The Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber will team up with its members this Mandela Day, making it their business to make a difference. 18 July this year will see business owners in the city take part in various volunteer opportunities around the city, assisted by Mandela Bay Cares, a volunteer organization aimed at providing volunteer opportunities to companies. Auditing services for the projects will be supplied by Grant Thornton, as members may qualify for tax deductions, or to claim Socio-Economic development points. Just under a hundred Business Chamber members – including representatives of the Chamber’s Top 40 Under 40 young business achievers - will join Business Chamber staff at the Siyahluma and Khanya Child Care Centres in Kwanobule through Community Chest, rolling up their sleeves to tackle tasks such as painting, gardening, and fencing. Others will also congregate at the Save-A-Pet pet charity, to wash and clean kennels, paint, level the ground and spend time with the animals. Food supplies and other items have been donated by business, and generous cash donations have also been made towards the projects. The Chamber invites all businesses in the city, whether taking part in the Chamber’s projects or not, to post photographs of their teams in action as they give their 67 minutes to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter, tagging photographs with #Chamber 67, #Business67 and the Mandela Day hashtag, #MandelaDay. ENDS. ISSUED BY: Nicole Klokow Communication Specialist email@example.com 041 373 1122 More Info: Author: Nicole Klokow from Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: None . . .
Young Revolution has announced its latest confirmed speakers for their inaugural conference in Pretoria this August with names that include top internationally recognized learning thought leaders. Pretoria, July 16, 2012 – Dr. Trevor Manuel, Minister in the Presidency for National Planning Commission, will be delivering the keynote presentation at the official TNEW Gala Night focusing on economic development through entrepreneurship initiatives. Dr. Manuel will take questions from the floor, giving delegates a unique opportunity to address one of the industry’s leading figures. Councillor Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Executive Mayor of the City of Tshwane, will deliver the welcome address on the same night. Other confirmed speakers include Jayshree Naidoo, chairperson of the Southern African Innovation Network (SAINe), Nosipho Khonkwane, Provincial Manager- Gauteng of Small Enterprise Development Agency (SEDA), Siya Mapoko, serial entrepreneur and author of ‘The Best Advice I Ever Got’, Robert Botha, CEO of James 127 and Magdalene Moonsamy, COO of the National Youth Development Agency (NYDA). "“I’m delighted to announce that we now have over 40 top industry professionals speaking at this conference," said Lawrence Umukoro, Event Director, Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week. "TNEW is the premier event to network with other business owners and decision-makers, attend cutting edge workshops and shop around for products & services available to help your business exceed your goals." The conference will take place from the 27th to the 31st of August 2012 at the Innovation Hub in Lynwood, Pretoria. To book your place please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.tnew.co.za Discounted early bird tickets are also available - offer ends 31 July 2012. More Info: http://www.tnew.co.za Author: Lawrence Umukoro from Young Revolution. Originally distributed by MyPR.co.za. No of Images Uploaded: One To gain access to One image/s please Like, Tweet or +1 this . . .
Pretoria, July 16, 2012 - Young Revolution (YR), today announced it will host the Tshwane Entrepreneurship Week (TNEW) from the 27th to the 31st of August 2012 at the Innovation Hub in Lynwood, Pretoria. The conference is dedicated to celebrating and supporting businesses in Gauteng and around South Africa. YR has partnered with various private and governmental organizations to deliver a full conference program that will focus on the role and relationship of business, entrepreneurship and social enterprise in building an eco-system to promote and enhance economic development for a better South Africa. The lineup for TNEW has also been announced, and features one of the best lineups in conference history! The keynote speakers include Dr Trevor Manuel, Douglas Kruger, Jayshree Naidoo, Siya Mapoko, Cllr Kgosientso Ramokgopa, Abey Mokgwatsane, Khaya Dlanga, Prof. Jurie Van Vuuren and Tony Cross. In addition to the keynote speakers, over 40 entrepreneurs and industry experts will be giving talks on 48 topics including: Getting Investors Excited About Your Project Safe Investing Options For Young Professionals Can We Learn Entrepreneurship? How To Connect With Millionaires Avoiding Costly Legal Mistakes Social Media and The Next Generation Entrepreneurship In The Digital Age How To Turn Your Passion Into Profits Building & Maintaining Your Online Credibility The Secret Sauce of The Serial Entrepreneur TNEW gives more than 1000 entrepreneurs, business professionals, innovators, business owners and investors the rare opportunity of idea sharing, networking and engagement in rich dialogue. The event will provide the avenue for delegates to tap into the resourcefulness and dynamism of venture capitalists, industry executives, thought leaders and like-minded entrepreneurs in attendance. TNEW is THE PREMIER event to network with other business owners and decision-makers, attend cutting edge workshops and shop around for products & services . . .
