R195M Shopping Mall to be Built in iBhayi area Eastern Cape

An illustration of Kinako Mall

Port Elizabeth’s iBhayi area will become a major urban retail hub with the development of the R195 million Kinako Mall at the intersection of the R75 Uitenhage Road and Spondo Road.The development of the mall, which opens in April next year is seen as long overdue to serve a prospective catchment area of 340 000 customers with a total estimated retail potential of R1.22 billion.

The 20 000m2 mall is a 50/50 joint venture development between the Shoprite Group and African Dune Investment. It has, say the developers, a potential to expand up to 30 000m2 and a total of 82 shops. Anchored by a 4000m2 Shoprite store, the mall has also already attracted major retailers that include Clicks, Truworths, Jet, Edgars Active, Ackermans, Pep, Mr Price, Identity, Legit, OK Furniture, Morkels, Capitec, Cashbuild, Home Express, Torga, Franco Ceccato, Rage, Roland’s, Hungry Lion, and Chingo. There will be 995 parking bays and a taxi area to accommodate 37 vehicles.  
 
Kinako Mall is strategically located to serve the areas of Bethelsdorp; Algoa Park; Kwazekele; Soweto-on-Sea; Zwide; Kwadwesi, Kwamagxaki; Masibulele; New Brighton; Kwaford and Struandale.  The site has high visibility from the surrounding highways and arterial roads and is close to the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University Missionvale Campus, the Eastern Cape Training Centre and the Dora Nginza Hospital.

A spokeperson of Shoprite Group said his company was committed to bringing shopping closer to the community and was gratified that most of South Africa’s leading retailers had joined them in providing a wide selection of food and fashion retail to a community that had been neglected for years. 

 Gerhardt Jooste,  of Prosperito, the 100% shareholder in African Dune, said the mall would have ‘all the important elements – a great location, fantastic exposure, with 27 000 vehicles passing the site daily and 340 000 people living in the catchment area’. 

Architect Garth Hamilton of Stauch Vorster, said the architecture was an example of successful design ‘that responds to the specific of site and functionality.’

The layout comprises a combination of an exterior strip mall on an external walkway, leading into a covered internal mall  The materials used would be combined to further enhance the design and are functional, robust and beautiful. ‘The natural clay and polished concrete will create an unencumbered backdrop for the display of the tenants’ merchandise.

Source : http://www.sacommercialpropnews.co.za

Eastern Cape refugees in the Western Cape

by Mike Fraser

Helen Godzille DA dictator hates Eastern Cape refugeesSo black people who migrate from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape have now been afforded refugee status by Premier Helen Zille.

The statement attributed to Helen Zille in which she is reported as referring to Eastern Cape pupils who flocked to the Western Cape for a better education as refugees is appalling,insensitive, degrading, insulting, and extremely dangerous.

Her statement was in reference to a protest in Grabouw over overcrowding at a school populated by black learners.

The statement is appalling, insensitive, degrading and insulting because the term is levelled at black people from the Eastern Cape. What about other ethnic groups who also stream into the Western Cape in search of better opportunities here. This is the first time ever that the term refugee has been used to describe South Africans who migrate from one province to another in search of better opportunities. Not even in the despicable darkest days of apartheid was this term ever used in the context that Helen has now.

I am one of many people who have relocated from the Eastern Cape to the Western Cape over the years.

Most of us moved to the Western Cape in the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s because the Western Cape is where you came to further your studies for better opportunities. The colleges and universities have always been here.

And we came to the Western Cape in our numbers, from all over South Africa, long before the ANC was in power.

So why does Helen single out black people from the Eastern Cape as refugees in the Western Cape???

You will be amazed at how many people of all ethnic groups have come to the Western Cape over the years to seek better opportunities. Many academics, and other influential people from the Eastern Cape (and elsewhere) have settled here over the years, and they are making a valuable contribution to the success of this Province.

Academics that immediately come to mind are Prof Jakes Gerwel, Prof Roland Fray, Prof Clarence Williams, to name a few. So if you follow Helen’s logic then they are also refugees in the Western Cape.

