Dunlop and Falken Tyres bring action packed day of national racing to KZN On Saturday 2 March 2019, Dunlop and Falken Tyres present the Extreme Festival at the Dezzi Raceway in KwaZulu-Natal. Driven by Sumitomo Rubber South Africa - the holding company behind co-hosts Dunlop and Falken Tyres - it is a festival packed with firsts and bristling with action. Six races will take place on the day. The Falken Polo Cup (modified VW Polos circuit racing); the Global Touring Car series (GTC - 2.0-litre turbo-powered cars circuit racing), and the GTC 2; SA Superbikes and the Supersport 600; as well as the Investchem 1600 (premier single-seater racing). “This is the first time that the national GTC series will take place at the south coast circuit,” said Riaz Haffejee, Chief Executive Officer of Sumitomo Rubber South Africa (SRSA). “It is also the first time in many years that a national motor racing series can be seen in KZN. We are incredibly excited to bring this calibre and scope of racing back to the province!” The event features a string of firsts; it is both the first stop in the 2019 national tour for all disciplines and the first time that a national bike series will compete alongside a national car series, on the same day in KZN. The track itself is a new incarnation. Changes have been made to the northern loop. “We’ve essentially made the track wider and smoother for improved side-by-side racing” comments track owner Desmond Gutzeit. “Racing at Dezzi will be a first time experience for all GTC series drivers,” said Tony Taylor, Extreme Festival organiser. “Not one has raced GTC on this circuit, especially not with these new track changes. The playing field between debut and established drivers will be levelled, making for a hugely competitive day of racing.” The Falken Polo Cup is one of the most anticipated events on the motor racing calendar. Cars are custom-made by VW for racing with every part identical, right down to the fuel used. By racing . . .
Durban, “For me, success is all about going back to the basics. No matter how important you become, no matter how wealthy you become, (don’t forget) the basics that Madiba showed us every day. As commoners, we could relate to him because, what he showed us every day were things we could aspire to be.” This was just one of many observations that former private secretary to Nelson Mandela, Zelda la Grange, shared with members of the Durban branch of the Entrepreneurs Organisation (EO) which hosted its premier Entrepreneur Event of 2019 at the Oyster Box Hotel on 20 February. La Grange, who published the book Good Morning, Mr Mandela, to chronicle her experiences at the side of South Africa’s most revered statesman, noted that “the power of sharing” would make for a powerful organisation. Now a sought after motivational speaker, La Grange sees herself as a change agent. As she shares her story of how Mandela both challenged and transformed her, she inspires her listeners to interrogate key issues such as discipline, leadership, respect, integrity, honesty and transparency. She described Mandela as politician firstly and then as a strategist, statesman, an icon, a father figure and more. “Every day, Madiba was disciplined, was honest, showed his integrity and respected people. This is why we all adored him so much. He was such an authentic person. He decided that if he could just touch one person a day, he could change the world,” she explained. EO, is the only global network exclusively for entrepreneurs, is active in 54 countries. Members are founders, co-founders, owners or controlling shareholders of businesses making more than US$1 million in annual revenue and founders of businesses with annual revenue that exceeds $1 million. Seeing itself as a catalyst to enable entrepreneurs to grow and learn from each other, EO aims to enrich members’ lives through dynamic peer-to-peer learning, once in a lifetime experiences and connections to experts. . . .
South Africa’s biggest biking festival, the South Coast Bike Fest™ (#SCBF19), will be returning to the KwaZulu-Natal South Coast shores from 26 to 28 April. The event - which is presented by Ugu South Coast Tourism with endorsement and support from Ray Nkonyeni Municipality; Ugu District, the Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs; and Tourism KwaZulu-Natal - is hosted by Margate, home of the country’s best-performing police station. Margate SAPS received this prestigious award – out of 1 164 stations nationally - at the SAPS National Service Awards held in November 2018. The station was awarded for – among other things - its impeccable service delivery, corporate image and strong partnerships with community-based organisations. Station Commander, Brigadier William Slabbert, has proved an immensely impactful leader after taking up the post 18 months ago. Through effective community partnerships, Margate SAPS has already seen a 30% drop in house break-ins, with more focus on the enforcement of bylaws. “We always work closely with the security at every South Coast Bike Fest™ to ensure all visitors are kept safe for the duration of the event,” explained Slabbert. “This is of great importance to us and our track record shows the partnership works well.” Vicky Wentzel, event organiser for the South Coast Bike Fest™, commended Brigadier Slabbert and his team from Margate SAPS on this incredible award. “It is no surprise that Margate SAPS was named best-performing station, “said Wentzel. “All our interaction with the police, which includes security risk analysis and on-site security measures, has been hugely productive and we look forward to another successful partnership at this year’s event. South Coast Bike Fest™ is all about family fun in a completely secure festival arena.” UGU South Coast Tourism CEO, Phelisa Mangcu, said she looked forward to welcoming visitors to the country’s biggest biking festival: “Tourism is a . . .
Thobile Shange, Sales Executive, KZN, BON Hotels Thobile Shange has been appointed Sales Executive for BON Hotels based in KZN to oversee market growth, market penetration and development of the brand in the region. Armed with a Diploma in Travel & Tourism and an innate passion, dedication and enthusiasm for the hospitality industry, Thobile brings a commitment to her work that is engaging and inspiring. Having started her career as a travel agent, she states that moving into sales was a turning point in her life, as if a light went on! She believes that everyone should make the world their University, to make a serious commitment never to stop learning, and that success is measured by how much work and energy you put in, every day! Thobile’s ambition makes her an ideal candidate for the job and we are sure she is going to do remarkable things for BON Hotels. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A breakfast event held jointly by the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), Women’s Property Network (WPN) and the South African Institute of Black Property Practitioners (SAIBPP) sponsored by Beier Group and the Durban ICC, took place at Durban’s ICC on 13 February 2019. The first-of-its-kind event was held to unite these three associations and government towards addressing transformation, land reform and other issues affecting the property industry. The three renowned property organisations collaboratively hosted the event with the main theme, “Transformation in the Property Sector Transformation – Unite KZN” aimed to accelerate transformation within the property sector and engage on the topical land reform matters. Key note speakers shared insights on land expropriation, bulk infrastructure, catalytic projects and other challenges facing the industry on a national level. Bernadette Khumalo, regional chairperson of SAPOA in KZN and CEO of Rokwil Civils said, “We wanted to break down the stereotypes and show a united front in KZN. Each association faces and deals with the same challenges and working together on common issues is better than each trying its own approach.” Queen Mjwara, KZN chairperson for WPN said, “Considering the property sector charter and its codes, we are making slow progress towards the benchmark. This breakfast was a reminder for our three organisations to prioritise and drive transformation in the property industry.” National keynote speakers were Portfolio Committee Acting Chair and ANC Whip, PJ Mnguni from Land Reform and Rural Development, and eThekwini Municipality Deputy City Manager of Economic Development, Phillip Sithole. Key topics for the Deputy City Manager included urban renewal, improving bad building practices, redressing the social housing backlog and public space management to attract investors and tourists. Sithole also mentioned that the City is committed to working with the private sector and has . . .
The 2019 FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit welcomes top CEOs from government and the private sector to participate in this year’s panel discussion entitled ‘The Future Economy: How CEOs Can Lead Value Creation’. The discussion forms part of an extensive summit programme – taking place at Durban’s Inkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre on Friday, 8 March – that is set to welcome influential women in the business, sports, science, entertainment and leadership space. “The panel discussion is always a highly-anticipated segment of the FORBES WOMAN AFRICA Leading Women Summit,” said Methil Renuka, Managing Editor of FORBES AFRICA and FORBES WOMAN AFRICA, and this year’s host. “It affords women, with a wealth of experience and insight, the opportunity to share their views on how to impact society and the economy while engaging with others on ways to make this possible. This year’s panel is certain to bring varying perceptions on how CEOs are able to lead value creation.” Basani Maluleke, CEO of African Bank; Grace Harding, CEO of Ocean Basket and Nozipho Sithole, CEO at Transnet Port Terminals will lead the 2019 panel discussion, which will seek to answer various economy-related questions, including: • As leaders in the Fourth Industrial Revolution addressing inequalities and inclusion, how do you create global shared value? • What do you see as the new wealth creators of the future? • How would you diversify into these sectors, and how has the definition of the words 'wealth' and 'value' themselves changed over the years? GETTING TO KNOW THE PANELLISTS: After qualifying as an attorney at Edward Nathan Sonnenbergs, Basani Maluleke joined the corporate finance team at FirstRand Bank, RMB. In this role, she assisted in pioneering the structuring and implementation of BEE ownership transactions for JSE-listed companies. She subsequently joined the FNB Division as the Head of Private Clients and, in 2018, she became the first black . . .
