Phumla and Songezo Nayo are a testament to hard work paying off. The married couple, who entered the fuel industry, with no prior experience were committed and absolutely determined to make their new business work. Today the Nayo’s are the proud owners of not one, but two Engen petrol stations, with their eye on future growth. They first opened Engen Vredehoek Service Station in Oranjezicht in 2011 and in 2015 they opened Engen Eastlake Convenience Centre in Muizenberg. “Owning two Engen service stations gave us, as a black family, an opportunity to contemplate creating intergenerational wealth, something that is still elusive for Black South Africans,” says Phumla With a BAdmin (Hons) in Industrial Psychology and having worked for a number of years as a human resources specialist and independent consultant at some of South Africa’s top corporate companies, Phumla’s HR background has played an important role in building her team of employees and ensuring that her customers get great service. “I am passionate about people development, empowerment and service excellence,” she says. The couple’s cross-section of skills complement each other. Songezo has an MBA from UCT and strong management skills, having gained solid business experience as the previous MD of SA Rugby and having run his own sports management business. “Our first break came when Engen gave us an opportunity to be caretakers of Engen Vredehoek, which was a good platform for us to gain industry experience. Breaking into the industry was initially tough as we had to overcome perceptions of black run businesses, which meant having to prove ourselves over and over again,” says Songezo. Today, success for the couple is having had the opportunity to create jobs at their service stations and invest in the development and empowerment of their employees. “We work very well together because we have mutual goals and interests. We implicitly trust each other’s skills and each one allows the . . .
The Labia and Roodeberg roll out the red carpet for 70th anniversary The Labia, Cape Town’s cherished independent cinema, celebrated its 70th anniversary with the first international screening of Rocketman, just three days after the film on the life and times of Elton John, was launched at the Cannes Film Festival in France. Roodeberg, the legendary red wine which also turns 70 this year, joined in the celebrations. The debut screening of the film named after the famous 1972 song, Rocketman, took loyal patrons by complete surprise on Sunday, 19 May. The film is only scheduled to open in the UK on 22 May and the USA on 31 May. The 70th anniversary celebrations will continue later this year with a Festival of Labia Highlights. Roodeberg also has big plans with new celebratory packaging and the launch of a special limited release, commemorative wine. The Labia was opened officially as a theatre for stage performances on 19 May 1949 and enjoyed a checkered period as a mixed venue for live theatre and the screening of films on the alternative circuit. When current owners Ludi and Ann Kraus took over on 1 September 1989, the Labia was somewhat dilapidated with only one screen. Not unlike the little boy in the Italian classic, Cinema Paradiso, Ludi’s first encounter with the cinema was at the age of nine in his father’s movie theatre in Windhoek. Many years later he literally swapped professions overnight from being a lawyer to a cinema owner, and has been part and parcel of the Labia ever since. Today he continues to offer loyal movie goers cinema magic of the classic old fashioned kind at an affordable price: “The magic of hearing the lion roar from Screen 1, cannot be under estimated – we’re still bringing out the old and fixing the in-between.” As the city’s original and last surviving independent movie theatre after the costly transition from reel to reel projectors to digital took its toll, the Labia stands proud as the bastion of alternative cinema . . .
Trust is at the core of all positive human relationships. This is according to Cindy Glass, Owner and Co-Founder of Step Up Education Centres. She says, “Trust, when nurtured and honoured within a family system can lead to happier, more fulfilling experiences, greatly reducing stress and anxiety., Mistrust, on the other hand, inevitably leads to hurt, tension and misery. Many believe that trust can be something one demands of another: ‘You must trust me!’ Research, however, has shown that trust is earned, in small gestures and in moments in time.” International speaker, Brene’ Brown says that actions demonstrating trustworthiness are likened to marbles. Every time one demonstrates or actions a trust behaviour, you can put a marble in a jar. However, when a behavior demonstrating mistrust occurs, you can remove a whole handful of those marbles and it will take a lot of hard work to replace the marbles of trust again. Trust is earned. It cannot be demanded of anyone. Parents want their children to trust them and children want the same of their parents. Cindy explains that it is up to parents to make the first move in modelling the behaviours that create relationships of trust within the family. Nurturing trust requires action. Cindy gives 5 actionable behaviours that you can implement to help create and nurture trust within your families: Learn to listen to understand: There is a difference between hearing and listening. Listening entails eye contact and a genuine, sincere interest in what the other person is saying. Strive for non-judgemental parenting: Children who hide their challenges and negative behavioural choices (creating a sense of mistrust) most often do this because they are fearful of their parent’s reactions! Keep the lines of communication open by assuring your children that you do, indeed, have their back. Seek positive solutions to challenges together. This does not mean that you must overlook or justify behaviours. It simply means . . .
