The Businesswomen’s Association (BWA) East London celebrated sixteen years of celebrating the hard work of East London women in the economy.
The event which was held on Saturday at the Venue in Hemingways saw a number of queens being crowned as a sign of their role in building the economy and the society.
All the winners were judged under six categories namely; emerging entrepreneur, entrepreneur, corporate, professional, social entrepreneur and women in government.
- Vuyo Sidelo from Trade & Invest : Emerging entrepreneur
- Afika Mbandazayo: Regional entrepreneur
- Mandisa Dukashe from Zanoncedo Empowerment Centre: Social Entrepreneur
- Wandisa Vazi from Transnet Port Terminals: Government category
- Sandra Lyn Pelser of Nedbank: Professional category
- Prof Lana Weldon of Fort Hare : Professional category
BWA East London chairwoman, Ruth Troskie congratulated the women in their hard work and the role they have played in the society.
The event has had long support from local sponsors in East London, such as Investec, IDC, Daily Dispatch, Hemingways, Harry’s Printers and Mercedes Benz.
Written by: Asavela Fekema
Border-Kei Chamber of Business
[East London, South Africa, 27 July 2018] Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) and the Port of East London are celebrating the triumph of the port’s Chief Engineering Technician, Sinqobile Nkabinde, who was announced as winner of the Transport, Logistics & Security category at the 7th Annual Standard Bank Rising Stars Awards in Johannesburg on 26 July 2018.
South Africa’s only river port had two out of five finalists in the category – the other being Deputy Port Engineer, Kwazelela ‘Kwazi’ Mcetywa. The awards recognise young, talented employees in the 28-40 year age category across a variety of industries and leading organisations.
Port Manager at the Port of East London, Sharon Sijako, congratulated Nkabinde on his win: “It is a fantastic achievement for this young professional from our port to have beaten hundreds of entries from across the country. We are very proud of him and glad to have played a small role in his development thus far. We also congratulate Kwazi on being among the finalists.”
Speaking after his win Nkabinde said: “It’s been overwhelming so far. I was not expecting it, but I am thrilled to have won after various stages of the awards process. The interviews in particular were grilling and when I’d completed mine I had no idea where I stood. Three panellists interrogated my personal leadership style, my values, ethics and behaviour. There was also a case study which examined the business decisions you would make if you were the director of the company in question. In addition, we had to compile a long essay outlining our personal attributes, strengths, weaknesses, vulnerabilities and how we are working to address each of these.”
Nkabinde says it was a challenge to juggle the process with his busy workload at the port, however he worked on his awards submissions on weekends and after hours.
He calls the win the biggest highlight of his career so far and says he is looking forward to the networking opportunities it will bring, as well as the opportunity to mentor other young professionals entering the workplace.
Nkabinde joined the Port of East London in June 2014. He is a Professional Engineering Technologist registered with the Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA). He grew up in Isipingo, Durban and attended Umlazi Comtech High School, before graduating from Durban University of Technology with a N-Diploma and then a B-Tech in Civil Engineering in 2013.
He is 32 years old, newly married with one daughter and he and his young family now call East London home.
“The Marine environment is my new sweetheart. I wasn’t familiar with the maritime industry even while growing up in Durban and my first exposure to the field came when I moved to East London,” he says.
He plans to build further on his expertise by pursuing a Masters in Coastal Engineering in the very near future.
Nkabinde began his career at WBHO as a Quality Assurance Officer for the airside team at King Shaka International Airport. He then joined emerging contractors as a Site Agent at various road construction sites. His career evolved when he ventured into the consulting industry. Thereafter, he joined Transnet, and now leads a team of young dynamic and enthusiastic engineers.
His achievements include implementing and managing an EPWP pilot project for eThekwini Municipality, which employed over 80 people and in 2012/13 was recognised as the Environmental Engineering Project of the Year at the South African Institution Of Civil Engineering (SAICE) National Awards. In 2016 he also led a group that was awarded the BMF YPDP group of the year for the EC Cohort.
