Leaving nothing but footprints – Mitchells Plain learners clear Strandfontein beach

CAPTION: More than 140 learners from Mitchells Plain, easily identifiable in their red t-shirts, helped clear Strandfontein beach of litter on Saturday, 28 May 2016. When they were finished, 53 bags of litter weighing about 750 kilograms had been hauled away and the sea shore sparkled – only footprints remained. Photo credit: Craig Wilson [High resolution images available on request]

Staff from Peninsula Beverage Company (PenBev – local bottler and distributor of The Coca-Cola Company products in the Western and Northern Cape) hosted the Beach Clean Up. They were joined by enthusiastic members of the community and about 150 eager learners from Eisleben and Hillside Primary Schools in Rocklands, Mitchells Plain.

With the tumbling waves in the background, Founder and Director of Clean-C, Greg Player addressed the group: “Today we are not just picking up litter. We are helping make this beach and our city something to be proud of and protecting the environment while we are at it. We all have a part to play in keeping our surroundings clean.” He went on to explain how to pick up the rubbish using the plastic gloves and rubbish bags provided. The group then dispersed along the beach, picking up all the litter they could find.

Rubbish on the shore poses a health hazard both to human and animal life, besides being an unpleasant sight. Over the course of an hour more than 50 bags of trash were gathered. The rubbish was removed to be sorted for recycling where possible after the clean-up – creating a small job opportunity for those with limited means.

After the hard work everyone gathered for a lunch of boerewors rolls and refreshments to celebrate the day’s achievements. A DJ entertained the group with catchy tunes and there were prizes to be won for those showing off the best dance moves.

“The beach looked just as it should afterwards,” says Jaco Nel, General Manager Marketing at PenBev. “It is always fantastic to see how keen everyone is to do their part while knowing that we can also recycle many of the items collected. At PenBev we are passionate about caring for the environment. Our bi-annual Beach Clean Up is just one way for us to demonstrate this passion whilst having a lot of fun too,” concludes Nel.

For more information about Peninsula Beverages, visit www.penbev.co.za or contact 021 936 5500. PenBev is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/PenBev.

Young entrepreneurs motivated to grow and prosper at the SMME Opportunity Roadshow

More than 700 Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) attended the first SMME Opportunity Roadshow of the year which took place last week Tuesday, 24 May 2016 at Emperors Palace in Ekurhuleni. Enthusiastic entrepreneurs gathered to network and gain insight on how best to take their businesses to the next level through three stimulating master classes.

South Africa’s rising entrepreneurs had the chance to learn about business acumen at the esteemed SMME Opportunity Roadshow. The Roadshow’s master classes covered: The Fundamentals of Sustaining and Growing SMMEs; Enabling Funding for SMMEs and; Scaling up SMMEs. There are four Roadshows scheduled for 2016; the next roadshow will take place in Durban, proceeding to Cape Town and Port Elizabeth.

The programme director for the day was well-known radio presenter at SAfm, Ashraf Garda. As the master of ceremonies (MC), he kicked-off the proceedings on a motivational note saying that our dreams influence others’ dreams as well.

Zipho Sikhakhane, a motivational speaker, was the first presenter who took to the podium and emphasized that entrepreneurship needs nurturing from an early age. From selling sweets with friends in primary school to other entrepreneurial projects in the township where she grew up, she now invests in entrepreneurs and SMMEs that need to achieve growth. Sikhakhane encouraged SMME owners to settle debt as early as possible in order to embrace what business is all about.

The first master class, ‘The Fundamentals of Sustaining and Growing SMMEs’ focused on the basics of running any business, small and large, professionally and efficiently. Trevor Naaido, Head of Edge Solutions at Edge Growth, said, “Professionalise your business if you want to be taken seriously, especially by private sector.” Other speakers in this master class included Mziwodumo Rubushe, Head of Stakeholder Relations at The Competition Commission South Africa; and Carl Bates, Chief Executive of Sirdar Global Group.

