(Johannesburg) Extreme athlete and social activist, David Barnard, is set to run 250 kilometres in the Kalahari Augrabies Extreme Marathon (KAEM) from 20 to 26 October 2018 in support of the Nelson Mandela Children’s Hospital (NMCH). Stretched over seven days, the desert race is a test of endurance and takes place in the proximity of the Augrabies Falls on the Orange River. Barnard is the first African to have completed multi-stage desert races on all seven continents, and he boasts an extensive background in civil society and worked on development programmes across Africa. Through the Desert 2 Desert, a running platform championing social causes and campaigns through extreme desert races, Barnard will be raising funds for the hospital in honour of the centenary year of Madiba’s birth. Says Barnard: “In our society there’s so much that can be done to address very common and complex issues. For many South Africans sport is an opportunity to participate but increasingly also an opportunity to give back and a vehicle to raise awareness.” Initiated by the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund, NMCH is a legacy project of former president Nelson Mandela and a tertiary specialist referral paediatric hospital based in Parktown, Johannesburg. The 200-bed facility is the second dedicated paediatric hospital in Southern Africa and admitted its first patients in June 2017. Since opening, NMCH has treated over 1 000 children in need of surgical and life-saving interventions as a result of complex illnesses and continues to phase in operations offering critical services including: Neonatal and Paediatric Intensive Care Units (the largest in the country), Cardiology, Cardiothoracic Surgery, Dialysis, Neurosurgery, General Paediatric Surgery, Orthopaedic Surgery, supported by Anaesthesiology, Pharmacy, as well as Radiology. CEO of NMCH, Dr Mandisa Maholwana, says the hospital is honoured by Barnard’s contribution. “We are extremely grateful for the support we receive . . .
The organisers of the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit have announced the gold sponsorship of Utility Systems, an industry leader in the field of remote communicating electronic water control valves and STS prepayment devices. The opportunities and challenges in the South African property sector, from commercial to residential, will be in focus at the summit that returns to Sandton from 11-12 October. Some 200 property professionals are expected to attend this award-winning real estate event. Assisting Cape Town with water crisis “We are involved in a number of projects in various parts of the world which impact water usage” says Darren Oxlee, Chief Technical Officer at Utility Systems, and a featured speaker at the summit on Smart Water Management. He adds: “most pertinent at this time is the City of Cape Town: we have been deeply involved in assisting the City to manage the recent water crisis by providing a flow limitation solution to reduce household water consumption. We have more than 200,000 units deployed across the City of Cape Town. The implementation of our solution has formed part of the City’s strategy.” According to Utility Systems’ Darren Oxlee, his vision for water management in the property sector is that: “every water consumption point should be managed and monitored with the goal of reducing non-technical losses to under 20% by 2030. At the moment it is estimated that we lose about 38% of potable water in our systems which, aside for the massive cost, unnecessarily wastes our most valuable resource.” Darren’s full interview can read on the event website Property Buyer Show During the same week as the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit, the award-winning Property Buyer Show also returns to Gauteng from 12-14 October at the Sandton International Convention Centre. The Property Buyer Show is a unique, proven format exhibition aimed at first-time residential property buyers or real estate investors and . . .
uShaka Marine World – home to the seventh largest aquarium in the world and the largest one in the southern hemisphere - has won the Best Visitor Experience Award at the Lilizela Awards. This is the third time that this premier tourist attraction on Durban’s iconic Golden Mile, has snapped up a prestigious Lilizela Award. The first one was in 2015 and the second in 2017. CEO of uShaka Marine World, Dr Stella Khumalo, said that a third Lilizela Award in 2018 was testament to the power of edutainment and the fact that more and more tourists were supporting a local hospitality industry that was underpinned by a strong conservation message as was the case with uShaka Marine World. “It is also evidence that we are able to provide a quality, value for money offering that remains fresh and relevant since opening to the public in April 2004. Since then, more than 10 million local and international tourists have visited uShaka Marine World,” she said. Launched in May 2013, the KZN Lilizela Tourism Awards recognise and reward the best of the best in South Africa’s tourism sector. The name is derived from the Zulu word ‘’Lilizela’’ which means celebrating and praising by ululating when someone has done well. These awards are an initiative of the National Department of Tourism and delivered by the Tourism Grading Council of South Africa. A total of 1385 entries across the various categories was received this year. The awards were judged according to guest votes (80 percent) and those of a panel of judges (20 percent) as well as each business’s TripAdvisor rating. uShaka Marine World’s marine attractions include Sea World where underground viewing galleries extend 500 meters through a series of four superbly designed old ship wrecks. Every tank is designed to represent the natural habitat of its inhabitants whilst also telling a story that reflects the uShaka’s Phantom Ship theme. It is one of a very few Aquariums in the world to display Silvertip . . .
