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Ellies Newsletter Quarter 4 - November 2012

THE YEAR THAT HAS BEEN This year has been a good year for us. With Ellies Renewable Energy having helped save 45MW off grid and Ellies Holdings coming up in the top 14 in South Africa’s top 100 companies. Let’s not forget that we have embarked on a new path with a new look. Let’s just hope that 2013 will only come with more success and growth for the Ellies group. We hope you all have safe and happy holidays and come back to Ellies refreshed in the new year.


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A MESSAGE FROM BLIND SA

Dear Management of Ellies On behalf of Blind SA’s governing body and the visually impaired, we would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the step you took to let our members compete with their sighted peers in the open labour market. It was for them a great experience and out of this they have learnt a lot. We appreciate the fact that you let them show their abilities in a field which was unknown to them. Thank you once again, and if there is anything that you would like to bring to our attention or where you need assistance, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Abraham Allies Blind SA Careers Chairperson


02 NEWS FROM ELLIES JOHANNESBURG RENEWABLE ENERGY

ERE AWARDS This year has seen Ellies Renewable achieve a lot. Firstly, having help to take about 45MW off grid, beating all expectations. As a result of the success of Project Power Save ERE received three awards, two awards in the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency Awards (SAEE) and one in the Eskom ETA awards. For the SAEE awards ERE got 1st place for Energy Project of the year and 2nd place for Energy Company of the year and one in the Eskom ETA awards - 2nd Place – Residential category The SAEE is an organisation committed to increasing energy efficiency awareness in the Southern African region; the SAEE supports the American Association of Energy Engineers’ mission to promote the scientific and educational interests of those engaged in the energy industry and to foster action for sustainable development. SAEE offers a diversity of information resource tools through a range of information outreach programmes. From technical seminars, conferences, a book shelf service, job listing opportunities, local media participation, radio marketing, social networking and local online videos, international certification training programmes, electronic newsletter communication, student involvement to critical buyer-seller networking trade exhibitions. While the Eskom ETA awards are a way Eskom has been rewarding excellence in the field of energy efficiency over the past 22 years. This is to reward individuals, students, companies and other institution for their exceptional efforts in their efficient use of energy. We at The Switch wish ERE more success in the New Year and they keep on raising the renewable energy flag high.

The Awards: • 1st Place – Energy Project of the Year – South African Energy Efficiency Awards • 2nd Place – Energy Company of the year – South African Energy Efficiency Awards • 2nd Place – Residential Category – Eskom ETA Awards

CEO of Ellies, Wayne Samson commented, “It is a great honour for Ellies to receive such a prestigious award and without the hard work and dedication of the Ellies Renewable Energy team, this would not have been possible.”


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NEWS FROM ELLIES JOHANNESBURG CONTINUED

RENEWABLE ENERGY

After a great year of great achievements for Ellies Renewable Energy, the team closed off the year with an entertainment filled award ceremony at the Pyramid conference centre in Johannesburg, the event was held on the 17th of November 2012. Here are the winners from that night: • Best Store Overall – Centurion • Most Improved Store – Bedworth Park • Top Selling BWH Store – Fourways • Top Selling BEX Store – Robindale • Best Sales Consultant – Chris Hook • Most Improved Sales Consultant – Johann Hammond • Mystery Sales Consultant – Chantal Greenberg • Brainiac Award – Jan Coetzee • Diva Award – Chris Hook • Clock Worker Award – Wicus Smith • Greenstand Clown Award – Zenze Mayana • Best Lighting Aisle Lady – Nosipho Mqina

Promotions to Senior Sales Consultants • Michael Thwala • Kershan Pandaram • Yvonne Mojet • Billy Sibanyoni


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NEWS FROM ELLIES JOHANNESBURG CONTINUED Bringing Christmas To Ellies


05 NEWS FROM ELLIES JOHANNESBURG CONTINUED 100000 Digital Terrestrial Television Kits delivered to GOtv for DTT launch in Nigeria. Ellies Export Department were able to secure supply of 100000 kits to assist Multichoice Africa’s terrestrial division GOtv, launch part of the worldwide DTT initiative in Nigeria. The project from start to finish took a total of 4 weeks to have units on the ground in Lagos, Nigeria. This was thanks to some exceptional organising by our Operations Division within Ellies, specifically Uni-trade and Receiving who went beyond the call of duty to make this happen. To put it into perspective, at an average of 22 pallets per truck, there were 45.5 trucks for haulage to airport, and 3 full Aircraft charters to Lagos, Nigeria.


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NEW SIGNAGE AT ELLIES JOHANNESBURG


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NEW SIGNAGE AT ELLIES JOHANNESBURG


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NEWS FROM ELLIES JOHANNESBURG CONTINUED ELLIES JOHANNESBURG GIVING BACK


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NEWS FROM ELLIES JOHANNESBURG CONTINUED

On the 8th of December the Groups department threw a Christmas party for Nanga Vhutshilo Children’s Home in Soweto, they have been throwing the Christmas party for the children, the elderly and the community every year for the past 4 years. On the day they gave out Ellies umbrellas to the elderly and food hampers to about 420 people and also provided some entertainment for the children, the elderly and the community.


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BREAST CANCER AWARENESS TRAINING AT ELLIES JOHANNESBURG

On the 18th/23rd of October 2012 Shaista Bhabha and Stuart Buxbaum organised a breast cancer awareness workshop which lasted 30 minutes per session. They also handed out pink ribbons to the rest of the company. The workshop was attended by the ladies from Unitrade and factory 3rd floor, the workshop was a success. We would like to thank all those who took time out to attend the workshop.