Sustainable business models and different types of funding was discussed during the second master class titled: ‘Enabling Funding for SMMEs’. Presenters included Jeanne Viljoen, Project Director: Practices at The South African Institute of Chartered Accountants (SAICA) and Ethel Nyembe, Head of Small Enterprise at Standard Bank. Nyembe stated that South Africa’s overall quality of education fails to impress, ranking 138 out of 140 economies around the world*. It was reiterated that job creation and a healthy and clean financial record are fundamental to better position South Africa globally.

This year’s segment of the SMME Opportunity Roadshow proved to be even bigger than the inaugural SMME Opportunity Roadshow that took place last year. The Roadshow’s Panel Discussion summarised how businesses can work together to overcome challenges and accelerate entrepreneurs in South Africa.

In addition to the wealth of knowledge shared, attendees had an opportunity to engage with different stakeholders and interact with exhibitors during the break-away sessions.

“Businesses successfully used this Roadshow as a networking platform to identify opportunities that would transform their organisations and address their specific needs. It was such an amazing environment as entrepreneurs, young and old, were hungry for more insight from the array of speakers present at the Roadshow,” says Puseletso Nkopane, Event Manager at Cape Media, organisers of the SMME Opportunity Roadshows.

Registration for the next three Roadshows is still open. Visit http://www.smmesa.co.za/registration, select your preferred city and your free registration will be approved. The next SMME Roadshow Opportunity segments will continue in the following cities:

  • Durban on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 – Durban International Convention Centre
  • Cape Town on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 – Cape Town International Convention Centre; and
  • Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, 16 November 2016 – Boardwalk Hotel & Conference Centre.

For more information about the SMME Opportunity Roadshow or exhibition opportunities, please contact Puseletso Nkopane at Cape Media on 021 6817000 or puseletso.nkopane@capemedia.co.za. The SMME Opportunity Roadshow is also on Twitter (@SMME_Roadshow) and Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/smmeor).

 

*http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=146678

Rotary Claremont share the Rotary spirit from the Peninsula to Swakopmund

 

 

 

 

 

[Photo captions] Top left: The Rotary Club of Claremont’s Outreach Programme supports numerous community enhancing projects as far as Namibia. Teachers in Swakopmund attended training sessions focusing specifically on assisting learners with learning disabilities;

Top right: The Includid Food Garden Project initiated by the Rotary Club of Sea Point benefited greatly from the Outreach Programme; the garden provides 70 residents with a sustainable food source.

[Cape Town] Over the last four years, the Rotary Club of Claremont has invested in excess of R 1.1 million in funding for their Outreach Programme in support of community projects in and around the Peninsula all the way to Namibia. The philosophy of the programme encapsulates the spirit of Rotary, as the Rotary Club of Claremont is able to assist smaller Clubs with approved funding for their own projects.

“At the Rotary Club of Claremont we are privileged to be one of the main beneficiaries of the Cape Town Cycle Tour, we believe in extending the gift of giving by supporting the community projects of the other Clubs within the District with our Outreach Programme,” says, Peter Trebble, Past President of the Rotary Club of Claremont, spearheading the Programme. “With this initiative we are able to provide financial support to various different community projects that make a positive and lasting impact on society,” adds Trebble.

“Despite being one of the larger Clubs in the District, we don’t have the infrastructure and manpower to fully reach out to all the community needs, it’s therefore important for us to work closely with the other Clubs, as they know what the priorities are in their respective areas. In doing so, we are able to have a much further reach of the money invested into the community, and at the same time strengthening the inter-club relationships,” Trebble adds. “Through this camaraderie, the Rotary Club of Claremont along with the other clubs in the district are able to focus on important social issues. To date we’ve collaborated with 26 other Rotary Clubs in the District,” adds Trebble.

Projects include initiatives such as ‘Training for Teachers’ in Swakopmund, Namibia, which has provided teachers in the area with much needed training on how to work with and assist learners with learning disabilities.  Through these workshops, teachers are enabled to proactively identify learners with special needs, and importantly, how to help them improve their performance.

