AirFibre from MTN innovates to cross the digital cost divide, bringing fibre-quality internet to all South Africans

MTN today announced the launch of its Supersonic AirFibre offering, an innovative product that overcomes distance and a lack of infrastructure in urban, township and rural communities to bring fibre-quality connectivity to more households across the country.

“We are breaking down the traditional barriers to entry that have denied many access to a modern, connected life”, says Calvin Collett, Managing Director of MTN SA’s ISP: Supersonic. “From Soweto to Swellendam, we believe that every household deserves the speed and benefits of fibre-like connectivity, and through AirFibre we believe we can achieve this”.

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How to Make Sure Your Rental Rates Are Just Right in 2021

It is no secret that many industries have been hit hard by the 2020 pandemic with the rental industry being particularly vulnerable. As tenant’s income became unpredictable, many landlords were placed in the grey area between being understanding of changing economic circumstances and becoming an accidental financier of their tenant’s homes.

Shanaaz Trethewey, CEO of RentMaster, knows that the idea of a passive income always requires an active role, and she has seen from experience how quickly the rental process can turn from a charming idea to a real ordeal.

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Ticketpro makes it easy and convenient to buy your long-distance bus tickets

Ticketpro, a leading ticketing company and a member of the Blue Label Telecoms group of companies, has announced that it has added long-distance bus tickets to its portfolio of products and services.

“We are very excited to launch and add long-distance bus ticketing to our portfolio – it’s part of our evolution and strategy in bringing ticketing to the people of South Africa, to make it easier, saving time, saving money and more convenient for South Africans to buy tickets for their bus trips to other provinces and even neighbouring countries,” says Brandon Duffield, managing director of Ticketpro.

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Be prudent this Christmas and have a good New Year

Sager suggests that a first step towards not overspending during the festive season is to determine how much money your household will have until the next payday at end of January.

Then consider all the usual expenses such as bond repayments or rent, vehicle payment, insurance, food, petrol, rates, airtime and data and other regular costs. These should be fairly easy to work out by looking at bank statements going back a few months.

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Letter to the Editor

It’s holiday time again and for those of us who choose to have a home holiday and to endure the constant daily triggering of alarms of deserted homes of people gone on holiday.

It is also not fair to the surrounding neighbourhood.

Leaving it to family members, friends and neighbours to attend to the constant triggering of the alarm is just not fair to them.

This is most irritating and inconsiderate.

It is also a sure way of alerting criminals that there is nobody occupying the property.

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Tips to make sure your insurer has you covered this festive season

The festive season is upon us and despite the second wave of COVID-19 that has hit South Africa, some people may still opt to travel to different destinations to spend time with family and friends they haven’t seen since lockdown.

Government this week outlined updated rules for travelling requirements both locally and when entering or leaving the country, the tests required, as well as the quarantine periods. So, whether you have planned a long-distance road trip, travelling to a nearby location or neighbouring country, it is important to consider the health risks and not only prepare for the trip but also ensure that you are covered in case of any unfortunate event.

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MTN Pulse launches new bundles exclusively available to under 25’s

The new MTN Pulse bundles are exclusively available to the youth under the age of 25-years. These new bundles, which are available by dialing USSD *411# are designed to provide our customers with a variety of offers for calling, internet surfing, and social media. Customers will now have an option of choosing whether they want a data and voice bundle, data only or social media bundle at one price point. 

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Experience Festive Gifting Magic at Rosebank Mall

if you’re looking for a variety of gifting options for either yourself or a loved one, Rosebank Mall has all the options curated for you. All you have to do is come for a visit. Whether you’re looking for something a lot more artistic, artisan, crafted or finessed in fashion and beauty, Rosebank Mall’s gifting lane is the place to find it. And when you’re done shopping, take a stroll to the Greg Rollinson Pianos Extravaganza to take in some modern music. All COVID-19 protocols will be in place.

For more information on Rosebank Mall, visit https://www.rosebankmall.co.za/.

Follow Rosebank Mall socials on Twitter:@RosebankMall, Instagram:@rosebankmall and Facebook:@MallOfRosebank… Remember to share your festive magic at Rosebank Mall stories on social with the hashtag #RosebankMall #RosebankMallFestiveMagic.

