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substance abusers turn over a new leaf

BY Bay FM

 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.

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 October 26, 2016
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PAINT YOUR WORLD PURPLE

BY CANSA

Join the BayFM Team as we paint our world purple!

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 February 10, 2016
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NELSON MANDELA BAY LAUNCHED A MASSIVE BUCKET ERADICATION PROGRAMME

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality (NMBM) has delivered on the commitment of working towards eradicating the inhumane and humiliating bucket system that is still in use in some areas of the City. On Tuesday (January 24, 2015) the NMBM officially launched a R500 million bucket eradication programme in Despatch, Khayamnandi. The Municipality's Infrastructure and Engineering Directorate led by Portfolio Chairman, Councillor Andile Mfunda braved the rainy weather to launch the programme that will see about 4500 beneficiaries who were using a bucket system getting flushed toilets.

Deputy Minister of Water and Sanitation, Pam Tshwete and NMBM Executive Mayor Benson Fihla officially cut the ribbon at one of the newly built ablution facilities (toilets) to mark the start of a programme that will bring dignity to thousands of people across the City.  Speaking at the launch a visibly impressed Deputy Minister Tshwete said , “I am satisfied to see that the Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is doing everything possible to rectify the legacy of the apartheid regime. We cannot dismiss the fact that the Municipality has a backlog. However, the ANC lead government is dealing with that and this is one of its initiatives. As a department we commit support the NMBM in all its endevours. Sanitation is dignity, we are really please with the progress that has been made".
Deputy Minister Tshwete made a plea to the people of Despatch to protect the ablution facilities that they have received.  "We will be spending resources on these facilities, once we are done we want to move to other areas that are as desperate as this one. We do not want to be forced to come and re-do what we have already done here because of vandalism," said Deputy Minister Tshwete.
 
NMBM Executive Mayor said: "The time of promises is over. It is now time to deliver and change people's lives for the better. Our people have suffered too much under the inhumane conditions of the past regime. Only the ANC led government can restore their dignity. This is why we are here today, launching this important programme".
 
However, this programme entails a three-pronged approach that will in total cost approximately R500 million over three to four years.
The first phase is a communal ablution facility phase that will be erected in densely populated informal settlements.
The next phase is the construction of house slabs, with a closed flushing ablution facility, while the beneficiary is waiting for the housing subsidy to be approved.
The last phase will be a complete house with running water and a working ablution facility. All these phases are expected to run concurrently, depending on the feasibility.
 
One of the beneficiaries, Thembisa Rayi could not hold her excitement. "I am over the moon. We have been using the buckets with all its risks and unhygienic conditions. Thank you to our government, they have delivered on their promise. As the community we hope that the programme will spread to other areas".

At the launch, the Municipality unveiled the house slab, with a closed flushing ablution facility phase. The beneficiaries will use the closed flushing ablution facility while they wait for a housing top structure to be approved. Once the top structure is approved, the construction will be done around the already existing closed flushing ablution facility.
 
 
Issued by Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality Communications Office. For more information please do not hesitate to contact Communications and Media Management Officer, Mthubanzi Mniki at (041) 5061539/0713813779
 


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 February 25, 2015
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COEGA DEVELOPMENT CORPORATION ON COURSE TO MEET ITS JOB CREATION TARGETS THIS YEAR

BY Coega Development Corporation

THE Coega Development Corporation (CDC) today released the latest projected job creation targets for the 2014/2015 financial year (1 April 2014 – 31 March 2015).

“The CDC is well on its way to reaching its job creation target, and by mid-February we stood at 95%.  This represents around 13 804 jobs created for the South African economy between March 2014 to February 2015 on our set annual target of 14 588,” said Dr Ayanda Vilakazi, CDC head of marketing and communications.

Dr Vilakazi said that by diversifying its product offering and expanding its role from operator of the Coega Industrial Development Zone (IDZ) to an implementation agent for national and provincial government on infrastructure development programmes, CDC was able to ensure that its job creation targets were met, thus contributing towards reducing the unemployment rate in the EC province and country as a whole.  This achievement has been well received by all stakeholders including the community of the Nelson Mandela Bay and Eastern Cape at large.

