Port Elizabeth, 24 May 2017 -- Stronger forms of ethical leadership, ethical decision-making, ethical behaviour, ethical organisational cultures and ethical values is becoming a vital driver of organisational success and societal prosperity in the 21st century. Yet, unethical practices and transgressions by private and public sector organisations appear to be on the increase. What is ethical leadership, and how can it be harnessed to create and cultivate a stronger strain of forward-thinking, responsible and sustainable organisations? These are questions that will be answered and explored at the fourth annual Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit. The summit will take place on 28 June at the Boardwalk Convention Centre in Port Elizabeth and will unpack and examine ethical leadership from various critical vantage points through a curated line-up of guest speakers. During this one day event, speakers will discuss and debate themes of ethical leadership, find solutions to barriers which prohibit ethical leadership and explore new ideas and best-practices around this topic. “When ethical leadership which is deeply essential for a transforming and sustainable society is non-existent, the fabric of society and its institutions become soiled. Organisations must demonstrate its important role in society by functioning with a much clearer purpose and with higher levels of integrity, respect and responsibility,” said Dr. Randall Jonas, Director of NMMU Business School, one of the conveners of the Nelson Mandela Bay Leadership Summit. “This allows organisations to cut a more sustainable path in the future, and to add real value to employees, stakeholders, shareholders, communities and the natural environment. “Through this year’s summit, we want to empower leaders to become lighthouses of hope and inspiration in an uncertain and broken world, a world sometimes full of unknown unknowns,” said Dr. Jonas. STELLAR SPEAKER LINE-UP This year, the organisers of . . .
CREATIVE PULSE: The South African creative economy could be one of the levers with which to improve South Africa’s general economic status this – and other trends affecting the arts, culture and heritage sectors and the creative and cultural industries – are the main focal points of the South African Cultural Observatory’s (SACO) national conference this week (24 & 25 May) at the Turbine Hall in Johannesburg. #SACOConf2017 to identify trends to boost SA’s R90bn creative economy Johannesburg, 23 May 2017 – THE second South African Cultural Observatory National (SACO) Conference, which takes place this tomorrow and Thursday (24 – 25 May) in Johannesburg, will strengthen the knowledge and capacity of South Africa’s creative economy to unlock higher levels of inclusive growth. Building on last year’s theme of ‘Counting Culture,’ respected global and local subject matter experts, researchers and practitioners will this year discuss, explore and debate the theme ‘Creative Economy and Development’. Early data points to the creative economy contributing 2.9% to the South African gross domestic product (around R90-billion) – on par with global averages which sit at 3% according to a 2015 EY study. The creative economy also employs over 440 000 South Africans. The data shows the sectors contributed R24-billion in taxes in the 2013/14 period, and helped underpin the empowerment of black South Africans, women and younger people. Over 50% of the creative industries and enterprises are owned by Black South Africans, 40% are owned by women and more than 30% by young entrepreneurs. “These initial figures show the potential of an even better supported creative economy. The conference programme supports this thinking and I am very pleased to see a wide range of global and local perspectives on the programme,” said Nathi Mthethwa, Minister of Arts & Culture. Minister Mthethwa said a discussion around the creative economy and development was a pressing . . .
Owner and co-founder of Step Up Education Centres, Cindy Glass is a qualified teacher with over 20 years’ experience in helping children grow and develop into the best version of themselves. She started her career at Yellowwood Park Primary in sunny Durban and moved on to open her first after-school tuition centre in 2005 in Port Elizabeth. Two years later she had grown to three branches across the windy city, securing the world record for the fastest growing first-year Education Centre internationally. After almost a decade in Port Elizabeth, Cindy moved to Pietermaritzburg where she and co-founder Fiona Lake, decided to open another after-school tuition centre, only this time, under their own brand, Step Up Education Centres. This, Cindy says, gave them the freedom to develop and customise the course material for the South African market and saw them become the first South African company to develop a world-class remediation after-school tutoring service for learners based on CAPS system. Fellow teachers got wind of the course material and loved the fact that in addition to the localised content, it had a unique ability to demonstrate flexibility in learning which catered for the needs of a variety of learning styles and personalities. As a result Cindy and Fiona sold their first four franchises within eight months of opening. “When we opened Step Up in Pietermaritzburg, we never even thought about franchising. Now, just over a year later we have five centres in three provinces around the country,” Cindy explains. Passionate about education and the upliftment of others, Cindy is not only committed to helping children reach their potential, but also to revolutionising the the face of education. She believes that Step Up English, Afrikaans, Maths, Physics and Accounting courses are ideally suited to play a substantial role in the fight against illiteracy in South Africa. Furthermore, Cindy has a heart for struggling communities and spent two years . . .