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Eskom boosts women-owned plastic bricks maker

“I would encourage other SMEs to be brave and put their businesses out there and enter. I know when you think about competitions, you think about winning, but the process itself provides great value,” concludes Kedibone. SMEs in manufacturing, engineering/construction, trade/services and agriculture sectors can enter the competition on www.eskombic2020.co.za. For support and assistance, small business owners should email Grounded Media on bic@groundedmedia.co.za.

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MTN SA Foundation’s strategic support initiatives bring hope, drive digital change during a tough 2020

Making a tangible difference to positively change lives remained key throughout the year and during the final quarter of 2020, when the learners had returned to school, the MTN SA Foundation ramped up its campaign to increase access to e-Learning by handing over multimedia centres at five no-fee-paying schools, and two in higher learning and training institutions. This built on the initiatives earlier in the year to zero-rate over 1 000 educational and public benefit websites to ensure those most in need had access to digitised curriculum during lockdown. The contribution of ICT technical equipment and support continues to build on existing partnerships with government countrywide.

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FOSTERING TANGIBLE CHANGE- ONE PROJECT AT A TIME

Introducing Siyakunakekela

 

Siyakunakekela’s mission is to effect tangible change in South Africa in the areas of Health, Education and Humanitarian Outreach. Founded by a collective of regular South African citizens who care, the organisation has committed to providing health and safety solutions for sanitation at schools and communities most in need. Built on the cornerstone of dignity, the organisation addresses societal crisis with 3 major pillars of solutions:

Gender based violence

Feminine hygiene

Sanitation

 

1: Gender Based Violence

While gender-based violence is not something unique to South Africa, the problems the country faces with increased rates of reported cases and deaths as a result are something no one can ignore. Adding to this, is the well-known fact that most crimes against women are done by people they trust, people they know or people that are within their close circle. Siyakunakekela seeks to address this at a grassroots level with the intention of making a real and tangible change.

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IT CAREERS OF THE FUTURE – WHAT TO STUDY NOW

3D PRINTING FARMS – ROBOTICS – AUGMENTED REALITY – AI – ML
All the fields above are at the cutting edge of current technology, and are set to grow exponentially in future, says Payne.

“These are very exciting emerging opportunities, and prospective students interested in these fields should ensure they speak to a student advisor at their higher education institution of choice to enquire about how their offering matches these career paths. It is also important to ensure that the institution can show strong industry-connection and evidence of work-integrated learning that seeks to solve real-life scenarios in these fields, as theoretical foundation only will not be sufficient,” says Payne.

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WOMEN MUST UNITE TO COMBAT GBV, SAYS MANCOSA ACADEMIC

“The spaces we operate in have made it impossible for women to lead without question or motive. The expectation that men can do better has been indoctrinated in our being and has caused us to think that women are not good enough.

“The world offers equal opportunities for all humankind but the people in power reserve all leadership positions for men. When women are given the opportunity, there are conditions. We all have equal opportunities, and that should always be applied.”

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Happy Reconciliation – Day 16 December 2020

It is noteworthy that most South Africans report they would like to interact more often with people from other race groups but cite language and confidence as the two greatest barriers.

This is ahead of other perceived factors such as lack of common ground, anxiety, or negative prior experiences.

It is obvious that true reconciliation is impossible unless we overcome the social and economic inequalities that persist in our society. It is only when the playing fields of opportunity are levelled and the lives of all South Africans improve that social cohesion will be strengthened.

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Managing the Holidays without Drinking

If you are worried about how you are going to cope over the festive season, or often turn to alcohol as a way to cope, or perhaps you are worried about a loved one or friend who needs help – please call SADAG and Department of Social Development 24 hour Substance Abuse Helpline 0800 12 13 14. You can also sms 32312 and a counsellor will call back to help. The helpline provides free telephone counselling, information and referrals to resources around the country. SADAG is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year – there is always help and there is always hope.

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FCA Enables Kyalami 9 Hour Support

The Fiat Fullback – the most-driven 2019 bakkie in South Africa according to AutoTrader – will take the opportunity to prove its reliability, robustness, and practicality when doing track-side duty to keep the race going. In addition, Jeep will provide invaluable support to other critical behind-the-scenes functions that allow the show to go on. Wrangler, Renegade and Compass vehicles will be used by officials throughout the international motorsport weekend.

