Durban, 12 December 2018. TOURISM into markets where airlines establish direct flights historically experience a 30-40% growth within the first year of the route’s establishment, according to research released by Dube TradePort (DTP). The news comes as Durban welcomed three weekly direct British Airways (BA) flights per week into King Shaka International Airport from October with the city making its inaugural appearance on the airline’s Top 19 Must-See Destinations for 2019. BA announced in May that it would include Durban on its direct service as the airline rolled out a ?4.5 billion five-year customer investment plan. The service will complement Durban’s growing connectivity to global hub airports and the route will be serviced by the airline’s newest aircraft, the Boeing 787-8 Dreamliner. Currently, Emirates, Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, Air Mauritius, Pro-flight Zambia and Airlink all provide direct international air connectivity to and from King Shaka International Airport. Earlier this year KwaZulu-Natal economic development, tourism and environmental affairs MEC Sihle Zikalala said international cargo routed through the Dube Cargo Terminal had experienced continuous year-on-year growth since 2010, translating into a 138% hike in volumes. Introducing new passenger flights previously has shown a 25% hike in cargo volumes, and it is expected that the introduction of the direct BA flight will provide additional bi-directional capacity of approximately 20 tons per flight, into the key markets for cargo into and out of KZN. In breaking the news, BA chairman and CEO Álex Cruz said Durban’s warm water, hot summers and laid-back atmosphere made the coastal city “the perfect holiday destination” and a gateway to nature reserves, parks and historic sites. “Durban has a thriving food, drink and art scene, defining the city as a must-visit for culture and adventure. It is also home to the busiest port in South Africa and is a large manufacturing hub, . . .
Brenda Tsolo has a dream. With more than 15 years of experience in contact centres, she knows the sector is ideally positioned to create job opportunities for unemployed, young South Africans. Wanting to be part of the employment solution, Brenda’s vision has been to set up her own contact centre and that’s why she has grasped the opportunity to own and operate a micro call centre – and has a massive goal to grow her business to 500 agents in the next five years. Brenda opportunity to realise her dream became reality when she was selected as one of the first entrepreneurs to partner with EduPower Skills Academy in its Enterprise Development programme. The brainchild of EduPower’s Director, Rajan Naidoo, the programme seeks to develop black-owned contact centres using corporate B-BBEE Enterprise Development funding to help them scale and grow. “Companies that are B-BBEE compliant are required to spend 1% of NPAT on Enterprise Development. EduPower wants to tap into this funding to set-up at least 20 incubators and help these entrepreneurs build sustainable businesses in the Business Process Outsourcing (BPO) sector,” Rajan explains. Traditionally, the contact centre industry in South Africa is limited to a number of large players as the barriers to entry are high. By setting up their incubators the EduPower contact centre facility, the entrepreneurs are not constrained by many of the traditional costs and overheads related to running a business and this greatly increases their chances of survival and sustainability. And it also increases the chances of these businesses becoming successful enough to create additional employment in the near future. Now in her third month, Brenda is one of two entrepreneurs who have already been placed in EduPower’s 24-month programme and she already seeing the benefits of a range of hands-on practical training as well as intensive coaching, mentorship and business development. One of the most important aspects however is . . .
There is still time to book your spot and celebrate Christmas this year with Durban’s most festive family – the dolphins at uShaka Marine World who will be performing their dazzling aquatic aerobatics and adding a special sparkle to everyone’s end of year celebrations. Themed “Under the African Skies”, this year’s eagerly anticipated annual Dolphins by Starlight show has a vibrant home grown feel, paying homage to the beauty of Africa, it’s people and song. Both the audience and Santa himself can experience traditional Christmas songs reworked with vibrant African rhythms and can look forward to rousing renditions of popular hits such as “A Million Dreams”, “A World in Union”, “Can You Feel the Love”, “Special Star” and Quincy Jones’ soulful version of the “Hallelujah Chorus”. Although the uShaka dolphins always steal the show, they’ll be cheered on by pop sensation Lusandra Majola and an operatic prodigy as well as the Durban Gospel Choir, the Glenwood Junior Primary School Choir and the dynamic vocal stylings of isicathimiya group, Young Mambazo. The exhilarating contemporary dance troupe, the Kangaroo Zulu Warriors, and a live band under the baton of Burton Naidoo will add extra local sparkle. This year, Dolphins by Starlight will be hosted by well-known theatre personalities, Mpume Mthombeni and Daisy Spencer. Last chance to make it there between now and December 13, the uShaka Marine World Dolphin Stadium will be filled with a special Christmas spirit and a strong message that encapsulates hope, faith, the value of family and friends, joy, peace, kindness, forgiveness and love. "Dolphins by Starlight” is one family treat that you don't want to miss this festive season, so don't delay, book today! Dates: last show on Thursday, December 13. Time: 19h00pm – gates open at 18.30pm. Adults: R199 Children/Seniors: R160 Tickets are now available via www.ushakamarineworld.