Experienced mountain bike professional Andrew Hill will be banking on a strong partnership with colleague Marco Joubert to try to land another title in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek this weekend. The Durban-based rider is preparing for a tough weekend of racing in the three-stage event that takes place at the Zuurberg Mountain Village, just outside Port Elizabeth, from Friday. Hill won the title with Adriaan Louw a year ago and he and Joubert, riding for TIB Insurance-Momsen Valley Light, are eyeing another podium spot after forming a formidable combination this season. "Marco has some very good form at the moment so I've definitely got the focus and team for the title defence," said the 35-year-old. "As professionals, we put in 100 per cent every time we race and it would be amazing to win another Zuurberg title." "Marco is riding very well and I'll have to just hold on and make the most of his power." Hill said he looked forward to some serious competition against the likes of BCX's Waylon Woolcock and HB Kruger, who beat them to the title at the Winelands Encounter last month. The latter followed that up with a comfortable victory at the Paarl MTB Classic last weekend. "Waylon and HB will definitely be a tough team to crack, but we'll be up to the task and fighting for every minute on the results sheet. "It's always good to have the attitude that anything is possible in a stage race and you need to plan for most eventualities. "Our strategy will be to make sure we are consistent on the bike and not take any risks." With his knowledge of the course, Hill said they would know how to manage their efforts. "The Zuurberg Pass will be the biggest challenge in the race and, having ridden it a number of times, we'll both know where we can push or where we can save energy," he said. "Hopefully this can help us to put pressure on the other teams." Hill said the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek provided a proper test, with the amount of . . .
In a major coup for women's rugby at NMMU, the Port Elizabeth varsity have been named hosts of the sixth University Sport South Africa (USSA) sevens tournament in September. The decision was made after Melissa Awu, former rugby manager at the university, put forward a bid last year to the national body to stage the event in 2017. Awu, who is also the development officer for USSA Rugby, felt it was a milestone for women's rugby at the university and she was looking forward to managing this project on behalf of Madibaz rugby. "We are paving the way for something that has not been done by women," she said, referring to the fact that the tournament will be hosted largely by women. "NMMU have hosted the men's tournament in the past, but now it's time to give space to the women to grow the sport." Awu, who joined the university in 2015 when women's rugby was in its "infancy", said the tournament would assist with the development of the code. Although there were plans to take the tournament back to KwaZulu-Natal where it was hosted in the past, the Madibaz were able to meet all the requirements set out by the executive of USSA Rugby. Tournament director Richard Janse van Rensburg said applicants had to present their bid a year in advance, followed by a site tour to ensure the facilities were up to standard. Awu said the news served as an opportunity for both the players and the greater student body. "Our students have so much potential and we wanted to provide them with an opportunity to explore talents they might not have thought they had. "The event will open doors for student leadership and give them a platform to grow their skills." She said five students were involved in the local organising committee and that through opportunities such as these they hoped to empower them to become leaders. Last year's event, held at Tshwane University of Technology, was a steep learning curve for the Madibaz after they finished in the lower half of . . .
