The Durban and the KwaZulu-Natal business community turned out in numbers to celebrate The Mercury’s 165 years milestone business breakfast at Sibaya on Thursday morning.
Inspirational guest speaker, mind coach Robin Banks, drew guests such as mayor Zandile Gumede, municipal manager Sipho Nzuza, leading businessman and Sibaya Casino chairman Vivian Reddy and Sekunjalo executive chairman Dr Iqbal Survé.
Survé spoke about the legacy and heritage of the title, describing The Mercury as a credible, established part of KZN society with an incredible history.
“It gives me great pride and pleasure to celebrate 165 years of one of SA’s oldest newspapers.”
Survé noted it was also KZN’s leading morning title.
He also spoke about the constant attention being paid to update the business model, embracing the latest technology to meet the ever changing media landscape.
Editor Yogas Nair noted with pride the title’s reputation as a balanced and credible source of local, international and business news.
She commended the efforts of her entire team and thanked The Mercury’s partners for their support.
Banks energised, charmed and motivated those attending the function with his inspirational talk.
He urged the business community to always choose to be “victors” rather than “victims”, told his personal story about his “lightbulb” moments and mantras for success. Some of the takeaways were: “Your whole life is a story. Do you like the story? What's your vision?”; "Your mind has the power to bring about whatever change you desire;” and “Stop being selfish - it is your duty to succeed."
He emphasised the power of the mind in helping people go after what it was they wanted to achieve.