The hard work and achievements of the small business community in South Africa was in the spotlight as winners of the 2015 South African Small Business Awards were announced on 5 November at an exclusive gala breakfast at Montecasino in Fourways, Johannesburg. The awards, hosted by the National Small Business Chamber (NSBC) and sponsored by Adams & Adams, FNB and Vodacom paid tribute to the contribution that small businesses make in creating employment and building communities in various industries throughout the country. Mike Anderson, Founder and CEO of the NSBC says being recognised as a champion business further validates the award winners’ reputation for quality and also provides opportunities for further growth. “While our economy struggles to reach its full potential, small businesses like the 2015 award winners act as shining examples of how innovation, perseverance and commitment can have a big impact.” The South African Small Business Awards, now in its seventh year, once again drew thousands of entries. This year also saw the introduction of three special awards: National Exporter Award, National Travel & Tourism Award and the National Innovation Award. The 2015 National Small Business Champion was awarded to Ariston Global owned by Reginald Pillay, a trusted provider of accounting, tax, HR and advisory services which has grown over eight years to report a growth rate in excess of 250% this financial year. This phenomenal growth has created many new, professional long-term job opportunities for young entrants to the job market. The National Entrepreneur Champion and inaugural National Exporter Award was awarded to Shooshoos, an exclusive baby show brand owned by Gill Bowen. The company has grown exponentially to become the biggest exclusive baby shoe brand in SA and now exports to over 15 countries. Sonja Smith Funeral Group, owned by Sonja Smith, was awarded the National Woman in Business Champion. Smith’s passion for being of . . .
Hold on Johannesburg, your turn has arrived, Tim Plewman brings his popular ‘Defending the Caveman’ to the refurbished Victory Theatre from 11 November to 24 December 2015. Straight from his appearance at the 41st National Arts Festival in Grahamstown, where audiences applauded this comedian, Plewman decided to bring this humorous, longest-running and most successful solo comedy in South African theatre history, to Johannesburg. After his run in Cape Town, Beverley Brommert’s review of ‘Defending the Caveman’ in The Star’s Tonight section highlights how Plewman has managed to adapt content for the South African audience. Plewman introduces “topical references and current South African slang”, which plays an integral part in making the script modern. However, the script still manages to tackle gender-based behavioural differences and hold the relevance of Rob Becker’s original ideas. South Africans who haven’t seen ‘Defending the Caveman’ can still join Tim Plewman as he takes on his last season for 2015, in this spectacular and insightful comedy explaining how and why women and men see life so differently. If you have never seen this show, now is your time buy tickets for your family as a Christmas present and see Plewman’s latest version of ‘Defending the Caveman’ running until 24 December 2015. Tickets can be bought from Computicket on http://bit.ly/1RWCk8F and you can check out the promo at bit.ly/1SqLwDn See https://www.facebook.com/timplewmandefendingthecaveman NOTES TO EDITORS Tim has become one of the most sought after actors in South Africa, equally at home in drama or comedy. He is a dancer, humourist, director, writer and producer. From his first leading role in 1978 in the comedy, “Happy Birthday”, Tim has remained at the very top of the acting world for over 30 years with numerous awards and unique achievements that set him apart from the rest. He has starred in such diverse comedies as “Two Into One” (Fleur du Cap Award Best . . .
Angel Projects launches crowdfunding campaign to bring food and joy to needy children this Christmas Angel Projects founder and CEO, Brenda Scheepers, has announced they are joining the crowdfunding revolution as fellow South Africans get behind their campaign in a bid to raise enough funds to provide gifts and food hampers to approximately 1500 children in townships across South Africa via the Crowdfunding website, StartSomeGood.com. According to Scheepers, a special project is required to keep township children from going hungry this holiday season. “Township crèches across South Africa are responsible not only for looking after children during the day while their parents are at work, they are also responsible for providing them with possibly the only balanced meal they will have per day. Each December these crèches close and with that ends their support of these developing children’s most basic nutritional needs,” says Scheepers. This Angel Projects campaign aims to provide approximately 1500 children with a food hamper to help complement their nutritional needs during the Christmas period as well as with the only gift they are likely to receive. Crowdfunding allows many small donations to be collected towards a large, concrete goal. Campaigns on the site, StartSomeGood.com, must be aimed at creating positive social change. "Our goal is to create a world where anyone can bring about a new future for their community," explains StartSomeGood co-founder Alex Budak. “We look forward to connecting more change-makers such as Brenda from Angel Projects around the world with the resources they need to make a difference.” “We are very excited to provide South Africans with a heart for change a real opportunity to do something meaningful this Christmas and we know this campaign will be great success,” concludes Scheepers. DONATE HERE: . . .
