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News - December 2013


BY NMB Business Chamber

Developers of the R1.7-billion Baywest Mall in Port Elizabeth are preparing for a bumper 2014, with work to start next month (January) on laying the double-storey centre’s 7.5 million bricks. The development, undertaken by Billion Group and Abacus Asset Management, officially launched with an onsite party last month. It is on track to open its doors in March 2015. Given the rain in the Bay in recent weeks, the 600 workers on site will be labouring for an extra week, shutting down on December 20 instead of with the rest of the industry today.

From January 6 when work resumes on site, the pace will pick up substantially, according to Baywest MD Gavin Blows. By mid-2014, about 2,000 workers – from carpenters to bricklayers – will be feverishly working on site.  Basil Read, which has been awarded the tender for developing a R300-million road network around the mall by the SA National Roads Agency Ltd (SANRAL), is also set to start work in January. The network includes building an offramp from the N2 freeway to the mall and connecting Walker Drive in Sherwood with Old Cape Road in Rowallan Park. Already principal contactor Murray & Roberts has commenced with laying the concrete slabs which form the base of the mall. When complete, about 60,000m³ of concrete will have been thrown.

Come February, work on the mall’s roof will commence, with 65,000m² of roof sheeting in total. About 5,000 tons of reinforcing steel will be used on the centre, and a further 1,000 tons of structural steel. Come October 2014, work on the final stages of the mall will be underway. The landscaping is scheduled to start by the end of that month, while the 250 shops will start being fitted. The mall will boast about 3.5km of shop fronts and a mammoth 35km of electrical cabling. “Everyone has done a remarkable job on getting the mall started this year,” said Blows. “They deserve a good break, because next year will be non-stop.

“We are extremely excited to be able to bring what will be a unique shopping experience in South Africa to the Eastern Cape. Before we know it Baywest will be open for business and changing the way people think about the Eastern Cape.” Blows said the community’s excitement ahead of the mall’s opening, and the injection of the mall’s development into the local economy by creating 3,000 direct jobs and up to 7,000 indirect and induced jobs, made Baywest an invaluable asset. The mall forms the first phase of the larger Baywest City precinct, which Blows said would become “the Century City [in Cape Town] of the region”.



 December 27, 2013
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BY The Presidency

African National Congress Secretary General Gwede Mantashe will be delivering the keynote address at the Eastern Cape Memorial Service that will be held at the award-winning Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium from 9am on Friday, 13 December.
Reverend Andile Mbete from THE Anglican Church of Southern Africa will lead the memorial service and national artists Zahara, Lusanda, Eastern Cape Gospel Talent and other artists will get the unique opportunity for a musical tribute to the first democratically elected President of South Africa. Church leaders are requested to encourage their members to wear church uniforms to the Provincial Memorial Service, use their buildings as Assembly Points. The provincial government together with the municipality are currently making transport arrangements which will be made available in due course.

Public Mourning Areas

Public Mourning Areas have been identified where live screenings will take place from Tuesday, 10 December until after the funeral service on 15 December. Condolence Books will be placed at all the Public Mourning Areas as well.
These sites are as follows:
Kuyga Community Hall (Greenbushes), Seaview Community Hall, Colchester Community Hall, Daku Hall, Nangoza Jebe Hall, Booysens Park Community Hall, George Botha Community Hall, Nelson Mandela Peace Park and Wells Estate Complex, Allanridge Community Hall, Babs Madlakane Community Hall, Despatch Town Hall, Port Elizabeth City Hall Auditorium, Walmer High School, Red Location Museum and the Helenvale Resource Centre.

Live broadcast of National Memorial Service

ANC Nelson Mandela Regional Secretary Zandisile Qupe called on the public to honour Dr Nelson Mandela, who always emphasized that South Africans from all walks of life should unite, by viewing the live broadcast from the FNB Stadium of the National Memorial Service tomorrow (Tuesday, 10 December).

Wednesday, 11 December 2013

The body of Dr Nelson Mandela will lie in state from 11 to 13 December at the Union Buildings in Pretoria.
The only municipality in the world named after the international icon, Dr Nelson Mandela, will conduct a memorial service for its employees starting at 1pm.

13 December

The Eastern Cape Memorial Service takes place at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium.

14 December

The remains of Dr Mandela arrive in Mthatha. The Mthatha Airport has been closed for the public as it will be reserved for the arrival and departure of visiting Heads of State and other high-ranking officials.
A candle light memorial will be held at the Uitenhage Market Square. Transport will be provided for this event.

