Experience an outdoor concert overlooking the Swartvlei lake for one night only. On the 11th of March, Lakeside Lodge & Spa will showcase a full orchestra accompanied by accomplished singers performing British patriotic favourites, classics and semi-classics. This family friendly event encourages guests to dress up in red, white and blue with a spot prize for the best dressed couple. This sold out event last year is a highlight on the Garden Route events calendar and is not to be missed. Love wine? And streetstyle food? Enjoy award-winning wines and a selection of street-style food prepared by Chef Kelly-Annie Pietersen and her team of chefs. Date: 11 March 2017 Time: 16:30pm Call: 044 343 1844 or email: email@example.com Book now:shop.benguelacove.co.za/products/last-night-of-the-proms-2017 CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Mhondoro Game Lodge has teamed up with a renowned international yoga instructor and detox specialist to present an exclusive 6-Day/5-Night Detox and Yoga Safari at the 5-star lodge in the Welgevonden Game Reserve (Limpopo), from 19 to 24 June 2017. The package includes 5 nights’ luxury accommodation and a complete detox programme with healthy meals and three detox juice fasting days, as well as personal coaching, yoga and meditation sessions, daily safaris, bushwalks and mindfulness walks, and three spa treatments, from R39 555 per person sharing. The Mhondoro Detox and Yoga Safari will be hosted by Monique Christiaans of Yoga Zenzo in the Netherlands. She says: ‘It is my dream to give people tools to live more consciously. I fulfill this mission by presenting retreats in nature, where it is possible to escape one’s busy life and relax completely in a beautiful, natural environment. During these six days you can recharge your batteries completely and at the same time become more aware of nutrition and the importance food, and what it does in your body.’ Myriam Vogel, the owner of Mhondoro Game Lodge says that the lodge, and Mhondoro Villa in particular, lends itself perfectly to hosting exclusive wellness events like this, with extensive decks and heated swimming pools overlooking the wilderness, a yoga room and two small gymnasiums, as well as a Spa suite with a bath outside on the deck. ‘We have put together a programme aimed at relaxation and intensive cleansing. In six days you will go on a transformative journey that will tell you more about yourself and your current lifestyle. So whether you want to lose some weight, get more balance in your life or just enjoy the breathtaking scenery and wildlife, this promises to be an unforgettable experience.’ The programme will focus on detoxing. Toxins enter the body through sprayed foods and chemical additives in food, cosmetics, air pollution and medicines, while stress further acidifies the body. Stored . . .
Voting is currently underway for the Klink Awards where Bouchard Finlayson has been nominated in the prestigious category of SA WINE ICONS. The Hemel-en-Aarde Valley winery is in good company, sharing the nomination with Beyerskloof, Waterford Estate and Groot Constantia. In its fifth year now, Wine Tourism South Africa’s Klink Awards is South Africa’s only wine consumer awards. Celebrating the country’s best in wine and food experiences, members of the public are invited to vote for their favourites across 13 categories. Voting closes on 10 March 2017. Vote online here: www.winetourismsouthafrica.co.za/vote-now/ Ever since Peter Finlayson established Bouchard Finlayson in 1989, the winery’s name has been internationally synonymous with excellence. Today, owned by the Red Carnation Hotels’ Tollman family and under the leadership of Victoria Tollman, founder Peter Finlayson and winemaker Chris Albrecht, 50% of its vineyards are devoted to the varietal for which it is most acclaimed – Pinot noir. Other cultivars under production include Chardonnay, Sauvignon blanc and Sangiovese, as well as a handful under exploration. Accolades include winning the South African Wine Index (SAWi) awards for Top Pinot Noir – Galpin Peak (2013, 2014, 2015 & 2016) and Top Red blend (other) - Hannibal (2014, 2015 & 2016), as well as being voted the No. 2 Top overall wine producer in both 2015 and 2016. Bouchard Finlayson is a World Wide Fund for Nature (WWF) Conservation Champion. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Times are tough. In November 2016 the South African unemployment rate hit a 13-year high, reaching a staggering 27.1% (News24). With many individuals and families struggling through tough economic times, people are looking for additional income opportunities to make ends meet. Direct selling is an exciting industry that provides anyone an opportunity to earn good money, in their own time, and have fun doing it. AMC Cookware offers South Africans an opportunity to either earn a much-needed supplement to their current income, or to become fully financially independent. This can be done by becoming a full-time or part-time AMC Consultant. The success stories of AMC Consultants are a great encouragement to others looking for ways to support themselves and their families. Many consultants have used the extra income to pay basics such as school fees, utility bills or groceries. Others have gone on to use that income for buying new cars and other luxuries they could otherwise not afford. AMC often runs in the family. Jason Anthony’s father, who joined AMC in 1971, was his inspiration to become an AMC Consultant. “I attended my first AMC conference when I was only one years old,” says Jason. “I was trained by my father, an icon in the business, and in 2005 I became the Area Manager at the Parow Sales Centre.” Jason was a highly successful Area Manager for 7 years before becoming the Provincial Manager for the Western Cape in 2012. Jason has travelled extensively with AMC to places like Bali, China, Portugal, Egypt, India, Thailand and Hong Kong. Jason says that his 7-year old son is already excited about becoming an AMC Consultant one day. “The best part of being with AMC is that it gives me the opportunity to build a family business legacy, because we at AMC empower people, and equip them for success.” Becoming an AMC Consultant is as simple as contacting the nearest AMC Sales Centre or signing up online: . . .
