Madibaz karateka Adre Weideman enhanced her standing in the sport when she returned from a recent national tournament in Stellenbosch with four gold medals. The 20-year-old Nelson Mandela University student, from Korsten in Port Elizabeth, competed in the Goju Kai tournament last month and ruled the kata and kumite categories. Representing Eastern Province, she also picked up two team golds in the same disciplines. Even though she lacked some confidence going into the tournament, Weideman said her success made her realise "I can do anything I put my mind to". "I was recovering from an injury and juggling a hectic academic schedule, which often caused my training to take a back seat," said the third-year human movement science student. "Apart from all the insecurities about whether I had trained enough and if I had fully recovered, these medals have provided the motivation for me to keep pushing and to believe in myself." She added that a number of factors contributed to her success. "Thanks to the constant motivation from my coaches Shihan Clayton Thom and sensei Warda Mallick, as well as from my family, I had no choice but to apply my mind to do the best I can." "I was also honoured to be chosen as a provincial coach for the team. Being put in this position of trust meant I wanted to prove I was the right person for the job and that motivated me even more." The third factor had a personal ring to it because Weideman competed alongside her sister, Luchay, a Grade 10 pupil at St James High. "She is a world medallist [in her age-group] and just competing with her made me bring my best to the table," she said. "I wanted to give my all the same way she gives her all - to match her fearless attitude in competition definitely gave me the edge I needed." She felt great satisfaction with her efforts after winning only one gold medal in the same tournament a year ago. "I was quite disappointed in my performance then," said Weideman. . . .
Thando Manana's passion for rugby will stand him in good stead as he throws his weight behind a campaign to put the pride back into Madibaz rugby. The former Springbok flank was recently elected president of the Madibaz Rugby Club, taking over the hot seat at a time when the varsity's premier team have been relegated to the Varsity Shield competition. Involved in rugby from an early age, the 41-year-old rugby fanatic feels Madibaz need to work hard to ensure they are the leading rugby institution in the Eastern Cape, with a place in the top five varsity sides in the country among his long-term goals. "I believe it is essential for every member of the club to know their role and I want the club rugby family to impart the values I live by," said Manana. "These include hard work, honesty, a sense of empathy, faith, self-reliance, respect for other people and kindness." He added that having qualified coaches in charge of the teams was one of the key elements in ensuring success. "It is vitally important to run Madibaz as a professional team, rather than an amateur approach, if you want to be the best. "In addition to the coaching aspect, we need to attract the top Eastern Cape schools players to Mandela University. "This goes hand in hand with getting business people to invest in the club so we can offer bursaries to promising young players, as well as scouts willing to scour the region to find the talent we can transform into being the pride of Madibaz rugby." Manana said his first three months in the position would be focused on making the complex issues simple. "The simpler we can make it, the easier it will be to get everyone involved to do their jobs properly. "I believe a new playing style should be one of the things we look into and this vision should filter down to women's rugby, the Res league and the Young Guns. "The quality of coaching, the physical preparation of our players and nutrition are of paramount importance in our . . .
Posting your thoughts, pictures and video on Social Media sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and the like can be gratifying. BUT, unless you are right there when it is posted it can be somewhat difficult to find a particular post, image or video a day or week later. Reason: Sites such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram do not have the best or most intuitive search facilities around and concentrate on the 'latest' postings rather than the 'best'. At the end of the day the best way to find anything is via a search engine such as Google and that is the reason why finding that elusive video on YouTube is a little easier. SEO Tip for YouTube Vloggers and content producers: Make sure that you make use of the description box under your video to describe your content and use words that people will use to search for your content. The normal way for people to get their content noticed after posting is: Share to all other social media networks Post on all sites under your control Use email to further the reach Pay for adverts Rinse and Repeat The holy grail for longevity and to make content easier to find is to ensure that it can also be found on the Search Engines such as Google, Bing, Yahoo, Duck Duck Go and the like. One way is to submit video or live content to a site such as AlgoaLive. Of course getting that content to be found and linked to from authorative web sites is the Holy Grail of Search Engine Optimisation. Why? Search Engines ensure that any piece of content has longevity and can be found for years after being posted. Quality video costs money and the people paying want a return on investment. One of the ways to broaden your reach and get the search engines to notice you is by having your content featured on a web site that has Domain Authority with the search engines. Domain Authority is a combination of the following: Age of the Domain - the younger the less authority Links - The number of links . . .
