“My hotel’s heat pump paid for itself in just over two months! Located in the Johannesburg inner-city suburb of the same name and just up the hill from the Ellis Park stadium, the Troyeville hotel remains something of a legend with a loyal following across Johannesburg. Opened in 1939 as a male boarding house, the two-storey Troyeville Hotel (generally just called “the Troyeville”) has eight rooms which are occupied by long-term guests plus three recently renovated upmarket rooms, including a suite. The hotel also has a small fully-equipped conference room and a bar – a very popular hangout in Johannesburg. The restaurants and specifically its Portuguese food are a firm favourite with Johannesburgers. Co-owner (and well-known restaurateur) Laurence Jones recalls that he convinced a group of friends to buy the hotel with him 11 years ago because – when he heard it was on the market – he was particularly concerned about missing out on his favourite Portuguese lunch. More than a decade later most of the kitchen staff are still at the Troyeville but nowadays they’re working harder than ever – preparing up to 150 meals a day. Trimming the water heating bill As is the case in any hard-working kitchen, hot water is essential to the Troyeville’s everyday operations. It’s used for the accommodation and for washing plates and equipment and preparing food. But, of course, hot water costs money which, with energy prices rising all the time, is only becoming more expensive. And so, a year ago, Jones decided to investigate alternative energy sources to supply the kitchen with hot water. “Up to a year ago we had a gas boiler which was supplied by piped natural gas,” says Jones. “It was pretty old and kept breaking down. Plus I wanted to know if we could save money using alternative technology. I decided to make some enquiries and the upshot was that we installed a heat pump which has been working fantastically ever since.” According to Jones the hotel’s gas . . .
“Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty” “Record attendances at our events are important to show growth and momentum but knowing that we are relevant to the industries that we serve and are also making a difference outside of our business is equally, if not more, important” – this is according to David Ashdown, MD of Spintelligent, leading Cape Town-based trade exhibition and conference organiser and the African office of Clarion Events Ltd, based in the UK. During 2016, Spintelligent will host 15 events in the energy, infrastructure, mining, agriculture, education and real estate sectors across the African continent. “The company is performing positively against a volatile backdrop after the first half of this year” says David Ashdown, “and we are looking forward to an even busier and equally successful second half of the year, including a number of exciting launch events”. Reaching Out Projects that the Spintelligent MD is particularly proud of includes an outreach programme at the Golden Valley Basic School that is situated next to the massive Agritech Expo in Chisamba, in Zambia. Some 610 learners and 17 teachers have been reaping the benefits of the Agritech Expo Outreach Programme, from the renovation of school buildings, to a solar power installation and the mechanisation of the schools working farm, from which the profits fund the school. Furthermore, a new school build project in Lubumbashi, DRC, associated to DRC Mining Week, will provide a modern school infrastructure environment for up to 500 junior students. “Education is one of the most powerful instruments for reducing poverty and inequality and lays a foundation for sustained economic growth, as such we have invested in schooling projects in both Zambia and the DRC. These projects are where the magic happens for us as a business, as we have the opportunity to give back to the communities that support our events. We are committed to these development . . .
June, 24, 2016 (Johannesburg, South Africa) Limpopo raised rapper, Ramatsimela M has released the first single from her debut mixtape; Excavations. The single is entitled Nelson Malema and it has already caused a stir amongst audiences since its release on Youth Day June 16. The song is about the struggles of disadvantaged South Africans and it addresses socio-political issues that most youth choose to avoid discussing in their music. The song is quickly becoming controversial because of its uncensored approach to discussing politics, conscious message, slick satire and blatant honesty and will be sure to spark plenty of conversation during these times of heated election talks. Ramatsimela M is a 24 year old writer, rapper and filmmaker from Limpopo who is passionate about art, entrepreneurship and activism. She has always been a writer but only started rapping with her friends as a hobby while studying Film & Media at The University of Cape Town around 2010. After recording several songs and performing at a couple of local shows, she realised that music was her calling and she has now been creating music ever since. Ramatsimela M also owns a start-up media production company called VIS Factory which she hopes to utilise as a vessel to grow, develop and uplift the art industry in Limpopo. The company specialises in the production, publishing and distribution of: photography, sound, film and events. As an activist, she is currently involved with an orphanage called Lethukukhnaya where she voluteers as a performance art teacher. She strongly believes in empowering young minds as they are leaders of tomorrow. Ramatsimela M says that her debut mix-tape Excavations will be a fusion of Hip Hop, Funk, Soul and many other eclectic sounds. Speaking about the mix-tape she says, “The songs are like my personality. Some are lively and upbeat and some are deep and serious while others are just light or racy or humorous, like me. Music helps me accept myself and . . .
