Limpopo, Musina, Beit Bride Border Post, 13 December 2018: South African Tourism (SA Tourism) will be rolling out its Welcome campaign during the busy festive season period to foster better engagement between our border post officers and visitors passing through these border posts. The roll out currently extends to three of the busiest land border posts – Beit Bridge between South Africa and Zimbabwe, Lebombo between South Africa and Mozambique and Ficksburg between South Africa and Lesotho. Officials at OR Tambo, Cape Town and King Shaka International Airport have also received training. The initiative will provide border post officers at South Africa’s ports of entry with the tools to improve their services and ensure that guests have the best possible experience in our country. “First impressions always last and everyone has a role to play in ensuring that the first impressions of visitors at our border posts is welcoming. This will ensure that visitors get their trip in South Africa off to a memorable start,” explained Darryl Erasmus, Chief Quality Assurance Officer at SA Tourism. “Our visitor experience team have been working extremely hard with Department of Home Affairs officials over the last few weeks and we are extremely confident that visitors passing through our border posts will get a warm South African welcome every time they enter the country.” During the busy festive period, SA Tourism will also be hosting regular activations at Lebombo, Beit Bridge and Ficksburg posts. Visitors will feel welcome almost immediately as a variety of South African experiences will be advertised on arrival with some fantastic deals and discounts on offer as well. “I must also commend the Department of Home Affairs for embracing the Welcome Campaign. The officers and staff at the various ports of entry have been fantastic and are definitely ready to welcome visitors into our beautiful country,” added Erasmus. Apart from Department of Home . . .
SPAR Eastern Cape achieved global recognition for their commitment to reducing plastic pollution when they received an award at the SPAR International Conference last month. The conference in Amsterdam in the Netherlands went under the banner of the SPAR International Responsible Retailing Forum and brought managers from around the world to share ideas and best-practice examples. SPAR EC managing director Conrad Isaac accepted the award on behalf of the company and said it was gratifying to have received such recognition. He was quick to add, though, that their Stop Plastic campaign, which was launched in April to eliminate the single-use of plastic bags, was not about earning awards. "Our mission is to create awareness about the dangers to the environment of plastic pollution," he said. "We are doing this because it is the right thing to do. I equate it to playing sport - if you play well, the scoreboard will take care of itself. "So this campaign is not about awards but about playing the game well and we feel are on the right track." Isaac was referring to the fact that from the launch of the Stop Plastic campaign on April 6 until the end of September they had sold three million fewer plastic bags than over the same period last year. "If you had asked me before our campaign started what we would achieve, I would never have expected to reach a number of three million. "So that is really encouraging and obviously our aim now is to keep adding to that. Every single plastic bag less that we sell means a better future for us all." He said the Stop Plastic campaign placed them at the forefront among SPAR retailers worldwide in the forum of responsible retailing. "Many people at the forum have no idea where Port Elizabeth or the Eastern Cape even is, but from a SPAR Africa point of view we are leading the way and from a SPAR international perspective we are certainly among the leaders in the 41 countries where we retail. "Many of the . . .
Brenda Tsolo has a dream. With more than 15 years of experience in contact centres, she knows the sector is ideally positioned to create job opportunities for unemployed, young South Africans. Wanting to be part of the employment solution, Brenda’s vision has been to set up her own contact centre and that’s why she has grasped the opportunity to own and operate a micro call centre – and has a massive goal to grow her business to 500 agents in the next five years. Brenda opportunity to realise her dream became reality when she was selected as one of the first entrepreneurs to partner with EduPower Skills Academy in its Enterprise Development programme. The brainchild of EduPower’s Director, Rajan Naidoo, the programme seeks to develop black-owned contact centres using corporate B-BBEE Enterprise Development funding to help them scale and grow. “Companies that are B-BBEE compliant are required to spend 1% of NPAT on Enterprise Development. EduPower wants to tap into this funding to set-up at least 20 incubators and help these entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector,” Rajan explains. Traditionally, the contact centre industry in South Africa is limited to a number of large players as the barriers to entry are high. By setting up their incubators the EduPower contact centre facility, the entrepreneurs are not constrained by many of the traditional costs and overheads related to running a business and this greatly increases their chances of survival and sustainability. And it also increases the chances of these businesses becoming successful enough to create additional employment in the near future. Now in her third month, Brenda is one of two entrepreneurs who have already been placed in EduPower’s 24-month programme and she already seeing the benefits of a range of hands-on practical training as well as intensive coaching, mentorship and business development. One of the most important aspects however is . . .
