AMAZON VS TAKEALOT: Who will win the race?

When it comes to South Africa’s e-commerce realm, a lot of change is underway. Amazon’s arrival into the South African market has stirred both anticipation and apprehension, especially as it goes head-to-head with the established player, Takealot. As a brand enthusiast with a keen eye on industry dynamics, I find this evolution fascinating with some implications.

One thing that has gotten a lot of people talking in this clash of titans is pricing. Recently, there has been a lot of price comparisons between Amazon and Takealot, revealing nuanced differences that could shape consumer behaviour in the coming months. While Takealot has long been the go-to platform for most SA online shoppers, Amazon’s reputation for competitive pricing and vast product selection is undeniable. However, when it comes to being the best, pricing is not the only flatter. Factors like delivery speed, product availability, and customer service also come into play.

Looking into this situation, I find it crucial to recognize the distinct advantages each platform brings to the table. For instance, Takealot boasts a strong local presence, being an extensive distribution network, and South Africans are familiar with the name. On the other hand, Amazon being on a global scale and a new kid in the block also plays a role; this, on top of their ‘cost saving’ prices for customers.

But pricing is just one piece of the puzzle. The absence of Amazon-branded products on the South African platform raises questions about their long-term strategy in the region. The question is: will Amazon influence its ecosystem of devices and services to deepen its position, or is this a deliberate move to test the waters before a full-fledged expansion? Only time will tell.

From a marketing perspective, the arrival of Amazon in SA presents both challenges and opportunities for local businesses. While increased competition may necessitate sharper pricing strategies and enhanced customer experiences, it also drives innovation and pushes companies to up their game.

Moreover, Amazon’s emergence brings vitality into the South African e-commerce landscape, inspiring demand, encouraging entrepreneurship, and driving digital transformation. This introduces a new chapter in the country’s e-commerce space. While Takealot may be facing intensified competition, the evolving landscape also presents countless possibilities for businesses and consumers alike. One thing is certain though; the South African e-commerce industry will never be the same again.

BRAND OF THE MONTH: MAXHOSA’S MILESTONES IN FASHION, LIFESTYLE, AND COLLABORATIVE INNOVATION

Laduma Ngxokolo, Maxhosa Africa Founder

In the world of fashion, March has been a month of triumph and innovation for Maxhosa Africa. Renowned for its captivating fusion of traditional African patterns with contemporary design, Maxhosa Africa has once again captivated the hearts of fashion enthusiasts worldwide with its ground-breaking innovative collaborations. This month we are celebrating all their wins and shine a spotlight to Maxhosa  Africa as Brand of The Month.

Paris Fashion Week Debut

The month of March marked a significant milestone for Maxhosa Africa as the brand made its debut at Paris Fashion Week. The event provided a global platform for showcasing the brand’s rich cultural heritage and cutting-edge designs. Maxhosa’s presence at Paris Fashion Week highlighted its growing influence in the international fashion scene, garnering praise and admiration from critics and fashion aficionados alike.

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Diversification of Lifestyle Offerings

Breaking barriers beyond traditional fashion, Maxhosa also expanded its collection by introducing innovative lifestyle products. The luxury brand collaborated with local tile manufacturer Tile Africa and the wildly popular Capetonian Fields Bar.

Earlier this month, we highlighted that Maxhosa continues to push boundaries through its collaborative endeavors, exemplified by the recent partnership with Fieldbar. The dynamic collaboration seamlessly blends fashion and lifestyle, resulting in a unique fusion of style and functionality.

Both the tiles and cooler box embody the same ethos of authenticity and creativity that defines Maxhosa’s fashion line. This bold move not only showcases the brand’s versatility but also reinforces its commitment to redefining African luxury.

Empowering Women Through Fashion

In an article shared by TrueLove, Maxhosa unveiled its upcoming collection with a special focus on celebrating and empowering women. Through its distinctive designs and heartfelt narratives, the brand pays homage to the strength, resilience, and beauty of women across the globe. This collection not only exemplifies Maxhosa Africa’s artistic prowess but also its unwavering commitment to championing inclusivity and diversity in the fashion industry.

On the other hand, Laduma Ngxokolo, the founder of Maxhosa Africa, also unveiled the brand’s latest runway collection accompanied by a soundtrack. This fusion of fashion and music not only elevated the sensory experience for audiences but also highlights the brand’s commitment to creating immersive and culturally echoing narratives. Through this innovative approach, Maxhosa continues to redefine the boundaries of fashion as a multi-sensory art form.

Image: Okay Africa

Global Expansion

Looking back to last year, Maxhosa made headlines with the announcement of its first international store opening in New York City. This strategic move not only signifies the brand’s global ambitions but also reinforces its position as a leading exponent of African luxury on the world stage.

As the month of March draws to a close, Maxhosa Africa stands as a beacon of creativity, innovation, and cultural pride in the fashion landscape. With each ground-breaking initiative and collaborative endeavour, the brand continues to redefine the boundaries of African luxury while inspiring audiences worldwide.

BRAND OF THE MONTH: PROUDLY SA LEADS FEBRUARY’S JOURNEY OF SUPPORT AND CELEBRATION

February has been a great month for Proudly SA. According to us, the organization takes centre stage as the brand of the month, spreading love, style, and support for local businesses across South Africa. Teaming up with LIFT Airlines, Proudly SA orchestrated an extraordinary journey from Johannesburg to Cape Town, turning a routine flight into a memorable Valentine’s Day experience.

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Valentine’s Day Flight Experience

Valentine’s Day took on new meaning as passengers boarded LIFT Airlines flights, greeted with roses courtesy of Proudly SA. This gesture was a symbolic reminder of the importance of supporting local businesses and investing in the community. With every rose handed out, Proudly SA reaffirmed its commitment to promoting goods and services made in South Africa.

As the flight took off, the scent of roses filled the cabin, setting the stage for conversations buzzing with excitement. Passengers shared stories of their favourite local businesses, highlighting the unique products and services that make South Africa special. This journey wasn’t just about reaching a destination; it was about celebrating the local talent and entrepreneurship.