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WITH ELLIES - EVERYONE IS A WINNER

Joshua Doore – Dobsonville

Russalls – Dobsonville

Electric Express – Kempton Park

DStv Winners Morkels - Carletonville


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NEWS FROM JOHANNESBURG CONTINUED

WORLD AIDS DAY AT Ellies Johannesburg

NEW STAFF AT ELLIES


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ELLIES JONHANNERSBURG INSTALLER SCHOOL

Installer School With Wayne Samson


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NEWS FROM PORT ELIZABETH

What a year we have had... The changes have been phenomenal!, We have had the introduction of the Green Stands, blanket give-aways, upbeat changes to the building (paint and other), planted trees, supported the Association for the Disabled‌truly covering the Ellies Mission to be Exceptional, Principled and Committed. Improving ourselves so that we can improve the lives of others. Isn’t our Trade Counter something to brag about!!! We went from shades of grey to painting the town red...(and green). Note the team work. So proud of everyone!

Our Trade Counter

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16 NEWS FROM PORT ELIZABETH CONTINUED Training So much in-house training took place this month, the Admin and Finance Department have worked hard at Skills Sharing, with backup plans in mind…and it wasn’t strange to walk in on Wendy and Belinda sharing their knowledge with the team. So encouraging to see growth and commitment. Well done ladies, thank you! PE College in Struandale has undertaken not only to put our Second Chance Matric’s through matric but to get them prepared as well! This will be the last intake for this particular syllabus. The new syllabus will be released in 2014. We are so very proud of you and we wish our brave students the very best.

Welcome To Celicia Liebenberg who will be working with Kim on the Green Stands. We wish her every success in this very challenging position!

Thanks to Nicole for heading the collections!

Imfundo Project Christmas Party (Malabar Ext 6) Ellies was also asked to assist in putting together 100 sweet packets for a Christmas Party, partnering with Mrs PE to spread this Christmas Cheer. Watching Nadia, Shamimah and the Dispatch department putting the packets together was a treat! Thank you! More photos in the new year!


17 NEWS FROM PORT ELIZABETH CONTINUED FURRY FRIENDS at ECHCU., AWS, Cat Care, Save a Pet, AACL, P.E.A.R. and SPCA Ellies was able to donate a printer for the Annual Auction in assisting with the good work in keeping our underprivileged four legged friends healthy and hopeful. Talking about our four legged friends, thanks to Amirah’s kind heartedness two little puppies found a new lease on life. One found its way to their bakkie and the other one jammed itself in their gate! Amirah fed these poor little mites, brought them in where Belinda arranged for them to be dipped and dewormed. The second puppy Chantelle bathed with Stephen stepping in to pay for the shampoo! The pups are now waiting for adoption.

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So on the subject… We asked Belinda, our own home grown Animal Activist to give us guidelines regarding pet care. “A responsible animal owner ensures that their pet is regularly dewormed, vaccinated and is sterilised. Worms can kill pets, unvaccinated pets can contract contagious diseases and get very ill and often die. Sterilising your pet is the most effective way to reduce the risk of mammary cancer in females and testicular cancer in males. Puppies are very susceptible to viruses so they must receive their three initial vaccinations to protect them should they come into contact with a virus, and remember they need ALL three for it to work and until

this has been done, don’t take them to public places like parks and beaches etc. For many pet owners the above is common knowledge but there are still thousands of unwanted animals being born and discarded every day and thousands euthanized. Shelters are filled with the lucky few who get a second chance to find a home, but for some, their time too will run out. Many people still don’t see the value in getting their animals vaccinated. It will cost one much less to vaccinate one’s animal than what your veterinary bill will be shall the animal fall ill. Play your part and keep your pet healthy, get them sterilised and become an Animal Ambassador.


18 NEWS FROM PORT ELIZABETH CONTINUED HOW CAN YOU HELP FURTHER? ADOPT a shelter animal……if you can’t adopt, FOSTER……..can’t foster, DONATE…….can’t donate, offer your TIME at a shelter. You can also contact the shelters and get involved with fundraising or offer to assist with play dates, adoption days and beach walks for our animals in shelters”. “The worst sin towards our fellow creatures is not to hate them, but to be indifferent to them. That’s the essence of inhumanity” George Bernard Shaw

In 2013 we are being promoted to the Premier League. This means that we get to play with bigger teams and travel around the Eastern Cape. Soccer means a lot to me because I spend much of my free time playing or watching soccer. “

Sports News This month‘s focus is on Soccer. Khanyiso gives us some insight. “I started playing Soccer in 1998. In 2009 I joined Kwadwesi All Stars. During this time I have had plenty of fun and met lots of new people.

Roving Reporter… The Installations Department is a four girl team tucked away in the corner of Ellies. Easy to miss, if they would let you, but they don’t! These women put the T into team, the E into enterprise, the A into action and the M into motion. They do things together and with great success. Last quarter they won the best overall dressed for our casual day. This quarter saw them putting together their own Christmas Tree. They have a Wall of Fame. They get involved in everything they can (always together as a team or with the team’s backing and sacrifice). This last weekend they took the initiative and went on a team building exercise together (selfcatered, no instruction to do so and no funding). We asked them to tell us a little about the weekend they had.

“The Installation Department went camping at Sundays River just to keep the team spirit going for the up -coming holiday season which is our busiest time


19 NEWS FROM PORT ELIZABETH CONTINUED We went to get some bait for the fishing expedition when Zelmarie and Alicia freaked out when they had to touch the prawns. After a few attempts Alicia even tried to get some prawn herself. Audene thought it would be better to jump around on the trampoline and had a great time even counting 1 2 3. Chantelle thought it would be safer if she prepared the food and rather stayed off the trampoline. Even the wind could not stop us from having an awesome time”!

