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South Africa is a developing country and many citizens depend on public transport to get around every day. South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) confirmed in 2013 that approximately 15-million people rely on taxis for daily transport.

It can be safely said that transportation plays a huge role in our everyday lives and whether you do have your own car or you do not, you still need transport because most of our daily activities need to take place outside our homes and thus; you need to use transport. In the Eastern Cape alone transportation affects private businesses, educational institutions, and health care services. Unfortunately, not everyone has a car of their own, so public transport is the only way to go.

It is impossible to walk from Mdantsane and go to work to Beacon Bay, East London; you’re expected to make it on time at work and without transportation that will never be possible. However, like any other existing thing, public transport also has its own advantages and disadvantages; BEATMagazineSA researches.

According to street interviews conducted by the BEATMagazineSA, 3 out of 10 commuters think public transport is efficient; they place emphasis on the low costs they pay, saying that it is cheaper than owning your own vehicle. People explain that you can go to town and back with only R20 around East London; they say it is helpful because it wouldn’t be possible to get to work, school or even run their businesses without the help of public transport.

“I think public transport is efficient, I get to pay less costs”, said one of the interviewees. Meanwhile the other 7 individuals believe public transport is not efficient, arguing that it is time consuming and there are many road deaths reported that include reckless driving by public transport drivers. These individuals also stress the issue of amaphela (meter taxis), saying they don’t respect passengers’ time; they go round and round before they take you to our destination.

It is argued that public transport is not good when you’re in a hurry because you might just spend the whole day touring the city while sitting in a taxi. “Public transport uses its own pace, you can sit in a taxi the whole day waiting for it to get full”, another interviewee said.

An article by Mail & Gurdian published in 2013 highlights that, according to the South African Institute of Race Relations report released in 2012, the minibus taxi death rate was 27 deaths per 10 000 vehicles and three times higher than the nine deaths per 10 000 for motor cars. It continued and said 59% of drivers killed in road accidents were under the influence of alcohol.

“Public transport makes it difficult to get to school, work on time and many road accidents are caused by reckless taxi drivers”, another source expressed.

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South Africa is a developing country and many citizens depend on public transport to get around every day. South African National Taxi Council (SANTACO) confirmed in 2013 that approximately 15-million people rely on taxis for daily transport. It can be safely said that transportation plays a huge role in our everyday lives and whether you do have your own car or you do not, you still need transport because most of our daily activities need to take place outside our homes and thus; you need to use transport.

In the Eastern Cape alone transportation affects private businesses, educational institutions, and health care services. Unfortunately, not everyone has a car of their own, so public transport is the only way to go.

In your own city, town or location how is the transportation system?

Please help us understand the situation by sending us your views on public transport by doing the following:

Tweet us @BEATMagazineSA use the hashtag #PublicTransport then your views.

Write on our Facebook Page: BEATMagazine – The Heartbeat of the Eastern Cape and use the hashtag #PublicTransport then your comment.

Also write to us at: editor@beatmagazinesa.co.za and write #PublicTransport as your subject.

The full article will be featured next week Thursday with all views discussed and analysed to gauge better understanding of the state of public transportation systems.

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“Whilst she is a very gentle soul she also has the strength of a lion”

Though the corporate world can be a lot intimidating for most women, there seems to be some who believe that the sky actually isn’t the limit because life is merely an adventure. This, I must admit, is bravery at its finest. It proves that not all women are as myopic as they have always been made to believe; most women have broken through that poisonous shell and are flying higher trying to get in touch with their potentials. This is proven on a daily basis by women like Pam Kerr, oh what a joy it is to feature her this woman’s month.

Pam is an internationally accredited and qualified Business & Life Coach who obtained her qualifications in the UK and currently lives in East London; she was born ‘nearly 50 years ago in what was formerly known as Salisbury in Rhodesia’ and later moved to Port Elizabeth, South Africa. She’s a first-born in a family of two girls.

The people-orientated woman gives us a thorough explanation of what a Life Coach is; she explicates that ‘Coaching is a collaborative process, in which people have clearly defined roles: the coach is responsible for keeping the conversation focused on a clearly defined goal, facilitating the other person’s thinking, keeping track of progress and delivering constructive feedback; the coachee is responsible for generating ideas and options, taking action to achieve the goal, and reporting progress’.

Pam owns GKC, a company which specialises in recruiting and coaching individuals and teams along with training and implementing coaching, and mentorship programs within companies. “Once I have a clear understanding of what the desired outcomes are I design programs to specifically address these needs. I have an established client base – individuals and companies that I work with on a regular basis.  I believe that my repeat and new business comes from going the extra mile and really delivering where I can beyond their initial expectation,” she elaborates.