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LIFT Airlines proved to be the perfect partner for Proudly SA’s ‘buy local’ campaign. By joining forces with Proudly SA, LIFT reinforced its dedication to supporting local businesses and uplifting communities across South Africa.

Proudly SA’s Partnership with SONA

The collaboration between Proudly SA and LIFT Airlines was not the first. The organization also partnered with Mzansi’s top fashion designers to promote the significance of supporting the local Retail – Clothing, Textile, Footwear, and Leather (R-CTFL) sector through SONA. This call to action was to urge South Africans to prioritize local fashion in their everyday lives.

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At the State of the Nation Address (Sona), Proudly SA made a bold statement by encouraging officials and guests to wear locally-made clothing. The initiative, spearheaded by the Local Fashion Police, underscored the importance of supporting local designers and artisans. CEO of Proudly SA, Eustace Mashibye, emphasized that every purchase made has a ripple effect, impacting the product owners and the livelihoods of those behind the scenes.

Recently, Proudly SA continued to champion local businesses on the global stage with its participation in Meetings Africa. Twenty Proudly South African vendors showcased their sustainable products at the Sustainability Village, from eco-friendly accessories to handmade crafts. The Sustainability Village highlighted the creativity and ingenuity of South African entrepreneurs.

Image: Tourism Update

Proudly SA’s Commitment

In a world where globalization often overshadows local businesses, initiatives like these serve as a powerful reminder of the importance of supporting homegrown talent. Proudly SA’s commitment to promoting local goods and services isn’t just about economic growth; it’s about preserving South Africa’s unique identity and heritage. As we reflect on the events of February, Proudly SA reminds us to carry forward the spirit of support for local businesses, ensuring that our communities thrive and prosper for generations to come.

How to craft a brand that stands out in 2024

Building a strong brand goes beyond simply keeping the business afloat, it involves understanding and embracing several crucial factors that contribute to its success and long-term sustainability. While many businesses focus solely on their day-to-day operations, thriving brands recognize the importance of certain elements that can propel them forward.

In order to ensure the long-term success of your business, it is crucial to delve into the key components of creativity, collaboration, and consistency. These elements play a vital role in maintaining longevity and sustainability in the ever-evolving business landscape.

CREATIVITY

You cannot bore your way to crafting a brand that stands out. Building a brand requires the incorporation of creativity as a fundamental element. The process of building a brand demands the infusion of creativity as an essential ingredient. Brands that embrace their creative side break away from the ordinary and consistently generate fresh, unique ideas and concepts.

Nando’s is a prime example of a brand that embodies creativity in its visual identity. Through their innovative approach, they have skillfully incorporated eye-catching typography, memorable mnemonics, and captivating phrases into their branding. These elements not only add an artistic flair but also establish a strong brand presence. Nando’s has successfully created a visually appealing and instantly recognizable visual identity.

COLLABORATION

The power of collaboration with other brands lies in the potential to expand your business horizons and connect with a larger customer base. By joining forces, you can tap into new markets and demographics that may have been untapped before. This symbiotic relationship allows you to cross-promote each other’s offerings, exposing your brand to a wider audience and generating increased interest and demand. Through this collaborative effort, you can unlock new opportunities for growth and establish a stronger foothold in the market.

The Maxhosa and Tanqueray collaboration is an extraordinary example of two distinct brands coming together to create something remarkable. Laduma Ngxokolo, the creative mind behind MaXhosa, is famous for his unconventional fashion designs that challenge norms. By collaborating with Tanqueray, he brings his avant-garde approach to South African gin enthusiasts. The partnership breathes new life into the cherished COPA glass, a symbol deeply rooted in tradition, by infusing it with Laduma’s contemporary flair.

CONSISTENCY

“Its very easy to make a viral video, but longevity and consistency, that’s hard” 

Michelle Phan

While it may seem like a cliché, consistency is undeniably the key to achieving a successful brand. Staying relevant in the business world requires brands to be consistent in every aspect. Again, Nando’s serves as a notable example, as they have managed to maintain consistency over the years with their iconic font and brand patterns. This consistency has made it effortless for people to identify Nando’s, even without any explicit branding.

Consistency plays a significant role in cultivating trust and credibility. When businesses consistently meet or exceed customer expectations, they create a reliable experience that customers can count on. This consistency sets clear expectations for customers, instilling confidence in the brand and its ability to consistently deliver value.

When executed well, these practices can work miracles for your brand. The key lies in the meticulous implementation and careful execution of each step. The results can be truly remarkable and can leave a lasting impact on your brand’s reputation.

2023 Reflections: My Top 5 Business Lessons

As 2023 draws to a close, I find myself reflecting on the year it was. Like any other year, it had its share of highs and lows. I choose to focus on the positive moments and learn from the negative ones.

Before I share my business lessons for 2023, I want to take a moment to highlight some of the memorable experiences I had this year. Since I started my entrepreneurial journey, it has always been a dream of mine to be recognized as one of the Mail & Guardian 200 Young South Africans. This year, that dream came true. It was made possible by the incredible work we did with the 2nd Annual Top 16 Youth-Owned Brands Awards.

This event was preceded by the inaugural Festival of Youth-Owned Brands, which took place at the prestigious Sandton Convention centre in June. The event was a spectacular display of Youth Excellence held at the richest square mile in Africa. It was a spectacular showcase of youth excellence. More than 70 brands presented their products and services, and the platform itself created over 100 direct and indirect job opportunities. This project stands as the highlight of my career by far.

These are my top 5 business lessons for 2023:

1. Don’t take their word for it. 

The truth behind the adage “actions speak louder than words” becomes evident in this case. Whether its new recruits or sponsors. People make promises that often they don’t keep. When it comes to recruiting, it’s crucial to go the extra mile by contacting references and conducting thorough background checks. Many individuals tend to over sell their capabilities and never deliver. Imagine having a PR account manager that cannot write a press release? 

