The penultimate day of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race in South Africa’s Western Cape province added another twist to the 2016 tale with the rugged terrain delivering more tyre challenges that led to a shift in the overall podium positions with one day remaining. South Africans Matt Beers and Erik Kleinhans (Full Suss/Topeak Ergon/Red-E) stormed to yet another gutsy stage win to give them a total of four in six days. They moved up the General Classification to fifth, but it was ahead of them where the biggest shift occurred as Team Spur’s James Reid and Julian Jessop swapped places with The Dutch duo of Erik Groen and Jeroen Boelen (Stappennbelt Specialized) dropping down to fourth. The Dutchmen had an early puncture and spent most of the stage chasing alone, which saw them lose almost five minutes to their primary rivals. But for Kleinhans and Beers, it was a matter of hunting down another stage win after having lost any hope of a final overall podium after surrendering so much time on Day 2. It was their third stage win in succession on a day that saw the unforgiving terrain leave the race splintered, with teams finishing in ones and twos. The Imbuko Freewheel Cycology Momsen pair of Chris Wolhuter and Dylan Rebello set the early pace with a brazen attack shortly after the start. But the pair were reeled in after 35km once the terrain became more challenging. After a couple of days of dealing with tyre issues, race leaders Combrinck and Bell were back to their proactive selves, but were once again victims to a flat tyre, as were many other teams. Kleinhans and Beers escaped the tyre ire of the Karoo and clocked a winning time of 03 hours 18 minutes 11 seconds, almost two minutes clear of Estonian duo, Peeter Pruus and Peeter Tarvis (KOMO/RMW), who recovered well from two early punctures. Third place went to Reid and Jessop, another two minutes back. “We took a different strategy because once the racing got serious, . . .
SouthernX will be fully integrated into The SpaceStation as of 1 November to form a wholly publisher owned private media marketplace within Media24. This move will mean that The SpaceStation will be the only media sales house with expertise in both premium (including native) and programmatic, with the breadth and depth of inventory to back it up. Gustav Goosen, CEO of The SpaceStation says: “We are thrilled to have SouthernX on board and cannot wait to see the benefits of our range of programmatic offers roll out for our clients.” The new division will be headed up by SouthernX’s Managing Director Paula Raubenheimer who will become Head of Programmatic at The SpaceStation. Says Raubenheimer: “This integration is a strong reflection of the growing importance of programmatic in South Africa’s digital media space. For South Africa’s largest publisher to have made this move so that they can be certain that programmatic is 100% integrated into their existing sales teams, is a telling acknowledgement of the value of programmatic.” Gustav also notes that this move takes their competitive offering and the value they provide to clients to the next level: “We have always strongly believed in the effectiveness of premium ad campaigns. Now we are able to offer even more - a simpler solution that is a single point of contact for both premium and programmatic (RTB and Premium Direct) ad buys, giving clients strong, engaging and strategic campaigns that use the best of both approaches across a network of SA’s largest digital publishers, largely driven by 24.com at Media24.” The integration means that The SpaceStation’s programmatic offering will be even more agnostic in terms of both technology and buyers. SouthernX essentially becomes The SpaceStation’s platform agnostic Sell-Side Platform (SSP) able to plug into App Nexus, Google Ad Exchange and others in the near future. As one of the first media exchange market places in South Africa, SouthernX have always been . . .