For the second year in a row, the CEO of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Kevin Hustler, has walked away with a singular honour from PMR. africa at a Leaders and Achievers Awards Breakfast held this morning (13 July 2012) at the Summerstrand Hotel. Hustler received a rating of ‘Excellent’, and was rated first overall as the recipient of a Golden Arrow Award for outstanding service and contribution to the economic growth and development of the Eastern Cape Province by business persons. Hustler was the only individual named among companies receiving awards at this morning’s event, which honours business leaders and achievers in the provinces, and rates them on their contribution t o the economic growth and development of the Eastern Cape. His achievement this morning is as a result of a survey to 155 MDs, CEOs, business owners, company directors, senior employees and senior local and provincial government officials. 2011 saw Hustler honoured as an individual with a Diamond Arrow award, the highest award of the annual event. “I am honoured and humbled to be recognized once again,” says Hustler, who believes this second award further cements the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber’s standing as a credible and effective business organization. “The Chamber team work tirelessly to deliver to the organizational vision, mission and values. The strategic leadership of our board, the strength of our management team, and the solid competence of our staff, mean the Business Chamber is well- equipped to meet the demands of our mandate to serve the needs of business in Nelson Mandela Bay and to act as a catalyst for change, development and economic growth in the whole of the Eastern Cape province.” He continues: “My team and I are guided in everything we do by the Business Chamber’s maxim: Connecting Business, Stimulating Progress. We take ownership of this credo, and strive to facilitate economic growth and development and represent the interests of business in . . .
Deur elke aspek van korttermynversekering goed te bekyk, kan 'n mens teleurstelling voorkom, skryf die finansiële beplanner Pieter Willem Moolman. 'n Leser vra onlangs per e-pos raad oor korttermynversekering. Hy is 26 jaar oud, aan die begin van sy loopbaan en wil deeglik seker maak hy het voldoende dekking. Dit is byna onmoontlik om in een artikel 'n diepte-oorsig van korttermynversekering te verskaf, maar ek sal 'n paar van die belangrikste aspekte uitlig wat op almal van toepassing is. Baie mense beweeg tussen versekeraars rond in 'n poging om 'n laer premie te betaal. Hulle kan gerus dié waarskuwing ter harte neem: goedkoper premies beteken dikwels nié jy geniet die beste dekking nie. 'n Voornemende kliënt moet eers seker maak die versekeraar het die vermoë om sy of haar eise uit te betaal en kan 'n diens van goeie gehalte lewer, wat spoedige betalings van eise insluit. Nog 'n belangrike aspek is die dekking wat jy ontvang. Versekeraars se polisbewoording is gewoonlik taamlik standaard, maar daar kan beduidende verskille ten opsigte van uitbreidings en bybetalings wees. Jou verhouding met die versekeraar is ook belangrik. Uitbetaling van twyfelagtige of “grys” eise is baie waarskynliker in gevalle waar daar 'n sterk sakeverhouding is. Maak seker jy het 'n diensvlak-ooreenkoms met jou makelaar sodat julle weet wat elke party se pligte en verantwoordelikhede is. Teen die agtergrond van die huidige wette word 'n geskrewe ooreenkoms aanbeveel. In so 'n ooreenkoms kan onder meer die diensvlak-ooreenkoms, vergoeding en kommissie-struktuur asook jaarlikse hersiening uitgestippel word. Dit is vanselfsprekend dat jou makelaar gekwalifiseer én gelisensieer moet wees. Vra gerus sy persoonlike besonderhede en maak seker van sy ervaring op dié gebied. Nog 'n belangrike vraag is of jou makelaar deur genoeg versekeringsmaatskappye geakkrediteer is sodat hy die beste produk vir jou behoeftes kan bekom. 'n Ervare makelaar sal 'n belangrike rol speel om seker te . . .