When it comes to sponsorship, if they haven’t signed a contract or sent an email confirming their participation, you don’t have the sponsorship. It doesn’t matter what they say in meetings or calls. 

2. Not all clients are good for your business 

I know it sounds counterintuitive to say not all clients are good clients. I’ve been in this business long enough to recognise that some clients can derail your business from growing. These are clients who ALWAYS scope creep, ask for discount, question your pricing and never seem to be satisfied with the results. Sadly, dealing with such clients rarely yields positive results.

3. Don’t bank on future earnings 

If the money hasn’t been deposited into your bank account, don’t rely on it. I’ve learned from my own errors of making critical financial choices based on money that was owed to me. This approach proved to be detrimental when clients failed to pay on time or as promised. To avoid unnecessary stress, it’s best to make decisions based on the cash you currently have available.

4. Business is not fair 

As a business owner you need to be comfortable with the fact that you will not always be treated fairly. We invested many hours and resources to develop a proposal that a potential client requested and never received feedback even after multiple attempts of solicitation. Some clients took our ideas from the proposals we shared with them and implemented the ideas with other agencies. We’ve had big corporates asking for discounts when our prices are already way lower than the major agencies. Our emerging business is placed on 60 days payment terms when they know that cash flow is the number one reason why many businesses fail. It’s unfair but that’s business. 

5. Rejection is your friend 

When you run a business, you need to be comfortable with rejection. This year, we sent out more than 500 proposals and less than 10% of them were successful. Despite our efforts to retain employees, we’ve witnessed some leaving for different reasons. The ability to stomach rejection is key to continue to pursue the grand vision. 

In conclusion, business setbacks are valuable lessons, not failures. Successful business owners can attest to this. It’s not about how you start, but how you navigate challenges and reach the finish line. I can confidently say that I have emerged triumphant in 2023 and am eagerly looking forward to starting the new year on a positive note. What was your biggest lesson in business this year?

Castle Lite And Black Coffee Unlocked The Night With An Unforgettable Send-off Party

Coffee Image

On the 28th of September Castle Lite joined forces with Grammy-winning musical sensation Black Coffee for an extraordinary send-off party at Altitude Beach Club in Fourways. This event marked the lead-up to his historic performance at Madison Square Garden. The day commenced with a captivating press briefing, expertly hosted by Lawrence Maleka, and concluded with an unforgettable party hosted by the renowned DJ Sabby.

Altitude Beach Club
The picturesque view of the Altitude Beach Club adorned for Black Coffee’s send-off celebration.

Black Coffee’s Gratitude Towards Castle Lite

The official send-off party leading up to Black Coffee’s Madison Square Garden performance was nothing short of amazing. DJ Stopper, Uncle Partytime, Kitchen Mess, Thakzin, Murumba Pitch, and the incomparable Black Coffee himself, featuring Bucie, Shoba, Pansula, Ribatone & Msaki, Mondli Ngcobo and DJ QUE, graced the stage with mesmerizing performances. The collective talent on display truly made this event the ultimate send-off party.

Black Coffe taking centre stage to show gratitude to Castle Lite
Black Coffee Taking Centre Stage To Show Gratitude Towards Castle Lite.

Castle Lite Delighted to Be a Part of Black Coffee’s Momentous Celebration

Colleen Duvenage, the Brand Director at Castle Lite, expressed their excitement about being a part of this momentous celebration with Black Coffee. Castle Lite has always been a pioneer in innovation and music, and this collaboration perfectly embodied their commitment to these core values.

Castle Lite
Castle Lite

Musical Magic Unleashed

The stage came alive with a star-studded lineup of artists, each adding their own magic to the night. DJ Stopper, Kitchen Mess, Thakzin, Murumba Pitch, and other talented performers graced the stage, mesmerizing the audience with their extraordinary performances. The presence of notable figures like Robert Glasper, Nhlanhla Mafu, Busiswa, Thabang Molaba, and others transformed the evening into a star-studded extravaganza. However, the pinnacle of the evening arrived with Black Coffee himself. His performance, featuring Bucie, Shoba, Pansula, Ribatone, Msaki, Mondli Ngcobo, and DJ QUE, left the audience in awe, experiencing musical ecstasy. The presence of notable figures like Robert Glasper, Nhlanhla Mafu, Busiswa, Thabang Molaba, and others transformed the evening into a star-studded extravaganza.

Murumba Picth Adding His Own Magic To The Night
Murumba Picth Adding His Own Magic To The Night

Witnessing History

Over 1,000 fans had the privilege of witnessing this historic send-off, creating notable memories that will resonate for a lifetime. As part of the farewell gesture, Castle Lite collected thousands of farewell messages from Twitter for Black Coffee, adding a heartfelt touch to the evening.

Fans witnessing the historic send off
Fans witnessing the historic send off

A tribute to South African Heritage

This event was not just a celebration of Black Coffee’s achievements; it was also a tribute to the rich musical heritage of South Africa. The fusion of talent and culture exemplified the essence of South African patriotism, instilling a profound sense of pride and unity among attendees.

Black Coffee’s Vision for the Road Ahead

On the 7th of October 2023, Black Coffee is set to make history as the first South African and African DJ to sell out Madison Square Garden in New York. To celebrate this achievement, he has announced a star-studded lineup of South Africa’s best singers and hitmakers for the show, including Major League DJz, Bucie, Delilah Montagu, Maxine Ashley, Monique Bingham, Mr V, Msaki, and more. Additionally, there will be an exclusive afterparty at The Brooklyn Mirage for MSG ticket holders, featuring special guests. Black Coffee’s plans extend beyond just selling out MSG, as he aims to dominate the Brooklyn Mirage and create an unforgettable musical experience for his fans.

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DJ-Black-Coffee-Set-to-Make-History-at-Madison-Square

Lerato Agency embarks on a new Jurni to promote local travel 

Lerato Agency is excited to welcome Jurni South Africa on board. The youth-owned digital and advertising agency continues to craft brands that people love through its new partnership with Jurni.

