Celebrating The Mercury newspaper’s 165th birthday at a business breakfast at Sibaya Casino yesterday were Independent Media’s executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé, eThekwini mayor Zandile Gumede, The Mercury’s editor Yogas Nair and Sibaya Casino’s chairperson Vivian Reddy. The glittering blue and white cake was generously sponsored by Previn Naidoo of The Baking Pan.Picture: Leon Lestrade/ANA
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The Mercury celebrated 165 years of being in the newspaper business.

Present at the celebrations was Independent Media Executive Chairman, Dr Iqbal Survé and the editor of The Mercury, Yogas Nair.

Also present at the event was eThekwini Mayor, Zandile Gumede, Durban Chamber of Commerce and Industry CEO, Dumile Cele and members of the business industry which included, Vivian Reddy - owner of Edison Power and Shobna Persad from SABMiller.

Dr Iqbal Survé called The Mercury Newspaper "an established part of society" and said that the newspaper was a "shining light in murky times." He added that Independent had invested heavily in bringing their digital and new media platforms in line with global trends. Survé also said that the paper continued to hold its own despite very tough print media times.

The guest speaker at the event was Robin Banks, who according to his website is a mind power expert and an international speaker.

Banks had the entire room on it's feet when he called on the audience to participate in a few activities. Banks motivated the crowd and challenged them to change their mindsets and their way of thinking. His message is all about creating your best life. Banks said "It is your duty to succeed."

Banks spoke to the crowd about changing the way that they think and the power of the mind.

"Your mind has the power to bring about whatever change you desire," Banks said.