8 February SONA Activations 2017 February 8, 2017 By Anga Mtongana Latest News 0 As the country prepares to listen to the annual State of The Nation Address (SONA) on Thursday 9 February at 7pm, Buffalo City Metro (BCM) together with Government Communications and Information System (GCIS), Road Accident fund (RAF) and Public Participation launched the pre-SONA activation campaign. Activities kicked off with a train ride from East London, passing Mdantsane and the last stop was Berlin on February 2. The main activity was to distribute government information products which include SONA leaflets, newsletters, general government information leaflets and interacting with people about their expectation from the upcoming SONA and about service delivery in general. This programme was one of the pre-SONA activations intended to create awareness about the upcoming State of the Nation Address scheduled for 9 February 2017. The theme for SONA 2017 is The year of Oliver Reginald Tambo: Unity in Action Together Moving South Africa Forward. Speaking to one of the train commuters from East London to Berlin, Bayambela Sifumba said, “I am concerned with how the government plans to deal with issues of unemployment and service delivery in our community.” According to the GCIS website (www.gcis.co.za), the President will provide an update on the implementation of the Programme of Action based on the National Development Plan (NDP). The 2017 SONA will also be delivered within the context of the current strides made by government to respond to the various challenges that our country is facing. Public Participation Practitioner Kenneth Kodwa said, “We set out to share information with the public about the SONA, we acknowledge the importance of community involvement in sound governance and also in keeping with the Batho Pele principals.” The public is encouraged to participate in discussions on Facebook (GovernmentZA) and Twitter on the hashtag #SONA2017 Other activation events include a radio debate amongst school pupils from two high schools in Duncan Village namely Kusile and Sinovuyo High on Kumkani FM, 6 February and a dialogue session with the community that will be held in Berlin 8 February. The SONA will be broadcast live on television, radio and social media from 7pm on February 9. Related 2017 Energy Indaba To register for the Indaba stakeholders can log on to www.bcmmenergyindaba.co.za - the registration fee for stakeholders is R1000 which covers all meeting materials, a goodie bag and all meals for the two-day session. For Corporate Sponsorship one can obtain the forms on http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/notices/Energy_Sponsor_2017.pdf while exhibitors can go to http://www.buffalocitymetro.gov.za/Portals/0/notices/Energy_Exhibition_2017.pdf Exhibitors for more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org RSVP and contact info on email@example.com If you have any additional queries on the Indaba contact Dineo Mancotywa on 083 243 6123 or firstname.lastname@example.org The Indaba Registration closes on November 17, 2017. The Indaba opens on Monday 20 November followed by a cocktail event in the evening and closes on Tuesday, 21 November 2017. The theme for this year’s Indaba is “BCMM Energy Alternative Energy Solutions for Sustainable Development” Follow us on Facebook @BuffaloCityMetro and Twitter on @OfficialBCMM with the #BCMMEnergyIndaba 2017 Standard Bank Ironman 70.3 The East London’s superb location, nestled in the incredible coastal area makes it a perfect host for this testing exceptional race. This year, the race is expected to pull more pro-athletes from around the world including defending champions, Jodie Swallow and Matt Trautmann. The Metro’s Executive Mayor Xola Pakati said that he is delighted that the City hosts the prestigious event each year. “As hosts of such an important sporting event, Buffalo City receives international and local compliments. The event gives the city an opportunity to show the world the true South African hospitality as well as boosting tourism and adding to the economy of the City,” said Pakati. “Buffalo City is ready to host the 2017 edition of the Ironman 70.3 and we are looking forward to the spectacular race.” The race kicks off at 7am with a 1.9km swim at East London's Orient Beach, the swim’s first leg will be 300 metres long, the marker must be rounded on the right hand side (marker must be on your left). After turning left around this buoy the next leg is 700 metres, this buoy must also be rounded on the right hand side. The following leg is 200 metres long and again you must round the buoy on the right. The final leg before the exit to the beach is 500 metres long and you need to round this last buoy on the left. The exit to the beach is 200 metres away. The cut-off time for the swim is one hour and 10 minutes. Following the swim is a 90 kilometre cycle on the N2 Highway. The first portion is along the Esplanade (beach front) where after the route follows the R72 motorway towards the Nahoon River. The route then turns left and follows the N2 highway towards King William’s Town. It is a continuous climb with a few flat sections to the turnaround point at Berlin just outside East London at 45 kilometres. The return route is on the opposite side of the N2 highway back to transition. Aid Stations will be available at the 18 kilometre, 45 kilometre and 72 kilometre marks. The cut-off time for the cycle is four hours and five minutes. The last leg is the 21.1 kilometre run around the Esplanade. Triathletes run down the Esplanade, passing the Orient Theatre and along the eastern Esplanade up into John