Another project benefitting from the Outreach Programme, is the Includid Food Garden Project, an initiative driven by the Rotary Club of Sea Point. With the funding received, the lives of 70 residents with intellectual disabilities are being positively impacted. The residents are being trained by an experienced gardener how to maintain the food garden on a daily basis, thereby ensuring a sustainable and important food source from themselves.

For more information on Rotary Club of Claremont, please visit http://claremontrotary.co.za/.

Deep-sea trawl operators and WWF-SA team up to tackle fishy issues

The South African Deep Sea Trawling Industry Association (SADSTIA) has teamed up with conservation organisation, WWF South Africa (WWF-SA), to dramatically improve the management of at least 12 non-target fish species that are caught alongside hake in the offshore demersal trawl fishery.

SADSTIA’s members are the trawler owners and operators that deliver hake to fish and chip shops in every corner of South Africa; process and package fish fingers and other popular hake products for local supermarkets; and also supply a demanding international market with a range of value-added hake products.

For the next three years, SADSTIA will work with WWF-SA to implement the South African Offshore Trawl Bycatch Fishery Conservation Project (FCP) which will undertake research, implement practical actions, and generally improve the environmental performance and sustainability of the fishing activity of SADSTIA’s members, with a particular focus on non-target species management.

The non-target species are kingklip (Genypterus capensis), monkfish (Lophius vomerinus), angelfish (Brama brama), Cape dory (Zeus capensis), gurnard (Chelidonichthys capensis), horse mackerel (Trachurus capensis), jacopever (Helicolenus dactylopterus), octopus (Octopus vulgaris), panga (Pterogymnus laniarus), ribbonfish (Lepidopus caudatus), snoek (Thyrsites atun) and a number of skate species.

Although these species are collectively referred to as “non-target species” or “by-catch”, they are retained and processed by trawl operators and many of the lower value species, for example panga, snoek and angelfish, are valued as a source of good quality animal protein by lower income groups, particularly in the Western Cape.

In spite of their importance, the management of these species has traditionally taken a backseat to the Cape hakes (Merluccius paradoxus and M. capensis) that are the target of the deep-sea trawl fishery. The hakes are certified as sustainable and well managed by the Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) and these species are the only ones in Africa to have achieved this status.

Although the objective of the FCP is to fundamentally improve the management of the deep-sea trawl fishery as a whole, an intended spin-off for SADSTIA and its members is that certain species are anticipated to move off the Red-list or Orange-list of the Southern African Sustainable Seafood Initiative (WWF-SASSI) and towards a WWF-SASSI Green-listing.

As Tim Reddell, chairman of SADSTIA and director of Viking Fishing explains, improved WWF-SASSI ratings will substantially enhance the image of SADSTIA which has done so much to improve its environmental footprint.

“It is 12 years since the South African trawl fishery for hake was first certified as sustainable and well managed by the MSC and in that time the industry has more than lived up to the conditions of certification. This latest partnership with WWF-SA is another important step towards improving the environmental footprint of the fishery. We have to pay attention to these non-target species and improve their management,” he says.

The FCP is based on the findings of a Responsible Fisheries Alliance (RFA) funded project aimed at understanding how best to improve the sustainability status of bycatch species in the hake offshore demersal trawl fishery. Jessica Greenstone, the WWF-SA Marine Science and Policy Lead who compiled the initial RFA report and played a key role in developing the FCP, noted, “This is an exciting step towards implementing an ecosystem approach to fisheries management in the deep-sea trawl sector. A number of fish species that are part and parcel of the fishery will finally be given the attention they deserve through at-sea monitoring of total catches and scientific assessments of their stock status. This project also highlights the synergies of industry, government and civic organisations working together to accomplish more than anyone could alone.”

While the FCP is underway, an “Improvement Icon” will be used by WWF-SASSI to indicate that an improvement project is underway for the main non-target species caught in the deep-sea trawl fishery. This will ensure that WWF-SASSI participating retailers, restaurants and suppliers who have made commitments to sustainable seafood and supporting fisheries under improvement can easily identify which species are part of this FCP. Consumers will also be able to easily access this information as the “Improvement Icon” will be used on the main WWF-SASSI public facing tools, including the WWF-SASSI Pocket Cards, Posters and Website.

