The recently opened Steak Grill and Co in Florida Road – the only steakhouse in South Africa housed in a national monument – is offering both Durbanites and visitors to the East Coast a whole new dining experience – fine casual! “We offer a high quality overall steakhouse experience, paying particular attention to the quality of the ingredients, food presentation and the experience of dining in a national monument,” explains Steve Christodoulou co-owner. Head chef, Simon Mayise, who headed the kitchen at the Colony restaurant which was consistently ranked one of the best in the country by food lovers and cuisine critics alike, is serving up prime cuts such as sirloin, rump, fillet, prime rib, T-bone and Tomahawk steaks with signature sauces that include truffle mushroom, blue cheese and vodka, old school monkey gland, béarnaise, oven roasted garlic and pepper and thyme. From The Grill, diners can expect a perfectly marinated and flame grilled deboned peri-peri chicken, lamb chops that have been marinated in extra virgin olive oil, garlic and fresh herbs, both pork and beef ribs and ostrich served with a balsamic and red wine reduction. Combos – including a chicken and prawn combo and the ultimate surf and turf – as well as bespoke burgers and a “Lekker for Locals” offering that includes a fall off the bone lamb shank and a chicken and prawn curry – will leave every carnivore delighted. Those looking for something lighter can enjoy an array of salads as well as a “From the Sea” offering that includes calamari, grilled kingklip, Argentinean queen prawns and grilled crayfish. The wide range of starters that precedes this extends from escargot and oysters to fresh black mussels, beef carpaccio and more. Right now, the Steak Grill and Co is one of a kind – although it is affiliated to the Jack Salmon Group of restaurants. But it is its location in Atherton House, which was built in 1904, that seals the fine dining deal. “One of Durban’s finest . . .
If South Africa’s small and medium-sized (SME) business owners thought homework ended with their last day of school, they should think again. To survive, the country’s SMEs need to make a firm commitment to properly-research their ICT suppliers. That’s the message from independent telco, ICTGlobe.com which says Africa’s most advanced economy today boasts hundreds of licensed and unlicensed Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) vendors supplying the country’s SMEs with everything from fibre to hardware and Cloud-based virtual IT and telecoms services. “Over the past two decades, our ICT landscape transformed itself from an uninspiring desert dominated by a single player into a virtual oasis of choice. Free competition today reigns supreme. The downside is that SMEs must work harder to separate the fly-by-nights from the here-to-stays,” says ICTGlobe.com Group Business Development Manager, Juan Wiese. It is vital for SMEs, in particular, to pay careful attention to their choice of ICT vendor. A small business’s monthly voice, data and hardware spend can be significant. If it starts spiraling out of control due to the selection of inappropriate vendors, ICT suddenly and unexpectedly starts posing a real risk to the continued sustainability of the new business. Mr Wiese provides the following guidelines for small business owners wanting to get the best out of their ICT partnerships: Online reviews - Most people today consult Google about health-related matters and it should be no different when it comes to our financial health. There are many online resources (HelloPeter.com being the most obvious) where consumers detail their experiences interacting with certain companies. See if potential ICT partners appear on these sites, for better or for worse. Company details - Few of us consider checking those easily available company details we can see on potential partners’ letterheads. In a flash, the SME business owner can see how many years the . . .
The Embassy of Japan in South Africa has opened up applications for the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology (MEXT) Scholarship Programme 2020. “The MEXT programme offers scholarships to students who wish to study at Japanese universities. Interested parties must submit their applications no later than the deadline of the 31st of May 2019 to the Embassy of Japan,” says Embassy Spokesperson, Taro Sawada. The MEXT scholarship is open to students wishing to complete a masters or PhD degree; engage in teacher training programmes or study towards an undergraduate degree, as well as learners wishing to acquire knowledge on Japanese studies. The MEXT programme covers a wide field of disciplines including science, technology, law, literature, and architecture. “MEXT not only offers students (both undergraduates and postgraduates) the opportunity to study in Japan, it also helps to form academic links between universities in Japan and South Africa,” says Sawada. The MEXT scholarship programme has been available to South Africans wishing to study in Japan since 1994. To date, 90 South Africans have been afforded the opportunity to attain undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications in Japan. “Participants who have completed their studies in Japan through MEXT are currently playing key roles in a variety of sectors in South Africa. Some examples include diplomats, a researcher studying Japanese pop-culture and a film director. The experience of studying in Japan gives students a unique perspective, which enables them to be more creative in their fields after returning to South Africa. The 2020 MEXT applications are now available so we would like to see as many South African youths apply for it,” concludes Sawada. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
AJELESS AFRICA ANNOUNCES THEIR NEW ONLINE STORE CREATED IN 2015, AJELESS AFRICA IS THE FIRST SOUTH AFRICAN MADE MAKEUP BRAND FOR AFRICAN WOMEN. [CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA | 23 MAY 2019 ] — AJELESS AFRICA, A PROUDLY SOUTH AFRICAN MAKEUP LINE LAUNCHED BY professional make-up artist, Astrid Jonker is getting ready to make 2019 the company’s best year yet. With a recently launched new online store, and fresh marketing approach, Astrid’s vision of developing a range of cosmetics to suit women of every ethnicity is now a reality. Inspired by three generations of strong women, Ajeless Africa cosmetics was founded in 2015 by Astrid Jonker, professional make-up artist turned business woman. Astrid’s dream was to create a range of cosmetics that offers a shade to suit women of every ethnicity. She is directly involved with the development of all Ajeless Africa products “Because its makeup and I have been a makeup artist for different well-known brands, I definitely put a lot of time into creating/developing the product. I want my product to look and feel good when applied on a customer. It’s important that we put a lot of energy into the brand and we want the public to feel that energy when they see the what we present online.” - Says Astrid. Astrid Jonker studied cosmetology and in 2011 enrolled at the Make Up Issue in Cape Town, where she would go on to major in make-up and beauty, qualifying as a make-up specialist. In 2015, this Capetonian, after working alongside some of the best people in the industry, created her first lipstick line. And what started as a line of lipstick, soon grew into a company – Ajeless Africa Cosmetics was born. Dedicated to ensuring that all the different ethnicities, and skin tones, on the African continent were considered, Ajeless Africa was the disruptor sorely needed in an industry that had to date often ignored darker tones of skin. We are now proud to announce that our online store is open for business! Shop now at . . .
