Australian Masterchef Judge, George Calombaris was very much in demand at the Good Food and Wine Show that was held in Durban recently with Masterchef fans queuing to watch his show and to get a glimpse of his magic touch in the kitchen. He also hosted a small tea party on the 48HOURS TV stand, and over a cup of tea and Red Velvet Cake, chatted to Margaret Hirsch and her Media team about the show, his favourite appliances, and what he loves about Durban, the warmth of the people and bunny chows being some of the many things!

George was the only international chef at the show, and to keep in line with the South African culture and what the locals love, during his show he created a whole new menu, specifically for Durbanites, adding some spice to his modern Greek-Australian fayre.




Susan Grobler addresses Networkers

Hirsch’s Silverlakes recently hosted their ever popular Ladies Networking event, where likeminded ladies can connect while marketing their businesses/brand.


The Guest Speaker at the event, Susan Grobler, is a member of the International Society of Neuro-Semantics and a Neuro-Semantic Meta Master NLP Practitioner.  Susan lives her dream by enabling individuals, teams and organizations to live and perform to their full potential.  She has a passion for life and makes a difference through her coaching, motivational talks, workshops, seminars, group facilitation and training focussing on  ‘Leadership from Within’.


The topic of Susan’s talk was ‘Who am I? –  Improve your relationships through better understanding of yourself and others.’  Susan shared that many people define themselves by what they do and have, instead of who they really are.  She explained that one needs to connect with your values, character, principles and beliefs and find your self-worth in these.  Illustrating this point she said that if one finds their value in what they do or have, they would feel worth-less in a situation where they ‘lost’ these eg. Losing a job, or losing a house would leave them devastated.  Once one had connected with their ‘true self’, relationships automatically improve as one no longer seeks affirmation from others in order to feel worthy.


After a most insightful talk, opportunity was given to the women present to present themselves and their businesses in a short ‘elevator-pitch’.  This was followed by some lucky draws sponsored by Hirsch’s and Annique, whereafter informal networking and the swopping of business cards took place.  Ronel Jooste from PhysEQfit Guest House kindly sponsored some lovely eats for the event.


If you would like to attend these events, please contact joanne@hirschs.co.za



Hirsch’s Woman in Business Achiever of the Year Gala Evening

Announcing the winners at the Gauteng Margaret Hirsch Woman In Business Achiever of the Year Gala Evening that was held in the Ballroom at Monte Casino on the 14th October, Margaret, who started the competition countrywide after winning several awards herself over the  years said that she could see how much of an impact the acknowledgement of her own success had been – and wanted to see more women in this position. “Awards give credibility to one’s business and as women, we tend to shy away from being in the limelight. We also tend not to be assertive enough.  This was my way of encouraging women to put themselves and their businesses in the spotlight.  The winners and runners up are people who not only run successful businesses, but are making a difference to the lives of others in all the areas in which they live – and ultimately, the lives of people in our beautiful country, South Africa” she said.



The REGIONAL winner for GAUTENG was Fourways Finalist, Lori Milner from Beyond the Dress.

Runners up :

2nd  Dr Natalie Morrow from Centurion;

3rd  Robynn Liesa Niemack from East Rand.

All three have, through their businesses made a huge, positive, impact on the lives of others .


BRANCH/AREA winners:

East Rand:           Marthie Jansen van Rensburg

Centurion:          Teresa Roberts

Silverlakes:         Ajita Ratanjee

Fourways:           Jaci Tibbit

Strubens:            Charlotte Du Plessis


Guest speaker at the Awards evening was Dawn Lindberg, an icon in the South African entertainment industry for the last 50 years, Dawn and her husband  Des were recently appointed “Living Legends” by the Minister of Arts and Culture Nathi Mthethwa. No Stranger to Awards Ceremonies, Dawn conceived and created the Naledi Theatre Awards in 2004 and has built it into the biggest and most respected Awards Event in SA to honour Excellence in Live SA Theatre.  Entertainment during the evening was opera singer, Nozuko Teto,  Singer/ songwriter,Elsabe Rademeyer;  Carina Renz,well known artist in the South African music industry; Popular Afrikaans singer, Chantelle Bosch and the slick and professional Belly Dance team from Hizi-Hizi.