But the dear premier of the Western Cape has chosen that the term refugee in her esteemed vocabulary refer only to black people from the Eastern Cape.

Her use of the term refugees in this context is also extremely dangerous.

We know how refugees from outside South Africa’s borders, who also happen to be black, are treated in our country. Refugees are violently attacked, driven out and killed by people who see them as a threat to their own survival in our country.

The protest action in Grabouw has now turned into “race row” exactly because of this absurd racist perception that is generally peddled in the Western Cape that black people belong in the Eastern Cape and coloureds are preferred in the Western Cape. Some black and coloured people of Grabouw are violently engaging each other in defence of the very little that they possess.

The Freedom Charter declares that South Africa belongs to all who live (and love) in it. So freedom of movement is a human right in our country. Why then does Helen Zille choose to politicise the movement of people. People will always migrate in the direction of better opportunities.

In a moment of trying to score political points over her arch political opponent, the ANC, for their mismanagement of the Eastern Cape, Helen has, in the process allowed a mad rush of blood to cloud her judgement.

Or is the botox treatment getting the better of her. By the way, Helen Zille also migrated to the Western Cape from Johannesburg.

Doesn’t that also make you a refugee Helen???

source: MyNews24

VWSA, Raizcorp open business incubator in Eastern Cape

Raizcorp Uitenhage branchVolkswagen Group South Africa (VWSA) has entered into a partnership with business incubator specialist Raizcorp to boost the development of small businesses in Nelson Mandela Bay, in the Eastern Cape.

VWSA’s investment of R5-million a year over an initial three-year period will train up to 16 local entrepreneurs.

Nine beneficiaries are already undergoing training at the site, with more to follow. Raizcorp will manage the project’s business support centre on a day-to-day basis.

The company offers a three-year entrepreneurial development programme to beneficiaries, who undergo a rigorous selection process. It provides Council of Higher Education accredited learning modules (NQF level 5 or diploma equivalent), entrepreneurial mentorship and all the systems and resources to grow small companies into profitable businesses.

Raizcorp supports more than 230 businesses nationally, and has managed to increase the turnover and profitability of over 86% of the companies participating in and complying with its development programme. The Eastern Cape launch marks the seventh centre of its kind in the country.

“With an 11-year track record of success in entrepreneurship development, VWSA is pleased to partner with Raizcorp on this project,” says Volkswagen Managing Director, David Powels.

“The project will contribute to local economic development by creating local business leaders who are vibrant, competent and motivated entrepreneurs.

“They, in turn, will grow companies which create new jobs and enhance social inclusion.

“On average, successful entrepreneurial businesses create between five and 20 new jobs per business over a five-year period. This will help to reduce the high unemployment rate in Nelson Mandela Bay, where good jobs are desperately needed,” notes Powels.

Business incubators have a track record of growing successful entrepreneurial businesses, and reversing the failure rate of entrepreneurial start-ups, he adds.

In South Africa there are between 30 and 40 recognised incubator projects, whereas Brazil has more than 400 – where the unemployment rate is 6.3%, compared with 25% in South Africa. Volkswagen’s corporate social investment (CSI) programme has a strong focus on enterprise development.

“The key principles guiding us in deciding which projects to support are that they are holistic, comprehensive and sustainable,” says Powels.

“Furthermore, it is essential that the projects we support are measurable, able to create a deep and abiding legacy while, at the same time, embodying Volkswagen’s values. This has now evolved into a wider strategic focus encompassing the community, the environment and relevant stakeholders as we strive to become ‘a company with meaning and impact.”

VWSA also encourages the participation of its employees in its CSI initiatives, and has since 2005 been part of the Volkswagen Group’s international programme ‘One Hour for the Future’, which sees Volkswagen employees donate the equivalent of one hour of their monthly salary to a good cause.

Source: Creamer Media Reporter / Engineering News

Strong ties bind Eastern Cape to journey to freedom

Enoch Sontonga – born in UitenhageIT IS no small feat that Enoch Sontonga – born in Uitenhage in 1872 – composed South Africa’s national anthem, Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika.

