Around the globe, millions of people, businesses, and landmarks set aside an hour to host events, switch off their lights, and make noise for climate change action. This year Earth Hour is at 8:30pm on 25 March 2017. "You can celebrate Earth Hour in a slightly different and completely guilt free way," says Alan Straton from Straton Solar who says that using green energy is the biggest and most visible way to make a noise for climate change. "Celebrate your commitment to our planet and your installation of energy saving solar panels on your roof by shining a light onto them during earth hour with the rest of your property in darkness," suggests Straton. The World Wildlife Fund (WWF) is the parent organisation of Earth Hour and started Earth Hour with teams and partners in Sydney, Australia back in 2007 with a lights-off event. Starting in 2007 as a single-city event, Earth Hour is now celebrated across all continents. In the past decade, as global climate efforts gained momentum, Earth Hour has helped bridge the gap between the grassroots and the corridors of power, taking climate action from conference rooms to living rooms. It has empowered millions to support and participate in critical climate and conservation projects led by WWF and many others, helping drive climate policy, awareness and action. From the shores of Argentina where Earth Hour helped mobilize public support for the creation of a 3.4 million hectare-wide marine protected area, to the heart of Uganda where local communities and businesses helped create the first Earth Hour forest, the movement’s impact has been a game-changer for popularizing climate action. "We started Earth Hour in 2007 to show leaders that climate change was an issue people cared about. For that symbolic moment to turn into the global movement it is today, is really humbling and speaks volumes about the powerful role of people in issues that affect their lives," said Siddarth Das, Executive Director, Earth Hour . . .
In 2016 the 24 Hour Sailing Challenge record on the North End Lake was set by Team Sonnet from the Algoa Bay Yacht Club who completed 60 nautical miles in the 24 hour period. The winning team from the Redhouse Yacht Club, 'The Dark Side' won this year's event and smashed the record by sailing 101.5 nautical miles in 24 hours. Five teams from the Redhouse Yacht Club, two from Algoa Bay Yacht Club, one from the East London Yacht Club and one from NMMU took part in this gruelling challenge which saw these 9 teams - up from 6 last year - pit their wits and stamina against each other in two man boats sailing shifts over 24 hours in winds that were consistently above 15 knots and gusting 30 knots whilst one team paddled for 24 hours. Saturday saw the boats sailing a port around, anti-clockwise course from opposite the EP Powerboat Club to a mark off of Milner Avenue, reaching to a mark off of the corner of Coca Cola and then straight back to the EP Powerboat Club. The easterly wind was consistent and in the teens up until 10:00 pm when the wind shifted to the west and the boats changed direction to sail a starboard around clockwise course. The gybe mark saw many boats capsize as they rounded the mark in the dark with the wind gusts from the Northern side of the North End Lake catching many exhausted crews unawares. Sailing in the dark at 3:00 am caught one of the Sonnet teams - 'Mommy's Darlings' - unaware as they capsized close to the pump house and were washed onto the rocks and out of the race. The youth team - 'Windpower' sponosored by green energy company Metrowind and consisting of sailors from Parsons Hill and Herbert Hurd Primary Schools sailed two rounds of the course and elected to wait out the strong winds on the course. Unfortunately for them the strong winds never abated and they got to spend time swimming and relaxing in the waters of the North End Lake. The first five teams home all sailed further than the winning team of 2016: The . . .