SADSTIA will play a pivotal role in the FCP and to some extent, the success of the project will come down to the ability of skippers and fishing crews to adapt to new on-board routines and practices. For instance, the skippers and fishing crews who work on the 53 trawlers that are participating in the project (27 fresh fish vessels and 26 freezer vessels) will be required to change the way they log and report catches. The goal is to ensure there is better recording at drag level and that catches are sorted, accurately tallied and reported. Such information will help scientists at the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries to extract accurate catch data for each of seven priority non-target species and, in time, the top 12 non-target species landed by the fishery.

WWF-SA welcomes the willingness of the various stakeholders to collaborate on this FCP.

John Duncan, WWF-SA Marine Programme Senior Manager, commented: “More often than not, there are practical solutions to many of the challenges facing our oceans, but we’re only going to solve them by sitting down and figuring them out together. This project is a great example of this and it’s exciting to see the shift in mindsets from all involved.”

Reputation Matters’ MD a finalist in this year’s BWA Regional Business Achiever Awards

Reputation Matters is thrilled that Managing Director and corporate reputation specialist Regine le Roux is a finalist in this year’s Businesswomen’s Association (BWA)’s Regional Business Achiever Awards (RBAA) in the Entrepreneur Category.

Passion, diligence and confidence are some traits that make successful entrepreneurs stand out from the crowd. With integrity, always in all ways, le Roux is proof that hard work and dedication leads to success.

A determined business owner based in Cape Town, le Roux started her entrepreneurial career eleven years ago when she saw a gap in the communication industry. “Public Relations is often seen and hoped to be a ‘silver bullet’ to fix a reputation,” says le Roux. “However there is a lot more to building reputations than a press release. With our Repudometer®, a scientific research tool that we’ve developed and refined over the last decade, we are able to pinpoint exactly which part of the business is building or breaking down an organisation’s reputation. From the results we then work very closely with the organisation’s leadership teams, such as the CEO, Communication or Human Resources’ Directors to put strategies and plans in place to build and enhance their reputations,” adds le Roux.

Reputation Matters has successfully positioned itself as the reputation research partner of choice for corporates. “Customisation is important; even though we have a set methodology, we make sure that we add questions which relate specifically to our clients and their needs.”

With offices in Cape Town and Gauteng, the dedicated team plays a very important role in the success of Reputation Matters. “I am incredibly grateful for our high calibre team measuring and fostering organisations’ reputations,” mentions le Roux.

Annually the BWA’s RBAA recognises and honours businesswomen in six categories, namely: emerging entrepreneur; entrepreneur; social entrepreneur; professional; corporate and government. The final judging for the Western Cape region will take place on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 and the winners will be announced at a gala dinner on Thursday, 28 July 2016.

“Our Regional Business Achiever Awards evening is our flagship event at which women who are blazing a trail in business are honoured. These awards fulfil another important role, namely proving what can be achieved notwithstanding the difficulties facing women in business. This year we are privileged to have Ruda Landman as our keynote speaker; a woman who herself is a powerful role model to women and we are excited to hear her insights,” says Robyn Hey, Chair of the Cape Town Chapter of the Businesswomen’s Association of South Africa.

“I am honoured to be a finalist in a category with such strong contenders,” says le Roux. “All the finalists that have been selected are inspiring businesswomen.”

Reputation Matters is an established thought leader in reputation management; approached regularly by national and local media houses for interviews and inputs. Reputation Matters has also been involved in a number of international engagements. Le Roux recently published her first book, ‘Reputation Matters, Building blocks to becoming the business people want to do business with,’ highlighting the key dimensions to building a strong organisational reputation.

For more information on Reputation Matters, please visit www.reputationmatters.co.za or call 021 790 0208. Reputation Matters is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/yourreputationmatters and Twitter @ReputationIsKey.

