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Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

Nelson Mandela Bay to host major tourism conference: SATSA 2018 Conference

L-R: Dewald Nieman, Eastern Cape Chapter Chairperson; Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism CEO, Ms Mandlakazi Skefile and SATSA Chief Executive Officer, David Frost at the recent Eastern Cape chapter meeting and conference venue site inspections. Nelson More »

IMF delivers SA a vote of confidence

IMF delivers SA a vote of confidence

The IMF’s latest World Economic Outlook say the onset of a new political leadership in SA has reduced policy uncertainty The IMF has given SA a vote of confidence, revising its growth projections, but also warned that More »

Gender row sees Mark Lamberti resign as Imperial CEO

Gender row sees Mark Lamberti resign as Imperial CEO

Mark Lamberti has resigned as Imperial CEO‚ following an adverse judgment in the case brought by fired employee Adila Chowan‚ whom he called a “female employment equity candidate”. Imperial has promoted its chief financial officer‚ Osman Arbee‚ More »

Key witness in case against Nigerian pastor shot at in PE

Key witness in case against Nigerian pastor shot at in PE

PAMELLA Mabini, the woman who is one of the key witnesses in the case against a Nigerian pastor charged with human trafficking and the rape of young girls, was threatened and shot More »

Nelson Mandela Bay residents cry out for jobs as IDP and Budget meetings continue

Nelson Mandela Bay residents cry out for jobs as IDP and Budget meetings continue

IDP and Public Participation meetings currently under-way continues to draw crowds hungry for accelerated service delivery, job creation and crime reduction. The meeting held recently held in the Chatty Community Hall was no different. Hundreds of residents More »

 

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Ford still dodging burning issue of a Kuga recall

The video clip posted on Facebook by Maria Daniels of Port Elizabeth at the weekend of her Ford Kuga on fire was more alarming than all the other burning Kuga videos and photos on social media.

That’s because she’d responded to Ford SA’s request that all owners of 1.6-litre Kugas built between December 15‚ 2012‚ and October 20‚ 2014‚ take their vehicles to a Ford dealer for a “safety check” of the coolant system‚ to avoid engine overheating.

But Ford SA claims the check wasn’t done properly.

Daniels bought the used vehicle on December 9 from a Ford dealership‚ and when it failed to start a few weeks later‚ she contacted the dealership‚ which replaced the faulty battery.

She asked that the announced safety check be done on the same day – December 29.

“They returned my car a few hours later‚ assuring me that everything was fine and that it was only the battery that was faulty‚” Daniels posted on Facebook.

But two days later‚ on New Year’s Eve‚ as she was driving the Kuga‚ a fire started in the engine compartment.

“Everybody managed to get out of the car just in time‚” she wrote.

“We are all traumatised‚ struggling to sleep‚ emotionally and psychologically scarred.”

Two other Kuga fires have been reported in the past week.

ConsumerLIVE put it to Ford SA that Daniels’ experience suggested that either the safety check was not carried out properly‚ or that something else‚ unrelated to the coolant system‚ caused the fire.

“Either way‚ the 6300 affected Kuga owners’ confidence in the check will now understandably be severely dented.

“In light on ongoing reports of Kuga fires‚ and the very real danger this poses to Kuga owners‚ is it not time that Ford comes to the conclusion that the ‘available data’ does indeed indicate that action is needed‚ and fast action at that‚ with regard to a safety recall?”

Responding‚ Ford SA spokesman Minesh Bhagaloo said it appeared that the car was checked for a fault code‚ which was “addressed”.

“But it does not appear that it received the maintenance check. We are continuing to investigate with the dealer.”

Ford SA has provided Daniels with a loan vehicle in the meantime.

Asked how many of the 6300 owners of affected Kugas had responded to Ford SA’s safety check announcement via e-mail‚ SMS and social media since December 22‚ Bhagaloo said: “It is still early days on the maintenance action‚ particularly given the seasonal holiday‚ so we aren’t able to give you a number of vehicles that have been checked at this stage.”

There was no comment about the burning issue – a safety recall.

