In celebration of Nelson Mandela Day, Birchwood in partnership with Ekurhuleni, travelled through to Happiness Creche in the Angelo Township to spend 67 minutes renovating and improving the facilities for the children. Happiness is part of the UKAJEDE Community - one of nine creches east of Johannesburg that are part of the social responsibility project called The People for UKAJEDE Foundation.
Check out what happened on the day on the link below and visit www.ukajede.co.za for more information on the project.
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THE WOLFTRAP STEAKHOUSE CHAMPIONSHIPS AWARDS PRESS RELEASE
SOUTH AFRICA HAS ITS FIRST WOLFTRAP STEAKHOUSE CHAMPION!
The nationwide quest to identify the country's best steakhouse has come to an exciting conclusion with the announcement of the inaugural winner and 2013 Steakhouse Champion of South Africa on the 8th May – and the winner is:
The Local Grill in Parktown North.
Convenor JP Rossouw: “The Top Three Steakhouses were all excellent in terms of selection, knowledge, maturation and preparation of their meats, but what gave The Local Grill the edge was the fantastic meat experience it offers in terms of range of cuts (including grass and grain) and even choice of bovine. The fact that you get a tour of the meat locker if you show the slightest bit of interest, is also fantastic and says it all about a place that truly "preaches" steak!”
The Top Three were completed by the excellent Carne SA (Cape Town) and Little Havana (Umhlanga Rocks), both superb exponents of steak. The awards were held at Luke Dale-Roberts' famed Pot Luck Club, where his innovative platters of excellent Chalmar Beef accompanied The Wolftrap wines. Very proud winner, Steve Maresch of The Local Grill and runners-up, Martin Lombard of Little Havana and Giorgio Nava of Carne SA, were all in attendance to receive their respective awards.
The Awards brings to a close a search that began with an open round during which the public nominated their favourite steakhouses – and nearly 200 establishments were named as contenders in the Championships. The Top Five from this nomination round then joined an expert's selection of award-winning steakhouses to go into the Play-Off Round in April where 14 steakhouses went head-to-head during personal visits by the Steakhouse Championships judges, led by well-known MasterChef SA judge Pete Goffe-Wood.
Pete Goffe-Wood was very happy with overall quality: “The standard of the last 14 was very high indeed and it is clear that the steakhouse category is alive and well in South Africa. Of course, steak is a South African passion and the steakhouse is the quintessential South African restaurant experience – it's who we are – and this competition celebrates those who push the envelope of that experience.”
It's been nearly a decade since we last had a steakhouse champion and The Wolftrap – steak's ideal partner – was excited to take on the challenge of identifying the ultimate house of steaks. Over the next months, there is a prize of a meal for two at The Local Grill – simply buy a bottle of The Wolftrap for details!
Budget Vote: Department of Water Affairs
Address by the Deputy Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs
Ms Rejoice Mabudafhasi, Old Assembly
21 May 2012
Honourable Speaker Minister Molewa
Ministers and Deputy Ministers,
Honourable Members of the Portfolio Committee MEC’s, Mayors Chairpersons and CEOs of Water Entities and NGO’s Distinguished guests
We remain committed and focused on ensuring that water availability is not constraint to economic development that our country desperately needs. The National Development Plan reiterates the scarcity of water in our country and the need to come up with creative water management programmes that will ensure water security for South Africa. Our response to this challenge as a water sector leader was the consolidation of a Water Conservation Programme which I will outline in my speech.
WATER CONSERVATION PROGRAMME
In the last financial year, the Department took water conservation to higher levels. We developed water conservation strategies for domestic, agriculture, mining and industry as we know that these sectors are major consumers of our water resources. They have been very involved in the development of our National Resources Strategy and some have even partnered with the department in funding some of our programmes. Allow me to share with you some of the programmes that our department and partners have been implementing in the last financial year.
War on leaks project
We were all shocked by the outcome of the results published by Water Research Commission on water losses in the country that revealed that about 36% of our water is lost in the system and is unaccounted for. For a country that is so water scarce, this situation is totally unacceptable. We have therefore intensified one of our successful programmes, the War on Leaks project. This programme reduces unaccounted for water through leaking pipes and taps, creates awareness to the users about water use efficiency, provides job opportunities and equips our youth with skills that they can use in the job market.
