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. . . .
Local family restaurant Frederick & Son will move out of their open plan walk-through restaurant to spoil visitors with their famous boerewors rolls and burgers at the SPAR Goodnight Market in the Tramways Building, Port Elizabeth, on June 21. The popular Baakens Valley eatery, brainchild of Freddy and Anna Heydenrych, is well known for its "burgers and beers", "two-for-one burger nights", "Friday's at Freddy's", and "experimental burgers". "We began selling our gourmet boeries at the Valley Market back in 2015. The reason we started was to follow our passion for good food and good meat in particular," said Freddy. The Heydenrych family have a long history in meat dating back to 1905 when Freddy's great grandfather started his meat business, slaughtering cattle under a tree in Jansenville. "Since then the family have been passionate about meat, owned several butcheries and gained a reputation, especially for our well-known biltong stop in Jansenville." The family's famous boerewors recipe is handwritten and dates back to 1905 when the original Johan Frederick created it. Freddy said they started with the boerewors at the market, which proved to be popular and they found something they loved doing. Soon they added burgers, and in December 2016 they took the risk to go full-time and opened their burger bar in the valley. "People continue to enjoy our boeries, but we have come to be known for our burgers. We produce all of our own boerie and patties and customers really appreciate the quality and the fact that we only use pure, fresh ingredients." Freddy felt that people who had an appreciation for the goodness of real food and supporting local were probably their biggest target market. "Our vision is to support local suppliers and build a sustainable food chain, so anyone who really buys into these values would be our market. "We get a lot of good feedback, especially from people who are able to recognise the difference in our meat . . .
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 . . .
The SPAR South African singles snooker championship will see the cream of South Africa's players gathering at the Hellenic Hall in Port Elizabeth for the annual event, starting on Sunday. The singles championship, which will see 64 snooker participants vying for the national title, will end on Saturday, culminating in a prize-giving function in the evening. It will be followed by the 6 Reds championship from June 24 to 27. Whereas snooker is played with 15 red balls, the 6 Reds format is played with six red balls and six colour balls. It will have a field of 34 players competing over the four days. South Africa Cue Sports marketing director Cyril Dupouy said the prestigious championships were brought to Nelson Mandela Bay to honour the centenary of the late president's birth. "The Nelson Mandela Bay Snooker and Billiards Association are organising the event and we are looking forward to a week of high-quality snooker," he said. "The tournament will conclude with the semifinals played on Friday and finals being played next Saturday." Dupouy, who is based in Port Elizabeth, said Nelson Mandela Bay star Charl Jonck would have a chance to make a name for himself. "Charl has been making 147 breaks and he is playing like a demon," he said. "Because he is playing in his first national singles championship after a long break he is not seeded. But if anyone can make an impact from PE it will be Charl." The top 64 players in the country were invited to compete in the championship, with substitutes filling in if any of those were unable to play, said Dupouy. "Players like Faris Kahn, Kiashen Moodley, Ricky Tregoning, Pierre Jordan and Mutalieb Allie, who was the African Masters runner-up this year, will be competing for this prestigious title." Nelson Mandela Bay Snooker Association chairman Mark Seymour said they were delighted to be hosting the championships. "We are really grateful to SPAR for stepping in at the last minute to sponsor . . .
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. . . .
Port Elizabeth, 13 June 2018: The R75 section 1 rehabilitation and safety measurement improvements project currently taking place between Port Elizabeth and Despatch, has reached its half-way mark, the South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL) announced. The R316 million project is on one of Nelson Mandela Bay’s primary arterial roads. The R75 connects some of the oldest suburbs and townships along the route and is a vital link between Port Elizabeth and the industrial areas of Uitenhage and Despatch. SANRAL took ownership of the R75 after it was declared a national road in April 2012. As part of its mandate, SANRAL is responsible for maintaining this important road infrastructure. “Route R75, one of the major National Roads within the Eastern Cape interior, is the primary arterial road for Algoa Park, Zwide, Zinyoka (Govan Mbeki), Veeplaas, Missionvale, New Brighton, KwaDwesi, KwaDwesi Extension, KwaMagxaki, Joe Slovo and Despatch, acting as the public transport link between both ends,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. The average daily traffic on this road ranges from between approximately 6100 and 7100 vehicles per day in the northbound direction, and an average of between 5500 and 5900 vehicles per day in the southbound direction. The average percentage of heavy vehicles to make use of the road is around 8.5%. This means that around 500 trucks use this road in each direction every day. Current construction is focused on rehabilitating the previously poor condition of the road surface as well as improving pedestrian safety, specifically for scholars crossing the very busy route. There are in excess of 4598 (2659 adults and 1939 children) pedestrians making use of the road, 42% of them being school going children frequenting the Khwezi Lomso High School (Zwide), Thyilulwazi Primary School (Zwide), Gareth Primary School (Zwide), KwaMagxaki High School (KwaMagxaki), Lungisa High School (KwaDwesi) and Nelson Mandela . . .