Quinton Uren, managing director of Port Elizabeth-based global technology company Jendamark Automation, was named a finalist in the prestigious All Africa Business Leaders Awards at an event in Johannesburg last night [Thursday, September 20]. Uren, 53, will now represent the Bay – and the Southern African region – in the Industrialist of the Year category at the eighth annual continental awards on November 29. His fellow category finalists from South Africa include Nampak CEO Andre de Ruyter, Likoebe Innovation Consultants founder Nneile Nkholise, and Nana Sebelo, CEO of Thata uBeke Manufacturing. Speaking at the awards ceremony, Uren said he was very proud to have received recognition on behalf of Jendamark. The PE-based group has grown from a small automotive engineering firm, which Uren co-founded in 1992, into a global automation technology leader with offices in Pune in India, Penzing in Germany and a sales office in Detroit in the USA. “I see our company as a beacon of what is possible in Africa and in the Eastern Cape specifically. We have an amazing talent pool and supplier base, which makes us more than a business. We are an industry,” said Uren. The AABLA Industrialist of the Year award recognises individuals who have made efforts to develop a specific industry in Africa and transformed a market, company, product or service through innovation, special advancements in technology, management production and operations. Jendamark’s export orientation, which seemed a risky move after the global economic crash of 2008, has paid dividends and today accounts for 90 to 95% of the company’s business. Jendamark is also a two-time winner of the Eastern Cape Exporter of the Year. Its powertrain and catalytic converter assembly systems, which incorporate Industry 4.0 elements such as augmented reality and predictive maintenance software, can be found in 18 countries across Asia, Europe, Africa as well as North and South America. CLICK HERE to . . .
The people of Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal are set to reap the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Woolworths Foodstop, which has been added to the recently upgraded Engen Ballito. Engen Ballito is located on Douglas Crowe Drive, Dolphin Coast. The new Woolies food offering was officially opened on 13 September 2018. Customers can also enjoy a diverse range of convenience services at Engen Ballito including an Engen Quickshop, Barcelos, Corner Bakery, an upgraded eco-friendly car wash which can wash more cars, and multi-branded ATM machines – including Standard Bank and FNB. The site offers customer’s quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm with ease of access and service for locals and holiday makers. Owners of Engen Ballito, Mark Jacobs and Rajesh Ramperthab are both extremely excited to offer the Woolworths Foodstop to the residents of Ballito. “We are very proud of the association with Engen and extremely excited to partner with Woolworths Foodstop,” say the duo. “We want to thank our loyal customers for their patience and incredible support during the revamp period. We are really looking forward to this additional new offering and we know our customers are looking forward to having a Woolworths Foodstop.” Engen Ballito is conveniently positioned to serve both holidaymakers and local residents, and operates 24/7. “The Engen brand has a substantial footprint and is well known amongst our customers who have come to associate themselves with Engen’s brand promise of With us you are Number One. This promise fits in with our high operating standards and shared vision,” add Jacobs and Ramperthab. Says Engen’s Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Convenience and customer service remain key determinants of success in our industry. “We wish Mark Jacobs and Rajesh Ramperthab every success.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The annual Printing SA Gala Dinner in collaboration with FESPA (The Federation of European Screen Printers Associations Africa) recently took place at Gallagher Estate on Wednesday, September 12th, was attended by nearly 300 members from the printing & packaging industry. The event was held in association with the FESPA Africa Expo which is co-located with the Sign Africa, Africa Print and Africa LED Expos, and is held annually in celebration of Printing SA’s jamboree week of print. Founded in 1911 as the Printing Industries Federation of South Africa, trading under the promotional brand Printing SA, has traditionally catered to the needs of all printers, packaging manufacturers, and service providers to the industry. The gala dinner was “themed 1920s New York”, paying tribute to the entrance of fashion and style into the modern era. This was also the age of the big jazz bands and, of course, the golden era of mass media. The gala dinner certainly was a blast from the past showcasing an era during