When Black Royalty Minerals, a subsidiary of the Makole Group launched the Chilwavhusiku Colliery in Bronkhorstspruit in January 2018, one of its primary objectives was to create economic development in the community. Key to this was ensuring that over 80% of the colliery workforce are locals and from a supplier and procurement perspective, they meet the BBBEE criteria and are sourced from the surrounding Bronkhorstspruit community. “We’ve made great strides in realising these objectives as they directly impact on achieving the greater mining output objective. The first load of coal delivered to Eskom was at the end of March 2018 and we aim to deliver 50,000 more tons of coal by the end of April; and the majority of the trucking contracts have been set aside for local developing and established businesses. Ensuring these outputs means ensuring that the broader community economic development mandate, spanning over five years will be achieved,” says Ndavhe Mareda, Makole Group chairman. Chilwavhusiku, in full operational swing, has so far created direct jobs in both specialist and administrator positions, with staff directly employed by Black Royalty Minerals. These include the positions of a mine manager, mine engineer, geologists, health and safety, logistics and administrative support, all contributing to the employment impact wage bill. Additionally, the mine has set aside procurement for services where the suppliers will be from black owned local businesses which are part of the designated groups of youth, female and disabled people. Procurement of services through black owned, local and designated groups has already taken place for security, coal trucking, diesel supplies, loading contracts and water carts. Employment opportunities have been created through subcontracted services. “A success story however is not without teething problems or challenges, which we encountered and tackled quite effectively. The goal was to work towards efficiency while . . .
Working across three brands under its Food Service Division on a B2B campaign and with the fresh and frozen Country Range for a B2C campaign, Boomtown is delighted to announce it is working with Sovereign Foods. Cater Chicken, Chef’s Choice and Chicken ‘Tizers fall under the Sovereign Foods Food Services division and a brand awareness campaign has been created by Boomtown to drive sales within the broader food services market. Using print and digital advertising and a highly targeted direct mail campaign, the creative highlights product quality and convenience. The consumer campaign for Country Range (fresh and frozen produce), includes in-store trialing, point of sale, radio promotion and competitions in selected stores within the Eastern Cape. “The consumer campaign will span a nine-month period, and will encourage trial and brand engagement,” remarks Glen Meier, Boomtown strategic director. “And we will be using a popular radio personality to share recipe inspirations using Country Range chicken.” “We remain deeply committed to developing quality products and meals for the nation,” remarked Gerald Walter, Sovereign Foods director of marketing and sales. “An unrelenting passion for what we do, a culture of disruption and innovation and an ongoing investment in world-class farming, processing assets and our people are unique advantages that shape our growth and trajectory towards being a leader in South Africa in terms of sales volume and product quality.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
AQRate KZN (Pty) Ltd, a SANAS-accredited B-BBEE Verification Agency and one of the best agencies in KwaZulu-Natal, is expanding its operations by taking on the rest of South Africa under a new name. As of 04 June 2018, AQRate KZN will be operating independently under the name, “1st Verification Networx”. 1st Verification Networx would like to assure all its current and potential clients that the name change and rebranding, while exciting, is ultimately an aesthetic makeover for a Verification agency that has been in the business for more than 14 years. The current KZN team, including its shareholders, have developed one of the most credible reputations in the industry for ethically and technically sound verifications and will continue to retain and grow this reputation under the 1st Verification Networx brand. “Operating independently under 1st Verification Networx means that we can offer our services to both the public and private sector in all geographic areas of South Africa (and beyond!!!).,” says Linda Ngcobo, MD of 1st Verification Networx . Chris van Wyk, CEO of AQRate Holdings reflects: “We have worked together with Linda and her team since 2004. It is wonderful to see the growth that our companies have experienced as a part of our brand over the years and we wish 1st Verification Networx all the best for this exciting new chapter!” Ngcobo adds: “We have formed valuable client and industry relationships under the AQRate brand and we wish the group every success for the future. Our re-branding and amicable departure from the group is in line with some technological innovative processes we are currently developing to operate as an independent verification agency”. 1st Verification Networx will remain a SANAS-accredited verification agency and deliver the credible service offering our clients are accustomed to. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
By Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute ‘We used to look up to you!’ Student responds to KPMG’s disgraced partners Students want auditing professionals to speak to them directly on the issues ‘This is very serious in more ways than people will realise at first,’ says Issie, a young third-year student at NMMU in George, Western Cape. ‘You have let down the youth as well. It affects how we will be viewed in our jobs one day.’ Over the past few years, South African students (and indeed students worldwide) have shown just how fed up they are with their elders. The handling of responsibility and of funds have been major points of contention. It seems big private sector players can really let students down where it most hurts too. Initially, KPMG had to take disciplinary action for certain partners’ failure to declare financial interests. Shortly after this news broke, major clients, including Parliament, other government bodies, and Barclays Africa, cancelled contracts with the company. Meanwhile, that infamous name – Gupta – has also crawled out the woodwork, overseas KPMG shareholders are up in arms, and the company apparently isn’t sure whether it will continue to service the SA market in future. KPMG has thus begun a review of work completed over the last year and a half to identify the extent of the problem and they have promised to address everything. The big auditing group is seeking reform and ‘to put quality and integrity at the heart of the firm’ again. We wish KPMG the best of luck with that, and for the sake of those innocent parties (particularly other auditors and the broader public which KPMG directly and indirectly serves in many ways) it had better be done right and soon. What is the full extent of the damage caused by those who refuse to follow ethics codes in auditing? Some have said that there is also a certain arrogance and bad attitude about some in the auditing field, as though they believe their feet don’t touch . . .
