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Newsletter May 2018


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Newsletter May 2018

CEO FOREWORD As the Goldrush Group, we have just completed our first quarter of 2018 and this is the ideal time to evaluate our strategies and other short-term goals we’ve set out for ourselves and the business. Since 2009 we’ve implemented strategies that have reshaped the organisation and years later, we’ve continue to reap the rewards. My vision for the organisation is best captured in these words: “Culture eats strategy for breakfast.” The adoption of a winning I.C.A.R.E. culture amongst all employees, irrespective of your title, will without a doubt propel us to greater heights. A display of Integrity, Commitment, Accountability, Respect and Execution by every employee is what we need to align the company vision and strategy, in order for it to materialise. To bare testament to this, all managers from different divisions were afforded the opportunity to be part of a leadership programme, coordinated by Goldrush. This resonates with our passion to uplift employee morale as well as investing back in the team.

Mergan Naidoo Goldrush Group CEO

Goldrush values human capital and having a common vision amongst employees would be an excellent starting point. Every Goldrush employee should view themselves as a leader in their respective profession. They should also comprehend that their role is essential in the ultimate goal of achieving a one minded culture.

Seeing that we are well into our financial year, let’s continue to work hard to meet our targets. In this ever-changing industry, the most successful and enduring companies are built passionately from the heart. Thank you for your diligence and commitment to the Goldrush brand.

Mergan Naidoo

EXECUTIVE DESK Michael – The diligent X-Factor Michael joined the Goldrush Group in 2016 as the Chief Financial Officer. Michael completed his BCom and BAcc degrees at the University of the Witwatersrand before obtaining his CA(SA) qualification in 1998. Michael completed his articles at Fisher Hoffman Sithole after which he took up management positions during which he was involved with several due diligence reviews and managed one of the firm’s audit groups. Michael left the auditing profession when he joined Medscheme in January 2001 as a Financial Manager, a role he held for almost five years before he took up the role as the Senior Financial Manager of Bonitas Medical Fund, South Africa’s second largest open medical scheme. In June 2008 Michael was promoted to the position of General Manager: Group Financial Reporting.

Michael Nurick Goldrush Group CFO

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Michael left Medscheme in June 2010 to join the Netcare Primary Care Division as General Manager: Finance and Commercial. During his five years at the company he was responsible for setting up the financial reporting systems of a new medical scheme administration company which administered the Netcare Group Medical Scheme.


MEET THE GOLDRUSH FAMILY A voracious appetite for self-improvement Mama knows best. Competitive junkie Dane Fraser lives by his mother’s motto: “That’s very nice, now what are you going to do to improve it tomorrow?” Dane said these words have kept him afloat especially when the going gets tough. With two decades in the gaming industry, he has enjoyed many titles, even before he joined the Goldrush family in 2009.

Dane Fraser General Manager: Manufacturing

Dane’s appreciation for team work has assisted him in advancing his career. Having started working at a managerial position, he never once refused being deployed work on other projects that required his expertise on a junior level. His vision when he joined Goldrush in 2009 was to establish LPM sites in Gauteng and upon succeeding; he went on to be a specialist investigator.

Led by luck – seized by passion Describing his 11 years of being employed at Goldrush as the reason he wakes up every morning, Amogelang Bonokwane would have never imagined what fate had in store for him when his quick buck plan for the festive season, turned into a prosperous career. Reminiscing of how he “stumbled” across the opportunity to work for Goldrush, Amogelang literally joined a cue of people who were coming for a job interview at the then Goldrush Viva Bingo, in Roodepoort, he rushed to the local internet café and drafted his CV.

Amogelang Bonokwane Head of Operations: Lesotho Casino

In no time he had quickly worked his way up to become the first employee to be promoted to the surveillance department. “I am privileged to work with the team that I have, they are my family away from home. They are the reason I get out of bed every morning.” He currently works as head of operations Lesotho Casino.

The assertive optimist After working for an audit firm for 25 years, Prema Shunmugam took a leap of faith and relocated to Johannesburg from Durban. She started working for the Chamber of Mines as an accountant and in March of 2012, she joined Goldrush. Admitting that her first year was a challenge, Prema says that she had never worked in the gaming and entertainment industry before, however her fixation with excellence carried her through. Six years later, she has progressed in her career and is currently a cash books supervisor; after having worked in the debtors and Bingo division based at the Head Office. She enjoys working with her team because of their willingness to learn and what she also learns from them..

Prema Shunmugam Cash Books Supervisor

She believes in giving everyone a fair chance and understands that not everyone is a fast learner. She goes on to say: “Given the chance, everyone has the potential to be great at what they do.”