Zip Zap to perform with Al Bairre

 

 

 

 

 

Zip Zap Circus School and classic indie pop band, Al Bairre are set to perform together for two nights only on 10 and 11 June 2016 at the Zip Zap Dome in Cape Town. Zip Zap’s intricately timed choreography of high-flying circus acts will complement the well-known ‘ice-cream of orchestral sounds of this local band.’ Tickets for the ‘Al Bairre in the air’ show are R160.

Fresh off of their highly successful UK tour, Al Bairre will, for the first time incorporate a live visual element into their show by performing with Zip Zap. The local indie pop band has performed at music festivals across the country, combining the sounds of cello, violin, keys, ukulele, bass, drums and guitars. They have also performed abroad in Cannes, Switzerland, Berlin and Amsterdam. “We are super excited to collaborate with Zip Zap. It’s going to be something completely new for us which takes the concert experience to another level quite literally, with trapeze acts above the stage,” says Nic Preen from Al Bairre.

Fans can look forward to experiencing well-known singles such as, ‘Bungalow’ and ‘Let’s Fall In Love Some More’ in a way that they have never experienced before.

The exclusive shows will take place on Friday, 10 June and Saturday, 11 June 2016 at the Zip Zap Dome, Cape Town from 18:00. Early bird tickets cost R160 and can be purchased from Quicket online before the events here. Tickets will also be on sale at the door.

“This is a not to be missed night out for Cape Town indie music fans. Acts to watch out for include trapeze, straps, scarf, cyr wheel, juggling and some surprises,” says Brent van Rensburg, co-founder of Zip Zap Circus School. The show is a free standing event. ‘Bring your cushions’ will add to the festive ambiance at the venue.

Zip Zap is a Non-Profit Organisation that aims to foster real social change by using circus art as a tool to teach young people life skills. Through the process of learning these skills and acts, they become eminently employable; for many at-risk youth, Zip Zap is a safe place for second chances at life. In 2015 over 1000 children received free circus training from Zip Zap, which relies on income from performances and donations. Al Bairre has come on board to help Zip Zap raise funds.

For more information, view a short promotional video for the show here.

To make tax deductible donations to Zip Zap visit the website www.zip-zap.co.za or contact 021 421 8622. Find Zip Zap on Facebook www.facebook.com/zipzapcircus.

Sea Harvest Fish Shop opens in Sea Point

 

 

 

 

 

CAPTION: Fish lovers in Cape Town can now buy fresh quality fish from the Sea Harvest Fish Shop, which is located at 84 A Regent Road, Sea Point. It is the first high-end Sea Harvest retail outlet, selling primarily fresh seafood, and has obtained an accredited Kosher status under the guidance of the Beth Den. Pictured (above left, L – R) are staff Jonathan Chikwekwete, Michael Mendonca, Lamees Benjamin and Amelia Jack, and the interior of the shop (right).

According to Shop Manager, Michael Mendonca, the species sold includes, inter alia, Cape Hake, Norwegian Salmon that is regularly flown in, and Kingklip. “Sea Harvest caters for the discerning palette and all the chilled products offered are available to be filleted, portioned and cut to individual customer’s specifications. The store also has live Crayfish and Oyster tanks, as well as an array of frozen pre-packed product and a small selection of Sea Harvest branded speciality items,” Mendonca adds that the five (5) dedicated off street parking bays add to the convenience when visiting the store.

The Sea Harvest Fish Shop looks to capture the essence of its iconic South African fishing brand and to make this available to the community within the greater Atlantic Seaboard area. The company has a further five (5) fish shops situated around the country in Silverton, Pretoria, Paarl, Vredenburg, Saldanha Bay and Piketberg.

Some of the special offerings at the Sea Point store for the month of May are:

  • Pan Size East Coast Soles @ R69.90/kg
  • Fresh Hake @ R69.90/kg
  • Sea Harvest 800gr Seafood Mix @ R39.90 per unit
  • Oysters @ R 13.00 each

The store’s trading hours are Monday to Friday from 9am until 6pm; and Saturdays from 9am until 2pm. The Manager can be contacted on: (021) 433 0860.

