Business Profitability talk at Hirsch’s

Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted their monthly Business Networking event in conjunction with the CCBC (Capital City Business Chamber) who support these events.


The Guest Speaker for the morning, Ockert Möller from the Institute of Human Development – is an author, life coach, business mentor and Master Neuro Linguistic Program (NLP) practitioner.

The topic of the morning was ‘The Four Pillars of Business Profitability’, being:  Mindset, Marketing, Management and Money.

Ockert explained: “If you can develop a powerful, positive and abundant mindset, and then combine that with the understanding of the other Pillars, it’s like adding rocket fuel to your business.”  He  expounded on the importance of having clear vision and goals whilst taking appropriate action in order to achieve them.


After the talk, the opportunity was given for each of the guests to do a 30-second ‘elevator pitch’ in which they marketed themselves and their businesses.  There were some sponsored lucky draw prizes as well as Hirsch’s cookbooks and a shopping voucher up for grabs – always a highlight of these events.


Lively networking and swopping of business cards took place afterwards, over a cappuccino and light refreshments.



Hirsch’s Celebrate with Nedbank

Recently Nedbank Greenbacks celebrated their 11th birthday with a Market Day held at the beautiful Nedbank Head Office in Sandton, which houses over 7000 employees.


Hirsch’s was invited to take part in the celebrations, and together with Samsung Rosebank, took up 5 stalls. The atmosphere was fantastic as the enthusiastic Market goers explored the different products and services that were on display . Nutribullet, Nespresso, Whirlpool and Snappy Chef where all represented at the Hirsch’s stand and all generated a lot of interest.  Samsung demonstrated their Virtual Reality goggles, and had people queuing up to try this.  There were Hirsch’s recipe books and vouchers up for grabs, as well as 5 Samsung Hampers to the value of R800,00.


Congratulations on your birthday Nedbank Greenbacks!


Dance Studio Boss – Finalist for Business Award

Dance Studio Boss – Finalist for Business Award


The Silverlakes finalist for September of the prestigious Margaret Hirsch Woman in Business Achiever Competition, was recently announced at the monthly Ladies Networking morning.  A delighted Sonja Stanford, the owner of Latin Look Dance Studio, has been in business for 28 years and participated in the first ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ series in South Africa with James Dalton. In addition to running her  Dance Studio, Sonja was also the first female to achieve Springbok Colours as a dancer and teacher in South Africa.


The guest speaker at the event, Elize Brassell, spoke on the importance of having a clear vision for your life and business.  Elize, who is the owner of Strategy International, encouraged the ladies present to embrace their uniqueness and to align their unique qualities and skills to those of their business.  She explained the importance of rising above average to excellence by

  • Moving in the right circles with likeminded and positive people
  • Focussing on your purpose, this will bring success
  • Knowing what the market needs
  • Adapting quickly


Said one of the guests, Sharron Wilkinson: “This was just what I needed to hear, I felt like Elize was only talking to me.”


An opportunity was given for each of the attendees to give an ‘elevator pitch’ – 30 second presentation of their business,  in this way enabling them to market their businesses and in so doing create more awareness.


After some lovely lucky draw prizes were won, the swopping out of business cards and informal networking over a cappuccino continued.

Hirsch’s honours Musa Mahlanga

musa-mahlanga-and-joanne-brunetteHirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted their monthly Domestic Worker Course – a free service offered to the community to up-skill and train Domestic Workers on proper appliance care.  In addition to being taught cleaning tips and tricks, they were also taught how to make a quick, healthy and easy meal – flourless banana pancakes.


At the course Musa Mahlanga was the surprised and delighted recipient of the sought after title of ‘Domestic Worker of the Month’.  Musa received a certificate and R300,00 Hirsch’s Gift Voucher and goes forward for the title ‘Hirsch’s Domestic Worker of the year’ with a prize of R5000,00.


Said Bianca Otto, Musa’s Employer:  “She really is a wonderful help and deserves to win because of her honesty, integrity and willingness to learn.  She goes the extra mile, leaving me notes and making sure to call me if she happens to be running late.”


At the close of the course, each of those attending proudly received a Certificate of Completion.

Banting Workshop hosted at Hirsch’s

With Spring in the air and everybody wanting to get back to their ‘summer body’, Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted a Banting Workshop.


The Banting lifestyle – which has gained popularity recently after being endorsed by Prof Tim Noakes, is all about a no sugar, low carbohydrate intake, medium protein and a high fat diet, while eating ‘real’ or unprocessed foods.


A specialist in her field, registered Real Meal Revolution Banting Coach, Willemien Niemand, explained the history of Banting and the principles that can be applied in order to not only lose weight but also to improve one’s health.  Willemien, who herself has lost 22kg on the eating plan and has been able to control her insulin levels to the point where she no longer needs medication, explained the benefits of the lifestyle.  Her presentation was followed by a lively question and answer session.

Empowered through Baking

Recently, Public Relations Officer Joanne Brunette from Hirsch’s, represented Margaret Hirsch as a guest judge at the Graduation Ceremony for the Bonaria School of Baking in Randburg.


Mrs Anna Mahlanga, who – under Margaret’s guidance and mentoring, started the Baking School as a way of empowering women to start their own businesses.  The training and skills the students learn during the 6 week course enable them to generate an income through baking and cake decoration.  The graduates are encouraged to go into their communities and in turn teach what they have learnt to others.


Mrs Brunette and Mr Mahlanga had the difficult task of choosing a winner for the various categories of mouthwatering baked goods, taking into consideration creativity, neatness of work, level of difficulty and taste.


The graduates who won the award for the ‘Best Of’ in the various categories were thrilled to receive their awards.

Each Graduate proudly received a Hirsch’s and Bonaria Baking School Graduation certificate.

Hirsch’s Heroine – Elizabeth Moagi

Joanne Brunette, Elizabeth Moagi, Meleney Kriel

In celebration of Women’s Month, Hirsch’s ran an initiative in which to honour a woman from the surrounding community who has made a valuable contribution to the area. 


As such the ‘Hirsch’s Heroine’ award went to Elizabeth ‘Lizzie’ Moagi, a social worker.  Meleney Kriel from the Viva Foundation, who nominated her for the award said, “Lizzie works tirelessly at coordinating a team of community respondents as well as counselling people in need in the Alaska Informal Settlement.  What is amazing about her story is that she does this all for a fraction of what she could earn in the formal and public sector.” 


A tearful and overwhelmed Lizzy received her award and a R500 gift voucher, expressing her gratitude at having been recognised for her efforts.


Business Networking – make the SWITCH

The monthly Networking events at Hirsch’s Silverlakes are becoming increasingly popular among entrepreneurs who are eager to meet with like-minded business people and have the opportunity to market their businesses.


The Guest Speaker at the event, Francois Joubert, spoke on creating a balance between making a living and enjoying your life.  Francois is a Serial Entrepreneur, coach and public speaker who has appeared on major news media networks like CNBC and has been interviewed on a number of radio shows.  Through speaking and coaching, Francois uses his life and business experience to help his clients to operate at their maximum productivity level and make the switch from ordinary to extraordinary.  He is also the co-owner of the Intelligent Millionaires Networking Gauteng – a JT Foxx initiative.


Using the Acronym SWITCH, he expounded on the following points:

S              Self Evaluation – evaluating the balance between making a living, enjoying life and assessing missed opportunities

W            Why – the importance of having a vision

I               Innovate – taking time to think creatively about your business and ways in which to be innovative

T              Take Action

C             Coach – surround yourself with successful people who can guide and coach you

H             Have confidence – believe in yourself and in your abilities


If you would like to attend these free events, please mail