IOPEN LETTER: WHITES: TAKE UP THE CHALLENGE 'Whites' – a human phenomenon with a unique connotation in South Africa – is not a homogeneous entity; they are a very diverse group. Among them are the rich and the poor; from very rich to very poor. They fit into all the status strata in society, from very important to where they are deemed to no longer count. Some have benefitted through apartheid, others didn't. Some found a way to survive and even prosper in the New South Africa, others can’t. Some speak English and others Afrikaans and somehow this is still an issue. Some have two passports and others don't. Some want to leave South Africa, but can't; others can but choose to stay. Some are racist; others less so. I find myself somewhere among all of this. For some reason writing a piece of this nature is an uncomfortable exercise. There are two reasons for this. The one is that I've never been into fighting for a group based on its colour, and then there's this subtle expectation for me to remain silent, not to do the unpopular thing, not speaking my mind, but to take what's coming my way and to take my punishment for the sins of my forebears. Within my relative safety I am therefore tempted to remain quiet, hoping things will get better on its own, but quietly knowing it won't, unless I, and others like me, make a difference. Within the space South Africa finds itself, anti-white rhetoric is acceptable – even popular – the promotion of all-out black empowerment is applauded while the protection of anything white amounts to racism. This situation is so dire that the massacre of white farmers (under cover of the lack of condemnation and political will at the top) has almost become a non-event, even among Whites. We hear about it, we're getting used to it, there's nothing we can do about it and we move on. Whites have adhered to a subtle broad social expectation to remain quiet; as if we are not allowed to speak out, to honestly say how we feel, in case we might be . . .
The 7th Annual Career and Training Expo (CTEX) will take place on Wednesday 26th to Thursday 27th July 2017 at the LOOK-Out, V&A Waterfront. The CTEX Career Expo provides the perfect opportunity for organisations to promote their courses, employment opportunities, products or brand to a large captive audience. This event is one of the largest Career and Training Expo's in South Africa. What are the benefits of exhibiting at the expo? * Interactively demostrate courses and course content * Recruitment Agencies and Companies can Recruit new staff on the spot * Build brand awareness for your organisation * Promote your organisation through your stand * Exhibitors are able to Create a quality database * Interactively demonstrate course content * Network with other exhibitors and organisations * Enhance PR Opportunities * Get immediate feedback on your course range For more information on making a booking for the expo or to receive further information contact CTEX on +27 21 465 3425 or E-mail email@example.com CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
A young man discovers VR at a Serious About Games pop-up gaming event at Langa Sports Centre. Photo: Xola dos Santos A digital game competition is set to give Western Cape residents the opportunity to drive social change in their communities. “The Serious About Games initiative uses a new approach to address the challenges facing the province’s poorest residents,” said Alan Winde, Minister of Economic Opportunities. Four teams have been selected as semi-finalists and have been awarded R50 000 to develop the prototype of their game, which must be ready for final judging by 24 March. The project is a collaboration between the Western Cape Department of Economic Development and Tourism, the Cape Innovation and Technology Initiative (CiTi), Interactive Entertainment South Africa (IESA), 67 Games, and the Cape Craft and Design Institute (CCDI). Minister Winde said the Serious About Games initiative called for game developers to work with communities to create a game which would allow residents to reimagine their communities, with a focus on better access to economic opportunities. “We asked gamers to partner with community organisations to look at the biggest social and economic challenges caused by apartheid urban planning,” Minister Winde said. “The focus is on creating a platform for innovative community-sourced solutions to these problems. We also hope to foster a culture of innovation in our communities. As government, we are thinking of new ways to obtain data and trends we can use to make sure our projects are responsive to residents’ needs. “We’ve seen how the fourth industrial revolution continues to disrupt the economy, and it also presents alternative pathways to connect with citizens to improve government services,” said Minister Winde. Michelle Matthews, Head of Innovation at CiTi, said: “We are seeing a growing community of professionals from different backgrounds coming together to use games as a platform for education and learning across sectors, . . .
African Continental road champion Willie Smit will lead Team RoadCover's charge in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope in the Cape Winelands from March 6 to 10. Photo: Supplied Having recovered from a year hampered by injury, professional road cyclist Willie Smit is looking forward to making his mark when his team compete in the Bestmed Tour of Good Hope next month. The 24-year-old Team RoadCover rider is fresh from capturing the African Continental Championships road race title in Egypt at the weekend and has now turned his attention to the five-day tour in the Cape Winelands. Presented by Scicon and the City of Drakenstein, the 490km race from March 6 to 10 will see many of South Africa's top riders, mixed with international contenders, competing for the newly named Phil Liggett Tribute trophies. Smit, who placed third in the road race at the national championships in Wellington the previous weekend, left no doubt of his team's intentions in the build-up to the Cycling South Africa-sanctioned event. "We are aiming for the overall classification win," he said. "Stage victories and winning jerseys are good, but basically we have an all or nothing mindset in targeting the GC." He acknowledged that riders needed to maintain their concentration throughout a tour of this nature. "You can lose it at any time if you are not fully focused," he said. Smit, who lives in Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, suffered a broken collarbone and shoulder muscle injuries after an accident in France last year, but has now fully recovered and is eager to prove his worth over a week of international competition. "I was in a bad state of mind after my injury in France as I had reached a peak, which is often difficult to achieve. "But I came back to South Africa to take a break and undergo rehab. I have seen a lot of medical professionals and everything heals with time." Smit, who won the Bestmed Jock Tour in his hometown last year, said he was grateful he could compete again, thanks to the . . .
