There were 17 categories in this year’s Township Entrepreneurship Awards, while the Lifetime Achievement Award was handed to Dr Sam Motsuenyane, the former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry.The winner of the Tourism Award, Ayanda Hermanus (middle) of Zazas Guesthouse and Spa, is flanked by guests Anthony Leeming (left), CEO Sun International and 2017 Miss South Africa Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters (right), at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards on 8 April 2017. Sun International sponsored the awards’ Tourism Category. (Images supplied)Melissa JavanGauteng’s Township Entrepreneurship Awards (TEA) recognised 16 businesses out of 33 nominees chosen by judges in 2016 from more than 200 entries. Each nominee received R100,000.The awards are an initiative of the Gauteng Provincial Government and are implemented by the Gauteng Enterprise Propeller (GEP). They were handed out in Johannesburg on 8 April 2017.Winners in the various categories received an additional R200,000 each.Aphiwe Madikizela of Ama X-Rays was named Entrepreneur of the Year; she also won the Services Award. She was awarded R500,000 for the overall prize and in total walked away with R800,000.The Lifetime Achievement Award went to Dr Sam Motsuenyane. He is the former president of the National African Federated Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Motsuenyane’s family received the award on his behalf.On Twitter, a local newspaper shared Motsuenyane’s thoughts on how to grow entrepreneurship in townships:Dr. Motsuenyane says more black entrepreneurs need to be trained as well as training in land utilisation needs to happen. #teawards2017— Mail & Guardian (@MG_Reporter) April 8, 2017Watch why Motsuenyane is being honoured:“This campaign is a bid to revitalise the Gauteng City Region townships’ economy,” said Thenjiwe Dube, the GEP manager of marketing and communications. The TEA was a creation of the Gauteng Provincial Government under its department of economic development, environment, agriculture and rural development, she explained.“It is heartening to note that in the face of such adversity, townships still produce formidable business men and women whom we hold up high as models of resilience, tenacity and excellence,” said Lebogang Maile, MEC for economic, environment, agriculture and rural development.MEC says next year they will push towards the winner going home with a R1million ?? #TEAwards2017— T E Awards (@TEAwards17) April 8, 2017Brand South Africa spoke to the GEP’s Dube.BSA: What is the aim of the TEA?Thenjiwe Dube: The awards are aimed at entrepreneurship development, exposure to market access, and development of competitive mindset. It also encourages entrepreneurs in the townships to move from being labourers and consumers to being black industrialists and manufacturers.BSA: How do the awards work and what are the criteria for entry?TD: There are several requirements for entry. The business should be operating for a minimum of two years. Compliance documents must be up to date. Importantly, entrants must be South African citizens and must display a strong financial performance, based on their turnover and growth, among other criteria.Aphiwe Madikizela (left) of Ama X-Rays is the Entrepreneur of the Year at the Township Entrepreneurship Awards on 8 April 2017. She is pictured with Lebogang Maile, Gauteng MEC of economic, environment, agriculture and rural development.BSA: How have the awards grown since last year?TD: Comparatively speaking, this year, the campaign created a lot of attention as a result of the television reality show TEA Business Battle This was done in partnership with e-TV.We had more than 200 entries last year, and a total of 33 were nominated. The judges followed the 33 nominees at their businesses premises and did the assessment and adjudication.Our focus was on the following sectors: food and beverages; tourism; creative industries; retail and financial; services; manufacturing; transport, automotive and components; construction, building and real estate; social and community; Entrepreneur with a Disability; Youth Entrepreneur of the Year; and Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, as well as the Entrepreneur of the Year.BSA: From what areas in Gauteng are the winners?TD: The winners are from five regions of Gauteng.The winnersStart-up Kwa Jerry Fast Food – Heremia MthombeniFood and beverages Goapele Bakery – Lerato Radebe and Itumeleng RadebeTourism Zazas Guesthouse and Spa – Ayanda HermanusRetail and finance Cool Apple Dude – Obedius NkunaServices Ama X-Rays – Aphiwe MadikizelaManufacturing Nambitha Nutritional Products – Sipho MzimbaAgriculture Bright Future Agricultural –Phindi ZwaneTransport, automotive and components Nyembe Waste ManagementConstruction, building and real estate Shirinda Trading and ProjectsCreative industries DV Nhlapo Productions – Daniel Vusi NhlapoSocial and community Ditshiamiso business Enterprise – Lucky Siwela and Lefa MolefeEntrepreneur with a Disability SKS Business Solutions – Petrus ZwaneYouth Entrepreneur of the Year Nambitha Nutritional Products – Sipho MzimbaWoman Entrepreneur of the Year Bright Future Agricultural –Phindi ZwaneEntrepreneur of the Year Ama X-Rays – Aphiwe MadikizelaCommunity Journalist of the Year Linda MnisiLifetime Achievement Award Dr Sam MotsuenyaneWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Matt ReeseFirst, let me say that this blog is 100% guaranteed to NOT help commodity prices or the overall farm economy. It also should be noted that I am NOT a: preacher, doctor, researcher, PhD, or anything other than your friendly farm writer.With these important disclaimers out of the way, please read on. As I continue to hear about more farms being sold, mounting economic stress for farms and very bad things occasionally happening within the agricultural community when things go wrong, I feel compelled to share some thoughts on how to handle the inevitable challenges of life, including these tough agricultural times.First, when tough times come about on the farm, it is important to understand that the only thing you can actually control is what you do. You can