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Straight after his appointment by the South African government, Surve headed to New Delhi for the mid-term meeting of the BRICS Councils from other countries in the bloc – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. JOHANNESBURG: Indian-origin South African billionaire Iqbal Surve has been appointed chairperson of the country's BRICS Business Council and has underlined the need for strengthening trade ties with countries like India and China.
JOHANNESBURG, GAUTENG, 29 MARCH 2017– Top South African OCR and Jeep Team athlete, Thomas van Tonder, took back-to-back victories this past weekend at Gauteng’ s The Beast and Western Cape’s The Grind’s OCR events.
The action started on Saturday, 25 March, at The Beast Challenge Race #9 at The Wedge 4×4 trail in Mulders drift, and ended on Sunday at Western Cape’s The Grind 1702 at The Cape Argus Sport Show.
Three Jeep Team SA Elite OCR athletes, Thomas van Tonder, Jay Jay Deysel and Carina Marx, raced the relentless Savage Beast, which included over 50 obstacles over an 11km trail. Jeep team’s OCR superstars, Thomas van Tonder and Carina Marx both took first-place in the Men Elite and the Women Elite events.
In the men’s race, Van Tonder, who is the most successful Beast contender to date, claimed his 9th unbeaten, consecutive Savage Beast victory in a time of 01:09:29, with Bradley Claase, second in 01:12:02, and third to Michael Joubert in 01:23:00. Jeep Team’s Jay Jay Deysel crossed the line in 5th place in a time of 01:25:16.
The women’s race saw an emphatic win for Carina Marx, her 5th Savage Beast title, in a time of 01:48:07, some 17 minutes ahead of the second-placed Sam Gilchrist, and third placed Jetaime Ribbink.
On Sunday, 26 March, van Tonder flew to the Western Cape to compete in The Grind 1702 at the Cape Argus Sport Show held at Sandring ham Farm in Stellenbosch. The Grind featured five different events for beginners, fun-seekers, masters and elite athletes.
Van Tonder participated in The Deep Grind Elite, a 10km trail run featuring up to 40 challenging obstacles. Van Tonder rounded off his winning weekend with a first-place finish at The Grind.
Results for Savage Beast – Beast #9
1. Thomas van Tonder 01:09:29
2. Bradley Claase 01:12:02
3. Michael Joubert 01:23:00
4. Greg Avierinos 01:24:00
5. Jay Jay Deysel 01:25:16
1. Carina Marx 01:48:07
2. Sam Gilchrist 02:05:12
3. Jetaime Ribbink
OTHER JEEP TEAM NEWS
Jeep Team’s mountain biking superstar, Pierre Smith, participated in the Lake Umuzi Cosmos 3-in-1 MTB Challenge on 25 March, albeit a day after being hit by a car whilst out on his bike.
This one-day Ultimate 100km multiple-stage race featured the fittest and strongest mountain bikers in the country, consisting of a 68km MTB marathon race in the morning, a 33km MTB half-marathon at lunch time, and a cross-country lap race in the late afternoon.
Smith showed his metal-mentality by competing strapped and bruised, eventually claiming an impressive 3rd place finish overall after finishing 5th in the 68km marathon, 5th in the 33km half-marathon and 3rd in the cross-country lap race. Nothing average about this Smith!
INTERNATIONAL JEEP TEAM – TRACK AND FIELD
The Hurricane Invitational
Jeep Team athlete, Mikaela Jonsson, currently enrolled at Florida Atlantic University, competed in the 2017 Hurricane Invitational at Cobb Stadium at the University of Miami on 18 March 2017.The Hurricane Invitational marked the opening of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Outdoor Season.
Following a week of heavy training, Jonsson set a personal best in the 800m, finishing in third place in a time of 2m14.18s.
Results – 800m
1. Maddie Beaubien (South Carolina) 2:12.92
2. Sharon Dorsey (George Mason) 2:14.02
3. Mikaela Jonsson (Florida Atlantic) 2:14.18
University of Miami Athletics Meet
Not one to shy away from challenges and excited to see just how far she can go in her favoured fast 800m, Freshman Michaela Jonsson (Florida Atlantic University) competed in athletics meet at the University of Miami this past weekend.
A large, highly-competitive group saw Michaela competing against the likes of graduates and freshman from universities such as Harvard, Connecticut and Virginia, as well as a pro-elite field including the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) National Champ and an Olympian athlete.
Jonsson looked like a champion in the making chasing down the field to finally achieve an impressive 8th College Athlete overall and 1st Freshmen after four heats totally 60 athletes.
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Established entrepreneur and Chairman of Productivity SA Board, Mthunzi Mdwaba, has been elected as the first African Global Employer Vice-President for the International Labour Organisation (ILO) since the formation of the ILO almost 100 years ago.
