Entrepreneurial spark can trump education

“Entrepreneurs have a passion, spark, flavour and drive that education can’t give,” according to Martin Ackerman, CFO of Thevia. Thevia is an innovative green economy company that manufactures roof tiles that are made from 99% waste materials.

Ackerman was speaking to small business owners at the 2017 SMME Opportunity Roadshow, which kicked off with a bang in Gauteng on 20 April 2017.

Now in its third year, the 2017 Roadshow opener was attended by over 450 delegates, including SMME owners, corporates and funding agencies.

“The small business sector has huge potential to address the key priorities of government,” said Mandy Mtyelwa of the Department of Science and Technology. Mtyelwa added that SMMEs are the agency for economic growth and further reiterated that, in order to improve South Africa, the country needs “a transition from a mineral-based economy to a knowledge-based economy, which entails improving the quality, quantity and access to information”.

One of the key sponsors of the Roadshow is Old Mutual and they are committed to the growth of small businesses throughout South Africa.

“The SMME Opportunity Roadshow gives entrepreneurs the chance to learn from, and connect with, experienced entrepreneurs who faced the same challenges as they do and excelled in their business and life. In addition to being a great networking opportunity, the Roadshow educates entrepreneurs on how to grow their business, recognise and seize opportunities, and protect their income,” said Old Mutual’s Personal Finance Head of Marketing, Ntombekaya Tisani.

The SMME Opportunity Roadshow was created to empower growth in small, sustainable businesses in support of the national government’s drive create job opportunities and boost the economy. Industry experts in finance, strategic management, tendering and marketing shared their knowledge and insight with delegates at the Roadshow.

“What young people need to empower them for business is skills and a change of mentality,” said Happy Phaleng from OUT (an LBGT community organization), adding that young people should not limit their personal growth by thinking that they can only get skills by going to college.

Phaleng’s views were reiterated by social entrepreneur Masonwabe Fuma, the President at Enactus University of Johannesburg. “When you become an entrepreneur, you get the mindset of solving problems – and as you solve problems you create jobs,” said Fuma.

The commitment of public and private organisations to the Roadshow was confirmed by Tessa Cooke, Marketing Manager of Roadshow sponsors Datsun, who highlighted the fact that they are “always on the look-out for partnerships aimed at improving and enabling the SME sector, so we are proud to be part of the SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017”.

The importance of growth in the SMME sector has been highlighted by the Minister of Small Business Development, Minister Lindiwe Zulu, who stated that small businesses need to contribute at least 800 000 jobs a year to match the government’s goal of creating 11 million jobs by 2030.

The SMME Opportunity Roadshow moves on to Port Elizabeth (on 19 May), Durban (19 July) and Cape Town (6 September).

To find out more about the event, please visit http://www.smmesa.co.za/. Remember to follow SMME Opportunity Roadshow on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/smmeor/ and on Twitter @SMME_Roadshow. You can also watch the live-stream on www.capemedia.tv, so you need not miss out on any of the action.

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages new hydration partners for the Slave Route Challenge

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) is pleased to announce its association with one of Cape Town’s most historically significant athletics races, the Slave Route Challenge 2017. The iconic race which takes athletes past noteworthy historic sites in and around Cape Town, is now partnered with an iconic beverage brand that will keep runners and walkers hydrated along the Half Marathon, 10 km and 5 km routes. All refreshment stations will be well stocked with Coca-Cola and water, ensuring that athletes remain comfortable and hydrated, able to compete at peak performance levels throughout the Challenge.

“We are thrilled to provide our world class brand and unmatchable logistical support to the runners and walkers of the Slave Route Challenge,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at CCPB. “We have a long history of keeping athletes well hydrated on many of Cape Town’s top road races and it is an honour to be associated with such a significant and historic race that seeks to raise awareness of our city’s rich heritage,” concludes Urquhart.

Farouk Meyer, Slave Route Challenge Race Director says, “There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes to prepare for the race, and a key part is ensuring that the logistics are well planned and executed to ensure we keep the runners fully hydrated during and after the event.  Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, as a Partner, brings years of Special Event’s experience to the Slave Route Challenge.”

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500.

Investing in the newest Olympic sport: Sea Harvest signs sponsorship deal with Surfing South Africa

Surfing South Africa (SSA) is delighted to announce that it has signed a sponsorship deal with the iconic South Africa seafood company, Sea Harvest. The sponsorship of R250 000 represents a massive investment in youth and junior surfing in South Africa and is well-timed ahead of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo where surfing will be an official sport for the first time ever.