This programme would not have been successful without the political leadership. I have heartwarming examples of how this simple and community based program has worked so well in the Northern Cape where we did door to door visits educating households users about water conservation and fixing water leaks. Ms Louise Mouers in the Northern Cape will recall how we practically fixed a leaking tap and toilet in her house. In the Randfontein Local Municipality our Water Conservation Warriors (young people) visited and educated 3017 households about water conservation.
This door to door campaign is not about mobilizing votes, it is about service delivery on the ground.
With the limited funding mainly coming from the municipalities, we have created seventy (70) job opportunities and accredited training for Water Conservation Warriors.
We are on a clear path to extend the implementation of this programme in nine (9) municipalities within the 24 priority district municipalities prioritized by our Cabinet. About Three Hundred (300) jobs will be created from this programme.
We are deeply indebted to and humbled by the continued support from our partners SASOL, Eskom, Municipalities, Water Boards and Communities to name but a few. Water conservation is one of our strongest pillars of our National Resource Strategy. We will continue to call for more partnership for this programme.
Blue Bus Campaign
We will continue with our Blue Bus campaign themed “Be Water Wise”, which is aimed at creating awareness and educating South Africans about water use efficiency. We mobilized artists acting in Muvhango, Tshisa, Home Affairs, Society and others to be our water ambassadors using the Blue Bus. We are using other creative ideas to interact with communities like industrial theatre and these have proved to be effective tools of communicating.
Water Sector Awards
The success of our campaigns can be seen by the implementation of water conservation projects by various sectors. Annually, the Department awards municipalities, mines, industries, organizations as a recognition for outstanding for water conservation projects.
IMPROVING ACCESS TO CLEAN DRINKING WATER
Last year I reported that the Department is involved in various interventions in partnership with District Municipalities to ensure that communities have access to clean drinking water. During National Water Week 2013 we handed over the R18 million Mukula Bulk Water Supply project to the late Chief Takalani and the Mukula community. This project supplies safe clean drinking water to 17 villages. A total of 45 locals were employed during the implementation of this project. The project was jointly funded by the Department and the Vhembe District Municipality.
Our partnership with traditional leaders yields great results. I intend to work with all local leaders and communities to address the new challenge of vandalization of infrastructure. A sustainable solution to protect community assets comes from communities themselves. The role of traditional leaders in service delivery cannot be underestimated.
We have been working with Department of Science and Technology (DST) and Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) to investigate appropriate technologies for providing safe drinking water in rural areas. The first phase was successfully implemented in the Amatole and OR Tambo district municipalities in the Eastern Cape which provided communal water stations that benefitted 8,989 people. This project is a good example of how community based knowledge can be matched with modern technology for sustainability.
Experience from this project has formed a good basis for Phase II currently being undertaken in eleven sites across Limpopo and Mpumalanga Provinces. These projects will reach approximately 25 000 people. The exciting part of the Phase II will also tackle the operations and maintenance of infrastructure which is a national problem that is a threat to our water infrastructure.
In last year’s address we indicated that we will provide hands on support to the 24 District Municipalities with water services backlogs. I am happy to report that the Department in conjunction with Municipalities conducted a study to assess communities without water supply. A comprehensive report that indicates areas without water and non functional infrastructure has been developed. These studies led to the Municipal Water Infrastructure Grant that the Minister referred to.
THE ROLE OF WOMEN IN WATER RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
We brought rural women on board to prove that water resource management is not for engineers and scientists only. People with indigenous knowledge have a key role to play, hence the conceptualization and implementation of the Adopt a River project.
This project aims to clean polluted rivers whilst creating job opportunities and skills development for women. It also educates communities residing along river catchments about the importance of water conservation. During 2012/2013 financial year, twenty four (24) rivers were cleaned and 1148 job opportunities for women were created.
Last year I made an announcement that we will put some of these women in our skills development programme to tell a story that says “I was a river cleaner now I am a Scientist”. I am proud to report to you that forty four (44) women will be awarded bursaries in this financial year to study at Universities and FET Colleges. I also need to appreciate the partnership and support from the Birchwood Hotel who adopted the Modderfontein River in Ekurhuleni. This is indeed a good example of goodwill from our partners in the private sector. (Water business involves all sectors including Hospitality Industry)
Women in Plumbing Project
One hundred and eighty-one (181) women from various municipalities of the Western Cape were trained in plumbing. They will be part of the War on Leaks teams in their respective municipalities. This milestone has been achieved through our partnership with Development Bank of South Africa and the University of Stellenbosch.
