may june 2018
CYRIL RAMAPHOSA SA is ready for business
DAVID MAKHURA Rebuilding the South Africa of our dreams TRIBUTE Winnie Madikizela-Mandela
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he Gauteng Gateway brings the most important province in Africa into your lounge, your hotel room and your business desk. In terms of business planning and travel into South Africa we bring you access into the very best that South Africa has to offer. South Africa is an interesting country; it is diverse with almost every race and group of people on the planet â€“ and all in large numbers. The Chinese, Indians, Afrikaans, Portuguese, Zulus, Tswanas, Xhosas, Sothos, Zimbabweans, Nigerians, Egyptians, and Lebanese, just to name a few; are all here. On the streets of Johannesburg, you can easily pick up every dialect known to man. This makes it a very interesting place to live and do business. Unique to Gauteng is the fact that every major institution in the world has presence here. Gauteng not only reveals the best the of South Africa but also the best of the world. Some of the most renowned banking institutions in the world can be found on the street in Sandton, which is Gautengâ€™s most preferred business hub; and is easily accessible from Joburg CBD, Tshwane or Ekurhuleni. The Gauteng Gateway promotes Gauteng province because Gauteng province is positioned to benefit all of Africa. It is a gateway to the rest of Africa as well as a gateway to other parts of the world. The South African government is now pushing an agenda that South Africa wants to do business with the world. After a no of downgrades and a season of bad publicity, Cyril Ramaphosa and team are confident they can win back the confidence the world once had in South Africa. This has to come at a price, showing through policy and strategic changes in the way state run entities are managed with a view to make them stronger and more formidable to serve all who live in South Africa. Fortunately, we are already seeing positive transitions happening at that level. Our hope is South Africans will rally behind the idea of a well-functioning and efficient economy where all can participate to make South Africa better for all who live in it and come to visit. Tourism is one of those spaces where all efforts; either from
banking or telecoms, or retail, or hospitality, have to converge and create jobs and profit; and much needed growth for the country. Gauteng Gateway is your partner in making sure you can access the best of South Africa for personal pleasure or for business purposes. We are a free distribution high quality business traveler magazine; we make sure the magazine gets to the right people on time at no cost. You can advertise, subscribe and receive weekly news from the Gauteng Gateway, write to email@example.com. Best Wishes, Chris Mutale
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David Makhura – Rebuilding the Delivering the State of the Province Address (SOPA), Gauteng Premier David Makhura said the country’s most populated province had emerged from a painful period, but could welcome a hopeful future after President Cyril Ramaphosa’s election.
South Africa of our dreams on details of how the government would address the many challenges facing the province. The premier said Gauteng had created 300,000 jobs between 2014 and 2016 but would need to create 5,400 jobs a day to eliminate unemployment, or 2,700 jobs a day to halve unemployment. He said increased consumer and business confidence would help create more jobs and the provincial government is trying to get one million young people into internships through its Tshepo One Million programme.
e must first acknowledge that we are emerging from a period of pain, adversity and despair,” said Makhura in his fifth SOPA since being elected in 2014. “It has been a difficult and trying time for citizens, businesses and even those of us who have been afforded the opportunity and responsibility to serve the people in government.” Makhura spoke at length on his government’s challenges, symbolised most glaringly by the 144 psychiatric patients who died after being moved by the provincial health department out of Life Esidimeni, and announced initiatives in what he termed a “new dawn” to tackle corruption and ensure officials fulfil their mandates. “The new dawn must inspire us to recoil from despair and wake up from the nightmare of a bleak future so that we can rebuild the South Africa of our dreams,” said the premier. “We had stopped dreaming about a better future due to living through a nightmare of seeing parts of our democratic state being captured in broad daylight in pursuit of greed and rabid private interest.” In the wake of the Life Esidimeni deaths, where the government abused patients’
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Makhura focused heavily on building township economies and said his government had increased procurement from township suppliers from R600-million in 2014 to R17-billion in 2017. Acknowledging the outcry against illegal, foreign-owned businesses, which has led to repeated protests, he said he would personally conduct inspections and shut down illegal operations.
rights by sending them to ill-equipped and under-resourced NGOs, Makhura will meet all senior managers in the provincial government on Wednesday to discuss the renewal of the public service. Officials will be required to sign a pledge committing to government’s batho pele, people first, principles. Makhura also announced that members of his executive and heads of departments will have to undergo lifestyle audits. “The citizens are getting a raw deal from public servants and public officials. We need a new and fresh approach to enforce accountability and delivery. Passing the buck or blame shifting is not acceptable,” he said. The Gauteng government has appointed an ethics advisory council, led by civil society, to help in the fight against corruption and Makhura said he has met the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) asking them to expedite criminal
investigations against government officials. “It is unacceptable that many forensic investigations are instituted by departments, but there are no consequences on the part of wrongdoers,” he said. “The new dawn requires not only to dream again or rehabilitate our wounded dreams, it also calls for new dreams that imagine a civilisation beyond the present – a new civilisation that is premised on equity and social justice and puts the primacy of human well-being above anything else,” said Makhura.
“I dip my head in shame and once more apologise that this happened under my watch,” Makhura said on Life Esidimeni. He will appoint someone to oversee the implementation of the recommendations of the Life Esidimeni arbitration and called
on opposition parties to help improve the health system. On transport, Makhura acknowledged that e-tolls have failed and said he would speak to Ramaphosa about finding a new funding model to develop the province’s roads. “The new dawn must also bring a solution to the protracted and unresolved problem of “The new dawn e-tolls. It is loud and clear ... calls for for all to see that e-tolls have not worked,” he said. new dreams The premier added further detail to his ambitious plans to address Gauteng’s housing backlog, which stands at 540,000 units. He said 31 mega-settlement projects have been approved to build accommodation along key economic corridors that would create 700,000 new housing opportunities over five years. v
that imagine a civilisation beyond the present – a new civilisation that is premised on equity and social justice and puts the primacy of human wellbeing above anything else,”
“The new dawn also calls for a new dream of politics in which public officials uphold a high standard of accountability, integrity, ethics and show respect citizens. This is the politics I choose over other politics.” Makhura tapped into the renewed hope under President Cyril Ramaphosa’s leadership, but his SOPA was light Gauteng Gateway // 7
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The Business Exchange
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SANDTON It is difficult to differentiate between what is a house and what is a consulate or hotel here. These estates have fancy names like Siena, Tchissola House and Cleveland Lodge, and their hedges are neatly trimmed into triangles and circles.
Sandton, often referred to as Africa’s Richest Square Mile, is Africa’s hottest millionaire playground, boasting more high net worth individuals than anywhere else on the continent
Welcome to Sandton,
n 2013, WealthInsight revealed that Joburg was home to over 23, 400 dollar millionaires. Of these, 16,000 have chosen to live in Sandton.
Dollar millionaires are those individuals with business interests, investable assets and liquid assets worth $1 million (R9.6 million) or more, excluding the value of their main home. The African city with the second most dollar millionaires is Cairo, with 20 800 by the end of last year. The Egyptian capital was followed by Lagos, Nigeria, with ¬18 000. Cape Town ranks second in South Africa, with 9, 000 dollar millionaires. WealthInsight analyst Andrew Amoils said: “The most interesting statistics were in Sandton. Sandton experienced far stronger
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growth than the rest of the country, with millionaire numbers in the area rising by 18% during the past year.” Joburg is also home to 285 multimillionaires, who are defined as having net assets worth more than $30 million. According to Amoils, this ranks “well above the likes of Cairo (145), Cape Town (110) and Lagos (123)”. South Africa’s four billionaires are Nicholas Oppenheimer and family, Johann Rupert, Patrice Motsepe and Christo Wiese. The results of Census 2011 revealed that 3 678 households in the Sandton area enjoy an income of more than R2.4 million a year. Sandhurst, arguably Sandton’s poshest suburb, is home to 120 of those high-
It has been rumoured that Canadian teen pop sensation Justin Bieber stayed at The Saxon during the Joburg leg of his South African tour income earners. Driving down the quiet streets of that suburb, one finds few signs of life. An occasional SUV – the standard Porsche or Mercedes Benz – rolls by, bouncing over speed bumps.
When international celebrities visit Joburg, they often stay in Sandhurst. Charlize Theron and Oprah Winfrey regularly stay at The Saxon boutique hotel, which is owned by London-based billionaire Douw Steyn. It has been rumoured that Canadian teen pop sensation Justin Bieber stayed at The Saxon during the Joburg leg of his South African tour. Most homes, and even some streets, are watched over by guards in huts outside.
Everything from the landscaped pavements to the perimeter walls are detailed. Everything is attractive and elaborate. A myriad construction sites tells outsiders that the neighbourhood is flush with cash. Typically, the asking prices for houses in Sandhurst range from R8 million to R50 million.
A R50 million house boasts four bedrooms, four garages, two “cloakrooms”, eight reception areas, a plunge pool, a sauna and a steam room. A typical 3 000m² home in Sandhurst for a private owner is a three-storeys house, and will have a bowling alley, a tennis court, and both indoor and outdoor swimming pools. Construction will normally take about two years to complete a house in Sandhurst. v
The greatest insight you can get into the characters of those who live beyond the walls comes from the ornamentation on their iron gates. One is adorned with bronze sculptures of cow heads, while a stone mermaid sits outside another.
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The Business Exchange
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ach TBE building is home to internationally curated artwork, which provides an imaginative backdrop for new ideas and innovation to flourish. You’ll get access to the TBE app, which allows you to connect with an entrepreneurial ecosystem of members - as well as book conference and boardrooms and seek assistance from on-site managers.
with us which gives you 24/7 access to our open plan work areas.
Ultimately, it’s about providing inspiring spaces that allows you to work with purpose. The companies who realise this will own the future - and at TBE, they already do.
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Private Office Space Whether you’re looking for a one-person office or you need a corporate space for your team of 100 people, our flexible offices will meet your requirements. You’ll get all the benefits of community, plus an added sense of privacy and the ability to create a culture of your own. As a private office tenant you get 24/7 access to your office, fully furnished space, a full staff compliment, fibre optic internet, events space, a coffee shop and so much more. Co-Working Office Space Connect with likeminded entrepreneurs and start off lean by taking a coworking package 12 // Gauteng Gateway
Included is your own landline number and reception answering service and you get 5 free hours of meeting rooms per month. Wifi is uncapped and fibre optic and parking is included. On top of this you get 4 days of private office usage per month.
business address, professional reception answering service and 2 free hours of boardroom use per month. Virtual+ packages also gives you 5 free hours of meeting rooms per month together with daily access to our hot desking areas at our properties. This month-to-month plan is perfect for entrepreneurs who need a professional working environment and who want to start connecting with our community. v
The San Bushmen A History of South African Art
he San Bushmen, Africa’s oldest hunter-gatherers, lived in the massive Drakensberg range of mountains from 4 000 years ago until they were driven out by colonialists in the 19th century. Over that time, they created a vast body of art on the walls of caves and rock shelters – the largest and most concentrated group of rock paintings in sub-Saharan Africa. This rich collection prompted Unesco to inscribe the Drakensberg as a mixed natural and cultural world heritage site in 2000. The paintings, Unesco said, “represent the spiritual life of the San people” and are “outstanding both in quality and diversity of subject”. The San people lived in the mountainous Drakensberg area for more than four millennia, leaving behind them a corpus of outstanding rock art, which throws much light on their way of life and their beliefs. v Gauteng Gateway // 13
a South African Street Artist
alph Ziman, a street artist who now resides in Venice Beach, California, attacks Africa’s dominant gun culture with piercing colors and images that don’t fade from memory. With knitted masks and beaded weapons, Ziman paints Africa’s obsession with guns and the power they provide as so bizarre and overwhelming it’s nearly surreal.
