#MilkForChange? Yes, long-life milk is a great source of the vitamins, minerals and proteins children need to grow up strong and healthy. Because Tetra Pak understands that many families around South Africa lack essential nutrients in their diets due to factors beyond their control, we are launching a nationwide initiative called #MilkForChange, an initiative that provides the goodness of long life milk to underprivileged South African families who lack a nutrient rich diet.
Tetra Pak invites you to help make a difference in their lives.
#MilkForChange is now entering its second year of addressing undernourishment, running from 25 May right up till World Milk Day on 1 June 2017. Brand ambassador and comedian David Kau is also on board promoting healthy, safe nutrition for our children with the goodness available in each convenient and safe long-life milk carton… all powered by your SMS messages!
Schools, corporates, and South African citizens are invited to donate to the cause by sending an SMS: each “#MilkForChange” SMS sent to 40384 means an extra R20 to buy cartons of long-life milk which FEED SA will deliver to these communities around South Africa.
The #MilkForChange campaign was launched in 2016 when it raised 60 000 litres of long life milk, which helped feed 80 000 children. We need your help to beat this target in 2017!
#MilkForChange 2017 will be launched at Shine Studios on 25th May. This exclusive Wear White event, hosted by comedian David Kau will be attended by the cream of the milk industry and the press. At the event, a video of David going to Home Affairs and changing his surname from Kau to Cow in support of the #MilkForChange initiative will be broadcast. This video will be used on social media to promote the campaign and encourage donations. At the event, guests will be encouraged to make a difference by SMSing “Milk For Change” to 40384 or to make a pledge towards the initiative.
On the 1st of June 2017, which falls on World Milk Day, everyone is invited to wear white to show their support for #MilkForChange. Once again, schools, corporates and consumers will be invites to wear participate by sending an SMS to donate to the cause of healthy, safe nutrition for underprivileged communities. Life-size cash cows will be delivered to the respective schools and corporates where all the donations will be collected on the relevant day. All proceeds go towards #MilkForChange.
The nominated campaign brand Ambasador is David Kau who will be changing his name to David Cow. David is available for limited media interviews. John Strömblad and Liesl Gruber from Tetra Pak are also available for media interviews.
About John Strömblad
John Strömblad, MD of Tetra Pak Southern Africa is a 30-year Tetra Pak veteran who has risen through the ranks. He joined Tetra Pak in 1986 straight from Stockholm School of Economics, Sweden. Throughout the years, he has held various senior positions in several countries including Singapore, Switzerland, Romania, Venezuela and Panama. His last two positions were those of Managing Director of Tetra Pak South Korea and Cluster Leader Sales Management for Cluster Greater China, based in Shanghai. He’s been based in South Africa for the past 2 years and has brought a great deal of experience and knowledge that is driving this Market to the next level. John was educated in Sweden at the Stockholm School of Economics as well as the University of Stockholm.
About Liesl Gruber
Liesl Gruber, Marketing & Portfolio Manager of Tetra Pak Southern Africa has enjoyed a fruitful 9-year journey at Tetra Pak thus far. She joined Tetra Pak in 2008 and throughout the years, has held various positions within Marketing and Sales. Her current role as Marketing and Portfolio Manager has afforded her the opportunity to spear head an incredible and fulfilling initiative such as Milk for Change. Liesl has graduated from the University of the Witwatersrand with a Bachelor of Commerce and also holds a Higher Diploma in Business Management.
About David Kau
David Kau is a 32 year old leading South African comedian. Born and raised in Kroonstad, he rose to fame in 1998 as the first black stand-up comedian in the Smirnoff Comedy Festival in Cape Town. The only black person on stage out of 44 comics. He studied the performing arts at the University of Cape Town followed by performing the Rainbow Nation Tour, his first one-man show. From 2001 David appeared in many sketches on TV show, The Phat Joe Show only to leave the Mother city for Johannesburg where he performed in Heavyweight Comedy Jams from 2000 and Comedy Black Out in 2002 till 2004. David Kau, currently has high profile Social Accounts boasting 94,950 followers on Facebook, 654,9K followers on Twitter, with a gender following of men at 54% and closely behind women at 46%. His overall age range of active followers are between the ages of 18 – 35 with his largest demographic following from the City Of Gold, Johannesburg.
About Tetra Pak
Tetra Pak is the world’s leading food processing and packaging solutions company. Working closely with their customers and suppliers, they provide safe, innovative and environmentally sound products that each day meet the needs of hundreds of millions of people in more than 170 countries around the world. With more than 23,000 employees based in over 80 countries, they believe in responsible industry leadership and a sustainable approach to business. Their motto, “PROTECTS WHAT’S GOOD™,” reflects their vision to make food safe and available, everywhere.
About Feed SA
FeedSA, a non-profit organisation founded in 1994, runs feeding programmes in townships for children who do not receive government grants. The organisation feeds almost 6 000 children daily.