Jurni an online travel and tourism platform that seeks to connect people with places. The agency is tasked with digital marketing and creative work that will see Jurni increasing its brand awareness and resonance with travellers. 

Lerato Agency CEO: Pat Mahlangu at Jurni’s South Africa offices

A little bit about Jurni

Rising from the post-pandemic era, Jurni is a visionary online booking platform. Its purpose is to encourage travel by making it easy for the travel explorer while offering the right solutions for hosts. Jurni seeks to highlight local attractions and memorable experiences. The brand is looking forward to rebuilding the South African tourism sector, the county’s economy and contribute to job creation. 

“Jurni is excited to welcome Lerato Agency onboard. We believe that our relationship will ensure that Jurni becomes the brand of choice for local and global travellers. The platform seeks to explore South Africa using our platform which showcases accommodation, attractions and shuttle services. We believe that Lerato Agency is up for the challenge to take our brand to the next level,” said Tshepo Matlou, head of Marketing and Communications. 

In 2020, the South African tourism industry was highly impacted by the restrictions related to the global pandemic which at its peak prohibited public gatherings, enforced mask-wearing and applied strict vaccination requirements. This resulted in the permanent closure of a significant number of businesses bringing about an urgent and dire need to rebuild while offering value to clientele in order to slowly redevelop the industry.  

A little bit about Lerato Agency

A new entrant in the digital marketing, PR and advertising space. The youth-owned agency was established in 2020 and thrived in the midst of the global pandemic. Lerato Agency has worked with impressive brands such Brand Africa, SAMRO, Tiger Brands and SA Jewellery Week, and looks forward to continue to build its positive reputation within the industry, break new grounds and push boundaries. 

The agency is proud to work with an innovative brand such as Jurni, which prides itself in supporting local establishments and in helping to build the South African tourism sector by making hosting and travelling simple, easy and affordable.  

“We consider our appointment as the lead digital creative agency for Jurni as the partnership that will enable both brands to produce ground-breaking work that will resonate with travellers and establishment owners,” said Pat Mahlangu, CEO of Lerato Agency. “This partnership also comes at a perfect time as we are gearing up for Tourism Month. We look forward to creating excitement about local travel.”  

The partnership between Lerato Agency and Jurni is well positioned to be a growth catalyst in rebuilding the South African travel industry by empowering airlines, hoteliers, travel agencies and many businesses within the value chain to develop and re-establish themselves within the market.  

Visit www.jurni.travel for more information. You can also follow Jurni on FacebookTwitter   or on Instagram

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Adidas I AM POSSIBLE Festival set to take place this weekend.

Mapule Ndlhovu

Gauteng ladies are in for a treat, as the adidas I’mPossible Festival will take place on Saturday 26 March at St. Stithians College in Sandton. The eventis purely for women over the age of 18 and features an incredible line-up of fitness sessions and music sets with special guest Jessamyn Stanley, an American Yoga teacher, advocate, podcaster and author who champions body positivity, self-empowerment and acceptance through movement.

The Festival host is Rorisang Thandekiso with Siv Ngesi keeping energy levels high out in the crowd.

The line-up:

Tickets

Tickets cost R350 and can be purchased here. Included in the cost is an adidas I’MPOSSIBLE goodie bag valued at R1000, with yoga mat, water bottle, workout towel, visor and exciting inserts from the event’s partner brands. adidas will donate, and match, all proceeds from ticket sales to tackle period poverty in SA.

Festival goers are encouraged to arrive in athleisure wear, ready for a few workouts in the afternoon, followed by awesome local music that will have you dancing the night away. Get there early for a free hair and make-up session with the Glam Squad, then hit the arena with your crew to find your spot.

Festival Information:

  • Gates open at 14h30. Event starts 16h30 and ends at 22h00.
  • Free parking available at the venue.
  • Food trucks and refreshment stations will be available.
  • This is a cashless event so payment for food and refreshments can only be made using a payment app or credit card.
  • The event is not for Under-18s, and identification will be required for each ticket booking.
  • Supporting partners for the event include Samsung, Seattle Coffee, Harvest Table and The Body Shop.

New 2021 Nissan Navara Pro 4X Review

There are bakkies but there is the Nissan Navara Pro 4X. Before I get to share with you how my experience was with the new Nissan Navara, I think it is important to mention that it is built right here in South Africa. This shows the commitment that Nissan has to the South African market. The most exciting part is that it is built for local conditions.

Now, let’s get into the review.

The looks

Nissan Navara Pro 4X front

The Nissan Navara Pro 4x is an absolute head-turner. It is that one ride that will get you showered with compliments everywhere you go. It looks rugged and bold at the same time. Whilst reviewing the car, I had many instances where people stopped me and ask me about the car and gave compliments.

The exterior

The black-on-black detail (bumper, side mirrors, side-skirts, grille etc.) really worked wonders on the Navara. The u-shaped bonnet makes it look more chunky and muscular. It commands respect. The Navara PRO-4X (4×4) comes standard with 255/65 R17 front tyres and 255/65 R17 rear tyres with black rims. It is also fitted with LED headlamps and as well as fog lights. When driving during the night and the headlights are on bright when another approaches they automatically adjust themselves.

Nissan Navara Pro -4X

On the rear, you get a sloping back that makes it look like it’s got a spoiler, which is cool. It also has a reverse camera and sensors. The payload capacity is 1,017 KG.

The interior

When you step inside the new Nissan Navara Pro 4X, you step into comfort. I know it may sound contradictory given its rugged exterior. It’s got soft black leather seats with red and white stitches. The driver’s seat is electronically adjustable. It is also equipped with digital dials well as an infotainment touchscreen, two USB ports – one in the front and another at the back as well as a TYPE C port positioned under the armrest.