Both worshipped and feared, Ziman’s guns appear like dangerous totems from an unknown ritual, somewhat removed from the gun culture we’ve heard so much about. The vendors who star in Ziman’s photos were not at all directed in how to pose with the weapon replicas. Yet the viewer can sense the additional status and swagger pulsing through the subjects as they hold their powerful instruments, even if only for the duration of a photograph. v
Where to live in Joburg
ohannesburg is a sprawling city with many suburbs, catering for a myriad of lifestyles, nationalities and pockets. Jo’burg, as it’s affectionately called, has the largest man made forest in the world, with over 10 million trees. When you fly into South Africa and descend over Jo’burg, all you see is a sea of trees and swimming pools. Up until recently there was little option but to drive to work but with the advent of the Gautrain, there are now quicker ways to travel from O R Tambo International Airport to Sandton and through to Pretoria. The traffic is absolutely awful in rush hour, like any major city, so most people try and live near where they work and near schools, rather than live in their car. The major areas for employment are the CBD, which is the hub for mining, commerce and government,
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Joburg CBD and Sandton, which is where many industries, including banking and finance, have their head offices. Johannesburg Suburbs Midrand Midrand sits to the north of Johannesburg, half way between Jo’burg and Pretoria. It’s an up and coming area with large plots, lots of horses and good schools. Perfect for the family who prefers to live in the countryside. Fourways, Lonehill and Sunninghill This is the area where the most of the expats in Jo’burg live. It is full of gated estates, upmarket shopping centres, excellent schools and is around 8 miles
With the advent of the Gautrain, there are now quicker ways to travel from O R Tambo International Airport to Sandton and through to Pretoria. The traffic is absolutely awful in rush hour, like any major city, so most people try and live near where they work and near schools, rather than live in their car. from Sandton. However, note that the 8-mile journey can take well over an hour in rush hour. Many people leave home before 6 a.m. to try and miss the traffic and that doesn’t always work! Gauteng Gateway // 15
JOBURG The major areas for employment are the CBD, which is the hub for mining, commerce and government, and Sandton, which is where many industries, including banking and finance, have their head offices.
Mall of Africa, Midrand
oldest and grandest suburbs in Johannesburg. It is also home to three of the oldest schools in the city – King Edward VII, St. John’s College and Parktown High. The houses are large and elegant and perfect for a family. The children will also appreciate the proximity to Johannesburg Zoo. Bedfordview Bedfordview is ideally situated for those
who travel frequently, as it’s only a few miles from O R Tambo International Airport. It has many excellent shopping centres and schools, and its housing suits most pockets, including the many gated communities. Jo’burg’s CBD The central business district of Johannesburg has been given a facelift over the last 20 years and is not the
Linden and Greenside Greenside and Parkhurst are close to Melville and are renowned for their nightlife in the area. Both Linden and Greenside and their environs are within relatively easy reach of the CBD and Sandton. The area is great for families with large houses and big gardens. Bryanston and Sandton As Sandton is the corporate, financial and hospitality centre of Jo’burg, it is naturally the most expensive place to live in the city. Bryanston sits on the edge of Sandton and has beautiful large houses and small gated communities. Its streets are lined with jacarandas which carpet the roads, pavements and gardens during November. A little further south from here, is Sandown, Hyde Park and Morningside which contain a mixture of elegant, large houses and upmarket apartment blocks. This is also the area where most of Jo’burg’s excellent private hospitals are located. Randburg and Ferndale This area is close to the centre and has its own business centre. It includes Cresta shopping centre which has everything you need, including a theatre. The area has a host of different sorts of properties, from large family houses to small apartments. It has 16 // Gauteng Gateway
excellent schools, parks, golf courses and, Johannesburg’s Botanical Gardens are close by. Melville and Northcliff Northcliff is one of the older Johannesburg suburbs which
magnificent views over the city. Melville is one of the trendy suburbs where there are amazing pavement cafes, second hand book shops, quaint streets and restaurants. It has a bohemian atmosphere and probably more suited to adults rather than children.
There are many young families living this area. Some of the best restaurants in Jo’burg are to be found here, together with pavement cafes, antique and interior design shops. Parktown and Rosebank This area incorporates some of the
place it used to be. It had a reputation for being crime ridden and completely unsafe. It is home to the University of Johannesburg and, as such, has a wonderful student vibe. There are a wide variety of apartments available, with good security, which would suit a single person or couples without children. The area has a great selection of bars, restaurants and is famous for its nightlife. v
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Daring and elegant
ver the 15 years since Tlale launched his brand, South African native David Tlale has showcased his inimitable designs at all the premium fashion week platforms and etched his mark as a favorite on the South African and African fashion landscapes. Renowned for his undeniable knack for showmanship and elaborate designs, Tlale’s work is both daring and elegant—a brand that defies convention and a brand that impenitently employs unpredictable use and understanding of fabric, color and texture. David Tlale has taken his work around the world, and partnered with a number of influential brands in
South Africa. In 2009, he was awarded Fashion Designer of the year at the Africa Fashion Awards in Johannesburg, and later made his debut at Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week with a collection entitled “Cultural Intimacy.” It was in early 2011, for the Autumn/ Winter Collection at Jo’burg Fashion Week, David Tlale presented his quintessential “Made In The City” Collection in celebration of the 92 years of Nelson Mandela’s life, Tlale sent 92 models down Nelson Mandela Bridge used as the runway on what was deemed the longest ramp in the history of South African fashion. Tlale since his debut on catwalks has been an ambassador
for the “Change-4-Ever Campaign”, an initiative that aims to alleviate poverty in Southern Africa. In 2014 March 22, Tlale launched “The Intern by David Tlale” at the Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week Joburg in collaboration with KwazuluNatal Provincial Government. David Tlale has enjoyed outstanding exposure on both local and International catwalks, but his label goes beyond just fashion. The proudest moment for Tlale was being The First South African Fashion designer to show case Solo at the Mercedes Benz Fashion week New York in September 2012. v
Thula Sindi Apparel
Developing an entrepreneurial mindset
Courtesy of Raizcorp. Johannesburg. May, 2018
“Modern, Sophisticated, Simplicity” – this is the main theme that encapsulates the Thula Sindi Brand. Formed in 2005 on the back of a South African landscape that was ready for designer wear that was trendy, dynamic, accessible, ramp-to-reality and ready-towear - this is a clothing brand that was poised to cut across the vast discrepancy that existed between unrealistic high-end designer haute couture, and everyday retail chain/ bargain bin clothing. “A tale told in the clothes of languishing luxury, love and a little lavishness. Taking you into a magical fantasy and capturing your imagination” - this is how the South African Fashion Industry describes Thula Sindi. A brand that truly represents what every woman wants.
or an employee at a company, the idea of setting out on your own and starting your own business can be extremely tempting. Not only does it represent a chance to be your own boss, but it allows you the opportunity to follow your passion. However, to be successful as an entrepreneur, you need to be able to shift from an employee mindset to an entrepreneurial one.
Thula Sindi is the ultimate brand of apparel that is delicately made, exquisite and timeless – these are clothes that are targeted at the modern sophisticated woman, a woman who loves quality but knows that quality doesn’t have to break her bank, yet not rob her of quality sophistication and class that every modern, self-assured woman yearns for. We describe this female as the Thula Sindi “woman of consequence”. Our History Born in Klerksdorp, which is situated in the North West province of South Africa - Thula first realised his love for fine arts at a young age and this quickly turned into a passion for fashion: “I found fashion a perfect medium to mix colours, concepts and proportions,” he says. Thula then moved to Johannesburg where he matriculated from the National School of the Arts in the year 2001, and thereafter went on to study at LISOF (London International School of Fashion). 20 // Gauteng Gateway
Cutting his teeth in fashion Remarkably, Thula Sindi landed his first job - as head designer at Dutch textile company Vlisco - the day after he graduated! After showing at South African fashion week under Vlisco in 2005, Thula started developing his own range, which hit the runway at the South African Fashion Week in 2006 (a year in which he earned a semi-finalist spot at the Nederburg Rare fashion finds contest). The Birth of the Thula Sindi brand Since 2006, Thula Sindi has been ranked
in the top tier of South African fashion designers. His client base boasts “Women of Consequence” such as Dr Precious MoloiMotsepe, Terry Pheto, Azania Mosaka, Penny Lebyane, Liezel Van der Westhuizen and Jena Dover to name a few. Also attracting international appeal, the Thula Sindi brand was reported in Elle Magazine as having had The Williams’ sisters - Serena and Venus, fighting over a Thula Sindi skirt at a boutique in Parkhurst, Johannesburg during a recent trip to South Africa.v
If you commit yourself to the entrepreneurial life, you need to be prepared for a tough journey. Although making this choice can be incredibly rewarding, prospective entrepreneurs should not be fooled by the glamour that the media portray around entrepreneurship. Always remember that there is an incredibly high mortality rate among small businesses. If your business fails, your credit rating will be ruined; your confidence will crushed; your family will be put under immense, unrelenting pressure… Setting out on your own is not a decision to be taken lightly. The entrepreneurial mindset
To be successful as an entrepreneur, you need to be able to shift from an employee mindset to an entrepreneurial one. Academic research on the psychology of entrepreneurs has shown that there is no single psychological typology (set of characteristics) that suggests an entrepreneur’s success is guaranteed. From my experience, I would like to highlight the following six characteristics out of the many shared by successful entrepreneurs: 1. Perseverance: The ability to withstand repeated rejection and disappointment is an essential part of an entrepreneur’s makeup. Successful entrepreneurs are
able to draw lessons from rejection, as well as prevent it from damaging their self-esteem. Essentially, you must be able to deflect the rejection away from yourself and use it as a spur to fix flaws in your business ideas. 2. Flexibility: Entrepreneurship is a tough space to play in. Unexpected challenges and problems appear constantly. You must be flexible enough in your thinking to roll with the punches, solve problems as soon as they crop up, and recover quickly from setbacks. 3. High internal locus of control: Successful entrepreneurs have faith in their ability to determine their own success. They see that their own actions, decisions, and responses are what will make or break them – not what the outside world throws at them. This means that you need to take responsibility for doing the things that need to be done. 4. Learning and iteration: When a problem occurs, a successful entrepreneur sees it as a learning opportunity. The lessons an entrepreneur takes from any given situation are then used in successive Gauteng Gateway // 21
iterations of the entrepreneur’s ideas to develop and refine them. 5. Curiosity: A wide-ranging curiosity about how the world works and where things tie together is extremely common among successful entrepreneurs. Always keep your mind active – this will strengthen your ability to see things from different angles and think laterally. 6. Optimism: Despite all the difficulties inherent in the entrepreneurial lifestyle, successful entrepreneurs maintain an optimistic view of life and the world. Being optimistic about a situation could mean the difference between seeing it as an unsolvable problem or an opportunity to be explored. Entrepreneurs need support Entrepreneurs are always told that they need to be passionate about their business. This is true, but the glamour of passion often masks another element that is essential to an entrepreneur’s success: commitment. While passion may lead you to start your own business, it is your commitment that will keep you going and allow you to persevere through the difficult times ahead. With this in mind, as a prospective entrepreneur, you need to be able and willing to reach out to those around you for
ocial entrepreneurship in modern society offers an altruistic form of entrepreneurship that focuses on the benefits that society may reap. Simply put, entrepreneurship becomes a social endeavor when it transforms social capital in a way that affects society positively. It is viewed as advantageous because the success of social entrepreneurship depends on many factors related to social impact that traditional corporate businesses do not prioritize. Social entrepreneurs recognize immediate social problems, but also seek to understand the broader context of an issue
emotional support and financial backing when you need to. Entrepreneurs have a drive to succeed, and their high internal locus of control often makes it difficult for them to admit errors or that they need help. To nurture your thinking and support your ideas, you need to be sure that you have the space you need to work
out solutions on your own. An environment that is accepting of failure is a huge support for most entrepreneurs. Being surrounded by people who understand that business failure is not shameful, but rather something to learn from and build on, will help you to persevere and try again. Anyone who deals with entrepreneurs should have large doses of empathy. Being given academic textbook lessons on how to run your business is unlikely to address your needs. Make sure that you surround yourself with people who are able to share your experiences. This will enable you to draw your own lessons and will be a far more effective way of finding the support you need as you develop your entrepreneurial mindset. v
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Social entrepreneurs present user-friendly, understandable, and ethical ideas that engage widespread support in order to maximize the number of citizens that will stand up, seize their idea, and implement it...