Port Elizabeth - The AIDC EC this week unveiled a new three-year strategy to drive localization, transformation and skills development in the Eastern Cape's automotive supply chain in support of the South African Automotive Industry Master plan. Speaking at the launch Board Chairperson, Weza Moss said the AIDC EC had repositioned itself in the light of the current automotive landscape to align its program resources with the South Africa Automotive Master plan (SAAM2035). SAAM2035 was developed by the sector collectively as a comprehensive guideline to secure the sector's future. The AIDC EC Board embarked on a process to review and test the relevancy of its strategy against the backdrop of the sector's priorities to grow GDP and jobs, Moss said. "Stakeholder engagements with the industry bodies for component manufacturers and assemblers, OEMs, SEZs, government departments, independent researchers and benchmarking entities informed and affirmed an outcome towards close alignment with the pillars that underpin SAAM2035," he said. "Key, but not limited, to the new strategy, is how we impact and contribute to localization and the deepening of the value chain, how we develop suppliers, particularly in the context of transformation and then how we capacitate them and assist them with issues of compliance pertaining to international standards." AIDC EC CEO, Hoosain Mahomed said the company had earmarked three anchor projects in the Eastern Cape to underpin the new strategy which would be reviewed again in 2022. "The organisation envisages incubators for both of the Eastern Cape's manufacturing hubs around East London and Port Elizabeth and a learning center that supports the development of skills required by the automotive and manufacturing industries towards Industry 4.0", he said. "In execution of the strategy discussions with the DTI and educational institutions – the TVETs are are ongoing and a number of MOUs have already been signed with, among . . .
The SPAR Goodnight Market has embraced the Eastern influence with new exhibitors Suki Sushi & Asian Cuisine expected to be at the monthly fair at the Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth on November 15. Established last October, Suki offer a variety of Asian dishes, seafood and sushi - all delicious meals skilfully made with the freshest ingredients. "We try to uphold the integrity of every dish by sourcing the core Asian ingredients through import whilst still supporting local for our fresh meat and vegetable produce," said qualified sushi chef Kevin Zhang. "We as a company believe we're only as good as the positive partnerships we hold in the community." Zhang felt elated at having the opportunity to interact with people they had not met before previously. "We feel privileged being allowed to showcase our passion alongside fellow local entrepreneurs," he said. He added that they prided themselves in offering a warm welcome and said their aim was to make visitors feel like family. "We're also quite determined to turn sushi novices into avid sushi eaters. We're aware that tastes differ. We do, however, believe one is only able to say whether one likes or dislikes something after having at least tried it once," said Zhang. The first time they exhibited at the artisanal market visitors seemed to love their Combo 2, a 15-piece sushi experience ranging from salmon roses to one of their gourmet favourites, the Suki Rock ‘n' Roll. "Our most successful product, as of late, differs. In the hot kitchen a popular choice is Angry Beef or a Green Thai Curry, whereas in our sushi section we share the same sentiment as our guests in having a difficult time attempting to pick a favourite," said Zhang. He added that what made their products unique was that they were prepared fresh to order. "We allow the chefs the time and supply the freshest ingredients to keep the integrity of every dish and ensure a top-quality product upon every . . .
Giving service level agreements perspective, an opinion article by Abubakr Hattas, Group Business Improvement Specialist - Corporate at Servest Johannesburg, 31 October 2018 - In yesteryear, a man's (person's) word was sacred and could be relied on, as it was based upon the honour of the parties for its fulfilment, rather than being in any way enforceable. The act of shaking hands and what is called, a ‘gentleman's agreement’, was a way of sealing a deal, without cumbersome paperwork or a formal contract. Today though, service level agreements are at the heart of a relationship, as they set out the (agreed) criteria for the product, or the quality of service you want to achieve. It usually deals with measurement of activities or services. In legal terms, they are worth the paper it is written on, but we all know that a perfect execution is not a realistic measure of an activity. In getting to a point where a Service Level Agreement (SLA) is more personable, negotiation of it involves a compromise between two or more parties. In the case of a client-service provider relationship, the client’s ideal list of needs should be offset against the service provider’s ability to prioritise these, in terms of what is realistically achievable. A balance needs to be effected, so that the desired levels of performance can be achieved. Despite the agreement, conversely, this ‘meeting of the minds’ often impede innovation, in the form of better solutions, to meet requirements or existing needs. Facilities management in southern Africa is largely managed by procurement, which usually determines the ultimate benefits, for the least amount of money. Whilst this is the natural order of business, you should not impose restrictions on the service provider that are so tight, that they inhibit the development of a creative and effective working partnership. Imposing punitive service level agreements often have service providers operating within the boundaries of the . . .