In order to prevent food waste it’s a good idea to become aware of how much food you’re throwing out and learn how to avoid it. GLAD wants to help you get to know your fridge and freezer better, with these pointers below. Fridge A poorly stacked refrigerator – or one overloaded with old leftovers – can make fresh food spoil more quickly because the air is not able to circulate properly. Remember that opening the door for 30 seconds will cause the temperature to rise around 6°C, and it takes the fridge 15 minutes to reach its set temperature again. TIP: stay organised – remember the top shelf and the door are the warmest spots in your fridge, and the bottom shelf is the coldest spot, so learn which grocery items should go in each section. Here is a guideline: • Top shelf: dairy, eggs, tortillas and fruit salad • Dairy compartment: butter and cream • Middle shelf: cooked meat and leftovers • Bottom shelf: raw meat, fish, chicken and milk • Drawers: cured meat, cheese, fruit and vegetables (wrapped in GLAD Cling Wrap) • Door: condiments, jams and fruit juices Freezer Make friends with your freezer because it’s your biggest ally when it comes to not wasting food. Freeze food flat in GLAD ZipSeal Resealable Freezer bags (with air squeezed out for best performance), then stack the bags horizontally or vertically in the freezer. Be sure to name and date each package! TIP: store left over soup or pasta in individual portions in the freezer - pull it out in the morning and it will be defrosted by lunchtime, giving you a quick, cheap and healthy meal. Or try putting berries or banana plus yoghurt, honey and some chia seeds into a GLAD ZipSeal bag and store in the freezer. Toss into the blender with a dash of milk and blitz for a frozen smoothie on the run. All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer. GLAD – Making Life a Little Easier. Please visit www.glad.co.za for more information and . . .
Last week, The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), the cancer agency of the World Health Organisation (WHO), announced that they were going to classify processed red meat as carcinogenic to humans “based on sufficient evidence in humans that the consumption of processed meat causes colorectal cancer.” Globally, public and media reaction was immense and overall there is a sense that humans need to rethink their meat consumption. Whether a flexitarian or passionate meat eater – moderation and conscious consumer buying behaviour can now be seen as active health benefits in the fight against cancer. Says Tammy Fry, International Marketing Director of Fry’s Foods. “As a family we have been vegetarian for over two-decades. My parents started Fry’s Family Foods in their kitchen in 1991 in an attempt to find healthy, delicious meat-free alternatives. They knew then that a meat-heavy diet was not good for your body or for the environment. Science is now agreeing with them.” Fry’s Family Foods’ product range is entirely vegan and is made from grains and legumes. As complete proteins, they contain all 8 essential amino acids. They are also NON GMO and have zero cholesterol. The fact that they are tasty and appeal to non-vegetarian palettes is an additional bonus. “I believe that WHO’s report had a massive impact on everyday consumers around the world because it dealt specifically with processed red meat,” says Fry. “People lead increasingly busy lives and convenience food has become the norm. But convenience doesn’t have to mean unhealthy eating. Fry’s products and recipes are specifically designed for ease-of-use and versatility. Our food is easy to prepare and delicious. For example our quick meal section on our website has loads of recipes, like this Delicious Deconstruction, which is an epic burger designed to satisfy the most-meaty of hungers,” she adds. The Cancer Association of South Africa (CANSA) also emphasis the role that diet and . . .