Women in Water and Waste Treatment Works
Two hundred and fourteen women (214) from the nine provinces (9) have been trained as process controllers. A big thank you to the Local Government SETA for funding this project.
We will continue with Women in Water Awards which is our annual event recognizing outstanding women projects aimed at addressing water challenges in their respective areas.
During Women’s Month we will host the Women Mayors’ Dialogue to encourage them to champion water conservation, environment, women and youth projects in their respective municipalities.
2020 Vision for Water Educational Programme
We continue to implement the 2020 Vision Programme that educates grades R to 12 learners about integrated water resource management, climate change and environment including water related careers. We are grateful to our partners which are Department of Basic Education, MTN Foundation, Birchwood Hotel, SASOL, WESSA, Water Boards and Rand Water Foundation.
Our youth will converge again during the annual Youth Water Summit to present their action projects undertaken during the course of the year. They will also go for excursions to Rand Water, Roodeplaat Dam and the South African Weather Service
Through this programme we have achieved the following:
Water sector is faced with a challenge of scarce skills, we have ageing workforce. Through our Learning Academy we will overcome this challenge.
Since the establishment of the Learning Academy in 2007, we awarded a total of 587 bursaries. 418 of these students have completed their studies and have joined the Department as Graduate Trainees.
We placed one hundred and sixty six (166) in permanent posts within the Department.
One hundred and fifty two (152) received their professional registration as engineers and scientists.
Our Learning Academy was awarded the Best Training Programme in the Public Sector at the 2012 BHP Billiton Achievers Awards.
Food and water security are inextricably linked. As a result this government has taken a nexus approach whereby the interdependency between water and food security is central in all interventions and plans. We provided support to one thousand five hundred and fifty nine (1 559) Resource Poor Farmers (RPFs) through the provision of irrigation pumps, installation of Hydroponic tanks, water supply and storage, operation and maintenance and subsidies on water use charges.
We provided four thousand and sixty eight (4 068) rainwater harvesting tanks to schools and households.
In our quest to deliver clean drinking water, eradicating water leaks, conserve our water resources we established partnership with the following stakeholders: Department of basic education, Department of Science and Technology, Municipalities, Water boards, MTN Foundation, SASOL, Eskom, WESSA, Birchwood Hotel, SA Cities, Rand Water Foundation and many others.
In partnership with Daily Sun newspaper we launched the 5 million water saving tips campaign. Through this Campaign Daily Sun readers will be called upon to suggest water saving tips in the home, workplace, schools etc. It is done in a form of a competition where 5 readers with the most innovative ideas are selected weekly and published in the Sunday Sun as winners. The winners will be awarded bursaries to undergo training at FET Colleges around the country for a basic plumbing course
In conclusion, I wish to thank our honorable Minister for her guidance, the honorable chairperson and members of the portfolio committee for their continued support.
Acting Director-General and your team, we appreciate your unwavering support and commitment. We are proud and appreciate all departmental staff.
I also want to thank all our water boards and all water sector stakeholders for their commitment towards a better life for our communities.
Let us Respect, Conserve and Enjoy Water
On the 2nd of May 2013, The Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre in partnership with The Department of Water Affairs, City of Ekurhuleni, Gauteng Department of Basic Education, ERWAT and Rand Rand adopted the Modderfontein Spruit. Below is the official speech from the event by the Deputy Minister of Water Affairs, Ms. Rejoice Thizwilondi:
Today we are here in Ekurhuleni to launch the Birchwood Hotel Modderfontein Adopt a River initiative that seeks to create a partnership between the Department of Water Affairs, the Gauteng Department of Education, Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Municipality, East Rand Water Care Company and Rand Water through the advancement of the Department of Water Affairs’ 2020 Vision for Water Educational Programme.
The Department of Water Affairs initiated Adopt a River project as part of the River Health Programme to ensure that our rivers are protected from any kind of pollution that might seek to threaten the river health.
I also appealed to my colleagues in parliament, municipalities, traditional leaders, business people, NGO’s, and community members to adopt rivers where they live. Our rivers are the main sources of our finite precious resource – water.