Riders in the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek can look forward to a premium experience on and off the bike when the event is held from May 26 to 28. Photo: Photo: Warren Elsom/Capcha Photography Organisers of the PwC Great Zuurberg Trek are doggedly focused on providing a premium experience to live up to the mountain bike event's tagline of "Great Outdoors. Great Indoors. Great Impact". The three-stage race, which takes place from the Zuurberg Mountain Village near Port Elizabeth from May 26 to 28, not only provides the riders with spectacular scenery, but they will be able to revel in a luxury lifestyle once the day's challenge is over. Race founder Trevor Hayter, who initiated the event with his brother Rob alongside Mountain Events, said their objectives were to provide a memorable three days for the entrants, both on and off the bike. "I think if you look at the tagline, we really do have three very diverse days of riding, making it a great outdoors experience," he said. Some remote sections of the Addo Elephant National Park serve as the backdrop on the opening day when riders descend into a gorge previously only accessed by cattle and horses. The second stage takes them along the northern ridge of the Zuurberg mountains, while the final day provides some classic single-track riding in the area around Hayterdale Trails before the field summit the mountain to the finish at the hotel. Hayter said their objective was to complement the riding with a number of quality accommodation options. While there are several possibilities, he said they had no doubt their newly-introduced silver package of R4 900 per rider offered the best value. Hayter pointed out that the bronze option - aimed at participants who live nearby - came in at R3 900 without accommodation, while an upgrade to the silver package provided you with many more amenities. "These include three nights' accommodation and two dinners at the Addo Elephant National Park, as well as a shuttle service by our . . .
Crystal Lagoons, the international water innovation company and developer of the ‘world’s top amenity’, able to bring an idyllic beach lifestyle to anywhere in the world, has teamed up with leading Egyptian real estate development company, Madaar Development to create two stunning lagoons surrounded by sandy beaches at the US$400 million Azha resort being built at Ain Sokhna in Egypt. Combined, the crystal-clear lagoons will total over 16 hectares, spanning 6.4 hectares and 10.2 hectares with completion expected at the end of 2018. This will play a vital role in the appeal of Azha, a high-end waterfront luxury residential development that is being described as ‘the new capital of Egypt’, on the increasingly popular western Red Sea coast. The announcement marks Crystal Lagoons’ 11th project in Egypt, which is emerging as a key market for the world-leading leisure amenity. Since the rapid adoption of this concept in Egypt, Crystal Lagoons has established an office in Cape Town, South Africa, and is also working in East and West Africa. Alastair Sinclair, Crystal Lagoons’ Director for Sub-Saharan Africa, said of the announcement: “Our patented technology and successful business model adds significant value to a development at a very low cost, and it provides substantial Return on Investment in these developments. We have seen a lot of interest from South African developers, and in some East and West African countries. We look forward to announcing a project in South Africa soon.” The 1.6 million-square-metre Azha development will feature a five-star line-up of luxurious amenities including spacious village residences, hotels and serviced apartments, a golf course and clubhouse, shops, community centres, a beach club, sports facilities and parks, and is expected to be fully operational by 2020. The crystal-clear lagoons, which will be the centre piece of the project, will provide ample space for a range of watersports including swimming, kayaking, paddle . . .
South Africa's best products recognised through market-leading independent consumer survey 24 February 2017, Johannesburg - Product of the Year, the world’s largest consumer-voted awards programme, last night announced the recipients of this accolade for 2017, at a gala event hosted at The Galleria in Sandton, Johannesburg. Product of the Year is the nation’s largest independent consumer survey, conducted by leading global information and measurement company Nielsen, which seeks to reward product innovation based on the endorsements of over 5,000 consumer households. Established 30 years ago in France, Product of the Year currently operates in 38 countries with the aim of guiding consumers and helping them find the best new products and services in their market, while also rewarding manufacturers for quality and innovation. “In this highly competitive and cluttered market making informed purchase decisions can be extremely confusing for consumers,” states Preetesh Sewraj, CEO and Chief Innovation Analyst at Product of the Year South Africa. “With limited expendable income consumers are often unable to test and trial every offering on the market, which is why we aim to take the guesswork out of this process for local consumers, effectively giving them a shortcut to the check-out counter while also saving them time and money.” According to Sewraj, the Product of the Year third-party endorsement programme helps to clear the clutter as only the best quality products and services can stand up to this level of independent scrutiny. “It therefore offers the ideal platform for companies to prove to customers why they should purchase their product above all others,” he states. To enter, brands submit products for inclusion through an opt-in process in a variety of categories. Winner are chosen through a robust research process that employs best in class research techniques to understand consumer perception of innovation in the market. In its infancy, Product of the . . .
