• The Fry Family Food Co. launches in over 500 UK Sainsbury’s stores on 11 October. • The Fry Family Food Co. supplies first plant-based meat product to Costco stores in Australia. • The Fry Family Food Co. set to launch in the US in early 2019. With the demand for meat-alternatives greater than ever, The Fry Family Food Co., a Durban based, South African business is showing impressive global growth with their range of chilled plant-based products. The Fry Family Food Co., has been making meat-free products for almost three decades, and has sold more than 30-million units worldwide. While it has enjoyed success in various Australian and European markets, the enormous growth in global demand for meat-free alternatives has seen the company’s international market demand increase dramatically. As a result of the increased demand the company is increasing distribution of their portfolio to more than 8,000 supermarkets, specialty and chain stores in 30 countries, putting them well on track to achieving their mission of inspiring people to follow a more plant-based lifestyle. This increase in distribution includes the new relationship with Sainsbury’s in the UK, Costco in Australia and the opening of the US as a new market for the brand. “Reflecting rapid demand growth in the United States and sustained interest from international markets, we’ve taken steps to significantly increase our production capacity,” said Fry’s Exports Director Shaun Richardson. “These additions make it possible for us to support international launches, building on our recent introduction of our products to Sainsbury’s and Costco.” The brand’s products rolled out in over 500 Sainsbury’s stores from 11 October. Eight chilled products were launched initially, with a further selection of frozen products making their way to the shelves in November. In August this year, Costco in Australia started selling the Fry’s Traditional Burger as their first ever plant-based meat product. . . .
It took the words of a legendary South African struggle leader to sow the seeds for a CSI funding model that's ahead of its time. "When we started our business in 1995, Professor Jakes Gerwel gave us some priceless advice," recalls Mustaq Brey, co-founder of Brimstone Investment Corporation. "We were passionate about creating a business that would also be able to play a role in uplifting people in our community as well as throughout South Africa," recalls Brey of the black-controlled and -managed investment company he setup with Fred Robertson. "Jakes told us that if we want to go into business we have to be driven to make a profit because, without a profit, there was no way we would be in a position to empower anybody." The advice from the legendary academic and anti-apartheid activist has served Brey and Robertson well in building the successful - and highly profitable - Brimstone Investment Corporation. More importantly, Gerwel’s advice provided the seed for a revolutionary idea that Brey would develop over the decade that followed. It was an idea characterised by the principle of making investments in people. “We formed the Brimstone Empowerment Share Trust (BEST) in 2005 to create a more sustainable model of support. Through this trust, we award NGOs with Brimstone shares at no cost to the NGO. These organisations share in the dividends paid on those shares as well as the growth of the company over time,” says Brey. The only proviso is that each organisation has to retain their shares for a minimum period of five years. “This is important because it taps into the mindset of long-term sustainability,” adds Robertson. “As business owners we know how hard-earned profit can be, which is why most business leaders I speak to are cautious about embarking on major CSI initiatives. The thought of money being wasted goes against the grain when you know how hard it has been to create that money in the first place.” Before granting any shares, . . .
Transnet National Ports Authority (“TNPA”) today outlined progress in implementation of its Island View Precinct Strategy, which sets out to facilitate greater participation of historically disadvantaged persons in Terminal Operations and enhance the country’s supply of strategic liquid bulk commodities, while encouraging new entrants into the market. The engagement session followed various one-on-one tenant meetings and industry forums where TNPA has engaged with affected tenants and stakeholders since April 2018. Addressing the latest gathering Chief Executive of TNPA, Shulami Qalinge, said: “To date we have made some progress in implementing the strategy. Industry has been requested to provide feedback on the proposed Operating Model and our lease extension approach, and comments have been taken into consideration in our revised planning. We expect to issue an RFQ by February 2019, followed within a few months by an RFP, with April 2020 earmarked as the period when the transition of new Terminal Operators into the Island View Precinct will commence.” Qalinge said TNPA was aiming to address the slow transformation in the Island View Precinct where lessees have historically enjoyed tenancy in excess of 50 years. She thanked Industry stakeholders and Island View Precinct tenants for their cooperation and input during the process to date. The majority of the precinct’s footprint is occupied by cargo owners who act as Terminal Operators. They are responsible for landing, shipping and/or storage of South Africa’s petroleum, diesel, chemicals, oils, lubricants and aviation fuel. Operating Model TNPA is in the process of appointing a Liquid Bulk expert to advise on this and Industry has also been requested to provide feedback on the proposed model. Condition Assessments TNPA has appointed an independent service provider that has been on site since August 2018 to conduct condition assessments on 17 lease sites that are reaching or have reached expiry . . .
