Top tips from Top Speaker

Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted a brilliant Business Networking event, with business people from all over Pretoria gathering in order to make valuable contacts.


The Guest Speaker for the event, Robin Pullen, is an executive coach, master facilitator and is the National President 2015-2016 of the Professional Speakers Association of Southern Africa (PSASA).  Robin gave advice on behaviour that can hamper as well as help on the road to success.

There are certain behaviours that need to be … Stopped!:

  • Stop avoiding
  • Stop procrastinating
  • Stop blaming
  • Stop deflecting
  • Stop self-sabotage

Behaviours that need to be ‘started’ are:

  • Start thinking
  • Start dreaming
  • Start seeing (have vision)
  • Start taking action
  • Start celebrating your successes


There were many compliments for the Speaker, and said Allan Hammond – one of the guests: “This message was most insightful and inspiring.”


Each of the business people in attendance were given the chance to present themselves and their business in a 30-second ‘elevator pitch’.  After this some lucky draw prizes were up for grabs.


Contact for more information.


Embracing your Unique qualities

Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted their monthly ladies networking event with women from all over Pretoria joining up to network and market their businesses.


Guest speaker, Nicolette Steel, gave an inspirational talk about the importance of self-acceptance and embracing your unique qualities.  She encouraged the audience to step out and reach for their dreams, and not fear failure.  “Nobody but you can determine your attitude, so make sure it is a brilliant one” said Nicolette.


The Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever finalist for May, Judy Smith, was presented with her certificate and R500,00 gift voucher at the event.  Judy, who owns her own recruitment firm, Recruitsmiths, specialises in placements within the IT Industry, and has customers both Nationally and Internationally – placing staff as far as the Middle East.  “It is such an honour to receive this award, thank you to Hirsch’s for creating this wonderful opportunity for women in business to be recognised for their efforts” said Judy.


Each of the ladies present were given a 30-second opportunity to introduce themselves and their business, followed by informal networking over a cappuccino and light refreshments.


Contact for more information.

Hirsch’s Networking mornings – fabulous Business Opportunities!


n the last Thursday of every month, Hirsch Centurion holds their monthly networking function, bringing local business people in the community together to network and pass on referrals.  They also have the opportunity of introducing their businesses to the audience, and have the added benefit of listening to a talk by a well chosen Guest Speaker.


The Networking Morning is free of charge, and there is always a wonderful cup of coffee and light refreshments for  guests.


Contact your local Hirsch’s PRO at to book your seat!!

Hirsch’s Woman in Business Achiever of the Year Award

FRONT PAGE - BUSINESS SECTION DSC_0021.JPGOver the last four years, Margaret Hirsch has been the recipient of a variety of awards to acknowledge her contribution to the business world in South Africa, from the BWASA Business Woman of the Year (Entrepreneur) award in 2012 to being nominated at the most Influential Woman in the Retail and Wholesale Industry in Africa at the Titans of Africa Awards in 2015.


“Winning these awards has been wonderful – both for Hirsch’s and for me personally, and I would like to see this happening to other women in business” Margaret explained when she decided to launch the Margaret Hirsch Business Woman of the Year Award in each area in which Hirsch’s operates throughout South Africa. “As women, we tend not to be assertive enough. There are so many fantastic women out there who are not coming forward to be acknowledged for their contribution to the business world, and I would like to encourage them to come forward and enter the competition, or nominate a friend or business owner who they would like to be recognized for this award and if you think you are a successful business woman don’t be too shy to enter yourself!” she said.


Every month at Hirsch’s branches throughout South Africa, a Ladies Networking morning will be held . At the function a business woman in each community in which Hirsch’s operates will be nominated for the Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever of the Month. They then go forward to enter the Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever of the Year Award.

Here are the rules and details for entering this exciting competition:


  • Include entry fee of R100.00 payable on submission. The funds will be donated to the The Girls with Dignity Project.
  • Entrants and business must be based in the area in which a Hirsch branch operates: KZN: Ballito, Umhlanga, Umgeni Road, Hillcrest. Gauteng: Boksburg, Meadowdale, Centurion, Silverlakes, Fourways and Strubens Valley. Cape Town: Milnerton and Somerset West.
  • The entrepreneurial enterprise must not be operating at a loss
  • Nominees must be engaged in their profession as a means of livelihood.
  • Nominees are required to operate an entrepreneurial enterprise as a sole proprietorship, a partnership or close corporation.
  • All entrants must have a web-presence in the form of a blog or website.
  • Entrant must also have been in her current position for at least 18 months


If you would like to enter, contact

Sound advice from Wealth Creator

Hirsch’s Centurion recently hosted a very successful Business Networking event with sought after Guest Speaker, Dr Hannes Dreyer.  Hannes is better known as a Wealth Creator, Property Investor and Author.  Having made his first million by age 30 and retiring at the age of 37, he is one of the world’s leading authorities in Wealth Creation.  As a speaker and author on the subject, he is at the forefront of the personal development industry, and founder of the Wealth Creators University.


The title of Hannes’ message was ‘7 Steps To Start And Grow A Multi Million Business In Less Than A Year With no Money’, sharing from his own experience and successes of how he turned an investment of R34,84 into over R3 million.  Speaking on the critical steps for creating predictable business growth he expounded on the following points:

  1. Market, produce and develop a Prototype of the business you wish to start
  2. Generate more lease
  3. Ensure effective capturing of leads
  4. Convert leads to Prospects
  5. Convert Prospects to Clients
  6. Sell more and more frequently to your Clients
  7. Nurture your Clients/Leads


“It was evident from the amount of questions that arose following the talk, that Hannes had definitely given the audience a lot of food for thought” stated Hirsch’s PRO Joanne Brunette.


Opportunity was given afterwards for networking over a cappuccino and light refreshments, and many new business connections were made in this way.


Business networking session


It’s not what you know but who you know! Join us for an informative morning where you will get to network with like-minded business people, and have the opportunity to showcase your business.                                            

Guest Speaker: Dr Hannes Dreyer: Wealth Creator | Property Investor | Author

Having made his first million by age 30, Dr Hannes is one of the world’s leading authorities in Wealth Creation. As a speaker and author on the subject, he is at the forefront of the personal development industry, and founder of the Wealth Creators University.

Date:  Thursday 26 May 2016

Time: 08:30 for 09:00

Venue: Hirsch’s Centurion, Gateway Shopping Plaza, cnr Old Johannesburg and Sarel Baard Roads, Centurion (next to Food Lovers Market)

Use the opportunity to create more awareness for your business.

Feel free to invite a friend/colleague to join you – the event is FREE but booking is essential.

RSVP with or for more information please call 012- 621 6300

(Display your products at R100,00 a table)



Dyson Hot+Cool Fan Heater HIRSCH CODE – 4562

Effective all year round  – In cooling mode the super, energy efficient Dyson Hot+Cool™  draws in 28 litres of air per second, keeping you cool with powerful airflow. It’s effective all year round and you’ll never need to put it away. We always worry about safety when it comes to having fans around, but don’t worry, this fan is super safe as it has a tip-over automatic cut-out. There are no visible heating elements and it maintains temperature below dust burning point ..  The heater maintains your target temperature while you sleep and it’s the only fan heater with the Quiet Mark award – so it won’t keep you awake.


Samsung J7 Smartphone

It’s  attractive, sleek and pocketable!   The Samsung Galaxy J7  is available from all Samsung Concept Stores.The J7 is a 4G enabled, dual sim smartphone that runs on a 1.7 GHz octa core processor, which represents a leap forward in power efficiency and performance. With the advanced features on this phone, multitasking has never been easier!



The Innissia is inspired by fun,  and represents simplicity at its best. It is streamlined for maximum efficiency, and lives up to Nespresso’s reputation for high end technology. The  Inissia  has a 19 bar pressure extraction system. It Optimally manages all factors – pressure, water temperature and quantity – and ensures the highest quality Nespresso Grand Crus, providing the ultimate, perfect coffee experience. It comes with 2 programmable buttons for espresso and lungo preparation and  has an automatic power off after 9 minutes (or more)  of inactivity.  Super energy efficient too – A Class!




Combine the look of a classic stainless steel body with sleek design and you have the Aromatic Coffee Bean Grinder.  Stainless steel blades and integrated cord storage in the base this is a must have for any modern day kitchen  50g coffee ground capacity for a great  home brewed style coffee.



The Hirsch Junior Super Chef competition is back on the road due to popular demand!

The competition, which is in its second year and is run in conjunction with the Defy brand, sees children between the ages of eight to thirteen vying for the title of Hirsch’s Junior Superchef in all the regions in which Hirsch operates and is due to kick off in Gauteng at their Centurion Branch on Tuesday May 31 and at the Silverlakes Branch on Thursday June 2.


Cook offs will also take place at Hirsch Boksburg (June 7) Hirsch Meadowdale (June 9) Hirsch Strubens (June 13) and Hirsch Fourways (June 15)


Ten junior superchefs will cook-it-off to choose the winners from each branch and they will come together for a grand “cook off” at the The finals will be held at Hirsch Fourways Branch on June 17. Prizes include Defy’s Microwave Air Fryer, Juicer, Stick Blender and Pressure Cooker, a Snappy Chef knife set and a Zwilling pot set.


Commenting on the reason behind holding the competition on a regular basis, CEO of the Hirsch Group, Allan Hirsch said “We have been delighted to get involved with co-ordinating this competition because we’ve noticed a lot of interest from children with regards to the cooking appliances that Hirsch stocks. We want to assist with the encouragement of young chefs and have been blown away with their ability to demonstrate the use of recently launched products in front of an audience.”


Contact if you would like to enter your budding chef for the competition.




With Coffee being the 2nd largest commodity currently trading throughout the world, it is no secret that that interest has increased dramatically, with coffee drinkers becoming more sophisticated and knowledgeable.


Hirsch’s Centurion recently hosted a Coffee Lovers Morning with Barista Henry Davrajh, who gave an educational presentation on the origin and different types of coffee beans.  The journey from harvesting the coffee beans until it reached the cup were discussed.  After a most informative session, each of the guests at the event had the opportunity to experience ‘coffee cupping’ – whereby the aroma of freshly ground coffee could be discussed, before water was added and the coffee  ‘slurped’ in order to get the taste of the different types of blends.


Bean There, a fairtrade coffee distributor, kindly donated 2 bags of coffee beans for a lucky draw.



Ajita Ratanjee and Joanne Brunette (Small)


Hirsch’s are passionate about empowering women by providing them with a platform to network, thus building strong trust relationships.


Recently Hirsch’s Centurion hosted their monthly Ladies Networking Morning, where the Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever finalist for May, Ajita Ratanjee, was announced.  Ajita, a qualified dietician with many years experience working within a hospital environment –started her business  ‘Easy Health and Wellness’ with the goal of teaching good nutrition, which is imperative for optimum health.  She has helped many customers on their road to health through weight loss and proper eating habits.

The guest speaker at the event, Magda Maas, spoke on ‘The Slight Edge’ and how making small daily positive steps leads to success.  She shared her own story, about how she had a stroke 4 years ago and subsequently lost everything – and how applying this principal allowed her to achieve her dreams.  Magda spoke about the importance of using your time wisely, and how applying ’20 seconds of courage’ to all the decisions you make – doing the ‘right thing’, allows one to see huge results in the long term.


One of the guests at the event, Nanette Barnard from the Mail and Guardian said: “I never make notes, but I was so inspired that I made several notes, and will definitely be applying the principles that Magda spoke about.  I am so challenged to make go out there and take those small, courageous steps.”


The event was well attended, with women from all walks of life taking a 30-second opportunity to introduce themselves and their business.  Some lovely lucky draw prices from Hirsch’s as well as sponsored by the exhibitors at the event, were up for grabs and added a fun element to the morning.  Afterwards everybody enjoyed a cappuccino and some snacks – and took the time to network on a more informal basis.