After two successful sets of courses in KZN, the Investec International Rugby Academy will be returning to St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg these school holidays, adding position-specific courses, for both players and coaches, to the course line-up. The 5-day course aims to provide high school players with the skills and expertise they need by matching them with former national and international players in their position and teach coaches to learn alongside these players. The exciting line-up that attendees can look forward to working with are former Springbok flank Ian MacDonald and utility-back Brent Russell, former Springbok assistant coach Dick Muir, ex-Wallabies kicking coach Braam van Straaten, former Sharks coach Grant Bashford, Sharks forwards coach Ryan Strudwick, Sharks under-19 coach Paul Anthony, Super Rugby referee Archie Sehlako, as well as local coaches Greg Miller, Greig Wegerle and Ryno Combrink. Behind the scenes training is also a feature of the academy and specialists such as Mark Steele (former Springbok conditioning coach) and Ruan Fourie (former Sharks and Lions physiotherapist) will be educating players on conditioning for the season and injury prevention. “The academy affords players the opportunity to meet, interact and learn from the greats of the game. It can only have a positive effect on one’s development,” says former Springbok, Brent Russell. World renown kicking coach, Braam van Straaten, who has been a coach at the academy for the past seven years, is passionate about his role at the academy. “In a week you see boys become men. We get players to function outside their comfort zone,” says van Straaten. Players’ courses on offer in July are the Prestige Players’ Course (aged seven to 10 years), the Intermediate Players’ and Coaches Course (aged 11 to 14 years), the 5-Day Players’ and Coaches Course (aged 14 to 17 years). Former Eastern Province player and GM of the Investec International Rugby Academy, . . .
(Johannesburg, June, 2016) An exciting new panel of judges will this year adjudicate the Diners Club Winelist Awards. The Winelist Awards has, for the last two decades, rewarded restaurants that take great care in their wine selection, wine descriptions and their pairing of food with wine. This year’s judges comprise a broad spectrum, including restaurant and wine experts, reviewers, media members and chefs. The judges are: JP Rossouw (Diners Club Winelist Awards’ head judge), Benny Masekwameng, Neil Grant, Jenny Cryws-Williams, Kim Hoepfl, Georgina Crouth, and Lloyd Jusa. “Following on from our previous panel of judges, Diners Club has again assembled a unique mix of talents and voices in today’s food and wine industry to give all participating restaurants a fair shot at winning one of the most prized awards in the industry. The eclectic knowledge of the panel will contribute immensely to the development of the restaurant industry,” says Ebrahim Matthews, MD of Diners Club South Africa. The recently revamped Winelist of the Year criteria will place more emphasis on suitability, just one of four criteria used to judge the lists. The other criteria are content, balance and presentation. The revised judging criteria were developed with the help of The South African Sommeliers’ Association (SASA) who brought their extensive practical experience to bear to ensure that the criteria are fair and fitting to restaurants. Entries for this year’s competition closed on the 15 June 2016. Judging will take place at the Saxon Hotel and Spa in Johannesburg on 29 & 30 June 2016, with the winners expected to be announced in July and August 2016. For more information on Diners Club Winelist Awards visit www.dinersclub.co.za CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Current and former SA hockey greats will be making their way to Stellenbosch these school holidays to provide high-level performance training and mentorship to the Western Cape’s passionate hockey fraternity as part of the Investec Hockey Academy on Friday, 8 and Saturday, 9 July at Bloemhof Hoër Meisieskool. Travelling to various provinces throughout the year, each time with a new set of coaches, the Investec Hockey Academy provides school-going players and hockey coaches with an opportunity to work on their skills and strategies, stay up-to-date with the latest techniques and learn what it takes to succeed while working closely with international players, coaches and experts involved in the game. Those attending the July courses can look forward to meeting and learning from the greats of the game. The star-studded, passionate line-up of coaches participating in the Stellenbosch course are national players Wade Paton, Lloyd Norris-Jones and Shelley Russell; national player and Cape Town-local Quanita Bobbs; as well as national coaches Kurt Serfontein (SA women’s assistant coach) and Lindsey Wright (SA under-21 women’s coach). Important behind the scenes training is also offered by the academy’s experts Ruan Fourie (former Lions and Sharks physiotherapist), Lauren Penny (former national hockey player and psychologist) and Grant van Gelden (vision training expert) who will be providing the young players with a better understanding of all the game’s elements. National player and general manager of the academy, Shelley Russell, is the driving force behind making sure that the academy’s goals are achieved through her love for the game. “We try to give young, aspiring hockey stars a glimpse, and start the process, of what is required to fine-tune their skills and abilities. The Investec Hockey Academy is a platform where these passionate hockey players can learn and improve their skills by being exposed to top-level coaching personnel. We hope to create an . . .
The Birchwood Hotel’s Ekurhuleni Comes Alive Jazz Festival will be inviting Joburg-locals on a spiritual journey on 8 July, providing jazz-lovers with an iconic line-up of proudly South African artists, each telling a story through their love of music. The Birchwood Hotel has gone the extra mile in bringing the best local flavours of gospel and soul to lead the line-up of gifted musicians including Tshepo Tshola, who will be headlining the evening with his deep baritone sounds. Supporting Tshola is Afro-soul songstress, Brenda Mtambo, who has worked with the likes of Lira, Judith Sephuma and Brian Thusi. Each month, in association with the City of Ekurhuleni, and the Sowetan and Mail & Guardian newspapers, the festival also brings a new set of local talent to the stage, offering upcoming local performers a chance to be acknowledged by opening for the hotel’s prominent artists. Hosted by motivational speaker and presenter, Hector Motivator, the July festival will open with upcoming female vocalist, Khonyane, whose music echoes cultural tales from all over Africa, as well as comedians, Salesman, known for his appearances on the Mzanzi Magic Show as well as in various festivals around the country, and Thabiso Sparks, new to the comedy circuit. Don’t miss out on an evening of inspirational lyrics, cultural knowledge, local talent and a delicious meal shared with friends and family by booking your table of 10 before 30 June to take advantage of the Early Bird Special. The festival starts at 8pm and tickets are R400 per person or R4 000 for a table of 10. For more information or to book contact Dudu Kgomo on (011) 897 0141 or on firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.birchwoodhotel.co.za. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Despite their proud standing in varsity hockey, the University of Johannesburg men's and women's teams know they face a searching challenge in the University Sport South Africa (Ussa) tournament at Wits from July 4 to 8. The men captured their second straight Varsity Hockey title in the biennial competition this year to add to three straight Ussa titles from 2012 to 2014. Coach Garreth Ewing said that, given the different format it has compared to the Varsity Hockey competition, they would treat the Ussa tournament as a new challenge. "We've done quite well in recent years, winning three in a row, but last year we came fifth so we are hoping to climb back up the table this year. "With the eight-team, two-pool format, the tournament is really a bit of a shootout, so anything can happen." Although the UJ women are the defending champions, hockey manager Elize le Roux said they would not be getting ahead of themselves. "While I would love to see them defend the title, there is a process in place to prepare and play each game on its merits. We have to first focus on our pool fixtures before worrying about possible semis or the final." They had lost some key players from last year's side, but Le Roux said UJ were fortunate to have retained the core of their team. They did however receive a blow recently when one of their top players, Carmen Smith, was ruled out through injury. Due to the congested nature of the tournament, she said several factors were essential for sides in their pursuit of success. "I do think it differs per institution, but playing five days in a row, often with limited rest in-between, is challenging. "That is why planning, the team environment and player management become vital," she said. "It is important to keep a good routine and to use your build-up period to manage and maintain the players' performances." Ewing said the UJ men had managed to retain a sense of continuity from the Varsity Hockey squad, which . . .
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Experienced mountain biker Bennie Pearson is approaching Sunday's feature race at the Bestmed Sondela MTB Classic with a sense of excitement following the creation of a new route. Although the weekend cycling festival near Bela-Bela in Limpopo, which is also known as the Bushveld's Big MTB Bash, includes races on both days, all eyes will be on the top competitors in the 60km event. To put them to the test, race director Mel Meyer and his team have cut new trails for the occasion. These will take riders out of the Sondela Game Reserve through a number of adjacent properties. Pearson, who hails from Centurion and is a veteran of the race, said he thought the move to set up a new route was a "brilliant idea". He said he was looking forward to testing himself on the course, which he felt would offer participants a bit of everything. "I think the new route they have created will add a great deal of diversity. "There will be technical riding and bits of climbing as well as some Bushveld sand, so I think it will be a very nice ride and I'm looking forward to it." Pearson said he anticipated tough competition and, while he was at one stage contemplating to just enjoy the ride, he knew that his competitive juices would start flowing as soon as the race started. "I believe it will be a very good race with lots of competition. Once things get going, I know it's going to become really tough." The diversity of the trails exemplifies the philosophy of the event, with various race distances catering for cyclists of all levels. Saturday features 40km and 20km options, while youngsters can enter the 5km ride or 500m dash. The organisers have also introduced a relay race, which they feel will add a different dimension. "We will be doing it in exactly the same way you run a 4x100m relay race," said Meyer. "Teams of four will tackle a 5km route. The first group will take off and hand over to their second rider in a transition area, and so . . .