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Author: SHIRLEY LE GUERN

PFE SUPPORTS SUSTAINABILITY

“There is a growing trend for consumers and businesses to seek more environmentally friendly products and raw materials. We are producing more sustainable products to meet this growing green demand, all the while remaining conscious of satisfying procurement requirements,” says Mehran Zarrebini, CEO of PFE International. He was explaining the group’s unwavering adoption of sustainable business practices which is bearing fruit even in an economic climate where some organisations see expenditure on “green” production as an unwelcome cost rather than an opportunity. “We have never viewed investment in environment-friendly technology as a negative. For us it is an imperative...

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STEEP CHALLENGES FOR GO DURBAN!

  “It’s painful but you have to work through it,” Carlos Esteves, head of infrastructure roll-out at GODurban! told a gathering of the Northern Area Business forum at Umhlanga’s Beverley Hills today. These are businesses that face the same massive upheavals experienced by firms in Pinetown and surrounds during the construction of the first phase of the project – the C3 corridor linking Bridge City with Pinetown central. That, it seems, is all but complete with lessons learnt that could make things easier for those in the north as the next phase takes shape. Current construction is on the...

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EXPORTS LETTING US DOWN, SAYS SUMMIT

MEC for Economic Development, Tourism and Environmental Affairs, Sihle Zikalala. TIKZN economist Felleng Mahlatsi. Ina Cronje, chairperson of TIKZN.   “We seem to have stopped before we started,” Felleng Mahlatsi, economist at Trade and Investment KwaZulu-Natal (TIKZN) told delegates at this week’s Export Summit at the International Convention Centre in Durban. She was just one of a number of high profile speakers who voiced deep concerns that South Africa as a whole, and KZN in particular, was yet to develop exports to the point where they kick started economic growth and job creation. One of the most telling statistics...

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RHUMBELOW GOES THE FLEETWOOD MAC WAY

Ever true to the original, The Real’s tribute to tempestuous band, Fleetwood Mac, took me back to a sound that has, and never could be, replicated. Great albums such as Rumours, Tusk and Mirage played a huge role in my earliest music memories. Nostalgia aside, the Chain, which is at the Rhumbelow this coming weekend (21 to 23 October), delivers the magic and musical prowess that Durbanites have come to expect from this ensemble and venue. The show was apparently the brainchild of singer Marion Loudon who handles most of the vocals and guitarist Colin Peddie who is part...

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LOAFING IN DURBAN

“Bread is what we are,” comments Peter Venter, the down to earth baker who opened Bread – the Artisinal Bakery – in Lillian Ngoyi  Road opposite Windermere Centre in June this year. By his own admission, he is not a morning person, but he is up by 4am and baking by 4.30am. It takes four hours to get a batch out of the oven. Once the first one comes out, others follow at 30 minute intervals. From Monday to Wednesday, he makes 40 loaves per day. From Thursday to Sunday, he turns out about 60 each day. His range...

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