The Journey To The Culinary Arts

Terry-Sue Krebs, our Regional Executive Chef has had a very interesting journey towards becoming a very capable chef. She shares what inspired her to become an expert in the culinary arts and what it takes to deliver meals that make an impact on those enjoying them.

Listen to her full interview on Mix FM’s the Morning Wave.

Recognising The Power And Contribution Women Have

The month of August is recognised as Women’s Month. As an organisation that is deeply impacted by the contribution women make due to the fact that over 75% of Empactors are women, Sanele Mlambo, our Head of Marketing had an insightful conversation on Power FM about our celebration of women.

Listen to her full interview below.

Always on the lookout for new Empactors

Our business believes that the best way to make an impact in people’s lives is through delivering exceptional services. Therefore, as an ever-growing organisation that is on a journey to be the best, for its people, clients, communities and the planet, Empact Group is always on the lookout for like-minded people who want to use their talents and skills to enrich our clients, partners, and communities. Our HR Business Partner in our Western Cape region, Janine Stuurman details some of the existing learnership programmes and opportunities we’ve had across multiple sectors for the young people in our communities.

Listen to Janine’s interview on the Royal Playground show on Radio2000.

Caring Enough To Live For Others | Empact Group

Our country benefits from having one of the most profound leaders ever to grace this world. Our former statesman Mr Nelson Mandela instilled the principles of selflessness, and this is the very cornerstone of Nelson Mandela Day. Our organisation spent the day at the various locations of our CSI partners the LIV Village where we assisted with various tasks to upkeep the sites. Read our teams across our regions engaged with the LIV Villages in the Rising Sun Chatsworth.

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Capturing the Art of Women

Women are art in all their beauty. As an organisation that proudly celebrates and honours women, we applied this philosophy in how we celebrated Women’s Month and Women’s Day this year. Together with our social and community partners, the Tears Foundation, we invited young women from the Arts industry to share their stories and powerful works of art. Listen to our Head of Marketing Sanele Mlambo talk more about this with eNCA’s Abigail Visagie on the South African Morning show.

Meaningful Connections

Our journey to do and be better for our greater network is the driving force behind everything we do. With this in mind our Supercare by Empact Group hosted the inaugural Empact Connect Day. The purpose of this day was to deepen and strengthen the relationships we with our partners and clients. There was also the greater purpose of doing right by various charities in Little Eden.

Read more about the touching efforts achieved for Little Eden in the Media Update online publication

Legal Minds Gather

The 10th annual African Legal Awards Hosted by International, in partnership with the Corporate Counsel Association of South Africa (CCASA) and Africa Legal, honoured the industry’s brilliant talent across the continent, engaging more of a pan-African audience each year. Held on the 1st of September 2023 at the Hilton Sandton, the awards’ prestigious judging panel was made up of a collection of corporate and independent legal minds including our very own Legal Counsel, Nastacea Faber.

Read more about this prestigious event on Bizcommunity.

The Significance Of Women's Month

The month of August (Women’s Month) is one of the most socially imperative months in our calendar. Commemorating the historic significance contributions and influence of women to our country underlines our effort to be part of the consciousness in recognising the crucial role that corporations and individuals must play in shaping a more inclusive future. Lara Barlow, our HSE Director discusses what change should look like in her thought-provoking article published in South Africa Today.

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Creating A Future Worth Having

Every organisation strives to achieve some sort of goal including building a future for itself. However, more importantly, it’s how an organisation goes about achieving those goals and securing a future that sets it apart from other organisations. Our Head of Marketing, Sanele Mlambo talks about the journey Empact Group has been on with a focus on our people and communities. Catch her full conversation with Lebang Kgosana on Cliff Central.

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Empowered And Celebrated To Achieve

A first-of-its-kind Hospitality and Training programme for persons living with disabilities spearheaded by the National Institute for Development Training NPC and the Hospitality Academy supported by Coega has helped unleash talent at one of Empact’s food units.

