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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.

 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.

 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 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.

 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

 April 03, 2014
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substance abusers turn over a new leaf


 A group of substance abusers in the Gelvandale area have been given a new lease on life this past week, after attending the Anathallo 10 Step Recovery & Life Skills Impartation Workshop.
The program, written and presented by Ignacio Schneider, aims to assist substance abusers towards recovery and restoration. It couples biblical principles with experience of substance abuse and formal rehabilitation. Mr Schneider himself was a substance abuser for 12 years.
The first workshop, which started on 10 October, was attended by Weldon Mentoor, Sagren Erasmus, Georgia Langford, Lester Stevens, Christopher Moss and Jillian Williams
“The visible change in the attendees after merely days was amazing. From scruffy to clean-shaven, from sagging shoulders to heads held high,  the change of heart has become apparent on their exterior”, said Schneider.
Facilitator Lucius Hufkie commented that Anathallo focuses not only on the physical and emotional effects of substance abuse, but mainly on the spiritual aspect. Abusers don’t only damage their bodies, but they lose self-confidence and hope. “These substances erode the good from every area of an abusers’ life”.
Extensive media coverage in week 1 has sparked the demand for more workshops, particularly in other parts of the Northern areas.
Subsequent workshops will be held as follows: West End Community Centre, 24-28 October; Booysens Park Community Hall 24-28 October; Harvest Christian Centre, Jacksonville 31 October to 4 November. All workshops are from 8am until 2pm on daily. Cost is R500 per participant, inclusive of all learning material and catering.
A call is being made for sponsorship. “Not everyone who expresses interest in the program can afford it. We appeal to our communities to support the initiative and in doing so, help put a life back on the right side of the tracks”, said Schneider.
Contact Ignacio Schneider at 073 302 7666 for further information and registration.
The workshops continue weekly.

 October 26, 2016
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Local is “LekkaMos” with Bay FM 107.9


BayFM 107.9 is making good on the slogan ‘Our Community, Your radio’ with the launch of its exciting new campaign ‘#LekkaMos’.
 The # LekkaMos concept, aimed at providing a platform of exposure for home-grown talent, is set to revolutionise both marketing of and appreciation for local talent, across all genres.
“As a radio station functioning in the Eastern Cape, we have recognised both the abundance of exceptional talent, as well as our responsibility to said talent. It’s with this in mind, that this concept was birthed,” said BayFM Acting General Manager, Angelique Graaff.
#LekkaMos is derived from Local is Lekker, a phrase often used in conjunction with music or anything home-grown. Mos, an Afrikaans word, implies that what has been said is well known or self-evident.
“This is exactly what we, as a station, discovered. Our local talent has unique appeal. Gone are the days when aspiring artists relocate to other provinces in an effort to establish themselves.  With #LekkaMos, they can now step it up in their own backyard,” Graaff remarked.
With a listenership of 100 000, BayFM has the base to become a stepping stone for budding artists. #LekkaMos will create a platform for artists to show case their talent, by providing airplay to artists looking to break into the industry. This in turn provides the scope to harness local support and encourage greater awareness.
“#LekkaMos has the potential to develop beyond radio; it is however essential that we start somewhere. Local artists will soon know that BayFM 107.9 supports home-grown talent. Its #LekkaMos”, said BayFM Programs Manager, Luzuko Qoba.
The Lekkamos show, where only local music and artists will be featured, debuts this coming Saturday at 8pm.
Artists may visit   for more information on how to submit music.

 August 23, 2016
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 February 10, 2016
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BY Sipho Ngwema



The Gospel Music Festival of the Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival scheduled to take place at the Jabavu Stadium in Uitenhage this Saturday has been postponed to September 05.


The announcement follows media reports of a music scam that left scorers of concert-goers, local community leaders and entertainers furious after a local organiser duped people into buying tickets for a bogus concert supposedly scheduled to take place at the same venue last week Saturday.


The fiasco has had devastating effect on this weekend's gospel concert as ticket sales dropped dramatically immediately after the news of the scam emerged. Security reports indicate that there may be community action planned as the result of the scam.


The Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival decided to take precautionary step and move the show to September to allow emotions to subside and the situation to return to normal. The plunge in public confidence towards concerts as a direct result of the scam is hopefully temporary and show will return in September.


Fortunately, the artists that were meant to perform this coming Saturday have overwhelmingly agreed to come back in September and assist in efforts to restore credibility of the entertainment industry.

Issued by Sipho Ngwema on behalf of Nelson Mandela Bay Cultural Festival. For more information call him at 082 499 8111.

 July 09, 2015
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BY Starburst Music

He opened for Bon Jovi during their 2013 Because We Can world tour in South Africa and regularly performs in the UK and US.  He has won Wawela Music Award for ‘Best Male Artist & Composer’ and was nominated for ‘Best Soundtrack in a Feature Film or Theatrical Documentary’.  He recently released his smash hit, Indestructible, off his brand new album Apollo, which is currently burning up the airwaves around the country.

They opened for Westlife during their 2011 tour in Namibia and for Air Supply during their 2014 tour in South Africa.  They have been winning South African Ghoema and Huisgenoot Tempo Music awards since 2011 and regularly perform at the biggest Afrikaans festivals and shows around the country.  Their self-titled album achieved gold status during 2013 and they have just been nominated for another Huisgenoot Tempo award for their music video GOUD from their latest album, GOUD, which is due to reach gold status any day now.

South African award-winning and chart-topping singer/songwriter and pop/rock/dance artist, Daniel Baron and the popular award-winning Afrikaans pop group and singer/songwriters, ADAM (Hugo Ludik, Reynardt Hugo and Kyle Grant) have joined forces for this hit collaboration!

Their very first international single, SAY WHAT YOU WANT, will be released to South African audiences during June 2015.  It has already been released in Holland, Belgium and Luxembourg by the European record label, Red Bullet, in early May 2015 and will soon be released to the rest of Europe.  

The single will play exclusively and for the first time on the 947 and KFM Kia Top 40 on 6 June 2015, where after the song will be released to radio stations nationally and will be followed by the release of the music video.
The song was written by Hugo Ludik and Daniel Baron for no particular project or reason – only for the sake of putting two creative heads together and seeing what comes from it.  The result is: SAY WHAT YOU WANT.
“The choice to do the song together as a collaboration didn't take much thought or time. Both Daniel and ourselves identified with every single part of the song - from the lyrics to the melody and production - and felt that our musical strengths combined would turn this song into a big hit, as well as a song we can be proud of. We are hoping that this song will get as much airplay worldwide as it deserves” says Hugo Ludik – founder of the group ADAM.

Daniel Baron says:  “I've known Hugo Ludik for a couple of years now. Before the ADAM group formed, we used to perform together as session musicians in different bands. Very recently we caught up and decided to co-write a song. We sat down for 2 hours and came up with "Say What You Want". It's the perfect collaboration song for both myself and ADAM because it carries elements of both our sounds, and it also crosses over to new genres. It's been incredible to work with ADAM. They are true professionals and true rock stars.”

#SayWhatYouWant… but this single is guaranteed to be a big hit!

 June 18, 2015
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BY Fairview Racecourse

The SW Security East Cape Derby and Prawn Festival meeting at Fairview on Sunday was an enormous success and a vibrant crowd of over 5000 racegoers cheered home the horses enthusiastically for all nine of the races.

The Joey Ramsden-trained St Tropez stamped himself as a stayer with a very bright future when sauntering to victory in the main race of the day, the Grade 3 Cape Derby over 2400m, under his world class jockey Anton Marcus.
Later, the Alan Greef-trained two-year-old colt Juan Two Three put himself in pole position to be named the Eastern Cape Champion Juvenile Male when winning the Listed Epol Dahlia Plate over 1200m easily and impressively under Greg Cheyne.
The weekend’s fun started on Friday with an eight race meeting on the polytrack.

The Prawn Festival meeting on the Sunday has become one of the most anticipated family fun days on the Port Elizabeth social calendar and the carnival-like atmosphere at this year’s event proved that it is growing from strength to strength.

1800 kilograms of prawns were sold and patrons also lapped up the plentiful on course entertainment that was provided.

The crowd lingered on until the last horse had been led away from the winner’s enclosure. They didn’t seem to want the day to end.
Phumelela’s Sales and Marketing Exec, Clyde Basel commented “We couldn’t be happier with the success and growth of the Derby weekend. Fairview hasn't seen that many people in ages and we can grow our database in order to engage with new faces, hopefully bring them back to the races and invite them to be a part of the Racing. It's a Rush campaign, a process that takes them through the various levels of participation".

 May 11, 2015
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