SPAR South Africa holds KwaZulu Natal Junior Chef competition

South Africa, 2017-Nov-17 — /EPR Retail News/ — Six young aspirant chefs took to their cooking stations recently in this year’s finals of the SPAR South Africa KwaZulu Natal Junior Chef competition.

The young primary school finalists battled it out for the first-place spot with twelve year old, Ryleigh Rutherford, taking home the honours with a delectable and flawless cheese cake. Twelve year old, Tiana Gangaram, was runner up with a superb tuna tart, which completely converted one non-fish eating judge.

The annual cook-off held in KwaZulu Natal saw the youngsters preparing a recipe that they had submitted as their competition entry, as well as a mystery dish – gingerbread men.

One of the judges, SPAR KwaZulu Natal Advertising and Promotions Manager, Nelene Rampersad who was instrumental in conceptualising the competition for SPAR in an effort to encourage young chefs, said: “I love that this year we had such a range of dishes from the finalists. This made judging difficult, and our taste-buds were put to the test, but after much deliberation, Ryleigh’s Cheese Cake came out tops. It was faultless – a great presentation, and top-class texture and flavour. Her gingerbread men were done to perfection with a crisp texture, with some fun iced decorations. Well done to all for the good food, great spirit and enthusiasm.”

Ryleigh won a R5,000 shopping voucher for her first-place position with runner up, Tiana receiving a R2,000 shopping voucher and all four remaining finalists each received a R500 SPAR shopping voucher. All finalists received a SPAR sweet hamper and a hamper packed with baking utensils to further their culinary aspirations.

“It was really fun,” said Ryleigh, who has always helped her mom in the kitchen ever since she can remember. “I enjoyed making my cheese cake here today. It was so exciting to work in a professional kitchen.”

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About SPAR South Africa: 

SPAR South Africa was established in 1963 and operates four retail formats: SPAR, SUPERSPAR, KWIKSPAR and SPAR Express. South Africa was the first country outside of Europe to join the SPAR organisation.

The SPAR Partner grants licences to independent retailers to operate stores under one of the four formats, with almost all of the current store portfolio being independently owned. In 2016, sales per m2 increased by 6% in Euro terms, and sales for the year from SPAR South Africa’s 821 stores were €4.47 billion.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

Perry Ellis International signs distribution agreement for Original Penguin by Munsingwear® men’s apparel in South Africa

MIAMI, 2017-Apr-18 — /EPR Retail News/ — Perry Ellis International, Inc. (NASDAQ:PERY) announced today (April 17, 2017) that it has entered into an agreement with Sector Apparel Group for the distribution of An Original Penguin by Munsingwear® men’s apparel in South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Swaziland.  These iconic products will be available in department stores and independent retailers as well as online and are planned to launch in Spring 2017.

Original Penguin offers a full range of apparel and accessories fit for the modern urbanite. Bringing together classic American sportswear and contemporary fashion with a heritage of craftsmanship.​ Original Penguin pays homage to its iconic brand heritage, having been adored by countless originals for more than 60 years. A strong influence of humor, fun and attention to detail can be seen in each of its products.  Original Penguin has created significant social momentum from its philanthropic social campaigns, music festival sponsorships, and Original Tracks music series as well as being a top pick among celebrities and influencers. Original Penguin ​is​ style over fashion and originality over everything.

“We are delighted to welcome Sector Apparel Group to the Original Penguin family. Working with Sector Apparel Group will not only leverage the equity of this powerful brand but also continue our strategic initiative to expand our global reach,” stated George Feldenkreis, Executive Chairman of Perry Ellis International.

Sean Fenger, Director of Sector Apparel Group said, “Sector Apparel is very excited to begin its association with Original Penguin. It is a great fit with the existing brands within our portfolio. Original Penguin is enjoying excellent growth in many international markets, and we are excited at the opportunity the brand presents in the Southern African market.”

For more information about Perry Ellis International, Inc. and the company’s entire portfolio of brands, please visit.