Bailie Road towards Schenker Road. The route turns back on the second loop of the race which also goes out on the pier before turning around to the finishing line. According to the race’s legend John Duke, who started competing in the Ironman events in 1982, the race is anybody’s game and anybody can claim the title and be the Ironman. "People who think that the title is unattainable, I tell them that it is possible. I can take a person that does not have an athletic bone in their body and make them into a triathlete if they’re willing to put in the time. I’m the perfect example. I am not a great athlete, just a hard worker." Residents should also note that there will be road closures: Entrance to the Orient Beach Complex will be closed to all public and vehicles from Friday 27 January to Tuesday 31 January 2017 The following road closures will apply on Sunday 29 January 2017 from 6am until 1pm. On the N2, it will be closed from Beacon Bay offramp (Exit 1051) to Blaney intersection. While on the NEX / R72, the road will be closed from Buffalo Park Drive to Wyse Avenue (Christian Centre intersection) from 6am until 5pm. At Currie Street / Esplanade Street it will be closed from Orient Road to John Bailie Road. Other road closures include the John Bailie Road, Turnberry Avenue, Glen Eagles Road, Galway Road and Epsom Road Intersection 2017 BCMM Agricultural Show The BCMM Agricultural Show was a two-day event which began from 20-21September 2017. Day one consisted of information sharing. Speakers gave talks on topics such as markets as well exports. Potential investors and agricultural companies were also invited to make presentations. Day two consisted of demonstrations of exhibition of stalls. Farmers with produce were judged on the day by judges based on how they presented their work. Speaking about the programme Portfolio Head for Local Economic Development Pumla Nazo said, “The programme seeks to acknowledge, encourage and increase the participation of emerging farmers in agricultural sector. The major thrust of this programme is to underline the fact that the emerging farmers play a significant role in food security, job creation, economic growth and poverty alleviation”. “The programme has a long term ambition to leveraged emerging farmers from subsistence and small holder producers to commercial entrepreneur who will also venture in to export market,” she said. The categories that they were judged on comprised of; · Fresh produce farmers · Grain produce farmers · Livestock farmers (small & large) · Poultry farmers · Beadwork · Hand work and · Home industry According to a Municipal Report, the aim and objectives of the agricultural show are: · To provide an environment for all those involved in agricultural development to exhibit their products · To disseminate information on agricultural products for which there is a potential in the City, as well as ways and means for their piloting. · To attract presenters from large-scale corporate buyers of agricultural produce to learn their requirements. · To engage agricultural stakeholders from outside the City to learn different approaches and best practices for agricultural development. · To promote the concept of agro-processing and to introduce possibilities for “home-industry” processing as a means to learn basic methods in preparation for future industrial scale processing. · To engage trade suppliers as potential exhibitors of equipment and inputs. · To attract interest of potential investors in agricultural development from inside and outside the City. The winners for the day each received a cheque for the presentation of their work. The third price which was taken by Cameroon was R10 000, followed by Lesotho in the second place and received R20 000 and lastly the winner of the day was South Africa who received an amount of R30 000 for taking first place. South African Surfing Championships 2017 The Mercedes of South Africa (MBSA) Championships hosted by the Metro is the premier event on the Surfing South Africa calendar and features surfers in the Open Men’s and Women’s Divisions as well seven other age groups ranging from over 30 to over 60. Nahoon Reef has hosted numerous South African Championships since the inaugural event in 1965 and in 1978 the ISA World Surfing Championships took place at this iconic surf spot. This year Surfing South Africa celebrates the 52nd edition of the South African Championships making it one of the longest running surfing tournaments in the World. Mercedes Benz and the Buffalo City Metropolitan have partnered with Surfing South Africa which will not only showcase South Africa’s surfing talent at the annual National Championships but will also help the National Team prepare for Surfing’s inclusion in the 2020 Olympics in Japan. In addition, Buffalo City Metro, MBSA and Surfing South Africa will highlight East London’s importance as a major South African surfing venue through the presenting of the annual championships, preparation and support of the National Team, hosting of coaching and judging Seminars and support of local outreach programmes. The 2017 South African Championships will feature over 160 surfers from eight districts who will be competing for nine individual South African titles. Adding prestige to the event is the news that current World Big Wave Champion, Grant Twiggy Baker will be representing eThekweni in the over 40 Division while World Masters Champion and five-time South African Men’s Champion Greg Emslie will be back to defend his title, this time at his local surf spot. He will also be competing in both the Open Men's Division and the Over 40 Division, the