Road construction training programme opens doors for Eastern Cape contractors Mount Frere, 20 March: Over 315 site workers of small, medium and micro enterprise (SMMEs) were recently awarded certificates of completion for an 18-month road construction training programme, the South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) announced. The graduation ceremony which took place in Mount Frere, Eastern Cape, celebrated the achievements of the programme beneficiaries whose training formed part of the construction of access roads and pedestrian facilities in the Umzimvubu, Ntabankulu and Mhlontlo municipalities along the N2 between Mount Frere and Ngcweleni River and between Mzeke and Mount Frere. “The beneficiaries completed skills training in various learning areas from generic skills for general site workers to a national certificate in Construction Contracting which involves essential construction management skills for local small, medium and micro-sized enterprises,” SANRAL Southern Region Manager, Mbulelo Peterson said. For many local SMMEs and their employees the SANRAL sponsored qualifications have changed their lives and the lives of their communities. Nosizwe Nongongo, owner of Khulabhungane Trading Enterprise, was one of the most experienced contractors to take place in the training programme. The 40-year-old single mother from Lubhacweni, Mount Frere boasts 11 years’ experience in the construction industry and has worked on projects related to access roads, renovations, sanitation and general building. “As a relatively skilled contractor I am very happy that I was chosen to learn new skills which will now empower me to work independently,” she said. “As a single parent, SANRAL has improved my life over the past year. Work was very scarce before this project came along and now I can provide for my family, save capital for future projects and alleviate poverty in other families by employing other people,” she said. With his new . . .
Johannesburg - 03/16/2018. 7 ways you can be a green hero. By Penny Ntuli, communications director of Tetra Pak South Africa It seems nowadays everyone is talking about climate change and how important it is to protect the environment. But what can we actually do about it? Governments and businesses focus on long term, sustainable solutions but it’s not just their job to save the environment that we all rely on. We all live on planet Earth and it’s our job to help protect it for our children and their children. That’s why our packaging containers use only natural, renewable, and recyclable resources to help leave future generations a clean and safe environment. Businesses like ours, and governments, can make a really big impact in making the world a better place for all but it’s everyone’s mission to contribute. Here are seven small ways you can actively take part to help make a big difference: Contribute to the recycling movement Probably the easiest way to help is to recycle – it’s the commonest environment friendly action that people perform. It means you can avoid overusing valuable natural resources and start separating garbage by putting aside carton packages for recycling. Check your labels Many companies like ours try to make going green a viable option for you by using products made from natural, renewable, and recyclable resources. We let you know by marking the product packaging so that all you have to do is check the package when you’re at the supermarket. Look for the sign that it’s made from easily bio-degradable materials or to see if they originate from forests that are managed in sustainable ways that protect trees for the future. We mark this with the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) label. It’s proof that the product you are buying is made using wood from responsible sources. Turn off your lights and taps when not in use It’s super easy – and super effective – to make sure your lights are off when you leave a . . .
JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA, 15 March 2018 In the era of communication and collaboration, noise reaches everywhere, including your bottom line. In today’s open offices, noise is the biggest distraction to getting work done. Modern work spaces promote collaboration but in increasingly crowded spaces, the sounds created by hard surfaces and fewer walls can make it hard to focus. Plantronics brings immersive headsets along with an intelligent multi-sensory experience that uses natural sounds and complementary visuals to dynamically adapt to distracting speech and ever-changing noise to keep an office in tune. Hero Solutions: Voyager 6200 UC, Voyager Focus UC, Blackwire 5200, Savi 700 For on-the-go workers, which we’re seeing more and more of, even in South Africa, noise in mobile environments makes it difficult for them, and their teammates back in the office, to hear, be heard and connect to what matters most. For this type of work style, Plantronics has products that easily connect to multiple devices and cancel out noise on both sides of the conversation. Hero Solutions: Voyager 8200 UC, Voyager 5200 UC, Voyager 6200 UC In contact centers, noise is a huge problem. With so many conversations happening at once, focus can sometimes falter, employee comfort can drop, and the security of sensitive customer information could potentially be compromised. Plantronics has purpose-built headsets designed for the Contact Center, but with hundreds – even thousands of headsets to manage, dealing with individual needs can be labor-intensive. Through SaaS, Plantronics delivers insights, simplifies headset adoption and lets IT respond to needs without interruption to the CX, all from one place. Hero Solutions: Encore Pro 500/700, Manager Pro Wherever work happens, noise stands in the way. With Plantronics’ portfolio of collaboration solutions, it doesn’t have to. For more information or sales questions, contact one of our authorized local South African . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – EASTERN Cape farmers’ organisation Agri EC has urged members not to panic over the chances of a Zimbabwe-styled land-grab happening to them, saying South Africa’s Constitution is strong enough to withstand the proposed policy changes. With more than 4,000 farms already in the government’s hands and awaiting redistribution to new owners, numerous scenarios need to be played out before the recently proposed Expropriation Without Compensation (EWC) policy has any impact on the country – if, indeed, it ever comes into effect. This is according to Agri EC president Doug Stern, who pointed out that the major stumbling block to EWC is the Constitution, which protects the rights of all landowners in the country. “Land grabs are not a fait accompli, no matter what anyone says to the contrary,” said Stern. “The Constitution cannot be amended on a political whim. It is a lengthy and arduous process, which would take years to achieve,” he said, adding that vote garnering ahead of next year’s general elections had much to do with the issue being brought to the fore. “We have an election looming. It has to be borne in mind that the issue, while certainly contentious, is actually the perfect political platform from which to garner votes. “For example, before the previous general elections the matter of farmers having to give 50% of their farms to their employees was on the table, but nothing came of that – other than getting farmers into a flat spin. “The whole EWC, in my opinion is yet another attempt at vote capturing before next year’s elections. I am predicting that this attempt at amending section 25 of the Constitution will not succeed.” Stern also pointed out that, at this stage, all that is in place is a policy document which still requires public input. Furthermore, the International Human Rights Commission will be watching developments closely, especially in view of the fact that governments cannot simply take away the right . . .
Eastern Cape, 12 March 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting for drainage is scheduled to continue to take place on the N2, Section 13, between Grahamstown and Fish River Pass, every Tuesday until 27 March 2018, weather permitting. The blasts will take place, between 2pm and 4pm. The road will be closed for approximately one hour during this time. The blast will take place approximately 25 to 35 km east of Grahamstown, along the N2 between KM 82 and KM 92 route marker. An alternative route to consider from Port Elizabeth to East London is via the R72 through Port Alfred. “Motorists are advised to plan their journeys accordingly,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Eastern Cape, 05 March 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha on Thursday, 08 March 2018 at approximately 12 noon. The blast will take place at the Qunu Quarry. The Quarry is situated approximately 1KM from the N2 on the Elliotdale Road. The Elliotdale turnoff is 46.6 KM from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. “The road will not be closed during the blast, but motorists are asked to use caution when making use of the road,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