Taking place annually, The International Property Awards are recognition of those real estate agencies who have achieved the highest levels of excellence in both residential and commercial property. The awards celebrate those who have stood out in all sectors of the property and real estate industry and, as such, are a world-renowned mark of excellence. The awards are allocated regionally and the judging panel comprises a highly experienced team of professionals who cover the entire range of property disciplines. At The International Property Awards 2017 held last year in Dubai, Just Property walked away with two awards for the Africa-Arabia region: Real Estate Agency South Africa and the Five Star Best Letting’s Agency South Africa. This year Just Property took home two more of these prestigious awards: Best Real Estate Agency South Africa Best Lettings Agency South Africa "Being recognised since 2014 and winning these awards for the second year running is a great honour and it is incredibly rewarding to know that all the hard work we put in is paying off," said Paul Stevens, CEO of Just Property. He added that, "they celebrate our commitment to the work we do and reinforce our proven record of success." Stevens believes that Just Property's continued success is due to the company's value system: "Just Property believes in 9 core values that define our company culture: Optimism, Integrity, Excellence, Equality, Innovation, Collaboration, Personal Development, Loyalty and Gratitude. These values guide our day-to-day decision-making process and create a common thread in the way we do business. By living these values we are able to constantly aspire to being better at the work that we do. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
TOKARA triumphs at 2018 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 TOKARA’s triumph at the 2018 FNB Sauvignon Blanc Top 10 with its Reserve Collection Elgin 2018 joining this venerable lineup, is a feather in the cap of new winemaker Stuart Botha. TOKARA made the Top 10 cut out of 176 entries in this annual Sauvignon Blanc competition. Being recognised as one of South Africa’s leading producers in one of the most contested wine categories, bodes well for the future of TOKARA Sauvignon Blanc at this esteemed family owned Stellenbosch wine estate. The award winning TOKARA Reserve Collection Elgin Sauvignon Blanc 2018 stems from TOKARA’s Highlands farm in Elgin, an area producing some of the best cool climate renditions of this variety, with fresh acidity and purity of fruit in perfect balance. This 100% Sauvignon blanc entices with inviting aromas of granadilla, gooseberries, lemon grass and hints of freshly cut grass. Only free run juice from the best blocks is used and a small component (13%) is fermented and matured for five months in old, large format barrels. “There is an amazing freshness as the wine enters the palate, with clean citrus flavours leading to a creamy mid-palate and a lingering crisp finish. This Sauvignon blanc shows remarkable ageability and will evolve with correct cellaring over the next few years,” says Botha of his soon to be released maiden vintage. For more information visit www.tokara.com. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
How can we measure the actual business value created in organisations by diversity amongst our workforces? Rockwell Automation Sub-Saharan Africa Managing Director Barry Elliott discusses. A recent article regarding women in engineering and other STEM-related industries caused a significant furore around whether South Africa should be investing so heavily in attracting women into STEM. This really got me thinking, as it is a topic I feel strongly about. Citing a study suggesting that women are ‘predisposed’ to caring and people-orientated careers, and more focused on family and raising children, the article questions if the returns on investment merit the efforts business and government is directing at women in STEM. Yet there is evidence that is overwhelmingly to the contrary: research conducted into the composition of workforces of companies across the world suggests a clear correlation between diversity, in all its forms, and actual, tangible financial performance. According to a 2018 McKinsey report, Delivering through Diversity, companies in the top quartile for gender diversity across the world were 21% more likely to outperform their bottom-quartile peers on profit margin. This correlation seems especially pronounced at an executive level. And it doesn’t just relate to gender diversity: Assessing ethnic and cultural diversity, McKinsey’s research finds that companies with the most ethnic and cultural diversity are 33% more likely to outperform their peers on profitability. Conversely, companies in the bottom quartile for both gender and ethnic diversity are statistically less likely to achieve above-average financial returns than their industry peers. This supports my own experiences with our teams, and here’s why I think this is so: It’s not that businesses benefit by virtue of being representative on any superficial level alone. Rather, it’s that in being diverse, these companies have access to a wider pool of opinions and . . .
By optimising existing components and integrating new modules into its TS 5 conveyor system for heavy loads, Bosch Rexroth has enhanced its already impressive flexibility to meet the requirements of an even broader range of industry sectors. Distributed in South Africa by Tectra Automation, a member of the Hytec Group, the TS 5’s new capabilities include tandem transport for oversized cargo, which is of particular importance to users in the automotive sector. The TS 5 can now connect with i4.0 tools, to visualise production processes in real time, and, with the MTpro design planning tool, can achieve any layout, which can achieve loads of over 400 kg. In the latest generation of the TS 5 conveyor, Bosch Rexroth has expanded on the roller conveyor system’s known strengths and new applications by developing new modules which users can combine in any configuration they choose. With the new TS 5 conveyor, customers can now integrate a 3-way diverter, a rotate unit, a front-end drive, and a compact stop gate into the final system. For larger components, the tandem transport capability allows for the transfer of excessively long products. The upgrades provide the user with even more flexibility when designing their individual system layout and make the TS 5 the ideal solution in a broad range of industry sectors – from automotive, to e-Mobility applications, to electronic devices and household appliances. Other advantages, such as ESD capability, suitability for abrasive or oily environments, or use in a dry room, further enhance the variety of applications optimised by the conveyor system. Compared with systems using standard chain drives, the TS 5 system’s king shaft drive and the conveyor rollers allow the customer to experience virtually maintenance-free production, with low wear and increased productivity. Transfer system meets Industry 4.0 The TS 5 conveyor also sets the benchmark in terms of digitalisation: the system can be seamlessly connected to . . .