that crosses disciplines, fields, and theories. Gaining a larger understanding of how an issue relates to society allows social entrepreneurs to develop innovative solutions and mobilize available resources to affect the greater global society. Unlike traditional corporate businesses, social entrepreneurship ventures focus on maximizing gains in social satisfaction, rather than maximizing profit gains. Both private and public agencies worldwide have had billion-dollar initiatives to
empower deprived communities and individuals. Such support from organizations in society, such as government-aid agencies or private firms, may catalyze innovative ideas to reach a larger audience. Individuals with Innovative Solutions Social entrepreneurs are individuals with innovative solutions to society’s most pressing social problems. They are ambitious and persistent, tackling major social issues and offering new ideas for wide-scale change. Changing the System Rather than leaving societal needs to the government or business sectors, social entrepreneurs find what is not working and solve the problem by changing the system, spreading the solution, and persuading entire societies to move in different directions. Practical Visionaries Social entrepreneurs often seem to be possessed by their ideas, committing their lives to changing the direction of their field. They are visionaries, but also realists, and are ultimately concerned with the practical implementation of their vision above all else. Change Makers Social entrepreneurs present user-friendly, understandable, and ethical ideas that engage widespread support in order to maximize the number of citizens that will stand up, seize their idea, and implement it. Leading social entrepreneurs are mass recruiters of local changemakers – role models proving that citizens who channel their ideas into action can do almost anything. v Gauteng Gateway // 25
Cyril Ramaphosa’s statement on launch of South Africa’s new investment drive
Growth through Innovative Thinking Investec supports the growth of young South African entrepreneurs by providing global exposure and support initiatives, in order to grow the South African economy and create employment opportunities.
Act locally, think globally Investec wants to grow the South African economy and society. To achieve this we focus on two key areas, education and entrepreneurship. Our Global young entrepreneurs’ program provides a platform that exposes South African entrepreneurs to global business thinking.
...these young entrepreneurs will be given a platform to meet other leading fellow SA entrepreneurs Exposure trips abroad Every year Investec, in partnership with En-novate, sends a group of young entrepreneurs from various sectors to specifically selected
countries in order to gain global exposure. Each itinerary provides them with opportunities to network and to engage with venture capitalists, funders and captains of industry. The aim is for them to return home not only stimulated and inspired, but also with a list of potential partners, funders and markets for their product or service. Start Up School Investec in partnership with UCT’s Graduate School of Business Foundation and the Startup School which was founded by some of South Africa’s most successful entrepreneurs for entrepreneurs have worked together to bring entrepreneurs The Startup School. Startup School offers you, the entrepreneur, the opportunity to expand on your business insight through a
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n the State of the Nation Address in February, I announced that a central priority for government this year is to encourage significant new investment in our economy. This is a necessary condition for the growth of our economy and the creation of jobs on a scale that will significantly reduce current levels of unemployment.
challenging and interactive 12week online learning journey. Young Entrepreneurs alumni The main aim of having the alumni is to bring together young entrepreneurs that have been part of the various global trips focusing on a number of
sectors such as tech, education and agriculture. Through the alumni program, these young entrepreneurs will be given a platform to meet other leading fellow SA entrepreneurs in their sector and catch up with fellow program participants from previous trips. v
Junior Achievement South Africa (JASA) Investec has partnered with JASA in an entrepreneurship initiative that seeks to stimulate an entrepreneurial mindset as well as life skills amongst Grade 11 learners through them participating in a 23 week long Entrepreneurship Academy Program.
New investment in productive sectors of the economy is therefore vital to our efforts to reduce poverty and inequality. Investment in our economy has declined in recent years. While total fixed investment in our economy stood at 24% of GDP in 2008, it has declined to around 19% last year. The National Development Plan says we need to increase this to at least 30% of GDP by 2030.
Foreign direct investment declined from around R76 billion in 2008 to just R17.6 billion last year. This has been driven by low business confidence and regulatory uncertainty; and has resulted in slow growth, along with poor growth in employment. Economic conditions in the country are changing, however, and we are determined to work with all social partners to seize the opportunities that are opening up for greater investment and faster growth.
In line with our commitment in the State of the Nation Address, we are therefore launching an ambitious new investment drive. This drive will culminate in an Investment Conference to be held in August or September 2018. The Investment Conference, which will involve domestic and international investors in equal measure, is not intended merely as a forum to discuss the investment climate. Rather, we expect the Conference to report on actual investment deals that Gauteng Gateway // 27
BUSINESS are undertaking to improve the investment environment. Further to the announcements we made in the State of the Nation Address, we are making progress in stabilising strategic state owned enterprises, improving the functioning of key institutions like SARS, finalising a new Mining Charter through consultation with all stakeholders, processing legislation for the implementation of the National Minimum Wage and the promotion of labour stability, and launching the Youth Employment Service to increase the employability of first-time job seekers. In addition, work is underway to rationalise and streamline investment regulations and reduce the cost of establishing and running businesses. Through the more effective use of industrial incentives, special economic zones and local procurement requirements, we aim to increase investment in manufacturing and related sectors.
have been concluded and to provide a platform for would-be investors to seek out opportunities in the South African market. We are determined that the Conference produce results that can be quantified and quickly realised. We are aiming through the Investment Conference to generate at least US$ 100 billion in new investments over the next five years. Given the current rates of investment, this is an ambitious but realisable target that will provide a significant boost to our economy. In addition to the processes we must undertake within the country to finalise our participation in the African Continental Free Trade Area, we will also be pursuing other initiatives to promote intra-African cooperation on investment, infrastructure development, tourism and agriculture. I am also pleased to announce the appointment of Ms Trudi Makhaya as my economic adviser. Among her immediate
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responsibilities will be the coordination of the work of these Special Envoys and a series of investment roadshows in preparation for the Investment Conference. The engagements that we expect to take place will also be part of a process towards the establishment of a Presidential Council on Investment. This evening, I will be departing for London to participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting. We will use this opportunity to meet with several major global companies to brief
New investment in productive sectors of the economy is therefore vital to our efforts to reduce poverty and inequality
them on recent developments in the country and on our assessment of the economic challenges, risks and opportunities. We will be communicating a clear and consistent message – that South Africa is an investment destination with significant unrealised potential. Some of our fundamental strengths are well known. We have a thriving democracy, an independent judiciary and strong institutions. We have an advanced and diverse economy, a sophisticated and wellregulated financial sector, and extensive transport, telecommunications and energy infrastructure. We also have a youthful population, an improving basic education system and significantly expanded higher education enrolment. In other words, despite the challenges, we are working hard to build our skills base. We will brief investors on the measures we
We are creating more opportunities for new market entrants through our competition policy, preferential procurement measures and expanded support to small and medium-sized businesses. After several difficult years, South Africa is emerging as an increasingly attractive destination for investment.
In preparation for the Investment Conference, I have decided to appoint four Special Envoys on Investment, who will spend the next few months engaging both domestic and foreign investors on the opportunities that exist in this country. These are people with valuable experience in the world of business and finance and extensive networks across major markets. I am therefore pleased and grateful that the following South Africans have accepted our invitation to be the President’s Special Envoys on Investment: •M r Trevor Manuel, former Minister of Finance, • Mr Mcebisi Jonas, former Deputy Minister of Finance, • Ms Phumzile Langeni, Executive Chairperson of Afropulse Group and a non-executive director of several leading South African companies, • Mr Jacko Maree, Chairman of Liberty Group and former CEO of Standard Bank. They will be travelling to major financial centres in Asia, Middle East, Europe and the Americas to meet with potential investors. A major part of their responsibility will be to seek out investors in other parts of Africa, from Nairobi to Lagos and from Dakar to Cairo. This is part of a broader push by government to advance economic integration in the Southern African region and across the continent.
We are encouraged by the growth in business confidence over the last few months, the strengthened rand and improved growth estimates.
is picking up after an earlier downturn in investment growth. It says that improved confidence is likely to lead to a better outlook for growth and investment.
We welcome the recent assessment by Goldman Sachs that South Africa is at the top of the list of potential candidates to be the “next big emerging market story” of 2018. It notes that the growth cycle
This is confirmed by the South African Economic Update released this month by the World Bank. While the economy’s performance is improving, it notes that higher growth will require ambitious structural policies. It estimates that a successful conclusion of the Mining Charter deliberations, for example, could increase investment in the sector by 25 percent. It is for these reasons that we are embarking on an ambitious investment drive alongside the implementation of necessary economic reforms. South Africa has entered a new era of hope and confidence. The task we have now is to ensure that this becomes an era of investment, growth, job creation and meaningful economic transformation. I thank you. Issued by: The Presidency, Pretoria v Gauteng Gateway // 29
The State of Wind Energy in South Africa
he Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC) expects the South African wind market to return to “full health” in the coming year, following more than two years of uncertainty.
The council’s latest Global Wind Report, which deals with market developments for 2017, notes that the South African renewable energy sector has been through “challenging times”, owing to a long-running dispute with Eskom over the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for projects procured in 2015. The report, which was released April, 2018 states that the dispute delayed investments of R58-billion rand and the creation of 15 000 jobs and affected 12 wind projects, with a combined capacity of 1 372 MW, procured during Bid Window 4 of the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme. “The good news is that South Africa’s very successful procurement programme is moving forward again under its new President [Cyril Ramaphosa], and wind and other renewables will play an increasing role in South Africa’s energy future.” To date, Ministerial determinations for 6 360 MW of wind capacity have been published by the South African government, of which 3 357.3 MW has been procured. 30 // Gauteng Gateway
Notwithstanding the standoff with Eskom, South Africa added a total of 618 MW of new wind capacity to its grid in 2017, raising the country’s cumulative wind capacity to 2 085 MW. In 2017, South Africa’s wind fleet of 961 turbines, produced 5 046 GWh of electricity, or 2.1% of consumption.
