(Port Elizabeth) – WINNING a landmark land expropriation court case, expanding an already thriving wool market to include communal farmers, and the prospect of rain are just some of the reasons that farmers can head into the new year with confidence in their future. This is according to Agri Eastern Cape president Doug Stern, after another tough year for the province’s farmers, who have been battling the worst drought in a century for the past three years. “It’s extremely important to remain upbeat,” said Stern, adding that food producers would always have a vital role to play in the South African economy. “While it’s easy to focus on the negatives, there’s a lot that came out of 2017 to be positive about. “One of the major triumphs for Agri SA, which impacts on farmers throughout the country, was the moral victory in a landmark expropriation case where the agreed price for a piece of land in Mpumalanga was adjusted downwards. “We took it to the Supreme Court of Appeal, because we believe that market value is the point of departure for just and equitable compensation for land being expropriated.” Stern said the judge at the Land Claims Court had reduced the agreed price by nearly 17%, citing it being in the interest of land reform as the reason for his action. “If Agri SA had not won this specific case it would have allowed the state to put expropriation without compensation uppermost in their sights. This is what made this case such an important victory for land owners.” Another “win” of specific interest to Eastern Cape farmers is the phenomenal growth the wool industry has enjoyed in recent times, with the National Wool Growers Association laying the groundwork among the ranks of communal farmers. “With their assistance, they have managed to increase the wool production from communal areas from 220 000kg, which yielded R1.5-million in 1997-98, to 5,8 million kilograms, which yielded nearly R300-million in the 2016-17 season,” Stern . . .
Thousands of bags filled with litter were prevented from entering the sea off the KwaZulu-Natal coast this past month thanks to various beach-clean ups organized by the Plastics|SA Sustainability Division. According to Douw Steyn, Sustainability Director at Plastics|SA, a staggering amount of litter made its way down the Umgeni river recently after heavy rains and was collecting in a rocky area close to the Blue Lagoon river mouth. “We were monitoring the situation closely and realized that drastic action needed to be taken to ensure that this litter does not end up in the oceans. Thanks to great team work and the support of our Product Recovery Organisations (Polystyrene Association of SA, SAVA, PETCO and Polyco), the Duzi Umgeni Conservation Trust (DUCT), the KZN Marine Waste Network and local volunteer organisations such as the Clean-Up Blue Lagoon team, we were able to contract clean-up teams and mobilize more than 120 volunteers. Over a period of 5 days they collected more than 1,100 bags filled with litter,” Steyn said. During the same week, Plastics|SA also supported various other clean-ups in the area (organised by, amongst others, the Durban Green Corridor, Aqua Addicts and the Clean Surf Project) by donating more than 7,000 bags for their campaigns. This all formed part of the Plastics|SA River Catchment Project, which involves education programmes, aimed at local communities, on saving the marine environment by avoiding polluting river ways in three coastal catchment areas. “Whether at the Blue Lagoon, uMlazi river mouth, Cutting Beach or Isipingo, these clean-ups all reflected the negative impact that areas with little or no waste management have on our environment, and man’s total disregard for nature. The majority of the waste that we collected was post-consumer packaging materials that have a value for recyclers and are in high demand for recycling into a myriad of other products. This material should not end up in landfill, and most . . .
Vaping community to unite to shape SA vaping laws at upcoming Durban Vape festival. Vaping is becoming a way of life for South Africans. Just how popular the phenomenon has become, is attested to by the launching of Vape Festivals, the latest of which will be held in Durban on Saturday 16 December. Andre van Biljon, spokesperson for ‘Durban Vape festival’ points out that about 4 000 vaping enthusiasts are expected to attend the Vape Fest at the Durban Exhibition Centre. “The event in Durban is the second to be held this year. It follows the successful Cape Town Vape Fest, which was held in March. We expect that the Durban event will attract vapers who, like their Cape Town counterparts, are keen to learn about the alternative to tobacco smoking that is sweeping the country and is, undoubtedly, one of the fastest-growing social trends in the country.” Vapour Products Association of South Africa (VPA) will also be exhibiting at the Festival that has, to date, attracted a record 35 participants across the industry. VPA will be participating as part of its campaign asking South African vapers to lend their voices and to be heard. Those attending will experience the new devices and receive the latest internationally recognised vaping information - as well as learn how they can lend their voices into shaping South Africa’s Vaping laws. The popularity of the Cape Town event and sales of tickets for the Durban Vape fest indicated that vaping, far from being a temporary fashion statement, it is saving lives by moving smokers to a product which the Royal College of Physicians in the UK has reached consensus is 95% safer than smoking, says Director of Vapour Products Association (VPA) Kabir Kaleechurn. “We understand from the vaping community that, thousands of South Africans of all ages are replacing tobacco cigarettes with devices. By doing so, they are making a conscious choice to reduce the health risks associated with smoking and inhaling burning tobacco . . .
Having ridden a wave of success for six years, the Nelson Mandela University Squash Club have no intention of letting things slide as they enter what will be an important year in 2018. Under the guidance of coach Jason le Roux, who was named Eastern Province player of the year in October, the Madibaz men's team have won six first-league titles and five super league crowns since 2012. They have also shown constant improvement at the University Sport South Africa week, which they will host next year. Although they have not won the event, the men's side were unbeaten in 2014 and Le Roux said Madibaz were often mentioned as a team on the rise. They were still assessing who would make up the squad next year, but they were hoping to attract some strong players, he added. "We lack a degree of financial clout, but if we get some top players into our system we will have a strong team for the USSA tournament, giving us a chance to win the title for the first time. "Our women are good but we hope we can encourage some of the Nelson Mandela students who play largely on a social basis to join the club and increase the depth." After this year's USSA week, Madibaz' Hayley Ward and Bianca Brown were both included in the women's Top Six. Competing with bigger universities in signing up young talent remained a challenge, but Le Roux said their success was having some spin-offs. "There is definitely interest among local talent to join us and players from other varsities have also asked me if they could come to study at Nelson Mandela University. "We just need to work wisely with our budget to see how we can accommodate them." Le Roux ascribed their success to the pool of talent in Eastern Province and to the way the young players were managed. "Port Elizabeth has always had top juniors coming through the system and one of the key elements is encouragement. "Each player is different, so they must be managed in a way that encourages them to . . .
Good leadership has the ability to make any team or business great. Whether you are a junior intern, entrepreneur or an experienced business manager, the value of leadership remains a precious commodity. World Cup winning coach, Gary Kirsten is sought after all over the world for his dynamic approach to leadership and has developed an online course which will benefit the corporate sector. The course titled Leadership and Coaching in Cricket by Gary Kirsten can be accessed via www.garykirsten.com at a discounted rate and is in partnership with leading web-based learning portal Udemy. “With most businesses gearing up for year-end breaks, this is the perfect time for people to invest in their staff leadership training as anyone can access the information conveniently at their own pace from anywhere in the world and then be ready to tackle 2018 rejuvenated with fresh leadership thinking and ideas,” commented Gary Kirsten. The information is easily accessible and consists of eight supplementary resources, full-time access, 1-hours’ worth of on demand video as well as access on mobile, desktop and other digital platforms. As a cricket player Kirsten was one of the most successful international cricketers for over a decade. Today he is regarded as one of the world’s leading coaches. Designed by Kirsten himself, the course presents his personal experiences as the head coach of the ICC World Cup winning Team India as well as his tenure as head coach of the Proteas. “What Gary Kirsten reveals about coaching in cricket, echoes my experience about leadership in a big corporate,” commented Michael Jordaan, former CEO: First National Bank. “The purpose of this course is to share some of the detail that goes into leading an international cricket team, some of my own experiences and to provide insight into the inner workings of these teams in order to discover your personal leadership style, how to set effective goals for the future and develop a winning culture . . .
Polyflor SA recently assisted the Gauteng Department of Health, global healthcare company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) and Surgeons for Little Lives, a local non-profit organisation, by supplying state-of-the-art flooring and wall protection for the newly completed Paediatric Surgical Outpatient and Parental Sleep-Over Facility at Soweto’s Chris Hani Baragwaneth Academic Hospital. The new clinic officially opened its doors at the beginning of December 2017 and caters for infants and children with paediatric surgical conditions, providing the first integrated service offering support for families of young patients. According to a media statement on the project issued by Gauteng Health, the hospital’s paediatric surgery department currently draws patients from across the northern half of South Africa, as well as numerous patients from Sub-Saharan Africa, on account of its world-class care. However, the facilities required essential improvement to appropriately serve the catchment population of in excess of 15 million people. Thanks to corporate funding and support received, this new facility will now be able to support 1,500 outpatients and 130 inpatients per month. In addition, the centre will house a parental sleep-over facility, allowing children the opportunity to have family support while admitted as inpatients to the hospital, often for prolonged periods of time. Tandy Coleman, CEO of Polyflor, states that they were very excited about partnering on this project which was designed by global private hospital group Mediclinic. “We are passionate about giving back to a community and an industry that has supported us for a long time. For this reason, we were happy to donate some of the products at no cost where possible, or to make it available to the developers at a greatly discounted price to help them maximise their budget as much as possible,” she says. Commenting on the success of the project, Prof. Jerome Loveland, Chairman of the Board, Surgeons for . . .
