1 October 2007If you’re celebrating your birthday at Mike’s Kitchen, don’t expect to hear “Happy Birthday”. At this restaurant chain you’ll be congratulated to the tune of Shosholoza.This is part of the re-branding of Mike’s Kitchen, which it celebrated on Friday along with the International Marketing Council of SA (IMC), the custodians of Brand South Africa.ShosholozaThe folk song of migrant labourers on South Africa’s mines became something of a second national anthem after the country won the 1995 Rugby World Cup. The isiZulu word “shosholoza” means “go forward”, “make way for the next man”, or “make your road, forge ahead”.According to the IMC, the recent history of this restaurant chain is “a living example of the branding approach of the IMC. It is truly ‘Alive with Possibility’”.This South Africanness and the limitless possibilities that exist in the country are central themes to the re-branding of Mike’s Kitchen by managing director Judy Corney.This has meant refurbishing the restaurant around the most important space in South African homes, the kitchen, while including elements of the dining room and lounge.The menu has undergone a major overhaul. All non-South African items have been replaced with a variety of South African specialities such as pap tart and potjiekos.Friday’s celebration also focused on a new programme to promote employees as shareholders – dubbed the “From Waitress/Waiter to Shareholder Joint Venture Campaign” – and its first two beneficiaries, Christinah Maseko and Muzi Mncube.Maseko started out as a waitress before progressing to training, as well as completing a Mike’s Kitchen/Theta learnership programme. Today she works alongside her partner and fellow-shareholder, Jan Kleynhans, at Mike’s Kitchen in the Makhado Centre in Louis Trichardt.Mncube started out as a temporary cleaner, worked his way through the kitchen, became manager and now is a shareholder and co-owner with Garth Miller in Mike’s Kitchen in Springs.“We’re as South African as it gets and we try to promote pride as well awareness of the limitless potential of South Africa to employees and patrons,” said MD Judy Corney.A first step in this drive was the partnership of Mike’s Kitchen with the IMC’s Brand Champion Programme, which aims to inspire national pride within organisations.When Corney and her husband bought the franchise, there were only five restaurants in the chain – down from the 50 previously spread throughout the country.Then her husband died and Corney had to go it alone, while fighting off an attempt to reverse the buying of the franchise and bringing up her twin daughters.Today there are 25 Mike’s Kitchen outlets in South Africa.“The story of Mike’s Kitchen demonstrates what real commitment can do for a company, its employees, its image and standing,” said IMC CEO Yvonne Johnston. “They are a success story in terms of how to live the brand.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo material
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Since the cottage had been expanded, and there is a limitation on the total area of accessory buildings, I was no longer able to build a garage. Instead we needed to build a carport. Wanting space for two cars, we decided to reduce the size of the front porch and move the house closer to the street, providing enough space for a larger carport.We worked very closely with the historic commission staff during the design process, ultimately coming up with a plan that was approved over numerous (and I feel unreasonable) objections of several neighbors, many of whom could be considered either NIMBYs (Not In My Back Yarders) or possibly even BANANAs (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Near Anything).The most complicated issues in the project were working around existing trees to comply with a very restrictive tree canopy preservation ordinance, and permeable area requirements. The lot coverage requirements necessitated using pervious paving, currently planned to be combination of pavers and concrete. I look forward to working with the materials, if not the extra cost of installation. So many green certifications, so little timeMy city, Decatur, has a green building certification requirement. I would certainly certify the house whether or not it was required, and I am currently working on certification for several local builders.The big question for me is which program or programs to use for my house. Most of my single-family certification work is with EarthCraft House. Multifamily projects tend to be either NGBS or EarthCraft. We do the occasional LEED project as well.Ultimately, I have decided to certify the house as LEED Version 4 – the most recent version that will become the only one available for all projects registered after October of this year. 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Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic react after losing their US Open semifinals on SaturdayInstead of Novak Djokovic vs Roger Federer for the U.S. Open title, first-time Grand Slam finalists Kei Nishikori and Marin Cilic will vie for the championship after a pair of semifinal surprises Saturday.First, Japan’s Nishikori became the first man from Asia to reach a major singles championship match by staying fresher than Djokovic in stifling heat and winning 6-4, 1-6, 7-6 (4), 6-3.Then, Croatia’s Cilic used every bit of his 6-foot-6 (1.98-meter) frame to deliver stinging serves and flat groundstrokes during a quick-as-can-be 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 victory over Federer.”It’s fairly simple, I think: Marin played great and I maybe didn’t catch my best day,” Federer said after his 1-hour, 45-minute loss. “That’s pretty much it in a nutshell.”So much for No. 1-seeded Djokovic facing the No. 2-seeded Federer in a matchup between men who have combined to win 24 Grand Slam trophies. In what some will see as signaling a generational shift in tennis, Monday’s final will be No. 10 Nishikori against No. 14 Cilic.Croatia’s Marin Cilic defeated Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-4 in the US Open semifinal”That’s going to be a sensational day for both of us,” said Cilic, who at 25 is a year older than Nishikori.For the first time in nearly a decade – since Marat Safin beat Lleyton Hewitt at the Australian Open in January 2005 – a major final will be contested without at least one of Federer, Djokovic or Rafael Nadal, who didn’t attempt to defend his 2013 U.S. Open title because of a right wrist injury.advertisementThat trio won 34 of the past 38 Grand Slam trophies, including two months ago at Wimbledon, when Djokovic edged Federer in a five-set final.”It’s exciting for the game to have different faces from time to time,” the 33-year-old Federer said. “It’s definitely refreshing to some extent. It’s big for Croatia; it’s big for Japan.”Cilic, forced to sit out last year’s U.S. Open during a doping suspension, is the first man from Croatia to get this far at a major since his coach, Goran Ivanisevic, won Wimbledon in 2001.That’s nothing compared to Japan’s wait.Japan’s Kei Nishikori became the first Asian to reach a major singles championship finalAs it is, Nishikori was the first man from his country to reach a Grand Slam semifinal since 1933.”Very happy to make history,” said Nishikori, who moved to Florida at age 14.He weaved his way through a pair of five-setters totaling more than 8 1/2 hours while No. 3 Stan Wawrinka and No. 5 Milos Raonic, yet appeared much more lively as the temperature neared 100 degrees (37 Celsius) than Djokovic, a guy widely considered as fit as they come.”Just wasn’t myself,” Djokovic said.Especially in the pivotal third-set tiebreaker. He missed a pair of backhands. He double-faulted. He missed a forehand, and another to end the set, then smacked a ball in anger. Up in the stands, Nishikori’s coach, 1989 French Open champion Michael Chang, rose to his feet and pumped his fists.Making Nishikori’s performance all the more impressive is that as recently as a few weeks ago, he was swinging a racket while seated in practice, unable to run because he had a cyst removed from the bottom of his right foot in August.”I didn’t even know if I should come to New York,” he said, “so I wasn’t expecting nothing, actually.”Chang refused to let Nishikori think that way.”He might not have prepared the best way he knows how. But just because you haven’t done that doesn’t mean that you don’t give yourself the opportunity to come out and play,” Chang said. “That’s why I told him, ‘You get past the first round, the second round, anything can happen.'”This unforeseeable U.S. Open final shows that’s true.In the quarterfinals Thursday night, Federer dropped the first two sets against Gael Monfils and faced two match points, but escaped.There would be no such comeback against Cilic, who worked to improve his game while sidelined after testing positive for a stimulant in May 2013. He said he ingested the substance accidentally via a glucose tablet; the International Tennis Federation sought a two-year ban but it eventually was reduced to four months.Cilic had only played one previous major semifinal, at the 2010 Australian Open, while this was Federer’s 36th. And Cilic came into the day with an 0-5 head-to-head record.But this one went the other way. Wasn’t even close.Cilic hit serves at up to 132 mph (213 kph) and finished with 13 aces, including three in the final game. That he would serve effectively was no surprise. What truly stood out, though, was the way Cilic managed to hang with Federer in exchanges from the baseline.advertisement”He played,” Federer said, “with no fear.”