South Africa also forms part of a group of 30 countries that had more than 1 000 MW installed by the end of 2017. Nine of these countries – China, the US, Germany, India, Spain, the UK, France, Brazil and Canada – had more than 10 000 MW of installed capacity, with China expected to breach the 200 000 MW mark in 2018. However, the “big news” for the region was South Africa’s pledge to honour tenders from 2015, with Energy Minister Jeff Radebe having presided over the signing of outstanding PPAs on April 4. “Overall, we expect about 9 GW to be installed in the Africa and Middle East region over the coming five years, reaching a cumulative total of 14 GW by the end of 2022,” GWEC states. GWEC secretary general Steve Sawyer also underlines material falls in onshore and
The South African renewable energy sector has been through “challenging times”, owing to a long-running dispute with Eskom over the signing of power purchase agreements (PPAs) for projects procured in 2015.
offshore prices during 2017, which he argues has resulted in wind power emerging as the “most competitively priced technology in many, if not most markets, worldwide”. “Markets in Morocco, India, Mexico and Canada range in the area of $0.03/kWh, with a recent Mexican tender coming in with prices well below $0.02/kWh,” Sawyer notes. In addition, offshore wind had its first “subsidy-free” bids in 2017, with tenders for nearly 2 GW of new offshore wind released in Germany and the Netherlands receiving no more than the wholesale price of electricity. A record 4 334 MW of new offshore wind power was installed across nine markets in 2017, a 95% increase compared with 2016. The report states offshore wind capacity rose to 18 814 MW, across 17 markets, in 2017. v Gauteng Gateway // 31
Founder and CEO, Discovery Holdings
drian Gore is founder and CEO of South Africa’s leading medical insurer, Discovery Holdings, which provides health insurance for more than 200,000 companies and close to 2 million people. In 1992, Adrian Gore raised seed funding from Laurie Dippenaar, a cofounder of Rand Merchant Bank, and founded the South African medical insurer after years of working with Liberty Life.Discovery is known for its Vitality unit, which rewards members with cheap flights and other perks; bigger discounts go to those who acquire points by going regularly to the gym, eating vegetables and taking regular medical tests.
Discovery, which is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, also has operations in the United Kingdom and the United States. Gore is the company’s largest individual shareholder with an estimated 8% stake. A fitness buff, he often jogs the 6 miles between home and work. Adrian Gore believes the company, created on the simple premise of making people healthier, can act as a force for good through its core purpose. The group’s Shared-Value Insurance model, which pursues financial success in a way that benefits society, has the ability to monetise improvements in social risk, thereby creating a virtuous circle. By integrating the shared value model, behavioural
change was able to enhance the life insurance model. “Claims are lower, people are healthier, which create a virtuous circle,” Gore said. Discovery’s international operational expansion into Asia, North America and the United Kingdom through partnerships allowed the group to participate in diverse markets: “We wouldn’t be able to build an insurer in Asia single handedly. Through partnerships we can participate in those markets, while changing tens of thousands of lives,” Gore said. Technology as a disruptor and an enabler, including wearable devices and data, remained a global trend in the health
insurance space. Gore said while Discovery’s business is data centric as data is critical in informing product creation; he is “not convinced that it is absolutely everything.” The business model of Discovery Bank, due to launch in the coming year, is based on the belief that the group could create a unique offering, leveraging its exceptional understanding of its client base, and not on a belief that existing banks are inefficient, Gore said. “If anything, our banks have demonstrated resilience in a difficult market and are not a weak industry. We have a behavioural mindset and a belief that it will help our customers,” he added. Gore added that it is necessary to seek out positive signals in order to form a realistic sense of where we are going: “Business Leadership South Africa, the trade unions and civil society all have an absolute resolve to get the country on the right track.”v Gauteng Gateway // 33
CEO of BP Southern Africa
Greg Solomon Greg Solomon, CEO of McDonald’s South Africa, joined McDonald’s in 1996 as a Project Manager in the construction department. He was appointed Managing Director of McDonald’s South Africa on 1 January 2009 and his leadership has resulted in sales growth, increased guest counts, improved customer service and increased operating income year on year.
ith Greg at the helm, McDonald’s South Africa has won Deloitte’s Best Company To Work For for three consecutive years. In addition, he was named the Institute of People Management CEO of the Year in 2011, as well as being nominated as a finalist in the Boss of the Year Award 2011. CEO Greg Solomon, who has worked at the restaurant chain in different positions over the past 20 years, said he had a 34 // Gauteng Gateway
CEO of McDonald’s South Africa
vision to make McDonald’s a modern and contemporary burger business that could grow in SA, despite competition from an array of brands. “Globally McDonald’s used to reinvent the brand every 20 years. We now want to reinvent ourselves every seven years. The original vision was to roll out many high quality McDonald’s outlets quickly, as we looked to be a brand that could feed the nation. Now, we must be a modern American-style burger business,” he said. Solomon started his career as a civil engineer and joined McDonald’s in 1996 as a project manager in the firm’s construction department. He was involved in the building of many of the early McDonald’s restaurants across SA. He then worked in operations and was appointed MD of McDonald’s SA in January 2009. Under his leadership, sales have grown, guest counts increased, customer service improved and operating income has risen year on year.
Mcdonald’s prefers to build restaurants on open stands, as this enables it to offer drive-through, which is a significant portion of its business, and it will continue its steady pace of adding 15 to 20 new restaurants a year. The focus on meeting the changing needs of customers has also boosted the company’s performance, he says, noting that 11.5% of the company’s revenues are derived from breakfast sales, while 5% are from 24-hour sales, and 74% of McDonald’s restaurants in South Africa provide 24-hour service. The layout of the restaurants can be changed to provide appropriate seating, such as more tables during breakfast, and tables with more seating thereafter, he adds. The interior design and decor, as well as services, such as WiFi connectivity, are designed to fit the lifestyle choices of our customers. v
ppointed CEO of BPSA from September 1, Mabelane is the first female CEO in SA’s fuels industry. BPSA is a subsidiary of the BP Group, the multinational giant that employs more than 1,000 people and has 500 service stations in SA. It also has 45% of a commercial and industrial fuels marketing business with Masana Petroleum Solutions and a joint shareholding with Shell SA in the country’s largest fuel refinery, Sapref. Petite and elegantly dressed, Mabelane is not a CEO in the traditional mould. But she is eminently qualified for the role. She joined BPSA six years ago as CFO, so she understands the firm’s culture and the industry. Mabelane started her career at Ernst & Young, the only black woman in the Pietermaritzburg office, after completing her studies at the University of the North (now the University of Limpopo) and the University of KwaZulu Natal. Her primary schooling, she says, was under the Bantu education system, with some classes held under the trees. She has experienced discrimination and exclusion in her career, but has learnt to manage her natural responses, such as defensiveness. “I had to overcome it and treat people as individuals, putting myself in their shoes, so I could contextualise the situation rather than externalise it,” she says. Before joining BPSA Mabelane worked for Eskom for several years, spending long hours to prove herself, while bringing up two young daughters. Economic and political uncertainty affects demand for fuels. Globally, fuel demand is shifting to low-sulphur products. In SA
From attending primary school under a tree in Burgersfort to being appointed CEO of BP Southern Africa (BPSA), Priscillah Mabelane shows what is possible with intelligence, hard work and determination. delays in finalising a regulatory framework have forced refineries to defer investments in upgrades, which affects their ability to compete with imported products and the automotive industry’s ability to standardise and optimise production. It ultimately affects consumers. BPSA has been investing to modernise the 54-year-old Sapref to improve its reliability and market responsiveness. But if imports of cleaner fuels grow it will become less
viable economically for refineries to invest in upgrades, affecting local job creation and the country’s security of fuel supply. Fuel retailing is key for BPSA, and the company intends to grow its market share. Two years ago it entered into a partnership with Pick n Pay to provide convenience stores at forecourts, linking two strong consumer brands. It plans to roll out more and upgrade the existing offering to customers.v Gauteng Gateway // 35
100 YEARS OF MADIBA
100 YEARS OF MADIBA
2018 marks the centenary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. This provides a unique opportunity for people around the world to reflect on his life and times and to promote his legacy. In 2018 the Nelson Mandela Foundation will seek to create appropriate platforms for such engagement.
the continuing struggle for justice. The future of humanity hinges on these struggles. As the Foundation, we will mark this year by investing our efforts in building a values-based society. Though our variety of programmes and activities, we will channel society towards the revival of values, fundamentally anchored in ubuntu.
Nelson Mandela Centenary
elson Mandela established the Foundation as his postpresidential office in 1999. As he stepped away from public life he gave us a robust social justice mandate in the areas of memory and dialogue. The Mandela Day campaign was introduced in 2009 as a tool for the world to honour him by interpreting his legacy in the contexts of working to meet the needs of local communities. By any measure Nelson Mandela’s impact, both locally and globally, has been unparalleled. But the unfinished business of his life-work looms large. The South Africa of his dreams remains tantalisingly out of reach. We will use his centenary year to continue working to make these dreams a reality. And we will strive to fulfil his wish that the
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By any measure Nelson Mandela’s impact, both locally and globally, has been unparalleled. Foundation become fully sustainable. He initiated our endowment strategy in 2007 during the lead-up to his 90thbirthday. It would be appropriate to complete the endowment in the year
of what would have been his 100th birthday. Madiba’s dreams require us, in 2018 especially, to focus our work around four primary objectives: • the eradication of poverty and inequality, • the dismantling of structural racism, • the building of institutions of democracy, • and the broadening of freedom of information No single person, family, institution or country owns the legacy of Nelson Mandela. Ultimately it belongs to everyone who is working for social justice, wherever they are in the world. Our aim in 2018 is to make that legacy more available to those committed to
Be the Legacy With this call to action, the Foundation seeks to charge society to accept Madiba’s challenge, to take upon itself the responsibility to solve the challenges of the world. When he said, “It is in your hands to make of the world a better place”, we believe he was passing on the responsibility to the next generation of leading and helping change the world for the better. Find the Madiba in You With this message we intend to inspire people of the world in their diversity to search within themselves and find the good that inherently exists within.
Action Against Poverty As part of its commitment to making meaningful and sustainable interventions in challenges facing the continent and the world, the Foundation, through one of its key pillars and outreach programmes, Nelson Mandela International Day (Mandela Day), has sought to focus attention on poverty. We are constantly reminded of Madiba’s words: “The world remains beset by so much human suffering, poverty and deprivation. It is in your hands to make a difference.” This sub-message seeks to mobilise society’s efforts both from the perspective of research as we look for long-term solutions, as well as shortterm ones as we intervene directly in poverty. In the end, we must end poverty and human suffering. Take Action, Inspire Change, Make Every Day a Mandela Day This is a direct call to action to public
institutions, corporates and individuals to act as sources of inspiration and engage in conversations and actions that commit to establishing sustainable programmes in local communities. This is to also inspire society to act every day and not only to take up the responsibility of impacting other people’s lives on 18 July, but throughout the year, too. Values There are many values that define Madiba’s character. We also know that many people relate to different values of Madiba for different reasons. Some of these include, but are not limited to, love, peace, forgiveness and humility. As the Foundation we have institutionalised some of these values and these will become a consistent part of our messaging throughout 2018 and beyond. We encourage any other partner organisation or stakeholder to identify some of these, or other values, and adopt them for themselves. v
THE NELSON MANDELA FOUNDATION INSTITUTIONAL VALUES The Foundation seeks to create a values-based society and, through the mirror of its own values, plans to positively influence society to adopt the following values: • Integrity – We are committed to being ethical, professional, reliable and authentic •P assion – We care deeply about the world
and the work we do in it. We aim to go the extra mile •R espect – We listen carefully, honour difference and embrace inclusivity • Service – Work for us is a calling. We strive for excellence in serving our public. We work to build the world of Nelson Mandela’s dreams
• Transformation – We are determined to fight injustice in all its forms. We are committed to continuing self-renewal. We welcome creativity • Transparency – We believe in freedom of information. We strive to share information resources as widely as possible. We respect legitimate restrictions on access. Gauteng Gateway // 39
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100 YEARS OF NELSON MANDELA dotted around the chosen countries in the Southern African region. Jeep Revolution is filming the entire trip, and producing a Jeep Revolution travel documentary to air on various local and international television platforms. The program will cover travel and tourism, attributes of the Jeep Wrangler, as well as the social responsibility work done by Jeep enthusiasts on the trip. Nelson Mandela would have been 100 years old this year. Jeep Revolution takes this opportunity to honour 100 years of the Mandela Legacy by doing what Mandela would have done; to remember and help those in need. v
The Jeep Revolution
eep Revolution is a Jeep tour and CSI initiative founded in 2016 and supported by Jeep South Africa and Jeep vehicle owners. Jeep Revolution takes Jeep owners, into areas with various social and economic needs to do work in communities, orphanages
The Jeep motor vehicle represents strength, endurance, and passion and schools. This year, Jeep Revolution has already visited orphanages in Soweto and Venda. There are various needs in communities. Jeep Revolution goes where most people will not go to remind community members that they are part of one Africa, and they are not forgotten.