5 Businesses You Should Start in 2019
Here’s the lowdown on consumer and technology opportunities in 2019 and beyond.
Savvy entrepreneurs should keep a close watch on consumer and technology trends in 2019. This, according to Silvertree Internet Holdings Co-founder and MD, Manuel Koser. Having invested in and grown a number of highly successful South African brands (among them Faithful-to-Nature.co.za, UCOOK.co.za, Pricecheck.co.za, CompareGuru.co.za, Petheaven.co.za, Cybercellar.com, and CarZar.co.za). Silvertree’s management team sees several business opportunities set to grow exponentially over the coming decade.
Here’s the lowdown on consumer and technology opportunities in 2019 and beyond.
1. Indigenous and ethical: Personal and home care products
2019 Sees growing potential for personal care products – ‘Those with local and indigenous ingredients, ethical sourcing which is kind to nature and the body,’ Koser explains. ‘There is a lot of room to play in the African haircare market particularly, as it’s often overlooked by the major FMCG companies.’
The Silvertree MD also sees increasing room for innovative natural home cleaners as consumers become increasingly environmentally conscious. ‘Until now, it was all about the well-known cleaning products the major chemical manufacturers put on the shelves. Now, there’s increasing space for new, exciting entrants.’
2. New beverages
‘Locally-sourced ingredients and an earth-first mindset will also play an increasing role in the consumer beverage market. Add to this the fact that major soft drink manufacturers will struggle to produce drinks for increasingly health-conscious consumers. They’re often just not quick enough to adjust to changing consumer tastes – particularly the tastes of millennials. Think less about a standard fizzy drink, but rather one that’s kind to the body, with natural ingredients. Non-alcoholic: water plus, say, cucumber, or another indigenous ingredient. The market for this will grow.’
3. Ethical snacking
Plant-based, vegan, ancient grains, ethical, protein-rich snacks – these are just some of the trends Koser sees dominating in the snack segment in 2019 and beyond. It’s about unique, tasty, functional foods that cater to the modern, time-starved consumer, Koser explains.
4. Buy, sell and compare online
In the technology space, marketplaces, e-commerce sites and classifieds will all gain momentum in 2019 and beyond. This encompasses aggregators as well as more unusual online businesses, which are increasingly able to find and reach consumers interested in niche products and services.
‘Consider an online ice-cream business. Once, something like that would have been unthinkable,’ Koser explains. ‘But as consumers demand greater choice, room for niche products like this grows.’
Yet, dabble online and seamless execution and delivery become make-or-break factors. ‘Many South African consumers use services such as Google, Amazon, Uber and Spotify daily – world-class products that function on a global scale. You can call an Uber and wait for just two minutes before getting a ride,’ Koser explains. ‘It’s quick and totally seamless. Consumers have come to expect that level of service across the board. Aligned to this is the fact that the millennial wave is currently hitting Cape Town right now, and Joburg secondarily, meaning a number of opportunities are opening up. Go after products and services in the right space and consumers will follow.’
5. Reinvent the wheel – and make it better
The final type of business entrepreneurs should keep an eye on is those that currently have low Net Promoter Scores. ‘This means that very few people like them, or the services they provide are of very poor quality,’ Koser explains. ‘Think of postal service providers or telecoms companies. With any monopolistic or oligopolistic structures, the service is often terrible because the heavyweights hold so much power. There’s a huge gap here.’
An allied approach for entrepreneurs is to assess opportunities for automation, or cutting out the middleman with technology. ‘Once, many markets – such as real estate were opaque, meaning you needed a middleman to help you transact. However, as the capabilities of technology have grown, markets have become far more transparent – making it easier for buyers to match with sellers safely. Today, a lot of this is easy to automate services – think about connecting a homeowner to a prospective renter through a digital solution where renters can be qualified, for example, in terms of their finances, personal information and criminal records. Quick and simple. And no middleman.’
The biggest opportunities here centre around where consumers spend the greatest amounts of time and money, Koser notes. ‘Housing and rent are always major costs. In terms of where consumers spend their time, on the other hand, much of it is, on a mobile phone, or PC.’
However, entrepreneurial success is never down to any one magic formula, Koser emphasises. Nor does Silvertree invest in prospective entrepreneurs solely on the basis of the product or service they offer. ‘It’s about passion, perseverance and tenacity as much as it is about the quality of the product.’
Silvertree Internet Holdings is an investment growth partner who aims to understand, grow and scale business, consumer and digital brands to unlock the brands’ exponential growth.
What To Watch For In Tito Mboweni’s First Budget Speech
By Rob Cooper, tax expert at Sage, and chairman of the Payroll Authors Group of South Africa.
Finance Minister, Tito Mboweni, delivers his first Budget Speech on 20 February at a difficult time for the South African economy. Even though President Cyril Ramaphosa has done much to restore business confidence in his first year in office, GDP growth remains weak, government finances are in relatively poor shape, and renewed load shedding is hurting business confidence.