Dealmaking history was made last week when the third largest M&A deal in the world and the largest by far in South African corporate history closed on Monday (10 October 2016). Valued at approximately USD 108 billion, AB InBev’s acquisition of SABMiller has created the largest brewer in the world. Ezra Davids, chairman of Bowmans Corporate/ M&A Department, says "We are proud of the work done by our multi-disciplinary team to assist SABMiller in this ground-breaking transaction with AB InBev. The fact that we were able to advise on both South African and African legal aspects confirms that our integrated approach to serving clients as one firm across the continent is delivering top-class results.” The transaction was recently named Global M&A Deal of the Year by The American Lawyer. The Global Legal Awards honours law firms that played a substantial role in the most distinguished international work performed between 1 January 2015 and 15 April 2016. Charles Douglas, head of Bowmans M&A Practice, says "Our team of M&A specialists working with our competition/ anti-trust, tax, employment and regulatory law (including BEE, exchange control and financial regulation) experts across our various offices in Africa is privileged to have advised on such a unique transaction.” The news follows closely on the announcement of Bowmans new brand as well as three African Legal Award wins - Banking, Finance and Restructuring Team of the Year, Employment Team of the Year, and Property Team of the Year. The firm was also ‘highly commended’ in two other African Legal Award categories - African Law Firm of the Year and IP Team of the Year and has been named Africa Legal Adviser by DealMakers for the last two consecutive years (2014 and 2015) and South African Law Firm of the Year for 2016 by the Who’s Who Legal. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .
Olympic Games athletes Ruswahl Samaai and Lynique Prinsloo were named sports stars of the year at the University of Johannesburg's awards gala dinner at the Johannesburg Country Club on Thursday night. Both student-athletes compete in the track and field discipline of long jump and made their mark in South African athletics this year to qualify for the Rio Olympics. Samaai was voted Sportsman of the Year after finishing ninth in Rio in August with a leap of 7.97 metres, despite competing in the final with a hamstring injury. The 25-year-old started the year with a bang when he set a national record of 8.18m at the World Indoor Championships in Portland, Oregon, in the United States in March. The former Paarl Gymnasium pupil, who is studying transport management, took his form into the national championships at Stellenbosch in early April to win gold with an impressive jump of 8.34m. He also collected victories in the Varsity Athletics competition in March, the University Sport South Africa (Ussa) champs in Polokwane in April and the African Championships in Durban in June, where he recorded a distance of 8.41m. Prinsloo, who grew up in Springs but now commutes between Pretoria and Johannesburg, was named Sportswoman of the Year after a string of successes, including a gold-medal performance at the SA champs. The 25-year-old education student, who placed 33rd in Rio after jumping 6.10m, also dominated the Varsity Athletics events and secured titles at the Ussa champs and the Central Gauteng Athletics meeting in Germiston. Rio Paralympics long jumper Andrea Dalle Ave, who was recently named Gauteng Sports Personality of the Year, was the runner-up in the men's category. He also won a Grand Prix meeting in Germany and came first in the Central Gauteng Athletics meeting for able-bodied persons. The runner-up spot in the women's category went to Olympian Anel Oosthuizen, who placed 63rd in Rio in the 20km walk and fourth at the African . . .
For an evening of superb musical entertainment and feel-good 1960s nostalgia, you need look no further than the Roxy Revue Bar, GrandWest. Taking to the stage in November is Shout! The Mod Musical, a vibrant and inspiring celebration of womanhood and the musical hits of the 1960s. From miniskirts and go-go boots to lonely hearts and complicated relationships, this show is pure entertainment that will leave you shouting for more! Originally created for Off-Broadway by Phillip George and David Lowenstein, Shout! is a high energy swing through the music, style and vibe of London in the 1960s. Five very different girls, identified only by the colour of their clothing, rely on the trendy magazine SHOUT! for the latest in music and fashion trends. And, of course, the rather dubious relationship advice offered by the magazine’s agony aunt, Gwendolyn Holmes. Through a decade of emotional highs and lows – and great music – the five girls each experience a rite of passage to discover their true selves. This hilarious, foot-tapping musical journey weaves the changing attitudes of the time with well-loved and nostalgic hits by such greats as Shirley Bassey, Petula Clark, Cilla Black, Lulu, and Dusty Springfield. You’ll sway and clap along as hit follows hit, including Downtown, You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me, Son of a Preacher Man, Goldfinger, Don’t Sleep in the Subway and many more. The exceptional all-female cast includes the performing talents of Laura Bosman, Melissa Sanderson, Christine Thonissen, Enyha Swanepoel and Megan Spencer. Garth Tavares provides Direction, Musical Direction and Choreography. Tavares previously directed Shout! in 2012, which was sold-out and won awards for Best Musical, Best Director of a Musical, and Best Actress in a Musical which was shared by all five performers. Relive the music, dancing and dynamic energy of a time when you actually had to have talent to become famous. Shout! The Mod Musical can be seen at the Roxy Revue Bar, . . .