Something to Brag About…

Kim was recently in Johannesburg for Training and Awards.. “The week in JHB was very informative. I was accompanied by Celicia Liebenberg and my great manager, John Memmo. It involved in depth training on Product Knowledge, Sales and New Product launches. We also had the opportunity to see first-hand the day to day operations of Ellies Head office, from Engineering, Manufacturing and Packaging, to Marketing, Sales and Dispatch. In addition we also met up with an Aurora specialist in lighting, who will be working in conjunction with Ellies on the launch of the dimmable down-lighters and many more and very exciting and innovative products ranges.

The itinerary in Johannesburg consisted of three days intense training and a Saturday morning examination (!!!), ending off with a glamorous Awards Evening. I am proud to announce that Ellies PE was the only other Region nationally to win an award besides Johannesburg!!!! And I am even more proud to announce that it was our Builders Express Uitenhage (can you believe it!!!) store that took the prize for most LED Rechargeable lights sold NATIONALLY!!! I would like to conclude by thanking all my dedicated staff for all their hard work, and to Ellies PE & Ellies JHB for the great experience and opportunity.


20 NEWS FROM PORT ELIZABETH CONTINUED On A Personal Note… Our sympathies to everyone who lost possessions in the St Francis Bay fires in November. Our thankfulness that no human lives were lost.

Ellies New Look We haven’t stopped at the Trade Counter. It would be impossible to ignore the banging going on upstairs. This has been in aid of the Solar Panel installations happening on the roof.

We are going Green on site too!!!! Long Service Well done to Michelle for 18 years of service in November and to Amirah for 14 years in December!!!! Welcome…Princess Aria

Daddy Andrew’s pride and joy!!!! May you continue to be a blessing to your folks!


21 NEWS FROM PORT ELIZABETH CONTINUED And Finally…Mrs PE (Aren’t you so proud that we sponsored her!!!) With Love….Mandy

Wow! 2 months of my reign already done. But I sure have made the most of it. I think I have attended in the Region of 20 events thus far! I must say that I am extremely blessed to have a loving husband, understanding son, and supportive family, who allow me to carry out my duties so unselfishly.

When you last heard from me, I had just returned to work from 2 weeks leave, but it was no holiday – as I tried to get as much as possible done and spent my last day of ‘holiday’ at St Albans prison with the Reading for Redemption Launch. September continued with meetings, visits to Ext 6 to drop bread, The Bay TV first Birthday Bash, The Kilimanjaro send off at Hyundai, some good sessions with our Youth Group in Malabar, and the highlight for me – the ABCA/Community Chest Spring Breakfast at Londt Park where Colette and I were guests and assisted with the program. We felt most welcome! Our fundraising effort for the month – Speed and Sound, raised R1000 for the charity – and took team work from Madelene, JP, Chelsea, and Shane, who are all Role Model title holders, as well as Chane (Shane’s girlfriend) and my two Frank men!

October month kicked off with Mr, Miss and Mrs Uitenhage, which I judged for alongside my good friend Alta-Marie Grebe (Mrs Eastern Cape), Madelene Wilmot (Mrs Mzantsi Africa, Colin Liberty (Sir Eastern Cape) and Koko July (National Youth Ambassador for parliament). Colette adjudicated, and my husband was a dashing date! 12th October was the official Role Models farewell party, which was lovely! Then we had Sophisticate Models: Face of King and Queen arranged by Jameela Sias, for which I also judged, alongside Colette and Garneth Jaggers (Mr PE 2011). Then it was time for me to hit the books (so I disappeared for a while). Not because I don’t love you, but because I love myself enough to know I owed it to myself to give that Tax exam my everything! And also, because I cannot profess that a woman has a duty to educate herself, and not do the same! All went well, Praise be to God. “The Higher the mountain, the steeper the climb, the sweeter the view from the finishing line” – my Hulett’s sugar packet message the week before my exam.!


22 NEWS FROM PORT ELIZABETH CONTINUED No rest for the wicked, as immediately after my exam, I had to figure out how I was going to make it to 5 events in one day! And I did. This past weekend started off with an absolutely stunning High Tea which Lee-Ann from Cazabella invited me to. It was held at the hall at EP Children’s Home and was in aid of Breast Cancer Awareness. Then my son and husband joined in the fun at the PE Airshow, beautifully put together by the amazing Dr Crystal Watson. From there I quickly popped in at the Cheshire Homes Fashion show where Colette and Dorina Black (fellow Mrs PE finalist) modeled. I would have loved to stay longer, but had a sleeping child in the car, and needed to head off to Saint Thomas High School where Shane Govender (Mr Eastern Cape) and I were guests. They always make a big deal of the fact that he was a previous head boy and welcome us warmly as you’ll see from the pictures. Judging at Mr and Miss Damelin the evening where the ever gorgeous Colette MC’d, alongside the likes of Johan Wolmarans, and Lindy Bunce (27 year old owner of Blushing Brides) was amazing! The gentlemen that won burst into tears as the winners are awarded a 100% bursary for 2013! Alta-Marie and Colette also participated in the Run/Walk for Cancer Saturday morning – wow! I am surrounded by amazing women!! Every now and then, I take a trip down memory lane, I am so grateful to the sponsor who have graciously offered me assistance of any kind. I’m grateful for my wonderful colleagues at FNB. I am also humbled by the way many of the ladies remain devoted to the cause, and involved in whatever way they can.