Kaveen Jimmy‚ whose brother Reshall burnt to death in his 1.6-litre Ford Kuga while holidaying in Wilderness last December – and is campaigning with his sister Renisha for justice via a Facebook page “Ford Vehicles Burning” – said they had documented 42 Kuga fires to date.

“Ford SA continues to say that will act swiftly if a recall is necessary‚” he said.

“What are they waiting for – another loss of life?”

– TMG Digital

RADIO ACTIVE PRODUCTIONS PUBLISHING ANNOUNCES THE DEBUT ALBUM “THE JOURNEY” FROM MARCUS PITIE

Port Elizabeth based record label Radio Active Productions Publishing is thrilled to announce the release of the debut album from Marcus Pitie, titled “The journey” available on digital platforms including iTunes, Spotify, MTN, Vodacom as well as on CD from Marcus.pitie@outlook.com

Marcus Pities’ long awaited album the journey, recently released digitally and available locally on CD, has already garnered great support from friends and critics alike. Described as easy listening jazz with a sound, which appeals to all irrespective of race or creed, ‘The Journey’ a self-produced collection of jazz instrumentals fuses smooth melodies with soulful performances, a great companion to jazz lovers and music enthusiasts alike.

Having played and produced on other artists albums but still with a desire to one day release his own, Marcus, teamed up with local label Radio Active Productions Publishing and spent seven months in studio, writing, recording, arranging and perfecting a collection of his own tunes for his debut. With musical influences such as Jonathan Butler, Lee Ritenour and Paul Jackson Jnr, there is something on this album that will appeal to everyone. From Sunday afternoon drive companion tunes like cruising, to title track the Journey each song has been crafted to tell the story of Marcus’ musical journey. One which he is excited to share with his listeners Native to the Eastern Cape having been born and raised in Uitenhage, Marcus Pitie has always had a love for music.

Teaching himself guitar at the age of eight to overcome a hospital stay, Marcus continued to add other instruments to his skills set, and has a natural gift when it comes to playing This soft spoken musician, now a husband and father brings a depth to his music, often preferring to let it speak when his words fail When not playing himself Marcus can be found teaching instruments, producing and engineering other local artists.

Launching to radio next month, Marcus has already received great response to his music, through bookings, social media and various interviews.

-NMBT

Parliament praises ‘student-driven initiatives’ like Feet4Fees walkers

Parliament’s portfolio committee on higher education and training on Tuesday praised student-driven initiatives like the Feet4Fees campaign.

That campaign saw 15 students from the University of the Witwatersrand leave Johannesburg on foot on December 1‚ with the intention of reaching their destination‚ Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in Port Elizabeth‚ on December 20.

“They’ve done it!” a post on www.feet4fees.co.za trumpeted as the walkers arrived in PE on Monday‚ a day ahead of schedule.

“One after the other they shared their experiences and what they learnt from the adventure. The most common conviction that was distilled through 19 days of walking in the scorching sun‚ over hills and through valleys‚ was: ‘Together we can do it!’ ”

This earned the praise of committee chairperson Connie September‚ who said: “This is testament that students are seeing government’s attempts to make education as affordable as possible and that they want to contribute as well.

“Parliament acknowledges all these efforts including the ones that many student representative councils will engage on when universities reopen.”

September added: “We support the students and we are behind their initiatives of constructively contributing to the sector.”

Last week‚ TMG Digital reported that the group’s leader‚ Reuben Oosthysen‚ said the idea of walking was inspired by the late former statesman Nelson Mandela’s “long walk to freedom”.

“The aim is to raise awareness on the state of our education system and how we can address the problems that we face. It is also to raise funds‚” Oosthysen said‚ adding that they had‚ at the time‚ raised R7-million.

September also said on Tuesday that the deadline extension for funding applications from the National Student Financial Aid Scheme (NSFAS) “will go a long way to benefit even a wider range of students who might have missed out”.

She said “this noble gesture speaks to government’s commitment to expand access to higher education” and urged those who have not applied to take note of the new submissions deadline.

Last Thursday‚ NSFAS CEO Msulwa Daca said it been so inundated with requests that it has extended the period for applications.

