Port Elizabeth entrepreneurs excel at the ENGEN Pitch & Polish workshop

BY Greenqueen

Celebrating five years of polishing entrepreneurial pitches, the ENGEN Pitch & Polish 2014 programme was attended by eager entrepreneurs at the first event, held in Port Elizabeth.

Engen Petroleum Ltd, in partnership with business incubator, Raizcorp, and media partner SAfm, as well as local partners, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and SEDA and Kingfisher FM joined forces to bring the fifth annual Pitch & Polish workshop to Port Elizabeth. The workshop and competition continues to be a highlight for entrepreneurs, where they can have their ideas brainstormed, tested and challenged – and ultimately to polish their pitch.

Almost 300 people filled the Feather Market Convention Centre with a keen interest in learning how to pitch their businesses successfully. The day began with delegates watching a clip, which captured the essence of events from previous years, setting the scene of what could be expected.

Stephen Reid, Business Incubator Manager from Raizcorp facilitated the workshop and competition and guided the delegates throughout the day. It was soon evident that the workshop is an active process where each individual is stretched and pushed towards a deeper understanding of entrepreneurship and their business.

Myth 1:        Pitching is easy.
Myth 2:        Being a delegate at an ENGEN Pitch & Polish workshop is a passive act of listening and note-taking.

It was a gruelling day of pitching for Asa Mazomba, Loyiso Gongqa, Luvuyo Ponase, Lezáne van Niekerk and Siphamandla Javu. They shared the stage and braved the audience-come-investors’ polishing and difficult questions. Their initial 30 second pitches were fleshed out to become well-rounded three minute pitches delivered to judges, Lungile Dumse, Human Capital General Manager, Engen Petroleum Ltd; Glenton De Kock, Project Manager, Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber and Vernon Naidoo, Manager: VW Community Trust. Throughout the day, delegates diligently filled in their worksheets to compile their individual pitches.

Characteristic to this format, is that entrepreneurs are given feedback on their pitches, there and then. The truth, whether harsh or positive, is shared in the moment so that the kinks can be ironed out and the brightness turned up.

Through to Round 2, from Port Elizabeth, are Asa, Luvuyo and Siphamandla.

A few key learnings from the day included the importance of:
•         Research
•         Being understood
•         Knowing your value proposition
•         Identifying who your target market is – it is not “everyone”
•         Portraying yourself professionally

“It is remarkable what can be achieved in eight hours. Those who have invested the time in being here today, are walking out knowing which area of their business needs work.” commented Glenton De Kock, the Project Manager from the Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber.

After the event, the contestants were inundated with support, feedback, ideas, business cards and sincere encouragement from their peers.

This winning formula of workshop-and-competition makes ENGEN Pitch & Polish one of the most stimulating business events of the year – where everyone leaves victorious and with tools to become a successful entrepreneur!

For more information or the opportunity to pitch on SAfm visit www.pitchandpolish.com.

 July 03, 2014
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Floating on airwaves

BY Algoa Sun

STAR Nyembezi of Bay FM in Linton Grange is this year’s winner of the Media Development and Diversity Agency (MDDA) Sanlam Local Media award in the best sport magazine show category. Nyembezi, the producer of various Bay FM shows and a sound engineer for nearly five years, enjoys producing jingles for advertisers and working as a radio presenter.


“I produce radio spots or adverts, promos for the station, pre-record interviews and at times pre-record three-hour shows. “I also produce sound bites for various shows, for example, by cutting interviewsdone with a field mic by only taking the important part or the gist of the interview.“I enjoy selling people’s
business by producing radio adverts for them and interacting with and meeting new people every day. I also produce for various Bay FM radio personalities when we have outside broadcasts,”he said. 