Double Joy with MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA in Cape Town on Saturday 25 May -(Africa Day) A Master class and a Performance Multi-award-winning MOREIRA CHONGUIÇA is a celebrated jazz musician born and currently based in Mozambique. He is a saxophonist, ethnomusicologist, producer, composer, and marketing conceptualist. Moreira attended the University of Cape Town to further his music studies, graduating from the South African College of Music with a degree in jazz performance. He also holds an honors degree in Ethnomusicology (cum laude). Earlier this year Moreira was presented with the Medal of Merit: Arts and Letters from the Governor of City of Maputo on behalf of the Mozambican Government for his contribution to this field in Mozambique. Moreira was also invited by UNESCO to attend the International Jazz Day celebrations in Addis Ababa including performing with Dr Mulatu Astatke and the opening of the conference on World Press Freedom Day at the African Union Headquarters. Now on Saturday 25th May at the Radisson Red Hotel situated at the V &A Waterfront Moreira will present a master class in Conjunction with Music Exchange and the Western Cape Government Arts and Culture Department on the “How to understand your leverage and Branding as an artist -Starts at 10.30 am till 12 noon –tickets from Quicket or the door Then latter that evening at 8.30pm at the Norval Foundation situated at 4 Steenberg Road Tokai Moreira will have his show. Moreira has seven award-winning, globally informed and celebrated albums – he is blazing a trail from his east-African roots to the world. Exposed to and inspired by the likes of Miles Davis, Fela Kuti, Percy Sledge and Manu Dibango, Moreira’s energetic contemporary rhythmic compositions have garnered applause across all six continents. His unique sound, technical agility and ingenuity on the alto and soprano saxophone, coupled with passionate stage performance captivate audiences universally. Moreira’s band . . .
Centurion, May 17 2019: South African producer and actor, Mari Molefe van Heerden, co-founded the Kleinkaap Short Film Festival with Reine Swart in 2016. Molefe is best known for her work on Binnelanders, 7de Laan and Villa Rosa. Swart is best known for her work on Syfy’s Z Nation and the horror, The Lullaby. Their passion for independent filmmakers are substantial and they will continue to give praise to deserved films. Both these ladies have been in the film industry for more than 10 years. Knowing the ups and downs that it entails and how important it is to support your fellow filmmakers. Molefe and Swart teamed up with British producer and actor, Coco Lloyd to produce the feature film, Heks (AKA Her Mask). Lloyd is best known for Footballers Wives and the X Factor in the UK. These three women brought well known producer and director, Andre Velts, onboard to share his excellent expertise. Velts has been involved with some of the biggest Afrikaans films such as Knysna and Jou Romeo. The cast onboard includes incredible talents such as Christopher Jafhta, Hungani Ndlovu, Stephanie Sandows, Mary-Anne Barlow with Coco Lloyd and Mari Molefe van Heerden in the principal roles. The young Director of Photography, Marius de Nysshen, did a brilliant job and has a very promising future. Heks is surprisingly enough not an Afrikaans film, but an English film. As Heks sounds like “Hex” in English, the producers decided to keep the name proudly South African and there are a few Afrikaans lines in the film. Swart was the director of Heks and it was her feature directorial debut. She has directed film festival short films such as Trypophobia, Skoonma and Eiko in Portland. Heks according to the producers can be a witch or a curse and it is up to the audience to decided what it means. This local horror with an international lead was solely filmed in Centurion at Kleinkaap Boutique Hotel. Nestled between Pretoria and Johannesburg. Producing a film . . .
FuseForward, a provider of cloud and analytic solutions, demonstrated the benefits real-time analytics can deliver to African utilities during the African Utility Week conference and exhibition. Held from 14-16 May in Cape Town, South Africa, African Utility Week is the leading conference for African power, energy and water professionals. FuseForward’s Founder and CEO, Mark Damm, was excited about the opportunity to provide analytic solutions that shed light on the challenges faced by utilities in Sub-Saharan Africa. “Utilities in Africa face a range of issues, many of which affect their ability to meet basic demands for water and electricity,” says Mark. “We know that the availability of reliable and complete data is critical in order for utilities to find solutions to their challenges. Data from IoT devices and smart meters can help, but developing the technology required to ingest, store and make sense of this information is a barrier for many resource-strapped utilities.” FuseForward’s cloud platform provides a secure, reliable way for utilities to store, aggregate and analyze data from their IoT and smart devices, delivering the comprehensive performance information utilities need within a single interface. Example utility challenges that FuseForward can address include: • Demand management: Data from devices and external sources can be used to predict peak electricity or water usage times, enabling better management of resources. • Preventative maintenance: Deteriorating infrastructure can often be the cause of outages in Sub-Saharan Africa. By analyzing sensor data from equipment and infrastructure, utilities can obtain real-time maintenance alerts, preventing outages before they occur. With the event closing today, Mark is optimistic about the future of the industry, and the role FuseForward can play. “We’ve had a chance to hear first-hand about the challenges facing utilities and are looking forward to the opportunity to help solve . . .
