Zimbabwean born mathematician and author, Edzai Conilias Zvobwo, affectionately known as “The MathsGenius” has been selected as one of the 1 250 entrepreneurs to attend the prestigious Tony Elumelu Foundation (TEF) programme. Zvobwo made the cut out of 150,000 Applicants from 114 countries globally who had applied for the 4th cycle of The Tony Elumelu Foundation’s TEF Entrepreneurship Programme. Zwobwo is entitled to $10 000 and has opportunities and stand a chance to qualify for venture capital amounting to $300 000. Speaking to Sandton24 on Friday, Edzai Zvobwo said, ” This is a great opportunity for me and I am very excited to be part of this prestigious programme. I take the selection as a validation of the social entreprise that I am doing. At times during my discharge of duty, I meet challenges and naturally may get a little disappointed but it is recognition like these that makes me believe I am on the right track towards growing the enterprise and empowering communities to be able to scientifically and mathematically address social ills.” Edzai Zvobwo is running a social entreprise that is focused in educational technology. “I am also grateful that I will now be part of a network of more than 4 000 entrepreneurs who have gone through the programme. I will be able to continuously share best business practices within the network towards honing my skills and enhancing my knowlege.” Edzai Zvobwo said. Tony Elumelu, a Nigerian business tycoon has committed to empowering African small business people through his ideology called africapitalism. Africapitalism is an economic philosophy that is predicated on the belief that Africa’s private sector can and must play a leading role in the continent’s development. The 2018 cohort includes an additional 250 entrepreneurs to the standard selection of 1,000 – thanks to a $1,000,000 partnership with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) to support 200 entrepreneurs in conflict and fragile . . .
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This week’s episode of The Matt Brown Show was live from Kwa-Lichaba in Vilakazi Street. The guest on the show was entrepreneur Max Lichaba, CEO of the Lichaba Group. Lichaba invited 50 underprivileged matric and university students to discuss the intricacies of starting a business. With years of entrepreneurial experience, Lichaba discussed his own personal journey and offered insights and motivation to everyone in attendance. His story is truly inspiring coming from a small mining town in the Free state and built a R120 million empire from nothing. Matt Brown, the host and creator of The Matt Brown Show, and Lichaba share an entrepreneurial philosophy – Their goal is to create a groundswell amongst the youth, creating the next generation of young entrepreneurs who will, in turn, be an asset to the South African economy. Thus, ongoing discussions like these with young people are paramount. This event comes off the back of The Matt Brown Show celebrating a pinnacle milestone of 100 episodes. Brown has interviewed over 100 entrepreneurs on his show so far trying to find commonalities, lessons and insights of what makes them a success; and in turn sharing these with his audience. The golden thread emerging from the interviews was the fact that successful entrepreneurs wanted to make a contribution to society, to something beyond themselves. Similarly, for Brown, providing something of value to entrepreneurs is why he does what he does. He would deem his efforts successful if he helped just one person on their journey. Lichaba shared similar sentiments and thrives on sharing information with existing and budding entrepreneurs in a quest to help them. His own entrepreneurial spirit shone through as a young man already selling fruit and vegetables in his home town. At school, he realised that he liked working with his hands and his core passion for fixing cars developed. Having a penchant for working with his hands, his entrepreneurial instinct led him to . . .