Nissan Navara Pro 4X

In terms of storage, there is a place to store everything. In the font, you get two cupholders by the dashboard and in the center too. On the door sides, you get bottle storage as well. There is a couple of places where you can put your smartphone on. There’s also sunglass storage.

2021 Nissan Navara showing heated front seats

Technology

The Nissan Navara Pro 4x is one of the most technologically advanced bakkies I’ve ever driven, thanks to Nissan Intelligent Mobility. On the instrument cluster, you get a multi-information screen also known as the Advanced Drive-Assist Display in the middle which shows fuel economy, blindspot monitor, music etc. Under the side mirrors, you get cameras that give you a 360 degrees view of the car which is very accurate.

As mentioned earlier, it’s got an electrically controlled driver’s seat as well as the rear window. It also comes with AppleCar Play as well as Android Auto.

The Drive

As I always say, the real proof of any car is in the driving. The Nissan Navara Pro-4X is a real joy to drive – on and off-road. I got to drive it on the winding roads of Schoemanskloof in Mpumalanga, gravel roads of Limpopo, and on the busy streets of Johannesburg. On all occasions, the Navara delivered a smooth and nimble drive. All thanks to the 2.5-litre single-turbo diesel engine that produces 140 kW and 450 Nm of torque and 7-speed. When you put the foot down on the accelerator it goes.

Given the fact that the Nissan Navara Pro-4X is diesel-powered, you will expect the drive to be quite loud like other diesel bakkies. This is not the case with Navara, it delivers a smooth and quiet drive.

In terms of fuel consumption, as you know it depends on your driving style. On a good drive, I averaged 7.8 L/100KM which is below the claimed 8.1 L/100KM. On a bad drive, the average was 9.1 L/100Km.

Pricing

The Nissan Navara Pro 4X is well priced, starting at R740 000 incl. VAT.

Does the Nissan Navara Pro 4X get a Pat or a Slap?

In conclusion, the Nissan Navara Pro 4X gets a Pat on many fronts including – the drive and the price.

A NEW VOICE FOR BRAND DISCOVERY

Pat on Brands Podcast

Pat on Brands is delighted to announce the launch of the Pat on Brands (POB) Podcast. The podcast will be hosted by entrepreneur and marketing expert, Pat Mahlangu, together with his co-host Mpumi Satsha.

With the current proliferation of young entrepreneurs occupying the entrepreneurship space the POB Podcast will offer interviews, strategies, and tactics on how brands can grow their businesses. In addition, the Podcast is devoted to offering expert advice and various insights to entrepreneurs looking to make their mark in the business world.

Finding answers to burning question.

Pat Mahlangu and Mpumi Satsha are young and astute entrepreneurs who have been successful at growing their newly established brands. The Pat on Brands Podcast aims to find answers to burning questions about marketing and entrepreneurship. The pair is dedicated to helping young and upcoming entrepreneurs understand what it takes to develop personal brands in the age of new media.

A little bit about Pat

Pat Mahlangu

Pat Mahlangu has always been dedicated to innovation and entrepreneurship. His entrepreneurship journey started at the University of Johannesburg when he co-founded Varsity TV. He started POB with the intention of keeping young people abreast with news about different brands. It is through this platform that Mahlangu started his now booming, new kid on the block – Lerato Agency. Lerato Agency digital marketing and public company aimed at crafting brands that people love, launched in 2020.

A little about Mpumi

Mpumi Satsh

Mpumi Satsha is also no stranger in the world of marketing and entrepreneurship. She currently holds a Digital Marketing Specialist position at MSC Cruises. She is also the Influencer Culture Executive for a Ghanaian-born influencer App -Use Ripple. With the phenomenal skills she has acquired over the years, Satsha recently launched a Nail Studio – LENALA. A brand many young, and aspiring entrepreneurs can relate to. Throughout her career as a life coach and facilitator, she has shown a keen affinity for new media and technology by using platforms such as Pat on Brands and Old Mutual’s ‘Flourishing Women Edition’ to facilitate discussions of gender biases, women enablement, self-worth, women in leadership and corporate entrepreneurs.

A great resource

If you are interested in learning about ways of crafting brands that people love, tap into niches and just generally grow your online presence, this platform will be a great resource to take advantage of. The podcast episodes will be rolled out every Monday and can be accessed through Apple podcast, SoundCloud, Spotify as well as Google Podcast. For more information follow Pat on Brands on social media.

Kickstart your creative hustle with KFC

Slaying Goliath

3 LUCKY DESIGNERS GET TO COLLABORATE WITH KFC ON LIMITED-EDITION STREET GEAR & A CHANCE TO WIN R30 000 AND MORE.

The American famous chicken brand, KFC is celebrating its  50th anniversary this festive, in South Africa. The brand which is loved by many for its generosity and the spirit of giving and serving has again become a beacon of hope for young South Africans.

KFC StreetWise Crew

In celebrating this milestone, the treasured brand is on the hunt for a trio of young designers, performers, and artists with both the drive and skills to showcase their creative side.

According to KFC’s Senior Marketing Manager, Hloni Mohope, the initiative aims to inspire fans who are hungry for success and want to take up space in the creative industry.

“At KFC we are proud that over the past 50 years, we have become a part of South African culture, and thus our fans’ passions have inspired ours,” says Mohope. “Through our Streetwise Culture Crew platform, collaborations and creative challenges, we aim to fuel our fans’ hunger for culture creation in the same way our Original Recipe chicken feeds their desire for finger lickin’ good chicken.”

KFC  × Slaying Goliath 

The trio will Kickstart the festive season by taking part in KFC’s streetwise culture crew, in collaboration with local designer and talented illustrator,  David Tshabalala, aka Slaying Goliath, to design the limited-edition range of gear that will go on sale nationally in November this year. 

Tshabalala partnered with the brand to bring his vision of street culture to life by adding illustrations to each bucket representing an iconic city in South Africa. He asserts that being part of this campaign will give young and upcoming artists an opportunity to showcase their creative talent.

How to enter?