Are you a frustrated thespian with a play burning a hole in your pocket? Perhaps a seasoned professional drowning in corporate gigs and yearning for the magic of the stage? A wannabe, gottabe music sensation in the making… a community group looking to take the world by storm? Then the National Arts Festival Fringe is where you could find fame and glory in 2016. Registration is now open for Africa’s largest open-access Festival, which will take place in Grahamstown from 30 June until 10 July. “We’re looking for actors, singers, comedians, poets, and anyone who wants to show off their talent to an appreciative and knowledgeable audience,” Fringe Manager Zikhona Monaheng said. The Festival’s website at www.nationalartsfestival.co.za contains all the necessary info guides and application forms, and registration is open until 15 January 2016. For the first time this year, the Festival is offering those who apply before 15 December this year an early bird discount. “The Fringe is South Africa’s only truly open platform for artists – there is no selection process and everyone who believes in their work is welcome to take part,” Monaheng said. “It attracts artists from all over South Africa and from across our borders. International representation at the Fringe has grown steadily since the inception of the World Fringe Alliance – of which the National Arts Festival is a founding member. The Alliance is responsible for bringing in producers from Edinburgh, Amsterdam, Prague, Brighton, Perth, Adelaide and New York looking for work to showcase at their festivals, creating scope for productions to extend their footprint beyond 11 days in Grahamstown to countrywide tours and international seasons. It’s not easy, though, notes Festival Artistic Director Ismail Mahomed. “With over 400 production companies vying for the spotlight it can be a tough couple of weeks. But with careful marketing, a good concept, and, above all else, a fabulous production to set tongues . . .
Premier has teamed up with The sweethearts Foundation to donate wheelchairs to those in need through the large-scale collection of bread tags – and is encouraging South Africa to get behind the cause. The sweethearts Foundation, established in 2009, is a Gauteng-based non-profit initiative for the upliftment of the disabled through the donation of wheelchairs to those who need them most. To date, the organisation has donated over 120 wheelchairs to deserving recipients across the country. Inspirational initiative The sweethearts Foundation collects bread tags and plastic bottle tops (such as those found on milk and cool drink bottles), which are then recycled by Interwaste and Zibo Groplost. The remuneration for plastic collected for recycling is used to fund the purchase of new wheelchairs. For every 15kgs of tags collected or 150kgs of bottle tops, the foundation donates one wheelchair; for every 350kg collected, they can donate a specialised wheelchair. The foundation accepts applications from any disabled adults or children in need, as well as nominations for wheelchair recipients from friends, family or the community. Upon completion of the nomination or application process, the nominee is put on a waiting list for the next available wheelchair. Premier is driving its own tag collections through its bakeries, as well as hoping to raise awareness and is encouraging corporates, schools and the public to start their own collection drives. Bread for change Premier’s Cape Town bakery was the first to collect enough bread tags for a wheelchair donation. The collection culminated in the donation of a wheelchair to a 71-year old Zeerust resident on the 26th of September. This marked the beginning of what Premier hopes to be a rewarding partnership with The Sweethearts Foundation. Since starting the initiative, both the Durban and East London Premier bakeries have collected enough bread tags to donate one wheelchair each so far. “The first . . .
First National Battery, wholly owned subsidiary of JSE listed Metair Investments Limited, South Africa’s leading manufacturer of lead acid batteries, has been awarded a National Automobile Parts Association (NAPA) Emerald Supplier of the Year Award. The annual convention, hosted by partners Midas, NAPA, Parts Incorporated Africa and the African Automotive Aftermarket Solutions (AAAS), was held at the Wild Coast Sun Resort in early September. The theme for this year’s convention was ‘Power Up’ and saw 400 delegates from a range of automotive centres across the country gather to honour quality suppliers and manufacturers, while providing insights into current market conditions. Midas, a local leader in vehicle parts and accessories, relies heavily on a network of reliable suppliers to deliver class-leading products and services – First National Battery is one such supplier. The award was judged on excellence in quality of service and products, as well as stock availability and competitive pricing. Superiority in reporting structures and strength of sales force were also taken into consideration. “First National Battery is delighted to receive this highly coveted title,” says Automotive Marketing Director Andrew Webb. “We strive to exceed the expectations of all our distributors – both in quality and service – which makes winning this prestigious award a testament to our dedication.” “We’d like to thank the AAAS team and the Midas group – particularly the incredible franchisee network – for their continued support and recognition,” concludes Webb. Author: Nicole Ferger from Gullan&Gullan. More Info link: http://www.battery.co.za/ Twitter: http://gullanandgullan.com/ Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GullanGullanDigital Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact Gullan&Gullan. Emerald Award for Supplier of the Year - First National Battery Photo: abr.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to . . .
