Michael Dickerson (42) from Hoedspruit Limpopo was participating in a trail running series when he met Daniël Otto (6), a boy suffering from Congenital Muscular Dystrophy (CMD). CMD is a group of muscle diseases that occur at birth or during early infancy and is characterized by diminished muscle tone according to rarediseases.org. With progressive muscle weakness, a common symptom of CMD, Daniel has lost the ability to walk and stand on his own, says Marina Otto (39), Daniel’s mom. “It is impossible for Daniel to sit upright by himself, he is also unable to climb, crawl, walk, run or jump like regular kids and all he wants is to be just like them. But despite his many challenges he still has a playful spirit and is a really smart young man” – says Marina When Michael, met Daniel, he was inspired by his positivity and bravery. Learning about his condition and the pressure his family is under to cover his extensive medical costs without medical aid, Michael wanted to help the family. Hoping to raise R161 000, Michael set up a campaign on donations based crowdfunding platform, BackaBuddy and pledged to participate in the Karkloof 100, a 161 km run taking place on the 21 September 2018 in Kwa-Zulu Natal. The ‘non-stop’ trail run, which is in it’s second year is the ultimate test of human endurance and participants are given a total of 36 hours to complete the course. Last year only 25 out of 46 participants managed to complete the course successfully. “I decided to take on this race in honor of Daniel as he doesn’t have the ability or privilege to run and enjoy the freedom he deserves. The Karkloof 100 is symbolic of the struggles he has faced in his short life and the perseverance he shows on a daily basis. I hope to be as brave as him one day” – says Michael The campaign went live on the 23 of July 2018 and has thus far raised R 16 550.57 with contributions from 21 donors. Funds raised through the ‘Lion Heart’ BackaBuddy campaign will be . . .
Experts are cautious, but all point to the importance of acting on sound advice rather than sentiment. In an article first published in the Financial Times, and republished in Business Day on 26 August, President Cyril Ramaphosa wrote: “While a parliamentary committee is at present wrapping up public hearings on this issue and still needs to give consideration to any possible constitutional amendment, there have been several suggestions on when expropriation without compensation may be justified. These include, for instance, unused land, derelict buildings, purely speculative land holdings, or circumstances where occupiers have strong historical rights and title holders do not occupy or use their land, such as labour tenancy, informal settlements and abandoned inner-city buildings. “This is no land grab; nor is it an assault on the private ownership of property. The ANC has been clear that its land reform programme should not undermine future investment in the economy or damage agricultural production and food security. The proposals will not erode property rights, but will instead ensure that the rights of all South Africans, and not just those who currently own land, are strengthened. SA has learnt from the experiences of other countries, both from what has worked and what has not, and will not make the same mistakes that others have made.” There is still great uncertainty around the implications of expropriation of land without compensation (EWC). No market likes uncertainty and the property market is no exception. Just Property CEO, Paul Stevens, says, “EWC is one of a number of factors that are influencing the property market in South Africa. Its realities are more evident in some parts of our country than others but the sentiment is universally unsettled. And sentiment is a powerful thing, especially where it can so easily be amplified by social media and the interconnectedness of today’s world.” Have South African buyers and sellers adopted a . . .
The people of Ballito in KwaZulu-Natal are set to reap the yummy goodness of a 24-hour Woolworths Foodstop, which has been added to the recently upgraded Engen Ballito. Engen Ballito is located on Douglas Crowe Drive, Dolphin Coast. The new Woolies food offering was officially opened on 13 September 2018. Customers can also enjoy a diverse range of convenience services at Engen Ballito including an Engen Quickshop, Barcelos, Corner Bakery, an upgraded eco-friendly car wash which can wash more cars, and multi-branded ATM machines – including Standard Bank and FNB. The site offers customer’s quality fuels such as Engen Primax Unleaded and Engen Dynamic Diesel 50ppm with ease of access and service for locals and holiday makers. Owners of Engen Ballito, Mark Jacobs and Rajesh Ramperthab are both extremely excited to offer the Woolworths Foodstop to the residents of Ballito. “We are very proud of the association with Engen and extremely excited to partner with Woolworths Foodstop,” say the duo. “We want to thank our loyal customers for their patience and incredible support during the revamp period. We are really looking forward to this additional new offering and we know our customers are looking forward to having a Woolworths Foodstop.” Engen Ballito is conveniently positioned to serve both holidaymakers and local residents, and operates 24/7. “The Engen brand has a substantial footprint and is well known amongst our customers who have come to associate themselves with Engen’s brand promise of With us you are Number One. This promise fits in with our high operating standards and shared vision,” add Jacobs and Ramperthab. Says Engen’s Head of Retail, Seelan Naidoo: “Engen is very excited to see our network flourishing. Convenience and customer service