The opening session of the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit in Sandton this week will feature keynote addresses by Mr Muzi Mathema, the Gauteng Growth and Development Agency’s Acting Group Executive: Trade, Investment and Regulatory Enablement, as well as the CEO of the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone, Mrs Seipati Mangadi. The opportunities and challenges in the South African property sector, from commercial to residential, will be in focus at the summit that returns to Sandton from Thursday, 11 October. Some 200 property professionals are expected to attend this award-winning real estate event, including Johannesburg’s Executive Mayor, Herman Mashaba. The Gauteng Growth and Development Agency (GGDA) is the headline sponsor for the African Real Estate & Infrastructure Summit with the Gauteng Industrial Development Zone (GIDZ), a subsidiary company of the GGDA, also represented and speaking at the event. The conference theme is: “Examining the commercial, industrial and residential development landscape in South Africa”, and programme highlights include: Day 1 – Thursday, 11 October 2018: • 09:00-09:30 Opening Keynote: Investing in South Africa: How African capital cities are leading the way - Muzi Mathema, Acting Group Executive: Trade, Investment and Regulatory Enablement at Gauteng Growth and Development Agency At the GGDA, Mr Mathema is successfully leading the division responsible for promoting trade and exports in and out of the Gauteng Province, as well as the facilitation of both Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) and Domestic Direct Investment (DDI) into the Gauteng Province. The function serves to drive economic growth and job creation, through value added facilitation of targeted investment in strategic sectors and delivering trade linkages globally. Additionally, through engagements with public sector stakeholders, potential investors, entrepreneurs, inward and outward trade missions, he is tasked to strategically . . .
Global Brands Magazine, a leading international publication providing opinions and news about top brands across the globe, has announced that Tyson Properties has won its Most Trusted Real Estate Brand Award for 2018. “This comes at a time when we have even bigger news – sometimes numbers speak louder than awards and, over the past financial year, we achieved 100 percent growth despite the very flat market,” said Tyson Properties’ MD, Chris Tyson. The Most Trusted Real Estate Brand Award was just one out of two awards in the property category presented to South African companies. Global Brands, which is head quartered in the United Kingdom, prides itself in being an autonomous source of information about branding from across a number of different sectors. The Global Brands Awards were established to recognize performance excellence in the financial, hospitality, lifestyle, automobile and technology sectors. The awards also aim to identify and create awareness about the significance of exceptional service delivery. Every year, nominations are accepted from different countries and regions. Information supplied by the nominated brand owners together with a variety of information in the public domain is then adjudicated by an independent external research agency. More than 7 000 companies were evaluated for the 2018 awards. The Global Brands Award will be added to the collection of awards that are already proudly displayed at the Tyson Properties head office at Lion Match Office Park in Durban. “Winning an award such as this makes me extremely proud. It not only differentiates us from our competitors but cements our reputation as a company that can be trusted – one that values and conducts its business with honesty and integrity. Most of all, it is a recognition of the hard work of the 400 real estate agents and administrative staff that deliver on our promises on a daily basis,” said Tyson. Already the market leader in the KwaZulu-Natal . . .
A massive boost for export industry in KZN The KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs (EDTEA) and Productivity SA have announced the introduction of a programme to improve the productivity and competiveness of exporters and prospective exporters in KwaZulu-Natal. In a collaboration between government and business, the KZN Exporter Competitiveness Programme (KECP) will be launched on 11th October 2018 at Coastland Hotel, Musgrave. Members of the media are invited to the launch as follows: Date: Thursday, 11 October 2018 Time: 8h30 for 9h00 Venue: Coastlands Hotel, 315 Peter Mokaba Ridge, Musgrave The primary aim of the programme is to grow the exports industry in KZN thereby accelerating economic growth and job creation in the province. The Regional Manager for Productivity SA in KwaZulu-Natal, Ms Amelia Naidoo, says “the KZN Exporter Competitiveness Programme (KECP) is primed to improve the productivity and competitiveness of exporters and prospective exporters through the provision of a foundation of operational efficiency and company performance”. Naidoo says “The KZN Exporter Competitiveness programme will be launched during the annual Productivity SA regional Productivity Awards. According to Naidoo “the programme stands to improve the productivity of the exports industry in KwaZulu-Natal”. Productivity SA is established in terms of section 31 of the Employment Services Act, No. 4 of 2014 as an Entity of the Department of Labour, with the mandate to promote employment growth and productivity. The Productivity SA Regional Manager in KwaZulu-Natal say at inception, the programme has already seen 20 export companies in KZN sign up to partake in the programme. The key objectives of the programme includes a drive to improve and modernise KZN exporter practices and infrastructure, create opportunities for the previously disadvantaged and enable Small Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to actively . . .