Programme director, allow me from the onset to commend Birchwood Hotel for heeding this clarion call that would bring all stakeholders together to formulate an integrated approach that is aiming at jointly protecting, conserving and managing the water resource in order to meet the needs of current and future generations.
South Africa is ranked amongst the thirty driest countries in the world. Although South Africa’s current water supply is adequate to meet the country’s current needs, there could be a problem in meeting future needs if we do not act now to secure effective and timeous smart water-management options.
Through the implementation of the Adopt a River project
we will derive benefits such as water savings, skills
development for the youth, job creation, and improvement
of water quality and of the state of the rivers.
The Adopt a River project consists of the following aspects:
Cleaning solid waste from river banks;
Provision of basic water quality testing to monitor quality of water in the rivers;
Providing training to beneficiaries with the aim of improving the self-esteem and life skills development;
Promotion of the spirit of volunteerism;
Enhancing community participation on taking care of the environment and promote more public sector accountability;
Providing education on preserving the environment
In Gauteng province three Adopt a River projects have
been implemented namely Kaalspruit, Jukskei and
Moreletaspruit Rivers. Through these projects the
following was achieved:
Training of 300 women participants on water safety, first aid, the use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and separation of different waste streams;
The collection of water quality monitoring data before and after the implementation of the project. This information will be integrated into the River Health Programme that informs the state of the River status report;
Removal of solid waste along the river banks that contribute to pollution of the water in the rivers.
Reduction of pollutions e.g. sewer manhole overflows and illegal dumping were reported to the relevant authorities;
An increase in women participation in water resource issues and capacitating them to advocate for behavioural change and increased caring of the rivers and environment in their respective communities;
The Department of Water Affairs continues to implement the 2020 Vision for Water Educational Programme which seeks to educate grades R to12 learners about integrated water resource management, climate change and environment including water related careers. Annually our youth continue to participate at the Stockholm World Water Week.
Annually we host youth water summit whereby learners present their action projects, go for excursions to Rand Water and Roodeplaat Dam, do public speaking and debate on selected topics and participate in national competitions.
I would like to encourage the youths that are here today to actively participate in our different competitions such as the South African Youth Water Prize, Baswa le Meetse, Aqua Enduro and many others.
We need scientists, artisans, engineers and the like. Our current workforce is aging, we need fresh minds and new blood that would be able to take the baton and ensure that every citizen have access to clean water no matter where they live.
In conclusion, I would like to thank Birchwood Hotel for this initiative.
I also would like to thank all the partners that are involved in this initiative such as the Gauteng Department of Education, City of Ekurhuleni, ERWAT, Rand Water, community members and the Schools.
Let water unite us. Water is life, Respect it, conserve it, enjoy it.
On 21 April 2013, The Birchwood in partnership with The Birchwood Spice Runners hosted their third annual athletics event. It was the second consecutive occasion that the race was a half-marathon (21.1km) and this year, a new route was introduced.
The response was overwhelming and the event played host to over 2000 runners who arrived on the day to run one of the three options of 5km, 10km or the full half-marathon. Adding to the festivities of the day were the opportunities to enjoy a breakfast after the race, visit one of the stands on-site from the sponsors or simply watch the tiny tots run their race in the picturesque Birchwood garden areas.
Birchwood would like to congratulate the below runners as well as thank everybody who made the day a very enjoyable one. We hope to exceed your expectations further next year!
