Andrew Patterson (38) an avid hiker and entrepreneur, originally from Johannesburg has put together an innovative crowdfunding campaign in hopes to transform 1 million lives in 365 days. With his 365 Ubuntu Climbs initiative, Andrew has pledged to hike up Table Mountain everyday in 2018 to raise R1 million on donations-based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy. The funds managed directly by BackaBuddy NPC, will be distributed to the following 3 non-profit organisations. “I aim to empower 1 million South Africans that through no fault of their own started on the back foot in life.” – says Andrew Habitat for Humanity, to build homes for the disadvantage and fulfill their basic right to safety against the elements. “Habitat for Humanity is an organization I got my previous company involved with after Nelson Mandela passed away, where we hoped to build two homes a month for the less fortunate.” – says Andrew One Heart For Kids, to teach children the value and importance of reading and writing to positively impact South Africa’s literacy rate. “ I met, Lisa Thompson-Smeddle, the founder of One Heart For Kids, the day after I had my idea and she had so many ideas and was so supportive.” – Says Andrew. The Sunflower Fund, to create awareness around Leukaemia in South Africa, in hopes to increase their donor base. “I've worked with the Sunflower Fund in the past, raising money during Argus season for the past 5 years.“ Enchanted by Cape Town’s remarkable beauty and taking into consideration the unfortunate circumstances some South Africans are born into, Andrew decided to dedicate his year to a cause bigger than himself. “Eight days before my last day of work the idea came to me whilst driving past the mountain on my way to Stellenbosch. My retrenchment was effective July 1st and instead of returning to corporate life – I decided to focus on honouring my idea which I treated like a business training both my body and my mind simultaneously. ” – says . . .
It is estimated that 3.2% of the South African population annually sustain serious burn injuries and an astonishing 68% percent of South African children younger than 14 have experienced scalding burns in their short lifetime. The Avela Foundation, founded in 2015, is a non-profit organization that is committed to helping these kids on their road to physical and emotional recovery. “We provide hope to those kids who are in desperate need of physical as well as emotional care after having suffered life- threatening or debilitating burn injuries”, says Cami Palomo, Founder of the Avela Foundation. Hoping to raise awareness and much needed funds for South African burn victims, Palomo, assembled a dream team to accompany her on a journey to Base Camp, on the mighty Mount Everest. In collaboration with the Smile Foundation, 12 individuals begin their journey on 29 April 2018 to Kathmandu, Nepal. The hike, expected to take 9 days will begin on the 2 May 2018. Hoping to crowdfund a total of R2 million on BackaBuddy, the team have begun vigorous training. Funds generated by the crowdfunding iniatative will contribute to the refurbishing of Kimberly Hospital’s burn ward in the Northern Cape. Avela tackles Mount Everest! In November 2016 the Avela foundation teamed up with the Smile Foundation to donate the first ever R1.5million laser machine to the Red Cross War Memorial Hospital, a machine that has dramatically improved the appearance of scarring in children who have suffered from severe burns. Joining forces the respective charities aim to once a again bring hope to burn victims. “This journey is about overcoming challenges for both the climbers but just as importantly for burn survivors. In this instance base camp is a light for these survivors”, says Hedley Lewis, Smile Foundation’s CEO. Among those survivors is the Head of the Avela Mentorship Programme, William Baartman, who at age of three years old, was a victim of gross Human Rights . . .