About Perry Ellis International

Perry Ellis International, Inc. is a leading designer, distributor and licensor of a broad line of high quality men’s and women’s apparel, accessories and fragrances. The Company’s collection of dress and casual shirts, golf sportswear, sweaters, dress pants, casual pants and shorts, jeans wear, active wear, dresses and men’s and women’s swimwear is available through all major levels of retail distribution. The Company, through its wholly owned subsidiaries, owns a portfolio of nationally and internationally recognized brands, including: Perry Ellis®, An Original Penguin® by Munsingwear®, Laundry by Shelli Segal®, Rafaella®, Cubavera®, Ben Hogan®, Savane®, Grand Slam®, John Henry®,  Manhattan®, Axist®, Jantzen® and Farah®.  The Company enhances its roster of brands by licensing trademarks from third parties, including: Nike® and Jag® for swimwear, and Callaway®, PGA TOUR®, and Jack Nicklaus® for golf apparel. Additional information on the Company is available at

About Sector Apparel Group 
Sector Apparel established in 2000 is a leading distributor of Branded Apparel clothing in Southern Africa. Sector currently distributes Lee Jeans, Wrangler, The North Face, Fox Racing, Volcom, and O’Neill in these markets.


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Sean Fenger
+27 31 3131 400

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SPAR Group South Africa reports 23.8% turnover increase for the year ending 30 September 2016

South Africa, 2016-Nov-19 — /EPR Retail News/ — The SPAR Group South Africa has delivered a very good overall performance for the year ending 30 September 2016, with turnover totalling R90.7 billion, an increase of 23.8% on last year.

Of the turnover, 32% was generated in foreign currency. This is up from 23.1% the year before. Headline earnings per share also increased 22.1%.

SPAR South Africa’s 80% ownership of BWG Group (owners of SPAR in Ireland) is showing positive results. BWG delivered excellent growth, underpinned by a positive contribution from all brands and store formats. The Irish operations delivered 36.8% turnover growth, bolstered by the acquisition of Londis, which has been fully integrated ahead of plan and is beating expectations.

The acquisition of a majority stake in SPAR Switzerland, effective on 1 April 2016, added a third geographic region to SPAR South Africa’s portfolio. Turnover of SPAR Switzerland, consolidated for the last six months, contributed R5.9 billion.

SPAR’s core Southern African business recorded turnover growth of 9.5%, underpinned by aggressive promotional and marketing activity in a highly competitive market.

SPAR South Africa’s organic growth focus continued to pay off with positive indications of market share gains across all store formats.

Profit after tax improved by 27.7% to R1.8 billion, from R1.4 billion a year before, with SPAR noting the benefit of lower effective tax rates in Ireland and Switzerland.

In a statement issued 16th November, the Group said it would maintain its focus on the growth of its Southern African business, “regardless of the uncertainty of both the economic and political landscape.

“Management and the board believe we will continue to prosper in our chosen markets and deliver value to our shareholders,” the statement concluded.


SPAR International
Tel: +3120 626 6749

Source: Spar International

South Africa: Pick n Pay donates half a million rand to provide support for communities in drought-stricken areas

Pick n Pay steps in on drought relief: will partner with AgriSA relief; store network made available as drop off points

Cape Town, South Africa, 2016-Jan-28 — /EPR Retail News/ — Pick n Pay is donating half a million rand through different initiatives to provide respite for communities in drought-stricken areas. This is just one of the measures the company is putting in place to help those who are affected, and to assist the public wanting to make contributions.

“Pick n Pay has already been collecting donations of water at stores in affected areas. We will now partner with AgriSA and their drought relief fund via a corporate donation to the fund” said David North, head of Strategy and Corporate Affairs.

Smart Shopper members will also be able to donate Smart Shopper points to the drought relief fund, and Pick n Pay will match customer donations up to an amount of R100 000.

“As a sustainable solution to the problem of water scarcity, and the impact it has on food security, we have begun discussions with AgriSA on identifying the extent of the need for water tanks in drought-stricken areas. Pick n Pay will pay for a number of these tanks to be installed at a cost of R5 000 per tank. We have experience in the installation of water tanks through the Ackerman Pick n Pay Foundation Food Garden projects where we have installed boreholes and water tanks to help people to grow their own food, in many cases to the point where they can sell produce and take responsibility for their own food security. Through the Foundation, 243 community gardens of this kind have been set up to date,” said North.

There are a number of organisations which have been encouraging people to donate water at collection points for distribution. Pick n Pay will work with Water Shortage South Africa, who have representatives distributing water from collection points in all regions, and act as a drop-off point for bottled water. Where practical, Pick n Pay will assist with distribution.

