Buffalo City empowers hawkers

first_imgLungiswa Mama (left), whose stall is atthe Mdantsane Highway taxi rank, wasone of 90 informal traders who completedthe Hawkers Capacity Building andTraining Programme.(Image: Shamin Chibba)MEDIA CONTACTS • Samkelo GqebaCommunications officer, Buffalo City+27 43 705 1749 or +27 82 653 3593Shamin ChibbaFor Lungiswa Mama, an informal trader from Mdantsane in the Eastern Cape, business at the Highway taxi rank will never be the same. As of this week, her fruit and vegetable stall will reap profits she has only dreamed of – until now.This is because Mama and 89 other informal traders from East London, King William’s Town and Mdantsane recently completed the Hawkers Capacity Building and Training Programme.Earlier in December the 90 hawkers were commended at a graduation ceremony at the East London City Hall.The training programme is the brainchild of the Buffalo City Municipality (BCM) who had set aside R400 000 for this year’s course.Speaking at the ceremony, BCM mayor Zukisa Faku said that findings indicated that there were more hawkers than formal businesses in the city.“It can be proved by the fact that one finds up to three hawkers’ stalls in front of a single shop in town, not to mention the fruit and vegetable vendors who do not have stalls. The municipality can therefore not ignore this industry,” she said.“In this financial year, we will have to maximise the municipality’s job creation potential, and open new and affordable markets for our people to pursue.”BCM providing business knowledgeAccording to Samkelo Gqeba, BCM’s communications officer, the goal of the course is to equip hawkers with knowledge that will enable them to grow their business. “The course is aimed at building the capacity of street traders to enhance the growth and sustainability of their businesses, through the provision of business skills training.”Gqeba added that hawkers ran their ventures haphazardly because of poor of financial management and their failure to diversify their business.Therefore, the curriculum was divided into five parts, namely basic bookkeeping, stock control, health and hygiene, marketing and customer care, and costing.The programme began in 2007 after the BCM’s research discovered that hawkers, particularly at the Highway taxi rank, played an important role in the area’s economic development, and boosted job creation. It also found that many hawkers had neither the knowledge nor the access to information needed to grow. Since then, the municipality’s Mdantsane One Stop Shop has conducted the course.According to One Stop Shop coordinator Khungeka Somnono, these subjects covered aspects of business the hawkers were previously unaware of.“Participants have gained a lot from the training because they did not know certain things such as the need to register a business.”She said the training has helped hawkers understand the basic principles of running a successful enterprise. “Now they have learned they must have a bank account and save their profits. Others did not know about stock control. They only placed orders as they wished,” she said.Mama said the knowledge gained from the training has helped her business to soar.“I was taught how to deal with different types of customers in a professional manner. Now I am reaping the rewards because I am able to retain old customers and attract new ones.”The BCM course has also inspired her to tackle issues such as slow trade in the middle of the week.“The training has taught me to think out of the box and look for other business. I have decided to sell airtime to supplement my profits,” said Mama.last_img read more

SA stars at Freestyle Dance Worlds

first_imgTitles Tatijana Ignaijtov added another podium placing for South Africa by finishing second in the under-8 Girls Premier Champ Division in the Freestyle discipline. The five-member squad returned from the global showpiece as the most successful South African team to compete at the championships, which have been held in Blackpool since the early 1980s. Kalon Badenhorst of Johannesburg starred, claiming four world titles to become the only dancer ever to achieve the feat in a single championship. The Freestyle World Championships is organised by Anna Jones, the president of the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA). The IDTA is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7 000 members in 55 countries. Runner-up The Bishop Bavin learner from Bedfordview, Johannesburg, who is a member of Diana Moore Dance World, also reached the final in the Slowdance, but had to withdraw due to illness. 11 July 2013 Freestyle is an evolved version of Disco dance, and has developed sub- categories in which dancers compete solo, in couples and groups. It involves runs, spins, kicks and leaps, as well as many other diverse steps and acrobatic movements. South African dancers excelled at the 2013 Freestyle Dance World Championships in Blackpool, England recently, winning four titles. SAinfo reporter The 15-year-old schoolboy secured wins in the under-16 Championship Boys Street Style, Freestyle and Slowdance solo categories. Dancing solo in the under-14 Girls Premier Champ Division, Minnaar reached the finals of both the Freestyle and Slowdance, and ended up placing sixth and fourth respectively. Badenhorst is a member of the Daniel Swanepoel Dance Studio in Randburg and Minnaar a member of Dance Zone International in Bryanston. Badenhorst also partnered with 13-year-old Courtney Minnaar, also of Johannesburg, to secure the Under-16 Freestyle Couples world title. last_img read more