Long Beach Kommetjie put its best foot forward on the final day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong producing perfect 3 to 4 foot surf in light offshore conditions which brought a successful joint SA Surf Tour and event to an impressive conclusion. In the WSL QS1000 Pro Junior Boy’s Division, Kommetjie brothers Jake and Max Elkington finished first and second and fellow Kom locals Ford Van Jaarsvelt and Eli Beukes were third and fourth respectively. Jake Elkington retains his spot as the WSL ratings leader after his win yesterday. The JQS1,000 Pro Junior Girls title went to Sophie Bell of Salt Rock who edged Kommetjie local Summer Sutton into second place in the dying seconds of the final. Kayla Nogueira of uMhlanga came third and Sarah Ingram of Constantia was fourth. The 3 A rated SA Surf Tour U16 Boys final was a triumph for Dillen Hendricks of Pellsrus near Jeffreys Bay. Surfing in the green Sea Harvest vest, the JBay goofy footer dominated the final from the beginning as he gave a commanding performance on the Long Beach lefts.Eli Beukes put up a strong fight but Hendricks had the edge and the Kommetjie local had to settle for second. Another Kommetjie surfer, York Van Jaarsveldt, was third and Durban visitor Saxton Randall came fourth. Honours in the U16 Girls Final went to the incredibly talented Kayla Nogueira. Although only just 14, Nogueira has made her mark in all contests this year. Tayla de Coning of East London came second and continued her run of success this year while local girl Summer Sutton was third and Maya Shefer Boswell was fourth. Daniel Emslie of East London earned gold with a strong win in the U14 Boys division and Luke Thompson took silver ahead of fellow Durban surfer Nate Spalding. Luke van Wyk of Constantia took fourth spot. Ceara Knight of Kommetjie celebrated a maiden SAST victory when she beat her good friends Caroline Brown of Hout Bay and Leila Steytler of Kommetjie into second and third place . . .
Port Elizabeth, May, 22nd, 2017 - The recent sale of the most expensive property in Port Elizabeth for a record R16 million is an indication that the real estate landscape in Nelson Mandela Bay is heating up, influenced by the economic forces that shape the national property market. The Seaview home deal could also boost property valuations in Port Elizabeth and establish a favourable environment for owners selling a house privately. Even though the housing market in Port Elizabeth is set to follow suit with trends in other major metros, the city has its own merits. The average homebuyer in the Bay does not have to reach too deep into their pockets yet compared to their counterparts in Cape Town and Johannesburg. Furthermore, Port Elizabeth is not too overcrowded from a residential, holiday season, and economic activity perspective. In 2006, Private Property ran an article about the Port Elizabeth Residential Property Market, in which it was predicted that PE can expect massive capital gains on property as a result of increased economic activity and that holidaymakers will hunt bigger spaces as land will be in short supply in other major coastal cities. Now, twelve years later, Port Elizabeth is living up to these expectations. The city was able to attach a record price tag on a luxury 750m² residential property, despite the fact that most properties in the region fetch a price between R600, 000 and R1,5 million. Nelson Mandela Bay is also one of three coastal metropolitan markets (along with Cape Town) to outshine inland markets. Last year, Nelson Mandela Bay's market performance was significantly better than the average house price inflation with a 7.2% increase – 4.3% behind the Cape Metro. That Port Elizabeth is experiencing a development surge can be attributed to the sizable investments that Coega IDZ is attracting as well as other new areas allocated by government for fast-tracked development. The residential market growth in this region relates . . .
Jake Elkington (Kommetjie) and Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) took the junior men’s and women’s titles at the BOS Cape Crown pres. by Billabong in idyllic 1 to 1.3 metre waves at Long Beach in Kommetjie on Sunday. Their victories saw Elkington extend his lead at the top of the World Surf League (WLS) Africa regional junior men’s rankings while Bell moved into the No. 1 spot on the junior women’s leaderboard with four of the nine events on the 2017 calendar completed. Local surfers dominated the results with all four men’s finalists coming from Kommetjie along with two of the four women’s finalists despite a strong contingent of the country’s best 18-and-under surfers from all over the South African coastline. The men’s final was a see-saw affair with the lead changing hands numerous times. Eli Beukes started well before Ford van Jaarsveldt posted the first substantial score while the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – had slow starts as they waited for the bigger set waves. Beukes stayed busy on the inside before Max found a great righthander and posted an excellent score that he followed with a mid-range score to take the lead. In the last five minutes Van Jaarsveldt put himself into contention with an explosive ride, but with just 45 seconds remaining it was Jake who produced the title-winning score on a left that he decimated with a series of vertical backhand manoeuvres that netted an 8.67. “It’s really amazing to have a WSL event at my home break and to surf in front of your home crowd and get the win feels great,” said Jake. “Having three friends in the final that I surf with every day and are always pushing my levels was also fun. I was leading the rankings coming into this event, but now I’m one step closer to my goal of qualifying for the WSL Junior Champs in Australia at the beginning of next year.” Kommetjie resident Summer Sutton made full use of her local knowledge to dominate the women’s final, riding twice as many waves as her opponents . . .