And that the designer of South Africa’s iconic flag – said to be the world’s third-best known – attributes his success in heraldry to the nurturing of the Eastern Cape when he was a student at Rhodes University.

Sontonga’s descendants still live in Uitenhage and Frederick Brownell, now in his 70s, lives in Pretoria. Brownell also designed the Eastern Cape coat of arms.

“The powerful impact the Eastern Cape has on people is evident in the immense contributions of Enoch Sontonga and Frederick Brownell,” said Nomfundo wakwa Luphondwana, general manager of provincial communication in the Eastern Cape Office of the Premier.

“Today we celebrate 16 years of freedom and democracy. It marks a milestone in the history of our nation – and a time to reflect and celebrate the journey that we travelled to achieve our freedom and democracy.

“These two national heroes must be commended for the massive role they have played in shaping the symbolic backdrop of South African freedom.”

Sontonga’s beautiful hymn brought comfort and joy to millions of people during the struggle years.

Continue reading “Strong ties bind Eastern Cape to journey to freedom”

Redhouse dump also an eyesore

background) and the rubbish dumped on the ground is causing concern for Redhouse residents, who say the municipality doesn’t listen to their appeals for the area to be cleaned up.

IN The Herald on Thursday I saw the municipal dumpsite eyesore in Rosedale (“Separate Uitenhage from Mandela Bay!”), so I took some pictures of the Redhouse dumpsite which has the same problem. The Redhouse residents also blame the municipality for poor service delivery.

Phoning them does not help. Hopefully they will see this in The Herald and clear all the rubbish. – D Robertson, Redhouse, Port Elizabeth

source: The Weekend Post

Eastern Cape land reform farms mired in debt, infighting

by Sipho Masondo HERALD REPORTER masondos@avusa.co.za

DAVID UITHALER, farmerMORE land reform farms in the Eastern Cape have failed due to infighting and lack of capital and skills. Two weeks ago The Herald reported that several farms in the Addo area had failed and were auctioned off, and a new investigation has highlighted problems in the Gamtoos valley area.

The aim of land reform is to transfer 30 per cent of agricultural land to the previously disadvantaged over the next 15 years. This is done by grouping people together and giving then grants to purchase farms.

In the Cacadu region alone 90000ha of land has been distributed to more than 12000 beneficiaries at a cost of more than R370-million.

The latest farms to run into problems include:

In the Uitenhage area last year 22 beneficiaries auctioned their 674ha farm for about R1,1-million because they couldn‘t continue farming any more. The group owed the Land Bank about R400000, which with interest had escalated to about R600000.

Another set of 12 beneficiaries, the Hlanganani Trust from Motherwell, sold off its farm of 70ha for about R650000 in 2007 to a white farmer.

In Hankey the Peter Family Trust, with 10 beneficiaries, were last month rescued by the South African Fruit Exporters after the Land Bank threatened to auction the farm to recoup money it had loaned them in 2000. This was the second time the Land Bank had threatened to auction the farm.

The 36ha farm has no electricity or farming implements, and citrus trees are dying.

The 42 Dankbaar Farm beneficiaries in Hankey are having similar problems. Workers haven‘t been paid since January. There is no electricity on the 256ha farm, meaning citrus trees cannot be watered. Beneficiaries have accused each other of misappropriating funds. White farmers in the area are said to have expressed interest in buying the farm.

In Patensie a group of 200 beneficiaries have leased out 35ha of their 300ha farm to a white farmer to prevent the farm from going under. In 2006 Patensie Citrus rescued the group when the land bank threatened to auction the farm because of a R1,2-million loan it couldn‘t service.

David Uithaler, leader of 22 beneficiaries from Uitenhage of a farm which was auctioned, said: “I stayed at the farm for four years but I couldn‘t cope. We didn‘t have money to take the farm forward. We are very anxious to get farms, but you must have money to run them. My purpose was to produce food to feed the country, but if you don‘t have money you can‘t live up to the idea.”