influence/manipulate/orchestrate many things, but you can only truly control your actions.So what shapes your actions? I believe that everything we do is driven by our guiding set of principles or priorities. Tough times offer great opportunities assess the personal priority list guiding your actions and decisions. If you haven’t done this, there is no time like the present. Start at the top with the most important thing, then work your way down the list. Note that each item on the list has influence over every item below it on the list. Also, be sure to include “self” on the list (I promise you that it will be on there somewhere even if you don’t include it).Now, here is the interesting part. Review some recent decisions you have made (both important and mundane) and compare them to the priority list you crafted. If a decision you made for one item on the list hurts or detracts from an item above it on the list of ideal priorities, you need to move that item below the item that drove the decision. For example, if you list “family” as your No. 3 priority, but miss an important family event to work on the “farm” that is your No. 4 priority, the “farm” is a least a No. 3 priority for that particular decision and “family” is at best a No. 4. If you have a pattern of behavior that regularly creates this situation, your decision-making is out of whack with your priorities. You need to either re-assess your priorities or your decision-making.So, what is your No. 1? Everyone has one. It is the one last thing you would give up if you lost everything. It is your reason for existing and the biggest part of how you value yourself as a person. And, whether you acknowledge it or not, protecting your No. 1 thing is your top priority in life. It can either protect or destroy everything else on your priority list. What is it? It could be many things that are very positive including: spouse, children, family, home, status, achievement, career, business, God/religion, or relationships. It could also be negative problems including: addictions, excess, or material items.Deep down, if you really think about it, you can look through your life’s pattern of decisions and figure out your No. 1, but be warned: it may not be what you want it to be.A person’s No. 1 thing has a powerful impact on their decision-making and, if threatened, the No. 1 can lead to irrational and harmful choices. Certainly for many farmers, (right or wrong) there is a great incentive to make the farm their No. 1 thing. It is so easy to do. The farm, for so many, can be a legacy, business, career, family, religion, and self all wrapped into one giant No. 1.During tough economic times such as these, there can be devastating consequences with this. In recent years, hundreds of Ohio dairy farms have gone out of business due (at least in part) to the grim economic situation. That is a tough situation no matter how you look at it, but if milking cows is your No. 1 reason for existing and you lose the farm, then what?Aside from figuring out the top priority, the second most important thing to consider is the ACTUAL placement of “self” on the list based upon decisions that have been made. This is very tricky to determine.If you list your farm as No. 1 and YOU protect “farm” at the continual expense of everything else on YOUR list because YOU have determined it is the most important thing to protect, which item is really at the top of your list? I would argue that, if we really scrutinize most of our lists, sneaky “self” almost universally works it’s way to the top.My apologies for being a bit preachy and grim, but times for agriculture are tough and, with the holiday season just around the corner, I fear stress, anxiety and suffering could all be on the rise for many in the Ohio agricultural community I love. More farms will be lost. More lives will be changed. That is inevitable and, in some cases, beyond control. In our control, however, are the actions we take based on the priorities we set.What’s your No. 1?For further reading, see Mark 9:35 and Exodus 20:3.
Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) Michael Lobo was on Friday elected as Deputy Speaker of Goa Legislative Assembly.The two-time MLA from Calangute defeated Congress nominee Izidore Fernandes by 21-15 during the third and final day of the Budget session here.While the lone Nationalist Congress MLA, Churchill Alemao, did not participate in the voting, Congress’ MLA Fransisco Silveira reached late to the House.
Following the nationwide launch of the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign last week, the Himachal Pradesh Congress has approached the Election Commission of India protesting against the hoisting of BJP flags on the houses of beneficiaries of Central government’s schemes, terming it ‘unconstitutional’.The Himachal unit of the Congress has highlighted the issue in a letter to the EC. Ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, the BJP has launched the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign, through which it plans to reach out to five crore families of party workers by unfurling its flags across the country.Himachal Pradesh Congress Committee president Kuldeep Rathore told The Hindu that benefits to the people under various schemes were given by the government and not by a political party. Hence, it cannot be politicised by such a campaign.“…the motive behind such action is to derive benefit in the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. The action is unconstitutional, coercive and breach of privacy of the individual. The benefits are given by the government and not by any political party,” Mr. Rathore has written in the letter addressed to the EC.Urging the ECI to immediately ask the BJP to stop from hoisting party flags, Mr. Rathore wrote, “…these actions will send a wrong signal among the masses and create unrest in society. Hence, the Commission is requested to restrain the BJP from indulging in such action.”Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur had on February 12 hoisted party flags on the houses of a few party workers at Chhota Shimla in Shimla, kicking off the ‘Mera Parivar-Bhajapa Parivar’ campaign in the State.