remain key determinants of success in our industry. “We wish Mark Jacobs and Rajesh Ramperthab every success.” CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Impoverished communities face many challenges and shoes should not be one of them. The Public Relations Department at Cape Peninsula University of Technology (CPUT) has launched Restoring Soles 2 Souls, a Non-Profit Organisation. Restoring Soles 2 Souls has created Happy Feet, a campaign which seeks to break the cycle of poverty by collecting and redistributing pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes to the impoverished communities in and around Cape Town. All donated shoes will go towards Oscar Mpetha High School’s matric class of 2018 on the 21st of September. The campaign will be supplying 60 pairs of shoes within this month as the matriculants are starting their new adventure of adulthood. This is a small step that changes lives, and will ensure that the youth of Cape Town will feel more confident, comfortable and special in their future endeavours. As you know, every sole has a story and with the #HappyFeet campaign we encourage every donator to write a short personal message of their favourite memory with their donated shoes. Project Manager, Marni Venter says “We know that most people have unwanted shoes at home, and would love to impact lives with the gift of shoes by donating them to the cause of Restoring Soles 2 Souls”. It feels good to make a difference, so be the hero for children in need by helping our future leaders take a step in the right direction! For more information go to restoringsoles2souls.com or call (021) 123 4567. Find them on Twitter and instagram @RestoringSole2Souls or Facebook.com/restoringsoles2souls CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
The date and venue are set for the South African foodie’s celebration of the year. On Sunday 18 November, the winners of the 2018 Eat Out Mercedes-Benz Restaurant Awards will be announced at GrandWest in Cape Town. The limited tickets are in high demand, with all of them selling out in record time in 2017. For this year’s event, guests will be welcomed with canapés and Graham Beck MCC, after which they will be seated in the Grand Arena for a multiple-course lunch created by some of the country’s top chefs to be enjoyed throughout the ceremony. Celebrations will conclude with a party, offering guests the opportunity to mingle. To celebrate the wealth of talent on the restaurant scene, Eat Out will announce 30 nominees prior to the event and count down from 20 to 11 at the ceremony, before finally revealing the Top 10. The winning restaurants will be chosen by a core panel of anonymous judges, with Margot Janse as the judging convener. “Honouring the extraordinary talent in South Africa is what Eat Out is all about,” says Aileen Lamb, MD of New Media, which owns Eat Out. “This awards ceremony is where we get to celebrate our world-class chefs and the magnificent work being done in the food industry as a whole. Our partnership with Mercedes-Benz, which is also dedicated to recognising excellence and innovation, makes our journey together even more inspiring.” Mercedes-Benz South Africa is the sponsor for this prestigious awards ceremony for the fifth consecutive year. “As a brand, we’re always striving to find the very best, and we’re thrilled to recognise local chefs and restaurants around South Africa whose culinary delights exceed expectations year after year,” says Selvin Govender, Marketing Director of Mercedes-Benz Cars. To honour the Restaurant of the Year, the head chef will receive a luxury Mercedes-Benz for the duration of their reign. Aside from Margot Janse, the panel will remain anonymous after the judging has concluded, as this enables the . . .
No restaurant table is complete without those very necessary bottles of Tabasco® right? Hmmm… we think no kitchen cupboard is complete without at least one bottle of Tabasco®. Now that Spring/ Summer is fast approaching, with it shouldn’t come dreary attitudes about healthy food preparations. Tabasco® allows you to enjoy healthy favourites that are also delicious. Given its flavourful palate offering, the Heirloom pepper, which is what’s used to make the famous Tabasco® Sauce allows you to get creatively adventurous in the kitchen. Now that it’s everyone’s favourite season, we think you should turn this Tabasco® inspired salad a lunchtime or dinnertime favourite. Caesar Salad Created by Chef Amanda Freitag (U.S.) Prep Time: 15 minutes Ingredients For Dressing 3 Egg yolks 1 Heaped tbsp. Dijon mustard 3 Cloves garlic 5 Fillets anchovies, in oil, drained 1 Tbsp. Worcestershire Sauce 2 Tsp TABASCO® Sauce 3 Lemons, juiced (or 80ml lemon juice) A pinch ground black pepper 350ml Blended oil (50% olive oil- 50% canola oil) 50g Parmesan cheese, grated For Salad 10 Cos (Romaine) lettuce hearts 150g Toasted croutons 80g Piece of Parmesan cheese Freshly cracked black pepper, to taste Preparation For Dressing In a food processor, combine all ingredients except the blended oil and Parmesan cheese. Blend the ingredients until they are combined and smooth, about one minute. Keep the food processor going and slowly add in half the oil to emulsify the dressing. Stop the machine after half of the oil has been added to make sure the mixture is thickening. Continue adding in the rest of the oil until the dressing is thick. Add in grated Parmesan cheese and pulse to combine. Taste the dressing for seasoning; it should have a nice, sharp kick from the TABASCO® Sauce. This recipe yields approximately 600ml dressing. For Salad Remove the core from the Romaine heart by cutting off the bottom piece. With your knife, split the Romaine heart . . .
