The 2018 Lusito Land Festival is fast approaching, and lovers of Portuguese cuisine and culture are in for a treat at the festival’s new venue in Cayman Road, Alewynspoort. The festival will take place between 26th April to 1st May, take a two-day break and resume on the 4th to 6th May 2018. This festival promises to be a celebration of exceptional food, music and fun. Lusito Association spokesperson, Naomi Contente, says the festival organisers assessed last year’s Alewynspoort-based event and took patrons’ suggestions into account to make this year’s festival better than ever. “Many festival-goers were understandably sad that the event was moved from Wemmer Pan to Alewynspoort last year. Choosing a new venue was, however, a carefully considered move. Not only did we want to accommodate a rapidly growing festival, which was bursting out of its seams in Wemmer Pan, but we wanted to provide a safer venue with ample parking and easy access for all.” In addition to planting grass in to alleviate concerns about dust, the organisers introduced are introducing additional entrance and exit points, that will be manned by traffic operators and substantially ease traffic glitches at the venue. These entrances and exit points have been identified to make the venue more easily accessible to festival-goers and further reduce traffic congestion. These entrances and exit points will be communicated to the public closer to the time. Launched in 1981, all funds raised at the festival are donated to the Lusito School for the physically and mentally challenged. “The cost of caring for special-needs children and adults is beyond the means of many families. The proceeds from the festival go a long way towards easing their financial burden and ensuring learners benefit from a good education that takes their special needs into consideration,” explains Contente. To ensure the sustainability of both the festival and the school, the Cayman Road venue was purchased outright . . .
Despite a string of successes behind her name over the past 12 months, South African road champion Carla Oberholzer feels she still has plenty of room for improvement. The Demacon Women's Team rider's latest triumph came when she won the title at the national road championships in Oudtshoorn early this month. Last year, Oberholzer was at the forefront of many of the country's major road races, picking up four top podium spots, including the Bestmed Cycle4Cansa and the Amashova Durban Classic. However, even with the national road title under her belt, the 31-year-old said she knew there were always aspects to work on in her cycling. "I think it's very difficult to say you are riding at the peak of your ability," she said. "I do have good form which I carried over from last year, so things are definitely going well. "But there is always something to work on and one of the things I will be looking to improve is my power and strength." Nonetheless, she is pleased to have ticked off another goal on her list after being crowned SA road champion. "Winning the SA road title was my first big goal of the year, especially after last year's race when I thought I had a chance but just didn't make it. "To take top spot was satisfying and I am very happy to keep the jersey in the team for another year, after Heidi Dalton won last year." Oberholzer and Dalton, members of the Demacon Women's Team who have HEAD Bikes SA as their equipment sponsors this year, are joined by Lynette Burger and Kim le Court. The SA road champ said their strength lay in the team ethic they had created. "Individually, we have four strong riders, but our real strength lies in the fact that we work so well together," said Oberholzer. "We encourage each other 100% and there's never a situation where we have a lead rider for the day. "We are very adaptable on the road and we might go out with plan A, but if the designated rider isn't working out, we are able to quickly . . .
The Embassy of Japan will host a series of events to honour the 100th anniversary of the South Africa/Japan bilateral relationship. The events are aimed at raising awareness about Japan and its century-long ties with South Africa. Japan ambassador to South Africa, Shigeyuki Hiroki, says in the same year Nelson Mandela was born in Qunu in the Eastern Cape, the first Japanese official mission was dispatched to South Africa. “The Consulate of Japan was established in Cape Town in 1918, becoming Japan’s first mission on the African continent.” “I imagine those Japanese diplomats coming to South Africa, only about 30 years after the first democratic constitution of Japan, the Meiji Constitution, was established and a generation after the opening of Japan to the world, struggling with both the challenges of international relations in a new world, and learning about this new country they had been sent to.” “Each generation of Japanese diplomats posted here over the past 100 years has followed in their footsteps, learning a little more about this beautiful country and its people, with the objective of deepening the mutual understanding between South Africa and Japan. As part of this momentous anniversary, I have reaffirmed my commitment to further strengthening the bilateral relationship,” “We are honoured that Nelson Mandela visited Japan three times, including the official state visit in 1995. With great respect for Nelson Mandela’s great achievements and celebrating the 100th anniversary of his birth, we would like to continue working together with South Africa towards further prosperity and enhanced mutual understanding.” adds Hiroki The Embassy of Japan will host a Japan Cultural Expo Brooklyn Mall in Tshwane on 1, 2 and 3 March. Visitors will experience various aspects of Japanese culture, such as Ikebana (flower arrangement), bonsai (ornamental trees), Japanese traditional costumes and martial arts. In addition, the embassy has planned activities . . .