Now it’s time to start planning the Christmas Party for the children of Malabar Ext 6. – the date set is 19 December, time 2pm – and you are all most welcome. Alta-Marie and I had a small brain storming session. The needs list includes: A jumping castle, or funds towards it, and funds to run it that day (generator costs), sweetie packs (chips, suckers, sweets), Juice or cold drink, cup-cakes, ice-creams, burgers or hotdogs. All ideas are welcome, and anything you can assist with would be highly appreciated! We, along with Colette, Madelene, and all the other title holders, plan to make it their best Christmas party yet, by incorporating a Santa ,any volunteers?, Christmas Tree, singing, and maybe a Christmas Story. It’s starting to sound exciting isn’t it?!!! This weekend, Alta and I will be supporting Roelien Bower (Fellow Mrs PE Finalist) as she hosts a Curves Cancer Breakfast after which we’ll be joined by Madelene to accompany the Super 7’s Rugby Guys to spend some time and toss some balls with the Children of Malabar ext. 6 Maren and I will also be filling 100 small boxes with goodies for the people of the Gelvan Old Aged home (10cm by 13cm) with treats for them – nuts, dried fruit etc. I am also looking forward to attending the Kingfisher FM Do You Rock Boomerang Event, 15th November!!

Well, that’s me for now. Please continue to keep me in your prayers! Your advice and suggestions are always most welcome. May God Bless you always. Mandy Frank Kingfisher FM Mrs PE 2012


23 NEWS FROM NELSPRUIT Girls Night Out!

Dinner and CocktailsThanks to our Ellies girlies who put in a lot of effort in the admin department  the past month. Having patience is one skill that is required but after working together we managed to do what was said to be the impossible and therefore all the girls deserved a night out! It was a lot of fun, full of laughs- and the FOOD was great! Thank you again to Roxane, Tanya, Tersia, Lida, Uneshree, Virginia, Charity, Samantha, Thandi, Natalie and Zania.

Ellies Nelspruit is joining the Mo’family this year! raising funds and having fun. This event is for a good cause. The men kicked off with a clean shave at the beginning of November and I must say their moustaches’ are looking good…

More yet to come in the next edition of Switch…


24 NEWS FROM NELSPRUIT CONTINUED NEW PEOPLE AT ELLIES A warm welcome to Matthew Harvey who is our new Sales Manager. We are glad to have a man of his caliber as part of our team.

Welcome to Edwin Sweetnam and Gert Lindeque our two new Merchandisers

Welcome to Ellies!!

NELSPRUIT GOES RED


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NELSPRUIT GIVES BACK CHARITY EVENT AT KAMAGUGU SCHOOL

Progress after the Mandela Day project with the sensory garden


26 NEWS FROM ZAMBIA The Mice once called a meeting to decide on a plan to free themselves of their enemy, the Cat. At least they wished to find some way of knowing when she was coming, so they might have time to run away. Indeed, something had to be done, for they lived in such constant fear of her claws that they hardly dared stir from their dens by night or day. Many plans were discussed, but none of them was thought good enough. At last a very young Mouse got up and said: “I have a plan that seems very simple, but I know it will be successful. All we have to do is to hang a bell about the Cat’s neck. When we hear the bell ringing we will know immediately that our enemy is coming.” All the Mice were much surprised that they had not thought of such a plan before. But in the midst of the rejoicing over their good fortune, an old Mouse arose and said: “I will say that the plan of the young Mouse is very good. But let me ask one question: Who will bell the Cat?” Moral: It is one thing to say that something should be done, but quite a different matter to do it. Never has this little Zambian fable been more applicable. When Dave Masson and myself set of on our Zambian excursion, the plan was clear and simple: Help and assist Pezulu Ltd. to become a bigger and better agency as quickly as possible. After all, the major retailers are flocking to Zambia to take advantage of this, the 127th

safest investment destination in the world. Boy were we in for a big surprise! When David Livingstone discovered the Victoria Falls he described them as “Scenes so lovely must have been gazed upon by Angels in their flight.” In my mind those angels came down and settled right here, as you have never met such friendly people. The phrase: “You are most welcome “ will be heard throughout the day in all your dealings and travels. This however doesn’t make them lightning fast in what they do and you would be forgiven for thinking they are still set on David’s watch back in 1855. they might seem happy to see you, but its seems that they are much happier to see you go if you bring work to the table. There's no rush here and everything moves at the same pace as the traffic, where a 15 km drive to see a customer can easily end up taking you 45 minutes. Add to that taxi drivers that'll give Johannesburg’s best a run for their money and potholes the size of small lakes, you soon realize you need a 4X4 vehicle and the patience of Job.

Meet the PEZULU Ltd Team

Johan Neethling Managing Director

Louise Neethling Financial Director

Roseberry Njirongo Sales Representative

Joseph Namakama Trade Counter

Nelson Phiri Stores

Phillip Sitazwe Sales Representative

Piet Lubbe Sales Manager

Magnum “Safety Officer”


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CHANGES TO THE TRADE COUNTER

Pezulu Ltd. Was formed by Johan and Louise Neethling in 2006 in Lusaka when they dealt mainly in bed sets, office furniture and appliances. They became part of the Ellies family when they were appointed agents in Zambia in 2009. With very little experience in the way things were done at Ellies it was decided in June to take a bit of the Ellies culture up to Zambia. Piet Lubbe, a 20 year veteran in Zambia was appointed as sales manager to assist us and learn how we do things at Ellies. His knowledge of local business, involvement with influential people and experience in sales around the country is proving to be a stroke of genius on the part of Johan. Piet quickly identified Rose’s potential and appointed her to compliment the existing sales team of Joseph and Phillip. Once Piet was up to speed with the Ellies products we set of to conquer Lusaka. Our first stop was to identify opportunities with existing customers, which we found in the furniture trade. New lines were introduced and the old dead ones discontinued and removed. Product knowledge sessions with the sales people at store level became a weekly affair and almost immediately a difference in turnover and sales were noticeable. Retail and hardware chain stores were also treated in the same fashion and the results were noticeable in a very short period. Our biggest challenge came when we tackled our trade counter. We needed a facelift and in keeping with the new Ellies Brand we started from the top down. This came with its own set of difficulties as shop fitting is not yet a priority in Zambia and some of the most elementary hardware needed could not be found locally and had to be sourced back home.