which several iconic magazines were launched – including National Geographic, Vogue, Reader’s Digest. Interestingly enough, this was also a time when advertising revenue grew with Coca Cola spending in excess of $100 000 dollars with magazines and newspapers. Members certainly put the printing presses on hold and let their hair down to the swing jazz band Swing City, enjoyed a delicious menu made up of brie and mascarpone gateau with smoked ostrich, served with an orange and walnut compote, chicken breast with wild mushroom sauce set on French beans, sauté peas and potato croquettes and scrumptious honey, hazelnut and mango mousse topped with a pistachio praline crust. Members were also treated to Printing SA’s national TV campaign adverts which showcased ETV celebrity presenters and the Goliath Brothers showing that the South African printing and packaging industry which is very much alive and well. This was followed by a time to celebrate and . . .
Engen Welgemoed handed over a cheque for R15 000 to the Alta du Toit Aftercare Centre at the recent “Big Charity Concert”. The Alta du Toit Aftercare Centre provides physical and nursing care to over 200 adults with intellectual disabilities, and ensures that they are developed to reach their full potential. The annual Big Charity Concert, which took place on 6 September at the Bellville Civic Centre and attracted a crowd of around 750 people, sees actors and singers from the centre perform alongside well-known artists. “This is the fourth consecutive year that our concert has been staged and our audiences are still overwhelmed by the warmth and charm that the performance radiates. We are so proud of our performers and very grateful to the professional artists that participate,” says Marina Van der Meulen, Alta du Toit Aftercare Centre’s fundraiser. Engen Welgemoed owner, Faizel Hattia believes that social investment is one of the most important pillars of any business. “It’s crucial to continually give back to the community in which we operate, which is why we have supported Alta du Toit Aftercare Centre for the past eleven years,” he says. Engen Welgemoed’s association with the centre stretches back to 2007. “Seeing first-hand the challenges that residents faced back then, as well as the professional care given to the mentally disabled, made me adopt the centre as the main community project for Engen Welgemoed,” says Faizel. “The centre is situated close to our station and over the years our funding has assisted with a number of improvements, including education and skills development programmes, new training equipment and life skills workshops,” he adds. Residents at the centre hail from across the Western Cape, including disadvantaged areas. Many attend workshops and receive skills development training aimed at developing them to their full potential. “We are extremely grateful to Engen Welgemoed for their support over the years and . . .
Motul is delighted to partner with the organisers of the third annual Stofskop Dash in the Dust motorcycle event and to be the event’s oil and lubricant supplier of choice. Join the Stofskop crew on Saturday 15th September at the historic Walkerville Showgrounds for an extraordinary motorcycle event The track is oval, flat and dirt. Dust and noise hang thick in the air as the riders hook first gear, keep left, go fast and let fly. It’s the most fun you can have on two wheels – or watching from around the track. Stofskop is all about adrenaline and taking part, with a funky, super-relaxed vibe thanks to slightly crazy competitors and their wacky riding gear. No wonder people who attend Stofskop love it, and come back year after year. Stofskop will appeal to motorcycle enthusiasts and families looking for something a little different to do. With spectators’ tickets just R20 at the gate and children under 12 getting in for free, it’s an affordable day out, too. “Motul believes in making motorcycling more accessible, and Stofskop is exactly the sort of event that creates interest in the motorsports that everyone at Motul is so committed to,” stated Mercia Jansen, Motul Area Manager for Southern and Eastern Africa. “As a supplier of hi-tech oils and lubricants to both professional and amateur motorcycle riders, Motul is proud to support the Stofskop Dash in the Dust, an event that’s as passionate and authentic as Motul itself.” “The first rule of Stofskop is that there are no rules,” explains Stofskop’s chief organiser, Chris Shelvey. “However, in the interests of safety, riders can find the guidelines and category classifications on our website at www.stofskop.co.za” Intrepid riders are invited to “run what you brung” so Stofskop visitors can expect to see a wide variety of motorcycles on display and in action, from scooters to custom builds. In fact, anything goes, as long as it (more or less) fits into one of the following categories: • Inappropriate . . .
