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Startup Grind South Africa Entrepreneurs

Startup Grind is a global startup community designed to educate, inspire, and connect entrepreneurs and is powered by Google for Entrepreneurs. Chapter Directors host monthly events in their cities that feature successful local founders, innovators, educators and investors who share personal stories and lessons learned on the road to building great companies.

So let’s introduce Startup Grind Port Elizabeth in more detail…

Startup Grind South Africa Entrepreneurs

Startup Grind is a connected online and offline network of vibrant startup communities to help fuel innovation, economic growth and prosperity at the local level. While Startup Grind was founded in Palo Alto, California, an extended network of more than 300 Startup Grind chapters are located around the world.

Startup Grind Port Elizabeth believes in making friends, not contacts; giving, not taking and helping others before helping yourself. Meet a group that is truly passionate about helping founders, entrepreneurs and startups succeed. Join Startup Grind Port Elizabeth as we make the startup journey less lonely, more connected and more memorable.

If you would like to become part of the Port Elizabeth Startup Grind chapter – as a volunteer, speaker or attendee and cannot wait then contact Ramon Thomas via the form below:

VW completes R6.1 billion investment

Volkswagen Group South Africa has completed its R6.1 billion investment programme in the country, which began in 2015.

Volkswagen Polo GTI

This was announced at the launch of its new Polo in Uitenhage, Eastern Cape, on Thursday.

Most of the investment was spent on capital expenditure for production facilities, local content tooling, quality assurance and manufacturing equipment as well as information technology upgrades.

Speaking at the event, VWSA chairman and managing director Thomas Schaefer lauded the government for introducing the Motor Industry Development Programme, which was later succeeded by the Automotive Production and Development Programme (APDP).

“The automotive sector of the South African economy accounts for approximately 7.4% of the GDP and accounts for the direct employment of 113 000 people. I am convinced that the next phase of the APDP will continue in the same vein and allow for continued automotive investment,” Schaefer said.

Eastern Cape premier Phumulo Masualle said the automotive sector is one of the key sectors in the province’s economy mix, which, if correctly leveraged, can see the province not only grow the regional economy and contribute towards further national economic growth, but also become a leader in modernising and re-skilling the work force.

“We are particularly encouraged by Volkswagen South Africa’s commitment to not only their continued and expanding investment in the South African economy, but also bold initiatives such as the announcement of an R86 million grant to SMMEs located in the manufacture and distribution space of automotive parts. This is a clear signal of the private sector accepting that South Africa’s future prosperity will depend on the societal effort all of us are prepared to invest, not just government.”

VWSA also said it had introduced the one-line concept for the first time as part of the investment. This will allow for two vehicle derivatives to be produced on the same production line.

The group said it had produced 110 000 cars in 2017. This is set to increase to 133 000 for 2018, of which 83 000 will be exported to markets around the world. This will include not only right-hand drive markets, but also to some left-hand drive markets, especially for the Polo GTI. Maximum annual plant capacity is expected to be reached with a three-shift operation of some 160 000 vehicles, in 2019.

source: Moneyweb

Uitenhage Toastmasters club launch

You’re invited to join our first Toastmasters club meeting in Uitenhage. You will learn how to improve your public speaking, presentation skills, leadership and confidence. Port Elizabeth Toastmasters will assist us to conduct a demonstration meeting, while we recruit 20 people to start this new club.

  • Date: Saturday, 20 January
  • Time: 10h00
  • Venue: Salvation Army Uitenhage, 1 Billson Street, Central behind Convent Primary School
  • Entrance: FREE

.Uitenhage Toastmasters club launch meeting

For more info about go to Toastmasters Southern Africa website.