If Nyembeziis not doing it for Bay FM, he is busy mastering beats for music artists in Nelson Mandela Bay. He also presentstwo Bay FM Sunday radio shows. “One is called Urban Playground–it’s between 3pm to 6pm. I host it with my co-host Sibabalwe Swartbooi. The other is the Late Night Ride between 9pm and midnight. “I am also a student as well. I’m studying journalism at The Media Workshop in NewtonPark. “My Sunday show is laid-back. It’s a place to unwind, detox and relax. We play soothing music for the soul. We talk about love, romance and various relation-ship topics. But what’s funny is that I have a huge following of female listeners. It’s great. I would love togrow my male listenership too, ”he said.


Nyembezi’s future plans are to get into commercial radio and finish his studies. “I want to finish up my media/journalism studies and join commercial radio. “I’m sure I will get my breakthrough when the time is right. Until then I will contin- ue nurturing my talent and skills whileserving the community through the medium I love, ”Nymbezi said. His message to the youth was for them to attend school and go after their dreams. “There are so many things that one could do in the radio industry besides radio presenting. You need to find your true passion and nurture it.  “Please go to school. Talent can only take you thus far, but if you couple that talent with education, you can move mountains. Be creative, think out-of-the-box, be open to constructive criticism, find a mentor and work on your craft on a daily basis and eventually you will get your big break. “And when you do, please don’t sleep on your craft, continue to nurture it,”Nyembezi said.

 July 03, 2014
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Metro's finest Businesswomen honoured at BWA Regional Awards Event

BY Nelson Mandela Bay Business Chamber

WINNING WOMEN – The winners of this year’s BWA RBAA are, from left, Joanne Anthony (Professional category), Professor Heather Nel (Government), Sarisa Ferreira (Emerging Entrepreneur), LiepolloPheko, National President of BWA South Africa, Kobie Potgieter (Entrepreneur), Chantal du Pisani (Corporate) and Thina Maqubela (Social Entrepreneur).


Six of the Nelson Mandela Bay Metro and surrounds’ leading women in government and private business stepped up to receive top honours for their successes at the Port Elizabeth Businesswomen’s Association’s (BWA) glamorous annual Regional Business Achievers Awards, held at the Boardwalk Hotel last night (Thursday, 19 June 2014).

Selected for their inspiring successes from a pool of 18 impressive finalists (three in each category), the 2014 winners are:

• Corporate – Chantal du Pisani, Chief Executive Officer at Access Management, operators of the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium
• Government –  Professor Heather Nel, Senior Director of Institutional Planning at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University
• Entrepreneur – Kobie Potgieter, owner of Remax Independent Property
• Emerging Entrepreneur – Sarisa Ferreira, owner of Areli Veg,(Patensie)
• Social Entrepreneur – Thina Maqubela, of Ubuntu Education Fund (Grahamstown), and
• Professional – Joanne Anthony, owner of Joanne Anthony Incorporated

More than 90 businesswomen, not necessarily BWA members, were nominated this year from a wide range of industries, with the 18 finalists and ultimately six winners assessed and selected through audited judging processes. The final Panel of independent Judges represented a broad cross-section of leaders in business, government and civil society. Guest Speaker at the glittering evening affair was Dr Felicia Mabuza-Suttle, herself one of South Africa’s most influential and inspiring businesswomen, while recently crowned Mr PE, André Fourie, along with this year’s other dashing Finalists added a touch of macho magic to the event by ceremoniously escorting the 18 finalists in to the evening’s festivities.

Michelle Brown, chairman of BWA’s local branch and Vice-President of BWA South Africa, said the Association’s flagship event marked 35 years of celebrating “the courage, achievement and leadership of South African women in business”.  “The calibre of our 2014 RBAA winners and finalists is exceptional and we at the PE BWA Branch are so very proud of what these women have achieved, and will continue to achieve, beyond this initiative,” she said.

Highly acclaimed entrepreneur Mabuza-Suttle, who now lives and works in the United States, said she was particularly proud that BWA made education of girl children its primary focus. The PE BWA runs a number of outreach programmes aimed at supporting and uplifting school going girls in the region, including an informative annual Grade 12 Workshop.

 June 24, 2014
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