Johannesburg 24 February 2017 - In a world filled with violence, terrorism and injustice, to many, the idea of peace has become merely just a vision as these unsettling acts continue to affect innocent people in communities around the globe. Violence serves as a reminder of how relevant and necessary peace is in today’s society. The Peace is Possible campaign encourages all individuals and communities to come together to overcome obstacles that stand in the way of peace. Youth-led organisation Junior Chamber International South Africa (JC1) believes that the collective actions of community coalitions will bring humanity closer to establishing an everlasting world peace. For this reason, JCI South Africa, through the Peace is Possible campaign chaired by Mr Tshepo Thlaku, seeks to foster an environment where shared collaboration and open dialogue occur between all sectors of society, making peace more than just a vision — but a possibility. The campaign mobilizes young people worldwide to create awareness, advocate, take action and commit to an everlasting world peace. The worldwide adoption of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development is just one step toward achieving this peace. As JCI, we believe that it will take the collaborative effort of active citizens everywhere, working to advance these 17 goals, to make peace possible. The dialogue – titled Peace, Equality and Justice - will take place at Regiment, 35 Ferguson Road, Sandton on the 28th of February, from 18:00 – 20:00. The dialogue will be moderated by Mr Thlaku, with JCI Secretary General – Mr Arrey Obenson as one of the panel members alongside Betreace Achaleka – Author of Follow me to Africa, JCI SOUTH Africa National President – Bridgett Majola, JCI Tshwane Local Treasurer – Kholisa Ngalo and Founder and CEO of Her Luxury Material - Ms Dorothy Amuah. JCI focuses on developing skills, knowledge and understanding among young South Africans. The purpose of the organisation is to empower youth to be . . .
Being diagnosed with cancer is a daunting experience and most patients appreciate all the support they can get to deal with the challenges of diagnosis and treatment. It is for this reason that the cancer support group, Hold my Hand, has been established at Netcare Clinton Hospital in Alberton, Johannesburg. The manager of the oncology centre at Netcare Clinton Hospital, Pogiso Tlholoe, says that in addition to appropriate medical treatment, social and emotional support can greatly assist patients in dealing with the disease and its treatment. “Netcare Clinton Hospital is therefore pleased to partner with support groups such as Hold my Hand, an outstanding initiative which was started at the hospital by cancer survivor, Claire McLoughlin. Through various means, including counselling, the organisation aims to ensure that oncology patients do not feel alone and unsupported,” notes Tlholoe. According to Tlholoe, 4 February was World Cancer Day and the hospital’s oncology centre, together with Hold my Hand and the Cancer Angels Network, commemorated it through a special function held at the facility recently. “The aim of World Cancer Day is to make the public more aware of, and educate them on the scourge of cancer and the causes, signs, symptoms and treatment of all forms of the disease. The early detection and treatment of cancer saves lives, so this is a most worthy cause and one that is fully supported by Netcare Clinton Hospital. “Hold my Hand is a support group for cancer patients by cancer patients, and was established at the hospital to mark World Cancer Day a year ago on 16 February 2016,” explains Tlholoe. “We therefore took the opportunity to commemorate both World Cancer Day and the establishment of this important support group, which has already touched the lives of many oncology patients.” “Claire McLoughlin was a patient at the hospital and felt that there was a great need for a support group for both newly-diagnosed cancer patients as well as those . . .
Pearson High School swimming star Ian Venter has shown outstanding form this season, but he knows he will need all his wits about him when he challenges for the SPAR River Mile title on Sunday. The 17-year-old matric pupil, runner-up to Daniel Jones last year, is looming as one of the favourites for the men's feature event when the two-day SPAR Summer Festival reaches a climax in the resort town of Cannonville just outside Port Elizabeth this weekend. The festival will end with the women's and men's races taking place at 1.30pm and 2.30pm in the Sundays River respectively. Given the legacy of the River Mile, Africa's oldest open water swimming event which started in 1924, Venter said he was keen to deliver a good performance. But he does not want to put any pressure on himself or reveal any particular strategy for the race. "My goal for the River Mile includes just swimming my own race and fixing a few mistakes I've made in the race in the past," he said. "I just want to race it as well as I can after the Stellenbosch leg of the Grand Prix circuit the day before where I will be competing in the 50m and 200m backstroke." Venter, who has grown up in Port Elizabeth, said tactics played a critical role in open water swimming, compared to the pool. The lines you swim and the current had to be taken into account, he said. "The River Mile always tends to be a tough race and things always get interesting with the run out of the water. "This often determines the difference between first and second." Venter, who attended Summerwood Primary before moving to Pearson, said he was pleased with his form as he focused on the national championships in early April. "But there is definitely still work to be done and some small things to get right in the last few weeks." He said his biggest achievements this season had been winning the open provincial titles in the 200m backstroke and the 400m, 3 000m and 5 000m freestyle. "Other achievements . . .