Experiencing growth at its best Her love for numbers is what drew her into the gaming and entertainment industry. Nanga Jidana describes her journey with Goldrush as being reintroduced to her passion for mathematics. In line with her analytical nature, Nanga says what she values most about being a Goldrush employee, is the company’s morale of promoting employees internally; when there are vacancies, as well as rewarding diligent employees.

Nanga Jidana

“When I started working for Goldrush in 2005, I was a clerk in Klerksdorp and within a short period of time, I was promoted to being a supervisor. Currently, I’m a risk officer at head office and I enjoy my job.” She exclaims that she is content with her professional growth within the company, considering where she started when she joined the company. For Nanga, music and prayer are her soul soothers, as well as having a loving and supportive family.

G-Bets Risk Officer

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FREEDOM DAY CELEBRATION CONCERT

On the 28 th of April 2018, Goldrush Morula hosted a Freedom Day celebration concert in Mabopane. Headlined by the hash-tag #InspireFreedom, the fundraiser featured Casper Nyovest, Kwesta and Busiswa as the main artists and crowd pullers. Local talent included Team Mosha, Pencil and Zing Master, Komplexity and numerous local DJ’s. The aim of the celebration was to raise funds for community enrichment in and around Mabopane. 5% of the proceeds made from the event will be used to buy books for the existing library inside Morula Resort, as well as employ local tutors to assist pupils with subjects such as Maths and Science. Another 5% will be allocated to the tennis clinic that was recently launched at Morula. There currently is a voluntary tennis coach who trains individuals of all ages every week, hence an investment towards sport related education will be a long-term benefit.

Cassper Nyovest hyped up crowds at Morula

#InspireFreedom

#INSPIREDYOUTH at Freedom Day Celebration

Komplexity was among some local artists that performed

LOYALTY PROGRAM Current participating branches are as follows: • Mall@Reds • Cresta • Vaal

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• Atterbury • Morula • NewMarket


SOWETO SOCCER GIANTS DERBY

Soccer fanatics shared in our excitement for the Soweto Derby promotion, when the glamour boys; Kaizer Chiefs, took on the mighty buccaneers;Orlando Pirates. Two lucky soccer fans won tickets to watch the Soweto soccer giants go head-to- head for the derby bragging rights, at FNB stadium. The promotion was rolled out at several of our G-Bets branches in Gauteng, North West, Kwa-Zulu Natal, Eastern Cape, Northern Cape and our G-Bets Lesotho. Our branches were still lively and filled with excitement long after the promotion was over and winners had been announced. It’s evident that our customers’ excitement was not only based on the derby or winning prizes but with the ambience of being part of G-Bets.

Promoters and staff at the derby

#SOWETODERBY

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G-BETS SUN MET PROMO

We ran the Sun Met promotion which was well received in most of our branches, as customers enthusiastically cast their bets for the duration from 22-27 January 2018. During this time, we successfully created awareness for new customers to come into our G-BETS branches to take advantage of the promotion. The 13th edition of the Sun Met was celebrated in Cape Town in collaboration with Mumm champagne and presented a platform for racing enthusiasts and fashionistas to come together and celebrate the thrill of Africa’s Wealthiest Race Day. The Mets hosted 13 races, whereby 10 customers were given the chance to win great prizes. The promotion took place at several branches, namely: Roodepoort, Atteridgeville, Cosmo City, Carletonville, Potchefstroom, Moruleng, Tlhabane, Klerksdorp, Ga-Rankuwa, Estcour t, Umzimkhulu, Esikawini, Por t Shepstone, Dundee, Nongoma, King Williams Town and Matatiele.

Winner of the 4th prize

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Sun Met prizes that were up for grabs


PROGRESSING THE YOUTH ONE SKILL SET AT A TIME At Goldrush, we are passionate about community enrichment, empowering young minds and instilling knowledge that will enable the youth to become independent thinkers. Skills development is a neglected key point in South Africa and we recognise this as a strength to be nurtured amongst the youth. As part of our I.C.A.R.E. values, we have initiated a skills development project that involves 30 unemployed youth with different physical impairments between the ages of 18-35 years old. The youth will benefit from our Business Administration NQF level 3 learnership The first beneficiaries of this skills development programme were chosen by the Department of Labour and were offered a stipend throughout the learnership. Twelve of our branches have afforded some of the students the privilege of funding their learnerships. These are: • • • • • •

Viva Bingo Alberton Centurion Lake Viva Bingo Kolonade Egoli Gaming Viva Bingo Middleburg Viva Bingo Westgate – Vaal

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Atterbury North Goldrush Group Management Goldrush Gaming Limpopo Viva Bingo Mall at Redds Crazy Slots Viva Bingo Westgate – Cresta