COLLINGWOOD, ONTARIO, CANADA 19 OCTOBER 2016 – The Obstacle Course World Championships took place this past week in the Blue Mountain Resort in Canada, from 14th to the 16th October 2016, attracting over 4,000 athletes from 43 countries. Three Jeep Team athletes qualified and were selected for Team South Africa. The Obstacle Course World Championships is a single event created to unify, promote and increase participation in the sport of OCR, while celebrating its amazing athletes and community. It was a tough but very rewarding weekend for Jeep Team athletes, Thomas Van Tonder, Jay Jay Deysel and Carina Marx, who participated on a world platform against the best in the world. Jeep Team’s Carina Marx and Thomas van Tonder raced in the OCR World Champs Pro Race with 914 male and female athletes from forty-three countries, all converging on to a 15-km long course tackling over forty obstacles with names like Dragon’s Back, Skull Valley, Mini Platinum Rig, Floating Boards, F5 Skyline, Urban Sky, Warped Wall, Wreck Bag Carry, and more. This Pro field race had no age groups, with mixed genders racing together - all the world’s best obstacle course racers only competing for the title of World Champion, and some of the biggest cash prizes in the sport. Carina Marx performed at world-class level leaving no prisoners, finishing in an outstanding 12th female overall out of 43 women challengers, in a phenomenal time of 2:18:27. The average time taken to complete the Pro Race across male and female racers was 2:53:24. South Africa’s top OCR Champion, Thomas Van Tonder, took part in 2 races in the OCR World Champs. His first race, the World Champs Pro race, was as tough as they come against the toughest OCR athletes in the world. Van Tonder gave it everything finishing in a phenomenal 16th place overall out of 169 male participants, in a time of 1:37:40, just 8 minutes behind the overall winner. Jon Albon (UK) took the win in the Pro men’s event in a time of . . .
WESTERN CAPE – With just two days to go, the Meerendal Wine Estate in Durbanville is geared to welcome athletes from across South Africa competing in the seventh edition of the Jeep Warrior Series, powered by Reebok, which takes place from 22 to 23 October 2016. The rugged Jeep Warrior Series is led by the Jeep brand, so participants will have to pit themselves against mud, water, bridges, slides, ladders, climbing nets, monkey ropes and all sorts of fun and challenging terrain and obstacles. Playing host to a number of national and international athletic events, the 300-year-old wine estate boasts an extensive network of mountain biking, walking and running trails – an ideal backdrop for the Jeep Warrior Race #7 in the Jeep Warrior series. Says Jonathan Hart, Advendurance event organiser and Jeep Warrior Series Course Designer, “What makes the Jeep Warrior Series so popular is that it caters to all fitness levels and age groups; all you need is a pair of trainers and a sense of adventure to enter. Meerendal Wine Estate is an excellent venue and we are excited to be back in Cape Town. There is something for everyone and much fun to be had. So bring your crew along for a fantastic day of OCR.” Competition in Black Ops and Black Ops Elite races is fierce and presents the toughest of courses, set over 15 - 20 km with up to 30 obstacles, matching world OCR standards. It is the most challenging category, combining both Rookie and Commando obstacles with the addition of endurance obstacles that involve carrying and dragging heavy objects for set distances. A less-challenging alternative to the extreme Black Ops course is Warrior Commando, which covers 10 to 14km with approximately 15 obstacles. This course is the perfect team-building experience for couples, friends, and work colleagues. Warrior Commando Elite, the next level up, forbids teams or assistance with other participants, and all obstacles have to be completed in order to qualify. Warrior Rookie . . .