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Ford Performance Car Wash Trolleys for Local Entrepreneurs!

“Ford is for many things: creating jobs, boosting the economy, supporting worthy causes, investing in the youth, protecting our country’s wildlife, and the list goes on,” says Berry. “As part of our 97-year manufacturing history, we want to show our commitment to South Africa at all levels. Helping with these trolleys shows that even small but insightful gestures can make a big difference.”

“Twenty-twenty was a really tough year for someone like me in the car wash profession,” says Sizwe Khumalo, one of the recipients of the car wash trolleys.

“Now, thanks to Ford, we look forward to a new year that will allow us to work faster, look like race car drivers with the Ford Performance trolleys, and complete more speedy washes in a day. We are grateful to everyone at Ford for treating us like family and helping us to be even better at the work that we do here at the Silverton Assembly Plant.”

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Three global stages for Miss South Africa 2020’s Top Three

This year’s Miss South Africa top three contestants are set to represent the country on three different global stages in 2021.

Reigning Miss South Africa 2020 Shudufhadzo Musida will be participating in the Miss World pageant and will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of Rolene Strauss who took the title in 2014.

Thato Mosehle will be taking part in the Miss Supranational contest, the first person under the official Miss South Africa Organisation banner to do so as Miss Supranational South Africa 2020. Natasha Joubert will be the official South African entrant at the Miss Universe pageant as Miss Universe South Africa 2020.

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SADAGs Facebook Friday 11 December Online Chat discusses – Helping with the Holiday Blues

SADAG will be hosting a Free #FacebookFriday Online expert Q&A on Friday the 11th of December between 1pm and 2pm with Clinical Psychologist Judith Ancer, and again at 7pm to 8pm with Psychiatrist Dr Claire Lownie as they discuss the grief, stress, anger, sadness, and loneliness associated with the Holiday Blues.

The FREE online chat will help unpack dealing with the holiday blues, how to manage the additional stress, managing family conflict at all those extra family gatherings, how to recharge over the festive season and how to support a loved one with their own anxiety and depression. It is also an important opportunity to get more tips and tools on managing your mental health issues with regards to maintaining treatment and managing triggers. Join the live Facebook Friday online Q&A via the SADAG Facebook page.

To join the chat, please go to the SADAG Facebook Page – The South African Depression and Anxiety or click here or you can also join via the SADAG website www.sadag.org . If you or your loved one needs help call SADAG on 0800 21 22 23 or SMS 31393 and a counsellor will call you.

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We need to create a safe society for children far beyond 16 day

The programme focuses on Grade 9 girl learners that we follow until Grade 12 from rural and township public schools in Gauteng, KwaZulu-Natal, Western Cape, and Free State provinces. It has reached more than 1 300 girl learners from 137 public high schools.

“This has had a positive effect on the young girls in school, in their communities and their understanding of their role in the wider society,” says Podetti-Ngono.  

“However, it is time our young people feel safe and secure stepping outside of the basic-education premises to pursue their life-long role as Valued Citizens, so it is essential to work with government, law firms, corporate, higher education institutions and NGO’s committed to render sustainable programmes instead of events.

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ITHALA TAXI FINANCE HELPS SMME’S TO SUCCEED

“As Ithala we can make the financing process easy. Ithala SOC Limited offers affordable interest rates because we believe that every South African deserves access to affordable banking services.

“The Taxi Finance service offering provides incredible benefits for an ordinary South African to own a commercial vehicle in a period of up to 60 months, get competitive interest rates and the opportunity to create wealth.”

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Mmmmm mangoes are on the menu this summer!

There are two good things about this time of year – it’s summer and mangoes are back in season! Because the only thing better than holidays, are holidays filled with the fragrance and flavour of summer, which is exactly what you get every time you indulge in sweet, succulent mangoes.

Whether you’re heading for the ‘Berg, beach or bush these holidays, or taking it easy at home with afternoon and suppertime braais, put summer on your plate with tantalising mango mains, sides or desserts.