Adding to this number, 35 employees have enrolled at various institutions through bursaries and learnerships, made possible by the Group. Senior BEE and compliance officer, Lizette Crause urges staff members to take advantage of this opportunity and enrol themselves in programmes beyond short courses. What you need to be eligible for a bursary: • Have a valid South African Identity document or work permit. • Academic pass in Grade 12 and be in possession of a Senior Certificate/Matriculation. • Proof of Registration/Acceptance of institution. • After the screening of applications by the Goldrush Gaming Group HR Department, candidates based on criteria may be invited to be interviewed by the bursary committee. • The interviews will take place at a suitable venue to be determined by the bursary committee. The final selection and award is subjective to the following: • Interview • Financial Needs/Status – Subject to budget availability. • Employment within the company for a minimum of (12) twelve months. • Relevance of study to the Company

Lizette Crause (Goldrush) & Olive Danster (Effective Interactions)

Learners interacting in a class session

Learner at Effective Interactions

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GOLDRUSH MORULA CELEBRATES MABOPANE TOP ACHIEVER AWARDS

MABOPANE TOP ACHIEVER AWARDS The fruits of any labour are usually rewarding and worthy of being celebrated. On the 25th of January this year, we recognised and hailed top achievers from the class of 2017 matriculants, by hosting an award ceremony at Morula. Eleven high schools in Mabopane and surrounding areas that had the best performing grade 11 and 12 pupils, were invited alongside their educators. The event was also made possible by the Eugene Modise Foundation and the Mabopane Network Forum. The two entities also contributed by donating laptops and offering bursaries to the learners. Certificates and trophies were also issued to the achieving learners. Local Councilors and other members from the Mabopane Parliamentary Constituency Office and representatives from the MEC of Gauteng Education - Mr Panyaza Lesufi’s office, graced the event with their presence.

Katleho Thejane, addressing Mabopane Top Achievers

One of the top achievers with over 5 distinctions

JOKES OF THE MONTH What do you call an alligator in a vest? An investigator I have a lot of jokes about unemployed people but none of them work

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Eugene Modise with top achievers with their new laptops


HR CORNER: NEW STAFF

Welcome to the family

We extend a warm welcome to all the new employees who joined the Goldrush family from January this year to date. We look forward to a prosperous and fruitful working relationship.

JOKE OF THE MONTH A guy goes in for a job interview and sits down with the boss. The boss asks him: The man says: The boss says: The man replies,

No, he didn’t...

“What do you think is your worst quality?” “I’m probably too honest.” “ That’s not a bad thing, I think being honest is a good quality.” “I don’t care about what you think!”

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KEEPING HEALTHY AT THE WORKPLACE Maintaining a healthy lifestyle is not just limited to eating a balanced diet or going to the gym. It also includes getting enough physical and mental rest. Here are some tips: • E  at breakfast: A wholesome breakfast can provide you with the energy to get through the first half of your day and it will prevent you from consuming unnecessary junk.

• Bring  your own lunch: This will help you save money and is beneficial as you know what ingredients are contained in your meal.

• Substitute  a cup of caffeine with a glass of water: Too much caffeine can result in disrupted sleeping patterns or insomnia. This will make you cranky in the morning and having a miserable day.

• Walk around, get blood circulation: Take regular breaks from the computer screen and walk around; this will not only allow you to burn calories but will stimulate blood circulation.

• P  ractice a good posture: This will help reduce fatigue while minimising strain your body.

• H  ave a sleep routine to maximise your hours: Getting enough sleep is imperative to having a productive day and feeling refreshed before every working day. Avoid getting into bed with your cell phone and watching TV an hour before bedtime.

Healthy Lifestyle

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Keep yourself in check

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DAY-TO-DAY TIPS TO SAVE MONEY With the ever rising cost of living, we are always looking for ways to stretch our money and maximise our savings. Most of us are guilt-ridden whenever we indulge in guilty pleasures that weigh their weight on our pockets. Here are some easy tips to consider before you go on a spending spree. 1. Have an emergency fund that you can access in case of unforeseen expenses. 2. Write a list before you go grocery shopping and stick to it. 3. When travelling, share costs with your fellow travel mates. 4. Refrain from making impulsive financial decisions. 5. Be cognisant of your spending habits and consider buying in bulk & taking advantage of pre-holiday sales. 6. It’s always a good thing to over budget and under spend. 7. Pay for your recurring expenses such as rent and insurances and consider booking and paying for your accommodation in advance in order to save. 8. Indoor socials can be as fun as a night out at half the price. 9. Regular car services help you not run your vehicle down while saving you money on running costs.

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HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW YOUR COMPANY?

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