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The former financier turned chef will be accompanying the Brand South Africa team to Davos for the annual World Economic Forum meeting. Host of the popular Africa on a Plate TV series, Lentswe will be introducing guests at a Brand South Africa hosted dinner in Davos to the flavours of Mzansi.Chef, former banker, MC and a man who believes in giving back, Lenstwe Bhengu believes that following your dreams is the only way to fulfilment. He left the security of his high powered career in finance to study the culinary arts. As he told BONA magazine, “The thought of walking away from a comfortable job to start something new was scary and exciting at the same time. However, I knew that I had ignored my dream for a long time. So, in 2011, I quit my job and enrolled into a culinary school.”He trained at the prestigious The Culinary Academy in the Cape Winelands before working in prominent kitchens like the Savoy Cabbage, The Roundhouse, Saucisse Deli. Despite the long hours and demanding environment Bhengu knew he had made the right choice.He has been cooking since he was eight, following his mother around the kitchen. One of his prize possesions is a blank recipe book he received from her. “My mom told me to go and fill it up with all the nice things I wanted to make for my family. I still have it. told me to go and fill it up with all the nice things I wanted to make for my family. I still have it.”“I spoke to my dad and he said to me if you can’t tick yes to all the boxes in your life, that’s what you should change and that’s when I embarked on this journey,” on making the change from finace to food. (Image: Lenstwe Bhengu)Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.
30 May 2014President Jacob Zuma took a break from government business on Thursday to field a battery of questions from a group of 40 girls from schools in and around Pretoria.As part of Take a Girl Child to Work Day, Zuma hosted the girls at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, where he was taken to task on what his new administration was going to do to address some of the challenges that the country faces.Zuma sat in a chair alongside new Minister of Women Susan Shabangu and soon put the girls at ease with touches of humour.The girls had question after question for the President, but were most keen to find out what his day-to-day work entailed. He detailed his schedule and explained what it took to be the President of the country.“It’s a huge task,” he said, explaining that a President has to understand the country’s people and its needs.“Understand what leadership is. Join a party and work with it. Join a party that has a clear understanding of its policies. Be knowledgeable. Educate yourself – it is every important,” Zuma said.Asked how he deals with doomsayers, the President encouraged the girls never to be discouraged by criticism and instead to build themselves from lessons learnt.Another learner asked what it takes from a child to rise from humble beginnings in the rural areas to become President. “It is very possible,” Zuma replied. “It depends how you view society. I come from a rural area … but as a young person, I took a decision to educate myself. In the end, I was given this serious job by the ruling party. So, it doesn’t matter where you come from.”One of the girls told Zuma she was very honoured to meet him, but said she was concerned that South Africa had a high crime rate. The President assured her that crime was high on the list of priorities of the new administration. “Already we have a plan, and there has been progress. But going forward, you will see major improvements,” he said.Two girls used the opportunity to pour out their hearts about their daily struggles – from living in an orphanage home, to one family’s battle to keep their daughter in university. Zuma said the stories touched his heart, and promised them that his office would intervene.After well over an hour, Zuma was forced to bring the conversation to an end, saying he had to get back to the business of running the country.The event was clearly a highlight for the girls from schools around Pretoria, as they were beaming after the experience.“At first I had butterflies … It was great and I was honoured to meet him, because it’s not likely for anybody to just sit down with the President and ask him questions,” said Ignatia Mabelane (14) from Birchleigh Hoerskool.Portia Kudobane from Bokgone Technical High School said she was humbled by how the President joked with them. “He is really a people’s President. I have also learnt a lot from him, such as not letting my background or what people say about me define me.”Take a Girl Child to Work Day is an annual event initiated by mobile telecommunications company Cell C to give young girls a chance to spend a day in different career environments to see what options are open to them.Source: SAnews.gov.za
South Africa’s National Development Plan has a new brand identity and logo designed to inspire all citizens to work towards the vision of eliminating poverty and reducing inequality by the year 2030.The new look for the country’s blueprint for a more prosperous future was launched by Minister in the Presidency Jeff Radebe in Pretoria on Sunday.At the launch, Radebe called on South Africans to play their part in reaching the goals of the NDP by taking part in the new brand identity’s roll-out campaigns.“As South Africans, let us use this NDP brand identity to build a truly democratic, united, non-sexist, non-racial and prosperous South Africa,” he said.The NDP, adopted in 2012, is the product of hundreds of interactions with South Africans, input from tens of thousands of people, extensive research and robust debate throughout the country.It is a plan to unite South Africans, unleash the energies of its citizens, grow an inclusive economy, build capabilities, and enhance the capability of the state and leaders working together to solve complex problems.Radebe said the new NDP communication strategy will be rolled out in phases to showcase how the NDP – popularly known as Vision 2030 – can change people’s lives.Watch:He said different sectors of society – artists, business, labour, people living in rural areas, the media and more – have a role to play to ensure the goals of the NDP are met by 2030.“We welcome existing initiatives by people who are playing their part,” he said. “The Eziko Production Group, for example, has developed an edu-play on the NDP and its key critical areas. This edu-play is exemplary of a socially cohesive society that strives for a common national identity.“There are also young entrepreneurs from Cape Town who have developed a business idea called Eza Sekasi Fridays. This demonstrates the creation of decent employment in the townships to champion the NDP.“This initiative is a stimulus for the statement made by young people, who adopted the National Youth Policy and declared that they do not want a hand-out – but a hand up,” Radebe said.He said he realised the NDP was alive when, during Youth Month in June, a young man from Mthatha told him about his success story of forming a vegetable growers’ association to ensure food security, economic viability and creation of jobs in his community.“Government welcomes the partnership with business and labour to rally around the NDP in ensuring that there is a collective effort in workplace conflict reduction and improved cooperation between government, organised business and organised labour,” Radebe said.He thanked business and labour for having thrown their weight behind the NDP and for partnering with the government to ensure that they work towards the targets identified in the plan.SouthAfrica.info reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using SouthAfrica.info material
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The National Pork Board is seeking applicants for the 2019 student social forces team. The applications are open now through July 8 at Pork.org/SocialForces.The social forces team will advocate for pig farming through social media usage. Selected applicants who successfully complete all outlined milestones will be eligible for a $500 scholarship.“Last year, the team generated over 670 positive posts about pig farming in a five-month period,” said Claire Masker, director of sustainability communications for the National Pork Board. “This year, we anticipate more discussion about pig farming while the students expand their professional network.”The Checkoff’s #RealPigFarming social media campaign gives pig farmers, academics, youth, veterinarians and allied industry members an opportunity to discuss today’s pork production across social media platforms such as Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.Applications are open to students, age 18 to 23, who are involved in the swine industry and who are pursuing a post-secondary degree. Applicants should understand the importance of pork production and have basic communication skills. The team is expected to be active from July through December.“The student social forces team serves as another resource for consumers to ask questions about food safety, sustainability and other key areas,” Masker said. “The students play a key role in helping pork producers share their farms and to answer consumer questions.”The team will gather at the National Pork Board in Des Moines, Iowa, in September. The meeting will expose students to the Pork Checkoff program, to communication strategies and to other aspects relative to advocacy and the swine industry.
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