The ILO is the only tripartite organisation in the world, a United Nations (UN) multi-lateral agency dealing with labour issues, particularly international labour standards, social protection, and work opportunities for all. In 1969, the organisation received the Nobel Peace Prize for improving peace among classes, pursuing decent work and justice for workers, and providing technical assistance to other developing nations.
The ILO registers complaints against entities that are violating international rules, however, it does not impose sanctions on governments. The primary aim of the ILO is to promote rights at work, encourage decent employment opportunities, enhance social protection and strengthen dialogue on work-related issues.
Mdwaba was elected on the 24th March 2017 at a Geneva, Switzerland meeting of the Management Board of the International Organisation of Employers (IOE). The IOE is responsible for employers in over 155 countries. The IOE is the only recognised body representing the interests of employers in international social and labour policy matters.
Mdwaba says “he is extremely humbled by the support he has received from colleagues who elected him on a consensus basis, and he believes the appointment will bring a lot of focus on social dialogue as a means of contributing to a better world within the African continent” This appointment has awarded Mdwaba the opportunity to oversee political matters concerning employers and business organisations on the continent.
However, Mdwaba is not a novice on matters related to the ILO and he holds various positions within the ILO, including a role as the Employer spokesman for the Programme and Budget for all employers on behalf of the IOE, and as the Employer Chairman on the Board of the ILO Training Centre in Turin. In addition, he is a member of the Board of the IOE and also serves as the Chairman of the Business Human Rights Policy Working Group of the IOE.
A global deal facilitator and entrepreneur, Mdwaba has since June 2014 been appointed Vice-President, Africa at the IOE. The IOE has been supporting and representing the worldwide business community in international labour and social policy forums across the multilateral system, and in other high-level forums such as the G20, with the aim of ensuring that such policy promotes the viability of business.
Productivity SA Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Mothunye Mothiba lauded Mdwaba on this important appointment and says the appointment stands to put Africa on the world map.
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(Johannesburg, South Africa, March 2017) Evolve Executive Search South Africa, an executive talent and scarce-skills search firm servicing the private and public sectors in South Africa and across Africa, has since 2014 made sure that 4 000 children in Jabavu, Soweto do not go to bed hungry.
The Evolve Group, which recently relaunched in the country as Evolve Executive Search South Africa, contributes 20% of its profits to its CSR programmes.
“Evolve South Africa does not want to be a BBBEE legislation ‘box ticker’, instead we want to be a significant contributor to the social transformation of South Africa, thus as a company we provide considerably more than what is required from BBBEE legislation. We have launched Evolve South Africa so we can escalate our focus on BBBEEE by contributing more to the children of South Africa via our various developmental programmes,” says Evolve SA’s MD Adam Ginster.
Through its aptly named corporate social investment programme, Kotula (which means to harvest in seTswana) responds to the urgent and specific needs of the Soweto community by delivering a feeding, relief and a dance academy project. All these programmes support and empower orphaned and vulnerable children as well as women and elderly residents in the community.
On Friday, 24 March 2017, Evolve Executive Search South Africa alongside its partners, which includes the Department of Agriculture, Kotula’s patron Moyikwa Sisulu, NGOs and the community of Soweto hosted a thanksgiving ceremony for farm managers who plough and tend to the 11 farms that provide sustenance for their community.
Kotula sources volunteers in the community and facilitates training through the Department of Agriculture. After the first ploughing and sewing of each farm, volunteers are employed as managers and their monthly salaries are funded by Evolve. This ensures the farms are professionally run, and that children are fed with nutritional and balanced meals per week. The project also gives employment opportunities and social upliftment.
During the thanksgiving ceremony, Evolve will announce its ambitious initiative to take the Kotula Dance Academy to a global stage with a touring production comprising children from the community.
Currently the Kotula Dance Academy consists of 30 dance bursaries with Katz Dance studio in Sandton. The children are tutored every weekend by certified dance instructors. The children have performed the Mini Lion King at The Wits Theatre and have also participated in a flash-mob events at Southgate Mall and Maponya Mall.
Commenting on the company’s passion for South African children, Evolve’s Senior Manager: Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Mpho Mugivhi says; “Our core business is bringing together the world’s brightest minds with top-performing private and public organisations. We are exposed to many talented human beings, and it is this greatness we easily recognise in children. Hunger and lack of spaces to play and express themselves can rob a child of their childhood and jeopardise their future. Through our various initiatives, we want to make sure some basic human rights of children are met so they can grow into healthy and smart adults.”
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Jacob Zuma is considering offering to step down next year, at least 12 months before his term as South African president ends, under a deal with opponents in his ruling party that would see Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan leave office now, two senior party sources said. President Jacob Zuma during his State of the Nation Address to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces in Cape Town, South Africa February 9, 2017.
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