Centurion Business Networking Morning

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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: Steve Sutton, CEO of Business Doctors

Topic: Recession Proof your business

Date:  Thursday 30 June 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 joanne@hirschs.co.za or for more information please call 012- 621 6300

(Display your products at R100,00 a table)



The finalists of the Future of HR Awards, a Topco initiative, have been released, and HIRSCH’S, the biggest independently owned appliance and electronic retail outlet in South Africa, have been shortlisted as one of the six finalists. The winner will be announced on 21 July 2016 in Johannesburg.


“Everything about business, is people related. Whether we are speaking about staff, clients, customers, community, shareholders or any other stakeholder, these are all people”, says Shirley Zinn, Strategic Advisor at Topco Media.

Nicolette Nicholson, Divisional Executive, Financial Manager Payroll at Bidvest Prestige, who is one of the judges said that some of the entrants were most exciting in terms of what she saw in their motivational document, where they brought the human perspective as well as a balance between legislative compliance and the softer elements.

Hirsch’s have been in operation since 1979. They employ over 850 permanent and 400 casual staff.


Michelle Jones – Junior Super Chef 2016

Back  Sasha-Lee Peter, Deena Naidoo, Allan Hirsch, Funi Mapunda.  Front Ethan Oliver, Isabella Goble, Michelle Jones, Maxine NichollsMICHELLE JONES – HIRSCH’S and DEFY  JUNIOR SUPER CHEF 2016!

Hirsch’s recently hosted the Gauteng finals of the Hirsch and Defy Junior Superchef Competition that is aimed at budding chef’s between the ages of 8 and 13. Also sharing the sponsorship were Zwilling, Snappy Chef and Green Pan.  The contestants were the finalists from the 6 Hirsch’s stores in Gauteng namely Boksburg, Centurion, Fourways, Meadowdale, Silverlakes and Strubens Valley.


With prizes to the value of R40 000 up for grabs, the children pulled out all the stops to produce a dish which was both creative and tasty, from the mystery box of ingredients provided.  Guest judges Masterchef Deena Naidoo, Allan Hirsch and Sylvester Nair were on hand to assist and guide the children and commented that they thought that the culinary skills and creativity that the little chefs showed was unbelievable.  They were  looking for planning, execution, presentation, taste and initiative when scoring the contestants.


After much deliberation the judges reached consensus and the winners of the competition were announced:

In 3rd place was 8 year old Maxine Nicholls from Strubens Valley.

In 2nd place was the 11 year old Sasha-Lee Peter from Fourways.

First place went to 12 year old Michelle Jones from Centurion.




Happiness is… a Hirsch Junior Superchef

The vibe in store at Hirsch’s SIlverlakes was electric, recently, as friends, family and supporters gathered to support the contestants in the annual Hirsch’s and Defy Junior Super Chef Competition – Sponsored by Defy, Snappy Chef, Green Pan and Zwilling.


0 Contestants between the ages of 8 and 13 battled it out for position of Junior Super Chef Silverlakes finalist in order to go forward to the Gauteng finals which are to be held in Fourways on 17 June 2016.  Planning, execution, presentation, taste, initiative where some of the criteria the panel of judges were looking at when scoring the ‘little chef’s’.  The children’s enthusiasm was contagious as the audience clapped and cheered them on.


The Judges decision was unanimous and the winner for the evening, Funi Mapunda aged 12, a pupil at Tygervalley School was overjoyed to receive her Defy Stick Blender as prize.


“What a fantastic initiative – I love the fact that children are encouraged to nurture their talent in the kitchen” said Judge Antonette Waite from CocoVanilla.




Reshape your Thinking – talk at Ladies Networking Function

The Guest Speaker at the monthly Ladies Networking morning held at Hirsch’s Centurion, Inge van der Merwe, challenged the audience to ‘change their thinking  to change their life’.  Inge – a seasoned motivational speaker’s life purpose is to provide people with the life skills to empower them to face each day with courage.

Inge spoke about the importance of taking responsibility for your own thoughts by reshaping your thinking.  This can be done by becoming more aware of your thought patterns and aiming to think positively regardless of the situation – making a conscious choice to ‘see’ opportunities instead of obstacles.  Stressing the importance of being aware of ‘self-talk’ and the role that our words play in influencing our lives, she used illustrations from a study by Dr Masaru Emoto – where water molecular structure changed visibly when different words were spoken over it.  Words can thus strengthen or weaken your physical body – and we need to use our words to create our desired reality.

The Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever finalist for June was announced at this event.  Bianca Otto – Managing and Creative Director of SilverChalk Design Studio, expressed her gratitude at receiving this prestigious award.

Each of the ladies present where given a 30 second opportunity in which to present themselves and their business.  After some lucky draw prizes were given, opportunity was given to network over a cappuccino and light refreshments.

Should you wish to attend any of these events, please contact joanne@hirschs.co.za


Michelle crowned as Hirsch’s Centurion’s Junior Super Chef


Hirsch’s Centurion recently hosted their annual Hirsch and Defy Junior Super Chef competition, aimed at giving children between the ages of 8 and 13 the opportunity to showcase their culinary skills.


Hirsch’s events co-ordinator, Warren Pearce hosted the event, and the excitement was palpable as the budding chefs, accompanied by parents, siblings, family and friends gathered in store.  The ten contestants were given a mystery basket of ingredients, from which they had to prepare 2 dishes, one being a main and the other a starter or dessert, in a timeframe of 1 hour. 


“I am amazed by the creativity and commitment of the children in preparing their dishes.  It is great to see this kind of passion in ones so young” said one of the judges, Chef Nick van der Mescht, from the SA Chefs Training & Innovation Academy.


The overall winner for the evening, Michelle Jones aged 12, prepared a chicken schnitzel with a mushroom cream sauce and butternut mash followed by lemon cream cake.  The decision from the judges was unanimous and an ecstatic Michelle received her prize of a Stick Blender from Defy. She goes forward to the take part in the Gauteng finals, which takes place in Fourways on the 17th of June.