Hazel Peter of the Peter Family Trust said they had decided to go into a joint venture with the South African Fruit Exporters which has promised to revive the farm and bring it to production.

But this will be at the expense of dividends in the next two years.

“We just want our farm to be saved,” she said, adding that the were also conflicts between the beneficiaries.

A land affairs department official said he would have liked to see more success with land reform. “It‘s not doing well. We need more support for these projects. We distribute land but we also try to help with technical skills and this is not our responsibility, but that of the department of agriculture.”

Department of agriculture spokesman Fikile Black said emerging farmers should approach the district offices and request assistance, which was subject to the availability of funds.

“We also have extension officers who assist farmers with skills.”

source: Weekend Post

Recession blues bite Bay business outlook

THE Nelson Mandela Bay metro‘s Business Confidence Index continued to decline in January “under recessionary economic conditions and low levels of both business and consumer confidence”.

The decline came amid the economy contracting by -1,8 percent in the fourth quarter of last year, the first annual retail sales decline in nine years, and a 22% plunge in manufacturing output.

The index, compiled for the regional business chamber, tracks the performance of 15 key economic indicators chosen from those available that are believed to “best reflect the business mood in the PE/Uitenhage area”.

These include the inflation rate as measured by the Consumer Price Index for the metro; the prime rate at month end; the rand-dollar exchange rate; retail sales in the Eastern Cape; the total number of new cars sold in the metro; the value of building plans passed and completed; the Consumer Confidence Index for the metro by the Bureau for Economic Research of Stellenbosch University, and number of passengers arriving at the PE airport.

But Dr Neil Bruton, compiler of the index, says current developments “will ultimately yield a consolidation in the rate at which the index is declining at present”.

“The inflation rate is set to decline rapidly in 2009 and … interest rates are set to decline, probably steeply. Furthermore, households and businesses are addressing their debt positions, with growth in credit extension to the private sector down to 11,9% in January, the lowest since November 2004, and with growth in demand for mortgage finance falling to the lowest level since mid-2003.”

The indicators that supported the index through January included significant declines in the trend cycles of the metro inflation and prime interest rates; continued growth in the real value of buildings completed and steady growth in value of those passed; and marginal growth in the trend cycle of retail sales.

Negative indicators included the “steep decline” in new cars sold and the “declining” number of airport passenger arrivals.

“The level of consumer confidence in the Eastern Cape, while reflecting a generally declining trend, remained unchanged.”

source: The Weekend Post

Fans parks provide World Cup vibe – for free

NELSON Mandela Bay soccer fans who fail to secure tickets to watch 2010 World Cup matches at the 48000-seater stadium in Port Elizabeth can also experience the atmosphere at the official fan park at no cost.

Sahara Oval St George‘s, which will accommodate 35000 to 40000 fans, has been earmarked as the venue for the fan park in the Nelson Mandela Bay metro, and this has been approved by the council.

“St George‘s is seen as the ideal venue for a fan park as it has the capacity to house the thousands of people who will be wanting to be there,” municipal spokesman Kupido Baron said.

“The ground has shown that it is very capable of housing this number of people during cricket games.”

The fan park concept was introduced during the 2006 World Cup in Germany and proved to be a huge success, prompting the soccer governing body, Fifa, to implement them in subsequent tournaments.

“The metro will only be hosting eight World Cup games, but the fan parks will be open throughout the tournament – for all 30 days. There will be cases where people will be asked to pay if they want to be in the VIP section or other sections that provide hospitality services, but ordinary people will be going in for free. These parks will create a vibe for the tournament and will be the focal point internationally on the days when there are no games played in the city. We want the fan parks to be jam-packed as they will be the main gathering place,” said NMB 2010 local organising committee executive director Errol Heynes.

The fan park will be equipped with a large viewing screen which will run in conjunction with other public viewing areas around the city, with all the games being shown in taverns, restaurants and pubs throughout the city.

“We have not yet planned on the issue of public viewing areas. As they are quite an expensive area, we have to look at the costs that come with it,” Heynes said.