Top Franschhoek chefs team up for StreetSmart fundraiser - Foliage Restaurant, Franschhoek, Monday, 7 May 2018 Three top Franschhoek chefs are putting on their super hero aprons in aid of the region’s most vulnerable children at a fabulous StreetSmart luncheon on Monday, 7 May 2018. Chefs Chris Erasmus, Darren Badenhorst and Neil Jewel are joining forces for this not-to-be-missed 3-course fund-raiser at Foliage Restaurant. StreetSmart SA, a non-profit organisation dedicated to the social integration and upliftment of street children, will utilise the proceeds in support of affiliated NGO’s working with children in Franschhoek. Chef-proprietor of Foliage, Chris Erasmus enjoys wide acclaim for his unique cooking style from home-grown vegetables and foraged wild ingredients. Darren Badenhorst, chef de cuisine and owner of Le Coin Français, creates “art on a plate” that leads guests through a unique culinary exploration of flavours, textures and interactive creations inspired by nostalgic food memories. Head chef at Bread & Wine on Môreson Farm for the past 18 years, Neil Jewel is famous for his masterly crafted charcuterie and delicious, uncomplicated food. Tickets for the StreetSmart luncheon are available at R595 per person online at www.foliage.co.za, or contact Lee-Ann at the restaurant on Tel: 021 876 2328 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org. The price includes wine pairings, but excludes other beverages and a service charge. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The dynamic shutter company, Plantation Shutters, has always thrived on the latest trends and remaining a step ahead, so when they needed to build a new exhibition stand, they put their heads together to create something completely unique. Having always loved interacting with homeowners, designers and architects at the many expos held around South Africa every year, they have looked for innovative ways to showcase their premium shutters. It wasn’t until the Plantation Shutters team met Herman and Clifford Hoffman of Container Rental and Sales that their dream became a reality. Under the guidance of Sam Lurie from Sprout Design, they designed a trendy, funky and utterly gorgeous pod from a repurposed utilitarian high-cube shipping container that’s 6m long, 2,4m wide and extra tall at 2,89m. “This is something we have wanted to do for a long time,” says Briggie Kirchmann, Marketing Director of Plantation Shutters. “We are fortunate to have creative professionals work with us on exciting projects like this. Although rooted in the most meticulous manufacturing standards, our brand is all about being on-trend and topical. Container Rental and Sales have worked on really interesting projects from the WOOF dog-adoption container, to the “Pigcasso the Painting Pig” art gallery container, to computer labs in Africa, to mountainside holiday pods. The possibilities are endless!” Plantation Shutters’ first exhibit at JHB Homemakers Expo in February incited a huge amount of interest from the public including one visitor wanting to buy the container “as it was” as a gin bar for his upmarket home. Here are the other expos where you’ll find them in 2018: • Durban Decorex (21-25 March, www.decorex.com) • Cape Town Decorex (27 April - 1 May, www.decorex.com) • Rooms on View, JHB (25-27 May, www.designjoburg.com) • House and Garden, Durban (29 June - 8 July, www.housegardenshow.co.za) • JHB Decorex (8-12 August, www.decorex.com) • CT Homemakers (30 August - 2 . . .
Talented, young Cape Town chef, John Norris-Rogers, is the Head Chef at La Colombe’s latest restaurant venture which opened on 01 August 2017 in Franschhoek – La Petite Colombe. A 90’s child, born in Pretoria, and having lived in Mpumalanga and KwaZulu-Natal, John Norris Rogers decided to make Cape Town his home after he completed school and chose to study at the International Hotel School. It wasn’t long before he realized that he wanted to focus more on a specific style of cooking, so he applied to study at the Silwood School of Cookery, graduating after completing a coveted year-long internship at the award-winning La Colombe, under the mentorship of chefs Scot Kirton and James Gaag. John continued to hone his skills at La Colombe after completing his studies, and then left to explore the food world at Source Food Concepts. He also had a stint as a private chef at a ski resort in the French Alps, before returning to La Colombe as Sous Chef alongside current Head Chef, James Gaag, in May 2016. In April 2017, John was fortunate enough to travel to Oslo, Norway to take part in a month long internship at the 3 star Michelin Restaurant Maaemo under Chef Esben Holmboe Bang. “This proved to be incredibly inspiring as I could see a different culture of food, that being Nordic cuisine, as well as the discipline involved in working in a rigorous environment such as this,” says John. For as long as he can remember, he wanted to be a chef, and he has always been drawn to cooking and the industry. Despite being warned by many about the exhausting hours, incredibly hard work and self-sacrifice involved, he pursued his dream with the support of his family. To ensure he knew what he was letting himself in for, John spent many school holidays in kitchens trying to gain as much of an idea of the industry as he could, learning as much as his eyes and ears could take in. “I think it was at this point that I knew it was most certainly what I wanted to do. This is the one . . .