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The annual Sanlam Cape Town Marathon (42.2km), taking place on 23 September 2018, is a prestigious city race open to a range of running enthusiasts from elite athletes to social runners. With over 20 000 runners participating last year from all over the world, this marathon has grown to be one of the most popular road running events both locally and internationally. Carrol Boyes Functional Art, one of South Africa’s most luxurious home-wear brands was bestowed with the honour of designing the winner’s trophy for this prestigious event which will be presented by South African long distance runner, Elana Meyer. Meyer says, “The uniquely designed Carrol Boyes Cape Town Marathon trophy symbolises more than the celebration of victory - winners take home a piece of Cape Town that has been incorporated in the tough, water-wise leaves of the ‘Suurvy’ as part of the laurel wreath that circle the bowl to celebrate an exceptional experience winning Africa’s only Gold Label marathon!” Carrol Boyes says, “It was a great honour as a Capetonian and artist for my company to be asked to design the trophy for The Sanlam Cape Town Marathon.” About Madeleine Morgan, the designer of the trophy: Madeleine Morgan is a prototype and restoration artist as well as a designer, with an array of talents that include design, sketching and sculpting. She is happiest when getting her hands dirty and working on new designs, and finds it extremely satisfying to see her work through from its production stages to being put on display in a world-renowned store. After qualifying in Industrial Design at CPUT in 2004, Madi joined the company and soon made her mark. She now has several of her own designs. Madeleine says 'Suurvy - or sour fig - is a plant familiar to all Capetonians. You will find it thriving along wild open roads, cultivated suburban pavements and the like. It is known to be tough, water wise and tenacious, qualities which marathoners share. On this trophy, its bold leaves . . .
Cape Town, September 19th: On September 22nd a live auction will be held offering a wide variety of material for stamp collectors and philatelists. Among the items on offer are some unique and rare stamps as well as exceptional postal history items. Among the rarities is a unique block of stamps of the Republic of South Africa. It is described as follows: Lot 190: First RSA Definitives – 1972-74 issue on Phosphor paper (perf 12½) R1 Strelizia cylinder 553-555B block of 6, bottom pair with ORANGE OMITTED (including cyl no 554), middle pair with ORANGE PARTIALLY OMITTED, all in superb UM condition, a MOST SPECTACULAR and RARE ERROR (SG 325a, SACC 337a) catalogue value is R1 million, excluding any premium for the positional piece, which is probably unique! It is estimated to sell at R150,000 to R200,000. Besides this amazing piece, there are a number of other scarce items on offer to interest both the novice and the specialist collector. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
De-coding Stereotypical Thinking - Ole! Media Group working to narrow the gender gap in Media IT It’s 2018 and global research reports that gender bias still lurks within the work place – no shock there. However, because women are used to “doing it for themselves”, there are those intrepid females among us who stand up and say enough is enough and change the status quo. That was the case at Ole! Media Group when two young women joined the ranks and are now proving that transformation is underway in the tech space, within the media sector specifically, and provoked the launch of a campaign, the company hopes will encourage more organisations to follow suit. More than 10 years ago, when Luane Swart began her journey as part of the working class, all of her female classmates opted for jobs in teaching, beauty and early childhood development. It was a time when venturing into Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) were largely unfamiliar paths for South African women to pursue, and it was this very reason that drew Luane into the tech space. She recalls boasting to her parents as a little girl – saying that she’d be a boss with a briefcase one day. Never imagining that her briefcase would eventually turn into a backpack for her coding laptop. “I took an aptitude test to determine my career path and the results suggested that I become an Accountant. At that time, a college visiting my school, gave a tech presentation and I was wowed by the idea of becoming a Developer.” That presentation would be the push for Luane to pursue a career in tech and software development, where she began her studies as one of only six women in a class of 100 students. Where transformation begins – breaking down stereotypical thinking In an age where information is freely available, Luane says that the reason why few women occupy roles in the tech space is because schools do not provide enough education that encourages women to apply. She remembers a day where . . .