He says: “My journey to the finals for the 2018 Standard Rising Stars Awards began with receiving a nomination from my manager, Owen Hensburg, Senior Engineer. It was a real honour and privilege to receive such a nomination, as for me it says that my manager as well as the Port Leadership Team recognise my efforts and they are proud to present me as one of their best candidates. Making it this far in the competition was a great honour and privilege and I’m deeply grateful for the support that I’ve received from my colleagues and management at both the port level and across TNPA. Transnet has invested a lot in my development by taking me through various courses and allowing me to work alongside my manager as part of skills transfer.”
Terry Taylor, Corporate Affairs Manager, Port of East London, Transnet National Ports Authority
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Sharon Sijako, Port Manager, Port of East London, Transnet National Ports Authority
Dear Travel Partner
SA Express (SAX) plans to resume its flight schedules in the next few weeks following the reinstatement of its Air Operator’s Certificate (AOC).
“We are delighted that the South African Civil Aviation Authority (SACAA) lifted the suspension of our AOC licence on Thursday. It is our intention to progressively re introduce our flight schedules over the next few weeks,” said SAX Acting CEO, Matsietsi Mokholo.
“We wish to thank the SACAA, the government and all our partners for their assistance while we were addressing the regulator’s operational requirements. We thank all our valued passengers for their understanding.
Over the next few days we will complete the process to get our additional aircraft added to the AOC. We are not only coming back stronger but even more energised. We are confident that we will win back our market share and grow our business in the coming months and years.
The move by SACAA to reinstate SAX’s AOC comes a month after the suspension of the airline’s Aircraft Maintenance Organisation (AMO) license was also lifted.
With the two certificates – – the AOC and AMO – – now reinstated, SA Express is free to resume its flights — and to that extent, the airline is working closely with SACAA to get the necessary certificates of Airworthiness for all its aircraft. Scheduled approvals are done on an aircraft by aircraft basis and at this stage, the CAA has completed its review of only two aircraft.
SACAA suspended SAX’s AOC and AMO approvals, as well as the Certificates of Airworthiness for nine of its 21 aircraft on May 24 this year, after it had conducted an audit of its maintenance processes and procedures.
We look forward to flying you again soon
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Eastern Cape, 26 July 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that day and night roadworks are scheduled to take place on the R75 between Port Elizabeth and Despatch from Tuesday, 31 July 2018 to Friday, 03 August 2018.
The planned traffic accommodation is as follows:
- The left lane between St. Leonards Road and Spondo Road will be closed for 2 km during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
- The right lane between Spondo Road and Johnson Road will be closed when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch during the day and reopened during peak hours.
- The right lane after Mission Arterial Road will be closed for 500m, when traveling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch during the day and reopened during peak hours.
- The left lane 1km after Mission Arterial Road will be closed for 500m during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Port Elizabeth towards Despatch.
- The left lane between Ralo Road and Perseverance Road will be closed when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.
- The right lane between Johnson Road and Spondo Road will be closed when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth during the day and reopened during peak hours.
- The left lane between St. Leonards and Chase Drive Road will be closed during the day and reopened during peak hours when travelling from Despatch towards Port Elizabeth.
- Night works are expected to take place between 7pm and 5am daily at the R75/St. Leonards Road intersection as well as the R75/Spondo Road intersection. There will be a stop and go at these sections.
“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.
Eastern Cape, 26 July 2018: The South African National Roads Agency SOC Ltd (SANRAL) would like to notify travellers that controlled blasting is scheduled to take place on the R72 from Section 3 to Section 4 between Birah River and Openshaw Village on Monday, 30 July from 3pm until 5pm, weather permitting.
During the first blast, the road will be closed between Gcinisa village and Hamburg turn off.
“Motorists are asked to use caution when making use of the road,” Mbulelo Peterson, SANRAL Southern Region Manager said.
SANRAL apologises for any inconvenience caused.