“Man’s goodness is a flame that can be hidden but never extinguished” – Nelson Mandela TOPCO Media & Communications* is proud to announce that the Nelson Mandela Museum in East London has officially endorsed the launch and publication of 100: The Mandela Years – a special centenary edition that will revisit the vision, wisdom and legacy of former President and ‘Father of our Nation,’ Nelson Mandela. The Nelson Mandela Museum, a non-profit institution established by the South African government, said: “We are proud to be associated with 100: The Mandela Years, and we feel that our presence in the publication will ensure a comprehensive reflection of Nelson Mandela’s legacy in South Africa.” Ten years ago, TOPCO Media & Communications published a best-selling tribute publication, 90: The Mandela Years, in which major corporates and government organisations provided personally-written, eloquent tribute letters. In 2018, 100: The Mandela Years, will pay homage to the centenary of the iconic leader through milestone chapters, testimonials and tributes from various role-players within government and corporate South Africa, as well as prominent international figures. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Controlled blasting on the N2 between Dutywa and Mthatha Eastern Cape, 27 February 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place between Dutywa and Mthatha tomorrow, Wednesday, 28 February 2018 at approximately 12h00. The blast will take place at approximately 37 kilometres from Dutywa when travelling towards Mthatha. The road will be closed during the blast. The duration of the closure will be kept to as short duration as possible, but the road could be closed up to a maximum of two hours. Motorist travelling eastwards towards Mthatha may consider utilising either of the following 2 alternative routes by exiting the N2 at Ndabakazi on to the R409 towards Ngqamakwe/ Tsomo or via the R408 at Dutywa towards Ngcobo. Both routes link to the R61 and then re-join the N2 in Mthatha. Similarly, motorists travelling westwards towards East London may consider using the R61 when leaving Mthatha and then link back to the N2 via either R408 after Ngcobo or R409 towards Tsomo. The alternative route is 60 kilometres longer and may add approximately 40 minutes to your trip between East London and Mthatha. “Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager. SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
R9bn investment on N2 Wild Coast Road Project to develop local communities Lusikisiki, 23 February 2018: The R9 billion investment that the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has put aside for the green fields portion of the N2 Wild Coast Road Project in the Eastern Cape will go a long way in improving the lives of ordinary people in the Mpondoland area of the province, says SANRAL’s Craig McLachlan. The N2 Wild Coast Road Project will be a high mobility route that will link the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, significantly lowering transportation time and costs and improving accessibility to a large part of the Eastern Cape. It will be a catalyst for sustainable local economic and social development. “SANRAL will continue on its endeavours to be a developmental partner for the O.R. Tambo and Alfred Nzo district municipalities, and we will continue to keep the different stakeholders in the region abreast of the project’s developments,” he said. Speaking to leaders of government, business, traditional leaders and community organisations, SANRAL convened its flagship Taking SANRAL to the People programme in Lusikisiki to share information and also forge partnerships with the affected communities and other key stakeholders on the project. The roads agency will open a regional office in nearby Flagstaff. “We make every effort to promote transformation by ensuring that SMMEs are exposed to work experiences that were previously not possible,” says Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL’s Southern Regional Manager. The opening of the Flagstaff office will make it easier for SANRAL to be reachable to the communities of O.R. Tambo and Alfred Nzo district municipalities. Flagstaff was identified as the most central area for the entire green fields section of the project. That also means local SMMEs do not have to travel to Port Elizabeth to collect and submit tenders. “The Flagstaff office will be the point where local people can . . .
Does Transnet once again want to make the NPA the laughing stock of the city? Port of Port Elizabeth's answer to threat from the city and it's citizens around the Manganese Ore pollution On Saturday 17 February at 12:58 the TNPA released a press statement on the “impending eviction of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club” - a Port of Port Elizabeth based sailing club that has been in existence for close on 60 years providing sail training, regattas and safe haven for local and international sailors along with access to what has been described as the best sailing waters along the African Coast. ABYC has been attempting to get the TNPA in front of the Port Regulator since 2009 when the club submitted a complaint over an unfair 61% rental increase. On Friday morning 23 February 2018 the TNPA have been summonsed to appear in court to answer the ABYC's Notice of Motion interdicting the TNPA from issuing a Warrant of Eviction. ABYC will be asking the honourable court to rule that ABYC be entitled to continue occupying the premises pending a determination by the Port Regulator on 20 March 2018. On 23 August 2017, before High Court proceedings, the TNPA - represented by TNPA Legal Officer, Justin Uren, Advocate Ntsepe, Attorney Nash Vandayar and Port Manager, Rajesh Dana - and ABYC - represented by Attorney Gerald Friedman, Advocate Albert Beyleveld, ABYC President Sean Wiseman and ABYC Commodore Alan Straton - agreed that until such time as a new tenant had been allocated the premises occupied by ABYC, pursuant to a lawful tender, ABYC could remain in occupation and would be afforded two months notice to vacate if ABYC were unsuccessful in tendering. It would appear that the TNPA's representatives at the time have suffered amnesia over this agreement and could have been devious in their handling of the matter. Despite being asked in numerous forms and by numerous persons the TNPA has remained silent on whether a tender has been awarded. On 16 February 2018 . . .