Growing consumer demand for the Westfalia three-bike rack has seen Positive Sports Solutions make the product available from the beginning of this month. The South African cycling distribution company has negotiated a number of contracts over the past year to bring various premium brands to the market in the Southern Africa Development Community. Among these are the highly rated Westfalia bike racks, the components of which are imported from Germany and manufactured locally. After initially offering the two-bike rack to the southern African market, Positive Sports Solutions has gone a step further to satisfy a growing call for the slightly bigger three-bike option. David Pieterse, the company's product and technical manager, said they had received "loads of requests" from cycling enthusiasts for the next option. "There is far more interest in the three-bike rack compared to the two-bike one," he said. "I think you find, as a cost factor, many people club together to attend races nowadays, so it's obviously better to transport as many bikes as you can. "In addition, if you go somewhere with your family or friends, the three-bike option makes it ideal to travel together." The good news for those who want to transport equipment is that the three-bike rack is almost identical to its smaller cousin and operates in the same way as the two-bike rack. "People will have no difficulty adapting to the three-bike product because there is little difference, besides, naturally, being slightly bigger," said Pieterse. "It complies with all the necessary legislation and has been tested in exactly the same as the two-bike rack. "All the racks have been TUV-tested and the three-bike rack is as stable as any other." Being TUV-tested means the product has been examined to international standards and has satisfied all the requirements. Translated into English, TUV stands for Technical Inspection Association. He added that the locking system was the . . .
“Smart manufacturing” is on the mind of every industry executive and decision-maker. Most, however, don’t know where to start. Rockwell Automation knows that the start is always at the machine - with the digital transformation to smart, connected machines. Gaining access to production data enables machine builders to manage and optimise the assets they supply to their customers. That access also allows manufacturers using equipment, and system integrators helping those manufacturers integrate and maintain that equipment, to optimise their facilities. In the food industry, it’s making sure that every bite of cereal tastes the same. In life sciences, it’s ensuring the right dosage, every time. In the world of energy, it is efficient and safe production. Additional Productivity, Now Data that’s a natural by-product of automation processes can be transformed into insights that unlock an additional level of productivity. “Our industry is traditionally conservative”, says Rockwell Automation USA Chairman and CEO, Blake Moret. It is not enough, he says, to know how to meet your production goals, companies need to act. “There’s a need to be more agile than ever before, to act more rapidly and be a first mover to capture share.” The influence of information technology (IT) is causing the automation industry to pick up the pace. The need for speed was simply not as urgent in the past. In today’s environment, speed really is of the essence. Investments Pick Up the Pace The strategic partnership between Rockwell Automation and PTC will help companies realise the full potential of digital transformation. Companies yet to recognise the impact digital transformation will have on production will now have this capability within reach. Automation and information technologies transform how, when and where value gets created in the operation. They establish a digital foundation that allows machine builders and end users to more effectively compete. “Our . . .