Iceberg Launches, Now Everyone Can Program

first_imgsarah perez A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketcenter_img There was a time when only technically-savvy people knew how to create content and publish it to the internet, but the rise of easy-to-use blogging and CMS systems changed that. Today, everyone can be a publisher. Now, Iceberg wants to bring that same democratization to programming. In fact, that’s their vision for Web 3.0 – the web where everyone is a programmer.We covered Iceberg last year, when it was still in private beta. Back then, co-founder Wayne Byrne was declaring “war on software,” and today, he continues that battle. With Iceberg, any user can create a web application using its simple, DIY tools. And to make sure everyone has a chance to learn how to do so, Iceberg is made available for free. The free version supports up to 5 users, but once you go beyond that, each additional user is $200/each. For non-profits and educational institutions, though, the software remains free. There’s even a high school in the U.K. where the teens are being taught to program using Iceberg instead of code. Learning Iceberg is relatively easy – Byrne says “20 minutes and you can be a programmer” – I’d argue it’s a bit more than that if you haven’t ever been exposed to any programming concepts, but it’s far from impossible. To get you started, there’s a vast and well-documented training section available from Iceberg’s web site, which includes free sample applications, step-by-step guides, screenshots, diagrams, videos, and more.Build an App in 3 MinutesAs far as what you can build with Iceberg, it’s really up to you. Although the focus is on business applications, like CRM or PM tools, you can interface with anything that offers up a web service. For enterprise environments, instead of using Iceberg as a service, I.T. departments can download and use Iceberg offline, behind the firewall, to work with their in-house servers, like Windows SQL server for example. For companies making an investment in using Iceberg, the team will even go a step further than just providing the service, but will also work with the business to help them with the process of building and customizing their apps. Several of the companies out of the 2000 or so downloads Iceberg has had to date have had this type of assistance, including companies that have moved from Zoho’s CRM to their own personalized version. Today, Iceberg is revving up to a new version: Iceberg 2.1. In this latest iteration, there are new features like a getting started wizard that makes creating applications as simple as answering simple questions about their business needs. They’ve also added a bug tracker, a more flexible interface, and a new embed feature that lets you “mashup” snippets from any web site or widget right into your form or application.Google Maps Mashed Up in FormThey’ve also introduced what they’re calling their first “killer app,” a project management application for any design/development agency. With this app, users can manage projects, get intelligent estimates based on history, interact with clients, view charts, and more. Unlike with Basecamp, for example, emails are built into the system, you can automatically track and refer to all the communication about the project with ease.Email functionality in Iceberg’s PM AppIf you’ve already written off Iceberg as just another business/enterprise app and therefore not for you, then you’re missing the bigger picture. Of course, Iceberg is offering tools for business – that’s where the money is – but it’s also offering tools for the everyman/novice programmer. Want to build the next great Twitter app? You can use Iceberg for that…but you can also use it to build the next Twitter, too. If you want to try Iceberg today, you can download it from this link here for a special deal. The download includes 5 licenses, but if you choose to tell your friends about Iceberg, then you can get access to 2 more free licenses, as will your friends. Related Posts Tags:#Features#Product Reviews#web last_img read more

Gina Trapani Starts a New Blog

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Blogging#news#web marshall kirkpatrickcenter_img Lifehacker founder and former lead editor Gina Trapani announced this morning that she’s started a new blog called Smarterware.org. She says the new site has “no ads, no digg badges, lots of sentences starting with ‘I’.” It won’t have dozens of posts daily under a rigorous publishing schedule – it will be a place for “stuff that fired off a synapse or two in my head,” Trapani says.After four years leading what’s become the most widely read productivity blog and one of the biggest blogs period on the web, Trapani announced at the start of the year that she was leaving her position as Lifehacker lead editor. She posted a long goodbye and look back at the site’s history two weeks later. Trapani has been one of the most important figures in the rise of the blogging medium. She’s also one hell of a nice person.The content on her new blog is published under a Creative Commons Non-Commercial, Attribution, Share-alike license – one of the most restrictive CC licenses available. Here at ReadWriteWeb we’re big Gina fans and we look forward to seeing if she can push back the likely mob of opportunists to create a site that offers some of the best types of content we grew to love at Lifehacker. If you can’t get enough of Gina, you can follow her on Twitter and on FriendFeed. At the very least, we’re sure you’ll want to join us in subscribing to Smarterware.org.Photo CC by Will Pate. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