Long Beach, Kommetjie, Cape Town - Small but perfect conditions greeted the contestants in the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong on the opening day at Long Beach. Clean and consistent two to three-foot waves peeled both left and right at the deep south beach break, and the contest organisers wasted little time before getting the event started. Although being small, the waves were highly contestable and before long there were some excellent scoring rides being recorded, and surfers started picking up their respective games in this important surf event. Kirsty McGillivray from Jeffreys Bay had a great start to her campaign in the Pro Junior Women's division, winning her first heat comfortably and advancing through to the next round with ease. "The waves were pretty small out there and I had quite a slow start to my heat," said McGillivray. "I was waiting for so long and I knew that I had to get started. Luckily I caught a nice right-hander to open my account, and then I had to wait again for my next wave." Being patient worked for the Eastern Cape natural-footed (left foot forward) surfer. "My next wave was a good one, so the waiting paid off. I guess it was all about wave selection out there, because with not that many sets coming through you really need to be on the good ones." With conditions improving as the tide pushed, the contest organisers forged on, making for a long but enthralling day on the beach for all involved. Joshe Faulkner from JBay was another surfer who performed well at Long Beach, sticking to the right-handers running across the beach. Joshe is a goofy-footed surfer (right-foot forward) so he was surfing with his back to the wave with great effect. Joshe grew up surfing the perfect right-hand walls of Supertubes in Jeffreys Bay, so is very at ease and accustomed to surfing with his back to the wave, and put this experience to work on the opening day of this event. Joshe recently received the news that he is an invitee to the . . .
Cape Town surfers showed their form on the opening day of the BOS Cape Crown presented by Billabong, using their local knowledge at Long Beach in Kommetjie to outpoint their rivals and advance to the semi-finals of the junior men’s and women’s events The World Surf League (WSL) Junior Qualifying Series (JQS) events got started under cloudless skies with a light offshore wind grooming the small 1 to 2-foot waves that improved as the tide dropped. Kommetjie based competitors Ford van Jaarsveld, Ethan Fletcher and Eli Beukes and Durban’s Tide-Lee Ireland won the four Round 1 heats to advance to the quarterfinals along with their respective heat runners-up. A similar pattern emerged from the quarterfinals of the JQS1,000 women’s event where Natasha van Greunen (Muizenberg) upset top seed and reigning WSL Africa champion Sophie Bell (Salt Rock) to win the first heat and Summer Sutton (Kommetjie) won the next as she and Tayla de Coning (East London) eliminated fourth seed Taghiti Gericke (Wilderness). Third seed Kirsty McGillivray (Jeffreys Bay) and Sarah Ingram (Cape Town) advanced from Heat 3 and rankings leader Kayla Nogueira (uMhlanga) and Danica Stockigt (East London) joined them in Sunday’s semifinals from heat 4. The junior men’s quarterfinals produced fireworks as top seed Adin Masencamp (Strand) posted the highest single ride of the day, an excellent 8.0 out of 10, to wrap up the heat win and advance to Sunday’s semis along with Van Jaarsveld, who ended runner-up. They will be joined by fellow heat winners Joshe Faulkner (Jeffreys Bay), Koby Oberholzer (Warner Beach) and Beukes, along with the Elkington brothers – Jake and Max – from Kommetjie, and Saxton Randall (Durban) Similar conditions and a slight increase in swell are expected for Sunday’s finals showdown and the action will be red hot with a total prize purse of R30,000 on offer> Rankings points from the event count towards the 2017 WSL Africa titles, the selection of the WSL . . .