South Africans Erik Kleinhans and Matt Beers turned up the heat even further on Thursday to win Stage 4 of the Cape Pioneer Trek international mountain bike stage race; as overall leaders, Gawie Combrinck and Nico Bell, lost a chunk of their advantage when they endured mechanical problems. Day 5 of the race took riders on a 94km leg from the lush green forests of George to the hot, dry Karoo region and the finish in Oudtshoorn. The mercury was in the high 30s, adding a further challenge to the riders who were also faced with unforgiving, rough terrain that saw numerous riders suffer tyre problems, including the leaders in three categories – Men, Women and Mixed. Kleinhans and Beers (Full Sus/Topeak Ergon/Red-E), clearly the strongest team in the race on Thursday, clocked a winning time of 03 hours 23 minutes 35 seconds. They were followed home 2:39 later by the Swiss/German pair of Konny Looser and Daniel Gathof, who out-dashed Team Spur’s James Reid and Julian Jessop for the runner-up spot. Combrinck and Bell (NAD Pro) finished 7:16 down, leaving a noticeable dent in the 10-plus-minute lead they held at the start of the day. They still hold a relatively comfortable 8:05 gap over second-placed Looser and Gathof, with the Dutch pairing of Erik Groen and Jeroen Boelen (Stappenbelt Specialized) at 10:39 back in third. After leading the race on Day 1, Kleinhans and Beers dropped well down on Day 2 due to Kleinhans suffering with illness. Kleinhans is clearly back to full health but they’re still too far down on time to be a threat to the overall podium. However, their aggression is certainly adding pressure to the other teams, which is making for an exciting contest at the sharp end and could still see a further shake up in the podium dice over the final two days. “Two days ago the sealant in our tyres wasn’t doing its job and we had to stop and plug small holes. Today was a different story. The rough terrain through the Chandelier Reserve saw Gawie smack . . .
Cape Town, South Africa – October 20 2016- #CNNiReport – TGIF Zone has taken a bold step by launching its new mobile social media application TGIF for Android and IOS. TGIF “Thank God It’s Friday” is an application that allows users to share their images with their followers with a small twist, once a picture has been taken or uploaded, it is blurred and cannot be altered in any way only allowing the user to choose whether or not they would like to share it with their followers. TGIF is intended to give the general public a chance to share precious memories and still maintain the original moment. It is aimed at allowing users to share what they like with a build up that in turn makes Fridays very memorable. Unlike other social media mobile apps, TGIF doesn't allow users to like or favorite pictures. Instead it lets them add other users images to their trays and in turn shows them to their followers whilst saving them from being deleted for another week. This all contributes to a picture sharing experience unlike any that has been available on social media. It has simply given a whole new meaning to social media picture sharing that goes against the norm. Some may think that something that you cannot alter to your liking is simply not ideal for such an application, especially one that doesn’t allow you to see them unless you use a “selfie camera”. TGIF Zone Co-Founder Panashe Muzamhindo has clearly stated why he believes this is the key feature that will separate it from the rest and give it an edge. “When you look at it, social media has created an unrealistic ideal image for everyone,” said Panashe. “See, whether you’re a stay at home mom or a gym coach, an industry standard has been set to tell you exactly how you should look which has been exaggerated by the ability to enhance these images. There was a time when a moment could be shared and appreciated in its raw state with all its imperfections; that is what we strive for.” TGIF is available on the . . .
South Africa’s rugby fraternity can look forward to working with five former Springboks as part of the Investec International Rugby Academy’s courses which will be held at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg these December holidays. Among the iconic line-up of coaches spending a week with aspiring players (aged 7 to 17) and school coaches are former Springbok players Braam van Straaten (fly-half), Dick Muir (centre), Andre Pretorius (fly-half), Ian MacDonald (flank) and Marius Hurter (prop); as well as former Bath Rugby player Hentie Maartens (scrum-half) and current Sharks Strength and Conditioning Coach Mark Steele. The Investec International Rugby Academy’s players’ and coaches courses will take place from 10 to 16 December at St Charles College in Pietermaritzburg. Visit www.investecacademy.com or contact Bernadine on 031 940 5565 or firstname.lastname@example.org. CLICK HERE to submit your press release to MyPR.co.za. . . .