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2 Bedroom Apartment to rent in Lenasia

2 Bedroom apartment with cupboards Open plan lounge dining Full bathroom Ideal for a single person or a small family on Gemsbok Street in the CBD area
No parking. It is currently available at R3800.00 pm Including water Per paid lights. 2 months deposit plus current months rent is required from a qualified applicant. Conditions apply E&OE 0720571952

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UNITING FOR SAFER ROADS

The Festive season is on our doorstep, and along with all the holiday excitement comes the anticipated high traffic volumes on various routes in and out of Gauteng.

In light of increased calls to escalate road safety and in a bid to curb fatalities on South Africa’s roads, Bakwena N1N4 has again partnered with Motus Corporation (Motus) and welcomes new vehicle sponsor, KIA Motors South Africa. The partnership with Motus starting in 2012, ensures visible policing during the peak holiday seasons.

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Think differently about paying back your debt this December

“As well as retailers encouraging spending, most people are on holiday and are spending more than usual. The result is that we often we see consumers picking and choosing which debts to pay over the festive period” says NDCA chairperson Benay Sager.

“The problem with this behaviour is that it usually drives up the cost of borrowing significantly because it negatively affects people’s credit ratings. Lenders consider consumers with poor credit scores higher risk and either won’t lend to them or charge higher interest rates to offset the risk.”

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HOW TO STAY SAFE (AND SANE) THIS FESTIVE SEASON

Control your own environment (Mask, sanitiser and distancing)
Focus on the now – one thing at a time
Try to be patient with yourself and others
Find ways to show yourself love, kindness and compassion
Let your anxieties out – talking to friends and family about how you’re feeling so you’re all on the same page. Tell them:
You feel uncomfortable in crowded spaces
You might choose a spot furthest away from the crowd
“A simple conversation with each other to establish what can make everyone feel most comfortable is often all it takes. We need to balance our short term goals to feel connected and see those we love, with the long term goals of making sure we keep our loved ones alive to share many more years of celebrations,” concludes Scher.

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5 Insights to help you ask for what you want

One of the best-kept secrets in business and life today is having the gusto to go out into the world and ask for what you want. More people fail to try in life than those that actually fail at something. According to Jacqueline Raw, Owner and Founder of Ycagel this is because we’ve become so conditioned to shy away from pain or being uncomfortable. “Most of us play it safe, only taking risks if we are certain it will work out and therefor never really achieve our full potential.”

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TLU SA warns about labour unrest

TLU SA suggests all farm owners take the following precautionary measures to protect themselves:
– Keep gates locked and ensure you have an explicit notice indicating private property and that trespassers will be prosecuted – the message should be in more than one language;
– Join a local safety structure;
– Get a response plan in place;
– Get experienced negotiators to speak to the trespassers;
– Plan with the local police on when and how to react;
– Get expert advice about laws relating to public gatherings, and trespassing;
– No personnel records may be shown to anyone without a warrant or the necessary identification.

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How a bakkie business can change your life

Winning a brand spanking new Nissan NP200 utility bakkie is certain to be life changing. This is the kind of prize that can enhance entrepreneurial dreams, create business opportunities and be a chance for winners to start something new. 

Entrepreneurship in South Africa is critical to solving the unemployment crisis. But for many it can be an upward struggle, even when given the right tools like a bakkie. Chief Executive of Sidar Group, Carl Bates, has assisted many SMEs and startups over the years. He advises potential bakkie winners to first test their ideas before doing anything else. 

Bates says, “Ask people if they’d commit to using your services. If they say yes, then you are onto something. In terms of finances, far too many people view cash flow as a problem. Rather see money as something which flows to a good idea. Avoid debt and perhaps pre-sell your services to get things going. And always think of how to scale your business right from the start. Make sure the problem you are solving with your business has a market big enough to keep growing.”

To enter Visit Cell C’s site more information on the Summer Campaign. 

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Business Investment Competition ready to boost another SMME

A report compiled by GEN 22 on Sloane, which offers startups funding opportunities and access to markets, notes that over 55 000 SMMEs in South Africa will not survive the COVID-19 global pandemic. A total of 92% of SMMEs’ business operations have been impacted and at least 42 350 of those working for these SMMEs will lose their jobs.

“This annual competition is that much more relevant this year, simply because our main purpose with the BIC is to boost enterprise development in a year that has seen small businesses challenged, stretched and some decimated,” Ramonotsi continued.

Entries for the competition are open from 4 December 2020 until 31 January 2021, at midnight.

