Entertaining evening with enthusiastic entrepreneurs

Roll up wallets, farming with no land, coloured tyres and athleisure clothing were some of the exciting ideas young entrepreneurial minds pitched at last night’s “Pitch Off” hosted by Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) in Parow Industria. Eighteen teams from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a visiting student group from Belgium and fledgling entrepreneurs from the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA) of Entrepreneurial Development (at UCT) embraced the opportunity to pitch their business ideas to a panel of judges. 

UCT team, Instinct, walked away with the R5000 winning pitch for their ‘Eco Band’. Their safety armband has a built-in panic button and allows loved ones to be tracked when they can’t be found. The judges indicated that the group presented well and got to the point quickly. The group also outlined the profitability of their solution; something which is always important to remember when pitching to potential investors.

“There is no doubt about the great value of developing an entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages. “They possess great energy and potential to contribute to economic prosperity, job creation and ultimately to improve the community in which they operate. We are thrilled to partner with the Raymond Ackerman Academy and the Development Unit for New Enterprise on this exciting journey. The talent, potential and opportunities shared this evening have been incredible and we thank all the participants for their interesting pitches, and we wish them well on their entrepreneurial journey,” concludes Urquhart.

The Belgian student pitches included: Let’s Sport, E-Exam, Uber Police, Invisible Winner, Bottle Up and an Anti-Rape Detection Kit, while the young entrepreneurs from the RAA pitched business concepts and ideas across health, travel and food. Let’s Sport (Higher Institute of Learning Kempen, Belgium) and #WhyTravel (RAA) were the runner-up winners.

Belgian and SA students compete for best business ideas

“Youth Month” sees students from the University of Cape Town (UCT), a visiting student group from Belgium and fledgling entrepreneurs from the Raymond Ackerman Academy of Entrepreneurial Development (at UCT) competing in a “Pitch Off” on Thursday, 08 June 2017 hosted by Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) in Parow Industria. The UCT Development Unit for New Enterprise (DUNE) Pitch Off competition, supported by CCPB, aims to provide a safe but competitive space for student entrepreneurs to take the first step towards starting their own business as they pitch their innovative ideas to a panel of judges.

The Belgian students will be in Cape Town for the International Week of Entrepreneurial Management which is a collaboration between UCT’s DUNE, the H-Web, the CVO Hooger Insituut Der Kempen and Thomas More University in Belgium.

The participants from the Raymond Ackerman Academy (RAA) are graduates of the six-month entrepreneurship programme and are currently part of the RAA’s year-long Graduate Entrepreneur Support Service where their businesses are incubated. “The course is for young people who are passionate about business and personal development, who have limited opportunities for accessing tertiary education, finding or creating employment,” explains Elli Yiannakaris, Director of the RAA.

Siphelele Magidigidi, a former RAA graduate who is now the Director and Founder of three companies, says, “The RAA taught me how to identify a problem within society and how to build a business model aimed directly at resolving that particular problem.”

South Africa has among the lowest level of entrepreneurial activity in the world. Despite this, small and medium sized enterprises account for 48% of the Gross Domestic Product and over 50% of employment.

“There is no doubt about the great value of developing an entrepreneurial spirit amongst young people. They possess great energy and potential to contribute to economic prosperity, job creation and ultimately to improve the community in which they operate. We are thrilled to partner with the Raymond Ackerman Academy and the Development Unit for New Enterprise on this exciting journey,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages.

Stuart Hendry, Director of DUNE says, “Enhanced entrepreneurship is crucial for economic development. UCT has a unique opportunity to play an important leadership role in building critical mass for the development of entrepreneurs in South Africa.”

Pol Hauspie, serial entrepreneur and founder of Belgium’s H-Web Foundation will be one of the judges on the panel reviewing the creative ideas presented by the students as well as Letitia De Wet, CEO of Enactus South Africa and Rob Hersov, Serial Entrepreneur and Angel Investor. “It is a great privilege for me to mentor young entrepreneurs from Belgium and South Africa by sharing my experience, knowledge and insights,” concludes Hauspie.

Celebrating World Environment Day at Hout Bay Beach

Monday, 05 June 2017 is World Environment Day. Why not celebrate this special day and show your love for the environment by clearing it of unwanted rubbish? Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages will continue its focus on the coastal environment and will be cleaning up Hout Bay Beach with the local community on Saturday, 03 June 2017.

The World Environment Day Beach Clean-up also coincides with World Oceans Day, celebrated a few days later on Thursday, 08 June 2017.

“Cleaning up the environment is just one way of giving back to the communities where we serve. At every beach clean-up, we use the opportunity to talk about the value of recycling plastic items and encourage preservation of natural beauty that we can all enjoy together,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager at Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB).