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Last Friday 7th December, DK Network in association with uShaka Marine World, White Star, The Playhouse Company and Icebolethu Foundation hosted a Christmas party for 100 children from Phindavele Creche which is situated in the Umzumbe district – South Coast. The children’s Christmas outing kicked off at The Playhouse Company to watch their very first theatre production titled ‘The Magic Drum’ . After which, they were treated to a whole lot of unlimited fun at uShaka Marine World where they got to watch a Dolphin show, tour the breath-taking aquarium as well enjoying a Wet n Wild experience, taking rides on the many slides, riding the lazy river, playing at the new kiddies pool as well as lunch all of which was sponsored by uShaka Marine World. Icebolethu Foundation also made the children’s day extra special by gifting them with customized swimsuits as well as providing them with food hampers sponsored by White Star. “Every child deserves to have a Christmas filled with laughter, love and happiness, which is exactly what we provided for them on the day”, said uKhozi radio personality and founder of DK Network - Dudu ‘Lady D’ Khoza. “I am so grateful to all our sponsors for supporting the DK Network and making this Christmas day party, one the children from Phindavele Creche will remember for many years to come.” She added. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Christmas shopping can be harrowing at the best of times; however at Springfield Value Centre, they are laying out the “red carpet” for every customer, providing VIP treatment all the way. All one has to do is spend R300 or more at the Springfield Value Centre between the 7th – 9th December and you will receive a complimentary ride, valued at R200, to and from the centre. Now that’s a sweet value ride. If you think that is amazing, Springfield Value Centre will also be providing a branded shopping bag to customers who spend R100 at the centre, but only while stocks last. That’s not all; the centre will be laying out a hydrating Lemonade stand stocked with ice cold water and lemonade to quench your thirst during your shopping. To protect everyone from the harsh summer sun, Springfield Value Centre has thought of everything. Promoters will be in attendance sporting umbrellas and escorting shoppers to and from their vehicles so alleviate unwanted sunburn. For those shoppers who find parking out in the side parking lot a drag, fear not, there will be golf carts providing a free shuttle service to the store of your choice So bets are on that you seriously want to make your way down to Springfield Value Centre to enjoy the perks of being a VIP customer and to shop some of the World’s biggest brands such as the Nike Factory Store, Matrix Warehouse, Levis Factory Store, Adidas, Puma, Forever New, Cotton On , Guess and many more. Visit our Facebook Page , for more info on festive store specials. This promotion will continue until December 24th, so head down to Springfield Value Centre to experience a warm VIP welcome. For more information, contact Centre Management on 031 263 2054. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
No Budget? No Problem! 3 FREE strategies to get your brand out there! Whether you’re leading the charge in a larger organisation or a lone ranger embarking on your solopreneur journey, the reality is that you not always going to have access to a massive marketing budget. So, what do you do to get your brand out there and get those leads streaming in when you don’t have money to spend? Jacqueline Raw, Owner and Founder of Ycagel, a marketing consultancy in Kwa-Zulu Natal, share three easy, free strategies to help you get your brand out there. 1. DIGITAL NETWORKING When it comes to social media, the trick that you need to master to get your brand out there and start generating great leads is NETWORKING! There are thousands of business or personality profile pages out there and to really stand out, you need to develop a serious networking strategy on social media – from Facebook to LinkedIn and everything in-between. How? Start by creating a mental picture of what your ideal customer looks like and then start engaging with people who fit this profile on a one-on-one basis. This one-on-one engagement is a HUGE differentiator and drives massive value. Be smart about it. If you looking to attract a bigger audience, connect with a ‘group’ or ‘community’ owner/influencer. Once you’ve established trust and demonstrated value, you have created an ambassador for your brand who has a wider audience to influence. Viola! WINNING! Side note: If you’re a marketing manager in a larger organisation, consider getting someone on this full-time. This is a magic strategy to grow your brand and generate seriously hot leads. 2. VIDEO MARKETING Get ready for your close-up! Video content is a powerful medium to get your business noticed and with most social media platforms preferring video content over static posts, you’re setting yourself up for greater reach and engagement. If you’re a consultant, freelancer or entrepreneur with a service-based offering, you can film quick one-minute . . .
Engen has come to the rescue of five Durban schools severely damaged in storms by committing R1 million to effect repairs critical to the safety, comfort and security of pupils and teachers. “Engen turned our darkness into light,” says Colin Chand, principal of Collingwood Primary in Wentworth, which was severely affected by the October 2017 storms, forcing the children and teachers into mobile units on the school fields. Without any electricity, the school community struggled throughout the 2018 academic year in dark and extremely hot conditions – until news of the Engen donation came. “We expected a long process to rebuild the school, because we know the government tender process is a long one. But now our 1 200 pupils are learning in the light again, and we can use our fans, so we are extremely relieved,” adds Chand of the work Engen financed to electrify the mobile units. Adhila Hamdulay, Engen’s Corporate Social Investment Manager, says Engen committed the funds to assist five schools in Merebank and Wentworth, which are neighbours of the Engen Refinery in South Durban. All the schools identified for assistance were severely damaged when a massive storm wreaked havoc in Durban on 10 October last year. A total 42 schools in KwaZulu-Natal were affected by the deluge, which left 11 people dead and racked up a repair bill of more than R16 million in respect of public buildings. “Engen takes our responsibility to the community surrounding our Refinery very seriously. We also remain cognisant of the need to partner with government to assist where we can, so it seemed obvious that we should step up and help,” says Hamdulay. All five affected schools had waited for months for assistance when Engen funded the start of the repair work in April this year. Other than Collingwood Primary, Settlers Primary School, Rustomjee Primary School, Wentworth Primary School and Fairvale Secondary School were also assisted. Among the repairs effected were the . . .
