ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: The Tramways building, a catalytic investment in Baakens River Valley mode has revitalised the valley into a magnet for major events and function. Port Elizabeth, 19 April 2017 – The revamped Tramways building in Port Elizabeth has proved to be a major catalyst to economic development and has livened up the Baakens Valley. The R40million investment in the rejuvenation and redevelopment by the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA) has hosted more than 40 000 visitors, held close to 100 events attended by numerous people in just one year since opening its doors. “There is a lot of demand out there for big venues and this building provides a unique advantage whereby the client can create their own masterpiece with the open space. A lot of people have been disappointed that most of the dates are already booked from last year and we are busy with 2018 booking already,” said Luvuyo Bangazi, MBDA spokesperson. The shell of the double-volume building had been retained, with brick and timber windows in place of steel to honour the once working bus shed, with modern materials. The exterior of the building, particularly on the Baakens Street and Lower Valley Road side, was restored to its original design. The Tramways offers four floor spaces to hire. The exhibition hall boasts a 1000 square meter floor space, the foyer area offers almost 200 square meters, there is a 16 seater boardroom, and the latest addition is a new Left Wing which is about 300 square meters. The spaces cater for conferences, exhibitions, food markets, night markets, craft shows, music events, cocktails events, product and service launches among others. POPULAR VENUE: Hordes of people visit the Valley Market stalls held at the Tramways building, Port Elizabeth. Traders at the Tramways agree that the venue has added value to their investment. Grant Foong the owner of Foong’s said, “As a small caterer trading during the Valley Market at the Tramways has given . . .
Port Elizabeth, 19 April 2017 - The South African National Roads Agency (SOC) Ltd (SANRAL) has today announced road infrastructure development programmes with a total investment value of R1,6 billion for the national road network in Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality and the Sarah Baartman District Municipality. SANRAL will break ground for six new construction, maintenance and upgrading projects in its new 2017/18 financial book year, according to Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager. Three of the projects along the R334, R342 and R336 will improve the quality of the national road network from Somerset East, Kirkwood and Patterson to Addo, and from Addo to Motherwell / Nelson Mandela Bay, while the remaining projects are focused on the R75 and N2 for Uitenhage, Joe Slovo and Colchester. The announcement was made today at one of SANRAL’s several annual consultation and engagement briefings with municipalities in the Eastern Cape. Today, SANRAL engaged the mayoral portfolio committee members of Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) on cooperation requirements from the NMBM in relation to traffic control and municipal approval of rezoning or subdivision of land adjacent to national roads network, amongst other things. “The forthcoming projects will not only advance road safety but also deliver a world-class national road network to the province Peterson said. “Along with the Presidential Infrastructure Coordinating Commission’s strategic integrated N2 Wild Coast Toll Road project, investment in the national road network in the Eastern Cape is poised to steer the region into a golden era of prosperity through mobility. A safer and effective road network is key to enhancing foreign and domestic direct investment, socio-economic growth and development as well as government service delivery,” Peterson said. Petersen indicated that SANRAL will set SMME contract participation goals and community training programmes in forthcoming tender calls to . . .
What does Corporate Social Investment mean to you? No longer is CSI seen as a charitable donation, an enhanced corporate image, a tax write-off or a solution for the corporate conscience, but rather as contributing to the real needs of the community in which you operate. More sustainable growth could be delivered if management could see CSI as part of their strategic environment, contributing to real social development and economic progress. A popular approach to CSI is mentoring – affording previously disadvantaged individuals the opportunity to develop skills and an understanding of how best to manage their careers, how their actions impact on their success and how to improve on the things they are good at, to grow and to make their mark in the world. Anyone can be a mentor – regardless of current position – as there is always someone who is less experienced or just starting out who is looking for guidance. Konrad Laker, CEO of Gold Travel, believes that it is imperative for any business operating in South Africa to be a part of the solution and not the problem in contributing to Corporate Social Investment (CSI) and to look at other ways of giving back, and not necessarily just with the focus of improving your bottom line. Under Laker’s guidance and support, young entrepreneur Tendai Chawasarira, a qualified Barista, was able to open his own coffee shop, Bean@Beuna, in their office block and he is enormously grateful for the opportunity. “I am able improve my skills and work experience, which has ignited my passion for coffee again; the ideas for a bigger menu are flowing, and with our client base growing I am about to hire extra staff.” The potential of uplifting the community has improved, and employee morale is also enhanced with the buy-in and support of everyone in the office and the corporate park. Laker believes CSI is a give-and-take scenario – you give to plough back into the community and take to identify potential contributors for your . . .