From 31 August to 2 September, AutoTrader, South Africa’s largest online automotive marketplace, joins forces with the iconic Festival of Motoring to bring visitors to an all-new Tech Zone, packed with the latest in auto-tech innovation. This year’s event will be hosted at Johannesburg’s Kyalami Grand Prix Circuit. Dubbed the Tech Zone, the AutoTrader headed initiative will feature leading brands such as Volvo, BMW, and Mercedez-Benz – all at the forefront of digital motoring development. Representatives from these brands and others will present Tech Talks, together cracking a window onto the future of automotive tech. MC’d by Jacob Mashokoa, the weekend kicks off with the NAAMSA sponsored ‘’Paths to the Future’’ conference, #naamsaautocon. Here speakers including the Minister of Trade and Industry and AutoTrader CEO George Mienie will discuss ‘How Automotive Brands Can Secure A Strong Digital Presence In A Changing Economy’, with an added focus on SA’s post 2020 automotive industry development program, regional market development in Africa, and industry wide digital transformation. Thereafter a spread of hot topics take to the floor throughout the weekend, featuring among others: - ‘Digitalisation’ by George Meinie, CEO Auto Trader - ‘Racing Legends’ by Sarel van der Merwe, Graham Duxbury, Paolo Cavalieri, Will Kinsmann – Goodwood FoS - ‘How We Integrate And Live With The Electric Car’ by Jon Kroeger – Future Customer Consultant - ‘The Importance Of New Technology In BMW & Audi’ by Ismail Makhlouf (Technohead) - ‘Petrol-heads vs. Techno-heads’ with Gary Formato, Vic Maraja, George Meinie, Hiten Parmer While the AutoTrader Tech Zone will impart ground-breaking business strategies for the SA motor industry, the area won’t be all talk. A state of the art F1 simulator will also be featured - all visitors need to do is download the AutoTrader App to take a hair-raising ride, with the weekend’s fastest lap netting a sensational prize. Outside . . .
Engen’s “With us you are Number One” brand promise took on a new meaning when a brave Table View petrol attendant, without a thought for his own safety, rushed to the defence of an elderly woman being attacked and robbed. Lawrence Kananji, originally from Malawi and now a petrol attendant at Engen Rietvlei Service Centre in Table View in the Western Cape, is being hailed as a hero for his selfless act, which saved the woman from potentially serious harm. The elderly lady had been walking past her attackers’ parked car in Ascot Road, Table View when they leapt out, flung her to the ground and proceeded to try and rob her. “I saw the blue car parked along the road and was walking towards it when I saw a guy jump out and attack the woman. They threw her to the ground and were beating her as they tried to steal things from her,” Kananji says of the incident, which took place in broad daylight on Sunday, August 19. “I ran towards them and when they saw me they jumped into the car and drove off. They were pointing something at me, but I couldn’t see what it was.” Kananji then flagged down motorist Glenn Bradfield to transport the woman home. Bradfield’s subsequent Facebook post turned Kananji into a household name in the Cape Town suburb. Bradfield, calling Kananji “my hero for today” in the post, said the petrol attendant put his life at risk to save the woman from serious injury. The post has, to date, been liked more than 15 000 times and has been shared by nearly 11 000 people. The slew of positive responses and praise included messages such as: “you restore my faith in humankind”, “what a super star” and “may you be protected always”. Kananji is grateful but modest about the reaction, and says he had no time to be afraid. “I just wanted to save the woman from them. I never thought about anything else,” he says of his walk to work that turned out to be far more eventful than he had expected when he set off that morning. Costa Petsas, . . .