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FESTIVE SEASON FRAUD – DON’T BECOME A VICTIM

“Be aware that fraudsters are often well dressed, well-spoken and respectable looking individuals. If you are disturbed while transacting at the ATM, your card may possibly be skimmed by being removed and placed back into the ATM without your knowledge. Cancel the transaction immediately and report the incident using your bank’s Stop Card Toll free number, which is displayed on all ATMs, as well as on the back of your bank card,” says SABRIC CEO, Nischal Mewalall

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Developing Nestlé’s first Net Zero Dairy Farm in South Africa

“The Skimmelkrans project is a positive step in our sustainability journey.  In the context of yesterday’s global announcement by our CEO, Mark Schneider around redoubling efforts to combat climate change, we have committed to reaching a waste free and zero net emission future within Nestlé by 2050, building on decades of work already done to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.  The project will scale the quality production of our dairy products therefore enhancing our consumer experience,” stated Saint-Francis Tohlang, Corporate Communications and Public Affairs Director at Nestlé East and Southern Africa Region (ESAR).

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The Essentials which will be broadcast at 19H30 on Sunday, 6th December 2020 on SABC 3

The Essentials which will be broadcast at 19H30 on Sunday, 6th December 2020 on SABC 3.

This brand new documentary follows the lockdown experiences of ordinary South Africans. The Coronavirus pandemic has had devastating effects on humanity across the globe but it didn’t stop people to stand up and unite against an invisible enemy.
Follow filmmaker Dirk Smit’s journey as he discovers glimmers of hope, creativity and resilience in South African people.

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Neglecting women in sport is a missed opportunity for corporate SA

In South Africa there are many sporting codes that enjoy massive support, with big sponsors.

However, Motshidisi says there needs to be more support trickling down to women in sport.

She says this is a missed investment opportunity for corporate SA.

“Pay women well enough so that they do not have to worry about side hustles. Women in sport are not getting the financial support they deserve,” says Motshidisi, who is most famous for her role as a Rugby presenter/anchor.

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Sunlight steps in to save seamstress’s small business after major setback

Leslia started sewing at school and has slowly built a small business, Leslia’s Sewing, where she makes picnic blankets, dog accessories, blankets, clothes and other items to support her family. She says that including masks in her offering was a successful addition and allowed her to put food on the table during this challenging time.

Sunlight purchased all 4500 masks from Leslia and decided with her input to distribute them to organisations that do good in her community. The masks will be donated to One Small Act of Kindness and the African Reclaimers Association, together with a small sachet of Sunlight’s new laundry power.

Leslia says she is overwhelmed with the support that Sunlight has given her.

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DURBAN COUNTRY CLUB HONOURS SOUTH AFRICAN CAPTAINS

According to Gerard Metzer, General Manager of Durban Country Club, the idea to honour these sporting legends was birthed from the vision to keep the legacy that each of the captains created during their service alive. “So many of our sporting heroes have been forgotten, only to be remembered and commemorated on their death. We want to pay tribute to these legends whilst they are alive so that we #neverforget!”

He adds that it is with great pride and admiration that Durban Country Club is awarding South Africa’s greatest sporting leaders with an honorary membership, “We are incredibly privileged to now have them as esteemed members of our Club.”

This is just the first of many honorary captain events, as, according to Metzer, Durban Country Club aims to honour 100 Captains by 2022, their centenary year.

If you are a past Captain of a South African team, email stuart@saywatt.co.za

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Sonke Gender justice is calling on the government to fast track the implementation of the Gender-based Violence and Femicide National Strategic Plan

The 16 Days of Activism against Gender-Based Violence is an annual international campaign that kicks off on 25 November, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, and runs until 10 December, Human Rights Day. This year’s theme is: “Orange the World: Fund, Respond, Prevent, Collect!”

Every year, the 16 Days of Activism Against Gender-Based Violence campaign either introduces a new theme or continues an old theme that focuses on one particular area of gender inequality.

The campaign 16 Days of Activism campaign has been running for over 25 years in South Africa, yet femicide rates remain disturbingly high in our country.