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Gate Entrance

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29 NEWS FROM ZAMBIA CONTINUED Our future challenge here lies in attracting more installers to the trade counter on a more regular basis. With DTT in full swing the opportunities are endless and the time to act is upon us. Our next stop will be the Copper Belt, with new developments in Kitwe and Ndola mushrooming all the time our focus will be aimed at establishing a presence there. Although our progress has been slow, it’s been steady and solid. With Zambia being a landlocked country in the middle of Southern Africa a good foundation is vital to ensure a solid springboard into the rest of Africa. The challenges we face here crossing an extra border will prepare us better for what lies ahead. Finally a big thanks to Johan and Louise for opening their home and hearts in welcoming us to Lusaka. Thank you for letting us take over your lives and I hope you will reap the rewards sooner rather than later. We have been colleagues for 5 months but hopefully friends and part of the Ellies family for a long time to come. Mushale Bwino Cobus Moulder Zambia

4X4 Gwabi Challenge organised by Pezulu

Tiger fishing at Redcliff Lodge, Lower Zambezi


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NEWS FROM POLOKWANE

First Aid graduates, Dispatch Polokwane.

From left to right are Raymond Malebana, Max Modiba and Linda Were


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NEWS FROM CAPE TOWN

by Heinrich Knoetze

We cannot believe it, newsletter time again. This past quarter has y extremely quickly. After a very busy last few weeks, we look back at the moments we experienced and gladly share them with all of you. om all of us here in With this we would lik Cape Town a Blessed festive season. If you are traveling please do so in a safe manner and may you come back feeling inspired and ready to tackle 2013 head on.

Game & Nature Reserve On the 27th & 28th of October all Sales r . Our destination West Coast. The aim of the seminar which was hosted by James Denton from TPNG was to understand one another better and also to connect with our customer better. The 2 days were very insightful and it was great to get out of the usual routine and get into nature. Apart from learning about one another, a sunset game drive was one of the highlights of the trip to most of the team. We would like to thank Raymond who made angements.


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Installer School

Our Resent Installer School saw 11 Installers from all over the country take part in the week long course from the 19th - 23rd of November. Congratulations to all the installers that passed. Below is Raymond with some of the Installers at the ate handout.

Heinrich Knoetze Our Resident Cyclist. cycling since 2002. He enjoys getting out in the open with friends to go for a cycle, both MTB & Road cycling. He also cycles to work regularly to help els. Recently took part in The Burger Cycle Tour where he completed the 92Km in 3h18.

Who is NEW ?

Friday

George Antonakis

Shaun

Regional Manager ERE

Technician

Welcome to the Team

On Friday the 30th of November we decided to end the year at with our Employee of the month ev . Black with bling! Some did not have a clue what that meant, but never the less it was great fun to dress up. Thank you

Our Employee of the month October November

Brendan Pontes

Ivan Booysen

Friday 30 November 2012.

Raymond awarding Ivan his thropy.


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Concepts we rolled out to stores Elsat & Counter Stands We rolled our some concept stands and were delighted to see them in so many stores across the Western Cape. That vibrant Ellies Red screams look at me, attracting customers from all walks of life. Funny to see a Elsat stand next to the dog food ilse, but one cannot help but look and take one . of the great pr These stands have opened space and listings for us were we never thought it possible. We're proud of the accomplishment and want to thank every one that worked hard in seeing the potential of these concepts and making them a reality. Herewith some of the stands in various stores.

AWARD

ARE YOU UP TO THE CHALLENGE? We have Challenged all our sta with a get t and loose weight. Were doing weekly weigh in s and tness tests. CAPE TOWN EXTENDS THIS CHALLENGE TO ALL ELLIES BRANCHES Lets make Ellies t!!! The challenge is yours!!!

Sexy Summer

CONGRATULATIONS Kamile Abass

Audio Visual Rep of the Year 2012

TAFELBERG FURNITURE STORES


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Transformation Transformation is a great thing and when its done right it brings forth growth. Sometimes unpleasant but in this regard its all pleasant. A local Hardware store group in the Western Cape - Brights have invited us to transform our various sections in their Stikland store. Living in the times that we do has never been more important than now. With this in mind we have given Brights the opportunity to expand their Renewable Energy section into a vibrant, exiting and inviting retail space. Were hoping with this, transformation in renewable energy will take place. Here are some of the before, during and after pictures of the transformation. As a result of our transformation we do anticipate seeing huge growth in this store and our various sections.

Before - Ellies Retail Space

Before - ERE proposed retail space.

Builders Warehouse Trade Show - Hillcrest

Above: Sharief, George and Elton at the Trade Show.

Above: Ellies Trade Show display.

08 11 2012


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TLC - KIDS CANCER WARD X-MAST PARTY Committed to Caring It's easy if you try, No pain or suffering, Or waiting just to die. Imagine all the people, Living worry free, Without that ticking time bomb, That no one else can see. You may say I'm a dreamer, But I'm not the only one, That hopes the world will be cancer-free, So we can live as one.

