THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) announced today that it has won the CSI-Ubuntu Award at the prestigious Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards. The CDC walked away with the LTE Consulting CSI – Ubuntu Award at the annual gala dinner held at Emperor’s Palace in Johannesburg last week (Friday, 30 October). The Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards, South Africa’s most prestigious and longest running black business awards ceremony, celebrate good corporate governance and leadership. The competition is open to 12 categories, with the awards seen as a platform to applaud world-class individuals as well as black-owned and empowered companies and organisations in South Africa. The CDC was recognised for its deep commitment to corporate social investment (CSI) across a range of areas. During the 2014/15 FY, the CDC invested more than R17-million in the local and regional communities. “It was humbling for the CDC to be nominated as a worthy contributor to corporate social investment,” said Thandi Rayi, CDC CSI manager. Since the establishment of the CSI programmes, CSI projects growing at an alarming rate and have also been implemented in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu Natal. The community initiatives include the Youth Leadership Development Academy (YLDA); driver training and maths and science programmes; the Lawhill Maritime Bursary Scheme; science expos; the SAICE Water Bridge Competition; career guidance programmes; Vision 4 Mentoring for Girls (a mentorship programme for young women); chess development; the ANF Accounting Academy; a disability affirmation programme; social assistance to destitute families and an employee involvement programme. “We have impacted the lives of over 13 000 people, directly and indirectly, through Coega-led CSI initiatives which focus on skills, education, training, upliftment and empowerment,” said Rayi. The CSI – Ubuntu category criteria required finalists to have, over the past 12 months, complied with the following . . .
Friendly City’s Tourism Ambassadors offer visitors a warm welcome Port Elizabeth, October 2015 – Nelson Mandela Bay’s 22 trained Tourism Ambassadors (TAs) are on a mission to make sure tourists really feel it’s ‘Friendly City’ reputation, approaching and welcoming visitors and promoting prominent hotspots such as the Langa Memorial in Uitenhage, Kings Beach, Flat Rocks in Summerstrand, Emlotheni Memorial Park in New Brighton and Central’s Route 67. The project was launched by the Mandela Bay Development Agency in May this year and the brightly coloured TA’s are already a popular sight around town, easily recognised by the South African flag-type vests they wear. Aside from welcoming tourists, the TAs also play a vital role as extra eyes and ears for the newly launched MBDA Security guards as well as for the Town Rangers and the South African Police Service. The groups are all linked via WhatsApp, which is used as a communication tool to quickly share information about suspicious activity or simply their experiences of the day. Captain Garth Rademeyer, a SAPS officer with more than 40 years of service, dispatches police from the Humewood precinct when alerted. Rademeyer said the TA programme had assisted in making the city centre and the beachfront safer to visit. “The TAs provide information or directions and are meant to help visitors feel safe. All the TAs are security and tourist guide trained. We treat locals as visitors in these areas too and we are all too happy to be at your service,” he said. Rademeyer works closely with the municipal Beachfront Safety Committee, which lets the TAs know when tourist buses are set to arrive and where, so that they can be there to greet them. “The highlight of being one of the tourism ambassadors for me is meeting people from different countries. Civil rights activist and Baptist minister Jesse Jackson visited the Donkin recently. I was so humbled to meet him. We have also been in the midst of people such . . .
Solar and renewable energy companies have now had a chance to evaluate the immense number of quotations and requests for proposals received from business and individuals during the last round of load-shedding by Eskom. At the time Eskom was the best salesman ever for the renewable energy industry. Frankly - load-shedding was not that good for business or for the sustainability of the renewable energy industry. Reason - the knee jerk panic reaction by consumers new to the solar industry saw them making rash decisions to install Solar Grid Tie Hybrid systems at exorbitant cost. In a normal environment consumers make decisions based on long term sustainability and return on investment over many years. Hybrid systems include batteries which are a finite resource, add greatly to the cost and negatively affect the amount of PV Power available to pump back into the grid to reduce the amount of power consumed from Eskom. In some cases the price differential between a Hybrid and a Grid Tie ONLY system was in the region of 60%. Add the fact that municipalities have implemented OR are considering implementing an availability charge to consumers that use the grid as a 'battery' at night and the expensive hybrid option just got more expensive. During the load-shedding madness we lost sight of the main focus of Grid Tie PV which was to generate as close as possible to (and exceed) the amount of electricity consumed at each installation. According to Straton Solar; "Consumers fortunate enough to live within the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality enjoy Grid Tie on a one-for-one basis and if they over generate have the option to sell that excess power on as well. This makes for a 'perfect storm' for the solar industry in Port Elizabeth and surrounds." A well designed Grid Tie ONLY system with extended guarantees, online monitoring and all the necessary certificates currently costs around R22 000.00 per Kw. A 5Kw system will zero an electricity bill of around . . .