The original application process opened on August 1 and closed on November 30‚ but NSFAS executive management decided to open a second and last application window for financial aid.

Applications for students who wish to study at technical and vocational education and training colleges will open from January 9‚ 2017 and close on February 14‚ 2017; and applications for students who wish to study at universities will open from January 9‚ 2017 and close on January 20‚ 2017.

September said: “The committee welcomes this move and thinks that it will go a long way to benefit even a wider range of students who might have missed out on the initial deadline for applications.

“Parliament is excited as this means a wider group will now be considered for government assistance.”

– TMG Digital

BASF South Africa supports mathematics and science education initiative

Port Elizabeth, South Africa, November 2016. BASF in South Africa made a donation today of R200 000 to the Incubating Great Engineering Minds (iGEMS) programme to support the study of Mathematics and Science amongst the disadvantaged communities in the Nelson Mandela Metropole. This is the second year that the company has supported this project.

iGEMS is a Nelson Mandela Bay based education-to-employment initiative led by the Unity in Africa Foundation, in partnership with Go for Gold and the Govan Mbeki Mathematics Development Unit of the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.  It is a collaboration between companies and civil society created to improve the number of candidates from disadvantaged communities eligible to study towards a technical profession and secure employment.

The programme provides senior high school extra tuition in Mathematics and Science through after-school and Saturday morning tutoring, offers career guidance through an internship ‘gap’ year at the sponsoring companies, bridges the gap between school and university by providing courses in Mathematics and Science for the internship students in order to better prepare them for university studies, provides information on and access to bursaries for tertiary studies, develops pupils’ leadership and community service skills, secures employment with sponsoring companies, and focusses strongly on leadership development.

Launched in 2015 with an initial Grade 11 intake of 16 students, the 2016 intake has seen 13 of these students progress to their second year, and a new intake of 30 Grade 11 pupils.  According to iGEMS programme manager, Laurene Booth-Jones, iGEMS is particularly focused on aligning their programme with the needs of the automotive, construction and renewable energy sectors and related industries. “At iGEMS, we are committed to enabling growing numbers of young people from disadvantaged communities in the Port Elizabeth and Uitenhage area to benefit from our holistic education and leadership development programme,” she said.

BASF Country Cluster South Africa Head, Benoit Fricard, said that developing future engineers and scientists is crucial for the success of the chemical and manufacturing industries.  “At BASF we are firmly committed to supporting the upliftment of science, mathematics and engineering programmes that will ultimately support the sustainability of our industry,” he said. BASF South Africa’s Port Elizabeth based Mobile Emissions Catalysts Site Director, Paul Allday said: “We are proud to be one of the initial companies that came on board last year to support this programme and believe that, down the line, we will have played a role in producing a pool of young talent who will be equipped for the workplace.”

CELEBRATING 5 YEARS OF GOOD MUSIC

The much awaited 5th Annual Ebubeleni Music festival promises to be the biggest ever music concert in Port Elizabeth by far.  New and a bigger venue with very user-friendly facilities.

“Aldo Scribante Racetrack is this year’s venue.  We have been looking for Ebubeleni’s home for the past 4 years and Scribante Racetrack just seems to be what we have been looking for, – plenty of safe parking, massive revellers’ space to picnic and dance, braai facilities, sheltered Vendors’ Food Stalls, Easy Access to the venue, just off ramp from main road for people coming from all the townships and suburbs and people entering Port Elizabeth from all angles” said Marc Mahambehlala, Project Manager of Ebubeleni Music Festival.

The event will be held at Scribante Racetrack on the 30th of December, the last [Friday]weekend of 2016. The growth of this festival has seen its support by revellers, primarily and initially from the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro increase to a national event status seeing revellers from all over the country’s nine provinces trek down to Port Elizabeth to enjoy the festival.

What has marked this event’s uniqueness from the other motley of music festivals around the country is its family orientated theme, where people bring their picnic baskets, cooler boxes, camp chairs etc. Another insistence of the organisers is all inclusiveness of the event wherein all genres across all races are accommodated in terms of performing artists thus embracing the spirit of togetherness and social cohesion.