To be a part of this great initiative do the following:

  • Create your own design that is inspired by Mzansi Street Culture incorporating KFC Streetwise (designs can be a hand drawn sketch, a print, pattern, graphic, illustration, digital design). Designs should express what Street Culture in SA means to you.
  • Post or share the creative design in any format on any social media platform (Twitter, Tik Tok, Instagram or Facebook)
  • Tag @KFCSA on Twitter, Tik Tok or Facebook and @KFCSouthAfrica on Instagram and use #StreetwsieCultureCrew to tag your entry
  • Content posted must not use music or content that has rights owned by another third party without paying for the rights to use the assets.

Eat before you drink, says Flying Fish

Flying Dish

I know it may seem counterintuitive for a beer brand to encourage consumers to put food before beer. Flying Fish is encouraging South Africans to eat before they drink.

The SAB and other industry members committed to the industry social compact with Government that focuses on reducing the harmful consumption of alcohol. Below are the three main challenging areas:

  • Reducing drinking and driving
  • Preventing underage drinking
  • Reduction of binge drinking

To ensure that every experience with Flying Fish is a positive one, the brand launches a never-done-before branded ghost kitchen. In 2019 the brand brought us the first-ever ASMR live event in SA. According to Tegwyn Hughes at Queen’s University, the science to eating before alcohol consumption is clear; the fat in food sticks to the stomach’s lining for an extended period while drinking, slowing the process of the alcohol flow into the bloodstream, therefore extending the amount of time a person is sober and enjoy themselves to the fullest.

Introducing the Flying Dish Kitchen

Flying Fish partners with Uber Eats in what they call “Fyling Dish” kitchen. The kitchen is only accessible on Uber Eats and features a select menu of delicious pre and post-groove meals. See below:

Flying Fish Menu

“Taking a moment to appreciate a new innovation of world-firsts’, Flying Fish x Uber Eats is saying: eat now, drink later. This, like many of our campaigns truly make you go: WhatTheFlyingFish? but you have to #FlowWithIt. After all, you cant enjoy yourself to the fullest unless you have a full stomach. The goal is to inspire lovers of a cold one to #EatWithIt and always eat when they drink”, said Zachary Kingston, Flying Fish brand manager.

Who prepares the Flying Dishes?

The Flying Dish Kitchen is graced with the presence of awesome chefs, Chef Neo Nontso and Chef Alex Torrao, and their crews. Together they have mastered and transformed elevated street food into a thrilling South African-inspired menu. 

Where is the Flying Dish Kitchen?

The Flying Dish Kitchen is open in two locations in Johannesburg, 6 days a week from 12h00 – 20h00. Cape Town to follow soon.

Watch our live interview with the Zacharia Kingston here.

Stylish new Nail Studio, LENALA opened its doors in Milpark, Johannesburg

LENALA NAIL STUDIO

LENALA Nail Studio, a local beauty studio is proud to announce its grand opening in Milpark, Johannesburg.

The studio is situated opposite the popular precinct, 44 Stanley. LENALA features an elegant atmosphere and friendly staff to make sure that your visit is a pleasant and memorable experience. The salon is owned by Nompumelelo Satsha with her passion for beauty. Having had experience marketing beauty brands, she has curated the space with professional and multilingual technicians to better serve Joburg’s beautiful and diverse community.

LENALA

A one-stop-shop for all nails needs

LENALA, a one-stop-shop for all and any nail treatment for hands and feet opened its doors on Sunday, 1 August. Whilst these unprecedented times hover over us, LENALA believes that beauty and self-confidence are just as important as ever. Innovation is what drives the brand.

A versatile space

A versatile space that boasts curated hosting for intimate groups – a girls self-care day to a man-cation. LENALA will also conduct YouTube interviews with Health professionals & lifestyle contributors for LENALA Talks.

LENALA nail studio

LENALA Campus conducts workshops for those who wish to learn more about the profession – LENALA Campus.

The ultimate self-care experience

LENALA provides a safe, sanitized environment for all your beauty needs, including Cookie Treats – vaginal therapy for the ultimate self-care. Cleanliness and safety is a top priority. The studio has built-in safety measures; sanitizer stations, dividers, and incredibly experienced technicians.

Clients can choose from a curated group of performance-based products at the forefront of beauty and nail trends. LENALA has best-in-class, long-lasting gel, and acrylic as well as the sought-after Cookie Treats.

Superior service

Each and every client is treated to an exceptional experience. Every client at LENALA receives VIP treatment.

Pop in this Women’s Month and enjoy a launch special R280 (Acrylic or Sculpture Tips with Gel overlay and get a free Gelish Pedicure) – book here.

To learn more about LENALA, follow their social media pages:

  • Facebook: Lenala Nail Studio
  • Instagram: @lenalanailstudio / @lenalacampus / @lenalatalks
  • Pinterest: @lenalabeauty
  • YouTube: Lenala Talks
  • TikTok: @lenalanailstudio
  • Spotify: Lenala Nail Studio

Brand of the Week: Yendalo Products

Yendalo Products

This week’s Brand of the Week is Yendalo Products. Founded by Vumile Magasela, a 26-year-old from Durban, uMlazi. She makes organic hair care products, and the journey started in 2019 when she made the products to grow her own hair. The brand was established in May 2021.

How she got into business?

Vumile says her friends saw how healthy her hair was and wanted to know the secret behind its growth and she started to make more products and shared them with them. With the success after the friends trying the products, family members and neighbours became clients too. 


With the continuous praise from results and reviews by clients Vumile looked into selling the products more. Vumile started braiding hair ten years ago and says she has a deep understanding of how to treat hair. When lockdown begun, she started her business ‘Ntezinhle by Vumile’. Ntezinhle specialises in braiding, makes and washes wigs, they also sell afro puffs. With the funds she accumulated with Ntezinhle, Vumile started Yendalo Products.