“For our new financial year which starts next month, we have set an annual target of 20 198 jobs and we also plan to provide training and skills development to around 6 000 individuals.”

Dr Vilakazi said CDC has 35% SMME participation target in all the service contracts it awards as the participation of emerging businesses is important to ensure development and transformation in the province.

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 February 20, 2015
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ESKOM LOADSHEDDING

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality regrets to inform you that, due to demand having exceeded supply, Eskom has announced LOAD-SHEDDING STAGE 1.

 

The NMBM will apply the Load-shedding in accordance with the schedule that has been widely publicised and is available at www.nelsonmandelabay.gov.za , in terms of which:

 

STAGE 1

WEEK 5 JANUARY - 11 JANUARY 2015

 

Friday, 9 January 2015

 

12:00 - 14:30 Group 4

14:00 - 16:30 Group 5

16:00 - 18:30 Group 6

18:00 - 20:30 Geysers (No overall load-shedding but ALL geysers will be switched off during this time.)

20:00 - 22:30 Group 7

 

Saturday, 10 January 2015

 

06:00 - 08:30 Group 8

08:00 - 10:30 Geysers

10:00 - 12:30 Group 1

12:00 - 14:30 Group 2

14:00 - 16:30 Group 3

16:00 - 18:30 Group 4

18:00 - 20:30 Geysers

20:00 - 22:30 Group 5

 

Sunday, 11 January 2015

 

06:00 - 08:30 Group 6

08:00 - 10:30 Geysers

10:00 - 12:30 Group 7

12:00 - 14:30 Group 8

14:00 - 16:30 Group 1

16:00 - 18:30 Group 2

18:00 - 20:30 Geysers

20:00 - 22:30 Group 3

 

STAGE 1

WEEK 12 JANUARY - 18 JANUARY 2015

 

Monday, 12 January 2015

 

06:00 - 08:30 Group 4

08:00 - 10:30 Geysers

10:00 - 12:30 Group 5

12:00 - 14:30 Group 6

14:00 - 16:30 Group 7

16:00 - 18:30 Group 8

18:00 - 20:30 Geysers

20:00 - 22:30 Group 1

 

All residents are requested to please switch off geysers when not in use and pool pumps, in addition to using electricity sparingly, in order to obviate any further Load-shedding or escalation to Stages 2, 3 and 4.

 

We thank all residents for your cooperation in this regard.

 

Together moving South Africa forward!

 

ROLAND WILLIAMS

DIRECTOR: COMMUNICATIONS

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 January 09, 2015
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WATER INTERRUPTOIN TO MOTHERWELL NU4, NU5, NU6, NU7, NU8 AND NU9

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality is required to regularly undertake critical maintenance work on its water supply infrastructure in order to ensure that such infrastructure and system is 100% fully operational and provides a steady and uninhibited water supply to all our residents.

 

To this end, routine maintenance work will be carried out this week at one of the main water supply infrastructure facilities in Motherwell, which will temporarily affect  the supply of water to Motherwell NU4, NU5, NU6, NU7, NU8 and NU9.

 

Water supply to the affected areas will be temporarily closed from 08:30 on Friday, 9 January 2015 and will be restored by 13:00 (1pm) on the same day. Should the work take longer than anticipated, alternative arrangements will be made, such as the dispatching of water tankers to the affected areas.

 

The NMBM apologises to the affected communities for the inconvenience.  We assure you that the routine maintenance work is part of our continual improvement programme so that we are able to provide you with better services over a lengthier period.

 

IT IS IMPORTANT that affected communities TURN OFF their taps during the maintenance period as this will adversely affect the water flow when supply is restored.

 

We thank the people of Motherwell for your patience and understanding as we seek to bring you better services.

 

Working together we have done more!

 

ROLAND WILLIAMS
DIRECTOR: COMMUNICATIONS

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 January 07, 2015
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CLOSURE OF UNION AVENUE/R75 (UITENHAGE) ON-RAMP FOR UPGRADE

BY SANRAL

The South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL), the parastatal responsible for the management, maintenance and development of South Africa’s national road network today announced that it has commenced the closing of the on-ramp between the R75 and R367, also known as Union Ave, near Uitenhage, Eastern Cape. The on-ramp is closed due to construction required to stabilise the slope next to the on-ramp.


An alternative on-ramp is now in place for motorists exiting Uitenhage for Graaff-Reinet via the R75 or Union Avenue.  Motorists will be required to follow temporary road signs and make use of the alternative on-ramp with immediate effect today (07 January 2015).

 

SANRAL hopes that maintenance and upgrades to the existing on-ramp will be completed in August 2015.

 

Motorists are encouraged to adhere to rules of the road and drive carefully.

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 January 07, 2015
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BAYFM PAVING THE WAY FOR BLIND PASSION

BY Bay FM

BayFM 107.9 recently welcomed a new voice to the airwaves when Pieter Huysamen took over anchoring the popular Sunday evening music programme “Musiek Met Feel” a few weeks ago.

 

What makes this addition to the BayFM team significant is the fact that Pieter is blind, making him the first blind radio presenter in the Eastern Cape.

 

Pieter’s eyes were irreparably damaged when acid was thrown in his face in 2002; his eyes were surgically removed as a result.

“Pieter has the voice, life experience and extensive knowledge of music - a perfect combination for Musiek met Feel”, says BayFM General Manager Antonio Venturini. He believes Pieter’s passion contributes immensely to the success of the programme.

 

“When I still had my eyesight, I tackled everything in life systematically. When I became blind, I merely adapted my systems accordingly. The same applies to being on air. I’m not blind – I just can’t see”, said Huysamen.

 

While Pieter has a co-host to operate the playout system, he prepares and researches playlists for each show.

“I didn’t have time at my disposal to pursue my passion for music before. The opportunity presented to me by BayFM107.9 is truly fulfilling.”

 

Musiek Met Feel airs every Sunday evening from 18h00 to 21h00 on BayFM 107.9

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 October 07, 2014
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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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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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VWSA’s AutoPavilion reaches significant milestone

BY VWSA

Volkswagen Group South Africa’s (VWSA) popular heritage centre - the AutoPavilion - celebrated 10 years of educating and enthralling visitors this past Saturday.
On 1 March 2004, VWSA opened the doors of the only automobile discovery centre in Africa and to date over 450 000 (454 710) school groups, students, foreign and local tourists have been arriving in their droves to enjoy the latest technology and edutainment offered at the AutoPavilion.
The AutoPavilion - the place of cars and legends - takes visitors through a journey of Volkswagen’s history in South Africa. The museum also features a collection of cars, including unique vehicles, high-tech prototypes and record breaking cars. Highlights include a cut-through Volkswagen Beetle that opens and closes, the Karmann Ghia, the last Volkswagen Citi Golf, the last Beetle manufactured in the Uitenhage plant, as well as 27 static and graphic displays and over 20 interactive exhibits.
“It is a remarkable achievement that the AutoPavilion has been providing motoring enthusiasts with the opportunity to learn more about Volkswagen and get to experience some of the great exhibits we have to offer, the AutoPavilion is truly a place of cars and legends”, says the AutoPavilion manager Buyile Gqubule.
Combined with an exciting FactoryTour twice a day, the AutoPavilion is the place to be for all motoring enthusiasts visiting Nelson Mandela Bay. Last year over 35 000 (37 408) people from all over the country and abroad experienced the thrill of a FactoryTour coupled with learning more about the largest automaker in Africa at the AutoPavilion.
The multi-million rand AutoPavilion has played host to some important visitors over the years like Alex Irwin (former Trade and Industry Minister), Prof Dr Martin Winterkorn (Chairman of the Board of Management of VWAG), Hubert Waltl (VWSA Chairman), Nosimo Balindlela (former Eastern Cape premier) and recently Jimmy Tau (former Bafana Bafana, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates player).
In celebration of the 10 year anniversary, all visitors to the AutoPavilion will get in for FREE during the month of March!
The AutoPavilion is open weekdays from 08:30 to 16:00. FactoryTour bookings can be made online at www.autopavilion.co.za, by e-mailing autopavilion@vwsa.co.za or by calling 041 994 5941.

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 March 11, 2014
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AVOID QUEUES. BUY ELECTRICITY AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

Avoid long queues by buying pre-paid recharge vouchers at the touch of a button anytime of the day or night, over weekends or public holidays with your cell phone or by using the internet.

Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality consumers can also buy their tokens at the Automated Teller Machines (ATMs) of ABSA, FNB, Nedbank and Standard Bank. Other banks will be added at a later stage.

HOW DO I REGISTER?

Step 1

Register your 11 digit meter number, located on the front of your electricity meter or on your swipe card via sms to 36073 (R5 sms fee will apply),

Step 2

Register via e-mail on the WireIT, the service provider appointed by the municipality, homepage www.wireit.co.za. A sms confirming registration of your prepaid meter will be sent to your cell phone,

Step 3

After registration, create a bank defined beneficiary called WIRE IT NMBM on your bank portal, using your meter number as reference.

You will receive the pre-paid electricity token (20 digit numeric number) via sms or e-mail without having to miss out on your favourite series or sports game.

The convenience fee for the use of the service is R4,50 per transaction. This will be deducted from your purchase amount and the minimum pre-paid electricity to be purchased is R50.

For more information go to www.wireit.co.za, call 087 742 0459 or e-mail helpdesk@wireit.co.za.

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 February 11, 2014
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JANUARY SHOWS RECORD WATER CONSUMPTION LEVELS

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality

The Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality recorded the highest water consumption levels in January 2014 at 312 Ml per day and expects the usage in February to reach an alarming 320 Ml per day as our peak consumption normally occurs in February.

Consumption levels in January 2013 were 291 Ml/day and 296 Ml/day in February 2013.

Residents are reminded to use water sparingly as we have frequent water shortages once every four years due to drought cycles occurring once every four years historically.

According to Statistics South Africa, we serve 1 152 114 residents in a geographical area covering 1959,02 square kilometers.

The levels of the major storage dams, supplying the Nelson Mandela Bay municipal area, are:

 

                          Capacity              Volume of water      

 

Kouga                  94,5%                  118 930 Ml            

Churchill               91,0%                    32 050

Impofu                 87,9%                    92 974

Loerie                  87,6%                      2 650

Groendal              100 %                    11 640

            

                                                     258 244 Ml

           
Average all                91,7 %  of total combined capacity.

 

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 February 04, 2014
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NELSON MANDELA BAY TOURISM REPORTS SUMMER SIZZLED

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism

Holiday fever filled the air as many gathered on the Bays shores this summer. Hot weather with an equivalent line up of hot events and activities set Nelson Mandela Bay (NMB) ablaze with excitement. Sold out events/concerts, excellent weather to enjoy blue flag beaches extended shopping hours and easy accessibility to various attractions ensured NMB was the hot pick for a winning holiday.

 

Ms Mandlakazi Skefile, CEO of Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism expressed, “The summer holiday season is very important to the economy of the metropolitan and we pride ourselves on being an ideal family, fun destination.”

 

The total contribution to the GDP for NMB excluding day visitor spend in December 2013 reached R290 billion, which is a 6.82% increase on last year as per the research and statistics compiled by Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism (NMBT). Accommodation occupancy averaged 70.76% which reflects an increase of 6.15% on the 2012 occupancy statistics.

 

Ms M Skefile, CEO of NMBT confirmed, “These are positive results indicating growth in the industry for NMB. As the destination marketing organization for the city, we will continue to strategise and market the destination for continuous improvement and industry sustainability.”

 

The top 3 contributing provinces to domestic arrivals were Eastern Cape, Gauteng and the Western Cape. The top 10 nature of enquiries received at all the Visitor Information Centres for December 2013 were for Sanparks, brochures, historical, accommodation, directions, entertainment & shopping, attractions, other Regions, information links, and contact details. Although foreign visits increase throughout the year from February, the data collected reflected the top 3 international country contributors for December 2013 were Germany, United Kingdom and Switzerland.