“The beach clean-up at Hout Bay will be a special one as we celebrate World Oceans Day and World Environment Day. As Capetonians, we are lucky enough to say we live beside not one, but two oceans and so we have an increased responsibility to care for marine life in the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. If we all do our bit to take care of the environment and dispose of waste responsibly, we can be sure that the next generation will also enjoy this beautiful stretch of coastline around the Cape Peninsula as much as we do.”

Beach clean-ups are a regular item on the calendar at CCPB. The Hout Bay Clean-up follows two very successful series of clean-ups held over New Year and Easter where beaches from Hermanus to Saldanha Bay were part of a clean-up campaign. At each clean-up, enthusiastic locals armed with gloves and refuse bags scoured the beaches for rubbish and recyclables.

The World Environment Day beach clean-up in Hout Bay will be hosted by CCPB and Clean C, a well-known environmental coastal activist organisation. “We encourage residents to keep an eye out on our Facebook page for any changes as the event is weather permitting,” concludes Urquhart.

  • Date: Saturday, 03 June 2017
  • Time: 09:00
  • Venue: Hout Bay Beach, near the River Mouth (meet at Coca-Cola gig-rig near Mariner’s Wharf on Beach Road)

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), visit the Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev or website http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. 

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.

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.

Cleaning up our coastlines from Hermanus to Langebaan this Easter holiday

Residents in the greater Cape Town area can look forward to visiting clean stretches of beaches this Easter. Starting on Sunday, 02 April 2017 in Hermanus, eight popular beaches will be rid of all litter and rubbish over the course of two weeks thanks to Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages. People living in these areas are encouraged to join forces and help preserve our pristine coastlines.

Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) regularly organises beach clean-ups in an effort to contribute towards environmental sustainability, a core Corporate Social Investment (CSI) focus for the business. This Easter is no different; CCPB, together with its activations partner Perfect Solutions, will raise awareness and educate beach-goers about keeping our beaches clean.

“It is our duty to preserve our natural heritage for future generations; with these beach clean-ups, we want to instil environmental responsibility in each and every citizen so that coastal and marine life can thrive,” says Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages.

The beach clean-ups have also been endorsed by local municipalities and the mayor of the Overstrand Municipality, Alderman Rudolph Smith is expected to join the operation at Grotto Beach in Hermanus with some of his executive Mayco team.

The dates for the beach clean-ups are:

  • Sunday, 02 April 2017: Hermanus Grotto Beach (10am – 12pm)
  • Monday, 03 April 2017: Strand (5pm – 7pm)
  • Sunday, 09 April 2017: Gordon’s Bay (10am – 12pm)
  • Tuesday, 11 April 2017: Muizenberg – Surfer’s Corner (10am – 12pm)
  • Saturday, 15 April 2017: Fish Hoek (4pm – 6pm)
  • Sunday, 16 April 2017: Llandudno (7am – 9am)
  • Sunday, 16 April 2017: Clifton (10am – 11am)
  • Monday, 17 April 2017: Langebaan/Saldanha (beach to be confirmed; 10am – 1pm)

Please note that dates are subject to weather conditions. The clean-ups will be supported by a call-to-action on the CCPB Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev), encouraging communities in the vicinity of the targeted beaches to join in.

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

Special edition Coca-Cola bottle designs to dazzle Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town 2017

The iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle gets to dress up at this year’s Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Cape Town when designer, Gavin Rajah, who has partnered with Coca-Cola, will unveil the four special edition bottle designs during his show this evening, 23 March 2017.

Rajah’s four limited edition Coca-Cola bottle designs will be linked to his collection’s theme of ‘Love’. The bottles of each design will be available to guests at Rajah’s show and are also echoed in his couture collection for 2017/18.

“This season we take our inspiration from our past prints and graphics, all inspired by love and hope,” says Rajah. The prints for Rajah’s collection bring together the iconic looks from the past decade with graphic designers, Room 13. “The overarching theme of love and escapism is prevalent in this collection. Flowers, hearts, butterflies and stars all play a huge symbolic part,” he explains.

Rajah says that it has been exciting to work with Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) on the designs for the iconic contour bottle. Symbols of love across various cultures are included on the designs.  “In times of despondency, we look to constants in our lives. These constants can be people, things or experiences that offer us comfort. Coca-Cola is one brand that has been around through all our experiences, from love to everything else in between. With the bottle designs, we wanted to create keepsakes that represented beautiful, iconic imagery of love and hope,” says Rajah.

Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communication Manager at CCPB says, “We were thrilled to partner with Gavin Rajah at this year’s Fashion Week. Coca-Cola Limited edition designer bottles have previously been created for Paris and New York Fashion Week’s and when Gavin brought us the concept, it was the time for Africa to show off our design excellence through the iconic Coca-Cola contour bottle.”

The limited edition bottles will be exclusive to guests attending Gavin Rajah’s opening showing show at the Cape Town Fashion Week.

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. CCPB is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev/.

Conquering 109 kilometres #CycleTour2017

The Cape Town Cycle Tour celebrates its 40th anniversary this year and Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB) is proud to have been associated with the world’s largest timed cycle race for the past 36 years.