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Hollard celebrates the hidden figures of Mzansi’s Sport Industry

The winners

Campaign of the Year – Levergy – Nedbank Cup: Play your part

Digital Platform of the Year – Levergy: Supersport Twitter

Social and Environmental Impact Award – Tennis South Africa: Rising Star Tennis

Event or Competition Sponsorship Award – Levergy: Nedbank Runified

Communications Award of the Year – Rand Merchant Bank: RMB Story of Courage

Fan Engagement Award – Absa Cape Epic

Social Media Campaign of the Year – BrandInc Sports: Toyota eSports Challenge – Fifa

AV Content of the Year – Rand Merchant Bank: RMB Story of Courage

Young Agency of the Year – Retroviral

Agency of the Year – Levergy

Special Awards:

“Leadership in Sport Business” Award: Rassie Erasmus

“Sportperson’s Lifetime Community” Award: Desiree Ellis 

“Sports Personality of the Year” Award: Siya Kolisi 

“Sport Lifetime Achievement” Award: Dr Irvin Khoza 

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Message of condolence on the passing of David Dinkins

I am feeling keenly the loss of David Dinkins, someone who was a friend to Madiba and to me. David was the first Black mayor of New York City, and he had just stepped into the role when Madiba was released from prison. Over many years he showed us a special quality of hospitality and, of course, supported Madiba’s initiatives, causes and organisations. David will be remembered for many things, including his longstanding commitment to the global anti-apartheid movement. Our thoughts are with his family, friends and associates at this difficult time. We salute him, and all those who gave of their time, resources and activism to making the anti-apartheid movement the successful global phenomenon that it became.

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Get a grip on road safety this holiday season

It’s sobering information, but did you know that South Africa has one of the highest per capita road death rates in the world? And that over the last decade more than 15000 people have lost their lives on our roads during the busy year-end vacation season alone?

According to the Department of Transport, the number of fatal road crashes over the 2019/2020 festive season was just shy of 1400 and resulted in more than 1600 fatalities between 1 December 2019 and 15 January 2020.

While human factors (such as jaywalking, hit-and-runs and excessive speed) are the leading cause of traffic accidents, followed by environment factors such as road conditions, you can still adjust your behaviour and address the most important vehicle factors to reduce the likelihood of becoming a statistic over the holiday period.

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FINFIND COVID-19 SURVEY WINNERS ANNOUNCED

Owner of Majoro’s Bed & Breakfast, Maria Maile, won the R 10 000 cash prize. Majoro’s was the first bed breakfast in the Cape’s Khayelitsha township. “I set the business up in 1998 as something new to host internationals and share local experiences with them,” says Maria. She continues, “I didn’t want it to be an upmarket guesthouse. The attraction is to share our African experiences and the diversity of our culture and cuisine.

“I participated in the survey because COVID made me more involved with my community. Awareness and sharing knowledge in these times is very important”.

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A Competition that will Fast-track your Business Potential -Enter before 4 December 2020

“It takes more than money to turn an idea or innovation into a viable growing business. That’s why we leverage experience, expertise and partnerships to create a winning mentorship platform as well as meaningful business opportunities over and above the financial prize,” Meghan says.

For more information on the DCC Business Accelerator Programme or if you want to enter visit https://durbanchemicalscluster.org.za/business-accelerator/. Entries close on Friday, 4 December 2020.

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TOUGH TIMES CONTINUING FOR AUTOBODY REPAIR SHOPS

Autobody repair workshops are continuing to experience tough times as they try and recover from the hard COVID-19 lockdowns, while the future looks bleak too.

“The recovery is slow but fortunately there have been only limited business failures so far,” said Richard Green, the Director of the SA Motor Body Repair Association (SAMBRA), which represents about 75% of the autobody repair shops in the country. He was speaking on a workshop stream programme at the recent Hypermobility 2020 virtual conference, which was organised by Messe Frankfurt SA, endorsed by naamsa, in association AutoTrader.

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TOUGH TIMES CONTINUING FOR AUTOBODY REPAIR SHOPS

Autobody repair workshops are continuing to experience tough times as they try and recover from the hard COVID-19 lockdowns, while the future looks bleak too.

“The recovery is slow but fortunately there have been only limited business failures so far,” said Richard Green, the Director of the SA Motor Body Repair Association (SAMBRA), which represents about 75% of the autobody repair shops in the country. He was speaking on a workshop stream programme at the recent Hypermobility 2020 virtual conference, which was organised by Messe Frankfurt SA, endorsed by naamsa, in association AutoTrader.