“Part of Pick n Pay’s corporate culture is that our staff get involved in community work, and so we will also be challenging our staff across our five regional offices to collect 100 000 litres of bottled water that will be donated to areas in need,” said North.

South Africa: uShaka Sea World strongly condemns drive fisheries and the inhumane slaughter of dolphins

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-10-12 — /EPR Retail News/ — Many people are understandably concerned about the inhumane killing of dolphins that occurs during the Japanese drive fisheries. As animal advocates, we share your concern.

Be assured that uShaka Sea World strongly condemns drive fisheries and the inhumane slaughter of dolphins. We do not support, fund or acquire animals from these drives. Our organization is over 60 years old and we have never been associated with the dolphin activities in Japan or any other drive fishery in any way.

Animal care is and always will be uShaka Sea World’s TOP priority. We love our animals. Members of our dolphin team have strong relationships with our dolphins that have extended for their whole lives – infact many staff members have spent more time with our dolphins than with their own children!

Each year, over 100 000 young South African learners and 700000 visitors have the opportunity to learn more about the amazing animals of our oceans through a visit to uShaka Sea World. Most of these children and adults will never have the privilege of seeing these animals in the wild. For a large percentage of these children, it was their first visit outside the communities in which they were born. uShaka Sea World provides their only opportunity to see these animals and to appreciate the importance of marine conservation.

We take our role as marine researchers and educators seriously and continually strive towards ensuring our planet remains a place our children and their grandchildren are able to thrive in.
uShaka Sea World shares your love and respect for these amazing animals. We dedicate our lives to caring for the bottlenose dolphins and other marine animals every day and thank you for joining us in working to protect marine animals and to help conserve their ocean environments. By supporting uShaka Sea World’s vision and mission you are supporting the conservation of our oceans.

At uShaka Sea World our philosophy is simple – inspire our visitors as they meet our amazing marine animals, connect them to the oceans and then introduce them to some of the challenges facing our oceans. We need to help everyone to understand that our actions have either negative or positive impacts on our precious marine environment.

uShaka Sea World is home to 10 dolphins, 8 of which were born at Sea World. Both Gambit and Frodo came from the ocean -Gambit the Atlantic ocean and Frodo the Indian ocean 36 years ago. The practice of taking dolphins from the ocean has been illegal in South Africa more than 25 years.

If you want to learn more about all that we do to protect marine animals please visit our web site for more information:


South Africa: funds from the sale of bandana at Pick n Pay, Round Table, Makro and Zando to benefit people with serious blood disorders

The slogan this year is “We heart Bandana Day!”

Cape Town, South Africa, 2015-8-25— /EPR Retail News/ — Take a stand and show you care about people with serious blood disorders like leukaemia.  Buy and wear your bandana on 12thOctober and contribute towards saving a life.

The campaign is fun, hip and happening and involves Ambassadors of Hope for The Sunflower Fund:

  • Corne Krige with his family,
  • Benito Vergotine,
  • Nonala Tose and
  • Liezel van der Westhuizen.

Featuring in the TV advert together with South Africans of all ages, they pledge their support and ask that you do too.

The bandana design is fresh, distinctive and is a trendy fashion accessory.  Available in 8 different colours, it appeals to everyone from the young to the young at heart!  Buy your brightly coloured bandana from Pick n Pay, Round Table, selected Makro stores and the online shop, Zando from 15th August.  It’s all about saving lives.

Funds raised through National Bandana Day go towards paying for the expensive tissue typing (DNA) tests for new stem cell donors to join the South African Bone Marrow Registry (SABMR).

Behind the campaign, stand the cancer patients who face a very daunting task of fighting for their lives.  This unfortunately is a reality for countless people and for many; their only hope is to receive a life-saving stem cell transplant.

“Please support this campaign and help make a difference as together, we can save more lives.  We cannot do this without you.  To the public of South Africa, I have one question for you…  We Heart Bandana Day, do you?” asks Tarryn Corlett, Chief Executive Officer of The Sunflower Fund.

Come on South Africa, “Share a Little, Save a Life”… buy your bandana to give hope to someone else and wear it to show support towards the brave fight that these patients face daily.

For more information on National Bandana Day or becoming a stem cell donor, call the toll free line on 0800 12 10 82 or visit

SOURCE: Pick n Pay Holdings Limited