15 December

This is the day of the Official State Funeral of Dr Nelson Mandela in Qunu. Members of the public from all racial groups are invited to show a united front at all the public viewing areas in Nelson Mandela Bay as access to Qunu will be restricted and no transport will be provided for those who wish to go there.

 December 10, 2013
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BY The Presidency

Address to the nation by President Jacob Zuma on the departure of former President Nelson Mandela

5th December 2013


My Fellow South Africans,


Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed.


He passed on peacefully in the company of his family around 20h50 on the 5th of December 2013.


He is now resting. He is now at peace.


Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father. 


Although we knew that this day would come, nothing can diminish our sense of a profound and enduring loss.


His tireless struggle for freedom earned him the respect of the world.


His humility, his compassion, and his humanity earned him their love. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Mandela family. To them we owe a debt of gratitude. 


They have sacrificed much and endured much so that our people could be free.


Our thoughts are with his wife Mrs Graca Machel, his former wife Ms Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, with his children, his grand-children, his great grand-children and the entire family.


Our thoughts are with his friends, comrades and colleagues who fought alongside Madiba over the course of a lifetime of struggle.


Our thoughts are with the South African people who today mourn the loss of the one person who, more than any other, came to embody their sense of a common nationhood.


Our thoughts are with the millions of people across the world who embraced Madiba as their own, and who saw his cause as their cause.


This is the moment of our deepest sorrow.


Our nation has lost its greatest son.


Yet, what made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.


And in him we saw so much of ourselves.


Fellow South Africans,


Nelson Mandela brought us together, and it is together that we will bid him farewell.


Our beloved Madiba will be accorded a State Funeral.


I have ordered that all flags of the Republic of South Africa be lowered to half-mast from tomorrow, 6 December, and to remain at half-mast until after the funeral.


As we gather to pay our last respects, let us conduct ourselves with the dignity and respect that Madiba personified.


Let us be mindful of his wishes and the wishes of his family.


As we gather, wherever we are in the country and wherever we are in the world, let us recall the values for which Madiba fought.



Let us reaffirm his vision of a society in which none is exploited, oppressed or dispossessed by another.


Let us commit ourselves to strive together - sparing neither strength nor courage - to build a united, non-racial, non-sexist, democratic and prosperous South Africa.


Let us express, each in our own way, the deep gratitude we feel for a life spent in service of the people of this country and in the cause of humanity.


This is indeed the moment of our deepest sorrow.


Yet it must also be the moment of our greatest determination.


A determination to live as Madiba has lived, to strive as Madiba has strived and to not rest until we have realised his vision of a truly united South Africa, a peaceful and prosperous Africa, and a better world.  


We will always love you Madiba!


May your soul rest in peace.


God Bless Africa.


Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika.



 December 06, 2013
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Road Accident Fund Answers Burning questions 

With the rate of accidents on the Port Elizabeth Roads spiking recently, the Road Accident Fund (RAF) joines us in studio to answer your burning questions. Listen to BayFM 107.9 at 10:05 today to ask Bongiwe Nyengane-Tyopo the RAF's Regional Marketing Manager your questions.  The...  read more
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An authentic South African sound, beautiful instrumentals and original lyrics. The BayFM 107.9 team thinks Dumza Maswana's music has it all. If you are in to something a little more soulful, you have to check out his song Ubizo. Dumza Maswana is one of many children who grew up in rural South A...  read more
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What does Heritage Day mean to the Bay?

Heritage day is a holiday unique to our country where all South Africans are encouraged to show off and celebrated the vibrant cultures passed down to them. South Africa is uniquely diverse with its many different ethnicities, races, languages and cultures; and it is for this reason that South Afric...  read more
 September 22, 2017
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The Bay Celebrates World Retina Week 

World Retina Week is set to begin today the 19th of September and will run until the 25th of September. This awareness week and Retina SA aim to bring attention to the strides made to cure retinal blindness. Genetic retinal conditions have caused blindness in 150?000 South Africans. The objecti...  read more
 September 19, 2017
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Blaq Tye is this weeks #LekkerMos star

Blaq Tye is one of the freshest and hottest properties of the Nelson Mandela bay and the Eastern Cape. His origional song, 'Dudlu Ntombazana', has been a hit on the BayFM playlist. It is for that reason that the team felt fit to award Tye the very first #LekkerMos star of the week award. His track&n...  read more
 September 18, 2017
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Know Your National Parks

The annual SA National Parks Week (SANPW) campaign will kick off from the 18th to the 22nd of September. The 12th annual SANPW allows all South African citizens free day access to the Frontier Region of SANParks. Parks that take part in the campaign includes Addo Elephant, Garden Route, Camdeboo, Mo...  read more
 September 15, 2017
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