Ms Phaphama Novasa, a Professional Cookery Graduate details her fulfilment at attaining her qualification through this bespoke Hospitality and Training programme and how it has opened doors for her including an opportunity at Empact Group’s Discovery site

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Making It Onto The Elite Business List

Our journey to being a purpose-led services provider and to do right by our communities through our services has positioned Empact Group amongst the country’s elite entities. In the Food services sector, the Empact Group business was recognised among the top-performing companies in the country.

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Young Artisan Chefs Ready To Become A Star

Young Artisan Chefs are on a journey towards stardom. First-year artisan chefs learners from Ndikhoya Dinaledi Services (NDS) Academy were examined in an assessment at Empact Group head office. Good food made with love was served to guests as their journey towards culinary excellence officially took off.

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A Heritage Day Of Value

Heritage Day provided the perfect opportunity for Empact Group to press the default button and embrace what had always made the organisation what it is. Our Values. Courage, Integrity, Innovation, Partnership and Service where expressed to every Empactor reminding them of what it takes to become an Empactor.

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Winning Big Is What We Do

The journey to do right by everyone we touch is embodied in our endeavour to for Service Excellence. Is this drive for Service Excellence that has gained Empact Group recognition from PMR Africa for their excellent service delivery across our solutions and business divisions.

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What does it take to create magic on a plate?

Our Final Cut Chef for 2023, Chad Esau takes us on a creative journey that inspired his winning dish and shares some of his secrets that go into creating a magical dish that will ensure that guests are pleased.

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The key creative ingredient behind the Final Cut Chef’s competition

What do you get when you take Empact Group’s top six chefs across all our regions and put them in one kitchen? Creative deliciousness and yumminess.
Our Executive Chef, Terry-Sue Krebs had a chat with SABC TrendZ about the inspiration behind the Final Cut Chefs’ competition and what this platform aimed to achieve for our chefs.

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Why perceptions are everything in the workspace.

Reigniting corporate culture has become a mandate for a lot of companies who are aspiring to ensure that workforces return to the office.

Part of this is ensuring that the workspace once again becomes an attractive place to be. A lot of this comes down to how facilities and workspaces are managed. Our MD of Facilities Management, Andile Mgudlwa shares his opinions on how companies can go about achieving this.

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Being a business that is connected socially to its people.

The journey undertaken by Empact Group to be a socially responsible and cognisant business is expressed through the business’ brand ethos “We Care. Doing right by you.” This means that our business is well aware of it’s direct impact on people, partners, and the planet through its business model as well as frameworks such as CSI and enterprise supplier development.

Empact Group CEO Alan Quinn had a chat with Radio Tygerberg 104 FM’s Mike Potgieter about this journey and what our business had committed to in realising this brand positioning.

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For us its more than just food

Our Food by Empact Group division is just as diverse as our people. For us food is more than just food. It can help those in our hospitals in their healing process, it can bring comfort to people and food can make or break a celebration. Listen to our Executive Chef Terry-Sue Krebs chat to Channel Africa about our bespoke food offerings and the inspiration behind every meal prepared by Empact Group.

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Empact Chef honours his late mom through food.

Empact Group Chef Themba Siyewuyewu for Orlando East in Soweto dedicated his third-place finish at Final Cut Chef competition for 2023 to his late mother Mandisa Siyewuyewu, who passed away 10 years ago.

Themba confirms that his culinary skills were handed to him by his mother who worked at biscuit factory. Themba’s grilled sage chicken breast served on mashed potato with a side of garlic roasted carrots and sautéed wild mushrooms impressed judges and was the perfect homage to his late mentor.

Read the full story below on Daily Sun:

Top Chef cuts out the competition to emerge as winner.

The Final Cut 2023, our annual cook-off competition presented some cutting-edge meals that saw our for top six chefs from our food service operations units located in Kwa-Zulu Natal, Western Cape, and Gauteng compete for the title of Final Cut Chef for 2023.