While many experiences the year ending as a time filled with exciting thoughts of the upcoming holidays' others have an entirely different experience. For some, it’s filled with the dread of being exposed to the hole left by the absence of work while others are confronted with memories of lost loved one and better years. There are many things which can taint our experience of the holidays. Fortunately, all of them can be worked through or managed, and therapy helps. If you have the sense that this might apply to you, then now is the time to plan and set up the support you’ll need. First prize is to have a schedule that ensures you spend time with people who love you and who can be there for you. If this is not available, you need more, or can’t bear the thought of leaning on others; there is still time to arrange professional help. Establishing contact with a therapist is enormously helpful, even if you can’t begin sessions immediately. Merely knowing that you have started looking into a healing process or book a meeting for next year can produce enough hope and relief to carry you through. But where does one find this help? If you have access to private medical care, then you can consider approaching your GP and asking them to refer you to a counsellor or psychologist in your area. Those who don’t have such access can visit their local community clinic and ask the attending sister to please place you on the psychology waiting list or to refer you to a nearby clinic that can provide the necessary help. The very idea of approaching a doctor or sister is often so daunting that some people never take this first step. If this applies to you, you’ll be happy to know that several websites help you find the services you need. TherapyRoute.com is a good place to start. This platform includes informative articles, lists private practices as well as non-profit and community service facilities, automatically displays the services nearest to you and helps you . . .
JOHANNESBURG, DECEMBER 3, 2018 - Trees are very important as they provide our planet with essential environmental services while also giving us jobs, products and fun. To celebrate the many fantastic things about forests, both natural and planted, the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) is running a competition ahead of International Day of Forests on 21 March 2019. The prize: a trip to Rome! According to FAO, "the 2019 theme for the International Day of Forests is ‘Forests and Education’ and we want the world to know how you educate children and youth about the importance of trees and forests. Today, when more than half the world’s population lives in cities and are increasingly disconnected from nature, it is more essential than ever to bring an understanding and awareness of forests and their benefits into children’s lives at an early age.” FAO is inviting teachers, educators and parents to produce and submit a short one-minute video that shows how you impart a better understanding about the importance of forests and trees for our planet’s future. This could be a video of a traditional class, nature walk into a wooded area or plantation, a local park with trees, an artwork, a song or music lesson or even an exercise class. The Paper Manufacturers Association of South Africa (PAMSA) and Forestry South Africa have put together some resources with specific facts on the South African forestry and forest product sector. Visit the special page on www.forestryexplained.co.za for more information. Deadline for entries is 15 December 2018. (We recognise that this is after schools break up for the SA summer holidays. It could however be a fun activity for these last few weeks of school.) How do I enter? To enter the contest, just follow these steps: Make a short video that shows how you teach children and youth about the importance of forests. The video should not exceed 1 minute and can be produced with any professional or non-professional device . . .
Killarney - Continuing the form that has seen the 29-year-old ace take two consecutive World RX Drivers’ Championship titles, and win every race this year except for one (round three in Belgium); Sweden’s Johan Kristoffersson romped to victory at every wheel turn at the 2018 World RX of South Africa. In all, Johan was one win short of a perfect score weekend - netting three qualifying race victories - ranking him as top qualifier overall - followed by a semi final and final victory at the Killarney Raceway in Cape Town. “What can I say? Winning is what we are here for,” said Johan about the victory. “This win really means a lot – and I know I’ve said that every time I’ve won a race, but it’s really true! When you come to the last race of the season, it’s really important to go to the winter with a win. We all know you’re only as good as your last result, so to start round one in 2019 off the back of this is nice.” Talking more about his incredible year, Kristoffersson revealed one disappointment. “Winning 11 from 12 is really nice – makes me a little bit frustrated about [World RX of] Belgium where [Sébastien] Loeb won – but that 100 per cent record gives us something to work towards next year!” joked the champion. “To make nine wins in nine races is also something special for me. I remember watching Sebastian Vettel winning the last nine races of the 2013 [Formula 1] season and just thinking how incredible that feeling must be, to have so much success in one season. And now I have done just that. Unbelievable. I will never forget this season, it’s such a special one.” Unfortunately for teammate Petter Solberg, his run of 2018 bad luck continued in South Africa, despite blistering performances throughout the weekend. Qualifying fourth overall, Petter went on to win semifinal two and lock out the front row of the event’s main final alongside Johan. However a spin, and contact with rival Timmy Hansen, on lap two of the final ended the triple world . . .