The Engen Computer School in Wentworth held a graduation ceremony in Austerville on 22 May where 67 proud community members received certificates for completing an end user computing course. Over the past decade, Engen’s free computer skills training school has transformed many lives in South Durban. To date 1 982 students have gained knowledge and confidence to go out and seek jobs that would otherwise never have been possible. Graduate Patricia Taylor made a speech at the awards ceremony at the Blue Roof Life Space and thanked Engen and Added Advantage Academy for the opportunity to learn new skills. “You have given us a ladder which we will continue to climb in order to reach greater heights. I would like to thank you for giving not only the Wentworth Community this wonderful opportunity but also people from neighboring areas.” The Engen Computer School offers South Durban residents introductory-level computer skills training, which cover eight units of the National Certificate: Information Technology: End User Computing qualification. To enrol, applicants must be unemployed school-leavers and reside in South Durban. While matric and age criteria are not prescribed, most students who attend the school are aged from 20 to 40. According to Sheryl Casalis, training director of Added Advantage Academy who have provided the training since 2009, three four-month courses are offered per annum, each accommodating 80 people. Engen invests approximately R15 000 per student to attend the course. While statistics are incomplete due to the difficulty of keeping track of everyone who graduates, Casalis believes that over the past two years many students have secured jobs or been accepted into learnership programmes after completing the course. “From the 2018 group, 16 students found jobs after their training, four of which are self-employed and six entered into learnerships “The competency rate for students is between 94% and 99% by the time they . . .
Founders Lodge by Mantis has received deserved international awards recognition, picking up wins in two categories at The Boutique Hotel Guest Experience (BoHo) Awards in London on 22 May. The prestigious property was named as the winner in both ‘Best Boutique Hotel (1-20 Rooms)’ and ‘Best International Hotel’ categories at the ceremony at The Kimpton Fitzroy, held in conjunction with the Boutique + Lifestyle Hotel Summit. The Boutique Hotel Guest Experience Awards (BoHos) recognise UK and international boutique, lifestyle and hybrid hotels for providing excellence in guest experience. More than 15 000 guest feedback questionnaire responses and over 37 000 online reviews from guests were gathered and analysed during the Awards’ 3-month collection period, with 93% of the detailed feedback, positive. Guest feedback was independently aggregated, evaluated, and ranked by students and faculty from the Department of Tourism & Hospitality at Bournemouth University. The result is a comprehensive study of which properties offer the best experiences, according to those whose opinions mean the most — their guests. “We’re delighted with the news that Founders Lodge has received these two international accolades,’ says Adrian Gardiner, Founder of the Mantis Collection. “The Mantis team has worked tirelessly to develop this emblematic property and recognition from the BoHo Awards – and, indeed, our loyal guests – is just reward for this exceptional and unparalleled luxury bush experience, in the heart of the Eastern Cape”. Founders Lodge is a 5-star 1940’s manor house, situated on a 400 hectare reserve directly adjacent to the to the malaria-free Big 5 Shamwari Game Reserve in the Eastern Cape. Formerly the Gardiner family’s holiday home, the property has undergone extensive renovation to offer guests luxurious accommodation, coupled with attentive service. With the reserve on which the property sits populated only by ‘plains animals’, guests are free to safely . . .
