Dreaming Big in Durban The Durban leg of the ninth annual ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme was held on Saturday, 8 September with excellent attendance by enthusiastic entrepreneurs from the area. Since inception, this national entrepreneurial workshop and competition – hosted in partnership with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank, Raizcorp and Caxton Local Media – has helped over 11 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. “Engen Petroleum believes there is great value in raising the concept of polishing ideas and partners with businesses, such as Raizcorp, to create entrepreneurs that will generate jobs and subsequently curb unemployment to alleviate poverty,” states Unathi Njokweni-Magida, the Head of Transformation & Stakeholder Engagement at Engen Petroleum Ltd. “Entrepreneurs are the future for change. The essence of ENGEN Pitch & Polish is to bring beautiful ideas and business to life by teaching what and how to communicate succinctly, effectively and with confidence,” she continues. The day’s winning formula saw Justin Cohen (best-selling author and international speaker) motivating the crowd about the value of delivering a polished pitch. The workshop aims to teach participants how to develop a well-rounded and investor-ready pitch. The interactive nature of the event ensures that everyone participates while learning at the same time. At each event, five contestants pitch their businesses while the facilitator and attendees offer guidance, advice and direction to help shape the pitches. Justin teaches that, at times, optimism and enthusiasm can be more important than academics and says, “Confusion is the death of a pitch; keep it simple.” For example, through the example of Shiroma Bennimahadeo, who came in third place, and her biomedical engineering consultancy idea, the delegates saw the impact of a strong opening and how to weave in how investors will benefit, through the use of branding as . . .
Furniturespot is constantly seeking like-minded exciting collaborations to create one-of-a-kind furniture pieces made just for you. Furniturespot is proud to release the Cohesive Roots Collection. An eclectic collaboration between Fabric Bank, a bespoke South African digital fabric printing house and Glorinah Mabaso, a young talented fabric designer. Neutral palettes, bold geometric patterns and careful use of clean lines sums up these fabric designs by Glorinah. The tribal prints and modern furnishings introduces us to her vision of Africa. Taking us back to her rural roots of Limpopo. Glorinah: “The combination of tribal patterns and forward-looking furnishings, creates a beautiful balance symbolising where I come from and where I am now”. This furniture range has a local flair to it and is distinctly African with a modern infusion of lush velvet. The bold and unique prints make each piece elegant and a distinctive master piece. Glorinah's core mission is to redefine the African design style by introducing the vision of her Africa to the world. Furniturespot is proud to share this message through this furniture collection. The Cohesive Roots Collection consists of a platform bed with a headboard, ottoman and an occasional chair. The Thandeka occasional chair is bold and elegant with features of different fabrics to make it a statement piece. The chair is available in different soft velvet fabrics. The seat is extra wide to make it feel almost like a lush daybed. The golden legs give it a luxurious finishing touch. The Thandeka occasional chair is available in emerald green, navy blue, honey yellow, bordeaux red or steel grey. Those are just a few of the highlights, to see the full range visit Furniturespot.co.za – a trailblazer in the home décor and interior industries of South Africa. Made-to-order furniture with a simple online process – Made just for you. For more information visit www.furniturespot.co.za, call 011-486 6006 and find them on . . .
The Newcastle leg of the ninth annual ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme was held on Saturday, 1 September, the first time the event has been hosted in the city since inception. This national entrepreneurial workshop and competition – hosted in partnership with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank, Raizcorp and Caxton Local Media – has helped over 10 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. “Engen Petroleum is committed to playing its part in helping to develop the economy of SA. One of the initiatives that we use as a vehicle to achieve this is the powerful ENGEN Pitch & Polish programme, as it aims to assist local communities transform their business ventures, with the potential to create jobs. This exposes entrepreneurs to enterprise development training and critical thinking skills that will help them grow their business ideas,” explains Thandi Ngxonga, Process Safety Specialist, from Engen Petroleum Ltd. The day’s winning formula saw Justin Cohen (best-selling author and international speaker) motivating the crowd about the value of delivering a polished pitch. The workshop aims to teach participants about how to develop a well-rounded and investor-ready pitch. The interactive nature of the event ensures that everyone participates while learning at the same time. At each event, five contestants pitch their businesses while the facilitator and attendees offer guidance, advice and direction to help shape the pitches. “This is where entrepreneurs are grown, and it is entrepreneurs who will grow this country, solve problems and create employment,” enthuses Cohen. For example, through Charity Modise and her events business, the delegates learned that sometimes what entrepreneurs need is clients and not necessarily funding, and also how important it is to do research into your competitors and their offering and tools. Sikhumbuzo Nkosi, with his labour law consultancy, presented a strong pitch. However, what he . . .