same group as Twiggy Baker. Chris Knutsen of eThekweni, a five-time World Champion and four-time South African Champion, will be competing in the Over 55 Division while former World Tour campaigner, ISA World Masters Champion and eight-time South African Champion Heather Clark of Ugu Surfriders, will be hoping to add at a ninth title to her list of achievements. Twenty four current and former national team members are competing while six of the nine 2016 South African Champions are back to defend their titles. There are six World Champions turning out for their Districts at this year’s Championships along with some well-known provincial and district surfing stars. Surfers representing Districts from along the South African coast will contest 11 divisions from Under 20 to Over 60 and will compete in a total of 140 heats. The 126 heats make up 47 hours of competition which will be completed over six days of intense competition. Individual titles will be at stake in nine divisions and surfers scores will be allocated to their District totals to determine which Team will win the 45-year-old Presidents Cup and the Masters Cup. This year all the points from the Open Divisions and Masters Divisions will be combined to determine the winners of the inaugural Champions Cup. The 2016 Presidents Cup was won by Cape Town Surfriders and at Seal Point in 2016 the Buffalo City Surfriders team secured their 11th Masters Cup. These events were held separately in 2016. To commemorate the memory of a much loved President of the Buffalo City Surfriders, Surfing South Africa has introduced the Dave Fish Trophy which will be awarded to the most consistent surfer throughout the event. Dave Fish passed away just days before last year’s SA Masters Championships. Proceedings get under way with an Opening Function at the Old Selbornians Club at 7pm on Monday August 21 and heats start on Tuesday August 22 at 8am. The heats as well as the Event schedule will be posted on the Surfing South Africa website www.surfingsouthafrica.co.za and results will be updated daily. Daily photos will also be posted on the Surfing South Africa website. The Surfing South Africa Instagram, Twitter and Facebook will be updated regularly during the contest. The 2017 Mercedes Benz South African Surfing Championships are hosted by Buffalo City Municipality and supported by Sport and Recreation SA and the National Lotteries Commission. The event is hosted by Buffalo City Surfriders, presented by Surfing South Africa and produced by Accelerate Marketing. Surfing South Africa is the governing body for the sport in South Africa and is a member of the South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) and the International Surfing Association (ISA). 2017 BCMM Franchise Expo launched The three-day long annual franchise expo kick started on Thursday 16 to 18 November at the East London Convention Centre (ICC). The expo was run to give platform to showcase the existing franchise as well as small business opportunities and the workshop sessions to help citizens of Buffalo City to fully understand how franchising work. Moreover, to attract new investors of the varied business franchises on offer and encourage entrepreneurs to invest in Buffalo City. There are huge benefits available for investors, which in turn will beef up the economy in the city. The annual franchise expo was organized by the BCM’s Local Economic Development Business Unit. At least 75 franchise companies set up stalls at the East London Convention Centre to showcase their products. Speaking at the expo Pakati said, “Through the Expo, we aim to connect our entrepreneurs with industry role players not only for franchising opportunities but also for motivation and inspiration.” “The Expo will assist our people to get a better understanding of the Franchising model by offering a credible platform for the showcasing of existing franchise and small business opportunities,” said Pakati. “We are very proud to announce that this initiative has assisted in bringing two new franchisees into the city with Fournew's shortly opening a News Cafe and with an SME that is currently negotiating financing for a Sherpa Kids franchise,” he said. Adding to that, BCM General Manager of Trade and Industry Development Xolelwa Majiza said, “This year the city has increased the exhibitors that has joined the expo and also prepared entrepreneurs lounge business persons to interact and connect with each other.” She added that BCM’s expo has been rated number one comparing with other expos taking place in nine provinces. “There are also expertise from the Border Kei Chamber of Business, Black Management Forum (BMF), Maid4U, Business Women Association (BWA) and Black Business Forum (BBF) that attended the franchise to share their skills with BCM entrepreneurs,” she said. Among the people who came to the expo to share their skills was the founder of a recruitment agency called Maid4U, Lindiwe Shibambo who endured challenges as a young woman growing up in Pretoria. Lindiwe motivated and shared her success story with the BCM entrepreneurs and said she took a profound interest to train, develop & recruit individuals who have a passion for au pair & housekeeping. Before Maid4U was established to become a successful agency today. She concluded by saying, “stay strong and focused. Remember that our deepest fear is that we are not inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond our own measure.” BCMM SOMA 2017 Today's SOMA will be the first in local government to hoist both the SA's National Flag alongside the AU flag and to sing both anthems respectively. Comments are closed.