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The chosen vehicle for the Jeep Revolution is the Jeep Wrangler; although generally,
This year, Jeep Revolution is proceeding into 5 African countries namely Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Angola and Zambia before returning back home to South Africa. The trip happens between 15th May, 2018 and 27th May, 2018. Dozens of Jeep owners in Jeeps will head out across borders in convoy doing good in various communities
These activities needs include cleaning up of areas, painting schools and helping teach kids mathematics, art, and sciences. Gifts such as food, clothing and drinks are distributed in the chosen community. Jeep Revolution members, who own a Jeep and are passionate about doing good in the community come together for a day of fun to go out into the community and lend a helping hand. Ultimately the Jeep Revolution is about making our people feel special.
villages; to bring about hope as a tool to connect with people.
Dozens of Jeep owners will head out in convoy doing good in various communities dotted around the Southern African region
all other Jeeps are most welcome to join in. The Jeep motor vehicle represents strength, endurance, and passion. These are the values the Jeep Revolution is taking into the townships and Gauteng Gateway // 43
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Tshwane Legends Bikers and Jeep Revolution – ADC Tour Tshwane Legends Bikers, known as TLB explore way of connecting with other countries around the SADC region and show case their lovely machines.
LB is Motorcycle Club with members originating mostly around the Gauteng Province but already spread wings as they are always bringing smiles to communities they visit. With aim of promoting tours on Motorcycle, they successfully covered two countries (Mozambique
and Swaziland) during the Annual Swazi Rally 2017. The connection with community had then giving colours to great Chief in Limpopo and in Botswana which was part of their tours in 2017. Promoting tourism and exploring the connections of Biking communities is their drive through their charity events. The KAZA TOUR which is covering the Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola and Namibia which will be covered from 11 – 20 May 2018 will also show case that tourism is another means to connect Africa. The tour as initiated and Namibia Wildlife Resort(NWR) being part of is another step forward into exploring our SADC region. That’s the reason Zelna Hengari (NWR CEO) did not waste time and took opportunity of propose tour to showcase one of the wetlands around the world – KAZA Region.
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Expecting 40 Bikers on board, Jeep Revolution ZA was invited to the tour as back vehicle. Jeep Revolution being another club which had brought inspiration, life style exposure around the Black Jeep Owners. Jeep Revolution as Non-Profit Organisation also share the same vision as TLB, community charity work, tourism promotion, and part take in community social development in any means. Jeep Revolution also undertook Mozambique and Swaziland tour last year and with KAZA tour came as opportunity to show case the vehicle capabilities and as tour takes place during the International Jeep Topless that came as opportunity to show case vehicle life style during tour. Jeep Revolution also undertook to promote the tourism and made relationships with other Jeep Clubs - Jeep
Namibia and Black Jeepers Club as they share common goals. The spotlight in tourism is the Annual Jeep Revolution Event in Venda area to showcase the rich tourism spots in Venda which always became popular and successful. As charity being part of their vision, 1st Soweto Annual Tour took place December 2017 which invite any Jeep Owner from all corners of the country to explore the history of Soweto include the stop over at Orlando Children’s Homes to donate goodies to 80 kids Orphanage, pit stops at Soweto Power Towers ( Chaf Pozi), Regina Mundi church, Hector Peterson Memorial, and tour popular Vilakazi street include the popular Mandela House. v
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to deliver the 2018 Nelson Mandela Lecture in Johannesburg
he Nelson Mandela Foundation said the lecture would take place on July 17, 2018 - a day before Nelson Mandela International Day - at the Ellis Park Arena in Johannesburg. About 4000 people are expected to attend. The lecture will be used to honour the centennial of Madiba’s birth. Obama has been described by the foundation as a “Nobel prize winner, like Mandela, with close ties to Africa”. In the wake of Donald Trump’s rise to office in the US White House, Obama is expected to theme his lecture around tolerance. “It gives him an opportunity to lift up a message of tolerance, inclusivity and democracy at a time when there are obviously challenges to Mandela’s legacy around the world,” Benjamin J. Rhodes, a former speechwriter for Obama, who remains an adviser to him, told the New York Times. “Mandela,” he continued, “endured far darker times than anything we’re enduring today.” In a joint statement on Monday, the Obama Foundation and the Mandela Foundation said this year’s theme for the annual lecture would be “Renewing the Mandela Legacy and Promoting Active Citizenship in a Changing World”. “The Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture will focus on creating conditions for bridging divides, working across ideological lines, and resisting oppression and inequality,” the statement reads.
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Obama will be in Johannesburg for five days in July where he will also be hosting meetings, workshops and training for 200 young people. The youth programme is organised by the Obama Foundation, and will mark one of Obama’s international projects after his departure from public office. Obama visited South Africa on numerous occasions during his tenure as US president – and even spoke at Mandela’s memorial service in December 2013. “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own. Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me,” Obama said in his tribute at the memorial. “We will never see the likes of Nelson Mandela again. But let me say to the young people of Africa, and young people around the world – you can make his life’s work your own. Over 30 years ago, while still a student, I learned of Mandela and the struggles in this land. It stirred something in me,” Obama said in his tribute at the memorial. “It woke me up to my responsibilities – to others, and to myself – and set me on an improbable journey that finds me here today. And while I will always fall short of Madiba’s example, he makes me want to be better. He speaks to what is best inside us. After this great liberator is laid to rest; when we have
Former United States president Barack
Obama has been named the speaker of the
2018 Nelson Mandela lecture, the Nelson
Mandela Foundation has announced
returned to our cities and villages, and rejoined our daily routines, let us search then for his strength – for his largeness of spirit – somewhere inside ourselves.” In 2009, Obama was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for supporting nuclear nonproliferation. He has been hailed as one of the US’s most progressive presidents but was also criticised for drone strikes under his government which killed civilians in countries such as Pakistan. He will be the second US president to speak at the Mandela lecture after Bill Clinton. Other luminaries who have delivered the lecture include former United Nations secretary general Kofi Annan, Sudanese-British philanthropist Mo Ibrahim and French economist Thomas Piketty. The event will be held in Johannesburg, where Obama will once again make his return to South Africa to deliver the lecture. v
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and further her academic career in the USA, or to stay and pursue her dream of becoming a social worker in South Africa, she decided to remain in South Africa. Marriage to Nelson Mandela Winnie was twenty two when she met Nelson, and he was sixteen years her senior. He was already a famous anti-apartheid figure and one of the key defendants in the Treason Trial, which had commenced the year before, in 1956. From the very beginning, Nelson was ensconced in the Liberation Struggle, and the parameters of their romance were set by his commitment to political change. On March 10 1957, Nelson asked Winnie to marry him and they celebrated their engagment together in Johannesburg on 25 May 1958. Despite government restrictions on the movements of Treason Trial defendents, Winnie and Nelson got married on 14 June 1958, in Bizana. The celebration caught the national interest and was reported in publications such as Drum Magazine and the Golden City Post.
Nomzamo Winifred Zanyiwe Madikizela was born, the fifth of nine children, in the village of Mbongweni, Bizana, in the Transkei on 26 September 1936.
Colombus, to all intents and purposes, was a proud
The early years
s a young girl, Winnie’s family moved around within the former Transkei, due to her father’s work. She attended primary school in Bizana but when she was nine years old, the family moved to eMbongweni, where as well as attending school, Winnie would help her father to labour on the farm. This helped create a closer bond with her father, who was known for his aloofness despite wielding a great love for his children. Colombus, to all intents and purposes, was a proud man who greatly valued educated and who saw the importance of educating his children about their Pondo roots as well as traditional academic subjects. Luckily for Winnie, Bantu education – the hated Apartheid policy of introducing separate education syllabi for Whites and Blacks – was only introduced in the early 1950s. Therefore, she was able to benefit from an education that was on par with 52 // Gauteng Gateway
her White peers at the time. She passed her junior certificate (Standard 8) with distinction and then went on to study at Shawsbury, a Methodist mission school at Qumbu. It was there that she matriculated and distinguished herself as a person with exceptional leadership qualities. It was also there, under the tutelage of teachers who were all Fort Hare graduates, that she began to become more politicised. Due to financial constraints, Winnie’s sister, Nancy, to whom Winnie was close, dropped out of school and worked casual jobs to ensure that Winnie’s education could continue. Move to Johannesburg In 1953, upon her father’s advice, Winnie was admitted to the Jan Hofmeyr School of Social Work in Johannesburg, where Nelson Mandela (who was already gaining national renown), was the patron. It was the first time she left the Transkei and a formative moment in her life. It was in Johannesburg
man who greatly valued educated and who saw the importance of educating his children about their Pondo roots as well as traditional academic subjects. that she saw the full effects of Apartheid on a daily basis, but also where she discovered her love of fashion, dancing and the city. It was only after a few months of living in Johannesburg that Winnie first went to Soweto. She completed her degree in social work in 1955, finishing at the top of her class, and was offered a scholarship for further study in the USA. However, soon after receiving the scholarship offer, she was offered the position of medical social worker at the Baragwanath Hospital in Johannesburg, making her the first qualified, Black member of staff to fill that post. Following an agonising decision about whether to leave
Winnie’s Influences Winnie had a few influential presences in her life: chief amongst them were Lillian Ngoyi, who, along with Helen Joseph, were the only two women accused in the Treason Trial; Albertina Sisulu; Florence Matomela; Frances Baard; Kate Molale; Ruth Mompati; Hilda Bernstein (who was the first Communist Party member to serve on the Johannesburg Council in the 1940s); and Ruth First. These were people who Winnie was able to consider not only as sources of inspiration, but as trusted confidantes. This is significant, because as Winnie’s struggle against government continued, her inner circle became consistently infiltrated by people who would gain her trust as allies, only to reveal themselves later as spies. Treason Trial On 29 March 1961 the verdict from the Treason Trail, delivered by Justice Rumpff, declared all of the accused ‘not guilty.’ This event followed quickly after another, equally joyful happening, which was the birth of the Mandela’s second daughter, Zindziswe on 23 December 1960, who was named after the daughter of Samuel Mqhayi, the famous Xhosa poet. However, Winnie’s joy at having a second child and seeing her husband’s name cleared was immediately tempered by the news that the ANC executive required him to go into hiding. Nelson had not discussed this with
HERITAGE his wife, simply taking the support of his family for granted. Such was life married to the leader of a revolutionary movement.
HERITAGE Zenani and Zindziswa particularly targeted. On numerous occasions Winnie enrolled them into schools, only for the security police to find out and insist that the schools
confines was a bare electric light bulb, which burned constantly and robbed her of any sense of night or day.
Winnie’s married life to Nelson while he was in hiding was unusual, to say the least. She would meet him clandestinely in highly covert places; often with Nelson in thick disguise. This was the ‘Black Pimpernel’ phase of Nelson’s life, and Winnie had little choice but to fit in around his clandestine activities. Their most intimate and prolonged encounters occurred at the Lilliesleaf farm in Rivonia.