Taking us back to the time before she became a Life Coach, Pam puts it in the picture that her first management role was at PAG Recruitment in East London and then got promoted within the group to Cape Town and tasked to set up a multi-divisional “super branch”.  She then went on to become their Regional Manager of the consulting arm of the business in the Western Cape. Looking at the positions Pam has held, she seems to be taking after her grandfather whom she claims was her source of inspiration and an incredible leader –who worked his way up in the mines and became the youngest gold mine manager in his day. However, she also outlines that her mother has moreover inspired her a lot and contributed to the wonderful woman she is today, “My Mom has always been my rock and my sounding board, she has a high level of emotional intelligence and her wisdom gives me a new way of looking at myself and situations. Whilst she is a very gentle soul she also has the strength of a lion!”

The vivacious idealist has proven to be the most driven woman who would stop at nothing to achieve what she wants; she has been to London to gain international experience within her chosen profession and has worked with big companies like Reed Senior Finance and Diageo, which she thinks gave her ‘the insight to how businesses should be approaching leadership back here in South Africa’. Because she so loves her country and believes a lot in making a difference, Pam returned to South Africa to assist in fulfilling the vision of addressing the skills shortage in the country with the knowledge she attained from abroad. “I think that addressing the skills shortage here in South Africa is an ongoing process and a lot of companies need to redefine their approach to leadership and the development of their staff.  We have a huge problem at the moment with South Africa losing a lot of highly skilled people to the overseas market. There are not enough skilled people to fill these gaps.  So much needs to be addressed by government, most especially education which I do not feel is getting the attention that it needs.  I like to feel that I contribute to improving the skills shortage on an individual level – one person at a time through coaching and the workshops that I run,” she continued.

Pam wrote a weekly Coaching column for the Daily Dispatch and is now a guest speaker on Wild Coast FM every Monday at 3.30 on the coaching show “Life Matters”.

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Situated between the two highly regarded cities of Port Elizabeth and East London, is the unrecognized small town called Port Alfred, a town that has much valuable history, tourism sites and also quality accommodation places, such as the My Pond Hotel. Accommodation of higher magnitude, the 4-star rated hotel, which is found on the beautiful set on the banks of the Kowie River, oozes class, elegance and style, an environment where a person can manage to accumulate his/her inner self , by indulging to the relaxative services that the hotel renders.

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The hotel consists of 26 Riverside Suites and also classic rooms which are high standardly equipped, all having a King-size bed, full bathrooms completed with the offering, tea/coffee station, complimentary Wi-Fi access and also a safe and a desk. The hotel further interests the public with an open-plan, neatly decorated restaurant and a bar area that is comfortably sophisticated to suit any individual’s lifestyle and also provides a breakfast buffet, contemporary lunch and a dinner menu of wholesome foods, in a site viewing lounge and dinning room which is a few meters from the beautiful Kowie River. Travelling executives are also accommodated, the hotel consists of a trendy and private Kowie Cabin boardroom that can accommodate up to 10 people, as well as a Conference room which can take up to 100 delegates. A guest can expert excellent service standards rendered, accompanied by warmth and highly dedicated hospitality.

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To book and do reservations call: 046 624 4626 or 072 080 8603 | www.mypondhotel.com

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BEATMagazineSA in conjunction with Nedbank launched a Meet & Mingle Workshop on the 25th of September 2015. The event took place at Beacon Bay Palm Square and was attended about 25 young entrepreneurs. It was directed by Quanita Pikini. The workshop was hosted for young entrepreneurs in the Eastern Cape and was called #nedbankyouthinbusinessworkshop.

Amongst the speakers was Mark Currin from Nedbank, Simphiwe ‘Smash’ Mashexa (co-founder of BEATMagazineSA) and Mkhululi “Costa” Vena (Relationships Manager at MPD Group).

The idea behind this workshop was to empower young people in business with necessary tips needed when running a business and get these entrepreneurs to network with one another and build relationships. The three speakers armoured these young entrepreneurs with words of wisdom. “Be motivated by providing the service, what you give to someone should be at sufficient standard”, Vena advised.

It is vividly clear that in business as well, people need to realise their strengths and not waste time doing things they’re not good at as Mashexa also emphasised that people should ‘understand their lane and invest in it’.

Currin also took the stage and presented a number of tips to the audience, he outlined reasons why businesses fail (see article ‘why businesses fail’).

“When you choose a business partner, select them based on the motive they want to be in the business for”, Currin said in closing.