 

NCVT celebrates National Child Protection Week

Child activists and communities in South Africa are gearing up to commemorate National Child Protection Week, celebrated from 27 May to 02 June 2016. In line with this year’s theme, ‘Children’s Rights and Responsibilities’, the National Children and Violence Trust (NCVT) will collaborate with the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA), the South African National Council On Alcoholism And Drug Dependence (SANCA), the South African Drug and Anxiety Group (SADAG) and non-profit organisation, Childline to help create awareness about children’s rights, responsibilities and the effects of substance abuse on minors. These organisations will celebrate with community members living in and around Cosmo City, Diepsloot, Fourways and Lanseria.

Nkosi Johnson, South Africa’s famous child AIDS activist, who died at the age of 12 once said: “Do all you can with what you have, in the time you have, in the place you are.” At such a young age, Johnson took responsibility for all those living with HIV/AIDS by doing all that he could, with the time that he had to advocate for children’s rights. This year’s theme calls for children to be mindful of their rights and positively influence their peers.

“Children have rights and are also expected to take ownership of these rights through responsible behaviour in their community, school and at home,” says NCVT Senior Social Worker, Nokwazi Dlamini. “At NCVT, we support vulnerable groups such as abused and violated women and children; the unemployed; and people infected and affected by HIV and AIDS in any way that we can. This includes educating them about their rights,” adds Dlamini.

NCVT, together with NPA, SADAG, SANCA and Childline, will be hosting awareness campaigns on children’s rights and responsibilities at different schools across Gauteng. Guests will be entertained by NCVT’s Youth Choir and food and drinks will be provided. The events scheduled to take place include:

  • A motivational talk by NCVT Social Worker, Chido Goteka on Friday, 27 May 2016 at Witkoppen Primary School, Fourways.
  • An inspirational talk by NCVT Social Worker, Nokwazi Dlamini on Monday, 30 May 2016 at Bassa Primary School, Diepsloot.
  • A dramatic play depicting the rights and responsibilities of children performed by Nooitgedacht Primary School learners in Lanseria on Monday, 01 June 2016; followed by a cheering talk from NCVT Social Worker, Chivimbiso Mutibwichi.
  • A closing inspirational talk by NCVT Social Worker, Judith Mthombeni on Tuesday, 02 June 2016 at Far North High School, Cosmo City.

During the events, NCVT plans to launch their bright new logo which represents children’s freedom of expression and their right to live in a safe and happy environment, together with their loved ones. “Our new logo is a reminder of NCVT’s role in the lives of vulnerable groups, especially minors. It highlights the importance of working together as a community in order to achieve our common goal of social cohesion,” says Dlamini.

“Children’s rights shouldn’t go unnoticed within societies. As adults, we need to listen to the needs of our children. Their voices matter and should constantly echo in our hearts so that we can achieve a safe and free environment for all,” concludes Dlamini.

To make donations to NCVT or volunteer, members of the community can contact ncvtprojects@iafrica.com | +27 11 705-1960 | +27 11 467 4936. For more about NCVT, please visit www.ncvt.co.za.

Youngsters visit animal farm in Philippi

Caption: Learners from Mustadafin Foundation’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) Centres in Cape Town, were in for a fun-filled and educational day as they visited Adventure Farm in Philippi today, 12 May 2016. The Foundation’s four ECD Centres located in Delft, Khayelitsha (Site B and S-Section) and Manenberg went on the daytrip. The 226 lively children aged between two and six years old spent the day learning about all the animals looked after on the farm.

“It was a lovely day for the young learners to be outside – just before the cold winter sets in on Cape Town,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem, Director at Mustadafin Foundation.

The non-profit organisation’s ECD pupils spent the day frolicking in the sun at Adventure Farm based in Philippi. Adventure Farm is a children’s farmyard and has a large variety of animals, including miniature ponies and horses which the children could ride on. The learners explored the farm and even had a chance to pet some of the animals. They were taught where the animals came from, what they eat and the importance of caring and looking after the environment. Nutritious snacks and cold drinks were provided at lunchtime to keep the children’s’ energy levels high.

