team of conservationists are working tirelessly to return the area to its original coastal forest and wetlands state while establishing unique, indigenous gardens for each home on the estate. “There are many misconceptions surrounding indigenous gardens, and sourcing indigenous plants is often quite difficult,” explained Elsa Pooley. “With a little bit of guidance, creating your own indigenous garden is easily done.” Here are Elsa Pooley’s top five reasons to plant indigenous: 1. Water-wise Often people only consider planting indigenous during droughts but then this falls away when rains return. Indigenous plants are much hardier and require less water than their exotic counterparts. They do require some water but are much better adapted to local conditions. 2. Attracts birds and wildlife Indigenous plants will attract butterflies, birds and a variety of wildlife to the garden. Even in winter, we’re seeing so many butterflies around. Using a variety of plants ensures a range of wildlife will be attracted to your garden. 3. Aesthetics There is a misperception that indigenous plants aren’t colourful or pretty, and look too wild. This really isn’t true. With careful planning, one can find indigenous plants that bloom or fruit in every . . .
The annual community fundraising initiative, the Serendipity Travel ABH Chatsworth Fair, will be bringing family fun to the Chatsworth Circus site - adjacent to the Chatsworth Stadium - from 26 to 29 July, 2018. “We are very excited to announce a really fun-filled programme for this year’s Serendipity Travel ABH Chatsworth Fair, with something planned for all ages and tastes,” said Jay Marrie, Fundraising/Donor Relations for ABH. “The fair, which has been running since 1989, is always a highlight on the Chatsworth community calendar and we have planned an even bigger event for this year’s celebrations.” Since 1921, the Aryan Benevolent Home (ABH) has provided holistic care for children, the elderly and the physically or mentally challenged regardless of race, religion or social class. The fair is the primary source of funding for this non-profit organisation, which provides residential facilities and developmental care to more than 690 people nationally. Learners to this year’s Serendipity Travel ABH Chatsworth Fair will enjoy a host of funfair activities. There is free entrance for all students into the fair which boasts more than 100 stalls selling food and retail products. There will be a schools’ special Open Day on Thursday, 26 and Friday, 27 July for all primary and secondary schools. The Serendipity Travel ABH Chatsworth Fair will be running dedicated edu-fair schools’ programme running on both days. For just R40, scholars get access to unlimited carnival rides at Tommy’s World Fair. Two of Bollywood’s well known playback celebrities - Abhijeet Bhattacharya and Amit Kumar – will put on two special evening performances for lucky audiences. These superstar singers will feature at two special events, forming part of the Serendipity Travel ABH Chatsworth Fair - Durban’s Greatest Charity Event. The first is a spectacular dinner and concert on the evening of Friday, 27 July at Durban’s City Hall. The cost is R1 250 per person or R12 500 for a table . . .