Handles Inc, with its close relationships with global leaders, has their finger on the pulse when it comes to upcoming trends… and decor made from unusual materials is one of them. In this case, a handle, made from cement... Handles Inc, the exclusive supplier of Mandelli handles in South Africa, presents the latest model from the world renowned Italian manufacturers – the Mandelli Juno range, made from a unique material: cement. These Mandelli handles, are hard and soft at the same time, almost velvety to the touch. The colours are inspired by nuanced earth shades and the style is contemporary with clean lines that reflect and enhance the original choice of the material itself, which is undoubtedly the key feature of this piece of design. The slimness of the rose that connects to the door, the only structural element open to view, makes for a stylish detail. In technical terms, the handle is made in cement reinforced by a steel core that gives solidity to an ad hoc design. Get yours at Handles Inc. Priced from R 5 400 per pair, including VAT. For your closest branch, visit www.handlesinc.co.za or call 021-422 2322. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Klipsch is a firm favourite for home theatre and their new speakers, The Sixes, part of the Klipsch Heritage Wireless series, is an incredibly versatile audio system. They can connect directly to a turntable, TV, computer or Bluetooth® wireless enabled device – these speakers deliver amazing acoustics no matter what source • Part of the Klipsch Heritage Wireless series, The Sixes is an incredibly versatile audio system. Able to connect directly to a turntable, TV, computer or Bluetooth® wireless enabled device – these speakers deliver amazing acoustics no matter what source. • The Sixes deliver room-filling sound without taking up much space thanks to a built-in amplifier that is custom-engineered for these high performance speakers, maximising output and sound quality. You can finally completely forget the extra expense, clutter and hassle of an external a/v receiver. • The Sixes incorporate individual ultra-low noise amplifiers that are custom designed to maximise system performance and eliminate the need for external amplification. • Whether you are connecting to a turntable, television, computer, or smart phone, the Sixes powered monitors provide the solution. • The Sixes also include a subwoofer output so you can easily add a powered sub to the system. • Incorporating luxury materials such as real wood veneer and tactile spun copper switches and knobs, the Klipsch Heritage Wireless series of powered audio systems blends the acoustics and classic design legacy of Paul W. Klipsch with the latest technologies available today. Retail price - R14 990 Available through the Homemation distribution network www.homemation.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
All About Adjustables Vencasa, The World Leaders in Sleep, and the only home of Tempur and Magniflex, prides itself on being the trusted source of information and suppliers of brands that are trailblazers and at the forefront of the sleep industry. We all cherish a powerful, deep, good and rejuvenating sleep – yet so many of us are sleep deprived for a variety of reasons. Did you know that driving sleep deprived is equivalent to driving drunk – in terms of mental alertness? Vencasa provides a customised sleep solution to help you 'power your sleep' and benefit the most from your sleep time. Their range of Motorised Adjustable Sleep Systems promises to make sleeping a healthy and restorative experience! They are designed to accommodate different positions as they recline and incline in two parts, the upper body and lower body. Benefits of Adjustable Bed Bases • Your body sleeps in an ergonomically correct position. • Distributes pressure evenly over the entire sleep surface which reduces strain on the heart, circulatory system, neck and shoulder tension, back pain, muscle and joint pain, asthma, acid reflux and snoring. • Therefore, a motorised adjustable base system helps improve circulation, relieves back pain, reduces snoring and can even help obstructive sleep apnoea and improve digestion. • Elevating your legs while you sleep means your heart doesn’t have to work as hard to circulate blood to your legs and can reduce and relieve swelling and pain to the lower extremities. • In pregnancy, backache, snoring and swollen legs and feet are all common complaints. Adjustable bed bases can alleviate these symptoms as well as simply providing a more comfortable resting position for women whilst their bodies are not quite “their own”. Vencasa, The Sleep Experts, offer a wide range of motorised adjustable beds to choose from, from just R 8 999. As they know that your body, mind and soul deserve quality sleep, and provide a range of exceptional sleep . . .
We have great news to share – ENGEN Pitch & Polish, the annual free Entrepreneurial training workshop and competition, will be in TWO Mpumalanga cities this year – eMalahleni and Nelspruit • Emalahleni on Saturday 29 September 2018 ; Portuguese Hall, 95 Nita Avenue, eMalahleni • Nelspruit on Saturday 06 October 2018 ; Arena @ Emnotweni, Government Boulevard, Nelspruit WIN R80 000 IN CASH FOR YOUR BIZ! Running your own business? Want to run your own business? Either way, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is the platform you need to launch you on the path to success! Now in its ninth year, ENGEN Pitch & Polish is a national entrepreneurial workshop and competition that – so far – has helped around 10 000 entrepreneurs improve the way they pitch their businesses to potential investors. A perfectly polished pitch is key to growing and succeeding in business! Magic always happens when investors hear a well-rounded pitch, as seen at the 2017 final where the winner was offered R2.5 million in potential funding. This year’s programme is hosted in partnership with Engen Petroleum Ltd, Nedbank and Raizcorp, with the eMalahleni workshop taking place on Saturday 29 September and the Nelspruit workshop taking place on Saturday 6 October. You can register to attend as a delegate or – if you feel you have what it takes – you can complete an online entry form to be considered as a contestant. During one exhilarating, exciting and fun free day, participants undergo comprehensive and interactive entrepreneurial training on how to pitch like a pro! The session is facilitated by Justin Cohen, best-selling author, international speaker and TV talk-show host. After the training session, the pre-selected contestants can pitch their ideas or businesses to the whole audience. This is where things get really interesting, with both the facilitator and the audience providing feedback on how pitches can be improved. Book now to ensure your place. SMS “Pitch” to 43719 (SMSs . . .