SA Taxi Foundation gives Vosloorus elderly and disabled access to social and health facilities On Tuesday 11 December 2018 – SA Taxi Foundation, the corporate social responsibility arm of SA Taxi, a vertically integrated business platform designed to improve the sustainability of the minibus taxi industry, donated a vehicle to the Kingdom Power Church International (KPCI). KPCI pastor, Mr Solly Msiza, has worked closely with SA Taxi and the minibus taxi industry for the past decade in fostering conflict resolution and running various projects. The projects are aimed at including the community’s elderly in social and church activities as well as getting disabled children to and from health care and support facilities. “We are supporting Mr Msiza in his social responsibility initiatives because he devotes his life to supporting the minibus taxi industry and the community from which it draws its resources and customers,” says SA Taxi communications executive, Maroba Maduma. “The industry has a vast social impact. For that reason, everything we do as a company is geared to ensure that impact is not only sustainable but continues to ripple out to all spheres of society. “We focus on transforming the industry through shared value. So, on a day-to-day basis, we provide the financial and business means for the small businesses that are taxi operators to flourish and, in their turn, to create employment and an environment in which other businesses, such as rank mechanics and hawkers, can grow. “In addition, through SANTACO’s 25% stake in SA Taxi, we provide the means for individual members of the industry to participate in the commercial success of the industry’s extended value chain. “At a company level, therefore, our socio-economic impact is extremely broad-based. However, when it comes to specific corporate social responsibility projects, we prefer to hone in on quite small individual initiatives. They have the ability to deliver highly personalised . . .
Engen has donated R2.5 million to Caring4Girls, which provides female learners with sanitary towels to help keep them in school during their monthly cycles. Caring4Girls is an Imbumba Foundation's initiative and currently reaches 750,000 girls throughout South Africa. It aims to support 1 million girls in 2019 and 2 million by 2020. At the official cheque hand over, Engen Managing Director and CEO, Yusa’ Hassan stressed the value of education and how important it is to ensure that all young girls are empowered and have the opportunity to realise their full potential. “We cannot thrive as a society if some of our female learners are left behind, which is why we are very proud to partner with the Imbumba Foundation and contribute to this very meaningful initiative,” commented Hassan. Research by UNICEF has revealed that most poor girls, especially in the rural areas, miss up to 50 days of schooling per annum due to lack of access to adequate sanitary protection. It is against these shocking statistics that the Imbumba Foundation established Caring4Girls to achieve the following: - Reach and support underprivileged girls with sanitary towels in South Africa. Create menstrual hygiene awareness through education and training. Establish Caring4Girls advocacy groups in schools. Reduce the high number of school absenteeism and drop-out occurrences caused by menstrual related challenges. Complimentary educational workshops on pregnancy prevention, HIV and other related diseases. Engen’s Head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, Unathi Njokweni-Magida said it is important for Engen to actively support and take care of the communities in which the company operates. “At Engen we strongly believe that a country which is educated is a country that will prosper. By supporting these young girls, we will ensure that their confidence and dignity is retained and that they never have to miss school because of their monthly cycle. Education is a key . . .
3rd Steenberg winemaker inducted into the Cape Winemakers Guild Winemaking prowess knows no bounds at Steenberg Vineyards with the news that JD Pretorius has become the third Steenberg winemaker to be inducted into the prestigious Cape Winemakers Guild. Pretorius who has enjoyed a successful career making world class wines at Steenberg spanning 10 years, joins the ranks of this respected league of masters in the art of winemaking alongside his predecessors, John Loubser and Nicky Versveld. During their tenure as Steenberg cellar masters, Loubser and Versveld, produced numerous wines from the Steenberg stable for the Nedbank Cape Winemakers Guild(CWG) Auction, the annual showcase of South African wine achievement. Versveld who became a Guild member in 1999 after joining Steenberg in 1995, focused on Steenberg Merlot for his auction wines. Loubser who succeeded Versveld as cellar master in 2001, became a Guild member in 2005. His CWG auction wines were primarily Sauvignon Blanc, Steenberg’s cornerstone variety, and Sauvignon Blanc/Semillon blends. He also produced a Nebbiolo for the auction from Steenberg vines. Both Versveld and Loubser now produce wines under their own labels for the CWG auction. Pretorius who completes his last vintage at Steenberg in 2019 before joining Warwick in Stellenbosch as cellar master in May, has had a phenomenal year. In addition to his second Platter’s 5-Star wine and Best Unwooded Sauvignon Blanc of the Year for Steenberg The Black Swan, he won the Museum Class Sauvignon Blanc Trophy at the Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show. His many notable accomplishments include a 94/100 rating from Tim Atkin for five consecutive years for Steenberg’s flagship Magna Carta. In 2014 Pretorius won the coveted title of Diner’s Club Young Winemaker of the Year for the Steenberg Merlot 2012. “JD has been a valuable asset to Steenberg and his membership of the Cape Winemakers Guild is the crowning achievement of his decade long commitment to . . .