South Africa has one of the highest unemployment rates in the world with the 2017 stats sitting at 28%, according to Stats SA. We realized that there are many talented young people in South Africa who need advice on how to take the next, or first step, of their careers. We wanted to be the ‘go to’ advice panel for these people to assist them on their career journeys. Some of the answers to the questions that we are asked may seem obvious; but sometimes I find that having been in the recruitment industry for as long as we have, we tend to take too many things for granted. People just want to know what to include on their CVs; how to follow up with recruiters once they have submitted their CVs to them or what to wear on the first day in their new jobs. Unfortunately, in South Africa, there are a lot of young people who by the time they enter the job market, their parents have passed away. They don’t always have role models who can assist them in the dos and don’ts of entering the workforce. This is where we step in and offer guidance and support to these young people and almost ‘hand-hold’ them through their application and interview process. Even though our weekly chat is only scheduled for an hour a week, we are finding that the questions are increasing throughout the week too. We each take turns in running the @JobAdviceSA account so we can keep up with the questions that come in during the week too. We also RT Job Adverts daily with our #JobAdviceSA hashtag to assist our members in finding employment. So, in all honesty our weekly chat is almost turning into a full-time job but luckily there are four of us co-hosts to help as our online traffic increases. What is #JobAdviceSA and why do we host this weekly Twitter Chat? I was super impressed to hear that some of my fellow SourceCon members from the Facebook Group had heard of #JobAdviceSA. How excellent that our weekly South African chat has reached as far afield as the US of A. Our online community . . .
Excitement as Global Startup Grind Chapter is established in Port Elizabeth Startup and entrepreneurial businesses are characterised by high energy, high hopes and high expectations. Port Elizabeth offers many advantages to these businesses - central location, institutional and private support, easy and quick accessibility within the city, a can-do mindset and friendly people willing to freely share insider knowledge and advice. Start up businesses in Port Elizabeth have access to many different flavours of entrepreneurial support to assist them to go from Startup to global player. What is lacking however is a forum in which these entrepreneurs can gather to share their experiences, network and learn from each other. Filling that gap is Startup Grind Port Elizabeth which is a chapter of the global start-up community, Startup Grind. Represented on over 115 countries and in over 300 cities, Startup Grind has hosted more than a million entrepreneurs at regular Fireside Chats and events. Startup Grind has been running in South Africa since 2013. The format of the monthly meetups starts with an hour-long networking, helping like minded individuals to connect with each other, followed by a 45-minute fireside chat where a successful entrepreneur is interviewed to tell their business journey and any success (and failure) stories that formed part of it. The questions are structured in a way to inspire the entrepreneurs in the room on how they managed to make their business a success. A 15-minute Q&A session, during which the audience can informally interview the main guest, is followed by another networking opportunity to solidify relationships that have been established. Port Elizabeth Startup Grind Director, Alan Straton says; "Startup grind is a natural progression for myself coming from a background of tirelessly promoting Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay business and business excellence through various online publications such as . . .
Johannesburg, Friday, 26 January 2018, the year started on a high note for Preshanthan Pillay, who was appointed as General Manager, Servest Catering (Business and Industry). Preshanthan holds an Advanced International Diploma in Professional Cookery (City & Guilds) and has over two decades of experience in the food industry. Preshanthan joined Servest SA in 2016 where he headed the kitchen for one of their clients, and then moved to becoming Servest’s National Executive Chef in August 2017. Preshanthan, at the tender age of eight, decided that he wants to make a difference in the lives of people, and the best way for him to achieve his dream, was to become a chef. After completing his training with various hotels and a year in the United States, Preshanthan worked in almost every sector of hospitality, from running kitchens in prisons, to 5-star hotels and casinos. Having worked his way up that ladder, in his new role as General Manager, Servest Catering Preshanthan says, managing a business division for him is the same as running a kitchen that serves up the best meals, “it requires concise planning, preparation in the form of hands on implementation and finally, ensuring that the meals you serve, make for a culinary explosion of taste” Preshanthan believes good food means good relationships and good performance, “the test is in the proverbial pudding”, he jokes. This is why he sees the provision of food and meals for corporates, institutions and business operations as providing more than just a canteen. It’s about quality of food and quality of service. Servest believes in empowerment of its people and clients, with whom they work hand in hand to create innovative menu ideas that encompass the essence of their brands and seamlessly integrates their budget with wellness goals. Servest’s chefs are passionate about bringing farm fresh, seasonal produce straight to the tables, showcasing the beauty and taste of natural flavours. In the same way . . .