Yendalo

More about Yendalo Products

The name Yendalo means ‘by nature’ in Zulu. This ties well with the brand because Yendalo Products are organic. Yendalo Products cater for all hair types including 4B and 4C hair. The hair care brand launched in May 2021 on social media. 

The products range from, the growth oil which is suitable for all hair types. The oil restores nutrients to your strands and strengthens your roots which promotes growth and the 100ml retails for R70. Vumile recommends applying it directly to your scalp daily. 

The Hair Butter is suitable for type 4B and C hair, it is a moisture restore cream, it retains shine, and it also softens the hair which prevents brakeage and promotes healthy hair. The product costs R150 for 250ml. Yendalo products are safe to use on children too. Delivery is available countrywide via Aramax.

Vumile says that her main goal for the brand is for it to be a household brand and the go to for everyone’s #HealthyHair goals.

Where to order?

To place an order contact Vumile via WhatsApp on 074 5433 507 . 

OneSpark contributes R200 000 to help families and businesses affected by the unrest

OneSpark Insurance

OneSpark initially contributed R100 000 to help those effected by the recent unrest. Together with other committed and proud South African companies, this contribution has now increased to over R200 000 to help families and businesses that have been severely affected rise out of this unrest and come out stronger.

OneSpark Insurance raise R200 000

About OneSpark

OneSpark is the new age, globally backed start-up on the block that’s completely re-inventing and disrupting the global insurance industry. OneSpark’s founders, Greg Smith & Josh Kaplan have always been purpose-driven, passionate South African entrepreneurs. The pair have lived their lives under the single-minded pursuit of trying to uplift people and society at large. That’s why they became actuaries, designed dozens of award-winning insurance products, helped create one of Africa’s largest Social Impact Bonds and finally, started OneSpark, a company that is doing everything it can to help create a better future for us all.

Thandi’s Story

Thandi Johnson, a leader, an entrepreneur, a community hero owns one of these businesses. Thandi started her small business in 2009 to brighten the community of Soweto by selling decorations for birthday parties and weddings, among many other things. It took Thandi twelve years of blood, sweat, and tears to build her business from the ground up. But it took only one day to destroy it all.

“We’re in this together, and South Africa’s Ubuntu spirit shines bright.

Our hearts were broken when we heard her story. Entrepreneurs like her are the lifeblood of our economy. It’s time we get her back on her feet and let her shine. That’s why we’ve pledged R25,000 to help her rise,” says Greg Smith.

If you know of any small businesses or individuals that have been destroyed or damaged that need a helping hand, please reach out to OneSpark at info@onespark.co.za so they can help or connect you with people who can. There ae still so many livelihoods that we can bring change to.

A huge Pat on OneSpark for the good work.

VW Golf 8 GTI Price South Africa

VW Golf 8 GTI

The much anticipated VW Golf 8 GTI will retail in South Africa from 1 September 2021 for just over half a million rands.

Golf 8 GTI interior
Golf 8 GTI interior

The most digitally advanced Golf GTI has been given 11kW more power than its predecessor. The 2.0l turbocharged engine now develops 180kW with a torque peak of 370Nm. The four-cylinder engine is coupled with a 7-speed dual clutch transmission. It takes 6.4 seconds to complete the 0 – 100km/h sprint.

Volkswagen’s launch plans for the Golf 8 GTI includes a digital South African premiere in July as well as countrywide customer events which will allow enthusiasts to be among the first to experience the award-winning Golf GTI.

Recommended Retail Price (VAT and emissions tax included)

Golf GTI 2.0 TSI 180kW DSG®      is priced at           R669 300

The Volkswagen Golf GTI comes standard with a 3 year/120 000km warranty, 5 year/ 90 000km EasyDrive Service Plan and a 12-year anti-corrosion warranty. The service interval is 15 000km.

Suzuki Vitara Brezza 1.5 GL 5MT Review

Suzuki Vitara Brezza

If there’s one brand that is no stranger on this platform it has to be Suzuki. Once again Suzuki has been kind to us by offering us the opportunity to review one of their exciting cars, the Suzuki Vitara Brezza. It is one of Suzuki’s latest offerings that is yet to give other compact SUV makers a run for their money.

The Suzuki Vitara Brezza is what I call the ultimate budget compact SUV. I say this because most compact SUVs surpass the R300 000 mark. Most higher-spec compact SUV are now approaching the R500 000 price tag.

The Looks

As with any car review on this platform, we will start with the exterior. The Suzuki Vitara Brezza borrows its looks from its older sister, the Vitara albeit the same base. In case you are wondering where does the Suzuki Vitara Brezza fits in the Suzuki family, well it is that middle child between the Ignis and the Vitara.  On the front, it is fitted with a chrome grille, with LED lights (both the headlamps and the fog lights). It also has daytime LED running lights.

Suzuki Vitara Brezza front

It also comes with 16” alloy wheels giving it a more sporty look. Customers have the option of two-tone body colour if they want to stand out more.

The Interior

When you are inside the Suzuki Brezza it does feel as compact as it looks. It literally feels bigger. Although it has upholstery seats, it has a leather steering wheel with multi-controls including cruise control.

In terms of connectivity, it is built-in with a 4.2 inch LCD display screen with Android-Auto and AppleCar play. It also has Bluetooth connectivity and one USB port in the front which I found quite unpleasant.

Suzuki Vitara Brezza front

It’s got a large enough boot space (328 liters to be precise) for all those groceries and other day-to-day weights. In the boot, there’s also a 12v socket, to supply electrical power for portable accessories used inside or near the car.

The Drive

As I always say, to determine whether a car is good or not you have to drive. If there’s one thing that most Suzukis (particularly those that I’ve reviewed) have in common is the smooth drive. The Vitara Brezza seats confidently and quietly on the road. Powered with a 1.5 litre naturally aspirated engine, it produces 77 kW of power and 138 Nm of torque. It doesn’t read like a lot but it surely delivers on the road.

The one thing I didn’t quite like with the Suzuki Vitara Brezza was the wind noise especially when you are driving on the highway.

