BKCOB | Eskom to assist science and maths students in the E.C

BKCOB | Eskom to assist science and maths students in the E.C

Eskom has signed an agreement with Technology Research Activity Centre South Africa (TRAC SA) on Monday, to assist students in the Eastern Cape with Mathematics and Science studies.

This agreement looks at covering the Eskom Initiative program, aiming to assist children with Mathematics, Technology and Science.

Group Executive, Kobus Steyn, mentioned to one of the publications that South Africa is facing many challenges in Maths and Physics.

“TRAC has come on board and is enthusiastic about this program, which is looking at bringing exciting engaging methods between the children and the teachers”, said Steyn.

Over 2 000 learners and 30 teachers from 30 schools in the Eastern Cape have benefited from this programme, with the aim of increasing an intake into the Science and Engineering for future skills needed.

Schools that have benefited from the program include Qumbu, Cofimvaba, East London and Uitenhage. This is part of Eskom’s drive to invest in communities.

Written by: Asavela Fekema
Communications Intern
Border-Kei Chamber of Business

Traffic advisory: Road works on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch from 26 February until 2 March 2018

Port Elizabeth, 26 February 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that road works is scheduled to take place on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch from today, Monday, 26 February 2018 until Friday, 2 March 2018.

The planned traffic accommodation is as follows:

  • The right-hand side lane between Dyke Road and Spondo Road intersection, and an extra 100m beyond Spondo Road Intersection will be closed for the week when travelling from Port Elizabeth to Despatch.
  • The right-hand side lane will be closed 100 meters away from Spondo intersection up until Spondo Intersection due to road works, when you are travelling from Despatch to Port Elizabeth.
  • The left lane between Johnson Road and Perseverance Road will be closed for the week when travelling from Port Elizabeth to Despatch. Once this section of work is completed the left lane will be reopened and the right lane will be closed.
  • The right lane between Johnson Road and Ralo Road will be closed on Wednesday, 28 February and Thursday, 1 March between 8:30am until 4pm when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.
  • Roadworks to be expected at the corner of R75 and Johnson Road as of 1 March 2018. Road users to expect traffic delays.

“Motorists are asked to plan their trips accordingly, consider alternative routes and to use caution when making use of the road,” said Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region’s Manager.

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

Event : Invitation to Finance & Training workshop for SMEs

Event : Invitation to Finance & Training workshop for SMEs

If you have not yet registered to attend the Finance and Training workshops for SMEs please review the attached programme to see how your company can benefit from attending.

The workshop aims to raise awareness and facilitate access to funding mechanisms and promote (innovative) finance instruments for mainstreaming RECP into the operations of local manufacturing enterprises.

There is no cost to attend, but registration is essential.   Attached please find more information on the finance and training workshop.

Click here to register or email your details to Christien Viljoen, email cviljoen@csir.co.za







28 – 30 May 2018

East London IDZ, Lower Chester Road, Sunnyridge

08:30 for 09:00 – 16:30

Event : Invitation from the South African Reserve Bank, Monetary Policy Forum (MPF)

Event : Invitation from the South African Reserve Bank, Monetary Policy Forum (MPF)

You are invited to a Monetary Policy Forum (MPF) in East London.

Date:  Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Registration: 07:30 until 08:15
Start of MPF:
08:15 until 09:45 followed by a breakfast

Venue:  East London International Convention Centre, Marine Park Complex, 22 Esplanade, Beachfront

Dress code:  Business suit

 The Monetary Policy Forum (MPF) Meeting promises to be a highly informative and interactive meeting.

Very important
Should you wish to attend the East London Monetary Policy Forum (MPF) or you would like to extend the invitation to a colleague or associate/business partner, you are most welcome to do so.

Kindly complete the attached reply form (page 1) and either e-mail it to: Vivienne.deVilliers@resbank.co.za; or fax it to (012) 313-4905 for the attention of Vivienne de Villiers.


Please confirm your attendance by Wednesday, 18 April 2018.

Your attendance at the Monetary Policy Forum meeting will significantly contribute to the success thereof.

Should you have any enquiry, please do not hesitate to contact me.




Media release : R9bn investment on N2 Wild Coast Road Project to develop local communities

Lusikisiki, 23 February 2018: The R9 billion investment that the South African National Roads Agency SOC Limited (SANRAL) has put aside for the green fields portion of the N2 Wild Coast Road Project in the Eastern Cape will go a long way in improving the lives of ordinary people in the Mpondoland area of the province, says SANRAL’s Craig McLachlan.

The N2 Wild Coast Road Project will be a high mobility route that will link the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces, significantly lowering transportation time and costs and improving accessibility to a large part of the Eastern Cape. It will be a catalyst for sustainable local economic and social development.

“SANRAL will continue on its endeavours to be a developmental partner for the O.R. Tambo and Alfred Nzo district municipalities, and we will continue to keep the different stakeholders in the region abreast of the project’s developments,” he said.

Speaking to leaders of government, business, traditional leaders and community organisations, SANRAL convened its flagship Taking SANRAL to the People programme in Lusikisiki to share information and also forge partnerships with the affected communities and other key stakeholders on the project.

The roads agency will open a regional office in nearby Flagstaff.

“We make every effort to promote transformation by ensuring that SMMEs are exposed to work experiences that were previously not possible,” says Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL’s Southern Regional Manager.

The opening of the Flagstaff office will make it easier for SANRAL to be reachable to the communities of O.R. Tambo and Alfred Nzo district municipalities. Flagstaff was identified as the most central area for the entire green fields section of the project. That also means local SMMEs do not have to travel to Port Elizabeth to collect and submit tenders.

“The Flagstaff office will be the point where local people can contact SANRAL directly. There will also be a tender office where tenders for SMMEs can be collected and submitted and tender briefings can be held. There will also be temporary work space and meeting facilities for project managers attending project meetings and site visits,” adds Peterson.

Working together with the provincial government and municipalities, SANRAL continues to upgrade roads that provide infrastructure and enable agro-industrial and tourism development for the Eastern Cape.