10km – 860 runners
21km – 790 runners
1 Lucky Mohale (Mr Price) - 31:40
2 Paulus Radebe (Elim) - 31:43
3 Xolani Nkiwane (Blue Sky) - 31:45
1 Never Matiya (Wanderers) - 33:19
2 Tokoy Mofokeng (Sports Connection) - 35:42
3 Emmanuel Mole (Sibanya Gold) - 41:43
1 Jerry Rankapule (Gallopers) - 36:42
2 Wilson Moloto (Vodacom) - 40:33
3 Zaniki Ngodela (SCAW) - 40:39
1 Dieter Meyer (RAC) - 48:10
1 Warno Potgieter (New Balance) - 34:20
2 Itumeleng Mlangeni (ADT) - 36:34
3 Roman Nkomo (Benoni Harriers) - 40:53
1 Portia Ngwenya (Transnet) - 38:19
2 Keskoketswa Lechaba (Elim) - 38:39
3 Nobuhle Tshuma (Elim) - 38:52
1 Frith vd Merwe (Benoni High) - 45:54
2 Assalinah Nyathi (Post Office) - 48:41
3 Gail Babich (Savages) - 57:05
1 Sonja Laxton (RAC) - 46:18
2 Riana Mellors (Sunward) - 65:33
3 Hannelie Rootman (RWFL) - 82:20
1 Margaret Boshoe (Sunninghil) - 58:57
1 Nobuhle Tshuma (Elim) - 38:52
2 Tegan Roberts (RAC) - 58:09
1 Desmond Mokgobu (Mr Price) - 66:51
2 Abraham Yator (Nedbank) - 67:37
3 Paul Pitco (BNAC) - 71:39
1 Sipho Ncube (Toyota) - 73:11
2 Piet Mosibedi (Transnet) - 74:12
3 Chukudu Mphulo (City of Ekurhuleni) - 76:56
1 Tony Silva (Bedfordview) - 77:46
2 Daniel Mothibe (New Balance) - 79:36
3 Thomas Ngobene (Greater Elim) - 81:29
1 Jeff Sales (Nedbank) - 1:40:42
1 Cornelia Joubert (Nedbank) - 78:41
2 Andronika Mokgotla (Goldfields) - 86:45
3 Emmah Mathibela (Toyota) - 86:58
1 Sarah Mahlangu (Toyota) - 1:40:54
2 Julie Soicher (Rockies) - 1:41:19
3 Laura Venter (Nedbank) - 1:43:56
1 Pam Hampton (Sunninghill) - 1:48:45
2 Caroline Wridgeway (Boksburg) - 1:51:51
3 Victoria Ngobese (SAPS) -1:52:58
1 Petra Myburgh (Striders) - 2:09:04
RE: BRINGING THE LAUGHTER SIDE OF THE OUDE MEESTER EKURHULENI COMES ALIVE JAZZ!
OPENING: – MALATJI 2nd Act: - NDUMISO Before Main Artist: PULE – The Whiteman with Black Humor (Strictly Vernac Comedian) CLOSING: BHUDAZA
After 10 years of a successful Oude Meester Ekurhuleni Comes Alive jazz evening with great music, great audience and fantastic atmosphere, the concept is now brining on young talented comedians to spice up the event. As the Oude meester brandy’s new positioning of Old Master and Young Master in their new TV add, we will be bringing both seasonal comedians and up and coming comedians to create a new environment within the concept. Our line-up for October 7th speaks volume for what we want to offer our patrons who have been loyal to us for the past 10 years. Malatji who needs no introduction will lead the pack on that evening followed by Nudmiso Nyovane, the trumpeter of high quality. Just like we did in our last show, we will be bringing PULE the young white comedian who left our patrons in stitches and begging for more with his material on ‘Umuntu o mnyama aka funi umuntu o mnyama a ya phezulu’ referring to himself as a black man trying to make a living. As part of our quest to promote comedy in our monthly shows, Pule will be back by popular demand and will be ushering BHUDAZA on stage after his 15 minutes performance. Malatji who was produced by the jazz maestro Selaelo Selota will be making his 2nd appearance after releasing his previous album. The former Labantu jazz band leader became an automatic fit to the concept and always well received by patrons.
Our main artist Bhudaza who will come after Ndumiso, will be offering some of his old songs in his performance. Bhudaza who is also not new to the concept and to our patrons, will be making his 4th appearance since the concept inception and one always looks forward to his energetic performance with deep Sesotho songs. Patrons can look forward to yet another sizzling evening of both great music and unbelievable comedy.
We believe the concept has done well in creating a relaxed atmosphere for our patrons after a long month of hard work. The comedy element has proven to be fitting like a glove in making sure that our patrons get their money worth every month. Patrons can look forward to more hot line ups and great standup comedy every month to turn their blues away. One is particularly proud and excited that our patrons received the idea with an open mind and we are looking forward to more nights of dance and laughter.We would like encourage our loyal patrons to book their tables and seats as soon as possible to avoid last minute rush.