FREE STATE, BLOEMFONTEIN, MASELSPOORT RESORT – Toyota WARRIOR saw approximately one thousand Obstacle Racers from the Free State and around the country pull into Bloemfontein’s Maselspoort Resort this past weekend to compete in the Free State’s first-ever Toyota WARRIOR, powered by Reebok. Already well-established in Gauteng, Western Cape and KZN, attracting thousands per event, Obstacle Racing is poised to take off in Free State. WARRIOR Race #2 course was built around the Maselspoort Resort by Warrior course designer, Jono Hart. Heavy rains prior to the event forced event organisers, Advendurance, to change the course and create a lap race, which shortened the running element, but doubled the number of obstacles athletes had to do. As it turned out, this version made this race more spectator-friendly, which is always a key factor for this type of sport. Course designer, Jono Hart, said “Toyota WARRIOR Maselspoort was outstanding. The venue was green and fresh with a totally different terrain, but unfortunately, heavy rains over a number of days prior to the event forced us to change the route. This created the lap version for the 2 longer races – Commando and Black Ops, which slightly shortened the running element but drastically increased the obstacles. In the end, Commandos had 40 obstacles over 9km and Black Ops Elite had 54 obstacles over 13km.” The massive monster-slide, Slippery Dip Super-Tube, will be remembered as the highlight of the weekend for every athlete that was faced with it. Toyota Warrior #2 Maselspoort attracted all the top-ranked OCR athletes in the country. The Men’s Black Ops Elite winner and ranked 1st in OCR South Africa, was Claude Eksteen (Supa Mama); Race #1 winner and ranked 2nd in the country, Thomas van Tonder (Jeep Team SA) came second, with Team Nevarest’s Greg Avierinos, in 3rd, Armin Botha in 4th and Trevor Lagerway in 5th. Said Eksteen, “Today, as in the past 3 years, was an awesome but tough battle between Thomas . . .
University of Johannesburg rugby coach Werner Janse van Rensburg is happy with his team's progress in the Varsity Cup, but acknowledges there are some serious challenges ahead. The Johannesburg outfit have suffered two losses in three matches to date, their latest reversal being a narrow 18-15 result against NWU-Pukke on Monday. It was a match which ended with the television match official ruling that UJ had not crossed for a try in the dying seconds of the game, which would have given them victory. Janse van Rensburg said while they were disappointed in the final outcome, the squad knew it was something they had to overcome. "There were a lot of positives from Monday's game and the biggest thing is that we have progressed since the beginning of the competition," he said. "Obviously we are now reaching a stage where that progression has to become increasingly accurate. If that happens then everything is on track, but we have a crucial clash on Monday." UJ travel to Bloemfontein to take on Free State University, who are lying third on the log, with three wins from four encounters. They have lost only to the unbeaten Stellenbosch side. Janse van Rensburg said they would face a different outfit from the side they met in a friendly prior to the competition. "Shimlas have been in exceptional form during this campaign and have improved a great deal. "Besides Maties, they are one of the best-looking teams in the competition and they seem to have sorted out their stuff properly. "So it's another big occasion. But we are gradually improving and if we improve another 10%, we can give them a good go." One of the most pleasing aspects for the UJ mentor was their set phases, which improved during the game against Pukke, helping them to almost snatch victory after trailing 18-3. "We definitely did better in the set phases towards the end of the first half and throughout the second half," he said. "When we kept the ball we looked really good, . . .