CCPB, the local bottlers and distributors of Coca-Cola products in the Western and Northern Cape, will once again keep cyclists hydrated and refreshed as they embark on the scenic, and often gruelling, 109km route.

The CCPB special events and logistics team will begin setting up the hydration points along the route from midnight on race day. Three hundred dedicated crew and 37 transport trucks will make all of the magic happen with Coca-Cola and Powerade as they work through the early hours of the morning in preparation for the race, which sets off at 6am.

Dan Davis, Marketing Activations Manager at CCPB, said, “Hydration is key at such a big cycling event, where the sheer number of people already poses a logistic and safety challenge. We urge participants to keep hydrated throughout the race.

“There will once again be 14 refreshment points where we will deliver a selection of drinks, including 113 800 litres of water, 54 444 litres of Coca-Cola and 42 000 litres of Powerade. And to top it all off, 60 tonnes of ice will be delivered to keep the drinks, and cyclists, cool and refreshed.”

The Cape Town Cycle Tour has the following hydration tips for cyclists*:

  • On a hot day, the average rider should be drinking between 400ml and 600ml per hour to ensure that they remain hydrated; it is critical to maintaining a balance between being under-hydrated and overhydrated.
  • The key to good, balanced hydration is to listen to your body. Drink between 400ml and 600ml or as your thirst dictates.
  • If you are feeling overheated, stop and pour some water over your head and body when you reach the next water point. Wet clothes will keep you cool as you start to cycle again. The ice available at most of the water points can also be used to cool down your core temperature; apply the ice to your neck and under your arms.

“The Cape Town Cycle Tour is one of the busiest races for the CCPB team and safety and security are of the utmost importance. We are very pleased to have been partnered with this world-renowned cycling tour for the past 36 years and wish all cyclists a fantastic race and all the best to the organising team,” concludes Davis.

*Information obtained from Cape Town Cycle Tour website: http://www.capetowncycletour.com/advice/medadvice/

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. CCPB is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev/.

Morgenson Primary School wins R30 000 in Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages Recycle Race

Learners at Morgenson Primary School were thrilled to find out on Monday, 28 November 2016 that they had won the 2016 Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages Recycle Race, earning themselves R30 000 cash for the school. Vice-principal Ms. Smith accepted the winner’s trophy from Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, during a school assembly.

“Our school has learnt in a practical way about keeping our suburbs clean and seen value in recycling items which we would normally throw away. We have had wonderful support from parents and local members of the community who have helped our learners to collect as much as possible for the school,” said Ms Smith.

In second place was Cascade Primary, winning R20 000 and in third place was Arcadia Primary School, winning R10 000. In total 7 648 learners at the participating schools collected 9 492 kilogrammes of recyclables (equivalent to 1.24 kilogrammes per learner). Morgenson Primary School competed against seven other participating schools in Cape Town to recycle the most plastic, glass, cans and paper per learner during the competition which began on 01 August 2016 and ended on 31 October 2016. All recyclable items were collected and weighed by recycling partner WasteWant, who will reimburse all the participating schools for the recyclable waste that they collected.

[Photo credit: Craig Wilson]

Preserving our coastal heritage

CAPTION: In less than two hours, the stretch of beach at the Milnerton Lighthouse was cleared of all litter as Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages and community members from Joe Slovo Settlement joined forces to celebrate Heritage Day with a beach clean-up on Saturday, 24 September 2016. Photographer: Craig Wilson 

In commemoration of Heritage Day and in support of International Coastal Clean-up Day, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, together with residents of the Joe Slovo community, spent Saturday morning cleaning up a stretch of beach at the Milnerton Lighthouse. Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages regularly organises beach clean-ups in an effort to contribute towards environmental sustainability.

“Our beaches and oceans are home to a diverse range of oceanic life; it is our responsibility to keep it clean and avoid sea life being affected by or entangled in rubbish. By doing so, we will preserve our environmental heritage for generations to come,” said Priscilla Urquhart, Public Affairs and Communications Manager for Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages, as she welcomed everyone to the clean-up.

Everyone was briefed by Greg Player of Clean C on how to collect rubbish safely using the gloves and bags that they were provided with. Brightly dressed in red Coca-Cola t-shirts, the group enthusiastically began to clear rubbish from the beach.

In less than two hours and with the help of more than 150 people, a long stretch of Milnerton Beach had been cleared. Eighty-nine rubbish bags, weighing almost 600 kilograms, were collected.  A well-deserved Heritage Day braai lunch was enjoyed afterwards.

To further support education and awareness around the importance of recycling, Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages is hosting a recycling competition at eight schools which will end on 31 October 2016. The winners will be announced during November 2016.

For more information about Coca-Cola Peninsula Beverages (CCPB), visit http://www.peninsulabeverage.co.za/ or contact 021 936 5500. CCPB is also on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/CocaColaPenBev/.