“As part of our holistic approach, we run various excursions for the ECD learners throughout the year with the goal of teaching them in a fun environment. It was a wonderful experience for the children; for most of them, it was their first visit to an animal farm,” says Johnstone-Cassiem. “This outing is a chance for the children to be entertained in a safe environment and also a wonderful opportunity for them to interact and learn about all sorts of living creatures.”

For more information about the Foundation and how you can donate or volunteer, please visit www.mustadafin.org.za or contact 021-633-0010. Mustadafin Foundation is also on Facebook www.facebook.com/MustadafinFoundation.

Registrations open for SMME Opportunity Roadshow in Gauteng

Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMME) are invited to register for the annual SMME Opportunity Roadshow taking place from 08:00 to 17:00 on Tuesday, 24 May 2016 at Emperors Palace, Kempton Park. The main purpose of the Roadshow is to showcase opportunities and provide focused guidance for SMMEs to make the most of their individual competitive advantage. This is the first of four roadshows scheduled to take place around the country in 2016. The other events will take place in Durban, Port Elizabeth and Cape Town. Attendance for all registered SMMEs is free.

The Roadshow aims to assist SMMEs in three key areas of their business: The Fundamentals of Sustaining and Growing SMMEs, Enabling Funding for SMMEs and lastly Scaling up SMMEs – The Future Growth Drivers of the South African Economy.

According to the ‘Vulnerable Groups Series I: the social profile of youth, 2009-2014’* report published by Stats SA, the number of young entrepreneurs has declined from 609 000 in 2009 to 543 000 in 2014 in South Africa. “It is unclear whether limited access to funds, lack of opportunities or resources contributed to this concerning drop,” comments Puseletso Nkopane, Event Manager at Cape Media, organisers of the SMME Opportunity Roadshows. “There is a great need to unlock small business potential in South Africa and the SMME Opportunity Roadshows are the perfect platform to achieve this,” she adds.

Registrations are open: SMME owners in Gauteng can register via http://www.smmesa.co.za/registration until Monday, 23 May 2015 at midday (12:00).

Following the Gauteng event, the SMME Roadshow Opportunity will visit:

  • Durban on Tuesday, 26 July 2016 – Durban International Convention Centre;
  • Cape Town on Tuesday, 06 September 2016 – Cape Town International Convention Centre; and
  • Port Elizabeth on Wednesday, 16November 2016 – Boardwalk Hotel & Conference Centre.

The inaugural SMME Opportunity Roadshow took place last year and provided delegates with an incredible opportunityto network with like-minded individuals and business owners, motivating them to think outside the box and even partner with other small business owners attending the event.

“In its second year the Roadshow promises to be bigger and better through the introduction of new master-class themes that focus on improving the specific function and purpose of a small business,” says Nkopane. “The SMME Opportunity Roadshow is about creating opportunities and unshakeable networks between industry game-changers and emerging businesses. New venture creation should be at the very top of every nation’s development plan to significantly reduce unemployment,” she adds.

SAfm Radio presenter, Ashraf Garda, will be the programme director for the day. Other speakers include: Professor Edith Vries, Director General of the Department of Small Business Development; Motivational Speaker, Zipho Sikhakhane; Stephen Manzini, Founder and Managing Director of Soweto Fashion Week; Elvis Sekhaolelo, Founder of eKasi Entrepreneurs; and Entrepreneurologist, Derrick Hlungwani.

“It is extremely important that our country creates sustainable employment opportunities in the SMME sector; even more vital is that these opportunities be paired with skills development in each sector,” concludes Nkopane.

For more information about the SMME Opportunity Roadshow or the exhibiting opportunities, please contact Puseletso Nkopane at Cape Media | 021 6817000 | puseletso.nkopane@capemedia.co.za. Follow us on Twitter @SMME_Roadshow and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/smmeor.

*http://www.statssa.gov.za/?p=6395

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