Does Transnet once again want to make the NPA the laughing stock of the city? Port of Port Elizabeth's answer to threat from the city and it's citizens around the Manganese Ore pollution On Saturday 17 February at 12:58 the TNPA released a press statement on the “impending eviction of the Algoa Bay Yacht Club” - a Port of Port Elizabeth based sailing club that has been in existence for close on 60 years providing sail training, regattas and safe haven for local and international sailors along with access to what has been described as the best sailing waters along the African Coast. ABYC has been attempting to get the TNPA in front of the Port Regulator since 2009 when the club submitted a complaint over an unfair 61% rental increase. On Friday morning 23 February 2018 the TNPA have been summonsed to appear in court to answer the ABYC's Notice of Motion interdicting the TNPA from issuing a Warrant of Eviction. ABYC will be asking the honourable court to rule that ABYC be entitled to continue occupying the premises pending a determination by the Port Regulator on 20 March 2018. On 23 August 2017, before High Court proceedings, the TNPA - represented by TNPA Legal Officer, Justin Uren, Advocate Ntsepe, Attorney Nash Vandayar and Port Manager, Rajesh Dana - and ABYC - represented by Attorney Gerald Friedman, Advocate Albert Beyleveld, ABYC President Sean Wiseman and ABYC Commodore Alan Straton - agreed that until such time as a new tenant had been allocated the premises occupied by ABYC, pursuant to a lawful tender, ABYC could remain in occupation and would be afforded two months notice to vacate if ABYC were unsuccessful in tendering. It would appear that the TNPA's representatives at the time have suffered amnesia over this agreement and could have been devious in their handling of the matter. Despite being asked in numerous forms and by numerous persons the TNPA has remained silent on whether a tender has been awarded. On 16 February 2018 . . .
Calling all maverick, crazy, brave-hearted, extreme multi-sport athletes - if you are not doing anything between the 16th and 19th of March 2018, then you might want to get your entry in fast for the 2018 LED Lenser Wartrail Challenge presented by Fluid Kayaks. This heroic race takes place in the iconic Witteberg Mountain range in Lady Grey in the Eastern Cape. “This event is a true test of your adventurous spirit with day 1 featuring a 56km wilderness run following parts of the legendary SkyRun route, day 2 a 118km mountain bike ride with 2600m of climbing, and day 3 a quick 65km paddle down the Orange River,” says event organiser, Michael de Haast from Pure Adventures. “Every year we hope that everyone competing discovers their reasons for loving what they do, to reaffirm the suffering, the dedication and the discipline to have the ability to test themselves against extreme wilderness conditions and come out better, richer individuals. Results are not important, there isn’t even a medal - the reward is the journey!” Various entries are on offer for the Wartrail Challenge; a single leg option or as a relay event of three members, with one member for each Stage OR as pairs, paddling a K2. However, the SOLO challenge is the ultimate challenge, with one discipline per day in a totally self-sustainable event, meaning that each athlete or team will have to provide own back up, with vehicle, logistics and support crew. If that all sounds too easy for you, you can always take part in the Wartrail Non-Stop version, a 120km MTB ride, a 60km mountain run and a 65km paddle one after the other as part of a team of 2, 3 or 4 athletes. “Our only entry requirement for competitors is that they must be 100% fit and healthy, with a keen respect and knowledge of the outdoors, including navigational skills. Temporary sports insanity is a bonus,” laughs Mike. The organisers have extended the Non-Stop start to 00:00 on the morning of the 18th March giving aspiring athletes . . .
The personal success of the two top learners nationally in the Engen Maths and Science Schools (EMSS) Class of 2017 will be South Africa’s gain, as the pair chase their dreams of becoming an actuary and a doctor. The hard slog was all their own, admit Makyle Naidoo and Nokwenama Gumede, but they attribute their impressive results to the commitment and support of their EMSS teachers, who tirelessly put in the extra effort to take the youngsters from great to exceptional. Today, Makyle and Nokwenama, both just 17 and flying the flag for KwaZulu-Natal, are at the start of their studies in actuarial science and medicine respectively – proof of the success of the Engen initiative which aims to help address key national skills shortages in engineering and other technical fields. Makyle, who came first in his matric class at Glenwood High School, took the top spot amongst the 555-strong EMSS class of 2017, followed closely by Nokwenama, a learner at Zwelibanzi High School in Umlazi, who notched up seven distinctions in her seven matric subjects. The EMSS tutors assist learners at nine different centres across South Africa, offering extra instruction in English, maths and science. Two centres in KwaZulu-Natal and the one in Cape Town all achieved 100% pass rates last year. Makyle, whose parents divorced when he was a baby, lived with his mother and extended family in Mobeni Heights in Durban before his big move to the University of Cape Town earlier this month. “It’s not always easy when you have six people in the house to find the space and time to study, so I’d often have to lock myself away in a room to work. But my family are all incredibly proud of me today,” he says. He started attending the extra EMSS classes in matric and says they made a phenomenal difference to his marks. “The teachers were really dedicated to helping us, always going the extra mile and even lending us new textbooks to take home and giving us further extra help when . . .
The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, will launch a campaign to commemorate twenty years of successful productivity improvement by the Workplace Challenge Programme in Cape Town on 2 March 2018. Minister Davies will be accompanied by the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Productivity South Africa, Mr Mothunye Mothiba. The launch will take place at the premises of one of the beneficiaries of the programme, Trax Interconnect. The Workplace Challenge Programme (WCP) is a two-year programme implemented amongst South African enterprises to improve their productivity, thereby ensuring sustainability of jobs. According to Minister Davies, the Department of Trade and Industry (the dti) has been offering the WPC to small, medium and micro enterprises (SMMEs) since 1998, hence the campaign to celebrate the achievements of the programme and reflect on new opportunities to take the programme to the next level. The campaign is also aimed at re-establishing the programme’s position in the market place by actively creating awareness about its benefits. “The programme, which is administered by Productivity South Africa on behalf of the dti, is a productivity and competitiveness enhancement intervention for SMMEs in the manufacturing sector. Inefficiencies in productivity present a major risk to the growth and development of SMMEs. If not checked, they contribute to decline in the competitiveness of the sector in the long term. More than 1 000 companies have been supported through the WPC since 2003 when the programme was handed over to Productivity SA,” says Minister Davies. He adds that the programme makes a direct contribution to the achievement of decent employment through inclusive economic growth, as it seeks to improve product, process and people dynamics to enhance sustainable enterprise development. Mr Mothiba says the programme will focus on increased support for Black Industrialists, enterprises in the Special Economic Zones, (SEZs) and the . . .
The Transnet National Ports Authority (TNPA) released a media statement on Saturday 17 February 2018 stating that the Algoa Bay Yacht Club (ABYC) must move out of premises that the nearly 60 year-old club occupies within the Port of Port Elizabeth. The dispute centres around rental, non-payment of rental, assessment of rental far beyond the financial means of ABYC as a voluntary body and irregular rental increases. As in all disputes of this nature the cold hard facts are really around two issues: Who is the landlord? Who has the most money? The answers to both above are: TNPA Any realist will tell you that the person who 'owns' the land and has bottomless coffers will win any legal fight. Now this is where it gets interesting as the ABYC took the complaint over TNPA's unfair treatment to the Port Regulator for a decision rather than turning to the courts. The Port Regulator operates as the Ombudsman for TNPA and has ruled in the past on TNPA's irregular increase on Port Tarrifs, forcing the TNPA to back down and reduce tariffs on more than a few occasions. The path to getting a hearing in front of the Port Regulator has been beset with delaying tactics from the TNPA - the most severe of which being an eviction order accelerated after the ABYC won the first round in front of the Port Regulator. TNPA has been summonsed to appear in the Port Elizabeth, High Court on Friday 23 February at 9:30 am. ABYC first brought the complaint to the attention of the Port Regulator in November 2009. Delaying tactics, legal manouvering and actions like TNPA 'losing' the recorded minutes of the first pre-hearing all contributed to the wearing down of the then Executive Committees. A new Exco in 2014 made the decision to tackle this problem head on and find a solution as the continued friction between ABYC and TNPA was not a happy state of affairs. The continued friction between the parties contributed negatively to TNPA's stature as a caring . . .