A hundred ways in a 100 days - Thabo Phokane, Servest’s newly appointed Group Chief Financial Officer talks about the company’s progress within South Africa’s current economy Johannesburg 31 October 2018 - In the one hundred days of holding office in his new position, Thabo Phokane has had his days cut out for him, in more ways than he imagined. It is no easy task to oversee the finances of such a big organisation that has a strong African footprint. During his time in office, he oversaw the sale of the UK business, which follows RMB Corvest’s partnership with the Servest Group. “While it is said that Servest aims to become a top investor in Africa, it made sense for us to exit the UK, as the country builds towards its autonomy, known as Brexit ”, says Phokane. During his first 100 days, Thabo strengthened relations with the shareholders, consolidated and restructured the finance teams, met with internal stakeholders, took over the Mergers and Acquisitions portfolio and navigated the waters of streamlining the overall business. Thabo, together with the senior management team, was also tasked with managing the streamlining of the entire SA operation, to position it favourably for future growth and sustainability. In so doing, collaboration within Servest’s various business divisions was enhanced and a group-wide shared services model was strengthened. Thabo says, “according to Statistics SA, South Africa has entered a recession, with the economy contracting by 0.7% quarter-on-quarter.”When this happens, companies react in different ways, for us, it meant trimming the fat off our overhead structure. This ensured that the business remains competitive, especially in this tough economic environment, where customers are in turn looking for good quality service at the best possible rates. However, all is not doom and gloom. As we are already in a recession, add to that the effects of drought in the Western Cape, together with the job shortages in the country, . . .
Coca-Cola Beverages South Africa (CCBSA) recently donated R50 000 to the Initiative for Dedicated Upliftment and Care Centre (IDUC), an organisation that supports rape survivors in Potchefstroom. This donation will assist the organisation in purchasing gowns and sanitary items for rape survivors. The handover also included a generous donation of sanitary pack items collected in honor of Women’s Month by CCBSA employees in Klerksdorp. These care items consisted of items such as toothpaste, sanitary pads, lotion, deodorants, soap that will bring some comfort to the victims who are assisted by this organisation. The Initiative for Dedicated Upliftment and Care centre (IDUC) based in Potchefstroom is dedicated to providing both counselling and support to victims of rape and domestic abuse. To know more about the great work IDUC does for the community, you can view their website http://www.iduc.co.za/ CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Star field athlete Ischke Senekal was honoured with a top award when she was crowned Sportswoman of the Year at the Madibaz Sport gala awards evening in Port Elizabeth last week. The Bestmed Madibaz Athletics Club member bagged numerous shot put and discus gold medals this year at events that included the USSA championships, Varsity Athletics meetings and the national track and field champs. "The award means a lot to me as I've worked hard to reach the heights I set for myself. It also showed me that my goals made me win that title," said the Uitenhage local. "I'm now recognised as this year's best sportswoman at the university and I had tough nominees against me. So I'm happy it turned out the way it did," said Senekal, who was nominated for the award last year but had never won it prior to this year. The 25-year-old, who also won national colours at the IAAF World Cup in London and claimed gold for shot put and bronze for discus at the African Senior Championships, felt she was not in her best form at the beginning of the season. "I still managed to go on to reach what I wanted to achieve. I wanted to go to the world cup, continental and African champs. I was in the preliminary team for the Commonwealth Games, but they unfortunately didn't choose me to participate." Senekal, a second-year education honours student and Grade 2 teacher at Ankervas Primary School, added that she had achieved most of her goals. She wanted to be the SA and USSA champion again, as well as to finish in the top three at the African champs. "One thing I didn't achieve was a shot put record, but I was a little far behind. It's one of my goals for next season." Her best memories from this year included going to the world cup where she placed fourth, becoming African champion for discus and competing in the continental cup. "It was a great moment and honour to represent my continent in the Czech Republic," said Senekal. Senekal attributed her success to three key . . .
The Han-Made home-made ice cream brand has become a favourite for visitors to the monthly SPAR Goodnight Market at the Tramways Building in Port Elizabeth. Just in time for summer, owner Hannah Mclean will present her delicious flavours at the next market on Thursday, November 15. "We have approximately 20 flavours of ice cream that are in circulation," said Mclean. "Some of the most popular ones are peanut butter, biscuit crumble, Kit Kat and fudge choc-chip. We also do some more deluxe flavours like Turkish Delight or lemon meringue." She added that they were all made from full fresh cream and other high-quality ingredients. "At the market we will have our full range of delicious and creamy ice creams to sell. "It is also one of the very few brands left that's still made with full fresh cream and I promise you you can taste the difference." Mclean said she loved being involved in the market and had been attending it for years. "It has such a great atmosphere and vibe and it's a wonderful place to meet customers. "We also love doing birthday parties, weddings and other events. It's always time for ice cream. Everybody loves ice cream," she said. Han-Made was established in 2013 when Mclean created "a very delicious batch" of ice cream and was encouraged to try and sell it. "I started making it and selling from a friend's coffee shop while still working full-time as a school teacher. As the business grew, I took on fewer teaching hours and focused more on the company. "I'm passionate about food quality and delicious desserts, and that shines through with this brand." The popular market also offers live entertainment and a tasting area by TOPS at SPAR. Doors will be open from 5pm to 9pm with the R20 entrance fee going towards the Love Story charity organisation. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .