Christel van Heerden, the owner of Lemon Jack Musical Studio, and Guest House in Centurion, was recently announced as the Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever of the Year in Centurion.  One of ten finalists, Christel received the award from Margaret Hirsch, COE of the Hirsch Group, at a Gala Evening held at the Hirsch Centurion branch and attended by over 150 Centurion business women. 

Margaret Hirsch pictured with the winner, Christel van Heerden

Margaret awarded Christel the prize – a R10, 000 Hirsch Voucher – as she has managed to “live her passion” Said Margaret “Christel has a very good business brain and she has used it to live her passion – music, entertainment and the accommodation industry.  She has created businesses that she loves and is able to make a living from.  Added to this, she is a lovely person who understands the importance of giving back to the community.”

The award for first runner up went to Dorothy Wye, Editor of the Centurion, followed by second runner up Carina Nel, CEO of the Fashion and Style Club.

An additional award, the Community Business Woman Excellence Award went to Councillor Ina Strijdom for her exceptional contribution to the people of Centurion, winning her a R1000 voucher and a dishwasher sponsored by SMEG.


Margaret Hirsch, one of South Africa’s most influential  business women and the winner of several business awards herself, presented the Awards to the finalists who were chosen from hundreds of contestants during 2014. Other finalists were:     Anthea Ambursley (Anansi Business Enterprises CC), Elize Maré (Elize Maré Photography), Maryke Deidrè Roets (Earth Angel Clothing Gauteng), Natascha Aweh (The Computer Guyz), Anita Fivaz (Fivaz Incorporated cc).


Guests at The Gala Awards Evening were treated to a performance of Latin Dancing by Ryan Hammond – Winner of Strictly Come Dancing – of the Beverley Hammond School of Dance. He was joined by his partner Angelique Allison.  The theme for the evening, the “Red Dress Gala” gave the ladies a chance to don their red eveningwear – and added a touch of glamour to the event.

Find some pictures below taken at the event.

 Amoryn Golden, Anel Botha, Kristian Meijer from Record, Warren Pearce and Joanne Brunette Elle Varalda from Mont Blanc, Francesco from SMEG, Joanne  and Robbie Coetzee Lions hooker Finalist and Winner Christel van Heerden with her guests Finalist Anita Fivas with her guests for the evening Finalist Elize Mare with her guests Joanne Brunette and Camilia du Plooy Margaret Hirsch pictured with the SMEG team Some of the lucky draw winners pictured with Linda Levendag and Camilia du Plooy


Valentine’s Ladies Morning at Hirsch’s Centurion

A great Valentine’s Ladies Morning was held in Centurion on 11 February.  Ladies came dressed in red and white and everyone participated to make this morning a great success.  The 2015 launch of Woman in Business Achiever of the Year Competition with Ronnie Magic from The Print Factory being the first finalist created great excitement at the function.  Linda Levendag discussed the competition and introduced some of the finalists present who will be at the upcoming gala event on the 18th February held at Hirsch’s Centurion.  With great prizes up for grabs, the benefits of entering this great initiative by Margaret Hirsch,  many took entry forms with them and looked inspired to enter for this year’s competition. 


The fun did not stop here…  Known in Centurion for great Valentines Ladies Functions we had Franco Lambiase from The Cake Man who came all the way from Bramley to do a hands on cake decorating demo.  He brought the most beautiful cakes, cup cakes and the ladies loved every moment.  From decorating chocolate cup cakes with icing roses,  chocolate cake with strawberries, chocolate curls and chocolate shards Franco had the ladies attention throughout this, who can resist all this chocolate!


Liesil van Wyk from Miele went out of her way to do a spread of beautiful treats, fresh fruit sticks, mini cheese scones, cheese puffs, scones with cream and jam and so much more.  Belinda Willemse brought beautiful flower arrangements for table décor and each lady received a fresh rose to take home, also sponsored by Belinda.  Lelanie Greef also brought silk roses used as table décor whilst Martie Kruger displayed her lovely Annique products and sponsored a lovely gift.  The lucky draw took place where ladies won some lovely prizes and left feeling spoilt, inspired and motivated till the next successful ladies morning taking place in March. du Plessis, Joanne and Rosanna van Straaten (Medium) Beautiful roses (Medium) Belinda Willemse from Loads of Flowers kindly donated the flowers for our Event (Medium) Chef Franco Lambiase demonstrating icing techniques (Medium) Chef Franco Lambiase from The Cakeman (Medium) Decadent cakes by The Cakeman Franco Lambiase (Medium) Dorothy Wye from The Centurion with Joanne (Medium) Finalist for Febuary Ronnie Magic with Linda Levendag (Medium) Franco Lambiase with Linda Levendag (Medium) Gifts galore (Medium) Joanne with Liesl from Miele (Medium) Joanne with winner Lelanie Greeff and Martie Kruger from Annique (Medium) Joanne, Chef Franco and lucky winner Chantel Schoeman (Medium) Ladies in Red and White examining the ganache (Medium) Let them eat Cake - Chef Franco Lambiase (Medium) Liesl from Miele, Belinda Willemse and Lientjie Joubert (Medium) Martie Kruger with her Annique Display (Medium) Wilna Grobler, Elize Mare and Martie Kruger (Medium)

Domestic Workers – the unsung Heroes in most homes

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Domestic workers are the unsung  heroes in most homes

They play a big part in many households across the country and often do not get the needed recognition. Hirsch’s Centurion recently decided to change that around in the area and give credit where credit is due through one of their training sessions on appliance maintenance aimed at domestic workers.

“Hirsch’s does this training in all its stores on a  monthly basis to acknowledge the hard work domestic workers do through what is called the “Domestic Worker of the Month” competition in every store they have across the country,” says Hirsch’s Centurion PRO Joanne Brunette.

If you would like to send your Domestic to one of Hirsch Centurions Domestic Worker Courses, contact their PR and Marketing Officer, Joanne Brunette on


Wealth Summit Speaker brings inspiration for Successful New Year at Hirsch’s Centurion

John Broome, currently a speaker on the Wealth Summit Circuit, addressed the 42 guests at Hirsch’s Centurion’s first Business Networking Breakfast held for 2015.


He spoke on the “9 Steps to Personal and Professional Success” – stressing the importance of having crystal clear goals in 2015. He also explained how our thoughts attract what we desire toward us, and that they must be coupled with action if we are going to see our desires become a reality.

John is the owner of Mind Power, a business dedicated to developing human potential through the use of cutting edge technology, life empowering courses and coaching.

 Every person present could take some inspiration and food for thought from the message – irrespective of the many different industries and businesses represented at the event. 

Two prizes were up for grabs and following the theme of the morning, were handed to the first two participants who “took action” and came to fetch them from John.

 As one of our attendees said: “this message is so needed at the beginning of the year, reminding me to stay focussed and clear on my goals in order to achieve them.”

 Afterwards, each person had 30 seconds in which to introduce themselves and their business.  This was followed by some one-on-one networking whilst enjoying a cup of coffee and light snacks.


If you would like to attend one of Hirsch Centurions inspirational networking functions, contact their PR and Marketing Officer, Joanne Brunette on

Vuyo Zita, Mark van der Merwe and Chanine Janse van Vuuren

Vuyo Zita, Mark van der Merwe and Chanine Janse van Vuuren

Rosetta Xaba and Ruby Robinson

Rosetta Xaba and Ruby Robinson

Nicki Blignaut promotes her business while Cordia Fourie awaits her turn

Nicki Blignaut promotes her business while Cordia Fourie awaits her turn

Joanne Brunette thanks John Broome, Guest Speaker

Joanne Brunette thanks John Broome, Guest Speaker

Business Networking Event

Business Networking Event

Anthea Ambursley who kindly donated a prize with Joanne, John Broome and lucky prize winner Morongoa Mohloba

Anthea Ambursley who kindly donated a prize with Joanne, John Broome and lucky prize winner Morongoa Mohloba