Brandfort Banishment There was, in fact, a far graver fate awaiting Winnie in 1977: in the early hours of the morning on May 15, a police contingent arrived at her doorstep to take her away to the station. Over the coming hours it transpired what the police had in store. On instruction from the government, the police were instigating Winnie’s domestic exile to a dusty town in the middle of the Freestate, a place that would keep her for the next eight years of her life.
On Sunday 5 August 1961, the police finally apprehended Nelson while he was driving from Durban to Johannesburg. It was to be the beginning of his 27 year detention and another event that caused an irrevocable change to the direction of Winnie’s life. With Nelson in jail and in virtual isolation for the first four months of his detention, the police, sensing Winnie’s potential to carry the cause, slapped her with a banning order on 28 December 1962. This restricted her movements to the magisterial district of Johannesburg; prohibited her from entering any educational premises and barred her from attending or addressing any meetings or gatherings where more than two people were present. Moreover, the banning order also stipulated that media oulets were no longer permitted to quote anything she said, effectively gagging her voice too. Rivonia Trial Nelson was unexpectedly moved from Robben Island back to Pretoria barely a month after his initial transfer. The reason for the move soon became clear, however, as his close colleagues within the ANC had been arrested in a swoop on the Lilliesleaf farm. Nelson was to be tried with them in the infamous Rivonia Trial, in which he and his co-accused escaped the death penalty but were handed life imprisonment on Robben Island instead. With her husband in jail, the authorities increased the pressure to make Winnie’s life as difficult as possible, with her children
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time for meeting with another banned person, her good friend and photographer for Drum magazine, Peter Magubane. She was handed a twelve month sentence to be served at Kroonstad’s women’s prison, however, this imprisonment was much less arduous than her previous incarceration and Winnie was released after six months. Winnie’s banning order expired in September 1975 and to her great surprise, was not immediately renewed.
Brandfort lies around 400 kilometres south-west of Johannesburg and 50 kilometres north of Bloemfontein. Prior to her arrival in Phathakahle, the township there, the Department of Bantu Affairs had informed locals that a dangerous female – indeed, a terrorist – would be moving there and that they should avoid contact with her at all costs.
have them expelled. This was in addition to the continued raids on her house; her banning order and frequent last minute refusals to visit her husband in jail. Jail Time Winnie had just fallen foul of Prime Minister John Vorster’s1967 Terrorism Act, No 83, which allowed the arrest of anyone perceived to be endangering the maintenance of law and order. It stipulated that anyone could be arrested without warrant, detained for an indefinite period of time, interrogated and kept in solitary confinement without access to a lawyer or a relative. Winnie was arrested and kept in solitary confinement for seventeen months. For the first 200 days, she had no formal contact with another human being at all aside from her interrogators, amongst whom was a certain Major Theunis Jacobus Swanepoel; a notorious torturer. The only items in her concrete cell were three thin bug-infested and urine-stained blankets, a plastic water bottle, a mug and a sanitary bucket without a handle. The only other feature of her
During her interrogation, Winnie was kept awake for five days and five nights without respite in an attempt to break her will. Major Swanepoel played ‘bad cop’ to another officer’s ‘good cop,’ and together they pushed her relentlessly to provide information about the ANC and her husband. After five days of resistance, under every kind of coercion imaginable, the interrogation team brought a prisoner into the adjacent interview room and began torturing him. Winnie’s interrogators made it plain to her that her silence was causing unnecessary distress to others fighting for the cause, and eventually, her will broken, she acquiesced to tell them whatever they wished to hear.
Free Nelson On February 2 1990, FW De Klerk used the opening of parliament to unban the ANC along with 31 other organisations. Political prisoners who had not committed violent crimes were to be released and executions of prisoners on death row were to cease. Also, in a major move, Nelson Mandela was to be released from jail. Just over a
In May 1973 Winnie was arrested again, this
Despite government restrictions on the movements of Treason Trial defendents, Winnie and Nelson got married on 14 June 1958, in Bizana.
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week later, on February 11, Nelson walked out of Victor Verster Prison hand in hand with Winnie to a reception of hunderds of thousands of supporters. The couple were finally reunited after almost 30 years of separation. States of Emergency and Mandela United Football Club When Winnie returned to Johannesburg, the place she had come to identify as home, in 1986, she found it was a changed and more dangerous place than the one she had left behind. In 1985 Oliver Tambo, from his position in exile, had made a call to all South Africans to “make the country ungovernable” and people had heeded his call in droves. The youth were running riot and the government’s imposition of a series of states of emergency had done nothing to quell the resistance. Nonetheless, shortly after returning home, Winnie again set to doing what she had always done and looked for ways to help those she saw as vulnerable. To this end, Winnie established a place for disenfranchised youth to feel at home, organise, and socialise. This informal grouping of youngsters became known as the Mandela United Football Club (MUFC). As events in South Africa began to reach fever pitch in the late 1980s, with international calls for Nelson’s release resulting in massive pressure on the apartheid government, life on the ground was more precarious and dangerous than ever. Despite the government making grand concessions by releasing top ANC members such as Govan Mbeki at the end of 1987; in the townships, murder, disorder and civil unrest were the order of the day. Furthermore, in Soweto the MUFC were quickly gaining a reputation for operating with impunity as a kind of vigilante mafia under the tutelage of their coach, Jerry Richardson, who later revealed himself to have been a police informer during the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). TRC By the time the TRC was established in February 1996, Winnie had enough accusations made against her to warrant an 56 // Gauteng Gateway
appearance at an in camera hearing of the Human Rights Violations Committee. Winnie appeared before the TRC in 1997, which judged her to have been implicated in a number of assaults and murders carried out by the MUFC. At the end of Winnie’s own testimony, the chairman of the committee, Archbishop Desmond Tutu implored her to admit that whatever her intentions might have been in Soweto in the late 1980s, that “things went wrong.” Winnie responded that indeed “things went horribly wrong” and she apologised to the families of Stompie Seipei and Dr Abu-Baker Asvat.
harassment, personal pain and a wave of media controversy.
Post 1994 Following the attainment of democracy in 1994, Madikizela-Mandela became a Member of Parliament and Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture. Upon leaving Cabinet and Parliament, she dedicated her energy on working with different communities, especially people affected by HIV and AIDS, and poverty.
In a statement from the African National Congress (ANC) following the death of the struggle stalwart, the party called on women to wear black with a doek, beret or head scarf as part of the 10-day mourning period in honour of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
The life of Madikizela-Mandela encompasses commitment to community upliftment, opposition to apartheid and determination to build a non-racist, non-sexist and democratic South Africa. Her courage and leadership abilities have triumphed over years of political
Death and Legacy Following extended hospital visits to treat a kidney infection, Winnie Mandela passed away on April 2, 2018, in Johannesburg. A family spokesperson confirmed the death, saying, “The Mandela family is deeply grateful for the gift of her life and even as our hearts break at her passing‚ we urge all those who loved her to celebrate this most remarkable woman.”
Thousands of South African women paid tribute to the freedom fighter Winnie Madikizela-Mandela by wearing black clothes and a doek. Winnie MadikizelaMandela is still widely revered for her role in ending South Africa’s oppressive policies. Winnie Madikizela-Mandela’s name lives on as a woman of substance, a mother of the nation and undisputed heroine of the Struggle.. v
A collaboration of culture, business, and lifestyle
ith its beginnings in art, Maboneng has evolved into a collaborative hub of culture, business and lifestyle that entices curiosity, encourages exploration and promotes a sense of urban togetherness. Maboneng is a destination on the eastern side of the city’s business district offering retail stores, entertainment venues and restaurants mixed with residential, office and industrial spaces that appeal to a wide variety of people and businesses.
...a neighbourhood celebrated through art, with its finger firmly on the pulse of big business.
Maboneng Precinct From fine restaurants and entertainment venues, retail stores and art galleries, to The Bioscope, South Africa’s only independent cinema, Maboneng is a neighbourhood celebrated through art, with its finger firmly on the pulse of big business.
Office and light industrial space is being utilised by companies looking to expand their footprint in the city and surrounds. The vision for Maboneng is to evolve the precinct, revolutionising a significant
portion of Joburg’s inner city and incorporating business, housing and creative spaces to be used by people from all walks of life. Community projects like Trim Park – a community physical training facility, and Common Ground – Maboneng’s public park has resulted in an organic development of a tightly knit community – simply by residents, visitors and businesses interacting and engaging with the available public space and each other. Gauteng Gateway // 57
STAY Each room has a theme and the artwork in the corridors is as good as going to a gallery. The hotel has a restaurant and recreation areas including one for meditation and a rooftop boxing gym. 8) Lenin’s Vodka Bar This list of chilled cocktails here is long, with 11 Russian cocktails accounting for only a quarter of the (cocktail) menu. I had a Caipiroska instead of a Leningrad, KGB or Kremlin and enjoyed the mix including fresh limes and vodka. 9) Cocobel If you’re hot from all the dancing, cool down with home-made ice-cream from Cocobel’s green truck. 10) Time Anchor Distillery Or maybe you need to quench your thirst with a different kind of refreshment, then wind your way to this craft distillery nearby. Or just go to taste its craft gin and white rum with your friends. v
Maboneng’s continued success has resulted in its being echoed in other regions in the country. Rivertown, Maboneng’s partner precinct in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, is continuing the community and business development aspects for which it is globally known; and is proof there is
a thirst for integrated innercity community living in other South African urban areas.
croissants. Or if you want a vitamin boost, try a fruit shake and home-made banana bread.
TOP 10 SPOTS IN MABONGENG PRECINCT 1) Uncle Merv’s Original Shakes & Coffees This is the place for early morning cappuccinos and
2) Arts On Main Artists studios abound of course. But try your hand (or feet) at salsa dancing on the weekends. And when you need energy, the Canteen has a good menu and on Sundays the market has artisanal offerings. 3) POPArt A experiment in downtown Joburg, the POPArt Theatre is a singular place with a tiny bar and memorable shows. 4) The Bioscope This movie house screens bold and alternative movies and documentaries like ‘Miners Shot Down’, a film on the 2012 Marikana Massacre which won an International Emmy award
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REVOLUTIONISING A SIGNIFICANT PORTION OF JOBURG’S INNER CITY AND INCORPORATING BUSINESS, HOUSING AND CREATIVE SPACES TO BE USED BY PEOPLE FROM ALL WALKS OF LIFE.
last year. 5) Che Argentine Grill This is a grillhouse which lives up to the Argentinian tradition of fine meat and, if you’re lucky, you may spot someone doing the tango. In December 2016, this was the hot spot. 6) 12 Decades Hotel With a Hangout deck, Hide Out bar, Chill Out room and balcony, this is a place to make friends and find your feet in downtown Joburg. It has free Wi Fi, a shuttle service, bike rentals and a skate shop. What more do you need? 7) Curiocity Backpackers Acclaimed artists designed the rooms and conceptualised this hotel, celebrating Jozi’s history from 1886 to 2006.
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ENTERTAINMENT What makes Montecasino even more attractive is its accessibility to just about anywhere. The complex is only 30 minutes away from OR Tambo International Airport, it is close to numerous other shopping malls, just about all the major highways are accessible from here, and Sandton CBD is only moments away. Hotels The Palazzo is a 246 -oom luxury hotel that has been built to resemble an historic Mediterranean mansion. The hotel boasts beautiful landscaped gardens and a large swimming pool fringed by fountains. Other attractions include the elegant Medeo restaurant and the Mangwanani Spa Boutique. The 179-room SunSquare Montecasino hotel is located on the Piazza Square, which is in the heart of the Montecasino complex.