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A vision of the future of NPOs in South Africa: transformation, inclusion and sustainability

Dr. Gule lastly points out how the pandemic made clear the need for a hierarchy of succession (who will replace you in your role should you become unable to complete your duties) within organisations. Until now it hasn’t been much of a problem but as more companies run the risk of being shut down for long periods (if not completely) as vital staff can no longer execute their duties and there’s no one to replace them. Dr. Gule believes that to ensure the longevity and sustainability of their NPO, management needs to re-evaluate the organisation’s structure. Assessing the functions and roles that everyone plays within it, as well as who will act as supporting role for the most vital of positions within the company – from ground level to upper management.

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Foundation drives down school breakfast cost to only R2.50 per meal

Foundation drives down school breakfast cost to only R2.50 per meal

Tiger Brands Foundation’s national operations manager, Karl Muller has revealed that the hot nutritious breakfast meal supplied to tens of thousands of learners in South Africa costs R2.50 – slightly more than a vetkoek (amagwinya).

“It’s not magic or rocket science-it’s simple economics,” says Muller.

“We have been able to leverage our bulk-buying power as well as our strategic relationship with food manufacturer Tiger Brands Group to drive down the cost of delivering a hot breakfast every school day to more than 74 000 learners in all nine provinces.”

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Elevate your journey at the Mitsubishi Motors Golf Day by donating used books for JOE lil’brary

Sabine Lehmacher, who helps running the project, says children miss out on “downtime” so prevalent in the past where they might have picked up a book. “Now screens fill their time,” she says.

“The result is that children who don’t read for pleasure have decreased concentration, memory, confidence, lower self-esteem and general knowledge. Reading builds empathy, improves imagination and language development. Reading for pleasure is the single biggest indicator of a child’s success academically – more than social background or parents’ education.”

Mitsubishi family members are asked to join the drive to donate a few books.

“You can simply bring it to the Golf Day at Silverlakes on Thursday 3 December, take it to a lil’brary near you, drop it off at any of our dealers, or send an email to bookdrive@mitsubishi-sa.co.za so that we can make arrangements,” concludes Campbell.

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Please Help Sadag this Festive Season

As the holiday season approaches, SADAG would like to thank both our public and our professional communities, who have helped us to accomplish so very much this year. SADAG ensures that reaching out and engaging with those with Mental Health Issues is still our priority. Whilst you read this plea, SADAG is responding to phone calls from throughout the country from people seeking assistance with Depression, Suicide, Bipolar or Panic. We provide our 24 hour service to help each person that calls our helpline and have over 150 dedicated volunteers to support callers concerns and questions.

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VEHICLE DEALERSHIPS WILL STILL PLAY AN IMPORTANT ROLE IN FUTURE MOBILITY ENVIRONMENT’

“We are already changing the way we do business and I see a downsizing of showrooms but there is still a need by many customers to interact with a person in the final stages of purchasing a vehicle, even though a great deal of initial research has been conducted online,” explained Mark Dommisse, the Chairperson of the National Automobile Dealers’ Association (NADA).

“Buyers today have a choice of 49 vehicle brands in South Africa and they don’t want to make the wrong decision, so they still like to discuss the pros and cons of the vehicle and the deal offered with a sales executive.

“We see our customer base as our most important intellectual property and have heightened our efforts to further improve customer relationship management (CRM). We also believe that dealerships, especially those in rural areas, play a big role in the life of their communities, which remains important even in these changing times,” added Dommisse.

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BLEAK OUTLOOK FOR SA ECONOMY PREDICTED

The outlook for the South African economy is bleak and a post COVID-19 recovery will take as long as five years and by that time the local economy will be 8% smaller than it was pre-pandemic. This according to Jeff Gable, the head of Fixed Income Currency (FIC) research at ABSA. He was one of the keynote speakers at the recent Hypermobility 2020 virtual conference organised by Messe Frankfurt and naamsa, in association with AutoTrader who released the 2020 #MobilityUnusual Special Report for free.

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DHL closes in on its “1 000 000 meals by December” target

DHL closes in on its “1 000 000 meals by December” target

DHL is excited to announce that an impressive combined total of 831,401 meals have been prepared and delivered to communities in need nationwide by charities supported by iconic food distribution organisation FoodForward SA and Mother Soup as part of DHL’s exciting “1 000 000 meals by December” campaign.