Trademark owners failing to register dotAfrica (.africa) domain names matching their brand names during the 04 April to 02 June Sunrise phase could find themselves incurring significant legal costs. There are innumerable complexities involved in trying to wrest intellectual property away from those who would have snapped up domain names after the Sunrise phase. Proactive trademark owners have already started securing their .africa domain names before the new .africa geographic Top Level Domain (gTLD) is launched to the public during the General Availability (GA) phase from 04 July 2017. During GA, domain names will be registered on a first-come, first-served basis. Therefore, trademark owners who do not secure their .africa domain names during the current 60-day Sunrise phase may not be able to guarantee the availability of their .africa domain names from GA onwards. "The very real possibility of opportunists registering one's trademarks exists and it is best prevented by the simple act of applying now for .africa domain names that match registered or validated intellectual property," says Lucky Masilela, CEO of ZA Central Registry NPC (ZACR). According to Mr Masilela, .africa is the new top-level domain for the African continent. "It is an African initiative created by Africans for the International Internet community. In order to ensure responsible growth, the .africa Registry will place special emphasis on securing the rights of intellectual property owners during the Sunrise period," he explained. Africa is home to an array of world-leading brands valued in the hundreds of millions of dollars that require protection. The Africa Brand Index by Ornico lists the following amongst the top 25 social media brands on the continent: SuperSport, Woolworths, Vodacom, Safaricom, FirstBank, Jumia, Airtel, Pick n Pay, MTN and others. For its part, Brand Africa has at least six homegrown African brands included in its global listing of the Top 100 Most . . .
NMMU student Kyle de Beer continued to show his potential on the golf course when he captured the Eastern Province-Border Strokeplay title at the Fish River Sun this weekend. The first-year human movement science student won the event after being one shot behind second-round leader Naldo Claassen, of Port Elizabeth, following the opening 36 holes on Saturday. Shooting a four-under-par 68 in the last round on Sunday, De Beer posted a final total of 211, finishing one ahead of Greg McKay from Mount Edgecombe in KwaZulu-Natal. Claassen, after rounds of 73 and 69 on Saturday, had a 71 on Sunday to finish tied third on 213 with another PE player, Allan Lones. The 18-year-old KPMG Madibaz Golf Club member said he was pleased with the victory, having gone into the tournament without any great expectations. "I had a few new clubs in my bag which I was trying out so I wasn't expecting too much," he said. "But it was nice to get the win which was my first open tournament victory." He added he would be targeting a number of similar events on the South African calendar this year, with his next date being the Western Province Amateur in Cape Town in the last week of April. Last month, De Beer was recognised by the national selectors when he was named in a South African Junior team for a triangular tournament at Houghton Golf Club in Johannesburg against a Scotland side and an SA Golf Development Board outfit. The Madibaz star emerged from that triangular with two wins and a half in three of his matches, losing only in the foursomes encounter against Scotland when they were beaten on the final hole. In the singles matches against Scotland, De Beer was the only South African player not to lose, an achievement which he said gave him a sense of pride. Having grown up in PE, De Beer attended St Dominic's Priory and, besides golf, also excelled at cricket and soccer, earning provincial colours in both sports. His earliest memories of golf are . . .