DECORATING THE WARD


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CORPORATE TEAM HARD AT WORK

KIDS DECORATING THE TREE


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NEWS FROM CAPE TOWN CONTINUED SANTA’S WORKSHOP


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NEWS NEWS FROM FROM CAPE CAPE TOWN TOWN CONTINUED CONTINUED SANTA LUCAS


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SANTA LUCAS AND HIS HELPERS

A VERY TIRED ELF


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NEWS FROM DURBAN


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FROM THE GMʼS DESK

With 2012 finally drawing to a close we reminisce over the highlights during this year. This has been one "crazy" year with the start of the Eskom RMR Project which brought about many highs and lows. It was an amazing time as we established ourselves as a player in the Renewable Energy Sector. This was the beginning of great things to come and who would of guessed that we would finish as winners of The Best Energy Project of the Year and runners up in The Energy Company of the Year Category at the Southern African Association for Energy Efficiency Convention (SAEE). We were also awarded 14th place in the Sunday Times Top 100 Companies over 5 years. What an achievement! From the Eskom RMR Project we rolled out into our annual stock take which was a time to sort out our internal housekeeping and get ready for new targets and new challenges ahead. Our KZN Installer Training School has been active in growing budding entrepreneurs in our province and we have successfully graduated over 100 new installers via our Installer Schools this year. Our partnering with Eskom in its Aggregated Standard Product Program (ASPP) opens a new frontier and we are grabbing this with both hands. Warren Moorgas has taken the reins and his challenge to all branches is that he will reduce more kilowatts than any other in the country. Planning is on the way to revamp our beautiful existing showroom and this promises to be state of art with a Multichoice approved test centre, the first in the country. The roll out of our green concepts in Builders stores went off smoothly in KZN. Well done and thanks to all people involved with this enormous project. We have proved that with our infrastructure, relationships and a dedicated team we can sell almost anything and penetrate any market. The spin-off is that we are now trying smaller concepts in the likes of Makro, Game and Pick ‘n Pay Hypermarkets. Hopefully these will be just as successful. Finally on a closing note, I would like to thank all the KZN staff that have put in the effort and worked tirelessly in order to achieve these milestones. To all staff Travel safe, rest well, and may your 2013 be blessed with Health, Wealth and Happiness. Regards, Zeyn Agjee General Manager KZN

We are a company that improves people’s lives through meaningful technology The largest city in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Durban, was named after the Governor of the Cape Colony from 1834 to 1838, Sir Benjamin d'Urban. www.ellies.co.za


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TRADE COUNTER

The Valley of a Thousand Hills in Zulu is called "emKhambathini" meaning the Place of the Giraffe Acacia Trees. The Valley of a Thousand Hills has KwaZulu-Natal's very own www.ellies.co.za

"Table Mountain" reaching at 960 metres high.


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CALL CENTRE

The recently revamped Call Centre was bursting at the seams this year, due to the official launch of the first phase of the Eskom RMR project as well as the on-going DSTV Installation bookings which brought about a buzz to all involved. The revamp couldn't of come at a better time to accommodate the surge in calls plus the advent of DTT. We have geared ourselves up and look forward to the exciting challenges that we will face with the DTT Migration. During the Eskom Rollout, we were privileged to experience a new Greener side of the business in which we had not dealt with before. This definitely afforded Ellies with opportunity to generate greater public awareness. The Eskom RMR Project also gave us an opportunity to penetrate a new customer base. We look forward to our new relationship with Aurora Lighting, and hopefully by the end of next year we would have established ourselves as a major player in the Wholesale Lighting Industry. Well done to everyone - both within Ellies KZN and Ellies Branches across the country who made this project a resounding success!

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KwaZulu-Natal produces enough sugar for the whole of South Africa. The sugar mill industry provides about 350,000 jobs and even more people, approximately one www.ellies.co.za

million, in the rural areas depend on sugar cane farms for jobs.


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NEW & IMPROVED FACILITIES

DOWNSTAIRS BOARDROOM - IMPROVED Product launches, customer evenings and product knowledge training for staff are all crucial aspects to growing our business. Therefore

UPSTAIRS BOARDROOM - NEW

we have renovated and increased the capacity of our upstairs Boardroom / Training Facility to accommodate up to 100 people.

UPSTAIRS TRAINING FACILITIES - NEW

Richards Bay harbor was built in 1976 for the export of coal. It is now the South Africa's premier port for bulk cargo. A dedicated railway connects Richards Bay to www.ellies.co.za

Johannesburg which handles the majority of South Africa's coal.


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CORPORATE DIVISION

The latter part of 2012 has seen the

Partnering with Eskom in its Aggregated Standard

Corporate Division in Durban picking up

Product Programme has been an exciting and

the pace considerably and becoming

challenging venture for us with some really positive

involved in several aspects of

outcomes. This project is aimed at Commercial

sustainable resource management. The

entities with the object of reducing electricity

first of which was the installation of a

consumption dramatically. The installation of energy

5KW Wind Turbine on the South Coast

efficient lighting at Ellies Durban was our pilot project

at The Unmnini Thusong Resource

– it has seen our consumption reduced by 20KW per

Centre.

day. Additionally we have completed three other contracts and are currently busy with installations in

UPSTAIRS BOARDROOM & BAR - NEW

two hotels. Ahead we have ambitious targets with this venture and we are working hard and long to secure new ASP contracts. The Sustainable Living Expo co-ordinated by the Ethekwini Municipality was extremely successfully and we were the proud shared winners of the “Best Stand Award” in the Government sector. We enjoyed significant exposure at the Expo which will stand us in good stead as we become increasingly involved in greening the province and doing our bit to improve the prospects for the planet and future generations.

We anticipate very positive growth at Ellies Durban Corporate Division come 2013 – it is our intention to consistently push the boundaries of sustainable resource management with a variety of energy efficient products and schemes.

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space! The Sardine Run is a prominent source of industry for local fishermen along the south coast of KwaZulu-Natal. The sardines (Sardinops sagax) when threatened by www.ellies.co.za

predators will group together in what is known as "bait balls".


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IN STORE ACTIVITIES

We’ve had quite a busy year with various in store promotions and activities! To name only a few, we celebrated Hirsch Store Birthdays in three stores this year, where Ellies sponsored a Birthday Cake for each store. Above are one of the photo’s taken with Mr. Allan Hirsch and his Ellies Cake! Below we’ve got a few snippets of in-store promotions done over the Euro Cup earlier this year... as well as Elvis doing a complimentary show for one of the local Mica stores.

KwaZulu-Natal skies sport an average of 320 days a year of sunshine and beach weather. During the summer months, especially January and February, the temperature www.ellies.co.za

can reach up to 35 degrees Celsius.


