Roadworks on the N2 between Toleni and Ibika

Roadworks on the N2 between Toleni and Ibika

Eastern Cape, 23 April 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd would like to advise motorists that construction work on the N2 between Toleni (km 15,5) and Ibika (km 44) will take place from Mondays to Saturdays between April 2018 and March 2019.

Work will take place within Stop-and-Go closures and motorists can expect waiting periods of up to 20 minutes per closure.  All works on the N2 through the town of Butterworth will be done at night between 7pm and 6am.  The rest of the road will be open to two-way traffic between sunset and sunrise daily.

“We request that all motorists plan their trips and to observe all traffic rules and regulations,” said Mbulelo Peterson, Regional Manager of SANRAL’s Southern Region.

Motorists are urged to travel with caution and plan their trips in advance.

SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.

General strike to affect public transport users

General strike to affect public transport users


A general strike will be held on Wednesday the 25th of April 2018 by the South African Federation of Trade Unions (Saftu), the strike is looking at the demand of a raise in the minimum wage of R20 an hour by bus drivers.

The strike began last week Wednesday, it included buses and public transport to down tools on the demand of 12% pay hike.

In the Nelson Mandela Bay workers had been picketing peacefully since last week, outside the Algoa Bus Company in Perl Road, Korsten.

South African Transport and Allied Workers Union provincial organiser, Nomonde Dawa, mentioned that the strike will continue because no agreement was met last week.

“The strike has hit community members, but the employers have refused to offer a reasonable percentage”, said Dawa.

A call has been sent out for all non-unionised members to down tools in order to put pressure on employers.

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

General strike to affect public transport users

The SME Toolkit SA | Business Partners Limited

In 2017, Business Partners Limited obtained the ownership of the toolkit, and today the SME Toolkit SA is one of the most comprehensive sources of support and information for SMEs in the country. The SME Toolkit SA acts as a free, all-in-one resource for entrepreneurs and small business owners, providing them with “how to” articles, business forms, free software tailor made for SMEs, online training, and information resources that have been created by leading experts in the industry such as Sanlam and Business Partners Limited. The toolkit is freely-accessible to any individual with an internet connection, and all of the resources (including templates and downloads) are provided at no cost to you or your members. These resources enable individuals to improve their knowledge of all aspects of starting and managing a business, including creating an effective business plan, accounting, financial management, human resources, import and export, legal and insurance issues, marketing, sales, operations, and information technology.

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General strike to affect public transport users

Application for the America and Food Beverage 2018

ECDC will be facilitating a Sector Specific Assistance Scheme (SSAS) application for the Americas Food and Beverage 2018 for 12 to 14 SA companies. In view of this, you are hereby invited to apply to participate in the Americas Food and Beverage 2018 Show.
The Americas Food and Beverage 2018 Show, takes place on the 1st and 2nd October 2018 in Miami, Florida, which is the trade and logistics hub in the western hemisphere and it is also the “Cruise Capital” in the world as cruise ships stock up on food and beverage products in Miami before sailing off. Miami is also home to a large African community, as well as the gateway to the Caribbean and Central America. For more information on the Americas Food and Beverage Show, please see Internet link below:

Attached is the following documents for your use:
• Invitation to Americas Food and Beverage 2018
• 2018 Exhibitor Postcard
• Guidelines for SSAS
• SSAS Application
• DTI Checklist

Please note that FDA registration is compulsory for participation in the Americas Food and Beverage Show and this arrangement would be for your own cost should you not have this in place currently.

The closing date for applications is the 26 April 2018.

Linda Lubengu
ECDC Office
Ocean Terrace Office Park
Moore Street
East London