Youth Month for this year is being commemorated under the theme “Live the Legacy: Towards a Socio-Economically Empowered Youth”. Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa(CCBSA) is passionate about the future of our youth through various programmes that seek to invest and empower our youths so they can prosper and revitalise our economy. As such we have recently launched a flagship Youth Entrepreneurship Programme – Bizniz in a Box where CCBSA together with partners such as SIOC Community Development Trust, SEFA and Thabazimbi local municipality run a competitive process to source youth who can compete for an opportunity to operate and eventually own their own spaza shop. This programme was established to make a meaningful and sustainable impact on youth unemployment through enterprise development, particularly in the communities where CCBSA operates.This will include a selection, training of youths between the ages of 18 and 35 who are looking to kick-start a new business. To introduce this concept townhall sessions were held from the 11th to the 13th of June in the Thabazimbi area where youths were encouraged to sign up to reduce the 26.9% unemployment rate (Ipeleng, Regorogile, Skierlik, Northam, Smashblock, Rooiberg and Raphuthi). Jane Rambau (CCBSA North West District Manager) present at the sessions encouraged the youths to take up this opportunity as it will give them a means of livelihood. One such hopeful who is extremely excited and hoping to join the programme is Lebogile Tsieco (38) an enterprising resident of Extension 6 in Northam who currently bakes and sells biscuits on order for her community. “This programme sounds amazing and I hope to be considered for this opportunity so my business can grow even bigger, “she said. After selection, psych assessments and an intensive bootcamp for the final shortlisted candidates will push them a step closer to owning their dream spaza shop. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Johannesburg, Gauteng, 17 June 2018 – Fussell and Associates celebrate their 50th Anniversary in 2018. Commenting on this milestone, Bob Fussell, Founder and Chairman of the Board said, “We are driven by an entrepreneurial spirit, which has enabled us to constantly push boundaries and enter new markets to better support our clients. We have our clients and partners to thank, for the trust they have placed in Fussell and Associates, which has helped us reach half a century, which we are very proud of! Fussell and Associates is proud to announce that they have been awarded their Category II Investment license, which makes this a double celebration for the company. This gives more breadth to their offering as they can now offer specialised investment assistance, which enables us to take ownership of the process which is important for clients. The fact that Fussell and Associates has been awarded this licence, at a time when few companies qualify for such is encouraging. During its half a century in business, Fussell and Associates have a proven long-term track record of achieving superior returns for their clients. Model portfolios are built by our financial advisers, following a process of in-depth financial analysis, to match the investment needs of their clients who have a portfolio of assets. The (MD) of the company, Andrew Fussell, added, “We attribute our success to our dedication in making a positive impact on the clients we serve, our team of professionals, the industry for which we care, and the communities in which we live.” About Fussell and Associates Founded in 1968, Fussell and Associates is an independent financial planning, Asset Management, Employee Benefits Consulting, Health Care Specialist, and Short Term Insurance company that is built on a heritage of more than 50 years. Our industry knowledge is unparalleled. We have an in-depth understanding of how complex financial products work and how these products can benefit you. Our . . .
DROUGHT-hit farmers in the Gamtoos River Valley have had their already stringent water allocations from the Kouga Dam – the largest in the region – halved for the 2018/19 water year, it was announced late on Thursday. With Kouga Dam at only 7.7% capacity on Friday, this means that farmers will now be forced to operate on 20% of what would be their full irrigation quota for the new water year, which starts in July. This is set to have a significant impact on fruit and vegetable production in the valley, as farmers will not be planting “cash crops” and will be forced to leave older, less productive citrus orchards to die off. The little water they have will be dedicated to the preservation of younger, premium orchards, according to valley farmer and Gamtoos Irrigation Board (GIB) chairman Tertius Meyer. This follows Thursday’s annual meeting between officials from the national and provincial departments of water and sanitation, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and GIB, which manages the dam. Meyer said the greater part of Kouga Dam’s water supply was given to sustaining agriculture in the valley, with the remainder forming a critical part of Nelson Mandela Bay’s water supply. There had been mixed reaction to the news from local farmers, whose allocation for the current water year had already been restricted to 40% of their normal consumption, Meyer said. Many, he said, had in fact been expecting more drastic measures to be introduced. GIB financial and human resources manager Rienette Colesky said the department had done its best to balance the needs of farmers with creating a sustainable supply to the surrounding towns and cities. “Curtailing water use is vital to prevent dam failure at this stage,” she said. Unlike many dams, Kouga is built in such a way that the outlet is low enough to prevent “dead storage” and can be used up to the 0% level, Colesky said. The last time the dam was at full capacity and overflowing was in December . . .