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Desirous of forming a Special Rates Area for Central, at a meeting held at the Mandela Bay Development Agency on 11 November 2015, Central residents, property and business owners appointed an interim committee to take the necessary steps towards the establishment of the Central SRA. Based on a fundamental need to improve the area that the residents of Central reside in, the property owners within the Central area will now formally apply for the registration of the Central SRA. A Special Rating Area is a geographic area within the jurisdiction of a Municipality, determined or to be determined by the Municipality Council in terms of Section 22 of the Municipal Rates Act 6 of 2004 as an area within which an additional rates amount shall be levied by the Municipality and paid over to a community owned Company for its sole use in improving aspects of service delivery within that geographic area. A number of Public Participation meetings are planned for residents on 29 November at the Union Cricket Club and 1 December at the MBDA, Tramways Building. Both meetings will be from 17h30 to 19h00. The Central SRA website (www.centralsra.co.za) is active and allows residents to quickly determine the exact amount that each will contribute towards the Special Rated Area as well as allowing each owner to complete and sign an online consent form. Feedback from the Public Participation meetings and via the web site will allow residents and owners to gain clarity on the formation of the Central SRA. Speaking from personal experience the Executive Mayor of Nelson Mandela Bay gave the Central SRA the thumbs up saying; "The Richmond Hill SRA has been a huge success, mostly ridding the area of serious crime & grime. The rejuvenation of this suburb has resulted in improved cleanliness, massive property value appreciation and the establishment of a popular restaurant hub. For just a small rates increase, the residents of Richmond Hill have benefited immensely." Interim . . .
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French acrobats Delphine Lechifflart and Franck Rabilier are sailing down to Port Elizabeth, after their second South African stop in Durban, to perform their acrobatic shows from their sailboat, La Loupiote at the Algoa Bay Yacht Club during November. The couple will use the mast, boom, rigging and other parts of their yacht as stage to exhibit their acrobatics prowess at three shows on 18, 19 and 20 November 2016 on their yacht moored off ABYC. The troupe have performed their show around the world with stops in France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Caribbean Islands, East Canada, Bermudas, Panama, Costa Rica, Mexico, Hawaii Islands, West Canada, USA, French Polynesia, New Zealand, Australia and New Caledonia. The Port Elizabeth shows will feature two unusual silent productions inspired by circus, dance and theater on a sailboat. These routines were initially created for the Society of the Old Quays of Montreal (where the couple performed over 150 shows). The first show, 'The Sailors', inspired by Buster Keaton and silents films, is a parody of navigational manoeuvres that poke fun at the mishaps of maladroit navigators. The second show, 'Between wing and island' deals with male-female relationships in a spectacle of aerial choregraphy and acrobatics in a duet that ranges from love, humour and poetry to earth, sea and sky. Lechifflart and Rabilier met in Paris in 1992 through friends while Lechifflart was studying art history at the school of the Musée de Louvre. Rabilier was an engineer and consultant, but his heart lay elsewhere. Rabilier, went to a circus training school as a child in Reims, about 80 miles from France, and caught the performing bug. His parents weren't keen on the circus as a career choice, steering young Franck into engineering instead. But his interest in performing was kindled. After meeting Lechifflart, Rabilier started teaching her acrobatics. At first it was just for fun, but over the next decade they started working at . . .
Many will say that South Africa is a strange country. Beset as we are with many interest groups requiring attention even a learn to sail programme on the most basic level is beset with 'ground rules' when money is made available from interest groups with deep enough pockets to sponsor grassroots sport. Experts say that the best way to get 'Cinderella Sports' out into the mainstream is to break into schools. Once you have the support of a school sport programme then your job becomes a whole lot easier. Consider sports that are not able to take place on school grounds - like sailing which is also not strictly a team sport then you will realise the challenges faced by sailing enthusiasts that desperately want to share their sport with younger children. Educational Specialists point to Chess as a vital support skill to learn in support of Maths. Sailing Specialists will go one step further and tell you that not only is sailing 'Chess on the Water' but that it also teaches children responsibility, the consequences of their actions and takes place in a healthy outdoor environment. During the week of 17 to 20 October the Redhouse Yacht Club embarked on a sail training initiative sponsored by Lotto through South African Sailing (SAS). Two schools form part of this pilot project - Herbert Hurd and Parsons Hill Primary - which will see 60 eager youngsters learn how to sail. All available slots have already been taken up. For the remainder of this term and on one designated day per week, each school will travel out to Redhouse with 15 pupils to take part in the training. Part of the Lotto funding goes towards transport costs for each of the two schools. The final 30 school children will complete the programme in the first term of next year. Training is done under the tutelage of Herbert Hurd Sportsmaster, Darryl Garner, who has been sailing for many years and recently completed an Instructor Developer Course which allows Garner to train other sailing . . .