South Africa’s top mountain bikers will launch the second half of their season at the 15th annual Kia Walkerville Classic, presented by ASG, on Sunday. In the absence of last year’s winner Max Knox and runner-up Philip Buys, whose respective European and Olympics commitments will see them on the sidelines, Gauteng’s biggest race is set to crown a new champion. Brandon Stewart of FedGroup-Itec Connect, third in his maiden outing last year, is set to spearhead the list of favourites, which also includes former Old Mutual joBerg2c champions Neil MacDonald and Waylon Woolcock of RE:CM. “It’s definitely an important race for us,” said former national cross-country champion Stewart. “Organisers are expecting 1 500 riders, which is a fantastic turnout for a winter event.” He said the title sponsor was also his team transport partner and therefore a win was key for the team. “Last year, I was recovering from illness and it was the first time I’d done it. Now that I know the course, I should fare better.” Stewart said the 60km route, which is punctuated by three climbs, was relatively fast and flat, with good single-track sections, and he expected “tight and close” racing. He said the lead bunch would probably separate from the field on the initial 3km climb up Platberg, which is just seven kilometres into the race. “You’ve just got to give it all you’ve got on that first climb.” He did not foresee any of the favourites attempting to get away there. “With another 40-odd kilometres to go, it is extremely unlikely.” The 31-year-old from Hilton in KwaZulu-Natal said the chances of a breakaway on the gradual Wattle Alley ascent, midway through the race, were also slim. “If you’re out on your own, it’s easy for the bunch to haul you back.” Stewart said the main contenders would, in all likelihood, leave their main assault for the final 1.5km uphill drag to the finish at the Walkerville Showgrounds. “If you’re still strong there you can make it really . . .
After its great success last year, The Herald Urban Run will return this Tourism Month – once again drawing runners and adventurers from all around to participate in the ‘urbanathlon’ – taking them on a journey through some of the city’s urban sights and attractions while raising money for charity. “Events like the urban race are what our city thrives on. The race shows off several of our inner-city attractions – exposing tourists to a part of our city that abounds with history, art and heritage,” said Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT) CEO, Mandlakazi Skefile. The event, which had its first ‘run’ last year, expects to see hundreds of athletes from around the Eastern Cape descend on Nelson Mandela Bay again this year. The city footrace starts and finishes at the iconic Donkin Reserve, also known as the ‘beacon of the bay’ takes place September 16th. It takes competitors through the Central Business District (CBD) of the city along with part of the heritage trail Route 67 and includes iconic sights such as Fort Frederick. Nelson Mandela Bay’s CBD has become one of the front runners in respect of urban renewal, this race calls for tourists and locals to bear witness to the urban transformation for themselves. “The 10.5km urban obstacle race is for social fun runners who are looking for something a little different,” said event organizer, Michael Zoetmulder. “By its very nature, an Urban Run is a multi-disciplinary, city foot race with the emphasis squarely on having fun. Urban obstacles are designed in such a way as to get the social runner sweating and smiling while taking in the city’s surrounds” The race, established last year by local sports events company, Zports, raised R40 000 last year and is hoping to increase that to R100 000 this year. Businesses along the route are encouraged to become involved and lend their support to the event. Organisers say Port Elizabeth has set the benchmark for urban runs in South Africa and September’s event . . .
YOUNG ARTISTS DEVELOPED AS EMERGING EXPORTERS A group of Chicago based art buyers have been touring the Eastern Cape in search of talented artists to showcase their artwork at an exhibition at the Guichard art gallery later this year. Andre and Francis Guichard met with local township artists across the region who specialize in fine art ranging from painting, sculpture and beadwork. The aim of the two-week trip, which was initiated and arranged by Tradepoint, has been to expose young local artists to the opportunities offered in the United States art market and to develop them as emerging exporters. 40% of the Chicago population are of African origin and the Guichard are keen to strengthen their linkages back to the continent. “The artwork that we have seen has been above my expectations in terms of quality and diversity”, said Andre Guichard. “The artists use various mediums and themes to capture the social issues in their art pieces which they are using to uplift the Eastern Cape,” said Frances Guichard. Tradepoint identified a need to create an international appreciation for local products to assist export ready businesses and products with export potential for global trade. David Hamer, Manager of Tradepoint SA Nelson Mandela Bay said, “This visit from Chicago is just the tip of the iceberg. Local fine artists produce work of a standard that ranks high on the world stage.Their work is immensely appealing to international buyers and if Tradepoint can facilitate that process, enabling local artists to exhibit their work and by doing so raise the profile of South African art, then it can only bode well for the future in terms of both the art work and international trade.” “Tradepoint enabled us to immerse ourselves in the culture of the Eastern Cape in a way which wouldn’t have been possible if we had plannedthis trip on our own,” said Andre Guichard. “We are looking forward to the reaction of the US audience when they feast their eyes on the . . .