Candidates for teaching bursaries recommended by minibus taxi operators SA Taxi Foundation has launched its teaching bursary fund by awarding funds to two students entering their second year of teaching at the Wits College of Education. SA Taxi Foundation is the corporate social investment arm of SA Taxi, South Africa’s only independent financer of minibus taxis and one of the country’s few certified developmental credit providers. In awarding the bursaries, SA Taxi Foundation asked the College, as part of its selection process, to give priority to candidates recommended by taxi operators. . Wits made the final selection of Samkelo Thokwana, whose uncle is a taxi driver, and Sinegugu Ngobese, whose brother works in the taxi industry. “Our social investment strategy emphasises education because it is the basis of all transformation and development,” says SA Taxi, Queeneth Brown, SA Taxi Foundation Co-ordinator. “It also has an unlimited multiplier effect, in that one teacher empowers and educates thousands of students over his or her career. And, of course, those students ultimately influence the education of their children, and so on. “We therefore believe that helping to educate educators makes an ongoing, sustainable contribution to the country’s future. It’s a powerful way for a small company like ours to make a significant, lasting difference to the communities we serve.” For Thokwana, who grew up in Daveyton and attended school in Benoni, the bursary goes beyond providing him with the qualifications for a stable job. “Teaching is more than a paycheck. It affords me the opportunity to change lives for the better – and I don’t even have to be wealthy to do that. I can play a vital role in shaping the minds of future leaders. “The bursary also gives me peace of mind in terms of my studying. I don’t have to worry about whether I will be able to afford the last three years of the course.” Ngobese, from Nqutu in rural KwaZulu-Natal, . . .
NMMU golfer Mike Usendorff put his money where his mouth is to spend nearly 10 hours playing golf last year, raising funds for the Ernie Els For Autism Charitable Foundation as well as the KPMG Madibaz Golf Club. Driven by a need to give back to others, the 24-year-old player, in the final year of his marketing degree at NMMU, teed off at 7am and staggered off the Humewood course nine hours and 45 minutes later with 200 holes under his belt. This month Usendorff, who now works in Port Elizabeth, saw the fruits of his labours when he was able to donate a total of R46 000 to the relevant parties, which was split equally. The son of former Eastern Province amateur player Dave, who is well-known in television circles as a golf presenter, Usendorff said he had wanted to continue the legacy started by his father. "Way back in the 1980s, when my dad was at NMMU (then UPE), he set up a marathon playing, I think, 256 holes in about 13 hours," he said. Usendorff, who was part of the Madibaz team which won the University Sport South Africa golf title last year, said it was a lot about giving back to someone "who needs it a bit more than myself". He added that South African professional and four-time major winner Ernie Els had been a role model for many young golfers. "He is a friend of my dad so he has been a big part of our lives and what he has done to help young children is phenomenal. That's why I wanted to support the Els for Autism Charitable Foundation. "The main thing was giving back to the community, but also challenging my dad in a way, to show I could continue the Usendorff legacy." Although he started playing golf when he was 13, Usendorff said a hernia problem sidelined him for two years and he only resumed the sport seriously in the last two years. Playing off a handicap of three, he said the target was to get in 180 holes for the day. He ended up exceeding the target, averaging about 53 minutes per round. "I could only tee-off at . . .
FNB NMMU-Madibaz skipper Kevin Kaba is banking on his team's "never-say-die" attitude to help them overcome a tough period after two successive losses in the FNB Varsity Cup rugby competition. The Port Elizabeth university have faced formidable opponents in NWU-Pukke and UP-Tuks in their last two matches, but Kaba is determined to encourage his teammates to play to their potential. They face another demanding encounter when they take on Stellenbosch University in Stellenbosch on Monday. "It's been tough going down in the previous two games, especially in the manner in which we did," said Kaba as he looked back on their season so far. "But the team realise that these things are part of the game and we need to get ourselves back to the level we know we're capable of playing at." Despite the setbacks after a fine opening win over UCT, Kaba said he had been encouraged by the team's approach to their matches. "The guys' commitment and an attitude of always playing to the final whistle have been big positives and something that can't really be coached." The eighth man, who was the Player That Rocks in the UCT game, said they had already learnt some valuable lessons following the first three rounds of Varsity Cup action. "The main one has been how big a difference the so-called small things can make on the field. "For example, guys sticking to their roles on attack and being disciplined on defence are the sorts of things we realise we have to execute more effectively." He added they would place a strong focus on adhering to their roles, as well as aiming for better ball retention. "We knew how tough the competition would be before we started, but we just have to stick to our plans and work from there." Kaba said a number of players had stood out so far, but he stressed that their main focus was to deliver consistently good team performances. Looking ahead to Monday's clash against Maties, he said they knew they would have to be . . .