Former alumna, Hon. Mcebisi Jonas set to deliver exhilarating keynote address during the event’s gala dinner Ilinge Primary School is proud to announce its two-day festivities from 29-30 October 2015 in celebration of its 50th founding anniversary and to further strengthen its foundation for the future of education in Uitenhage and the Nelson Mandela Bay region. The celebrations will kick-start with a sports day and fun run on Thursday, 29 October 2015 at the school grounds, and followed by a ceremonial assembly on Friday, 30 October 2015. The Deputy Minister of Finance Hon. Mcebisi Jonas, an alumna of the school, will deliver the keynote at the fundraising gala dinner on Friday evening. For more information: Principal Mlungisi Matana 041 988 1298 Email: email@example.com Author: Yasikan Naidu from On the Record. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Ilinge-Primary-School-395284114004531/timeline/ Images: For high res version/s of One image/s please contact On the Record. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
SNII announces appointment of Scott Zambonini as Enterprise Development Manager Port Elizabeth, 19 October 2015 -- SEDA Nelson Mandela Bay ICT Incubator (SNII) today announced the appointment of Scott Zambonini as Enterprise Development Manager. Zambonini will oversee the incubator’s enterprise development unit and manage end-to-end enterprise development. In his developmental capacity, he will provide general business mentorship to technology start-ups and young ICT SMME clients enrolled in incubation programmes at SNII, and his portfolio also includes marketing and PR for recruitment prospective clients into programmes of the incubator. Before joining, Zambonini gained hands-on experience as start-up entrepreneur and small business owner in technology-related industries between 2012 – 2015. He was the associate managing director at SOCports International (Pty) Ltd currently trading as Space Sports, an import and export business specialising in innovative carbon-racing technology products. He is also the founder and owner of Spacebrother Productions, a project management services company specialising in recording, producing, mixing and mastering for local and international artists. In addition to running his own businesses, Zambonini also holds experience in a skills development and training capacity as an entrepreneurship and music production part-time lecturer at Damelin between 2012 – 2015. His practical experience is backed-up by a Post Graduate Diploma in Business Administration (2013 – 2014) from NMMU Business School, and Zambonini is also in his final year of MBA studies with the school. His undergraduate qualification includes a BMus Education and Audio Technology degree from NMMU (2008 – 2011). “With the advent of exponential technological advances, SMART phones and increasing internet access, there is a great deal of untapped techno-entrepreneur potential in this city. There is a united vision between the private and public sectors . . .
Coega IDZ is South Africa’s case study for international best practice in the infrastructure built programme development in Africa Case Study: Coega Dedisa Peaking Power Plant’s construction statistics reflect international best practice through impressively low industrial action figures THE Coega Development Corporation, catalysts for championing of socio-economic development in South Africa, has chalked up an excellent rate of low labour disruption in the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) and particularly in the implementation of the Coega’s mega infrastructure project – the Dedisa Peaking Power Plant – thanks to CDC’s un-parallel effective project stakeholder management and good labour relations as well as international best practice in infrastructure development. The CDC’s latest labour and economic statistics on the construction and development of the Coega Dedisa Peaking Power Plant, located in Zone 13 of the IDZ, reflect industrial action that is lower than the national average. “Similar projects in Shaka’s Kraal in KZN could learn from the Coega Dedisa Peaking Power Plant construction and Coega IDZ development on how to effectively implement projects of this nature,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, Head of CDC Marketing and Communications. “Since the inception of Coega projects in 2002, construction projects in the IDZ and Port of Ngqura have generated over 60 million man hours, with 3.2 million of those hours (5%) attributed to the construction of the Dedisa PPP between 2013 and 2015,” said Duncan Grenfell, CDC Head - Recruitment and Placement. In the same period, more than 2 000 employment opportunities have been created with 70% going to local residents in Nelson Mandela Bay on the Dedisa site. Significant training interventions have also been undertaken, including 700 technical training courses offered to employees from contractors working on the site. Construction on the Dedisa plant is on track for completion in 2015 Q4, completing the . . .
TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Immediate Blasting between Majola Tea turnoff and Tombo in the Eastern Cape October 18, 2015: The South African National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that blasting is scheduled to take place near the Xezi S.P. School on the R61 Section 8, between the Majola Tea turn off and Tombo on Tuesday 20 October and on Wednesday 21 October 2015 at 3pm on both days. The road will be closed approximately 56.5 km’s from Mthatha CBD or 28 km’s from Port St Johns, between 2:55pm to 3:45pm on both dates. Residents are requested to vacate all houses near the blast area up to a radius of 400m by 2:45pm. Stop and Go sections are planned for the section of the road and motorists are requested to plan their trips accordingly. - Ends - Issued on behalf of SANRAL by Meropa Communications. For assistance please contact Shaanaaz Loggenberg on 041 582 1377 or firstname.lastname@example.org For editorial content or additional information contact: email@example.com Author: Mercy Thinyane from Meropa Communications. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
MBDA empowers New Brighton-born SMMEs Port Elizabeth, 12 October 2015 - The colourful and ancient craft of felting has become a thriving small business for four previously unemployed Port Elizabeth women, thanks to the initiative and training of the Mandela Bay Development Agency (MBDA). LaphumiKhwezi, which means ‘the star has risen’, was founded as a co-operative, in 2012 and the small company has gone from strength to strength, exhibiting at the Grahamstown National Arts Festival and now expanding their skills to boost their business offerings. The group is currently employed by the MBDA, as part of a job-creation programme funded by the NMBM with Extended Public Works Programme resources, to make and sell felt clothing, accessories and home décor items from their studio and gallery at The Athenaeum in Central. Felt is a natural, hand-dyed cloth, produced by matting and condensing woollen fibres to form a strong, non-woven and versatile fabric that is transformed into one-of-a-kind bags, scarves, hats, jackets and more. For this creative and hard-working group, these desirable goods have also meant income and stability. “MBDA has enabled us to put food on our tables. We are the bread winners in our homes and this opportunity has been truly humbling,” said Zandile Qeqe, a LaphumiKhwezi member. Now, the LaphumiKhwezi team is also undergoing a brickmaking training programme, which will enable them to sell bricks to construction companies. Qeqe said the group will be qualified and able to work in the construction space with confidence. Eight other New Brighton residents will be recruited into the brickmaking business and will undergo training. They will join the six ladies of LaphumiKhwezi. The brickmaking business will be based in Phendla Street in New Brighton, which the MBDA has agreed to help clean up and fence off. “We are now venturing into a long term working relationship with MBDA. The agency has enabled LaphumiKhwezi to become a . . .
Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University has appointed former Sascoc team preparation and academy systems manager Yoliswa Lumka as the new director of Madibaz Sport. Lumka took office at the beginning of September and has already unveiled ambitious plans for the university’s sporting programme. “My goal for Madibaz Sport is that in the next five years we will be among the top three sporting institutions in South Africa.” Lumka said NMMU had great, untapped potential as a centre of sports and learning in the Eastern Cape and that there was a huge provincial talent base from which to draw. “We need to focus on developing the talent that is already here, bringing the best-performing athletes to the university and taking us to those higher levels of sporting excellence.” She said building stronger ties with local schools and surrounding communities was the only path to success. “People tend to look at universities in isolation but the bigger picture, and part of the reason for us existing as institutions of higher learning, is to engage with the community at large. “As much as we are a sporting department, we also have research units and academic departments attached to us. So, as a ‘tripartite alliance’, there’s a lot we can do for the students, staff and other people around us.” Lumka said it was her disappointment with the national developmental structures that had reinforced her decision to move to a position where she could make a difference. “Considering that we are 21 years into the new dispensation, our development systems should be much further along than they are. “From a funding perspective, a lot of the budget sits at the top of an inverted pyramid, where only a few hundred high-performance athletes benefit from the structures. “Meanwhile, hundreds of thousands of children who should be playing sport and benefiting from proper coaching aren’t getting it.” She said she would use her experience to put the necessary structures . . .
The SPAR NMMU Madibaz netball team continued their positive run in the third round of their 2015 Varsity Netball campaign by beating the Vaal University of Technology 70–29 at the NMMU Indoor Sports Centre on Monday. The Port Elizabeth side hold onto their third place spot in the overall standings after their second consecutive victory in this year's competition. Madibaz head coach and former SPAR Proteas player Dumisani Chauke said the hard work and dedication the girls had been putting in had shown in their performance. "Staying focused and maintaining a high work rate for 60 minutes is not to be taken for granted and the girls managed to do that on Monday." VUT were the acknowledged underdogs going into the match as they reside in the lower half of the University Sport South Africa league, while the Madibaz are in the top six, or Super League, in that competition. Chauke said that playing against a team from a lower division could sometimes be a trap as players could get carried away in thinking it was going to be easy. "But the Madibaz girls maintained a high standard of netball against VUT on Monday." While the home side's Eloise Webb walked away with the player of the match award, Chauke said netball was a team sport and that individual achievement was not possible without the support of the other players. "Our shooters shot well, our defenders turned ball after ball so it's hard for me to single out one player. Everyone played as a unit and complemented one another." She said that local support always boosted the team's performance when playing on their home court. "We would love to see all the netball fanatics in Port Elizabeth come out to support us when we play against Tuks at the end of the month. It is going to be a great game and the girls are ready for the challenge." Although it had been a strong start to the tournament for the Madibaz, Chauke said the team could not get ahead of themselves, especially this early in the . . .