Ranks 18 out of 25 in the Top 25 Hotels Category in South Africa Mkuze, KwaZulu Natal, February 4, 2019 – Ghost Mountain Inn today announced it has been recognised as a winner in the Top 25 Hotel category of the 2019 TripAdvisor Travellers’ Choice® awards for Hotels, ranking 18 out of 25. Travellers’ Choice award winners were determined based on the millions of reviews and opinions collected in a single year from TripAdvisor travellers worldwide. In the 17th year of the awards, TripAdvisor has recognised 7,812 properties in 94 countries and eight regions worldwide. “We are very grateful to our valued guests who have raved about the hospitality they received at the Ghost Mountain Inn on TRIPADVISOR,” said Craig Rutherfoord, managing director of the Ghost Mountain Inn.” “It is particularly rewarding to receive such an accolade after the recent refurbishments of the property; the addition of new Mountain View Rooms and Suites, the new pool area and the upgraded Spa.” To see TripAdvisor traveler reviews and opinions of Ghost Mountain Inn go to www.tripadvisor.co.za/Hotel_Review-g312602-d651051-Reviews-Ghost_Mountain_Inn-Mkuze_KwaZulu_Natal.html For the complete list of Travellers' Choice award-winning hotels for 2019 across all nine categories, including the top hotels around the world, visit: www.TripAdvisor.co.uk/TravelersChoice-Hotels. For further information contact Craig Rutherfoord on 031 569 9200 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Make this a truly memorable Valentine’s Day for that special person in your life by taking advantage of the incredible Valentine’s dinner special at Fish Eagle Café, based at Scottburgh’s Crocworld Conservation Centre. “At the heart of it, the perfect Valentine’s experience hinges on the meal and we have planned an incredible Valentine’s Day menu in the most sensational setting,” said Fish Eagle Café’s Executive Chef and Manager, Morne van Zyl. “The experience will rekindle the romance in any relationship and make you fall in love with your significant other all over again!” Situated within the ecologically diverse Mpambanyoni Conservation Development, Crocworld’s Fish Eagle Café offers stunning views of the Indian Ocean and natural coastal forest. The recently-opened restaurant offers incredible food and service in a stylishly-decorated space and deck area. This year’s Valentine’s Day set menu is overflowing with delectable food options, and each couple will receive a pink cocktail on arrival with a bottle of bubbly and decadent gift all inclusive in the special. The starter consists of smoked salmon terrine and crispy bruschetta followed by a delicious linguine and shrimp scampi. Taking centre stage is roast duck kissed with lavender honey accompanied by pommes terre dauphinoise, sweet-minted peas and carrots with jasmine rice. The cherry on top of the evening is the truly decadent dessert menu – chocolat fondant laced with sweetened whipped cream, mixed berries and white chocolate mousse. The cost is 450 per couple with the Valentine’s Dinner starting at 6.30pm. For more information or to make a booking, contact the Fish Eagle Café on 083 658 7073, 078 484 1859 or email email@example.com. Alternatively contact Crocworld Conservation Centre on 039 976 1103 or visit www.crocworld.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Losing her beloved grandmother during her final matric exams forced Thabiso Ndlovu to suppress the pain and soldier on in pursuit of the results she knew would make the women who helped raise her proud. Hailing from Umlazi in KwaZulu-Natal and an attendee of the Engen Maths and Science School (EMSS) hosted weekly at the University of KZN, Thabiso eventually achieved seven distinctions, with over 90% in both maths and science. This set of impressive results secured her top spot amongst the 532 Engen Maths and Science School leaners who wrote matric in 2018. Most importantly, however, it also secured her a place to study medicine at the University of Cape Town in 2019. “Qualifying as a doctor and making a difference will be the fulfilment of a life-long dream,” says Thabiso. A fear of being average is what pushes her to do her best in everything she undertakes, which will surely hold her in good stead at UCT. “I hope to successfully achieve my goal of being a doctor. I also want to combine the use of computers and medicine to effectively practise the betterment of the lives of all people.” Thabiso, who lives with her mother, aunt, cousin, two uncles and a brother in P section Umlazi, says her family have always been her motivation. “We have very little to live by, relying mostly on the small income from my aunt and social grants but everything I do is for them,” she says. Her advice for the matric students of 2019 is to do their best and approach their studies with a clear mind and a calm attitude. “Above all, prayer is most important,” she counsels. There are nine Engen Maths and Science Schools in South Africa offering weekly supplementary classes to learners from grade 10-12, including one each in Cape Town and Gauteng, three in the Eastern Cape and four in KwaZulu-Natal. A total of 532 matriculants from across South Africa benefited from Engen-backed extra classes in English, maths and science last year, achieving an impressive 93% pass . . .
If your wallet’s feeling a little light after the Festive Season, then head on down to Springfield Retail Centre, and get more “bang for your buck,” at their Super Sale. Boasting an extensive array of tenants from home décor and improvement stores, to food, toys, clothing and baby products, it’s the perfect location for shoppers to grab the opportunity, and take advantage of low prices, with savings of up to 50% off at selected stores. From now until Sunday, February 10th, 2019, Springfield Retail Centre is set to reduce your, “Janu-worries”! Happy Super Sale Shopping! CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .