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Metro's finest Businesswomen honoured at BWA Regional Awards Event

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber

WINNING WOMEN – The winners of this year’s BWA RBAA are, from left, Joanne Anthony (Professional category), Professor Heather Nel (Government), Sarisa Ferreira (Emerging Entrepreneur), LiepolloPheko, National President of BWA South Africa, Kobie Potgieter (Entrepreneur), Chantal du Pisani (Corporate) and Thina Maqubela (Social Entrepreneur).

 

Six of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and surrounds’ leading women in government and private business stepped up to receive top honours for their successes at the Port Elizabeth Businesswomen’s Association’s (BWA) glamorous annual Regional Business Achievers Awards, held at the Boardwalk Hotel last night (Thursday, 19 June 2014).

Selected for their inspiring successes from a pool of 18 impressive finalists (three in each category), the 2014 winners are:


• Corporate – Chantal du Pisani, Chief Executive Officer at Access Management, operators of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
• Government –  Professor Heather Nel, Senior Director of Institutional Planning at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
• Entrepreneur – Kobie Potgieter, owner of Remax Independent Property
• Emerging Entrepreneur – Sarisa Ferreira, owner of Areli Veg,(Patensie)
• Social Entrepreneur – Thina Maqubela, of Ubuntu Education Fund (Grahamstown), and
• Professional – Joanne Anthony, owner of Joanne Anthony Incorporated

More than 90 businesswomen, not necessarily BWA members, were nominated this year from a wide range of industries, with the 18 finalists and ultimately six winners assessed and selected through audited judging processes. The final Panel of independent Judges represented a broad cross-section of leaders in business, government and civil society. Guest Speaker at the glittering evening affair was Dr Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, herself one of South Africa’s most influential and inspiring businesswomen, while recently crowned Mr PE, André Fourie, along with this year’s other dashing Finalists added a touch of macho magic to the event by ceremoniously escorting the 18 finalists in to the evening’s festivities.

Michelle Brown, chairman of BWA’s local branch and Vice-President of BWA South Africa, said the Association’s flagship event marked 35 years of celebrating “the courage, achievement and leadership of South African women in business”.  “The calibre of our 2014 RBAA winners and finalists is exceptional and we at the PE BWA Branch are so very proud of what these women have achieved, and will continue to achieve, beyond this initiative,” she said.

Highly acclaimed entrepreneur Mabuza-Suttle, who now lives and works in the United States, said she was particularly proud that BWA made education of girl children its primary focus. The PE BWA runs a number of outreach programmes aimed at supporting and uplifting school going girls in the region, including an informative annual Grade 12 Workshop.

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 June 24, 2014
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Business Chamber congratulates newly-appointed Eastern Cape Premier

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber


On behalf of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, Mandla Madwara, President, and Kevin Hustler, CEO, congratulate Phumulo Masualle on his appointment as the Premier of the Eastern Cape.
“We look forward to working with him through the duration of his tenure and hope that we can build a solid relationship with him for the private sector, particularly with regards to Nelson Mandela Bay, which contributes approximately 46 % of the GDP of the province. We need a strong leader who understands the private sector, and who would work to build an enabling environment to ensure that business can thrive. In his role as the Premier of the Eastern Cape, we wish to see Phumulo Masualle driving the implementation of a strategy to create an enabling environment in which business can flourish, to ensure job creation, poverty alleviation and the provision of basic services to citizens. Sustainable, effective and collaborative relationships at all levels of government and civil society are the only way forward.

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 May 21, 2014
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Are you ready to go barefoot?

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber

International One Day Without Shoes is coming up on 29 April 2014.
For the third year running, the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber has challenged its Top 40 Under 40 achievers, its members and partners, to ONE, observe One Day Without Shoes by going barefoot, and TWO, to collect new shoes for people in need right here in Nelson Mandela Bay. Contact Neil Terblanche on sales@nmbbusinesschamber.co.za or register online to take part!
Here's what we want you to do:
Between now and the 29th of April, collect
- new kids' school shoes
- new slippers and warm shoes for elderly adults
- new shoes and booties for toddlers
These will be donated via the Community Chest.

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 April 17, 2014
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State President commits to Bay visit in one-on-one engagement with Business Chamber leadership

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber

Yesterday, 1 April 2014, saw Mr Mandla Madwara, president of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, and Mr Kevin Hustler, CEO, honoured to engage with President Jacob Zuma at his official residence in Pretoria, on behalf of business in Nelson Mandela Bay.
This one-hour, one-on-one formal engagement with the State President followed a request on behalf of the Business Chamber Board to the Office of the President. The meeting resulted in President Jacob Zuma himself proposing and making a commitment to visit Nelson Mandela Bay along with a Ministerial delegation, and engage directly and proactively with business, civil society and City leaders within the next three weeks.
This privileged platform provided the Business Chamber leadership with the opportunity to engage directly with the country’s highest office bearer on the chief areas of concern to business and the citizens of Nelson Mandela Bay. The critical city challenges currently being addressed with all spheres of government include concerns about infrastructure and the provision of basic services, the creation of an investment-friendly environment, as well as concerns about governance, organisational stability, and the recognition of an active citizenry in Nelson Mandela Bay.
"The meeting resulted in President Jacob Zuma himself proposing and making a commitment to visit Nelson Mandela Bay ... and engage directly and proactively with business, civil society and City leaders..."
The request emphasised the Chamber’s commitment to fulfilling its role as organised business in partnership with government and civil society to build a better future for all citizens of the region
The engagement included Minister of Economic Development, Ebrahim Patel, and Deputy Minister of Finance, Nhlanhla Nene.
Business Chamber president, Mr Mandla Madwara, provided our hosts with insight into the environment within which business in Nelson Mandela Bay operates, highlighting the city’s experiences with past political instability and administrative meltdown. He stated that, out of necessity over the past year, Civil Society organisations had come together to speak with one voice on issues of key concern, working steadfastly towards the desired outcomes linked to expectations of the Nelson Mandela Bay city leadership.
Thus, he explained, the Nelson Mandela Bay Civil Society Coalition was formed, to ensure that the concerns of business and civil society were heard and taken seriously. This apolitical grouping consists of organisations such as the South African NGO Coalition (Sangoco), the Nelson Mandela Bay Ratepayers Association, the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, the South African Property Owners Association (SAPOA), the Master Builders Association (MBA) and Church Leaders in the city. The Coalition tabled the City Challenges framework, which detailed specific areas of focus agreed to by the members of the coalition in consultation with the Metro.
"... out of necessity over the past year, Civil Society organisations had come together to speak with one voice on issues of key concern..."
This framework was discussed in detail with President Jacob Zuma, focusing on the key focus areas and the coalition’s desired outcomes. The Chamber delegation left the President with the Civil Society Coalition scorecard, as tabulated by the coalition and agreed with the Metro, as a document from which the President’s office and the Ministers can prepare for the planned future engagement in the City.
A considerable amount of time was spent on the issue of the provision of stable political and administrative leadership within the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro.
Also high on the agenda was the taking of remedial action, the introduction of punitive measures based on recommendations from the Kabuso, Pikoli and Auditor General’s reports, and the representation of the Civil Society Coalition on the reconstitution of the audit committee.
In the area of infrastructure, we paid particular attention to the backlog of R4.2 billion in infrastructure spend in Nelson Mandela Bay, focusing predominantly on water and electricity infrastructure, which is experiencing outages, DIPS and total collapses in supply.
We emphasised the importance of relief to high energy users within Nelson Mandela Bay, and the need for the completion of the Nooitgedacht low level water scheme to meet the region’s needs. The housing backlog, and the vital need for the eradication of the bucket system was also discussed.
As organised business, we raised our concerns about investment, with a focus on the strategic projects, specifically Project Mthombo, the Thysspunt Nuclear Power station, and hydraulic fracturing in the Eastern Cape. We are seeking clear guidance from government regarding the timelines of these proposed projects, to enable business to prepare a strategic plan for participation in these major economic opportunities.