Classism in South Africa: What’s happening in our shops? An opinion piece by Devan Moonsamy, CEO of The ICHAF Training Institute Arguably one of the most feel-good movie shop scenes has to be in Pretty Woman when Julia Roberts' character returns to the shop where she was previously refused service and utters those famous words "You refused to serve me yesterday. You work on commission right? Big mistake. Big. Huge! I have to go shopping now!" Don't we all wish we could have a moment like this when we are unfairly judged? The UN states that ‘Poverty is both a cause and a product of human rights violations.’ In some countries, such as India, the class system is so rigid and extreme that some people are treated as ‘untouchable’. There have been calls to end the system, but it is so ingrained that it will likely take generations to overcome. When those in the lower classes go shopping, others will not take money or orders from them directly. On a recent visit to India, whilst out shopping one day, I watched in horror as a “low class” customer had to put her money down on the counter first and wait for the upper-class shopkeeper or attendant to get around to serving them. My initial reaction was - how tragic that this is still happening in societies today. Closer to home in South Africa, systematic discrimination against people who are considered to be of a ‘lower class’ is less common, but it still happens. The caste system in India has been likened to Apartheid in South Africa. The laws of Apartheid are gone from our legal system, yet we know that racism still appears in practice, and the treatment of anyone who appears poor (and non-white, sadly) is not the same as those who are middle-class or rich (and white). It is sad that such socioeconomic discrimination still happens, and that in SA it is related to colour. These factors intersect in context to affect the way individuals are treated as customers. It is perhaps more subtle but, for example, are . . .
Join the Steenberg Wine Club and savour memorable experiencesBe the first to taste new vintages and take advantage of a host of special offers, exclusive events and personal interactions with the . winemaker like a true VIP by joining the Steenberg Wine Club. In addition to excellent value with a 15% discount on all wine purchases, Wine Club members can enjoy the full Steenberg experience at preferential rates at the two popular restaurants, Bistro Sixteen82 and Catharina’s, spa treatments, and accommodation at the luxury boutique hotel. There is even a 50% discount off your first golf lesson. Over and above all these savings, exciting monthly events are the real attraction of club membership. From tank and terroir tastings to food and wine pairing dinners, and benchmarking Steenberg wines and bubblies against overseas equivalents, you won’t want to miss a single one. Regular tapas & movie nights in May, June and July are a wonderful winter Wine Club offering. If you consider yourself a fundi, you’ll love the wine pop quiz nights in October. Committed to environmentally sound farming practices and dedicated winemaking, Steenberg Vineyards produces a range of much-loved wines from almost 60ha under vine. From vine to the bottle, Steenberg wines are primed to produce an experience that evokes the unique terroir of the estate. Guided by Cellarmaster JD Pretorius, the range includes exceptional Méthode Cap Classique and cool climate Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon and the signature Magna Carta blend. An elegant Nebbiolo as well as the Catharina blend, Merlot and Syrah, stand out amongst the reds. The Steenberg Wine Club has been going since 2011. No fees apply as membership is activated with the purchase of just 24 bottles of Steenberg wines, either at the cellar door or from the online wine shop at www.steenbergfarm.com/shop/. Delivery is free to main centres in South Africa for orders of 12 bottles or more. For more details visit . . .
A Groundbreaking Concept to Facilitate Employment For Candidates And Companies Via Video Durban, KwaZulu Natal: Today, First Interview launched a brand-new portal aimed at putting job seekers in front of employers - without actually putting them in front of each other! Job hunters simply upload a two-minute video introducing themselves to prospective employers – who can then view the video at their leisure. This short-cuts the entire recruitment process by cutting out time-consuming CV-sifting and initial screening. If employers like what they see and hear on the video, they can contact the job hunter via the portal, requesting their CV and personal details. Candidates have no idea who has viewed their profiles and have no access to employer contact details, making the entire process confidential and secure. First Interview founder and CEO, Angelique Laaks, says, “Our portal is free for both job seekers and employers. It’s simple and easy to use, and it’s local. Most importantly, however, it allows employers to ‘meet’ the job seekers in two minutes - without having to scan through CVs, set interview times, schedule time with HR, and so on. It’s also easier for job seekers, as they don’t have to take time off work, or arrange transport to and from screening interviews.” The whole idea behind First Interview is that it helps prospective employers get a feel for who a candidate actually is – something that’s hard to gauge from a personality-free, one-dimensional CV. The portal is highly beneficial for all job seekers, but particularly for new graduates, and those looking for front-line positions in the customer service, hospitality and retail sectors. These are candidates who are hired for who they are - their personality and how they present themselves – and is more important than a list of qualifications on a CV. First Interview is a free portal that provides the missing link in the recruitment process by changing the selection procedure and allowing . . .
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