Patrons can look forward to winning fantastic prizes courtesy of DSTV, OUDE MEESTER BRANDY, City of Ekurhuleni, KAYA FM & BIRCHWOOD HOTEL & OR TAMBO CONFERENCE CENTRE.
Booking lines are open now and patrons can book online or call Patience Moeketsi on (011) 897 0024 0r or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Jazzman MahlakganeMarketing DirectorTel: (011) 897 0027 (direct)Fax 2 mail: (086) 636 8616Cell: 082 864 9442Email: email@example.com
Your safety is our concern
BIRCHWOOD MANAGEMENT IS 100% COMMITTED TO HEALTH & SAFETY
Over the past 13 years the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre settled for nothing less than striving for excellence, as our facilities bear witness too that process. So, when it was ascertained that our compliance with Occupational Health & Safety Act and relevant regulations was not meeting our high standards of excellence, something had to be done.
As the Birchwood team we don’t settle for anything less than the best when it comes to providing a safe environment for our employees, visitors and contract workers. It therefore then goes without saying that Birchwood top management were 100% committed to deliver. ESHETTI Safety Services were contacted in April 2011 to put the ball in motion, and they would aid us to comply with Occupational Health & Safety Act and meet our own high standards we set ourselves here at the Birchwood.
Our progress and remarkable improvement during the past 3 months under the watchful eye of ESHETTI, speaks for and visualises the commitment we have to reach our goal.
The Birchwood knows that progress and achieving our goal would not be possible without our committed and driven staff at the Birchwood. Part of the reason we have such great staff here at the Birchwood is because we have cultivated a belief in motivating and acknowledging staff who strive to go the extra mile.
Continuing our instilled culture, we instituted Quarterly trophy awards for individuals and departments striving for excellence in the Health & Safety arena. The awards are structured in 3 categories, Best Health and Safety Rep, Best Manager and Best Department
The Birchwood are proud to announce the winners of the quarterly trophy awards for the quarter April to June 2011 and they are…….
Congratulations to the respective winners and department!
Contact: Natalie Faulds
Tel: (011) 897 0112 (Direct)
Cell Phone: 082 493 3528
Young Women taking the lead
YOUNG WOMEN IN BUSINESS NETWORK 2nd ANNUAL SUMMIT
In association with Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre we present the second annual Young Women in Business Network summit. The summit is an annual business summit that aims to harness the potential of young business women by empowering them to make informed life and business choices.
The summit aims to encourage women to see themselves as more than just competitive business role players, but empower them to understand their role and direct contribution to help maintain and strengthen the overall economy of the country.
The 2011 annual delegates have the honour of former President Thabo Mbeki addressing them. The formerstates man will share his insights and advice on the in’s and out’s of BBBEE Investments, and the national economic challenges and opportunities facing the youth in general and young women in particular.
Along with former president Mbeki, will be the former Land Affairs and Public Works Minister Thoko Didiza. She will address the gathered young women in business on Access to Government business opportunities.
Further topics for discussion will be:
This exciting gathering, designed to cater for the needs and concerns of young women interested in business will be held on Friday 26 & Saturday 27 August 2011 at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre cost is R1800 per person payable in two instalments.
For further information /interview requests/photographs and bookings please contact Nthabeleng Likotsi on 082 363 4607alternatively via email, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Contact: Natalie Faulds
‘Networking with speed’
INAUGURAL ENGNET SPEED NETWORKING EVENT AT BIRCHWOOD
EngNet provides the networking platform to aid all networkers to follow the correct path to success with the first EngNet Network event to be held at the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre on Tuesday 11 October 2011 from 07h00 to 11h00
EngNet a portmanteau of “Engineering Network” which endeavours to connect networkers in Engineering, Mining, Petrochemical, Construction, Manufacturing, Materials Handling, Steel, Water Treatment, Instrumentation & Control, Mechanical and Industrial Sectors
Registration opens with refreshments at 07h00 leading networkers into an empowering programme for the morning.
The morning programme starts at 08h00 with delegates taking part in a “’Speed” Networking session armed with a speed networking toolkit to ensure every potential networking opportunity is mined to its maximised capacity. Weary networkers can refill the energy levels with a Full Breakfast at 09h30 before a presentation by Mike Fairon entitled “Mining for Human Talent” scheduled at 10h15 .