CANVEX customised wall canvas transforms interior walls into branding statements, billboards, huge artworks or creative backdrops. Already a firm favourite for designers, CANVEX is ideal for your office, hotels, retail stores, restaurants and homes. Transform any design or image into wall fabric that won’t shrink or move with weather change. Quick and easy to install, CANVEX by Expand a Sign is robust, long-lasting, and made from non-toxic ink and recyclable materials and locally produced. No weathering, no waste, just intensive colour and detail wherever you want it, whenever you need it. It is available in a width of 1.8m and can be as long as your space requires. It can also be relocated if you move. Bridget Ward of Accelerated Education Enterprises says, “The Canvex murals have added an innovative solution to our in office branding. We really like the fact that the product can be custom sized, enabling us to brand wall to floor in any area.” If you’re ready create your own canvas wallpaper for corporate or residential use, visit www.canvex.co.za or call 0860 744 688. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Sinenjongo High School in Joe Slovo Park, Milnerton is one of 30 schools to benefit from Engen’s R2.5 million cash injection to the Imbumba Foundation’s Caring4Girls programme. Caring4Girls visited the Cape Town school this month to provide female learners with sanitary towel packs to help keep them in school during their monthly cycles. Caring4Girls currently reaches 750,000 girls throughout South Africa and aims to support 1 million girls in 2019 and 2 million by 2020. Engen Corporate Social Investment Manager, Adhila Hamdulay stresses the value of education and how important it is to ensure that all young girls are empowered and have the opportunity to realise their full potential. “We cannot thrive as a society if some of our female learners are left behind, which is why we are very proud to partner with the Imbumba Foundation and contribute to this very meaningful initiative,” commented Hamdulay. Engen’s Head of Transformation and Stakeholder Engagement, Unathi Magida says it is important for Engen to actively support and take care of the communities in which the company operates. “At Engen we strongly believe that a country which is educated is a country that will prosper. By supporting these young girls, we will ensure that their confidence and dignity is retained and that they never have to miss school because of their monthly cycle.” She adds. “Most importantly, these girls will receive education and training around dealing with puberty, self-care and pregnancy avoidance, aimed at boosting their confidence. Education is a key enabler to transform lives, which is why we are so passionate about this initiative.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Let’s face it, it’s a big world out there... Isn’t wearing local uber cool right now? Even more so if you’re trying to update your street-style looks. Whether you’re going for an ethnic fashion style or a rocker chic style, Nava Apparel at Bay Harbour Market in Hout Bay has got you covered. Nava Apparel is known for their leather range: from boots, caps and tees to backpacks and laptop bags. They craft and customise products to suit your personal taste with their interchangeable patterns, selection of leathers, fabrics and materials. Inspired by individual beauty, meticulous attention to detail and ecological sustainability. In true essence of the brand, when buying from Nava Apparel, you’ll not only support economically fair and environmentally sustainable products, but also local charities and environmental projects in and around South Africa. Bay Harbour Market has got the streets talking. Fresh, stylish and modern. Regretfully no pets allowed at the market. For more information about the traders and what they have to offer, please do visit Bay Harbour Market on http://bayharbour.co.za/ and follow them on Facebook- https://www.facebook.com/bayharbour , Twitter- https://twitter.com/bayharbourmkt and Instagram- https://www.instagram.com/bayharbourmarket/. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Whilst on a morning Whale and Dolphin Watching cruise with Port Elizabeth based AB Marine on Tuesday 14 April 2019, Marine Biologist Eirik Grønningsæter, photographed two Bottlenose Dolphins in great distress. The Boat Based Whale and Dolphin Operator had been cruising along the Port Elizabeth beachfront and had just viewed a large pod of Bottlenose off of Summerstand's Pollok Beach. The literally hundreds of dolphins ranging up and down that stretch of coast kept guests enthralled as the youngsters came closer and adults jumped for the joy of living. A little bit further out to sea towards Cape Recife a smaller pod of dolphins were ranging in circles around one particular spot. It would only be later that evening that Eirik would discover why this small pod was acting in a strange manner and not moving on to join the larger pod near Bird Rock...... Back at the Guest House biologist Eirik Grønningsæter downloaded the hundreds of photographs from the day and zoomed in to a few to see a very disturbing sight. At least two of the Bottlenose Dolphins in the pod that had been acting strangely and swimming in circles had been entangled in fishing lines and were badly injured. The assumption is that these two dolphins had become entangled in the fishing line and that the line in turn had become entangled in the reef below where the dolphins had been swimming when spotted. The panicked dolphins must then have cut into their dorsal fins in successful attempts to free themselves from the reef. In the images one can see how fishing line has cut into a large part of one dolphin's dorsal and how almost 60% of one others dorsal fin has been cut away - surely a massive fatal injury. Erik, is a Biologist and part of the film crew documenting the state of the Sardine Run with Expert-Tours and the Ocean Geographic Society, was visibly shocked to see the state of injuries to these Bottlenose Dolphins. An AB Marine spokeperson said; "If we in Port . . .