Carrick Wealth together with Signature of Hope Trust, launches its #StandUp campaign today. The aim of the campaign is to mobilise South Africans to stand up and be counted and assist with changing the lives of millions of children across Africa by donating funds towards the three beneficiaries of Chris Bertish’s SUP Crossing expedition – to build schools, provide meals and create smiles. Chris Bertish is currently completing the groundbreaking SUP Crossing, the main objective of which, is to cross the Atlantic Ocean on a stand-up paddle board, solo and unsupported to redefine what’s possible and to create a sustainable legacy by raising funds for: Signature of Hope Trust, Operation Smile SA and The LunchBox Fund. With a target of raising over 20 million rand, the goal is to make the entire project a completely self-sustainable initiative via an Annuity fund specifically set up and managed by the Carrick Wealth Investment Committee to establish recurring income for the beneficiaries. Working in conjunction with the beneficiaries, funds will be released on a regular basis, balancing operational requirements with capital protection. The #StandUp campaign has been created to not only assist Chris in reaching his goal, but to encourage the public to stand up and show support to these worthy causes. The idea is to get people to create their own personalised #StandUP sign or poster and then post a photo of it to social media, with the status “I #StandUp for #TheSupCrossing”, and include a short motivation why and then motivating their followers to like, share and donate to The Sup Crossing initiative. How to donate: • SMS STANDUP to 42146 • SMS costs R30 each • Network fees apply and no free SMS applicable • Funds donated will go directly towards to The SUP Crossing beneficiaries “We commend Chris for being an inspiration to all. He is a remarkable, skilled adventurer and motivator, and like him, we too, believe that nothing is impossible. The SUP Crossing . . .
OL Afrika Media & Arts Foundation is an organization for young artists and media practioners of South Africa. The organization aims to give empowerment, educate, inform, advocate and raise awareness for the support of up and coming Art and Media practioners. OL Afrika Media & Arts Foundation will be hosting an urgent media breakfast to discuss the way forward to assist Lebogang “Lee Elle” Monyatsi (a female model and aspiring actress living with a disability) to travel to UK regarding her participation at the Face of the Globe beauty pageant. Lebogang, has been wheelchair bound from age of three from falling ill with Polio. Lebogang will be representing South Africa at the “Face of the Globe” Pageant which is an annual international beauty pageant hosted over one week between UK and Disneyland Paris. Furthermore, she has tried tirelessly to raise funds on her own; however she could not on her own. We as an organization managed to get her a Morning live interview in December, however she did not receive any support from it whatsoever, we then took the responsibility to support, empower and assist her by raising the funds. To conclude, the aim for the media breakfast is to cater for relevant organization delegates to be hosted under one roof in order to afford us the opportunity to discuss this matter further. The other issue that we would like to discuss is how the public sector has failed us regarding to Lebogang Monyatsi a black, female, youth living with a disability. MEDIA BREAKFAST DETAILS: DATE: 21st FEBRUARY 2017 VENUE: Radisson Blu Gautrain Hotel, Rivonia Rd & West Street, Sandton, Johannesburg, 2196 TIME: 10:45am for 11:00am AGENDA: Registration: GUEST AND MEDIA DELEGATES Acknowledgement and Opening:OLIS MAVUSO Who are we (OL Afrika Media & Arts Foundation) - MPHO NTLATLENG Who is Lebogang Monyatsi : LEBOGANG “LEE ELLE” MONYATSI About Face of the Globe:LEBOGANG “LEE ELLE” MONYATSI Q . . .
Absa, title sponsors of the Absa Cape Epic, will provide 10 young Diepsloot Mountain Bike Academy (DMA) students with invaluable internship opportunities at one of the world’s toughest mountain bike stage races. Since 2004, Absa has been a proud and active supporter of the DMA, especially in its endeavour to leverage the sport of mountain-biking to provide change and positivity for the indigent youth from Diepsloot. In partnership with the DMA, and with the assistance of the event organisers and other event sponsors, Absa provided work exposure opportunities to 14 DMA students at the 2016 Absa Cape Epic. Over the last two years the DMA internship programme has been aligned to ReadytoWork, the bank’s pan-African employability initiative aimed at helping young people build the skills they need to make the critical transition from education into the world of work. This forms part of Absa’s commitment to Education and Skills development, one of three key focus areas of its Shared Growth strategy. This year, Absa is intensifying its commitment to the DMA via comprehensive pre-and-post event workshops that could enhance the prospects of the DMA interns securing further internship opportunities after the Absa Cape Epic. During the race itself, the DMA interns will gain valuable hands-on work experience under high-pressured circumstances across a number of job sectors including hospitality, bike mechanics, photography as well as marketing and public relations. The overriding objective of these work exposure opportunities at the Absa Cape Epic is to empower the youngsters with the requisite training and support to enhance their employment or self-employment prospects. Adam Brooke, Sponsorship Manager at Barclays Africa Group Limited, said: “We continuously aim to leverage our various sponsorship properties to generate opportunities that benefit our local communities. The DMA strives to assist the youth in their community and the projects they run are extremely . . .