Pier 14 Shopping Centre in Port Elizabeth played host to the final blood drive of National Blood Donor Month last week, under the theme “Every blood donor is a hero”. The drive saw 74 potential donors come forward, which resulted in 52 successful donations and exceeded the South African National Blood Service’s target of 50 units. SANBS public relations practitioner Nina van Wyk said what made the blood drive more remarkable was the fact that over 50 per cent of participants were first-time donors. “Our hope is that they can now be recruited for future blood drives and become regular donors.” According to Van Wyk, the Eastern Cape branch of the SANBS required 3 725 units per month to meet the existing need. “Currently, we are experiencing a blood shortage with only 2.9 days’ stock on hand, while we need at least five days’ stock in reserve.” Van Wyk said the SANBS’s aim was to make blood donation as easy and accessible as possible, which was why the shopping centre was chosen as a suitable venue. “We always experience good support from Pier 14 and look forward to an ongoing partnership.” Sophia Steyn of centre management said blood donation was a vital community service and that Pier 14 was happy to assist in highlighting the work of the SANBS wherever it could. She said those shoppers who gave blood were true heroes. “Donating blood costs you nothing but doing your bit can literally save someone else’s life.” Umhlobo Wenene DJs Amaza Ntshanga and Nonala Tose broadcast their show live from the centre, keeping the public informed with regular updates and encouraging shoppers to get involved. Go to www.facebook.com/Pier14PE to see more photos. For further information, contact Pier 14 centre management on 041 484 1229 or email@example.com. Issued by: Full Stop Communications Coetzee Gouws 041 368 4992 082 575 7991 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fullstopcom.com On behalf of: Pier 14 Shopping Centre More Info: . . .
Raats Family Wines are extending their portfolio of superb wines with the maiden release of the Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2010. This lusty red will be on the shelves of leading restaurants and retailers this month. Widely considered as a Cabernet Franc specialist, winemaker Bruwer Raats continues to be fascinated with this varietal and finds the most perfect vineyard sites to produce the best grapes. For the past decade, Raats has been experimenting with Cabernet Franc and has concluded that the grapes are happier in less fertile soils such as decomposed dolomite granite, which allows the wine to express great purity of fruit and creates an elegant balance. The Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc is testament to the success of this experiment with a luscious display of succulent red fruits, coupled with a beautifully smoky minerality. “I believe that the Dolomite is a great example of this much under-rated variety and represents great value for money. This wine combines ten years of knowledge and experience with Cabernet Franc and can be enjoyed straight away,” mentions Raats. Wine writer Emile Joubert described it as a great bottle of wine. “What a perky, beaut of a vino from the Duke of Cabernet Franc, Bruwer Raats,” wrote Joubert on his winegoggle blog. Although an extremely versatile wine, Raats recommends the Dolomite Cabernet Franc as a perfect pairing partner for pork loin with a plum and Armagnac sauce, beef fillet with truffle sauce, game bird with red wine sauce or any venison such as springbok, ostrich or kudu. The Raats Dolomite Cabernet Franc 2010 retails from R95.00 and is now available at leading liquor outlets in KwaZulu-Natal and the Western Cape. Find it in Durban at Durban North Spar, Fusion Café, Meander Fine Wines, Park Lane Cellars, The Ridge Spar and MT Edgecombe Tops, in Cape Town at Buratta, & Union, Caroline’s V & A Waterfront, Wine Concepts Kloof Street, Wine @ The Mill and La Colombe (Constantia Uitsig), the . . .