Mike Fairon is a specialist in emotional engagement, talent management and leadership development. Mike will blend the latest brain science research with “best of breed” business practices to get the best from one’s self and others; and unveil a five step process to boost performance, which is simple but not simplistic. The address will contain elements on Neuro-science, leadership techniques, business methodologies and principles for managers to engage themselves, their staff and their customers more effectively.
If you book before the 31 August 2011 your seat will cost R290 excl. VAT, thereafter R350 excl. VAT per person applies, bookings close 30 September 2011. Contact Ingrid on 011 792 1311 to book your seat or alternatively send her an email to Ingrid@engnet.co.za .
4 members of the Birchwood Athletics Club took part in this year’s uphill 89.9 km Comrades Marathon. Johannes Phoko, Thomas Makgoba, Sidney Ngobeno and Johannes Maskgae did the club proud.
Out of 19617 entries, the 4 Birchwood Athletic Club runners did exceptionally well with the following results: Name and Surname Position over roll Time finishedJohannes Makgae 2019 8:54.54 secSidney Ngobeni 1256 8:27.26 secThomas Makgoba 2726 9:24.05 secJohannes Phoku 2332 9:08.25 secThomas Makgoba reports, “The race was fun and we enjoyed and we encourage Birchwood Employees to take a part in such even as we were running with many people from other countries like Australia, Russia, Zimbabwe, Brazil USA, UK and many more.
We also would like to thank our Big Boss Kevin, his wife and Derri, Salzina for arranging everything for us travelling and accommodations, Kevin and wife all the way from Jo burg to Durban to give us support and encouragement that was a big deal Kevin, we are all still motivated as you did it for us and lead as an example.
Other supports through SMS from Birchwood employees and management were received and replied that was really Birchwood spirit that we needed. Go Birchwood Go I liked it.
That’s all coming from the Comrades Marathon Birchwood runners. Thanks,Seyabonga, Re a leboga, Dankie.
[Cape Town, 22 June 2011] Many South Africans will enthusiastically embrace the warmth of their homes during the coming winter months but for some less fortunate people, June heralds a battle of survival against the bitter cold of winter.
Recently, a special discount by Pick n Pay afforded the non-profit-organisation, The Ukajede Foundation, the opportunity to purchase 504 blankets for young children from several informal settlements in the Boksburg area.
The Ukajede Foundation – an acronym for the five informal settlements in which the foundation operates (Ukana, Kanana, Angelo, Jerusalem and Delmore) - supports 9 crèches in this area; supplying each school with the means to prepare a warm meal for each child daily, stationery; cleaning material and maintenance assistance.
These settlements have an estimated total population of 80 000 inhabitants living in crude shacks without any sewerage, electricity, running water, garbage collection, healthcare or schools. A large percentage of the shacks house families with no adults. The eldest child, usually not older than 10 years of age, has to try and find food and also protect the younger children.
With the support of Absa and Pick n Pay, The Ukajede Foundation recently purchased 504 Pick n Pay blankets for children attending school in this informal settlement in Boksburg. Members of the Absa graduate programme, who are committed to making a difference through a “Give Back” committee, had been hard at work to raise funds for Ukajede and reached their target of R10 000 recently.
Said Pick n Pay spokesman, Tamra Veley: “Keeping warm during winter is difficult for those less fortunate than us. We’d like to thank the People for the Ukajede Foundation for their hard work in ensuring that these children are well-equipped for the bitterly cold months which are usually experienced in this informal settlement.”
At least 385 school-going children between the ages of three and six years old were presented with a warm blanket and a track suit jacket provided by web-hosting company, Ensync on a movie day held last week. The children were invited to the Birchwood Hotel & OR Tambo Conference Centre to watch a movie and receive some winter warmers. The remainder of the blankets and jackets would be given to children below the age of three.
“As winter draws nearer and the barometer drops so the conditions in the crèches worsen. Getting to school to attend a formal class is near impossible due to the distraction of cold and hunger. As electric heaters are not an option and paraffin gas stoves are unsafe, we undertook to provide a blanket and tracksuit jackets for each child,” Deidre Jonker, project co-ordinator for the Ukajede Foundation said.Said Jonker: “We hope that a warm tummy and some warmth inside and out with a meal and blanket will help a bit towards alleviating some of the home responsibilities and help them to concentrate on their lessons.”
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