Gauteng’s Premier Entertainment Destination
ontecasino is located in the suburb of Fourways in northern Johannesburg. The casino and entertainment complex is designed to resemble an ancient Tuscan village and is named after the village of Monte Cassino near Rome in Italy. The property is owned by Tsogo Sun and houses a casino, conference and events facilities, hotels, a cinema, two theatres, dozens of restaurants and bars and three hotels. From the road, Montecasino is a typical Italian town - what could easily be mistaken for a quaint Tuscan or Umbrian hilltop village - right in the middle of modern Johannesburg’s northern suburbs. It is marketed as one of Gauteng’s premier entertainment destinations, as indeed it is. 60 // Gauteng Gateway
Inside the peaceful village is a R1.4 billion gaming, retail and leisure complex that includes a casino area that has more than 1700 slot machines and 70 gaming tables, the 5-star Palazzo MonteCasino Hotel, conferencing facilities, a wide-range of themed restaurants, shops and the Pieter Toerien Theatre. Johannesburg loves the Montecasino. Over weekends and in the evenings visitors flock here for late night shopping and an array of restaurants that include Japanese, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Eastern fusion and, of course, Italian. Off to one corner of Montecasino is the Palazzo hotel, a 5-star luxury hotel with 246 rooms and a swimming pool, whilst next door to the Montecasino is the Montecasino Bird Gardens - roughly 1000 birds and small animals housed in their natural setting.
From the road, Montecasino is a typical Italian town - what could easily be mistaken for a quaint Tuscan or Umbrian hilltop village - right in the middle of modern Johannesburg’s northern suburbs...
At the centre of the square are a set of huge dancing fountains and surrounding it are a choice of restaurants and bars and the Teatro, one of Johannesburg’s leading theatres. The Southern Sun Montecasino hotel has 194 rooms and the architecture is inspired by the 15th Century Palazzo Corsini in Italy’s picturesque mountain
Johannesburg loves the Montecasino. Over weekends and in the evenings visitors flock here for late night shopping and an array of restaurants that include Japanese, Portuguese, Mediterranean, Eastern fusion and, of course, Italian. region. Facilities include an outdoor swimming pool, business centre and gym. Conferencing and Events Montecasino has a wide choice of conferencing and events venues within its four hotels as well as the Pivot Conferencing centre which is located adjacent to the Southern Sun Montecasino hotel. Casino and Entertainment Montecasino is one of the largest casinos in Gauteng and has a wide range of entertainment options. The casino has over 1700 slot machines and 70 tables, as well as a private high rollers lounge and a smoking casino. Diners can choose from more than 40 restaurants, cafes and fast food outlets, while nightlife
options include the Vacca Matta club, 3SIXTY cocktail bar, the Cobblestone pub and Parker’s Comedy and Jive Club. Montecasino also has a 15 screen cinema and two top class theatres; the huge Teatro, which is the venue for major international productions such as Broadway musicals and the smaller Pieter Toerien Theatre which can seat up to 390 people and stages South African drama and comedy productions. v
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CONSTRUCTION was done in such a way as to provide an ample amount of fresh air, thermal comfort, daylight and connection to the exterior. “It’s a remarkable space for people; there’s a fully equipped gym, yoga decks, a running track and multipurpose courts set in the indigenously landscaped roof. These facilities encourage an active lifestyle. An expansive ground floor includes staff restaurants and coffee shops, while office spaces were designed for activity-based working and enhanced staff collaboration,” says Raytcheva-Schaap.
New Discovery building The largest 5-Star Green Star SA rated building
lobal engineering and infrastructure advisory company Aurecon is responsible for overseeing the delivery of the developers’ and Discovery’s green intent for the building. The company tapped into its diverse range of expertise to demonstrate leadership, innovation and transformation in achieving the project’s sustainability goals. “Receiving a GBCSA 5-Star certification for the largest Green Star certified new building, to date, in South Africa is a significant achievement. The size of the building, coupled with the way that employee well-being and health was placed at the heart of all the design principles, makes this a landmark
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project,” says Martin Smith, Aurecon Technical Director Buildings. In a property industry event organised by the GBCSA at the new building, the certification plaque was officially handed over to Discovery. Attendees at the function included the joint developers of the project – Growthpoint and Zenprop – as well as sustainability and mechanical consultant Aurecon. Greening a complex, mega precinct Situated on the corner of Rivonia Road and Katherine Street, the building is comprised of three linked office towers: a ground floor, eight office floors and an
activated roof level with sports facilities. The design features an abundance of natural light with most of the building being wrapped around a series of sunlit atria that illuminate the cores of the building. From its design to construction and operation, sustainable development has been a key priority for the developers and the tenant. Some of the green features of the building include optimally designed energy-efficient lighting, grey and rainwater harvesting systems, water-efficient sanitary fittings, as well as carbon monoxide monitoring in the basement. Aurecon also carried out in-depth analysis on the striking, swirling façade that draws light into the building and is critical to
The iconic new 112 000-m2 Discovery global headquarters in Sandton, Gauteng recently received a 5-Star Green Star SA rating by the Green Building Council South Africa (GBCSA), making it the largest new build project to receive this rating, to date. thermal heat control. Putting a spotlight on occupants’ health and well-being Yovka Raytcheva-Schaap, the Aurecon Associate providing environmentally sustainable design consulting and project management for the project, says the Discovery building creates an environment that is centered on occupants’ health and well-being. The design
The vision for the Discovery building extends beyond providing IEQ (Indoor Environment Quality) for the occupants, to the integration of a building into a healthier, more desirable surrounding precinct. The spaces between the buildings and how the buildings connect to these spaces, creates a livable, valuable precinct. The publicly accessible ground floor spills out into a landscaped podium and this will be extended as a ‘precinct connector’ to other developments in the area through innovative pedestrian links. Growthpoint Properties Office Division Director, Rudolf Pienaar, says that they are delighted to have achieved the GBCSA 5-Star certification for this development,
especially considering its scale and complexity. “The new Discovery head office is now among the most environmentally sustainable and efficient buildings in South Africa. Green building plays a key role in providing spaces in which businesses can thrive,” said Pienaar. “Our collaboration with Growthpoint over the years has helped us re-
imagine what can be achieved when sustainability, wellness and community are the golden thread throughout each design decision. It’s been a privilege to be involved in the project and I would like to congratulate Growthpoint, Zenprop and Discovery on creating such an iconic green precinct in the heart of Gauteng’s economic hub,” concludes Smith. v
Basics are always a good way to build up a look so starting off with the leggings you wear wearing to chill in summer plus a plain t-shirt basically lays down the ground for your autumn look. A lightweight jacket is warm enough to combat the cold while light enough to stand the random visits of the sun. Boots can also come out to play.
Be Winter Ready BY NESSAH
eing winter ready is always a mission for most people simply because we think new clothes are always the answer. If you happen not to be financially ready by the time Autumn comes then what now? Personally, winter is my favourite season so it kind of comes naturally to always be ready for it with the use of what I already own with a few additions here and there. Unlike summer, winter calls for easier simpler ways of dressing so you can get away with wearing the same boots, coats and scarfs from three years back. Because of this reason it is important that the majority of your winter wardrobe isn’t made up of fast fashion. Even though it seems like the cold has creeped up on us earlier than expected, transitioning will not be a problem if you haven’t gotten around to making your winter purchases. Certain looks you can
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create with last season’s pieces as well as last year’s winter clothes. At the moment we are in autumn and this can be a pretty confusing time because one minute it can be cold and the next it will be hot so it is essential to always have the basics that can help you when the weather dishes out such mood swings.
Play around with your looks and as much as you are more concerned with keeping warm, incorporate some colour for a touch of personality and life to lighten up the gloomy weather
Plaid Coats Plaid coats are a classic wardrobe essential and so are black dresses. If you do not own a plaid coat, anything plain can be a substitute as long as it has buttons and can easily come off when it gets warm. Your coat should be longer than your dress to create balance. Having your coat shorter than your dress or skirt looks tacky. We all want to look like we have put some effort into how we present ourselves. Long Length Cardigan A long length cardigan also comes to the rescue in this confusing time of the year. The length should be long enough to keep most of your body warm and the material should be light enough not to be a burden when the sun comes out to play but thick enough to keep you warm. As you can see, autumn and winter do not signal the absence of colour. Play around with your looks and as much as you are more concerned with keeping warm, incorporate some colour for a touch of personality and life to lighten up the gloomy weather. v
Winter calls for easier simpler ways of dressing so you can get away with wearing the same boots, coats and scarfs from three years back
PROPERTY It embraces integrated, new urban living with retail, offices, homes, hotels, a hospital, parks, dining, entertainment and more.
Waterfall City is at the heart of Waterfall, Gauteng’s newest work, live, play destination.
aterfall City spans 800 000m² mixed-use space and accounts for 60% of the entire Waterfall.
The Waterfall City Park lies to the south of the Mall of Africa, a 131 000m² mall that opened in April 2016 in the heart of the Waterfall City CBD.
The tailor-made 330ha new Waterfall City features everything expected from a vibrant modern city. It embraces integrated, new urban living with retail,
Waterfall City – Live, work, play
offices, homes, hotels, a hospital, parks, dining, entertainment and more. Waterfall City is more than a city, it’s a truly connected hub, fully-integrated lifestyle and offers a complete work-life package. The design is inspired by the contemporary principles of walkable, energised, mixed-use environments to create a truly first class city.
A central stage area provides the infrastructure needed to enable large open air concerts catering for crowds of up to 4 000 people. Food and drink service stations can be provided along the outer edge of the park on either side to ensure that the crowd’s needs are met without the need to enter the mall. The services provided for open air concerts cater for day and night time markets with capacity for 50 stalls. v
Waterfall City Park The Waterfall City Park is a 1.2 hectare inner-city green zone designed to bring the city’s residents and business people together and provide an area where families and friends can get together and enjoy nature within walking distance of their office or home.
The park features large open lawn areas where families can enjoy picnics and is enclosed by lanes of tall trees. A musical and interactive water fountain on the northern edge of the park provides entertainment to children and adults alike with numerous seating areas where business people can enjoy their lunch in the serene environment.
Waterfall City responds to business needs, meeting specific tenant requirements, creating efficient, tailor-made premises for respected leaders in their own fields of business. In addition to premium-grade corporate offices, Waterfall City also accommodates tenant-driven low-density office developments, hand-picked to benefit those who come to Waterfall City to work, live, shop, stay and play in the fastest growing urban node in Africa.
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The Lion and Safari Park The Lion Park tourist destination, well loved by locals and foreigners alike, became a popular experience for all over the last 50 years. Having moved to the Cradle of Humankind in July 2016, this new must-see world class facility, called Lion and Safari Park, offers guests a memorable experience.
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he new park offers a wealth of exciting activities such as animal interactions, guided game drives and self-drives. You are guaranteed to get super-close to some of Africa’s favourite animals whether you go on an informative guided tour or selfdrive. Guests also have the opportunity to engage in the experience of hand feeding a selection of animals including giraffes, ostriches and various other antelope species that roam freely on the 600-hectare property and frequently visit the wetlands in front of ‘the Wetlands’ Bar and Restaurant. Guided Tours The Lion & Safari Park is home to a vast selection of indigenous species such as Lion (Brown and White), Cheetah, Hyena (Brown, Spotted and Striped), Leopard (including black leopard), Wild Dogs, Sable antelope, Kudu, Nyala to mention only a few.