The Department of Trade and Industry (the dti), in partnership with Productivity SA, will take the national campaign to celebrate 20 years of productivity improvement and job creation in South Africa by the Workplace Challenge Programme(WPC) to KwaZulu-Natal. The Workplace Challenge Programme is a programme of the dti and is managed by Productivity SA. The aim of the Workplace Challenge Programme is to promote productivity and competitiveness within South African companies. The campaign observes various highlights in the programme‘s 20-year tenure such as the 143 429 jobs that have been sustained by the Workplace Challenge Programme since 2015. Members of the media are invited to attend the event at a recipient company to be addressed by the Deputy Director-General of Special Economic Zones and Economic Transformation at the dti, Mr Sipho Zikode and the Chief Executive Officer of Productivity SA, Mr Mothunye Mothiba as follows: DATE : Friday 22 June 2018 TIME : 09h00 - 12h45 VENUE : Natpro Spicenet (Pty) Ltd, 17 Chelsea Avenue, Phillip Avenue The Workplace Challenge Programme is a two-year programme implemented amongst the South African companies operating in the manufacturing sector to improve their productivity and competitiveness with the aim of ensuring the sustainability of jobs. The theme of the celebrations is Ensuring Sustainability for South African Enterprises. ENDS. RSVPs and enquiries should be forwarded to Mr Maupi Monyemangene via telephone on 011 848 5397 or mobile 082 4473 232 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org, or Bongani Lukhele on 012 394 1643/079 5083 457 or BLukhele@thedti.gov.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
In a bid to elevate careers in the event industry, promote excellence and professionalism, the Council of Event Professionals Africa (CEPA) has been created. The brain child of the Southern African Association for the Conference Industry (SAACI), the International Festivals and Events Association (IFEA) Africa, and the Exhibition and Event Association of Southern Africa, CEPA aims to fulfil the need to create recognised standards of competency and experience within the industry. Magnetic Storm CEO, Glenn van Eck has been appointed as the Chairman of CEPA and says: "There is a wealth of experience in the event industry, but a skills gap will soon exist. Young professionals are entering the industry with predominantly academic and theoretical knowledge, and the elders of the industry with decades of experience will soon be stepping out and retiring. Our aim is to give young professionals a solid career path and to upgrade industry certifications." In addition to plugging the potential skills gap, CEPA aims to fulfil the need to create recognised standards of competency and experience within the industry. According to van Eck, the events industry needs to introduce a standard for certification and competency. "In an industry that includes many inexperienced suppliers it is vital that we give customers a frame of reference that they can use to qualify potential suppliers of event services." "Clients need the peace of mind that they're partnering with an individual or business that is credible and can deliver a high quality service and operates professionally. Our CEPA certified practitioners will operate within our code of conduct, and always act with the clients' best interest at heart." To find out more about CEPA and its offering, visit www.cepa.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The government could hold a critical part of the puzzle to unlocking the residential property sector for black entrepreneurs says Xoliswa Tini of Xoliswa Tini Properties. Tini, who has announced that she is to franchise her brand in June, says that the property sector is yet to become more inclusive in the way it does business and bring on board emerging black businesses, particularly in new developments. She is unashamedly forthright on transformation saying that the sector continues to favour historically-advantaged white male businesses at the expense of transformation to make the property sector more representative of today’s South Africa. Tini talks from experience who says that developers and banks have sidelined black-owned agencies for these types of developments. She says private developers, in particular, do not involve emerging businesses much if at all – whether as real estate agents, developers or in the construction of new developments. “From the outside looking in, they have no interest in redressing the inequalities of the past regime and are betraying transformation. After 22 years, not much has changed,” she says. The Estate Agents Affairs Board says only 88% of the country’s 50,000 registered estate agents are black, somewhat up on the 4% of 2007 but significantly down on the 2012 property sector transformation charter goal of 35%. “This has to change or improve,” she says. However, in the face of land expropriation, an issue unlikely to disappear for some time, the government could take a leadership role by using their land for new urban suburbs which will have a positive effect on the market for two reasons. Firstly, the government, using current preferential supply chain criteria, could allocate these opportunities to black-owned developers, construction firms and real estate agencies such as Xoliswa Tini Properties. It would create a demand, in the case of real estate agencies, for black-owned agencies who would . . .