This year’s line up has been carefully selected to cater for young and old and it includes Mzansi’s multi-awards winners Mafikizolo, The Legendary – Tsepo Tshola from Lesotho; seasoned Xhosa R&B Singer Ringo Madlingozi; American Vocalist Monique Bingham; American Grammy Award Nominated R&B and soul singer-songwriter and actress Syleena Johnson of “I’m Your Woman” fame. Also sharing the stage will be South African chart toppers appealing mostly, but not limited to, youth TiMO ODV, Musa , Fifi Cooper, Emtee, Babes Wodumo, DJ’s:  SPHEctacula & Naves and Port Elizabeth Born stars, Vusi Nova, Phinda Matlala and NaakMusiQ supported by the very best of Nelson Mandela Bay’s local artists.

Tickets are still very reasonable although the line up is so beefed up, in November only, there is a special for one to see their favourite artists with an Early Bird ticket at R160 for general access, from December it is back to R200 for a general ticket, R250 for Golden Circle, R700 for VIP and R50 for Cooler Box Tickets.

Tickets can be purchased from Computicket, Shoprite, Checkers and House & Home stores nationwide. Revellers must please make sure that they purchase all their tickets before the event including the Cooler Box Ticket, because strictly no tickets will be sold at the gate.

Gates at Scribante Racetrack will open at 10:00am and the festival starts from 12:00 until late.  People are urged to come early to secure their picnic and braai spots. Revellers can either bring their meat or buy braai packs from various Tshisa Nyama’s at the venue.  There will also be a Public Cash Bar for any top ups and enough Food Stalls who will be sponsored by White Star Super Maize meal.

We have also partnered with Uber and would like to encourage people to please consider leaving their cars at home and rather use Uber Services so that they can be 100% sure of enjoying themselves without worrying about driving tired after hours  and of their safety.  To sign up they can get a safe and reliable ride with the Uber app. First ride is free up to the value of R100 when you download the app and sign up with the promo code EBUBELENI16.

The 5th Ebubeleni Music Festival is brought to you and supported by The National Department of Arts and Culture, National Lotteries Commission, Nelson Mandela Bay Municipality, Nelson Mandela Bay Tourism, Mzansi Magic Music, Vodacom, Umhlobo Wenene FM,  KQ Fm, The New Age Newspaper and Mahambehlala Communications.

For more information, please contact Mahambehlala Communications on 041 819 9898 or  like us on Facebook (Ebubeleni Music Festival) and follow us on Twitter and Instagram.

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Collaboration is the key to growth in South Africa

BUSINESS, labour and government pulling together; this alliance is crucial for growing South Africa as a country.

Delivering this powerful message at a Business Breakfast hosted in Port Elizabeth this morning [10 November], Justice Malala, well-known political commentator, was upbeat about the future of the country.

“We are not building a country if we move in different directions,” Malala said.

Talking on the sideline after the event, Malala explained that in order to avert a ratings agency downgrade, these three key stakeholders should not see each other as enemies but rather nurture collaboration between each other to ensure real growth in the country.

Malala was the guest speaker at a business event hosted by the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber, in partnership with Investec Private Bank and General Motors South Africa, at Running Waters in Port Elizabeth.

He commended the national CEO Initiative, which started an SME Fund of R1.5-billion, as well as other pledges made by business – including those based in Nelson Mandela Bay – to give internships and bursaries to worthy students and unemployed youth.

Malala said he saw more opportunities than challenges in the country, which was finding itself in a second transition.

“Power is no longer in one room… Business, civil society and church leaders are all stepping up. There is a change in society with people regaining their voices. We will see more voices emerging, which is a sign of the country changing,” Malala said.

Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber CEO Kevin Hustler shared Malala sentiments that business and civil society were indeed pushing for a better country. He said Nelson Mandela Bay, specifically, was on the cusp of great things to come.

“There is a lot of hope in the buoyancy of Nelson Mandela Bay, and we expect big things to come over the next five years. As the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber we pride ourselves on the strong collaboration we have with other stakeholders in the city. We all want the city to grow, and indeed this can only be achieved through strong collaboration,” Hustler said.