It is one of the most gruelling and toughest races known to Enduro. Entries are dived into three classes of difficulty- Gold, Silver and Bronze where riders battle it out for days on end riding on a motorcycle through the Maluti Mountains of Lesotho. Development riders, Piwe Zulu and Thabang Katees (Herbalife bLU cRU Yamaha Racing Team) who took part in the Silver class talk about what it takes to ride The Mother of Hard Enduro; The Motul Roof of Africa, in a one on one. Thabang Katees: What were the physical demands of the race? The race requires one to be physically strong. You have to lift your bike up hills and across rivers. Core strength was also vital because of the steep inclines you have to get up. An advance level of cardiovascular fitness is also required. How did you train for the race? I went to different riding tracks and trained with more advance riders to sharpen my skills and better my endurance. I also spent many hours each day in the gym, doing CrossFit and cycling. My eating programme and nutritional products of choice, Herbalife, also played a big part in preparing my body for the physical demands of the race. How did you mentally prepare for the race? I watched previous races and envisioned how I would take the routes. I also got a lot of rest closer to the race. What was the terrain and weather like? The terrain was rocky and steep, with challenging inclines and declines. I enjoyed the snow at the beginning of the race, it was great weather for endurance riding. Will you take part next year, and what are your goals? Yes, and my goals are to race in the Gold class and finish stronger than I did in 2017. What would you change in your training before Motul Roof of Africa 2018? I would like to go Lesotho more often ahead of the race for training and ride more with professional riders to learn from them. Why did you choose the Motul Roof of Africa specifically to take part in? Because it’s one of the toughest . . .
South Africa’s urban culture landscape has experienced an explosion over the years with creative visionaries leading narratives in the bubbling hip hop scene using the elements of music, fashion, photography and art. Hip hop has transcended from being just a music genre, it is a lifestyle that many cultural curators are using as a medium to tell authentic stories that are resonating with the masses. One of South Africa’s most recognizable burger brands, Steers has taken note and recently veered into uncharted territory to launch to their new Rib King promotion. The brand plugged into urban culture through a unique collaboration with South Africa’s leading online magazine The Plug and a collective of emerging rappers who speak to various elements of urban culture. The Respek Nation is a collective of some of country’s hottest rappers including Shane Eagle, J Molley and TTGO. These artists were specifically chosen as they are driving the culture forward through their incredible music and leading movements that are resonating with legions of their followers. Movements create conversation that bring a sense of belonging and when executed with an actual identity, they become effortless and appealing to the youth. Shane Eagle is the Respek Nation Series Leader of the New School having released his debut Yellow album to critical acclaim earlier on this year which is being hailed by many as one of the best rap offerings this year. In it he explores his artistry tapping into topics including political and social commentary. Internet Boy J Molley recently released his debut album Dreams Money Can Buy and features in the series New Wave feature which explores his musical influences and how he is leading the local trap music scene. The series culminates in a feature with upcoming rapper Pretoria rapper TTGO of the Hustle fame who is leading the Pitori Invasion. The campaign was launched at Rosebank’s popular First Thursday’s and trailblazers in hip hop descended on . . .
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The current technological buzz is centred around the ‘internet of things’, or ‘IoT’. This basically means, a network of physical objects within your home, for example, your TV, lights, alarm, blinds, air conditioner and fridge etc. are able to connect to this network remotely through your cell phone. One cannot mention the IoT without linking it to Amazon Alexa... Control your smart home with just your voice Have you ever walked into your home at night, arms full, in the dark and wished for your home to magically help? Now it can, with a simple voice command such as "Alexa, turn on Welcome" – and the instantly the entrance lights come on, relaxing music begins to play, all while the door locks itself behind you… Welcome to Homemation’s world of home automation, leading distributors of Control4 with Amazon Alexa. The possibilities are endless… with a few simple voice commands you can: • Arm and disarm the alarm • Unlock the front door • Open and close the blinds • Adjust the room temperature, in any room • Turn on, off or dim the lights • Play or stream music • Turn on the TV • Set the scene for watching a movie • Pre-programme personalised and uniquely crafted home scenes, where your voice command ‘Dining’ automatically dims select lights and begins to play a specific playlist and ‘Bedtime’ sets into motion shutting off lights, closing blinds, locking the door, and putting on the alarm A particularly unique aspect of Control4 and Amazon Alexa is the coordination of all connected devices in your home for a truly customised homeowner experience to maximise your comfort, convenience, entertainment, and peace of mind. There are many smart products available today, however, only when these devices work together do you experience the magic of a smart home. Control4 delivers power and performance in one platform that coordinates the technology in your home into complete, brilliant experiences—interactions that fit your lifestyle and are easy . . .