Packing lunch is empowering for kids! Wouldn’t it be easier for you if your children packed their own school lunches? Perhaps it’s time to get them involved in planning, prepping and making them. Invite them to join you in the kitchen and bond while you teach them to create their own school meals and hopefully educate them to make healthy eating choices too. You might even discover along the way that your kids enjoy the responsibility of being in charge of their food. Allowing kids to pack their own lunchboxes is empowering as they can choose a significant part of their diet, which goes a long way towards a healthy relationship with food and being in the kitchen. Plus, you could keep a notepad handy, for them to write down their ‘shopping list’ suggestions. As always, GLAD is here to help you and your family. With the GLAD Zip Seal resealable sandwich bags, this is a cinch! Remember their Zip Seal® clever seal lets you know it’s sealed properly with their YELLOW AND BLUE MAKES GREEN technology. Tips to help kids pack their own lunches: • Keep the pantry stocked with healthy staples such as nuts and dried fruit • Create a “snack station” with pre-bagged snacks, in GLAD Zip Seal Snack Bags, for the whole family to grab from • Keep school meals in mind when you make dinner, because leftovers can be yummy the next day and help save food – GLAD loves leftovers! • Before the next school week starts, spend some time as a family planning and preparing the lunch menu for the upcoming week All it takes is a touch of creativity and pre-planning, and the kids will love their new-found independence – it’s like shopping in mom’s kitchen! All GLAD products are made for your convenience with the purpose of keeping your food fresh for longer. GLAD – Saving good food. From going bad. Please visit www.glad.co.za for more information and follow ‘GLAD SOUTH AFRICA’ on Facebook; Available in the GLAD aisle of most supermarkets Website : glad.co.za Facebook : . . .
Vencasa Offers Technologically Advanced Mattress Protector - Sleep at a constant temperature: not too hot, not too cold Vencasa, The Sleep Experts, and the only home of Tempur and Magniflex mattresses, prides itself on being the trusted source of information and suppliers of brands that are trailblazers and at the forefront of the sleep industry. Velfont is one of their global partners, who are synonymous with luxury and have been fostering good nights' rest by delivering premium linen to the world, since 1971. Their range aims to satisfy the requirements of the most demanding customers and offers healthy, hygienic sleep with their advanced textile technologies. One of their most popular products, and available at Vencasa stores, is the mattress protector made from 100% thermo-regulator cotton fabric. The Velfont Thermo-regulator mattress protector uses the most advanced technology developed by NASA with cotton fabric that provides a buffer from the variations in temperature and humidity that we experience over the course of the night. It absorbs, stores and releases the heat that our body emits, creating an individualised comfort zone. It provides a constant microclimate which is neither too cold nor too hot. Ideal for people who experience changes in temperature during the night. Plus, the 100% cotton Thermo-regulator mattress protector adapts to mattress lengths up to 200 cm and heights up to 35 cm. Velfont mattress protectors safeguard the mattress practically and comfortably, as they adjust just like a fitted bed sheet. Vencasa, The Sleep Experts, know that your body, mind and soul deserve quality sleep, and provide a range of exceptional sleep solutions to ensure it. Visit www.vencasa.co.za or call 0861 60 60 60 for more information or for your nearest stockist. About Vencasa, The Sleep Experts, know that your body, mind and soul deserve quality sleep, and provide a range of exceptional sleep solutions to ensure it. Vencasa was born . . .
Furniturespot offers a wide range of furniture and made-to-order options, even for your baby’s room. If you are shopping around for the perfect baby cot for the nursery, Furniturespot will make your journey a lot easier. Their Stijl Baby Cot is an example of a central item, around which, the rest of the room design can be created. This is a modern convertible cot that can be used in the baby’s room, from new born to age 5. Often the transition from a baby cot to a toddler bed can be difficult for children, as they tend to become attached to their familiar sleeping environment. Children can move up to the next size bed without having to say goodbye to their first crib. Convertible cots tend to come in classic designs that will stand the test of time and can be easily matched to various décor schemes. The cots are made to last as they are made from MDF wood and you can choose your own wood stain. Another piece designed for your baby’s room is the Morgan six drawer compactum. This modern design is perfect for every baby room and fits well with all décor styles. The Morgan has a lot of storage space and comes in a wide variety of colours and wood textures. Made-to-order furniture with a simple online process – just for you. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .