Creativity, funding and collaboration at the SA Innovation Summit

Caption: Creativity, funding and collaboration were top of mind on the second day of the SA Innovation Summit at the Cape Town Stadium today. A stimulating panel discussion hosted by radio personality John Maytham featured Peter Alkema of FNB, Sibongile Gumbi of Technology Innovation Agency, Alan Knot-Craig Junior of Isizwe, Anita Nel from Innovus, Mclean Sibanda of the Innovation Hub and Alexandra Fraser of Silicon Cape. The discussion highlighted that collaboration between entrepreneurs and private sector funders is critical and when sustainable businesses are built, jobs will follow. [Photographer: Carien van der Linde] High resolution photo available.

Deputy Director General of the Department of Trade and Industry Malebo Mabitje-Thompson announced the launch of the new Support Programme for Industrial Innovation (SPII) which will provide grants to entrepreneurs. “Innovation is going to be the only solution to some of the problems we face today,” she said, adding that smaller entrepreneurs would qualify for proportionally larger grants because they were less likely to receive support from financial institutions to take their ideas to market.

Sibongile Gumbi, from Technology Innovation Agency spoke about the need to accelerate development of tech innovations, not only with funding but through support for business plan development, marketing, legal services and financial and intellectual property management. “It’s not just enough to fund entrepreneurs through grants, they need business support,” she said.

The thoughtleader element of the SA Innovation Summit came to an end on a high note with the official opening of the Market on the Edge. Thirty prototype inventions at the TIA Inventors Garage and 81 products designed by Inscape students, as part of Project81 are on show until Saturday. Inventions included a pineapple biomass briquette, a ceiling in a can engineering concept and cooking stove powered with dried biomass.

Entrepreneurs pitched their creative business ideas to investors in the PWC Pitching Den competitions as delegates explored the market. The Market is open from 10:00 to 18:00 on Friday with a business focus and continues on Saturday, with a focus for the whole family including a Hackathon competition to create mobile apps for Early Childhood Development, food, music and innovative entertainment.

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Inspiration and networking at the 8th SA Innovation Summit

Caption: Key note speaker, Dion Chang shared innovation trends with a packed audience at the SA Innovation Summit attended by close to 400 delegates earlier today. Conversations focussed on South African innovations, entrepreneurship and funding for inventors who have great ideas and are ready to take their concepts to market. [Photographer: Riette van Schalkwyk] High resolution photo available.

The SA Innovation Summit, hosted by radio personality John Maytham, was officially opened by City of Cape Town Mayoral Committee Member for Tourism, Events and Economic Development, Councillor Garreth Bloor. “This is a city with people who are incredibly talented, there is a clear underlying current of innovation,” said Bloor.

Key note speaker, Dion Chang talked about trends in innovation, referring to online accommodation booking platform Airbnb which now books more rooms than leading global hotel chains. Airbnb succeeded, he said, because the founders did not stop looking for investors to back them after they were turned down by the first venture capitalists whom they pitched their idea to.

According to a survey of 534 emerging tech companies in South Africa, 51% are looking for global market growth. In a presentation by Maija de Rijk-Uys, responsible for the PwC Accelerator in South Africa, delegates heard that funding was not the biggest challenge for the entrepreneurs, but rather getting products to market and landing contracts with big customers.

Inspiring presentations on trends, design thinking, innovation in education and acceleration of innovation raised further interest among delegates who also heard from Netherlands based LinkedIn influencer, innovation blogger and founder of the FORTH Innovation Method, Gijs van Wulfen.

The Summit, which continues tomorrow, Thursday 27 August 2015, will be followed by the Market on the Edge on Friday and Saturday.

For more information on the 2015 SA Innovation Summit, please visit, email call +27 (12) 844 0674.


Tech solutions can’t solve learning problems

As technology becomes an ever increasing element of our daily lives, educational specialists will gather to discuss how best to incorporate it in schools. However, technology cannot solve learning problems, caution Edublox.

On Friday 28 August 2015 teachers and education specialists will gather with IT personnel at the Technology in Education Conference in Johannesburg to explore technology in the education sector and discuss ways to improve outcomes in the classroom, particularly for Mathematics and Science. Edublox Educational Practitioner, Louna Spies will discuss the relationship between technology and cognitive skills in Maths education.

“There’s no doubt that technology is a valuable tool for learning and there are many associated educational benefits, but teachers and parents should be careful to introduce technology as a learning tool at the right time and place according to a child’s needs and ability,” says Susan du Plessis, Director of Educational Programmes at Edublox.

Calculators, considered to be the most basic technology used in classrooms for many years, are not included in Grade 1 or Grade 2 school stationary lists. This, says du Plessis, is because children first need a foundational understanding of numbers, counting, addition and subtraction before technology can be used as a ‘short-cut.’ “Parents and teachers should note that technology cannot replace educational support for children with learning problems,” says du Plessis.

Computer programs designed to improve eye movement are now widely used as an intervention tool for reading difficulties. While eye movements are important for reading, Paarl-based optometrist Lizelle Loock warns that improving eye movements will not solve a reading problem. “Vocabulary, letter sounds and knowledge of spelling rules must first be established before reading can improve; only after these elements have been dealt with can we introduce computer reading programs to increase reading speed,” says Loock.

Du Plessis adds that cognitive skills such as focused attention, visual and auditory processing, memory and logical thinking also need to be developed before effective reading can take place.

Computer-based reading assessments can give parents a false sense of security regarding their child’s reading ability, says du Plessis who has noted that attention and memory have been negatively affected by technology. “Children do not have the memory capability they used to have and technology plays a role in this. Given the ease with which information can be found these days, knowing where to look is becoming more important for children than actually memorising something.”

Studies have found that reading from a book is more beneficial for long-term memory and comprehension than reading off a screen.* “Parts of the brain are developed through handwriting practice, something that touch-screen technology cannot provide. “There is value in writing by hand,” says du Plessis, “it helps fire up our brains to generate more ideas than typing does and it assists with conceptual understanding.”

A $10 million dollar study** involving 15 computer-based reading and Maths programs, 9424 learners and 439 teachers at 132 schools in the United States found no difference in academic achievement between students who used the technology in their classrooms and youngsters who used other methods.

Tips for parents

  • Do not rely on a computer program to assess your child’s reading ability, speed and comprehension. Look for scientific reading assessments conducted by a qualified specialist.
  • Ensure your child reads aloud to you regularly from a book they select for themselves. Ask them questions to gauge their level of understanding of what they have just read.
  • Monitor the time your child spends looking at a screen for educational or recreational purposes, whether it is a TV, computer, iPad or cell phone. School can be very boring for a child who is exposed to technology all the time.
  • Light from screens in the evening suppresses melatonin levels, a hormone that helps control your sleep and wake cycles. Let your child read an actual, printed book before bedtime.
  • When your child is a good reader, use computer technology to broaden their horizons and teach them to speed read.

Edublox are leading specialists in cognitive development with 22 reading and learning clinics across Southern Africa. Edublox offers multisensory cognitive training, aimed at developing and automatising the foundational skills of reading, spelling and mathematics. For more information about Edublox visit




Edublox is a reading and learning clinic with 22 centres across the Southern Africa. The Edublox multisensory cognitive enhancement programmes enable learners to overcome learning obstacles such as reading, spelling and mathematical difficulties, assisting them to become life-long learners and empowering them to realise their highest educational goals. Through the various programmes, Edublox has achieved astounding results nationally and internationally as the leading specialists in cognitive development.

Young entrepreneurs dominated the SMME Opportunity Roadshow in Durban

The SMME Opportunity Roadshow hosted more than 350 SMMEs (small, medium and macro enterprises) at the Durban ICC on Wednesday, 18 August 2015. This free event educated business owners on how to implement a winning business model that will create jobs and improve employee skills. SABC news anchor, Tumelo Mothothoane was the programme director, with representatives from Standard Bank, KwaZulu-Natal Office of the Premier, National Youth Development Agency and Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa taking the podium.


Speakers at the Roadshow made some interesting remarks on the subject of small businesses, youth and the role the government plays in the development of small businesses. Gay Mncube, Youth Development Manager at the office of the Premier, shared that there is a lack of educated youth in the Province. He pleaded for the youth to be educated on running sustainable businesses, to leverage on their youthful minds and the benefit of the years ahead of them which allows them room for ample growth. This session ignited an intense conversation between the state and young business owners attending the Roadshow. The proceedings swiftly moved to master classes in HR, financial management, information and communications technology, as well as sales and marketing for more empowering teaching from influential experts.


“As the bank for entrepreneurs, we focus on making access to credit possible and, therefore, take different approaches to helping SMMEs get to credit readiness,” said Ethel Nyembe, Head of Small Enterprise at Standard Bank during the Roadshow.


Standard Bank follows a framework of the ‘five Cs when getting SMEs ready for credit, which were shared during the Standard Bank financial management master class at the Roadshow; namely:

  1. ‘Character’ which relates to personal records, behaviours and attitudes. SMEs need to show a good record of repaying debt, a good record in the industry in which they operate.


  1. Then there’s ‘capacity’. This relates to the business’ ability to repay specific amounts at specific times. Can they afford the new debt?


  1. ‘Capital’ refers to how much the business is worth in rand terms, how much the business and other investors have put into the business, and whether they have other means of settling their debt if the business cannot.


  1. ‘Collateral’ is about the assets they agree to use to repay the bank if the business cannot.


  1. The last ‘C’ is ‘conditions’, which takes into account external factors that could affect their business. Environmental conditions refer to the general state of your industry and the area where you trade.


“The SMME Opportunity Roadshow in Durban raised the bar remarkably. We were quite impressed with the heated question and answer sessions and to see how business owners value their service offering,” says Greg Penfold, Head of Events Division at Cape Media. “We were also happy about how people took to social media to share their concerns as local business owners and their appreciation of the positive effect of the Roadshow. Now we head to the mother city – Cape Town, we hope you are ready,” concludes Penfold.


Durban was the third City, after Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth to host the SMME Opportunity Roadshow. The last SMME Opportunity will end off in Cape Town.


To book your seat at the last SMME Opportunity Roadshow, please visit, select ‘Cape Town’ and your free registration will be approved.


Event details of the last SMME Opportunity Roadshow:

Date: Wednesday, 09 September 2015

Time: 08:00 – 17:00.

Venue: To be confirmed

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Event Exhibitors:

Standard Bank | BMW | Ethekwini Municipality | Recycling and Economic Development Initiative of South Africa (REDISA) | National Youth Development Agency | National Empowerment Fund | SEDA Platinum Incubator 

Nominations now open for renowned Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards 2015

Do you or your organisation have what it takes to be recognised as a champion of transformation? Nominations are now open for the Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards, South Africa’s most prestigious and longest running black business awards ceremony celebrating good corporate governance and leadership. Consisting of twelve categories, the Awards is a platform applauding world-class individuals, black-owned and empowered companies and organisations in South Africa. Finalists and winners will be honoured at an annual gala dinner on Friday, 30 October 2015 at Emperor’s Palace, Johannesburg.

Leaders of transformation in South Africa are invited to nominate themselves or their counterparts for the Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards. Individuals, black-owned and empowered companies and organisations will come together to celebrate stellar leadership in the country.  For the past 13 years, the Awards have encouraged and celebrated sustainable black business and transformation through the recognition of good corporate governance leadership and achievement.

Winners and finalists will be commended at a fun and entertaining evening with world-renowned comedian, Riaad Moosa as Programme Director. Invited guests include H.E Mr Pravin Gordhan, Minister of Cooperative Governance and Traditional Affairs and Cllr. Mpho Parks Tau, Executive Mayor of Johannesburg. Festivities will be topped off with musical entertainment.


“South African businesses are faced with multifaceted challenges such as the wavering economy and the rising inflation rate. The Awards are an encouragement to business owners across the country that determination and consistency leads to successful transformation,” shares Greg Penfold, Head of Events Division at Cape Media. The twelve categories accommodate new BBBEE business arena entrants, whose new enterprise progress over the last 18 months has demonstrated exceptional progress, to organisations who invest in community building and generally have made sustainable business strides since inception. “We are very excited to see which organisations and individuals will take this challenge head-on this year to be recognised as champions of transformation,” concludes Penfold.

Entries close on Friday, 21 September 2015. To nominate, please visit

Corporates are also invited to book tables on the day. For booking arrangements or more information about the event, please contact Zama Hlekani | Cape Media | | 021 681 7000. The public and invited guests of the sponsors can watch the live broadcast of the event on to not miss out on any action. The BBQ Awards are also on Facebook: and on Twitter:

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Criterion for all categories may be accessed on Once on the website, click on ‘Awards Categories’ and select the preferred category and download the nomination form.  Please ensure ALL sections are completed for the entry to be accepted. Complete and submit the form online, then send all supporting documents electronically to; alternatively, courier DVD format (Power-Point), bound booklet or manual documents to Zama Hlekani | Cape Media | 28 Main Road, Cnr Devonshire & Main Road – Rondebosch | 7700. Self-nomination is accepted. Each entry for each different category must be submitted separately.


Motlekar Holdings BBQ Awards Categories

Organisation Categories:

  1. Best Established Black Business Award
  2. New and Innovative Business Award
  3. CSI – Ubuntu Award
  4. Emperors Palace Best Employer Award
  5. Transformation Champion of the year Award

Individual Categories:

  1. Outstanding Woman in Business Award
  2. Businessman of the Year Award
  3. New Entrepreneur Award
  4. Mpamba Solutions & Consulting Iqhawe Mentorship Award
  5. Public Sector Visionary Award
  6. Nestlife Assurance Young Business Achiever Award
  7. Community Builder of the Year Award


Inventions and big ideas at the SA Innovation Summit 26 – 29 August, Cape Town Stadium

South Africa’s latest new inventions and next big business ideas will be showcased at the SA Innovation Summit taking place at the Cape Town Stadium from 26 – 29 August 2015.

Over 320 entries were received for the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) Inventors Garage Competition, the PwC Pitching Den for start-ups and the PwC Vision to Reality competition for companies with demonstrated commercialisation of tech-enabled solutions that have potential for national or international expansion.

Winners of the three competitions, to be announced at the Innovation Summit later this month will walk away with substantial financial backing enabling their big ideas to be scaled for success. Other overall prizes include the SAB Foundation Best Social Invention (R50 000), the Innovation Edge prize for the Best Early Stage Development Invention (R30 000) and the SA Climate Innovation Centre prize for the Best Green Innovation (grants and prize valued at R250 000).

Moses Kebalepile, a PhD medical science student from the University of Pretoria has been shortlisted for his entry for the TIA Inventor’s Garage Competition. Kebalepile has designed an electronic, handheld device that computes and grades stages of asthma according to an algorithm. “The tragedy with asthma deaths is that they are preventable. The Asthma Grid predicts and provides an early warning system for asthma attacks,” says Kebalepile. “I have a provisional patent on my invention and am looking forward to showcasing my invention to potential investors. The next step is to raise capital, build prototypes, do iterations, clinical trials and then put this product on the market.”

Other fascinating entries for the TIA Inventors Garage include a pop-up hydroponic garden for vertical urban farming, an environmentally friendly backup light to deal with loadshedding problems, a polyhammer mallet, bamboo prosthetic socket material, novel apps and online services to solve a variety of needs. The 30 shortlisted prototypes will be exhibited at the Innovation Summit and can be viewed on the SA Innovation Summit Facebook page.

The PwC Pitching Den Start Up competition gives entrepreneurs who have begun the early stages of commercialization, the opportunity to pitch their idea to funders and investors. Entries include a drone scanner for use in warehouse logistics, a multifunctional universal wall socket and an electronic engineering test instrument that doubles as an educational tool. Forty shortlisted entrants will get just 15 minutes to explain their idea, their business model and target market and to answer questions from potential investors.

“The Innovation Summit is an important platform for connecting early stage inventors and brave entrepreneurs with commercial support and business strategies,” says Dr. Audrey Verheaghe, Chairperson of the SA Innovation Summit. “South Africans are naturally innovative and have brilliant ideas but without sound business support to successfully scale their prototypes these ideas don’t always make it to the market. The Innovation Summit is really about equipping people who have great ideas with the tools and funding they need to succeed.”

Winners will receive incubation support from Standard Bank and PwC, IP consulting services from Spoor and Fisher as well as office space and networking opportunities.

Twenty more established tech businesses that have potential for massive growth will compete on the PwC Pitching Den Vision to Reality stage at the Innovation Summit. These businesses already have a turnover of R5 – R50 million. Amongst the 20 shortlisted entrants are Telemedicine Africa (Pty) Ltd, Nomanini, Open Box Software, Quicket, Everlytic and Digicash.

“In any economy entrepreneurs create the most jobs. It is important that these brilliant ideas can be commercialized because this will translate into increasing employment opportunities for the country,” concludes Verheaghe.

Sponsors of the SA Innovation Summit include SABS, City of Cape Town, FNB, PwC, TIA, IDC, GCIP and SAB Foundation.

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Mustadafin Foundation sets up Isibindi child care programme in Tafelsig

Caption: Mustadafin Foundation has launched the Isibindi child care programme in Tafelsig to protect vulnerable children.
Mustadafin Foundation has launched the Isibindi child care programme in Tafelsig to protect vulnerable children. In a community where poverty, substance abuse, alcoholism, rape, teenage pregnancy and dropping out of school are the norm, the Mustadafin Foundation is creating safe circles of care for children at risk.

Isibindi, which means “courage” in Zulu, aptly describes the young vulnerable boys and girls that the programme seeks to assist. There are already over 150 children on the Isibindi programme which started a month ago in Tafelsig.

The National Association of Child Care Workers (NACCW) has, together with local organisations established almost 300 Isibindi projects across the country, serving over 100 000 children. The Isibindi model enables poorly resourced communities to develop effective protection services for children.

Members of the local community are recruited and trained to be care workers. They receive one week of training every month for two years and can continue to further their career in care work with the NQF level 4 qualification they receive at the end of the training. These care workers are carefully screened for suitability to work with children according to guidelines stipulated by the Department of Social Development. They are passionate and work tirelessly to look out for children’s best interests, well aware of the important role they play in the community and the lives they impact.

“There is a great need in this community and in the first month we have already come face to face with challenges which include child labour and sodomy,” says Morishia Fortuin, Health Coordinator at Mustadafin Foundation. “Every child deserves to grow up in a place where they feel safe and free. Isibindi carers provide this circle of safety for the most vulnerable children who are otherwise the first victims of various kinds of child abuse.”

Safe Parks, one of the initiatives of the programme, ensures that children in the community can play freely and in safety at parks and public recreational areas. This is particularly important over the school holidays when children are often left without adult supervision while their parents are at work. Some children with little access to nutritious food are now receiving food parcels as part of a feeding scheme.

“This project is not just about keeping children safe and giving them food. It goes much further than that, it provides a holistic approach to help each child develop to their full potential. The care workers are equipped with key skills and become that second set of eyes and ears to watch out for the children’s best interests,” concludes Fortuin.

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Infrastructural transformations promoted for more equitable citizenship

Caption: Globally there is a real urgency to understand what it means to live in our current economy. In terms of the built environment this is an exercise of class power. The architectural and design event of the year, ArchitectureZA 2015 (AZA2015) will touch on topics such as this where a multitude of international and local speakers will convene. Julia King (left picture) is one of the riveting international speakers. With a focus on sanitation and participatory processes in developing countries, King is not to be missed. Co-founder of the architectural office SLIK Architekten in Zürich, Steffen Lemmerzahl (right picture) has years of experience in algorithm-based design methods and advanced use of 3D/Visualisation techniques. He will also head the much anticipated Parametric Design Masterclass during AZA2015. Set to take place from 24 to 26 September 2015 in the heart of Johannesburg, this year’s AZA event is a gold mine of innovative thinkers and industry experts.

Taking place at the chic and popular space The Sheds from 24 to 26 September 2015, AZA2015 will tackle the much debated topic of our cities’ future. With leading industry minds coming together, the event promises to challenge visionary thinkers in the architectural and design fraternities.

Julia King is an architectural designer focusing on sanitation and participatory processes in developing countries. She is currently working on the United Kingdom (UK’s) Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) funded project ‘Super-diverse streets: Economies and spaces of urban migration’. The project explores the intersections between city streets, social diversity and economic adaptations in the context of accelerated urban migration in the UK. The research is a comparative analysis of ‘super-diverse’ high streets that aims to explore how urban retail economies and spaces are shaped by and shape migrant practices.

In addition, Steffen Lemmerzahl, co-founder of SLIK Architekten in Zürich will grapple with rule-based architectural design. He has been using and programming computers for more than 20 years and combined both worlds as the Chair for Computer Aided Architectural Design (CAAD) at ETH Zürich from 2004 to 2010, where he covered algorithm-based design methods and advanced use of 3D/Visualization techniques. Lemmerzahl will head the AZA2015 Parametric Design Masterclass alongside Enrico Daffoncio, which is taking place from 26 to 28 September 2015. The masterclass is an intensive, two and a half day programme and aimed at the design and construction of innovative pavilion prototypes.

Architects future and the ‘Futury City

There has been a lot of focus on the need to create equitable, inclusive cities under the mantra of the ‘right to the city’. “This is an architectural project, I don’t see this as a problem of rights – all citizens have right, it is the actualisation of the rights into practice which is missing,” says King.

Lemmerzahl adds that some experts speak of a big ‘void’ in the art world and that he envisions that architects and designers face a similar change of direction. “Here in Switzerland some architects get inspired by pre-modern designs, others try to be as pragmatic as possible within the traditions of modernity. Not one of them can inspire a whole generation of architects any more. It is likely that whatever the future will bring for design won’t originate from Europe or America for the first time in centuries.”

Architects and designers role in advancing cities

Speaking about architect’s most important role, King elaborates, “Architects should play a critical role in building cities capable of engaging with the complexities of what we can call the ‘majority world’. This involves engaging within the reality of which everyday experiences are lived and created. As we see the erasure of social welfare and the simultaneous deployment of rapid, unchecked urbanisation we need to understand and operate within emerging formations of city making.”

Lemmerzahl adds to this that architects’ role right now is translating the mental state of society into spaces and argues that a shift needs to take place where industry should spend more time influencing the mental state of society through politics and cultural debates. “Right now, two different kinds of cities come to our attention. Firstly, shrinking cities where we need to find formulas on how to keep them liveable with hardly any budget available. In these cities architects can enable the residents to help themselves, mostly by sharing designs and ideas. On the other hand, booming cities are facing waves of gentrification that drive broad levels of the population out of town. Here architects should help to find ways to make affordable housing possible, even in the hippest districts,” shares Lemmerzahl.

The built environment as an indicator of economic, social and cultural changes

Lemmerzahl highlights that there are cultural changes that had very big impacts on design, for instance the modern movement of the early 20th century. He continues that we observe a democratisation of architecture as a result of social changes. “While architecture has been reserved mostly to the elites up to the beginning of the 20th century, the working class came into architects focus during the 20th century. Lots of great minds have spent their working life to realise high quality, low cost housing. Nowadays this extends to people who have no income at all. Several architects start to work in informal areas around the world, they even take care of the funding themselves, improving the lives of up to a billion people,” he continues.

“Our physical environment is the spatial manifestation of our economic and political priorities and policies. Redistribution is not going to happen, we’ve had 30 years of trying to get this right and the game is over,” says King. “Architects must begin to understand the architectural project as a social and political project beyond the building. Architects can and must play a role in divergent yet local civic projects.”

King concludes that a recent McKinsey report indicated that India will have to build between now and 2030, around 44 Mumbai’s to deal with its urbanising population. “This is not necessarily a negative thing; rapid urbanisation is at the same time India’s most pervasive challenge but also its greatest opportunity. I firmly believe in cities as engines of growth, opportunity, hope, and social change – but only if they are done well.”

AZA2015 is proudly hosted by the South African Institute of Architects (SAIA) and sponsored by PPC Ltd. Affiliated partners include: the Gauteng Institute for Architecture (Gifa) and the University of Johannesburg (UJ.) For more information about AZA2015, visit AZA2015 is also on Facebook (

Popular SMME Opportunity Roadshow set for Durban

The highly recommended SMME Opportunity Roadshow heads to Durban on Tuesday, 18 August 2015, at the Durban ICC from 08:00 to 17:00. SMMEs (small, medium and macro enterprises) in Durban and in greater KwaZulu-Natal Province are invited to register for free to attend this educational event and discovering how to implement a winning business model that will create jobs and improve employee skills.


Durban is the third City, after Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth to host the SMME Opportunity Roadshow. The Edge recently reported that levels of entrepreneurship in South Africa remain low and only account for 55% of employment, compared to 90% in China, India and Indonesia. South African SMMEs also battle with a high failure rate of 70% to 80%. Wage increases above inflation, hiking petrol and food prices, as well as the inflation rate that accelerated to 4.7% in June 2015 ** are just some of the most obvious reasons entrepreneurial businesses struggle; all these factors leave business owners with tough decisions to make that will ultimately affect business growth, thus they need the input and guidance of seasoned industry experts.


“As a bank, we are passionate about growing SMMEs, as we recognise that more successful entrepreneurs equals a stronger, more prosperous economy,” says Ethel Nyembe, Head of Small Enterprise at Standard Bank. “We also recognise that even though SMME owners and their employees have the drive, ambition, and intelligence needed for success, they may lack access to networks, industry expertise and support. Events such as the SMME Opportunity Roadshow can provide these vital resources.”


Participating SMMEs will be empowered through master classes in HR, financial management, information and communications technology, as well as sales and marketing. Businesses are also invited to exhibit on the day and network during the engaging break-away sessions. Invited speakers include Minister of Small Business Development Lindiwe Zulu; KwaZulu-Natal Premier Edward Mchunu; and CEO of National Youth Development Agency Khathu Ramukumba.


“Durban is one of the favoured tourist destinations in South Africa. The city also plays a pivotal role in the importing and exporting of goods through the Durban Harbour – the largest and busiest shipping terminal on the African continent,” says Greg Penfold, Head of Events Division at Cape Media. “South Africa may be deemed as an industrial economy, and the fact is skilled labourers and small businesses are the driving force. Each city has its own business dynamics, and we look forward to learning about the ones SMMEs in Durban will raise.”


To book your seat, please visit, select your preferred city and your free registration will be approved.


Event details of the SMME Opportunity Roadshow:

Date: Tuesday, 18 August 2015

Venue: Durban ICC

Time: 08:00 – 17:00.

RSVP and exhibition opportunity: Zama Hlekani | | 021 6817000


The last SMME Opportunity Roadshow will be held in Cape Town on Wednesday, 09 September 2015 at the Radisson Blu Hotel Waterfront.


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Waste industry experts to lead the debate at Landfill 2015

Caption: Top international experts in the fields of Landfill and Alternative Waste Treatment will speak at this year’s Landfill Conference and Exhibition – Landfill 2015 themed ‘Advances in Waste Treatment and Engineered Landfill Environment’. Professional civil engineer, Warren Hornsey (left picture) and Managing Director of Cape Advanced Engineering (Pty) Ltd (CAE), Dr Andrew Taylor (right picture) are the two riveting keynote speakers at Landfill 2015. The conference and exhibition are set to take place from 15 to 16 September 2015 at the Waterval Country Lodge in Tulbagh, Western Cape.

Organised by the Institute of Waste Management of Southern Africa (IWMSA), the Landfill and Waste Treatment Interest Group (LAWTIG) and Gigsa, Landfill 2015 will offer delegates the opportunity to be at the forefront of the latest waste management techniques and developments, as well as brushing shoulders and sharing ideas with leaders in the Landfill and Alternative Waste Treatment industries.

“We are very excited to be hosting Landfill 2015 in the Western Cape this year. Landfill Construction and Operations; Waste Transportation; Civil and Geotechnical Engineering; Geosynthetics; Waste Compaction; Waste Treatment Equipment; Refuse Derived Fuels; Waste to Energy Plants and Funding Models are just some of the thought-provoking topics up for discussion during this year’s conference,” says Pieter Kriel, Chairman of LAWTIG.

Warren Hornsey, professional civil engineer with experience in Africa, UK and Australia will be speaking about Australian Landfill regulations and how they compare to South African regulations. He will also touch on the impact these regulations have on geosynthetic development.

Hornsey is the Director of TRI Australasia, an independent geosynthetic testing and analysis laboratory, based on the Gold Coast in Queensland. He is directly responsible for all geosynthetic testing and support in the Australasian region. His current role means he is involved with landfill quality assurance on a daily basis and has regular interaction with regulators, designers, installers and manufactures on landfill matters.

His presentation will give an insight into the development of landfill regulations in Australia and how they vary between autonomous states based on different philosophical views of the state’s responsibly to protect the environment. A broad overview of each state’s regulation will be presented highlighting their strengths and limitations.

Dr Andrew Taylor will be discussing the topic of bio-gas power generation in the South African context.

Taylor is a specialist in the fields of alternative fuels and power machinery, particularly engines used for electric power generation. He has expertise in a range of technologies for the transformation of various forms of bio-mass into usable fuel or energy, and the production of natural fertiliser as a by-product.

Taylor is the Managing Director of Cape Advanced Engineering (Pty) Ltd (CAE), which he set up in 1993 as an automotive testing unit within the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Stellenbosch, and privatised in 1999. Between 1993 and 2012, he has overseen CAE’s involvement in the support of various locally manufactured automotive products such as the Ford RoCam engine, which has been used in the Ford Bantam and Fiesta models locally, and of which more than 1.5 million units have been exported; the fuel injected versions of the VW Citi Golf, Golf and Jetta; and the EA111 engine used in the recent VW Vivo and Polo models, as well as products such as rail locomotives.

Taylor’s presentation will shed light on the unique approach needed towards establishing bio-gas generation projects in South Africa while facing a combination of challenges that include low electricity costs, limited investment capital, high interest rates, electricity insecurity and denial of access to the national power grid. Local technical solutions addressing the low electricity cost, limited investment capital and high interest rates have been developed and implemented at a number of project sites, and one of these projects – at a large scale dairy farm – will be presented and discussed.  Some of the reasons for this project being feasible are highlighted and discussed together with the operational experience from the plant.

“The speakers lined up for Landfill 2015 will share pertinent information regarding waste treatment and engineered landfill environment – it is a must attend for all operating in the waste industry,” concludes Kriel.

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