If you would like to enter this competition please contact joanne@hirschs.co.za






The Hirsch group have been announced as finalists in Topco’s 14th Annual National Business Awards in the Customer Focus Category. Commenting on why they were chosen as finalists, Topco CEO, Ralf Fletcher said that Hirsch’s have actively demonstrated the core principles of the National Business Awards, and have built their business on service. Allan and Margaret started their Appliance and Electronics Company 37 years ago with R900 that they had saved. Today it is the biggest independently owned appliance retailer in Southern Africa, with 18 Hirsch branches and concept stores throughout KZN, Cape Town and Gauteng.




margaret-hirsch-lsp-5-mediumMargaret Hirsch, COE of the Hirsch Group and a champion for Women’s Empowerment, was recently conferred with the Global Inspirational Women Leadership Award  and the United States Congressional Commendation Award by the UN’s Centre for Economic and Leadership Development.  She was also nominated as one of Amazon Watch Magazine’s top 100 Most influential Women in Emerging Economies –   “an elite list of audacious and inspiring women leaders from diverse developing regions of Asia, Africa, Middle East and South America, who are using their positions to transform their communities.” Some past CELD awardees include the former President of Malawi, H.E. Joyce Banda, and First Ladies from Ghana, Tanzania, Niger, Burundi and Namibia, all of whom have taken risks to build a more sustainable future for their regions.

The Awards will be presented during the South America, Africa, Middle East, Asia Women’s Summit which is being held in December in Dubai.



Ladies Networking morning with Susan Grobler

ladies-networking-morningJoin us for a fun and informative morning. Bring a friend; network with likeminded people.  Use this opportunity to create more awareness for your business.


Speaker:  Susan Grobler

Susan lives her dream by enabling individuals, teams and organizations to live and perform to their full potential.  She has a passion for life and makes a difference through her coaching, motivational talks, workshops, seminars, group facilitation and training.  The focus of the training is on ‘Leadership from Within’. Susan is a member of the International Society of Neuro-Semantics and completed the Neuro-Semantic Meta Master NLP Practitioner training in 2014.

Topic:  ‘Who am I?’  Improve your relationships through better understanding of yourself and others.


Date:   Thursday 20 October 2016

Time:   9:00am for 9:30am

Venue:  Hirsch’s Silverlakes, cnr Graham and Silver Lakes Rd, Hazeldean, Pretoria East


The event is FREE but booking is essential.  Please share this invitation with your friends and colleagues.

R.S.V.P. with joanne@hirschs.co.za  or call 012- 817 4900 for more info

(Display your products at R100,00 a table)




On a chilly morning in Silverlakes, a

team from Hirsch’s set out to spoil the staff from ABSA, The Grove,  with cappuccino’s and muffins.  As ABSA is one of Hirsch’s loyalty partners – PRO Joanne Brunette together with Wynand Jonker and Sharleen Brider made sure that the staff of 27 were served and made to feel appreciated.


Said Branch Manager, Kashveer Baijoo: “It is a long day for us today, and this is just what we needed to keep us going.”

The staff all expressed their appreciation for the thoughtful gesture.




Hirsch’s – honouring Senior Citizens

With 1 October being the International day of the Aged, Hirsch’s Silverlakes extended the celebrations by hosting a Pensioners afternoon to honour Senior Citizens in the community for their valuable contribution to society.


The Guest Speaker at the event, Marnus Roothman, is a Marketing Strategist, but also a renowned musician and ‘one-man-band’.  Marnus entertained the guests with beautiful piano music after which he spoke on ‘Growing bolder, not older’.  His inspirational message included 5 secrets on keeping a youthful attitude:

  1. Keep the child alive in you – stay in wonder at creation
  2. Keep moving – if you don’t move, you won’t be able to move
  3. Laugh at yourself and at situations.
  4. Keep the faith, look after your spiritual self
  5. Keep your enthusiasm – reach out to those around you, enjoy hobbies and social activities


There were some exciting lucky draw prizes up for grabs, including 2 beautiful bouquets of flowers sponsored by Woolworths, a Breakfast sponsored by RocoMamas and Cake and coffee sponsored by Doppio Zero.  One lucky winner walked away with a Hirsch’s gift voucher and two winners with Hirsch’s Recipe books.


A special Pensioners discount was offered on the day, and many of the Pensioners took advantage of this as an opportunity to do some shopping.