Johannesburg boasts a splendidly mild climate, neither humid nor too hot. With the warmer months comes the rainy season. Rainstorms are often harsh and are accompanied by much thunder, lightning and occasional hail. This, in turn, leads to the excessive growth of grass, falling of leaves and at times the snapping of trees. In anticipation of the effects of the weather change and the peak summer season, Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo is going the extra mile to ensure it can deliver horticultural and conservation services in the City of Joburg. At least 52 accredited contractors have been brought on board to assist. Says Jenny Moodley, spokesperson for Johannesburg City Parks and Zoo: “We encourage Joburg residents to visit our website www.jhbcityparks.com to view detailed weekly schedules. We also have a 24-hour emergency team which is equipped to respond to complaints relating to fallen trees. Our priority is to ensure that there is no traffic congestion or interference with power lines. Branches and stumps will be removed in the second phase of clean-up.” We trust that the measures that have been put in place will go a long way in ensuring that the City of Joburg is kept clean and well preserved. We also urge the residents to assist and play their part in keeping the city clean by supporting “A Re Sebetseng” (let’s work) campaign, which was recently launched by the Executive Mayor of Johannesburg, Councillor Herman Mashaba. “The first City Of Joburg city-wide clean-up was hosted in September 2017 and was supported by councillors, ward committees and businesses across the city. Plastic bags and gloves were distributed at ‘walk-in’ centres, clinics, libraries as well as participating businesses and then collected later in the day to ensure that we have a cleaner city, “ adds Moodley. The project will continue throughout the year and it is expected to enhance the City’s R50 million investment into Pikitup for a third cleaning shift. “Please . . .
* One small gesture may be the catalyst to a Manganese Ore Free PE Beachfront * Sailors vote for the environment * Turtles-1, Plastic Straws-0 * Surf the wave to Turn the Tide on Plastic The Nelson Mandela Bay, Port Elizabeth based Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) has banned Plastic Straws and issued a challenge to every consumer and business to say; "No to plastic" as the wave to 'Turn the Tide on Plastic' becomes a tsunami. Inspired by the Volvo Ocean Race yacht, 'Turn the Tide on Plastic, skippered by Britain's, Dee Caffari and after a talk by Sustainable Seas Trust Director Dr Tony Ribbink, the decision to move towards a Plastic Free Zone at ABYC by banning plastic straws was unanimously approved by the ABYC Exco on Tuesday 16 January 2018. "With 350 kg's of plastic being dumped in the ocean every second, it is projected that there will be more plastics than fish in the ocean by 2050. This pollution is killing millions of marine animals and sea birds each year, damaging sensitive ecosystems, affecting environmental and human health. Aside from lost opportunities the cost to Africa runs in to billions annually," said SST Director Dr Tony Ribbink at a recent presentation to members and sailors at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club. Spearheaded by the ABYC's House Commodore, Frank Atkinson, ABYC has implemented an immediate ban on plastic straws and will move towards a plastic free environment. Frank says; "All my life I have been fortunate to have lived beside the water - either the Zwartkops River or the beaches of Port Elizabeth. Our activities as kids were sailing, swimming, fishing and gathering bait where I was subjected first hand to the horrors caused by carelessly discarded plastic on the marine and wildlife in general. What really hit home however was a recent screening at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club by Dr Tony Ribbink of a film depicting how floating plastic bags were eaten by dolphins who mistook them for jelly fish and a particularly horrifying look at . . .
The first annual ‘One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk’ is to be held at the Johannesburg Zoo to commemorate World Cancer Day on 4 February 2018. Organisers, the Breast Health Foundation, encourage all of those who wish to pledge their support for the day to participate in the event. Louise Turner, chief operations officer of the Breast Health Foundation, says that the One Step at a Time Cancer Warrior Walk, aims to pay homage to, and express solidarity with the ‘Cancer Warriors’, or those who are fighting, or have fought, cancer. “We warmly invite those whose lives have in some way been touched by cancer, or who simply wish to honour those who have been impacted by this condition, to join us for the scenic 5km walk through the Johannesburg Zoo,” adds Turner. “World Cancer Day is the ideal opportunity to raise awareness around this disease. It is for this reason that we are partnering the Cancer Alliance — a group of cancer control and advocate non-profit organisations which Breast Health Foundation is a member of — in the hosting of this walk,” she explains. “The One Step at a Time initiative came out of an undertaking in which five breast cancer survivors trekked to Everest Base Camp in 2016. The five women showed a warrior spirit during the trek and demonstrated the triumph of the human spirit.” According to Turner, the Breast Health Foundation advocates wellness and the event highlights the important role that exercise can play in supporting long-term health. Walking is an ideal form of exercise that can be enjoyed by the survivors, their families and supporters, she observes. “The event has been made possible by the generosity of long-standing supporters of the Breast Health Foundation such as Netcare and the sponsorship of Universal Healthcare and CompCare Wellness Medical Scheme, Lancet Laboratories and Medipost Pharmacy. Netcare 911 has also stepped forward to offer emergency medical services support for the event, for which we are most . . .