Our investment concerns stretched to the upgrade of the Addo Road, which requires R400 million in upgrades to counteract the R60 million in losses suffered by the citrus industry due to the bad state of the road.
"We are seeking clear guidance from government regarding the timelines of these proposed projects, to enable business to prepare a strategic plan for participation in these major economic opportunities."
A key current risk with regards to the catalytic converter industry and the automotive industry as a whole are the strikes on the platinum mines. Nelson Mandela Bay is responsible for 10% of the world’s production of catalytic converters. Platinum is a critical ingredient in the production of catalytic converters and should there be a lack of supply, this could have a catastrophic effect on the automotive industry here and elsewhere in the world should no intervention take place.
In his closing remarks, Mandla Madwara laid emphasis on the fact that Nelson Mandela Bay needs special attention to ensure leadership stability at City Hall, underpinned by the requisite stability of the permanent Municipal Manager and Executive Directors.
As organised business, we would like to see funding unlocked, particularly for infrastructure. The Chamber has previously enjoyed significant engagement with Minister of Public Enterprise, Malusi Gigaba, Deputy Minister of Economic Development, Hlengiwe Mkhize, as well as the MECs for local government and economic development regarding the situation in the Metro. We believe that the city requires a strong turnaround strategy to ensure that there are significant changes within the next two years.
" Nelson Mandela Bay needs special attention to ensure leadership stability at City Hall, underpinned by the requisite stability of the permanent Municipal Manager and Executive Directors."
We believe firmly that Nelson Mandela Bay is well-positioned to join other major Metros in delivering to the National Development Plan. It was noted to President Zuma that two of the Eastern Cape Planning Commissioners – namely Professor Derrick Swartz and Mr David Powels - sit on the Board of the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.
The CEO of the Business Chamber, Mr Kevin Hustler, and its Director of Finance and Operations, Mrs Zoe Waters, are actively participating in the workshops of the Eastern Cape Planning Commission, to ensure that relevant business interests are heard, and that solutions are found, focusing on implementable plans towards Vision 2030.
As the Chamber, we have put a significant amount of time towards co-ordinating the efforts of business and civil society towards a competitive and sustainable future for Nelson Mandela Bay.
The Civil Society Coalition scorecard is the result of work done over the last eight to ten months to reflect accurately the specific issues that need attention, not only to increase the confidence of the business community and citizens, but to ensure the future prosperity of our city.
The Nelson Mandela Bay Civil Society Coalition structure is a best practice model that can be shared with other cities around the country. We assured the President that it has readied us to participate in working together with all government role players, to ensure that we yield significant results.
"As the Chamber, we have put a significant amount of time towards co-ordinating the efforts of business and civil society towards a competitive and sustainable future for Nelson Mandela Bay."
In response, the State President proposed that he would visit Nelson Mandela Bay within the course of the next three weeks, along with a select national Ministerial and Administrative delegation, to have a structured and proactive engagement with the leadership of the Civil Society Coalition and the City.
This was supported by Minister Patel and Deputy Minister Nene, and we look forward to a very proactive and engaging consultation in the near future towards the success of our beloved Nelson Mandela Bay.
The Business Chamber is currently waiting for confirmation from the Office of the President regarding the dates of his visit to the City. We will duly co-ordinate our efforts

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 April 03, 2014
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Road Accident Fund Answers Burning questions 

BY BayFM
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
 September 28, 2017
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Dumza Maswana IS THIS WEEKS #LEKKERMOS STAR

BY BayFM
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
 September 26, 2017
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What does Heritage Day mean to the Bay?

BY BayFM
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 

BY BayFM
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

BY BayFM
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

BY BayFM
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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