Sea Harvest and Surfing SA are both completely invested in the sea and the partnership between the two seems an ideal fit. The Sea Harvest Group is a leading internationally recognised fishing business with operations in South Africa and Australia, servicing retail and foodservice customers in 22 countries. The company was established in 1964 in Saldanha Bay on the Atlantic West Coast of South Africa and today is a household brand and market leader in the frozen fish category. Last year, the Sea Harvest brand was recognized as one of the Top 10 Iconic Brands in South Africa.

SSA has its headquarters in Muizenberg, Western Cape, and is the recognised governing body for the sport of Surfing in the country. SSA is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA).

With surfing included as a new sport in the 2020 Olympics, SSA will be working hard over the next four years to identify and support the talent that will represent South Africa in Tokyo in 2020. This will be achieved through regular and tough competition, with an increased number of youth and junior tournaments throughout South Africa thanks to Sea Harvest’s sponsorship. The sponsorship will also provide support for the SA Junior Team selection process, a key part of the goal to represent South Africa in the sport at the next Olympic Games.

Sea Harvest’s commitment to the sport will not only allow young South African surfers to hone their competitive skills in surf contests but will also enable SSA to reach and involve surfers from all communities through outreach initiatives, school surfing events and interclub activities.

A key motivation for Sea Harvest’s funding was to contribute towards developing and transforming the sport, which includes supporting SSA’s youth and junior programmes.  Sea Harvest will have a significant presence at events such as the annual South African Grommet Games, the 2017 South African Junior Championships in Jeffrey’s Bay and the 2017 SA Junior Team programme. In addition, six Under 18 male and female surfers drawn from SSA’s talent identification programmes will qualify for a share of a generous Surfing Scholarship of R10000 each at the end of 2017.

“We are thrilled with this exciting partnership with Sea Harvest,” says Johnny Bakker, President of SSA. “Girls and boys from all parts of South Africa will benefit from Sea Harvest’s fantastic support of the sport they love. In addition, SSA will be able to implement a structured talent identification plan for the 2020 Olympics.”

“South Africa is well known as one of the top surf destinations in the world and we are thrilled to support Surfing South Africa in nurturing top talent and developing the sport ahead of its first appearance at the Olympic Games in Tokyo. We believe there is a good synergy between our company, which produces products that promote a healthy lifestyle and sustainability, and SSA,” says Sea Harvest’s Sales and Marketing Director, Konrad Geldenhuys. “We are delighted to partner with people that derive as much pleasure from the sea as we do, after all, the Sea Harvest motto is Savour the Sea,” concludes Geldenhuys.

Sea Harvest will be the name sponsor at seven events, the presenting sponsor at two more events and the support sponsor at one event. These will take place in six Districts and three Provinces over the next eight months. During this time young surfers, together with Sea Harvest, will savour the sea at venues in Kommetjie, Monwabisi, Muizenberg and Strand in the Western Cape, Victoria Bay near George in the Southern Cape, Nelson Mandela Bay, Jeffreys Bay and East London in the Eastern Cape and St Michaels on Sea and Durban in KwaZulu Natal.

Locals pitch in for Easter holiday beach clean-ups







Residents in Cape Town came together over the Easter holiday for a series of beach clean-ups organised by Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages. Over the course of two weeks, Cape Town’s most popular beaches were cleared of all litter in an effort to raise environmental awareness. [Left picture: Gordon’s Bay beach clean-up on 09 April 2017. Right picture: Muizenberg beach clean-up on 11 April 2017.]

Inspired by the Cape coastal natural beauty, and in an effort to bring people together and raise environmental awareness, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) organised a series of holiday beach clean-ups. Beaches in Langebaan and Saldanha Bay were the last stop over the Easter weekend and saw the clean-ups come to a successful end yesterday, 17 April 2017.

“It was encouraging to see the enthusiasm of the various communities as they came together to clean up the beaches and help look after our beautiful coastlines. We also had terrific feedback and broad awareness shared on social media via our Facebook page,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at CCPB.

CCPB’s initiative started on Sunday, 02 April 2017 at Grotto Beach in Hermanus and other clean-up events took place at Strand, Gordon’s Bay, Muizenberg, and Fish Hoek beaches.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure beautiful, clean and safe coastlines for generations to come and we encourage residents to continue keeping our beaches clean. Get involved in other recycling and clean-up campaigns, organise your own clean-ups, or simply teach each other to be environmental warriors and pick up any litter that you see the next time you take a stroll down the beach,” concludes Urquhart.

To stay up-to-date and find out when the next series of beach clean-ups will be, follow CCPB on Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev).

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500.

SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 kicks off in Gauteng

Following a highly successful 2015 and 2016 Roadshow season, the SMME Opportunity Roadshow 2017 is ready to roll again. The first leg will be hosted at Emperors Palace in Johannesburg next week Wednesday, 20 April 2017 from 08:00 to 17:00.

The national government has highlighted the need to boost small business, as the sector holds the key to the employment growth needed to boost the economy. The current high level of SMME failure is attributed by many commentators to a lack of funding for small businesses, although funding agencies reportedly have more than a billion Rand available for the right business growth opportunities.

“The Roadshow plays a key road in educating SMME owners about the financial options available to them that will help to grow their business to the next level,” says Robert Arendse, Managing Director of the SMME Opportunity Roadshow. “We always have funding agencies at our Roadshow to ensure that business owners are informed about who has funds available as well as the kinds of businesses they are looking to invest in or to offer financial support.”

“We understand that the SMME sector requires financial education as much as it does funding,” says Henry van Deventer, Wealth Strategist at event sponsor Old Mutual Wealth. “We recognise the value of great advice and partnering with experienced people in the sector. This is why we support the SMME Opportunity Roadshow to offer those in the sector an opportunity to learn, connect and get great advice.

Mentorship, collaboration and sharing information also plays a major role in the content of the Roadshow and, according to Simon Lewis, Editor of Opportunity Magazine, the Roadshow “plays a key role in the growth of small businesses by offering SMME owners around the country invaluable access to thought leaders and priceless peer-to-peer networking opportunities.

“This year we are placing a major emphasis on established SMMEs who need to take the next step in the growth of their business. This has been a natural progression from last year, as small businesses are vital for the economic development South Africa needs in order to create more jobs for our people,” adds Lewis.

One of the Roadshow’s key sponsors this year is Datsun, whose cost-effective GO+ Panel Van to SMME owners offer small businesses “access to vehicles that can grow with their businesses,” says Des Fenner, General Manager of Datsun South Africa. “Business owners want to grow their enterprises while keeping their operating costs down.”

In 2016 the SMME Opportunity Roadshow helped to connect many SMME owners with future mentors, as well as funding and business opportunities.

“We had a terrific response from the delegates across all four of our Roadshows last year,” shares Beverley Stone, Event Manager for the SMME Opportunity Roadshow. “Delegates left the Roadshow feeling inspired, motivated, full of purpose and with pockets full of business cards.”

To RSVP and for information about exhibition opportunities, please contact Beverley Stone | beverley@capemedia.co.za | 021 681 7000. To book your seat, please visit http://www.smmesa.co.za/registration, select your preferred city and your registration will be approved. Entrance is free for SMME owners.

Registration for the next three Roadshows is still open. The next SMME Roadshow Opportunity segments will continue in the following cities:

  • Port Elizabeth on Friday, 19 May 2017: Boardwalk International Convention Centre (ICC)
  • Durban on Wednesday, 19 July 2017: Durban ICC; and
  • Cape Town on Wednesday, 06 September 2017: Cape Town ICC.

If you can’t be at the venue, don’t miss out: watch the live stream on http://www.capemedia.tv/. You can also join the discussion on Twitter @SMME_Roadshow and on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/smmeor.


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Fun for youth at Mustadafin Foundation’s ECD Sports Day

Over 500 children from Mustadafin Foundation’s Early Childhood Development (ECD) centres took part in fun sporting activities on Wednesday, 29 March 2017 as part of the non-profit organisation’s annual sports day. The Foundation’s ECD centres, together with external ECD centres, battled it out at the Mandela Park Stadium.

In a last effort to enjoy the warm weather, children aged between two and six years old took to the field and demonstrated their love for different sporting events; displaying their healthy sportsmanship. The air was filled with song and dance as the youngsters competed in a sack race, potato race, scooter race and relays.

“It is fantastic to see the joy in all of the children’s faces from a day of being active outside. Most of the children come from disadvantaged areas in the Cape Town area and we want to instil healthy, sustainable activities in their lives so that they can thrive. The children thoroughly enjoyed watching their teachers and parents taking part in the adult race, where teacher Soraya Twalingca took first place,” says Ghairunisa Johnstone-Cassiem, Director at Mustadafin Foundation.

Mustadafin Foundation kept the promising future athletes nourished and refreshed with healthy snacks, juice and water.

The overall winners for the day were Sandanezwe Educare as well as Mustadafin Educare 1 and 2.

If you would like to be part of Mustadafin Foundation’s educational programmes, please contact them on 021-633-0010.

For more information on Mustadafin Foundation, visit www.mustadafin.org.za.