The Madibaz team are gearing up for a weekend of intense football when they bid to qualify for the ABC Motsepe League in the play-offs in Grahamstown on Saturday and Sunday. The play-offs will see eight Eastern Cape SAB League regional winners divided into two pools competing at the Grahamstown army base fields, with the winners of each pool earning promotion. Madibaz, under the guidance of coach Wayne Iveson, won the Nelson Mandela Bay SAB League title for the second year in a row this year and are now focused on moving to a higher level. "The guys have prepared very well and mentally they are in a better place than last year," said Iveson. In 2017, Madibaz also contested the play-offs but were unable to take the step up and the coach believes they will be better for the experience. "The guys now know what to expect. We have no injuries and we are quietly confident but we also understand that there are no guarantees. "However, I am expecting good things from the guys this weekend." Iveson added that there was a positive mood in the camp and that their mental preparation would be the key to their chances of success. "I believe that the most important thing is that we don't play in fear. "The players know their roles and functions and we just need to trust our game-plan and use our soccer intelligence. "Mistakes do happen, but the point is not to worry about that and just to go out there to play to the best of your ability. You can't do any more than that." Madibaz Sport Football manager Mark Tommy said there were a number of positives the team could take into the weekend. "The consistency of the team and the professionalism of the technical staff under Wayne Iveson remain the bedrock of the Madibaz philosophy that advocates the team's importance above individual glory," he said. "The Madibaz strategic objective is simply ‘to win the greatest number of games in a season' and the next step is the ABC Motsepe League . . .
She attended four different school, matriculating from Ndyebo Senior Secondary School in Port Elizabeth,where she lived with various family members after the death of her mother when she was in primary school, and found it very hard to believe in herself. That was until her Grade 10 science teacher introduced Amanda Ngqoleka to the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) programme, and that changed everything. Speaking out to mark Youth Month in a bid to raise awareness about the importance of self-motivation, and to urge youngsters not to believe the world owes them a living, Ngqoleka is proof that adversity can indeed translate to success. “When I was at school, those EMSS classes helped me improve my own marks because I saw other children excelling, and that motivated me to do more,” she recalls. Today, Ngqoleka is a graduate of the University of KwaZulu-Natal where she achieved a BSc Chemistry and Chemical Technology degree and is part of Engen’s Graduate Development Programme, working in the Lubricants Supply Chain division in Durban. It changed her life, she says, transforming her from someone who found it difficult to believe in herself to a person always trying to be her best self. “I used to let other people define me, but not anymore. Now I want to be an example to other youngsters that you shouldn’t let your current situation determine your future.” Ngqoleka’s accomplishments after she matriculatd and won an Engen bursary to pursue her studies, is exactly the kind of result Engen wants to see from its interventions, says Nokulunga Mjwara, Engen Talent Supply Specialist. “Ms Ngqoleka epitomises the quality of the young people we work with in the EMSS and Graduate programmes around the country every year, and our ultimate reward is to help set them up to pursue stimulating careers that won’t only benefit them personally, but also the economy as a whole,” she adds. Ngqoleka credits the Engen Graduate Development Programme . . .
JBay – The JBay Winterfest event organisers are proud to announce the music lineup at the Corona Sunset Sessions, to be held at the Corona Open JBay contest site. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place over both festival weekends 5-7 July and 12-14 July, and will feature some top South African musical acts. The Corona Sunset Sessions are all complimentary, and proudly brought to you by the Corona Open JBay. There will be 12 bands or artists over the two weekends, and every one of the shows are completely free of charge. There are no tickets to be bought, no bookings to be made and no queuing for anything. Just pitch up and enjoy the vibes. The Corona Sunset Sessions will take place in Pepper Street during the weekend evenings. Just make your way to the Corona Open prize-giving stage, where the bands will be setup for the evening shows. Venerated indie rock outfit Desmond and the Tutus is one of the headline acts, and they will be rocking the house on Saturday 7 July, along with Nic Preen and The World Of Birds. Friday 13 July, lucky for some, will see the hugely popular Cape Town-based rock act aKing perform, along with young and widely-liked Cape Town indie /rock band Crosscurrent, and looks like it will be a huge night. Good old rock ’n roll with a mix of dirty blues is the order of the day on the final evening of the Corona Sunset Sessions, as Jozi-based rock act Shadowclub take to the stage. One of the most celebrated local bands, Shadowclub will get the party going and will finish this year’s free Music Sessions on a high note. It’ll be busy on the final night, so pull in early. The Corona Sunset Sessions is a thank you and acknowledgement to the fans and spectators who come up every year to visit JBay and to watch the worlds’ best surfers competing at Supertubes, and to support our local contingent of surfers. This year we have Jordy Smith as well as Mikey February competing in the Corona Open JBay, as well as a yet-to-be-announced . . .
As the second most polluted continent, Africa must take both the responsibility and opportunity to pioneer world-leading waste management methods to avoid an environmental and socio-economic disaster, experts warn. This was the message from environmental scientist Dr Tony Ribbink, who was speaking at the annual general meeting of the PET Recycling Company (PETCO) at the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Thursday (June 7). Ribbink, chief executive officer of the Sustainable Seas Trust, believes that while there is a certain amount of gloom and doom surrounding the pollution problem, a lot of good is also being done*. “As the second most polluted continent, Africa is in clear danger of taking top spot unless responsibility for the crisis is shouldered at all levels,” said Ribbink, a former director of the World Bank GEF project on Lake Malawi/Nyasa for Malawi, Mozambique and Tanzania. But, he said, Africa was also pioneering new methods and activities to counter plastic pollution. “Industry is also becoming more committed to sustainability and finding solutions where previously there appeared to be none.” South African bottlers, who are voluntary members of PETCO, are increasingly assisting with the drive to improve recycling rates. Annual PET plastic bottle recycling increased to 65% of all bottles produced in the country in 2017 – up from 55% in 2016, according to recently released figures. This equates to 2.15 billion bottles recycled in 2017, which created 64 000 income-generating opportunities for recyclers and waste collectors participating in what is termed the “circular economy”, while also freeing up 578 000m3 of dwindling landfill space, PETCO announced in May. PETCO CEO Cheri Scholtz said these figures put South African PET recycling on par with global standards and that the organisation had set an ambitious recycling target of 70% by 2020. Even more significant, said Scholtz, was that approximately 96% of all PET bottles recovered in . . .