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ENGAGE OVERVIEW & KZN RECEPTION

ELLIES GIVES BACK

OUR NEW RECEPTIONIST - MELISSA

The Drakensberg mountains stretch for 200 km across South Africa, most of which can be found in KwaZulu-Natal. The Zulu name for the Drakensberg is "uKhahlamba" www.ellies.co.za


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Ushaka Marine World (in Durban) is the world’s 5th largest aquarium. The aquarium has 32 tanks which houses a total of 17,500 cubic meters of water. www.ellies.co.za


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SOCCER FEVER

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Club Captain: Warren (The Cat) Moorgas, Vice Captain: Shafie (Swan Song) Bux, Squad Manager: Pius (The Chief) Mngadi Cheer Leaders: Melissa (Mother Hen) Pearce, Raeesa (Tree Hugger) Innoos,

Team Members: Tyler (Sexyback) McDonald, Aubrey (Ice Cool) Ngwenya, Andrea (Thank you very much) Giglio, Andrew ng philosophy for Ellies? What is your gu (Fire Starter) Myatt, Pius (The Chief) Mngadi, Calvin (Gangnam Style) Govender, Vikash (The Viper) Rajkumar, Chris (The Bouncer) Naidoo, Osborne (Stylish) Ngwenya, Marx (Say No More) Sanesy, Ricardo (Sorry Boss) Mattapersad, Xolani (Black Magic) Radebe, Faeez (Make A Plan) Khan, Strini (123) Ramiah, Keegan (Stealth) Pillay, Leonard (Rookie)

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Incrypted Internals Club Captain: Zeyn (Click View) Agjee, Vice Captain: Naeem (Under The Thumb) Hassan, Squad Manager: Linden (The Mouth) Singh, Cheer Leaders: Rochelle (Solitaire) Van Niekerk, Rose (Just A Tot) Morrow, Nevashnee (One In The Oven) Govender, Team Members: Ashwin (Bushknife Boy) Singh, Wesley (Blue Baloyi) Pillay, Rudy (Rooney) Pillay, Nigel (Rockstar) Naidoo, Russel (RVP) Naidoo, Stanton (Sneider) Samson, Linden (The Mouth) Singh, Damien (Peri Peri) Dilraj, Faheim (Tikka Bomb) Khan, Zahid (Bathez) Mohommed, Andy (Navigator) Mngmezulu.

www.ellies.co.za

“The St Lucia Wetland Park must be the only place on the globe where the world oldest land mammal (The Rhino) with the world’s biggest terrestrial mammal (The Elephant) share an ecosystem with the world’s oldest fish (The Coelacanth) and the world’s biggest marine mammal (The Whale).” - Nelson Mandela


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Summary of final results for the year ended 30

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28% to 10 cents per share NEW TEAM MEMBERS Kamleshan Pillay

General Assistant in Warehouse.

Nkululeko Mthembu

General Assistant in Warehouse. Getting

Leslie Samuel

General Assistant in Warehouse.

Muzikona Kunene

Trainee Technician.

Melissa John

Receptionist.

Hlengiwe Msweli

Call Centre.

Lindiwe Mhlungu

Call Centre.

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Call Centre.

Ayanda Nzuza

Admin Data Capture.

Philisiwe Ngcobo

Admin Assistant.

Jayanthi Rooplal

Credit Control.

Leonard Govender

Independent Sales Rep.

Strinivasan Ramiah

Independent Sales Rep.

Vikash Rajkumar

Merchandiser.

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Renewable Energy Supervisor.

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Congratulations Andrew Myatt

From Groups Sales Manager to National Key Accounts Manager

Naeem Hassan

From Sales Rep to Counter Sales Manager

Jean Mukendi

From Warehouse Checker to Supervisor

Zahid Mahomed

From General Assistant in Returns Division to Supervisor

Busisiwe Xulu

From Cleaner to Call Centre Agent

Kwazulu Natal is South Africa's most populous province with an estimated 10 million people. www.ellies.co.za


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INTERVIEW WITH ANDREA “ELVIS” GIGLIO

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When did you start doing Elvis tributes? 28% to I auditioned to act in a Rock ‘n Roll Stage show in 1992 for the role of Elvis Presley, which I was awarded with. The show was a huge10 success andper I was bitten by the Elvis cents share bug! I have been doing tributes to Elvis ever since Why Elvis ? I have always loved his music, even from when I was a child and as a kid I realized that my voice was similar to his, and I really loved singing that style of music.

Getting toadded knowtomanagement What has being an Elvis tribute artist your life? Through being able to do these performances, I have gone to amazing places, met amazing people, and most importantly of all made people happy. It is very fulfilling to be able to do these shows and see the response of the audience. Wayne Samson – Ellies Chief Executive O cer

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Where have you performed in the past? I have performed in all the major cities in South Africa, as well as in Pakistan, Dubai, and United Kingdom. These have been amazing experiences, and have allowed me to meet What is your gu people who I would never have met in my normal day-to-day life. What has been a highlight along the way? There have been hundreds of highlights, but the biggest highlight was definitely going to Graceland in 2010, where Elvis lived. It was a surprise 40th birthday present from my brother.

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I was bitten by the Elvis bug! I have been doing tributes to Elvis ever since The capital of Kwazulu Natal is Pietermaritzburg but its premier city is Durban, Africa's busiest port with a population of about 3 million. www.ellies.co.za


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We were rather surprised to see you performing a few weeks ago on the 28% to popular TV show – “SA’s Got Talent” Tell us about that. It was a fantastic experience. After watching so many 10 cents perdifferent share music reality shows over the years, such as Idols / X-Factor etc to be one of those contestants, performing in front of a large live audience, and knowing that people around South Africa would be watching, it was pretty intense. I was very happy to get through that round, to the top 115 performers out of 5,500 entrants. Unfortunately I didn’t get to the semi-finals (laughing).