Chad Esau from the Western Cape was declared the winner with a signature meal consisting of chicken roulade stuffed with garlic and herb mousse served with a burnt onion purée on a bed of mashed potato accompanied by balsamic pickled shimeji mushrooms, carrot points and whole grain mustard chicken jus. Chad spoke to the SABC about his journey as a chef.

A business that embraces its role within the community

A CSI initiative is an expression of care and cognisance of the challenges faced by the communities in which we operate. Empact Group CEO Alan Quinn was yet again on hand to talk about the Empact Group’s partnerships with several NGOs such as the LIV Village, Tears Foundation, and the Maths Centre all of whom are part of the Thebe Foundation, and the strategic CSI focus Empact has embraced in playing its role within the community.

Watch Alan’s full conversation with eNCA’s Faith Mangope below:

Facilities Management in the wake of Covid-19 and Loadshedding

Covid-19 left our workspace empty. Now with the return of normal working protocols, many companies are still left with the task of attracting their workforce back into the office. Our MD of Facilities Management, Andile Mgudlwa chats to Chai Fm how companies can make their facilities attractive and working spaces and also deal with the new ‘pandemic’ of loadshedding.

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Finding the perfect place to stay

Our STAY brand has grown in leaps and bounds. With an array of breakfasts on the go, pastries, and locally produced coffee blends, it was only a matter of time before STAY grabbed the media’s attention. Empact Group Executive Chef Terry-Sue joined Radio 702’s Relebogile Mabotja where she showcased some of the STAY menu items ideal for grab-and-go in the workplace.

Adding a personal touch to Enterprise Supplier Development

Our Enterprise Supplier Development is a commitment to the empowerment and economic participation of small and medium businesses. Once again, our Group Head of Procurement, Ryan Neill, was on hand to detail Empact Group’s approach to training small businesses to Mix FM’s Samantha Lehoko and how our business put a personal touch to ESD.

The world of a CFO is much more fun than you think

There is so much more that goes into being a Chief Financial Officer (CFO) than just directing the company’s financial actions, goals, objectives, and budgets. Our CFO, Stephen Rushton shared his views on how CFOs can create a people-driven culture in their organisation and how they can work sustainably. Read his views on Topco’s business publication platform.

Creating more compassionate businesses

As a business committed to making people part of its bottom line our Chief People Officer, Sphiwe Mayinga joined other leading HR professionals as a panelist at the CHRO South Africa Humane Capital Summit. On the agenda, was the discussion on what changes need to happen for businesses to become more compassionate. CHRO South Africa covered the event.

Impact of CSI on communities

People are the backbone of our business. As such, our involvement in uplifting our communities through our CSI programmes is a critical part of demonstrating our responsibility and care to the communities we operate in. Our CEO, Alan Quinn had an important discussion with Mix FM’s Damian Schmidt on the impact of our own CSI interventions.

Adding a personal touch to Enterprise Supplier Development

When we say We Care. Doing right by you we are fully aware of the significance of those words. We believe in journeying with our people to be the best for them. This commitment has seen our business recognised by the Business Day Supplier Development Awards where Empact Group bagged a Localisation Award. This special achievement was shared in the South African Business publication.

SA food trends 2023: Technology, fusion & plant-based leading the way

Trends, trends, and more trends. This year promises to be an exciting one, especially for all those foodies out there. Our Managing Director for Food by Empact Group, Kubendran Moodley shared his insights on food trends alongside some of the country’s top food influencers in a trendy article that was published by the Saturday Sun.

Constant improvement keeps customers and shareholders happy

Being a services business means that we always need to be reinventive and innovative when it comes to underpinning service excellence. Our Managing Director for our Supercare by Empact Group business, Johan Gerber spoke about this perfect balance in the Careers section of the Sunday Times.

Adding a personal touch to Enterprise Supplier Development

Our commitment to transformation and being a responsible corporate citizen saw Empact Group maintain its Level 1 status as a 135% contributor against the generic B-BBEE scorecard. Our Group Head of Procurement Ryan Neill explained our ESD programme in less than six online publications including The South African as well as SABC Channel Africa and Chai FM.

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