Northern Areas Football Association Easter tournament director Valentine Brink said they were gearing up for another high-quality festival of soccer when the event celebrated its 44th edition this weekend. Sponsored by SPAR Eastern Cape for the second year, the longest-running amateur soccer tournament in the country will take place at the Gelvan soccer fields from Friday to Monday. Involving 48 age-group teams from U11 to U20, as well as 20 senior teams, the proceedings will reach a climax when the main final is played at the Gelvan Stadium on Monday at 3.30pm. Brink said everything was on track for another bumper weekend of soccer, adding that the SPAR sponsorship played a critical role in enabling them to deliver a quality product. "Their involvement in the last two years has been a massive boost for the tournament, ensuring that we can go from strength to strength in providing a memorable experience for all," said Brink. He said an indication of how the tournament continued to flourish was the introduction of a U20 division involving eight teams this year. "This adds to the five sections we have from U9 to U17 so we are able to cater for players of all ages." SPAR Eastern Cape promotions and advertising manager Alan Stapleton said they were delighted to be part of one of the largest amateur events in the country. "It is great to be involved with a tournament with 43 years of heritage and tradition," he said. "It is also good to work with Nafa, a body who seek to foster, promote and develop soccer in the region. "Furthermore, this tournament offers opportunities for junior, age-group and senior players, tying in with SPAR's commitment to contribute to the community. Stapleton said core SPAR values such as entrepreneurship within the framework of a team, passion, family and a healthy lifestyle were all embodied by the tournament in one way or another. He placed special emphasis on the company's belief in family values. "This . . .
Providing a cross country racing opportunity for mountain biking enthusiasts in the Eden region is at the core of the second Madibaz XCO Series, which kicks off next Sunday. Based at the NMMU campus in George, the series will comprise four events, with further races taking place on June 10, August 27 and October 29. The August leg will, for the first time, include an intervarsity division for top student riders from around the country. Race director Jan Venter, of NMMU, said the series was aimed at attracting riders to the sport and that was why they had opted for a cross country course rather than a point-to-point route. "As our main focus is on development, cross country, which is an Olympic sport, is the way to go in setting up the course," he said. "In addition, while there are plenty of marathon races, there have been no cross country events of this nature in the Eden region so we wanted to create something for the riders." Venter said they would like to see the series - now in its second year - grow and for this reason they had deliberately kept entry fees reasonable. "It is R50 for children and R90 for adults, so it is not expensive. We are cautiously optimistic that we will see a rise in numbers this year." He added that they had attracted about 60 participants per race in the inaugural series and hoped to improve on that, thanks to a sponsorship from Old Mutual Private Wealth Management. "This sponsorship has enabled us to offer some attractive prizes while Old Mutual will also be bringing some of their clients to take part," said Venter. Further support for the event, which is open to anyone, has come from Ridelife George, Giant South Africa and Tippeton. He said the length of the laps were 5.1km for sub-juniors (12 years) and up and 3.2km for the younger categories. "In cross country racing there is a nice mix of everything, with some technical areas, single-track and normal gravel roads making up the course. "There . . .
Having developed a close rapport over the years, next month's PwC Great Zuurberg Trek will further strengthen the mountain bike event's partnership with the Unity in Africa Foundation. Reflecting on the relationship, UinA director Bernice Rose said their position as a race beneficiary had gone a long way in helping develop the foundation's brand. "This has been a win-win partnership from inception and the support we receive from the event greatly contributes in ensuring that we are able to continue our day to day running of the foundation." She said the foundation specialised in socio-economic development and acted as a channel between businesses and beneficiary organisations. "We believe that improving education is the key to lasting socio-economic transformation in South Africa. "Our core focus is development through educational support programmes that empower individuals to contribute positively to our economy," said Rose. Three individuals oversee the day-to-day operation of the foundation and while every effort was made to minimise costs, Rose said they relied on partnership-driven support to ensure their continued work. "The support we receive ensures our impact on investments are maintained and that we can continue to support our students," she said. "It costs R25 000 per student per year to make a positive impact." PwC Great Zuurberg Trek co-founder Trevor Hayter said the relationship with UinA had grown over the years and the foundation now played an active role in the event each year. "One of the ways they get exposure is through the meet and greet service at the airport. They are involved with the receiving of riders as they land in Port Elizabeth." Through this contact, Rose said they hoped to make some headway in achieving one of their short-term goals. "Welcoming the riders at the airport provides a perfect opportunity for us to get to know some of the participants and make important connections. "Through these we . . .