https://youtu.be/TonlUU57SSE Church of Scientology caps season of expansion with dynamic Grand Opening in northern hills of the “City of Gold”—Johannesburg. Out of the shadow of the past a new generation is rising up, making a voice for themselves and creating a land defined by freedom of expression and spiritual awareness—a new South Africa. Historically acknowledged as the Cradle of Humankind and now known for its inescapable, vigorous energy, a once divided Johannesburg (Joburg) continues to be on the forefront of unified change. As one of the top 50 cities in the world in terms of both size and commerce, this pan-African capital is home to many creative and cultural forces—individuals and organizations set upon cutting a better and brighter path to community success. That spirit of innovation and new hope was resonant on a warm Saturday afternoon in Johannesburg North as over 1,500 Scientologists and guests gathered to dedicate the city’s stunning Church of Scientology on the hills of Randburg. In commemorating the occasion, Mr. David Miscavige, the ecclesiastical leader of the Scientology religion, welcomed those in attendance in light of Scientology Founder L. Ron Hubbard’s (LRH) wishes to infuse a segregated South Africa with sanity and guidance more than 50 years ago: “Should anyone ask what it means to follow an LRH dream from ‘One Man, One Vote’ to One Nation, One Purpose and from African power to African pride and Africa forever to Africa alive, well, all you have to do is consider those words ‘eternally Africa’ and ‘endlessly Africa,’ because herein lies our Lion’s Gate to Infinity’s door.” The Grand Opening ceremony was accented with creativity and vibrant expression, led by the magical sounds of Djembe drums mixed with traditional dancers and the melodies of a local choir. The festivities soon evolved into a chorus of dignitaries from all over Johannesburg and Gauteng—welcoming the Church and forecasting a propitious future upon the . . .
Vaping community to unite to shape SA vaping laws at upcoming Durban Vape festival. Vaping is becoming a way of life for South Africans. Just how popular the phenomenon has become, is attested to by the launching of Vape Festivals, the latest of which will be held in Durban on Saturday 16 December. Andre van Biljon, spokesperson for ‘Durban Vape festival’ points out that about 4 000 vaping enthusiasts are expected to attend the Vape Fest at the Durban Exhibition Centre. “The event in Durban is the second to be held this year. It follows the successful Cape Town Vape Fest, which was held in March. We expect that the Durban event will attract vapers who, like their Cape Town counterparts, are keen to learn about the alternative to tobacco smoking that is sweeping the country and is, undoubtedly, one of the fastest-growing social trends in the country.” Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPA) will also be exhibiting at the Festival that has, to date, attracted a record 35 participants across the industry. VPA will be participating as part of its campaign asking South African vapers to lend their voices and to be heard. Those attending will experience the new devices and receive the latest internationally recognised vaping information - as well as learn how they can lend their voices into shaping South Africa’s Vaping laws. The popularity of the Cape Town event and sales of tickets for the Durban Vape fest indicated that vaping, far from being a temporary fashion statement, it is saving lives by moving smokers to a product which the Royal College of Physicians in the UK has reached consensus is 95% safer than smoking, says Director of Vapour Products Association (VPA) Kabir Kaleechurn. “We understand from the vaping community that, thousands of South Africans of all ages are replacing tobacco cigarettes with devices. By doing so, they are making a conscious choice to reduce the health risks associated with smoking and inhaling burning tobacco . . .