 

Visitors choose Nelson Mandela Bay for a variety of reasons such as the friendly atmosphere, warm welcome from locals and the possibility of discovering freedom through a variety of activities and attractions. NMBT confirmed part strategy to increase traffic to the destination for December 2013 was to create packages which made the destination accessible and affordable to all while providing an unforgettable experience.

 

NMBT will continue to market the destination through packages, events and creative campaigns for tourism growth and sustainability throughout the year. For information on events, the Nelson Mandela Bay Pass and other packages visit www.nmbt.co.za

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 January 30, 2014
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THE HERALD VOLKSWAGEN CYCLE TOUR ROAD CLOSURE SCHEDULE

BY Harwood Promotions
Road closure schedule for Saturday 1 February 2014 (Powerade Family Events)Road closes atRoad re-opens
Marine Drive closed from the Boardwalk to Noordhoek9:00 AM12:00 PM
   
   
Road closure schedule for Sunday 2 February 2014 (55km Pursuit)Road closes atRoad re-opens
Marine Drive closed from 2nd Ave to Humewood Bridge3:00 AM1:30 PM
Marine Drive closed from the Boardwalk to Walmer Boulevard5:00 AM7:40 AM
Walmer Boulevard closed from the fire station to Old Seaview Road turn off (Mount Pleasant)5:00 AM8:15 AM
Old Seaview Road closed from Mount Pleasant to Seaview Road (Bushy Park Farm)5:15 AM8:45 AM
Seaview Road closed from Seaview Spar to Heron Road6:30 AM11:45 AM
Heron Road closed from Seaview Road to Sardinia Bay Road6:30 AM11:45 AM
Sardinia Bay Road closed from Heron Road (mashee golf course) to Victoria Drive (Rover)6:30 AM12:15 PM
Victoria Drive closed from Sardinia Bay Road to Marine Drive (Schoenies)6:45 AM12:30 PM
Marine Drive closed from Schoenies to the Boardwalk6:45 AM1:30 PM
   
Road closure schedule for Sunday 2 February 2014 (106km Classic)Road closes atRoad re-opens
Lakeside Road closed from Old Seaview Road to Kragga Kamma Road5:30 AM9:00 AM
Kragga Kamma Road closed from Lakeside Road to Butterfield Road5:30 AM9:15 AM
Butterfield Road closed from Kragga Kamma Road to Lakeside Road (near Traffic College)5:45 AM9:15 AM
Lakeside Road (near Traffic College) closed from Butterfield Road to Seaview Road (Mini Mark shop)5:45 AM9:30 AM
Seaview Road closed from Lakeside Road to Cape Road (Greenbushes Motel)5:45 AM9:30 AM
Cape Road closed from Seaview Road (Greenbushes Motel) to St Albans Road5:45 AM9:30 AM
St Albans Road / Van Stadens Road closed from Cape Road to Draaifontein Road6:00 AM9:45 AM
Draaifontein Road closed from Van Stadens Road to De Stades Road6:00 AM10:15 AM
De Stades Road closed from Draaifontein Road to Beachview Road6:15 AM10:30 AM
Beachview Road closed from De Stades Road to Seaview Road (Seaview Spar)6:15 AM11:00 AM
Seaview Road closed from Seaview Spar to Heron Road6:30 AM11:45 AM
Heron Road closed from Seaview Road to Sardinia Bay Road6:30 AM11:45 AM
Sardinia Bay Road closed from Heron Road (mashee golf course) to Victoria Drive (Rover)6:30 AM12:15 PM
Victoria Drive closed from Sardinia Bay Road to Marine Drive (Schoenies)6:45 AM12:30 PM
Marine Drive closed from Schoenies to the Boardwalk6:45 AM1:30 PM
   
Notes:  
Roads close 1 hour before cyclists are expected at each intersection  
Roads re-open when last cyclist is through the relevant intersection (re-opening times are estimates)  
   
Spectator Info:  
ETA for leading 106km riders at Sprint Hotspot - Tony's Appliances / Builders Warehouse:06:15 
ETA for leading 106km riders at Spectator Hotspot - Lake Farm (see spectator map for directions):06:30 
ETA for leading 106km riders at King of the Mountain Hotspot - Maitland:07:15 
   
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 January 29, 2014
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FRIENDLY CITY WIN FOR NGUNUZA

BY Harwood Promotions

Sandile Ngunuza warmed up for the Comrades and defended his title with a fine victory in slightly cooler and windy weather conditions at The Herald Rafi’s Builders Warehouse Friendly City Marathon at Fountain Vineyard Church fields on Saturday.

Sandile, of Nedbank Running Club, who won in a time of two hours, 30 minutes and 2 seconds, cited his preparation for Comrades as the reason for his smooth performance.

 

“The new Friendly City Marathon route was a good training run, as the first 21km was flat and fast, followed by the more challenging and hilly second 21km, running into the wind,”Ngunuza said.

Ngunuza has his sights set on finishing in the top 10 of the Comrades, after ending in 14th place last year.

Masande Mlonyeni was second in 2.32.59, with George Ntshiliza, in third place in 2.33.20, both runners were from Nedbank Running Club. Sandile, Masande and George ran together until the 35km mark when Sandile broke away to take the lead.

Ntombesintu Mfunzi , of Nedbank Running Club, finished effortlessly, defending her title and improving her time in 3.16.24.

“I enjoyed the route, it was good training for the Two Oceans, the race was well organized and the support along the route was amazing”, said Ntombesintu.

 

Jane Barnardo of Body Concept, came second, with a time of 3.17.54.

Barnardo said, “I enjoyed the race but the return 21km was tough, running uphill and into the wind. Catherine Van Der Walt, also of Body Concept , finished third in 3.27.45.

 

In the men’s 10km event, Zolani Ngqaqa, of Absa NMMU Athletics Club, defended his winning position for the third consecutive year in a time of 32.01.

 

Frans Melikhaya of Nedbank Running Club, finished in second position in a time of 32.26 followed by Mzolisi Makhanda, of Nedbank Running Club, in third position in 32.31.

 

The first woman to finish the 10km was Adri Wessels in 40.45. Adri recently returned to South Africa and is living in Walmer Heights.  “The route was very comfortable for me as this is my regular training route,” said Wessels.  Adri was followed by Thabisa Sirayi of Lions Athletic Club, 42.07. Freedah Ncube of Absa NMMU Athletics Club came third, 43.22.

 

Mzolisi Makhanda was the first man home in the 5km fun run, while Kayla Nell was the first women to finish the 5km.

Aurecon were rewarded for their amazing support to runners along the route when they won the best watering point trophy.

The event ended with the popular prize giving and lucky draw where a large crowd relaxed on the grounds of Fountain Vineyard Church.

 

Rafi’s Appliances and Mattresses , Builders Warehouse and Adidas sponsored prizes valued at over R40 000, to huge applause from the audience.  Race director, Alan Taylor, said organizing club, Achilles, was very happy with the outcome of the race, which had enjoyed an increase in both runners and spectator support this year.

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 January 26, 2014
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BAYWEST PREPARES FOR A BUMPER 2014

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”.

 

Source: http://nmbbusinesschamber.co.za/blog/posts/baywest-prepares-for-a-bumper-2014

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 December 27, 2013
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ARRANGEMENTS FOR DR NELSON MANDELA’S MEMORIAL AND FUNERAL SERVICES

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.

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 December 10, 2013
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substance abusers turn over a new leaf

BY Bay FM
 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 recove...  read more
 October 26, 2016
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Local is “LekkaMos” with Bay FM 107.9

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 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 ...  read more
 August 23, 2016
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PAINT YOUR WORLD PURPLE

BY CANSA
Join the BayFM Team as we paint our world purple!  read more
 February 10, 2016
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GOSPEL SHOW MOVED AFTER UITENHAGE MUSIC SCAM

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 com...  read more
 July 09, 2015
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AWARD-WINNING ENGLISH AND AFRIKAANS DREAM TEAM COLLABORATION

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&r...  read more
 June 18, 2015
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FAIRVIEW’S SPECTACULAR DERBY

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 fu...  read more
 May 11, 2015
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