(Port Elizabeth) – Multi-talented Port Elizabeth painter Janine Every is making waves in art circles with an unusual new canvas that blurs the lines between architecture, interior design and installation art. Swapping the traditional art canvas for a large-format surface that is manufactured to her exact specifications, Every’s artworks possess an added earthy texture, which she thought unachievable – until now. Over the past year, Every has been experimenting with oils and acrylics on lightweight concrete, a unique polystyrene and concrete composite product manufactured by sustainable solutions company Rhino Group – and primarily marketed to developers and architects. Cast in large slabs – larger than is ordinarily possible with canvas – Every’s naturally textured artworks cover a range of subjects from black-and-white portraits to wildlife and even colourful abstracts. “When you think concrete, you think sculpture, not painting. With lightweight concrete as my canvas, every piece is completely different. It has opened up a whole new area of art for me,” she said. Every’s first lightweight concrete commission, and largest to date, was a 2.3m by 2m portrait, inspired by Antoinette Reinecke’s award-winning “Gogo” photograph. Using lightweight concrete as her medium was the brainchild of Rhino Group managing director Brian van Niekerk, and as a result the artwork now hangs in House Rhino, the group’s sustainable living showcase home located at Crossways Farm Village just outside Port Elizabeth. “I love the texture of lightweight concrete. It adds a totally different dimension from what I can achieve on canvas,” said Every. “I can paint on it, drill into it with a pencil drill or build on top of it with wet concrete for a three-dimensional effect.” She said the surface texture could also be cast according to the client’s preference and subject matter, whether it be smooth, cracked, woodgrain or more aerated. “It’s even great for outdoor . . .
On 22 March 2017, the Animal Anti-Cruelty League (AACL) sent out a donation request through local media after the organisation's only mobile clinic was involved in a car accident and considered a write off. Uitenhage-based poultry producer, Sovereign Foods responded to this urgent plea with a contribution of R20 000 towards the purchasing the much needed vehicle. “The incident occurred when our van was hit head on by a vehicle that was travelling in the wrong direction on a one-way off ramp from Standford Road to Bethelsdorp, the impact resulted in the mobile clinic becoming a total write off” said Chairman of the AACL, Glen Truscott. Truscott was relieved to announce that nobody sustained any serious injuries and the animals were safe in the back of the van. “Our employees transported the animal’s home with their personal vehicles” he said. Without a vehicle the AACL's daily outreach operations are halted, as two field teams are normally sent out to Northern Area districts to provide health and veterinary care to animals from less advantaged communities. These districts include Timothy Valley, Kwanoxolo, New Brighton, Kwazakhele, Sewende Laan, Barcelona, Sanctor and Helenvale. On average, three animals are transported to the AACL's Clearly Park Clinic and 9th Avenue Walmer Veterinary Clinic daily. These cases are generally for sterilisation and require an overnight stay. The Clearly Park Clinic focuses on sterilisations, vaccines, de-worms and treatments provided to animals. The new vehicle cost will be subsidised by the insurance paid out, as well as the donations received from Sovereign Foods and other private parties. It is estimated that a further R40 000 is needed to be raised in order to purchase a new vehicle. “We are thankful to Sovereign Foods for providing us with such a large financial contribution in a time when the country's economy is experiencing an economic crisis. With the donation, we are one step closer in restoring our outreach . . .