Kwikspace is responding to the Basic Education Department’s mandate to eradicate inappropriate structures in schools, specifically unsafe classroom structures and dangerous, unhygienic pit latrines. Partnering with the Department of Public Works as a selected preferred supplier, Kwikspace is assisting DPW to improve school infrastructure across the Western Cape. The need for school infrastructure support is overwhelming. Kwikspace is currently servicing orders for classrooms and ablutions. Kwikspace’s self-contained ablutions replace pit latrines. “A safe and dignified school environment is part of the right to education,” says Mico Botha, Kwikspace Regional Manager, Cape Town. “Kwikspace takes great pride in being able to provide safe spaces for children to learn and grow.” Kwikspace offers innovative prefabricated modular products as alternative building solutions for any sector requirement and all infrastructure needs. Kwikspace’s efficiency, quality products and exceptional service make them preferred suppliers for the Department of Education in the Western Cape. Kwikspace’s modular classrooms and ablutions have assisted over 150 000 learners throughout South Africa receive schooling in a safe and dignified environment. Kwikspace manufactures prefabricated modular classrooms that are safe, hygienic and learner-friendly, in under four weeks. High-quality polyurethane injected panels provide excellent thermal insulation and noise reduction with a lower carbon footprint. They are effective in preventing dust, water and insects, making them an ideal mobile learning environment. Panels are coated in 0.5 mm Aluzinc painted steel, providing improved corrosion resistance and increased durability. Lighting, electrical plug points for teaching aids, blackboards and pin boards are standard with all modular school buildings. Kwikspace is taking on the challenge to bring clean, safe ablution facilities to schools across the country. Modular prefabricated . . .
Father’s Day culinary escape to Grande Provence Surprise your dad this Father’s Day with a culinary escape to Grande Provence Heritage Wine Estate in the heart of the Franschhoek winelands on Sunday, 16 June. The Restaurant at Grande Provence has created a delicious three course set lunch menu with a signature twist on South African heritage food, including a glass of bubbly on arrival. The lunch begins at 12h00 with an enticing amuse bouche of samosa & biltong churros before you tuck into beef skilpadjies or cured kabeljou for starters. The choice for hearty mains is between beef Wellington with parsnip puree and fondant potatoes, or line fish, coconut curry with tomato basil spinach and tempura mussel. For dessert, poached guava with homemade guava cake and yoghurt sorbet or malva pudding with fresh berries and warm custard, is sure to satisfy your dad’s sweet tooth. This indulgent menu is available at R495 per person. If you really want to go the extra-mile, make a weekend of it and take advantage of the Grande Provence Winter Heartland accommodation offer. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The commitment and preparation required to complete an event like the Liberty Waterberg Encounter is a natural alignment with the business objectives of the title sponsor. That is why the Liberty Group is so excited about the third and final event in the annual mountain-biking series, which takes place near Bela-Bela in Limpopo from June 7 to 9. Those interested in entering will also be excited to hear the closing date for entries has been extended to May 29. ASG Events chief executive Erick Oosthuizen said there were still places available on the entry list. “There are some riders whose entries are coming and we have a few more openings which we are sure will be filled,” he said. “We felt it would help to extend the entry date by a week to give cyclists a final chance to get their names down for one of the iconic mountain-biking races in the country.” Meanwhile Killy Bacela, Liberty Group’s divisional executive for brand and integrated marketing, said there were many characteristics which connected the company’s business to mountain-bikers. “This sort of race requires the participants to put in a great deal of preparation, both physically and mentally,” she said. “Any endurance athlete will tell you that at the end of the day it comes down to your mindset and being able to push yourself to keep going, no matter how hard it is. “We at Liberty know a thing or two about this kind of discipline and motivation. “It is central to the work we do every day, to help our clients obtain financial freedom. To achieve financial freedom requires discipline and motivation of a similar kind.” She added that Liberty’s overall aim was to help all South Africans achieve financial freedom by providing sound advice that leads to financial freedom, whether on an individual or business basis. “We are delighted to be involved once more in this partnership as it connects us to our client’s passion points,” said Bacela. “We view this as an investment . . .
Global Trade Show supports entrepreneurs and business development Business opportunities, networks and knowledge for entrepreneurs and owners of small- and medium-sized businesses are a key focus of the 2019 Global Trade Show of Networking and Match-Making South Africa (GTS 2019). Now in its third year, GTS 2019 takes place from 29 to 31July 2019 at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand, Johannesburg. “As a business and trade exhibition that showcases thousands of products across various import and export opportunities, GTS 2019 connects people seeking to establish a business, grow a business or diversify a business, with the right people,” explains Anina Hough, a director at GTS Africa (Pty) Ltd, organisers of the show. Entrepreneur Focus “Access to markets and strong networks are two of the main obstacles currently facing entrepreneurs and small- to medium-sized businesses,” says Hough. “The Global Trade Show of Networking and Match-Making South Africa offers a unique platform for entrepreneurs to explore local and international markets, as well as to develop vital business linkages across the globe. Embassies, trade missions, government, parastatals, associations and companies all support GTS, giving entrepreneurs and other business owners much-needed access to many markets – provincial, local, continental, regional and international.” “With more than six million people in South Africa currently unemployed and youth unemployment currently at 3.3 million, we aim to play a significant and constructive role in addressing this,” continues Hough. A series of “Entrepreneurs in Action” workshops are being planned alongside the exhibition. In addition to these, a number of events, workshops and sessions will take place, addressing topics such as export opportunities, the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA), Industry 4.0, e-commerce, digital marketing and financing – all topics that those in business need to know about to boost their success. . . .