As part of its campaign, the global leader in express logistics has offered valuable support to FoodForward SA and Mother Soup.  The goal is for these two charities, with the assistance of DHL, to supply ingredients, prepare and deliver a combined total of 1 000 000 meals to various communities in need by December. 

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SA’S VEHICLE EXPORTS UNDER THREAT

South Africa’s important built-up vehicle export programme is under threat from two major fronts. This is one of the strong messages that came out of Messe Frankfurt SA’s recent Hypermobility virtual conference and it was mentioned by several speakers at this annual conference.

Hypermobility was fully supported by the National Association of Automobile Manufacturers of South Africa (naamsa) and had AutoTrader as its headline sponsor. The event was also supported by the Retail Motor Industry organisation (RMI) and the South African Motor Body Repairers Association (SAMBRA).

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The PepsiCo Foundation announces R6m investment to bring water access and sanitation projects to South Africa

CAPE TOWN SOUTH AFRICA, NOVEMBER 23, 2020 – The PepsiCo Foundation today announced programs that will bring much-needed access to water and sanitation for thousands of people in South Africa. Currently, over three million people do not have access to a basic water supply service, and 14.1 million people do not have access to safe sanitation*. This holistic programme marks the inaugural investment of the Foundation into Sub-Saharan Africa.

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GCI launches financial literacy campaign to promote intergenerational wealth creation

Intergenerational wealth-creation and investment company Global Change Investors (GCI) is officially launching its financial literacy campaign online at 15:00 on Tuesday 24 November. The guest speaker at the launch will be former Statistician-General Dr. Pali Lehola. The campaign is targeted at youth and adults due to the high demand for financial literacy. It aims to instil an urgency to mitigate against financial risk whilst enabling those cooperating in various stokvel initiatives to appreciate the power of numbers in changing the socio-economic landscape and financial profile of our rural and township communities.

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Goodyear South Africa strives to keep dreams alive at Inxiweni Primary School in Tembisa

This week, Goodyear has once again heeded to the call to bring smiles, cheers and laughter to 167 grade 7 learners at its partnering school, Inxiweni Primary School in Tembisa, Johannesburg. Working with the Keep A Dream Alive Project, Goodyear delivered 167 canvasses to the learners as well as officially opened the school library which has been donated by the multinational.

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GivingTuesdaySA enables South Africans to give back locally as part of a global movement

The global Giving Tuesday movement is a platform bringing people from around the world together, to donate money as well as their time and voice to worthy causes of their choosing. Taking place on the Tuesday following Black Friday and Cyber Monday – two of the biggest days for online consumer spending – it encourages the public to divert some of their time and money to those who need it most.

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It Takes A Village – How A Container Village Is Providing

It Takes A Village – How A Container Village Is Providing

A Safe Haven for Impoverished Children

Cape Town, November 2020 – Lack of access to basic human rights is wreaking havoc for the children of Parkwood Estate. With the help of Container Intermodal Trading (CIT) and the Jabulani Feeding Scheme, recycled containers are being used to provide these children with a safe haven, food and access to basic education to ultimately break the cycle of poverty.

The Jabulani Feeding Scheme, in Parkwood Estate Cape Town, sits in an official Zone of Poverty declared by the Department of Social Development. The centre is built on reclaimed land that used to be a dumpsite, so any structure erected must be removable.

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OSTI DONATES TO ABRAHAM KRIEL BAMBANANI

Johannesburg, 17 November 2020 – Continuing in carrying out its mandate of providing assistance where it is needed most, the office of the Short-term Insurance Ombudsman (OSTI) has donated essential goods to Abraham Kriel Bambanani (AKB), a registered NPO providing care and skills development for traumatised children and youth in need, in the greater Johannesburg area.

OSTI has, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, revised its corporate social initiatives for the year to reach out to charities that care for children – to support these organisations during this challenging time.

“Annually, OSTI plans its CSI initiatives to uplift communities most in need. This year, we amended our plan to support new local orphanages, to provide them with necessities and protective personal equipment (PPE),” says OSTI project coordinator Marilize Blignaut.

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