Another thing Suzuki is synonymous with is fuel efficiency. I had the test vehicle for 2 weeks and I averaged 6.6 litres/100km which is impressive for a vehicle of its size.

Does it get a Pat or a Slap?

The Suzuki Vitara Brezza gets a Pat from me on the basis of price, practicality, and how well it drive. The starting price for the Suzuki Vitara Brezza is R244 900.

Book a test drive.

Brilliant minds Lead The Pat on Brands Dialogues Youth Edition

tshepo jeans on Pat on Brands Dialogues

The Pat on Brands (POB) Dialogues closed off Youth Month with a series of exhilarating Dialogues led by some of South Africa’s most esteemed entrepreneurs and thought leaders.

The POB Youth Edition 2021 which was made possible through a partnership between Unlocked.Me by Nedbank, took place on 30 June. It served as a platform to commemorate the youth of 1976 while elevating the leadership of today’s youth who are excelling in their respective industries.

As Youth Month de Pat on Brands commemorated young people who are changing the game in their respective fields in a curated dialogue that discussed pertinent issues that young people face today.

In partnership with Unlocked.Me by Nedbank ] and Lerato Agency, the online event took place on Wednesday, 30 June 2021 the Dialogues featured some of the most brilliant minds of our generation.

The Expressive Visionaries  

Top left: Katlego Ditlhokwe, Top Right: Lerato Walaza, Bottom Left: Spokenpriestes, Bottom Right: Cyril Zuma

The conversation was opened by a panel of Expressive Visionaries and ed by Katlego Ditlhokwe who is the Lead Strategist at Brave Group.  The panel took us through a thought provoking conversations  as Spokenpriestess, an Afrobeats DJ shared insights about her creative expression. The panel filled our screens with vibrancy and deep conversation – further reiterating why we chose the name – Expressive Visionaries for the segment. Spokenpriestess, an Afrobeats DJ with an infectious personality, describes herself as an over-all creative. She and Lerato Walaza, hail from Pretoria “the crux of creativity” – Spokenpriestess says.

Lerato Walaza is an actor and aspiring producer. Her career was sparked by a passion for the arts. Lerato related the story of how watching a film with her mother for the first time led her into the world of acting.  a story about how her first time watching a film with her mother – needless to say, that was the beginning of a long love life with acting.

The powerful lesson that came through from Lerato’s journey is that, education plays a crucial role in the development of young talent. Unfortunately, most people in creative fields like acting seem to believe that talent on its own is sufficient. Lerato emphasises that “studying enhances the natural talent that you have. There are things that you learn at school that will help you understand the power of the characters you  are playing. That is why I advocate for school – it separates the great from the exceptional”.

seriously. Especially in the acting space, many people believe that talent will take you far, however, Lerato believes that “that studying enhances the natural talent that you have – there are things that you learn at school that will help you understand the power of the characters you playing. That is why I advocate for school – it separates the great from the exceptional”.

While the ladies on the panel are at the forefront of the arts industry – Cyril Zuma is behind the lens, making waves in the photography industry as the founder of Color Space – a stock image platform that caters to black people.

WatchThe Expressive Visionaries here.

The Mavens

Nompumelelo Satsha
Top Left: Mirriam Mathebula, Top Right: Sandra Harris, Bottom Left: Stanley Malematja Bottom Right: Nompumelelo Satsha

The maze runners. That is how to describe the Mavens panel – led by Nompumelelo Satsha. She was joined by Sandra Harris, Stanely Malematja and Mirriam Mathebula.

“The corporate space is a maze. They often describe it as a ladder that one has to climb, however I have not found the ladder yet. I concur it is a maze”, opens Mirriam. This sentiment was common among the panellists, each one explaining that their journey was full of twists and turns.

The biggest take-away from this insightful session was the corporate space is about the connections you make with people and leveraging those connections to achieve your dreams. . It is not always going to be easy  but with  authenticity and hard work you can be successful.   if you continueauthentic and make sure you do your best you will succeed.

The Mavens covered topics about on corporate culture. Panellists reflected on how to find your feet in a corporate setting while setting healthy boundaries for yourself. This part of the conversation focused on mental wellbeing and the importance of selfcare. The emphasis was that our wellbeing impacts our level of productivity.  organisation you are in and setting boundaries that work for you specifically in that organisation and your life.  This part of the discission took light to mental awareness and also taking care of one’s well-being beyond the office. Making note of the fact that everyone has to sustain different aspects of their lives so that they can work productively. 

What did Sandra and Stanley had to say? Please include some quotes from them.

Watch here.

The Legacy Builders

Top Left: Pat Mahlangu, Top Right Mfiso Matlou, Bottom Left: Tshepo Mohlala and Bottom Right: Ntsiki Mkhize

You might have read a ton of tips from entrepreneurs, experts and influencers. But today, the Legacy Builders who have graced our screens, Tshepo Mohlala, Ntiski Mkhize and Mfiso Matlhou are undoubtedly moguls in the making. As legacy builders, their stories are about resilience and passion. Their narratives are about doing something that will inspire other people who are embarking in their own journeys.

Tshepo- who is known in the country as “The Jean Maker”, is passionate about his legacy. Quoting his grandmother who told him that “the best thing you can do in life is leave a legacy for your children”.

Agreeing with his sentiments, Ntsiki Mkhize’s journey started at a young age – having seen the gaps for young black women to be empowered and being the change she wanted to see. Her story is too, of resilience and passion.

Mfiso on the other hand is breaking boundaries as a farmer. A less traditional career for many young black people, while others chose to be lawyers and teachers- Mfiso’s love for sustainable farming led him to start his empire.

Watch The Legacy Builders here.

We might look at The Expressive Visionaries, The Mavens, and The Legacy Builders and only glance at the success and the achievements, but if you look closer you will unveil a strategic and courageousjourney. You will see that those accomplishments are the result of years of learning, exploring, and challenges. To get to where they are today, they had to go through immense growth, both personal and professional.