It is a Fifa requirement that all host cities have an official fan park – one per stadium – but public viewing sites can be in both host cities and non-host cities.

The public viewing areas will be spread across the Eastern Cape, including rural areas.

Food vendors who frequent local stadiums are not allowed to trade at the official fan park. According to the agreement between Fifa and host cities, only commercial Fifa affiliates, including Coca-Cola, Budweiser and McDonald‘s, will be allowed to advertise and trade at fan parks.

“Although vendors will not be allowed to sell their goods inside the venue, they will be allowed to trade outside – around Rink Street, Parliament Street and St George‘s,” Heynes said.

Fans will also have a free shuttle bus service to ferry them around Rink, Parliament, Donkin and Chapel streets –- with an entertainment area at the Donkin Reserve.

“We are also looking at ensuring that we have trains coming in and out regularly, especially from Uitenhage, to ensure the safe and efficient transportation of the fans,” he said.

source The Herald

Uitenhage golf day a huge hit

by Meshack Khotha (Sowetan)

Uitenhage Golf Course in Eastern CapeAn amount of R100000 was raised during a fundraising golf tournament held at the Uitenhage Golf Course in the Eastern Cape at the weekend. This was a dream come true for Butityi “BK” Konki, boss of BK Investment Holdings, who was the organiser of the one- day event to celebrate his 50th birthday.

“It has been my wish to stage a development tournament in Uitenhage. I am chuffed about the way things happened and would like to thank all participants who made this day a success.

“ The money that was raised in this tournament will benefit aspirant golfers at school level in the area,” said Konki, who added that the event will be held yearly .

It was the second development tournament sanctioned by Konki after the successful Butityi Konki Schools Rugby Tournament won by Solomon Mahlangu High School last season. Konki’s 50th birthday celebrations ended with a glittering function at the Barkly Theatre in Uitenhage on Saturday.

Prominent people who attended the tournament included former Springbok manager Zola Yeye and former Uitenhage Springboks Morgan Cushe and Vusunzi Nakani. Others were Eastern Cape MEC for sports, arts and culture Noxolo-Abraham Ntatiso and boxing legends Philip Ndou, Dingaan Thobela and Welcome Ncita.

source: Sowetan newspaper

Crack golfer Jamie-Lee, 9, wants to meet Tiger Woods

UP-AND-COMING young Nelson Mandela Bay golfer Jamie-Lee Daniels, 9, is eager to meet international ace Tiger Woods.

Jamie-Lee, who was the youngest golfer at the Nedbank Eastern Cape women‘s amateur competition held at the Humewood course yesterday, was playing in Group C because she has a 27 handicap. Her sister Kim, 13, was playing in Group A because she has a six handicap.

“I want to ask Tiger to teach me a few golf tricks”, said the Uitenhage girl, who is following in her sister‘s footsteps.

“I also want to win a golf scholarship like my sister Kim and study at a private school like Glenwood in George, where she is. After I‘m finished with my matric I will want another scholarship so that I can study overseas, but I‘m not sure what I want to do.”

The Riebeek College, Uitenhage, Grade 4 pupil says she was born with golf. “I used to go with my father and sister when they went to practise, but I started playing golf at the age of four at the Uitenhage Golf Club, which is near our house.”

Though she doesn‘t remember her first day, Jamie-Lee now plays for the Eastern Province under-12 boys‘ team because there is no girls‘ team.

Last year she took part in the BJGF inter-provincial golf tournament.

Kim won the SA under-18 Rose Bowl tournament in Bloemfontein in November, which earned her an Ernie Els scholarship to Glenwood. Both girls have attended several national and provincial tournaments, giving them a lot of exposure to the sport.

Their parents, both high school teachers, are very supportive of their choice of sport.

Jamie-Lee‘s mother Fredaline had to take an extra job as a part-time lecturer to finance her golf trips, and her father is coaching her.

“I‘m proud of both my daughters,” said Manie Daniels. “The sport has taught them discipline.”

source The Herald