Judging from his Medium-Term Budget Policy Statement in October last year, I expect Minister Mboweni — backed by the team in the National Treasury—to deliver a relatively cautious budget. Much of the focus will be on refinancing the state-owned enterprises and putting them back on to a sustainable footing.
We probably won’t see much in the way of radical thinking since the room for manoeuvre is so limited. Click each header below for an indepth video on the upcoming topics.
Renewal of the country’s public healthcare system with a mandatory health insurance fund and free healthcare at the point of need has been the ANC government’s policy for years, but progress has been slow to date. There isn’t much money in the country’s coffers to fund something as ambitious as NHI, yet the government will want to show that it is advancing the concept ahead of the elections.
With an NHI bill to be tabled in Parliament soon, we could learn more about how NHI will be funded in this year’s Budget Speech — it’s still not clear whether we will pay for it through payroll taxes, VAT increases or other fundraising measures. As an initial step, we could see medical aid tax credits reduced (or at least not adjusted for inflation) to free up some funding for the NHI.
The ETI Act came into effect on 1 January 2014; as a fan of this incentive, I was delighted that President Ramaphosa announced that it will be extended for 10 years another decade in his state of the nation address. However, I have also long argued that the scheme is not performing to its true potential because it is so complex for payroll managers to administer.
The introduction of the national minimum wage adds even more complexity— until and unless the ETI Act is amended, SARS is of the opinion that the National Minimum Wage will not qualify as a “wage regulating measure”. I hope the Budget Speech will announce steps to align the ETI with the national minimum wage and take other measures to simplify administration.
I don’t expect any major increases to corporate or personal income tax this year since the taxpayer doesn’t have much more to give. I think the top 45% rate will remain unchanged, while tax bracket creep relief (to compensate for inflation) will be limited to lower income earners. It seems unlikely that the Minister will increase VAT again this year, given last year’s increase.
That means the Minister is likely to look at ‘moral’ taxes (sin and sugar taxes) to raise more money; we can expect another steep increase in the fuel levy. Perhaps we’ll also hear about efforts to improve SARS’ revenue collection after several years of under-performance. The agency seems ripe for a turnaround strategy, with high-powered team looking for a permanent chief to take the reins at SARS.
Follow us on @SageGroupZA on 20 February 2019 for LIVE expert insights from the annual Budget Speech.
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Top SA Entrepreneurial Competition Praises Sector Optimism And Calls For 2019 Entries
Entrepreneurs interested in entering the competition can enter online here.
Even in the face of ongoing sluggish growth, exacerbated by widespread allegations of corruption and muted domestic economic activity, South African entrepreneurs remain overwhelmingly optimistic. This was revealed in the Real State of Entrepreneurship Survey 2018, which found that the vast majority of over 1000 business owners surveyed feel very positive about the business climate and outlook for the 12 months ahead.
It is these resilient individuals who will have their deserved time to shine in the 2019 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, says Kobus Engelbrecht, spokesperson for the competition, who says entries for the renowned competition – now in its 31st year – are officially open.
Entrepreneurial competitions of this nature, however, serve a greater purpose than just celebrating South Africa’s spirited self-starters, notes Engelbrecht.
“Credible platforms such as the Entrepreneur of the Year® competition also act to inspire the next generation of budding entrepreneurs, who have the potential to drive real economic growth at a time where the country needs it most.”
Engelbrecht refers to the World Bank’s recent downward revision of South Africa’s projections for economic growth in 2019 to just 1.3% – 0.6% lower than the South African Reserve Bank’s earlier prediction of 1.9% in November.
“Despite these challenging economic conditions, year on year we still find exceptional entrepreneurs who continue to identify gaps in the market and transform these into viable businesses.
“It is our aim, through this long-standing competition platform, to continually recognise, encourage and support the hard-working entrepreneurs who continue to do well despite the challenges they are faced with. We use the competition to convey our appreciation for the role they play in inspiring others to venture into the world of business,” he says.
In addition to offering valuable mentorship support, networking opportunities and national media exposure, Engelbrecht says that the2019 Entrepreneur of the Year® competition, sponsored by Sanlam and BUSINESS/PARTNERS, offers prizes valued at over R 2 million, which includes cash prizes of R 70 000 for each main category winner, and R200 000 for the overall winner.
“All South African businesses are eligible to enter this competition, and prizes will be awarded across six categories, namely: Overall Entrepreneur of the Year®; Emerging Business Entrepreneur of the Year®; Small Business Entrepreneur of the Year®; Medium Business Entrepreneur of the Year®; Job Creator of the Year; and Innovator of the Year.”
Entrepreneurs interested in entering the competition can download entry forms online at www.eoy.co.za as well as interact with fellow entrepreneurs and entrants on the competition’s social media platforms www.twitter.com/@EOY_SA and www.facebook.com/EOY.SA. The closing date for the competition is 31 May 2019.
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