The Arts & Culture Trust (ACT) announced the 2015 winners of the ACT Lifetime Achievement Awards and ImpACT Awards for young professionals at The Maslow Hotel in Johannesburg on Monday, 2 November 2015. This year’s celebration comes after 2014’s double celebration of ACT’s 20 years of existence and 17 years of the awards being hosted in recognition of young artists who have reached a professional standing in their discipline, and are within the first five years of their professional careers, as well as Lifetime Achievement Award winners who have contributed significantly to the enrichment of the arts and culture environment in South Africa. ACT prides itself in celebrating and acknowledging excellence and hopes that hosting the annual ceremony will only motivate creatives to aspire to do more and strive to reach a high level of brilliance in their respective fields. Shedding light on what reaching the 18th year milestone means to the organisation, ACT CEO Pieter Jacobs says, “ACT is proud of the legacy of the awards perpetuated by the consistent efforts of praiseworthy artistic output of previous winners. Since the inception of the event in 1998, more than 140 individuals and organisations have been acknowledged and honoured for their contributions to arts and culture in South Africa and we can only hope to do more in the coming years.” Sun International’s The Maslow Hotel played host to the sophisticated event for the second year in a row. The prestigious ceremony was sponsored by long-time supporters SAMRO, DALRO, Media24 Books, Nedbank Arts Affinity, Distell Foundation, Creative Feel Magazine and Business and Arts South Africa. Japan Tobacco International (JTI) came on board this year as sponsor of the inaugural Lifetime Achievement Award for Dance. For the past five years, the ImpACT Awards have acknowledged young professionals in the arts who have promising careers ahead of them and made a fine imprint in their respective industries on home . . .
With a scorching summer predicted, stay cool with Resolution Health Beat the heat to stay safe as temperatures soar With South Africa’s summer in full swing, temperatures soaring, and some experts predicting a particularly hot and dry summer, Resolution Health Medical Scheme (Resolution Health) cautions the public to take measures to protect their health, and that of the elderly and young children. “We are fortunate in South Africa to enjoy a wonderfully warm climate, however this comes with certain dangers that we must learn to mitigate through behavioural change during hot spells, particularly in humid regions such as parts of KwaZulu-Natal, Limpopo and Mpumalanga,” says Resolution Health principal officer Mark Arnold. Dr Jacques Snyman, acting chief executive officer for Agility Global Health Solutions Africa (Agility Africa), the administrator of Resolution Health, warns that the elderly and young children are particularly susceptible to heat-related health conditions. “The elderly tend to dehydrate more quickly than other healthy adults, while babies and young children’s bodies’ internal thermoregulatory systems are not yet fully developed. People suffering from chronic lung and heart conditions and those taking certain medicines, which may impair heat regulation, are also particularly heat sensitive. This puts these age groups and individuals at great risk in the heat,” Dr Snyman explains. “Hyperthermia is a condition in which the body temperature becomes dangerously high and the body cannot dissipate heat in a hot or humid environment, especially while doing physical activities. We more commonly hear about heat exhaustion and heat stroke, which are both forms of hyperthermia.” Heat exhaustion is a less severe form of hyperthermia, which can lead to heat stroke if not adequately treated. The health risks associated with high temperatures should not be underestimated as heat stroke, which happens when the body’s core temperature increases . . .