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Author: SHIRLEY LE GUERN

STIRRING UP THE COFFEE BUSINESS

Every morning entrepreneurs Caitlin Seed and Tracy Boyle park their coffee van opposite the Westville swimming pool – not to do a few lengths but to dispense cappuccino comfort to youngsters boarding busses for school and others heading towards the busy N3 to navigate the morning traffic. Later in the day they serve many of the locals, varsity students and stay-at-home mums who pick up their morning coffee and linger for a chat. Charismatic barista, Mac Gumede, mans the coffee machine and drives the truck. The young mothers, who live as far afield as Durban North and Ballito, are...

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A FOURTH TUG LAUNCHED IN DURBAN

Operation Phakisa in action is how the Transnet National Port Authority’s chief operations officer, Phyllis Difeto, described the Osprey. As the bubbly broke across the bow of the fourth new generation tug to take to the water in Durban, both the public and private sector celebrated the fact that the largest ever contract awarded to a South African company for the building of harbour craft was well on its way to being delivered on time and within budget. Even more importantly, tugs like the Osprey are proof that local manufacturers can shape up and deliver vessels of international standard....

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NEW DOCK FLOATS DURBAN’S BOAT

When it comes to ship repair and maintenance – Durban has been missing the boat. Dormac managing director, Chris Sparg was on the quay side to watch as the company’s R300 million multi-million-rand composite floating dry dock, Dormac Dock 1, entered Durban harbour on July 17. It has been an incredible journey for him and his management team. Watching the champagne bottle break on the side of Dormac Dock 1 during the recent official naming ceremony, was not so much the end of one journey but the beginning of another for both the company and the sector. Although he...

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DFF SOCIALS

On Thursday the 18th of August 2016, Durban based income protection specialists – Financial Management International (FMI) – launched their Critical Illness cover in Durban at the Plant in Berea. The FMI CI Cover is the first critical illness product in the market to offer a combination of income and lump sum benefits plus practical assistance and an expert medical second opinion. The company has recently announced that it has been acquired by Bidvest Insurance Group and FMI employees, brokers and Bidvest Insurance Group management were all present at this innovative event. dff-socials-_0001_dff-socials-dormac-129 Smanga Khumalo, Mthoko Swenka, Maja Dlamini and Xaihno Ntusi...

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BLING FOOTWEAR WALKS TALL

John Cowan may not have diamonds on the soles of his shoes – but he has plenty of buttons on the tops. Decked out in a glitter bowler hat and bright bow tie, he was one of the most unlikely retailers of fashion accessories at the recent Durban Fashion Fair. Yet, he spent three evenings selling his snazzy sneakers – after popping out during the earlier parts of the day to source brightly coloured and decorated buttons from local manufacturers. Most of all, though, he was on the lookout for a Durban agent or stockist to sell his fancy...

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