East Coast Radio’s Damon Beard and team are set to broadcast their morning show live from the lush KwaZulu-Natal South Coast estate – Renishaw Hills – on Friday, 14 December from 9am to noon. Listeners can tune in to hear all about this gorgeous mature lifestyle village on the day, or pop in to meet the ECR team located at the Renishaw Hills’ Community Centre. This exciting radio broadcast will take place ahead of the exclusive Open Day, being hosted on Saturday, 15 December from 9am to 4pm. “We’re ending off the year in true Renishaw Hills’ style as we welcome Damon Beard and his production team from East Coast Radio to our incredible mature lifestyle village, situated just outside of Scottburgh,” said Phil Barker, managing director of Renishaw Property Developments. “The radio broadcast will be a great introduction to our final Open Day for the year which will showcase all the exciting investment opportunities available for anyone looking to retire in style and comfort.” This enviable South Coast estate boasts the highest level of unobtrusive security as well as complete home-based healthcare options – provided by TruCare – which prioritise healthy lifestyle options and preventative medical solutions tailored to the individual. Every investor in Renishaw Hills can also enjoy the incredible on-site facilities available, including a gym, library, community centre, and extensive walking and cycling trails. All the stylishly-designed units are characterised by quality and comfort, taking full advantage of the stunning natural beauty of the area wherever possible – while also boasting unending sea views. Indigenous gardens, designed by renowned botanist and landscaper, Elsa Pooley, add value and beauty to every home. This is affordable luxury in one of the country’s most desirable destinations. There are currently only five three-bedroom, two-bathroom standalone homes still available for between R2.53 million and R3.02 million. These are styled in open-plan . . .
The warm, sandy beaches, inviting sub-tropical climate and unending natural beauty make KwaZulu-Natal’s Sapphire Coast one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations year-round. And Sapphire Coast Tourism (SCT) will be welcoming holidaymakers with the Sapphire Sizzling Summer holiday programme, overflowing with fun activities for all ages, from Tuesday, 18 December 2018 to Saturday, 5 January 2019. “The Sapphire Coast embraces its position as a prime holiday destination and we look forward to sharing the area’s warmth and beauty with visitors every year,” said Romy Wenzel, chairman of Sapphire Coast Tourism. “The holiday events’ programme has been carefully planned, promising a diverse line-up that caters to all interests.” She said that, in line with this year’s DSW (Durban Solid Waste) campaign, ‘Hashtag No Litter on My Beach’, Sapphire Coast Tourism has themed the 2018/2019 holiday season ‘Go Green – Keep Our Sapphire Coast Clean’. “While we really want every person visiting the Sapphire Coast this holiday to have a truly memorable experience, we ask that they are environmentally responsible leave nothing behind but their footprints!” Sapphire Sizzling Summer Programme (Sapphire Coat Tourism in conjunction with local companies and non-profit organisations) Amanzimtoti Beach, Pipeline Beach and Winklespruit Beach on the Upper South Coast will all play host to the holiday programme with DJs entertaining crowds daily at the three locations from 9am. - Guided Nature Walks Wednesday, 19 December at Amanzimtoti Bird Park (time to be confirmed). Saturday, 29 December at Burchell's Coucal Eco-Trail (time to be confirmed). - Dive Presentation Thursday, 20 December and Friday, 4 January at 10am - Learn how to blow bubbles with the amazing dive crew from Aliwal Shoal Scuba at Inyoni Rocks Pool, Amanzimtoti Main Beach. - Meet Father Christmas Monday, 24 December at Pipeline Beach, Amanzimtoti Main Beach and Winklespruit Beach - A special . . .