Getting know management How do you juggle being to a performer as well as a full-time rep for Ellies? Most of my performances are done on the weekends, or at night. What is nice about what I do is that I often do performances for my customers as well, which causes them to see a different side of me and builds a strong relationship between us.Samson This has –surprisingly awarded me a O lot of favour Wayne Ellies Chief Executive cer within the stores, and everybody from the sweeper to the store director knows who I am, which is very important in our business.

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Vasco da Gama of Portugal saw the coast of Natal on Christmas Day 1497. Christmas in Portuguese is 'Natal', which gave rise to the original name for the region.. www.ellies.co.za


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BABY BOOM

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Getting to know management Sandisha Moodley Mother to baby boy Sleiden

Andrew Myatt Wayne Samson Father to baby girl Arizona

Tracey Hlengwa – Ellies Chief Executive O cer Mother to baby boy Khethelo

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Rochelle Van Niekerk Mother to baby boy Troy

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Mitchell Msweli Mother to baby girl Yolanda

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BABIES ON THE WAY Nevashnee Govender and Wynand Swart are pregnant! (well Wynand isn’t pregnant, but his wife is!) Congratulations to Nevashnee and Stanton, and to Wynand and Melanie. We wish you all the best.

There’s nothing really quite so sweet as tiny little baby feet - Author Unknown

Kwazulu Natal is known as the Garden Province and is still home to the Zulu Nation. The Kwazulu Natal Mountains are called the ‘Barriers of Spears’ and this area is filled www.ellies.co.za

with stone age cave painting and legends of the Zulu Kings.


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ril 2012

in July, the highlights of which were:

Summary of final results for the year ended 30

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Botswana is in Southern Africa, just north of South Africa, it borders Namibia to the west and Zimbabwe to the north east. Botswana covers30% an area of 600,370 to sq km making it just slightly smaller than Texas and slightly larger to than France. Just over 1.9 million people live in Botswana. to English (official), Setswana is spoken by most people in Botswana and there 28%are to also some indigenous languages. Botswana is almost all desert (80% of the 10 cents per share country is covered by the semi-arid Kalahari Desert. The climate reflects the country's geography, with hot days and cool nights throughout the year. The rainy season is from November to March. Botswana’s currency is called PULA whichGetting meanstorain. know management

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Wayne Samson – Ellies Chief Executive O cer

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Employees

in July, the highlights of which were:

Age Groups

New staff Members

Gaone Buisanyang

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Cindy Ijah

Pontsho Mangope Keneilwe Mogatusi

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Sandy Eiman

Outlule Nthebolang

Ndiko Rukwava


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The Ellies Building

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TRADE COUNTER Before

Getting to know management Wayne Samson – Ellies Chief Executive O cer

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28% to 10 cents per share The green has brightened up the entire trade counter and given it a vibrant and energetic new look and feel. The shortening of the trade counter has allowed us to display much more product which should increase sales.

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e biggest Theachievement? back wall is still being finished and will be used for all renewable energy products like solarWhat is your sin panels, solar entertainment kits, solar regulators and so on

Much more space created and gives our customers a more pleasant experience when shopping at Ellies Botswana.


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Ellies Botswana Warehouse

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Getting to know management The main Warehouse that houses about 80% of the stock kept in Botswana.

Biltong and Potjiekos Fees

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Potjiekos Fees was held in conjunction with the NG Church In Phakalane. This event was held at the Duma FM Show grounds and attracted thousands of people. We had quite a lot of interest in our solar water heaters displayed on the day and picked up a couple of leads. People also showed interest in our Ellies LED lighting range. Once again I stued my face with the best beef biltong in the world.


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Sefcash Golf Day

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Getting to know management Wayne Samson – Ellies Chief Executive O cer

The annual Sefcash Golf day was held at the Gaborone Golf Course and a lot of fun was on the cards for the day. All suppliers to the ng philosophy for Ellies?that supply commodities to Sefcash displayed on the day and I must say well doneWhat is your gu Ellies team with the efforts made on the day. We sold Solar water heaters, LED lamps and inverters for standby power for a domestic application. Customers thanked us for the cold beverages on the course and we were the only stand with working TV’s and light boxes all running off our Solar Entertainment kit.

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Ellies displayed on this day in conjunction with Knack Hardware which showed increased sales on the day as the Ellies range of products sold well.


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Builders Warehouse Botswana

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Builders warehouse Botswana has the largest range of Ellies products in the country. Well done to the merchandisers for keeping this store looking great.


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Wonder Woman Competition Winner

in July, the highlights of which were:

Felicia works with all account holders at Ellies Botswana, she was chosen due to her dedication and hard work. Felicia also places all our orders coming from JHB. I am sure Felicia enjoyed her day at the massage parlor and spa.

Apple IPAD helps to catch Criminals

One of our customers left his Apple Iphone 4 on his desk in his office and when he returned minutes later he realised his phone had been stolen. When he arrived at Ellies he told us the story as you can imagine he was very upset. I asked if he had installed the app Find My Phone but he was not sure if he had. We proceeded to enter his details into my Ipad and a few seconds later we had located the phone there it was in a house in Old Naledi. He Immediately dashed to the police station with the Ipad in Hand tracking the criminals. As per usual the police did not have a vehicle to persue the criminals so 4 of them jumped in his vehicle and off they went tracking the guys that stole his phone with the IPad. Can you imagine his surprise when the police came knocking for at his door only to find him in the house trying to unlock the phone so that he could switch it off. He was promptly ng philosophy Ellies? arrested and put in the back of the car and taken to the police station to be prosecuted. Well done Apple for creating an amazing app. Remember crime does not pay.

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