LPM Excellence Program Recognizes Cita Doyle for Partnerships

first_imgExcellence in PartnershipsCita Doyle, LPQ, Director of Sales and Marketing, InstaKey Security Systems After joining InstaKey in 2001, Doyle was quick to build upon her new-found passion for the security and loss prevention industry. She was soon promoted to director of sales and marketing where she has continued to thrive as a genuine and valued partner. She stresses the need to become an expert in not only what her retail clients do and the value that it provides, but also the industry.“Ask questions and actively listen to others,” Doyle explained. “Talk less and hear more of where you can help. Educate yourself about the industry and the people in it. Never stop learning, share your knowledge, and help others become successful.”But there’s something more. “I can attribute many of my successes to a strong core belief that we should do the right thing regardless of opportunity or cost and provide value in every relationship,” said Doyle. “Strong partnerships provide success to everyone involved, and especially to oneself. Be kind, honest, and always build a foundation of trust. No matter what you sell, service, or support, strive to make a positive impact—it will be the legacy you leave for others to follow.”- Sponsor – Nominations Are EncouragedThe LPM team is privileged to have a front-row seat to the very best in the loss prevention industry, providing a unique opportunity to present positive, productive ways to promote loss prevention, build successful and constructive partnerships, educate and inform the LP community, and support the thought leadership that drives us forward.The LP Magazine “Magpie” Awards are a means to celebrate industry accomplishments on an ongoing basis, recognizing the loss prevention professionals, teams, solution providers, law enforcement partners, and others that demonstrate a stellar contribution to the profession. Cita Doyle is among our May–June 2017 recipients.We want this to be your program. Those of you working as LP practitioners witness these exceptional performances on a regular and ongoing basis, and we strongly encourage you to provide us with nominees for each of the award categories. We encourage creative nominations and want the program to cast a positive light on the many tremendous contributions of the loss prevention community. Nominations can be submitted via email to excellence (at) LPportal (dot) com.Find out who else has been recognized in the May–June 2017 issue – check out “LPM “Magpie” Awards: Applauding Excellence.” Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox. Sign up nowlast_img read more

Mitchell Starc Australia’s X-factor, his absence will have huge impact: Michael Clarke

first_imgFormer Australia captain Michael Clarke feels that fast bowler Mitchell Starc’s absence due to injury will have a huge bearing on the final outcome of the four-Test series against India.Starc was on Friday ruled out of the remaining two Tests with a stress fracture in his right foot.”It will have a huge impact. Mitchell Starc is that X-factor for the Australian team. I think he will certainly be missed. Who they bring is I am not sure but it makes the game even tougher for Australia,” Clarke told reporters on the sidelines of a CRY event for underprivileged kids here.However, Clarke is confident that Australia can still win the series from here on.”But Australia will still be confident that they can win in these conditions. They won in Pune and now can be confident they can still win in Ranchi.” (Kohli is due for runs, look out Ranchi: Clarke to India Today)WATCH FULL VIDEO’KOHLI’S AGGRESSION HIS GREATEST STRENGTH’While he didn’t take any specific questions of the DRS controversy, Clarke termed Virat Kohli’s aggression as one of his greatest strengths.He finds no reason why India captain shouldn’t continue to play hard on the field in order to achieve success for his side.”Virat’s aggression is one of his greatest strengths. That’s the way he likes to play, that’s the way he had success and I am sure that’s the way he will continue to play,” Clarke said. (Kohli is freak: Clarke to India Today)advertisementAnother Australian legend Steve Waugh is a fan of Kohli’s aggression, but feels the Indian captain needs to tone down a bit while on the field.Asked Clarke about Waugh’s comments, he said: “Everybody have their own opinion. I think at the moment Virat is gonna do whatever he can to help India have success. They had an amazing summer. They played some unbelievable cricket and Australia know India is always tough in the backyard. Virat enjoys that challenge. He knows how this Indian team play their best, hence they have been rewarded in the past few months.” (Clarke wants India, Australia to play hard but within the spirit of the game)Clarke said the ongoing series is no different from any other “competitive” India-Australia rubber.”It’s a fantastic series. Test cricket between India and Australia is always competitive and I love that.”I am really happy that this series is being so competitive. Whether the series is being played in Australia or India, we always see good competitive cricket and this series is no different,” he said.ALSO WATCH:last_img read more