Guests can enjoy a variety of different guided tours. The trained guides turn every tour into an informative and educational trip as they share interesting facts. Tour options include; Lion & Wild Dog Tour, Mini Safari, Night tours (with predator feeding), Private Exclusive tours, Alex Tour, Cheetah and Lion Walks. The 3-hour Safari is the flagship tour which includes snacks and drinks on the bank of the Crocodile river. The famous animal trainer Alex Larenty promises to provide a fun-filled experience as he interacts with fully grown lions on the ‘Alex tour’.
A visit to the park provides the perfect opportunity for children to learn about the animals and research programmes that the Lion and Safari Park is involved in
Self-drives Guests also have the option to drive their own vehicles through the lion and wild dog enclosures and the new extended route to the hyena enclosures will provide the opportunity to see many different antelope species such as Giraffe, Kudu, Gemsbuck, Warthog, Sable, Nyala and many more.
meters away. Take a short walk from the restaurants to visit the meerkat, porcupine and mongoose enclosures.
unique hand-crafted curios, jewellery and clothing, which make great gifts for those back home.
Apart from being a world class tourist destination, the Lion and Safari Park turns any conference, function or event into something unique.
Open every day of the year Entrance to the restaurants, curio shops and kiddie’s playground is free, and guests only pay for activities. The cost of
Retail The park’s photographic centre will capture your memories with a great range of printing options such as photobooks, mugs, keyrings, puzzles and more. The 5 dome shopping experience’ offers a vast selection of
a visit to the Lion and Safari Park is well priced for both local and international guests.
The park is a paradise for children The beautifully designed playground next to the restaurants will keep the young ones entertained. This makes the perfect venue for kiddie’s birthday parties. A day visit to the park also provides the perfect opportunity for schoolchildren to learn about the animals and various research programmes that the Lion and Safari Park is involved in. Restaurants The Bull ‘n Buck grill provides a premier dining experience with a top wine list and a delicious menu, venison of course being the Grill’s speciality dish complimenting that true African sensation. Alternatively, the Wetlands Restaurant is a great family choice to enjoy a quick meal whilst enjoying the view of antelope grazing
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Pearl Thusi (born 13 May 1988) is a South African actress, model, radio, and television personality, known for her portrayal of Patricia Kopong in The No. 1 Ladies’ Detective Agency, Dayana
Bonang Matheba is a South African television personality, radio host and businesswoman. She is a former host of “The Front Row” radio show on SABC’s Metro FM and the brand ambassador for Revlon Cosmetics South Africa.
Minenhle Jones (born Minenhle Dlamini, July 7, 1990), simply known as Minnie, is a South African on-air personality, actress and model. In 2010 she was selected as the new presenter for LIVE, a South African music show that airs on SABC 1.
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Trevor Noah is a South African comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host. He is best known for being the host of The Daily Show on Comedy Central since September 2015.
DJ Zinhle is a very talented South African club DJ and has made her mark on the local scene. This career woman is also a mother to her one-year-old daughter, Kairo Owethu Forbes, who 76 // Gauteng Gateway
she has with fellow local celeb and musician AKA.
Refiloe Maele Phoolo
Refiloe Maele Phoolo (born 16 December 1990, in Mafikeng), professionally known as Cassper Nyovest, is a South African recording artist and record producer. His debut album Tsholofelo was released on 18 July 2014. He is currently signed to his own independent label and media company, Family Tree.
Mampasi in the ABC thriller Quantico and Samkelo in the romantic drama film Catching Feelings.
Boitumelo Thulo (born April 28, 1990 in Potchefstroom), professionally known as “Boity”, is a South African actress and TV presenter known for her role as Mpho Bogatsu on Mzansi Magic’s Rockville and presenting e.tv’s music show, Club 808.
Theron received critical acclaim for her portrayal of serial killer Aileen Wuornos in Monster, for which she won the Academy Award, Silver Bear, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actress, among other accolades, becoming the first South African to win
an Academy Award in a major acting category.
Kiernan Jarryd Forbes, known by his stage name AKA, is a South African hip hop recording artist and record producer. AKA has opened for Kanye West, Snoop dogg, Rick Ross, 2 Chainz, Big Sean and Kendrick Lamar in their South African tours. He has won many awards including “Best Street Urban Music Album” and “Male Artist of the Year” at the 18th South African Music Awards. v
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Deneys Reitz’s New Building in Alice Lane Sandton is Evocative
The new building provides our staff with an environment in which they will be comfortable and happy.
he structure of Deneys Reitz’s new building in Alice Lane Sandton is evocative. Like the merger of two corporations into a new structure, the two towers of Deneys Reitz’s iconic building are joined in a way that will enable it to provide an integrated holistic service of all its divisions to corporate clients. Clients will enjoy the added benefits of access to a sophisticated arbitration centre, multiple video conference facilities, regular lectures in the imposing auditorium, and an outdoor deck for more relaxed interaction. “We consider this move as another step in the evolution of the Deneys Reitz brand”, says the firm’s chairman, Michael Hart. Ten years ago we were one of the first large corporate law firms to relocate to our own building in Sandton. When we originally took occupation of our existing building, we anticipated that it would provide us with sufficient space for growth to see us through a period of 12 years. Three years ago we recognised that we would in fact outgrow the building well before we had originally estimated.” The firm investigated the possibility of adding additional bulk to its existing site. During its investigations Deneys Reitz was approached by Zenprop with a proposal regarding a new building to be erected at 15 Alice Lane. That proposal has ultimately turned into the iconic building that has so quickly become a feature of the Sandton skyline.
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“The new building befits our status as a premier corporate law firm. It signifies our commitment to continued growth and expansion and to ensuring that we provide our corporate clients with a service and an environment of which we and they can, collectively, be proud. The new building provides our staff with an environment in which they will be comfortable and happy. This in turn will assist us in attaining our goal of being the pre-eminent corporate law firm in Africa with pan African reach and presence providing quality work and quality service to clients. The new Sandton building should not be seen in isolation. It is part of an overall strategy that has seen Deneys Reitz move into a new building on the La Lucia Ridge in Durban and revamp and remodel its existing Cape Town premises to better reflect the
firm’s corporate image and that of its clients. The renaming of the building Deneys Reitz occupies in Cape Town from Southern Life Centre to Deneys Reitz House further signifies the firm’s commitment to the Cape Town CBD. “Our new premises provide us with the ideal platform to partner with our clients as they continue to grow and expand their businesses both within and outside of South Africa, especially into the rest of Africa. We are proud to be investing further in Africa and we are grateful to our clients and our incredible staff for their continued support. We have no doubt that the move into our new building will signify the start of a new chapter in the Deneys Reitz history and a further period of growth and development. We look forward to the journey with our clients and the country on this path.” v
Essential lessons for entrepreneurs
’ve been in the entrepreneurship game for more than 30 years now. I’ve applied a lot of the lessons I learned in life to starting and growing my businesses. And believe it or not, keeping these in mind has helped my businesses succeed. 1. Take the plunge sooner rather than later. If you’ve been thinking about starting a business but haven’t gotten around to doing it, what are you waiting for? Of course, it’s important to conduct a business risk analysis and develop a solid business plan. But if you’ve done all of your homework and keep waiting for “the right time,” you might be waiting for a while. You often hear that there’s no perfect
time to do certain things in life. It’s easy to make excuses as to why you’re putting off your dreams -- like traveling, buying a home, etc. Starting a business is the same way. But, taking risks is all part of the fun of living life to its fullest -- including starting a business. Being able to take calculated risks is an important attribute of entrepreneurs. By default, anyone who starts a business is a risk taker. There’s no guarantee a business will survive. But, taking that initial plunge is the first step in proving that you have what it takes to live out your dream. Taking the plunge doesn’t just apply to those of you thinking of owning a business. It also applies to those of you who are already business owners. Each
There are many truths in starting and operating a successful business. Many business truths are common sense concepts – like if you run out of cash, your business might not make it. But, you can also draw on general life lessons when growing your business day in business, you take risks. Should you unveil a new line of products or services? Should you invest? Should you expand your business? If you wait too long to take the plunge, you might miss a golden opportunity. 2. Push yourself outside of your comfort zone. To grow as an individual, you need to stretch yourself. You might try new foods, change up your routine, or travel somewhere you’ve never been. Every one of us goes through difficult situations and has opportunities to leave our comfort zone. Likewise, you need to be willing to Gauteng Gateway // 79
ENTREPRENEURSHIP Being loyal in business is another vital part of business growth. It’s important to stay loyal to the people who have helped you get where you are, especially your employees and customers.
Successful business owners are comfortable pushing the envelope in most things they do. I forced myself to leave my comfort zone throughout my entrepreneurship journey, and in my life, and I’m so glad I did leave your comfort zone when you start or own a business. Facing situations that are outside our comfort zones is just a part of life. If we refuse to leave our comfort zones, we could miss out on big things. And, it could lead to the destruction of your business. Successful business owners are comfortable pushing the envelope in most things they do. I forced myself to leave my comfort zone throughout my entrepreneurship journey, and in my life, and I’m so glad I did. I’ve always been more of an introvert than an extrovert, and in my startup days, the thought of public speaking terrified me. As a business owner, I knew I needed to conquer my fears. To date, I have spoken at about 70 business conventions. Writing was not my forte, either. I graduated from college with an engineering degree, so I didn’t practice my writing much. But once I started my first business, I forced myself
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When you’re loyal to your employees, you can expect high retention rates, quality work and increased employee engagement. When you are loyal to your customers, you don’t sacrifice the quality of your offerings. You help them work through questions and concerns they have. If you remain loyal to your customers and employees, the majority will remain loyal to you.
to write a 20-page weekly newsletter. I did this for eight years! I’m 100 percent sure that my willingness to conquer my fears and push myself outside my comfort zone was instrumental to the growth and success of my businesses. So, what’s your comfort zone look like? 3. Strengthen your communication skills. Having good communication skills will help get you far in life. Being able to communicate helps you make connections, diffuse conflicts, vocalize your viewpoints and understand what others have to say. Likewise, I’ve learned that communication skills are essential for growing your business. In fact, they just might be the most important trait for business growth. You don’t have to be a TV talk show host, but you must be willing to be a little outgoing. If you’re a good verbal communicator, can speak well enough that people understand you and are able to speak in front of an audience (if necessary), your
It’s important to stay loyal to the people who have helped you get where you are, especially your employees and customers... odds of business success increase. Public speaking and writing were very limiting constraints for me when I started my business. I was terrified of public speaking, and I was a terrible writer! If you want to strengthen your communication skills, practice. Consider starting a blog or speaking in public. And, you can practice every day in your personal life, too! 4. Stay loyal to the people who helped get you where you are. Think about all the people you’re loyal to in your personal life. And, think about how strong that relationship has to be for you to want to be loyal to them.
5. Embrace failure Failure is probably one of the least liked words in the English language. But if we spend all our energy getting self-conscious and closing off when we fail at something in life, we won’t be able to bounce back, learn from it and grow. In life and business, once you learn what causes failure and learn how to recover, you have a recipe for success. Business failures might shake you up for a bit. But instead of thinking that every failure is going to end in small business bankruptcy, you can look at them as learning
experiences. Every time you fail in business, you have the opportunity to turn your situation around. Running my businesses hasn’t always been a walk in the park. I’ve made decisions that cost me money, and I faced failure during
the Great Recession. At first, I didn’t want to admit that these failures were happening. But once I did, I embraced and fought through them. Thankfully, my startups pulled through. And, I learned a great deal from that those experiences. Sometimes, the only way to learn important lessons is by failing. v
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