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In comparison to mature solar energy markets such as Spain, Australia and Germany, the solar energy market in South Africa is a young one. The barriers to entry to the Solar Energy market are well known: High upfront cost Uncertainty around maintenance Concern around maximising production Scepticism about real savings In many instances Solar PV installations are sold as 'the right thing to do', as a contribution to 'saving the planet' and lastly as a means to save energy costs. South Africans are an innovative bunch who, presented with a problem or barriers to market entry, will in most instances come up with a viable solution. And this Solar PV solution is one that cuts the costs of those businesses that make a hefty contribution to the job market. Durban based, Energy Capital, through the use of Solar PV offer a unique solution to businesses seeking to reduce their energy costs without capital outlay. Energy Capital was established to facilitate the long term funding of renewable energy equipment for end users. Under section 12J of the Income Tax Act individuals, companies and trusts can get a tax deduction if they invest in a venture capital company (VCC) that in turn invests in a qualifying small business for at least five years. Using this venture capital tax incentive, Energy Capital, was earlier this year able to tap R2.6m from Broadreach Capital’s Harbour Energy 1 fund to bankroll the installation of a rooftop photovoltaic system for a business park in Pinetown, KwaZulu Natal. Energy Capital chief executive Doug Brazier says the funding created eight jobs, mainly of installers on site. Investors generate a return by the company selling the power generated from each unit to clients. Funding for another 120 similar projects is planned. In essence Energy Capital, through it's national network of partners, will: Advise on Energy Efficiency measures at no cost Install a Solar PV system at no cost Enter into a . . .
A team of six youth sailors will represent South Africa at the RS Tera World Sailing Championships being sailed offshore out of Club de Vela Santona, Spain from 30 July to 5 August 2016. Three members of the South African Team are from Port Elizabeth, Nelson Mandela Bay; Tammy Bailes, Luke Weddell and Sophie Hynch. Bailes and Weddell are Grade 8 pupils at Collegiate and Grey High School respectively whilst Hynch is in Grade 11 at St. Dominics Priory. This will be Hynch's third World Championships after sailing the Tera Worlds at Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield in 2014 and Aquavitesse, the Netherlands in 2015. Sophie sails for the Redhouse Yacht Club. Bailes and Weddell, who sail for the Algoa Bay Yacht Club will be sailing in their first Tera World Championships and will sail in the Sport fleet which makes up 44 of the 73 entrants. Tammy is currently ranked first in SA in the Sport Fleet and has a solid sailing pedigree behind her having sailed in a number of high profile events including the 2015 Mirror Worlds sailed in South Africa, the 2015 Australian Mirror Nationals, 1st on the Tera Sport at the Western Cape Provincials, 1st in the 2016 Tera Nationals sailed out of Pine Lake Marina, Sedgefield and second at both the Eastern Cape Provincials and Youth Nationals. On the change from sailing in a Mirror - a two person boat, to the Tera - a solo boat, Tammy said; "Sailing solo allows me to be in charge and gives me a great sense of achievement." School sports for Tammy are Hockey and Water Polo. Grey High Schools Luke Weddell is a product of the ABYC Sailing School having started sailing in an O9'er and then an Optimist Dinghy. "Sailing is fun and gives you a rush," says Weddell. "I went to Tera Nationals because I thought that it would be fun," continued Weddell. Proving that fun is the best way to excel, Luke then went on and sailed to a very credible 7th place in the Tera Nationals. Luke has his eye on using skills gained on the Tera to . . .